Reporters Without Borders launches petition for release of imprisoned journalists

first_img January 13, 2021 Find out more News Reports October 27, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? EritreaAfrica Receive email alerts RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision Follow the news on Eritreacenter_img News Organisation EritreaAfrica Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case May 24, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders launches petition for release of imprisoned journalists Today, the 19th anniversary of Eritrea’s independence, Reporters Without Borders issues a reminder that around 30 journalists are imprisoned in this Horn of Africa country and launches a new appeal for their release. “No one can celebrate Eritrea’s liberation without thinking of the dozens of journalists who are in prison there,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They are the victims of the insane policies of a president who, by grabbing power and suspending freedoms, has for years been thwarting all the wonderful hopes his people had when they gave birth to an independent Eritrea in 1991.”The press freedom organisation added: “It is intolerable that journalists are being held incommunicado, without a trial, and in inhuman conditions that have already cost several of them their lives, just because they did their job. We appeal to the international community to put pressure on the Eritrean authorities and we urge them to free the prisoners without delay.”Sign the petition .Reporters Without Borders issued a list of 40 “Predators of Press Freedom” on 3 May. They include Eritrean President Issaias Afeworki, who is directly responsible for the crackdown on journalists and the elimination of privately-owned media since 2001. More information .The latest news and information about journalists in Eritrea. More information about press freedom in Eritrea. A previous petition, launched after the September 2001 crackdown, was signed by 4,204 people. April 14, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go furtherlast_img read more

Risk Redefined: CoreLogic Catastrophe Report Emphasizes Need to Address Increasing Frequency of Hazard Events…

first_img IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 27, 2021– CoreLogic ® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, today released its annual Catastrophe Report highlighting the value of modern insurance and mortgage solutions in addressing the increase in climate change-induced hazard events and impact on the real estate economy. Most homes in the U.S. have some risk, often unbeknownst to the homeowner. With an increasing intensity of catastrophic events worldwide and the resulting risks they pose to the economy, CoreLogic analyzes how these industries can leverage new technologies to increase efficiency, reduce risk and ensure protection of American homeownership and commercial assets. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005261/en/ Figure 1. Redefining Risk: CoreLogic Combined Peril Score (Graphic: Business Wire) “CoreLogic data shows that nearly every property in the U.S. has exposure to peril risk. The unexpected nature of these occurrences should encourage businesses to better prepare for potential risks,” said Frank Nothaft, chief economist at CoreLogic. “The trickle-down effect of a catastrophic event, as seen most recently by the pandemic, can result in a shaky economy with high levels of unemployment and mortgage delinquency.” Redefining Risk: CoreLogic Combined Peril Risk Scores Show Most U.S. Properties Have Risk Using its advanced risk modeling technology, CoreLogic combined the severity and frequency of damage caused by natural perils into a single composite risk score that represents the sum of the average annual loss for seven individual hazards (earthquake, wildfire, inland flood, severe convective storm, winter storm, hurricane and tropical storm coastal surge and wind) for approximately 105 million residential structures across the U.S. As seen in Figure 1, a majority of properties in the U.S. are exposed to risk, however, not all geography is created equally. The highest risk homes are in California, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, along the Mississippi River, and large Gulf and Atlantic coastal stretches. The report outlines how this risk score can help various industries understand the relative risk for any structure across the U.S. “By leveraging granular data for the increasing frequency and severity of catastrophes, we are able to see that 35 million homes, which is almost a third of the U.S. housing stock, are exposed to high risk from natural hazards,” said Howard Botts, chief scientist at CoreLogic. “How insurers and lenders understand that risk through new technologies can allow them to better protect homeowners and lead to faster recovery times.” What Happened in 2020 2020 was a year full of ‘a thousand paper cuts’ for natural hazards, with over ten weather events surpassing $1 billion in economic losses mixed with consistent smaller events that contributed to loss 1. Front-line workers, critical infrastructure and first responders were put to the test by hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes and wildfires as the world was simultaneously urged to stay home and prevent the spread of the coronavirus. By leveraging the composite risk score and taking a look back at previous years’ events, insurers and lenders can better assess the risk of a location, anticipate severity and understand what happens post-event. New Tools for Protecting Homeownership An increasingly volatile catastrophe risk environment is causing profit margins to shrink and prompting deep losses in areas where intense, large-spread catastrophes like wildfire, hurricanes and unemployment are concentrated. The computational power brought from cloud-computing has allowed probabilistic risk models to help insurers, mortgage and financial professionals to anticipate the severity of a potential disaster. Tech-savvy insurers and mortgage lenders are leveraging catastrophe risk science, weather verification tools and digital workflows to better understand peril risk and damages down to a parcel level. This allows them to create new homeowner products and services that better protect and secure their customers’ homes and strengthen the financial security of their businesses. If the CoreLogic lookback at 2020’s peril and economic catastrophe events tells us anything, it’s that major players in the property ecosystem need to lean harder on technology and risk science to protect their customers and businesses when the next disaster inevitably strikes again. With access to catastrophe modeling and property data, insurance businesses have an important opportunity to change the way they protect homeownership and property, offering new insurance options and transformational experiences that better suit today’s reality of risk and policyholder expectations. To download the full 2020 Catastrophe Report, visit this link. Source: CoreLogic The data provided are for use only by the primary recipient or the primary recipient’s publication or broadcast. This data may not be resold, republished or licensed to any other source, including publications and sources owned by the primary recipient’s parent company without prior written permission from CoreLogic. Any CoreLogic data used for publication or broadcast, in whole or in part, must be sourced as coming from CoreLogic, a data and analytics company. For use with broadcast or web content, the citation must directly accompany first reference of the data. If the data is illustrated with maps, charts, graphs or other visual elements, the CoreLogic logo must be included on screen or website. For questions, analysis or interpretation of the data, contact [email protected] Data provided may not be modified without the prior written permission of CoreLogic. Do not use the data in any unlawful manner. This data is compiled from public records, contributory databases and proprietary analytics, and its accuracy is dependent upon these sources. About CoreLogic CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX), the leading provider of property insights and solutions, promotes a healthy housing market and thriving communities. Through its enhanced property data solutions, services and technologies, CoreLogic enables real estate professionals, financial institutions, insurance carriers, government agencies and other housing market participants to help millions of people find, buy and protect their homes. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com. CORELOGIC and the CoreLogic logo are trademarks of CoreLogic, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. 1https://www.noaa.gov/news/us-hit-by-16-billion-dollar-disasters-year-so-far View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005261/en/ CONTACT: Valerie Sheets Corporate Communications [email protected] Caitlin New INK Communications for CoreLogic [email protected] 512-906-9103 KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SCIENCE OTHER SCIENCE CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY INSURANCE ENVIRONMENT BANKING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES RESIDENTIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE SOURCE: CoreLogic Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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BBC Panorama to put no-fault evictions under spotlight tonight

