Multiple kidnappings of media workers

first_img Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders expressed grave concern about recent violent attacks on Libyan journalists, whose safety conditions are deteriorating drastically.The free press organization demanded that the Libyan transitional government do everything in its power to guarantee the security of local and foreign media workers.On 28 April, armed militiamen kidnapped Mahmoud Al-Farjani, correspondent for Al-Arabiya, seizing him in the Saudi-owned network’s office, which lies across the street from the Foreign Ministry. He was covering a militia demonstration in favour of highly controversial legislation to ban from politics former senior officials who served deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi.Al-Farjani was held for seven hours. His kidnappers beat him repeatedly and threatened to kill him. Before the kidnapping, the journalist had already received numerous threats arising from his work.At the same time, an Iraqi journalist and a Turkish technician for the IHA Turkish network were taken by another armed group, apparently one not linked to the militia involved in the Al-Farjani kidnapping. The two were released after several hours and were not mistreated.That same day, armed militia members occupied the headquarters of the national television network, Al-Wataniya, for several hours.On 22 April, Yousef Bargoum, a former journalist who directs public information for the civil registry in Benghazi, was kidnapped by armed militia after a radio broadcast on Al-Manar in which he disclosed obvious irregularities in municipal documents. Bargoum was held for three days. He was badly beaten and tortured with electrical shocks during the ordeal. He recounted the experience in an interview with journalist Mabrouka al-Masmari.Bargoum was released on 25 April and immediately hospitalized. But he quickly left the hospital, fearing his life was in danger in an insecure setting.Reporters Without Borders reiterated the important role that media workers play in a democratic society, emphasizing that freedom of information is critical to the establishment of a new, democratic, transparent and pluralist Libya.The organization cited the UN Human Rights Committee, which noted in its “General comment No. 34” in 2011: “Freedom of opinion and freedom of expression are indispensable conditions for the full development of the person. They are essential for any society. The two freedoms are closely related, with freedom of expression providing the vehicle for the exchange and development of opinions.” On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Organisation February 23, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF_en Related documents 130429_cp_libye_ar-2.pdfPDF – 290.61 KB LibyaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information April 29, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Multiple kidnappings of media workers Follow the news on Libya December 17, 2019 Find out more LibyaMiddle East – North Africa June 24, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News News Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul News News Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrestlast_img read more

City of Pasadena Tennis and Pickleball Courts Reopen

first_img Business News Community News City of Pasadena Tennis and Pickleball Courts Reopen Published on Monday, May 18, 2020 | 2:50 pm The City of Pasadena Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services has reopened certain non-contact amenities and park areas, including tennis and pickleball courts, the archery range, casting pond, and community gardens.With guidance from the County of Los Angeles and the Pasadena Public Health Department, additional safety protocols are in place and can be found on the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department website. Signage is posted at the entrance of the newly reopened recreation amenities advising visitors of these safety protocols and guidelines. It’s vital that visitors adhere to the safety guidelines to help keep these amenities open.Parks and park restrooms remain open. Park users should continue to practice physical distancing and avoid gathering with people who live outside their household. All recreation indoor facilities are closed. Playground structures, exercise equipment, basketball courts, and disc golf courses also remain closed. These closures are a precautionary measure to protect our community members from novel coronavirus (COVID-19).Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at; follow us on Twitter at @PasadenaGov, and Instagram and Facebook at @CityOfPasadena; or call the Citizen Service Center, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311. Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Community Newscenter_img 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Dark Side Of Beauty Salons Not Many People Know AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like An Eye-Candy And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

