News December 26, 2019 Find out more TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News November 12, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation May 7, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government steps up Internet censorship, blocking access to collaborative news website and filtering email News Come4news has still not received any explanation from the Tunisian authorities or from Tunisian ISPs. The website’s administrators think it was censored because it posts articles from the Tunisia Watch blog (http://tunisiawatch.rsfblog.org/), which is banned in Tunisia.Dubbed the “Wikipedia of citizen journalism,” Come4news currently has a total of 1,648 French-speaking reporters who contribute news reports of all kinds and are controlled by easy-going moderators. More than 16,000 articles have been posted on the site since its launch in 2006. Internet users in Tunisia represented about 5 per cent of its readership.Reporters Without Borders is also surprised by the problems Tunisian Internet users are having with their email. Messages sent to them by human rights organisations such as the International Association for Supporting Political Prisoners (AISPP), the Tunisnews website or Reporters Without Borders are illegible on arrival.Several sources said the messages can be seen in the inbox and can be opened, but often there is nothing inside and, once opened, they disappear from the inbox. “It looks like badly concealed filtering,” a specialist said.Here is a passage from a discussion between two Tunisians about their email correspondence (their online pseudonyms have been changed for their protection): “XX says (18:51):Your pc acts up from time to timec=12FF/ says (18:52): I opened the message and I found this in English: “Yesterday I ate a lovely cheesecake, but now I have a terrible stomach-ache. Are you a doctor.” It is bizarre.XX says (18:52):You mean, no attachment?c=12FF/ says (18:52): No (…) (18:57): The problem is that the message disappears afterwards. It is not normal.(…)XX says (19:21):I have just sent you a third message … Can you see what you have received?c=12FF/ says (19:21): In English: “We will meet next Sunday. Hoping you will be there. Greetings” (…) What are these messages in English that come with your emails?(19:22): and the weirdest thing of all is that your messages disappear afterwards. Without a trace.”On 22 April, Reporters Without Borders sent a press release about the plight of the Tunisian opposition weekly Al-Maoufik to one of its contacts. The message’s subject line was “TUNISIA (Press release) – double financial threat to weekly Al-Maoufik.” The sender was RSF INTERNET ([email protected]). When the recipient opened it, this is what he read: News Follow the news on Tunisia to go further Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists November 11, 2020 Find out more see youFrom: [email protected] of formBottom of formExcuse me, have you seen Barbara? I’m looking for her everywhere.ÇçççççççççççççççççççççççççççççççççTunisia is the Maghreb’s most repressive country as regards on online free expression and it is on the Reporters Without Borders “Internet enemies” list. Nonetheless, bloggers are active in Tunisia. Videos posted online on 10 April showed the size of protests in the towns of Redeyef and Diin Moulares in the southern mining region of Gasfa and the repression that ensued.Participate in an online protest in Tunisia to demand the release of journalist Slim Boukhdir, who was sentenced to a year in prison on 18 January, and to demand unrestricted Internet access. RSF_en Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Reporters Without Borders condemns the Tunisian government’s censorship of the international French-language news website Come4news (http://www.come4news.com/), to which access has been blocked in Tunisia since 10 March.“Come4news (C4N) allows Internet users to express themselves directly online,” the press freedom organisation said. “Banning access to such a website in Tunisia, where the number of Internet users is growing steadily, just helps to reduce the country’s Internet to silence. We call on the government to give an official explanation for the decision.”Come4news administrators were notified by their Tunisian readers that access to the collaborative site had been blocked in Tunisia. They appealed to President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali on 17 March to reverse the decision.
