RSF_en Follow the news on Tanzania TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedomsProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Melo was arrested at his Dar es Salaam home yesterday after being harassed by the authorities for several months to reveal the identity of anonymous contributors to the site who have helped to exposed major corruption scandals involving leading privately-owned companies. Melo has so far refused to comply with orders issued under article 32 of the very controversial Cybercrimes Act, which gives the police the power to demand such information for the purposes of judicial investigations. In order to be able to respond to these requests, JamiiForums has repeatedly asked the police to say what offences its users are supposed to have committed, but the police have never been able to demonstrate that actual judicial investigations have been initiated. According to Melo’s lawyer, the police have referred their requests to a court for execution without every notifying Jamii Forums. Melo was arrested on the grounds that he did not appear in court for hearings, although he did not know they were taking place. He is facing at least a year in prison or a fine of 3 million shillings (or both) on a charge of obstructing an investigation under article 22 of the Cybercrimes Act although the police have not yet been able to demonstrate that any formal investigation is under way. “We condemn Maxence Melo’s arbitrary arrest, which is meant to intimidate him, and we call for his immediate release,” RSF said. “Judicial issues are being used for political purposes with the aim of gagging the government’s critics. John Magufuli has said a great deal about combatting corruption ever since he became president, but it is the people who exposed corruption who are now being harassed!” As well as asking the police to justify their requests for the identity of sources, Jamii Forums has been challenging the Cybercrimes Act’s constitutionality for the past few months, especially article 32 on disclosing the identity of sources and article 38 allowing interrogations in camera. According to some sources, the Cybercrimes law was drafted specifically with the aim of being used against Jamii Forums, a mainly Swahili-language website on which users can post information anonymously. The site guarantees the anonymity of its users but verifies their identity to prevent disinformation. When Melo met RSF in September, he said more than half of Tanzania’s parliamentarians were subscribers to the site. Several journalists have confirmed that many of their article about corruption were based on information originally reported by Jamii Forums users. Melo’s lawyer Benedict Ishabakaki said: “A source of information is a corner stone of democracy. Once the public is threatened to share information, they are indirectly silenced from demanding accountability and most importantly for advocating for their rights.” Under President Magufuli, who took office in November 2015, the Tanzanian authorities have taken a tougher line with the media. Several radio stations were shut down in the space of a few months and at least ten people have been prosecuted over their posts on social networks. Journalists have told RSF they are no longer free to criticize the president and his associates. If they do, an official soon telephones them and threatens them with prosecution. The Media Services Act that President Magufuli signed into law last month, replacing the Newspaper Act, which dated back to the 1970s, has been much criticized by media organizations and the Media Council of Tanzania, which deplored the failure to take its recommendations into account. The new law provides for heavy prison sentences and fines, and restricts the freedom of journalists by requiring that they be officially registered and by allowing more control of content. It also requires all social media users and contributors to be accredited. Tanzania is ranked 71st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Organisation to go further February 4, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information November 27, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the detention of Maxence Melo, the co-founder and editor of Jamii Forums, East Africa’s leading website for anonymous citizen journalists and whistleblowers, and calls for his immediate release. November 5, 2020 Find out more News Reports News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa TanzaniaAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedomsProtecting sources Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic December 15, 2016 RSF calls for release of whistleblowing website’s editor
Home » News » Marketing » Rate at which agents are leaving Rightmove accelerates previous nextMarketingRate at which agents are leaving Rightmove acceleratesLast year approximately 60 agents left the portal every month but during April nearly 300 agents quit Rigthmove, new research claims.Nigel Lewis29th May 20201 Comment2,637 Views Research shown to The Negotiator claims that nearly 300 agents left Rightmove during April with the greatest cluster of departures in Cheshire, Devon, Essex and Kent plus Tyne and Wear.This research is the first of its kind undertaken by an outside organisation and is based on using the total number of agents listed in each county across the UK by the portal.Richard Dixon of The Yorkshire Property Guide, who has begun compiling monthly totals of agents who list with Rightmove, says the May and June figures will be crucial for the four agent groups campaigning to persuade agents to leave Rightmove.“The next set of figures are hugely important for each side – Rightmove and the agent collective campaigns,” he says.“If my research shows next month that 500 offices have left Rightmove then it would be a great result particularly if it’s higher than that but, if it’s the same as April or less, Rightmove will be buoyed by this and this will strengthen their hand moving forward.”In its most recent strategic report published this year for 2019, Rightmove revealed that its total number of advertisers – i.e. agents and developers – dipped by 3% from 20,454 to 19,809.It therefore lost 645 agents during 2019 or 54 agents a month, a rate which appears to have at least quadrupled during the Coronavirus crisis. This means, if this slide continues, the portal could lose up to 2,000 agencies this year.Although this sounds optimistic, the four agent groups hoping to persuade agents to leave – or at least threaten to leave – the portal include between them some 2,500 estate agencies.Read more about agents leaving Rightmove. Richard Dixon The Yorkshire Property Guide Rightmove May 29, 2020Nigel LewisOne commentMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 29th May 2020 at 7:00 amAnd I’m sure there will be more after the SayNoToRightmove / Iain White Webinar on 3/6.If you have not signed up please feel free to contact me for the link.Once that airs many will realise they need us more than we need them!#togetherwearestronger #agentsuniteLog in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021
