Timeline of violations against freedom of information in Iraq and Syria News Al-Jazeera was formally notified of the decision on 27 April but the CMC had already warned a month earlier that the Qatari broadcaster’s licence would be withdrawn for repeatedly violating regulations introduced in 2014 as part of Iraq’s efforts to combat Islamic State. “An arbitrary decision has been taken against Al-Jazeera’s Baghdad bureau,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “We call on the authorities to rescind this decision on the grounds of media pluralism and media freedom, which are guaranteed by the constitution. The TV channel’s staff must be allowed to resume working.” Al-Jazeera Baghdad bureau chief Waleed Ibrahim Mahmood told RSF that the Iraqi authorities had taken a “very radical” decision against the Doha-based broadcaster because they did not like its programmes and editorial policies. He added that unidentified gunmen have also repeatedly threatened the Baghdad bureau. The Iraqi authorities accuse Al-Jazeera of inciting violence and sectarianism but Ziad Ajili, the head of Iraq’s Journalistic Freedoms Observatory (JFO), defends the professionalism of its reporting in Iraq. The Al-Jazeera Baghdad bureau has filed an appeal against the CMC’s decision and has passed on the details of the CMC’s complaints to its headquarters on Doha. All of the bureau’s activities are meanwhile suspended pending a possible reversal of the CMC’s decision. Along with nine other TV channels, Al-Jazeera was already banned in 2013 on similar grounds of inciting violence and sectarianism. It was the CMC that also took the decision to close down all of Cairo-based Al-Baghdadia TV’s bureaux in Iraq on 16 March. The CMC was created in 2003, in the immediate aftermath of the US-led military intervention, with the task of regulating the media. Its decisions have often been accused of lacking independence and violating media freedom. Iraq is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts Mounting deadly danger for journalists in Iraq RSF_en Follow the news on Iraq to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa Freedom of expression Help by sharing this information IraqMiddle East – North Africa Freedom of expression May 11, 2015 Find out more Organisation News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (CMC) to immediately rescind its decision to suspend Al-Jazeera’s licence to operate in Iraq for a year, which has resulted in the closure of its Baghdad bureau. July 21, 2015 Find out more News RSF decries Iraq’s closure of Al-Baghdadia TV’s bureaux March 31, 2016 Find out more News May 9, 2016 – Updated on May 19, 2016 RSF urges Iraq to reopen Al-Jazeera’s Baghdad bureau Aljazeera Media Network – Logo
Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago November 18, 2014 1,418 Views Tagged with: Forecast Freddie Mac Home Prices Home Sales Purchase Loans Refinances Home / Daily Dose / Analysts Predict Continued Improvement for Housing as Economy Strengthens in 2015 With only weeks left before 2014 comes to a close, many economic commentators are already looking to what next year could bring—including Frank Nothaft and Len Kiefer, chief economist and deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac.In the company’s latest Economic and Housing Market Outlook for the United States, the two analysts turn their attention away from 2014—a mixed year for housing, especially compared to 2013—and toward 2015, which they say will see continued strengthening in the market for home purchase mortgages as the economy improves on a broad basis.Looking at the larger economic picture, the economists predict a 3 percent growth rate for gross domestic product (GDP) in 2015, which would mark only the second year in the past decade in which growth was at 3 percent or higher.Also among the pair’s predictions for 2015:Interest rates will climb further: Having started the year off at 4.53 percent, mortgage interest rates spent the year’s opening months falling into the low 4 percent range before climbing throughout the summer and eventually dropping again. With yields on the 10-year Treasury expected to average 2.9 percentage points next year, the average 30-year fixed rate is forecast to gradually rise throughout the year, ending around 5 percent.Home price gains will slow even more: While price growth is expected to continue, it will come at a more moderate pace, Freddie Mac’s economists say. The company’s current projection is for prices to rise 3.0 percent in 2015 compared to 2014—down from 4.5 percent anticipated for this year and less than one-third the increase seen in 2013. While ongoing price gains will dampen affordability somewhat, the analysts don’t see it as a major concern: “Historically speaking, that’s moving from very high levels of affordability to high levels of affordability.”Home sales and housing starts will accelerate: Sales and new construction are the two areas where the housing market has disappointed this year, but that’s expected to improve. Freddie Mac predicts total housing starts will increase by 20 percent from 2014 to 2015, with single-family homes accounting for most of that pickup. Meanwhile, total home sales are expected to increase by about 5 percent over the year, marking the best sales pace in eight years.Home purchase mortgages will gain even greater share… but total originations will fall: Refinance originations are anticipated to account for only 23 percent of 2015’s loan volumes, coming down hard off the surge of recent years. Meanwhile, purchase lending is expected to fall short