News Organisation News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison 05.06.2002The Communist Party’s media control department has asked sports editors of the main Chinese publications to not come down too hard on the Chinese football team, which was beaten 2-0 by Costa Rica in the World Cup. Several sports journalists told the Reuters press agency that their instructions were clear: they were “not to criticize the team, to not anger fans”.________________________________________________________________03.06.2002With commemorations underway for the thirteenth anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the Chinese football team kicks off its participation in the World Cup. Reporters Without Borders (RSF – Reporters Sans Frontières) wants to heighten public awareness of the human rights situation in China and pay homage to the thousands of people killed by the Chinese army in June 1989. The organisation makes a reminder that at least two hundred political prisoners, including journalists, are still languishing in prison for having called for democracy in China, in 1989.At least four journalists are in prison for having taken part in the Beijing Spring of 1989 or for having criticised the crimes committed by security forces against demonstrators in clandestine publications. The four are Yu Dongyue, art critic with Liuyang News, arrested on 23 May 1989 and sentenced to twenty years in jail, Hu Liping, a journalist with the Beijing Daily, arrested on 7 April 1990 and sentenced to ten years in jail, Chen Yanbin, co-director of the clandestine magazine Tielu, arrested at the end of 1990 and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, and Zhang Yafei, co-director of the clandestine magazine Tielu, arrested in September 1990 and sentenced to eleven years in jail.Thirteen years later, it is still illegal to talk openly about the events of June 1989 and the Chinese authorities repress those who call for justice for the students and workers killed in Beijing. For example, the cyber-dissident Huang Qi, whose web site contained information in Chinese on the Tiananmen Square massacre, has been in prison since March 2000. There has been no news of him for several months.Reporters Without Borders has no intention of tarnishing the world’s greatest football event. It’s aim is to make a reminder that in China, even during the World Cup, journalist and people who think differently are jailed, tortured and censored. Two days before the match against Costa Rica, news came through that two militants belonging to the Chinese Democratic Party (which is banned) had been sentenced to ten and eleven years in prison. Two members of illegal Christian churches were also arrested by the police as a “preventive measure against commemorations” of 4 June 1989. RSF_en ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific News News Receive email alerts June 6, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 World Cup 2002 : A red card for China, human rights predator June 2, 2021 Find out more While the Chinese football team enters the World Cup the same day than the 13en anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre, Reporters Without Borders wants to heighten public awareness of the human rights situation in China and pay homage to the thousands of people killed by the Chinese army in June 1989. March 12, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Help by sharing this information
Email Jo Tracey from Greystone, Co. Limerick won €54,600, including a holiday to Paris, on the National Lottery Winning Streak Game Show on RTE, on Saturday 26th October 2013. Pictured at the presentation of winning cheques were, from left to right: Marty Whelan, game show co-host; Jo Tracey, the winning player; Harry Cooke, Head of Operations, The National Lottery and Sinead Kennedy, game show co-host. The winning ticket was bought from Dunnes Stores.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Twitter Linkedin Jo is originally from Dublin. She lived in Kerry for 19 years before living in Greystones for the past 25 years. She has eight children – one son and seven daughters.Jo is retired, but is heavily involved with the Limerick Animal Welfare Group.She buys Scratch Cards sporadically and if she knew she was going to be chosen she wouldn’t have posted her Scratch Card off until next week! She was late home from mass last Saturday evening as there was a rugby match on in nearby Thomond Park and got a call from a friend telling her the great news. She found it very hard to believe it was true! Advertisement NewsCommunityLocal NewsCo.Limerick winner on Winning StreakBy Guest Writer – October 29, 2013 689 Print Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleNew music and tour from James Vincent McMorrowNext articleCharity Ride in aid of The JT McNamara fund Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
