BHP Billiton

first_imgWednesday 18 August 2010 8:04 pm Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof KCS-content whatsapp whatsapp AS the late Wall Street legend Bruce Wasserstein was famed for saying, it’s time for BHP Billiton’s advisers to start “bidding ‘em up”. Because there is quite simply no way the miner will get its hands on Canada’s Potash for $130 (£83.32) a share, an offer that values the fertiliser giant at around $40bn. There’s no doubt that the acquisition makes sense for BHP. As the world’s population continues to grow, food stuffs – and therefore fertiliser – will be in much demand. The deal, if it goes through, will be earnings enhancing in its second year, says BHP. So the strategy is right, but the maths is wrong. The market knows this: Potash shares are already trading at a 15 per cent premium to the bid. So how high can BHP afford to go without crimping its chances of making the deal earnings accretive? Analysts at Standard & Poor’s say the miner could raise its offer to around $160 a share and still see the benefits on its bottom line. That said, BHP can afford to keep its powder dry – for now. Although Potash is hoping for a white knight, the fact is none of the potential saviours will be able to move quickly. This is now a waiting game. BHP Billiton Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Sharelast_img read more

Saving online bingo: Part 2

first_img Regions: UK & Ireland In Part 2 of his dissection of the state of online bingo, affiliate-turned-operator Phil Blackwell looks at ways the the sector can restack the odds in its favour Saving online bingo: Part 2 Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Strip bonuses and wagering requirements to limit tax exposure You can’t be taxed on bonuses if you don’t offer them. At MrQ, we have a single real money wallet for players with a welcome bonus of free tickets to a free bingo room and genuine free spins.We are not exposed to the expenses that accompany large match-deposit offers, but instead limit our liability to the value of the spins only, assuming positive GGR.“Keep what you win” is a far stronger proposition than “keep what you wager”, but it does require marketing to overcome player expectations of large bonuses and uncover this nuance, especially in a long list of affiliate sites.Other recently launched no-wagering bingo brands include Playtech’s Buzz Bingo and the entire Dragonfish Real Bingo Network, although the latter does cap player winnings.Build a brand with real USPs A renewed focus on retention is an obvious and overlooked answer to rising acquisition costs and taxes. If you do manage to get players to your brand without a bonus, you’ll want to give them reason to stick around.The white label nature of the online bingo industry is not set up to excel in the realms of originality and brand building. Identical software and welcome offers presented by different names and logos is nothing more than painting the same car a different colour.The boom of white label bingo sites allowed smaller operators to quickly and easily make money online with little regard for the quality of the product ultimately being sold.It is, of course, not easy to create new software from scratch, especially for small- to medium-sized bingo operators, but the market is agnostic to the challenges of individual businesses.At Lindar, we built MrQ with a small team of under 20 people and benefited from our flexibility and ability to react fast. Retaining this while continuing to scale will almost certainly be more difficult, but the success of other proprietary brands such as Tombola and Mfortune suggests that it is not impossible.In fact, it might be essential. Paying more in one area can be balanced by paying less in another. If existing brands fail to react, we could see an emergence of new operators into the industry similar to the rise of challenger banks in finance like Revolut, Tide and Monzo.Standalone bingo platforms offer the chance for operators to develop real and authentic brands, supported by unique and progressive concepts, with the added benefit of paying less commission to third-party integrations. It’s hard to stand out from the crowd if you’re not outstanding.Diversify into new markets and territories It’s no secret that the majority of bingo sites find their best player value on slots. From an affiliate and PPC perspective, it is more expensive to acquire slots and casino players directly than it is to attract bingo players and later migrate them to instant games.The same logic can be applied to other products too. Lottery, for example, is bingo’s bigger brother with obvious crossover in game mechanics, if not payout. Lottery players are also cheaper to acquire.The rush to diversify product offering is already happening with casinos and the rapid inclusion of sportsbooks to traditionally non-sports websites. One of the first big brands to do this was Mansion Casino in 2018 with MansionBet, more recently followed by 888’s acquisition of sports betting platform, BetBright, for £15m.Diversify acquisition sources Another way to balance costs and maintain ROI is to expand a brand’s range of traffic sources to incorporate or increase exposure on cheaper channels.This could leave more expensive affiliates especially at risk should increased taxes make existing high commissions less profitable than they were before.One of the most cost-effective (and most complex) player sources is SEO. Although frequently mistaken as ‘free’ traffic, SEO does require considerable effort, diversity and investment from brands looking to take rankings seriously.Sites that already rank well for high-volume keywords may be best placed doubling-down their spend on organic search instead of increasing budgets for PPC.A couple of years ago I wrote another article in iGB Affiliate (issue 63) entitled ‘Why do bingo affiliates rank so badly on Google?’. Naturally, this caused controversy with the handful of affiliates that didn’t rank so badly on Google, but the retaliations ignored my core premise.This was that Google prefers to rank operators for search terms with ‘play now’ intent, and affiliates for those implying comparison or lists.For example, back in 2017, not a single affiliate website ranked in the top 10 pages of Google for the keyword ‘online bingo’, and conversely, only a handful of operators ranked in these positions for (usually pluralised) keywords including ‘bingo sites’ and ‘new bingo sites’.This is still pretty much the case even today. However well optimised a bingo operator or affiliate may be, they will likely remain somewhat restricted in ranking opportunities for phrases that do not match Google’s implied intent.So much so, in fact, that we’ve started to see operators create their own affiliate portals to gain exposure to typically affiliate-dominated results pages; something that GiG did late last year with SuperLenny Casino.In the most Orwellian of circumstances, affiliates could not only see current deals reduced or removed but also find themselves competing for clicks with former partners in Google search.Bet to the future Despite all of the above, the iGaming industry should really be counting its blessings.The Government’s decision to restrict FOBTs but leave online stakes uncapped is surprising, and certainly hypocritical, but also incredibly lucky.Online gambling still flies under the radar of most taboo-fetishising media publishers. The humble betting shop, for so long an accepted feature of British high streets, has become the fashionable focus of outrage.The Government’s hand was forced by a relentless press campaign guided by an insincere concern for responsible gambling. The Chancellor reacted by increasing taxation elsewhere.These changes scream of politics, not protection. But it’s only a matter of time until his hand is forced again. It’s only a matter of time until a Guardian journalist realises that players can stake £200 every five seconds sitting at home on the toilet. It’s only a matter of time until the Government is forced to restrict online bets in the same way as it has offline bets. It’s only a matter of time until RGD rises even further to compensate for the loss of revenues.It’s time to stack the odds in our favour, because time is running out.Phil Blackwell  is acquisition operations manager at Lindar Media and responsible for the growth of affiliate site OnlineBingo.co.uk and proprietary bingo platform MrQ.com. In previous agency roles, Phil devised SEO strategies for multinational clients including Ebay UK, New Era, Mothercare and Carphone Warehouse. 16th April 2019 | By Stephen Cartercenter_img In Part 2 of his dissection of the state of online bingo, affiliate-turned-operator Phil Blackwell looks at ways the the sector can restack the odds in its favour The opportunities for operators (and threats to affiliates) Fortunately, there are ways for UK bingo operators to minimise the impact of increased costs while actually increasing the attractiveness of their brand to players. 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The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) Q12021 Interim Report

