Authorities free journalist who criticised religious extremism

first_img NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say April 28, 2021 Find out more Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa to go further Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders has noted the release on 18 April of Rabah Al-Quwai, who writes for the Saudi daily newspapers Okaz and Chams and the Arabic-language websites Dar el-Nadwa and Gasad al-Thaqafa. He was arrested on 2 April for criticising religious extremism in Saudi Arabia on the Internet.————————————————————————–13.04.2006 Saudi journalist arrested for criticising religious extremism in his countryReporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of Rabah Al-Quwai, who writes for the Saudi daily newspapers Okaz and Chams and the Arabic-language websites Dar el-Nadwa and Gasad al-Thaqafa. He has been held at a police station in the northern city of Hail since 2 April, apparently for criticising religious extremism in Saudi Arabia.“The arrest of a journalist for expressing his views on the Internet is simply unacceptable,” the press freedom organisation said. “We also deplore the lack of transparency in this case. No one knows what he has been charged with. He has not been allowed to receive a visit from a lawyer or his family although he has been held for more than a week.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We appeal to King Abdullah to intervene and have this journalist released. The time has come for him to show that he is sincere in his pledges to carry out reforms in the kingdom.”Reached by a family member at the time of his arrest, Al-Quwai said the police were “investigating the beliefs he had expressed in his writing.” The Saudi authorities have confirmed his arrest and have said he will be tried. But they have not said what the charges are.Al-Quwai received death threats last November over website articles that were considered too liberal. He wrote that Islam was interpreted in too strict a fashion in Saudi Arabia and that this had contributed to Al-Qaeda’s popularity there. Someone smashed the windscreen of his car, leaving a note saying: “Next time it will be you.” The police never investigated this incident. April 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities free journalist who criticised religious extremism Help by sharing this information News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance March 9, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News RSF_en Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS News Follow the news on Saudi Arabia June 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Floodgates open

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Advertisement NewsLocal NewsFloodgates openBy admin – November 26, 2009 1025 Twitter Previous articleIBEC to formally withdraw from pay agreementNext articleNews briefs admincenter_img LIMERICK and Clare was put on full alert this week after the river Shannon burst its banks.With confirmation from the ESB that heightened water levels in Lough Derg are likely to cause increased flood levels downstream of Parteen, the mayor and city manager, have given an assurance that an emergency plan is in place for any eventuality.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Meantime families who were evacuated from Corbally to the Jury’s Inn are still uncertain when they will be able to return to their homes.“We’re trying to keep things as normal as possible for the children by sending them off to school,” said one resident. The father of three, one of 20 families evacuated from their homes on Monday, when the rising waters of the Shannon threatened their safety,  has no idea when they will be able to return.The families have a clear view from the hotel windows of the swollen river.“We hear there are fears of very high tides next week, so nobody knows how soon we will be able to go back, but meantime the hotel staff are terrific, even making school lunches for the children to take with them”.Another resident said that while she is “dying to get home,” feels fortunate compared to people in other parts of the country. “No water got into our homes but it was decided to evacuate as our houses in Riverbrook and those in Hampstead,  were deemed vulnerable. The seriousness of the situation hit home when the the Civil Defence arrived at 9pm and the families were taken out of Shannon Banks by police escort”.The consensus among the evacuated Corbally residents is that local councillor, Pascal Fitzgerald, should be nominated for a Person of the Year Award.“He did Trojan work – was working with the services day and night – he never went home”. Meanwhile Cllr Denis McCarthy is confident that although the water is rising in the Mill Road and the Red Path areas of Corbally, “the situation is holding and the area is well fortified by sandbags”.While the city’s other vulnerable locations of Clancy Strand, Sir Harry’s Mall and King’s Island have benefited from fortified walls and the installation of tide flex pipes, there is concern that high tides expected next week, combined with south-westerly winds and heavy rainfall, could pose the most serious challenge to-date.“We will be able to handle anything coming our way this week but next week poses a problem. If Parteen leaves water down the old channel from UL into the Shannon Banks, then we’d have a serious situation- Clare County Council will have to build a wall along the side of the river at Shannon Banks, as with global warming, the water levels will continue to rise,” commented Cllr John Gilligan.Deputy Jan O’Sullivan is calling for the construction of a protective barrier for the river side of Shannon Banks.Mayor Kevin Kiely said he has been given the strongest assurance from the city manager, Tom Mackey that he and his staff, have “everything in place, in terms of a plan to deal with any emergency that may arise”.The ESB has now confirmed  that with water levels in Lough Derg now at an all time high, the discharge of water from Parteen Weir is being increased, “The total rate of water discharge from Parteen is not expected to exceed the rate set on Monday, but it is expected to cause increased flood levels downstream of Parteen Weir by an estimated three inches, as it is discharging into an already flooded area.”The pedestrian walkways along the Canal are closed and members of the public are advised not to use them until further notice. Email Print WhatsApplast_img read more

Castro Dispels Myth About Millennials and Homeownership

first_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Castro Dispels Myth About Millennials and Homeownership Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago May 10, 2016 5,561 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Homeownership HUD Julian Castro Millennials  Print This Post Share Save Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Home / Daily Dose / Castro Dispels Myth About Millennials and Homeownership About Author: Brian Honeacenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Homeownership HUD Julian Castro Millennials 2016-05-10 Brian Honea Previous: What is Really Behind the Foreclosure Decline? Next: More Distressed Borrowers are Keeping Their Homes In an address on Tuesday at the National Association of Realtors (NAR) Regulatory Issues Forum, HUD Secretary Julián Castro said he believed that millennials are “just as committed” to homeownership as previous generations—contrary to the widespread believe that the members of the younger generation are not interested in owning a home.Castro cited a recent survey from TD Bank which found that 40 percent of millennials plan to buy their first home sometime during the next year.“The American Dream of homeownership is as strong today as ever,” Castro said. “And perhaps the best news of all is that millennials are showing that their generation is just as committed to homeownership as their parents and grandparents.”Student loan debt has been the main obstacle to millennials buying a home, Castro said. About 40 million Americans have some amount of student loan debt, and about 70 percent of students graduate with student loan debt. He said the amount of average student loan debt at graduation spiking by 56 percent from 2004 to 2014. The increase has been so great that it has actually caused a role reversal in some families—Castro said many of the parents and grandparents of millennials are shouldering that student loan debt, and now 20 percent of millennials provide some type of financial assistance to their parents and/or grandparents.Julián CastroThings are getting better, however, according to Castro. The number of delinquencies on student loans is declining, and economic improvements have resulted in the creation of 14.5 million jobs over the past 74 months. The average hourly wage is up, having risen by 14 cents over March and April, and the current unemployment rate of 5 percent is the lowest it has been post-recession.Castro added that the housing market is a part of the nation’s overall economic strength.“Real residential investment has grown by more than 8 percent for six straight quarters, highlighting the housing sector’s solid, steady recovery,” Castro said. “In fact, growth in residential investment has substantially outpaced growth in overall GDP.”Castro noted that 1.3 million families have taken advantage of the FHA’s lower mortgage insurance premiums since the FHA cut the premium by 50 basis points in January 2015, a controversial move at the time. The immediate result of the cutting of the mortgage insurance premium was a 27 percent rise in the number of home loans endorsed by the FHA from 2014 to 2015 (up to 753,000). Castro said that more than a majority of those loans are being secured by first-time homebuyers. Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more