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Al-Shabaab bans Internet in areas it controls

first_imgNews RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Somalia News Somalia is ranked 170th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Newscenter_img Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the Islamist militia Al-Shabaab’s announcement yesterday that it is banning the Internet in the areas of Somalia that it controls.“By preventing the public from using the Internet in the areas it controls, Al-Shabaab is launching an unprecedented offensive against freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This Islamist militia’s goals are clear. It wants to eliminate the Internet as an information platform and prevent all communication. Cutting off these areas in this way from the rest of the country and the world and reducing them to silence is intolerable.”“It is also very worrying that Al-Shabaab regards mobile Internet as a tool for violating privacy, when Internet access is seen as a fundamental right in many countries. We urge Al-Shabaab to lift this ban at once.”Reporters Without Borders added: “It is ironic that, to bring the communiqué announcing the ban to the public’s attention, pro-Shabaab websites posted it online.”In its communiqué, Al-Shabaab gave Internet Service Providers 15 days to terminate their service and warned of sanctions for non-compliance. “Any company or individual that is found ignoring the call will be considered to be working with the enemy,” the statement said.Al-Shabaab’s strategy of controlling the population by censoring information is not new, but it has been given more emphasis as a result of the military setbacks it has received in the past two years from the Somali army, supported by African Union troops.Last November, Al-Shabaab deprived the town of Barawe of television. Somalis make considerable use of the Internet, especially on smartphones, but Al-Shabaab regards it as a means for spying. The militia is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Freedom of Information.” News Photo : AFP / MOHAMED DAHIR RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists January 9, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Al-Shabaab bans Internet in areas it controls Help by sharing this information SomaliaAfrica RSF_en January 8, 2021 Find out more February 24, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Correspondent of El-Badil arrested in Gafsa

first_img Ammar Amroussia, the correspondent of El-Badil (Alternative), a banned newspaper that supports the outlawed Communist Party of Tunisian Workers, was arrested in Gafsa (400 km south of the capital) after speaking at a demonstration the previous day. The police used force when they arrested him while he was looking after the shop of Afef Bennaceur, the wife of the Fahem Boukadous (a journalist detained since 15 July). Amroussia was placed in Gafsa prison on charges of violating articles 42, 44 et 49 of the press law, articles 121, 131, 132, 220b, 315 and 316 of the criminal code and article 26 of a 1969 law concerning the “organization of public meetings, processions, exhibitions, demonstrations and gatherings.” He was able to leave the prison on 17 January. Organisation December 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Correspondent of El-Badil arrested in Gafsa Newscenter_img RSF_en Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Jigme Gyatso

first_img to go further Information hero Jigme Gyatso Receive email alerts Asia – Pacific Follow the news on See more Jigme Gyatso, also known as Golog Jigme, is a Buddhist monk and human rights activist who found fame with the film “Leaving Fear Behind” which he made with the farmer and film-maker Dhondup Wangchen. The powerful 25-minute documentary consists of interviews with 108 ordinary Tibetans and had a secret screening in Beijing on the opening day of the Olympic Games in 2008 before being shown throughout the world. Jigme Gyatso was immediately arrested, sentenced to seven months’ imprisonment, then beaten and tortured. He was released in October 2008. However, in 2012 Jigme Gyatso, described by fellow Tibetans as “monk of moral integrity and a sincere social worker”, was seized again by the authorities, who are holding him in secret. His family have had no news of him since September 2012. Asia – Pacific Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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Financial Services for the Everyman

first_img Make a comment Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News center column 4 Financial Services for the Everyman Henderson Financial Solutions offers financial services from tax preparation to financial planning for the “little guys” By FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 | 5:22 pm 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News More Cool Stuff The main thing that separates the rich from the poor is financial acumen.Many big time names started out with just a dollar and hard work, and worked from there. While some of the financially challenged may have had more money to start with, yet still end up with nothing.Which is where Henderson Financial Solutions come in.What started out as a moonlighting gig for David Henderson, President and CEO of Henderson Financial Solutions, doing taxes to “make money faster,” Henderson soon “advanced it to financial services into Henderson Financial Solutions.”Today, Henderson offers services that range from Individual services like doing credit reports, credit repair, income tax preparation, mortgage loans, and financial planning among others; to Small Business services like setup business corporations, tax preparation, bookkeeping, property management, resale license and more.Looking to add more services in time, Henderson says, “I’m trying to be a one-stop shop where you could come and get any financial services through me.”Though the company started as a means to earn, Henderson says that he has “come to find out it’s nice to help people out” as well.Asked what the bulk of his business is about, Henderson tells us it’s tax preparation, though he also does loans and credit computation. But perhaps the most helpful of the services he currently offers is financial planning.“I’m used to do planning and helping clients and with my affiliates. But yeah, they come for me, they call me if they need help and I’ll figure it out, and I’ll get somebody to help them,” says Henderson.Henderson Financial Solutions’ number goal, according to Henderson is “to provide quality service at a good price. It’s the cheapest price but it’s going to be very good.”Henderson Financial Solution, Inc. is located at 260 S. Los Robles, Suite 318.To learn more how Henderson Financial Solutions can help, visit http://deh057.wix.com/hfsolcom-new#! or you can call (626) 744-9450. You can also email [email protected] EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

