Swazi Spa Holdings (SWSPA.sz) HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgSwazi Spa Holdings (SWSPA.sz) listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Swazi Spa Holdings (SWSPA.sz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Swazi Spa Holdings (SWSPA.sz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Swazi Spa Holdings (SWSPA.sz)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSwaziland Holdings Limited (Swazispa) owns and operates leading hotels, casinos and entertainment facilities in Ezulwini Valley in Swaziland. The company operates through three wholly-owned subsidiaries; Ezulwini Properties (Proprietary) Limited, Manzane Estates Limited and Spa Financing Company Limited. Brands in its portfolio include the Royal Swazi Sun, the Lugogo Sun and Ezulwini Sun. Swazispa is a subsidiary of Sun International Limited. Swaziland Spa Holdings is listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgMauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited is a leading insurance company headquartered in Mauritius that provides insurance products and services for private individuals, SMEs, and corporates in Mauritius, where services such as property insurance against damage to building and other structures, machinery equipment, motor insurance; liability insurance, including employers, family, product, professional indemnity, public, directors and officers liability, accident and health insurance are offered. Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) HY2020 Interim Report

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.ke)  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Bank) is a financial services institution in Kenya offering products and services to the commercial sector. The banking group offers a full-service offering for commercial and corporate clients and runs an Agency banking model. Its parent company, KCB Group, was founded as a branch of the National Bank of India in Mombasa. Grindlays Bank merged with the National Bank of India in 1958 to form the National & Grindlays Bank. The government of Kenya bought a 60% stake in National & Grindlays Bank and took full control of it in 1970; renaming it Kenya Commercial Group. It was renamed KCB Bank Kenya after a corporate restructure. KCB Bank Kenya is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the KCB Group. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Japan aims to qualify for next World Cup despite hard times

first_img“We play the Pacific Nations Cup this month. We’re really upset that the IRB moved it from Japan to Fiji after the tsunami hit. I understand why the IRB had to take some action but I wish they’d waited a bit longer for things to settle down.“This year’s World Cup will be my fifth – I played in 1987 and 1991, and coached Italy in 2003 and Japan in 2007. World Cups are the greatest time of our lives and that’s what I tell the players. That’s important to remember. I want our guys to have a good time and go out and see a bit of New Zealand. But you only have a good time when you win so it’s important to do well.”This article appeared in the August 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Team effort: Japan pose with their trophy after beating Sri Lanka in their Asian Five Nations matchJAPAN COACH John Kirwan talks us through what has been a tough year for the country…“This is a special season for Japanese rugby. After the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan during March, we need to try to give the people hope.“There’s been an incredible show of courage in adversity from the Japanese people and that’s taught all of us a lesson. The players want to dedicate the season to those who lost their lives and homes. Two of our players have lost everything, but none of them lost their lives, thank goodness. We had a dilemma about whether to hold our training camps but the families of those who had lost their homes said we must carry on.“We’ve retained our HSBC Asian Five Nations title and now our goal is to automatically qualify for the next World Cup. To do that we need two wins in this year’s World Cup pool in New Zealand. The matches against Canada and Tonga will be our big games. They won’t be easy but we’re confident we can beat them both.“We’ve risen from 19th to 13th in the world rankings in my four years as coach. I only had eight months to prepare for the 2007 World Cup and this time we’ve been building for four years and we understand a lot more about our players. We’re starting to play a style of rugby that suits us and we play Samoa, Tonga and Fiji every year now in the IRB Pacific Nations Cup (PNC), which is helping us understand what we need to do to play at the next level.“Our Top League is improving by the year and our athletes are getting bigger and stronger and better. The pressure on us has changed because we’re not always the underdogs any more. We’ve worked very hard psychologically. When I arrived there was an acceptance of getting beaten, with age-old excuses about not being big or strong enough, so we had to stop that.“People ask me how you prepare for a World Cup and I say you don’t. You do all you can in advance and pick your best team, but then you have to roll with the punches. Once again we’ve got the worst draw (Japan play Tonga five days after facing New Zealand, then take on Canada six days later). Tonga and Canada have eight days’ rest before they play us. They have small turnarounds in their other games but the games against us are the big ones for them. I never let the players have excuses so I can’t either. I just want the whole world to cross their fingers we don’t get any injuries!last_img read more