UkraineEurope – Central Asia August 6, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders accorded status of plaintiff’s legal representative February 26, 2021 Find out more March 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ukraine September 7, 2020 Find out more Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Ukrainian public prosecutor Sviatoslav Piskun on 5 August accorded Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard the status of legalrepresentative of Lessia Gongadze in the September 2000 disappearance of herson, journalist Georgy Gongadze, in which she is plaintiff. ReportersWithout Borders and Damocles Network, an organisation that combats impunityin killings of journalists, welcome this development, believing it will helpthe search for truth in this case.Under Ukrainian legislation, the status of legal representative give theReporters Without Borders secretary-general the right to testify, presidentevidence and make requests in the Gongadze case. The two organisationsnonetheless expect responses to all the requests that they have addressed tothe public prosecutor’s office in recent months. Using this status ofplaintiff’s legal representative, they also ask the prosecutor to open a newinvestigation into the threats made against Georgy Gongadze in the weeks anddays preceding his disappearance. to go further RSF_en News News News Help by sharing this information Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Organisation UkraineEurope – Central Asia News Receive email alerts
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How these needs are met—or ignored—by current public policies and practices can have long-term consequences for the development and well being of this vulnerable population.With funding provided by the Foundation for Child Development Young Scholars Program, Dr. Lisseth Rojas-Flores of Fuller Theological Seminary’s School of Psychology evaluated the role detention or deportation of a parent has on the mental health of citizen children. Results from her study are in “Trauma and Psychological Distress in Latino Citizen Children Following Parental Detention and Deportation,” a peer-reviewed article recently published in the American Psychological Association’s journal Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.Citing proposed immigration legislation currently being discussed by the newly elected Trump administration, Dr. Rojas-Flores, associate professor of marital and family therapy at Fuller Seminary, says that highlighting this topic is necessary because of the potential trauma that will be inflicted upon millions of U.S. children if mass deportation takes effect. Trauma has debilitating effects across all aspects of a child’s functioning and is a costly public health issue. President Trump recently signed an executive order calling for an expanded effort to identify and remove immigrants who are in the country illegally. According to the executive order, he intends to revive programs that will allow the federal government to work with local and state law enforcement agencies to arrest and detain unauthorized immigrants and to share information to help track and apprehend them. The Trump administration is expected to restore factory raids, carried out during the George W. Bush administration and partly through the Obama administration, in which Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers raid factories and apprehend unauthorized immigrant workers whose children are often left behind.“Nearly a third of children of immigrants in the United States—that is, about 5.5 million children—have an undocumented parent who is at risk of being detained a deported, and most of these children are U.S.-born citizens,” Dr. Rojas-Flores said. “This generation of young Americans—at constant risk of losing a parent, of having their families torn apart by immigration enforcement—are an important segment of our society and must be considered in the reformulation of immigration policies.” Detention and/or deportation of a parent often creates great challenges for children and families at home, school, and in their communities.Dr. Rojas-Flores conducted the study from 2013 to 2015 in which she researched U.S. citizen children of undocumented and legal permanent resident parents born in Mexico or Central America (e.g., Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala). Specifically, this study investigated mixed-status Latino families with U.S.-born citizen children between ages 6 and 12 living in the Southwest region of the U.S.At the outset of the study, Dr. Rojas-Flores and the co-authors note the extensive body of research that demonstrates how potentially traumatic events (PTEs) in childhood (e.g., losing a parent, experiencing forced parent-child separations, and the incarceration [by extension detention] of a parent) are important social determinants that pose serious risks for lifelong mental and medical illnesses. Increased PTEs experienced by children were related to increased vulnerability to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD has debilitating effects on child development and functioning and is a costly public health issue. Moreover, the study notes that, to the best of the researchers’ knowledge, no studies have systematically assessed PTSD symptoms and overall psychological distress among citizen children of immigrant parents with precarious legal status using extrafamilial informants (e.g., teacher, clinician, etc.) and well-established measures of child functioning (e.g., standardized and normed).The findings of the study indicate that:• Having an unauthorized parent creates a risk to children’s mental health above and beyond socioeconomic risk. Though there is a well-recognized understanding to the challenges of poverty, children whose parent is unauthorized are susceptible to mental health risks even exceeding those of impoverishment.