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West End Offices Reconversion to Apartments / Emrys Architects

first_img “COPY” West End Offices Reconversion to Apartments / Emrys Architects Photographs Architects: Emrys Architects Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Alan Williams+ 22 Share Year:  2011 Projects photographs:  Alan WilliamsPhotographs:  Alan WilliamsClient:Great Portland Estates plcCost:£6mCity:LondonCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alan Williams Emrys Architects creates tranquil contemporary apartment building off Oxford Street in London’s West End. A recent shift in planning policy in Central London, making it easier to change the use of some buildings, has resulted in some fantastic city-centre living. Save this picture!© Alan Williams We have taken an unattractive, tired 1970s office building in a conservation area just North of Oxford Street in London’s West End and created sixteen private and seven affordable contemporary residential apartments. Our scheme introduced a stone-clad elevation on Newman Street, re-modelling existing horizontal bands to form balconies allowing it to sit comfortably within the vertical Georgian street pattern. The rear elevation, which sits in a mews-scale streetscape populated by workshop-type buildings, is rendered and timber clad with aluminium windows reinforcing the semi-industrial street scene. Save this picture!© Alan Williams The existing building had no energy saving measures so by careful re-use of the concrete frame and introduction of relatively inexpensive green features Emrys Architects created very efficient 21st century homes. Save this picture!© Alan Williams Public Art Public art has been incorporated into the design of the building. Artist Tess Jaray whose work can be seen at the Tate and the V&A has applied a unique striped terrazzo design to the front entrance steps. This theme continues inside the reception area and common parts of the building with a geometric design created from the same terrazzo. The walls of the common area are lined with her distinctive prints. Save this picture!© Alan Williams Interiors The flats are generously sized especially for their location, the penthouses being planned on two floors feel very spacious at 240 m2 and 120 m2 each with large private terraces enjoying stunning views across London. The clean design augments this feeling of openness. The penthouses have ‘seemless’ white bathrooms with limestone floors flowing into Corian units and luxurious stand alone baths. The kitchen countertops are white glass – the all-white island appearing to rise from the walnut floors. Save this picture!© Alan Williams Location The bustle of shops and restaurants are around the corner and the building still retains office accommodation on the ground floor but the apartments are calm and quiet. From the penthouse terraces, you can see over the roof tops from the Houses of Parliament to the BT Tower.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessReviewing ‘Urban Hopes’: A Look at Steven Holl’s Latest in ChinaArticlesAD Classics: Kubuswoningen / Piet BlomArchitecture ClassicsProject locationAddress:London, United KingdomLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyApartments, Adaptive Reuse•London, United Kingdom Apartments Area:  3720 ft² Area:  3720 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project West End Offices Reconversion to Apartments / Emrys ArchitectsSave this projectSaveWest End Offices Reconversion to Apartments / Emrys Architects ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/483037/west-end-offices-reconversion-to-apartments-emrys-architects Clipboard 2011 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/483037/west-end-offices-reconversion-to-apartments-emrys-architects Clipboard Year:  “COPY” United Kingdom CopyAbout this officeEmrys ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsRefurbishmentAdaptive reuseLondonHousingRefurbishmentUnited KingdomPublished on March 06, 2014Cite: “West End Offices Reconversion to Apartments / Emrys Architects” 06 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Charity graduate scheme surveys sexism in the charity sector

first_img Women trainees on the CharityWorks graduate scheme for the charity sector are researching the extent of sexism and harassment in the charity and not-for-profit sector in the UK.They have opened an online survey to help map experiences of sexism with the aim of using the data gathered to help contribute to “the safety and wellbeing of everyone in this sector”. Contributions to the survey are open now.SEE ALSO: My experience of being a woman in the charity sector (14 July 2017)The survey follows the expose of the treatment of some of the hostesses at the men only Presidents Club charity gala in January, the allegations of sexual exploitation by some international aid workers, and resignations of male charity leaders Justin Forsyth and Brendan Cox following accusations of inappropriate behaviour towards women. It takes place against the background of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements designed to challenge widespread misogynistic attitudes and behaviour.The survey asks about: Advertisement Charity graduate scheme surveys sexism in the charity sector experienced sexismwitnessed sexismexperienced sexual harassmentwitnessed sexual harassment.It also includes an optional demographics section designed to build a picture of how experiences of sexism and harassment might vary by identity.The researchers recognise that attitudes and actions towards women are a global problem and present in all industries and sectors. They are focusing solely on experiences and views related to the charity/third sector in the UK.They define sexism using the Merriam Webster definition: “1, prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially : discrimination against women. 2, behavior, conditions, or attitudes that foster stereotypes of social roles based on sex”.Charityworks offers a paid 12-month graduate scheme working for a charity, together with support such as mentoring, and is designed to help someone build a career in the charity sector.A few people have asked why the survey? We are not looking to produce inflamitory research, but highlight issues & suggest ways to make the #thirdsector a beacon of #feminism & #EqualityNow. We love #charities, we <3 our sector! #fightback #TimesUp #MeToo https://t.co/q9Dyq9HRR2— Is the third sector sexist? (@Is3rdSectSexist) February 26, 2018 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  254 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Tagged with: diversity equality Research / statistics AnonymityThe research does not gather names, and there is no requirement to leave your email, place of work “or any identifying information” unless you wish to do so.The questions asking about examples of sexism and sexual harassment are not mandatory either. The final report will feature only anonymised information, unless the researchers contact participants (who have chosen to share their email address) and they give their express consent to do so.In addition participants can ask at any time to have their contributions/data removed from the survey, although this might prove difficult for information contributed anonymously.Questions about the survey can be asked via [email protected] the Sexism in the third sector survey. Nearly 200 people have completed the survey and we are really grateful for the responce. If you have worked in the third sector, please spare some time to fill in our survey! https://t.co/mEiyXie1R4 #sexism #charity #thirdsector #survey #metoo #TimesUp— Is the third sector sexist? (@Is3rdSectSexist) February 24, 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10  253 total views,  1 views today Howard Lake | 24 February 2018 | Newslast_img read more

