Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc ( Q12015 Interim Report

first_imgNorthern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc (  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileNorthern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc is a milling company in Nigeria which mills wheat and other grains and sells its products under the Golden Penny brand name. Products produced by Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc include wheat flour, semovita, wheat offal, masaflour, germ flour, masavita and corn offal. Its retail and wholes range for banking and confectionary includes Golden Penny flour, Golden Penny sugar and Golden Penny rice. The company’s head office is in Kano, Nigeria. Northern Nigeria Flour Mills Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Archbishop says church must ‘join its enemies on their knees’

first_imgArchbishop says church must ‘join its enemies on their knees’ Resorting to violence denies the possibility of redemption Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Events April 16, 2014 at 8:17 pm Perhaps the “Anglican Communion” can be seen in terms of the Eastern Orthodox Church. That church is comprised of many autocephalous (independent) churches with a primate over each national church. Hence, the Greek Orthodox Church, Russian Orthodox Church, Serbian Orthodox Church, Romanian Orthodox Church, etc. share the same faith and ecclesiastical polity and are in communion with each other. All Eastern Orthodox primates are equals. However, the Patriarch of Constantinople is given “primacy of honor”. Seems much like the Anglican Communion to me with the Archbishop of Canterbury enjoying “primacy of honor”. Tags Advocacy Peace & Justice, May 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm In a nutshell (no pun intended): People shouldn’t get married if they can’t STAY married! Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Steven Lee says: Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Rector Belleville, IL April 11, 2014 at 1:54 pm I agree that saying the “Anglican Communion is a global church,” is a mistake. Nowhere in ECUSA Constitution and Canons does it say ECUSA belongs to a global church. Nowhere in the instruments of communion does the Anglican Communion define itself as a global church. Another denomination like the Roman Catholic Church may define itself as that. In fairness to Archbishop Welby, his background is that of a corporate executive for an oil company. He brings a prior business experience regarding power and its structure that may always influence his views on church, society and the world; however, that does not mean his view is correct. Praying for the Archbishop, for those who have suffered violence, and for those who suffer violence because of failure of lay and clerical church leaders not only to speak for peace but also to act in ways that lessen violence and promote peace. Rector Albany, NY Julian Malakar says: April 11, 2014 at 11:12 pm “Anglican Communion is a global church,” if we believe what we say every Sunday while reciting The Nicene Creed. We say “We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church” as we believe in one God. Catholic means universal, inclusive of diversified nationality. Roman Catholic is universal Church under Pope headquarter in Rome. But Anglican Catholic is universal Church inclusive of all nationality 143 countries of the world as Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said. Denying Catholicism means denying our creed. God’s kingdom does not have any political boundaries segregated by color, rich and poor Jeremy Bates says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Steven Lee says: Gun Violence, Comments are closed. Archbishop of Canterbury, Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 April 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm Really? The one church referred to in the Creeds is the Anglican Communion? Please tell us more. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Selena Smith says: Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 April 10, 2014 at 8:50 pm If only the founders of The Episcopal Church, many of whom had just fought a revolution, and risked their lives, to free themselves from London’s control, could hear this misleading rhetoric…. “The Anglican Communion is a global church.”This is false! The Anglican Communion is a global family of independent churches.Perhaps the Archbishop has self-aggrandizing reasons to say that the Communion is a global church. After all, if that were so, he would be a leading candidate for pope.But that doesn’t make his statement true. May 11, 2014 at 3:18 pm Marriage is not the be all end all! Clergy have every right to say “NO” to homosexual marriages, and if the couple involves doesn’t like it, they can go to another church! Glenn Horton-Smith says: Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Submit a Job Listing By Mary Frances Schjonberg and Lynette WilsonPosted Apr 10, 2014 Rector Collierville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Jeremy Bates says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby spoke April 10 during the Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENS[Editors’ note: a correction was made to this article to remove reference to the location of the mass grave where Welby said he had been told Christians were murdered out fear that they might become homosexual because of Western influence.][Episcopal News Service – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said April 10 that “the gospel of peace is reclaimed by loving those who love violence and hatred” and that a church committed to peacemaking “looks like those who join their enemies on their knees.”