Tariq Ramadan loses bid for early release

first_imgOxford University professor Tariq Ramadan – who has been in custody in France since early February – has lost a bid for early release ahead of his trial, according to his lawyers. Ramadan’s lawyer, Emmanel Marsigny, called the decision “incredible” and told the AFP: “We were informed of the decision today and I immediately lodged an appeal.”Ramadan was also denied bail on health grounds last month, despite a bid by his lawyers claiming that the 55-year-old’s health had deteriorated since being brought into custody, and that his condition was “not compatible” with imprisonment. French authorities have judged him a flight risk.A medical report ordered by the French court in February confirmed that Ramadan suffers from multiple sclerosis. However, it concluded that Ramadan’s state of health was compatible with his continued detention, provided he received adequate medical treatment behind bars. Ramadan is currently detained in Fleury-Mérogis prison in Essonne on multiple accusations of rape. He has been on leave from the University, where he is a professor Islamic studies, since allegations surfaced in November. Ramadan has denied all allegations against him.At the same time that news of his health condition emerged, a video was released in which Ramadan’s wife, Iman Ramadan, claimed that her husband “had full confidence in justice and unfortunately [had] justice wronged him.”She said: “I’m not sure right now that he’s receiving a fair and just treatment.”last_img read more

Survey suggests half of Hoosiers spending 30+ percent of salary on rent

first_img Google+ Twitter Previous articleThree arrested in Warsaw during cross-country protestNext articleIvy Tech launches new career coaching program Network Indiana Facebook By Network Indiana – August 13, 2020 1 339 By Photos public domain [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons On average, almost half of Hoosiers (47.8%) are spending more than 30% of their monthly income on rent. That’s according to a study done by the home security service Vio Security.“A lot of people have lost their jobs in the pandemic, which means people are having a lot harder time paying rent. Around the country, you’re seeing eviction bans happening, which I think is helpful,” says Rosemary Roller, media relations specialist at Vio Security.The moratorium on evictions in Indiana ends August 14.You’ve probably heard many financial experts say it’s not a good idea to spend no more than 30% of your monthly income on rent. Roller says that is hard to do in today’s climate.“We were curious as to how many people were following that rule. Overall, Indiana is fairing fairly well. Indiana ranks #20,” says Roller. “But there are other cities that are still spending a good amount of money on rent.”One of those cities is West Lafayette. Roller says more than 70% of people in West Lafayette are spending more than 30% of their income on rent. Roller says that number tends to be higher in cities or towns where there are colleges and universities (in West Lafayette’s case, Purdue University).Roller says one thing that helps Indiana has a “great investment market for real estate.”“It’s a very competitive housing market, which can contribute. Also, some people just choose to spend more on rent, so they can live in a city where they can enjoy the amenities more,” says Roller. “In Indianapolis, about 53% of residents pay a little more than 30% of their income on rent. A lot of people there are finding that they are enjoying the city life while also still being able to afford their rent.”If you think your rent is too high, Roller says there are things you can do.“Look into having a roommate if you think you can adjust to having a roommate. Also, consider living outside of a big city,” says Roller.36.5% of people in Highland are spending more than 30% of their monthly income on rent (lowest of any city in Indiana).Nationwide, North Dakota is the state with the fewest number of people spending more than 30% of their monthly income on rent (39.7%). Florida is the highest at 57%. Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Survey suggests half of Hoosiers spending 30+ percent of salary on rent IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Facebooklast_img read more