Saudi Arabia

first_img Receive email alerts Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation April 28, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Saudi Arabia June 8, 2021 Find out more to go further Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS RSF_en Newscenter_img Domain name : .sa Population : 28.686.633 Internet-users : 9 800 000 Average charge for one hour’s connection at a cybercafé : 2 to 4 US$ Average monthly salary : around 21 836 US$ Number of imprisoned netizens : 2These bloggers are confronting the traditional forces of Saudi society which are attempting to prevent the Internet from becoming a forum for free discussions. A legislative arsenal is bound to intimidate netizens and promote a tendency for self-censorship.Saudi Arabia is one of the first countries to have been authorized to write Internet domain names in Arabic. The Internet penetration rate, currently estimated at about 38% of the population, is rising. However, it is still one of the most repressive countries with regard to the Internet.Severe filtering and denouncementsVery strict filtering targets any content of a pornographic and “morally reprehensible” nature. Websites that broach the subject of religion, human rights or positions taken by the opposition are also rendered inaccessible. Far from denying it, the authorities maintain that their censorship decisions are justified and claim to have blocked some 400,000 websites. Moreover, the Internet Services Unit explains the principle involved on its site It is making available special forms which citizens can use to request the blocking or unblocking of a website.And citizens are taking full advantage of it. The Telecommunications and Information Technologies Agency recently stated that the number of such blocking requests concerns between 700 and 1,000 sites per day, or an average of 300,000 sites “denounced” by citizens per year. A representative of the same Agency estimates that 93% of the filtered sites are pornographic in nature. The others are said to concern sites which circulate information “contrary to Kingdom values.” In a recent study, however, the Agency acknowledges that 55% of the users are worried about these site blockings and feel that the current filtering practice is excessive.Cyber cafes under surveillanceDraconian restrictions were imposed on cyber cafes in April 2009. Since then, they have been required to install hidden cameras, supply a list of customers and websites consulted, not permit the use of prepaid cards or of unauthorized Internet links by satellite, close at midnight and not admit minors.Their owners can face a prison sentence if their premises are used to distribute information contrary to “Kingdom values” by virtue of the new law on the use of technology which entered into force in January 2008.This law also provides a ten-year prison term for owners of Internet websites which support terrorism and five years for those who distribute information of a pornographic nature or which is in violation of the country’s religious and social values.Risks incurred by increasingly active netizensThe Arab Network for Human Rights Information estimates that there are about 10,000 active blogs in Arabic and in English in the country. Bloggers who permit discussion of sensitive subjects run the risk of censors’ reprisals. In 2008, for the first time, Saudi authorities imprisoned a blogger, Fouad Al-Farhan, for having published on his blog ( an article describing the “advantages” and “disadvantages” of being a Muslim. In July 2009, Syrian blogger Raafat Al-Ghanim, a resident of Saudi Arabia, was also arrested. He did not hesitate to criticize the social and political status of both countries. There has been no news of the blogger since his arrest.Recently, participating websites have been particularly targeted by censors. The site, a political discussion forum, is inaccessible in the country. The platform, which was at first totally blocked, is now the subject of a targeted censorship of its content – proof that the authorities cannot prevent bloggers from existing, either. Authorities cracked down for the first time on Saudi users of the Twitter micro-blogging website last August. The Twitter pages of two human rights activists, Khaled al-Nasser and Walid Abdelkhair, were then blocked.The American journalist Courtney C. Radsch, who was working in Dubai for the Internet website of the Saudi information chain.Al-Arabiya, was fired in October 2009 following the posting on the Internet site of an article about safety violations by the national air carrier, Emirates Airlines. Her work permit having been revoked, she was forced to leave the country.The Al Watan newspaper’s website was hacked into last November. The following statement was posted on the home page against a black background: “There is only one God and Mohammed is his prophet.” The newspaper is said to have come under constant attack since an article was printed criticizing certain religious leaders for having denounced the “mixed regime” in the newly built King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).The tight control of the Internet in Saudi Arabia also reveals the government’s determination to maintain the social order – for the Net has provided a previously non-existent space in which women, who represent over half of the bloggers and two-thirds of Saudi netizens, can express their views. Women can discuss subjects online that would be taboo for them to mention in public, such as health.Links: news website about Gulf states (English) blog by a student n Riyadh (English) website on the Arab world (Arabic) Arab bloggers union News Help by sharing this information RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance March 9, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News News Follow the news on Saudi Arabialast_img read more

