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FSA?doles out more fines in Lehman saga

first_imgWednesday 22 September 2010 8:00 pm THE FINANCIAL Services Authority (FSA) has imposed three more fines relating to Lehman Brothers-backed mortgage products, the watchdog said yesterday. Legal outfit Thorntons Law was fined £35,000 for misleading customers about the risks of mortgage-backed securities. Michael Royden, a partner at the Dundee-based firm, was separately fined £10,500. The FSA said the company had told clients there was “absolutely no risk to capital” and recommended they pour a large amount of money into mortgage-backed products. Royden was responsible for compliance at Thorntons, despite having no financial services experience. The FSA said he failed to read up on the Lehman-backed products, and delegated day-to-day compliance work to another junior member of staff. The FSA also handed down a £28,000 fine to Robert Yarr, a financial adviser at a financial advice firm, McClelland Yarr in Belfast. Yarr did not understand or research the Lehman products and failed to keep records of his work, the FSA said. All three parties fully complied with the FSA probe into their actions between November 2007 and August 2008, and received a 30 per cent discount for settling at an early stage. The FSA has already fined several firms and individuals for giving misleading investment advice, following its review into the marketing and distribution of Lehman-backed products in October 2009. The watchdog fined RSM Tenon Financial Services £700,000 in March for failings in its advice and sales processes relating to Lehman-backed structured products.Tenon was also directed to compensate customers who were mis-sold those products, estimated to total around £1.8m. The FSA has estimated that 6,000 investors were caught up in Lehman-backed products when the bank folded in 2008. whatsapp FSA?doles out more fines in Lehman saga KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share More From Our Partners Why people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Belgium adds three sites to igaming blacklist

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Belgian’s Gambling Commission has added three new sites to its blacklist of unlicensed online gambling websites. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Western Europe Belgium Tags: Online Gambling Slot Machines Belgian’s Gambling Commission has added three new sites to its blacklist of unlicensed online gambling websites.Asperino, WildBlaster and Madnix were the latest additions to the list of almost 200 sites, though their additions have not yet been published in the Beglian Official Gazette. Previous additions to the list include William Hill, Bet365, Betfair and 1xBet.The Commission reminded players that playing on any site that appears on the blacklist may be punished with a fine from €26 to €25,000, while operating an illegal gambling site carries a fine from €100 to €100,000.“It is prohibited for anyone to operate gambling without a license previously granted by the Gambling Commission,” the regulator said. “It is also prohibited for anyone to participate in illegal gambling, to facilitate it or to advertise it.”In related news, casinos and slot arcades in Belgium were permitted to reopen yesterday (1 July) after closures due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak, as announced by Prime Minister Sophie Wilmès last month.The Commission published a series of new measures for reopening, including requiring the cleaning and disinfecting of equipment, favouring contactless or electronic payments and “strongly recommending” mask usage. In addition, guests must be easily capable of maintaining a 1.5m distance from one another and venues may only be filled to 10% of their usual maximum occupancy.In April, the Belgian Gambling Commission named Magali Clavie as its new president with immediate effect, succeeding Etienne Marique in the position 2nd July 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Email Address Belgium adds three sites to igaming blacklist Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Slotslast_img read more