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Australia name strong squad for Wales and Baa Baas

first_imgNick PhippsHalfbackMelbourne Rebels223 Nathan SharpeLockWestern Force33100 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS David PocockFlankerWestern Force2339 Ben McCalmanLock/Loose ForwardWestern Force2320 WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND – SEPTEMBER 22: Radike Samo of the Wallabies stretches during an Australian Wallabies IRB Rugby World Cup 2011 captain’s run at Wellington Regional Stadium on September 22, 2011 in Wellington, New Zealand. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images) Radike Samo – Oldest member of the Wallaby squadA strong Qantas Wallabies touring party, collectively boasting 634 Test appearances, has been announced  for the short tour of the United Kingdom starting later this month.The 26-man playing group is composed, almost in its entirety, of players who recently competed in the seventh Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, where Australia beat Wales 21-18 to win the Bronze Final.One change is in the front row where Western Force prop Pekahou Cowan returns.Cowan was a member of the victorious Australian squad for the Castrol Edge Tri Nations Series, playing the most recent of his four Tests off the bench during the 39-20 win over South Africa at Sydney in July. He has taken the place of the injured Sekope Kepu.Kepu is being given additional time to recover from the injury he sustained when accidentally poked in the eye by a team-mate during the Rugby World Cup semi-final.Australia finished its Rugby World Cup campaign on a high note by beating Wales, which added to the earlier wins achieved over Italy, the United States of America, Russia and South Africa.This performance enabled the 2011 Tri Nations champions to retain second position on the latest International Rugby Board rankings, rated behind only the Rugby World Cup winners, New Zealand.The strength of the playing combination named for this tour is reinforced by the fact that the injured pair of fullback Kurtley Beale and flyhalf Quade Cooper are the only players from the starting XV that beat Wales, not to be making this trip.It might only be a three week assembly, with just two games, but Qantas Wallabies coach Robbie Deans is anticipating a difficult tour, and says the squad has been selected accordingly with Australia’s best players included. The squad averages in excess of 24 previous appearances per man when the total number of Tests played is calculated across the whole playing group.“While this is a relatively brief visit by current standards, both fixtures promise to be exceedingly demanding,” Deans says.“We’ve just seen at the Rugby World Cup how much and how quickly playing resources can be taxed.”With the Barbarians to be prepared by All Black coaches Graham Henry and Steve Hansen, and containing a star-studded list including five of the victorious World Cup New Zealanders, Deans says Australia’s visit to Twickenham has all of the ingredients posed by the toughest of Test matches.The Baabaas have beaten New Zealand and South Africa in the last two years and will be determined to complete a hat-trick against the SANZAR nations, while avenging the 11-18 defeat suffered against a young Wallabies outfit at Wembley Stadium during the two teams’ last meeting in London four seasons ago.The tour concludes seven days later in Cardiff, with the Wallabies’ 14th and final outing of the year, against Wales for the James Bevan Trophy.Australia has won on its last two visits to Cardiff, currently holds the trophy, and beat Wales for the Bronze Medal at the World Cup, which will all only add to the home side’s expectation and motivation heading into the Test according to Deans.“Wales were arguably the most improved side at the Rugby World Cup, and their expectations will have risen on the back of that performance,” Deans says.“Warren [Wales coach Warren Gatland] has publicly stated their ambition to sit alongside the top ranked nations by beating them on a regular basis, and they will see this Test as an excellent opportunity to start that process, building on what they achieved in New Zealand.”More than 50,000 fans attended the Millennium Stadium just to watch Wales’ semi-final defeat by France at the World Cup on the big television screens, and a passionate atmosphere awaits the Wallabies in front of what is sure to be a full house for Wales’ World Cup homecoming.