I think this AIM stock has bags of potential

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Nadia Yaqub | Wednesday, 19th May, 2021 | More on: SNG I think this AIM stock has bags of potential Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Synairgen (LSE: SNG) is an AIM stock that has been undeniably volatile. But over the past month, the shares have fallen more than 30%. It’s a stark contrast from the 85% increase during the last 12 months. Of course, historical performance isn’t an indication of future returns.The AIM stock is now trading around the 100p mark. I’d use this dip as a buying opportunity as I reckon this company still has bags of potential. Here’s why.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Why have Synairgen shares been falling?I think the main reason why this AIM stock has fallen significantly is due to the successful rollout of Covid-19 vaccines.It’s worth noting here that the stock rallied last year on the hopes of its SNG001 product. Unlike a vaccine, this is a treatment for coronavirus. So when there was doom and gloom about the pandemic, this stock soared after it announced that trials for SNG001 were successful.In the UK the jabs have been rolled out to tens of millions of people, so the euphoria surrounding the AIM stock has subsided. I guess that early investors have also taken their profits.Another reason why the shares have fallen is that the news flow regarding the treatment has somewhat reduced. The clinical trials for SNG001 will take time, but I’m optimistic for a positive outcome.The potentialI think it’s important to realise that the pandemic isn’t over yet. While things in the UK may be improving, there are other countries that are still suffering the impact of Covid-19. And let’s not forget the threat of virus variants. For this reason, a treatment for coronavirus remains extremely important.So far, SNG001 has proved successful in trials. It’s been tested on hospitalised Covid-19 patients as well as as people who are suffering from the illness at home and don’t require hospitalisation.In its announcement at the end of April, CEO, Richard Marsden said the “SNG001 treatment led to a threefold likelihood of recovery to ‘no limitation of activities’ in the markedly/severely breathless population compared to those on placebo in the home and hospital setting, and that further analyses reinforce our previous findings”.To me, this news is very encouraging. It’s also reassuring that international Phase III trials in hospitalised patients requiring supplemental oxygen are due to commence later this year.RisksSynairgen is making progress but still has a long way to go. There’s no guarantee that the Phase III trials will be successful. The company hasn’t made any sales yet and is unprofitable. There’s a lot riding on SNG001. And it could make or break Synairgen. This isn’t for the fainthearted. So I’d only invest what I could afford to lose.For now, the company has enough cash to see it through further clinical trials. It managed to raise money last year and as of the end of 2020, Synairgen was sitting on a cash balance of £75m.But if there are any setbacks, it may require further funding. And there’s no guarantee it will receive additional money. This could impact the stock.My viewDespite these risks, I’d buy Synairgen shares at the current price. As a long-term investor, this company has bags of potential even after Covid-19. It’s research and findings could prove useful to another large firm. Hence the AIM stock could be a potential takeover target. Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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IoF launches Access Fund for this year’s Fundraising Convention

first_img Melanie May | 14 March 2019 | News Tagged with: diversity National Fundraising Convention About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. IoF launches Access Fund for this year’s Fundraising Convention Advertisement Amanda Bringans, Chair of the IoF, said:“Our community currently lacks the real diversity it needs to fulfil its potential to support the causes we all care about. This is not only unacceptable but means that we are missing out on so much talent.  That’s why we are asking for donations to support the Diversity Access Fund, an early step for us to achieve our ambition of a more equal, diverse and inclusive profession.“We have already received many generous donations from the fundraising community and hope that with the support of fundraisers, organisations and partners within the sector, we can raise a further £10,000 so that more people from diverse backgrounds can attend Fundraising Convention.”center_img  111 total views,  1 views today  112 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 The Institute of Fundraising has launched a new appeal to raise £10,000 to fund bursaries for this July’s Fundraising Convention.The funds are for its Diversity Access Fund, launched last year to enable a more diverse range of fundraisers to attend the Convention.The IoF is asking the fundraising community to donate to the fund online.It will invite fundraisers who self-identify as BAME (Black, Asian or from a Minority Ethnic background), LGBT+, or disabled to apply from 2 April 2019. Successful applicants will receive bursaries for travel and accommodation costs as well as a ticket for one or more days at the event.Last year, the IoF was able to award bursaries to 23 people who would have otherwise been unable to attend and contribute to Fundraising Convention.last_img read more

Press freedom violations recounted in real time (from 1st January 2011)

