first_imgEquity Bank Group Limited ( listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Equity Bank Group Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Group Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Group Limited (  2014 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileEquity Bank Group Limited is a leading financial institution based in Kenya which offers products and services to private individuals and small-to-medium enterprises, and the corporate banking market. It operates in six geographical markets; Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The consumer division targets salaried customers or customers who receive regular remittances, such as a pension. The SME division provides financial solutions for working capital needs, property development and acquisition of assets. The corporate division targets large enterprises offering products and services that range from equity, mortgage and asset finance loans to trade finance, development loans and business loans. Formerly known as Equity Bank Limited, the commercial bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited. Equity Bank Group Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgEquity Bank Group Limited ( listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Equity Bank Group Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Group Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Group Limited (  2016 abridged results.Company ProfileEquity Bank Group Limited is a leading financial institution based in Kenya which offers products and services to private individuals and small-to-medium enterprises, and the corporate banking market. It operates in six geographical markets; Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The consumer division targets salaried customers or customers who receive regular remittances, such as a pension. The SME division provides financial solutions for working capital needs, property development and acquisition of assets. The corporate division targets large enterprises offering products and services that range from equity, mortgage and asset finance loans to trade finance, development loans and business loans. Formerly known as Equity Bank Limited, the commercial bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited. Equity Bank Group Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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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.center_img The Rolls-Royce (LSE: RR) share price has jumped in the first few months of this year. Year-to-date, shares in the aerospace and engineering group have increased 12%. However, over the past 12 months, the stock is still off by 40%, despite its recent performance. Nevertheless, the outlook for the group has dramatically improved over the past few months. As such, I’ve been reviewing the business recently to see if it could be worth adding to my portfolio as a way to play the UK economic recovery. 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…Rolls-Royce share price outlook Today, the engineering group reported worse-than-expected losses for 2020. Rolls-Royce results showed an underlying pre-tax loss of £4bn for the year. Analysts were forecasting losses of £3.1bn. This loss included a £1.7bn underlying charge related to the unwinding of hedging contracts, which were designed to limit the group’s exposure to volatile exchange rates. Underlying revenues were £11.7bn, down from £15.4bn a year earlier. Rolls-Royce’s primary business is the design and sale of engines for commercial aircraft. The company doesn’t make any money on the sale of each engine. Instead, it receives service payments over the life of the machine. These payments are generally based on the number of flying hours for each product. This model can be lucrative. But with most of the global airline fleet grounded over the past 12 months, it’s become a thorn in the group’s side. Last year, flying hours were just 43% of 2019 levels. Management is expecting this to change in 2021. According to the company’s latest update, flying hours could hit 55% of 2019 levels for the whole year. By 2022, flying hours will reach 80% of 2019 levels. These figures suggest the company is in for a couple of years of uncertainty. However, they’re just projections at this stage. There’s no guarantee the market will recover as expected. A worse-than-expected performance could have a significant negative impact on the Rolls-Royce share price. That said, a better-than-projected performance could have a positive effect on the stock. Risk and rewardAfter a year of restructuring, Rolls is now in a significantly better position financially to weather the storm. It has reinforced its balance sheet with £7.3bn of new equity and debt and launched a disposal programme to raise at least £2bn. A restructuring programme is also underway, which will ultimately see the company reduce the number of jobs across the business by 7,000. Based on current projections, these actions should be enough to help the group pull through. But, like all other projections, there’s no guarantee it’ll be enough. If Rolls has to deal with another year like 2020 anytime soon, it’s highly likely the organisation will have to raise yet more money. Still, management’s current forecasts show the business will turn cash-flow-positive in the second half of 2021. This should help stabilise the Rolls-Royce share price. Further, projections suggest the company has the potential to generate at least £750m in cash as early as 2022.Based on these forecasts, I’d buy the stock for my portfolio today. But this isn’t a risk-free investment. And Rolls’ recovery isn’t a certainty. The global economic recovery will dictate the group’s performance over the next few years. If that falters, and the company’s outlook dims, the Rolls-Royce share price could go into reverse. 