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

Journalist granted provisional release

first_img April 29, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist granted provisional release News Help by sharing this information to go further News News BeninAfrica November 11, 2020 Find out more Reporters without borders applauds the provisional release of Jean-BaptisteHounkonnou, publication director of the independent daily “Le Nouvel Essor”,one and a half months after his imprisonment.”This is a laudable decision for the Beninese government, as this incidenthad quite clearly tarnished the reputation of a country that hastraditionally been respectful of journalists’ work,” the organisation said.On 16 March 2004, Hounkonnou was sent to Parakou prison, in the easterncentral region of Benin, after receiving a six-month sentence for”defamation”. He was charged with publishing an article, in December 2003,in which a woman was accused of adultery. The decision was not only indirect opposition to United Nations recommendations condemning thepunishment of press infractions with prison terms, but was particularlydisturbing coming from a country that has long been a model example of freeexpression in Western Africa. In fact, there have been no instances ofjournalists being detained since General Mathieu Kérékou’s return to powerin 1996. RSF_en November 7, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News Receive email alerts Op-ed urges Benin to end Digital Law threat to journalism Follow the news on Benin Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Organisation May 4, 2021 Find out more BeninAfrica Benin urged to implement findings of Working Group on Arbitrary Detentionlast_img read more

Saint Mary’s president takes office, participates in orientation

first_imgCAITLYN JORDAN | The Observer Saint Mary’s president Jan Cervelli (left) welcomes first-year Olivia Propheter and her mom as they move into McCandless Hall.Saint Mary’s welcomed Jan Cervelli as the College’s 12th president. Cervelli, a South Bend native, took office June 1.“The level of excitement here is amazing,” she said. “My mission is to walk through every hall, every classroom, to spend time in the dorms, stay overnight — really get to know the place and to get to know all of you.”As a new president, Cervelli said she feels like a freshman and hopes to become a part of the incoming class of 2020.“I have many of the same feelings as a freshman,” she said. “I’m coming from a previous experience kind of like a senior in high school. I’m very confident in my former position, and I knew what I was doing, but now I’m in new territory. I have many of the same emotions and anxiousness about learning a new place. Am I going to fit in? Am I not going to flunk out? How do I learn the territory and the expectations?”To gain fully the Saint Mary’s experience, Cervelli plans on going through orientation with the incoming class.“I want the first years to know that they’re not alone,” she said. “The best way I can learn … is to actually walk the walk. I am putting into place some opportunities where I can interact with the freshman class informally, to talk about what they’re experiencing, what it’s like, what are their concerns, and what is working.”Cervelli said her goal is to give students the opportunity to speak with her informally so she can better understand what students are thinking about their experiences.“You don’t know until you walk the walk,” she said. “I could hear reports, and I could try to guess, and, sitting in this office, I could have a picture, but it may not be what the real deal is. So then I can say — because I didn’t go to Saint Mary’s — that I know what it’s like. I’ve walked that walk as much as I can.”Cervelli’s goals for her presidency are twofold. She said she wants to preserve the “special nature” of Saint Mary’s, and to blend liberal arts and career-focused education.“I believe strongly that in today’s world, the world needs Saint Mary’s College more and more,” she said.“I say that around all women’s education and Catholic education. I think there’s a value added to being here at Saint Mary’s beyond other institutions. The spiritual dimension that one gains here brings a depth of an education that you don’t get elsewhere.”Cervelli said she wants to combine the liberal arts education with the need for a career-based education to accommodate the changing world and the demand for higher education.“Someone can come to Saint Mary’s College and have the strength of the critical thinking skills and the creativity one gets out of the liberal arts and sciences, but then can complement that with a really strong career base,” she said. “Having both of those is really going to propel someone for a lifetime.”Additionally, Cervelli plans to increase the effort for sustainability. She said she hopes to increase recycling, reduce pesticides, source more locally grown foods and create more bike paths on campus.