Emergency Actions Called: U.S. Hands off Venezuela! No U.S.-backed Coup!

first_imgThe Venezuelan people took to the streets of Caracas on Jan. 23 in a huge popular mobilization in support of President Nicolás Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution.Workers all over the world have a stake in Venezuela’s future. While the U.S. government strangles millions of workers here by shutting down social services over Trump’s racist wall, the Pentagon remains open for business and is taking aggressive action against workers abroad.A previously unknown puppet acting in U.S. interests named Juan Guaidó arrogantly swore himself in as President of Venezuela on Jan. 23  against the wishes of the people of Venezuela. He called the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, a usurper. This is a lie. Maduro was democratically elected by the people of Venezuela — twice! Guaidó’s backers in Trump’s White House, fascist leader of Brazil Bolsonaro, and all other regional puppets of the U.S. government have already eagerly accepted Guaidó as one of their own, even as he cowers in the Colombian embassy in Caracas. They want to wipe out the gains made by Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chávez from the pages of history. Iraq war architect John Bolton says that regime change in oil-rich Venezuela is a “big business opportunity.” We must be shoulder-to-shoulder with our class in Venezuela and fight back! The struggle for Bolivarian Venezuela’s future is a struggle all class-conscious workers worldwide must take part in. If workers want free health care, strong labor rights, an end to racism, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, and a decent society to raise children in, we must mobilize to defend Venezuela’s gains.Silence is not an option!The International Action Center and Workers World Party, along with many other progressive organizations, have called for national mobilizations in support and defense of the Bolivarian revolution. Join us in the streets at these important actions!Venezuela Actions ListThis is a partial list of actions called by many organizations. Sign up to add your event using this form. Los Angeles, CAProtest Rally: Hands Off Venezuela! Stop the Coup!Thursday, January 24, 6–8 PM PST6430 Sunset Blvd. Salt Lake City, UTU.S. Hands Off Venezuela!Saturday, January 26, 12–1:30 PM MSTWallace Bennett Federal Building125 S. State St. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this San Francisco, CAEmergency Rally: Respect Venezuelan Sovereignty!Friday, January 25, 5–7 PM PST24th and Mission Corner of Elmwood and W Huron, by the Federal Bldg Atlanta, GANO Coup, No Military Intervention: Hands Off Venezuela!Friday, January 25, 4:30–6 PM CSTFive Points, downtown    Pensacola, FLEmergency Demo! Imperialist Hands Off Venezuela!Friday, January 25, 11–1 PM CST700 S. Palafox St. 5pm ET Friday, January 25, 2019 Delaware and Kenwood Raleigh, NCNo War on Venezuela!Saturday, February 2, 20191 PM – 3 PMHalifax Mall – 16 W. Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27601 Buffalo, NY US Hands off Venezuela! No coup! No sanctions! No war! New York, NY    Solidarity with Venezuela & Bolivarian RevolutionThursday, January 24, 6–8 PM ESTVenezuelan Consulate7 E. 51st St. Washington, D.C.Rally to Support the Bolivarian Revolution and President Maduro!Saturday, January 26, 1–3 PM ESTThe White Housecenter_img Delmar, NY Monday, January 28, 2019 Tucson, AZEmergency Rally! Hands Off Venezuela!Thursday, January 24, 5–6 PM MST300 W. Congress St. U.S. Hands Off Venezuela! Defend the Bolivarian Revolution! Doral, FLTrump: Hands-Off Venezuela!Saturday, January 26, 1–3 PM EST9405 NW 41st St. Albuquerque, NMEmergency Action! Say NO to U.S.-backed coup in Venezuela!Thursday, January 24, 5–6:30 PM MSTUNM Bookstore at Central Ave. & Cornell Dr. SE Philadelphia, PAU.S. Hands Off Venezuela!Saturday, January 26, 12–2 PM ESTPhiladelphia City Hall, 1450 JFK Blvd. New York, NYStop Regime Change Against Venezuela!Defend Latin American Sovereignty! Defend the Cuban Revolution!Saturday, January 26, NoonCuban Mission to the United Nations38th St. & Lexington Ave. Durham, NCU.S. Hands Off Venezuela! Emergency Rally!Sunday, January 27, 20191pm – 3pm ETCCB Plaza – 201 N Corcoran St, Durham, North Carolina 27701 Houston, TXNo Coup! No U.S. Intervention! Solidarity with Venezuela!Monday, January 284:30 – 5:30 CSTMickey Leland Federal Building, 1919 Smith Street at St. Joseph Parkway Chicago, ILHands Off Venezuela! Emergency DemonstrationTuesday, January 29, 5:30–7:30 PM CSTFederal Center and Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn St. 4 PM – 5pm ET Boston, MAEmergency Action! Say NO to U.S.-backed coup in Venezuela!Friday, January 25, 5:30–6:30 PM ESTCopley Square, 560 Boylston St.last_img read more

