August 31, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Egyptian activist finally granted visa NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara April 28, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is pleased to learn that the Moroccan authorities have after all granted a visa to Egyptian citizen Gamal Eid of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), which defends free expression and press freedom as well as human rights in general.—————————————————————Reporters Without Borders condemns the Moroccan government’s surprising decision to deny a visa to Gamal Eid, an Egyptian human rights activist. Eid heads the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), a Cairo-based group that defends press freedom and free expression as well as human rights in general.“This is all the more astonishing as Morocco does not normally do this kind of thing,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Did Rabat take this decision on its own or was it coordinated with Cairo? The denial of a visa to Eid appears to have been arbitrary, and we urge the Moroccan authorities to quickly provide an explanation.”The press freedom organisation added: “It is deplorable that members of human rights and free speech organisations such as Eid find their freedom of movement being impeded in some countries in the Maghreb and Middle East.”Eid was refused a visa on 13 August for the trip he wanted to make to Morocco for a conference organised by ANHRI and a Danish human rights organisation. He has nonetheless travelled to Morocco three times in the past, most recently in November 2008.The refusal appears to have been in response to statements posted on the ANHRI website criticising the prosecutions of Idris Sheshtan, the editor of the independent magazine Al-Mesha’al, and Mostafa Adary, the head of the Khenefra branch of the Moroccan human rights association, and Morocco’s banning of the 4 August issue of the French daily Le Monde, which had a poll on the first 10 years of King Mohammed’s reign.When Jordan refused Eid a visa on 15 December 2008, Jordanian intelligence officials told him he had been blacklisted for criticising the lack of free expression in Jordan during a conference organised by the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) in November 2006.Eid was also denied a visa by Tunisia in the second half of last year. The Tunisian authorities never offered any explanation for the refusal.Egypt was ranked 146th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Morocco was ranked 122nd, Jordan was ranked 128th and Tunisia was ranked 143rd. News News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News Organisation Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF_en April 15, 2021 Find out more
LIMA, Peru (AP) — A survival strategy that first appeared in Peru’s capital four decades ago during the country’s civil conflict has become vital since the coronavirus pandemic arrived in the South American nation. People across the country are cooking in neighborhood “common pots,” banding together to provide to feed children and adults alike. In Lima, Genoveva Satalaya and her neighbors walk through the food markets hoping to find a kind merchant who will donate food to help fill the common pot for their neighborhood. They can prepare lunch only Monday through Friday because there’s not enough food for other meals. Their pot feeds 120 people, including seniors, children and pregnant women.
Paul Pogba has taken his league goal tally into double figures in a single season for the first time in his career.The French midfielder scored twice against Fulham on Saturday as Manchester United picked up a 3-0 win at Craven Cottage. The 25-year-old opened the scoring 14 minutes in when he got onto a pass from Anthony Martial to fire in at the near post before converting a penalty in the second half. Pogba has been in sensational form since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was drafted in as caretaker manager following Jose Mourinho’s sacking in December. He has netted eight times in the nine league games he has played under the Norwegian coach, adding to the three he buried in the first 15 games of the campaign. That means 36% of the goals he has scored in his Premier League career have come during Solskjaer’s time in charge.”It’s always great to score goals but the most important thing is to win games. When you don’t win, it’s not the same feeling,” Pogba told Sky Sports .”I feel great, the team feels good, and we just have to carry on like this. This game was really important. It’s a good sign, it gives confidence to the team. We have to carry on like that to stay in the top four.”He is not the only one to have been rejuvenated by the change in manager.As well as setting up Pogba for the opener, Martial netted one of his own, meaning he has now been involved in 50 Premier League goals. With 33 of his own and 17 assists, he has played a role in more goals than any team-mate since his debut in September 2015.United are now back among the top four, sitting a point ahead of Chelsea before Maurizio Sarri’s men take on Manchester City on Sunday. United were 11 points behind the Blues when Mourinho was let go, but are back in contention with a rare run of form – the streak of six consecutive away wins in all competitions is a first for the club since May 2009. Pogba added: “It feels great. It’s what we wanted since Ole came. We want to be in the top four. There’s still a long way to go but we want to stay there.”We were very far and now, to get back to the top four, is a good result. But, like I said, we have big games coming up. It’s not going to be easy.”It’s always good but the big teams now just stay there. When we need three points, we get the three points, when we’re playing away. There are big games coming up and that will decide where we’re going to stay at the end of the season.”
