FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgFBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: FBN Holdings Plc (FBNH.ng)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileFBN Holdings Plc is a leading financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the commercial, corporate, investment and merchant banking sectors. The company also offers insurance products for individual and corporate clients and other financial services for merchant banking, asset management, investment and general trading, private equity, financial intermediation services, trusteeship, portfolio management and discount house services for individual and corporate clients. The Insurance division underwrites life and general insurance products and offers insurance brokerage services. FBN Holdings Limited was founded in 1894 and today operates in 874 business locations in 12 countries. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc was founded in 1894 and is based in Lagos, Nigeria. FBN Holdings Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchanglast_img read more

I own these cheap FTSE 100 stocks and might buy more of each!

first_img Image source: Getty Images Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Royston Wild | Monday, 17th May, 2021 | More on: SMDS TW Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Royston Wild owns shares of DS Smith and Taylor Wimpey. The Motley Fool UK has recommended DS Smith. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I own these cheap FTSE 100 stocks and might buy more of each! I own these cheap FTSE 100 shares in my portfolio. Here’s why I’m thinking of buying more of both too.ESG investingI expect demand for DS Smith (LSE: SMDS) shares to steadily rise as responsible investing becomes ever more popular. Research shows that companies’ environmental, social, and governance (ESG) policies are becoming ever-more important to UK share investors. In fact this is a FTSE 100 share I bought myself because of its improving green credentials.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…DS Smith is one of the biggest cardboard box and packaging producers on the planet. It has taken huge steps to reduce the amount of plastic used in its products in recent years (the business sold off its plastics division recently under this programme). But this is only one environmental initiative in its locker. Other steps include helping companies examine how they can reduce waste; collecting paper and cardboard waste using LNG-powered vehicles; and working with local authorities to boost the amount of material they can recycle.I think DS Smith should deliver terrific profits growth as e-commerce goes from strength to strength. And its drive to become a mighty green stock should allow it to grab business in an industry where sustainability is growing in importance. Today the FTSE 100 firm trades on a forward price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of just 0.6. It’s important to note that paper prices are rocketing and this threatens to derail DS Smith and its solid profits projections. Still, at current prices I think the boxbuilder might be too cheap to miss.Another of my FTSE 100 favesTaylor Wimpey (LSE: TW) is another cheap UK share I’m thinking of buying more of today. Not only does this FTSE 100 company trade on a forward PEG ratio of 0.1 times. A chunky 4.6% dividend yield makes the housebuilder one of the best dividend stocks to buy too.A steady stream of encouraging data continues to emerge from the British housing market. It’s a phenomenon which reflects a mix of inadequate homes supply and soaring buyer demand. Fresh numbers from Rightmove today showed the average property price rise to a new record of £333,564.It’s clear that the stamp duty holiday has helped to keep propelling UK house prices skywards. But many other positive factors are likely to remain in play to keep buyer appetite — and with it profits at the likes of Taylor Wimpey — heading higher. I expect interest rates to remain ultra low to aid the economic recovery, while government schemes like Help to Buy and intense mortgage product wars should continue supporting buyer affordability.There is a fly in the ointment for the profits outlook of Taylor Wimpey, though. The price of building materials and labour is soaring (timber values have increased 80% in six months according to the Construction Products Association, for example). And this could take a big bite out of the FTSE 100 company’s earnings. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

