Reporters Without Borders protesters demand release of cameraman Sami al-Haj from Guantanamo detention centre

first_img News Follow the news on United States News Reporters Without Borders demonstrated on 8 February, along with several other organisations, outside the Paris bureau of the Qatari-based TV channel al-Jazeera, to demand the release of its Sudanese cameraman Sami al-Haj, held without charge at the US military base in Guantanamo since 13 June 2002. Some 20 Reporters Without Borders activists, representatives of al-Jazeera, members of the Arab human rights committee and other groups demonstrated on 8 February outside the Paris bureau of the Qatar-based TV to demand the release of Sami al-Haj, a Sudanese cameraman with the channel, who has been held at the US Guantanamo Bay detention centre since 13 June 2002.Demonstrators waved pictures of the journalist, alongside slogans calling for his release, in English and Arabic. Some protestors were dressed symbolically in the orange jump suits which Guantanamo prisoners have to wear. Sami al-Haj was captured by the Pakistani Army on the Afghan border in December 2001 then handed over to US troops before being transferred to Guantanamo on 13 June 2002. He was forced to confess alleged links between al-Jazeera and al-Qaeda. He underwent more than 150 interrogation sessions and was regularly tortured, through prolonged exposure to full sun, by ducking in water, sleep deprivation and so on. Ill and deprived of all contact with his family since his imprisonment, the journalist told his London-based solicitor Clive Stafford-Smith when he saw him in April 2006 that for the first time he had thought about suicide. The case of Sami al-Haj, accused without proof of having interviewed Osama bin Laden and to have been involved in arms trafficking for Islamic terrorists is typical of the fate suffered by many of his fellow detainees.After a long legal battle, the Supreme Court ruled on 29 June 2006 that special military tribunals set up to try the “enemy combatants” were unconstitutional. On 28 September, Congress legalised the special courts and introduced amendments preventing prisoners from contesting their detention before being tried and banning all legal action against their jailors. On 17 October, another law authorised the recourse to torture. The Guantanamo camp, which was converted into a prison for “enemy combatants” on 10 January 2002, received up to 770 prisoners. It now holds 395 and the US authorities plan to put between 60 and 80 of them on trial. Sami al-Haj’s lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith has been unable to tell Reporters Without Borders if his client is among them (see release of 10 January 2007).The torture and ill-treatment inflicted on prisoners, which were exposed by an employee of the Marine Corps legal service, led to an internal investigation in October 2006. Making public his conclusions on 7 February 2007, Colonel Richard Bassett said there was “insufficient proof to support the accusations” of the witness. June 7, 2021 Find out more United StatesAmericas June 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas News April 28, 2021 Find out more to go further February 8, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders protesters demand release of cameraman Sami al-Haj from Guantanamo detention centre NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Organisation Receive email alerts News RSF_en last_img read more