This week, several Notre Dame campus organizations will hold a variety of events in support of Haiti Awareness Week and the work the University does in the poverty-stricken Caribbean nation. She said the week’s most important event is Saturday’s Haiti Working Group Conference, titled “Transforming Dialogue into Action: Passion with a Purpose in Haiti.” The conference will feature perspectives from Catholic Relief Services representatives, InterVol and the Notre Dame Haiti Program, among others. “This week, ND Fighting NTDs is having a TOMS shoe giveaway, and Friends of the Orphans is having sign-ups for a 24-hour fast next week to benefit an orphanage,” she said. “I’m actually Haitian, and I heard about the Haiti Working Group after being abroad,” she said. “I got interested in some of the things they were doing and think it is a great way to show the culture and teach students more about Haiti.” Senior Megan Stoffer, leader of the Haiti Working Group, said this week allows all Haiti-focused campus groups to collaborate and share the work they do with each other. Mathurin said she is very excited about the conference because it presents an opportunity to educate the public about development and aid in Haiti, as well as elements of Haitian culture, including a concert by the Chicago-based Haitian group D-Lux. ND-8, the student organization that works toward achieving the Millennium Development goals, will help promote greater understanding about microfinance and the tourism industry in Haiti, Stoffer said. Senior Tania Mathurin, a member of the Haiti Working Group, said she thinks this week is an excellent way to educate Notre Dame students about the ongoing issues and problems in Haiti. Senior Tania Mathurin, a member of the Haiti Working Group, said she thinks this week is an excellent way to educate Notre Dame students about the ongoing issues and problems in Haiti. The Kellogg Institute’s Haiti Working Group is also collaborating with the other groups on campus to sponsor lecturers and other events throughout the week, Stoffer said. “The Haiti [Working Group] Conference is bringing together a bunch of Midwestern colleges with Haiti groups, and there will be a lecture from a doctor who goes to Haiti and discussion [about it],” she said. “There will be a panel discussion geared towards how students can be effective with the aid and development they get involved in.” The Kellogg Institute’s Haiti Working Group is also collaborating with the other groups on campus to sponsor lecturers and other events throughout the week, Stoffer said. Sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Haiti Working Group, Friends of the Orphans, the Notre Dame Haiti Program, ND Fighting NTDs and ND-8, Haiti Awareness Week will feature cultural events, lectures on development and a conference focused on the country’s unique issues. She said the week’s most important event is Saturday’s Haiti Working Group Conference, titled “Transforming Dialogue into Action: Passion with a Purpose in Haiti.” The conference will feature perspectives from Catholic Relief Services representatives, InterVol and the Notre Dame Haiti Program, among others. “This week, ND Fighting NTDs is having a TOMS shoe giveaway, and Friends of the Orphans is having sign-ups for a 24-hour fast next week to benefit an orphanage,” she said. ND-8, the student organization that works toward achieving the Millennium Development goals, will help promote greater understanding about microfinance and the tourism industry in Haiti, Stoffer said. “The Haiti [Working Group] Conference is bringing together a bunch of Midwestern colleges with Haiti groups, and there will be a lecture from a doctor who goes to Haiti and discussion [about it],” she said. “There will be a panel discussion geared towards how students can be effective with the aid and development they get involved in.” “I’m actually Haitian, and I heard about the Haiti Working Group after being abroad,” she said. “I got interested in some of the things they were doing and think it is a great way to show the culture and teach students more about Haiti.” “This is a great way not only to learn but also to learn more about effective ways to do development and aid,” she said. “I’m also really looking forward to the Haitian band that’s playing at the conference. It will be different and exciting.,This week, several Notre Dame campus organizations will hold a variety of events in support of Haiti Awareness Week and the work the University does in the poverty-stricken Caribbean nation. Sponsored by the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Haiti Working Group, Friends of the Orphans, the Notre Dame Haiti Program, ND Fighting NTDs and ND-8, Haiti Awareness Week will feature cultural events, lectures on development and a conference focused on the country’s unique issues. Senior Megan Stoffer, leader of the Haiti Working Group, said this week allows all Haiti-focused campus groups to collaborate and share the work they do with each other. Mathurin said she is very excited about the conference because it presents an opportunity to educate the public about development and aid in Haiti, as well as elements of Haitian culture, including a concert by the Chicago-based Haitian group D-Lux. “This is a great way not only to learn but also to learn more about effective ways to do development and aid,” she said. “I’m also really looking forward to the Haitian band that’s playing at the conference. It will be different and exciting.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An 81-year-old woman died after her Deer Park home caught fire early Sunday morning, Suffolk County police said.First Precinct officers on routine patrol saw smoke coming from a Pine Street home at 4:50 a.m.Firefighters from multiple fire departments responded to the house fire, where they found Eleanor Didea dead on the first floor, police said.Investigators have preliminarily determined the cause of the fire to be electrical in nature.Homicide Squad and Arson Section detectives and the Town of Babylon Fire Marshal’s office are continuing the investigation.
