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Aiico Insurance Plc ( 2014 Annual Report

first_imgAiico Insurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Aiico Insurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Aiico Insurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Aiico Insurance Plc (  2014 annual report.Company ProfileAiico Insurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria offering life assurance and annuity, general insurance and special risk, pension management, health insurance and asset management. The company is the second-largest insurance company in Nigeria by gross premiums and has a diversified client base which includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Life insurance products include an annuity plan, corporate savings plan, education, flexible endowment plan, group life insurance plan, income investment plan, life celebration plan, mortgage protection plan, term assurance and three payment plant. Aiico Insurance Plc has a controlling stake in Multishield Plc and a minority stake in Healthcare International Plc and Aiico Capital Plc. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Aiico Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Here’s why I’m putting this UK tech stock on my Christmas list

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Here’s why I’m putting this UK tech stock on my Christmas list 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. Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 9th December, 2020 | More on: SDI Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img I wish I’d bought shares in UK tech stock SDI (LSE: SDI) in March near the bottom of the market plunge. At today’s price near 102p, the shares are around 180% up from their spring lows.So, what’s gone so right for the digital imaging, sensing and control products manufacturer through the pandemic? Today’s half-year results report contains some decent figures. And there was a “strong” contribution from products designed for equipment used to test for and treat Covid-19. And that offset the negatives suffered by the company through the crisis. 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…Why SDI is a UK tech stock I’d like to buyIn the six months to 31 October 2020, revenue rose by 23% year on year. And adjusted earnings per share advanced by 45% backed by a solid rise in cash from operations of 130%. Meanwhile, net debt plunged to £0.34m from just over £4m six months earlier. And I reckon the strength of the company’s cash performance demonstrates the quality of the business model.SDI has a decent five-year record of balanced growth. Revenue, earnings, cash flow and the operating margin all rose incrementally at a decent clip. Indeed, the compound annual growth rate for earnings works out at about 25%. And I find other quality indicators to be encouraging.  For example, the return-on-capital figure runs near 11% and the operating margin is around 14%.There’s no doubt the firm adapted well to changing customer demands through the pandemic. But will growth continue? City analysts have pencilled in a modest increase in earnings of just over 4% for the full year to April 2022. And that’s much lower than the 67% advance in earnings they expect for the current trading year to April 2021. But I think SDI looks well placed to grow its business over the long haul.A sharp focus on deal-makingThe business model is interesting. SDI operates as a collection of smaller businesses, each focused on its own area of speciality within the wider sector theme. And the SDI boardroom is populated by accountants and money men. For example, chairman Ken Ford has a background in investment banking and chief executive Mike Creedon is an accountant with an MBA. Then there’s chief financial officer Jon Abell. However, missing from the board line-up is any position of chief technical officer, chief operating officer or similar. So, it seems the overall business is run with an accountant’s-eye view. And the technical and operating expertise is likely found closer to the ‘coal face’ in the underlying operating divisions.But I think the set-up is a good thing. SDI is growing by buying bolt-on businesses and tuning them up to run at maximum performance. The post-period-end acquisition of Monmouth Scientific Limited is a good example of the strategy in action. And when it comes to evaluating the viability of acquisitions, accountants and deal makers could arrive at the negotiating table with cool and logical heads. It’s the kind of approach to business that made Warren Buffett’s  Berkshire Hathaway so successful.With the shares near 102p, the forward-looking earnings multiple is just above 20. That looks like a full valuation. But I think the quality of the business justifies it. And I’d be keen to buy some of the shares on dips and down-days to hold for the long term. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Berkshire Hathaway (B shares) and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $200 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), short January 2021 $200 puts on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares), and short December 2020 $210 calls on Berkshire Hathaway (B shares). 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more offers add-on for Facebook

