Rigby & Peller slides into the red as Brits cut back on luxury items

first_img CORSET-MAKER to the Queen, Rigby & Peller has become the latest lingerie chain to be hit by cash-strapped Brits reining in their spending.The luxury retailer, whose fans include Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga and Nick Clegg’s wife Miriam González Durántez, dived into the red by £214,000 in the 12 months to the end of January, compared with a pre-tax profit of £168,000 a year earlier. Sales slipped one per cent to £9.8m, despite the opening of a new store. In accounts just filed at Companies House, Rigby & Peller said that the results were “disappointing” but that it is “well positioned to benefit from an upturn in the overall economy”. Initially, underwear brands reported strong trading in the recession. Rival Agent Provocateur made a pre-tax loss of £1.1m in the year to March 2009 as it was also hit by the downturn. Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap KCS-content whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.com whatsapp Sharecenter_img Rigby & Peller slides into the red as Brits cut back on luxury items Tags: NULL Tuesday 26 October 2010 7:50 pm Show Comments ▼ last_img read more

Bruce Neswick named canon for cathedral music at Trinity, Portland

first_img Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS People Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Posted Feb 8, 2016 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Bruce Neswick named canon for cathedral music at Trinity, Portland Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Tags Press Release Service Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Job Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Jobs & Calls Curate Diocese of Nebraska AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis [Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Portland, Oregon] Following an 11-month interim period, Dean Nathan LeRud has announced that Bruce Neswick has been chosen to serve as Trinity Cathedral’s canon for cathedral music.“Bruce has steered us masterfully through the past 11 months since his arrival as our interim canon for cathedral music, and we are lucky indeed that he wants to stay with us,” said LeRud. “I have enjoyed getting to know Bruce as a colleague and friend, and am excited to continue to work together, maintaining Trinity’s excellence in music and liturgy, while expanding the scope and mission of our music outreach to include a more intentional focus on the next generation.”Raised in Eastern Washington,Neswick is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma and of the Yale School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music. He also holds the fellowship degree from the Royal School of Church Music, for which he has conducted several courses for boy and girl choristers.Neswick has more than 30 years of experience directing music and liturgy at some of the great American cathedrals, including St. John the Divine in New York City, St. Philip’s Episcopal Cathedral in Atlanta, and the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. Before coming to Trinity, he served as professor of music in organ and sacred music at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University.A sought-after recitalist, Neswick has performed extensively throughout the United States and Europe and has been a featured performer at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists.“I am very honored to be invited by Nathan to continue here at Trinity, serving this vital, friendly, engaged community and working with the friendliest and most mutually supportive staff one could imagine,” said Neswick. “I love Trinity and Portland and look forward to entering even more fully into the life of this beautiful community.” Featured Events Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Collierville, TNlast_img read more

Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba challenges Trump’s travel restrictions

