Weak housing loans point to a price slump

first_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search Adsmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comAll Things Auto | Search AdsNew Cadillac’s Finally On SaleAll Things Auto | Search AdsElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Herald Tuesday 31 August 2010 8:51 pm JUST 48,700 mortgages were approved in July, according to data published yesterday by the Bank of England, raising fears that the UK housing market is at best drifting sideways and at worst heading for a double-dip recession.Although the small rise was better than the dip to 46-47,000 that the market had expected, economists were extremely pessimistic about the outlook for the British property market. They pointed out that approvals are still well below the average of 93,000 per month over the past decade.Andrew Goodwin, senior economic advisor to the Ernst & Young ITEM Club, said: “The figures provide further confirmation that the housing market is heading for a double dip, with net mortgage lending pretty much flat and the number of mortgage approvals remaining very low.”“The figures for mortgage approvals, a proxy for activity, tend to be well correlated with prices and the latest figures clearly point to falling prices over the second half of this year and into 2011, particularly now that supply shortages have eased,” Goodwin added.Economists pointed to subdued demand for housing caused by high unemployment levels – which could rise further once public sector spending cuts come into effect – as well as poor household income growth and affordability.Although the interest rates are at record lows, these are not being fully passed on to borrowers, who must meet more stringent lending criteria.Simon Rubinsohn, chief economist at the Royal Institution for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said: “A lack of mortgage finance remains a key problem for many borrowers looking to take their first step on the property ladder, with the high deposits required still proving to be an obstacle for many. Uncertainty over the outlook for the market may also be discouraging would be buyers.”The poor approvals data adds to a string of cheerless figures for the UK housing market both in terms of house prices and mortgage lending. Only last week, the British Bankers’ Association data showed no change in net mortgage lending in July on the previous month. The impact will be felt in tomorrow’s Nationwide August data. whatsapp KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Share Weak housing loans point to a price slump Tags: NULLlast_img read more

I’ve been through hell, says Rok’s departing FD

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap whatsapp Thursday 30 September 2010 11:19 pm Sharecenter_img I’ve been through hell, says Rok’s departing FD THE finance director of building and maintenance firm Rok yesterday spoke of his eight weeks of “hell” as he stepped down from the firm.“The whole experience has been hell. It’s put me through hell, its put my family through hell,” said Ashley Martin, as he reflected on the period since 11 August when he was suspended pending an investigation into alleged financial mismanagement at Rok’s heating, plumbing and electrical business.Yesterday the company cleared him of any wrongdoing in a statement that said that the scaling back of sub-contracted work fitting out new homes with piping and heating was the cause for the previously lower profit expectations.But Martin said he could not remain a member of the board of Rok after his fellow board members originally blamed him for the financial irregularities which led it to issue a second profit warning earlier this year.“It was just untenable for me to stay [at Rok] after getting the blame for a profit warning. It has been insane. I spent 30 years building up my career. To have this done to you is terrible,” he said.Martin said: “Reputation is everything in this business. If you haven’t got that you haven’t got anything.” He added: “I’m glad the company have made the statement they have clearing my name but I have been negotiating my exit since the announcement of the profit warning. I think it’s clear I wasn’t going to be able to work with those individuals [on the board] again.”Martin is believed to have left the group with one year’s salary believed to be in the region of £300,000 and his full share allocation of around 750,000 shares. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailUndoThe Sports DropForgotten College Basketball Stars: Where Are They Now?The Sports DropUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoTaco RelishOnly People With An IQ Of 130 Can Name These ItemsTaco RelishUndo KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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first_img DEFAULT ZONE KCS-content Share FRESH worries about the viability of the euro surfaced yesterday as the ECB became the first major central bank to hike interest rates from historic lows, raising the base rate from one to 1.25 per cent.The Institute of Directors (IoD) said that a euro break-up is “probably the number one macroeconomic risk to the world economy at present”, adding that bailouts will be in vain if peripheral economies cannot improve their competitiveness quickly enough to avoid defaulting and exiting the euro.Portuguese banks closed up but markets reversed part of an initial relief rally in Portuguese bonds yesterday: yields on Lisbon’s five-year debt fell to 9.65 per cent before ending the day at 9.85 per cent.And Spanish economy minister Elena Salgado was forced to declare that further contagion was “absolutely ruled out” as Madrid sold €4.13bn of three-year debt.Spain saw yields fall, but economists warned that the Eurozone crisis is far from over, with IoD chief economist Graeme Leach saying that the euro would now face a “day of reckoning” and that “five years from now, the euro is very unlikely to have survived in its current form”.There are fears that Jean-Claude Trichet’s rate hike will expose the gulf between the Eurozone’s high-growth core in Germany and its cash-strapped peripheral economies where high unemployment, rising inflation and a hangover of mortgage exposure are piling pressure onto consumers.Debt investors are still pricing in a high probability of default in Portugal, Ireland and Greece. Credit default swap markets see a 58 per cent chance of a Greek default; 37 per cent of an Irish default; and 33 per cent of a Portuguese default in the next five years.But Brussels is still in denial about the possibility of restructuring: “It’s unmentionable for policymakers,” says Kevin Dunning of the Economist Intelligence Unit. “Their line is that restructuring is not happening… because they’re terrified of a new financial crisis.”A default among any of the peripheral economies would almost certainly trigger the need for a recapitalisation of domestic banks due to their heavy exposure to sovereign debt.And Europe does not have a plan for how to handle a default, with many sceptical that it will be possible to unwind a sovereign state in an orderly fashion without sending the single currency into turmoil, even after the establishment of a permanent bailout fund in 2013.Policy Exchange’s Andrew Lilico has even suggested that the ECB itself could be in danger: “We are approaching the point at which a bank will become at risk that even I would support bailing out: the ECB,” he said.As sovereign debt in the bailed-out economies matures, the EU will become liable for an increasing load of their debt, which means that any defaults will hit the finances of the Eurosystem directly.“A restructuring of debt is a political decision,” says Dunning. “Ultimately, someone has to pay, whether it’s the Germans, the Portuguese or the ECB.” whatsappcenter_img Show Comments ▼ Thursday 7 April 2011 9:15 pm whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Polar Paws by Quickspin

