Four journalists arrested for exposing a corrupt public official

first_img July 20, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Four journalists arrested for exposing a corrupt public official to go further NepalAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts NepalAsia – Pacific Organisation Under Chinese pressure, Nepal sanctions three journalists over Dalai Lama story Nepalese journalists threatened, attacked and censored over Covid-19 coverage News Nepal: RSF’s recommendations to amend controversial Media Council Bill Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders has protested after four journalists were arrested on the basis of a complaint by a public official, whom they had exposed for abuse of authority in the Rukum region, western Nepal.The international press freedom organisation called for the immediate release of the four, arrested on 11 July, and for charges against them to be dropped. It said the arrests illustrated yet again the problems faced by journalists, particularly in the provinces, when they tried to probe corruption.The four, all regional members of the Federation of Nepalese Journalists (FNP), Hari Bishnu Oli of national daily Kantipur, Narayan Shah of the weekly Dristi, Dil Bhadur Shahi of official press agency Rastriya Samachar Samiti and Kamal Thapa of the weekly Budhabar, were arrested on the strength of a complaint against them by Dr Fekan Shah, head of the veterinary administration in Rukum.His word alone was enough to have them detained, in harsh conditions, under the Public Offences Act.Dr. Shah reacted after they questioned him about threats and insults he had made two days earlier against another group of journalists, who had questioned him about a false bills scandal.The authorities had refused to open an investigation into Dr. Shah’s actions but agreed to let the official register a complaint.Experts on the UN Human Rights Commission on 14 July repeated their deep concern about lack of freedom within Nepal. They expressed particular concern about the kingdom’s appalling prison conditions. May 29, 2019 Find out more Follow the news on Nepal News News June 8, 2020 Find out more May 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

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Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigeria

first_img January 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed by the Nigeria government’s decision to suspend Twitter throughout the country after the social media platform deleted one of the president’s tweets, and by the attacks and threats it poses to the media according to journalists interviewed by RSF. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa RSF_en News November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information NigeriaAfrica Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expression Nigerian media outlets are shocked by Twitter’s suspension for an indefinite period that the government announced on 4 June. “It’s a big blow,” said Jide Oyekunle, a reporter for the Daily Independent newspaper. With 40 million Nigerian users (five times as many as in France), “Twitter is an excellent source of trending topics to not go dry as a journalist,” Oyekunle added. “We don’t know what is happening, what is being said on issues,” said Lizzy Chikpi, a reporter for Order Paper, a news site that specialises in covering legislative matters. Ironically, it was on Twitter that the information ministry announced the ban. On 7 June, the National Broadcasting Commission, the broadcast media regulator, went further and ordered radio and TV stations to delete their Twitter accounts, warning them that continuing to use Twitter would be regarded as “unpatriotic.” Neither the ministry nor the regulator had deleted their own accounts at the time of writing. Some of the journalists contacted by RSF voiced caution about continuing to use Twitter but most said they would keep trying to use it despite the threat of sanctions. “I had to rush to install a VPN and be able to access Twitter again,” said a journalist with Premium Times, one of Nigeria’s leading privately-owned newspapers. But will use of virtual private networks suffice to circumvent the government’s growing interest in controlling online freedom of expression more closely, especially online? “Other regulators in the country like in the banking or medical sector did not ban their members from using Twitter, only the media regulator did so,” noticed Samuel Ogundipe, the editor of Peoples Gazette, an investigative news site that had to change its domain name after being blocked by the authorities, as RSF reported in February. “This decision is not spontaneous,” he added. “It’s a campaign to control the media and social networks that has been waged for years.” Lure of the Chinese “model” A report by the Foundation for Investigative Journalism has added to the concerns, According to this Nigerian journalists’ collective, members of the Nigerian president’s office met with representatives of the Cyberspace Administration of China, the Chinese Internet regulator on 5 June, less than 24 hours after the Twitter ban was announced. And the FIJ says they discussed the possibility for building an Internet firewall in Nigeria like the one the Chinese authorities use to filter and censor online content – a nightmarish scenario but apparently not a science fiction one. In an appearance before the House of Representatives committee on information last October, information minister Lai Mohammed noted : “When we went to China, we could not get Google, Facebook, and Instagram. You could not even use your email in China because they made sure it is censored and well regulated.” Neither the information minister nor the minister of communications and digital economy responded to RSF’s requests for comments on this subject. Nigeria fell five places in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 120th out of 180 countries. Organisation Credit : Olivier DOULIERY / AFP Receive email alertscenter_img Nigerian news site deliberately blocked, expert report confirms Follow the news on Nigeria NigeriaAfrica Online freedoms InternetFreedom of expression to go further News Nigerian investigative journalist forced to flee after massacre disclosures News Reports February 8, 2021 Find out more June 10, 2021 Twitter blocked, journalism threatened in Nigerialast_img read more