first_imgMembers of the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba received a warm and enthusiastic welcome in Philadelphia on June 12 at a gathering hosted by the Philadelphia International Action Center.  Their 30th Cuba Caravan will travel to Havana and Cienfuegos from June 22 to July 5, visiting 40 U.S. cities before they depart.A diverse audience of over 50 people attended the event at Calvary United Methodist Church. It was endorsed by Black Alliance for Peace; Comité Boricua Filadelfia-Camden; Socialist Unity Party; Struggle — La Lucha; Workers’ Solidarity Network; and Workers World Party/Mundo Obrero.In Philadelphia, some of those supporting the Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba were, left to right, Berta Joubert-Ceci, Michelle Strongfields, Gail Walker, Megan Murray, Carmen Guerrero, Pam Africa and Yahne Ndgo.Cuba is celebrating the 60th anniversary of its revolution in 2019.  This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the Venceremos Brigade to Cuba, which will begin in late July and continue for three weeks.Since the successful Cuban Revolution in 1959, the U.S. government has imposed a criminal blockade on the socialist island. However, in recent months, U.S. imperialism has sharpened its attacks against Cuba and Venezuela, intensifying criminal sanctions against both countries, and supporting an attempted coup in Venezuela.Inspired in part by the revolutionary example set by the Cuban people, the Bolivarian Revolution began in Venezuela in 1999 to build a socialist society there, under the leadership of Hugo Chávez. The bond of solidarity between Cuba and Venezuela has been and still remains unbreakable.The solidarity event with revolutionary Cuba, Venezuela and other countries in Latin America and around the world under threat from U.S. imperialism took on new importance in light of the travel restrictions imposed June 4 by the Trump administration on U.S. residents traveling to Cuba. They ban group educational and cultural travel to the island, popularly known as “people-to-people” trips. Women speakers praise CubaAn impressive, multinational panel of women activists addressed a question posed by Philadelphia WWP moderator Megan Murray about what solidarity with Cuba means to them.  Pam Africa, minister of confrontation for the MOVE organization, stressed the humanitarian care Cuba has extended globally, setting an example for all. She spoke of the warm reception she received when traveling to Cuba on behalf of U.S. political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.Carmen Guerrero, immigrant activist with the Coalición Fortaleza Latina, responded: “Cuba is an example of ‘Si, se puede!’ (Yes we can!) for their policies of peace, brotherhood, liberty, humanity and justice. For people in my home country of Mexico, where we are dealing with many killings and disappearances, Cuba shows that when the people have the power we can do many things together.”Yahne Ndgo, activist with Black Alliance for Peace, told of her month-long experience living in Cuba earlier this year. There she found she couldn’t access funds from her bank account because of U.S. restrictions.  Just buying eggs for breakfast became a burden until her Cuban neighbors turned up at her door with eggs and other food to share.Ndgo said:  “I witnessed a human drive to be part of community versus what you see under capitalism where people are taught to extract as much as they can for themselves.  Cuba is the example that another reality is possible.”Berta Joubert-Ceci, of Comité Boricua Filadelfia-Camden, described her native Puerto Rico and Cuba as “two wings of the same bird.” She noted how these two countries and Venezuela all struggled against Spanish colonialism:  “Even before Trump, U.S. administrations have sought ‘regime change’ to regain power and destroy Cuba. They want to destroy the promise of socialism.”Taryn Fivek, International Action Center representative, who will participate in the upcoming Venceremos Brigade, explained: “Socialism is not just something you say or wear on a shirt, but what you do.  Cuba is a prime example. President Bolsonaro in Brazil just expelled all the doctors whom Cuba previously sent in solidarity to especially treat Indigenous populations who are now having their land stolen.  Sixty years ago this revolution challenged homelessness, poverty, the lack of health care, education and more. The U.S. doesn’t want people to see how Cubans have learned to liberate themselves.”Keynote speaker Gail Walker, executive director of IFCO/Pastors for Peace, opened her talk by acknowledging a young Black woman in the audience who had just applied to study medicine at Cuba’s tuition-free Latin American School of Medicine. She said, “Cuba’s scholarship gifts to young people to study medicine are intended to be passed on as gifts to the communities they will eventually serve.”Walker recounted Cuba’s key contributions in the field of health care, which include developing treatment for diabetes, fighting Ebola in Africa and setting up clinics in Haiti.  She addressed Cuba’s contributions to hurricane preparedness, environmental justice, education and the struggle to combat homophobia. Walker noted that women comprise nearly half of the members of Cuba’s Parliament and three of six Cuban vice presidents. Another advancement Walker noted is that Cuba has taken measures to limit the scourge of gentrification plaguing countless Black and Brown communities in the U.S.  “Cuban law restricts any one individual from owning more than two houses — one in a municipality and one in the countryside or at the seashore.” Despite ban, ‘caravans will go on’Walker addressed the travel ban, noting that her father, the Rev. Lucius Walker, founder of IFCO/Pastors for Peace, who died in 2010, first initiated a people-to-people caravan to Nicaragua in 1988. There, two people were killed by a Contra attack and Walker was wounded.“The U.S. policies around Cuba, starting with the Kennedy administration, are nothing short of genocide,” stated Walker. “Trump’s policies are nothing but an extension of this.  He is trying to frighten people from going to Cuba, experiencing it and making up their own minds. Trump nixed the ‘people-to- people’ travel, but not the ‘solidarity-with-people’ visa travel option, which is usually selected by elements intent on supporting opposition inside Cuba to the current government.”Walker continued: “What Trump has done will have a chilling effect and to some extent it is working. But travel to Cuba is not a crime.  We have been indoctrinated about Cuba since birth with so many negative connotations thrown at us. Our intent is that people should see for themselves. We do this as an act of civil disobedience.”  In concluding, Walker emphasized: “We know we face potential fines and even jail terms, but the U.S. blockade and travel ban against Cuba are wrong.  They are criminal. We will continue to do caravans until we see this policy change once and for all.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Poor pitching, defense costs Frogs 13-9 loss to Arizona State