ABC News(NEW YORK) — The same dose of tropical moisture that dumped 13 inches of rain in Boone, North Carolina, over the weekend is expected to make its way into the Northeast to start the work week. More rain is also expected for the Carolinas Monday as a combination of a cold front and a low pressure move along the East Coast. The storm system was stretching from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast on Monday morning as it moved east.Heavy rain is expected from the Carolinas to the Northeast by Monday’s evening rush.The heaviest rain in the Northeast will fall Monday evening into the early morning hours on Tuesday, when some areas could see flash flooding.Record heat and fire dangerSeveral record highs were broken or tied in the San Francisco Bay area Sunday, including 92 degrees at San Francisco International Airport — the hottest temperature in San Francisco in almost two years.Four states are under heat watches and warnings from Arizona to Oregon.With all the heat and dry air, wildfires have exploded in the West, around Phoenix and also from Southern to Northern California.Triple-digit heat will continue Monday from Arizona to almost Oregon. More record highs are possible in California with 95 degrees expected in San Francisco and 103 degrees expected in Sacramento.This heat wave will spread farther north into Oregon over the next few days, with record highs possible all the way to Portland by Wednesday. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty ImagesBY: LEIGHTON SCHNEIDER, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — 2020 was historic in many ways — from a once in a century pandemic to the national outcry over the deaths of unarmed black Americans. The year in weather was no different. According to a report from the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, there were 22 separate billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in 2020. The total damages from the disasters totaled approximately $95 billion and killed at least 262 people, according to NOAA.Last year, the world saw a record number of hurricanes named in the Atlantic, with a record 12 making landfall in the Southeast. Seven of those cyclones caused damage exceeding one billion dollars, which NOAA says is a record since it started keeping track of billion-dollar damages in 1980. We saw a derecho with its straight-line winds, race across the midwest, a tornado outbreak spanning from Texas to Maryland, and firestorms in Washington, Oregon, and California – all of which caused at least a billion dollars in damage. Melissa Griffin, a meteorologist at ABC News, has researched what role climate change may have played in these disasters.She told ABC Audio’s “Perspective” podcast that climate change can be connected to the more powerful hurricanes we’ve seen over the past few years. “Hurricanes are happening over warmer than normal ocean temperatures. When you have warmer water, there’s more fuel for those hurricanes to strengthen. A warmer atmosphere also holds more water content and more moisture, which means hurricanes like, say, Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Florence, for example, they’re dumping tremendous and record-breaking amounts of rain and that leads to more devastating flood disasters,” said Griffin. Hurricane Harvey dumped nearly 52 inches of rain on Houston in 2017. Hurricane Florence set records for a tropical cyclone in North Carolina, 35 inches, and South Carolina, 23 inches. Griffin says the strengthening is also happening closer to shore.“You can go from a category two, three, or a category four hurricane in less than 20 hours right before landfall. That can cause extreme disaster because people aren’t prepared and that is linked to these warmer than usual water temperatures, much warmer than usual near the coast,” said Griffin. It’s not just the Southeast that is getting hit with more destructive weather events.California had five of the six biggest fires in state history, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Colorado saw the three largest fires in state history, according to the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control.Griffin says drought and record heat, two things that can fuel wildfires can be linked to the Jet Stream: a fast-moving tunnel of air in the upper atmosphere caused by the temperature difference between the equator and the pole. “When you have the pole warming. We’re seeing the Arctic ice. We’re seeing warmer places in Antarctica. You can see that warming trend there and that can make the jet stream become more wiggly and then can make it become stalled. It shows a big ridge in the west and a big trough in the east. And that’s the stalled pattern that can create these long-duration droughts in the west. It could also create record heat,” said Griffin.NOAA says 2020 was the second hottest year on record for the globe, just behind 2016.If the climate continues to warm Griffin says years like 2020 may be considered tame. “We’re breaking records now and in the last five years. We could be breaking these records again in the next 10 years,” said Griffin. President Joe Biden’s administration says the climate crisis is a key issue, and has elevated it to a national security priority. In Biden’s first week in office, the administration issued several executive orders including re-entering the Paris Climate Agreement, stopping the Keystone XL Pipeline, and pausing all new oil and natural gas leases on federal lands and offshore waters.Opponents of these moves, like the American Petroleum Institute, say they will cost American’s their jobs and make the country dependent on foreign gas and oil. Others, like Todd Staples, President of the Texas Oil and Gas Association, say they agree that climate change is important, but the administration shouldn’t exclude oil or natural gas as an energy resource. “We understand society has concerns about the climate, but our energy choices do not have to be either/or, but rather an all of the above,” said Staples on a call with reporters following President Biden’s announcement last week.John Paul Mejia is the national spokesperson for the Sunrise Movement, a youth-led progressive group whose goals include stopping climate change and says it can create millions of jobs in the process. He told the ‘Perspective’ podcast the actions that President Biden has taken in the opening days of his administration is a good start, but there is still more to be done. “When we talk about averting the climate crisis from our movement’s perspective, it’s not like we’re