Smart Products Nigeria Plc (SMURFT.ng) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgSmart Products Nigeria Plc (SMURFT.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Smart Products Nigeria Plc (SMURFT.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Smart Products Nigeria Plc (SMURFT.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Smart Products Nigeria Plc (SMURFT.ng)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSmart Products Nigeria Plc relies on rental income and profit on investment. It was incorporated on 11 January 1966 as Associated Press Limited was, a private limited liability company and commenced operation as a legal entity immediately. The name was changed to Smurfit Print Nigeria Limited in 1987 and was subsequently converted to a public limited liability company in 1991 which made it change its name to Smurfit Print Nigeria Plc. The name was changed to Smart Products Nigeria Plc on 25 September, 2005. Smart Products Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Behind the Dragon – an enthralling history of Welsh rugby

first_img Behind the Dragon – an enthralling history of Welsh rugbyPolaris Publishing was only established in 2011 but already it has built up a substantial rugby catalogue. At its heart is the ‘Behind the’ series in which a country’s rugby history is told predominantly through the words of the players who wore the national shirt.Surprisingly perhaps, given their fervour for the sport, Wales are the last of the four home nations to feature in the series. It’s been worth the wait, however, as Behind the Dragon emulates the excellence of the works on England, Scotland, Ireland, New Zealand and the Lions. The South Africa version, Our Blood is Green, is due out in September.BUY NOW with Amazon Guiding the Welsh ship is Ross Harries, best known as a TV presenter for Scrum V and the Guinness Pro14 but also a highly accomplished writer. He sets the context beautifully for each chapter, initially focusing on the early decades when Wales recovered from the shock of a debut-Test shellacking by England in 1881 – 0-82 by today’s scoring system – to launch the first of their Golden Eras at the start of the 20th century.Author: Ross Harries, here in his presenter role for Premier Sports, has pulled the book together (Inpho)Gwyn Nicholls, part of the innovative Cardiff team of that period, says that trying to stop his fellow centre Arthur Gould was “as difficult as trying to catch a butterfly in flight with a hat-pin”. Gould was Welsh rugby’s first celebrity and we learn of the greats that followed, men like Viv Jenkins, Wilf Wooller, Haydn Tanner and Cliff Jones.Rowe Harding, another famous Welshman who toured with the 1924 Lions, is one of the first to take a pop at the snobby approach to professionalism that pervades much of rugby history. “The whole attitude towards amateurism is hopelessly illogical. Every amateur who is not a fool or a genius has his price,” says the late winger.2019 glory: Alun Wyn Jones and team-mates celebrate Wales’ fourth Grand Slam this century (Getty)Examples of pernicious pettiness litter the book but here are just a couple.Ossie Male was ejected from a train carrying the Wales team towards Paris in 1924. His crime? He had unwittingly broken a WRU by-law stating that no player could take part in a match within six days of an International. Male had played for Cardiff five days before the Test because he needed match fitness having been sidelined by injury.Flake news: Just gimme what she’s having! (Inpho)Fast-forward to the Seventies and little had changed. The Wales players would go to the cinema on the eve of a match. “Gerry Lewis was the old mother hen and he’d get the ice-cream order in,” explains Phil Bennett. “Twenty-four ice creams. And Geoff Wheel would pipe up, ‘Any chance of a flake?’ ‘No, no, Bill Clement (WRU secretary) said no flakes.’ They were too mean to give us a bloody flake.”If the WRU takes a pounding, so do the national selectors. The chopping and changing was such that in the 21 Tests between the end of World War One and March 1924, Wales used 99 players. The joke was that you would be picked one month and attend a past players’ reunion the next.Fly-half Bennett, one of the most vocal critics featured in the book, says that after a four-minute cameo on his debut when he didn’t touch the ball, he was picked on the wing against the 1970 Springboks – a position he hadn’t played since he was 11.“I pointed that out to the selectors, who brushed it aside, saying I was a good enough footballer to cope. Those were the days when wingers threw the ball into the lineout and I didn’t have the faintest idea what I was doing. After a disastrous practice session with Delme Thomas where I tried underarm, overarm and everything in between, the big man looked at me in exasperation and said, ‘Phil bach, just lob the thing in and may the best man win!’”Centre stage: skipper Phil Bennett, holding the ball, with the Wales team that faced France in 1977 (Getty)Later, another notable Welsh No 10, Gareth Davies, was warned that the Wales XV to face England would be announced with ‘AN Other’ at fly-half as the selectors wanted to keep their options open, effectively using an upcoming Cardiff-Swansea game as a trial.Davies, as the incumbent and a man who had served his country with distinction, was so put out that he told the WRU he would quit if the team was released with the question mark at ten. The union went ahead and did it anyway and Davies, having outplayed his rival Malcolm Dacey in the Cardiff-Swansea match, duly kept his word – even after the WRU came back to him cap in hand asking him to reconsider.The content on the sensational Seventies will absorb rugby fans of any nationality. From Gareth Edwards’s incredible solo try against the Scots, when he finished caked in red shale, to Bennett’s breathtaking team effort at Murrayfield, Wales played mesmerizing rugby that even the modern-day Grand Slam sides forged by Warren Gatland can’t get close to.Above the rest: No 8 Mervyn Davies, one of the rugby greats, wins lineout ball for Wales (INA/Getty)The forwards’ part in those glory years is sometimes overlooked, although not by the backs of that time. JJ Williams says of the legendary Pontypool front row: “The three of them had a sinister aura. They were ruthless killers on the field. When you looked across the dressing room at those three, you knew that if trouble broke out on the pitch, they’d be the ones dishing out the punishment.