News to go further Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months RSF_en February 26, 2021 Find out more Mohammed Shu’i Al-Rabu’i, a correspondent for several news media including the opposition newspaper Al-Qahira, was gunned down on 13 February in the district of Beni Qais (in the governorate of Hajja), 120 km northwest of Sanaa. Those allegedly responsible have already been arrested. “The murderers have been arrested and will be punished,” Beni Qais security chief Abdelrazeq Az-Zareq said, adding that he took “full responsibility” for their release at the end of last year. February 11, 2021 Find out more News News United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF January 6, 2021 Find out more Yemen was ranked 167th out of 175 countries in the Reporters Without Borders 2009 press freedom index. YemenMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information “We offer this journalist’s colleagues and family our heartfelt condolences,” Reporters Without Borders said. “His murder is an outrage that could have been avoided if the authorities had not been so negligent. His alleged killers were arrested at the end of last year for physically attacking him but the authorities freed them.” February 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Opposition newspaper reporter murdered in northwest Follow the news on Yemen Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions YemenMiddle East – North Africa Al-Rabu’i had worked for more than 10 years for Al-Qahira, the mouthpiece of the Islamic Reform Grouping (Al-Islah), the main opposition party. In the last legislative elections, in 2003, Al-Islah won 22.6 per cent of the vote and 46 of the 301 seats in parliament. The press freedom organisation added: “This time we call for them to be brought to trial and severely punished. We also urge the authorities to do what is necessary to ensure that this kind of tragedy does not recur by giving journalists adequate protection throughout the country.” Organisation Aged 34, Al-Rabu’i was shot reportedly dead at his home by about four of five individuals who were arrested after attacking him in late 2009 but were released before charges were brought. News Respect for press freedom worsened last year in Yemen but this is the first time that a journalist has been murdered in violence against independent or opposition news media since North and South Yemen merged in 1990.
1.Swibinsk said Santini “plans to take the animals to a wildlife rehabilitation facility.”2.”His firm does not euthanize any animals.” Did Mr. Santini keep his promises? What happened to the wildlife?It was pointed out at the time that these were unrealistic promises as rehabilitation facilities generally only take animals that are injured and/or orphaned and that they are not meant to be dumping grounds for animals for the convenience of Bayonne.They are private facilities supported by donations that are often overwhelmed with animals.Residents were concerned that wildlife would just be killed by Mr. Santini and that Bayonne, in effect, would be hiring a wildlife exterminator.In direct response to the concerns about the wildlife, Council President Nadrowski, speaking in chambers on behalf of the council, said the council would monitor Mr. Santini by reviewing monthly reports and assessments. The council granted NJACR the contract but also acknowledged our concerns by saying they would oversee it.After submitting an OPRA request for the monthly reports, it is clear that there is no way to tell from the reports submitted by NJACR what happened to the animals. Concerning wildlife, the reports note how many calls were taken for various species but generally nothing else. There are no dates, times, or outcomes. There is no indication what the response was to most calls or what happened to the animals.It is reasonable to ask if Mr. Santini fulfilled his promise to the city, to the community, and to the council who approved his contract, to never euthanize an animal. It is also reasonable to ask if the council plans to honor its commitment to hold NJACR accountable.JILL PUSTORINO To the Editor:When NJCAR received the animal control contract from the City of Bayonne two years ago, Mr. Santini made promises to the city regarding the handling of wildlife, through his spokesperson Mr. Swibinski:
Gift cards make great gifts. They are convenient, easy to use and readily available online and in stores. However, to avoid giving a gift that keeps on taking, thoroughly read and understand the disclosures that come with the card.A gift cards looks like a credit card with a magnetic strip that stores information about the card’s value. Some cards can only be used at one retailer. Some can only be used at stores in a particular mall or shopping center, and others can be used anywhere major credit cards are accepted. Cards now good for five yearsThanks to the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009, gift cards are a better idea than in the past. The act established new rules to protect consumers from excessive fees once charged by some retailers and banks.Money on gift cards must now be good for at least five years from the date the card is purchased. Value added to a gift card must also be good for five years from the date the money was added. If the five years run out and unspent money remains on the card, you can request a replacement card at no charge.The new law requires clearer disclosure of any fees at the time of purchase. Be sure to read the terms and conditions before making your purchase, and send them along to the recipient with the gift card. Include the receipt in case the card is lost or stolen. No more penaltiesMaintenance and usage fees are restricted. You cannot be charged for using the gift card, not using the gift card, card maintenance or adding money to the card unless the card has not been used for more than 12 months. Whether giving or receiving gift cards, be sure you understand how they work. Consumer advocates recommend cards from specific retailers over cards offered by banks. Bank cards can be redeemed wherever credit cards are accepted, but tend to come with more and higher fees. Watch for hidden fees. You may be charged to check your balance even in the first 12 months, so be sure to keep track of how much you spend. Watch for delayed fees that kick in if the card has not been used for 12 consecutive months. Register cardsDo not lose your gift card. If a gift card is lost or stolen you may not be able to replace it. Some retailers charge a replacement fee, provided you have proof of purchase such as a sales receipt and the ID number of the card. Registering your gift card with the issuer often provides extra protections.If you receive a gift card, register it with the issuing bank or retailer. Information about how to register your card should be included with other card details. If not, check the website of the issuer for information about how to register your gift card. Some issuers will not replace lost or stolen gift cards unless they are registered.Use the card promptly. About ten percent of gift cards are never redeemed. Unused gift cards return more than $9 billion back to retailers.