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first_img Côte d’IvoireAfrica Organisation Reporters Without Borders condemns the “gratuitous and inexplicable” harassment of the daily L’Expression by the police for the past two weeks because of its coverage of opposition demonstrations last February in the west central city of Gagnoa and because it provided video footage of the ensuing violent reaction to the French TV news station France 24.“Our newspaper is being made to pay for its independence,” L’Expression editor Dembélé Al Séni told the press freedom organisation yesterday by phone from the Abidjan headquarters of the Directorate for Territorial Surveillance (DST), the police intelligence department where he was being interrogated.“Our credibility is proven,” Séni continued. “I suppose the authorities want us to toe the line. They are asking us all sorts of questions. Who finances the newspaper? Which political faction do we support? Where do we get our information? What are our intentions? But they have not denied any of the facts we reported. The demonstrations were widely covered in the press. Why are they picking on us?”Reporters Without Borders said: “We urge the Ivorian authorities, especially the DST, to explain why they keep summoning L’Expression’s staff for questioning. The newspaper’s correspondent in Gagnoa did a serious job of reporting. Harassing its staff in this manner is not normal.”After responding to a summons to present themselves to DST headquarters at 8:30 a.m. yesterday, Séni and L’Expression’s Gagnoa correspondent, David Gnahoré, spent the entire day there being interrogated by DST chief César Negbé and were not released until late in the evening. They were told to return at 11 a.m. today.Gnahoré already received a summons to report to police headquarters in Gagnoa on 7 May. While being questioned at the DST two days later, his home was searched and his laptop was taken away. It still has not been returned to him.Séni said the authorities are accusing L’Expression of “inciting violence” and “disseminating false information.” The offending article, published in the 20 February issue, was headlined: Mama militia opens fired: 5 dead, 19 wounded.”Another L’Expression journalist was summoned for questioning at the national gendarmerie’s department of investigations at the start of May over a report about an arms cache discovered in Abidjan. RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections RSF_en October 29, 2020 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alertscenter_img Côte d’IvoireAfrica Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further May 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police hound staff of daily over coverage of opposition protests News October 16, 2020 Find out more Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Newslast_img read more

first_img  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Blackstone Group Leaves Single-Family Rental Business Subscribe Previous: Update on Executive Hires and Partnerships Next: $100B Housing Bill Proposed to Address “Housing Affordability Crisis” in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Blackstone Rental The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img About Author: Seth Welborn Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Home / Daily Dose / Blackstone Group Leaves Single-Family Rental Business Blackstone Rental 2019-11-21 Seth Welborn Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago November 21, 2019 5,005 Views Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Blackstone Group Inc. has sold the last of its shares in Invitation Homes, the company’s rental business. Blackstone sold around 11% of Invitation Homes’ shares for about $1.7 billion, made about $7 billion since the home rental business went public in 2017, according to the Wall Street Journal.Invitation Homes says that certain selling stockholders affiliated with Blackstone have started a secondary offering of 57.6 million shares of Invitation Homes common stock. Upon completing the offering and Blackstone’s related distribution of its remaining 300,452 shares in Invitation Homes to its partners, Blackstone will no longer beneficially own shares in Invitation Homes, according to Seeking Alpha.