Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Group) is a leading financial institution offering retail and corporate banking services in Uganda through its subsidiary company. KCB Group offers financial solutions ranging from current accounts, overdrafts and loans to fixed and short-term deposits, mortgage finance, trade finance and forex, and business investment accounts. The banking institution participates in investments in treasury bills and bonds with the central banks. Wholly-owned subsidiaries in the banking group include Kenya Commercial Finance Company Limited, Savings & Loan Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank Nominees Limited, Kencom House Limited, KCB Tanzania Limited, KCB Sudan Limited, KCB Rwanda SA and KCB Uganda Limited. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

5 unbelievably yummy, better-for-you breakfast ideas

first_img Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it can often be the one that’s hardest to fit into busy schedules. Even if you have time for breakfast, you may find yourself trading wholesomeness and quality for speed and convenience. However, having better-for-you breakfasts need not require a lot of time or effort. It can be as simple as making better and smarter choices.“One of my favorite breakfasts is a bagel with cream cheese, but when I was looking to make healthier choices, I thought this was too indulgent,” said New York Times best-selling author and food blogger Andie Mitchell. “In reality, it’s about moderation and eating a whole wheat bagel with a natural cream cheese is a guilt-free breakfast option I love.”Here are five wholesome, yet easy breakfast options that can start your day off on the right nutritional foot:Better for you Bagel and cream cheese1. Better-for-you bagel and cream cheeseWho doesn’t love a good bagel? They’re quick, convenient and delicious. They even have their own celebratory day – Feb. 9 is National Bagel Day. If you’ve been shying away from this traditional favorite thinking you don’t need all the carbs of bagels and the additives in most cream cheeses, it’s time to rethink your view. A whole grain bagel topped with a better-for-you spread, like Arla cream cheese, is a satisfying and delicious start to the day. Arla’s cream cheeses (Original, Light, Herbs & Spices, Peppercorn and Blueberry) are free of artificial flavors, preservatives, thickeners and stabilizers. Visit www.ArlaUSA.com to learn more and to discover unique topping combinations from Blueberry cream cheese with smashed berries to Peppercorn cream cheese with Canadian bacon and cooked egg whites.2. A better breakfast burritoClassic breakfast burritos are filling, satisfying and nourishing, but unless you go the frozen route, you may not have the time to whip up a morning burrito. A faster, wholesome option awaits – simply top a whole-grain tortilla with your favorite Arla cream cheese, add fresh-sliced fruit such as kiwi, apple or banana, fold in half and enjoy!3. Outstanding oatmealAs breakfast cereals go, oatmeal is a nutritional champ. A 1-cup serving of plain oatmeal has about 150 calories, and it’s loaded with nourishing fiber, protein and vitamin A. Add flavor with wholesome toppings like fresh berries, chopped apples, raisins or nuts. Here’s even better news – plain instant oatmeal has the same basic nutritional value as the kind you slow-cook yourself, according to the USDA’s Nutrient Database. However, be wary of flavored versions that may have a lot of added sugar.4. Terrific toastsA slice of toasted white bread slathered in butter isn’t sufficient for a good breakfast, but you can take toast to the next level and create a morning meal that’s tasty, wholesome and toasted. Start by toasting a slice of whole grain bread. Next spread on some protein – this could be a sugar-free peanut butter, almond butter or better-for-you cream cheese. Top with your favorite fruit or veggies. For example, banana slices go well with peanut butter; mango or kiwi cubes are yummy with light cream cheese; and tomato slices atop Arla’s Peppercorn cream cheese make for a great wake-up call!A healthier breakfast burrito5. Easier eggsEveryone knows eggs are a breakfast staple, but who has the time to prepare them in the morning when you’re trying to get everyone out the door? You do! The microwave is your morning best friend, from reheating your coffee to whipping up delectable, easy and wholesome egg breakfasts. You can make scrambled eggs in minutes. Just crack an egg into a microwave-safe cup, add a tablespoon of water or milk, a dash of cayenne pepper and some salt, and a teaspoon or two of your favorite veggie finely diced, such as scallions, tomatoes or mushrooms. Top with a generous spoonful of shredded Havarti or Gouda cheese and microwave everything for 45 seconds. Stir and microwave for another 45 seconds until the eggs are set.Breakfast doesn’t have to be time-consuming or a disappointing compromise. A few better-for-you breakfast options can set a healthful, happy tone for the rest of your day. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSBreakfast Previous articleColds, Flu, Cough: When’s a sick child not too sick to go to school?Next articleThe important role vaccines may play in helping keep children and adults healthy Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Tetris, social housing and artist studios / Moussafir Architectes

