Roxana Saberi about to be freed

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders welcomes a Tehran appeal court’s decision to reduce Roxana Saberi’s eight-year jail term to a suspended two-year sentence. Her lawyer, Saleh Nikbakhat, confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that she could be freed later today. In a closed hearing yesterday, the court’s judges noted that Iran and the United States “are not at war.”—————-10.05.2009 – Court hears Roxana Saberi’s appeal, urged to quash her conviction on spying chargeA Tehran appeal court today heard Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi’s appeal against her conviction on a charge of spying for the United States. The hearing was closed but, unlike the original trial, which resulted in Saberi getting an eight-year jail sentence, it lasted several hours and Saberi’s lawyers were able to present arguments in her defence. The appeal court is expected to issue its ruling in a few days.“The short space of time between the original trial and the appeal, the length of the appeal hearing and the fact that her lawyers were allowed to speak in her defence are all encouraging signs,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But we must not jump to conclusions as the Iranian judicial system often produces surprises.”The press freedom organisation added : “We had urged the authorities to allow Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi of the Human Rights Defenders Centre to attend the hearing but they did not. If this court is to render justice to Saberi, it must quash her conviction and free her without delay.”Reporters Without Borders spoke to Saberi’s two lawyers – Saleh Nikbakhat and Abdolsamad Khoramshahi – after today’s hearing. Nikbakhat said he was “confident and optimistic.” He was able to speak for almost two hours, presenting arguments based on past cases of journalists who have been acquitted of spying charges. “If the court takes account of these arguments, Roxana will have to be freed,” he said, adding that, “although the hearing was closed, the court adhered to the law.” Khoramshahi, who also said he was “optimistic”, added that the court had week to issue its verdict.The daughter of an Iranian father who lives in the United States and who acquired US citizenship, Saberi moved to Iran six years ago and worked for various international news media including the BBC, Fox News and the US public radio network NPR. Arrested at the end of January, she was initially accused of working illegally as a journalist but was finally tried on a spying charge, one the Iranian authorities often use to silence journalists.Several Iranian-American citizens, including journalists, have been arrested in Iran in recent years but Saberi is the first one to be tried and given a jail sentence. Her trial was held on 13 April and the sentence was issued five days later.Iran was ranked 166th out of 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. A wave of arrests on 1 May brought the total number of journalists and bloggers currently held in Iran to 14. Three of them are women. to go further Follow the news on Iran Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 May 11, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Roxana Saberi about to be freed RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa News June 9, 2021 Find out more March 18, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders welcomes a Tehran appeal court’s decision to reduce Roxana Saberi’s eight-year jail term to a suspended two-year sentence. News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts Organisation News February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

COVID-19 Worsening Impact of Wildfires

first_img September 30, 2020 986 Views  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / COVID-19 Worsening Impact of Wildfires Tagged with: Disaster wildfire Previous: Is There a ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ Ahead for Vacant Properties? Next: How Mortgage Delinquencies Could Impact Property Taxes The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Disaster wildfire 2020-09-30 Christina Hughes Babb Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Phil Hall The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, News Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribecenter_img More than 2.5 million acres of California have burned this year, surpassing the state’s previous wildfire seasons for total acreage burned, according to a new data report from CoreLogic, which added that latest Climate Prediction Center forecast extending through November indicates drought conditions will likely persist across the state.CoreLogic observed that the August Complex Fire, which began as 38 separate fires ignited in mid-August by lightning strike within the Coast Range of Northern California, has burned through more than 746,000 acres and destroyed more than 25 structures, making it the largest fire in California history. California’s SCU Complex saw more than 396,000 acres and 224 structures destroyed during the past month while the LNU Complex saw the destruction of more than 375,000 acres and 1,030 structures. As a result, these became, respectively, the second and third largest fires in California history.Complicating matters has been the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in fighting California’s wildfires. CoreLogic’s new data report found “COVID-19 quarantine measures have resulted in significant staff shortages for fire suppression management. Many fire academies this year were canceled, such as in Washington state where three of their canceled fire academies were meant to train 4,500 firefighters. Additionally, wildfire management sites, which are typically high in density with poor sanitary conditions, are making virus transmission more likely.”CoreLogic also noted that many firefighters have already been tested positive for COVID-19–San Jose’s fire department reported 10% of its workforce were exposed to the virus by early April.“Lower staffing could mean that many of these firefighters will have to work on fires for 40-45 days with no breaks,” CoreLogic noted. “The pandemic combined with drought conditions throughout the west is making this year an especially tough one for fire management.”California is not alone in facing record wildfires this year. CoreLogic stated that Colorado’s Pine Gulch Fire in August became the state’s largest fire with more than 139,000 acres burned, while the Cameron Peak Fire expanded to over 100,000 acres during the Labor Day weekend.CoreLogic added that during the last 15 years, 15 states accounted for 93% of all wildfire acreage per year and more than 98% of wildfire-related property losses, including nearly 2 million single-family residences and $638 billion in reconstruction value. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. COVID-19 Worsening Impact of Wildfires The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more

Court delays cost landlords dear

first_imgUnder-resourced county courts are still struggling to cope with the number of possession claims being put forward, resulting in costly delays for landlords and agents, according to Landlord Action.Most residential possession claims are dealt with in the county courts and enforced by county court bailiffs. But with a lack of trained staff available, the tenant eviction service claims that many county courts are now operating call centres where temporary members of staff, with little or no experience, are being appointed to process claims and correspondence, resulting in further possession delays.In a recent routine phone call to follow up a case, an operator informed Julie Herbert (left), Head of Legal at Landlord Action, that there were just six people in one call centre dealing with calls and paperwork relating to 55 different courts.“It is evident that those at the call centre are not qualified to be able to differentiate between correspondence that can sit on a file, and correspondence that needs the urgent attention of a Judge in order for a case to progress. We have had numerous incidents where court staff appear to be opening post, filing it and doing little about it, adding to the problem even further” said Herbert.Staff shortages have been caused in part by Government spending cuts while an enforcement by some courts that bailiffs must no longer act alone, only in pairs, have combined to create serious delays in the eviction process.Landlord Action has also expressed concern that more planned court closures and the introduction of the recent Deregulation Act will likely see a surge in more cases jamming up the system and resulting in even longer delays.Herbert, who now wants to see fresh measures introduced to help improve the system, added, “When correspondence is received by the court, it needs to be looked at by someone who is capable of deciding whether the item of correspondence requires any action. If they are going to close courts, they need to transfer some of those qualified members of staff to these call centres. Alternatively, train up more qualified staff so that they have a legal understanding of each item of correspondence which the court receives. It can then be processed saving numerous calls from practitioners chasing them up.”Landlord Action is now calling for fewer applicants, particularly those which have no merit, to be given a hearing in an effort to help reduce losses to landlords and cut the strain on court resources.“If judges actually got to see these applications in the first instance, decisions could be made on most without the need for a hearing,” Herbert concluded.possession claims residential possession claims Landlord Action court delays under-resourced county courts 2015-12-04The Negotiator Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 Lawyer leading RICS governance probe asks members to help with evidence30th April 2021What’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. Home » News » Regulation & Law » Court delays cost landlords dear Court delays cost landlords dear4th December 20150843 Viewslast_img read more