Roji / Nadamoto Yukiko Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Coffee Shop Japan ArchDaily Projects Roji / Nadamoto Yukiko ArchitectsSave this projectSaveRoji / Nadamoto Yukiko Architects Save this picture!© Seiya Miyamoto+ 17 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Roji / Nadamoto Yukiko Architects Architects: Nadamoto Yukiko Architects Photographs photographs:  Seiya MiyamotoPhotographs:  Seiya Miyamoto, Save this picture!© Seiya Miyamoto”Roji” is a cafe and residence for a young couple in Yoichi, a small seaside town in Hokkaido, Japan.Save this picture!© Seiya MiyamotoRoji means “alley” in Japanese.  In the Roji project, there is a narrow alley-like passage at the center of the building, and this indoor alley connects the private living space and the cafe, functioning as a main thoroughfare.Save this picture!© Seiya MiyamotoSituated in a quiet residential area of the town, the cafe does not require eye-catching signage or exterior decoration.  The chimney of the coffee roaster is the only sign that shows this is a cafe.Save this picture!© Seiya MiyamotoWe chose coffee brown as the base color for the cafe’s interior so that white of the coffee cups would stand out.  On the other hand, white is used throughout the private space.Save this picture!© Seiya MiyamotoRooms and open areas are irregularly shaped in order to maximize the utilization of space.  This irregularity in the floor plan enables the interior to be attractively sunlit from a variety of angles.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessDaegu Gosan Library Competition Winning Proposal / Gorka BlasArticlesA.M. Qattan Foundation Bulding Winning Proposal / Donaire ArquitectosArticlesProject locationAddress:Yoichi, JapanLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyCoffee Shop, Social Housing•Yoichi-cho, Japan “COPY” CopyAbout this officeNadamoto Yukiko ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHospitality ArchitectureRestaurants & BarsCoffee ShopResidential ArchitectureSocial HousingYoichi-choHousesHotels and RestaurantsMixed UseJapanPublished on October 26, 2012Cite: “Roji / Nadamoto Yukiko Architects” 26 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish- DI-NOC™ Glass FinishPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – Painted AluminumStonesCosentinoDekton® Surfaces – Chicago 444Exterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – CPXPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsHexapent Facade PanelDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Folding Door System – Rabel 3710 Super ThermalWall / Ceiling LightsLuminisCeiling Surface Lights – HollowcoreBenches / TablesUrbaStyleConcrete Bench – BoomerangMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Roji / Nadamoto Yukiko Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

The Open Cabin / Royal House Co.

first_imgArchDaily Year:  Cabins & Lodges Japan Area:  45 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Koizumi, NICHIHA, LIXIL , TanitaDesign Team:Royal HouseCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Royal House Co.Recommended ProductsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalText description provided by the architects. The house is small and open to the outside. We thought that there was a free and lively life by incorporating nature and the environment of the city into life. We have considered energy efficient homes that make good use of the environment, rather than energy consuming homes, by reducing the area of the home. How do you design between homes, how do you think about relationships with neighbors and society. As a solution, we proposed a large deck that connects the houses.Save this picture!Courtesy of Royal House Co.Save this picture!PlanSave this picture!Courtesy of Royal House Co.In addition, we considered contact points with the local community so that our daily lives become the core of the neighborhood and region while protecting privacy. Japan is an era of declining birthrate and aging population. When designing a house, there is a need for a house that can accommodate not only the child-rearing generation but also various households. And We need to think again about what life is.Save this picture!Courtesy of Royal House Co.Live small and minimal. Use natural mechanisms well, using as little energy as possible. The time has come to review our lives. A house is a tool for realizing a living. We wanted to think about the future of living by thinking about a house and designed this house.Save this picture!Courtesy of Royal House Co.Project gallerySee allShow lessBeiBei Holiday BSC Marine Base / Benjai architectureSelected ProjectsYangsan SOSOSEOWON / JYA-RCHITECTSSelected Projects Share Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Projects Save this picture!Courtesy of Royal House Co.+ 33Curated by Hana Abdel Share The Open Cabin / Royal House Co. ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Royal House Co. Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” 2016 The Open Cabin / Royal House Co.Save this projectSaveThe Open Cabin / Royal House Co. ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyCabins & Lodges, Houses•Japan CopyAbout this officeRoyal House Co.OfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHospitality ArchitectureLodgingCabins & LodgesResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookJapanPublished on September 03, 2020Cite: “The Open Cabin / Royal House Co.” 02 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