going to sign a couple of executive actions and ride off into the sunset singing. It’s about essentially reorganizing our economy to operate and more fair practices and put more power in the hands of working people while averting the climate crisis,” said Mejia.The Sunrise Movement recently put out a list of their top choices for President Biden’s cabinet. The administration picked New Mexico Representative Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior, inline with the movement’s recommendation. Haaland would become the first Native American to run the department if she is confirmed. The pick is significant because the department once had a role in the forced relocation and oppression of Native Americans. “We know that she’s a staunch movement ally that we can really expect to be with us over the course of the administration and also a staunch ally for indigenous people who are a core constituency of the Green New Deal,” said Mejia. The movement does back some of President Biden’s cabinet picks including Gina McCarthy, who became the first-ever White House National Climate Advisor. “We know that she has centered environmental justice and environmental racism in the core of her work. We know that she holds it to be true, that we can create millions of jobs by boldly acting on the climate crisis,” said Mejia. Listen to this story on ABC’s ‘Perspective’ Podcast.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks takes down website claims after ASA probe previous nextRegulation & LawPurplebricks takes down website claims after ASA probeFourth complaint to advertising watchdog within a year, this time over claims it “finds buyers” within 14 days.Nigel Lewis29th March 201701,764 Views Purplebricks has been reported to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) once more for claims made on its website and, following a probe by the watchdog, subsequently taken down.The claims under scrutiny on this occasion are that it “takes us just 14 days to find a buyer” but, after the complainant clicked an icon next to the claim, it clarified that “the average time taken from a property going live to a viewing being booked for the eventual purchaser is 14 days”.A similar claim made for the Purplebricks’ lettings operation was also contested by the complainant. Using an identical device, the company said: “6 days – on average it takes us just 6 days to find a tenant”.Upon clicking an icon next to this text the following text appeared in a pop up: “The average time taken from a property going live to a viewing being booked for the eventual tenant is 6 days.”Misleading?The ASA says the complainant suggested that both claims were misleading and could be substantiated and, after the ASA contacted Purplebricks, the company agreed to remove the claims and the case was resolved informally.This is now the fourth complaint received against Purplebricks since September 2016. Two have been serious enough complaints to warrant full rulings, both of which were upheld in part. The other two – which includes today’s announcement – were informally resolved.The claims are not new ones – for the past six months Purplebricks has been making identical ’14-day’ and ‘6 days’ claims in print adverts that have run in magazines (see above), without the clarification that prompted today’s ruling.Purplebricks advertising standards authority ASA March 29, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’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 » Ewemove helps parent company TPFG achieve record revenues previous nextAgencies & PeopleEwemove helps parent company TPFG achieve record revenuesTurnover at the hybrid agency increased by 11% during the first six months of 2019, helping its parent company increase its franchisee fee income to £4.4 million.Nigel Lewis1st August 20190827 Views Revenues at hybrid estate agency Ewemove have jumped by 11% during the first half of the year, its parent company The Property Franchise Group (TPFG) has revealed within its interim half-year results.The online agency, which was bought by TPFG in 2016 from its founders, has been the star of the lettings-dominated franchising giant for some time now.Over the past six months the hybrid agency, which is famed for its green sheep logo, has helped TPFG increase overall revenues by 3% so far this year.The group’s income from the fees paid to it by its franchisees hit a record £4.4 million during the first six months of the year, topped up to £5.5 million by revenues from other activities including franchise sales and ancillary operations linked to its other brands.These are Martin & Co, Whitegates, Ellis & Co, CJ Hole and Parkers.“We are pleased to continue to deliver revenue growth across both our high street brands and also our online brand, EweMove, in what has been a tough market,” says Chief Executive Ian Wilson (left).“Although we have yet to see the full impact of the tenant fee ban which came into force on 1st June 2019, we are confident of the actions being undertaken by our franchise network to mitigate the impact on revenues.”Wilson to retireWilson has announced that he is to retire from the company in 2020 after 16 years. He joined Martin & Co from Connells in 2003 and rose to be its Managing Director before getting the top job at TPFG.“I have seen the company through its IPO and its successful years since,” he says.“Throughout this time the business has shown the strength of its franchise model, the quality of its board and management team, and the resolve and determination to succeed of its franchisees.” The Property Franchise Group TPFG EweMove August 1, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
