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Government blocks critical news websites, says they have to register

first_img January 13, 2021 Find out more November 8, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government blocks critical news websites, says they have to register to go further Reporters Without Borders is appalled to learn that access to four leading news websites –SriLankaMirror, SriLankaGuardian, Paparacigossip9, and LankaWayNews– has been blocked on the media and information ministry’s orders since 6 November, a day after the ministry suddenly announced that news websites with “any content relating to Sri Lanka” needed to register without delay.“We deplore this measure, which reinforces government control over online media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Several news sites had already been blocked by the government, and now this requirement to register with the information ministry poses an additional serious threat to the already limited online freedom of expression.“We also condemn any attempt to control coverage of the ongoing ‘White Flag’ trial of former army commander Sarath Fonseka or to limit criticism of the government, no matter how virulent, for which journalists have been threatened. The information ministry must lift these blocking orders and rescind this new requirement. And we call on commercial telecom companies to stop blocking sites at the government’s behest.”The announcement that news websites need to register with the media and information ministry and obtain accreditation came on 5 November, shortly after the secretary to the ministry, W.B. Ganegala, had accused certain websites earlier the same day of constantly defaming senior government officials.It is not yet known how news websites are supposed to register or what sanctions they face if they refuse to comply. Some website journalists reportedly went to the ministry and requested registration forms only to discover that no procedures have so far been put in place.The number of blocked sites has risen steadily in recent weeks. They include the Lanka-e-News site, which was blocked at the end of October by state-owned Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) and privately-owned Internet service provider Dialog Axiata PLC without Lanka-e-News being given any explanation. Reporters Without Borders interviewed Lanka-e-News editor Sandaruwan Senadheera at the time (read the interview). The decision to block the site was upheld by a court today.Sri Lanka is classified as a “country under surveillance” in the Reporters Without Borders report on “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 158th out of 178 countries in the Reporters Without Borders annual press freedom index. News Sri LankaAsia – Pacific News July 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Sri Lanka Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trialcenter_img Organisation News Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts July 29, 2020 Find out more News Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge RSF_en last_img read more

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How Far California Home Values Dropped Due to Wildfires

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, News Home / Daily Dose / How Far California Home Values Dropped Due to Wildfires Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 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 December 10, 2020 935 Views According to a recent Redfin report, the wildfires that ravaged through Northern California in 2018 wreaked havoc on home values across the region. Plummeting home values are not only limited to this neck of the woods. However, just as a vast majority of America’s housing market is hitting its stride and hot as ever, other areas of the United States have been hit hard by the pandemic and all of its resulting repercussions.These struggling areas—where home values continue to decline from this time last year— include Brooklyn, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon, among others.As mentioned above, regarding Northern California home values dropping due largely in part by the record-breaking wildfires, one city, in particular, stands out. According to Redfin data, in Paradise, California, home values dropped 20.5% during October when compared with price tags from a year ago. This decline set the city apart as being the zip code that experienced the greatest dip in the entire nation by comparison. (It is important to note that the focus of Redfin’s analysis was on home values versus home-sale prices.)Redfin chief economist Daryl Fairweather commented on the plight currently facing Paradise in particular: “Relative affordability is luring some buyers into certain wildfire-prone parts of California, but Paradise is not one of them.”Fairweather added further explanation as to reasons why: “Much of the town was destroyed by the Camp fire two years ago, and the pandemic halted a return to normal life, including a pause on rebuilding the nearly 14,000 homes that were lost in the fire. Most of the properties for sale right now are empty lots where homes used to be. The devastation caused by past fires and the looming threat of future wildfires are causing buyers to look elsewhere.”Portland Redfin agent Nicole Arnold commented on how she is seeing similar struggles in her area of Oregon: “Peaceful and violent protests have persisted in downtown Portland since the beginning of the summer, and they’ve been disruptive to people living in the area and driven homebuyers to other parts of the city.”She added: “The civil unrest combined with empty office buildings, closed restaurants, and remote workers’ desire for large homes with a lot of outdoor space have caused home values to decline in the heart of downtown, where homes are relatively small and expensive.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Previous: Strong Price Growth Creates Record-Level Property Equity Next: The American Dream of Homeownership is ‘Very Much Alive’ Sign up for DS News Daily Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Andy Beth Miller The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago How Far California Home Values Dropped Due to Wildfires Andy Beth Miller is an experienced freelance editor and writer. Her main focus is travel writing, and when she is not typing away from her computer at her home in the Hawaiian Islands, she is regularly roaming the world as a digital nomad, and loving every minute of it. She has been published in myriad online and print magazines, is a fan of all things outdoors, and finds life (and all of its business, technological, and cultural facets) fascinating in their constant evolution. She is excited to spectate as the world changes, and have a job that allows her to bring a detailed account of those constant shifts to her readers at home and abroad. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago 2020-12-10 Cristin Espinosa Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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Ordinances on classification and categorization for accommodation facilities at a public consultation