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first_img Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeJVAOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodTrondheimHousesNorwayPublished on May 16, 2013Cite: “The Polite House / JVA” 16 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – MetrisVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ EffectPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceBricksEndicottBrick Facade at the Bruce Nesbitt African American Cultural CenterBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight F100 CircularLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenRailing / BalustradesSolarluxBalcony Glazing – SL 60eUrban ShadingPunto DesignPublic Architecture in Residential ComplexDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Products in Palazzo VolpiChairshorgenglarusUpholstered Chair – diva 5-154Wall / Ceiling LightsHE WilliamsLED Downlight – 4DR RoundMore 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 Photographs:  Lars Evanger Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Products used in this ProjectFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel TectivaPrimary Architects:Einar Jarmund, Håkon Vigsnæs, Alessandra Kosberg, Ane Sønderaal Tolfsen, Claes Cho Heske Ekornås, Paul-Henri HennConsultants:Byggmester Hans Helseth ASClient:Tonje Evanger, Tom Arne PedersenCity:TrondheimCountry:NorwayMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Lars EvangerText description provided by the architects. Situated in the residential area of Havstein, this compact single family house is overlooking the fjord and city of Trondheim. The house has a modest and abstract formal character in a neighbourhood with various density and architectural expressions. Regulated minimal distance to adjacent road is maintained by the shifting geometrical shape of the house. The shift also obtains a significant view for a neighbour up the hill. These two obstructions – road and neighbour – gave the house its characteristic form.Save this picture!© Lars Evanger Strong verticality has emerged from a narrow site. The upright shape gives great views from the living room to the north, and the lifted terrace provides a comfortable outdoor space to the south. The shifted upper level of the house makes intricate spaces inside. The plan is really compact with various functions combined such as play area with hallway, guest with office space and kitchen and living room together. Angled walls and narrow spaces give specific solutions to a dense house. The vase-like expression of the house has emerged from minimal details, along with an exterior and interior cladding in white fiber cement panels. Ceilings are in birch plywood and the floor is made in epoxy terrazzo cast on site which gives a warm atmosphere to the interior.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessThe City of Fort Lauderdale Votes in Favor of BIG’s Marina LoftsArticlesWood Summit Smaland ConferenceEvent Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects Photographs The Polite House / JVASave this projectSaveThe Polite House / JVASave this picture!© Lars Evanger+ 27 Share ArchDailycenter_img Manufacturers: EQUITONE Products translation missing: Area:  170 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2012 Architects: JVA Area Area of this architecture project The Polite House / JVA CopyHouses•Trondheim, Norway “COPY” Norway Year: last_img read more

first_imgAlamance County sheriff and Graham Police make an arrest for holding a sign on county property.Durham, N.C. — While the “second wave” of coronavirus has received much coverage throughout the U.S., North Carolina, under the brutal, totalitarian rule of  North Carolina Republicans, has barely slowed the outbreak’s “first wave” since March 10 when the state first entered a state of emergency.North Carolina is a perfect storm of health crises. White nationalists seized control of the state apparatus in 2010 in an anti-Black insurgency against the election of a Black president. Since then, they systematically shuttered rural hospitals and urban public health initiatives, defunded medical research — especially around racial disparities in health care — and burned billions on corporate wealthfare and police militarization.  And while the workers have fought back and pushed back the racists, many options — such as Medicaid expansion — remain off the table.  So when the first reported coronavirus cases in the state emerged in early March, hospital visits and deaths for “influenza-like illnesses” had already been climbing, especially among Black, Indigenous and Latinx workers who were denied access to preventative health care.The situation worsened after the state Department of Health first reported the degree to which coronavirus was disproportionately harming Black people. Within 72 hours, large mobilizations by white business and home owners to “ReOpenNC” took place across the state — mobilizations that included many known neo-Nazis, neo-Confederates and other designated hate-group members.  