Proposed redevelopment and construction work on a number of housing units on the former Ard Scoil Mhuire school site in Gaoth Dobhair was welcomed on Friday. Pearse Doherty praised news that a planning application to build houses on the former west Donegal school site has now been lodged.It’s understood that the application for the site by Charles Roarty proposes to construct up to thirty number housing units and includes plans to build an assisted living residential facility for adults with intellectual disabilities. Commenting on the project, Deputy Doherty said that the proposed redevelopment of the former school would provide much needed additional housing to the area.He said: “I very much welcome these plans to redevelop the former Ard Scoil Mhuire college site which will see the construction of up thirty housing units as well as a purpose-built assisted living unit.“The assisted living element of the development will provide accommodation for adults with intellectual disabilities and the purpose of the facility is to enable them to continue living independently within their own community by providing personal and emotional assistance and supports in order to meet their individual care needs.” “The planning application has now been submitted to Donegal County Council and will now go through the formal planning process,” Doherty continued.“As many people will be aware, this derelict site has a very troubled past and has been somewhat of a blight on the landscape and a scare on Gaoth Dobhair and the surrounding area.“It’s hoped that this project will assist families in Gaoth Dobhair by providing much needed additional housing in the locality, including badly needed homes for persons with intellectual disabilities,” he added.“I now look forward to seeing how these plans progress over the coming weeks and months, and I intend to continue to engage and work closely alongside all the various stakeholders in an effort to ensure that this project, if approved, can be delivered in a thoughtful, sensitive and respectful manner.”Housing redevelopment plans in west Donegal welcomed was last modified: May 10th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Catcher Austin Allen was the initial return in an Oakland Athletics’ Dec. 2 trade that sent infielder Jurickson Profar to the San Diego Padres.But a player to be named later was included in the transaction, too. Once Winter Meetings wrapped up, the A’s revealed left-handed hitting outfielder Buddy Reed as the player headed from San Diego to Oakland.Reed, 24, was the Padres’ second-round pick in the 2016 MLB draft. He listed as the Padres’ 25th top prospect, according to MLB.com’s rankings.we …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileFinally. Suspense. Long awaited. USDA did it again. We waited this long? All describe the Aug. 12 USDA Monthly Supply and Demand Report out today at noon.USDA estimated 90 million corn acres with a yield of 169.5 bushels per acre. Corn acres 2 million acres above trade estimates. Soybeans were 76.7 million acres with a yield of 48.5 bushels per acre. Soybeans acres were 4 million acres below expected. Trader estimates for this report had U.S. corn acres at 88 million acres compared to the July USDA number of 91.7 million acres, down nearly 4 million acres. This month they estimated 81 million soybean acres. Last month USDA had estimated 80 million acres of soybeans.Shortly after the report corn was down 22 cents, soybeans unchanged, while wheat was down 15 cents. Huge price volatility was expected following the noon reports.The market has been starving for news the past six weeks. The news cycle has been dominated by weather forecasts, actual rainfall amounts, and the U.S./China trade talks. Supply bulls have been frustrated with the price declines during July and early August. Demand bears have been delighted to see ongoing ideas of further weakening with U.S. grain exports.Numerous reports we have seen since the June 28 USDA acres release suggest the higher corn prices which occurred late May and early June likely increased U.S. corn acres above the March 29 Planting Intentions Report of 92.8 million acres. U.S. corn acres before the rain delayed spring planting season could have been as high as 98 million acres. December CBOT trading above $4.40 played a significant role in the expectation of higher corn acres compared to March.Producers