A magic light is quenched

first_imgAdvertisement Print [email protected] LEADING light in Limerick’s business and entertainment communities has been quenched with the death of the man who helped put the magic in Munster.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Vincent Finucane ran his electrical shop in Upper William Street from 1959 until he retired in 2001 and was known and loved by fellow traders and customers alike.The founder of the Munster Society of Magicians, ‘The Great Vincento’ went on to become its President and he was responsible for bringing magicians from all over the world to a gala show in the city’s Savoy Theatre.Vincent was well-known for performing for charity and he regularly performed for sick children in hospitals and other centres.The 86-year-old was a keen golfer and coordinated the J.P. McManus golf championship as well as being captain and president of the Limerick Golf club.Speaking at his funeral, Vincent’s long-time friend and fellow magician, Terrance Andrews, said that as a businessman he “built up a very loyal customer base which was a testament to his integrity and hard work. He was an integral part of the business community and he was sadly missed when he retired”.At Castlemungret cometery another friend from the Munster Magician’s, Paddy Ward, performed the traditional breaking of the magic wand ceremony.“We acknowledge that without a master to wield it, this wand ceases to have its strength and power. This wand, without Vincent, is useless. Magicians have lost a brother”.He lived with his wife Myra, and raised daughters Valerie and Laura on Fr Russell Road. He is also survived by his grandson, Sean. The Limerick Post Show | Magic with Steve Spade TAGSelectrical businessmagicMunster Society of MagiciansVincent Finucane Limerick’s Steve Spade set to amaze Picnic audience Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Previous articleLetter to the Editor – Time for Limerick to move onNext articleCost of school makes Limerick parents weep Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Facebook Email NewsCommunityA magic light is quenchedBy Bernie English – September 1, 2016 1144 last_img read more

The Latest: Miss. says out-of-staters showing up for vaccine

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 Facebook WhatsApp Local NewsBusinessUS News Pinterest Twitter TAGS  Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter The Latest: Miss. says out-of-staters showing up for vaccine Previous articleMATCHDAY: Moyes returns to Old Trafford with West HamNext articleJudge dismisses charges against 6 hair stylists at protest Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

The Housing Market: Six Months After Tax Cuts

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily About Author: Radhika Ojha Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / The Housing Market: Six Months After Tax Cuts June 20, 2018 2,857 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: How Real Estate Pros Are Embracing Mobile Devices Next: How Low Can Foreclosure Rates Go? Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Housing Market: Six Months After Tax Cutscenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Financial Services Committee HOUSING mortgage Rates Tax Cuts tax cuts and jobs act 2018-06-20 Radhika Ojha The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Tagged with: Financial Services Committee HOUSING mortgage Rates Tax Cuts tax cuts and jobs act  Print This Post Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Thursday, June 21, marks six months since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act became law. To mark this event, a hearing entitled Empowering a Pro-Growth Economy by Cutting Taxes and Regulatory Red Tape by the Financial Services Committee on Wednesday, looked back at how this act has impacted the economy over the last six months.In his opening statement during the hearing, Sen. Jeb Hensarling, Chairman of the Financial Services Committee said that the passage of this legislation was “incredible good news that has made a great difference in the lives of our constituents.”“Not only do we have tax relief, but we have a new regulatory agenda under this Administration to right-size regulation, and to help market participants actually comply, and to ensure that the burden of this regulatory infrastructure is minimized so that we can have economic growth – and indeed we do,” Hensarling said.The tax reform bill enacted by Congress in December did four main things that impact housing. According to a recent report by CoreLogic, the legislation “cut marginal tax rates, dropped mortgage loan limit for interest deduction to $750,000 from $1 million for a new first mortgage, eliminated deductibility for some second liens, and capped the annual tax deduction for property, state, and local income taxes at $10,000.”Another study, by Moody’s, indicated that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 decreased the tax incentive of homeownership by 1.61 percent from 1.67 percent to 0.06 percent for a family earning $150,000 annually in a high-tax state. It also found that though the legislation greatly reduces the tax benefits of homeownership, the impact on residential mortgage credit performance in the near-term will be neutral.The legislation, according to a pair of economists is also likely to drive migration in the medium to long-term. In a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed, they said that changes instituted by the tax reform bill would ultimately drive millions of people out of blue states such as California and New York and into low-tax red states.Despite detracting these homeownership benefits, a recent study by Zillow found that the legislation would spur billions in spending in the housing industry. According to the study, Americans are primed to channel $13.2 billion in tax savings toward the purchase or rental of a larger home and another $24.7 billion toward home renovations this year.Americans have earmarked the largest portions of their tax savings for “savings and investment” and “paying off debt,” according to Zillow’s survey of more than 10,000 consumers in the 20 largest U.S. markets. Both owners and renters are likely to hold about 29 percent of their savings as “savings and investment.” For owners, another 21 percent will go to paying off debt; renters will put 27 percent toward paying off debt.And this was an aspect pointed out by Hensarling too. “Just in the last couple of weeks, I heard from Brad in Wills Point, ‘the bank my wife works for has given two raises and increased benefits since the passage of the Act.’ I heard from Jim in Royce City in the Fifth District, ‘we take home three to four hundred dollars more per paycheck.’ It is making a difference, but there is so much more to be done,” he said. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Voting well underway in Presidential Election

