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Freedom of expression increasingly stifled

By on June 12, 2021

first_img Receive email alerts November 27, 2020 Find out more News Organisation Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship The independent press practically does not exist, the only journalists’ association is constantly threatened, access to the Internet is increasingly limited and foreign journalists are now subject to new, particularly restrictive regulations : freedom of expression increasingly stifled in Equatorial Guinea. Equatorial GuineaAfrica Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Equatorial GuineaAfrica RSF_en Reporters Without Borders has expressed its serious concern following a clear deterioration in press freedom and freedom of expression in Equatorial Guinea. “Your country is one of the most repressive in Africa with regard to press freedom,” stated Robert Ménard, the organisation’s secretary-general, in a letter to President Teodoro Obiang Nguema. “The independent press practically does not exist, the only journalists’ association is constantly threatened, access to the Internet is increasingly limited and foreign journalists are now subject to new, particularly restrictive regulations”, Ménard underlined. The organisation asked the head of state to publicly declare himself in support of greater freedom of expression in his country and to see to it that all journalists in Equatorial Guinea can work without obstruction and in a climate of full security.Nguema is included on Reporters Without Borders’s list of 38 international press freedom predators.According to information collected by the organisation, the press freedom situation in Equatorial Guinea is in steady decline. On 22 May 2002, the vice-minister for information announced his intention to force foreign press correspondents to acquire official accreditation from the ministry. This temporary accreditation will be mandatory and renewable “on a case-by-case basis.”Moreover, at the beginning of May, the authorities barred the Equatorial Guinea Press Association (ASOPGE) from organising the activities (exhibitions, conferences, etc.) it had scheduled to mark World Press Freedom Day. A few days later, Information Vice-Minister Alfonso Nsue Mokuy asked the government to ban the ASOPGE. The vice-minister accused the association of operating as a “parallel government” and not organising all of its activities in conjunction with the ministry.Finally, several journalists, political leaders and association heads have complained of increasing difficulties in accessing the Internet. According to them, illegal phone tapping has increased and the country’s sole Internet service provider allegedly monitors e-mail traffic very closely. It has become increasingly difficult to access the Internet and occasionally all electronic communications are impossible.This situation has arisen just as the trial of several opposition leaders is set to get underway in Malabo. They are accused of plotting a coup to overthrow the president. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa May 23, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Freedom of expression increasingly stifled Reports to go further News May 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Sushant Singh Rajput’s House Help Moves Bombay HC For Rs.10 Lakh Compensation Alleging Illegal Detention By NCB [Read Petition]

