Russia: Testimony extracted under torture used to jail Dagestani journalist

first_img Abdulmumin Gadzhiev / Facebook News May 21, 2021 Find out more RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisoned Читать на русском / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the release of Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, a newspaper journalist whose pre-trial detention on a trumped-up charge of funding terrorism was ordered yesterday by a court in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, an autonomous southern Russian republic that neighbours Chechnya.As two journalists were being released in quick succession in Moscow and Saint Petersburg, Gadzhiev was arrested on 14 June at his home – where police seized computer equipment and other electronic devices – and was then detained for an initial two-month period under yesterday’s court order. The head of the religious affairs section at the independent Makhachkala-based weekly Chernovik, Gadzhiev and ten other people are facing up to 20 years in prison on charges of funding terrorism. The police claim that he sent money to “charities” suspected of financing Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra. Gadzhiev denies sending them any money.The case seems to be based above all on the testimony of a witness, Kemal Tambiev, who Gadzhiev says he does not know, who retracted his initial statement and whose face was badly bruised when he appeared in court. Tambiev later said he had not read the statement before signing it and that physical pressure was used to get him to testify against Gadzhiev.“You cannot imprison a journalist on the basis of testimony extracted under torture,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “If the police are unable to produce any convincing evidence against Abdulmumin Gadzhiev, they must free him at once and drop all proceedings against him.”After initially tolerating the presence of reporters, the court ordered them removed for the final part of yesterday’s court hearing. Dozens of journalists repeatedly gathered outside the court to demand Gadzhiev’s release. They all say that his detention poses a major threat to media independence in Dagestan.One of Dagestan’s most popular newspapers, Chernovik is accustomed to being harassed. After being accused of colluding with terrorism for three years, it was finally acquitted in 2011. Its founder, Khadzhimurad Kamalov, was gunned down a few months later.Russia is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses Council of EuropeImprisoned RSF_en June 19, 2019 Russia: Testimony extracted under torture used to jail Dagestani journalist May 5, 2021 Find out more to go further Follow the news on Russiacenter_img Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Related documents RSF_Абдулмумин Гаджиев_06.2019PDF – 101.53 KB Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing Receive email alerts Organisation Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption June 2, 2021 Find out more News News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Forbearances Decrease for Second Consecutive Week

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Forbearances Decrease for Second Consecutive Week Subscribe Forbearance HOUSING 2020-06-12 Seth Welborn The number of mortgages in active forbearance fell for the second consecutive week, according to the latest data from the McDash Flash Forbearance Tracker from Black Knight. Overall, the number of active forbearance plans is down 77,000 from last week and 112,000 from the peak the week of May 22.As of June 9, 4.66 million homeowners remain in forbearance plans, representing 8.8% of all active mortgages, down from 8.9% last week. Together, they account for just over $1 trillion in unpaid principal ($1,028 billion).Around 7% of all GSE-backed loans and 12.2% of all FHA/VA loans are currently in forbearance plans. GSE loans saw the greatest reduction, with forbearances falling by 47,000 week-over-week, but decreases were seen across all investor classes, as compared to last week, which saw a decline among government-backed mortgages partially offset by a rise in portfolio and PLS mortgages.Though the number of homes in forbearance has dropped, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has announced that it is extending several loan origination flexibilities currently offered by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the Enterprises) designed to help borrowers during the COVID-19 national emergency, including the authority to purchase mortgages in forbearance, until at least July 31.Additionally, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and the Conference State Bank Supervisors issued joint guidance to mortgage servicers clarifying the forbearance provision of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.Section 4022 of the CARES Act permits a borrower with a federally backed mortgage loan who is experiencing a financial hardship due to COVID–19 to request forbearance from his or her lender. Upon receiving the borrower’s attestation regarding his or her financial hardship, lenders and servicers are required to grant forbearance for up to 180 days regardless of delinquency status. The joint guidance seeks to clarify observed or anticipated actions by mortgage servicers concerning this provision.The statutory language allows for a forbearance period of “up to” 180 days. Servicers can grant forbearance for less than 180 days at a borrower’s request or with a borrower’s consent. If a borrower and servicer cannot agree on an appropriate forbearance term or servicer cannot reach the borrower due to the circumstances, servicers must default to the term requested by the borrower or 180 days. Tagged with: Forbearance HOUSING Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Unemployment Reports Weekly Decline Next: Maxine Waters: OCC Rushed Out ‘Harmful Rule’ For CRA About Author: Seth Welborn Forbearances Decrease for Second Consecutive Week Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Savecenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily June 12, 2020 1,440 Views  Print This Postlast_img read more