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal By News Highland – October 27, 2011 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleNumber of people rescued by the DMRT support calls for fundingNext articleHighland Radio retains position as most listened to station in Donegal News Highland WhatsApp Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Voting is underway in the Presidential election and the referendums on Oireachtas inquiries and judicial pay.Polling stations – which opened around the country at 7 o’clock this morning – will remain open until 10 o’clock tonight.A by-election is also taking place in the Dublin West constituency.Voting in Donegal is said to be slow but steady – turnout as of 3pm varies between 7 and 16% Twitter Twitter Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Newsx Adverts Voting well underway in Presidential Election Facebooklast_img read more

Drivers urged to watch out for difficult road conditions

first_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Previous articleNine people awaiting admission to LUHNext articlePolice investigating suspected arson attack in Strabane News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Drivers are being urged to watch out for difficult road conditions after frost and ice overnight.Caution’s being advised on routes across north-west this morning.A status yellow snow-ice warning will stay in place until Sunday, with severe frosts and sub-zero temperatures expected at night.Met Eireann Forecaster Vincent O’Shea says there won’t be much snow but ice will be the main concern:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Drivers urged to watch out for difficult road conditions Twitter By News Highland – February 1, 2019 Facebook Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programmelast_img read more

Letting agents today face new but “pointless” Banning Orders and Rogue Database system

first_imgHome » News » Letting agents today face new but “pointless” Banning Orders and Rogue Database system previous nextRegulation & LawLetting agents today face new but “pointless” Banning Orders and Rogue Database systemNew reporting and policing system for offending agents and landlords kicks off despite industry criticism.Nigel Lewis6th April 20180901 Views The government’s Banning Orders and Rogue Database system for letting agents has gone live today despite the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA)  describing the initiative as “disappointing” and “pointless”.From now onwards, landlords or letting agents who are convicted of specific offences can be banned from letting or managing a property for at least 12 months via a Banning Order, and added to the Rogue Database for at least two years.The offences cover the most serious housing and criminal crimes. These include those involving fire and gas safety, Right to Rent, housing benefit fraud, ignoring council improvement notices, collusion in cannabis cultivation or drug dealing, poor HMO management, illegal evictions and violent or sexual offences against tenants.“I am committed to making sure people who are renting are living in safe and good quality properties. That’s why we’re cracking down on the small minority of landlords that are renting out unsafe and substandard accommodation,” says Minister for Housing and Homelessness Heather Wheeler.“Landlords should be in no doubt that they must provide decent homes or face the consequences.”First Tier TribunalOnce convicted, councils can apply to a First Tier Tribunal to have the landlord or agent involved banned from operating in their area, although their inclusion on the national database will help prevent them from setting up shop elsewhere.Agents who are convicted of a relevant offence will at first be issued with a Decision Notice before a Banning Order is made. This can then be appealed, although councils will be able to add an agent’s name to the Rogue Database regardless.ARLA says it is frustrated in particular by the database because it will not be available to everyone meaning letting agents and tenants cannot check if a landlord is ‘rogue’ or banned. Equally, landlords will not be able check an agent’s status before engaging them, points it made to the government in February this year, but which appear to have been ignored.“This appears to be a pointless exercise; if the list were made public – like the equivalent for estate agents – rogue agents and landlords would leave the market for good,” says David Cox, Chief Executive of ARLA  (pictured, left).Rogue Database ARLA ARLA’s David Cox Association of Residential Letting Agents banning orders April 6, 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