first_imgWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Iqbal leads women’s golf to fourth-place finish at Big 12 Tournament Branson Nelson Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Previous articleVietnam Memorial Wall replica comes to the Stockyards StationNext articleHorned Frogs miss shot to bolster NCAA tournament resume against West Virginia, 61-60 Branson Nelson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Senior third baseman Elliott Barzilli hit his second home run of the season in the sixth inning. (Photo by Michael Clements) Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Twitter A COVID-19 Charles Schwab Challenge Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ ReddIt Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/center_img Linkedin Branson is a junior journalism major from Fort Worth, Texas. He enjoys writing about all sports and plans to go to law school after graduation. Women’s golf heads to Oklahoma for chance at first Big 12 title + posts Branson Nelsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/branson-nelson/ Facebook Equestrian earns last seed in NCEA team bracket TAGSgame lostHF in title Facebook Linkedin ReddIt printThe No. 1 Horned Frogs dropped their first game of the season to the Sun Devils 13-9 at Lupton Stadium Friday, on a night that saw TCU surrender 13 hits and commit four errors.“Poor defense, giving up extra bases obviously stood out,” TCU head coach Jim Schlossnagle said. “We played very, very poorly, but at the same time they played great.”Senior starting pitcher Brian Howard (1-1) worked around a walk and an error in the first inning before going on to retire 11 in a row to get through the first four innings scoreless and hit-less.TCU (4-1) took its only lead of the night after they loaded the bases with no outs in the second. Sophomore Josh Watson struck out before senior Ryan Merrill drove in his third run of the year on a sacrifice fly caught at the wall in right field. The Frogs ended up stranding two in the inning after junior Connor Wanhanen struck out.Arizona State’s (4-1) six-hole hitter, Tyler Williams, snapped Howard’s streak of consecutive batters retired as he led off the top of the fifth with a solo home run, tying the game at one. Two more hits and a hit batter pushed the second and third runs of the night across for the Sun Devils.Howard ended up throwing just five innings, surrendering three earned runs on three hits, a walk and seven strikeouts in his first loss of the 2017 season.“I thought he was over-throwing a little bit, trying to be too perfect. He was pitching behind in the count a lot,” Schlossnagle said. “For the way the ballpark was playing, you can’t get behind in the count, and he did.”The Sun Devils added a run in the sixth as the Frogs sent three different freshmen to the mound. The run was charged to Austin Boyles, who let two runners reach base. Cal Coughlin and Haylen Green managed to limit the damage and strand three runners.Senior third baseman Elliott Barzilli led off the bottom of the sixth with his second home run of the season. The home run ended Barzilli’s 0-12 drought that dated back to his home run in last Saturday’s game against Penn State. The homer cut the deficit to just two.The wheels started coming off for the Frogs in the top of the seventh though as Green gave up two unearned runs. Third baseman Andrew Snow struck out to lead off the inning, but reached base on a wild pitch. Green got the next two batters, but Snow moved into scoring position on a passed ball.With two down, Watson dropped a fly ball allowing a run to score. Williams singled in another run making it 6-2 at the seventh inning stretch.The Horned Frogs went quietly in the bottom of the seventh before Green gave up three runs in the top of the eighth, totaling five for him on the night in 1.1 innings. Two walks and a single chased Green from the game.“We asked a lot of Haylen Green tonight. I thought he came in and made good pitches,” Schlossnagle said. “Probably left him out there too long, but I don’t want to burn our bullpen in a game we’re losing by that much, in the first game of a series.”Junior Ryan Burnett came on for the first time this season, allowing all three of the runners he inherited from Green to score on two sacrifice fly balls and an error on junior catcher Evan Skoug, the Frogs’ fourth of the night.TCU answered the Sun Devils’ three-run inning with three of their own in the bottom of the eighth. RBIs from sophomore Luken Baker, senior Cam Warner and senior Nolan Brown made it a 9-5 game heading into the final frame.Nolan Brown continues to lead the Frogs in hitting with an average of .500 (7-14) with a .632 on-base percentage and six RBI’s. Brown is the only Horned Frog to have reached base in all five games this season.Sophomore relief pitcher Dalton Horton pitched the ninth inning, giving up four runs on five hits in his season debut. Horton’s four runs seemed unimportant at the time, but a Horned Frog rally in the ninth made the runs the difference in the game.Horned Frog relievers had given up only one run over 16 innings in the first four games of the season before allowing 10 runs in just four innings against ASU.Down 13-5, four runs on three home runs from sophomore Michael Landestoy, junior Austen Wade and Baker pulled the Frogs within four.In the end, the Horned Frogs’ seven runs in the final two innings and four home runs of the night were not enough to overcome the Sun Devils.“They played great,” Schlossnagle said. “They have some really impressive young hitters.”After striking out 13 times against ASU pitching on Friday, TCU has now struck out 45 times in just five games, totaling nine strike outs per game. In 2016, the Frogs struck out just over 6.5 times per game. Pre-season All-American Evan Skoug leads the team with 12 strikeouts in 23 trips to the plate.Freshman Nick Lodolo will make his second career start on Saturday against Arizona State. First pitch will be at 4 p.m. at Lupton Stadium.last_img read more

