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Royston Wild | Tuesday, 8th June, 2021 | More on: AV As a long-term investor there are plenty of great UK shares for me to choose from. The possibility of fresh economic trouble as the world emerges from Covid-19 doesn’t put me off. As someone who invests with a view to holding stocks for a minimum of 10 years I’m not bothered by the prospect of fresh volatility on share markets. The cream always rises to the top, as they say. Here are three top-quality dividend shares on my radar today.An ultra-defensive UK shareAssura’s a big-paying dividend share that’s also great if one’s looking to invest with little drama. This is because it’s involved in the design, construction and management of primary healthcare facilities in the UK. This part of the property market is one of the most stable out there. And it’s one that’s set for strong growth in the decades ahead as Britain’s population steadily ages. This UK share carries a hefty 4% dividend yield for this financial year.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…I think Assura’s a great buy even if its thirst for acquisitions leaves it open to nasty surprises later down the line.A great FTSE 100 shareThe eternal need for healthcare services is what makes Assura such a stress-free pick for investors like me. And I’d say that the predicable nature of weapons spending provides FTSE 100 stock BAE Systems with equally-excellent earnings visibility. Warfare is an enduring product of human existence and not even the worst economic crisis for decades seems to be derailing arms budgets amongst major nations.For example, the US Department of Defense has just submitted a $715bn budget request for the 2022 fiscal year, up $10bn from last time out. BAE Systems might not have things all its own way, though, if the persistent threat of curtailing arms sales to Saudi Arabia comes to pass. This Footsie share sports a 4.6% forward dividend yield.5.6% dividend yieldsAviva (LSE: AV) is another FTSE 100 dividend share I think is worthy of serious attention. Firstly its forward yield clocks in at a mighty 5.6%. And secondly the insurance colossus trades on a rock-bottom price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of around 8 times.It’s certainly true that this UK blue-chip share carries a lot of debt on its balance sheet. This is something that could theoretically hamper its ability to pay big dividends in the short-to-medium term at least. That said, Aviva is making great progress in getting this paid down and it reduced the debt pile by £1.9bn in the first quarter through asset sales. These disposals are also helping to turn the Footsie company into a leaner earnings-creating machine that’s better focused on key growth sectors in the UK, Ireland and Canada. I reckon the next decade could be extremely exciting in the history of Aviva and those other shares described above. 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Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit an Event Listing There is much more diversity among clergy than there once was, and the Church Pension Group is trying to measure that by encouraging clergy to share their demographic information. Photo collage courtesy of the Church Pension Group[Episcopal News Service] At the 2018 General Convention, a series of resolutions directed the church to gather demographic data about clergy as part of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative on racial equality and justice. As that topic takes on increasing importance in church life, the Church Pension Group’s effort to learn more about the diversity of the clergy is underway.The Church Pension Group, the financial services organization that also serves as the recorder of ordinations for The Episcopal Church, is encouraging all active and retired clergy to log on to their profile on CPG’s website and add their race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation. Demographic information like this has never been collected by CPG before, though CPG does analyze clergy compensation by gender, and those reports have consistently shown a pay gap between male and female clergy. (Other gender expressions have not yet been included.)The new data could reveal whether similar pay gaps – including disparities in deployment and stipendiary status – exist along other demographic lines, as well as the prevalence of various demographic groups within the clergy.“There’s an image of who and what The Episcopal Church is that may not conform to the actual reality of who and what we are today,” Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said in a statement to CPG. “Having data helps to inform us in terms of both who we are and who we want to be. Data has a way of dispelling myths.”Having demographic data on clergy will help the church assess how well it reflects both its congregants and the wider communities it serves. The most recent demographic study of American Episcopalians, done by the Pew Research Center in 2014, indicates that the church in the U.S. is 90% white, making it far less diverse than the U.S. population. That has prompted broader efforts to understand the role of race in the church, which is a key component of the Becoming Beloved Community initiative.