News Organisation Reporters Without Borders is saddened to learn that Mohamed Mohamud Turyare, a 22-year-old journalist who was shot several times in the chest and stomach as he left a mosque on 21 October, died yesterday from his injuries in Mogadishu’s Madina Hospital.”Turyare’s death brings the number of journalists killed with complete impunity in Somalia to 17 since the start of 2012,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The toll on the lives of media personnel is unparalleled in the country’s history.”A webmaster and producer for Shabelle Media Network, Turyare had shown signs of improvement in his condition after undergoing surgery but it suddenly worsened yesterday afternoon, just as plans were being made to move him to a hospital abroad for further treatment.Despite the presence of members of the security forces outside the mosque at time of the shooting, Turyare’s killers have still not been identified. —–22.10.2012 – Radio Shabelle journalist badly injured in targeted shootingReporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by yesterday evening’s attempt to murder Radio Shabelle journalist Mohamed Mohamud Turyare, who was shot four times in the chest and abdomen by two gunmen as he left a Mogadishu mosque.He was rushed to the capital’s Madina Hospital, where he underwent immediate surgery. Doctors said after the operation that his injuries no longer posed a threat to his life.”Somalia has been Africa’s deadliest country for journalists for years,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “With 15 journalists killed since the start of this year, it now ranks alongside Syria as one of the two deadliest countries in the world for the media. “This latest attack on a journalist is a direct result of the permanent climate of impunity and hostility towards freedom of information that reigns in this Horn of Africa country.”Deloire added: “Members of the Somali armed forces were present during yesterday’s attempt to murder Turyare and fired back at his assailants. We hope the authorities will quickly take the necessary measures to identify and prosecute those responsible for this criminal act.”Shabelle Media Network, which operates a TV station and a news website as well as Radio Shabelle, has seen a total of eight of its employees killed in acts of violence since 2007. The latest was the journalist Ahmed Ado Anshur in May.Since the start of this year, there have been at least half a dozen cases of threats, intimidation and physical violence targeting journalists working for Radio Shabelle, which won the Reporters Without Borders press freedom prize in 2010. Photo : Rial Use – Mandatory credit AFP photo / AU-UN / Stuart Price SomaliaAfrica Help by sharing this information SomaliaAfrica News October 29, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist dies of injuries a week after being shot RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Receive email alerts to go further Follow the news on Somalia RSF_en News March 2, 2021 Find out more RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia February 24, 2021 Find out more January 8, 2021 Find out more
Derisking transactions covering some £590m (€670m) of pensioner benefits at four schemes have been announced.The £3bn Merchant Navy Officers Pension Fund (MNOPF) sealed a £490m buy-in with Legal & General Group, covering all members that retired since it completed a £1.5bn longevity insurance transaction in 2014.Andy Waring, chief executive of the MNOPF, said: “Securing the benefits of our members has always been a significant part of the MNOPF journey plan. Our next milestone is to promote and grow the [defined contribution] Ensign Retirement Plan, so that we can provide the same security in retirement for the next generation of maritime employees.”Separately, three defined benefit (DB) pension schemes linked to Italian tyre company Pirelli Group concluded a buy-in with Pension Insurance Corporation (PIC), covering around £100m of benefits. The transaction means that the three schemes are completely de-risked, according to a statement from PIC. Last year Pirelli’s main UK DB schemes completed longevity swaps worth £600m with Zurich Assurance.LGPS launches investment management consultancy procurement frameworkUK local authority pension funds and their fledgling asset pools have finalised a new framework for the procurement of investment management consultancy services.It is a restructuring of the first national framework of its kind, launched in 2013. According to a statement, since then 27 local government pension scheme (LGPS) funds from across the UK had joined the original seven founder authorities participating in the framework. A total of 34 contracts have been agreed under the framework with savings estimated to reach over £3.6m.The organisation overseeing national LGPS frameworks said the 2013 concept was “fully refreshed and restructured” to meet the current and future needs of the LGPS, including the pooling arrangements.Nigel Keogh, National LGPS Frameworks operations and development manager, told IPE that the new framework included different “lots” because the asset pools would have different requirements to individual funds. The previous framework only had one lot. The new framework is split into lots for investment consultancy services; manager search, selection, monitoring and review services; and investment management consultancy-related