AG Leventis Plc ( Q32017 Interim Report

first_imgAG Leventis Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about AG Leventis Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the AG Leventis Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: AG Leventis Plc (  2017 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileThe A.G. Leventis Group is a leading manufacturing and distribution company in Nigeria and West Africa supplying a variety of products and services across a range of industries including general dealerships, motor dealerships and real estate. The company has business interests in supplying power and gas products, consumer foods and bakery products and printing supplies as well as offers products and services for the real estate, hotel and commercial vehicles sectors. AG Leventis (Nigeria) Plc operates through a number of subsidiaries; Leventis Foods Plc, Leventis Motors, Abuja (Capital Motors) Plc, Mainland Hotels, Leventis Real Estate, Druckfarben Nigeria Plc and Chrisstahl Nigeria Plc. The company was established by Chief AG Leventis in Ghana in 1937 and mainly supplied local and imported textile products. It devolved into Leventis Motors Plc, Leventis Stores Plc, Leventis Technical Plc whilst it retained ownership of valuable freehold and leasehold property throughout Nigeria. Through a series of mergers and schemes of arrangement, the independent companies were dissolved and AG Leventis (Nigeria) Plc was established. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. AG Leventis (Nigeria) Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

New Acting Chief Executive at Diabetes UK

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Paul Streets is moving to a new job as Chief Executive of the Health Development Agency and will be leaving Diabetes UK at the end of September. Diabetes UK has today announced the appointment of Benet Middleton as Acting Chief Executive, following the impending departure of current CEO Paul Streets.Middleton will take up the post on 1 September 2003 for a period of 12 months during which time recruitment for a permanent CEO will take place. Middleton has been at Diabetes UK since 1999 serving as Director of Policy and Communications.Middleton said: “I will continue to drive through the process of change our Board has put in place. This will equip us to respond to the development of the diabetes service frameworks in each of the four nations of the UK.” Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people Howard Lake | 23 July 2003 | News New Acting Chief Executive at Diabetes UKlast_img read more

