Red Ed? Come off it: A pitch for the centre

first_img POLITICAL EDITOR’S ANALYSISED MILIBAND’S inaugural leaders’ speech will not be remembered for its rhetorical flair. There was none of the barrister’s flourish that characterised Tony Blair’s excellent performances. For all its talk of optimism, it lacked the hopeful oratory that Barack Obama offered the US electorate in 2008. When David Cameron gave his first conference speech, the Tory party knew they had a leader for keeps, but Labour is still unsure. It was overly long, with a few too many gaffes. The jokes were barely passable, delivered by a man who knows little about comic timing. This was not a washout, however – far from it. Labour’s new leader did exactly what he needed to. Miliband, virtually unknown off the Westminster stage, had to give the public a sense of himself. The passages on his parents’ persecution at the hands of the Nazis were useful in providing a political back story, something he did far more successfully than Gordon Brown (no mean feat when your father was a Marxist intellectual, not a protestant minister). Still, it’s hard to plead strong family ties when you’ve just knifed your elder brother in the back. BIG BAD BUSINESS He managed to articulate what he stands for more clearly than Cameron did in the election campaign, with his talk of the “Big Society”, a concept that continues to puzzle voters. There is no doubt that Miliband’s leadership will take the party leftwards. He championed the low-paid, but had only accusations and recriminations for highly-remunerated bankers and company executives. Small firms and entrepreneurs are Labour’s friends, he said, but big business is not. It is simply impossible to imagine these sentiments from Messrs Mandelson, Blair and even Brown, but we live in quite different times. Envy is back. The speech was firmly pitched at the centre ground, however, or at least Miliband’s version of it. Red Ed? “Come off it,” retorted the new leader. He spoke with pride of a failing local school that improved after it was taken over by an academy sponsor; promised to be tough on crime; and admitted the party had lost its reputation for economic credibility by conceding he had to win it back. On the deficit, however, he prevaricated, giving just mealy-mouthed support for former chancellor Alistair Darling’s plan to halve it in four years. HOME TRUTHS“I was elected to be leader, and lead I will,” Miliband told the delegates, peppering his speech with hard truths for the right and left of the party. The shadow cabinet sat in stony silence as he said they were wrong to go to war in Iraq while the union barons looked incredulous as he distanced himself from their calls for strikes. Labour would have cut jobs in the public sector if they had won power he said, meaning he cannot oppose every redundancy. The infirm and disabled must be protected, but the able must work, he added, using exactly the same language employed by the coalition. Tory welfare secretary Iain Duncan Smith, a bête noire of the left, got the nearest thing to a vote of confidence that a leader of the opposition can give to a government minister. He is the first Labour leader in recent times to admit the party failed its working class members with its handling of mass EU immigration. Miliband’s version of the centre ground differs from Tony Blair’s and David Cameron’s, however. This was a speech for the “mainstream majority”, people on low and middle incomes – not middle England. Aspirational voters in the South and East Anglia – the very people who deliver general election victories – will not be impressed. As a politician who learnt his trade at the feet of one Gordon Brown, the speech would have been incomplete without those famous dividing lines. Although he barely acknowledged the deficit – the political issue du jour – he promised a strategy for growth, a reason to be optimistic. Fiscally irresponsible but politically shrewd, this tactic will work. Miliband will try to paint coalition ministers as grey, autocratic cutters without vision: “You were the optimists once but now all you offer is a miserable, pessimistic view of what we can achieve.” Prime Minister Brown – the Tories’ biggest electoral asset – has gone. Miliband, for all his flaws, is a more serious opponent. They write him off at their peril. [email protected] LEACH | INSTITUTE OF DIRECTORS“Ed Miliband says that he wants Labour to be the ‘party of enterprise and small business’. How are these sentiments reconcilable with a commitment to new employment regulations for agency workers and a large hike in the minimum wage? Both measures would hurt small and large businesses, not support them. It is early days, but we detect a drift away from New Labour’s efforts to talk up a pro-enterprise agenda.”RICHARD LAMBERT | CBI“The message of this speech is that Ed Miliband wants to position himself on the centre ground of politics. He stressed that Labour must win back fiscal credibility by the next election and that it must build prosperity, as well as distribute it. Companies will worry about some of the issues he raised. For example, the living wage, agency workers and the bank levy. But he was careful not to get into detail.”PAUL KENNY | GMB UNION“It was a fantastic and inspiring speech. No one can be in any doubt that the Labour Party has a new, real leader in touch with people – a new generation is in town. The speech provides a first glimpse for the British people of a great new leader, who is humble, honest, dignified and is not afraid to take on vested interests of all kind for a better Britain.” KCS-content whatsapp whatsapp Share Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told Tuesday 28 September 2010 11:13 pm Show Comments ▼ Red Ed? 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Svenska Spel to cease online casino advertising

