African Sun Limited (ASUN.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about African Sun Limited (ASUN.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the African Sun Limited (ASUN.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: African Sun Limited (ASUN.zw) 2004 annual report.Company ProfileAfrican Sun Limited is a hospitality management company that is involved in the running of hotels, resorts, casinos and timeshare operations in Zimbabwe and South Africa. It operates through four divisions; Hotels Under Management, Hotels Under Franchise, Owner-managed Hotels and the Victoria Falls Hotel Partnership. Established in 1968 as Zimbabwe Sun Limited, the company has grown in stature to include Legacy Hospitality Management Services Limited which manages five hotels, and the InterContinental Hotels Group. Prestigious hotel brands in African Sun Limited’s expansive portfolio include The Victoria Falls Hotel, Holiday Inn, Great Zimbabwe Hotel and The Caribbea Bay Resort. African Sun Limited is a constituent of the Zimbabwe Industrial Index. African Sun Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
Lafarge Zambia Plc (LACZ.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Lafarge Zambia Plc (LACZ.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Zambia Plc (LACZ.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Zambia Plc (LACZ.zm) 2018 abridged results.Company ProfileLafarge Zambia manufactures and sells cement and aggregate products for the local building and construction industry in Zambia and for international export. Well-known brands in its product portfolio include: Mphamvu, a Portland limestone cement; Powerplus for heavy industrial construction, Supaset for making cement blocks, RoadCem to road construction, Powercrete for applications in the mining industry, and Wallcrete for masonry projects such as bricklaying, plasterwork and floor screeding. Aggregates produced by Lafarge Zambia are used in building projects, heavy construction, road construction, mining, and the production of concrete products. The company also produce a ready-mix concrete product, and supplies products used in rail and road infrastructure. Lafarge Zambia has 2 fully-integrated cement plants based in Ndola and Lusaka, with a total production capacity of 1.4 million tons per annum. Lafarge Zambia exports cement products to Tanzania, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Namibia and Zimbabwe. Lafarge Zambia Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchange
The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSAdopt-A-HighwayOrange County Previous articleApopka Art and Foliage Festival coming in AprilNext articleAttention Apopka entrepreneurs: Walmart accepting applications for the 2019 Open Call for new products Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here From the Orange County NewsroomSince 1989, Orange County Government has managed a fun and educational program designed to allow citizens to make a positive impact by enhancing the cleanliness of Orange County roads. The Adopt-A-Highway program was conceived in response to roadside littering that was creating an eyesore for residents and visitors to Central Florida.“It gives residents of Orange County a chance to rid their community of litter,” said Princess Poke-Clarke, citizen services coordinator for Orange County Public Works Department-Roads & Drainage Division. “The program is designed to provide businesses, neighborhood organizations and individuals a way to volunteer with the goal of cleaning and beautifying a roadway, while also saving taxpayer dollars. It also promotes fellowship among the sponsoring organization and the community.”Adopt-A-Highway is managed by the Orange County Public Works Department, Roads & Drainage Division. Public Works is responsible for processing all documentation and coordinating with the various participants, as well as scheduling cleanups, conducting safety meetings and providing the safety vests and trash bags for volunteers to use during the cleanups. The County also picks up the collected litter at specified locations and posts Adopt-A-Highway signs acknowledging the sponsor at the beginning and end of their section of the road.“Potential sponsors typically call Orange County’s 3-1-1 call center, which helps gather initial information about becoming involved,” explained Poke-Clarke. “There’s a confirmation and approval process, which usually takes 1-2 days to complete upon receipt of a signed agreement from the participant.”For the Good of the CommunitySponsors are committed to removing litter six times a year for two years on a minimum of a half-mile segment of county road right-of-way. They also need to attend a safety meeting given by the highway foreman of the participating maintenance unit. Once the safety meeting is completed, participants arrange and schedule an appropriate litter removal cleanup date with the maintenance unit foreman every eight weeks. “We have high expectations of what our roads are supposed to look like,” Denise Sedon, assistant general manager of the Hunter’s Creek Community Association said. “Being a part of the program shows our residents we care, and it also keeps up our great relationship with the County.”The southwest Orlando community has adopted more than one road over the years and considers its involvement beneficial to the growing region.