First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgFirst Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Mutual Holdings Limited (FMHL.zw)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileThe Group has more than a hundred years of serving Zimbabwe by provision of economic dignity though its strategic business units. We have diverse interests in life assurance, health insurance, short term insurance; short term re-insurance; long term re-insurance; wealth management, property sector, funeral services and microfinance housed under the following subsidiaries; First Mutual Life, First Mutual Health, NicozDiamond Insurance, First Mutual Reinsurance, FMRE Property & Casualty (Botswana), First Mutual Wealth Management, First Mutual Properties, First Mutual Funeral Services and First Mutual Microfinance. First Mutual Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange.last_img read more

How I think the oil crash will affect the BP and Shell share prices

first_img Tom Rodgers | Tuesday, 21st April, 2020 | More on: BP RDSB Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m long BP (LSE:BP) and Royal Dutch Shell (LSE:RDSB). That might sound foolish at a time of an historic crash in the price of oil. But I’ll explain why.Share price falls might make for a nice entry point to top up your Stocks and Shares ISA or SIPP. But short-term price movements matter not one iota. When all about you are losing their heads, that’s the best time to scoop up bargains. Think fearful and greedy.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Both RDSB and BP offer a relatively safe 11% yield. At historically cheap prices below £13 and £3 a share respectively, I think both now offer brilliant value for the long-term investor.Into your ShellThe actual price of oil did not go below zero on 20 April.What did happen is that the May futures contract for West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the US benchmark for crude oil, turned negative for the first time in history.Traders buy and sell futures contracts as speculative bets on the future price direction of the liquid commodity. And the May contract expired on 20 April.So big oil ETFs that had hoovered nearly a third of all shares were faced with the possibility of those contracts expiring worthless. Futures rules say that anyone still holding at expiry must take delivery of 1,000 barrels of oil per contract. ETFs that just trade prices don’t actually want to receive hundreds of thousands of barrels and have to pay to store them. So in a panic they dumped May contracts onto futures market at any price. Hence the rapid decline.If you want a better indication of the market price for oil, look at the June futures contract, which is about $20 a barrel. That is a breakeven price for Shell and BP.The other sideBrent crude, the benchmark used by OPEC countries like Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, is more closely followed this side of the Atlantic. Prices have dropped by 20%, infected to some degree by the WTI futures snafu. But I see this as temporary weakness, brought on by short-term panic and medium-term demand destruction from the coronavirus. Fewer planes in the sky, fewer vehicles on the road, et cetera. When the world returns to normal, oil demand will skyrocket.Anyway, the price of oil is not supremely significant for the financial health of RDSB or BP. They are billion dollar multinationals. They have their fingers in many, many pies. Shell, for example, just started a $6.4bn natural gas project in Queensland, Australia, in a joint venture project with PetroChina.And BP has made big investments in the electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure that will dominate our world in the next 10 years. Since 2008, BP’s subsidiary, Chargemaster, has operated Polar, the largest EV charging network in the UK.Future gainsBoth companies make money from every segment of the oil and gas industry. That includes upstream, the actual oil exploration part. There’s also midstream, the transportation of said fuel. And downstream, the products manufactured from raw materials, in plastics, chemicals, packaging, and more.While a fragile oil industry may see mass bankruptcies, that’s actually good news for BP and Shell. Why? Because of consolidation around these market leaders.They are the ones with the financial firepower to either scoop up market share at knock-down prices or to muscle in on former rivals’ territory.I’m bullish, and I’m buying both. Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! How I think the oil crash will affect the BP and Shell share pricescenter_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Tom Rodgers owns Royal Dutch Shell. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Tom Rodgerslast_img read more

Will buying this FTSE 250 share help you to get rich sustainably?