specialist services. The new framework was the outcome of collaboration between Brunel Pension Partnership, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cheshire Pension Fund, the London Boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets, Merseyside Pension Fund, Norfolk Pension Fund, Northamptonshire County Council and West Sussex Pension Fund.It was supported by the National LGPS Frameworks team, and procurement and legal specialists from Norfolk County Council.Frameworks for transition management and implementation services are due to be ready soon. Minimum standards for professional trustees New standards outlining what is expected of professional trustees were published for consultation today.They have been drawn up by the industry-led Professional Trustee Standards Working Group (PTSWG) to establish minimum requirements for professional trustees of occupational pension schemes.The group has set out standards in six areas that all professional trustees are expected to meet:Fitness and propriety;Integrity;Expertise and care;Impartiality and conflicts of interest;Professional behaviour;Systems and controls.Specific guidelines were set out for professional trustees who were also the chair of a scheme, and for those who were the sole trustee of a scheme. Topics range from having the skills to lead, negotiate and reach a consensus to providing strategic direction and actively challenging advice.Andrew Bradshaw, chair of PTSWG, said: “With the growing influence of professional trustees, it is important that the industry adopts a recognised set of professional standards. ”The challenge for the PTSWG has been to produce a set of universal standards which recognise the wide range of business structures and services that professional trustees and their firms now provide. We very much hope that the standards strike the right balance and look forward to hearing the views of professional trustees and the wider industry during the consultation period.”The consultation will run until 2 March 2018. After the standards have been published the PTSWG will develop an accreditation framework, which professional trustees will be expected to meet.
*For a €50,000 15 year variable interest rate loan with 180 monthly repayments of €456.16, an interest Rate of 7.24%, a representative APR of 7.5%, the total amount payable by the member is €82,116.79. Information correct as at 17/10/2019Letterkenny Credit Union launches new ‘Fixer Upper’ home improvement loan was last modified: October 22nd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fixer upperhome improvement loanletterkenny credit untionretrofit Whether you are a first time home owner who has just acquired a property that, with a little bit of vision, will be your dream home, or maybe you feel it’s time to breathe new life into your long time family home, taking the next steps can be a big hurdle. Home upgrading is a trend which has seen somewhat of a surge in popularity in recent years – and for good reason. A refurbishment can completely transform a home.As with anything that has major long-term benefits, carrying out larger home improvements can come with a significant cost. The good news is that Letterkenny Credit Union stands ready to provide loans for those looking to retrofit their homes in the coming months. Gordon Randles, CEO says Letterkenny Credit Union has launched a new ‘Fixer Upper’ home loan for those wanting to retrofit their homes, but who might need some financial assistance to do so. “The new loan is as affordable as it is flexible. With the new Fixer Upper Loan from Letterkenny Credit Union members can borrow between €30,000 and €60,000 at an APR of 7.5%*. “The loan is typically approved within 48 hours and does not have any hidden fees or costs. “Letterkenny Credit Union is happy to work with borrowers to structure the repayments in a way that suits their financial circumstances best. The product is designed to take the toxic stress out of home improvements, so you can focus on the upgrade.“Making significant changes to your home can have economic and environmental benefits long term. That’s why we offer loan terms of up to 15 years so you can match the cost of renovations with the savings in energy bills over the life of the loan,” Gordon said.For further information on the new, Fixer Upper loan, contact Letterkenny Credit Union at 0749102126 or email [email protected]
Songezo Zibi from Business Day (far left) was the MC for the event and Cyril Ramaphosa (on the right) gave the lecture on how the NDP will improve South Africa. (Image: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zama Ndlovu+ 27 79 891 1301 RELATED ARTICLES • We look up to you: Ibrahim• Gender equality under the spotlight• SA is getting plenty right• Gauteng celebrates carnival culture Ray MaotaThe broad aim of the National Development Plan (NDP) is to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. The economic advantages of achieving this goal were discussed at an NDP Lecture, given by Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy chair of the National Planning Commission.Unpacking the plan, Ramaphosa, who is also the deputy president of the ANC, spoke to a hall packed to the rafters with students, business people and some members of the commission. The lecture took place at the Great Hall of the University of the Witwatersrand in Braamfontein on 10 September.South Africa can realise these