and traders have been waiting for nearly six weeks since the bearish June 28 USDA Acres Report. It had corn acres much higher than expected. December CBOT corn that day was down 19.5 cents when USDA estimated 2019 U.S. corn acres at 91.7 acres. November CBOT soybeans were up 10 ¾ cents when U.S. soybean acres were pegged at 80 million acres which was below expectations. Within days after the June 28 report was released USDA reported they would be another survey of corn and soybean acres in at least ten states. Results were to be reported in August.Rains during the weekend along with its expectations played a big role in the price declines this morning. Mid-morning corn was down 6 cents with soybeans down 9 cents. Weekend rains of .2-inch to 1 inch moved across Iowa and northern Illinois. Chicago could see heavy rains later today. More rain is expected to move through the Midwest this week. In coming weeks the Gulf of Mexico is expected to see increased tropical activity which should result in better chances of rain moving up into the Midwest.You may be surprised to know FSA numbers for prevent plant corn and soybean acres will be released today just one hour after the noon report. Those numbers will not be incorporated into NASS numbers until the Oct. 10 reports.Yields will be closely watched in coming reports. Today it was all about acres.One thing seems almost certain this fall. Lots of natural gas and propane will be needed to dry corn and soybeans as they move out of the field. It will be a long harvest period this fall.
In This Issue.*Gold gets taken to the woodshed *FOMC to do more bond buying this Christmas. *Currencies drift lower. *China steps on gas pedal again.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!More Extraordinary Measures.Good day. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! It’s all about the FOMC and the Fiscal Cliff today and what they are doing to the currencies and metals. So, if that’s not your bag, baby. (in my best Austin Powers voice) Then you have permission to skip class today. Hey! It’s the least I can do to keep everyone happy! HA!Front and Center this morning, Gold is down $17 and looking like this could be a nasty day for the shiny metal’s value, for once the NY Banks arrive and see what the overnight markets have done to Gold, I would imagine that they’ll want to take their own hunk of flesh. Whenever this happens to the price of Gold, I first shudder, then calm down, and realize that this is a much cheaper lever to buy! And then the bad feeling disappears. So. why did the overnight markets take Gold lower? Well, it appears that its becoming less likely with every day that passes by that we’ll have an agreement on how to avoid the Fiscal Cliff, and while in my mind, I think this would be cause to rush to Gold, because of the uncertainty of what will happen should the lawmakers push us over the cliff. But Nooooooooo! The markets have a different view of this, and believe that going over the Fiscal Cliff will put us in the time machine back to 2008. And in 2008, Gold was not bought but sold, as investors took profits and bailed to dollars and Treasuries. And don’t act like this is the first time you’ve heard this. I’ve been warning you about this going over the Fiscal Cliff for some time now.I still don’t believe the lawmakers have the chutzpah to allow the economy to be subjected to the removal of the Bush tax cuts, and deficit spending cuts at the same time. I read somewhere, and I wish I could find it again, that there are quite a few unemployed Americans (2.1 million) that will have their unemployment benefits end on 12/31, should we go over the Fiscal Cliff. I would think that alone would be enough to spur lawmakers into kicking the can down the road.Personally. I’m all for spending cuts. I’m not for increased taxes. I don’t like taxes period. And I can’t believe people that get all lathered up about a new cigarette tax or gasoline tax, it doesn’t matter what it is you’re taxing, it’s still a TAX! I would settle for a flat tax. that’s it, no more, no less. But that’s not going to happen in my lifetime, not as long as the promises made to people are kept, and the need for more revenue at the Gov’t level is required.OK. I’ll get down from my soapbox now. I have no idea why I went into that tax thing, but there! I did it! And I can expect ½ of the readers to disagree with me. but