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Court clears writer and journalist Al-Jassem

first_img Organisation February 23, 2015 Find out more KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa September 5, 2014 Find out more Help by sharing this information A Kuwait City court has acquitted writer and journalist Mohamed Abdel Qader Al-Jassem on charges of defamation, inciting the government’s overthrow and attacking the emir’s status in blog entries critical of the government (www.aljasem.org) and in the three books he has written about Kuwaiti politics.“This is a great day for all those who expressed their solidarity with Al-Jassem’s battle for free expression in Kuwait,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The national and international campaign has borne fruit. We share his family’s relief in knowing that justice has been done and we call for the charges still pending against him to be dropped.”Al-Jassem was very critical of Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmed, and Kuwaiti businessman Mahmoud Haydar in his controversial articles and public statements. Charged several times in recent months, he has repeatedly been detained and released on bail, while the prosecutions brought against him have been marked by irregularities.His health is poor after undergoing several heart operations and he had to be hospitalised during his last period in detention in May and June, when he went on hunger strike.Another charge against him is to be heard on 20 September. His lawyers have appealed against a court decision to fine him 2,000 Kuwaiti dinars (about 6,000 euros): http://en.rsf.org/koweit-journalist-mohamed-al-jassem-28-06-2010,37826.html————100712 – Court quashes Al-Jassem defamation convictionReporters Without Borders hails a Kuwait City appeal court’s decision today to overturn Kuwaiti writer and journalist Mohamed Abdel Qader Al-Jassem’s conviction on a charge of defaming Prime Minister Sheikh Nasser Al-Sabah.“The ruling quashing Al-Jassem’s conviction is an important step for free expression in Kuwait,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We now call for all other charges against him to be withdrawn and the lifting of the reporting ban on the other case currently pending against him.” Today’s ruling overturned Al-Jassem’s conviction on 1 April for criticising government policy and calling for the prime minister’s resignation.Convicted in other case of defamation and “attacking the interests of the emir and national interests,” Al-Jassem was released on bail on 28 June pending the outcome of his latest appeal after being held for 49 days (http://en.rsf.org/koweit-journalist-mohamed-al-jassem-28-06-2010,37826.html). His latest appeal is due to be heard on 20 September.——–30.06.2010 – Authorities maintain reporting ban on Al-Jassem caseProsecutor Hamed Al-Othman yesterday asked the information ministry to maintain a reporting ban on the case of journalist Mohamed Abdel Qader Al-Jassem, who is due to be tried on 20 September. The request was made the day after a Kuwait City criminal court released Al-Jassem on bail.The ban has been in force since 24 May, when the justice ministry sent a directive to the information ministry forbidding both broadcast and print media to carry any reports about the proceedings against him (http://en.rsf.org/koweit-journalist-mohammed-abdel-qader-al-21-06-2010,37471.html).Reporters Without Borders reiterates it condemnation of the news blackout imposed by the Kuwaiti authorities, which is unworthy of a country that claims to be a democracy. The media should be free to cover any and all subjects without any government control of their editorial policies.——-28.06.2010 – Journalist Mohamed Al-Jassem released on bailReporters Without Borders hails Kuwaiti lawyer and journalist Mohammed Abdel Qader Al-Jassem’s release by a criminal court today after 49 days in detention on politically-motivated charges of attacking national unity and defaming the prime minister.“We are very relieved to learn of Al-Jassem’s release, even if it is conditional, as his detention was utterly unjust,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We continue to call for the complete withdrawal of the charges against him, as all he did was express a personal opinion verbally and in writing. This would enhance Kuwait’s stature.”In today’s hearing, his defence lawyers and doctors were able to tell the court that Al-Jassem’s health had deteriorated since his arrest on 11 May for posting blog entries critical of government policy. His lawyers have appealed against the court’s decision to require payment of bail of 2,000 dinars (6,000 euros). Another hearing has been set for 20 September.Both Al-Jassem’s arrest and his detention were marked by many procedural irregularities (http://en.rsf.org/koweit-journalist-mohammed-abdel-qader-al-21-06-2010,3…). New Cyber Crimes Law restricts free expression and targets online activists News Popular blogger charged with blasphemy News to go furthercenter_img RSF_en January 21, 2016 Find out more Receive email alerts KuwaitMiddle East – North Africa News News Courts uphold newspaper’s closure, increase blogger’s jail term Follow the news on Kuwait July 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court clears writer and journalist Al-Jassemlast_img read more