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games Svenska Spel to cease online casino advertising 9th April 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines Sweden’s former gambling monopoly Svenska Spel is to stop advertising its online casino offering for the rest of 2019, over concerns that the vertical could lead to significant increases in problem gambling in the market.The moratorium on advertising will apply across all channels, with the decision reached last week following internal discussions about how the operator can best protect its customers. The operator, which competes against private operators via its Svenska Spel Sport & Casino subsidiary, generated turnover of SEK385m (£31.9m/€37.0m/$41.7m) in the first two months of the regulated market.“Svenska Spel has always pushed the line that all the games in the licensed market risk should be classified based on risk levels, and that stricter rules should apply for the more risky games, both in terms of design and marketing,” the operator’s chief executive, Patrik Hofbauer, said. “By ending advertising for online casino, we are now taking the plunge.”While Hofbauer (pictured) conceded that no form of gambling is entirely without risk, issues associated online casino were especially pronounced.He cited a Swedish Public Health Authority survey on problem gambling and addiction, which suggested that 30% of gaming machine and casino players struggled to manage their gambling. The survey also revealed that 60% of problem gamblers indicated online casino was their preferred method of gambling.“These are facts that we discussed at Svenska Spel last week and that made us put our foot down,” Hofbauer said. “Our online casino advertising already had a restrictive design, but now we have chosen to completely stop advertising for the rest of the year.”Hofbauer said that while the survey suggested overall problem gambling rates had fallen between 2015 – when the last survey was conducted – and 2018, there was a significant increase of those scoring highest on the Problem Gambling Severity Index.“This indicates that those who are already at risk are adversely affected by advertising,” he said. “That is why we are now stopping online casino advertising: Simply because we do not want to attracting at-risk people to the most risky form of play.”He also called on other Swedish licensees to follow Svenska Spel’s lead and stop advertising their services.“If you are serious about taking responsibility, then you should address the problems where the problems exist, even if it impacts revenue in the short term,” Hofbauer said. “In the long term, this is the only sustainable option. It is also the only way we can improve the industry’s reputation.“We would like more gaming companies to join a promotional stop for online casino. It would show that the gaming industry is taking consumer protection seriously.”Svenska Spel’s move comes against a backdrop of an increasingly fractious debate over gambling advertising in the market. The country’s gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has already pledged to crack down against excessive advertising, even issuing retrospective fines to companies it feels have previously promoted their services too aggressively.It also aims to rigidly enforce bonus restrictions, which allow operators to target players with a single promotion upon signing up, with eight pending cases related to such offers.Maria MacDonald of gaming-focused law firm Nordic Gambling last week told that the Swedish Consumer Ombudsman had also warned operators that self-excluded players were being targeted by gaming advertising.Operators, which are meant to remove any self-excluded player from their marketing databases, were also warned that they would be held responsible for any affiliate marketing for their domains.The industry has moved to address the concerns, with operator associations Spelbranschens Riksförbund (SPER) and Branschföreningen för Onlinespel (BOS) partnering to publish a new code of conduct for members.Image: Svenska Spel Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Sweden’s former gambling monopoly Svenska Spel is to stop advertising its online casino offering  for the rest of 2019, over concerns that the vertical could lead to significant increases in problem gambling in the market. Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates Slotslast_img read more

Total Kenya Limited ( 2006 Annual Report

first_imgTotal Kenya Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2006 annual report.For more information about Total Kenya Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Total Kenya Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Total Kenya Limited (  2006 annual report.Company ProfileTotal Kenya Limited is the largest oil and gas marketer in Kenya with an extensive network of service stations and fuel depots, liquefied petroleum gas filling plants and aviation depots. The Kenyan oil and gas company is a subsidiary of the global Total Group which is the fourth-largest publicly traded integrated international oil and gas company in the world with a presence in over 100 countries. The company was founded in 1955 as OZO East Africa Limited but changed its name to Total Oil Products East Africa Limited in 1988, making it the first multi-national oil company listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. The company changed its name to Total Kenya Limited in 1991. Total Kenya Limited has more than 176 service stations, 5 wholly-owned fuel depots and 3 jointly-owned depots, 2 liquefied petroleum gas filling plants, 1 lubricant blending plant and 5 aviation depots. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Total Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