White House Threatens to Veto Bill That Cuts CFPB Funding

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Tagged with: CFPB Proposed Legislation White House Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago President Barack Obama has threatened to veto a proposed amendment to the Consumer Financial Protection Act of 2010 that the White House claims would reduce the amount of funding the CFPB director can request.H.R. 1195, known as the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Advisory Boards Act, was introduced in the House by Robert Pittenger (R-North Carolina) and Denny Heck (D-Washington) on March 2. The bill calls for the establishment of advisory boards or councils within the CFPB of 15 to 20 members each for small businesses, credit unions, and community banks. The stated purpose of each advisory board or council is to “advise and consult” with the CFPB on issues that impact their respective groups. The bill was approved in the House Financial Services Committee earlier this year by a vote of 53 to 5.A recently proposed amendment to the bill by House Financial Services Committee Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), however, reduces the amount of funding the CFPB director can request by about $45 million and $100 million for the fiscal years of 2020 and 2025, respectively. The White House said in its statement that “These reductions to the caps could result in, among other things, undermining critical protections for families from abusive and predatory financial products.”The bill’s co-sponsor, Heck, is urging his fellow Democrats to oppose the amendment to the bill, saying that Hensarling “put the torch” to his bill.Republicans have been attempting to chip away at the CFPB, and at the Dodd-Frank Act which created the Bureau, for the last three years but have made an extra push since gaining a majority in both the House and the Senate last November. Democrats have vowed to fight the Republicans’ attempts to reduce Dodd-Frank or the CFPB’s power, but last week, a bill passed in the House with overwhelming bipartisan support (a vote of 401 to 2) that would subject the CFPB to the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, making the proceedings of each advisory committee and subcommittee of the CFPB open to the public. The bill was one of several introduced in early March by Representative Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin).Other legislation attempting to reform the CFPB is currently pending. In February, Representatives Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) and Tim Walz (D-Minnesota) revived a bipartisan bill that would create an independent Inspector General for the CFPB that is appointed by the president and approved by the Senate. The Bureau currently shares an IG with the Federal Reserve, a position that is appointed by the Fed chair and not subject to Senate approval. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / White House Threatens to Veto Bill That Cuts CFPB Funding Previous: CFPB, FTC Penalize Green Tree For Alleged Servicing Violations Next: Mortgage Industry and Default Servicing Law Firms Convene at Legal League Servicer Summitcenter_img Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea April 21, 2015 2,047 Views CFPB Proposed Legislation White House 2015-04-21 Brian Honea White House Threatens to Veto Bill That Cuts CFPB Funding Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Council told Letterkenny needs more graveyard space

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Pinterest AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleRyanair to cancel up to 30 Ireland – UK flights on ThursdayNext articleBoyle-Carr named on WU19s squad News Highland Donegal County Council is being asked to identify additional lands for graveyards in the Letterkenny area as a matter of urgency.The issue was discussed at today’s sitting of the Letterkenny Municipal District as Cllrs were brought up to date on progress with the local area plan.The local authority say that it’s pursuing suitable land at present and hope to have further updates in the coming months.Cllr. Ciaran Brogan says while he’s satisfied with the response, the issue must continue to be a top priority for the Council……………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter WhatsApp DL Debate – 24/05/21 center_img By News Highland – July 10, 2018 Google+ Council told Letterkenny needs more graveyard space FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Penn State frat member faces no jail time over pledge’s death

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) — The first member of a Penn State fraternity to be sentenced in connection to the death of a pledge will not face any jail time.Ryan Burke was the first of more than 20 members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity to be sentenced in connection to criminal charges related to the death of Tim Piazza, who died in February of 2017.Burke, 21, was sentenced to probation, fines, legal costs and restitution to the Piazza family.Burke pleaded guilty to four counts of hazing and five counts relating to unlawful acts involving liquor.“This is a tragedy and he is anxious to make amends,” Burke’s attorney Philip Masorti said in January after entering the guilty plea, according to the Bridgewater Courier News. “There are too few words to describe a loss so great. This young man understands that.”On the night of Feb. 2, 2017, after taking part in a hazing ritual known as the “Gauntlet,” a heavily intoxicated Piazza was heard falling down the stairs at the Beta Theta Pi house, and later found lying face down at the bottom.Fraternity members carried him upstairs and put him on a couch, where they dumped water on his face and slapped him in an apparent attempt to wake him, to no avail, according to a grand jury report which cited evidence including surveillance video, witness testimony and phone records. When one pledge tried to intervene, insisting they get Piazza some help, the pledge was shoved into a wall and was told that the brothers had it under control, according to the grand jury report.As the night went on, Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore, tried over and over to stand on his own, falling each time and eventually going still, according to the grand jury report.No one called 911 until the next morning, when his breathing was labored and his skin had turned gray.Prosecutors have claimed the brothers waited to get Piazza help in an attempt to cover up their drinking and “coordinate a story.”Piazza died on Feb. 4 of traumatic brain injuries.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Kushner Companies plans $100M Israeli bond raise