Pantone: Color of the year 2020

first_imgImage magazinePantone: Color of the year 2020By TCU 360 Staff – February 1, 2021 602 Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s Twitter Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s ReddIt Image Magazine: Spring 2021 TCU 360 Staff Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week Vintage fever: Fort Worth residents and vintage connoisseurs talk about their passion for thrifting Previous articleOscar’s Girls: Tales of a summer spent with a fashion iconNext articleImage Magazine: Winter 2020/2021 TCU 360 Staff TCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Oscar’s Girls: Tales of a summer spent with a fashion icon Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices + posts center_img TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ printLoading 50% Written by: Lindi GoffPhotography: McKenna WeilModel: ManyielI don’t think I’m alone when I state that 2020 is the most unusual year I have ever experienced. And to add to the COVID-19 craziness, we were in the midst of a presidential election season. So, when I discovered that the Pantone Color Institute announced ‘Classic Blue’ as its Color of the Year for 2020, I couldn’t help but ask, “Isn’t the selection of a timeless shade a bit ironic given the trajectory of the past few months?” I mean, we’re collectively living in a chaotic moment in history while attempting to keep our routines in-tact. There’s nothing classic about 2020.However, ‘Classic Blue’ isn’t just about the name of the shade. Since 1999, the Pantone Color Institute has picked a color of the year that correlates with sentiments we feel throughout moments in life. Whether that be nostalgia or hope for the future, the company’s chosen color creates and resembles a narrative that promotes commonality among society as a whole. The story this color tells includes values and aspirations we all understand, and 2020’s shade and the symbolism behind it are no exception.”Classic Blue speaks to our feelings of anticipation. When you think about the sky at dusk, the day isn’t over. You’re thinking, what’s ahead of us? It’s reassuring, but thought-provoking,” said Laurie Pressman, the vice president of the Pantone Color Institute. “It highlights our desire for this dependable, anchoring foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era. We’re living in a time that requires trust and faith and confidence. We all see this blue sky and can relate to it – it’s approachable.”I’m pretty sure we all need comfort and reassurance now more than ever. Some of us find comfort and reassurance through self-care, spirituality or science. However, many individuals, including myself, looked toward the election as a beacon of hope. In my opinion, November is like the shade of blue we see at dusk; it embodies the hope that tomorrow will bring a brighter future – a future full of trust in leadership, faith in acceptance and inclusion and confidence that U.S. citizens will exercise their right to vote. And that they did- 2020 saw the largest voter turnout in history.If you’re like me, then you probably have a love-hate relationship with politics. On one hand, individuals like Kamala Harris are breaking glass ceilings and empowering women and young girls to do whatever they set their minds to. On the other hand, politics cause a great divide among family, friends and strangers, which is the last thing anyone wants. While these instances are only scratching the surface of my evolving view of politics, I’ve experienced firsthand the division this system produces.I got into a tiff on Facebook with an extended family member as I stood up for my beliefs. While I often internally comment on inappropriate humor and statements as I scroll through social media, I couldn’t bite my tongue when I saw a man I spend nearly every holiday with implying through a hateful meme that Senator Harris had to get on her knees to earn all of her prestigious credentials, including her presumptive position as Vice President of the United States. To make matters worse, the post received multiple reassuring likes and comments. So, I felt this post, showcasing a double standard, deserved a wake-up call. My rebuttal was graceful and of strong morals. Regardless, this interaction not only left me disappointed but also feeling angry that the election season came down to distasteful and uneducated behavior. I guess what I really want to know is, when did politics turn into such a name-calling, character-attacking kind of game? In other words, do advocates for either side of the political spectrum really feel good about what they’re saying? And would they blurt such uncalled-for words in any other situation?So, you might ask, what do we do from here? Well, I suggest we collectively reground ourselves and adopt the qualities ‘Classic Blue’ reflects unto each of our lives as we move forward into 2021. Furthermore, I believe ‘Classic Blue’ serves as a reminder that we need to expect better and anticipate better from one another. If you take the time to listen to and be present with what ‘Classic Blue’ is trying to teach us, you might rethink your words and actions this new year as we move forward from the election season. Because as the color conveys, it isn’t the end of the day, and we have this color to bring us together and create a better future.Lindi Goff blog Lindi Goff wrote ‘Pantone’ as an exclusive, opinion piece for Image. She is a senior strategic communication major at TCU. She hopes to move to NYC to work in fashion. Currently, she runs a fashion & lifestyle blog where she shares her style and discusses vulnerable topics that aren’t normally discussed on social media. TopBuilt with Shorthand Linkedin Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices ReddIt Linkedin Facebook Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cowgirl: A look at the most glamorous women in rodeolast_img read more