“We celebrate the fact that as the Anglican Communion functioning as a community of peace across the world, as it does in so many places so wonderfully with such sacrifices, that it manages disagreement well in many places, that it maintains unity across diametrically opposed views on a matter – that that Anglican Communion to which we belong could be the greatest gift to counter violence of all descriptions in our world,” Welby said.Welby spoke during the April 9-11 Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence being held at the Reed Center and the nearby Sheraton Midwest City here.He said what is sought is a church “that bears the cross, that is so caught up in Jesus Christ and its relationship with Jesus Christ that it is drawn inexorably in partnership with the poor and pilgrimage alongside them, sharing the surprises and risks of the journey under the leadership of Jesus Christ.”“We do not see such churches today on a global scale, although they may be found in many places at a local level,” he said. “To turn this into a national [phenomenon] such a great and huge nation as this, let alone a global phenomenon, is humanly impossible. We find it easier to be caught up in our own disputes and our own rights.”It must be acknowledged that human beings are inclined towards violence, Welby told the gathering. “Violence is intrinsic to being human, and I have to say in particular to being human and male, or human and powerful, over against minorities of all kinds,” he said. “Moreover it is addictive, violence is addictive, and we become hardened to it.”But, God “is committed to acting in response to wrongdoing” and is a God who judges but also saves, “giving of God’s own self to make an opportunity for rescue,” the archbishop said.Thus, “the resort to violence is always the denial of the possibility of redemption,” he added. “And since in our hearts we believe in redemption as Christians, an early resort to violence denies the very heart of our faith.”However, he said, Holy Week’s anticipation of Easter shows a different way.“It is in accompanying Jesus on the long walk through Holy Week to the cross that we will find ourselves bound together afresh and love released,” Welby said. “The love will be such that we cannot imagine unless we turn to Christ in repentance, seeking to be those who challenge and overcome the violence that he himself bore for us on the cross. It will be a love that comes to reclaim in ourselves and in our communities the gospel of peace.”The text of his speech is here.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Presiding Bishop Katharine JeffertsSchori respond to questions during an April 10 press conference. Photo: Lynette Wilson/ENSAt a later press conference with Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori and Diocese of Oklahoma Bishop Edward Konieczny, Welby was asked about comments he made April 4 when he told a British radio call-in show that that Christians in parts of Africa face abuse, violence and even death because of decisions on sexual equality made by Anglican Churches in the West. His answer came in response to a question from the Rev. Kes Grant, a Church of England priest and school chaplain who had called in to ask why English clergy were not allowed to decide for themselves whether to marry gay couples.“Why we can’t do it now is because the impact of that on Christians in countries far from here like South Sudan, like Pakistan, like Nigeria, would be absolutely catastrophic and we have to love them as much as the people who are here,” Welby said.Welby explained that while standing at a mass grave he was told that the excuse given for the murder of hundreds of Christians there had been: “If we leave a Christian community in this area, we will all be made to become homosexual, and so we’re going to kill the Christians.”Welby concluded, “The mass grave had 369 bodies in it and I was standing with the relatives. That burns itself into your soul, as does the suffering of gay people in this country.”During the news conference, Welby noted that he had made similar comments in the past and that he was trying to say that “at its heart is the issue that we’re a global church.”“The Anglican Communion is a global church.  And that wherever we speak, whether it’s here or in Africa, or in Asia or in any of the 143 countries in which we are operating, in which there are Anglicans, we never speak exclusively to ourselves but we speak in a way that is heard widely around the world,” he said. “And so the point I was making, because the question was essentially about why don’t we just go ahead and do gay marriages, we have a profound disagreement within the Church of England about the right thing to do, whether to perform gay marriages or have blessing of same sex marriages where the marriage has taken place in the civil system.”Same-sex marriage became legal in England and Wales on March 29. Parliament by a comfortable majority passed The Marriage (Same-sex Couples Act) in July 2013.The Church of England is “starting two years of facilitated conversation about this and we are not going simply to jump to a conclusion, to preempt that conversation in any direction at all but we need to spend time listening to each other, listening to the voices around the communion,” Welby said.The example he gave during the call-in program of his experience at the site of the mass grave “was of a particular example some years back which had had a great impact on my own thinking,” he said during the news conference.Earlier in the day when the archbishop spoke to the entire gathering, he said he and his wife Caroline stood alongside a mass grave in Bor, South Sudan, where the bodies of clergy and lay South Sudanese people were buried in what he has described as a massacre influenced by western acceptance for same-sex marriage.“I think we need to be aware of the realities on the ground in our own countries and around the world and to take those into account when we are moving forward,” Welby said during the news conference.