UK shares to buy now: here’s what I’d do with a £500 investment

first_img Andy Ross | Wednesday, 31st March, 2021 | More on: BBOX LLOY See all posts by Andy Ross 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. ,With the UK stock market still looking cheap versus the US, and with many industries like banking that dominate the FTSE 100 set to recover this year, I’m looking at the UK shares to buy now for my stocks and shares ISA. One of my UK shares to buy nowThe first stock I’d potentially add to my portfolio is Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY). Its shares seem well poised to benefit from the economy reopening and growing this year, as we bounce back from the pandemic. On top of that, Lloyds’ shares seem to have momentum, as investors increasingly look for value stocks.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The share price is still down on where it was pre-pandemic. I also like that it’s a known banking brand, has got scale in the UK and under the current chief executive has been expanding into higher-margin areas of work, such as wealth management and credit cards.On the other side of the coin, the Lloyds share price is closely tied to perceptions of the UK economy. It’s also not very diversified, unlike Barclays or some European or US banks. By that, I mean it’s a retail bank with no investment banking to diversify earnings. Also, some might be tempted to think the business model faces disruption from fintech. That risk in turn could hold down banking share prices. Lastly, CEO António Horta-Osório is leaving after a decade at the helm, which could be a positive or a negative. It may allow Lloyds to pursue a new strategy. That might deliver more value for shareholders, or it might see someone less capable than Mr Horta-Osório take over. Time will tell. Overall I’m thinking about adding Lloyds shares to my portfolio as the economy recovers from Covid-19. The timing, as we recover from the pandemic, could make it a great share for me to buy now. A share in a more high growth industryThe second UK share I’d consider buying now for my portfolio is Tritax Big Box REIT (LSE: BBOX). The warehousing company provides the warehouses that the big e-commerce companies need as part of their logistics. This means there’s growing demand for warehouses. On top of that, in many markets, including the UK, there is still plenty of room for e-commerce to keep growing.Specifically when it comes to Tritax as a UK share to buy now, what I like is its solid track record, and profitability. For me, that makes the shares worthy of consideration for my portfolio.  I’ll need to be wary, though, of the potential downsides – which include competition, given it’s a growing market. That could lead to pricing pressure.There’s also not a lot of dividend growth and the REIT structure lacks flexibility. What I mean by that is REITs have to pay out 90% of income as a dividend, which I think makes them vulnerable to cuts if markets worsen. That’s the opposite of investment trusts. They can hold significant reserves to pay investors dividends, even if income drops.Overall on the balance of risk versus reward, I’m thinking Tritax Big Box REIT looks like it could add growth and income to my portfolio.When I next have some cash in my portfolio, I’d likely be tempted to buy shares in UK banking giant Lloyds Banking Group or Tritax Big Box REIT. Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now!center_img UK shares to buy now: here’s what I’d do with a £500 investment 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Andy Ross has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, and Tritax Big Box REIT. 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. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Single Family House In Jozefow / ZAG Architekci

