Rally defends special education in Puerto Rico and U.S.

first_imgAusterity imposed on Puerto Rico’s educational system by the unelected colonialist fiscal board was the target of a street rally in New York City on Dec. 14. The rally was called by the New York chapter of the Timón Committee, which works to raise awareness of special education rights — and of the struggles faced by people with disabilities and their families — both on the island and in the U.S. Photo: PIST NYCMilagros Cancel, president of Comité Timón NY, explained that Comité Timón in Puerto Rico had previously won a class action suit which granted educational civil rights specifically to Puerto Rican children. The children are also legally protected under U.S. federal laws, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act.The parent organization in Puerto Rico continues to defend these rights against attacks, including layoffs, hundreds of school closings and most recently a proposed law known as Proyecto C 1945. Cancel stressed that these cutbacks and other attacks push families to migrate from the island to the U.S., seeking assistance for their children, where mainland school districts are also being targeted by right-wing austerity forces. According to the rally press release, draft bill 1945 “attempts to scale back provisions gained from Rosa Lydia Velez v. the Department of Education” and “excludes infants, depriving them of early intervention services.” The proposed law also “violates due process” in future judicial cases addressing special education. This class action case was originally brought in 1981, with a final judgment not issued until 2002.Proyecto C 1945, approved by one chamber of Puerto Rico’s assembly and headed to the other, is strongly opposed by activists, educators and parent advocates on the island.In New York, the special education struggle in Puerto Rico has been embraced by a coalition of Puerto Rican diaspora groups known as Frente Independentista Boricua, with solidarity from others who experience the daily inadequacies of the educational system.The rally chair, teacher Lorraine Liriano, read off a strong list of endorsers and speakers, including Partido Independentista Puertorriqueño and Parents to Improve School Transportation. Also present were members of A Call to Action on Puerto Rico, Chelsea Rising, South Bronx Community Congress and Workers World. Party. Representatives of New York Boricua Resistance prepared a plena song for the gathering. Plena, an historic Puerto Rican musical form, concentrates on providing information about contemporary events, earning the nickname “el periódico cantado” — the “sung newspaper.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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IFB Farm Bill Education Begins for Hoosiers

first_img Farm bill regional meetingsIndiana Farm Bureau members and non-members are invited to attend one of the regional meetings this week designed to help farmers get a jumpstart on understanding the new farm bill. Two meetings are scheduled for Thursday, in Fulton County and at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, and one meeting will be at the Lawrence County Fairgrounds on Friday.Kyle Cline, National Policy Advisor for Indiana Farm Bureau said they want to get information to farmers now that details are being released.“The bill itself is almost a thousand pages so it’s quite complex. There are several new programs and election options that are available within the farm bill and the commodity program. Also there is a new crop insurance option, supplemental coverage option, so we wanted to get out there and provide that information early and at least get farmers familiar with these programs and get them to be thinking about this. Then we’ll also walk through some examples, farm case studies.”Cline says the focus will primarily be on the commodity and livestock programs of the farm bill.“April 15th is the tentative date for signups for the livestock indemnity program and the livestock forage disaster program, so that will be very much front and center for the discussion,” he told HAT. “The commodity programs, while the rules are still being written, we want to walk producers and others interested through those programs and what they might be able to expect.”John Anderson, deputy chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, and Matt Erickson, economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation, will be the guest speakers.Cline adds “stay tuned” for additional dates sometime from summer to fall when IFB will continue its farm bill educational outreach.This week’s meeting are:North region – March 27, 9-11 a.m., Fulton County Fairgrounds Community Center, 1009 West 3rd St., Rochester, IN 46975Central region –  March 27, 2-4: p.m., The Glass Barn, Indiana State Fairgrounds, 1202 E. 38th St., Indianapolis, IN 46205South region – March 28, 9-11 a.m., Lawrence County Fairgrounds Expo Hall, 11265 US Hwy. 50 West, Bedford, IN 47421Learn more here in the HAT video: Home Indiana Agriculture News IFB Farm Bill Education Begins for Hoosiers Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleRail Congestion Pushes Ethanol Prices HigherNext articleSeed Consultants Names Regional Sales Manager Andy Eubank IFB Farm Bill Education Begins for Hoosiers By Andy Eubank – Mar 25, 2014 last_img read more