Fannie Mae Upgrades Predictions for 2021 Housing Market, Economy

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago 2021 predictions Fannie Mae Housing Market 2020-12-15 Cristin Espinosa Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News, Webcasts Veronica Bradley has covered the consumer packaged goods industry, the tech industry, the healthcare industry, and a few other industries that impact people’s daily lives. When she isn’t researching and writing, she moonlights as an amateur accountant and bookkeeper for a small family brewpub, because unlike most writers, she isn’t afraid of numbers. Home / Daily Dose / Fannie Mae Upgrades Predictions for 2021 Housing Market, Economy Fannie Mae Upgrades Predictions for 2021 Housing Market, Economy  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Many factors have contributed to Fannie Mae’s updated prediction for end-of-year and 2021 growth. Stronger-than-expected data coming in, positive vaccine developments, and increased talks of additional stimulus have helped keep the economy moving ahead.Originally forecasted at negative 2.5%, full-year growth is now expected to be negative 2.2%, a .3% increase. And the 2021 forecast has gone from 3.3% growth to 4.5% growth, a healthy 1.2% increase. Fannie Mae has even gone as far as predict that 2022 will experience 3.2% growth, which has increased .2% since November’s original prediction.As for the housing market, October was stronger than predicted, but things are slowing down. However, Q4 is now forecasted to hit 7.6 million as opposed to the original prediction of 7.16 million.Naturally, the faster pace of existing sales has also altered the forecast for mortgage originations. 2020 should hit $4.29 trillion—up $169 billion—and 2021 is predicted to reach $3.47 trillion—up $745 billion.Inventory in the housing market continues to be an issue, but 2021 Q1 should still be stronger than Q1 of this year, up 12.1%. And rapid appreciation has made homes less affordable. In fact, the CoreLogic National Home Price Index reports home prices have jumped 7.3% between October 2019 and October 2020.The demand for new builds continues to climb, as well. Single-family new construction rose 6.4% in October, the highest rate since 2007. However, Fannie Mae reports this pace is unsustainable and should taper off by spring.As for the current trend of people moving to more spacious areas, specifically suburban locations, whether or not it’s fueled by Covid-19 remains to be seen. But regardless, the trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime in the near future.All in all, the housing market has done well, despite the many problems caused by the pandemic. And with recovery—both economic and for a more typical way of life—on the horizon, the housing market will continue to do well. About Author: Veronica Bradley The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share 2Save Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe December 15, 2020 3,756 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: 2021 predictions Fannie Mae Housing Market Previous: A Perfect Storm Could Push Back Economic Recovery Next: What Shifts in Forbearance Rates Meanlast_img read more

