Getting to grips with the BRICs: Foreign Office insights for the City

first_img Getting to grips with the BRICs: Foreign Office insights for the City whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp Share FOUR former British Ambassadors to Brazil, Russia, India and China gathered recently at the Royal Automobile Club in SW1 to discuss these fast-growing economies, collectively nicknamed the BRICs. The objective was to help an audience of business people better understand how these countries see themselves in the context of their emerging status as world powers; who are their friends and chief rivals, what are the geopolitical challenges that most pre-occupy their governments? The four panellists – Dr Peter Collecott (Brazil, 2004/8), Sir Anthony Brenton (Russia, 2004/8), Sir Michael Arthur (India, 2003/7) and Sir Christopher Hum (China, 2001/5) – were expert, candid and realistic. The discussion was private but they have kindly allowed me to summarise their key points.1. THE CRUCIBLE OF THE PACIFICThe Pacific Ocean has replaced the Atlantic as the crucible of world events. This transition is hardly news, but it is now well underway, accelerated by the economic crisis, and its consequences are so serious and challenging for the West that we shouldn’t miss an opportunity to remind ourselves that we are living in a new world order. For the BRICs this transition creates opportunity, and threats. Indo-Sino-US rivalry in the Pacific will be the defining dynamic of 21st-century geopolitics (more on this later). Russia, which maintains its Pacific Fleet at Vladivostok (and nine time zones to the west, the Black Sea Fleet at Sevastopol), looks on with unease. In 2008 a Sino-Russian agreement resolved long running border disputes between Moscow and Beijing but, warned one of the ambassadors, “Russia is empty, and China is full” – Russia’s porous southern border with China will give Moscow a headache, as well as a business opportunity, for the foreseeable future. Only Brazil has no active interests in the Pacific Basin. 2. A GATHERING STORM IN ASIAOne of the ambassadors compared South East Asia’s geopolitics with those of Europe in the first decade of the 20th century. This does not mean conflict is inevitable, he stressed, but tensions will develop as the Pacific Rim’s emerging powers seek to exert influence in a confined geographic space which the US perceives to be vital to its own interests. China and India are commissioning blue water navies; India’s Ministry of Defence has pledged to spend $100bn (£64bn) modernising its armed forces in the coming decade. Tensions will emerge and these will have to be managed. Brazil is well out of it. 3. FOUR VIEWS ON AMERICAN POWEREach of the BRIC states is obsessed by the US. All of them have a thriving economic relationship with the world’s leading importer, and they see the US as the place to educate their elites and a cultural force that continues to exert a massive influence and pull on their citizens. But each BRIC has a different political perspective on the US:● For Brazil, the US is a regional paterfamilias; someone with whom it wishes to enjoy close relations, but one it also wishes would cease meddling in its backyard, and treat it more like a grown-up.● Obama’s reset has transformed the relationship between Washington and Moscow; witness the recent deal between NATO’s leaders and President Medvedev which brings Russia inside NATO’s once-contentious missile defence programme, and Russia’s discreet help for NATO in Afghanistan. Fear of Islamic terrorism, and China’s growing power, will gradually push Russia westward. ● India’s goodwill towards the US is uncomplicated: most of its best young men and women now go to American universities and Silicon Valley buzzes with Indian expats. The world’s two most important democracies are establishing a strategic partnership – witness their 2008 civil nuclear agreement and a developing defence relationship. Barack Obama made a state visit to New Delhi in November, when he blessed India’s campaign to become a permanent member of the UN’s Security Council and encouraged the Indian Air Force to modernise its fleet of multi-role combat aircraft with Super Hornets and F-16s. The US sees an armed, regionally active India as a useful balance to China. So does New Delhi. ● Obama calls China “our vital partner and competitor”. Of all the BRICs, China is the most committed to rival America as a world power. Analysts predict China could overtake the US economy (in terms of GDP) as early as 2020 and the prospect fills Chinese policy makers with pride, as China re-asserts itself as a world power, and trepidation, as they anticipate the response of the US, and consider how to weight their diplomatic and military programmes to match China’s economic muscle. The Chinese leadership feels vindicated by the economic crisis, and the fault-lines it has revealed in Western capitalism. But the Chinese and the US economies are highly interdependent; and the scale of China’s domestic challenges stops Beijing from feeling too sure of itself. So does the knowledge that China cannot match US military power for the foreseeable future (the US Pacific Fleet consists of around 180 ships, nearly 2,000 aircraft and 125,000 sailors, marines and civilians). China’s two regional priorities are to protect China’s extended shipping lanes and to restore sovereignty over Taiwan. No wonder China is currently building its own aircraft carriers. 4. THE EUROPEAN UNION SIDESHOWNone of the BRICs take the European Union seriously. They are confused by its complex structure and unmoved by its demonstrations of soft power. China welcomes the EU’s commitment to a multi-polar international system, but Beijing prefers to deal directly with what it regards as Europe’s principal powers (Germany, France and the UK, probably in that order). India feels comfortable with Europe, and especially the UK; Britain needs to do more to turn this goodwill into a meaningful partnership (hence the unprecedented scale of David Cameron’s visit to India in July). But like China, India prefers to do its diplomatic business bilaterally. Ditto Brazil. Russia has the deepest relationship with the EU, and this looks set to grow as Chinese power in the Pacific pushes Russia west, and the EU works hard to accommodate it. 5. NEW RIVALS TO OUR KNOWLEDGEThe BRICs all aspire to be knowledge economies, something that too many in the West still regard as a natural monopoly of the old world. Russia sits on a first-class science and engineering base. India is one of the few powers to have developed a nuclear capability without external assistance. Many of India’s software firms are now world leaders. Brazil’s biodiversity and technological base has made it a global centre for agritech and biotech research and development; Embraer, an aviation conglomerate based near Sao Paolo is now the third largest commercial aircraft manufacturer in the world. China knows its growing prosperity is eroding the competitiveness of its low-tech, high-volume manufacturing base; it too is moving up the value chain. In 2008 the government set up a passenger aircraft manufacturer, Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (COMAC) to reduce the country’s dependency on Boeing and Airbus. 6. SOME THINGS WON’T CHANGEThe discussion closed with a consensus that in 2050 China would be the largest economy in the world, but that the US would still be the world’s pre-eminent power.Alex Hickman, former foreign affairs adviser to David Cameron (2006/7) is managing partner of Chartwell. www.chartwellpartners.co.uk Show Comments ▼ Sunday 5 December 2010 10:47 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Herald KCS-content last_img read more

