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first_img News June 7, 2021 Find out more MontenegroEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeJudicial harassment Montenegro : RSF and other leading press freedom organisations condemn the continued judicial persecution of Jovo Martinović Organisation MontenegroEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeJudicial harassment to go further News News RSF_en Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Help by sharing this information January 18, 2017 RSF urges Montenegrin court to drop charges against reporter Follow the news on Montenegro Jovo Martinovic / DR March 30, 2021 Find out more Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Montenegrin authorities to abandon the proceedings against Jovo Martinovic, an investigative reporter whose trial on a charge of supporting a drug trafficking ring will continue tomorrow in the capital, Podgorica.A specialist in covering organized crime for such leading international media as The Economist, Financial Times and the CAPA press agency, Martinovic is facing a possible 10-year jail sentence. Held for 15 months, he was finally freed provisionally the day after the third hearing in trial, held on 4 January. Martinovic was arrested on 22 October 2015 along with 17 suspected members of a drug trafficking network known as the “Pink Panthers.” He has insisted on his innocence ever since his arrest, claiming that his only links with organized crime were those of a reporter.“The main defendant in this drug trafficking trial, a former Pink Panthers member, pleaded guilty on the first day and told the judge that Jovo Martinovic was innocent,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union-Balkans desk. “We urge the court to now drop all charges against this journalist and to end the proceeding against him.”Montenegro is ranked 106th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. News Receive email alerts November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic John McNulty inundated with calls from TD’s and Senators asking him to reconsider Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Facebook News John McNulty has been asked to reconsider his decision to withdraw from the Seanad by-election.On Tuesday the Donegal businessman announced his decision to withdraw.Speaking to Highland Radio News shortly after the shock announcement on Tuesday John McNulty said he was withdrawing from the byelection race as his participation in the contest had become a “distraction” from the work the Government was doing.He also claimed that the decision was completely his own and that he wasn’t pushed.As the election cannot be stopped and Mr McNulty’s name cannot be withdrawn, he asked Fine Gael and Labour TD’s and Senators not to vote for him.But it has been claimed today by Environment Minister, Alan Kelly that many votes have already been cast for McNulty and that there is a real possibility that he  will be elected to a seat in the upper house.And now in a further twist John McNulty has been inundated with calls from TD’s and Senators asking him to reconsider his decision.It’s understood that Fine Gael TD’s and Senators were not advised NOT to vote for McNulty at last nights parliamentary meeting.Fine Gael in Donegal has said they are angry at the way the whole situation has been handled, and they are hoping that McNulty still wins the by-election and takes up the position as Senator.At this stage John McNulty is refusing to comment. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Twittercenter_img By News Highland – October 2, 2014 Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleEnvironment Minister says many TD’s and Senators have already voted for John McNultyNext articleBlack card stats released News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

first_imgIf you want to be successful with a home fruit orchard, you need to start from the ground up.Generally, fruit trees are composed of two parts: the scion and the rootstock. The scion is equivalent to the variety. The rootstock is the bottom part of the tree and is critical to its longevity.The bud union is the site where the scion was grafted to the rootstock seedling. It’s generally obvious at the time of planting.Rootstocks affect trees’ size, aesthetics and resistance to freeze injury, diseases and pests. Dwarfing trees makes them easier to manage by making them simpler to prune, thin and harvest.Apple RootstockApple rootstock development has provided the greatest range in size modification. The M7 is semidwarfing rootstock and reduces pruning needs while making thinning and harvesting easier. It also provides some fire blight resistance.Too much dwarfing can increase expenses and management. The M26 requires support by way of trellising. This technique is expensive, but it has the benefit of placing all of the fruit virtually within arm’s length. Trellised apple trees on M26 make interesting and friendlier fences between you and your neighbors, too.In pear production, the Calleryana seedling rootstock develops into a very large tree that’s susceptible to fire blight. But Old Home and Province Quince are resistant to fire blight.Plums, PeachesFor plums and peaches, Nemaguard and Guardian are good rootstocks. Nemaguard is useful where root knot nematodes are in the soil. Guardian is advisable in peach replant sites or when root knot or ring nematodes are a problem. For peaches, Lovell and Halford are also options, but they don’t provide nematode resistance.If you plan to buy named varieties from tree nurseries, now is the time to make a decision for next year.The nurseries plan now which scion-rootstock combinations they will plant for sale next year. To be certain you get your favorite variety on the dwarfing or resistant rootstock of your choice, place an order now. PlantCarefullyPlan Orchardlast_img read more

