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June 15, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgSami Al-ArianThe following is a statement from Dr. Sami A. Al-Arian, who was deported from the U.S. on Feb. 4. Dr. Al-Arian, who is Palestinian, was a tenured professor at the University of Southern Florida when he was arrested in 2003 on trumped-up terrorism charges. He spent more than three years in prison, mostly in solitary confinement, and then faced more government harassment even when, after a six-month trial, the jury found no evidence that any crime had been committed (see “Gov’t abuses grand jury system to indict Al-Arian,” workers.org). In 2006, the father of five accepted a plea deal that involved his deportation.Feb. 4, 2015To my dear friends and supporters,After 40 years, my time in the U.S. has come to an end. Like many immigrants of my generation, I came to the U.S. in 1975 to seek a higher education and greater opportunities. But I also wanted to live in a free society where freedom of speech, association and religion are not only tolerated, but guaranteed and protected under the law. That’s why I decided to stay and raise my family here, after earning my doctorate in 1986. Simply put, to me, freedom of speech and thought represented the cornerstone of a dignified life.Today, freedom of expression has become a defining feature in the struggle to realize our humanity and liberty. The forces of intolerance, hegemony and exclusionary politics tend to favor the stifling of free speech and the suppression of dissent. But nothing is more dangerous than when such suppression is perpetrated and sanctioned by government. As one early American once observed, “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” Because government has enormous power and authority over its people, such control must be checked, and people, especially those advocating unpopular opinions, must have absolute protections from governmental overreach and abuse of power.A case in point of course is the issue of Palestinian self-determination. In the United States, as well as in many other Western countries, those who support the Palestinian struggle for justice, and criticize Israel’s occupation and brutal policies, have often experienced an assault on their freedom of speech in academia, media, politics and society at large. After the tragic events of Sept. 11, such actions by the government intensified in the name of security. Far too many people have been targeted and punished because of their unpopular opinions or beliefs.During their opening statement in my trial in June 2005, my lawyers showed the jury two poster-sized photographs [taken by] government agents … during searches of my home many years earlier. In one photo, there were several stacks of books taken from my home library. The other photo showed a small gun I owned at the time. The attorney looked the jury in the eyes and said: “This is what this case is about. When the government raided my client’s house, this is what they seized,” he said, pointing to the books, “and this is what they left,” he added, pointing to the gun in the other picture. “This case is not about terrorism but about my client’s right to freedom of speech,” he continued. Indeed, much of the evidence the government presented to the jury during the six-month trial were speeches I delivered, lectures I presented, articles I wrote, magazines I edited, books I owned, conferences I convened, rallies I attended, interviews I gave, news I heard and websites I never even accessed.But the most disturbing part of the trial was not that the government offered my speeches, opinions, books, writings and dreams into evidence, but that an intimidated judicial system allowed them to be admitted into evidence. That’s why we applauded the jury’s verdict. Our jurors represented the best society had to offer. Despite all of the fear-mongering and scare tactics used by the authorities, the jury acted as free people, people of conscience, able to see through Big Brother’s tactics. One hard lesson that must be learned from the trial is that political cases should have no place in a free and democratic society.But despite the long and arduous ordeal and hardships suffered by my family, I leave with no bitterness or resentment in my heart whatsoever. In fact, I’m very grateful for the opportunities and experiences afforded to me and my family in this country, and for the friendships we’ve cultivated over the decades. These are lifelong connections that could never be affected by distance.I would like to thank God for all the blessings in my life. My faith sustained me during my many months in solitary confinement and gave me comfort that justice would ultimately prevail.Our deep thanks go to the friends and supporters across the U.S., from university professors to grassroots activists, individuals and organizations, who have stood alongside us in the struggle for justice.My trial attorneys, Linda Moreno and the late Bill Moffitt, were the best advocates anyone could ask for, both inside and outside of the courtroom. Their spirit, intelligence, passion and principle were inspirational to so many.I am also grateful to Jonathan Turley and his legal team, whose tireless efforts saw the case to its conclusion. Jonathan’s commitment to justice and brilliant legal representation resulted in the government finally dropping the case.Our gratitude also goes to my immigration lawyers, Ira Kurzban and John Pratt, for the tremendous work they did in smoothing the way for this next phase of our lives.Thanks also to my children for their patience, perseverance and support during the challenges of the last decade. I am so proud of them.Finally, my wife Nahla has been a pillar of love, strength and resilience. She kept our family together during the most difficult times. There are no words to convey the extent of my gratitude.We look forward to the journey ahead and take with us the countless happy memories we formed during our life in the United States.