Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited ( HY2009 Interim Report

first_imgSechaba Brewery Holdings Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2009 interim results for the half year.For more information about Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (  2009 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSechaba Brewery Holdings Limited is an investment holding company with 60% controlling interest in Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KLB) and Botswana Breweries (Pty) Limited. Kgalagadi Breweries produces lager beers, traditional beers, bottled water and soft drinks under license. The brewery has four traditional beer breweries, a clear beer brewery, a sparkling soft drinks production plant and six sales and distribution centres in Botswana. SABMiller has a 40% stake in Kgalagadi Breweries and has management control over the operation; offering manufacturing and technical expertise, brand building and distribution expertise. Botswana Breweries produces traditional opaque beer made from sorghum and maize under the brand names Chibuku and Phafana. The Botswana Development Corporation has a 25.6% shareholding in Sechaba Breweries Holdings Limited.last_img read more

LA diocese, congregation still at odds over disputed St. James…

first_img Doug Desper says: V Rev Canon John Crean says: Rector Knoxville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bruno Hearing, Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 mike geibel says: Dianne Delaney says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group LA diocese, congregation still at odds over disputed St. James property Press Release Service Rector Pittsburgh, PA October 13, 2017 at 10:55 am Why do we want to give parties to a Bishop who has misled the church. Isn’t the time to celebrate when a person acknowledges his wrong doing as the Prodigal son did. I fail to see what there is to celebrate. Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 October 13, 2017 at 2:59 pm Auto correct strikes again. I said YE! Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ October 15, 2017 at 11:15 am Rev. Crean:The hearing panel rendered its judgment. The leadership of LA Diocese continues to defy the ruling, the recommendations by Bishop Curry, and the will of the congregation. If the Diocese and its Bishops cannot be held accountable for their actions under the quoted “verse” in your comment, then there is no justice in Episcopal Church and the disciplinary proceedings by the Congregation were a mockery. October 14, 2017 at 9:11 am ENS reporting is behind the curve on this. The developer, Burnham Ward has now backed out of the purchase. But Bishop Taylor has refused to open the church to the Congregation, instead declaring that St. James will be a “Bishop’s Chapel” with guest clergy for drop by congregants.The St. James the Great congregation was a growing, inclusive congregation with an inspirational priest. Bishop Taylor is creating a phony chapel with rotating “Bishops” and no lay leadership. This is not a church with services every Sunday morning, with Sunday school for children, with pastoral care during the week, and with community activities. It has the appearance of a camouflage to preserve the option of soliciting another “secret sale” of St. James to a future developer.Bishop Bruno and he that follows continue their desire to punish the congregation and former rector and to defy the admonition by Bishop Curry and the national Church to restore the church to the congregation. The congregation made an offer to match the developer’s purchase offer, but Bishop Taylor declined saying he wanted to avoid litigation with the purchaser. Now that the sale to Burnham Ward is dead, the bishop continues to refuse to do the right thing.The LA Diocese leadership has never been trustworthy or transparent in this controversy. The 2016 Parochial Report shows a loss of over $1 million in pledges from departing members. This ugly spectacle has affected more members of the Church than just the congregation in Newport Beach. Meanwhile, plans continue for a lavish celebration of Bishop Bruno’s retirement. 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October 17, 2017 at 12:03 pm John, a higher authority once stated “You shall know them by their fruits”. Division, confusion, repeated and purposeful deception, and accruing filthy (dishonestly gained) lucre are not fruits of a shepherd. While we are not to judge in the manner of the OT judges who stood at the gates and passed instant sentences, we still are charged by the Lord to discern. The Church is called to “know” and that requires examination of what the eyes see and testimony understands. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR October 13, 2017 at 11:58 am So am I correct in reading that Bishop Taylor and the Standing Committee are not going to follow the Panel’s recommendation “that the diocese. . . restore the congregation and vicar to the church building, and that it reassign St. James the Great appropriate mission status.”??? Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Events October 13, 2017 at 2:58 pm Judge not, lest he be judged! Tags Rector Washington, DC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA [Episcopal News Service] The dispute over the St. James the Great property in Newport Beach, California, that is at the heart of disciplinary proceedings against Diocese of Los Angeles Bishop J. Jon Bruno has taken several recent turns.Late on Oct. 10, Los Angeles Bishop Coadjutor John Taylor and the Rev. Rachel Anne Nyback told the diocese that an anticipated sale of the property had fallen through.