“If we seek reconciliation, healing, and new life, it begins with telling the truth about The Episcopal Church’s racial composition, especially given the church’s relationship to the complex history of race in the 17 nations our church calls home,” the Becoming Beloved Community framework says. Although a full census of church members is not planned, a racial audit of church leadership is underway and is expected to be presented to General Convention in 2021.In the meantime, CPG is relying on clergy to voluntarily input their demographic information, which will be analyzed in aggregate form; individual demographic classifications are confidential and will not be made public in any form. So far, about 1,100 clergy have participated – about 10% of active clergy, according to CPG.“We are delighted to support The Episcopal Church’s Becoming Beloved Community initiative,” said Mary Kate Wold, CEO of CPG. “As a more fulsome demographic picture emerges, the church will be in a better position to examine trends and respond to inequalities.”“This part of Becoming Beloved Community is creating a wider road towards that place where all are counted as people on the way,” the Rev. Clayton Crawley, CPG’s executive vice president and chief church relations officer, said in a statement. “Black, white, gay, straight, male, female, non-binary – any of those labels and the multitude of others can be isolating on their own, but taken together, bound together, we form the Body of Christ in the world and it is marvelous to behold.”The new demographic data is expected to be included in the 2020 clergy compensation report, although the amount of data depends on how many priests, deacons and bishops choose to share their information. Curry and other church leaders like the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the presiding bishop’s canon for evangelism, reconciliation and creation care, are encouraging clergy to participate so the church can have a clearer idea of where it stands and what work needs to be done.“As a woman of color, I am so grateful that my church is now asking about the racial identity and the gender identity of clergy,” Spellers said. “By sharing this information, we are taking part in a greater process that’s going to help us to become more just, to become more whole, to better reflect the dream of God.”“If our vision is to reflect the vision of Jesus, we need to know how close we are to it. Having a picture will help us understand how we are doing on the journey to looking like God’s Beloved Community,” Curry said.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Traffic AlertPotential delays on Plymouth Sorrento RoadCrews are scheduled to close the northbound lane of Plymouth Sorrento Road this morning just north of Haas Road-Ondich Road. They are building part of the Wekiva Parkway (State Road 429). The lane closure is scheduled from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to allow bridge and other work.Flaggers will alternate traffic in both directions through one lane. Electronic message boards are posted to alert drivers. Bad weather or other unforeseen circumstances could delay or prolong work. Motorists are urged to use caution in the construction area for their safety and that of the work crews.The Central Florida Expressway Authority began construction January 4, 2016 on Wekiva Parkway Section 2B. This $79.6 million section will connect to Section 2A, located north of Haas Road between Plymouth Sorrento Road and County Road 435 (Mount Plymouth Road), and to Section 1B to the south. Work is scheduled to finish by spring of 2018.This project is among five parkway sections being built by CFX, totaling 10 miles and more than $270 million in construction costs. Once completed, the 25-mile parkway will complete Central Florida’s beltway, while helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River. Mama Mia Please enter your comment! 1 COMMENT The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSWekiva Parkway Previous articleThe Voice contestant coming to ApopkaNext articleCookies and milk with a cop coming soon Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR December 16, 2016 at 3:50 pm We rode down Ondich Road, where my husband’s father’s property used to be, and we couldn’t believe how different it looked, plus those tall bridge prefab walls that holds up the bridge…….were so enormously high! Looks like a different area altogether! I am telling you, if you don’t drive around constantly, these parts, then when you do, you don’t even know the place that you used to know so well! We were held up awhile, until the flaggers let us proceed onward. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Photographs: Kevin Scott Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Civil Engineer: Bent Grass Landscape Design United States 2019 Venice Beach House / Montalba ArchitectsSave this projectSaveVenice Beach House / Montalba ArchitectsSave this picture!© Kevin Scott+ 12Curated by Paula Pintos Share Energy Consultant: ArchDaily The Office of Gordon L. Polon Photographs Area: 5625 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: “COPY” Sarlan Builders Contractor: Soils Engineer:Geotech ServicesWaterproofing Consultant:Roofing & Waterproofing Forensics Inc.City:Los AngelesCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Kevin ScottRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsCymat Technologies Ltd.Hudson Valley Home, USA – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedText description provided by the architects. This single-family residence was designed to meld together indoor and outdoor programs through tethered courtyards and gardens. The airy Venice Beach home was designed with the intent of blurring the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces to achieve a warm, tranquil home. The design began with its exterior, to ensure the family could enjoy the perks of Southern California’s year-round mild climate. Almost every space is connected with a sister outdoor space to further blur the distinction between in and out.Save this picture!