Alarm sounded after daily is closed and two of its journalists get two years in prison

first_imgNews Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions Follow the news on Yemen January 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Alarm sounded after daily is closed and two of its journalists get two years in prison RSF_en News January 6, 2021 Find out more February 11, 2021 Find out more YemenMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders wrote to Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh today voicing great concern about a growing crackdown on the news media in which the independent daily Al Hurriya (“Freedom” in Arabic) was closed for a year by a Sanaa court on 29 December while its editor, Abdulkareem Sabra, and one of its journalists, Abdulqawi Al Qubati, were sentenced to two years in prison with hard labour.The press freedom organisation said it found these measures all the more incomprehensible as President Saleh has on several occasions voiced his support for press freedom and his desire to abolish prison sentences for press offences. “Never has a journalist received such a heavy prison sentence since Yemen was reunified,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling on the Yemeni authorities to reverse these measures and to respect the undertakings they have given as regards the independence of the news media.Sabra and Al Qubati were convicted because of an article criticising the president that appeared on 6 October. The newspaper was already withdrawn from sale in October and its licence was suspended. Aged 60, Sabra is currently hospitalised with diabetes. His home has been put under police surveillance. Al Qubati is a fugitive from justice. Their lawyers have appealed.Their conviction has aroused great concern among Yemeni journalists, who say they have lost confidence in the country’s judicial system and no longer believe in the president’s promises.In response to the court’s one-year closure order, police went to the premises of Al Hurriye on 3 January, evicted all the staff and sealed the entrance. Some 20 journalists and contributors have been put out of work.The most serious other case in recent months has been that of journalist Abdulkarim Al Khaiwani, who was sentenced by a Sanaa court to a year in prison on 5 September in response to a complaint by the Yemeni information ministry accusing his newspaper Al Shoura (“The Advice”) of supporting an anti-government rebellion by Shiite leader Badr Eddin al Hawthi and libelling President Saleh. Al Khaiwani has been held in the main Sanaa prison for the past four months while his newspaper has been put under a six-month closure order. Receive email alertscenter_img News United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further News YemenMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Biden declares major disaster in Texas as federal aid flows

first_img WhatsApp Biden declares major disaster in Texas as federal aid flows WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Local NewsStateUS News President Joe Biden speaks during a virtual event with the Munich Security Conference in the East Room of the White House, Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Washington.center_img TAGS  Twitter Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 20, 2021 Facebook Previous articleEurope applauds Biden’s approach, stresses cooperationNext articleWinning numbers drawn in ‘Pick 3 Morning’ game Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Freddie Mac: Housing Market Inching Closer to Stability

