Appeal court frees all four imprisoned journalists

first_imgNews December 1, 2020 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa October 7, 2020 Find out more News September 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Appeal court frees all four imprisoned journalists RSF_en Reports Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders hailed the release today by an N’Djamena appeal court of all of the four Chadian journalists who have been imprisoned in the past few months – Sy Koumbo Singa Gali, Michael Didama, Garondé Djarma and Samory Ngaradoumbé. A Reporters Without Borders representative attended the hearings and greeted the journalists as they left prison.“The conflict between the government and press of recent months was resolved honourably today,” the press freedom organisation said, adding: “We thank the authorities and above all President Idriss Déby for their support in this case.”Today’s developments followed a meeting between President Déby and Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard on 22 September at which Déby promised their release and amendments to the Chadian legislation governing the media. Ménard arrived in Chad at the head of a Reporters Without Borders delegation on 20 September.Reporters Without Borders undertook to submit a first draft of proposed amendments to Chad’s press legislation to the Union of Chadian Journalists in early November.In today’s hearing, the appeal court quashed the convictions of Gali, Djarma and Ngaradoumbé on procedural grounds. The presiding judge nonetheless cautioned Djarma that he was guilty despite the ruling overturning his conviction.The court upheld Didama’s conviction but accepted that there were mitigating circumstances and reduced his sentence to a month and a half in prison. As he has already spent more than a month and a half in prison, he was released after the hearing, like the other three.Ngaradoumbé, the editorial coordinator of the privately-owned weekly L’Observateur, and Djarma, a freelance journalist, were convicted of libel and “inciting tribal hatred” on 18 July in articles criticising President Déby. Ngaradoumbé was sentenced to three months in prison, while Djarma was sentenced to three years.Didama, the editor of the privately-owned weekly Le Temps, was sentenced to six months in prison on 8 August for libel, “publishing mendacious reports” and “inciting tribal hatred” in a report about the rebels in eastern Chad.L’Observateur editor Gali was convicted on 15 August of “inciting tribal hatred” and sentenced to a year in prison because of a 13 July interview with Djarma in which he attributed his imprisonment to a “Janjaweed plot.” Djarma himself was sentenced to an additional year in prison because of the interview. to go further Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid News Follow the news on Chad November 27, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hailed the release today by an N’Djamena appeal court of all of the four Chadian journalists who have been imprisoned in the past few months – Sy Koumbo Singa Gali, Michael Didama, Garondé Djarma and Samory Ngaradoumbé. The organization undertook to submit a first draft of proposed amendments to Chad’s press legislation to the Union of Chadian Journalists in early November. ChadAfrica Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad ChadAfrica last_img read more

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Political storm sweeps away much of the privately-owned press

