Government blamed for newspaper reporter’s dismissal

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders also hopes that the Grenada Advocate will reverse its decision to fire Titus.In the 9 March article that apparently prompted his dismissal, Titus reported that the prime minister had selected the ruling National Democratic Congress’ candidates for the next general elections without bothering to consult with the party’s leaders. Other media have since carried reports that tend to support his claim.The prime minister’s press secretary, Richard Simon, wrote twice to the Grenada Advocate requesting a retraction and apology. It was after receipt of the second letter – of which we have been sent the text of key passages – that Titus was told that his contract would end on 31 March.The MWAG has told us that this is not the first case of its kind. Two radio stations also recently received warnings from the prime minister’s office about their political reporting, the association said.Although the Organization of East Caribbean States (OECS), to which Grenada belongs, achieved a good ranking (25th) in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, cases of direct political pressure on journalists or their news media are occasionally reported.There has, however, not been a case of this gravity since the Grenada Today weekly had to be liquidated in 2009 as a result of a libel suit by former prime minister Keith Mitchell. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies June 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Reports Organisation WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Americas Newscenter_img Receive email alerts Americas Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says March 27, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government blamed for newspaper reporter’s dismissal There are strong grounds for suspecting that the privately-owned Grenada Advocate weekly’s dismissal of reporter Rawle Titus on 23 March was the result of direct political pressure by Prime Minister Tillman Thomas (photo) and his press secretary. Reporters Without Borders calls on the government to provide a frank explanation of a matter liable to endanger media independence.“We understand the alarm expressed by the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) ever since the Grenada Advocate told Titus his contract with was being terminated,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The evidence brought to our notice is solid enough to substantiate the claim that there was direct political interference in the functioning of a reputable independent newspaper.“We urge Prime Minister Thomas to disown the pressure that his office brought to bear on the Grenada Advocate’s management and to reiterate the commitment to freedom of information that he expressed when he took office in 2008.” to go further Follow the news on Americas Related documents Prime minister’s responsePDF – 1.4 MB News May 13, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

REA says Donegal 3 Bedroom Semi prices are stabilising after 3.5% rise

first_img Facebook WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th REA says Donegal 3 Bedroom Semi prices are stabilising after 3.5% rise Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal center_img Homepage BannerNews Previous articleO’Donnell says housing list reviews are needed to minimise refusalsNext articleDerry City take full points from trip to Limerick admin The price of an average three bedroom semi detached house in Co Donegal has risen by 3.45% to €75,000 in the first three months of 2015, with an overall rise of 5.63% in the past six months.That’s according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance.It now takes seven weeks to sell the average house in the area around Bundoran, compared to 12 weeks in September 2014, where the rise in sterling has been a contributory factor in a 7.69% rise in prices in the first three months of the year.REA Mc Elhinney’s Bundoran office says the affordable end of the market is extremely busy with strong demand for homes priced up to €100,000.The company’s Milford office also reports strong interest in three bed semis, with anaverage price at €80,000. They say while supply has eased up, there is still a steady stream and demand has kept pace.As a result, they say prices are stabilising rather than rising, although over the course of the year there may be a slight increase.Nationally, REA says there is a lack of supply of three-bedroom family homes because it is still not financially viable in many areas for builders to construct homes and make a profit. Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook By admin – April 20, 2015 Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Deputies Blaney and McGinley among top expenses claimers

first_img By News Highland – October 11, 2010 Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Deputies Blaney and McGinley among top expenses claimers Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Google+center_img Pinterest Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Newsx Adverts Previous articleAppeal lodged in relation to major Glenties wind farmNext articleJustice Minister to officially open Buncrana Garda Station News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Donegal Deputy Dinny McGinley made the top 3 in terms if TD’s expenses claims covering the period during which the Dail was in summer recess.Figures published at the weekend show that Deputy McGinley claimed almost 21 thousand euro  – the third highest in the country.Deputy Niall Blaney also topped 20 thousand euro mark placing him fifth amongst all TD’s.Donegal Deputies tend to dominate the list of top earners as they face round trips 700km from their homes to the Dail in Dublin.In total deputies were paid just over 2.3 million euro this despite the Dail rising on July 8th and returning on September the 29th.The figures also show that despite there being no committee hearings in August as well as no Dail sittings, the 163 members of the lower house claimed €575,000 in expenses. WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Diving pattern and performance in the macaroni penguinEudptes chrysolophus