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Freddie Mac Jobs Multi-Indicator Market Index Purchase Loans Freddie Mac: Housing Market Inching Closer to Stability Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Freddie Mac Jobs Multi-Indicator Market Index Purchase Loans 2014-12-01 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News December 1, 2014 917 Views Previous: DS News Webcast: Monday 12/1/2014 Next: Refi Volume Rising While HARP Numbers Keep Falling Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Following a slower than expected summer, the U.S. housing market made up some ground in September as most major indicators inched closer to stability.Freddie Mac released its latest Multi-Indicator Market Index (MiMi), revealing a 0.5 percent uptick in September to a reading of 74.4 after months of slight declines. The most recent improvement puts the index a few points short of the lower threshold for a market considered to be in “stable” territory.According to Freddie Mac, three of the four major indicators tracked in the index saw improvements in September, led by a 1.2 percent gain in the gauge of labor health to 94. The components measuring payment-to-income ratios and the proportion of mortgage payments made on time also edged up, rising 0.8 percent to 72.7 and 0.5 percent to 66.6, respectively.Meanwhile, the already weak picture of home purchase applications deteriorated further, falling 0.8 percent to 64.1. As refinances have fallen off from their surge of the last few years, purchase applications have failed to close the gap, resulting in a more anemic mortgage market compared to the housing recovery’s early years.As of September’s index reading, 14 states and the District of Columbia were in a stable range, with North Dakota (96.5), Washington, D.C. (94.3), Wyoming (91.1), Montana (91.0), and Hawaii (89.3) leading the rest. That compares to 13 states in August’s report.”Following a similar trend from last month more states and metros continued to show improvement from the very slow summer months,” said Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac.As with the last few reports, only six of the nation’s top 50 metro areas were in a stable range: San Antonio (91.3), Austin (87.6), Salt Lake City (84.4), Houston (84), Los Angeles (83.5), and New Orleans (82).Meanwhile, a handful of struggling states—including Nevada, which ranks lowest in stability with a MiMi value of 54.6—saw significant improvement over the month, with growth topping 1 percent and climbing as high as 2 percent in some places.Of note in the September release: California finally returned to its historical stable range of housing activity for the first time in six years. The long-struggling state still has its challenges, however.”[W]hile the state has made a strong comeback, we already see one of its four indicators elevated and showing that the typical family continues to have to stretch to buy a median priced house, especially in the Los Angeles metro area,” Kiefer said. “That said, far fewer homeowners are delinquent on their homes, the employment situation continues to improve and even purchase applications are beginning to turn around.” Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / Freddie Mac: Housing Market Inching Closer to Stability Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Tory Barringer Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. Subscribelast_img read more

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Advice issued by Gardai ahead of tonight’s league game at Maginn Park

first_img WhatsApp Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Homepage BannerNews Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Fans travelling to tonight’s historic first home league game for Derry City at Maginn Park are asked to enjoy the event but be respectful of local residents.Derry City are using the Park in Buncrana while redevelopment works are carried out at Brandywell Stadium and tonight they host Limerick City.Gardai are asking people to park legally and to not drink excessively – a message echoed by local Councillor Jack Murray:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/jack1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Pinterest By News Highland – March 3, 2017 center_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleDonegal Women head for Galway in Inter League CompetitionNext articleDonegal’s property vacancy rates prove there’s no housing crisis, only a crisis of inaction – Deputy Pringle News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Advice issued by Gardai ahead of tonight’s league game at Maginn Park Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Doubletree Burlington launches new incentive program for meeting planners