By on May 26, 2021

first_imgTop StoriesSushant Singh Rajput’s House Help Moves Bombay HC For Rs.10 Lakh Compensation Alleging Illegal Detention By NCB [Read Petition] Nitish Kashyap19 Oct 2020 11:57 PMShare This – xDipesh Sawant, Sushant Singh Rajput’s house help who is accused of procuring drugs for him, has filed a writ petition before the Bombay High Court seeking Rs.10 lakh in compensation from the Union of India alleging illegal detention by the Narcotics Control Bureau and gross violation of the Articles 21 and 22 of the Constitution of India.The division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice…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?LoginDipesh Sawant, Sushant Singh Rajput’s house help who is accused of procuring drugs for him, has filed a writ petition before the Bombay High Court seeking Rs.10 lakh in compensation from the Union of India alleging illegal detention by the Narcotics Control Bureau and gross violation of the Articles 21 and 22 of the Constitution of India.The division bench of Justice SS Shinde and Justice MS Karnik will be hearing the petition on November 6.The petitioner, who was booked under Section 8 (c), r/w. Sections 20 (b) (ii) (A), 23, 29 and 30 of the NDPS Act, 1985, was granted bail by the High Court two weeks back,According to the petitioner, NCB has shown in the records that he was arrested on September 5 at 8 pm but in fact he claims he was arrested on September 4 at 10 pm and kept with the NCB till the time he was produced before a Holiday Remand Court at Esplanade on September 6, 2020 at 1:30 pm and was remanded in NCB custody till September 9. He was produced before the Magistrate after more than 36 hours violating the guidelines of the Apex Court and also Article 22 of the Constitution by not producing the Petitioner within 24 hours of his arrest, the petition contends.The petition filed through Advocates Rajendra Rathore and Aamir Koradia states-“It is pertinent to note that there is absolutely no recovery of any contraband at the instance of the Petitioner. It is further humbly submitted that there is absolutely no nexus between the Petitioner and any contraband of commercial quantity.Under these circumstances the Petitioner approaches this Hon’ble Court under Article 226 & 22 of the Constitution of India with a prayer to take action against first Respondent for non-compliance of directions issued by Apex Court in case of DK Basu vs State of West Bengal [(1997) 1 SCC 416] and to forthwith release the petitioner who was illegally detained and kept in custody for bailable offence.”The petitioner was granted bail by the Bombay High Court along with others accused in the case like actor Rhea Chakraborty and Sushant Singh’s house manager Samuel Miranda in an order dated October 7, 2020.As per the NCB’s case, the petitioner was arrested on September 4 relying on a statement given by Kaizan Ebrahim, another accused in the said case who was arrested with contraband in his possession. However, Ebrahim was produced in Court on September 5 and was granted bail the same day whereas the petitioner was still at NCB’s office. Ebrahim had stated before NCB that he was delivering contraband drugs to the petitioner on instructions of accused Showik Chakraborty, who is still in jail.The petitioner contends that he filed an application for illegal detention for violation of Sections 57 & 167 of CrPC and Holiday Remand Court observed that different facts reflected as per arrest memo. Also the NCB officials admitted that Dipesh was in custody since September 4, 2020 but was not produced with co-accused Kaizan Ebrahim on September 5, 2020 as they were still investigating and at around 8 pm he was shown arrested.The NCB claimed that they arrested the Applicant on September 5, 2020 at 8 pm but did not inform about his arrest as per guidelines of the Supreme Court immediately but only allowed the Applicant to call his brother on his cell on September 6 at 11:40 am, the petition states referring to the guidelines set by the Apex Court in case of DK Basu vs State of West Bengal.The petitioner contends-“It is pertinent to note that there is absolutely no recovery of any contraband at the instance of the Petitioner. It is further humbly submitted that there is absolutely no nexus between the Petitioner and any contraband of commercial quantity.The Petitioner is innocent and has been falsely framed in the instant matter. There is absolutely no iota of evidence to frame charge against the Petitioner under the NDPS Act, 1985.  All the offences alleged against the Petitioner are bailable and the officers were bound to release the petitioner on bail and hence the petitioner is in illegal custody and deserves to be released on bail.”Thus, the petitioner seeks directions to take action against the Narcotics Control Bureau for non compliance with the directions issued by Apex Court in the case of DK Basu Vs. State of West Bengal. Moreover, the petition prays for directions to enquire into the matter of illegal detention and to initiate disciplinary action against the erring officers.Finally, the petition seeks directions to the Union of India to compensate the petitioner with Rs. 10,00,000 for illegal detention and gross violation of the Articles 21 and 22 of the Constitution of India as the directions in the case of DK Basu (supra) from the Articles 21 and 22.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Next Storylast_img read more

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12-year-old boy jumps out of moving truck to escape suspected kidnapper, police say

By on May 18, 2021

first_imgBoynton Beach Police Department(BOYNTON BEACH, Fla.) — A 12-year-old boy dove from a moving vehicle to escape a suspected kidnapper in South Florida, police say.The child was treated for abrasions to his forehead, arms and hands, while the suspect, 26-year-old Timothy Miller of West Palm Beach, was arrested on charges of kidnapping under the age of 13, resisting an officer with violence and child neglect, according to a probable cause affidavit.The boy told detectives that he got off his school bus and was walking home in Boynton Beach on Wednesday afternoon when a man driving a white pickup truck pulled over and offered him a ride. The man, later identified as Miller, told the child that he gives rides to kids “all the time” and “not to worry” because he “won’t do anything weird,” according to the affidavit.The boy said Miller “seemed nice and had a friendly smile,” so he accepted his offer and got in the truck. But then, the child said, Miller started to “act different” and looked at him “strangely,” while driving erratically and asking if he had any drugs, according to the affidavit.The boy said he became frightened and tried to open the passenger door to get out, but Miller told him he couldn’t leave and sped up in an effort to prevent him from doing so. Still, the child managed to open the door and jumped from the moving vehicle, according to the affidavit.Onlookers who saw the boy land on the pavement stopped to help him, while two others went after Miller and followed his truck onto Interstate 95. When Miller got off at an exit, the other drivers used their cars to block in his truck until police arrived. Miller “repeatedly violently resisted officer’s attempts to detain him” but was ultimately taken into custody, according to the affidavit.Miller told detectives that he picked up the boy because he thought he was a teenager and could sell him drugs, according to the affidavit.“We are grateful to the Good Samaritans who assisted us with taking Miller into custody,” the Boynton Police Department said in a Facebook post. “We encourage parents to use this as an opportunity to remind their children about the dangers of getting into a car with someone they do not know.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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House hunters switch to evening searches as smartphones dominate online surfing

