India: RSF hails suspect’s arrest in Gauri Lankesh murder

first_img IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalistsMedia independence Organized crimeWomenImpunityViolenceFreedom of expression April 27, 2021 Find out more February 23, 2021 Find out more Gauri Lankesh’s murder caused an international outcry (photos: Manjunath Kiran – Sajjad Hussain / AFP). to go further March 5, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 India: RSF hails suspect’s arrest in Gauri Lankesh murder Organisation News News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media RSF_en March 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the arrest of a suspect in newspaper editor Gauri Lankesh’s murder and urges the police to do everything possible to identify the masterminds. A well-known critic of Hindu nationalism, Lankesh was shot thrice outside her home in the southern city of Bangalore on a hot September evening exactly six months ago today. Help by sharing this information RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 News Follow the news on India The special police unit that was set up to investigate Gauri Lankesh’s death announced on 2 March that they are questioning Naveen Kumar, the founder of a far-right group called Hindu Yuva Sena, in connection with the murder.Arrested by Bangalore police on 18 February for illegal possession of bullets, Kumar is now believed to have formed a hit squad with four other individuals. The police think he received instructions from a handler who called him several times from a public phone booth before Lankesh’s murder.“We hail the progress in the investigation into the murder of Gauri Lankesh, whose articles had long been a target of hatred from the Hindu nationalist movement,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk.“Every possible effort must be made to shed light on this tragedy and to identify all those involved. And we call on the government led by Narendra Modi, himself also a member of the Hindu nationalist movement, to take a clear position on the investigation’s initial results.”Prior to her murder, Lankesh had been the target of defamation suits by two members of the prime minister’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The BJP is the biggest organization in the Sangh Parivar, the “family of organizations” that preach Hindutva, a mixture of Hinduism and pre-war western nationalism. The “family” includes many smaller groups, such as Naveen Kumar’s group, that espouse violence.The Modi administration has for several years been trying to banish all “anti-nationalist” discourse from the Indian press, with the result that there is now a great deal of self-censorship. The prime minister’s troll army has often threatened and intimidated journalists who do not toe the line.Death threats were made against many journalists in October that referred to the Lankesh murder. One online message said: “Now, if anyone in this country dares to write anything against Modi or his party, they will not be spared. They will be eliminated.”At least ten Indian journalists have been murdered in connection with their work since the start of 2015. India is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting Receive email alerts News IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalistsMedia independence Organized crimeWomenImpunityViolenceFreedom of expression last_img read more

Exchange Club Invites Public to Help Honor Richard Stanislaw on May 6

first_imgRichard Stanislaw will be honored May 6 as the Ocean City Exchange Club’s newest Book of Golden Deeds recipient.Stanislaw retired in December as president and CEO of the Ocean City Tabernacle.The Exchange Club describes the Book of Golden Deeds as follows:“The honoree need not have great wealth, prestige or high social standing. He might well be from the humblest walk of life, a hitherto marcher in the passing parade. One of the most satisfying aspects of the Book of Golden Deeds is its recognition of sacrifices and unselfish services of persons who otherwise would remain unheralded.”The public is invited to a banquet Monday, May 6, at Greate Bay Country Club in Somers Point, where Stanislaw will be honored. Cocktails start at 6 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. dinner.  The banquet is open to anyone who wants to honor Stanislaw.Tickets are $35 per person and will be available at the door. Federal, state, county and local representatives are expected to attend.The Tabernacle’s roots extend to the founding of Ocean City as a Christian resort in 1879, and it has continued as a place for summertime worship. But in Stanislaw’s 11 years leading the Tabernacle, he helped the institution become a vital part of the year-round community of Ocean City.Under Stanislaw’s leadership, the Tabernacle opened the Richard and Mary Anne Kull Youth Center in 2008. The Tabernacle itself expanded from an auditorium and a few offices to a much larger facility that plays host not only to worship but to business and community events as well.The Tabernacle played a key role in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts in Ocean City in 2012, and Stanislaw helped oversee the purchase of the Moorlyn Family Theatre that same year.These days he can be seen around town enjoying time with his grandchildren or helping his wife in the local real estate business.Stanislaw will be the 49th Book of Golden Deeds recipient for the local Exchange Club. Margaret “Peggy” Lloyd was honored last year.last_img read more