first_imgKushner Companies has filed papers to raise $100 million through a bond issuance on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange. (Getty, iStock) As a senior advisor in the Trump White House, Jared Kushner played a lead role in implementing the outgoing administration’s Middle East policy. And now, Kushner’s family firm is heading to the region to raise money.Kushner Companies has filed papers to raise $100 million through a bond issuance on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, the Wall Street Journal reported.“Kushner is considering the option of issuing bonds on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange,” a Kushner spokesperson said in statement. “The company has had years of success working with Israeli institutions as both a borrower and a partner.”With its favorable interest rates and the ability to issue unsecured corporate bonds, Israeli bond markets have long been a popular source of financing for New York developers large and small, from the likes of Related Companies and Extell Development to All Year Management and Spencer Equity.Kushner Companies’ issuance would likely occur in the first quarter of 2021, according to the Journal, and would mark the developer’s first bond issuance in Israel. As a bond issuer, the company will be required to make periodic disclosures to the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, and be subject to the scrutiny of Israeli securities authorities and rating agencies.Read moreDecember mag: Kushner eyes return to normalcy. Good luck.Charlie Kushner gets presidential pardonThe Israeli bond market shakeoutNYC developers face downgrades on Israeli bond market Though Kushner’s spokesperson declined to say what the funds would be used for, the company’s move comes at a time when real estate investors have been building up liquidity in anticipation of distressed asset investment opportunities. This month, the company put a 10-property Baltimore multifamily portfolio on the market which it believes could sell for $800 million.Kushner Companies has previously received other forms of investment from Israeli financial institutions, such as Bank Leumi, Bank Hapoalim, Psagot Investment House and Harel Group.The company’s business ties to the Middle East have raised concerns about conflicts of interest in the past. This month, Democrats in Congress launched an investigation into whether bailout financing for Kushner Companies’ 666 Fifth Avenue was connected to the lifting of a Saudi blockade of Qatar.One of the major achievements of the Trump administration’s Middle East policy has been the normalization of Israel’s diplomatic relations with Arab countries including the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan. [WSJ] — Kevin Sun Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink TagsCharlie KushnerJared Kushnerkushner companiesTel Aviv Stock Exchange Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Construction spending fell slightly in February

first_img Message* Bad weather was a factor in February’s decrease in construction spending. (Getty)Thanks to bad weather and pricier materials, construction spending fell slightly last month — though it’s still higher than it was last year.National construction spending dropped 0.8 percent to a seasonally adjusted estimated rate of $1.516 trillion in February, according to the Census Bureau’s monthly report. In January, spending hit a record rate of $1.528 trillionWinter storms in Texas, which slowed down construction projects, were partly to blame, along with soaring costs and the decline in nonresidential projects, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.“Contractors are having a hard time finding work, and when they do, they are getting squeezed by rapidly rising materials prices,” said Stephen Sandherr, the organization’s CEO. “New infrastructure investments will certainly help with demand, but the industry also needs Washington to help address supply-chain problems and rising costs.”ADVERTISEMENTRead moreHome sales drop in February as inventory remains at all-time lowUS home price growth hits 15-year highPending home sales fall for fifth consecutive month Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tags Email Address* Despite February’s decline, construction spending is still higher than it was a year ago. Total spending was up 5.3 percent year-over-year.Residential construction spending — both private and public — was up 21 percent compared to February 2020. That’s important, considering housing inventory remains at historically low levels — and economists say the lack of available homes on the market is beginning to eat into sales. Low inventory, combined with seemingly unstoppable demand from buyers, is also pushing home prices ever-higher.Contact Erin Hudson Share via Shortlink Commercial Real EstateConstructionResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Number of property sales dropped by 40% during March, official figures show

