Philogen pulls Milan float

first_img Swiss-Italian biotech group Philogen has pulled its plans to list on the Milan stock exchange after Bayer ended a partnership it had with the group. The initial public offering would have been Europe’s first biotech listing this year and was an indication appetite for the sector was warming up again. Philogen focuses on treatments for disorders related to the growth of new blood vessels which can play a role in illnesses such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis. Philogen pulls Milan float by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comWanderoamIdentical Twins Marry Identical Twins – But Then The Doctor Says, “STOP”Wanderoam More From Our Partners Man on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little whatsapp Tuesday 15 February 2011 7:30 pm center_img Show Comments ▼ Share KCS-content whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Buffett’s heir stands down

first_img Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ KCS-content WARREN BUFFETT’S heir apparent has resigned after buying shares in a company he then repeatedly pushed Buffett to acquire, the billionaire investor announced yesterday.David Sokol had twice previously tried to quit his role at Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway over the same issue, the Sage of Omaha said in a letter to shareholders, but could not be persuaded to stay this time. Sokol held shares in Lubrizol last December when he flagged up the company with Buffett. Buffett said he was originally not in favour of the idea but warmed to it after Sokol told him of a conversation with Lubrizol’s chief executive. Berkshire ultimately announced its purchase of Lubrizol for $9bn (£5.6bn) or $135 per share, a 28 per cent premium, on 14 March. “Neither Dave nor I feel his Lubrizol purchases were in any way unlawful. He has told me that they were not a factor in his decision to resign,” said Buffett. “Dave’s letter was a total surprise to me, despite the two earlier resignation talks.”“Sokol will be missed, but the bench is pretty deep. There have been three to four candidates mentioned as people who can replace Buffett as a chief executive,” said Jerry Bruni of fund manager JV Bruni & Co last night. Wednesday 30 March 2011 8:53 pm Share whatsappcenter_img whatsapp Buffett’s heir stands down More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaUndoZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndolast_img read more

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easyJet, IAG and Cineworld shares: what I’d do now

first_imgeasyJet, IAG and Cineworld shares: what I’d do now Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images 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. Are highly profitable Edward Sheldon owns shares in Hargreaves Lansdown, Gamma Communications, and dotDigital Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended dotDigital Group and Hargreaves Lansdown. 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. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Wednesday, 21st October, 2020 | More on: CINE EZJ IAG Enter Your Email Address Are Covid-19-proof and poised for future growth in a post-Covid, digital world “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Such companies should be good investments over time.In the UK, we have plenty of businesses that have these attributes. Hargreaves Lansdown, Gamma Communications, and dotDigital are some that come to mind.Why take a big risk on easyJet, IAG, or Cineworld shares when there are so many great companies you could invest in? Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Have strong balance sheets with minimal debt See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Beaten up UK stocks such as easyJet (LSE: EZJ), IAG (LSE: IAG), and Cineworld (LSE: CINE) are getting plenty of attention from investors right now. Inspired by investing advice such as “be greedy when others are fearful”, value investors are stepping up to buy, hoping for a rebound.Is buying such cheap, out-of-favour stocks a good idea though? I’m not convinced it is. Here, I’ll explain why I’d leave easyJet shares and those of IAG and Cineworld alone, and where I’d invest instead.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…Challenges for IAG, Cineworld and easyJet sharesThe thing to understand about these three beaten up stocks is that they all face enormous challenges right now.For airlines easyJet and IAG, the operating environment is a nightmare. Governments keep changing the travel/quarantine rules and this is having a huge negative impact on customer confidence.“We’re going backwards now and it’s really worrying for the entire industry,” said Eamonn Brennan, head of Europe’s air traffic watchdog Eurocontrol, recently. Eurocontrol believes that trips in 2020 will total six million – one million fewer than forecast in April.The decrease in ticket sales is causing big problems for the airlines. Just recently, easyJet warned that it would report a loss of as much as £845m in its last financial year, and said that it may need government support. No wonder easyJet shares are struggling. Meanwhile, Alex Cruz, who was recently replaced as CEO of British Airways, said last month: “We’re still fighting for our own survival.”Turning to Cineworld, it faces its own set of unique challenges. It recently announced that it was temporarily closing its UK and US cinemas due to Covid-19. Given its huge pile of debt, the outlook doesn’t look good here. It’s worth pointing out that Cineworld is currently the second most shorted stock in the UK. In other words, hedge funds expect the share price to fall.Warren Buffett’s number one ruleGiven the challenges these companies face, I see the stocks as speculative investments. Sure, there is the potential to double your money from buying easyJet shares or the others if we see a Covid-19 vaccine soon and the world returns to normal in the near future. However, there’s also a reasonable chance you could lose 90% of your money if things don’t go to plan and these companies run out of money.I don’t see that as a good risk/reward proposition. You may as well take your money down to the casino.I’d rather invest in a stock that offers a decent chance of doubling my money (over the medium-to-long term), with a tiny chance of losing 90% of my investment. Because as Warren Buffett says, the number one rule in investing is not to lose money.I’d rather invest hereInstead of investing in easyJet shares, IAG shares or Cineworld shares, I’d focus on companies that: Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

