Таким людям, як пан Медведчук, не дамо монополізувати українське ТБ – Зеленський

Президент України Володимир Зеленський запевнив, що в Україні не буде жодних інформаційних монополій телевізійного простору людьми з проросійськими поглядами.

«Під час війни будь-які люди, у яких не проукраїнське бачення, не можуть монополізувати український канал. Ми повинні з цим розбиратися… Жодних інформаційних монополій у нас не буде. Таким людям, як пан Медведчук, не дамо монополізувати наше українське телебачення», – сказав Зеленський у Борисполі, відповідаючи на запитання про телеканал NewsOne, який планував провести телеміст з російським «Россия 24».

Зеленський також зазначив, що питання заборони монополізації окремими суб’єктами інформаційного простору буде врегульоване на законодавчому рівні після обрання нового складу Верховної Ради.

7 липня російський телеведучий Дмитро Кисельов заявив, що канал «Россия 24», на якому він працює, 12 липня проведе спільний телеміст із українським каналом з орбіти проросійського політика Віктора Медведчука NewsOne, але пізніше ефір було скасовано.

Низка українських політичних сил та їхніх лідерів виступили з критикою такого телемосту, а активісти влаштували пікет під стінами NewsOne.

Національна рада з питань телебачення і радіомовлення вирішила провести позапланову виїзну перевірку телеканалу NewsOne, заявивши, що в разі порушень, забере у телеканалу ліцензію на мовлення.

Президент України Володимир Зеленський назвав намір провести телеміст небезпечним піар-ходом перед дочасними парламентськими виборами в Україні. Раніше канал NewOne пояснив бажання спільного проекту із російським телеканалом необхідністю провести розмову «з народами двох країн, а не з політиками».

Генпрокурор України Юрій Луценко повідомив про виклик на допит власника і ведучого телеканалу NewsOne.

Нині в орбіті співзасновника партії «Опозиційна платформа – За життя» Віктора Медведчука перебуває три інформаційні канали, на які кум російського президента має вплив через своїх союзників, – NewsOne, «112. Україна» та Zik.

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Законопроект про дематюкацію мови повернули на доопрацювання

Комітет Верховної Ради України з питань свободи слова та інформаційної політики проголосував за скерування на доопрацювання законопроекту «Про протидію лихослів’ю» (дематюкацію мови).

На засіданні комітету сама автор законопроекту депутат від «Блоку Петра Порошенка» Ольга Богомолець виступила за його доопрацювання.

Крім того, на засіданні члени комітету наголосили, що цей законопроект поточне скликання парламенту все одно не встигне розглянути.

2 липня у Верховній Раді зареєстрували законопроект «Про протидію лихослів’ю» (про дематюкацію мови)». Ініціатором законопроекту виступила народний депутат Ольга Богомолець.

Законодавча ініціатива стосується публічних осіб та ЗМІ і не зачіпає сферу особистого життя людей. Документом передбачені адміністративні штрафи за нецензурну лексику. Кошти, які надходитимуть до бюджету з виплати штрафів, пропонується віддавати Українському культурному фонду – на розвиток української культури і мови.

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Ющенко прокоментував відмову суду арештувати його майно

Колишній президент України Віктор Ющенко прокоментував відмову Печерського райсуду у задоволенні клопотання Генпрокуратури про арешт його майна.

«Чи був у справі політичний підтекст? Очевидно.  Суспільство бачить і оцінює, як поступово знята відповідальність практично з усіх фігурантів гучних справ щодо сепаратизму, державної зради та вбивств на Майдані. Саме тому і доводиться вишукувати нові гучні справи та імітувати бурну діяльність», – написав Ющенко на сторінці у Facebook.

Ющенко заявив про персональний вплив керівника управління спецрозслідувань ГПУ Сергія Горбатюка на справу щодо його майна.

«За версією Горбатюка, який не приховує бажання стати Генпрокурором за нової влади, нібито саме Ющенко ще до Помаранчевої революції «вступив у змову» з Януковичем, щоб перевести резиденцію «Межигір’я» з Держуправління справами у сферу відповідальності Кабінету міністрів. Мовляв, це допомогло Януковичу потім «прихватизувати» цей об’єкт. От тільки незрозуміло, чому під керівництвом того ж таки Горбатюка «розвалилося» стільки справ щодо представників режиму Януковича (в тому числі й щодо реальних «прихватизаторів» Межигір’я)», – написав експрезидент.

Водночас сам Сергій Горбатюк в коментарі «Укрінформу» заявив, що Генпрокуратура повторно звертатиметься до суду з клопотанням про арешт майна експрезидента Віктора Ющенка. За словами Горбатюка, у рішенні Печерського райсуду Києві від 9 липня відсутня мотивувальна частина. Саме ж рішення поки не опубліковане.

