Rivals circle Turkey’s Dogan

first_img Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Germany’s RTL Group and US-based Time Warner are believed to have submitted bids for assets belonging to Turkey’s largest media company Dogan Yayin.Dogan Yayin, which owns Turkey’s largest broadcasting network as well as several newspapers and magazines, is valued at around $2bn (£1.25bn). News Corp had submitted a bid but pulled out yesterday because it regarded the value of the media assets as being “too rich”.Several big media conglomerates such as Time Warner and News Corp are seeking to expand their holdings in emerging regions like India, central Europe and Latin America.The company, which is embroiled in a dispute with the government over record tax fines that exceed its market value, is seeking to sell its partnerships and assets.Private-equity companies are thought to be interested in Dogan’s newspapers, which include mass-circulation Hurriyet and Milliyet dailies.A senior Dogan Yayin executive, Vuslat Dogan Sabanci, who is chairwoman of unit Hurriyet Gazetecilik, told CNBC-e television that Dogan Yayin had received non-binding offers.The company, however, said in a filing with the stock exchange it had previously announced its plan to sell assets and that there were no new developments. Goldman Sachs is thought to be running talks with potential buyers. News Corp already part-owns a Fox channel in Turkey, but declined to comment further on the sale of Dogan Yayin. whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Wednesday 13 October 2010 7:52 pmcenter_img whatsapp Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Times Rivals circle Turkey’s Dogan Sharelast_img read more

BAT in share buyback as earnings rise

first_imgThursday 24 February 2011 3:30 am British American Tobacco, the world’s second-biggest cigarette maker, announced a share buyback programme of £750m as it met forecasts with a 15 per cent rise in 2010 earnings.The London-based maker of Kent, Dunhill, Lucky Strike and Pall Mall cigarettes, said it had gained from higher prices, acquisitions and the pound’s weakness, and it was upbeat about future growth despite tough global economies.“There will be further global economic challenges ahead but we can see strong opportunities for growth too. That’s why I am confident we can continue to deliver superior returns in 2011 and beyond,” said Chairman Richard Burrows in a statement.The group restarted its share buyback programme after having suspended it early in 2009 as the world financial crisis worsened and the group prepared to make a number of medium-sized acquisitions, such as Tekel in Turkey.The group has suffered as smokers switched to cheaper – and sometimes illicit – cigarettes in the global downturn as they have been hit by excise tax rises and high unemployment, which BAT has sought to offset to price rise and cost savings.As a result, the group’s global cigarette volumes fell two percent, but after price rises annual revenues rose five per cent to £14.88bnRival Imperial Tobacco (IMT.L) reported a surprise return to volume growth of 0.5 percent in the last quarter of 2010 with revenue 5 percent ahead, while Philip Morris International (PM.N) fourth quarter volumes were off 5.1 percent, but underlying sales 2.8 percent ahead.The full-year dividend, which is set at 65 per cent of earnings, rose 15 per cent to 114.2 pence a share. John Dunne Read This NextNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap whatsapp Share whatsapp Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ BAT in share buyback as earnings rise last_img read more

