Receive email alerts Organisation November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further Reports Follow the news on Eswatini News December 11, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Huge damages award aims to throttle only independent daily Help by sharing this information Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders condemns the exorbitant libel damages that the high court awarded last week against the Times of Swaziland. The record sum of 550,000 lilangeni (41,000 euros) is tantamount to a death sentence for the country’s only privately-owned daily.The court awarded the damages on 3 December to senate president Gelane Simelane-Zwane in connection with a May 2009 article reflecting debates about whether she was a Simelane family member by birth. “This damages award, the largest ever made against a Swazi publication in a libel case, is out of all proportion to the harm the newspaper is alleged to have caused the plaintiff, said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. In the light of the financial situation of Swaziland’s media, one can only regard this exorbitant award as a government attempt to throttle the country’s only independent daily. We call for this ruling to be overturned as its sole aim is to gag the media.”According to the Media Institute of Southern Africa, the award is twice as much as what the plaintiff, Ms. Simelane Zwane, originally requested. This is indicative of a desire on the part of the authorities to persecute the Times of Swaziland and the country’s media in general.Evidence of this was already seen early this year in the contempt of court proceedings that supreme court chief justice Michael Rambodibedi brought against The Nation editor Bheki Makhubu. Mpendulo Simelane, a judge who is himself an interested party in the case, refused to grant bail to Makhubu on 5 December on the grounds that he might flee, although it was Makhubu who turned himself into the police when he was arrested in March.Africa’s only absolute monarchy, Swaziland is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News RSF_en Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage June 29, 2020 Find out more News EswatiniAfrica EswatiniAfrica
The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) has called for the mountain of red tape now faced by landlords and letting agents, including the growing number of licensing schemes, to be significantly reduced or scrapped.These proposals are part of its manifesto for the looming General Election that Boris Johnson has triggered.The RLA has based its claim on the increased number of regulations that landlords must comply with which has reached 156, up from 118 since the Conservatives began re-shaping the legal framework of the property industry.Ahead of the expected policing of landlords highlighted by Lord Best’s RoPA proposals, the RLA says increased policing of the private rented sector has “not led to an improvement in enforcement action against criminal landlords and many councils are failing to properly use the powers they already have”.Despite the RoPA proposals, the RLA has called on all political parties in the election to commit to improving enforcement of the powers already available.This is instead of introducing new legislation which it says councils will be unable to use to ‘root out the crooks’.“Removing criminal landlords from the sector will only be achieved if councils have the resources and the will to properly use the wide range of powers they already have,” says David Smith, the RLA’s Policy Director (left).“Piling more regulations onto the sector which will continue not to be properly enforced is meaningless and serves only to put off good landlords from providing the homes to rent we need.“It is time for smarter enforcement, not more regulation.”General Election Landlord licensing Residential Landlords Association landlord RLA David Smith November 4, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentCharles wisdom, CW Propertes CW Propertes 4th November 2019 at 12:28 pmI never write or respond to these things but here’s why I did today.It has always been the way the few spoil it for the many. When you buy a loaf of bread an percentage of that cost was added due to shoplifters (the few) . When you buy your vehicle insurance a percentage of that cost was added due to uninsured drivers (the few). When you go to a sporting event and buy a ticket it for it a percentage of that cost added will be down to security & policing costs due to hooligans & thugs (the few).It’s always been the way. I feel it’s long overdue the tightening of control in the rental market. As a contractor & a landlord 70% of my business comes from the rental sector and I visit some fantastic, well maintained properties and some not so well maintained and some that have no maintenance clearly for many years. I deal with estate agents daily who are clueless with regards with what is acceptable and what is not.It’s never going to perfect because nothing ever is but it has to start somewhere. And that somewhere has to be the asset owner, the landlord, the agent whoever they are as they are earning a financial reward from doing so.Rental properties in the future will be on a Government web site with full details of the last inspections and results just like you can access information of a vehicles M.O.T.Will there be a cost? yes of course. Who will pay for it? Ultimately the tenant will with increase in rents. Is that fair? Yes why not.The landlord gets a property that complies to regulations and therefore has a value over another that doesn’t and the tenant can rest/sleep easy that the property they live in is safe to do so.Log in to ReplyWhat’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 2021 Home » News » Landlords square up for a scrap with Boris during the General Election campaign previous nextRegulation & LawLandlords square up for a scrap with Boris during the General Election campaignThe RLA says the regulations that letting agents and landlords must comply with have increased by a third since 2010 and has called for licensing schemes to be scrapped.Nigel Lewis4th November 20191 Comment1,174 Views
It’s hard enough to make an over-the-shoulder catch. It’s even more difficult to do it with your bare hand. Freddy Galvis made this play look way too routine Saturday. Galvis’ ode to Kevin Mitchell and David Wright came in the midst of a Blue Jays blowout win but was without a doubt the day’s defensive highlight. It takes a lot of guts to attempt a circus catch like that, so Galvis’ pulling it off makes the feat even more impressive. He also had two hits and an RBI at the plate. Not a bad day at the office. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThere were more great moments from Saturday’s rare 16-game slate, even if they didn’t include barehand catches. From a game-ending pickoff to a memorable home run in an MLB debut, here are the five coolest moments from Saturday:5. Raimel Tapia electrifies Coors Field with an inside-the-park home runTapia wasn’t running very hard out of the batter’s box when he drove a ball off Aaron Nola to right-center field. It didn’t matter too much as Tapia successfully made the trip around the bases for a home run the hard way. An assist goes to the Coors Field wall and Roman Quinn’s lack of familiarity with it for making Tapia’s speed display all the more exciting. It’s the outfielder’s first home run of the season, but, hey, it counts just the same as one that leaves the yard. 4. Position players take the mound — twiceIt’s always entertaining when a position player gets on the mound in a game. When it happens twice in one day, that is the jackpot. Kendrys Morales was tasked with finishing off the A’s 10-1 defeat against the Blue Jays. He didn’t have his best stuff, surrendering two walks, a hit by pitch, a single and an earned run. Morales topped out at 85 mph. The Orioles called on Chris Davis to end their suffering in the final inning before they were swept in a doubleheader by the Twins. Former teammate Jonathan Schoop teed off against Davis, but the damage didn’t go much further.3. Red Sox survive on game-ending pickoffBoston’s pitching staff couldn’t hold on after being staked to a 5-0 lead, but it got bailed out by the Rays in the ninth inning.With two on, two out and the Sox up by a run, catcher Christian Vazquez picked Tommy Pham off first base to end the game. It wasn’t a particularly close play, either. Pham owned up to his gaffe after the game, but it’s worth wondering what could have been. Despite the loss, the Rays set a franchise record with four triples. Small consolation in a heartbreaking defeat. 2. Cole Tucker’s debut to rememberThe Pirates called up Tucker, their top shortstop prospect, and outfielder Bryan Reynolds before Saturday’s game to replace the injured Erik Gonzalez and Starling Marte (and try to lift their struggling offense). The immediate results were fruitful.Tucker hit a tiebreaking two-run home run off Derek Holland in the fifth inning for his first major league hit. In a rain-shortened game, that was all Pittsburgh needed to secure the victory.Saturday was the second straight day a player homered in his MLB debut. Lane Thomas accomplished the feat for the Cardinals on Friday. 1. Freddy Galvis doesn’t need a mittIt is hard to compare defensive highlights sometimes because there can be a vast array of showstopping plays, but Galvis’ gem might go down as one of the best of the year when it’s all said and done. His teammate Marcus Stroman took to Twitter to share his amazement. Just because of how amazing it was, let’s get one more look at the catch, this time in GIF form.