City hall ostracizes reporter after corruption allegations

first_img ColombiaAmericas to go further ColombiaAmericas Reporters Without Borders today condemned the behaviour of Cúcuta mayor Ramiro Suárez Corzo in insulting and ostracizing reporter Gala Marcela Peña Álvarez of the daily La Opinión after she wrote a story about local government corruption in the newspaper’s 27 October issue.“We call on Mayor Suárez to retract his comments and behave responsibly,” the press freedom organisation said. “Ostracizing Peña is an insidious measure that will have the effect of censoring her work and depriving her of the means of doing her job.”Peña’s article was about alleged irregularities in a tax on public lighting during the Christmas period. It quoted unidentified sources as saying part of the revenue from the tax ended up in the personal bank account of the city’s director of public order and public spaces, Rafael Segundo Ramírez.Ever since the story ran, Suárez has been extremely aggressive towards Gala. He insulted her. He denigrated her in statements on a local radio station. He refused to answer her questions. He ordered city officials not to talk to her. And he ordered the city’s press office to stop sending her releases. October 21, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia News News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports November 3, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 City hall ostracizes reporter after corruption allegations May 13, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Colombia News RSF_en last_img read more

Senate Banking debates CFPB complaints, regulations

first_imgThe Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday heard critiques of CFPB’s complaint database as well as arguments on the bureau’s regulation of the financial industry during a hearing on consumer finance regulations.In response to a question from committee Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., regarding CFPB’s consumer complaint database, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness President and CEO David Hirschmann said that while airing consumer complaints is good, CFPB’s methodology of posting unverified complaints in a “naming and shaming approach” only creates more confusion for consumers who cannot know which complaints are true.George Mason University School of Law’s Todd Zywicki criticized the Dodd-Frank Durbin Amendment for targeting debit cards, which he noted are not a product that contributed to the financial crisis, and for creating savings for retailers that are not being passed on to consumers. In response to a question from Shelby, Zywicki said cost-benefit analysis is the single most important thing a regulator can do to ensure credit availability while promoting competition, consumer choice, and transparency. continue reading » 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Not all debt is bad

first_imgDebt has gotten a bad rap lately, and for good reason. Recent NerdWallet data show that the average U.S. household with debt carries $15,762 in credit card debt and $130,922 in total debt, with the average consumer spending more than $2,500 a year on credit card interest. A number of well-respected financial self-help gurus even tout programs that advocate a cash-only, debt-free life.So, should sensible people say no to debt? Probably not — because not all debt is bad. If you manage debt in a smart, planned way, you can exploit it to increase your wealth rather than let it use and deplete you.How debt worksIn simple terms, borrowing money is like paying for any kind of service. You pay to have a person to clean your house or fix your car, and when you borrow money, you pay for that service as well.Lenders charge borrowers for the use of their money, and the more worried the lender is about getting paid back, the higher the cost. “Secured debt” is less risky for a lender — and costs less for the borrower — because an item of value like a house or car can be collected if the borrower doesn’t pay. When a lender has little or no way of guaranteeing payback — like with a personal loan or a credit card — debt costs more. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Existing-home sales tumble in April, reach lowest level since 2010

first_imgExisting-home sales tumbled 17.8 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.33 million units, reaching its lowest level since July 2010. NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long noted the drop is “an abrupt change from February’s 13-year high” in a new Macro Data Flash report.“The COVID-19 crisis is attacking the market on all fronts, from preventing homes being shown to buyers to widespread job losses and financial institutions tightening mortgage requirements,” said Long. “Spring is usually the busiest time for home sales, but there are indications that there is pent-up demand in states that are beginning to open again.“NAFCU expects a partial recovery during the summer as pent up demand is released, but supply shortages will continue to restrain sales,” Long added.Sales decreased in all four regions during the month: in the West (-25 percent), South (-17.9 percent), and Northeast (-16.9 percent) and Midwest (-12 percent). continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Back on board: Italy’s surfers hit beach after lockdown