View post tag: MARCOM View post tag: SNMG 1 Share this article View post tag: NOCO 15 October 2, 2015 NATO ships assigned to Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and Standing NATO Mine Counter Measures Group One (SNMCMG1) have completed their participation in Exercise NORTHERN COASTS 2015 on Sept. 29.Surface ships, a submarine, and several air assets from 16 different nations successfully completed the German-led Exercise NOCO 15. Participants stated that the exercise was an outstanding and demanding training opportunity, where NATO, Partnership for Peace and European Union units trained in a complex and well developed scenario consisting of a large spectrum of maritime warfighting areas. The exercise focused on maritime capabilities in support of stabilization operations, conflict prevention and crisis management.During the first week, NATO units trained in air defence against missile attacks simulated by jets, fighter bomber attacks and asymmetric attacks from the air. Surface units were engaged in multi-target exercises, with live firing on air and surface targets. Practice in anti-submarine warfare tactics, boarding operations, advanced seamanship skills, replenishment at sea, and towing manoeuvres were also performed.During the second phase of NOCO 15, SNMCMG1 was tasked to conduct timed mine hunting operations in areas where practice mines of different sorts were laid. This operation was conducted under simulated air, sea and asymmetric threats. SNMG1, with the help of additional surface combatants, provided effective protection for SNMCMG1, who successfully completed the assigned mine hunting task. During this phase, SNMG1 also disrupted simulated piracy attacks and smuggling activities involving commercial shipping.[mappress mapid=”17078″]Image: MARCOM Exercise Northern Coasts 2015 Concludes View post tag: NATO SNMCMG1 View post tag: Baltic Sea Back to overview,Home naval-today Exercise Northern Coasts 2015 Concludes Authorities
Trump Administration To Appeal Travel Ban Ruling To JusticesIL for www.theindianalawyer.comIn another setback for President Donald Trump, a federal judge in Hawaii further weakened the already-diluted travel ban by vastly expanding the list of U.S. family relationships that visitors from six Muslim-majority countries can use to get into the country.Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday that the administration will appeal the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court, choosing to bypass the San Francisco-based appeals court that has ruled against it and go back to the high court. The justices allowed a scaled-back version of the travel ban to take effect last month and set arguments for October.The move is the latest volley in the fierce fight over the ban Trump first tried to put in place in January.The rules are not so much an outright ban as a tightening of tough visa policies affecting citizens from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen. People from those countries who already have visas will be allowed into the U.S.Only narrow categories of people, including those with relatives named in the ruling, will be considered for new visas. U.S. District Judge Derrick Watson ordered the government not to enforce the ban on grandparents, grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins of people in the U.S.“Common sense, for instance, dictates that close family members be defined to include grandparents,” Watson said in his ruling. “Indeed grandparents are the epitome of close family members.”Watson also ruled that the government may not exclude refugees who have formal assurance and promise of placement services from a resettlement agency in the U.S.The ruling could bring relief to more than 24,000 refugees who had already been vetted and approved by the United States, resettlement agencies said.“Many of them had already sold all of their belongings to start their new lives in safety,” said Becca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project. “This decision gives back hope to so many who would otherwise be stranded indefinitely.”White House homeland security adviser Tom Bossert told reporters that Trump administration lawyers will closely review the ruling, but it appears broad enough to “cover every refugee.”Bossert said he does not believe that was the interpretation the U.S. Supreme Court intended when it reinstated the travel ban against those without a “bona fide relationship” with a person or an entity in the U.S.The justices didn’t define a bona fide relationship but said it could include a close relative, a job offer or admission to a college or university. A relationship created to avoid the ban would not be acceptable, they said.The Trump administration defined it as those who had a parent, spouse, fiance, son, daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law or sibling already in the U.S.The case came back to Watson when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that he had the authority to interpret the Supreme Court’s order and block any violation of it. He broadened the definition of what counts as a close relationship.Hawaii Attorney General Douglas S. Chin, who filed the case for the broader definition, said the court made clear “that the U.S. government may not ignore the scope of the partial travel ban as it sees fit.”“Family members have been separated and real people have suffered enough,” Chin said in a statement.Trump has said the policy is a necessary tool for national security and fighting terrorism. His initial travel ban in January set off massive protests at airports nationwide and sparked a sprawling legal fight.Courts blocked the first ban and the administration’s revised version until the Supreme Court weighed in.It’s unclear how significantly the new rules have affected or will affect travel. In most of the countries singled out, few people have the means for leisure travel. Those that do already face intensive screenings before receiving visas.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Photo: Kevin Cole The Motet brought a heavy dose of Colorado funk to the Paradise Rock Club in Boston on Saturday, April 7th. The ensemble was joined by Boston-based outfit Strange Machines, who delivered a jammed out blend of electro-funk and reggae-rock. Photographer Kevin Cole was on hand to catch some shots of the action, and you can check out his images below. Photo: Kevin Cole The Motet & Strange Machines | Paradise Rock Club | Boston, MA | 4/8/2018 | Photos: Kevin Cole Load remaining images