FHFA Announces Rule to Address Post-Conservatorship Framework

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Eric C. Peck Home / Daily Dose / FHFA Announces Rule to Address Post-Conservatorship Framework 26 days ago 697 Views Previous: Forbearance Volume Continues Downward Trend Next: Home Prices Climb 11.3% YoY in March Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Fannie Mae Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Freddie Mac government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) Housing Finance System Mark Calabria FHFA Announces Rule to Address Post-Conservatorship Framework in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Fannie Mae Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) Freddie Mac government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA) Housing Finance System Mark Calabria 2021-05-04 Eric C. Peckcenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has published a final rule that requires Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the government-sponsored enterprises) to develop credible resolution plans, also known as “living wills.” These resolution plans would facilitate an orderly resolution of the GSEs should the FHFA be appointed their receiver per the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 (HERA).“After the capital rule, the finalization of the living will rule is one of the last major regulatory pieces needed to give effect to Congress’ intent in HERA,” said FHFA Director Mark Calabria. “Just like other large financial institutions, these plans will provide Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and FHFA with a roadmap for preserving business continuity should they fail again. This rule helps create a stronger, more resilient housing finance system by protecting taxpayers and the mortgage market from harm if either Enterprise fails.”The final rule mirrors a rule issued by both the Federal Reserve Board and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) under the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, which requires many large financial institutions to submit living wills. The Department of Treasury’s 2019 Housing Reform Plan highlighted the need for a credible resolution framework for the Enterprises, and the Financial Stability Oversight Council endorsed GSE living wills in the fall of 2020.The final rule states that the GSEs must demonstrate how core or important business lines would be maintained to ensure continued support for mortgage finance and stabilize the housing finance system, without extraordinary government support, to prevent a GSE from being placed in receivership, indemnify investors against losses, or fund the resolution of a GSE.“FHFA is developing a more robust prudential regulatory framework for the Enterprises, including capital, liquidity, and stress testing requirements, and enhanced supervision,” the final rule stated. “FHFA believes a resolution planning rule is also an important part of developing such a framework and is a key step toward the robust regulatory post-conservatorship framework FHFA is developing.”In terms of Fannie and Freddie’s government-conservatorship status and the future of the GSEs, Calabria recently commented at an industry event that the FHFA is open to input from the industry as it continues to make decisions.“FHFA is continuing to put in place key regulations that support the enterprise’s safety and soundness and ability to fulfill their mission, across the economic cycle,” Calabria said. “I encourage [mortgage bankers] to continue to engage with FHFA, provide your market insights to help us inform our work. Through all the changes and continuing challenges of 2021, I remain optimistic about what we can accomplish working together.” Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Councillors fail to agree budget for 2012 – how the day unfolded