of filling that gap, resulting in an 8 percent annual drop in originations to $1.1 trillion.”Government fiscal drag has turned into fiscal stimulus, lower energy costs support consumer spending and business investment, further easing of credit conditions for business and real estate lending support commerce and development, and more upbeat consumer and business confidence, all of which portend faster economic growth in 2015,” Nothaft said of the forecast. “And with that, the economy will produce more and better paying jobs, providing the financial wherewithal to support household formations and housing activity.” Sign up for DS News Daily Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Analysts Predict Continued Improvement for Housing as Economy Strengthens in 2015 Forecast Freddie Mac Home Prices Home Sales Purchase Loans Refinances 2014-11-18 Tory Barringer Previous: U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Bank’s Appeal in ‘Stripping Off’ Mortgage Cases Next: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 11/19/2014 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe
PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Twitter By News Highland – June 28, 2013 Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Committee formed in Finn Valley to support St Joseph’s Hospital Google+ Twitter Previous articleEverest hero to lead public climb to the top of Mount ErrigalNext articleCPWP concede Property Tax campaign is no longer viable News Highland Google+ News Facebook A committee has been formed in the Finn Valley to support St Joseph’s Hospital and lobby for the hiring of more staff.The cross party meeting was attended by over 150 people, with representatives there from similar committees in Dungloe and Carndonagh.Cllr Patrick Mc Gowan was one of the organisers of the meeting. He says the new committee will lobby for St Josephs, and also work with other committees in Donegal and further afield the highlight the problems facing the community hospital sector, particularly as a result of the HSE’s recruitment embargo……..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/pmcgowanweb.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Pinterest WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic
The taxonomic identity and distribution of the eel cod Muraenolepis (Gadiformes: Muraenolepididae) around South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands
Fishes of the genus Muraenolepis are regularly caught in commercial and research fishing in the waters around South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, but for many years there has been uncertainty about the specific identity of the species being caught. Here, we used morphological and molecular data to clarify the identity of specimens of Muraenolepis caught in trawl surveys and longline fisheries in South Georgia and South Sandwich Island waters. Type specimens of M. marmorata, M. microps and M. orangiensis were examined, together with specimens caught in trawl surveys around South Georgia. Morphological and molecular (mitochondrial 16S and cox1 sequence) data from specimens collected throughout the Southern Ocean indicate four clades and confirm the presence of just one species (M. marmorata) on the South Georgia continental shelf. The data also confirm that M. microps is a junior synonym of M. marmorata, which has a broad distribution around sub-Antarctic islands in the Southern Ocean extending as far south as the South Orkneys and the southern South Sandwich Islands. Muraenolepis evseenkoi is the main species caught in longline fisheries in the South Sandwich Islands and, with a more southerly distribution, is not known from around South Georgia. A third species (M. kuderskii) is also reported from around South Georgia and one specimen was considered to belong to this species. In total, there are eight recognised species of muraenolepidids in two genera, with six species having an Antarctic distribution.
Home » News » Agencies & People » LSL reveals profits up by 8% and two more digital investments previous nextAgencies & PeopleLSL reveals profits up by 8% and two more digital investmentsCompany reports a good 2017 despite a 9% reduction in sales revenues, and cash ploughed into two more online digital businesses including Zero Deposit.Nigel Lewis6th March 201801,046 Views Estate agency corporate LSL boosted its performance last year with a £5.6 million windfall from the sale of its shares in the Guild of Professional Estate Agents, its preliminary results reveal, lifting underlying profits by 8%.This ‘exception gain’ plus increased revenue from its branch network including a 10% lettings revenue increase at flagship brand Marsh & Parsons, and very strong results from its mortgage business, helped make 2017 a good year for the company.Its performance, which has been achieved during a difficult sales market, has also been delivered despite 2016’s stellar results, which were boosted by a £32.9 million windfall from the sale of ZPG shares.Last year it also spend £20 million spent on its investment in hybrid agency YOPA in September and, after its strategic review, two other interesting investments.This includes an undisclosed sum in Zero Deposit, the Jon Notley-led alternative deposits model, and £65,000 invested in an online mortgage broker called Property Master.“The Group delivered a robust financial performance given the subdued market conditions,” says Chairman Simon Embley (pictured, left).“I am pleased that the business delivered underlying operating profit growth in both the Estate Agency and Surveying Divisions.”LSL is much loved by the City and its shareholders. While other publicly-listed traditional corporates such as Countrywide and Foxtons have struggled and seen their share price nose-dive recently, LSL’s has been on the rise since early November.The brightest stars in the LSL constellation are its surveying business, where profits increased by 8%, and mortgages where profits increased by 16%, mostly organically.LSL also acquired or opened nine more branches last year including two more Marsh & Parsons offices plus seven more Your Move locations, gains which were offset by the loss of both Reeds Rains and LSLi branches, leaving the group with 505 branches in total.LSL Reeds Rains simon embley Your Move March 6, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’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