goals, according to the plan, by drawing on the energies of its people, growing an inclusive economy, building capabilities, enhancing the capacity of the state, and promoting leadership and partnerships throughout society.Ramaphosa said: “When President Jacob Zuma decided to appoint the National Planning Commission in May 2010, he was motivated by an urge to have a plan for South Africa; he kept saying we were one country that didn’t have an overarching plan that united everyone.”He talked about how the Freedom Charter was a plan by the ANC, although it was incorporated into the Constitution. The NDP, he said, would be a blueprint which every South African would buy into and which would unite the country. Coherent programme“The NDP will serve as a vision and a coherent programme to overcome the challenges facing South Africa,” said Ramaphosa. These were inequality, poverty and unemployment. If South Africa was to overcome poverty and unemployment, then solving its economic challenges had to be at the heart of our objectives as a people and as a country.“All of us as South Africans will be able to say we seek an economy that serves all of our interests … an economy that will be able to absorb people seeking work, one that is competitive and [one in which] the incomes of the poor will be rising higher and higher,” he added. “Our vision is of an economy that is diverse in what we produce as South Africans and also in terms of who owns this economy, who manages this economy, and also who works in this economy.”The NDP identified improving the quality of public services as critical to achieving transformation. This would require provinces to focus on identifying and overcoming the obstacles to achieving improved outcomes, including the need to strengthen the ability of local government to fulfil its developmental role. “We seek firms or businesses that are profitable and play a constructive role in supporting development and social cohesion. We seek an effective state that allows business expansion, protects workers’ rights and ensures that the poor get a better life.”Ramaphosa added that despite making inroads since 1994, the South African economy still did not serve the interests of all. Many of the unemployed people in the country lacked the skills they needed to enter certain markets. The challenge of creating meaningful jobs would forever be present, and this was the struggle “we must engage in”.“We all want what is best for our people and what is best for our country. This plan is not perfect. There is no perfect plan in the world, and where there are differences, they must be resolved.”Although Ramaphosa’s lecture was generally well received, there were some interruptions by people protesting the Marikana massacre. Ramaphosa was a former board member at Lonmin. He has been criticised for calling for action against the mineworkers before the shooting.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Leave a CommentSome aspects of the new two-year state budget will better protect farmers from nuisance lawsuits. Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis visits with Ohio Farm Bureau Director of Media Relations Ty Higgins about the language included in the budget and its importance to agriculture.Listen to Legal with Leah, a podcast featuring Ohio Farm Bureau’s Policy Counsel Leah Curtis discussing topics impacting farmers and landowners.TranscriptionTy Higgins: In mid-July, Ohio legislators passed a new two-year, $69 billion state budget. It was signed by Governor DeWine shortly thereafter. The budget, as you might expect, mostly consists of a lot of numbers, adding some funds to programs, taking away funds from others. There’s also some language in the new budget that will be better protecting farmers from nuisance lawsuits. That’s our topic for this week’s Legal with Leah. Along with Ohio Farm Bureau Policy Counsel Leah Curtis, I’m Ty Higgins and Leah, you and I visited about there being an affirmative defense for farms enrolled in an ag district with some caveats. That came up not long after Toledo voters passed the Lake Erie Bill of Rights back in February. How does this budget address issues like LEBOR?Leah Curtis: So what the budget did was it changed the nuisance protection just slightly so it does still apply to those who are enrolled in an ag district but also now would apply to those who are qualified and enrolled in the Current Ag Use Valuation program which a lot of people are going to do because it does make their taxes a little better. And so it just expands it a little bit and reduces a little bit of that paperwork burden. If you’re already enrolling in CAUV, you don’t have to also necessarily enroll for the affirmative defense in the ag district. It removed a couple of the requirements as well, so it should be a little bit easier to take advantage of and that way farmers will be able to use the defense when a nuisance lawsuit comes around. Now again as we’ve always said with the LEBOR situation, we don’t know for sure that those lawsuits would be considered nuisance and whether this defense would be the slam dunk. But as I always say as lawyer, I want every farmer to have every tool in the toolbox that they can and so if there’s any chance it would work, we want farmers to be able to use this and have this at their disposal as needed.Ty Higgins: And there are other tools. What are other affirmative defense examples that can apply