Canada: PWRDF pledges post-Isaac help for Haiti

first_img Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Rector Collierville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 [Anglican Journal] The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has pledged $25,000 for relief efforts in Haiti, where at least 24 people have died after tropical storm Isaac hit the Caribbean country on Aug. 24.PWRDF, the relief and development arm of the Anglican Church of Canada, is working with the Lutheran World Federation and other members of the Action by Churches Together (ACT) Alliance, to provide help for thousands who have lost homes, crops and other means of livelihood due to extensive flooding.  The World Health Organization has also reported new outbreaks of cholera in the in the aftermath of the storm.PWRDF is not launching a special appeal for the victims of the storm, but Canadian Anglicans who wish to donate may do so by writing a check marked “For Haiti relief,” and mailing it to: PWRDF, 80 Hayden St., Toronto, ON, M4Y 3G2.For more information on how to donate, contact Jennifer Brown,  PWRDF administrative associate, at 416-924-9192  ext. 355  or  at 1-866-308-7973.Flood victims will be provided with hygiene kits, cholera medicine and prevention, as well as livelihood support.Areas affected by the storm include those that are still recovering from the 2010 earthquake, said an ACT Alliance report. “Livelihoods in highly vulnerable rural areas have been lost, and the affected communities have limited capacity to recover without external support,” it added.NBC News quoted a report from Haiti’s Civil Protection Office that most of the casualties were from the southeastern and western parts of the country. The death toll is likely to increase, it added.Tropical storm Isaac has also caused severe flooding in New Orleans and other areas in Louisiana, Alabama and Mississippi, in the United States. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canada: PWRDF pledges post-Isaac help for Haiti Rector Martinsville, VA By Anglican Journal staffPosted Aug 31, 2012 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit a Press Release Rector Albany, NY Haiti This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Anglican Communion, Rector Tampa, FL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector Columbus, GA last_img read more

Element house / Rintala Eggertsson Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/1004/element-house-sami-rintala Clipboard ArchDaily Year:  South Korea Element house / Rintala Eggertsson Architects Architects: Rintala Eggertsson Architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Park Wan Soon, Emil GohText description provided by the architects. I received an interesting invitation last May. In the Seoul metropolitan area there is a satellite city called Anyang, a small, in Korean context, suburban town with 700.000 inhabitants. Save this picture!© Park Wan Soon, Emil GohRecommended ProductsWoodEGGERLaminatesWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsThe city had decided to invite several international architects and artists to participate the design of a new park. The project, called Anyang Public Art Park, relates to the concept of art and architecture parks in Japan, the largest of which is Echigo Tsumari Art Triennial area in Niigata. Save this picture!© Park Wan Soon, Emil Gohsection 03 Following the Korean life rhythm and style the timetable was very tight. Planning started already while choosing the site. Sketches were to be delivered the next day. Due to the rushing I had difficulties to follow the constant changes in my drawings. Luckily I could redo some of the important details later while working on the construction site. Working with the Koreans was in spite of lack of time very pleasant, sometimes even funny. The park is situated in a river valley. The building itself is standing on top of a small forest hill, along an outdoor route leading to the mountains in the far end of the park. Main space is a larger steel cube. Four smaller wooden rooms are connected to this space in different floors. In each of these small rooms there is the presence of one nature element; In cellar water, on courtyard soil, in first floor fire and in the attic air. Save this picture!© Park Wan Soon, Emil GohOn practical level, the idea of the work is to offer a simple shelter where the hikers may rest, enjoy their lunch, have a view over the mountains or light a stick of incense. For this purpose Norwegian artist John Roger Holte has crafted a platform and storage for the incenses out of coloured concrete. This habit relates to the history of the valley as an important Buddhist retreat. There used to be many temples situated on the mountain area, only few of which are left today. However, I was told that there are even older shamanistic rituals left, and services available if needed. Save this picture!© Park Wan Soon, Emil GohMain building materials are steel and wood. Concrete has been used to cellar and foundation. Openings are covered with safety glass, floors with jade and marble gravel, different stone type and colour in each space. Save this picture!© Park Wan Soon, Emil Gohplan 04 Seoul is an immense urban area the fast growing of which is visible in the condition of the surroundings. Constant noise, packed motorways, endless rows of cloned blocks of flats and ever prevailing grey smog create a tough place for living things. I hope this small building in the edge of the city and the forest would offer some contrasting atmosphere. If someone ever, walking by in an everyday hurry, decides to stop and sit down and allows silence to take over, lets thoughts wander, this work has reached its goal.Save this picture!© Park Wan Soon, Emil GohProject gallerySee allShow lessRaimund Abraham’s Final Work / Photographer Thomas MayerArticlesAD Recommends: Best of the WeekArticles Share “COPY” Projects Photographs Area:  72 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2006 “COPY” Save this picture!© Park Wan Soon, Emil Goh+ 18 Share Element house / Rintala Eggertsson ArchitectsSave this projectSaveElement house / Rintala Eggertsson Architects Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/1004/element-house-sami-rintala Clipboard CopyHouses•Anyang-si, South Korea CopyAbout this officeRintala Eggertsson ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAnyang-siWoodHousesSouth KoreaPublished on July 23, 2012Cite: “Element house / Rintala Eggertsson Architects” 23 Jul 2012. 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Ramsey Prison terrorizes Texas incarcerated