“It doesn’t necessarily mean you do something other than you feel is the right thing to do but you are aware of the need perhaps to do it in a different way,” he continued. “It means particularly in these conversations that we have to make sure that we hear the voice of the LGBT community, which themselves in many parts of the world, including in our own countries suffer a great deal, and we also need to hear very carefully the voices of other members of the church, of other faiths, of ecumenical partners, so that it is a genuine process of listening and in listening to each to listening to the voice of God.”A video clip of Welby’s comments at the news conference is here.Welby came to the United States April 9 from Canada where he had spent four days meeting with Anglican leaders. Towards the end of that visit, Welby sat down for an interview with the Anglican Journal during which he also addressed his April 4 comments in a similar vein.“One of the things that’s most depressing about the response to that interview is that almost nobody listened to what I said; they mostly imagined what they thought I said…It was not only imagination, it was a million miles away from what I said,” he added.Both the Canadian and U.S. visits, which Lambeth Palace has said are “primarily personal and pastoral,” are part of the archbishop’s plan to visit the leader of every Anglican Communion province by the end of this year. Details about his other such visits thus far are here.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg and Lynette Wilson are editors/reporters for the Episcopal News Service. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace 2014 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Shreveport, LA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN April 11, 2014 at 7:37 am Put plainly, it seems Archbishop of Canturbury Justin Welby is telling us that he believes that acceptance of same-sex relationships in our church is somehow connected, if only in the minds of the killers, to at least one mass murder in Africa, and that he believes African Christians would be further endangered if the Church of England were to quickly move forward on same-sex marriage.I can believe that the archbishop was told an excuse for the killing that involved some connection of Christianity to homosexuality in the minds of the killers. I have little confidence that he or anyone understands the minds of the killers well enough to know whether there would have been less killing if there had been less acceptance, slower acceptance, or no acceptance in our church. I have no confidence in the idea that lives can be saved by delaying sexual equality in the Church of England.The process of Jewish emancipation in the 19th and 20th centuries was about as slow and as widely discussed as anything could be, and throughout that time there were pogroms and other acts of mass violence against them which grew to become the worst imaginable. I don’t see how the archbishop can be sure that a slower process is better. It seems to me at least as likely that the longer the question is undecided, the worse the violence could get.Perhaps I just don’t comprehend the nature of violence. Certainly I don’t understand the archbishop’s statement that “violence is intrinsic to being human.” Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Br. 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Amstel Tower / Powerhouse Company

first_img IMd Raadgevend Ingenieurs Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Amstel Tower / Powerhouse CompanySave this projectSaveAmstel Tower / Powerhouse Company Save this picture!© Egbert de Boer+ 7Curated by María Francisca González Share The Netherlands Area:  27000 m² Photographs Amstel Tower / Powerhouse Company CopyMixed Use Architecture, Apartments•Amsterdam, The Netherlands Structural Engineering: center_img Photographs:  Egbert de Boer, Ossip van Duivenbode, Jeroen Musch, Christian Richters Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Contractor:JP van EesterenInstallation Engineering:Ingenieursburo LinssenClient:ProvastPartners In Charge:Paul Stavert, Nanne de RuTeam:Nanne de Ru, Paul Stavert, Ard Jan Lootens, Erwin van Strien, Gert Ververs, Joppe Kusters, Max Tala Nossin, Mitchel Veloo, Nolly Vos, Stefan de Meijer, Alex Niemantsverdriet, Amber Peters, Helena Tse, Jeffrey Ouwens, Luca Piattelli, Luke Vermeulen, Máté Molnár, Maud Gossink, Murtada Al-Kaabi, Paul Rikken, Pim Haring, Ruben van der Spek, Undine KimmelCity:AmsterdamCountry:The NetherlandsMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Ossip van DuivenbodeRecommended ProductsDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumAmstel Tower transforms public transportation hub into a vibrant new districtAmstel Tower, Powerhouse Company’s first completed high-rise, perfectly embodies the firm’s vision of architectural and urban design. It also meets a growing demand for bespoke buildings with unique programmatic requirements and adds overall quality by actively integrating with the surrounding urban fabric. With an innovative design, Amstel Tower transforms a public transportation hub into a vibrant mixed-use complex for a living, working and playing. Located next to the Amsterdam Amstel Station, the new tower comprises a 24-story residential tower, mid-rise podium for an international hotel and landscaped ground level with retail and parking. Amstel Tower is commissioned by Provast.Save this picture!Aerial ViewA station in transitionAs the second-busiest transport hub in Amsterdam, Amstel Station is currently undergoing a major infrastructure upgrade. Amstel Tower is a vital part of this development to transform the area into an exciting new district. The complexities of introducing a dynamic new public space and a residential function on the site included optimizing the flow of travelers on the ground floor, minimizing the building’s overshadowing and reducing the impact of traffic noise for the new residents. The design solution was to create a soft, elegant building that not only addresses these complexities but also stands in gentle contrast to the surrounding rectilinear high-rises.Save this picture!