Alexis Peterson scores program-record 45 points, leads Syracuse to 85-75 comeback victory over NC State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ One day after being named as one of the final 25 candidates in the running for the annual John R. Wooden Award, which goes to the nation’s top collegiate player, Syracuse guard Alexis Peterson put forth one of the most dominating performances of her career, scoring a program-record 45 points against No. 23 North Carolina State.Peterson’s 45 is also the most points scored by a male or female in Carrier Dome history.“I think this is the second or third game in a row that I can say ‘Alexis Peterson,’ I guess,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. “Just an amazing, amazing performance by (Peterson).”Down 44-32 at halftime, a heroic second half from Peterson led Syracuse (13-5, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) to an 85-75 victory over the Wolfpack (13-5, 3-2) Thursday night at the Carrier Dome. Peterson notched 28 of her 45 points in the second half, leading unranked Syracuse to its first victory over an AP top-25 team this season.“Peterson just had an unbelievable game. I feel kind of like an idiot sitting here and having somebody drop 45 points on us,” NC State head coach Wes Moore said. “We tried to double her, we tried to trap her, we tried to keep it out of her hands, but we just couldn’t find a way.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange shot just 29.7 percent from the field in the first half, falling behind as the Wolfpack fired back with a 60 percent shooting percentage. NC State sophomores Miah Spencer and Chelsea Nelson shot 3-for-3 and 5-for-5 from the field, respectively, propelling the Wolfpack to an early lead.Briana Day, Gabby Cooper, Isabella Slim and Abby Grant shot a combined 2-for-15 in the first half, contributing heavily to the Orange’s shooting woes. The SU defense also was uncharacteristically timid in the first half, totaling just two steals and two blocks as NC State pulled away for what became a 12-point deficit at the half.“(NC State) was getting the ball inbounds too easy,” Hillsman said. “(Moore) had a really good scheme against (the SU defense).”But the Orange turned it around in the second half, shooting 51.9 percent from the field and powering away from the Wolfpack.Peterson led the Orange’s well-rounded attack, hitting 11 shots from the field and adding to the tally with a 17-of-19 performance from the foul line. She also shot 6-of-10 from 3-point range.“Alexis Peterson was just amazing,” Hillsman said. “And sometimes you have her just come out and play amazing, and that’s what she was.”Syracuse’s defense flipped the script in the second half, totaling seven steals and one block in the final 20 minutes of the game. SU held the Wolfpack shooters to 40.7 percent from the field, a stark contrast to its 60 percent in the first half. Spencer and Nelson were also slowed down, posting four combined turnovers and totaling just 15 second-half points.Behind its strong second-half performance and Peterson’s career night in the Dome, the Orange sealed a 10-point victory over the Wolfpack, 85-75, as Peterson’s name and performance became permanently etched in the annals of the Carrier Dome.“We talk about playing our role, and tonight it happened to be my night,” Peterson said. “(Setting the program record) is a huge honor … it’s something I’ll appreciate forever, and I’m extremely blessed and extremely honored.” Comments Published on January 12, 2017 at 10:34 pm Contact Matt: [email protected]last_img read more

Tipp see off Clare challenge

first_imgIt was nip and tuck through the second half with Clare keeping Tipp under pressure and came to within a point of Michael Ryans side.However Tipp held on to win by 3 points on a scoreline of 28 points to 3-16.Afterwards Killenaule clubman John Bubbles O’Dwyer said Tipp were happy to come out on the right side of a tough battle.Clare join manager Donal Moloney said the loss was hard to take having run the defending champions so close.Wexford and Waterford meet in their quarter-final tomorrow afternoon in Páirc uí Chaoimh. Photo © TipperaryGAA Tipperary are through to the All Ireland senior hurling championship semi-finals.The reigning champions were made to fight all the way to overcome Clare this afternoon in Páirc uí Chaoimh.The Premier led by 5 points at half time 16 points to 2-5 despite conceding a brace of goals in the space of 2 minutes in the opening period.last_img read more