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

June 12, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Philippe Bertinchamps, a Belgian journalist based in Belgrade who reports for Le Courrier des Balkans, Mediapart, Libération, RFI, RTBF, Le Soir, La Tribune de Genève and other international French-language media, is currently threatened with expulsion by Serbia’s interior ministry (MUP) on the pretext that he poses an “obstacle to public order and national security.”No grounds have ever been offered to support this claim. Bertinchamps was previously summoned twice by Serbia’s Security Intelligence Agency (BIA) for “in-depth informative interviews” – the first time in April 2017, shortly after Serbia’s latest presidential election, which he covered.Given the extremely worrying situation of media freedom in Serbia, where independent journalists are nowadays the targets of physical and verbal violence and even hate campaigns by pro-government media, we believe that this case must, as a matter of urgency, be drawn to the attention of the Serbian, European and international public.Bertinchamps has been covering Serbia and most the western Balkans for the past ten years, and he has always displayed the utmost impartiality in his reporting. He has never had any run-ins with the police and, until 2017, he had always obtained his residence permits without any problem.Based in Belgrade since 2007, he is married to a Serbian woman who is a press photographer, and he is the father of a five-year-old girl. His application for a temporary residence permit on preservation of family unity grounds was nonetheless rejected by the MUP in April 2017 and again on 8 January 2018 without any explanation.A Serbian administration court ruled in his favour in November 2017, agreeing that the authorities should provide grounds for their rejection of his application. The MUP’s two refusals violate not only Serbian procedural regulations but also article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, on respect for private and family life.As the Serbian authorities pay little heed to court rulings and the interior ministry’s behaviour is unworthy of a country seeking admission to the European Union, and because he also wants to defend his career as a journalist, Bertinchamps has decided not only to file a new complaint with the administrative court but also to refer his situation to the highest European and international authorities.A press conference will be held on 20 February at Belgrade’s Medija Centar at 2PMLe Courrier des BalkansMediapartLibérationReporters sans Frontières La Tribune de GenèveRTBF- InformationsRadio France InternationaleLe SoirPhilippe Bertinchamps (Filip Bertinšan), dopisnik velikog broja inostranih medija u Srbiji, među kojima su Le Courrier des Balkans, Mediapart, Liberation, RFI, RTBF, Le Soir i La Tribune de Geneve, trenutno trpi pretnje proterivanjem iz Srbije, od strane Ministarstva unutrašnjih poslova (MUP), pod izgovorom da predstavlja «pretnju javnom redu i nacionalnoj sigurnosti». Ova odluka nije ničim motivisana niti opravdana. Philippe Bertinchamps je pre njenog donošenja već bio pozivan od strane Srpske službe za bezbednost (BIA) na «detaljne informativne razgovore», u aprilu 2017, dan posle predsedničkih izbora u Srbiji, o kojima je kao novinar izveštavao.Imajući u vidu trenutni više nego zabrinjavajući položaj slobode medija u Srbiji, gde nezavisni novinari trpe fizičke i verbalne napade, pa čak i pozive na linčovanja od strane provladinih medija, smatramo da je neophodno obratiti se kako Srpskom, tako i Evropskom i međunarodnom javnom mnjenju.Philippe Bertinchamps svojim novinarskim radom pokriva Srbiju i većinu zemalja Zapadnog Balkana već punih deset godina u kojima je uvek pokazivao najveći stepen nepristrasnosti. Nikad nije imao problema sa policijom, i do 2017. godine je uvek dobijao dozvolu za boravak u skladu sa propisima.Kao belgijski državljanin, Philippe Bertinchamps živi u Beogradu od 2007. godine, oženjen je državljankom Srbije koja je takođe novinarka i fotoreporterka, a takođe je i otac petogodišnje devojčice. Odbijen je, bez ikakvog objašnjenja, nakon zahteva za privremeni boravak radi spajanja porodice od strane MUP-a, 8. januara 2018. godine, drugi put od aprila 2017. godine. U novembru 2017. godine je međutim Upravni sud Srbije doneo presudu da vlasti moraju da opravdaju razloge za odbijanje njegovog zahteva. Odluke MUP-a u ovom slučaju krše pravila postupka, ali i član 8. Evropske konvencije