Rapidísimas

first_imgRapidísimas Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Shreveport, LA Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME En una reunión entre el Vaticano y un comité de la ONU, el Vaticano reconoció que no existe ninguna excusa válida para los casos de abuso y violencia contra niños, al tiempo que enfatizó que existen responsables de abusos “en todas las profesiones”, incluso “entre miembros del clero”, señaló Silvano Tomasi, representante de la Santa Sede ante Naciones Unidas en Ginebra. En una entrevista con CNN el sacerdote argentino Carlos Mullins, radicado en Nueva York,  dijo que estos escándalos han costado caro a la iglesia, pero aún más moralmente. Esta es la primera vez que la jerarquía de la Iglesia Católica Romana participa en un escrutinio público sobre los abusos sexuales contra menores cometidos por sacerdotes en todo el mundo.No sólo los hombres. Yingluck Shinawatra, primera ministra de Tailandia que ha gobernado a su país con mano dura ha dicho “que no piensa dimitir del cargo”. La oposición se organiza aunque no quiere provocar una guerra civil. Tailandia es el país más grande en el sudeste asiático con una población de más de 64 millones de habitantes. Su etnia es 75 por ciento thai-chino. La religión predominante es el budismo, su capital es Bangkok. Antes se llamaba Siam.En una larga comparecencia televisiva el presidente Barack Obama advirtió del peligro de las drogas y dijo que “fumar marihuana es igual de peligroso que beber alcohol”. Johnny Ventura, el popular cantante y compositor dominicano, dijo en una entrevista que sin dudas las drogas conducen a tres lugares: al hospital, a la cárcel o al cementerio. Añadió que en cada Nochebuena hay “pan de frutas” en su mesa como recordatorio constante de que cuando niño era tan pobre que ese era el único plato que su madre podía servir.Una compañía argentina-italiana está preparando un documental sobre el papa Francisco que se llamará “Francisco de Buenos Aires” y que se estrenará el 13 de marzo al cumplirse el primer año de su papado. Los productores cuentan con más de 50,000 horas de grabaciones. El documental aborda temas que van desde su pasión por el fútbol y el club San Lorenzo, pasando por su deleite por la música, la literatura y la amistad con el escritor agnóstico Jorge Luis Borges. El trabajo no excluye temas polémicos como su vida durante la dictadura y su militancia en el peronismo. También habla de su interés en el diálogo ecuménico e inter-religioso sus relaciones con importantes personalidades de la vida argentina, así como su interés por los pobres y desamparados.Siguiendo el ejemplo de ayudar a jóvenes cubanos que quieren superarse académicamente, la Universidad del Sagrado Corazón en San Juan, Puerto Rico, ha otorgado una beca a Anyer Antonio Blanco para que haga sus estudios de bachillerato esa institución. La beca  lleva el nombre de Jerónimo Esteve Abril, en honor al fundador de Bella Internacional, distribuidores de los automóviles Honda. Cualquier otra cosa que le falte será cubierta por el legislador puertorriqueño Kenneth McClintock y la comunidad cubana exilada. Anyer fue preso político por seis años en Santiago de Cuba.A los 83 años ha fallecido en la Ciudad de México, Juan Gelman, laureado poeta ruso ucraniano hijo de refugiados judíos nacido en Argentina. Durante su vida el poeta sufrió la desaparición de su hijo Marcelo y su esposa embarazada María Claudia en la época de la violencia de la dictadura militar (1976-1983). Como era práctica común en ese tiempo los padres fueron asesinados y su hija regalada, en su caso a un oficial del ejército uruguayo. Después de 22 años se pudo demostrar que la niña era hija de los Gelman.Un momento culminante de su saga fue el encuentro de la niña desaparecida después de 22 años y sus abuelos biológicos. Gelman perteneció a grupos de izquierda como la organización terrorista Montoneros por lo que guardó prisión en más de una ocasión. Actualmente era considerado el mejor poeta argentino del siglo XX.Una “pequeña” decisión de las autoridades de Río de Janeiro puede traer grandes consecuencias en la vida social de Brasil. Desde ya las empleadas domésticas no podrán ser obligadas a usar uniformes en su trabajo, una costumbre que data desde los tiempos de la esclavitud. Se espera que otras ciudades adopten la misma ley. También la ley prohíbe que las empleadas y sus empleadores utilicen diferentes elevadores para llegar a su trabajo.EJEMPLO: Jesús a sus discípulos: “El sirvo no sabe lo que hace su amo… los llamo mis amigos”. San Juan 15:14. 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Church backs new Lakota translation of prayer book as tribes…