£20,000 grants available for community groups to develop business ideas

first_img  222 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 Tagged with: business planning charity business Funding £20,000 grants available for community groups to develop business ideas Melanie May | 18 April 2017 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via The second funding round for the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund opens tomorrow (19th April), offering grants of up to £20,000 to help community groups to get their business ideas up and running.The two-year programme aims to invest around £1.85m in community businesses over two years, supporting around 80 community groups working in England by providing up to 15 days of tailored support along with the grants to develop their business ideas. The Community Business Bright Ideas programme is jointly funded by Power to Change and the Department for Communities and Local Government, and will be delivered by a consortium including Co-operatives UK, Plunkett Foundation and Groundwork UK, led by Locality.Community groups have until 31st May to apply for this round of funding, with additional funding rounds to follow in September this year, and February 2018.The money can be spent on costs to help a business become established, including legal and registration fees, training, knowledge and skills exchanges, and can also be used on activities including community engagement, and market research.More information on the criteria for applications, as well as how to apply can be found on the My Community website.Forty-nine groups received funding in the programme’s first round, sharing £695,000 in grants, and an additional £234,000 in business development help. These included Harlesden Letts, which aims to bring more affordable rents to the Harlesden area of London, The Playground, which wants to bring youth facilities back to a deprived seaside town, and Inside Workout, which wants to provide a community gym to help address gang activity in Manchester.Sara Buchanan, programme manager and lead on the Bright Ideas Fund at Power to Change, said:“It is a real delight to fund so many brilliant ideas. We know that getting a good idea off the ground is tough for any community, but with a bit of help they can become a reality and start making a difference for local people. We can’t wait to see the applications come in for the next round.”  221 total views,  2 views today Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28last_img read more

Add your name. Demand freedom for Colombian prisoner David Ravelo!