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Rising Home Values Reaching Pre-Recession Peak

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Rising Home Values Reaching Pre-Recession Peak Share 1Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago July 29, 2018 2,411 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, Market Studies, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Rising Home Values Reaching Pre-Recession Peak Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily For seven out of the 35 largest U.S. housing markets, home values have finally regained the value they lost during the recession, according to the latest market research by Zillow. More than 95 percent of surveyed homes are worth more than their peak value during the housing boom, with a median home value of $217, 300, an 8.3 percent increase in a year-over-year analysis. These numbers are also 8.4 percent of the highest point of the housing bubble, with 21 out of the 35 surpassing its bubble peak level.”Even a decade after the 2008 Financial Crisis, and five-plus years into the recovery, it’s clear that the housing boom and bust was felt very differently in various markets – and is still being felt today in many,” Aaron Terrazas, Zillow Senior Economist said. “In markets like Las Vegas that got farthest ahead of themselves during the boom, and consequently fell the most, a large majority of homes are still not worth as much today as they were a decade ago. But in markets like Denver that were more stable a decade ago, many more homes are worth more now than ever before.”As home values rise, inventory has dropped, decreasing 4.8 percent in a year-over-year analysis, after falling 12.3 percent the year before. With these changes, rent has risen 1.3 percent over the last year, reviving possible concerns over ever-dwindling affordable housing.“Despite widespread and consistent home value growth today, the scars of the recession still run deep for millions of longer-term U.S. homeowners, and it may take years of growth for their home to regain the value lost a decade ago,” Terrazas said. “And while stabilizing growth in rents is likely a relief for those renters saving to become homeowners, many of those would-be buyers in a number of the nation’s hottest markets will be contending with home prices that are as high as they’ve ever been.”See the breakdown of the top 35 metros here. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Kristina Brewer Subscribe Kristina Brewer is the Editorial Assistant of Publications for the Five Star Institute, including DS News and MReport magazine. She is a graduate of the University of North Texas (UNT), where she received her Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in rhetoric and writing and a minor in global marketing. During this time, she served as Director of Philanthropy in the national women’s fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha, of which she is an alumna. Her passion for philanthropy continued after university when she was an intern at Keep Denton Beautiful, a local partner of Keep America Beautiful, where she drove membership, organized events, and led social media campaigns. Brewer honed her writing at the North Texas Daily, UNT’s student-run newspaper where she wrote about faculty, mentorship, and student life. Brewer also previously worked at Optimus Business Plans where she helped start-ups create funding proposals, risk assessments, and management plans. 2018-07-29 Kristina Brewer Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: Is The Financial Benefit of Homeownership Shrinking? Next: Thriving in a Low-Delinquency Environment Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

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Donegal Deputy accuses the Government of lying to the public

first_img Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Donegal South-West Deputy, Pearse Doherty has accused the Government of lying to the public.The Sinn Fein Finance spokesperson said in the Dail yesterday evening that it was “absolute nonsense” that Ireland would face sixteen years of austerity if they were to receive a write-down on their debt.Deputy Doherty said Greece have been offered a write-down of 50%, and they’re only facing ten years of austerity measures.He said that by not even attempting to negotiate a write down debt on Ireland’s debt, the current Government had betrayed the Irish people:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/pdoc530lies.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Google+ Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Donegal Deputy accuses the Government of lying to the public Twitter By News Highland – November 3, 2011 Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Previous articleSF Deputies Doherty and MacLochlainn walk out of Dail in protestNext articleRetired Garda’s son fined and threatened with jail News Highland Newsx Adverts Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republiclast_img read more

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Cautious welcome given to increase in septic tank grant aid

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Cautious welcome given to increase in septic tank grant aid Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows A cautious welcome has been given to an increase in grant aid as part of the multi annual rural water programme.As of May 1st, septic tank grants have been increased from 2,500 euro to 5,000 however homeowners had to be registered by February 2013 to be eligible.Cllr Paul Canning says there’s a vast amount of septic tanks which will go uninspected as a result of the regulations.He also says there are a lot of people locally who can’t afford to upgrade their tanks without the grant:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/canbnvgbnvbnbvning.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img Previous articleMica redress scheme expected before cabinet next weekNext articleHuge turnout expected for Darkness into Light events News Highland Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – May 10, 2019 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitterlast_img read more

