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  • Morison Industries Plc ( HY2013 Interim Report

    first_imgMorison Industries Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Chemicals sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Morison Industries Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Morison Industries Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Morison Industries Plc (  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMorison Industries Plc manufactures and markets a range of pharmaceutical and hygiene products in Nigeria as well as imports and distributes medical, surgical and hospital consumables. The company is a leader in the field of Woundcare solutions, trauma/arthroplasty and bone graft products in Nigeria. Its Advance Wound Management business offers a range of products from initial wound bed preparation to full wound closure. Antiseptics and disinfectants are marketed under the Morigad brand name. Other well known brands include Gypsona, Dynacast, Soffban, Cutisoft and Leukomed. Morison Industries Plc is involved in merchandising hip, knee and shoulder joints implants as well as ancillary products such as bone cement and biomaterials for elective orthopaedic and trauma surgery; and is a distributor of the full range of Braun medical products. Morison Agro Allied is a subsidiary of Morison Industries Plc and markets a range of agricultural preparations including herbicides and biocide disinfectants under the brand names Glutacide, Germicide and Lysol. Morison Industries Plc has an export license from the Nigerian Exportation Promotion Council to export shea nuts, cashew nuts, cocoa, ginger, bitter kola and sesame seeds. The company also has a division which manufactures and markets products made from fish oil with High Omega 3 content in addition to selling lifestyle products which improve blood pressure and cholesterol levels and helps reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Morison Industries Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

  • Longhorn Publishers Limited ( 2015 Annual Report

    first_imgLonghorn Publishers Plc ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about Longhorn Publishers Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Longhorn Publishers Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Longhorn Publishers Plc (  2015 annual report.Company ProfileLonghorn Publishers Plc publishes and sells educational and general books and distributes them through retail and ecommerce channels to customers in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Rwanda. Formerly known as Longhorn Kenya Limited, the company changed its name to Longhorn Publishers Limited in 2014. The company publishes reading material for all levels of education under five main brands; eLearning material, educational text books, fiction and nonfiction books and material for tertiary colleges and universities. Longhorn Publishers acquired the intellectual property of Sasa Sema Publications Limited and provides reference books, creative works, biographies and general knowledge books in either print or non-print (electronic) format. Longhorn Publishers is the only publisher with full approval by the Ministry of Education in Kenya and mandated to supply text books for 12 key subjects for secondary and primary schools. Longhorn eBooks store is a digital platform created by the publishing house and the largest eBook library in the Africa sub-region. The company head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Longhorn Publishers Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

  • Who is Deon Davids: Ten things you should know about the Springboks forwards coach

    first_imgMore about the South African’s coaching experience from Jon Cardinelli Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Who is Deon Davids: Ten things you should know about the Springboks forwards coachDeon Davids is a former head coach of the Southern Kings who was recently added to the Springboks back-room team following Matt Proudfoot’s decision to take up a job with the England national side.Here are a few more facts and stats about South Africa’s forwards coach.Ten things you should know about Deon Davids1. Davids was born on 11 February 1968 in Victoria West, South Africa.2. He played flanker and No 8 at club level for Boland, as well as for the University of the Western Cape.While playing for the latter, he earned an honours qualification in Human Movement Studies.3. Davids first made waves as a head coach for Currie Cup First Division sides such as Boland Cavaliers and South Western District Eagles.4. In the early stages of his career, he served as an assistant coach to the Emerging Springboks team that competed at the Nations Cup in Romania, as well as the South African U20 side.5. During apartheid, rugby was segregated along racial lines and people of colour were barred from coaching or playing for the ‘official’ provincial and national teams.While much has changed since South Africa became a democracy in 1994, very few black coaches have been granted opportunities as head coaches at franchise level.Davids is just the third person of colour – after Chester Williams and Allister Coetzee – to preside over a South African team (the Southern Kings) in Super Rugby or the Pro14.center_img Deon Davids coached Southern Kings before moving to the national set-up (Sportsfile/Getty Images) 6. When the Southern Kings returned to the Super Rugby fold in 2016, Davids was given the unenviable task of managing a team that was short on money and resources. The Kings won two of their 15 matches.In 2017, however, the Kings broke a number of franchise records. The plucky side from the Eastern Cape scored inaugural wins in Argentina and Australia, and even managed to finish ahead of the Bulls on the Super Rugby table.7. In late 2017, SANZAAR reduced the number of teams in the Super Rugby tournament from 18 to 15. The Kings, as well as the Cheetahs and Western Force, were relegated.Most of the top players left the region as a result, and Davids was forced to rebuild a new squad ahead of a challenging new venture into the Pro14.8. Davids is an admirer of the All Blacks and the culture the team has created during an era of dominance. He lists Legacy by James Kerr and The Jersey by Peter Bills as his favourite books. Both explore the correlation between culture and success.9. Many people in South African rugby circles believe that Davids has the makings of a future Springboks head coach.In the lead-up to the 2019 Rugby Championship opener in Johannesburg, Davids was spotted at a Springbok training session wearing a team tracksuit and chatting with the other coaches. Erasmus played down speculation at the time, stating that Davids had joined the session as ‘an observer’.10. Following the 2019 Rugby World Cup, SA Rugby confirmed that Davids would succeed Matt Proudfoot as the Springboks forwards coach.When the pandemic-enforced lockdown ended in September 2020, Davids was given the opportunity to coach the ‘Gold team’ in a Springbok trial match staged at Newlands.last_img read more

