Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng) Q32017 Interim Report

first_imgMutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc (MBENEF.ng)  2017 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMutual Benefits Assurance Plc is a general and life insurance company in Nigeria providing services for underwriting and risk management as well as retail and microfinance banking. General insurance covers the protection of assets and indemnification of other parties; and Life insurance covers risk of premature death, disability, critical illness and other accidents. The company also offers property insurance, fire and special perils insurance, professional indemnity, liability/bond insurance, goods-in-transit insurance, personal insurance, keyman assurance and mortgage protection. Mutual Benefits Assurance has business interests in real estate development and management and operates a Microfinance Bank which provides retail and microfinance banking services at a community level. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Mutual Benefits Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more


Video: The Rev. Charles Davidson reflects on Way of the…

first_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel [Episcopal News Service – Washington, D.C.] The Rev. Charles Davidson, rector of St. Monica’s Episcopal Church in Hartford, Connecticut, reflects on his participation in the March 21 Way of the Cross procession. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 26, 2013 Advocacy Peace & Justice, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Video Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Video: The Rev. Charles Davidson reflects on Way of the Cross Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Gun Violence, Rector Martinsville, VA DC Stations, Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Tampa, FL Tags Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Collierville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 last_img read more


Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks and U.S. war crimes

first_imgNo person who watched “Collateral Murder” could deny the brutality of U.S. imperialism. Smuggled out of Iraq by Chelsea Manning and published by WikiLeaks in 2010, the video reveals the murder of more than a dozen people by occupying U.S. soldiers from  Apache helicopters.The video itself is shot from a helicopter, with the radio transmissions looped in so that viewers can hear the way the soldiers laugh, joke and cheer as they plow thousands of 50-caliber bullets into a crowd of unarmed journalists, civilians and children.This was not an isolated incident. People across the world were disgusted and outraged by the photos of torture from Abu Ghraib, the stories that emerged from the Haditha and Muttawaniya massacres — all reminiscent of U.S. war crimes in Vietnam and elsewhere. Due to the Pentagon policy of targeting journalists who were not embedded with the murderous soldiers, a lot of the horror never reached the U.S. public. By the time the first deformed children were born after their parents were poisoned by depleted uranium ammunition, most media had moved on from covering Iraq. But there was no possibility of ignoring the brutality exposed by WikiLeaks.Together, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks and Manning published incontrovertible proof of imperialist crimes committed across the world, mainly by the U.S. from Asia to Africa to Latin America. The case against empire piled up. The ruling class, both Democrat and Republican, was enraged.As a result of this exposure, Manning was kidnapped and sent to prison in 2010. Assange accepted asylum in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London in July 2012 and was unable to leave without being arrested. Both Assange and Manning found themselves incarcerated for nearly seven years. Manning was offered clemency by Barack Obama in 2017, but last month Donald Trump sent her back to prison for refusing to appear in front of a federal grand jury regarding WikiLeaks. On April 11, the whole world was watching as Lenin Moreno of Ecuador allowed the British Metropolitan Police to arrest Assange.The bourgeois media seem confused about why Assange was dragged out of the embassy where he had been living for the past seven years. They say it’s about hacking, skipping bail or sexual abuse. They say it’s because he was a bad guest to the Ecuadorians. All this is outrageous. He was arrested because he had played a part in exposing the crimes of empire.The Pentagon Papers were classified but published anyway in 1971. Eventually, charges against those involved in leaking the information were dismissed. But this is no longer 1971. Now, in 2019, Donald Trump is president, and there are about 1,000 U.S. military bases worldwide.By refusing to condemn the most recent attacks against Assange and Manning, the mass media are sending their assurances to the ruling class. Honest journalists would see this as an attack on press freedoms, the First Amendment and basic whistleblower protections. By saying that the two deserve to be repressed, the media are promising their Wall Street and Pentagon bosses they would never expose the crimes of empire.The workers and oppressed, however, have not remained silent. Protests were held across the world in response. People gathered in New York, Paris, Washington, D.C., and Britain as well as other places to raise their voices against this sort of intimidation. Online vigils under the hashtag #Unity4J have been raising awareness around their arrests. Many in the antiwar movement have been reminded of the crimes that WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange exposed and vow not to let them happen again.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Black NBA executive abused by white police officer