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Smile please: captain Ieuan Evans with his Wales team during the 1993 Five Nations (Getty Images) Barry John, who expresses his regret at retiring so young because of the “relentless, cloying attention”, owns just one piece of memorabilia: a Grogg of the 1971 Grand Slam front row of Denzel Williams, Jeff Young and Barry Llewelyn.The class and consistency of those sides gave way to the chaos of the Eighties, when Wales fell a long way off their pedestal. They had been robbed of victory against the All Blacks in 1978, but a decade later in three meetings across 1987-88 lost the try count by 26-2.The traditional style of rugby, with forwards running the width of the pitch following the ball, had become outdated and, despite a third-place finish at the inaugural World Cup, Wales remained in disarray for years as players jumped ship to rugby league and coaches came and went in a managerial merry-go-round.The nadir was probably a 70-point hiding by NSW and a brawl among Wales players at the post-match dinner that followed a thrashing by Australia.The chapter on Wales’ 1986 summer tour, when they beat Fiji, Tonga and Samoa, is one you will probably read open-mouthed. The match violence and primitive conditions in Tonga at the time were so far off the scale that if it happened today the South Pacific nation would surely incur a lengthy ban. Different times indeed.Rose cutter: Adrian Hadley, left, helps stop Jon Webb during the 1987 World Cup quarter-final (AFP/Getty)And so eventually to professionalism, with the arrival of the Great Redeemer, Graham Henry, and the false dawns that preceded a long-awaited Grand Slam in 2005. Harries flew to Dublin to chat to Mike Ruddock, the coach of that 2005 team who resigned less than a year later amid more political turmoil and accusations that his role in the Slam was overstated.You can imagine the winks with which Ruddock told Harries: “People say I’m a lucky coach. I am a lucky coach. It’s extraordinary how lucky I’ve been.“I won two championships with Blaina, and got the post-war try-scoring record in Cross Keys. Swansea were second from bottom when I took over, and I was very lucky to win the league with them the next year.“Two years later, we won it again, and won the Welsh Cup in between. We beat Australia when they were world champions. I was lucky enough to win the Irish interprovincial title with Leinster. I’ve finished top of the league four times out of seven attempts in the All Ireland League where you suffer a massive turnover of players. I’ve been lucky many times.”Lucky charm: Mike Ruddock, right, raises the Six Nations trophy in 2005. A year later he was gone (Getty)Moving into the current decade, Sam Warburton is particularly fascinating on overcoming self-doubt and the chapter on the 2011 World Cup, when his controversial red card realistically cost Wales victory over France in the semi-final, is another belter.Warburton reveals how he expected to be vilified, in a similar manner to the treatment meted out to David Beckham in the 1998 FIFA World Cup, but for one of the few times in his life he was wrong. The disciplinary hearing the next day was walking distance from the team hotel down a busy street lined with bars and outdoor cafés.“I was dreading the reception I was going to get,” Warburton says. “Within minutes, someone clocked me and Gats, and I braced myself for a barrage of abuse. The bloke stood up and started clapping. Others soon followed suit and it set off a Mexican wave of applause. I’d been sent off in a World Cup semi-final, yet here I was getting a standing ovation on the streets of Auckland. I was overwhelmed with emotion. I’ll never forget that.”Pivotal moment: the tackle by Sam Warburton on Vincent Clerc that saw him sent off at RWC 2011 (Getty)A final extract is worthy of reproduction here. One player admits that Welsh people are brought up to hate the English. Instilled racial hatred does not belong in modern society, so it’s refreshing to hear Dan Biggar go against the grain when discussing the country in which he now plays his club rugby.“Ninety-nine per cent of our fans will tell you that beating England means everything. I don’t see it like that,” says the Saints fly-half. “Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy beating them, but if you offered me one victory against the All Blacks in return for losing every match against England for the rest of my career, I’d take it. We need to be bigger than just beating England.” A new book charts the triumphs and tribulations of Welsh rugby through the players’ own words. Rugby World finds Ross Harries’s Behind the Dragon hard to put down TAGS: Book Review Well said. And right now, as European champions and No 2 in the world, Biggar and Wales could have it all because they have the potential to beat both England and New Zealand and anyone else who might cross their path at the coming World Cup in Japan.BUY NOW with Amazon On the receiving end: Dan Biggar would love to experience victory over the All Blacks (Getty Images)Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

