News Reporters Without Borders reacted cautiously today to yesterday’s Syrian government announcement of an investigation into the circumstances of French TV journalist Gilles Jacquier’s death the previous day in Homs.A commission of enquiry has been set by the city’s governor, Ghassan Abdel Al-Aal. According to the government news agency Sana, the commission consists of a judge, the head of the city’s criminal security department, two ballistics experts and a representative of France 2, the French TV station that Jacquier worked for.“We can only be pleased that the Syrian authorities are investigating the case,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But we are circumspect about the commission of enquiry’s composition and real independence. The utmost caution is still necessary. The circumstances of Jacquier’s death must be clarified. Reporters Without Borders will stand beside his family and France 2 during this ordeal.”Reporters Without Borders had called on the Arab League observers who have been in Syria since 26 December to take charge of the investigation and to establish the origin of the mortar shells that killed the France 2 roving correspondent and seven Syrian civilians.The recent resignations of some observers suggest that the Syrian government is not being transparent about the way it has been cracking down on the street protests since March 2011. The government is suspected of manipulating their investigations and Reporters Without Borders doubts its desire to allow all the facts to come to light.The Paris prosecutor’s office has meanwhile opened its own investigation into Jacquier’s death, which it is treating as a case of deliberate homicide, while the French president’s office has indicated that it suspects Syrian government collusion. French foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal has called on the Syrian authorities to provide the French investigators “with all the necessary means to shed light in an independent manner on the circumstances of this death.”Jacquier’s body was repatriated today to France, where an autopsy is due to be carried out later in the day. Follow the news on Syria January 13, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Announcement of official investigation into French journalist’s death greeted with caution Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law March 12, 2021 Find out more March 8, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation Receive email alerts SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en News News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists February 3, 2021 Find out more
Côte d’IvoireAfrica Reports News News April 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Liquid cocoa and fake dollars thrown at embassy to point finger in disappearance Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders activists clad in white overalls threw buckets of liquid cocoa and fake dollars at the gates of Côte d’Ivoire’s embassy in Paris today to point the finger of blame in the case of missing French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer on the eve of the first anniversary of his disappearance in Abidjan on 16 April 2004.The protest was part of a demonstration to demand the “truth for Guy-André” that took place peacefully and lasted half an hour. Members of the Truth for Guy-André Kieffer Support Committee and the journalist’s wife, Osange Silou-Kieffer, also took part. “We threw cocoa because it is the ‘black box’ of those in power in Abidjan and because Kieffer was investigating the embezzlement of cocoa earnings by government officials at the time of his disappearance,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We demonstrated outside the Ivorian embassy today because the ball is now in the government’s court in the investigation. To prove its good will, the government must allow the investigation to advance.” The organization said this meant agreeing at once to a French judge’s request for Ivorian citizen Michel Legré, the leading suspect in the disappearance, to be transferred to France for two months for questioning.The political obstruction in both Paris and Abidjan that is blocking the investigation by French judge Patrick Ramaël was one of the key points stressed at a news conference held today at the foreign press centre (CAPE) at the Maison de la Radio in Paris. The brother-in-law of President Laurent Gbagbo’s wife, Legré was the last person to see Kieffer before he went missing. Ramaël charged him on 21 October 2004 with “abducting and holding” Kieffer. On 13 December, he requested Legré’s temporary transfer to France for questioning. Legré is currently being held in an Abidjan detention centre where he is subject to all sorts of pressure that prevent him from talking freely.When Ramaël last visited Côte d’Ivoire from 12 to 26 February, his request had still not been received by the Ivorian authorities. Kieffer’s wife was told yesterday the request had finally reached the Ivorian justice ministry.Aged 54 and the father of two children, Kieffer was last seen at around 1 p.m. on 16 April 2004 in a shopping centre in Abidjan, the business capital of Côte d’Ivoire. He specialised in commodities and business, working for the French business daily La Tribune from 1984 to early 2002, when he moved to Abidjan and began freelancing for La Lettre du Continent and several Ivorian newspapers. Côte d’IvoireAfrica RSF_en to go further RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Reporters Without Borders activists clad in white overalls threw buckets of liquid cocoa and fake dollars at the gates of Côte d’Ivoire’s embassy in Paris today to point the finger of blame in the case of missing French-Canadian journalist Guy-André Kieffer on the eve of the first anniversary of his disappearance in Abidjan on 16 April 2004. October 29, 2020 Find out more News October 16, 2020 Find out more Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election
