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Asda closes final salary pension scheme

first_img 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 PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Times Asda is closing its final salary pension scheme as it seeks to tackle a soaring deficit, in a move affecting around 4,000 of its staff, it said.The Walmart owned chain closed the final salary scheme to new members in 2005, said it would compensate affected employees with a cash sum equivalent to 25 per cent of salary.It will also make unspecified improvements to the replacement scheme for all 175,000 of its staff.Asda is the latest in a string of British companies to close a final salary pension scheme as rising longevity and turbulent financial markets drive schemes into deep deficits.The grocer said its scheme’s deficit had doubled in size to £400m over the past nine months.A government-commissioned report said public sector workers might have to pay more into their pensions and that it would look into alternatives to final salary schemes. John Dunne Friday 8 October 2010 7:33 am Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ Sharecenter_img whatsapp whatsapp Asda closes final salary pension scheme More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comlast_img read more

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FTSE 100 crash: here’s how I’d invest right now to retire rich

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Anna Sokolidou | Tuesday, 21st April, 2020 | More on: GSK See all posts by Anna Sokolidou The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. 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. Image source: Getty Images 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Enter Your Email Address The FTSE 100 market crash has been dramatic. But the index is recovering fast right now. So, I’ve been asking myself some questions such as are these gains sustainable? Where should I invest right now? And should I buy anything at all or should I wait? Here are my answers.What’s happening right now?First of all, I totally agree with my colleague Manika Premsingh that the FTSE 100 might not have found its bottom just yet. Market crashes do not normally end in less than two months. Even though the current situation is temporary and good companies will survive, we do not know how long ‘temporary’ will be and all the news flow looks rather scary. That is especially so as there are risks that there could be several Covid-19 infection waves. 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…Charlie Munger, Berkshire Hathaway‘s vice-president, is currently not making any purchases, holding large piles of cash instead. Yet it does not mean that he will not buy very soon. He is waiting for the right opportunity. I would suggest smaller investors should also have some spare liquidity and not dive in just because a share is cheap.  Yet buying good companies now could yield rich rewards. Before we buy anything, we should calm down and think where the company would be in five or 10 years, of course. The fittest businesses will survive and prosper and if you can identify these companies at this stage, you could end up retiring rich. FTSE 100 opportunitiesSo, which companies would I invest in now? Defensive shares specialising in food, drinks, pharmaceuticals and other essentials would be appropriate for risk-averse investors. I would also go for companies with a sound dividend history like pharmaceuticals giant Glaxosmithkline (LSE:GSK). You can still buy the company at a discount compared to where the shares were in January and February. The dividend yield of about 5% is lower than some. But it seems to be more sustainable than that of, say, many oil companies and financials, although GSK’s dividend cover ratio of just 1.16 is less desirable.The price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of less than 18 may not seem to be a bargain compared to that of riskier sectors. However, the company has been increasing its sales revenue and profits for several years, which is a very good sign.And there is a strong topical edge too. Glaxosmithkline and French giant Sanofi have started working to develop a coronavirus vaccine. It is not alone in this as many other large pharmaceutical companies are currently working to develop one. But GSK also produces other coronavirus-relevant products, including pain killers, vitamins, dietary supplements, and test kits.Where else to invest?Apart from specific companies, I would also suggest investing in the FTSE 100 index itself. That provides diversification, thus reducing the risks. It is highly unlikely that all of the companies of the index would go bankrupt and you would get a chunky dividend yield of more than 4%.And what about looking outside of the stock market? It is often said that a classical investor portfolio should consist of 50% shares and 50% bonds. Yet after the Bank of England’s rate cut, some companies’ real bond yields are negative. And some more generous ones from less ‘sound’ companies are speculative and do not quite compensate the risk the investor is taking. I think I will stick with the FTSE 100! FTSE 100 crash: here’s how I’d invest right now to retire rich 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. 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Jonny Wilkinson eager to tour Australia with the Lions