© Kevin ScottThe general sense of warmth throughout the home is driven by the use of natural materials like wood. By contrast, the concrete block walls give the home an almost midcentury sensibility while clearly creating a dialogue with the wood and other earth tones. Woven into the home’s design are three ‘gardens,’ all varying in scale and function. The larger garden creates drama, while two smaller gardens allow for intimacy and moments of pause.Save this picture!© Kevin ScottA series of parallel datum walls constructed of concrete blocks anchor the gardens and organize the interior spaces around the exterior space. The main gathering spaces (living room, family room, kitchen, and a pool house) feature sliding glass doors adjacent to the cement block walls.Save this picture!© Kevin ScottSave this picture!Floor plansSave this picture!© Kevin ScottWhen fully opened, interior and exterior spaces are completely contiguous, which supports tranquil energy and warmth throughout the home. The materiality of the concrete block walls evokes a sense of heaviness and provides a visual, monolithic mass between floors while anchoring the horizontal planes of the home in the landscape. Wood siding wraps the perimeter and sits atop the cement walls, lifting and lightening the massing to create a welcoming balance between earthy and modern.Save this picture!© Kevin ScottProject gallerySee allShow less6 UNESCO Cultural Sites Virtually Rebuilt in GifsArchitecture NewsSzczepaniak Astridge Wins Competition to Design Headquarters for Supermax, World’s L…Architecture News Share “COPY” CopyHouses•Los Angeles, United States Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Chaos Group, Lutron, Fleetwood, Kohler, Miele, Outdoor Shower Company, Subzero/Wolf, Toto, Waterworks, Adobe, Bluebeam, Duravit, Flare Fireplace, Newburry, Trimble, Wolf Oculus Light Studio ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/945665/venice-beach-house-montalba-architects Clipboard Landscape Designer: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/945665/venice-beach-house-montalba-architects Clipboard Structural Engineer: Lighting Designer: Houses Projects Venice Beach House / Montalba Architects Architects: Montalba Architects Area Area of this architecture project Wynn Engineering Inc. Newton Energy & Newton Architects CopyAbout this officeMontalba ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLos AngelesOn InstagramOn FacebookUnited StatesPublished on August 13, 2020Cite: “Venice Beach House / Montalba Architects” 13 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Sept. 28 — This wide-ranging essay, written by anti-imperialist, U.S. political prisoner Jaan K. Laaman, one of the original Ohio-7/United Freedom Front defendants, lays out a historical and current analysis of white supremacy in the United States. This essay is part of Abolition’s inaugural issue.Recently, a smart, progressive, retired English professor remarked, “How can it be that in late 2016 police are routinely shooting and often killing Black people with almost no legal consequences?” Police in the United States have been killing Black and other people of color just like this for 20, 30, 50 years and more. Back then, they used to totally get away with it. Today not much has changed.One big difference now is that many of these killings are caught on phone cameras and posted online — and thus, seen by millions. In the last few days, we are again witnessing footage of police murdering Black people making the national news. New protests and resistance are erupting as a result of these murders.Nonetheless, cops are rarely charged with any wrongdoing. Even when they are, very few are ever convicted of any crime. For example, in April 2015, Freddie Gray Jr., a 25-year-old Black man, was arrested by police in Baltimore. He had three fractured vertebrae and a crushed voice box, which he suffered during transport in a police van.While in the police van, Gray fell into a coma and subsequently died. His death was due to injuries to his spinal cord. Although six officers faced charges related to Freddie Gray’s murder, they were all ultimately let off without any convictions.An even more typical example of police killing with impunity is the prosecutor’s and grand jury’s decision in Cleveland not to charge the two white cops who shot and killed Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black child, in 2014. He was playing with a toy pistol in a park outside a recreation center near his home.Two Cleveland cops drove up. Within two seconds, one cop repeatedly shot Tamir. They left him lying on the ground, not even attempting to give him first aid. Tamir died of the gunshot wounds. The Cleveland prosecutor said, “It was a tragedy,” but the police did not break any laws or regulations and a grand jury absolved them of any wrongdoing.Police violence todayLife in the USA means white cops routinely — that is, on a daily basis — killing people of color. The government and legal authorities have always ruled that almost all of these killings are