Temporary victory at Standing Rock

first_imgCannon Ball, N.D. – Since last spring, volunteers from 280 Native tribes and countless other folks have been pouring into the various camps of the Standing Rock Sioux — ultimately up to 25,000 people, some for short stays and others “for the duration.” Their mission: to help the Sioux tribes stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from being drilled under the great Missouri River, befouling the water supply for 17 million people, desecrating sacred sites and trampling on Native lands and sovereignty.Native fighters had already employed an array of militant tactics to stop the pipeline, including chaining themselves to construction equipment.Then, on Nov. 25, the Army Corps of Engineers, backed by the North Dakota governor, issued an ultimatum, ordering all 7,000 people then living in the Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires of the Great Sioux Nation) camp to pack up and leave. He was basically saying, “Everybody out, or we’ll bulldoze the place.”Can you believe this? The evacuation deadline was Dec. 5, and “any person who chooses to stay does so at their own risk.” Tribal leaders refused, demanding respect for their community and territorial treaty rights.The evacuation order, in addition to ongoing vicious police repression against the water protectors, prompted a howl of outrage from all over. Military veterans, youth and the elderly, individually and in groups, dropped whatever personal plans they may have had and headed for Standing Rock. Social media definitely helped.Some 4,000 Indigenous people came from all over — Arizona, Wisconsin, Peru, Mexico, Samoa, Hawai’i and Alaska, to name just a few. There were students foregoing important exams; a vet in pain from surgery on both knees; another vet waiting for a kidney, who told his doctor to put it on ice, he’d have to wait; people with asthma violating doctor’s orders but bringing all their equipment with them; pensioners who took out payday loans so they could come. Some came on bicycles, or walked hundreds of miles to get there. They stayed in tents (with deadman tent-stake anchors), tipis, campers, yurts, old school buses, Winnebagos or hastily built wooden structures.It seems that Standing Rock struck a powerful chord with many people, willing to make a sacrifice at a moment’s notice because Standing Rock needed them and they desired to come — anything to stop that miserable pipeline — anything to stop the eviction of the heroic Sioux water protectors from their own treaty land. Some came with body armor, gas masks and spray bottles with diluted Mylanta to minimize the effects of tear gas.So by the time Dec. 4 rolled around, on the eve of the threatened police eviction, many thousands were arriving at the camps. They were determined to put themselves on the line to defeat the “eviction,” prevent the drilling and stop the “Big Black Snake,” as tribal leaders call the toxic oil pipeline.Celebrating a temporary victoryAs the line of cars waiting to get into the Oceti Sakowin camp stretched for three miles along Highway 1806, you could hear updates on the struggle on the Native radio station, 89.5, along with recordings of powerful, emotional singing and drums by Native artists and country songs that told a story by Freddy Fender and Conway Twitty.Then came the unexpected announcement. The Army Corps had refused to “grant an easement” to allow DAPL to be drilled underneath Lake Oahe on the Missouri River. The Army Corps statement mentioned exploring possible alternative routes for the pipeline and the need for an Environmental Impact Statement, all requiring months of delay.That Sunday night everyone celebrated this important temporary victory, gathered around the Sacred Fire at the Oceti Sakowin camp while fireworks lit the clear sky. Nearby the flags of over a hundred tribes flapped in the wind on the edge of the dirt road.Tribal leaders welcomed their “relatives” — allies who had come — and introduced young Native runners who had done marathons across many states to call attention to the dire situation at Standing Rock. These young warriors expressed defiance at the encroachments on Native land and water rights, but also sorrow about the recent suicide of a teenaged member of the tribe.The next morning at 6 a.m., tribal elders convened an assembly at the Sacred Fire, with chanting, drums and prayer. A Native woman from Washington state said she came with two gifts. The first was traditional medicine from her tribe. The second was music, performed live by a young singer and drummer from her tribe. She said that back home Indigenous people were fighting a similar struggle to stop a toxic oil terminal.An elder, who identified himself as Dull Knife, had this to say about the unexpected Army Corps decision: “Of course we welcome any delay in this pipeline. But we know they lie. They always lie, the government and the police. That’s why we’re here, standing strong here at Standing Rock. We’re here and we’re going to stay here until we stop the Big Black Snake!”That was Dec. 5 — the day the Army and the state had threatened to evict everyone from the Oceti Sakowin camp, which now numbered at least 10,000 people. Someone commented, “I don’t think they have enough jails in all North Dakota to accommodate that many.”A huge march of defiance, led by military veterans, left from the camp to the bridge near where Energy Transfer Partners, co-owner of the pipeline project, had planned to drill the DAPL under the Missouri River. By now it was snowing, soon to become a blinding blizzard that whipped people with 25-mile-an-hour winds as they approached the Backwater Bridge.This was the same bridge where on Nov. 20 militarized police and the company’s private mercenaries, outfitted as though they were ready for war, had hosed and soaked the people for six hours using water cannons at close range in subzero temperatures. They beat, arrested, pepper-sprayed, maced, tear-gassed, strip-searched and hit the water protectors with flash grenades, rubber bullets and beanbags filled with lead pellets.Some who were captured got numbers marked on their bodies; others were caged in dog kennels. A Native elder suffered cardiac arrest. A young woman, seriously wounded by a concussion grenade, a weapon of war, was airlifted to Minnesota for treatment.As journalist Jeremiah Jones wrote from Standing Rock, the “law enforcement” officers who committed these atrocities “are nothing more than a militarized security force for billion-dollar energy corporations.”Veterans came and Native people from many NationsNearly 4,000 Indigenous people came from tribes in almost every state, and many have put in extended stays at Standing Rock. Together with folks from the Sioux and nearby Cheyenne River Nations, this was described by one participant as the largest Indigenous gathering in living memory. Relationships were built between the different tribes, bonded in their common struggle. The slogan “Decolonize – Indigenize” was sewn into jackets.The size of the veteran participation may have played a decisive role. The largest contingent — Veterans Stand with Standing Rock — was organized by Wesley Clark Jr., son of the famous general, together with Phyllis Young, a Standing Rock councilwoman. Brenda White Bull, who is a 20-year Marine veteran and also a direct descendant of Chief Sitting Bull, also played a role. Clark told me they’d expected 1,600. Instead, 4,000 veterans showed up, filling three campsites.In addition, Veterans for Peace had a strong presence, organizing and putting to use the large amount of medical supplies that had been donated. Others came from Iraq Veterans Against the War and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Some identified themselves as Jewish-American veterans, African-American veterans, Italian-American veterans. The ratio of men to women was about 60-40. In addition, hundreds of vets just showed up on their own, ready to work, ready to “fight for peace and justice,” as one vet put it.One said Standing Rock was a historic gathering for veterans, with many more vets coming to North Dakota than had come to the major Vietnam Veterans Against the War action in Washington, D.C., in 1971. “In the era of Trump,” he said, “it’s encouraging that 4,500 or more veterans dropped everything and came to North Dakota in the harsh Great Plains winter to be in solidarity with our brothers and sisters here in Standing Rock.”By mid-week, forecasts were calling for winds up to 39 mph, wind-chill as low as 40 below.Many of the vets who answered the call are Indigenous, including Navy veteran Remy, member of the Navajo Nation from Arizona and the Indigenous Veterans Council at Standing Rock. Remy said, “This pipeline must end, and we should be able to respect Indigenous sovereignty. This is our land originally. Land and the water are life-giving elements. So we’ve been out here in solidarity not only with the Standing Rock people, but with Mother Earth itself.” (Democracy Now, Dec. 5)The Standing Rock Sioux also happily welcomed the presence of Labor for Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, St. Louis Copwatch activists (who came with a months-long commitment) and solidarity visits from a collection of celebrities, including Jesse Jackson, Congress member and veteran Tulsi Gabbard of Hawai’i, Jackson Browne, Naomi Klein and Jane Fonda. Joan Baez and Willie Nelson offered key support.This whole-hearted response contrasts sharply with the pathetic letter of “support” from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, belatedly issued on Dec. 4, the same day as the Army Corps permit denial, after months of silence from the senator. Warren is  deftly dissected by YouTube personality Jimmy Dore ( DAPL become a ‘stranded asset’?Certainly, there’s no sign so far that DAPL is backing down. The main highway going north from the camp (1806) is still blockaded, with military-style checkpoints. The bridge is still guarded by police and DAPL mercenaries, who recently arrested three water protectors for “trespassing.”Ominously, Energy Transfer Partners , issued a statement Dec. 4 saying it would ignore the Army Corps permit decision and go ahead with drilling under the Missouri River. It could decide to drill and just absorb any fines or penalties. Then the question comes: Is the Obama administration ready to use force to stop the company from drilling without a permit?However, there is some evidence that ETP may be pressing ahead more out of desperation than anything else. ETP admitted in court that it has a “contractual obligation to complete the project by January 1.” If it misses the deadline, as now appears likely, companies with long-term commitments to ship oil through the pipeline may cancel, according to a November report by Sightline Institute.As a consequence of the global oil glut, oil prices have dropped sharply since ETP began the project in 2014. “Production in the Bakken Shale oil field has fallen … creating major financial hardships for drillers,” the report notes. Moreover, if oil prices remain low, “Bakken oil production will continue to decline, and existing pipeline and refinery capacity in the Bakken will be more than adequate to handle the region’s oil production [and] DAPL could well become a stranded asset.”The struggle at Standing Rock and nationally, where activists in 300 cities have mounted actions against the financial backers of this toxic pipeline — Citibank, Wells Fargo, TD Bank and 15 others — has clearly had an effect. Norway’s largest bank, DNB, under pressure from Greenpeace Norway, sold its stake in the pipeline project, and is reconsidering its outstanding loans to the project. Wells Fargo has apparently experienced a drop in deposits, following the divestment campaign.Standing Rock has caught the imagination of the world: a resurgent Indigenous movement, which has been leading many battles in the U.S. and Canada; a fighting veterans’ movement, re-emerging as a powerful force; a large contingent of young people of many colors from all over, selflessly devoting themselves to the struggle; networks being activated around the country and the world. All coming together in a coalition that, in the context of the global economic and financial crisis, just might be able to take on a powerful oil company that is threatening to poison the water, and defeat it.Welsh, an Army veteran and retired letter carrier, stayed at the Oceti Sakowin camp in early December, working in the mess hall and kitchen that provided three meals a day to hordes of water protectors. Many thanks for the information and insights of Maurice Martin of Veterans for Peace, who worked tirelessly at Eagle Butte to provide medical support for the tribes and the huge contingent of veterans.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Russia urged to free journalist held for 12 months on spurious charge