© Jeroen MuschNew connectionsThe 105-meter-high tower and wide podium each have a different urban character. Enriching the Amsterdam skyline with an iconic silhouette, the tower appears slender when viewed from the historic city center and from the Wibautstraat, a major avenue, and urban axis. Its profile gradually unfolds eastwards. The low podium engages with the immediate small-scale surroundings and activates a new public square. After careful research and discussion with stakeholders, Powerhouse Company modeled the ground floor as a vibrant public space that is interwoven with the existing site networks.Save this picture!© Jeroen MuschA tower in its contextThe design of the tower takes inspiration from the rounded canopy of the 1930s Amstel Station designed by H.G.J. Schelling. The canopy is reinterpreted as full-perimeter overhangs across the podium and on each level of the tower. This creates visual coherence and provides outdoor space, sun shading and noise protection for the apartments. In addition, the rhythm of the vertical elements in the facade is carefully synchronized with the rhythm of Schelling’s beautiful full-glass facade of the main train station hall. The rounded corners and asymmetrical shape limit overshadowing onto the neighborhood and create an inviting, streamlined profile that perfectly complements its riverside surroundings.Save this picture!AxonometryHowever, Amstel Tower’s design not only seeks to create architectural and urban connections but also stimulates greater social cohesion by providing affordable, high-quality living spaces for young professionals, a group that finds it increasingly challenging to find adequate housing within the city limits. By using the programmatic challenges and opportunities in a smart and innovative way, Powerhouse Company has managed to create a building that adds quality and liveliness to the city in numerous ways. Save this picture!© Egbert de BoerProject gallerySee allShow lessCarlo Ratti Associati Designs Self-Driving Robotic BarArchitecture NewsSeven New Landmarks Designed for Copenhagen’s Amager Nature ParkArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Amsterdam, The NetherlandsLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. 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Kellogg on e-Philanthropy

Kellogg on e-Philanthropy Howard Lake | 20 March 2000 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The WK Kellogg Foundation in the US has published a report examining the ways in which the Internet can become a tool for social good. It gives a good summary but is entirely US-focused. gets a mention but in the context that a US-focused version is in the pipeline.Download their free report e-Philanthropy, Volunteerism, and Social Changemaking (available in PDF) and read Foundation releases report on useful e-philanthropy sites at Philanthropy News Network.  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement 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. read more

Bayer Announces Weed Control Breakthrough 30 Years in the Making

first_img By Andy Eubank – Feb 17, 2020 Bayer Announces Weed Control Breakthrough 30 Years in the Making SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Bayer Announces Weed Control Breakthrough 30 Years in the Making Bayer-has-exciting-new-weed-control-newsLate last week Bayer Crop Science announced discovery of a new herbicide molecule, an exciting development in the company’s research and development pipeline since it means the first new post-emergence mode of action for broad acre weed control in 30 years.Darren Wallis, Vice President North America Communications for Bayer Crop Science says the development will eventually put more innovative tools in the American farmer’s toolbox, exactly what farmers always tell him they need.“It’s phase two, so we’re in early days here in our research pipeline, but we’re confident that by the end of the decade, we should have an exciting new chemistry for growers,” he said. “What’s really exciting for us and we think for them too is that our early results so far show it has really effective control on key resistant grasses. We know that this is something that’s a challenge in the field, and we’re an innovation company and excited that we have this opportunity to bring this new mode forward.”Wallis says agronomists, including Bayer’s experts, recommend an integrated weed management approach that can include cover crops, crop rotation and multiple modes of action in the herbicide program. The benefits are to both the farmer and the soil in his fields.“There is no better steward of the land than an American farmer and there is nothing more important to them than protecting that ground,” he told HAT. “What we’re excited about is this gives them yet another tool that they can rely on in the future. Clearly glyphosate and dicamba are the platforms that we have that they can rely on today that give terrific weed control, but we know the future means more tools and more opportunity to control those weeds and this is exciting news for us, especially since it took 30 years to get here.”The industry-wide breakthrough happened in the weed science research facility in Frankfort, Germany. Hear more from Wallis:Darren-Wallis-Bayer-Crop-Science-on-new-weed-MOA Facebook Twitter Previous articleMachinery Pete: Used Equipment Selling WellNext articleBayer Announces Weed Control Breakthrough 30 Years in the Making and Used Equipment Continues Selling Well on the HAT Tuesday Morning Edition Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

“Stranger Things” season two is a satisfying sequel