first_img Polar Paws by Quickspin “We’re releasing our first Christmas game just in time for the holiday season! With a beautiful winter wonderland inhabited by cute polar bears and a generous elf who loves to throw sweets around, Polar Paws will get you into the Christmas spirit before Santa Clause has even left the North Pole.” 26th November 2019 | By Aaron Noy Casino & games We’re releasing our first Christmas game just in time for the holiday season!With a beautiful winter wonderland inhabited by cute polar bears and a generous elf who loves to throw sweets around, Polar Paws will get you into the Christmas spirit before Santa Clause has even left the North Pole.You can play the demo of this slot here!If you want to write a review of this game, you can get all the game assets from First Look Games here! Topics: Casino & games Slots AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

The six contenders for Aviva Premiership glory

first_img Collision course: Samu Manoa is an integral figure for Northampton Saints TAGS: Bath RugbyExeter ChiefsHighlightLeicester TigersNorthampton SaintsSaracensWasps SaracensCurrent position: 2nd, 61 pointsFinal three league matches: Northampton (A), Exeter (H), London Welsh (A)They may have seen their European dreams dashed for another season in Saint-Étienne, but Saracens are in decent shape. An archetypal performance against Leicester a fortnight ago showcased relentless tenacity in defence alongside razor-sharp execution. Even if the Clermont machine won out, plenty of Mark McCall’s side look in good touch. Out wide, Marcelo Bosch, Alex Goode and Chris Ashton are firing. Up front, Maro Itoje is poised to add energy and dynamism. Do not underestimate the morale-boost generated by a heap of contract renewals, either. Tomorrow’s re-run of last year’s final will hold no fear whatsoever.Key player: Brad Barritt  – a lynchpin in terms of defensive organisation and so courageous.Hard man: Brad Barrit trucks up for Saracens in their Champions Cup semi-finalBathCurrent position: 3rd, 61 pointsFinal three league matches: London Irish (H), Harlequins (A), Gloucester (H)Mike Ford needs to be ruthless here, because a return of at least 14 points and a home semi-final should be Bath’s goal. With the pitches firming up, their phalanx of classy backs – Six Nations stars George Ford and Jonathan Joseph leading the charge – can truly damage teams. Media circus aside, Sam Burgess could start to influence given a run of games in the number six jersey. Without disrespecting the Exiles, Harlequins and Gloucester, a trio of games against opponents with little to play for (and the sturdy safety net of Carl Fearns waiting in the wings) feels like a prime scenario in which to learn before the knockout stages begin.Key player: George Ford – the conductor of Bath’s incisive midfield who will also have so high-pressure kicking to do.Exeter ChiefsCurrent position: 4th, 58 pointsFinal three league matches: Wasps (A), Saracens (A), Sale (H)Attaching the adjective ‘plucky’ to Exeter should have been outlawed a long time ago. Rob Baxter’s Devon boys survived on winning promotion in 2010 – a seminal campaign for the club. This season, an equally important one, is when they began to really thrive. The bristling power of Dave Ewers and 13-try Thomas Waldrom forms a potent blend in the back row, while Henry Slade has become a consummate operator at fly-half. Jack Nowell adds the predatory instinct while outstanding tighthead Tomas Francis – slayer of the much-vaunted Saints scrum recently – is likely to fuel a tug-of-war between Warren Gatland and Stuart Lancaster. Sunday in Coventry will be thoroughly entertaining. Prevail, and Chiefs can sneak a top four finish.Key player: Dave Ewers – a force of nature. Arguably the best player in the league yet to win full international honours. He is that good. As a fascinating Aviva Premiership season reaches its final straight and a sprint to the finish, six teams are in with a chance of winning the title. We take a look at the contenders. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Long levers: Dave Ewers offloads on a trademark charge for Exeter ChiefsLeicester TigersPosition: 5th, 55 pointsFinal three league matches: London Welsh (H), Wasps (A), Northampton (H)Tigers centre Matt Smith hit the nail on the head this week. “We’ve got guys that have won two or three Premierships,” he said. “We know what it takes.” Whatever their failings this year – and with a try tally stuck at 26, superior only to that of relegated London Welsh, it is fair to suggest there have been a few – Leicester are ominously comfortable when squeaky bum time arrives. Only Tom Wood’s last-gasp score 12 months ago prevented a tenth straight decider, remember. Welsh at Welford Road represents a cast-iron five-pointer this weekend before what are effectively two Midlands derbies – occasions the likes of Dan Cole and the Youngs brothers live for. Stranger things have happened.Key player: Ben Youngs – dictates pace and tempo on the front foot, scraps like hell on the back foot.WaspsPosition: 6th, 53 pointsFinal three league matches: Exeter (H), Leicester (H), London Irish (A)All roads lead to the Ricoh Arena for a face-off between two of this competition’s most enterprising, refreshing outfits. Indeed, the hosts begin the imminent round of fixtures as the most prolific try-scorers in the land with 69. Electric pace has been their primary weapon, Christian Wade, Joe Simpson and Bristol-bound Tom Varndell key protagonists. Add in the dexterity and ambition of Elliot Daly – currently operating on an entirely different level from mere mortals in the division – and you have a fleet of threats. Dai Young’s pack, suspension-free Nathan Hughes and Oreo back row buddies James Haskell and Ashley Johnson included, is a force to be reckoned with as well. Neck healed, Joe Launchbury comes back to take on Tigers. That coup will bring the same feel-good factor as a world-class signing. Overturn Exeter and all bets are off.Key player: Nathan Hughes – dominant and domineering, he will be unleashed again following the farcical disciplinary fall-out that caused him to miss the Champions Cup quarter-final. Intrigue, excitement, outrage, indignation – the current domestic campaign in this country has encouraged just about every emotional reaction from a captive audience.With three regular season rounds to go, six teams remain in the hunt for top Aviva Premiership honours. The race to make the play-offs amounts to an extremely claustrophobic traffic jam.Two fixtures this weekend – Saracens against Northampton Saints on Saturday before Wasps‘ clash with Exeter Chiefs the following afternoon – will no doubt turn the situation on its head once more.While we can then, why no take stock of the teams, their remaining games and pivotal personnel?Northampton SaintsCurrent position: 1st, 67 pointsFinal three league matches: Saracens (A), London Welsh (H), Leicester (A)Rampaging form in the early part of this term has earned the reigning champions a deserved six-point cushion. Still, there are nagging concerns for their trophy defence. Jim Mallinder’s men have suffered comprehensive defeats in succession to Clermont Auvergne and Exeter. George North’s concussion worries continue, the England contingent seem slightly tired and their set-piece – Alex Corbisiero and all – was destroyed at Sandy Park. They have an excruciatingly tough run-in too. They should still reach Twickenham, but silverware will depend on whether the likes of Courtney Lawes and undervalued Salesi’i Ma’afu can rouse this stumbling giant.Key player: Samu Manoa – a hard-hitting gain-line bully intent on a grand send-off to Toulon.last_img read more

What’s in the new Rugby World?

