Ever tighter grip on media in Russia, despite small rise in Index

first_img News April 20, 2016 Ever tighter grip on media in Russia, despite small rise in Index Harassment of independent media outlets continues to increase in Russia although it has risen four places to be ranked 148th out of 180 countries in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index published today by Reporters Without Borders (RSF). RSF_en News to go further News Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Russia Russia’s rise is due to the worldwide decline in respect for media freedom. The Russian authorities have in fact stepped up their pressure on independent journalism. This is confirmed by the deterioration in Russia’s country score, which rates the level of media freedom violations and which is an absolute measure, unlike the country ranking, which can be affected by developments in other countries.Ever since a major wave of protests in 2011 and 2012, President Vladimir Putin has been clamping down on civil society and restricting the space for debate. And he has been tightening his grip even more as a result of the Ukrainian crisis, international sanctions against Russia and the economic crisis.The Duma (parliament) has been adopting draconian laws at such a furious pace in recent years that it has been dubbed the “mad printing press.” The space for freedom of expression is shrinking while drastic curbs on foreign investment in news organizations have undermined the independence of certain leading media outlets.While the leading TV channels continue to inundate viewers with propaganda, the climate has become very oppressive for those who question the new patriotic and neo-conservative discourse. A witchhunt is being waged against independent media, which are increasingly branded as a “fifth column” seeking to destabilize the country.Dozhd TV, the only independent national TV channel, is again available on certain satellite and cable services but is still subject to many forms of harassment while the leading media defence NGOs have been declared “foreign agents.”Relatively unrestricted until recently, the Internet is now being reined in. The list of blocked websites, created in 2012, keeps on getting longer. Influential bloggers are now required to register under their real names and to comply with requirements similar to those imposed on the media.Countless social network users have been arrested just for “liking” or posting links to comments regarded as extremist, while the authorities are currently filling the remaining gaps in the SORM Internet surveillance system, said to be as effective as anything used by the NSA.The increasingly oppressive climate at the national level has encouraged powerful provincial officials far from Moscow to deal more firmly with their media critics. The closure of the Siberian independent television station TV2 and the persecution of opposition bloggers in Rostov-on-Don and Izhevsk are just some of the recent examples, while the Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov skilfully maintains a climate of terror in his republic.The enduring features of the situation in Russia include the impunity enjoyed by those responsible for violence, including sometimes deadly violence, against journalists. But they also include the stubborn resistance of many journalists – both Glasnost veterans and Twitter generation members – who keep finding new ways to report the news. Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Organisation May 21, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expression RussiaEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expression Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Receive email alerts May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Taiwanese journalists refused accreditation for WHO annual conference

first_img RSF_en News May 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Taiwanese journalists refused accreditation for WHO annual conference Organisation June 29, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders has challenged the UN’s decision to refuse accreditation to Taiwanese journalists to cover the World Health Organisation (WHO) conference being held in Geneva from 16-25 May.The UN has justified its decision by pointing out that Taiwan is not a member state recognised by the UN General Assembly.The worldwide press freedom organisation said that this step, taken chiefly for political reasons, constituted an obstacle to the right to information and press freedom. It called on the UN to change its mind.It is the second successive year that journalists from Taiwan have been refused accreditation for the conference. News Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage News News Help by sharing this information center_img TaiwanAsia – Pacific to go further Receive email alerts Taiwan: the non-renewal of CTi news channel’s licence does not go against press freedom RSF to Taiwanese President: “Taiwan urgently needs media reform to tackle disinformation” Follow the news on Taiwan TaiwanAsia – Pacific November 20, 2020 Find out more May 18, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

D. Jason Lyon Joins Hahn & Hahn LLP

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Make a comment More Cool Stuff Hahn & Hahn LLP is pleased to announce that attorney D. Jason Lyon has joined the firm as Counsel in its litigation practice group. Mr. Lyon’s practice emphasizes business and personal litigation, employment matters, and land use disputes. Mr. Lyon was previously a litigation associate at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles.In addition to maintaining his legal practice, Mr. Lyon is actively engaged in the local community. He currently serves as the Senior Warden of the Vestry (governing board) at All Saints Church, Pasadena. In addition, he is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Young & Healthy, a non-profit providing access to free high-quality healthcare for uninsured and underserved children. Mr. Lyon also has previously held a variety of appointed and elected positions for the City of Los Angeles, including serving as Vice Chair of the Neighborhood Council Review Commission and a term on the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission.Founded in 1899, Hahn & Hahn LLP remains one of the oldest law firms in California and has grown to be the largest general practice firm in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley. Now in its second century, the firm retains its century-old tradition of integrity, service and excellence in the practice of law.Hahn & Hahn LLP, 301 E. Colorado Blvd., 9th Floor Pasadena, (626) 683-4342 or visit hahnlawyers.com. Subscribecenter_img HerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. People D. Jason Lyon Joins Hahn & Hahn LLP From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, February 17, 2017 | 4:12 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

