Malta: Call for full investigation into Maltese blogger’s murder

first_img MaltaEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources CorruptionJudicial harassmentEconomic pressureWhistleblowersViolenceDisappearances MaltaEurope – Central Asia Protecting sources CorruptionJudicial harassmentEconomic pressureWhistleblowersViolenceDisappearances Malta: Developments in murder case mark nascent steps towards justice for Daphne Caruana Galizia Follow the news on Malta December 2, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by yesterday’s car bomb murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese journalist and blogger whose allegations about government corruption led to early elections last June. RSF calls for a full and independent investigation into her death.Caruana Galizia was killed when a bomb placed under her car exploded as she drove away from her home in Bidnija, in the north of the island of Malta.A specialist in investigating corruption, she had dedicated many blog posts to linking associates of Prime Minister Joseph Muscat to offshore accounts exposed by the Panama Papers. She also accused the prime minister’s wife, Michelle Muscat, of opening an account in Panama to receive bribes paid by Azerbaijan in exchange for permission for an Azeri bank to operate in Malta.“We are outraged by Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder and offer our heartfelt condolences to her family and colleagues,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “We had condemned previous attacks on this investigative journalist, whose bank accounts were also blocked as a result of her revelations.“RSF urges the Maltese authorities to shed all possible light on her murder and to identify those responsible. This is dark day for Maltese democracy, freedom of expression and journalism.”Caruana Galizia had reported receiving threats to the police just two weeks ago, according to Maltese media outlets that declined to give more detail.Her English-language “Running Commentary” blog would often get more readers than all of the Maltese newspapers, for which she also occasionally wrote. Less than an hour before her death, this tireless whistleblower had posted yet another piece about alleged corruption involving a Maltese politician.Malta is ranked 47th out of 180 countries in RSFs 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF_en News Organisation News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Receive email alerts Daphne Caruana Galizia / AFP News February 24, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further News October 17, 2017 Malta: Call for full investigation into Maltese blogger’s murder Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Were Homebuyers Affected by New Tax Codes?

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Fewer than half of homebuyers said that last year’s tax code overhaul has impacted their home search, according to a report by Redfin.The report states just 47% of homebuyers admitted to being impacted, which is a drop from last year’s total of 56%.  According to the report, 14% of homebuyers lowered their price range and 13% are moving to nearby city with lower taxes.The report was commissioned by Redfin, and more than 2,000 U.S. residents who plan to buy or sell in the next year were surveyed.Redfin states the latest report saw the biggest drop in the amount of buyers indicating they were better off because of the tax reform. Eight percent of respondents said they are searching for a higher-priced home because the new tax law gives them additional income, which is down from 17% last year.The report added that 11% of buyers said in March they decided to buy a home because of the benefits of the new tax law, which is down 19% from last year.“Last year more homebuyers were worried that tax reform would hurt their homebuying budgets, but it turns out tax reform wasn’t all bad or all good for homebuyers,” said Redfin Chief Economist Daryl Fairweather. “Some homebuyers, especially in low-tax states, are now paying less in taxes overall, which has left them with more cash for a more expensive home. For others, not being able to deduct as much of their property taxes or mortgage interest from their taxable income was the other shoe that needed to drop to make them pick up and move to a more affordable area. In the long run, we will see demand for luxury homes in high-tax states suffer the most because those homes have been hit the hardest by this tax reform, and there’s actually early evidence of that already happening.”Tax reform, however, did have an impact on high-income homebuyers, according to the report. Redfin states that of the homebuyers earning $150,000 or more, 61% said the new tax law has impacted their home search.The biggest effect reported was that 16% of homebuyers making more than $150,000 said they are lowering their price range because of the new tax codes. Subscribe in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago  Print This Post Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Plaza Home Mortgage Launches New Loan Program Next: Freedom Mortgage and RoundPoint Announce Merger Were Homebuyers Affected by New Tax Codes? The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Were Homebuyers Affected by New Tax Codes? Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Tagged with: after-tax high income Homebuyers tax overhaul Tax Reform About Author: Mike Albanese Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago May 24, 2019 1,381 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago after-tax high income Homebuyers tax overhaul Tax Reform 2019-05-24 Mike Albaneselast_img read more