first_imgJust like in this 1970s Houston Chronicle photo, Texas prisoners still pick cotton with armed guards on horseback overseeing them. Prisoners earn $0.00 an hour.“We’re already stressed out because of the virus. We’ve all had it, and now there are new threats that it’s returning. On top of that, there’s a new warden who is known as ‘the clean-up warden,’ who is preparing for audits and trying to make the prison look good so it can get more funding. And once again, Lieutenant Lopez is having guards write up a disciplinary case every shift, even if they have to make it up.” So wrote a prisoner at the Ramsey Prison Unit south of Houston.A quota system was imposed at the Ramsey Unit two years ago through a written order that all guards issue at least three disciplinary write-ups per shift. An email ordering the quotas was found by a prisoner and smuggled out and sent to Workers World, as well as the Houston Chronicle and other publications. It was widely reported, resulting in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice changing a policy to expressly prohibit disciplinary quotas. But now there is reportedly a new, unwritten verbal order from Lieutenant Joe M. Lopez for a write-up every shift, leading to fabricated infractions.On a phone call the evening of Nov. 12, a prisoner told this reporter he’s starving. “I got up at 3:00 a.m. to go to my prison job. When I got off around 11:00 a.m., it was too late for lunch; and right now it’s after 8:00 at night, and they are still feeding dinner.  I haven’t eaten in over 24 hours! I’m going to refuse to go to work tomorrow, even if I get written up. It’s not worth it to be so hungry,” he reported.The Ramsey Unit is expecting a PREA (Prison Rape Elimination Act) audit in November and a security audit in December according to prisoners.“Stress is at an all-time high, and false cases over ridiculous charges — like having a clothesline up to dry our clothes or not wearing a mask, which are only sporadically given out — it’s crazy. We try to keep our clothes clean, washing them and hanging them up to dry. Now it’s illegal unless done during certain hours. We’ve always worn our shorts and T-shirts in the day room, but now if we don’t have on the prison uniform, we’re written up,” a prisoner reported. “This is for the audit, to show that the prison management is strict on enforcing rules.”According to other reports from prisoners, “Rules are not being followed by staff. A lieutenant is supposed to be on each cell block at least two times a day. This never happens. Guards are supposed to walk each cell block every 15 minutes — also rarely happens.”The stress of no visits, no recreation time, no craft shop time, of hunger if you have no money for commissary food and now false disciplinary cases is pushing prisoners to the brink. Those who are coming up for parole know they’d better keep quiet. Those whose family live near Houston don’t want to be sent to a prison 500 or 600 miles away. Prisoners who file grievances or just complain have been immediately shipped out to another prison. For this reason, no prisoner names are used in this article.On a phone call Nov. 16, the problem with feeding prisoners was again described: “We had breakfast at 3:00 a.m. but lunch was 12 hours later, from about 3:00 p.m. until 4:30. Then dinner was just an hour and a half later. This craziness is just more stress.” Ramsey Unit: over a century of abuseThe Ramsey Unit opened in 1908 and was a huge property consisting of five former plantations. It has had a long and sordid history of racism, violence, brutality and deaths. This continues today. As in all Texas prisons, the guards wear grey and blue uniforms, the colors of the Confederate army.Texas Governor Greg Abbott has largely ignored the pandemic inside the Texas prison system. The Texas Observer reported May 13 that about 77,000 people were eligible for parole. Another 15,000 people have been approved for release and are waiting for counseling, substance abuse classes or other programs they’re required to finish before leaving lockup — programs that prisoners claim have been delayed during the pandemic.Last week the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas released a report, “COVID and Corrections: A Profile of COVID Deaths in Custody in Texas,” which read as an indictment of the prisons and jails in the state.These facts from the report explain why Ramsey prisoners and all Texas prisoners would be stressed to the max:At least 231 people have died from COVID in Texas correctional facilities. This includes staff, jail and prison deaths;Of prisoners who died, 58% were eligible for parole at time of their death;Twenty-one prisoners died with less than 2 years left on their sentences;21 people had served 90% or more of their sentence at time of death;73% of people who died from COVID in prison didn’t have a life sentence;80% of people who died in local jails from COVID were not convicted of a crime;Nine who died in prisons from COVID were approved for parole but were not yet released;  Incarcerated Texans are dying from COVID-19 at a rate 35% higher than rest of the U.S. prison population; andNo hand sanitizer is allowed because the TDCJ says it could be used to drink or to start fires. These statistics represent actual crimes against real people — incarcerated workers. In a real peoples’ court, the whole prison and jail systems would be found guilty and shut down for their murders and total disregard for humanity. But that is our job. As the chant says: “What do we want? Justice! And if we don’t get it? Gonna shut shit down!” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Journalist flees South Africa after police beatings over lockdown reporting