first_imgEhsan Mehrabi, a journalist with the daily Farhikhteghan, was arrested on 22 January to begin serving the one-year jail sentence he received from a revolutionary court in November on a charge of “anti-government publicity” for giving interviews to the BBC’s Farsi-language service and Radio Farda. The sentence was upheld by a Tehran appeal court.Initially arrested on 18 February 2009, he had been released on bail of 50 million toman (45,000 euros) on 13 March 2010.———19.01.2011 – Two journalists freed on bailReporters Without Borders has learned that Keyvan Mehregan, political editor of the daily newspaper Sharght and Fariborz Rais Dana, writer and member of the Association of Iranian Journalists, have been freed on bail.Keyvan Mehregan had to post bail of 10 million tomans (about 7, 500 euros) and Fariborz Rais Dana 30 million tomans (about 22,500 euros).—-17.01.2011- Two journalists freed on bail in Iran; others held, sentencedReporters Without Borders learned today that two Iranian journalists working for the daily Shargh, Rihaneh Tabatabai and Farzaneh Roustaei, have been freed on bail of 10 million toman (about 7,500 euros) each. Rihaneh Tabatabai was arrested at his home by officials of the information ministry on 12 December last. Farzaneh Roustaei, in charge of the international pages, was detained five days later. Fariborz Rais Dana, writer and member of the Association of Iranian Journalists, was arrested on 19 December at his home by plainclothes officers of the information ministry. His lawyer Nasser Zarafshan, said he faced two charges. “One relates to criticism of the government policy of liberalization of prices in an interview with BBC television; the other concerns the activities of the Association of Iranian Journalists,” he said.He told Reporters Without Borders that the cases had been referred to the 2nd chamber of the revolutionary court in Tehran and that he had asked for his client to be freed provisionally. The lawyer said he had visited Fariborz Rais Dana, with his wife at the Evin prison on 6 January. The 36th Tehran appeal chamber sentenced journalist and human rights activist Shiva Nazar-Ahari to four years in jail and 74 lashes for propaganda against the regime and action against national security. She was arrested by the police on 20 December 2009, the day before the funeral of Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri. On 28 August 2010, the 26th chamber of the Tehran revolutionary court gave her a six-year prison sentence. Nasour Naghipour, blogger and human rights activist was given a seven year sentence on 8 January this year. He had been arrested on 2 March 2010. He is editor of the website http://www.nasour.net/ and was detained at his home in the city of Qazvin before being freed on 20 June 2010 on bail of 100 million toman (75,000 euros). June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 22.12.2011-Three journalists freedReporters Without borders has learned of the release on bail on 20 December of Amir Ali Alamehzadeh, a journalist with the ILNA news agency who was arrested on 18 September at his home in Tehran. During his detention, he was held in solitary confinement in Evin prison where he was subjected to ill-treatment. The press freedom organization has also been informed of the release on 17 December of two Kuwaiti TV journalists, reporter Adel Al-Yahya and cameraman Raed Al-Majed, who work for the television station Al-Adalah. The pair were arrested in the southern city of Abadan on 11 November and accused of espionage and entering the country illegally.Announcing their release, the Iranian ambassador in Kuwait said their arrest and the spying allegations against them had been “a mistake”. From the outset the Kuwaiti authorities had denied the allegations. A Kuwaiti official was quoted at the time as saying: “The two men work for a privately-owned TV station and were making a programme of a social nature,” adding that they had entered Iran on a visa.More than one hundred Iranian journalists have signed an open letter to the authorities demanding the release of the documentary film-maker, Hassan Fathi, who was arrested on 12 November hours after giving an interview to the BBC Persian television service. The letter, published on 18 December, said in part: “We request the unconditional release of Hassan Fathi, who was arrested illegally for having expressed his point of view.”In the interview, Fathi spoke about a mysterious explosion at a military base near Tehran a day earlier, which killed 17 people and injured 18.According to Fars, a government news agency linked to the Revolutionary Guards, he had been charged with spreading false information and upsetting public opinion. ——— 3.12.2011- Another restriction on foreign journalistsThe Iranian government yesterday banned foreign news media from covering any further rallies outside Britain’s embassy and diplomatic residences in Tehran. “It is the first time foreign media in Iran have been prohibited from covering pro-regime rallies,” Agence France-Presse reported.The ban seems to have been prompted by the desire to prevent coverage of yesterday’s visit by foreign diplomats to the embassy and Qolhak Garden residential compound, two days after they were ransacked by members of Islamist militias. The prefect of Tehran described the visit as “questionable” and said he had “warned those responsible.”AFP said the diplomats were shocked by the scale of the damage to the embassy and residences. The United Kingdom closed its embassy after the attack and ordered the Iranian embassy in London to suspend activities.——–30.11.2011 – Blogger arrestedThe blogger Rojin Mohammadi was arrested in Tehran on 21 November,after she was summoned to the prosecutor’s office in the capital’s Evin prison.Mohammadi, a student in the Philippines, had previously been arrested atthe airport on her return to Iran on 14 November and was released on bail 24hours later.It is not known whether she was detained as a result of her activism or for herposts on the Internet.