first_imgDavid RaveloThe North American Committee for the Defense of David Ravelo asks Workers World readers to sign the following open letter to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and call for Ravelo’s freedom. The committee will deliver the letter and the names of signers to Colombian officials in mid-January. The letter to Santos details the legal irregularities and his frame-up. The letter explains the urgency of this appeal: “Ravelo is emblematic of thousands of political prisoners in limbo now as Colombia implements a peace accord. Imprisoned combatants and civilian political prisoners may soon be eligible for amnesty. Ravelo must be one of them.”To endorse it, pleased email your name, city, state or province, and country to W.T. Whitney at [email protected] As a follow-up to its solidarity delegation to Colombia in 2012 on behalf of Ravelo, the committee is circulating this letter as part of the international campaign to free him.Colombian prisoner David Ravelo must go free, now!Open Letter to Colombian President Juan Manuel SantosPrepared by W.T. Whitney Jr.The case against prisoner David Ravelo collapsed long ago under the weight of lies and a misbegotten prosecution.  Only an imaginative writer of fiction could pass off as plausible the vengeance and bizarre legal proceedings he’s been subjected to.Ravelo was arrested on Sept. 14, 2010, in Barrancabermeja, Colombia. Charged with plotting to murder municipal official David Núñez Cala in 1991, he is serving an 18-year term. Appeals have failed. His case is now before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.Ravelo is emblematic of thousands of political prisoners in limbo now as Colombia implements a peace accord. Imprisoned combatants and civilian political prisoners may soon be eligible for amnesty. Ravelo must be one of them.BarrancabermejaBarrancabermeja, on the Magdalena River, came into existence along with development there of oil-processing facilities that now produce 60 percent of Colombia’s oil products. The local oil workers’ union is a famously militant one, and leftist ferment has been constant. In the late 1980s, for example, the Patriotic Union (UP) electoral coalition entered local politics. Soon killers were targeting UP activists in Barrancabermeja, and nationally.In the early 1990s, David Ravelo was a UP member of Barrancabermeja’s City Council and a delegate to the Santander Assembly. Charged with rebellion in 1993, he went to prison for 27 months.By the late 1990s, paramilitaries controlled the city and its surroundings. They massacred 36 Barrancabermeja inhabitants on May 16, 1998, and 17 more on Feb. 28, 1999.For 35 years, Ravelo was a labor organizer, community educator, journalist and defender of human rights. He joined the Colombian Communist Party’s Central Committee.Barrancabermeja’s Catholic Diocese honored Ravelo in 2008. Responding to paramilitary violence, he founded and directed the CREDHOS [Corporación regional para la defensa de los derechos humanos] human rights organization. Soon that group’s leaders were being killed or threatened, and many survivors departed. Ravelo stayed.Ravelo in 2007 circulated a video, viewable here (, showing Colombian President Álvaro Uribe socializing with Barrancabermeja paramilitary leaders in 2001.  Uribe’s ties to paramilitaries alarmed the U.S. government, Colombia’s military ally. But his Justice and Peace Law (2005) eased such concerns by promoting paramilitary demobilization. The video, recalling Uribe’s grim history, invited revenge.Persecution, lies and vengeanceColombia’s government in 1999 convicted paramilitary leaders Mario Jaimes Mejía (alias “Panadero”) and Fremio Sánchez Carreño for organizing the two Barrancabermeja massacres. Each received a 20-year sentence. Ravelo’s public denunciations played a role in their downfall.From Itagüí prison, paramilitary leader Roberto Pérez Álzate “gave the order,” says Ravelo, for Jaimes Mejía “to take revenge and accuse David Ravelo Crespo and José Arístides Andrade” of murdering David Núñez Cala in 1991.Jaimes confessed to organizing the massacres of 1998 and 1999 in order to qualify for the Justice and Peace Law.  