first_imgHome » News » BBC Panorama to put no-fault evictions under spotlight tonight previous nextRegulation & LawBBC Panorama to put no-fault evictions under spotlight tonightProgramme will look at why there has been such a big increase in the use of Section 21 notices over the past decade.Nigel Lewis20th February 201802,982 Views The darker side of the rental sector is to come under the spotlight this week when the BBC’s Panorama programme looks at Section 21 no-fault evictions.This is to include comments from Landlord Action’s Paul Shamplina that the increase in their use is in part down to the government’s recent tax changes, and that banning Section 21 evictions would only compound the current housing shortage, not help alleviate it.Due to be broadcast today at 8.30pm the programme is to look at whether tenants should be better protected from this type of eviction process, and why so many landlords employ it.No fault evictionsThe issue has been high on the political agenda for some time – no-fault evictions were effectively banned in Scotland on December 1st last year, and the Labour party has said it will introduce similar, more secure tenancies in England and Wales if it gains power at the next election.The most recent research into no-fault evictions by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation shows that the number of tenants evicted each year was 10,000 more in 2015 than in 2003, and that this increase is “almost entirely” down to the more frequent use of Section 21 notices.Called ‘Evicted for No Reason’ the programme, fronted by BBC reporter Richard Bilton, features an interview with Paul Shamplina (pictured, left).“When asked to appear on Panorama, I felt a necessity to present the landlords’ side on why so many use no-fault Section 21,” says Paul.“The term ‘no fault’ is really a bit of a red herring. There is always a reason why a landlord ends a tenancy, but it’s a far cry from the headlines showing that landlords use it just to throw tenants out.“If a landlord has a good tenant, the last thing they want to do is get rid of them. However, in our experience, the main reasons for serving Section 21 notices are for rent arrears, tenants requesting to be evicted so they can be re-housed or, most recently, because landlords wish to sell their property owing to impending tax liabilities.”Panorama Paul Shamplina BBC Richard Billington February 20, 2018Nigel 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 2021last_img read more