Wells Fargo, JPMorgan’s Revenues Drop

first_img About Author: Mike Albanese Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Wells Fargo, JPMorgan’s Revenues Drop Subscribe Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Banking JPMorgan Chase Wells Fargo 2020-04-14 Mike Albanese Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: One-Third of Americans Burdened by Housing Costs Next: A Snapshot of Mortgage Forbearance Trends Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tagged with: Banking JPMorgan Chase Wells Fargocenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The spread of COVID-19 was visible on both the balance sheet for JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, with the banking giants announcing revenue declines in Q1 2020. Wells Fargo reported revenue during the quarter of $17.7 billion—down from $21.6 billion during Q1 2019. The bank also built a reserve of $3.1 billion. Wells Fargo CEO Charlie Scharf said in a release, “Wells Fargo plays an important role in the financial system and the economic strength of our country, and we take our responsibility seriously, particularly in these unprecedented times.”CFO John Shrewsberry said the $3.1 billion in reserves reflects the “expected impact these unprecedented times could have on our customers.” The bank also reported a 46% annual drop in noninterest income form mortgage banking, falling from $708 million in Q1 2019 to $379 million in Q1 2020. JPMorgan announced a net income was $2.9 billion, which is down 69% year-over-year. Quarter-to-quarter, net revenue was down 3% to $29.1 billion. The bank also announced it built-in reserves of $6.8 billion. “The first quarter delivered some unprecedented challenges and required us to focus on what we as a bank could do—outside of our ordinary course of business—to remain strong, resilient, and well-positioned to support all of our stakeholders,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan. Home lending for JPMorgan was $1.2 billion for the quarter, which is down 14% annually. The bank said this is due to lower net servicing revenue and lower net interest income on lower balances. The spread of COVID-19 has impacted almost every sector of the economy and housing has not been immune. One of the hardest-hit areas has been the servicers, as forbearance programs are causing a liquidity shortage for mortgage servicers. In an effort to assist servicers, Ginnie Mae announced an All Participants Memorandum (APM) on, expanding its servicer assistance program in response to the spread of COVID-19. The APM introduces a new version of the existing Pass-Through Assistance Program (PTAP) for servicers facing a temporary liquidity shortfall related to coronavirus.  April 14, 2020 2,355 Views  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Wells Fargo, JPMorgan’s Revenues Drop Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Magdalen library works stall

first_imgThe timetable for Magdalen’s library renovation project remains uncertain until the college reviews its funding of the development.In an email to the JCR, Jamie Miles, Magdalen JCR Vice-President, maintained that the college had not yet fully secured funding. He told Cherwell, “The construction starting depends on funding, which has yet to be fully secured. It was decided that there will be a debate at the next Governing body to decide if construction should go ahead before or after securing all of the funding.”According to Magdalen’s annual development report of 2012, “The New Library is no longer fit for purpose.” David Clary, President of the Development Trust, wrote that “the financial challenges facing the College are considerable.”The chairman, Mark Loveday, added, “We will need to raise our game in the next few years with the help of our old members, in particular to improve the College’s sub-standard library facilities.” Magdalen is currently putting on fundraising events in order to fill the financial requirements for the project.The Home Bursar, Mark Blandington-Baker was unavailable for comment.Magdalen’s New Library was built in 1932 for a capacity of under 200 students. Student numbers have since tripled, and at 13:1, the library has currently the worst student to workspace ratio of any Oxford or Cambridge College.Christine Ferdinand, Magdalen’s Librarian fellow said, “We regularly have to turn away students during Trinity Term, when they need the library most. Moreover, with its open stairs, narrow aisles, and high shelves, the library is inaccessible to students in wheelchairs.”In order to improve the facility, Magdalen are planning to almost double the size of their library from 562 square metres to 1081 square metres, and to introduce wifi.Although work has not commenced on the library itself, a preliminary archaeological investigation on Longwall Quad unearthed six human skeletons.Since August, 59 skeletons in total have been exhumed on the main site.300 wig curlers and numerous razors have also been discovered, linked to a barber shop which used to exist on the High Street side of the site.When works eventually start on the library, students will be unable to use it as a study space. The college has told students it will organise works outside of the Trinity term to avoid disrupting finals.The library staff said that they have already spoken to the central Bodleian library about organising access to the closed stacks for Magdalen students, so that they can order relevant books to Magdalen for the duration of the renovation.In the email to the JCR, Miles warned against future disruption, saying, “As it stands, it seems like building work won’t get any worse than what is being done at the moment. However, when actual construction begins it will become noisier and more polluted.”last_img read more

