ING is back in the black

first_img whatsapp ING is back in the black Wednesday 11 August 2010 8:41 pm whatsapp KCS-content Show Comments ▼center_img BAILED-OUT Dutch bank ING bounced back into first-half profit yesterday and said it was on track to divest its insurance arm to comply with European rules on state aid.A strong resurgence in retail banking helped push ING to a net gain of €2.4bn (£2bn) for the first six months of the year, up from a loss of €722m last year, when it was hit by heavy writedowns to its bond and property portfolios. Underlying profits from high street lending tripled to €944m year-on-year in the second quarter as the institution enjoyed higher interest margins on savings and put aside less cushioning for bad loans.But performance was less spectacular at ING’s insurance division, which it aims to run on a standalone basis by the end of the year. The business snuck back to a slim pre-tax profit of €154m over the half and lost €115m in the second quarter. Chief executive Jan Hommen said the unit would be floated or sold, with analysts estimating the total value at around €15bn. Proceeds will be used to repay the €5bn ING still owes the Dutch taxpayer. Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoHero WarsBig Boss of internet games!Hero WarsUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoinvesting.comCanceled TV Shows Announced: Full Updated Listinvesting.comUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndothedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comUndoWorld LifestyleCouple Has No Idea Why Photo Goes Viral, Then They Notice This In The CornerWorld LifestyleUndo Share More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Tote adds Hong Kong racing coverage to portfolio

first_img Regions: China UK & Ireland Hong Kong Horse racing “These are unprecedented times and challenging for everyone involved in horseracing,” Frost said. “We want the Tote to be true to its founding principles, being on the side of both horseracing and the customers as we work with international partners to support and promote the sport around the world.”He thanked the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s chief executive Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges and its executive director of customer and international business development Richard Cheung for helping strike the agreement.“The UK Tote is our key commingling partner and I would like to congratulate them on the introduction of the Placepot on Hong Kong races for UK customers which is traditionally a very popular bet,” Cheung added. “We look forward to continuing to work with Alex Frost and his team at the UK Tote.”Horse racing in the UK has been suspended since 17 March, having initially aimed to continue behind closed doors. This suspension will remain in place until the end of April, though could be extended further. With horse racing in the UK suspended as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Tote has expanded its offering to give customers the opportunity to bet on racing from Hong Kong. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 7th April 2020 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Sports betting Horse racing “We are delighted to be able to develop our partnership with the Hong Kong Jockey Club to showcase their world class racing to as broad an audience as possible, alongside providing new betting opportunities, including the Placepot which remains the Tote’s most popular bet,” UK Tote Group chief executive Alex Frost said. Tote adds Hong Kong racing coverage to portfolio With horse racing in the UK suspended as a result of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Tote has expanded its offering to give customers the opportunity to bet on racing from Hong Kong.Tote customers will now be able to play the Placepot – pool betting on where a horse will place in a race – on meetings from the Happy Valley and Sha Tin Racecourses each week. Racing will start around midday in the UK for Wednesday’s racing at Happy Valley, and from 6am onwards at Sha Tin on weekends.Racing will also be streamed live, with customers able to place single leg bets, on Sundays and Wednesdays. Email Address Tags: Race Track and Racinolast_img read more

Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited ( 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgAtlantic Leaf Properties Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited (  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileAtlantic Leaf Properties Limited is a real estate company incorporated in Mauritius. The company is the first pound dominated Global Business Licence company to be listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited invests in high quality, investment grade real estate assets and companies which deliver solid returns for investors through both income and quality growth. Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited is listed on the Mauritius Stock Exchange as well as the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.last_img read more

House of Bishops Spring 2017 meeting: Video Daily Account for…

first_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 House of Bishops Spring 2017 meeting: Video Daily Account for March 12 Tags [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut, left, and Bishop Anne Hodges-Copple of North Carolina offer insights on the third day of the House of Bishops meeting, March 12, at Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina.3:26 Submit an Event Listing Rector Washington, DC 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 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Posted Mar 13, 2017 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Collierville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK House of Bishops Spring 2017, Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Bath, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Submit a Press Release Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Video Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Knoxville, TN Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC House of Bishops, Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NClast_img read more