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS 7 Jul 2001: Jonny Wilkinson of British Lions is tackled by George Gregan of Australia during the British and Irish Lions tour match against Australia played at the Colonial Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Australia won the match 35 – 14. Mandatory Credit: Dave Rogers /Allsport Wilkinson’s history with the Lions has been mixed, with a narrow Series defeat in 2001 followed up by injury a humbling whitewash by New Zealand in 2005. Injury prevented his selection for the 2009 tour to South Africa, leaving him with a sense of unfinished business when it comes to the iconic red jersey.At 33, age is not on his side and his absence from the upcoming November Internationals and next year’s Six Nations will deny him an opportunity to prove he can still cut it at Test level due to his international retirement.Another factor that could hinder his selection is the same issue that has surrounded Wales prop Gethin Jenkins, with the Top 14 Final being played on the same day that the Lions face the Barbarians in Hong Kong. Toulon are currently second favourites to win the Top 14 outright and having recruited the likes of Bakkies Botha, Chris Masoe and Delon Armitage over the summer, they have never had a better chance to win the Bouclier de Brennus after finishing as runners-up last season. Hungry for Wallabies: Jonny Wilkinson said playing for the Lions would be impossible to turn downby Ben ColesJONNY WILKINSON has declared himself available for selection for the British & Irish Lions tour to Australia in 2013, if Warren Gatland comes calling.The Toulon fly-half retired from international rugby with England following the 2011 Rugby World Cup, but has continued his fine form in the south of France as Toulon bid to win a first Top 14 title since 1992. After 12 years with Newcastle Falcons that were littered with serious injuries, Wilkinson has produced some of his best rugby on the Côte d’Azur surrounded by world-class international talent in an environment where he clearly thrives.Still haunted by defeat in the 2001 Lions series with Australia, the chance to settle unfinished business with the Wallabies is an alluring prospect for England’s record points-scorer.“There’s no way I could say no. It’s such a fabulous thing in terms of what it represents. It doesn’t matter where you’ve come from, it’s enormous.” What will matter come the end of the season is whether Wilkinson is a better option than the current fly-halves available. Johnny Sexton, Rhys Priestland, Toby Flood and Owen Farrell are all contenders to fill the 10 shirt against Australia, whilst James Hook and Greig Laidlaw are outside bets.By impressing in the Heineken Cup with Toulon, Wilkinson can put himself in contention and keep his hopes alive, but it is an enormous challenge. His talent and work ethic remain outstanding, but time is not on his side. If selected however, the Lions tour could be the perfect denouement to a magnificent career.last_img read more

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Sassen Residence / SALT Architects