first_img Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images The FTSE 250 has lost over a quarter of its value this year. The index, known for firms with high growth potential, now contains many promising companies trading at cheap prices.Many investors have become rich buying up cheap shares of successful growth companies. This is a strategy that I think could work for the rest of us too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…FTSE 250 firms can grow fasterIt’s at times like these, when a recession is imminent, that the agility of smaller-cap firms is key. FTSE 250 constituents that are smaller than their FTSE 100 peers are likely to see faster growth. Consequently, some fund managers think that there’s good reason for active funds to increase their holdings of non-FTSE 100 companies.ESG criteria gain popularity One such growth opportunity for funds is the appetite for firms meeting more stringent environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria. ESG criteria are a set of standards that socially conscious investors use to screen potential investments. More and more investors are putting their money where their values are.Although it’s true that there are many FTSE 100 companies that incorporate these criteria, the large-cap index is where the miners, oil majors, and pharmaceutical companies reside. And ESG investing is not usually associated with these industries. The FTSE 250 offers more choice for those seeking growth with environmentally and socially conscious investments.Contour Global, a FTSE 250 powerhouse One such investment is FTSE 250 constituent Contour Global (LSE: GLO). Contour is a UK-based wholesale power generation business. Its Europe-wide operations are focused on thermal and renewable energy. Altogether, the firm owns 103 power plants in 21 countries.Contour’s business is relatively unaffected by the coronavirus-induced demand shock to the global economy. Moreover, it isn’t expecting any significant disruption for the rest of 2020. Its solid end-of-year results reinforced this view.In addition, turnover and operating profit have grown for the last five years. Income from operations swelled 11.5% to £241m in its latest year, thanks to its renewables division. Contour is also aiming to increase its ordinary dividend per share by 10% each year going forward. However, some fund managers are bullish about Contour Global for another reason. The firm has cancelled a coal power plant project in Kosovo due to political opposition. Consequently, the company is not pursuing any other projects with the fossil fuel, making it highly attractive to ESG-themed funds containing FTSE 250 firms.High gearing makes for a risky investmentThe downside of this cancellation is $12m in impairment and $22m in recoverable costs. These costs were in addition to a 2019 Spanish solar power acquisition, swelling the firm’s gross gearing ratio by over 48%. I calculated a debt-to-equity ratio of around 0.9, mostly comprised of long-term debt. This indicates Contour Global could be a highly risky investment. Contour’s shares are currently trading around 160p, with some analysts giving the firm a fair value of 205p. While it has a P/E of 49, that fair value price indicates that there may be earnings growth to be had. Much is expected.The firm will be hoping its acquisitions will add to its future profitability. Early indications are that they may well do so and risk-tolerant investors might find the prospect attractive.However, due to the weak balance sheet, I’ll be seeking to make my fortune elsewhere for the moment. I will be watching Contour’s developments closely though. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Rachael FitzGerald-Finch | Monday, 4th May, 2020 | More on: GLO Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Rachael FitzGerald-Finch I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Will buying this FTSE 250 share help you to get rich sustainably? “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