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Final Vote on $750,000 Skateboard Park Set for Thursday

first_imgThe proposed site for the new Cape May County Skate Park in Ocean City is adjacent to the Ocean City Fire Department between Fifth and Sixth streets, West and Asbury avenues. City Council will vote Thursday on spending $750,000 and borrowing $712,500 to build a skateboard park on city-owned land on the 500 block of Asbury Avenue.Council passed the first reading of the bond ordinance in a 6-1 vote (with Fourth Ward Councilman Pete Guinosso dissenting) on Nov. 13. The second and potentially final reading of the ordinance is scheduled for a public meeting 7 p.m. Thursday (Dec. 4) at City Hall.Ocean City will be reimbursed $500,000 from a Green Acres Cape May County Recreation Grant that was announced in September, and council had already approved a capital plan that calls for borrowing $250,000 for the project.Thursday’s vote is perhaps the last major consideration in an effort to replace a city-owned skateboard park at Sixth Street and the Boardwalk that was dismantled in 2011 for safety concerns.Advocates for the project envision a state-of-the-art concrete facility that will “stand the test of time” and provide both an important recreational outlet for youth and families, and a visitor attraction. The park will be constructed on city-owned land atop an existing parking lot adjacent to the Ocean City Fire Department. The site is bounded on other sides by the Ocean City Primary School, the Ocean City Tabernacle and the Gabriel Building Group.In a separate vote on Thursday, City Council will consider a shared-services agreement with Cape May County to build and operate the park with the $500,000 county grant. The agreement requires, in part, that the facility be known as the “Cape May County Skate Park in Ocean City” and be open to all residents of Cape May County.The next steps would be procedural — Council would approve specifications for bids from contractors and later approve a contract. The park possibly could be in place as early as spring 2015, according to Councilman Mike DeVlieger. READ MOREOcean City Skateboard Park: Latest Design and SiteCrowd Turns Out for Skateboard Park MeetingOcean City Gets $500,000 Grant for Skateboard ParkNIMPS, not NIMBYs, in Ocean City Skate Park DebateGroup Zeroes in on Skate Park Site for Ocean City__________Sign up for OCNJ Daily’s free newsletter“Like” us on Facebooklast_img read more

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OCHS Red Raiders Football Team Wins Big Over Mainland Mustangs

first_imgPhoto Credit: Facebook – Ocean City Red Raider Football Summary:The Mainland Mustangs were leading 7-0 over the Ocean City Red Raiders until late in the first quarter. It was all the Red Raiders from then on.  They proceeded to score a touchdown late in the first quarter, then another in the second quarter.  In the third quarter, Ocean City forced a safety for 2 points and then another touchdown.  They  put the icing on the cake with a touchdown in the fourth quarter to close out the game with a score of 7-30.last_img read more

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A simple country baker

first_imgYou just cannot believe it! First of all, the dodgy lot who run the country – laughingly known as politicians – tax our pension system into meltdown. Then they impose way-above-inflation wage increases through the minimum wage and, having ruined the pension system, are now proposing we all pay a 3% pension contribution on top of the salaries to pay for their greed and stupidity in doing all the damage in the first place.I am the first to confess I’m not very bright but does that not mean a 3% hike on our wage costs? And if all staff have to pay 4% of their salary into the pension, will they not be wanting a pay rise to keep up with their rising costs.This year we are finding growth much harder and, with the Bank Holiday over, we have found traditional sales declining. Hot cross bun sales are nothing like they used to be, Christmas cake sales have virtually disappeared and sales of mince pies reduce every year.This brings me on to the subject of worry. Again, I confess I am not very good at it, as I consider it a waste of time and best left to your competitors. Let’s face it: they would probably make a far better job of it. Worry does not make you rich or happy, so why do it? A busy person should not really have time to bother with it. So if you are prone to worry, you would be far better off employing someone to do it for you.Now I know it’s easy to say don’t worry when everything is going right for you, and it’s very difficult not to do if you are in one of those phases in life when everything you touch goes wrong. But do try and look on the bright side; we are in a wonderful industry, where most everyone will try and help if they are asked.Many people who have run into hard times might have been helped if they had swallowed their pride and asked for help. The natural thing is to put a brave face on it. But if only help had been sought out earlier, many a business could have been saved.A few months ago, I mentioned that Lucy, a lovely girl in our bakery, was granted a scholarship by the British Confectionery Association for a week’s training at a member’s bakery, Simmonds of Hatfield. Well, she has had her week’s training and the benefits for both her and our company are great. She learned a lot, had a really great time and returned full of enthusiasm for her craft and a desire to learn more.There were also extra fringe benefits for us; it gave MD Neville a wonderful opportunity to get to know the people running Simmonds better. And, when we had a chance to bid for a gateaux contract, we were able to phone them up and get the best advice from people with great knowledge of the gateaux trade.Mind you, I don’t know what they teach the kids at school these days. An office junior caught me practising putting golf balls in my office and asked me what they were. A week later she caught me putting again and said: “Oh I see you have shot another golf.” Tony Phillips is past president of the NAMB and is (allegedly) retired from running Janes Pantry with 10 shops in Gloucestershirelast_img read more