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Central Florida women come together to combat unaffordable housing

first_img Women Build Teams constructing a home on Jerome Way in Apopka for single mother of seven childrenFrom Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka On Saturday, April 7th Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka will kick off construction for Women Build 2018. Women Build is an annual event held each spring to bring together women in the community, from all walks of life, to participate in the fundraising and construction of a home. This program empowers women to advocate for affordable housing by raising awareness of homeownership challenges in our community, hosting fundraisers with their teams, and devoting at least one day to building a home. Our 2018 Women Build teams will build a home on Jerome Way in Apopka alongside future homeowner, Vickey. A single mother of seven children, Vickey has struggled with housing issues her entire life. She learned about Habitat’s homeownership program from her daughter, Shalanta, who successfully purchased her own Habitat home in 2016. “Homeownership means everything to me,” Vickey shared. “I’ve been homeless and I’ve been in a one bedroom with my family for years. I am going to thank God the day I can stand tall in my own home and grow roots.” Please enter your comment! This year, we have over 120 participants divided among 20 different teams to support this mission, with even more looking to get involved. Current sponsors include CocaCola, Farmer’s Insurance, FINFROCK, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Prospect Construction and Development Group, IBERIABANK, Ryder, Waste Management, Wells Fargo, and Turner Construction. We are so grateful for each volunteer, donor, and sponsor who has committed to making a difference in the community through this special project. We couldn’t do it without their dedication and hard work.For those interested in opportunities to get involved, we are still recruiting individuals, teams, and corporate sponsors, as well as lunch sponsors, to provide meals for our volunteer teams on the build site. Please contact Linda Andrews at [email protected] for more information.About Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater ApopkaHabitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka has completed more than 165 homes throughout the community.  Through the use of donations, in-kind gifts, and volunteer labor, Habitat builds simple, decent, efficient homes which are sold to low-income families in the community at no profit and financed with an affordable mortgage. Habitat homebuyers contribute sweat equity helping to build their home as well as homes of other Habitat families.  To learn more about Habitat Seminole-Apopka or to make a donation, call (407) 696-5855 or visit habitatseminoleapopka.org.  Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. TAGSHabitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleAll Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive roads reopen! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

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RM House / Pedro Miguel Santos