first_imgThe Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Indicative Share Trading Liquidity The total indicative share trading liquidity for The Co-operative Bank of Kenya Limited (COOP.ke) in the past 12 months, as of 5th May 2021, is US$14.26M (KES1.55B). An average of US$1.19M (KES129.2M) per month.The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited Interim Results for the First Quarter DocumentCompany ProfileThe Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited is a financial services institution offering banking products and services for the retail banking and wholesale banking sectors in Kenya. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products to access accounts, LPO financing, invoice discounting services, term loans, asset finance and letters of credit. The company also provides medical, motor, general, life, agriculture and micro-business insurance as well as treasury products, fixed income and money market products and money transfer services. The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya was founded in 1965 and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. The company is a subsidiary of Co-op Holdings Co-operative Society Limited. The Co-Operative Bank of Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Canadian Anglicans respond as pandemic disrupts family life

first_img Submit a Press Release Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canadian Anglicans respond as pandemic disrupts family life Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Submit an Event Listing Kate Newman, children’s, youth and family coordinator at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, British Columbia, has been bringing her ministry online to reach families shut in their homes, like many others across the Anglican Church of Canada. Photo: Christ Church Cathedral via Anglican Journal[Anglican Journal] While concerns grow about the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and its associated lockdowns on families and children, some Canadian Anglicans have been reaching out in new ways to help them.Sheilagh McGlynn, the Anglican Church of Canada’s animator for youth ministries (and a practicing psychotherapist) says she worries about the effect that physical distancing measures now in place will have on the development of young people.“I think it would be easy to say, ‘Oh, young people are going to be really fine through all of this’ because they know how to adapt technology-wise, but I think that on an emotional level, young people are really feeling the brunt,” she says.Read the full article here. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Press Release Service Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ center_img Featured Events Anglican Communion, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA By Tali FolkinsPosted Apr 17, 2020 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest COVID-19 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Albany, NY Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VAlast_img read more