for farmers?Leah Curtis: So there’s a few. If you have a concentrated animal feeding operation permit through the large livestock program at ODA and you are acting in accordance with that and the best management practices in that permit, there is an affirmative defense under that. There’s also one for any claims that are related to the spreading of fertilizer, so long as you have an approved NMP (nutrient management plan) and you’re acting in accordance with your plan. That happened in compliance with the fertilizer certification program. And then lastly if you are sued for a nuisance claim related to manure, and again you have an approved NMP and you’re acting in accordance with it, then there also may be an affirmative defense available for you in that case.Ty Higgins: The one thing we really want to stress here to our members is that affirmative defense in all of its forms doesn’t prevent someone from suing you.Leah Curtis: Yes. So a lot of people will say this is a complete defense. I don’t like the word complete because the fact is that a defense…you can use it once somebody sues you but you can’t stop somebody from filing a lawsuit. That would violate their constitutional rights to access the courts. So it is there, once the lawsuit is filed, to help get that lawsuit taken care of in a more quick manner, hopefully reduce the need for lots of attorneys fees and get you out of the courthouse as quickly as possible.Ty Higgins: Leah Curtis is policy counsel with Ohio Farm Bureau. This has been Legal with Leah. Thanks for listening. I’m Ty Higgins. We’ll see you down the road. Leave a Comment
At least 17 people, including three children, were killed and four injured when a speeding truck rammed two vehicles before overturning on one of them in Uttar Pradesh’s Shahjahanpur district on Tuesday morning, police said. The accident occurred at the Jamka crossing on National Highway-24 near Shahjahanpur town, Superintendent of Police (City) Dinesh Tripathi said. It was a series of collisions, police added. The speeding truck first hit a tempo and then a van, which fell into a ditch. The truck then overturned and fell on the van, trapping those inside it. The impact was so powerful that 16 people, including three children aged between 6-12 years, died instantly. A woman died of her injuries on the way to a hospital, the officer said. A crane was sent from Shahjahanpur to lift the truck and retrieve the bodies. The truck driver fled the spot, while the helper has been nabbed, the SP said. The tempo was ferrying passengers from Bartara, while the van was carrying passengers from Shahjahanpur. The injured were admitted to a local hospital and the bodies have been sent for post-mortem, the SP said. The deceased have been identified as Aman (6), Alia (8), Arshit (12), Azim (26), Balram (40), Vinod (40), Ram Kishore (48) and Budha Lal (46), the officer said, adding that efforts were on to identify the remaining victims.
Newcastle keeper Elliot urges caution over Matty Longstaffby Ansser Sadiq9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot does not want the club to overhype youngster Matty Longstaff.The younger of the Longstaff brothers shone for the Magpies against Manchester United in a 1-0 win.It was his long range strike that gave the home team all three points in an intense clash. While Elliot sees Matty’s talent, he urges caution.He said to reporters: “It’s given the club a massive lift in the fact that we had a tough result [against Leicester] but it just showed there is lots of optimism coming through and we’ve got a new star on the rise.”I would just say, don’t expect him to do that every week. He’s a young kid and we still have to look after him.”It’s not to say he’s going to play every game until the end of the season, obviously I’m not involved in that process but we just need to make sure that we understand he’s still a young lad at 19.”What he did was absolutely amazing and hopefully he goes on to keep replicating that.”But his development isn’t just next weekend, it’s over the next three, four years.”He might be playing, not playing, playing different roles and he’s going to have up and down days – the same with Sean, so we just have to be patient.”The good thing is there are kids coming through with the potential to achieve whatever they want to achieve.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
Twitter/@basketballtalkThis one might get a little bit awkward. This afternoon, University of Memphis president Dr. M. David Russ announced that the school will be honoring former head basketball coach John Calipari this December. Will be honoring Hall of Fame coach @UKCoachCalipari in Memphis, Dec 28-29. Stay tuned for details. Will be a great homecoming.— Dr. M. David Rudd (@UofMemphisPres) September 9, 2015From 2001-2009, Calipari was extremely successful with the Tigers. The program went 252-69 under Calipari, reaching the Elite Eight three times and losing in the national championship in 2007-08. Of course, that season, in which the Tigers went 38-1, was vacated after the NCAA invalidated star guard Derrick Rose’s SAT score. By the time the NCAA made its ruling, Calipari had already taken the job at Kentucky.Calipari has a major hand in turning Memphis into a nationally relevant program, but his departure has definitely rubbed many Tigers fans the wrong way. We’re very interested to see what type of reaction the fan base has in December.