———-30.10.2011-Three journalists freed on bail pending trialReporters Without Borders has learned that three journalists – Mehdi Afsharnik, Ali Akrami and Mohammad Hidari – were released on bail on 29 October pending trial. After being arrested at their homes on 5 October, they were held in isolation in Tehran’s Evin prison without any explanation being given for their detention.Three other journalists who were arrested in the past few months – Amir Mehdi Alamehzadeh of the news agency ILNA, Mehrdad Sarjoui, a Tehran-based journalist who writes for several English-language newspapers, and Hadi Ahmadi, a Karaj-based journalist employed by the government news agency ISNA – are still being held.———- News News The repression in Iran’s northwestern region of Azerbaijan is continuing. Ebrahim Rashidi, a blogger and journalist with the weekly Bayram, was arrested by intelligence ministry officials in the city of Ardabil on 12 September. He has been arrested several times before in recent years.Abolfazle Vesali, a journalist with the weekly Saghi Tabriz and former editor of the now closed daily Nedai Azarabadegan, was meanwhile released conditionally on 12 September after being arrested on 3 May to begin serving a jail sentence imposed in 2005.Vesali was sentenced to six months in jail by a revolutionary court in Tabriz, the capital of East Azerbaijan province, in April 2005 on a charge of “inciting revolt” while his newspaper, Nedai Azarabadegan, was banned by an East Azerbaijan provincial court for “publishing false information.”———12.09.2011-Two journalists freed but a dozen netizens and journalists arrested 18.05.2011 Two journalists releasedReporters Without Borders has learned that Taghi Rahmani, a freelance journalist and staunch defender of freedom of expression, was released on 17 May after being held for 100 days. He was given a preliminary release on 15 May but was summoned back to Evin prison two days later to sign administrative documents and was re-released in the evening.Plainclothes men arrested Rahmani at his Tehran home on 9 February, five days ahead of a demonstration being organized by government opponents in solidarity with the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings.He has been a journalist since 1981, working for various media, and has spent more than 16 years in Iranian prisons. He has been prosecuted both for working for underground newspapers such as Pishtazan and Movahed and for working for legal newspapers such as Iran-e-Farda and Omid Zanjan. Reporters Without Borders can also confirm that journalist and researcher Mohammad Norizad was freed on 8 May, as reported on his blog http://nurizad.info/. Arrested on 20 December 2009 after being summoned by the police, he was sentenced on 29 May 2010 to 50 lashes and three and a half years in prison on charges of anti-government publicity and insulting the authorities. He subsequently staged several hunger strikes in protest against his detention.Norizad worked for several years as a columnist for the daily Kayhan, the leading mouthpiece of Iran’s conservatives. Following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection in June 2009, he began to openly criticise the Supreme Leader of the Revolution, the government and the judicial system.————10.05.2011 – Journalist arrested six years after being sentencedReporters Without Borders has learned that Abolfazle Vesali, a journalist with the weekly Saghi Tabriz and former editor of the now closed daily Nedai Azarabadegan, was arrested on 3 May to begin serving a jail sentence imposed in 2005. He managed to tell friends the next day that he was in the main prison in Tabriz, the capital of the northwestern province of East Azerbaijan.Vesali was sentenced to six months in jail by a Tabriz revolutionary court in April 2005 on a charge of “inciting revolt” while Nedai Azarabadegan was banned by an East Azerbaijan provincial court for “publishing false information.”He and several other journalists were arrested in 2006 when members of Iran’s Azeri minority staged a series of angry protests in Tabriz in response to a cartoon of a cockroach saying “What?” in the Azeri language in the children’s section of the supplement of Iran, a daily published by the government news agency IRNA. The newspaper quickly apologized for the cartoon, which Azeris regarded as an insult. Vesali was released on bail after 45 days.——19.04.2011 Six-year jail sentence for woman journalistNazanin Khosravani, a journalist who writes for several reformist newspapers such as Bahar, Karghozaran and Sarmayeh, has been notified that a Tehran revolutionary court has sentenced her to six years in prison on charges of anti-government propaganda and activities that threaten national security. She had been released on 15 March.——-18.04.2011-Government news agency journalist arrestedManoucher Tamary, a journalist with the government news agency IRNA, was arrested yesterday at his home in Sanandaj (in the western province of Kurdistan) by men in plain-clothes, who searched his home and seized his computer. It is not known where they took him. Aged 56, Tamary has worked for IRNA since 1994. IRNA reports that he had received a summons from the intelligence ministry a week before his arrest. The news agency’s management has called for his release.—–17.03.2011-Two women journalists freedReporters Without Borders has learned of the release of two women journalists in the past two days.One is Nazanin Khosravani, a contributor to Bahar, Karghozaran, Sarmayeh and other reformist newspapers, who was released on 15 March after being held for 135 days. Her family spent two weeks without any news of her, without even knowing where she was being held, after her arrest at her home by intelligence ministry agents on 2 November.The other is Mahsa Amrabadi, a reporter for the now closed newspaper Etemad Melli, who was released yesterday. She was arrested at the end of a demonstration held in Tehran on 1 March in protest against the detention of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, and their wives.