“With an ever-increasing population and the heavier traffic that comes with that, especially on John Young Parkway, there’s, unfortunately, more garbage strewn about,” acknowledged Sedon. “Therefore, we need to take responsibility and do our part to keep our roadways clean.”The Trinity Christian School Junior Beta Club first became an Adopt-A-Highway sponsor in 1991, cleaning a section of Roger Williams Road between 436 and 441. Since then, it has remained active in the program. According to Edith Bentley, band director, and Junior Beta Club sponsor, it’s a great way for students to better appreciate the environment in which they live.“They’re constantly disappointed at how trashy our road is after only a weekend goes by, but they understand that although they can’t force people to be respectful and not litter, they’re still serving the community at large by their efforts,” asserted Bentley. “It’s an opportunity for them to make a difference and teaches them to be civically responsible.”Over the years, the Adopt-a-Highway program has been successful with cleaning up miles of roadway throughout Orange County, all thanks to caring residents who participate by volunteering their time.“The time they invest in keeping our roadways clear of debris helps build a better community for all of us,” said Poke-Clarke. “It’s about people caring enough to make a difference.”If you or your organization are interested in participating in the Adopt-A-Highway Program, contact the Orange County Public Works Department, Roads & Drainage Division at 407-836-7900 or 407-836-3111. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Melanie May | 26 June 2020 | News eBay UK announces £1.7m funding & training support package to boost charity online retail Tagged with: charity retail eBay AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 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. eBay UK today launches a package of financial support and training to help more charities use online retail to raise funds with the pandemic still impacting activities.eBay UK will be providing unrestricted grants of £1.7million to 250 of the charities most affected by declines in online revenue on its platform, to help make up for the shortfall in sales as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.To upskill charities, it has also announced plans to launch Charity Connect, a training programme to support at least 500 UK charities, including those not yet on eBay, to help them raise more money through more effective online sales. Charity Connect will help charity retailers build an effective online presence through dedicated customer service, onboarding assistance, promotional support and a tailored eBay training programme.It will begin next month with a series of free weekly webinars for new and existing charity sellers on how to boost sales on eBay, including follow up 1:1 sessions with e-commerce experts. Training will begin from Tuesday 7 July and charities can book free by visiting here.The charity initiative follows the blueprint of Retail Revival, a 12-month pilot programme with small businesses in Wolverhampton, where over 60 companies increased sales by 33% on eBay with revenues of over £7million through intensive ecommerce training and support.Rob Hattrell, eBay UK Vice-President, said:“Charities up and down the country can embrace online retail as a way to raise vital funds to keep operating during and after the pandemic. This is particularly important now, when so many traditional forms of fundraising remain unavailable.“In addition to a cash injection of £1.7million to help existing charity sellers on eBay, our Charity Connect programme will upskill both new and existing charities on the platform to help them increase sales online.“Covid-19 has accelerated the need for services and fundraising to have a strong digital presence and the sector is in danger of critical shortfalls without it. We hope the Chancellor will take the opportunity in his forthcoming July Financial Statement to invest more in providing the digital step change the SME and charity sector needs.”eBay UK has formed a coalition with Barnardo’s, the Charity Retail Association and New Philanthropy Capital, which is calling for the Government to create an innovation fund to help charities embrace online retail and support new models of digital innovation and service delivery in the sector.Barnardo’s Retail Director, David Longmore, said: Advertisement 926 total views, 6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 925 total views, 5 views today “The Coronavirus pandemic has hit charities hard, with Barnardo’s losing a third of our income overnight as we closed shops and cancelled fundraising events. Like many others, we have had to innovate quickly and move services online, and we know that a digital-first approach must remain part of our offer, long after lockdown ends.“Even as we begin to re-open our shops, online income streams such as eBay will be more important than ever. That’s why we’re calling for a Digital Innovation Fund, alongside eBay and others, to help charities embrace online retail and develop the range of services that vulnerable children and families need now and in the future.”Chief Executive of the Charity Retail Association, Robin Osterley, said:“We were delighted to see the return of bricks and mortar shopping on 15 June. However, for a number of reasons, not all of our shops will be able to open immediately and so there is a real need for a continued focus on e-commerce as a valuable income stream. With this in mind, we expect the Charity Connect funding and training programmes will be welcomed by our members and we’re delighted to see eBay’s broader commitment to supporting digital innovation within the sector.”In the UK, eBay has helped charities raise £160 million to date, with over £27 million raised last year.