Minesto Strengthens Faroe Islands Ties

first_imgMinesto’s Board of Directors and senior management recently visited the Faroe Islands where they engaged in strategy discussions and meetings with key stakeholders.Minesto’s Board and management team met with the company’s collaboration partner in the Faroe Islands, the electric utility company SEV.The purpose was to discuss the current joint project to install two Minesto marine energy kite systems in Vestmannasund, as well as the role of Minesto’s tidal energy technology in a future 100 percent renewable energy mix in the Faroe Islands.In addition to the discussions with SEV, Minesto also met with several other stakeholders during the week.“We have had a very productive time in the Faroe Islands with valuable discussions with our partner SEV and other key stakeholders. Through this visit we have strengthened the already positive partnership with SEV and developed the dialogue around our common long-term ambition to make Minesto’s technology part of the Faroe Islands’ pioneering energy transition journey”, said Dr Martin Edlund, CEO of Minesto.“We are pleased that our joint project is progressing according to plan and we were happy to welcome the Board of Directors of Minesto to the Faroe Islands. The opportunity to work together during the visit has been significant to the project and the discussion of continued collaboration between SEV and Minesto”, said Hákun Djurhuus, CEO of SEV.last_img read more

Christy O’Connor Jnr funeral to take place in Galway on Tuesday

first_img Press Association The funeral of Christy O’Connor Jnr will take place on Tuesday. O’Connor was best remembered for helping Europe win the Ryder Cup at The Belfry in 1989 when he fired a stunning shot with his two iron to within a few feet of the 18th hole. Among his other wins were the Irish Open in 1975 and the Dunhill British Masters in 1992. center_img The 67-year-old from Galway had been on holiday in Tenerife when he died in his sleep last week. He is survived by his wife Ann, son Nigel and daughter Ann. Requiem Mass will be held at midday on Tuesday in Galway Cathedral in the west of Ireland. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Fourth-ranked San Diego State had been 26-0 until Elijah Mitrou-Long scored 19 points, including two free throws with 11.5 seconds left to push UNLV past the Aztecs, 66-63. San Diego State erased most of a 14-point deficit when it pulled to 64-63 on Malachi Flynn’s 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds left.Amauri Hardy scored 17 points and Bryce Hamilton added 11 with 10 rebounds for the Runnin’ Rebels.No. 2 Gonzaga also tasted defeat, giving Kansas a chance to climb to the top of the next AP poll.Yoeli Childs scored 28 points to help No. 23 BYU end the Bulldogs’ 19-game winning streak, 91-78. Jake Toolson added 17 points and T.J. Haws had 16 points for the Cougars, who never trailed in the second half of their eighth consecutive win.Killian Tillie scored 18 points and Corey Kispert added 16 to lead the Zags. — Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-ah) scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season to lead No. 11 Louisville over North Carolina, 72-55. Malik Williams added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinals, who will be an ACC-best 14-3 heading into Monday’s matchup with Florida State.— Saddiq Bey (sah-DEEK’ bay) dropped in 22 points and 12th-rated Villanova picked up its third straight road win by dumping Xavier, 64-55. Jermaine Samuels added 17 points for the Wildcats, who nailed 18 3-point attempts and never trailed in their 21st victory.— Samir Doughty scored 22 points and 13th-ranked Auburn went on an 18-0 run to rally from a 17-point deficit in the second half of a 73-66 triumph against Tennessee. The game was marred by an ugly incident involving a fan who was ejected from the game after directing a derogatory comment toward Tennessee’s Santiago Vescovi and will face a disciplinary hearing.— Payton Pritchard poured in a career-high 38 points and Shakur Juiston all nine of Oregon’s overtime points as the 14th-ranked Ducks rallied to beat No. 24 Arizona, 73-72. Juiston’s layup with 1.4 seconds left in OT was the difference.— Kevin Samuel scored six of his 19 points in overtime to carry TCU past No. 17 West Virginia, 67-60. Samuel made all seven of his shots and had eight rebounds as the Horned Frogs dealt the Mountaineers’ their fifth consecutive Big 12 road loss. — John Collins poured in 35 points and snared 17 rebounds as the Hawks rallied to beat the Mavericks, 111-107. Dallas played without Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) and Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) with the Mavs playing their second game in two nights.— Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot led eight Nets in double-figures with 21 points in a 115-86 dismantling of the Hornets. Garrett Temple added 15 points and 10 rebounds for Brooklyn, which outscored Charlotte, 33-13 to take a 30-point advantage.— The Suns knocked off the Bulls, 112-104 behind DeAndre Ayton’s 28 points and 19 rebounds. Devin Booker had 29 points for Phoenix, which ended the game on a 17-4 run to win for just the third time in 10 games.PGA-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIPThomas leads Mexico Championship through 54 — Scott Laughton scored twice and the Flyers pulled within three points of the Metropolitan Division co-leaders by earning their third straight win, 4-2 against the Jets. Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) and Tyler Pitlick also scored and Justin Braun had three assists to help Philly improve to 21-5-4 at home.— Reilly Smith scored twice in the third period as the Golden Knights downed the Panthers, 5-3 to take a three-point lead in the Pacific Division. Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) put Vegas ahead with his 29th goal of the season, scoring with 52 seconds left in the middle period.— Jesper Fast scored twice and Igor Shesterkin (shehs-TUR’-kihn) turned back 44 shots in the Rangers’ seventh win in eight games, 3-2 over the Sharks. Mika Zibanejad (MEE’-kuh zih-BAN’-eh-jad) also scored and Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH-rihn) extended his point streak to eight games with two assists.— Max Domi (DOH’-mee) supplied a pair of first-period goals to back Carey Price in the Canadiens’ 3-0 win against the Senators. Price stopped 30 shots in his fourth shutout of the season and 48th of his career.— Rocco Grimaldi scored in the eighth round of the shootout to give the Predators a 4-3 verdict over the Blue Jackets. Colton Sissons, Ryan Johansen and Mikael Granlund each scored, and Filip Forsberg had two assists as Nashville pulled within one point of Winnipeg for the second Western Conference playoff slot. NBA-SCHEDULEClippers drop third in rowUNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have their first three-game losing streak of the season after falling to a state rival.Kent Bazemore scored a season-high 23 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 20 as the Kings beat the Clippers on the road for the second time in less than a month, 112-103. De’Aaron Fox had 20 points and eight assists for the surging Kings, who have won two straight out of the All-Star break and eight of 12 overall.Sacramento blew a 14-point lead in the second half before shutting out Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and the Clips for more than five straight minutes down the stretch. The decisive 10-0 run was capped by Harry Giles’ percussive dunk with 58 seconds left. UNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) reached a major milestone Saturday afternoon, but he couldn’t give the Washington Capitals sole possession of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division lead.Ovechkin is the eighth player in league history to score 700 goals, doing it in a 3-2 loss at New Jersey. The left wing did it 4:50 into the third period, firing a shot from the right circle that glanced off the left post to tie the game. It was Ovechkin’s 42nd goal of the season.But the Devils came away with the victory when Damon Severson beat Ilya Samsonov (sam-SOH’-nahv) with 1:59 seconds remaining, sending the Capitals to their fourth consecutive loss and sixth in seven games.The Caps remain tied with Pittsburgh for the division lead with 80 points.The Penguins were 5-2 losers to Buffalo as Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) delivered a pair of goals. Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons (ZEHM’-guhs GUR’-gehn-suhnz) and Sam Reinhart all beat Tristan Jarry during an early three-goal outburst. Connor Hutton turned away 41 shots as the Sabres earned just the second regulation victory in their last 20 meetings with Pittsburgh. MEXICO CITY (AP) — Justin Thomas ran off eight birdies in a 16-hole stretch to take a one-shot lead in the PGA’s Mexico Championship, one of the World Golf Championship events.Thomas overcame bogeys on the first and last holes for a 6-under 65 that puts him one ahead of Patrick Reed and Erik Van Rooyen. Thomas was five shots behind in the middle of his front nine at Chapultepec Golf Club.John Rahm opened with six birdies in seven holes after entering the round 10 shots back. He broke the course record with a career-best 61 that puts him four off the pace.MLB-WHITE SOX MOVESWhite Sox agree to deals with Bummer, Garcia — Tyger Campbell tallied 15 points and 11 assists in UCLA’s 70-63 victory against 18th-rated Colorado. Cody Riley had 16 points in the Bruins’ fifth consecutive win.— Luwane Pipkins scored 24 points and David Duke had 15 to lead Providence to an 84-72 victory over No. 19 Marquette. The Friars overcame Markus Howard’s 38 points in winning their third in a row, all against ranked teams.— Precious Achiuwa scored 10 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 28.2 seconds left as Memphis beat No. 22 Houston, 60-59.NHL-SCHEDULECaps lose again despite Ovie’s 700th Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Clayton Keller and Conor Garland each had two goals and an assist in leading the Coyotes to a 7-3 win over the Lightning. Arizona took control with four straight games and handed Tampa Bay its second straight loss since a team-record 11-game winning streak.