Television pro-Putin and Medvedev in the race for the Kremlin

first_img May 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News February 28, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Television pro-Putin and Medvedev in the race for the Kremlin “Candidates to the presidential elections are not getting an equal share of coverage in the last weeks of campaigning. As Russians get most of their news from TV, one can reasonably ask if the people can form an unbiased opinion on the candidates and vote in an informed manner”, Reporters Without Borders said. Receive email alerts RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia читать на русском RSF_en Newscenter_img June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Belarus BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 28, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today voiced concern after presidential election monitoring by the Centre for Journalism in Extreme Situations (CJES) showed outgoing President Vladimir Putin and his chosen successor Dmitry Medvedev strongly benefitting from broadcast media coverage in their favour. “The results of the monitoring show that candidates to the presidential elections are not getting an equal share of coverage in the last weeks of campaigning,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Putin and Medvedev were getting both more and better quality coverage. “Russians gets most of their news from TV, so one can reasonably ask if the people can form an unbiased opinion on the candidates and vote in an informed manner”, it said.“The lack of pluralism in the broadcast sector appears to be more than ever an inescapable obstacle to democratisation of the country. The next president must act urgently to put this right”, it added.The CJES today released results of its monitoring of media coverage of candidates for the 2 March presidential election as well as of the outgoing president on prime time television (from 6pm to midnight) on five TV stations for the period 2-25 February.It also analysed the attitude of the programmes (positive, neutral or negative). Three of the monitored channels – Pervy Kanal, Rossia and Tv Tsentr are state-controlled and two, NTV and Ren TV are privately-owned.The study concluded that Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev were overwhelming visible on Russian TV screens. On four out of the five monitored channels, their joint coverage was never lower than 85.5% and even reached 97.5 % on NTV. The only channel to have achieved a more balanced coverage, Ren Tv, gave 51. 6% of its coverage to the two. With the exception of Democratic Party candidate Andrei Bogdanov (6.3 %), the three other candidates had 20 and 21% of airtime. The channel also marked itself out in terms of the content of issues broadcast, which were sometimes negative for Vladimir Jirinovski of the Liberal Democrat Party (LDPR) and Vladimir Putin. In addition, Ren Tv demonstrated the highest level of neutrality, completely at odds with the other four. Putin and Medvedev were very largely linked to positive programmes on Pervy Kanal for example (3 hours 15 minutes for Putin out of about three hours 45 minutes programming and one hour 45 minutes out of a little over two hours for Medvedev). In another example, NTV devoted a massive share of the relevant programmes to the pair (97.5%, with 1 hour 30 minutes of programmes for Putin and nearly 1 hour 15 minutes for his probable successor), but it was chiefly neutral in terms of issues broadcast. Four candidates are standing for president in the 2 March poll: Dmitry Medvedev (United Russia, backed by Vladimir Putin), Gennady Zyuganov (Communist Party), Vladimir Jirinovski (Liberal Democratic Party, nationalist) and Andrei Bogdanov (Democratic Party – pro-European). Polls put Medvedev, current first deputy prime minister and chairman of the gas monopoly Gazprom in a strong lead.The full study can be seen on the CJES website: www.cjes.ru News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Newslast_img read more

