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first_img News Reporters Without Borders has said it is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation in Haiti, where in the past 48-hours nearly a dozen media have been closed or been victims of violence or harassment.The alarming rise in attacks on press freedom over the past few weeks come as demonstrations spread throughout the country calling for the resignation of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.”We are deeply concerned about the dangers of the “politics of desperation” on the part of the government, as some deputies of the (ruling) Fanmi Lavalas party are calling on supporters of the beleaguered president to take up arms” said Robert Ménard, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders.The international press freedom organisation has urged the authorities to act against those calling for violence and to give very strict orders to government supporters not to resort to violence.It also urged that Radio Maxima, shut down by police on 17 December, should be compensated as soon as possible and allowed to resume broadcasting.Latest incidentsVarious sources agree that on 17 December, police armed with a search warrant entered the premises of Radio Maxima, at Cap-Haïtien in the north, the country’s second largest town, saying they were looking for weapons.Police officers destroyed some of the radio’s equipment and shut down the station. The watchman was arrested. Elsewhere in the same town Radio Vision 2000, which is run from Port-au-Prince, had its local aerial emblem destroyed at around 8.00 in the morning. The radio suspended broadcasts until the end of the day. Several other Cap-Haitien radios also pulled their news programmes on the same day.The previous evening, unidentified gunmen had fired shots at Radio Maxima. These attacks followed statements made at the beginning of the week by Fanmi Lavalas deputy, Nawoom Marcellus, who threatened to “forcibly” deal with the station’s head Jean-Robert Lalanne. Intruders also attacked the premises of Radio Vision 2000 in Cap-Haïtien.Still on 17 December, gunmen travelling in a vehicle owned by a state-run company in Port-au-Prince threatened several journalists, including Josué Jean and Wendy Richard of Radio Vision 2000. Both men referred to the attacks as murder attempts.Radio Ibo reported that two of its journalists, Hans Pierre-Louis and Patrick Chéry, were chased through the streets of Port-au-Prince by government supporters. Leaflets have been distributed in the capital threatening a blood bath if Aristide were to go.On 16 December, Richard was threatened with violence on the air by Jean-Marie Perrier, nicknamed “Pa Pé Chay”, head of a people’s organisation (OP – armed civilian militia) close to Fanmi Lavalas who terrorise people in the south of the country. Perrier also threatened Marie-Lucie Bonhomme, editorial director of Radio Vision 2000, Valéry Numa, of the same radio, and Lilianne Pierre-Paul and Sony Bastien, of Radio Kiskeya.Fanmi Lavalas deputy Marcellus spoke on Radio Guinen on 16 December to accuse the same journalists of seeking the resignation of Aristide. He also accused the journalists of using violent language and called on the national Haitian media association (ANMH) to take disciplinary steps against them.Police superintendent Ricardo Etienne clubbed Fegentz Calès Paul, of Radio Antilles, on 16 December as he covered a demonstration calling for the resignation of the president in the east of the capital. The radio’s boss Jacques Sampeur, said that a band of around 40 ‘chimeras’ (pro-government thugs) had already besieged the radio on 12 December and threatened to set it on fire. The journalists were trapped inside from 7am to 2pm.The 17 December attack against Radio Maxima was the third against the station in less than two months. On 25 November two gunmen burst into the Cap-Haïtien home of boss Jean Robert Lalanne shooting and wounding him. On late October, the radio station temporarily suspended its news broadcasts after receiving threats, it said, from pro-government sources. Lalanne is also secretary general of the Northern Front party, a coalition of several opposition groupings.Calls to violenceAccording to Radio Métropole, Lavalas deputies Nawoom Marcellus and Wilnet Content urged supporters of Aristide to prepare their weapons in a broadcast on 14 December on both Africa and Négritude radios. Radio Metropole said that this call was condemned by Mario Dupuy, Secretary of State for Communications, who nevertheless did not announce any sanctions against the two deputies.Communications minister Lilas Desquiron, called on the media on 12 December to adopt a “responsible attitude”. She denounced a “disinformation campaign” by several media and denied they had been threatened.On 11 December, Radio Vision 2000, Radio Métropole, Radio Caraibes and Radio Kiskeya interrupted broadcasts after receiving threats from Artistide supporters. The