first_imgThe Toronto Raptors won their first National Basketball Association championship in Oakland, Calif., in June 2019, when they defeated the Golden State Warriors in a best of seven-game series, four games to two. When the Raptors’ president of operations, Masai Ujiri, attempted to make his way onto the winners’ platform to join in the awards ceremony with his victorious team, he was viciously pushed back by an Alameda County Sheriff’s Department police officer — not once but twice.Masai UjiriWhat makes this unfortunate incident so significant is that Ujiri is Nigerian and the officer who assaulted him, Alan Strickland, is white. The fact that the 50-year-old Ujiri was head of a multibillion-dollar team and was dressed impeccably did not matter to the police — in their eyes, he was still a Black person to be demonized.  Strickland pushed him the first time when Ujiri tried to display his credentials.  Ujiri, in a display of righteous indignation, pushed the officer back and was eventually allowed to join his team to celebrate.  This February, the officer brought a lawsuit against Ujiri claiming that he “suffered, and will continue to suffer, physical, mental, emotional, and economic injuries.” (CNN, Aug. 21) Ujiri filed a counter lawsuit Aug. 18 accusing Strickland of perpetrating a fraud, as the recently released police body cam shows Strickland initially physically confronting Ujiri, not the other way around. The Warriors’ president of operations, Rick Welts, made a public apology to Ujiri for the incident, stating how “embarrassed” and “heartbroken” he was. (San Jose Mercury News, Aug. 23)The Raptors organization issued a statement saying, “We believe this video evidence shows exactly that — Masai was not an aggressor, but instead was the recipient of two very violent, unwarranted actions.” (CNN)The Alameda County Sheriff’s Department is defending Strickland’s actions, despite the damning evidence against him.  Ujiri issued a statement Aug. 20 linking what happened to him to the Black Lives Matter struggle. He remarked: “The video sadly demonstrates how horribly I was treated by a law enforcement officer last year in the midst of my team, the Toronto Raptors, winning its first world championship. It was an exhilarating moment of achievement for our organization, for our players, for our city, for our country, and for me personally, given my long-tenured professional journey in the NBA. “Yet, unfortunately, I was reminded in that moment that despite all of my hard work and success, there are some people, including those who are supposed to protect us, who will always and only see me as something that is unworthy of respectful engagement. And, there’s only one indisputable reason why that is the case — because I am Black.“What saddens me most about this ordeal is that the only reason why I am getting the justice I deserve in this moment is because of my success. Because I’m the President of an NBA team, I had access to resources that ensured I could demand and fight for my justice. So many of my brothers and sisters haven’t had, don’t have, and won’t have the same access to resources that assured my justice. And that’s why Black Lives Matter.“And that’s why it’s important for all of us to keep demanding justice. Justice for George [Floyd]. Justice for Breonna [Taylor]. Justice for [Elijah McCain]. Justice for far too many Black lives that mattered. And justice for Black people around the world, who need our voice and our compassion to save their lives. Those are the ties that bind us.”A number of Raptors players, like Serge Ibaka, Fred VanVleet and Norman Powell, along with NBA coaches Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle have come to Ujiri’s defense.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Pouring Glory: Self-made restaurateur revitalizing Fort Worth’s south side one craft beer at a time