Journalists harassed for violating taboo on ritual killings

first_imgNews Weekly seized from Gabon’s newsstands GabonAfrica Reporters Without Borders condemns journalist Olivier Ndembi’s interrogation by the General Directorate for Investigation about his research into the alleged involvement of Gabonese politicians in ritual killings. A reporter for the pro-government daily L’Union, Ndembi was questioned on 18 October.In a 14 April article on a subject usually regarded as off-limits in Gabon, Ndembi claimed that the identify of the instigators of many ritual killings was being concealed at a high government level but refrained from naming any of the alleged instigators for fear of libel suits.The justice ministry ordered the Libreville prosecutor’s office to arrange for Ndembi to be questioned and threatened with prosecution for “obstructing justice” if he did not cooperate by identifying the persons allegedly involved.”The judicial harassment of journalists whenever they dare to investigate ritual killings and accuse politicians of ordering them is indicative of the collusion between the justice system and the political authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “By letting itself be used as a tool of intimidation, Gabon’s judicial machinery is reinforcing the taboo on talking about ritual killings and is discouraging the press instead of shedding light on the persistence of this practice.” Reporters Without Borders added: “This is contrary to the wishes of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, who broke the taboo last April by organizing a crisis meeting with the aim of ending a phenomenon that leaves families in mourning and sullies the country’s image.”Ritual killings are linked to Gabon’s animist beliefs and practice of sorcery, in which the power of fetishes is said to be enhanced by the blood of men, women and children who have been mutilated alive and die in pain. The widespread suspicion that politicians order ritual killings in order to win or hold on to office is reinforced by the reported increase in the frequency of such killings during elections or in the run-up to cabinet reshuffles.In recent months several Gabonese journalists have tried to cover the alleged involvement of politicians in such killings and Reporters Without Borders is aware of several cases of threats being made against them. In response to the local media’s protests, the prosecutor-general apologised on national television.Intimidation attempts are not limited to coverage of ritual killings. As soon as journalists link politicians to any kind of criminal activity, the justice ministry initiates judicial proceedings and suppresses the story. For example, Jonas Moulenda of L’Union was charged by the Libreville prosecutor’s office in May for suggesting that a well-placed person was behind a soldier’s murder. For more information on media freedom in Gabon, read the Reporters Without Borders country file. RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Gabon January 24, 2020 Find out more GabonAfrica News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa News Organisation Photo : Olivier Ndembi Receive email alerts Reports to go further Help by sharing this information October 24, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists harassed for violating taboo on ritual killings December 31, 2019 Find out more Gabonese journalist could spend New Year’s Eve in prisonlast_img read more

