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EU foreign ministers must press China about ailing detained journalist

first_img Chinese journalist Gao Yu, a former Deutsche Welle correspondent held since May 2014, needs urgent medical attention, according to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, which urges European Union foreign ministers to summon China’s ambassadors and protest about its persecution of Gao. News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts News ChinaAsia – Pacific News June 2, 2021 Find out more July 29, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 EU foreign ministers must press China about ailing detained journalist Help by sharing this information Organisation Alarming reports about Gao Yu’s condition have been circulating on the Internet for several days but, despite the obvious decline in her state of health, the authorities continue to subject her to almost daily interrogations aimed at getting her to confess to her “crimes” and to fire her lawyers.She is currently defended by the well-known human rights lawyers Mo Shaoping and Shang Baojun.Until now, the Chinese government’s response to civil society concern about Gao and other detainees has been complete silence. Reporters Without Borders therefore urges the governments of Europe’s democracies to summon China’s ambassadors in order to express their concern.“An immediate, forceful and concrete response is needed because of the urgency of the situation,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk. “We ask EU governments to tell Beijing that Europe’s democracies demand respect for human rights and insist on Gao Yu being given immediate medical treatment.” “As France claims to be “the country of human rights,” French foreign minister Laurent Fabius should set an example by summoning Zhai Jun, the Chinese ambassador to Paris.”According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders on 28 July, Gao is suffering from lymphadenopathy, a swelling of the lymph nodes in the neck that could be caused by a cancerous tumour.A doctor at the hospital where Gao was taken during the past ten days was pessimistic about her state of health but was not able to conduct all the tests necessary to determine the exact cause of the swelling.But he did diagnose that she was at risk of suffering a stroke. Her family and supporters have been voicing concern in recent weeks about her history of cardiac problems.“In the light of this extremely worrying news, we demand that the Chinese authorities transfer Gao Yu to a hospital where she can get the appropriate care,” Reporters Without Borders editor in chief Virginie Dangles said.“Keeping this journalist in prison without proper medical care while trying to extract a confession could constitute an act of torture for which the highest government officials, the head of Beijing detention centre No. 1 and Beijing’s public security chief could all be held responsible.”A South China Morning Post article in June reported that Gao’s brother, Gao Wei, had voiced concern about her health. He said that she had heart pains and that, during the time she spent police custody (which continued until her appeal was rejected), she only had access to Chinese traditional medicine.He also said she suffered from chronic skin allergies and that she has had heart problems since 1989, when she was arrested during the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests.China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.last_img read more

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IRFU say snack advertising is in bad taste

first_imgEmail Blatant attempt by food distributors to capitalise on popularity of rugby The Irish Rugby Football Union has made contact, through its solicitors, with Largo Foods, the distributors of Hunky Dorys, and requested that they immediately withdraw the current advertising campaign, the strap line for which claims Hunky Dorys to be ‘Proud Sponsors of Irish Rugby’. Padraig Power, Commercial and Marketing Director, IRFU, stated: “This advertising campaign is in very bad taste and one which the IRFU would not want to be associated with in any way”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Firstly, its blatant exploitation of women is tasteless and base, and quite simply unacceptable. Irish Rugby has a strong family focus and would not tolerate any connection with such an approach”. The campaign imagery launched by Hunk Dory’s urges “fans to get behind their team”, to “join in and get dirty” and uses phrases such as “Scrum – ptious” and “get to know the girls” in the locker room.  Mr Power added; “Secondly, the claim that the product is a ‘Proud Sponsor of Irish Rugby’ implies that the company is a significant sponsor of the game in this country, though the IRFU. This is absolutely untrue and a cynical ploy in an attempt to capitalise on the games popularity. By doing so it has the potential to undermine the legitimate claims of the many genuine sponsors and supporters of Irish Rugby whose investment has been a key element in the success of rugby at grass roots level throughout the country, and of our Provincial and National Teams”.“In addition to pursuing the immediate withdrawal of the campaign through legal means we are also writing to the Advertising Standards Authority of Ireland bringing to their attention the misleading claims”.“We would hope that the management of Largo Foods would withdraw the campaign immediately”. Advertisement Linkedin Previous articleMother and son arrested in drugs haulNext articleBomb scare at McDonalds Limerick admin NewsLocal NewsIRFU say snack advertising is in bad tasteBy admin – April 27, 2010 492 center_img Print WhatsApp Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

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FHFA Increases Conforming Home Loan Limits

first_img The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) recently announced that it is increasing the maximum conforming loan limits for mortgages acquired by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2020. Single-family properties in the U.S. will have their conforming loan limit raised from $484,350 to $510,400 in 2020.The changes are based on changes in home prices nationally, as the FHFA reported that house prices rose 4.9% from Q3 2018 to Q3 2019. FHFA’s seasonally adjusted monthly index for September was up 0.6% from August. According to FHFA’s seasonally adjusted, expanded-data HPI, house prices increased 5.38% on average, between the third quarters of 2018 and 2019.  Therefore, FHFA notes, the baseline maximum conforming loan limit in 2020 will increase by the same percentage.House prices rose in all 50 states and the District of Columbia between the third quarters of 2018 and 2019.  The top five states in annual appreciation were: Idaho (11.6%); Maine (7.9%); Arizona (7.9%); 4) Utah (7.8%); Indiana (7.4%).  The states showing the smallest annual appreciation were: Illinois (1.9%); Connecticut (2.2%); Maryland (2.4%); South Dakota (2.7%); and Iowa (3.2%).“House prices have risen every quarter for the last eight years,” said Dr. William Doerner, FHFA Supervisory Economist.  “Relative to a year ago, market indices are still trending upward for the nation as a whole as well as in every census division, state, and the top 100 metro areas. Price gains, though, are continuing to slow their upward pace in a few cities with large housing markets.”The FHFA also reports that in 2020, for areas in which 115% of the local median home value exceeds the baseline conforming loan limit, the maximum loan limit will be higher than the baseline loan limit. The new ceiling loan limit for one-unit properties in most high-cost areas will be $765,600—or 150% of $510,400. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago FHFA Increases Conforming Home Loan Limits  Print This Post Share Save Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Home Prices loans About Author: Seth Welborn 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. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img December 2, 2019 2,809 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Home Prices loans 2019-12-02 Seth Welborn Previous: New York HPD Tracks Over 3K ‘Zombie Homes’ Next: Homeowners’ Insurance Knowledge Gap Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / FHFA Increases Conforming Home Loan Limits Subscribelast_img read more

