Reporters Without Borders condemns closure of Russian public television Rossia’s office for “misreporting”

first_imgThe international press freedom organisation urged the authorities to “reconsider this unfair decision”, announced on 23 July.”As President Alexander Lukashenko uses all possible means to stay in power, including a constitutional referendum, this act of censorship illustrates the continuing drift to authoritarianism,” said the organisation.Belarus State television said on its evening news on 23 July that the authorities had announced the shutdown of Rossia’s office because of “deliberate use of false information insulting to Belarus citizens and having a negative impact on the image of the republic of Belarus.”Journalist Dmitri Petrov said on Rossia that 2,000 to 5,000 people had joined an opposition demonstration in Minsk while police estimated attendance of only 193 people. International news agencies spoke of about 4,000 demonstrators.The 21 July demonstration against President Lukashenko marked the tenth anniversary of his accession to power and came just after he announced a referendum on the question of allowing heads of state a third term in office. The following day Belarus foreign affairs minister Sergei Martynov ordered Dmitri Petrov and Rossia’s Minsk bureau chief Andrei Kachura to make a public apology.In 2003, the authorities closed the office of Russian NTV television for reporting deemed “controversial” on the burial of a writer and Lukashenko opponent. Alexander Stupnikov, correspondent for NTV, was expelled in 1997 for a similar reason.In its 2004 annual report, Reporters Without Borders condemned harassment of the independent press in Belarus. The organisation lists President Alexander Lukashenko as one of 37 “predators of press freedom” worldwide. July 26, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns closure of Russian public television Rossia’s office for “misreporting” “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Reporters Without Borders expressed “outrage” after Belarus authorities announced the closure of the office of Russian public television Rossia in Minsk for broadcasting “biased news” about an opposition demonstration. Follow the news on Belarus News BelarusEurope – Central Asia News Help by sharing this information News May 28, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown center_img RSF_en to go further Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more News Belarus authorities announced on 23 July the closure of the office of Russian public television Rossia in Minsk for broadcasting “biased news” about an opposition demonstration. Reporters Without Borders urged the authorities to “reconsider this unfair decision”. RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts May 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Young artists learn under accomplished Odessa native Fuentes at Ellen Noel residency

first_img Young artists learn under accomplished Odessa native Fuentes at Ellen Noel residency Local News Pinterest Twitter ellen noel logo Under glistening lights that empowered every color, and propped up on easels that showcased each choice made on canvas, and surrounded by an air of creativity on the exhibition floor, Jordan Granado’s own work shined in a way even he couldn’t describe.“It just looks awesome,” the 16-year-old said, looking from across the floor in the Ellen Noel Art Museum on Friday night.“I can’t describe it any other way. It’s just awesome.”Granado and nine other Midland-Odessa area teenagers advanced through the Teen Artist Residency Program at Ellen Noel last week, with their lessons culminating Friday in final pieces that were displayed as part of the reception for the opening of the museum’s new Celebrate Texas exhibit.“It’s like we’re actually part of the exhibit, which I think is really cool,” said Granado, who will be a junior at Midland Lee in the fall.The students aged 13-17 studied for five days in the sixth iteration of the summer program, learning under Odessa native and Texas Tech School of Art professor Tina Fuentes.Fuentes pushed the students through lessons about mixing paints, working without colors, using pallet knives, and more, leading to Friday’s end results like Granado’s piece depicting a windmill, and works featuring depictions that varied from a profile of a woman to a starry galaxy.Museum educator Annie Stanley said that the organization usually tries to bring in professional artists from out of the region for the summer program, but that since this camp went right along with the opening of the new Celebrate Texas exhibit, Fuentes made for a perfect choice.Fuentes, an accomplished artist, grew up in Odessa, graduating from Ector High School and attending Odessa College before North Texas.“Tina Fuentes is a great artist,” Stanley said. “She had an exhibit here several years ago. She did a phenomenal job.“I was really impressed,” she added. “They learned a lot in a week.”Fuentes, too, said she was impressed by her student’s work at the end of the week.“For them to do that within five days, that’s intense,” Fuentes said. “To get the results that I got from them, I was really pleased overall. They came with different degrees of knowledge, but they all moved forward and they tried to tackle it the best that they could.”In the final pieces on display Friday night, Fuentes said she saw both bits of her lessons reflected in the results, as well as individuality and choice-making from each of the 10 local students.“I wanted to show them some techniques — techniques that they’re going to be able to carry with them and they can continue to further develop,” Fuentes said. On each of the 10 final canvases Friday night, she saw some of those techniques. Some showed pallet knife strokes as opposed to brush strokes, and some showed different choices made in color.“I think what happened was that they start to get to their own expressions that they felt most comfortable with,” Fuentes agreed. “It could go either-or, and so they each chose.”With Fuentes’ teachings empowering their choices, 10 area teenagers are now moving forward in art with their decision-making.“If it was anybody else teaching us, I don’t think they would’ve turned out this good,” Granado said. “I just like the results so much.“Everybody seems to be real proud of their work,” he added. “I’m honestly real proud of everybody’s work. It looks so good.”After the conclusion of the teen residency program, the museum is set to host several summer camps for junior artists aged 6-12. Spots are still open for campers later in June and in July.Those interested learn more at NoelArtMuseum.org, or call Stanley by dialing the museum at 432-550-9696 and using extension 213.The Celebrate Texas exhibit opened Friday at the museum and is open through to Sept. 2. Previous articleFive things you need to know today, June 12Next articleGabe McDonald pleads guilty to two counts of murder admin Facebook Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp By admin – June 12, 2018 last_img read more