first_imgEveryone in the industry has been expecting it, but the latest official property sales figures from the Land Registry covering the first month of the Coronavirus crisis have been revealed. But although they show a significant downturn in sales, it’s not as bad as many might have thought. Here are the details.Of 54,785 sales received for registration in March 202040,964 were freehold, a 38% decrease on March 2019;8,019 were newly built, a 39% decrease on March 2019March figures include 54,500 sales of land and property in England and Wales received by HM Land Registry in March 2020.Of the 54,785 sales received for registration 5,514 took place in March 2020:100 residential properties in England and Wales for £1m and over;71 residential properties in Greater London for £1m and over;1 was a residential property in Greater Manchester for more than £1m;Sales received for registration by property type and monthProperty typeMarch 2020February 2020January 2020Detached12,40017,93121,931Semi-detached13,86420,29625,205Terraced14,10420,30425,648Flat/maisonette10,50114,22317,090Other 3,916 5,489 6,108Total54,78578,24395,982Industry reaction Iain McKenzie, CEO The Guild of Property Professionals, says, “The figures would not reflect the activity that was happening at the start of 2020, as there is a three-month lag in the data. So these figures would reflect the downturn in the market caused by the uncertainty as a result of Brexit and the general election before Christmas.Subsequently, the pandemic pushed ‘pause’ on the property market with lockdown. Most agents have had to rethink the way they conduct business and are now relying on technology to conduct virtual viewings and valuations to progress property transactions. While transactions are being hit hard and will likely be impacted for the next few months, it will be temporary, and I predict the market will start to recover shortly after restrictions are lifted.”Nick Leeming, Chairman of Jackson-Stops, says, “It is not surprising to see March transactions down on previous months as the country spent over a week of this month in lockdown. April and May’s data is also likely to show a short-term, downward trend due to challenges around the legal and moving processes even if it is still possible to exchange contracts using a COVID-19 clause.“We continue to see transactions taking place, where all parties abided by social distancing rules, helped by virtual viewings – there is still appetite to buy and sell in this climate.“Looking ahead, we can expect to see a bounce in the Autumn as pent-up demand builds. With people spending far longer in their homes than usual, many homeowners are likely to get itchy feet where their current property is no longer suitable for their needs or lifestyle. Must-movers will continue to drive activity in the property market, with those planning on growing their families, for example pushing transactions through quickly.”Jeremy Leaf, adds, ‘This report is interesting as it shows the market was not quite as buoyant as perhaps many of us thought just before lockdown. We are of course always told it is dangerous to read too much into one month’s figures!On the other hand, the lead time between acceptance of offer and completion – with the Christmas break in between for many – will have meant that results may not be as representative as usual bearing in mind particularly market turbulence at the end of 2019.Transactions are of course always a better indicator of market strength than more volatile house prices but in view of what’s happened since, we will never know if these HMRC numbers are an accurate snapshot.Clearly, the longer the delay before restrictions are eased, the greater the pressure on the market which will also be determined by the state of the wider economy at that time.’Simon Bradbury, MD Thomas Morris, says, “My guess is that the market will remain in deep freeze until the end of lockdown. Once that happens (probably phased) there will be a massive increase in viewing activity for both rental and sales properties.“This activity will take a while before it manifests as actual business. I expect house prices to, at least flatline, perhaps even decrease a little for a few months, but then I expect prices and volumes to increase significantly by the year-end. The smart estate agents will have a number of business plans ready to respond to whatever happens.”HM Land Registry May 1, 2020Nigel 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 » Housing Market » Number of property sales dropped by 40% during March, official figures show previous nextHousing MarketNumber of property sales dropped by 40% during March, official figures showExpected slump following the lockdown is detailed in the March 2020 Price Paid Data from HM Land Registry.Sheila Manchester1st May 202001,105 Viewslast_img read more