  • The house in the thicket / Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.Arch

    first_img Houses 2012 Save this picture!Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard+ 36 Share Norway The house in the thicket / Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.Arch The house in the thicket / Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.ArchSave this projectSaveThe house in the thicket / Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.Arch ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  244 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY”center_img Projects CopyHouses•Oslo, Norway ArchDaily Architects: Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.Arch Area Area of this architecture project Mi madre y mis dos hermanos menores necesitan una casa más pequeña y más simple para vivir. Mi hermano menor, Juan, tiene síndrome de Down. Era obvio que deberían tener una casa que reciba menos mantenimiento y menos metros cuadrados. Un aspecto importante acerca de la casa es la necesidad de hacer del espacio un lugar estimulante y un hogar seguro para Hans. Save this picture!Courtesy of Kasper Bonna LundgaardRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WindowsSky-FrameRetractable Insect Screen – Sky-Frame FlyWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window Replacements La casa está pensada como un lugar para crecer y un lugar para envejecer. Yo quería hacer una casa donde una vida entera pueda ser vivida. Una casa con un montón de lugares y situaciones, pero con una pequeña cantidad de espacio interior climatizado. Save this picture!Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard En la isla donde se encuentra la casa, en el fiordo de Oslo en el sur de Noruega, hay un verano largo y exuberante. Sin embargo, hay un viento constante de la mayor parte del año, especialmente cuando el sol está fuera. Save this picture!Courtesy of Kasper Bonna LundgaardEl resultado de estos parámetros se convirtió en una vivienda que consiste en una pequeña casa principal, una casa de invitados, un invernadero y una cochera. Los edificios están situados de manera que forman un atrio. La idea era hacer una casa que pueda existir tanto en exteriores como en interiores. Durante los meses de verano, la casa se encuentra en el atrio, en el invernadero y en los bosques circundantes. Durante la primavera y el otoño, el invernadero y el atrio se convierten en una extensión de la casa principal, y en el invierno se mantiene dentro. El invernadero está situado al sur del atrio actuando como rompevientos, mientras que igual permite pasar la luz. Save this picture!Courtesy of Kasper Bonna Lundgaard La casa principal se divide en dos partes. Una zona privada con dormitorios y un baño, y una zona más pública con cocina y sala de estar. Las dos partes están separadas por una pared funcional utilizada para el almacenamiento.  Save this picture!Courtesy of Kasper Bonna LundgaardLa casa consta de un sistema simple en marcos de madera, y fue diseñado para que todos los de materiales de construcción puedan llevarse y levantarse en su lugar. Esto era importante ya que estaba construyendo la casa yo mismo.  Save this picture!Courtesy of Kasper Bonna LundgaardVisto desde una perspectiva de sostenibilidad, la vivienda representa una filosofía simple. Tiene una pequeña área cubierta climatizada, mientras que está diseñada para utilizar el jardín en una mayor parte del año. En lo posible, todos los materiales de construcción son renovables. Casi todos los de materiales de construcción (incluido el aislamiento) están hechos de madera, y la vivienda sólo se calienta con leña. La pared y techo son semi-permeables permitiendo una respiración. Estas medidas le da un buen clima interior y bajo consumo de energía.  Save this picture!Courtesy of Kasper Bonna LundgaardProject gallerySee allShow lessVenice Biennale 2012: Feeling at HomeArticlesVIDEO: New World Symphony / Frank Gehry by Cristobal PalmaArticles Share Year:  “COPY” CopyAbout this officeKasper Bonna Lundgaard M.ArchOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOsloHousesNorwayPublished on October 08, 2012Cite: “The house in the thicket / Kasper Bonna Lundgaard M.Arch” 08 Oct 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish- DI-NOC™ Glass FinishPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – Painted AluminumStonesCosentinoDekton® Surfaces – Chicago 444Exterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – CPXPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsHexapent Facade PanelDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Folding Door System – Rabel 3710 Super ThermalWall / Ceiling LightsLuminisCeiling Surface Lights – HollowcoreBenches / TablesUrbaStyleConcrete Bench – BoomerangMore products »Read commentsSave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! 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  • CC House / Sommet