first_img WhatsApp Councillors fail to agree budget for 2012 – how the day unfolded RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Newsx Adverts Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Donegal County Councillors failed to reach agreement on the council’s revenue budget for 2012. It proved an eventful day with an unprecedented disruption to the meeting, numerous adjournments and claim and counterclaim as to why agreement could not be reached. Below is how the days proceedings unfolded.Today’s budget meeting began at 10.30am with a break for lunch scheduled at 1 o’clock. The consensus in Lifford this morning is that it is going to be a long day. In fact it is likely that this meeting could be adjourned to allow for further negotiations with the budget to be agreed in January.Mayor Noel McBride opened the meeting with a positive message. He says we are facing in to a difficult and challenging year but if people remain positive, then things will improve. He says there are positives out there, not least the recent quotas secured for the fishing industry. Mayor McBride also said he was optimistic on inward investment in the county in the coming year and that meetings are ongoing to that end.At around 10.40 County Manager Seamus Neely takes to his feet. Outlines how last years cold weather, gorse fires later in the year and flooding put strain on the council’s resources. These were costs that, he says, could not have been legislated for. With that said, the council starts 2012 with a clean slate – that is, no deficit from 2011 is being carried forwards.The manager has been outlining how he and his team have prepared for budget 2012 with maximising delivery on care responsibilities, delivering further efficiencies, sustaining affordability and achieving compliance amongst them.Manager says he probably needed to increase commercial rates but didn’t and goes on to highlight the importance of working with business to help competitiveness and maximise income.10.50 and the manager moves on to highlight the key considerations of budget 2012. These include : Absorbing funding gap of 11 million euro – outlines the true impact this may have. Explains to councilors, who have made representations for funding for smaller projects, this is the equivalent to funding 550 small projects to the tune of 20,000.  This is effectively the manager flagging the fact that the ‘horses trading’ that goes on ahead of a budget being agreed will be more difficult this year.The manager highlights an interesting statistic – Donegal County Council has 102 thousand euro per day less to work with in 2012 compared to 2007. Seamus Neely says he had no choice but to cut spending on Donegal’s roads next year by 1,000,000 – this is one of the major issues that Fianna Fail has with the draft budget.Out of 148 million euro that the Council has to spend, 120 million is fixed costs – in reality, the county manager points out, only around 5 million euro is  ‘discretionary’.Almost 63 million euro of the council Revenue Budget of 148 million will be payed on wages alone next year – this is marginally up on last year  – 8 million less than 2008.County Manager says we have good roads and water infrastructure in Donegal.Director of services, Gary Martin, has taken to his feet with an extensive  breakdown of how the council will spend its money next year – this also includes how the council can operate in a more cost effective away down to lights being switched off in office that are not being used.Liam Ward,Director of Housing is now going through the figures as to how it will effect his department in the coming year – mostly relating to cuts which have already been outlined for the most part in previous presentations.’Cant Pay Wont Pay’ protesters have moved to a window of the room in which the budget meeting is taking place -Mr Ward’s address stalled as councilors complain of not being able to hear him. Protesters have now taken to bashing the windows.  Not sure what this achieves.The budget meeting has been adjourned for a lunch break.Council’s budget meeting resumes a 3pm. There is rumblings that the passing of the budget is becoming less likely today. Following on from the earlier protest which disrupted the meetings. At least one Councilor claims to have been physically assaulted by a protester in the form of a blow to the ribs. At least two other councillors claim to have been verbally assaulted on a personal level.Party and grouping whips to now have there say on the draft budget: First up Councillor Ciaran Brogan for Fianna Fail, he acknowledges huge challenges ahead. He says Fianna Fail has considered the budget book and has huge concerns. Highlights that spending on loans and staff costs are so high that the amount of money left to spend is very scarce.Fianna Fail’s main concern is roads, Councillor Brogan says that while good work on the roads has been done in the past, there are roads in the county in a very poor state. With this in mind, Fianna Fail is strongly against a funding cut of 1,000,0000 by the council. Housing cuts and grants for those most in need are also a major concern. Pubic are concerned about the introduction of parking charges and an increase in water charges. Councillor Brogan says it is a ‘disgrace’ that no provision for tourism is contained in the budget book.He adds that the council  may have decentralized offices across Donegal, but no staff to run them. He says the service being provided does not match the publics needs. Councillor Brogan concludes that Fianna Fail will NOT be supporting the budget book in its current form.Barry O’Neill for Fine Gael says council is in a difficult place.  Says the amount of businesses struggling in the county is a cause for concern, as a result rate collection down significantly (1.5 million in 2012). Says council has to budget with less money and less staff describing it as an incredible challenge. O’Neill says councillors have an obligation to pass the budget by 6pm this evening.Fine Gael says it will do all it can to lobby the government to make up the 1million euro cut in funding for roads (This is sure to see a major locking of horns between FG and FF on this key issues – stances are a mile apart) Councillor O’Neill says his party also has an issue with the lack of funding for tourism in the budget book. (7K put aside for tourism promotion).Concerns also expressed over a lack of financial support for the Arts in the county, suggests that an allocation of 100k to An Grianan should be spread across the county. Fine Gael also opposed to the introduction of car parking charges, speech also used to highlight concerns over the lack of legislation governing casual traders suggesting it is having a major negative impact on rate paying businesses. Fine Gael proposals are concentrated on addressing the issue of unfinished estates, community assist programme restored to allow for the repair of roads, insists on a value for money committee be established to ensure the council gets best value for money ( for example, in awarding contracts). That the councillors fund be maintained at its current level. Calls for half hour of free parking be permitted on the streets of town’s that already have charges.  