————— 03.03.2011 – Two women journalists arrested at Tehran demonstrationReporters Without Borders has learned that two women journalists – Mahsa Amrabadi, a reporter for the closed newspaper Etemad Melli, and Fakhrolsadat Mohtashamipour, a blogger – were arrested at the end of a demonstration in Tehran on 1 March in protest against the arrests of opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi.Amrabadi was previously arrested on 14 June 2008, obtaining her release on bail of 200 million tomans (150,000 euros) on 22 August 2009. A revolutionary court sentenced her to a year in prison on 14 October 2010. She is the wife of Masoud Bastani, a journalist with the daily Farhikhteghan who was arrested on 4 July 2009 and who was one of the many journalists subjected to the Stalinist-style mass trials that the authorities began holding in August 2009. On 1 November 2009, a revolutionary court gave him a six-year sentence, which he is now serving in Rajai Shahr prison.Mohtashamipour is the wife of Mostapha Tajzadeh, a reformist leader held since 12 June 2009. Ever since his arrest she has been defending the cause of political prisoners on her blog (http://www.mohtashami.info/), which has been blocked four times.Both Amrabadi and Mohtashamipour have probably been incarcerated in Tehran’s Evin prison.Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that Mazyar Khosravi, a journalist with the daily Shargh, was released on 24 February. After intelligence ministry officials told his family he had been admitted to a military hospital following a heart attack, the family deposited bail so that he could be released provisionally and transferred to a civilian hospital.He was arrested at his workplace on 11 February by intelligence ministry officials.——11.02.2011 – New wave of arrests, crackdown on mediaThe Iranian authorities launched a new wave of arrests of journalists in the run-up to a demonstration called by government opponents for 14 February in solidarity with the Egyptian and Tunisian peoples. At least four journalists and bloggers have been arrested in Tehran since 9 February:- Taghi Rahmani, an independent journalist and staunch free speech activist, was arrested at his Tehran home on 9 February.- Meisam Mohammadi and Omid Mohadess, journalists with the Behesti foundation’s website (http://www.beheshti.org/), were arrested at their homes by plain-clothes police on 10 February. It is not yet known why they were arrested or where they are being held.- Mazyar Khosravi of the daily Shargh was arrested at his workplace on 11 February by intelligence ministry agents.According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, a number of journalists and bloggers have also been summoned for questioning by Revolutionary Guards and intelligence ministry officials in various parts of the country.——————————————————-7 February 2011 – Four-year jail sentence for journalist who interviewed gaysReporters Without Borders has learned that Siamak Qaderi, a former journalist with the government news agency IRNA, was sentenced on 21 January to four years in prison and 60 lashes. He was arrested on 5 August 2010 on charges of anti-government propaganda and disseminating false information on his blog liable to disrupt public order.Qaderi was fired from IRNA after interviewing gays in Iran and posting the interviews on his blog, regardless of the fact that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had proclaimed, during a visit to the United States in September 2007, that “there are no homosexuals in Iran.”Mehran Faraji, a journalist with the daily Shargh and the now-closed daily Etemad Melli, was meanwhile released on bail on 4 February pending trial. He was arrested on 12 December 2010 in Tehran.———-24.01.2011 – Journalist begins serving one-year jail term for talking to international radio stations After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Organisation 13.10.2011- Reporter freed on bail in BushehrReporters Without Borders has learned that Hamid Moazeni, a blogger and journalist who works for several local newspapers in the southern city of Bushehr, was released on bail of 50 million tomans (45,000 euros) on 11 October.—————04.010.2011-Netizens freed on bail pending trialReporters Without Borders has learned that the following netizens, who were arrested during raids on 7 and 8 September, were released on bail yesterday pending trial:- Alireza Roshan, a book reviewer for the newspaper Shargh- Ali Akrami, editor of the Sheydagooyi blog (http://sheydagooyi.blogfa.com/)- Ali Straki- Mehdi Hossini- Mehdi Osanlo- Hamid Moradi- Mehran Rahbari- Mostafa Abdi- Nosrat Tabassi- Ali Moazemi- Reza EntesariReporters Without Borders has also learned that Said Mohamadi, a contributor to Azeri-language newspapers and editor of the literary magazine Yashagh, who uses the pen-name of Moghanli, was freed on bail of 50 million tomans (45,000 euros) on 25 September 2011. He had been arrested on 8 June in the northern province of Ardebil.A court for clerics in Tehran has meanwhile sentenced Arash Honarvar Shojai, a 30-year-old theologian and blogger (http://honarvarnetessays.persianblog.ir/) who was arrested on 28 October 2010 in Tehran, to four years in prison, a fine of 800,000 tomans and 50 lashes for criticizing the government in his blog. In an interview for the Khabarnegaran website, his mother had reported that he was ill and had suffered several nervous breakdowns.———14.09.2011-Crackdown in northwest continues Follow the news on Iran to go further News —————-Press freedom violations recounted in real time – January/July 2010————Press freedom violations recounted in real time – JUNE/DECEMBER 2009 Two journalists have been released in the past week but a dozen other netizens and journalists, and human rights lawyer Abdolfatah Soltani, one of the founding members of Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi’s Centre for Human Rights Defenders, have been arrested.Soltani was picked up at his home on 10 September during a raid by plain-clothes officials from the intelligence ministry. His family still does not know why he was arrested or where he is being held. He was previously arrested on 16 June 2009 and was held for 70 days before being released on 100 million toman (90,000 euros) in bail.Two other members of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders are already in prison. One is are human rights lawyer Mohammad Seifzadeh, who was sentenced to nine years in prison and a ten-year ban on working as lawyer because of his work for the centre. He was arrested in April. The other is human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been detained since September 2010 and who is serving an 11-year jail sentence.More than a dozen netizens were arrested during raids on 7 and 8 September, including members of the staff of Majzooban Nor , a website that supports Iran’s Sufis. The site has also been the target of a cyber-attack and is no longer accessible. The arrests follow a bloody crackdown against Sufis last week in Kavar, in the southern province of Fars. Various Dervish fraternities have been the targets of attacks and arrests during the past five years. The following are still held:- Alireza Roshan, a book reviewer for the newspaper Shargh- Ali Akrami, editor of the Sheydagooyi blog (http://sheydagooyi.blogfa.com/)- Ali Straki- Mehdi Hossini- Mehdi Osanlo- Hamid Moradi- Mehran Rahbari- Mostafa Abdi- Nosrat Tabassi- Ali Moazemi- Reza EntesariThe two journalists released in the past week are:- Nader Karimi, who wrote for newspapers such as Gozaresh, Feker and Syasat Rouz. Arrested in Tehran on 21 November 2009 on charges of spying and undermining the country’s security, he was sentenced by a revolutionary tribunal to 10 years a prison, reduced to five years on appeal. He has had various ailments stemming from a wound sustained during the 1980-88 war with Iraq. He was released on 4 September.