Winter freeze hits UK services sector

first_imgThursday 6 January 2011 7:29 pm Winter freeze hits UK services sector Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayotBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical Geniusmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So SNOW and adverse weather during December were blamed for a contraction in Britain’s services sector, yesterday.The country’s largest sector experienced its first decline for 20 months, stalling the recovery. Yet economists hope business activity will pick up this month – assuming there is no return to arctic conditions.“It is worth noting that in January last year, when the weather was similarly disruptive, the index fell, only to then bounce back the following month,” said Simon Hayes of Barclays Capital.The business activity index, compiled by Markit and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS), dropped to 49.7, down from 53 in November. All figures below 50 signal a contraction in the industry. Figures above 50 indicate growth.And levels of new business also fell, “with companies widely blaming the poor weather for market disruptions,” the report said.Yet respondents still expect their businesses to grow this year. “It’s encouraging to see that business confidence for next year continued to improve slowly with the promise of stronger economic recovery,” said David Noble of CIPS.Service sector business expectations increased to 66.5 in the index.Restaurants, hotels and the catering industry were particularly affected by the weather, as well as rising prices.Prices increased even on the previous month, according to more than one in five survey respondents. Input prices increased at the sharpest rate in over two years, the report said.Yet competitive pressures prevented service providers from passing the price rises onto their clients. Absorbing the price pressures, companies reported a decline in their profitability.And companies with government clients reported a weakness in demand from the public sector, as this year’s fiscal consolidation prepares to kick in. Show Comments ▼center_img Share whatsapp whatsapp KCS-content Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Julius Berger Nigeria Plc ( 2011 Abridged Report

first_imgJulius Berger Nigeria Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about Julius Berger Nigeria Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Julius Berger Nigeria Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Julius Berger Nigeria Plc (  2011 abridged results.Company ProfileJulius Berger Nigeria Plc is a civil engineering and construction company in Nigeria. The company is involved in the planning, design and construction of major civil engineering and civil works which encompasses office and functional buildings, residential houses, sports and recreational facilities as well as infrastructure such as roads, bridges, railway lines, airports, dams and water supply schemes. Julius Berger Nigeria Plc has business interests in the plants and factories, oil and gas, marine, ports and shipping and power sectors. The company’s pioneer project was the construction of the Eko Bridge in Lagos in 1964. The company’s head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. Julius Berger Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

ABC Banking Coporation Ltd ( Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgABC Banking Coporation Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about ABC Banking Coporation Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ABC Banking Coporation Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ABC Banking Coporation Ltd (  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileABC Banking Corporation Limited is a financial institution that specialises in the provision of banking services for individuals as well as corporate institutions. The company’s offered services include, covers deposits, lending and cards, leasing as well as trade finance and treasury products, catering for both the local and international markets. ABC Banking Corporation Limited operates in three man pillars which are; domestic banking, international banking and treasury operations. ABC Banking Corporation Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Should I buy Argo Blockchain shares now?