that’s OK, as long as you cuss me out while reading the letter, and not fire off a nasty email to me. Hey! It’s just my opinion!Alrighty then. enough on the Fiscal Cliff, and what it’s done to the price of Gold this morning. Right now, the currencies are drifting lower, but not taking a ride on the slippery slope while I write this morning. I think that should we be pushed over the Fiscal Cliff that the currencies will take a ride on the slippery slope, and a bias to buy dollars will be quite strong. But only until investors and traders realize that the fundamentals of the U.S. are not worthy of a stronger dollar. How long that will take, I have no idea, just taking a ride in the time machine and see how things went in 2008.Well. The FOMC meeting did yield an announcement of Treasury bond buying by the Fed to the tune of $45 Billion per month. And. they announced that the Fed Heads are going to tie unemployment and inflation to interest rates. That’s right, they said that as long as unemployment is above 6.5%, and inflation is below 2.5%, interest rates will remain near zero. They also projected that it would be 2015 before they see a major firming of interest rates.Now. what does this tell you about what the Fed Heads feel about the U.S. economy? The Fed is buying so many bonds, Treasuries and mortgage backed, and keeping rates unchanged for a reason folks. and that is they believe this is what will spark the economy. I say hogwash! Has it worked before, I mean we’ve been on this path of buying bonds now for almost 4 years. I suppose it has helped some to keep interest rates this low. Housing has shown signs of recovery, but I doubt Housing will be the game changer in 2013, like many think. So, if the Fed Heads believe that the unemployment problem in the U.S. is going to remain a problem until 2015, why then are people buying dollars? Stranger than fiction, folks. I read a story that quoted an economist you believes the Fed is doing what they can to avoid making the mistakes of Japan. Hmmm. I’ll need for you to show me how they are taking steps to avoid those mistakes, because from my view in the cheap seats, we’ve made the same mistakes, inch-by-inch, step-by-step..It’s also been nearly 4 years since the benchmark interest rate was lowered to near zero by Big Ben Bernanke. That’s over 31 FOMC meetings if you’re keeping score at home! I have to tell you that right now, the markets are hailing Big Ben’s willingness to experiment with things in an attempt to spark the economy. But isn’t it ironic that back in 2000, when Big Ben was a professor at Princeton, he wrote a paper on Japanese Monetary Policy. And in it he criticized the Japanese willingness to experiment to try anything that isn’t absolutely guaranteed to work.” Oh, and today is Big Ben’s Birthday! Let’s list the things that have been done to spark the economy. no wait, let’s not! It would be too darn long, and depressing! But more than $2 Trillion in emergency loans, tripled the size of the Fed’s balance sheet, and three rounds of Quantitative Easing, top that list of things.OK. now what makes the Fed Heads believe that unemployment is going to gradually get better by 2015? I would think that unemployment would go the other way, given the debt in the U.S. and the plans for continued budget deficits for the next decade. I mean Spain and Greece have 25% unemployment rates because of their debt, and how the markets made them stop adding to it. Why can’t that happen here? Now, I’m not saying we’ll eventually have 25% unemployment here in the U.S. but why not higher than the questionable 7.7% right now? In fact, if you really counted unemployment the way we used to in this country, and like John Williams at Shadowstats.com does, we would already be at 23%..Well, aren’t I just a bundle of happy thoughts this morning! NOT! It’s not easy being me! Mr. I want to be happy, but have to write about this stuff because not many people do. And while I’m at all this “happy news”. we’re only $68 Billion from hitting the debt limit ceiling. I know I make a big deal out of this debt ceiling, while the it flies under the markets’ radar right now. But what will be done here? And. just for the record, we printed a $172 Billion Budget Deficit in November. Annualized that’s over $2 Trillion! Hey. what did I tell you the other day about the Chinese renminbi /yuan? Well, I told you how the Chinese