Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) HY2011 Interim Report

first_imgBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Botswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL.bw)  2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBotswana Insurance Holdings Limited (BIHL Group) is a leading financial services group in Botswana which operates through three subsidiaries. Botswana Insurance Fund Management (BIFM) is an asset management company and wholly-owned by BIHL Group; managing in excess of P23.9 billion in assets across equity, fixed income, real estate, liquidity and alternative investments. The subsidiary company is also invested in non-traditional assets which include the healthcare industry, tourism sector and property development. Botswana Life Insurance Limited (BLIL) is the leading life insurer in Botswana; with an estimated market share of 80%. Legal Guard is a legal expenses insurer which provides clients with access to personal legal counseling and assistance with experienced attorneys based in 11 branches located in the major towns and cities of Botswana. Legal Guard represents clients in civil, criminal and labour matters.last_img read more

Game over: Bonnie Ball closes out inaugural one-game season

first_imgGame over: Bonnie Ball closes out inaugural one-game season Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 July 13, 2012 at 12:04 am Hey! Thanks for the anti-props for my cassock! It helped fuel the friendly abuse from my deputation! What fun it was to follow, and we all listened more closely. [Episcopal News Service – Indianapolis] In a come-from-behind victory, the Rev. Lowell Grisham, deputy from Arkansas, will go down in the record books as having trounced all competition to win the only game in the first season of Bonnie Ball.A large number of the deputies in the 800-plus-member house, and some staffers, scored points during the eight-inning game — one inning per day of convention. The umpire scored the plays, whose point values were based on players using buzzwords during deputies’ debate or engaging in certain activities while the house was in session. There were 28 possible ways to earn points.Grisham beat out the Rev. Canon Gregory Straub, the Episcopal Church’s executive officer and secretary of the General Convention, in the final inning. Straub had been leading for most of the game. At the stroke of final gavel, Grisham had scored 71 points to Straub’s 60.Outgoing House of Deputies President Bonnie Anderson, after whom the game was named, placed ninth in the final standings with 24 points.The player who was listed in the standings as “The Spanish Translator who yelled into Deputy Salazar’s earphones” rounded out the top 10 with 20 points.The identity of the game’s umpire and the umpire’s helper had been known only to their bishop, a technical assistant back home and, as of 7 a.m. July 12, an ENS reporter to whom they offered an exclusive interview to be released after the end of the game.The umpire was incarnated in two people: the Rev. Canon Mark Stevenson, canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Louisiana and a deputy, and the Rev. Chad Jones, another Louisiana deputy. The umpire’s helper was Kenn Elder, diocesan communication’s director, who updated scoring on the website from back home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, based on decisions Stevenson sent him four or five times a day.The idea for the game germinated during a lunch Stevenson and Jones had a few months ago.“We’d been talking about what had happened at the last few conventions; how we’d seen people doing crazy things … people going to the microphone with headgear on,” Stevenson said.They asked Elder on June 28, just a few days before the July 5-12 convention began, to help them create a digital way to keep track of plays, scoring and standings. It was meant to be some “good, clean fun” among a few deputies and their friends, according to the umpire.During the course of the game, the umpire took the moniker of the Rt. Rev. William White, first bishop of Pennsylvania from Feb. 4, 1787, until his death July 17, 1836. White e-mailed about 11 others on July 8, the halfway point of convention, inviting them to view the action online.By the next afternoon, the umpire heard deputies and others talking about the game in the House of Deputies. During Straub’s traditional announcement time at the end of the day’s sessions or perhaps the next day (real times seems to morph during convention), he read a note from Massachusetts Deputy Samuel Gould about Bonnie Ball, which required Straub to announce that he was the frontrunner. Gould finished the game a distant second to Straub.“The next thing we knew, in our tiny little sphere of the Episcopal Church, it was viral,” said Jones.Anderson released the deputies from the July 11 afternoon session wearing a funny hat and added that she hoped she had just scored points in Bonnie Ball.As the newest virus began to spread through convention (earlier in the convention there were outbreaks of upper respiratory and stomach bugs), Jones suggested that “if people are going to be going [to the website], we need to do something special.”The Bonnie Ball website urged players and fans to make a donation to Episcopal Relief & Development’s NetsforLife® Inspiration Fund.Stevenson is on the Episcopal Relief & Development board of directors and Jones suggested adding the fund’s logo to the Bonnie Ball website with the suggestion that people donate in name of the game.“That was one of the best things we did,” Stevenson said. “This started out as something just for us to have a little fun with and then when people started catching on, we said if people are going to go there, we need to make it matter.”The umpire said scoring the game has not been a distraction from deputy responsibilities. “This is the third convention I have attended and I have paid more attention to this convention, I have paid attention to what everybody’s said,” Stevenson said, due to the need to keep track for scoring purposes.“The truth of the matter is we can quote back to you large chunks of debate because we’ve been playing such close attention,” Jones said.He periodically e-mailed a list of scoring plays back home to Elder, who updated the website. There were no live updates to the site “because we’re deputies for the Diocese of Louisiana and that’s our primary role,” the umpire said.Despite the fact that the House of Deputies is equipped with two huge televisions screens, the game does not provide for instant replays. “But the only rules [in the game] are decided by us,” Stevenson said, “and we can change whatever we want to change.”“It’s completely arbitrary,” Jones agreed.Not even the umpire’s fellow deputies knew their secret identity. In fact, Stevenson’s seatmate at the deputation table marveled at the meticulous notes Stevenson took during debate, and urged him to lighten up.“Every time a person gets up to speak, I write their name down because you never know if they’re going to commit a play,” Stevenson explained to ENS during the seventh-inning stretch between the July 11 play and the final inning on July 12.“We’re so glad that this has been taken in the spirit in which this was meant,” said Stevenson. “We were committed to stay out of the political. It was not a political engine; it wasn’t to be mean-spirited. It’s just good, clean fun” that was devised as a way “to blow off steam” that sometimes accumulates during General Convention.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Tags Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs General Convention 2012, Comments are closed. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Meredith Gould, PhD says: July 14, 2012 at 10:02 pm Totally delightful and, no joke, a powerful form of evangelism! Gotta love a church polity that knows how to have fun at its own expense. Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments (4) Rector Shreveport, LA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC House of Deputies Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA center_img Nurya Parish says: By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jul 12, 2012 Joseph Lane says: Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 General Convention, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Belleville, IL 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 July 12, 2012 at 9:30 pm Now I’m really sorry I got rid of my hog hat years ago. Greg Brown says: 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET July 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm I loved Bonnie Ball! Thank you for your imaginative and creative contribution to Convention. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Tampa, FL Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listinglast_img read more