5 липня Генеральна прокуратура повідомила, що просить суд заарештувати все майно, зареєстроване колишнього президента України Віктора Ющенка.

На початку червня ГПУ оголосила третьому президенту підозру за статтею 191 Кримінального кодексу України (привласнення, розтрата майна або заволодіння ним шляхом зловживання службовим становищем, вчинені в особливо великих розмірах або організованою групою).

Слідство вважає, що Ющенко у змові з Віктором Януковичем перевів «Межигір’я» з підпорядкування Державному управлінню справами до сфери відповідальності Кабінету міністрів. Уряд після цього передав резиденцію до статуту держпідприємства «Надра України», яке вивело «Межигір’я» з державної власності на користь фіктивної донецької фірми.

Ющенко відкинув звинувачення Генеральної прокуратури. Він зазначив, що не бачить «приводу ховатися або прикидатися хворим» і вказав на «політичний підтекст» у справі.

Після втечі Януковича з України в лютому 2014 року територія «Межигірʼя» стала національним парком і музеєм корупції, де щорічно бувають мільйони українців та іноземців. Нині в резиденції відбуваються екскурсії й громадські заходи, знімаються фільми. Будівлями і зоокуточком «Межигір’я» опікуються волонтери, які збирають на це кошти з відвідувачів.

Наприкінці травня ТОВ «Скомпані» стало переможцем конкурсу на право управління заарештованою резиденцією колишнього президента Віктора Януковича «Межигір’я».

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UN: Global Warming Threatens to Defeat Effort to Fix World Ills

Relentless global warming threatens the potential success of a sweeping set of goals established by the United Nations to tackle inequality, conflict and other ills, officials said on Tuesday.

Climate change imperils food supplies, water and places where people live, endangering the U.N. plan to address these world problems by 2030, according to a report by U.N. officials.

Member nations of the U.N. unanimously adopted 17 global development goals in 2015, setting out a wide-ranging “to-do” list tackling such vexing issues as conflict, hunger, land degradation, gender inequality and climate change.

The latest report, which called climate change “the greatest challenge to sustainable development,” came as diplomatic, business and other officials gathered for a high-level U.N. forum to take stock of the goals’ progress.

“The most urgent area for action is climate change,” said Liu Zhenmin, U.N. Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs, in the report.

“The compounded effects will be catastrophic and irreversible,” he said, listing increased extreme weather events, more severe natural disasters and land degradation. “These effects, which will render many parts of the globe uninhabitable, will affect the poor the most.”

Progress has been made on lowering child mortality, boosting immunization rates and global access to electricity, the report said.

Yet extreme poverty, hunger and inequality remain hugely problematic, and more than half of school-age children showed “shockingly low proficiency rates” in reading and math, it said.

Two-thirds of those children were in school.

Human trafficking rates nearly doubled from an average 150 detected victims per country in 2010 to 254 in 2016.

But it was unclear how much of the increase reflected improved reporting systems versus an increase in trafficking, said Francesca Perucci of the U.N.’s statistics division, who worked on the report.

“It’s hard to exactly distinguish the two,” she said at a launch of the report.

But climate change remained paramount.

Greenhouse gases have continued to climb, and “climate change is occurring much faster than anticipated,” the report said.

At this week’s goals summit, 47 countries were expected to present voluntary progress reviews. Almost 100 other countries and four cities including New York have done so.

Earlier U.N. reports said the goals were threatened by the persistence of violence, conflict and lack of private investment. Outside assessments have also cited nationalism, protectionism and insufficient funding.

The cost of implementing the global goals has been estimated at $3 trillion a year.

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Despite Funding Loss, Cities Vow to Continue Resilience Push

In the Dutch port city of Rotterdam, nine “water plazas” have been created that soak up excess rainfall while offering people a green space to meet and children to play.

The city is also planting gardens and putting solar panels on a growing area of its nearly 20 square kilometers (8 square miles) of flat roofs.

Paris, meanwhile, is redesigning and opening green schoolyards as cooler places for locals to escape extreme heat, while in New Zealand, Wellington is rolling out neighborhood water supplies to keep the taps on when an earthquake hits.

More than 70 cities that are part of the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) network, set up in 2013, have crafted “resilience strategies” that include about 3,500 activities designed to combat shocks and stresses – everything from floods to an influx of refugees.

The United Nations estimates that by 2050 nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in cities, which are increasingly impacted by extreme weather and sea level rise, while producing about 75% of planet-warming emissions.

Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities, told a gathering of the network’s cities in Rotterdam on Tuesday that efforts to build resilience had now become established as an approach to improving quality of life in cities.

Those efforts to keep people safe and well in the face of rising climate, economic and social pressures will continue, despite the closure this month of the organization that helped them craft those plans, officials said.