Emergency savings – here’s what you really need

first_img 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Jennifer WatersHere’s the truth about savings in America: We all talk a lot about how much we should be saving and spending, but the majority of us don’t save enough to pay for a surprise expense that must be covered immediately.More than 60% of Americans don’t have enough money stashed away to pay for unforeseen expenses such as a $1,000 stint in the emergency room or a $500 fender-bender, according to a Bankrate.com study earlier this year.The same survey found that 82% of us keep household budgets — mostly with pen and paper or in our heads — but we look to outside help to pull us out of a financial crisis.It’s a good thing most Americans have a household budget, but what’s up with the savings dearth? “Too few have the ability to cover expenses outside their budget without going into debt or turning to family and friends for help,” says Claes Bell, Bankrate’s banking analyst. continue reading »last_img read more

Conference: Can Croatian Tourism 365?

first_imgConference Can Croatian Tourism 365? will be held on October 4.10.2017, XNUMX. in Zagreb, at the Sheraton Hotel. Leaders of Croatian tourism and numerous domestic and foreign experts will identify potentials, opportunities, positive practices and solutions for the development of year-round tourism in CroatiaPoliticians, tourism workers and everyone involved in tourism have been saying for years that the tourist season needs to be extended. Experiences and tourism results of neighboring countries show that tourism 365 days a year is something we should strive for. But is this really possible in Croatia as well, or are these dreams we want to believe in?Conference Croatian Tourism 365 brings eminent tourism experts from the wider region and representatives of the most important tourism institutions in Croatia in order to clearly define the path to launching Croatian tourism that lasts 365 days a year. They will try to establish the potentials and misconceptions about year-round tourism in Croatia and answer the question of whether we are ready for 12-month tourism. The conference will also give suggestions on how to be different and extend the season, and what the state really needs to do, what the local self-government, and what the tourism private sector should do in order to achieve that. Experts from Croatia, Slovenia, Austria and Hungary will share their successful experiences, as well as their suggestions and guidelines for the further development of Croatian tourism. The conference will offer new knowledge and ideas to small and medium-sized entities and motivation for large tourism entities.”The aim of this conference is primarily to identify potentials, opportunities, positive practices and solutions for the development of year-round tourism in Croatia, which will certainly help the experiences and practices of neighboring countries. With this conference we want to present solutions and activities to ensure the required quality and innovation that we need to achieve tourism that lasts all year round. Today’s tourists are again travelers looking for new authentic experiences, not mass tourists looking for a unified offer in any part of the world, and Croatia can certainly offer that, all 12 months of the year.”Said Ivana Kolar, director of Julius Rose and conference organizer, long-time director of Terme Tuhelj.The conference is intended for: directors and presidents of large tourism companies, entrepreneurs and craftsmen involved in the tourism process and income, representatives of tourism and business institutions, representatives of tourist boards, professional and other associations, and all persons and entities that are or could be, involved in Croatian tourism, and who want to have direct impact on the development of year-round tourism in Croatia.On the page www.turizam365.com all information about the conference and registration can be found, and there is also the possibility of active participation in the conference. You can also see the invitation to include your suggestions and ideas and information on planned and implemented projects to improve year-round tourism in Croatia. The most interesting proposals will be presented at the conference itself.HrTurizaam.hr is a proud partner and media sponsor of the conference: Can Croatian Tourism 365?last_img read more

Ernst signs onto resolution condemning Democrats for handling of impeachment process

