RSF_en News Follow the news on Jordan Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders today protested against the detention of journalist Mamoun Al Roussan, editor-in-chief of the weekly Al Jazeera, who has been held since 14 August for publishing an article and cartoon lampooning the Qatari authorities. His arrest came shortly after the Jordanian authorities withdrew the accreditation of the Qatar-based satellite news station Al Jazeera, forcing it to close its offices in Jordan.”This arrest has come at a moment of diplomatic crisis between Jordan and Qatar, and one cannot help thinking that the Jordanian authorities intended it as a gesture that would appease the Qatari authorities”, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to Information Minister Mohammad Adwan. “It is disgraceful that a journalist should pay the price of this dispute between the two countries”, Ménard said, calling on the authorities to release the journalist and drop all proceedings against his weekly.The Jordanian authorities withdrew the accreditation of the Qatari satellite TV station on 7 August, obliging it to close its main office in Amman and the offices of its four correspondents. The information minister accused the TV station of having intentionally undermined Jordan and its government’s policies.Al Roussan’s arrest was ordered on 14 August by the president of the state security court, Mahmoud Obeidat, who at the same time ordered the arrest of the weekly’s publisher and president of its board, Sakher Abu Anzeh. According to their lawyer, Haytham Al-Kayed, they are accused of harming relations with a foreign country, contempt toward a foreign head of state and his foreign minister, and disseminating mendacious reports.The charges arise from a photo montage (see below) published on the weeky’s back page two days earlier, on 12 August, portraying Qatari head of state Hamad ben Khalifah Al-Thani as a female singer and his foreign minister, Hamad ben Jassem Al-Thani, as a belly-dancer. The charges also stem from an article published in both this weekly and Al Chahed (another weekly belonging to the same publishing house) about the allegedly dubious ties between the Qatari foreign minister and Israel. According to their defence lawyer, Roussan told the judge their source for this story was information broadcast by Jordan’s public televison.The publisher was released on bail on 15 August by the state security court, which took the view that he was not directly responsible for the articles. Under article 150 of the penal code, the publisher and his chief editor are both held responsible for what is published, but full responsibility lies with the chief editor. News News August 17, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chief editor of weekly detained over cartoon to go further Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives August 12, 2020 Find out more News Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown Receive email alerts April 14, 2020 Find out more JordanMiddle East – North Africa JordanMiddle East – North Africa Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out more
Digital property logbooks will only take off once the powerful property software houses offer them as part of their platforms, it has been claimed, as Kate Faulkner’s Home Buying & Selling Group (HBSG) announces that it is to set up a working group to look into their implementation.Nigel Walley, MD of logbook firm Chimni and a member of the HBSG, says although discussions are under way within the group, in reality until agents can easily access each home’s logbook via their property software suites, it is going to be difficult to see their use become widespread.For example, Walley says his firm is working to develop a version for the Reapit Foundations platform, but that DezRez has yet to see the value of the idea.Logbooks would help standardise the property information used by conveyancers and speed up property sales for agents.“A home owner could wander into an estate agency branch with all their property information already filled in rather than having to start from scratch every time,” says Walley (left).“Also, National Trading Standards are trying to normalise the way that properties are described within portals in order to stop them being over ambitiously over-described, something a property logbook could help solve.”Logbooks would also help stop mortgage and home sale fraud and simplify and speed up sales progression.“The HBSG is also looking at how we can regulate property logbooks as the government isn’t keen to get involved,” says Walley.Read more about the HBSG.HBSG nigel walley chimni House Buying and Selling Group kate faulkner June 16, 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 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 » Property logbooks ‘will go mainstream if software suppliers back them’ previous nextProducts & ServicesProperty logbooks ‘will go mainstream if software suppliers back them’Claim is made by industry figure as Kate Faulkner’s House Buying and Selling Group sets up working group to look into logbook implementation.Nigel Lewis16th June 202001,278 Views
