Yemen’s Houthi rebels thought to be holding 11 journalists hostage

first_img Organisation February 26, 2021 Find out more YemenMiddle East – North Africa Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months RSF_en Help by sharing this information Nine of the 11 journalists were abducted at the same time on 9 June from a Sanaa hotel that was being attacked by Houthis. Most of them work for a news outlet that supports the rival Sunni party Al-Islah, which is affiliated to the Muslim Brotherhood. It is not known where the 11 are being held or what has happened to them.“Violence against journalists by all parties to the conflict in Yemen has increased since the Houthi advance on the capital,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Middle East and Maghreb desk.“The systematic abduction of journalists critical of the Houthis is indicative of this rebel group’s determination to tighten its hold on power and silence all opposition. The parties to this conflict – coalition forces, Houthi rebels and Al-Qaeda militants – will be held responsible for their acts of violence against journalists, which are war crimes and violations of the Geneva Conventions.”The swift Houthi advance and seizure of the capital in September 2014 has led to many violations of freedom of information. Many journalists have been threatened. Journalists have been kidnapped and then released. Media outlets have been ransacked or bombarded and then closed. Journalists’ equipment has been seized.Yemen is split into supporters and opponents of the Houthis, who practice the Zaidi version of Shi’a Islam. The Houthi rebels harass reporters who criticize them or who cover anti-Houthi events or demonstrations. Many journalists have opted to flee the capital.The Houthi rebels are not the media’s only predators. In May, air strikes by the Saudi-led Arab coalition targeted a building where two journalists – Abdallah Qabel of Yemen Youth TV and Belqees TV and Youssef Al-Aizari of Suhail TV – were being held by Houthis. The bombardment killed them on the spot.In April, an air strike killed Mohamed Rajah Chamsane, a journalist with Al-Yemen Al-Youm TV, and three other employees of the station.In all, at least seven journalists have been killed in Yemen since the start of the year, four of them in connection with their work. Three other media workers have also been killed.Reporters Without Borders is extremely worried about the deterioration in the safety of journalists and its impact on Yemen’s media, especially as news and information was already hard to come by in a country that is deprived of electricity and Internet most of the time.Yemeni journalists and foreign reporters in Yemen are also having the utmost difficulty in providing the outside world with coverage of what is happening inside the country.Yemen is ranked 168th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. August 28, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Yemen’s Houthi rebels thought to be holding 11 journalists hostage News According to the Reporters Without Borders tally, at least 11 journalists are currently being held hostage by Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who are responsible for most of the threats and acts of violence against journalists in an all-out civil war with a death toll from the past four months now exceeding 4,000. to go further Receive email alerts News Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF News YemenMiddle East – North Africa February 11, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Yemen January 6, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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NYC Property Investment Revisited

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: The Mortgage Law Firm Welcomes Managing Partner, Expands Locations Next: Why Many Millennials Still Live with Mom Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home Prices Investment Properties new york city NYC propertyshark 2018-05-14 David Wharton Share Save Home / Daily Dose / NYC Property Investment Revisited Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago NYC Property Investment Revisited The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Tagged with: Home Prices Investment Properties new york city NYC propertysharkcenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago At the height of the financial crisis in 2008, there were some people who bought or invested in condos in New York City, believing those investments would pay off in the long run. It turns out, they were right, according to a report by PropertyShark.“Most homebuyers who acquired a piece of real estate back in 2008—especially in Brooklyn and Manhattan—managed to sell their assets for a profit in 2017,” the report states.PropertyShark looked at about 1,000 homes in New York City that were bought in 2008 and sold in 2017. From just sale prices alone, the report found that the median price of $500,000 in 2008 jumped to more than $677,000 last year. Adjusted for inflation, those properties would have sold for about $582,000 in 2008.“That’s still a decent profit,” the report stated, “but far from what investing in the stock market, for example, would’ve gotten you.”For context, the report found that $500,000 invested in Dow Jones stock in 2008 would have yielded $1.4 million by 2017.Still, the New York City real estate scene did show some notable growth over the decade since 2008. Brooklyn prices (median price $440,000 in 2008) increased 50 percent by 2017. That was the largest growth in the Five Boroughs. Manhattan (median price $850,000 in 2008) grew 25 percent, to $1.1 million median. Lower Manhattan, the Upper West Side, and an area in Harlem featured the largest increases during that time.Elsewhere in New York, about 230 homes purchased in Queens in 2008 (median: $219,000) sold for a 32 percent profit last year. Adjusted for inflation, though, the growth in Queens was about 10.5 percent over the decade.“The Long Island City ZIP area had the most expensive transactions and a median change of $285,000,” the report stated. The priciest sale in the borough was a unit at 509 48th Avenue, which changed hands for almost $2 million in 2017. That’s 70 percent more than the property sold for in 2008.The only borough to see values drop was Bronx. While median prices there did rise 4 percent over the decade (from $190,000 to $197,000), inflation over the decade effectively translated to an 11 percent drop in prices, the report found. The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago May 14, 2018 1,535 Views  Print This Post About Author: Scott Morgan The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

