Picture : Catherine Byaruhanga© BBC January 13, 2021 Find out more UgandaAfrica RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information News Ugandan president threatens to “bankrupt” leading daily UgandaAfrica News Follow the news on Uganda In the latest incident, a BBC crew was held for four hours at a police station in the northern town of Abim on 6 February after filming a public hospital from the road. The police arrested Catherine Byaruhanga, the BBC’s Uganda correspondent, cameraman Kelvin Brown and Sam Lawino, a local journalist acting as their fixer, after they refused to comply with orders to delete their video footage.The local police commissioner told RSF that they did not have the permits needed to film public health installations, and that they had posed as health ministry employees. They were released thanks to the personal intervention of Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura, who was alerted by several journalists. The hospital was the subject of controversy a few months ago when an opposition presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye, visited it with journalists. Interviewees criticized its dilapidated state and a nurse claimed that she had not seen a doctor at the hospital for the past six years. Nation Television (NTV) was the target of an angry verbal attack by President Yoweri Museveni after broadcasting its report about Dr. Besigye’s hospital visit, which led to an order by the health ministry and the electoral commission banning all visits to public health installations by presidential candidates.“Arrests and intimidation attempts of this kind are completely unacceptable in a country that claims to be democratic,” said Reporters Without Borders. “What happened to the BBC crew is just one example among dozens of cases of threats and intimidation of Ugandan journalists, which have increased since the start of the election campaign. We urge the authorities to end this campaign of media control and intimidation so that the entire Ugandan people can have transparent and peaceful elections.”Arrests and intimidation of this kind were already common, but they have intensified since the election campaign got under way in November 2015. According to Robert Sempala of the Human Rights Network for Journalists, more than 40 journalists have been arrested, beaten, prevented from working or deprived of their equipment by police since October. Human Rights Watch has published a report in 2016 detailing the violations endured by journalists, leading to a “chilling effect” for all media in the country, according to the human rights organisation. Uganda is ranked 97th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further Uganda urged to free two journalist held since last week on libel charges February 9, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Ugandan authorities gag media in run-up to presidential election June 4, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the government’s intimidation of the media in the run-up to the 18 February presidential election. What with threats, arrests, media closures and seizure of equipment, covering the election is becoming almost impossible for news media that do not kowtow to the ruling party. Uganda blocks social media and messaging apps, isolating election March 12, 2021 Find out more
July 4, 2016 1,219 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News About Author: Brian Honea U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), whose continued fights for tough Wall Street reform may prevent her from being chosen as the vice president on Hillary Clinton’s ticket, is trying to make sure that big financial firms and not taxpayers are on the hook for losses that occur from risky derivative trading.Warren along with U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Virginia), and U.S. Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland), Ranking Member on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, have introduced the Derivatives Oversight and Taxpayer Protection Act in order to strengthen federal oversight of the derivatives market, which totals in the multi-trillions. Derivatives were reported by the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission to be the center of the storm in the financial crisis.“The only way to make sure that derivatives can never lead to a financial crisis and taxpayer bailouts again is to put in place clearer rules and stronger oversight,” Warren said. “Otherwise, big financial firms will be able to rake in billions when things go well, then come back to taxpayers with their hands out when things come crashing down.”According to an announcement on Warren’s website, a lack of federal oversight of the derivatives market allowed firms to build up massive levels of leverage and risk, which resulted in billions of dollars in taxpayer bailouts and precipitated the crisis in 2008.“Reckless derivatives trading at AIG helped precipitate the global financial crisis of 2008 and usher in the Great Recession. That is why Congress required stricter capital, margin, and clearing requirements for derivatives activities in Dodd-Frank. This bill builds on our financial reform efforts by improving transparency, closing gaps in regulatory oversight, and giving CFTC resources adequate to accomplish these goals,” said Warner, who is the Ranking Member of the Senate Banking Subcommittee on Securities, Insurance & Investment.Derivatives trading has also hurt the housing market in the last year, leading to Freddie Mac taking a loss of at least $350 million in two of the last three quarters.The Warren/Warner/Cummings bill would strengthen federal oversight of the derivatives market by authorizing the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) to collect user fees from financial firms, similar to what the SEC does, and imposing tougher penalties on those who break the rules. The bill also aims to close loopholes for firms that are looking to go around the CFTC rules, and it creates an incentive for private parties to better assess the risk of derivatives contracts by ending special treatment for derivatives in bankruptcy. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Sen. Warren Turns Sights Toward Wall Street Again Tagged with: 2008 Financial Crisis Derivatives Trading Elizabeth Warren Wall Street Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Sen. Warren Turns Sights Toward Wall Street Again Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. 2008 Financial Crisis Derivatives Trading Elizabeth Warren Wall Street 2016-07-04 Brian Honea Previous: CFPB’s Cordray for Vice President? Next: Investing? Do Your Homework Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Print This Post Subscribe
News UpdatesMadras HC Extends All Interim Orders Till June 30; Parole Orders Till June 8 [Read Orders] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK1 Jun 2020 8:58 AMShare This – xThe Principal Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday extended the subsistence of the interim orders passed by it, that were subsisting as on March 20, till June 30, 2020. It may be noted however that the orders relating to parole/leave granted by the High Court to the life and other convicts, as a temporary measure to decongest prisons, have only been extended up till June…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Principal Bench of the Madras High Court on Monday extended the subsistence of the interim orders passed by it, that were subsisting as on March 20, till June 30, 2020. It may be noted however that the orders relating to parole/leave granted by the High Court to the life and other convicts, as a temporary measure to decongest prisons, have only been extended up till June 8, 2020. The order has been passed by a bench comprising of Justice M. Sathyanarayanan and Justice Abdul Quddhose, in the backdrop of the stigma attached to convicts. The order states, “It is a well settled position of law that once there, the stigma attached to the conviction remains, unless it is set aside by the Appellate Forum. Once a person is convicted, presumption of innocence is no longer available to him/her. …if convicts, especially, the life convicts remain at large, on account of interim orders of parole/leave granted by this Court, there is every likelihood of retaliatory attack in the form of grievous injury/death also.” Following this order, a division bench comprising of Justice PN Prakash and Justice B. Pugalendhi of the Madurai Bench of the High Court also extended various interim orders passed by it till June 30, 2020, except orders relating to grant of parole/leave, which are extended only till June 8, 2020. The remand orders, both Section 167 CrPC and Section 309 CrPC have also been extended till June 30, 2020, in view of the difficulty in production of remand prisoners before the Courts, either in person or via video conferencing. As regards the extension of period of limitation, the Bench said, the issue has was settled by the Supreme Court in In Re-Cognizance For Extension Of Limitation and that the Court is bound by the orders passed by the Supreme Court in this regard from time to time. Both the Benches have decided to reconsider their orders regarding extension of parole/leave of convicts on June 8, 2020. Yesterday, the High Court had announced that its Madurai Bench will re-open for physical hearings, in a “staggered manner”. The detailed story may be Read Here. Click Here To Download Madras HC Principal Bench Order Click Here To Download Madurai Bench Order Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Shannon Hester, the 2015 St. Dominic Academy scholar athlete and a Bayonne UNICO scholarship recipient, is pictured throwing the javelin for Loyola (New Orleans) at their recent conference meet. Hester is a junior who qualified for two National meets in the javelin while at SDA and is a scholarship student athlete who has run Cross Country and various field events for Loyola. She is a Bayonne native and graduate of All Saints. ×
View Comments The new season of the Golden Globe-winning Mozart in the Jungle will capture the scenic majesty of Venice, from the Grand Canal to Teatro La Fenice to Bernadette Peters shouting in a moving gondola. With the New York symphony on strike after a lockout, maestro Rodrigo (Gael García Bernal) travels to Italy for inspiration. It’s there he encounters a glamorous soprano (played by Monica Bellucci), threatens to throw his phone off a roof and gets in a shouting match with Gloria (Peters) in the aforementioned gondola. Check it all out in the new trailer, which also features an angry Debra Monk, below. The new season, which will include appearances by legendary tenor Plácido Domingo and composer Nico Muhly, will be available to stream on Amazon Prime on December 9. Bernadette Peters