With his surprising victory in the Iowa caucuses last Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz solidified his status near the top of the GOP field. But in the background, the controversy over his birthplace and his eligibility for the nation’s highest office simmered on.At the forum “Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Be President?” held Friday at Wasserstein Hall in Harvard Law School (HLS), two constitutional scholars debated whether Cruz’s birth in Calgary, Alberta, to a Cuban father and an American mother disqualifies him to serve as president.Laurence Tribe, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law, who teaches at HLS, argued that Cruz is ineligible to hold the presidency, using what he called Cruz’s own strict interpretation of the Constitution.“Cruz claims that the narrow, historical meaning of the Constitution is literal, except when it comes to the ‘natural born citizen’ clause,” said Tribe, who taught Cruz when he was a student at HLS in 1994.The crux of the matter is that the Constitution, in Article II, Section 1, Clause 5, states that “no person except a natural born citizen” can be president.Under English common law, upon which U.S. law was based, a “natural born citizen” would be someone born on American soil. For Tribe, according to this definition, Cruz does not qualify. He compared Cruz to Alexander Hamilton, a founding father who was born in Nevis, but qualified as a U.S. citizen at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, and former presidential candidate John McCain, who was born in the Panama Canal Zone when it was under U.S. control.“Unlike Cruz, McCain was born in U.S. territory,” said Tribe. “And unlike Cruz, McCain was born to two U.S. citizens, parents who had been deployed to the Panama Canal Zone by the military to serve the country.”But for Jack Balkin, a constitutional law professor at Yale University, Cruz is a “natural born citizen” because under U.S. immigration law in 1970, he automatically became an American because his mother was one. The law grants birthright citizenship to a child born overseas if one parent is a U.S. citizen.“The question is: What was the law in 1970 when Cruz was born?” said Balkin. “The law in 1970 was that if one of your parents was a U.S. citizen and has established residency before your birth, you become automatically a U.S. citizen by birth.”Tribe and Balkin did agree that cogent arguments could be made both in favor of and against Cruz’s eligibility by using different interpretations of the Constitution and existing laws.Countering Tribe was Jack Balkin, a constitutional law professor from Yale, who said Cruz is a “natural born citizen” because under U.S. immigration law in 1970, he automatically became an American because his mother was one. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerTribe said he’d be open to interpretations allowing a flexible reading of the “natural born citizen” clause. A self-described liberal, Tribe represented Democratic candidate Al Gore in Bush v. Gore during the dispute over the 2000 presidential election.“As an unapologetic living constitutionalist,” said Tribe, “I’m someone who believes that constitutional terms of art, like ‘natural born citizen,’ can be flexible enough to accommodate changing national values, experiences, and practices. So I’m at least open to the view that Cruz should be deemed eligible under an expanded understanding of the ‘natural born citizen’ clause.”For Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas who was campaigning in nearby New Hampshire Friday in advance of Tuesday’s primary election there, his citizenship is settled law. But after Cruz’s surging victory in Iowa, his Republican rival Donald Trump, who came in second, renewed his attacks over the issue. Trump has joked that Cruz should run for office in Canada. Cruz renounced his latent Canadian citizenship when he ran for office in the United States.Tribe and Balkin did agree that the matter is not settled.“The question is anything but open-and-shut,” said Tribe. “In no possible sense has this issue been settled, either by the Supreme Court or political process or by popular consensus.”Sponsored by the Harvard Federalist Society, the debate drew an audience that filled the room despite the snowstorm. Among those on hand was law student Chris Danello, who summed up the issue afterward.“It exposed the divide not just on the right and the left,” he said, “but also among the many ways to interpret the Constitution.”Is Ted Cruz Eligible to Be President? <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irAj-ajgJL8″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/irAj-ajgJL8/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> In a debate hosted by the Harvard Federalist Society on Feb. 5, Professor Laurence Tribe argued that, under Sen. Ted Cruz’s own view of the Constitution, he is not eligible to serve as president. Professor Jack Balkin of Yale Law School responded.