first_img News Help by sharing this information Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine story South AfricaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19Judicial harassmentViolence November 27, 2020 Find out more RSF_en South AfricaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19Judicial harassmentViolence This is the first time in post-apartheid South Africa that a journalist has fled the country with the intention of seeking asylum as a result of reprisals in connection with their reporting. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the South African authorities to guarantee the freedom and safety of journalists covering the coronavirus epidemic and to punish all those responsible for abuses against reporters, including the newspaper editor who fled to Lesotho last week after repeated police beatings. Nthoba was initially punched and kicked by police while covering the operation in a Ficksburg township on 15 May. He told RSF that he went to Ficksburg police station the same day to file a complaint, but was punched and kicked again and was detained for several hours. “They promised to deal with me once I’m released,” he said. He reported the violence to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, which polices the police, but was given no protection. May 27, 2020 Journalist flees South Africa after police beatings over lockdown reporting Instead, he was charged with violating lockdown regulations and is facing up to six months in prison under the Disaster Management Act, as amended in April to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. His trial is scheduled for 27 August. News In Eswatini, a small enclaved nation between South Africa and Mozambique that is Africa’s only remaining absolute monarchy, Eugene Dube, the editor of Swati Newsweek website, was also forced to flee abroad last month after publishing articles criticizing the king and his government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. South Africa is ranked 31st out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. center_img Follow the news on South Africa Organisation Reports Receive email alerts The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa The editor of the Mohokare News community newspaper in Ficksburg, a town on the border with Lesotho, Paul Nthoba fled across the border into this small enclaved nation on 19 May, four days after being repeatedly assaulted by Ficksburg police in connection with his coverage of a lockdown enforcement operation. February 4, 2021 Find out more “It is unthinkable in the South Africa of 2020 that a journalist should have to flee the country for covering a simple lockdown operation,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk.  “The police cannot act with complete impunity on the grounds that they are enforcing the lockdown. And you mustn’t target the wrong enemy. Paul Nthoba committed no crime. The authorities must ensure that this journalist is able to return and resume working in complete freedom and safety. The charges against him must be dropped and those responsible for assaulting him must be punished.” Le directeur du journal communautaire sud-africain Mohokare News Paul Nthoba. News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Rubber bullets were fired at News24 reporter Azarrah Karrim while she was covering a lockdown enforcement operation in Johannesburg on the first day of the nationwide lockdown in South Africa, the sub-Saharan country with the highest coronavirus death toll (481 on 26 May). The emergency measures it has adopted include the possibility of up to six months in prison for disseminating “false information” about the epidemic. to go further November 19, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Government wants to ban Internet users from discussing the news

