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Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh) Q12012 Interim Report

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first_imgEcobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ecobank Transnational Incorporation (ETI.gh)  2012 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileEcobank Transnational Incorporation is a financial services institution offering retail, wholesale, investment and transactional banking services to government departments, financial institutions, multi-nationals, small- to medium-size enterprises, micro businesses and individuals in Africa and internationally. The banking group operates in the domestic, corporate and investment banking segments. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated offers a full-service product offering which ranges from current and savings accounts to business accounts and term deposits. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated also provides services for institutional banking; ranging from treasury and investment banking to commodity/trade finance, debt issuance and equity offerings, mergers and acquisitions and syndicated lending. The financial institution operates a network of approximately 1 200 branches and offices in the major towns and cities of Ghana. Its head office is in Lomé, Togo. Ecobank Transnational Incorporation is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Home Afrika Limited (HAFR.ke) 2014 Annual Report

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first_imgHome Afrika Limited (HAFR.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Home Afrika Limited (HAFR.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Home Afrika Limited (HAFR.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Home Afrika Limited (HAFR.ke)  2014 annual report.Company ProfileHome Afrika Limited is a property development company which provides quality, sustainable and affordable housing for communities in Kenya and other countries in the East Africa sub-region. These include housing developments in golf estates and services hotel apartments. The company implements housing projects which have a long-term positive impact on society and achieves this through alliance partnerships with government, private sector and development partners. Home Afrika Limited designs, constructs and maintains residential and commercial buildings which comply to a regulatory framework for sustainability and conformity. Home Afrika Limited has implemented a regional expansion plan under the name “Go Country” and “Go Africa” which aims to build approximately 1 million homes under a mass housing programme which spans Africa sub-regions. Home Afrika Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

These are 4 of my favourite ‘reopening’ stocks

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first_img Nadia Yaqub | Thursday, 25th March, 2021 | More on: DGE GRG NXT WTB Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. These are 4 of my favourite ‘reopening’ stocks Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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.center_img 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. Nadia Yaqub has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Next. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V. 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. Investors still seem to be focusing on ‘reopening’ stocks. These are companies that could benefit from the easing of lockdown restrictions. Here are four I’d buy in my portfolio today.#1 – NextNext (LSE:NXT) has fared well during the coronavirus crisis due to its online sales strength. But while e-commerce accounts for over 50% of revenue, it still has a sizeable retail store estate.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 reckon that on the easing of lockdown restrictions, consumers are likely to go out, socialise and spend money they have saved during the pandemic. Next has shops in various locations, including city centres and retail parks, which could benefit from this. It also has a diverse product offering, with new beauty and home specialist stores, and it has just purchased an investment stake in Reiss.But with a price-to-earnings ratio of 35x, there’s no denying that Next shares are expensive. Although the share price has slipped, it’s trading close to all-time highs. So the stock could be sensitive to further Covid-19 setbacks.#2 – DiageoDiageo (LSE: DGE) has a strong and diverse portfolio of beverage brands. Even one of the UK’s highest-profile fund managers, Nick Train, holds Diageo in his Finsbury Growth & Income Trust portfolio. The beverage firm is banking on the ‘premiumisation’ trend, where more and more consumers globally are likely to pay for a higher-quality product.The pandemic has hit the company’s revenue and profitability. But as pubs and restaurants start to reopen, people are likely to socialise and go out for a drink. I reckon this could give this ‘reopening’ stock a boost.Diageo isn’t cheap and trades on a price-to-earnings ratio of 27x. Again, the stock is likely to be suffer on any lockdown delays.#3 – WhitbreadWhitbread (LSE: WTB) owns and operates hotels and restaurants. Its Premier Inn business is one of the leading budget hotel brands in the UK.Many people could be forced to take ‘staycations’ in the UK this year if international travel remains difficult and vaccinations are delayed in destination countries. Even when lockdown restrictions are eased, holidays abroad are looking increasingly unlikely. Whitbread could benefit from this staycation boom. The family-friendly restaurants and value-for-money hotels put Whitbread in a good position to capitalise on this trend.Even after the pandemic, the company will continue growing its hotel portfolio internationally. It’s budget offering is already resonating well overseas.Whitbread’s recovery largely depends on the easing of government restrictions though. Any delays could impact the share price.#4 – GreggsGreggs (LSE: GRG) shares have fared reasonably well during the coronavirus crisis. I think what’s helped is the strong brand and product offering. The company is a leading food-on-the-go retailer and has over 2,000 outlets. It may have recently announced its first-ever loss, but I think the financial results showed how resilient the firm is, especially given the challenging conditions of the pandemic. Its click-and-collect service, as well the delivery partnership with Just Eat, has helped Greggs weather the Covid storm. But I think that as lockdown restrictions ease, more people are likely to buy the retailer’s pasties and sausage rolls. Even if economic conditions worsen, I feel most consumers could still afford its products.However, it may take a hit from the working from home trend as fewer office workers per day visit its outlets for breakfast or lunch. Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Nadia Yaqublast_img read more