US Marines from Okinawa complete deployment with BHR ESG

first_img September 19, 2017 US Marines from Okinawa complete Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment Okinawa-based marines from the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and Amphibious Squadron 11 completed their regularly-scheduled deployment to the Indo-Asia-Pacific region aboard the ships of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group.The marines returned to White Beach Naval Facility, Okinawa, Japan, on September 19.Embarked aboard USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), USS Green Bay (LPD 20), and USS Ashland (LSD 48), the 31st MEU departed White Beach for the waters off the east coast of Australia, June 8, 2017.During the deployment, the 31st MEU conducted Talisman Saber, a U.S.-Australian bilateral exercise held every two years. Talisman Saber gave marines and sailors the opportunity to work alongside the Australian Defence Force and solidify the long-lasting alliance between the two nations.“Working with our allies and partners has been extremely valuable,” said U.S. Marine Corps Col. Tye R. Wallace, commanding officer of the 31st MEU. “Talisman Saber offered a unique opportunity to increase our interoperability with the Australians.”The 31st MEU conducted a variety of amphibious operations during the exercise, including a beach assault, multiple amphibious raids, simulated noncombatant evacuation operation (NEO) and humanitarian assistance-disaster relief (HADR) missions – all launched from the sea requiring the coordinated work of the more than 2,200 marines and sailors that comprise the command.The 31st MEU and PHIRBON 11 also conducted a continuous series of unit-level training and exercises, including MEU exercise, amphibious integration training, and certification exercise.After CERTEX, the USS Ashland (LSD 48) sailed to Guam for scheduled maintenance. The 31st MEU made use of the training opportunities and facilities available, including a variety of live-fire ranges, military operations in urbanized terrain facilities and joint training with the US Army.While not participating in exercises or training, the marines and sailors of the BHR ESG took the opportunity to visit cities in Guam and Australia, giving the marines and sailors time to relax and build relationships in the local communities. The BHR ESG visited Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne in Australia, and Tumon in Guam. During port calls, the U.S. Department of State organized community relations events to allow the marines and sailors of the BHR ESG to engage with local schools and groups. Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today US Marines from Okinawa complete Indo-Asia-Pacific deployment Share this article View post tag: BHR ESG View post tag: US Navy View post tag: US Marineslast_img read more

Philosopher slams consumption

first_imgAustralian philosopher Professor Peter Singer has argued that citizens of rich nations should donate more of their money to the world’s poorest people rather than waste money on “frivolous consumption”. Speaking at the annual Uehiro Lectures on Practical Ethics at Oxford University on Tuesday, Professor Singer said, “I am delighted to have the opportunity to speak at Oxford. I shall argue that we are wrong to do so little for the world’s poorest people.”Joy Wonglast_img

Inter Link sale talks

first_imgDublin-based baker McCambridge is in early-stage acquisition talks with struggling own-label cake manufacturer Inter Link.The privately-owned company, which has a history of acquisitions in Ireland and the UK, recently bought a 9.1% stake in Inter Link and has now made an unsolicited approach for the firm.Inter Link said preliminary discussions “may or may not lead” to an offer being made for the entire issued and to-be-issued share capital of Inter Link. It added that the board was considering the bid, “without diverting resource from its principal objective of returning Inter Link to profitability at the earliest practical opportunity”.McCambridge already owns a number of cake companies in the UK, including Husseys bakery in Berkshire, Queen of Hearts in Oxford and West of England Bakeries, based in Plymouth.Despite issuing a number of profit warnings recently, Inter Link chairman Jeremy Hamer insisted the firm could still become profitable without a takeover, once the new management team has settled in. CEO Ian Croxford has just joined the firm, replacing Chris Thompson, who held the role for five months.Inter Link is still seeking a finance director after the candidate it had recruited, Brendan Hynes, this week announced that he had decided not to join the company.Hamer admitted that the tough own-label market alone could not be blamed for Inter Link’s change in fortunes and pointed to its disruptive central distribution project last year, as well as rising raw material and utility prices. “Things are fine from an operational point of view, but we are not making the right level of profit,” he said. “This new financial year will be a turnaround year.”Inter Link’s share price is currently at 136p, down from 512.5p in September.Speaking to British Baker last month Hamer denied that the malt loaf division, Soreen, could be sold off to raise cash.last_img read more