first_img Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Tags Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Collierville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA United Thank Offering The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Job Listingcenter_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Indigenous Ministries, Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release By David PaulsenPosted Sep 7, 2018 The Rev. Robert Two Bulls Sr., second from left, leads the Prayers of the People on June 24, 2017, at the ordination of his daughter, Twilla Ramona Two Bulls, as deacon during the 145th Niobrara Convocation at Red Shirt Table, South Dakota. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church is expanding its investment in translations of the Book of Common Prayer into indigenous languages, with the Diocese of South Dakota receiving a United Thank Offering, or UTO, grant to pay for a new Lakota translation.That grant comes a year after a similar grant was awarded to the Diocese of Alaska in support of a translation of the prayer book into Gwich’in, the language of many Native Alaskans, and future translations may include the prayer book used by Navajo Episcopalians.“Language is important. Without it, you can’t really understand or appreciate the culture of the people,” said the Rev. Bradley S. Hauff, Episcopal Church missioner for indigenous ministries. “And a big part of the [indigenous] culture is spirituality, and just knowing the language really opens up doors for understanding that English does not.”The nine tribes in the Diocese of South Dakota rely on a partial translation of the 1928 Book of Common Prayer that is known as the Niobrara Service Book. The language is comprehensible but archaic, said the Ven. Paul Sneve, the diocese’s archdeacon, who is overseeing the translation process.“I always tell people, if you can imagine the difference between speaking King James English and speaking English on the street, they’re a little different,” Sneve said.There are other linguistic challenges as well, such as the Lakota language’s lack of gender pronouns. References to God as male are difficult to translate. “It actually makes it kind of awkward. We don’t talk that way,” Sneve said.The $45,000 received from the UTO program will allow Sneve to assemble a team of elders and other fluent Lakota speakers, who will meet and discuss the linguistic, theological and cultural factors in producing a full Lakota translation based on the 1979 prayer book. But Sneve also hopes to go beyond the prayer book and develop additional liturgical resources based on the needs of congregations and communities in the diocese.The rate of youth suicide and overdose is high among Native people in South Dakota, so one goal is to develop a funeral liturgy that can be adapted for burying a child. Home blessings and blessing of tombstones are part of some tribal cultures, so Sneve hopes this project will accommodate those as well.“It’s not just a translation of the ’79 book,” he said. “It is our book.”Some parts of the prayer book, including baptismal rites and Rite II’s Eucharistic prayer A, already have been translated into modern Lakota, which can be understood by all nine tribes despite their differences in dialect, Sneve said. And the Dakota hymnal is a cherished part of services in the diocese.By adding to those existing resources, the Episcopal Church has another purpose in mind: to help preserve Native languages that are at risk of being lost at a time when many younger Native Americans are learning English as their first language.“Language and culture are so intimately connected,” South Dakota Bishop John Tarrant said. “A lot of anthropologists say when you lose your language you lose part of your culture.”The Episcopal Church, through its historical missionary work with indigenous populations, was at least partly complicit in the U.S. government’s efforts to assimilate Native Americans into white culture while eradicating their culture, including language. In the face of that history, Tarrant said the church is offering “tremendous support” for cultural preservation efforts, particularly with the backing of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, the House of Deputies president.Tarrant also keeps in contact with the bishops in Alaska and Navajoland to share ideas about new ways to support indigenous communities. When Alaska received a $40,000 UTO grant last year to pursue a Gwich’in translation of the Book of Common Prayer, that helped motivate South Dakota to apply for its own translation grant.“The church has been and should be a place where indigenous languages can be learned, expressed in that way, safeguarding them and promoting them,” Hauff said. “Any attempt that we as a church can make to preserve these languages is our obligation.”Sneve, too, has been in contact with other dioceses that have undertaken prayer book translations, to receive guidance as he starts the process in South Dakota. His counterparts in the other dioceses have been friendly and helpful.“What is good for one tribe is good for all of them,” he said.Once he forms committees to work on the translation, the committee members will start making “some hard decisions,” such as whether to include the entire Psalter, at the risk delaying publication. The house blessing is another example of a liturgical resource that the committees may decide is worth the time to produce, or else is something better left for the future.Sneve has no definitive timetable yet for completing the task, but he estimates it will take at least two years before a translation is ready for publication.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Director of Music Morristown, NJ Church backs new Lakota translation of prayer book as tribes seek to preserve language Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI last_img read more

