News June 4, 2021 Find out more April 8, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists attacked by Jewish extremists during demonstration Organisation Receive email alerts TV and radio journalists, as well as photographers, were the main targets of physical attacks because their equipment made them easier to spot. RSF learns that Inigo Horcajuelo, a cameraman of the Spanish TV station Antena 3, was beaten up by members of a security force who were wearing armbands. An Antena 3 staffer, Carmen Vergara, said the cameraman was attacked and his film seized as he was filming a group of demonstrators beating up a youth. The journalist was bruised and had to spend three hours in hospital.Ten of the 14 journalists and technicians of the France 2 TV crews covering the demonstrations were set upon, including journalist Pascal Doucet-Bon. Racist insults were hurled at one cameraman, from Guadeloupe, and the technicians’ van was saved from attack by the intervention of police. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Follow the news on France RSF called today on a state prosecutor to punish physical attacks on journalists made by Jewish extremists during a demonstration in Paris on 7 April 2002. News Help by sharing this information News RSF_en to go further May 10, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Journalists were verbally insulted and physically attacked during the demonstration by Jewish organisations, which was very hostile to the media, with some protesters chanting and carrying placards and banners saying: “LCI, fundamentalist TV station “No to disinformation on TV”, “AFP, French pro-Palestinian propaganda agency.” The media were also accused of “twisting” the news “in favour of Arafat.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) called today on a state prosecutor to punish physical attacks on journalists made by Jewish extremists during a demonstration in Paris on 7 April. It asked the prosecutor of the Paris magistrates court, Jean-Pierre Dintilhac, to investigate the incidents and identify those responsible. June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story Christophe Ferrier, a photographer for the Internet website photographie.com, was attacked and kicked to the ground by three or four people who tried to grab his film when the demonstration was in the Place de la Bastille. He was led out of the crowd by a member of the demonstration’s security force. Soon afterwards, a girl wearing a t-shirt of the extremist Jewish youth movement Betar, tried to snatch his equipment and film. FranceEurope – Central Asia FranceEurope – Central Asia
The vertical migration of zooplankton and micronekton (hereafter ‘zooplankton’) has ramifications throughout the food web. Here, we present the first evidence that climate fluctuations affect the vertical migration of zooplankton in the Southern Ocean, based on multi-year acoustic backscatter data from one of the deep troughs in the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica. High net primary productivity (NPP) and the annual variation in seasonal ice cover make the Amundsen Sea coastal polynya an ideal site in which to examine how zooplankton behavior responds to climate fluctuations. Our observations show that the timing of the seasonal vertical migration and abundance of zooplankton in the seasonally varying sea ice is correlated with the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) and El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO). Zooplankton in this region migrate seasonally and overwinter at depth, returning to the surface in spring. During +SAM/La Niña periods, the at-depth overwintering period is shorter compared to −SAM/El Niño periods, and return to the surface layers starts earlier in the year. These differences may result from the higher sea ice cover and decreased NPP during +SAM/La Niña periods. This observation points to a new link between global climate fluctuations and the polar marine food web.
This “derisking nudge” is reinforced by other nudges, said Kupta, such as the belief that it is what the regulator wants, but he added that, overall, less investment risk only serves to “lock in the deficit and bake in a longer recovery period”.In the end, risk has just transferred from investment risk to covenant risk, he said.Defined benefit pension schemes are capable of bearing more investment risk, he added.On a different conference panel, Sorca Kelly-Scholte, head of the EMEA Pensions Solutions & Advisory at JP Morgan Asset Management, said deficit headlines were “at best distracting and at worst can drive poor investment decisions”.She said using a broader-based valuation framework than a Gilts-based one could help stabilise balance sheets.One of the remedial actions that the PLSA DB taskforce has proposed is consolidation, saying the current system – with nearly 6,000 DB schemes – is too fragmented.The reform in the local government pension scheme (LGPS), where the 89 funds are forming eight asset pools, was flagged as a possible model for the private sector DB sector.Tim Sharp, policy officer in the economics and social affairs department at trade union TUC, suggested investigating whether “we can replicate in private sector DB some of the work we’ve seen happening in local government pensions” as a means of achieving economies of scale.Different models would need to be explored to see how consolidation might be achievable, he said.It could involve merging schemes or the government’s taking a role in “ensuring schemes have access to large investment pools”.Gupta acknowledged asset consolidation as a possible way forward but said “the real win comes if you can also consolidate liabilities”.This, he added, “takes you down the route of benefit flexibility”.Reacting to the taskforce report in an e-mailed comment, Marcus Fink, pensions partner at Ashurt, said allowing schemes to pay less generous inflation rises could be a way forward as long as the power to do so was tightly controlled.“The DB framework is premised on safeguarding historic benefit entitlements and rightly so,” he said.“However, allowing some flexibility to alter the level of inflationary increases when pensions come into payments could mean the difference between a distressed company failing or securing a future for itself and its employees.”Janet Brown, partner at Sackers and a member of the PLSA DB Council, said the taskforce’s “diagnosis” showed that DB schemes were under pressure for a number of complex reasons.“Questions abound, and it may be that, while RPI/CPI gets a lot of attention, there are different solutions for different schemes,” she said.“All involved need to be prepared to think more widely about DB schemes, including in the context of the economy, in a given employer’s remuneration package – noting the tension with employees with DC benefits – as well as how the industry is regulated.” Deficit figures – “as big and scary as they may be” – are not a good guide to understanding the problems facing the UK defined benefit (DB) pensions sector, according to the chair of a taskforce created by the country’s pensions association to untie the “Gordian knot” of challenges in the system. Presenting the interim report of the taskforce yesterday at the annual conference of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA), Ashok Gupta (pictured) said “the DB sector has a problem” but that it is “not a problem you can understand just by looking at deficit numbers – big and scary, and wildly fluctuating, as they may be”.A better starting point, he said, was to understand the risk that “really matters” – namely, the risk to members’ benefits. He later highlighted the volatility of scheme deficits as problematic in that a desire to reduce the volatility encourages sponsors to try to match assets and liabilities and to “take investment risk off the table”.