Follow the news on Liberia March 27, 2019 Attacks on Liberian radio stations “contrary to spirit” of new press freedom law LiberiaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence Liberia is ranked 89th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation The headquaters of Liberian Neww Agency at the ministry of Information. Photo : LINA. News News A couple days before, unidentified individuals destroyed the transmitter cables of Joy FM, a commercial radio station in Monrovia. This was the third attack of this kind in Monrovia, following two on privately-owned Roots FM on 31 January and 10 February. RSF urges Liberian authorities to investigate threats against journalists According to the information obtained by RSF, all three radio stations – which were temporarily forced off the air by the attacks – have covered corruption scandals implicating the government, including the disappearance of 16 billion Liberian dollars from the state’s coffers, an increase in corruption and the apparent misuse of 25 million US dollars earmarked for stabilizing the economy, which is in decline. “These repeated attacks on privately-owned radio stations that criticize President Weah’s government are very worrying,” said Assane Diagne, the head of RSF’s West Africa office. “Thorough and independent investigations must be carried out to identify and punish those responsible for these violations, which are completely contrary to the spirt of the law that the Liberian parliament approved in February with the aim of reinforcing press freedom.” The attacks began as parliament was passing the Abdullahi Kamara Act for Freedom of the Press, which decriminalizes press offences and seeks to create an unfettered media environment. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for thorough and independent investigations into the attacks on three privately-owned radio stations critical of President George Weah during the past two months in Liberia. Because of their accessibility, radio stations are the main source of news for Liberians, much more than newspapers, whose consumption is limited by illiteracy and by their relative cost in a poor country. Liberia currently has 125 state-owned, commercial, religious, university and community radio stations. In one of the latest attacks, a local labour inspector stormed into Margibi FM, a community radio station in Kakata, 75 km northeast of the capital, Monrovia, on 4 March and assaulted presenter Nula Binda, who had just broadcast a recording in which the inspector could be heard soliciting a bribe from a foreign businessman. LiberiaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeFreedom of expressionViolence Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom to go further Receive email alerts After the attacks on Roots FM, armed police were deployed around its transmission centre (housed in a mobile phone company’s premises) with the declared aim of protecting a crime scene. But the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) described the police action as “a skilful shutdown of one of Liberia’s most critical voices in the wake of the passage of the bill seeking to decriminalize defamation offenses.” Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more After each attack, the police said they were conducting an investigation, but so far no significant results have been announced. The Centre for Media Studies in Peacebuilding (CEMESP), a Monrovia-based media rights group, condemned the “mute” government’s failure to take appropriate action. News June 12, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information December 16, 2020 Find out more RSF_en @RSF_Africa The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa
in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Fast Track Foreclosure 2017-05-29 John Ansell Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Two Bills that Affect Foreclosure Notices Two Bills that Affect Foreclosure Notices Tagged with: Fast Track Foreclosure Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago John A. Ansell III, is partner at Rosenberg & Associates, LLC. Born in Andrews AFB, Maryland, Ansell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland (1994) and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (2001). Ansell’s practice focuses primarily in the areas of real estate, settlement, foreclosure and default litigation legal services, and he oversees the firm’s appellate practice. Ansell is admitted to the state courts in Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia, the United States District Court for Maryland, United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the Eastern and Western Districts for the United States District Court for Virginia. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago May 29, 2017 1,603 Views About Author: John Ansell The Maryland legislature has passed House Bill 26 (“HB26”) that amends the foreclosure notice provisions contained in Maryland Real Property Article 7-105.2. HB26, slated to take effect on October 1, 2017, provides that notice of a foreclosure sale must be sent to a condominium association (COA) or homeowner’s association (HOA) that has recorded a lien against the property at least 30 days before the date of the proposed sale. This change now explicitly requires notice of sale be sent to any COA or HOA that has a lien recorded against the property at least 30 days prior to the scheduled sale. Since the current law requires notice to all subordinate lien- or judgment-holders (whose liens are recorded and indexed at least thirty days prior to the sale), this change is not particularly significant.Further, and more impactful, the bill provides that in the event of a cancellation of a foreclosure sale, the trustee must send notice of the cancellation to the record owner and to any COA or HOA to whom notice of the sale was sent, within 14 days of the cancellation. The statute does not mandate a particular form for the notice.The legislature in Annapolis also passed House Bill 1048 (HB1048), which adds a new registration component to the Maryland foreclosure process. Once it becomes effective, the law will require the property to be registered with the states’ Department of Labor and Licensing Regulation within seven days of docketing the case. While none of the information to be collected for this registration is unusual, the eventual registration process (either through a form drafted by the Commissioner of Financial Regulation, or directly through electronic registration) includes the requirement to provide the contact information for the “person authorized to manage and maintain the Property before the foreclosure sale.” Thus, in order to comply, servicers will need to provide property preservation contact info to their law firms early in the process (if relying on firms to handle the registration). This Bill also further extends State preemption of current foreclosure registry requirements to include this new registration. Interestingly though, the statute defines this new notice as not a public record, but says the registration notice can be made available to the jurisdictions, a person who owns property on the same block, or the HOA or COA. Fortunately, the legislature explicitly moved back the effective date of this bill from the first draft until October 1, 2018.In summary, while neither of these Bills make any fundamental changes to Maryland’s foreclosure rules, they are additional administrative and procedural steps that will need to be monitored to ensure compliance. Previous: Inconsistency in the Courts Next: Home Prices Hit New Peak The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago
News UpdatesDelhi High Court Directs BCI To Issue SOP For Physical Conduct of AIBE 2021 Shreya Agarwal6 Jan 2021 11:58 PMShare This – xDisposing off a plea by Adv. Purav Middha for the conduct of the All India Bar Examination, 2021 through the online mode, the Delhi High Court today ordered Bar Council of India (BCI) to issue the Standard Operating Procedure for physical conduct of the All India Bar Exam (AIBE) on January 24, 2021, amid COVID-19 pandemic.The BCI has rejected the option of online conduct of the exam…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?LoginDisposing off a plea by Adv. Purav Middha for the conduct of the All India Bar Examination, 2021 through the online mode, the Delhi High Court today ordered Bar Council of India (BCI) to issue the Standard Operating Procedure for physical conduct of the All India Bar Exam (AIBE) on January 24, 2021, amid COVID-19 pandemic.The BCI has rejected the option of online conduct of the exam citing concerns about a majority of the takers of the exam not having access to internet facilities. On the expression of such concern Middha retreated to the extent that an SOP could be issued by BCI regarding the physical conduct of the exam, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.(This is a developing story)Click Here To Download Application[Read Application]Next Story
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iStock/Kameleon007By: MARIYA MOSELEY, ABC News (NEW YORK) — As mass protests continue across the United States nearly three weeks after George Floyd’s death, a quiet army of supporters has been mobilizing to help aid demonstrators marching in the streets.Whether it’s feeding, housing or driving protesters home, some say they’re using whatever resources they have to help move the needle forward and support the Black Lives Matter movement.For Rahul Dubey of Washington, D.C., that meant sheltering over 70 fleeing protesters in his home on June 1.Dubey offered his home as a safe haven after he said he witnessed a large group of protesters being pepper sprayed and beaten to the ground by police officers. He said he was also hit with pepper spray.Dubey said that’s when he started yelling, “Get inside, get in the house,” before protesters, many of whom were complete strangers before that night, started piling up and aiding each other and checking in with family and friends to tell them they were safe, he added.The 44-year-old Indian American admits that that night was the catalyst for igniting his passion for the movement and showing his support as an ally in whatever way possible.“It took for that to happen for me to get fired up,” Dubey told ABC News.The healthcare innovator and son of immigrants who has lived in the nation’s capital for nearly two decades, believes that the night proved the power of working together.“There was an eight-and-a-half-hour period . . . where I saw humanity at its finest that I’ve never seen in my entire life,” Dubey said.Since then, not only has he received dozens of flowers and handwritten thank-you notes, he said, from around the world, but he said he has also remained in touch with many of the activists.