Atkins diet is back

first_imgThe low-carbohydrate Atkins diet, which encourages followers to virtually give up eating bread, has been relaunched, with a new book outlining a revised version of the diet and a £200,000 campaign in national newspapers promoting Atkins food products.Sales of bread in the UK suffered at the height of the Atkins craze in 2003, when it was estimated that up to three million Brits were following the diet, which advises people to cut carbohydrates and increase protein intake. Interest subsided after health warnings about the diet surfaced in the media, but a new book, entitled New Atkins, New You, aims to revive its popularity by revising the rules of the original Atkins diet to make it more flexible and easier to follow. To coincide with the book, Atkins Nutritionals has launched a £200,000 marketing campaign to promote its range of low-carb products. Adverts have been placed in national newspapers, including The Times, The Daily Mail and The Observer and PR company Tangerine has been hired to promote the range.However, the Flour Advisory Bureau criticised the diet. “The New Atkins diet is an attempt to resuscitate a damaged brand; it would appear that ‘new’ Atkins is very similar to ‘old’ Atkins, with the same requirement to avoid carbohydrate in the initial phase,” said a spokesperson. “Although the new Atkins diet addresses some of the problems associated with the original diet, there is no scientific evidence to support the exclusion of white bread from the diet or to suggest that eating white bread is more likely to be linked with weight problems.” Earlier this year the British Dietetic Association listed the Atkins diet in their top 10 fad diets to avoid.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgGreggs’ relief appealGreggs branches around the country have set up cash collection points for staff and customers to make donations towards the relief effort following the flood disaster in Pakistan, while the firm is also making a £10,000 donation.Cupcake concession Jellytots & Dollymixtures Cupcake Company opened a concession in Selfridges Exchange Square, Manchester and Selfridges Trafford Centre, Manchester, earlier this month. Since opening a year ago, Jellytots has gone from making the basic vanilla cupcake to offering flavours of the month and weekend specials.Best-in adds cakes Best-in, the Bestway cash and carry group’s own-label brand has launched a new range of 15 fancy cakes, including traditional favourites such as Victoria sponge and iced sponge cakes. All the cakes are handmade to traditional Scottish recipes and will be sold in branches of Bestway, Batley and Bellevue.Seasonal showcase Bako North Western is holding a seasonal showcase to help bakers’ festive products stand out. The event, on 22-23 September, at its premises in Preston, Lancashire, aims to give visitors ideas for Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and Valentine’s Day. At least 30 key suppliers will be on hand over the two days, suggesting innovative recipes and holding hands-on product-making demonstrations.Icing championMillie’s Cookies has crowned employee Vicky Pullen as its Creative Cookie Designer of the Year, in the first global Millie’s Cookies’ Ice-Off Championships, held in London on Friday 13 August 2010. The contest was created to recognise the icing skills of its employees.last_img read more