Brain-eating Amoeba and What You Need to Know

first_img TAGSAmoebaFlorida Hospital – Apopka Previous articleBody found at Walmart identifiedNext articleFitzpatrick: “I think there may be a recall if what I am hearing is true” Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From Florida Hospital – Apopka You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. In Florida and across the nation, amoeba makes a big splash in the news around this time of year almost every single year. And there’s a good reason why: the infection they cause in humans is almost always lethal.So what is the amoeba? It’s a single-cell parasite called Naegleria fowleri, commonly found in warm fresh water such as rivers, lakes and springs, typically during the summer months.It is thought that the infection – primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM) – occurs when the amoeba enters the nose forcefully, as in diving or during water sports in infested waters. After this, symptoms develop within few days, and ultimately a severe brain infection leads to death. Drinking or just staying in contact with the water doesn’t cause the infection.Fortunately, however, in the case of 16-year-old Sebastian DeLeon, who had a Naegleria infection recently, he’s one of the lucky few who survived. In fact, he’s one of only four people known to survive Naegleria fowleri in the United States in the last 50 years.With odds like that, it’s crucial to have a rapid response. In Sebastian’s case, his family realized something was wrong when he complained of a serious headache. When the headache was so painful that he couldn’t bear to be touched, they took him to the Florida Hospital for Children’s Emergency Department. A spinal tap revealed the presence of the amoeba, and the doctors knew they had a short window to fight for the 16-year-old’s life.Needless to say, it was a terrifying experience for him and his family and likely has you wondering how to protect yourself. Here are some things to keep in mind:Where do the amoeba live?The odds are extremely low you will be infected by an amoeba. Between the years of 1962 and 2015, there have only 138 reported.They thrive in warm waters around the world. They can be found in rivers, lakes, hot springs and also swimming pools that are not maintained or chlorinated properly. They’re commonly found in the southern-tier states in the summer, but some cases have been reported in northern states, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with more than half of all infections occurring in Texas and Florida. Recent cases in Arkansas, North Carolina and Ohio reflect this wide distribution.What are some signs to look for?Initial symptoms may include headache (usually severe), fever, nausea or vomiting. Later symptoms can include stiff neck, confusion, lack of attention to people and surroundings, loss of balance, seizures and hallucinations. Typically, these symptoms occur from one to nine days after exposure.What treatments are available?Treatment is aimed at both killing the amoeba and reducing swelling in the brain. This involves administering a combination or “cocktail” of antimicrobial drugs known to kill the amoeba, as well as medical and surgical interventions that reduce elevated pressure in the brain that results from swelling.The earliest the treatment is administered, the better chances for success. Recently, body cooling and induced drug coma have been used as well. Also, a drug called miltefosine has been added to the cocktail.How can you protect yourself?The one way to completely avoid amoeba infections is by not participating in water activities in warm bodies of freshwater. However, keep in mind, that there’s a low level of risk. From 1962-2015, in fact, only 138 infections in the US have been reported to CDC. Each year, hundreds of millions of visits to swimming venues occur in the US that result in 0-8 infections, according to CDC.The following actions limit the amount of infested water that can go up the nose:• Holding your nose or using nose clips when taking part in freshwater-related activities.• Avoiding putting your head underwater in hot springs and other warm freshwater bodies.• Avoiding water-related activities in all warm freshwater bodies during periods of high-water temperature.• Avoiding digging in, or stirring up mud and scum while taking part in water-related activities in shallow, warm freshwater areas. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Holleb Residence / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects

first_img Holleb Residence / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects 2012 Houses CopyAbout this officeJohn Friedman Alice Kimm ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSanta MonicaHousesUnited StatesPublished on March 20, 2015Cite: “Holleb Residence / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects” 20 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – FocusGlass3MInterior Finishes at U.S. Bank StadiumPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsFiber Cements / CementsSwisspearlFiber Cement Cladding Panels in B66 Business CenterMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsSculptformClick-on Battens in WestConnex M8 JunctionPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesBruagBack-Ventilated Facades – CELLONTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea CosmosGlassDip-TechCeramic Printing for Public TransportationAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Porcelain StonewareApavisaSlabs – Wild ForestBulbs / SpotsAmbiance LumiereLighting – ZetaMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2012 Holleb Residence / John Friedman Alice Kimm ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHolleb Residence / John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects Save this picture!© Benny Chan / Fotoworks+ 15 Share Area:  4000 ft² Area:  4000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects Year:  “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Santa Monica, United States Photographs Photographs:  Benny Chan/FotoworksSave this picture!© Benny Chan / FotoworksRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsText description provided by the architects. The Holleb Residence is a 4,000 square foot home for a family of four in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica.Save this picture!© Benny Chan / FotoworksIts main organizing feature is a sculptural stair and second floor “cut-out” terrace that splits the house into front and back zones.Save this picture!First Floor PlanOn the ground floor, the structure’s main entry separates the garage and guest room from the kitchen, dining, and living areas, which flow out into the back yard.Save this picture!© Benny Chan / FotoworksOn the second floor, the terrace and atrium provide privacy between the parents’ suite and their children’s bedroom and play areas, which overlook the play spaces in the rear.Save this picture!Second Floor PlanThe residence differs from the firm’s other houses in its inclusion of many smaller spaces and rooms, all intended for specific uses by its inhabitants, but all held together by the circulation system and the centrally-located double-height living room.Save this picture!© Benny Chan / FotoworksProject gallerySee allShow lessCarbon3D Can Grow Seamless Structures 100x Faster than 3D PrintingArchitecture NewsSOM’s Expansive Four Seasons Hotel Opens in Bahrain BayArchitecture News Share ArchDaily Architects: John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects Area Area of this architecture project United Stateslast_img read more