leaders had backed off the appreciation gas pedal for a couple of days only to point out to the markets that renminbi / yuan appreciation is not a One-Way Street. Well, the Chinese leaders saw and heard what the Fed Heads were doing now, and decided to get back to putting their foot on the appreciation pedal! What the Fed did, was basically support risk trades, and global growth. Earlier this year, I told you that the Chinese were probably going to slow down the rate of appreciation, given all the questions about global growth. And that’s exactly what they did. The renminbi /yuan has gained only 1.2% this year VS the dollar. In 2011 the currency gained 4.7% . So, they did in fact slow down the rate of appreciation. And the fact that global growth isn’t out of the woods yet, will probably keep the rate of appreciation slow in 2013. But don’t get discouraged by the slow rate, there will be plenty of stories about what China’s doing next to remove the dollar standard in 2013.OK. we have a plethora of economic data coming out of the U.S. data cupboard today! A lot of it is 2nd and 3rd tier data, but the headliner is Retail Sales for November. I can tell you that the Butler Household Index (BHI) indicates that Retail Sales will be OK. and reverse the -.3% slide in October. Retail Sales in November and December SHOULD be strong, considering the approaching holidays. I’ve not spent a dime on Christmas gifts yet, but that’s what I’ll be doing while on vacation! That is, unless the new floors I had installed at my wife’s request count as a Christmas gift! HA! I know better than that!The other 1st tier data reports today will be the usual Initial Jobless Claims, and PPI (wholesale inflation). I don’t expect any great shakes out of either of these, so we’ll move along, these are not the droids we’re looking for!Then There Was This. And this is great! Yesterday, Big Al Greenspan, you remember him, right? Was speaking about the Fed’s Policies to spark the economy, and he doesn’t think too much of them! When asked about all those things I listed above that the Fed has implemented and more, Big Al had this to say.“I’ve not commented about Fed policy since I got out of office, but I will say this: that whatever the Fed is doing, whether you like it or not, it’s not actually, in my judgment, having a major effect.” – Al GreenspanChuck again. it’s not often that Big Al Greenspan and I agree on something. but we do agree on this. that the Fed has barked up the wrong tree, and will most likely continue to do so!To recap. The markets have been driven by two things that were discussed in great detail today. Moving toward the Fiscal Cliff, and the Fed’s new announcements. Both have ganged up on the price of Gold, which is down $17 at this point, but the currencies are mixed and those not in the black are just drifting lower, no all out sale right now. U.S. Retail Sales headlines the data prints today and it’s Big Ben’s Birthday!Currencies today 12/13/12. American Style: A$ $1.0545, kiwi .8445, C$ $1.0170, euro 1.3060, sterling 1.6135, Swiss $1.08, . European Style: rand 8.65, krone 5.6195, SEK 6.68, forint 217, zloty 3.1340, koruna 19.3475, RUB 30.69, yen 83.45, sing 1.2205, HKD 7.75, INR 54.46, China 6.2316, pesos 12.74, BRL 2.0735, Dollar Index 79.93, Oil $86.78, 10-year 1.69%, Silver $32.77, and Gold. $1,693.50That’s it for today. Man, do I miss hockey! College basketball hasn’t gotten to the conference schedules yet, and college football is down to the bowl games. I love my Redzone channel on Sundays, but that’s it! Down to the cheese that binds, regarding days left before my Christmas vacation. I have one more article to write today, 2 down one to go. Sometimes I feel like I’m back in school and have papers I have to turn in. I’m much better at meeting deadlines now than I was then! On this day in 1967, Day Dream Believer by the Monkees was the number 1 song in America. That was a long time ago, eh? And with that. I’ll get out of your way, so you can begin to make this a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday!Oh, and I almost forgot. I made a zeroes error on my reporting of the Canadian trade figures yesterday. I guess I’m so used to reporting Trillions here in the U.S.! But no excuse, it was bad, and I apologize for that error. it was C$ 1 Billion the previous month, not trillion.Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.com