“Elysée doesn’t intend to do the newsroom’s job”

first_img RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story May 19, 2017 “Elysée doesn’t intend to do the newsroom’s job” News News News RSF_en Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more to go further FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independenceEvents Freedom of expression Follow the news on France Help by sharing this information Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU LIONEL BONAVENTURE / AFP May 10, 2021 Find out more News FranceEurope – Central Asia Media independenceEvents Freedom of expression June 4, 2021 Find out more In response to criticism from French media groups and journalists’ associations about an apparent attempt by President Emmanuel Macron’s aides to decide which journalists accompany him on trips, the French president’s office wrote to Reporters Without Borders (RSF) today to reaffirm its full respect for media freedom.The aim of the misunderstood initiative by the Elysée Palace (the president’s office) was more openness and inclusiveness, not less, the letter insisted. President Macron “attaches great importance to in-depth media coverage and wants to open the Elysée to specialist reporters (‘beat reporters’), who will cover the president’s activities from a different angle,” the letter said. “This is why it was suggested to news organizations that they should add defence and diplomacy correspondents,” to those assigned to cover President Macron’s official visit today to the French troops based in Mali,” the letter said. “Reporters Without Borders sought clarification from the Elysée after a series of signals that caused concern in many news organizations,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “We welcome this explanation and the desire for dialogue with news organizations and we hope that proof will be provided in the coming days that no limits will be imposed on the media’s reporting. We count on Emmanuel Macron to defend media freedom in both France and abroad.”The Elysée’s letter said that, “in the course of organizing the official visit [to Mali], we did not sufficiently explain this concern [for openness], hence the [mis]interpretation and concerns that arose in the past few days.” The letter added that there was no question of the Elysée choosing journalists. “We gave news organizations this option but we never imposed one journalist rather than another (…) The journalists who became concerned may be reassured: the Elysée does not intend to do the newsroom’s job.”The general secretary of President Macron’s “En Marche” movement delivered a powerful statement of support for media freedom on Macron’s behalf on 3 May, World Press Freedom Day. It is now up to president’s office to put these words into action.France is ranked 39th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayslast_img read more

Hopes of breakthrough in Aer Lingus dispute

first_imgFacebook WhatsApp HOPES are rising this week of a breakthrough in the dispute which is threatening air travel over the Christmas period.The Labour Relations Commission (LRC) has intervened in a final attempt to have the IMPACT trade union and Aer Lingus management re-enter talks to avoid the imminent closure of the airline’s cabin crew base at Shannon Airport with the loss of 88 permanent jobs.However, it is understood the talks will not address issues over work rosters and crewing.This week Aer Lingus cabin crew overwhelmingly voted in favour of industrial action up to and including strike action in a row over rosters and the threatened closure of the Shannon cabin crew base.It is understood that the invitation to attend the talks came from LRC Director of Conciliation, Kevin Foley.Last month Aer Lingus announced it was outsourcing recruitment for new transatlantic routes from Shannon to an independent company, ASL Aviation.It blamed the decision on a refusal by cabin crew to fly new transatlantic flights from Shannon using smaller planes with fewer crew members.IMPACT insists that they have not refused to crew the flights and that the airline prematurely closed the door on talks about numbers.The Shannon-based staff now face the prospect of redeployment to Dublin or Cork, voluntary severance, leave of absence to work for ASL Aviation or redundancy.Meanwhile, Limerick Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea has called on Transport Minister Leo Varadkar to intervene in the dispute.“We have to do everything possible to save the jobs at Shannon and furthermore, we cannot have a protracted stand-off that could lead to strike action in the run-up to Christmas. It is obvious that management and cabin crew members at Aer Lingus are deeply divided and intervention is required.“It is vital that Aer Lingus retains a cabin crew base in Shannon, which would give a great impetus for development and growth of Aer Lingus in the region,” he said. Linkedin NewsLocal NewsHopes of breakthrough in Aer Lingus disputeBy Guest Writer – November 6, 2013 903 Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Previous articleJoint bid for National Diaspora CentreNext articleHardy men gearing up for Ethopia trip Guest Writerhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Printcenter_img Advertisement No vaccines in Limerick yet Twitter Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGSair lingusfeaturedfull-imageShannon RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR New high-end jobs for Shannonlast_img read more