first_img Big future: England’s Henry Slade makes a break against Uruguay at RWC 2015. Photo: Getty Images A full list of contents for the January 2016 edition of Rugby World Tour Tale – Former Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris’s night out in QueenstownFor the latest subscription offers, click here. Jonny Gray – Why the Scotland lock is destined for superstardomChristmas Gift Guide – A feast of present ideas for the rugby fans in your lifeArgentina – Meet the man behind the Pumas’ progress, Daniel HourcadeGrass roots – How the World Cup inspired one man to play rugby for the first timeStephen Jones – What does our columnist make of the salary cap saga?Oyonnax – George Robson and Eamonn Sheridan explain what life is like at the French clubADVICEPro Insight – Former GB captain Steve Brown on how to master wheelchair rugbyNutrition – How to get enough fuel during busy weeksFitness – Exercises to help you kick as far as Stuart HoggLong range: Want to kick as far as Stuart Hogg? We have tips! Photo: Getty ImagesPro Playbook – Sam Vesty breaks down a try-scoring lineout moveMini Rugby – Play kick and catch, and how to clear outREGULARSClub Focus – A round-up of news from the club game, plus interviews with Ireland Women’s star Sophie Spence and Zack Test of USA SevensEssentials – The latest books and products on the rugby marketUncovered – Sale No 8 Josh Beaumont on his journey to pro rugby TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS With the 2015 World Cup done and dusted, it’s time to look to the future and Rugby World does just that in the new issue! We have exclusive interviews with three youngsters set to be key figures for their countries on the road to RWC 2019 – England’s Henry Slade, Ireland’s Iain Henderson and Scotland’s Jonny Gray. As well as providing a detailed insight into those three stars of the future, we pick a Wales team for the World Cup in Japan in four years’ time – how many changes have we made?On top of all that, Stephen Jones gives his verdict on the salary cap, one man explains how the World Cup inspired him to pick up a rugby ball for the first time and we’ve compiled a Christmas gift guide. Plus, there’s a sevens calendar for 2016 included with every issue in the UK and Ireland.Here’s a full list of contents – find out where to buy your copy here or get our free magazine finder app here. Plus, you can download the digital edition here.NEWSFive questions for Eddie Jones, Riche McCaw in numbers, 30 Minutes with World Cup winner Joe Moody, European Champions Cup, concussion tests, festive fixtures, women’s kit rant and a rugby quizWorld champ: Joe Moody on a victory parade with the All Blacks. Photo: Getty ImagesCOLUMNISTSJohn Mitchell – The former All Blacks coach pays tribute to Jonah LomuThe Secret Player – Our former pro gives an insight into Euro adventuresJames Horwill – Harlequins’ new lock on this year’s Big Game against GloucesterSPOTLIGHTSMatt Kvesic – Why the Gloucester flanker is just what England needDTH van der Merwe – The Scarlets and Canada wing talks turnovers and turnaroundsRed hot: DTH van der Merwe scores for Canada. Photo: Getty ImagesArdie Savea – Julian’s little brother is being tipped to be the next Richie McCawDavid Denton – The Scotland back-row on his roller-coaster move to BathCJ Stander – The Munster No 8 is talking Joe Schmidt’s sort of languageFEATURESHenry Slade – Get to know the Exeter Chief who’s English rugby’s next great hopeIain Henderson – The Ireland lock talks maths, microwaves and motivationGreen machine: Iain Henderson should be an Ireland regular for years to come. Photo: Getty ImagesWales – Who should be in the Wales team at the 2019 World Cup?last_img read more

NLB promotes Web accessibility

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 July 2002 | News Tips include:use the ALT attribute to describe graphics and other non-text itemsuse style sheets to control screen appearanceprovide a text site mapwarn users about new windows or pop-upsVisit the NLB’s Visionary Design site. The National Library for the Blind is promoting accessibility to Web site owners and designers.The National Library for the Blind (NLB) has produced a guide to Web site owners and designers to help them design accessible Web sites for blind and partially-sighted users.With support from Barclays, the project includes extensive guidelines on a Web site at www.visionary-design.org. In addition, the NLB has published a leaflet listing ten tips to make your Web site more accessible. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  11 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis NLB promotes Web accessibilitylast_img read more

Livestock, Dairy and Egg Sectors in Trouble

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Livestock, Dairy and Egg Sectors in Trouble Facebook Twitter A new report by AgriBank projects livestock, dairy, and egg sector margins to continue adjusting downward from record levels set in 2014. The report on 15 Midwest states called the egg industry “the largest percentage loser” due to bird flu and record high prices. However, the report says the turkey industry is rebounding as flocks are rebuilt, and prices remain high. AgriBank’s Jeff Swanhorst says, “2015 was, for the most part, a transition year to the reality of lower margins.” For 2016, he says the dominant themes in agriculture will be the impact of several major categories entering or continuing their expansion phases of the production cycle, the increasing dollar’s negative impact on exports, the potential for additional disease events, and domestic consumer behavior. The report did say weather remains a wildcard as the transition to La Niña from the historically strong El Niño could bring major drought conditions across the Corn Belt region late in the coming growing season.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – May 4, 2016 Facebook Twitter SHARE Livestock, Dairy and Egg Sectors in Trouble Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleFormer HAT Market Analyst Dies Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Journalist sentenced to four years in prison as “pre-criminal social danger”