Companions visit, express solidarity with Ecuadorian Episcopalians

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first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 [Episcopal News Service – Manta, Ecuador] The poor, women and children, suffer most in the aftermath of disaster. In Ecuador, where a massive earthquake killed more than 650 people and displaced more than 30,000 in April, in addition to trauma, grief and emotional wounds inflicted, women and children have experienced increased rates of domestic violence, and hunger has led to an increase in gastrointestinal and respiratory illness in children.This reality left in the earthquake’s aftermath doesn’t make headlines or lend itself to photographs, but vicars serving the Diocese of Ecuador Litoral’s four mission churches here confront it every day in their communities. Moreover, it’s a reality that over a four-day period June 9-12 longtime companions representing four churches in the Diocese of Tennessee learned of firsthand.During an informal gathering at St. Joseph the Worker mission church, the Rev. José Cantos Delgado, deacon-in-charge, described the situation. The church, which suffered minor structural damage, is located in the 15th of April, a canton where the “poorest of the poor” live and where squatters, common in Latin America, have built bamboo, brick and plywood structures behind the church.“Ecuador has one of the highest rates of child abuse in South America,” said Cantos, adding that the earthquake and its associated stresses, food insecurity and job losses, have led to an increase in domestic violence, with women trying to protect their children and themselves.St. Joseph the Worker operates a daycare center for children in the community, where the daily lessons have focused the children’s emotional well-being, rather than learning, since the earthquake.“The school is the vehicle for helping the children and their mothers, and that’s the most fundamental way of helping,” said Cantos. “It’s important to continue to work with women and children because they are the most affected.”The 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck just off the central coast on April 16 in what people who lived through it described as a “long, slow wave” that led many to fear a tsunami would follow. In addition to the hundreds who died, more than 12,000 people suffered injuries. And a week later, aftershocks continued to rattle the country and peoples’ nerves.Companions from the Diocese of Tennessee pose along with members of St. James the Apostle in La Pila, a small community a 40-minute drive from Manta. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceEcuador is covered by two dioceses, the Quito-based Diocese of Central Ecuador, and Ecuador Litoral, which stretches from Guayaquil, the country’s largest city and financial capital, north along the coast, an area popular with tourists and expatriates.The earthquake caused an estimated $4 billion in structural damage, a staggering amount in a country economically beset by falling oil prices and now a drop in tourism as well.“Nobody was prepared for the earthquake; it was like a movie,” said the Rev. Betty Juarez Villamar, the only priest in the region, who serves both St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, a short drive from St. Joseph the Worker, and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church near the beach.In the coastal community of Manta, a 3.5-mile drive north of Guayaquil, damaged buildings are scattered throughout the city and more than 580 already have been razed. A 5-acre commercial district “ground zero” has been cordoned off for demolition. Many people live in makeshift encampments constructed from salvaged materials and others live in tents outside their homes around the area’s perimeter. Some displaced residents live in guarded areas in blue tents provided by the government of China.The diocese’s first priority to help families achieve a sense of peace and security in the aftermath of the earthquake, said Ecuador Litoral Bishop Alfredo Morante. Beyond that, the diocese intends to help people rebuild their homes and find jobs.One of ways to help alleviate the pressure and tension on families is to provide people with a space to tell their stories and begin to recover from the trauma the earthquake wrought.The Rev. Jairo Chiran Guillén, a deacon and the vicar serving St. James the Apostle in La Pila, speaks during the June 11 disaster-response workshop held at St. Joseph the Worker. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceSince 1998, the Tennessee companions have made yearly visits to Ecuador. On the evening of June 11, they facilitated a disaster-response workshop to educate people about the stages of grief and the importance of prioritizing their spiritual and mental health.In addition to St. Joseph the Worker, the group visited the other three churches to listen to the stories of community members and to express their solidarity and caring.“Part of our relationship over the last 20 years has been to share our stories; for us from Tennessee it’s important to listen,” said George Kurz, who coordinates the companion relationships and who co-led the workshop alongside Sarena Pettit. “We’ll be going back to Tennessee and sharing your stories. Telling your stories is part of your healing.“It’s important for all of you to be patient and generous with one another while you continue to tell your stories.”Virginia Maria Quijije Lucas takes notes during the June 11 disaster-response workshop. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThe June 11 workshop was based on an Episcopal Relief & Development resource to address the needs of people who turn to the church for support in the aftermath of a disaster. More than 50 people attended the workshop at St. Joseph the Worker, many coming by bus from St. James the Apostle in La Pila, an area some 40 minutes away.After learning about the emotional lifecycle of a disaster, participants divided into four smaller groups and had discussions based on scriptural readings – Psalm 6 and Matthew chapters 11-12 – and a series of questions processing grief and the importance of self-care.As companions, the Tennessee churches keep their Ecuadorian counterparts in their thoughts and pray for them weekly during the Prayers of the People.“We are with you in spirit and prayer,” said Pettit, a member of St. Joseph of Arimathea in Hendersonville, who also serves as the group’s Spanish-language interpreter, during a visit to St. James the Apostle in La Pila. “Every week we are praying for you in our churches and we are here to help you any way we can.”Saulo Cirilo Lucas Muentes talks about the April 16 earthquake. His wife, Miryan Ines Lucas Mero, and the couple’s two daughters, were at a birthday party when the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit. Anne Ridens, of Church of the Good Shepherd in Brentwood, Tennessee, listens during a visit to St. James the Apostle in La Pila. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceDuring the visit, Miryan Ines Lucas Mero told the story of how she was with one of her daughters at a birthday party while her husband was at another party and her other daughter was at home. Just before the earthquake, the daughter who had stayed home joined her mother and sister. Both daughters were seated at her side two minutes before the earthquake hit. Before anyone felt the quake, the older daughter said it was coming. When she said it a second time, they began to feel the ground move, they dropped their cake and ran outside, where they watched as the building collapsed.Lucas’s husband, Saulo Cirilo Lucas Muentes, the church’s senior warden, was frantic because he thought one of his daughters was home alone, and his wife was terrified that he had died, if not from injuries but from his high blood pressure.They walked home in the dark past collapsed buildings. Cell phone service was lost and they couldn’t reach other family members. Many of the people came to the church because they didn’t have any other place to go. When day broke and they were able to see the full extent of the damage and as food and water shortages became evident, things got even worse. “It was chaos,” she said.The Rev. Mariana Loor comforts Cecelia Lorena Quijije Gómez as she tells her story and Sarena Pettit interprets for the group from Tennessee. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceTwo other women, Martha Alexandra Palma Mezones and Cecilia Lorena Quijije Gómez, were attending a retreat in Guayaquil and their children were at home when the earthquake hit. Their children survived, but Palma lost her home and now lives with her mother, and Quijije is living on her patio because her home was damaged significantly.Many people lost homes and are living with other family members crowded under one roof.The companions from Tennessee had plans to visit their counterparts in Ecuador Litoral before the earthquake hit. Members of St. Philip’s in Nashville, which is seeking a companion church, were to accompany them. Originally, the group of 11 was meant to be twice its size, with some members operating a medical clinic. But the bishop asked that the group focus on a ministry of presence, which for the group led to new insights.“We have long noticed that women and children were in a disproportionate majority during church services and that women filled most [if not all] of the positions of leadership in many Episcopal churches in Litoral,” said Kurz, following the visit.He and others in the group were unaware of the high rates of domestic violence in Ecuador, violence that has intensified after earthquake.Dr. Marc Mickiewicz Church of the Good Shepherd in Brentwood, Tennessee, and the Rev. Betty Juarez Villamar participate in a small-group discussion during the June 11 disaster response workshop. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service“For families where men had lost jobs due to damaged factories or destroyed businesses, the conditions for abuse and hunger have been exacerbated,” he said. “This is the first time when I have heard a trained person [Cantos] within the church in Litoral address these problems and I was shocked to realize the extent.”Last year, when Cantos, who works a secular job Monday through Friday in Guayaquil, lived in Manta, he ran a weekly group for children’s mothers. The meetings offered women a space to share their stories, and it gave him an opportunity to teach them about their legal rights. A shelter system does not exist, he said, and many women have no option but to return to abusive partners.“[Of the 20 who participated] 90 percent of these women were abused and didn’t have any way to deal with it,” said Cantos during the meeting, explaining that they didn’t have the education or the understanding to know where to go to report the abuse. Two of the women took action, he said. He added that the number who seeks help is low because of the deeply entrenched machismo culture bias that leads to pressure, even from their own mothers, to stay with an abusive man.And with the earthquake, that pressure has increased. It’s something the companions in Tennessee may want to help with.“While the conditions for other congregations may vary from this one, I now realize that this is a factor that we should consider as part of our relationship in working with churches in Ecuador,” said Kurz, adding that it may be an area in which the companions can assist by providing training and resources for local clergy and lay leaders.– Lynette Wilson is a reporter and editor for Episcopal News Service. 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Journalists beaten and arrested during post-election protests