Imprisoned cyber-dissident’s French fiancée denied entry on arrival in Tunis

first_img Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News RSF_en to go further Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa November 11, 2020 Find out more November 12, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa center_img Organisation December 26, 2019 Find out more Help by sharing this information News June 4, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Imprisoned cyber-dissident’s French fiancée denied entry on arrival in Tunis News Follow the news on Tunisia Reporters Without Borders today voiced its outrage at the action of the Tunisian authorities in denying entry to the French fiancée of jailed cyber-dissident Zouhair Yahyaoui when she arrived in Tunis yesterday with the intention of spending 4 June, the first anniversary of Yahyaoui’s arrest, with his family.”What crime did this young French woman commit to deserve being turned back aside from her love for a man who has been unjustly imprisoned for a year?” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said. “This is simply disgraceful and is it yet further proof – if any were needed – that the Tunisian authorities have nothing but contempt for human rights,” he added.The refusal to admit Sophie Piekarec came on the eve of the arrival in Tunis of French under-secretary for foreign trade François Loos on an official visit.Piekarec yesterday took an Air France flight that was due to arrive in Tunis at the end of the afternoon. Yahyaoui’s family went to Tunis’ Carthage airport to meet her, waiting in vain until 10 p.m. On her return to in Paris at noon today, she told Reporters Without Borders that officials had confiscated her passport and return ticket on arrival at Carthage airport and, after several hours of waiting, informed her that she was “not authorised to enter Tunisian territory” and would have to return to France the next morning.Ever since Yahyaoui’s arrest on 4 June 2002, Piekarec has undertaken many initiatives internationally in an effort to obtain his release. Using the pseudonym of El Warda (which means flower in Arabic), she is one of the moderators of TUNeZINE, the website founded by her fiancé. As well as intending to spend the anniversary of his arrest with his family, she had been scheduled to meet this afternoon with the French ambassador to Tunis, Yves Aubin de La Messuzière.Yahyaoui has been on a hunger strike since 15 May to protest against his conditions of detention. Following his arrest a year ago by plain-clothes police in an Internet café, he was subjected to interrogation that included three sessions of “suspension,” a form of torture in which the victim is suspended by the arms with his feet barely touching the ground. The Tunis appeal court sentenced him on 10 July 2002 to two years in prison for “spreading false news.” As a writer, Yahyaoui used the pseudonym “Ettounsi,” which means Tunisian in Arabic. He created the TUNeZINE website in July 2001 to distribute opposition documents online and thereby provide information about the fight for democracy and freedoms in Tunisia. He was one of the first to distribute a letter to the president by Judge Mokhtar Yahyaoui criticising the judicial system. Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorderlast_img read more

[Breaking] ICAI Cancels CA Examination, Students Will Be Accommodated To November 2020 Examination Circle

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] ICAI Cancels CA Examination, Students Will Be Accommodated To November 2020 Examination Circle LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK3 July 2020 6:20 PMShare This – xThe Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has decided to cancel the Chartered Accountancy examinations scheduled for July. ICAI has issued a press release stating that the exams would now be merged with November exams. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MAY 2020 EXAMINATIONSFor more details please visithttps://t.co/y9gAcm7L1oFor any queries pls email…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) has decided to cancel the Chartered Accountancy examinations scheduled for July. ICAI has issued a press release stating that  the exams would now be merged with November exams. IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MAY 2020 EXAMINATIONSFor more details please visithttps://t.co/y9gAcm7L1oFor any queries pls email at [email protected]@atulguptagst @JambusariaNihar pic.twitter.com/EcFr01CNUO— Institute of Chartered Accountants of India – ICAI (@theicai) July 3, 2020″On a review of above developments and in order to ensure the interest of its students and their well-being, the Institute has decided to cancel May 2020 Examinations and merge the May 2020 attempt with November 2020 Examinations, with due carryover of all benefits already available to students including fee paid and exemptions. The students who have made application for May 2020 Examinations will have an option to change the group(s) of their appearance and centre of Examinations at the time of making a fresh application for November 2020 Examinations, which, subject to conditions prevailing at relevant time, will start from 1st November 2020. It is again clarified that in this schema, the students will be free to exercise the options afresh for the groups that they intend to appear in the November 2020 examinations”. states the press release.Read the Full Text of Press release hereSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

‘It was really heartbreaking’: 40-year New Year’s Eve national park family tradition spoiled by government shutdown