“This is the only Test match Wales will play for the autumn and you can guarantee that they will throw absolutely everything at it,” Deans says.As well as Australia’s front-line of players, the squad includes three of the next generation of internationals: the Queensland Reds pair of centre Ben Tapuai and fullback Ben Lucas, and the NSW Waratahs loose forward Dave Dennis. Digby IoaneWingQueensland Reds2620 Pekahou CowanPropWestern Force254 Berrick BarnesFlyhalf/Inside CentreNSW Waratahs2536 Stephen MooreHookerBrumbies2865 Lachie TurnerWing/FullbackNSW Waratahs2414 Although he didn’t feature in the Test side, Dennis was a member of the initial Wallabies squad of 40 named for the domestic Test season this year, winning his call up after an impressive end to Super Rugby with the Waratahs. The 25-year-old subsequently played for the Australian Barbarians against Canada during that assembly.Dennis is now specialising as a loose forward, although he can double as a lock, as was evidenced during his inclusion on the 2009 Spring Tour where he appeared in the second row for the wins over Gloucester and the Cardiff Blues in the midweek tour matches.Tapuai, an Australian Under-20 representative in 2008, announced his arrival onto the big stage with some hard hitting performances in the midfield during the Queensland Reds’ run to an inaugural Super Rugby title this year.The 22-year-old, who had featured just four times for the Reds prior to 2011, subsequently earned a call up for the Australian Barbarians, performing strongly and scoring a try playing off the bench during the Baabaas’ 38-14 win over the Rugby World Cup-bound Canadians during the tournament warm up match at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast.Lucas was unable to be considered for that fixture due to injury but had been on the selectors’ radar for some time, enhancing his claims with some sound performances from the back for the Reds during Super Rugby.Now four seasons into his Reds career, the 23-year-old brings versatility to the squad, offering an option at halfback, flyhalf and fullback, as well as being a capable goal-kicker.Deans says the new trio all warranted selection based on their form this year, and would bring freshness and enthusiasm to the touring group.“It’s a great opportunity for the three of them to take the next step in their careers,” Deans says.The World Cup squad members not able to be considered for the tour were fullback Kurtley Beale (hamstring), winger Drew Mitchell (hamstring), inside centre Pat McCabe (shoulder), flyhalf Quade Cooper (knee), No 8 Wycliff Palu (hamstring), flanker Rocky Elsom (hamstring), lock Dan Vickerman (shoulder), Kepu (eye) and halfback Luke Burgess who has left Australia to continue his career with leading French club Toulouse.Winger Lachie Turner and flanker Matt Hodgson, who both joined the Wallabies in New Zealand as the replacements for Mitchell and Palu respectively, have been retained in the touring group.With room for just two hookers in the travelling party, Queensland Reds rake Saia Fainga’a, who was Australia’s third hooker at the Rugby World Cup, has missed out.The Wallabies will assemble at Coogee in Sydney tomorrow week before departing for the tour on Saturday 19 November.The Qantas Wallabies Spring Tour Squad is: James Horwill (captain)LockQueensland Reds2634 Rob HorneCentreNSW Waratahs239 Adam Ashley-CooperFullback-Wing-Outside CentreNSW Waratahs2763 Anthony FaingaaInside CentreQueensland Reds2412 Ben LucasFullback/HalfbackQueensland Reds23Uncapped Ben TapuaiCentreQueensland Reds22Uncapped Player                          Position           State                            Age                  Appearances Saturday 26 November: Qantas Wallabies v Barbarians, Twickenham Stadium, London, 2.35pm.Saturday 3 December: Qantas Wallabies v Wales, James Bevan Trophy, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, 2.30pm. James O’ConnorFullbackMelbourne Rebels2136 James SlipperPropQueensland Reds2221 Tour Schedule/Key Dates Tatafu Polota-NauHookerNSW Waratahs2631 Dave DennisLoose ForwardNSW Waratahs25Uncapped Matt HodgsonLoose forwardWestern Force306 Salesi Ma’afuPropWestern Force2813 Radike SamoNo 8Queensland Reds3515 Scott HigginbothamLoose forwardQueensland Reds2510 Will GeniaHalfbackQueensland Reds2333 Ben AlexanderPropBrumbies2635 Rob SimmonsLockQueensland Reds2215last_img read more

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There is only one side

first_img TAGSOpinionRabbi Rick Sherwin Previous articleCity approves grant for recreational trails at Kit Land Nelson ParkNext articleTourism: The biggest piston in Orange County’s economic engine Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR August 19, 2017 at 10:04 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia 4 COMMENTS Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply August 18, 2017 at 12:06 pm There are those who think that taking down Confederate statues and memorials is going to lead to our country’s healing. Hide them away in a secluded spot, in an out- of- the- way cemetery, or on a private tract of land….or cover them up with panels of plywood. Throw ropes around the statue’s necks and have the crowds pull the statues off of their bases and kick them, spit on them, and dance in celebration. Blast the faces off of the carved mountain sides. Ban speakers from speaking. What will this accomplish? The truth is nothing. There are always going to be extremist people who are racists, people