first_imgeConsulting – Ordinances of the Ministry of Tourism on the categorization of accommodation facilities at a public consultation Consultation with the interested public on the Ordinance on amendments to the Ordinance on the classification and categorization of facilities in which household catering services are provided The Ministry of Tourism has published Ordinances on classification and categorization for accommodation facilities for public consultation. Get involved, explore, argue the pros and cons – this applies to the entire tourism sector. The ordinance for hotels is at the conference until October 2, and other ordinances on September 29 this year.  Consultation with the interested public on the Ordinance on the categorization of nautical tourism ports and the classification of other facilities for the provision of berth services and accommodation of vesselscenter_img Consultation with the interested public on the Ordinance on amendments to the Ordinance on classification, categorization and special standards of catering facilities from the group “Hotels” Consultation with the interested public on the Ordinance on amendments to the Ordinance on classification and categorization of catering facilities from the group Camps ATTACHMENTS: Consultation with the interested public on the Ordinance on amendments to the Ordinance on classification and categorization of facilities in which catering services are provided on a family farmlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Reds got off to a good  start in Spring Training.  There are some nagging questions, however.  Will Latos and Leake be ready for opening day?  Can Billy Hamilton hit his way on base and patrol center field like Choo did?  Have the Reds spent their way into a corner with big contracts to Votto, Phillips, and Bailey?  We hope the first two are yes and the last one is no.  So far that tendency to score runs in bunches and then get shut out is still  around.  Will they consistently hit?  Ownership says he has spent what he can afford and TV will offset the cost.  Cincinnati will never be able to spend with the Yankees, Rangers, Cubs, or Red Sox.  That is why the minor league system must remain strong.As far as individual performances go every year is a crapshoot.  I don’t think Hamilton will every be a .300 hitter but if he can bunt, draw walks, and hit .270 he will be a winner.  A pitching staff today is a like a China doll that can break at any time.  Trainers and doctors are as important as pithing coaches.  These athletes fine tune their bodies so much they are always on the edge of breaking.Hitting is contagious and the Reds have enough of it if Frazier, Cozart, and Ludwick get back to 2012.  We will see.last_img read more

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Usain Bolt congratulates Bayern Munich on Bundesliga title win