Topics : Hendarsah attributed the rupiah’s fall in early trade to a drop in China’s equities market, which plunged after reopening from a 10-day Lunar New Year holiday amid a rapidly spreading virus epidemic.Read also: Rupiah hits two-year high, but concern grows over impact on exportsThe Chinese yuan and commodities markets in Shanghai slumped on Monday, on fears the coronavirus epidemic will hit demand in the world’s second-largest economy. The death toll in China rose to 361 as of Sunday with the number of confirmed cases rising to more than 17,200.The rupiah fell as much as 0.5 percent to 13,725 per dollar by 0442 GMT. So far this year, it has gained 1.1 percent helped by big inflows. Bank Indonesia intervened in spot foreign currency trading as well as domestic non-deliverable forward and bond markets on Monday to stabilize the rupiah, an official said, as the currency fell 0.5 percent to the weakest since mid-January.“BI is making sure of rupiah’s stability,” Nanang Hendarsah, the central bank’s head of monetary management, told Reuters by text message.“BI is boldly buying bonds in the secondary market and is offering DNDF (domestic non-deliverable forwards) through eight brokers,” he said, adding that intervention was also done in a measured way in the spot foreign exchange (FX) market. Indonesia is one of Asia’s higher-yielding markets and has attracted heavy overseas inflows into its bond markets as investors sought better returns in a world of plunging interest rates.Indonesia’s benchmark 10-year bond yield jumped to 6.701 percent, from the previous session’s close of 6.645 percent.The stock market fell 0.5 percent on Monday and is down 6.6 percent since mid-January, making it the second-worst performing in Southeast Asia after Manila so far this year.BI intervened in bonds, DNDF and spot markets almost daily last week, according to a trader in Jakarta, but the central bank was seen focusing most of its intervention in the bond and DNDF markets.Indonesia’s one-month DNDF contracts on Monday traded at 13,751 to the dollar, stronger than comparable offshore non-deliverable forwards at 13,840.The interventions have helped keep the rupiah mostly stable in recent weeks, the trader said, but dollar liquidity in the spot market is tight.“BI prefers to do their intervention through DNDF now, but most of the offshore traders are seeking dollar in the spot market, which currently is a bit illiquid,” the trader said.Read also: Wuhan coronavirus to affect local stock market until outbreak containedBI sold DNDF contracts worth more than US$380 million early on Monday, the trader said, adding to around $450 million sold on Friday.Meanwhile, the central bank believes the pressure on the rupiah is temporary.“We believe the rupiah’s weakness is temporary because fundamentally, the rupiah will be supported by a narrowing current account deficit, low and stable inflation and resilient growth,” Hendarsah said.
Published on February 1, 2017 at 7:03 am Contact Paul: [email protected] | @pschweds Syracuse (13-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) travels to Raleigh to take on North Carolina State (14-8, 3-6) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The Orange is 5-2 against conference opponents outside the Top 25 but has yet to win a game outside of the Carrier Dome this season.Here are answers to your most pressing game day questions.How can you watch the game? Syracuse-N.C. State will air on ESPN2. Here are channel listings based on provider.• Time Warner: 301 and 25 for non-digital subscribers• Verizon Fios: 574 (high-definition) and 74 (standard-definition)• DirecTV: 209• Dish Network: 144• New Visions: 760 (high-definition) and 74 (standard-definition)How can Tyler Lydon contribute without scoring? In nearly every other facet of the game. He can still be Syracuse’s best player even when he doesn’t fill up the scoring column.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow has Andrew White improved throughout this season? His defense has gotten a lot better recently.What did Jim Boeheim and Mark Gottfried say before the matchup? Take a look at recaps of the two coaches’ appearances on the ACC teleconference. (Boeheim, Gottfried)What do our beat writers think will happen? Check out their picks, here.Anything else to know about the Wolfpack? Here’s a preview of N.C. State. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
UJ Soweto campus inspires creativethinking, Minister Naledi Pandor said. UJ is home to some of South Africa’sforemost intellectuals. Struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela(left) attended the new campus openingceremony.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Herman EsterhuizenMedia RelationsUniversity of Johannesburg+27 559 36653 or +27 72 129 0777RELATED ARTICLES• SA university gets global nod• New centre to foster science careers• Science university for Botswana• First university for MpumalangaBongani NkosiThe community of Soweto now has access to a state-of-the-art higher learning facility, following the multimillion-rand upgrading of the University of Johannesburg’s (UJ) campus in the township.Formerly known as Vista University, the UJ campus is now of the same stature as universities in South Africa’s more affluent towns. It sports a more exciting look than Vista, which was built by the apartheid government to prolong racial segregation in tertiary education.The university was transformed at a cost of R450-million (US$62-million), a sum allocated by the government in 2005. Science and Technology minister Naledi Pandor commented that the design “inspires creative thinking”.The sparkling Pimville campus was unveiled on 4 February at a ceremony that also marked the opening of UJ’s academic year. South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and UJ’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal Prof Ihron Rensburg were on hand to do the honours.