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Football match-fixing ‘bigger than realised’: coach

first_imgBurkina Faso coach Paul Put, who was suspended in Belgium over match-fixing claims, on Tuesday said that rigging games was more widespread than football realized, with top players implicated in the practice.The Belgian told reporters on the eve of his side’s Africa Cup of Nations semi-final that he was not surprised to hear about revelations on Monday that European police had unearthed a criminal network targeting hundreds of matches.“Match-fixing has always existed in football,” said Put, who was suspended for three years after being implicated in a rigging scandal while coach of Belgian first division side Lierse.“For sure football has a bigger problem than it realises. Let’s be honest, if it happens at Champions League level it’s widespread but it’s not a new thing. A lot of big international players are involved in match fixing.“But I think FIFA are trying hard to tackle it, it will be difficult but I think you can get rid of it. Look at what cycling is doing with more and more effective doping controls so, yes, I think it is possible to stop it in football.”Put’s rare disclosure about his own brush with corruption which led him to leave Belgium for Africa, said he had been caught up in an epidemic that had spread across the national game. “The whole of Belgian football was sick at that time,” he said.“I was threatened by the mafia, my children were threatened, the mafia threatened me with weapons and things like that so it’s not nice to talk about these things but this is the reality.“I was forced into it. But fixing is a big word. At that time Belgian football was in a bad way. There was no hope, no money. It’s not that I was involved in match-fixing, not at all, but it’s been portrayed like that in the media.“And remember, I was just the coach. I had to listen to people above me and the players as well. I was made the scapegoat but other teams were doing the same, not only Lierse.”Put likened his case to that of Lance Armstrong, the disgraced US cyclist who was stripped of his seven Tour de france titles and handed a life ban for doping, saying he had been made an example of.“I was never banned by FIFA. I was banned for three years in Belgium, without any reason,” he said. “But as FIFA said I could work elsewhere we didn’t make any trouble in Belgium.” His suspension led him to Africa, where he coached Gambia for two-and-a-half years before taking over the helm at Burkina Faso, and leading them to Wednesday’s semi-final against Ghana.“It’s funny. Everyone is turning to me now and calling me from Belgium for radio and television interviews,” he added.Given his chequered past and remarkable success with the Burkinabe Put feels he has something to prove back in Europe.“My ambition now is to be in charge of a big team in a big country. I want to prove something again.”Put’s problems in Belgium are not over yet however as he is one of a group of 40 due to come up for trial in relation to the 2004-2005 corruption affair.last_img read more

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Kole Calhoun bunted for a hit, answering the cries of Angels fans

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros “If they’re going to give you one, you do it to keep the defense honest,” Calhoun said. “I’m going to go ahead and take that chance… It doesn’t have to be perfect when they’re playing like that.”Calhoun said that particular defensive alignment is not that common, though. Most of the time the third baseman is playing him straight up at the beginning of the at-bat, and after there is a strike or two, he may shift over toward second base.Related Articles Calhoun also read the comments wondering why he hasn’t been doing it more often. When Calhoun rolled a bunt up to the third base bag, it was the sixth bunt hit of his career, but the first since 2017.“It’s not that easy,” Calhoun said. “That’s why there are a lot of guys that don’t do it. What happens when you get a pitch that gets a lot of the plate and now (the bunt) is foul and you could have taken a whack at it, and now you’re kicking yourself?”Besides, Calhoun said that most of the time the defense isn’t just giving him the hit the way the Twins were on Monday. Twins third baseman Willians Astudillo — not the most mobile infielder — was playing at the shortstop  position on the first pitch. Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield center_img Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Obviously a bunt attempt is tough with two strikes because a foul is a strikeout, but Calhoun said even with one strike it’s tough because then you could be putting yourself in a two-strike count.“With no strikes, if they are going to go back there, I’m going to try,” Calhoun said.Manager Brad Ausmus said bunting is “something we’ve worked on with our left-handed hitters because the shift is big part of defenses. That’s something that has been discussed and physically worked on.”Ausmus said bunting too much can take away from a hitter’s strength, so they just need to do it “at a level that keeps them from positioning the defense the way they want.”So, will Calhoun be doing it more often?“We’ll see,” he said. “I can’t give my secrets away.”UPTON UPDATEJustin Upton said he’s making progress in his rehab from a sprained toe, but it’s a slow process.“I’ve still got a while, man,” he said. “There are a lot of things I haven’t done. I haven’t run on the ground. I haven’t even run in a straight line. Then I have to cut, then I have to take fly balls. I gotta take ground balls. There are a lot of boxes to cover.”Upton said right now he run on a treadmill on about 80 percent of his body weight. He can also throw and do some light hitting in the cage.“It’s a slower process than obviously I would like,” he said, “but that’s the way it has to be.”ALSOShohei Ohtani took a step forward in his throwing rehab this week. Instead of throwing three times a week, he had his first week throwing four times. Ohtani played catch on Saturday, the first time he’d thrown on back-to-back days. Ohtani will now throw every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Ohtani is not expected to pitch this season, and his throwing may not get to an intensity that would limit his availability as a hitter until September, if then…Keynan Middleton, who has been in Arizona rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, made an appearance in the clubhouse on Saturday. Ausmus said he was just there for a checkup…Michael Hermosillo, who has missed the entire season dealing with issues related to last year’s hernia surgery, has begun getting some at-bats in extended spring training.UP NEXTAngels (LHP Tyler Skaggs, 4-3, 5.05) vs. Royals (LHP Danny Duffy, 2-1, 3.97), 1 p.m., Fox Sports West ANAHEIM — Just before Kole Calhoun took a couple days off for the birth of his daughter, he left Angels fans with a gift.He bunted for a hit against the shift on Monday in Minnesota, and then he soaked up all the social media comments from fans.“That’s how you become a fan favorite,” Calhoun said with a smile on Saturday. “Lay one bunt down and you’re their favorite.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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