first_img 2019 “COPY” Houses Year:  Sassen Residence / SALT Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/938000/sassen-residence-salt-architects Clipboard Photographs Save this picture!+ 32Curated by Hana Abdel Share CopyHouses•Ciudad del Cabo, South Africa Architects: SALT Architects Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Linda Smal Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Products used in this ProjectWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesArchitect In Charge:Jan Dirk Van Der WaltDesign Team:SALT ArchitectsClients:Sean & Sharyn SassenMain Contractor:Musa Renovations and ProjectsEngineering:AVCON Structural EngineersJoinery:Joos JoinersCity:Ciudad del CaboCountry:South AfricaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Text description provided by the architects. Nestled in a valley next to the Disa River, this virgin plot of land is surrounded by various peaks of Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa. The larger area is known as Hout Bay, with the Afrikaans word “hout” meaning wood, referencing the large number of Yellow Wood trees the original Dutch Settlers found in the area when first arriving in the Cape. The area has mostly kept its rural character throughout the development of the greater Cape Town area with some of the larger plots exceeding a hectare in size.Save this picture!© Linda SmalSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Linda SmalSave this picture!© Linda SmalUpon first discussion with the client we agreed that the new dwelling needs to draw from the rural like typology of farm buildings in the area, whilst still accommodating contemporary needs. Furthermore, two dwellings already existed on the property, and the placement of the building needed to be done in such a way that the feeling of spaciousness of the area is maintained. The building footprint was consequently decided to take shape as close as possible to the river without compromising the ecology of the Disa River. By placing the building closer to the south-eastern corner, only one of the other homes on the property is from the new home. Also, by placing it so far back, uninterrupted views of Table Mountain’s Geelklip Buttress and Myburgh Kloof are afforded. Save this picture!© Linda SmalUpon establishing the position of the building on the site, placement of the functions could be logically deducted. The car garage, scullery and service yard is placed towards the western boundary of the site: closest to the neighboring property. This allowed the plan to open up towards the north and east of the property. The north-eastern corner is arguably the most important part of the layout. Here the living area opens up via cavity sliding glass doors to an external living area covered by the cantilevering main bedroom above. The importance of this corner is emphasized with the reference to the traditional barn like gable on the main bedroom façade. The roof forms an integral part to the design and was conceived specifically to address the scale of the building in the landscape.Save this picture!© Linda SmalSave this picture!West elevationSave this picture!© Linda SmalThe traditional gable ends taper towards a straight line, thereby referencing traditional architecture without an imposing scale. The main entrance to the building acts as link between the mountains to the north, and the river to the south. The entrance opens with large timber double doors, opening up to a double volume space framed with glass on either end and a flat concrete roof separating the two angled roof structures on either side. The entrance space opens at the southern end with a central pivot door that opens towards the garden leading to the Disa River. This entrance space also acts as a threshold between the kitchen and living areas on ground floor, and as separation between the main bedroom and kid’s bedrooms. Save this picture! A number of design elements refer to the simplicity of an agricultural homestead – basic geometry with a simple palette of materials. The public living areas are distinguished from the more private bedrooms. This is done in a two-fold manner: a differentiation in level, and a contrast in material. White textured plastered walls frame the ground floor level where friends and family can be entertained. The upper floor – cladded in black timber – is reserved for the bedrooms and a family lounge overlooking the majestic mountains that surround the site.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessReading a Bridge / Cheng Tsung FENGSelected ProjectsCo-creating Architecture no. 1 – Nord ArchitectsArchitecture Books Share Sassen Residence / SALT ArchitectsSave this projectSaveSassen Residence / SALT Architects Area:  353 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: Lunawood, Safintra, Artmar, Colorplus, Eagle Lighting, Everite, Joos Joiners, Oggie Hardwood Flooring Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description South Africa ArchDaily “COPY” Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/938000/sassen-residence-salt-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeSALT ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCiudad del CaboOn FacebookSouth AfricaPublished on April 22, 2020Cite: “Sassen Residence / SALT Architects” 22 Apr 2020. 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Tower Bridge / Resell+Nicca

