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Another journalist disappears in Yahya Jammeh’s country

first_img News January 27, 2020 Find out more August 6, 2020 Find out more to go further RSF_en News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia July 9, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist disappears in Yahya Jammeh’s country A member of his family said he was bundled into a car on 17 July and was driven away to an unknown location.After his second abduction, the family knew nothing of his whereabouts until 22 July, when persons identified by relatives as members of the National IntelligenceAgency (NIA) arrived with him at his home, searched the house, and then left with him again. Follow the news on Gambia GambiaAfrica News Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about Radio Teranga FM manager Alagie Sisay’s disappearance since the evening of 2 July, when two suspected members of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) abducted him outside the radio station.His abduction came a day after the NIA questioned all of the staff of the independent newspaper The Voice for two hours at the agency’s Banjul headquarters.Sisay had just finished the meal ending the daily Ramadan fast when a friend told him that two men outside the radio station were asking to see him. Sisay went outside to speak to them and neither his family nor his colleagues have seen him since then.An eye-witness said the two men bundled him into their 4WD vehicle and drove away. His brother said Sisay managed to call him on his mobile phone and had time to say he had been taken by NIA officers before the call was disconnected. His family and colleagues reported his disappearance to police and intelligence officials, who claimed to know nothing of his whereabouts.“We are extremely worried about Alagie Sisay’s disappearance,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “Journalists disappearing after being kidnapped is nothing new in Gambia. The disappearance nine years ago of Chief Ebrima Manneh is still unsolved.“Every day that passes increases our concern about Sisay’s fate. We join the Gambia Press Union in urging the authorities to do everything possible to locate this journalist as quickly as possible.”Radio Teranga FM has long been in the government’s sights. Several members of its staff have been questioned by the NIA in the past. Launched in 2009, it has been shut down three times in recent years by the government. When it last reopened in 2014 (after being closed for 16 months) it was banned from broadcasting press reviews.The Voice staff members who were interrogated by the NIA on 1 July were editor Musa S. Sheriff and reporters Sulayman Ceesay, Bakary Ceesay, Mafugi Ceesay and Amadou Bah.Sheriff was questioned about the way the newspaper operates, its funding and its contacts abroad. They were all also questioned about their families, friends and place of residence, and their photos were taken. The NIA said it was gathering this information in order to be able to guarantee their safety, because “so much is being talked about the paper and its reporters.” Ceesay was detained for an hour by the NIA a month ago for covering a political rally by President Yahya Jammeh. In 2014, Sheriff was the target of an 11-month-long prosecution on a charge of publishing false news that was eventually dismissed.Ranked 151st out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Gambia has been ruled since 1994 by President Jammeh, who is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.”The government deals ruthlessly with troublesome journalists such as Agence France-Presse correspondent Deyda Hydara, who was shot dead in his car in 2004, or Chief Ebrima Manneh, who has been missing since the NIA arrested him in 2006. The few privately-owned media outlets censor themselves and live in fear of arbitrary prosecutions.center_img “This second abduction is very worrying, not only as regards Alagie Ceesay’s safety but also for all Gambian journalists, who could be the victims of similar arbitrary abuses carried out with complete impunity,” Reporters Without Borders said.“We call on the government to launch a serious and thorough investigation with the aim of locating Ceesay, obtaining his release, and punishing the perpetrators and instigators of his abduction.” Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder News Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom ******************************************* Reporters Without Borders calls on the Gambian government to locate Radio Teranga FM manager Alagie Ceesay, who was released on 13 July, 11 days after his abduction on 2 July, but was kidnapped again four days later. Receive email alerts Organisation Help by sharing this information GambiaAfrica July 23, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Zero Motorcycles and EagleRider Form First National Network of Electric Motorcycle Rentals

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Twitter Facebook TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest Previous articleStars scrap 2nd game in row with Predators in frigid DallasNext articleLBMC Announces Healthcare Data Analytics Practice Leader Digital AIM Web Support Zero Motorcycles and EagleRider Form First National Network of Electric Motorcycle Rentalslast_img read more