first_img Журналист обратился к уполномоченному по правам человека и в Европейский суд по правам человека (ЕСПЧ), чтобы оспорить своё незаконное содержание под стражей. В ходе своей традиционной большой пресс-конференции в декабре прошлогогода президент Владимир Путин ответил на вопрос о Соколове, заданный одним из журналистов «РБК». Он пообещал заняться этим вопросом. В этот же день был арестован четвёртый фигурант этого дела. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses CorruptionJudicial harassmentImprisoned Россия занимает 148 место из 180 в Всемирном индексе свободы прессы , публикуемым «РБГ».Примечание: Текст был видоизменён, с целью удалить из него неверное упоминание центра «Сова», которому мы приносим извинения. Help by sharing this information Следователи утверждают, что Александр Соколов «отдавал отчёт» в том, что истинные цели группы «За ответственную власть» была «дестабилизация режима», а не проведение референдума. Сам журналист, используя выражение Джорджа Оруэлла, называет это «мыслепреступлением», так как понятие «отдавать отчёт» отсутствует в российском уголовном праве. Просьба Александра Соколова пройти проверку на детекторе лжи до последнего времени отклонялась. July 28, 2016 – Updated on August 2, 2016 Russia urged to free journalist held for 12 months on spurious charge Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Александр Соколов – журналист-расследователь, специализирующийся на вопросах крупномасштабной коррупции, находится под стражей уже год. 27 июля этот срок был продлён до конца октября. В момент ареста Александр Соколов работал в агентстве «РБК», которое недавно было взято под контроль государством. Кандидатская диссертация Соколова, которую он защитил, посвящена влиянию казнокрадства на инвестирование государственных корпораций. Follow the news on Russia Его последнее, подробно документированное расследование, было посвящено растратам и хищениям, допущенным в ходе строительства космодромы «Восточный» – колоссального по своим масштабам федерального проекта. Обнаруженные Соколовым факты были, судя по всему, позднее подтверждены Счётной палатой, так как в декабре 2015 года она заявила о выявленных «финансовых нарушениях», связанных с этим проектом на сумму, близкую к той, что называл журналист – 93 миллиарда рублей. «Александр Соколов – жертва вопиющей несправедливости. Столь его долгое заключение нельзя объяснить ничем иным, кроме как его расследованиями и академической специализацией, затрагивающей весьма болезненные темы. Мы требуем его немедленного и безусловного освобождения и отказа от выдвинутых против него обвинений», – заявляет глава отделения стран Средней Азии и Восточной Европы «Репортёров без границ» Йоханн Бир. News News Related documents По-русски_28-07-2016PDF – 81.25 KB center_img RussiaEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses CorruptionJudicial harassmentImprisoned to go further News The investigators claim that Sokolov “was aware” that the real aim of IGPR “ZOV” was “destabilizing the authorities” and not a referendum. Sokolov says he is being a accused of “thoughtcrime” in the Orwellian sense, because “being aware” is not listed in the Russian criminal code. Sokolov’s request to be given a lie detector test has so far been refused.Sokolov has appealed to the Russian Ombudsman and to the Europea Court of Human Rights, claiming that he is the victim of arbitrary detention. An RBC journalist even raised the issue with President Vladimir Putin during Putin’s traditional question-and-answer session with Russian citizens in December. Putin promised to look into the matter but a fourth person was arrested in the case the same day.Russia is ranked 148th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. Note: This release was corrected to remove an inaccurate reference to the Sova centre, to which we offer an apology.———————-Россия: «Репортёры без границ» требуют немедленно освободить Александра Соколова, уже год находящегося в тюрьме без причины Читать по-русски в PDF и ниже / Read in RussianReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Alexander Sokolov, a Russian investigative journalist who was arrested exactly a year ago today and whose detention was extended yesterday until the end of October.The flimsy nature of the “extremism” charge against Sokolov suggests that he is being persecuted because of his reporting. He specializes in investigating large-scale corruption.At the time of his arrest, Sokolov was working for the RBC media group, which recently fired its editors and adopted a pro-government line. He has a PhD in economics for which his thesis was about the consequences of the investment of public funds embezzled by major Russian companies.His last, well-researched, article was about the embezzlement of public funds in the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome. His claims seem to have been corroborated by the Russian Court of Accounts in December 2015, when it announced the discovery of “financial irregularities” in connection with this massive federal project and gave an estimate for the amount embezzled that was close to Sokolov’s own figure – around 93 billion roubles (1.27 billion euros).When his article was published, Sokolov was arrested along with two other people for helping to create a website for a group called “For Responsible Government” (IGPR “ZOV”) that was calling for a referendum to amend the Russian constitution so that politicians could be held accountable under criminal law.The website revived the call of a group that was created in the 1990s and was banned in 2010, which was the pretext used by the prosecutor’s office for initiating the case. The public prosecutor’s office decided to charge Sokolov with “creating an extremist community,” which carries a possible eight-year prison sentence. The prosecution case is largely based on an old leaflet with the slogan: “You have voted, so you should judge.” He should therefore not have been charged with anything more serious that “intent to distribute extremist texts,” for which the penalty is just a fine. The Russian human rights group Memorial has described Sokolov and his colleagues as “political prisoners.”“Alexander Sokolov is the victim of a profound injustice,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “It is hard to account for his prolonged detention except in the light of his investigative reporting and his academic specialization in the most senstive subjects. We call for his immediate and unconditional release and the withdrawal of all the charges against him.” Receive email alerts News В момент публикации своего доклада Александр Соколов был арестован вместе с двумя другими лицами за участие в создании интернет-сайта «За ответственную власть» (ИГПР «ЗОВ»), содержащего требование созыва всенародного референдума для изменения Конституции и введения уголовной ответственности крупных государственных чиновников за принимаемые ими политические решения. Этот сайт совпадает по смыслу с предложениями существовавшей в 90е годы и запрещенной в 2010 году ассоциации. Именно это и послужило официальным обоснованием для возбуждения дела. Суд поддержал обвинение членов «За ответственную власть» в «создании экстремистского сообщества», преступлении, которое наказуемо заключением до 8 лет.Однако при всем своём значительным объеме материалы дела практически пусты. Оно в основном базируется на старой листовке с лозунгом «Вы выбирали, вам и судить», которая позволяет следствию обвинять участников группы в «намерении распространения экстремистских материалов», то есть в административном правонарушении, которое предусматривает наказание в виде штрафа. Российский правозащитный центр «Мемориал» признал Соколова и его товарищей политическими заключенными. May 21, 2021 Find out more Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing «Репортёры без границ» (РБГ) требуют немедленного и безусловного освобождения российского журналиста-расследователя Александра Соколова. Его арест был произведён ровно год назад, а 27 июля 2016 года его в очередной раз продлили – до конца октября. Уязвимость и шаткость обвинений в «экстремизме», которые предъявляются Соколову, заставляют предполагать, что реальной причиной этого ареста является его профессиональная деятельность. Organisation May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