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the “arbitrary” nature of the four-year prison sentence passed on 13 April on Oscar Sánchez Madan, a Matanzas province correspondent of the Cubanet website.His imprisonment brings the total of independent journalists currently held in Cuba to 26, almost as many as the number jailed in the March 2003 crackdown. News Follow the news on Cuba Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet May 6, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today condemned the jailing of Oscar Sánchez Madan, a Matanzas province correspondent of the Miami-based Cubanet website. Arrested on 13 April and summarily tried the same day, Sánchez was sentenced to four years in prison as a “pre-criminal social danger.” His imprisonment brings the number of independent journalists currently held in Cuba to 26.“The total of 27 dissident journalists jailed during the ‘Black Spring’ of March 2003 is on the verge of being reached again following Sánchez’s imprisonment,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Sánchez is the third journalist to be jailed since Raúl Castro took over as acting president on 31 July. Not only has the press freedom situation not changed, but so-called ‘social danger’ is again being used as a pretext for imprisonment. Sánchez was even denied the right to a lawyer, so his conviction was entirely arbitrary.”Aged 44, Sánchez was a regular Cubanet contributor. He was arrested by members of the State Security (the political police) on the morning of 13 April at his home in Unión de Reyes, a small town in Matanzas province 100 km east of Havana. His arrest remained unreported until yesterday, when it was reported by the Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, a Havana-based group that is illegal but tolerated by the government.Sánchez was secretly tried by the Unión de Reyes municipal court immediately after his arrest, without members of his family attending and without even being able to have a defence lawyer. He was given a four-year sentence under a criminal code provision that allows the Cuban authorities to imprison any citizen as a potential danger to society, even if they have not committed a crime.Two other journalists have been imprisoned as “pre-criminal social dangers” since Raúl Castro took over. They are Raymundo Perdigón Brito of the Yayabo Press agency, who was given a four-year sentence on 5 December, and Ramón Velázquez Toranso of the Libertad news agency who got a three-year sentence on 23 January.Sánchez was taken to the Combinado del Sur penitentiary in Matanzas immediately after the trial. Organisation New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Help by sharing this information News News April 18, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist sentenced to four years in prison as “pre-criminal social danger” Receive email alerts News October 15, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas to go further CubaAmericas RSF_en RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Head of media monitoring centre arrested in Damascus

first_img News Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News Reporters Without Borders is very worried about Mazen Darwish, the head of the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression, who was summoned for questioning by intelligence officials at 11 a.m. yesterday in Damascus and has not been heard of since. He has almost certainly been arrested.Darwish was detained for four hours on the evening of 22 March after responding to a summons to report for questioning. He was previously held for several hours on 16 March after being arrested while attending a peaceful sit-in outside the interior ministry headquarters in Damascus as an observer.His centre, the only NGO monitoring the media and Internet in Syria, has been closed by the authorities twice, in 2005 and 2009.The Syrian authorities began on 15 March to crack down hard on journalists and media covering the anti-government demonstrations taking place in various cities, especial the southern city of Deraa, which is located near the Jordanian border. Darwish’s arrest brings the number of journalists arrested since the start of these protests to three.Journalist, writer and activist Louay Hussein was arrested on 22 March in Damascus while journalist, poet and novelist Mohammed Dibo was arrested on the night of 18 March at his home in Al-Annazah, in the northwestern city of Baniyas. Dibo writes for various newspapers including Jordan’s Al-Dustour and many news websites such as Al-Waan (run by the Association of Rational Arabs), Bab el Moutawasset (Mediterranean Gate), Lamp Of Freedom and Shukumaku.These three join the already long list of journalists and cyber-dissidents imprisoned in Syria.Reporters Without Borders has meanwhile learned that a photographer and a freelance video reporter working for Agence France-Presse and an Associated Press photographer were briefly held and roughed up while covering the demonstrations in Deraa on 22 March. Their equipment was seized and was handed back a few hours later.When the AFP journalists tried to return to Deraa yesterday, their equipment was again seized. They have not yet been able to recover it. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 12, 2021 Find out more Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law Receive email alerts Newscenter_img SyriaMiddle East – North Africa February 3, 2021 Find out more March 8, 2021 Find out more News March 24, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Head of media monitoring centre arrested in Damascus to go further Follow the news on Syria RSF_en Organisation last_img read more