HUD: Housing Improves; Still Needs Further Recovery

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Colin Robins is the online editor for He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released its April 2014 Housing Scorecard, noting that home prices remained stable, foreclosure completions continued to their lowest levels since mid-2007, existing home sales stabilized, new home sales slowed, and the administration’s foreclosure mitigation efforts continued to provide relief for troubled homeowners.The agency found that as of February 2014, the FHFA purchase-only house price index rose 6.9 percent year-over-year, and ticked up .6 percent from January, seasonally-adjusted. The seasonally adjusted purchase-only index for the U.S. found that home values are on par with prices from mid-2005.Foreclosure completions totaled approximately 29,000 in March, down 5 percent from February and down 34 percent from March 2013. The drop in foreclosures represented the lowest level seen since July 2007. Newly initiated foreclosures were roughly 55,700, up 7 percent from February.Regardless, foreclosure starts were still down 24 percent from last year.HUD found that existing-home sales stabilized in March, remaining virtually unchanged. Existing-home sales were below year-ago levels for the fifth consecutive month. The report from HUD cites a National Association of Realtors report that attributed the stagnation in sales to low inventory, fewer distressed properties, strict banking lending standards, less favorable affordability, and the unusually harsh winter.New home sales also experienced a slump, dropping 14.5 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000 in March—an eight month low. “New home sales were down 13.3 percent from a year earlier, the first annual decline since the third quarter of 2011,” HUD found.The government’s loss mitigation programs provided a bright spot in HUD’s report. The government agency found that 2 million homeowner assistance actions have taken place through the Making Home Affordable Program, which included nearly 1.4 million permanent modifications through the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP).HUD found that the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) has offered nearly 2.3 million loss mitigation and early delinquency interventions through March. Additionally, mortgage aid was extended 7.7 million times, outpacing foreclosures. Housing counselors also continued to provide assistance, counseling 10.3 million households since April 1, 2009.In total, more than 8.3 million mortgage modifications and other assistance arrangements were completed between April 2009 and the end of March 2014.HUD tempered its good news with a word of caution:”Encouraging news notwithstanding, there is a need to continue with recovery efforts as home sales have slowed, too many homeowners remain underwater, and mortgage delinquencies rates remain elevated. There is also considerable geographic variation in market conditions not captured in the national statistics, which suggests some markets are improving at different rates than others.” The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / HUD: Housing Improves; Still Needs Further Recovery Tagged with: April Housing Scorecard Existing Home Sales Foreclosures HAMP HUD New Home Sales Previous: Fannie/Freddie Reform Bill Stalls in Senate Next: GSE Quarterly Report Card Positive Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News Subscribe April Housing Scorecard Existing Home Sales Foreclosures HAMP HUD New Home Sales 2014-05-09 Colin Robins Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago May 9, 2014 794 Views HUD: Housing Improves; Still Needs Further Recovery Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Colin Robins Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articleslast_img read more

Pat The Cope Gallagher facing a fight for survival with SF set to top…

first_img Previous articleMan charged following Limavady indecent exposure incidentNext articleBundoran body identified as that of retired Fermanagh farmer News Highland Pat The Cope Gallagher facing a fight for survival with SF set to top Euro poll By News Highland – April 26, 2014 News Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Pinterest A new opinion poll has shown Sinn Féin on course to make a major breakthrough in the European elections, with sitting MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher from Donegal facing a battle to save his seat.Sinn Fein candidate Matt Carthy looks set to top the poll in the Midlands North West constituency, with the Irish Independent / Millward Brown poll giving him 17% of the vote, ahead of Fianna Fáíl Senator Thomas Byrne on 16%, who is being tipped to take the second seat.It appears ot be a four-way battle for the remaning two seats between sitting Fine Gael MEPs Jim Higgins and Mairead McGuinness, both of whom are on 11%, and independent candidates Marian Harkin MEP and Luke Ming Flanagan, both of whom are on 12%.Sitting Fianna Fáil MEP Pat The Cope Gallagher is facing a serious fight to save his seat with the poll giving him 9% of the vote.Of the other candidates, Labour’s Lorraine Higgins is on 4%, Independents Ronan Mullen and Mark Fitzsimons are both on 3%, Mark Dearey of the Green Party is on 2% and Ben Gilroy of Direct Democracy Ireland is on 1%. WhatsApp Google+center_img Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Facebook Twitter Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Tennis champion Maria Sharapova on her path to entrepreneurship and overcoming career setbacks