3 ways to navigate the coronavirus crisis

first_img continue reading » COVID-19 is changing the way businesses serve customers and protect employees. On recommendation of the federal government, companies are implementing remote service and staffing strategies; people are avoiding public spaces and declining to congregate in groups of 10 or more. All this to slow the spread of a virus with no cure or vaccination and with no assurance the efforts will help.In uncertain times like this, people want to know their money is safe. And, they want to know they can access it when they need it.  Just as they have for the past 100 years, credit unions are taking care of their members. Although the current environment is springing unprecedented challenges on leaders nearly every day, there are lessons from the past that apply to the present. Here are three.Take A Closer Look At Local AidWhen Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle in October 2018, it destroyed houses and power lines and disrupted all sense of normalcy in Bay County. More than six months later, the area was still struggling to recover. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Regulator sets out model for UK master trust authorisation

first_img“We will also supervise these schemes to ensure that they continue to meet the authorisation criteria, are well-run and offer good value for members.“Our policy outlines how we will be collaborative in supervising schemes, but tough to use our powers, including de-authorising schemes, if they drop below the standards outlined in legislation.”#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# The UK’s Pensions Regulator (TPR) has published its proposed regulatory framework for defined contribution (DC) master trusts.The proposed rulebook will take effect from October, when the multi-employer DC market becomes subject to TPR’s authorisation regime. Providers will have until April to apply for authorisation.The draft rules, published yesterday, set out TPR’s policy for regular monitoring of master trusts, the circumstances in which it would increase its engagement with particular schemes, and what would happen if a scheme was struck off its list of authorised providers.Kim Brown, head of master trust authorisation and supervision at TPR, said: “Authorisation will create a market with better safeguards. To do that we need to set the standards that every master trust must meet to operate once they have been authorised, or set up in the market. Source: Department for Work and PensionsThe government expects the master trust market to shrink by a third after authorisation kicks inTPR outlined its plans to monitor the individuals running a master trust, the financial strength of the trust’s backers, the robustness and quality of its systems and processes, and its continuity planning.Should the regulator decide a trust posed a high risk to its members, it would impose additional supervision measures such as face-to-face meetings with managers and trustees, and in some cases the appointment of a named supervisor to enhance monitoring of risks and mitigation efforts.“New master trusts can expect to receive a higher level of supervision than those who are more established because they will not have an operational track record,” the regulator said. “Higher intensity supervision will give these master trusts the opportunity to demonstrate that they continue to meet the authorisation criteria.”In deciding whether to withdraw a master trust’s authorisation, TPR said it would consider aspects including the frequency and impact of rule breaches, the sustainability of the trust, the “intention and behaviour of individuals involved in running the master trust”, and the impact on members.“We are more likely to withdraw authorisation where the master trust frequently fails to meet the authorisation criteria and/or the impact of any failures are a significant detriment to members,” TPR stated.The UK government has previously estimated that the number of master trusts could shrink by more than a third when the new authorisation regime kicks in.The consultation on the new rules runs until 23 August. The draft rules are available here, and TPR’s feedback form is here.last_img read more