Experts concerned about rise in Fort Worth’s homeless population as eviction moratorium nears end

first_imgTwitter Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Linkedin Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ ReddIt printLoading 50%Homelessness in Tarrant County has decreased, but the decline might not last longTarrant County homeless agencies anticipate homelessness to increase following the end of the federal eviction moratoriumBy Haeven Gibbons(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The number of homeless people in Tarrant County is down sharply according to the most recent census, but homeless agencies and advocates worry the numbers reflect an undercount that could swell when the federal moratorium on evictions ends.The Point in Time Count, done by the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition between Jan. 28 and Feb. 11, found homelessness decreased by 42% and the number of new homeless people decreased by 35%. 1,234 total homeless individuals were counted, according to TCHC.By comparison, last year’s survey found 2,103 people experiencing homelessness. The survey occurred before COVID-19 gripped the nation. Shelters functioned at capacity, and 500 volunteers fanned out in teams of three to five across Tarrant and Parker counties trying to get the most accurate count possible of those who have no recourse except living on the street.Photo: Doc is homeless and sick. Mobile paramedics from John Peter Smith Hospital check in on Doc to make sure his medical conditions do not get worse. (Josh Jordan, 2017)Photo: Doc is homeless and sick. Mobile paramedics from John Peter Smith Hospital check in on Doc to make sure his medical conditions do not get worse. (Josh Jordan, 2017)This year, COVID-19 restrictions limited the number of people in shelters, and community volunteers weren’t allowed to help with the census.  “The Point in Time Count, because of COVID, wasn’t quite the big event that it has been in the past,” said Executive Director of DRC Solutions Bruce Frankel. Coupled with the possible undercount, the impending end to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s eviction moratorium could result in an increase in homelessness by late summer. The CDC’s freeze on evictionsWorried that evictions could push families into shelters where they could be exposed to COVID-19, the CDC ordered a halt to residential evictions in September. The eviction moratorium has since been extended through June. However, the job losses brought on by the pandemic worry homeless advocates. They fear that a staggering number of people could lose their homes without the moratorium.Photo: Housing activists erect a sign in front of Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s house in Swampscott, Mass. The Justice Department said Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, that they will appeal a judge’s ruling that found the federal government’s eviction moratorium was unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)From April 1, 2019, to March 24, 2020, 31,292 evictions were filed in Tarrant County. During the same timeframe the next year , the county saw 11,326 total evictions, just 36% of the pre-COVID-19 numbers. The moratorium prevented evictions based on delinquent rent payments, but landlords could still remove tenants for lease violations or property damage.“The general concern is that evictions held at bay until now by federal moratoriums will be filed in large numbers once the moratorium ends,” said the Mobility Coordinator at Tarrant County Kristen Camareno.Photo: Tenants’ rights advocates demonstrate outside the JFK federal building in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)Historically, about 2% of those evicted in Tarrant County become homeless. That number recently doubled to 4%, according to TCHC. If that percentage continues to inflate, the homeless population will increase, said the executive director of TCHC, Lauren King.The eviction process can take weeks. The time a tenant receives a notice to vacate to the time when the tenant is actually evicted can last up to 30 days.The increase in homelessness is not going to be an instant flood; it will be more of a trickle, King said.Justice of the Peace Courts have seen a decrease in evictions since before the pandemic. For a decrease to occur, tenants and landlords had to work together. “During the pandemic, our court experienced a decrease in evictions, and I believe it was the result of people working together,” said Judge Sergio L. De Leon, the Justice of the Peace for Precinct 5. “You had a lot of landlords who were working with the tenants and a lot of tenants trying to do their part to make sure that they were at least providing some type of income.”Effects of the moratorium The average rent for an apartment in Fort Worth is $1,183 a month. However, apartments ranging from $700-1000 a month make up 34% of Fort Worth’s apartment rental units. Landlords of units where the rent averages $940 a month are often individual investors who are more vulnerable to economic blows, according to the Urban Institute. The majority of landlords in the Fort Worth area are small “mom-and-pops,” or individual investors, who cannot afford to continue to go without income, said TCHC’s Continuum of Care Operations Manager Kimberly Doty. “You’re asking landlords to essentially forgo any income for a year and not be able to do anything about it,” Doty said.While landlords face losing income, the moratorium has led to adverse effects on housing for the homeless. Photo- (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)Namely, homeless agencies have struggled to find available housing for homeless individuals. “It’s harder for us to get people housed right now because typically there’s movement in the market and there are vacancies, and right now there aren’t,” King said.These consequences are partly due to the fact that an eviction moratorium has never been done before.