Pierre Veilletet, former chairman of Reporters Without Borders France, dies aged 69

first_img RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Help by sharing this information FranceEurope – Central Asia Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says May 10, 2021 Find out more It is with great sadness that Reporters Without Borders learned of the death yesterday of the former president of its French section, Pierre Veilletet, at the age of 69. For many years Pierre was engaged in the press freedom organization’s battles. He had been a member of its board since it was founded and chaired the French section from 2003 to 2009. Born on 2 October 1943 in Momuy in the Landes department of south-west France, he began his career with the daily Sud-Ouest in 1968 and remained closely involved with the newspaper. He was promoted to senior reporter and in 1975 wrote a series of articles on the dying days of the Franco era in Spain, for which he was awarded the Albert-Londres prize. In 1979 he was appointed editor of the Sunday edition of Sud-Ouest and the same year he founded Les Cahiers de la Corrida, a magazine for fans of bullfighting. A devotee of the region’s culture, Pierre also had a career as an author in parallel with his duties as Sud-Ouest editor, a post he held until May 2000. His first novel, “La Pension des Nonnes” published in 1986, won the François-Mauriac prize. He was a meticulous and noted writer who espoused high-quality journalism. As a member of the French Press Council steering committee (APCP), he was among those who launched a code of professional ethics and standards. Reporters Without Borders honours his memory and expresses its condolences to his family, friends and colleagues. June 4, 2021 Find out more News January 9, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Pierre Veilletet, former chairman of Reporters Without Borders France, dies aged 69 June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News FranceEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Francelast_img read more

Gore decries attacks on facts, science, reason

first_img ROTC students receive their commissions Seven undergraduates became officers during Harvard ceremony Bacow to seniors: Live to the fullest ‘Duties of imagination’ are as important as acquiring and sharing knowledge, says orator Eric S. Lander Related At Baccalaureate Service, president recalls dropping legal studies, turning to academia, and thriving center_img Phi Beta Kappa ceremony honors 168 students In word portraits, those who know the German chancellor, Harvard’s Commencement speaker, explain her rise to longtime prominence Angela Merkel, the scientist who became a world leader Former Vice President Al Gore issued a stark warning Wednesday about “would-be autocrats” in a blistering call to arms to Harvard’s graduating seniors, decrying attacks on known facts, science, and reason as strongman-like tactics to gather power and weaken democracy.Gore, who addressed several thousand listeners in Harvard’s Tercentenary Theatre for Class Day, recalled the unrest of his own Harvard graduation 50 years ago. Despite civic turmoil from the Vietnam War, a polarized political system, and a president who “flouted the law” and “exploited division and hate,” those challenges didn’t approach those of today, he said. The checks and balances built into the U.S. system have weakened, he said, with more “compliant” judicial and legislative branches, while the internet and social media spread false narratives and “alternate” facts.“Veritas — truth — is not only Harvard’s motto … but it is also democracy’s shield. And the right to pursue truth is the most fundamental right of them all, and that right is now at risk. And as a result, freedom itself is at risk, more so now than it was 50 years ago,” said Gore. “The system of checks and balances that has protected the integrity of our American system for more than two centuries has already been dangerously eroded.”As dire as those threats are to American democracy, the threat of climate change looms over the whole human species rather than just one nation, said Gore, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his efforts to combat global warming. Due to the “war” on facts and targeted misinformation campaigns by the fossil fuel industry and its supporters, the U.S. has the highest percentage of climate science doubters of any country in the world, Gore said. Those campaigns, modeled on past efforts by the tobacco industry, have been effective despite the parades of extreme weather events that happen with increasing regularity.,“We have to restore the role of reason and logic and rational debate,” Gore said. “Every night on the news is like a nature hike through the Book of Revelation.”Yet despite dark times, Gore said, there is cause for hope. Technological advances have made renewable wind and solar power cheaper than fossil fuels in many countries. He said he has a deep belief in the power of people to create change, even change of the magnitude needed to slow global warming. Harvard too needs to change, Gore suggested, calling for divestment from fossil fuel investments. He called it a “moral issue” akin to past campaigns to disinvest from South African companies during apartheid and from tobacco companies.“I’m here to recruit you,” Gore told the graduates. “We have work to do — all of us. We must see the seriousness and historic nature of this challenge.”Class Day, traditionally held the day before Commencement, is intended as a more relaxed affair than the tradition-steeped rites to follow. Its speakers are selected by the graduating class and have spanned the spectrum from comedians such as Amy Poehler and Andy Samberg to political leaders like former President Bill Clinton and former Vice President Joe Biden. Last year’s speaker was award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.Students also heard from incoming Harvard Alumni Association President Alice Hill, who welcomed them to the worldwide community of Harvard alumni, and from College Dean Rakesh Khurana, for whom Class Day was his last opportunity to address the students before they graduate.,Khurana ticked off the changes in the seniors’ four years, everything from local shops opening and closing to new academic concentrations to students’ own transformations as they wrestled with identity and interest, passion and paths.He said that the concept of who “deserves” the kind of experience offered by institutions like Harvard is at the forefront of the national educational discussion, brought there by a lawsuit questioning Harvard’s admissions policies and a national scandal over a fraudulent scheme to gain admissions to selective schools.Khurana said the question of who is deserving could be applied also to debates on immigration and health care, but he added that may be the wrong question. He urged students to remember that many achievements happen not because they’re deserved, but because of background, opportunity, and luck, and that more important than opportunity is how it is used. He urged students to consider the kind of world they want to live in as they apply their skills and talents.,The day also featured the Harvard and Ivy orations, delivered by graduating seniors Eunice Mwabe and Nicolas Hornedo, and the annual Ames Awards, given in memory of brothers Richard and Henry Ames, Harvard students who died in 1935 trying to save their father, who had been washed overboard during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland. The award is given to seniors who have shown heroic character and energy in helping others, and whose contributions might not be widely acknowledged.This year’s winners were Sally Chen, who was honored for her commitment to fostering equality and representation in higher education, and Jessica Ekeya, who worked to make the University more accessible to the deaf.last_img read more