Due to a particularly slow news week, the Essex Rabbit set out to tackle the burning issue: ‘Is Essex an ugly University?’ 77% of those surveyed said that it was ugly, but not quite as ugly as Milton Keynes. The investigative team also concluded that “we’re really all just an incredibly fussy bunch who thought we were headed for Baywatch on concrete only to end up feeling cheated.” 12% of those surveyed said Essex was nothing like Baywatch. Meanwhile, an intrepid reporter was sent undercover to find out ‘is Essex just completely devoid of all good looking men?’ARCHIVE: 3rd Week TT 2003
Political events in Scotland have become extremely interesting. A minority SNP administration is moving cautiously forward trying to avoid contentious issues where the other parties can combine and defeat the Government.The publication of the Government’s Lifelong Skills Strategy was an issue where the administration would have felt on firm ground. I am sure that much of the strategy will remain intact.Key issues covered by the strategy include: the recognition that work-based learning is central to raising skills; measures to ensure parity of esteem between academic and vocational learning; a demand that Sector Skills Councils do more to establish a strong basis for their work in Scotland; and, most importantly, the commitment to extend Modern Apprenticeships to encompass SVQ level 2.All good stuff, but the critical unanswered question remains funding, particularly in the ’Cinderella’ area of raising skills for older workers.There is a long way to go to catch up with our nearest neighbour. In England bakers can receive substantial support from Learning and Skills Councils under Business Link programmes, such as: up to 100% funding of older workers with less than 5 GCSEs registering for NVQ level 2; employers receiving up to 50% funding for technical courses; and wages support for small companies sending workers away for training.Over to you Mr Salmond!
Our planet is on the brink of an ecological catastrophe and you are sitting calmly in Sanders Theatre. Daniel Gilbert, professor of psychology tells us why.
Harvard foreign policy experts say the death of Osama bin Laden is a blow to al-Qaeda, and a sign of the vitality and persistence of U.S. anti-terror expertise. But it will also renew the debate over U.S.-Pakistan ties and may even set the stage for a season of reprisals against American interests.Still, the good news takes the lead.“Terrorism is about drama and narrative designed to capture media attention and set the global agenda,” said Joseph S. Nye Jr., University Distinguished Service Professor, repeating sentiments found in his book “The Future of Power” (2011). “The killing of bin Laden helps to puncture his myth of invincibility.”R. Nicholas Burns, a 27-year U.S. Foreign Service officer now teaching at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), posted his own reactions in a brief video. “Justice has been done,” he said. “The person who ordered the death of Americans has himself been killed by our government.”Bin Laden’s death is a “significant blow” to al-Qaeda, he said. But it does not mark the end of the global war on terrorism, since sympathizers “will now seek revenge against the United States,” said Burns.Bin Laden had slipped into a more symbolic than operational role, “but the forces he unleashed still exist,” said Juliette Kayyem, assistant secretary for intergovernmental affairs in the Department of Homeland Security from 2009 to 2011. “My biggest fear is not another 9/11,” she said, but low-level attacks that are not dramatic but are harder to detect.Meanwhile, “no one is delusional that we’ve won the war on terror” in the wake of bin Laden’s death, said Kayyem, who described security experts as “very smart and cautious about what it means.’’But finding and killing bin Laden underscored the professionalism of U.S. anti-terrorism efforts, said Burns, who praised the persistence that U.S. experts brought to bear in nearly 10 years of trying to track the al-Qaeda leader down. “Terrorists now know the United States is going to pursue them to the ends of the earth if necessary, for as long as it takes.”Still, there was an element of surprise to the news of bin Laden’s death, said Kayyem, a member of the senior advisory board of HKS’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. “I had forgotten how much we wanted it. It was a shock.”But the U.S. street demonstrations that greeted news of the killing did not sit well with her. “I was not so thrilled with what was going on spontaneously,” she said. “For one, it’s a very private moment for the victims and their families.”Meanwhile, “we have a lot of accounting to do with Pakistan,” said Kayyem, one of many commentators wondering