first_imgThe pattern and characteristics of diving in two female macaroni penguins Eudyptes chrysolophus was studied, during the brooding period, using continuous-recording time-depth recorders, for a total of I8 days (15 consecutive days) during which the depth, duration and timing of 4876 dives were recorded. Diving in the first 11 days was exclusively diurnal, averaging 244 dives on trips lasting 12 hours. Near the end of the brooding period trips were longer and included diving at night. About half of all trips (except those involving continuous night-time diving) was spent in diving and dive rate averaged 14–25 dives per hour (42 per hour at night). The duration of day time dives varied between trips, and averaged 1.4–1.7 min, with a subsequent surface interval of 0.5–0.9 min. Dive duration was significantly directly related to depth, the latter accounting for 53% of the variation. The average depths of daytime dives were 20–35 m (maximum depth 11 5 m). Dives at night were shorter (average duration 0.9 min) and much shallower (maximum 11 m); depth accounted for only 6% of the variation in duration. Estimates of potential prey capture rates (3–5 krill per dive; one krill every 17–20 s) are made. Daily weight changes in chicks were directly related to number of dives, but not to foraging trip duration nor time spent diving. Of the other species at the same site which live by diving to catch krill, gentoo penguins forage exclusively diurnally, making longer. deeper dives; Antarctic fur seals, which dive to similar depths as macaroni penguins, do so mainly at night.last_img read more

Jay Hill Signs Contract Extension At Weber State

first_imgFebruary 18, 2021 /Sports News – Local Jay Hill Signs Contract Extension At Weber State FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Thursday, Weber State University signed head football coach Jay Hill to a 2-year extension.This will keep him as the Wildcats’ head coach through the 2025 season.Hill became the 11th head coach in program history in December 2013.In January 2017, he signed a five-year extension, adding two more  years to his contract in December 2017.The 45-year-old Hill is 47-30 (.610) at Weber State and 34-14 (.708) in Big Sky Conference games.In the past three seasons, Hill has led the Wildcats to a 21-3 (.875) record in conference games.Hill has coached 13 players to All-American honors 21 times and has 84 All-Big Sky Conference honors to his credit.The Wildcats commence an abbreviated springs season February 27 at Idaho State. Brad Jamescenter_img Written bylast_img read more

Prep Sports Roundup: 3/24

first_img Brad James Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBaseballRegion 12PRICE, Utah-Rylan Hart’s 3 RBI led the way and the Carbon Dinos pummeled South Sevier 11-4 in Region 12 baseball action Wednesday. Jordan Fossat earned the win on the mound for the Dinos.Non-RegionNEPHI, Utah-Dalin Ludlow posted a no-hitter and the Juab Wasps hammered Emery 12-0 Wednesday in non-region baseball action. Brayden Lawton and Teagan Christensen had 3 RBI apiece in victory for the Wasps.MILFORD, Utah-Calvin Holm homered, leading the Milford Tigers to a 13-3 rout of Richfield’s JV in on-region baseball action Wednesday. Heston Sullivan earned the win on the mound for the Tigers.SoftballRegion 14MANTI, Utah-Katelon Crouch homered twice and the Manti Templars decimated Juab 18-1 Wednesday in Region 14 softball action. Katie Larsen drove in three more runs in victory for Manti. Ashley Rasmussen took the win in the circle and posted 2 RBI for the Templars in the win.ROOSEVELT, Utah-Addison Martin netted 2 RBI as the Union Cougars pummeled North Sanpete 6-1 in Region 14 softball action Wednesday. Martin added the win in the circle for the Cougars.2-A CentralBICKNELL, Utah-Bentlee King and Sara Blackham had 2 RBI apiece and the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs hammered Wayne 16-4 Wednesday in 2-A Central softball action. Kennedi Knudsen, Brinley Hansen and Rilee Dyreng also drove in runs in victory for the Bulldogs.Non-RegionRICHFIELD, Utah-McKadee Blackner and Jamie Hair had 2 RBI apiece and the Richfield Wildcats crushed Piute 17-2 Wednesday in non-region softball action. Mercedes Perschon and Sydney Knutson also drove in runs for the Wildcats. Jacee Albrecht earned the win in the circle for Richfield.Boys SoccerRegion 14MT. PLEASANT, Utah-Marcos Frutos scored the sole goal of the game and the Manti Templars blanked North Sanpete 1-0 in Region 14 boys soccer action Wednesday. Juan Palmerin posted an assist for Manti and Shane Arnoldsen netted the shutout for the Templars.NEPHI, Utah-Ryker Richards, Damian Reyes and Jesus Cobian each scored as the Juab Wasps blanked Union 3-0 Wednesday in Region 14 boys soccer action. Wyatt Cunningham posted the shutout for the Wasps.Non-RegionWEST VALLEY CITY, Utah-Luis Rodriguez, Diego Fuentes and Ahmed al Rubaye each scored as the Class 6-A Granger Lancers edged Delta 4-3 in non-region boys soccer action Wednesday. Daniel Mendoza and Braiden Gonder scored in defeat for the Rabbits.center_img March 24, 2021 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 3/24last_img read more