By on May 7, 2021

first_imgRightmove has revealed that the busiest time for home searches on its website is between 8pm and 9pm as the nation settles down on their couches to ‘double screen’ between their favourite TV shows and the Rightmove app.The data points to rapidly-shifting habits among house hunters as smartphones become the key way people access information online. Only a couple of years ago laptops still held sway and therefore lunchtimes at work were the peak house hunting period.Now, activity peaks at 8.48pm on Wednesdays, presumably as people begin to lose interest in Holby City or Supermarket Sweep and concentrate on homes for sale and rent.The portal has also reminded agents that December is the quietest month of the year but that negotiators should gird their loins for the post-Christmas day rush when traffic increases by 231% between Christmas Day and January 2nd, or at least did last year.During last year’s festivities, December 30th was the busiest day that month as memories of turkey and presents faded became a dim memory.“We know just how obsessed the nation is with property, but to see such precise consistency in terms of browsing times is really quite remarkable,” says Rightmove spokesperson Miles Shipside (left).“As we move into December we see people start to get distracted by turkey and tinsel, but once the celebrations are in full swing it doesn’t take long before traffic rises again.“Some may realise their home is too small or they finally decide that next year will be the year they take on an exciting project and buy a fixer upper property.”Read The Negotiator’s Ultimate Guide to the Portals.rightmove app Rightmove Miles Shipside November 27, 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 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 » Marketing » House hunters switch to evening searches as smartphones dominate online surfing previous nextMarketingHouse hunters switch to evening searches as smartphones dominate online surfingUp to 70% of traffic to websites and portals like Rightmove comes via mobile devices now and is changing property buyer behaviour.Nigel Lewis27th November 201901,024 Viewslast_img read more

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Navy wins big in Dutch 2018 defense white paper

By on May 4, 2021

first_img March 28, 2018 Back to overview,Home naval-today Navy wins big in Dutch 2018 defense white paper Authorities The Royal Netherlands Navy, with over EUR6 billion in funds set aside for its acquisition and maintenance programs, is the major winner of the Netherlands defense ministry’s 2018 white paper.Army and air force follow with little over two and one billion euros, respectively, while 1.7 billion is to go on IT and cyber.The two most expensive navy programs in the white paper are the replacement of Walrus-class submarines and De Zeven Provinciën-class air defense frigates, both estimated at over 2.5 billion euro.Contracts for the submarine construction are expected to be awarded in 2021 with the first submarine arriving in 2027. First of the new frigates is set to arrive in 2029.Multipurpose frigates and mine countermeasure vessels which are being acquired jointly with Belgium are scheduled to arrive in 2024.Other major programs in the white paper will include the procurement of new mine counter measures vessels, a combat support ship and the replacement of two landing platform docks in late 2020s. These two projects, alongside Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile and Standard Missile 2 procurement and integration, are estimated to cost between 250 and 1,000 million.While presenting an increase in spending compared to the original budget, the 2018 white paper outlines a peak of 1.3% of GDP in 2020 which will still be well bellow NATO’s 2 percent target that is to be achieved by 2024. The Dutch defense ministry noted, however, that the white paper would be revised in 2022 with the aim of outlining steps aimed at achieving NATO’s capability targets. Navy wins big in Dutch 2018 defense white paper View post tag: Dutch Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

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How has Covid-19 changed the bakery market?