first_img Howard Lake | 12 July 2007 | News Users of social networking site Facebook now have another fundraising and campaigning tool from a third party to add to their profile pages. Users can install a free application that gives them access to all of’s features directly through Facebook.The application (or ‘app’) allows anyone to raise money for US nonprofits and political campaigns, share information about pressing social issues, and take action by organising volunteer events and co-ordinating emails and Internet-based phone calls to lobby elected officials. The free add-on creates a widget or badge on your Facebook profile page which shows your profile information on, “enabling your friends on Facebook to see the important work you’re doing on to make a difference.” Advertisement Tagged with: Digital  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.center_img On the app’s page on Facebook, users are told “ enables you to get involved with over 1 million nonprofits and hundreds of political campaigns”.The new application was created, according to, in response to request from some of the 500 or so US nonprofits that use who were keen to raise money and awareness among Facebook’s user base of 29 million people.Announcing the new application, a spokesperson said: “Using’s new tools we think the nonprofit community will flourish within Facebook and start to engage millions of new potential donors and activists in the important social issues they work on every day.”There is no indication if or when will extend to UK charities. offers add-on for Facebook AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Futurebuilders England and Capacitybuilders to deliver £16.5m Modernisation fund

first_img  39 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 2 March 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Futurebuilders and Capacitybuilders will together deliver the £16.5 million Modernisation Fund, part of the Government’s £42.5 million initiative to help the third sector through the recession.The Modernisation Fund is designed to help organisations “become stronger and more resilient to the impact of the recession”. It consists of both loan and grant funding.Futurebuilders will offer loans of between £30,000 and £500,000 to larger third sector organisations with a turnover of £750,000 and over. These loans will focus primarily upon mergers, and activities related to the financial and capacity issues associated with these. Applications for loans will be invited from early April 2009 for a period of one year.Capacitybuilders programme of smaller grants will be launched in early summer 2009. These grants will be available to third sector organisations with a turnover of under £1 million to assist them with the purchase of business support to help explore the benefits of collaboration, merger, restructuring and to help meet the costs associated with Tagged with: England Funding recession Futurebuilders England and Capacitybuilders to deliver £16.5m Modernisation fund About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Sightsavers chosen for FT’s seasonal appeal 2011

first_img  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: christmas corporate Howard Lake | 12 September 2011 | News Sightsavers chosen for FT’s seasonal appeal 2011 Staff at the Financial Times have voted for international development charity Sightsavers to be the beneficiary of this year’s seasonal appeal to readers.The appeal runs from 30 November to mid-January, and has raised £6 million in the past five years. Previous beneficiaries include Action Against Hunger and WaterAid.This year’s appeal should enjoy considerable success. Standard Chartered, a corporate supporter of Sightsavers for the past 10 years, will match all donations to the appeal through its community investment programme, Seeing is Believing.Lionel Barber, the FT’s editor, said: “It is a critical time to be generating support, as current economic difficulties mean the vulnerable populations Sightsavers works with face increasing hardship. We look forward to visiting some of the countries where the charity operates to bring their work to life through extensive editorial coverage, both in print and online.”The FT has a combined paid print and digital circulation of 585,681, and a combined print and online average daily readership of 2.1 million people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