first_imgRising participation in Cowtown ultramarathon leads more runners to challenge themselves Previous articleIFC working on mandatory leadership programNext articleSolid pitching, defense propel Frogs to victory Russell Hodges RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Russell Hodges ReddIt Local school auction fills the gap for improved learning environment Linkedin Fort Worth culinary scene: fusing the casual and the contemporary printIn 1983, Kevin Von Ehrenfried was struggling through college at VCU while scrubbing dishes on the side to help pay for school.Over three decades later, the 52-year-old self-made restaurateur is the proud co-owner of Pouring Glory, Fort Worth’s new craft and growler filling station that is helping reignite a once desolate part of town.Located at 1001 Bryan Ave. in the Near Southside neighborhood of Fort Worth, Pouring Glory is a combination of both a restaurant and a craft and growler filling station. Von Ehrenfried said the idea came to him and co-owner Scott Glover, who couldn’t be reached for comment, after the two men took their passion for food and combined it with the growing trend of craft and growler establishments.“They’re not doing any food,” he said. “I might pick up a growler and go home, but I wouldn’t take my wife or family there. So with Scott and I both being food guys we were like, ‘We need to add food to this whole growler program.’ We’re taking the beers that are available to us and infusing them in a lot of our menu items.”Renovated from a historic building constructed in 1943, the filling station’s exposed brick, concrete floors and edison bulbs give it an industrial “Steam Punk” vibe, according to the filling station’s website. Since opening last December for nights only, Von Ehrenfried said the response from the Fort Worth community has been greater than he had expected.“It’s tough being a new brand, a new company, a new concept in a new area,” he said. “There are a lot of things you can forecast or project, but there’s just a lot of uncertainty too… Once we get them here, we have them, and the amount of people that are bringing people back… The community has been wonderful.”But while thousands of Fort Worth foodies and beer drinkers have piled their way into the new craft and growler establishment, the process of opening a new restaurant has not been easy for Von Ehrenfried, who said he and his family have both had to make sacrifices since the filling station opened.“The last six months [free time] has been nonexistent,” said Von Ehrenfried, who lives in Dallas with his wife and five of his nine children. “It’s six months of 100-hour weeks. I rush home to get to my family as quick as I can… It’s a sacrifice that as a family we’ve made to branch out and do something on our own.”However, the culinary veteran with over 30 years of experience has exhibited a strong work ethic and dedication to his craft since he was a boy. He said he was given tough love at an early age by his father, who worked in education, but he also said the advice he gained has helped mold him into the restaurateur and businessman he is today.“I knew if I wasn’t going to get into education that I had to be better at commitment, better at hard work,” he said. “The restaurant business can be brutal… If you’re committed and you’re passionate about what you’re doing, it’s a paid education.”It also doesn’t help that he inherited the culinary prowess of his grandmother, who he said was one of the first chefs to ever appear on television.Born in Houston, Von Ehrenfried has bounced around the country since settling in Dallas in the mid-1980s. He said he moved around a lot as a kid to states including Maryland, Virginia, Hawaii and Colorado. Growing up with one older brother and one younger sister, he said having such a large family has been an adjustment, but a very worthy one.“We’ve got a lot going on,” he said laughingly. “It’s a blessing. It’s a wonderful thing.”Building on the basic principles of success grounded by his father, Von Ehrenfried’s culinary spark ignited shortly after beginning college, when he said he took his dishwasher job and turned it into a career after working his way up to the top.“I just got sucked up into the business,” he said. “Schoolwork went to the side. I enjoyed cooking and the restaurant business and I’ve been in it ever since… I just saw the potential to really get after it.”Von Ehrenfried said he then moved to Dallas, where he spent 29 years at Ram International, Ltd. and worked his way up from assistant kitchen manager to director of operations.It was afterward when the former dishwasher-turned-director hatched the idea to open his own restaurant after reuniting with Glover, who Von Ehrenfried said was the first sous chef he hired when he worked as a regional chef in 1989.“He’s always been a close friend,” he said. “I kind of leveled out where I was at and I wasn’t getting any younger so I decided to jump out and open up a restaurant of my own. I was looking at a location near his house so I gave him a call and said, ‘Hey, I’m finally making the leap of faith. I’m finally going to do something on my own.’”Glover, who Von Ehrenfried said left the culinary business to start his own cable installation company, told him he had been looking into doing something similar with his wife. He said the two sat down and talked about the idea and ultimately decided to pursue the opportunity together.“We said, “Hey let’s do it,’” he said. “So we looked all over DFW until we found this location and the rest is history.”Soon, Von Ehrenfried would be standing foot in a restaurant of his own creation. He said he still remembers all the emotions he felt when he opened the doors for the first time.“It came real, real quick, that’s for sure,” he said after a quick chuckle. “It was a potpourri of emotions. The excitement of having our own business and not working for somebody else, that was emotional.”But since it’s inception, Pouring Glory has become one of Fort Worth’s hottest new dining and sipping spots, an achievement Von Ehrenfried said is both heartwarming and fulfilling.“For people to come in and have good fellowship, good food, good beer and a great environment, it’s just a great little formula for everybody,” he said. “In the restaurant business, you’re always going to be critiqued… Seeing all walks of life come into our restaurant and have an experienced they’ve never had, that was kind of the bell that went off and had me like, ‘Wow.’”More significantly, Pouring Glory is helping reignite a burnt out area of Fort Worth stretching from Rosedale Street to Interstate Highway 30 that Von Ehrenfried said has been ignored for a long time.“It’s been depressed for 50 years,” he said. “This area has been avoided for so many years, so it’s really kind of a learning curve for us to get the exposure out and say, ‘Hey, this is part of a new area that’s being revitalized, it’s not what you think it is,’ and getting people to experience it.”In the end, while Pouring Glory is bringing new attention to an older part of town, the ever-changing restaurant industry keeps Von Ehrenfried on edge. And as he looks toward the future, he sees similar establishments getting ready to take Fort Worth’s south side by the horns.“We’re kind of pioneering that, being the first one open here,” he said. “But they’ll be more coming, so you always have to stay focused. There’s just a lot of opportunity here as far as this area being turned around. It’s the next hot spot.” + posts Russell Hodgeshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/russell-hodges/ Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Facebook Twitter Linkedin Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Facebook ReddIt Russell Hodgeshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/russell-hodges/ Twitter Russell Hodgeshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/russell-hodges/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more