moe. & Yonder Mountain String Band Have Big Fun Under The Big Top

first_imgWhen moe. and Yonder Mountain String Band decided to team up for a special three show run, the bands could not have picked a more perfect venue for their traveling circus than Wisconsin’s Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. The unique concert site is a colorful circus tent erected at the bottom of a ski slope, welcome the two groups’ fans with style. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, area residents and fans from across the country to dance the night away to a fun fusion of bluegrass and jam.In the middle of their busiest run of the year, moe. came in with a full head off steam from a series of well received shows across the Midwest. With a set list that showcased the band’s diversity, moe. once again showed why they are one of the most reliably entertaining bands on the scene. You can never be sure what kind of show you’ll get, but you can rest assured you will leave fully entertained.Guitarist Chuck Garvey had a wonderful evening, with some stellar glass slide work on a dark and bluesy “White Lightning Turpentine” and a rousing vocal lead on fan favorite “Bullet.” Six string slinger Al Schnier was all over the place musically, with rocking takes on the best/worst birthday song ever, “Mexico,” and wicked solos and some spider monkey like stage climbing antics to fire up the crowd.Bassist Rob Derhak served as a sonic and visual center to the evenings fun and games. Grinning his mile wide grin he held down the bit time end admirably, funkily slapping his bass with precision and force in perfect balance.  His ability to explore is granted by his excellent rhythm section partners, percussionist Jim Loughlin and drummer Vinnie Amico.With his impressive mallet work on the marimba and xylophone allowing him to be a more melodic force, Amico shouldered the responsibility of holding down the pocket.  Though he was tasked with the sacred task if keeping the beat alive, Amico still found time to provide copious fills and flourishes throughout the night.  A trancey-dancey “Yodelittle” showed the band at its best, with everyone taking a moment to make the song their own before passing the lead baton.With a double bill of bands that have a history of collaborations it was no surprise when the two newest members of Yonder, Allie Kral and Jake Jolliff were brought out for a wild and looping take on “32 Things.” Jolliff showed the picking skills that made him a welcome addition to Yonder, while Kral continued her never ending game of musical cat and mouse with her friend Schnier.After playing an entire Pink Floyd set a few weeks ago, moe. has been peppering choice Floyd covers to their sets, and brought the house down with their choice of encore, “Have A Cigar.” While Garvey showed an impeccable ability to mimic David Gilmour, Schnier had a bit of fun with the lyrics, changing the famous question posed in the tube to ask “Which ones moe.?”After two hours of blowing minds and entertains the crowd of all ages those in attendance might now have known which one was moe., but there were a fully aware of what the band was capable of, and sorely sad when the lights came up.Starting the evening off with a bang, Yonder Mountain String Band have become favorites of the area fans, having played packed shows under the Big Top in the past. Greeted by resounding cheers from the already-full house, Yonder brought the audience to their feet with crackling renditions of some of their newest tunes alongside cherished classics.Banjo plucker Dave Johnston led the band through a loose, funky version of recent release title song “Black Sheep.” Not to be outdone bassist Ben Kaufmann brought a vital energy  to his rendition of “Criminal,” emoting through his vocals with a the passion he could muster.As always, guitarist Adam Aijala was a study of contrasts, with his serene demeanor disguising the intensity of his concentration. Allie Kral’s aching, soaring bouts of fiddling fury alternately drew cheers and looks of astonishment from the appreciative audience.Chuck Garvey came out to add a jazzy tone and a smiling counterpoint to Aijala’s straight sound on “Remind Me” as well, during Yonder’s set.  When the two bands decide to see how much fun they can have sharing the stage, the real winners are the fans, and those lucky enough to be under the Big Top got to see a high wire act unlike any other.  The worlds of jam and bluegrass aren’t that far apart, and moe. and Yonder bridge that gap beautifully.Check out full setlists and a gallery by Rex Thomson, below.Setlist: Yonder Mountain String Band at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield, WI – 8/31/16Set: Southern Flavor, Criminal, Black Sheep, All Aboard, New Dusty Miller, All Aboard, Night Out, Sister Golden Hair, Remind Me*, Around You, My Gal* = w/ Chuck GarveySetlist: moe. at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield, WI – 8/31/16Set: The Road, Assfinger > Kyle’s Song > Mexico, Same Old Story, Understand, White Lightning Turpentine, Yodelittle > Opium, Silver Sun, 32 Things*Encore: Have A Cigar, Bear Song* = w/ Allie Kral, Jake Jollifflast_img read more

