World Rugby’s temporary law changes receive mixed reaction

first_imgThursday May 28, 2020 World Rugby’s temporary law changes receive mixed reaction It is fair to say that World Rugby’s temporary law amendments have not been universally accepted by the public. ADVERTISEMENTIn a pursuit to reduce contact exposure in rugby, and therefore facilitate a quicker return to playing during the COVID-19 pandemic, ten optional law changes were announced today with the aim of reducing the amount of time in scrums, rucks and mauls. Reducing such fundamental elements of the game of rugby union has obviously led to suggestions that this is moving closer to rugby league, where in one instance the concept of a goal line drop-out has been taken from the other code. On top of that, many have been quick to highlight that rugby is a contact sport, and that it is ultimately a tough job in overcoming that to reduce the spread of the virus. But many also are acutely aware that this is the best approach in seeing a return to rugby as soon as possible. Cool. I love rugby league.. 👀— Gareth Reynolds (@garethreynolds) May 28, 2020Excellent news. A few more minor tweaks and you will have succeeded in completely ruining the game. Either the game is playable or not. Dont de-value it with this tosh— Ed Scrivener (@ScrivRec) May 28, 2020I think the key thing with the law changes is that they are optional. Looks like World Rugby is offering suggestions to people in places where the return to the pitch may be longer than others. Super Rugby Aotearoa is not implementing any new laws.— Derek Bressette (@BressetteTheJet) May 28, 2020ADVERTISEMENTRugby union is slowly being killed and it’s all thanks to @WorldRugby. They’re using the Covid excuse to bring these “trial” laws and then I bet they’ll carry on with themOnly need 1 new law after Covid: stop the clock on scrums and restart when the ball is out— Danny Chips 🇪🇺🇬🇧#YNWA (@dannychips__) May 28, 2020The new rugby laws are complete tosh, may as well start playing league when we its safe to return to play @WorldRugby #notmygame #whatsthepoint— shakeydaisy (@Tim_Cockers) May 28, 2020Aside from the concerns that these laws are a way of World Rugby speeding up the game through the backdoor, chiefly by reducing the number of scrums, fans have been cherry picking which law changes could potentially be carried forward when normal service resumes.The idea of an orange card attracted some interest, as it will help with making fairer decisions by giving television match officials a greater chance to analyse an offence. ADVERTISEMENTSimilarly, the goal line drop-out idea has not been as emphatically dismissed as some other suggestions have. This will be awarded to a defending team when they have held the opposition up over their line, therefore eliminating the scrum. Many people have always seen the five-metre scrum as an unfair response to holding a team up, as it essentially rewards the attacking team with a platform to score, and moreover punishes the defending team for their good defence. Other changes, such as removing the effectiveness of the choke tackle, have had different responses, which may largely be down to where people come from. The goal line drop out is interesting. If it’s like a 22 the scope for short kicks to regain possession would be interesting given the amount of space other team has to cover. Could certainly lead to some unusual phases of play.— AlexDS_Rugby (@AlexDS_Rugby) May 28, 2020I will raise a pint to the death of the choke tackle. When I can raise a pint. And also glad to see ‘use it’ reduced from 5 -3 (albeit in reality probably from 10-9 !)— david kelly (@dk3lly) May 28, 2020The very fact that these changes are optional, and have already been turned down by some unions, such as in the upcoming Super Rugby Aotearoa, suggests that they may not be as damaging as some are fearing. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error News Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Exeter vs Toulouse is off as a number of… 25 WEEKS AGO Danny Cipriani leaves Gloucester with immediate… 25 WEEKS AGO ‘Aphiwe can’t believe it. We were starting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Anh House / S+Na. – Sanuki + Nishizawa architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/453719/anh-house-s-na-nil-sanuki-nishizawa-architects Clipboard Area:  332 m² Area:  332 m² Photographs Houses Architects: S+Na. – Sanuki + Nishizawa architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Ho Chi Minh City, Save this picture!