first_img RSF_en Receive email alerts EthiopiaAfrica Organisation RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia May 21, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today appealed to United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan for “urgent mediation” in Ethiopia, where editors of privately-owned newspapers have been imprisoned, forced underground or charged with treason since an outbreak of rioting and a violent crackdown by the police.“The Ethiopian government is once again yielding to panic and sending its police to settle its differences with the opposition,” the press freedom organisation said. “Appropriate methods exist if Prime Minister Meles Zenawi wants to challenge press reports. And if they do not exist, he is in a position to create them. Instead, he has launched a manhunt, filled his prisons with prisoners of conscience and plunged his country into a terrible political crisis.”Reporters Without Borders continued: “As long as it does not advocate murder or hatred, Ethiopia’s privately-owned press has an absolute right to express its views without having to face extravagant charges. We appeal to the judicial authorities to release the detained journalists at once, announce any charges they may still face and, if necessary, let them defend themselves in a climate of fairness and independence.”The organisation added: “Mediation by the office of the UN secretary-general could help to halt Ethiopia’s continuing disintegration in which the press is one of the victims.”The Ethiopian government has issued a list of 58 persons wanted for their part in the street violence that has shaken the country since 1 November. They include opposition members, civil society leaders and the publishers and editors of Amharic-language weekly newspapers based in Addis Ababa. The state-owned media followed up with appeals for witnesses and photos of some of those on the list, which was published in the 6 November issue of the Amharic-language biweekly Iftin. Leaders of the main opposition alliance, the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD), human rights activists and NGO representatives are among those named.The following journalists appear on the list: Addis Zena publisher Fassil Yenealem, Addis Zena editor Wosonseged Gebrekidan, Ethiop editor Andualem Ayele, Eskindir Nega, owner of the Serkalem Publishing Enterprise, which publishes the newspaper Asqual, Menelik and Satenaw, Asqual editor Wonakseged Zeleke, Menelik editor Zelalem Gebre, Satenaw editor Nardos Meaza, Netsanet publisher Zekarias Tesfaye, Netsanet editor Abiy Gizaw and his deputy Dereje Habtewold, Abay editor Mesfin Tesfaye and Ethiopian Free Journalists Association president Kifle Mulat.Fassil Yenealem, Wosonseged Gebrekidan, Zekarias Tesfaye and Dereje Habtewold went to the police on 9 November and were immediately arrested. Hadar editor Dawit Kedebe and his deputy, Feleke Tibebu, were previously arrested on 2 November and detained in Addis Ababa’s main prison. They appeared in court on 7 November with a group of opposition leaders and activists. The court ruled that they should remain in custody but did not formally charge them. The other wanted journalists have gone into hiding.Prime Minister Meles said on 9 November that the imprisoned opposition members and journalists were charged with treason, which carries the death penalty. “They are accused of launching an uprising,” he said, stressing that, while he did not know what the prosecutor would ask for, the death penalty was “still legal” in Ethiopia. He went on to say that he personally opposed the death penalty in these cases, preferring prison sentences. The journalists had been arrested for their “role in the uprising,” he added.Since 1 November, the police have cracked down hard on demonstrations organised by the CUD in Addis Ababa and several provincial cities in protest against the results of the 15 May legislative elections, which gave the ruling party two thirds of the seats in parliament. The CUD accuses Meles Zenawi’s Ethiopian Peoples Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) of rigging the vote count. A total of 48 people have been killed by the police and 200 have been injured since the start of the protests. At least 11,000 have been arrested, of whom 4,000 were later released on the grounds that they had no “active” role in the violence.A number of Amharic-language publications have acted as mouthpieces for the opposition and have published unverified or openly partisan reports, much to the regret and embarrassment of several journalists contacted by Reporters Without Borders. Many newspapers stopped appearing after the outbreak of the violence. But local sources said newspaper vendors resumed work on 11 November and several Amharic-language newspapers whose editors are not in prison were back on sale. Follow the news on Ethiopia May 18, 2021 Find out more Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home News News Help by sharing this information November 15, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Political storm sweeps away much of the privately-owned press to go further News EthiopiaAfrica February 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today appealed to United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan for “urgent mediation” in Ethiopia, where editors of privately-owned newspapers have been imprisoned, forced underground or charged with treason since an outbreak of rioting and a violent crackdown by the police. Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation Newslast_img read more

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Gold Smuggling Case: M Sivasankar IAS Moves Kerala High Court Seeking Bail