“I’ve been on the bench for eight years. I’ve never seen anything like it,” De Leon said. “Prior to my service on the bench, I was constable for 12 years, and I have never seen any type of moratorium related to evictions.”Photo: Samaritan House is a permanent supportive housing-based agency. They have partner case management and medical services to help clients ease the transition back into a sustainable and healthy lifestyle (Haeven Gibbons/TCU 360) Plans in placeThere are plans in place for when the eviction moratorium ends to prevent people from falling into homelessness.The Tarrant County Emergency Rental Assistance Program launched last month to assist eligible households who are unable to pay rent or utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“By working with our justice of the peace courts to coordinate the Texas Eviction Diversion Program and providing rental assistance through various federal and state funding programs, like the upcoming ERAP, we hope to drastically curb the number of cases filed in Tarrant County when the current CDC moratorium is lifted,” Camareno said.Other programs help renters with rental relief. The Texas Eviction Diversion Program helps eligible tenants stay in their homes and provide landlords with an alternative to eviction. Renters can also apply for emergency rental assistance through the city of Fort Worth. Fort Worth’s CARES funds are exhausted, but the City of Fort Worth Neighborhood Services will continue serving residents of Fort Worth and Tarrant County with several assistance programs.“Apartment managers that are essentially the usual clientele of justice of the peace courts, were doing their due diligence to make sure that they were referring their tenants to these programs,” said De Leon.While prevention funds can be approved by the city, it is up to the landlord to decide to accept them, Doty said.“We wouldn’t be a year into the pandemic with a moratorium in place, if prevention funds and the eviction moratorium would have rolled out hand, hand in hand,” Doty said.Homeless agencies brace for impactDespite the programs in place, TCHC and its partners are “bracing for impact,” King said.TCHC is looking at ways to safely increase shelter capacity if homelessness does increase once the moratorium ends. Right now, shelter capacities are still at 50% due to COVID-19 restrictions.To prevent people from falling into homelessness, TCHC is focusing on diversion training.Diversion requires identifying additional supports people may have that they are not currently using.“Our biggest thing that we’re doing to prepare for this summer is actually training staff,” King said.TCHC trains their staff to know what questions to ask and what to listen for when trying to identify additional supports that an individual may be able to access.The coalition is also preparing by assessing how they can use funds to quickly move people out of homelessness, making sure their municipalities are aware that eviction prevention money is available. They also work with landlords through the landlord engagement program to make sure the tenants get the help they need. DRC Solutions, a homeless agency and service partner of TCHC that focuses on housing, is prepared to respond with emergency shelter if needed. The DRC coordinated and opened an emergency shelter last summer when the economic recession caused many individuals to fall into homelessness. The group had 48 hours to set up the emergency shelter for 400 people.“We have become experts in being able to operate emergency overflow shelters to meet that capacity,” Frankel said. Even with the decrease in homelessness and overall number of evictions, the numbers are still large, which is “nothing new,” according to De Leon.“There’s a larger discussion that needs to be had about how we address our housing problem,” De Leon said. Many people cannot afford the high rental rates, especially in the inner city. Long-term conversations must be held by the city council, commissioner’s court and state legislators to ensure the systems in place do not create a cycle of more and more evictions, De Leon said.TCU social work students are helping address the homeless issue in Fort Worth. Click below to learn more:TopBuilt with Shorthand Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Prince Philip dies at 99, President Biden unveils spending proposalNext articleTCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless Haeven Gibbons + posts RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Image Magazine: Spring 2021 Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Welcome TCU Class of 2025 ReddIt Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Life in Fort Worth Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Linkedin Haeven Gibbons A fox’s tail: the story of TCU’s campus foxes World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Haeven Gibbonshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/haeven-gibbons/ Facebook Twitter NewsCommunityCOVID-19In-depth reportingThe 109The 109 NewsTop StoriesExperts concerned about rise in Fort Worth’s homeless population as eviction moratorium nears endBy Haeven Gibbons – April 9, 2021 1482 Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thriftinglast_img read more