about the implications of finding bin Laden comfortably housed in a Pakistani garrison town.Burns called bin Laden’s choice of residences a “very complicating matter” in relations with Pakistan, an Islamic state whose military is heavily subsidized by U.S. aid. “It just defies reason to think that Pakistani officials were completely unaware of his presence,” he said of the high-profile terrorist. “Obviously lots of questions are going to be asked.”At the same time, it’s unlikely that bin Laden’s death will stir violent protest on the Arab street, where the al-Qaeda figurehead was “not unduly popular” for his murder of civilians, said Burns, director of HKS’s Future of Diplomacy Project. “Many in the Arab world will see this as a victory in their struggle against terrorism.”Perhaps the greatest victory goes to the White House, said David Gergen, an adviser to four presidents and director of the Center for Public Leadership at HKS.“There are more questions than answers about what impact the killing of bin Laden will have,” he wrote in a May 2 commentary for CNN, “but we know this: For both George W. Bush and Obama, catching bin Laden was the big prize. Who ever got him would carry a bigger stick. And that’s what Obama has just done.”Obama’s legacy will be more than “finding and killing bin Laden,” said Kayyem, who praised the president for bringing a new tone to discussions of terrorism. “He’s very calm, he’s very matter-of-fact, he’s very adult about it,” she said of the Obama’s late-night announcement about the raid. “Mission is not accomplished and there are no victory laps — but it also doesn’t mean we have to live our life every day in fear.”“For both George W. Bush and Obama, catching bin Laden was the big prize. Who ever got him would carry a bigger stick. And that’s what Obama has just done,” said David Gergen, director of the Center for Public Leadership. File photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerAmid all the commentary, it’s important to keep the killing of bin Laden in perspective, wrote Stephen M. Walt in a May 2 blog posting for Foreign Policy magazine. (Walt is the Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs at HKS.)Yes, his death has symbolic impact, but bin Laden no longer had an operational role in al-Qaeda, he wrote. And bin Laden had become the titular head of a violent, fundamentalist movement that ultimately failed, swept aside by a wave of youthful sentiment in the Middle East inspired by “more universal ideals of democracy,” said Walt.And yes, bin Laden had great success in his day, since after all his strategies spawned wars that have cost the United States trillions of dollars and thousands of lives. But to give him too much attention now distracts from the challenges that confront the United States in the Arab world, wrote Walt. “Al-Qaeda isn’t the real reason we are having a hard time in Afghanistan, and it has nothing to do with our difficulties with Iran.”The same military and intelligence prowess used to find and kill bin Laden will now be focused on other senior leaders among terrorists, said Kayyem.And the same enriched intelligence capabilities will enliven discussion on new directions for U.S. foreign policy and the future of Islamic nations. “I’m very optimistic,” said Kayyem, “about the opportunity this will provide us, and the Arab world.”Read updates from Harvard Kennedy School.
John Lemuel “Lem” Bethune was born in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, in 1926 and died on June 14, 2008, at the age of 82 in Barnstable, Mass. He received a B.Sc. in chemistry from Acadia University in Nova Scotia in 1947 and took a position as a professional chemist with Canadian Breweries Research Institute. There, together with F.L. Rigby, he worked on the development of a reliable method to analyze the components in beer that contribute to its bitterness. Brewers had been trying since the late 1800s to classify and quantify the bitter constituents of hops but without success. None of the sophisticated separation techniques now so readily available had been invented at that time and Lem and his co-workers turned to the tedious method of countercurrent distribution, which involves repetitive partitioning of solutes between two immiscible solvents (and was the forerunner of modern HPLC). In the early 1950s they published a series of papers describing the isolation of the principal bitterness components of hops, and in conjunction with absorption spectrophotometry, they established a method for bitterness analysis as well as defining a bitterness standard, subsequently called the Rigby-Bethune unit.Lem’s interest in separations technology eventually prompted him to enter graduate school at Clark University in Worcester, MA where he joined the laboratory of Gerson Kegeles, a leader in the countercurrent distribution field. There he focused on the theoretical aspects of moving boundary experiments involving first a single species undergoing countercurrent distribution and later chemically reacting systems. The Kegeles laboratory also specialized in ultracentrifugation and Lem developed techniques to take advantage of the enormous pressures (hundreds of atmospheres) generated in an ultracentrifuge cell and to study the effects of pressure on equilibrium constants of chemically reacting systems.In the late 1950’s computers were not only uncommon but rather massive pieces of equipment. Lem’s studies generated large amounts of data, required extensive calculations and clearly called for major computational assistance that unfortunately was not available to him