Globovisión faces sanctions for its interpretation of the constitution

first_img“These proceedings are disproportionate and absurd, as well as untimely, since the Supreme Court has just started to consider the issue raised by the Globovisión clips.” Conatel launched the proceedings as Chavez, who won the presidential election on 7 October by a wide margin, was once again in Cuba for medical treatment and, because of his health, unable to attend his swearing-in for a new six-year term by the National Assembly due on 10 January, the date set by the constitution. Article 231 of the constitution, nevertheless, specifies that “if, for any reason, the president of the republic is unable to assume office before the National Assembly, he or she shall do so before the Supreme Court”. The highest court has thus ratified the principle of continuity of power by the elected president, supported by this provision.In the video clips, Globovisión takes the opposite view, namely that the postponement of the inauguration raises questions not only about the constitutional date of 10 January, but also the validity of the ceremony itself. It argues that the latter is reduced to a mere formality and questions the validity of the term of office beginning on 10 January, since the main party concerned was absent and did not take the oath of office. A questionable argument, undoubtedly, but one that in no sense renders the station guilty of “inciting hate and sowing panic among citizens”. Follow the news on Venezuela “The current political situation could have led to a genuine legal and political debate within the news media,” Reporters Without Borders noted. “Unfortunately, the dreadful polarisation sapping the country has produced a different result.” Organisation Venezuela’s National Telecommunications Commission (Conatel) launched proceedings on 9 January against the terrestrial television station Globovisión over its broadcast of four clips about the postponement of the inauguration of President Hugo Chavez for a new six-year term, originally scheduled for the following day. The videos are based on a specific interpretation of Article 231 of Venezuela’s Bolivarian constitution. The station was banned from rebroadcasting them and from expressing any opinion on the country’s Basic Law.Estos son los micros por los que Conatel abrió… par GlobovisionThe news station, highly critical of the Chavez government, has been the target of similar proceedings on seven previous occasions in recent years. Most recently, it was fined 9 million bolivars (2 million dollars) and its assets were temporarily frozen.Reporters Without Borders believes the charges against the organization to be excessive and once again based on an elastic interpretation of Article 27 of the Social Responsibility in Radio, TV and Electronic Media Law (Resortemec Law), which bans all content that might “incite hate or panic, or disturb public order”. “However debatable Globovisión’s interpretation of Article 231 may be, how could the constitution be read in such a biased fashion as to mean it might incite panic among the population?” the organization asked. “Are citizens so immature that they would be incapable forming their own opinions? Is debate not allowed? Once again a poorly-written law is applied selectively, based on ideological considerations. News Receive email alerts RSF_en VenezuelaAmericas January 13, 2021 Find out more to go further Newscenter_img June 15, 2020 Find out more News New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets January 11, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Globovisión faces sanctions for its interpretation of the constitution News VenezuelaAmericas August 25, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuelalast_img read more