first_imgNews UpdatesGold Smuggling Case: M Sivasankar IAS Moves Kerala High Court Seeking Bail LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 Nov 2020 3:44 AMShare This – xM Sivasankar IAS, former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala, has approached the Kerala High Court seeking bail in the gold smuggling case.The IAS official was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on October 28 for offences under Sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for allegedly assisting Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the gold smuggling case,…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?LoginM Sivasankar IAS, former Principal Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala, has approached the Kerala High Court seeking bail in the gold smuggling case.The IAS official was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on October 28 for offences under Sections 3 and 4 of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act for allegedly assisting Swapna Suresh, the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, to launder the proceeds of the crime.On November 17, the Special PMLA Court at Kochi had dismissed his bail application observing that it was too early to record that there are reasonable grounds to believe that he is not guilty of the offences.In the present bail application filed before the High Court, Sivasankar says that the lower court’s denial of bail was solely based on a purported statement given by the prime accused Swapna Suresh, where she had said that he was aware of her gold smuggling activities. It is pointed out that in none of the previous eight statements given by Swapna Suresh, she had implicated Sivasankar.The application further states that the only factor projected by the ED to link Sivasankar to the crime is the fact that he had introduced Swapna Suresh to his chartered accountant, with whose help she opened a bank locker from which the agency has seized the alleged proceeds of the crime.Sivasankar says that the introduction of the CA to Swapna Suresh happened in 2018, much before she started the gold smuggling activities.The petition also highlights the fact that the Special Court has recorded that the ED has not submitted any statement to support its claim that Sivasankar had contacted customs officials to facilitate the release of diplomatic cargo to Swapna Suresh.The agency in their objection filed before the Special Court mentioned that Sivasankar has admitted that he has spoken to Senior Customs Officer as per the wishes of Swapna Suresh. But the Court noted in the order that no such statement was submitted by the agency in its sealed cover documentsIt is also highlighted that the court also noted that the Customs Officer to whom Sivasankar allegedly made the request has not been admittedly questioned.”The Enforcement Directorate made wild allegations and made some allegations that the petitioner tried to contact Customs official which they could not substantiate by producing any materials. Even the customs has no such case till date. Only with a frustrated attempt to substantiate the arrest of the petitioner, such an allegation was leveled by the Enforcement Directorate. The respondent heavily relied on the statement of the 2nd accused, but they failed to understand the fact that she is an accused at the time of giving the statement against the petitioner in Enforcement case”, states the application filed through Advocates S Rajeev, Dheerendra Krishnan, Vinay V Anand and Manu Srinath.Sivasankar states that although he was questioned by the central agencies for over 90 hours before the arrest, they could not find anything incriminatory materials against him.He also says that he is suffering from acute backache due to lower disc problems and that the continued custody was causing him immense pain and suffering.On October 28, a single bench of Justice Ashok Menon had denied him anticipatory bail after observing that “there is a fair possibility that applicant knew about the involvement of Swapna Suersh in the alleged smuggling activity”The case relates to the seizure of 30 kg of 24 carat gold worth ₹14.82 crore at Thiruvananthapuram airport on July 5 by the Customs (Preventive) Commissionerate, Kochi, which was sought to be brought through the diplomatic consignment sent to UAE consulate at the State capital.Sivasankar came under the cloud of suspicion on account of his connections with the prime accused in the gold smuggling case, Swapna Suresh and P R Sarith.After the reports about gold smuggling surfaced in the media, the state government suspended him from service last July for alleged violations of conduct rules.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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Brundidge kicks off Independence celebrations

first_img Col. Ret. William “Billy” Jackson, a veteran of World War II and Korea, was the featured speaker at the Salute to Veterans on Friday and also the grand marshal of the 2016 Independence Day Parade on Saturday.Jackson spoke of the political upheaval that occurred between 1765 and 1783 when colonists in the 13 American colonies rejected the British monarchy and overthrew the authority of Great Britain. The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder “Freedom was born and the American dream was underway,” Jackson said. “But many lives were lost in that fight for freedom from Great Britain – 4,435 lives. They fought for freedom, but they didn’t get to enjoy the benefits of the revolution.”Jackson said history makes heroes and thousands upon thousands of heroes have been made in wars to win and preserve freedom in America.“Some might ask, ‘Why be a patriot?’” Jackson said. “Why? Because of the freedoms that have been bought with blood and sacrifice.” Brundidge kicks off Independence celebrations Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By Jaine Treadwell Print Article Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The heat index was high, but that didn’t keep people from coming out to honor those who fought for America’s independence and those who have continued to preserve those freedoms during Brundidge’s weekend kickoff of Independence Day activities.“We had veterans at both events and we really appreciated them taking time to be a part of these special celebrations,” said Delatha Mobley, parade co-chair. “We want to always remember our veterans and their families and their sacrifices in service to our country.”center_img Latest Stories Email the author Book Nook to reopen You Might Like ART AWARD: Johnson tapped for prestigous fellowship Jerry Johnson, Professor of design at Troy University has been awarded a fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the… read more Sponsored Content He encouraged those in attendance to be heroes at home by being active in their communities and taking a stand. And, if not, don’t stand in the way of those who are.“We cannot change history,” he said. “Japan did strike Pearl Harbor; Hitler did initiate World War II in Europe. We cannot change history, but we can make a difference in the future.”On Saturday morning, Jackson led the Independence Day Parade in Brundidge as its grand marshal.“A real honor,” he said. “I don’t know if I deserve it but I do appreciate it. I love America and I’m proud that I had an opportunity to serve.The Independence Day Parade featured a wagonload of veterans including Joe Frank Hughes, Buddy Ellis, James Argo, Brain Byrd, Freddie Turner and James Ed Brown.“We all got on a wagon and there were veterans on other floats and all along the sidewalks,” Turner said. “For me, the Fourth of July is an important day in history and today as well. We have more freedoms than any other country in the world. And, we take them for granted but we are in danger of losing some of those freedoms.  We’ve got to preserve the freedoms we have. If we don’t everything before us is going to be lost.”Mobley expressed appreciation to the veterans who participated in the weekend events and to all who came to make the salute and parade successful.“We had a variety of entries in the parade – from floats and fire trucks to horses and wagons and tractors,” Mobley said. We had queens from 35 surrounding communities, including the 2016 Miss National Peanut Festival Queen. It was a great weekend as we celebrated America.” Published 3:00 am Tuesday, June 28, 2016 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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Ohio woman killed by her Great Danes, police say