FARC guerrillas free photographer Hernan Echeverri after holding him for three months

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information April 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 FARC guerrillas free photographer Hernan Echeverri after holding him for three months Follow the news on Colombia RSF_en News October 21, 2020 Find out more News RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Urabá Hoy photographer Hernan Echeverri was freed yesterday after being held for three months by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). He was reunited yesterday evening with his family in Medellín. His family says no ransom was paid. ColombiaAmericas Receive email alertscenter_img RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia ColombiaAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports News Photographer Hernan Echeverri of the bimonthly Urabá Hoy was released yesterday in a rural area near the town of Apartadó in the northwestern department of Antioquia after being held hostage for three months by Marxist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).His daughter, Claudia Patricia Echeverri, told the Agence France-Presse news agency that the family learned of his released when he telephoned them. “We were reunited in the evening in Medellín,” she said.His release came a week after his family and friends complied with a FARC demand for the publication of a message in the news media criticising the “excesses” of the Antioquia authorities. They said no ransom was paid.Echeverri was abducted at a roadblock set up by the FARC’s “34 Front” in the locality of Dabeiba (in the Urabá region of Antioquia).____________________________________________________________13.04.05-FARC sends evidence that photographer Hernán Echeverri is still aliveAccording to a report posted on the website on 11 April, guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have confirmed that they are holding Hernán Echeverri Arboleda, the photographer with the regional monthly Urabá Hoy who was kidnapped on 22 January near Dabeiba in the northwestern department of Urabá.The guerrillas sent Echeverri’s family a questionnaire filled out in his hand-writing. His sister, Irene Echeverri, said she regarded it as proof that “Hernán is alive” even if the family have no information about his state of health or in what conditions he is being held captive.Irene Echeverri told the Agence France-Presse news agency that the FARC’s “José María Córdoba” division initially demanded a ransom of 128,000 dollars but finally offered to release the photographer if the press published a message criticising the “excesses” of the authorities in the Antioquia region.________________________________27.01.05- Guerrillas kidnap journalist in northwestern department of Urabá April 27, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned the kidnapping on 22 January of photographer Hernán Echeverri Arboleda (photo) of the bimonthly Urabá Hoy by Marxist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).”We call on the FARC’s leaders to order Hernán Echeverri’s immediate and unconditional release,” the press freedom organisation said.”The news must not be taken hostage by armed groups, and the accusations levelled against journalists of supporting one or another side must stop,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling on the media to campaign for his release for a long as necessary. “The press must show a united face to its aggressors if it wants its freedom to be respected.”Manuel Marulanda of the FARC, Nicolas Rodríguez Bautista of the ELN (National Liberation Army) and Salvatore Mancuso of the paramilitary United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC) are on the Reporters Without Borders worldwide list of 33 predators of press freedom because of the repeated attacks on the press by the armed groups they lead.The army said Echeverri was abducted at a roadblock set up by the FARC’s “Front 34” in the locality of Dabeiba (in the department of Urabá). He had just left the town of Apartadó and was heading to Medellín to visit his family. The FARC have neither confirmed nor denied that they are holding him. The military authorities said they have launched operations aimed at freeing him.The staff at Urabá Hoy said they thought the guerrillas set up the roadblock solely in order to kidnap Echeverri. “It is strange that he is the only one to be kidnapped although other vehicles passed the spot without being bothered,” Urabá Hoy editor Jairo Banquett told Reporters Without Borders. “His car was found at the site with a tyre shot out, presumably to make him stop.”Banquett said it was possible the FARC thinks the newspaper supports the paramilitaries simply because it is located in a town controlled by paramilitaries. “When the FARC controlled the town at the beginning of the 1990s, people viewed us as guerrillas,” Banquett said, stressing that the newspaper in fact takes no political sides.Managing editor Antonio José García Fernández said the newspaper’s December issue gave a great deal of coverage to the demobilisation of the FARC’s sworn enemies, the AUC paramilitaries.Both told Reporters Without Borders that, while they suspected Echeverri was kidnapped for political reasons, they did not rule out the possibility of other motives. “About ten people have been kidnapped on the same road in the course of the last two years,” Banquett said. Both said the newspaper had received no threats.Aged 64, retired and a former driver, Echeverri also runs a food programme for elderly people with few resources. “Journalism is hobby for him,” Banquett said. Echeverri is also a shareholder in the newspaper. In the October 2003 elections, he was a candidate for Apartadó municipal councillor for an independent party, the Nuevo Partido.Based in Apartadó, Urabá Hoy employs a total of nine people and recently brought out its ninth issues. The issues have a print run of 5,000. to go further Organisation last_img read more