Mum power: The moment mum bought a house for the kids

first_img MORE PROPERTY NEWS Best time ever for first home buyers, but many still in doubt Dad in quarantine, mum in lockdown: Brisbane’s three state auction drama Hayley Granato cheers after winning the auction of 34 Killawarra Rd, Ashgrove. Photo: Debra BelaAN ORIGINAL condition Ashgrove Queenslander that cost two years’ salary in 1972, has sold at auction for $1.31m, more than 13 times the average annual salary in Brisbane today. It has been 48 years since this house last went to auction.Real estate agents lost count of bidders who rushed to register for the auction of 34 Killawarra Road, Ashgrove in Brisbane’s inner west. center_img FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK “I can’t give you exact numbers, we had some late arrivals, you could say 12 to 14 bidders,” Ray White Lutwyche agent David Lazzarini said. Yellow bidder paddles could be seen scattered through the crowd in the front yard of the 911sq m property.“This is the strongest interest I’ve had in a property for quite some time due to the location and the land size and the prestige properties around it. It’s a grand Queenslander in good condition for it’s age. It’s 90 years old.” The house as it looked when it was first built in circa-1930.David and Alan Mooney’s mum and dad bought the three bedroom house at auction in 1972 for $16,000. Alan and David Mooney with a framed copy of The Courier-Mail newspaper clipping that advertised the auction in 1972.With their mother now settled in a nursing home, the brothers had tidied the house on its 911sq m elevated block before putting it on the market. Inside the home at Killawarra Rd, Ashgrove.In the auction crowd of more than 80 was Peter and Hayley Granato, whose own 1930s family home in Bardon had just gone under contract after an extensive renovation. Hayley and Peter Granato after the auction.“We’ve been looking for years really,” Mrs Granato said. “We renovated our last place and then had three babies and now the youngest is three so we thought maybe it’s time to renovate again.“Pete’s cousin lives around the corner and it’s a great pocket for us, plus we needed something to move the kids into because we’ve just sold our house.” More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours agoParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus8 hours agoRay White New Farm principal and auctioneer Haesley Cush reminded everyone to social distance before starting the auction.Bidding in the front yard started at $900,000 and rose in $50,000 lots with the Granatos joining the auction with a bid of $1.15 million. At $1.2m the property was announced on the market and bidding slowed with the Granatos bidding against a couple who currently live in Ashgrove but wanted an elevated position. The property sits in the Avenues of Ashgrove and is only the second house to sell on Killawarra Rd in five years.At $1.310m Ray White auctioneer Haesley Cush’s hammer fell and Mrs Granato fist-pumped the auction win. Peter and Hayley Granato at the moment they won the auction of 34 Killawarra Rd, Ashgrove.Property activity in Ashgrove has remained steady in the first half of 2020 compared to last year, with 115 houses selling in both periods, CoreLogic property data shows.However the sales volume was 10 per cent higher in the first six months of 2018 when 129 houses sold.The median sale price for houses in Ashgrove broke the $1 million mark in March and sustained that through the COVID-19 lockdown period during April, the latest property data shows.October 2018 was the last time Ashgrove recorded a median sales price of $1 million.last_img read more

NBA Finals: Cleveland Cavaliers one win away from Golden State Warriors rematch

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers moved one victory away from setting up a repeat of the 2015 and 2016 NBA Finals with a 112-99 win over Boston Celtics.The Cavs now lead 3-1 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals.Golden State Warriors have already completed a 4-0 sweep over San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference finals.They were crowned NBA champions in 2015 but were defeated last year as Cleveland’s 52-year wait for a major sporting title came to an end.Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for 76 points at home to the Celtics, who were without the injured Issaiah Thomas on Tuesday.Game five takes place in Boston on Thursday evening (01:30 BST on Friday).last_img


first_imgFinn Harps have about as much chance of challenging for a place in the Premier League next season as Ivor Callely has of becoming the next President.But the Balybofey side’s season eventually kicked off last night when they won their first league game at the 12th attempt against Athlone Town.A solitary Kevin McHugh goal after 20 minutes in very fortunate circumstances for the home team was the only real difference between the sides. It wasn’t Christmas but the Donegal side’s goal was the biggest gift they’re likely to receive this season.The Midlanders’ Niall Scullion and goalkeeper Michael Schlingermann got their lines of communication all wrong from a Paddy McLaughlin’s delivery.Scullion headed the ball blindly to where he presumably anticipated where he thought Schlingermann would be but he wasn’t and McHugh stole in to score from all of three yards with an open net at his mercy.Inside as little as six minutes McHugh passed up a decent opportunity when Scullion failed to cut out an optimistic ball forward from McLaughlin, which left McHugh in the clear. But the Harps skipper opted for the early shot from 20 yards and his effort curled over the crossbar. After the gift-wrapped opener, Harps continued to dominate and Packie Mailey’s header from Marc Brolly’s corner flew wide as Bonner and Garbhan Friel also drew saves from the Athlone number one. Substitute Ronan Stack then diverted a shot from Mailey away as the half drew to a close.Manager Peter Hutton and director of football Felix Healy should have been content with the first half showing and Harps played the ball around well with Mark Forker and Aaron McAlwee particularly impressive.However, with eight straight defeats going into the game, confidence was understandably fragile and there were a few restless moments after the interval.Athlone, who offered nothing in the first half with Alex Gardner isolated up front, restructured after the interval and Tommy Barrett was pushed forwards for a more orthodox 4-4-2 formation and he brought the first save of the evening from Ciaran Gallagher on 54 minutes.Then, two minutes later Paul Danagher should’ve levelled matters when he missed a header from inside the six-yard box following a corner from Kevin Williamson. Another corner from the Athlone skipper saw Gallagher fortunate to escape with a flap as the balance of power seemed to be shifting. Monaghan then trailed a shot just wide of the Harps’ upright. Danagher then saw a header land on the roof of the net following as the hosts began to get overrun in midfield. Referee Dave McKeon then waved his head after what appeared to be a clear-cut penalty award when McHugh was bundled over by Darren Young and although Athlone did threaten more and more, Harps work rate was commendable and they laterally created a few opportunities themselves.Friel was within inches of a drilled Forker delivery and McHugh uncharacteristically missed a one-on-one when set away by substitute Ciaran Coll and Bonner should’ve made it two when Forker was against the architect. In the end, though, the scantly populated home support were more than happy with the single goal and the long-awaited first win.Finn Harps: Ciaran Gallagher;Paddy McLaughlin, Keith Cowan, Packie Mailey, Gareth Harkin; Mark Forker, Aaron McAlwee, Thomas Bonner, Marc Brolly (Ciaran Coll 77); Garbhan Friel, Kevin McHugh.Athlone Town: Michael Schlingermann; Niall Scullion, Tommy Barrett, Paul Danaher, Jamie Carr; Kevin Williamson, Darren Young (Roy King 80); Stephen Relihan, Kevin Horan (Ronan Stack 19), Eoin Monaghan; Alex Gardner (Bobby Tier 63). Referee: Dave McKeon.HARPS FINALLY GET OFF MARK THANKS TO ‘LUCKY’ GOAL AGAINST ATHLONE was last modified: May 27th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