Our Town: The Wild Rumpus

first_imgOne band, two towns. The Wild Rumpus, hailing from wild, wonderful West Virginia, actually calls two towns – Fayetteville and Lewisburg – home.  For fans of Blue Ridge Outdoors, these two towns sound like the perfect nexus of rugged mountain sports and high lonesome mountain sounds.  Trail Mix caught up with Allan Sizemore to chat up just what it is that makes the band’s hometown(s) so special.BRO – Favorite hometown venue to play?Allan – We love the Rendezvous Lounge in Fayetteville. This is our home base and during whitewater season we play here about once a month to great crowds. Crazy shows.BRO – Favorite hometown band to see live?Allan – Well, we have friends all over the country, some of whom are from here originally and have moved on to other areas for their home base. Johnsons Crossroad and The Honeycutters, both from Asheville, and If Birds Could Fly, from Southwest Virginia, are a few we love to play with and see.BRO – Favorite spot for a post show libation?Allan – Wherever we happen to be is usually good…haha!BRO – One thing an out-of-towner should know about your hometown?Allan – BOTH of our hometowns have been named America’s Coolest Small Towns by Budget Travel Magazine – Fayetteville in 2007 and Lewisburg in 2011. That’s pretty dang neat, we think. There are lots of great things in our towns; both have awesome places to eat that are original and local, great shops, and both are recreation and outdoor meccas for the state.BRO – Must see spot for someone visiting your hometown?Allan – In Fayetteville I would say the New River Gorge Bridge and overlooks- amazing sights. In Lewisburg- Carnegie Hall, WV! It’s one of just four Carnegie Halls in the world!BRO – Interesting tidbit that has put your town on the map?Allan – We are home to the New River Gorge Bridge- the longest arch span bridge in the western hemisphere – where over 100,000 people show up to watch folks BASE jump from the bridge on Bridge Day. 100,000 people!BRO – Favorite outdoor adventure in/near your hometown?Allan – Fayetteville is the whitewater capital of the world! Class VI whitewater, the New and Gauley Rivers, Bridge Day; there’s just lots of cool stuff to do in Fayetteville. Lewisburg has the Greenbrier River Trail, the river itself, hiking, climbing, caving…man, if you love the outdoors, this is the place to be!————————————————————–On Friday, August 16th, you can catch The Wild Rumpus in Floyd, Virginia, at the Dogtown Roadhouse.  If you happen to find yourself in West Virginia for Bridge Day in October, make sure to catch the band at the Rendezvous Lounge. In the meantime, take a listen to “Ramblin’ Now,” off the band’s brand new disc, Shake Yer Rumpus, on this month’s Trail Mix.Speaking of that new record, Trail Mix and the boys in The Wild Rumpus would like to give you a shot at a copy for your very own self!  Shoot an answer to the trivia question below to [email protected]  A winner will be chosen from all of the correct answers received by high noon tomorrow, Thursday, August 15th!Good luck!!Question – Along with roots music stalwarts Tedeschi Trucks Band, Drive-By Truckers, Wilco, and Alabama Shakes, The Wild Rumpus was named as part of what webzine’s Top Fifty Bands in Americana? Pssst . . . hint hint. . . . . surf over to www.thewildrumpus.com . . .last_img read more

Private bush sanctuary up for grabs in Shailer Park

first_imgTimber floors feature throughout the home.There is also a modern family bathroom. The living area opens through bi-fold doors to the big covered deck, which overlooks the private yard and swimming pool with deck. The property also has airconditioning and an alarm system for peace of mind. The Shailer Park home is close schools, local shops and public transport. It is also a short drive from the M1, which makes for easy travel to the Gold Coast or the Brisbane CBD. The home at 10 Lasandra Court, Shailer Park, is on the market.THIS four-bedroom family home is on an elevated 1622sq m block with private, tropical gardens. Marketing agent Lisa Etri of Ray White Rochedale said the two-storey house at 10 Lasandra Ct, Shailer Park was well-designed to take advantage of the privacy and position of the big block.On the ground floor of the home, a versatile layout includes a large living space, a home office, a second room and a bathroom. “This area is ideal for a home business and also represents potential dual living with a separate entry,” Ms Etri said. An internal staircase with glass balustrade leads to the second level. The kitchen looks out to the private yard.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020The second floor has polished timber floors, light-filled rooms and open plan living.“The family room is spacious yet intimate and the gourmet kitchen is adorned with quality fixtures offering stone benchtops, European appliances and generous cupboard space,” Ms Etri said. “This is the perfect place to prepare meals and as you dine it is impossible not to relax as you enjoy the tranquillity of your private tropical garden.”The master bedroom has an ensuite and all four bedrooms have built-in robes. last_img read more