According to that law, paramilitary leaders telling the truth and demobilizing troops would serve eight years in prison. In 2008, Jaimes confessed to the Núñez Cala murder and named Ravelo and ex-Congressperson Arístides Andrade as accomplices, adding that, at a meeting in Barrancabermeja, they participated in planning the murder. The accusations were aimed at fortifying his case for entry into the Justice and Peace program.His paramilitary associate Fremio Sánchez also confessed to the massacres and to his own role in the Núñez Cala murder. He too implicated Ravelo and Arístides Andrade in order to qualify for the program. He was not accepted.When Jaimes Mejía killed Núñez Cala, he was a FARC [Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia] member; he joined the paramilitaries later. Claiming that Ravelo had ties to the FARC, he showed investigators a 1985 photo of Ravelo attending a peace meeting with FARC leaders at a forest encampment. Authorities had used the old photo to put Ravelo in prison in 1993. Ravelo went free once the “Ravelo” in the photo was shown to be someone else, a journalist.Ever so strangeRavelo’s case rests on multiple assaults on the truth. Here’s one: a local prosecutor dismissed allegations against him in 2008. Later, the national attorney general transferred his case to an “anti-terrorism prosecutor” in Bogotá. That prosecutor, William Pacheco Granados, was a criminal.As a police lieutenant in 1991, Pacheco arranged for the “forced disappearance” of a young man. A military court convicted him; he spent a year in prison. Law 270 of 1996 prohibits anyone dismissed from “any public office” or convicted of a crime from joining “the judicial branch.” Now Pacheco Granados faces civil prosecution for murder.Another assault: Colombia’s attorney general on Aug. 20, 2014 accused Jaimes of lying when he accused Ravelo and Andrade of complicity in the murder. A judicial unit specializing in false witnesses is investigating. However, between May 26, 2015, and Oct. 27, 2016, six scheduled court sessions were canceled.A third: Jaimes’ criminality seems limitless. He arranged for journalist Yineth Bedoya to be kidnapped before she was to interview him in prison in 2000. She was beaten and raped.  Jaimes received a 28-year sentence and was removed from protection under the Law of Peace and Justice.Body parts discovered in the sewers of La Modelo prison have been connected to Jaimes’ order to “disappear” fellow prisoners.  He’s accused of ordering the killing in 2003 of a school head in Barrancabermeja and committing aggravated assault from prison against a Barrancabermeja businessman.Four, Jaimes Mejía bribed fellow prisoners to testify that Ravelo and Arístides Andrade attended the murder-planning meeting. Witnesses at trial sessions in 2011 and 2012 testified that Jaimes used prisoner Fremio Sánchez to recruit them. Their contradictory testimony indicated to Ravelo that they “didn’t know who he was.”  Officials facilitated meetings at which Jaimes and Sánchez conspired against Ravelo. A jailed lawyer, advising prisoners, testified to the collaboration. Five, none of Ravelo’s 30 defense witnesses were allowed to testify during the trial proceedings. Prosecutor Pacheco closed his pre-trial investigation without hearing testimony as to Ravelo’s innocence.Six, four weeks elapsed between Ravelo being convicted and the announcement of his conviction on Dec. 11, 2012. The delay impeded preparations for Ravelo’s appeal and was “a flagrant violation of due process.”Lastly, the atmosphere surrounding Ravelo’s trial was hardly favorable for securing justice; “family members and members of Ravelo’s CREDHOS organization continually suffered paramilitary death threats and harassment while the trial was in progress.”Ravalo summarizes: “The paramilitaries had ‘reasons’ for wanting to eliminate me. That’s why … they tried to assassinate me physically, but didn’t succeed. They decided to eliminate me judicially, and for that they implemented ‘the judicial façade,’ using the lie as their favorite weapon. It’s clear, therefore, that the truth is the first victim of war.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Seattle school bus drivers strike