France 22-24 England: The Verdict

first_img Top trio: England’s three try-scorers in Paris – Ben Foden, Tom Croft and Manu TuilagiBy Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features EditorIn a nutshellEngland outscored France three tries to one, but didn’t make life easy for themselves. Manu Tuilagi and Ben Foden touched down early in the first half, but it was Tom Croft’s effort – a burst through like the proverbial knife through butter – in the 70th minute that sealed this win. By that point, England’s indiscipline had allowed the French to narrow the gap. Wesley Fofana maintained his Six Nations try-scoring streak late on but Francois Trinh-Duc’s drop-goal attempt then fell short and England were able to close out a memorable win.Key momentWith Charlie Sharples in the sin-bin, Wesley Fofana produced a lovely break but his failure to pass inside to the unmarked Morgan Parra cost France a certain try as his subsequent knock-on allowed England to clear their lines. It was a decision that saw him berated by captain Thierry Dusautoir and will not make pretty viewing when it comes to video analysis this week. Power surge: Imanol Harinordoquy is stopped Star manImanol Harinordoquy was given the official Man of the Match award and the France No 8 was immense, but I’m giving it to Tom Croft. Not only did he score the crucial try, showing a great turn of pace in the process, but he put pressure on the French lineout and was solid in defence, putting in a couple of important hits on Harinordoquy when the Frenchman was on the rampage.Room for improvementEngland definitely need to improve on the discipline front. They’re one of the worst offenders in the Six Nations and were lucky their high penalty count didn’t cost them a win in Paris.They must also learn when not to throw risky passes. A few times against France, players were offloading willy-nilly and the French gratefully accepted the gift of loose ball. If Les Bleus had been more accurate in attack, it could have led to a seven-pointer.As for France, they still seem a little unsure of their game plan in attack and often play as individuals rather than as a team. Their defence was also off-point and England were able to cut through far too easily. They will need to shore that up before playing Wales on Saturday. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Smooth move: Ben Morgan offloads to Ben Foden to set up England’s second tryTop statsEngland have now won all three of their away games in the championship for the first time since the inception of the Six Nations.England conceded nearly three times as many penalties as France – 11 to four – while France made 10 offloads out of the tackle compared to England’s three.Match highlightsFRANCE: Clement Poitrenaud; Vincent Clerc (Maxime Mermoz 37), Aurelien Rougerie, Wesley Fofana, Julien Malzieu; Lionel Beauxis (Francois Trinh-Duc 74), Julien Dupuy (Morgan Parra 50); Jean-Baptiste Poux (Vincent Debaty 50), Dimitri Szarzewski (William Servat 50), Nicolas Mas, Pascal Pape, Yoann Maestri (Lionel Nallet 55), Thierry Dusautoir (captain), Julien Bonnaire (Louis Picamoles 67), Imanol Harinordoquy.Try: Fofana. Con: Parra. Pens: Beauxis 3, Dupuy, Parra. NOT FOR FEATURED In quotes – winnersEngland coach Stuart Lancaster: “I’m hugely proud of the effort all the players put in and it epitomised the character we’ve got in this side that we’re building. The players deserve great credit for coming to the Stade de France and getting a win. It helped having a lot of supporters here and back home screaming at their tellies. Great credit to France, they never gave up, but we held on for a fantastic win.”In quotes – losersFrance coach Philippe Saint-Andre: “Matches between France and England have a particular flavour, but this one feels a bit bitter. It did seem we were missing a lot of things technically and as coach I must take my share of responsibility. The last challenge for us is to go to Cardiff and stop Wales doing the Grand Slam.” ENGLAND: Ben Foden; Chris Ashton, Manu Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, Charlie Sharples; Owen Farrell, Lee Dickson (Ben Youngs 72); Alex Corbisiero, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole (Matt Stevens 69), Mouritz Botha (Tom Palmer 56), Geoff Parling, Tom Croft, Chris Robshaw (captain), Ben Morgan (Phil Dowson 63, Rob Webber 74).Tries: Tuilagi, Foden, Croft. Cons: Farrell 3. Pen: Farrell.last_img read more