first_imgManufacturers: Kingspan Insulated Panels, Swisspearl, Moelven, Oslo Finerfabrikk, RAD CopyHouses, Extension•Oslo, Norway Photographs:  Olav Resell Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Projects A&M AS Tower Bridge / Resell+Nicca Houses General Contractor: CopyAbout this officeResell+NiccaOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionOsloOn FacebookNorwayPublished on May 06, 2021Cite: “Tower Bridge / Resell+Nicca” 06 May 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?奥斯陆塔桥住宅加建 / Resell+Nicca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 Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/961104/tower-bridge-resll-plus-nicca Clipboard “COPY” Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/961104/tower-bridge-resll-plus-nicca Clipboard ArchDaily Contractor: Save this picture!© Olav Resell+ 25Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” A&M AS Entire Project:Olav Resell, Nicca Gade ChristensenSanitary Installations:Vannverket ASCity:OsloCountry:NorwayMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Olav ResellRecommended ProductsWindowsStudcoSteel Window Reveal – EzyRevealGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60 PassivhausWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. In 2019 we were contacted by a couple who had just given birth to their third child, and who wanted to increase their living space by adding an extension to their half of a semi-detached house in Oslo. The existing house was located on top of a slope running through an area rich in pine trees, and the site had great views towards the south. We realized early on that locating the extension on the southeast end of the existing house would allow for utilization of the view, a clear connection between existing and new, and rational internal logistics. There was one big challenge though; the municipality had specific requirements for the amount of usable outdoor space on each plot, and our site did not meet these demands.Save this picture!© Olav ResellSave this picture!Section – AASave this picture!Plan – First floorSave this picture!© Olav ResellSo; in order to get a building permit we would have to find a way to make the extension itself increase the amount of outdoor space – a challenge that was something of a paradox; how do you establish a larger outdoor area simultaneously as building on existing outdoor areas… The solution was to place the extension on the slope. This way we could replace an area that was too steep to be defined as outdoor living space with one that met the criteria; a roof terrace on top of the extension.Save this picture!© Olav ResellThe positioning of the extension on the slope also made it possible to fulfill a couple of other wishes from the family; connecting the existing house to a lower garden on the bottom of the slope (an area that had not been used because it was perceived as inaccessible), and integrating a carport under the new structure. We wanted the extent of the narrow slope to visually define the width of the extension, and we wanted the structure to have a distinct vertical appearance – meaning we had to enhance the perception of «high and narrow» – without compromising on functional aspects.Save this picture!© Olav ResellSave this picture!© Olav ResellThis was achieved through a couple of different measures; the facade of the second floor «bridge» is pulled back and opened up to allow for the vertical «tower» to stand out, the ground floor (which extends under the carport) is made visible only at the base of the tower, and the railing on the roof terrace is made dense where it makes up the top of the tower. This logic applies to both ends of the extension, while the south-east facing facade has large windows that capture the nearby pine trees and the horizon behind them, and shifts inwards so that the width of the end facades can be kept at a minimum. The main entrance was moved to the first floor of the new structure, utilizing the mid-part of the tower and the narrowest part of the extension.Save this picture!© Olav ResellFrom the entrance hall, a staircase leads to a studio apartment adjacent to the lower garden below and to the main living space above. Here a new dining room occupies the bridge, while a large opening in the wall of the existing house connects old and new. The main living spaces span across this storey, where window openings from floor to ceiling provide varied views that include both the nearby area and the Oslo Fjord further away in the distance.Save this picture!© Olav ResellA second staircase inside the existing house provides access to the upper level of this building and to the roof terrace on top of the extension. We wanted a facade material that was able to enhance both the shape of the tower and the details around the windows on the east facade. Glue-mounted fibre cement panels were chosen for their ability to be precise, non-reflective, and subdued in their expression – qualities we felt would complement the slightly rougher mortar wall on the existing house. The interior of the extension was designed to represent a warm contrast to the exterior, and consist of short-traveled Norwegian wood in the form of load-bearing structures in spruce, walls, and stair railings in birch plywood panels, ceiling-slats in aspen, and floors/stairsteps/doors/windows in pine.Save this picture!© Olav ResellProject gallerySee allShow lessFrank L. Wright and the Architects of Steinway Hall: A Study in CollaborationArchitecture BooksSerious Fun: The Landscapes of Claude CormierArchitecture Books Share Architects: Resell+Nicca Area Area of this architecture project Tower Bridge / Resell+NiccaSave this projectSaveTower Bridge / Resell+Nicca Structural Engineer: Norway Concisu AS 2021 Area:  66 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

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RNIB offers accessible Blind Date game for Valentine’s Day

first_img The RNIB has commissioned accessible Web design company Nomensa to create an accessible Blind Date online game for Valentine’s Day.The game is available in both HTML and Flash formats and was designed to demonstrate that Flash animations could be created in an accessible manner. Screenreaders can access a description of the animation in the Flash file.The game’s introductory page and several screens within the game offer encouragement for visitors and players to make an online donation to RNIB. Advertisement RNIB offers accessible Blind Date game for Valentine’s Day  30 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 | 13 February 2003 | News Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital 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

