Mexican journalist seeking asylum still in detention at US border

first_img WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Americas Help by sharing this information News May 5, 2017 Mexican journalist seeking asylum still in detention at US border Mendez fled Guerrero after receiving death threats following an article he published exposing police misconduct. He hoped to find safety and refuge in the United States. Mendez has been in detention since February 5th, 2017. Yesterday RSF received an update from Mendez’s attorney, Carlos Spector, that ICE has for a second time denied his request to be released under parole on the grounds that Mendez “does not have substantial ties to the community.” On the contrary, Mendez has received an exceptional outpouring of support from the El Paso community, including from a local priest who has put his residence at Martin’s disposal should he be freed, as well as multiple community, journalism and press freedom organizations who have expressed grave concern over Martin’s detention, and have rallied behind his release. A harrowing letter from Mendez details the horrors of the detention center he is being held in. The following is an excerpt: “I have seen discrimination, abuse and humiliation from the very first day I set foot in this place. They transferred me to a detention center called West Texas Detention Facility located in the city of Sierra Blanca, Texas. In this place, I experienced the worst days of my life. It is known by the detainees as “el gallinero” (the henhouse) since the barracks resemble a stable for livestock or chickens, designed for approximately 60 people but currently housing more than 100 individuals, who are exposed to all kinds of diseases and who don’t have access to adequate medical attention. “The henhouse” of Sierra Blanca is small, with metal bunks, worn-out rubber mattresses, wooden floors, bathrooms with the walls covered in green and yellow mold, weeds everywhere and snakes and rats that come in the night. The guards look at the detainees with disgust on their faces and everything you say to them is ignored. There is very little food and all they tell you is that it is enough to survive. It is martyrdom to land in this place. Honestly, it is hell.”RSF calls on ICE to immediately free Mendez, who has been held without charge for almost 90 days.Mexico ranks 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. The United States ranks 43rd. Mexico is now the deadliest country for journalists in the Western Hemisphere. The contact information for the officer who refused Mendez’s request for parole is below:Deputy Field Office Director Alfredo [email protected] contact Carlos Spector, Martin Mendez’s attorney, call 915-544-0441. Organisation United StatesMexicoAmericas Protecting journalists Exiled mediaImprisoned Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s decision by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to refuse parole for Martin Mendez Pineda, a journalist who has been detained for three months at the US border after legally seeking asylum from his home state of Guerrero, Mexico. Receive email alerts to go further June 7, 2021 Find out more News June 3, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News RSF_en United StatesMexicoAmericas Protecting journalists Exiled mediaImprisoned 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reportslast_img read more