first_imgkali9/iStock(WAYNESVILLE, Ohio) — An Ohio woman was killed inside her home by her two Great Danes, one of which was known to be “vicious,” police said.The body of Mary Matthews, 49, of Waynesville, was found by her husband Dale Mark Matthews with what looked to be “a lot of bite marks” on Friday, Clearcreek Township Police Chief Chief John Terrill told ABC News on Tuesday.The husband called 911 and told dispatchers that “she was beyond any help,” according to an incident report.Police arrived and found numerous blood stains throughout the house, and confirmed that Mary Matthews was deceased, according to the report.Terrill classified her death as the “result of a dog attack.”The husband told police that he had previously tried to get his wife to get rid of the dogs before, but she refused. He said one of the dogs was “vicious” and bit several other people, according to the incident report and Terrill.“[Mary Matthews] was small in stature, [Dale Mark Matthews] said, and there was no way she could have fended them off by herself,” Terrill told ABC.Terrill said it appeared that Mary Matthews attempted to fight the dogs off with a baseball bat and managed to get them out of the house, but she did not then call for help.He noted that she may have not realized the extent of her injuries.There was also evidence that showed she changed her clothes multiple times and got out towels, “which appeared to be [her] attempt to clean up the floor or perhaps herself,” according to the report. All of the clothes and towels were found with blood stains.She had been dead for about eight hours before her husband found her in the bathroom on the first floor of the home, Terrill said.The Great Danes, one black and one brown one, were found outside in the backyard on the deck.They were later taken by the local dog warden and euthanized, according to Terrill.“It’s just an unfortunate event,” he said. “We feel for the family.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Southern hemisphere thermospheric dynamics: A review

first_imgThe dynamics of the upper thermosphere in the southern polar cap, auroral, and mid‐latitude zones is reviewed. Information has been drawn from published measurements from the DE 2 and AE‐C spacecraft and from ground‐based stations and interpreted using the latest thermospheric general circulation models. Necessarily, frequent reference is made to the F region of the ionosphere, which permeates the upper thermosphere. Great emphasis is placed on the coupling and feedback mechanisms which exist between these interpenetrating fluids. It is shown that to obtain close approximation to observation, a complex model is required which incorporates these mechanisms in a self‐consistent way. Published results from general circulation models show that there is a broad measure of agreement at both high and middle latitudes between simulation and observation over a wide range of geomagnetic activity for the sunlit southern middle and high latitudes near solar maximum. However, there are comparatively few data for a full investigation to be made, and present conclusions must be regarded as strictly interim. Strong driving forces in the auroral zones and polar caps cause a wind regime which is distinctly different from that observed at middle latitudes. Geomagnetic activity has been shown to have a strong effect on the extent of the high‐latitude wind field, its strength, and its penetration to middle latitudes. The orientation of the interplanetary magnetic field has also been shown to be important. The coupling mechanisms between ions and neutrals heat the thermosphere and drive its circulation using energy from magnetospheric sources, but as yet the details of the thermosphere’s variation with geomagnetic and solar activity are not clear from observations. The strong vertical winds reported in the literature are certainly indications of powerful heating, but the connection between observations of vertical winds and the production of gravity wave activity has not been established. Halley, Antarctica, is a critical station in the evaluation of model simulations of the winds in the upper thermosphere since it is a high‐latitude station geographically but middle latitude geomagnetically and is subject to an unusual blend of driving forces. The observations are modeled surprisingly well considering the incomplete accounting of asymmetry caused by the large offset of the geomagnetic and geographic poles, and also of the South Atlantic anomaly. It is probable that, globally, there are detailed disagreements between the actual circulation and the simulations which have not yet come to light for the lack of observations. In the absence of new spacecraft experiments, new ground‐based stations are required in the Antarctic region to enable simultaneous measurements to be made over a wide range of the southern polar cap.last_img read more

