RWB reiterates call for fair trial after journalist freed

first_img Receive email alerts News June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” December 10, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RWB reiterates call for fair trial after journalist freed BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News RSF_en to go further “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says BelarusEurope – Central Asia Alyaksandr Alesin was granted a provisional release today subject to his being available for questioning and not leaving Minsk. The treason charge has been dropped but he is still accused of “collaborating with the intelligence services of a foreign government.”Reporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal to the authorities to respect his right to an impartial and open trial. Alesin spent two weeks incommunicado before the Committee for State Security acknowledged two days ago that it was holding him.————-09.12.2014 – RWB calls for immediate release of journalist held on spying chargeThe Committee for State Security (KGB) said yesterday that it has been holding journalist Alyaksandr Alesin since 25 November on spying charges that carry a sentence of five to 15 years in prison.Reporters Without Borders calls for Alesin’s immediate release and respect for his right to due process. The KGB yesterday told his family that he is charged under articles 356 and 356-1 of the Belarus penal code with “high treason” and “collaborating with the special security services or intelligence services of a foreign government.”The main suspect in the case is said to be a foreign diplomat which whom Alesin was having a drink in a Minsk café when they were reportedly detained by KGB agents.A state-appointed lawyer has requested that Alesin, who has heart problems, should be released on health grounds. Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities not to hold his trial behind close doors, the usual practice when journalists are accused of spying.——————————05.12.2014 – Where is journalist Alyaksandr Alesin?Reporters Without Borders is concerned for the safety of the Belarus journalist, a military affairs specialist, who disappeared last month and is believed under arrest for alleged spying.Alyaksandr Alesin, also an expert in economics, has disappeared from sight. According to information gathered by Charter97.org, an opposition website, the journalist was seized on 28 November by state security (KGB) agents at a cafe in central Minsk and accused of espionage.Charter97.org also reports that political figures unofficially confirmed KGB involvement. But the security agency has declined so far to issue a statement.“We are deeply concerned by the silence surrounding the disappearance of Alyaksandr Alesin,” said Lucie Morrillon, programme director of Reporters Without Borders. “We call on Belarus authorities, in particular the KGB, to disclose as soon as possible their possible involvement in this disappearance, as well as the possible charges of espionage against Alyaksandr Alesin.”The editor in chief of Belorusy i Rynok, the daily for which Alesin has worked for nearly 20 years, said on 4 December that the journalist had not come to the office since 28 November. But the editor made no further comment.According to other sources, Alesin has been out of reach since he vanished. His telephone is turned off. The Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ), a RWB partner organization and winner of the 2004 Sakharov Prize, as well as the Viasna Human Rights Centre, have also expressed their deep concern for Alesin. They published an appeal to the authorities to state where he is being held.Alesin also contributes to the BelaPAN news agency and the naviny.by and Nasha Niva websites. He is known for his professionalism and for work of high quality.The journalist’s disappearance coincides with charges against two Lithuanian citizens who are accused of spying for Belarus. Charter97 and Nasha Niva raise the possibility that Belarus authorities may be using Alesin as a means of reprisal. On 3 December, the Lithuanian prosecutor’s office accused a Lithuanian citizen of having transmitted information on the armed forces to a Belarus security agency. The previous month, on 10 November, another Lithuanian, a former airline company employee, was accused of having transmitted to Minsk information on sensitive Lithuanian infrastructure, including military installations.The Ukrainian crisis is aggravating tensions between Lithuania and Belarus. The latter country’s president, Alexander Lukashenko, has criticized Russia’s annexation of Crimea, but has also welcomed establishment of a Russian airbase in Belarus planned for 2015. Lithuania and the two other Baltic countries, for their part, have had the NATO presence in the region expanded.Belarus is ranked 157th of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders 2014 World Press Freedom Index.(Photo: www.svoboda.org) May 27, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Ehrmann launches Vermont-made all natural Bavarian lowfat yogurt

