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Williamson Tea Kenya Limited (WTK.ke) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgWilliamson Tea Kenya Limited (WTK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Williamson Tea Kenya Limited (WTK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Williamson Tea Kenya Limited (WTK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Williamson Tea Kenya Limited (WTK.ke)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileWilliamson Tea Kenya Limited cultivates, manufactures and sells tea in Kenya and exports to international markets. The company operates tea farms in Changoi, Kaimosi, Kapchorua and Tinderet. It is a fifth-generation tea farming business committed to growing high quality green tea leaf and produces a selection of loose-leaf tea and loose-leaf teabags. Well-known brands in its product range include Duchess Grey, Traditional Afternoon, Lifeboat Tea, Kenya Earth, Green Earl Grey, Purple Blush, Mint Garden, Earl Grey Purple, Purple Matcha and Green Matcha. Williamson Tea Kenya Plc also has interests in property investment and has a division which sells and services generators. Williamson Tea Kenya Plc is a subsidiary of Ngong Tea Holdings Limited. The head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Williamson Tea Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Date set for Edinburgh v Toulouse Heineken Quarter-Finals

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Scrum-half Mike Blair is one of five players that featured in the 2004 quarter-final and called on Scotland’s rugby supporters and sports’ fans to roar on the club to their first semi-final.The 75-times capped internationalist said: “It’s a very exciting time for everyone involved in the club. It’ll be another huge night for Edinburgh Rugby. The role of the crowd in home advantage can’t be overstated and in Murrayfield Stadium we have a fantastic opportunity to get a massive turnout and really make statement about rugby in Scotland.” EDINBURGH – FEBRUARY 16: General view taken during the RBS Six Nations match between Scotland and Ireland held on February 16, 2003 at Murrayfield, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Ireland won the match 36-6. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images) Murrayfiled will host the Heineken quarter-final: Edinburgh v ToulouseEdinburgh Rugby will open the 2011/12 Heineken Cup quarter-finals on Saturday 7 April against Toulouse at Murrayfield Stadium with a 3pm kick-off it was confirmed today.The club became the first Scottish side to secure home advantage in the last eight when a four-try home win over London Irish (34-11) set up a reverse of their 2004 fixture in the knockout rounds against the four-time champions.Around 11,000 supporters turned out for the win over the Irish Exiles with many snapping up a seat for the big match immediately after the final whistle.With the date and time now confirmed the club are expecting another rush for the hottest ticket in town, with advanced purchases priced at only £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for students and under-18s, with a special thank-you offer for season ticket holders coming soon.Edinburgh Rugby chief executive, Craig Docherty, said: “The eyes of European rugby will be on Murrayfield as arguably the biggest club rugby match to take place on Scottish soil kicks off a weekend of Heineken Cup rugby. This is where we want to be as a club; putting ourselves in a position to perform on on the world’s biggest club rugby competition.” HEINEKEN CUP QUARTER-FINALS Saturday, 7 AprilEdinburgh Rugby v Toulouse, Murrayfield 15.00Leinster Rugby v Cardiff Blues, Aviva Stadium 17.45 Sunday, 8 AprilMunster Rugby v Ulster Rugby, Thomond Park 13.45Saracens v ASM Clermont Auvergne, Vicarage Road 16.30last_img read more

France have no qualms over targeting Sexton

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS France know that if they can stop Jonathan Sexton on Sunday they have a good chance of topping Pool D. “In any case, there are two of him, and we didn’t have the best one with us.”The whole of France will be hoping that by putting Sexton under pressure, it’s the Racing version that shows up, however the Ireland version seems more likely. “I am going to hunt him down as often as possible.“We are going to go after him 200 percent because he is their most valuable player.”Sexton’s time at Racing was not as fruitful as ambitious owner Jacky Lorenzetti might have hoped, before a return to Leinster after the World Cup.And Ben Arous admitted that the French had probably not seen the best of Sexton in club colours.He added: “I’m not sure if he is boosted by playing for Ireland, but it’s true there are two Jonathan Sextons. At Racing 92 he had some difficulty, I’m not sure if it was the fact he was playing in France.center_img Jonathan Sexton will have to prove once again that he can cope under pressure with France admitting they will target him in Sunday’s decisive Pool D fixture in Cardiff.The Irish fly-half has just finished two years in the Top 14 and knows all about the French game, but came under fire this week for his attitude while at Racing-Métro.His Irish teammates were quick to defend him, and regardless of what happened in France, Sexton has shown time and again that he can cope with being in the firing line.During this year’s Six Nations he made his return from a long injury break and was forced to deal with a number of charges from Mathieu Bastareaud, who had also run at him the previous year in Paris.Big collisions between Mathieu Bastareaud Johnny Sexton are expected. Photo: Getty Images.While Sexton came off second best in those exchanges, Ireland won the game on each occasion, and there is certainly a danger that France get too obsessed with the Irish playmaker.Loosehead Eddy Ben Arous, Sexton’s former teammate at Racing, explained that France would be looking to put the fly-half under pressure, particularly when it came to clearing the ball.