first_imgDennis Coffman(DEATH VALLEY, Calif.) — It was set to be one of the biggest New Year’s Eve gatherings for the Coffmans: a trip with more than 30 family members to Furnace Creek Campground in Death Valley, California to commemorate a 40-year-long tradition.So, on the appointed night in June when the National Park Service was scheduled to post campground reservations for New Year’s Eve on its website, Robert Coffman and his extended family were ready at their computers at 12:01 a.m. to book enough spaces for those who planned to attend.“Everyone had first, second and third choices that didn’t overlap with anybody else’s first choices,” said Robert’s daughter, Dena Coffman. “It was a whole operation” with family from Minnesota, Oregon and Northern California all in.They had even made t-shirts for the occasion.But when the government partially shut down right before the holidays, all reservations at Furnace Creek Campground were canceled by the National Park Service. According to the department’s website, at the time of the Coffmans’ visit, campgrounds were available on a “first come-first serve” basis and refunds would be issued for canceled reservations. The page was later updated to say that Furnace Creek Campground was completely closed.The restrooms would be closed. Trash wouldn’t be collected. And few park rangers would be on duty.“The uncertainty of not knowing if they would have some place to camp kind of put people off,” Dena Coffman said of her family’s reaction.Dennis Coffman, who back in 1979 kicked off the original trip with his brother Roger and cousins, Mike and Robert, at Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California, opted not to go on the big family excursion this year.“It was really difficult for us living up in Southern Oregon to get information on what exactly was going to be going on at the park,” he said, adding that when he and his wife called the reservation desk, they “had no idea what was going on” with reservations made before the shutdown.“There’s no point in driving 800 miles or further to have to turn around and come back,” he said. “We just decided it wasn’t going to be worth going if we weren’t going to be with the whole family group.”Ultimately, only seven people ended up going – Robert Coffman, his wife Vicki, daughter Dena and her boyfriend, Dena’s sister and Robert’s sister and her husband. Instead of camping, they stayed at the Ranch at Furnace Creek, where they had protectively booked a few rooms just in case it was too cold.“It was really heartbreaking,” Robert said.The cousins fondly remember that first trip years ago to Joshua Tree, a trek that they almost called off at the last minute.There was snow on the ground, but they “decided to tough it out that first night,” Robert Coffman said.“Although it was rather cold, it was very beautiful,” he said. The four young men decided it “was so successful” that they would make it a yearly thing, trying to recruit more cousins each trip.“It ebbed and flowed a little bit over the years,” he said of the turnout. “But nevertheless we were always able to maintain… a presence of such in some ways over the last 40 years.”Though some family members said, “I’ve had it,” after this year’s trip derailment, both Dennis and Robert Coffman were confident the tradition would continue.“Everybody comes that can. Everybody’s invited. Everybody’s encouraged,” Dennis Coffman said. “It keeps all the cousins and relatives pretty much as best friends.”“We’ll be able to put something together next year,” Robert Coffman said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

RCN support under scrutiny

first_img Previous Article Next Article The letter on bullying in the workplace (OH, August) has prompted me towrite about the problems I have experienced with my employer and the RoyalCollege of Nursing’s approach in dealing with it. I was wrongfully accused by my employers of harassment and bullying when, infact, I was the person being bullied. The RCN is a union and it is my firmbelief that a union should protect members who are paying out over £125 a yearmainly as an insurance in case they should need help. How can occupational health nurses, or indeed any nurse, get good support? Ihave researched RCN activity locally and have yet to find a nurse who can saythat the RCN has helped them. I have written a number of times to the general secretary, the president andto my council member reminding them of the RCN Royal Charter “to assistnurses who, by reason of ill-health or other adversity, are in need toassistance of any nature”. I suggest the following: good firm representation from the moment of contactby quality independent mediators and, if necessary, legal help to preventnurses having to experience unnecessary misery. There are very few nurses who deserve to lose their jobs, dignity, selfrespect and good health due to unethical actions by their superiors and poorassistance from the RCN. I have also put forward the idea of monitoring of paid officers at a locallevel by members. The activity of local stewards should also be assessed forquality. I have suggested that we have local paid officers outside the employof trusts. So far I have not had any positive response from the RCN. Name and address withheld Nothing but praise meantIn August you printed a letter from me welcoming some progress in thedevelopment of occupational health services within the prison service inEngland. It has been pointed out to me that this letter could be misconstrued as acriticism of the existing service of OH providers in the sector. I am writing to confirm that no criticism was intended. My point was to welcomethe evidence of expansion of occupational health services to prison officersand staff in England. Caroline Hayles Salus Occupational Health and Safety RCN support under scrutinyOn 1 Oct 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Research bank opens up

first_imgResearch bank opens upOn 1 Jan 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article The Learning in Business Research Associates (Libra), an independentresearch body in the e-learning sector, is making its resource data, researchand information available on request. The material, some of it previously commissioned by e-learning vendors, canenter the public domain six months after it has been made available to theorganisation that commissioned it. The material relates principally to the UK e-learning market and varies fromresearch on the key issues in the instructional design of e-learning materialsto measuring the return on investment from projects. “In some major corporations where there may be thousands of learners,ROI is becoming a major issue. The cost per head could, in theory, drop to afew pounds,” says Libra MD Vaughan Waller. “But on top of that, you have to add the significant cost of a learningcontent management system and all the work involved in planning andimplementing the whole project. To bring a sense of reality to the e-learningindustry, it is important to disseminate reliable, accurate information – ifonly to set it against the hyperbole that seems to prevail in thissector.” For details, call Libra on 01992 634244. www.thelibra.com Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Mayor of London claims Tenant Fees Bill has been ‘watered down’ by government