• Citizen children of detained and deported parents experience more psychological distress (e.g., anxiety and depression symptoms) compared to peers whose parents had no involvement with immigration enforcement.• Citizen children of detained and deported parents fare much worse in terms of trauma symptoms (PTSD) compared to peers whose parents had no involvement with immigration enforcement, and peers whose parents were legal permanent residentsThe study concludes that “the current and heightened enforcement of immigration laws poses a serious public health challenge to U.S.-born children of undocumented parents. Not only is PTSD recognized as a high priority public health issue, but child PTEs, such as losing a parent, pose serious risks for lifelong mental and medical illnesses.” The study goes on to note that children experiencing more PTEs were rated by parents and teachers as exhibiting more externalized symptoms and were at greater risk of misdiagnosis (e.g., with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder or conduct issues).The researchers advocate for “a call for action to prevent forced parental separation and constant threat of potential loss of a parent due to immigration enforcement.” Furthermore, the authors recommend affordable and culturally relevant services for children of detained or deported parents and for citizen children of parents living in the shadows. “A reevaluation of immigration policies that have significant effects on access to health services is also extremely relevant to the well-being of Latino citizen children.”One such policy that could provide support for these vulnerable young citizens may come in the form of trauma-informed mental health services; a policy analogous to Assembly Bill 1644 instituted by the State of California and then-California Attorney General Kamala Harris. AB 1644 is a four-year pilot program that assists elementary schools in providing mental health services to students with high levels of childhood trauma and adversity, including abuse, neglect, and community violence. “Childhood trauma can have a devastating and lasting impact not only on our children but also on our families and our communities,” said now-Senator Harris.Dr. Rojas-Flores’s teaching, research, and scholarship are deeply informed by culture and context, and she takes a special interest in addressing the interrelationships between family, mental health, and social justice. Her primary research has focused on trauma, youth violence prevention, and the quality of parent-child relationships and overall well-being of children and parents living in low-income immigrant families in the U.S. In an international context, she is conducting collaborative research looking at the impact of community violence and trauma on adolescents, parents, and teachers living in El Salvador. Most recently, Dr. Rojas-Flores has been researching displaced communities in Colombia and the role that faith leaders play in supporting their reintegration and flourishing. As a bilingual/bicultural clinical psychologist, she also provides clinical assessments to Central American unaccompanied minors. Her work has been published in journals such as Psychological Trauma, International Perspectives of Psychology, and Anxiety, Stress, & Coping: An International Journal.To access the full article, visit here.About Fuller Theological SeminaryFuller Seminary, the largest multidenominational seminary in the world, provides professional, graduate-level education through its schools of theology, psychology, and intercultural studies. Through its main campus near Old Town Pasadena, California and several regional campuses and online programs, Fuller serves approximately 4,000 students from 90 countries and 110 denominations, offering five programs fully in the Korean language and four in Spanish. The seminary’s 43,000 living alumni, the largest alumni base of any seminary, serve throughout the world as ministers, nonprofit organization and corporate leaders, therapists, counselors, teachers, and in many other vocations of service and leadership. For more information: www.fuller.edu. 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in Daily Dose, Featured, News Print This Post 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. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago April 29, 2020 743 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save Bonial and Associates has announced a partnership with MJ Connections, headed by Majenica Springer.Springer has been working in the mortgage banking industry for over 10 years. She began her career practicing law at a mortgage banking law firm in Indiana. She handled foreclosures, mediation/settlement conferences, title issues, code violations and curative issues for about 3 years prior to transitioning to handling client relations for law firms. She founded MJ Connections in 2014 and represents several firms in the mortgage.