    first_imgArchDaily Photographs 2019 Bolivia CC House / Sommet Photographs:  Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeSommetOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSanta Cruz de la SierraOn FacebookBoliviaPublished on January 07, 2021Cite: “CC House / Sommet” [Casa CC / Sommet] 07 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteCupa PizarrasVentilated Facade – CUPACLAD UprightGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60ConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Copper FinishesStonesFranken-SchotterWall Covering & CladdingWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusSwingsStudio StirlingHanging Chair – BasketWallcovering / CladdingArrigoni WoodsWood Cladding – AcousticMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Sommet Area Area of this architecture project Projects CC House / SommetSave this projectSaveCC House / Sommet Lead Architects: Save this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio Palma+ 17Curated by Clara Ott Share CopyHouses•Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia Design Team:Juan Carlos RojasStructural Engineer:Fernando AragonHydrosanitary Engineering:Federico FerrufinoElectrical Engineering:Reynaldo CabreraLandscape:Maria Ines SaavedraCollaborators:Yazmin Lara Alub, Diego Frias SalazarCity:Santa Cruz de la SierraCountry:BoliviaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsAccoyaAccoya® Wood in a Split-Level West Vancouver HomeFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0WindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20Text description provided by the architects. The CC house is located on a sloping terrain, which has  a double access. This condition allowed us to use the privileged position to organize the house in a composition of two volumes that overlap each other. The lower volume contains the public program of the house, while the upper volume contains a private access from the garage that leads directly to the bedrooms.Save this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaSave this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaThe lower floor is organized under the concept of an open plan and integrates all the social spaces of the house, maintaining a fluid communication. Despite the house rises and is separated from the ground, an explicit communication is established between the interior and the exterior of the house. Each space opens its views towards the garden, allowing a direct visual communication between the interior and the exterior.Save this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaThe orientation of the house responds to sun exposure. The sides become blind walls as protection from the sun and define the volumes of the house. In this way we can also direct the views towards the lowest point of the terrain, taking advantage of the privileged views of the surroundings.Save this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaThe materiality of the house reveals its structural solution, leaving it bare and visible as an integrated part of the architectural composition. The concrete beams that support the slabs act as dividing axes between both levels and allowing to highlight the formal purity of the composition.Save this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaSave this picture!© Cristobal Palma / Estudio PalmaProject gallerySee allShow lessBambow Suspended Flying Bridge / Atelier LAISelected ProjectsOficinas Wakasabi / WakasabiSelected Projects Share “COPY” Sebastian Fernandez de Cordova, Maria Ines Saavedra, Mariano Donoso, Erika Peinado Area:  3788 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Houses Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Cortizo, Knauf, Kohler, ACT 3D, S.C.A, Trimble Navigation, VASA ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year: last_img read more

  • Beth Breeze wins AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize

    first_imgBeth Breeze wins AFP/Skystone Partners Research Prize  128 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Tagged with: Awards research “Writing this book was a labour of love because I feel strongly that fundraising is a crucial yet overlooked, and often misunderstood, profession. I hope that the book helps to challenge the illogical position whereby charities are widely admired, but the people who bring in the funding that enables charitable activity to take place, are not.”Breeze worked as a fundraiser and charity manager before co-founding the Centre for Philanthropy at the University of Kent, where she now leads a team conducting research and teaching courses on philanthropy and fundraising. She has written the annual Coutts Million Pound Donor Report since 2008, co-authored Richer Lives: Why Rich People Give (2013), The Logic of Charity: Great Expectations in Hard Times (2015) and co-edited The Philanthropy Reader (2016). AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Melanie May | 16 April 2018 | News  127 total views,  1 views today Senior lecturer on social policy and director of the Centre for Philanthropy Beth Breeze has been awarded the 2018 AFP/Skystone Partners Prize for Research on Fundraising and Philanthropy for her book The New Fundraisers: Who Organises Charitable Giving in Contemporary Society?.Published by Policy Press in 2017, The New Fundraisers provides a global overview on the purpose and history of fundraising, with in-depth data from an extensive study of UK fundraisers. The book is an empirically-based and theoretically-informed account of the makeup and role of fundraisers, how fundraising works in practice and what kinds of skills and training make for an effective fundraising professional.Each year, the AFP Research Council awards the Skystone Partners Prize for Research to the author or authors of a book that contributes substantially to the knowledge and understanding of fundraising or philanthropic behaviour. The award is funded by an endowment established by fundraising consultants Skystone Partners.Commenting on her prize, the jury said:“This excellent volume was selected because of its value as a research study that centres itself outside of the United States. Dr. Breeze’s book argues that fundraising is about much more than simply ‘raising funds’ by asking donors, as the process must also include the complex work of cultivation by the practitioner. “Prior to now, most researchers have focused on individual donors, their characteristics and their motivations. Dr. Breeze flips the script and, through empirical research, helps us understand the fundraiser. We commend Dr. Breeze for strong research and an accessible book that can forward our field.” Breeze said: Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