first_imgA little wind and a wave or two was enough to make both amateur and professional Italian surfers quickly forget two months of anti-virus lockdown. The beaches of Ladispoli, northeast of Rome, have opened after being off-limits since March, and despite mediocre conditions, the surfers showed up to ride the waves.”The best feeling was putting my feet back in the sand again, even before getting into the water,” said local surfer Piero Capannini. “Then, the fact of being able to immerse yourself and be in the waves felt like I was doing it for the first time.”  The waves weren’t great, he added, “but still it was maybe one of the most beautiful sessions in my life.”With a setting sun, a steady wind stirring the palm trees and a crumbling medieval tower in the background, these surfers said they wouldn’t miss this opportunity for the world. “You can see that the waves aren’t amazing but we’re all in the water so that shows how important it is for us to be able to get back in the water, put on the wetsuit even if it’s cold,” said surf instructor Fabrizio Cimini.Another surfer, Giorgio Fiorilli, said he surfed every day before the coronavirus emergency struck. But what he also missed, he said, was the tight-knit surfing community. Topics :center_img “You see all these people with you, close to you, you feel home, with your family. It’s really nice,” Fiorilli said.Also in the water was professional surfer Roberto D’Amico, who lives in Ladispoli. When the town reopened its beaches on May 4, D’Amico appealed on his Facebook page for beach lovers to respect social distancing, as the beach risked being closed again over any irresponsible behavior.Most beaches remain closed throughout Italy although local officials have the authority to reopen them.”Surely times have not been easy for anyone. I knew that surfing wasn’t a priority right now,” D’Amico told AFP. “We respected the rules, we were really barricaded at home for two months.””The pandemic is not over, but nevertheless we’ve been given the freedom to come back and breathe some quality sea air, which makes us really happy and gives us the strength to face this difficult period for everyone.”last_img read more

Tencent to make scripted TV series focused on Honor of Kings esports

first_imgTencent will produce a scripted TV series following the life of a fictional Honor of Kings player and their quest for glory.The live-action series will follow a Chinese teenage who plays Honor of Kings, as he battles his way to becoming a professional HoK player. The teenager will face challenges as he tries to follow the footsteps of his brother, whose career was cut short.The series is based off a serial story by a famed Chinese novelist. No release date for the TV show has been set, however, Abacus News reported the serial was published online last week and has been viewed over 120,00 times. Arena of Valor, the western name of Honor of KingsLaunched in 2015, Honor of Kings has been a big hit for publisher Tencent: in one quarter it grossed 4bn yuan (£452m). The game is based on Chinese historical characters, with the MOBA boasts over 200 million players, making it the most popular game of its genre in China.The popularity, however, has drawn criticism from Chinese newspapers with Tencent even imposing limitations on the amount of daily time of one hour for under 12s who cannot log in after 9 pm. Players aged between 12 and 18 are allowed only two hours.In the west, Honor of Kings (Arena of Valor) is one of the leading mobile esports titles, with teams such as SK Gaming, Team Vitality, and Immortals all signing rosters for the World Cup in Los Angeles in July, that features a $500,000 (££354,035) prize pool.Esports Insider says: Gaming based entertainment has often done better in China, both the Warcraft movie and Ready Player One did much better numbers in China than in America which means this project has a much higher chance of being a success. The games huge player base will also play a big role in the success of any non-game related content such as this.last_img read more