© Hiroyuki Oki+ 35 Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/453719/anh-house-s-na-nil-sanuki-nishizawa-architects Clipboard photographs:  Hiroyuki OkiPhotographs:  Hiroyuki OkiSave this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesText description provided by the architects. This house, designed for a thirty-years-old-women and her family, is built on the plot of 4m wide and 21m deep in Ho Chi Minh City, which is very typical for urban tube houses in Vietnam. The main request from the client is to realize the bright and open space filled with natural light and greenery. Save this picture!© Hiroyuki Oki Tube house, the most typical housing style in Vietnam, itself has a critical difficulty in getting enough natural light and ventilation firstly because there’s no opening on the two long boundary sidewalls and secondly because Vietnamese people tend to have lots of fixed partition walls for separating many bedrooms. Therefore, the main theme of this house is to explore the possibility of a new lifestyle in Vietnam, in which that such dark and humid space need to be improved drastically into a bright and open one.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiThe house is designed with 4 solid thick slabs and no normal fixed partition walls. Each slab, stuck in the different height, has several voids that lead natural reflection light from the top-light, façade and backside into the house.  In addition, each slab is set out with several holes of terrazzo bath-tub and foot-space for sitting, especially the 15 holes for greenery with different kinds of tropical plants to enable the space attractive and fresh. Furthermore normal familiar fixed partition walls are replaced into light, movable and translucent partitions for separating bed spaces, adjusting balance between the privacy for each individual space and the fluency of whole big space according to the lifestyle’s request. These partitions are the folding or sliding doors with woven bamboo as a shade and jalousie windows system which are easily opened for the natural wind circulation to go through the whole house spaces. Briefly, all of design intents are to fulfill the tube house spaces with greenery, brightness, well-ventilations then transform the narrow, dark, humid passive residential housing into “the space connecting to the outside natural environment” – where the people can feel real outside atmosphere.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiThe house structure is a RC frame structure with reversal beams system. Besides, using the woven bamboo sheet as concrete work’s frames for engraving the bamboo pattern on the exposed concrete ceiling,not only emphasizes the continuous slab and natural lighting effect, but also creates stronger aesthetic effect together with real woven bamboo of doors system. All these materials and techniques adopted into this house design are local and widely common in Vietnam.Save this picture!© Hiroyuki OkiWe can feel the natural wind and live without air conditioner comfortably in this house that has the “lifestyle connecting to the outside natural environment”. Somehow, this sustainable and ecological proposal is considered as a re-definition of the Vietnamese traditional lifestyle connecting to the outside environment in the contemporary housing. We really hope this simple, bright and open lifestyle can be one of the effective alternatives in the modern lifestyle in Vietnam.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessTrattner Scharfetter Residence / LP ArchitekturSelected ProjectsHouse in the Hills / ArchitectareSelected Projects Share Anh House / S+Na. – Sanuki + Nishizawa architects “COPY” Projects Anh House / S+Na. – Sanuki + Nishizawa architectsSave this projectSaveAnh House / S+Na. – Sanuki + Nishizawa architects “COPY” CopyAbout this officeS+Na. – Sanuki + Nishizawa architectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHo Chi Minh CityHousesPublished on December 03, 2013Cite: “Anh House / S+Na. – Sanuki + Nishizawa architects” 03 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. 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Tracey Pritchard is Friends of the Earth’s new Head of Fundraising

