Five media that have lost many journalists to violence


first_img January 20, 2015 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Five media that have lost many journalists to violence Al-Iraqiya: collateral victim of the Iraq war (Iraq)With 14 journalists killed from March 2003 to August 2010, the Iraqi national TV station Al-Iraqiya paid a higher human price than any other news media during the Iraq war. And three more of its employees have been killed in connection with their work since the end of the US occupation.Al-Iraqiya is part of the Iraqi Media Network, which was created by the US government and then transferred to the Iraqi authorities, and which is still regarded as being allied with the ruling Shiite parties. As a result, Sunni rebels have targeted its employees, accusing them of being traitors. The war in Iraq was the deadliest conflict for media personnel since the Second World War, with a total of 230 journalists and media staff killed from the start of the US invasion in March 2003 to the withdrawal of the last US combat troops in August 2010. Express News: targeted by the Taliban (Pakistan)Renowned for its professionalism and liberal views, Express News TV saw six of its journalists and other employees murdered in 2014 alone. No one keeps count of the threats and attacks on its offices or the homes of its staff members any more. Most of the attacks have been claimed by the militant group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), which sees Express News as an enemy because of its critical coverage. TTP is encouraged to pursue its campaign of terror by the impunity that prevails in Pakistan, one of the world’s deadliest countries for journalists. Novaya Gazeta: the price of media independence (Russia)The champion of independent investigative journalism in Russia, Novaya Gazeta pays dearly for the absence of the rule of law in this country, with five of its employees murdered since 2000. They include the famous Anna Politkovskaya and Natalia Estemirova, who tirelessly documented human rights violations during the two Chechen wars, and Igor Domnikov and Yuri Shchekochikhin, who covered corruption and organized crime. For the most part, the investigations into their murders failed to identify the masterminds. Radio Shabelle: reporting amid chaos (Somalia)Somalia’s best known radio station, Radio Shabelle is also the one that is most exposed to danger. No fewer than ten of its employees, including several of its managers, have been murdered since 2007. Islamist militias have repeatedly targeted it for refusing to bow to their demands. It is also hounded by the government, resulting in its temporary closure in August 2014.Despite death threats, imprisonment and the flight of many of its journalists into exile, Radio Shabelle continues to tackle the most sensitive stories. When Reporters Without Borders awarded its Press Freedom Prize to the station in 2010, Shabelle Media Network’s director for international relations, Ali Abdi, said: “We will not be intimidated. We are determined to continue our struggle for independent journalism and respect for human rights.” Radio Television of Serbia: 16 killed by targeted NATO bombing (Serbia)Sixteen employees of Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) were killed when NATO deliberately bombed its Belgrade headquarters on the night of 23 April 1999, during the Kosovo war. RTS general manager Dragoljub Milanovic was sentenced to nine and a half years in prison in 2002 for failing to order employees to evacuate the building. But NATO never provided any compensation and [never questioned the decision to bomb->[,04003.html-> RTS. The alliance regarded it as a “legitimate military target” because it was broadcasting propaganda. RSF_en The entire world was appalled by the 7 January massacre at Charlie Hebdo, which cost the lives of eight journalists and added the Paris-based magazine to the long list of media around the world that have been the victims of horrific levels of violence.Here, Reporters Without Borders spotlights five other news media that have seen many of their employees killed for doing their duty to provide news coverage and comment. Organisation Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Anti-water charge protesters turn Limerick castle into a fortress