o ljudskim pravima o poštovanju privatnog i porodičnog života. Sudbina Philippe Bertinchamps-a i njegove porodice sada u potpunosti zavisi od volje srpskih vlasti.Imajući u vidu često ignorisanje pravosudnih odluka od strane srpskih vlasti, kako bi se sprečile policijske zloupotrebe koje ne priliče jednoj državi kandidatkinji za evropske integracije, ali i kako bi odbranio svoj posao kao novinar, Philippe Bertinchamps je odlučio da se ponovo žali upravnom sudu, i da se obrati najvišim evropskim i međunarodnim vlastima povodom svoje situacije.Konferencija za štampu će biti održana 20. februara u Medija centru u Beogradu.Le Courrier des BalkansMediapartLibérationReporters sans FrontièresLa Tribune de GenèveRTBF- InformationsRadio France InternationaleLe Soir SerbiaBelgiumEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment SerbiaBelgiumEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Judicial harassment News RSF_en to go further Philippe Bertinchamps/ © Dalibor Danilovic News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out morecenter_img The Serbian interior ministry has rejected a request by Philippe Bertinchamps, a Belgrade-base Belgian correspondent for various French-language media, for a temporary residence permit so that he can continue living with his Serbian family. Instead, he is now threatened with expulsion for posing an “obstacle to public order and national security.” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the decision and alerts international opinion to his plight, which follows an increase in harassment of journalists in Serbia. June 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information February 16, 2018 – Updated on February 19, 2018 Serbia threatens Belgrade-based Belgian reporter with expulsion News Receive email alerts June 8, 2021 Find out more News Organisation “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayslast_img read more

June 12, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Google experiments drop Australian media from search results Receive email alerts AustraliaAsia – Pacific News Follow the news on Australia February 22, 2021 Find out more AustraliaAsia – Pacific November 19, 2020 Find out more RSF_en RSF condemns Facebook’s blocking of journalistic content in Australia September 8, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for overhaul of freedom of information laws after disappointing decision by High Courtcenter_img Organisation News Help by sharing this information January 21, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today called on Australia’s government and parliament to urgently amend its laws on the right and access to information in order to better protect press freedom after a high court ruling confirmed the extent to which these rights and freedoms are curtailed.”It is regrettable in a democracy that a government can so easily reject a journalist’s request for access to information that is in the public interest,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is even more regrettable that the courts uphold the government’s ability to evade the need for transparency.”Reporters Without Borders added that it was supporting calls from the Australian Press Council and the Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance for an overhaul of the existing legislation.In a three-to-two majority decision, the high court of Australia ruled on 6 September that the treasury department was right not to supply The Australian daily newspaper with the information about income tax which the newspaper’s freedom of information editor, Michael McKinnon, requested a few years ago under the 2002 Freedom of Information Act.The authorities are empowered under the access to information laws to reject a request from a news organisation if they considered it is against “the public interest.” The treasury minister twice blocked McKinnon’s request for documents relating to tax policy.The Australian Press Council said the high court’s decision would give the authorities a “fresh impetus to suppress information that is embarrassing or politically inconvenient.” The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance said the existing legislation “provided several barriers for journalists seeking access to non-personal information.” to go further News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Newslast_img read more

May 26, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgNews UpdatesThree Additional Judges Of Gauhati High Court Made Permanent [Read Notifications] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 Nov 2020 11:46 PMShare This – xThe Central Government on Thursday appointed three Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court as permanent Judges of that High Court. They are: Justice Manish ChoudhuryJustice Sanjay Kumar Medhi Justice Nani Tagia Justice Choudhury was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court on January 18, 2019 whereas Justices Medhi and Tagia were appointed on November…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?LoginThe Central Government on Thursday appointed three Additional Judge of the Gauhati High Court as permanent Judges of that High Court. They are: Justice Manish ChoudhuryJustice Sanjay Kumar