first_imgCopyAbout this officeMoussafir ArchitectesOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsSocial HousingParisFrancePublished on June 06, 2013Cite: “Tetris, social housing and artist studios / Moussafir Architectes” 06 Jun 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Tetris, social housing and artist studios / Moussafir ArchitectesSave this projectSaveTetris, social housing and artist studios / Moussafir Architectes Area:  794 m² Area:  794 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Luc Boegly+ 17 Share 2010 Projects Year:  “COPY” photographs:  Luc BoeglyPhotographs:  Luc BoeglySave this picture!© Luc BoeglyRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0WoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. The project is part of a larger urban program aimed at regenerating underprivileged neighborhoods in Northern Paris. The action plan developed in close cooperation between the city, the local associations and the landlord included new and refurbished low-rent housing, as well as studios for artists and musicians.Save this picture!© Luc BoeglyThree plots entrusted to Moussafir Architects were sited on two narrow parallel streets separated by a long, low-rise housing block; a private garden in its middle enabled visual interaction between the two parts of the project. Built on these three plots were nine residences and three artistsʼ studios. The project was shaped by an intention to stay in harmony with the neighborhoodʼs scale and density while maximizing space and daylight available to future residents. Standards established for social housing severely restrict the size of apartments, therefore the architects decided to differentiate interior volumes, creating an added spatial value, which subsequently led to increased amounts of natural light.Save this picture!© Luc BoeglyPerfect alignment with existing buildings and identical façade treatment ensure contextual integration of the project, erasing the difference between the old and the new. Lime stucco echoes the texture of surrounding facades; most window openings have traditional proportions. Even the shutters are covered with the same kind of stucco, which makes the closed windows almost disappear on the facade.Save this picture!© Luc BoeglyThe «commonplace» exterior is balanced by the singularity of living rooms. Each of the three buildings has one apartment per floor; each living room has a double (north-south) aspect. The staggered arrangement of day and night zones allows for the difference in ceiling heights: 3,40 m for the living room versus 2,60 for the bedroom. Blending the buildingsʼ outer envelopes with the surroundings provides a proper background for highlighting each individual residence with a large bow window in iroko wood that frames the increased height of living rooms. The principle equally applies to apartments and atéliers, emphasizing the fact that nowadays home and workspace tend to merge.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessSocial and Cultural Center in Novelda Av. – Elche / Julio Sagasta + Fuster ArquitectosSelected ProjectsPlinth House / LAND ArquitectosSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Rue du N, 75018 Paris, FranceLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Tetris, social housing and artist studios / Moussafir Architectes ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/382507/tetris-social-housing-and-artist-studios-moussafir-architectes Clipboard Apartments France “COPY” Photographs Architects: Moussafir Architectes Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/382507/tetris-social-housing-and-artist-studios-moussafir-architectes Clipboard ArchDaily Year:  2010 CopyApartments, Social Housing•Paris, Francelast_img read more

Golden oldies: older people are more generous, says CAF

first_img  35 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics Some older people do of course enjoy a greater disposable income once they have paid their mortgage and any children have left home. Not surprisingly, CAF reports that giving is at its highest among households which are rent-free, and where the head of the household is retired.However, Cathy Pharoah, Director of Research at CAF, believes there is more to it than this, and points to a consistent trend in older people’s generosity. “The proportion of 70 year olds giving to charity has been growing steadily for the last 25 years”, she said. “What this seems to indicate is that our ageing population, far from being a drain on society, has a firmly entrenched sense of social responsibility.“What we need to ensure is that these values, and the commitment to give to charity, are passed on to future generations.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.center_img Older people are more generous than any other age group in giving to charity, according to research from Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).The research involved analysis of the Expenditure and Food Survey 2002-03. It found that over one third of households headed by a 70 year old give to charity, compared to just over 18% of those headed by someone in their 20s. In addition, households headed by older people also tend to give more per person each week, than those headed by any other age group.Older people also give more as a proportion of their income, more than double the proportion give by all other groups. The amount of money given to charity as a percentage of household income is far higher in households with a 60 or 70 year old at the helm. Households where the head is retired give 1.8% of their income to charity, with other groups giving just 0.8%. Advertisement Golden oldies: older people are more generous, says CAF Howard Lake | 23 December 2004 | Newslast_img read more