first_imgNewsLocal NewsAnti-water charge protesters turn Limerick castle into a fortressBy Alan Jacques – February 6, 2015 879 Facebook Limerick customers to benefit from extension of Irish Water’s First Fix free scheme to tackle leaks Pictures reveal damage caused by wipes being flushed down Limerick’s loos Email Twitter TAGS’We Won’t Pay’Anti Austerity AllianceCllr Cian PrendivilleCllr Maurice QuinlivanIrish WaterKing John’s CastlelimerickSinn FeinWater Charges Irish Water to replace old water mains on St Nessan’s Road Update: Works underway to resolve discolouration of water in Raheen area by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up LIMERICK was transformed into a fortress for the non-payment of water charges last weekend as protesters across the city and county came out in force for the cause.The day of action, organised last Saturday as part of the Anti Austerity Alliance’s ‘We Won’t Pay’ campaign, saw protests take place in 12 localities, including Dooradoyle, Ballinacurra Weston, Corbally, Abbeyfeale, Croom and Newcastle West.Protesters made their strongest statement of intent when a 13-foot banner was unfurled from the besieged walls of King John’s Castle.City North AAA councillor Cian Prendiville explained that the ‘we won’t pay’ banner was a direct message to the Government.“Limerick is going to be a fortress of non-payment. It is clear that the government are going to go ahead and send out these bills in April, but it is also clear mass non-payment can sink the charges,” Cllr Prendiville declared.“They have no weapons in their arsenal capable of breaking non-payment. They can’t take the charges from our wages, nor can they turn down the water pressure of non-payers. There are no penalties for non-payment until July 2016 — well after the next general election,” he claimed.According to Cllr Prendiville, people can boycott these charges up until the general election, safe in the knowledge they will not face any penalties. He insists that with mass non-payment the campaign can lay siege to the government, make this the key issue in the upcoming general election and force this or the next government to abolish the charge.“The government may talk big, and try to scare people, but it is a real case of ‘the emperor has no clothes’, and no way to actually break through the walls of non-payment,” he said.The events held in Limerick and across the country last weekend show that many remain totally opposed to the introduction of water charges. Sinn Féin councillor Maurice Quinlivan praised the thousands who have “consistently taken part in peaceful, good natured protests against the water charges across the State”.“The Government was forced to change its stance by the will of the people asserted in mass, peaceful protest. The campaign will continue,” he insisted.“Ultimately the only way that water charges will be scrapped will be by a decision in government. Sinn Féin is pledged to do that. We stopped the imposition of water charges in the North and in government we will scrap them here. We believe that water is a human right. It has to be paid for but not as a double tax on hard pressed citizens,” he said.The City North representative went on to state that this “regressive tax”, coupled with the others already imposed by Fine Gael and Labour, is crippling households and families. The reality for many struggling families, he claims, is one of crushing austerity taxes, a health service in disarray, and the forced emigration of their children.“Saturday’s demonstrations across the country are an expression not just of opposition to water charges but to the government’s austerity policies as well,” Cllr Quinlivan concluded.center_img Advertisement Previous articleAbbeyfeale rescue group marking its first decadeNext articleLimerick students are on the ball Alan Jacques RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Families and workers must be supported through public health emergency WhatsApp Print Linkedin Irish Water defers introduction of new business charges during the Covid 19 emergency last_img read more