Bahria Town, one of the largest private real estate development companies in Asia, is known for its overly opulent master-planned communities constructed for Pakistan’s ruling class — and for its intimidation tactics that target Indigneous and Aboriginal peoples. Residents whose homes are scheduled to be demolished protest outside of Karachi Press Club.Like all corporations, greed and resource exploitation fuel Bahria Town’s robbing of Indigenous folks’ ancestral land, and its structural violence against Pakistan’s most oppressed groups. Indeed, Bahria Town’s acts of horror are extensive.To accomplish its 45,000-acre luxury housing development endeavor in Karachi, Bahria Town has used state-endorsed violence to remove Indigenous farmers from their homes. On March 19, 2016, police invaded the small village of Juma Morio Goth, and demolished many homes to clear the way for a Bahria Town road. An interviewee in Dawn magazine stated: “The job was quickly completed and the rubble hauled away while hapless villagers looked on in a daze, knowing full well there will be no justice for them.” (April 18, 2016) Bahria Town has not just destroyed homes, it has also desecrated graves. The Guardian reports that after the company’s devastation in 2019, “The graveyard in Usman Allah Raki Goth remains partially destroyed.” (July 8, 2019)While a few graves are somewhat visible among the destruction, it’s clear that Bahria Town’s fountains and sculptures now occupy sacred space where graves used to be. This development company’s involvement in structural violence takes even more insidious forms. Many villagers live in District Malir, an area where Bahria Town has constructed a massive housing project that depends on underground water aquifers for survival. Mohammad Saleem, president of the Voice of Indigenous Community Empowerment, stated that wells drilled by Bahria Town are rapidly draining the underground water supply. (Dawn, April 18, 2016) Cutting off a community’s access to water is fundamental to systematically eliminating their existences on their land.Most recently, on Oct. 2, Karachi Bachao Tehreek reported that personnel from Bahria Town and police violently entered Haji Ali Mohammad Goth, a village in Karachi, and attempted to forcefully remove Indigenous farmers from their homes. Those who serve the ruling class brought bulldozers and excavators to coerce and intimidate Indigenous folks into surrendering their land to Bahria Town. (KBT Instagram, Oct. 2)KBT noted that “the villagers’ land ownership and use rights” are legally recognized and afforded protection under the law. Bahria Town’s unfettered continued attacks on Aboriginal people demonstrates the state’s obvious disregard for Indigenous rights and mirrors the mindset of other oppressive forces. Indigenous people under attack worldwideThe attacks by Bahria Town mirror worldwide attacks by capitalist forces on Indigenous peoples and their rights. This year the U.S. government resumed federal executions after a 17-year hiatus, and legally lynched Lezmond Mitchell, the only Indigenous person on federal death row. (Workers World, Aug. 26). Mitchell was a Navajo Nation member, and was sentenced to death for a crime committed on tribal land. The Navajo Nation’s sovereignty is supposedly federally recognized, with its leaders the ones to determine whether to apply the death penalty to offenses under the Federal Death Penalty Act. But before Mitchell was killed, the federal government denied the Navajo Nation’s request to halt his execution. Moreover, the state’s actions reflect that its systematic harm, which targets oppressed communities, including Indigenous peoples, is limitless. Prior to Mitchell’s execution, the Navajo Nation expressed its solidarity with Mitchell and openly condemned the federal government’s actions against a member of their community. Those dedicated to the struggle are aware of forces acting against them, as they simultaneously focus on their acts of resistance and solidarity. “As long as the land is there, you are there. You cannot have existence without land.” Chacha Faiz Muhammad Gabol.The late Chacha Faiz Muhammad Gabol, an Indigenous activist, refused to sell his land to Bahria Town and explained, “I told Malik Riaz [the founder of Bahria Town] that the ground is our mother. Would anyone sell their mother? Darthi, land, is our mother. This soil is precious to me.” (“Say No to Bahria Town — The Land Build with Perfect Corruption,” telefeeds.com, July 27)Abira Ashfaq, a people’s lawyer in Pakistan, provided insight on the strategies Bahria Town is using to further disenfranchise Indigenous communities, at Chacha Faiz Muhammad Gabol’s Remembrance Day event on Feb. 25. Ashfaq stressed that the tactics parallel those used by British imperialists to create divisions among the masses. (tinyurl.com/y2xsd6my)Deep solidarity with Indigenous peoples means solidarity with all who continue to disrupt and expose efforts by the ruling class to seize, desecrate and demolish Indigenous peoples and land. Liberation is inherently tied to those who are committed to working against state-sanctioned violence, who are fighting the same fight against neo-colonial and imperialist forces. Say “NO” to Bahria Town! 