Arctic Monkeys’ new single on sale in Oxfam shops

first_img  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 August 2009 | News On 17 August The Arctic Monkeys will release their new single ‘Crying Lightning’ exclusively through independent record stores and Oxfam shops.There are more than 600 Oxfam shops selling donated music, compared with only 305 independent record shops, according to Stuart Fowkes, online press officer at Oxfam.The ‘Crying Lightning’ 7″ will cost £2.99, and each single will come with a download code allowing fans to get an MP3 version of the songs for free. Advertisement Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Trading Arctic Monkeys’ new single on sale in Oxfam shopscenter_img The Oxfam deal was put together by Open Fundraising when they introduced their Oxfam contacts with the Domino Recording Company. In their blog post Feeling rather proud today, Open Fundraising acknowledge that the idea came from the recording company, but “Did we bring the right people together to change the world in a rather spectacular fashion? We like to think so”.Open Fundraising’s James Briggs added: “It brings together art, charity, the state of our high streets, recession, you name it. It’s going to be big”.www.openfundraising.com 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

On the picket line

first_imgAPWU counters Trump plan to privatize U.S. Postal ServiceThe U.S. Postal Service is once again under attack. In August, the White House Office of Management and Budget proposed totally privatizing the public postal service. The American Postal Workers Union moved quickly at its national convention Aug. 20-23 to counter this attack, which would seize $70 billion in USPS public revenue for private profit. This would eliminate services and kill thousands of well-paid union jobs, many of which are filled by African Americans and women.This is not the first time an attack has been launched on the USPS. A move to cut jobs by shifting postal services to Staples was started in 2013, but the struggle by postal unions stopped it.”Anti-worker Trump has called USPS’ current business plan “unsustainable,” pointing to debt caused by $5.6 billion yearly prepayment of future retirees’ health care costs imposed by Congress in 2006. Without that mandate, unique to USPS, the Postal Service runs in the black. The APWU stresses that the system does not receive taxpayer funds, employs more than 500,000 workers, plays a critical role in the growing ecommerce industry and enjoys high favorability ratings. In addition to eliminating the prepayment mandate, one solution APWU and two other postal workers’ unions offer is to have the USPS resume postal banking, available during World War II.APWU President Mark Dimondstein noted that “privatization threats are not new. But we have never faced outright plans to sell the entire Post Office. … Postal privatization is about the profits of a few at the expense of the many — period!”FLOC beats back racist N.C. lawA North Carolina federal court ruled Sept. 8 that a 2017 law Gov. Roy Cooper signed, which stripped the Farm Labor Organizing Committee of the right to automatically collect dues from farmworkers’ paychecks, was illegal.FLOC, in unity with the Southern Poverty Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union, as well as two individual farmworkers charged that the North Carolina Farm Act of 2017 discriminated racially since it targeted Latinx workers, who make up 90 percent of North Carolina farmworkers. (Payday Report, Sept. 20)This is a paramount victory. Because North Carolina is a “right-to-work” (for less!) state, only individual workers can choose to have dues deducted. Because many FLOC members are guest workers who lack access to bank accounts, credit cards and other means of paying union dues regularly, they rely on dues transfer arrangements.“We’re happy that the federal court saw clearly that this racist law was an effort to stop farmworkers from having the resources to fund their own institution and fight for a more fair workplace,” said FLOC President Baldemar Velásquez. (ACLU of NC, Sept. 20)‘They work us like dogs when it’s busy and then kick us to the curb in the winter.’Chicago hotel workers’ strike wins year-round health care coverageAfter nearly a month on strike, hotel workers at 17 out of 26 hotels in Chicago had ratified contracts by late September. In addition to higher wages and healthy working conditions, the primary issue, which galvanized more than 6,000 service workers represented by UNITE HERE Local 1, was having year-round health care coverage. It’s lifesaving during winter months when the tourist season is slow and workers are often laid off. As one worker told ThinkProgress: “One of the reasons the strike is so broad is because access to health care is an issue everyone can rally behind.” (Oct. 3)This hotel strike is the first in decades in Chicago’s history and the first to hit all hotels with unionized workers in all service jobs — cooks, dishwashers, housekeepers and door attendants — at the same time. The workers held a number of joint actions during the strike, with hundreds marching down Michigan Avenue’s “Magnificent Mile” on Sept. 13 and rallying at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Oct. 1.Local 1 has repeatedly pointed out that Chicago hotels have been doing well financially, with a record number of visitors and $2.3 billion in revenue last year. As of Oct. 8, workers at only two hotels still have not ratified contracts. (chicago.curbed.com)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Special report on Internet surveillance, focusing on 5 governments and 5 companies “Enemies of the Internet”