America’s Largest Milk Producer Files for Bankruptcy

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News America’s Largest Milk Producer Files for Bankruptcy America’s Largest Milk Producer Files for Bankruptcy Previous articleMichigan Senator’s Bill to Secure Borders, Protect AgricultureNext articleFarmers Turning to Riskier Loans to Stay in Business NAFB News Service SHARE SHARE Dean Foods, a 94-year-old milk producer, is filing for bankruptcy. The largest milk producer in the country is struggling as Americans are no longer drinking as much milk from cows.This year has been especially difficult as company sales dropped seven percent in the first half of this year, with profits falling 14 percent. A article says Dean Foods stock has lost 80 percent of its value.The company manufactures some of the more recognizable milk and dairy products in the country, including Land O’ Lakes and Organic Valley.The company blames its struggles on declining consumption in white milk. Company debt has made it difficult for Dean Foods to fund all of its workers pensions.In a statement, the company says it’s working with the Dairy Farmers of America cooperative on a potential deal in which the cooperative would buy almost all of the company.Sales of cow’s milk has declined for the past four years. Over the past 52 weeks, white milk sales totaled around $12 billion dollars.Another problem Dean Foods faced is Walmart. Once one of Dean Food’s biggest customers, Walmart dropped them last year after building its own dairy plant. Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Nov 12, 2019 last_img read more