About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago In the past decade, the single-family rental market has evolved from individual units owned and rented out by small landlords to large scale operations by big investors with significant portfolios of houses. Some of the large companies entering the market are building units specifically to rent or creating communities of single-family rentals to be professionally managed like an apartment complex.Bloomberg’s Patrick Clark last week tackled the topic, pointing out that single-family rentals are drawing interest from institutional money, and that builders and apartment firms are pushing into that corner of the market.While a study last summer showed the interest in SFR has been increasing since recovery from the Great Recession, Clark’s article notes that the pandemic has ignited Americans’ desire for larger living spaces and thus sparked a new level of “Wall Street zest” for this sector of suburban real estate.Clark notes that big investors including J.P. Morgan Chase and Nuveen Real Estate recently have bet on the supposition that “there are lots of Americans who want spare bedrooms and backyards, but don’t have cash for down payments.”“It’s really an inflection point in SFR,” Michael Carey, Senior Director for Altus Group, an advisory firm, told Bloomberg. “It used to be an alternative asset class. Now people look at it as a solution.”Low housing inventory means builders including Lennar Corp., the largest U.S. homebuilder by revenue, are launching campaigns of unprecedented focus on rental-specific builds.Clark writes that apartment companies also are investing big in SFR. Greystar Real Estate Partners, for example, could go from managing 1,500 to 25,000 homes in the next five years, according to the company’s Executive Director Mike Clow.“Three years ago I would have said this was a fad,” Clow told Bloomberg. “But it’s become more prevalent because it’s filling a need for consumers.”While small landlords still own the vast majority of single-family rentals, the pandemic has accelerated the interest in SFR, and some see a convergence of apartment companies, large-scale investors, and mom-and-pop landlords on the horizon.”Most real estate investment trusts that specialize in apartments still believe that they’re in a different business than single-family landlords, Jeffrey Langbaum, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence told Clark. “Others, however, see the logic in companies offering tenants everything from downtown apartments to suburban homes.”Gary Beasley, CEO at Roofstock, a platform for acquiring single-family rentals, told Bloomberg that he’s been thinking of this convergence of apartment and SFR landlords for a long time. He says this innovative outlook might “allow landlords to service customers throughout their life cycle—starting with an urban apartment in their 20s, moving them to a suburban rental home in their 30s, and perhaps even selling them a home in the 40s.” Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago February 9, 2021 13,692 Views Share Save Previous: Declining Delinquency Rate Points to ‘Increasing Stabilization’ Next: Coalition Urges Congress to Boost Mortgage-Payment Assistance Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News SFR stakeholders won’t want to miss this year’s Five Star Single-Family Rental Summit, scheduled for May 12, 2021, at the Four Seasons Las Colinas in Dallas. Click here or on the banner below for more info. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago 2021-02-09 Christina Hughes Babb Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Evolution of the Single-Family Rental Market Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe The Evolution of the Single-Family Rental Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago
The winger made his Palace return permanent last month and has impressed Pardew since his arrival, especially during Saturday’s 3-1 defeat of QPR. “There are two things with him: firstly, I don’t see him smiling enough and secondly, he takes everything like a massive disappointment,” Pardew said. “Now that’s a player who has been damaged. “What I mean by that is if he doesn’t get a pass, he can have a little sulk – not for long, just for a couple of seconds, but that’s enough in the Premier League for something to happen. And he does it in training too. “I’m saying this publicly because I think it’s important that he understands that he needs to get rid of it. “He played with a little bit more of a smile on his face (against QPR) and when you do that you can show a bit of exuberance and try things. “I think the Man United thing came too early for a young player who, let’s be honest, didn’t get enough of an opportunity there. “He needs to get rid of it now and move on and build his career again. “There’s no reason, in my opinion, why at his age he can’t get back to Man United again as a seasoned player who knows how to deal with the situation better.” Wilfried Zaha returned to Crystal Palace with a reputation to repair but Alan Pardew is confident the winger can become one of the country’s best if he starts playing with a smile on his face. The 22-year-old made the move from Selhurst Park for Old Trafford two years ago, but it quickly went sour for Sir Alex Ferguson’s last signing at the Manchester United helm. Zaha barely got a look in under Ferguson’s successor David Moyes after returning from a loan with Palace, leading to a temporary deal at Cardiff and then another move to south London. Press Association Zaha’s performances may be improving but he seems a way off returning to Roy Hodgson’s senior England squad, although the Under-21 European Championship is on the horizon this summer. It is a tournament Pardew would love the winger to be involved in, despite Zaha having not featured in the Young Lions’ recent squads and not exactly embraced being part of the 2013 set-up in Israel. “I know Gareth Southgate very well and I’ll speak to him,” Pardew said. “Wilf has definitely found himself a little bit more and I think Gareth would like somebody in the squad who has the kind of quality that Wilf does. “But he’s got to do it between now and the end of the year and push for a place in that squad – that should be a goal for him.” The fact Pardew is already looking ahead to the summer shows how well things are going at Selhurst Park. For QPR, though, the prospects are looking grim after yet another loss for which a number of players were absent. Rio Ferdinand was among those and manager Chris Ramsey insists the former England international missed out due to illness rather than form, having been particularly bad against Tottenham the previous weekend. “Rio is under the weather, he didn’t travel,” the QPR boss said. “He is not well, pointless him being around the lads. We already have enough problems with people not available. “He would have been playing were he not under the weather. At the bottom you can read into everyone’s performances. “His knee is an issue. It’s a cause for concern. He has a bad knee and from time to time it flares up. “His knee isn’t quite ready and we hope he will be ready for next week. I’m sure he will be back. “Injuries and sickness come at all different stages and times. Whatever happens you will have to deal with it.”