By on April 20, 2021

first_imgHealth, hygiene and value for money are some of the trends the coronavirus pandemic, and consequent lockdown, will leave on the bakery market, according to Bakels.“This unprecedented environment has brought about significant changes not experienced before in our generation and one which is shaping the way we live our lives socially and mentally, impacting our buying behaviours and the way we must drive growth in the bakery sector,” Bakels said.Here, we explore some of them:Hygiene is kingUnsurprisingly, hygiene is high up the list of customer concerns as a result of coronavirus.Food businesses, Bakels noted, must provide assurance to customers that food has been prepared in a hygienic environment. What’s more, the fear of ‘naked bread’ means it should be displayed in secure, tamper-evident packaging.“In addition, an opportunity for plant-based goods in some cases carry a higher perceived cleanliness, coupled with the well-documented environmental benefits they bring,” it added.Updated routinesShopping behaviour has changed in recent months, said Bakels, leading to the renaissance of the weekly or bulk shop. As such, customers are seeking longer life products. The shift in routine has also been driven by online platforms and apps that assist in recipe planning as well as budget management. In fact, Bakels highlighted a 20% uplift in meals eaten at home.This trend means shelf life must be maximised for baked goods and packaging optimised to serve the return of weekly shoppers, the company said.Value is also high up the agenda for consumers, many of whom have been put under increased financial pressure during the crisis.“Whether it is taste, promotion of in-home occasions, excellent shelf life, seasonal appeal or nutritional credentials, value proposition in baked goods is more important than ever,” Bakels said.Do it yourselfA surge in home baking has been one of the stand-out positive trends from this situation, even if it did lead to a shortage of flour in the supermarkets.However, Bakels warns this could mean they are reluctant to return to pre-Covid buying habits.“An urge to get hands-on means they may not be willing to return to their old selves and instead, looking to diversify their home-cooked meals and recreate OOH occasions,” the company said.A happy medium may be the solution for home bakers and bakeries alike.“Home baking kits provide opportunity for consumers to feel like they’ve had a hand in baking, but without the extended time required to follow traditional scratch recipes,” Bakels added.Roberts Bakery is one such company to dabble in this area while others, such as Krispy Kreme and cheesecake specialist Pleeasecakes, offered DIY versions of their products.Delivery is here to stayWith shops and high streets basically closed overnight, bakeries had to switch up their business models fast. This led many to explore deliveries – either by running the service themselves, like Scottish firm JB Christie, or partnering with the likes of Deliveroo and Uber Eats.Several companies have even sought to make life easier for bakeries by helping them set up web shops. Puratos teamed up with Bakeronline last month to offer such a service while Bako North Western Group created Bakers.Market in May, which it described as the UK’s first online marketplace for customers to find, order and securely pay for collection and delivery of products across the country.“The convenience factor for consumers and the widened reach for bakeries mean online deliveries is here for the long-term,” Bakels said.last_img read more

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Galactic Announces Nationwide Early 2018 Winter Tour

By on March 2, 2021

first_imgToday, New Orleans funk juggernaut Galactic announced that they will once again hit the road for a large-scale tour to begin the year in 2018. Following their performance on Jam Cruise in January, the band will open their tour at Boston’s House of Blues and hit a string of major markets as they make their way from east to west across the country.Watch Galactic Team Up With Erica Falls On Jam In The VanThe tour will feature a stop and the new Brooklyn Steel in Brooklyn, NY, in addition to a 2-night run at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club, a 4-night, 4-city run through Colorado in late March (with Greyboy Allstars and Mile High Social Club supporting in Denver), and shows at the Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles and the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco with Turkuaz to close the tour.Watch Nikki Glaspie Crush Vocals On “Killing In The Name” With Galactic On Jam Cruise [Pro-Shot]Tickets for all shows are available via the band’s website now.Galactic 2018 Winter Tour Dates:2.15 // Boston, MA // House of Blues Boston2.16 // Philadelphia, PA // The Fillmore Philadelphia2.17 // Brooklyn, NY // Brooklyn Steel2.18 // Fairfield, CT // The Warehouse FTC2.20 // Syracuse, NY // The Westcott Theater2.21 // Grand Rapids, MI // The Intersection2.27 // Bloomington, IL // The Castle Theatre2.28 // Lexington, KY // The Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center3.1 // Pittsburgh, PA // The Rex Theater3.2 // Washington, DC // 9:30 Club3.3 // Washington, DC // 9:30 Club3.15 // St. Louis, MO // Delmar Hall3.16 // Kansas City, MO // Uptown Theater3.17 // Denver, CO // The Fillmore Auditorium *3.18 // Aspen, CO // Belly Up, Aspen3.19 // Telluride, CO // Sheridan Opera House ^3.21 // Victor, ID // Knotty Pine Supper Club ^3.23 // Seattle, WA // Showbox Presents3.24 // Portland, OR // Crystal Ballroom3.25 // Crystal Bay, NV // Crystal Bay Casino3.27 // Las Vegas, NV // Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas3.28 // Tempe, AZ // Marquee Theatre3.29 // Solana Beach, CA // Belly Up3.30 // Los Angeles, CA // Fonda Theatre +3.31 // San Francisco, CA // The Warfield +* – w/ The Greyboy Allstars, MILE HIGH SOUL CLUB^ – An Evening with Galactic+ – w/ Turkuaz[Cover photo via Galactic Facebook page]last_img read more