Medhi Justice Nani Tagia Justice Choudhury was appointed as an Additional Judge of the High Court on January 18, 2019 whereas Justices Medhi and Tagia were appointed on November 19, 2018. Justice Choudhury obtained his degree in Law from the Gauhati University. He enrolled himself in the Bar Council of Assam in August 1999 and practiced mainly in the Principal Seat. He was a Standing Counsel for the Directorate of Land Records, Assam from 2009 to 2016 and Senior Standing Counsel, Higher Education Department, Assam during 2014 to 2016. He was a retainer counsel for a number of organizations, companies and PSUs. He was appointed as the Member of the State Law Commission, Assam in June 2015 and was designated as Senior in April 2017. Justice Medhi obtained his degree in Law from the Delhi University and enrolled himself as an Advocate for the North East Bar Council in November 1994. He started his practice with Jain Hansaria & Company but returned to Guwahati in July 1995 to practice. He was appointed as the Standing Counsel of the Gauhati High Court in the year 2012, which he continued till his elevation in 2018. In April 2017, he was designated as a Senior Advocate and in November, 2017 he was appointed as the Additional Advocate General, Assam. Justice Tagia obtained his degree in Law from the Delhi University. He was designated as Senior Advocate by the Gauhati High Court in August 2014. Click Here To Download Notification Click Here To Download NotificationNext Storylast_img read more

May 24, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Heart Walk is today Print Article Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “The Pike County Heart Walk will continue after the Survivors Walk and continue for about two hours,” Toney said. “We’ll have some great prizes to be awarded to the survivors and for those who compete as walkers. The prizes will be awarded depending on the most laps walked and there will be different tiers of prizes.”The individual who walks the most laps will win a grill from South Alabama Electric Co-op and a $50 monetary gift card from Troy Bank & Trust Company. Competitors will be required to visit different health stations in addition to making the laps. To be eligible for the prizes, walkers must be present at the time the awards are presented.A football autographed by Troy University Football Coach Neal Brown will be awarded to the highest bidder in the Heart Walk Silent Auction. The red carpet will be rolled out tonight for the 2016 Pike County Heart Walk and everyone is invited to attend. The annual fundraiser is held in support of the American Heart Association and will be from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Troy Recreation Center.The highlight of the night’s activities will be the Heart Walk Survivors Lap at 5:20 p.m.Annette Toney, event co-chair, said everyone is encouraged to come early and celebrate the victories won over heart disease and stroke as the survivors make the first lap of the 2016 Heart Walk. You Might Like Habitat hosts ‘Square Foot Appreciation’ on Valentine’s Day Messenger photo/SubmittedThe newest Habitat for Humanity home is under construction at 207 W. Fairview Ave. in Troy. Donors and supporters… read more Published 3:00 am Thursday, February 18, 2016 Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Although the Heart Walk is the main event of the annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association, there will many other things to see and to do.“All of those who attend the Heart Walk will be invited to enjoy a free heart-healthy meal and then visit the health-related booths that will be set up all around the recreation center,” Toney said. “Troy Regional Medical Center will have booths from its different medical departments and the health and biology departments at Troy University will have booths. We’ll also have a nurse and a personal trainer available to answer health-related questions.”Troy University football players and women’s basketball players will be special guests at the Heart Walk and will mix and mingle with the crowd. The Pike County High School Jazz Band will be the featured entertainment.“A kids corner will be set up with different fun activities and we’ll also have a photo booth available where you can take interesting photos,” Toney said. “We’ll have a few Go Red T-shirts for sale and, of course, we’ll all enjoy the fellowship of this great event.” 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 HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe 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 Sponsored Content Toney said Pike County Heart Walk is held annually and for one good reason.”“‘Life is Why’ we do this,” she said.“The Pike County Heart Board appreciates everyone who participates in the Heart Walk because these fundraising efforts are making a difference.  Each year thousands of people survive heart attacks and go on to live normal lives. The key to survival is to know the symptoms and to act quickly.“Through education and research more lives are being saved every day. ‘Life is Why’ we’ll walk tonight. We hope everyone will come walk with us.” Email the author Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kitslast_img read more