first_img RM House / Pedro Miguel Santos Year:  Photographs:  Alexander Bogorodskiy Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Portugal CopyHouses, House Interiors•Penafiel, Portugal RM House / Pedro Miguel SantosSave this projectSaveRM House / Pedro Miguel Santos Pedro Miguel Santos Area:  3444 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Projects 2020 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/949978/rm-house-pedro-miguel-santos Clipboard CopyAbout this officePedro Miguel SantosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsPenafielConcrete HousesConcrete InteriorsPortugalPublished on October 22, 2020Cite: “RM House / Pedro Miguel Santos” [Casa RM / Pedro Miguel Santos] 22 Oct 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Design Team:Rui SantosEngineering:Francisco Gomes Santos, lda.City:PenafielCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyRecommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsWoodEGGERWood-based materials in EGGER HeadquartersDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotText description provided by the architects. A house of dichotomies: A single-storey house that confronts 3-storey surroundings; A main facade facing North and a very busy street; Owners who receive friends regularly, but who need silence in their children’s bedrooms; A spacious house, but at a reduced cost.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiySave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyThe project started from these premises and from the outside to the inside. Blind volumes of different dimensions seek to make a transition of scale to the surrounding buildings, and at the same time to create a dynamic facade, which due to the fact that it is oriented to the North and to a very busy street is characterized by the almost total absence of openings.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyThe house is organized in a U-shaped plan, thus creating an exterior patio towards which the bedrooms are oriented, in order to remain protected and away from the internal social areas, as well as the surrounding buildings. The living room is oriented to southwest to obtain natural light until the end of the day and views of the large garden in the backyard. Finally, the garage and driveway are positioned to the west, freeing the remaining façades to the surroundings that remain without neighbors.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyStructurally and for cost control, the house uses the most common materials in construction in Northern Portugal: masonry walls and concrete structure. The latter, which is traditionally hidden inside the walls, is fully revealed inside so as to be included in the visual and material composition of the spaces. In this way the interior took on a more complex materiality without adding costs. At the same time, the ceiling height, which varies according to the program and which is unusually high in order to support the social life of the house, is visually broken by the reinforced concrete structure that separates two different colors on the walls. Thus, the human scale remains present in all spaces, regardless of the size of the ceiling height.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiySave this picture!North elevationSave this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyThe variations in floor level appear to minimize the excavation of the house’s terrain (the terrain has a slight slope from West to East) and also as a second tool to control the height of the ceiling. The house is then split into two levels separated by two steps: dining / kitchen space on the lower part, and living / bedroom space on the upper part. A window over the entire length of the kitchen counter reveals this relationship of heights between indoor and outdoor, showing the garden of the outdoor patio exactly at the same level as the counter top.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyProject gallerySee allShow lessOutside In House / i29 + Bedaux de Brouwer ArchitectsSelected ProjectsHannah House / Workshop, Diseño y ConstrucciónSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/949978/rm-house-pedro-miguel-santos Clipboard Photographs ArchDaily Manufacturers: Efapel, Ayle, Bricsys, Ramon Soler, Sanitana, Spencer Kimball “COPY” Save this picture!© Alexander Bogorodskiy+ 30Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Lead Architect: “COPY” Architects: Pedro Miguel Santos Area Area of this architecture project Houseslast_img read more

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On eve of constitutional referendum, politicians and media urged to act responsibly