first_imgWilliam Konig TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Photo from Netflix Twitter William Konig The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Twitter World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Review: ‘Black Panther’ delivered even with high expectations William Konig Linkedin Linkedin Facebook Review: predictions on who will win the Oscar vs. who should William Konig Review: ‘Love, Simon’ is actually a cute romantic comedy ReddIt Facebook ReddIt + posts Previous articleMiles perfect score leads Horned Frogs to victoryNext articleTCU Equestrian falls to Texas A&M William Konig RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR William Konig Review: ‘Ready Player One’ is a ton of fun TAGSNetflixReviewsStranger ThingsTV print“Stranger Things” season two was great even with the high expectations going in after the fantastic first season.The new season takes place about a year after the events of the first season. Will (Noah Schnapp) is having visions of the upside-down world and soon, another “monster” from that world invades their world. The group of kids have to team up again to save their world from being destroyed. With all of this going on, we get to learn a lot more about the past of Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown). We get to see more about her mother and her struggles of being kept secret all this time.The cast of this show continues to impress as everyone in this season gave a great performance. Brown gave another outstanding performance as Eleven. She was able to show the emotional struggle of being isolated from her friends and did a great job showing growth in her maturity from the first season.Gaten Matarazzo, Finn Wolfhard and Caleb McLaughlin were all great in season two and were able to show the inner struggles of the group but Schnapp gave the best and most surprising performance of all the cast members. With such little time to prove his acting in the first season, no one was sure what to expect from him this time around but boy, did he deliver. He proved he could hold his own for the entire season by giving an emotional and haunting performance of being tortured by his past and by the new threat to their world.For this season, three new characters were added to the show, and they all felt like they added something to the show. Sadie Sink was the new kid and her battle was to prove her value to the group. Sean Astin was also a welcome addition, playing the boyfriend of Will’s mom. His character was able to add a bit of humor to a lot of the serious situations.Almost every episode was wonderful and added to the story. Episode seven has a few different opinions out there on whether or not it was necessary, but I understood why it was needed even though it messed with the flow of the season. The show provided the perfect amount of nostalgia, emotion and drama to make this season something to be excited to watch.The one thing that held this season back from being better than season one was the fact that Eleven was not part of the main group for this season. Her story arc for this season was good but I missed the dynamic she brought the group and her interactions with Mike and the other guys.Verdict:With great acting by the whole cast and great new additions to the cast, this season is a great second season for the series. Only one episode felt like it messed with the flow, but it can be easily forgiven for everything else that was awesome. The soundtrack was also perfect for the show and is something to listen once you finish the show. Overall, I can’t wait for the third season!8.5/10last_img read more

A Family Affair – The myth of media pluralism in Albania Media Ownership Monitor presented by RSF and BIRN Albania

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Economic pressure Receive email alerts AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independence Economic pressure Follow the news on Albania RSF_en Albania: Seizure threatens independence of two Albanian TV channels The results of the project are accessible in Albanian and English on The site offers comprehensive information about the media landscape in the country, including a database of major media outlets, companies and their owners, as well as their economic and political interests, to the general public. Kristina Voko, Executive Director of BIRN Albania states that finally “the myth that, despite its shortcomings, the Albanian media represents a plurality of views has been shattered. A handful of families reach more than half of audience share and 90% of the revenues in our media market.” “After decades of transition and numerous attempts from civil society activists inside Albania, as well as substantial contributions from the international community, the media landscape seems to slide further away from a path towards independence, plurality and sustainability”, added Olaf Steenfadt, RSF’s global Project Director of the Media Ownership Monitor. “We call on political elites here to understand the value of a truly healthy media sector and act accordingly, also with a view on the country’s attempts to access the European Union. Our project could serve as a respective monitoring tool.” The presentation in Tirana today comes less than a week after the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers had adopted guidelines and recommendations to its 47 Member States, including Albania, on media pluralism and ownership. Urška Umek, Administrator at the Information Society Department of the Council of Europe, quoted the call on national governments to promote transparency of media ownership and added: “We encourage States to develop a regulatory framework where needed.” HIGH MEDIA AUDIENCE CONCENTRATION Supported by a vast dataset, the Media Ownership Monitor proves exceptionally high concentration levels of the Albanian media market. For example, the top four owners in the Television segment reach half of the total audience (between 48.93% to 58,60% – based on reports of the two existing media research agencies, whose data conflict). Three families hold the five digital broadcasting licenses, out of which one alone has received three. Thus, the media regulatory authority has practically endorsed a monopoly. In Radio, the audience concentration is even higher, with four owners controlling almost two thirds (63.69%) of the audience. A medium level of concentration can be observed only in printed press, where the top four owners have a combined readership of 43.29%. MOM also measured ownership across media sectors, TV, print, radio and online which revealed that top eight owners reach an audience of 72,1% to 80.1%. All-in all, these figures illustrate a worryingly high risk to media pluralism in Albania. HIGH MARKET CONCENTRATION The Albanian media market