Currently, 780.000 tourists stay in Croatia, mostly from Germany

first_imgIn July, there were 2,44 million arrivals and 18,60 million overnight stays, which represents 53% of arrivals and 61% of overnight stays in July last year. Photo: Pixabay.com / Trogir According to system data eVisitor, which contains tourist traffic realized in the commercial and non-commercial segment and nautical charter, in Croatia is 2,44 million arrivals and 18,60 million overnight stays in July, which represents 53% of arrivals and 61% of overnight stays in July last year.  The leading destinations in July according to overnight stays are Vir (711 thousand), Rovinj (619 thousand), Medulin (553 thousand), Novalja (486 thousand) and Mali Lošinj (475 thousand). Foreign tourists realized 2,13 million arrivals (50% of the level of results last July) and 15,70 million overnight stays (58% of overnight stays last July), while domestic tourists realized 325 thousand arrivals (91% of arrivals in July last year) and 2,90 , 81 million overnight stays (XNUMX% of overnight stays last July).center_img Currently, about 780.000 tourists stay in Croatia, of which 200.000 are German, 135 thousand Slovenian, 130 thousand domestic, 74 thousand Polish and 46 thousand Czech tourists. Most tourists are currently staying in Vir, followed by Rovinj, Medulin, Crikvenica and Porec. “We are in the first passing time. These are, given the circumstances, great results and a good announcement for the road ahead. Intensified promotional activities, both invitational advertising campaigns and those of an informative nature, will be carried out until the end of August on the markets of Germany, Austria, Great Britain and Italy, given that these are very important markets for our tourism where Croatia is on the list of safe countries. It is still important to behave responsibly and adhere to the prescribed epidemiological measures in order to maintain the status of our country as a safe tourist destination and get the most out of this tourist season, ” said the director of the Croatian National Tourist Board, Kristjan Stanicic. In July, the largest number of overnight stays was realized from the German market (4,43 million overnight stays, which represents 87% of overnight stays last July), followed by Slovenia (3,44 million overnight stays, 88% of overnight stays last July), Croatia (2,90 million overnight stays, 81% of overnight stays last July), Poland (1,60 million overnight stays, 79% of overnight stays last July) and the Czech Republic (1,42 million overnight stays, 72% of overnight stays last July).last_img read more