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tracey Pritchard has begun work as the new Head of Fundraising at Friends of the Earth where she will be responsible for the campaigning charity’s direct marketing, trust and major donor activity. She will report to Joe Jenkins, who was recently appointed as the organisation’s Director of Fundraising, Communications and Activism.She joins Friends of the Earth from the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) where she had worked as Fundraising Strategy and Planning Manager since 2009, overseeing the design and delivery of business and market development, integrated marketing and audience management work.Before this she spent two years as a freelance charity consultant and fundraiser, leading campaigns for RNIB, Humanade, Reprieve and regionalcharities. Before that she had spent 12 years at disability charity Sense, where she rose to Deputy Director of Fundraising.She has also been a Friends of the Earth supporter for more than 20 years.Andy Atkins, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, said: “More than 90 per cent of our income comes from individuals so supporting our vital work with donations really can make a difference.“Tracey brings a strong track record of delivering results through strategic fundraising planning and implementation – just what we need to help us make the most of today’s rapidly changing context.”www.foe.co.uk Tracey Pritchard is Friends of the Earth’s new Head of Fundraising Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people Howard Lake | 25 August 2010 | News  30 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

Harassment, exile, imprisonmentOne hundred independent journalists face the State

first_img May 6, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas Organisation Help by sharing this information New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Follow the news on Cuba September 1, 2000 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Harassment, exile, imprisonmentOne hundred independent journalists face the State First partAttacks, arrests, confiscation and theftSince the beginning of the year at least two journalists have been attacked by unidentified assailants. On 17 January in Havana, Mary Miranda from the agency Cuba Press lost consciousness after being hit violently. On 13 May Santiago Dubuchet, from the agency Habana Press, was hit on the head in a park in Artemisa. The six people who immediately gathered around him insulted him.”Acts of repudiation” have been reported less frequently since early 1999. On the other hand, the police try more and more often to prevent independent journalists from covering “sensitive” events. Reporters are either arrested (about 15 of these detentions, which sometimes last several days, have been reported since the beginning of 2000) or are placed under house arrest. On 21 July 2000, for example, the day of the trial (set the day before) of two opponents in Santiago, Luis Alberto Rivera Leyva, director of the APLO (Agencia de prensa libre oriental) was arrested at his home and released only after the hearing. Seats available for the public in the courtroom were filled early by members of the communist party or plainclothes police officers. Independent journalists in Santiago who had escaped arrest or house arrest were unable to follow the proceedings since the courtroom was full.When these arrests take place the accused are systematically threatened and their equipment is often confiscated. In Cuba it is now possible to buy a fax machine or computer, payable in dollars. It is, however, impossible to find photocopying equipment or printers. People who have the means – in dollars – use their contacts in embassies or foreign firms to acquire such equipment.Seizures sometimes take place in different forms. On 31 January the home of journalist Juan González Febles was “burgled” by unidentified persons who stole his tape recorder, recordings and several articles. On Wednesday 9 August 2000 at 9.30 p.m. a couple who introduced themselves as employees of Cuba Press to the owner of the agency premises, stole all the documents collected by the agency (archives, national and foreign newspapers and magazines, dictionaries, books, books on journalism published by the Spanish daily El País, lessons in journalism in Spanish by the Florida International University, etc.). After the owner of the premises, a victim of police pressure, had asked the agency to move, agency staff had packed this documentation into boxes in order to move it to new premises in another neighbourhood.Attempts to discredit and pressure on families30 independent journalists suddenly became known in Cuba on 1 November 1999 just before the Ibero American Summit in Havana, when President Fidel Castro cited the name of each of them on two national television channels. They were ridiculed and accused of visiting the US Section of interests in the capital on the occasion of an evening farewell reception organised for the director. During a TV broadcast five months later, on 22 April 2000, journalists Raúl Rivero (director of the agency Cuba Press who, along with other dissidents, had been received during the summit by the heads of the Spanish and Portuguese governments), Tania Quintero, Manuel David Orrio, Lucas Garve, Jesús Zuñiga and Vicente Escobal were accused of being “counter-revolutionary leaders”. Their names were published three days later by Jeventud Rebelde.These attempts to discredit are sometimes successful. “You are a dead man as far as I’m concerned, you don’t exist anymore”, said the uncle of Oswaldo de Céspedes (assistant manager of the agency CPI) to his nephew after the President cited his name on television. By contrast, other journalists’ neighbours, family and colleagues have found ingenious ways of protecting them from surveillance by the police or by delegates of the famous Committee for the Defence of the Revolution (CDR) present on every block in every neighbourhood and responsible, among other things, for informing.The families or friends of journalists are also victims of reprisals. Countless spouses, brothers or sisters of these “counter-revolutionaries” have lost their jobs because they refused to condemn or inform on the “culprits”, and parents or children have likewise been harassed. “All those who have links with an ‘anti-social’ person are victims of one or other form of reprisal until they cut all ties and state so publicly”, commented Jorge Olivera Castillo, former editor of the Cuban television news and current director of the agency Habana Press, and Marvin Hernández (Cuba Press), whose families are harassed intensively. On Mothers’ Day, Raúl Rivero’s brother, who lives in Canada, was refused entry into Cuba. He was allowed to see his 80-year-old mother for only one hour at Havana airport and was unable to give her the medicines and gifts he had brought her.Several journalists have denounced recent police attempts to “turn round” or divide independent journalists. On 15 July 2000 Ricardo González, RSF correspondent, was detained for six hours. During that time police tried to persuade him to collaborate with them, making libellous statements about Raúl Rivero in their attempts to convince him.Access to the Internet and to all professional training prohibitedThe authorities publicly accuse