Checking in on Interest Rates

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Checking in on Interest Rates  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Subscribe Tagged with: CNBC Federal Reserve Interest rates The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Checking in on Interest Rates Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: The Future of a Career in Appraisals Next: The Week Ahead: Loan Performance on the Radar CNBC Federal Reserve Interest rates 2019-06-07 Seth Welborn June 7, 2019 1,772 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago After the Federal Reserve announced that will be keeping the federal funds rate at 2.25 to 2.50 percent at the beginning of May, Jeffrey Taylor, co-founder and managing director of Digital Risk, said on CNBC’s Squawk Box that he predicts the Fed to cut rates based on geopolitical issues.“If you were to ask me three months ago, if there was a chance we would be having rate cuts this year in the U.S., I would say absolutely not,” said Taylor. “Now, if you look at the situation, it’s somewhat unprecedented, but you’re looking at probably at least 50 basis points, 100 basis points rate cuts based on geopolitical issues, versus the strong economy the U.S. has right now with wage growth at the fastest its been in over a decade for the middle class and unemployment around 4%.”One thing Taylor is keeping an eye on this year is the housing market, noting that mortgage rates are the lowest they’ve been in months.“All of a sudden, with mortgage rates down the affordability factor is going to kick in,” Taylor said. “The move-up on homebuyer or the first-time homebuyer may finally be able to get into the market. I think they’re a lot of positives happening in the housing market.”Given the positive indicators in the economy, the rate cut seems more likeley than ever, Taylor notes.“I would have never predicted this six months ago, but that looks to be the reality we’re in right now,” Taylor continues. Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Savelast_img read more

Employees Cannot Be Fired Merely For Being Homosexual Or Transgender: US Supreme Court [Read Judgment]