At the end of July, 100RC will shut its offices after the New York-based Rockefeller Foundation said in April it would no longer fund the body, having given about $176 million for its work.

That funding helped pay initial salaries for chief resilience officers in member cities, for example, though about 80% of the cities now have made the role a part of their staff, 100RC officials said.

The Rockefeller Foundation said on Monday it would provide an additional $8 million over 18 months to help 100RC cities and their chief resilience officers transition to a network they will lead themselves.

“Ultimately, we aim to ensure continued collaboration and sharing among cities to address some of their most pressing challenges,” Rockefeller Foundation President Rajiv Shah said in a statement.

Expansion Ahead?

Krishna Mohan Ramachandran, chief resilience officer for the Indian city of Chennai, which has just launched its resilience strategy, said he was relieved it would be able to carry on with planned projects.

Those include conserving scarce water, putting vegetable gardens in schools, and finding less risky but nearby locations for flood-threatened communities, among others.

Rotterdam chief resilience officer Arnoud Molenaar, who led colleagues in lobbying for extra funding from the Rockefeller Foundation, said resilience work had garnered more support and created more value in cities than was often appreciated.

The Rockefeller bridge grant meant the network would now have time to raise more money from donors and others to stand on its own, and expand partnerships with politicians, communities and businesses, Molenaar said.

Elizabeth Yee, who moved from 100RC to The Rockefeller Foundation to manage its climate and resilience work, said there was a “huge” amount of money looking for resilient urban infrastructure projects, but cities often struggled to meet investor requirements.

She said a key to finding funding was to design a bus rapid transit system or a clean power plant, for example, to also create local jobs and make communities more economically secure.

“I am hopeful that we can keep helping cities develop those projects and getting them ready for bigger, broader investment,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on the sidelines of the conference in Rotterdam.

Cities in the 100RC network have so far raised $25 billion from their own budgets, businesses and other sources to put their resilience plans into practice, 100RC’s Berkowitz said.

In a decade’s time, he said, he hoped urban resilience – with its holistic approach to multiple, modern-day stresses – would have become “an absolutely essential part of city government.”

For now, as cities rapidly expand and climate threats grow, much more such work will be needed, he said.

“Even 100 cities is a ridiculously small number of cities, compared to the world’s 10,000 cities,” he said. “We need more effort if we’re going to really win the battle of the 21st century, which is going to be fought in cities.”

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Woodstock 50 Organizers Still Hopeful Despite Second Venue Setback

The organizers of the beleaguered Woodstock 50 festival said on Tuesday they still hoped to get a permit for the event due to take place next month despite being turned down at a second site.

Authorities in the town of Vernon in upstate New York turned down the organizers’ application to stage the three-day event, marking the 50th anniversary of the famed 1969 “peace and music” festival.

Oneida County Administrator Anthony Picente Jr. told Hollywood trade publication Variety that efforts to stage the festival at Vernon Downs for some 65,000 people at short notice had been “chaotic.” Picente said he thought the chances of it taking place were “highly unlikely.”

However, Woodstock 50 producers said they would appeal.

“With a venue chosen, financing assembled and many of the artists supporting Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary event, the organizers are hopeful that their appeal and reapplication” will prevail, the producers said in a statement.

Tickets have yet to go on sale.

The Aug. 16-19 festival was originally due to take place at the Watkins Glen motor racing venue in upstate New York with a line-up including Jay-Z and Miley Cyrus.

Watkins Glen in June pulled out, throwing the festival into further uncertainty after the original investors withdrew their support, citing problems with permits and arranging security and sanitation.

Woodstock 50 announced in March that more than 80 musical acts, including 1969 festival veterans John Fogerty, Canned Heat and Santana, would take part. Some 100,000 fans, including campers, were originally expected to attend, but that number was later reduced to 60,000.

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US Wants North Korea Freeze as Beginning, Not End, of Denuclearization

The United States would hope to see a freeze in the North Korean nuclear program as the start of a process of denuclearization, the State Department said on Tuesday, ahead of fresh talks with Pyongyang supposed to take place this month.

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had a surprise meeting at the end of June in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas and agreed to resume a working-level dialogue, stalled since a failed summit in Vietnam in February.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said the talks would likely happen “sometime in July … probably in the next two or three weeks.”

The Trump administration has dismissed a New York Times report that said an idea was taking shape among U.S. officials to seek to negotiate a nuclear freeze by North Korea, rather than its complete denuclearization, thereby tacitly accepting it as a nuclear state.

“(A) freeze, you know, that would never be the resolution of a process. That would never be the end of a process,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus told a regular news briefing.

“That would (be) something that we would certainly hope to see at the beginning. But I don’t think that the administration has ever characterized a freeze as being the end goal. That would be at the beginning of the process.”