Football and fun to forget media freedom violations?

first_img Organisation to go further RSF_en News (photo: Equatorial Guinea’s Teodoro Obiang Nguema Basogo looks at his gifts before the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN 2012) final football match / AFP – Franck Fife)) Help by sharing this information News November 27, 2020 Find out more November 14, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Football and fun to forget media freedom violations? Follow the news on Equatorial Guinea June 15, 2020 Find out more News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Equatorial GuineaAfrica Equatorial GuineaAfrica Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives Receive email alerts Not even coronavirus escapes Equatorial Guinea’s extreme censorship Reports Equatorial Guinea has been chosen to host the next Africa Cup of Nations football tournament, to be held from 17 January to 8 February 2015, although its president figures prominently on the Reporters Without Borders list of Predators of Press Freedom.President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Basogo continues to appear at international events without ever being challenged over the appalling way he has crushed freedom of information in his country.During the tournament you will see the football stadium turf, the players and the excited public and you will hear the cheers, the scores and interviews but you will not hear anything about the poverty, corruption or political crackdowns because freedom of information is non-existent in Equatorial Guinea.It is not the first time this year that Nguema Basogo, the president for the past 35 years, has managed to pass himself off as a respectable leader. In June, he hosted an African Union summit that turned a deaf ear to protests from human rights and media freedom NGOs, including RWB, and to their calls to raise the issue of how Equatorial Guinea flouts civil liberties.Equatorial Guinea’s economic situation is often portrayed in a favourable light in articles in international publications that are more like advertorials“Equatorial Guinea has some cards in its hand, above all its sizable oil and gas deposits, which seem to make everyone forget its shocking record as regards fundamental freedoms,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“We urge the football fans following this tournament, which is supposed to unite nations and promote values, not to forget that, despite its polished facade, Equatorial Guinea is in reality a dictatorship that tramples on its citizens’ rights.”In Equatorial Guinea, the state has a monopoly on news and information. The constitution proclaims press freedom but the 1992 law on press, publishing and broadcasting gives the government broad censorship powers.Independent media are virtually non-existent. State-owned RTVGE is the only TV station available except for one owned by Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the president’s eldest son, who is also second vice-president and in charge of defence and security.The print media are no better. The few privately-owned newspapers such as La Opinión, El Sol, El Time and La Nación are all in financial trouble and appear only sporadically. Most privately-owned publications are owned by government allies and practice self-censorship.Radio seems to be the only source of independent information. According to the US State Department, international radio stations such as the BBC and Radio France Internationale manage to broadcast locally.The elite also has access to news coverage from abroad via satellite TV and the Internet. But the May 2013 parliamentary elections showed that nothing can be taken for granted, because the government blocked Facebook and the main opposition websites for the elections and access today is still piecemeal.Science and education minister Lucas Nguema Esono renewed the threat at the start of this month when, in a TV interview, he said that any website criticizing the government would be regarded as terrorist in nature. The warning contrasts with the president’s announcement a few months ago of a national dialogue and invitation to exiles to return.No international news agency has a correspondent based in Equatorial Guinea and the few foreign reporters allowed to visit are closely watched. Financial Times Africa editor Javier Blas and Financial Times reporter Peter Chapman were arrested by armed security agents in January while doing a report on preparations for an investment conference.After holding them for three hours at the national security ministry, officials escorted them to the airport and put them on flight out of the country without returning their laptops, notebooks and recorders.Equatorial Guinea is ranked 168th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. May 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Investigation report into the detention of journalist Haci Bogatekin, imprisoned for more than two months and facing ten and a half years in prison

