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Authorities impose news blackout on crackdown in Deraa

first_img Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the censorship that the Syrian authorities have imposed on national and foreign news media seeking to cover events in the southern city of Deraa. The security forces have blocked access to the city so that there is no one to witness their ruthless crackdown on the protests that have been taking place there during the past few days.Ahmed Hadifa, a 28-year old blogger better known by the blog name of Ahmad Abu Al-Kheir, was arrested again by the security services in Damascus yesterday “because of his activities on Facebook in support of the protests in Deraa.” He was previously held for several days in February without being formally charged.Maan Aqil, journalist, was detained yesterday after being constantly harassed during the preceding days. Mazen Darwish, the head of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, was released last night after after being summoned for questioning on 23 March for making statements about the crackdown in Deraa and the recent wave of arrests. Darwish had already been held for several hours on 16 March after being arrested while attending a peaceful sit-in outside the interior ministry headquarters in Damascus as an observer.Writer and political activist Louay Hussein was also released last night after being arrested at his home on 22 March because of his online activities in support of the demonstrations and calls for reform. The authorities blocked distribution of the leading pro-government daily Al-Watan yesterday without giving explanation although it is owned by Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of the president. Media sources blamed the move on an article headlined “The Syrian media are lying to us.” The ban was issued at 6 a.m., just after yesterday’s issue had been printed. The information ministry lifted the ban later in the day, again without any explanation.The same newspaper had itself been criticising the international media’s coverage of the events in Deraa, accusing them of lying and insisting that everything was calm in Syria. An article in the 24 March issue questioned the peaceful nature of the protest movement and voiced support for the crackdown on the demonstrators.Reporters Without Borders has learned that a photographer and a freelance video reporter working for Agence France-Presse and an Associated Press photographer were briefly held and roughed up while covering the demonstrations in Deraa on 22 March. Their equipment was seized and was handed back a few hours later. When the AFP journalists tried to return to Deraa the next day, their equipment was again seized. They have not yet been able to recover it. Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News to go further March 8, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria March 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities impose news blackout on crackdown in Deraa Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists Organisation News RSF_en Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law News February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Jamie’s back! Apprentice star returns to estate agency with new business

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Jamie’s back! Apprentice star returns to estate agency with new business previous nextAgencies & PeopleJamie’s back! Apprentice star returns to estate agency with new businessAfter appearing in the show Jamie Lester set up Haus Properties but after leaving in 2017 he set up a new-homes consultancy, which now has its own agency arm.Nigel Lewis11th November 202001,889 Views If you’re wondering what happens to contestants on the hit BBC TV show The Apprentice, then one answer is to set up a string of estate agency firms.Jamie Lester, who was runner up in the 2010 series of the show and subsequently set up four-branch sales and lettings firm Haus Properties the year after, has now made another foray into estate agency.After leaving Haus in 2017 he worked for several developers as a sales advisor before setting up his own new homes sales consultancy. This has now established an estate agency arm to sell new build properties direct.It will handle properties across a variety of residential developments from one-bedroom apartments to detached family houses but will not have a high street presence.Its service includes everything a traditional estate agent provides such as marketing, viewings, negotiation, proof of funds, exchange of contracts and exchange.Sales and marketing“Over the last few years, I was essentially running the sales and marketing process for developers, coming up with unique ideas and managing the vision for the development,” says Lester.“Whilst I was training the sales staff in their approach, I realised how much I missed the excitement of selling properties myself, and felt I could add even more value to developers by providing them with my vast estate agency experience too.“Now I provide everything from start to finish.”Lester has already worked for several high profile house builders both inside and outside London including the Izaki Group and Haywoods Group and has just been appointed by Kuropatwa.Visit James Lester Properties.The Apprentice Jamie Lester November 11, 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 2021last_img read more