first_img Beau Lund FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — When she was 6 years old, Maria Sharapova moved with her father from Sochi, Russia, to Florida to train with tennis professionals and see if she could turn her dream into a reality.“I had this incredible focus of hitting this yellow fuzzy ball endlessly and I think the one quality that really stood out was that I was just able to do it repetitively and I was able to focus and concentrate,” Sharapova told ABC News’ Rebecca Jarvis on an episode of No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis podcast.Sharapova has made quite a name for herself on and off the court: she won Wimbledon at age 17, has been ranked No. 1 in the world by the World Tennis Association five separate times, is a New York Times bestselling author and started her own candy line, Sugarpova.“We came to America with only $700, and while he (her father) was trying to find ways to make money, I was at the big sporting academy in Florida just getting better and improving,” Sharapova said, reflecting on her early days in the United States. “I didn’t know the language so I learned that very fast by being around so many children.”Sharapova said part of the reason she founded Sugarpova is because of a shoulder injury she thought would end her tennis career.Sugarpova is a candy line consisting of chocolates, gummies, gumballs and truffles inspired by Sharapova’s childhood, when she would reward herself after practice with a lollipop or chocolate treat. All Sugarpova candies are made from natural, non-GMO ingredients and can be found in stores across the country.“I recognized that tennis would not last forever, and I think as you have this one thing going on in your life and this one career path it’s as if you’re never going to make shifts and turns and I recognized at that time that, wow, I don’t know if I’m going to ever come back from the shoulder injury and at the time it was like I want to take all the experience that I’ve had in business and I want to apply it to Sugarpova,” Sharapova said.After years of partnering with brands and being the face of various advertising campaigns, Sharapova was ready to take what she had learned from those experiences and apply them.“I actually didn’t say I think I can do this. It was more like I think I want to be a little more competitive with this,” Sharapova said about starting Sugarpova. “I want to be the one that’s making more decisions, better decisions that can maybe benefit me in the long run.”She began creating the line’s bags and logo that is seen around the world today.In the interview, Sharapova also touched on failing a drug test because of a medication she had been taking for health reasons, causing her to be banned from tennis for 15 months.“It was such an interesting time in my career because it’s also a time that I was considering maybe stepping down from the sport and thinking a little bit about family and business and it kind of prolonged my career in a way of when I did get back I viewed the sport in a very different way,” Sharapova said. “It was a blessing and opened my eyes to what I had achieved and the amount of people that respected what I did.”While taking some time off to re-evaluate her future, Sharapova focused on Sugarpova and studied management and leadership at Harvard to gain business skills.“I worked on Sugarpova consistently,” Sharapova said. “I was investing in a few different businesses so I had time and then I got to spend the holidays at home which was such a treat for me.”Sharapova’s tennis career is still going strong, and she continues to push forward in the world of entrepreneurship, launching Sugarpova in stores across the globe and serving as a guest judge on season 11 of Shark Tank.“In sports we can be seen as heroic, but at the end of the day we’re also very open to being vulnerable and entrepreneurship should be the same way, there’s no reason to hide the tough moments,” she said. “I think that’s part of the scars that help you grow.”Hear more from Maria Sharapova on episode #134 of No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. October 22, 2019 /Sports News – National Tennis champion Maria Sharapova on her path to entrepreneurship and overcoming career setbackscenter_img Written bylast_img read more