first_imgThe Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has called for the Tenant Fees Bill to be tightened up even more and the few remaining fees letting agents can charge tenants under its terms to be banned.The mayor also says the fine agents can be charged for non-compliance should be raised to £30,000, from £5,000 and that that ministers have ‘backtracked’ on promises to cap deposits at four weeks’ rent made during its consultation process.This follows the latest modifications to the bill, which will now cap deposits at six weeks’ rent. Khan also says the bill does not prevent letting agents charging tenants fees via higher rents spread over a whole tenancy rather than up-front.Tenant fees billThe bill will also enable agents to continue charging for basics services such as responding to emergency call-outs “that should be covered by the management fee landlords have already paid”, he says.Khan claims these measures mean the Bill “opens the door to an entirely new culture of exploitation” and has called for the government to amend to the Bill to cap deposits at three weeks and holding deposits at one day’s rent, banning default fees and also increasing the maximum fine for agents who charges illegal fees.“The Tenants Fees Bill has the opportunity to prevent millions of renters in London from being exploited by hidden fees and bad landlords, but unfortunately the current plans do not go far enough,” says Hannah Gretton, Community Organiser at Citizens UK (pictured, left).“Tenants paying such extortionate hidden fees is completely unacceptable. We’re urging the government to scrap potentially exploitative default fees and give Councils the stronger enforcement powers to deter criminal landlords.”Lord Mayor of London Sadiq Khan Tenant Fees Bill August 6, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Mayor of London claims Tenant Fees Bill has been ‘watered down’ by government previous nextAgencies & PeopleMayor of London claims Tenant Fees Bill has been ‘watered down’ by governmentSadiq Khan claims even ‘default’ fees allowed by current Bill should be banned and agent fines increased to £30,000 in all circumstances.Nigel Lewis6th August 20180908 Viewslast_img read more

Estate agent uses social media to track down Christmas tree vandal

first_imgAn estate agent whose branch Christmas tree was vandalised by three men late at night has been sent an apology and £30 towards a new set of fairy lights.On Saturday November 30 three men were filmed by the estate agent branch’s CCTV (see below) in the early hours of the morning at first shaking the tree outside the branch of Walton and Hipkiss in Birmingham and then ripping its fairy lights off.The distinctly un-festive actions of the vandals led to an outcry on social media after company boss Andrew Hipkiss (pictured, above) posted the CCTV footage on Facebook.Police then identified the lead vandal in the video and officers spoke to him earlier this week and he agreed to write a letter apologising for his actions.“The person who pulled the Christmas tree lights off our Hagley office has now been found,” the company, which is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, says.“We have accepted his apology and he has paid for the replacement lights. Thank you for your incredibly amazing support in sharing the CCTV video footage.“It just goes to show what power social media can have, which enabled the national newspapers and the police to contact us. Thank you for all your support.”Inspector Mark Chappell told local media: “Whilst in the grand scheme of things this was a relatively small incident, we could see by the comments online that our local community were disappointed by this mindless damage.“Therefore we took a proactive but proportionate approach to identifying the man involved and, we hope, returning some Christmas cheer to the village.”Hagley Andrew Hipkiss Walton & Hipkiss Birmingham December 12, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Estate agent uses social media to track down Christmas tree vandal previous nextAgencies & PeopleEstate agent uses social media to track down Christmas tree vandalMan who damaged Christmas tree and fairy lights outside the branch of Walton and Hipkiss in Birmingham has now sent a letter of apology and paid £30 to replace the lights following social media outcry.Nigel Lewis12th December 20190792 Viewslast_img read more