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Nadia Yaqub | Tuesday, 12th January, 2021 | More on: ARB Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Should I buy Argo Blockchain shares now? I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Argo Blockchain (LSE: ARB) shares have been a winner in the recent Bitcoin rally. However, the stock has recently pulled back somewhat, possibly due to profit-taking and the fall in the Bitcoin price.The shares have rocketed from 12p at the beginning of December to 126p in the first week of trading 2021. After this stellar rise, should I buy Argo Blockchain shares now?5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I think I should, but that I also need to proceed with caution. Let me explain my reasons.Cryptocurrency rallyIt’s not hard to see why Argo Blockchain shares have rallied. The demand for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has gone through the roof. The popular cryptocurrency surged to a recent new record high of $41,000. In March 2020, Bitcoin was worth over $5,000.We’ve seen this all before. Back in 2017, Bitcoin grabbed headlines as the sector ballooned into a distinctive bubble. This lead to a raft of start-ups launching alternative cryptocurrencies to rival Bitcoin.Argo Blockchain is a cryptocurrency miner. This means that the higher the demand for the digital assets, the greater the need for mining and hence the use of Argo Blockchain’s services.Is this a bubble again?No one knows if this is a cryptocurrency bubble. I and most investors have no idea where the the price of Bitcoin is going over the next few days, never mind the rest of 2021. Since Argo Blockchain shares have tracked the Bitcoin rally, no one can predict the stock price.What I do know is that there’s a fundamental reason, which I’ll explore next, for the cryptocurrency rally and hence the run in Argo Blockchain shares.The real reasonIn my opinion, the real reason why cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have performed strongly is they’re seen as a diversifier in a portfolio.The rally has been partly driven by bigger institutional investors entering the lucrative market. But why are they buying the cryptocurrency?These cryptocurrencies are now perceived as digital assets that could hedge inflation and act as a safe haven like the precious metal, gold. No wonder investors are referring to Bitcoin and the other rival cryptocurrencies as the new ‘digital gold’.High profile investorsThe investment banking giant JP Morgan is bullish on cryptocurrencies. Last week it announced a long-term price target on Bitcoin of $146,000.Another high-profile investor is the American hedge fund billionaire, Paul Tudor Jones. He is a Bitcoin believer, and has purchased the cryptocurrency for its gold-like properties.So what now for Argo Blockchain?Simply put, if the high demand continues for cryptocurrencies then Argo Blockchain shares are likely to rise. The company provides the infrastructure and services to mine the digital assets. The recent operational updates from Argo Blockchain have been positive.So would I buy now? Yes but with caution. I prefer Argo Blockchain shares to buying Bitcoin directly. I believe in the long-term story for cryptocurrencies but it’s going to be a rocky road ahead.I expect Argo Blockchain shares to be volatile and would only consider a small investment in a well-diversified portfolio. This way I have the best of both worlds. I can reduce my risk and have exposure to a lucrative technology. 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Sun House / SAV Architecture + Design

first_imgArchDaily Photographs Year:  Photographs:  Fabien Charuau Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Projects Manufacturers: Gessi, Kohler, Bharat Floorings, Daikan, FCML, Woodville India Architects: SAV Architecture + Design Area Area of this architecture project Sun House / SAV Architecture + DesignSave this projectSaveSun House / SAV Architecture + DesignSave this picture!© Fabien Charuau+ 31Curated by Hana Abdel Share SAV Architecture + Design Houses CopyAbout this officeSAV Architecture + DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsOn FacebookSateri Nagar ColonyIndiaPublished on January 21, 2020Cite: “Sun House / SAV Architecture + Design” 20 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” 2019center_img Unitech Concrete Technologies India ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Sun House / SAV Architecture + Design CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Sateri Nagar Colony, India Lead Architects: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Design Team:Amita Kulkarni, Anna Musychak, Mario Olmos, Dhrumil Mehta, Vikrant TikeClients:PrivateDevelopers:Kriss REFurniture Contractor:SAV Architecture + DesignCity:Sateri Nagar ColonyCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fabien CharuauRecommended ProductsBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXConcealed Blind System – One-BoxDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesText description provided by the architects. SAV shapes a poetic house that flows with the landscape – Located in the tropical and sea side state of Goa, in West India, the ‘Sun House ‘ , is designed by the London, Mumbai and Goa based SAV Architecture + Design . Inspired from the fiery nature of sun , the architects have created the house with local red laterite stone exterior walls , large sunscreens as well its double height brick inner entrance and living spaces.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauThe form of the house is derived from landscape, with emphasis on bold sweeping strokes, fluid lines and large overhangs that reflect within the interior spaces. Working within a tightly constrained site which is not usual for holiday homes and with little views the architects focused on creating an inward looking house , that draws the elements of nature towards itself.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Fabien CharuauThe exposed brick wall forms the central spine of the house changing its course as it moves to the double height living space creating a dynamic and sweeping effect. The curved living space is a sunken one designed to be in line with the level of the pool outside creating a poetic visual bridge with ‘water’ with its amphitheater like seating. The double height doors of the living slide and fold to open the interiors wherein one feels that the living spaces is part of the pool.Save this picture!East ElevationSave this picture!North ElevationThe architects used a simple, minimal and locally available material palette that allowed them to stay true to the architectural experiences while focusing on the craftsmanship and details as well as nature and the connection to the outdoors . Exposed concrete roof and floors lend a seamlessness to the interiors while also keeping the house cool in the tropical weather of Goa.