ESPN sportscaster Jemele Hill calls Trump a white supremacist & rightfully so

first_imgJemele Hill and Michael Smith.Some of the most prominent athletes, especially in professional sports, are refusing to be viewed as “dumb jocks” or to be admonished with “just shut up and play.” They’re speaking out more and more on social issues, especially the ongoing crisis of police brutality and systemic racism. These voices are playing critical roles in helping to raise consciousness among broad layers of the U.S. population on centuries-old racial injustice.Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ignited this recent trend in August 2016, when he refused to stand for the playing of the national anthem during preseason and regular season National Football League games. He made it clear that he was carrying out his protest against police terror on Black and Brown communities. He also stated that he refused to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump for president because of their racist attitudes.Once Trump was elected, more and more athletes have both verbally and in action expressed their opposition not only to Trump’s vehement racism toward Black, Brown and Muslim peoples, but also to his disgusting misogyny and anti-transgender attitudes. This is especially true given Trump’s outspoken affinity for white supremacist groups, especially the Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazis, who viciously attacked anti-racist activists in Charlottesville, Va., on Aug. 12, killed white anti-fascist Heather Heyer  and wounded Deandre Harris, a 20-year-old Black man.Hill speaks truth to powerThe justified criticism leveled against Trump for giving the green light to racist, fascist scum to raise their ugly heads has not been confined just to athletes but also to prominent sports commentators. Jemele Hill is a perfect example. The 41-year-old Black woman is a prominent sportscaster with a Monday-through-Friday, prime-time Sports Center show on ESPN called “The Six” with her longtime co-host, Michael Smith, who is also African-American.While some may say that Trump is a white supremacist supporter, Hill stated emphatically on her own Twitter feed that “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/other white supremacists.” In response to racist feedback to her tweet, she stated, “The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me. … Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.” According to Twitter, Hill has at least 690,000 followers.Activists held a protest in Seattle before Sept. 17 game between the Seahawks and 49ers in support of Kaepernick being assigned to a team and for Michael Bennett, an outspoken Black Seahawk player, assaulted by Las Vegas police on Aug. 27. A similar protest was held outside the Atlanta Falcons stadium Sept. 17 during their first home game.As a result of expressing her views, the president of ESPN, John Skipper, who is white, criticized Hill’s remarks. He stated that ESPN is “about sports”; that “ESPN is not a political organization”; and “where sports and politics intersect, no one is told what view they must express.”Skipper continued: “At a minimum, comments should not be inflammatory or personal. We had a violation of those standards in recent days and our handling of this is a private matter.” (, Sept. 15) Skipper ceased to view this as a “private matter” when he demanded publicly that Hill apologize for her remarks.The sportscaster responded on Twitter Sept. 13: “My comments on Twitter expressed my own personal beliefs. My regret is my comments and the public way I made them painted ESPN in an unfair light. My respect for the company and my colleagues remains unconditional.”Trump and those in his administration have called for ESPN to fire Hill for telling the truth about his history of outright racism even before he became president. One of the most notable facts is that he called for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, young Black and Brown men who were falsely accused of raping a white woman in New York City. Following the Fives’ exoneration, Trump refused to retract his heinous statements. Trump was also in violation of the Fair Housing Bill of 1968, when he tried to maintain segregation in 39 buildings he owned in New York City. And Trump stated after Charlottesville that there were “good people” among the white supremacists.In calling Hill’s comment a “fireable offense,” White House Chief of Staff Sarah Huckabee Sanders is being hit with an ethics complaint by the Democratic Coalition, an anti-Trump Super PAC tied to the Democratic Party.  The coalition says that Sanders violated a federal law which states that no executive branch employee can influence a private employer’s decision to hire or fire one of its workers “solely on the basis of partisan political affiliation.” (The Root, Sept. 16)In the meantime, Hill’s colleagues, starting with Michael Smith and prominent athletes such as Kaepernick, Golden State Warriors’ forward Kevin Durant, progressive sports writer Dave Zirin and many others, have stated their support for Hill on Twitter with #IStandWithJemele. It was also reported that when Skipper sought to replace Hill on her Wednesday show, he got no takers — because replacing Hill would be seen as scabbing.As of Sept. 17, “Blackout for Human Rights,” a coalition of athletes, artists and filmmakers, has initiated a boycott of the 2017 NFL season called “BlackOutNFL” in solidarity with Kaepernick, Hill, Bennett and others “who speak out on injustice and white supremacy in America.” ( thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

