Ayatollah Sistani asked to help free kidnapped journalists

first_img News to go further February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Help by sharing this information December 28, 2020 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa News News December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has called on the Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali Sistani, to do everything possible to obtain the release of kidnapped Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni. The journalist, who went missing on 19 August, has been abducted by a group that calls itself the Islamic Army in Iraq. There has also been no word of Chesnot and Malbrunot for the past week. Reporters Without Borders has called on the Shiite cleric, Ayatollah Ali Sistani, to do everything possible to obtain the release of kidnapped Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni and shed light on the disappearance of French journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot as part of the mediation he began today in Najaf.Baldoni, who went missing on 19 August, has been abducted by a group that calls itself the Islamic Army in Iraq. There has also been no word of Chesnot and Malbrunot for the past week.”We appeal to Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani to use all of his authority to put an end to the tragic series of hostage-takings that has been accompanying the fighting in Najaf for nearly two weeks,” the organisation said.”We ask him to try to secure Enzo Baldoni’s release at a moment when the deadline given by his kidnappers is expiring, and to obtain information about the fate of the two French journalists who have gone missing.”Reporters Without Borders pointed out that “journalists are impartial observers and messengers, whose work in Najaf and elsewhere has allowed and continues to allow the facts emerge.” It also stressed that “journalists are civilians and should not be used as bargaining chips or as a way to apply political pressure.”Baldoni, 56, works for the independent weekly Diario della Settimana. The pan-Arab TV news station Al-Jazeera broadcast a tape on 24 August in which members of a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq claimed responsibility for his abduction and gave Italy 48 hours to withdraw its troops from Iraq. They did not say what they would do with Baldoni if Italy did not comply.Baldoni’s children, Gabriella and Guido, appealed yesterday for his release in a message broadcast by the Italian public television service Rai Uno. The message, which was picked up Al-Jazeera, talked of a “man of peace” and insisted that Baldoni was in Iraq for humanitarian reasons. He had participated in the transport of medicine to Najaf in two convoys operated by the Red Crescent and the Italian Red Cross. RSF_en News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation August 26, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ayatollah Sistani asked to help free kidnapped journalists Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alertslast_img read more

Community radio presenter gunned down near Cali

first_img Receive email alerts August 11, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Community radio presenter gunned down near Cali RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Reports April 27, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the murder of Miltón Fabián Sánchez in Yumbo, a town near the southwestern city of Cali. A presenter for community radio station Yumbo Estéreo, Sánchez was shot on 9 August by hooded gunmen who got away on a motorcycle.“We call on the attorney general’s office to quickly investigate this murder, giving priority to the possibility that it was linked to the victim’s work as a journalist,” the press freedom organisation said. “The facts must be established and the case must be pursued to the end, until those responsible have been convicted and punished, as there is too much impunity for the instigators of murders such as this one.”Aged 37, Sánchez was shot three times outside his home on the evening of 9 August. He was rushed to La Buena Esperanza hospital in Yumbo and then to El Valle University hospital, where he died of his injuries yesterday morning. Security officials of the department of El Valle held an immediate meeting, announcing a 23-hour curfew for minors and imposing curbs on the use of motorcycles.Sánchez had worked for Estéreo Yumbo since 2004, presenting programmes that dealt with such issues as human rights, politics, public services and violent crime. His preference for community issues was linked to his interest in the Yumbo municipal council’s community action programme and the fact that he ran the council’s press office under the previous administration.The Cali police chief, Col. Orlando Vivas, said the motive had not yet been established and could just as easily be linked to his personal life as his work as a journalist. Estéreo Yumbo director Rodrigo Mosquera said he was unaware of Sánchez belonging to any group, political or otherwise.Sánchez is the second journalist to have been killed in Colombia since January 2006. A total of 69 others have received threats, which have forced some of them to flee the country. to go further ColombiaAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by the murder of Miltón Fabián Sánchez, a community radio presenter in Yumbo, a town near Cali. He was shot twice by hooded gunmen on 9 August and died yesterday. Organisation Follow the news on Colombia 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America October 21, 2020 Find out more RSF_en ColombiaAmericas News Newslast_img read more