Source: AryztaManagement at frozen bakery specialist Aryzta have taken ‘decisive action to maximise cash and reduce costs’ as the business reports an €18m net loss for the 2020 financial year.This will include a move to a simplified business model as well as examining all offers or expressions of interest to purchase all, or parts, of the company, new board of director chair Urs Jordi revealed in a letter to shareholders as part of its 2020 Annual Report and Accounts.It comes as the business reported a revenue decline of 13.4% to €2,931m for the full year to 1 August 2020. Its European division, meanwhile, suffered a 12.7% decline to €1,418m.In addition, the net loss of €18m was a stark difference from the net profit of €74m in 2019.Covid-19 had a ‘material impact’ on its full year 2020 results however the firm has recorded gradual improvements in monthly revenue, it said. Improvements have also been seen in the quick service restaurant channel, but foodservice remains subdued due to continued restrictions in key markets.“Nevertheless, the company has kept a strong liquidity position through the crisis and at year-end. We will explore all strategic options available, internal and external, acting in the best interests of Aryzta and its stakeholders, and in this process we will continue to evaluate all unsolicited expressions of interest received,” said Jordi.“I am fully convinced that Aryzta has great potential and we will do our utmost to put the company back on the road to success.”Former Aryzta executive Jordi was appointed as chairman on 16 September at an extraordinary general meeting, taking over from Gary McGann. The appointment followed opposition from some shareholders over proposed candidate Andreas Schmid, formerly of Barry Callebaut.Armin Bieri and Heiner Kamps were also elected by the shareholders as non-executive directors to the board, while Kevin Toland was not leaving him to focus on his role as group CEO.The renewed board now includes ‘extensive bakery expertise, industry contacts, financial know how and business experience’ to help Aryzta gradually reduce the excessive level of debt it has.It follows a turbulent few months for the firm which has seen shareholders call for, and ultimately receive, a major shake-up of the board as well as production halted at eight bakeries and nearly a third of staff furloughed owing to the impact of Covid-19.
The Roan Highlands offer a rare stretch of wide-open high country splendor in the Southern Appalachians. “The Roan” is actually a lengthy stretch of grassy peaks. The bald beauties feature expansive, open meadows—not typical of Appalachia’s deep wooded forests.EXPLOREThe best way to take in the Roan experience is an epic 20-mile jaunt on the Appalachian Trail that runs from Roan High Knob (the area’s biggest peak at the 6,285 feet) to Highway 19E. With much of it near or over 6,000 feet, the hike crosses six grassy peaks including Round Bald, Jane Bald, Grassy Ridge (reached with a short spur trail detour), Big Yellow Mountain, and Little and Big Hump Mountains.In the summer, visitors enjoy the 660 acres of Catawba Rhododendron gardens between the summits of Roan High Knob and Roan High Bluff.View Larger MapSKIIn the winter, explorers come to the highlands for the annual 120 inches of snow. The white-blanketed grassy balds provide some perfect spots for making tracks with snowshoes or cross-country skis. Winter hikers should be careful of fast-changing weather on the exposed terrain.Roan Mountain State Park, which can be reached near the village of Roan Mountain, is one of the only state parks in the South with designated cross-country skiing trails.Photo by Travis HallBOONE’S FAVORITELegend attributes the name of the mountain stretch to Daniel Boone, who supposedly frequented the area on a reddish or “roan” horse. Other tales insist the label is just a result of the red hues of the rhodo blooms.EAT DOWN BY THE RIVERAfter a day of braving the backcountry blizzards, drive into Erwin and grab some top-notch barbecue or hand-tossed pizza at River’s Edge Restaurant (riversedgebbq.com), which sits on the banks of the nearby Nolichucky River.
SRI Lanka selectors have named a full-strength squad for the first Tests to be played in Pakistan in a decade.Ten high-profile players opted not to tour when Sri Lanka visited Pakistan for three one-day internationals and three T20s in September and October, with limited-overs captains Dimuth Karunaratne and Lasith Malinga among those absent.However, Karunaratne will skipper a strong group that also includes Angelo Mathews and Dinesh Chandimal for the two Tests in Rawalpindi and Karachi.The only change to the Sri Lanka squad that faced New Zealand in August is Kasun Rajitha replacing Akila Dananjaya, who is serving a one-year ban for an illegal action.Pakistan have not hosted a five-day game since several Sri Lanka players and members of their coaching staff were injured in an attack on their team bus in March 2009.These two Tests were originally scheduled to be hosted at a neutral venue because of security concerns but will now take place in Pakistan, following the success of the limited-overs games in the country.The first Test begins on December 11 in Rawalpindi.Sri Lanka squad: Dimuth Karunaratne, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Dhananjaya De Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Lasith Embuldeniya, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Kasun Rajitha, Lakshan Sandakan.