Ron Rojas House / Rene Gonzalez Architect

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/874238/ron-rojas-house-rene-gonzalez-architect Clipboard Projects Structural Engineer: US Structures, Jose Toledo Year:  Manufacturers: Sannini Impruneta, Windoor Pty Ltd, Opustone, Windoor Inc Architect In Charge:Rene GonzalezProject Director:Daniel RomeroAssociate Architect:Monica VazquezCity:Key BiscayneCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Michael StavaridisRecommended ProductsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroText description provided by the architects. The Key Biscayne Residence developed in response to its sub-tropical island environment. Pools are the principle, and ever-present, organizing elements of the series of living spaces, providing a feeling of coolness in the bright Miami light. Moving through the house, the experiences shift from being outdoors in a vertical space that is enveloped with walls of clay louvers, to entering a horizontally organized living area surrounded by glass doors that can entirely open to breezeways and pools. Save this picture!© Michael StavaridisThe Key Biscayne Residence is depictive of the Latin cultural environment that surrounds it, including the client for whom it was designed. The south Florida community has many Latin American residents and the intent was to design a contemporary, comfortable house within a condition inclusive of many Mediterranean-style homes that are imbedded in these cultural conditions. As a result, many architectural elements are utilized that are inherent to the Latin tradition including patios, portales (porches), and persianas (louvered screens).Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!First Floor PlanThe use of materials and overall layout present a series of spatial experiences defined by light and shadow and permeable connections between interior and exterior. Implicitly interpreting the persianas, which filter light as well as mitigate heat, terracotta brick louver systems were selected in three types: a more traditional and regular horizontal pattern, pivoting vertical panels, and textural, more solid bricks.Save this picture!© Michael StavaridisThe house itself is a series of interlocking and overlapping volumes with voids, allowing for spatial complexity and spaces that snake through the house. Because the floor level is elevated to be free from flooding, one must ascend to enter. The reflecting pools at the entry and visible pool at the rear of the house contribute to the sensory, floating quality of this private home.Save this picture!© Michael StavaridisProject gallerySee allShow lessSee Inside AL_A’s Now-Open London V&A Museum AdditionArchitecture NewsLane 189 / UNStudioSelected Projects Share Save this picture!© Michael Stavaridis+ 34 Share Ron Rojas House / Rene Gonzalez Architect Collaborative Independent Inc., Alex Rodriguez Richard Cortes Area:  5000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Michael Stavaridis Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Landscape Designer: Photographs Contractor: “COPY” CopyHouses•Key Biscayne, United States Houses Architects: Rene Gonzalez Architect Area Area of this architecture project Ron Rojas House / Rene Gonzalez ArchitectSave this projectSaveRon Rojas House / Rene Gonzalez Architect Architect of Record: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/874238/ron-rojas-house-rene-gonzalez-architect Clipboard United States MZ Design “COPY” ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeRene Gonzalez ArchitectOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKey BiscayneUnited StatesPublished on June 28, 2017Cite: “Ron Rojas House / Rene Gonzalez Architect” 28 Jun 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ Fabric/WashiPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WoodParklex International S.L.Wood Finishes in Landaburu BordaSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetallicsTrimoFire Resistant Panel – Trimoterm FTVSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Northlight 40-90°SinksAcquabellaSink – LeviCurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalWoodBlumer LehmannData Processing for Wood ProjectsPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – EvokeChairs / StoolsBassamFellowsSpindle Chair and StoolMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?重重叠叠,体块穿插,多种变换的住宅如同迈阿密的天气 / Rene Gonzalez Architect是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! 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New tool from G2 Data Dynamics for indentifying most valuable donors