first_imgThe most influential Islamist movementBogatekin carried out an investigation to prove that Ovacikli was a sympathiser with Fethullah Gulen’s religious movement and in April published an article saying that the prosecutor’s website () had been created by Halit Sait Altuner, an individual with links to the religious community “Nur Asya”, close to Fethullah Gulen.This preacher, who has lived in exile in the United States since 1999, heads one of the country’s most powerful Islamist movements. His influence also extends beyond Turkey to central Asia and the Balkans, through a network of schools, financial institutions and media, including the daily Zaman and Samanyolu television, and publishing houses. He has six to eight million members and sympathisers in Turkey and on 25 June 2008 he was finally acquitted of a charge of creating a secret organisation with the goal of overturning the country’s secular order. Bogatekin was arrested on 13 April 2008 as he left a plane bringing him from Istanbul, as a result of an arrest warrant issued in the journalist’s absence on 12 March. He was brought to the court in Gerger on 30 May after 47 days in custody, handcuffed and surrounded by uniformed police officers.The court called eight witnesses, six of them police officers, all on the side of the prosecutor who brought the case. They said they had not seen the journalist go into the prosecutor’s office in which the dispute reportedly took place. Bogatekin said that the prosecutor closed the door of his officer before threatening him. He also rejected the police statements, considering it logical that they would give evidence in support of their superior. He finally protested his innocence, saying, “I have been in prison for 47 days. I am 58 years old and suffer from asthma. I do not want to suffer any more of this”. Reporters Without Borders has learned that another trial has just been opened against Bogatekin by Sadullah Ovacikli and the head of the local police for “using the press to publish an insult”. Since the charge had only just been made known to him, the court decided to give the journalist more time and adjourned it until 30 June.The court on 30 May also examined two other cases implicating the journalist. The first related to a complaint made by a religious leader relating to an article that revealed the drying up of gifts to the community could be explained by financial embezzlement on the part of its management.The journalist is also facing proceedings under Article 301 of the criminal code over a previous editorial headlined “Turkey has made a mistake”, that appeared on 10 March 2007. He is accused of “open humiliation of Turkish identity, of the republic and state institutions and bodies” for which he faces two years in prison. In this non by-lined piece, the journalist said “the state has made mistakes”. He gave names of cities in which he said there had been abuses implicating Turkish state services.A critical newspaperNone of the six daily newspapers in Adiyaman sent reporters to cover the trial and none of them announced on the previous day that it would be taking place.Apart from the correspondent for Reporters Without Borders and the website Bianet.org, there were representatives of a few national media, as well as Faruk Balikci, president of the South-eastern and eastern Anatolian Journalists’ Association, sent at the request of the president of the Turkish Press Council. The Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent went to Kahta, another Adiyaman sub-prefecture, on 31 May to visit Bogatekin in prison but he was not allowed to see him. The chief of police responsible for the prison told him that detainees were not allowed visits at weekends. The journalist shares a cell with ten other prisoners, 60 kilometres from his family home. The father of 12 children usually lives in a very modest house on the outskirts of Gerger. His son Ozgur is doing his best to keep his father’s paper Gerger Firat going.The bi-monthly is the only paper in Gerger (population 4,200), is critical in tone and has given itself the mission to counter the renewed vigour of the region’s Islamist organisations and the “retreat of republican values”. Some 300 copies of the paper are delivered free in Gerger and 2,500 more are paid for by subscribers.Judicial harassment?Haci Bogatekin has been acquitted at the end of most of his trials. He was for example initially sentenced to a fine equivalent to 10,000 euros for failing to specify the full date of the appearance of the first edition of his paper on 31 August 2004. He appealed and the fine was reduced to 250 euros, because it was caused by a simple mistake at the printers.A trial was opened against him at the start of 2005 for “denigrating the security forces” in connection with an article headlined “the bandit state” and he faced up to three years in jail under Article 159 of the former criminal code. But he was acquitted on 6 July 2005, after the law was amended.The prosecutor Sadullah Ovacikli himself dismissed a case against him on 12 February 2005 after the appearance of an editorial headlined “The lice, the pig and the village head”. The prosecutor decided that the article that appeared on 7 December 2006, was in the public interest, basing his decision on two ECHR rulings. Reporters Without Borders attended the latest hearing and has investigated the case against Haci Bogatekin. Its initial conclusions are the following: to go further The court in Gerger, Adiyaman province decided on 30 May to place Haci Bogatekin in custody until the next hearing of his trial set for 30 June, which will make more than two months that the editor has been imprisoned for criticising the policy of Turkish authorities in the region and for questioning the impartiality of the prosecutor responsible for his case.Haci Bogatekin, aged 58 and father of 12 children, has been held in Kahta prison in Adiyaman province since 13 April this year. The prosecutor Sadullah Ovacikli laid a complaint against him over an article in which the journalist said the official had links with the Islamist movement of Fethullah Gülen, which has several million sympathisers and members in Turkey. He has been imprisoned for “trying to influence the court in his own trial”, “insulting prosecutor Sadullah Ovacikli in the execution of his duties” and having “defamed” him. He faces up to ten and a half years in jail.The judge, Aysegul Simsek, on 30 May remanded him in custody on the recommendation of the prosecutor Sedat Turan who considered that the journalist could run away and could put pressure on witnesses. “We are deeply alarmed by the plight of Haci Bogatekin, unfairly being held in custody simply for his work as a journalist and for questioning the impartiality of the prosecutor responsible for taking proceedings against him”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“This case echoes the tensions marking Turkish society. The journalist criticised the political programme of the regional authorities who have prioritised the struggle against the Kurdish movement, and exposed the danger to the country from the growing influence of a powerful Islamist community, linked to the preacher Fethullah Gulen.”