Former Apopka employee files federal whistleblower lawsuit

first_img 1 COMMENT Alleges he was dismissed for raising concerns about dangerous conditionsGlen Brooks, a former manager at Apopka’s wastewater treatment facility, has filed a federal whistleblower lawsuit against the City of Apopka. Brooks alleges he was dismissed for raising concerns about potentially dangerous conditions at the plant, according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit alleges that Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer, City Administrator Glenn Irby, Public Services Director Jay Davoll and Assistant Public Services Director Kevin Burgess;  “knowingly conspired to cover up and violate the law as to the illegal conduct and unsafe conditions and violations of State permits of the Defendant’s water treatment plant and as to the grounds for the termination of the Plaintiff”.Brooks worked for the City of Apopka from 2002 until 2016. He began as a maintenance worker, and was promoted into management before his termination. He received above average performance reviews during his tenure, according to the lawsuit.In June of 2016,  Brooks stated that he repeatedly warned of illegal contamination and permit violations at the wastewater treatment plant, “that posed physical and psychological damage to employees working at the plant and posed a threat to the health and safety of the public.”The plant, which is over 40 years old, was sent a letter from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection detailing 14 violations FDEP discovered during a two-day inspection that ended on December 1st of 2016. The violations were judged by the FDEP to be “minor but significant” but did not find them to be a threat to the plant employee’s health or to public health or safety.According to Brooks (as stated in the lawsuit), he received no support from his supervisors and filed a whistleblower report with the City of Apopka, the FDEP and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.The complaint also alleges that Brooks was wrongfully terminated by the City in September 2016 for falsely accusing him of lying. The lawsuit says that Brooks was never told what he was allegedly untruthful about.The lawsuit seeks back pay for Brooks, unspecified damages, and attorney fees. It also seeks damages for defamation for the city’s claims that Brooks had lied.According to Apopka Public Information Officer Robert Sargent, the City does not comment on active or pending litigation.Frank Kruppenbacher, an attorney with Morgan & Morgan, is representing Brooks. Kruppenbacher was the Apopka City Attorney for 30 years but resigned shortly after Kilsheimer became mayor. He had no comment on the lawsuit. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here Whistle blowers don’t get fired because they’re lying. They get fired because they touched a nerve. I think the residents of Apopka should be very concerned about what is really in their water. TAGSCity of ApopkaFrank KruppenbacherGlen BrooksLawsuitWhistleblower Previous article5 Rules for Spring CleaningNext articleApopka Hop Pale Ale makes its debut Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Mike Brust April 8, 2017 at 8:29 am You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

New opening to battle housing bias

first_imgThe Supreme Court decided by a 5-4 vote on June 25 that housing discrimination doesn’t have to be intentional to be illegal. This means that plaintiffs who believe that either government or private housing policies have discriminated against them in obtaining housing no longer have to prove that the discrimination was intentional. They still have to prove that the policies themselves caused the bias and that the result was ­discriminatory.While this is an extremely limited decision with respect to eliminating bias in housing and it certainly does nothing to address the need poor people have to find decent housing, the opposite decision would have reinforced the power that rental and real estate agencies have to impose discrimination. There is an existing Fair Housing Act, passed in 1968, whose ostensible aim was to establish ground rules for more integrated housing. The court decision upheld the intent of this law.Laws affecting housing are needed to eliminate the ability of landlords and real estate monopolies to deny housing to people based on racism, xenophobia or other forms of bias. A general solution to the housing crisis — and it is a crisis for all people without substantial incomes — requires unlimited availability of inexpensive housing, accessibility to good public schools in all neighborhoods and abundant jobs available within reasonable commuting distance.The decision is not going to solve this general problem. Its progressive content is that it gives a tool to those who have been denied housing in cases where bias is disguised as a neutral rule, or where policies have a discriminatory impact but it is almost impossible to find proof that discrimination by a landlord, rental agency or housing authority was deliberate or intentional.The ruling strengthens the ability of renters and homeowners to seek redress for discriminatory practices on the part of landlords, owners or housing ­monopolies.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Asking ‘Where is the money?’, Haitians demand president leave

