The Daily Populous

Sunday August 20th, 2017 evening edition

image for Ireland’s tough lobbying rules spark cries for similar laws elsewhere

Two years after Ireland introduced some of the strictest laws in the world on lobbying transparency, the reforms are being held up as the gold standard for policymakers looking to shine a light on the often murky world of influence peddling.

Any individual, company or NGO that seeks to directly or indirectly influence officials on a policy issue must list themselves on a public register and disclose any lobbying activity.

The rules cover any meeting with high-level public officials, as well as letters, emails or tweets intended to influence policy.

Eight EU countries have mandatory registers for lobbyists — though none are as tight as Ireland’s.

“Lobbying has got a very bad name because of the actions of some individuals,” said Cian Connaughton, president of the Public Relations Institute of Ireland.

“People should be able to know which special interests try to influence EU policy” — Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans.

“People should be able to know which special interests try to influence EU policy,” he said. »

Star Wars Feel the Force charity 'overwhelmed' after theft

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A charity that had dozens of Star Wars, Star Trek and Doctor Who toys taken in a burglary has been "overwhelmed" by donations from the public.

The items were intended to be used to help raise money at an event for people with disabilities.

Image copyright Bladez Toyz Image caption The items were to be used to raise funds for this year's charity event. »

Punks go beyond joking around

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Photo: Martin Philbey, Redferns Image 8 of 26 Enema of the State is the band's biggest -selling record to date.

Photo: NBC, NBCU Photo Bank Via Getty Images Image 9 of 26 The self-titled record showed how a pop-punk band can progress.

"We thought it would be funny to have our accountants, managers and attorneys having to say that over the phone every day. »

Charlottesville rally organizer calls Heather Heyer’s death ‘payback’

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A Twitter post from the account of Jason Kessler, the far-right activist who organized the Charlottesville, Va., “Unite the Right” rally, insulted the protester who was killed at the event, saying late Friday night that her death was “payback time.”.

“Heather Heyer was a fat, disgusting Communist,” the post said.

The post linked to a story on neo-Nazi website the Daily Stormer that also insulted Heyer in crude terms and appeared to take glee in her death. »

Mass Effect: Andromeda Update from the Studio

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Since the release of Mass Effect™: Andromeda, we’ve worked hard to address feedback from our community.

Early in development, we decided to focus Mass Effect: Andromeda’s story on the Pathfinder, the exploration of the Andromeda galaxy, and the conflict with the Archon.

Our last update, 1.10, was the final update for Mass Effect: Andromeda. »