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en Today, 12 March, World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, Reporters Without Borders is releasing a Special report on Internet surveillance, available at surveillance.rsf.org/en. It looks at the way governments are increasingly using technology that monitors online activity and intercepts electronic communication in order to arrest journalists, citizen-journalists and dissidents. Around 180 netizens worldwide are currently in prison for providing news and information online.For this year’s “Enemies of the Internet” report, Reporters Without Borders has identified Five State Enemies of the Internet, five “spy” states that conduct systematic online surveillance that results in serious human rights violations. They are Syria, China, Iran, Bahrain and Vietnam. Surveillance in these countries targets dissidents and has grown in recent months. Cyber-attacks and intrusions, including the use of malware against dissidents and their networks, are on the increase.China, whose Electronic Great Wall is probably the world’s most sophisticated censorship system, has stepped up its war on the use of anonymization tools and has enlisted private-sector Internet companies to help monitor Internet users. Iran has taken online surveillance to a new level by developing its own national Internet, or “Halal Internet.” As regards Syria, Reporters Without Borders has obtained an unpublished document – a 1999 invitation by the Syrian Telecommunications Establishment to bid for a national Internet network in Syria – which shows that its Internet was designed from the outset to include extensive filtering and surveillance.Without advanced technology, authoritarian regimes would not be able to spy on their citizens. Reporters Without Borders has for the first time compiled a list of five “Corporate Enemies of the Internet,” five private sector companies that it regards as “digital era mercenaries” because they sell products that are used by authoritarian governments to commit violations of human rights and freedom of information. They are Gamma, Trovicor, Hacking Team, Amesys and Blue Coat.Trovicor’s surveillance and interception products have enabled Bahrain’s royal family to spy on news providers and arrest them. In Syria, Deep Packet Inspection products developed by Blue Coat made it possible for the regime to spy on dissidents and netizens throughout the country, and to arrest and torture them. Eagle products supplied by Amesys were discovered in the offices of Muammar Gaddafi’s secret police. Malware designed by Hacking Team and Gamma has been used by governments to capture the passwords of journalists and netizens.“Online surveillance is a growing danger for journalists, citizen-journalists, bloggers and human rights defenders,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “Regimes seeking to control news and information increasingly prefer to act discreetly. Rather than resort to content blocking that generates bad publicity and is early circumvented, they prefer subtle forms of censorship and surveillance that their targets are often unaware of.“As surveillance hardware and software provided by companies based in democratic countries is being used to commit grave human rights violations, and as the leaders of these countries say they condemn violations of online freedom of expression, it is time they took firm measures. Above all, they should impose strict controls on the export of digital arms to countries that flout fundamental rights.”Negotiations between governments already led in July 1996 to the Wassenaar Arrangement, which aims to promote “transparency and greater responsibility in transfers of conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies, thus preventing destabilizing accumulations.” Forty countries, including France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States are nowadays party to the agreement.By demonstrating the importance of online information, the Arab Spring reinforced authoritarian governments’ understanding of the advantages of monitoring and controlling Internet data and communication. Democratic countries also seem increasingly ready to yield to the siren song of the need for surveillance and cyber-security at any cost. This is evident from all the potentially repressive laws and bills such as FISAA and CISPA in the United States, the Communications Data Bill in Britain and the Wetgeving Bestrijding Cybercrime in the Netherlands.Reporters Without Borders has made a “digital survival kit” available on the WeFightCensorship.org website in order to help online news providers evade increasingly active and intrusive surveillance. Note: The 2013 “Enemies of the Internet” report is different from previous years’ reports. Instead of trying to cover all forms of cyber-censorship in all countries, it focuses on the subject of online surveillance. It takes a close look at the activities of five countries and five companies that are “leaders” in this domain, but the list is far from exhaustive. The fact that countries that figured in the 2012 list of “Enemies of the Internet” do not appear in the 2013 list does not mean there has been any improvement in online freedom of information in those countries. Read about other noteworthy developments in the field of cyber-censorship in the past year here. center_img Related documents “Репортеры без границ” публикуют “Специальный доклад о сетевом мониторинге”PDF – 236.7 KB ENEMIES OF THE INTERNET 2013Read in Russian / Читать по-русски March 15, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Special report on Internet surveillance, focusing on 5 governments and 5 companies “Enemies of the Internet”last_img read more