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Dungy to enter Ring of Honor during Steelers-Buccaneers

first_imgIn this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo, former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy speaks during a Buccaneers NFL football Ring of Honor news conference in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tony Dungy will always be appreciative of the opportunity the Tampa Bay Buccaneers provided when no other NFL team was willing to take a chance on him as a head coach.So long after transforming the Bucs from laughingstocks into championship contenders — only to be dismissed a year before the franchise won its only Super Bowl — the Hall of Famer is graciously returning to Raymond James Stadium to become the latest member of the club’s Ring of Honor.“I was fired from here, but I was also hired here,” Dungy said, not a trace of bitterness in his voice. “I was hired when I never had been a head coach. None of the other 31 teams gave me a chance.A coaching disciple of Chuck Noll, Dungy won a Super Bowl as a player with the Steelers and later became an assistant in Pittsburgh. Dungy was the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings when the Bucs called in 1996.Tampa Bay hadn’t had a winning record or made the playoffs since the 1982 strike-shortened season.“We needed a head coach who could foster a winning culture,” said owner/co-chairman Bryan Glazer, whose father, Malcolm, hired Dungy and remained supportive when the Bucs began the young coach’s first season with five consecutive losses.“Despite the losing record,” Bryan Glazer added, “you could see we were building something special.”The Bucs won five of seven down the stretch to finish 6-10 in what turned out to be the only losing season Dungy would have during a highly successful 13-year run as coach of the Bucs and Indianapolis Colts.In a way it’s fitting he will enter the Ring of Honor on Monday night, when Tampa Bay (2-0) hosts the Steelers (0-1-1). Much of what he sought to do when he joined the Bucs he learned from his one-time mentor, Noll.Dungy wanted a team that not only won games and contended for playoff berths, but in which players connected with the city, got involved in the community and were role models on and off the field — like the Steelers.“He really shaped the identity of our whole organization,” Bryan Glazer said.The Bucs ended their long playoff drought in Dungy’s second season. In 1999, they came within one victory of reaching the Super Bowl.Two years later, the Glazer family fired Dungy, who was unable to get the team beyond the opening round of the postseason in 2000 and 2001.A long, meandering coaching search ended with the Bucs trading four draft picks and cash to the Oakland Raiders for the right to sign Jon Gruden, who — led by a dominating defense built by Dungy — brought Tampa Bay its lone NFL title in the 2002 season.Four members of that championship team — Hall of Famers Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Mike Alstott, as well as Gruden and Malcom Glazer — are members of the Ring of Honor.Dungy was disappointed to not have a chance to finish the job, but went on to greater heights in Indianapolis, which won the Super Bowl in the 2006 season.His 54-42 regular-season record and .563 winning percentage with the Bucs are the best in franchise history. He led the team to four playoff appearances in six seasons and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.“You think about coaching, you think winning seasons, you think about getting to the playoffs, you think about getting to the Super Bowl, all those things you hope and dream about,” Dungy said. “It’s not even in your mind to go in the Ring of Honor. It’s an awesome, awesome tribute and honor.”Five coaches whom Dungy hired as assistants in Tampa Bay — Mike Tomlin, Lovie Smith, Jim Caldwell, Herman Edwards and Rod Marinelli — went on to land NFL head coaching opportunities.Dungy and Smith met in the Super Bowl won by the Colts. Tomlin led the Steelers to the NFL title two years later.Tomlin, in his 12th season in Pittsburgh, was a young college assistant when Dungy brought him to the Bucs.“I could talk, I wouldn’t know when to shut up. Coach just provided a daily blueprint on how he approached it. He was himself every day. It was a steady focus and compass through unsteady waters that can be (encountered) in NFL seasons,” Tomlin said.“Guys knew where they stood with him. A clean communicator, and I think those are some of the key ingredients that allowed him to be successful,” Tomlin added. “Successful in multiple places, successful for a period of time.”Dungy’s impact on the Bucs is undeniable.And, he was — and continues to be — even more influential in the Tampa Bay community through various charitable endeavors.His name will be unveiled in the Ring of Honor on Monday night, however that’s just a small part of his legacy.“I hope they remember me as someone who helped shape the course of the franchise, got people excited about Tampa football again,” said Dungy, who maintained his home in Tampa, even while coaching the Colts.“I hope they remember me as a coach who had very good teams, but had some great young men playing and that I tried to lead those young men in the right way, in the right direction. That my focus wasn’t just on winning games, but it was on being the best we could on and off the field,” Dungy added. “If they think that, I’d be happy.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/tag/NFLfootball and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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