Premier League betting: The smart money could be on Chelsea

first_imgIt hasn’t been an easy start to Frank Lampard’s reign as manager, but there have been enough positive signs to suggest that Chelsea could yet be challengers for the Premier League title this season.When it comes to football betting, there’s no doubt that Liverpool and Manchester City are still seen as the two stand-out teams in the division – and with good reason.Chelsea are certainly favourites to win their next game, away at Wolves, but in terms of the title race they are not expected to challenge Liverpool and City. That might be wide of the mark, because there are plenty of reasons to believe that the Blues will improve as the season progresses.Shoring up the defenceChelsea have looked vulnerable at the back, with Kurt Zouma turning in a horror show at Manchester United in the opening game and then scoring an own goal in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United to leave Lampard still waiting for his first home win as boss.Lampard dropped Andreas Christensen for that game – a sure sign that the manager has been less than impressed with Chelsea’s defending in recent matches.The inexperienced Fiyako Tomori was brought in and did OK, but the man likely to make a real difference is Antonio Rudiger, who is working his way back to fitness after a knee injury.Rudiger has made two recent appearances for Chelsea’s Under-23 side as part of his comeback and is expected to return to first-team action after the international break. That will be a welcome boost for Chelsea and add some much-needed experience to the heart of the defence.There is also likely to be some much-needed dynamism added, with young right-back Reece James on the way back from an ankle injury. Lampard rates James highly and wants to give him a chance – potentially at the expense of the dependable but less exciting Cesar Azpilicueta, whose place looks under real threat.Midfield optionsChelsea have looked strong in midfield – and that’s even without the great N’Golo Kante, who recovered from a knee problem only to suffer an ankle injury. He too should be back in action after the international break.Jorginho, much maligned last season, has been excellent, while Mateo Kovacic has also impressed and Ross Barkley continues to show his ability for both club and country.But of course the real midfield bonus so far this season has been the emergence of Mason Mount, who thrived under Lampard while on loan at Derby County last season and has repaid his manager’s faith in him. Mount, recently called up by England, really does look the part.So too of course did Ruben Loftus-Cheek before suffering an Achilles tendon injury. With Kante and Loftus-Cheek still to come in, and Mount only likely to get better, Chelsea have an abundance of talent in that midfield area.Abraham can deliverAfter a rocky start to a huge season for Tammy Abraham in his quest to be a Chelsea first-team regular, the young striker has responded with a brace at Norwich and another goal against Sheffield United – those are great signs for the Blues and if he can maintain that kind of form then don’t bet against Chelsea this season.Their attacking options are not abundant given the summer departure of talisman Eden Hazard, injury to Callum Hudson-Odoi and the transfer ban hanging over the club. Neither Olivier Giroud or Michy Batshuayi have looked convincing, but Abraham looks ready to answer Chelsea’s call. And Hudson-Odoi’s eagerly awaited return will be another major boost.So don’t write off Chelsea just yet. It could still turn out to be a season to remember if their returning players can hit the ground running. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksRecommended for youApartments for Sale | Search AdsApartments in Dubai Might Be Cheaper Than You ThinkApartments for Sale | Search AdsUndoProperty Investment | Search AdsDubai Real Estate Investment Properties May Surprise YouProperty Investment | Search AdsUndoSUVs | Search AdsSUV Costs in Hong Kong Might Actually Amaze YouSUVs | Search AdsUndoMisterStocksHeidi Klum’s Daughter Is Probably The Prettiest Girl AliveMisterStocksUndoHealth & Human Research7 Superfoods for Active People Over 50Health & Human ResearchUndoOrganic WelcomeThe 7 Worst Foods For Your Brain You Need To Stop EatingOrganic WelcomeUndoCampusPal9 College Majors That Have Big Gender GapsCampusPalUndoDating Sites | Search AdsOnline Dating Sites That Might Surprise YouDating Sites | Search AdsUndolast_img read more

Sharks’ Evander Kane embraces distraction of playing hockey

first_imgSAN JOSE — The party is being put on hold for a couple more days.The Nashville Predators spoiled the Sharks chance of clinching a playoff spot for the 14th time in 15 years on Saturday, handing the home team its first set of back-to-back losses at SAP Center this season. In doing so, they also blocked the Sharks from regaining first place in the Western Conference as the Winnipeg Jets knocked off the Calgary Flames earlier in the night.As a result, the Sharks remain one point behind the …last_img read more