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Impact of COVID-19 on Renters, Homeowners

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Coronavirus House Financial Services Committee housing market 2020 Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Impact of COVID-19 on Renters, Homeowners Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Subscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Coronavirus House Financial Services Committee housing market 2020 2020-05-26 Mike Albanese Previous: The GSE Capital Rule Proposal’s Effect on Conservatorship Next: DS5: The Mortgage Industry Work-Life Balance May 26, 2020 2,083 Views About Author: Mike Albanese The House Financial Services Committee held a virtual roundtable to discuss the impact COVID-19 has had on the U.S. Housing Market. “The harmful effects of this pandemic on the physical and mental health, financial stability, and overall way of being can be even more devastating when you are unable to pay your rent or mortgage,” said Rep. William Lacy Clay, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance. He added that while Congress has passed trillions of dollars in stimulus packages, including the proposed $3 trillion HEROES Act, there is “much more that needs to be done. “One of the most important things that we can do to respond to this pandemic, is to keep people in their homes,” said Maxine Waters, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee. She added the pandemic could have created a wave of foreclosures and evictions that would have made it harder for the economy to recover. Clay said there are lessons to be learned from the Great Recession, which saw African-American homeownership fall 23%. Clay added that while many are recovering the downturn a decade ago, COVID-19 is “disproportionately” hitting minority households. Rep. Steve Stivers, Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance, said Congress has taken “extraordinary” steps to address the issues and impacts of COVID-19. “Workers who aren’t getting paid because of the health crisis can’t pay their rent or their monthly mortgage, so the CARES Act provided forbearance for mortgage payments and protected renters from evictions,” Stivers said. He noted that there was widespread confusion over forbearance measures and come homeowners said they “lack clarity” from servicers on what they owe. Stivers, however, praised the Federal Housing Finance Agency for not only providing clarity, but also announcing lump sum payments are not required when leaving forbearance. The roundtable included insight from Kristy Fercho, Chairwoman of the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) of President of Mortgage for Flagstar Bank. She said mortgage servicers have played an “integral role  in providing an unprecedented amount of payment relief for customers.” She added since March, MBA members have provided forbearance to more than four million customers and loans in forbearance have grown to more than 8%. Also, the average wait time for a customer has fallen from 13 minutes to 2 minutes. Jenny Schuetz, Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program,, Future of the Middle Class Initiative, said that eviction moratorium put in place by the CARES act, while an attractive short-term solution, is “not a long-term solution.”  She said the moratoriums could lead to rents accumulating more debt they cannot pay off, cause ripple effects as the lack of payments are needed for landlords, and it could discourage people from being landlords moving forward. Also appearing on the roundtable was Diane Yentel, President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition, said: “patchwork” eviction moratoriums approved by Congress offer short-term relief, but there is now a “financial cliff” when rent is owed after the pandemic. She added Congress should enact a universal moratorium on evictions during the duration of the pandemic. She also said Congress should provide the $100 billion in renter insurance, as proposed in the HEROES Act.  Home / Daily Dose / Impact of COVID-19 on Renters, Homeowners Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

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CA Exams : Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Plea Seeking SOP’s/Guidelines For Upcoming CA Examination On Nov 2