first_imgBolt, who defended his 100m and 200m Olympic titles at London 2012, is occasionally in Munich to see renown sports doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt, who also works with the Bayern team and the Germany side.Double Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has passed on his congratulations to Bayern Munich on winning the Bundesliga title in record time.Bolt, who defended his 100m and 200m Olympic titles at London 2012, is occasionally in Munich to see renown sports doctor Hans-Wilhelm Mueller-Wohlfahrt, who also works with the Bayern team and the Germany side.The 26-year-old specifically thanked Dr Mueller-Wohlfahrt after his 100m victory in London having been treated by the German doctor in the build-up to the Olympics and says the pair speak by telephone “from time-to-time”.He is also friends with some of Bayern’s players.Bayern won the Bundesliga title for the 22nd time in the competition’s 50 year history on Saturday with a 1-0 win at Eintracht Frankfurt, thanks to Bastian Schweinsteiger’s second-half goal, and Bolt offered his congratulations. “It’s impressive what Bayern have done this season,” Bolt told German daily Bild on Sunday after Bayern won the title with six games left, a new Bundesliga record, and hold a 20-point lead.“To be champions with such a lead and so early in such a strong league, is extraordinary.“First of all, I want to congratulate Basti (Schweinsteiger) and the team, who, just like the coach (Jupp Heynckes), have done a great job.“I know how hard the boys have worked for this behind the scenes.”The Jamaican, who holds both the 100m and 200m world records, has said he wants to play football when he retires from athletics and has met several Bayern stars, including Schweinsteiger and France winger Franck Ribery, on trips to Munich. “I like to hang out with Basti Schweinsteiger when I’m in Munich,” revealed the world’s fastest man, who is a Manchester United supporter.last_img read more

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New York’s Coronavirus Death Rate Declines for First Time in Two Weeks

first_imgAn additional 594 New Yorkers have died from the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday.While still significant, that number actually represents the state’ first daily decline in many days, as hospitalizations also dropped.By comparison, he reported 630 fatalities on Saturday, which was the worst day in New York’s fight to stop the spread of COVID-19.A total of 4,159 New Yorkers have died out of 122,031 confirmed cases, says Cuomo, who continues to advise people to be cautious.“The coronavirus is truly vicious and effective,” he said in his now-daily Albany press briefing. “It’s an effective killer.”As far as the reasoning behind the decrease in the number of deaths, Cuomo suggested that his state is now be reaching the disease’s apex, which could be more of a leveling out as opposed to a sharp peak. “The apex could be a plateau and we could be on that plateau now,” he said, adding that the trajectory should become clearer this week.A total of 574 new hospitalizations were reported in New York on Sunday, as compared to 1,095 on Saturday and 1,427 on Friday.The last time that fewer than 600 new hospitalizations were reported in the state was on March 22, with 586.“That’s partially a function of more people being discharged,” Cuomo said. “And that’s great news.”last_img read more

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American Baseball, Played 1864-Style