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Consumers have positive perceptions of malt

first_imgThe majority of consumers view malt as a healthy ingredient, which improves the flavour of food, according to new research commissioned by Muntons.The survey, carried out by Cognet Research, involved 100 face-to-face interviews with consumers*, of which nearly two thirds (64%) said they felt the addition of malt increased the nutritional value of food. Seventy-five per cent said they believed its addition made products “more tasty”. The findings also highlighted consumers’ feelings that products containing malt were not necessarily easy to come by, with 64% stating the inclusion of malt should be promoted more on packaging.“These survey findings are interesting, encouraging but not altogether surprising,” commented Andrew Fuller, product development technologist at malt manufacturer and supplier Muntons.“They demonstrate that consumers, in the main, have very positive perceptions of malt as an ingredient that enhances both the flavour and nutritional value of an array of foods.”* To qualify for interview, all respondents must have heard of malt.last_img read more

News story: The AAIB has sent a team to North Wales

first_imgThe AAIB has sent a team to investigate an accident involving a glider that occurred in Gwynedd, North Wales.last_img

The Full Schedule For Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Is Here

first_imgWith the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival just over a month away, the festival has just released their 2016 schedule. The festival will see performances from Pearl Jam, LCD Soundsystem, Dead & Company and so many more throughout its four days, running from June 9th through 12th in Manchester, TN.Of course, with any schedule comes festival conflicts. This one does have some big ones, including the Sunday night overlap between the Bluegrass Situation and Dead & Company. Additional overalapping sets from GRiZ & Kamasi Washington, Father John Misty & Lettuce, Leon Bridges & Flosstradamus, and more will force Roovians to choose wisely.Regardless of who you see, Bonnaroo is always a good time. Check out the schedule below:last_img

Turkey trot

first_imgBy Wade HutchesonUniversity of GeorgiaI danced with turkeys a while back.I wasn’t dreaming, and I’m not a turkey hunter, though at somepoint I’d like to give it a try. I was visiting with a propertyowner, discussing his pastures, and we were pleased to watch twoyoung male turkeys on the back side of the pasture.They must have been pleased to see us, too, as they and then athird came out to greet us. They came right up to within about 30yards of the truck. That’s unusual, as turkeys aren’t normallysocial with people.These young turkeys, though, walked up to the truck and stoodthere gobbling at us. They even followed the truck as we tried toease off. I tried to turn the truck around so the landowner couldsee them, and they followed us in circles.’Dances With Turkeys’This went on for more than 5 minutes. We eventually got out ofthe truck and danced with them. They inspected us and decided weweren’t worth the trouble and left.It was an amazing wildlife experience. I had a camera, but it wassuch a shock and we were laughing so hard I never thought to getphotographic proof.I’ve told this story to several people, most of whom didn’tbelieve me. You know county agents have been known to stretch thetruth a tad.Looking for handout?The only thing I can figure out that makes sense is that someonemanaged to imprint on these birds, and they got used to peopleand were looking for a handout. Perhaps a sage turkey expert canoffer another explanation.If the game warden is reading this, no harm came to the turkeys,though we were tempted.I visited with some science teachers last week. Their story wasabout a hawk that had twice, on consecutive days, had itsbreakfast within view of their classroom. The reaction from thestudents ranged from utter amazement to being totally grossedout. But what a teachable moment!Wildlife surrounds usWildlife surrounds us, even in town. I consider that a goodthing. It offers us enjoyment and, to many, improves the qualityof life when you can witness wildlife up close.Having wildlife nearby can provide quality family time andopportunities to teach conservation and the realities of nature.At other times, it’s a frustration, as deer, squirrels, skunks,racoons and others cause problems in landscapes, roadways andother places. Ask my wife about the ‘possum in the dog-food bag– a handful of fur she’ll never forget.Which do you want?Which do you want, more or less wildlife? Your county office ofthe University of Georgia Extension Service can offer help inattracting more wildlife to the backyard or advise you on thingsyou can do to deter it.We can help you be a better manager of your fish pond, suggestwildlife plantings and tell you which landscape plants areresistant to deer.If we have time, I might even show you my turkey dance.last_img read more