- Masoud Lavassani, a blogger and journalist who was arrested on 26 September 2009 and was sentenced to eight years in prison the following December. His sentence was reduced to four years in March 2010 and then to two years by a Tehran appeal court. After several heart attacks involving hospitalization, he was granted parole in December 2010 and again July 2011. He was notified of his full release on 5 September.——-27.07.2011-Blogger freedReporters Without Borders has learned that Pegah Ahangarani, an actress, filmmaker and blogger who was arrested at her Tehran home by intelligence ministry officials on 10 July, was released yesterday on bail of 100 million toman (75000 euros). Since 2009, she has been writing for a blog that was specially created by the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle.——26.07.2011 journalist jailedMashaallah Shamsolvaezin, the spokesman of the Association of Iranian Journalists and editor of one of Iran’s first pro-reform newspapers (now closed), was ordered on 18 July to report to Tehran’s Evin prison to begin serving the 16-month jail sentence that a Tehran revolutionary court gave him in December 2010 on a charge of insulting the president.Although he was not made to start the serving sentence at the time, he was banned from political and journalistic activities. His conviction is still the subject of an appeal. His defence lawyer, Mohammad Seifzadeh, has meanwhile been detained since April.Arrested by plainclothes men at his home on 28 December 2009, Shamsolvaezin was released on bail on 28 February 2010 pending the outcome of his trial. ———-20.07.2011-Two bloggers arrested in continuing repressionMehdi Khazali, an outspoken government critic in his blog , was detained on 18 July after responding to a summons from the intelligence ministry in Tehran. It is his third arrest in less than two years. The last time he was arrested, on 13 October 2010, he was held for a month before being released on bail of 200 million tomans (150,000 euros).Khazali is the son of Ayatollah Abolghasem Khazali, an influential member of the Council of Guardians of the Iranian Constitution for the past 30 years. Despite his frequent run-ins with the authorities, he is very scathing about the government’s policies and human rights violations in his blog.The judicial authorities confirmed on 18 July that Pegah Ahangarani, a young actress, documentary filmmaker and blogger, was arrested in Tehran on 10 July as she was about to leave for Germany to cover the Women’s Football World Cup. Since 2009, she has been writing in blog specially created by the German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle.Both Ahangarani and Khazali are being held in Section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison.Reporters Without Borders was meanwhile told on 16 July that Maryam Majd, a sports photographer working for several newspapers, has been released. Intelligence ministry agents arrested her at her home on 17 June, on the eve of her departure for Germany to cover the Women’s Football World Cup at the invitation of Petra Landers, a member of the German national team.————17.06.2011 – Release, jail sentence and closureReporters Without Borders has learned that Reza Rafiee Foroshani, a freelance journalist who worked for Iranian and international news media, was released on 12 June. Arrested on 26 June 2009 in Tehran, he was included in one of the Stalinist-style mass trials held in Tehran in August 2009 and was given a seven-year jail sentence, plus a five-year suspended sentence, on a spying charge. The jail sentence was reduced to three years last year.Fariborz Rais Dana, a well-known economist and writer and member of the Association of Iranian Writers, has been given a one-year jail sentence by a Tehran revolutionary court on charges of anti-government propaganda and membership of an illegal organization. He was arrested at his home on 19 December 2010 after criticizing the lifting of price controls in an interview for the BBC’s Farsi-language TV station, and was released provisionally on bail of 30 million toman (22,500 euros) on 17 January.The conservative weekly 9 day (http://www.9day.ir) was meanwhile closed on 13 June by the Commission for Press Licensing and Surveillance, the censorship arm of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. It was suspended for “insulting the clergy” and publishing a business section without permission. It is published by Hamid Rasaee, a parliamentarian who now supports Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and used to support President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Rivalry between the Khamenei and Ahmadinejad factions is taking its toll on pro-government media and conservatives.———– February 25, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information 13.10.2011- Netizen freed Faranak Farid, a writer and translator who writes for the Feminist School website was released on bail of 100 million tomans (90,000 euros) yesterday after 42 days in detention. She was arrested on 3 September in the northwestern city of Tabriz. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists ——–Press freedom violations recounted in real time – July/December 2010 News March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Receive email alerts December 22, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Press freedom violations recounted in real time (from 1st January 2011)last_img read more