TCU student starts a new business to bring nostalgic school spirit

first_imgOfficials hopeful after COVID-19 cases drop Twitter Paschal-area residents opposed to new apartments Collin Gray Collin Grayhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/collin-gray/ + posts World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Facebook Virtual town hall with the Chancellor printThis story was updated at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 22 to correct a misidentification.A TCU MBA student transformed a class assignment into a business that sells old TCU spirit wear and gear.Lindsey Dixon, the founder of Riff Ram Vintage, thought of this idea during her Ventures Ideas class and had inspiration from her sister who sold vintage clothes in Austin. “This idea came from the clothing situation around here because you can only wear Tyler’s or Buc-ee’s shirts,” Dixon said. “I thought other people would like different shirts, just like I do.”Social media has helped grow the business. The Instagram page accumulated over 750 followers in the first month of being created. A physical location requires lots of energy you can find out more on how to acquire it.“We wouldn’t be where we are today without it,” Dixon said. “Nearly 75 to 85 percent of our sales are online.” Read more: Riff Ram Vintage holds pop-up at Common GroundsDixon also said she uses social media to her advantage and target her preferred audience by using what she learned from her class taught by Michael Sherrod, an instructor in management and the William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence. One of Dixon’s goals this semester is to hopefully brighten some TCU undergraduates’ day with her merchandise. “I’m excited to see the undergrads get excited about what we are selling,” Dixon said.She went on to explain how she’s excited to see how the students are excited to learn about the history of the university. Rare items, like those with the Flying T symbol, are difficult to keep in stock. “It’s a way to focus my energy and grow excitement among students who have been disconnected during this year,” Dixon said.  Dixon sold a vintage LaDainian Tomlinson jersey that at Riff Ram Vintage on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (Asia Soliday/Staff Reporter)The big question people wanted to know was where she got all of this TCU stuff.Dixon started out by selling items from her own collection and also finding other items at estate sales. She’s been collecting for a couple of years and has been fortunate enough that a few alumni have reached out to her and gave her some good deals on items. “People are excited that I’m teaching younger generations about TCU,” Dixon said. “Since I’m a student, they give me good deals to start up. People are just really excited to learn about past stuff, which helps it grow.”Dixon said she doesn’t currently have a website that’s operational but she’s working on getting it up by November or December at the latest for the upcoming holiday season.Her ultimate goal is to one day have a store inside of Amon G. Carter Stadium. Linkedin Collin Grayhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/collin-gray/ Twitter Collin Grayhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/collin-gray/ Previous articleOnline classes increase parking availability for studentsNext articleWhat we’re reading: Melania Trump will not attend Pennsylvania rally, murder victim identified 35 years after found dead in Florida Collin Gray RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Riff Ram Vintage held a pop-up at Common Grounds on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. (Asia Soliday/Staff Reporter) ReddIt Collin Gray is a junior journalism major and history minor from Fort Worth, Texas. Outside of the classroom, he enjoys hanging out with his friends, keeping up with current events and enjoying TCU sporting events. Collin Grayhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/collin-gray/ Linkedin Facebook The adjustment to self-isolation TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025 ReddItlast_img read more