England quartet are European Young Masters

first_img She started the final round one shot off the lead and quickly staked her claim to the title with birdies on the second and third. But on the fourth she had a shank on the way to a double bogey and dropped another shot on the fifth. Caption: Sue and Nick Over with (back row from left) Annabell Fuller and Lily May Humphreys; (front row from left) Barclay Brown and Conor Gough. Image courtesy European Golf Association Her success, at The European Young Masters at Oslo Golf Club, Norway, books her a place in the Asia-Pacific Junior Championship in Hong Kong at the end of August.  In the boys’ championship, Conor Gough, from Stoke Park, Buckinghamshire, finished seventh on five-under, while Barclay Brown (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) was 14th on one-over, also finishing with four-under par 68. This is England’s first team victory since 2013 and they finished on 12-under, beating Norway by five shots, while Italy took third place, two shots further back.  Sue Over, joint team manager with her husband, Nick, said: “The team has been amazing, we are so proud of them. Today they just went out for it and it was fantastic.” Humphreys is enjoying terrific form, having just become one of the youngest-ever winners of the English women’s amateur.  29 Jul 2017 England quartet are European Young Masters Fuller, also 15, (Roehampton, Surrey) was third in the girls’ championship, closing with four-under 68, the best score of the final round, to finish on level par.  England’s Lily May Humphreys, Annabell Fuller, Conor Gough and Barclay Brown are golf’s European Young Masters.  Humphreys led the way to the team success with a personal triumph, becoming the first English player to win the girls’ championship. “I just got on with it afterwards and recovered pretty well,” said Humphreys, who played the remaining holes in two-under par, helped by holing a couple of long putts. Click here for the full scores Last year she was third in this championship and she said: “I really wanted to win this after last year and it feels really good.”  Fuller’s final round included five birdies and just one dropped shot. Gough was level par today and Brown mirrored Fuller with five birdies and a bogey in his 68.  “The team win is a big bonus. The four of us get on really well and this is really good,” she said.  She wasn’t sure of the scores when she came off the course but as soon as she was certain she’d secured the title she ran off to support Gough.  Click here to read about Humphreys’ win in the English women’s amateur championship. Their play underlines England’s current dominance in Europe, for they add their titles to the European amateur championship won at the start of this month by Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park, Kent) and the European women’s team title, won two weeks ago.  The 15-year-old from Stoke by Nayland, Essex, was two-under for the championship and won by a stroke after returning one-under 71 in the final round. last_img read more

Find out which Indian cricketer Pragyan Ojha referred to as “Bowler’s Captain”

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/RediffAdvertisement d333zNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsv3r3Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E6ugj( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 3qri7Would you ever consider trying this?😱x35Can your students do this? 🌚m5oRoller skating! Powered by Firework Last week, Team India bowler Pragyan Ojha announced his retirement from all formats of the game. The Hyderabad cricket team star didn’t become a regular member of the international squad, but the four years he spent donning the Men in Blue jersey, Ojha was mostly under the leadership of the legendary Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Revered among fans as one of the best captains of the Indian cricket team, MS Dhoni didn’t miss any appraisal from Ojha either, as the spinner referred him as “Bowler’s Captain”.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/RediffPragyan Ojha made his internatioanl debut in an ODI against Bangladesh in 2008, just a year after MS Dhoni took the role of captain for Team India. The 18 ODI and 24 Test cap holder, Ojha had the experience of going shoulder to shoulder with Dhoni across all formats, and revealed that the former captain was a mentor for the Indian bowling squad on field.In a recent interview, Ojha recalled his five years of international career, when he was in his best form, and was under Dhoni’s captainship. When asked about MS Dhoni, Ojha complimented the iconic wicket keeping batsman for his understanding with the bowlers.Advertisement “He (Dhoni) was a bowler’s captain. I strongly believe that a bowler should have a captain who understands him.” Ojha told reporters.Dhoni is renowned for his reserved and calm headed approach, which in turn was a boon for the bowlers, as Ojha stated the same.Advertisement “A lot of bowlers praise Dhoni because of the dimensions he gives you, things that he helps you with like placing the field, keeping your mind clear which are important when you play high-intensity games,” the 33 year old added.Ojha’s last international appearance was in 2013, where he played in Sachin Tendulkar’s farewell Test match against West Indies, striking a marvellous 10 wicket haul. He was also prolific in the Indian Premier League sides Deccan Chargers and Mumbai Indians, and won the purple cap in the 2010 season, a year after he won the title with DC.Dhoni, who is on a hiatus from international cricket since the 2019 world cup, will be back in action in the 2020 Indian Premier League.Also read-See the thoughtful retirement letter Pragyan Ojha penned after signing out from professional cricketDate revealed for MSD’s IPL 2020 training camp to begin! Advertisementlast_img read more