Hispanic Homeownership Increased in 2017

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily February 27, 2018 2,686 Views  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Affordable Housing Hispanics Home Starts Homeownership Households HWP Inventory Labor NAHREP Home / Daily Dose / Hispanic Homeownership Increased in 2017 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Previous: New Bill Addresses Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures Next: Freddie Mac Tracks Serious Delinquencies Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Homeownership in the Hispanic population increased for the third consecutive year according to a joint report by The Hispanic Wealth Project, and the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP).The report analyzes Hispanic labor force participation rate, household formation rate, median income and aspirational interest, to evaluate and determine the factors affecting homeownership for this group.Attributing this growth to increasing population, growth in jobs, and household formations, the report found that Hispanics increased their rate of homeownership from 46 percent to 46.2 percent, with a net increase of 167,000 new owner households. “We see from the report’s data the strong enthusiasm for homeownership within the Hispanic community,” said Daisy Lopez-Cid, President, NAHREP. “With a growing Hispanic population and the highest rate of workforce participation, Hispanics are expected to drive growth in the housing market for decades.”According to the report, overall U.S. homeownership rates increased from 63.4 percent in 2016 to 63.9 percent in 2017, with over 1.1 million owner households for all population segments. Of these, Hispanics accounted for 15 percent of the net ownership gains. In terms of household formations, the report noted that Hispanics accounted for 265,000 new household formations or, 28.6 percent of total U.S. household formations representing a modest fall from 340,000 household formations by Hispanics in 2016.Despite these gains, three main factors slowed the growth of homeownership among Hispanics, the report indicated. They included a shortage of housing inventory, natural disasters, and uncertain immigration policy. Giving examples of areas and metros that were heavily populated by Hispanics, the report indicated that affordable housing remained the main concern for the group. The report said that In Las Vegas new home starts were up 9 percent in 2017 but, only 21 percent of those were under $300,000, as compared to 42 percent in 2016. San Diego began 2017 with a surge in new homes priced at $1 million and more even as this metro continued to experience severe supply constraints at the affordable price points. Giving the example of Houston, the report said that Houston saw growth with new home starts up 5.8 percent; however, its greatest increase was for starts above $300,000, which increased by 11.1 percent. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Hispanic Homeownership Increased in 2017 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Affordable Housing Hispanics Home Starts Homeownership Households HWP Inventory Labor NAHREP 2018-02-27 Radhika Ojha in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Subscribelast_img read more

Record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Elkhart County

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations in Elkhart County CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Twitter This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. The sample was isolated from a patient in the U.S. (NIAID-RML) A record number of new COVID-19 infections were reported late last week in Elkhart County, along with a record number of hospitalizations.The number of COVID patients admitted was 104, with 35 at Goshen Hospital and 69 at Elkhart General. Hospital officials say the rising number of hospitalizations is putting pressure on staff and is now causing elective procedures to be postponed.The Elkhart Truth reports the number of Elkhart County residents getting tested hit an all-time high in the seven-day average, at just over 500, at the end of last month.Elkhart County Health Officer Dr. Lydia Mertz said the numbers continue to trend in the wrong direction.COVID-19 numbers have reached record levels at Goshen Health Hosptial, which issued the following news release on Monday, Nov. 9:There are 44 patients on the COVID-19 unit at Goshen Health, 41 who have tested positive and three who are awaiting test results.“Today is the most dangerous day of the epidemic so far for catching the coronavirus in Elkhart County. Over half the patients in our hospital are in isolation and the total number of patients in the hospital is at record levels,” said Dr. Dan Nafziger, Goshen Hospital Chief Medical Officer and Infectious Disease Specialist. “Some patients who need important surgeries are having their procedures delayed because COVID-19 patients are filling our intensive care unit beds. We’ve had to transfer some patients because we didn’t have enough beds. People who are sick still need to be able to come to our hospital if they need care.”Dr. Nafziger continued, “Please, please wear a mask when indoors even at home if people outside your household or “pandemic bubble” are present. Speak up if leaders of your church or social group want to meet indoors. There was promising news about a vaccine announced today, but it will still require all of us to work together until it is widely available. Stay home if you can, wear a mask if you can’t and do your best to protect your friends and family.” Pinterest Google+ Twitter By Jon Zimney – November 9, 2020 0 665 Previous articleHealth officials asking people with, or close to COVID-19 to take personal responsibilityNext articleMan arrested after drug-and-booze fueled crash in Porter County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ Facebook Facebooklast_img read more