first_img Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam April 7, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison News Reporters Without Borders regards a new law on blogs and social networks – announced on July 31st and due to take effect in september – as a gross violation of the right to inform and be informed.Known as Decree 72, the law restricts the use of blogs and social networks to “providing or exchanging personal information” and bans using them to share information from news sources.“The announced decree is nothing less than the harshest offensive against freedom of information since Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung signed a decree imposing tough sanctions on the media in 2011,” Reporters Without Borders said. “If it takes effect, Vietnamese will be permanently deprived of the independent and outspoken information that normally circulates in blogs and forums. “The decree is both nonsensical and extremely dangerous. Its implementation will require massive and constant government surveillance of the entire Internet, an almost impossible challenge. But, at the same time, it will reinforce the legislative arsenal available to the authorities.They will no longer have to charge independent news providers with ‘anti-government propaganda’ or ‘trying to overthrow the government.’ Instead, they will just have to set a few examples under the new law in order to get the others to censor themselves. This decree’s barely veiled goal is to keep the Communist Party in power at all costs by turning news and information into a state monopoly.“If Decree 72 is implemented, we urge the entire international community to condemn Vietnam severely and to consider imposing economic sanctions, especially on the tourism sector, to which the government pays a great deal of attention. Sanctions on tourism are the most likely way to get a reaction from the authorities.Reporters Without Borders added: “Vietnam’s exclusion from the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership negotiations should also be considered. Everything possible must be done to prevent the creation of a new information black hole.”Until now, blogs and social networks have been important sources of news and information for Vietnamese Internet users, and an effective way of bypassing censorship. But Prime Minister Dung announced that they could henceforth be used only to “provide or exchange personal information.”The news website VNExpress quoted Hoang Vinh Bao, the head of the Broadcast and Electronic Information Department, as saying the new decree would mean that “individuals should not quote or share information from press agencies or websites of government agencies.”The decree’s announcement came just days after Vietnam decided to be a candidate for membership of the UN Human Rights Council for 2014-2016. Reporters Without Borders points out that Article 9 of the General Assembly resolution creating the council – Resolution 60/251 of 3 April 2006 – states that “members elected to the Council shall uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights.” Vietnam falls far short of the highest standards and persecutes bloggers and netizens. Reporters Without Borders recently launched a petition for the release of the 35 cyber-dissidents currently jailed in Vietnam, which is now second only to China in the number of news providers it is detaining.Just a few months before his reelection as prime minister in 2011, Dung signed “Media Decree 2/2011/ND-CP” on the sanctions that could be imposed on journalists and media without reference to the courts.It provided for fines of 1 to 4 million dongs (35-140 euros) for information about national or international developments that were not “honest” or “in accordance with the interests of the country and people.” It also banned bloggers from using pen-names and said journalists could be fined if they failed to identify the sources of their information.Ranked 172nd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Vietnam also featured in the special “Enemies of the Internet” report on surveillance that Reporters Without Borders released on 12 March, World Day Against Cyber-Censorship.The Netizen Prize that Reporters Without Borders awarded on 12 March went to the blogger Huynh Ngoc Chenh for his commitment to freedom of information in Vietnam.You too can demand the release of the 35 bloggers by signing this petition. News to go further Receive email alerts Organisation RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trangcenter_img VietnamAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Vietnam News VietnamAsia – Pacific April 22, 2021 Find out more August 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government wants to ban Internet users from discussing the news News April 27, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Information ministry bans 61 newspapers