Morgan Drinkard name TPCAC Exec. Director

first_img You Might Like Police investigate church damage The Troy Police Department is investigating two crimes reported on Monday. Officers responded to a reported burglary at the construction… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author The Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center board of directors named Morgan Drinkard executive director of its organization on Monday.Drinkard had been serving as interim director of the TPCAC since February 2012. She came to the group as media and program coordinator in August 2011. Print Article This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… Morgan Drinkard name TPCAC Exec. Director Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Skip Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, July 10, 2012 By Jaine Treadwell Sponsored Content Mack Gibson, board chair, said the board was “elated” over Drinkard’s acceptance of the executive directorship.“The board gave Morgan unanimous consent,” Gibson said. “As interim director, she has demonstrated remarkable abilities. She picked up the gauntlet and ran with it. She has great ideas and she has captured our vision. She is smart and she understands the importance of the center and the role that it plays in the arts community. There was no doubt in the minds of the board members that Morgan could run the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center now and in the future.”Drinkard is married to a “hometown boy,” Rob Drinkard, so she has a personal interest and investment in the Troy community, Gibson said. “Morgan is who we needed and who we wanted,” he said. “She loves what she does. She is outstanding at what she does. We are extremely proud to have her as executive director of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center.”Wiley White, TPCAC programs coordinator, has worked with Drinkard during her tenure as interim director and said, too, that Drinkard is the ideal choice to lead the TPCAC forward.“Morgan is an absolute pleasure to work with,” White said. “She has such an easy and relaxed manner and a way of getting so much done. She’s smart. She’s a hard worker and she is dedicated to the arts. I love working with her and look forward being a part of the exciting future of the Troy-Pike Cultural Arts Center and of all that it has to offer.”Drinkard said that she is honored that the TPCAC board of directors had enough confidence in her abilities to name her as its executive director. Latest Stories Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to serve in this position,” Drinkard said. “This is an exciting time for the TPCAC. We have a great exhibition schedule for the Johnson Center, wonderful events planned and a very active art education curriculum.“The TPCAC has a mission of furthering cultural enrichment to all citizens through exposure to and education in the arts. It will be my personal mission to ensure that this goal is met.”The TPCAC is the umbrella organization for the Johnson Center for the Arts, The Studio and the Annex.“The Johnson Center is a great hub of cultural arts in our community – a place where you take your children, your grandchildren to expose them to nationally and internationally acclaimed artists – free of charge,” Drinkard said. “This organization and these facilities are true gems to our community.”Drinkard, who is originally from Demopolis, received a bachelor’s degree from Troy University in broadcast journalism with a contract in public relations and a minor in leadership studies. She received a graduate degree from the University of Alabama in advertising and public relations.Drinkard serves on the TroyFest Arts and Craft Festival committee, the downtown committee for the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, the hospitality committee for the Chamber and is a member of Rotary.Drinkard and her husband are members of the First Baptist Church of Troy. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Book Nook to reopen By Secrets Revealed Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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601W lands $705M loan to fund West Side office buy