O Bee Credit Union Opens “Brewpub” Branch in Tenino

first_imgFacebook69Tweet0Pin0Submitted by O Bee Credit UnionThe Olympia Brewery may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of banking, but O Bee Credit Union wants to change that. A leader in providing innovative financial solutions for more than 60 years, O Bee announced today the opening of their newest branch – a unique blend of brewpub and financial service center – in Tenino.2. O Bee announces a unique “brewpub” décor for their new Tenino branch. Photo courtesy: O Bee Credit UnionO Bee’s rich history as the original credit union of the Olympia Brewery is reflected in the interior of the new building. It features a brewpub aesthetic including repurposed wood, a transaction bar accented with brass rails and local beer taps, chalkboard signage and a beautiful arched ceiling highlighted with color-changing LED lights.  Historic photos of Tenino and the Olympia Brewery are displayed throughout. “Our brewery history has always been part of our culture, but this building absolutely embraces our roots. The pub atmosphere is reminiscent of the brewery tasting room where the community met and workers gathered after the end of a shift,” said James Collins, CEO. The new building offers additional services to the people of Tenino such as a drive-thru window, new ATM, and safety deposit boxes as well as Berenstain Bears™ Cub Accounts, an innovative rewards points program and excellent loan rates.1. Branch Manager, Darla Kolbas, shows off beer taps that will be part of the décor of the new “brewpub”style O Bee Tenino building. Photo courtesy: O Bee Credit UnionO Bee Credit Union will host a community-wide grand opening celebration on Saturday, November 4 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The new building is located a 149 Sussex Avenue in Tenino.About O Bee Credit Union O Bee Credit Union (The Olympia Brewing Co. Employees and Families Credit Union) was started February 15, 1955, by Ted McGill, who worked in the bottle house of the brewery. This full service not-for-profit credit union, owned by its members, has five branches located in Lacey, Tumwater, Tenino, Yelm and West Olympia. Membership is open to all Washington residents. Visit www.obee.com for more information about O Bee Credit Union.last_img read more

Home cooking can’t power Wildcats past Immaculata at KVC

first_img“In particular Laura Soukeroff and Chelsie Van Brynen (both Grade 12s) who had limited roles last year but are now feeling more comfortable on the floor and are recognizing that as Grade 12s this is their time to take charge,” Moreira added.Immaculata finished on top of the table following round robin play and easily disposed of J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail 2-0 in one semi final.Meanwhile Mount Sentinel took second after pool play. The Cats defeated Kootenay rival Selkirk Storm of Kimberley during the round robin, then knocked off the Bavarian City squad in the other semi final, this time 15-13 in the third game of the match.“We had three important victories,” Moreira explained. “We beat Selkirk twice, both very close and in three sets, and also beat Fernie. Both teams are solid and athletic and we need to beat them both to advance to provincials.”Fernie finished fifth in the tournament followed by A.L. Fortune of Enderby and Osoyoos.Mount Sentinel has little time to relax as the team travels to Kelowna to compete in the UBC/O High School Volleyball tournament.“We sill have lots of work ahead of us to compete with the really good teams in the province,” Moreira explained. “At the moment “slow and steady” is a good pace for us (because) without Grade 11’s on the team we must rely on our Grade 10’s to play beyond their level of maturity.”RALLY POINT: Immaculata, currently second in the B.C. High School A Girl’s Volleyball rankings, may jump into the number one slot. Selkirk will most likely drop down the table from seventh to ninth while the Wildcats of Mount Sentinel could move into eighth [email protected] By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyThe weekend saw the Mount Sentinel Wildcats move up the competitive ladder, just not enough to capture the overall title at the Kootenay Volleyball Classic Saturday in South Slocan.Immaculata defeated the host Cats 2-1 (25-16, 23-25, 15-8) to claim the overall High School Girl’s Volleyball tournament at the Mount Sentinel gymnasium.“(This) was a good weekend for us,” said Sentinel coach Joe Moreira. “We had important contributions from a number of players who are beginning to play with more confidence.”last_img read more

Horning rink claims Nelson Cashspiel prize

first_imgDeane Horning loves playing in Nelson.He’s won the Nelson Midsummer Bonspiel.The Purple Heart winner has also taken the top prize in the former Merchant’s Cashspiel.So it should not by a surprise that Horning, third Don Freshi, second Rob Nobert and lead Kevin Nesbitt won the top prize in the recent Cashspiel at the Nelson Curling Club. Horning knocked off Tom Shypitka of Cranbrook to win the A Final.Shypitka has also been to the Brier.In the B event, the winner was the Myron Nichol rink.Nichol is joined by Garry Beaudry, Jamie Tedesco and Rob Babiarz.The Cashspiel prepared the local rinks for the upcoming Kootenay Men’s Curling Playdowns this weekend at the Trail Curling Club.Eight teams from the region are competing for two spots in the upcoming provincial tournament.Also on the curling horizon is the BC Senior Men’s Championships February 11-16 in Trail.last_img read more

Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal

first_imgShe bested Malaysia’s Tracie Ang who had 12.550 and Indonesia’s Rifda Iranalithfi who scored 12.075.De Guzman is competing in two more events including her favorite floor exercise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangascenter_img Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kaitlin de Guzman of the Philippines competes in uneven bars category of women’s artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Malaysia Trade and Exhibition Center in Kuala Lumpur. / CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Kaitlin de Guzman nailed the gold medal in gymnastics women’s artistic uneven bars Tuesday for the Philippines’ second triumph of the day in the Southeast Asian Games.The 17-year-old De Guzman, daughter of former SEA Games champion Cintamoni Dela Cruz, garnered 12.875 points in her routine to bag the top honors.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Georgia City Bucks Wood High-Rise Trend

first_imgWood advocates are perplexedIt isn’t clear what prompted Sandy Springs to alter its building code. City officials haven’t offered any evidence that wood buildings are any less durable or less safe than concrete and steel structures, and the American Wood Council says evidence does not bear that out.Ken Bland, vice president of codes and regulations for the Council, says that Sandy Springs was given reports from the National Fire Protection Association showing that wood-frame buildings are “equal in performance to street and concrete” in multifamily buildings. A study by the Athena Institute for the city of Minneapolis, he added, showed no evidence that wood-frame buildings were being demolished at a pace any faster than steel and concrete buildings.“So we’re perplexed by that,” Bland said in a telephone interview with GBA. “We don’t believe there is a durability issue with respect to wood buildings. We believe any building exposed to the elements requires maintenance… When properly maintained, we know wood buildings will last hundreds of years. The durability doesn’t really pass the sniff test. The fire safety one doesn’t pass.”Asked for a reaction to Tolbert’s claim that “many cities have instituted a requirement for construction with enhanced quality materials,” Bland said, “I would certainly take exception to that statement by the assistant city manager. We honestly do not know of other cities anywhere in the country that have taken a step of this magnitude. There will be certain cities that have fire districts or fire zones, but in terms of a community like Sandy Springs, to my knowledge there’s nothing else like it anywhere else in the U.S.“We just don’t understand the problem they’re trying to solve with this particular ordinance.”One probable outcome Bland said, will be a slowdown in the pace of multifamily development.“It’s no secret that wood-framed buildings are less expensive to construct on a square foot basis than an equivalent steel and concrete building,” he said. “So they are right when they say they want to increase the cost of construction through this restriction. They feel that will slow down growth. The reaction by the development community will be to build less multi-housing in their city.” For some builders and architects, wood is the building material of the future, with lower costs and less embodied energy than concrete and steel and suitable even for structures many stories tall. But in Sandy Springs, Georgia, a city of about 100,000 north of Atlanta, wood has been deemed unsuitable for anything taller than three stories and larger than 100,000 square feet.In a unanimous vote on August 16, the Sandy Springs City Council approved changes in the city’s building code that will prohibit the use of structural wood in multifamily projects of that size and up, even as designers elsewhere around the world embrace an expanded use of wood, particularly cross-laminated timber, for multistory construction.The change in Sandy Springs means “certain enumerated building elements (including the structural frame, load-bearing walls, etc.) are to be made of noncombustible materials.”In a memo explaining the proposal in advance of the vote, Assistant City Manger Jim Tolbert said, “In order to preserve the safety of persons inhabiting buildings above a certain height, many cities have instituted a requirement for construction with enhanced quality materials that increase the durability and longevity of the buildings.”Tolbert didn’t name any of those cities and did not respond to a message asking for more information. Likewise, the city’s director of communications and its community development director didn’t respond to requests for comment.The city posted a copy of the ordinance and Tolbert’s memo at its website, but there are no minutes detailing the City Council’s discussion. RELATED ARTICLES Can Wood Replace Concrete and Steel in Skyscrapers?Cross-Laminated Timber Condos Planned in Portland A Portland, Oregon, architectural firm, for example, is planning an eight-story condo building called Carbon12 that would be built with CLT components. In Vancouver, Canada, an 18-story hybrid student residence combining concrete and timber is underway. The $51.5 million project should be finished next year. A 1,000-foot tall high-rise made from timber has been proposed in London.A single company in the U.S. — D.R. Johnson in southern Oregon — currently makes CTL components, although they have a longer track record in Europe. Still, proponents point to a number of advantages timber buildings have over concrete and steel structures, including shorter construction schedules, lower cost, and fewer greenhouse gas emissions.Architect Michael Green, who is working on a seven-story, all timber building in Minneapolis, said it has been difficult changing perceptions about wood, but that engineering large timber buildings “is truthfully the easy part.”“We’re at the beginning of a revolution, I hope, in the way we build, because this is the first new way to build a skyscraper in probably 100 years or more,” he told a TED audience a few years ago.Last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded two $1.5 million grants in its Tall Wood Building Competition to promote the use of lumber and mass timber building products. Elsewhere, wood is gaining groundThe ordinance in Sandy Springs seems jarring given the widespread use of wood in multifamily buildings. Conventional stick-building is common — accounting for 87% of multifamily buildings in 2015, according to the website Construction Dive. A number of building designers are growing enthusiastic about the potential for cross-laminated timber (CLT), a kind of heavy duty structural plywood, for constructing multistory buildings. Advocates for steel and concrete like itThe National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, however, had a much different reaction. In a report on the Sandy Springs vote, Construction Dive quoted an association spokesman as saying that Sandy Springs was heading in the right direction.“It’s a very simple equation,” said Kevin Lawlor, spokesman for the association’s Build with Strength initiative, in a press release following the decision. “The stronger the building materials you use, the safer occupants will be. The Sandy Springs Council set an example for the rest of the country.”Rahim Zadeh, technical director for the Steel Stud Manufacturers Association, said that steel-framed buildings don’t create the fire hazards that wood buildings do, according to Construction Dive. Plus, he said, steel is straighter and more consistent than wood, and is resistant to termites.“Steel is more green because of the high recycle content of steel studs,” Zadeh told Construction Dive.last_img read more