— The Bruins’ five-game winning streak is over after Tyler Toffoli (tah-FOH’-lee), Troy Stecher (STEH’-chur) and J.T. Miller each collected three points in the Canucks’ 9-3 thrashing of Boston. Toffoli tallied twice and Stecher scored once against the Bruins, who settled for a 3-1 record on their four-game road trip. Boston still leads the Atlantic Division by five points over the Lightning after allowing nine goals for the first time in four years.— Toronto Marlies Zamboni driver Dave Ayres picked up a victory as an emergency netminder by stopping eight of 10 shots in the Hurricanes’ 6-3 decision over the Maple Leafs. Ayres was pressed into service after Petr Mrazek (muh-RA’-zehk) and James Reimer had to leave the game with injuries. Warren Foegele (FOH’-gul) scored twice for Carolina.— The Avalanche pulled out a 2-1 win over the Kings when Joonas Donskoi (DAHN’-skoy) tallied in the third round of a shootout. Ryan Graves tied it for Colorado last in the second period before the Avs climbed within one point of the Blues for the Central Division lead. FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed free agent Josh Doctson to add depth to their wide receiver position.The 27-year-old Doctson had 81 receptions for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons with the Redskins before being one of the team’s final cuts last summer out of training camp. He signed with Minnesota and played just one game before being released in November, missing a huge portion of the schedule with a hamstring injury.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NAVY-PLAYER DEATHStar Navy offensive lineman found dead in academy dormANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A star lineman for Navy’s record-breaking offense has been found dead in his dormitory. David Forney was 22. Kansas also ended the Bears’ 23-game winning streak as Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah a-zoo-BOO’-kay) had 23 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 64-61 victory at Baylor. Isaiah Moss added 11 points, including two free throws for Kansas with 7.9 seconds left before a timeout.The Bears had a chance to tie it until Jared Butler missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.The 24-3 Jayhawks have won 12 in a row since their first-ever home loss to Baylor on Jan. 11.Butler had a team-high 19 points for the Bears, who dropped to 24-2 overall and 13-1 in the conference.Meanwhile, the nation’s longest winning streak in men’s basketball is over. The Gypsy King dropped Deontay Wilder twice Saturday night in their heavyweight title rematch, turning from boxer to puncher to win the title when Wilder’s corner threw in the towel as he was taking a beating in the seventh round.It was a stunning turnaround for a fighter who came back from drug and alcohol abuse to win the title for a second time, made even more surprising because Wilder was the devastating puncher in their first fight 14 months ago.It was the first loss for Wilder in 44 fights, and it came in the 11th defense of the title he won in 2015.WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINEDBrignone tops World Cup overall standings with combined win In other top-25 games:— Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) delivered 28 points and fifth-ranked Dayton won its 16th straight by defeating Duquesne (doo-KAYN’), 80-70. Jalen Crutcher added 17 points and five assists as the 25-2 Flyers improved to 14-0 in the Atlantic 10.— Cassius Stanley drained a season-high five 3-poiners while scoring 21 points to send No. 6 Duke to an 88-64 romp over Virginia. Matthew Hurt added 16 points and a season-high 10 rebounds to help the Blue Devils move to 23-4 overall and 13-3 in the ACC.— Eighth-ranked Florida State pulled out a 67-61 win against North Carolina State as Patrick Williams had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Seminoles. M.J. Walker chipped in 12 points and Devin Vassell added 11 with six rebounds as FSU moved to 13-3 in the ACC.— Immanuel Quickley show 4-for-6 from 3-point range and furnished a career-high 26 points as No. 10 Kentucky got past Florida, 65-59. Tyrese Maxey had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as the Wildcats picked up their sixth straight win and moved to 12-2 in the SEC. February 23, 2020 Associated Press CRANS-MONTANA, Switzerland (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) now leads the World Cup overall standings ahead of Mikaela Shiffrin after winning an Alpine combined event on Sunday.By earning 100 World Cup points, Brignone opened a gap of 73 to three-time defending champion Shiffrin who has taken an extended break from racing after the death of her father in Colorado.Brignone ended 0.92 seconds ahead of runner-up Franziska Gritsch. Ester Ledecka, the double OIympic champion in skiing and snowboarding, placed third. GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have worked out contracts with reliever Aaron Bummer and infield Leury (lay-UR’-ee) Garcia.Bummer has received a five-year, $16 million package that includes two club