“We created a company from scratch. It was created on a yellow pad. It was an idea. Now it’s a real business,” Jonathan Gray, Blackstone’s President, told the Wall Street Journal.Blackstone created the Invitations Homes unit in 2012 in response to the housing crisis in order to capitalize on the growing demand for rental properties coming largely from people who lost homes to foreclosure in the crisis and were unable to obtain mortgage credit to buy another home. Through Invitation Homes, Blackstone became one of the biggest landlords in the U.S.When Invitation Homes officially went public in 2017, it oversaw approximately 50,000 housing units, the largest pool of rental homes across 14 of the nation’s metropolitan markets. Blackstone stated on its website that the platform creates jobs and provides high quality, affordable housing for families nationwide.In July 2016, Blackstone first announced the intention to go public with Invitation Homes at some point in the first half of 2017 in order to capitalize “on a rally in U.S. single-family rental landlords to list the biggest company in the industry.”In December 2016, Reuters and the Wall Street Journal reported that Blackstone had “filed confidentially for an initial public offering” with regard to Invitation Homes. Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter AudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – February 17, 2021 Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleMinister McConalogue announces new €40m BEEP-S schemeNext articleJim Ferry brings High Court action against two waste companies News Highland Google+center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR First property in Donegal to be connected to NBP later this year Facebook WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA The Minister of Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands says while it’s going to take some time, work is happening on the ground to deliver high speed fibre broadband to Donegal.Minister Heather Humphreys expects the first property in Donegal will be connected to the network as part of the National Broadband Plan by September/ October this year.Surveys have been carried out ahead of the rollout in a number of areas including; Milford, Letterkenny, Ramelton and Termon.Minister Humphreys, on today’s Nine til Noon Show confirmed that high speed connections have already been installed in the county:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/humphreys1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applicationslast_img read more

first_img Previous Article Next Article The European Week for Safety and Health at Work on 14-20 October this yearfocused on stress, a problem said to affect more than 40 million EuropeanworkersWhile last year’s European Week for Safety and Health at Work concentratedon the more tangible issue of the prevention of accidents, this year the themefor the week, run by the European Agency for Safety and Health, and in Great Britainby the HSE, was the more insidious, yet no less serious problem of stress atwork. As the HSE points out, more than 40 million people1 throughout Europe, andan estimated half a million UK workers, report that they have been made ill bywork-related stress. According to the campaign, work-related stress is not specific to oneemployment sector, but is a universal problem, usually caused by poor workorganisation and design, which may include being made to work at high speeds,an uncertainty about job roles and poor management. Other risk factors include violence, verbal abuse from members of the publicand bullying. The week – held in mid-October – focused on the psychosocial risks, with aspecial emphasis on stress, was supported by a number of organisations,including the TUC, CBI, IOSH, RoSPA, British Safety Council and BackCare. During the week organisations both large and small, encompassing commercialcompanies and public bodies throughout the UK and Europe, were encouraged totake part by publishing features on stress in their company magazines, invitingstaff to suggest ways of tackling stress and even offering complementarytherapies to help destress their employees. Reference 1. Paoli P, Merllie D (2000) Third European Survey on Working Conditions.Dublin: European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and WorkingConditions. www.aohnp.co.ukwww.backcare.org.ukwww.britishsafetycouncil.orgwww.hse.gov.uk/euroweekwww.iosh.co.ukwww.osha.eu.int/ew2002/www.tuc.org.uk Comments are closed. Stressing the positiveOn 1 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_imgWhile many students occupied their time this past semester studying abroad, working an internship or balancing homework and other extra-curriculars, one Saint Mary’s student spent the last several months living out her dream as a singer. Sylvia Yacoub, a Saint Mary’s sophomore, took the year off to pursue her aspirations of becoming a professional singer when she auditioned for “The Voice,” an NBC reality television show where participants compete on teams coached by successful musicians. When singers are selected to participate on the show, they have the option to choose to be coached by one of four artists: Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Cee Lo Green. Yacoub chose