May 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Students, teachers, parents and their allies will converge on the nation’s capital Saturday to rally for gun control and school safety measures in the wake of last month’s shooting in a Florida high school.Thousands of people from across the country are expected to participate in the March for Our Lives, organized by students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where a gunman killed 17 people and injured others on Valentine’s Day. The accused shooter, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was a former student at the school and was armed with an AR-15-style rifle he had legally purchased a year ago, authorities said.Now, students around the country — using the slogan “Never Again” — are calling on lawmakers to make schools safer and enact tougher gun control laws, such as prohibiting the sale of high-capacity magazines and banning the high-powered, highly-lethal assault-style weapons often used in mass shootings.Here’s everything you need to know about the March for Our Lives.When is the march?The main March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C., began at noon ET on Saturday, more than five weeks after the deadly school shooting.There have been other events in support of the shooting survivors, including a National School Walkout on March 14 that lasted for 17 minutes to honor those killed a month earlier in Parkland and to protest gun violence across the country.Where is the march?The main March for Our Lives event in Washington, D.C., began on Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd Street NW and 12th Street NW.But there were hundreds of satellite marches, or “sibling marches,” planned for this weekend around the world. Each sibling march is an independent, student-led initiative, according to the March for Our Lives official website.There were sibling marches planned in cities such as Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Boston, Ottawa, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Paris, Dublin, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Rome, Tel Aviv, Mumbai, Hong Kong, Tokyo and Sydney, to name just a few.Who’s supporting the event?Countless people, including a number of celebrities, have voiced their support for the march by announcing their plans to participate or donating to the movement’s main GoFundMe page, which has raised over $3.4 million. Half of the funds raised via the crowdfunding platform will go toward the March for Our Lives Action Fund, which will cover expenses associated with Saturday’s event in Washington, D.C.The other half will be given to the victims and their families of the Feb. 14 school shooting via the Broward Education Foundation.Actor George Clooney and his wife, Amal, a human rights lawyer, gave $500,000 to March for Our Lives and said their family will be at the event in Washington, D.C.“Amal and I are so inspired by the courage and eloquence of these young men and women from Stoneman Douglas High School,” George Clooney said in a statement on Feb. 20. “Our family will be there on March 24 to stand side by side with this incredible generation of young people from all over the country, and in the name of our children Ella and Alexander, we’re donating 500,000 dollars to help pay for this groundbreaking event. Our children’s lives depend on it.”Media mogul Oprah Winfrey announced via Twitter that she will match the Clooneys’ donation. She tweeted, “George and Amal, I couldn’t agree with you more. I am joining forces with you and will match your $500,000 donation to ‘March For Our Lives.’ These inspiring young people remind me of the Freedom Riders of the 60s who also said we’ve had ENOUGH and our voices will be heard.”Many celebrities, including singers Harry Styles, Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber, have also shown their support by signing a petition created by the March for Our Lives organizers that calls for action to end gun violence and protect schools.David Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, announced on CNN that singers Ariana Grande, Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato will be marching alongside him and the other organizers in Washington, D.C.Why are people marching?The March for Our Lives organizers explain on the official website that they support the constitutional right of law-abiding U.S. citizens to bear arms, but the recent surge of mass shootings, particularly at schools, calls for an honest discussion about guns.So students, teachers and their supporters will take to the streets because they “will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar,” the organizers said.“Not one more. We cannot allow one more child to be shot at school. We cannot allow one more teacher to make a choice to jump in front of a firing assault rifle to save the lives of students,” the organizers said in their online mission statement. “In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns. March For Our Lives believes the time is now.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgFBI Charlotte(WASHINGTON) — Authorities are asking residents in North Carolina’s Robeson County to check their properties this weekend for “anything unusual or out of place” amid the ongoing search for kidnapped 13-year-old Hania Noelia Aguilar.