first_imgTop StoriesEmployees Cannot Be Fired Merely For Being Homosexual Or Transgender: US Supreme Court [Read Judgment] Ashok Kini15 Jun 2020 8:40 AMShare This – x”An employer who fires an individual merely for being gay or transgender defies the law.”The Supreme Court of The United States, in a landmark judgment delivered on Monday, held that the employees cannot be fired from the jobs merely because of their transgender and homosexual identity. The Court, by a 6-3 majority, held that Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sex also protects employees based on their sexual orientation or…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 Supreme Court of The United States, in a landmark judgment delivered on Monday, held that the employees cannot be fired from the jobs merely because of their transgender and homosexual identity. The Court, by a 6-3 majority, held that Civil Rights Act of 1964  prohibiting workplace discrimination on the basis of sex also protects employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. The Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination in the workplace on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. In this case, which arises out of a petition filed by Bostock, a long-time employee allegedly fired by his employer simply for being homosexual or transgender, the issue considered by the Court was whether the Act prohibits discrimination on the ground of sexual orientation or gender identity.?The Court observed that discrimination based on homosexuality or transgender status necessarily entails discrimination based on sex. The Court said that an individual’s homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions. Excerpts from the Majority Judgment (authored by Justice Neil McGill Gorsuch)An individual’s homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions. That’s because it is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex. Consider, for example, an employer with two employees, both of whom are attracted to men. The two individuals are, to the employer’s mind, materially identical in all respects, except that one is a man and the other a woman. If the employer fires the male employee for no reason other than the fact he is attracted to men, the employer discriminates against him for traits or actions it tolerates in his female colleague. Put differently, the employer intentionally singles out an employee to fire based in part on the employee’s sex, and the affected employee’s sex is a but-for cause of his discharge. Or take an employer who fires a transgender person who was identified as a male at birth but who now identifies as a female. If the employer retains an otherwise identical employee who was identified as female at birth, the employer intentionally penalizes a person identified as male at birth for traits or actions that it tolerates in an employee identified as female at birth. Again, the individual employee’s sex plays an unmistakable and impermissible role in the discharge decision When an employer fires an employee for being homosexual or transgender, it necessarily and intentionally discriminates against that individual in part because of sex. And that is all Title VII has ever demanded to establish liability.An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex. Sex plays a necessary and undisguisable role in the decision, exactly what Title VII forbids. An employer who fires a woman, Hannah, because she is insufficiently feminine and also fires a man, Bob, for being insufficiently masculine may treat men and women as groups more or less equally. But in both cases the employer fires an individual in part because of sex. Instead of avoiding Title VII exposure, this employer doubles it. 3 judges DissentJustice Alito, Thomas and Kavanaugh dissented. Justice Alito emphasizes that the concept of discrimination because of “sex” is different from discrimination because of “sexual orientation” or “gender identity.” He opined:”Today, many Americans know individuals who are gay, lesbian, or transgender and want them to be treated with the dignity, consideration, and fairness that everyone deserves. But the authority of this Court is limited to saying what the law is.”Justice Kavanaugh, observed that the majority judgment is a transgression of the Constitution’s separation of powers. He concluded his dissenting opinion as follows: Notwithstanding my concern about the Court’s transgression of the Constitution’s separation of powers, it is appropriate to acknowledge the important victory achieved today by gay and lesbian Americans. Millions of gay and lesbian Americans have worked hard for many decades to achieve equal treatment in fact and in law. They have exhibited extraordinary vision, tenacity, and grit—battling often steep odds in the legislative and judicial arenas, not to mention in their daily lives. They have advanced powerful policy arguments and can take pride in today’s result. Under the Constitution’s separation of powers, however, I believe that it was Congress’s role, not this Court’s, to amend Title VII. I therefore must respectfully dissent from the Court’s judgment.Click here to Read/Download JudgmentRead Judgment Next Storylast_img read more