first_img410 10th Avenue (Google Maps)The 601W Companies landed a massive loan for what’s said to be the biggest office property to trade hands since the start of the pandemic.JPMorgan Chase is providing the Chicago-based investor with a $705 million loan to fund the acquisition of SL Green Realty Trust’s 410 10th Avenue, Commercial Observer reported. The seven-year, fixed-rate loan will be securitized.Read moreSL Green to sell Hudson Yards building for $950MSL Green’s Hudson Yards deal is breakthrough for Manhattan’s i-sales marketHere are NYC’s 10 biggest investment sales of 2020 601W is paying $952.5 million, or roughly $1,550 per square foot, for the 636,000-square-foot office property. The building is anchored by Amazon and First Republic Bank, which have leased 335,000 and 212,000 square feet, respectively. The sale was first reported in November.The 410 10th Avenue deal stands out for being the most expensive since the pandemic struck.“That’s a huge price,” Compass broker Adelaide Polsinelli told The Real Deal in November. “It’s a deal that instills a lot of hope and confidence now that a foundation for values has been set.”The price would also make the deal the second-largest investment sale in New York City this year, after Amazon’s $978 million buy of the former Lord & Taylor building at 424 Fifth Avenue, which closed in January.As part of the deal, SL Green will retain a 5 percent interest in the 20-story redevelopment, which sits near two megaprojects: the Related Companies’ Hudson Yards and Brookfield’s Manhattan West. And 601W — headed by Victor Gerstein, Michael Silberberg and Mark Karasick — will also assume a $600 million construction loan SL Green took out to fund renovations. The REIT previously said the project was expected to be complete by the third quarter of 2021.CBRE’s Darcy Stacom brokered the sale and Meridian Capital Group negotiated the financing.[CO] — Danielle Balbi Tags601W CompaniesCommercial Real EstateInvestment SalesManhattan Office MarketReal Estate FinanceSL Green Realty Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Purplebricks gambles on the smartphone as the future of estate agency

first_imgPurplebricks is to spend some of its £63 million cash reserves on further developing its tech in a bid to become the UK’s first ‘real-time, mobile-enabled’ hybrid estate agent, it has revealed.Three quarters of the UK population now use their smartphone to access the internet, while figures among younger renters and buyers reveal over 90% use their smartphone to go online.Purplebricks spent £2.8 million on bespoke tech for its business last year and, following the company’s exit from both Australia and the US, it says the new focus of the company will be on using technology to take on traditional agents.“Rapid expansion into international markets over the last few years has been distracting and the product and technology teams have been stretched to the limit,” says its CEO, Vic Darvey (left).“There is a huge focus on continuing to take share from incumbent traditional operators and extend our market leadership.“However, there is also a recognition that we need to do things differently, none more so than in product and technology.”The focus of the company’s investment is to include driving more revenue via its My Purplebricks app, which allows buyers and sellers to communicate directly, and also focus once more on launching Purplebricks Plus, which will enable home owners to see all their household bills on one dashboard, heralding the company’s first activity outside house sales and lettings.Purplebricks Plus had been scheduled to be launched in April this year but has been postponed partly by Purplebricks concentrating on its problem in the US and Australia, and the departure of its founder directors, Michael and Kenny Bruce.proptech Purplebricks vic darvey July 4, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentMichael Leyton, Littlewoods Estate Agents Littlewoods Estate Agents 4th July 2019 at 11:05 amWe all have mobile access to our agency sites these days. This guy really is a class act. Failure of its U.S and Ausi arms, relative failure of it’s UK leg and now after crushing losses, the fools are still wanting to waste more of their investors money on another white elephant…absolutely priceless !Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Purplebricks gambles on the smartphone as the future of estate agency previous nextProptechPurplebricks gambles on the smartphone as the future of estate agencyCEO says that following its withdrawal from the US and Australia, its tech teams can now concentrate on making it a mobile, tech-enable ‘agency of the future’.Nigel Lewis4th July 20191 Comment1,193 Viewslast_img read more