lawful and acceptable actions of the state. They continue to do so. So how can this be — that in the 21st century in a country supposedly based on law, Black people and other people of color can be routinely abused and even killed by agents of the state?It’s not a mistake — and it isn’t about Republicans or Democrats. It is a historical and ongoing reality that people of color face institutional discrimination and disparity from all aspects of the U.S. state apparatus. On a human individual level, a large percentage of white people have at least some prejudiced attitudes towards people of color.Throughout history, especially in the 20th century, great leaders and massive popular struggles confronted and challenged institutional discrimination and racist practices. Marcus Garvey, W.E.B. Du Bois, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., Cesar Chavez, Fannie Lou Hamer, H. Rap Brown, Huey P. Newton, Assata Shakur — all these and so many more outstanding reformers and/or revolutionary leaders and activists — contributed significantly to the struggles for justice, freedom, and equality for Black people and all people of color in the United States.Yes. Progress has been made. Barack Obama, the first Black man to be president, was elected twice. Yet everywhere we look, right on the surface, and, especially, if we dig deeper, we see institutional discrimination, prejudice and racist practices and abuses continue in all aspects of life in the U.S.In 2016, the USA is a majority white country. The U.S. comprises 5 percent of the world’s population, but incarcerates 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. The majority of prisoners across the U.S. are people or color. On a daily basis, Black men, women and even children are shot, often fatally, by mainly white cops, who are almost always cleared of any wrongdoing.These are the indisputable realities in early 21st century life in the U.S. If we look back historically, we can seen even more blatant and vicious racist abuses and practices in all areas of life directed against all people of color. This began with the earliest European contact with and conquest of the Americas. Modern countries in North, Central and South America originated with genocide, land theft, enslavement of Indigenous peoples and the African slave trade.Resistance to racismFrom the early period of colonialism, when white supremacy was constructed on lies, material benefits based on white skin privileges and the superexploitation of Black labor, there was opposition and resistance to this hateful thinking and practice. Native and Black people found many ways to resist and oppose slavery, from running away to burning down plantations, sometimes with the slave owner still inside.From these earliest times of resistance, there were white people who supported and assisted with escapes and uprisings. The “underground railroad” operated for well over 100 years. Networks — often of white homes and farms — gave refuge and assistance to Blacks who escaped from plantations and traveled north to seek freedom, sometimes all the way to Canada.The abolitionist movement actively worked for the end of slavery. It included many white activists and leaders. Although fewer in number, there were militant white abolitionists like John Brown, who, with guns in hand, freed Black people held as slaves on Missouri and Virginia plantations.There have always been white people — often in leftist and revolutionary organizations, and sometimes from religious groups — who have allied with and supported the freedom struggle and national liberation struggles of New African/Black, Native/Indigenous, Puerto Rican and Chicano peoples. White people in the Civil Rights Movement, communists in labor and community struggles, students, anti-racists and anti-imperialist activists supported the Black Power struggles.In the 1980s and 1990s, the John Brown Anti-Klan Committee actively organized against racist attacks and terror, whether the racists wore white robes or blue uniforms. Other anti-racist formations, like the Partisan Defense Committee, which is still active today, organize large anti-Klan rallies in many cities.In 2016, we see the Movement for Black Lives mobilizing on a nationwide level; the organization recently released their comprehensive platform. We see this movement gaining solidarity and support from a variety of white activists and organizations, as well as from other communities and people of color.In theory and in practice, white supremacy has always had opposition. This resistance includes white people acting as allies and supporters of nationalist organizations and working in multinational formations.Many changes have occurred in U.S. society. Of course, change is the only constant in life and reality. My sister, the English professor mentioned above, asks how racial discrimination and racist murders of people of color can still be happening every day. This question can only be understood and answered with the realization that the false and ugly ideology of white supremacy continues to exist.This false ideology was the underlying ideological foundation of the former British colonies that transformed into the slave-owning U.S. republic — and then grew into U.S. imperialism, which today exists as the world’s main military and imperialist superpower. Many changes have occurred. Progress and advances have been made in gaining human and public rights. But underneath that, the ideology of white