“I know that he is slow in getting rid of the ball, I am going to try and put the maximum pressure on him,” said Ben Arous. LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 04: Jonathan Sexton of Ireland runs with the ball during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Ireland and Italy at the Olympic Stadium on October 4, 2015 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images) last_img read more

Summer Tours: South Africa v England preview for Match Three

first_img“I’ve been really impressed with the fortitude of the squad under Owen Farrell, who is a young captain, and with a number of young players who have really stuck to the task.”Tweaking things: Eddie Jones has opted for two left-footers in the backs, in Cipriani and Henry SladeSouth Africa coach Rassie Erasmus said: “I expect a very physical and close-fought game. We are desperate to win and make it 3-0 while England will be desperate to win the game, make it 2-1 and finish their tour on a positive note.“No one is out of the team because of a lack of form; the changes are due to our long-term planning for next year’s World Cup as we continue to build squad depth and capacity.“We made a lot of mistakes last week and this Saturday gives us the opportunity to rectify those errors and to continue to build on our team cohesion.”Any interesting statistics?* The first-ever Test at Newlands was the meeting of Bill Maclagan’s British Isles team and South Africa – way back in 1891.* England have only played there twice, losing 27-9 in 1994 and 18-0 in 1998 when Clive Woodward caused a row by moving the team into a nicer hotel. The opportunity is there for someone to become the first England try-scorer against South Africa on this ground.* England also played at Newlands twice during the 1995 World Cup, beating Australia in the quarter-final but losing to a Jonah Lomu-inspired New Zealand side in the subsequent semi.* Defeat for England this weekend would bring them their first 3-0 series whitewash since Stuart Lancaster’s men lost by that margin in New Zealand four years ago.Rubbing it in: Elton Jantjies and Siya Kolisi hope to make it a clean 3-0 for the Boks (Gallo Images)What time does it kick off and is it on TV?The match at Newlands kicks off at 4.05pm UK time on Saturday and is live on Sky Sports. There will also be live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live and online.The referee is New Zealand’s Glen Jackson, under whom South Africa have never lost in six previous matches officiated by the New Zealander.Jackson’s Test refereeing debut was the 2012 England-Fiji match in which Joe Launchbury won his first cap. Will Greenwood described the English lock as “like a brontosaurus bending down to eat a tree” – a magical analogy!The assistant referees are Romain Poite of France and Ben O’Keeffe of New Zealand while the TMO is Ireland’s Simon McDowell.Proud day: Jonny Hill, who first played at Luctonians aged nine, could win his first England cap (Getty)What are the line-ups? All you need to know about the Test between South Africa and England in Cape Town Back at No 10: Danny Cipriani’s long wait for another England start will end at Newlands (Getty Images) South Africa v England PreviewThe series has been lost, the criticism has rained down. In some ways, the pressure on Eddie Jones’s England has eased because of the lowering of expectations.Five successive Test defeats since beating Wales in round two of the Six Nations has seen England drop to sixth in the world rankings, and no one – on the outside at least – is predicting an England win at Newlands this weekend with any degree of confidence.The first two Tests of the series saw England build a handsome lead, 24-3 and 12-0 respectively, with some beautifully incisive attacking play. Those leads then evaporated amid performances that, at times, descended into disarray.Some feistiness is fine, and conceding penalties at scrums and mauls is an occupational hazard. But there are still too many daft indiscretions, such as the ones committed by Mako Vunipola and Nathan Hughes last week. Twenty missed tackles also makes grisly reading.Such actions are killing England and Sky commentator Miles Harrison was right when he said that their indiscipline “has gone from a disease to an epidemic”.Getting heated: a scuffle in last week’s second Test, when England went down 23-12 (AFP/Getty Images)Eddie Jones alluded to 25 missing players but most of the key personnel are here. And there were good things in Bloemfontein, such as the off-the-top lineout ball, the fluidity of the back three, and the targeting of the opposition wings through well-directed bombs.However, England must look to prove they are a ship merely going through stormy waters, not one about