first_img Poland Save this picture!Courtesy of ZAG Architekci+ 15 Share Single Family House In Jozefow / ZAG Architekci Area:  300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Text description provided by the architects. The design of the building was influenced by spatial conditions of the terrain. From the central and at the same time the highest point of a two-hectare plot there is a beautiful view over the Lodz Hills Landscape Park. Therefore it was clear that the house had to be located in this very spot. It is worth highlighting that our clients were very aware investors, who travelled a lot and were sensitive to the beauty of architecture. Save this picture!Courtesy of ZAG ArchitekciThey valued simplicity, functionality and they knew perfectly well what to expect of their future home. They wanted a living space with large windows and a southern exposure and a night zone oriented to the east, so that the sun beams would lighten up the house from early hours of the morning. Taking into account the investor’s suggestions, we came up with a simple form laid out on the plan of a prolonged rectangle, covered with a gable roof, which in one-third of the length of the building changes into a pent roof, creating a small usable garret. Save this picture!ground floor planThere are two loggias running along the longer elevations of the building. From the northern side they create a canopy over the entrance and from the southern side they provide some shade over the terrace. In summer the loggias give the house the much wanted shadow, while in winter, when the sun is low, they do not prevent the light from entering the house. Save this picture!Courtesy of ZAG ArchitekciThe alcoves of the loggias are covered with graphite elevation slabs, and are contrasting with the remaining white plastered walls of the building. They also impart the body of the house a dynamic form and highlight its horizontal features. Save this picture!Courtesy of ZAG ArchitekciThe elevation is dominated by horizontal set of lines, which nicely corresponds to the surrounding landscape of fields and meadows. The lack of eaves and introduction of submerged roof drains helped to create a minimalistic and even ascetic form of the building. Save this picture!Courtesy of ZAG ArchitekciIn the development of the functional arrangement of the interior the key elements were the views from the windows and a good sun exposure. The whole day zone, including the living room, the dining room and the kitchen, was designed as a single space opening with large picture windows to the south, over a spacious terrace and a beautiful view. Save this picture!Courtesy of ZAG ArchitekciThe night zone, that is the bedroom with a bathroom and the dressing room are located in the eastern part of the building. The rooms in the northern part: the study, the laundry room, a bathroom and two guest rooms upstairs do not need to be so brightly lit. Save this picture!Courtesy of ZAG ArchitekciThe interior of the house does not follow the minimalistic form of the exterior. It is rather cosy and snug thanks to its bright wooden floors, diffused light and colourful elements, such as a red carpet or patterned cushions. The introduction of classic designer elements gave the whole space a unique character.Save this picture!Courtesy of ZAG ArchitekciProject gallerySee allShow lessCEDEI Nursery School / +K ArquitetosArticlesJames Corner Field Operations Team Wins Navy Pier CompetitionArticles Share Single Family House In Jozefow / ZAG ArchitekciSave this projectSaveSingle Family House In Jozefow / ZAG Architekci Architects: ZAG Architekci Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2011 Projectscenter_img “COPY” CopyHouses•Jozefow, Poland Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Houses “COPY” ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeZAG ArchitekciOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesJózefówHousesJozefowPolandPublished on March 16, 2012Cite: “Single Family House In Jozefow / ZAG Architekci” 16 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Halifax’s Facebook Christmas choir campaign generates £100k for Save the Children

first_img Tagged with: charity of the year christmas corporate Digital Facebook Halifax’s interactive online Christmas choir campaign on Facebook at the end of 2011 raised £25,000 for Save the Children. The sum has been quadrupled to £100,000 by the bank.The campaign involved Halifax inviting Facebook users to sing and record their own version of ‘We Wish You a Merry Christmas’. Participants could then combine their recording with those of other contributors, including pop-opera stars and Save the Children supporters Il Divo, creating hundreds of different online Christmas choirs.Halifax pledged to donate £3 for each choir recording and £2 for selecting a ‘Click We’ll Donate’ button.The campaign generated nearly 140,000 views, raising close to £25,000 for Save the Children. Save the Children is Halifax’s Charity of the Year for 2011, hence the quadrupling of the sum as a donation. The partnership has so far raised over £1.4 Halifax’s Facebook Christmas choir campaign generates £100k for Save the Children  31 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 | 19 January 2012 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Joint appeal to Afghan government by Reporters Without Borders and La Repubblica one month after interpreter’s abduction