Already reelected – censorship and harassment of news providers

first_img Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more News June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific The next generation of China’s leaders will be named during the 18th congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) that opens today in Beijing. They include the party’s general secretary, who will also be China’s president, the prime minister and the chairman of the National People’s Congress.Disturbed by the increased control of news and information in the past month, in which considerable resources have been used to gag the media and dissidents, Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to loosen online surveillance and controls so that Chinese citizens can exercise their rights to free speech and freedom of information.“It is very worrying that the five years since the last congress have seen no let-up in the government’s harsh treatment of dissent or its desire for absolute control over news and information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Even if we do not yet know the names of the new members of the Politburo Standing Committee, we already know there is no intention of ending the policy of censoring news and cracking down on those who try to use their freedom of expression.“The arrests and imposition of jail sentences are continuing, while the censorship ‘soldiers’ are tireless in their surveillance of those who express political views and try to promote a democratic debate on the Internet.“We urge the future president and party general secretary to put an end to the arrests of journalists, bloggers and dissidents and the constant violations of freedom of information. Maintaining order and stability cannot be used to justify cracking down on those who defend human rights and freedom of expression.”Reporters Without Borders has compiled a partial summary of the many violations of freedom of information during the last weeks preceding the opening of the congress, as they show that the government plans to pursue its authoritarian policies. The media freedom organization will redouble its vigilance during the congress and will continue to log every new case of censorship on a specially-created webpageSee the news feed here Help by sharing this information China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alertscenter_img Arrests and sentences, harassment of dissidents, their families and supportersIn the run-up to the congress, the authorities cracked down on human rights activists and dissidents who are permanently suspected of wanting to destabilize the state.Hu Jia, a well-known human rights activist who has been under house arrest since his release from prison in June 2011, was beaten and briefly detained after he began a hunger strike. His Internet connection was also temporarily cut after he posted comments on Twitter. The Internet is his only way of communicating with his wife, Zeng Jinyan, and his daughter, who are now based in Hong Kong.The families of dissidents are routinely the targets of government harassment and reprisals. Defending the detained Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo endangers his wife, the artist and photographer Liu Xia, who is under house arrest and permanently watched by the police.The restrictions imposed on her have been tightened in recent months. Reporters Without Borders posted a video of her on 13 October that showed her at a window of her apartment, completely isolated from the outside world.The human rights lawyer Chen Guangcheng is now in the United States, but his relatives still in China are being harassed. At the end of October, the authorities carried out a violent search of the home of his brother, Chen Guangfu, and arrested Chen’s son. Chen tried to file a complaint with a court in Yina, in Shandong province, but the court refused to register it.More recently, the authorities in Jinan arrested the lawyer Shu Xiangxin on a charge of blackmail and extortion on the night of 5 November and seized his computer. His wife, who was interviewed by Radio Free Asia, was also interrogated for several hours by the police.Prior to his arrest, Shandong province officials had been harassing Shu for posting information online about the expropriation of land from villagers in the province and he recently received a beating from unidentified individuals.Censoring “sensitive” informationThe authorities applied themselves in October to tightening their grip on “sensitive” information that could affect the congress. The government’s censors also made every effort to get complete control of news coverage throughout the country.For example, reports about a demonstration in the village of Yingge, on the southern island of Hainan, were censored as soon as they appeared online. Several hundred thousand people reportedly took part in the demonstration against the proposed construction of a power plant.Messages posted on Weibo about demonstrations were removed and the accounts on which they were posted were blocked. The Sina Weibo, Wang Yi, Teng Xun and Tian Ya She Qu microblogging platforms also experienced similar censorship.The authorities searched the premises of a Beijing-based website called the “China justice and anti-corruption networks” and put its servers out of commission. The person in charge of the site, which covered human rights violations including land expropriation in various provinces, confirmed that the cyber-police had disconnected its servers and blocked several of its IP addresses.Social networks have been placed under close watch and QQ, the main Chinese instant messaging service, is getting close attention from the cyber-authorities. Owned by Tencent Holdings, the QQ software allows the authorities to monitor all exchanges and use keywords and expressions to search them. The author of any message can be identified by a software user number (see photo). News Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more November 8, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Already reelected – censorship and harassment of news providers News to go further QQ software surveillance interface Suppressing “bad news” in TibetInstead of restoring peace by abandoning its discriminatory policies against ethnic minorities, the regime persists in stifling the voices of dissidents who try to circulate information from within the Tibet enclave. All street demonstrations are banned and arrests are frequent. The increase in repression in Tibet is reflected in a wave of arbitrary arrests in Tibetan monasteries.The arbitrary nature of the arrests in the region is becoming more and more flagrant, while the increase in police raids is pushing monks to acts of despair. Around 60 self-immolations are estimated to have taken place since the start of 2009. The exact number is not known because they authorities try to hide them from the international community.In order to contain the information coming out of the region, the movements of the population are strictly regulated. Access to the city of Lhasa is getting harder and harder because its Tibetan inhabitants are required to have a specific identity card. The authorities have banned schoolchildren in Hezuo, the capital of Gannan, a Tibetan prefecture in the western province of Gansu, from taking holidays outside of the region, and have suppressed mobile phone communication in the Tibetan part of Sichuan province, permitting only fixed telephone use. Anonymous sources have reported that in Gannan virtually all communications have been blocked, the sale of SIM cards has been suspended and Internet cafés have been closed.The Chinese government is particularly concerned to suppress any information about the frequent self-immolations by Tibetan monks.Tibet Post International, a Reporters Without Borders-backed online newspaper based in the northern Indian city of Dharamsala, learned on 1 November that four monks identified as Lobsang Choephel, Tsundue, Losel and Topden had been arrested in Tsoe Gaden Choeling monastery on charges of “disseminating information and evidence abroad.” It is not known where they are currently being held.Similarly, a 38-year-old monk identified as Jinpa, who had already been detained in 2008 for circulating information abroad, was arrested again for no clear reason on 25 October. Two days before that, the 19-year-old Tibetan monk Tashi Norbu was arrested for making a call with a Smartphone, apparently because it can be used for connecting to the Internet. Smartphone owners have often been targeted during police raids on monasteries.It has meanwhile been confirmed that Golog Jigme Gyatso, a monk who helped Dhondup Wangchen secretly film the 2008 documentary “Leaving Fear Behind,” was arrested on 20 September when he returned to Gansu province.Keeping the foreign media in checkThe party also tries to control the foreign media, which play a key role in informing both the international community and the Chinese public, the victims of the increased censorship of the local media.After the website of Bloomberg, a news agency specializing in business and finance, was censored on 29 June for investigating the fortune amassed by the family of Vice-President Xi Jinping, Hu Jintao’s expected successor as president and party general secretary, the New York Times was censored and threatened with a lawsuit after it ran a story about the fortune acquired by Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s family.The foreign media also made up for the gaps in the Chinese media’s coverage of the demonstrations in late October in the coastal city of Ningbo against the proposed expansion of a petrochemical plant. For the most part, the authorities restricted the Chinese media’s coverage to use of the official news agency stories, but foreign reporters were able to mingle with the protesters, who even helped them with their coverage.Aware of the foreign media’s steadily-growing influence, the authorities have reinforced the blocking of the Voice of America, BBC, Radio Free Asia and Deutsche Welle websites. A few weeks ago it was possible to circumvent the censorship by using proxies and VPNs, but some sources are reporting that such tools are now much less effective.The employees of foreign media are also being targeted. In October, two Sky News journalists and an AFP journalist were arrested.China is ranked 174th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is on the 2012 Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.”last_img read more