first_imgBEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – October 24, 2008 Doubletree Burlington Vermont today announced the launch of its Meetings by Doubletree package, along with more than 190 participating hotels throughout North America. Customers who book a block of more than 25 guestrooms on their peak event night will receive an all-inclusive package of meeting incentives and premiums designed to simplify and make meetings and events easy.Ideal for either business or social functions, the Meetings by Doubletree package at the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont includes the following:~ Complimentary meeting room with minimum 26-room block on peak nights~ Complimentary high-speed Internet connection in designated meeting room with minimum 26-room block~ A dedicated Event Services Manager at each hotel~ Flexible food and beverage options~ Access to exclusive online event planning tools such as Guest List Manager and Personalized Group Web Pages “Even with the challenges of today’s business climate, organizations and groups are looking for clever, efficient ways to conduct those important executive meetings, conferences and training sessions. The need to meet, plan and train face-to-face is still just as important as ever. The new Meetings by Doubletree program simply offers our customers added incentive to check into our brand’s three million square feet of superior event and meeting space and fine accommodations in some of the most sought-after business and leisure destinations around the world,” said Merrilee Phelps Director of sales for the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont.Online Event Tools Put Planners In The Power SeatAs a part of the Hilton Family of Hotels, the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont offers a suite of online tools that puts control at a meeting planners fingertips 24/7. Through a unique suite of online tools available through the Meetings by Doubletree package, event leads can manage their attendees’ reservations and room block through a Guest List Manager and even communicate event-specific information and agendas to their respective group through a Personalized Group Web Page. These online features provide the necessary communications utilities for a meeting thats well-run, productive and a great reflection on the event planner.A Wide Selection of Food and Beverage and Audio-Visual Options Are AvailableJust as important, the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont offers a wide range of food and beverage options for half-day, full-day and evening receptions and banquets. The Event Services Manager at the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont is there to guide customers every step of the way through a comprehensive menu of healthy, as well as indulgent culinary choices to make the most of their meeting experience. Event Services Managers can also help event planners choose from the latest in audio-visual and lighting equipment and décor options to create anything from the most simple and classic to the most dramatic and elegant occasions.Double Hilton HHonors Event Planner Bonus Points PromotionMeeting planners who are members of the Hilton HHonors Guest Loyalty Program have even more incentive to take advantage of the new Meetings by Doubletree package. For every meeting booked and held between now and December 31, 2008 at the Doubletree Hotel Burlington Vermont, HHonors members who book a Meetings by Doubletree package may qualify to earn Double Hilton HHonors Event Planner Bonus Points.Customers who book a minimum room block of twenty-six rooms on peak nights receive complimentary meeting-room rental. Size of complimentary meeting room relative to the total room block and determined by the hotel. This offer is available only at participating hotels. Hilton HHonors Event Planner bonus is valid for new event bookings only and is awarded at the discretion of the hotel and may not be awarded on all group business events. For complete Event Planner Terms and Conditions, visit HiltonHHonors.com. Other restrictions may apply.For more information on Meetings by Doubletree, including a list of participating hotels and their incredible array of meeting facilities, packages and options, please visit our Groups and Meetings website at www.doubletree.com/doubletreemeetings(link is external).For more information on the Doubletree Burlington Hotel Vermont please visit our website at www.burlington.doubletree.com(link is external) or contact our hotel sales team directly at 802-660-7552.###last_img read more

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Vermont court upholds confidentiality of criminal investigation and inquest records

first_imgJudge Geoffrey W Crawford of the Vermont Superior Court, Civil Division, Washington Unit, recently issued two decisions upholding the confidentiality of criminal investigation and inquest records. In two separate cases, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Rutland Herald made public records requests to the Attorney General’s Office. The Herald’s request was also directed to the Department of Public Safety. The Court found that these requests were properly denied because the records are confidential under the Public Records Act.The ACLU filed suit over its request for copies of documents filed in court by the Attorney General’s Office to obtain cell phone tracking data. The Attorney General’s Office argued that any such documents could not be disclosed because they were part of an inquest proceeding that is confidential by law. The action filed by the Rutland Herald arose out of its request for records relating to a Vermont State Police criminal investigation into possible criminal conduct at the Vermont Police Academy. The Herald argued that the records should be disclosed because the investigation had been completed and no criminal charges were filed. In both cases, the Court concluded that the Legislature intended the requested materials to be kept confidential. The Court also concluded that the Legislature intended the confidentiality of criminal investigation records to continue beyond the conclusion of a criminal investigation.Attorney General William Sorrell reacted to the decisions: ‘There are good public policy reasons for protecting criminal investigative files from public disclosure, including protecting the privacy of victims of crime as well as that of individuals investigated but never criminally charged.’Source: Vermont AOG. 11.9.2010last_img read more

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Carlini, four others earn All-American honors

first_imgComing off a defeat to rival Penn State in the Elite Eight that ended their season Saturday, the Badgers accolades for an impressive regular season grew once again Wednesday.Lauren Carlini was named to the first team All-American squad as one of four sophomores distinguished with those honors. The sophomore setter was a second team All-American last season. Earlier this month, Carlini was named Big Ten Player and Setter of the Year, in addition to being named to the all-Big Ten team.Carlini finished the 2014 season averaging 11.42 assists per set and 3.04 digs per set. She’s the first Wisconsin player to be on the first team since 2001, and just the fourth in UW history to have All-America honors twice.The Badgers had two players named to the second team All-America squad, senior right side hitter Courtney Thomas and junior libero Taylor Morey. Both were named to the all-Big Ten team two weeks ago as well. Morey was also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.It was an “honorable” season for middle blockers Dominique Thompson and Haleigh Nelson. After earning honorable mentions for the all-Big Ten team, both were named All-American honorable mentions Tuesday.The 2014 team set a program record of number of players named to All-American teams with five.last_img read more