Colleges call on alumni

first_img[mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%3520%%[/mm-hide-text] Wadham, which has already held a telethon this year and will  be holding another before the year is over, was helped by an alumnus who offered to match the amounts raised, showing the benefit of continual alumni interaction and support.However, visiting Wadham student, Tanay Warreker who has been involved in telethons both at Wadham and in the United States at a small private university, suggested that Oxford may be behind in some aspects. She said, “You see endowments of American universities and they are higher individually than Cambridge and Oxford combined. Oxford has not had the time to develop the same alumni relations but are on to a good start.”Pembroke alumnus Tom Holder  wrote a letter to Vice-Chancellor Andrew Hamilton, detailing his concerns about the disparities between British and American universities, speaking of a “disconnection from my former university” and claiming, “my nectar card is more inspiring and attractive than my Alumni card, with better perks to boot.”“I would like to make two suggestions – neither particularly expensive or difficult given the scale of potential donations, which our American cousins tap so effectively from their alumni.“The first is to create a decent alumni card. On this would be printed our details in a way which would suggest this was our card, not just a card with our details on it.“The second suggestion would be to create an agreement among colleges that such a card would guarantee entry to the college (for free).“Such a card serves to remind anyone opening their wallet what gave them the opportunities in life that have put them where they are now (and filled up their wallet). It is this connection which will support bringing the kind of donations that American universities benefit from.”Many colleges have however taken recent measures to boost funds. Merton has recently launched a fund-raising drive to mark its 750th Anniversary, which it hopes will raise £30 million.Christine Taylor, Merton’s Director of Development, said, “Alumni donations are hugely important for Merton college.”She added, “The college is immensely grateful to its alumni and friends, who are enabling it to sustain excellence and support its students, against the backcloth of cuts in Government Funding.“Counting since the 2007/2008 academic year, £15.75 million has been raised so far, of which 71% has come from Merton alumni (and their trusts and foundations) – so approximately £4 million per year.” An investigation carried out by Cherwell has discovered a recent drive to boost alumni donations, as students raise concerns about Oxford’s relationship with its alumni compared to other institutions. The investigation found that an increasing number of colleges have begun to use telethons, with these frequently raising several hundreds of thousands of pounds in individual campaigns. Univ alone raised £375,000 in their latest telethon, while Lincoln and Brasenose raised £278,000 and £250,000 respectively. Lincoln’s efforts to raise the record-breaking figure included a Twitter account where the student telethon team could tweet about the rising number of donations.Reflecting personally on the matter, Hannah Thomas, Assistant Development Director at Lincoln, said, “I am an Oxford alumna and received a hardship bursary as a student, so am a passionate believer in the power of alumni donations!  “Oxford is, after all, historically built on benefactions from alumni and friends, and it would be entirely different without such generosity.”Nick Worsley, a second year at the college, said: “I don’t think it’s a bad thing to keep people in contact with their college and keep them involved with the development of the colleges even after they have finished their time at university.”St John’s, who held their first telethon last year, explained its reasons for the decision in its annual Benefactors’ Report, which read, “Feedback from other colleges indicated that alumni generally enjoy the calls, whether or not they choose to make a gift.” It claimed that the benefits from its telethon were not just financial. “A telephone call also provides a direct connection between alumni and current students, who can speak from experience of the challenges they face and how the college has supported them.”It noted that over 80% of the 230 alumni who donated during the campaign had never made a gift before, and over 50% of those contacted in the campaign made a gift. All of the colleges who responded to our survey said that they had used student callers for their campaigns. These students could expect to earn upwards of £7 an hour for the work, with some colleges offering as much  as £10 an hour for callers with experience. In many cases, other perks such as free accommodation were offered.Ed Alveyn, one of the student callers for the Trinity telethon, said he experienced an overall positive experience working with fellow students to raise funds from alumni.“One of the things I did get out of the process was learning about what Trinity uses the money for – i.e. it’s spent immediately for projects that benefit current students. “The fact that I was convinced the money was being spent on worthwhile things helped a lot, as I could genuinely make a case for a donation. “Most of the alumni I spoke to understood this, and very few were in principle against the idea of giving back – mostly it was a case of insufficient funds. “As you’d expect, a few people were a bit stroppy and tried to get off the phone (or told their spouse to pretend they were out…) but they were pretty rare.”Another caller who worked on a Balliol telethon said, “The amount of training, working conditions, incentives and pay were excellent – I just didn’t really enjoy asking for money.“Having said that, it was great to chat to so many friendly old members and lots of them approached the idea of money first. “Afterwards I had about five really nice written letters to me from some alumni I had spoken to. Some were very rude and didn’t want the call at all (although they had been sent at least two letters, including one to opt out of the campaign), whereas others were somewhere in between – didn’t want to chat but wanted to give lots of money, or had been eagerly awaiting the call!”last_img read more

“READERS FORUM” DECEMBER 25, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Who was the most effective Vanderburgh County Department head in 2018?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,We hope that today’s “READERS FORUM” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way? WHATS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays“Readers Poll” question is: Who was the most effective Vanderburgh County Department head in 2018?Please go to our link of our media partner Channel 44 News located in the upper right-hand corner of the City-County Observer so you can get the up-to-date news, weather, and sports.If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.center_img Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.last_img read more