Free Dhondup Wangchen!

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is launching a petition for the release of Tibetan filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, was sentenced on 28 December 2009 to six years in prison. He was arrested by the Chinese authorities on 23 March 2008 while making a documentary in Tibet. “Without a major campaign on behalf of this courageous man, who took the risk of returning to his country to interview other Tibetans, the Chinese authorities will keep him in jail,” Reporters Without Borders said.Sign the petitionWangchen’s wife, Lhamo Tso, who lives in the northern Indian city of Dharamsala, told Reporters Without Borders she does not know the exact reasons for his arrest. She said that he was reticent about the purpose of his trip when he set off for Tibet in October 2007. After losing touch, she finally learned that that he had been arrested in March 2008 in the Xining area in north-eastern Tibet.She said her husband has always been “a very active man who has always wanted to do something for Tibet.” Shortly before his arrest, Wangchen said: “It is very difficult for Tibetans to go to Beijing and express themselves freely. This is why we decided to show the real feelings of the Tibetan people in a documentary.”Wangchen was aware of the risks he was running when he made the documentary, Tso said. “Yes, he knew,” she said. “But that does not mean he does not love his family and his parents. He did it for the Tibetan people and Tibet.”Wangchen’s film, Leaving Fear Behind (www.leavingfearbehind.com), is a 25-minute documentary that shows Tibetans in the Amdo region expressing their views on the Dalai Lama, the Beijing Olympics and Chinese legislation. Wangchen managed to send his videocassettes out of Tibet before he was arrested. The film was shown to foreign journalists in Beijing during the Olympic Games.Wangchen made the film with the help of Jigme Gyatso, a monk from the Kham region, who was arrested at the same time. Released on 15 October 2008 from a detention centre in Kachu, in Gansu province, Gyatso said he was tortured following his arrest.Interview of Lhamo Tso, Dhondup Wangchen’s wifeenvoyé par rsf_internet. – Regardez les dernières vidéos d’actu. News Follow the news on China Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Newscenter_img June 17, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Free Dhondup Wangchen! China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

How long does it take first time buyers to save up?

first_imgShocking figures just out reveal that it takes five and a half years for the average couple to save up for a deposit while it takes singleton savers ten years.The data from the London market is even more hair-rising. There, couples are taking on average nine years to save up a deposit while single savers require 14 years, says Hamptons International.This is despite recent help for from the Bank of England, which announced a cut in interest rates in early August. This has  been passed on by lenders  in recent weeks including to first time buyers (FTBs) and, if they shop around, rates for ‘discounted mortgage’ products can be found for under 3% while several two-year fixed rates are available at 3.5%.Overall, August’s 0.25% cut to interest rates, if fully passed on, mean that mortgage payments could on average be £244 a year lower for the average first-time buyer home in England and Wales.In London, the agent says, mortgage payments would be £518 lower.But despite the long wait to gather a deposit, enthusiasm for property ownership is not waning; figures from the National Association of Estate Agents show that the number of sales to FTBs has been increasing from 25% of all sales in July this year to 28% during August. This compares favourably with the same time last year, when just 20% of sales were to FTBs.Hamptons International also believes that the Bank of England may consider a rate cut to 0% in the near future. It predicts  that such a move would delivery significant annual savings for first time buyers of up to £1,000.But help for first time buyers often stimulates the wider market and pushes house prices up across the board, and a Hamptons International says that “despite falling mortgage rates, continued house price growth in the last year has led to higher mortgage payments for new homeowners.“But wage growth and lower inflation have helped to offset the impact on household incomes.”  house prices houing market Hamptons International first-time buyers September 26, 2016Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » How long does it take first time buyers to save up? previous nextHousing MarketHow long does it take first time buyers to save up?You’ll be surprised to find out how long average buyers spend scrimping for a depositNigel Lewis26th September 20160526 Viewslast_img read more