first_imgBeginning in the middle of September, tens of thousands of Haitians have taken to the streets in the capital, Port au Prince, as well as in Saint-Marc (Artibonite), Cap Haïtien (northern Haiti), Jacmel and Cayes (southern Haiti) and Gonaïves (central), in a boiling rage demanding President Jovenel Moïse leave office. Port-au-Prince, Sept. 28Even after the police used live ammunition to disperse the protests and admitted to killing six people, thousands have stayed in the streets. A group of Haitian exiles in Montreal (Le Regroupement des Haïtiens de Montréal contre l’Occupation d’Haïti) cites sources estimating that the cops have killed dozens of Haitians and wounded hundreds.Starting early in 2018, Haitians began looking around their neighborhoods for any concrete results from the $4.3 billion that Venezuela had provided to Haiti in low-cost loans covering oil sales from Petrocaribe.  They didn’t find any. They began asking: “Kot Kòb Petwo Karibe a?” (“Where is the Petrocaribe money?”)Two massive national demonstrations last October and November protested government corruption and huge price hikes for fuel.  This year, protests and demonstrations, strikes, petitions and public meetings have focused on the severe gas shortage, combined with double-digit inflation and unemployment.The lack of a government budget for over two years, along with widespread strikes demanding unpaid wages — from hospitals to the courts, from tax offices to local government agencies — have left Haitians hungrier and angrier.  Scarcity of fuel means less food in the markets and less electricity.Haiti erupts in protest in late SeptemberThe protesters in the streets made it clear that they blamed President Moïse.  And they were more than willing to take on those who support him.Sen. Jean Marie Ralph Fethière of Moïse’s party — called the Party of Bald Headed Haitians  (PHTK) — was confronted by demonstrators while leaving Parliament on Sept. 23.  He drew his pistol, firing into the air and then the ground.  A parliamentary security guard was shot in the stomach and a well-known Associated Press photographer was hit in the cheek.Demonstrators later surrounded the Parliament and disrupted its proceedings by pounding on lampposts with rocks and chanting. Some even managed to slip into the building and confront the parliamentarians directly.While the cops were killing demonstrators, there were also reports of police stations being sacked. Vant Bef, a Haitian internet news service, reported on Sept. 27 that a police station in Saint-Marc was occupied by demonstrators, who took arms, bullet-proof vests, shields and office supplies.On Sept. 28, when protesters seized the police station in Cité Soleil, the poorest neighborhood in Port au Prince, they took not only what was inside the building but also its tin roof, according to a video shown on France’s TV5.  In Delmas and Carrefour, both better-off neighborhoods, there was some looting, car windows were smashed and a few were burned. The supermarket Rois des Rois, a short distance from the National Palace, was also looted and burned. In Cap Haïtien,  the cops armed vigilantes who shot up demonstrators who were demanding the resignation and imprisonment of Moïse. On Facebook and YouTube, some of the protests in Haiti have been covered in real time with uncensored interviews.  While everyone wanted Moïse to leave, a number of protesters raised the issue of the Haitian bourgeoisie’s support of foreign intervention, the lack of education, health care, the need for jobs and security, and the right to protest peacefully.The spirit of the people comes across in these videos. They are confronting cops who shoot to kill, but still they run and dance through the streets, to the sound of rara (festival) bands, waving leafy branches of hope and demanding that President Jovenel leave. In Gonaïves, bands of protesters waved machetes.Moïse was elected in 2016 in a process marked by very low turnout.  Hundreds of thousands of Haiti’s citizens had lost their IDs and the government was very slow in replacing them.  Still, the United States endorsed the election. Even though serious charges of corruption have been made against Moïse and his predecessor, Michel Martelly, and their party, the PHTK — even though the rights of Haitians to peacefully protest have been denied — the U.S. government and ruling class still support their guy in Port au Prince. Without such support, he and his gang would be blown away.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Journalist targeted by drug traffickers may have to move abroad

first_img News to go further Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerable February 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Brazilian police have alerted the Paraguayan journalist Cándido Figueredo, a correspondent for the daily ABC Color in the northern department of Amambay, that he is the target of an assassination plot hatched by traffickers active in the drug-producing region.He was told of the plot by a special police unit in the neighbouring Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul set up to fight organized crime. “Reporters Without Borders met Cándido Figueredo on a mission to Paraguay last year,” the press freedom organization said.“He has established himself as one of the best reporters on the drug trade, which plainly exposes him to serious risk. Reporters Without Borders hopes his request to leave the region, perhaps even the country, for a period can be granted.“His exile, however, does not absolve the Paraguayan and Brazilian authorities of their responsibility to track down those behind the murder plot as soon as possible.” News ParaguayAmericas Follow the news on Paraguay Organisation Brazilian journalist murdered at home in Paraguay January 20, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist targeted by drug traffickers may have to move abroad Help by sharing this information RSF_en News ParaguayAmericas Brazilian intelligence is trying to pin down the identity and whereabouts of the person behind an intercepted phone call, which led to the discovery of the murder plot. Figueredo told us he has had no doubt who was behind the threat ever since he reported in his newspaper on the break-up of two underground routes used to smuggle marijuana and cocaine into Brazil and Bolivia.His home has been attacked twice and Figueredo now does not venture out without an armed escort.“Since the warnings from the Brazilian police, my bodyguards have been more vigilant and my wife and I restrict our movements away from our office as much as possible,” he said.Four police officers take it in turns to guard the journalist. A necessary measure but not sufficient, he believes, and he is hoping to leave Amambay for a period and seek shelter abroad. February 10, 2017 Find out more News Reporter killed in ambush after police protection withdrawn October 20, 2014 Find out morelast_img read more