District’s policy on math test is flawed

first_imgIn recent years, a state Common Core Task force found more than half of the new academic standards needed substantial revisions. While the Regents adopted revised standards (Next Generation) in July 2017, a full implementation isn’t scheduled to be completed until the fall of 2020, with new state tests being scheduled for spring of 2021.   Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion As a result, the state Education Department has placed a moratorium on the use of state tests scores in teacher evaluations. However, the state continues to administer these flawed tests to our students based on the current flawed standards. Knowing this, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake is still discouraging students from opting out by having them take these interim flawed tests. They will “reward” eighth grade students by exempting them from Part 2 of a final exam locally crafted by our quality teachers. For those who opt out, they’ll punish them by having them come in an extra day for an additional math final. This message was told to the students days before the state exam, wasting 20 minutes of class time to explain this penalty to them. Sounds more like bullying and coercion as opposed to “appreciation,” as noted in the district’s letter to residents.  And why? Because Superintendent Patrick McGrath’s top priority isn’t the quality of our children’s education, but the all-important rankings based on test scores. Their ultimate goal is to look good to the state Education Department by increasing testing participation rates. This eighth-grade math test policy should have all parents concerned about the direction of the school district.Will FarmerBurnt HillsThe writer was a member of the Burnt Hills School Board from 2010 -2013 and 2014 -2017.   More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Tennis News US Open: Novak Djokovic defeats del Potro by straight sets, wins 14th Grand Slam title

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Serbian superstar Novak Djokovic on Monday defeated Juan Martin del Potro by straight sets to bag his third US Open title. This is also the second consecutive Grand Slam title for the Serb following his 6-3, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory over del Potro taking him to level with Pete Sampras’ 14 Grand Slams.“When I had my [elbow] surgery this year I could understand what Juan Martín went through. When you’re down, you learn. I tried to take the best out of those moments. I was hoping Pete [Sampras] was going to be here, so I want to say: ‘I love you, hope to see you soon,” said Djokovic court-side.ALSO READ: Eng vs Ind 5th Test, Day 3: Check complete scorecard as hosts dominateDjokovic is now just three Grand Slams behind Rafael Nadal and six behind Roger Federer, who holds the record of 20. This was the third incident when Djokovic completed the Wimbledon-US Open double after missing out the last year’s tournament with an elbow injury.The victory was Djokovic’s 15th win over del Potro, as the Argentine suffered an emotional breakdown after the heart-breaking defeat, nine years after he became the US Open winner. “It’s not easy to speak right now, but I am so happy to play in the final against this magnificent player. I’m sad to lose but happy for Novak. I never gave up during my wrist problems. I got back after nine years, which is amazing,” said Del Potro.Djokovic’s win means that the ‘Big Four’ of Nadal, Federer, Andy Murray and Djokovic have bagged 50 out of 55 major titles.ALSO READ: Paris: Seven people left wounded in knife attack, assailant arrestedThe main reason behind Djokovic’s victory was the way he won the lung-busting rallies.Leading Grand Slam title winners:20: Roger Federer17: Rafael Nadal14: Pete Sampras, Novak Djokovic12: Roy Emerson11: Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver last_img read more

Emery urges Arsenal to ‘write a new history’ as Liverpool loom

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Arsenal boss Unai Emery wants to help the club “write a new history” as the Gunners seek to turn around their miserable record against their major Premier League rivals, starting with Liverpool on Saturday.Last season Arsenal, under Arsene Wenger, took just six points from matches against other members of the “Big Six”.In sharp contrast, champions Manchester City picked up 24 points from the 30 on offer against Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham.The difficulties stretch even further back, with Arsenal taking only 26 points from those fixtures since the start of the 2015/16 campaign — 18 fewer than the next team, Chelsea.The Spaniard started his tenure with losses against City and Chelsea but has not tasted defeat since then, guiding Arsenal to 12 wins from their past 13 games in all competitions.“We want to write a new history,” said the former Paris Saint-Germain coach.“The new history is in the present and also, with our players, our quality and our capacity, I believe in my players and this project. We are starting this project with a very positive way with what we are doing.” Emery said the early defeats still play on his mind as he prepares his team for the visit of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool.“The result tomorrow is very important but first I want to show them, to show you and to show everybody our best mentality in the game,” he said.“I know if we have a very big mentality in the game and a very big performance individually and collectively — and also we need some luck — then I think we can win.”Emery could be without a host of defenders, with Hector Bellerin, Nacho Monreal, Sead Kolasinac and Sokratis Papastathopoulos all to be assessed before the game.Granit Xhaka could again deputise at left-back but that has been complicated by the fact fellow midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is suspended.“There are doubts but we are going to wait to see if we can use one or another player in the full-back positions,” said Emery. “But if they cannot play we are going to play another player.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Uganda ends Eritrea run to win 15th CECAFA Cup title