first_imgParker Homestead Hosts Vintage GameBy Jay Cook. Photos by Ottie Lynne Paterson.LITTLE SILVER – Chants of “Moose, Moose, Moose!” roared out from the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club’s dugout as starting catcher Frank Siracusa emerged with his willow in hand. As he strolled to the dish for his first at-bat, Chesapeake Nine’s pitcher “Silver Fox” began his underhand windup, reminiscent of a mid-19th century hurler’s motion to home plate.Adorned in black caps, black cravats, unseasonably long sleeve shirts and tan pants, Monmouth Furnace, the baseball team established out of Allaire Village, hosted the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore for a game of 1864-style baseball.The game took place on June 12 at Sickles Field, and was run in conjunction with the Parker Homestead, a historical farmhouse dating back to the 17th century. “My great grandmother was a Parker, that’s my relationship, and so since 1667 this property has been here,” said Bob Sickles, owner of Sickles Market and president of The Parker Homestead-1665, a non-profit organization.A collection of bats, otherwise known as willows in 1864, just outside the dugout.“We’ve been a team for three years,” said Russ McIver, the captain of the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club. “Prior to this year we were called the Bog Iron Boys of Allaire Village, but then we changed our name to the Monmouth Furnace so we could do more things outside of Allaire.”Monmouth Furnace is one of 30 teams in the tri-state area who play this type of baseball, and “the only ones doing this in the Monmouth/Ocean County area,” McIver said. They are members of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League.The league models its method of play primarily from how it was in 1864. Players do not use gloves, helmets or any type of visible protective gear, consisting of either catcher’s gear or shin guards when batting. The ball, otherwise known as a “lemon peel,” is about the same size as a modern baseball, yet weighs notably less and has a distinctive stitching design reminiscent of the letter X.Some aspects of modern baseball, such as leading and stealing, were utilized in the game, while one key rule from the 1864 game characterized baseball from that time period. Known as the “bound-out rule,” a fielder is allowed to let a fly ball bounce off the ground once, and then catch it for an out. If done successfully, the batter is out, whether that bound-out comes from a foul-tip, a shank off the bat to the first baseman or a deep fly ball to center field.A close play at second base as the MFBBC steal a baseThe majority of teams are comprised of around 15 to 20 players who come from all different age groups. “The teams primarily, and our team is no exception, consist of players from late high school to close to 70, so it’s very inclusive,” said McIver. “Every team is full of guys who are pure baseball players, there are players that are pure historians and there’s a bunch of guys who are in the middle.”Outfielder Dan Radel falls in the category of a historian. “This is like playing on a field of dreams,” said Radel, an adjunct history professor at Brookdale Community College.Known by teammates as a “muffin,” a term given to the rookies, Radel, 40, of Brick, joined Monmouth Furnace after watching a game at The Spirit of the Jerseys state fair. “I first saw them playing at Monmouth Battlefield and thought to myself ‘I have to do this.’”Abigail Murphy cheers on the MFBBC from the stands in a hoop skirt dress she sewed herself.Sunday’s event, which was hosted by the Parker Homestead, would never had happened without Liz Hanson, secretary to The Parker Homestead-1665. Tasked with archiving the contents inside the Bates House after a pipe burst in February of 2015, which is across the street from the Parker Homestead, Hanson came across quite a find.“I opened a cardboard box, it was full of hair, human hair,” Hanson said uneasily. “It was clean hair, but just wasn’t what I was looking for at the time.”Beneath the hair was the real treasure. While preparing to throw the next item out, an old Christmas cookie tin, Hanson felt a rattle inside when she reached over to toss it into the garbage.When she opened the tin, numerous cards were found inside, in remarkably good shape. “I don’t know much about baseball, but the first or second card that I looked at was Ty Cobb, and even I know who Ty Cobb was,” she said. “That’s when I knew there was something.”Not only was there one Ty Cobb card, but a second was found in the collection. Additionally, fellow MLB Hall-of-Famer Christy Mathewson’s card was buried in the cookie tin.The hurler, or pitcher, pitches underhand to batters with the“lemon peel” ball, a softer version of the modern baseball.“It’s not the ones that are hyper expensive, like a Honus Wagner from 1909 in certain series’ is worth two to three million dollars,” Sickles said. “But this collection is worth maybe 20 to 30 thousand.”In total, Hanson salvaged the 24 Philadelphia Caramel Co. cards, and on Sunday, they were on display inside the Parker Homestead. The collection dates back to 1909 and is thought to be of Stan Parker’s collection. He was a relative of Julia Parker, who passed away in 1996 as the last owner of the house.“I have not been to a game like this before, but I think it’s really cool to see the old uniforms,” said Sue Goldberg, 68 of Highlands. “I need to get a picture of these guys just milling about.”Goldberg, an avid baseball card collector with a collection into the hundreds, gazed at the pair of Ty Cobb cards under the display case. “I hadn’t seen it until I was at Archives Day, except for on the internet and books, but not in person.”The vintage baseball cards on display in the Parker House.The game between Monmouth Furnace and the Chesapeake Nine was competitive into the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Nine’s pulling out a win for a final score of 14-11. After the game, McIver lined players up from both teams along the first and third baselines to thank Sickles Market, The Parker Homestead and the nearly 150 fans in attendance, finishing off with a collective “Hip Hip, Huzzah!” cheer from the players.Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club has ten remaining games on their schedule for this season, which lasts until October 8. For additional information about Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club, visit their Facebook page. For updates on The Parker Homestead regarding future construction and events, visit ParkerHomestead-1665.org.last_img read more

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