North Korea has frozen nuclear bomb and missile testing since 2017, but U.S. officials believe it has expanded its arsenal by continuing to produce bomb fuel and missiles. They are keen to see a freeze in this production too.

Ortagus said Washington’s goal remained the complete elimination of all of North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction.

She said the U.S. special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, would meet his South Korean counterpart during a visit to Europe this week to discuss ways to achieve this.

The DMZ encounter, initiated by a spur-of-the-moment tweet by Trump that Kim said took him by surprise, showed a rapport between the two men but policy analysts said they appear no closer to narrowing the gap between U.S. demands for denuclearization and North Korea’s demand for sanctions relief.

The two sides have yet to even agree a common definition of denuclearization, which North Korea has taken to include the U.S. nuclear umbrella protecting Japan and South Korea.

Washington has demanded that Pyongyang give up its nuclear weapons unilaterally.

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US to Approve Sales it Deems Safe to Blacklisted Huawei

The U.S. government will issue licenses to companies seeking to sell goods to China’s Huawei where there is no threat to national security, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday, leaving industry observers unsure about which products will pass muster.

Seeking to revive trade talks with China, President Donald Trump announced last month that American companies would be allowed to sell products to Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker.

Trump’s comments came after the United States placed Huawei on the Commerce Department’s so-called Entity List in May over national security concerns. U.S. parts and components generally cannot be sold to those on the list without special licenses.

While American chipmakers welcomed Trump’s announcement, many industry and government officials were confused about the new policy.

Speaking at a conference in Washington, Ross affirmed that Huawei would remain on the Entity List, meaning winning licenses would require overcoming a presumption of denial, and said the scope of items requiring licenses would not change. However, he opened the door to some approvals.

“To implement the president’s G20 summit directive two weeks ago, Commerce will issue licenses where there is no threat to U.S. national security,” Ross said, referring to Trump’s announcement at the meeting of world leaders in Japan.

“Within those confines, we will try to make sure that we don’t just transfer revenue from the U.S. to foreign firms,” he said.

After Huawei was added to the Entity List, the semiconductor industry lobbied the U.S. government for carve-outs to sell nonsensitive items that Huawei could easily buy abroad, arguing that a blanket ban would harm American companies.

However, industry observers said Ross’ comments lacked the clarity and relief many hoped for after Trump’s announcement.

“The actual policy, of what is not going to endanger U.S. security, is not clear,” Washington trade lawyer Doug Jacobson said. “The only way that industry can determine the line is by submitting (license) applications and knowing what types will be approved and which types will be denied.”

Separately, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said relaxed U.S. government restrictions on Huawei could help the technology giant but would only be in place for a limited time.

Speaking at the same conference, Nazak Nikakhtar, Commerce’s assistant secretary for industry and analysis and nominee to lead the department’s Bureau of Industry and Security, said the agency hoped to have decisions soon on export license requests from companies seeking to sell to Huawei.

The United States has accused Huawei of stealing American intellectual property and violating Iran sanctions.

It also has launched a lobbying effort to persuade U.S. allies to keep Huawei out of next-generation 5G telecommunications infrastructure, citing concerns the company could spy on customers. Huawei has denied the allegations.

Tenacious Pursuit of American Technology

Shortly after Huawei was added to the Entity List, the Commerce Department issued a temporary general license allowing the company to buy equipment to maintain existing networks and provide software updates to existing Huawei handsets. That license expires on Aug. 19, but may be extended.

Any further relief granted on Huawei’s entity listing still may not spell the end of troubles for the company. In May, Trump signed an executive order barring U.S. companies from using telecommunications equipment made by companies posing a national security risk.

The move, which required the Commerce Department to draw up an enforcement plan, was seen as paving the way to ban U.S. companies from buying from Huawei, at a time when U.S. wireless carriers are looking for partners as they roll out 5G networks.

On Tuesday, Ross said Commerce would issue an “interim final rule” in mid-October to implement Trump’s executive order.

Interim final rules go into effect immediately, even as they seek public comment that could be used to modify regulations going forward.

The United States has engaged Beijing in a tit-for-tat trade war over accusations that China steals American intellectual property (IP) and forces U.S. companies to transfer their technology to Chinese firms to gain access to markets.

The United States responded last year by passing a law that required Commerce to draft new rules to beef up oversight of certain technology sales abroad. Commerce will “very soon” seek formal comment on the “foundational technologies” rule making, Nikakhtar said.

But Ross warned American companies against putting their technology at risk in order to boost profits.

“The private sector must act responsibly and protect technologies with national security ramifications,” Ross said.

“It is wrong to trade secret or sensitive IP or source code for access to a foreign market, however lucrative that market might be.”

Ross also called out China directly, pointing to “China’s tenacious pursuit of American technologies” to modernize its military. “This cannot be tolerated,” he said.

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