While many of the first “ReOpenNC” extremists have since contracted the virus, large amounts of untraceable funds have continued to prop them up, even in the face of Black-led uprisings.Alamance County, situated between Greensboro and Durham, recently made national headlines for having the fastest time for cases to double in the entire U.S.  Alamance County is controlled by fascist Sheriff Terry Johnson, best known for being excluded from Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s deportation program by the Eric Holder Justice Department for racial profiling before being reinstated under the Trump administration.  Sheriff Johnson has pledged not to enforce masking laws, which reduce COVID transmission rates by 98 percent, but has enforced — and been sued for enforcing — a ban on #BlackLivesMatter demonstrations in public spaces in the county.  Further, while saying the demonstration ban was for public safety, Johnson refused to comply with laws disallowing events at the Ace Speedway — a site that has now become an infection cluster, as wealthy white enthusiasts infect Black and Brown workers throughout the county. Alamance County is also home to Elon University, which notably “reopened” after the last day of exams, with no classes on campus, but forcing vulnerable dining hall, residence hall and facilities and other workers to leave their homes without personal protective equipment to labor in service of an inactive university. Elon also operates a private police force at Sheriff Johnson’s beck and call.The future of North Carolina remains ambiguous, as a 2 a.m. vote by white supremacist legislators on June 26 has now ruled masks illegal — under a law meant to weaken the Ku Klux Klan in less openly racist times.  Other sheriffs are following Johnson’s pattern of selectively enforcing laws to maximize danger to Black people.  But whatever the future holds, North Carolinians will continue to struggle for  liberation in solidarity with movements around the world.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgThe Brown-Lupton University Union. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer) Linkedin TCU 360 staff win awards at the Fall National College Media Convention Renee Umsted Facebook ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs Does Anonymity Aug21 (PDF)
Does Anonymity Aug21 (Text)The court’s order instructing the plaintiffs to either use their names or request to continue using pseudonyms. Deadlines to add plaintiffs to the lawsuit The court denied Does Nos. 4 and 5 — a former and a current graduate student at TCU, respectively — the opportunity to join the lawsuit with Jane Does Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in late June. However, the court also said Does Nos. 4 and 5 could move separately to join the lawsuit, issuing a deadline of Aug. 21 to do so.Read more: Court won’t allow graduate students to join discrimination suit On Aug. 20, lawyers for Does Nos. 1, 2 and 3 filed a motion to extend the deadline to add plaintiffs to the lawsuit. TCU will not raise tuition for the 2021-22 academic year World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Renee Umsted Facebook Does TCUresponse (PDF)
Does TCUresponse (Text)TCU’s Aug. 25 motion to deny the deadline extension. TCU also filed a separate document Aug. 26, again asking the court to strike more than 44 paragraphs from the plaintiffs’ complaint. This comes in response to the plaintiffs’ complaint in which they referenced, according to the motion, “immaterial and impertinent allegations that have no relationship to the claims of the Doe plaintiffs,” including news of the use of racial slurs by head coach Gary Patterson and an admitted student. Read more: TCU asks court to strike almost 29 pages from plaintiffs’ complaint According to TCU’s motion, Does Nos. 1, 2 and 3 do not cite any evidence supporting their allegation that past events are relevant to the plaintiffs’ claims. “What was said or done on the campus of TCU decades ago — in a different era — has no connection to the present controversy,” according to the document. TCU also said in the document that the motion to strike the paragraphs is done to expedite the lawsuit. printLawyers for Jane Does Nos. 1, 2 and 3 asked the court to allow them to continue using a pseudonym in the lawsuit against TCU. The motion was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Texas on Sept. 11, in response to the court’s order to the plaintiffs to either reveal their names or file a motion to remain anonymous. Does Nos. 1, 2 and 3, who are represented by lawyers at Anozie, LLP, said in the motion they had disclosed personal information about themselves in the lawsuit, which is “deserving of protection, including Plaintiffs being permitted to proceed under pseudonym/anonymously.” “As a practice, TCU does not comment on pending litigation beyond the papers we file in court. TCU is focused on creating a respectful and inclusive community for all students,” the university said in a statement. TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Does Motion Anonymity (PDF)