Libel suit withdrawn against website editor but journalist still subject to jail sentence

first_img Help by sharing this information RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News Organisation Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday’s decision by Dr. Yasser Al Nuaimi, a senior health ministry official in the emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, to withdraw the libel suit he brought in November 2006 against Muhammad Rashed Shehhi, the owner of the Majan.net news website, over a comment posted on the site“The prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed al Maktoum, declared in September that a new law of the press should be adopted,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hail this move and we call on the legislature to expand this provision to include website editors.”A Ras al-Khaimah appeal court has meanwhile postponed a ruling in the case of Khaled Alasley, a Majan.net journalist said to have written the article that was the subject of Dr. Nuaimi’s libel suit. Alasley was sentenced to five months in prison on 12 September. December 23, 2020 Find out more United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa 14.09 : Two cyber-dissidents sentenced to five months in prison June 8, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders condemns the decision to keep Majan.net editor Muhammad Rashed Shehhi in detention pending the outcome of his appeal hearing, which has been adjourned until 9 September. The Ras al-Khaimah appeal court was prepared to free Shehhi but the prosecutor opposed his release.“We call on the prosecutor to reach an agreement with the court on freeing Shehhi,” the press freedom organisation said, noting that a criminal court released Khaled Alasley, a Majan.net writer, on 23 August. The alleged author of the article that led to both of them being arrested, Alasley is to appear in court on 30 August on a charge of defamation. Reporters Without Borders today called on the criminal court of the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah to quash website editor Muhammad Rashed Shehhi’s one-year prison sentence when his appeal is heard on 26 August. The sentenced was imposed on 8 August over an allegedly libellous comment posted anonymously on the site he edits, Majan.Shehhi is currently being held in Mamoura but is due to be transferred to the central prison. A member of the site’s editorial staff, Khaled Alasley, was arrested on 19 August and interrogated by members of the security services, who have refused to release him on bail.“It is shocking that Shehhi was given a prison sentence for a comment posted on the Internet which he did not write,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the court to show clemency by overturning his sentence and by releasing his colleague.”Shehhi was tried as a result a complaint by a government official, who considered the offending comment to be “defamatory” and “insulting.” The court also fined him 15,000 euros and the site has been closed down.The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (HRinfo) said the comment was no more than a “political criticism” of an official, and called on the court to reverse its “unjust” decision.Ras al-Khaimah is the northernmost of the United Arab Emirates. Follow the news on United Arab Emirates April 28, 2021 Find out more ——————————————————– Reporters Without Borders condemns the five-month prison sentences imposed on 12 September on Muhammad Rashed Shehhi, the owner of the Majan.net website, and Khaled Alasley, a journalist who writes for the site. They were convicted of libelling a doctor, Yasser Al Nuaimi, who sued them over a comment published in November 2006.“Despite the lack of hard evidence, the authorities chose the harshest option – imprisonment,” the press freedom organisation said. “We condemn this decision and we call for the immediate release of Shehhi and Alasley.”Shehhi was convicted as the website’s owner, while Alasley was convicted as the author of the offending comment, although no evidence was produced to show that he wrote it.Many articles posted on the site referred to a controversy started by the local newspaper Al Khaleej about cases in which the emirate’s medical services allegedly kept in store advance medical equipment.According to the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (HRinfo), these articles resulted in several libel suits being brought against Shehhi by leading members of the medical community. News ———————————————————— to go further Receive email alerts News October 30, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Libel suit withdrawn against website editor but journalist still subject to jail sentence United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group ———————————————————- RSF_en NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say 24.08.07 : Appeal to be heard this weekend in case of website editor sentenced to a year in prison 27.08.07 : Imprisoned website editor’s appeal hearing adjournedlast_img read more