Barker Residence / davidclovers

first_imgArchDaily Barker Residence / davidclovers Projects Area:  4000 ft² Photographs CopyAbout this officedavidcloversOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsHousesHong Kong (SAR)Published on April 20, 2011Cite: “Barker Residence / davidclovers” 20 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardDoorsRaynorThermal Sectional Doors – FlexFamily™SinksBradley Corporation USASinks with WashBar Technology – Verge LVQ SeriesExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingStonesCosentinoNon-slip Treatment – Dekton® Grip +Metal PanelsSherwin-Williams Coil CoatingsValflon® Coating in Edmonton Public LibraryWallcovering / CladdingLinvisibileLinvisibile Boiserie and Skirting Systems | OrizzonteMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMMineral Paint in Beethoven HausWall / Ceiling LightsEureka LightingCeiling Recessed Lights – OutlineFurnitureFrapontWood Furniture and EquipmentMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?巴克住宅 / davidclovers是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Barker Residence / davidcloversSave this projectSaveBarker Residence / davidclovers “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/128542/barker-residence-davidclovers Clipboard CopyApartments•Hong Kong (SAR)center_img Architects: davidclovers Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/128542/barker-residence-davidclovers Clipboard Apartments Photographs:  Almond ChuText description provided by the architects. At eye-level with the top of IFC, one of the tallest buildings in Hong Kong, the Barker Residence holds stunning views of Victoria Harbor. The project is the first of a series of projects designed by davidclovers for a developer of residential properties in Hong Kong. The basic approach is to hone in on the most potent areas of the existing layout, and enhance them. At Barker Residence, davidclovers reworks the unit horizontally and vertically using a series of subtly inflected walls and artificially-lit ceilings to bend space around corners and through floors. Save this picture!© Almond ChuThe design thoughtfully subdues the palatial scale of the flat while delicately intensifying its hidden potentials. The existing vestibule is broken open to the full panorama of the skyscrapers along the “fragrant harbor”, gently combining the living area and entry. Subtly twisting walls organize various elements such as cabinetry, fireplace, desk and TV. A stair unfurls to interlock the lower and upper levels. It is washed in an effervescent glow from a custom-designed chandelier above. Previously cave-like bathrooms are thrust into spaces capturing views. The kitchen, bar and dining areas are cracked open and lit above by textured glowing ceilings.Save this picture!© Almond ChuProject gallerySee allShow lessArchitecture City Guide: MemphisArticlesAD Round Up: Libraries Part VIIArticlesProject locationAddress:Hong Kong (SAR)Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share “COPY” Save this picture!© Almond Chu+ 11 Share Hong Kong (SAR)last_img read more

Orama Residence / Smart Design Studio

first_img Structural Engineer: ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/770210/orama-residence-smart-design-studio Clipboard Will Dangar Design Manufacturers: Vitrocsa, Massproductions Architects: Smart Design Studio Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Sharrin Rees+ 29 Share Qs Plus ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/770210/orama-residence-smart-design-studio Clipboard Houses Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description “COPY” Istruct Photographs CopyHouses, Extension•Sydney, Australia Orama Residence / Smart Design StudioSave this projectSaveOrama Residence / Smart Design Studio GSA Planning Quantity Surveyor: Year:  Photographs:  Sharrin Rees Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Planner: Orama Residence / Smart Design Studio CopyAbout this officeSmart Design StudioOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionDabasSydney3D ModellingAustraliaPublished on July 16, 2015Cite: “Orama Residence / Smart Design