“This event, we believe, gives our diocesan community a renewed opportunity for careful discernment about our mission and ministry in south Orange County,” the two wrote.They pledged to “do all we can pastorally, logistically, and financially to assist the St. James congregation should it wish to regain mission status in the diocese.” However, that effort will not include an immediate return of the congregation’s pastor, the Rev. Cindy Evans Voorhees, to lead worship in the church she designed.“After a suitable period of discernment and planning, we will reopen the church as a bishop’s chapel, with supply, or guest, clergy invited to conduct Sunday services,” Taylor and Nyback wrote. “It will be open to all in the community who wish to attend and glorify and serve our God in Christ.”In a statement released the next day, members of St. James said they were “disappointed but not surprised” by the announcement. They said that “this is not what reconciliation looks like.”“The congregation, still meeting in exile in the Civic Center community room, would like to return to its church,” they wrote, adding that the congregation had recently offered to match the potential buyer’s offer and to pay any reasonable costs associated with breaking the deal.“Bishop Taylor claimed that he could not even discuss that offer because of the pending developer agreement,” they wrote. “Now there is no such agreement; but instead of talking with the congregation the bishop has put out a press release.”Bruno was involved in an earlier and ultimately unsuccessful 2015 attempt to sell the church property to a condominium developer for $15 million in cash. That effort prompted the members of St. James to bring misconduct allegations against Bruno, alleging he violated church law.An Episcopal Church disciplinary hearing panel conducted three days of testimony on those allegations in March. Bruno again attempted to sell the property as the panel considered how to rule on the case.That attempt earned Bruno two ministerial restrictions from Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, the latter of which removed St. James from Bruno’s authority and put the congregation under Taylor’s control. The first restriction was designed to prevent Bruno from trying to sell the property. It was this second sale attempt by Bruno that Taylor on Oct. 10 said had fallen through.The hearing panel found Bruno guilty of the St. James complainants’ allegations that Bruno violated church canons because he:failed to get the consent of the diocesan standing committee before entering into a contract to sell the property;misrepresented his intention for the property to the members, the clergy and the local community at large;misrepresented that St. James the Great was not a sustainable congregation;misrepresented that Voorhees, then St. James’ vicar, had resigned;misrepresented to some St. James’ members that he would lease the property back to them for a number of months and that the diocese would financially aid the church; andengaged in conduct unbecoming a member of the clergy by “misleading and deceiving” the clergy and people of St. James, as well as the local community, about his plans for the property and for taking possession of the property and locking out the congregation.In an Aug. 2 final order, the panel said Bruno should be suspended from ordained ministry for three years because of misconduct. The hearing panel also strongly recommended that the diocese “as a matter of justice” immediately suspend its efforts to sell the property, that it restore the congregation and vicar to the church building, and that it reassign St. James the Great appropriate mission status.The five-person panel said that it is convinced the diocese, particularly its Standing Committee and Taylor, must consciously choose to take part in a process of self-examination and truth-telling around these unfortunate and tragic events.Taylor issued a statement after the hearing panel’s order saying that “Bishop Bruno’s 40 years of ordained ministry and 15 years as sixth bishop of Los Angeles are not summed up by this order or the events that precipitated it.”The bishop coadjutor called him “a courageous, visionary leader” and said he looked forward to “continuing to learn from him and consult with him about the life of the diocesan community he has served and loves so well.”Taylor said he and the Standing Committee “will do everything we can to promote a just solution that takes into account the interests of all in our community (including the faithful members of the Newport Beach church) and gives us the opportunity to move forward together. In a dispute such as this one, truth-telling, open communication, and reconciliation can be difficult for everyone involved.”Taylor later told the diocese that the contract to sell the property that Bruno struck is legally binding on the diocese, and thus the diocese could not back out of the deal.Meanwhile, Bruno has appealed the hearing panel’s ruling. His appeal will be heard by the church’s Court of Review for Bishops.The Disciplinary Board for Bishops recently issued a one-page order saying that, as of Jan. 1, 2018 and while his appeal is ongoing, Bruno must “refrain from the exercise of the gifts of ministry conferred by ordination and shall not exercise any authority over the real or personal property or temporal affairs of the Church.”Those restrictions do not supersede the ones Curry had previously placed on Bruno. The three-year suspension recommended by the hearing panel would take Bruno beyond his mandatory retirement date in November 2018, when he turns 72.However, the diocese recently announced that Bruno plans to retire on Nov. 30. The diocese has begun a series of gala farewell parties ( for him.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is interim managing editor of the Episcopal News Service. The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FLlast_img read more