independent journalists of “having no training”, yet they prevent those who want training (“Western style”) from receiving lessons or books, by confiscating their post. Independent journalists are regularly deprived of phone lines (which are tapped anyway), as are their parents or friends whose telephones they use to transmit their articles (on an international line that has to be requested via an operator). These journalists therefore have just as little access to the net as other citizens without particular privileges.The only two servers on the island are CENIAI, a branch of the Cuban science and technology ministry, and Infocom, run by the Italian-Cuban company ETECSA (Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Cuba). Applicants must have a valid reason, in the authorities’ eyes, to request access. Individual persons have to go to the ministry themselves. If the application is approved, they sign a contract with restrictive clauses. Thus, use of the Internet “that violates moral principles of Cuban society or the laws of the country” is prohibited. Electronic exchange must not “undermine national security”.Senior government officials, a few researchers or specialists (watched by their superiors when they surf on the Net at work) and foreign firms represented in Cuba have total access to the Web. Everyone else, including exporting Cuban firms, have to make do with e-mail only. An e-mail address black market exists on a small scale, for the few Cuban citizens who have a personal computer. In all cases users strongly suspect that e-mail messages are read by the secret services since messages from abroad arrive several hours after being sent or not at all.Rates are complicated. Registration fees vary between 60 and 450 dollars, and monthly rates range from 40 to 80 dollars for the non-commercial sector, according to various criteria.The first cybercafé has just opened in the centre of Havana (in the Capitolio, the former parliament). For three dollars per half hour one can surf the Web or send e-mail messages on one of the six available computers but this service is reserved essentially for foreign tourists. It is hardly likely that independent journalists, who are refused access to the national library or archives, would be welcome.Finally, the authorities question the rules of conduct of news agencies. Since 1995 most of them have adopted statutes defining such rules and, in many cases, excluding membership of a political party or dissident organisation. On 29 August 2000 three Swedish journalists were arrested after running a seminar the day before on the working context of the Swedish press and journalistic ethics, attended by about twenty independent journalists. Birger Thureson, Peter Götell and Elena Söderquist were expelled as persona non grata after spending three days in the immigration services detention centre. The authorities accused them of “encouraging subversive actions and contributing to desperate efforts from the United States to encourage subversion in Cuba”. “We hope that nobody is under the illusion that such activities will be tolerated”, concluded Felipe Pérez Roque, the Cuban Foreign affairs minister. Reports News News RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago RSF_en CubaAmericas to go further News October 12, 2018 Find out more Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Receive email alerts Survive in fear or go into exileOn an island where the state is the only employer, independent journalists, paid very little by the sites that host their articles and never paid for their contributions to US radio stations, rely, like many Cubans, on money sent from their families in exile. The Cuban authorities, which have always preferred dissidents to leave the country (without the possibility of returning), subject them to intense pressure to go into exile. Some unrelentingly refuse. Others, tired of the pressure, especially when it affects their families, ask for a visa, most often to the United States but also to European or Latin American countries. Not all of them obtain one.Fourteen independent journalists went into exile in 1999 and 19 have done so since the beginning of 2000. Between 1993 and 1998 the total was only 17, according to information collected by RSF. Agency managers dismiss the idea that there is a large number of “opportunists” who pretend to be “independent journalists” for the purpose of gaining “easy access” to exile. Instead, they incriminate police harassment, the low income of independent journalists in Cuba and the scant hope on the island of a better life, including professionally.Conclusion and recommendationsCuba is currently the only Latin American country where the government, by decreeing that press freedom must “be consistent with the goals of socialist society”, totally controls information available to the people. It is also the only country in the region in which journalists are jailed.To maintain that state of affairs the authorities rely on repression and social isolation of independent journalists. The repressive arsenal set up by the government is varied: from confiscation of equipment and other impediments to journalists’ work, to their arrest and sentencing to heavy jail sentences. The state security Department is the main executor of this policy aimed at leaving these journalists no alternative other than prison or exile.Deprived of a job, closely watched by the Committees for the Defence of the Revolution, accused by the official media of being “mercenaries for the American empire”, independent journalists remain unknown to a large section of the population whereas abroad they are celebrated. However, their increasing numbers, the proliferation of Internet sites publishing their articles and their recognition at the Ibero American Summit in Havana, show that they have earned a place thanks to international mobilisation.RSF urges the Cuban authorities to:- Recognise freedom of the press and of expression without any restriction, and to have news agencies legalised by the justice ministry;- Release the three jailed journalists, withdraw charges against journalists and put an end to their arrests;- Repeal the articles of the 88 Law that limit freedom. The organisation notes that in a document dated 18 January 2000, the United Nations special rapporteur for the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression affirmed that “imprisonment as punishment for the peaceful expression of an opinion constitues a serious violation of human rights”;- End harassment and attempts to intimidate independent journalists;- Sign and ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.RSF urges the members of the European Union and ACP (Africa, Carribean and Pacific) countries to:- Persuade the Cuban authorities to legalise news agencies following the new UE-ACP agreement signed on 23 June 2000 in Cotonou (Benin) which provides for greater participation by civil society;- Intervene with the Cuban authorities to secure the release of the three jailed journalists.RSF also recommends that the press in democratic countries:- Collaborate with independent journalists by publishing their chronicles and articles. Apart from financial support, such cooperation is a form of recognition of their work and helps to break the isolation in which they are confined.last_img read more