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MARCH 26, 2017 “READERS FORUM”

first_imgWHAT IS ON YOUR MIND TODAY?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Should the Vanderburgh County Council approve the spending of $500,000 to combined both county offices into one business pod?We urge you to take time and click the section we have reserved for the daily recaps of the activities of our local Law Enforcement professionals. This section is located on the upper right side of our publication.If you would like to advertise or submit and article in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] County Observer has been serving our community for 18 years.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img

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No Ruling Yet on Bid to Dismiss Charges in Beach Tag Office Sex Assault…

first_imgCharles “Chuck” Cusack served as an Ocean City police officer for 25 years and later managed beach tag operations in Ocean City.A Superior Court judge on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a motion to dismiss charges against a former Ocean City beach tag supervisor, including one that carries a mandatory minimum of five years in state prison.Charles E. Cusack, 52, is accused of having an ongoing sexual relationship with an underage female employee.Judge John C. Porto reserved his ruling following the hearing in state Superior Court in Cape May Court House on May 5. The judge will issue his ruling during a hearing on a date to be determined. Porto did not set a trial date in the case.Cusack was charged in August 2012 with one count of second-degree sexual assault. A retired Ocean City police officer who was later hired to run the city’s beach fee operations, Cusack allegedly had an ongoing sexual relationship with the beach-tag inspector, who was then 17. In February 2015, a Cape May County grand jury handed up a superseding indictment adding a second-degree charge of official misconduct and a second-degree count of endangering the welfare of a child against Cusack.Cusack’s attorney, Louis M. Barbone of Atlantic City, argued in his motion that the official misconduct and endangering charges against his client should be dismissed. The superseding indictment was based upon “prosecutorial vindictiveness” because Cusack wouldn’t plead guilty and instead opted to go to trial, Barbone contends.Barbone’s motion references a Feb. 9 letter to him from Assistant Cape May County Prosecutor Dara Paley, in which the prosecutor writes, “please be advised I have decided to present an official misconduct count to Mr. Cusack’s indictment. I do so with a heavy heart as I was hoping your client would change his mind and accept the non-custodial resolution the State proposed.”Barbone contends this paragraph is evidence of the prosecutor’s office intent to punish Cusack for refusing to accept a plea offer that would have kept him out of prison.But, Paley countered in her reply brief that with those words, she was simply expressing her disappointment that a trial seemed unavoidable.If Cusack is convicted of official misconduct, he faces a mandatory minimum of five years in state prison.In New Jersey, the age of consent is 16. But Cusack was charged under a provision in state statute that makes it illegal for a person to have sex with someone over whom he or she has supervisory authority when an alleged victim is 16 or 17 years old.Cusack served 25 years in the Ocean City Police Department before retiring in May 2011. He has three daughters and had been separated from his wife at the time of his arrest.Cusack was in his second season as director of the city’s beach-tag program when he was arrested. He has been free since posting $150,000 bond shortly after his arrest.He also faces a civil lawsuit filed in March by his alleged victim. The lawsuit alleges Cusack helped the girl land a plum summer job with the city’s beach fee office, and then used his position of authority to sway her into a sexual relationship. The city of Ocean City is also named as a defendant in the civil suit.last_img read more