House panel passes CU relief measure; more action expected today

first_img continue reading » The House Financial Services Committee is expected to approve several regulatory relief bills that would help credit unions today after approving the NAFCU-backed Mortgage Choice Act of 2017 (H.R. 1153) on a 46-13 vote yesterday evening.Once passed by the committee, the bills will await action by the full House.H.R. 1153 would adjust Truth in Lending Act (TILA) mortgage rules by exempting from the qualified mortgage cap on points and fees any affiliated title charges and escrow charges for taxes and insurance. When discussing the bill during yesterday’s mark-up, subcommittee Chairman Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-Mo., cited statements from NAFCU witness Rick Stafford, president and CEO of Tower Federal Credit Union, on the need to pass H.R. 1153 to foster competition in the mortgage market.Other bills expected to be approved by the committee today include: 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Hawthorne home that was a tiny cottage scores big price after reno

first_imgMONEY MAKER: This Hawthorne home looks fancy, and fetched a very fancy price.IT LOOKED to be a disappointing day for the owners of a an expansive home in the blue chip suburb of Hawthorne before things changed quickly.There was a lot of interest in the five-bedroom, two-storey home at 63 Malcolm St, but when it came to bid yesterday afternoon it seemed that few were willing to part with their money.There were a few moments of awkward silence when auctioneer Paul Curtin started bidding off at $2 million, when none of the registered bidders willing to put up a price. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoThe major renovation transformed the home.Eventually one solitary bidder did jump in, that one bidder eventually put in a bid of $2.2265 million, which was accepted.“He was the only bidder and the owners wanted to get it done,” said Place Bulimba agent Annabelle O’Hare. Although there were a lot of onlookers, just one person bidded.The massive renovation was only finished in 2016, with Ms O’Hare saying they decided to sell because it was “just too large for them” once the work was done.The sale even included the state of the art appliances that are currently in the home, including a coffee machine and a theatre system.Ms O’Hare said the successful bidder already had plans to build a swimming pool in the backyard.center_img As an added bonus some of the high-end appliance was included.The home had been through an intense renovation by the previous owners, who transformed what was a two bedroom single storey cottage to a very modern five bedroom double storey modern home. last_img read more

Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce honors three at annual dinner

first_imgleft-to-right are:Batesville Chamber Board President, Mary HuntingtonCommunity Service Award Winner, Anne RaverCommunity Impact Award, Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children (Executive Director, Tonya Ruble-Richter)Educator of the Year, Mrs. Cathy OllierOutgoing Batesville Chamber Executive Director, Anna IboldBatesville, In. —The Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated another year and passed out three community awards.Brad Stoneking and Catherine Dalton presented the Educator of the Year Award to Cathy Ollier, Sarah Heppner presented the Community Service Award to Anne Raver and Glennis Williams and Pat Polley presented the Community Impact Award to Southeastern Indiana Voices for Children.The event included a “Penguin Encounter” from Wave on Wheels from the Newport Aquarium.last_img read more

Henrik and Daniel Sedin’s jersey retirement: Top five moments from legendary Vancouver Canucks’ careers