first_imgWASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Joni Ernst says she has signed on to a resolution from a fellow Republican which condemns Democrats for failing to follow the proper process in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump.“Because what we’re seeing in the House is the fact that Democrats have been so heck bent on making sure they impeach this president that they are just randomly acting through this inquiry process. It’s not open, it’s not transparent, we don’t have access to the information,” Ernst says.Ernst told reporters during her weekly conference call that the Democrats in the House are not following through on anything. “We have got to get our work done. The House needs to focus on getting things done like the USMCA. And impeachment — if they are going to go down that road — they need to make sure that they are following standards that have been set, practices that have been set in the past. And the president is not receiving that same courtesy right now,” Ernst says.Ernst was asked if she defends the president’s actions. “I can’t go down that path right now — because again — I haven’t seen all of the information. And bottom line, we don’t even know what the articles of impeachment are. (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi has not indicated what they are trying to do other than go after the president,” Ernst says. “So gain, it’s more of a political show over there than actually getting toward an objective.”Ernst says she doesn’t have any information to make any kind of a decision on whether the president’s dealings with the Ukraine were an impeachable offense. “As I read through the transcript of the call, of course I didn’t see an impeachable offense there. We will need to hear from additional witnesses and I’m sure that the House will bring those witnesses forward. They will have to. I mean they will have to when they bring it over to the Senate for a trial,” Ernst says. “So again, I want to make sure that I am evaluating all the information as presented by the House prosecutors — that is under the assumption that they are going to send articles of impeachment over.”Ernst says she will sit as a judge in the Senate if the inquiry moves forward and will make a decision based on the information.last_img read more

Mallard’s Source for Sports Team of the Week — Team WH2O

first_imgA quartet of Whitewater Skiers will be in Vernon later this month to compete at the 2012 B.C. Winter Games.The foursome made the grade during a qualifying race earlier this season and is now off to represent the Kootenay Zone at the provincial competition.Staff at Mallard’s Source for Sports wants to add to the celebration with Team of the Week accolades. The Whitewater skiers include, from left, Jessie Thruston, Liam Jones, Haley Mitchell, Savannah Leishman.The B.C. Winter Games are being held Feburary 23-26 in Vernon.last_img

West Ham boss furious with Nolan

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce was angry with Kevin Nolan after he was needlessly sent off in the defeat at Fulham.The Hammers captain was shown a straight red card just before half-time after he appeared to kick out at Fernando Amorebieta in a clash off the ball.Allardyce says Nolan was entirely to blame for the 2-1 loss to their relegation rivals, and admits he is concerned about the 31-year-old’s mentality after his second dismissal in four matches.“I’m going to have to find out what’s wrong with him because there’s something wrong with his mentality at the minute,” Allardyce said.“He’s probably responsible for us losing the game – his sending-off cost us massively.“I don’t understand it. The indiscretion of what he’s done is straight after what he did at Liverpool.“At his age and with his experience, and in the many years I’ve known him, I haven’t seen this type of reaction and this type of situation that he’s put himself into.“I don’t understand why he’s lost his cool and why it’s happened. I know the centre-half obstructed him and jumped in front of him but it’s not an excuse for what Kevin did.”Allardyce added: “You can expect it from a youngster trying to find his way in the game, occasionally, but not Kevin.“I don’t know what I will do about the captaincy yet – I’m disappointed enough with what he’s done.“Time will tell and we will deal with the situation internally as we always do.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Chief Dan Georges powerful Indigenous rights speech 50 years later