in Worcester. Somehow, while in Worcester, Lem made contact with the computer center at MIT and for several years he made innumerable trips back and forth to Cambridge to feed punched cards into an MIT reader and collect reams of numbers.Lem received his Ph.D. in 1961 and moved to Boston and Harvard Medical School to join the Biophysics Research Laboratory under the direction of Bert Vallee and located in the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital. Not only did the lab have an ultracentrifuge, it also had a moving boundary electrophoresis apparatus that came to occupy much of Lem’s time. In addition, the lab had a large group of research fellows with whom Lem could collaborate and who benefited greatly from Lem’s broad range of knowledge and expertise. He had gone from being an analytical organic chemist to a theoretical one and now found himself immersed in enzymology. He fortuitously discovered that one of the enzymes of interest in the laboratory, carboxypeptidase A, underwent polymerization in high salt solutions or in the presence of aromatic compounds, and it therefore provided him with an ideal system to examine using ultracentrifuge methods he had developed at Clark. As a consequence, several novel publications emerged from this work.Lem’s contributions during his early years in the Biophysics Research Laboratory revealed his exceptional talents. He continued his interest in sedimentation analysis, became expert in enzyme kinetics, explored subunit dissociation of proteins, examined the role of zinc in alcohol dehydrogenase and devised models for enzyme mechanisms. In addition, he served as financial officer for the laboratory and assumed many other operational responsibilities. During this time he was appointed Assistant Professor (1966–1969) and then Associate Professor (1969–1975) of Biological Chemistry.By the beginning of the 1970’s ultracentrifugation, long the gold standard for determining molecular weights of macromolecules, was being superseded by more convenient techniques such as gel chromatography and SDS-gel electrophoresis. Nevertheless, Lem made one more improvement in the sedimentation approach, i.e. the use of time-lapse photography that could be adapted to the ultracentrifuge and facilitate determination of molecular weights. He developed this approach after attending a meeting of the International Union of Biochemistry in 1967 in Tokyo. While there he decided to acquire a movie camera. This sparked an interest in photography that was to become a life-long hobby as well as a critical tool for his research.In 1972 the Vallee laboratory joined forces with that of Judah Folkman at Children’s Hospital to search for the angiogenic factor that Folkman had proposed was secreted by solid tumors. Working with support from a one-year contract provided by the National Cancer Institute, Lem helped the Vallee team with his separation science expertise now applied to cell culture media. The factor proved extremely elusive and after a year the NIH contract was not renewed. But then the Monsanto Co., looking for a way to get into large-scale cell culture and gain a “window on biology”, decided that this project was just what they needed and thus was born the Harvard-Monsanto Project, a multi-million dollar pioneering venture between industry and academe. Scaling up from Petri dishes to multiliter culture vats along with learning how to ship samples from St. Louis to Boston, eventually led to the isolation of angiogenin, which turned out to be a member of the pancreatic ribonuclease family of proteins. Lem co-authored all the initial publications associated with this project. Of particular importance was his mathematical skill, mainly in applying statistics to evaluate data from large numbers of animal experiments.In 1975, there was a movement to create an appointment in chemistry in the Department of Radiology. Lem’s thorough training in physical chemistry, and his interest in diffusion, macromolecular interactions, and the transport of molecules in a variety of systems were considered uniquely suited for this new position. He served as Professor of Radiology (Biochemistry) from 1975 to 1993. He continued to conduct basic research in macromolecular structure and function as well as in angiogenesis. He also spent long hours formulating equations relating to boundary analysis, a kind of universal field theory of separation science. In 1980 be was appointed Treasurer of the Endowment for Research in Human Biology, an entity created with support from the Bronfman Foundation to study alcohol metabolism in humans. He served in that capacity until 1985. The latter part of his career was spent teaching statistics to the radiology interns and residents, and as a consultant in statistics for members of the Center for Biochemical and Biophysical Sciences and Medicine. He retired in 1993 as Professor of Radiology (Biochemistry) Emeritus.Lem lived in Medfield for many years and had great satisfaction working in his garden and maintaining his property. He enjoyed traveling, especially if it involved something like hiking in Italy or piloting a barge through the canals of Ireland. He moved to Barnstable on Cape Cod several years ago where he became a member of the Barnstable Land Trust, Inc. and a supporter of the Visiting Nurse Association and the Falmouth Hospital.He is survived by his wife, Nancy L., by his brother Norman, by his sister-in-law Marie Bethune, and by many nieces and nephews. He was buried in Barnstable.Respectfully submitted,James F. Riordan, ChairpersonS. James AdelsteinBarbara J. McNeil