suspensions followed statements by Marcellus, who on the same day accused certain media of being financed by the United States and broadcasting anti-government propaganda. The deputy pledged to carry out “the appropriate response” and called on the president’s supporters to take up arms. The four radio stations resumed broadcasting on 12 December. For Liliane Pierre-Paul, head of Radio Kiskeya, the government is taking issue with the media simply for reporting on the events taking place in the country.Armed men were spotted in a Suzuki jeep on 6 December in front of the home of Nancy Roc, of Radio Métropole. Witnesses quoted by the journalist said they made no attempt to hide and remained parked there throughout the morning of the 7 December. Roc believe this intimidation was linked to the outspokenness of the programme “Métropolis” that she presents on Radio Métropole. Shots had been fired and bottles thrown at her mother’s home last February by thugs who also shouted abuse against the journalist.On 5 December, Rodson Josselin, journalist for the on-line news agency Haïti Press Network, was attacked by a group of Aristide supporters who clubbed him on the arms while he was covering a student demonstration against the president. He was also threatened. At least two other journalists, including Vénèl Casséus, reporter for Radio Kiskeya, were slightly injured in stone-throwing. A total of 25 people were assaulted, including the rector of the university who had both legs broken.On 25 November, a human head was found on a refuse heap in the centre of Port-au-Prince, surrounded by leaflets threatening reprisals against some members of the opposition, of civil society and the press. Among the journalists named were Lilianne Pierre-Paul, Marie-Lucie Bonhomme, Valéry Numa, Jean-Robert Lalanne and François Rotchild Junior, of Radio Métropole.Men armed with sub-machine guns opened fire on the offices of the commercial radio station Radio Caraïbes at Port-au-Prince on 28 October. Nobody was hurt but the front of the building was badly damaged as well as a car belonging to a sports commentator at the radio, Harold Domond. Witnesses said the car used by the assailants had an official number plate. Editorial boss Jean-Elie Moléus, said that the station had been receiving regular threats. Radio Caraïbes was forced to temporarily suspend its broadcasts. RSF_en Organisation As demonstrations demanding the resignation of President Aristide spread throughout the country almost a dozen media have been closed or suffered violence and harassment. Reporters Without Borders has warned the government against the “politics of desperation” as Lavalas deputies launch a call to arms. HaïtiAmericas Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti HaïtiAmericas Follow the news on Haïti News November 14, 2019 Find out more December 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders alarmed by a serious deterioration in press freedom News News Help by sharing this information to go further Another journalist murdered in Haiti October 11, 2019 Find out more Receive email alerts Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice June 11, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » ‘Not enough agents are leaving Rightmove yet to make a difference’ previous nextMarketing‘Not enough agents are leaving Rightmove yet to make a difference’Iain White says that until campaigning groups such as Say No To Rightmove have a simple, unifying message for agents to focus on, Rightmove will win once more.Nigel Lewis19th May 20203 Comments1,930 Views The number of feeds being cut to Rightmove are at their highest ‘in living memory’ a leading industry consultant has claimed, indicating unhappiness among agents has reached unprecedented levels.But Iain White, who is a consultant to dozens of estate agents across the UK and who until 2014 worked at Countrywide at a senior level, says the number of agents pulling the plug on Rightmove remains relatively low compared to its total agent database.White also says that the campaigns – four of which recently joined forces to unite behind a common purpose – have yet to truly set out their stall and that this is causing problems.“I don’t think the campaigns have yet truly said what they stand for including whether it’s saying ‘leave Rightmove’ or just ‘stay at a certain price’ or ‘leave after the discount period’,” he says.“It is these types of question marks which have held some agents back from joining these campaigns.“There are agents who plan to leave Rightmove who haven’t joined these campaigns, and others who have joined, but have no intention of quitting the portal.”White says the campaigns, and in particular the most high profile, Say No To Rightmove, must make it clear whether they are asking agents to leave Rightmove if a lower price cannot be negotiated.