Studio” 16 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Cross HairlinePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®SinksThe Splash LabTrough Sink – Monolith A SeriesSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Helmkehof Cultural CenterBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAWashroom AccessoriesConcrete FloorsSikaDecorative Floor CoatingsMetal PanelsSherwin-Williams Coil CoatingsFluropon® Coating in Thaden SchoolWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for Partition WallsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMMineral Wood Stain – Lignosil®-VeranoDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – MAGNEOSinksECOPIXELWashbasin – Light Basin LTBMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Orama 别墅 / smart design studio是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Products used in this ProjectWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingProject Team:William Smart, Lucy Bedbrook, Anita PanovHeritage Architect:Tropman And TropmanSurveyor:GeometraCertifier:Building Certificates AustraliaCity:SydneyCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Sharrin ReesText description provided by the architects. The transformation of ‘Orama’, a gracious Victorian villa in Sydney’s Woollahra was a welcome opportunity to work once again with the family for whom Smart Design Studio renovated ‘Mandolong House’ on the lower north shore. Our brief was to enhance and expand the historic house to suit the changed needs of the family.Save this picture!© Sharrin ReesBuilt in two stages, the project addressed the original villa as a distinct entity, housing bedrooms, bathrooms, formal living and study spaces. Beautifully-crafted elements of the historic house, such as fireplaces and early paint schemes, were retained. Other parts of the villa were updated with sensitively-chosen fittings and fixtures to bring out the best of the old building.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe design approach was to make the old house feel trim, white, and tailored. By contrast, the new addition was designed to be minimal in form and detail, with textured raw concrete extending from the walls out into the garden, punctuated by swathes of water (the pool), vegetation, lawn, and pebbles.Save this picture!© Sharrin ReesA striking double-height living room forms the nucleus of the extension. Six-metre tall windows on the northern side flood the room with light, overcoming the limitations of the south-facing site. We were fortunate in that the owners have an incredible art collection. The bare concrete walls, and gracious rooms of the old house provide a dramatic setting for this.Save this picture!© Sharrin ReesThe space of the living room flows into a well-appointed stainless steel kitchen, and into the garden and swimming pool beyond. Upstairs, a guest bedroom and chic bathroom occupy the glassy link between the old and new parts of the house.Save this picture!© Sharrin ReesThe new wing has been designed and built with the same intricacy, attention to detail, and superb craftsmanship as the original villa, applied to modern methods of construction. The materials palette of concrete, glass, dark steel, and zinc beautifully complements the chic black-and-white scheme applied to the historic house.Save this picture!© Sharrin ReesEnvironmentally sensitive elements were stitched into the old and new parts of the house, including hydronic floor heating and cooling, natural cross ventilation and an avoidance of air-conditioning, exploitation of good solar orientation, thermally massive construction, and heat-exchange technology.Save this picture!Section AASeparated by a century and a half, the two parts of ‘Orama’ stand as beautiful expositions of the best construction standards of their day. Save this picture!© Sharrin ReesProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Architects Foundation Launches Reconstruction Program for NepalArchitecture NewsTHE HOTEL Room for Ideas Office / ColectivArquitecturaSelected Projects Share 2014 Australia Projects “COPY” Landscape Architect: last_img read more