is small and oversaturated, resulting in harsh economic pressure. There is no official list of print media in the country but reports have put the number at more than 200 titles. MOM investigated 12 daily national newspapers and identified a single owner with a market share of 54%. The top four newspaper publishers control 86.5% of the print market combined. Despite the many outlets, suggesting a quantitative variety of offer, financial records show that the lion share of revenues, defining market share, is concentrated in a handful of powerful family-owned media groups. Concentration within the commercial free-to-air TV market for the fourth biggest owners stands at 89.6% – where the two biggest alone control more than two thirds of the market (71.7% of the market share) – and jumps to even 94% if the digital network providers and the public broadcaster are included. MISSING REGULATORY SAFEGUARDS Although the audio-visual market is regulated by law, most media experts perceive its regulatory body, the Audio-visual Media Authority, as being under the direct or indirect influence of political and corporate actors. Some specific regulation exists in the audio-visual media law, that limits the amount of shares and voting rights in any additional TV company, as well as the amount of advertising, but these restrictions seem opaque and no clear definition of media monopolization exists in the law, let alone it being enforced. The MOM research provides a number of cases, where, by means of ownership across families and diverse corporate structures, the original intent of the law is easily circumvented. One key article of the law, 62/3, which limited the stakes a person or entity could acquire in a national TV station to 40%, was nullified by the Constitutional Court in May 2016. SELF-CENSORSHIP According to the MOM’s research methodology, political control over media outlets in Albania was rated as high. The audience reach of the politically affiliated media owners ranges from 65,18% (Abacus data) to 75,86% (Telemetrix data). Due to the pressure coming from media owners with political and economic interests, many Albanian journalists resort to self-censorship. Apart from the intricate web that is created around media owners affiliated interests, the media climate in Albania is under pressure also from a series of other factors, including the big corporate advertisers and government institutions. However, none of these outside factors play as big an influence on pushing journalists toward self-censorship as the economic and political interests of owners. In a survey, roughly 80% of journalists in Albania considered their job security as negative, clearly linking their working conditions to the wide-spread phenomenon of self-censorship as a means of protection. MEDIA UNDER FIRE As the MOM website illustrates in detail, the Albanian media market is controlled by a small number of powerful owners with strong political ties. At the same time, the few independent outlets and journalists often face intimidation and verbal abuse from politicians. During an impromptu press conference in October 2017, when faced with questions over the alleged ties of his Minister of Interior to a drug trafficking gang, Prime Minister Edi Rama lashed out at journalists, calling them “ignorant”, “poison”, “garbage bin”, “scandalmongers”, “charlatans”, and “public enemies”. Rama’s rhetoric often features the denigration of the media. Over the last few years, he has increasingly preferred communication through social media to avoid scrutiny from journalists. Some commentators have opined that a ‘strategy of abuse’ stands behind the colorful language used by Albanian politicians against the media, aiming to derail public attention from scandals by providing a readymade TV spectacle. Others see it as an attempt to delegitimize the ever shrinking pool of independent and critical journalists and outlets, not being controlled by oligarchs, politicians and their cronies. MEDIA OWNERSHIP MONITOR: A GLOBAL RESEARCH PROJECT Initiated by the German section of the international human rights NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF), the Media Ownership Monitor project is a global research and advocacy effort to promote transparency and media pluralism at an international level. In Albania, it was conducted together with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania (BIRN Albania) from December2017 to March 2018. The sample of media investigated included 44 national outlets: 11 television channels, 10 radio stations, 12 print titles and 11 online sites. RSF’s partner BIRN, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania, is a member of a network of local non-governmental organisations promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values. Through high quality reporting and creating a pool of skilled journalists BIRN examines and scrutinises key processes, steers debates and provides the public with impartial and reliable information. BIRN Network also monitors and advocates for the transparency and accountability of public institutions and enables CSOs and citizens to influence decision-makers. The project is financed by the Federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Country studies were so far published in Colombia, Cambodia, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, Peru, the Philippines and Mongolia, Ghana, Serbia, Brazil and Morocco. In addition to Albania, this year, MOM will investigate media markets in Mexico, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Lebanon, Tanzania and Egypt. For more information visit the MOM website: Media Contacts: Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania (BIRN Albania) Kristina Voko [email protected] Tel.: +355 44 502 592 Reporters Without Borders Germany Ulrike Gruska [email protected] Tel.: +49-30-6098953355 Audience and market concentration distorts the Albanian media market. The resulting lack of plurality can be detected in television and radio but also with the printed press. This is one of the results of the three-months-long investigative research that the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania (BIRN Albania) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) have jointly carried out. The results of the “Media Ownership Monitor Albania” are presented in Tirana today. They shed light on the Albanian media market by disclosing who owns and ultimately controls mass media. 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News agency director gets two-month suspended sentence for arguing with police officer