first_imgGreen Mountain Creamery,Bavarian goodness continues to spread throughout the New England and Upstate New York areas. Ehrmann USA, LLC, with a manufacturing plant in Brattleboro, Vermont, has announced that its All Natural Bavarian Lowfat Yogurt, which hit US dairy aisles only a few weeks ago, is now available in more than 500 stores throughout New England and Upstate New York. Shaw’s, Price Chopper, Hannaford, and Tops are the primary store locations in New England and Upstate New York now selling Ehrmann, one of Europe’s leading yogurts.A beloved family recipe with Bavarian roots, Ehrmann Yogurt is now made fresh in Brattleboro using state-of-the-art manufacturing technology to deliver one of the creamiest and purest lowfat yogurts available in America today. A portion of net profits from the sale of the products are donated to the milk farmers.”America’s affinity with European-styled yogurt is what motivated Ehrmann’s U.S. launch,” said Harald Bellm, president and CEO of Ehrmann USA, LLC. “We are very happy to see that it is being so well-received. By tripling our distribution, we are able to more widely deliver a high-quality food to more Americans, which is one of our goals as we continue our U.S. expansion.”Available in five full-bodied flavors and packaged in 5.3 ounce cups that feature a dual-chamber to allow for a custom blend of creamy yogurt and real fruit, each variety contains 150 calories or less and packs seven grams of protein per serving with only 1.5 grams of total fat. Ehrmann All Natural Bavarian Lowfat Yogurt uses only all natural ingredients, including pure, fresh Vermont and Upstate New York milk to make yogurt using techniques and old-world recipes that have been passed down through three generations of Ehrmann’s. Ehrmann’s Bavarian all natural lowfat, low calorie yogurt has an extremely creamy texture and is a good source of Vitamins A and D.A detailed listing of store locations can be found at Ehrmann’s online store locator:http://www.bavariangoodness.com/find-a-store.html?showall=true(link is external)About Ehrmann:The Ehrmann family learned the craft of yogurt-making in Oberschonegg im Allgau, Germany, in 1929. In lush Bavarian valleys surrounded by the majestic Alps, the family refined the art of generating the creamy essence of the very best of fresh, pure milk. Over the years, the Ehrmann family developed techniques and perfected old-world recipes’creating scrumptious tastes and smooth, spoonable textures unlike any other. The Ehrmann’s maintain their commitment to the old-world techniques and all natural ingredients that make Bavarian yogurt a world’s favorite. The family dairy has remained true to this philosophy, so its dairy products are still produced successfully and marketed “by the family for the family.” Continuing to expand its position worldwide, Ehrmann is among the leading dairies in Europe. The company remains an independent family enterprise that stands for quality, sustainability, and tradition. For more information about Ehrmann All Natural Bavarian Lowfat Yogurt, visit www.BavarianGoodness.com(link is external), Twitter andFacebook.SOURCE Ehrmann USA, LLC MISHAWAKA, Ind., Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

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Why the world will NOT end when EMV chargeback liability shifts

first_imgWe are just one month away from the EMV chargeback liability shift, and many card issuing banks and credit unions are rushing to get the new chip technology in the hands of consumers.  Retailers in the US are growing nervous about upgrading their POS terminals. Consumers are annoyed by all the new credit cards they’re receiving in the mail, and confused about what to do with the chip cards when they finally find themselves at an EMV-capable machine. Retail clerks are learning how to run checkouts using the new chip cards, finding themselves in the unwanted position of educating irritated consumers.  Despite all these hiccups in the adoption of EMV technology and the hype surrounding its rollout, I have news for you: much like the hype leading up to Y2K, the world will NOT end in October.First, at the beginning of 2015, less than a third of credit cards were chip-enabled, and even fewer debit cards carried the chip. By the end of 2015, it’s estimated that 70% of credit cards will be chip-enabled. That’s an impressive projected jump, but debit cards are estimated to still be lagging at only 40%. So while great strides are being made to upgrade US cards, not everyone will have EMV cards by October as some news reports would have you believe.Second, according to CNBC, only slightly over 40% of US retailers have even committed to EMV. In the end, it’s these merchants who have the biggest exposure to risk by not adopting EMV, since chargeback liability will now be on their shoulders should they resist the move.  So why not a bigger push to upgrade terminals ASAP?  Because retailers aren’t falling for all the hype.  Many have realized that they’re not at risk, or are at very little risk of chargebacks, and have elected not to upgrade at this time. continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Identifying your differential value (hint: it isn’t service)