who judge and hate others for their race, religions, sexual orientation, etc. History has proven this. Those who think that hiding historical artifacts, or destroying historical artifacts are in a state of denial. There are those who deny the holocaust. Peoples’ perceptions with extremist views aren’t going to change their views, no matter what. We need to learn from history, not deny history. Slavery continues to this day in our country, in the form of sexual slavery, human trafficking, forced labor that many regular Americans don’t have a clue that it is going on, and all over the world. Mankind is not kind. Humans are capable of the worst kind of evil. It is a fact that is not going to be solved anytime soon, if ever. Believing that erasing or hiding history is an instant cure-all, is just self- deception. Removing historical artifacts, memorials, is no different from ISIS’s destruction of long- standing statues, memorials, cultural exhibits, etc. We have groups that are demanding Confederate memorials be removed and taking it upon themselves to destroy public property and they are acting no differently than ISIS members burning and demolishing the world’s cultural and historical artifacts. Thank you Rabbi BEST I’VE READ THIS WEEK! Rabbi Rick Sherwin, a graduate of UCLA, was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. Rabbi Rick’s passion is filling spiritual services and interfaith educational programs with creativity, relevance, dialogue, and humor. August 19, 2017 at 6:29 pm OpinionBy Rabbi Rick SherwinWhite Supremacists and neo-Nazis made no secret of their plans to continue gathering in Charlottesville to protest the removal of the statue of a Confederacy hero. As Americans, we told ourselves, “People have the right to object and to protest.” We knew that their protest was likely to be punctuated with racial slurs and anti-Semitic epithets, and we told ourselves, “We don’t want to make a big deal because it will give the protesters more exposure on camera and through the Internet.” We told ourselves that these people were just a group of miscreants who don’t represent our country, so we stepped back so that we can focus on our own lives.Then the Voice of Human Conscience within us asked: Do people coming to protest the removal of a statue have the right to protest the inclusive equality upon which American life is based? Standing up for one’s rights is fine, but is it a right to deny the rights of others? How can we step back? How can we look away?We have been alone with our thoughts; now we must share our words. We have taken a stand; now we must walk. We reached in to feel the pain in our heart; now we must reach out in response to inflicted pain. It is time to protest – to counter-protest – those who seek to uproot basic human rights, those who advocate the denial of human dignity, those who base bigotry on biology. We who counter-protest must speak out, and speak out loudly. We must not stand back in fear but step forward in conviction.Zenobia Jeffries asks an excellent question: The white supremacists called their gathering a rally, yet who wears paramilitary gear and carries automatic weapons to a rally? Who takes shields and helmets and pepper spray and bats and sticks to a rally? The car didn’t “crash”— it was driven at full speed by a ‘rally supporter’ into a diverse crowd of counter-protesters.We need to be honest: “Unite the Right” stopped being a rally sometime the previous night when a stream of torch carrying white supremacists approached the University of Virginia campus chanting “blood and soil.” They used those torches as weapons in fights with counter-protesters. The so-called rally was not about removing a statue; it was about removing the standard of dignity, the conviction that all humanity reflects the Image of God regardless of race, ethnic origin, religious creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, mental abilities, physical capabilities, and socio-economic status. The counter-protesters reflected that diversity, the very Image of God. “We have been alone with our thoughts; now we must share our words. We have taken a stand; now we must walk. We reached in to feel the pain in our heart; now we must reach out in response to inflicted pain. It is time to protest – to counter-protest – those who seek to uproot basic human rights, those who advocate the denial of human dignity, those who base bigotry on biology. We who counter-protest must speak out, and speak out loudly. We must not stand back in fear but step forward in conviction.”