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New terrorism charge brought against journalist serving 30-month sentence for defamation

first_img June 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Azerbaijan News Organisation July 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New terrorism charge brought against journalist serving 30-month sentence for defamation June 4, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh RSF_en to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia News April 9, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders said it strongly condemned a decision to bring new charges of terrorism and inciting racial and religious hatred against independent journalist Eynulla Fatullayev, the editor of the Realny Azerbaijan and Gundelik Azerbaijan daily newspapers, who was notified of the charges yesterday.Fatullayev is already serving a 30-month sentence for “defaming” and “insulting” Azerbaijanis under article 147.2 of the criminal code. The sentence was passed on 20 April and was upheld by an appeal court on 6 June.“The authorities must put an end to the judicial persecution of this opposition journalist,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The grounds for these new charges are unclear. No new allegations have been cited by the investigators, who nonetheless ordered a search of the premises of the newspapers and Fatullayev’s home.”The press freedom organisation added: “The sole apparent reason for this new prosecution seems to have been an article in Realny Azerbaijan mentioning the threat of a conflict with Iran. In reality, the new charges seem to have been motivated by political considerations.”The national security ministry opened an investigation on 16 May into the possibility that Fatullayev was guilty of crimes against national security and ordered his transfer from Bayil prison to its own detention centre.Yesterday Fatullayev was notified that he was being charged with terrorism under article 214 (1) of the criminal code (which carries a sentence of five to eight years) and inciting racial and religious hatred under article 283 2.2 (which carries a sentence of four years).He got the 30-month sentence for an article that said the Azerbaijani armed forces shared responsibility with their Armenian counterparts for the deaths of hundreds of civilians during an attack by Armenian troops in 1992 on the village of Khojali in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. Seals have been put over the entrances to his two newspapers. ————————————————————Appeal court confirms 30-month jail term for detained newspaper editorReporters Without Borders voiced alarm today at an appeal court’s decision on 6 June to uphold a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence for Eynulla Fatullayev, founder and editor of the daily newspapers Realny Azerbaijan and Gundelik Azerbaijan, for defaming and insulting Azerbaijanis under article 147.2 of the criminal code. He has been held ever since the sentence was passed on 20 April.“This decision confirms an exceptionally disproportionate sentence,” the press freedom organisation said. “At the same time, Fatullayev has been notified of new, terrorism-related charges against him, without being given any details of these charges. The two newspapers he edited have been closed illegally and his conditions of detention are cause for concern about his health and safety.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We support Fatullayev’s appeal to the authorities to guarantee his safety and provide him with acceptable conditions of detention.”Fatullayev has reported that guards threatened him and pointed a gun at his head when he was transferred on 29 May from Bail prison to the national security ministry detention centre. Since the transfer, he has been given hardly any food and water and has been forced to sleep on his bed’s metal frame, with no mattress or blanket. He has written several letters to national security minister Eldar Mahmudov to demand normal conditions of detention, without getting a reply.Fatullayev was convicted over online posts attributed to him that said the Azerbaijani armed forces shared responsibility with their Armenian counterparts for the deaths of hundreds of civilians during an attack by Armenian troops in 1992 on the village of Khojali in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region.A respected journalist, Fatullayev used to work for the Monitor, whose editor, Elmar Huseynov, was murdered in March 2005. With a daily print run of 30,000 copies, Realny Azerbaijan is well-known for criticising the government.Serious fighting broke out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the Nagorno-Karabakh region in 1992. A cease-fire has been in effect since 1994 but no peace accord has ever been reached.Read the 30 May 2007 press release: “Journalist serving sentence for libel transferred to national security ministry centre” News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijanlast_img read more