The omnibus bill on job creation, which passed into law on Monday, earlier than previously scheduled on Thursday, has sparked widespread protests and labor strikes nationwide due to concerns that the law will undermine labor rights and weaken environmental protections.Activists and observers have also raised concerns over the law’s deliberations, which they said lacked transparency and public input.“Without offsetting benefits, weaker protections for a large and growing working class could spark opposition from various political and social interest groups, with counterbalancing effects on labor productivity over the near term,” Moody’s said.The government has been struggling to revive the economy, which has been hit hard by uncertainty over the pandemic. Indonesia’s gross domestic product shrank 5.32 percent in the second quarter as household spending and investment contracted 5.51 percent and 8.61 percent respectively. Indonesia’s Job Creation Law may facilitate investment and help revive the economy, but relaxed environmental regulation and widespread protests by labor unions could discourage foreign investors and limit the law’s benefits, Moody’s Investor Service has said.The passage of the omnibus bill is expected to facilitate both domestic and foreign investment and help revive economic growth, Moody’s wrote in a research note on Thursday. Risks, however, loom for the Indonesian economy.“Relaxation of reporting for businesses that have required an environmental impact analysis and easier restrictions on clearing peatland for oil palm plantations could particularly deter foreign investment” that is increasingly focused on environmental-, social- and governance-driven goals and responsible commodity production, Moody’s analysts said. The government projects this year’s full economy to shrink 0.6 to 1.7 percent, marking the first annual economic contraction in two decades.Asian Development Bank (ADB) country director for Indonesia Winfried Wicklein said the omnibus law, along with other policy and regulatory measures, would help the economy to recover from the pandemic and boost its economic outlook.“ADB is looking forward to supporting the government of Indonesia toward achieving more equitable labor market outcomes and addressing concerns on environmental sustainability,” he said in a statement on Thursday.Under the law, environmental permits are now merged with business permits with only high-risk industries required to submit an environmental analysis. The law will also raise fines for environmental damages, with those who burn forests potentially subject to 15 years’ imprisonment and a Rp 7.5 billion fine.The law also returns the authority over land use and permits to the central government from regional administrations and sets up a one-map policy to resolve the issue of overlapping land claims.In addition, it cuts severance benefits paid by employers to laid-off workers from 32 times their monthly salary to 19 times.The JKP scheme will be managed by the Workers Social Security Agency (BPJS Ketenagakerjaan). Article 46E of the bill stipulates that the source of funds for the JKP scheme, which currently has yet to be established under the country’s social security system, will come from the government, workers’ premiums and BPJS Ketenagakerjaan operational funds.Speaking in a press briefing on Thursday, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chief Bahlil Lahadalia said the government would speed up the implementation of the law, adding that the widespread protests did not deter potential investors from coming into the country.“As many as 153 companies from Japan, China and the United States are planning relocation to Indonesia following the passage of the omnibus bill,” he claimed. “They wanted to invest in infrastructure, manufacturing, mining, energy and tourism, among other sectors.”The BKPM chief defended the law, saying “it would be able to create jobs that will benefit workers and will not undermine environmental rules”.Topics :
July 10, 2016 Remarks from Governor Wolf’s Announcement that Bipartisan, Compromise Budget to Become Law (VIDEO) Budget News, Education, Remarks, Schools That Teach, Substance Use Disorder, Videos Budget AnnouncementHarrisburg, PATRANSCRIPT:Over the course of the last several days, there has been speculation about what I intend to do with the compromise General Appropriations bill that was sent to my desk after large, bipartisan votes in both the House and the Senate.To avoid unnecessary distractions and ensure our sole focus is on coming together to finish a revenue package that pays for the budget passed by the General Assembly, I have called this press conference to make my intentions clear.Today, I am announcing that I will let the bipartisan budget compromise become law.If a revenue package were already on my desk, I would have been proud to sign it. And if one is passed before midnight on Monday, I will equally proudly to sign it then. But if the General Assembly fails to pass a responsible revenue package by tomorrow evening, this bill will become law without my signature.This budget does not include everything everyone wanted—myself included—but it does make historic investments in education, and brings us closer to restoring the cuts of the past.This budget provides critical funding for the heroin epidemic, and it lets those who are struggling know that help is on the way.This budget also provides critical services for our seniors and our most vulnerable—many of whom rely on these programs as a last resort.And this budget looks out for the bottom line—only increasing spending where absolutely necessary.As has been said by Republicans and Democrats alike, this is a budget Pennsylvania can be proud of; it puts us back on a path to