to sink without trace. To do that, they need to win the final Test in Cape Town against a Springboks side that could be more vulnerable after making a number of changes.It’s a match that could be seminal in the career of Danny Cipriani, recalled at No 10 after a ten-year hiatus. Will he provide the spark needed to turn around England’s fortunes, or merely get bogged down in the weary morass? Lethal weapon: wing Jonny May scores in Bloemfontein – his 16th try in just 36 England Tests (Getty)What’s the big team news?Only one place to begin – the selection of Danny Cipriani for his first start in nearly ten years. His last outing in the ten shirt was in November 2008, when the Springboks dumped England 42-6 at Twickenham.The new Gloucester man was flagged as a full-back by Jones when the squad was named, but he plays in his usual position, ousting George Ford in an otherwise unchanged back-line.Up front, there are three enforced changes because of the unavailability of Billy Vunipola (broken arm), Mako Vunipola (family reasons) and Brad Shields (illness).No 8 Nathan Hughes, loosehead Joe Marler and blindside Chris Robshaw step in.The bench has a six-two split, with Ben Spencer and Denny Solomona covering the back positions, and the five-strong Exeter contingent includes uncapped lock Jonny Hill.The last time: Danny Cipriani kicks during his previous England start in November 2008 (Getty Images)The Springboks shuffle the cards, making five changes from the XV that clinched the series in Bloemfontein. The back-line gets a makeover with full-back Warrick Gelant, centres Jesse Kriel and Andre Esterhuizen, and fly-half Elton Jantjies all brought in.Chiliboy Ralepelle is named at hooker and there will be delight in both hemispheres at the selection of Schalk Brits, 37, as his bench understudy. The ex-Saracens man, delaying his retirement plans a little longer, has amassed just ten caps down the years despite being arguably the most skilful and enterprising hooker ever to play the game.Young scrum-half Embrose Papier, who made his Springboks debut off the bench against Wales in Washington, is also among the replacements.Going strong: Schalk Brits is in line for an 11th Springbok cap before putting the boots away (Getty)What have the coaches said?England coach Eddie Jones said: “We’ve had a really upbeat training week. We are up for the battle and are going to rip in on Saturday. We want another committed performance where it will be crucial to maintain our composure when the heat is on.“We’re expecting a wet and windy old day at Newlands and have elected to play Danny Cipriani ahead of George Ford to give us a left-foot kicking option. We’ll need to jump out of the blocks quickly again and make sure we maintain that pressure and make good decisions.center_img SOUTH AFRICA: Warrick Gelant; S’busiso Nkosi, Jesse Kriel, Andre Esterhuizen, Aphiwe Dyantyi; Elton Jantjies, Faf de Klerk; Tendai Mtawarira, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Frans Malherbe, RG Snyman, Franco Mostert, Siya Kolisi (capt), Pieter-Steph du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.Replacements: 16 Schalk Brits, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Thomas du Toit, 19 Jean-Luc du Preez, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Embrose Papier, 22 Handre Pollard, 23 Willie le Roux.ENGLAND: Elliot Daly; Jonny May, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell (capt), Mike Brown; Danny Cipriani, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Joe Launchbury, Maro Itoje, Chris Robshaw, Tom Curry, Nathan Hughes.Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Jonny Hill, 20 Mark Wilson, 21 Sam Simmonds, 22 Ben Spencer, 23 Denny Solomona. 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Two new vacancies search tools

first_img Tagged with: Digital Recruitment / people At the same time, UK Fundraising is restoring its daily email alert of all new job vacancies published on the site in the previous 24 hours. Registered users can visit their profile page to sign up for this free service.UK Fundraising has been publishing vacancy adverts online since 1995, offering charities the ability to reach a large and self-selecting audience at a fraction of the price charged by some of the dominant printed publications.These new services are part of an improvement to the site’s online recruitment services which coincide with the next UK Fundraising Perfect Pitch on HR issues for charities. The free one-day showcase of HR service providers takes place in London on 1 March 2006. Two new vacancies search tools AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis UK Fundraising’s recruitment service has added two new tools to help jobseekers find a job via this site, namely a new search tool and a daily email alert.The search tool allows site users to locate relevant jobs based on a series of filters – job title, region, employment type, and salary range. The filters can be used singly or in any combination with each other.As the site starts to increase further the number of recruitment adverts it lists, especially from recruitment agencies, this search tool is expected to prove increasingly useful. Advertisementcenter_img  30 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 January 2006 | 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Riding while Black from Chicago to Washington, D.C.

