Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) Q32013 Interim Report

first_imgStaco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Staco Insurance Plc (STACO.ng)  2013 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileStaco Insurance Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover non-life insurance for fire, general accident, motor vehicle, oil and gas, marine, aviation, bond and engineering. Other insurance products cover fidelity guarantees, professional indemnity, goods-in-transit, employer liability, burglary, public liability and group/personal accident as well as transportation insurance which includes motor, marine hull and cargo and aviation insurance. Fire and bond insurance products cover fire and special perils, homeowner/holder, all-risks, engineering and bond insurance. Customised insurance products cover motor insurance, personal protection and homeowners insurance. Staco Insurance Plc has business interests in Sierra Leone offering life and non-life insurance products to individuals and corporate customers. Formerly known as Standard Trust Assurance Plc, the company changed its name to Staco Insurance Plc in 2006. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Staco Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Japaul & Maritime Services (JAPAUL.ng) Q32017 Interim Report

first_imgJapaul Gold & Ventures PLC (JAPAUL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Japaul Gold & Ventures PLC (JAPAUL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Japaul Gold & Ventures PLC (JAPAUL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Japaul Gold & Ventures PLC (JAPAUL.ng)  2017 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileJapaul Gold & Ventures PLC, formerly known as Japaul Oil & Maritime Services Plc is a mining and technology development business listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange. The Company’s services include mining, dredging, offshore/vessel chartering and technology. Its mining service is engaged in solid mineral mining with interest in minerals, such as gold, tin, copper, lithium, lead, zinc and hard rock. The Company’s dredging business offers complete dredging solutions, such as reclamation, shore protection, stockpiling, breakwater construction, sweeping of access sites and slots and river crossing. The Company’s vessel chartering offers fleet of vessels, such as offshore support vessels (OSVs), anchor handling tug supply vessels (AHTS) and diving support vessels. It provides its services to the offshore oil and gas, and shipping industries. The Company’s technology services provide technology and enterprise solution services to support governmental, services and manufacturing industries.last_img read more

Is the Cineworld share price turning into a horror movie?

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. David Barnes | Thursday, 30th July, 2020 | More on: CINE Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by David Barnes 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! 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.center_img David Barnes has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Netflix and Walt Disney and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $60 calls on Walt Disney and short October 2020 $125 calls on Walt Disney. 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. Is the Cineworld share price turning into a horror movie? 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. The Cineworld (LSE: CINE) share price fell to a four-month low on Wednesday despite the company announcing it was to reopen its cinemas in the US next month.With screens about to reopen could this be a good time to buy a bargain, or does the Cineworld share price still come with too much risk?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…The Cineworld share price has been on a rollercoasterThe firm has endured a dreadful time since peaking at 320p in May 2019. Initially there were concerns over its debt level. It acquired Regal in 2018 to become the world’s second-largest cinema chain.But the coronavirus pandemic was crippling to the Cineworld share price. With all its 9,500 screens closed, the firm has been burning through cash. It is currently getting through $45m a month in costs, having reduced this considerably from over $100m. This is obviously awful news for a company already laden in debt.The Cineworld share price fell all the way to 18p in March, before recovering to 100p in June. At the time of writing, it sits at just under 40p. That is quite some ride for its investors. Ultimately though, shareholders who bought in May 2019 could be nursing an 85% loss.Are the end credits rolling?The price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio here is just 2.6. Far from looking at a bargain, I worry when a P/E ratio falls this low. And it seems others agree with me.According to a short tracking website, Cineworld is the fifth most shorted stock in the UK. 8.3% of its shares are loaned out by short sellers. Two new positions were added in the last week.These are professional traders who are betting that the Cineworld share price will fall. While they have been wrong in the past, I am certainly cautious when more than 5% of a company’s shares are being shorted.The firm has said its focus when reopening will be ‘safety first’. But this means extra sanitary costs (like protective screens, hand sanitisers), mask requirements, and reduced capacity limits. Fewer customers due to social distancing will mean no quick return to pre-Covid revenue levels.Earlier this week Disney and Paramount announced they were pushing back major releases. These included sequels to Top Gun, A Quiet Place, Star Wars, and Avatar into 2021, while Mulan was delayed indefinitely.During the lockdown, Cineworld pulled out of its $2.8bn acquisition of Cineplex, which would have seen it become even more indebted. However, as my Foolish colleague recently reported, even this could become a headache for the company as Cineplex is taking Cineworld to court.Will there be a happy ending?With agreed debt and credit facilities in place, I do not think the company will go bankrupt anytime soon. But I’m not convinced the customers will flood back either. A lot of people spent a considerable amount of time during lockdown watching Netflix. I for one, do not love the idea of watching a film in a mask in an enclosed space with so many others.Combine the above with debt that is approaching $4bn and a longer-term future challenged by streaming services, and I still see a lot of downside to the Cineworld share price. A share only for the brave, in my opinion. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Should I buy Reddit stocks AMC Entertainment or GameStop?