first_imgUganda are CECAFA champs. PHOTO FUFA MEDIANairobi, Kenya | AFP & URN |  Uganda beat Eritrea 3-0 to win the Cecafa Cup for the 15th time on Thursday and become East Africa’s most successful side in the regional competition.Goals from Bright Anukani, Mustafa Kizza and Joel Madondo saw Johnathan McKinstry’s side triumph against the resurgent Eritrea who eliminated the defending champions Kenya in emphatic fashion on Tuesday.But it was Eritrea who took the early initiative, and almost got an opener in the seventh minute when dangerman Robel Kidane was denied an open chance by the resilient Ugandan backline.Uganda fought back and appeared to have taken the lead in the 11th minute when Allan Okello found the back of net but the referee ruled out his effort for offside.The new champions, however, did not make a mistake when Anukani beautifully curled home the opener past Eritrean goalkeeper Solomun Haile Kibrom after 31 minute.Two second half goals from Kizza and substitute Madondo wore down the spirited Eritrea side, who were featuring in their first ever final in the regional championships.Kenya won the bronze medal after edging out arch-rivals Tanzania 2-1. McKinstry’s first title“I am happy that the boys have worked hard and won the trophy. It is a good tournament we have used to prepare for the 2020 Africa Nations Championship because we have won all the five games,” said Uganda Cranes coach Jonathan McKinstry after the game.“We have worked as a team and deserve to win this trophy,” said Uganda Cranes skipper Halid Lwaliwa. Eritrea’s coach Efrem Haile Alemseghed said they lost to a good side.Kenya finished third to win bronze after beating Tanzania 2-1 in an earlier match. Kenneth Muguna and Hassan Abdallah scored for the Harambee Stars of Kenya, while Gadiel Michael Kamagi converted a second half penalty for Tanzania.Uganda Cranes also received the Fair Play Award, while Uganda’s Charles Lukwago was voted best goalkeeper. Kenya’s Oscar Wamalwa was best scorer with three goals, while Eritrea’s skipper Robel Micheal Tekle was voted Best player of the tournament.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Pa. Scholastic Football Rankings

first_imgSto-Rox quarterback Lenny Williams looks downfield against Neshannock, Williams threw for five touchdowns in the Vikings 34-31 win over the Lancers Sept. 12. The 6-0 Vikings are ranked #2 in the latest PA Class A rankings released Oct. 9. Pennsylvania high school football rankings from PennLive.com, with school’s district in parentheses, followed by record and position in last week’s rankings. NR means not ranked. Teams with an asterisk are the 2012 PIAA champions.___CLASS AAAA – Record – Previous Rank1. Upper St. Clair (7) 6-0 – 12. Pittsburgh C.C. (7) 6-0 – 23. St. Joseph’s Prep (12) 4-1 – 34. Coatesville (1- 6-0 – 45. Neshaminy (1) 6-0 – 56. McKeesport (7) 6-0 – 77. La Salle College HS (12) 5-1 – 68. Gateway (7) 6-0 – 89. Wilson-West Lawn (3) 6-0 – 910. Seneca Valley (7) 5-1 – NRTeams to watch: Bayard Rustin (1) 6-0, Cumberland Valley (3) 5-1, Parkland (11) 5-1, Pennsbury (1) 5-1, North Allegheny(asterisk) (7) 4-2, Whitehall (11) 5-1.___CLASS AAA – Record – Previous Rank1. Archbishop Wood (12)- 5-1 – 12. Bishop McDevitt (3) – 6-0 – 23. Thomas Jefferson (7) – 6-0 – 34. Cathedral Prep(asterisk) (10) – 6-0 – 45. West Allegheny (7) – 6-0 – 56. West Mifflin (7) – 6-0 – 67. Manheim Central (3) – 6-0 – 78. Central Valley (7) – 5-1 – 89. Berwick (2) – 6-0 – 910. Pottsgrove (1) – 6-0 – 10Teams to watch: Clearfield (9) 6-0, Abington Heights (2) 6-0, Cocalico (3) 5-1, New Castle (7) 5-1, Scranton Prep (2) 6-0, Slippery Rock (10) 6-0.___CLASS AA – Record – Previous rank1. Aliquippa (7) – 6-0 – 12. Imhotep Charter (12) – 4-1 – 23. West Catholic (12) – 5-1 – 34. Beaver Falls (7) – 6-0 – 45. Richland (6) – 6-0 – 56. Berks Catholic (3) – 6-0 – 67. Washington (7) – 6-0 – 78. South Fayette (7) – 6-0 – 89. Danville (4) – 6-0 – 910. Catasauqua (11) – 6-0 – 10Teams to watch: Mount Pleasant (7) 6-0, Greenville (10) 6-0, Montoursville (4) 6-0, Seton-LaSalle (7) 5-1, Hickory (10) 5-1, Jeannette (7) 4-2.___CLASS A – Record – Previous rank1. Southern Columbia (4) – 6-0 – 12. Sto-Rox (7) – 6-0 – 23. Dunmore (2) – 6-0 – 34. Clairton(asterisk) (7) – 5-1 – 45. North Catholic (7) – 6-0 – 56. Old Forge (2) – 5-1 – 67. Neshannock (7) – 5-1 – 78. Monessen (7) – 5-1 – 89. Steel-High (3) – 5-1 – 910. Bellwood-Antis (6) – 5-1 – NRTeams to watch: Avonworth (7) 5-1, South Williamsport (4) 5-1, Penns Manor (6) 6-0, Fort Cherry (7) 5-1, Lakeview (10) 5-1, Tri-Valley (11) 6-0.last_img read more