Impunity keeps claiming victims, ten years after Zahra Kazemi’s still unsolved death in detention

first_img News Follow the news on Iran Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to Canadian-Iranian photographer Zahra Kazemi on the tenth anniversary of her death in detention in Tehran as a result of mistreatment, and reiterates its condemnation of the total impunity enjoyed by her torturers.They include Saeed Mortazavi, former Tehran prosecutor-general and one of Supreme Leader and “Predator of Press Freedom” Ali Khamenei’s most notorious lieutenants, who has been guilty of many crimes against news providers.“Zahra Kazemi embodies the violations of fundamental rights that have taken place since the clerics seized power in 1979,” Reporters Without Borders said. “She was a woman and a journalist who wanted to tell the world about the terrible conditions in Tehran’s Evin prison, a symbol of the regime’s relentless repression.“Kazemi photographed the relatives of political prisoners waiting outside the prison, political prisoners whose very existence the regime denied. She was the victim of a judicial system that is a complete contradiction of human rights values, a system that is corrupt and completely lacking in independence.“Under article 110 of the Iranian constitution, it is the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic who appoints the head of the judicial system. This aberration is one of the main reasons for the system’s failures and the generalized impunity they cause.”The institutionalization of this impunity partly accounts for the restrictions imposed on independent lawyers who defend prisoners of conscience. They include the lawyers Abdolfatah Soltani, Mohammad Seifzadeh, Mohamed Ali Dadkhah and 2012 Sakharov laureate Nasrin Sotoudeh, who have represented Kazemi as well as many other currently detained journalists and netizens.These lawyers were arrested arbitrarily and sentenced to long jail terms on such charges as “meeting and plotting against the Islamic Republic,” anti-government propaganda and “cooperating with the Centre for Human Rights Defenders,” led by Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi.Born in Shiraz in 1948, Kazemi lived in Canada and had acquired Canadian citizenship. But she had gone back to Iran and was arrested on 23 June 2003 while photographing the families of detainees outside Evin prison. Badly beaten following her arrest, she was still in detention when she died of her injuries on 10 July 2003.The authorities issued a report on her death 10 days later that did not specify the cause of her death. Kazemi’s mother, an Iranian resident, was pressured into giving permission for the body to be buried quickly on 22 July 2003. Ever since then, Kazemi’s son, Stephan Hashemi, a Canadian resident, has been requesting the body’s repatriation to Canada so that an independent autopsy can be carried out.The Kazemi family’s lawyers have repeatedly condemned all the judicial proceedings in Iran as a sham. Their requests for senior judicial officials to appear in court have never been satisfied, depriving them of key witnesses. In particular, Mortazavi, the prosecutor who ordered Kazemi’s arrest and was present when she was interrogated in Evin prison, has never been questioned in court.On 23 June of this year, a Tehran court sentenced Mortazavi to a derisory five-year ban on working in the judicial system and a 60-dollar fine for his role in the death of demonstrators held in Kahrizak detention centre after the disputed June 2009 presidential election.Reporters Without Borders adds: “We fully support the civil lawsuit that Hashemi brought against the Iranian government before the Quebec high court, claiming damages for his mother’s arrest, detention, torture and death. We urge Canada and the European Union to support this legal action, in order to end the shocking impunity prevailing in this case.“We think that the now systematic impunity for torturers in the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the reasons for the increase in violence, killings and repeated acts of torture and cruel and inhuman treatment in its prisons, and for the arbitrary arrests that are so common.”Kazemi is unfortunately not the only victim of the impunity enjoyed by Iran’s torturers. The victims include the blogger Sattar Beheshti, who was killed on 3 November 2012 while held at a centre run by the Iranian cyber-police, the FTA.The Beheshti family’s lawyer, Ghiti Pourfazel, has written to the new president, Hassan Rohani, accusing the judicial authorities of doing everything possible to block the complaint filed by the family and suppress the truth about the blogger’s death. “To get the complaint withdrawn, they intimidated the mother by threatening to have her daughter arrested, then they put psychological pressure on the father. These attempts failed and, although we know that Sattar was killed by a police officer, the investigation has been at a standstill for the past eight months.”Ahmad Shojai, the head of the Iranian organization of forensic doctors, said in an interview for the MeherNews agency on 9 July: “The forensic doctors’ report that was sent to the judicial authorities says the cause of (Beheshti’s) death was a series of blows and psychological pressure.”The Tehran prosecutor-general nonetheless reiterated at a news conference the same day that that “the investigation is finished and the investigating judge is in the process of taking down the latest version of the facts from the defendants.”In an open letter to President Rohani on 18 June, Reporters Without Borders wrote: “Mr. Rohani, you are now the Islamic Republic’s seventh president, elected thanks to massive support from Iranian reformers and progressives (…) Undertake to end arbitrary actions and impunity. The murders of dissident journalists must not go unpunished. They include the deaths of Ebrahim Zalzadeh, Majid Charif, Mohammed Mokhtari, Mohammed Jafar Pouyandeh and Pirouz Davani, all executed by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and National Security in November and December 1988. “They also include the following deaths, in most cases in detention: Zahra Kazemi (2003), Ayfer Serçe (2006), the young blogger Omidreza Mirsayafi, the journalist Alireza Eftekhari (2009), the journalist and women’s rights activist Haleh Sahabi (2011), the Iran-e-Farda journalist Hoda Saber (2011) and the blogger Sattar Beheshti (2012). Those who ordered and carried out these crimes must be brought to justice.” June 9, 2021 Find out more RSF_en After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation center_img to go further Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 March 18, 2021 Find out more July 10, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Impunity keeps claiming victims, ten years after Zahra Kazemi’s still unsolved death in detention Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News IranMiddle East – North Africa News February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

