first_img News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns press freedom violations by police in recent days in Kazakhstan, where reporters  were prevented from covering a day of protest called by a banned opposition party on 22 February, especially in the northwestern city of Oral.Two journalists were arrested in Oral and at least two others received police summonses as they were preparing to cover rallies called by Democratic Choice of Kazakhstan (DVK), which is regarded as an “extremist” party and banned in Kazakhstan although the European Parliament has called it a “peaceful opposition movement.”Two reporters for the Uralskaya Nedelya regional newspaper, Akmaral Fedorova and Alexei Vorobyov, were held at Abaysk police station in Oral. Fedorova was arrested on the morning of 22 February as she was filming a one-man picket, one of the few forms of political protest allowed in Kazakhstan. Vorobyov was arrested shortly after midday near a DVK rally, to which he had been sent by his editors. He was questioned about his links to the party.The police questioned Uralskaya Nedelya editor Lukpan Akhmedyarov for four hours as a witness in connection with a three-year-old criminal case. He has often been summoned for questioning in the past just before a protest – three times in 2018 and five in 2019. Radio Azattyk journalist Maria Melnikova also received a summons on the eve of the protests to give a statement the next day in connection with a ten-year-old case.“We urge Kazakhstan not to tighten the vice on press freedom again after relative positive  developments in recent months, when a journalist, Amangeldy Batyrbekov, was acquitted and President Tokayev announced that he was decriminalizing defamation,” said Jeanne Cavelier, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Arrests in connection with protests and ‘summonses to give statements” violate the right to inform.”Although Batyrbekov was acquitted of defamation on 9 January, the police began targeting him again on 14 February, when they detained him inside a bus for several hours during a public meeting by the Turkistan region’s governor, damaging his camera. They only let him go after the governor had left. Kazakhstan is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Organisation RSF_en February 25, 2020 Kazakh journalists prevented from covering opposition protests Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Freedom of expressionJudicial harassment Follow the news on Kazakhstan February 5, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News Crédit : Ruslan PRYANIKOV / AFP to go further Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections January 15, 2021 Find out more October 30, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img GermanyEurope – Central Asia June 2, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Deutsche Telekom admits having monitored journalists’ phone calls News Organisation Receive email alerts March 30, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Germany to go further GermanyEurope – Central Asia German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom June 2, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU May 31, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is shocked by German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom’s admission on 24 May that phone calls between members of its staff and journalists working for Financial Times Deutschland, Capital and other news media were monitored at its behest.“It is astonishing that a company such as Deutsche Telekom could monitor journalists’ phone calls in complete violation of the law,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is vital that the federal government, which is Deutsche Telekom’s biggest shareholder, should pursue its investigation and identify all those responsible. We will follow this case very carefully and we will be on the lookout for similar practices by other German companies.”Deutsche Telekom was facing serious economic problems in its fixed phone line department in 2005 and 2006 and then CEO Kai-Uwe Ricke acknowledged in an interview for Der Spiegel that the company was worried by the fact that many confidential documents of great strategic importance were being leaked to the press. Deutsche Telekom’s management reportedly used an outside company specialising in information technology security to gather data about phone calls between some of the members of its supervisory board and the press with the aim of identifying the source of the leaks.In a press release on 24 May, Deutsche Telekom acknowledged “the illegal use of communications data” but denied tapping any calls. Only “the time, duration and identity of the callers” were recorded, and not the content of the calls, the company said.Hans-Jürgen Knok, Deutsche Telekom’s head of security from 1998 to 2004, has reportedly said communications monitoring of the same kind was carried by other companies quoted on the Frankfurt stock exchange. RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum RSF_en News Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