Canadian Primate: Look beyond quarrels to church’s wider calling of…

first_img Press Release Service Youth Minister Lorton, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit an Event Listing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis June 26, 2017 at 9:43 pm Well said, Fred!Thank youDr. Jane Vella [email protected] Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC 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 Rector Smithfield, NC dr jane vella says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canadian Primate: Look beyond quarrels to church’s wider calling of working for justice In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments (1) Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Advocacy Peace & Justice, Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI center_img Featured Events Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Tags Rector Belleville, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Comments are closed. Submit a Job Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Martinsville, VA Posted Jun 26, 2017 Rector Washington, DC 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC [Anglican Journal] Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, reflected on the church’s role in society in an opening address to Council of General Synod, taking place in Mississauga, Ontario. Hiltz encouraged council members to look beyond the church’s quarrels and divisions to its wider calling of bringing justice to the world in areas such as indigenous rights, poverty and human trafficking.Full article.  Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Anglican Communion Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books last_img read more

San Francisco protesters tell mayors: Stop police violence!

first_imgActivism intervened during the 83rd U.S. Conference of Mayors, held at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square Hotel. Hosted by the city’s Mayor Ed Lee, the gathering was held June 19-22. Attending were more than 250 mayors, their families and a number of corporate sponsors. Making an unannounced guest appearance was President Barack Obama.Local activists took the opportunity to raise a number of issues, particularly the Black Lives Matter movement and militarization of the police and their excessive use of force. Also brought up were homophobia, transphobia, gentrification and the environment.The weekend was packed with related actions sponsored by many groups, including Occupy SF, Code Pink and the Anti-Police-Terror Project. The APTP called for a disruption as the mayors were about to board buses to attend a Saturday night “Color of Life Global Celebration” at the California Academy of Sciences. Protesters demanded that the mayors demilitarize their police departments and that there be total control of the police by the communities they are supposed to serve.As the mayors’ buses pulled up, police, who outnumbered the demonstrators, held a line and kept them from crossing the street to reach the buses. Yet they allowed other passersby and hotel guests to get through. Then extremely aggressive police grabbed and shoved demonstrators who tried to step off the sidewalk.To avoid the demonstrators, mayors’ security staff pulled some of them off the buses and escorted them through the hotel. But the political messages reached many despite attempts to stifle them.Photo: Peter MenchiniFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Financial distress imperils EU banks