fiscal responsibility and a sustainable future.Paying for What We SpentNow, we must pay for the promises made in the General Appropriations bill.While there has been progress on a compromise revenue package that will sustain the investments made in the budget, the time is now to finish the job.Republican leaders have vowed to send a $1.3 billion dollar revenue bill to my desk that pays for what the budget spends, and I take them at their word that this will happen soon.But we should all be clear about what that means—paying for what has been appropriated must be done with sustainable, recurring and sufficient revenue.Taking out loans, moving money from different funds or using other one-time sources of revenue will not move Pennsylvania forward.We cannot, and we must not, make a lifetime of promises to our children, seniors, and those who are sick, and then turn around and pay for those promises with borrowed money and one-time fixesOur children and their families must know, with certainty, that their schools and classrooms will have the resources they need to succeed in the short and long-term.Those who are suffering from addiction, and the families who have lost a loved one, must know, with certainty, that critical resources will be available to tackle the Heroin crisis once and for all.And our seniors must know, with certainty, that the programs they rely on will continue to be funded this year and beyond, and not cut in future years because of borrowing or one-time fixes.Passing a Revenue PackageIn the last few months, Harrisburg has proven that it can achieve big things that will have a positive impact on the lives of Pennsylvanians.We’ve enacted historic liquor reformWe’ve legalized medical marijuanaWe’ve agreed on a fair funding formula for our schoolsThis budget is another shining example of the effectiveness of that sort of bi-partisan cooperation—but we are not done yet.The General Assembly has a constitutional responsibility to pass a sustainable revenue package to pay for what they want to spend, and I believe this can and should be done by the end of the day tomorrow.Working together, we have made great progress on a good budgetNow we owe it to taxpayers, our children, seniors, and our most vulnerable to bring this across the finish line, and continue the spirit of cooperation that has made this progress possibleI believe by continuing to compromise, we can achieve that goal.Thank you.Read the press release from the announcement.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
NewsHub 7 September 2019Family First Comment: “Helen Clark has no problem with gangs and others growing cannabis illegally getting licences, should it become legal. ‘They’ve got the experience of growing it.’”They have other experience also. Intimidation. Laundering. Deferring funds to illegal activities. Violence….#saynopetodopeHelen Clark has no problem with gangs and others growing cannabis illegally getting licences, should it become legal.“They’ve got the experience of growing it,” the former Prime Minister told Newshub Nation on Saturday.“If you’re moving to a legal market, why would you exclude the people who have traditionally been growing?”Clark’s foundation earlier this week came out in support of legalising the popular drug, and treating it as a health issue rather than a criminal one. Next year Kiwis will be asked for their views in a referendum.“The referendum is not about whether or not people should use it; it’s recognising the reality that it’s there now,” said Clark.“We could put some rules around it or we continue to have it as a complete free-for-all with no rules at all. So that’s why I came down for rules.”She says New Zealand’s well-placed to quickly and painlessly convert the black market thanks to existing rules around tobacco, which she helped write.READ MORE: https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2019/09/helen-clark-backs-letting-ex-criminals-sell-cannabis-legally.html
RelatedPosts EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham have exercised their option to convert the loan signing of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis into a permanent deal, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. The Argentine midfielder joined Spurs in August on loan but has now signed a contract for a reported fee of around £27 million ($35 million), keeping him at the club until 2025. “We are delighted to announce that we have exercised the option to convert the loan of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis Balompie to a permanent transfer,” Spurs said in a statement on their website. “The midfielder has produced impressive performances after establishing himself in the team following a hip injury which restricted his playing time in the early part of his loan at the club.” The former Paris Saint-Germain player has made 20 appearances for Spurs this season, scoring two goals. Tottenham also confirmed the departure of Christian Eriksen after agreement was reached with Inter Milan for the sale of the Denmark international. “We wish Christian well for the future,” the club said. Jose Mourinho’s side are currently sixth in the Premier League, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Tags: Giovani Lo CelsoReal BetisTottenham
The WBA have now agreed to their title being on the line in any meeting of the two – scheduled for spring next year.Katie Taylor will be on the undercard for Joshua’s next fight. World champion Anthony Joshua will get the chance to take on Wladimir Klitschko for the vacant WBA heavyweight title – but only if he can defend his IBF belt next month.Joshua fights Eric Molina in Manchester on December the 10th – a date originally set aside for him to face Klitschko.A deal couldn’t be done in time though.