first_img Customer insight specialist G2 Data Dynamics has announced ‘Donor Striker’, a new tool designed to help charities and voluntary organisations identify their most valuable supporters and potential donors.Donor Striker uses the company’s UK-representative, real-time ViewPoint consumer research panel to gain insight into people’s attitudes towards individual charities, as well as elements such as services offered and marketing campaigns.Using this information, G2dd says that it can supply data on donor potential, how to contact each target and how communications should be tailored to bring about one-off or regular giving.Alan Thorpe, commercial and operations director, G2 Data Dynamics, said: “Donor Striker helps organisations plan and execute campaigns from start to finish, all the while focusing on monitoring the results.”www.g2dd.co.uk Howard Lake | 4 March 2009 | News  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Individual giving Technology 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. New tool from G2 Data Dynamics for indentifying most valuable donors AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Contactless giving donations beat cash results at charity event

first_img Melanie May | 23 July 2018 | News Tagged with: contactless Fundraising ideas An event held by Shakespeare Schools Foundation took five times more in contactless giving donations than through cash, it has announced.The Shakespeare Schools Foundation (SSF) introduced a tap+DONATE™ box to its first ever stand-up comedy night in June 2018, providing its audience of almost 400 people with an extra way to support the charity alongside cash donations. SSF also used the unit as part of the night, with the event’s host coining it “The Tapper” and encouraging audience members to hand it around the auditorium tapping it and passing it to the person next to them. Georgie Brehaut, Events Manager Shakespeare for Schools said:“National Funding Scheme got us their tap+DONATE™ box within 5 days. From point of enquiry through to delivery they went above and beyond to ensure SSF would raise the crucial funds it needs to make our work happen. We had a sell-out audience of 370 people and raised £103 from cash donations but £515 from contactless giving and a 27% increase in donors over cash alone.”“Not only did tap+DONATE™ allow us to reach donors that cash cannot reach but with less cash to handle we had fewer security concerns.”  183 total views,  1 views today Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis36 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Contactless giving donations beat cash results at charity event  184 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis36last_img read more

Two of the three journalists jailed for “libelling Islam’s prophet and disparaging the dignity of the State” released