first_imgJan. 1 — The European capitalists created the European Union to encourage the exchange of goods, services and capital. Its greatest beneficiaries have been the big banks, especially those based in Germany and France. It grew to include 28 states with 24 official languages and 507 million people and significantly increased the profits of the big capitalists in each country, even though the EU’s existence imposed limits on national ­sovereignties.In almost all the countries in the EU, citizens of other EU countries are allowed to live and work without restrictions.The so-called bailouts of Greece and the impending bailouts of Italian banks have in essence bailed out the French- and German-based banks that have major positions in the securities of Greek and Italian banks.According to Nobel economist Joseph Stiglitz, in 2014 the EU was the world’s largest economy; by 2015, it had slipped back slightly behind the U.S. (From his book “The Euro: How a Common Currency Threatens the Future of Europe”) Calculations for 2016, though incomplete, should show a major drop in goods and services produced.In 2014, one euro at its highest bought $1.33. By the end of 2016, one euro traded for $1.04. While only 19 out of the 28 EU countries use the euro as their official currency, which amounts to 337 million Europeans, the currency is officially used by EU institutions and four other European countries. It is second to the U.S. dollar as a reserve currency throughout the world. It began circulating Jan. 1, 2002.Greek crisisThe Greek economy is about 27 percent smaller than it was in 2008 and is still shrinking. (Forbes, Dec. 28) Almost all of the three “bailouts” that the Greek government has received since 2008 have gone to pay debt service, that is, to subsidizing German and French banks that lent Greece money. Very little was used to preserve the Greek people’s living standards. The EU didn’t even reduce the interest the Greek government had to pay to borrow — which was 22.5 percent in 2012, according to Stiglitz.Greece’s debt is around 315 billion euros, which is 180 percent of gross domestic output this year, according to the latest EU data. The International Monetary Fund, no friend of the poor and oppressed, has made it clear that Greece won’t be able to pay off its debt if banks don’t reduce the total.Leading up to a general strike at the beginning of December that all the Greek unions supported, the General Confederation of Greek workers issued a statement: “We are reacting to repressive austerity, poverty and destitution. … Once again we face absurd demands by [Greece’s EU-IMF] creditors.” (AFP, Dec. 8, 2016)Greek unemployment was officially figured at 23.1 percent in September 2016 and has gotten worse since then.The new budget that the general strike was called to protest contains around 1 billion euros from new taxes on items like cars, fixed telephone service, pay TV, fuel, tobacco, coffee and beer. Public spending on salaries and pensions will also be cut by 5.7 billion euros.These figures reveal the deepening misery of the Greek people, forced into hunger and homelessness to pay the big banks.Italian banksBanca Monte dei Paschi di Siena SpA (BMP), the oldest bank in the world and the third largest bank in Italy, is in danger of foundering if it isn’t bailed out. Not just BMP but other banks, too, are probably shaky.Wolfstreet, a website concentrating on the seamy side of Wall Street, pointed out in July: “The total exposure of French banks … to Italian government debt exceeds 250 billion euros. Germany holds 83.2 billion worth of Italian bonds. The other banking sectors most at risk of contagion are Spain (44.6 billion euros), the U.S. (42.3 billion), the UK (29.8 billion) and Japan (27.6 billion).”JPMorgan Chase, a major U.S. bank, has won a very profitable contract from the Italian government to organize and manage the bailout of BMP. It is generally conceded that if a major bank like BMP fails, contagion could take down many more banks, if not the whole Italian banking system and, with it, banks throughout the eurozone.The euro’s creation and institutions like the European Central Bank, which was designated to manage it, reinforced French and German economic domination of Europe. Rather than sustaining and improving the living standards of all European workers, it has turned into a tool to increase their exploitation and oppression.Workers’ struggles should have no borders. On the other hand, the national bourgeoisies of Europe have erased some of their borders to better control their workers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