Three charities share £50,000 as Sanofi Patient Group Bursary winners

first_img  43 total views,  1 views today Advertisement  44 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporate Global healthcare company has announced that Ataxia UK, Crohn’s & Colitis UK and Muscular Dystrophy Campaign will share £50,000 to help improve the lives of patients throughout the United Kingdom.The charities were the three winners of Sanofi’s 2012 Patient Group Bursary scheme. This was announced in 2012 to reward applicants that could demonstrate that their project would deliver improvements in patient empowerment and information. It was open to patient groups in the broadest sense, whether they were local groups, social enterprises or professional associations.Ataxia UK won the Gold bursary, worth £25,000; Crohn’s and Colitis UK the Silver, worth £15,000; and Muscular Dystrophy Campaign the Bronze, worth £10,000.Ataxia UK proposes to use the funding to roll out a ‘befriender’ scheme to provide patients with help, advice, support and ./guidance.Steve Oldfield, General Manager of Sanofi and Chair of the judging panel, said: “We were thrilled to have received over 100 applications to the 2012 scheme – nearly a three fold increase from last year and we look forward to seeing these projects come to fruition and deliver real improvements for patients across a variety of disease areas” Howard Lake | 18 July 2012 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Three charities share £50,000 as Sanofi Patient Group Bursary winners 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.last_img read more

