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News Receive email alerts RSF_en News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the action of an Israeli soldier who deliberately shot a Palestinian photographer in the face with a rubber-coated steel bullet during an incursion by the Israeli Defence Forces into the Aida refugee camp, 2 km north of the West Bank city of Bethlehem, on 8 April.The incident took place at around 5:30 p.m., when Mohamed Al-Azza, a photographer for Palestine News Network (PNN), was taking photos of the Israeli soldiers from the Lajee Centre, a children’s educational centre inside the camp.Azza was taken to Beit Jala hospital after being hit in the right cheekbone by the bullet, and underwent an operation that evening. He is expected to remain in the hospital for about 10 days.Reporters Without Borders urges the IDF to investigate this deliberate shooting. The soldier who fired the shot should be severely punished. The complete impunity enjoyed by IDF soldiers responsible for violence against journalists must end.Reached in hospital, Azza gave Reporters Without Borders the following account of the incident:“I was on the second-floor balcony of the Lajee Centre, which is near the camp entrance. I was in a good location to photograph the soldiers as they advanced into the camp. A soldier saw me and shouted that I should go home. I replied: ‘Why? I am just taking photos.’ Despite his orders, I continued taking photos and that annoyed them.“At a certain point, I went inside but continued taking photos through a window and a half-open door. That is when I was hit in the face. A friend who was there helped me down but when we wanted to leave the building, the soldiers opened fire on the door again. My friend shouted to the soldiers that I was badly injured and needed to be taken to hospital. When they saw the blood on my face, they let us pass.”See the photos Azza took before being injured. PalestineMiddle East – North Africa PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Related documents 130410_cp_mohamed_al-azza_ar-2.pdfPDF – 242.13 KB Follow the news on Palestine to go further Help by sharing this information Organisation April 10, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 IDF urged to punish soldier who deliberately shot, wounded photographer June 3, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more News News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes May 16, 2021 Find out more
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The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Journal, Market Studies, News Home / Daily Dose / Measuring the Impact of Remote Work on Housing Decisions Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Gen-X George Ratiu Sr. HarrisX Millennials pandemic Realtor.com remote work 2021-05-12 Eric C. Peck Share 1Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Measuring the Impact of Remote Work on Housing Decisions About Author: Eric C. Peck Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Entrepreneur.com. Previous: 3D Tours Boosting SFR Marketing Efforts Next: Sky’s the Limit for SFR Market Tagged with: Gen-X George Ratiu Sr. HarrisX Millennials pandemic Realtor.com remote work Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago 18 days ago 563 Views Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Realtor.com recently examined trends in homebuying during the pandemic, as more and more Americans were driven out of the office, thus forcing a rise in home sales nationwide. The survey was conducted among 3,998 adults by HarrisX.Nearly 60% of new homeowners who purchased within the last 12 months are working from home, and 62% prefer to be. Despite it being the clear preference, just 48% of that total have been told by their employer they can continue to work remotely. One in four of those surveyed still have no definitive answer on whether or not they can remain fully remote indefinitely, and another quarter already have plans to return.”Throughout the last year, we have seen homebuyers across the country, empowered by the new found ability to work remotely, moving farther and farther from crowded urban downtowns in search of more space, higher quality of life, and a lower cost of living,” said George Ratiu Sr., Economist for Realtor.com. “Our survey data shows that people are really enjoying their new communities and larger homes, and aren’t willing to give them up anytime soon. Looking forward, if companies return to more conservative policies on working from home, we could see an influx of new homeowners in the job market. For companies willing to stay more flexible with either hybrid or entirely remote opportunities, there is a large cohort of young professionals with growing families who value homeownership and affordability, and welcome the benefits of a technologically-enhanced employment landscape.”The report found that Gen Z homebuyers reported the largest share of remote workers, followed by millennials, and then Gen X. Regionally, the share of remote workers was highest in the Northeast and West, mirroring the concentration of technology and information services companies in coastal metro areas.Those surveyed this spring showed an even stronger shift toward remote work, with 62% of recent homebuyers indicating they favor it. Interestingly, the share of those who prefer remote work was the highest for Gen Z respondents, followed by millennials and Gen X.When asked what they will do if their employer decides they must return to the office, while 48% said they’d try to arrange a flexible schedule that allows for some in-office work and some remote work, nearly 25% claimed they would seek new employment. Just 30% of those asked said they would willingly return to the office if asked, and only 8% say they would sell their pandemic-purchased home in favor of one closer to work.The report also found that a greater share of recent homebuyers traded longer commutes in exchange for desirable homes and more affordable communities. Close to 40% of homebuyers reported one-way commute times from their new homes to workplaces that were over 30 minutes long. Forty-five percent of both Gen Z and millennial respondents said their one-way commutes were over 30 minutes. In comparison, only 29% of Gen Xers and 21% of Baby Boomers reported one-way commutes longer than 30 minutes. Regionally, buyers in the Northeast and West had larger shares of 30-minute or longer commutes, at 53% and 40%, respectively.Click here to read more about realtor.com’s “Remote Work Is Highly Valued by 2021 Homebuyers” report. Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago
News UpdatesPursuant To Filing Of PIL In Gauhati HC, Assam Govt Brings Out Policy To Rehabilitate People Who Lands Were Lost Due To Flood/ Erosion LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK24 March 2021 11:22 PMShare This – xThe Government of Assam, in response to a PIL filed before the Gauhati High Court seeking welfare schemes for people residing in flood/ erosion prone areas of the state, has come up with a comprehensive policy for rehabilitation of such families. The State has informed a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dulia and Justice Manas Ranjan Pathak that on January 6,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Government of Assam, in response to a PIL filed before the Gauhati High Court seeking welfare schemes for people residing in flood/ erosion prone areas of the state, has come up with a comprehensive policy for rehabilitation of such families. The State has informed a Division Bench comprising of Chief Justice Sudhanshu Dulia and Justice Manas Ranjan Pathak that on January 6, the Government had notified its decision to rehabilitate such persons or families who are affected by flood/ erosion. The development comes in a PIL highlighting various problems faced by the people of Assam, particularly, those inhabiting near the banks of mighty Brahmaputra which causes annual flood. The plea submitted that this frequent flooding and recurring soil erosion causes huge damage to the properties, throwing the lives of people in to disarray by rendering them homeless and depriving them of their livelihood. The Petitioners had sought implementation of the long pending Chief Minister’s Special Scheme for Rehabilitation of Erosion Affected Families in Assam, 2015. In response to the plea, the Assam Government submitted that the funds allotted in the earlier Scheme could not be utilised as there was no concrete provision in the earlier guidelines. It also filed an affidavit indicating the details of measures taken by it to give compensation to the persons whose lands have been taken away by the said natural calamities. The Government has also now come out with the policy titled— Rehabilitation Policy For Erosion Affected Families of Assam, 2020, to rehabilitate the population affected from 2014-15 onwards. Pursuant thereof, the Petitioner expressed satisfaction as to the provisions of the scheme. Accordingly, the PIL has been closed. Petitioners were represented by Advocate Debashree Saikia; State represented by Advocate R. Dhar Case Title: Hema Prava Devi & Anr. v. State of Assam & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
News Updates’Right To Safe Education’: Orissa High Court Quashes Govt Order For Merger Of Primary Schools Citing Importance Of Neighbourhood Schools At Walking Distance Akshita Saxena6 May 2021 9:54 AMShare This – xIn a significant judgment concerning elementary education among the poor, the Orissa High Court held that it is essential to ensure that primary schools are situated within walking distance of their neighbourhood. A Single Bench of Dr. Justice BR Sarangi observed that the “Right to education includes right to safe education”, and when the very purport of the Right to Education Act, 2009 is to provide at least one school within a walking distance of one kilometre of the neighbourhood, in that case, the State Government cannot take steps for abolition of schools that are already catering to the needs of the local people, merely on the ground of decreasing roll strength. Holding thus, the Court quashed a notification dated March 11, 2020 and a subsequent office memorandum for merger and consolidation of primary schools having poor roll strength with higher schools. The Court, while hearing a batch of petitions against the Government order, observed that the GO gives complete go by to the Constitutional mandate under Article-21-A (Right to Education) of the Constitution and statutory provisions contained under the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE Act) and the Odisha Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Rules, 2010. The order stated, “Right to education includes right to safe education. Education is the brining up; the process of developing and training the powers and capabilities of human beings. In its broadest sense the word comprehends not merely the instruction received at school, or college but the whole course of training moral, intellectual and physical; is not limited to the ordinary instruction of the child in the pursuits of literature. It also comprehends a proper attention to the moral and religious sentiments of the child. And it is sometimes used as synonymous with “learning”.” Children in elementary schools should be our first concern. The rise in the literacy rates in various States over the years is primarily due to better inputs in (formal) primary education. When then base is weak, everything remains weak in later years. In half-hearted primary education, all efforts to reform secondary or higher education will prove to be futile exercise… Unfortunately the authorities of the system do not seem to realize this natural phenomenon, because, they themselves have no stakes in this system. Instead of finding the reasons for decreasing roll strength merger of school will not serve the purpose. It is just like without finding the cause of disease treatment has been started. There are enumerable reasons for decreasing of roll strength, instead of eradicating the ground difficulties merger is taken place due to decision is taken place at higher level without realizing the ground level reality.” The Court turned to various statutory provisions that obligate the State to establish primary schools near poor, rural areas, to ensure that children residing in these areas have access to education. Section 3 of the RTE Act provides that every child shall have the right to free and compulsory education in a neighbourhood school till the completion of his or her elementary education. Section 6 thereof provides that it is the duty of appropriate government and local authority to establish, within such area or limits of neighbourhood, as may be prescribed, a school where it is not so established. Section 8(b) of the Act provides that the appropriate government shall ensure availability of a neighbourhood school as specified in Section 6. Similarly, Rule 6 of the State Rules provides for establishment of neighbourhood school in respect of children in classes I-V within a walking distance of one km. of the neighbourhood. So far as children having classes VI-VIII, the provision provides that a school shall be established within a walking distance of 3 kms. of the neighbourhood. Further, the Court noted that there is no provision, either in the Act or in the Rules, for merger/consolidation of primary/upper primary schools with high schools. Furthermore, it held, when no minimum roll strength has been prescribed for a primary school under the Act or the Rules, the impugned notification fixing the minimum roll strength is contrary to the statute and, as such, the same cannot sustain in the eye of law. “Students in neglected rural far-flung region need special dispensation, additional dose of teaching and other activities. If Government accommodation for teaching is provided and a rational transfer policy is formulated and strictly adhered to, many problems of teachers posted in difficult rural regions will be resolved to a great extent,” the Court observed. Case Title: Lilly Samal & Ors. v. State of Odisha & Ors. Click Here To Download Order Read OrderTagsOrissa High Court Right To Education RTE Act Right to Safe Education Article 21-A Constitution of India Next Story