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Israel prevents Palestinian journalist from returning to her job in Turkey

first_img TurkeyPalestineIsraelEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedWomenImpunity August 23, 2019 Israel prevents Palestinian journalist from returning to her job in Turkey “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more TurkeyPalestineIsraelEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedWomenImpunity News News Hassona not only missed her 10 p.m. flight from Amman but is now trapped in the West Bank.“I arrived alone in Istanbul,” her husband, fellow Palestinian journalist Mohamad Kheiry, posted on Facebook. Kheiry, who also works for TRT in Istanbul, told RSF: “She goes to Israeli intelligence every day in an attempt to find out what is happening, and every day they tell her to come back tomorrow.”This is the first time that Hassona has been banned from travelling but she was arrested by Israeli intelligence in May 2014 and by Palestinian intelligence in December 2014.Israel is ranked 88th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index while Palestine is ranked 137th. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 7, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is shocked to learn that Israeli intelligence prevented a Palestinian journalist from returning to her job in Turkey after spending Eid with her family in the West Bank city of Nablus. In the absence of any explanation, this arbitrary ban must be lifted at once, RSF says. to go further Majdoleen Hassona, who works for the Arabic-language service of the Turkish state-owned TV broadcaster TRT in Istanbul, was prevented from leaving the West Bank in order to fly back to Istanbul from the Jordanian capital, Amman, on 18 August.Hassona told RSF that she arrived at the Allenby border crossing in Jericho – where travellers must pass successively through three controls, a Palestinian one, an Israeli one and a Jordanian one – on the afternoon of 18 August.After being held by Palestinian intelligence despite the intervention of the journalists’ union, Hassona reached the Israeli control point, where she was detained for several hours without any explanation and was finally told that she was banned from leaving the West Bank.“This travel ban is illegitimate and must be revoked at once if the Israeli authorities cannot justify it,” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “By blocking this journalist in the West Bank, they are obstructing her freedom of movement and preventing her from going back to work.” RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Organisation News Help by sharing this information June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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UAE: One year after Ahmed Mansoor’s arrest, RSF and 20 other NGOs ask for his release

first_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Help by sharing this information United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedInternet capture d’écran / Film Portrait – Ahmed Mansoor – Martin Ennals Award Laureate 2015 NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News June 8, 2021 Find out more Ahmed Mansoor, one of the few sources of freely expressed opinion in the UAE, was arrested at his Dubai home late at night a year ago and held in an undisclosed location ever since, despite condemnation from UN human rights experts and independent human rights organisations.Ahmed Mansoor , recipient of the 2015 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders, was accused of posting “false information, rumours and lies” liable to damage the UAE’s reputation.One journalist and two citizen journalists are currentlyimprisoned in the UAE, which is ranked 119th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index.Please find here the English version of the joint statement.Signed: Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain Amnesty International Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) Article 19 CIVICUS Committee for the Respect of Freedoms and Human Rights in Tunisia English PEN Freedom Now, Morocco Front Line Defenders Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) Human Rights First Human Rights Watch International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) Maharat Foundation Martin Ennals Foundation Moroccan Association for Human Rights PEN International Reporters Without Borders Scholars at Risk Tunisian Association for Academic Freedoms Tunis Center for Press Freedom Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights Tunisian League for Human Rights (LTDH) Tunisian Organisation against Torture Vigilance for Democracy and the Civic State World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), under the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Organisation News United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedInternet to go further Follow the news on United Arab Emirates News Related documents statement_ahmed_mansour.docxVND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.WORDPROCESSINGML.DOCUMENT – 88.1 KBahmed_mansoor_statement_-_final_arabic.docxVND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.WORDPROCESSINGML.DOCUMENT – 85.68 KB March 21, 2018 UAE: One year after Ahmed Mansoor’s arrest, RSF and 20 other NGOs ask for his release April 28, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News RSF_en Well-known blogger and human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor has been held for a year. Reporters without borders (RSF) and 20 other NGOs ask for his immediate and unconditional release. RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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At least 14 reporters arbitrarily arrested during Russian protests