Fine Gael want an island’s fund to recognise the culture, tourism and everything else the islands offer. (suggests 20k). The party wants Donegal County Council to come up with the shortfall in funding for Bucnrana Leisure Center (20k). Calls for an urgent meeting with Failte Ireland Northwest to secure a representation on its board.Fine Gael calls on the council to introduce a 12 months commercial rate free period within towns, providing they don’t compete with existing businesses and meet a number of other criteria.Councillor Mick Quinn for Sinn Fein says the Manager has been given the challenge of making a silk purse out of a sows ear due to a cut in government funding. Says the party cannot take the budget in isolation as it sets out the stall for subsequent years. Concern over the 2% VAT rate increase, says this will lead to business closures and as a result see a fall in the council’s income through rates. Councillor Quinn says septic tank charges and the household will reduce spending power in the economy once again affecting businesses.Sinn Fein also concerned about unfinished estates, says the council faces costs in relation to mechanical plants etc and says there will be revenue implications for the council which have not been budgeted for.Sinn Fein says unless more funding comes from central government then this budget should not be passed. Councillor Quinn says his party is not taking this stance with ease and is calling on Fine Gael to impress on Minister Phil Hogan the need for Donegal to be awarded more funding.Councillor Frank McBrearty for Labour says they have major issues. Firstly he slams protesters who took over the chamber earlier, claiming they deflect from the work of the council and the crisis Donegal and the country is in.  He says that party’s should sit down together and try and come up with an agreement that would see the budget passed. He says the government must not be given control to enforce a budget for Donegal. Labour concerned about the reduction in roads maintenance, Frank McBrearty says that is labour’s key concern. He adds that cuts to the DFI fund and the councillors development fund will have a major negative impact.  Labour against proposed increase in commercial water charges.Again calls for the meeting to be adjourned so parties can come together and try and agree the budget but admits it will be very difficult.  Councillor McBrearty says he is against the household and septic tank charges but will pay them, says he is hopeful Labour nationally will ensure those that can’t pay won’t have too. Labour lends its support to Fine Gael calls for an island fund. Labour also has an issue with the level of funding for An Grainan Theatre this year, says the Balor Theatre is very much underfunded. Councillor McBrearty says Letterkenny should ‘pay for their own problems’.McBrearty says Labour is being reasonable in relation to the budget, defends Council staff pay of 63 million euro per year – says it is to the county’s benefit. He says rate cuts would only suit big business.Independent Councillor Ian McGarvey is also concerned at reduction in funding for roads says some roads across the county are in a serious state of disrepair. Says one pothole was measured at 2.5 feet deep. Concerns over the 240k reduction in DFI fund and again the councillor’s fund.Says it is important that Donegal County Council uses MEP’s and national party members to attract funding to the county from other previously untapped sources. Councillor McGarvey questions why VEC pensions are paid by government while council staff pensions are paid by the council (over 8million in 2012), he says the council should look to recoup that. He calls for a 3% reduction in commercial rates , accepts that big businesses benefit the most but suggests a rising tide lifts all boats.Councillor McGarvey also concerned at the lack of funding set aside for tourism.  Particular concern for the elderly and wants the council to look at the situation.  America, China and Europe have all been referenced.Councillor McGarvey says people in the North should be encouraged to shop and stay in Donegal, says efforts should be made in that regard -concludes by saying that councillors should work together and not play political games and agree a budget.Meeting adjourned for chinwags on budgetMeeting reconvenes at 5.15pm, however it is quickly adjourned until 5.45pm to facilitate further discussion, indications would be that an agreement this evening is unlikely.At different stages this evening speculation has been that the budget would be passed, then not and finally it looks likely that the meeting will be adjourned until January the 4th without agreement. The way the numbers break down, it would appear that Sinn  Fein held the key and the party only backed Fianna Fail for an adjournment rather than a rejection of the budget.I may be wrong, we have another 5 minute adjournment……Fine Gael party proposes to adopt the budget with amendments which would establish a 20K fund for the islands and 20k for Buncrana Leisure Centre leaving 500,000in the DFI fund.  Councillor’s development  fund of  to stand at 145,000. The business support fund which was proposed to be scrapped.Fianna Fail calls for the meeting to be adjourned until the 4th of January to allow for efforts to be made to source additional funding – Sinn Fein backs Fianna Fails proposals.Vote:Fine Gael proposal:Fianna Fail proposalDidn’t happen – Fine Gael withdrew its motion. Councillor Barry O’Neill added that he is disappointed that some parties had little preparation done and had no proposals. He says the message it sent to the public is that councillors do not know what’s going on. Councillor O’Neil seems to indicate that Fianna Fail pulled a stroke in deferring a decision.Council will meet again now on the 10th of January. That is the last day the budget can be adopted and is seen as a risky maneuver by councilors. Google+ Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img Previous articleUpdated:Claims of assaullt as budget meeting is disrupted by protestersNext articleElvin to be sentenced in March after being found guilty on 26 charges News Highland By News Highland – December 21, 2011 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