first_imgHave you ever experienced “Riding While Black”?Imagine traveling in a 50-passenger bus halfway across the country, Chicago to Washington D.C., in route to the anti-Trump Inauguration rally and protest demonstrations and no one, not one of your fellow passengers, all white leftists, bothers to sit next to you. Not either to or from your 14-hour journey does anyone even engage you in casual conversation.“How’s the weather?”“Great African shirt you’re wearing.”“Is that an African shirt?”“Want some company? Mind if I sit down?”“How about them Cubbies?”A sure conversation starter, huh?Don’t get me wrong. Being able to flex 60-year-old legs in the insanely cramped space of bus seats was a blessing, spreading out a couple of unread books in the vacant seat next to me helped pass the time. Time is a valuable commodity, especially when social activism is in search of political discourse, political work.  After all, each and every one on that trek was aware of our mission to D.C. It wasn’t any secret.But all this about who does and does not sit next to a brother is not the point. So some will wager, “What is the point, really?”Throughout the ride, I reflected on a valiant Rosa Parks, long denied the bus seat of her choice in the era of Jim Crow, who simply refused to “get up” when told to do so.  Marking the unfurling precursors of a mass movement that went on, unyielding and unrelenting, the very notion of refusing to yield to “normalized” unethical racial practices was born that day.In the supposed post-racial [U.S.] America, Black folks routinely work daily driving buses of public and private transportation nationwide. The drivers of our trip to D.C. were Black. I pondered the so-called social engineering of the past.Writer Ishmael Reed is attributed with coining the phrase “reckless eyeballing,” the grave sin of which Black men and youth like Emmett Till were commonly accused. Gazing into face or body parts of some white woman was deemed a crime often punishable by death. And in the case of Mamie Till’s boy, he was shot, hung, body drug on a dirt road for miles and for demonic glee drowned with a lead weight tied round bout his neck in hopes he not be found in low standing water.Mamie Till wanted the world to see the savagery of what white racism had done to her son. An open casket revealing his grotesquely mutilated face and body should have shocked a world gone mad. But did it?Strange enough, the night of the D.C. trip one passenger, an older white guy, squat low to the ground, wearing a Michigan starter jacket chain smoking during bus stops, would throughout the trip give me the ole “skunk eye.”Several times I caught him staring as if he was the very face of the Klan — full of hatred! It kinda unnerved me at first. That is until arriving at the rally, witnessing some of the real faces of hatred. Bikers for Trump, a motley gaggle of vagabonds whose distorted snarls on their unshaven, hard, undistilled mugs sent shivers down my spine, looking like they’d wrap a link chain around a lifeless body, dragging it for miles on end.The short, squat Michigan jacketed guy wasn’t the only one though. Several other cross-eyed glances and sideway leers sent unwelcoming vibes, making a not too comfortable ambiance to say the least.Was I imagining things or just miffed for want of comradeship and “inclusion” by cadre who were supposedly united in struggle?Perception is crucialWhat was ringing in my mind’s ear was the question of “real” unity in actual on-the-ground struggle. What did it mean? And are we accountable and self-critical in the face of such struggle? Did any of these passengers, mainly young white males and females, have anything the least in common with an older Black guy?Did not anyone want to “pick” my brain? Ask what I “thought of Trump” or “Why in the blazes was I really even there?”The proverbial “elephant in the room,” during the entire bus ride I felt an uneasy chasm. Not forlorn but removed, cast apart. Kinda like Harry Belafonte’s displaced character in the 1959 woefully under recognized movie, “The World, the Flesh and the Devil.” Surviving a nuclear holocaust, Belafonte, finding himself alone amidst the rubble of complete disaster, stumbles upon not one but two white folks. His day was not beginning to shape up in good fashion.In Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” was not the protagonist a “Black” male? Which brings to mind the caste system of apartheid, a practice de jure of invisibility of Indigenous people in southern Africa by colonialists.Does not the inhuman Afrikaans epithet “apartheid” derive from the words “apart” or “separate”?In the still of the night’s journey pondering moments of silence spring eternal. Mostly young people on the bus, I wondered, “How long had they been in the struggle for human rights?”Could they relate to the Black Liberation movement let alone Black people?Was there an immediate urgency relative to the Black Liberation struggle in relation to other human social struggles? What is their sociopolitical agenda? Did they really understand and internalize this?Was there a precedent that overrode the other? Or was Black Liberation indistinguishable from the rights of any other community of people, such as “immigrants,” “Muslims” or “LBGTQ”?Importantly still, why is the white left apt to refer to an imaginary “people of color” as opposed to using “Black” or “African” as a self-determining symbol of language in this politically correct time of “identity politics”?