A netizen is killed in Tamaulipas

first_img Netizen María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio was kidnapped by armed men on 15 October in the northeastern state of Tamaulipas. A picture of her dead body appeared on her Twitter account the next day.Fuentes Rubio was kidnapped as she left the Tierra Santa clinic in Reynosa, where she worked as a doctor.The photo of her body that appeared on Twitter was followed by a series of messages, including “Shut down your accounts, do not risk your families’ lives as I have done. I ask your forgiveness.”For several months, Fuentes Rubio, under the pseudonym “Felina,” had been contributing via the Twitter account @Miut3 to the Valor por Tamaulipas citizen information service. It focuses on violence and organized crime activities in the state. Fuentes Rubio’s family left the country on 16 October, after filing a formal complaint.“Reporters Without Borders is shocked by the murder of María del Rosario Fuentes Rubio and urges the government to investigate thoroughly to identify those responsible as quickly as possible,” said Virginie Dangles, the organization’s deputy programme director. “Organized crime groups’ terror campaigns against netizens are unfortunately not new in Mexico. The fight against impunity is the only way to protect the citizens who risk their lives to provide information on the violence afflicting the country.”In February 2013, an organized crime group distributed leaflets in the region that announced a $45,000 reward to anyone who provided information on the identity of the Valor por Tamaulipas administrator. The information network’s existence springs from the work of Mexican netizens. Given the self-censorship by some traditional media who fear reprisals, the netizens have taken to the web and to social media, such as Valor por Tamaulipas, to inform citizens about violent incidents.In 2011, four netizens were murdered in Tamaulipas for having reported on narcotraffickers’ activities. The murders included that of María Elizabeth Macias, an influential blogger found decapitated on 24 September 2011 in Nuevo Laredo, a crime for which gangsters claimed responsibility. Her killing unfortunately reflected the climate of extreme tension in regions reeling from the effects of drug trafficking.More recently, a blogger known on Twitter as @MrCruzStar, a major contributor to the #Reynosafollow network who frequently reports information involving organized crime, said on 21 July that he was being targeted by a campaign of slander and threats on social media.Mexico, ranked 152nd of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders 2014 world press freedom index, is one of the deadliest countries in the world for journalists. Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state Reports Organisation 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 28, 2021 Find out more News May 13, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Mexico NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saycenter_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts October 23, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A netizen is killed in Tamaulipas News MexicoAmericas News MexicoAmericas last_img read more

Bombay HC Grants Interim Relief To First Year Law Student Rusticated For Allegedly Consuming Cannabis In College Campus

first_imgNews UpdatesBombay HC Grants Interim Relief To First Year Law Student Rusticated For Allegedly Consuming Cannabis In College Campus Nitish Kashyap9 April 2020 1:21 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Thursday granted ad-interim relief to a first year law student who was rusticated from a law college for allegedly smoking cannabis inside the college campus. The Court allowed the student to appear for the internal exams pending the conclusion of hearing in the case.The Court passed the order while hearing urgent applications via video conferencing through…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 Bombay High Court on Thursday granted ad-interim relief to a first year law student who was rusticated from a law college for allegedly smoking cannabis inside the college campus. The Court allowed the student to appear for the internal exams pending the conclusion of hearing in the case.The Court passed the order while hearing urgent applications via video conferencing through Zoom App.Justice GS Patel was hearing a plea filed by the student contending that the college has taken disproportionate action and failed to consider relevant material in the case.Advocate Mohit Bhardwaj appeared on behalf of the petitioner student and Advocate Manorama Mohanty for the law college.Advocate Bhardwaj submitted that the student was denied an opportunity to represent herself and instead of considering relevant material, disproportionate action has been taken against her.At this juncture, Justice Patel stated that the court is not concerned with the merits of the decision but the decision making process. He further enquired from Advocate Bhardwaj about the reason for such rustication.To this, Advocate Mohanty stated- “Even though we are unaware of the exact reason why she was rusticated, they have relied upon social media posts of the student, along with one more student who was rusticated.”Thereafter, Justice Patel addressed Advocate Mohanty asking about the material relied upon by the college. Advocate Mohanty contended that college had relied upon photos posted on instagram wherein students can be seen smoking cannabis inside college campus. However, since the lockdown is in place currently, the college authorities are unable to access photos and other documents relied upon, Advocate Mohanty said.She further submitted that the petitioner is not disclosing all the facts of the case even though the material relied upon was shown to the petitioner before action was taken against her.Apart from the petitioner, one more student was rusticated and 18 others were temporarily suspended. Justice Patel noted that since all the relevant material relied upon by the college was inaccessible at the moment, a decision on merits is not possible. Thus, it is imperative that some relief is granted as a rollback at a later stage would be impossible, Justice Patel said. The prayer of the petitioner to appear in internal exams was allowed. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more