“Sparing neither the state nor the army, Haci Bogatekin has been isolated and deprived of the support of those who are committed to secularism. His case also raises the question of the independence of Turkey’s justice system” the organisation continued. Reporters Without Borders attended the trial of Haci Bogatekin, in Gerger in the south-east of the country on 30 May 2008. The editor and owner of the bi-monthly newspaper Gerger Firat , who has been charged in more than 90 separate cases, has suffered a lengthy detention. What crime has he committed? The journalist questioned the impartiality of the prosecutor who is acting against him over his criticism of official tolerance of the Islamist religious community as well as state policy towards Kurdish nationalists. Help by sharing this information April 2, 2021 Find out more News News April 28, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkey TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia center_img Extension of the journalist’s period in custodyThe journalist’s lawyers argued that imprisoning their client for “the simple fact of having sent petitions to the authorities” in which he denounced Sadullah Ovacikli, undermined his right to a defence in the other trials he is facing. They also pointed out that there were ample guarantees to allow him to be released and that his continued imprisonment was pointless.However the prosecutor Sedat Turan said that Bogatekin was “lucky” and the precautions in the Turkish criminal code offered more protection than Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). “Our criminal law requires a “strong suspicion” whereas the ECHR calls for “enough suspicion”, he said.The judge nevertheless accepted the reasons given by the prosecutor to justify holding Haci Bogatekin in continued detention, taking the view that he was capable of putting pressure on a police officer who had not yet given evidence, Aydin Onat, that he could escape justice, go into hiding or destroy evidence.Several witnesses are due to testify on 30 June, among them the journalist’s son, Ozgur Bogatekin, and Aydin Onat. The General Directorate of criminal cases at the Justice ministry will also have to give an update on the investigation being held into Sadullah Ovacikli as a result of the journalist’s complaint. The court will also have to rule on whether or not the prosecutor should give evidence. Receive email alerts Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Three charges for two articlesThe charges of insult and defamation and attempt to influence the courts followed the publication of two articles. The journalist on 4 January 2008, wrote an editorial headlined “Feto” and Apo”. “Feto” is the nickname of Fethullah Gulen – leader of one of the most influential Turkish Muslim communities -, and “Apo” that of the leader of the Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK), Abdullah Ocalan, who is serving a life sentence on the island prison of Imrali in north-western Turkey. In the articles, Bogatekin said that the religious movements and the Kurdish groups rivalled one another in attracting support and that “this struggle was spreading in Turkey’s Kurdish regions and abroad”. The editorial also criticised the policy of the army which, he said, was to “go to fight the PKK militants in the mountains while the growing influence of Fethullah Gulen’s Islamist community at the expense of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) was making itself more and more felt in the region”.The journalist also accused the Turkish Army – seen by the people as the guardian of secularism – of abandoning the cities to the influence of the religious communities: “This is how the army has opened the path for these people so that they can rule the country. There is a lot to worry about in the future. The conflict between the army and the PKK has to stop. Otherwise, it will be too late (…).”The prosecutor Sadullah Ovacikli summoned the journalist on 8 January and according to Bogatekin, told him: “you can say what you like about this terrorist (Apo), but how dare you call our master Fethullah Gulen, beloved of millions, Feto? You will apologise in your next edition or you will regret it!” The journalist refused to reply to these questions. The prosecutor then accused him of having “done the PKK’s propaganda” (Article 7 paragraph 2 of the anti-terrorist law 3713) along with his “eulogy” (Article 215 of the criminal code), offences respectively punishable by three and seven and a half years in prison, by calling members of the KKK “Apo patriots”. Sadullah Ovacikli also asked for the journalist to be held in custody, which was rejected on the same day by the police court in Gerger and later by the court in Malatya (provincial prefecture of the same name north of Adiyaman). Haci Bogatekin took the case to the Higher Council of Judges and Public Prosecutors (HSYK), the Justice ministry and the Malatya prosecutor’s office, to condemn the prosecutor’s bias. Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Organisation News June 27, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Investigation report into the detention of journalist Haci Bogatekin, imprisoned for more than two months and facing ten and a half years in prison RSF_en Reports Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Under Review: The Need for Housing Finance Reform