From Tripoli to Manama, no let-up in abuses against news media

first_img News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS Organisation OMAN Reporters Without Borders condemns the blocking of access to the online forum Al-Harah Al-Omania by local telecom operators Omantel and Nawras.Officially, the website is accused of breaking the law, but the blocking follows a refusal by the site’s administrators to provide the authorities with the personal data of certain users. Last week, the committee in charge of combating new technology crimes, an offshoot of the prosecutor’s office, said it would prosecute the site’s management for refusing to cooperate.In a statement yesterday, the site’s management said the forum anyway did not have the technical ability to identify a participant as its server did not keep the IP addresses of participants in its database. The decision to block access to the forum was arbitrary and unjustified, the statement added.The site had also posted videos and articles about the demonstrations taken place in Oman. Users said they would launch a new site if the blocking was not lifted. The forum was one of the sultanate’s five most popular websites. Reporters Without Borders calls on the authorities to stop blocking the forum and to drop all plans to prosecute its management.Reporters Without Borders has learned that the journalist Ahmed Al-Shezawi was fired by the newspaper Al-Shabiba for taking part in a sit-in. He had been arrested on 29 March at his home in Muscat because he joined political and human rights activists in demonstrating in the northern city of Sohar and was released on 10 April. According to Amnesty International, Shezawi was kept in solitary confinement at an unknown location, constantly subjected to loud music and questioned about his links with foreign organizations such as BBC. He learned that he had been fired when he returned to the newspaper, which had not reported his arrest in either its print or online version.“We condemn the Omani government’s policy of trying to intimidate all journalists who express views contrary to its own,” Reporters Without Borders said. SYRIA Anyone who dares to speak out continues to be exposed to arbitrary arrest.One of the latest victims is Omar Koush, a writer and journalist from Aleppo, was arrested on arrival at Damascus airport today after participating in a conference in Turkey. He wrote an article on 29 April entitled “Turkey: dual relations between Arab countries on the one hand and Islamist organizations on the other.”Al-Jazeera announced in a statement today that it has lost contact with one of its journalists, Dorothy Parvaz, since her arrival in Damascus on 29 April aboard a Qatar Airways flight, and asked the authorities to say what had happened to her. “We are very concerned for Dorothy’s safety,” an Al-Jazeera spokesman said. “We request the full cooperation of the Syrian authorities in determining what happened to her at the airport, where she is now, and what her state of health is. We want her returned to Al-Jazeera safely at once.”A journalist with Canadian and Iranian dual citizenship, Parvez, 39, has worked for Al-Jazeera since 2010.Al-Jazeera announced on 27 April that it was suspending all activities throughout Syria until further notice because of the many threats and acts of intimidation against its crews. Its Syrian employees have repeatedly been threatened by the authorities, and stones and eggs were thrown at its offices on 24, 25 and 26 April. Around 100 people gathered outside its Damascus bureau on 30 April, accusing it of “lying” and “exaggerating” in its coverage of the anti-government protests that began in mid-March.Firas Fayyad, a 27-year-old Facebook activist and film director who studied filmmaking in France, was kidnapped from an Internet café on 30 April. His latest film, “Damascus,” is about contemporary Syria and the Arab world’s political problems.His arrest is the latest in a long list of abuses against journalists that has included obstruction, physical attacks, arbitrary arrests and the deportation of foreign news agency and newspaper correspondents. It has become impossible for journalists to do their job in Syria and cover the current protests.The Syrian regime has also launched a wave of arrests of political activists. Human rights lawyer Hassan Ismail Abdel Azim, 81, was arrested at his office yesterday. Writer and opposition activist Hazem Nahar was arrested on 28 April. In response to the violent crackdown on protests, the UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution calling for a fact-finding mission to be sent to Syria to identify those responsible for the human rights violations.The following are still detained:- Fayez Sara, a journalist and writer who was arrested on 11 April,- Khaled Sid Mohand, an Algerian journalist working for Le Monde (and a regular contributor to Radio France) who was arrested on 9 April (http://www.facebook.com/home.php?sk=group_149193425148628 and the petition),- Mohamed Zaid Mistou, a Norwegian journalist of Syrian origin, who was arrested on 7 April,- Kamal Sheikhou, a blogger who was arrested on 15 March.There has been no news of the journalists Akram Abu Safi and Sobhie Naeem Al-Assal since 24 March. RSF_en News Help by sharing this information May 2, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 From Tripoli to Manama, no let-up in abuses against news media Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts to go further SAUDI ARABIA The Saudi government issued a decree on 29 April imposing new restrictions on the media and drastically limiting press freedom. The decree, which amends five articles of the 2000 press and publications law, is clearly designed to ensure that the protests