first_img Two of the three journalists of the weekly Al-Hilal sentenced to prison for “libelling Islam’s prophet” have been granted substitution sentences. Roman Haddad and Nasser Qamash have been released by paying respectively 60 and 120 Jordanian dinar fines (90 and 180 dollars). The writer of the article in question, Muhannad Mbeidin, sentenced to six months prison, remains in jail since the penal code does not allow sentences over three months to be commuted——————————————————————————18.02.03 – In a letter sent to King Abdallah II of Jordan, Reporters Without Borders protested against the sentencing on 17 February 2003 of three journalists to prison terms ranging from two to six months for “libelling Islam’s prophet and disparaging the dignity of the State”. The organisation has called for the three Al-Hilal journalists to be pardoned and rehabilitated, the newspaper to be reopened and the penal proceedings before the State Security Court for press crimes to be cancelled.”This verdict is of disproportionate severity in view of the facts and tarnishes the image of the Jordanian kingdom”, emphasised Robert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders. “The amendments to the penal code of 2001 have considerably lessened press freedom in the country and, for the first time, a publication has been shut on the basis of these iniquitous laws. Lastly, it is inadmissible that press crimes be judged before a military court where judgments are irrevocable.”The article in question, entitled “Aisha in the Prophet’s home”, appeared in the weekly Al-Hilal on 14 January 2003, discussing Prophet Mohammed’s sexual relations. Its author, Muhannad Mbeidin, was sentenced to six months prison. Al-Hilal’s Managing Editor, Roman Haddad, and Chief Editor, Nasser Qamash, were respectively sentenced to two and three months prison terms. The military judge also sentenced the weekly to a two months closure period starting 16 January 2003, the date of its confiscation. The three journalists pleaded innocent but have been jailed since 16 January 2003 at Jweideh prison. February 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two of the three journalists jailed for “libelling Islam’s prophet and disparaging the dignity of the State” released JordanMiddle East – North Africa Organisation JordanMiddle East – North Africa 19.02.03 – Roman Haddad and Nasser Qamash have been granted substitution sentences. The writer of the article in question, Muhannad Mbeidin, remains in jail. Reporters Without Borders has asked King Abdallah II of Jordan to pardon the three journalists of the weekly Al-Hilal, sentenced to prison terms ranging from two to six months for “libeling Islam’s prophet and disparaging the dignity of the State'” and to allow the newspaper to reopen. News News to go further April 14, 2020 Find out more Two Jordanian TV journalists arrested after broadcasting criticism of lockdown Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News RSF_en August 12, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Jordan bans coverage of teachers’ protests June 15, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Jordanlast_img read more

Unprecedented campaign for the release of journalists Yu Huafeng and Li Minying

first_img April 27, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Organisation Related documents The appeal in ChinesePDF – 140.82 KB Reporters Without Border urged China’s justice system to allow an urgent appeal from more than 2,300 Chinese journalists to the Guangdong High Court in the south taking apart point by point the embezzlement charges against ex Nanfang Dushi Bao executives, Yu Huafeng (photo) and Li Minying for which they were sentenced respectively to eight and six years in prison. ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts June 30, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Unprecedented campaign for the release of journalists Yu Huafeng and Li Minying RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prisoncenter_img to go further March 12, 2021 Find out more On 20 July, the high court in the southern province of Guangdong rejected the appeal lodged on behalf of Yu Huafeng, the former editor of the daily Nanfang Dushi Bao, arguing that “no new substantive evidence” had been presented. The appeal had been filed in November 2004 by Yu’s lawyer. The family reportedly chose not to refer the case to the central government. Meanwhile, the courts have yet to respond to the request made by Li Minying, another former Nanfang Dushi Bao executive._______________________________________________________________________30.06.2005Unprecedented campaign for the release of journalists Yu Huafeng and Li MinyingReporters Without Borders hailed an unprecedented campaign by 2,356 Chinese journalists who signed a petition for the release of colleagues Yu Huafeng and Li Minying, managers of the daily Nanfang Dushi Bao, unfairly imprisoned for more than a year in Guangzhou, southern China.”After the release of Cheng Yizhong, we all hoped that his colleagues would also be freed,” the organisation said. “But the authorities in Guangdong Province insist on keeping in detention two executives of one of China’s most liberal and respected dailies. The High Court in Guangdong must hear this urgent appeal from the families and colleagues of Yu Huafeng and Li Minying, imprisoned through a conspiracy based on false accusations of embezzlement.”More than 2,300 Chinese journalist signed the appeal to the Guangdong High Court taking apart point by point the charges of misappropriation of funds that led to the imprisonment of Yu and Li respectively to eight and six years in prison.The petitioners stated that all their colleagues had done was to award bonuses to some staff following a strong boost to Nanfang Dushi Bao’s advertising revenue. Numerous accounts pointed to the fact that the officials trumped up the charges to punish the managers of this liberal daily for a series of investigative reports on Sars and the death of a young graphic artist, Sun Zhigang, who was beaten to death in a police station.The appeal letter starts: “We are journalists on Nanfang Dushi Bao (Southern Metropolis News), Xinjing Bao (Beijing News), Di Yi Cai Jing Ribao (First Financial Daily), Xin Wen Wan Bao (Evening News), Shanghai Qingnian Bao (Shanghai Youth Daily), of Sina.com and Sohu.com. We are former colleagues of Yu Huafeng and Li Minying, two of the main accused in the Nanfang Dushi Bao case. We are sending this letter on the basis of the following facts and opinions: We think that an injustice has been committed and that Yu Huafeng and Li Minying are innocent (…) We firmly believe that it is only a matter of time before justice is restored. And we think the sooner the better.”This open letter has been posted on the Internet while the families and two press bosses are still waiting for a reply from Guangdong High Court to their requests for release. Yu’s lawyer told Reporters Without Borders that he had lodged the application for his client on 12 November 2004, but there had been no reply from the court. The family of Li Minying made a similar application in January 2005, but have also received no response.Both journalists are in Panyu Prison in Guangzhou. Their families say they are being well treated. They can talk to one another regularly and phone their relatives.Unesco in April 2005 awarded its Guillermo Cano press freedom prize to Nanfang Dushi Bao editor Cheng Yizhong, who was implicated in the same case as Yu Huafeng and Li Minying. In his thank you speech, the renowned Chinese journalist, who was prevented from personally attending the award ceremony in Senegal, called for the release of his two colleagues. June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China ChinaAsia – Pacific News News Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Limerick group animate O’Bama tune