“I am confident that the expansion of this campus will play a key role in addressing developmental needs of the broader Soweto community,” said Motlanthe.The facelift included the construction of new lecture halls, a students’ residence, an ICT facility and law and health clinics. A new student centre and a sports ground are also part of the package.The residence on campus is named after Hector Pieterson, the 12-year-old who was slain by apartheid police during the 1976 students’ protest against the compulsory use of Afrikaans in schools. It accommodates more than 300 students, while others will stay in two leased residences in the nearby Soweto suburbs of Orlando and Dube.Community members will also have access to the facilities. The law clinic will provide legal advice to residents and pupils at surrounding schools will benefit from extra academic lessons on weekends.The Centre for Small and Medium Enterprises Development, part of the campus, has been reaching out to Soweto’s entrepreneurs since 2008. It’s headed by accomplished Soweto businessman Dr Thami Mazwai and offers leadership lectures to the public each month.“It is important to bear in mind that this Soweto campus has been designed with a clear intention of being an asset to the local community,” Rensburg said.Soweto-based construction businesses also scored big from the renovation process. Contracts worth about R37-million ($5.1-million) were awarded to the local contractors.Top academic studiesThe campus offers full-time courses in management, economic and financial sciences, education and humanities. UJ’s campuses around Johannesburg offer other industry-related courses such as engineering.Soweto is currently offering five undergraduate degree courses, seven undergraduate diploma programmes, two doctoral and three masters’ courses, and one honours course. UJ is planning to enrol 7 000 students at the campus by 2013.Students from Soweto and neighbouring areas such as Sebokeng, Orange Farm and the East Rand will be close enough to take full advantage of opportunities offered by this latest addition to Gauteng’s academic sector.As South African students are known to travel very far for their education, the campus can also expect to draw students from provinces like Mpumalanga and the Northern Cape, neither of which has its own university.“Our vision for the Soweto campus is that it will become the campus of choice for most students,” said Rensburg.UJ is one of the country’s leading universities, attracting 65 000 new students for the 2011 academic year. Many were disappointed as the university can only take in 13 000 first-year students.“Our students come from all parts of South Africa, and we also have close to 2 500 international students from 52 countries,” Rensburg said.Honouring stalwartsBuildings in the campus are named after stalwarts in the struggle against apartheid. The naming committee opted for icons who had a direct impact on Soweto.They include the late Pan Africanist leader Robert Sobukwe, who lived in the township between the 1970s and 1980s. The late Dr Nthato Motlana, a Soweto activist and businessman who was also Nelson Mandela’s physician, has a lecture building named after him.Preacher and composer of Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika Enoch Sontonga, Afrikaans struggle hero Bram Fischer, author and activist Ellen Khuzwayo, activist Anton Lembede, youth leader Tsietsi Mashinini, and prominent teacher TW Khambule are also honoured.“These great South Africans all lived selfless lives so that others can prosper,” Rensburg said. “It is fitting, then, that these heroes should posthumously be honoured for the rich legacy they have left behind.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest American Agri-Women, the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch and agri-business women, is celebrating 40 years of advocating for agriculture with its “Drive Across America,” a five-month educational and advocacy tour. Ohio Corn & Wheat, a market development, education and political advocacy group for the state’s grain farmers, is a sponsor of the Drive.Ohio Corn & Wheat works to create opportunities for long-term Ohio corn and small grain grower profitability through two checkoff based organizations and one legislative entity, Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association. The Ohio Corn Checkoff and Ohio Small Grains Checkoff work to develop and expand markets, fund research, and provide education about corn and wheat, respectively. Working with its national counterparts, the National Corn Growers Assn. and the National Assn. of Wheat Growers, the state group works to advocate for supportive public policy and engage with consumer audiences at a grassroots level to ensure a climate for grower success.“Grassroots advocacy is among the best ways to influence change because it focuses on personal connections and shared experiences. We appreciate the work of Ohio Corn & Wheat in influencing policies that promote the future of agriculture. We are so pleased to have them as a sponsor of our Drive Across America,” says AAW President Sue McCrum.“Ohio Corn & Wheat is proud to support the American Agri-Women as they continue to advocate for agriculture and help lead our nation’s agricultural industry,” said John Hoffman, chairman of the Ohio Small Grains Checkoff. “We congratulate them on their 40th anniversary and look forward to their visit to Ohio for this weekend’s Preble County Pork Festival.”McCrum and other AAW leaders and members are driving in a specially wrapped pick-up truck, participating in educational, network and advocacy events hosted by AAW’s more than 50 affiliates. The Drive will finish at the 2015 annual convention in Portland, Maine.