Delhi HC Issues Notice In Plea Challenging The IBC Ordinance Whereby The Operation of Section 10 Has Been Suspended

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Issues Notice In Plea Challenging The IBC Ordinance Whereby The Operation of Section 10 Has Been Suspended Karan Tripathi29 July 2020 3:39 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has issued notice in a plea challenging the validity of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Ordinance, 2020 whereby the operation of sections 7,9 and 10 of the IBC has been suspended. The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan has issued notice to the Ministry of Law & Justice, as well as to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of…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?LoginDelhi High Court has issued notice in a plea challenging the validity of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Ordinance, 2020 whereby the operation of sections 7,9 and 10 of the IBC has been suspended. The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan has issued notice to the Ministry of Law & Justice, as well as to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI). Filed by Mr Rajiv Suri, the petition claims that the impugned Ordinance suspends the operation of sections 7, 9 and 10 of the IBC, depriving the corporate applicant of the ability to initiate corporate insolvency resolution process and take the benefit of the Code for resolution of its debts. Citing the said suspension of provisions as arbitrary and malafide, the Petitioner has argued that at these extraordinary times such suspension comes across as illogical and unjustified. It is further argued by the Petitioner that the suspension of Section 10 will further push the companies towards liquidation, discourage entrepreneurship and defeat the objectives of the Code. While calling the said suspension a violation of Articles 14 and 19(g) of the Constitution, the petition states: ‘the effect of the said Ordinance Suspending Section 10 would be to leave Corporate Applicants remediless who will be forced to defend various civil suits for recovery of its debts and defaults. It will further impinge upon the legal right of the corporate applicants to a timely resolution of its debt in a time bound manner through initiation of corporate insolvency resolution process by a corporate applicant as laid down under IBC and therefore the said Ordinance is manifestly arbitrary, unjust and unfair.’ It is further submitted by the Petitioner that the suspension of this Section for a period of 6 months and up to 1 year would result in further deterioration of the affairs of the corporate debtor and result in making the restructuring/ revival of the corporate debtor unviable. Next Storylast_img read more

BREAKING: Manhunt for Pisgah Fugitive Comes to an End

first_imgA North Carolina fugitive named Phillip Stroupe II, who was accused of stealing a mountain bike at gunpoint before leading authorities on a 6-day manhunt that closed parts of Pisgah National Forest in Western North Carolina, has finally been apprehended.The search ended around 1:30 A.M. this morning when Stroupe was picked up by a joint task force that included the FBI and the U.S. Marshals along with local law enforcement about an hour and fifteen minutes northeast of where the search began.When Stroupe was spotted by police in the Marion area, he was driving a silver Honda Ridgeline belonging to 68-year-old Thomas Bryson. Bryson, who lives in the South Mills River area where Stroupe was reportedly seen during the manhunt, was reported missing yesterday morning around 8:30 A.M. According to WLOS, Bryson is still missing and his disappearance is being investigated as a possible kidnapping by Stroupe.Learn more about the manhunt here.last_img read more

