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RSF General Secretary sentenced to 1000 euros

first_imgNews Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists Organisation Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) secretary-general Robert Ménard denounced today as “disgraceful” the 1,000 euros fine imposed on him today by a Paris court for his part in occupying the Tunisian Tourism Office in Paris last June. “There was no attempt to find out the truth in this matter,” he said. “The judge refused to hear witnesses or to watch a video showing that I never touched, much less roughed up anyone. We know very well that the Tunisian government was behind this case.” RSF has appealed against the conviction.Ménard had been charged with manhandling a tourism office employee during a two-day occupation of the Tunisian government premises last 28-29 June by Ménard and other RSF members in protest against the arrest of Tunisian journalist Sihem Bensedrine. A tourism official, executive secretary Samia Ayari Mattei, had filed a complaint against Ménard, saying she had to take six days off work sick after the occupation.Ménard said he would seize the opinion of the minister of justice and the National Council of Judges about the refusal of the judge to consider evidence that may have proved him innocent when the judge had a duty to ensure a person’s right to a defence and a fair trial.He said his prosecution was “part of the campaign of slander, insults and defamation against me in the official Tunisian press.” In an editorial on 4 February this year, the managing editor of government daily La Presse, Moncef Gouja, called Ménard “a notorious pervert”… “a defender of paedophilia” and “a son of the OAS, whose hands are covered in Algerian blood.”The RSF secretary-general appeared before the 28th division of the Paris magistrates’ court on 28 February and the verdict was announced on 7 March, along with a fine of 1,000 euros and a symbolic one euro in damages against him.voir le dernier communiqué News December 26, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en Follow the news on Tunisia Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” to go further November 11, 2020 Find out more March 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 RSF General Secretary sentenced to 1000 euros November 12, 2019 Find out more News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Robert Ménard had been charged with manhandling a tourism office employee during a two-day occupation of the Tunisian government permises. Sentenced to 1 000 euros, Ménard will seize the minister of Justice and the National Council of Judges last_img read more

Suburbs: Where Americans are Migrating

first_img Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Financial Committee Passes Regulatory Amendment Bills Next: Week Ahead: Beige Book Highlights Economic Conditions Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Suburbs: Where Americans are Migrating Politics and affordability are causing Americans to relocate, according to data released Friday by Redfin.In the first half of 2017, 7.4 percent more people moved out of blue (Democratic) counties than to them, while red (Republican) counties experienced a 1 percent increase. Purple counties, which are classified as counties that share an equal balance of Democrats and Republicans, gained 2.3 percent more than they lost, and swing counties in swing states experienced 1.8 percent more Americans moving in than out.“As blue counties are becoming increasingly less affordable, we see a great number of residents moving to red counties where they can afford the lifestyle they want,” said Redfin Chief Economist Nela Richardson.According to the data, the shift is caused by two primary reasons: economic and political.America’s largest urban cities, which are predominantly in blue counties, are less affordable and housing in those counties are less available. The average blue county home would cost a buyer about $360,000, over 62 percent more than homes in red counties, which average $223,000.“Sure, blue-county incomes are usually higher, but their residents spend on average 32 percent of their household income on rent, nearly 5 percentage points higher than residents of red counties (purple counties fall in between at 30.9 percent), according to the Census,” Redfin reported.Politics can also be a key reason in where Americans decide to move. A separate Redfin survey reported that 41 percent of recent homebuyers hesitated to buy in areas where the majority had political views different from their own. The report also found that less than one in 10 respondents were enthusiastic about moving to a different political climate, and the remaining half was neutral.“At Redfin, we see this as a sign of hope for a less divided country, where people with differing views gain better understanding and tolerance of each other through sheer proximity.”For the full report, click here. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Suburbs: Where Americans are Migrating Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago HOUSING mortgage 2017-10-15 Brianna Gilpin October 15, 2017 1,415 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: HOUSING mortgage Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Organ Transplant Recipient Talks About the “Gift of Life”

first_imgBy Donald WittkowskiEvery year, on Sept. 15, Joe Pratt sends a “thank you” card to a family he has never met.That date is the anniversary of Pratt’s life-saving surgery in 2013. He received two transplanted lungs from an organ donor who was killed in a car crash and was just 23 years old.“This is all the information we have on my donor,” Pratt said of the man’s age and how he died. “I wish I knew more.”Pratt, 74, of Upper Township, sends the cards to his donor’s family members to thank them and let them know he is in good health now. The cards are forwarded to the family by the Gift of Life Donor Program, but Pratt has not yet received a reply.“Hopefully, one day I’ll have an opportunity to meet my donor family,” he said.Pratt shared his story Saturday with 15 people who came to the Macedonia United Methodist Church in Ocean City to hear about the national organ donation program and how it is literally “the gift of life.”“If it was not for my donor family, I would not be standing here today,” Pratt said.Pratt spoke from an organ recipient’s point of view, but the audience also heard from the parents of a teenager whose heart, lungs, kidneys and pancreas were donated to four people.Vivian and Tom Gano, of Cherry Hill, recounted the tragic day in 1986 when their 16-year-old son, Curtis, was hit by a van while riding his bicycle. Two days later, while he was in the hospital, Curtis was declared brain dead.“I feel very strongly that we made the right decision,” Vivian Gano said of donating Curtis’ organs. “I feel my son was a hero, because he saved lives.”Tom and Vivian Gano display a photo of their late son, Curtis, who was an organ donor.The Ganos and Pratt are volunteers with the Gift of Life Donor Program. They appear at schools and before other groups to urge people to sign up to become organ donors.“When the time comes, I hope you can donate the gift of life, like our son Curtis did,” Tom Gano told the audience at Macedonia United Methodist Church.Organ donors and their families may choose to remain anonymous, which explains why Pratt has never heard from his donor’s family. The Ganos never met the recipients of their son’s organs or their families.Pratt’s daughter, Joselle Pratt, said that 118,000 people nationwide are on a waiting list for organ transplants. Many don’t live long enough to receive them.“Twenty-two people die each day waiting for an organ transplant,” said Joselle Pratt, of Norristown, Pa.Joe Pratt was suffering from a debilitating lung disease when he was placed on the organ transplant list in 2013. At 11 o’clock, on the night of Sept. 14, 2013, he received a call that two donated lungs were waiting for him at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. He underwent surgery the next day.“When I woke up, I had two brand new lungs,” he said.Pratt is a member of the Macedonia United Methodist Church. Joan Robertson, a church leader, said in a prayer that God had intervened to save Pratt and have him serve as an inspiration to others.“God has a mission for all of us,” Robertson said. “Brother Joe is a living example of organ donation. I thank God for the family that had the courage to give that gift of life.”Robertson also recited a prayer that paid tribute to the Ganos and their son.“He is living on in many places and in many hearts,” she said of Curtis.A sign on the door of the Macedonia United Methodist Church urges people to become organ donors. Organ recipient Joe Pratt is joined by his daughter, Joselle Pratt, at the Macedonia United Methodist Church in Ocean City.last_img read more