first_img Читать по-русски в PDF и ниже / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arbitrary arrests of at least 14 journalists while trying to cover anti-corruption demonstrations in Russia on 26 March, and calls on the authorities to drop all charges against them and to punish the police officers responsible.Both the protests themselves and the crackdown were without precedent since 2012. According to initial counts, between 32,000 and 93,000 people participated in demonstrations throughout the country and around 1,800 of them were reportedly arrested.According to RSF’s tally, at least 14 of those detained were journalists who had gone to cover the protests.Alexander Plyushchev of Echo of Moscow, Pyotr Verzilov of Mediazona, Pyotr Parkhomenko of Kommersant-FM, Timofey Dzyadko of RBC, Sofiko Arifjanova of Otkrytaya Rossya and Alec Luhn, a US reporter for The Guardian, were arrested in Moscow and were held for several hours at a police station.The last three were charged with participating in an unauthorized demonstration but the charge against Luhn seems to have been dropped later after the foreign ministry intervened.Sergei Satanovski of Novaya Gazeta, Nadezhda Zaytseva of Vedomosti, Roman Pimenov of Interpress and freelancer Artyom Aleksandrov were arrested in Saint Petersburg.Sergei Rasulov of Kommersant, Fayna Kachabekova of Kavkazskaya Politika and Vladimir Servinovski of Eto Kavkaz were arrested in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, in the Russian Caucasus. Alexander Nikishin of Otkrytyi Kanal was arrested in the southwestern city of Saratov and was sentenced the next day to four days of administrative detention for “refusing to comply with instructions from the police.”Alexei Alexeyev, the news website Chernika’s correspondent in the northwestern city of Petrozavodsk, was hit by a policeman while filming a demonstrator’s arrest. The unidentified policeman hit him in the face and legs, broke his glasses and insulted him.“It is unacceptable that so many journalists were arrested although they were clearly identified,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“Even more disturbing is the fact that some may be prosecuted and one was given a beating. This behaviour by the police contravenes Russian law and the international treaties by which Russia is bound. We ask the authorities to respect media freedom, punish those responsible and ensure that the police are properly trained to respect journalists’ rights.”I showed my press card [to a riot police officer] but he just said: “So what?”. Sergei SatanovskiSergei Satanovski told RSF: “I showed my press card [to a riot police officer] but that did not convince him. He just said: ‘So what?’.” Fayna Kachabekova said: “I showed the police officers my Kavkazskaya Politika correspondent’s card and I asked them to give me back my phone. But again no one reacted.”The protests against corrupt practices within the political elite were held in more than 80 Russian cities in response to a call from opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Despite their size, the protests were largely ignored by the leading national media and were curiously absent from the main online news aggregators.Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Help by sharing this information Related documents cp_26-03-17_rus.pdfPDF – 85.17 KB News Протестная мобилизация 26 марта была беспрецедентной с 2012 года, репрессии также: по предварительным оценкам, от 32 000 до 93 000 человек выступили против коррупции по всей стране, из них около 1800 были задержаны. Среди них РБГ насчитывает не менее 14 журналистов, которые освещали митинги.