Microsoft partners with SA’s Jobs Fund

first_img7 June 2013 Microsoft South Africa has partnered with the government’s Jobs Fund to train more than 3 000 unemployed graduates to enable them to get permanent jobs in the country’s technology sector over the next three years. The students will sign 12-month internship contracts under the Jobs Fund banner, with a target of having at least 75% of them employed in full-time jobs by the end of their training. Launching the initiative in Johannesburg on Thursday, Jean-Phillippe Courtois, the president of Microsoft International, said the initiative would dramatically expand Microsoft’s existing skills development programmes through funding from the Jobs Fund and the company’s own 4Afrika initiative. “The government’s top priority is to get young South Africans working. As a company, we have long invested in South Africa, and understand the need for us all to continue to develop solutions to this challenge,” Courtois said in a statement. “We remain committed to helping address the issue of youth unemployment, as we cannot let an entire generation of young people become long-term unemployed.” Patrick Dlamini, chief executive of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), which administers the Jobs Fund, hailed the partnership as a breakthrough in creating jobs in South Africa’s IT sector. “We’ve been extremely encouraged by the way the private sector has risen to the challenge of helping create jobs in South Africa,” Dlamini said. “Indeed, these types of partnerships between the private and public sector will be significant contributors to the more than 100 524 new permanent jobs which our current portfolio of approved projects aims to create by 2015. “These projects will also place another 56 194 unemployed people in vacant positions.” The R9-billion Jobs Fund was announced by President Jacob Zuma in 2011 with the aim of finding innovative solutions to South Africa’s employment problem. To date, the Fund has approved grant funding of more than R3.4-billion, of which more than R1.2-billion has been allocated to private sector-led initiatives. This R1.2-billion has been matched by a further R1.576-billion in funding raised by the private sector. Mteto Nyati, Microsoft South Africa’s managing director, said youth unemployment was “one of the biggest threats and challenges facing South Africa today”. It is estimated that 25% of all South Africans are unemployed – of which 70% are young people. The new initiative will seek to triple the training outreach programmes undertaken by Microsoft in the past. Nyati said that while Microsoft’s Student2Business initiative, in conjunction with government agencies, had already trained more than 6 500 unemployed graduates and placed more than 75% in permanent positions, efforts to empower the country’s youth needed to be accelerated dramatically. “South Africa is essentially a nation of young people – and the high level of youth unemployment threatens the very stability of the country,” Nyati said. “We aim to positively impact the lives of thousands of young people over the next three years, helping to close the opportunity divide by giving them access to technology and skills which will help them get on the pathway to work.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Top 10 stories of 2017: #2

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 2. Storm damage pictures from Mercer County farmsOn the afternoon of Sunday, Nov. 5, 15 tornadoes touched down in different parts of Ohio, according to the National Weather Service. Two of the worst were in Mercer County.According to the National Weather Service, one of the tornadoes touched down in Celina and skirted Grand Lake St. Marys, causing eight injuries. Some of the most significant damage was at Crown Equipment Corporation where a significant portion of the roof was removed and exterior walls on the southwest side of the building collapsed. Several other businesses were affected as well.A second tornado swept in from the state line, according to the National Weather Service report. The tornado crossed into Mercer County and cut a swath up to 500 yards wide on its 8-mile path affecting more than 20 properties.last_img read more

Höegh LNG to Charter Its New FSRU to Cheniere

first_imgNorway’s Höegh LNG has signed a time charter contract for a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) with Cheniere Marketing International.Under the deal, the company’s recently named Höegh Galleon would be employed on a fixed daily charter rate with Cheniere for a period of up to 18 months.The time charter is scheduled to commence in September 2019 after the delivery of the unit, Höegh LNG’s tenth, from South Korea’s shipbuilder Samsung Heavy Industries.The company explained that the terms of the time charter ensure the Höegh Galleon’s availability to serve the AIE project in Port Kembla, Australia, where Höegh LNG is the FSRU provider on a back-to-back basis.AIE recently announced a contract to supply gas to its foundation customer from January 1, 2021.“This charter party will cover the period from delivery of Höegh Galleon until its planned start-up in Port Kembla. Combined with a finalized AIE contract and the project’s FID, Höegh Galleon will have long-term contract coverage in line with HLNG’s stated strategy,” Sveinung J.S. Støhle, President & CEO of Höegh LNG, said.Støhle added that from commencement of the Cheniere contract in September, Höegh LNG’s fleet would be fully employed.last_img read more