“Everyone did a little part of opening the door . . . bringing us milk and snacks … What’s your moment of opening the door going forward?” Dubey said.For Lizzy Ashleigh, playing her part in the Black Lives Matter movement means driving around protesters and ensuring that they get home safely. Ashleigh, a ride-share driver in New York City, said that she’s committed to playing her part, whether that means calling to pinpoint protestors’ exact location or just offering a listening ear for riders to share their stories.Ashleigh, a Brooklyn native and music artist, said that prior to the pandemic, she was planning to perform across several cities before she took up driving full time to help pay her bills. She said that while she’s come across people from all walks of life while on the job, including racists who have openly expressed their views inside her car, she is determined to keep going.“The movement in general is needed to awaken so many minds to the systemic racism that’s been happening for years,” Ashleigh said.Ashleigh said that one of her riders’ stories that really touched her was a 16-year-old girl she drove home, who claimed she was violently tossed and handcuffed to the ground by police during a protest in the tri-state area.“She had so many questions … She was still hurt, but I think I made her feel better,” Ashleigh said.Another wave of support for protesters has included several organizations opening their lobbies for restroom breaks, phone charging and cooling stations.From New York City’s Signature Theatre to the Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, D.C., dozens of theaters across the country have opened their doors as part of the #OpenYourLobby campaign on social media. For some businesses, that meant intentionally reopening after being closing for months amid the coronavirus pandemic.“Stop by the Calderwood Pavilion now until 6 p.m. if you need a snack, drink, the restroom, or just wanna see a friendly face. #OpenYourLobby #BlackLivesMatter #Boston,” the Huntington Theatre Company in Boston wrote on Twitter.For Aaron Sternberg, his support of the movement includes organizing with “Feed The Streets LA,” a group that started over five years ago to offer food and hygiene products for the homeless.The group is aiding Black Lives Matter protesters across Los Angeles by offering demonstrators water or those who are injured assistance from volunteers with a medical background. Additionally, they have been helping the community rebuild after some businesses were destroyed.“We saw this need for protesters, so we came together and started fundraising and thought about the ways we could support the people who are out in the streets,” Sternberg told ABC News.Sternberg, a Los Angeles native who’s been working alongside the team for two years, said that he’s using this opportunity as a chance to “support and learn as much as I can as a white person.”“I grew up in the valley, I was very privileged … I just know that it’s now my time to talk and be there to support. I think that this movement is rolling through our nation and helping wake a lot of people up,” Sternberg said. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Philipwhitely reports on what’s happening in HR around the worldFurorein Spain as court outlaws pay freezeAmajor constitutional controversy has erupted in Spain after the High Courtruled that a public sector pay freeze imposed by the government in 1997 wasunlawful. Thecourt has decided that the incoming centre-right government of Jose Maria Aznarbroke an agreement signed by its predecessor with the unions, which would haveseen public sector salaries rise by as much as 2.6%.Tradeunions have promised a “hard and virulent” fight to ensure that thegovernment meets the back-dated payments in full, which could cost the SpanishExchequer close to Ptas500bn (US$3.45bn). The two main national trade unionbodies, the UGT and the Comisiones Obreras, were discussing the possibility ofa national strike as globalhr went to press.Home-basedstaff gain more rightsEuropeanbusinesses will have to ensure that home-workers receive the same treatment as other employees, underregulations due to be in place by the start of 2002. The European Union’ssocial affairs commissioner, Anna Diamantopolou, signed the agreement onteleworking on 7 February this year. Themain features are to guarantee equality of access to training and careerdevelopment; equal protection under health and safety rules; and continuationof employment status and collective rights. www.worldatwork.comBigpayoffs linked to “non-litigation” clausesEmployersin the US are cutting down on litigation by linking increased severance payoutsto clauses that bar an ex-employee from suing the company, according to areport in USA Today. Oneexample is ICG Communications, a data, voice and Internet communicationsprovider, which offers an additional two weeks’ severance pay for every year ofservice to employees who sign a non-litigation agreement. Companiesare anticipating a short economic downturn and they do not want to have anegative profile, because they may be hiring again in the near future, thereport noted.Anotherexample of generosity in downsizing came at AOL, which offered stock options tothose losing their jobs through the merger with Time Warner, although this wasnot specifically linked to non-litigation clauses. www.lexis-nexis.com/more/worldatwork/NewUS president to admit more Mexican workersGeorgeW Bush has agreed to discuss loosening