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RSF hopes Raif Badawi will be freed very soon

first_imgNews to go further Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Religious intolerance Organisation November 30, 2015 – Updated on May 1, 2016 RSF hopes Raif Badawi will be freed very soon Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has learned that Raif Badawi, a young Saudi blogger who was awarded the 2014 RSF Press Freedom Prize in the Netizen category, could be released soon. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Religious intolerance April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF has been campaigning for many months for the release of Badawi, who has been sentenced to ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes.The possibility of a pardon was mentioned at the end of last week by the Swiss foreign ministry’s secretary of state after an official visit to Saudi Arabia. He said Badawi’s sentence had been suspended while a proposed pardon was being considered. RSF hopes that the pardon materializes and that its many appeals to the Saudi king will finally lead to Badawi’s release.“The release of the winner of the 2014 RSF Press Freedom Prize and the 2015 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought would send a strong message to the international community,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk.“We urge the Saudi authorities to approve Raif Badawi’s pardon and we hope that we will soon be able to see this young blogger released and reunited with his family. We meanwhile remain vigilant and call for the international pressure to be maintained.”As part of its campaign, RSF launched a petition for Badawi’s release in December 2014 that has gathered more than 50,000 signatures.Badawi was arrested in June 2012 and was sentenced in May 2014 under Saudi Arabia’s cyber-crime law to 10 years in prison, 1,000 lashes and a heavy fine for “insulting Islam” on the discussion website he created.His case is emblematic of the crackdown on dissidents in Saudi Arabia.Nine journalists and citizen-journalists are currently detained in Saudi Arabia, which is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Follow the news on Saudi Arabia News June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News March 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Letting agents to pay £16,000 following cannabis factory damage

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Letting agents to pay £16,000 following cannabis factory damage previous nextAgencies & PeopleLetting agents to pay £16,000 following cannabis factory damageScottish First Tier Tribunal finds in favour of landlord after agents’ activities were found to be unregistered and their company in breach of code.Nigel Lewis17th February 202102,572 Views Two Scottish letting agents and their agency are to pay a former landlord client compensation of £16,000 after their activities were found to have been unregistered and that they broke the country’s Lettings Code of Practice.The award was handed down by the First Tier Tribunal in Glasgow, which heard how agents Allan Bate and Kevin Valentine had found a tenant for a rural property near Kilmarnock on behalf of its owner and first-time landlord John Brown.Brown, who is a local builder, had initially met Bate when he was branch manager at the local Martin & Co office.The estate agency had not been able to find tenants for Brown’s six-bedroom home, which he was hoping to rent out while on a year-long holiday in Australia.Bate then left Martin & Co and became a referring agent initially for Glasgow agency Pacitti Jones but later set up as Stirling Property Shop (SPS) with a Martin & Co colleague, Kevin Valentine.A tenant was subsequently found who paid a deposit which was lodged with an authorised service, and who paid his first few month’s rent.Cannabis factoryBut Brown then became concerned that the property was not being looked after and suspected it had been converted into a cannabis factory.Police were called, raided the property and discovered it had been significantly modified to grow cannabis plants. Brown has subsequently said the damage totalled £65,000.Personal items and stock for his business were stolen from a ‘safe room’ totalling several thousand pounds.To recoup some of these costs, Brown took the agents and their company SPS to the tribunal. After hearing evidence from both sides, it found that Bate and Valentine had carried out letting work whilst unregistered in terms of the Housing (Scotland) Act 2014 and awarded Brown £10,000 in compensation.In additional, he received a further £6,000 from SPS for its breaches of Lettings Code of Practice in relation to the late return of the deposit and the management of the property.Read more about cannabis farms.Read the Tribunal judgement in full.First Tier Tribunal cannabis farm Martin & Co Pacitti Jones cannabis farms February 17, 2021Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

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Your credit union needs to get into gaming