“If that is the case then fine, but tell us what that price is and when the trigger to leave will be,” he adds.Asked what he would do, White said: “I would make it obvious what the campaign stood for and, if everyone agreed, I would say we’re all coming off Rightmove and you need to give our notice by this date. Are you with us, Yes or No”.Reduce feesThe Negotiator put Iain White’s point to London agent Murray Lee, who is one of the four key agents leading attempts to persuade more agent to take on Rightmove.“I’ve said from the beginning if they don’t give us more courtesy in their dealings with the agents and reduce their fees to a much more realistic level In line with the 75% now [being charge] then I will serve my notice,” says Murray“I’ve told Iain this, as have the leaders of the other three campaigns, and that’s been my stance all along.”Watch the interviewSay No To Rightmove Iain White Rightmove May 19, 2020Nigel Lewis3 commentsMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 19th May 2020 at 10:21 amGood morning!I think we have said EXACTLY what we stand for IainAll in the simple title…. SAY NO TO RIGHTMOVECant be more simple can it?Let me explain if it isn’t clearSay No to their over inflated price structure (50% more than Zoopla)Say No to their different pricing structures per agent/per chain/per areaSay No to their “take it or leave it” attitudeSay No to their once a year only meaningless laptop statistic showing visitsSay No to their pointless constant nonsense emailsSay No to their dreadful client/customer careSay No to their “Bully Boy” tactics (Quote – Mr T Abrahamson/Glentree)Say No to even needing a portal who takes no interest in their customerANDSay No to this very same portal who needed pointing out that a lousy “deferral offer” was their “Ratner” momentSay No to the same portal who had to be told, in direct conversation with their CEO (Quote Alan Goldin/Alan Goldin Estates), that that offer was derisory and then panicked into withdrawing it 24 hours later and Then and ONLY then, reducing fees by 75% for 4 months (while Zoopla offered it FREE yes FREE for 5 months!!!!!)AND FINALLYSAY NO TO A COMPANY THAT HAVE MADE ZERO, ZIP, ZANADA, contact with me (and many others I believe) to ask “hows it going……”Is that clear enough Iain?And I am 100% confirming here, unless they make a realistic offer on their pricing structure in the next 75 days (or ideally less) at least this agency will be giving noticeSo thats 1 more with a very big mouth for a little guy, who with the other 4 horseman of the portal apocalypse (Quote – when he can get it right – Chris Watkins himself.Rightmove……..or Wrongmove?Over to you!!!PS French Onion Bike Ride Challenge accepted – due to be 31/5/20All donations gratefully accepted to my Just Giving PageLog in to ReplyPhilip Norgan, Martin Kemps Martin Kemps 19th May 2020 at 9:18 amThe fear factor of leaving RM will always be there. Perhaps if those agents who are struggling with the decision spoke to those of who have been long gone from RM, it would help their decision process.As I have said many times on social media and on forums, it the one of the best things we ever did. Being dictated to by an organisation that is so out of touch with its customers is not something we wanted and since leaving RM, business levels have increased and productivity has improved.If anyone wants to call me, I am happy to give them the facts and figures. 07741 857119Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 19th May 2020 at 11:59 amThanks PhillipI hope you have backed the Say NO movement (even if you have already left!?)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. 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first_imgGertrude “Tootie” Bushhorn, 83, of Milan passed away on Friday, February 17, 2017 at Ridge Wood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg. Tootie was born on Tuesday April 25, 1933 to Arthur and Evelyn (Burns) Parker. She married Clyde Bushhorn February 14, 1953 and he preceded her in death December 24, 1990.She was a member of the Hope Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, baking, cooking and working with her flowers.Tootie is survived by her two daughters: Vickie (Howard) McKee of Aurora and Patty Ruble of Milan; Son: Rick (Shawna) Bushhorn of Osgood. 5 Grandchildren. Chris (Lisa) Bushhorn, Josh (Bethany) Bushhorn, Megan (Andrew) Kreutzjans, Jessica Ruble, Patrick (Carissa) Ruble. 4 Great-Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband.Funeral services will be at 11AM Wednesday February 22, 2017 at Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan with Pastor Tom Holt officiating. Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery south of Milan. Visitation will also be Tuesday 6PM-8PM at the funeral home. Memorials may be given in Tootie’s memory to Cancer Fund or Alzheimer’s . Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home, Milan entrusted with the arrangements, 707 South Main St. Box 243, Milan, IN 47031; (812)654-2141.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message.last_img read more