first_img November 18, 2016 Find out more Help by sharing this information BoliviaAmericas Organisation Receive email alerts Transcripts of Radio Oriental’s “Nuestra Palabra” programmeAs Bolivia prepares for a 25 January referendum on a new constitution that President Evo Morales has sought from the time he took office in January 2006, Reporters Without Borders appeals to politicians and news media to act with responsibility. Ever since the constituent assembly began its work in August 2006, the call for a new constitution has fuelled political violence and polarisation, in which both state and privately-owned media and their staff have been protagonists and victims.The welcome intercession of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in September and the consensus reached a month later between the government and the main opposition party (Podemos) have partially checked a political crisis that has undermined press freedom and the safety of journalists.But the adoption of a new constitution will not suffice to resolve the past antagonisms or prevent future abuses. Reporters Without Borders is therefore addressing this message to Bolivia’s citizens, leaders and news media.Against hate mediaAn organisation that defends press freedom and free expression, Reporters Without Borders believes it has a duty to denounce the use of news media to incite racism, violence or murder. It was for this reason that the organisation condemned the behaviour of Jorge Melgar Quete, who was arrested on 13 October in Riberalta, in the northeastern department of Beni. Melgar’s commentaries on Beni’s Canal 18 TV station were just hate-filled rants against the indigenous origins of many Bolivians and the country’s democratically-elected president. In an opinion piece published in the dailies La Razón and La Prensa on 21 October, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard voiced outrage at the fact that the media were being used to express such views. For the same reason, as a warning, we are publishing on our website passages from “Nuestra Palabra”, a hate programme hosted by lawyer Luis Arturo Mendivil on Radio Oriental, a station he owns in the eastern city of Santa Cruz. Mendivil’s radio editorials glorify the Unión Juvenil Cruceñista, a radical Santa Cruz-based group that has carried out repeated physical attacks on state media such as Canal 7 TV and the Red Patria Nueva radio network because of their perceived support for the central government in La Paz.Against the “media war”The prefects of four departments that are seeking autonomy – Rubén Costas of the eastern department of Santa Cruz, Savina Cuéllar of the southern department of Chuquisaca, Mario Cossío of the southern department of Tarija and Ernesto Suárez of the northern department of Beni – reiterated their opposition to the new constitution on 13 January. That is of course their democratic right. But they have a duty to oppose any use of the media to incite hate or violence on their behalf, or any physical attack on media or journalists they do not like. The authorities and activists who support the government or the ruling coalition, such as La Paz’s Popular Civic Committee, must also respect this principle as regards the privately-owned media and those media perceived as pro-opposition. Comments by President Morales questioning the “dignity” of journalists elicited heated protests by journalists in La Paz on 15 December.Finally, the current development of new state-owned media, including a daily newspaper, has prompted fears of the emergence of a government-controlled press. Public media should not be used by governments to respond in kind to the attacks coming from part of the opposition press. But there is nothing illegitimate about the development of state media as long as their editorial independence is guaranteed. Against impunityThe dramatic surge in threats and physical attacks on the press during the political crisis caused Bolivia to plummet to 115th position (out of 173 countries) in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index – a fall of 47 places from its ranking in the 2007 index. A significant factor in this fall was the murder on 29 March 2008 of Carlos Quispe Quispe, 31, a journalist employed by Radio Municipal Pucarani (in La Paz department).The trial of his alleged murderers has been postponed several times and has still not taken place. Similarly, Army 2nd. Lt. George Peter Nava Zurita and 11 other people have never been brought to trial after being charged with “terrorism” for the bombing of privately-owned TV station Canal 4-Unitel on 21 June 2008 in Yacuiba, in Tarija department. And no one has been brought to trial for the attacks on Canal 7 and Red Patria Nueva in Santa Cruz.So far, the only person to be sanctioned for physical attacks on the press is Adolfo Cerrudo, the head of La Paz’s Popular Civic Committee, who has been implicated in several incidents including threatening to rape a woman journalist employed by the daily La Razón in March 2008. Cerrudo was belatedly placed under house arrest on 14 November.The protection of civil liberties and the safety of journalists become empty words when violations are left unpunished. Justice should not be a question of ideology or political affiliation. And in this case it requires a dialogue between the government, the entire political class and journalists’ representatives. Such a dialogue has yet to take place.ConstitutionIt is not the job of Reporters Without Borders to evaluate of the entire constitution. That is the Bolivian people’s sovereign right in the referendum. There was, however, a controversy about article 108.2, which says: “Information and opinions expressed in the communications media must respect the principles of truth and responsibility.” At the request of six journalists’ organisations, a reference to media “self-regulation” was added to this article in October. Reporters Without Borders believes that such self-regulation is precisely what is entailed by media responsibility.Article 106.1 affirms “the right to communication and the right to information,” while 106.2 affirms “the freedoms of expression, opinion and information and the right to freely express ideas by any means of dissemination without prior censorship.” Finally, article 107.3 says “the media will not be able, directly or indirectly, to form monopolies or oligopolies” and commits the state not only to recognising but also to “promoting the creation of community media with equal conditions and opportunities.”The constitution complies with the inter-American system’s legal requirements and precedents but it does not settle the issue of how broadcast frequencies are allocated or the issue of access to government information, which is the subject of a much-discussed bill. One must be clear about this. Reporters Without Borders believes that a resumption of the “media war” would be prevented if respect for a single principle were made paramount – the principle of diversity of opinion and the free flow of ideas in all the media, whatever their tendency. The referendum campaign offers an excellent opportunity to show such respect. BoliviaAmericas Reporters Without Borders is posting an example of Bolivian hate media on its website as a warning amid the continuing political tension in the country. It consists of passages from the transcripts of editorials by lawyer Luis Arturo Mendivil on a Santa Cruz-based FM radio station in which he makes extremely racist comments about the country’s indigenous population. January 19, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 On eve of constitutional referendum, politicians and media urged to act responsibly Bolivian journalist hounded after accusing boss of sexual harassment to go further February 1, 2018 Find out more RSF_en June 12, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom News News News Follow the news on Bolivia News Editor still unable to return to Bolivia after six months in exilelast_img read more

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25th journalist arrested as regime shows no sign of easing harassment of independent media