Women fight for rights, defend social gains

first_imgPort-au-Prince, Haiti Gaza Paris Puerto Rico Garment workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Istanbul, Turkeycenter_img Paris Venezuela What is remembered about yearly International Women’s Day commemorations? Not official afternoon teas and receptions, where politicians toss off meaningless platitudes about women’s “equality” and claim “women have come a long way.” No. What stays in our memories is resistance.March 8 honors women’s struggles worldwide. Its socialist founders aimed to promote global solidarity, too. Today, we must support our sisters who live under military siege; those who have to migrate to work and then face racism and assaults; part-time, low-wage and unemployed women; and those most impoverished and rendered homeless. We must show that women’s oppression is rooted in the capitalist system.From the Philippines to Syria, from Bangladesh to Haiti, from France to Venezuela, women marked this special day opposing imperialist war; corporate globalization; oppression, bigotry, discrimination; and abuse. Here are a few highlights.In Seoul, south Korea, working women rallied. Korean Confederation of Trade Unions members called for pay equity, improved working conditions, pregnancy and parental benefits, and an end to workplace sexual harassment. They denounced privatization of public services and the criminalization of abortions.Thousands of their Filipino sisters, led by GABRIELA, marched in Manila to denounce President Benigno Aquino for following U.S. dictates, denying social services and allowing food prices to soar. There and in Baguio City, the Rising for Justice campaign slammed him for “criminal neglect” of typhoon victims and ignoring the needs of millions of “grassroots” women and farmers fighting for land reform.Bangladesh: Garment workers seek justiceOn March 8, women workers with their unions and labor organizations, including the Bangladesh Centre for Workers Solidarity, marched in Dhaka for workplace safety measures, the right to unionize, livable wages and maternity leave.The Garment Workers Oikya Forum raised similar demands at the Rana Plaza disaster site in Savar. There, nearly a year ago, 1,130 apparel workers died, mostly women, and thousands were injured in the country’s worst industrial accident.The National Domestic Women Workers Association rallied for legal protections for domestic workers, nearly all women and girls. Additionally, women with disabilities organized by the Bangladesh National Disabilities Forum demonstrated for their rights.Sohel Rana, owner of Rana Plaza, is imprisoned, awaiting trial for culpability in the workers’ deaths. So is Delar Hossein, manager of Tazreen Fashion factory, where a horrific fire took 112 workers’ lives in November 2012. Workers’ protests, activists’ and lawyers’ pressure led to these state prosecutions.Rana Plaza’s collapse focused world attention on Bangladesh’s unsafe garment factories. Recent inspections found dangerous conditions are still rampant. However, the global brands, which make mega-profits from clothing produced there, are avoiding blame for these disasters. Few U.S. corporations signed a safety accord; none contributed to a $40 million fund for Rana Plaza’s 4,000 victims and relatives.Stop the war against SyriaThe General Union of Syrian Women held sit-ins at the United Nations headquarters in Washington, D.C., and Damascus and simultaneous protests in other Syrian cities. On March 8, they called on their sisters worldwide to defend the Syrian people’s right to live in peace and to oppose regimes exporting terrorism and violence there. U.S.- and European-backed “rebel forces” are violently trying to oust Syria’s government.Union chairperson, Majdeh Quteit said, “The achievements made for Syrian women over the past decades are at stake because of the terrorists’ crimes.” (SANA, March 8)As Palestinian women marched to the Qalandiya checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, Israeli forces fired stun grenades and tear gas, injuring 11 women. The women were asserting their right to enter Jerusalem, the Palestinians’ historical capital, and affirming women’s key role in the anti-Israel struggle.Gaza activists marched to the U.N. office in Gaza City and called upon the “international community to end Israeli violations of Palestinian women’s rights,” including prisoners. They seek global pressure to move Israel to lift the tortuous U.S.-backed eight-year siege of Gaza.Turkish women resolutely marched toward Istanbul’s Taksim Square, site of last year’s anti-government protests, to protest gender inequality, poverty and sexist violence. Riot police used batons to stop the demonstrators, who pushed back and yelled, “Police go home, the streets are ours.”Celebrations throughout AfricaWomen across the African continent celebrated International Women’s Day at varied events. In South Africa, the African National Congress Youth League congratulated the women of the world in their struggles for equality. They pledged that their “branches will engage in programs that fight against the abuse and marginalization of women by demanding progress for all through inclusion of women and young women in particular in all activities and structures.”The Congress of South African Trade Unions’ event and resolution supported “the gravely and brutally oppressed women of Palestine and their masses in their struggle for political emancipation.”Austerity: No, solidarity: YesWomen in Greece and elsewhere in Europe protested austerity layoffs, wage reductions and cutbacks in social programs imposed by European banks and their own governments.Paris marchers expressed solidarity with women in struggle worldwide, including Palestinians. Kurds, Tamils and other immigrant and oppressed peoples joined union members, socialists and other women activists and progressives. Members of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer organizations participated in this pro-struggle event.Thousands rallied in Madrid, Barcelona and other cities in the Spanish state for jobs, equal pay and workplace rights. They were united in their opposition to the conservative government’s move to criminalize abortions, contrary to 80 percent of the population’s views.Women organize in the CaribbeanWomen in Puerto Rico marched on International Women’s Day in support of teachers.Haitian women in a newly formed political party, proclaimed at their press conference, “The women of the Desalines Koordination (KOD) say with force that March 8 is a day to stand against the bourgeois and imperialist violence that is waged against women, workers, laborers and peasants. … The women of KOD denounce all the maneuvers for a coup d’etat that the imperialists are preparing for Venezuela. We are in solidarity with President Nicolaás Maduro and with the women of Venezuela who are defending the Bolivarian revolution.”In Havana, Cuba, the 9th Congress of the Federation of Cuban Women met on March 7 and 8 to plan further initiatives to promote the 4-million-member organization’s central role in the country’s social and economic transformation.Due to the FMC’s work and the socialist government’s commitment to women’s full participation, their gains can be seen everywhere. Cuban women insist the U.S. end its 55—year blockade and free the Cuban 5’s three remaining U.S. prisoners.Defend VenezuelaVenezuelan women are defending President Maduro’s government from violent U.S.-backed coup attempts. They have joined mass demonstrations, including on International Women’s Day. On Feb. 22, thousands rallied for Maduro and pledged to “fight for Venezuela.”On March 8, Maduro saluted Venezuelan women at a peace conference in Caracas. He emphasized that to have socialism, women must have equality. Under President Hugo Chávez’s leadership, women — farmers, students and workers — made great advances. Importantly, they form one-third of the armed forces. The Women’s Battalion is crucial in protecting the Bolivarian Revolution.Hundreds of campesinas (peasant farmers) traveled throughout Honduras to march in Tegucigalpa for full rights and land reform, opposing corporate land seizures. Others protested mining companies’ pollution. Everyone demanded government action against femicides.Resistance is the essence of International Women’s Day. That and solidarity.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Manila, Philippineslast_img read more