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick group animate O’Bama tuneBy admin – December 14, 2008 726 Advertisement Email Facebook Print Twittercenter_img WhatsApp Linkedin LIMERICK based band, The Corrigan brothers, are back with their latest addition to their homage to US president elect Barrack Obama and his Irish connections. Back in April, the trio satirized presidential candidate Barack Obama and his Irish heritage. They did it with a song and YouTube video called “There’s no one as Irish as Barack O’Bama.”And now that he is president-elect Obama, the three are back with updated and animated version.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A year ago it was revealed Obama has roots in the small town of Moneygall in Offaly, research by the genealogy Web site ancestry.co.uk showed. Apparently his great great great grandfather was born in Ireland. Ger Corrigan, together with his brothers Brian and Donnacha, make up the three-piece band that has again tickled the funny bone.Having received an invite from to travel to the US if Obama was elected, it is still unknown if the trio will make an apperance but safe to say that their youtube video will attract quite a number of hits both here and abroad.The trio have roots in the rich pastures of North Tipperary and living in Limerick, The Corrigan Brothers were forced to sing for visiting relations from an early age. They did however receive enough therapy to continue a musical career through adulthood. Multi Instrumentalists Gerard, Brian and Donncha Corrigan have individually had varied musical careers. Ger played in a rock band in the 80s and unsuccessfully entered the Irish national song contest on two occasions while Brian and Donny have a folk pedigree that stretches back to the early nineties. The Corrigan Brothers came together four years ago as Hardy Drew and the Nancy boys and came to prominence with a rap in the Irish language called “Cupla Focal” (a few words). They followed this with a song about a tragic yet hilarious relationship that found them appearing on the RTE comedy show Podge and Rodge in a series called Ballydung Idol. They lead the Ballydung Idol competition for eight weeks eventually coming second. 2008 saw The Corrigan Brothers embrace the Irish roots of Barack Obama. They have appeared on TV all over the world with this iconic song. They have featured in countless documentaries and performed the song on election night in Moneygall Co. Officially the ancestral home of Barack Obama. Previous articleStab victim released from hospitalNext articleCongratulations adminlast_img read more