A journalist forced to flee, another murdered in lawless Mexico

first_imgNews 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies July 4, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A journalist forced to flee, another murdered in lawless Mexico to go further Reporters Without Borders voices its support for “Sin Censura” (Without Censorship), a event due to take place in Mexico City on 11 July, in which books will be sold to raise funds to help the many Mexican journalists who are forced to flee the region where they live. Organisation News Receive email alerts Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state MexicoAmericas April 28, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reports MexicoAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more May 5, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Those who have fled after receiving threats in connection with their work include Emilio Lugo, editor of the Agoraguerrero news website, who fled the southwestern state of Guerrero on 16 April after failing to obtain protection by the authorities.Lugo told Reporters Without Borders he received anonymous “warnings” – some of them on Twitter – after posting an article about a federal police officer’s presumed murder in Acapulco, Guerrero, on 12 March.He immediately filed a complaint and then notified the federal prosecutor general’s office, which told him it could not provide him with protection at his Acapulco home and advised him to stay in a hotel. As suggested, he moved to a hotel with his wife and stayed in it for a month.Lugo finally left Guerrero with the help of the Federal Mechanism for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and Journalists, an interior ministry offshoot. In an article posted on Agoraguerrero on 24 June, he condemned the state of Guerrero’s inability to “guarantee free access to information and free expression,” and blamed Governor Ángel Aguirre Rivero.With the help of a journalist still in Guerrero, Lugo is continuing to post information on Agoraguerrero and social networks about violence in his home state but he told Reporters Without Borders that it would be “difficult to continue this work for very long under these conditions.”Created in 2009, Agoraguerrero has been subjected to various forms of pressure from the Guerrero government because it has been critical of the authorities and because it has covered violence in the region. In 2011, the government asked Lugo to close the site, offering him a grant to dedicate himself to other activities. He declined the offer.“The Federal Mechanism still needs to prove itself”, Reporters Without Borders said. “It has the merit of existing even if it does not yet offer sufficient guarantees to journalists and bloggers so that they can continue operating in their own region regardless of the threats to which they are exposed. This mechanism will not be fully effective until the authorities commit fully to combating impunity.” “Unconfirmed” murderReporters Without Borders also deplores the reluctance of the authorities to provide information about most murders of journalists as well as the absence of any serious effort on their part to solve them. The latest example is the case of Mario Ricardo Chávez Jorge, a journalist whose body was found on 25 June in Ejido Santa Clara, near the US border, in the state of Tamaulipas. According to unofficial sources, gunmen kidnapped Chávez – who worked for El Ciudadano, a newspaper created last year – as he left a cinema in Ciudad Victoria with his family three and a half weeks ago.This has not, however, been confirmed by the authorities. “They are providing no information to the media about this murder”, Humberto de la Garza of El Redactor told Reporters Without Borders. “The government is keeping what it knows to itself”, he added.“An investigation must be carried out at once into this murder in order to identify the perpetrators and the motive”, Reporters Without Borders said. “The investigators should not rule out the possibility that it was linked to the victim’s work.”“Providing the public with information about the acts of violence that take place in Mexico is also important”, Reporters Without Borders added. “Covering up what happens is to be an accomplice to impunity.”A total of 87 journalists have been killed in the past decade, while 17 others have disappeared. And, because of threats, 26 journalists are currently living abroad or in a different part of the country from their place of residence.Cartoon : Rapé Follow the news on Mexico Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Another arrest warrant issued for Telesur correspondent Freddy Muñoz, who is also threatened by paramilitaries