Does Motion Anonymity (Text)The motion filed on behalf of Jane Does Nos. 1, 2 and 3 on Sept. 11, asking the court to allow them to remain anonymous. According to the motion, revealing the identities of Does Nos. 1, 2 and 3 would not benefit the defendants very much but would harm the plaintiffs, who have disclosed information of the “utmost intimacy,” anticipate retaliation based on the history of harassment of people who have spoken out against racism and sexism at TCU, and experience stigma due to their experiences with disabilities, mental health issues and assault. This motion was filed in response to a court order filed Aug. 20, telling the plaintiffs to “file a Fourth Amended Complaint identifying their real names or move for leave to proceed anonymously” by Sept. 11. ReddIt Previous articleA new reality for TCU’s campusNext articleWhat we’re reading: Hurricane Sally moves north, Trump to visit California Renee Umsted RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Renee Umsted Does Motion Aug20 (PDF)
Does Motion Aug20 (Text)The Aug. 20 motion to extend the deadline.The next day, the lawyers filed a motion to allow Jane Does Nos. 4 and 5 to join the lawsuit and add Dr. Frederick Gooding and Dr. Karen Steele as defendants. According to the Aug. 21 document, Doe No. 1 already made allegations of negligence, intentional infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy against Gooding. Also, Steele’s alleged conduct toward Does Nos. 4 and 5 formed the basis of their discrimination complaints submitted to TCU, making her liable for the plaintiffs’ allegations of negligence and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Renee Umsted Does TCUreply (PDF)
Does TCUreply (Text) Renee Umsted ReddIt Does MotionToJoin Aug26 (PDF)
Does MotionToJoin Aug26 (Text)The Aug. 21 motion to add Jane Does Nos. 4 and 5 as plaintiffs and Gooding and Steele as defendants. In response, TCU’s attorneys at McDonald Sanders filed a motion on Aug. 25 to ask the court to deny the plaintiffs’ request to extend the deadline for adding Does Nos. 4 and 5 to the suit. According to the document, the plaintiffs requested the Aug. 21 deadline, and they gave no specific examples to warrant the extra time, including how the extended deadline is “crucial in having Does 1, 2, or 3’s respective claims fully and fairly adjudicated.” In addition, TCU alleges in the motion that additional time would prejudice the defendants and slow down the lawsuit. Renee is a journalism major. She is dedicated to improving her journalism skills to effectively and ethically inform others. Linkedin Twitter Twitter Jacqueline Lambiase is still fighting for students + posts Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

first_imgSam Fristachi Facebook Linkedin Women’s Basketball falls in regular-season finale against Texas Facebook Women’s Basketball falls to Kansas State in overtime loss Twitter + posts TCU falls to 8-12 with the loss against Oklahoma. Photo Courtesy of Samantha Fristachi is a senior from Massapequa, New York. She is a journalism and sports broadcasting major and a business minor. She hopes to be a sports broadcaster on ESPN one day. Previous articleThe Skiff: Feb. 25, 2021Next articleHoroscope: February 25, 2021 Sam Fristachi RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Women’s basketball falls in Big 12 Championship quarterfinals to Baylor Sam Fristachi TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Twitter ReddIt printA late fourth-quarter comeback was not enough for TCU women’s basketball on Wednesday night, as they fell 76-60 to Oklahoma.“[I’m] disappointed in our team and how we performed especially in that first half,” head coach Raegan Pebley said. “Our practices leading into this and how we’ve been playing are very different from how we performed in the first half, the second half was better, but this is a league where it’s tough to recover from a 23-8 quarter.”TCU was only down three going into the second quarter, but Oklahoma would go on to outscore the Horned Frogs 23-8 going into halftime to take a 39-21 lead.  As the game went on, TCU would trail by as much as 26.A lights-out shooting performance from guard Taylor Robertson led the offensive barrage for the Sooners, as she finished with a game-high 28 points on a whopping six made-threes. “I don’t know a better shooter in the country, a lot of people have dubbed her [Robertson] that and I agree,” said Pebley. “Especially when you don’t have a high hand against her and she’s coming up and getting her feet set she’s going to hit those. She’s a great shooter and we just have to be better in a week when we play them.”For the Frogs, sophomore guard Tavy Diggs led the team with 17 points in the loss. She also had a career-high four assists. “When Tavy is in that space and wants to be aggressive offensively and locked in defensively…” Pebley said. “I just think she can be a really special player. She can do some things that no one on our team can do and we want to continue to mature that and mature her and watch her flourish.”With 17 points, Tavy Diggs (13) led TCU in scoring for the second time this season. (Photo courtesy of Lauren Heard snapped her 10-game streak of scoring 10 or more points, finishing the night with just nine. However, she did lead the team with nine rebounds. “Lauren’s got confidence when the ball is in her hands and we have confidence when the ball’s in her hands. Her ability to rebound as a guard is one of those things that makes her special,” Pebley.TCU falls to 8-12 with the loss and 10-23 all time against Oklahoma.The Horned Frogs travel to Manhattan, Kansas next Monday, March 1 to take on the Kansas State Wildcats. Tip-off is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on Big 12 Now on ESPN+. ReddIt Linkedin Sam Fristachi Women’s basketball comes from behind to defeat Kansas State Sam Fristachi Sam Fristachi TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