A U.K. company that makes an app to help charities raise money says it may need some charity of its own, after nearly being run out of business because of changes to how Facebook lets it connect with its fans.The makers of Charity Engine grabbed the vanity Facebook URL https://www.facebook.com/CharityEngine as soon as it became available in January 2010, even though its product was still far from being launched. The company used Facebook to explain the product, which offers computer users prizes to use idle time to raise money for causes, to prospect for users and to alert those fans as soon as it was launched.Through most of 2010 the company placed advertisements in Facebook and its fan base quickly grew.“By November we had over 100,000 fans from all over the world and we’d never even posted to the page,” CEO Mark McAndrew said. “As Charity Engine needed just 10K users to be viable, and cost nothing to download, this was hugely exciting.”Now, however, Charity Engine is claiming rapid changes to how Facebook’s EdgeRank promotes posts are threatening its very existence. Charity Engine can’t contact its Facebook fans with any degree of certainty to let them know the product has launched unless it pays for a promoted post, something it says it can no longer afford to do because its Facebook marketing strategy backfired.Facebook has yet to respond to requests for comment, but last month, when similar allegations were raised, Facebook defended how it presents brands’ posts to their Facebook page. At the time, the company essentially blamed brands for not creating engaging content, which is ultimately seen by fewer users.“If a brand is continually putting up low-quality content that no one is engaging with, that content is going to be optimized out of the Newsfeed,” a company employee said at the time.Sinking Engagement LevelsCharity Engine’s excitement over the initial response to its Facebook page was short-lived. As the company started making wall posts, the engagement was about one-in-500 responses from fans. On its long-anticipated launch day, Charity Engine found that Facebook had ditched group messaging, meaning, on average, just 12% of their fans would even see any post on its wall (including posts promoting the launch). And, in reality, McAndrew said, the number was closer to 5%.“Facebook actively prevents sharing with the argument that EdgeRank is a useful and friendly filter, only letting the most-wanted content get through,” McAndrew said. “With fans worldwide, we knew our wall post wouldn’t be seen by everyone, but now we knew it hadn’t even been sent to everyone. How many had never received it?”In those days, before Facebook started offering paid, promoted posts, the company’s answer was simple: create more engaging content and EdgeRank would score that content more highly, meaning more people would see Charity Engine’s posts. Charity Engine started producing non-commercial content designed to engage fans. But McAndrew said no matter what they posted, engagement continued to plummet.McAndrew said his team started talking with Facebook directly. They took solace in the fact that, at the very least, they could send messages directly to followers, although the process was more tedious than simply posting it on the fan page. Then last year Facebook said it was suspending the ability for brands to directly message fans. At the same time, McAndrew said there were other problems, including an analysis of the brand’s followers that found about one in five of Charity Engine’s likes were from dead or fake accounts. Conversion and click-through rates were “terrible.”McAndrew said in hindsight, his firm probably should not have invested its entire marketing budget in Facebook. But the early successes led the team to believe the giant social network was the best method for reaching potential users. By January, when it was set to award its first prize, Charity Engine had just 1,300 users, well below the 10,000 the firm needed to remain viable.False Hope In Promoted Posts“We cancelled our advertising and complained to Facebook customer services, an experience not unlike writing several letters to Santa Claus and throwing them down a well,” McAndrew said. “But, eventually, our prayers were answered – fan pages would be given the ability to ‘promote’ their posts (for a fee, of course) to fully 75% of their fans! The page wasn’t a write-off at all, we would still be able to contact them.”McAndrew said that sounded like a bait-and-switch marketing ploy, but he also felt stuck: The company had spent more than two years building up its Facebook page and followers. The relief promoted posts brought was short-lived: by the time the service was rolled out to Charity Engine, McAndrew was told it would cost up to $4,500 per post. Had he known how much promoted posts would have cost ahead of time, McAndfrew said, he would have spent the money on a half-page ad in the New York Times, which is what he estimates his company has spent on Facebook advertising to date.Meanwhile, the number of fans seeing posts on Charity Engine’s Facebook page has continued to drop to less than 1%.“Tried demanding a refund, threatening to go public or delete the page, even pleaded with them to not basically put us under – and offered to share a software patent they could have used,” McAndrew said. “Nada.”Charity Engine’s solution? It’s giving up on Facebook. On Friday it posted a message to its fans saying just 0.3% of its followers were now seeing its posts because it wouldn’t pay as much as $4,500 to promote each post.“Have we shown you our Google+ profile…? ;)” the post concluded. 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