Александр Плющев («Эхо Москвы»), Петр Верзилов («Mediazona»), Петр Пархоменко («Коммерсантъ-FM»), Тимофей Дзядко («РБК»), Софико Арфиджанова («Открытая Россия») и американский журналист Алек Лун (Alec Luhn, «The Guardian») были задержаны в Москве и оставались в течение нескольких часов в полицейском участке. Последние три были затем обвинены в «участии в несанкционированном митинге». Однако, похоже, что обвинения, выдвинутые против Алека Луна, позже были сняты в результате вмешательства Министерства иностранных дел.Сергей Сатановский («Новая Газета»), Надежда Зайцева («Ведомости»), Роман Пименов («Interpress») и независимый журналист Артем Александров были задержаны в Санкт-Петербурге. Сергей Расулов («Коммерсантъ»), Фаина Качабекова («Кавказская Политика») и Владимир Севриновский («Это Кавказ») были задержаны в столице республики Дагестан, Махачкале. Александр Никишин («Открытый Канал») был задержан в Саратове и приговорен на следующий день к административному аресту на четверо суток за «неповиновение законному распоряжению сотрудника полиции».Алексей Алексеев (соответствующая информация находится на сайте «Черника») в Петрозаводске был избит сотрудником полиции во время проведения съемок протестной акции и задержания одного из протестующих. Неизвестный сотрудник полиции без жетона ударил его в лицо и по ноге, разбил его очки и оскорбил.«Неприемлемо, что так много журналистов было задержано, несмотря на то, что они отчетливо представились, – заявил глава отдела Восточной Европы и Центральной Азии РБГ Иоханн Бир. – Еще более тревожным является тот факт, что некоторые из них могут быть привлечены к ответственности и то, что один журналист был избит. Эти действия полиции нарушают как российское законодательство, так и международные договоры, к которым присоединилась Россия. Мы призываем власти уважать свободу прессы, наказать виновных и обеспечить, чтобы сотрудники полиции были впредь надлежащим образом проинформированы относительно прав журналистов». May 21, 2021 Find out more March 29, 2017 At least 14 reporters arbitrarily arrested during Russian protests Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Credit: Alexander Utkin / AFP Репортеры без границ (РБГ) осуждают вопиющее задержание десятков журналистов, освещавших в России антикоррупционную акцию 26 марта 2017 года. Организация призывает власти прекратить все дела против них и привлечь сотрудниковполиции к ответственности. to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation center_img Follow the news on Russia News RSF_en News Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out more Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Антикоррупционная акция в России: около пятнадцати журналистов незаконно задержаны RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses CorruptionJudicial harassmentImpunityViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses CorruptionJudicial harassmentImpunityViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expressionCouncil of Europe Если некоторые журналисты были освобождены после того, как они показали свою пресс-карту или аккредитацию, то в большинстве случаев это не изменило отношение полиции. «Я показал журналистское удостоверение [ОМОНовцу], но его это неубедило. Он мне сказал, «Ну и что?», – рассказал РБГ Сергей Сатановский. «Я показала полиции удостоверение корреспондента «Кавказской политики» и попросила их вернуть мой телефон. Но никто не реагировал», – свидетельствует Фаина Качабекова.Манифестации протеста против коррупции политических элит прошли в 80 городах России по призыву оппозиционера Алексея Навального. Несмотря на их необычайный размах, эти акции были в значительной степени проигнорированы крупными общенациональными СМИ, и как это не странно, отсутствовали у крупных интернет-агрегаторов контента.Россия занимает 148 место из 180 во всемирном рейтинге свободы прессы за 2016 год, опубликованном РБГ.last_img read more