Wärtsilä to deliver dual-fuel engines for Indonesian power plant

first_imgImage courtesy of WärtsiläFinnish technology group Wärtsilä has booked an order to deliver power generating equipment for a 48 MW power plant in Indonesia.The plant, to be operated by the state-owned utility PT PLN, will operate with five Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines running on diesel fuel initially but will switch to gas when the local gas supply infrastructure is sufficiently developed.The contract has been signed with Norway-based Jacobsen Elektro.The plant is expected to be operational by November 2018, and the Wärtsilä engines are scheduled for delivery in the beginning of the year.When this plant is completed, Wärtsilä engines will be producing more than 4300 MW of electrical output in Indonesia.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe first game on the slate is Game 5 of the Orlando-Milwaukee Eastern Conference first-round series, with the Bucks holding a 3-1 lead and putting the Magic on the brink of elimination. If the Bucks win, the Eastern Conference first round would be completed in just 17 games. That would be the fastest opening round, in either conference, since the league went to the best-of-seven format in 2003.Later Saturday, Oklahoma City takes on Houston with that series tied 2-2, and the Lakers, up 3-1, try to close out Portland.NHL PLAYOFFSNHL returns to the iceUNDATED (AP) — The NHL playoffs resume Saturday after an unplanned two-day break to protest racial injustice. The Eastern Conference series between Tampa Bay and Boston picks up at noon, Eastern time, with the Lightning up two games to one. Later, the New York Islanders take on Philadelphia and Toronto and Vegas faces Vancouver.TENNIS-WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPENOsaka out of Western & Southern Open final, citing hamstringNEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka pulled out of the Western & Southern Open final Saturday because of a left hamstring injury, giving the title to Victoria Azarenka in a walkover.The tournament announced Osaka’s decision about 90 minutes before the championship match was supposed to begin in Louis Armstrong Stadium at the site of the U.S. Open. August 29, 2020 Associated Press Update on the latest sports Delayed but alive, Tour de France sets off from NiceNICE, France (AP) — The Tour de France has finally set off from the Riviera city of Nice in an extraordinarily subdued atmosphere amid fears the race could be stopped well before it reaches Paris. Since its inception in 1903 the race has been canceled only twice, both times due to world wars. But the number of daily COVID-19 cases has been rising steadily in recent weeks across France which is prompting concerns the Tour will have to be stopped early if the situation deteriorates further.The sight of the 176 riders on the starting line was already seen as a big win by organizers and French government officials relieved that the mega-event that draws hundreds of thousands of roadside fans every summer could take place. The 59th-ranked Azarenka collects her first title since 2016 and the 21st of her career, 20th at a hard-court event. She is a two-time Australian Open champion, two-time U.S. Open runner-up and has been ranked as high as No. 1. Azarenka also won the Western & Southern Open in 2013.The 31-year-old Azarenka considered retiring at the start of the year. The Western & Southern Open normally is held in Ohio but was moved to New York this year because of the coronavirus pandemic as part of a two-tournament “controlled environment.” The U.S. Open starts Monday. One of Osaka’s two Grand Slam titles came at Flushing Meadows in 2018. F1-BELGIAN GPHamilton takes Belgian GP pole position, Ferrari strugglesSPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton set a track record at the Belgian Grand Prix as he clinched a record-extending 93rd pole position on Saturday, finishing well ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.Hamilton is primed to extend his championship lead, which stands at 37 points over Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and 43 over Bottas.TOUR DE FRANCE Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSPlayoffs resume after 3-day pauseLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA playoffs resume Saturday after three-day pause in protest of the shooting by police of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last weekend. last_img read more