Swedish Defence Material Administration Purchases Two AUVs from Hydroid

first_imgThe Swedish Defence Material Administration (FMV) has purchased two Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) from Hydroid, Inc., a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime and the leading manufacturer of AUVs.The REMUS 100 AUVs will be used to support Sweden’s mine countermeasures program, especially in harbors and other confined or shallow waters. Sweden’s previous purchase of two Hydroid AUVs in 2009 was highly successful leading the Swedish Defense Forces to increase their AUV fleet to four REMUS 100 vehicles. “Hydroid is proud to continue its strong partnership with Swedish Defense Forces through the purchase of these REMUS 100s,” said Christopher von Alt, President and co-founder of Hydroid. “Sweden is one of 13 countries across the globe whose navies rely on Hydroid AUVs for collecting undersea data to protect their people and their borders.”FMV exercised an option on a previous contract to purchase the two AUVs. The new REMUS 100s will be deployed from Spårö-class mine hunter vessels by the Navy’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams. REMUS 100s will help EOD teams find and classify submerged objects, ensuring harbors remain safe by tracking down any mines or other undocumented ordnances that may exist within Swedish waters.Hydroid’s REMUS AUVs are modular and versatile: They can be fitted with a variety of sensors and used to aid in hydrographic surveys, harbor security operations, debris field mapping, scientific sampling and mapping, as well as many basic and applied research programs funded by ONR, DARPA and the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense. With over 200 vehicles in the field, Hydroid is currently the AUV market leader. About Hydroid, Inc.Located in the U.S. and a subsidiary of Kongsberg Maritime, Hydroid is the world’s most trusted manufacturer of advanced Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). REMUS and HUGIN AUVs provide innovative and reliable full picture AUV systems for the marine research, defense, hydrographic and offshore/energy markets. Together, REMUS and HUGIN represent the most advanced, diversified and field-proven family of AUVs and AUV support systems in the world.Developed by a veteran team of engineers, the innovations of Hydroid and Kongsberg Maritime provide a safe and reliable answer to the challenges that have hampered ocean exploration and security.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 15, 2011 View post tag: Swedish View post tag: AUVs View post tag: Defence View post tag: from View post tag: two View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Hydroid View post tag: Administration View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: Navy December 15, 2011 Share this article View post tag: Material View post tag: Purchases Equipment & technology Swedish Defence Material Administration Purchases Two AUVs from Hydroid Back to overview,Home naval-today Swedish Defence Material Administration Purchases Two AUVs from Hydroid last_img read more

Health watch

first_imgWith salt levels in bread and bakery products in the UK ever under scrutiny, a new global study claims that efforts to cut down on salt intake will prevent millions of deaths each year. By reducing salt around the world by 15%, the study claimed, this could prevent almost nine million deaths between 2006 and 2015.The research was conducted on 23 low- and middle-income countries, which together account for 80% of deaths to chronic disease. The analysis was led by Perviz Asaria from Kings Fund London, UK, and published in The Lancet Chronic Diseases Series.According to the study: “This reduction would be achieved by a voluntary reduction in the salt content of processed foods and condiments by manufacturers, plus a sustained mass-media campaign aimed at encouraging dietary change.”These studies add to observational evidence that blood pressure increases rapidly with age in populations that have a high average intake of salt, whereas communities in which salt consumption is very low do not have an age-related increase in blood pressure.”In the UK, the Food Standards Agency claims that adults should have no more than 6g of salt a day. It estimated that the average intake in the UK is about 9g of salt a day, however. High blood pressure (hypertension), is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease, which causes almost 50% of deaths in Europe.According to the study: “Simple changes in diet ? such as avoiding salty food and not adding salt at the table ? can reduce sodium intake by about 3g to 4.5g per day.”last_img read more

Policy paper: Dementia 2020 challenge: progress review

first_imgDuring 2018, stakeholders from the health and social care system, and the charitable sector, were asked to comment on the progress of the actions set out in the Challenge on dementia 2020 implementation plan and what else needed to be done to complete them.This report summarises the responses and sets out revised actions for 2018 to 2020.last_img