Lockdown: All Courts In Calcutta To Observe Restrictive Functioning Until May 15 [Read Notifications]

first_imgNews UpdatesLockdown: All Courts In Calcutta To Observe Restrictive Functioning Until May 15 [Read Notifications] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK24 April 2020 10:43 PMShare This – xIn view of extension of the lockdown period, the Calcutta High Court has decided that the order of suspension of regular works of the High Court as well as its Circuit Benches and the Subordinate Courts will continue to operate till May 15. Meaning thereby, the courts in Calcutta will hear only urgent matters until May 15, 2020. To this end, the Chief Justice of the High…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?LoginIn view of extension of the lockdown period, the Calcutta High Court has decided that the order of suspension of regular works of the High Court as well as its Circuit Benches and the Subordinate Courts will continue to operate till May 15. Meaning thereby, the courts in Calcutta will hear only urgent matters until May 15, 2020. To this end, the Chief Justice of the High Court has constituted two Division Benches and three Single Benches that will function on May 4, May 7, May 12 and May 15, for taking up extremely urgent matters through video conferencing. The procedure for E-filing and video conferencing may be accessed here. In partial modification of this procedure however, the High Court has notified that from April 30 onwards, counsels will have to file their urgent matters by 5:00 pm, three days prior to the day of sitting of the concerned Benches. The decision to observe restrictive functioning was first taken by the High Court on March 15, in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. Read Notifications Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

PHOTO PETS: Deadline extended for Humane Society fundraiser

first_img Brockman said 66 entries are needed to fill the cover, the month and week photo slots and there is plenty of space for every pet entered to be included. “Right now, we have 50 entries and there’s no limit to the number of entries we could have,” she said. “Wouldn’t it be amazing if we had 200 entries in our 200th year.”While that might be pie-in-the-sky hopes, Brockmann said every entry in the Pet Photo Contest helps to reduce the number of unwanted and unloved animals in the county through the Humane Society of Pike County’s spay and neuter program. That alone is reason to enter a pet. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Published 4:00 am Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories And the contest is shaping up to be a lot of fun.“We now have a peacock that is showing its true colors and a calf, Bad-Bad Leroy Brown,” Brockmann said. “The ratio of cats to dogs is 23-27. Currently, Pepper, who is loved by Emma Dickey, is in the lead with 307 votes. In second, Lyra loved by Dr. Patricia Block is in second place with 190 votes and Cocoa, loved by Breanna Barron is in third with 100 votes.”Brockmann said there are numerous “in memory” pets in the photo contest.“That is a nice way to remember a family pet,” she said. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits 12PrevNextStartStop Brockmann encourages all pet owners to enter their pet in the 2019 Pet Photo Contest so that no pet will be “blue” for having been left out of the Alabama Bicentennial red, white and blue edition of this annual fundraiser for the Humane Society of Pike County.Entries are $10 each and votes are $1. The deadline for entry is now August 21. Voting deadline remains at 5 p.m. September 1. There are two ways to enter a pet, by submitting online at or picking up entry forms and leaving photos at Guynn’s Income Tax and Bookkeeping Service, Jinright’s Hillside Antiques, The Little Framery or Three Notch Antiques (formerly Troy Antiques), all in Troy.The pet with the greatest number of votes will be featured on the cover of the 2019 Pet Photo Calendar. The pets with the 13 next highest votes will be honored as the monthly winners. There will be 52 weekly winners and the honorable mentions. All pets entered in the Pet Photo Contest will be pictured on the 2019 Pet Photo Calendar. PHOTO PETS: Deadline extended for Humane Society fundraiser You Might Like Local minors face alcohol charges after field party bust Pike County residents were among the nearly 70 minors charged with underage consumption or possession of alcohol Aug. 4 at… read morecenter_img Email the author Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBest 13 Fortnite Skins That You NeedTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration With the fading days of summer and the ringing on the school bells, it would have been easy to forget to enter one’s pet in the Humane Society of Pike County’s 2019 Pet Photo Contest.But never whimper, said Donna Brockmann, humane society president – the contest deadline is being extended until midnight Tuesday, August 21.“We don’t want any precious pets to be left out of the 2019 Pet Photo Calendar,” she said. “We are celebrating the Alabama Bicentennial in 2019 so this will be a keepsake calendar. Every pet owner will want their pet to be a part of the Alabama 200 celebration.” Sponsored Content The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen Print Article Skiplast_img read more