27 men charged with soliciting prostitutes

first_img Previous articleRates review debated for struggling businessesNext article‘Give the airport back to Shannon people’ – Malone admin Linkedin Facebook Free legal aid refused to one defendantFOLLOWING a garda sting operation where two female plain clothes detectives were located in the areas of Barrington Street, Mallow Street, Catherine Street and Pery Square, a total of 21 men have been convicted of soliciting a person for the purposes of prostitution at Limerick District Court. Twenty-seven cases were before the courts where details were heard of men making approaches to the two female gardai dressed in plain clothes,Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up and offering to pay them to perform a sexual act.Twenty-one men, ranging from their late twenties to one man in his late 60s, were convicted after they pleaded guilty to the charges contrary to section 7 of the Criminal Law Act 1993.Over the course of the 27 cases, presenting sergeant, Michelle Leahy, told the court that the Garda Operation, known as Freewheel, was conducted on November 19 and 30 last, where gardai made arrests after men, acting as clients seeking sex, sought to pay the two garda members for the purposes of prostitution. The majority of the cases, however, were arising out of another operation conducted this month when arrests were made on December 2, 3 and 4 last.Judge Eamon O’Brien heard in court that most of the men were “embarrassed” and “sorry” for the “mistake” made in approaching and attempting to solicit the detectives for the purposes of sex.The identities of the “decoy gardai” were withheld from the court proceedings as part of the ongoing battle against illegal prostitution in the city centre.Opting to deal with the matter by way of imposing that the maximum fine of €470, determined by the Oireachtas, would be given instead to Doras Luimini and not the State, Judge Eamon O’Brien convicted 21 men where a total of €9,870 must be paid to the support group for migrants by March 13 next.Six matters were adjourned for the defence to be furnished with a brief outline of the evidence while a bench warrant was issued for a fifth accused man who did not turn up to court to answer the allegations.One man told the court that he was in receipt of social welfare and did not have the means to pay for representation at court and sought the facilities of the legal aid system, but was told that, “if he could afford to pay for ladies of the night, he could afford to pay for a solicitor…and that is the second oldest profession in the world”.The men had addresses in Limerick city and county as well as North Cork and Tipperary.His application was refused, and he was ordered to seek the services of a solicitor before March 13 next.Gardai say that they will be increasing their crackdown on illegal prostitution rings attempting to operate in the city, while also targeting those that seek the services of prostitutes over the coming weeks. Print WhatsAppcenter_img Email Twitter NewsLocal News27 men charged with soliciting prostitutesBy admin – December 7, 2011 677 Advertisementlast_img read more

A modern take on… rainbow CAke by Lily Vanilli

first_imgLily Vanilli is a cutting-edge cake baker and curator of the first-ever art exhibition made entirely from cake Cake Britain in 2010. She kicks off a series of novel product ideas to enliven any bakery range.This rainbow cake is perfect for birthdays someone recently wrote to me that they had made it for their 90-year-old grandma! In general I try to avoid food colourings and use natural ingredients to decorate cakes wherever I can, but this psychedelic sponge has a magical and fun quality that always makes people smile. The recipe and instructions below are for a layer cake, but you can adapt it to make cupcakes (pictured) or even use a chocolate and vanilla batter to make a zebra print cake. I like using this sponge inside my more dramatic cake sculptures, so there is an extra exciting element when it’s cut into. It looks beautiful on a counter and disappears if you are selling it by the slice.IngredientsUnsalted butter, softened225gCaster sugar410gLarge eggs, room temperature4Plain flour sifted twice400gBaking powder2.5 tspSalt1.5 tspWhole milk w/2 teaspoons vanilla extract added8fl ozFrostingUnsalted butter, very soft225gConfectioners’ sugar1kgMilk245gVanilla extract2 tspDouble cream2 tbspMethod1. Cream the softened butter with a mixer until smooth. Add the sugar and beat until pale and fluffy about 5 minutes, starting on medium and working up to high speed.2. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating on medium speed after each addition until just incorporated.3. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt and add to the batter in three parts, alternating with the milk and vanilla, beating well after each addition and beginning and ending with the dry.4. Now make a rainbow! Divide your batter into 7 small bowls equally. Then, using gel colours (not liquid food dye), mix a little (use a toothpick) of each colour of the rainbow to make red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet. Spoon just over 3/4 of the red batter into the centre of the first of two 8-inch round cake pans, spread it out a little and then add slightly less of the orange batter to the centre of the red, then continue through the rainbow, each time adding a little less of the mixture and to the centre (so the colours form concentric rings).5. When you have finished, repeat in the opposite direction in the second pan so start with violet and work up to the last drop of red.6. Bake for 25 minutes in a 180°C oven or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.7. Let the cakes cool in the pan for 5-10 mins, then transfer carefully to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely.For the frosting1. Beat the softened butter until it is smooth.2. Add the milk, vanilla and double cream and blend until smooth feel free to add a little more milk or cream until you get a consistency you like.3. Ice the cooled cake any colour you like.l For more creative cake ideas, recipes and baking tips visit lily-vanilli.blogspot.comlast_img read more