I’m sorely tempted by these 2 ultra-high-yield FTSE 100 dividend stocks

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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 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’ve just been working down the full list of FTSE 100 stocks, and there are some astonishing yields around right now. The following two companies caught my eye with some of the highest yields around, but there are risks. Should you buy either of them?EvrazRussian steel producer Evraz (LSE: EVR) is quite some stock. Right now, it looks set to yield an incredible 13.7%, the highest on the entire index. Of course, this will start alarm bells ringing for many. It has been called the riskiest stock on the entire FTSE 100, because management has got into the strange habit of running up debts, while lavishing money on shareholders.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…Last year’s half-yearly report said net debt increased by $79m to $3.65bn, largely due to the recognition of additional liabilities under new IFRS 16 financial reporting standards. Net profit fell sharply to $344m, down from $1.15bn year on year, due to falling steel prices. Depressed vanadium prices, lower average coking coal prices, and the lifting of US tariffs on Canadian steel imports didn’t help.Management still lavished shareholders with more than $500m in dividends, citing a positive outlook, the strength of the Russian steel market, and its continuing efforts in efficiency improvements. Last week’s Q4 trading update was broadly positive, with crude steel output up 2.1% over the quarter, and steel product sales up 6.6%.The Evraz share price is valued at just 7.5 times earnings, which looks a bargain. Its yield is forecast to fall to 9.3% in 2020, but that is still hugely generous. The 35.16 payout is expected to be covered 1.57 times by forecast earnings of 55.32p. I can’t find anything particularly disastrous in these figures, making it a tempting buy, but I’m also a bit unsettled. I don’t quite understand what management is up to, and as Warren Buffett said: “Never invest in a business you cannot understand.” CentricaBritish Gas owner Centrica (LSE: CNA) used to be called a defensive stock, but nobody uses that term today. The Centrica share price now trades 70% lower than it did five years ago, turning a £10k investment into just £4k including reinvested dividends, after a dismal period for the company. Centrica was punished by falling energy prices and disgruntled home energy customers, who switched to cheaper rivals in droves, triggering a blizzard of profit warnings and dividend cuts.Until recently, the prospective yield briefly stood at 13.68%, but please don’t buy expecting that kind of income today, because the rebased payout currently offers a forecast yield of just 5.5% for 2020.I feel more comfortable with this, especially since earnings are now expected to rise 31% in 2020. That would see the anticipated 5.03p payout covered 1.66 times by earnings of 9.13p a share, which looks a lot more sustainable.There are signs of a share price recovery in recent weeks, which suggests that Centrica may finally be finding its feet. I’d shop around, though, because you might find more solid FTSE 100 high yielders out there. Harvey Jones | Friday, 31st January, 2020 | More on: CNA EVR 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. 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. 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The stock market crash is your chance to buy cheap FTSE 100 shares. Don’t waste it