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauDesigned artistically, the house still responds to its tropical climate with large overhangs and shaded courtyard green spaces. The overhands and sloping roofscapes reflects within the internal spaces and through its varying slopes and angles generating unique spatial moments across the entire house. The entrance of the house is designed with a brick lined wall over a linear water body with large sun screens on the south wall that create both a reflective and performative mood as soon as on enters the house. The floating teak open riser stairs with its brass rods create layers of texture and materiality that flow through the entire house.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauWith its Goan-Portuguese inspired traditional cement tiled flooring, local granite counters, with a high spec modern kitchen and bright fresh furniture the open plan dining and kitchen is designed to be a fun, fresh and light space that beautifully blends a local and international feel . Shaped around an internal courtyard on both sides , the kitchen and dining areas receive a lot of light, natural ventilation and a constant connection to the outdoors.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauOn the first level the stairs end with an open plan mezzanine space that looks onto the double height sunken living . The unique lights were designed by the architects specific to this space and were inspired from the architectural lines of the house. All the bedrooms open up through fluid sweeping white corridors that provide an element of surprise when one enters them. Each bedroom has its unique connection to the outdoors, while the main master room has a large private terrace that looks onto a louvered courtyard on side and the pool onto another.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauFitted timber joinery as well as hints of bold colour in textiles and art provide a contrasting warmth to the minimal and meditative architectural palletes. One of the most important spaces in the house are all the bath spaces, and all five of them are designed to create a strong connection to the fiery nature of materials , top lit skylights as well as to the fluid spatial lines of the house.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauThe bar and poker room spaces around the pool side offer a mix of chic interiors with crafted furniture with a strong connection to the tropical plants outside, both near the pool as well as the inner courtyards they look onto. The landscape around the pool although not large, takes its cues from the dramatic lines of the house, creating spaces that flow in and out seamlessly lending a dynamic and picturesque quality to the space.Project gallerySee allShow lessVidya Devi Jindal Paramedical College / SpaceMattersSelected ProjectsOnline Masterclass: Authentic Marketing for Designers and Design FirmsLecture Share “COPY” Civil Contractor: Area:  500 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Insights into arts & cultural fundraisers’ response to pandemic revealed in new report

first_imgInsights into arts & cultural fundraisers’ response to pandemic revealed in new report Melanie May | 28 May 2021 | News The report calls for more support, both financial and skills-based, and also identifies that some organisations are falling between the gaps of emergency support available.  Arts and cultural fundraisers adapted and responded to new ways of working, taking new approaches and changing their fundraising activities during the pandemic, with a marked rise in offering supporters enhanced digital or online activities. However, workload increased, with participants in a research project also reporting stress and poor wellbeing, as well as decreased levels of job satisfaction. Martin Kaufman, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising RAISE Steering Committee said: “This survey is the first time that the collective voice of UK cultural fundraisers has been heard during the pandemic. There are important lessons to be learnt from what the respondents have told us. These need to be taken up by the government and everyone who wants fundraising for arts and heritage to play a critical role in ensuring that cultural activity itself will not just recover but thrive into the future. This survey was conducted in 2020, but what it has to tell us is still of continuing and significant relevance.”  312 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 66% of organisations also said they had postponed projects and/or programmes. 30% of respondents said Covid-19 would have a substantial longer term impact.79% of respondents said that their fundraising activity overall has decreased.64% said financial support into 2021 and beyond was very important to the survival of the sector.65% see themselves working in the arts and cultural sector long-term, 11% saw themselves doing so short-term, and 22% didn’t know.Before Covid, average job satisfaction was 8/10. During the pandemic it dropped to 6/10. Tagged with: arts culture researchcenter_img “The report findings demonstrate the resilience and aptitude of cultural organisations to adapt in a crisis. The commitment to their civic role and public value needs to be supported as we emerge from the pandemic and restore public confidence in social interaction and connection. Whilst we will be doing our part to support cultural fundraisers, we call on policymakers and the government to maintain and grow its support of cultural organisations so they don’t just survive, but thrive, beyond the pandemic.” In response, RAISE and the Cultural Sector Network is committing to providing cultural fundraisers with a holistic programme of support to help with wellbeing and motivation. Dana Segal, Co-Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising Cultural Sector Network also commented, saying: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Based on a survey of 91 fundraisers, carried out in July and August last year, it reveals that workload increased for 63% of arts and cultural fundraisers, while almost two thirds also expected their organisation’s income to fall during the pandemic. Advertisement The research, from the Chartered Institute of Fundraising’s Cultural Sector Network, RAISE: Arts, Culture & Heritage, The University of Sheffield’s Management School and the University of Kent is shared in a report ‘Dealing with the crisis: Creativity and resilience of arts and cultural fundraisers during Covid-19’, and highlights how arts and cultural fundraisers were impacted by and managed the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.  About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Justice for NutriAsia workers!