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Call for local government to set business rates

first_imgIndependent firms could pay less to trade after the Local Government Association (LGA) said that local government should set local business rates.Authorities are concerned that smaller businesses, such as craft bakeries, which do the majority of trading on the high street and not online, are being unfairly impacted by current business rates.Councils are also calling for government to explore the potential for linking business rates to turnover and e-commerce as part of the reforms to make business rates fairer.This would allow councils to have more flexibility to reduce business rates on a circumstantial basis, for the types of shops and businesses that locals want in their high streets.The Chancellor is being urged to deliver a boost for small businesses in next month’s Autumn Statement by committing to devolving control of business rates down to local government.Councillor David Sparks, chairman of the LGA, said: “We need a system of local business taxation which is fit for the 21st century, which supports the areas in which companies operate and which helps, rather than hinders, business and the growth of our economy.“The current system is failing to do that. Councils cannot support their local businesses as much as they would like to. There are many areas in which local authorities have been successful in helping new firms to open and keep small businesses alive, but in reality we are working with one hand tied behind our backs.”last_img read more

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Listen To Umphrey’s McGee’s Weekend Run Across Baltimore And Hampton Beach [Full Audio]

first_imgSetlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom | Hampton Beach, NH | 5/20/2017Set One: Tango Mike > Smell the Mitten, Crucial Taunt, Uncle Wally > In The Kitchen, Nothing Too FancySet Two: Hurt Bird Bath, Walletsworth, Cut Off > Draconian, Let’s Dance, Bridgeless > August > BridgelessEncore: Divisions Umphrey’s McGee has been on fire since the jam act geared back up for tour this past week, starting things off at The NorVa in Norfolk, Virginia on Thursday night where they paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell with the debut of a cover of Temple Of The Dog’s “Hunger Strike” during “Der Bluten Kat.” Umphrey’s showed no signs of slowing as they moved through the weekend, with stellar performances at Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, Maryland, on Friday and Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire, on Saturday.Umphrey’s McGee Honors Chris Cornell With “Hunger Strike” Cover In Virginia [Video/Full Audio]On Friday, Umphrey’s McGee took on Pier Six Pavilion in Baltimore, and were joined by friends Aqueous as support for their performance at the waterside outdoor venue. Highlights of Friday’s performance included a jam based on AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” during “Higgins” in the first set and an extended “Plunger” that segued into “Deeper” toward the end of the second set. The group then continued on to Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom the next night, closing out their three-night run on a high note. Umphrey’s McGee’s Saturday night performance saw a “Tango Mike” opener lead into “Smell The Mitten,” a song that was been tabled from rotation since late summer of last year, marking a seventy-seven show gap. The band also performed the ever-popular cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” during the second set before a closing sandwich of “Bridgeless” housing the number “August.”Members Of Umphrey’s McGee And Aqueous To Pay Tribute To Green Day’s “Dookie” At Summer CampYou can listen to Umphrey’s McGee tearing up Pier Six and Hampton Bay Casino Ballroom below, courtesy of tapers Ted Gakidis and opsopcopolis.[Cover photo: Phierce Photo]Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Pier Six Pavilion | Baltimore, MD | 5/19/2017Set One: October Rain > Believe the Lie, Similar Skin, The Bottom Half, The Crooked One > Higgins[1], I Want You (She’s So Heavy)Set Two: Flamethrower > Day Nurse, Conduit > 40’s Theme, Women Wine and Song > Can’t You See, Plunger > Deeper, The FloorEncore: Miss Tinkle’s Overture[1] with Thunderstruck (AC/DC) jamlast_img read more

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