sweeping the Arab world since the start of the year do not take any greater hold in Saudi Arabia than they have already.The decree bans publication of any material that “contradicts Islamic Sharia law,” “serves foreign interests” or “undermines national security.” It also requires journalists to restrict themselves to criticism that is “objective and constructive” and “in the public interest.”Anyone contravening the new regulations can be fined of up to 500,000 riyals (around 90,000 euros) and banned from writing for the media for life.The decree’s vague wording leaves a lot of room for arbitrary enforcement. Reporters Without Borders calls for it to be rescinded at once.Nazir Al-Majid, a writer who was arrested on 17 April for participating in demonstrations in the eastern city of Khobar, has meanwhile been suspended from his post as teacher in a local state school. Security agents searched his home and confiscated his computer when they arrested him. He posted an article entitled “I protest, therefore I am a human being” last month on the Rashid.com, news website.Two Shiite bloggers who were very active online – Mustafa Badr Al-Mubarak, 26, and Hossein Kathem Al-Hashem, a 25-year-old student – were arrested in the past few days in the eastern governorate of Al-Qatif and are being held in a police station in the town of Safwa. Their computers were confiscated.According to information obtained by the NGO Front Line (http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&id=239450), Sheikh Mekhlef bin Dahham Al-Shammari, a writer and social reformer who has been held without trial since 15 June 2010, could be tried before a state security court, possibly on the terrorism charge that was brought against him when he was arrested in 2007.Al-Shammari has been arrested several times in recent years because of his close contacts with representatives of Saudi Arabia’s Shiite minority.Ever since the start of the unrest in the Arab world and, in particular, the protests in neighbouring Bahrain, Riyadh has been taking all sorts of measures to forestall their spread to Saudi Arabia. The authorities have blocked access to websites calling for reform in Saudi Arabia that emerged after the demonstrations in Tunisia and Egypt (http://dawlaty.info/ and http://www.saudireform.com/). They have blocked the “Revolutionary Nostalgia” Facebook page that is calling for reforms. A BBC crew was prevented from covering the unrest in the eastern city of Hufuf in March. And a Reuters correspondent’s accreditation was withdrawn on 15 March for alleged inaccuracies in a report on a demonstration.Saudi Arabia is ranked 157th out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.center_img YEMEN Ali Ghamdan, a Yemeni journalist who works at Al-Jazeera headquarters in the Qatari capital of Doha, was arrested by security agents on arrival at Sanaa airport on 30 April to visit his family. His arrest seems to be part of a government campaign to intimidate the media, in which Al-Jazeera’s bureau in Sanaa has been attacked and its journalists have had their accreditation withdrawn. Al-Jazeera announced the closure of its Sanaa bureau on 25 March.Wahib Al-Nasari, a journalist who works for the Sanaa bureau of the Emirati daily Al-Khalij, was attacked by government supporters on 29 April after covering the very large demonstration following Friday prayers.Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to free Ghamdan and to stop their harassment of media that cover protests. This has included arrests of journalists, physical attacks, deportation of foreign journalists and seizures of newspapers. April 28, 2021 Find out more News June 8, 2021 Find out more March 9, 2021 Find out more The detained journalists James Foley, a freelancer working for GlobalPost.com, and Manu Brabo, a Spanish photographer, were allowed to contact their families on 23 April. They have been detained together since their arrest on 5 April. Clare Morgana Gillis, a US reporter for The Atlantic magazine’s website, who was moved to a women’s prison in Tripoli after being arrested at the same time as the other two, was allowed to contact her family on 21 and 26 April. They all reassured their families about their health and the conditions in which they are being held.Gillis told her family that Anton Lazarus Hammerl, a photographer with South African and Austrian dual nationality who disappeared on the day of their arrest, had not been with them when they were arrested. The Austrian foreign ministry has said Hammerl is alive and that it is negotiating his release with the Libyan government.Two other journalists are still detained. They are Kamel Ataloua of Al-Jazeera, who has been held since the start of March, and Lotfi Ghars, a journalist with Tunisian and Canadian dual nationality working for Al-Alam TV, who has been held since 16 March. American freelancer Matthew VanDyke has been missing since 12 March.The Transitional National Council in Benghazi has said that six Libyan journalists are currently held by the forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate release of all these journalists. Follow the news on Saudi Arabia LIBYA BAHRAIN Reporters Without Borders has interviewed a foreign journalist about the difficulties of working in Bahrain and the red lines that cannot be crossed. He asked not to be identified.“Shortly after arriving at our hotel, the authorities told us we could not go out without an escort provided by the information ministry,” he said. “We have to accept. We very quickly realized that we would not be able to film or cover any of the subjects we had wanted to cover. 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Pasadena Annual Overnight and Daytime Parking Permits Expire Dec. 31, 2014