Plea In SC Seeks Directions For Formulation Of Model Builder-Buyer Agreement & Agent-Buyer Agreement To Protect Customers

first_imgTop StoriesPlea In SC Seeks Directions For Formulation Of Model Builder-Buyer Agreement & Agent-Buyer Agreement To Protect Customers Sanya Talwar18 Oct 2020 4:17 AMShare This – xA plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre for formulation of a model Builder-Buyer agreement and Agent-Buyer Agreement in order to infuse transparency, fair play and reduce frauds.Filed on behalf of Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay the plea states that the model agreements shall restrain the builders, promoters and agents from indulging in arbitrary…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?LoginA plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre for formulation of a model Builder-Buyer agreement and Agent-Buyer Agreement in order to infuse transparency, fair play and reduce frauds.Filed on behalf of Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay the plea states that the model agreements shall restrain the builders, promoters and agents from indulging in arbitrary unfair restrictive trade practises in order to protect the rights and interests of customers and objectives of the Real Estate Regulation Act (RERA), 2016.”Petitioner is seeking direction to all States to enforce ‘Model Builder Buyer Agreement’ & ‘Model Agent Buyer Agreement’ & to take steps to avoid mental physical and financial injury, ensure accountability, develop mechanisms to weed-out criminal conspiracy for wrongful gain, criminal breach of trust and dishonest misappropriation of buyers’ money, committed by Promoters, Builders and Agents.”- Plea in SCIt is stated that the cause of action accrued on May 1, 2017 when states were required to enforce RERA in letter and spirit but they failed to do so within due date. It was expected that States would meet the second deadline i.e. 31.7.2017 but they failed again, the plea states.Stating that the Promoters, Builders and Agents use “manifestly arbitrary one-sided agreements that do not place customers at an equal platform with them”, the injury caused to public is large, thereby offending Articles 14, 15 & 21 of the Constitution.”It is impossible to achieve the golden goals of Preamble without curbing corruption, black money generation and benami transaction, the biggest menaces to our democracy and development. Therefore, Centre must frame a Builder Buyer Agreement and Agent Buyer Agreement,” the plea states.Further, there have been many cases of deliberate inordinate delays in handing over possession and customers lodge complaints but police doesn’t register FIRs, citing arbitrary clauses of the agreement, the plea adds.In this context, the petitioner goes on to stipulate objectives and salient features of the RERA, adding that developers across India still follow a common practice of pre-lauching a project without securing requisite approvals for project from the authorities, and term it as ‘soft launch’ or ‘pre-launch’ etc. thus, openly violating the Law but no action has been taken against any builder till date.The plea states that Article 144 also mandates all authorities civil or judicial in the territory of India, to act in aid of the order passed by the Supreme Court. Being the protector of civil liberties of citizens, the Supreme Court has not only the power and jurisdiction, but also an obligation to protect the fundamental rights, guaranteed by part-III in general and under Article 21 in particular zealously and vigilantly. The top court, the plea adds is vested with extraordinary powers of judicial review to ensure rights of citizens are duly protected.In this backdrop, the prayer also stipulates directions to States to enforce ‘Model Builder Buyer Agreement’ and ‘Model Agent Buyer Agreement’ and take appropriate steps to avoid mental physical financial injury, ensure accountability toward customers & develop an effective mechanism to weed-out criminal conspiracy for wrongful gain, criminal breach of trust, dishonest misappropriation of buyers’ money, committed by Promoters and Agents.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

Dáil to stop business to applaud healthcare workers

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Dáil to stop business to applaud healthcare workers Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebookcenter_img Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th By News Highland – March 26, 2020 Google+ Pinterest Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty The Dáil will also stop all business at 8pm this evening to applaud healthcare workers across the country. A debate on emergency measures will be paused to recognise what health workers are doing.The measure was proposed by People Before Profit TD Brid Smith. Previous articleMid June target for GAANext articleLYIT rule out written exams for end of academic year News Highland last_img read more