first_img 71SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: www.empowerfi.org Details How many times have you been challenged to answer the question “what makes your credit union different”? Many times, I’m sure. Does your answer have anything to do with intangibles like rates, service, or even staff? More often than not, financial institutions struggle to find their true differential value, outside of these general, somewhat cliché words.Let’s face it, ‘financial services’ is a commodity category, and most consumers can’t differentiate ABC Bank from XYZ Credit Union, and frankly, don’t care to. But what if you could make them care? By finding the one differentiator that is truly unique in the eyes of the consumer, credit unions can set themselves apart from the competition and people will pay a premium to have a relationship with your organization. If you say “service” is your sole differentiator, think again. Service is something that everyone, not just financial institutions, thinks they do better than the competition. Your service might actually stand above the rest, but so many companies tout their outstanding service quality to the point that it’s become diluted in the eyes of the consumer. So forget about positioning yourself as the one whose service is better than the rest, and find your differential value.“How do we find our differential value?” you ask? There are a number of ways you can get to the bottom of what makes you unique. First, if you really want to know what differentiates you in the eyes of the consumer, ask them.  Ask both members and non-members the same questions; “What makes us better than others?” or “Why would you choose us over another financial institution?” Be prepared for the likely chance that they may not have an answer, or that their answer may also be “service” or “people”. I get it, you’re thinking, “If our members think service is our differentiator, then it must be the truth.” Sure, I’m not saying that your service doesn’t totally rock, what I’m saying is that using service as your only differentiator will make it hard to convince consumers that you’re truly different than the rest. When asking consumers to tell you what’s different about a financial institution, the first thing they think of is the last interaction they had with you, and if that interaction was friendly, or albeit remotely average, they are likely to claim “service” when in all reality, nothing truly stood out as distinctive.If you find yourself running in circles trying to find your differential value, then it’s probably time for a change. The goal is to find something you can do better than your competition and make it the number one reason you exist. If you don’t do anything better than the competition, then find something you’re moderately good at that can be tweaked or improved enough to place your full confidence behind at all times.Hint: Ask your most profitable members what they value most about the credit union. You might find that tailoring to the things they value most can help you find your differentiator.Here’s an example for you. What is the one thing that Wal-Mart claims to do better than anyone else? You got it, price. Wal-Mart, because of its discount prices, has earned a reputation in the industry for being the cheapest place to buy most household goods and foods. Despite receiving public backlash about their treatment of employees and wholesalers, Wal-Mart has continued to stand by and live out it’s motto of “Always Low Prices”, and their more recent motto, “Save Money. Live Better.” This may be an extreme example because by Wal-Mart living out their differentiator, they have gotten into hot water with some socially conscious consumers. But the bottom line still remains that they made a conscious decision to live out their differentiator at any cost.Look for differentiators in places you might not think to look. Ask employees, “Other than service, what makes us different?” You might be surprised at some of the answers you get. A great way to start brainstorming about possible differentiators is to complete a SWOT Analysis on your credit union. Completing the SWOT exercise will separate your strengths from your weaknesses as well as help you determine what your competition does better (opportunities/threats).You can take this exercise to another level by completing a Product SWOT Analysis on individual products and services. When comparing the analyses side by side you might find a few product/service strengths that you can transform into game-changing differentiators (i.e. self-service technology, user experience, or customized solutions).Once you’ve identified your differential value, the work has only just begun. To truly be different in the eyes of the consumer the entire organization must embody and live the chosen differentiator, one hundred percent of the time. It’s every employee’s job, (not just marketing) to communicate your brand’s differential value, at every touch point.last_img read more

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