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first_img to go further March 7, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists beaten and arrested during post-election protests News Organisation Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders firmly condemns the way the police treated journalists during post-election protests in Moscow and Saint Petersburg on 5 March, when eight journalists were arrested and two were beaten (one by police and one by a group of nationalists).“It is clear that the purpose of this treatment was to silence journalists and prevent them from filming the protests,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The media were clearly targeted. This must stop. Journalists who are being held arbitrarily must be released at once and the authorities must drop all charges against them”, stated Reoprters without borders.Violence was used to arrest three journalists – Moscow News reporter Pavel Nikulin, Ridus correspondent Maria Klimova and RIA photographer Andrei Stenin – at around 7:40 p.m. on 5 March in Moscow’s Lubyanka Square during an opposition demonstration against electoral fraud. In the course of making the arrests, the police twisted Nikulin’s wrist and pummelled his ribs, and dragged Klimova and Stenin by force to the police car in which all three were taken away. Nikulin was beaten over the head in the car. During the drive to Yakimanka police station, where they are still being held, they were almost suffocated by the exhaust fumes that accumulated in the back of the vehicle. After arriving at the police station at around 8 p.m., they were allowed to talk to lawyers with the NGO Agora. During the night, Nikulin was able to see a doctor and was given a medical certificate attesting to his injuries. The three were due to appear in court this afternoon on a charge of disturbing public order.Echo of Moscow radio reporter Alexander Borzenko had just begun to broadcast live from a gathering of nationalists near Moscow’s Bolshaya Nikitskaya Street when an unidentified group threw him to the ground and then punched and kicked him repeatedly. He said his radio station had asked him to follow the group.Kommersant photographer Gleb Shyelkunov, reporter Arkady Batchenko and leading opposition blogger Alexey Navalny were arrested at around 9 p.m. in Moscow’s Pushkin Square. According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, they were released the next morning but are facing a possible fine of 2,000 rubles (50 euros) on a charge of contravening regulations governing street demonstrations.Two journalists were briefly arrested while covering similar demonstrations in Saint Petersburg. They were Lev Lurie of Fontanka.ru, who was arrested in Isaakiyevskaya Square, and Novaya Gazeta’s Boris Vishnevsky.The tension surrounding these elections has grown steadily in recent weeks. Reporters Without Borders voiced concern about the many attempts to intimidate independent national media in the run-up to the elections in a press release on 17 February, and calls for vigilance ahead of the demonstrations scheduled for 8 and 9 March.(Photo: RIA Novosti) RSF_en May 21, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearingcenter_img Help by sharing this information News June 2, 2021 Find out more Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption RussiaEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Russia News RussiaEurope – Central Asia May 5, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Newspaper journalist with TB finally freed under presidential pardon