Court decides to skip hearings when considering Ching Cheong’s appeal

first_img March 12, 2021 Find out more October 31, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court decides to skip hearings when considering Ching Cheong’s appeal Organisation to go further Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News Follow the news on China ———————————————-08.09.06Ching Cheong to appeal against crudely rigged verdictReporters Without Borders said today it backs the decision of Ching Cheong, of the Singapore daily Straits Times in Hong Kong, to appeal against his five-year prison sentence for “spying”.The press freedom organisation also joined the Hong Kong Journalists’ Association in repeating its call for his immediate release. “We are firmly convinced that this heavy sentence is designed to punish an investigative journalist and to sow fear among the Hong Kong press,” it said.Ching’s lawyer He Peihua, confirmed to Agence France-Presse that an appeal had been lodged with a court in Beijing on 8 September. “He and his family consider the sentence too harsh and unjust,” he said.The journalist who has always protested his innocence has had a message passed to his family calling the verdict unfair.The press freedom organisation said it was shocked at the rigged content, presented as the verdict in Ching’s trial, published by a newspaper in Hong Kong.The spying charge was based solely on his professional contacts with researchers with a Taiwanese foundation. If Ching Cheong was indeed paid by the Taiwanese foundation to write articles on geo-strategic subjects that does not in any way amount to espionage, the organisation said.The entire procedure was riddled with irregularities and secrecy and the justice system is hiding behind alleged confessions by Ching Cheong and Chinese academics obtained in circumstances contrary to international norms of justice.Moreover the type of news put out by the journalist which the justice system termed “state secrets” reveals the paranoia of those in power in Beijing. Scores of journalists, dissidents and university professors are imprisoned in China for having divulged supposed “state secrets”.The Taiwanese government on 1 September denied that Ching spied for Taipei. The authorities did however confirm that the Hong Kong reporter did have professional contacts with a Taiwanese research foundation.On top of the prison sentence, the court sentenced Ching to fines of 300,000 yuan (30,000 euros) and 310,000 Hong Kong dollars (more than 30,000 euros). Some of his family’s property in China has been seized. His wife, Mary Lau, expressed astonishment at the swingeing fines. “They appear to think that we have a lot of money,” she said. News ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today said it was outraged by a Chinese court’s decision not to hold any hearings when it considers Hong Kong-based journalist Ching Cheong’s appeal against the five-year prison sentence and heavy fine he was given in August for alleged spying.“What do the judicial authorities have to fear when they deny an honest journalist the right to be defended,” the press freedom organisation said. “Regardless of the crude distortion and imprecision of the lower court’s verdict, politically-influenced judges are getting ready to uphold an unfair conviction without even troubling to hold a single hearing.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We call on Prime Minister Wen Jiabao, who said he had confidence in the courts’ handling of this case, to ensure that public hearings are held and that the defence is able to present its arguments.”It was Ching’s lawyers who reported that the Beijing appeal court has decided to consider the appeal without hearings. Ching’s wife, Mary Lau, said that she was “disappointed” by the court’s decision. “They have deprived us of the possibility of demonstrating that the Taiwanese foundation Ching Cheong was working with is not a spy agency,” she told Reporters Without Borders.Ching’s lawyers say the appeal process should take place in November. It could be limited to an announcement confirming the sentence. Chinese law allows an appeal court to act without convening any hearing if it thinks the evidence presented by the prosecution at the trial was sufficient.The appeal was filed on 8 September. Ching, who is the correspondent of the Singapore-based Straits Times daily, has always insisted on his innocence. His health has reportedly deteriorated considerably since his arrest in April last year. RSF_en Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Slain journalist leaves wife about to give birth and 5-year-old son