Information in Afghanistan, Covid-19 adds to problems from war

first_img As the coronavirus spreads in Afghanistan, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Centre for the Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ) are concerned about its impact on the country’s journalists, especially women journalists, who are more vulnerable. They are threatened by economic precarity, the lack of protection and fierce competition between media outlets in the race for the news. Afghanistan is ranked 121st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists Armed conflictsWomenInternet – Ensure that the media outlet’s medical service checks crews about to be sent to suspected infection sites to ensure that none of them has any inappropriate medical condition such as asthma, diabetes or a cold. Report at all costs RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Protecting journalists Armed conflictsWomenInternet These difficulties are compounded by economic problems, which have forced many media outlets to lay off journalists or switch to part-time working without pay, with women journalists often the first to be laid off. In some provinces, including Kabul, Herat and Balkh, some women journalists have been asked to work on a volunteer basis, while others have been laid off. Receive email alerts On 30 March, the health ministry reported 196 cases of Covid-19 in Afghanistan – 106 of them in Herat – and at least five deaths. Local journalists believe the real figures are much higher. Neighbouring Iran, where the WHO reports a major outbreak, is refusing to treat Afghan refugees without legal status, with the result that more than 70,000 had reportedly returned to Afghanistan via the provinces of Herat and Nimroz by 20 March. Afghanistan’s frail public health system relies above all on funding by the United States (via USAID), the World Bank and the European Commission. As the US is conditioning assistance to the Afghan government on its peace efforts, the current fraught political situation means the health system is weaker than normal. May 3, 2021 Find out more Recommendations: Organisation – Protect reporting staff in the field by providing them with face masks, gloves and disinfectant gel and wipes to clean equipment and work stations, so that they can report the news while staying healthy and not spreading the virus. Similar measures have been taken at the TV channel Zan (Woman), where the newsroom’s personnel are now teleworking. Several international media outlets have nonetheless been forced to lay off staff, especially in the provinces, and women journalists have been the first to be affected by the economies and the dismissals. April 2, 2020 Information in Afghanistan, Covid-19 adds to problems from war “We are continuing to work despite the economic difficulties resulting from the epidemic,” he said. “Most of our journalists are teleworking and we communicate via WhatsApp or other information sharing methods. It’s the same in the regions, where only the absolutely essential reporters are going into the field. We managed to buy protective material for our journalists but we had to lay off some of them without pay.” – Increase Internet bandwidth so that journalists and media outlets are guaranteed a constant connection at an affordable cost. For media and journalists- Guarantee the public’s right to full, independent, diverse and quality news reporting, as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and ensure the flow of information needed to protect the population. Several media outlet such as Tolo News, Afghanistan’s biggest TV news channel, have adopted specific protection measures for their women employees. “After fighting tirelessly for 19 years to report the news despite the war, Afghan journalists must now combat another calamity in the form of the virus,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Afghanistan /Iran desk. “They must urgently be given the resources to do their job so that they can continue to cover the peace talks and the reality of the pandemic in Afghanistan.” Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says “Our job is to inform the public properly in order to better combat the spread of Covid-19,” Tolo News chief Lotfullah Najafizadeh said. “Nearly 30% of our staff, who are not directly related to news, have switched to teleworking, while pregnant women and young mothers have been urged to suspend working. We have trained journalists about the health measures to take while working, and we have distributed masks and disinfectant gel. All this without any help from the government.” News “One of the government’s priorities is to provide transparent information and prevent any attempts to hide the truth about the virus’s spread,” Vice-President Sarwar Danesh said. “This is why we have created the special committee for combatting Covid-19, which comprises several government entities as well as bringing in the private sector. Its mission is to provide information to the news media and social media, which have a key role to play in this crisis. To offset the [press conference] coverage ban and to avoid gatherings, the government is making videos available to the media and is talking via teleconference.” – Ensure that every journalist adheres to the rules of journalistic ethics, especially at a time when when “fake news” can have serious consequences. – Provide reporters with cellophane or another protective material for microphones, and microphone poles to maintain a distance with interviewees; encourage the use of autonomous crews to reduce toing and froing between the field and headquarters; ensure that each crew keeps using the same equipment; ban the use of clip-on microphones because they are too close to the mouth, and disinfect microphones after use; encourage the use of video chat apps such as Skype and Facetime for interviews. Always respect physical distancing rules. Help by sharing this information Double jeopardy for women to go further Although the Afghan government has adopted public health measures such as a lockdown in certain cities such as Kabul and Kandahar and some media outlets have switched to teleworking, the virus continues to spread and journalists are often exposed. Spreading virus Follow the news on Afghanistan June 2, 2021 Find out more News – Make facemasks and disinfect gel and wipes available to the media.  For the government- Make special resources available to the media so they can fulfil their mission of reporting the news, including economic assistance to media outlets in difficulty; cancel taxes for the current year, and guarantee the salaries of journalists who have been partially laid off, especially women journalists, who are two-fold victims of this situation. “Women journalist are not just the first victims of the climate of insecurity and the war but also the most exposed to Covid-19, as they are denied the resources for taking care of themselves,” CPAWJ director Farida Nekzad said. “We tallied 1,741 women working for Afghan media outlets on 8 March, 1,139 of them professional journalists. The authorities must do everything possible to ensure that all these women can continue to do their work of reporting the news.” RSF_en To combat the spread of the epidemic, a lockdown in Kabul and certain other major cities such as Herat, the epidemic’s epicentre, was announced by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani on 28 March. News – Do not force journalists to go out reporting in the absence of the necessary safety conditions. Allow them the right to pull out if they think there is a danger for themselves or anyone else, and ensure that managers and editors respect such decisions. The virus is not discouraging Pajhwok Afghan News agency chief Danish Karokhel, who is under lockdown with 15 of his employees at the agency’s headquarters in order to keep reporting. March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