-Rabbi Rick SherwinRabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, was eloquent in his response: “Racist, anti-Semitic, and xenophobic views have no place in a society that cherishes freedom and liberty for all. The right to speak and to hold repugnant views is not a right to circumscribe the ability of others to live in peace and security. Torch-lit marches of hate evoke the KKK; the image of a heavily armed militia standing among the neo-Nazi protestors should send an alarm to every person of good conscience in our nation…”Rabbi Jacobs commended the opening of President Trump’s statement condemning the “egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence” but was deeply troubled by President Trump’s denouncement of violence and hate “on many sides,” saying nothing about the display of white supremacists wielding Nazi flags and spewing racist vitriol. Two days later, in response to bipartisan disgust, President Trump offered a brief condemnation, then returned to his message that both sides are accountable.In 1943, the Nazis determined they would destroy the Warsaw Ghetto, which had been the prison-home to 40,000 Jews in an area of 1.3 square miles. The Nazi army was surprised when the surviving inhabitants met them with armed resistance, holding them off two weeks before succumbing to the overwhelming Nazi attack. Yes, the Ghetto fighters had weapons knowing the Nazis were coming. Should we hold those in the Warsaw Ghetto accountable for the violence? Of course not!Those who gathered to counter-protest did not come prepared for violence; those surrounding the statue did. Those who counter-protested made the very clear, loud statement, “Nazis, never again.” Though we teach our children there are always two sides; we must include the caveat that it is true only both sides share the basic values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. When one side denies the basic values of humanity, it is wrong. Period. There is only one side, and that is the human side.We need to take to heart the incredibly poignant message of liturgist Alden Solovy as we respond to bigotry and the senseless violence in Charlottesville, in Orlando, and throughout America:Today,I am neither Democrat nor Republican,Neither left nor right nor center.I am an American,Born to a legacy of truth and justice,Born to a legacy of freedom and equality.Today, I am a patriotWho will not yield this nation to hate.Not to neo-Nazis.Not to thugs self-styled as militia.Not to slogans or chants.Not to gestures or flags.Not to threats and not to violence.Hate is hate,Ugly and brutal,And we will not yield.Today,I am Christian, Muslim, and Jew,Catholic, Buddhist, Hindu, and Sikh,Atheist and agnostic.I am Asian, Latino, Hispanic, African American,White, Native American and multi-racial.I am an immigrant, a child of the American Revolution,A veteran and a soldier.I work in the dark depth of the minesAnd the high towers of Wall Street,In the factories and the farms,In our hospitals and strip malls.I am gay, lesbian, straight, bi, trans,Man, woman and gender-neutral.I am young, old, blind and deaf,Hearing and sighted,Disabled,Powerful and unafraid.Truth is truth,That all are created equal,And we will not yield.Today, I am an American,A citizen of the United States,A child of this great democracy,A child of this wise republic,Dedicated to liberty,Dedicated to action.We will not yield. Reply Mama Mia August 18, 2017 at 1:25 pm One positive has happened in the latest White House shakeup, and that is that Steve Bannon is out! Whether the truth is that it was a resignation, or whether it was a firing, it really doesn’t matter, as I see, it as a positive happening! There seemed to be too much of his influence behind the scenes, and that he was running the show in the WH. Can’t say that I feel badly for him at all! Who will be the next to exit the WH? Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Reply Reply I have heard 3 very different statements. One….Bannon submitted his resignation. Two…..John Kelly fired Bannon. Three…….Trump fired Bannon. Now somebody’s nose is growing, no doubt, but who is telling the truth? We obviously have at least two whose noses are growing longer, but as I stated, it really doesn’t matter because bottom line, Bannon is out of the WH. I am wondering if Rick Scott is going to take a job in the Trump administration? He is cozying up. EJ Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Government seconds DfES employee to Giving Nation

first_img Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Recruitment / people Government seconds DfES employee to Giving Nation  22 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 | 7 September 2004 | Newscenter_img Julie said: “Giving Nation is already present in over half of UK secondary schools, but we still have much to do in terms of engaging schools in charity and community activity and working with teachers on maximising on the resources available to them.” Department for Education and Skills (DfES) secondee Julie Haycock is to take on the role of Schools Manger as the Giving Nation campaign enters its third year.Giving Nation (G-Nation) is an initiative that motivates young people to engage with charity. The DfES already part-funds Giving Nation. Julie has over ten years experience in education and replaces Carolyn Holcroft, who spent two years with the project from conception and has retired this year. Advertisement 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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US – Trump administration prosecutes third whistleblower under Espionage Act