April snowstorm for the Northeast and Central US, more severe weather for South

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A mid-April snowstorm is expected for the Northeast and the central U.S., and five states in the Northeast are on alert for snow from upstate New York to Maine.A winter storm warning has been issued for Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine where some areas could see up to 15 inches of fresh April snow.If you live along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C. to Boston, all precipitation will fall in the form of rain.A separate storm system will bring more snow to the central U.S. from Kansas to Wyoming, where six states are on alert for heavy April snow.Locally up to 18 inches of snow is possible from Wyoming to Colorado with up to a half a foot from South Dakota into Nebraska and western Kansas.Already some areas from Lake Tahoe, California, to Utah and Colorado have seen 12 to 17 inches of fresh powder in the last 24 hours.In the South and along the hard hit Gulf Coast states, more severe weather is expected in the next 24 hours.On Wednesday, huge hail the size of a baseball was reported in central Texas where it covered the ground as damaging winds up to 66 mph were reported elsewhere in hard hit southern Louisiana.On Wednesday, severe weather will be mostly in Texas from Austin to San Angelo with the biggest threat for hail and damaging winds.In addition, heavy rain will continue for the Gulf Coast Thursday morning from Louisiana to Alabama, where flash flood watches have been posted.Another round of rain is expected along the Gulf Coast on Friday into the weekend with another 3 to as much as 4 inches of rain possible.But with the ground being saturated from recent heavy rain, flash flooding will be possible over the next several days.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Gobert goes for 25 and 14 as Jazz beat frustrated Warriors

first_imgNovember 12, 2019 /Sports News – Local Gobert goes for 25 and 14 as Jazz beat frustrated Warriors Written by Tags: Rudy Gobert/Utah Jazz Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Rudy Gobert had 25 points and 14 rebounds as the Utah Jazz beat the Golden State Warriors 122-108 on Monday night.Donovan Mitchell added 23 points and Mike Conley scored 22 for Utah, which improved to 7-3.The injury-ravaged Warriors fell to an NBA-worst 2-9 and their frustrations boiled over in the fourth quarter. Draymond Green, back after missing five games with a torn finger ligament, earned back-to-back technicals and an ejection for arguing a blocking call with 8:28 left.Less than a minute later, coach Steve Kerr was given a technical after arguing a kicked-ball call against Jordan Poole.It’s been that kind of season so far for the Warriors, who had their biggest star back in the building Monday.Stephen Curry, sidelined for at least the next three months because of a broken left hand, held a pregame media briefing to discuss his injury and try to lend his teammates some moral support.Point guard D’Angelo Russell continues to be a bright spot for Golden State. He scored 33 points, his fourth consecutive game of 30 or more.The Jazz pulled away thanks to their 3-point shooting and a huge advantage at the free throw line. Utah shot 46 percent (16 for 35) from beyond the arc and went 26 of 32 at the foul line.Utah took a 69-54 lead into halftime after going 9 for 18 on 3s. Mitchell led the way, shooting 5 of 6 from long range and scoring 19 points.The Jazz made 16 of 17 foul shots in the first half, while Golden State attempted just four free throws.Russell got off to a terrific start, scoring 18 points in the first quarter and going into the break with 22.Besides getting Green back in the lineup, the Warriors also welcomed back rookie forward Eric Paschall, who missed Saturday’s game at Oklahoma City with a bruised hip.Paschall, who averaged 22.5 points in the four games leading up to his injury, finished with eight.TIP-INSJazz: Entered the night with the NBA’s 28th-ranked offense at 101 points per game. They surpassed that number by 21 points against Golden State. … Utah, which is 5-0 at home, improved to 2-3 on the road.Warriors: Green’s return to the lineup was a welcome sign, but his presence was felt even before the opening tip. “We already felt it this morning in shootaround, just his voice,” Kerr said.UP NEXTJazz: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night.Warriors: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.last_img read more