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  The public is reminded that annual overnight and daytime parking permits issued by the Pasadena Department of Transportation (DOT) expire Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014.Residents are encouraged to renew permits and place new decals on their vehicles by Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, to avoid being cited.The public can conveniently renew permits online at https://pasadenaparking.t2hosted.com/cmn/index.aspx or visit the Parking Office at 221 E. Walnut St., Suite 199. For faster service at the Parking Office, customers are advised to schedule an appointment online at https://egov1.cityofpasadena.net/apps/DOTApptWeb/DotAppointment.aspx.For information about annual parking permit costs and qualifications, visit the DOT Parking Division web page at www.cityofpasadena.net/Transportation/Annual_Parking_FAQ.Residents and visitors who need to park on the street for a short period of time can purchase temporary parking permits at any of the City’s five Temporary Overnight/Daytime Parking Exemption Kiosks (TODPEK). The cost is $3 per night and $6 per day. To view TODPEK locations, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/Transportation/Parking_Permits.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Make a comment Subscribe Government Pasadena Annual Overnight and Daytime Parking Permits Expire Dec. 31, 2014 Published on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 | 11:15 am Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more


2016 One City, One Story Selection to be Revealed

first_imgPasadena Public Library’s 14th One City, One Story selection will be announced on Wednesday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. in Pasadena’s Central Library’s Great Hall, 285 E. Walnut St.During the presentation, Mayor Terry Tornek and Jan Sanders, director of the Pasadena Public Library system, will announce the book selection and unveil a poster size version of the book cover.An 11-member community committee chose the novel. Last year’s selection was the novel “The Book of Unknown Americans” by author Cristina Henríquez.Pasadena’s annual community reading celebration is designed to broaden and deepen an appreciation of reading and literature in the community, engage participants in dialogue and bring Pasadenans together by promoting greater understanding of differing points of view.Thousands of people read the same book and participate in related events including a conversation with the author, film series, book discussion groups, exhibitions, lectures and other activities.One City, One Story events will be scheduled throughout March 2016 and feature a community dialog with the author on Thursday, March 31st. The full calendar will be announced in the near future.For more information visit www.onecityonestory.com. 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Things You’ve Always Wanted To Know About RihannaHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Community News 2016 One City, One Story Selection to be Revealed From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 | 1:59 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribecenter_img Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment More Cool Stufflast_img read more


City students hit with parking fines

first_imgTwitter Advertisement WhatsApp NewsLocal NewsCity students hit with parking finesBy admin – November 3, 2011 884 Print Facebookcenter_img Linkedin OVER 60 evening students of the Limerick College of  Further Education on Mulgrave Street, were stunned to find parking offence tickets on their cars.The tickets had been Issued in a surprise swoop by the Garda Siochana Traffic Corps during courses.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We were told they were acting on foot of complaints, that they had issued 30 tickets and would be issuing more,” Enda Finn, Head of Education, told the Limerick Post.At a meeting of the city council’s Joint Policing Committee, attended by Chief Superintendent David Sheahan, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin called for action to curb the “dangerous parking outside and close to the School of Music, located in the college, when there are car parks nearby”.However, according to Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon,  gardai “have been adopting a common sense approach to the situation whereby, because there is a serious lack of car parking space in the area, students have few options.“There are a lot of double yellow lines in the Mulgrave Street locality, as well as a bus lanes, but I don’t think there is a serious issue as long as students are not parking dangerously at night”. “There were concerns that the bus lane would take away parking space, but as it ends at 6.30pm, evening students started to use it and no tickets were issued, until last week”.Cllr O’Hanlon has arranged to meet with senior engineer Rory McDermott, on the issue, and meanwhile the college has been in discussion with a nearby car park. Pat Mansell, director of Limerick College of Further Education, said they are currently exploring all the possibilities.“We must adopt a common-sense approach – the city council emphasises the need to bring people into the city – our motivation is to help the city by providing training and education.“There is a huge demand for our services, we have 13,065 night students – last week, we had graduations, with an attendance of over 1,000”. Email Previous articlePrivate takeover of MWRH strongly opposedNext articleDemand rockets for free legal aid adminlast_img read more