Organisation December 2, 2020 Find out more RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive RSF_en January 28, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom threatened by proposed phone tap amendment Reporters Without Borders condemns a proposed criminal law amendment before parliament that would ban the media from publishing the contents of police telephone taps or any information about the tapping of phones by the police. The proposed amendment provides for sentences of one to five years in prison and fines up to 5 million crowns (182,000 euros) for violators.“In its current form, this bill would seriously undermine the right to inform and be informed, as well as the constitutionally-guaranteed right to disseminate news and information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It would reduce sources of information and pose a serious obstacle to investigative journalism. The European Union must be beyond reproach, and indeed should set an example, in its reforms of laws affecting the media. It should above all ensure that the laws it drafts increase individual freedom rather than restricting the areas of investigation.The press freedom organisation added: “If amendments have to be made to legislation affecting the media, they must respect the European Union’s democratic standards and should be preceded by dialogue with those concerned. With just a few months to go to European elections, we call on the Czech government, which currently holds the EU rotating presidency, to announce the withdrawal of this amendment.”The proposed amendment was passed by the national assembly on first reading on 31 November and is due to go before the senate in February. The editors of leading national media* have meanwhile sent an open letter to the senate speaker and deputy speaker and the chair of the parliamentary media commission expressing their opposition to the bill.*The letter’s signatories : Robert Casensky (MF DNES), Veselin Vackov (Lidove noviny), Petr Simunek (Hospodarske noviny), Zdenek Prybny (Pravo), Martin Ondracek (news service TV Nova), Pavel Safr (Reflex), Istvan Leko (Euro), Martin M. Simecka (Respekt) Follow the news on Czech Republic News Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts May 21, 2021 Find out more Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia June 2, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU to go further News Help by sharing this information Czech RepublicEurope – Central Asia News
It was this time last year that I was just getting turned on to the country stylings of Nashville/Athens- based singer/songwriter Boo Ray.Boo is a country fan’s country artist, complete with the monosyllabic Southern forename and songs bound together by chicken wire and sawdust.When he isn’t working on long players of his own, Boo Ray is partnering up with musician pals in the Boocoo Amigos series. So far, Ray has teamed up with Both Lilly Winwood and Elizabeth Cook to record and press three seven inch singles, printed up by the good folks at Kindercore Vinyl.The latest in the Boocoo Amigos series hits the streets tomorrow and has Boo Ray joined by renowned chef Sean Brock.To Ray, it was a no-brainer to get Brock out of the kitchen in his famous Husk restaurants and behind his guitar for the project.“Sean’s a badass guitar player and has a really cool tone and great feel. He’s been back into picking guitar for a year or so now and claims a strong spot in the band with us for a three-guitar attack. Sean plays great rhythm guitar and picking these great triple guitar solos has me hangin’ ten.”This month, Trail Mix features “Saint Misbehavin,” a track co-written by Ray and Brock.“Sean and I wrote this one as a celebration of our tattooist pal Mitchell Atkinson, who has a wild rebel soul and always drove some kind of radical hot rod, dune buggy, jacked up truck, or chopper. We talked about the song having a Jerry Reed and Georgia kind of vibe, since we both knew Mitch from Pain & Wonder Tattoo Studio in Athens and we’re both Jerry Reed fans. There’s just something special about that cultural intersection of hot roads, that ‘red clay’ Georgia guitar sound, and Georgia asphalt, right where you pull up off a dirt road onto the blacktop.”I also wanted to get Sean Brock’s take on the project, so I reached out to him and he was kind enough to take time from his insanely busy schedule of handling some of the country hottest restaurants to tackle some questions on his Appalachian roots, getting into a Nashville studio, and what would make a Boo Ray inspired dish so tasty.BRO – When you think of music from Appalachia, what is the first name that comes to mind?SB – Lesley Riddle, a one-legged African American musician. His relationship with the Carter Family is undeniably responsible for what country music is today, has been, and will continue to be. If you have never heard of him, I highly suggest venturing down that rabbit hole.BRO – Tell me about your guitar.SB – My main guitar that I reach for every time is a Novo Serus J made by Dennis Fano and his incredibly talented team. It’s light as a feather and sounds like an acoustic guitar when it’s unplugged. The neck is like a stick of butter that’s been sitting on the counter for the perfect amount of time.BRO – What got you interested in playing with Boo?SB – As soon as I heard Boo’s lyrics, I knew that we were cut from the same cloth. Not many people are blessed with the sense of humor and wit he was given.BRO – Playing guitar in the studio. Did that have you outside your comfort zone?SB – I don’t think I have ever been more nervous or humbled in my life. Sitting in a studio in Nashville is a place I never thought I would end up. I was so nervous I forgot to eat that day and around 3:30 in the afternoon I started hallucinating a little. I guess that’s how some of the best music has been made, so I’ll take it.BRO – If you were to whip up a dish for Husk called The Boo Ray, what might the secret ingredient be?SB – A spoonful of elixir pulled from the coffee can sitting on the stove full of country ham and bacon drippings. Greasy and groovy as all get out.Plan ahead on a trip to Charleston (SC), Savannah, Nashville, or Greenville (SC) and you can grab some of Sean Brock’s Southern cuisine at one of his four Husk locations.Boo Ray will be at The 5 Spot in Nashville on Tuesday, August 28th, for $2 Tuesday. If you are around, swing by and check out some of the best songwriters in The Music City in what is one of the best showcases in Nashville. For more information on Boo Ray, his tour dates, or how to grab his recordings, check out his website.And make sure you grab your copy of the latest Boocoo Amigos release, featuring Boo Ray and Sean Brock, which drops tomorrow, August 24th. You can take an early listen to “Saint Misbehavin,” along with tracks from Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, Kevin Gordon, Beth Snapp, and more on this month’s Trail Mix.
Irish tidal energy developer GKinetic Energy has been granted patent protection in Australia for its ‘Power Generating Water Turbine Assembly’.This is another significant milestone in the company’s commercialization plans, as the the patent refers to a key knowledge item for the technology – the bluff body, said GKinetic.The GKinetic technology’s bluff body is a tear drop shaped vessel placed in between two vertical axis turbines.The shape of the vessel speeds up the natural flow of water into the turbines. The design, combined with the patented Blade Pitch Control System, results in higher power outputs for end users, according to GKinetic.GKinetic’s tear drop shape vessel concept (Image: GKinetic Energy)The technology is being developed in a step by step collaborative approach by working with industry and academic partners on various different projects. The patent grant from Australia represents a major step in further developing the technology closer to commercialization, said GKinetic.The company’s strategic partner DesignPro Renewables recently deployed its 25kW device at the SEENEOH test site in Bordeaux, France, as part of the Horizon 2020-funded project.In addition, GKinetic is currently consortium partners in the Horizon 2020 funded +CityxChange project to make Limerick, Ireland and Trondheim, Norway smart cities which could potentially see the first grid connected tidal turbine in Ireland.The goal of this project is to have the smart city model replicated in other locations across Europe and potentially around the globe.