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A historic organizing drive is underway in Bessemer, Ala., at the Amazon BHM1 warehouse. Almost 6,000 majority-Black workers — almost half women — are deciding whether to unionize with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU). Voting is continuing until March 29.December 12th Movement rally at Harlem’s Whole Foods on Feb. 28. Credit: Bill MooreIf the workers succeed, they will form the first-ever union inside Amazon in the U.S. — a huge victory against the international capitalist behemoth.According to BAmazonUnion.org, workers are fighting for “dignity and respect” along with safer working conditions. Theirs is both a civil rights and a labor struggle. They are part of the proud history of the Bessemer-Birmingham area’s Black community, from the independent, interracial unionism of the International Union of Mine, Mill and Smelter Workers in the 1930s and 40s to the 1963 Children’s March against racist segregation.Amazon’s system is entrenched in racism, as revealed Feb. 26 by Vox/Recode. Review of internal data and interviews with workers and diversity managers showed that Black Amazon employees are underrepresented in decision teams, promoted less frequently and assessed more harshly than non-Black peers. (tinyurl.com/kjuvs9k6)With Alabama’s history of enslavement of Black people, and legal segregation a living memory, it’s guaranteed that racist discrimination is present inside Amazon’s BHM1 warehouse. The warehouse opened in March 2020; by May, workers were so outraged at their treatment they sought out RWDSU, beginning the fight for union representation.‘Ruthless quotas maiming employees’As at all Amazon “fulfillment centers,” BHM1 working conditions are brutal — with speedups, arbitrary scheduling, inadequate break times, virtually no accommodation for pregnancy, disability or injury, and more. The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health has named Amazon to its list of “Dirty Dozen” employers twice. The Atlantic magazine even headlined: “Ruthless quotas at Amazon are maiming employees.” (tinyurl.com/4zneyh8c)Amazon claims that increased robotization and surveillance of workers’ motion and location make for a “safer workplace.” Since 2012, when the retail giant bought Kiva Systems, a robotics company, Amazon has added more automation to some existing and all new warehouses, including BHM1. (tinyurl.com/arjnnxnd)But internal records show Amazon’s deception about rising injury rates. In fact, automation has made jobs more stressful and dangerous. Reveal, a publication of The Center for Investigative Reporting, found Amazon internal data showed that worker injury rates since 2016 were often worse in Amazon’s robotic warehouses. (Reveal, Sept. 29, 2020)Amazon is following a tradition going back to the “reorganization” of worker jobs at Bethlehem Steel in Pennsylvania, introduced in 1898. That’s when Frederick Taylor used a stopwatch, time studies and his “Principles of Scientific Management” to “improve efficiency” and increase control over workers. Henry Ford improved on Taylorism with the introduction of the moving assembly line.Now Bessemer workers — some of them children and grandchildren of unionized steel and mine workers — are in a struggle against the exploitation of their labor, fighting the same “speedup-and-die-for profit” principles from the 19th century.When Amazon workers pick, pack and stow orders in seconds and take minimal Time Off Task for a break, it gives the tech giant an edge over online competitors — generating trillions in profits.Amazon boasts it pays workers $15 an hour — but during the pandemic the wealth of its owner, Jeff Bezos, has increased by $72 billion. The profits for that megacapitalist came directly out of the sweat and blood of every Amazon worker. (tinyurl.com/kpset8w)Profit is what a company pockets after costs of labor and overhead are subtracted from sales revenue. In Marxist terms, profit is the value that workers produce, but are not paid for in wages — our unpaid labor. The lower the workers’ wages, the more profit capitalists keep for themselves.The injustice is obvious. The Bessemer workers are rising up to take back their health, the fruit of their labor and their dignity. Join them!March 20 is a Global Day of Solidarity with the BAmazon Union. Information at supportamazonworkers.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddIt ReddIt + posts Facebook Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ TCU vs Arizona State Beach Volleyball in Fort Worth, Texas on March 4, 2018. (Photo/Sharon Ellman) Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ What we’re reading: Attempts for background checks on stranger-to-stranger gun sales in Texas Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ Linkedin Jonathan is a journalism major from Philadelphia who is also minoring in Spanish. When Jonathan is not writing for TCU 360, he enjoys watching his favorite sports teams (76ers, Eagles, Union, Phillies, and Flyers). Previous articleNo. 23 Baseball suffers second consecutive series defeat to OklahomaNext articleHoroscope: April 9, 2018 Jonathan Abraham RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Women’s basketball defeats Alcorn State to tie best start to a season Twitter Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ Facebook Linkedin Twitter What we’re reading: Most Texas House members disapprove of Trump’s Syria actions Athletics Weekend Roundup: equestrian triumphs, swim and dive falters, and women’s golf finishes strong printTCU’s beach volleyball had their final match of the Seminole Beach Battle against UNC-Wilmington Saturday canceled due to weather issues in Tallahassee.The Horned Frogs lost the only match of the day against No. 18 Florida Atlantic. That game was delayed in the beginning due to lightning and later, play was interrupted before the match was called off, giving FAU a 3-1 victory over TCU.The combo of Cassie House and Haven Hill received the only victory of the day for the Horned Frogs after they defeated the Owls’ Carly Scarborough and Amanda Silva 22-20, 21-15.TCU will return to action Saturday and Sunday in LSU’s Battle on the Bayou in the final regular-season meet of the 2018 season. The Frogs will battle New Orleans, LSU and Jacksonville State Saturday before closing the tournament against Houston Baptist and Georgia State Sunday. TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Jonathan Abraham TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello
News Help by sharing this information RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is worried about the state of health of journalists Adnan Hassanpour and Abdolvahed “Hiva” Botimar, who are under sentence of death and who began their 42nd day on hunger strike today. Their lawyer, Saleh Nikhbakht, who met them on 20 August, said they are “very weak” and “will not hold out much longer.” They are consuming nothing but of water with a little sugar dissolved in it.“We hold the chief of the judicial system, Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi, personally responsible for the state of health of these two journalists, which is the result of the appalling conditions in which they are being held,” the press freedom organisation said. “They are in solitary confinement and their most basic rights are being flouted.”Hassanpour and Botimar, who write for the magazine Asou, went on hunger strike to protest against the conditions in Sanandaj prison, in Iran’s Kurdish northwest, where they have been held for more than six months. They have been allowed to see their families only once, on 8 August. They are demanding an end to their solitary confinement, their transfer to another prison and the ability to see their relatives and lawyers freely. They are also asking to see a justice department official.In his latest statement, published by the FARS news agency, Nikhbakht said the Sanandaj prosecutor refused to transfer them to the prison in Marivan, where their families live, unless ordered to do so by Ayatollah Shahroudi.A revolutionary tribunal in Marivan sentenced them to death on 16 July for spying, “subversive activities against national security” and “separatist propaganda.”Meanwhile, Reporters Without Borders is still without news of Ako Kurdnasab, a journalist with the weekly Karfto, who has been held in Sanandaj prison since 21 July, and Soheil Assefi, a freelance journalist who contributes to several news media, who has been held in Tehran’s Evin prison since 4 August. Neither has been tried and it is not known what they are charged with. Assefi has not been allowed any visits.Two non-political prisoners have been placed in the cell in which Payam-e mardom-e Kurdestan editor Mohammad Sadegh Kabovand is being held in the Evin prison’s security wing 209 and, as a result, he is worried about his safety, his wife said. Kabovand has been held in Evin prison since his arrest on 1 July and initially he was in solitary confinement.With 11 journalist currently detained, Iran continues to be the Middle East’s biggest prison for the press and is one of the world’s 10 most repressive countries as regards freedom of the media.Sign the petition on behalf of Adnan Hassanpour and Abdolvahed “Hiva” Botimar IranMiddle East – North Africa News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts Follow the news on Iran June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation to go further August 24, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists under sentence of death now on 42nd day of hunger strike News March 18, 2021 Find out more News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020
So Ismayilova will instead be tried for alleged embezzlement, tax fraud, illegal business activities and abuse of authority in connection with an investigation into Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Baku bureau, which she ran until 2009 and which the authorities closed last December. News Azerbaijan freely accepted its obligations as party to the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and many other treaties. These obligations include respect for freedom of information. There is no reason why Azerbaijan’s partners should yield to its blackmail, to its angry accusations of interference, arrogance and destabilization in response to the smallest allusion to its repressive methods. As soon as she returned to Azerbaijan, she was banned from leaving again. The head of the president’s office, Ramiz Mehdiyev, named her in an article published on December 4 that railed against foreign “destabilization attempts” and an Azerbaijani “fifth column.” She was arrested the next day on a charge of inciting a former colleague to attempt suicide. Aware that the grounds for holding her were flimsy – and became even flimsier when the alleged victim retracted a few weeks later – the authorities quickly brought new charges. RSF_en “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says The lack of an international outcry so far suggests that it is right. Rich in oil and natural gas and strategically located between Russia and Iran, Azerbaijan is much sought after as a partner. This is understandable, but does the Aliyev government have to be given a blank cheque? Four years after the Arab Spring, is it still possible to imagine that an ultra-repressive regime is the best defence against instability? Must we turn a blind eye to this regime’s human rights violations because