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His Majesty's Royal News Service is a public broadcaster for the Kingdom of Rosebourg. Bringing news digests and updates from the Rosebourg capital city of Arnou, an unbiased news source for Rosebourg views and European viewers alike
Neveah Palace (Arnou), Rosebourg (25th July 2016) - Several months into his reign, His Majesty King Charles Xavier De Rosebourg has granted an exclusive interview with His Majesty's Royal News Service. The King's first months have gone without a hitch most expert observers say with the country remaining relatively stable despite the imposition of a number of new legislation by the Social Democratic government led by Royal Councillor Herman Dubroux.
I think the Social democratic government has put in place some ambitious programmes looking to improve the social rights of Rosebourg citizens and bring it at the forefront of the European Union. I am hopeful that we can keep on the trajectory of bringing forth a modern and inclusive society that will remain a beacon of hope for the remainder of the world.
The Social Democratic government has adopted major reforms to the country's abortion laws in order to enable easier access to abortion and sex education for young people in an effort to bring down unplanned teenage pregnancies.
I've also been very impressed with how the citizens of Rosebourg have dealt with the recent accidents in the diamond mines. I think the solidarity of the Rosebourg people towards the miners has been exemplary and the swift response of the legislator to bring about new legislation to increasing safety in the mines I hope will eventually prove us right. I know that the mining community will have a tough time adopting to the stricter requirements but I am equally certain that they can not only meet but exceed the new requirements which are essential to employee safety. Never again should we see so many lives lost as a result of inadequate health and safety at the workplace
One of the major hot political topics was also referenced by His Majesty the King, the Social Democratic government declined to respond to requests for it to intervene in local architectural planning issues, instead pushing back the issue to local governments.
We have a strong tradition of local governance and I don't see why we should be changing from this trajectory. Governance should take place as close to the people as possible and that is what I hope all Rosebourg politicisns from all sides of the aisle will continue to aspire to achieve. I think we owe it to all Rosebourg citizens.
A recurring criticism continues to be the relative absence of Rosebourg on the world stage, His Majesty the King hinted that a change of policy may soon be forthcoming
Rosebourg has a strong role to play to drive further European integration and as King I intend to push for that, and I think this is an ambition shared by the Government. We'll be looking closely at what happens in the European Union and making the Rosebourg voice felt strongly. We have a lot of expertise bringing together different language groups and cultures in a small country and our learnings can help bring a closer Union. European Councillor Josephine-Charlotte de Riviere has her work cut out, but she also has the full backing of my government and myself to make Rosebourg a powerhouse in favour of European integration.
Rosebourg Government moves to support the tourism industry
Chambord Palace (Arnou), Rosebourg 26th July 2016 – Royal Councillor Herman Dubroux announced new measures to boost tourism industry within Rosebourg. In keeping with efforts by the Crown to extend the influence of the country in the region, the Government’s plans aim to bring more tourists in contact with Rosebourg’s unique culture.
The measures, which include funding to boost hotel capacity on the Rosebourg coastline and hills, but also in the historic regional capitals of the country aim to preserve the architectural heritage of the country. An advertising campaign “Romantic journeys begin with roses” aims to make the most of the country’s reputation as the country of roses.
The Dubroux government has been exploring new ways to strengthen the Rosebourg economy following the implemention of a series of costly social programmes which have depressed economic growth and hit business confidence hard. The government hopes through its initiatives to restore business confidence and regain ground particularly in terms of direct foreign investment.
“We want Arnou to become synonymous with love, the weather in Arnou is fantastic, the architectural blend of modern and traditional unique, and our people are amongst the friendliest in the whole region. It was high time we opened up to more tourism,” underlined Councillor Dubroux in a speech to the Rosebourg Horeca Association.
The government has also announced measures to reduce visa barriers for non-Europeans hoping to visit the country.
“We’re also expecting the completion of major high speed rail infrastructure projects in the coming months which should cut travel times from Arnou to its neighbours by half.
The measures have led to a major confidence boost with the business confidence index boosted by 9.2%. The IMF has adjusted its economic growth estimations to a growth of 6.4% highlighting the impact tourism is expected to play in driving Rosebourg economic growth further in the second half of the year.
Rosebourg Government doubles down on the low-carbon economy
Chambord Palace (Arnou), Rosebourg 26th July 2016 – Councillor for Energy Rachel Bosch announced new government measures to accelerate the transition of the Rosebourg economy to a carbon neutral economy in line with European Union carbon reduction targets today. The measures, which come as oil prices continue to rise in the country, do not include any relief for Rosebourg citizens feeling the pinch at the gas stations.