Boykin helps No. 2 TCU rally past Kansas State, 52-45

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Associated Press Twitter A look at the NCAA Tournament, ending with shot for the ages TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Associated Press Associated Press Pop superstar Prince dies at his Minnesota home + posts printMANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Trevone Boykin threw for 301 yards and two touchdowns, the second a 55-yard strike to Josh Doctson with 1:10 left in the game, and second-ranked TCU rallied from a big halftime deficit to beat Kansas State 52-45 on Saturday night.Boykin also ran for 124 yards and two scores for the Horned Frogs (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), who trailed 35-17 at the break. Aaron Green added 124 yards and two touchdowns rushing, while Doctson caught eight passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns.None was bigger than his catch-and-run just 30 seconds after Jack Cantele had connected on a 37-yard field goal for Kansas State (3-2, 0-2) to knot the game 45-all.The Wildcats had won 49 straight games when leading at halftime before last week’s loss at Oklahoma State. Now, coach Bill Snyder’s crew has lost two in a row.Joe Hubener ran for 111 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Wildcats. But he also threw an interception that was returned 60 yards for a score early in the second half, then fumbled in the final minute, when Kansas State was trying to drive for another tying touchdown.Charles Jones finished with 75 yards rushing and two scores for Kansas State.The Horned Frogs got off to the explosive start they wanted when Green took the opening handoff 86 yards for a touchdown. It was the fourth-longest run in TCU history, and the longest since LaDainian Tomlinson’s 89-yard run against UTEP in 2000.Kansas State marched 64 yards for an answering touchdown, the first of Hubener’s scoring runs, before TCU regained the lead on Boykin’s 32-yard toss to Doctson in the end zone.The Wildcats refused to be rattled, though.Hubener calmly led them the other way, twice converting third downs, before scampering in from 17 yards out. And after the Horned Frogs got a field goal from Jaden Oberkrom, Kansas State struck for two more touchdowns: Jones sprinted 28 yards up the middle for the first, and after Elijah Lee picked off Boykin, Hubener sneaked in from a yard out for a 35-17 halftime lead.It was the most points TCU had allowed in a half since 2004.Needing a spark to silence the third-largest crowd in Kansas State history, the Horned Frogs got it immediately out of the half. Derrick Kindred stepped in front of Hubener’s pass and ran untouched for a touchdown, quieting what had been a roaring mob of 53,671 purple-clad fans.The Horned Frogs trimmed the lead to 35-31 on Green’s touchdown run, and 42-37 on Boykin’s 14-yard run. After forcing a punt, they finally pulled ahead when Boykin took a read-option over the right side and raced untouched 69 yards for a touchdown with 6:07 left in the game.The Wildcats quickly marched the other way, and TCU’s defense was again on the ropes. But the drive stalled, and Cantele’s 37-yard field goal knotted the game 45-all with 1:52 left.Plenty of time for Boykin and Doctson to do their thing. Associated Press TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) passes to a teammate during the first half against Kansas State on Oct. 10. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)center_img Music professor says Placido Domingo harassed her, grabbed her breast Associated Press Previous articleHumane Society of North Texas raises money in annual “Trick or Trot”Next articleVolleyball downs Texas Tech for fourth straight Big 12 win Associated Press RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Linkedin Heisman winner, former TCU coach Pat Sullivan dies at 69 ReddIt ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Facebooklast_img read more