zoomImage Courtesy: GOGL Norwegian dry bulk shipping company Golden Ocean Group Limited (GOGL) has secured a USD 120 million loan facility to refinance ten ships at favorable terms, the company said.The loan would be used to refinance USD 58.3 million due under two loan facilities maturing in 2018 and seller credit loans of USD 65.5 million.The facility has a seven year tenor, will be repaid in quarterly installments based on a 20-year age profile, and bears interest of LIBOR plus a margin of 2.25 pct.“Our new USD 120 million loan facility that refinanced 10 vessels was completed on attractive terms. It reduces our interest expense and pushes out the average tenor of our debt. We remain focused on maintaining a moderate amount of leverage on our balance sheet, and have repeatedly been successful at accessing attractively priced capital,” Per Heiberg, Chief Financial Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS, commented.Since the start of the year, GOGL was busy making room for the arrival of five newbuilding Capesize bulkers and one second-hand acquisition, the Golden Monterrey.In April, Golden Ocean sold the 2010-built Golden Eminence, a Panamax vessel, to an unnamed buyer for USD 14.7 million. The vessel is expected to be delivered to its new owners in the third quarter of 2018, and the estimated net cash flow from the transaction is expected to be approximately USD 5.4 million in the third quarter of 2018.In terms of financial performance for the first three months of 2018, the company ended the quarter with USD 16.7 million of net profit, rebounding from last year’s loss of USD 17.8 million.Operating revenues amounted to USD 149.9 million, up from last year’s USD 81.9 million. However, on a quarterly comparison, there was a decrease of USD 1.5 million due to a softer freight rate environment, in particular for the company’s Capesize vessels, which was partially offset by an increase in the number of vessels chartered in on spot voyages.“Golden Ocean continued to generate positive results in the first quarter of 2018 despite some seasonal weakness late in the quarter, reflecting primarily a strong entry into the year and period charters at decent rates,” Birgitte Ringstad Vartdal, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Ocean Management AS, said.“As market conditions improve, we are well positioned to generate substantial cash flow with a large, modern fleet and competitive cash breakeven levels.”In terms of outlook, Golden Ocean said that average rates are steadily increasing, and that the outlook appears positive for tonne-mile demand growth on the back of positive trends in the global economy.“The risk on the demand side is primarily related to a slowdown in the global economy and steel production in particular. The number of newbuilding orders reported is slowing, and this remains the most important factor for a prolonged positive rate environment,” the company concluded.
APTN InFocus with Cheryl McKenzieThe Ontario Sixties Scoop Class Action court victory is so far the only one of its kind in the Western world.The Ontario Superior Court ruled on February 14th, 2017 that Canada is liable for loss of cultural identity by those Indigenous 60s scoop plaintiffs who were placed in non-Indigenous homes.Now other 60s Scoop Survivors, like our guests in this show, are looking at what it could mean for them.In this edition, Jeffery Wilson, the lawyer representing Ontario Class Action lead plaintiff, Chief Marcia Brown-Martel, explains his view of where we are in light of the cultural genocide endured by tens of thousands of children who were scooped from their families.