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Somalia’s new media law ignores calls for journalists to be protected

first_imgNews January 8, 2021 Find out more Concerned about a new media law that contains significant improvements but fails to prevent imprisonment for media-related offences, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Somalia’s most senior federal authorities to decree an urgent moratorium on arrests of journalists, without which press freedom will not be able to progress. Receive email alerts Organisation RSF_en August 28, 2020 Somalia’s new media law ignores calls for journalists to be protected “The amended media law contains some encouraging articles but they are undermined by the criminalization of journalistic acts, which continues to the part of the law despite our recommendations, and it does not decree a moratorium on arrests of journalists,” RSF editor-in-chief Pauline Adès-Mével said.“Somalia is still, and will continue to be, one of the continent’s most repressive countries as regards arrests of journalists. We call on the federal authorities to go further with media law reform in order to enable Somali journalists to work freely and without constraints, otherwise the government’s promises of efforts in favour of press freedom and democratic values will remain unfulfilled.”During a meeting in Paris in November 2019 with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, RSF urged the rapid adoption of a national mechanism to protect and secure journalists. Somalia continues to be Africa’s deadliest country for journalists, with more than 50 killed in the past ten years. Efforts have nonetheless been made to combat impunity in recent years. A police officer who shot a journalist dead at a checkpoint was convicted in absentia and given a prison sentence. Two soldiers were discharged from the army for mistreating reporters. And, in response to a request from the NUSOJ, a court ordered the attorney-general’s office to investigate the more than 50 murders of journalist that remain unpunished. Help by sharing this information Somalia’s President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo delivers a speech during the Sustainable Blue Economy Conference at KICC in Nairobi, Kenya, on November 26, 2018. Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP News SomaliaAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression February 24, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression March 2, 2021 Find out more But, despite RSF’s recommendations, the new law is not accompanied by any moratorium on arrests of journalists, which continue to take place at an alarming level, one of the highest in Africa. There are major concerns about the new law’s criminalization of journalistic activities. Article 3 makes it illegal for journalists to be compelled by threat or force – for example, by political or armed actors – to publish “information which conflicts with the interests of the country, security, the economy, politics and society.” The new law does not protect the confidentiality of sources and makes it possible for journalists to be held responsible for the consequences of disclosing confidential information. It allows journalists to be fined for violations without limiting the size of the fines. And it says that verdicts and sentences can be appealed before unspecified “competent jurisdictions,” opening the way to prison sentences. Somalia is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region The long-awaited package of amendments to the controversial 2016 Media Law that President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed, also known as “Farmaajo,” signed into law this week has not, as many had hoped, eliminated the possibility of journalists being jailed in connection with their work. It does contain major advances that will help to guarantee freedom of expression and opinion and press freedom, as enshrined in the 2012 Federal Provisional Constitution. It also provides for public service broadcasting, thereby helping to promote editorial independence and public accountability, according to the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), a press freedom NGO that is RSF’s partner in Somalia. News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News to go further RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Follow the news on Somalialast_img read more

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Decision on the patronage for two new secondary schools in Mungret…