Aguilera and said the opportunity to work with her has been an unforgettable one. “Getting the chance to work with [Aguilera] and perform with her has been incredible,” she said. “She has been my idol since I was a little girl and to know that she knows who I am personally is awesome. We connected so easily both artistically and emotionally.” Throughout the rehearsals and performances, Aguilera acted as a mentor to Yacoub, coaching her during her time on the show. In addition for the chance to learn under Aguilera, Yacoub said she especially enjoyed getting to know her coach’s personality and work ethic. “She’s a strong woman and stands for what she wants – and I love that about her,” Yacoub said. “You have all these ideas about how great your idol is and to meet Christina and to have her exceed all of my expectations was really cool. She was probably the most real person [at “The Voice”], and she was always herself. That is something I respect.” Though Yacoub received coaching and advice from Aguilera throughout the competition, she was also able to hear the other coaches’ opinions about her performances. Yacoub said she really enjoyed that aspect of “The Voice” and was grateful to hear additional feedback on her singing. “It was awesome,” she said. “Not everyone gets coached by their idol, let alone four different amazing singers. [They] are all really different artists and that feedback really helps you grow because you realize ‘Well this group thinks this, so I need to improve on this.’ It was great.” While the comments and advice from Aguilera and the other three coaches were extremely helpful to Yacoub, she said she also benefited greatly from the support of the Saint Mary’s community and her hometown of Muskegon, Mich. “Everyone’s support means the world to me,” she said. “Friends, and even people I don’t know and alumni are all reaching out to me. The support has been impeccable and I personally feel I had one of the best hometown and school backings [on “The Voice”]. It feels great to know so many people support me.” The support from all of her fans helped Yacoub push through some of the more stressful parts of her time on the show. She said the experience of rehearsals, performing and competing was an “emotional rollercoaster.” “I think I cried more on the show than I have in my entire life,” she said. “You just spin through so many different emotions. You go so quickly from excitement to being nervous to ‘I could go home tonight’ to ‘Oh my gosh, America saved me’ – it was crazy.” After making it onto the show after the blind auditions and advancing past the knockouts into the top 10, Yacoub was voted off of the competition last week after her performance of Alicia Keys’s “Girl on Fire.” While Yacoub is disappointed she is no longer on “The Voice,” she said she was expecting the elimination. “I kind of had a feeling I would go home,” she said. “I had mentally prepared myself and got it all out of my system the night before. I just had this gut feeling. But I was really happy with my last performance – it had a message I think is really important and the coaches were happy with it, too.” While her time on “The Voice” is over, she said her plans to return back to Saint Mary’s are still  being finalized. Because she is still under contract with NBC and “The Voice,” she is unable to make any definite plans right now. “I definitely will come back to Saint Mary’s and visit,” she said. “There is a possibility I will be back next semester to finish the year but everything is still up in the air. It all depends on my career and me moving forward with my singing.” Despite her uncertainties at the moment, Yacoub said she is confident in her career and hopes others take inspiration from her success on the show. “I’ve opened a lot of doors by being in this competition and making it to the Top 10, so expect more coming from me,” she said. “I hope my experience shows that someone with literally no connections can make it and that I’ve given people the drive and push to shoot for what you want.”last_img read more

first_imgWITH the seventh annual COURTS 10K and 3K athletic road races set for tomorrow around Georgetown, local beverage giant Banks DIH Limited has renewed its partnership with COURTS Guyana Inc. for the one-day event.The partnership was sealed yesterday when the business entity handed over the sponsorship cheque for the event at a simple presentation ceremony, held at Banks DIH Limited headquarters at Thirst Park.The event will be sponsored under the Rain Forest Waters brand.The presentation was made by Clive Pellew, Water Beverage Brand Manager, to Pernell Cummings, COURTS Marketing Manager in the presence of Aubrey Hutson, Amateur Athletics of Guyana (AAG) president; Race Coordinator James Cole and Banks DIH Outdoor Events Manager Mortimer Stewart.During brief remarks, Cummings thanked Banks DIH Limited for supporting the programme once again, as the two companies continue their partnership to foster the development of sport in Guyana.The 10K race is expected to attract the country’s leading male and female distance runners.Employees of the Company will compete in the 3K race while there will also be a Golden mile (1500 metres) for children between 10 and 16 years old. Over $2M in cash and other incentives will be up for grabs.The races, which get underway at 06:00hrs, will start and end at COURTS on Main Street, Georgetown.last_img read more

