first_img to go further Help by sharing this information June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Algeria Receive email alerts AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News The daily paper Liberté reported in 2001 that a policeman in Boufarik, a small town west of Algiers, tried to get the owner of a cybercafé to note down the names and addresses of customers and the websites they connected to. The owner refused and filed a complaint. After this was reported by the media, the local police chief said it was a personal initiative of the police officer and that he had been suspended.Since then, no cases of censorship have been recorded. However, article 14 of a 1998 telecommunications decree says ISPs “must take responsibility” for the content of sites and servers they run or host. They are also required to “take all necessary steps to ensure continuous monitoring” of content and servers accessible to their customers so as to block access to “material that undermines public order and morale.”In May 2001, parliament passed an amendment to the criminal code that caused outcry among journalists. Its article 144 (b) provided for prison terms of between two months and a year and fines of between 750 euros and 3750 euros in the event of “denigration of the president through insults or defamation,” in writing, drawings or speech, through radio and TV broadcasts or electronic or computer means. Offenders can be directly prosecuted by the government without a prior complaint being filed. For repeat offenders, the punishments are doubled. These sanctions also apply to such attacks on parliament, the armed forces and any other public body. Several journalists have been given prison sentences, but the measure has not so far hampered the growth of the Internet.LINKS:- News site of Algeria Interface – The human rights group Algeria Watch- The Human rights in North Africa Organisation RSF_en Unlike in neighbouring Tunisia, the Internet in Algeria is not controlled by the authorities. Laws give the government power to regulate and even monitor it, but they have not so far been used. Follow the news on Algeria AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa News Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News May 12, 2021 Find out more Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria News May 18, 2021 Find out more April 29, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Cheesy butternut squash soup

first_imgLinkedin Email Advertisement Facebook GREAT in winter, but I really think that this is a super dish to have in Spring as the warmth of the flavours and aromas bring a fabulous taste and this is further enhanced by adding the rind from the Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese as it cooks. Simply fry the onion, add the butternut squash, stock and Parmigiano-Reggiano rind and cook gently for 20 minutes. Remove the rind and blend the soup until smooth. Then, grill slices of French bread topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese and after ladling the soup into warmed bowls, top each one with a piece of French toast. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up WHAT YOU NEED150g Parmigiano-Reggiano, with rind25g butter1 large onion, finely chopped1 medium butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and chopped into chunks900ml hot vegetable stock 150ml milksalt and freshly ground black pepper, to season4-6 slices French breadfresh parsley or thyme, chopped to garnishWHAT TO DOKeep the rind from the Parmigiano-Reggiano, cut into chunks, then finely grate the cheese.Melt butter in a large saucepan, gently fry onion for about three minutes, until softened, but not browned. Add butternut squash, vegetable stock and Parmigiano-Reggiano rind. Heat until mixture is just simmering, then turn heat to low and cook gently for about 20 minutes, partially covered, until vegetables are soft and tender.Remove rind from saucepan, transfer soup to blender or food processor and add most of the grated cheese, reserving about 25g for garnishing. Blend soup for 15-20 seconds, until completely smooth. Return it to saucepan and add milk. Stir thoroughly and reheat until piping hot. Taste and adjust seasoning.Meanwhile, toast slices of French bread, sprinkle remaining Parmigiano-Reggiano on top and grill until melted. Ladle soup into warmed bowls, then top each portion with one piece of French toast. Sprinkle with fresh parsley or thyme and a little extra ground black pepper, then serve.You’ll need roughly 500g of butternut squash when peeled and deseeded. If you have any left over, simply roast it until tender to serve as a vegetable with another meal. To store the soup, cool it quickly, then refrigerate for up to three days, or freeze for up to three months. WhatsAppcenter_img NewsCheesy butternut squash soupBy admin – March 24, 2011 641 Twitter Print Previous articleDK’s bibles – new cook booksNext articleThe Lincoln Lawyer – film review adminlast_img read more

