New Delhi authorities allow Burmese news agency to reopen

first_img—————-18.04.07New Delhi police close down agency operated by Burmese refugeesReporters Without Borders today condemned the closure of the New Delhi-based Mizzima News Agency, which covers Burma and is run by Burmese journalists who are refugees in India. Police raided the agency’s premises on 16 April and closed it down on the grounds that it is located in a residential area where commercial activity is banned.“It is regrettable that the closure was not preceded by a warning,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The competent authorities should resolve this situation as soon possible so that Mizzima can resume operating. There is no need to point out how valuable the work of these refugee journalists is for the Burmese population.”Launched in 1998 as a non-profit entity, the agency is known for taking pro-democracy positions and for reporting human rights violations in Burma.Mizzima editor Soe Myint, who is currently in Calcutta acting as an interpreter for Burmese rebels being tried on charges of selling arms to Indians, suspects that the agency’s closure could be linked to the trial.“The local authorities know that, ever since our news agency was created, we have not devoted ourselves to any business activities,” he said. Other businessmen and companies installed in the same residential neighbourhood have not been forced to close. Reporters Without Borders hails today’s decision by the authorities in New Delhi to allow the Burmese news agency Mizzima to resume operations. After recognizing that its activities were exclusively journalistic, Municipal Corporation of Delhi deputy commissioner Deepak Hastir said it could reopen. Around 50 of the agency’s employees were demonstrating peacefully outside as he announced the decision. The agency’s location in a residential area where commercial activity is banned was the grounds cited by police for closing it down on 16 April. In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival News IndiaAsia – Pacific News Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more IndiaAsia – Pacific Organisation April 18, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New Delhi authorities allow Burmese news agency to reopen to go further India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News March 3, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 10, 2021 Find out more RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Follow the news on Indialast_img read more

Is an agent training boom about to start? RoPA website offered for sale at £28k

first_imgHome » News » Is an agent training boom about to start? RoPA website offered for sale at £28k previous nextRegulation & LawIs an agent training boom about to start? RoPA website offered for sale at £28kHuge requirement for training prompted by RoPA recommendations has pushed up the value of the www.ropa.co.uk website to a very high price.Nigel Lewis16th September 20190579 Views The recent recommendations by the parliamentary Regulation of Property Agents (RoPA) working group have sparked huge debates within the industry about what they could mean for sales and letting agents when they become law in three years’ time.But one entrepreneurial bright spark has already jumped the gun and bought up the website www.ropa.co.uk and is now offering to resell the domain address for an eye-watering £28,453 (pictured, right) on www.123-reg.co.uk.The working group’s recommendations have sparked government plans for a new licencing regime for agents, a new regulator to police a code of practice for the industry and a requirement that both sales and letting agents must have a minimum qualification in order to work.It is the final element – agent training – that is likely to be the most lucrative for suppliers to the industry.The Negotiator recently revealed that agents have three years to prepare for the mandatory NVQ Level 3 exams that the new laws will require.These will make it mandatory for front and back-office staff to attain the qualification before they can work in the industry, which will mean thousands of agents who have not achieved it will have to complete training, spawning a huge increase in demand for training.It is this says Jonathan Hopper Managing Director of buying agent Garrington which is likely to have pushed up the price of the RoPA domain name.He says that although RoPA is an official organisation the huge volume of researches for ‘RoPa training’ will put the www.ropa.co.uk at the top of Google searches. September 16, 2019Nigel 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