  • May Day – Havana

    first_imgHavana, CubaPhoto: Bill HackwellFive Cuban heroes led the 2015 May Day “United in the Construction of Socialism” march in Havana, and then joined Cuban President Raúl Castro and Bolivarian Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro under the statue of José Martí in Revolution Square. On Dec. 17, the U.S. released the last three of the Cuban 5 — Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Ramón Labañino Salazar and Gerardo Hernández Nordelo — from 16 years of unjust imprisonment, and they returned to Cuba, where they joined their comrades René González Sehwerert and Fernando González Llort, who had been released earlier. Washington also recognized that day the legitimacy of Cuba’s socialist government. Cuba’s victory celebration is continuing.Workers, organizers and activists from North America, Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean joined the Cuban people on May Day — but the day was especially meaningful for the tireless organizers who brought the cry to free the Cuban 5 to every corner of the globe.Following May Day, the five Cuban heroes are heading to Venezuela in an act of solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and a human response to President Barack Obama’s sanctions imposed on Venezuela and other destabilization schemes.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Blogger cleared of “insult to prophets” but still guilty of “insulting Supreme Guide”

    first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad was cleared of “insulting the prophets” by a court in Tehran on 28 June, for which he faced the death penalty, but must still serve a two-year sentence for insulting the Supreme Guide. Reporters Without Borders repeated its call for the release of the young blogger, who has been held in custody since 12 February 2005. to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more Two other webloggers and cyberjournalists, Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi and Mojtaba Lotfi, have also been imprisoned since February 2005.__________________________________________________________________________________07.06.2005Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad gets two-year prison sentenceReporters Without Borders voiced deep concern today about the fate of 25-year-old blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, who has been sentenced to two years in prison by a Tehran revolutionary court for “insulting the Supreme Guide” and who is due to be tried soon on a separate charge of insulting the prophets, which carries a possible death penalty.The press freedom organisation urged all bloggers to mobilise on behalf of the young blogger, who was arrested on 12 February. “All blogosphere messages of solidarity are welcome,” the organisation said. “We know that these message reach the prisoners and help put pressure on the Iranian authorities, especially in the run-up to the presidential election. It is vital for people to talk about Mojtaba.”Mojtaba’s lawyer, Mohammad Saifzadeh, said the two-year sentence was handed down after a hearing on 23 May in which his client was not allowed to speak freely. To intimidate him, the authorities had him accompanied in court by the police officers who interrogated him in prison.He will appear in court again on 22 June to be tried on a charge of “insulting the prophets and the holy imams.” This extremely serious accusation could result in his being found guilty of apostasy, which carries the death penalty under article 512 of the Islamic criminal code.Various initiatives are under way on the Iranian Internet in support of Mojtaba. Internet users have dedicated a blog to him in both English ( and in Farsi ( Some 50 Iranian bloggers are openly backing him. The Penlog bloggers group has also firmly condemned his conviction (see the petition set up by the Committee to protect bloggers :…——————————-23.05.05Imprisoned blogger Mojtaba Saminejad ends hunger strikeMojtaba Saminejad ended his hunger strike, on 14 May 2005, a week after he started it, apparently as a result of appeals from his family. The weblogger was summoned, on 23 May, by the 13th chamber of the peoples‚ revolutionary court in Tehran. He has been formally accused of acting against “national security” and is due to go on trial next month. ——————————–16.05.05Imprisoned blogger goes on hunger-strikeReporters Without Borders today called on bloggers throughout the world to post messages in support of Iranian blogger Mojtaba Saminejad, who has been in prison since 12 February and who began a hunger-strike on 14 May.”The life of this young blogger is in danger as he is being held in a prison where several detainees have died or have been injured in violence between inmates,” the press freedom organization said.”You must talk about him on the Web and in the media in order to put pressure on the Iranian authorities,” the organization said, adding, “all bloggers must feel concerned about his fate and that of his two colleagues who are also imprisoned.”According to his family, Mojtaba initially tried to file a complaint about mistreatment but his interrogators replied they were going to put him in a detention centre where he would “regret having complained.” He is currently held in Gohar Dashat prison (in a Tehran suburb), which has a reputation for mistreatment of detainees. He shares his cell with non-political prisoners.Mojtaba’s father, Sfar Saminejad, told the student news agency ISNA, “I wrote several letters to the authorities to complain about the unacceptable conditions in which my son is being detained, but no one replied.”Mojtaba’s hands and feet were in chains when he appeared in court on 11 May.A few days ago, Iranian bloggers launched a petition calling on the head of the judicial system, Ayatollah Sharoudi, to grant Mojtaba a pardon and unconditional release( An earlier petition was initiated shortly after his arrest ( other bloggers and cyber-journalists have been detained since February. They are Mohamad Reza Nasab Abdolahi and Mojtaba Lotfi.——————-12.02.05Appeal court confirms prison for cyber-dissident while blogger is reimprisonedCondemning the imprisonment of two Iranian Internet users in the past 10 days, Reporters Without Borders said Iran was undergoing the Middle East’s biggest-ever crackdown on online free expression.Cyber-dissident Mojtaba Lotfi was imprisoned on 5 February after an appeal court confirmed a sentence of three years and 10 months in prison for posting “lies” on the Internet. Blogger Motjaba Saminejad, who was freed on bail of 500 million rials (43,000 euros) at the end of January, was reimprisoned on 12 February when a judge doubled the bail, making it impossible for him to raise the money.”How can Iranian officials parade at a UN summit on the Internet at the same time as they are jailing bloggers?” Reporters Without Borders asked, referring to Iran’s participation in a preparatory meeting of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in two days’ time.”We will go to this meeting to ask them to free the cyber-dissident and two bloggers who are in prison in Iran,” the press freedom organization said. “We will also remind them that they will have to respect the undertaking given during the first WSIS stage, namely respect for article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.”The sentence of three years and 10 months that was upheld on appeal was originally imposed on Lotfi, a theology student from the holy city of Qom, by a lower court on 14 August. But he was allowed to remain free at the time after paying bail of 650 million rial (55,000 euros). Lotfi used to be a journalist with the pro-reform daily Khordad, which the authorities closed in 2000. He was arrested for the first time in May 2004 and imprisoned in Qom after posting an article entitled “Respect for human rights in cases involving the clergy” on, a news site about Qom. Naqshineh is also being prosecuted, above all because of its articles on the last legislative elections, and it has been blocked since March 2004 on the orders of the Qom authorities.Saminejad was told his bail had been raised to 1 billion rials when he was summoned by the Tehran prosecutor’s office for a hearing on 12 February. He was first arrested in November 2004 for reporting the arrests of three fellow bloggers in his former blog ( While detained, his blog address was transferred to the blog of a group of hackers linked to the Iranian radical Islamist movement Hezbollah ( After his release, he relaunched his blog using a new address (, which may have the reason for his re-arrest.The other blogger currently in prison is journalist Arash Sigarchi, who was arrested on 17 January in the northern city of Rashat for keeping a banned blog called Panhjareh Eltehab (The Window of Anxiety), in which he reported the recent arrests of cyber-journalists and bloggers.The second stage of the WSIS is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) under UN aegis in Tunis in November (see the official site: A preparatory meeting (prep com) is taking place in Geneva from 17 to 25 February. Reporters Without Borders repeated its call for the release of the young blogger, who has been held in custody since 12 February 2005.Lawyer for Mojtaba put testimony before the judges from two conservative ayatollahs that the articles posted by his client could not been interpreted as insulting to the prophets.The blogger had been sentenced to two years in prison at an earlier hearing before another Tehran court for “insulting the Supreme Guide”. He has so far not been allowed to appeal against this ruling. RSF_en Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News IranMiddle East – North Africa News News March 18, 2021 Find out more Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Blogger Mojtaba Saminejad was cleared of “insulting the prophets” by a court in Tehran on 28 June, for which he faced the death penalty, but must still serve a two-year sentence for insulting the Supreme Guide. Organisation July 11, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger cleared of “insult to prophets” but still guilty of “insulting Supreme Guide” News June 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