first_imgNews RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Receive email alerts to go further The world’s second biggest prison for journalists now has its 25th detainee – Ramón Velázquez Toranso of the independent news Libertad. Six months after Raúl Castro took over as acting president, the interim regime’s stated intentions are having no effect, and the harassment of dissident journalists is increasing. Help by sharing this information February 5, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 25th journalist arrested as regime shows no sign of easing harassment of independent media RSF_en News Follow the news on Cuba Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas Organisation News CubaAmericas Reporters Without Borders today condemned the detention of journalist Ramón Velázquez Toranso of the independent news Libertad, who has been held in the provincial prison in the eastern province of Las Tunas since his arrest on 23 January and who went on hunger strike on 30 January. Around 40 journalists have been detained, attacked or threatened, some of them several times, since Raúl Castro took over as acting president six months ago.“The occasional hint of an opening under Raúl Castro’s interim regime has not been translated into any progress in press freedom,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Independent journalists continue to be subjected to harassment and violence by State Security. All Velázquez did was peaceful demonstrate for more freedom of expression.”The press freedom organisation added: “Do the authorities seriously think they can bring about a rapprochement with the international community while at the same time persisting in such intransigence and arbitrary activity. They would have everything to gain by freeing prisoners of conscience.”Velázquez was arrested with his wife and daughter at the station in the central city of Ciego de Ávila on 23 January. His family had launched a March for Unity between Las Tunas and Havana on 10 December to press for the respect of basic freedoms. Velázquez, his family and other marchers were first briefly arrested on 4 January in Ciego de Ávila. Sent back to Las Tunas, he was intercepted again the next day as he tried to relaunch the peaceful march in the central city of Camagüey.Harassed for months by the State Security (the political police), Velázquez had been sentenced to three years of “surveillance” by the Las Tunas provincial court as a “pre-criminal danger to society.”His wife and daughter were soon released but Velázquez was held at a National Police unit in Las Tunas and was then transferred to the “El Típico” provincial prison, where he began his hunger strike on 30 January. The State Security has told his family he will not be allowed visits as long as he continues the hunger strike.Velázquez works for the Las Tunas-based Libertad new agency, whose founder and editor, José Luis García Paneque, has been serving a 24-year prison sentence since his arrest in the March 2003 “Black Spring” crackdown.The editor of the La Voz de Oriente independent news agency, Haydee Rodríguez, also began a hunger strike after a heavy-handed raid on her home in the southeastern city of Santiago de Cuba on 20 January in which the State Security confiscated books, magazines and pencils that she had been planning to deliver to an independent library. Capt. Giovanis Durán also took away recording equipment, two radio sets and European Union documents which Rodríguez, who has Spanish nationality, regularly receives.The Payolibre website has reported that Luis Esteban Espinosa Echemendía, 20, of the Jóvenes sin Censura independent news agency was arrested in an aggressive manner on 29 January in Ciego de Ávila by José Mariño, the State Security provincial head of counter-espionage. Espinosa was questioned at the police station and journalistic equipment was confiscated.Espinosa had previously been detained for two hours by State Security on 10 January. The State Security ransacked the home of another Jóvenes sin Censura journalist, Yosvani Anzardo Hernández, in a unsuccessful search for “enemy propaganda” on 2 February.The Camagüey provincial court meanwhile decided on 24 January to postpone the trial of independent journalist Armando Betancourt, 44, until 8 February. Betancourt has been held without trial since 23 May. His wife, Mercedes Boudet, who is herself being threatened with arrest, said he is being held for “anti-government activities” although he could end up being convicted of a non-political offence. May 6, 2020 Find out more New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council News October 15, 2020 Find out more October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

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Call for 75% take home pay for hospitality workers

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews By News Highland – March 23, 2020 Twitter Call for 75% take home pay for hospitality workers Google+ There’s a call for workers in the hospitality sector to be given 75 per cent take home pay to see them through the coronavirus crisis.PwC says around 100,000 people may have already lost their jobs in the sector, with more indirectly affected.Its Insight report shows there’s an emergency in the industry, which covers hotels, restaurants and pubs.PwC’s Owen McFeeley is calling on the government to help firms in the sector:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/mcfedfgdfgdfgely7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Previous articleLater mail & parcel deliveries from todayNext articleGardai called to patrol ‘packed beaches’ during pandemic News Highland Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 center_img Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

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Getting a foot on the housing ladder