Landlords increasing rents to pay for extra regulatory costs

first_imgHome » News » Associations & Bodies » Landlords increasing rents to pay for extra regulatory costs previous nextHousing MarketLandlords increasing rents to pay for extra regulatory costsARLA’s David Cox says number of tenants facing rent rises is beginning to increase once more as landlords seek to offset extra costs.Nigel Lewis26th April 20180768 Views The Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) says the private rental market is ‘holding steady’ but warns there is trouble ahead for tenants as landlords increase their rents to pay for the increased costs created by the recent extra legislative changes.This includes the recent increases in tax relief, the new minimum energy efficiency standards that kicked in on April 1st and also the looming tenant fees ban.The proportion of rental properties managed by agents which saw their rents rise increased to 23% during March, the highest since September 2017 but still lower year-on-year when compared to the past three years.Both the number of rental homes managed by agents, and the number of tenants applying to rent properties increased per branch during March, by 2.5% and 8% respectively.This is continuing to push up rents, which HomeLet says increased by 0.9% on average across the UK, and 1.5% in London, and rose in ten out of the UK’s 12 regions.“For the last two decades, successive Governments have passed significant amounts of complex legislation for landlords, none of which have been properly policed or adequately enforced – but most of which cost decent landlords a lot of money,” says ARLA Propertymark Chief Executive David Cox (pictured, above).“This is why we’re so supportive of the Government’s proposals to crack down on rogue agents, and more recently, plans to confiscate properties from criminal landlords.“The announcements mark a sensible shift towards focusing on the root cause of the issues affecting the sector, rather than trying to find solutions to individual problems.“This, coupled with greater rental stock is the key to fixing Britain’s broken rental sector.”HomeLet lettings renting PRS private rental sector ARLA Association of Residential Letting Agents David Cox April 26, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