Blogger freed on bail after being held for three months

first_img June 11, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Esmail Jafari, a journalist based in the southwestern city of Bushehr who keeps a blog called Rah Mardom (“Voice of the People” –, was released from Bushehr prison on 18 March on payment of 50 million toman (about 40,000 euros) in bail. He was arrested on 15 December after being sentenced to five months in prison on charges of anti-government propaganda and threatening national security.——————11.12.2008 – Authorities step up Internet surveillance, cyber-dissident sentenced to five years in prisonReporters Without Borders condemns recent government moves to reinforce repression of the Internet. In the latest move, Tehran prosecutor general Said Mortazavi announced yesterday that the “special prosecutor’s department for Internet crimes” will henceforth work directly with the intelligence services.The press freedom organisation also deplores the heavy prison sentence imposed on a cyber-dissident last weekend for covering a demonstration.“In the absence of the ability to control more than 18 million Internet users, the government has chose intimidation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Mortazavi’s decision is indicative of the Internet’s situation in Iran – under control and regarded as a dangerous area.”The organisation added: “The creation of a special prosecutor’s department for Internet crimes is part of a broader project by the authorities designed not only to monitor online content but also to impose extremely severe sentences, including the death penalty, for Internet crimes. We deplore this department’s increased power, which is a formidable repressive tool and an excellent way to get people to censor themselves.”In an interview for the government news agency Fars, Mortazavi said the government had reinforced “all resources for prosecuting websites that do not follow religious principles and are immoral.” Since 2003, the government has had a commission dedicated to compiling a list of “illegal” websites, which includes YouTube, Facebook and Orkut.The special prosecutor’s department, which decides on censorship measures, consists of a team of computer specialists. Mortazavi said it was now envisaged that “two special inspectors will work with the security services.” This department “is already responsible for dismantling several groups acting against the government on the Internet,” he said, adding: “The Internet will be made safe because anti-religious and immoral activities will be prosecuted.”A Mortazavi adviser said on 19 November that the authorities were responsible for filtering out “five million websites.” In recent weeks, the WeChange website was blocked for the 18th time this year and the FeministSchool website ( was blocked for the eighth time. The blog ( is also inaccessible. It is kept by women’s rights lawyer Jila Bani Yaghoub, the editor of the website. to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News IranMiddle East – North Africa News News April 6, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger freed on bail after being held for three months Organisation News Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer who represents several journalists and cyber-dissidents, was prevented from leaving Iran yesterday to go to Italy, where she was to receive an international human rights prize. Her passport was confiscated by ministry of intelligence officials. Jafari’s blog ( is called Rah Mardom, which means “Voice of the People.” He also reports for the local weeklies Nassr Bousher and Baharestan.“We condemn this court ruling that has made Jafari the third cyber-dissident to be threatened with imprisonment in Iran this year,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The way Internet users are being persecuted is intolerable. We call for his conviction to be overturned.”The two online journalists currently detained in Iran are theologian Mojtaba Lotfi, who is imprisoned in the religious city of Qom, and Shahnaz Gholami, editor of the Azar Zan blog ( and member of the Association of Women Journalists (ARZ), who has been imprisoned in the northwestern city of Tabriz since 9 November.The warrant for Gholami’s arrest said “articles were found at her home that jeopardised national security.” The warrant also said that: “The defendant clearly stated that she posted these articles on her blog, accessible to everyone.” She has not been able to see her lawyer or her 9-year-old daughter since her arrest. Esmail Jafari, a blogger and journalist based in the southwestern city of Bushehr, was meanwhile sentenced to five months in prison on 6 December on charges of “anti-government publicity” and “disseminating information abroad.” He is still free pending the outcome of an appeal.He was arrested on 7 April for covering a demonstration by some 20 workers outside the Bushehr prefecture in protest against their dismissal. He was released 17 days later on payment of 50 million toman (about 45,000 euros). At that time, the two charges brought against him were “disseminating information abroad” and “spying.” Follow the news on Iran June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election March 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Cost of employment must not be increased