Who’s buying and selling Manhattan homes? Last month’s notable deals


first_imgShare via Shortlink TagsManhattan SalesNYC Luxury MarketResidential Real Estate Robert Frank with 1021 Park Avenue and Ben Lambert with 28 Laight Street (Getty, Google Maps)The city’s for sale, but who’s laying down millions and buying in?Michael Nierenberg of New Residential Corp. and his wife Elin bought a three-level Greenwich Village penthouse for less than half the seller’s initial ask of nearly $34 million.At Extell Development’s One57 tower, a 58th-floor condo sold for half its prior purchase price — a record resale loss for the project.Other notable deals included Tom Brady and Gisele Bündchen’s sale of their condo at 70 Vestry for $36.8 million. Actors Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick sold a West Village townhome for $15 million. Both were off-market deals so the properties’ initial ask is not known.But those deals are just a taste. According to a review of deeds inked in December, an eclectic cadre of sellers and buyers — among them major real estate figures and a former cast member of the “Real Housewives of New York City” — flew under the radar. Here are other notable residential sales from last month.28 Laight Street, Unit PH-NAsking price: UnknownSale price: $7.8 millionSellers: Benjamin and Linda LambertBuyer: 28 Laight Street PHN, LLCEastdil Secured’s Benjamin Lambert and his wife sold their Tribeca penthouse — which they picked up for $6.9 million in 2007 — to an anonymous buyer in an off-market deal. The couple’s wish for a quick deal was frustrated when a prospective buyer filed a lawsuit in relation to the sale. Daniel and Jean Yun placed a notice of pendency on the unit in addition to filing suit on Oct. 1 alleging that the Lamberts reneged on their agreement to sell them the property and instead sold the condo to their acquaintance. The Lamberts’ attorney responded that the Yuns were too slow to pull the trigger and now were lashing out in disappointment that “their sloth” cost them the deal.The case was dismissed a few weeks later. The Lambert’s unit spent 76 days in contract before closing, and the Yuns went on to purchase TV producer Michael Davies’ Tribeca home at a 25 percent discount also in December. Representatives for the Lamberts declined to comment; a lawyer for the Yuns did not respond.292 West 4th StreetAsking price: $16.3 millionSale price: $15.9 millionSellers: Ara and Rachel Lee HovnanianBuyer: AR Ventures Real Estate IIAn anonymous buyer closed on the West Village townhome after nine days in contract.The sellers, Ara Hovnanian, who leads national homebuilder Hovnanian Enterprises, and his wife, artist Rachel Lee Hovnanian, had previously tapped Dutch architect Piet Boon to renovate the 4,250-square-foot home, which includes a library, home gym, and both a rooftop deck and rear garden. The couple bought the West Village home from Australian actor Anthony LaPaglia for $7 million in 2012, and listed the 20-foot wide Italianate house with Serena Boardman of Sotheby’s International Realty in February. The house was also marketed jointly with the home next door as a potential megamansion opportunity, but the two properties ultimately found separate buyers.294 West 4th StreetAsking price: $9.99 millionSale price: $7.5 millionSeller: Straight Outta Mortlake LLCBuyer: Douglas and Barbara HerringtonRight next door to the Hovnanian’s former home, another 20-foot wide townhouse sold — but at a loss to the seller. The uniquely-named entity, Straight Outta Mortlake, bought the 20th-Century townhouse in 2018 for $8.25 million, and sold it for $75,000 less.The seller’s LLC has previously been connected to a managing agent named Winston Marshall, a founding member of the band Mumford & Sons. The musician and his wife, actress Dianna Agron, reportedly divorced in August. He could not be reached.The buyers, Amazon executive Doug Herrington and his wife Barbara, did not respond to a request for comment. The deal closed after 40 days in contract. Herrington is a senior vice president overseeing the North America Consumer sector for the e-commerce giant. Clayton Orrigo and Stephen Ferrara of Compass’ Hudson Advisory Team handled the listing.Read moreSarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick sell West Village townhouseTom Brady and Gisele Bündchen sell Tribeca home for $40MPrivate equity exec picks up $9M condo at Trump World Tower Message* Email Address*center_img 94 Mercer Street, Unit 6DAsking price: UnknownSale price: $13 millionSeller: Mark AllisonBuyer: Two Trees ManagementAn entity tied to Two Trees Management picked up a Soho co-op in an off-market deal early in December. It wasn’t clear if a Two Trees executive was behind the purchase, but the firm’s CEO Jed Walentas purchased a Noho penthouse in a similarly structured deal in 2018.The three-bedroom unit spans two floors with 2,000 square feet of private outdoor space with a roof deck and a two-story atrium. The unit is at the top of a historic cast-iron building and has a keyed elevator entrance as well as a wet bar, a chef’s kitchen and gas fireplace.It wasn’t clear how much the seller, art philanthropist Mark Allison, paid for the property. Two Trees declined to comment on the purchase.1021 Park Avenue, Unit 1011AAsking price: UnknownSale price: $11.5 millionSeller: Esta StecherBuyers: Robert Frank and Rebecca PattersonRobert Frank, a journalist and host of CNBC’s “Secret Lives of the Super Rich,” closed on an Upper East Side co-op with his wife, Rebecca Patterson, the director of investment research for Bridgewater Associates. The seller was Esta Stecher of Goldman Sachs Bank USA. The deal appears to have been done off market so it’s unclear what price the seller was seeking, but property transfer records dating back to 2008 priced the unit at around $5 million. The 14-story Rosario Candela-designed co-op has 27 apartments and was built in 1929.429 Greenwich Street, Unit 9ASale price: $1.24 millionSellers: Bennett Egeth and Jennifer GilbertBuyer: Jennifer GilbertAfter a year of scandal, event planner and former “Real Housewives of New York” cast member Jennifer Gilbert has taken sole ownership of the Tribeca home she jointly owned with her ex-husband, Bennett Egeth. Egeth was arrested in September after the family’s live-in nanny reported finding a hidden camera in her room to police. In a lawsuit she filed last month, the nanny revealed that she was tipped off about the camera in August after she saw a live video feed of her room on his iPad. Gilbert told the Daily News that she and Egeth divorced in the spring and that she hadn’t lived in the home with Egeth in seven years. The two bought the unit in 2007 for $6 million. Gilbert did not respond to a request for comment.Contact Erin Hudson Full Name* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

New website to find COVID-19 testing locations in Indiana


first_img By Network Indiana – May 5, 2020 0 1269 New website to find COVID-19 testing locations in Indiana Google+ Facebook Twitter Previous articleRisk for gambling disorder increased by COVID-19-related stressNext articleSt. Vincent de Paul and Goodwill work together to provide food in St. Joseph County Network Indiana CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews (“Macbook” by pittaya, CC 2.0) There is a new website you can use to find coronavirus testing locations across Indiana.The website is a living document containing location, hours, and the testing criteria for each site. It will be updated as locations open, close, or change requirements. You can find the website here:“It includes the Indiana State Department of Health drive-thru clinics, hospitals, local health departments, and other community-based testing. It shows both mobile and fixed testing sites,” says Department of Health Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Lindsay Weaver.Weaver says expanding testing is going to be critical to safely reopen Indiana.This testing is available for free to symptomatic individuals or those who are in close contact with someone who has a positive case. The state expects to test 100,000 Hoosiers each month.If you are having trouble accessing the website in any way, the helpline is 888-634-1116. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Pinterestlast_img read more