The authorities begin shutting down around 50 private radio stations.

first_img Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges News The Ugandan authorities have begun shutting down private media that have not paid for their permits. Four Kampala-based radio stations and one television station were forced to stop broadcasting on 8 January. Reporters Without Borders called on the authorities to be more flexible. News News January 9, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 The authorities begin shutting down around 50 private radio stations. Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election UgandaAfrica Organisation News Receive email alerts to go further RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more January 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Uganda June 4, 2021 Find out more The Ugandan authorities have started shutting down privately-owned media who have not paid for their operating permits. They have around 50 radio stations in their sites countrywide. Four Kampala-based radio stations and one television station were forced to stop broadcasting on 8 January.”It is reasonable for a government to get private media to pay for a permit, but this does not justify the wave of closures that has started,” said Reporters Without Borders.”Most of the media involved are not commercial and do not have the means to pay the tax imposed on them. The authorities should show more flexibility and find a compromise that will not bring about the demise of half of the country’s private radio stations.””It will be the Ugandan people who will suffer the consequences by being deprived of much of their news,” said the international press freedom organisation.The Broadcasting Council, that regulates TV and radio, on 8 January seized the transmitters of four radio stations in the capital (Kampala African Radio, Mama FM, Kampala FM and Top Radio) and from a television station, Top TV.Dennis Lukaaya, spokesman for the Broadcasting Council said these media had not paid their permits and he estimated that almost half the around 100 radio stations and three TV stations operating in the country were in the same situation.Private radio stations are supposed to pay an annual state tax of 3 million shillings (about 1,300 euros). Some of them simply do not have the funds. Margaret Sentamu, head of Mama FM told a local daily newspaper that she thought the authorities should make a distinction between commercial radio that broadcasts advertisements and community radio which have no resources of their own.”It is unfair that the Broadcasting Council should impose the same tax on all media,” she added.The authorities announced that they will continue in the next few days to close media which have not paid up in the country’s interior. UgandaAfrica Help by sharing this information Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading dailylast_img read more

Rep. Chu Presents Women of Distinction Awards

first_imgGovernment Rep. Chu Presents Women of Distinction Awards Published on Thursday, April 10, 2014 | 2:33 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Make a comment Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuff Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Top of the News Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week On Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 a.m., Congresswoman Judy Chu will host her 5th Annual Women of Distinction Awards at the Sierra Madre Community Center.Sixteen women from throughout California’s 27th District will be honored for exemplary contributions to the community.This year’s honorees are:• Adele Andrade-Stadler – Board Member, Alhambra Unified School District• Dr. Sandra Thomas – CEO, Quality of Life Foundation• Sandy Ho – Executive Vice President, Preferred Bank• Serena Burnett – Owner, Legal Edge• Monica Argandoña – Southern California Conservation Director, California Wilderness Coalition• Nikki Vitale – Owner, Fiorina• Donna Baker – Real Estate Agent• Chau Hua – Volunteer Director, Prajna Buddhist Mission• Tracey Cooper-Harria – Armed Services Veteran• Polly Low – Mayor of Rosemead• Denise Menchaca – Board Member, San Gabriel Unified School District• Grace Huong – Doctor• Amy Putnam – President, Sierra Madre Historical Preservation Society• Marina Khubesrian – Mayor of the City of South Pasadena• Lucy Liou• Sandy Forney – Owner, Impressions CateringThe Sierra Madre Community Center is located at 611 East Sierra Madre Blvd. in Sierra Madre. Doors open at 10:00 a.m.More information about each honoree is available here. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.last_img read more