first_img News to go further RSF_en March 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bahraïn An ingrained targeted filtering systemThe authorities’ efforts to pursue technological innovations has gone hand-in-hand with a tightening of Internet control. A strict filtering policy governs Internet use, focused on contents related to political or religious issues, or which are deemed to be obscene or capable of tarnishing the royal family’s reputation. Among the sites blocked are opposition websites and those considered “anti-Islamic,” discussion forums on taboo subjects and certain news websites. Online news websites such as, and various forums such as Sitra and have been made inaccessible. In early 2009, Sheikha Mai Bent Mohammed Al-Khalifa, Bahrain’s Minister of Culture and a member of the royal family, launched a “anti-pornography campaign” which led to the closing of 1,040 websites, even though some of them had nothing to do with the subject. The blocking of the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights betrays the government’s intention of attacking sites critical of the regime, the royal family or the Parliament. Some YouTube, Wikipedia and Facebook pages have been adversely affected by this campaign. This selective filtering policy also applies to social networks, particularly when they discuss topics deemed controversial. On 9 October 2010, for example, the Facebook page of opposition leader Abdul Wahab Hussein was blocked. Facebook currently has 253,000 members in Bahrain.However, the use of proxy servers such as Hotspot Shield and Your Freedom, is increasingly common in the kingdom. A news-reactive Internet censorshipThe government reacts swiftly to breaking news. Following the pro-democratic demonstrations which began on 14 February 2011 in Manama, the country’s capital, filtering was intensified thanks to software supplied by the U.S. company SmartFilter.The authorities resorted to blocking the accounts of Bambuser, a streaming platform which allows users to directly share online videos made with cell phones. YouTube pages containing videos of the protests were rendered inaccessible. One Facebook group of 6,000 members which had called for a demonstration against the regime on 14 February was censored by the authorities two days after the page was opened. The Twitter account @Nabeelrajab, which belongs to the President of the Bahrain Human Rights Centre, was among those censored. Furthermore, high-speed Internet connections have been slowed down since 14 February, undoubtedly to hinder the uploading and downloading of videos and the dissemination of live photos of the demonstrations. According to the company Arbor Networks, Internet traffic to and from Bahrain in mid-February fell 20%, as compared to the three preceding weeks. On 14 February 2011, King Hamad ben Issa Al-Khalifa made a televised speech to express his condolences to the families of the two demonstrators killed while crowds were being dispersed, and ordered an commission of inquiry to be set up. According to the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, some anonymous SMS messages were sent which called for pro-government demonstrations. Cell phones under pressureIn 2010, the repression spread to cell phones. On 7 April 2010, the Ministry of Culture and Information banned a Blackberry cell phone chat group and threatened the offenders with legal action. Mohamed Suleiman, a journalist who was relaying via his “Urgent News” application free daily news briefs from six of the country’s leading dailies, was forced to stop transmitting these news alerts. The Assistant Underscretary of Press and Publications, Abdullah Yateem, justified this ban by pointing out that certain newspapers and telephone messaging services had not been approved by the authorities. He expressed concern about the impact on the public that such news might have and the “chaos and confusion” it could cause among readers.These chat groups are very popular in Bahrain. They allow users to exchange various types of information such as traffic updates, the presence of police speed traps (radar), cultural exhibits, religious information, etc. Eleven thousand people were receiving “Urgent News” alerts.Excessive laws and decreesNumerous cybercafés are under tightened surveillance and are prohibited from having a separate closed room that could allow Internet users to privately consult websites. In fact, each screen must be visible to all in order to make surveillance easier. This control is coordinated by a commission comprised of four ministries, which monitors compliance with the rules governing the non-admittance of minors and computer station visibility.The Internet is governed by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA), established by Legislative Decree No. 48 of 2002 promulgating the Telecommunicatons Law. Its scope of application was extended to online