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first_img Reporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that Mushfig Huseynov, a journalist who wrote for the daily Bizim Yol, has finally been released after serving two years of a five-year sentence which it always regarded as politically motivated.“Keeping him in jail after his tuberculosis reached an advanced stage was absolutely criminal and, as a result, his state of health is now very poor,” Reporters Without Borders said. “His health could have been spared if he had been released earlier, as we kept requesting.”Huseynov was freed on 26 December under a decree signed by President Ilham Aliev the previous day pardoning a total of 99 detainees. As he left the prison, Huseynov said: “I cannot say that I am well. I am going to continue receiving treatment (…) But I plan to go back to working as a journalist.”Convicted of “passive corruption” under article 311.1 of the criminal code in January 2008, Huseynov was given a six-year sentence that was reduced to five years on appeal. He was arrested after writing about several cases of alleged corruption within the ministry of labour and social security, and the investigation was carried out with a complete lack of transparency by the National Security Agency.He was always held in conditions that were inappropriate for his state of health. His request for early release was rejected in May of this year and again, on appeal, on 22 July. Thereafter, his health declined steadily and he was admitted to Baku central prison hospital No. 3 on 14 October.The treatment he received there resulted in little improvement and he continued to lose weight. His brother said he was kept in a damp room although he needed to breathe dry air. An international solidarity campaign was launched on his behalf after an opposition activist, Novruzali Mammadov, died in a prison hospital on 17 August in the absence of appropriate care.Reporters Without Borders repeatedly requested appropriate treatment for Huseynov and then called for his release on medical grounds under article 78 of the criminal code and article 167.06 of the code on the administration of sentences. After writing to President Aliev twice, in October 2008 and November of this year, the organisation voiced its concern to the Red Cross, several embassies in Baku and finally to the French authorities when President Aliev visited Paris at the start of this month.——————————————22.07.2009 – Baku appeal court refuses to release sick journalist from prisonAn appeal court in the capital Baku on 20 July turned down a plea for the release on medical grounds of journalist, Mushfig Huseynov, upholding the decision of a court in Azizbekov delivered on 27 May. The journalist, sentenced to six years for allegedly accepting a bribe, must now remain behind bars and will be banned from practising his profession for two years following his release. “We are outraged by decision of the Baku appeal court, which like the court in Azizbekov, breaches the Azeri criminal code that provides for the release of a prisoner on medical grounds”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Huseynov’s poor state of health, after spending 18 months in prison, makes his release more justified than ever,” it added.Lawyer for the journalist, Isakhan Ashurov, told Reporters Without Borders: “The Baku appeal court decision is unfounded. The court failed to take into account the fact that Huseynov has tuberculosis and is extremely ill”. Organisation AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh December 29, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper journalist with TB finally freed under presidential pardon News AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Help by sharing this information RSF_en ——————————-28.05.2009 – Court breaks law by refusing to release journalist on health groundsA Baku court yesterday rejected a request for the release of Mushfig Huseynov, a reporter with the daily Bizim Yol, who has had serious health problems since he was jailed in January 2008 for allegedly taking a bribe.“Huseynov’s state of health is grounds for immediate release,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The law requires it. Prison conditions in Azerbaijan are appalling and do not allow detainees in a poor health to receive adequate medical attention. The judicial authorities must reconsider this decision.”Article 78 of the criminal code and article 167 of the penal code provide for a detainee’s release on medical grounds. The court’s ruling nonetheless means that Huseynov will have to continue serving his sentence in a Baku prison.Huseynov was sentenced to six years in prison on a corruption charge on 21 January 2008. He was alleged to have accepted a bribe of 3,500 dollars from an employee of the ministry of labour and social security.Two other journalists are currently detained in Azerbaijan – Ganimat Zahidov of the opposition daily Azadlig and Eynulla Fatullayev, the editor of two dailies, Gundelik Azerbaijan and Realny Azerbaijan. Sakit Zahidov of Azadlig was freed on 9 April after being pardoned by President Ilham Aliev.Azerbaijan was ranked 150th out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. President Aliev is also on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.” News June 4, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Follow the news on Azerbaijan News to go further News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more April 9, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Adare Manor for sale