first_img Help by sharing this information December 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Slain journalist leaves wife about to give birth and 5-year-old son Follow the news on Mexico 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en to go further May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas News Receive email alerts NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saycenter_img MexicoAmericas Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Reports Reporters Without Borders was saddened to learn today that José Alberto Velásquez López, a journalist and lawyer based in Tulum, in the eastern state of Quintana Roo, died on the night of 22 December after being shot as he drove home. The editor of the Diario Express de Tulum newspaper and a contributor to Canal 30, a local TV station, Velásquez left a wife who is about to give birth and a five-year-old son.“Yet another Mexican journalist has been gunned down, showing that there is never any truce in Mexico, not even for holidays,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We offer our condolences to the Velásquez family and we urge the authorities to protect his wife and son, who are now in a very vulnerable situation.”Velásquez was driving home when two men on a motorcycle shot him in the chest as they passed him. He managed to carry out driving for a while but then lost control of his car and hit another vehicle. He died while being rushed to a nearby hospital by Red Cross doctors.The authorities said prosecutors were investigating the possibility that the motive was linked to his work as a lawyer or that the murder was a crime of passion. Colleagues dismissed the crime of passion theory and suggested the murder may been carried out by supporters of Marciano Dzul, a leading local member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), who had often been criticised by Velásquez. April 28, 2021 Find out more News May 5, 2021 Find out more Organisation Newslast_img read more

Four letters to a young African who wants to be a journalist

first_img Follow the news on Cameroon CameroonAfrica Reporters Without Borders today published four “Letters to a young African who wants to be a journalist” to coincide with a two-day Africa-France summit dedicated to young people that starts tomorrow in the Malian capital of Bamako. The letters were written by veteran journalists from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. “These four personal accounts show us how African journalists do honour to a dangerous profession despite oppression, poverty and indifference,” the organisation said. News Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case News Receive email alerts May 19, 2021 Find out more May 31, 2021 Find out more News Organisation Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court to go further CameroonAfrica Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today published four “Letters to a young African who wants to be a journalist” to coincide with a two-day Africa-France summit dedicated to young people that starts tomorrow in the Malian capital of Bamako. The letters were written by veteran journalists from Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.“These four personal accounts are instructive, showing us how African journalists do honour to a dangerous profession despite oppression, poverty and indifference,” the press freedom organisation said. “Independent journalists are vital for people and nations. If France really wants to help Africa, it should defend its freedom. And if Africa’s leaders want to defend the interests of their peoples, they should be proud that a vigorous and responsible press is free to criticise them without risking prison or death.”African teenagers dream of being journalists, the authors of the four letters say. “Just for fun, I used to play at being a reporter during the school championships,” writes Donat M’Baya Tshimanga of the Democratic Republic of Congo, who heads an Congolese organisation called Journalist in Danger (JED).Journalists often serve as models, like star soccer players or film actors. Guthrie Munyuki of Zimbabwe’s Daily News says he could not decide whether to be a lawyer, journalist or soccer player. “I saw myself as the next Mike Munyati, the late journalist for the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation, and Michel Platini, the former mercurial French footballer.”All four say they were fascinated by the “powerful role” the media can play. “You want to be a journalist and nothing else,” says Cameroonian Jules Koum Koum, the managing editor of Jeune Observateur, addressing an imaginary young brother. “I have to congratulate you for this choice which was also mine 18 years ago.”“Little did I know that the media world is not a teacup affair,” points out Nigerian Ayodele Ale, a journalist with the Saturday Punch. “Indeed, it tasks the diligent. And news is not what is picked on a platter of gold. News, serious news, is not easy to come by.” Poverty is also often an obstacle. How many African children do not get the chance to go to university, not to speak of primary school? And even with a degree, things are not simple for young journalists.Munyuki recounts that “all the doors were closed” when he started out, but he did not give up. One day he was rewarded with the publication of his first article. It was the same for Tshimanga. “I felt an immense joy to know that I was being read by lots of people who furthermore did not know me.” Ale agrees: “At times, great joys swell inside me when I see my stories being discussed by those who could not identify me, even though I was present in the environment.”It is hard to wake up from such thrilling dreams. “Limbs have been broken, lives lost, people harassed, tortured and myself and colleagues heavily assaulted because of the desire of wanting to let the world know of our situation,” says Munyuki, whose newspaper, once the most widely read in Zimbabwe, was forced to close.Tshimanga began his career when his country was still called Zaire. “Criticism and questioning were the best way to end up in prison, in the cemetery or at the bottom of the majestic River Zaire,” he writes. Koum is bitter about spending a month in prison in early 2005 after writing about corruption within a government ministry. “I though I had done my duty to society well, but I was thrown in the notorious New Bell prison.”Ale was involved in “guerrilla journalism” and led a dangerous life in the late 1990s, when the military were in power in Nigeria. “Places like church, mosques, markets halls, abandoned buildings, schools or coaching centres, street corners and so on became our meeting points,” he recalls. And when it is not the police you fear, it is being broke. “How do you resist a discreet request for a puff piece when your son is ill and you cannot afford the treatment he needs,” asks Tshimanga, who is sorry for those who “trade their independence for under-the-table cash payments.”But it gets dangerous for African journalists who refuse to take bribes, who refuse to become sycophants. Death threats, beatings, imprisonment and constant fear are the price all of them have paid at one time or another. “Despite staying up night after night, the guard dog’s only reward is beatings,” says Koum. All over Africa, journalists are still being killed in cold blood. “For our landscape, there is neither permanent friend nor foe,” says Ale. “The profession is not for the faint-hearted,” agrees Munyuki, and Ale adds that in Nigeria, “the military institution fell and the commendation went to the valiant pen.”Koum ends his inventory of all the trials and tribulations a journalist must endure with this comment: “After all I have just revealed to you, brother, if you still feel drawn by this profession, that means you have a destiny. In which case, go for it!” Munyuki is uncowed by his experience of working in one of Africa’s most repressive countries: “I say journalism has steeled me, built me and modelled me.”The full text of the letters by Jules Koum Koum (Cameroon), Ayodele Ale (Nigeria), Donat M’Baya Tshimanga (Democratic Republic of Congo) and Guthrie Munyuki (Zimbabwe) are available on the Reporters Without Borders website (www.rsf.org).||||| April 23, 2021 Find out more News December 2, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four letters to a young African who wants to be a journalist Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system RSF_en last_img read more

