Michel Kilo’s trial suspended while defence petitions considered

first_img The Damascus criminal court decided to suspend journalist Michel Kilo’s trial during its opening hearing on 31 October in order to allow a higher appeal court to consider various petitions presented by his defence lawyers.Kilo faces the possibility of life imprisonment on various charges that include inciting “religious and racial divisions” and “insulting official institutions and personalities.”————————————————————————–30.10.2006 Michel Kilo, Anwar Bunni and other political prisoners go on hunger strikeReporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about journalist and writer Michel Kilo, who began a hunger strike on 28 October along with lawyer Anwar Bunni and other political prisoners who were arrested last May after signing a joint statement calling for an improvement in relations with Lebanon.The hunger strike, which is to last a week, is being held to protest against their prison conditions and the fact that the authorities did not execute a judicial order for Kilo’s release on bail on 19 October.Kilo’s lawyer told Reporters Without Borders that his trial on the new charges that have been brought against him is scheduled to start on 31 October before a Damascus criminal court.————————————————————————–23.10.2006 Trumped-up charges used to keep journalist in prisonReporters Without Borders today accused Syria’s judicial authorities of bringing new, trumped- up charges against detained writer and journalist Michel Kilo in order to keep him in prison and avoid having to execute the provisional release order issued by a judge on 19 October.“Michel Kilo was already facing life imprisonment,” the press freedom organisation said. “This escalation by the Damascus criminal court is aimed at keeping a journalist in prison at all costs, despite a judge’s release order.Reporters Without Borders added: “In Syria, the prosecutor general defends the regime’s interests at the law’s expense. The security apparatus’ meddling in judicial decision-making is part of the ruling Baath Party’s modus operandi. But this travesty of justice has gone on too long. We call for Kilo’s release and the withdrawal of all the charges against him.”Kilo was not freed although his release was announced on 19 October and the bail was paid. The prosecutor general held up the release order long enough for an investigating judge to bring new charges against him.The order for Kilo’s release on bail of 1,000 Syrian pounds (about 16 euros) was issued by judge Halima Haitar and was signed by the referring judge. Such an order is irrevocable under the Syrian criminal code unless the defendant is charged a new crime. Today, Kilo was accused of “inciting civil rebellion” and a “serious attack on the dignity of the state, exposing the country to the threat of aggressive acts.” This provided the grounds for keeping him in pretrial detention.A contributor to several Arabic-language newspapers, Kilo is known for advocating democratic reforms in Syria. He also heads the Damascus-based Hourriyat centre for press freedom and free expression, founded last year.He was arrested on 14 May after signing a joint statement by intellectuals from Syria and Lebanon called “Beirut-Damascus, Damascus-Beirut,” which called for a change in the relations between the two countries. He was charged with inciting “religious and racial divisions,” publishing “mendacious and exaggerated reports with the aim of discrediting the government” and “defaming the president and the courts.” November 2, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Michel Kilo’s trial suspended while defence petitions considered SyriaMiddle East – North Africa to go further RSF_en Receive email alerts Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa February 3, 2021 Find out more News March 8, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Organisation Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out more News News News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Follow the news on Syrialast_img read more

Homes selling within a week of being listed jump by 125% to highest in ten years

first_imgRightmove has revealed that 15% of homes are finding a buyer within a week and 30% are securing a sale within a fortnight of being put on the market.Compared to the same time this year, this is an increase of 5% for both figures; in 2019 10% of homes sold within a week and 25% sold within a fortnight.One message from the portal’s analysis of 200,000 home moves is clear – buyers are keen to nail down a deal as fast as possible which, Rightmove suggests, is so that their purchase can be registered before the stamp duty holiday deadline of 31st of March next year.Consequently, the number of homes selling within a week of coming to market is up by 125% compared to the same period last year, and the highest number recorded over the past ten years.Semi detachedThree and two-bedroom semi-detached houses are selling the fastest while the region with highest number of homes being sold within a week is Scotland (26%) and the lowest is London (11%).“Not only are more properties selling in the current market than at any time over the past ten years, but many sellers are finding that demand for homes following lockdown and the rush to beat the stamp duty deadline means they’re achieving a quicker sale, but only if they’ve been priced correctly,” says Rightmove’s property expert Miles Shipside (pictured).“Not every home sells, but those that are well presented by agents, are on at the right price, or are just lucky enough to be in demand are among a record number of homes selling within the first week of coming to market since we started tracking this data ten years ago.”The last 3 months have been the busiest consistent quarter we’ve had since opening 16 years ago. There seems to be a constant flow of new valuations and new properties going on the market and coming under offer very quickly at very good prices.  We are finding that some properties are selling within 7-10 days. The stamp duty exemption has without a doubt has taken the market into overdrive. Before lockdown we were busy but now we are crazy busy. I expect it to continue up until January or February with people pushing to get deals done before the March deadline.Read more about the ongoing boom.Rightmove Miles Shipside September 4, 2020Nigel 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 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Homes selling within a week of being listed jump by 125% to highest in ten years previous nextHousing MarketHomes selling within a week of being listed jump by 125% to highest in ten yearsRightmove says surge in offers being made on freshly-marketed properties is in part down to the March stamp duty holiday deadline.Nigel Lewis4th September 20200562 Viewslast_img read more