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bolun Li Bolun Li is a Junior at Duke University majoring in Economics. He is a serial entrepreneur and was awarded AACYF 30 under 30 in 2018 for his previous startup. Today, … Web: https://www.zogofinance.com Details Publisher’s Note: CUInsight is hosting a free webinar Wednesday, September 2 titled, “3 Ways to Use Gamification to Attract Younger Members”. We hope you’ll join us! Register here.Admit it! No matter your age or demographic, you have probably played a game or two in the past couple of weeks.You order a coffee through an app on your phone, and earn “stars” toward a free drink. You go on your daily jog and track it on an app that shows your progress towards your goals.No matter what your day looks like, there’s a good chance it was at least a little gamified.Have you ever wondered: WHY do games make you excited?A lot of people will tell you that it’s because of the point system, or the flashy animations and interactive interfaces. However, behind all of that, the game design principles are actually very much centered around human nature:The player is given a clear goalThe player knows exactly step-by-step how to reach the goalThe player is guaranteed a reward when they reach the goalIt turns out that hitting goals is one of the most satisfying experiences for humans — and we don’t get enough of that in real life. That’s why so many people spend hours solving a computer puzzle, winning a digital basketball game or conquering a virtual village — to hit their goals!So now imagine if we can create games with goals of learning about finance, making a budget, opening a checking account or repaying debts?In this upcoming webinar, I and my team at Zogo will break down the fundamental principles of gamification backed by proprietary research developed at Duke University, and provide CUs with 3 practical ways of applying them to engage and attract the new generation of members.Register today — and let’s play some games!Don’t forget to join CUInsight and Zogo for our free webinar titled “3 Ways to Use Gamification to Attract Younger Members”, on Wednesday, September 2. Register yourself and a colleague here.last_img read more

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Pep Guardiola contacts former Arsenal flop as Man City prepare €50m bid

first_imgIsmael Bennacer made just one senior appearance during his time at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)According to RMC, Guardiola has already spoken to the 22-year-old and outlined his vision for the player, who could team up with his compatriot Riyad Mahrez at the Etihad Stadium.Despite failing to make an impact at Arsenal, Bennacer harbours no ill feeling towards his former club and earlier this week credited the likes of Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla with having a major impact on his career.‘I arrived in England in July 2015, then stayed in a hotel for the first two months because I didn’t want to live with a family I didn’t know,’ he told La Gazzetta dello Sport magazine Sportweek.‘I was 17 years old and couldn’t live on my own, so my sister came to live with me, then the girl I’d been dating since school who in England would go on to become my wife.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘Finally, in September, I got some time on the pitch, but I was thrown on after two other injuries against Sheffield, played wide left in a trident attack, which I had never done before. I felt incredible pressure and wasn’t sure what was going on.‘I never played again after that, but I have no regrets, as I still got to train with important players like Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla. I had four years left on the Arsenal contract, but I had to be at a club where they really wanted me.‘I didn’t know Empoli, but I accepted a move down from the Premier League to Serie B because they were the club who wanted me the most. I did the same when deciding on Milan – I chose them for their history too, but also because it was the best project for me.’MORE: Chelsea’s chances of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal rated by Craig BurleyMORE: Ian Wright was late for training ‘every single day’ at Arsenal, claims Tony AdamsAdvertisementAdvertisementFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Pep Guardiola contacts former Arsenal flop as Man City prepare €50m bid Advertisement Man City boss Pep Guardiola is already making plans ahead of this summer’s transfer window (Picture: Getty)Pep Guardiola has contacted Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer with Manchester City primed to launch a €50million bid. The Algeria international has resurrected his career in Serie after he failed to make the grade during the course of a two-year spell in north London with Arsenal.Indeed, Bennacer made just a solitary senior appearance during a League Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday before he was loaned out to Tours by Arsene Wenger. The gifted playmaker subsequently moved to and excelled at Empoli last season and earned himself a move to San Siro where he has enjoyed another reputation enhancing campaign, despite Milan’s struggles.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTCity are on the brink of surrendering their Premier League title to Liverpool and although their spending power might be limited this summer, Guardiola is already making plans to rebuild a squad capable of challenging Jurgen Klopp’s relentless winning machine. Comment Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 3 Jun 2020 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.8kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

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Veteran commentator Perreira unimpressed by Skerritt’s first year as CWI president