71 journalists were killed in 2013

first_imgNews RSF_en Organisation December 18, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 71 journalists were killed in 2013 To compile these figures, Reporters Without Borders used the detailed information it gathered while monitoring violations of freedom of information throughout the year. Only journalists or netizens killed in connection with the collection and dissemination of news and information were counted in the number of dead. Reporters Without Borders did not include cases of journalists and netizens killed in connection with their political or civil society activism, or for other reasons unrelated to the provision of news and information. Reporters Without Borders continues to investigate deaths in which the evidence so far available has not allowed a clear determination. The annual toll of journalists killed in connection with their work was again very high in 2013, although this year’s number, 71, was a slight fall (-20%) on last year’s, according to the latest round-up of freedom of information violations that Reporters Without Borders issues every year.There was also a big increase (+129%) in abductions and the overall level of violations affecting news providers continued to be very high.“Combatting impunity must be a priority for the international community, given that we are just days away from the 7th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1738 on the safety of journalists and that there have been new international resolutions on the protection of journalists,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.The regions with the largest numbers of journalists killed in connection with their work were Asia (with 24) and the Middle East and North Africa (with 23). The number of journalists killed in sub-Saharan Africa fell sharply, from 21 in 2012 to 10 in 2013 – due to the fall in the number of deaths in Somalia (from 18 in 2012 to 7 in 2013). Latin America saw a slight fall (from 15 in 2012 to 12 in 2013).Syria, Somalia and Pakistan retained their position among the world’s five deadliest countries for the media (see below). They were joined this year by India and the Philippines, which replaced Mexico and Brazil, although the number of journalists killed in Brazil, five, was the same as last year. Two journalists were killed in Mexico, while three others disappeared. The return of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) to power and new government pressure on the media contributed to a sharp increase in self-censorship in Mexico. An increase in self-censorship was probably also the reason for the fall in the number of journalists killed in other countries.39% of the deaths occurred in conflicts zones, defined as Syria, Somalia, Mali, the Indian province of Chhattisgarh, the Pakistani province of Balochistan and the Russian republic of Dagestan. The other journalists were killed in bombings, by armed groups linked to organized crime (including drug trafficking), by Islamist militias, by police or other security forces, or on the orders of corrupt officials.Of the 71 journalists killed in 2013, 37% worked for the print media, 30% for radio stations, 30% for TV and 3% for news websites. The overwhelming majority of the victims (96%) were men.The number of journalists killed in connection with their work in 2013 fell by 20% compared with 2012, but 2012 was an “exceptionally deadly” year with a total of 88 killed. The numbers were 67 in 2011, 58 in 2010 and 75 in 2009. The fall in 2013 was also offset by an increase in physical attacks and threats by security forces and non-state actors. Journalists were systematically targeted by the security forces in Turkey, in connection with the Gezi Park protests, and to a lesser extent in Ukraine, in connection with the Independence Square (“Maidan”) protests.More than 100 cases of harassment and violence against journalists were registered during the “Brazilian spring” protests, most of them blamed on the military police. Colombia and Mexico also saw major protests that gave rise to police violence against media personnel. Journalists were among the victims of the political unrest in Egypt in 2013, sectarian unrest in Iraq, and militia violence in Libya. In Guinea, journalists where regularly threatened, by both government and opposition, during protests prior to the elections. India, Bangladesh and Pakistan also saw an increase in threats and attacks against journalists, as well as murders.There was a big increase in the number of journalists kidnapped (from 38 in 2012 to 87 in 2013). Most of the cases were in the Middle East and North Africa (71) followed by sub-Saharan Africa (11). In 2013, 49 journalists were kidnapped in Syria and 14 in Libya. Abductions gained pace in Syria in 2013 and became more and more systematic in nature, deterring many reporters from going into the field. Foreign journalists were increasingly targeted by the government and by Islamists groups such as Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) and Jabhat Al-Nosra, but their Syrian colleagues were the most exposed. At least 18 foreign journalists and 22 Syrian news providers are currently abducted or missing.Threats and violence forced a growing number of journalists to flee abroad. The violence of the conflict in Syria led to the departure of at least 31 professional and citizen-journalists in 2013. Many of them are now in Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon or Egypt, destitute and vulnerable. Victims of xenophobia and accused of being Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Egypt, interrogated and threatened by the security services in Jordan, and threatened by pro-Assad militias in Lebanon, their situation often continues to be extremely precarious.Despite the moderate candidate Hassan Rouhani’s election as Iran’s president in June 2013, and despite his promises of reform, 12 Iranian journalists fled the country in 2013 to escape government persecution.Five Eritrean journalists fled abroad in 2013 to escape their country’s tyrannical regime, refusing to be President Issaias Afeworki’s propaganda slaves or fearing that they could be arrested and held incommunicado in one of the country’s appalling prison camps.The exodus of journalists continued in Somalia. Most of them end up in neighbouring Kenya, where their safety and living conditions declined in 2013 because of an increase in xenophobia