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“Fake Or Invalid Driving Licenses Are Not Valid Defenses To Avoid Liability Of Insurer”: J&K High Court [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews Updates”Fake Or Invalid Driving Licenses Are Not Valid Defenses To Avoid Liability Of Insurer”: J&K High Court [Read Judgment] Monisha Purwar7 Sep 2020 6:29 AMShare This – x”Mere absence, fake or invalid driving license or disqualification of the driver to drive at the relevant time, are not in themselves defenses available to the insurer either against the insured or the third parties. To avoid its liability towards the insured, the insurer has to prove that the insured was guilty of negligence and failed to exercise reasonable care in the matter of…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?Login”Mere absence, fake or invalid driving license or disqualification of the driver to drive at the relevant time, are not in themselves defenses available to the insurer either against the insured or the third parties. To avoid its liability towards the insured, the insurer has to prove that the insured was guilty of negligence and failed to exercise reasonable care in the matter of fulfilling the condition of the policy. – the Jammu and Kashmir High Court stated in an appeal filed by National Insurance Company Limited (NICL) challenging the order of the Motor Accident Claims Tribunal, Jammu which had directed the appellant/insurer (NICL) to pay a sum of Rs. 88,045/- along with pendente lite and future interest at the rate of 7.5% per annum to the claimant for the injuries suffered by him in a motor vehicular accident caused due to rash and negligent driving of the offending vehicle by its driver. The award of the Tribunal was primarily challenged by the National Insurance Company Limited on the ground that the driver of the offending vehicle was not holding a valid and effective driving license at the time of accident and therefore it is absolved of its liability to indemnify the insured i.e. owner of the offending vehicle. Moreover, it submitted that the Tribunal, after recording a finding that the license of the driver of the offending vehicle was fake, was not right in directing it to pay compensation to the claimant in indemnification of the insured. The Bench comprising of Justice Sanjeev Kumar stated that the appeal had no substance as even though it was proved by NICL that the driving license of the driver of the offending vehicle was fake, he had not presented any evidence showing that the owner of the vehicle was aware that the driving license possessed by the driver was fake. The Court noted that the Supreme Court in National Insurance Company Ltd v. Swaran Singh and Others (2004) had elaborately discussed the issue and stated that ” The breach of policy condition e.g., disqualification of driver or invalid driving licence of the driver, as contained in sub-section (2)(a)(ii) of section 149, have to be proved to have been committed by the insured for avoiding liability by the insurer. Mere absence, fake or invalid driving licence or disqualification of the driver for driving at the relevant time, are not in themselves defences available to the insurer against either the insured or the third parties. To avoid its liability towards insured, the insurer has to prove that the insured was guilty of negligence and failed to exercise reasonable care in the matter of fulfilling the condition of the policy regarding use of vehicles by duly licensed driver or one who was not disqualified to drive at the relevant time.” Also that “The question as to whether the owner has taken reasonable care to find out as to whether the driving licence produced by the driver, (a fake one or otherwise), does not fulfil the requirements of law or not will have to be determined in each case” The Court relied on the above ruling of the Supreme Court to conclude that “NICL succeeded in proving that the driving license held by the driver of the offending vehicle, at the time of accident, was fake. However, the evidence oral as well as documentary produced by the insurer before the Tribunal, nowhere suggests that the insured was guilty of negligence and had failed to exercise reasonable care before engaging respondent No.3 as driver to drive the offending vehicle to find out as to whether the driving license did not fulfill the requisites of law. That aside, it is also not the case of the insurer that the breach on the condition of license is so fundamental as is found to have contributed to the cause of accident.” The appeal was thus found devoid of any merit and was dismissed by the Court with a direction to release the amount due to the claimant in terms of the award of the Motor Accidents Tribunal after proper identification and verification.Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment] Next Storylast_img read more

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10-story building changes hands

first_imgGrubb & Ellis Co. brokers have inked deals in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys worth $54.7 million, including a $43 million sale of a high rise in Burbank’s Media District, the company said Wednesday. In the Burbank transaction, Forest City-based Legacy Partners bought a 10-story 147,889-square-foot building at 2600 W. Olive Ave. that formerly housed some Walt Disney Co. operations. CarrAmerica Realty Corp of Washington, D.C., was the seller. The parcel, developed in 1986, also includes a five-story parking facility. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Kevin Shannon, vice president of Grubb’s South Bay office, who worked on the transaction, said that the district has a tight vacancy rate of about 5 percent. Legacy’s building has a vacancy rate of 67 percent. “It’s gotten to the point where almost all the vacancy in this submarket is in this building,” he said. But Legacy is already getting a lot of interest in the space, Shannon said. “This property is the only office building in the Burbank Media District that can accommodate significant contiguous space,” he said. Also working on the deal for Grubb were Rob Hannan and Jim Lindvall. CarrAmerica was represented by Brad Feld and John Winnek of Cushman & Wakefield. Legacy officials could not be reached for comment. In the Valencia deal, Grubb represented Newport Beach-based The Koll Co., in its $11.7 million purchase of Valencia Park Executive Center, a 66,584-square-foot office property. It’s at 25115 Avenue Stanford in the Valencia Gateway and consists of one three-story building and one two-story building. The seller was Fowler Property Acquisitions of Larkspur and is 70 percent leased. Shannon, Hannan, Scott Schumacher, Paul Perkins, Michael Moore and Lindvall worked on this deal and they represented both parties. “The buyer saw this property as an attractive investment because of its diversified tenancy and excellent access to two major freeways in a path of progress,” Shannon said. This is a market in which fortunes have turned in favor of landlords. Shannon said several buildings under construction are being built on speculation they will attract tenants. The numbers suggest they should. “There’s a 3.5 percent vacancy rate so its tight as a drum. It has improved dramatically in the past few years,” he said of the area’s vacancy rate. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Heroic Wiggins wins historic Olympic gold