“I ultimately see where a student can come study environmental sustainability and the potential for environmental sciences to connect to the business degrees,” she said. “How can you make environmental sustainability profitable? We’re seeing that in different parts of the country, but Saint Mary’s students can be leaders in that respect.”Cervelli said because sustainability efforts can positively impact the health of community members, and considering the College’s long tradition with health sciences and particularly nursing, incorporating sustainability into the Saint Mary’s curriculum is the natural course.The school plans to expand its graduate program opportunities in the coming years, according to Cervelli. She said the world has demonstrated a need for more people in the health sciences fields and the environmental studies fields, and she plans to include more opportunities in those fields for Saint Mary’s women.“We’ll be launching a new strategic planning process where we look at what are those areas we are already really strong at that could launch additional opportunities,” she said.Cervelli also plans to focus on international education. Studying abroad and being exposed to international experiences will better equip students for life after college, Cervelli said.“With the Sisters [of the Holy Cross] missions across the world, there’s opportunity to increase and deepen the experience,” she said. “We’re very fortunate in that over half of our students have an international experience prior to graduation. We want to increase those numbers, and also increase the time students are spending abroad, and increase the depth of the experience.”College President Emeritus Carol Ann Mooney created a task force during the 2015-2016 school year to evaluate the College’s processes and responses to issues regarding sexual assault. The task force published a report at the end of the year outlining a number of recommendations, all of which will be implemented in the coming years, Cervelli said.“What you’re going to see is an increased effort to provide information on the campus about what happens if an incident occurs, how do you report, how do you gain help from that,” she said. “There will also be a lot of activities around how to prevent.“That’s really where we need to be, the prevention dimension of this. BAVO [Belles Against Violence Office] has done great work, and we will be looking for their leadership continuously. We’re also looking to have our Title IX coordinator in a very objective position, to serve as the best advocate for students that have complaints. So that has been moved to the director of [Human Resources].”Cervelli said University President Fr. John Jenkins is planning on working closely with her to address the issue of sexual assault on both campuses.“We could create some kind of a coalition where we share our best practices,” she said. “My goal is to be a leader in the country, as is Fr. Jenkins’. We should be leaders.“My commitment is 100 percent. I have no tolerance. Saint Mary’s will not have tolerance of this kind of behavior and we’re going to do whatever we possible can to address the issues.”To help her talk to the Saint Mary’s community and have a sense of what she needs to do as president, Cervelli said she is launching a “listening tour,” a series of formal and informal events and interactions with the Saint Mary’s community in which she will seek insight into the state of the College from different perspectives.“It is my objective to meet as many people as possible, go to as many different venues, to listen to what people have to say about Saint Mary’s, what they think of it today, what does it mean to them, how has it changed their lives, what works really well, what could we be doing better,” she said. “I’ve learned a great deal by asking more questions than I’ve been talking, so I want to continue that through the year. I want to share what I’m hearing.”Cervelli said the people at Saint Mary’s have already made her experience as president great.“I’ve been part of many campuses,” she said. “Great places, great scholars and teachers, but I have never been in a place where there has been more deep commitment to the missions of the institution, without comparison. People here believe in the mission of Saint Mary’s. They believe in the charism of the Sisters. … They believe in women’s education. They don’t just say they do. They live it. And it’s infectious.“The reason I’m here, the reason I just couldn’t resist coming here is the people.” Tags: Freshman Orientation 2016, President Jan Cervelli, saint mary’slast_img read more

Indiana’s new outdoor recreation five-year plan is available

first_imgStatewide—The latest in a long line of five-year plans to help determine the future public outdoor recreation needs of all Indiana residents and plan for that future is available from the Department of Natural Resources.Just as similar organizations in other states, the Indiana DNR is required to create a comprehensive state-level outdoor recreation plan every five years. This planning process keeps Indiana eligible to obtain funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) that DNR then re-grants to park boards in counties, townships, cities, and towns.The new 140-page Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP), which covers 2016-2020 and includes the 2021-2025 Indiana Trails Plan, can be downloaded here. The site also includes information on how the study is done.For more information, contact DNR Outdoor Recreation’s Greg Beilfuss at 317-232-4071 or [email protected]last_img read more