Island Rest / Ström Architects

first_img Projects Spiers + Major Island Rest / Ström ArchitectsSave this projectSaveIsland Rest / Ström Architects Photographs:  Hufton+Crow Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Island Rest / Ström Architects Rice Projects Architects: Ström Architects Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/955465/island-rest-strom-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•United Kingdom “COPY” Manufacturers: Trespa, Crosswater, Johnson Tiles, Spartherm, VitrA, Black Stained Larch Cladding, Duravit, Oak Flooring + Ceiling, Reynaers, Trimble Structural Engineer:Eckersley O’CallaghanEnvironmental & Sustainability Consultants:MESH EnergyCost Consultant:APS AssociatesCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hufton+CrowRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE Luce‘Island Rest’ is our response to our client’s brief for a contemporary family holiday home.  Situated on a beautiful Isle of Wight creek, ‘Island Rest’ sits on a spacious site with direct access to the water and views of the Solent beyond. Our clients wanted a special space to escape to that would bring the family together, with a focus on nature; in particular access to the Solent with all associated water activities. Save this picture!© Hufton+CrowOur design is a low in profile, a simple single-storey rectilinear form containing the main living and dining area with a bedroom ‘wing’ leading off it. The master suite is the exception – this has been kept separate from the other bedrooms and is situated at the other end of the living area with access to the deck outside.  Save this picture!© Hufton+CrowSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Hufton+CrowEvery room in the house has been situated to maximise the views to the north, but the living areas also look out onto the south-facing courtyard, allowing sunshine deep into the plan. This creates a dramatic impact as you look through the house to the gardens and water beyond, and inside a sense of light and space.Save this picture!© Hufton+CrowGiven the waterside location of this project, we needed to carefully respond to the typology of the site, with particular reference to flooding. To address the flood risk, the floor level has been raised to perch on the highest point of the site, which is outside of the future flood risk zone, and the house spans out on a single level as the terrain slopes away, leaving the bedroom wing ‘floating’ over the landscape below. Landscaping was a consideration from the outset and has a very natural and organic feel, with mowed paths through wildflowers leading to and defining areas of different function and interest. Save this picture!© Hufton+CrowProject gallerySee allShow lessEaves Around House / y+M design officeSelected ProjectsGUERRERO 108 Building / VOX arquitectura + Rojkind ArquitectosSelected Projects Share ArchDaily Lighting Designer: CopyAbout this officeStröm ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookUnited KingdomPublished on January 24, 2021Cite: “Island Rest / Ström Architects” 24 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteCupa PizarrasVentilated Facade – CUPACLAD UprightGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60ConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Copper FinishesStonesFranken-SchotterWall Covering & CladdingWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusSwingsStudio StirlingHanging Chair – BasketWallcovering / CladdingArrigoni WoodsWood Cladding – AcousticMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream United Kingdom ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/955465/island-rest-strom-architects Clipboard Houses Save this picture!© Hufton+Crow+ 14Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” Construction Manager: last_img read more