first_imgBy Leighton LevyRETIRED but outspoken cricket commentator Joseph ‘Reds’ Perreira was this week critical of the performance of the Ricky Skerritt-led CWI in their first year of leadership of regional cricket.In March 2019, Skerritt and running mate Dr Kishore Shallow defeated the-then incumbent Dave Cameron and Emmanuel Nathan 8-4 in a landslide victory at the Jamaica Pegasus in Kingston, Jamaica, and then quickly set about making some of the changes they had promised in their 10-point plan for the revitalisation of West Indies cricket.Those changes included removing head coach Richard Pybus and Vasbert Drakes just three months after they guided the West Indies to a shock 2-1 Test series victory against then World number-one England in February 2019.The West Indies also played England to a 2-2 stalemate in the subsequent ODI series.However, speaking on Andrew Mason on Guest in Barbados this week, the 80-year-old Perreira did not mince his words when he related his grouses about the year-old administration.While he credited the slate for their messaging leading up the elections, the outspoken commentator suggested that few things have gone right since then.“They were campaigning on change and they stuck to change but, to me, just too early. I felt that after success against England where we really had shocked the world, we should have stayed with the coaching team and the selectors and make those changes after the World Cup,” he said.At the 2019 ICC World Cup held in England, West Indies, champions in 1975 and 1979, won only two of their nine games and finished ninth in the 10-team table.“It was just too rushed,” Perreira continued, “Ricky Skerritt was under pressure from voices outside the board. We had a great push for Floyd Reifer as coach, whether we had the best team but it was a poor World Cup.”He said that after the World Cup Prime Minister Keith Mitchell of Grenada, a vocal critic of the previous president, Dave Cameron, admitted that the changes to the coaching staff came too soon.Turning to the hiring of head coach Phil Simmons, Perreira said he is not sure Simmons should have been offered a four-year contract by CWI.“In my estimation, it would have been better to ask him to accept a two-year contract and wait and see,” Perreira said.“You appoint a CEO of a company, you say ‘okay, two years let’s see how you go. So, I feel a two-year contract would have been ideal and based on performance, further extend that.”Perreira, who has commentated on international cricket for more than half a century also lamented the poor performance of the team on the field.“I don’t think we have done all that great. We lost to Afghanistan, we didn’t outplay Ireland, Sri Lanka was a mixed bag; we ended well with two good wins in the T20s,” he said.“Apart from (Shai) Hope, there wasn’t much to shout about.”Perreira also lamented the poor performances of the West Indies Women, who have plummeted down the world rankings and whose performances were anaemic during the recent Women’s World Cup.However, in spite of Perreira’s claims, under Skerritt the CWI has enjoyed a more harmonious relationship with current and past players as well as with the players’ union, WIPA, with whom they have recently signed off on a new collective bargaining agreement. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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RUGBY: Uganda beats Chile and Georgia, faces Germany in quarters

first_imgKampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | After winning two of their three games on the opening day, Uganda Rugby Sevens take on fancied Germany in the World Series Qualifiers quarter-finals of the Hong Kong 7s on Saturday. 9 Jamaica31022667-415   Japan 7 April 2018 – 18:18 – Hong Kong Stadium Qualifier QuarterfinalsQualifier Semi-finalsQualifier Final Share on: WhatsApp  Georgia30032581-563 6 April 2018Uruguay 38–0 Cook Islands 7 April 2018 – 18:42 – Hong Kong Stadium 6 April 2018Papua New Guinea 22–21 Hong Kong 6 April 2018Japan 10–19 Chile 7 April 2018Chile 29–5 Georgia 6 April 2018Uruguay 22–5 Jamaica 6 April 2018Ireland 26–0 Jamaica   Hong Kong 6 April 2018Ireland 41–5 Cook Islands   Uganda 6 April 2018Japan 26–10 Georgia  Papua New Guinea31023974-355 PlTeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts 7 April 2018 – 19:26 – Hong Kong Stadium 1 Ireland33001035+989 Led by tries by Phillip Wokorach, Uganda beat Chile 14-10, beat Georgia 26-10 before falling to Japan 24-10. Against Georgia, Wokorach grabbed three tries while Solomon Okia one.The Uganda team will after the tournament fly to Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games on April 9.Pool E 5 Uruguay32016041+197 7 April 2018Papua New Guinea 7–36 Germany Pool G   Zimbabwe  Uganda32015044+67 7 April 2018Hong Kong 19–14 Zimbabwe  Jamaica31022667-415 8 April 2018 – 12:32 – Hong Kong Stadium TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts 8 Zimbabwe31023551-165 Knockout stage  Chile32015829+297 7 April 2018Jamaica 21–19 Cook Islands 6 April 2018Papua New Guinea 10–17 Zimbabwe 2 Germany33007726+519  Japan32016039+217 6 April 2018Germany 14–12 Hong Kong 3 Chile32015829+297 7 Uganda32015044+67  Zimbabwe31023551-165 TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts   Ireland 6 Hong Kong31025250+25  Germany33007726+519 8 April 2018 – 12:54 – Hong Kong Stadium 4 Japan32016039+217 6 April 2018Uganda 14–10 Chile 11 Georgia30032581-563 10 Papua New Guinea31023974-355 Seating Table 6 April 2018Uganda 26–10 Georgia   Germany  Cook Islands300324100-763   Uruguay 7 April 2018Ireland 36–0 Uruguay  Uruguay32016041+197 8 April 2018 – 16:30 – Hong Kong Stadium TeamPldWDLPFPAPDPts 7 April 2018 – 19:04 – Hong Kong Stadium   Chile 12 Cook Islands300324100-763  Ireland33001035+989 7 April 2018Japan 24–10 Uganda 6 April 2018Germany 27–7 Zimbabwe Pool F  Hong Kong31025250+25last_img read more