PUSD Will Reopen August 17 With Both Distance and In-Person Learning

first_imgEducation PUSD Will Reopen August 17 With Both Distance and In-Person Learning By BRIAN DAY Published on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 | 12:31 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Make a comment Top of the News HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img The Pasadena Unified School District will reopen to students on Aug. 17, making use of a blend of both in-person and distance learning to keep the number of students on campus at any one time to a minimum, the superintendent announced Thursday.The plan, which is outlined online at, is designed to be adaptable, allowing the district to respond to evolving state and county guidelines prompted by the COVID-19 pandemic.“While we would rather open schools in person, we are planning to reopen in a way that accounts for the fact that the COVID-19 virus will more than likely still be with us with no vaccine available,” PUSD Superintendent Brian McDonald said in an email sent to parents Wednesday afternoon.“The health and safety of our students and staff is at the forefront of our minds. If health restrictions are lifted by the appropriate authorities and we deem it safe, we will move into a regular, in-classroom mode,” he said.Versions of the plan were discussed in prior meetings, and a survey was sent to parents prior to the plan being formed, officials said.“Based on state and local public health guidelines for school and the results of parent and staff surveys, our Pasadena Unified School District Reopening Task Force has developed plans to create safe learning environments for all students,” McDonald said.No more than 50% of the student population will be permitted to be on campus during any given day to foster social distancing, according to the district outline. Masks will be required, and measures such as frequent cleaning and enforcement of social distancing will be in place.Officials were also in the process of designing a “fully online learning option” for families not comfortable returning to school physically yet.“We will send out a survey in the next few days to determine the number of students who plan to enroll in virtual learning,” McDonald said. “Information on how to register is now being developed and will be shared with you as soon as possible”McDonald also said the district was working on ways to address the issue of child care on days when students are not scheduled to be on campus.“Childcare during non-classroom days is an urgent matter, and we are working with community partners to provide services to our students and their families,” he said. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Subscribe STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 85 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business Newslast_img read more

Queen’s honour for Limerick music man

first_imgWalk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet Facebook Print #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ NewsCommunityQueen’s honour for Limerick music manBy Guest Writer – October 31, 2013 636 Advertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LIMERICK native John Gilhooly has been awarded an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in her birthday honours list at Buckingham Palace.Gilhooly, originally from Lisnagry, received the honour this week in recognition of his service to music. The 40-year-old is director of the world-renowned chamber music venue Wigmore Hall in London and chairman of the esteemed Royal Philharmonic Society.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Receiving the honour, the jubilant Limerick director commented, “I am very surprised and pleased by this recognition, especially at a time when Wigmore Hall is on sound footing and in the bicentenary year of the Royal Philharmonic Society.”“So many people have helped me throughout my career and especially in the past decade. I’m really grateful to all of them,” he added.Gilhooly is credited with the transformation of Wigmore Hall’s artistic, financial and administrative affairs over the past 12 years, bringing it to an all time high in terms of both ticket sales and membership, and also for expanding the venue’s artistic programme in both traditional and new directions.Over £27 million has been raised throughout his tenure at Wigmore Hall for artistic and capital projects, including a successful refurbishment in 2004 and the purchase of a long-term lease in 2006, which effectively secured the hall’s future.Chairman of the Wigmore Hall Trust, Aubrey Adams congratulated the Limerick man, saying, “He has made a tremendous contribution to music in Britain and under his leadership he has established Wigmore Hall as the pre-eminent chamber music and song recital venue in the world.”In 2010, Gilhooly was elected chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society, one of the oldest music societies in the world.A former pupil of Lisnagry National School, Ardscoil Rís and CBS Sexton Street, John’s role as chairman of the Royal Philharmonic Society sees him overseeing the celebrations for the bicentenary of the society, on both sides of the Atlantic, throughout 2013.He was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Academy of Music in 2006 for his services to the Academy and in 2012 was awarded Honorary Membership of the Royal College of Music.center_img Twitter Email Linkedin Previous articleWhat to do with doggy doo dooNext articleUrgent plea for a tenor Guest Writer TAGSBuckingham PalacefeaturedJohn GilhoolyLisnagryMusic LimerickOBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire)Queen Elizabeth IIRoyal Philharmonic SocietyWigmore Hall Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boylast_img read more