New twist in Professor of Poetry contest

first_imgThe battle for the coveted post of Oxford Professor of Poetry begins in earnest this week after nominations closed on Wednesday.Ruth Padel, Derek Walcott and Arvind Mehrotra will compete on 16 May in an effort to win what is seen as the most prestigious position in poetry after that of Poet Laureate.It is the first time in the post’s 300-year-history that a woman and a Caribbean have been campaigning for the position.Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, a little-known Indian writer, livened up the race by joining less than a week before the nominations closed.The race has been somewhat overshadowed, however, by opponents of Derek Walcott claiming he is an unsuitable candidate for the position as he has been reprimanded for sexual harassment.Current Professor Christopher Ricks will step down from the position in September to make way for the new incumbent. In the past, the post has been held by such poets as Seamus Heaney, Robert Graves and W. H. Auden.The position comes with a salary of £6,901 and a requirement to deliver three annual lectures. The Professor of Poetry is unique in Oxford as the only elected academic position.Candidates must receive nominations from at least 12 Oxford graduates to be eligible to stand. The successful poet is then chosen by election, in which all Oxford degree holders are eligible to vote.Prize-winning poet Ruth Padel was the first to be nominated this year. She is supported by the philosopher AC Grayling and the eminent scientist Jocelyn Bell Burnell. Padel, who has a particular interest in the links between poetry and science, has said she hopes to encourage connections across the arts and sciences within the university. Her latest volume, ‘Darwin: A Life in Verse’, was written to mark the bicentenary of her ancestor, the father of evolutionary study. She has been dubbed “a voice of great authority and integrity” and placed “among the most gifted poets of her generation” by literary critics. A vigorous campaign is behind her candidacy, with supporters having created a website to promote her cause. She will face competition in the form of Nobel laureate Derek Walcott, the West-Indian poet and playwright. Walcott won the Nobel prize for literature in 1992, founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop and has worked as a critic and lecturer. In a statement, Walcott’s nominators said that his appointment would be “a very significant and distinguished event for Oxford’s place in the literary world”. If chosen, Walcott would be the first African-American to take up the post.Indian poet Arvind Krishna Mehrotra made a surprise third entry in the contest. Mehrotra, a poet and critic currently lecturing at the University of Allahabad, has held poetry posts around the world and been described as “one of the finest poets working in any language”. His poetry is described as “a rich, fraught world history of cosmopolitanism”. Supporters have said that his interests in multilingualism, translation and creative practice would make him a “timely” choice for the position.May will also witness the announcement of Andrew Motion’s successor as poet laureate. Unlike the elected Oxford position, the poet laureate is appointed by Queen on the recommendation of the Culture Minister. Speculation that Motion might put himself forward for the Oxford position was ruled out in February when he announced his intention to take a break from “public poeting”. He criticised the professorship as being in “drastic need of an overhaul”, saying that it was “too vague” in its teaching requirements, and that the pay was “lousy”.Dr Sally Mapstone, chair of the English Faculty Board said, “The high level of interest in the Professorship of Poetry in Oxford, in the UK, and across the world indicates how much poetry matters to people and how much relevance this chair still has. With three strong candidates, it looks like the election may be a close run thing on the day.”She added, “We hope that as many members of Convocation (graduates of the University) will come to Oxford on the day to vote in the Examination Schools – where most of them will have sat their examinations in the past. There is a good chance too that the Proctors will be able to announce the result on the day, so we are in for an exciting 16th of May.”last_img read more


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