Fears for future of Mr Binman

first_imgAdvertisement Linkedin NewsLocal NewsFears for future of Mr BinmanBy admin – October 13, 2011 1381 WhatsApp Print Facebookcenter_img FEARS surround over 600 direct and indirect jobs at one of the country’s largest waste removal service providers, after examiners moved into its Limerick offices this Wednesday. A hive of administrative activity was reported at the Luddenmore headquarters in recent days, where it is believed an extensive investigation into the future and stability of the company was undertaken. It is alleged that the company experienced financial difficulties in recent months and years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up An application submitted this Wednesday morning to the High Court on behalf of Mr Binman, sought court protection for the company. Affidavits have been furnished to the chancery court list and the matter is due to be heard again on October 18. However, in the interim, Mr Billy O’Riordan of Pricewaterhouse Coopers has been appointed as examiner to Mr Binman and its subsidiary companies, Greenport Environmental, Rural Refuse and Recycling and Clearpoint Recycling Ltd. Under the helm of Mr Martin Sheehan Snr since 1994, Mr Binman through the Sheehan family has site locations at Grange in Kilmallock, and Carrick-on-Suir, with accompanying offices in Clonmel, Ennis, Newcastle West and Limerick city. The company is now under the management of Mr. Martin Sheehan Jnr. In recent weeks, a decision was made by Bank of Scotland (Ireland) to withdraw its support and the company directors sought examinership to negotiate and restructure its debts.With a price war rampant throughout the industry, the company was said to be “compromised,” following claims that lending institutions sought to recoup on their lending.But Mr Binman say that they have an investor willing to inject the companies with finance to fund their working capital. Four years ago the company was involved in the purchase of a bio mass site in Foynes, for a reported €17 million.Other purchases made in recent years include a €5 million farm in Kilmallock, adjacent to the Luddenmore site. Mr Binman recently launched a service in the Cork area. Discounted services were also launched in Waterford.It has been suggested that an imminent rescue package could be put in place, while a firesale of the company to competitors is also seen as a possibility, should the proposed business plan fail to secure long-term viability.Financial difficulties and the resistance of the Bank of Scotland Ireland to make finances available to Mr Binman were alluded to during court proceedings brought against the company by local authorities. In 2010, Mr Binman was fined at Limerick District Court over its non compliance with Environment legislation, as it left over 30,000 of its customers without a suitable wheelie bin for the collection of recycling waste. The company stated that it was unable to get credit from the bank to carry out the necessary upgrade and roll-out of the bins to its customers, further stating that despite this it would still endeavour to complete its regulatory obligations.Company financial data was also withheld from the public domain during a recent court case, being deemed to be “sensitive information”. The company was convicted of breaches of the health and safety and fined €40,000 over an incident where an employee lost his life in an onsite accident in 2008. Recently, Mr Binman tried to overcome financial difficulties without the support of the UK bank and endeavoured to test trial a pilot initiative for the collection of rubbish bins before 8am in the city centre.The initiative began in mid-September and was to run for a month and if successful, plans were to be furnished to run the scheme throughout the city centre. The company believes that it has a viable business plan despite the financial turmoil it faces. Previous articleHuman remains found in John’s SquareNext articleGuitar and saxophone sing from the States admin Twitter Emaillast_img read more