first_img RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America to go further News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release yesterday of Freddy Muñoz, the Colombia correspondent of the pan-Latin American TV network Telesur, who had been held for 50 days on charges of “rebellion” and “terrorism.” The charges have not, however, been withdrawn. The press freedom organisation asks the authorities to give him protection. Follow the news on Colombia News News RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia Organisation In a statement posted online yesterday, Muñoz denounced the photo as “montage” and voiced astonishment that it had appeared a month after his release. He also condemned links between certain judicial officials, DAS agents and paramilitaries. He denied fleeing to Venezuela but said he had gone into hiding after receiving death threats by email from the “Black Eagles” paramilitary group. This group was behind a campaign of terror against the Caribbean coast media at the end of last year (see releases).Commenting on the latest developments, Reporters Without Borders today said: “These proceedings against Muñoz are marred by many irregularities. He should be presumed innocent until proved guilty and his security should be guaranteed. Neither of these rights has been respected. We will continue to support him as long as he is the target of threats and no formal proof of his guilt has been established.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Our organisation also condemns any exploitation of this case for ideological or political ends. Colombia has the misfortune of having two major press freedom predators – the FARC and the paramilitaries.”________________________________________________10.01.07 – Telesur correspondent’s release hailed as “wise decision”Reporters Without Borders today hailed the release yesterday of Freddy Muñoz, the Colombia correspondent of the pan-Latin American TV network Telesur, who had been detained since 19 November on charges of “rebellion” and “terrorism.” The charges have not, however, been withdrawn.“Given the lack of evidence, it was a wise decision by the judicial authorities to free Muñoz,” the press freedom organisation said. “Nonetheless, for the same reasons, it would be strange if these charges of rebellion and terrorism remain in place as there is nothing to support them. We hope they will be quickly withdrawn and that he will be given protection.”Muñoz, 36, was freed from Baranquilla prison in northern Colombia, where he had been held for 50 days. His release took place four days after it was ordered by the Bolívar high court prosecutor’s office because of the lack of evidence. The court nonetheless maintained the charges against him and gave permission for the investigation to continue.Muñoz was arrested at Bogotá airport on his return from Caracas, where Telesur has its headquarters. He is alleged to have taken part in a bombing by the leftist guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2002, in which no one was injured.Three detained guerrillas made statements implicating Muñoz, although none of them was able to name or describe him. One of them finally retracted his statement. A forensic report meanwhile established that Muñoz’s scars were not caused by the mishandling of explosives.Muñoz’s lawyer, Tito Gaitán, told Reporters Without Borders that men claiming to be members of the Department for Security Administration (DAS), a military intelligence agency, went to Baranquilla prison and questioned his fellow detainees immediately after his release.Muñoz’s colleagues fear there could be reprisals against him following his release. Alfredo Correa de Andréis, a sociologist who was also suspected of FARC links, was murdered immediately after being freed from prison on 17 September 2004. RSF_en center_img Help by sharing this information ColombiaAmericas ColombiaAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reports April 27, 2021 Find out more February 16, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another arrest warrant issued for Telesur correspondent Freddy Muñoz, who is also threatened by paramilitaries Reporters Without Borders voiced confusion today about the manner in which a new warrant was issued on 7 February for the arrest of Freddy Muñoz, the Colombian correspondent of the pan-Latin American TV station Telesur, who was freed on 9 January after being held for 50 days.Charged with providing logistic support for a 2002 bombing by guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), Muñoz was freed for lack of evidence after former FARC members retracted statements implicating him and a medical report concluded that the scars he has on his abdomen were not caused by the mishandling of explosives.When judicial officials issued the new warrant on 7 February, without notifying his lawyer, they cited “new evidence”, namely “documents found at his home by the Department for Administrative Security (DAS), a military intelligence agency, a medical report that contradicted the original one and a photo”.Muñoz’s lawyer, Tito Gaitán, has pointed out that his client did not undergo any new medical examination following his release, and that the DAS search had been carried out a long time ago, and was anyway not conducted at Muñoz’s home but at the home of a lawyer who defends alleged guerrillas, with whom Muñoz had left one of his business cards.The weekly Cambio and the daily El Tiempo published a photo of “Freddy Muñoz with FARC guerrillas” (see photo) on 10 February, three days before Gaitán had access to the latest evidence against his client. The two publications also reported that Muñoz had fled to Venezuela, where Telesur has its headquarters. October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Total number of journalists detained since 14 June rises to six