of its “secular” nature? These arguments are nonetheless heard in many western foreign ministries. Putting Ismayilova in jail, where she has been awaiting trial for more than seven months, has been a continuation of this hard line policy. Ismayilova, Azerbaijan’s leading investigative reporter, is known throughout the world for her coverage of high-level government corruption. The regime did everything possible to silence her, including blackmail, state media smear campaigns and a wave of lawsuits and prosecutions. But she continued to expose the presidential clique’s offshore companies one by one and to document its takeover of the most lucrative sectors of the economy. News News June 8, 2021 Find out more But no one is fooled by all these trumped-up charges. The authorities are trying an independent journalist who refuses to be silenced and whose commitment to human rights irritates those who violate them. After orchestrating an unprecedented crackdown while presiding the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Aliyev regime is now demonstrating in the clearest possible manner that it thinks it enjoys complete impunity. If the international community needs lessons in courage, it can find them in the letters that Ismayilova smuggles out of prison. “Do not let the government of Azerbaijan distract your attention from its record of corruption and abuse. Keep fighting for human rights, for those who are silenced (…) Be loud, and be public. The people of Azerbaijan need to know that their rights are supported.” News July 24, 2015 – Updated on May 26, 2016 Khadija Ismayilova on trial – a lesson in courage for the international community Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh Help by sharing this information The last time I saw her was in September 2014, when many of us urged her to remain abroad for a period of time. The leading human rights defenders had just been arrested and she was busily trying to fill the void – compiling a list of political prisoners, arranging legal aid, and organizing assistance for the families. Her own arrest was clearly imminent. She was perfectly aware of this, but nothing could persuade her to yield one inch of terrain. Azerbaijan was her country, she was just doing her job and she was not going to let the regime tell her what to do. Receive email alerts April 9, 2021 Find out more This is not about regime change. It is merely about reminding the Azerbaijani authorities of their obligations. They cannot blame the rest of the world for the situation they have brought upon themselves. And at a time when they are trying to buy themselves an image that matches their international ambitions, it is perfectly natural to remind them of the rules of the game. June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to the well-known Azerbaijani journalist Khadija Ismayilova, whose trial opens today in Baku, and calls for firmer international condemnation of the ongoing crackdown on Azerbaijani civil society by President Ilham Aliyev’s government. (Photo: Radio Azadliq) Johann Bihr, Head of the Reporters Without Borders Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Follow the news on Azerbaijan AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia The trial of Azerbaijan’s most famous journalist, Khadija Ismayilova, was set to begin on National Press Day, July 22. The irony was too much for President Ilham Aliyev’s authoritarian regime and the start date was postponed at the last minute until today.This concern for appearances was surprising because the authorities in this small Caucasian republic usually stop at nothing to crack down on press freedom and have done so in an unprecedented manner for the past year. Pluralism has been obliterated. The few remaining independent media outlets are fighting for survival as the regime orchestrates its economic asphyxiation. The jails are full of political prisoners who include 12 journalists and bloggers. AzerbaijanEurope – Central Asia
Facebook Previous article37 Donegal patients have received radiotherapy at AltnagelvinNext articleGardai warn of tough measure for Rally Weekend law breakers News Highland Facebook WhatsApp Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – June 15, 2017 Twitter Google+ Latest figures from Census 2016 show an unemployment rate of 18% in Donegal, 5% above the national average.Labour force participation in the county is 4% lower than the national average, while there is a slightly higher proportion of unpaid carers.In April 2016, there were 71,182 persons in the labour force in County Donegal, down 1.3% on2011.The labour force participation rate in the county was just over 57%, compared to just over 61% for the State overall.There were 12,829 unemployed persons in Donegal, based on the census figures, giving an overall unemployment rate for the county of 18%. This compared to a national unemployment rate of 13%.There were 22,365 retired people in the county, and 13,329 students aged 15 and over.14.4% of Donegal’s population indicated that they had a disability, compared to 13.5% nationally.4.5% of Donegal residents provided regular unpaid personal help for a friend or family member, slightly higher than the national average, while 85.6% of Donegal residents stated that their health was either good or very good, slightly lower than the national figure. Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford 18% unemployment rate in Donegal – Census 2016 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Homepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest