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Consolidated Hallmark Insurance ( 2018 Annual Report

first_imgConsolidated Hallmark Insurance ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Consolidated Hallmark Insurance ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Consolidated Hallmark Insurance ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Consolidated Hallmark Insurance (  2018 annual report.Company ProfileConsolidated Hallmark Insurance (CHIPLC) Plc is a general insurance company in Nigeria offering products for automotive, travel, fire, marine, home, personal, bonds and special risk cover. The company has taken a leadership role in the underwriting of key transactions in the aviation, oil and gas, marine cargo, hull and motor sectors. Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Consolidated Hallmark Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more


I’d use Warren Buffett’s strategy to get ready for stock market crash round 2

first_img Enter Your Email Address Peter Stephens | Monday, 30th November, 2020 Image source: 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Peter Stephens “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. 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Meanwhile, his ability to use short-term challenges to his advantage could act as a useful guide during an uncertain period for the world economy.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…Holding cash ahead of a stock market crashPredicting when the next stock market crash will occur is extremely challenging. As this year’s market decline showed, a downturn can take place at any time without prior warning. However, the existence of risks such as Brexit and the coronavirus pandemic means investor sentiment may be very changeable at the present time. As such, there may be a heightened chance of a second downturn across the global stock market in the coming months.Therefore, following Warren Buffett’s lead and holding some cash could be a logical approach. He always has a significant amount available should the stock market fall to more attractive buying levels. This has enabled him to buy undervalued stocks when other investors are selling them, thereby improving his chances of generating impressive long-term returns.Of course, this doesn’t mean investors should sell all shares and hold only cash due to the threat of a stock market crash. However, having some spare cash available at all times may be a prudent step to take given the challenging economic outlook.Identifying high-quality businessesSome high-quality stocks have recovered strongly after the 2020 stock market crash. As such, they may no longer offer a margin of safety. Identifying them and waiting for their prices to reach a lower level in a future market decline could be a profitable move. It may allow an investor to access the best businesses in a specific sector when they offer sizeable capital growth potential.Warren Buffett has always sought the most attractive businesses at the lowest prices. He has generally avoided simply buying cheap shares. Instead, he’s focused on businesses with wide economic moats that can deliver relatively strong profit growth over the long run.By making a list of the most attractive companies prior to a stock market crash, an investor can be ready to act on temporary market mispricings. As this year’s market downturn showed, sometimes stock prices can trade at low levels for only a short period. Therefore, undertaking the necessary research now as to which stocks to buy should they fall in price at a later date could be a logical strategy.It may allow an investor to follow Warren Buffett’s lead in buying high-quality companies when they trade at low prices. 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’d use Warren Buffett’s strategy to get ready for stock market crash round 2last_img read more


House for Green, Breeze and Light / Yaita and Associates

first_img 2014 ArchDaily Year:  Year:  Architects: Yaita and Associates Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” House for Green, Breeze and Light / Yaita and Associates Mechanical Engineer: photographs:  Shigeo OgawaPhotographs:  Shigeo Ogawa, Courtesy of Yaita and Associates 2014 CopyAbout this officeYaita and AssociatesOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOtaHousesJapanPublished on August 03, 2014Cite: “House for Green, Breeze and Light / Yaita and Associates” 03 Aug 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldRetractable Walls – Stepped & Sloped SpacesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in SkyPodsShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma EDoorsC.R. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Area:  145 m² Area:  145 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Ota, Japan House for Green, Breeze and Light / Yaita and AssociatesSave this projectSaveHouse for Green, Breeze and Light / Yaita and Associatescenter_img Office PLUS ONE Co.Ltd. Houses Projects Save this picture!© Shigeo Ogawa+ 29 Share Structural Engineer: General Constractor:Daido Kogyo Co.Ltd.Site Area:179.43 m2Architect In Charge:Hisaaki Yaita, Naoko YaitaCity:OtaCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Shigeo OgawaText description provided by the architects. This residence is in the residential area called Denenchofu which is located about 20 km to the west of the center of Tokyo. This area was developed about 90 years ago, based on the ideas of Eiichi Shibuzawa–to build a garden city on the hill ever blessed with gentle breezes and abundant vegetation. To maintain the philosophy of this environmental formation, rules for the conservation of green, stricter than those of the other residential areas of Tokyo, were stipulated, such as requiring houses to be set back 2m from the roads. These rules have continued to be observed to this day.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe ground of this residential site is located above the retaining wall of Shannon stones, built bordering the road, Its east side faces rows of cherry trees with branches spreading out far and wide. The design was executed in such a way as to make the best of the special characteristics of this site.Save this picture!© Shigeo OgawaTo begin with, in the bedding angle, we built an L-shaped wall with rounded corners, one that reflected the shape of the Shannon stones that bordered the road and on this wall we opened a large picture window to capture the scenery of the rows of cherry trees. Then, we created a long narrow well-hole above the living room that followed along this L-shaped wall. After that, we made a skylight above that, and opened on each of the two ends of the wall a “slit” for ventilation whose height was equivalent to two floors.Save this picture!SectionWhen we stand in front of this L-shaped wall that has been built this way, our eyes would capture the bright sunlit scene of the cherry trees and their green surroundings. We are also greeted by the light from the skylight and the breeze from the slits.Save this picture!Courtesy of Yaita and AssociatesWhen we turn around and look toward the neighboring residence to the west, our eyes are greeted by a space brimming over with Nature, one that seems like a number of spaces, layering on top of each other. We find ourselves being embraced by the entire “universe” of variegated green that has been here from ancient times.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe bedroom on the second floor is surrounded by the L-shaped wall and the void space that rose from the first floor. From the cylindrical balcony on the other side of the void space that opens out to the exterior, we could admire rows of cherry trees. The west side is filled with refreshing breezes and light when we open the folding-screen door, decorated with karakami, (ancient crafted paper transmitted to Japan from Tang China during the Nara Period), which serves as a partition.Save this picture!© Shigeo OgawaOur design for this residence was motivated by our desire to bring out the special characteristics of this area. The result was — we realized that the house had become one that strongly reflected the philosophy of the garden city brimming over with Nature.Save this picture!© Shigeo OgawaIt was like a “folly” that felt at ease in the shade of trees.Project gallerySee allShow lessSALVA46 Coliving in Barcelona / MIEL Arquitectos + STUDIO P10Selected ProjectsTBWA\LISBON office / ColectivArquitecturaSelected Projects Share Photographs Japan Shimazu Design Office Ltd. ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboardlast_img read more


Terrace in the Town / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop

first_img “COPY” Year:  Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Naoomi Kurozumi+ 14Curated by María Francisca González Share “COPY” Terrace in the Town / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Area:  281 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Terrace in the Town / Yamazaki Kentaro Design WorkshopSave this projectSaveTerrace in the Town / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop ArchDaily 2019 Photographs CopyAbout this officeYamazaki Kentaro Design WorkshopOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsHayamaJapanPublished on August 23, 2019Cite: “Terrace in the Town / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop” 23 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Naoomi KurozumiSave this picture!© Naoomi KurozumiRecommended ProductsWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. The site is located on the mountain side of Hayama where we can enjoy the lush nature and the warmth of the calm local community. In order to make use of the rich environment, intermediate areas such as Doma (earthen floor) and terraces were arranged to connect the space between the ambient environment and the house.Save this picture!© Naoomi KurozumiWe arranged the Doma between the house and the frontal road such that the parking space becomes an integrated front yard. Also we set up a public terrace where the garden in the neighboring area becomes a borrowed landscape. The private terrace makes use of the masonry retaining wall between the north and west sides.Save this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!Concept SectionThe floor levels of each terrace are aligned with the interior space. The floor has three levels and its spatial arrangement gradually transitions from public to private. The step was designed as a bench or desk on which people can lie and as a gradual threshold. On the other hand, the roof bows on the ceiling surface are exposed and unify the whole space.Save this picture!© Naoomi KurozumiThis area, where friends and family alike live, was a special place for the client. I felt deeply moved by his memory of this place as a “Terrace in the Town” where friends and family alike would gather.Save this picture!© Naoomi KurozumiAs a result, I designed a house where the Doma and terrace become an intermediate area with the town as a medium to facilitate urban behavior. We strove to create various behaviors such as sitting on the bench of the terrace, looking at the street, lying on the edge of the terrace, spending time at the desk by the kitchen, by yourself or with everyone. Also, the view from the street of the children running around on the terrace over the Doma area is a heartwarming scene.Save this picture!© Naoomi KurozumiOne might call it an urban behavior that neighbors can watch over warmly. I am reminded of Alberti’s words, “The house is like a small city.” I hope that the family and area will slowly overlap and that this architecture will become a mature city.Save this picture!© Naoomi KurozumiProject gallerySee allShow lessSocially-Organized Housing: Biophilia, Connectivity, and SpiritualityArticlesBorden Park Natural Swimming Pool / gh3Selected Projects Share Projects Architects: Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Hayama, Japan Japanlast_img read more


Commencement to be opening event in new Schollmaier Arena

first_imgTCU implements new writing contest printDec. 19 will mark the first commencement ceremony at TCU in the newly renovated Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena.Initial plans to open by Nov. 13 for the opening home men’s and women’s basketball games were delayed, making commencement the first official event held in the new arena.“We were met with some unforeseen circumstances, including weather conditions,” said TCU athletics director Chris Del Conte after the delay was announced.But after apologizing for the postponement, Del Conte said, “When opened next month, the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Arena will enhance our student-athlete experience as well as [be] a tremendous source of pride for the TCU and Fort Worth communities.”The $72 million renovation provided the 53-year-old arena with a modern entrance, widened concourses, upgraded concessions and additional bathrooms and seating. Adam Kelley Adam is a senior writing major, journalism and religion double minor. He covers crime and public safety for TCU360. + posts Linkedin Bridging the divide: TCU promotes dialogue between Christianity and Islam ReddIt Adam Kelley But despite all of the renovations, it’s too soon to determine whether the new arena will have a major impact on the ceremony itself, according to Manager of Academic Progress Kristi Harrison.When asked if the new arena would yield any changes Harrison said, “I can’t answer that until we have had a graduation in the new arena to see if there are differences. Right now it is scheduled to be held just as it has been in the past.”Students were also unfazed by the opening of the new arena for the ceremony.“Honestly, I didn’t even know if the new arena would be completely built by graduation,” said graduating senior Elle Carnley.“But as long as everything goes smoothly the day of I don’t have any complaints.”There are 782 degree candidates set to graduate this December. TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Previous articleThe Skiff: December 10, 2015Next articleGeorge W. Bush to speak at Neeley luncheon Adam Kelley RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The new arena will be opening Dec. 19 for students to graduate for the fall semester. Adam Kelley Facebook Adam Kelley Adam Kelley Linkedin TCU students speak out on civil rights issues Facebook The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years TCU students react to an increase in drug violations The new basketball arena will be where fall graduation is held this year, and TCU police said to come early and carpool to avoid parking issues. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter ReddIt Twitterlast_img read more


Investigation: Violence and impunity in Pakistan – no justice for slain woman journalist

first_img News RSF met Tahira Begum, Arooj Iqbal’s mother, in the courtyard of their small, two-room home in the labyrinth of Old Lahore. “Arooj was clearly targeted because of her journalism work,” she immediately said. “The last time we spoke, she told me she had everything ready to open her office the next day. Unfortunately, she was murdered just before she could do this.”It was Arooj’s brother, Yasir Iqbal, who received the tragic phone call at 10:44 p.m. on 25 November announcing that she had been killed by a shot to the head. The next morning, he filed a complaint – known in Pakistan as a First Information Report (FIR) – at Qilla Gujar Singh police station. Violence and harassmentAccording to Yasir, Arooj’s murderer was none other than her ex-husband, Dilawar Ali, the owner of Anti-Crime, a newspaper specializing in crime stories for which Arooj used to work. “He wanted her to drop the idea of launching her own local newspaper,” Yasir told RSF a week after the murder. His FIR quotes him as saying: “I am dead sure that Dilawar killed my sister or had her killed.”  PakistanAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalists WomenImpunityViolence Help by sharing this information Three days before being murdered, Arooj had herself filed a complaint at the same police station accusing Dilawar Ali of beating and mistreating her. Her FIR is a long list of acts of harassment and violence against her by Dilawar. She visited her family the next day, 23 November, and told them she was scared because Dilawar had threatened to kill her.Arooj had worked for Anti-Crime for a year and a half before accepting the owner’s marriage proposal. According to Arooj’s mother, her ordeal began as soon as they were married, because Dilawar immediately proved to be violent and to be “a very bad husband.”MastermindDespite all the evidence against him, Dilawar was never arrested or charged. He provided the police with an alibi. He said he was in the Maldives on the evening that Arooj was murdered and did not return to Pakistan until the next day, 26 November.But the fact that Dilawar was in the Maldives does not mean he could not have arranged for her to be murdered. “This is certainly possible,” RSF was told by Muhammad Iqbal, a police investigator who was involved in the Arooj murder investigation. He said he knew of other cases in which “the accused went abroad or even got themselves arrested for a petty crime in order to strengthen their case for non-involvement.”RSF showed a copy of Yasir’s FIR to a retired senior police crime investigator. Asking not to be identified, he said she was clearly “perceived as a threat to someone.” And he added: “She may have had some secrets and if these secrets had been made public, they could have been extremely detrimental to this person.” He also combined this hypothesis with the fact that Arooj was going to become a direct competitor of her ex-husband (and former editor) by launching her own newspaper.Constant threats against the familyIn short, a more than convincing array of suspicions left little doubt as to the motive for the murder and, therefore, to probability that Dilawar was the mastermind. But Dilawar was clearly powerful enough to escape ordinary justice.Yasir began being the target of threats shortly after filing his complaint accusing Dilawar. “I was constantly receiving threats from Dilawar and his associates, and my younger brother was even confronted on a road by a group of thugs who told him there would be dire consequences if I did not back off.”The persistence of the threats ended up scaring Tahira Begum, the mother of Arooj and Yasir. The quest for justice for her daughter was turning into a nightmare. “We kept on getting new threats,” she said. “I was terrified. I did not want my family to suffer another tragedy. The period after Arooj’s murder had been very stressful for me and had given a heart condition.”Police complicityIn Punjab, the province of which Lahore is the capital, a feudal system still regulates many aspects of social life. The political elite operates above the law with the complicity of the police, who are often accused of being corrupt.In the complaint she filed three days before her death, Arooj accused certain police officers of “protecting Dilawar’s interests.” Those at the bottom of the social scale are often reduced to suffering the consequences of what the powerful do, as the fate suffered by the Iqbal family has shown.To avoid any possibility of being charged in connection with Arooj’s murder, Dilawar developed a two-fold strategy, using death threats to terrorize her brothers and mother while at the same time taking advantage of his contacts within the provincial parliament. He approached a member of Punjab Legislative Assembly, Chaudhry Shabbaz, and asked him to use his influence on the family and get them to accept an out-of-court settlement.Parallel justiceTo this end, Shabbaz used the “panchayat,” a sort of local council that is supposed to settle civil disputes. It is a system that the rich and powerful often use to escape criminal justice.Things moved quickly. Six weeks after the murder, on 15 January 2020, an agreement was signed by Arooj’s brother Yasir, by her mother, Tahira Begum, and by the leading suspect, Dilawar Ali. RSF has a obtained a copy. At one point, it says: “I hereby swear that my family and I regard Party No. 2 [Dilawar Ali] as the culprit, that he killed my sister Arooj Iqbal or had her killed. In Panchayat, Party No.1 [Yasir] and his family decide that they all forgive Party No. 2 so that he may obtain God’s clemency. Signed: Yasir Iqbal.”“Completely vulnerable”Under criminal law stemming from the Islamic laws, to which the panchayats refer, conflicts are resolved by means of Qisas and Diyat. Qisas is a form of retributive justice, an “eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Diyat consists of financial compensation, paid by the guilty person to the victim or to the victim’s family. RSF_en News Receive email alerts Yasir Iqbal, Arooj’s brother (IK / RSF) June 2, 2021 Find out more Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder April 21, 2021 Find out more It was this form of agreement that Yasir Iqbal was forced to accept. The compensation for his sister’s murder was 1 million rupees, about 5,200 euros, the sum he received from Dilawar Ali. He said he signed the agreement very reluctantly. “Why did we sign?” he said. “Because Dilawar was threatening us so much, because we were completely vulnerable and because we had found the [justice] system to be completely ineffective.”When the murder of a woman journalist is treated as an honour crime that can be settled by means of a financial payment, what role is left for the legitimate authorities? To defend women who are the victims of violence in their home or at work, the Punjab provincial government created the Women’s Development Department (WDD).Powerless authorities“We are an observatory that monitors protection for women’s rights,” WDD deputy secretary-general Asif-ur Rehman said. When RSF asked him about the Arooj Iqbal case, he confessed that he had never heard of it.Asked if the WDD could intervene in the case as a civil party, he said he was powerless to do this. “We have no mandate to initiate any proceedings,” he said. “If no formal complaint by the injured party or their representative is still pending, we cannot act.”Professional isolationArooj’s murder elicited little or no reactions from local organizations that defend journalists. “Our family received no support from the journalistic community, none,” her mother said dejectedly.“We did not cover Arooj’s murder as we should have done,” Punjab Union of Journalists president Qamar Bhatti conceded. He also acknowledged that the journalists’ unions and press clubs in Punjab have never taken any specific measures to protect women journalists.It seems that Arooj Iqbal was also the victim of her relative isolation within the profession. She was probably unaware of the importance of joining a journalists’ union or press club, which is what most male journalists do in Pakistan.PanicBeing a member of a union or press club usually means that journalists are able to mobilize their colleagues and put pressure on the authorities at the first sign of a threat. “She clearly made a strategic blunder by ignoring the union and the press club as a base of support,” said Afifa Nasar Ullah, a leading woman journalist who specializes in freelance investigative reporting. “Also, I don’t think Arooj had undergone any safety training that could have helped her see the warning signs and improve her security. In fact, almost no women journalists who are members of unions or press clubs have received such training.” She added: “Arooj’s murder has panicked women journalists in Lahore, and has made them and the dozens of other women journalists in Punjab feel very insecure.” Tiny minorityWomen still constitute just a tiny minority of Pakistan’s journalists. According to some figures consulted by RSF, only 750 of the country’s 19,000 journalists are women – barely 4%. As a result, their specific rights as women journalists are largely ignored.“This is unacceptable,” said Pakistani media specialist Adnan Rehmat. “Women journalists ought to receive adequate technical resources such as orientation on physical and digital security but especially training that is customized to their specific needs.”In his view, such training should be a part of a larger strategy of solidarity and networking among women journalists. “Women journalists in several cities are already forming informal networking clusters on social media platforms such as WhatsApp to keep in touch.”Major challengeRehmat added: “What needs to happen is a formal and regular engagement to bring together all women journalists in Pakistan in order to train and equip them in enacting and sustaining professional support systems including complaint mechanisms, rapid safety response, threat alerts, documentation, psychosocial counselling support and even some financial support to seek legal assistance.”In the family home’s small courtyard, Tahira Begum talked about what drove her daughter to become a journalist. “She always liked to learn. She studied really hard while supporting herself by working and she even used to help me with the household chores. Founding her own newspaper was her dream.”But the dream was shattered from within the journalistic community. “She had already been attacked twice in the past,” her mother added. “Once she told me she had escaped an attempt on her life. I responded by asking her to stop working as a journalist. But she said, Mom, it’s OK, nothing will happen.”She repeated the same phrase on 23 November. Two days later, she was shot in the head.Pakistan is ranked 145th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. The settlement agreement acknowledging that any charge against Arooj’s murder is dropped (IK / RSF) August 12, 2020 Investigation: Violence and impunity in Pakistan – no justice for slain woman journalistcenter_img Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Follow the news on Pakistan (Image Daniel Bastard / RSF) Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists A single shot to the head took the life of the young Pakistani reporter Arooj Iqbal in the eastern city of Lahore in November 2019. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has retraced her steps, questioning her family, her colleagues and the police in order to shed light on a murder that has gone completely unpunished – a tragic case revealing archaic attitudes and customs. News News Organisation January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalists WomenImpunityViolence Tahira Begum shows a picture of her deceased daughter (IK / RSF) to go further She wanted to be the first Pakistani woman journalist to create her own newspaper. Her dream was shattered, destroyed, in the most violent way. Arooj Iqbal will go down in Pakistan’s history as the first woman journalist to be murdered because of her work.A few hours before the publication of the first issue of Choice, the local newspaper she had just founded, this 27-year-old woman’s lifeless body was found on 25 November in a pool of blood on a street in Lahore, eastern Pakistan’s megapolis. The leading suspect was and still is her ex-husband.“Arooj Iqbal’s murder is a challenge for all Pakistani citizens,” said RSF’s Pakistan representative Iqbal Khattak, who conducted RSF’s field investigation. “This case is causing an impact here, where it is seen as a classic example of how the poor can be denied justice in Pakistan. I regard it as a collective failure on the part of our society, which has proved unable to get justice done for her bereaved family.”Absence of security“Arooj Iqbal’s brutal murder speaks to the complete absence of security in the working lives of women journalists in Pakistan, to the way they must constantly endure contempt, threats, violence and dependency on male superiors,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk, who coordinated the research. “We call on Pakistan’s highest judicial authorities to address the shocking impunity that marks this case, and we condemn the archaic practices that will lead to more women journalists being murdered in Pakistan if nothing changes.”last_img read more


After more than 60 Internet cuts so far this year, India urged to overhaul legislation

first_img June 10, 2021 Find out more India is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, two places lower than in 2018. to go further Follow the news on India Organisation July 9, 2019 After more than 60 Internet cuts so far this year, India urged to overhaul legislation IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReports and statisticsOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expression According to the Software Freedom Law Centre, this was the 61st time that the Internet was cut somewhere in India since the start of 2019 and the 45th time in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. This was a two-fold record: India disconnects the Internet more than any other country by far, and the frequency of the cuts continued to soar in the first half of 2019. The second most often invoked provision is in the 1855 Indian Telegraph Act, a hangover from the colonial era. Although the modern-day Internet clearly has little in common with 19th century telegrams, article 5 of this law is often used to impose Internet cuts on the grounds of a “public emergency” or for the sake of “public safety.” “Disconnecting the Internet prevents journalists from working because it prevents them from accessing their most basic sources, and it deprives the public of reliable and independently-reported information,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The violations of the freedom to inform that these Internet cuts represent are all the more shocking for being the result of measures taken in a completely arbitrary manner by local or federal authorities. The union government should amend its legislation as quickly as possible in order to guarantee every citizen’s right to unrestricted and unconditional access to online information.” Archaic law The federal communications ministry tried to modernize the provisions in August 2017 by issuing the “Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules,” which stipulate that any Internet suspension order issued by the ministry of home affairs or its equivalent in one of India’s states must be reviewed by a dedicated committee within 24 hours. A year later, the population of Darjeeling, a district in the far northeast that borders Bhutan and Nepal, was deprived of the Internet for 100 days on the purported grounds of preventing pro-autonomy militants from agitating. Rather than reining in Internet cuts, these rules seem to have had the opposite effect: the number of cuts went from 79 in 2017 to 134 in 2018 – almost twice as many – and so far there is no sign of any let-up in 2019. News RSF_en IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReports and statisticsOnline freedomsMedia independence InternetFreedom of expression In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival After yet another Internet cut in Indian-administered Kashmir, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the rapid growth in India’s use of this crude form of censorship and calls on the federal authorities to overhaul legislation so as to guarantee the universal right to online news and information. News RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media April 27, 2021 Find out more The Indian authorities are currently disconnecting the Internet at a rate of ten times a month, each time depriving an average of several hundred thousand people of all online information. This was the case on 5 July, in the Kashmiri district of Shopian, in India’s far north, where the Internet was disconnected as a “preventive measure” after a gunfight between separatist militants and paramilitaries. Help by sharing this information According to RSF’s analysis, around a third of the Internet cuts last 24 hours but some last much longer. This was the case in July 2017 in Kashmir, where an online blackout imposed in response to protests about a separatist leader’s death continued for almost five months. Full blackout for five months (Design : D. Bastard / RSF) Three pieces of legislation are used by district or state authorities to impose online censorship. In most cases, they use section 144 of the code of criminal procedure, a vaguely-worded provision giving local governments the “power to issue orders for immediate remedy in urgent cases of nuisance or apprehended danger.” The lack of any definition of the extent of this provision’s application gives the authorities enormous leeway. March 3, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts But these rules fail to provide a precise definition of the circumstances in which the competent authority may or should disconnect the Internet. As a result, the authorities can impose a blackout in a district or an entire state for completely arbitrary reasons, such as the desire to suppress reports about corruption, for example.last_img read more


Bouterse’s installation as president must not mean impunity for past murders of journalists

first_imgNews News August 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bouterse’s installation as president must not mean impunity for past murders of journalists Organisation Help by sharing this information November 16, 2009 Find out more From left to right, middle rank : Leslie Rahman, Frank Wijngaarde, Bram Behr, Jozef Slagveer and Andre Kamperveen. Newspaper reporter threatened after writing about drug trafficking Follow the news on Suriname Receive email alerts to go further SurinameAmericas Former minister seeks €230,000 in damages from magazine News October 3, 2013 Find out more News Amnesty insult to memory of dictatorship’s victims, including five journalists RSF_en April 5, 2012 Find out more Desi Bouterse will be sworn in today as president, the post to which parliament elected him on 19 July. We respect the will of the Surinamese people but we cannot forget that Bouterse continues to be charged with the murders of five journalists in 1982, while he was dictator. Even if legal proceedings are suspended for the duration of his presidency, it would be unacceptable it these murders were to go unpunished indefinitely.A soldier by profession, Bouterse has been returned to power by an election. He first came to power in a coup on 25 February 1980 and went on to run the country with an iron hand for two periods, 1980-1987 and 1990-1991, violating fundamental human rights with no compunction.The five journalists were among a total of 15 pro-democracy activists who were executed on the night of 8 December 1982 in Fort Zeelandia military barracks under his presumed responsibility. They were Andre Kamperveen, the owner and manager of Radio ABC, Frank Wijngaarde, a Radio ABC reporter, and three print media journalists, Leslie Rahman, Bram Behr and Jozef Slagveer. After the massacre, soldiers torched the premises of Radio ABC, Radio Radika and the daily newspaper De Vrije Stem. No media was allowed to operate under Bouterse aside from the state radio SRS and the daily De Ware Tijd.Sentenced to 11 years in prison in absentia in the Netherlands in 1999 on a charge of drug trafficking, Bouterse could still get a 20-year jail sentence in Surinam if convicted of the Fort Zeelandia massacre. A total of 25 people are involved in the case including former Prime Minister Errol Alibux and former army commander Arty Gorre.While Bouterse claims to have apologised to the families of the Fort Zeelandia victims and to have recognised his political responsibility for the massacre, he has never admitted to being directly involved in their deaths. While leader of the main opposition party, he tried several times to get parliament to pass an amnesty law.Like neighbouring South American countries whose current governments have done a great deal to ensure that past human rights violations are not forgotten, Surinam’s new government needs to understand that an election or, still less, an amnesty cannot resolve the problems of the past. SurinameAmericas last_img read more


The Week Ahead: Breaking Down Housing Trends

first_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save The Week Ahead: Breaking Down Housing Trends February 4, 2018 1,387 Views Subscribe Arch MI Ralph DeFranco the week ahead 2018-02-04 David Wharton in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Single-Family Rental Lease Expirations and Vacancy Rates Improving Next: CoreLogic to Redistribute GSE Credit Risk Transfer Data Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Tagged with: Arch MI Ralph DeFranco the week ahead Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago On Monday, Arch MI, a leading mortgage insurance provider, is hosting an exclusive complimentary webinar featuring insights from Ralph DeFranco, Arch Capital’s Global Chief Economist. DeFranco writes the quarterly Housing and Mortgage Market Review (HaMMR) for Arch MI, and during Arch MI’s “Housing Update-Winter 2018” webinar, DeFranco will be discussing:Which way the key housing indicators are pointingWhich cities have the most over- and undervalued home valuesEstimates of the probability of regional home price changesA look at what rising rates do to home sales and pricesThe MSAs and regions most at risk due to lower energy pricesThe webinar will happen Monday, February 5, from 12 – 1 p.m. CST. You can register by clicking here.Here’s what else is happening in The Week Ahead.The Five Star Institute’s Motown Throwdown, Tuesday, 6:30 p.m.CST, at the Palace Arts Center in Grapevine, TexasMBA Mortgage Applications, Wednesday, 7 a.m. ESTJobless Claims, Thursday, 8:30 a.m. ESTFed Balance Sheet, Thursday, 4:30 p.m. ESTFreddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey, ThursdayNAHB Housing Opportunity Index, Thursday Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Week Ahead: Breaking Down Housing Trends Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agolast_img read more


New Transport Minister urged to tackle Letterkenny gridlock woes

first_img WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Twitter By News Highland – July 16, 2020 Google+ Google+ FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook Twitter New Transport Minister urged to tackle Letterkenny gridlock woescenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction DL Debate – 24/05/21 WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic AudioHomepage BannerNews The Transport Minister is set to be invited to Letterkenny to witness what’s been described as the urgent need for investment in the local roads network.There are on-going calls for a number of outer relief routes around the town with the need of a long awaited Bonagee Link road said to be proven further last weekend due to ‘gridlock’ along the main thoroughfare into Letterkenny.Cllr Michael McBride believes a new Government presents an opportune time to highlight the infrastructure deficiencies in the town and surrounding area.To that effect, Cllr McBride says Minister Eamon Ryan should pay a visit:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleLatest measures to impact local sportNext articleDonegal Owner and Jockey team up for Killarney win News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more