“People of color” is safe, won’t offend and furthermore doesn’t categorize. Black folks as an unrecognized nation of people are therefore rendered a non-factor, inert and impotent. Unimportant to the conversation. This, in face of Obama apologists, there is no post-racial society in America. Not on the liberal left. Not on the liberal right. Not with the so-called democratic socialists (surely a misnomer), nor in this case the white radical left.Could that have been the reason I got no conversation to and from D.C.?In the grand, hegemonic scheme of worldwide imperialism and its diabolical monstrosity, white supremacist racism, are not Blacks/Africans debased lower than the lowest rung of beings, if at all considered human?“Beneath the underdog,” jazz composer, bassist Charles Mingus called them. Psychologist and freedom fighter Franz Fanon knew them as “The Wretched of the Earth.”African people are just a few minutes removed from pseudoscientific eugenics and chattel slavery, which ruled their genocide as humanely necessary if not downright warranted by almighty god himself! Laws were set in place to authorize it so.Battling white chauvinism is keyRacism can be overt, subtle and oh so quiet. Quietly subsuming itself into the very deepest core of society. Racism has been so corrosive psychologically for all humanity but particularly for Africans. But I am not here to make that case, for others have long done just that.Fighting against racism is not about trying to get (white) people to “like” you. Fighting against racism is not a popularity contest to win the hearts and minds of oppressors.Just who are the “oppressors”? Are they “hiding” in plain sight?The so-called revolutionary white “left” ballyhoo quotable clichés of socialism, communism and liberation. … Just who are they talking about?  Who are they talking to?Or are they talking “down” to people? Black people.In case the white revolutionary left missed it, Black people are not abstract objects and lifeless things for which fanciful, well-worn buzzwords are meant to shallowly unify.I wasn’t looking for no “power” fist bumps from everyone passing me by in the aisle going to the toilet or those prompting me to join them in chants of “Black lives matter!” Yet I wasn’t looking to be subtly marginalized, isolated by a crew of white comrades either.Next bus trip I’ll take along some Herbie Hancock “Headhunters” music, a good set of headphones and a dog-eared copy of W.E.B. DuBois’ classic volume, “Black Reconstruction in America,” I’ve been meaning to finish in my spare time for years.Perhaps in the meantime in between time, them same white leftist folk will learn of what it really means to “struggle” in collective unity with the token Black guy.I won’t be holding my breath. This was not a Spike Lee “Get On the Bus” moment.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

RSF decries curbs on media access to Polish parliament

first_img Receive email alerts December 18, 2016 – Updated on February 9, 2017 RSF decries curbs on media access to Polish parliament RSF_en Demonstration in front of Polish parliament / AFP News News June 2, 2021 Find out more PolandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression Follow the news on Poland News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is alarmed about the latest attack on media freedom by Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) – a plan to restrict media access to parliament from next month onwards. It comes one year after the government seized control of public radio and TV broadcasting.In a protest against the new rules, dozens of opposition parliamentarians occupied the speaker’s podium in the Polish parliament for several hours on 16 December, blocking all proceedings. At the same time, in response to a call from the Committee for the Defence of Democracy (KOD), hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament building, chanting “Free media!” and anti-government slogans.Under the new regulations, only five officially-approved TV channels will be allowed cameras inside parliament to film its debates, while each media outlet will be limited to two accredited parliamentary reporters. Increasingly restrictive measures as reporters already encountered difficulties in working within the parliament and accessing to parliamentarians.Ever since the Law and Justice party’s return to power in late 2015, RSF has been condemning its moves to tighten control over the public broadcast media and weaken the constitutional court, Poland’s highest judicial body.