Armed Groups Should End Harassment, Abductions

first_img Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law May 27, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Armed Groups Should End Harassment, Abductions Co-signing organizations in alphabetical order:1. Amnesty International2. Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI)3. Association Tunisienne des Femmes Démocrates (AFTD)4. Dawlaty Foundation 5. Damascus Center for Human Rights Studies6. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies7. Center for civil society and democracy in Syria (CCSDS)8. Collectif des Familles de Disparus en Algérie (CFDA)9. Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network10. Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR)11. Etana Syria 12. Fraternity Center for Democracy and Civil Society13. Free Syrian Lawyers14. Front Line Defenders15. Freedom Days16. Friends for a NonViolent World17. Gulf Centre for Human Rights, Lebanon18. Human Rights Watch19. Human Rights Association of Turkey (Insan Haklari Derneği – IHD)20. Hivos21. Institute for War and Peace Reporting 22. International Media Support (IMS)23. KISA Action for Equality, Support, Anti-racism24. Kvinna till Kvinna25. Kurdish Organization for Defending Human Rights and Public Freedoms (DAD)26. Lawyers for Lawyers 27. Ligue Algérienne pour la défense des droits de l’Homme (LADDH)28. Reporters Without Borders 29. Right to Nonviolence30. Samir Kassir Foundation31. Syrian Network for Human Rights 32. Syria Justice & Accountability Center 33. Syrian Nonviolence Movement34. Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)35. Solicitors International Human Rights Group36. Syrian Observatory For Human Rights37. Syrian Organization for Human Rights (Sawasyah)38. Syrian Kurdish Center (S.K.C)39. The Day After (TDA)40. The Lebanese Center for Human Rights (CLDH)41. The Syrian Center for Democracy and Development Rights SCDR42. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders43. Violations Documentation Center (VDC)44. World Organization against Torture (OMCT), within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders45. Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom Receive email alerts March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria News Follow the news on Syria SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News RSF_en center_img Organisation (New York, May 27, 2014)A prominent human rights defender and three of her colleagues believed to be in the custody of an armed opposition group should immediately be freed, 45 civil society organizations said today. Razan Zeitouneh, Wael Hamada, Samira Khalil, and Nazem Hammadi were abducted on December 9, 2013, in Douma, a city outside Damascus under the control of a number of armed opposition groups.The armed groups exercising de facto control over Douma should release the activists if they are in their custody, or investigate their abduction and work for their release, the organizations said. The armed groups in Douma include the Army of Islam, headed by Zahran Alloush, which maintains a large armed presence in the area. Countries supportive of these groups, and religious leaders who can influence them, should also press for the immediate and unconditional release of the activists and for an end to abductions, the organizations said.For nearly six months Zeitouneh and her colleagues have been deprived of their freedom while their families worry about their fate and their communities suffer from the absence of their important work and leadership, the organizations said. The fighters exercising control over Douma have a responsibility to them and to their communities to secure their release.”A group of armed men abducted Zeitouneh; Hamada, who is Zeitouneh’s husband; Khalil and Hammadi from their office at the Violations Documentation Center (VDC) in Douma. A statement by the VDC said that “an unknown armed group” had stormed into the office, confiscated laptops and documents, and abducted the rights defenders on December 9. Since then, there has been no information on the health, status or whereabouts of Zeitouneh and her team, and no group has claimed responsibility for their abduction or made requests in return for their release.A few months before her abduction, Zeitounehan had been receiving threats, which she wrote about in the online news outlet Now Lebanon. She had also informed human rights activists outside Syria in September that she was being threatened by local armed groups in Douma. In April 2014, Zeitouneh’s family issued a statement holding Alloush responsible for her and her colleagues’ wellbeing, given the large presence his group maintains in the area.Zeitouneh, a lawyer who founded the VDC and co-founded the Local Coordination Committees (LCC), a network of civilian local groups that organizes and reports on protests, had been threatened by the government and by anti-government groups over her human rights work.Zeitouneh and the others are among a number of journalists and human rights defenders believed to have been abducted at the hands of non-state armed opposition groups in areas under their control. Their ongoing detention is a part of a wider campaign of threats and harassment against people seeking to expose abuses by armed opposition groups in Syria, the groups said.The organizations urged both government and armed opposition groups to stop arbitrarily arresting, abducting and detaining people for their peaceful, journalistic, and humanitarian activities – in line with United Nations Security Council resolution 2139, which demands the release of all arbitrarily detained people in Syria.Armed groups exercising de facto control in Douma should do all they can to facilitate the release of peaceful activists and journalists, including by mediating with groups both in and outside Douma, and end abductions in areas under their control.Abductions of human rights defenders by armed groups in Syria are an assault on the very freedoms the armed opposition groups claim to be fighting for, the organizations said. Help by sharing this information March 8, 2021 Find out more News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Syria, please visit:http://www.hrw.org/middle-eastn-africa/syriaFor more information, please contact: In Cairo, Tamara Alrifai (English, Arabic, French, Spanish): +20-122-751-2450 (mobile); or [email protected] Follow on Twitter @TamaraAlrifaiIn Beirut, Nadim Houry (Arabic, French, English): +961-3-639-244 (mobile); or [email protected] Follow on Twitter @nadimhouryIn Beirut, Lama Fakih (English, Arabic): +961-3-900-105 (mobile); or [email protected] Follow on Twitter @lamamfakih News Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders and the Newseum unveil banner for Austin Tice, only American journalist captive in Syria