first_imgStriking NutriAsia food workers in the Philippines have been heard around the world. More than 300 workers in Marilao, Bulacan province, were violently attacked on July 30 by 50 of NutriAsia’s security thugs. Twenty members of President Rodrigo Duterte’s Philippine National Police helped beat up the strikers.Nineteen workers were arrested. Filipinos were shocked at photos of the bloodied 56-year-old Leticia Tetiza. (, Aug. 2)Strike supporters claim that one of those arrested, who was found with a gun and drugs, was planted in their ranks. (ABS-CBN News, Aug. 2) They also claim that the police and the company would employ this dirty tactic to justify their brutality.NutriAsia is the biggest producer of condiments and food sauces in the Philippines. Its employees are rebelling against wages of $7.22 a day for working in subhuman conditions.These include temperatures of 40 degrees below zero F in the bottling and packaging departments. Workers also get serious burns from products that are nearly boiling.While NutriAsia refuses to provide workers with adequate safety gear, it found more than $1.6 billion to take over Del Monte in 2014. NutriAsia’s CEO is Joselito D. Campos Jr., whose family fortune was estimated at $650 million in 2017. He gives his workers a Christmas bonus worth $57 after deductions.Like capitalists around the world, NutriAsia finds it easier to exploit temporary workers on contract. Strikers are demanding the regularization of their employment, a living wage and health benefits.Support the strikers!Shortly after the police attack on the strikers, Filipino activists organized demonstrations in front of Philippine consulates in both New York City and Chicago.Fifty people came to the New York protest on July 30. “When workers’ rights are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back!” was chanted on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue in front of the consulate. Speakers defended the strikers.Julie from GABRIELA pointed out that 6,000 Filipinos are forced to leave their homeland every day to find work. That’s 2 million people a year. Millions of Filipinos workers work for $7 or less a day.Jonna from Migrante New Jersey spoke in Tagalog, while Antonio from the International Migrants Alliance spoke in Spanish. People were reminded that it was Filipino farmworkers in California who actually initiated the historic grape boycott in the 1960s.A lively protest also was held on Aug. 2 in front of the Chicago consulate on Michigan Avenue. After speakers expressed solidarity with the NutriAsia workers, demonstrators broke bottles of ketchup and other NutriAsia condiments on the sidewalk to dramatize their anger at the company and its government backers.The U.S. labor movement should support the NutriAsia strikers. Behind  dictator Duterte in Manila is the wannabe dictator in the White House. For 120 years the U.S. government and corporations have exploited the Filipino people.Solidarity statements should be issued by unions and other organizations.For more information contact and Source: #SupportNutriAsiaWorkers leaflet.The following letter was sent on July 31.To NutriAsia Inc.and Joselito D. Campos Jr.:Workers World condemns the horrendous working conditions that NutriAsia is imposing: the layoffs of 75 contract workers, the low pay of $7.11 a day, the 12-to-16-hour days often imposed on the workforce, and the violent attacks on striking workers, leading to 20 arrests and the hospitalization of four. The International Trade Union Confederation has condemned the Philippines as one of the worst countries in the world for workers.Worker World demands that NutriAsia immediately comply with the demands of the workers, including regularizing the entire workforce, providing safe and healthy working conditions, paying a livable wage and respecting the workers’ right to unionize.Sincerely,Deirdre GriswoldEditor, Workers organization in the U.S. that fights for workers’ rights.)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Growth Energy Responds to Jay Leno’s Baseless Attack