Update on the latest sports

first_img May 10, 2020 Trump’s taped message was played during ESPN’s broadcast of the UFC 249 undercard from a fan-free arena Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. He congratulated UFC President Dana White, who is a Trump business associate and a major contributor to his re-election campaign.UFC 249 served as the first major sporting event to take place since the global pandemic shut down much of the country nearly eight weeks ago. It was supposed to be held in New York April 18 but was postponed in hopes of helping slow the spread of COVID-19. White tried to stage the event on tribal land in California and still hopes to create a “Fight Island” for future cards.One of the fighters scheduled to take part in UFC249 has tested positive for the COVID-19. UFC says Jacaré Souza’s middleweight bout against Uriah Hall was called off after Souza tested positive along with his two cornermen. UFC says all three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises, where UFC’s medical team will monitor their conditions remotely.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL considers early draft Timmy Hill finished second, followed by Tyler Reddick, Chastain and Austin Dillon.Hamlin was instrumental in organizing his fellow Cup drivers for the invitational series that started after the series was suspended. He also won the opening iRacing event on March 22.Hamlin races barefoot on a top-of-the-line simulator. He also gained national attention three races ago at virtual Talladega Superspeedway when his daughter, Taylor, tried to ask him a question during the race and accidentally turned off the screen on his simulator with a remote control she was holding.WOMEN’S BASEBALL-PRATT OBITOriginal Rockford Peach dies Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUFC-TRUMPTrump lauds UFC for resuming matchesJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — President Trump has congratulated UFC for restarting the sports world Saturday night after a nearly two-month hiatus. — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, football coach Paul Chryst (krihst) and men’s basketball coach Greg Gard are being asked to take a 15% pay cut over the next six months as part of the school’s response to the pandemic. School officials say Alvarez, Chryst and Gard are among 25 of the athletic department’s highest-earning employees who are being asked to take that voluntary cut. There will be no reduction in that group’s work hours.— Former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming, who is now president of the Chinese Basketball Association, says the league has three options for resuming the season that has been on hold since February 1 over the coronavirus pandemic. Yao says the league might play out the full schedule; play a shortened season with some games dropped; or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams’ current rankings. Yao tells state broadcaster CCTV that he hopes as much as the season can be played as possible, but that public health and fairness are the key considerations. — Two players at German second division side Dynamo Dresden have tested positive for the coronavirus, putting on hold the club’s planned return to soccer next weekend. Dresden was to play Hannover away on May 17 when the league resumes after a two-month suspension. Now, the entire squad, coaching and supervisory staff must go into 14 days of quarantine at home.— The president of French soccer club Lyon (lee-OHN’) says all members of its men’s and women’s teams have tested negative for the coronavirus. They were tested by team doctors.— A soccer player in England has tested positive for the coronavirus as Premier League clubs prepare for talks on Monday about how to resume the competition during the pandemic. The southern England club Brighton told The Associated Press there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate because players have only worked in isolation when at the training base. The Premier League has government support for “Project Restart” and it will be trying to secure agreement among the 20 clubs on the plans during a conference call with them on Monday. — The president of the French Tennis Federation says holding the French Open without fans later this year is an option. The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7, but was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4. Bernard Giudicelli tells a French newspaper (Le  Journal du Dimanche) that organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning.NASCAR-iRACINGHamlin takes virtual finaleCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Denny Hamlin closed NASCAR’s iRacing Series with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway.This year’s Daytona 500 champion had four fresh tires as he chased down leader Ross Chastain and nudged him out of the way. Chastain retaliated by hitting Hamlin’s car after the checkered flag. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is considering the prospect of holding its amateur draft before the Stanley Cup final.The draft had been scheduled for June 26-27, but it was postponed with the season in an indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic. Now the NHL is deciding whether to hold it earlier in June following the NFL’s success with its virtual draft last month.Such a move means teams would not be able to trade players before or during the draft, there would be a lack of clarity over next year’s salary cap and the draft order could be determined before all games are played. There are mixed feelings about the idea among executives.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The end of this virus-disrupted school year has produced a bleak financial outlook for major college sports. Budget projections are landing in the red. West Virginia has announced a $5 million projected shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30. The athletic director will take a 10% salary reduction for the next budget cycle along with other high earners in the department. Minnesota has forecast a $4 million deficit for the current fiscal period. The month before the pandemic hit, a $1 million surplus was projected. Now, the school says all cost-savings measures are on the table. Associated Press BRAINTREE, Mass. (AP) — Former Rockford Peaches and Kenosha Comets pitcher Mary Pratt has died at 101.Pratt was believed to be the last surviving member of the original 1943 Peaches in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which inspired the 1992 movie, “A League of Their Own.” She pitched in the league until 1947 and taught physical education for 46 years.The league said in a tweet that Pratt’s “stories, her energy will be missed for a long time.”Her nephew, Walter Pratt, told The Patriot Ledger of Quincy, Mass. she died peacefully at a nursing home.OLYMPICS-JOVANOVIC-OBIT US bobsledder diesLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Former U.S. Olympic bobsledder Pavle Jovanovic has died at 43.The Toms River, New Jersey, native took up the sport in 1997. A push athlete for driver Todd Hays, he won a bronze medal at the 2004 world championships and finished seventh in both the two- and four-man events at the 2006 Winter OlympicsUSA Bobsled/Skeleton said in a release Saturday that Jovanovic took his own life May 3.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Mason City man sentenced to jail for harassment

first_imgNEVADA — It’s another 30 days in jail for a Mason City man accused of harassment and extortion charges. 19-year-old Christian Gossweiler was sentenced on Friday in Story County to 30 days in jail with credit for time served after pleading guilty to third-degree harassment That sentence will be served after he serves five-year sentences for extortion in Scott and Black Hawk counties. In those two cases, authorities say a woman who was a student at the University of Northern Iowa had sent Gossweilier videos and nude photos via a social media app, with Gossweiler then demanding that she sent more photos and videos or he’d post online the material he already had received. The woman made a report to the Scott County Sheriff’s Department, which forwarded the complaint to UNI Police, who later set up a sting to meet Gossweiler. Gossweiler also pleaded guilty to an extortion charge and was given probation in Story County where he targeted an Iowa State University student in 2018.last_img read more