resulting from the military offensive that Kenya launched in Somalia in 2011 and because of the uncertainty surrounding the UN Refugee Agency’s registration of Somali requests for protection.At least 178 journalists are in prison right now. China, Eritrea, Turkey, Iran and Syria continue to be world’s five leading jailers of journalists (see below), as they were in 2012. The number of imprisoned journalists is largely unchanged in China, Eritrea, Iran and Syria and has fallen somewhat in Turkey. Legislative reforms in Turkey have led to the conditional release of about 20 journalists but fall far short of what is needed to address the judicial system’s repressive practices.These violations of freedom of information target news providers in the broadest sense, citizen-journalists and netizens, as well as professional journalists. In addition to the 71 professional media fatalities, 39 citizen-journalists and netizens were killed in 2013 (down slightly from 47 in 2012), above all in Syria. These citizen-journalists are ordinary men and women who act as reporters, photographers and videographers, trying to document their daily lives and the political violence and persecution to which they are exposed. Reporters Without Borders’ secretary-general called for tougher measures to combat impunity when he spoke at a UN Security Council meeting in New York on 13 December on “Protecting journalists.” RWB wants Article 8 of the International Criminal Court’s statute to be amended so that “deliberate attacks on journalists, media workers and associated personnel” are defined as war crimes.Additionally, Reporters Without Borders is recommending the creation of a group of independent experts or a monitoring group attached to the UN secretariat with the task of monitoring respect by member states for their obligation to ensure impartial and effective prosecution of cases of violence against journalists. Finally, RWB is calling on the UN and member states to promote procedures for protecting and resettling news providers and human rights defenders who are in danger in transit countries after fleeing abroad, and to create a specific alert mechanism.center_img 71 journalists were killed in 20132013 in numbersJournalists killed: 71 (-20%)Journalists arrested: 826 (-6%)Journalists threatened or physically attacked: 2160 (+9%)Journalists kidnapped: 87 (+129%)Journalists who fled their country: 77 (+5%)Media assistants killed: 6Netizens and citizen-journalists killed: 39 (-17%)Bloggers and netizens arrested: 127 (-12%)Journalists killed:39% in a war zone8% freelance4% women journalistsMedia typesPrint: 37%Radio: 30%TV: 30%Website: 3%178 journalists in prison (on 16 December 2013)37 journalists have been kidnapped or have disappeared (on 18 december 2013) Help by sharing this information CPJ also released detailed statistics today. Information can be found on CPJ’s website. The five deadliest countries for journalistsSyria: cemetery for news providersAt least 10 journalists and 35 citizen-journalists killedSyria’s civil population and news providers continue to be the victims of the Assad regime’s bloody crackdown. News providers are also increasingly being targeted by Islamist armed groups affiliated to Al-Qaeda that do not tolerate news media and tend to regard any news provider as a spy or infidel. In this respect, 2013 was a turning point because Jihadi groups began kidnapping and murdering journalists in the so-called “liberated” zones for the first time since the start of the uprising in 2011. In late 2013, they killed the Syrian journalist Mohammed Saeed and the Iraqi journalist Yasser Faysal Al-Joumaili.Somalia: Al-Shabaab’s wrath7 journalists killed2013 was less bloody than 2012, when 18 journalists were killed, but news providers continue to among the targets of the Islamist militia Al-Shabaab’s bloody activities. Seven journalists were killed in 2013 in attacks blamed on Al-Shabaab, whose deadly methods are notorious. On 27 October, a TV journalist died from gunshot injuries received in a motorcycle attack. In March, a young woman radio producer from the provinces was the victim of an execution-style killing on a Mogadishu street. Such targeted murders sustain a climate of terror in the Somali media community. Journalists are also the victims of a government that fails to protect them and takes a dim view of outspoken independent media. Radio Shabelle’s journalists were in the habit of living in their offices in order to limit their exposure on the streets until the interior ministry evicted them in October 2013.India: hate and vilification8 journalists killedThe toll of eight journalists killed in connection with their work in 2013 broke all records in India. Criminal gangs, demonstrators and political party supporters were to blame in some cases. But local police and security forces were also guilty of rarely-punished violence and threats against reporters, forcing them to censor themselves. The murders of Dainik Ganadoot employees Ranjit Chowdhury, Sujit Bhattacharya and Balaram Ghosh and Dainik Aaj reporter Rakesh Sharma were emblematic of the unprecedented level of violence against media personnel. All three employees present were stabbed to death by the two men who entered the premises of the Bengali-language Dainik Ganadoot in the northeastern state of Tripura on 19 May. Dainik Aaj’s Rakesh Sharma was deliberately lured into an ambush before being shot in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh on 23 August. Journalists are often targeted by both the security forces and armed rebels in Kashmir and Chhattisgarh. Even if these regions do not have the most victims, they now count among the most dangerous for journalists and are subject to increased censorship by the federal authorities.Pakistan: bombs and no-go zones7 journalists killedWith one bombing after another, Pakistan was the world’s deadliest country for the media from 2009 to 2011. Journalists were killed at the rate of almost one a month from 2010 to 2012. Seven lost their lives trying to inform their fellow citizens in 2013. Much of the violence is concentrated in the northwestern Tribal Areas and the southwestern province of Balochistan but these regions do not have a monopoly on violence and impunity.Karachi is a very dangerous city for journalists, as evidenced by an armed attack on the Express Media building by men on motorcycles on 2 December and the discovery of