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«Репортеры без границ» проводят акцию по разблокированию 9 запрещенных информационных сайтов в 11 странах

first_img February 5, 2021 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts January 15, 2021 Find out more RSF_en В целях борьбы с цензурой интернета «Репортеры без границ» обеспечивают доступ к 9 запрещенным информационным сайтам в 11 странах, в которых они на сегодняшний день запрещены: заблокированный в России сайт Grani.ru, недоступный в Казахстане, Узбекистане и Туркменистане Fergananews, The Tibet Post и Mingjing News, запрещенные в Китае, заблокированный во Вьетнаме Dan Lam Bao, запрещенный на Кубе Hablemos Press, заблокированный в Иране Gooya News, а также «Gulf Centre for Human Rights», запрещенный в Объединенных Арабских Эмиратах и Саудовской Аравии, и Bahrain Mirror, запрещенный в Бахрейне и Саудовской Аравии.Принцип операции «Collateral Freedom»Для того чтобы обеспечить доступ гражданам этих стран к данным девяти сайтам, «Репортеры без границ» запустили зеркала на таких крупных облачных сервисах, как Amazon и Microsoft. Блокировка этих сервисов связана с высокими экономическими рисками для государств, включенных в список «врагов интернета». Зеркала запрещенных сайтов будут действовать на протяжении нескольких месяцев.Эти 9 зеркал доступны только в https. Протокол https – это защищенная версия стандартного протокола http, используемого для навигации на интернете. Весь трафик https зашифрован между браузером пользователя и сайтом, который он посещает. Использование протокола https не дает возможность кому-либо ознакомиться с контентом просмотренных страниц и, таким образом, сводит на нет все попытки его фильтровать с помощью ключевых слов.Созданные «Репортерами без границ» зеркала News Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her Organisation October 30, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Kazakhstan March 12, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 «Репортеры без границ» проводят акцию по разблокированию 9 запрещенных информационных сайтов в 11 странахcenter_img По случаю Всемирного дня борьбы с кибер-цензурой, отмечаемого 12 марта, «Репортеры без границ» (RSF) стартуют операцию «Collateral Freedom» («Залог свободы») и создают защищенные от блокировки зеркала 9 запрещенных информационных сайтов в 11 странах-«врагах интернета». News Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal – Grani.ru, заблокированный в России: https://gr1.global.ssl.fastly.net/- Fergananews.com, заблокированный в Казахстане и Узбекистане: https://fg1.global.ssl.fastly.net/- The Tibet Post, заблокированный в Китае: https://tp1.global.ssl.fastly.net/- Dan Lam Bao, заблокированный во Вьетнаме: https://dlb1.global.ssl.fastly.net/- Mingjing News, заблокированный в Китае: https://mn1.global.ssl.fastly.net/news/main.html- Hablemos Press, заблокированный на Кубе: https://hp1.global.ssl.fastly.net/- Gooya News, заблокированный в Иране: https://gn1.global.ssl.fastly.net/- Gulf Center for Human Rights, запрещенный в Объединенных Арабских Эмиратах и Саудовской Аравии: https://gc1.global.ssl.fastly.net/- Bahrain Mirror, заблокированный в Бахрейне и Саудовской Аравии: https://bahrainmirror.global.ssl.fastly.net/«Репортеры без границ» предлагают пользователям принять участие в акции по борьбе с цензурой, размещая в соцсетях список зеркал запрещенных сайтов с хэштегом #CollateralFreedom.«GreatFire» – наш партнерАкция Collateral Freedom проводится по технологии, разработанной китайскими киберактивистами из организации GreatFire. С 2013 года эта группа успешно создавала защищенные от блокировки и доступные китайским пользователям зеркальные сайты Deutsche Welle, Google и China Digital Times. Разработки GreatFire с открытым кодом могут использоваться любыми активистами для борьбы с интернет-цензурой. Мы размещаем на сайте 12mars.rsf.org обращение Чарли Смита, одного из основателей «GreatFire», «Как побороть цензуру с помощью свободы слова».Читать далее: 12mars.rsf.org News Help by sharing this information News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

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The Obama administration should renew its commitment to transparency and accountability