Evidence of strong small-scale population structure in the Antarctic freshwater copepod Boeckella poppei in lakes on Signy Island, South Orkney Islands

first_imgEnvironmental conditions were particularly severe during the Last Glacial Maximum, altering the distribution of the Southern Hemisphere biota, particularly at higher latitudes. The copepod Boeckella poppei is the only macroscopic continental invertebrate species known to be distributed today across the three main biogeographic regions in Antarctica as well as in southern South America. Signy Island (South Orkney Islands) is a unique location for the study of Antarctic freshwater ecosystems due to its location and geographic isolation; it contains 17 lakes in several low altitude catchments. We conducted phylogeographic and demographic analyses using the cox1 gene on 84 individuals of B. poppei from seven lakes across Signy Island. We recorded low levels of genetic diversity and a strong genetic differentiation signal between the eastern and western valleys within the island. Phylogeographic structure and demographic inference analyses suggested at least one asymmetrical dispersal event from west to east. Demographic inference detected a strong signal of population growth during the deglaciation process, which may have followed either (1) a strong genetic bottleneck due to a reduction in population size during the last glacial period, or (2) a founder effect associated with postglacial recolonization of Signy Island from elsewhere. The genetic architecture of this island’s populations of B. poppei shows that historical events, rather than continuous dispersal events, likely played a major role in the species’ current distribution. Finally, our study considers possible mechanisms for dispersal and colonization success of the most dominant species in the Antarctic freshwater community.last_img read more

Iranian, Omani Navies Sign Cooperation Agreement

first_img Iranian, Omani Navies Sign Cooperation Agreement Iranian and Omani navies signed a cooperation agreement calling to provide “peace and stability” in the region, says communique of the two naval commanders.Primarily, the question is control over the Strait of Hormuz which is a traffic route for 85% of oil produced by the Persian Gulf countries, writes Izvestiya.“Northern part of the strait is controlled by Iran, and the southern one – by Oman. Among other Gulf states, Tehran has historically good relations with Oman, so the cooperation agreement is quite logical”, explains Vladimir Sazhin, professor of Oriental Institute, Russian Academy of Science.Numerous Iran’s threats to block the Strait of Hormuz cause worldwide concern because it may level up oil prices to stratosphere. Tehran’s cooperation with one of regional countries may give it an access to plans of Iranian leaders. “This agreement gives advantages to all parties. The West would acquire information about Iran’s intentions through Arabs, and Tehran would display transparency of its plans”, believes Rajab Safarov, director of Research Institute for Contemporary Iran.Concluding an alliance with one of the strongest regional players and being a small country on the coast of strategically important Straight of Hormuz, Oman may count on certain protection in case of local conflicts.According to Vladimir Sazhin, Oman went for agreement only after consultations with the Gulf Cooperation Council, a high-powered organization with headquarters in Saudi Arabia. The council coordinates economic, cultural, and some issues of military cooperation amid the Gulf countries.Such cooperation is especially worth-while as relations between Iran and Saudi Arabia have recently soured so that Tehran has become almost as grave enemy as Israel. The reason is strengthening of Sunnism in the region and, consequently, confrontation between Sunnites and Iran-backed Shiites, writes the newspaper. “Iran’s relations with all Gulf countries except for Oman leave much to be desired”, explains Rajab Safarov. “United Arab Emirates claim for several Iranian islands near the Strait of Hormuz. Face-off between Sunnites and Shiites in Bahrain is heavy. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait, and Qatar are pro-American”, the expert said.The agreement between Tehran and Masqat is a political issue. The question is unlikely a full-scale military cooperation because combat capabilities of Iran and Oman are incomparable. “Main striking force of Omani Navy is gradually commissioned three Khareef-class multipurpose corvettes”, said Igor Korotchenko, director of World Arms Trade Analytic Center. “To compare corvette class, Iran operates five ships”.In addition, Iranian Navy has in inventory submarines, cutters, antiship missiles, naval aviation, marines etc.Sure, it is unlikely that Oman would block the strait with Iran. However, it can become an intermediary enjoying confidence of both Tehran and its opponents.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 13, 2012 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Omani View post tag: sign View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Cooperation View post tag: Iranian View post tag: Naval February 13, 2012 View post tag: Navies View post tag: agreement Authorities Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Iranian, Omani Navies Sign Cooperation Agreement last_img read more