first_imgLinkedin THE vast majority of Limerick business leaders believe that the Government is not doing enough to support them and have warned against any moves to increase the cost of employment in the upcoming budget. In its pre-budget submission to Government, Limerick Chamber outlined the findings of a recent survey of its members that showed 90 per cent of them were of the opinion that the Government was not giving adequate support to local business. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Chamber Chief Executive Maria Kelly said that with a high unemployment rate, the Government continues to reiterate that job creation is their number one priority. However, to achieve this, it is imperative that appropriate measures are put in place to promote and support competitiveness for existing businesses.“Yet we have found that over 90 per cent of businesses in Limerick feel the Government is not doing enough to support them”, she said.The Chamber survey has identified major concern amongst the business community regarding increased in employers PRSI and the transfer of sick pay obligations.Half of the businesses indicated that an increase in employer’s share of PRSI would prevent job creation; while the transfer of responsibility for sick pay could lead to potential job losses in over 40 per cent of the businesses surveyed.Ms. Kelly continued: “The results of this survey are overwhelming.  Any initiatives that raise the cost of employment will do nothing but increase the burden on business and hamper job creation and retention. It is essential that the Government gives some degree of certainty on PRSI and sick pay now, rather than allow rumours to continue and undermine business confidence over the next couple of months.”The Chamber conveyed its concerns to Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton during her recent visit to Limerick.According to Ms Kelly, the Minister understood the city business community’s concerns regarding potential PRSI hikes and cited the commitment not to increase the cost of doing business in the Programme for Government.In her meeting with the Chamber, Minister Burton also reiterated her pledge for reform of the current system regarding sick pay.Ms Kelly commented: “The transfer of responsibility for sick pay on to employers can be interpreted as an increased cost to business – an additional cost that our survey shows could lead to higher unemployment.” NewsLocal NewsCost of employment must not be increasedBy admin – November 2, 2012 445 Facebook Print Emailcenter_img WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement Previous articleCourt warning over offensive clothingNext articleShannon RFC confirm Keogh’s departure adminlast_img read more

2 dead, 4 injured after shooting on UNC Charlotte campus; suspect in custody, police say

first_imgwsfurlan/iStock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) — Two people have been killed and another four injured after a shooting on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, officials told ABC News.Three of the injured victims are in critical condition, police said at a news conference Tuesday night. The fourth person suffered non life-threatening injuries.One person is now in custody, according to Charlotte-Mecklenburg police. There is no reason to believe anyone else is involved, officials said.The suspected shooter is a UNCC male student, ABC affiliate WSOC-TV reported.Police have not identified the suspect but said he was not someone already on their radar.Police dispatch received calls around 4:40 p.m. reporting a suspect was armed with a pistol and had shot several students, police said.Officers responded to the scene and were able to get into the building where the suspect was located, disarmed him and took him into custody, officials said. The suspect did not say anything to the officers as he was arrested.“Our officers actions definitely saved lives. There’s no doubt about that,” said University of North Carolina at Charlotte Police & Public Safety Chief Jeff Baker.The school was placed on lockdown as officers secured the campus. Students are now able to return to their residence halls on campus, police said.The identities of the deceased victims has not been released. Police are waiting to notify family members.UNC Charlotte police and Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have established a family reunification center at the Harris Teeter at 8600 University City Blvd.In addition to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police, the ATF and FBI are also assisting in the investigation.All events tonight at the campus have been canceled, including a scheduled Waka Flocka Flame concert. The artist posted on Instagram that he would not be performing. This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Manhattan’s luxury market continues 7-week contract streak