first_imgUnfortunately, like AMC, I think GameStop may also have an overvalued share price at today’s levels and I think it will continue to see volatility in the future.For investors looking to take a speculative punt on a stock, either of these Reddit stocks may well prove lucrative. But I’m not feeling brave enough to jump in and add them to my Stocks and Shares ISA. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Should I buy Reddit stocks AMC Entertainment or GameStop? Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Kirsteen Mackay | Tuesday, 15th June, 2021 | More on: AMC GME AMC Entertainment (NYSE:AMC) and GameStop (NYSE:GME) have become widely known as ‘meme stocks’ or ‘Reddit stocks’ in recent months. It started in January when a bunch of amateur investors on popular discussion site Reddit started promoting AMC and GME as excellent investments to squeeze out short sellers (investors betting against the stock). The prices went wild and created overnight millionaires, but just as quickly, the prices slid.Nevertheless, five months later and the hype surrounding these Reddit stocks continues. So, is there any real value in either of them that would warrant a long-term investment on my part?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…Are Reddit stocks a viable investment?In the past three weeks, the AMC share price has soared 261%. Meanwhile, GME has risen 29%. Both have been highly volatile during this period.  AMC Entertainment is a US cinema chain with a global presence. As the reopening encourages visitors back to movie theatres, there’s a lot of hope for this stock. The company could enjoy a strong second half as life gets closer to normal. But I’m not so sure. I wasn’t feeling bullish on the outlook for cinema before the pandemic, and I feel even less enthusiasm for it now.The rise of streaming has given consumers on-demand access to more television than they could ever hope to watch. It’s affordable, and there’s no need to mingle in a crowd of strangers. I also think people are looking for a chance to escape a year of endless screen time for more social interaction, so I’m not convinced cinema will be top of the list of things to do. For these reasons, AMC Entertainment is not drawing me to invest.But also, I think the erratic trading it experienced in recent months has distorted its true value. AMC now has a $25bn market cap, earnings per share are negative, and it doesn’t offer a dividend. I think it will take years for it to return to its pre-pandemic earnings, and it’s now saddled with considerably more debt. Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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. Enter Your Email Address 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. So far, it’s managed to raise money to pay down debt with additional share placings. I think the Reddit frenzy contributed to investor enthusiasm for this stock, but I doubt it can repeat the process indefinitely.How does GameStop shape up?Meanwhile, GameStop is a retailer selling video games, consoles, and gaming-related gear. It was also suffering prior to Covid-19 as the rise of e-commerce and game downloads decimated its business. Nevertheless, the Reddit mania has given us a fresh perspective on this business and it looks to be making a go of building up its online offering. That could mean a stronger future for the business. For regular stock market investing ideas and help choosing the best shares to buy now, sign up to The Motley Fool today. Kirsteen has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. See all posts by Kirsteen Mackaylast_img read more

New school appeal links business with education

first_imgNew school appeal links business with education Tony Thorne from Christ’s Hospital said: “This project will forge fantastic links between the local business community and the school, and may even result in potential employees of the future, putting something back into the local economy.” Christ’s Hospital School in Horsham, an independent school supported by a charitable foundation, has launched a new programme called the ‘Corporate Donation Governorship Scheme’. The scheme enables a company or business association to help a disadvantaged child in the local community by sponsoring and supporting them throughout their education.The new Donation scheme is being piloted in Sussex and each company that becomes a Donation Governor can help mentor, support and guide the child. Through a range of events organised by Christ’s Hospital, Donation Governors will be able to visit the school, meet their chosen child and learn more about Christ’s Hospital. The school says that it has already received interest in the scheme from more than 30 organisations. Sponsorship consists of making a one-off payment and then assigning a member of staff as the Donation Governor. Christ’s Hospital will then suggest a suitable candidate, between the ages of 11 to 16, to be mentored. Advertisement  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: corporatecenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 September 2007 | News 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Verbal attacks on journalists by pro-government Serb media