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Manchester United confirm Gomes departure

first_imgAccording to British media reports, the talented footballer rejected an offer of 30,000 pounds (37,400 U.S. dollars) weekly wage from the Reds as he was not assured of regular playing time under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Angel GomesKampala, Uganda | XINHUA |  Manchester United confirmed Wednesday that Angel Gomes has left the club as the 19-year-old rejected the offer of a new contract.Gomes joined the Reds youth academy when he was six years old and made his first team debut at the age of 16 in 2017. The attacking midfielder made 10 senior appearances for the team in total. His last game for the Reds was the 4-0 win over Norwich City at Old Trafford in the Premier League in January.“Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Angel the very best of luck for the future and thank him for his efforts for the club,” said Manchester United in a statement.last_img read more

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Westport Winery Named Washington Winery of the Year

first_imgFacebook158Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery was named Washington Winery of the Year at the 5th Annual New York International Wine Competition. This is the first time Westport has received this honor.Surfer’s Syrah earned a silver medal at this competition. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the South Beach EMS in Westport, Washington. A glass wave blown by Opal Art Glass of Cosmopolis, Washington, commemorates this wine in the extensive display gardens at the winery.Fleur de Lis Pinot Gris earned a bronze medal. The 7th Street Theater in Hoquiam, Washington benefits from this wine. A sculpture by Lora Malakoff of Clallam Bay graces the winery gardens as part of their commemorative sculpture program featuring local artists.When you visit Westport Winery Garden Resort be sure to explore the unique sculpture garden, lavender labyrinth, musical fence, 9-hole executive golf course, giant chess set, outdoor scrabble game, and grape maze, all located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. You will see why four times this has been voted Best of the Northwest Wine Destination.These award-winning wines are exclusively available at the resort. The tasting room, gift shop, produce market, plant nursery, bakery and gardens, are open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The restaurant is open for lunch daily from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and for dinner on Friday and Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. For more information contact Westport Winery Garden Resort at 360-648-2224 or visit the website at www.westportwinery.com.last_img read more

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Snow Detours Continue on Intercity Transit Routes into Monday Morning

first_imgFacebook21Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitDue to poor road conditions and anticipated worsening weather, many Intercity Transit routes continue to be on snow detours that will stay in place through tomorrow morning, Monday, February 11. Standard snow detours are in place on the following routes:Route 12Route 21Route 41Route 42Route 45Route 47Route 60Route 64Route 68All current detours can be found on our website at intercitytransit.com/rider-alerts and all standard snow detours can be found at intercitytransit.com/bus/routes/snow-detours.Intercity Transit’s goal is to get passengers to their destinations safely, which may take longer in bad weather. Customers are asked to be patient and expect delays. You can stay up-to-date on service information from Intercity Transit during inclement weather by signing up to receive text message or email alerts at intercitytransit.com/subscribe.Snow and ice can prevent buses from reaching curbs, stopping at some bus stops, and using lifts or ramps. For your safety, riders should stand away from the curb and wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching it. Use caution when boarding and getting off the bus.Our Customer Service lines will likely receive increased call volume during inclement weather. Please be patient if you try to call. Information about any route changes and delays will be posted on our website at intercitytransit.com/rider-alerts, on Facebook and on Twitter.Dial-A-Lift customers should be aware that this service operates when and where it is safe to do so. If you do not need to go out during winter weather conditions, you can call the 24-hour cancellation voicemail at 360-705-5827 to cancel your ride.last_img read more

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Vote for Your Favorite Two River Eatery

first_imgOnly a few days left to nominate your favorite food, specialty market or waterfront dining spot for  The Two River Times Top Food & Drink Picks.Email your choices by June 17 to [email protected] year’s Top Picks were:EATERIESBagelBagel Oven, Red BankBreakfast SpotEdie’s, Little SilverChineseTemple, Red BankFried ChickenClaudie’s, MiddletownHamburgerBarnacle Bill’s, RumsonHot DogWindmill, Red BankItalianUndici, RumsonJapaneseYumi, Sea BrightMexicanSenor Pepper’s, Red BankPizzaMr. Pizza Slice, Red BankPork Roll SandwichSlater’s Deli, LeonardoSeafoodSea Bright Fish Co.,Sea BrightThaiMuang Thai, Red BankWaterfront DiningBahrs/Moby’s, HighlandsMARKETSButcherSabatos, New MonmouthDelicatessenBrennan’s, RumsonGourmet MarketSickles, Little SilverItalian Specialty StoreTaliercio’s, MiddletownSeafood MarketThe Lusty Lobster, HighlandsSWEETSBakeryFlaky Tart, Atlantic HighlandsCupcakeSugarush, Red BankDonutsDelicious Orchards, Colts NeckIce CreamHoffman’s, Little Silverlast_img read more

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