“If you see something that doesn’t belong or is not normal, do not touch anything (you could damage possible evidence) and call the tip line or 911,” the Lumberton Police Department wrote in a Facebook post Friday night. “You know your property best and can most easily determine if something is worth contacting law enforcement to help us.”Lumberton Police Chief Michael McNeill told reporters earlier this week that investigators are following “every conceivable lead” to find the eighth-grader.Hania was kidnapped just before 7 a.m. local time on Nov. 5 outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park in Lumberton, a city in Robeson County, according to police.She had grabbed her aunt’s car keys that morning so she could turn on the vehicle before school. That’s when a witness saw a man clad in all black with a yellow bandanna over his face approach the girl and force her into the green, 2003 Ford Expedition, police said.The suspect then drove away in the family’s SUV with Hania inside, police said. The stolen vehicle was located several miles away on Quincey Drive three days later, but Hania was nowhere to be found.So far, investigators said there’s no indication to believe Hania isn’t alive.The FBI, which has named Hania’s disappearance its “Most Wanted: Case of the Week,” announced Tuesday that it had raised its reward to $25,000 for information on the case. The state of North Carolina is also offering a reward of up to $5,000, bringing the total possible reward amount to $30,000.Authorities also released a handwritten statement in Spanish by Hania’s mother, Elsa Hernandez, pleading for her daughter’s safe return while dismissing the rumors swirling on social media.“I trust in God that my daughter will return,” Hernandez wrote. “No one knows the pain I have in my heart. Despite all the criticism and speculation against me, I would never use my daughter’s name in order to take advantage of this situation. I thank all those people who have provided me help.“Please,” she continued, “if you know something, call. I ask everyone not to make absurd comments. For the love of God respect my pain. I only want Hania, my princess, back. I miss her.”The FBI subsequently posted a statement on Twitter in support of Hania’s mother.“Social media can be cruel. Hania Aguilar is still missing. Her Mother wrote this note to ask people not to say such mean things on social media. Support this Mother, her daughter was kidnapped,” the FBI’s field office in Charlotte tweeted Tuesday night.Investigators are still trying to track down a man who was seen in surveillance footage walking in the neighborhood that Monday morning, around the time Hania was abducted. The three videos, which the FBI released earlier this week, show the unidentified man wearing light-colored shoes, a light-colored shirt and a hoodie.The man is not considered a suspect or person of interest at this time. Rather, he’s someone authorities “want to speak with” because he may be able to help investigators narrow down a timeline of Hania’s kidnapping, according to FBI Supervisor Andy de la Rocha.Authorities are seeking additional surveillance footage from anyone who lives or owns a business on or near Quincey Drive.Hania is described as a Hispanic girl who is 5 feet tall and weighs about 125 pounds, according to the FBI. She has black hair and brown eyes and was last seen wearing a blue shirt with flowers and blue jeans.Authorities have set up a special tip line that anyone can call if they have information to help investigators find Hania: (910) 272-5871.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

May 12, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Employee understanding of their companies’ pension schemes and effective communication are key issues facing employers, research has found.A survey of 235 firms across in 13 countries in Europe, conducted by HR consultancy Mercer, found that six in 10 respondents cited those issues as the most pressing worries about defined contribution pension plans.Mercer found that only a quarter of participating schemes offer financial planning services or investment advice to their members. It also found while more than 80% of schemes consider websites and personalised communication important in communicating with members, websites are only provided by just over half the schemes, while most still rely mainly on newsletters and brochures.Tim Burggraaf, a principal in Mercer’s retirement business, said there is a clear contrast between what employers want for their schemes and what is being achieved. “Putting resources into improving members’ understanding is paramount to get them to value the scheme. “Communication programmes need to go beyond simply making information available. They should reach out to meet individual members’ needs. A measure of successful schemes is whether their members are sufficiently educated to understand how much to save for retirement,” he said. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Workers need help understanding their company pensionsBy Gareth Vorster on 8 Apr 2008 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