The Chelsea v Tottenham quiz

first_imgChelsea and Spurs are battling for a Champions League place and face each other in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday. How much do you know about the history between these London rivals? See how many of these 10 questions you can answer correctly… [mtouchquiz 6]Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

The rest of the NBA doesn’t want to hear this, but Stephen Curry has found a way to get even better

first_imgLarry: “I can’t see! I can’t see!”Moe and Shemp: “What’s the matter?”Larry: “I got my eyes closed.”It would be overstating things if we implied that Stephen Curry was flying blind all these years. Through the magic of hindsight, however, we now know there was room for improvement where his vision was concerned. Per The Athletic: Curry recently started wearing contact lenses. You could say it’s made a difference.Perhaps you noted, with curiosity bordering on alarm, that Curry …last_img

Mobile Ticketing Taking Off: 15 Billion Sold by 2014

first_imgTags:#mobile#Trends#web sarah perez Related Posts Buying and selling tickets is another business that’s slowly being migrated over to our mobile devices. Whether it’s a movie ticket, concert ticket, plane ticket, or something else, there are a number of companies now offering digital alternatives to the tree-killing paper printouts of days past. In a new study by Juniper Research, analysts predict that the market for mobile ticketing will reach 15 billion delivered tickets by the year 2014. According to Juniper, a little over 2 billion tickets were sold this past year. That makes the forecast of 15 billion by 2014 a notable jump which points to consumers’ ever-increasing desire to perform business transactions like mobile ticket purchases using their mobile phones and other handheld devices. Mobile ticketing initiatives benefit both parties, the ticket issuer and the purchaser. Consumers win because a digitized ticket accessible via their handheld is a convenience. (Just think: how many times have you left the house without your tickets, having to turn around and retrieve them or miss the event altogether?) For ticket sellers, not having to deal with the cost of printing tickets can provide a huge savings. Yet despite the multi-billion increases year-over-year, this market still has a way to go. “Although 15 billion sounds large,” notes the report’s author Howard Wilcox, “it is in fact it a small percentage of total tickets issued — there is plenty of scope for innovative solutions to penetrate this market.” Wilcox sees the next steps for the mobile ticketing industry as encompassing more widespread purchasing via mobile phones and NFC-based ticketing. Mobile Ticketing in the Real WorldOver on online marketing site MarketingVOX, they’ve detailed several real-world examples of mobile ticketing including Southwest Airlines’ iPhone app which allows for mobile ticket purchases, the upcoming NBA All-Star Game in Dallas which is offering special tickets to T-Mobile Android phone owners, AMC movie theaters’ pilot program for mobile movie tickets, and’s paperless ticket test in Chicago. What’s interesting about the U.S.-based initiatives detailed above is what early stages so many are in. Even though 42% of Americans now own a smartphone, companies are just beginning to tap into that demographic with their newly launched mobile ticketing pilot programs and marketing initiatives. Another interesting detail from the report is the finding that Western Europe will become the leading region in mobile ticketing by 2014 based on the number of tickets sold. That has them overtaking the current mobile ticket leader, the Far East and China region. In the Asian countries, the use of NFC phones has made mobile ticketing much easier to implement. As NFC phone models make their way to other areas of the globe, the opportunities for mobile ticketing increase accordingly. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more