immigration rules for Mexican nationals,to help reduce labour shortages in the southern US. In February, the new USpresident discussed proposals for a new guest worker programme with his Mexicancounterpart, Vicente Fox Rivalplans put forward in the US Senate differ over whether temporary employees –who are wanted by employers in the agriculture, construction and service industries– would have the right to apply for US citizenship. Civilrights groups say failure to grant citizens’ rights would place immigrantemployees in the ambiguous position of Gastarbeiters in Germany, who arepermanent residents without political rights.Foxand Bush are currently considering both options. www.shrm.orgPensionprotestors take to streets of FranceHundredsof thousands of protestors have taken to the streets in France to voiceopposition to planned increases in pension contributions. Employers’ body MEDEFwants to increase by five years the 40-year period during which private sectoremployees have to contribute in order to benefit from full pension rights.Inthe current French system, the non-government body the ASF, comprising tradeunion and employer interests, administrates the pension system for the privatesector. MEDEF, representing employer interests, argues that with increasinglife expectancy the system will collapse on present trends. www.figaro.frNewZealand opens doors to Asian skillsNewZealand is to soften its English-language test for immigrants in an attempt toalleviate skill shortages. The test was imposed in late 1995 following anincrease in the number of people from Asia looking for work on the islands. Thechange is part of a push by the government to upgrade the economy andcompensate for an exodus of skilled people, especially those versed in IT andcommunications technology. Theannual target of migrant employees set by the New Zealand government is beingincreased from 17,000 to 27,000. The policy change follows pressure fromemployers at forums the government has been holding with them since October. www.feer.comMazdamanagers take pay cutSeniormanagers at Mazda in Japan have volunteered 10% pay cuts in sympathy for the1,800 employees being asked to take early retirement. In2000, the loss-making Japanese car giant, now one-third owned by Ford, askedfor people to step forward for the redundancy programme. However, as yet, noone has come forward, prompting the gesture by managers, who announced theirintention to “take part in taking painful action”, according to astatement released by the company.Mazdasales grew slightly last year in the US but fell in Japan and Europe. Thefalling euro has also diminished revenues from European sales and the firmplans to close one of two assembly lines in Hiroshima, western Japan. www.lexis-nexis.com/more/worldatworkIndiantextile staff paid for doing nothingTheIndian Government is contributing towards “idle wages” to textileemployees without sufficient work. Staff of the National Textile Corporationare receiving subsidy from the state as the company continues to run at a loss.Defendingthe move, textile minister Dhananjay Kumar said he was honouring socialobligations. www.indiatimes.comMalaysiangovernment criticises work ethicMalaysia’sDeputy Prime Minister has hit out at the country’s service employees andlabelled the work ethic as a “disgrace”.”Westill find ourselves being attended to by an unsmiling, unco-operative,inefficient worker with zero initiative,” Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawideclared.Accordingto a report in the Asia Pacific Management Forum, the situation arises partlydue to a critical shortage of staff and partly due to “an increasing localperception that service jobs are demeaning and best left to foreign workersfrom Indonesia, Philippines and Bangladesh”. Mexicoaverts national rubber strikeRubberindustry employers in Mexico have avoided a national strike after unions agreedto a 9% pay increase. Production continues following an agreement signed inFebruary between the 35 companies and the national coalition of trade unions coveringthe sector. Employersagreed to leave collective bargaining arrangements intact, shelving proposalsto modify the procedures. The deal was brokered with the help of a conciliatorfrom the Mexican Employment and Social Affairs Department.Risein pay floor for US employeesTheUS Senate has approved a significant hike in the minimum wage, from $5.15 to$6.65 per hour in three annual increments. Thefirst increase (of 60c) will be effective 30 days after the law passes, said SenatorEdward Kennedy, who is promoting the Fair Minimum Wage Bill of 2001. Kennedyclaimed that the purchasing power of the minimum wage is nearly three dollarsbelow the level of 1968. www.shrm.orgCo-determinationis strengthened in GermanyGermany’sworker representatives are set to gain more say on works councils. Labourminister Walter Riester, from the ruling Social Democrat party, has receivedthe backing for his plans from both the Green Party coalition partner and fromthe trade unions. Riesterwants the works councils (Betriebsrat) to have a say on training, environmental issues and theorganisation of work. Theforums are already the most influential of any model in Europe, giving employeerepresentatives considerable say on management decisions. The changes areexpected to become law before the next round of works council elections in 2002. www.faz.net Global newsroundOn 1 Apr 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.