April 20, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgGovernment to consider new laws to protect consumers who have prepaid for products when a business becomes insolvent proposed measures will include guaranteeing consumer schemes like Christmas savings clubs can safeguard customers’ money reforms are part of the government’s modern Industrial Strategy to ensure markets work in the interests of consumers When consumers prepay for items through savings clubs it is reasonable to expect that if something goes wrong, their money should have some degree of protection. The measures we are consulting on will give shoppers greater peace of mind. It’s all part of how we’re helping make markets fairer for all, especially the most vulnerable, as part of our modern Industrial Strategy – with more to come next year through our comprehensive Consumer White Paper. New laws to protect consumers who have already paid for products but not received them when businesses go bust will be considered by the government, it was announced today (Thursday 27 December).Business Secretary Greg Clark confirmed that next year the government will consult on laws requiring consumer prepayments to be protected in particular sectors. This would further strengthen the government’s ability to respond quickly to problems involving consumers who have prepaid for goods or services before a firm becomes insolvent. Common forms of prepayment include internet orders, the purchase of gift vouchers and money saved in payment schemes marketed as forms of saving like Christmas savings clubs.If a business running a savings club becomes insolvent, consumers’ money is not protected unlike when it is saved in a UK-regulated bank account. New laws proposed today would see this money safeguarded, with legislation requiring businesses to adopt measures to protect customers against losses – whether that is through trusts, insurance or other mechanisms.Business Secretary Greg Clark said:center_img The consultation is part of the government’s response to a report by the Law Commission on consumer protections in the event of insolvencies. The Law Commission had been asked by the government to investigate the issue and make recommendations, and their final report was published in 2016.Today’s announcement builds on recent measures from the government to protect consumers following insolvencies, including working to increase the proportion of funds that can be paid to unsecured creditors – who are often consumers – in the event of insolvencies.The government has also worked with the card payment industry, consumer groups and others to deliver guidance on ‘chargeback’ schemes, in which consumers can ask their credit or debit card issuer to reclaim prepayments on their behalf following insolvencies. The guidance, published last year, raises consumer awareness of the availability of chargeback and clarifies to insolvency practitioners that they are not favouring consumers over other creditors if they appropriately publicise the availability of chargeback.In April 2018, the government published its Consumer green paper to examine markets which are not working fairly for consumers. This includes examining digital markets, where payments are made before delivery and insolvencies can result in customers not receiving the goods they have ordered. The findings of the Law Commission will also be considered as part of the government’s Consumer White Paper, to be published next year.Notes to editorsThe measures announced today include a commitment from the government to work with consumer groups and businesses to clarify the law so that it is clearer at what point a consumer legally owns a product.There are cases where a consumer will have paid for goods which are still in a retailer’s possession when the retailer enters administration or becomes insolvent, making it unclear if legal ownership of the goods has been transferred and can be used to pay creditors or not.By working to clarify the law, the government will ensure that consumers get what they are owed.Government response to the Law Commission Reportlast_img read more

January 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgYou know what pics we’re talking about. Regardless of what body parts he’s putting through the Valencia filter, there’s no denying it: James Franco is a busy man. The Of Mice and Men star stopped by The Late Show on May 8 to discuss with David Letterman his transition from performing in front of a camera to in front of an audience, just before heading to the Longacre Theatre for that evening’s show. Franco revealed that he sometimes has to resist the urge to channel his inner LuPone during matinees with student groups: “I love that the students come and watch and they’re very engaged, but they laugh at strange moments.” Turns out, they don’t just laugh, but they also catcall him, during death scenes, no less! And yes, Letterman confronts the star about his questionable selfies, asking, “Honest to God, why?!” His rebuttal? “It’s what the people want!” If you say so, Franco. Surely you’ve learned by now that we’re keeping an eye on your Instagram activity. Take a look at the fun interview below! View Comments Related Shows Of Mice and Men Show Closed This production ended its run on July 27, 2014 Star Files James Francolast_img read more