first_img SHARE Growth Energy Responds to Jay Leno’s Baseless Attack “In fact, in 2008 Jay Leno was touting ethanol for its performance and environmental benefits – one can only come to the conclusion that he has changed his tune based not on facts or real world testing, but on politics and information perpetuated by Big Oil and other critics who consistently seek to discredit a true American success story. “It is time to stop accepting the status quo of foreign oil and fossil fuels. Biofuels are driving innovation to create sustainable, renewable fuels that support economies in cities like Des Moines, not Dubai. Approximately 85 percent of vehicles on the road today are compatible with higher blends like E15, and autos around the world in places like Bangkok and Brazil are fueled by higher blends of ethanol, all without problems, just improved performance and decreased cost to the motorist. Facebook Twitter Home Energy Growth Energy Responds to Jay Leno’s Baseless Attack In response to a recent opinion piece in Autoweek entitled “Can’t We Just Get Rid of Ethanol?” by comedian Jay Leno, Tom Buis, CEO of Growth Energy, released the following statement: “This commentary from Jay Leno should go down as the worst joke he has ever told. I have always found that good jokes have some thread of truth in them, but clearly Mr. Leno is out of his league when it comes to understanding the benefits of homegrown American ethanol. “No one is forced to use any fuel, and if Mr. Leno wants to use pure gas, go ahead and pay the premium in price, I am sure he can afford it. But for the majority of Americans, choice, savings and performance all in one is a package is what they are looking for, and that is exactly what ethanol delivers.” By Gary Truitt – Mar 9, 2015 SHARE Facebook Twitter “Ethanol supports American jobs and a robust rural economy here at home and it also helps reduce carbon emissions by mitigating climate change and reduces our dangerous dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. What Mr. Leno fails to acknowledge is that ethanol is the cheapest source of octane, the key component in fuel that drives performance – something he should know about as an avid motorist and car collector. Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleUSDA Reminds Indiana Producers of March 16 Sales Closing Date for Noninsurable Crops Gary Truittlast_img read more

What we’re reading: Hamlin wins Daytona 500

first_imgFacebook printWe’re back and we’re reading – everything from “Fox News” to the “Washington Post.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and everyday news. Today, we have President Donald Trump’s Nobel Peace Prize nomination, UN Ambassador nominee Heather Nauert withdraws herself from consideration and an NYPD officer is under investigation.Denny Hamlin prevails at NASCAR’s Great American Race, wins second Daytona 500 in four yearsJoe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin took the checkered flag Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. According to, Hamlin was riding a 47-race winless streak. The win was particularly emotional for the driver of the No. 11 FedEx Toyota as JGR president J.D. Gibbs passed away five weeks prior to Sunday’s race after a long battle with a rare degenerative neurological disease. Gibbs found Hamlin as a teenager and eventually signed him to a driver development contract with his father’s race team.Teammates Kyle Busch and Erik Jones followed Hamlin crossing the stripe second and third respectively while Joey Logano and Michael McDowell rounded out the top five.The 61strunning of the Great American Race featured 12 cautions, tied for the second most in the race’s history. Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Japan at request of United StatesAccording to NBC News, Japan’s Prime Minister nominated President Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize after the White House requested that Japan do so. In a news conference Friday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe gave President Trump a copy of a five-page letter that he sent to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, which selects the Peace Prize honorees. Asahi Shimbun, the national newspaper in Japan, originally broke the story reporting that the White House requested Trump be nominated for the award after meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last year. Polish PM cancels trip to Israel after comments made by NetanyahuPrime Minister of Poland Mateusz Morawiecki cancelled a trip following comments made by Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Polish involvement in World War II. According to BBC News, Netanyahu was quoted saying, “Poles co-operated with the Germans” during the Holocaust.Netanyahu later said that he was not referring to the Polish people or Polish nation. A government spokesperson released the following statement on Sunday regarding the situation: “Prime Minister Morawiecki told Prime Minister Netanyahu in a telephone call that Poland will be represented at the summit by Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz.”Trump’s choice for UN ambassador backs outHeather Nauert, President Trump’s choice for U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, withdrew herself from consideration amid concerns about her qualifications for the job. According to USA Today, this was a surprise and unexpected move by Nauert. She cited the strain on her family in recent months as the reason for her withdrawal.People outside of the Trump administration questioned Trump’s decision to appoint Nauert citing her inexperience in foreign policy and political strategy.  