first_img Under Review: The Need for Housing Finance Reform Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago November 7, 2017 1,804 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago HOUSING Housing Reform mortgage 2017-11-07 Nicole Casperson About Author: Nicole Casperson Home / Daily Dose / Under Review: The Need for Housing Finance Reform Previous: Tipping Point: Nearly Half of Top 50 MSAs Considered Overvalued Next: Borrowers Look to Borrow More Time from GSEs Nicole Casperson is the Associate Editor of DS News and MReport. She graduated from Texas Tech University where she received her M.A. in Mass Communications and her B.A. in Journalism. Casperson previously worked as a graduate teaching instructor at Texas Tech’s College of Media and Communications. Her thesis will be published by the International Communication Association this fall. To contact Casperson, e-mail: [email protected] center_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe  Print This Post The Housing and Insurance Subcommittee held its third hearing Tuesday entitled “Sustainable Housing Finance, Part III,” to further assess views and perspectives on the need to enact a comprehensive housing finance reform.During the meeting, the panel provided the Subcommittee with views and perspectives on the need to enact comprehensive housing finance reform, the legal, statutory or regulatory impediments to the return of private capital to the housing finance system, and what factors and metrics Congress should consider to reform the housing finance system.“We’ve heard from those who finance purchases of homes, we’ve heard from those who build homes, and those who help sellers and buyers meet for that buyers slice of the American Dream,” said U.S. House Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wisconsin) and Chairman on the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee during his opening remarks.Duffy continued, “We recognized that a home purchase is one of the biggest and most important decisions a person makes, and making sure we have a system that actually works for all Americans is incredibly important because we’ve seen when things go wrong, back in 2008, it doesn’t only impact those who purchase a home, it wrecks havoc on the whole economy.”U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-Florida) said the federal involvement in housing is litigated on the idea that it is not only helpful, but it is necessary.“For example, a working-class family scrapping to get by, we ask ourselves, how are we helping them?” Ross questioned during the hearing. “What’s striking to me is that we don’t ask a different question, how are we hurting them?”Other members of the subcommittee had different views, as U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-California) said, “We are going to need government agencies to provide the guarantee—if we are going to have 30-year fixed mortgages for low-income families.”Sherman continued, “I understand the jurisdiction of this panel is on the housing finance side but our purpose is to make sure homes are affordable and people who have their nest egg invested in homes don’t see that wiped out.”The panelists included Peter Wallison, Senior Fellow and Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Dr. Mark Zandi, Chief Economist, Moody’s Analytics, Dr. Michael Lea, Cardiff Consulting Services, Alanna McCargo, Co-director, Housing Finance Policy Center, Urban Institute, and The Honorable Theodore “Ted” Tozer, Senior Fellow, Center for Financial Markets, Milken Institute.As the Subcommittee recognizes that Americans need a housing policy that is sustainable over time, not one that causes endless boom-bust cycles in real estate that harm the economy, panelist McCargo said, “One clear lesson from recent years is that the country needs one solid, interconnected housing finance system that serves all people and protects taxpayers.”During Wallison’s testimony, he outlined five reasons why he believes the GSEs have impeded the growth of homeownership. One of those reasons included his belief that the enterprises and other housing policies increase housing prices and makes homes less affordable.“The best and most effective housing finance reform would be to completely eliminate the government’s role in housing finance, and to let private capital and the private sector operate the housing finance system,” Wallison said. “There is nothing about the way the government has managed the housing finance system for the last 50 years that would remotely recommend a continuing government role.”Additionally, Tozer also emphasized a safe and sound housing finance system that should support the overall reduction of the public capital footprint as more private capital re-enters the system at different points in the primary and secondary mortgage markets.However, according to Dr. Zandi it is not plausible to completely rid of the current system, but revise it instead.“Perhaps the least disruptive approach to GSE reform would be for the GSEs to be simply recapitalized and then reprivatized,” Zandi stated during his testimony. “Since Fannie and Freddie were remarkably profitable prior to the crisis, and have consistently been in the black in recent years, the logic for this proposal is that we can simply return to the system that prevailed prior to the crisis.” Tagged with: HOUSING Housing Reform mortgage Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Cllr John Ryan added to Fine Gael ticket in Donegal North East