first_imgFour hundred school bus drivers held a one-day strike Nov. 29 against First Student, the big national contractor. The strike shut down all school bus transportation in the Seattle school district, which has almost 50,000 students. Teamsters Local 174 announced the strike a day early to give families notice that they would need to find other means of transportation.The unfair labor practice strike was called after First Student unilaterally cut back its medical plan for the workers. A driver on the picket line described not having access to the health care plan despite the fact that she has cancer. The workers are also striking against a woefully inadequate retirement plan.A big turnout of multinational drivers was on picket lines at both First Student bus lots. Another strike could be called at any time if a fair agreement is not reached. And “it will not just last one day,” asserted Local 174 President Rick Hicks.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Anti-terrorism legislation – announced reforms must not stop halfway

first_img to go further Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 2, 2021 Find out more Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more February 13, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Anti-terrorism legislation – announced reforms must not stop halfway News News Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders hails the government’s declared intention of amending Turkey’s anti-terrorism legislation and encourages it to do this in a comprehensive manner.The law currently being drafted, which will amend articles in the criminal code, the anti-terrorism law and the media law, could be a major step in the right direction. But, to represent a real watershed, it will need to be extensive and detailed for the judicial system to implement it properly.And it will need to be quickly followed by repeal of all of the many legislative provisions that violate freedom of expression (see RWB’s recommendations).“We have for years being repeating that the anti-terrorism legislation is archaic and repressive and is one of the leading obstacles hampering the activities of journalists and civil society in Turkey,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The European Court of Human Rights is right to cite Turkey’s anti-terrorism legislation as the No. 1 reason for its critical rulings. Reforming it is essential if freedom of information and other freedoms are to progress in this country. If the bill’s approach is to henceforth apply terrorism charges solely to the perpetration of acts of violence, and no longer to the expression of dissident views, it is a move in the right direction. But that is just the first stage.“As well as the anti-terrorism legislation, this new ‘reform package’ is finally tackling some of the criminal code’s repressive articles. But it must not stop halfway. What about articles 125, 299, 300 and 305 criminalizing criticism of state institutions? What about Law No. 5816 penalizing criticism of the Turkish republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk? What about Law No. 5651 on the Internet, which permits extensive use of cyber-censorship and the blocking of websites without reference to any court?“Everything will depend on the extent of the proposed reforms and, of course, the way they are implemented by the courts. The extent of the last package of judicial reforms, adopted in July 2012, proved to be quite limited. Despite some progress it did not stop dozens of journalists from remaining in detention and did not stop many new media prosecutions.”Deloire added: “Most of the journalists currently detained in Turkey are accused without any solid evidence of membership of a terrorist organization. When will the judicial authorities be forced to provide more substantial justification for accusations and pre-trial detention? The new legislation must be precise in order to leave prosecutors and judges as little leeway as possible in its interpretation.”Announced months ago, the “fourth judicial reform package” was unveiled by justice minister Sadullah Ergin at a seminar yesterday and is supposed to be finalized quickly for submission to parliament. It is intended to help facilitate the resumed negotiations between the government and the PKK Kurdish rebels aimed at ending 20 years of armed conflict.The bill reportedly aims to distinguish between support for an illegal organization, inciting violence and the perpetration of acts of terrorism. Under one of the provisions being considered, those who allegedly assist an illegal organization, “commit crimes on its behalf” or disseminate its propaganda would no longer be automatically treated as “members of a terrorist organization.”Article 215 of the criminal code (“justifying a crime or a criminal”), currently punishable by three years in prison, is to be relaxed. As its stands, referring to the head of the outlawed PKK as “Mr. Öcalan” is regarded as a sign of respect and therefore treated as “justifying a criminal.”The penalty of six months to two years in prison applicable under article 318 of the criminal code to those who “discourage members of public from doing their military service” is reportedly to be replaced by a fine that can be imposed without reference to the courts. Using the media to discourage military service will no longer double the penalty imposed.Torture would no longer be subject to any statute of limitations, while defendants would be able to appeal against pre-trial detention orders and the judicial system would be encouraged to take more account of the rulings issued by the European Court of Human Rights.Turkish NGOs, including the human rights group IHD, have criticized the lack of government consultation with civil society during the drafting of the law. “KCK Media Committee” case – 26 still held A total of 26 executives and employees of pro-Kurdish news media continue to be held on suspicion of being members of an alleged “media committee” created by the outlawed Union of Communities in Kurdistan (KCK), regarded as the PKK’s urban wing. Seven others were released conditionally after the last hearing in this case before an Istanbul court on 8 February.The seven who were released are Ismail Yildiz, a reporter for the Euphrates News Agency (ANF), Pervin Yerlikaya, an accountant with the Diha (Tiger) news agency, Zuhal Tekiner, co-owner of Diha, Ziya Ciçekçi, co-owner of the daily Özgür Gündem (Open Agenda), Cagdas Kaplan, an Istanbul-based reporter for Diha, Ömer Ciftçi, co-owner of the weekly Demokratik Modernite, and Saffet Orman, a Demokratik Modernite employee.Held since 21 December 2011, they were freed on the grounds of the time already spent in detention and the level of evidence against them. They are now forbidden to leave the country. The other 26 will continue to be held until the next hearing, scheduled to begin 22 April. The court is expected to again consider the possibility of releasing them on 26 April, the last day of the next five-day hearing.Explaining its decision not to release them on 8 February, the court said their “preventive detention for the moment respects the norms established by the European Court of Human Right, as there are still plausible suspicions against them and the alternative of judicial control would be insufficient.”By the next hearing, the court is supposed to verify the foreign travel dates of those accused of attending KCK meetings in northern Iraq. The defendants have not yet been allowed to use Kurdish in court but this will reportedly be permitted once the final indictment has been read out.Finally, at the prosecution’s request, the jury has filed a complaint against the defence lawyers, who criticized the indictment, describing it as “defamatory,” “absurd” and “comic” and claiming that it would result in a “captive” press.Seventeen different “PKK propaganda” charges have meanwhile been brought against Ibrahim Güvenç, the editor of the only Kurdish-language daily, Azadiya Welat (Free Country), in connection with articles and columns published between 10 June and 4 November 2012. Like his predecessors as editors – Vedat Kursun and Ozan Kilinç – Güvenç is now threatened with imprisonment because of the newspaper’s coverage of the Kurdish issue. MEP – “Encourage legislative reforms and dialogue on Kurdish issue” Reporters Without Borders opened its 2013 series of monthly radio interviews in the European Parliament on 24 January with an interview on the subject of freedom of information in Turkey. The interviewee was French MEP Hélène Flautre of the Greens, who is a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and head of its delegation to the EU-Turkey mixed parliamentary commission.Newly returned from a visit to Turkey, Flautre stressed the need to overhaul the anti-terrorism law and judicial procedures, and the importance of the ongoing peace talks. She also urged the European Union to demonstrate sincerity in its membership negotiations with Turkey, and encouraged Turkey to press ahead with democratization.Listen to the interview (in French): (Photo : RSF) Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information TurkeyEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Turkey News RSF_en last_img read more