ABP breaks ranks with peers in accepting high private equity fees


first_imgThe larger pension funds in the Netherlands have come under pressure from the public to rein in costs for investments in non-listed companies, while the high bonuses received by private equity managers have also drawn fire.PFZW, the €166bn pension fund for the healthcare sector, and its asset manager PGGM have made clear their aim to cut private equity fees at all costs.PGGM has even established a 15-strong private equity team for this purpose.Last year, ABP paid more than €500m in bonuses to private equity managers.Erik van Houwelingen, a board member at ABP, conceded that the issue of bonuses was “difficult” for the pension fund as well.“But, as long the fees are linked to pension-enhancing performance, I can justify these costs,” he told the FD. Over the course of 2014, ABP’s 5.1% private equity allocation returned 23.3%.Over the last 10 years, the asset class has returned 14.9% on average for the scheme, while equity has returned 7.3% on average. Van Gelderen stressed that APG was not thinking to manage private equity investments on its own, “as this would require expertise we don’t have”.He added, however, that the asset manager took pains to reduce private equity costs through manager selection and co-investments.In other news, ABP has divested from Netherlands-based Mylan after engagement with the pharmaceutical company – over the use of Rocuronium Bromide for capital punishment in the US – proved “unsuccessful”. Van Houwelingen said Mylan refused to take steps to prevent its muscle relaxant from being used in executions.In a statement, Mylan said its products were meant to be used “in compliance with approved labelling and applicable care standards”.It said it did not directly supply the drug to prisons and that it had “no knowledge of its use for lethal injections”.The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, however, said it had shown Mylan pictures – obtained by UK human rights organisation Reprieve – from the Virginia Department of Corrections showing that the department was stocking the disputed drug.The US state still carries out the death penalty. ABP, the €356bn pension fund for Dutch civil servants, has broken ranks with other large pension funds in the Netherlands after suggesting it has accepted the relatively high fees associated with private equity. Eduard van Gelderen, CIO at ABP asset manager APG, said the pension fund had resigned itself to paying higher fees for exposure to the asset class.“A small number of successful private equity managers are in a position to demand high fees,” he told Dutch financial news daily Het Financieele Dagblad (FD).“If we don’t pay those fees, they don’t invest our assets. So, either we must fully withdraw from the asset class – and miss out on the returns as a consequence – or we must accept the cost level.”last_img read more

State FAs Ready for Elective Congresses


first_imgProtest rocks Nasarawa FA electionEmmanuel Ukumba in LafiaElections into the Executive Committees of the Football Associations in the 36 States and the FCT will hold as from next week.However, all is not well in Nasarawa as protests letters are flying over the composition of the electoral committee constituted to conduct election into the association. The first stop will be Rivers State, where the Elective Congress has been set for Port Harcourt on Thursday, 30th January, before Ogun State takes the baton a week later on 6th February and Kano State follows three days after, on 9th February.Elections will hold in Niger and Ekiti states on 9th February, while FCT will be the next on 11th February and Kebbi State will take its turn on 12thFebruary.Benue, Zamfara and Plateau States will hold their elective congresses on 13th February. Kwara State will take the stage on 14th February and Nasarawa State will be the next on 15th February.Bauchi, Kaduna and Kogi States have all opted for 19th February, with Gombe and Osun States in focus on 20th February and Imo and Taraba States to follow on 21st February.Yobe States will hold its elections on 23rd February while Ebonyi State has fixed 26th February for its own congress.Meanwhile, a contestant in the upcoming Nasarawa FA election, Ibrahim Shigafarta, has kicked against the composition of the electoral committee in a protest letter he personally signed and made available to journalists on Sunday in Lafia.Shigafarta alleged that the membership of Abdulhamid Babanrabi in the electoral committee was a gross violation of fairness, justice and due process in the electoral process because Babanrabi is also currently the secretary of the Nasarawa FA making it difficult to not to see him as unbias or trust his actions in the electoral process.He added that the fact that Babanrabi was appointed as secretary of both the FA and electoral committee by the state FA chairman, Muhammed Alkali, and the fact that the chairman is also contesting in the election makes it extremely difficult that the process will not be swayed to favour the incumbent chairman and his supporters.But the Nasarawa FA chairman, Muhammed Alkali, said Babanrabi was appointed as a member and secretary of the electoral committee because as stipulated in the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) statues with regards to elections into FAs across the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more