SAT School Day

first_img Pinterest Odessa High School’s Skylar Herrera (25) shoots against Permian’s Reyna Rayos (10) during the first half Tuesday night at the Permian Fieldhouse. Facebook WhatsApp Twitter By admin – March 7, 2018 Local News Facebookcenter_img ECISD advanced academic servicesEctor County Independent School District will offer SAT School Day to juniors district-wide today.Juniors will be able to take the college entrance exam for free during the school day at their home high school campuses. Director of Advanced Academic Services Omega Loera said the district has been offering this opportunity for three years.Loera said juniors don’t have to go off-campus to an unknown site, they can take the test in familiar surroundings and they won’t have to pay for it.The maximum score for the three-hour test is 1,600, she said. SAT School Day Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleLeadership event set for ThursdayNext articleOC choir presents ‘Sunrise Mass’ adminlast_img read more

New Law Extends Protections for Reverse Mortgages

first_img Previous: OCC Debuts Program to Expand Financial Inclusion Next: FHA Proposes Revisions to Single-Family Servicing Policies Related Articles About Author: Chuck Green in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News July 14, 2020 1,336 Views A lifeline’s on the way for delinquent reverse mortgage borrowers in the D.C. area, according to the Council of the District of Columbia’s Code.The “Reverse Mortgage Insurance and Tax Payment Program Temporary Amendment Act of 2020” was passed by The Council of the District of Columbia, the local government’s legislative branch, according to Reverse Mortgage Daily. The purpose is to extend the Reverse Mortgage Insurance & Tax Payment Program (ReMIT) in the area. The District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) launched it in last year.The new law is to extend protections for reverse mortgage borrowers who have entered delinquency.The DCHFA Reverse Mortgage Insurance and Tax Payment Program has been extended—on an emergency basis—by the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency Act, called the “Reverse Mortgage Insurance and Tax Payment Program Emergency Amendment Act of 2020”, according to Code. Condominium and homeowners association fees also were included as greenlighted uses of the financial assistance by the program.Thirty-two percent of Americans did not make a full, on-time housing payment is July, according to Apartment List. This is up slightly from 30% in June.The report added that missed payments are concentrated among renters, young and low-income households, and residents of dense urban areas.During the first week of July, 19% of Americans had made no housing payment, while an additional 13% paid just a portion of their monthly bill.However, of those that missed the payment in June, 89% said they paid that month’s bill as of the first week of July.The report added that 43% of households earning between $25,000 and $75,000 did not pay their full housing payment in July.Additionally, homeowners between the ages of 45-60 were found to miss the most payments at 22%. An additional 7% made a partial payment.Apartment List’s survey said the share of homeowners concerned about foreclosures rose from 14% to 17%. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Delinquency Reverse Mortgage Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / New Law Extends Protections for Reverse Mortgages Chuck Green has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune and others covering various industries, including real estate, business and banking, technology, and sports. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribecenter_img Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Delinquency Reverse Mortgage 2020-07-14 Mike Albanese The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago New Law Extends Protections for Reverse Mortgages Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Postlast_img read more