first_img Reporters Without Borders calls on the information ministry to rescind two new decrees, one on 18 August declaring 75 newspapers defunct for failing to publish for the past three years, and one on 20 August banning 61 other newspapers on the grounds that they have no legal existence.Signed by information minister Lambert Mende Omalanga, the decrees are being fiercely criticized by the Democratic Republic of Congo’s media community. Citing article 16 of the 1996 press law, the first decree declares that 75 newspapers have ceased to exist because they have not brought out any issue for three years. The second decree, citing article 22 of the same law, declares that 61 newspapers “have no (legal) title allowing them to operate in the Democratic Republic of Congo and therefore do not exist as press organs.”Reached by Reporters Without Borders, the owners of several publications named in the decrees insisted that they did not meet the criteria for being banned, either because they have continued to publish issues during the past three years, or because they have a receipt showing that they are duly registered.It should nonetheless be acknowledged that some of the newspapers named in the 18 August decree have ceased to publish altogether or appear only sporadically and usually in the form of – often very politicized – pamphlets rather than real newspapers.“We prefer to regard this as an information ministry gaffe rather than a censorship attempt,” said Reporters Without Borders. “Nonetheless, it is important that the Congolese authorities should not use bureaucratic pretexts to harass the media, as they are doing here.“It is also questionable whether the ministry has the power to ban newspapers. This should be a matter for the regulatory authorities or, if appropriate, the courts. We call on the ministry to rescind these decrees at once and to allow the newspapers to continue publishing.”In response to the outcry from the media community, including the NGO Journalist in Danger, the information ministry has given the named publications 45 days to comply or to produce the required documents. However, the deadline extension only concerns those that owe back taxes or have not published for three years.Under the 1996 press law, newspapers must register but do not need a permit to publish. The DRC has several hundred publications, some of which appear very occasionally, and do not meet the criteria expected of a newspaper.The DRC is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian February 18, 2021 Find out more August 25, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Information ministry bans 61 newspapers to go further Help by sharing this information Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders News RSF_en Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Receive email alerts Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica News Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Organisation News News Another 75 are declared defunct for failing to publish regularly February 24, 2021 Find out more Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Limerick-based Wedding Avocado to benefit from new Virgin Media Ireland €1…

first_imgIRELAND’S leading connected entertainment provider Virgin Media has launched €1 Million support fund as part of its #BackingBusiness initiative to boost Irish businesses nationwide, with free on-air advertising including creative, production, profiles in relevant TV programmes and social media promotion across its full schedule covering Virgin Media Channels One, Two and Three, Virgin Media announced today.  WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Facebook LimerickNewsLimerick-based Wedding Avocado to benefit from new Virgin Media Ireland €1 Million support fundBy Meghann Scully – June 2, 2020 460 Aidan D’Arcy, Director of Business at Virgin Media said: “Virgin Media is supporting businesses around the country who are adapting to the challenges around Covid-19.“We’re using the full Virgin Media capability to back businesses like Wedding Avocado, Petit Avenue Baby Boutique and The Montenotte Hotel, among many others. This campaign celebrates and promotes the spirit of Irish businesses and their resolve to fight back, recover and succeed in spite of this unprecedented crisis.“We’re really delighted to make it happen and we’re looking forward to hearing from businesses in every village, town and city across Ireland.” he said. Limerick-based Wedding Avocado, which is an online marketplace that connects engaged couples and wedding suppliers, are one of the first businesses to be supported by this new fund. Their business will feature on Virgin Media’s weekly 60” ad break campaign and will also be promoted across Virgin Media’s official social media channels. The Virgin Media #BackingBusiness initiative is designed to underpin the renewal and recovery of businesses in communities throughout Ireland in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.It’s open to businesses across the country and aims to give them a national platform to showcase their resilience and ingenuity during these challenging times.It will run until September, featuring as many Irish businesses as possible, and entering is really easy.All business owners have to do is to send in a short email, outlining who and where they are, some of their main products or services and how they have coped and reinvented themselves through the current crisis.  The ideal way to do this is to take a short video by mobile phone (including shots of the business premises).  You can simply email submissions to [email protected] or WhatsApp them to 089 611 1111.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Businesses from every sector will be profiled each week to include advertising airtime, ad creative and production, social media promotion, PR activity, content features and exclusive Virgin Media Business support package. Email TAGSKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick PostweddingWedding Avocado Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Print Previous articleIreland’s First Ever Virtual Bat Walk to take place in LimerickNext articleLimerick Institute of Technology unveils roadmap to reopening its campuses. Meghann Scully Linkedin Wedding photo created by freepic.diller – www.freepik.com RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Advertisement Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openerlast_img read more

DS News Webcast: Thursday 5/5/2016

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago DS News Webcast: Thursday 5/5/2016 About Author: Brian Honea Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Thursday 5/5/2016 Previous: CFPB Proposes to Give Consumers Their Day in Court Next: When Will Distressed Sales ‘Normalize’? Subscribe The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily 2016-05-05 Brian Honeacenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Featured, Webcasts Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Share Save May 5, 2016 858 Views last_img read more