first_img RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance RSF_en Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa News Help by sharing this information News October 31, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 News agency director gets two-month suspended sentence for arguing with police officer Receive email alerts Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalistscenter_img April 15, 2021 Find out more April 28, 2021 Find out more June 8, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the suspended sentence of two months in prison passed by Casablanca court yesterday on AIC Press agency director Mourad Bourja for “disrespect for agent of the state in the exercise of his duties.”“Judicial harassment of the Moroccan press since the start of the year has dispelled any illusions about the government’s talk of a political opening,” the press freedom organisation said. “A wave of prosecutions against the print media shows that the ruling class is unable to tolerate criticism and promote free expression. Bourja’s trial proved to be an act of revenge against a journalist who upsets the authorities.”As well as the two-month suspended sentence, the court fined Bourja 2,500 dirhams (225 euros) and ordered him to pay 2,000 Dirhams (180 euros) in damages to the police officer who brought a complaint against him.Bourja was arrested for five hours on 28 June during an argument with a policeman outside the Spanish consulate. A few hours later, he was charged in connection with a case dating back to June 2005, when he prevented a policeman from confiscating photos taken in a Sahrawi refugee camp in Algeria.His trial was postponed several times because of the plaintiff’s absence. During the hearing on 23 October, the prosecution presented a witness who turned out to have no connection with the case. This lack of prosecution credibility did not, however, prevent the judge from convicting Bourja, who intends to appeal.Since the start of the year, several newspapers have been the target of prosecutions resulting in some cases in prison sentences for journalists who have tackled subjects regarded as sensitive by the authorities. News Organisation to go further News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saylast_img read more

Downward spiral continues for Honduran media

first_img RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Help by sharing this information HondurasAmericas to go further Follow the news on Honduras Receive email alerts March 6, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Downward spiral continues for Honduran media May 13, 2021 Find out morecenter_img RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America HondurasAmericas News The first two months of 2015 have very disturbing for journalists in Honduras. Five years after a 2009 coup d’état, it is still one of the western hemisphere’s most dangerous countries for media personnel and respect for freedom of information continues to decline.The climate for news providers is extremely hostile. Journalists and media are the targets of threats, judicial harassment, physical violence and murder. According to the National Commission for Human Rights (CONADEH), all but two of the 51 murders of journalists registered since 2003 are still unpunished.Journalists who cover violence, human rights violations, corruption and organized crime (including organized crime’s infiltration of the state) are especially exposed to reprisals.The impunity is particularly worrying given the hostility that the authorities – including those at the highest level – display towards the media. Far from guaranteeing journalists’ safety, they tend to minimize the danger by denying that the journalists who have been murdered were targeted in connection with their work.For example, after Radio Globo journalist Erick Arriaga’s murder on 23 February, the authorities claimed that he had links to criminal gangs.“We condemn the attitude of the Honduran authorities towards journalists as completely unacceptable,” said Claire San Filippo, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Americas desk.“Not only do they do nothing in response to crimes of violence against journalists, failing to solve almost all of these crimes, but they constantly jeopardize journalists’ work. Journalists who criticize the government are denied access to state-held information, subjected to unjustified prosecutions and threatened by officials.”San Filippo added: “When will the state stop gagging news and information, assume its role as guarantor of rights, and provide journalists with real protection? In the absence of protection and justice, must Honduran journalists either censor themselves or live in fear of violence and persecution?”Opposition media houndedThe government makes no bones about its desire to control the media and gag critics, targeting community media and opposition media such as Radio Globo and Canal 36 in particular. They are constantly threatened, their access to state-held information is restricted, and they are subjected to judicial harassment designed to deter investigative reporting.The accreditation of critical journalists with state agencies or for major events has become problematic. For example, Radio Globo director David Romero and fellow journalist Rony Martínez were denied access to a meeting of the presidents of Honduras, Salvador and Guatemala on 26 February.Reporting in the National Congress is also being subjected to growing restrictions. Globo Noticias Honduras reporter César Silva