options. The 26-year-old Bummer had a 2.13 ERA and 27 holds in 58 appearances with the White Sox last season.Garcia accepted a one-year, $3.5 million deal after hitting .279 with eight homers, 40 RBIs and a team-high 93 runs scored for the 2019 White Sox.NFL-JETS-DOCTSONJets sign free agent WR Josh Doctson Academy officials said he was discovered unresponsive in Bancroft Hall on Thursday night. The cause of death was not disclosed.Forney was a senior and three-year letter winner, playing in 39 consecutive games over his final three seasons. He started all 13 games at guard in 2019 as part of an offensive line that set a school record with a nation-leading 360.5 yards rushing per game.BOXING-WILDER-FURYFury wins in stunning stoppage of Wilder in heavyweight tiltLAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyson Fury is a heavyweight champion once again. Leonard scored 31 points in his return from his MVP performance in Chicago.Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:— Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 31 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists in the Bucks’ 16th victory in 18 games, 119-98 over the 76ers. Khris Middleton scored 25 points and Milwaukee improved its NBA-best record to 48-8.— James Harden delivered 38 points and Russell Westbrook had 34 to catapult the Rockets to a 120-110 victory over the Jazz. Harden hit six 3-pointers and combined with Westbrook to shooting 27-for-49 from the field in Houston’s third consecutive win.— The Heat set a team record by scoring 82 points in the first half of a 124-105 trouncing of the Cavaliers. Rookie Kendrick Nunn led seven Miami players in double figures with 24 points, and he had eight assists as the Heat rolled on a night they retired Dwyane (dwayn) Wade’s jersey No. 3. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEKansas ends Baylor’s 23-game streak…SD State finally losesUNDATED (AP) — Kansas and Baylor played a game that lived up to its billing. The outcome gave the third-ranked Jayhawks a share of the Big 12 and will likely move the Jayhawks to the top of The Associated Press men’s basketball poll on Monday.last_img read more

Hair extensions Learn the ins and outs

first_imgLong, lustrous and lovely hair – who doesn’t want that? Think you have to wait for years to see this happening? Not really. Thanks to hair extensions, as you can flaunt terrific tresses anywhere, anytime. Hair extensions are beautiful and versatile. They offer so much styling power and transform your hair from dull to dazzling. Dr Bharti Taneja, Celebrity Cosmetologist, and Founder-Director – Alps Beauty Group recommends hair extensions if you are looking for length, volume, and colour. “Make sure you match (cut and colour) with your natural hair for great style,” she adds. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainExtra care It is a common misconception that hair extensions damage your hair. Extensions, however, require some extra care. Along with following the basic regime, you need to use some specially formulated products, which contain a large amount of moisture and nutrition needed for the extensions. Since hair extensions do not have their follicles and they usually lie slightly away from the scalp, they do not get the same natural oils as your natural hair. As a Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Awardresult, extensions are more dependent on added moisture and oils to keep from getting dry and coarse. You can also apply nourishing hair mask for some extra conditioning. Moreover, it is advisable that you inspect your extensions thoroughly every 5-7 weeks. This will help you avoid any tangled attachments and unnecessary wear on your extensions as well as natural hair. Two categories of Hair extensions There are two techniques to get hair extensions – permanent extensions, which remain in your hair for a few months, and semi-permanent extensions that you can apply and remove as per your need. Permanent hair extensions can last up to 3 months while semi-permanent ones have a life of 6 to 8 weeks. Price The price varies depending on the quality of hair extension that you choose. Types of extensions There are various types of hair extensions available to fulfill every hair-related issue women are facing these days. Dr Nivvedita Mahandru, Founder NNIAV, lists a few of these: Clip-ins: Clip-ins are high-quality human hair; the hair cuticles are always intact and in one direction. They can be layered and come in small strands. Colouring them is permissible but avoid bleaching as it destroys hair texture. Halo Extensions: It comes in one thick piece and the hair on top is dropped off on them so that the extensions are not visible. They are not layered and therefore are suitable for those who want their hair to look thicker on the sides but not on top. Tape-in Extension: These come in varieties like Remy tape-in, Invisi tape-ins, Seamless Tape-ins. In this type, a thin layer of hair is sandwiched between the tape-in extensions. Individual Hair-Extensions: They are available in varieties like I-tip, Keratin-Tip, Micro-Tip. These are beaded depending on the required length and density. They last up to 3 months and re-do is required as per the growth of your hair.last_img read more