supremacy still exists and corrupts the U.S. This false ideology manifests itself in racist public acts and attacks and in private thoughts and motivations.White cops murder Black children and millions of people of color face discrimination in a myriad of ways, even while we have a Black president. A final point about the false ideology of white supremacy: The fundamental and necessary changes that we, the vast majority of people in the U.S., need and want will only be achieved when we can unite and work together for our common good.Racism and prejudiced thinking have been the main weapon used against working people — common people — to break our unity and defeat our struggles for progress, justice, a better life, and a revolutionary future of hope and peace. Again and again, workers’ strikes have been broken, community efforts derailed and sections of people have been misled and misdirected to act against their common interests because of racism and racial prejudice.The false ideology of white supremacy has been the main weapon used against us — common people, working people, farmers, miners, teachers, shopkeepers, the unemployed and prisoners, too. Most of us have had some direct experience dealing with the negative impact of white supremacist ideology. Whether at work, in school or in the community, it is likely that some of our struggles have come up short or were defeated because we were unable to sustain our unity in the face of the old “divide and conquer” tactics based on racist thinking, and perhaps, weak or racist leadership.Decades of community activism and revolutionary organizing across the U.S. have made clear that no matter what the specifics of the struggle, unity is always necessary to sustain the effort and to win. As Mumia Abu-Jamal has famously stated, “When we fight, we win.” The main weapon used against popular struggle is to divide us based on racism, playing to the lies of white supremacist ideology.Unity is our strength. Rejecting racism is necessary for unity. Racism will continue to be used against us until we expose it and reject it for the lies and fabrications that it is.Jaan K. Laaman is a long-held U.S. political prisoner, one of the original Ohio-7/United Freedom Front defendants. He is the editor of 4strugglemag.org, a primary voice of political prisoners in the U.S. He can be directly contacted at Jaan Laaman (10372-016), US Penitentiary Tucson, P.O. Box 24550, Tucson, AZ 85734FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
As protests continue, social media and instant messaging blocked. Online social networks and instant messaging services such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Viber and Tango were blocked again today, the fifth day of protests against President Nkurunziza’s candidacy for a third term.The authorities began blocking these services two days ago to make it harder to organize demonstrations, which are now banned. But instant messaging services are also a widely used method for journalists to communicate with their editors or to send reports abroad.As telephone connections with Burundi are badly disrupted, it has been almost impossible to reach anyone since the demonstrations began last weekend.The news coverage available in the provinces is completely one-sided. The RPA remains closed and privately-owned radio stations Isanganiro and Bonesha FM are still unable to broadcast in the provinces. The Bujumbura satellite dish that relays Radio France Internationale outside of Bujumbura has been down for the past two weeks. Only Radio Rehma, a government mouthpiece, and state-owned Radio Nationale Burundaise are broadcasting in the provinces without any interference.In the capital, journalists are finding it hard to work and are exposed to violence and intimidation by the police and members of the Imbonerakure, a youth movement that supports the president.Reporters Without Borders has been told of several incidents. In one case, police forced their way into RPA journalist Hermes Ntibandetse’s home in Nyakabiga yesterday but fortunately neither he nor his family were there at the time.Parfait Mudasigana, a journalist with the Burundi Eco weekly magazine, was hit by policemen yesterday and was forced to delete photos of a riot police truck that had fallen into a canal.A group of Imbonerakure youths armed with rifle and machetes stopped three Bonesha FM reporters in Kanyosha, a municipality south of the capital, on 28 April, accusing them of posing as journalists in order to distribute weapons. An intelligence officer accompanying the Imbonerakure finally managed to calm the youths down and persuade them to let the journalists go.________________________________________________________________Journalists are being harassed and radio stations prevented from broadcasting as the authorities clamp down on the media in an attempt to contain protests in the wake of Saturday’s announcement that President Pierre Nkurunziza is to run for a third term. Some news outlets, like Iwacu, have chosen to publish continuous information threads online.The protests continued today after at least two people were killed in the clashes that erupted yesterday in the capital, Bujumbura.According to the latest information available, Radio Publique Africaine (RPA), Burundi’s most popular privately-owned radio station, was closed today. “Let them close the radio station as long as they don’t kill anyone and don’t steal our equipment,” the station’s director, Bob Rugurika, said.Yesterday morning, RPA was forced to suspend live coverage of the protests when three government ministers and police officers arrived with search and arrest warrants.They accused RPA of inciting an uprising by providing live coverage of the protests and threatened to close the station. Interior minister Edouard Nduwimana said he and his colleagues had not come to close the station, just to dialogue, Radio France Internationale reported.This morning the police raided the Maison de la Presse (Press Club) in Bujumbura and forced the Media Synergy Studio to stop broadcasting. The Media Synergy Studio is an alliance under which five radio stations – RPA, Bonesha FM, Isanganiro, CCIB FM+ and Radio Télevision Renaissance – are cooperating in their coverage of elections and other subjects.