£250m pumped into online estate agents so far by investors, claims TPFG

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » £250m pumped into online estate agents so far by investors, claims TPFG previous nextAgencies & People£250m pumped into online estate agents so far by investors, claims TPFGExtraordinary claim is made by parent company of Martin & Co and Ewemove in its upbeat annual results for 2017.Nigel Lewis10th April 201801,799 Views The Property Franchise Group (TPFG), the parent company of Martin & Co and several other leading agency brands, says it estimates £250 million has been pumped into online estate agents such as Purplebricks, YOPA and Emoov to date.This extraordinary figure is revealed within its annual results for 2017 which are published today, which show TPFG’s group revenue increased by 23% last year and that profits surged by 33%.TPFG’s annual results are also dominated by the company’s evident pleasure in its purchase of hybrid agency Ewemove, which it says moved into profit during the second half of the 2017 following the departure of its founders, and now has 120 offices. This has significantly boosted TPFG’s branch count, increasing it to 403 from 377 in  2016.“Our decision to acquire the online player EweMove has proven to be rewarding, with the business delivering significant revenue growth to the Group this year, as well as providing us with the digital marketing insight to leverage better performance in our traditional high street brands,” says Ian Wilson, CEO of TPFG (pictured, left).EweMove remains a highly trusted brand, its ‘no sale, no fee’ model is popular with customers and provides a differentiator in the online market.“As we continue to add experienced estate agents to the EweMove network, we are excited by the opportunity to build up our share of the online estate agency market.”Online estate agentsTPFG describes its purchase of Ewemove last year as an “exciting play in the online, hybrid space” and that it “hedges against deteriorating in trading conditions for our traditional high street model”.But bad times for its high street branches have yet to arrive for a majority of its branches.  The company reveals that revenue growth at its key brands increased significantly last year including at several of its franchises including CJ Hole (+9%), Parkers (+6%), Martin & Co (+5%) and Ellis & Co (+3%).“The overall pattern was of pleasing revenue growth, in a marketplace where many competitors were reportedly in reverse gear,” the report says.  Ian Wilson online estate agents The Property Franchise Group TPFG EweMove April 10, 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 2021last_img read more

Obama impacts UK student recruitment

first_imgBarack Obama’s recent victory in the US Presidential Election is likely to affect the numbers of UK graduates applying for jobs in the United States, a Higher Education spokesperson has said.According to Dr Bahram Bekhradnia, the director of the Higher Education Policy Institute, “The UK has benefitted greatly over the last seven years from the negative perception of the US”.The US is lifting 9/11 visa restrictions while the advent of biometrics and identity cards will tighten British barriers, meaning that the UK could lose out on the £10 billion overseas students bring to economy every year.last_img

In Brief

first_imgALAN Davis, who runs the Authentic Bread Company in Gloucester, says that he sold 47 tonnes of Christmas mincemeat to Prince Charles’ Duchy Originals food company in 2005. That figure is a hefty increase on the 14 tonnes sold in 2004. READERS are reminded that for legal reasons we cannot print letters unless we have name and address details on file. These details will not be published if a correspondent requests that we withhold them.last_img

Icing o the cake

first_imgThe introduction of a new low-glucose powdered fondant by Surafti UK is one of the company’s responses to market changes, says Paul Martin, Surafti UK’s technical sales manager. For Martin, the new fondant, Flemings Powdered Fondant LG, which has been under development for the past 12 months complete with trialling and analysis, is another example of Surafti’s special service .Surafti’s approach is unique, he says, in that it does not rely on a few standard products but produces a blend to meet the specific production requirements for each customer. Each of the company’s 31 fondant products has been designed to solve a specific problem during manufacturing, merchandising or storage. “Our bespoke recipe solutions, backed by full field and in-house technical support, help our customers to achieve the required end results,” says Martin.Problems resolvedSurafti’s support team will visit a plant, assess the practicalities, advise or blend a one-off product accordingly. Some of the problem areas which have been resolved by this approach are the need for a gloss, quick setting times, enrobing, increased shelf life, particular flavour profiles, short eat qualities, freeze or chill stability and the need for powdered fondant.Fondants have been made under the Flemings brand name for 145 years, building a level of expertise that results in consistent products which have gained recognition as an industry-standard, says Martin.Fondant derivativesThe company’s standard fondant derivatives include the CW [close wrap] icing range, which it calls the first full-contact wrappable icing, suitable for fermented goods. Variations include the gelatine-based CW Plus 200 and the gelatine-free vegetarian CW [V] options. In the same range is Fondawrap Plus, an icing aimed at cake and confectionery lines, particularly where longer shelf-life is required.For celebration cakes, Covapaste is the roll-out icing considered by many in the baking industry as an industry standard in sugarpaste, says Surafti, and equally suitable for industrial plant or creative modelling applications.last_img read more