first_imgThe latest Rental Affordability Index shows Queensland students and pensioners are in rental stress.The index found Brisbane pensioners are the hardest hit, with singles having to spend 67 per cent of their income, and couples 44 per cent, to secure a new lease. Single income families with children pay a quarter of their income for a new rental, leaving little for the cost of childcare and education. This is despite rents actually falling in Brisbane by 0.4 per cent in the year to September, according to the latest Housing Industry Association figures. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE A third of Queenslanders rent their home, according to the REIQ.Advocacy groups are calling on the federal government to introduce a national housing plan and say more share housing and social housing are the only affordable solutions. “Affordability is a far bigger problem for renters than homeowners, and yet everyone wants to focus on homeownership,” Mr Pisarski said.“To accommodate the growing proportion of renters and to house them affordably we really need a national housing plan.”Mr Pisarski said Queensland had one of the lowest proportions of social housing in the country.“The mantra that we need more supply isn’t holding up,” he said.“We need specific supply strategies for affordable and social housing — it’s the bottom of the market that’s continually missing out and governments have a responsibility for that.” National Shelter executive officer Adrian Pisarski.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoAnglicare Australia and the National Union of Students are calling on the federal government to provide more support for students in next year’s budget.“Students are being forced into poverty, and many cannot afford basic necessities,” Jill Molloy of the National Union of Students said. “Many students are also having negative experiences where they live — 49 per cent told us they were struggling with rent costs.”Anglicare Australia executive director Kasy Chambers agreed students who relied on Youth Allowance or Austudy were struggling to pay rent.According to the Real Estate Institute of Queensland, about one third of Queenslanders rent their home.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella said spending 30 per cent of a household’s income on rent was considered affordable and that rents in Queensland were significantly lower than in Victoria and New South Wales.Ms Mercorella agreed affordable student accommodation in Brisbane’s CBD was hard to find, but pointed out there were some developments in the pipeline that could bring an extra 8000 beds to the market and ease some of that pressure. The latest Rental Affordability Index shows inner-city Brisbane is still unaffordable.The least affordable areas in Greater Brisbane include the affluent suburbs of Brookfield and Bulimba and Kobble Creek and Samsonvale in the Moreton Bay region, where 34 per cent of household income is spent on rent.The median rental household in Greater Brisbane has a gross income of $83,500 per annum, according to SGS Economics & Planning. On the Gold Coast, Robina and Currumbin Waters are considered unaffordable for the average renter, along with Noosa and Palmwoods on the Sunshine Coast.“We all expect Brisbane and the Gold Coast to have affordability issues, but the Sunshine Coast is more surprising,” National Shelter executive officer Adrian Pisarski said.“For a pensioner couple on $45,000 a year, there are no affordable rental options on the Sunshine Coast.” MONEY CAN’T BUY YOU THIS MANSION WHOPPING PRICE FOR MOST EXPENSIVE BUYER SWOOPS ON HAMPTONS HAVEN Median rents relative to household income are more affordable in the regions of Ipswich and Redbank, according to the Rental Affordability Index.Students, with a job on the side earning the maximum allowable income and living in a share house, are paying 28 per cent of their income on rent. But those living close to Brisbane’s CBD are paying considerably more — 45 per cent of their earnings go towards rent.For young people on benefits, rents are untenable across Brisbane, amounting to more than 100 per cent of total income, according to the report.center_img The Rental Affordability Index shows Queensland students are struggling to pay rent. Pic: Suzanna Clarke.VULNERABLE Queenslanders are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, with barely enough money for necessities like food and medicine after paying rent, a new report reveals. The latest rental affordability report card out today reveals students living near Brisbane’s CBD are forking out nearly half their income on rent, while single pensioners are giving their landlords more than two-thirds of what they earn. The national Rental Affordability Index, released by National Shelter, Community Sector Banking and SGS Economics & Planning, recorded a slight improvement in affordability in Queensland in the June quarter, with average income households spending a quarter of their earnings on rent.But in inner-city Brisbane and on the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast, 30 per cent or more of an average income household’s earnings are being spent on rent.The RAI’s benchmark for housing stress is when 30 per cent of a household’s income is spent on rent — above that threshold people have difficulty paying for primary needs, such as food, air conditioning, medicine and transport, according to the report authors. REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella. Photo: Claudia Baxter.She said there was a shortfall in affordable, fit-for-purpose accommodation for the aged community. “It’s not a problem that is unique to Queensland,” she said.“It’s a national issue that requires more attention than it currently receives.”QUEENSLAND’S LEAST AFFORDABLE SUBURBS FOR AVERAGE RENTERS1. Kobble Creek/Samsonvale2. Brookfield/Kenmore3. Samford Village 4. Eatons Hill5. Burbank/Mackenzie6. Bulimba/Hawthorne 7. Carbrook 8. The Gap 9. Worongary 10. Wakerley/Ransome 11. Currumbin Waters 12. Robina 13. Upper Kedron/Ferny Hills 14. Spring Hill 15. Petrie Terrace 16. Paddington/Rosalie 17. New Farm 18. Burleigh Heads 19. St Lucia 20. West End/Highgate Hill (Source: SGS Economics & Planning 2017. Based on an average income household of $80,000)last_img read more