Banks Report Solid Mortgage Activity in Q2

first_imgSubscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles Sign up for DS News Daily Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Previous: A Tale of Two Recoveries: How Will Changes to DASP Effect Homebuyers? Next: The Week Ahead: Existing-Home Sales Look to Repeat Tagged with: Banks Citi Earnings PNC Profits U.S. Bank Wells Fargo Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Banks Report Solid Mortgage Activity in Q2 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img Wells Fargo, U.S. Bancorp, and PNC Financial Services Group all continued what JPMorgan Chase started, reporting increased mortgage activity for the second quarter of 2016 as demand for mortgage loans rises and underwriting standards slowly ease, according to the banks’ Q2 earnings reports released Friday.On the other hand, Citigroup, which also released its Q2 earnings statement on Friday, reported continued reduction in its mortgage portfolio as well as overall net income.Wells Fargo reported a slight decline in net income year-over-year in Q2 (from $5.7 billion down to $5.6 billion, of $1.01 per share) but did report an uptick in net income from Q1 ($5.5 billion) and a 4 percent increase in revenue up to $22.2 billion. Though overall mortgage banking revenue was down, residential mortgage loan originations increased by 43 percent over-the-quarter, up to $63 billion. Residential mortgage applications shot up over-the-quarter from $77 billion up to $95 billion in Q2, and total loans were up by 1 percent over-the-quarter to $957.2 billion, partially driven by the growth in single-family first mortgage loans. The rise in first mortgages can be attributed to the launch of Wells Fargo’s Your First Mortgage during the quarter to help more first-time buyers and low- to moderate-income families achieve sustainable homeownership.“Wells Fargo’s second quarter results demonstrated our ability to generate consistent performance during periods of economic, capital markets and interest rate uncertainty,” Chairman and CEO John Stumpf said. “Compared with a year ago, we had solid growth in loans, deposits and customers, which are our fundamental drivers of long-term value. We also improved our efficiency ratio while continuing to reinvest in the franchise. We returned more capital to our shareholders in the quarter and were pleased to have received a non-objection to our 2016 Capital Plan from the Federal Reserve. We remain well positioned to continue to meet the financial needs of our customers.”U.S. Bancorp reported records for both net income ($1.52 billion) and earnings per share ($0.83). Residential mortgage originations jumped to $55.5 billion, an increase of 2.4 percent over-the-quarter and 8.6 percent over-the-year. The bank’s Q2 mortgage banking revenue in Q2 was $238 million, which was an increase of 27 percent over-the-quarter and 3 percent over-the-year. Also, the Fed did not object to U.S. Bancorp’s capital plan as part of the annual stress testing released in June.“U.S. Bancorp reported strong second quarter results, delivering record revenue and net income in an economy that continues to be challenged by global concerns and low interest rates,” said U.S. Bancorp Chairman and CEO Richard K. Davis. “Despite these economic headwinds we continued to effectively execute on our strategy to be the most trusted choice and to unify the customer experience. The second quarter was a record quarter for us as we once again delivered industry-leading returns, steady loan growth and strength in our fee-based businesses. Steady loan growth, demonstrated by continued strength in commercial loans and momentum in consumer loans, led to increased net interest income despite a decline in net interest margin.”“We had a good second quarter against a backdrop of global uncertainty.”William S. Demchak, chairman, president, and CEO of PNCPNC Financial Services Group’s net income for Q2 was $989 million, up from $943 million in the first quarter but down from $1.04 billion from Q2 of 2015. Residential mortgage banking net income accounted for about $43 million of Q2’s net income, more than double the total from Q2 2015 ($19 million). Residential mortgage banking noninterest income increased by $65 million over-the-quarter and by $1 million over-the-year in Q2 up to $165 million, driven by net hedging gains on mortgage servicing rights of $35 million. U.S. Bancorp passed the Fed’s stress tests, the results of which were released in June.“We had a good second quarter against a backdrop of global uncertainty,” said William S. Demchak, chairman, president, and CEO of PNC. “We grew fee income, along with average loans and deposits, and we announced plans to return additional capital to our shareholders in the coming year. In the wake of the Brexit vote, as lower interest rates weigh on future performance, we remain focused on executing against our strategic priorities to create long-term shareholder value without compromising our risk profile or balance sheet.”Citigroup, however, was not as lucky as the other three, posting a net income of $4 billion in Q2—down from $4.8 billion in the same quarter a year earlier, a 14 percent decline. According to Citi, the decline in net earnings was driven by lower revenues and a higher effective tax rate, partially offset by lower cost of credit and lower operating expenses.Citigroup’s loans totaled $634 billion as of the end of Q2, which was unchanged over-the-year. According to the bank, the 6 percent growth in Citicorp loans was offset by continued declines in Citi Holdings—which was driven mostly by continued reductions in the bank’s North America mortgage portfolio. The Fed did not object to Wells Fargo’s capital plan in the stress testing.“These results demonstrate our ability to generate solid earnings in a challenging and volatile environment, again highlighting the resilience of our institution. Nearly all of our net income came from our core businesses and we continued to reduce non-core assets in Citi Holdings,” said Michael Corbat, CEO of Citi. “We significantly improved our efficiency ratio, return on assets and return on tangible common equity from the first quarter. We also grew loans in both our consumer and institutional businesses, reduced expenses, and utilized additional deferred tax assets, bringing the total utilized to $10 billion over the last four years. This utilization fuels our ability to generate regulatory capital and, with the Fed’s non-objection to our capital plan, I am pleased that we will significantly increase the amount of capital returned to our shareholders over the next year.”Click here for Wells Fargo’s Q2 earnings report.Click here for U.S. Bancorp’s Q2 earnings report.Click here for PNC’s Q2 earnings report.Click here for Citigroup’s Q2 earnings report. Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Banks Citi Earnings PNC Profits U.S. Bank Wells Fargo 2016-07-15 Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Banks Report Solid Mortgage Activity in Q2  Print This Post July 15, 2016 1,272 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days agolast_img read more