Farmington select board awards bids for Front Street lighting

first_imgFARMINGTON – Selectmen met briefly Tuesday night to award two bids and determine a source of funding for Greater Franklin Development Council after an article at last month’s town meeting approved them to do so.In an ongoing project on Front Street, the board authorized an expenditure of $28,011 to install decorative street lights. The project was awarded to the low bidder, Collins and Collins Electric. The funding will be taken out of the Downtown Businesses Tax Increment Financing account, which was determined as the source of funding at the beginning of the project. An additional $44,955 has already been spent on lighting, bringing the total to $72,966. The remaining $27,034 could be put toward more sidewalk work, according to Town Manager Richard Davis.An additional bid for street striping was awarded to Lucas Striping, LLC out of Readfield. Lucas Striping was the only company to put in a bid for the work, and the town has used them in the past, said Davis. The total authorized cost came to $21,905.Finally, selectmen voted to fund GFDC using the Franklin Printing TIF account, which funds several other smaller fees such as the Chamber of Commerce membership and the Androscoggin Valley Council of Government fee. Town members voted to fund the non-profit at last month’s town meeting in the amount of $7,200.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee, Disco Biscuits, STS9 & More Highlight Dominican Holidaze Day Three [Gallery]

first_imgDominican Holidaze is off and running, bringing all of the jams down to the Dominican Republic for the first major destination music event of the season. Performances from Michal Menert, The Disco Biscuits, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set), Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, and Goldroom ran through the day, as fans gathered for some beachside jams.After an opening DJ set from Michal Menert, it was the Biscuits’ turn to perform in the coveted “sunset show” spot. This was a non-stop party from tDB, including a memorable “Little Shimmy In A Conga Line” that actually featured a conga line! That song also featured a sit in from Simon Posford himself, joining the Biscuits for a rendition of his classic tune “Gamma Goblins.” The band also teased some “Rockin’ Robin” in their set to keep things fun.Setlist: The Disco Biscuits | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/3/16Set 1: Papercut-> Lunar Pursuit-> Jigsaw Earth, Little Shimmy in a Conga Line-> Gamma Goblins [with Shpongle (Simon Posford)]-> Little Shimmy in a Conga LineShpongle came out next for his own DJ set, bringing his transcendental electronic music to the adoring fans in the DR. Once the sun set, the evening’s festivities then began with a fun local merengue band hosting a silver party in honor of the festival’s 10th anniversary, complete with fire dancers, cake and paella! Umphrey’s McGee hit the stage thereafter, bringing a full-fledged two set rager to the fans in Punta Cana. The first set featured a major “Bridgeless” sandwich filled with jams like “Conduit,” “Utopian Fir” and Mark Ronson’s “Daffodils,” before closing out the set with the apropos “Ocean Billy.” THe second set featured some awesome playing by UM as well, including “Plunger > 2×2” and “The Triple Wide > All In Time.” Jams on “Wife Soup” and “Dump City” closed out the second set, and “Slacker” brought it all home with a bang. The band also brought their children on stage during the set, making for an adorable moment.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/3/16Set 1: Bridgeless > Conduit, Utopian Fir > Daffodils, All In Time > Bridgeless, Ocean BillySet 2: Plunger > 2×2, The Triple Wide > All In Time, Wife Soup, Dump CityEncore: SlackerSTS9 got the late night nod on night three at Holidaze, treating fans to hits form their extensive catalog. The band has been energized of late with their new album, The Universe Inside, and played music from that release throughout their performance. New songs like “Sun, Moon & Stars” complemented the setting perfectly, bringing a groovy disco vibe to the beach. Some classic STS9 jams like “When The Dust Settles” and “Arigato” made it an evening to remember.Setlist: STS9 | Dominican Holidaze | Punta Cana, DR | 12/3/16Set 1: Forest Hu >> Rilly Wut, Kamuy >> Potamus >> Kamuy, Arigato, Move My Peeps >> Monkey Music, Oil & Water, Sun, Moon & StarsSet 2: When the Dust Settles, Poseidon >> Ramone & Emiglio, Worry No More >> Blu Mood, Totem, Rabble, Get LoudCheck out a few more photos below from Holidaze 2016! Umphrey’s McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, and Michal Menert will bring the festival to a close today. All photos courtesy of Josh Timmermans // Noble Visions.last_img read more