first_img Previous Article Next Article The Berkshire town of Reading is facing severe key worker shortages. Few public sector staff can afford the £120,000 or more needed to purchase a three-bed semi-detached home there and many services are approaching a staffing crisis.The Berkshire Fire and Rescue Brigade is having to employ firefighters who live in Durham, Merseyside and Norfolk – and a third of its staff live outside the area.Public transport in the region is close to collapse, with local bus companies struggling to recruit enough drivers, said Joyce Markham, former chief executive of Reading Borough Council, at a recent conference on key workers.Staff turnover among teachers in Reading is running at 23 per cent and in social work and occupational therapy it stands at 45 per cent. Applications for these posts are so few that 50 per cent of job vacancies have had to be re-advertised at a cost of £2,000 a time.A staffing catastrophe is looming unless the Government acts quickly to support key workers, warns Markham.Her view is supported by a study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation published earlier this month. It warns that crippling staff shortages in the public sector are unavoidable as the current rate of housebuilding stands, and argues that there will be a property shortage of more than one million homes by 2022 if the building rate does not increase.But it is not only local government and Reading that is affected – businesses and services across the South East are being damaged by spiralling property prices.Lord Best, report author and director of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, says: “This shocking statistic shows why the time has come for policymakers to recognise that a plentiful supply of new and affordable homes is of the greatest importance for the nation’s future health and prosperity.”While the Government has launched a number of housebuilding initiatives to promote the construction of affordable homes (see box, right), many employers doubt whether these are sufficient to head off the impending crisis.And with an increasing number of employers starting to suffer from high staff turnover, skills shortages and soaring recruitment costs, some employers are starting to take the initiative themselves.The NHS is looking for solutions to the affordable housing crisis. John Yates, housing co-ordinator of NHS Estates, says that in London alone the NHS needs to recruit another 7,000 nurses, but the process is being undermined by high housing costs. NHS staff can only afford to spend between 25-35 per cent of their disposable income on housing.Initiatives include making more than 2,800 new units in London available for staff, which are being rented at rates up to 40 per cent lower than the market value. Staff hotels are also being developed close to hospitals. One is currently being trialled in the Barbican, London, and two more are being developed at Great Ormond Street and in Oxford. The projects are supported by the Government’s £250m Starter Home Initiative for key workers.Ian Young, director of HR at Hammersmith Hospital NHS Trust, says that affordable housing for its 1,900 employees is a key part of its recruitment policy. He is considering the use of the newly launched LiveIn Quarters – portable flat-pack homes that can be assembled on disused land. Developed by the Peabody Trust and the London Development Agency, the units are likely to cost £70 a week to rent or £65,000 to buy. “They are something we are looking at. Most importantly, it gets staff onto the housing ladder and that is the key in London,” says Young.The trust is also building a range of purpose-built housing as part of its drive to attract and help staff, particularly those from abroad. Young has targeted overseas to help reduce staffing shortages and recruited 189 last year.Private-sector employers are also helping staff meet housing and transport costs. To improve its recruitment and retention, London bus company Go-Ahead provides new staff with subsidised accommodation.Passenger numbers in the capital are increasing and the company has recruited aggressively for bus drivers from all over the UK to meet the demand – it now boasts 3,200 drivers.To lower the hurdle of high accommodation costs in London, the company offers new staff rented accommodation at half the market rate for three months. The company rents 50 houses for staff with between three and six people occupying each. Such measures have helped lower the company’s staff turnover rate from 45 per cent to less than 25 per cent.John Traynor, operations director of Go-Ahead London, says: “If you earn between £18,000 and £20,000 in London it is very difficult to get on the property ladder and we have to work out how we are going to get round it.”Traynor is also lobbying to get bus drivers recognised as key workers – the government has focused its attention on nurses, teachers and police for the Starter Homes Initiative. “Planning regulations for new housing developments state that 35 to 50 per cent of the accommodation must be for affordable housing. We want this affordable housing to be available to bus drivers, so we’re trying to gain influence with developers, house builders and local government,” says Traynor.He adds: “The NHS is two years further down the line on where I would like us to be – its staff hotels are now offering accommodation to other key workers, such as police officers, and I would like bus drivers to be considered too.”IT firm Logica has taken the subsidy of staff housing costs a step further. It either helps staff save for a deposit for a house, or contributes to mortgage repayments.Glenn Connell, director of compensation and benefits at Logica, says the company offers it as an alternative to its contributory pension scheme. “We use it as a recruitment and retention tool for young graduates who are on relatively low pay at the start of their careers,” he says.In its house purchase plan, Logica matches staff contributions to a two-year savings scheme towards a deposit. If the staff member has already bought a house, they can apply to join the mortgage subsidy scheme where Logica contributes to mortgage repayments for up to six years.The schemes have been successful, with a 12 per cent take-up among its 4,500 UK staff. “We help them get their deposit together, or provide cash towards high mortgage repayments in the early years,” says Connell. “We are assuming that because they are young graduates, they will be able to make up the loss in pension contributions as their career develops.”Markham, former chief executive of Reading Borough Council and new head of Harrow Borough Council, wants the Government to enable public-sector employers to play a bigger financial role in securing accommodation for its staff.She wants local authorities to be able to arrange and provide affordable mortgages on the behalf of their staff.“Employers need to realise that if they don’t put anything back in, then they may not have cleaners or electricians,” she says.A report released by the think tank Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), entitled Squeezed Out, also calls for both private and public-sector employers to help staff finance their homes in expensive areas to reduce spiralling skills shortages. It advocates wage additions, interest free loans and help with deposits.This is not solely a key worker crisis. Organisations in the South East that employ staff who cannot afford to buy a house and earn too much to qualify for social rented housing will have to become increasingly sympathetic to their employees’ predicament.More private-sector employers are going to have to start exploring accommodation solutions for their lower paid staff because, if they don’t, they could be left with severe skills shortages – particularly among support staff.As London mayor Ken Livingstone puts it: “Frankly, I think everyone is a key worker.” Comments are closed. Getting a foot on the housing ladderOn 30 Apr 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Greek Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgWork YearN/A Conditions Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2801 Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Open ContinuouslyYes Posting Details AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associate’sdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. Posting NumberF00104P 1. Have a master’s degree in the language being taught ORBachelor’s in the language being taught AND Master’s in anotherlanguage or linguistics; OR, hold a California Community CollegeInstructor’s Credential in the discipline area; OR, theequivalent.* All degrees must be from an accreditedinstitution.2. Have sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academicsocioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexualorientation, and ethnic backgrounds of community college students,including those with physical or learning disabilities as itrelates to differences in learning styles.*NOTES:● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attachdetails and explain how their academic preparation and/orprofessional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listedabove.● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualificationslisted above, you are requested to submit this equivalencystatement. Assignment Responsibilities General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agree Work Schedule Total Hrs per Week/Day SalaryPlease see LRCCD Salary Schedules Minimum Qualifications Closing Date Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 2Unofficial Transcript 3Resume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Letter of Recommendation 2Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocument LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNocenter_img The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. Job Posting TitleGreek Adjunct Assistant Professor Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. The Institution How and where to apply Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College DistrictFaculty1. A completed Los Rios Community College District ClassifiedApplication (required).2. Resume (recommended).3. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date) (required if using education to meetthe Minimum Qualifications of this position). * (“graduate advisingdocuments and grade reports” will not be accepted as unofficialtranscripts) (Required). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).6. Certification and/or Licenses ( NOTE : list requirement withpositions with additional accreditation MQ)NOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents, listedabove, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as official transcripts.● It is the responsibility of Los Rios Community College Districtemployees to also provide official transcripts, if required in theminimum qualification for the position. (Within 60 days of the timeof hire, employees are required to submit official transcripts, ifrequired in the minimum qualification for the position).● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. Posting Date Physical Demands Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note Application Instructions Position Summary Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter Special Requirements Department Location Beginning and/or Ending Dateslast_img read more