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Germany hails Biden’s move to halt Trump-ordered troop cuts

By on February 8, 2021

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — The German government has welcomed President Joe Biden’s decision to formally halt the planned withdrawal of U.S. troops from Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman argued on Friday that the troops’ stationing there is “in our mutual interest.” Last year, then-President Donald Trump announced that he was going to pull out about 9,500 of the roughly 34,500 U.S. troops stationed in Germany, but the withdrawal never actually began. Biden said Thursday that the pullout would be halted until Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reviews America’s troop presence around the globe. Trump announced the troop cuts after repeatedly accusing Germany of not paying enough for its own defense.last_img read more

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Solar-plus-storage contracts in Hawaii hit record low prices

By on December 31, 2020

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:This week Hawaiian Electric Company sent seven new solar-plus-storage contracts to state regulators. Six come in at record-low prices for the state, under 10 cents per kilowatt-hour.The projects, which now await regulatory approval, would add 262 megawatts of solar and 1,048 megawatt-hours of storage distributed over three islands. The company said the projects will provide power “in place of volatile prices of fossil fuels,” which it quotes at about 15 cents per kilowatt-hour. AES, Innergex, Clearway and 174 Power Global are developing the projects.“It’s hard to overstate the scale of this announcement,” said Dan Finn-Foley, a senior energy storage analyst at Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.If the state’s public utility commission approves the power-purchase agreement contracts, it would mean a big boost for the U.S. storage market. WoodMac currently logs 1.4 gigawatt-hours of energy storage installed in the nation, with just 75 megawatt-hours in Hawaii. According to Finn-Foley, Hawaiian Electric’s projects would nearly double what’s installed in the U.S. and grow Hawaii’s market exponentially. Taken together, the projects would also rank as the second-largest storage announcement ever, just behind the recently approved Moss Landing project in California.But that’s not even the most thrilling part of this announcement for clean energy analysts. “What’s even more notable is the range of PPA prices,” said Finn-Foley.Past solar-plus-storage prices in Hawaii came in at 13.9 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2016 and 11 cents per kilowatt-hour in 2017. One of the projects announced this week by Hawaiian Electric is more expensive than the latter price — 15 megawatts of solar and 60 megawatt-hours of storage at 12 cents per kilowatt-hour. But another 90 megawatts of solar and 360 megawatt-hours of storage came in at what Finn-Foley called a “jaw-dropping” 8 cents per kilowatt-hour. That means that from 2016 to 2019 solar-plus-storage PPA prices in the state dropped by 42 percent.More: Hawaiian Electric announces ‘mind-blowing’ solar-plus-storage contracts Solar-plus-storage contracts in Hawaii hit record low priceslast_img read more

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SCOTUS rules CFPB structure unconstitutional, declines ABA’s petition to hear FOM case

By on December 17, 2020

first_imgThe U.S. Supreme Court today issued its decision in the lawsuit brought by Seila Law challenging the CFPB’s single-director structure, determining that it is unconstitutional. In addition, it declined to hear the lawsuit brought by the American Bankers Association against the NCUA over the agency’s 2016 field of membership (FOM) rule.NAFCU has long held that the CFPB’s leadership structure should be reformed to a commission-based model to ensure transparency and accountability and supported legislative efforts to do so.“With today’s Supreme Court decision allowing the President to remove the CFPB Director at will, it is essential Congress advance legislation establishing a bipartisan commission at the bureau to promote greater transparency, accountability and long-term stability,” said NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger. “A bipartisan board offers stable, long-term leadership that would better provide for the needs of consumers. NAFCU will continue to advocate for Congress to pass legislation reforming the CFPB’s single-director leadership structure into a bipartisan board.”In its CFPB decision, the Supreme Court found that the bureau’s “leadership by a single individual removable only for inefficiency, neglect, or malfeasance violates the separation of powers.” Despite its unconstitutional structure, the court said the agency may continue to operate, so long as the director is subject to removal by the president at will. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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