first_img Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Facebook Pinterest Previous articleSubcontractors still owed money for work at LGH A&E UnitNext article€23 million to be allocated to Donegal County Council for roads News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal It has been annouced that Cllr John Ryan has been added to the Fine Gael ticket in Donegal North East.Fine Gael National Director of elections, Phil Hogan, made the annoucement yesterday evening.Cllr Ryan will be standing in the constituency with Deputy Joe McHugh.There will be now three local councillors from Inishowen standing in the constituency, and Cllr Ryan acknowledges he has a huge task ahead of him:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/jryan1pm.mp3[/podcast] By News Highland – February 2, 2011 WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Newsx Advertscenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cllr John Ryan added to Fine Gael ticket in Donegal North East Google+ Pinterest Twitter Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

MCGM’s Action A Consequence Of Displeased Influential Persons In Power Angered By Certain Causes Being Taken Up By Petitioner; Kangana Ranaut Seeks 2 Cr In Damages

first_imgNews UpdatesMCGM’s Action A Consequence Of Displeased Influential Persons In Power Angered By Certain Causes Being Taken Up By Petitioner; Kangana Ranaut Seeks 2 Cr In Damages Nitish Kashyap15 Sep 2020 8:55 PMShare This – xIn an amended petition filed before the Bombay High Court on Tuesday, actor Kangana Ranaut contended that the action taken by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) in demolishing 40 percent of her bungalow at Pali Hill in Bandra, which she used as an office space, was borne out of vendetta against her as those in power in the state as well as the MCGM “are displeased and angered…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?LoginIn an amended petition filed before the Bombay High Court on Tuesday, actor Kangana Ranaut contended that the action taken by the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) in demolishing 40 percent of her bungalow at Pali Hill in Bandra, which she used as an office space, was borne out of vendetta against her as those in power in the state as well as the MCGM “are displeased and angered by the causes taken up by her.” The actor has sought Rs.2 crore in damages caused to her due to MCGM’s action of demolition carried out on September 10. Division bench of Justice SJ Kathawalla and Justice RI Chagla had in the previous hearing allowed petitioner’s counsel Advocate Rizwan Siddique to amend the petition filed by her challenging MCGM’s order of demolition.The petitioner contended that “the entire action initiated by MCGM officials was a counterblast and a consequence of the displeasure of influential persons who are in power who are displeased and angry by certain causes being taken up by petitioner.” Refuting the civic body’s allegation that unauthorized construction and alterations have been made at her bungalow which she bought in 2017, the amended petition states-  “Before undertaking and/or commencing any kind of interior work and structural repairs in the said bungalow, the petitioner had duly made an application vide her letter dated October 3, 2018 to MCGM seeking permission for structural repairs and mentioning therein the following:-  (i) That since the building is 42 year old structure, the Petitioner had carried out structural audit of the said bungalow through a structural consultant; (ii) That as per the report submitted by the structural consultant, the building falls under C2-B category. (iii) That since it was not a good condition, the petitioner would like to carry out repairs by structural audit under the supervision and guidance of the structural auditor;  Consequently, MCGM permitted the petitioner to carry out the structural repairs as recommended by their structural consultant to the consultant’s fullest satisfaction and submit the structural stability certificate to MCGM once the work is completed.  In a second letter, MCGM informed the petitioner that no permission was required for carrying out tenantable repairs under section 342 of the Mumbai Municipal Corporation Act and that however, since the petitioner’s structural consultant has recommended structural repairs being C2B category row house, the petitioner undertook the same under the supervision and guidance of the structural consultant. Copies of the responses dated October 30, 2018 given by MCGM to the said Application made by the Petitioner were also annexed.Moreover, the petition contends- “The Petitioner as a public spirited person, consistently airs her views regarding issues of public importance on Social Media platforms, some of which at times is critical regarding the affairs and conduct of the administration and Government of the day.  In recent times, the Petitioner has been at loggerheads with the Government of Maharashtra regarding her views over the handling of certain issues which impact the public in general. The expression of use by her has displeased certain quarters and caused angst in certain quarters particularly a political party which is a part of the government in Maharashtra.  In view of various threats been given to the Petitioner, including threats of harm if she entered Mumbai, the Petitioner was compelled to seek the assistance/security and was given protection by Central Government in nature Y-plus category of CRPF security and the Petitioner could only come to Mumbai under protection. It is pertinent that the same political party is also the ruling party in the Municipal Corporation.” It is further argued in the amended plea that even before the order of demolition was pasted on the said bungalow, officials of MCGM were already present at the actor’s bungalow in Bandra’s Pali Hill-“This conduct of the Respondent No.1 and its officials demonstrates that they always had pre-meditated malafide intentions and ulterior motives to demolish the said bungalow”.Finally, seeking compensation of Rs.2 crores towards damages caused to her, Kangana has alleged -“The Respondent No. 2 and the officials of the Respondent No. 1 demolished about 40% of the Petitioner’s property including the valuable movable property of the Bungalow, like chandeliers, sofa, rare arts-works before the petitioner’s advocate obtained stay from this Hon’ble Court.”In conclusion, the petition argued that the whole intention of the respondents and reason for invocation of section 354A under the MMC Act, was to deprive the petitioner a fair opportunity to respond to the Impugned Notice. Thus, the petitioner sought quashing of the demolition order. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