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Press release: More than a million people still to need to renew their tax credits

first_img on GOV.UK by tweeting @HMRCcustomers or posting on our Facebook page with general queries using HMRC’s App, which is available on the App Store or Google Play Store using the HMRC service on Amazon Alexa using our online forum (click on Tax Credits and You) through HMRC’s webchat help service by calling the tax credits helpline: 0345 300 3900 Tax credits help working families with targeted financial support. HMRC has made it easier than ever to renew and more than 59% of customers have renewed online or via the HMRC App. The most popular times of day to renew by phone are between 10am to 12pm and 4:30 to 6:30pm, but customers renew any time – day or night – through HMRC’s online services.This year, HMRC has also launched a customer-focused service via Amazon Alexa to help answer some of the most frequently asked questions about tax credits renewals. Customers with Amazon Alexa-enabled devices can ask Alexa to open HMRC and ask for direct links to information and renewals.Last year 320,000 customers had their payments stopped or altered because they missed the deadline to inform HMRC of changes to their circumstances. These include changes to working hours, income and childcare costs. Online help and information on renewing tax credits is available GOV.UK and via HMRC’s customer service Twitter feed @HMRCcustomers. Support is also available via the tax credits helpline.Claimants can get help and information on renewing tax credits: The deadline for people to renew their tax credits is 31 July 2018. Failure to renew before the deadline will mean payments are stopped and customers may have to repay the money they have received since April. HMRC has developed a new customer-focused service via Amazon Alexa. Customers can request information about renewing tax credits. No personal information is stored on Alexa and customers cannot renew their tax credits using Alexa. If a customer requests further information via an SMS, the mobile phone number is stored for 6 hours and then automatically deleted. Follow HMRC’s Press Office on Twitter @HMRCpressoffice HMRC’s Flickr channel can be found here There’s just one week to go to the 31 July tax credit renewal deadline and HMRC is urging over a million customers yet to renew to do it online today because this is the quickest and easiest way.Angela MacDonald, Director General of Customer Services, said:center_img Further information We’ve improved our services so customers can renew their tax credits at a time that’s convenient to them but the 31 July deadline is fast approaching. There is a wealth of support available at all times of the day and night from HMRC via GOV.UK, the app, or Alexa to help customers get their renewal right. I urge customers who have yet to renew their tax credits to do so as soon as possible, to avoid their payments being stopped.last_img read more

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Collaboration aims to discover new immuno-oncology targets

first_imgHarvard, Merck to collaborate on research led by Harvard immunologist Arlene Sharpe, seeking to identify new pathways for the treatment of cancerHarvard University and Merck are launching a collaboration that will provide significant research funding for up to four years to support immuno-oncology research led by Arlene Sharpe, M.D., Ph.D., at Harvard Medical School (HMS). Sharpe, the George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology and chair of the HMS Department of Immunology, will collaborate with researchers at Merck on a major project aiming to discover novel aspects of the immune system that may be targeted in future treatments for cancer.“This collaborative project aims to discover and validate novel regulators of immune responses,” said Sharpe. “Immunotherapies such as checkpoint inhibitors have revolutionized the treatment of cancer, but my lab is deeply interested in understanding why some patients do not respond or develop resistance to those interventions. My hope is that by defining mechanisms that inhibit immune responses to tumors, we will identify very important druggable targets and new approaches to improve cancer immunotherapy.”The funding will support the work of scientists in the lab of Sharpe, who is a renowned leader in the field of tumor immunology. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine, and the recipient of numerous awards including the Warren Alpert Foundation Prize in 2017 for her contributions to the discovery of the PD-1 pathway.“Crucial insights into patient responses and outcomes may be gained through the study of fundamental biological mechanisms,” said Isaac Kohlberg, Harvard’s chief technology development officer and senior associate provost. “The complexity and promise of immuno-oncology presents a prime opportunity for Harvard’s top scientists to advance discovery through an academic-industry collaboration. Through this project, the Sharpe Lab is setting its sight on innovations that may contribute to dramatic improvements in patient care.”Under the agreement spearheaded by Harvard’s Office of Technology Development, Merck will have the option to negotiate an exclusive license to innovations arising from the research collaboration to develop these discoveries toward potential treatments for patients.“Collaboration with leading scientific groups is an integral part of Merck’s discovery strategy,” said Nick Haining, vice president for oncology discovery at Merck Research Laboratories. “We look forward to working with Sharpe’s team to investigate new ways to harness the immune system for therapeutic advances.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

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