first_img— Ashley Tisdale— Carly Rae Jepsen— Derek Hough He turned 33 in 2010. That year, Brady was in his 11th NFL season, and he passed for 3,900 yards, 36 touchdowns and four interceptions, and he set a league record by finishing the regular season with 335 consecutive passes without a pick. He was also the first player in NFL history to become a unanimous selection for MVP.MORE:  Super Bowl 53: Odds, picks for Rams vs. PatriotsBill BelichickThe 66-year-old is in his 44th season as an NFL coach and is in his 20th season as head coach of the Patriots. He’s won five Super Bowls as a head coach and two more as a coordinator.He turned 33 in 1985 and was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants. He stayed with the team for 12 seasons, working under head coach Bill Parcells.Tony RomoThe 38-year-old won’t be on the field for Super Bowl 53, but he’ll certainly be one of the biggest attractions during the game. The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback will be in the broadcast booth for CBS, likely impressing fans with his ability to predict plays before they happen .He turned 33 in 2013 and was in his 11th season in the NFL. He threw for 31 touchdowns and led the Cowboys to an 8-7 record with the league’s worst defense. That season, Romo suffered a herniated disk against Washington on Dec. 22, but stayed in and threw a game-winning touchdown pass to keep Dallas’ playoff hopes alive:Tiger WoodsTiger Woods enjoyed many successes during his Age 33 year, but he also suffered the most devastating blow to his reputation. Though he won several tournaments and was the leading money-winner on the PGA Tour, a sex scandal in November 2009 rocked his personal life and made him the world’s No. 1 gossip item.Michael JordanThe 55-year-old NBA legend turned 33 in 1996. In the 1995-96 season, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Seattle SuperSonics 4–2 in the NBA Finals to win their fourth championship. Jordan was named Finals MVP for a record fourth time, surpassing Magic Johnson’s three Finals MVP awards.The title win was extremely emotional for Jordan. It was his first championship since his father’s murder and came on Father’s Day.The day included a memorable interview and scene of him crying on the locker room floor:Jordan also starred in the sports comedy “Space Jam,” which was released in 1996:Donald TrumpThe 72-year-old U.S. president turned 33 in 1980. At the time he was a real-estate developer and not yet a national celebrity.In the video below, a young Trump sat down with Tom Brokaw to talk real estate in New York City:Michael JacksonThe King of Pop turned 33 in 1991. He released “Dangerous,” his eighth studio album. It featured several hit songs, including:Black or WhiteWill You Be ThereRemember The TimeElvis PresleyThe King of Rock ‘n’ Roll turned 33 in 1968.Presley stepped away from music to star in several movies, until his 1968 television special, known as the “’68 Comeback Special,” which relaunched his music career. Oprah WinfreyThe 64-year-old turned 33 in 1987. “The Oprah Winfrey Show” was in its infancy. She hosted the Daytime Emmy Awards and won her first Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. During that year, she tackled the tough subject of race, when she interviewed residents from an all-white county in Georgia.Warning: Video contains offensive language33-year-old Athletes and Celebrities:— Cristiano Ronaldo— Wayne Rooney— Luka Modric— Michael Phelps— Chris Paul— Alex Ovechkin— JR Smith— Roman Reigns— Dwight Howard— Ciara— Bruno Mars— J. Cole— Anna Kendrick— Keira Knightley— Raven-Symoné— Kaley Cuoco— Chrissy Teigen— Gale Gadot— Lana Del Rey— Amanda Seyfried When the Rams take the field for Super Bowl 53 on Feb. 3, 33-year-old Sean McVay will become the youngest coach in football history to lead his team into the big game. It is no doubt an incredible accomplishment — and it got us thinking: Where were other major sports stars and celebrities at age 33?Tom BradyThe 41-year-old quarterback has won the Super Bowl five times. Super Bowl 53 marks his ninth return to the big game in 19 seasons with the Patriots.last_img read more