“I am convinced, as is the rest of the Dubroux government, that we need to break ourselves free from the yoke of oil producing countries and continue accelerating our efforts to develop a carbon neutral economy,” Councillor Bosch declared in a speech in front of Parliament, “That is why I and my colleagues Councillor for Transport and Mobility Jean-Henri Bleus are announcing a new major investment programme to boost capacity of public transport. We will also be instituting a new carpooling scheme through partnerships with private sector including sharing economy players like Uber. And we will be tripling subsidies for new offshore wind-power plants and solar energy farms to bring down demand for carbon energy in the country.”
The investment programme will likely mostly be centred in the Arnou-Wouterke region where already the Regional Express Rail services is reaching capacity, although reports suggest that fresh stimulus may be provided to the railway infrastructures to boost inter-regional rail capacity as well.
Nonetheless, not all Rosebourg citizens are happy with the measures including the car-making industry and the mining industry which were expecting windfalls resulting from the increase price hike:
“Once again the Dubroux socialist democratic government has proven its insensitivity towards the needs of businesses who employ thousands across the whole of Rosebourg. These measures will drive down demand and we may in turn be forced to look for business and corresponding investment in neighbouring countries as well.”
“I think it’s a good move by the Dubroux government and will allow the Country of Roses to really get ahead of some of its neighbours when it comes to the low-carbon economy. Investing now will only expand our expertise and we will become a reference point for the region,” countered Green Party leader Ries Hachenbach.
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Abortion scandal in Rosebourg leads to petition for abortion law changes
Anneke, Rosebourg 29th July 2016 - The small city of Anneke in the North West of Rosebourg was in uproars following the publication in a local newspaper of the story of Ms X who declared to a news reporter that she had decided to get an abortion because she felt like it. Catholic organisations in the city have launched an open letter which has assembled over 59.000 signatures calling on the Dubroux Government to amend Rosebourg’s generous abortion laws and limit abortions only to cases of rape, or when it endangers the
mother’s life. “Rosebourg has for too long ignored the sanctity of life and allowed the murders of countless children at the hands of irresponsible women,” Bishop van Gomme of Anneke commented upon hearing of the news report, “I implore on Rosebourg to change its way and to find a more ethical balance that respects the right of the unborn child.”
Rosebourg’s abortion laws, which were last amended in 2001 allows for abortions to take place up to 12 weeks into the gestational process and is large in keeping with continental European norms. The proposal by the petitioners would be a significant blow according to women’s rights organisations.
Councillor for Social Affairs Radouane Petit Feu, nonetheless suggested that Rosebourg’s Government were not likely to consider changing the legislation. “Whilst we believe that the comments of the young lady are irresponsible we believe that the abortion laws on the books continue to respect women’s rights whilst balancing those of a child who is sufficiently developed as to be declared a living being. I think what we are missing in this debate is the need for us to redouble efforts in our schools to promote healthier sexual lives amongst our youth.”
If the petition reaches over 100.000 signatures, the petition will have to formally heard in Parliament.
Health Ministry declines request to adjust mobile phone mast legislation
Arnou, Rosebourg 28th August 2016 - The Ministry of Health has rejected concerns from consumer rights organisations Test Achats about health concerns linked to the use of smartphones in Rosebourg. Leading civil servants have reassured the public that there are no indications that any health risks exist and it has recommended maintaining the current standards in place for the placement of mobile masts in the country.
"We are disappointed with the findings of the Ministry of Health," Test Achat's Chief Executive commented as the inquiry was dismised out of hand, "The Ministry used studies carried out by the industry itself which of course find there is nothing to be worried about. We proposed a number of studies that state otherwise, but clearly the Government is more interested in pocketing the tax revenue for itself than deal with the concerns of citizens."
"Leading medical professionals looked over the inquiry of Test Achat and conducted a variety of medical tests. We also looked at both the industry findings and those conducted by consumer bodies and found on balance that the risks were negligible at best and certainly didn't warrant a change in our current policies."
The placement of mobile masts within cities is already regulated by a number of health and safety regulations which limits their output power and the density of them. However, Test Achat contended that these should be halved as there are no long-term studies into the health hazards of mobile rays.
"That's the real problem, none of the tests can elucidate what the long term risks are. We would have thought Rosebourg would err on the side of caution rather than maintain regulations which predate the explosive use of smartphones in the country."