the body of the Balochi journalist Haji Abdul Razzak on 22 August, months after he disappeared. Police violence, abuse of authority by powerful local officials and anti-terrorism prosecutions continue to jeopardize media freedom. Pakistan has nonetheless been chosen as one of the first countries to implement the UN “Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.” Philippines: hit-men on motorcycles8 journalists killedWhat do Rogelio Butalid’s murder in Tagum City on 11 December, and Jesus Tabanao’s murder in Cebu City on 14 September have in common? All were gunned down in cold blood by masked men on motorcycles who did not worry about witnesses. This is such a widespread method that the Philippine Star wrote in an editorial: “The motorcycle has become the getaway vehicle of choice for the murderers of journalists and militants, robbers of banks and armoured vans, and even petty snatchers. Most of the crimes are committed during daytime, when heavy traffic allows crooks on motorcycles to elude pursuing police cars.”Private militias, corrupt politicians’ thugs and contract killers who work for a few thousand dollars continue to threaten and kill journalists with complete impunity. Eight media personnel were murdered in 2013. Less than 10 per cent of these killings lead to convictions. In the few cases in which the police complete an investigation successfully, the judges are usually unable or unwilling to do their job.The world’s five biggest prisons for journalistsChina: obsessed with surveillanceAt least 30 journalists and 70 netizens currently held for providing informationAccording to official information, around 100 news providers are currently imprisoned in China, but that does not include those held in its notorious unofficial prisons after being abducted. By arresting journalists and bloggers and cracking down harder on cyber-dissidents, the authorities are trying to tighten their grip on news and information and encourage self-censorship. The police above all target human rights defenders and activists campaigning for political reforms such as Xu Zhiyong and Guo Feixiong (Yang Maodong), jailed on trumped-up charges without being brought before a judge.But journalists and bloggers who embarrass party officials by exposing corruption are also targeted. Liu Hu of the daily Xin Kuai Bao (Modern Express) is the Communist Party’s latest victim, although the party is supposed to be campaigning against corruption within its ranks. Detained since 30 September, he was finally charged with defamation 37 days after his arrest for posting information on his Weibo account about corrupt activities implicating state administration deputy director for industry and commerce Ma Zhengqi.Eritrea: consigned to oblivion28 journalists in prisonHell and damnation are eternal for the 28 journalists currently imprisoned in Eritrea. Of the 11 journalists arrested in 2001, seven have died in detention from mistreatment or despair, in silence and oblivion, and the other four are still held 12 years later, without ever having seen a judge. Prison conditions are inhuman – solitary confinement in underground cells, confinement in metal containers left in the sun for hours, food and water deprivation, and overcrowding.Only the government has the right to use its voice in Eritrea, which has one of the planet’s last totalitarian regimes and is ranked last in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index for the eighth year running. Opposition parties, privately-owned media and unregistered religious organization are all banned. Journalists who are suspected of “violating national security” or just being critical of the regime are arrested and left to die a slow death in one of the country’s prison camps. Turkey: journalists presumed guiltyAt least 27 journalists and two media assistants held in connection with their workTimid legislative reforms and the start of historic negotiations with the Kurdish rebels have so far changed nothing. Turkey continues to be one of the world’s biggest prisons for journalists. This is paradoxical in a country with democratic institutions and an enduring, pluralist press. But the security-obsessed, paranoid judicial system still shows little respect for freedom of information and the right to due process. Supported by an arsenal of repressive laws, the courts are quick to treat outspoken journalists as “terrorists.” Suspects often spend years in preventive detention before being tried. Of the roughly 60 media workers currently imprisoned, at least 29, including Turabi Kisin and Merdan Yanardag, are being held in connection with their work of gathering and disseminating news and information. Many other cases are still being investigated.Iran: awaiting reform20 journalists and 51 netizens imprisonedHassan Rouhani, a moderate conservative candidate backed by the reformists, was elected president with 51 per cent of the votes on 15 June. Despite his promises of reform and despite the release of some prisoners of conscience, including a few journalists and netizens, most of the news providers who were in prison before his election – the majority of them arrested in the wake of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection as president in June 2009 – are still there.At least 76 journalists have been arrested since the start of 2013, 42 of them since June. Seventeen others have been given sentences ranging from one to nine years in prison. Twelve newspapers and magazines have been suspended or forced to stop publishing under pressure from the authorities. Inhuman treatment of prisoners of opinion continues to be common. Many detainees are still denied medical care despite being very ill or in poor physical and mental health as a result of their imprisonment.Syria: news providers held by both sides20 journalists jailed (as well as 20 other news providers and at least 18 foreign journalists and 22 Syrian news providers kidnapped or missing)The pace of arrests by government security forces has let up, but more than 40 news providers are still languishing in the regime’s jails, putting Syria among the world’s five biggest prisons for news providers. At the same time, the number of abductions of foreign and Syrian journalists has risen in the so-called “liberated” areas since the spring and the increase in ISIS’s influence in the north. The kidnappings have become almost systematic since the autumn. last_img read more