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Sports Editors Night of Excellence Holds Tuesday in Lagos

first_imgThe organisers of the maiden League of Sports Editors Night of Excellence put together to honour some of the brightest brains in sports journalism and beyond have promised a night to remember.Tony Ubani, who presides over the Sports Editors body said at the weekend that the event scheduled to hold tomorrow, December 20 at the Pearlworth Hotel and Suite,  in the heart of the Lagos State capital,  Ikeja is to be graced by  the high and mighty in sports journalism,  administration and relevant bodies. Take off time is 7.30pm.Among those who have already signed up for the event is Nigeria Olympic Committee President,  Habu Gumel,  who less than a fortnight ago,  was elected the vice president of the world volleyball body, FIVB .Also on the VIP list is former Scribe of the NFF, Chief Taiwo Ogunjobi,  Chief of Staff to the Imo State Government,  Ugwumba Uche  Nwosu and NFF President,   Amaju Melvin Pinnick.“The role-call of those to be honoured on the night is already too huge too start mentioning but all the star writers,  broadcasters and administrators on the honours  list have already given their words to be physically present at the awards night,” Ubani hinted.He also revealed  that the leadership of the Nigeria Union of  Journalists NUJ,  Sports Writers Association  of Nigeria SWAN and other friends of the Guild will be at the event. Security, he assured is water tight, adding that the organiser’s don’t want to take the peaceful atmosphere in Lagos at this period for granted.“We are hoping for the best,  mistakes maybe made but one assurance I can give is that we can only get better, ” Ubani concluded.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Razor Clam Digs Start Friday at Copalis, Mocrocks

first_imgFacebook25Tweet0Pin0Submitted by The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)State fishery managers have given the OK for the second razor clam dig this month, this one scheduled to begin Jan. 13 at two ocean beaches.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the three-day opening at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.The best digging typically occurs one to two hours before low tide, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon. The long weekend should provide an excellent opportunity for diggers to visit the coast for clamming, Ayres said. However, he noted the razor clam opening does not include the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides: Jan. 13, Friday, 7:17 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Copalis, MocrocksJan. 14, Saturday, 7:59 p.m.; -1.0 feet; Copalis, MocrocksJan. 15, Sunday, 8:40 p.m.; -0.4 feet; Copalis, MocrocksUnder state law, diggers at open beaches can take 15 razor clams per day and are required to keep the first 15 they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container. All diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2016-17 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach. Licenses, ranging from a three-day razor clam license to an annual combination fishing license, are available on WDFW’s website at https://www.fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov and from license vendors around the state.Both Long Beach and Twin Harbors are closed to razor clam digging due to elevated levels of domoic acid. A natural toxin produced by certain types of algae, domoic acid can be harmful or even fatal if consumed in sufficient quantities. WDFW will continue to monitor toxin levels at all ocean beaches.A list of razor clam digs tentatively scheduled through February can be found on WDFW’s website at http://www.wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/shellfish/razorclams/current.html.last_img read more

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Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Gurl

first_imgFacebook43Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Gurl! She is a 2 year-old, 47-pound Black Mouth Cur who has a wrinkled brow, black muzzle and soulful eyes that promise to melt your heart at first glance. She is shy, but once she trusts you, you can count on her for some quality cuddle time. Gurl needs a calm, cat-free home with a big fenced yard and some good grain-free chow where she can feel safe, gain a little weight, and learn to deepen her trust.   She knows basic commands and has nice leash manners. Gurl is happy, smart, and would make a great companion or family dog. Children in the home should be 13 years of age or older and dog savvy.If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Gurl in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more

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