first_imgMaida Vale’s Bradley Wiggins sensationally won gold in the men’s time trial to become his country’s most decorated Olympian.It meant a British record seventh Olympic medal for the acclaimed cyclist, who recently became the first Briton to win the Tour de France.After being roared on by crowds through Twickenham, Teddington and Kingston, Wiggins crossed the finish line at Hampton Court Palace in a time of 50 minutes and 39 seconds – 42 seconds quicker than Germany’s world champion Tony Martin.Wiggins’ seven medals – four golds, a silver and two bronzes – is one more than rowing great Sir Steve Redgrave.“I don’t think my sporting career will ever top this now. It will never, never get better than that,” Wiggins declared.“To win Olympic gold in your home city in a velodrome would have been incredible, with three or four thousand people cheering you on.  But to do it on the streets – it was phenomenal.“Going through Kingston at the end there, the noise was amazing. I can’t put it into words and do it justice. It’s incredible.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Fishing the North Coast: Get em’ while you can — Pacific halibut closes Friday

first_imgNorth Coast offshore adventures will be limited to just rockfish come Saturday morning as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced Wednesday the closing of the recreational Pacific halibut fishery on Saturday at 12:01 a.m. for the remainder of the 2016 season. The quota of 29,640 pounds will be surpassed according to CDFW unless the fishery is closed based on the latest catch projections.Beginning in 2015, CDFW committed to in-season tracking of the fishery to ensure catch …last_img

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US fund’s R1.3bn housing boost

first_img9 May 2008USA-based International Housing Solutions (IHS) has raised some US$175-million (about R1.3-billion) in capital from institutional investors for its newly launched South Africa Workforce Housing Fund.In a statement this week, Municipal Mortgage & Equity – commonly known in America as MuniMae – said that its affiliate, the IHS, would use the fund to invest in rental and for-sale housing for low and moderate-income families in the country.IHS provides innovative financial solutions, including debt and equity, to owners and developers of affordable housing projects, opening its Africa head office in Rosebank, Johannesburg, in 2007.MuniMae is widely recognized as a leader in US affordable housing finance, with over $12-billion of affordable housing investments under management for institutional investors.The company also expects several additional investors to commit further capital to the SA Fund, increasing its size to $240-million (about R1.8-billion), enough to fund the construction of an estimated 30 000 homes, and help meet the large and growing demand for housing in South Africa.“We began IHS in order to bring our expertise in financing affordable housing projects to countries around the world,” said MuniMae CEO Michael Falcone. “We now have top-notch teams of investment professionals in South Africa and the UK bringing MuniMae expertise to housing in those markets.”Spurring developmentSouth African property developers had found it difficult to raise capital for large-scale affordable housing developments, IHS SA country director Elize Stroebel told Property24 this week, adding that IHS helped developers finance affordable housing projects in the form of equity.“The equity allows developers to obtain larger loans from the banks at a reduced borrowing cost, which in turn allows them to build bigger developments without having to phase them in or conduct large pre-sales,” she told the website.“As the developers achieve more scale in their projects, they are able to pass the lower costs on to middle income families, in the form of lower rentals and selling prices which in the current South African economic climate is a huge benefit to these families.”The $175-million of capital commitments includes $95-million from a North American pension fund and a US foundation endowment, as well as up to $80-million committed in participating debt from the US Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a US government-sponsored agency that supports American investments in emerging markets.The company believes the fund will help leverage returns for fund investors while spurring economic and housing development in South Africa.“Our international activities have become increasingly important, as the credit market disruption has impacted fund raising ability for US projects,” said Falcone. “We believe our success in raising this fund demonstrates the confidence these capital partners have in MuniMae.”SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Pay Wallet: salaries to your mobile

first_imgThe solution caters for any disbursements which previously relied on cash or cheque payments; and clients also have the option of providing recipients with a Pay Wallet card, which can be used at any ATM and for cash back or purchases at point of sale. “Pay Wallet will reduce our clients’ risk of theft and fraud as well as the cost and inconvenience associated with handling cash,” said FNB Commercial’s head of sales and client relationships, Michael Vacy-Lyle. According to 2009 FinScope research, South Africa has more than 27-million economically active individuals, 37% of whome do not have bank accounts. “Pay Wallet is yet another innovative solution from FNB ensuring that all South Africans are active participants in the growth of our economy,” FNB Smart Services CEO Yolande van Wyk said in a statement this week.” Safe, affordable, convenient “Our solution provides employees who do not own a bank account, the opportunity of being able to receive their funds instantaneously and electronically,” said Van Wyk. “FNB’s focus on innovation has created the ability for our clients to conduct their financial matters safely and securely, and far more conveniently.” According to FNB, the Pay Wallet offers its corporate, commercial and public sector clients safety, affordability and convenience by allowing them to electronically pay their employees’ salaries. According to Vacy-Lyle, clients will also have the ability to “sponsor” up to two cash withdrawals for the recipient in order to further reduce costs for employees. First National Bank is set to launch a new solution enabling employers to pay the workers without bank accounts via their mobile phones, giving them immediate access to their salaries via the bank’s ATMs – without needing bank cards or accounts. 27 July 2010 “Through our commitment to entrepreneurship and enabling businesses to manage their cash flow effectively, we focus on innovation as a key driver in making banking more affordable, accessible and convenient to our clients – saving them time and money,” he said. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “By accessing a specifically developed portal on FNB Online Banking, clients will have the ability to create and pay wallet holders in real-time, and wallet holders will have immediate access to their money by withdrawing cash at an FNB ATM.” “It affords those with no access to banking services to be paid electronically without the need of a bank account.” Focus on innovationlast_img read more