first_img Help by sharing this information to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News Organisation Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa IranMiddle East – North Africa Newscenter_img March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en June 9, 2021 Find out more June 18, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Total number of journalists detained since 14 June rises to six Reporters Without Borders protested today against the arrest on 16 June of Ensafali Hedayat of Salam, who was the sixth journalist to be detained in a space of three days against a backdrop of student protests. His detention was preceded on 15 June by the arrests of Mohsen Sazgara, editor of the (closed) reformist daily Jameh and creator of the news website, and Amin Bozorgian, editor of Golestan-e-Iran. The first three journalists to be detained, on 14 June, were Taghi Rahmani of the weekly Omid-e-Zangan, Reza Alijani, editor of the monthly Iran-e-Farda and winner of the Reporters Without Borders – France Foundation press freedom prize in 2001, and Hoda Saber, a member of Iran-e-Farda’s editorial staff. “These arrests are alarming – how far does the Iranian government intend to go?” said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard, again urging the European Union to condemn these “serious abuses.” Ménard called for the immediate release of all 14 journalists currently imprisoned in Iran.Ménard also called on the Iranian authorities to officially acknowledge the arrests of Bozorgian and Hedayat, whose families have had no word of them since they were taken away by unidentified persons. Bozorgian, who was stopped in the street and taken away on 15 June, was previously abducted by thugs on 26 November 2002 and released five days later. Hedayat was covering a demonstration at the university of Tabriz in the north of the country on 16 June when he was detained by unidentified persons. His wife has had no news of him since then.Sazgara’s wife said her husband has been on hunger strike since his arrest on 15 June. He was previously detained at his home on 18 February, several days after posting an article on his website in which he criticised Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Islamic republic’s “supreme leader.” He was released four days later. On 3 June, he was banned from leaving the country because he had spoken on foreign radio stations. It is assumed that Sazgara, Bozorgian and Hedayat are suspected of inciting students to revolt.The families of Rahmani, Alijani and Saber have also received no word of them since their arrests on 14 June, but their arrests have at least been officially acknowledged by the authorities, who have accused them of meeting secretly with students to support the protest movement.Another journalist, Negare Babaghani of the daily Hambastegui, was beaten by plain-clothes police in the course of the anti-government protests that have been taking place daily around the main university campus in Tehran for more than a week.More than 250 intellectuals and journalists wrote an open letter to Ayatollah Khamenei on 15 June warning that the Islamic republic would be in danger if he did not stop resisting reforms. The letter’s signatories supported the 135 parliamentarians who addressed a letter to Khamenei at the end of last month. Rahmani, Alijani and Saber are alleged to have been the instigators of the parliamentary letter. News News Follow the news on Iran February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Mother’s Club to Host Power of Two Dinner Honoring CEO of Los Angeles Universal Preschool, Dr. Celia Ayala

first_imgEach year, Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center celebrates The Power of Two – the practice of simultaneously providing children and their parents new skills and knowledge so that the entire family can succeed in school and in life. In place of its traditional May gala, this year’s event will take the form of an intimate dinner party at one of Pasadena’s most popular destinations: Bistro 45. On Thursday March 12th, the agency’s most dedicated supporters will gather in celebration of its two-generation learning programs for low-income families in Pasadena.Mother’s Club is thrilled to honor Dr. Celia C. Ayala, Ph.D., the CEO of Los Angeles Universal Preschool (LAUP), who will be accepting this year’s Power of Two Award. Dr. Ayala is leading the charge to increase access to affordable, high-quality preschool for children throughout Los Angeles County. Thanks to Mother’s Club partnership with LAUP, the agency is able to provide 37 slots for four year olds in the Pre-Kindergarten classroom. LAUP also fully funds the enrollment of more than 10,000 children into preschool in LA County.Mother’s Club invites the community to join them on March 12th, 6:00 p.m., for a special night out at Bistro 45, a warm and welcoming Pasadena restaurant characterized by its blend of the traditional and the modern. The evening will include a California fresh four-course dinner, with beer and wine included. Tickets are $200 per person and space is limited. Please visit for more information or to purchase tickets. All proceeds will benefit Mothers’ Club’s unique two-generation learning programs. The event is made possible through the generosity of Mother’s Club’s sponsors, including: Los Angeles Universal Preschool; The Disney Store; Margaret and David Mgrublian; and Judith and David Brown.Mothers’ Club Family Learning Center prepares families living in isolation and poverty to succeed in school and in life through two-generation learning programs. Mothers’ Club programs are comprised of high quality, research-based early childhood education for children ages 0-5, and comprehensive services for parents, including parent education, leadership training, adult literacy, vocational exploration, and mental health support and interventions. For more information, please contact Mara Leong-Nichols at (626) 792-2687 ext. 122 or [email protected] Make a comment More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  8 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Benefits Mother’s Club to Host Power of Two Dinner Honoring CEO of Los Angeles Universal Preschool, Dr. Celia Ayala From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, February 9, 2015 | 3:37 pmcenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 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 last_img read more