first_img“The prosecution of individuals like Daniel Hale under the Espionage Act is a direct threat to investigative journalism, which often relies on whistleblowers to provide reporters with information of the public interest, whether it be due to moral, ethical or legal concerns,” said Sabine Dolan, interim Executive Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “We need stronger protections for whistleblowers in the United States, especially under an administration that has been explicit in its efforts to crack down on leaks. The use of the Espionage Act against whistleblowers must end.” WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Follow the news on United States RSF / SAUL LOEB to go further June 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed that a former government employee was arrested on May 9 and charged with leaking classified information about drone warfare to a news outlet. If found guilty, he could face up to 50 years in prison. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Daniel Hale, a former government intelligence analyst who worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, was arrested on May 9 and charged in a federal court under the Espionage Act with five crimes related to the disclosure of classified information. This is the third whistleblower the Trump administration has prosecuted under the Espionage Act. Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information Though the reporter Hale shared information with is not named in the indictment, his description matches that of Jeremy Scahill, one of the founding editors of The Intercept, an investigative news website. According to the indictment, after Hale met Scahill in 2013 at a bookstore in Washington, DC, where Scahill was promoting a book he had just published, the two remained in contact and communicated primarily over encrypted messaging applications. Starting in 2014, Hale provided Scahill with several dozen documents—11 of which were classified—on the US drone program. May 10, 2019 US – Trump administration prosecutes third whistleblower under Espionage Act Since President Donald Trump took office, two whistleblowers—former NSA contractor Reality Winner and FBI agent Terry Albury—have already pleaded guilty to violating the Espionage Act, legislation adopted during World War I to prosecute individuals who shared government secrets with enemies of the United States. In October, Albury was sentenced to four years in prison, and Winner received a five year prison sentence in August. Prior to this, the Obama administration notoriously prosecuted eight whistleblowers under the Espionage Act during his eight years in office, which is more than any previous administration combined.The United States ranks 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index, after dropping three places since last year. RSF_en News United StatesAmericas News June 7, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Organisation News United StatesAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Does last Black Spring journalist’s release mark turning point for free expression?

first_img The last journalist detained since the March 2003 “Black Spring” crackdown, Pedro Argüelles Morán, was released from a prison in Ciego de Ávila, his home town, on the evening of 4 March and was reunited with his family, concluding a sad episode in Cuba’s history for Reporters Without Borders.There is now only one journalist in prison in Cuba. It is Albert Santiago Du Bouchet, who was given a three-year jail sentence in April 2009 on a charge of “disrespect for authority.” Reporters Without Borders hopes he will be released soon.So the Cuban government kept its word. The release of the 52 remaining Black Spring detainees, mediated by the Cuban Catholic church and the Spanish government, is now virtually complete. Only four are still waiting to be freed.The end of the Black Spring will inevitably raise retrospective questions about the purpose of this crackdown and the seven years of persecution and hate propaganda against its victims and their defenders. Neither the 40 who were forced into exile nor those who were allowed to stay – including Argüelles and two independent journalists released previously – had their sentences annulled. Most of the crackdown’s victims, who just demanded the right to express their views freely and to report news and information, were absurdly convicted under Law 88, which punishes threats to Cuba’s “territorial integrity.”The end of the Black Spring could be the start of a new situation for civil liberties in Cuba if the authorities are prepared to learn all the lessons from it. Gestures have recently been made in the form of unblocking certain websites and blogs. But more physical repression was used to prevent a tribute to the dissident Orlando Zapata Tamayo on 23 February, the first anniversary of his death in detention.Such a situation is no longer tenable. The government, which is clearly worried by the current revolutions in the Maghreb and Middle East, should accept pluralism as the way forward. Choosing this option would require a dialogue with civil society and legalization of independent news media that are not controlled by the state.It would also eventually entail the rehabilitation, or at least an amnesty, for prisoners of conscience and permission for exiles to return. Finally, the Cuban authorities must also honour their international obligations by ratifying the two UN conventions on civil and political rights which they signed in 2008.The international community, for its part, must take note of the progress that has been made. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the lifting of the unfair US embargo of Cuba that has been in place since 1962. It also urges the European Union to review its common position, under which normalization of diplomatic relations with Cuba is conditioned on respect for human rights. RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago CubaAmericas Organisation News Albert Santiago Du Bouchet, jailed since 18th April 2009 News RSF_en May 6, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Pedro Argüelles Morán, released on 4th March 2011 New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Councilcenter_img October 12, 2018 Find out more News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Cuba to go further Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet October 15, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas March 7, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Does last Black Spring journalist’s release mark turning point for free expression? Newslast_img read more

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What Castro’s Presidential Bid Means for Housing

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / What Castro’s Presidential Bid Means for Housing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: Rachel Williams Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save On Saturday, former U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro announced his presidential bid at Plaza Guadalupe, an outdoor venue across from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, in San Antonio—a city he is the former mayor of and one that been the center of recent immigration debates.”When my grandmother got here almost a hundred years ago, I’m sure she never could have imagined that just two generations later, one of her grandsons would be serving as a member of the United States Congress and the other would be standing with you here today to say these words: I am a candidate for President of the United States of America,” Castro said.While Secretary of HUD, Castro focused his efforts on stabilizing the post-Recession market; helping homeowners who lost their properties in Hurricane Sandy, floods, and other natural disasters; and giving public-housing residents access to high-speed internet through the ConnectHome program.During Castro’s tenure, HUD also worked with the Department of Justice and 49 state attorneys general to protect homeowners from mortgage fraud during the financial crisis. The result was a $25 billion agreement in 2012 with the country’s five largest lenders, providing relief to millions of homeowners across the country.Then HUD Secretary Julián Castro in an interview with Five Star President and CEO Ed DelgadoDuring his time as HUD Secretary, Castro sat down with Five Star Institute President and CEO Ed Delgado to discuss the industry’s pressing issues, including the blight left by abandoned properties.Delgado asked Castro to consider opening up a dialogue with the servicing industry to talk about vacant and abandoned properties.“I have a decent perspective on what you’re talking about, because I used to be a city councilman and then the mayor (of San Antonio),” Castro told Delgado. “So we saw it not just from an individual perspective, but from the perspective that concerns neighborhood associations and community associations and folks that have to deal with the impact of vacant houses on their block, and what it does to everyone and not just the individual.”Read more about Castro’s initiatives at HUD:Five Star’s Delgado Asks Castro to Address Vacant and Abandoned Properties IssueCastro Defends Proposed HUD Budget Increase for FY2017Castro: Housing is a ‘Platform for Opportunity’House Committee Chairman Wants Answers from Castro Rachel Williams attended Texas Christian University (TCU), where she graduated with Magna Cum Laude with a dual Bachelor of Arts in English and History. Williams is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, widely recognized as the nation’s most prestigious honor society. Subsequent to graduating from TCU, Williams joined the Five Star Institute as an editorial intern, advancing to staff writer, associate editor and is currently the editor in chief and head of corporate communications. She has over a decade of editorial experience with a primary focus on the U.S. residential mortgage industry and financial markets. Williams resides in Dallas, Texas with her husband. She can be reached at [email protected]  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Bendett & McHugh’s Garden on CMBA Board Next: Ashley Lundquist Joins Cloudvirga Ed Delgado Five Star Institute HOUSING HUD Julian Castro mortgage 2019-01-12 Rachel Williams What Castro’s Presidential Bid Means for Housing January 12, 2019 4,782 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Tagged with: Ed Delgado Five Star Institute HOUSING HUD Julian Castro mortgage Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

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