first_imgNews February 25, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists to go further RSF_en Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Follow the news on Iran Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information June 9, 2021 Find out more News IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today demanded the immediate reopening of two leading reformist dailies, Sharq and Yas-e no, that were closed down yesterday and reiterated its condemnation of the efforts of the Tehran prosecutor’s office and judge Said Mortazavi in particular to silence the reformist press and deprive Iranians of major news sources on the eve of legislative elections. Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Reporters Without Borders today demanded the immediate reopening of two leading reformist dailies that were closed down yesterday and reiterated its condemnation of the efforts of the Tehran prosecutor’s office and judge Said Mortazavi in particular to silence the reformist press and deprive Iranians of major news sources on the eve of legislative elections.The two newspapers, Sharq and Yas-e no, were shut down yesterday evening, immediately after being raided by officials from the Tehran prosecutor’s office.The closures came a day after they published extracts of a letter from reformist parliamentarians to the Supreme Guide of the Islamic Republic, Ali Khamenei, thereby defying an order issued the same day by national security council director Hassan Rouhani banning its publication. The letter blaming Khamenei for the electoral “coup d’état” and the current political crisis.The censorship measures will prevent the reformist media from commenting on the elections, for which the authorities have rejected any presence of international observers. Yesterday, 113 journalists working for the reformist press said in a joint statement that they would not vote in the elections, which they considered “neither free nor legal.”A total of 11 journalists are currently detained in Iran, which makes it the biggest prison for journalists in the Middle East February 19, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Conservatives censor reformist press on the eve of their parliamentary “coup”last_img read more

first_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebook Kelly Jones set to return to the US on Tuesday Google+ Twitter Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp The father of the 41 year old Kelly Jones who was found safely last Wednesaday after a four day search has spoken of his joy when he was reunited with her at Sligo General Hospital.64 year old Rick Jones, a retired Professor at Georgia University is expected to bring Kelly home to the US on Tuesday, once she has been discharged from hospital tomorrow.Mystery still surrounds what happened to Kelly.  She has told gardai that she blacked out on Friday week last at around 8.30pm, and woke last Tuesday night in foliage outside the unoccupied old rectory holiday home in Glencolmcille.She broke a window pane, entered the house, and was found there the next day.The rectory is less than 600 metres from where the search HQ was set up at Glencolmcille GAA club. WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleMac Lochlainn says anti-Mc Guinness rhetoric is “hypocritical and partitionistNext articleLetterkenny IT is “most improved” college in the country – Sunday Times News Highland center_img By News Highland – September 25, 2011 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Newsx Adverts Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

first_imgamphotora/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A manhunt spawned by the death of an on-duty police officer, including a SWAT team and highway closures, has been suspended after the medical examiner’s office on Tuesday ruled that he had died of a self-inflicted wound.Police in Maryland are working to piece together the events that led to the death of Thomas Bomba, a 13-year veteran of the Montgomery County Police Department near Washington, D.C., who called for back up just minutes before he fatally shot himself, authorities said.Bomba, 38, told dispatchers that he’d been flagged down by someone “regarding disorderly subjects” in a public parking garage on Monday morning, just moments before he apparently shot himself, the department said.Investigators had been treating the death as a homicide and previously said there was no evidence to suggest the shot was self-inflicted.It said Bomba was wearing his body-worn camera at the time, but it had not been activated.“We continue to evaluate evidence collected at the scene as part of our commitment to completing a thorough and exhaustive investigation,” the department said in a statement Tuesday. “The outpouring of support from the community has been greatly appreciated during this trying time.”Montgomery County Police Chief Marcus Jones mourned Bomba as a “very dedicated officer” who worked for the department’s Patrol Services Division. He is survived by his wife and two children. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_img Comments are closed. The Government has given employers just six weeks to respond to the biggestchange in employment relations in more than a decade. The Department of Trade & Industry last week published a consultationdocument on two key aspects of trade union recognition procedures – but hasgiven a deadline of 20 March to respond.The release of the paper follows the launch of Personnel Today’s campaigncalling for better consultation to prevent new laws being rushed in withoutproper consideration.David Yeandle, deputy director of employment policy at the EngineeringEmployers’ Federation, said aspects of trade union recognition – such as accessto staff – posed possible difficulties.He said employers should have the chance to fully consider the consultationdocument.”There are no European pressures and it is complex and potentiallycontentious.”They would have been better advised to take that bit longer and give afull two months’ consultation.”A CBI spokesman said he could not comment as the document had only just beenreceived.Jewson HR director Tom Flemming said the consultation period wasunreasonable for “something complicated that is 30 pages long”. “Again we have been given six