first_img United StatesAmericas Activities in the field Hostages October 27, 2016 Reporters Without Borders and the Newseum unveil banner for Austin Tice, only American journalist captive in Syria United StatesAmericas Activities in the field Hostages This is the first time a major American institution such as the Newseum will display a public banner on its building for a missing American journalist. This banner will offer an unprecedented opportunity to heighten public awareness about Austin Tice, as the Newseum is located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue, which connects the White House and the United States Capitol.“As defenders of the First Amendment and free expression, the Newseum is committed to doing everything we can help bring Austin Tice home safely to his family,” said Jeffrey Herbst, president and CEO of the Newseum. “We hope this banner, prominently displayed on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of citizens and lawmakers alike, will raise awareness of his captivity and bring him one step closer to home.” “As November 2 is the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, and as President Barack Obama will soon leave the White House, this timely banner will serve as a very clear reminder to the President that Austin’s safe return home must be a priority during his final days in office,” said Delphine Halgand, RSF’s U.S. director. “Time is of the essence for him to do everything in his power to make this happen.”“With tremendous admiration and respect we are deeply grateful to the Newseum for taking this important and unprecedented action. At this critical moment in history, when press freedom is under attack on so many fronts and journalists face greater dangers than ever before, displaying this banner sends a powerful message of steadfast support for American journalists. We also appreciate the tireless work of Reporters Without Borders and other organizations dedicated to the support, education, and protection of journalists. In its prominent position on ‘America’s Main Street,’ this banner is intended to remind the President of his obligation to secure Austin’s safe return. It will also remind all who see it of the very real risks journalists take to ensure the basic human right to freedom of information, opinion, and expression.”— Debra and Marc Tice, parents of Austin TiceThe banner will be officially unveiled on Nov. 2, 2016 at noon EST at the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20001).Speakers will include:- Debra Tice, Austin Tice’s mother- Jeffrey Herbst, Newseum President and CEO- Delphine Halgand, RSF U.S. DirectorJournalists interested in attending should RSVP to [email protected] Tice went to Syria in 2012 as a freelance journalist to report on the conflict there. His work has been published by McClatchy Co., The Washington Post, The Associated Press, AFP, CBS, NPR and BBC. His reporting earned the 2012 George Polk Award for War Reporting, the 2012 McClatchy President’s Award and the 2015 National Press Club John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award. On Aug. 14, 2012, three days after his 31st birthday, Austin Tice was taken captive as he was preparing to travel from Daraya, near Damascus, Syria, to Beirut, Lebanon. He is alive and he is not being held by ISIS, according to diverse credible sources.Take part in the #FreeAustinTice campaignAnyone can take part in the #FreeAustinTice campaign by signing the petition addressed to President Obama and by taking the Blindfold Pledge, a symbol of Austin’s kidnapping. The blindfold symbolizes the fact that when journalists are silenced, we are all deprived of information, and as such, “blindfolded.”To participate, individuals can take photos of themselves blindfolded and share the following calls to action on their social channels:Facebook/Instagram: I take the Blindfold Pledge to raise awareness of the 2012 kidnapping of the American journalist Austin Tice. This is a plea to the U.S. government to bring Austin home. I call on _____ to also take the pledge.#FreeAustinTiceTwitter: I wear the blindfold to #FreeAustinTice. I call on ____ to also take the pledge.Twitter: The American journalist Austin Tice disappeared in Syria in 2012. Help us to bring him safely home. Sign the petition #FreeAustinTice.About the NewseumThe Newseum is dedicated to free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition. Headquartered on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., the Newseum’s compelling, dynamic and engaging exhibits, programs and education initiatives help ensure that these fundamental freedoms remain strong and protected both today and for future generations. The Newseum Institute promotes the study, exploration and education of the challenges confronting freedom through its First Amendment Center and the Religious Freedom Center. The Newseum is a 501(c)(3) public charity funded by generous individuals, corporations and foundations, including the Freedom Forum. For more information, visit newseum.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitterand Instagram.About Reporters Without Borders (RSF)Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has become the largest press freedom organization in the world, with more than 30 years of accomplishments. Thanks to its unique grassroots network of 150 local correspondents investigating in 130 countries, 12 national offices and a consultative status at the U.N. and UNESCO, RSF is able to have a global impact, gather on-the-ground information, conduct major advocacy campaigns, and assist and defend news providers all across the world.Since August 2012, RSF has been assisting and advising Austin Tice’s family. In 2015 RSF launched the#FreeAustinTice campaign, with the support of more than 260 U.S. news organizations, including McClatchy Co., The Washington Post, The New York Times and USA Today.RSF recently launched the Fund to Support Families of American Journalists Missing, Imprisoned or Held Hostage. The Fund’s primary purpose is to provide financial assistance to the relatives and colleagues of missing American journalists in their efforts to secure the safe return and/or release of such journalists, including reasonable travel, communication and legal expenses. Receive email alerts June 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and the Newseum in Washington, D.C., are proud to announce the unveil of a banner for Austin Tice on the Newseum’s façade on November 2, the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists. The banner will feature a photo of Austin Tice with the message “Held captive for being a journalist since August 2012.” Austin Tice is the only American journalist captive in Syria, according to RSF and other sources. The banner will remain in place until he is safely returned home to his family. News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Organisation to go further News Follow the news on United States News News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 7, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