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first_imgEmail Facebook Adare Manor retain the Michelin Star NewsAdare Manor for saleBy John Keogh – September 3, 2014 674 TAGSAdare Manor Advertisement Twitter Adare Manor unveil plans to launch The Padel Club this Autumn Print  LIMERICK’S most prestigious hotel, the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort, has been put up for sale this week with a price tag of between €25 million and €27 million.It is believed that the five-star hotel, which includes 62 bedrooms on more than 700 acres of parkland, is valued at around €30 million.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The hotel was designed by architect James Pain in 1830 as a residence for the Earl of Dunraven; it first opened for business in July 1988 with 15 rooms.The 18-hole championship golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Senior in 1990.Adare Manor was previously owned by American investor Tom Keane, its VIP guests have included former US president Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton and Tiger Woods.center_img Previous articleMary I launches college appNext articleCar crush is safe John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Adare Manor named 5th World’s Most Romantic Hotel 2021 Brendan O’Connor announced as new General Manager of Adare Manor Adare Manor Resort COVID-19 Ambassadors Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Adare Manor named ‘Ireland’s Leading Hotel 2020’ last_img read more

Satire play on the Bible cancelled in Belfast for being blasphemous

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first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Pinterest WhatsApp News Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Twitter In the North the DUP-led Newtownabbey Council has cancelled a play based on the Bible, claiming it is blasphemous.It says “as guardians of all that’s right in society, we’ve got to take a stand somewhere”.The Reduced Shakespeare Company take on ‘The Bible – The Complete Word of God (Abridged)’ was to be shown at the Theatre at the Mill, just outside Belfast.The tour will see the show performed at various venues throughout England, Scotland and Wales.Producer David Naylor says it is a chance for the audience to learn more about the book.”We actually ask in the show ‘how many people know the Bible cover to cover?’, and very few people put their hands up” he said.”And the idea is we hope all the people ill go away – maybe if they’re staying in a hotel room they might pick up a Bible and have a look through a few pages”.”It’s certainly not mocking, and I don’t understand why people have made this decision before they’ve actually been to see the show” he added. Google+ Facebook Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton center_img Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week By News Highland – January 24, 2014 Previous articleWoman in court charged with stealing 30k from Culmore Parish ChurchNext articlePAC chair says treatment of whistleblowers in Ireland ‘disgusting’ News Highland Google+ Pinterest Satire play on the Bible cancelled in Belfast for being blasphemous Facebook WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson last_img read more

Megachurch pastor with ties to Presidents Bush, Obama to surrender Monday: Attorney