Venus Williams: The champion trying to slam Sjogren’s syndrome

first_imgEveryone has had one of those mornings — you wake up groggy, can’t face going to work, dive back under the covers and go back to sleep.Venus Williams knows what that feels like.Once the world’s top woman tennis player, she is now rebuilding her career as she battles Sjogren’s syndrome, a debilitating autoimmune disease.It has forced the American to reevaluate her lifestyle and everything she had once taken for granted.”I realized I had to get working, so there were days at the beginning where I did feel like I wanted to stay in bed,” Williams told CNN’s Open Court.”But I don’t because it makes me anxious, I have to get to work. my motto now is that is all adds up, so if I can only do a little bit this day, it will add up, and it’s better than if I get discouraged and don’t do anything. That’s when I really start sliding downhill.” So the seven-time grand slam champion threw back the covers and, with the aid of a new exercise regime and a vegan diet, began to try to live with the illness — and continue to play professional sport.”It has been a challenge, and a challenge to myself, and really just knowing that I can’t be defeated by anything,” she adds.”Not being able to practice has most definitely affected my game … not really being able to work on the things you need to work on, just speed and agility.”I can’t get all those extra little things you need, and it’s hard to get motivated if you don’t feel well too.”There’s only so much you can do, so I’ve definitely had to adjust a lot but I just see it as a challenge because in my life I’ve never been defeated by anything. “I’ve lost and I’ve had to learn — but I’ve never had to lay down the towel, so to speak. “Sjogren’s is notoriously difficult to diagnose as it presents symptoms common with many other ailments. It is also incurable.In 2011 Williams revealed to the world she had the syndrome, which forced her to withdraw during that year’s U.S. Open.According to the Sjogren’s Syndrome Foundation, around four million Americans have the illness, making it the second most common autoimmune disease after rheumatoid arthritis, and ahead of lupus. Around 90% of the people with the syndrome are women.Symptoms range from joint pain and dry mouth to having a burning sensation in the eyes, digestive problems and fatigue. First identified in 1933 by Dr. Henrik Sjogren, it can be treated with over-the-counter medicines such as eye drops and anti-dry-mouth medicine.Some patients wait over four years to be diagnosed and while Williams’ wait was lengthy, the news when it came was greeted with an overriding sense of relief not just by her, but by her younger sister Serena.”It was a relief to get the answers we didn’t have,” the 17-time grand slam winner told Open Court.”We wanted to know why she got tired and why she never woke up with any energy. I think overall, it was sad for us but at the same time we were happy that we knew what was wrong.”Serena, who has had health complications of her own having to recover from potentially fatal blood clots on the lungs, believes her sister is “so much happier and has been for a while,” after getting to grips with the syndrome. For Venus, who reigned supreme on the tennis court for long and so successfully, the realization that she was now facing a vastly different battle took some time to adjust to.At 33, some may suggest her best days may be behind her — not that you would have known it following her victory at last month’s Dubai Open.The 45th WTA title of her illustrious career was reward for an indefatigable spirit and determination which has been so sorely tested.Whether she can still challenge for a grand slam title remains open to question — not since 2008 has she triumphed at one of the sport’s top events.A five-time Wimbledon winner, the grass courts of the All England Club still remain her best hope of success, though she has not reached the final there since 2009, when she was beaten by her sister. “I would love to play and win another title at Wimbledon — that would be amazing,” says Venus, who lost in the first round of January’s Australian Open despite romping through the opening set.”I’m not limiting myself to that because I want to win them all, but you know the courts have changed so much. Back in the day when you go out in Wimbledon the first few days, you felt like you couldn’t play tennis and now you adjust so quickly.”The courts have become a lot slower, the game is a little bit different, but I still love the grass.”While Williams accepts she is entering the twilight of her career, that has not dulled her enthusiasm or ambition.Second-ranked Li Na won the Australian Open a month before she turned 32, while Serena — who is 33 in September — is the oldest No.1 in the history of the women’s game. Age is not a barrier according to Venus — not one that she is willing to accept, anyway.”I feel like I’m a great tennis player,” she says.”I know how to play the game and there’s such a trend of people playing until they are older because you know so much about the game.”If you continue to play, you can really use that knowledge and I want to be able to finish on my own terms.”I don’t want to be pushed out of the game because of other reasons other than that I wanted to leave. When I’m ready to go I’ll go — but at this moment I think I can still do it.”Whenever Williams does step away from tennis, she will have her hands full with an array of different projects.She already has her own successful fashion range, EleVen, which is now clothing several younger tennis stars on the circuit.On top of that, she also part-owns the Miami Dolphins NFL franchise, something she says is “wonderful to be a part of.”But she wants to be remembered for her achievements on the tennis court.Not all those grand slam victories and Olympic gold medals, or the incredible power and precision of her game — but for helping to bring the game to a new generation of fans around the world.”I think we all dream of winning tournaments but we don’t think of being more of a force in the game of tennis other than for ourselves,” she says.”For me that would be the best legacy.”last_img read more

Serena ‘very likely’ to make comeback at Australian Open: organisers

first_imgAustralian Court has 24 major titles, making her the most successful player in Grand Slam history.Tiley described the Australian Open, which will be held from January 15-28, as a “family-friendly event”.“We’ve had this before. Roger Federer travels with his four kids and we are a family-friendly event,” he said, referring to Williams and her baby.The winner of the 2018 tournament will walk away with Aus$4.0 million (US$3.0 million), up from Aus$3.7 million last year. The total tournament purse has risen 10 percent to Aus$55 million.Share on: WhatsApp Melbourne, Australia | AFP | Serena Williams will be ready to make her tennis comeback at the Australian Open with her return to Melbourne for the season’s opening Grand Slam “very likely”, organisers said Wednesday.Williams, 36, won this year’s Australian Open while pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl in September. She has not played a competition since, raising questions over whether the 23-time Grand Slam winner would attempt to defend her title next month.But tournament director Craig Tiley is optimistic she will return for a crack at her seventh Melbourne Park crown after marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian last month.“She’s got her visa, she’s entered, she’s practising and she’s probably just got to find a bit more space for a bigger entourage,” Melbourne’s Herald Sun quoted him as saying.“There’s no question that she’ll be ready in our view and she wants to break a record that is Margaret Court’s. It would be a pretty significant accomplishment for her to be able to do that.”last_img read more