first_imgTop StoriesCA Exams : Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Plea Seeking SOP’s/Guidelines For Upcoming CA Examination On Nov 2 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 Oct 2020 1:00 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday has adjourned a petition filed by certain CA aspirants, seeking uniform Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be followed during the upcoming physical examinations to be conducted by ICAI. A Bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar has asked Advocate Bansuri Swaraj to serve the copies to the Central Government and the Institute of Chartered Accountants…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 on Tuesday has adjourned a petition filed by certain CA aspirants, seeking uniform Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to be followed during the upcoming physical examinations to be conducted by ICAI. A Bench led by Justice AM Khanwilkar has asked Advocate Bansuri Swaraj to serve the copies to the Central Government and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI), and has listed the matter for hearing on November 2, 2020. The CA examination is scheduled to be held between November 21, 2020 and December 14, 2020. The Petitioners, represented by Advocates Bansuri Swaraj and Astha Sharma, have submitted despite less than a month left for the commencement of the said Examinations, no steps have been taken so far by the concerned authorities with respect to health safety guidelines of the candidates and other stakeholders. “At present, no safety guidelines have been issued by ICAI that determine the manner in which ICAI would be conducting the exams in the month of November, 2020 which would ensure the safety of the candidates amidst the ongoing pandemic and inter alia effectively control overcrowding of candidates at the exam centers,” the Petitioners ventilated. They have alleged that the ICAI proposes to conduct the examination in absolute violation of the Central Government guidelines which prescribes a cap of 100 persons in academic congregations. They have pointed out that this time, the number of candidates appearing for the CA examination will be significantly higher as the May 2020 round of exam was cancelled and the same has now been merged with the exams due in November. Thus, it is urged that any infraction in the safety and security standards would invariably lead to material infringement of Fundamental Rights of the petitioner-candidates. “Because the instant examination is an important professional qualification/ milestone for the Petitioner Candidates herein, any discrepancy in its proper conduct would prejudice the performance of the candidate which shall in turn materially infringe the Petitioners’ Fundamental Right to practice any profession, or to carry on any occupation, trade or business as guaranteed under Article 19 (1) (g) of the Constitution of India,” they submitted. They have suggested: 1. Examination authorities must establish isolation rooms in the premises of each exam centre for isolating anyone who may have the symptoms. 2. A symptomatic candidate should be referred to the nearest health centre. Thereafter, the examination authorities are required to give a reasonable opportunity to such candidate to take the exam through other means or at a later date. Other issues: Correction window does not provide an option to the candidates to change their exam centre within the same city on account of any impediment, caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, that may prevent them from approaching the exam centre already assigned to them.ICAI has failed to make any announcement that would ensure that arrangements have been made in order to accommodate a significant number of additional exam centres in big densely populated cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata etc.Additional exam centres are required in all districts to mitigate risks and travel for candidates residing in other areas.Appropriate directions may be issued to treat the e-Admit Cards, as E-passes for free movement of such candidates in containment/ red zones during examinations or alternative arrangements such as revised dates for the candidates from containment zones may be declared.Specific and reasonable arrangements to be made to accommodate candidates appearing during the state elections like Bihar & Madhya Pradesh, as the exam date and poll dates are coinciding.If not for everyone, then at least for the candidates, who are either residents of Containment Zone, tested positive after attempting one or two exams or unable to travel because of the restrictions in the said area of residence, the ICAI ought to come up with alternate solutions, including but not limited to Online Examinations for such students, upon submission of proof to the effect.Reasonable plan of action to curb sudden surge in infection cases.Free and or/reasonable accommodation and transport for candidates.November, 2020 attempt is the last attempt under the old syllabus for candidates appearing for CA IPCC exams. Thus, in the event any candidate is refrained from taking the CA IPCC exams under the old syllabus on account of Covid-19 restrictions, ICAI ought to explore alternate methods to extend the validity of the old syllabus of CA IPCC on humanitarian grounds.Reduction in syllabus as classes for the candidates are not taking place like they would in ordinary course, the study material was not timely released in favour of the eligible candidates owing to the restrictions imposed in the countryIncrease in the length of the allotted time for each Paper, so that the additional measures adopted by the candidates for their safety and for the safety of those around them, do not become a cause of hindrance. Next Storylast_img read more

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Texas teenager dies after he’s mauled by three dogs

first_imgMattGush/iStock(IRVING, Texas) — A 16-year-old has died from injuries sustained when he was attacked by three dogs in the early hours of Saturday morning in Irving, Texas.Police were responding to a call regarding a “suspicious circumstance” around 4:45 a.m. when officers discovered the teenage boy being mauled in the backyard of a residence. In an attempt to save the boy, the officers then jumped the fence and attempted to get in between the boy and the dogs, according to a police statement.The three dogs then turned their sights on the officers. One officer was bitten before they started firing their weapons at the animals.One of the dogs was shot and later had to be euthanized due to the severity of its injuries, and the other two were captured and taken to the Irving Animal Shelter, police said.The 16-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, was rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.The Irving Police Department said in a statement that the dogs were secure in their own backyard and the boy who was mauled did not live there.The officer who was bitten was treated and released.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Texans grant J.J. Watt’s request to be released

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN ImagesBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News(HOUSTON) — J.J. Watt’s request to be released from the Houston Texans has been granted, the team and defensive end announced on Friday.In a video posted to Twitter, Watt said he “sat down with the McNair family and I have asked them for my release and we have mutually agreed to part ways at this time.” February 12, 2021 /Sports News – National Texans grant J.J. Watt’s request to be released Written by Houston, I wanted you to hear this directly from me… pic.twitter.com/YqT3P6Lb6l— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) February 12, 2021His departure comes 10 years after he was drafted by the Texans in 2011. During that time, Watt won three NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards (2012, 2014 and 2015) and became Houston’s all-time sacks leader.“Change is never easy, especially when it involves the ones you love,” Texans Chair and CEO Cal McNair said in a statement. “J.J.’s impact on not only our organization, but the entire Houston community, is unlike any player in our franchise’s history.”“I told J.J. earlier this week that we will forever consider him a Texan. We take solace in knowing that this is not a goodbye but a ‘see you soon.’ For now, we will build upon the foundation that J.J. created here and forge ahead with our unwavering mission to bring a championship to our city, create memorable experiences for our fans and do great things for Houston,” the CEO continued.In his video message, Watt said he’s “excited and looking forward to a new opportunity, and I’ve been working extremely hard. But at the same time, it is always tough to move on.”“And I just want you guys to know that I love you. I appreciate you. I appreciate the McNair family for drafting me and giving me my first opportunity in the NFL. Thank you, Houston. I love you,” the 31-year-old concluded. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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More powerful than heroin

first_imgDear Editor:Those with loved ones who are using opiates or heroin have a new risk. Drug dealers across the United States have begun to mix drugs with an extremely powerful and dangerous drug known as Fentanyl.  The drug Fentanyl can be from 50 to 100 times more powerful than heroin, making the risk of a fatal overdose much higher. Drug dealers have been using this drug to increase the potency of their heroin at a lower cost. Now more than ever it is essential to get those you know who are addicted into treatment. Having a relationship with a person who has an addiction to opiates is often stressful. Although you just want to help the addicted person, they many times fight against you as if you were the enemy.Addicts can be very difficult to get into treatment and it is important to ask for help when you need it. There are professionals who can help you handle your loved one before it is too late.Do not be surprised if your loved accuses you of contributing to their addiction. Hear them out and take their words into consideration but at the end of the day realize getting them sober and continuing to live is the most important thing.Fentanyl has made the risks of being a heroin addict even higher than it already was. Get yourself educated. If one of your loved one is struggling with addiction, get them into treatment. Don’t wait until it is too late.There are many different approaches to the challenge of how to help addicts. For free information, visit  http://www.narcononnewliferetreat.org/blog/fentanyl-laced-heroin-worsening-overdose-crisis.html or call 1 800-431-1754 to get help for your loved ones.Ray Clausonlast_img read more

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Gale Leaves Major Erosion of Ocean City Beaches

first_img The beach shows about another foot or two of the same wooden groin just three weeks later on Oct. 4, 2015. A handheld GPS showed a journey of 281 yards from the bulkhead to the water’s edge at 58th Street a little more than a week ago. The same trip on Sunday at low tide measured just 211 yards.Because tides and waves are so fluid, it’s hard to make comparisons from day to day. And beaches eroded by storms often regenerate — with sand that had been pulled into the surf zone pushed back onto the beaches over time. But when the storm subsides, it seems almost certain that Ocean City’s beaches will be much lesser.The Army Corps of Engineers had just completed the Ocean City portion (between 37th and 59th streets) of a $57 million project to rebuild beaches and dunes on Tuesday (Sept. 29) during a brief lull in the northeast gale. Less than a week later, much of the sand is gone.The beach at 57th Street on Sunday, Oct. 4.But the rebuilt beaches achieved their purpose: to protect property at a place where the ocean met the bay during Superstorm Sandy. At low tide on Sunday morning, the beaches still appeared high and wide (211 yards at 58th Street), and the ocean waves had not diminished the new dune line that runs the length of the project area.The powerful winds, however, seemed to be scouring sand from the top of the dunes, which have not yet been planted with dune grass.At the northern end of the island — where a beach replenishment project is scheduled to begin later this month between Seaspray Road and 15th street — the waves are carving into protective dunes at several different beaches. News sections of jetty, outfall pipes and wooden groins are exposed on the eroded beaches.The widest and healthiest beaches between 20th and 50th streets appear to be weathering the gale well. A wooden groin on the beach at 11th Street is slightly exposed during the Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show on Sept. 13, 2015.center_img A northeast gale continues to blow, but a tour on Sunday morning at low tide reveals the substantial erosion that already has occurred across the length of Ocean City’s beaches. The relentless northeast swell continues to carve into the dunes between Fourth and Sixth streets in Ocean City, NJ.See slide show above for images from different parts of the island.Ocean City has been wedged between two weather systems spinning in opposite directions, and the resulting powerful northeast winds have lasted for about two weeks and intensified over the past four days.The gale has generated stormy surf that has pushed water into the back bays and caused street flooding and the highest tides of the past two years. (Read more: Northeast Gale Continues to Flood Ocean City)But the greatest impact on Ocean City has been on the beaches and dunes, which have lost a lot of sand to the pounding surf.With the waves and tides still high, it’s hard to tell exactly what the impact of the storm will be. But one measure might be an old wooden groin that was slightly exposed just three weeks ago. On Sunday morning, it appeared that the beach had lost more than a foot of elevation — with that much more of the groin showing.last_img read more