  • Number of journalists convicted in Ergenekon trial rises to 20

    first_img Organisation Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor to go further April 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News Follow the news on Turkey Help by sharing this information TurkeyEurope – Central Asia April 28, 2021 Find out more August 7, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Number of journalists convicted in Ergenekon trial rises to 20 News TurkeyEurope – Central Asia “The life imprisonment demanded by the Istanbul prosecutor for three journalists shows that the Turkish authorities are acting with incomprehensible vindictiveness,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Such long jail terms for journalists who have already spent years in arbitrary preventive detention are unacceptable. We urge the authorities to grant these journalists conditional releases and the benefit of a fair trial, far from political revenge.”Balbay was a columnist for the daily Cumhuriyet (Republic) and a parliamentary representative for the Republican People’s Party (CHP) in the western city of Izmir. Özkan was a presenter on BizTV (We TV), which he used to own. They have been held for more than four years in a prison in Silivri (a city to the north of Istanbul) on a charge of membership of the presumed “terrorist organization Ergenekon” but are still awaiting a verdict in the case against them.When the prosecutor presented his summation on 18 March, during what was the 281st hearing in the trial, he insisted that “the existence of the terrorist organization is established” and requested “aggravated life imprisonment” for Balbay, Özkan and 62 other defendants, who include military officers and politicians.The sentence is being requested under article 312-1 of Turkey’s criminal code, in effect since June 2005. It says: “Anyone trying to destroy the Turkish Republic’s government or trying to prevent it from partially or fully performing its duties shall be punished by aggravated life imprisonment.”Balbay is also facing a possible sentence of 14 to 33 years in prison on a charge of possessing and disseminating classified documents.After the prosecutor’s presentation, Balbay protested: “For the past five years, the requests of the defendants and their lawyers have been rejected. This is a judicial sham. We reject the summation. The court is reducing all the charges to crimes against the government. We are in a government security tribunal.”There are a total of 275 defendants in the Ergenekon case, of whom 67 are currently in preventive detention. Küçük is one of those who was granted a conditional release in the Ergenekon case, but he continues to be detained in connection with the parallel Oda TV trial.As well as life sentences for 64 of the defendants, the prosecutors requested sentence of seven and a half to 15 years in prison for 96 other defendants on a charge of “membership” of Ergenekon.This group includes Öztürk, who used to be a columnist for the evening newspaper Aksman. She has never been detained but she was fired after being named as a defendant and because she is married to another defendant.This is also the reason for the charges brought against another journalist, Merdan Yanardağ, editor of the daily Yurt (Fatherland), who is not currently detained but is also facing up to 15 years in prison.Celal Ülgen, a lawyer who represent several of the Ergenekon defendants, said the court has ignored their requests for an evaluation of the prosecution evidence and for the withdrawal of certain evidence they regard as illegal.“The sentences requested by the prosecutor in his summing-up are clearly the ones that are going to handed down in seven or eight months from now,” Ülgen said, adding that the defence lawyers have already filed a motion challenging the conduct of the trial.Verdicts are not expected for at least six months. The 282nd hearing will be held on 8 April. Reporters Without Borders will continue to follow the trial closely, just as it is following the Oda TV case, in which the next hearing is scheduled for tomorrow.Read the July to November 2012 reports on judicial harassment of the Turkish media.(Picture: Mustafa Ozer / AFP) Several Turkish nationalist media have reported that some of their journalists were among the approximately 250 people who received sentences in the main “Ergenekon” trial on 5 August (see below). This has brought the number of journalists and essayists convicted in the case to 20.In addition to the journalists named in its 5 August press release, Reporters Without Borders has learned that the following were convicted:- Mehmet Bozkurt, editor in chief of the daily Aydinlik (sentenced to nine years and three months in prison)- Özlem Konur Usta, Aydinlik social issues editor (six years and three months)- Ruhsar Senoglu, former Aydinlik editor in chief (eight years and one month)- Hayati Özcan, Aydinlik reporter (10 years and 11 months) – Ufuk Akkaya, head of news at Ulusal Kanal TV (eight years and two months). Contrary to initial reports, Caner Taspinar of the newspaper Yurt was acquitted on only one of several charges and was sentence to six years and one month in prison. Yurt publisher Merdan Yanardag, for whom an arrest warrant has been issued, was given a 12-year sentence.Other cases have been reported but have to be confirmed. The court is to issue detailed verdicts in the coming weeks.