“What with public media now taking orders from the government, journalists subjected to economic constraints and the stifling of privately-owned media outlets, media independence has been badly eroded by this parliament’s measures,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk.“These are very grave violations of the values on which the European Union is founded, in particular, those of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and pluralism, which are supposed to be common to all member states. With these new rules, the government is attacking not only the work of journalists but also the public’s right to be informed about the work of the parliamentarians they elected.” A score of Polish media outlets – including commercial TV stations, the Gazeta Wyborcza and Rzeczpospolita newspapers and privately-owned radio stations – decided to boycott parliament’s proceedings on 16 December in protest against the new curbs.Poland is ranked 47th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, a fall of 29 places from its position in the 2015 Index. May 10, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information News Organisation With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland PolandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expression Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Three French journalists attacked while covering presidential election

first_img Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s attack in Brazzaville on three French journalists covering the presidential election, the first round of which was held 20 March. RSF urges the authorities to shed light on the incident and calls for the return of the professional material taken from the journalists. Le Monde reporter Christophe Châtelot and two Agence France-Presse journalists were attacked by four men in civilian dress who claimed to be police officers. After hitting the journalists, the four assailants took their cameras, notebooks and passports. All three journalists have press accreditation for the election. They had just covered a news conference by opposition candidate Jean-Michel Mokoko, who is disputing the preliminary results. According to these results, President Denis Sassou Nguesso won outright in the first round. “This attack is a grave violation of freedom of information, one that shows how difficult it is to cover presidential elections in the Republic of Congo,” RSF said. “We urge the authorities to quickly shed all possible light on the attack, so that it does not go unpunished, and to ensure that the journalists recover their material.” The extremely tense climate during the first round of the election limited freedom of expression. RSF already condemned the telecommunications blackout imposed by the government during the first round. The Republic of Congo is ranked 107th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index. May 4, 2021 Find out more RSF_en AfricaCongo-Brazzaville Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression Congo celebrates World Press Freedom Day by sentencing a journalist to six months in prison Ailing magazine editor held illegally in Brazzaville for more than a month Receive email alerts AfricaCongo-Brazzaville Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression Newscenter_img News March 24, 2016 – Updated on May 19, 2016 Three French journalists attacked while covering presidential election News Joint call for Brazzaville journalist’s release March 5, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Congo-Brazzaville March 31, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation last_img read more

Presenter injured in latest attack on a Gaza radio station

first_img RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today firmly condemned a shooting attack on 1 November on radio Sawt al Shaab, a station affiliated to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (FPLP), in which presenter Shadi Shamiya and one of his guests were injured while taking part in a live broadcast. The attack was believed to have been prompted by the broadcast of an incorrect report about a government reshuffle that was picked by many other media.“Palestinian journalists have once again fallen victim to local political rivalries,” the press freedom organisation said. “We are stunned by the disproportionate nature of this attack. It is senseless to raid a news media and fire on its journalists for disseminating a wrong report.” It was the third attack in less than six months on a Gaza media without any security measures being taken by the authorities.Around 10 gunmen took part in the afternoon attack on the radio station, located in the central Gaza City neighbourhood of Al Sabra. They ransacked computer equipment, destroyed the station’s only transmitter and fired on employees before departing.Dozens of journalists gathered outside the station yesterday in protest against the attack and the climate of violence to which they are exposed.Al Aamal, a Gaza radio station operated by the Workers Union, was invaded on 12 October by