Limerick smokers urged to oppose “prohibition”

first_imgCelebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Limerick Post Show | How to quit smoking TAGSForest ÉireannJohn MallonMusic Limericksmoking Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Linkedin MAN who set up a lobby group representing the rights of Irish smokers has called on Limerick smokers to stand up to what he describes as ‘Prohibition extremism in a free society’.John Mallon, the spokesman for the group Forest Éireann said he is undertaking a national  tour “against a backdrop of increasingly restrictive measures on smoking and tobacco, including campaigns to ‘de-normalise’ the habit.”“Following the public smoking ban, the prohibition of 10 packs and the display ban, campaigners now want to ban smoking in private vehicles carrying children. What next? All cars? Private homes where children are present? Outdoor parks and beaches? And what about other products that carry a potential health risk such as alcohol and fizzy drinks? Will they be targeted too?”, he asked.Mr Mallon said he is also concerned with the “unintended consequences of anti-tobacco legislation including the closure of pubs, an increase in the black market sale of tobacco and the increasing prevalence of smoking in Ireland”He is also highly critical of the picture health warnings that were made mandatory on all tobacco products sold in Ireland since the start of February.According to national smokers quitline Quit.ie, one million Irish people smoke and it is the single biggest cause of ill-health and death in the country. WhatsApp Print Email #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy NewsLocal NewsLimerick smokers urged to oppose “prohibition”By Guest Writer – May 23, 2013 788 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter  A MAN who set up a lobby group representing the rights of Irish smokers has called on Limerick smokers to stand up to what he describes as ‘Prohibition extremism in a free society’.John Mallon, the spokesman for the group Forest Éireann said he is undertaking a national  tour “against a backdrop of increasingly restrictive measures on smoking and tobacco, including campaigns to ‘de-normalise’ the habit.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Following the public smoking ban, the prohibition of 10 packs and the display ban, campaigners now want to ban smoking in private vehicles carrying children. What next? All cars? Private homes where children are present? Outdoor parks and beaches? And what about other products that carry a potential health risk such as alcohol and fizzy drinks? Will they be targeted too?”, he asked.Mr Mallon said he is also concerned with the “unintended consequences of anti-tobacco legislation including the closure of pubs, an increase in the black market sale of tobacco and the increasing prevalence of smoking in Ireland”He is also highly critical of the picture health warnings that were made mandatory on all tobacco products sold in Ireland since the start of February.According to national smokers quitline Quit.ie, one million Irish people smoke and it is the single biggest cause of ill-health and death in the country. Facebook Advertisement Previous article007 Auction in LimerickNext articleMizen to Malin in 24 hours Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