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more News SerbiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Violence Tamara Skrozza / DR Help by sharing this information SerbiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Violence Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a series of threats and verbal attacks by pro-government media against four journalists on social networks in recent days, in the run-up to local elections in Belgrade and two other municipalities, and calls on the authorities to punish those responsible. Organisation News July 2, 2020 Find out more The victims include Tamara Skrozza, who was for several days the target of a smear campaign and hate messages orchestrated by TV Pink, a pro-government commercial TV channel, in response to a report by the Centre for Research, Transparency and Accountability (CRTA), an NGO of which Skrozza is a member, analysing TV Pink’s political coverage.The report showed that members of the leadership of the ruling Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) appeared four times more often than the opposition on Pink TV from October to January, the three months before the official start of the municipal election campaign.Ever since the report’s publication, Pink TV has been portraying Skrozza as an “enemy of the state” bent on harming President Aleksander Vucic. The attacks on her have been so virulent that the CRTA and the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS) asked TV viewers on 29 January to complain to the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media (REM). However, although 300 complaints were received within a few days, the REM said that it did not think Pink TV had violated any standards that it was not going to take any measures.This is not the first time that Skrozza, a veteran journalist who writes for the weekly Vreme, has been targeted by the Serbian media, especially tabloids, but the attacks have never been so ferocious in the past.Showing that all criticism will be punishedThe pro-government media’s goal is always the same: to show that any journalist, Serbian or Kosovar, who criticizes the Serbian government will be subjected to reprisals.The intensity of the current attacks on dissent can be attributed to the imminence of the 4 March municipal elections. The fight for control of the Belgrade city hall is crucial for the ruling party, which until now has been weaker in the capital than the rest of the country.“We firmly condemn this latest campaign of intimidation against Serbian journalists and call on the authorities to denounce and punish those responsible,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “The Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media must do its job. It must deal with the complaints it receives and must impose sanctions on broadcasters when necessary, as in this case involving Pink TV.”The offensive against Skrozza was the fourth in a series of attacks against independent journalists by pro-government media in less than a week.Spate of attacksAfter Una Hajdari, a Kosovo-based journalist, posted a humorous photomontage on Twitter about President Vucic’s 20 January visit to Kosovo, she was attacked on social networks by the president’s supporters, who accused her of “hating Serbia, the Serbs and Vucic.”NUNS vice-president Dragan Janjic, the editor of the independent news agency Beta, received hundreds of insults and hate message on social networks the same week after angering Vucic by suggesting that Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanović’s murder on 16 January was “motivated by political considerations.”Nikola Radisic, a journalist with N1, a TV channel that is a CNN International partner, was verbally aggressed on the street by two men, who accused him of being “an American spy and a traitor” and told him to never set foot “in this street” again.Radisic filed a complaint, while the NUNS and the Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina (NDNV) called on the authorities to identify those responsible for this act of aggression and to guarantee Radisic’s safety. The NUNS was itself also targeted by unidentified persons, who affixed posters to the facade of its headquarters accusing it of being an “enemy of Serbia.”Ironically, these attacks coincided with a visit to Belgrade by a delegation from the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) to urge President Vucic to stop stigmatizing certain media outlets as “foreign agents” and to call for an end to the spiral of impunity for acts of violence against journalists.The European Parliament’s rapporteur on Serbia, David McAllister, has meanwhile stressed that Serbia “needs to make clear progress in respecting the independence of the media” if it wants to succeed in its bid to join the European Union. Serbia is ranked 66th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. center_img to go further Follow the news on Serbia Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Serbia and Montenegro: Are judges protecting journalists or their aggressors? News RSF_en Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage June 29, 2020 Find out more News February 12, 2018 Verbal attacks on journalists by pro-government Serb medialast_img read more

Wars and disputed elections: The most dangerous stories for journalists

first_imgNews RSF_en Two appalling events marked 2009: one was the largest ever massacre of journalists in a single day – a total of 30 killed – by the private militia of a governor in the southern Philippines and the other was an unprecedented wave of arrests and convictions of journalists and bloggers in Iran following President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection.A total of around 160 journalists in all continents were forced to go into exile to escape prison or death, often in very dangerous circumstances. The Iranian press photographers crossing the Turkish border to escape arrest or the Somali radio journalists fleeing to neighbouring countries to avoid certain death had all reported essential news and information that some people would go to any lengths to suppress.Wars and elections constituted the chief threat to journalists in 2009. It is becoming more and more risky to cover wars as journalists themselves are being targeted and face the possibility of being murdered or kidnapped. But it can turn out to be just as dangerous to do your job as a reporter at election time and can lead directly to prison or hospital. Violence before and after elections was particularly prevalent in 2009 in countries with poor democratic credentials.No one should be surprised that, as bloggers and websites continue to flourish, censorship and repression have surged proportionately. There is almost no country nowadays that has entirely escaped this phenomenon. As soon as the Internet or new media (social networking, mobile phones etc) start to play a leading role in the spread of news and information, a serious clampdown follows. Bloggers are now watched as closely as journalists from the traditional media. Our major concern in 2009 has been the mass exodus of journalists from repressive countries such as Iran and Sri Lanka. The authorities in these countries have understood that by pushing journalists into exile, they can drastically reduce pluralism of ideas and the amount of criticism they attract. “This is a dangerous tendency and it must be very strongly condemned,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said as this review of 2009 was released.Number of journalists killed up by 26 per centAlmost every journalist killed in 2009 died in their own country. The exception was Franco-Spanish documentary film-maker Christian Poveda, who was murdered in El Salvador. “Less known to international public opinion than the foreign correspondents, it is these local journalists who pay the highest price every year to guarantee our right to be informed about wars, corruption or the destruction of the environment,” Julliard said.The year began very badly with the Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip. As well as refusing to allow foreign media into this territory, the Israeli government carried out military strikes against buildings housing media, in violation of international humanitarian law. Two reporters were killed in these attacks. Journalists and human rights defenders in the Russian Caucasus went through a terrifying year. The witnesses to the dirty war waged by Moscow and its local allies to be “eliminated” with complete impunity included Natalia Estemirova in Chechnya and Malik Akhmedilov in Dagestan.Radical Islamist groups caused the death of at least 15 journalists worldwide. Nine reporters were killed in Somalia, where the Al-Shabaab militia carried out constant targeted killings and suicide attacks. Four of these journalists worked for Radio Shabelle, which does its best to provide news amidst the surrounding chaos. Reporters in Pakistan have increasingly been targeted by the Taliban in the northwest of the country. Kidnappings have also continued to rise. Most cases are concentrated in Afghanistan, Mexico and Somalia. New York Times journalist David Rohde and his fixer managed to escape from the Taliban but Afghan reporter Sultan Munadi was killed in the military operation launched to rescue him. “Three years have passed since the UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1738 on the protection of journalists in conflict zones but governments still seem incapable of protecting reporters,” Reporters Without Borders said. Media on trial At least 167 journalists are in prison around the world at the end of 2009. One would need to go back to the 1990s to find so many of them in jail. Although the UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression keeps reiterating that imprisonment is a disproportionate punishment for press offences, many governments keep laws that allow them to jail journalists, and continue to abuse these laws. The sentences given to journalists in Cuba, China, Sri Lanka and Iran are as harsh as those imposed for terrorism or violent crime. Imprisonment and brutality are too often the only way authorities react to journalists. At least one journalist is assaulted or arrested every day in the Middle East. More than 60 journalists were physically attacked or arrested in Iraq in 2009. In the Palestinian Territories, more than 50 journalists were detained by Hamas in the Gaza Strip and by Fatah in the West Bank. Africa and Asia were neck and neck in the numbers of journalists detained. More than 10 journalists were arrested in 2009 in Niger, Gambia and Somalia, while Eritrea maintained its dubious distinction of jailing the most journalists in Africa, with 32 of them behind bars. In Asia, arrests are thankfully down, but the Chinese and Pakistani security forces continue to arrest foreign or local journalists when they crossed the “red lines” they are supposed to observe. The 28 June coup in Honduras, which was backed by the conservative press, resulted in the persecution of journalists suspected of sympathizing with the ousted president, Manuel Zelaya, and the suspension or permanent closure of their media. Finally, Cuba drew attention to itself again this year with at least 24 arrests and two new long jail sentences, bringing to 25 the number of journalists in prison. When the powerful are not arresting journalists, they are harassing them by constantly dragging them before the courts. One editor in Algeria, Omar Belhouchet, was summoned before judges 15 times in 2009. The opposition press in Turkey and Morocco have been bombarded with law suits, which almost always lead to convictions or closures because the courts are more inclined to favour the plaintiff than the media. Other forms of violence, physical assaults and threats have gone up by a third (from 929 cases in 2008 to 1,456 in 2009). Journalists are most at risk in the Americas (501 cases), particularly when they expose drug-trafficking or local potentates. Asia comes next with 364 cases of this kind, chiefly in Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The number of censored media is escalating alarmingly with nearly 570 cases of newspapers, radio or TV stations banned from putting out news or forced to close. This happened to a satirical magazine in Malaysia, a score of reformist newspapers in Iran, Radio France Internationale in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the BBC World Service in Rwanda.The number of journalists arrested fell slightly (from 673 in 2008 to 573 in 2009) above all because there were fewer cases in Asia. The largest number of cases was in the Middle East. In 2009 76 journalists killed (60 in 2008)33 journalists kidnapped573 journalists arrested1456 physically assaulted570 media censored 157 journalists fled their countries1 blogger died in prison 151 bloggers and cyber-dissidents arrested 61 physically assaulted60 countries affected by online censorship Choosing exile to stay Alive December 30, 2009 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Wars and disputed elections: The most dangerous stories for journalistscenter_img Organisation For the first time, the Reporters Without Borders annual roundup includes figures for journalists who have been forced to leave their countries because of threats to their lives or liberty. A total of 157 journalists went into exile in the past year, often in very harsh conditions. Among the countries where the exodus of journalists and bloggers was particularly dramatic were Iran, with more than 50 fleeing, and Sri Lanka, with 29. In Africa, some 50 journalists fled the chaos in Somalia while scores of Eritreans sought refuge abroad for fear of being targeted for reprisals by the continent’s worst dictatorship. Journalists also fled Guinea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mexico, Colombia and Ethiopia. This new measure is an indication of the level of fear that exists within the media in some countries. Journalists encounter many hazards as they go into exile and seek an uncertain future. Some wait months, even years, to get protection and possible resettlement. Election violence The 30 journalists killed in the Mindanao Island bloodbath in Philippines had been covering an attempt by a local governor’s opponent to run as a candidate for regional elections in 2010. Tunisian journalist Taoufik Ben Brik was imprisoned in the days following President Ben Ali’s reelection, while his colleague, Slim Boukhdhir, was brutally assaulted. Several journalists were attacked and others received death threats in Gabon following President Ali Bongo’s reelection. Around six media were also temporarily shut down for reporting on the post-election violence and criticising members of the new government. Protests about President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s controversial reelection in Iran prompted a horrifying wave of repression against the media. Pluralist elections that should be a symbol of democracy and free expression can turn into a nightmare for journalists. State media are too often prevented from giving fair and balanced coverage of all the candidates’ campaigns. Such was the case during the contentious Afghan elections and the travesty of an election in Equatorial Guinea. The most committed journalists can be exposed to reprisals from a rival camp. Media access is not always properly observed, as evidenced in provincial polling in the Tamil areas of Sri Lanka.The most serious problems arise when results are announced. Overwhelmed by an opposition movement that was relayed online and in the reformist press, Ahmadinejad’s supporters launched an ultra-violent crackdown on hundreds of journalists and bloggers, accusing them of being spies in the pay of foreigners or bent on destabilising the country. The courage shown by journalists this year before and after elections earned them periods in custody, mistreatment and prison sentences that were in some cases extremely harsh. These post-election crackdowns should stimulate the international community to seek better ways of protecting the press after rigged election results are announced. “This wave of violence bodes ill for 2010, when crucial elections are scheduled in Côte d’Ivoire, Sri Lanka, Burma, Iraq and the Palestinian Territories” said Reporters Without Borders, which often carries out media monitoring during election campaigns. Related documents Round-up 2009PDF – 322.95 KBСвобода прессы: 2009 в цифрахPDF – 158.49 KB Help by sharing this information More than 100 bloggers and cyber-dissidents imprisoned For the first time since the Internet’s emergence, Reporters Without Borders is aware of more than 100 bloggers and cyber-dissidents being imprisoned worldwide for posting their opinions online. This figure is indicative above all of the scale of the crackdown being carried out in around ten countries. Several countries have turned online expression into a criminal offence, dashing hopes of a censorship-free Internet. The Internet has been the driving force for pro-democracy campaigns in Iran, China and elsewhere. It is above all for this reason that authoritarian governments have shown themselves so determined to severely punish Internet users. This is the case with two Azerbaijani bloggers, who were sentenced to two years in prison for making a film mocking the political elite. Although China continued to be the leading Internet censor in 2009, Iran, Tunisia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam and Uzbekistan have also resorted to frequent blocking of websites and blogs and surveillance of online expression. The Turkmen Internet remains under total state control. This year, bloggers and ordinary citizens expressing themselves online have been assaulted, threatened or arrested as the popularity of social-networking and interactive websites has soared. Egyptian blogger Kareem Amer is still in jail, while the famous Burmese comedian Zarganar still has 34 years of his prison sentence to serve. The approximately 120 victims of Internet policing also include such leading figures in the defence of online free expression as China’s Hu Jia and Liu Xiaobo and Vietnam’s Nguyen Trung and Dieu Cay.The financial crisis has joined the list of subjects likely to provoke censorship, particularly online. In South Korea, a blogger was wrongfully detained for commenting on the country’s disastrous economic situation. Around six netizens in Thailand were arrested or harassed just for making a connection between the king’s health and a fall in the Bangkok stock exchange. Censorship was slapped on the media in Dubai when it came for them to report on the country’s debt repayment problems. Democratic countries have not lagged far behind. Several European countries are working on new steps to control the Internet in the name of the battle against child porn and illegal downloads. Australia has said it will set up a compulsory filtering system that poses a threat to freedom of expression. Turkey’s courts have increased the number of websites, including YouTube, that are blocked for criticising the republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.“The number of countries affected by online censorship has doubled from one year to the next – a disturbing tendency that shows an increase in control over new media as millions of netizens get active online,” said Lucie Morillon, head of the Internet and Freedoms Desk. “That is why Reporters Without Borders will launch a new campaign against the Enemies of the Internet on 12 March.”last_img read more

Gritting machines deployed as Limerick council monitors weather

first_imgWhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email Previous articleYoung Limerick women strike gold at Gaisce awardsNext articleLimerick City Christmas car parks now open to public Editor center_img Advertisement All Limerick routes covered under the winter road maintenance programme are being gritted this evening as a ‘status yellow’ weather warning for low temperatures remains in place for the city and county.Gritting and salting machines are being deployed from 8pm across the road network which accounts for almost 85 per cent of all Limerick’s traffic.Council engineers are monitoring the ice-cast daily to determine whether gritting is required and will be monitoring weather conditions very closely over the weekend, as further cold Arctic weather is forecast.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow Low Temperature Advisory for the whole of Ireland including Limerick.It’s forecast to be very cold tonight with a sharp to severe frost and icy stretches, as temperatures fall back to between 0 and minus 4 degrees celsius.  It will be coldest inland and across the north and east.The advisory remains in effect until 10am tomorrow (Saturday).Limerick City and County Council is urging motorists to drive with extreme caution in icy conditions and to be wary of black ice.Expect the unexpected.For more information about being prepared for adverse weather conditions, go to www.limerick.ie or www.winterready.ieMore local authority news here NewsGritting machines deployed as Limerick council monitors weatherBy Editor – December 8, 2017 3541 Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSadverse weatheradvisoryblack iceforecastlimerickstatus yellowtemperatureweather warning Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

CFPB Clears the Way for Class-Action Lawsuits

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / CFPB Clears the Way for Class-Action Lawsuits Sign up for DS News Daily CFPB Clears the Way for Class-Action Lawsuits Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Subscribe The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced a new rule Monday prohibiting companies from using mandatory arbitration clauses to keep consumers from filing class-action lawsuits. In doing so, the CFPB is giving consumers another potential remedy. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save About Author: Brianna Gilpin Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Wright, Finlay & Zak, LLP: Committed to Diversity Next: A Vote of Confidence for Bank of America The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Tagged with: CFPB Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago July 10, 2017 990 Views CFPB 2017-07-10 Brianna Gilpinlast_img read more

Town centre project scrapped due to lack of funding

first_img GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath It’s been confirmed the Letterkenny town Centre project will be ending later this month due to lack of funding with Town Manager Dessie Larkin also leaving his role.Mr Larkin, former Mayor of Donegal County Council took on the position 18 months ago.The project centred on revitalising the Main Street area of Letterkenny however, the council has not included funding for the project to continue in its budget for 2016 and therefore it cannot continue.Dessie Larkin says it’s a blow for many retailers in the area:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/dessie1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Homepage BannerNews NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook By admin – January 15, 2016 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Google+ Twitter Twittercenter_img Previous articleJared Payne returns for UlsterNext articleFormer Donegal Minister pays tribute to the late PJ Mara admin WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Town centre project scrapped due to lack of funding Facebook Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme WhatsApp Pinterest Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector publishedlast_img read more