gunmen who smashed equipment and then set fire to the premises. In June, gunmen overran the studios of the national Palestinian TV station in the south of the Gaza Strip, attacking staff and ransacking the premises. May 16, 2021 Find out more Organisation News PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts PalestineMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Palestine WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Newscenter_img to go further RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes June 3, 2021 Find out more May 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News News Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists November 3, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Presenter injured in latest attack on a Gaza radio stationlast_img read more

Pasadena’s Fiscal Health Discussed, Analyzed at Chamber-Presented Business and Economic Summit

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Business News Pasadena’s Fiscal Health Discussed, Analyzed at Chamber-Presented Business and Economic Summit Tuesday, October 25, 2016, at 11:30 a.m. at The University Club By BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Monday, October 24, 2016 | 7:36 pm Top of the News Paul Little“Pasadena’s doing okay. We’re not soaring, but we’re not sinking, either,” Pasadena Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Paul Little said early this week ahead of Tuesday’s Business and Economic Summit.Business and industry leaders gathered at the University Club to focus on innovation and the future of business in Pasadena, and heard from experts discussing big picture issues such as the evolving workplace, the transportation future for Los Angeles County and what the workforce of tomorrow may look like.Tracy HernandezTracy Hernandez, Founding President of the Los Angeles County Business Federation (BizFed) will deliver an economic overview that zeroes in on the San Gabriel Valley and Pasadena.Hernandez will also present findings of a recent industry survey and discuss upcoming issues facing local businesses.“Pasadena is an interesting mixed bag of prosperity and pressure. We want to determine what are the most pressing concerns of business owners’ ongoing operations and ability to grow right here in Pasadena,” Hernandez said.According to the Chamber’s Little, the main sectors driving Pasadena’s economy in 2016 are the technology, retail and hospitality sectors.“The tech community here is growing — and that’s positive,” said Little.Councilmember Andy WilsonPasadena-based tech firms like OpenX, SupplyFrame, Ayzenberg, Wallaby (now Bankrate) and Spokeo are experiencing rapid growth, according to District 7 Councilmember Andy Wilson, who himself is the CEO of tech company Rexter.Pasadena is also seeing a growing number of new arrivals of established, mature tech firms including Alibaba, WeWork and Everbridge that are bringing jobs and occupying commercial real estate.“This is particularly exciting as with each new high-tech job in a city, five additional jobs are ultimately created outside of the high-tech sector in that city,” Wilson explained. “This is all with the longer term view of better aligning the local job stock with the people who live in Pasadena, so fewer people will be faced with painful commutes and might also adopt alternative transit modes (walking, biking, mass transit) to get to their high quality local job.”“The tech folks that come to Pasadena are different to some degree from the ones on the westside or even Silicon Valley. These aren’t folks who are trying to create the next ‘Pokemon Go.’ They’re really looking at something that’s going to develop over the long term,” said Little.A surprising number of tech companies are gobbling up office space.Pasadena’s commercial real estate office leasing vacancy stands at just over ten percent in comparison to 16 percent vacancy in downtown Los Angeles and Burbank and 19 percent in Santa Monica, according to Little.City officials are also upbeat.Eric Duyshart“We always have hope for improvement along many parts of Pasadena, but we are fortunate that we have a healthy occupancy rate. Between the commercial businesses that are in commercial buildings and leasing space, Pasadena fares very well compared to other communities,” said City of Pasadena Economic Development Manager Eric Duyshart.Interestingly, in today’s technology-driven environment, company growth does not always result in a growth in workforce size.“Companies have become more efficient in the use of their space. We’re seeing companies that are growing and adding staff, but need less square footage. That has been a trend that is not exclusive to Pasadena, but it has an impact on how commercial space is being utilized,” explained Duyshart.The desirability of Pasadena commercial space is checked, to a degree, by its cost.Ishmael Trone“I hear from business owners from different sectors in Pasadena that affordable office space rates are critical,” said Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Chair Ishmael Trone, who himself is owner of F&M Business Center.