first_img(Chief Dan George. Photo: North Vancouver Museum and Archives.)The Canadian Press VANCOUVER – Leonard George remembers the first time he heard his father, Chief Dan George, deliver his moving and prophetic speech on Indigenous rights, “A Lament for Confederation.”It was 1967 and the acclaimed actor and former Tsleil-Waututh chief was set to speak at Canada’s centennial celebration in Vancouver. His wife had urged him to write something about what the day means to First Nations, says Leonard.When his soliloquy was ready, he stood in the family’s living room and read it aloud.“We all applauded because it was so beautiful and so powerful,” says Leonard, 70.They weren’t sure, however, that the crowd of 32,000 at Empire Stadium would do the same. The speech forcefully critiques colonization and calls on Indigenous people to “grab the white man’s instruments of success” to rise again.“Dad and the whole family were very nervous,” says Leonard. “To stand up and tell the truth in such a profound way, he had no idea how the public would take that.”George rehearsed every night for two weeks, along with his adult children, who were set to join him on stage. When the day finally came, Leonard could not have predicted how the audience would react.After his father finished speaking, there were a few seconds of stunned silence. Then the audience rose to their feet and filled the stadium with about 10 minutes of deafening applause.“He began to cry because he was so touched,” Leonard recalls. “We were crying as well, and we held on to each other.”The speech came at a time when George was a powerful figure in an emerging Aboriginal rights movement. He helped bring shameful parts of Canada’s history out of the shadows and inspired young Indigenous leaders, says one researcher.“I think he spoke both to their oppression and their rights and to their resiliency and their future,” said Hugh Shewell, a professor with expertise in Indigenous-state relations at Carleton University in Ottawa.As Canada celebrates its 150th birthday, George’s family and friends are urging Canadians to reflect on his words. They say while the government’s treatment of Aboriginal Peoples has not changed much, First Nations themselves have risen up in many of the ways he predicted.The speech begins on a mournful note: “Today, when you celebrate your hundred years, oh Canada, I am sad for all the Indian people throughout the land.”Dan George recalls Canada “when your forests were mine,” when they gave him meat and clothing and when fish flashed in abundant rivers and streams. But in the long hundred years since the white man came, he says he has seen his freedom disappear.“When I fought to protect my land and my home, I was called a savage. When I neither understood nor welcomed this way of life, I was called lazy. When I tried to rule my people, I was stripped of my authority,” he says.The speech ends with a call to rise again, like “the thunderbird of old” and to seize the white man’s education and skills. It predicts young braves and chiefs will sit in the houses of government and law.“So shall the next hundred years be the greatest in the proud history of our tribes and nations,” it concludes.George’s address was so revolutionary, his daughter Amy George recalls, she feared he would be killed for delivering it. She was in her 20s and the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy was fresh in her mind.“Some people did get very angry, too. When we were walking off the field at the stadium, some people were saying ‘You’re nuts!’ and they were throwing bottles and empty cups at us,” she says.There hasn’t been much improvement in how Canada treats First Nations since George’s speech, says his grandson Rueben George. He points to disproportionately high numbers of Indigenous kids in government care and inadequate funding for housing, education and clean water on reserves.But just as his grandfather envisioned, Indigenous people are sitting in the House of Commons and the courts, and have a say in resource projects on their lands, says Rueben.“We took back what is ours. That’s our identity, our culture, our spirituality … our law,” he says.Later in 1967, singer-songwriter Ann Mortifee performed with George in a groundbreaking play, “The Ecstasy of Rita Joe,” about a young Aboriginal woman. Mortifee, who was 20, says George opened her eyes to the brutality of colonialism.“I feel profoundly privileged to have lived through that moment in history,” she says. “He was like a portal into a richer world for me and he changed my life.”The text of Chief Dan George’s speech “A Lament for Confederation:”How long have I known you, Oh Canada? A hundred years? Yes, a hundred years. And many, many seelanum more. And today, when you celebrate your hundred years, Oh Canada, I am sad for all the Indian people throughout the land.For I have known you when your forests were mine; when they gave me my meat and my clothing. I have known you in your streams and rivers where your fish flashed and danced in the sun, where the waters said ‘come, come and eat of my abundance.’ I have known you in the freedom of the winds. And my spirit, like the winds, once roamed your good lands.But in the long hundred years since the white man came, I have seen my freedom disappear like the salmon going mysteriously out to sea. The white man’s strange customs, which I could not understand, pressed down upon me until I could no longer breathe.When I fought to protect my land and my home, I was called a savage. When I neither understood nor welcomed his way of life, I was called lazy. When I tried to rule my people, I was stripped of my authority.My nation was ignored in your history textbooks – they were little more important in the history of Canada than the buffalo that ranged the plains. I was ridiculed in your plays and motion pictures, and when I drank your fire-water, I got drunk – very, very drunk. And I forgot.Oh Canada, how can I celebrate with you this centenary, this hundred years? Shall I thank you for the reserves that are left to me of my beautiful forests? For the canned fish of my rivers? For the loss of my pride and authority, even among my own people? For the lack of my will to fight back? No! I must forget what’s past and gone.Oh God in heaven! Give me back the courage of the olden chiefs. Let me wrestle with my surroundings. Let me again, as in the days of old, dominate my environment. Let me humbly accept this new culture and through it rise up and go on.Oh God! Like the thunderbird of old I shall rise again out of the sea; I shall grab the instruments of the white man’s success – his education, his skills, and with these new tools I shall build my race into the proudest segment of your society. Before I follow the great chiefs who have gone before us, Oh Canada, I shall see these things come to pass.I shall see our young braves and our chiefs sitting in the houses of law and government, ruling and being ruled by the knowledge and freedoms of our great land. So shall we shatter the barriers of our isolation. So shall the next hundred years be the greatest in the proud history of our tribes and nations.last_img read more