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OpenID Ends 2009 With 1 Billion Accounts Enabled

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Data Portability#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell At the close of a whiz-bang year, OpenID has a lot to be proud of.With a community of nine million sites that use OpenID logins and one billion enabled accounts, OpenID has effectively revolutionized the way we are able to create and maintain portable identities. Best of all, it’s not just bloggers and geeks who sang OpenID’s praises: The U.S. federal government got on board this year, too.OpenID accounts are enabled by such providers as AOL, Blogger, Flickr, Google, LiveJournal, MySpace, Verisign, WordPress and Yahoo, with announcements of upcoming OpenIDs from Microsoft and PayPal. Sites that allow users to login with OpenID range from major retailers and music labels to news organizations and social sites.As for the government, at the Gov 2.0 Summit in Washington, D.C., earlier this year, the General Services Administration and several government agencies announced they would adopt OpenID as part of the White House’s Open Government Initiative. Participating companies included Yahoo!, PayPal, Google, Equifax, AOL, VeriSign, Acxiom, Citi, Privo and Wave Systems. On the government side is the Center for Information Technology, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and related agencies.Not only is the government’s involvement a vote of confidence for OpenID’s innovation, it also speaks to the product’s security progress, which was spearheaded by security committee head and PayPal exec Andrew Nash.In addition to developing and spreading the OpenID product, there’s also the OpenID Foundation, which appointed its first executive committee, including Chris Messina and Don Thibeau, in 2009.Portable identity is one of our favorite themes from this year, and we applaud what OpenID has been able to accomplish. What do you look forward to seeing from the product, the foundation and OpenID partner sites in the year to come? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.Update: The title of this post was changed to reflect the discrepancy between the number of OpenID enabled accounts now online vs. the number of probable OpenID users.center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts last_img read more

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Ravena gets Paras on board for 3×3

first_img‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF “His presence is very important for us. He explained to us how the game is played and how we can mesh,” he said. “He just told us to enjoy this because this is a rare chance for us to be together. It’s not everyday that we can be in one team so we have to make the most out of it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Star turns back Meralco Turning into some sort of an agent for the 3×3 crew, Ravena hoped to also get Raymar Jose onboard to infuse some hustle and energy, but the team eventually settled for JR Quiñahan after the former’s obligations with Cignal in the PBA D-League.READ: Against bigger foes, PH team to bank on teamwork in Fiba 3×3 World CupRavena, though, was still satisfied, saying that the NLEX big man can provide the same and more, particularly veteran smarts, for the young team.“Kuya JR, fortunately, will bring us the same thing,” he said.Seeing how talented the team is, Ravena knows that the one of the biggest concerns for the team is forming a strong bond which he believes shouldn’t be a problem under the guidance of coach Eric Altamirano.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img “He was in our house and on our way to the gym when Anton (Altamirano) were discussing who has already committed,” shared Kiefer Ravena.READ: Quiñahan joins Paras, Teng, Ravena in PH 3×3 squadFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe two-time UAAP MVP broached the idea to the 19-year-old prodigy, who was vacationing in the country after transferring from Creighton to Cal State Northridge.“It was only Jeron (Teng) and I who have stated our commitment and I told him, ‘Kobes, you’ll redshirt, right? Maybe you want to play for us?’ He said he’ll look at it and eventually got the green light,” he said. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Kiefer Ravena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresFunny how a simple conversation between gym buddies escalated to a partnership for flag and country.That was how Kobe Paras came to be part of Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 squad which will compete in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in June.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

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