first_imgReuters filed a FOIA request in for the video back in 2007 but it was never released.According to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), all agencies of the U.S. Government are required to disclose records upon receiving a written request, except those records that are protected from disclosure pursuant to nine exemptions and three exclusions.”We support Wikileaks decision to post the video because the administration did not live up to its responsibilities in this case,” said Reporters Without Borders. “We urge the Pentagon to be more transparent and call on the Obama administration to show its committing to justice by reconsidering the request and officially releasing the video and other elements that would help the investigation”.”By not granting this FOIA request, the Obama administration would once again be ignoring its promises of more transparency and accountability” said the press freedom organization. “It would be a blow to freedom of the press and to the principle that it is not up to the government to define what is newsworthy.”According to the AFP, A US military official did not dispute the authenticity of the video but said it “doesn’t give new information, it just gives footage. “Since 2007, we acknowledged everything that’s in the video,” the official said. “We acknowledged that the strike took place and that there were two Reuters employees (killed).” “We had insurgents and reporters in an area where US forces were about to be ambushed. At the time we weren’t able to discern whether (the Reuters employees) were carrying cameras or weapons,” the official said.In July 2007, photographer Namir Noor-Eldeen, 22, and his driver, Saeed Chmagh, 40, were killed in east Baghdad by gunfire of unclear origin. Witnesses said a rocket was fired from a US helicopter. But other sources told Reuters they could have been killed by a mortar shell fired by Iraqi militia members. At the time Reporters Without Borders called on both the US army and the Iraqi police to investigate their deaths.Since the beginning of the Iraq war, at least 221 journalists have been killed, making it the deadliest war for reporters.On December 31, 2007, George W. Bush signed amendments to the FOIA into law, improving public access to information about federal government activity. However, at that time, 92 videos related to interrogations of Guantanamo Bay prisoners were destroyed and never made public despite a request from the ACLU. On April 15th, 2010, the CIA will have to release documents detailing meetings between Nancy Pelosi and her aide Michael Sheeny on matters relating to “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Reporters Without Borders deeply hope that the US agency will keep its word this time. RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Organisation to go further WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas April 6, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The Obama administration should renew its commitment to transparency and accountability United StatesAmericas News News News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Reporters Without Borders is asking the US government for increased transparency after the whistleblower website WikiLeaks released a video on April 5th, 2010, of a US military Apache helicopter strike in Baghdad three years ago which killed two Reuters employees and several other people. Wikileaks said that it had obtained the video “from a number of military whistleblowers” and posted it at collateralmurder.org. June 3, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more

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Fannie Mae: ‘Resilient Economy Overcomes Risks to Drive Housing’

first_img Economy Fannie Mae Growth 2020-01-21 Seth Welborn Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Keeping Afloat in Financial Services Law Next: Low-End Rents Prop Up Single-Family Rent Growth 2020 is forecasted to see growth of 2.1%, according to the latest commentary from the Fannie Mae Economic and Strategic Research (ESR) Group. Housing, the ESR Group notes, is one of the key factors driving growth, alongside consumer spending and business fixed investment.“While we believe the strength and resilience of the American consumer is the lynchpin of near-trend GDP growth, this year we expect consumer demand to re-establish housing construction as a significant contributor to economic growth—hence our theme for the year: A resilient economy overcomes risks to drive housing,” said Fannie Mae SVP and Chief Economist Doug Duncan. “Strong labor markets, rising wages, and improved household balance sheets offer consumer spending upside potential, including the ability to withstand minor economic disruptions.”Fannie Mae expects the growing economic strength from housing that emerged in 2019 to carry into the rest of 2020, including solid growth in single-family construction spending and low mortgage rates.Recent studies have indicated that this increased residential construction spending could help limit the negative effects of capital-spending weakness, despite not taking up a large segment of the economy. According to Bloomberg utilizing data from the Atlanta Fed, the stronger U.S. housing market could provide a cushion from the effect of a “derailment” in corporate spending.Bloomberg notes that recent earnings announcements show order books are growing at a few builders, including Lennar Corp.“The indicators that we see and hear from our customers reflect confidence in the stability of the economy and in the job market,” Stuart Miller, Lennar’s Chairman, said on the company’s recent earnings call.While housing remains the bright spot in economic growth, the Fannie Mae ESR Group also identified which factors may cause a trend to the downside, including geopolitical tensions. For example, as analysis from First American Financial Corporation notes, global uncertainty—such as the conflict between the U.S. and Iran—impacts not only geopolitical relations but also the U.S. housing market. However, Duncan noted what is offering “greater balance” in the latest ESR Group forecast.“Simmering geopolitical tensions, trade concerns, potential equity overvaluation, and weakening manufacturing data suggest the risks to our forecast are skewed slightly to the downside, while accelerating global growth and consumer spending power offer upside and greater balance than in previous forecasts,” said Duncan. “We also continue to expect the Fed to maintain its hands-off approach to monetary policy in the new year, with no changes to the target federal funds rate despite persistently low inflation.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Economy Fannie Mae Growth in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Investment, News January 21, 2020 2,486 Views About Author: Seth Welborn The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae: ‘Resilient Economy Overcomes Risks to Drive Housing’ Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fannie Mae: ‘Resilient Economy Overcomes Risks to Drive Housing’ Subscribelast_img read more