General Finance Corporation Appoints Jody Miller to Executive Vice President and CEO of North America Leasing Operations

first_img Subscribe Business Districts News General Finance Corporation Appoints Jody Miller to Executive Vice President and CEO of North America Leasing Operations From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, June 1, 2015 | 11:22 am General Finance Corporation (Nasdaq:GFN), a leading specialty rental services company offering portable storage, modular space and liquid containment solutions in North America and in the Asia-Pacific region of Australia and New Zealand, today announced that Jody Miller has been appointed Executive Vice President of General Finance Corporation (the “Company”) and Chief Executive Officer of GFN North America Leasing Corporation. Mr. Miller previously has over 25 years of rental equipment experience.Mr. Miller, age 48, will assume responsibility for the Company’s North American leasing operations and will report directly to Ronald Valenta, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.“Having worked with Jody for many years in the past, I am very familiar with his positive impact on a company’s culture. He has an extremely successful track record in not only the portable services rental sector but the rental sector in general. We are very excited that he has accepted this significant role with us as we continue to execute on our business strategies,” said Mr. Valenta. “Jody is an exceptionally talented and proven leader in achieving operational excellence, superior sales and high asset returns. He also will serve as a great mentor to his management team and employees at each and every level. Jody’s new role with our company will be a perfect complement to his skill set and vast experience as we continue to create value and deliver the best results for our shareholders, customers and employees.”Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Miller spent over 25 years in the equipment rental industry, including at Mobile Mini, Inc. as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for five years, Mobile Storage Group, Inc. as Senior Vice President for five years, and RSC Holdings, Inc. as Regional Vice President for seven years. Prior to that, he worked in smaller rental businesses in various leadership roles. Mr. Miller is a 1990 graduate of Central Missouri State University.About General Finance CorporationHeadquartered in Pasadena, California, General Finance Corporation (Nasdaq:GFN) (www.generalfinance.com) is a leading specialty rental services company offering portable storage, modular space and liquid containment solutions. Management’s expertise in these sectors drives disciplined growth strategies, operational guidance, effective capital allocation and capital markets support for the Company’s subsidiaries. The Company’s principal leasing operations are in the Asia-Pacific regions of Australia and New Zealand, consisting of majority-owned Royal Wolf Holdings Limited (www.royalwolf.com.au), the leading provider of portable storage solutions in those regions, and in North America, consisting of wholly-owned Pac-Van, Inc. (www.pacvan.com) and Lone Star Tank Rental Inc. (www.lonestartank.com), prominent regional providers of portable storage, office and liquid storage tank containers, mobile offices and modular buildings. The Company also owns 90% of Southern Frac, LLC (www.southernfrac.com), a manufacturer of portable liquid storage tank containers in North America. Royal Wolf’s shares trade on the Australian Securities Exchange under the symbol RWH. Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday center_img HerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff 7 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News last_img read more

Supervisor Barger Asks Board of Supervisors to Request Federal Funding to Address Coronavirus

first_img 6 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger authored a motion asking the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors at its March 4 meeting to request funding from the federal government to support the County in addressing the novel coronavirus (COVID-2019) threat.“Los Angeles County has been diligently working to monitor any potential cases of coronavirus while providing rapid information to the public,” said Supervisor Barger. “This funding is necessary to support our efforts and ensure the ongoing protection of our residents. We will remain vigilant and leave no stone unturned to limit the potential spread of the virus.”Since January, the Department of Public Health (DPH) has been coordinating response activities throughout Los Angeles County and planning for the additional cases and possible local transmission. This response requires enormous resources to support coordination with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), implementation of federal directives to quarantine and monitor high-risk and medium-risk travelers; training for health care providers and first responders; laboratory testing; providing personal protective equipment required; and expansive community outreach and education efforts in multiple languages. In addition, DPH has established a screening call center to contact more than 1,700 asymptomatic Los Angeles County residents who recently returned from China to offer them support.The County continues to prevent the spread of the virus locally and subsequently across the nation. Additional rapid and flexible funding from the federal government is critical to maintain local preparedness and response efforts and to prevent further spread of COVID-2019 in the U.S.Since December 2019, more than 72,000 novel coronavirus cases have been confirmed globally. In the United States, the health risk to the general public for coronavirus remains low. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency to allow local, state and federal officials to fully coordinate responses in partnership with public health departments, emergency management teams, airports, health care professionals and first responders.If approved, the Board of Supervisors will send a letter to the Los Angeles County Congressional Delegation, the White House Administration, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other officials to request at least $7.5 million dollars to support state and local response to address the coronavirus threat.The Department of Public Health has informational materials, videos and updates available in multiple languages to assist health professionals, school administrators, elected officials and community leaders to communicate with the public. These resources can be found on the Department of Public Health’s website here. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Herbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Community Newscenter_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Government Supervisor Barger Asks Board of Supervisors to Request Federal Funding to Address Coronavirus Published on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | 4:24 pm Subscribelast_img read more

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