“Bonial & Associates, P.C. is looking forward to working with you, Majenica,” said Matt Slonaker, EVP, Head of Business Development at Bonial and Associates Your expertise along with our team will help clients with their bankruptcy, foreclosure and litigation management needs in Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Missouri, Kansas & Georgia. Welcome to the team!”_____In a new Coffee Talk with NTC’s Industry Experts, Amie McCarthy, VP of Business Development, Capital Markets at Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc. discussed the current state of the market.McCarthy covered interest rates and market volatility, as well as benchmark rate cuts and the CARES Act’s impact on the mortgage industry.”The United States mortgage finance system needs assistance, which is not addressed in the Coronavirus Aide, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES),” McCarthy stated. “Lawmakers are allowing homeowners to delay their payments. Still, they have no assistance for the mortgage servicers who must advance the principal and interest due to bondholders from their funds when payments are not received from consumers. The bill provided for $454 billion for the Treasury’s emergency lending program for large corporations, however, mortgage lending was not included, even though the industry lobbied for assistance.”McCarthy’s full remarks can be found here._____IndiSoft has launched The Homeowner Connect (THOC) to help servicers communicate effectively with borrowers who need loss mitigation help during the COVID-19 crisis. The platform brings HUD certified non-profit housing counselors and consumers together on one platform for servicers, and it can be implemented in a matter of hours.IndiSoft upgraded the platform previously branded as Hope LoanPort (HLP), which terminated operations this past January. During its 10 years of operation, HLP offered several programs driven by IndiSoft’s technology including Make Home Affordable (MMA), Hardest Hit Funds (HHF), The Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP), The Emergency Home Loan Program (EHLP) and the National Mortgage Settlement (NMS).“Right now, COVID-19 forbearances are on a ‘scout’s honor’ basis,” said Sanjeev Dahiwadkar, Founder of IndiSoft. “This means borrowers are calling their servicers saying they need assistance due to the loss of income or job caused by COVID-19. In 90 days, everyone will be scrambling to comply with the requirements for receiving mortgage assistance. The Homeowner Connect is an easy-to-use platform that allows homeowners and counselors to work from home, adhering to the stay-at-home orders.” Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: industry pulse Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: DS5: How Servicers are Adapting Tech to the Crisis Next: Unemployment’s Threat to Mortgages Home / Daily Dose / The Industry Pulse: New Partnerships and Market Updates Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago industry pulse 2020-04-29 Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe The Industry Pulse: New Partnerships and Market Updates
RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – July 15, 2016 WhatsApp Donegal TD blasts Government as census results show Donegal is forgotten county Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry A Donegal Deputy has rubbished claims that the Government is prioritising balanced regional development.The comments come following todays Census results which show Donegal had the biggest drop in population in the country.This equates to least 6,731 people leaving the county over the past five years.Donegal Deputy Pearse Doherty says it’s proof Donegal is the forgotten county:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/pearse1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Google+ Previous articleBeing close to Donegal is not good enough for Tyrone’s Aidan McCroryNext articleThe late Brian Friel to be remembered at this years MacGill Summer School admin Twitter Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal
Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire News Google+ Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp West Tyrone MLA expects A5 work to start in September Previous articleThomas Pringles fails to stop government ratifying ESM treatyNext articleFF reject Campbell’s claim that councillors will capitulate on cuts News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – July 31, 2012 Google+ Pinterest A West Tyrone MLA says he believes work can begin on the upgrade of the A5 within two months, with two stretches being started, one linking Strabane and Newbuildings, the other linking Ballygawley and Omagh.It follows the green light for the project this morning from the North’s Regional Development MInister Danny Kennedy following the completion of the Public Inquiry and consideration of the inspector’s report.The stretches from Aughnacloy to Ballygawley and Omagh to Strabane are on hold, with promised funding from the irish government one of the outstanding issues to be resolved.West Tyrone MLA Joe Byrne says this is a momentous day………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/joeb1pm.mp3[/podcast]
News UpdatesDelhi HC Directs Delhi Govt To Release Grant Within 15 Days For The Payment Of Salaries Of Resident Doctors Working In Hospitals Run By NDMC Karan Tripathi29 July 2020 1:33 AMShare This – xDelhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government to issue grant in aid to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation within 15 days for the payment of stipends to the resident doctors working in the hospitals run by North DMC. The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan has further directed the North DMC to utilise the said grant only for the payment…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginDelhi High Court has directed the Delhi Government to issue grant in aid to the North Delhi Municipal Corporation within 15 days for the payment of stipends to the resident doctors working in the hospitals run by North DMC. The Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan has further directed the North DMC to utilise the said grant only for the payment of stipend to the resident doctors and no other purpose. The order has come after the court took suo moto cognizance of multiple media reports that talked about the non payment of salary to the Resident Doctors of Kasturba Hospital and Hindu Rao Hospital situated at Delhi. Due to non-payment of salary for at last three months, the resident doctors intend to either resign en masse or go on strike. Today, the North DMC informed the court that the stipend has been paid to the resident doctors for the month of May. The court was also informed that for the subsequent months, North DMC has sent the proposal to the Delhi Government along with all the paperwork. However, it was submitted by the municipal body that the Delhi Government has still not released any grant for the payment of salaries to the sanitation workers and other employees of the said hospitals. Mr Satyakam, who appeared for the Delhi Government, informed the court that the North DMC has not submitted the utilisation certification for the earlier grants given by the government. It was pointed out by Mr Satyakam that a sum of ₹136.96 crores is lying with the North DMC as ‘unutilised’. ‘We don’t have an obligation to pay the salaries of North DMC’s employees. We can only release grant in aid for the payment of salaries to the resident doctors under the head of health’, Mr Satyakam submitted. The court at this point reiterated that the scope of the present suo moto matter is only restricted to the payment of salaries to the resident doctors. In light of this, the court also directed North DMC to produce before it, on oath, the utilisation certificates for the grants earlier released by the Delhi Government. The court also clarified that all these arrangements are tentative in nature and does not crystallise any rights and liabilities. The matter will next be taken up on August 31. Next Story
Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Pinterest New one-way traffic system planned for busy Letterkenny route A new one way traffic system has been proposed for one of Letterkenny’s busiest routes.The project includes changing the traffic flow in the town from St. Eunan’s Cathedral to St Colmcille National School, St. Eunan’s College and Scoil Mhuire gan Smal.The proposals have been on the table for some time however the project has now moved to Part 8 of the planning process.Local Cllr. Ciaran Brogan says the measures will greatly benefit both road users and residents in the area:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/brodgdgdfggan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By News Highland – April 3, 2018 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Facebook Twitter Previous articleDecline in Donegal Garda numbers blamed for rising crime statsNext articleMcVeety in race to make Cavan v Donegal News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme AudioHomepage BannerNews Community Enhancement Programme open for applications
narvikk/iStockBy ERIN SCHUMAKER, ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) — Intensive care units in Austin, Texas, are expected to run out of capacity within days as hospitalizations in the area continue to rise.As of Jan. 12, hospitals were at 90% capacity, with 180 of the 200 ICU beds occupied, according to the city’s public health department.Dr. Mark Escott, interim medical director and health authority for Austin Public Health, said Tuesday that hospital capacity being overwhelmed was “inevitable,” according to ABC News Austin affiliate KVUE. He pointed to University of Texas at Austin models, which project that ICU capacity could be exhausted in two days.“We have been sounding the alarm for weeks that our situation was worsening,” Escott said in a statement.“You must take simple actions today to stop this from worsening,” he added. “Stay home if you can. If you must leave home, wear a mask, practice proper hand hygiene, stay six feet apart from others, and do not gather with someone you do not live with. The whole region must act now.”To expand hospital capacity, the state opened the Austin Convention Center Wednesday as a field hospital for COVID-19 patients who need lower levels of care.The newly opened site “will reduce the burden on local hospitals and help ensure that Texans diagnosed with COVID-19 receive the care they need,” Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement. The site, which will have 25 beds, can expand to include more beds if needed, according to the governor’s office.Texas has surpassed 2 million COVID-19 infections, making it the only state other than California to hit that milestone, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. There have been 30,895 deaths from the virus in the state since the outbreak began.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.