first_imgMORE: Could Canucks add Toffoli or Simmonds at NHL trade deadline?The Sedins never won a Stanley Cup with Vancouver, but they are linked to the franchise in a way few other players ever can be. Only 11 players in league history ever played more games with one franchise. In other words, the Sedins are the Canucks.From their mind-blowing teamwork and ability to cycle the puck down low to looking just so similar, they wowed the NHL for nearly two decades.Sporting News has the top five moments from Henrik and Daniel legendary career:The Canucks draft Henrik and Daniel at second and third overall — June 26, 1999Former Vancouver general manager Brian Burke put together an all-time impressive display of draft-day maneuvering to acquire both Sedins. The twins had made it clear prior to the draft that they would like to play for the same team, but no club had two picks in the top five of the draft that year — Henrik and Daniel were too highly touted to fall below fifth overall.Vancouver naturally owned the third-overall pick in ’99, and Burke made it clear he intended to draft a Sedin. He then traded defenseman Bryan McCabe and a future first-round pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for the fourth overall pick, subsequently swapped the fourth overall pick and two later draft picks with the Tampa Bay Lightning for the No. 1 slot, and finally swapped No. 1 for No. 2, allowing the Atlanta Thrashers to draft first with an assurance they would not take either Sedin.It absolutely paid off.’The Shift’ — Oct. 13, 2007, vs. Edmonton OilersThe Canucks — both Sedin twins included — hemmed the Edmonton Oilers in their own zone during a power play for over two consecutive minutes in an impressive display.Daniel Sedin scored the goal that ended it nearly three minutes into the shift on a seam pass from his brother. It was the first of two goals the twins connected for in that game.The Sedins’ final game in Vancouver — April 5, 2018 vs. Arizona CoyotesThe Sedins created some magic one last time in the last game they ever played in front of the Canucks’ home crowd.Fittingly, Daniel scored two of Vancouver’s four goals against the Arizona Coyotes that night, including the overtime winner. And who provided assists on both those goals? Henrik, of course, as well as longtime teammate Alexander Edler.Bounce pass off the end boards — Feb. 24, 2013, vs. Detroit Red WingsThis looks like a set play by the Sedins, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive.Against the Red Wings in 2013, Henrik dumped the puck into the Detroit defensive zone before reaching the red line at center ice — risking an icing call if Daniel didn’t get there in time. The twins’ apparenty telepathy took over, though; Daniel beat the Red Wings defender to the puck because his brother placed it perfectly, bouncing it effectively off the endboards directly in front of the net.Naturally, Henrik assisted on both Daniel’s goals in this game.Twin telepathy at its finest — April 10, 2010, vs. Calgary FlamesThere is perhaps no better example of the Sedin twins’ near telepathic ability to read where the other was on the ice than this Daniel goal in their final game of the 2009-10 regular season.Then-Vancouver defenseman Christian Erhoff sends the puck on net from the attacking blue line. Henrik intercepts the pass from the left-side faceoff dot and redirects the puck directly to his brother, who had cut to the front of the net. Henrik pulled this off with his back to Daniel, almost like a quarterback leading a receiver in football. While this was likely a set play, it takes a ton of skill to pull that pass off — nevermind the fact that Daniel scores the goal by pulling his stick between his legs. Both Sedins finished the game with four points, and Daniel finished a hat trick on the play.Poor, poor Miikka Kiprusoff. Henrik and Daniel Sedin were two of the most unique players ever to grace the NHL — and the Vancouver Canucks will honor their all-time scoring leaders by retiring No. 33 and No. 22 on Wednesday.The Canucks went well out of their way to select both Sedin twins at the 1999 NHL draft, and they repaid the franchise in kind by both playing 17 years for only the Canucks. Along the way, both Henrik and Daniel surpassed the 1,000-point mark and played over 1,300 NHL games. Henrik, the playmaker, assumed Vancouver’s captaincy and owns the most assists in club history (830). Daniel, the scorer, served as an alternate captain and tallied the most goals in Canucks history (393).last_img read more

Alisson cannot wait to make Liverpool return

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker is back in full training and nearing a return to competitive action after six weeks out with a calf injury.The Brazilian number one was carried off in Liverpool’s 4-1 victory over Norwich on the opening night of the Premier League season on August 9.“I’m on a good way, I think we are nearly there,” he told the Liverpool website.“I can go outside to the pitch to do some goalkeeper work and I feel very well.“I feel confident and I think now it’s just about getting all my power, all my confidence to come back and do what I love to do.”Alisson was named men’s goalkeeper of the year at FIFA’s annual awards ceremony in Milan on Monday for his role in helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season.Even without the inspirational goalkeeper, the Reds have also made a brilliant start in their quest to end a 30-year wait to win the Premier League, winning all six of their opening games to take a five-point lead over Manchester City.Stand-in ‘keeper Adrian, who only joined the club four days before the Norwich game, has overcome an uncertain start and was pivotal to a 2-1 win at Chelsea on Sunday. FILE PHOTO: Alisson Becker And Alisson admitted the Spaniard’s form has allowed him not to rush his recovery.“I think the boys are doing very well, all the team (and) Adrian especially,” he added.“He’s a special guy who came late in the season, he just came and shows everyone his value, not just as a player but as a person and that is the more important thing.“He is doing very well on the pitch. I have peace to recover in a proper way so it’s better for everyone.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted Alisson may not return until after the October international break, but the 26-year-old is desperate to get back on the field and play his part in the push for the title.“If I look back, two weeks ago I couldn’t even walk properly. Now I’m running, jumping on my right leg that was injured so I’m really happy for that,” he said.“The games, the atmosphere at Anfield, the away games, all games when I watch on the TV, I just think how I want to play, I want to be there, I want to help my team-mates. I’m looking forward (to being back), I can’t wait any more!”center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Stuart Air Show Canceled Due to Weather

first_imgThe Stuart Air Show, which was scheduled to go on Sunday despite the rough weather, has now been canceled.A tweet from the air show’s official page says the cancellation is due to safety concerns from heavy rain.The show, which has been scheduled during this time for 30 years, was also canceled Saturday due to inclement weather.https://t.co/gBD0zfZQzF pic.twitter.com/mEc5VKNzWj— Audi Stuart Air Show (@StuartAirShow) November 3, 2019 Opening day events scheduled for Friday were canceled as a result of a fatal plane crash that killed a pilot who was scheduled to perform in the show.In a social media post on Saturday night, the show announced that Sunday’s air show would be dedicated in memory of local dermatologist Joe Masessa, the 59-year-old pilot killed in the crash. Masessa’s death is the first fatality in the show’s history.last_img read more

