Archive for June, 2012

European Union leaders are set to examine a “compact for growth and jobs” aimed at countering record unemployment and an economic downturn – a deal pushed by French President Francois Hollande to offset German-led austerity. The summit begins today with the EU parliament president taking part in a debate on the next budget for the period between 2014-2020. A group of pro-austerity governments led by Germany and Britain are fighting the EU parliament’s demand for an increase in the 27-nation bloc’s spending.

-Members of Greece’s new parliament have taken their oath of office at a religious ceremony.Among those being sworn in were 18 MPs from the ultra-right Golden Dawn party. A notable absentee was conservative Prime Minister Antonis Samaras. He is still recovering from eye surgery and is unable to attend the EU summit in Brussels either.

-Movements of troops and armored vehicles along Turkey‘s border with Syria are linked to rising tension following Syria’s downing of a Turkish jet last week, a Turkish government official said today. The apparent bolstering of its border force comes only two days after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said his country was changing its military rules of engagement.

-The United States Supreme Court has upheld President Barack Obama’s landmark overhaul of the US healthcare system, handing Obama a historic victory and bolstering his chances of re-election. Although the US is the world’s richest nation, it is the only industrialised democracy that until now does not  provide health care coverage to all its citizens.


Top JOURNALISM links of the week

Posted: June 22, 2012 in Linkin'
  1. Journalists in exile 2012
  2. Protecting Journalists in the Field and Online
  3. SEEMO Observes Increase in Attacks against Media in Greece
  4. Media freedom remains major challenge in Turkey
  5. Citizen journalism app uses crowdsourcing to determine top stories
  6. High stakes: Can publicly funded journalism fill the gap?
  7. IFJ Urges UN Human Rights Council to Act on Journalists’ Summary Killings Report
  8. 7 ways journalists can make better ethical decisions when using Facebook
  9. Rbutr helps journalists see the other side of the story


Top TECH links of the week

Posted: June 22, 2012 in Linkin'
  1. The 5 Best Ways to Expand your LinkedIn Network
  2. Infographic: Digital Stress and Your Brain
  3. 3 Steps to Getting Started With Social Media
  4. Sources, Tools & Tricks To Curate Content… From Your Smartphone
  5. Convert your PowerPoint presentations into HD video
  6. Google Is Evil
  7. The Secrets Behind Content With 10,000+ Shares
  8. 1 in 5 U.S. consumers connects TV to the Internet, study says
  9. Twitter Expanded Tweets Now Include Video, Images & More
  10. How To Go Viral: 10 Online Video Tips From TED Exec June Cohen
  11. Facebook Integrates With WordPress: This Week in Social Media
  12. 10 Steps To Designing An Amazing Infographic
  13. Online innovation threatened by governments, Clinton adviser warns