Houston Still Has Unspent Relief Funds from Hurricane Ike

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Houston Still Has Unspent Relief Funds from Hurricane Ike The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Affordable Housing floods Houston Houston Housing Authority HUD Hurricane Relief Natural Disasters 2018-04-03 David Wharton Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, News Share Save Tagged with: Affordable Housing floods Houston Houston Housing Authority HUD Hurricane Relief Natural Disasters Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily center_img Previous: Single-Family Rentals on the Rise Next: The Policy Makers Houston has recovered remarkably well from last year’s hurricane season. After an initial spike in delinquencies in the months following the storm, the Texas Association of Realtors recently reported that home sales volume and home prices in the Lone Star State reached all-time highs for the third year in a row last year. However, it turns out that Houston still has more funds to spend—and we don’t mean the ones from Hurricane reports that the city of Houston still has unspent funds allotted for the Ike recovery by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In the years after Hurricane Ike, the city of Houston received more than $200 million from HUD. A total of $45 million went to the Houston Housing Authority. Of that total, reports that the agency has to date spent only $12 million, using those funds to build a total of 154 affordable housing units.What’s behind the delay? As Gunsolley told, “Our plans got caught up in this national shifting of priorities.”As the government funds were being doled out, the Houston Housing Authority wound up caught between affordable housing advocates urging stronger enforcement of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 and community and political opposition from wealthier areas of the city who didn’t want subsidized housing in their area. According to’s report, the HHA eventually tried to buy an existing apartment complex in order to convert 300 of the units into affordable housing. That final attempt was soon interrupted…by last year’s Hurricane Harvey.The case of the HHA and the Ike funds spotlights the complications of distributing and disbursing the millions or billions of federal relief dollars that flow into communities like Houston after a devastating natural disaster hits. Not only are there flood-damaged or destroyed homes in need of assistance to rebuild, but housing advocates argue that the funds should also be used to help disrupt historical patterns of segregation and inequality when it comes to where new affordable housing is built. In fact, a 2010 settlement between Houston and advocacy groups such as Texas Appleseed dictates that the city use some of the Ike funds for “affirmatively furthering fair housing.” On top of all of those competing priorities, there is also a strong financial incentive to focus on building higher-dollar housing stock.Houston has already had billions of dollars allocated to help with the Hurricane Harvey recovery, including $1 billion from FEMA and $5 billion from HUD. While those billions are no doubt sorely needed, the case of the unspent Ike funds suggests it may be a long, difficult road before the money is actually spent.Editor’s note: DS News reached out for comment to HUD and the Houston Housing Authority, but no response was received by press time. We will update this story with their response if and when they are received. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago April 3, 2018 2,295 Views Home / Daily Dose / Houston Still Has Unspent Relief Funds from Hurricane Ike About Author: David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Postlast_img read more