first_img Luxury Real EstateManhattan Condo MarketResidential Real Estatetownhouse market Full Name* Tags Share via Shortlink Message* Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Read moreFormer Goldman exec behind Epstein townhouse buy: reportVince Viola’s UES mansion was Manhattan’s priciest deal last weekJeffrey Epstein’s UES townhouse was priciest Manhattan deal last week 19 West 12th Street (left) and 11 East 93rd Street (Photos via Sotheby’s and Compass)Luxury contracts made gains again last week.The week saw 41 deals inked, up from 38 the week before, according to Olshan Realty’s weekly report on contracts signed for Manhattan residential properties asking $4 million or more.It marked the seventh consecutive week in which more than 30 deals went into contract, the longest such run since the report began in 2006.The strong demand from buyers has been a consistent trend since the start of 2021. There have been a total of 343 luxury contracts signed year to date, up from 215 during the same time period in 2020.“It’s really unbelievable. It’s the best start to the spring we’ve ever had,” said Donna Olshan, the report’s author. “2020 was a garbage year and now that market is playing catch up.”ADVERTISEMENTHowever, year-over-year comparisons won’t show much in the coming weeks: This time last year was when the state banned in-person home showings. During the last week of March 2020 and the first three weeks in April, there were two luxury contracts signed each week.The top contract last week was for a Greenwich Village townhouse with a large rear garden and rooftop terrace last asking $22.5 million. The five-bedroom home at 19 West 12th Street was initially listed in February 2016 asking $34.95 million. The seller, who bought the property for $13.5 million in 2008, made out in the green.The second most expensive deal was for a six-story townhouse on the Upper East Side. The home at 11 East 93rd Street was listed in September asking $16.5 million. The seven-bedroom property has a rooftop terrace with a pool, an elevator and a bicycle elevator.Last week’s average listing discount was 11 percent from initial ask to final ask with an average period of 588 days on the market. The median asking price was $5.75 million. Of the 41 contracts, 28 were for condos, eight were for co-ops and five were for townhouses.Contact Erin Hudsonlast_img read more

On high-resolution sampling of short ice cores: dating and temperature information recovery from Antarctic Peninsula virtual cores

first_imgRecent developments in ice melter systems and continuous flow analysis (CFA) techniques now allow higher-resolution ice core analysis. Here, we present a new method to aid interpretation of high-resolution ice core stable water isotope records. Using a set of simple isotopic recording and postdepositional assumptions, the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts’ 40 year reanalysis time series of temperature and precipitation are converted to “virtual core” depth series across the Antarctic Peninsula, helping us to understand what information can be gleaned from the CFA high-resolution observations. Virtual core temperatures are transferred onto time using three different depth-age transfer assumptions: (1) a perfect depth-age model, (2) a depth-age model constructed from single or dual annual photochemical tie points, and (3) a cross-dated depth-age model. Comparing the sampled temperatures on the various depth-age models with the original time series allows quantification of the effect of ice core sample resolution and dating. We show that accurate annual layer count depth-age models should allow some subseasonal temperature anomalies to be recovered using a sample resolution of around 40 mm, or 10–20 samples per year. Seasonal temperature anomalies may be recovered using sample lengths closer to 60 mm, or about 7–14 samples per year. These results tend to confirm the value of current CFA ice core sampling strategies and indicate that it should be possible to recover about a third of subannual (but not synoptic) temperature anomaly information from annually “layer-counted” peninsula ice cores.last_img read more