A former Fox News host, Nauert has served as the State Department’s spokeswoman since April 2017.NYPD commander under investigation for threatening rapper 50 CentThe New York Police Department is conducting an internal investigation regarding a threat made by an NYPD officer to rapper 50 Cent in 2017.According to CBS News, Deputy Inspector Emanuel Gonzalez ordered officers to shoot the New York-born rapper, formally known as Curtis Jackson, “on sight.” The order was made during role call prior to an NYPD-sanctioned boxing match in June 2017.A source who spoke to the New York Daily News said Gonzalez tried to play the incident off as humor, but the situation made its way to police headquarters.  That’s all we have for today. Check back tomorrow for more. James Flowers Facebook James Flowers Linkedin Fort Worth School Board approves funding to repair tracks at area middle schools ReddIt What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit James is a senior sports broadcasting major and journalism and history double minor from Midlothian, Virginia. He is an avid sports fan. College football, baseball and NASCAR are his favorite sports. His dream job is to work in a media and communications role at an SEC school. When not in class, you can find him reading the latest news on the Georgia Bulldogs, Richmond Spiders and St. Louis Cardinals!center_img Twitter Twitter Linkedin Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Previous articleNo. 16 baseball tops Virginia, No. 1 Vanderbilt, in MLB4 TournamentNext articleMen’s Tennis impresses in ITA National Men’s Indoor Championship James Flowers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt + posts What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlineslast_img read more

“Some wins don’t deserve medals” – RSF’s Rio Olympics campaign

first_img As the entire world turns its gaze on Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching a campaign to draw attention to violence against journalists in Brazil. With at least 22 journalists killed in connection with their work since the last Olympics in 2012, Brazil is now Latin America’s second deadliest country for media personnel. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts Related documents (Español) Río 2016: RSF lanza la campaña: “Ciertas victorias no merecen medalla”PDF – 122.1 KB August 3, 2016 “Some wins don’t deserve medals” – RSF’s Rio Olympics campaign BrazilAmericas Activities in the fieldCondemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression Follow the news on Brazil Produced jointly with Cheeeeese, an international branding agency, and called “Some wins don’t deserve medals” (Algumas vitórias não merecem medalhas), the campaign aims to make Brazilian society and the international community more aware of the dangers for journalists and to put pressure on the authorities to take concrete measures to protect them. 22journalists have been killed in Brazil between 2012 and 2016The staff of RSF’s Rio de Janeiro-based regional bureau will go to several Olympic sites during the games to help get the message across.Since the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, 22 journalists* have been killed in Brazil for reasons that were clearly linked to their journalistic activities. During this period, Brazil has risen to rank second only to Mexico in Latin America for the number of murdered journalists.In most of the cases registered by RSF, the journalists – who included news reporters, radio hosts and bloggers – were investigating and covering stories linked to corruption, public policy or organized crime, especially in small or mid-sized towns. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reports Create a Public Observatory on Violence against Journalists in partnership with the United Nations in order to register cases, propose support measures for victims and assist investigations aimed at identifying those responsible for attacks. Extend the Protection Programme for Human Rights Defenders (PPDDH) to journalists and bloggers who have been the target of threats or murder attempts. Put the federal authorities in charge of investigations into crimes of violence against journalists because of the conspicuous apathy of local investigations into some cases. Establish good conduct procedures for the police, based on the non-violence procedures adopted by the Council for the Defence of Human Rights in Resolution No. 6 of 18 June 2013, in order to guarantee the safety of journalists during demonstrations. News RSF_en to go further The increase in the number of murders, which began in 2010, is unfortunately not the only threat to the physical safety of journalists in Brazil. The big demonstrations in 2013 were marked by a climate of violence towards the media. Reporters covering the protests were systematically targeted by the police, physically attacked or arbitrarily arrested.The trend continued during the protests and social unrest that accompanied the FIFA World Cup held in Brazil in 2014. According to the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI), a total of 190 cases of aggression against journalists were reported during the protests, the majority of them committed by the police.The current political polarization in Brazil is reinforcing the climate of mistrust towards journalists. During street protests in the major cities, journalists are targeted and insulted by demonstrators, who associate them with the editorial positions of the media outlets they work for. This is a long-standing problem but the Brazilian authorities have not taken any measures to contain it.The Secretariat for Human Rights (SDH) released a report on violence against journalists in Brazil in March 2014, a month after TV Bandeirantes cameraman Santiago Ilídio Andrade’s death during a protest in Rio de Janeiro on 6 February 2014.321Journalists victims of violence between 2009 and 2014Compiled over a two-year period with the help of representatives of the ministries of communication and justice and several civil society organizations, the report said that no fewer than 321 journalists had been the victims of violence from 2009 to 2014.The report emphasized the direct involvement of local authorities in these cases of violence and identified impunity as a factor contributing to their recurrence. It also made a number of important recommendations of which none has so far been implemented.RSF would like to revive the debate by drawing attention to four of its key proposals: Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil News News * List of the 22 journalists and bloggers killed in Brazil from 2012 to 2016João do Carmo Miranda, SAD Sem Censura, killed on 24 July 2016 (Goiás)Manoel Messias Pereira,, killed on 9 April 2016 (Maranhão)João Valdecir de Borba, Rádio Difusora AM, killed on 10 March 2016 (Pará)Ítalo Eduardo Diniz Barros, Blog do Italo Diniz, killed on 13 November 2015 (Maranhão)Israel Gonçalves Silva, Rádio Itaenga, killed on 10 November 2015 (Pernambuco)Gleydson Carvalho, Rádio Liberdade FM, killed on 6 August 2015 (Ceará)Djalma Santos da Conceição, RCA FM, killed on 23 May 2015 (Bahia)Evany José Metzker, Coruja do Vale, killed on 18 May 2015 (Minas Gerais)Gerardo Ceferino Servián, Ciudad Nueva FM, killed on 5 March 2015 (Mato Grosso do Sul)Marcos Leopoldo Guerra, Ubatuba Cobra, killed on 23 December 2014 (São Paulo)Pedro Palma, Panorama Regional, killed on 13 February 2014 (Rio de Janeiro)Santiago Ílidio Andrade, TV Bandeirantes, killed on 10 February 2014 (Rio de Janeiro)Claudio Moleiro de Souza, Radio Meridional, killed on 12 December 2013 (Rondônia)José Roberto Ornelas de Lemos, Jornal Hora H, killed on 11 June 2013 (Rio de Janeiro)Walgney Assis Carvalho, freelancer, killed on 14 April 2013 (Minas Gerais)Rodrigo Neto de Faria, Vale do Aço, killed on 8 March 2013 (Minas Gerais)Mafaldo Bezerra Goes, FM Rio Jaguaribe, killed on 22 February 2013 (Ceará)Mário Randolfo Marques Lopes, Vassouras na Net, killed on 9 December 2012 (Rio de Janeiro)Eduardo Carvalho, Última Hora News, killed on 21 November 2012 (Mato Grosso do Sul)Valério Luiz de Oliveira, Rádio Jornal 820 AM, killed on 5 July 2012 (Goiás)Décio Sá, Estado do Maranhão and Blog do Décio, killed on 23 April 2012 (Maranhão)Paulo Roberto Cardoso Rodrigues, Jornal da Praça, killed on 12 February 2012 (Mato Grosso do Sul)Brazil is ranked 104th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. 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