Supreme Court Grants Interim Bail To Immigration Agent On Condition To Bring Back Youths Arrested By Bahamas Police

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Grants Interim Bail To Immigration Agent On Condition To Bring Back Youths Arrested By Bahamas Police Mehal Jain23 Nov 2020 11:06 PMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Monday granted interim bail to a Punjab-based immigration agent, accused of cheating the complainant by inducing him to part with Rs. 40 lakhs on the promise of sending his children to the USA, who were sent somewhere else altogether, their whereabouts being unknown.Hearing the SLP against the November, 2019 order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court denying regular bail,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Monday granted interim bail to a Punjab-based immigration agent, accused of cheating the complainant by inducing him to part with Rs. 40 lakhs on the promise of sending his children to the USA, who were sent somewhere else altogether, their whereabouts being unknown.Hearing the SLP against the November, 2019 order of the Punjab and Haryana High Court denying regular bail, the bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan was of the view that the petitioner is entitled to be released on interim bail subject to such terms and conditions as may be fixed by the Trial Court, which may also include the condition that the petitioner shall make an effort to locate and bring back the children of the informant and he shall render all necessary assistance to the State as well as to the Union of India.The bench, also comprising Justices R. Subhash Reddy and M. R. Shah, impleaded the Union of India through the Ministry of External Affairs as a respondent party. The bench ordered a copy of the petition to be served on the office of the Solicitor General, requiring him to take instructions in this behalf.Senior Advocate Siddhartha Dave, for the petitioner, submitted that in pursuance of the earlier order of this Court dated 07.07.2020, the petitioner has already deposited Rs.40 lacs and has also made efforts to locate and bring back the children of the informant. He further submits that as per the information received, certain persons were arrested by Royal Bahamas Police in August, 2017 and the petitioner apprehends that the children may be in custody of Royal Bahamas Police Force.It was advanced that the petitioner could not travel to Bahamas to find out the details of the children as air travel was not permitted. “In view of above submissions, we are of the view that the petitioner is entitled to be released on interim bail subject to such terms and conditions as may be fixed by the Trial Court. We order accordingly. The conditions may also include the condition that the petitioner shall make an effort to locate and bring back the children of the informant and he shall render all necessary assistance to the State as well as to the Union of India”, directed the bench.A FIR dated 10.11.2017 under Sections 420 & 406 IPC, Section 24 of Immigration Act, Section 4 of Human Trafficking Act and Section 13 of Punjab Prevention of Human Smuggling Act, 2012, stands registered against the petitioner in Kapurthala, Punjab.As per the FIR, it is alleged that the informant’s son and nephew, aged about 19 and 25 years who wanted to go to the USA. The present petitioner induced the complainant that he will manage to send the children abroad, as he had already sent many persons to America and demanded a sum of Rs.32,50,000/-. Thereafter, a sum of Rs.5.00 lacs was given to the travel agent. After 2-3 days, the petitioner took the passport and other documents along with Rs.5.00 lacs and signatures of the children on blank stamp papers for the purpose of procuring the visa. Later on, the petitioner informed that visa is granted for both children and he again demanded Rs.5.00 lacs, which were also given in the month of February, 2017. On 04.02.2017, the petitioner took the children, stating that flight is booked and they were sent on 19.02.2017. After two days, the complainant received a call from his son that the agent has cheated them, as instead of sending them to USA, he had sent to Surinam in South America.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more