weeks to consult and one month toimplement it. It smacks of being driven by a timetable rather than a need toget it right,” he said.A spokeswoman for the DTI said there had been wide ranging informalconsultation over the planned law since 1997.The Employment Relations Act allows for trade unions to be recognised orderecognised if sufficient staff are in favour.The Act gained Royal Assent last summer and the Government plans to bring inthe provisions relating to trade union recognition shortly after Easter.Copies of the consultation are available on the Web.By Helen consultation: six key points• Preparations for trade union access to employees should begin as soon aspossible• The employer should not dismiss the union’s proposals for access unless itconsiders them unreasonable. If it does reject them, it should offeralternative arrangements – preferably within two working days• If employer and union fail to agree access arrangements, either party mayask the Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service to conciliate• If there is deadlock, the Central Arbitration Committee may be asked toassist. If there is still no agreement, the committee will adjudicate and makean order• Employers should be prepared to allow full-time union officials access toemployees during less busy work periods• Where there is no voluntary agreement, a method of collective bargainingmay be imposed by the committee. Failure to comply will constitute contempt ofcourt Union rules given only six weeks for reviewOn 15 Feb 2000 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgCountrywide’s interim trading results for 2018 are out and reveal a ‘resilient’ performance, the company says as it continues to roll out its ‘Back to Basics’ strategy.The group achieved profits of £33 million on a turnover of £627 million, which its board says is in line with expectations, and saw its sales stock rise by 9%.But the figures reveal the company’s ongoing problems. Profits are almost half that of the £65 million achieved during 2017 and revenues from sales dropped by £32 million to £329 million for the year.But Countrywide says its latest results have been achieved despite an extraordinary one-off £2 million charge, a challenging market and starting 2018 with a 19% sales pipeline deficit.Countrywide says it is making good progress implementing its Back to Basic strategy in both sales and lettings.This includes reinstating sales and lettings expertise both at regional and branch management level, increasing its stock by 9% and the pipeline of agreed sales awaiting exchange of contract by 5%.It has also increased the amount of money the company earns from ancillary services such as mortgages and surveying, up from 38p for every £1 of estate agency revenues to 44p.“We are encouraged by the progress we have made in our Strategy and Turnaround plan and in the growth in the register and the pipeline in the UK,” the company says.“Nevertheless, we remain cautious about the market outlook for 2019 and continue to closely monitor market conditions for any potential impact arising from the wider political and economic environment.”  Countrywide February 13, 2019Nigel Lewis2 commentsMilo O’Neill, Gerards Gerards 14th February 2019 at 11:51 amLook at those brands….. looks as though not one of them has had any money spent on updating and rebranding. All look as though they they had an agency in the 80’s have a go and left them there.Even John D Wood (their premium London offer) looks dated.Log in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 13th February 2019 at 10:08 amA 5.26% gross profit is not a sign of success, most successful one branch agencies trade on a gross profit margin of 28%. A national company should be aiming for 12% to 14%.If sold prices reduce nationally by 5% in 2019, then Countrywide fees will reduce in line, which is very likely.Also, if the government bans referral fees from mortgage finance, solicitors and survey business, this lost revenue will also impact on Countrywides bottom line, as I think solicitor referrals alone is worth a large sum each year.I hope that Countrywide do weather the storm, but I would advise closing branches that have never made profit or marginal profit, and put resources into the profit making offices, and perhaps, develop staff and employ great mangers at branch level.Put it this way, if you went to a crowdfunding site and said I have great idea, we are going to generate 627M of revenue in 2018, but only see a 5.26% gross profit, you probably would not have any takers especially if you said the brand was a mature one dating back decades. Thoughts?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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide reveals ‘resilient’ 2018 as back to basics plan rolls out previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide reveals ‘resilient’ 2018 as back to basics plan rolls outCompany says despite much reduced profits its plan to revive the behemoth is progressing well including a 9% jump in stock.Nigel Lewis13th February 20192 Comments1,873 Viewslast_img read more