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first_imgKTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — The notable Houston reverend and former spiritual adviser to both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who stands accused by federal prosecutors of bilking millions from investors in a Chinese bond scheme, plans to turn himself in, ABC News has learned.“The surrender date will be arranged on Monday,” said attorney Dan Cogdell, who represents Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell.Caldwell is expected to go before a magistrate judge at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Western District of Louisana to be arraigned, Cogdell said.“Rev. Caldwell and I will travel to Shreveport and seek a bond from the judge, which I believe the government will agree to,” he said.The U.S. Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment to confirm that Caldwell would surrender.Caldwell, 64, and Gregory Smith, a 55-year-old business partner, were hit with a 13-count indictment accusing them of committing wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering when they raised around $3.5 million in Historical Chinese bonds from 29 investors between 2013 to 2014.Prosecutors allege the men duped investors into thinking they were buying bonds through a Shreveport-based company called Smith Financial Group LLC.“These bonds were issued by the former Republic of China prior to losing power to the Communist government in 1949,” prosecutors said in a news release. “They are not recognized by China’s current government and have no investment value.”And instead of investing it, they allegedly “used them to pay personal loans, credit card balances, mortgages, vehicle purchases and other personal expenses,” the release states.If convicted, Caldwell and Smith face up to 30 years in prison.According to the complaint, the investors’ faith in Smith and Caldwell was a major factor in procuring the funds for the bogus bonds.“Although many investors did not understand the investment, they ultimately trusted Smith and took comfort in the fact that a high-profile pastor was offering the investment,” the complaint states.Caldwell spoke at the 2000 Republican National convention, gave the benediction at President George W. Bush’s 2001 inauguration and also officiated over his daughter’s wedding.And back in 2008, President Obama called on Caldwell as a member of his prayer team, according to a Newsweek article. He was also a part of a group of religious leaders invited to the White House after President Obama’s faith was scrutinized, according to a Houston Chronicle report.On Friday, Caldwell told ABC station KTRK-TV in an interview that he has proof the accusations are frivolous.“Everyone who’s asked for their money back to date has received their money back,” he told the ABC station. “I’ve got evidence that the bonds are legitimate.”And his attorney, who last week declared that Caldwell would “beat these charges like a rented mule,” said his client is preparing for trial.“As you know, a case of this magnitude will take some time before it is resolved by a trial,” he told ABC News.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

160 undocumented workers detained in Texas immigration bust

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first_imgUS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (SUMNER, Texas) — Federal authorities detained well over 100 undocumented workers on Tuesday in a surprise raid at a Texas manufacturing company.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained 160 workers at Load Trail, a trailer manufacturing company that was previously charged with knowingly hiring undocumented immigrants for labor, federal authorities said.The workers were taken into custody on Tuesday afternoon as Texas agents executed a criminal search warrant at the company’s Sumner, Texas, facility, located about 100 miles northeast of Dallas.“I know I just heard helicopters everywhere and I saw a whole lot of people running and so I turned to run and the first corner I hit I got guns drawn down on me,” one witness said.The search involved multiple helicopters and more than 300 federal agents from New Orleans, Houston and San Antonio, according to Katrina Berger, Homeland Security’s special-agent-in-charge of investigations.She said the agency launched its investigation after receiving a tip that Load Trail may have knowingly hired illegal immigrants, including some who were allegedly using fraudulent identification documents.“I knew these were clearly illegals. This is not the way we are supposed to be hiring,” Berger said. “They told me to keep doing my job — that if they were visited by ICE again, they would simply pay the fine and go on.”The search did not result in any criminal arrests, but that could change in the coming weeks as the investigation goes on, according to Berger, who called the firm one of the “fastest-growing trailer brands.”“[W]e’re watching and we’re coming,” she said. “Businesses that knowingly hire illegal aliens create an unfair advantage over their competing businesses.“In addition, they take jobs away from U.S. citizens and legal residents, and they create an atmosphere posed for exploiting their illegal workforce,” she added.Load Trail Trailers agreed to pay a $444,993 fine for “knowingly hiring and continuing to employ unauthorized workers,” in 2014, Dallas ABC affiliate WFAA reported, citing federal records. The company allegedly employed 179 unauthorized workers at that time, according to WFAA.Load Trail currently has more than 500 employees and received an award for the “Fastest Growing Trailer Brand of the Year” in 2014 and 2015, according to its website.It did not immediately respond to ABC News’ email requests for comment. WFAA said it sent multiple requests for comment via phone and email, but the company did not respond.The undocumented workers were being held at detention centers Dallas and Oklahoma, where they’ll be interviewed, fingerprinted and processed for deportation, ICE said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more