and Reporters Without Borders correspondent Dina Meza seem to be among the personae non gratae. Reporters Without Borders wrote to the congressional speaker about this problem on 9 December but has received no reply.The Honduran state’s behaviour violates the position of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which has said: “Access to information held by the state is a fundamental right of every individual. States have the obligation to guarantee the full exercise of this right.”In the course of their judicial harassment of the media, the authorities defied an IACHR request on 5 November to refrain from implementing a court ruling – originally issued in December 2013 – that bans TV Globo presenter Julio Ernesto Alvarado from working as a journalist for 16 months. The ruling was issued in a defamation suit brought by the former economics faculty dean at the Autonomous National University of Honduras.Reporters Without Borders is particularly disturbed by the overt hostility that officials display towards critical media. On 26 January, for example, an army officer who heads congressional speaker Mauricio Oliva’s security detail and who is a member of the presidential guard of honour told César Silva that he could end up “gagged in ditch.”Marvin Ponce, an advisor to President Juan Orlando Hernández, insulted and slapped David Romero in the face in a Radio Globo studio on 30 January, after threatening him by telephone. The day before, Romero was followed by police chief Héctor Iván Mejía Velásquez.Community radio stations such as Radio Coco Dulce and La Voz de Zacate Grande continue to be very vulnerable because of the broadcasting legislation still in effect in Honduras, which is a long way from allocating community radio stations the 33 percent of frequencies recommended by the IACHR and Reporters Without Borders.La Voz de Puca, a community radio station in La Asomada (in the southwestern department of Lempira), was the target of an attempted police raid on 22 January. Last year, one of its programmes criticized the president and his wife.Honduras is ranked 132nd out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Reports December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Affordable Housing Crisis Receiving New Attention

first_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago January 29, 2018 2,088 Views Affordable Housing Crisis Receiving New Attention Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Affordable Housing Crisis Receiving New Attention The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Affordable Housing Crisis HOUSING HUD mortgage 2018-01-29 Nicole Casperson In a recent announcement, a co-sponsored statewide poll of Latino registered voters conducted by the Latino Community Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation discovered that affordable housing issues could serve as a significant voting influencer for the Latino community.The poll surveyed 900 Latino adults between January 6-14, 2018. Interviews were collected via landline, cell phone, and web. The results found that 88 percent of voters agreed that policymakers in California should take steps to, “expand development of affordable housing” including 62 percent who strongly agreed—representing the highest mark of any policy issues assessed on the survey.According to Matt Barreto, Co-Founder of Latino Decisions who oversaw the poll, Latinos in California expects a well-functioning and progressive state government that helps create opportunities for people to succeed.“With housing prices skyrocketing, Latino voters are telling the state to do something serious and do something now,” said Barreto. “Homeownership is the backbone of economic stability and the American Dream and Latinos expect the state to level the playing field.”Specifically, a desire for additional affordable housing initiatives was highest in the Bay Area at 91 percent of voters agreeing, and the Los Angeles metro area at 90 percent, both represent the two largest urban areas in the state.In addition, the survey found that Latino voters said affordable housing is an issue that could influence their support for or against a candidate—with 81 percent of Latinos responding they would be more likely to support the candidate who endorsed and campaigned in favor of the $4 billion state bond for affordable housing.”Addressing the housing crisis in the San Francisco Bay Area is central to our region’s economic prosperity,” said Fred Blackwell, CEO of The San Francisco Foundation. “It is encouraging to see that 81 percent of Latino voters who participated in the survey are much more—and somewhat more—likely to support the 2018 California gubernatorial candidate that supports state measures to produce, preserve, and protect affordable housing.”In a separate announcement in response to affordable housing issues, a group of U.S. mayors representing 13 million Americans joined with diverse businesses to launch a new coalition initiated by late Mayor of San Francisco, Ed Lee.The group is called the Mayors & CEOs for U.S. Housing Investment, which consists of local government and business leaders that have come together to collaborate and advance public and private partnerships in an effort to combat the affordable housing and homelessness crisis. One step towards progress is the investment in John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, a 14-story high-rise, located in Washington, D.C., just blocks from the Capitol that offers affordable housing.”We recognize that by investing in affordable housing, we are investing in safer, stronger communities and building new pathways to the middle class for our most vulnerable residents,” said Muriel Bowser, Washington, D.C. Mayor.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that more than half-a-million Americans experienced homelessness on a given night in 2017, the Residence currently offers new and permanent housing for 60 formerly-homeless veterans and 64 low-and moderate-income Washington, D.C. residents. 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