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Workers In Indiana Could Earn Up To $25 An Hour Working For Census Bureau…

first_imgBy Victoria RatliffTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS—Workers in Indiana could earn up to $25 an hour working for the United States Census Bureau in 2020.Nearly 500,000 census workers nation-wide will be hired for field and office, including census taker positions which collect data door-to-door.Indiana’s unemployment rate is currently at 3.2% and Carol Rogers, the governor’s liaison for the census, said she believes the impact of fewer workers has already been felt. She is a co-director of the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.Some positions in Indiana could pay up to $25 an hour because the wages were recently raised because of the low number of applications.She said the Census Bureau is countering the unemployment rate’s effects by offering flexible part-time jobs with high pay rates.The United States Census Bureau conducts the survey every decade as required by the U.S. Constitution to count every person living in the United States, collecting demographic data including age, race, sex, and date of birth of every person living in the residence as of April 1, 2020. Other information gathered includes whether the residence is rented or owned, whether anyone is of Hispanic or Latino descent, and the relationship of each person to the individual filling out the form.The data gathered through the census provide a snapshot of the United States and the statistics are used by businesses, government officials and others.As the population of the country shifts, census data are used to redraw legislative district boundaries at the federal, state and local levels. Indiana currently has nine congressional districts, down from 10. The state lost one representative following the 2000 census.Indiana’s current main goal is to amplify the Census Bureau’s messages, which is to encourage every person to fill out the form when it arrives, Rogers said.Every state, including Indiana, has Complete Count Committees, which conduct meetings in cities and towns across the states meant to increase local awareness about the census.Rogers said these meetings, along with state agencies promoting the census, is the state trying to inform locals and do their part to help with the census process.This year, the Census Bureau is also expanding how it collects data. There are now options for those who might have found difficulty in filling out the physical form, including online, over the phone, or on paper through the mail. The online option is designed to make filling out the census easier for the public.The Census Bureau is also taking other measures to count those living in special situations, including college students, those living in remote areas, and those experiencing homelessness.The bureau has also extended the deadline to self-respond and has built a network to secure the online census.“We’ve got people working around the clock to make it confidential,” Rogers said.All responses to the census will be collected by July, and apportionment counts will be delivered to the president and Congress by December. The data will be publicly available early next year.FOOTNOTES: Victoria Ratliff is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students. Workers In Indiana Could Earn Up To $25 An Hour Working For Census Bureau In 2020 FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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