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. Image source: Getty Images. The speed of this year’s stock market crash has been astounding. Household name companies have mothballed operations, dozens have scrapped their dividends and others have given up making profit forecasts. Yet ironically, this is a great opportunity to buy cheap FTSE 100 shares, because so many top companies are trading well below their historic average valuations.The uncertainty may continue until we see a way out of the Covid-19 lockdown, but over the longer term, the index offers lots of recovery potential. It has been through plenty of bear markets before, and recovered every time. This could make now a good time to buy cheap FTSE 100 shares at bargain valuations, before the stock market crash reverses.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 government has yet to plot a way out of the coronavirus lockdown. Social distancing measures could last for many weeks longer. This makes the short-term FTSE 100 outlook highly uncertain, and we could see further volatility for some time. That is not a problem if you are investing for the long term. In fact, it is an opportunity.I’d buy cheap FTSE 100 shares todayI cannot tell you how quickly the FTSE 100 will recover from the stock market crash. All I know is that it has recovered from all the others. In some cases, it took just a few months. In others, a year or two. Nobody knows how long this one will take.Successful investors know the best time to buy stocks is before markets start to recover. When investor sentiment returns, share prices can shoot up rapidly. You do not want to miss out on the first leg of the recovery, as it can be the most dramatic.But if you try to time your entry, you will almost certainly get it wrong. Instead, you should buy cheap FTSE 100 shares today, ready for the upturn. While you wait, you should reinvest any dividends you receive, to pick up more stock at the low price. That will put you in an even better position for the recovery.Investors who buy stocks during bear markets such as after Black Monday in 1997, the tech crash of 2000 and the financial crisis of 2008 often generated outsized returns.No stock market crash lasts foreverNaturally, if your job is under threat, you have expensive credit card debt or major bills coming up, you should focus on paying those first. However, if you have money for long-term savings, I’d advise using it to buy cheap FTSE 100 shares today.To reduce the risks, look for top companies with strong balance sheets, healthy cash generation, competitive advantages, and relatively low debt. I would also diversify across sectors and countries, because some will recover faster than others.Today is a great opportunity to buy high-quality stocks at bargain valuations. It happens every time the stock market crashes and FTSE 100 shares are cheap. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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ODA’s Manhattan Tower Offers Residents a Slice of Suburbia in …

first_img Projects CopyInspired by the recent trend for super-skinny, super-tall skyscrapers currently dominating the Manhattan luxury residential market, ODA New York has developed a design for 303 East 44th Street which they describe as “a new urban reality” for the city. By taking a prototypical, modestly-sized tower building and stretching it skyward, the firm has inserted sculptural skygardens in the voids opened up between the floors to create a tower that combines the advantages of urban living with the spatial benefits of the suburban home.+ 17Save this picture!© Moso StudioRecommended ProductsMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor Cladding”True luxury evolves from the ability to have the best of multiple worlds without compromise,” explains the firm’s press release, “and in this tower, the best of urban living melds with the dream of a suburban backyard resulting in the ultimate urban fantasy.”Save this picture!© Moso Studio”There is a huge disconnect between how we live in our cities and what we need, as human beings, for quality of life. I don’t think that we should be forced to choose between enduring in the city, or escaping to suburban areas,” adds ODA’s founder and executive director Eran Chen. “So, with all of our projects we look for ways to amplify natural light and provide access to green spaces, and this is the ultimate example.”Save this picture!© Moso StudioDesigned for developer Triangle Assets, the proposal offers residents in 11 of the building’s 44 apartments access to their own private outdoor space, with the 16-foot (5 meter) ceiling height for the gardens ensuring that sunlight can penetrate throughout the garden. In addition, the form of the core and supporting structure on these open floors is designed to reduce the wind load on the building without sacrificing the expansive views.Save this picture!© Moso StudioAccording to Triangle Assets’ director of leasing and property management Benjamin Stavrach, construction on the building is likely to begin in April or May of 2016.Save this picture!© Moso StudioArchitectsODA New YorkLocationE 44th St, New York, NY 10017, USANumber of floors41Floor plate area2,700 ft2Number of units44Number of units with outdoor terraces11 UnitsTotal terrace area9,300 ft2Amenities area5,200 ft2Parking spaces9Area116731.0 ft2Project Year2015PhotographsMoso Studio, ODA New YorkArchitectsODA New YorkLocationE 44th St, New York, NY 10017, USAProject Year2015PhotographsMoso Studio, Courtesy of ODA New YorkArea116731.0 ft2Correction update: Since its initial publication, this article has been updated to add information about the developer and expected construction date.Project gallerySee allShow lessFashion House / CORE ArchitectsSelected ProjectsSrygley Pool House / Marlon Blackwell ArchitectSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeODA New YorkOfficeFollowProductGlass#TagsProjectsUnbuilt ProjectResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsNew YorkManhattanSkyscrapersUnited StatesPublished on November 16, 2015Cite: Rory Stott. “ODA’s Manhattan Tower Offers Residents a Slice of Suburbia in the Sky” 16 Nov 2015. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/777283/odas-proposed-manhattan-tower-offers-residents-a-slice-of-suburbia-in-the-sky Clipboard ArchDaily ODA’s Manhattan Tower Offers Residents a Slice of Suburbia in the SkySave this projectSaveODA’s Manhattan Tower Offers Residents a Slice of Suburbia in the Sky United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/777283/odas-proposed-manhattan-tower-offers-residents-a-slice-of-suburbia-in-the-sky Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© Moso StudioWritten by Rory Stott Share “COPY” ODA’s Manhattan Tower Offers Residents a Slice of Suburbia in the Sky Apartmentslast_img read more

What is a good director of development worth, asks Tony Poderis

first_imgWhat is a good director of development worth, asks Tony Poderis Whether you are a development director seeking the compensation you feel is fair, or an organisation unsure of what to pay in search of a development director, see if my balance of those criteria, relative to knowledge, experience, skill, and wisdom – factoring in your area’s “market value,” can help you to achieve compensation which is right for you, or which will be a useful hiring guide for your organisation.  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 24 October 2005 | Newscenter_img 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. US fundraising consultant Tony Poderis has published a new article on his raise-funds.com website focusing on the value of good fundraising directors.Non-profits with resources sufficient to engage professionals in key staff positions seem to find it relatively easy to determine salaries for heads of marketing, finance, and human resources, among others. Development directors however are another story. Why is that?Because there are many complex variables which can lead ultimately to a development director’s salary which is fair, reasonable, and necessary. I have made careful note of those criteria from my experience as a director of development regarding my own salary, the salaries I paid to my staff development professionals, what my peers were earning, and the compensation I recommended when I was engaged by clients to search for and hire their directors of development. Advertisement Tagged with: Managementlast_img read more

Indiana Soybean Alliance Calls on Members to Support GMO Label Bill

first_img Indiana Soybean Alliance Calls on Members to Support GMO Label Bill SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE By Gary Truitt – Oct 8, 2015 Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Soybean Alliance Calls on Members to Support GMO Label Bill As Hoosier Ag Today reported on Wednesday, Indiana Farm Bureau members are on Capitol Hill pushing for a voluntary approach to GMO labeling on food products. The Indiana Soybean Alliance is urging its members, who are deep into harvest, to take time to contact Indiana Senators to support a voluntary approach. In a call to action sent to members on Wednesday, ISA said, “A state-by-state system will impose significant costs on Indiana farmers and will increase food prices due to the separate supply chain frameworks for non-GE ingredients that would have to be put in place. Please contact Senators Coats and Donnelly and ask them to co-sponsor the GMO labeling bill.”The House has passed bipartisan legislation, H.R. 1599, with 45 Democrats supporting to create a uniform, science-based, national system governing the review and labeling of GE foods. The bill also allows those who wish to label their products as GMO-free to do so through a USDA-accredited certification process. Consumers will continue to have all the access they want to the products they want. The legislation is now before the Senate where it faces an uphill fight. Previous articlePurdue Gets Grant for Critical Agriculture Production ResearchNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truittlast_img read more

Egypt : Cairo military court confirms journalist’s ten-year jail sentence

first_img News Organisation Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff News December 27, 2018 Egypt : Cairo military court confirms journalist’s ten-year jail sentence “After more than three years in preventive detention, more than the legal limit, a military court has imposed a long jail sentence on civilian who is a respected journalist,” RSF’s Middle East desk said.  February 6, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison Arrested on landing at Hurghada airport on 29 November 2015, Alexandrani is well known as a journalist and researcher who has specialized in writing about Jihadi groups in the North Sinai. He is also known as a critic of the Egyptian government and the army’s role in politics. February 1, 2021 Find out more EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression A nominee for the RSF’s Press Freedom Prize in 2016, he is a research fellow at the Arab Reform Initiative in Paris and was a visiting fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Centrein Washington. He has reported for MadaMasr,Safir Arabi, Al Jazeera English, the Forum for Arab and International Relations and the French magazine Orient XXI. to go further RSF_en center_img “Nonetheless, Ismail Alexandrani did not commit any crime, aside from the crime of irritating the regime and the army by what he reported and what he wrote. We strongly condemn this iniquitous and disproportionate sentence and we call for his immediate and unconditional release.” Receive email alerts News Alexandrani’s conviction on charges of “divulging state secrets” and “membership of a banned group” and his ten-year jail term were upheld at a hearing held in his presence. The fact that the sentence was originally passed in his absence and without his knowledge on 22 May and the lack of any ensuing official confirmation had given rise to confusion. Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Egypt is ranked 161st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Follow the news on Egypt Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is dismayed to learn that Egyptian journalist Ismail Alexandrani’s ten-year prison sentence was upheld by a Cairo military court on 24 December. RSF reiterates its call for the immediate release of this journalist and academic, who specializes in the Sinai. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression News Help by sharing this information January 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

City hall ostracizes reporter after corruption allegations

first_img ColombiaAmericas to go further ColombiaAmericas Reporters Without Borders today condemned the behaviour of Cúcuta mayor Ramiro Suárez Corzo in insulting and ostracizing reporter Gala Marcela Peña Álvarez of the daily La Opinión after she wrote a story about local government corruption in the newspaper’s 27 October issue.“We call on Mayor Suárez to retract his comments and behave responsibly,” the press freedom organisation said. “Ostracizing Peña is an insidious measure that will have the effect of censoring her work and depriving her of the means of doing her job.”Peña’s article was about alleged irregularities in a tax on public lighting during the Christmas period. It quoted unidentified sources as saying part of the revenue from the tax ended up in the personal bank account of the city’s director of public order and public spaces, Rafael Segundo Ramírez.Ever since the story ran, Suárez has been extremely aggressive towards Gala. He insulted her. He denigrated her in statements on a local radio station. He refused to answer her questions. He ordered city officials not to talk to her. And he ordered the city’s press office to stop sending her releases. October 21, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia News News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports November 3, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 City hall ostracizes reporter after corruption allegations May 13, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Colombia News RSF_en last_img read more

Palestinian reporter to censor himself after being held by Hamas

first_img June 3, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists PalestineMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the way Hamas mistreats journalists in the Gaza Strip and thereby forces them to censor themselves. News News RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Follow the news on Palestine to go further PalestineMiddle East – North Africa January 13, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Palestinian reporter to censor himself after being held by Hamas Ayman Alul, an outspoken journalist who works for an Iraqi TV station and often posts videos on Facebook, has announced that he will no longer cover living conditions or political developments in the Hamas-governed territory after being held for eight days. Alul is regarded as controversial because of his criticism of living conditions in the Gaza Strip. Hamas members arrested him at his home on the evening of 3 January, confiscating his computer and mobiles phones during a search of his home. He was finally released on 11 January.Accused by Hamas of disturbing public order and manipulating public opinion, he said he was tortured all the time he was held, a clearly traumatic experience that has led to this decision to censor himself in future.“Hamas is trying to intimidate journalists by attacking a well-known Palestinian media figure,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “As living conditions in the Gaza Strip are disastrous, Hamas wants to silence critics and does not hesitate to torture a journalist in order to control media coverage in its territory. This is unacceptable!”Ramzy Herzallah, a 27-year-old cyber-activist who has often criticized the situation in the Gaza Strip on social networks, was also arrested by Hamas on 3 January. He was finally released yesterday.Working as a journalist is extremely arduous in the Palestinian Territories, where freedom of information is constantly violated and the media are targeted by Hamas and the Palestinian Authority when they are not being hounded by the Israeli forces. See the RSF report entitled “Palestinian Journalists Caught Between Three Sides.” Organisation May 28, 2021 Find out more Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News Receive email alerts News May 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

MEMAH Salutes Honorees for Contributions to the Pasadena Community

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Business News Community News Top of the News Councilmember John J. Kennedy (l) and ChapCare Chief Executive Officer Margaret B. Martinez (r).Men Educating Men About Health (MEMAH) will spotlight 3 honorees for their community leadership at the Pasadena organization’s Annual Gala on Saturday, April 29. MEMAH seeks to empower the community at large, with knowledge of traditional treatments and alternative options that can improve health, quality of life, and longevity.District 3 City Councilmember John J. Kennedy will be awarded “Man of the Year” for his many years of devoted service to the greater Pasadena community. In a press release, MEMAH said that Councilmember Kennedy champions the important issues that affect every resident, business owner, and visitor to Pasadena and quoted Kennedy as saying it is his “mission in life to seek justice, right wrongs, be a good steward of the resources that belong to the people and bring people together for a higher purpose.”“Woman of the Year Award” will go to Margaret B. Martinez, Chief Executive Officer of ChapCare, for her deep commitment to the health of vulnerable populations. Under her leadership, ChapCare successfully operates eight health centers in the San Gabriel Valley, which offer a full range of healthcare services.“I continue to be inspired each time we open a new venue for services in Pasadena and in the surrounding communities we serve,” says Martinez.The Rose Bowl Operating Company (RBOC), receiving the “Business of the Year” Award, will be recognized for its economic and civic contributions to the Pasadena community. The RBOC will continue its community investment by reportedly increasing the number of its Pasadena food and beverage vendors at the upcoming Arroyo Seco Weekend, and participating in a new Adopt-A-School program with Cleveland Elementary School beginning in the 2017-18 school year.MEMAH Board President Justin Chapman says of the honorees, “MEMAH is proud to continue our tradition of honoring those who positively impact and strengthen our community in essential ways, and we look forward to spotlighting their efforts.” Men Educating Men about Health (MEMAH), is dedicated to raising the awareness, importance, and understanding of men’s and women’s health issues. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News MEMAH Salutes Honorees for Contributions to the Pasadena Community From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 | 7:39 pm 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stufflast_img read more