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National Commission For Women To Move Supreme Court Challenging Bombay High Court’s ‘Skin To Skin Judgment’ In The POCSO Case

first_imgTop StoriesNational Commission For Women To Move Supreme Court Challenging Bombay High Court’s ‘Skin To Skin Judgment’ In The POCSO Case Sparsh Upadhyay25 Jan 2021 7:52 AMShare This – xThe National Commission for Women (NCW) has decided to challenge the recent Bombay High Court Judgment (before the Apex Court) which held that groping a child’s breasts without ‘skin-to-skin contact’ would not amount to ‘sexual assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.The Judgment by the Bombay High Court (Nagpur Bench), however, held that such an act would…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe National Commission for Women (NCW) has decided to challenge the recent Bombay High Court Judgment (before the Apex Court) which held that groping a child’s breasts without ‘skin-to-skin contact’ would not amount to ‘sexual assault under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.The Judgment by the Bombay High Court (Nagpur Bench), however, held that such an act would in fact amount to ‘molestation’ under the Indian Penal Code [Section 354 IPC (outraging a woman’s modesty)].A Single bench of Justice Pushpa Ganediwala made this observation last week while modifying the order of the Sessions Court which held a 39-year-old man guilty of sexual assault for groping a 12- year- old- girl and removing her salwar.[NOTE: The High Court held the man guilty under sections 342 and 354 of the IPC while acquitting him under section 8 of the POCSO Act.]The NCW Chairperson Rekha Sharma today posted a tweet informing that NCW is challenging the Bombay High Court’s Judgment in Satish Ragde v. State of Maharashtra (Dated 19-01-2021) before the Apex Court.1. @NCWIndia is challenging the Hon’ble Bombay High Court, Nagpur Bench judgement in Criminal Appeal No.161 of 2020, Satish Ragde v. State of Maharashtra dated 19.01.2021….— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha) January 25, 2021 In another tweet, she said,”This judgment will not only have cascading effect on various provisions involving safety and security of women in general but also put all the women under ridicule and has trivialized the legal provisions provided by the legislature for the safety and security of women.”In related news, the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on Monday (25th January) asked the Government of Maharashtra to file an “urgent appeal” against this Judgment.The Letter written by NCPCR Chairperson Priyank Kanoongo and addressed to the Maharashtra Chief Secretary notes that that if the prosecution had made the submissions as per the spirit of POCSO Act, then accused not have been acquitted from the serious offence against the Minor.The Letter further reads,”The remark ‘skin to skin’ with sexual intention without penetration’ also need to be reviewed and the State should take note of this as it seems to be derogatory to the Minor Victim”.Next Storylast_img read more

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first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Edited by Ross Wighaml Peter Bennett (pictured) has been appointed vice-president of HR at the luxury hotel group Le Meridien. He will be responsible for over-seeing all HR activity for the group’s 30,000 staff. He joins from Thomas Cook where he was HR director and a member of the UK Travel Board. Prior to this he was the head of personnel services at Boots Healthcare International. Most recently he has specialised in change initiatives.l Greg Holder has started work as the new group HR director for NRG, a paper-based office solutions company and part of the Ricoh Group. Previously he worked for electronic supplier Premier Farnell and has held a variety of international HR and general management roles. Holder’s new role will involve change management. As HR director he will support 25 businesses in 18 countries with 7,500 employees, predominantly in Europe.l The Prime Minister has approved the appointment of Sir Andrew Turnbull as the head of the Civil Service when Sir Richard Wilson retires in the autumn. Turnbull is currently the Permanent Secretary of HM Treasury. He joined the Treasury in 1970 as an assistant principal after working as an economist for the Government of Zambia. In 1994 he was appointed permanent secretary at the Department of Environment.mpact on efficiency and productivity.“HR can directly help the bottom lin people… on the moveOn 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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