ECISD MENU: Week of May 20 through May 23

first_imgMIDDLE SCHOOL LUNCHMonday: Choose from enchiladas, double cheeseburger, stuffed crust pepperoni pizza, chicken and dutch waffle, chicken fajita nachos, macaroni and cheese bake Texas BBQ burrito bowl, munchable snack pack or cheese sandwich. Sides: refried beans, tangy broccoli salad, assorted fruit, milk.Tuesday: Choose from sweet and sour chicken chow mein, Texas BBQ sandwich, cheese pizza, hot and spicy tenders with roll, taco nachos, tossed spaghetti with breadstick, chicken fajita burrito bowl, munchable snack pack or cheese sandwich. Sides: southwest salsa, chopped greek salad, assorted fruit, milk.Wednesday: Choose from mandarin orange chicken chow mein, spicy chicken sandwich, Tony’s deep dish pepperoni pizza, steak fingers with roll, chorizo nachos, lasagna with breadstick, taco burrito bowl, munchable snack pack or cheese sandwich. Sides: whipped potatoes, baby carrots with ranch dressing, berry blue jello, assorted fruit, milk.Thursday: Choose from tamale and taquito plate, wrangler burger, meat eaters pizza, corn dogs, beef fajita nachos, cheese ravioli bake with breadstick, chorizo burrito bowl, munchable snack pack or cheese sandwich. Sides: green beans, italian salad, candy cookie, assorted fruit, milk. Thursday: Last day of school. Local News ELEMENTARY SCHOOL BREAKFASTMonday: Lucky Charms cereal, birthday cake applesauce, juice, milk.Tuesday: Kolache, mandarin oranges, juice, milk.Wednesday: Sausage biscuit, rockin’ blue raspberry applesauce, juice, milk.Thursday: Mini piggies, apple, juice, milk. Pinterest Twitter Facebook HIGH SCHOOL BREAKFASTMonday: Choice of Lucky Charms cereal, birthday cake applesauce, uncrustable, mini chocolate donuts, mini powdered sugar donuts, banana bread or cocoa bread, juice, milk.Tuesday: Choice of kolache, mandarin oranges, uncrustable, mini chocolate donuts, mini powdered sugar donuts, banana bread or cocoa bread, juice, milk.Wednesday: Choice of sausage biscuit, rockin’ blue raspberry applesauce, uncrustable, mini chocolate donuts, mini powdered sugar donuts, banana bread or cocoa bread, juice, milk.Thursday: Choice of mini piggies, apple, uncrustable, mini chocolate donuts, mini powdered sugar donuts, banana bread or cocoa bread, juice, milk. ECISD MENU: Week of May 20 through May 23 Pinterest EARLY EDUCATION BREAKFASTMonday: Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, fruit, juice, milk.Tuesday: Kolache, fruit, juice, milk.Wednesday: Sausage biscuit, fruit, juice, milk.Thursday: Mini piggies, fruit, juice, milk. MIDDLE SCHOOL BREAKFASTMonday: Lucky Charms cereal, birthday cake applesauce, uncrustable, juice, milk.Tuesday: Cherry muffin, mandarin oranges, uncrustable, juice, milk.Wednesday: Mini chocolate donuts, rockin’ blue raspberry applesauce, uncrustable, juice, milk.Thursday: Banana bread, apple, uncrustable, juice, milk. By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 center_img EARLY EDUCATION LUNCHMonday: Corn dog, tangy broccoli salad, sliced peaches, milk.Tuesday: Stuffed crust pepperoni pizza, chopped greek salad, mixed fruit, milk.Wednesday: Chicken fajita taco, baby carrots with ranch dressing, pineapple tidbits, berry blue jello, milk.Thursday: Breaded chicken drumstick, roll, green beans, sliced peaches, milk. Twitter TAGS  HIGH SCHOOL LUNCHMonday: Choose from enchiladas, double cheeseburger, stuffed crust pepperoni pizza, chicken and dutch waffle, chicken fajita nachos, macaroni and cheese bake Texas BBQ burrito bowl, munchable snack pack or cheese sandwich. Sides: refried beans, tangy broccoli salad, assorted fruit, milk.Tuesday: Choose from sweet and sour chicken chow mein, Texas BBQ sandwich, cheese pizza, hot and spicy tenders with roll, taco nachos, tossed spaghetti with breadstick, chicken fajita burrito bowl, munchable snack pack or cheese sandwich. Sides: southwest salsa, chopped greek salad, chocolate pudding, assorted fruit, milk.Wednesday: Choose from mandarin orange chicken chow mein, spicy chicken sandwich, Tony’s deep dish pepperoni pizza, steak fingers with roll, chorizo nachos, lasagna with breadstick, taco burrito bowl, munchable snack pack or cheese sandwich. Sides: whipped potatoes, baby carrots with ranch dressing, berry blue jello, assorted fruit, milk.Thursday: Choose from tamale and taquito plate, wrangler burger, meat eaters pizza, corn dogs, beef fajita nachos, cheese ravioli bake with breadstick, chorizo burrito bowl, munchable snack pack or cheese sandwich. Sides: green beans, italian salad, candy cookie, assorted fruit, milk.  [email protected] Facebook Following are the menus for May 20 through May 23. WhatsApp ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LUNCHMonday: Choice of corn dog, rib-b-q sandwich, munchable snack pack or cheese sandwich. Sides: refried beans, tangy broccoli salad, assorted fruit, milk.Tuesday: Choice of chicken and dutch waffle, stuffed crust pepperoni pizza, munchable snack pack or cheese sandwich. Sides: southwest salsa, chopped greek salad, assorted fruit, milk.Wednesday: Choice of steak fingers, chicken fajita taco, munchable snack pack or cheese sandwich. Sides: whipped potatoes, baby carrots with ranch dressing, berry blue jello, assorted fruit, milk.Thursday: Choice of chicken nuggets, breaded chicken drumstick, munchable snack pack or cheese sandwich. Sides: green beans, italian salad, candy cookie, assorted fruit, milk. 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