Concern after Al Jazeera airs troubling new videotape of hostage Jill Carroll

first_img December 28, 2020 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information News January 31, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Concern after Al Jazeera airs troubling new videotape of hostage Jill Carroll RSF_en Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” December 16, 2020 Find out more Organisation News Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders today said it was very worried about kidnapped US journalist Jill Carroll after the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al Jazeera yesterday broadcast another videotape of her appealing for help.“Even if the videotape is extremely disturbing to watch, it is an encouraging sign because it proves that Carroll is still alive,” the press freedom organisation said. “Regardless of the revulsion we may feel for such kidnap methods, this is the moment for relaunching the support campaign. We appeal to news media throughout the world, especially the Arab world, and to Muslim leaders to continue speaking out in support of Carroll.”Two Reporters Without Borders representatives will travel to Doha and Dubai in the coming days to help relaunch the campaign together with the Arab media.Carroll is seen veiled and weeping in the latest videotape, which is just a few seconds long and which, according to an Al Jazeera presenter, was shot on 28 January. She appeals to her family, her colleagues and Americans throughout to world to ask the US military authorities and the Iraqi interior ministry to free all Iraqi women prisoners.The first videotape of Carroll was screened by Al Jazeera on 17 January. Twenty seconds long and with no sound, it showed Carroll in a light grey sweat-shirt apparently talking to the camera. Only her face, neck and shoulders could be seen. Al Jazeera said her abductors, a hitherto unknown group calling itself the “Vengeance Brigade,” had threatened to kill her if all the female detainees in Iraq were not freed within 72 hours. The deadline passed without any news of Carroll.Carroll is a freelance reporter who has been writing for several Jordanian, Italian and US newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor. She was kidnapped by gunmen at about 10 a.m. on 7 January in the west Baghdad neighbourhood of Adel, where she had gone to meet a Sunni politician, Adnan al-Doulaimi. The body of her interpreter, Allan Enwiyah, was found at the scene of the abduction. He had been shot dead.Thirty-five media workers have been abducted since the start of the war in Iraq in March 2003. Five of the kidnap victims – four Iraqis and an Italian (Enzo Baldoni) – were killed by their abductors. The others were all released safe and sound. Twenty-three of these kidnappings have taken place in or near Baghdad.Carroll is the seventh woman journalist to be kidnapped in Iraq. One, Iraqi national Raeda Wazzan, was killed by her abductors. The others were freed.Despite its name, the Boston-based Christian Science Monitor is not a religious newspaper. It is well known for the quality and thoroughness of both its domestic and international coverage. Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders today said it was very worried about kidnapped US journalist Jill Carroll after the pan-Arab satellite TV station Al Jazeera yesterday broadcast another videotape of her appealing for help. to go furtherlast_img read more