Proposed Law Would Require Owners to Keep Household Pets Outside of FL Restaurants

first_imgA bill that was proposed this week in the Florida Legislature would require that most household pets be kept outside of what are currently considered “pet-friendly” restaurants.The proposal, which is currently known as HB 243 and was filed by Orlando Democratic Representative Bruce Antone for consideration during the 2020 legislative session, would prohibit household pets from “traveling through or remaining in indoor portions” of restaurants, “in order to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public.”Although the bill, if it becomes law, would not override existing local ordinances, it would direct the state’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation to develop rules and create a website for complaints. In addition, service animals would still be allowed to enter food and dining establishments.The website for the state’s tourism-marketing agency, Visit Florida, states, “Dog-friendly outdoor restaurants, bars and craft beer pubs abound throughout the state, some offering ‘yappy hour’ canine-friendly designated times, others with an open-door doggie policy around the clock.”The 2020 legislative session starts on January 14.last_img read more

Russell lights up field for Los Molinos homecoming win

first_imgLos Molinos >> It didn’t take long for Friday night’s homecoming game between the visiting Westwood Lumberjacks and host Los Molinos Bulldogs to turn into the Alex Russell show.Coming into the game, the Los Molinos quarterback was ranked No. 3 in the nation for total yards and No. 10 for touchdowns among 8-man players. Russell added 8 touchdowns in a 78-20 romp over Westwood and the shortest was for 40 yards. Russell rushed for scores of 99, 40, 55, 60, 58 and 55, threw for a 57-yard …last_img read more

Short on projection, PH gymnasts still log ‘marked progress’

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Hadi totaled 13.450 via an almost impeccable routine that involved high-value movements against the backdrop of Arabian-inspired music.De Guzman, 17, turned in a similar performance—a lot of high-scoring jumps to the tune of a funky jam. But the rookie could only aggregate 13.025 to settle for silver. Indonesia’s Rifda Irfanaluthfu was third with 13.000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn balance beam, De Guzman wound up third. Reyland Capellan brought home another bronze in vault, matching his result in the same event two years ago.“It was very good, solid performance by the team,” said women’s co-head coach Jasmin Ortega. “I think we did very well this season. It’s still a marked progress.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kaitlin De Guzman who bagged the the Gold medal for Womens Gymnastics Uneven Bars with Reyland Capellan who won Gold for Men’s Floor Exercises also in gymnastics in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ artistic gymnastics team didn’t get to fulfill the promise of four gold medals but it did improve on its performance two years ago.Newcomer Kaitlin De Guzman settled for a silver after failing to dislodge defending champion Farah Ann Abdul Hadi of Malaysia in floor exercise Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James has ‘nothing but respect’ for Kyrie Irving The gymnasts had already stashed two golds through Capellan, who defended his floor exercise title, and the 17-year-old De Guzman, who ruled in uneven bars.All in all, it was two golds, one silver and two bronzes for the Philippines.The Philippines won one gold, one silver and two bronzes in the Singapore SEA Games in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Ginebra didn’t disappoint its legion of fans this time.With another record crowd trooping to the colossal Philippine Arena here, the Gin Kings completed their quest for back-to-back titles, routing Meralco, 101-96, in Game 7 to win the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Cignal – PBA Press Corps Finals MVP LA Tenorio unloaded 26 points and four assists, including the insurance freebie for Ginebra finally fend off Meralco late.Justin Brownlee also fired 23 markers, eight boards, and five dimes, while Scottie Thompson chipped in 14 points, nine rebounds, and two assists.Greg Slaughter won his first PBA title with 12 markers, five boards, two assists, and two blocks, Joe Devance had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Japeth Aguilar got 10 markers and the three crucial boards in the end game to seal the deal for the crowd favorites.Despite facing a big hole early, Meralco still showed some fight late, with Jared Dillinger anchoring the belated run as he cut the deficit to as low as four, 100-96, with a booming three from the right wing in the final 47.0 seconds.Tenorio split his freebies to extend the cushion to five, 101-96 in the last 22.6 ticks, before Garvo Lanete muffed his late trey.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lewis Hamilton’s F1 legacy still growing “Huge shots. Just huge shots all the way through, and then at the end, we start missing our free throws, we turn the ball over, and it looked like it wasn’t a comfortable win. But overall, the game was exciting,” said Cone.Allen Durham did all he could in the decider, unfurling 26 points, 24 rebounds, and nine rebounds, while Dillinger had his best showing in the series with 20 markers, five dimes, and three boards. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Delighting the 54,068 in attendance, Ginebra finally showed the hunger it lacked two days prior, leading by as much as 20, 52-32, in the second half courtesy of a Justin Brownlee jumper before holding off the Bolts’ last ditch rally.It marked the Gin Kings’ first back-to-back titles in their 38-year history and their 10th championship overall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe triumph further established coach Tim Cone’s lore, as the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor claimed his 20th title in 30 Finals appearances.“We held on to another Game 7. It’s amazing,” said the league’s winningest coach. “These Game 7s are the most amazing things to play. You never know what’s gonna happen, you’re never quite prepared for them, we tried to do our best, stay calm, stay focused but there’s just so many pressure.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