first_img Share this article View post tag: S-80 Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish defense ministry confirms new submarines will be over budget, Jane’s View post tag: Spanish Navy Spanish defense ministry confirms new submarines will be over budget, Jane’s View post tag: Navantia The Spanish Navy’s four new S-80 submarines will cost EUR1.5 billion (approx. 1.85 b) more than it was initially expected, IHS Janes reported on Wednesday citing defense ministry sources.This latest estimate will be bring the total cost of the four air-independent propulsion submarines to EUR3.68 billion, or EUR920 million per boat.Initial cost estimates projected a price of around EUR1,75b for the design and construction, but by 2010 this had increased to EUR2,2b (US$700m per boat).The latest cost increase likely reflects the costs of redesigning the submarines’ pressure hulls after it was discovered that the boats would be 70 tones too heavy to be able to float. The four submarines were at various stages of construction when this was discovered in 2013.While the critical design review was approved by Spain in 2016, the unexpected complications have pushed the delivery of the first boat in the class to after 2021.Spain is procuring S-80 submarines as a replacement for the ageing S-70 (Agosta-class) submarines which have been in service since the 1980s.The four boats will be named Isaac Peral (S-81), Narciso Monturiol (S-82), Cosme García (S-83) and Mateo García de los Reyes (S-84), in honor of Spanish Navy submarine pioneers. February 15, 2018 Authoritieslast_img read more

first_imgCommentary: The Senate’s Strange Aversion Of Searching For The Truth FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare By John INDIANAPOLIS – The truth, it seems, won’t set President Donald Trump-free.That’s what the opening skirmishing over the rules regarding the president’s impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate has made clear.Democrats, almost 70 percent of the public and, somewhat surprisingly, a small plurality of Republicans want the trial to include witnesses and to have the White House produce requested documents.The president doesn’t want witnesses. Nor does he want to release documents pertaining to his administration’s contacts with Ukraine’s government.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, has tried to stand with the president on this. He drafted a set of trial procedures that would have done a Soviet bureaucrat proud.They were so draconian that 15 or so GOP senators – perhaps mindful that not even a majority of Republican voters supported the Trump/McConnell stonewall – pushed back. McConnell relented and relaxed the rules.And the president railed at an impromptu press conference that, once again, the whole thing was a witch hunt.To those who are not part of the Trump cult or, for that matter, not rabid partisans on either side, the whole thing seems more than a little bizarre.To most rational people, the solution seems obvious:Release the relevant documents. Let the Democrats call the witnesses they want. Let the Republicans and the president call the witnesses they want.Each side should make a case.Then we’ll sort out what happened and decide what we want, should or must do.But, again, that’s the way reasonable people approach things.It’s certainly not the way things get done in the Trump world, where truth often is viewed as an obstacle rather than a virtue.Democrats haven’t helped themselves in making the case that finding the truth is the true goal.The Democrats’ reluctance to let Republicans call Hunter Biden is mystifying. If the GOP wants to turn the president’s defense into a sideshow, they should be allowed to do so. Most Americans are going to be smart enough to see through that.Besides, the best guess is that even the sharpest questioning of former Vice President Joe Biden’s remaining son is going to reveal he is nothing more than an amiable oaf who has coasted through life trading on his last name.If Republicans somehow manage to transform that into a punishable crime, then President Trump’s own should consider themselves also eligible for stays in less-resplendent government housing than they currently occupy.The question here is not really about whether Donald Trump should be removed from office. The chances that 20 Republican senators will break ranks and vote to convict him are still somewhere between nil and non-existent.But there are many Americans – including many Republicans – who are troubled by what the president did regarding Ukraine. They want answers and, in a self-governing society, they’re entitled to have them.The members of Congress who prevent the public from getting those answers do their offices and their constituents a tremendous disservice. These elected officials are supposed to be the people’s representatives and servants, not the president’s lapdogs.An aside: Given their slavish, full-throated and unquestioning defense of everything President Trump does, wouldn’t it be cheaper and more efficient for Hoosiers just to put a cardboard cut-out of the president at the desks of Sen. Mike Braun, R-Indiana, and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana? We could let the president cast their votes for them and issue their press releases. That way, the taxpayers would save money on Braun’s and Banks’ salaries and office expenses by eliminating the middlemen.This trial in the Senate will not result in Donald Trump leaving office.But it can and should be a vehicle for Americans to find out exactly what this president is doing in their name and with the authority they grant him. It also will tell them if there are any lines or laws he is willing to respect.That’s the knowledge – and the truth – President Trump fears.As he should.It’s not likely to flatter him.But it just might set the country free.FOOTNOTE: John Krull is director of Franklin College’s Pulliam School of Journalism and publisher of, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.last_img read more

first_imgTELL US WHAT”S ON YOU MIND TODAY!FOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Friday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: If the election was held today for State Representative District 77 who would you vote for?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more