Death threats followed by lawsuits in campaign against dissident journalist

first_img to go further May 5, 2021 Find out more Organisation Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information RSF_en RussiaEurope – Central Asia center_img Freelance journalist Alexandr Podrabinek has gradually re-emerged in recent days after being forced into hiding by a hate campaign orchestrated by “patriotic” youth groups such as Nashi (Ours) but he is now the target of several lawsuits and Nashi is even suing foreign newspapers over their coverage of the case.“This affair has progressed from the brutal phase to the judicial phase,” Podrabinek wrote in his blog on 19 October, 12 days after appearing in public for the first time at tribute in Moscow to journalist Anna Politkovskaya on the third anniversary of her death. He is living at home again and has resumed working, and he says he is determined not to leave the country.Referring to his mainly young critics in a phone call with Reporters Without Borders, Podrabinek said: “They simply do not understand the meaning of free expression, of tolerating the expression of different views. Their education is largely responsible.”“We are relieved that Podrabinek’s situation is gradually returning to normal but we will continue to keep a close eye on developments,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The ‘patriotic’ groups have not let up in their attacks on those who do not share their views. The threats are continuing online and those who are nostalgic for the Soviet Union are now trying to use the courts to get more attention.”The Kremlin’s public criticism of some of Nashi’s activities – although the group was created at Vladimir Putin’s initiative to support his policies – has helped to defuse the situation. Nashi is used to responding with demonstrations of force to all those directly or indirectly besmirching the “honour of Holy Russia” but this time the group clearly went a bit too far even for the authorities.But Nashi has not given up. It announced on 22 October that it was bringing libel actions against four European newspapers – Le Monde, Le Journal du Dimanche, The Independent and Frankfurter Rundschau – for their allegedly one-sided coverage of the Podrabinek case and publishing of inaccurate and insulting information.More seriously, other pro-Kremlin organisations such as “United Russia’s Young Guard” (a ruling party affiliate) have joined in the insults and abuse of Podrabinek, much of it racist and anti-semitic in nature. Yet none of their members have been questioned or arrested. On the contrary, it is Podrabinek who is facing legal actions. A Second World War veteran, Viktor Semenov, and the Communist Party are suing him for damages and an apology, while the “League Against Illegal Immigration” has asked the courts to investigate Podrabinek on suspicion of “extremism.”The outpouring of hate against Podrabinek was set off by an article he wrote criticising the growing tendency of government officials to defend the Soviet Union and the controversial figure of Joseph Stalin. Nowadays, those who are nostalgic for the past are increasingly turning to the courts to make their views known.A libel suit brought by Stalin’s grandson against the Novaya Gazeta newspaper was dismissed on 14 October. But the “patriotic” movement known as the “Generation of the Victory” announced a week later that is was going to sue the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe over a resolution adopted by its parliamentary assembly referring to Stalinism as a “totalitarian regime.” RussiaEurope – Central Asia News News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption May 21, 2021 Find out more October 27, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death threats followed by lawsuits in campaign against dissident journalist News Follow the news on Russialast_img read more

World-first Irish early warning system for patients introduced

first_img Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest By News Highland – February 18, 2013 PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Pinterest Google+center_img A new early warning system that triggers signs of worsening conditions in patients was in place at Galway University Hospital when Savita Halappanavar was admitted last October.But the system does not yet cover maternity hospitals or such divisions in hospitals because a different set of standards is needed.Ireland has now become the first country in the world to introduce such an early warning system on a national basis.The system will apply in every hospital in the country.It will see patients monitored on a continuous basis, with clear guidelines on the actions to be taken if their condition deteriorates.Minister James Reilly says the guidelines are a recognised method of improving health care.”Similar types of scoring systems have been put in place in other parts of the world and they have been shown to improve outcomes” he said.”But what has been lacking in other areas – and what is a first for this country, and the world – is that this is now nationally mandated uniformly across the system so that everybody can understand and benefit from it” he added. Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Previous articleGardai question 35-year-old over Cork murderNext articleRelay for Life team captains meeting scheduled News Highland WhatsApp Twitter News HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp World-first Irish early warning system for patients introduced 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republiclast_img read more