“Was Abused & Slapped”, Uttar Pradesh Judge Alleges He Was Attacked By Unnao Bar Association Members, FIR Registered

first_imgNews Updates”Was Abused & Slapped”, Uttar Pradesh Judge Alleges He Was Attacked By Unnao Bar Association Members, FIR Registered Sparsh Upadhyay26 March 2021 8:26 PMShare This – xA Judge posted at Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao district was allegedly attacked by members of the Unnao Bar Association on Thursday (25th March). Following the alleged incident, an FIR has been registered in connection with the matter. On March 25 itself, the Additional District & Session Judge (Special Court, POCSO Act), Unnao, Prahlad Tandon wrote a letter to the SHO, Unnao (Kotwali Police Station) seeking the registration of FIR in the matter. In the letter, the Judge stated that the President and General Secretary of the Bar Association along with 150-200 other lawyers barged into his Courtroom shouting slogans at around 11 am. Further, the letter states that the mob started throwing courtroom’s chairs and tables here and there and even hurled choicest abuses against the judge. Specifically naming the President and General Secretary of the Bar Association, the letter alleges that when the Judge tried to go to his chamber, he was surrounded by the mob and was slapped, pushed and kicked and thereafter, his mobile phone was snatched and the mob continued to abuse him. The Judge has also stated in his letter that the mob vandalized his chamber, as well as the chamber of his steno and also, broke the glasses of the window and eventually he was rescued by the Court staff. In view of these averments, the Judge, in his letter requested the SHO to lodge a First Information Report (FIR) and initiate necessary proceedings. Accordingly, an FIR has now been registered by the Police Station in this matter and around 100 lawyers including District Bar Association President Ram Shanker Yadav have been under sections 332, 353, 504, 506, 394, 427 of the IPC. It may be noted that as reported in the media, the Judge on Friday (March 26) sought voluntary retirement from judicial service on personal grounds. Significantly, a copy of the letter has been forwarded sent to the registrar general, Allahabad High Court, and the District Judge, Unnao. In related news, last week, Victim’s family in Hathras Rape and Murder case had informed the Allahabad High Court that threats were extended to them, including the Counsel for the Victim’s family in open Court. Allegedly, shortly after the prosecution witness began deposing before the Presiding Officer, Special Court (SC/ST Act), Hathras on 05th March 2021, an advocate stormed into the courtroom and charged towards the applicant and the complainant counsel, shouting and issuing threats. As per the affidavit filed before the Allahabad HC, amongst the barrage of threats extended to the complainant Advocate Seema Kushwaha, the advocate stated that in this case the complainant counsel could not represent the victim’s family. Allegedly, at the same time, a large mob, including lawyers, entered the courtroom and surrounded the applicant and the complainant’s counsel in order to threaten and intimidate them. Further, the affidavit narrated that on account of this ruckus created by the Advocate and mob which included lawyers and others, the P.Ws could not properly depose on account of fear for their life and security. Download the letterRead letterTagsUttar Pradesh Judge Judge Assaulted Unnao Bar Association Assault on Judicial Officer Judicial officer Uttar Pradesh Unnao District Court ADJ Unnao ADJ Prahlad Tandon Next Storylast_img read more

Three charged in ‘chaotic’ Ithaca Commons scuffle with police officers

first_img Tagged: assault, disorderly conduct, ithaca police department Your Crime & Courts news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. – Three people from Ithaca are facing charges after tangling with police who were attempting to break up a fight on the Commons over the weekend.At about 1:20 a.m. Saturday, April 6, Ithaca Police Department officers on foot patrol reported seeing a man, who police identified as Cadji Ferguson, 26, run across the Commons and strike another man in the face, knocking him to the ground, according to a press release.Officers ran toward the two men and said they attempted to take Ferguson into custody. At that point, police said, a bystander “attacked an officer from behind repeatedly striking him in the head,” and then struck a second officer in the face. Police said the bystander was 22-year-old Rose Degroat. She was arraigned in Ithaca City Court on two felony counts of attempted second-degree assault and one count of resisting arrest, a misdemeanor.As the scuffle unfolded, several onlookers gathered and attempted “various forms of interference in the officers’ attempts to make the lawful arrests,” police said. One person from the crowd, Riley Johnson, 21, was also arrested for disorderly conduct, police said. Ferguson was also charged with disorderly conduct.Police described the scene as “chaotic” and called on the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office for assistance. One officer reported headaches and was treated by Bangs Ambulance, while the second reported cuts on his face but declined medical treatment.Ferguson and Johnson were issued appearance tickets and are due in city court on April 24. Degroat was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to appear in city court on April 17. Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzi Devon Magliozzi last_img read more