——-05.08.2013 – Long jail terms for at least 12 journalists in Ergenekon trialAt least 12 journalists accused of colluding with the so-called Ergenekon ultra-nationalist conspiracy were among those who received long jail terms today from the Istanbul court hearing the case, which took five years to prepare and try.The court has not yet published its detailed grounds for the verdicts reached with each of the 275 defendants. Those details will be released in the coming weeks.Restricted access to courtroom, journalists’ homes searchedThe verdicts and sentences were issued in a courtroom inside a high security prison in Silivri, 60 km west of Istanbul. The police blocked most road access and fired rubber bullets and teargas to disperse the groups that tried to approach the prison.Under a decision taken on 2 August, journalists who did not have an official press card (the so-called “yellow card”) were barred from the courtroom. Thousands of journalists in Turkey have only the Press ID provided by their employers. Relatives of some of the defendants, such as journalist Tuncay Özkan’s daughter Nazlican Özkan, were also denied access.In another sign of criminalization of the nationalist and secularist opposition, the Istanbul homes of several nationalist journalists were searched on the morning of 3 August on suspicion of “calling for demonstrations likely to threaten constitutional order and create a climate of unrest, inciting groups to demonstrate violently against the government, and pressuring the jury as it prepares to issue its verdict in the Ergenekon trial.”The targeted journalists included Ilker Yücel and Osman Erbil of Aydinlik, Mustafa Kaya and Mehmet Kivanç of Ulusal Kanal. The headquarters of the Turkish Youth Union (TGB) and the home of the head of the Ankara branch of the Workers Party (IP) were also searched.Long prison sentencesThe judges took the view that the existence of the “Ergenekon terrorist organization” had been established beyond all doubt. The main charge against the defendants was holding clandestine meetings within the armed forces and in academic and political circles in an “attempt to destroy the Government of the Turkish Republic or prevent it, partially or fully, from doing its duty” (article 312.1 of the criminal code).Mustafa Balbay, a former reporter for the secularist daily Cumhuriyet and Ankara parliamentary representative for the opposition CHP party, was sentenced to 34 years and eight months in prison while journalist, politician and former Biz TV owner Tuncay Özkan was given an aggravated life sentence (without possibility of pardon). Balbay has been detained for the past four years, Özkan for five.The court sentenced Mehmet Haberal, a surgeon who owns Baskent TV (BTV), to 12 and a half years in prison but granted him a conditional release on the grounds of the time spent in pre-trial detention. Deniz Yildirim, the former managing editor of the nationalist weekly Aydinlik, was sentenced to 16 years and 10 months in prison.Hikmet Ciçek, a Workers Party leader and Aydinlik reporter, was sentenced to 21 years and nine months in prison. The journalist Vedat Yenener got seven years and six months, as did Serhan Bolluk, the former CEO of the nationalist TV station Ulusal Kanal. His successor, Adnan Türkkan, got 10 years and six months. Turan Özlü got nine years. Güler Kömürcü got seven years. Ünal Inanç, the head of the Aykiri Haber news website, got 19 years and one month.The court gave the writer Ergün Poyraz 29 years and four months in prison, gave the essayist Yalçin Küçük 22 years and six months, and issued a warrant for the arrest of Merdan Yanardag, the publisher of the nationalist daily Yurt. On the other hand, the journalist Caner Taspinar was one of the 21 defendants to be acquitted.Those who received long jail terms included former leading military officers such as Gen. Ilker Basbug (a former chief of the general staff), Gen. Veli Küçük, Gen. Hursit Tolon, Gen. Sener Eruygur and Col. Dursun Cicek. But they also included Alparslan Arslan, convicted of murdering a Council of State judge in 2006, and Bedirhan Sinal, convicted of a grenade attack on the Istanbul-based newspaper Cumhuriyet in 2008.They also included the lawyer Kemal Kerinçsiz, the ultranationalist activist Kemal Kerinçsiz, who threatened the Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink before his January 2007 murder, Workers Party president Dogu Perinçek and former High Council for Education president Kemal Gürüz.Defence lawyers met after today’s hearing in order to file their appeals as soon as possible.The investigation into the Ergenekon network on suspicion of plotting to destabilize and topple Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s pro-Islamic conservative government began in 2007. A total of 23 different indictments were gradually incorporated into the case after the trial began the following year.The crimes blamed on the Ergenekon conspiracy include Hrant Dink’s murder, the murder of three Protestant missionaries in April 2007 and the attempted murders of human rights activists and representatives of religious minorities.Initially hailed as helping to strengthen Turkish democracy, the investigation aroused mounting concern as its targets were extended beyond the military and anti-terrorist police operations were carried out against other sectors of society on increasingly less well substantiated grounds.Twelve other journalists are still the subject of a separate trial involving the Oda TV news website and investigative journalists Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener. The next hearing in the Oda TV trial is scheduled for 11 September.——–20.03.2013 – Life imprisonment for journalists in terrorism case?Four journalists – Mustafa Balbay, Tuncay Özkan, Yalçin Küçük and Güler Kömürcü Öztürk – are among the more than 150 defendants for whom long jail sentences were requested in the “Ergenekon” conspiracy trial when the prosecutor presented a 2,271-page summation to an Istanbul court on 18 March.Three of the journalists, Balbay, Özkan and Küçük are among the 64 for whom life sentences were requested for their presumed membership of a secularist conspiracy and for allegedly plotting against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan’s Islamic-leaning government. RSF_en Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News News April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