“Five radio stations were in the process of broadcasting in synergy from the Burundian Association of Radio Broadcasters when the police arrived, roughed up journalists and closed down the studio and the Press Club,” Bonesha FM director Patrick Nduwimana told Reporters Without Borders.During the raid, the police tried to arrest the president of the Burundian Association of Journalists (UBJ), Alexandre Niyungeko. They also roughed up and briefly detained Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, the well-known president of the Association for the Protection of Human Rights and Detainees (APRODH), who had arrived for an interview.“We condemn the Burundian government’s arbitrary and violent behaviour towards journalists and media outlets,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk.“The president and his party are openly displaying a desire to silence the media by all means possible. By gagging radio stations, President Nkurunziza is confirming the suspicions of his detractors, who accuse him of despotic tendencies and of planning to block a democratic outcome to the upcoming legislative and presidential elections.”So far the United States is the only country to have voiced concern about what has happened to RPA and other independent radio stations.Kahn-Sriber added: “We urge the international community to react quickly and firmly to these draconian attacks on media freedom. With elections due in many other African countries, turning a blind eye to President Nkurunziza’s behaviour would give a green light to all the other governments that might be tempted to suppress the free expression of their peoples.”Yesterday, the authorities disconnected the relay transmitters of Burundi’s three leading independent radio stations – RPA, Bonesha FM and Isanganiro – thereby prevented their broadcasts from reaching the rest of the country. Their phone lines were also disconnected.According to the Media Synergy alliance, the ruling CNDD-FDD party circulated a propaganda paper in February that called for the destruction of the “teachings of the government’s enemies” and included opposition parties, civil society actors and journalists with Bonesha FM, RPA, Isanganiro and Radio Télévision Renaissance among the “government’s enemies.”Burundi is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. 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Facebook Previous articleUpdated list of water restrictions published by Donegal County CouncilNext articleHSE refuse to comment on reports of swine flu cases at LGH News Highland Police in Derry are trying to identify the driver of a stolen car that made off after colliding with a police vehicle.At around 10pm on Christmas Day, a white Mercedes car drove through traffic lights at Northland Road and crossed to the ‘wrong’ side of the road before colliding with the police car.The Mercedes, registration number VIB 7576 had been stolen earlier that evening from Drumleck Drive in Shantallow. It was subsequently abandoned across the border in Co Donegal.Anyone who saw the car at any stage on the evening of December 25 and can help identify the occupants is asked to contact police at Strand Road.. Twitter Derry PSNI appeal for information after police car struck in hit and run By News Highland – December 29, 2010 Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook Newsx Adverts Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week
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Previous Article Next Article Cisco Web service shifts job transfer approvalOn 20 Mar 2001 in Personnel Today Internetsolutions company Cisco has pioneered an e-HR service that allows staff andmanagers to agree job transfers without involving the HR department.Thee-HR service, called HR Connection, will give Cisco employees in Asia, Europeand the US the chance to ask questions on HR policies and provide informationon Cisco’s HR web-based applications.Launchedthree months ago, the web-based application, known as Café Mocha, givesemployees and line managers the opportunity to agree job transactions, paychanges and terminations over the Web. All these transactions require HRinvolvement apart from job transfers.Jean-PaulVerdu, Cisco’s HR director of world-wide operations said, “This new HR servicewill improve the delivery of services in HR and cut down on paperwork.”Verdusaid, “These web-based applications encourage self-reliance of employees andline managers which is part of our company’s philosophy. It improves the speedand efficiency of the HR function as well.”Ciscoemploys 40,000 people worldwide and has a market capitalisation of $300bn. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.