White House Suspends Discussions on Ending KORUS

first_img White House Suspends Discussions on Ending KORUS Home Indiana Agriculture News White House Suspends Discussions on Ending KORUS Facebook Twitter White House officials have temporarily halted discussions on the possibility of terminating a free trade agreement with South Korea. On Wednesday night, a senior White House official said that the deal could still be terminated, but there were no immediate plans to do so. President Trump had been talking with his senior advisers about the possibility of withdrawing from the free trade agreement because of concerns that it is tilted in favor of South Korea. However, Trump also needs help from South Korea as he tries to end a crisis regarding North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs after a sixth North Korean missile test this week. There are Trump advisers urging the president to stick with the deal and avoid straining relations with a key ally in Asia.The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement, known as KORUS, was negotiated by Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama. KORUS has been a frequent target of Trump’s, noting that America runs a $28 billion trade deficit with South Korea.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE By NAFB News Service – Sep 7, 2017 Previous articleVietnam to Resume Importing U.S. DDGsNext articleU.S. Cropland Value Holds Steady NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

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Greece: Premier’s worrying embrace of hostile media group

first_imgNews Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Greece Organisation January 26, 2017 Greece: Premier’s worrying embrace of hostile media group April 29, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is worried about Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ motives in suddenly trying to rescue DOL, a cash-strapped media group that he has often criticized in the past and only recently accused of disinformation and colluding with business interests.The U-turn came on 18 January, when it was announced that Vassilis Moulopoulos, a close Tsipras ally, was taking over as DOL’s administrator in a bid to save this “historic” media group from bankruptcy and protect the jobs of its hundreds of employees.The appointment of Moulopoulos, a former parliamentary representative of Tsipras’ ruling coalition, Syriza, and a member of the board of the Syriza newspaper, AVGI, has stunned opposition parties and other media outlets, some of which are equally indebted, and is widely viewed as a government attempt to take over the media group.“We are concerned about what seems to be a new attack by the Greek prime minister on media independence and pluralism,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “We are monitoring the actions of this government, which should be working to ensure media pluralism and freedom and not just to control the media.”The DOL media group’s history is closely intertwined with the history of Greece’s successive governments. Founded by Christos Lambrakis, a Greek media magnate who died in 2009, the group is now controlled by businessman Stavros Psycharis. Its two leading outlets, the newspapers Ta Vima and Ta Nea, have survived thanks to bank loans backed by government officials and government advertising.But Greece’s six-year-old deep economic crisis has exposed the financial fragility of these newspapers, with the government no longer able to extend loans or write off debts now totalling 190 million euros.The DOL group, which includes Radio Vima FM and shares in MEGA TV as well as the newspapers, has nearly 600 employees, who are now in danger of being laid off. They have not been paid for several months but continue to work in the hope that DOL will find a new investor. DOL is now on the verge of bankruptcy while the judical authorities have accused its owner, Psycharis, of tax evasion and money laundering amounting to 45 million euros.DOL’s media outlets have opposed Tsipras ever since he was first elected in 2015. To Vima and Ta Nea openly supported calls for austerity and criticized the Tsipras-led, far-left coalition’s policies. The mutual accusations between Tsipras and Psycharis have often been front-page stories in all the media.The administrator, Vassilis Moulopoulos has said he wants to save DOL because he worked for the group for 20 years in various position including editor-in-chief. Acknowledging that he is not an investor, he said that, in the absence of money, solutions “will be found with the political forces.”Tsipras was widely criticized over a new broadcasting law and the auctioning of TV broadcast licences in September. The media and opposition accused him of amateurism, undermining pluralism and trying to “establish his own oligarchic system.”Greece is ranked 89th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. The Greek police must show journalists can trust it with their protection after one was murdered and another is threatened Help by sharing this information Greece’s new guidelines for policing protests threaten press freedom News GreeceEurope – Central Asia Media independence CorruptionConflicts of interestEconomic pressure GreeceEurope – Central Asia Media independence CorruptionConflicts of interestEconomic pressure News February 2, 2021 Find out more to go further PM Alexis Tsipras / AFP Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Newslast_img read more

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No bus service planned for opening of new LIT campus

first_imgWhatsApp Senator Maria Byrne with LIT President Professor Vincent Cunnane, and Education Minister Joe McHugh at the LIT Coonagh Campus .Photo: Kieran Ryan BensonTHE National Transport Authority (NTA) has confirmed that it has no plans to provide a bus service to link the city with the Limerick Institute of Technology campus at Coonagh in time for its opening next year.However, a spokesperson revealed that the agency is developing long-term proposals for a “revised network of city bus services in Limerick”, which would include a direct service to LIT Coonagh.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “As this process is at an early stage, it is not possible to indicate when changes may be implemented,” added the spokesperson.Approximately 800 staff and students are expected to travel to the new campus on a daily basis when it opens towards the end of the 2019/2020 academic year.Limerick Fine Gael Senator Maria Byrne said it “makes absolute sense” for a bus service to link the new campus with the city centre and expressed concern that no service will be in place in time for the opening.“I have requested the NTA as part of its review to look at extending a city bus service to service the parts of the Ennis Road and Clonmacken that currently have no city bus service operating in the area.“The improvement of the public transport system in Limerick is a bread and butter issue that I have been pursuing for some time and I hope that the NTA move to introduce these direct bus services as soon as possible,” commented Senator Byrne.Bus Éireann Route 343, which links Limerick with Shannon and Ennis, currently stops at the Coonagh roundabout and operates an hourly service to the area during off peak hours, increasing to every 30 minutes during peak time.Senator Byrne pointed out that this service, as well as another bus route that links Limerick and Shannon Airport, would not be able to cope with an additional 800 passengers.by Kathy [email protected] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook NewsEducationTransportNo bus service planned for opening of new LIT campusBy Staff Reporter – October 1, 2019 1270 LIT Development & Public Engagement Manager, Seamus Hoyne, is awarded the SEAI Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Energy Award. Twitter Limerick Post Show | FOLM Project Email Limerick’s Student Radio Station Wired FM Celebrates 25 Years on Air center_img Linkedin Advertisement Print Previous articleReview of A Murder is AnnouncedNext articleStylish effective hair replacement solutions at Catwalk Hair Consultancy Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie International Women’s Day LIT TAGSLimerick City and CountyLimerick Institute of TechnologyLITNewsTransport LIT Launches unique new programme on Responding to Domestic Abuse and Coercive Control Women in the Creative Arts to take centre stage at LIT’s International Women’s Day Flagship Event last_img read more

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