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Press release: Charges in suspected people smuggling investigation

first_img George Kupatadze, aged 43, of Windmill Street, Gravesend, DA12 Gurami Shariashvili, aged 26, of Carlton Avenue, Bedfont, TW14 Givi Shariashvili, aged 44, of New Road, Bedfont, TW14 Mikheil Tchotashvili, aged 34, of Market Street, Newham, E6 Leri Mgaloblishvili, aged 45, of Talbot House, Ladbroke Crescent, W11 This is an example of the continued cooperation between the relevant agencies in our efforts to target all types of criminal activity, including illegal immigration in both jurisdictions. Ilia Diasamidze, aged 34, of Lewisham High Street, SE13, was charged with assisting unlawful immigration. Sidonia Gulbani, aged 26, of Market Street, Newham, E6, was charged with identity document offences.They have all been remanded in custody to appear at Isleworth Crown Court on 25 July 2018.Deputy Director Dave Magrath, from Immigration Enforcement CFI said: The operation targeted seven addresses in London and Kent aimed at dismantling a suspected organised crime group (OCG) believed to be involved in the facilitation of Georgian nationals into the UK through Ireland.The investigation, which started in June 2017, is being led by Immigration Enforcement CFI in the UK and supported by the Joint Agency Task Force (JATF). The JATF comprises Immigration Enforcement, the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI), the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and other law enforcement partners. The task force enables cross-border cooperation across a range of policing areas, as well as intelligence sharing, which helps keep communities safe and secure.The seven appeared at Uxbridge Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday 27 June.The following were each charged with conspiracy to facilitate illegal immigration: In addition to the six men and one woman charged, two further arrests were made for identity document offences. The two Georgian men, aged 28 and 31, were given police cautions and detained pending their removal from the UK.Officers also arrested four people, two men and two women, all Georgian nationals, who immigration checks found had either entered the UK illegally or overstayed. They will have their cases progressed in accordance with the immigration rules and if it is found that they have no right to remain in the UK, steps will be taken to remove them from the country. Approximately £1,800 in Russian currency was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.Anyone with information about suspected immigration abuse can contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 anonymously or visit the Crimestoppers website. Detective Chief Superintendent David Dowling of the Garda National Immigration Bureau said: Our investigation is targeting an organised network suspected of being involved in a systematic attempt to help individuals evade the UK’s immigration controls. We have been working closely with the PSNI in Northern Ireland and the GNIB in the Republic of Ireland and that vital co-operation will continue as the investigation proceeds with the evidence we have seized today.last_img read more

Anita Berrizbeitia appointed chair of GSD’s Department of Landscape Architecture

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) has appointed Anita Berrizbeitia, M.L.A. ’87, as chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture as of July 1, 2015. Berrizbeitia is currently professor of landscape architecture and director of the Master in Landscape Architecture degree programs at the GSD.Berrizbeitia is a landscape architect specializing in theory and criticism of nineteenth and twentieth-century public landscapes in the United States and Europe. Her research on Latin American cities and landscapes centers on the creative hybridization of local and foreign cultural practices as a response to a centuries-old process of global cultural exchange; the role of large-scale infrastructural projects on territorial organization; and the interface between landscape and emerging urbanization.At the GSD, Berrizbeitia has taught design studios and theory of contemporary practices, investigating innovative approaches to the conceptualization of public space. Editorially, Berrizbeitia has edited and co-authored several award-winning books, and her essays have been published in numerous books and journals. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Landscape Architecture and the advisory board of the South America Project, and also has served on major competition juries in Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Madrid.A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Berrizbeitia studied architecture at the Universidad Simon Bolivar before receiving a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College in 1980 and a Master in Landscape Architecture from the GSD in 1987. Since then, she has taught in various capacities at the GSD, including as assistant professor of landscape architecture from 1993 to 1998 and as professor of landscape architecture since 2009.last_img read more