South African paddleboarder conquers the Atlantic Ocean

first_imgSouth African surfer and endurance athlete Chris Bertish has become the first person in the world to singlehandedly cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddleboard (SUP). He paddled more than 7,000km in 93 days.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)CD AndersonFollowing almost five years of preparation for the once-in-a-lifetime voyage, Chris Bertish’s epic trip began on 6 December 2016 in Agadir, Morocco, armed only with his will to succeed and a custom-made 6m paddleboard that incorporated a small living cabin powered by solar panels.In addition to facing days and nights alone on the open water, Bertish encountered extreme weather conditions (hot, wet days and cold nights), 7m wave swells and relentless currents, giant cargo ships and close calls with some scary ocean creatures.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)Travelling through the Canary Islands, Bertish faced off with whales and squid, inquisitive about his vessel. “I was getting pulled down through waves by a creature,” Bertish explained at a press conference at the end of his journey in Antigua, on 9 March 2017. “It was like something out of some science fiction film.”This was not Bertish’s first foray into extreme water sport. Over the last 25 years, he has become something of a legend in South African and international surfing communities, being one of the few surfers to master and win the notoriously dangerous Mavericks Big Wave surfing competition in California, US, where some of biggest waves recorded reach over 16m.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)Bertish also holds a number of South African and world records for endurance stand-up paddling. In preparation for his Atlantic crossing, in 2013 Bertish set a world record for the fastest English Channel crossing on a paddleboard in five and half hours.During his Atlantic crossing, Bertish paddled an average of 70km, 12 hours a day, and up to 100km during the final week of the journey. In one 15-hour day, he paddled 115km, setting up another world record for distance travelled on a paddleboard in a single day.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)“It was…pretty incredible, driven by a passion and a purpose greater than yourself, and that powered me to get through everything, day in and day out,” said Bertish in a Skype interview with National Geographic.While he slept well in his small cabin, surviving on freeze-dried food packs and energy supplements took a toll on his body. Exhaustion can be a make-or-break factor in any human endurance endeavour, and Bertish needed to find a balance in physical and mental health to have any hope of completing the journey. He had to be prepared for anything fate and the ocean were going to throw at him. “It’s more than the endurance side that was difficult to keep going. I had to manage the elements and manage myself mentally. I had massive system malfunctions that I was trying to troubleshoot myself.”And his efforts were all for a good cause. Representing various charities, including the Signature of Hope Trust, the Lunchbox Foundation and Operation Smile, Bertish used the high-profile endeavour to raise funds to build schools in South Africa, fund youth feeding schemes and create awareness of life-changing cleft-palate surgeries. During his trip, he raised almost R6-million, even taking donations from fellow ocean travellers he met while at sea.“Knowing the impact this would have,” Bertish told National Geographic, “made every day out on the open ocean worthwhile.”At the end of his epic trip, Bertish, who is also a much sought-after motivational speaker, wrote on his Facebook timeline: “The more time I can spend in the ocean, in any shape or form, the better. I’m a waterman and the ocean is my inspiration. It’s where I truly feel alive, comfortable, content, happy and free.“Nothing is impossible, unless you believe it to be.”In between preparing a book about and a documentary on the record-setting Atlantic quest, Bertish has now got his sights on his next challenge: conquering the vast Pacific Ocean in 2020.South African endurance athlete Chris Bertish encountered the dangerous might of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as overcame mental and physical challenges during his world-record paddleboard crossing from December 2016 to March 2017. (Image: Chris Bertish website)Source: National Geographic, Huffington Post   Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Springbok Sevens lose star forward to injury

first_img11 April 2014With only two tournaments, in Glasgow and London, left on the HSBC World Series schedule, the Springbok Sevens team is in the running to lift the overall title. However, they are going to have to do it without star forward Chris Dry, who has been ruled out of the two events with a back injury.Dry injured his back in the Hong Kong Sevens, his 35th World Series tournament, at the end of March, and on Wednesday the South African Rugby Union confirmed that he would miss the forthcoming events.The Springbok Sevens’ medical team said Dry will be out of action for 10 to 12 weeks. Depending on how his injury responds to treatment, he could possibly recover in time to be considered for the Commonwealth Games in July.Second in the standingsThe Blitzbokke head into the next round of the World Series in Glasgow in second place in the standings, with 129 points, just seven behind leaders, New Zealand.They have appeared in five finals this season already, with those appearances being consecutively, winning in Port Elizabeth and Las Vegas and finishing runner-ups in Dubai, Wellington and Tokyo.Influential playmaker Cecil Afrika is also a doubtful starter for the final two tournaments after he suffered a groin strain in Hong Kong.He is currently busy with a rehabilitation programme at the team’s base in Stellenbosch, where the medical team is monitoring his recovery efforts closely.Positive newsThe two setbacks aside, there was also a good measure of positive news regarding the injury status of four other squad members.Regular captain Kyle Brown is on course to recover fully from the blow to the head and concussion he suffered against France in the opening match in Hong Kong, while Branco du Preez, Seabelo Senatla and Phillip Snyman, who also picked up injuries, should all be fit and available for selection for the important trip to the United Kingdom.Squad announcementSpringbok Sevens’ coach Neil Powell will announce his 12-man squad on Wednesday, 23 April, two days before they fly out to Glasgow.The full training squad resumes its preparations in Stellenbosch on 14 April following a short break.South Africa finished second in the HSBC Sevens World Series in the 2012/13 season, 39 points behind New Zealand. This season, the battle for first place is set to go down to the wire.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more