media. Although a 2008 amendment eliminated prior censorship and prison sentences for reporters, journalists and netizens can still be prosecuted by virtue of the anti-terrorism law or the Bahrain Penal Code.Two decrees that specifically concern the Internet were adopted in 2009. The first allows websites to be closed without a court order, merely at the request of the Minister of Culture. The second requires the growing number of Internet service providers – currently about 20 – to block pornographic websites or those likely to incite violence or racial hatred.Netizens under pressureCommitted to a security-based approach in reaction to the Shiite minority protests in the summer of 2010, the regime detained two bloggers under inhuman and degrading conditions and openly flouted their rights, in violation of international agreements signed and ratified by the Kingdom. Judged alongside some 20 other human rights activists, bloggers Ali Abdulemam and Abduljalil Al-Singace, who had been arrested on 4 September 2010, were harshly treated while in jail. According to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, blogger Ali Abduleman allegedly stated during the trial: “I ws tortured, beaten and insulted. They threatened to get my wife and other members of my family fired from their jobs. I was questioned without a lawyer present and the officer there with me looked as though he were a security agent. He ignored my denial of the accusations made against me. He never let me answer his questions and answered them himself.” When he appeared before the court, Abdeljalil Al-Singace protested against the “moral and physical torture” to which he had been subjected and the threats of rape made against his relatives. He suffered four heart attacks while in custody. Allegedly, he also pointed out that he was deprived of medical care by the guards and that, despite his rapidly deteriorating health, he was never given any medication. On 22 February 2011, as a gesture to appease the opposition and demonstrators, the authorities suddenly released the two bloggers, as well as 21 other opposition and human rights activists who had been on trial at the same time, after multiple hearings and a trial parody marked by the collective resignation of the initial defence lawyers. The latter had demanded that the trial be suspended and an investigation started into the torture allegations, as provided by law. Nabeel Rajab, Director of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, stated on U.S. TV channel CNN that some 400 prisoners were still behind bars. Abdeljalil Al-Singace, spokesperson and head of the human rights office of the Haq movement of Civil Liberties and Democracy, had already been arrested in 2009 for allegedly launching a government-targeted estabilisation campaign. On his blog,, he denounced the anti-Shiite discriminations, as well as the deplorable status of public freedoms in his country. Ali Abdulemam, a very active blogger considered by Bahraini netizens as an Internet pioneer, had been arrested in 2005 for posting criticisms of the regime on his blog. As a contributor to the blogger worldwide network Global Voices, he has spoken in numerous international conferences to denounce human rights abuses in Bahrain. The two netizens were charged with defaming the kingdom’s authorities and publishing “false information about Bahrain’s internal affairs” with the aim of destabilising the country. Mohammed Al-Rashid was also victimised as a result of the government’s repressive policy. The netizen was arrested in October 2010 for “spreading false information with the aim of undermining public security.” On 4 January 2011, he was released after posting bail in the amount of USD 530. He is now restricted in his displacements and his trial is still underway. According to the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights, this cyberdissident was known for denouncing – mainly on online forums and websites such as Bahrain Online and AlJazeera Talk – human rights violations in the country and the lack of professionalism of journalists with close ties to the regime. He acted as a relayer of opposition views often omitted in the traditional media.Defenders of netizens and human rights activists have not been spared. Nabeel Rajab was denied entry into the courtroom when the bloggers’ third hearing began. On 2 December 2010, already the victim of obvious harassment, the human rights activist was questioned for over an hour by national security agents in the Manama airport as he was preparing to board a flight to Greece. Prior to his release, he had been threatened. His personal computer and cell phone were allegedly confiscated and all the personal files and information stored on these devices were copied without a warrant. In the fall of 2010, he had also been the target of a smear campaign in the state-controlled media. He had discovered after reading the newspapers on 5 September 2010 (specifically the Gulf Daily News) that he was considered to be a member of a so-called “sophisticated terrorist network.”Journalist Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times, who did an outstanding job of covering these events, was the target of an online smear campaign most likely spearheaded by the authorities. The regime, which has been brandishing national security as a reason to muzzle dissident opinion in the last few months, has so far shown itself to be pragmatic. The future of the Internet and freedom of expression in Bahrain therefore depends on how the political situation will evolve and what latitude the regime believes it can afford. Follow the news on Bahrain Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information In the last two years, Bahrain authorities had resolved to set up a targeted filtering system and to arrest netizens on the pretext of fighting terrorism and maintaining national stability. Since early 2011, while democratic demands and popular protest movements have been rocking the Arab world, their strategy has been vacillating between intensifying censorship of the political opposition and concessions in the form of released prisoners. 