17 days agoIreland coach McCarthy: Keane tipped me off about Brighton striker Connolly

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first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Ireland coach McCarthy: Keane tipped me off about Brighton striker Connollyby Paul Vegas17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveIrish legend Robbie Keane gave Aaron Connolly a glowing reference to Mick McCarthy after his two-goal performance in Brighton’s win over Spurs.Keane was in the crowd at the AMEX and was mightily impressed by the 19-year-old, who McCarthy called-up to the latest Republic of Ireland squad.McCarthy said today: “I didn’t see it at the time but I’ve seen it since. Robbie was watching it.”It was excellent. His goals were both very good. People talk about his second one. I thought his first one was brilliant, because his movement was good.”He got across the defender and then, having had it saved, he had the presence of mind, he didn’t just have a little dig at it and run off, he spun and put it in the net.”I saw him against Armenia (under-21s) and I was really impressed. He really has some personality on the pitch, he plays with real personality.” last_img read more

District of Taylor moves ahead with water line upgrade

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first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council Meeting on Tuesday, August 6, Council made the approval to go ahead with upgrading a section of the potable water line on Willow Drive.Since its installation in 2010, District Staff say there have been multiple repairs due to ground movement and two complete failures of the ductile iron pipe, which was caused by corrosion.Due to corrosion, in 2017 the District replaced a portion of the existing material with a more resilient type. Then in June of this year, the District put out a tender for the rest of the water line to be replaced from ductile iron pipe to high-density polyethylene at an estimated price of $176,000, with funding from the Water Capital Reserves.Council made the decision to award the potable water line replacement project to Big League Utilities Corp. for the amount of $289,044.last_img read more

Twenty one nominated as members of Court of JNU

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first_imgNew Delhi: Twenty-one people have been nominated as members of the Court of Jawaharlal Nehru University.The members have been nominated by President Ram Nath Kovind. While 10 persons have been nominated under category of persons representing learned professions, including professor Veerendra Kumar, KA Badrinath of Financial Chronicle, six persons, including Khadi and Village Industries Commission chief VK Saxena, have been nominated representing industry, labour, commerce and agriculture and five persons have been nominated under category others.last_img read more