Ginnie Mae Reports Record MBS Issuance in April

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News About Author: Eric C. Peck Ginnie Mae reported that its mortgage-backed securities (MBS) issuance volume for April 2021 was a record $89.70 billion. This total marks another strong month for Ginnie Mae, with its now-record issuance volume up from $82.25 billion issued in March, $77 billion issued in February, and $82.6 billion issued in January. Approximately 332,300 homes and apartment units were financed by Ginnie Mae guaranteed MBS in April of 2021.“Investors continue to add Ginnie Mae MBS to their fixed-income portfolios because of the high-quality and liquidity of the securities,” said Ginnie Mae Acting Executive Vice President Michael Drayne. “Our commitment to maintain a strong and flexible MBS program that produces the types of securities investors demand is the foundation of Ginnie Mae’s ability to finance affordable homeownership and rental housing.”A breakdown of April issuance of $89.70 billion includes $85.48 billion of Ginnie Mae II MBS and $4.22 billion of Ginnie Mae I MBS, which includes $4.16 billion of loans for multifamily housing.Ginnie Mae’s total outstanding principal balance as of April 30 was $2.109 trillion, up from $2.095 trillion in March, and down slightly from the April 2020 level of $2.145 trillion.Ginnie Mae continues to lend a hand to struggling homeowners nationwide, working with an estimated 2.2 million homeowners currently in forbearance plans, according to the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Of that total, the share of Ginnie Mae loans in forbearance decreased 20 basis points this week to just 5.82% of the overall volume.”Homeowners who have exited forbearance and been able to take up their original payment again are performing at almost the same rate as the overall mortgage servicing portfolio,” said Mike Fratantoni, MBA’s SVP and Chief Economist Ginnie Mae Reports Record MBS Issuance in April Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Ginnie Mae Michael Drayne Mike Fratantoni Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) ortgage-backed securities (MBS) 2021-05-11 Eric C. Peck Share Save Previous: Southern Surge Leads Record Home Sales Forecast Next: Experts Express Optimism About Delinquency Rate The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Eric C. Peck has 20-plus years’ experience covering the mortgage industry, he most recently served as Editor-in-Chief for The Mortgage Press and National Mortgage Professional Magazine. Peck graduated from the New York Institute of Technology where he received his B.A. in Communication Arts/Media. After graduating, he began his professional career with Videography Magazine before landing in the mortgage space. Peck has edited three published books and has served as Copy Editor for Tagged with: Ginnie Mae Michael Drayne Mike Fratantoni Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) ortgage-backed securities (MBS) Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe 19 days ago 457 Views Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Ginnie Mae Reports Record MBS Issuance in April Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agolast_img read more

SF will not support council budget if rent increases are sought

first_img Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – December 18, 2012 Sinn Fein says it will not be able to support the proposed Council budget for 2013 while it contains an increase in rent for those living in council owned property.Donegal County Council is proposing an increase in rent for its tenents which will equate to over 100 euro per house per year.It is just one of the measures proposed in the Draft Budget for 2013 which will be decided on by County Councillors on Wednesday.Sinn Fein Whip on the Council Mick Quinn says there are a number of reasons why the rent increases proposed will not be supported by his party:[podcast][/podcast] News Facebook Previous articleGovernment grants for those who need to upgrade their septic tankNext articleCounty Manager seeks clarification on future of water staff News Highland Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers center_img Google+ WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme WhatsApp SF will not support council budget if rent increases are sought Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Dr James McDaid resigns his Dail seat

first_img Pinterest It is understood that Dr James McDaid has resigned his seat in the Dáil.We understand the Donegal North East Deputy’s resignation will be submitted to the Ceann Comhairle this morning, and then laid in the Oireachtas libraryDr McDaid has been outside the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party since he opposed Government policy to the cervical cancer issue.Terry McEniff is Dr McDaid’s former director of elections:[podcast][/podcast] Twitter Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Newsx Adverts WhatsApp Dr James McDaid resigns his Dail seat Twitter Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – November 2, 2010 Previous articleSearch resumes for missing fishermanNext articleConsultant claims hospice could close over funding row News Highland last_img read more