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first_imgLinkedin Twitter Advertisement NewsLocal NewsUL graduate employment levels on the upBy admin – January 18, 2012 511 WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img MORE than 84% of UL graduates are either employed or pursuing further study. according to a recent survey. This is an increase of 5% on the previous year. The figures were released as part of the Graduate Employment Survey as 1,600 students graduated in the past week, including 77 PhD students. Don Barry, UL president, said the university has consistently recorded an employment rate higher than the national average.“UL graduates have an 8 to 12% better chance of gaining employment as compared with other university graduates”, he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “In 2011 UL was independently evaluated by the international university rating agency QS Stars. and was awarded the maximum 5-star rating in six categories, namely, teaching, engagement, internationalisation, innovation and knowledge transfer, infrastructure, and employability of our graduates”.UL Chancellor, Peter Malone urged graduates to remain focused and positive.“Today there is a lot of doom and gloom in our country, but it is important to keep positive.“Over the past 10 years many exciting things have happened in the University of Limerick such as the Campus extending into County Clare and now home to the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance among other developments”. Email Print Previous articleMentors sought for Le Cheile Mentoring ProjectNext articleIreland and Wolfhounds Squads announced adminlast_img read more

first_imgPrint NewsLocal NewsLIT unveils €200m expansion blueprintBy admin – September 6, 2012 414 Linkedin WhatsApp Facebook Twittercenter_img Advertisement Email THE expansion of the LIT campus to the tune of €200 million will not only benefit students but the city as a whole, according to the college president.Speaking at the Limerick School of Art and Design on Clare Street, Dr. Maria Hinfelaar explained that the ‘Campus 2030 Masterplan’ would see an additional 50,000sq metres of facilities as well as extensive refurbishment of existing facilities. Included are a new 7,000sq metre  campus for Coonagh that, according to Dr Hinfelaar, will “act as a gateway into Limerick that will be vastly improved on what we’re looking at now”.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The investment will also be seen across LIT’s four existing campuses in Moylish, LSAD on Clare Street and the LIT Tipperary campus in Thurles and Clonmel.The expansion is expected to create a significant boost with the creation of jobs in its implementation.The three Limerick campuses will be renamed after the ancient kingdoms of Munster – Desmond (City Centre), Thomond (Moylish) and Ormond (Coonagh). “We are convinced this will improve the city,” Dr. Hinfelaar added.“We have been working with Conn Murray and his team to ensure this happens”.The college is also looking to join in on the smarter travel plans for the city, to allow the new campuses to be interconnected with walk and cycle-ways and public transport.The masterplan will amount to the most significant expenditure by a third level institute outside of Dublin. The first phase is to cost €20m and will be drawn from the colleges own resources.Work will commence next year and comprise the development of the new Irish Fashion Incubator enterprise centre; the reinvention of an existing 7,000 sq  building as the centrepiece of the new Ormond campus which will create a new gateway to the LIT facilities as well as to the city;  major refurbishment of existing campuses and development of sports facility infrastructure on multiple sites.Many of these facilities will be developed in conjunction with partners.The ambitious programme is in response to the current capacity challenges at LIT, as well as an anticipated 30% increase in student numbers, to 9,000, over the period of the plan.“It’s a milestone for us as we are embarking on an unprecedented level of expansion,” added Dr Hinfelaar.  According to Minister Jan O’Sullivan, “Limerick is at the start of a new and positive phase of its life.  “We are fighting back against recession, negative image, fragmentation and, frankly, a failure to always pull together for the common good.“LIT has put its hand up to play a key role in this and I strongly commend you for that active leadership”. Previous articleLimerick girl wins Face of Therapie Clinic titleNext article‘City needs positive branding’ – Cllr Leddin adminlast_img read more