“We need to continue recruiting retailers to keep demand for office space and market Pasadena as a destination retail city. We have competition now,” said Trone about nearby downtown L.A.’s efforts to revitalize low income areas to lure retail development and shoppers.“We’re going in the right direction,” Trone said.The life span of businesses in Pasadena remain steady.“We lose as many as we gain,” said Little, who pointed to several major recent restaurant developments on South Lake Avenue. “New businesses draw people to the area and will then start to recharge the interest among retailers and others too,” said Little.Pasadena’s retail scene is an undeniable destination for shoppers in the San Gabriel Valley, and retail brings sales tax revenues back to the city.The city saw a 2016 first quarter benchmark year ending with sales taxes totaling $29,906,250, according to city documents. 21 percent of the tax revenue came from restaurants alone and accounted for nearly $6 million. The city’s estimated buying income (EBI) was $5,106,684,603.“The holiday season is the profitable for most retailers. If they have a healthy holiday season, they have a healthy bottom line for the year. If they have a slow holiday season then they typically have a slow year. Indications are that this year will be just fine,” said Little.The impact of the recent increase in the minimum wage that went in effect in July has yet to become known on a large scale, but some business owners have adjusted in subtle ways.“The extra fifty cents an hour has been difficult to gauge because it’s only been a couple of months. I know that there has been a shrinkage of opportunity with a lot of the folks who employ minimum wage people. I’ve seen restaurants and retail stores be open for fewer hours,” said Little.Employees are feeling the effects directly.“Ultimately what it means for the workforce is fewer hours,” said Little. “We’re looking at surveying folks in the spring time to find out how the have coped and what the effects have been. You have to give it time to actually get data,” said Little about obtaining data in regards to the impact of the minimum wage increase.Stacey OberStacey Ober owns Union Street Sandwich Company and is optimistic about the economic health of the city and the playing field it provides for her small business that is young, but surviving.“I have a really positive outlook. I’m seeing construction all over the area and an increase in foot traffic in shoppers throughout the week. There’s a lot of culture here that brings people here on a regular basis,” said Ober.At the moment there are five hotel projects in various stages of development — The Dusit2 Constance Hotel Phase II on Colorado Boulevard at Mentor Avenue, two proposed hotels at a former car dealership on Colorado Boulevard and Hill Avenue, the Kimpton/YWCA project in the Civic Center, and a new Hyatt Place at the Paseo shopping center.Steve Mermell“These projects benefit the City in several ways. We have a first class convention center that would benefit from having more hotel rooms available to book conventions and gatherings. The hotels at the Paseo and in the Civic Center would help bring new activity and vitality to the area, and the Kimpton project would restore the long-ignored historic Julia Morgan YWCA building,” City Manager Steve Mermell told Pasadena Now last August.The new projects represent the largest wave of new hotel construction in Pasadena in decades.The hotel vacancy rate in Pasadena is low, according to Little, with the city seeing an approximate 90 percent occupancy rate on average with increased room price rates since the recession.“This means that on any given day there are not that many available hotel rooms. There is a need — which is why we’re seeing so much development,” said Little about plans for new hotel developments.Karl BirdTuesday’s Business and Economic Summit will feature a moderated panel discussion among the participants. Karl Bird, Acquisition Department Manager at Jet Propulsion Laboratory and chair of the Chamber’s Economic and Business Development Committee will facilitate.Taking part as featured panelists are Brittany Dodd, senior associate for Advisory and Transaction Services and Workplace Strategy at CBRE, Kim Sidders, People Operations Coordinator with Bolton & Company and Pauletta Tonilas, Chief Communications Officer with Los Angeles County METRO.Pasadena Mayor Terry TornekPasadena Mayor Terry Tornek is schedule to provide a welcome and an update on the City’s economic priorities.Pasadena Economic Development Manager Eric Duyshart will deliver an update on economic development initiatives in the city.Additional information, including the opportunity to sign up and pay online, can be found at the Pasadena Chamber website at www.pasadena-chamber.org (follow the link to Events and the Business and Economic Summit).The University Club of Pasadena is located at 175 N. 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