😂😂😂😂😂Africa powers…— Fid3lis (@therealfidelis) February 19, 2020 10 for 10Despite not receiving any red cards, both Aduana and Kotoko decided to start the game at Dormaa with their 11th – and final – players sitting on the touchlines.The game was on a knife-edge even before kick-off as players from the two teams clashed during the traditional pre-match handshakes with Kotoko goalkeeper, Kwame Baah going down, with the Porcupine Warriors’ players claiming that he had been hit in the face by Aduana’s Nobert.Aduana’s Farouk Adams and Kotoko’s Martin Antwi were captured by TV cameras sitting on the touchline as the first half progressed.As such, the teams took each other on in the first half with a player less than they could have on the pitch.The two teams were, however, within FIFA rules which state that a football match may be allowed to go on unless either team has fewer than seven players.The bizarre situation puzzled fans in the stadium who could not understand why their sides had taken such an odd decision.Report I got from Dormaa on why the two teams are playing with 10 men eachAduana’s Farouk Adams is sitting on touchline. Kotoko’s Martin Antwi also sittingBoth looking out for the other to enter the pitch first30 mins & non is ready to enter. Both coaches don’t seem to care— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) February 19, 2020On social media, observers were just as confused about the developments in Dormaa.Despite the fact that two of the league’s top teams were facing off, the match itself took a backseat to conversations about the two players who were unexplainedly not involved in the action.Many speculated that the teams had opted to field 10 players due to potential “spiritual” implications if they fielded 11.One person, Ayishatu Zakaria Ali tweeted that both sides believed that they would lose the crucial encounter should they start the game with 11 players.A number of people also shared this theory which seems to be the most popular right now on social media.While some people criticised the actions of both teams as being primitive, others argued that superstition is a normal part of the local game and the incident should be accepted.Others just saw the funny side of it all. Ei nduro paaa nie 🤣🤣 they will go out of the country and can’t even play well mchewwww— kojopinto👊🏽 (@scalaxpinto) February 19, 2020 I’m really disappointed in both teams— Prince (@Kumipri720) February 19, 2020 😀😀 Ghana 3y3 d3— #YesuDontForgetMe (@brasilvaGH) February 19, 2020 And they want the love back? Smh— 🍀Mindez ✨ (@Kwamegh13) February 19, 2020 Huh gh football….. Juju nkoaaaa— Akonoba Aniboe (@AAniboe) February 19, 2020 Fans of Kumasi Asante Kotoko were not the only ones upset by the club’s decision to start their clash against Aduana Stars last week with ten players.Even their former players have had a go at them.The two teams courted controversy after they each kept a player on the sidelines for the entire duration of the first half.It is believed that the two teams had been told that the side that played with 11 men in the half would lose.Kotoko eventually lost the match to Aduana by a last-minute goal to nil but both sides faced a massive backlash both sides in the days following the match from fans and the media.Fatawu SafiuTwo of Kotoko’s former players had their say as well.Former striker Fatawu Safiu expressed disgust for the club’s action tweeting: “Nkurasesem.. 21st-century football…mtchewww.”Saddick AdamsHe was backed by Saddick Adams, another former forward of the club, who said that it was shameful.“They only think about just the 3 points but not the future of the players or tomorrow smh…we all feel shame.” Aduana and Kotoko let themselves down today. Insanely bizzare, a drawback when this league is winning hearts and minds again.— Michael Oti Adjei (@OtiAdjei) February 19, 2020The two players were eventually brought on for the second half.