Chihuahua drives owner’s car into busy road

first_imgWell it seems we have entered the era of the driving dog.The latest incident occurred Friday evening at a gas station on Gause Boulevard in Slidell, Louisiana.According to the report, the owner of the vehicle put the vehicle in park as she got out to pump gas. Suddenly she noticed her vehicle rolling backwards and into a busy street.The owner attempted to stop the SUV but could not get inside of it before it entered the roadway. Thankfully there was a break in traffic at the time the vehicle crossed into the street. As the vehicle rolled into another parking lot, the woman was able to gain control of the vehicle.Investigators later found that the woman’s 5-pound Chihuahua somehow managed to shift gears in the vehicle which caused it to drive in reverse.It was also reported that the vehicle has a mechanical defect that allows it to switch gears without your foot needing to be on the break.last_img read more

Who is Boca’s Lev Parnas?

first_imgLev Parnas, a Boca Raton businessman, is the latest obscure figure in the center of the impeachment whirlwind of President Trump. Call him the new Michael Avenatti.He is currently out on bond facing federal charges of conspiracy and lying to the Federal Election Commission about political donations.A reported associate of Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, Parnas on Wednesday alleged that Trump personally directed an effort to pressure Ukraine to investigate one of his political rivals.“President Trump knew exactly what was going on,” he said in a televised interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday. “He was aware of all my movements … I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president.”The interview took place after the House of Representatives transferred articles of impeachment to the Senate ahead of Trump’s trial.But who is Boca’s Lev Parnas, and can he be trusted?Lev’s name means “lion” in Russian. Parnas was born in February 1972 in Odessa, Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union. His family moved to America when he was three, first to Detroit, then to New York.When Parnas was 23, he settled in South Florida. He co-founded a company called Global Energy Producers and, in 2013, another named Fraud Guarantee. The company reportedly worked to bury Google search results about a history of debts and court judgments against him. Trustworthy.After running into Trump, Parnas became politically motivated and attended many of Trump’s campaign rallies and became a donor.“Parnas told me that he ‘bumped into’ Trump ‘plenty of times’ at events in New York over the years, but that they didn’t get to know each other until the 2016 campaign,” Adam Entous of the New Yorker reported.After Trump’s shock win, Parnas became closer to Giuliani and allegedly worked on his behalf to look into the sweetheart deal Joe Biden’s son, Hunter, had in the Ukraine.President Trump continues to maintain, despite some photos with Parnas, he does not know the man.Parnas told the New Yorker: “Because of my Ukrainian background and my contacts there, I became like Rudy’s assistant, his investigator. I don’t do anything on my own. I don’t lobby people. I go get information. I set up a meeting. I make sure that the call went right. I make sure the translation is done right.”Documents released this week suggest that Parnas was also involved in monitoring the movements of Marie Yovanovitch, who was ambassador to Ukraine until Trump abruptly recalled her last May. Ukraine said on Thursday it has launched an investigation into alleged illegal surveillance of Yovanovitch.Last October Parnas was arrested by Federal agents as he tried to flee the US. He was indicted on felony charges of conspiracy, making false statements and falsification of records and ordered to turn over key documents to congressional investigators. He is currently making impeachment waves while out on bond perhaps to receive a lesser sentence. Parnas has plead not guilty.Prosecutors allege he made campaign donations to Republican causes after receiving millions of dollars originating from Russia.Trump said last year: “I don’t know those gentlemen. I don’t know what they do. Maybe you will have to ask Rudy.”Parnas told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday: “I mean, we’re not friends. Me and him didn’t watch football games together. We didn’t eat hot dogs. But he knew exactly who we were. He knew exactly who I was, especially because I interacted with him at a lot of events.”As a “Florida businessman,” Parnas never really enjoyed financial success in Boca. Several of his commercial endeavors while he lived in Boca ended in flops.According to lawsuits, “He routinely stiffed landlords for rent on homes and an office in southern Palm Beach Countys. And he lost a suit brought against him by a client who testified in federal court that Parnas convinced him to invest in a phony movie starring Jack Nicholson. To sell the charade, Parnas drove a Bentley for a pitch meeting in Boca and was pestered by paparazzi at a powwow in Manhattan.last_img read more