5 Free Magazines Every Small Business Should Receive

first_img Originally published May 23, 2007 2:32:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack Topics: Entrepreneurship I know this seems terribly old fashioned in this Web 2.0 era of blogging, but there’s still something nice about reading a great magazine.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m an avid reader of a number of blogs, and have been blogging myself for close to two years.  And I enjoy the conversations that blogs can create as well as the realtime stream of information the blogosphere provides.  But there’s something about thumbing through a colorful, glossy magazine with great content.. written by folks with professional editors at their disposal…ready, willing and able to fix bad grammar and other mistakes we tend to overlook… making it a little more challenging than it should be to read even the best blogs.  And as GoDaddy.com founder Bob Parsons once said,  people don’t curl up in front of a fire and read a nice blog.  And when you’re flying do you really print off a list of blog entries, or do you pick up an interesting magazine or two?  Before I hit the road I grab a handful of mags I enjoy so much I might even pay for them if I had to…..but I don’t.  Direct Direct is a magazine that bills itself as the information resource for direct marketers.  I’d have to say I agree, as it each month it comes packed with great stats, stories and best practices all around building, keeping and using customer lists.  It combines all this information into a slim 70 pages or so which makes it easy to carry around, and the articles are written in a way that entertains as well as informs.  And Ken Magill does a great job with his e-mail best practices articles.  Plus they have a nice companion website with tons of up to date info.Small Business Impact & Deliver magazinesI lumped these two together because they both are US Postal Service publications,  they are monthly mags that arrive at the same time, and together they amount to only 48 pages or thereabouts.  Small Business Impact covers a variety of subjects, challenges and other issues facing small businesses.  The articles are short, sweet and to the point cover everything from online marketing basics, to health care, to time management.  Just from an aesthetics standpoint, Deliver is really eye catching.  I find myself actually checking out the ads because they’re so good looking.  But going beyond its slick publishing, there are some great articles for those charged with marketing and brand building.  Articles include how today’s printing technology can impact customer relationships, and an interesting interview with Chris Anderson on how new media is forcing marketers to “keep it real”.    Streaming MediaI don’t even know how I started getting this but I’m glad I did.  This might not seem all that important to small businesses, but this magazine will prepare you for how people will be able to take in all kinds of content, and how you can use technology to put your company right in their faces, whether it be on a computer, TV, PDA, or whatever.  It comes monthly and weighs in at over 100 pages, but it’s an easy read.  This month’s issue had a good article on monetizing podcasts and video blogs, and another one on the television paradigm shift that had me thinking a bit.  Computer ShopperI used to get this about ten years ago but couldn’t take it anymore.  It was just too big and heavy to even attempt to read.  It must have gone on a diet or something because now it’s under a 100 pages.  And now I can’t wait to get it every month.  It gives me great reviews and coverage of products and services of which I need to at least be aware.  In many cases it helps me decide which way to go in terms of buying something.Now there are a ton of magazines out there you can get for free by giving up some contact information.  I probably get over 20 a month, but there’s no way I’m reading all of that stuff.  But the above mentioned and a few others (like 1to1, eWeek and BrandWeek) are easy to read, easy to carry and still packed with good information…and did I mention they are free?  You may want to check them out.  What freebies do you recommend? last_img read more

Executive Summary: Linkbuilding and SEO for the Internet Marketing Neophyte

first_img Topics: Link Building Links to your website are very important for Internet marketing and getting ranked higher in search engines for keywords related to your business.Benefits of links to your website:1) The right links can drive traffic to your site which can convert into leads.2) Links help search engines find all of the content on your site to index that content.3) The number and quality of links to your site help determine your Page Rank (basically a measure of how important Google thinks your website is) and your Page Rank helps determine your rank for many search terms.Tips on how to get links:1) Submit your site to web directories. Focus on the directories with the best brand and traffic. We have found the Yahoo! Directory and Business.com (both require an annual fee) to be effective, and also try to give the free open directory a shot. You can also try other, smaller and free or lower cost directories, but avoid any that seem really small or just don’t look valuable – remember that the quality of the site linking to you matters. A couple ideas are: www.joeant.com, www.worldhot.com, and www.splut.com.2) Communicate with others in your industry. Search around and find people who have useful sites related to your industry. Don’t start your conversation with “will you link to my website?”, but engage them in a business and intellectual conversation about something they recently wrote. Once you have established a relationship with them, then send them something you have published on your site and ask for their opinion. You’ll be surprised how many will link to your site.3) Create compelling tools and content. We have never promoted Website Grader very much. But because it is a really useful tool that people like, lots of people link to it. In fact, in under 3 months, we already had 800 links, and over 20,000 URLs had been graded on the website. Originally published May 9, 2007 12:36:00 PM, updated March 21 2013 Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more