US Navy amphibious ready group completes 7th Fleet patrol

first_img U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) arrived in Sasebo, Japan, on April 10, completing its regularly-scheduled patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations.Bonhomme Richard previously stopped in White Beach, Okinawa, to disembark personnel, vehicles and equipment of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), April 8.“We completed some valuable training on this patrol,” said Capt. Jeffrey Ward, Bonhomme Richard’s commanding officer. “The crew did a fantastic job working with the Marines. We increased our level of knowledge and enhanced our readiness to respond, and we did it safely and as a team. We’re returning to Sasebo with a sense of accomplishment and pride.”During the patrol, Bonhomme Richard (BHR) and the 31st MEU completed amphibious integrated training (AIT) and a certification exercise (CERTEX).Bonhomme Richard is the flagship of the BHR Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) which consists of USS Bonhomme Richard, USS Green Bay (LPD 20) and USS Ashland (LSD 48). Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy amphibious ready group completes 7th Fleet patrol Authorities US Navy amphibious ready group completes 7th Fleet patrol View post tag: USS Bonhomme Richard View post tag: BHR ARG View post tag: US Navy April 11, 2017 Share this articlelast_img read more

MEET A MEMBER OF THE CHANNEL 44 NEWS TEAM

first_imgChad Evans is a native of Odon, Indiana, and joins WEVV from WFLI in Lafayette, Indiana where he was the chief meteorologist. Chad may be a familiar name to those in the Tri-State, as he also previously worked at WEHT as weekend meteorologist.Chad has ten years of professional experience as a meteorologist. Chad has a National Weather Association Seal of Approval and is a member of the Indiana State Climate Office Advisory Committee. Chad is an active blogger about the weather. He also has writing credits in two PBS weather documentaries (An Illinois Winter and Stinging Dust and Forgotten Lives: The Dust Bowl), and is the author of It Was a Mighty Tempest: Hoosier Severe Weather & Flood Events Prior to 1905.Chad says “I’m looking forward to moving back to the southern end of the state, and to the shorter drives to see my family in Daviess County. I always hoped to have the opportunity to return to the Tri-State, and I’m anxious to get started.”Chad graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Climatology.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Amnesty International Hosts Palestinian Human Rights Defender on Sept. 21

first_imgBassem Tamimi will be the guest of the local Amnesty International chapter in a free presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at the Ocean City Bayside Center.Palestinian human rights defender Bassem Tamimi will be a guest of the local chapter of Amnesty International at 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 21) at the Ocean City Bayside Center.The public is invited to attend the free presentation. The Bayside Center is between Fifth and Sixth streets off Bay Avenue.Tamimi’s speaking tour is co-sponsored by the organization Jewish Voice of Peace and the Interfaith Peace Builders. He will talk about his farming community in the West Bank, and what what motivates this courageous, non-violent, freedom fighter despite terrible odds and hardships.last_img

Cape May County Announces Flu Clinic Schedule

first_imgIt is time for your flu shot. (image credit: Dreamstime.com) The Cape May County Health Department is strongly encouraging all residents to get their flu shot as soon as possible. Flu vaccination is the best way to prevent the flu and its potentially serious complications.“With this year’s flu season approaching, it is critical that adults and children get the flu vaccine to protect against infection and help prevent the spread of seasonal flu to others,” said Freeholder Jeff Pierson. “By getting a flu shot now, you will protect yourself, as well as your family and friends.”The vaccine is recommended for everyone six months and older, including pregnant women.Where to get the flu shot:Most pharmacies and doctors’ offices are offering the flu shot and due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cape May County Health Department will be offering the flu vaccine by appointment only at the following locations:Flu Vaccine Drive-Thru Clinics: Individuals 13 years and older by appointment only.To be offered at the Cape May County Fire Academy, 171 Crest Haven Road, Cape May Court House.October 3, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.October 17, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.Family Flu Vaccine Clinics: Children 6 months and older and their families by appointment only.The Family Flu clinics will be offered at Cape May County National Guard Armory, 600 Garden State Parkway, Cape May Court House, (Exit 11)October 6, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.October 14, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.October 22, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.All flu clinics are by appointment only and will require a completed consent form. Masks must also be worn to receive a flu vaccine. High dose vaccine will be offered as supplies last. Please request high dose when making your appointment. To make an appointment call (609) 465-1187.For consent forms and more information on upcoming flu clinics, visit www.cmchealth.net  and click Seasonal Flu. Also, like them on Facebook for updated information.last_img read more