first_img Receive email alerts Il Manifesto reporter Giulana Sgrena, a former hostage in Iraq, also spoke at the demonstration, saying there should be no difference in the treatment of Italian hostages and those of other nationalities. On other side of the podium from which she spokes, large photos of Nasqhbandi and Hanefi were displayed. Parliamentarians Giovanni Russo Spena and Furio Colombo, and another former hostage in Iraq, Simona Torretta, also paid tribute to the two captives.Ten Afghan and Italian journalists, including the president of the National Union of Afghan Journalists, Fazel Sancharaki, gave a news conference yesterday in Kabul in which they also appealed to the Taliban to free their fellow journalist, Nasqhbandi.Corriere della Sera reporter Lorenzo Cremonesi said: “We, Afghan and Italian journalists and media assistants, would like to appeal directly to the Taliban and in particular to Commander Mullah Dadullah, who is holding our colleague Adjmal Nasqhbandi hostage, to release him immediately.” Duilio Giammaria of the Italian TV network Rai called on the Afghan authorities to give the so far unknown reasons why Hanefi is being held. RSF_en One month after Adjmal Nasqhbandi’s abduction on 5 march, Reporters Without Borders and La Repubblica urged the Afghan government to do everything possible to release the Afghan interpreter Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Reporters Without Borders and the Italian daily La Repubblica today issued a joint appeal to the Afghan government to do everything possible to obtain the release of La Repubblica correspondent Daniele Mastrogiacomo’s Afghan interpreter, Adjmal Nasqhbandi, who will begin his second month in captivity tomorrow.Nasqhbandi and Mastrogiacomo were kidnapped together on 5 March but, unlike the Italian reporter, who was released on 19 March, Nasqhbandi is still being held by Taliban under the command of Mullah Dadullah.Reporters Without Borders and La Repubblica also urged the Afghan authorities to immediately release Rahmatullah Hanefi, the personnel chief of a hospital run by the Italian NGO Emergency in the southern town of Lashkar Gah, who has reportedly been held without charge in an Afghan prison since 20 March.“Mullah Dadullah’s death threats against Nasqhbandi are extremely reprehensible,” the press freedom organisation and the newspaper said. “It is clear the Taliban have already obtained a great deal by means of this deplorable blackmail for which there is no justification. We call on the Afghan government and all those with any influence to do everything they can to get Nasqhbandi freed. We also call for Hanefi’s immediate release. His arrest without charge and without any reason being given is unacceptable.”Dadullah addressed President Hamid Karzai in a video broadcast by the TV channel Sky TG24 on 29 March, threatening to kill Nasqhbandi if Karzai did not release two of Dadullah’s men in return. “If Karzai really is Afghanistan’s president, he must negotiate Adjmal’s release” he said. “Karzai has so far negotiated the release of foreigners but never the release of an Afghan citizen. If there is no negotiation, we will kill him.” The Taliban originally promised to release Nasqhbandi at the same time as Mastrogiacomo. Their Afghan driver, Sayed Agha, who was kidnapped with them, was beheaded on 16 March, three days before Mastrogiacomo was freed.Hanefi was reportedly arrested one day after Mastrogiacomo’s release, in which he played a key role. An Italian foreign ministry spokesman announced on 2 April that a Red Cross delegation had been able to visit Hanefi in an undisclosed location.During a demonstration by some 400 people on Navone Square in Rome on 1 April to demand the release of both Nasqhbandi and Hanefi, Mastrogiacomo’s sister read out a message from her brother to the Afghan and Italian governments, to the UN, to NGOs working in Afghanistan and to foreign embassies in Kabul. “Do your utmost to get my friends freed,” he said, adding: “My heart and my thoughts are with them.” AfghanistanAsia – Pacific March 11, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Afghanistan to go further Newscenter_img Organisation News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan June 2, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2021 Find out more April 4, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Joint appeal to Afghan government by Reporters Without Borders and La Repubblica one month after interpreter’s abduction Help by sharing this information News News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report sayslast_img read more

Historical lecture

first_imgFacebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR RATHKEALE and District Historical Society will host a free lecture on the involvement of Irish people in the American Civil War this Friday, February 27 at 8.30pm. The presentation from archaeologist, historian and author Damian Shiels will reveal how the majority of the 170,000 or so Irish-born who fought in this conflict between 1861 and 1865 had earlier endured the Great Irish Famine. The lecture will be held in the Community Arts Centre above the library on the Ballingarry Road. Advertisement Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Email TAGSAmerican Civil WarDamian ShielslimerickRathkeale and District Historical Society Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads NewsLocal NewsHistorical lectureBy Alan Jacques – February 26, 2015 582 Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Previous article€7 million contract for Shannon HeritageNext articleSoup run dishes out kindness from new Limerick city centre location Alan Jacques Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