  • COVID-19 Pushes Tax into the Spotlight as Strategy for Resilience

    first_imgLocal NewsBusiness CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 23, 2021– While an economic downturn had long been anticipated, no one expected a pandemic would plunge the globe into economic chaos with such exacting scope and speed. When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020, tax became an integral part of business response and planning for relief. In fact, 99% of tax executives said they’ve been involved in their organization’s response to the economic slowdown caused by COVID-19, according to the BDO 2021 Tax Outlook Survey released today. Although the impact of the pandemic was uneven across industries, liquidity and access to capital were universal keys to survival, and tax departments leveraged a variety of strategies aimed at preserving cash, from filing net operating loss (NOL) carrybacks to using tax filing extensions. Tax executives proved crucial to steering their organizations through the crisis; in fact, nearly half (49%) said they have seen the role of tax enhanced as a strategic partner in the last six months, and 97% said they “always” or “sometimes” are included in strategic planning and decision making, up from 89% in 2020. “The tax function has always been a pivotal component to strategic decision making, but not everyone in the organization recognized that. Now they do,” said Matthew Becker, National Managing Partner of Tax. “The COVID-19 crisis accelerated the tax function’s path to being perceived as a true partner. Going forward, the tax department will be an essential advisor to the C-suite, whether decisions seem routine, like the tax implications of hiring a remote employee, or of greater magnitude, like mergers or acquisitions.” Tax executives expect the effects of the pandemic will keep them busy in the coming year: 50% said their primary tax issue would be mapping the impact of COVID-19-related business strategies, followed by digital taxation at 17%. The strategies they expect to employ in 2021 compared to those they used in 2020 serve to illustrate the evolution of the pandemic’s impact and the consequent adjustment in focus from immediate tax solutions, such as NOL carrybacks, to longer-term optimizations, such as supply chain shifts. By Digital AIM Web Support – February 23, 2021 #5 Previous article‘Nothing special’: Guardiola downplays Champions League hypeNext articleEthisphere Announces Fifth Third Bank as one of the 2021 World’s Most Ethical Companies Digital AIM Web Support #3 Employee Retention Credit #4 Changes to the federal income tax rate (35%) New tax policies resulting from the U.S. presidential election Facebook “It remains to be seen how President Biden’s pledge to raise the corporate tax rate, among other tax-related statements, will take shape given the exigencies of the ongoing struggle to contain the spread of the coronavirus,” said Todd Simmens, National Managing Partner of Tax Risk Management. “That said, tax is on the federal agenda, and businesses should be scenario planning for changes coming down the pike potentially to the corporate tax rate, capital gains rate, individual income tax rates, and the estate and gift tax exemption amount.” With a new presidential administration that narrowly holds both chambers of Congress and a growing international push to tax multinationals, tax authorities are expected to crack down, the results of which could be costly. Because of the pandemic, jurisdictions worldwide are facing diminished tax revenues in 2021 and will likely try to recoup them in the near term. In fact, 73% of tax executives said their organizations’ total tax liability—the sum of all taxes owed at any given point in time—increased last year, and 70% said it will continue to increase in 2021. Respondents said the greatest contributor to that increase will be the taxation of digital products and services, as 79% of tax executives believe the Organisation of Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) will reach an agreement this year on a global taxation framework. Such an agreement would prompt a host of domestic tax law changes that could result in new and significant tax liabilities for many businesses. Trade and tariffs (17%) #4 Pinterest TIE: NOL carrybacks/AMT refund credits + Reverse audits Social Security tax payment deferrals WhatsApp Corporate tax rate and total tax liability expected to increase If 2020 was the year that put the tax function on the map, 2021 will be the year that pins it there. Tax executives see significant challenges on the horizon, including a potential corporate tax rate increase: 92% of tax executives said they believe the U.S. federal corporate tax rate will increase this year, and 35% said changes to the federal income tax rate was their primary tax policy priority. International trade tensions and tariffs TIE: Supply chain restructuring for more tax efficiency + Outsourcing of specialized tax work R&D tax credit studies Top Tax Policy Priorities Effects of a continued economic slowdown #1 #1 #5 Twitter What will have the greatest