It has long been held that Eudyptes penguins will only ever develop a maximum of two mature yolky follicles to match their invariant two-egg clutch, an idea inferred largely from egg removal studies. Combining our own data with those from a previous but rarely cited study and by applying these to a simple developmental model, we show that macaroni penguins (Eudyptes chrysolophus) develop up to four large, yolky vitellogenic follicles, and they do so despite the fact that they will never lay more thantwo eggs or rear more than one chick, a tactic that seemsmaladaptive given their realized reproductive success. Wediscuss these results within the context of the usual pattern of reproductive investment in Eudyptes penguins and suggest a broader significance to modes of clutch size determination among all penguins (order Sphenisciformes).
The vessels will mainly transport LNG from a loading terminal on the Gydan Peninsula in the Russian Arctic to the FSU in Kamchatka and Murmansk The vessels are scheduled for delivery in 2023. Credit: Mitsui O.S.K.Lines Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) has signed charter agreements for three ice-breaking liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers with Arctic LNG 2.The agreements were signed by MOL subsidiary on 28 October.Arctic LNG 2’s largest shareholder is PAO NOVATEK.The vessels will be built by Korea-based Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering.The three vessels will be delivered in 2023.From an LNG loading terminal on the Gydan Peninsula in the Russian Arctic, the three vessels will transport LNG to the floating LNG storage units (FSU).The FSU will be installed at the transhipment terminal in Kamchatka (eastbound) and Murmansk (westbound) via the Northern Sea route.In comparison to MOL’s previous icebreaking LNG vessels, these new ships will have a narrower width, hull form optimized for breaking ice.These vessels will have an increased propulsion engine output, which will enable the vessels to sail east via the Northern Sea Route throughout the year.The older vessels of MOL can only sail eastbound in the Northern Sea Route mostly in summers and autumns when the ice is thin.The new LNG vessels can transport LNG to the FSUs in the east and west throughout the year, and will enable efficient year-round transportation from the Russian Arctic to areas of demand which includes Asia, claimed Mitsui Lines.Due to the eastbound transportation route, around 65% of the distance of the voyage is expected to reduce. This is in contrast with the westbound route via the Suez Canal for Asian destinations.With three icebreaking LNG carriers, MOL has been transporting LNG through the Northern Sea Route since March 2018 for the Yamal LNG Project in Russia.
Dutch Navy amphibious ship joins NATO operation Sea Guardian View post tag: HNLMS Karel Doorman HNLMS Karel Doorman, the Royal Netherlands Navy’s multi-purpose amphibious ship, got underway from its Den Helder homeport on April 4 to join the NATO-led operation Sea Guardian.Karel Doorman will spend the next nine weeks patrolling the Mediterranean Sea monitoring patterns-of-life to detect suspicious activities at sea.In addition to maritime situational awareness, counter-terrorism operations are one of the main tasks of operation Sea Guardian. This is why the Dutch ship will be hosting Tunisian anti-terror personnel on board for joint exercises.This will be Karel Doorman’s second deployment after undergoing extensive, year-long engine repairs which concluded in April last year. Prior to deploying to the Mediterranean, the ship supported hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma struck the Dutch overseas territory of Saint Maarten, destroying a third of buildings on the island.HNLMS Karel Doorman is headed for the Mediterranean with 300 people on board. In addition to the helicopter detachment and medical personnel for a fully-fledged hospital, Karel Doorman is also home to marines from the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark. The international unit has been preparing for their role within the NATO Response Force after the three countries signed a letter of intent to sign a “Composite Special Operations Component” in March 2017.HNLMS Karel Doorman is a 204-meter ship, launched in October 2012 by shipbuilder Damen in Galati, Romania and commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy in April 2015. Share this article View post tag: Op Sea Guardian View post tag: NATO Back to overview,Home naval-today Dutch Navy amphibious ship joins NATO operation Sea Guardian Authorities View post tag: Royal Netherlands Navy April 3, 2018