Rights groups call for boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Games

first_img WhatsApp TOKYO (AP) — A coalition of 180 rights groups on Wednesday called for a boycott of next year’s Beijing Winter Olympics tied to reported human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in China. The games are to open in one year, on Feb. 4, 2022, and are set to go forward despite the pandemic. The coalition is composed of groups representing Tibetans, Uighurs, Inner Mongolians, residents of Hong Kong and others. The group has issued an open letter to governments calling for a boycott of the Olympics “to ensure they are not used to embolden the Chinese government’s appalling rights abuses and crackdowns on dissent.” Rights groups have previously asked the IOC to move the games from China. Olympic leaders have largely ignored the demands and say it’s only a sporting body that does not get involved with politics. The groups said because of the IOC’s inaction “it now falls on governments to take a stand and demonstrate that they have the political will to push back against China’s reprehensible human rights abuses.” Pro-Tibet activists held up their flags Wednesday outside the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland. Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, which it promised would improve human rights in the country. Instead, the groups say the prestige of the Olympics has led to “a gross increase on the assault on communities living under its rule.” The situation of the Uighurs in northwestern China has received most of the attention. Last week, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated on his first day in office that he believed genocide was being committed against Xinjiang’s ethnic minorities. China has brushed off the criticisms as interference in its internal affairs and politicization of sports. It has reacted strongly to charges of genocide. One Chinese official called it the “lie of the century.” Since 2016, China has swept a million or more Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities into prisons and indoctrination camps that the state calls training centers, according to estimates by researchers and rights groups. People have been subjected to torture, sterilization and political indoctrination in addition to forced labor as part of an assimilation campaign, according to former residents and detainees, as well as experts and leaked government documents. China at first denied the existence of the internment areas. It later acknowledged them, but denied any abuses and says the steps it has taken are necessary to combat terrorism and a separatist movement. “The IOC refused to listen in 2008, defending its decision with claims that they would prove to be a catalyst for improved human rights,” the letter says. “As human rights experts predicted, this decision proved to be hugely misplaced; not only did China’s human rights record not improve but violations increased substantially without rebuke. ——— More AP sports: and—Sports By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 Pinterest Rights groups call for boycott of Beijing 2022 Winter Games TAGS  Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img Local NewsSports Facebook Pinterest Previous articlePlaintiffs Announce Proposed $2 Billion Class Settlement in Monsanto Roundup™ Injury LitigationNext articleUnited States Scleroderma Market and Competitive Landscape Report 2021: Epidemiology, Key Products Marketed, Market Valuations and Forecast, Drugs Sales and Market Shares – Digital AIM Web Support Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

NY Fed President Dudley Reverses Interest Rate Hike Forecast

first_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Market Studies, News Tagged with: Federal Reserve Bank of New York Interest Rate William Dudley Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save October 12, 2015 1,176 Views Previous: KBW lifts MGIC to Outperform, Delinquent Loan Inventory Drops 56 Percent in 3 Years Next: Survival in the SFR Market Requires Unorthodox Acquisition Strategies The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. 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If we get that, I’ll be reasonably confident in inflation returning to 2 percent.”New York Fed President William DudleyIn late September, Dudley projected that the Fed may raise rates this year “if the economy continues on the same trajectory it’s on…and everything else suggests that’s likely to continue…then there is a pretty strong case for lifting off,” he said in a Wall Street Journal interview.However, contradictory to these remarks, in his recent CNBC interview Dudley seemed to back pedal on his previous statement, noting that he still predicts a rate hike this year, “but it’s a forecast and we’re going to get a lot of data between now and December, so it’s not a commitment.”The debate over whether it was time to raise rates as intensified as economic volatility in China has caused turbulence in the U.S. stock market in August. Following this, Dudley said that a rate increase in September seemed “less compelling” following turbulent stock market activity.At the September meeting, the Federal Reserve decided to keep the federal funds target rate at zero to 1/4 percent, where it has been for nine years.”In determining how long to maintain this target range, the Committee will assess progress—both realized and expected—toward its objectives of maximum employment and 2 percent inflation,” the Fed said in a statement. “This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments. The Committee anticipates that it will be appropriate to raise the target range for the federal funds rate when it has seen some further improvement in the labor market and is reasonably confident that inflation will move back to its 2 percent objective over the medium term.The FOMC minutes from the September meeting showed that the Fed’s concern mostly lingers around global economic troubles, but they still intend to raise rates before the end of 2015.”The concerns about global economic growth and turbulence in financial markets led to greater uncertainty among market participants about the likely timing of the start of the normalization of the stance of U.S. monetary policy,” the minutes said. “Based on federal funds futures, the probability of a first increase in the target range for the federal funds rate at the September meeting fell slightly.”Even though most officials indicated that economic conditions will allow the hike to happen later this year, “the committee decided that it was prudent to wait for additional information confirming that the economic outlook had not deteriorated.’’Click here to read/watch the CNBC interview.Click here to read the WSJ interview. 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