first_imgSenator Kieran O’DonnellSenator Kieran O’DonnellLimerick Senator Kieran O’Donnell has been advised by Education Minister Richard Bruton that the decision on the patronage for the two new Limerick secondary schools at Mungret and Castletroy is imminent. “Many parents of primary children living in the Dooradoyle/Raheen/Mungret and Castletroy areas have been in touch with me about the delay with the announcement of the patronage for both of these two schools,” he told the Limerick Post.“I have held meetings with Minister Bruton and the Department of Education looking to speed up this process. The Minister now advises me that a decision will be taken and announced very shortly. A delay has arisen because these two schools are part of a bundle of nine new secondary schools being assessed for patronage at the same time. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Minister Bruton informs me that the New Schools Establishment Group (NSEG), an external independent advisory group which overseas the patronage process is meeting next week. Shortly thereafter, this group will issue a report with recommendations to him on the patronage which he will then consider and make a final decision. The Minister will then announce the patron for each school. “I have impressed upon the Minister that parental patron preference has to be central to the decision making process. “Furthermore, I have asked the Minister to confirm the timeframe for the planning and building of each of these two new secondary schools. Mungret is due to open in September 2017, with Castletroy to follow in September 2018. Planning has yet to be applied for the already selected Mungret site with site selection yet to happen for Castletroy. “It is extremely anxious and frustrating for parents to be attending open nights for both of these schools with various potential patrons and not knowing who will be the ultimate patrons. “Parents and pupils need certainty on a numbers of factors, including school patrons, site locations and when the construction of permanent school buildings will get underway. We cannot have pupils and teachers in prefabs for any lenght of time. “I will continue to pursue this matter with the Minister for Education and his Department to ensure that these two secondary schools are functioning effectively as quickly as possible.  Email WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsDecision on the patronage for two new secondary schools in Mungret and Castletroy is imminentBy Alan Jacques – October 20, 2016 1048 TAGSlimerickSenator Kieran O’Donnell Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Twitter Print Previous articleQuad thefts and men robbed at knifepointNext articleLimerick motorists urged to slow down Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie center_img Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Linkedin Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads last_img read more

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Nun who threw perfect pitch before White Sox game says she was picked for ‘youth’ and agility

first_img Written by August 20, 2018 /Sports News – National Nun who threw perfect pitch before White Sox game says she was picked for ‘youth’ and agility FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News (CHICAGO) — Sister Mary Jo Sobieck isn’t on the Chicago White Sox roster, but it sure looks like they could use her.The nun at Marian Catholic High School took the mound for the ceremonial first pitch ahead of the team’s game Saturday against the Kansas City Royals.Sobieck, who was celebrating her school’s “Night with the White Sox” at Chicago’s Guaranteed Rate Field, confidently strolled to the mound wearing a traditional habit and donning a white Marian Catholic High School jersey.Sobieck, wearing No. 60, was so confident in her skills that she gave the fans and players a treat — by doing an arm-bounce trick before the pitch.“I had to do something to take my mind off it,” the nun told “Good Morning America” about the move. “I mean, it’s too awkward to just stand and throw from the jump. So I had to do a little something to put me in motion.”The righty hurler fired off a perfect strike to the plate.“That was awesome,” White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito, who was on the receiving end of the strike, told MLB.com after the game. “She had a whole routine. She had it planned out. I was just lucky to be back there. She threw a perfect pitch.”The White Sox tweeted: “One of the most impressive first pitches of all time.”After leaving the mound and shaking Giolito’s hand, Sobieck took in the cheers and pointed to the stands.In addition to being selected by the Marian Catholic administration because she is one of the sisters who is still there 60 years after its founding, Sobieck said they asked her to throw the first pitch thanks to her youth and athletic ability.“Well, George I think it’s I think it’s probably because I have a little bit of athletic ability,” she said laughing with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos. “I was probably the most likely candidate because of my youth and my agility.”Her performance left people wondering whether she had previous experience with the sport.“She was pretty good, actually,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria told MLB.com. “I’m like, ‘Wait a minute.’ He (Giolito) threw it back to her and she fielded it barehanded.Sobie comes from a large athletic family, according to an article published in 2008 by The Times of Northwest Indiana. She played both volleyball and softball while attending The College of St. Scholastica in Minnesota after her graduation from Cathedral High School in 1987.The White Sox — who played the rest of the game without Sobieck — lost to the Royals, 3-1.After the game, Renteria joked about adding the nun to the team.“I was like, ‘OK, she looks like she can play a little bit,’ so we started talking to her,” he said. “”I think she said, ‘I played center and short.’“I said to her, ‘Can you play for us?’” he continued. “She said, ‘Sure.’”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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