[School Fee Waiver Amid COVID] ‘Take An Appropriate And Balanced Decision’, Gujarat HC Tells State Government [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates[School Fee Waiver Amid COVID] ‘Take An Appropriate And Balanced Decision’, Gujarat HC Tells State Government [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay18 Sep 2020 9:12 PMShare This – xThe Gujarat High Court on Friday (18th September) declined to entertain an application seeking to pass appropriate orders for charging of tuition fees and other fees of the self-financed schools during the period of physical closure of the schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The Division Bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J. B. Pardiwala left it open for the State to take…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Gujarat High Court on Friday (18th September) declined to entertain an application seeking to pass appropriate orders for charging of tuition fees and other fees of the self-financed schools during the period of physical closure of the schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The Division Bench of Chief Justice Vikram Nath and Justice J. B. Pardiwala left it open for the State to take an appropriate and balanced decision as it may deem fit, keeping in mind the interest of all the stakeholders.Court’s previous OrderIt may be noted that by Court’s order dated 31st July 2020 passed in a batch of four Writ Petitions along with the Special Civil Application No.8819 of 2020, the Court had issued certain directions as contained from para 28 onwards being the operative portion of the order.For ready reference, paras 28, 30 and 31 are reproduced below:”28 It would be too much to say that private schools shall not demand any fees. At the same time, we expect the federation and the State Government to sit across the table for the purpose of arriving at some understanding with an open mind and open heart. Once all the issues are resolved amicably, the State Government shall issue a fresh Government Resolution in this regard.30 We hope and trust that the State Government and the association of unaided private schools will be able to reach to an amicable understanding.31 As regards the other issues, the State Government shall follow the guidelines issued by the Central Government referred to above.Relief prayed for before the CourtThe relief claimed in this present application was to take on record the documents of the exercise undertaken and also the developments and to pass further appropriate orders for charging of tuition fees and other fees of the self-financed schools during the period of physical closure of the schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic.The Advocate General, while referring to the materials on record, submitted that the writ petitioner – the Federation of Self-Financed Schools (respondent No.1 herein), after due deliberations with the State, declined to accept the suggestions of the State for flat deduction of 25% of tuition fees and as such, the negotiations failed and that is why the State is before us for passing appropriate orders, as prayed for.Arguments put forthSenior Advocate Mihir Joshi (appearing for the writ petitioner) submitted that the Federation of Self-Financed Schools i.e. the writ petitioner had made a counter proposal before the State as contained in the letter dated 17th August 2020 addressed to the Chief Minister and the Education Minister, which was however not accepted.He further submitted that the present application would not be maintainable.Advocate Vishal Dave (the Counsel for the All Gujarat Parents Association) in his submissions supported the submissions of Senior Advocate Joshi that the Civil Application would not be maintainable.He however, submitted that the State ought to have taken an independent decision after the negotiations had failed.Court’s ObservationAgreeing with the submissions made by Senior Advocate Joshi (the Senior Counsel appearing for the writ petitioner) and Advocate Dave (the Counsel for the All Gujarat Parents Association) the Court was not inclined to entertain the present application.BackgroundIt may be noted that while considering certain writ petitions which raised the issue of school fees, the Gujarat High Court, in an order passed on 19th June, directed the Advocate General to take up these issues with the State Government and see to it that the private schools across the State of Gujarat do not proceed to cancel the admission on failure of the parents to deposit the fees by 30.06.2020.Further, on 31st July, the Gujarat High Court had quashed a government order restraining private unaided schools from collecting tuition fees until they reopened, stating that such an injunction will force smaller institutions to shut down.The court had set aside three clauses of a government resolution (GR) issued on July 16:ONE, that no fees shall be charged by any unaided schools either towards the tuition fees or in relation to any optional activity so long as the schools are being conducted online;TWO, that the expenditure incurred in the salary of teaching and non-teaching staff of the Schools shall be considered while determining the fees for the next year; andTHREE, that the fees, if already paid, shall be adjusted against the fees which would become payable upon the physical opening of the schools.The bench had requested the State Government to convene a meeting with the office-bearers of the association of unaided private schools and try to arrive at some understanding which is equitable in nature.Following an impasse in the state government’s negotiations with private schools over the aspect of fees in two meetings, the Gujarat government had filed an application at the Gujarat High Court on 24th August, seeking directions from the court on the way ahead.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Next Storylast_img read more