impact on your total tax liability in 2021? Relaxed tariff/duties payment extensions #3 Challenges to assessed property tax values through appeals #1 #4 COVID-19 Pushes Tax into the Spotlight as Strategy for Resilience TAGS  #2 2021 Employee Retention Credit Payroll tax adjustments (24%) #2 TOP 5 TAX STRATEGIES Pinterest #2 Facebook International tax changes (GILTI, offshoring, etc.) (25%) #3 Continued state and local nexus changes “Businesses may suddenly be responsible for paying taxes in many more countries than they were before,” said Monika Loving, Managing Partner and International Tax Services Practice Leader. “For businesses that sell digital products or services, shifting profit allocations away from the seller’s home country would be a change that has vast ripple effects, not unlike what we’ve experienced domestically following the South Dakota v. Wayfair decision.” State and local tax to play key role in recouping revenue Because of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 decision in South Dakota v. Wayfair, most states shifted to an economic nexus standard—rather than a physical one—for sales and use taxes, allowing them to recoup revenues from online sales in their jurisdictions. Looking ahead, it’s likely that many state governments will crack down on sellers’ noncompliance. Businesses selling online saw an explosion in their sales and use tax obligations because of the growth in e-commerce over the last year. Technologies that provide a comprehensive view of sales tax rates and obligations that update in real-time will be key to becoming and staying compliant, as well as minimizing liabilities where possible: 65% of tax executives upgraded their technology in 2020 and 51% plan to in 2021. COVID-19 underscores the need for tax technology adoption Tax technology is seen as key to managing the areas competing for tax executives’ attention: More than half (56%) of respondents said technology and process limitations had a major impact on their ability to keep pace with tax changes. Not surprisingly, nearly the same percentage said the pandemic accelerated digital transformation within their tax departments. In 2021, tax executives plan to continue to invest in transforming their own technologies and processes in order to build more agility and resilience: their top area of investment in 2021 is identifying and implementing new technologies (51%) and their top mandate is transforming the tax function for greater efficiency and better insights (33%). While they may look to outside vendors for guidance, their goal is to build skills internally to execute on these efforts going forward. Tax executives are no strangers to change, but 2020 threw momentum into overdrive. With more shifts on the horizon, 2021 is likely to feature more of the same. For tax executives, the spotlight on their ability to help make or break business strategy has never been brighter, and the tax department is poised to help their organizations take on what’s next. Download the full report here. About BDO Tax The Tax practice at BDO is among the largest tax advisory practices in the United States. With over 65 offices and more than 740 independent alliance firm locations in the United States, BDO has the bench strength and coverage to serve you with a global network of more than 91,000 people working out of over 1,600 offices across 167 countries. About BDO USA BDO is the brand name for BDO USA, LLP, a U.S. professional services firm providing assurance, tax, and advisory services to a wide range of publicly traded and privately held companies. For more than 100 years, BDO has provided quality service through the active involvement of skilled and committed professionals. The firm serves clients through more than 65 offices and over 740 independent alliance firm locations nationwide. As an independent Member Firm of BDO International Limited, BDO serves multi-national clients through a global network of more than 91,000 people working out of over 1,600 offices across 167 countries. BDO USA, LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership, is the U.S. member of BDO International Limited, a UK company limited by guarantee, and forms part of the international BDO network of independent member firms. BDO is the brand name for the BDO network and for each of the BDO Member Firms. For more information please visit: View source version on CONTACT: Anna St. Clair Bliss Integrated Communication 646-576-4114 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA ILLINOIS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: INFECTIOUS DISEASES FINANCE CONSULTING BANKING PROFESSIONAL SERVICES PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT SMALL BUSINESS HEALTH OTHER POLICY ISSUES OTHER PROFESSIONAL SERVICES SOURCE: BDO USA Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/23/2021 09:32 AM/DISC: 02/23/2021 09:32 AM R&D tax credit studies The taxation of digital products and services TIE: Supply chain restructuring for more tax efficiency + Relaxed tariff/duties payment extensions 2020 WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more