4 charged with burglarizing, assaulting woman

first_img By Odessa American – February 24, 2021 Pinterest TAGS  Facebook 4 charged with burglarizing, assaulting woman Previous articleNUGGETS: Faith is InvisibleNext articleMacie Bunyan Odessa American Facebook Angelica Rodriguez A group of four people reportedly broke into a residence and assaulted three people in north Odessa.Ashlyn Walker, 20, Angelica Rodriguez, 21, and Fernando Rodriguez, 24, were each charged with burglary of a habitation with intent to commit assault, a second-degree felony. The fourth member of the group was a juvenile male.The reported burglary happened at 5:12 a.m. Sunday in the 6600 block of North Dixie Boulevard, an Ector County Sheriff’s Office affidavit stated.Angelica Rodriguez, Fernando Rodriguez, Walker and the juvenile reportedly forced their way into a residence as complainants — 43-year-old Marisol Jacquez and 19-year-old Dalton Zambrano — stated they weren’t invited to the residence and didn’t belong there.Jacquez and Zambrano stated Angelica Rodriguez, Fernando Rodriguez, Walker and the juvenile dragged 19-year-old Eduardo Rogoff out of the residence and assaulted him, the affidavit detailed. Rogoff reportedly doesn’t want to press charges on anyone.Zambrano reportedly was attempting to shove Angelica Rodriguez, Fernando Rodriguez, Walker and the juvenile out of the residence and he didn’t wish to press charges on anyone.Jacquez stated she was also assaulted during the burglary, the affidavit stated. Jacquez does want to press charges on Angelica Rodriguez, Fernando Rodriguez, Walker and the juvenile for breaking into the residence and assaulting her, Zambrano and Rogoff.Angelica Rodriguez, Fernando Rodriguez and Walker were arrested, charged and transported to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center. Angelica Rodriguez, Fernando Rodriguez and Walker each had one bond totaling $50,000 and each posted bail on Monday, jail records show.The juvenile arrested was transported to the Ector County Youth Center. Kevin Mann, the director of the youth center, said over the phone the juvenile had a detention hearing on Monday and was still in custody.center_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Local News Pinterestlast_img read more