Chief executive Chris Viehbacher yesterday reiterated Sanofi would not be rushed to buy Genzyme, a specialist in rare diseases, after it rejected Sanofi’s $18.5bn (£11.8bn) non-binding cash offer at the end of August.“I think there’s a reasonable shot at a deal getting done at a reasonable price, but it’s not going to be a quick process,” Viehbacher said in a webcast presentation at a Bank of America-Merrill Lynch Global Healthcare conference in London. SANOFI-AVENTIS sees a reasonable chance of buying US biotech Genzyme at a fair price, but expects it will take some time to agree a deal that would further diversify the French drugmaker and strengthen its US foothold. Genzyme chief executive founder, Henri Termeer, late last month said there was a “high probability” of a deal getting done but demanded, without wanting to specify, a reasonable starting point for negotiations to begin.Viehbacher had met about 50 per cent of Genzyme shareholders in the US last week and has yet to meet Genzyme management, whom he has accused of forming a “brick wall”, to discuss Sanofi’s offer of $69 a share. Sanofi chief hopeful of buying Genzyme whatsapp Wednesday 15 September 2010 8:12 pm Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Share KCS-content Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com “It was easier to see Genzyme shareholders than management, but that will hopefully change very shortly,” he said.Viehbacher did not say at what price the Genzyme shareholders he had met would consider selling their holdings in the company.Several of Sanofi’s key drugs are facing generic competition which along with future patent expiries will shave about a third of its 2008 sales until 2013. Buying Genzyme would help Sanofi bridge that gap and add rare diseases as a sixth growth platform next to others like emerging markets and vaccines.
Save this picture!© Hiroshi Mizusaki+ 29 Share Japan Houses Villa in Yoron / CASE-REALSave this projectSaveVilla in Yoron / CASE-REAL Products used in this ProjectLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – AJ CollectionDesign:Koichi Futatusmata, Tomoki KatadaDesign Cooperation, Construction:Tsukasa Architect ConstructionLighting Plan:ModuleX FUKUOKA, Masaaki SatoCity:YoronCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hiroshi MizusakiText description provided by the architects. A second house on the shores of Yoron Island, an island which was created from elevated coral reefs. Located on the Southernmost point in Kagoshima prefecture, this island is surrounded by a beautiful emerald green ocean which is visible from this site. The design was centered on the idea of solving a contradictory task of appropriately intaking the view, sunlight and wind, also to protect the people living from the harsh rays and hurricanes this area is known for.Save this picture!Site PlanTaking the view in consideration, within the low rise architectural volumes of the project the master bed room was kept on the ocean side to fulfill the given view, and rooms with other functions in face the land side. The large un-even space between these two volumes function as the main space, which becomes the path of the seasonal winds.The main living spaces which have pent-roofs function as a comfortable inner terrace. Save this picture!© Hiroshi MizusakiSave this picture!© Hiroshi MizusakiBy installing mesh-like fixtures to the outer rims of the pent roof, a buffer zone was created to secure the safety of the interior from objects flying during the hurricanes as well as creating a comfortable opening for the panorama both opened and closed. The mesh fixtures were inspired by a traditional Okinawa construction material called the “Flower Block”. By creating a fixture based on this basic module, a strong exterior image was created. With hammer toned reinforced concrete, and by using natural materials with distinct characteristics in the interior we aimed to create a place that blends into the local climate.Save this picture!© Hiroshi MizusakiProject gallerySee allShow lessPanmun Single Family & Commercial / Seoga ArchitectureSelected ProjectsConjunto Volcanes I / SANTOSCREATIVOS + VTALLERSelected Projects Share “COPY” ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeCASE-REALOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesYoronJapanPublished on November 01, 2016Cite: “Villa in Yoron / CASE-REAL” 01 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
New York CityWhen the United States, Britain and France launched 107 missiles against Syria on April 13, an angry outcry followed in many countries, including anti-war protests in the U.S. The Trump administration claimed to be “punishing” President Bashad Assad’s government for allegedly using “chemical weapons” in Syria. But the truth is that the U.S. and its allies are smearing the Syrian leader as part of their long-range plan to oust him and assert imperialist control of the country.In protest, hundreds of Syrians gathered at sites in Damascus, the capital, denouncing the Pentagon’s airstrikes and cheering their army’s defense system, which they said successfully shot down or derailed two-thirds of the missiles fired.Solidarity with the Syrian people and outrage at the imperialists’ assault were expressed in many countries. Demonstrations took place in Jordan and Occupied Palestine. Hundreds from the Arab community marched with banners reading, “Hands off Syria!” to the U.S. Consulate in Haifa, Israel. Protests took place in Istanbul and Ankara, Turkey, and at the gates of the RAF Akrotiri, a British military base, in Cyprus and in Kolkata, India.In Europe, protests were held in Berlin and Rome, while thousands, led by the Greek Communist Party, marched in Athens and picketed the U.S. Embassy, condemning the U.S. Among other actions, the Stop the War Coalition organized a rally in London on April 13 and in that city and Bristol on April 16, decrying their government’s complicity in the air strikes.In Latin America, protests were held at U.S. embassies in Santiago, Chile, where some demonstrators were arrested, and in Mexico City, where people draped banners demanding rights for everyone, regardless of country of origin.U.S. protesters: End all U.S. wars!From coast-to-coast, activists took to the streets to proclaim “End U.S. Wars at Home and Abroad!” and demand that the Pentagon stop bombing Syria and end repression against Palestinians. A national coalition coordinated anti-war protests on April 14-15. Endorsers included Black Alliance for Peace, Coalition against U.S. Foreign Military Bases, Code Pink, International Action Center, U.S. Peace Council, United National Antiwar Coalition, United for Peace and Justice, Vets for Peace, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Workers World Party and 300 other organizations.The IAC’s press release explained the mobilization’s aims: to oppose intensified U.S. militarism in Afghanistan, Yemen and Syria; drone attacks; threats against north Korea, Iran and Venezuela; and the appointment to Trump’s administration of super-hawks Mike Pompeo and John Bolton. Other demands were to end racist police killings and fund jobs and social programs, not war.The coalition condemned U.S. aid to Israel, oppressor of the Palestinian people. The government has not uttered one word of criticism about Israeli soldiers’ horrific shooting of unarmed Gazans protesting the blockade — showing once again that Washington supports Israeli atrocities against Palestinians.Workers World activists sent in reports from the following cities. Boston BostonGroups, including the Syrian American Forum, WWP-Boston, Answer Coalition-Boston, and the Boston Hands Off Syria Coalition, gathered at Park Street on April 12 to oppose threatened U.S. intervention. Following the missile attack on April 14, these same groups again mobilized, joined by the immigrants’ rights group Cosecha and anti-war veterans. The weekly Peace Vigil held by anti-war veteran organizations denounced the airstrikes. A rally at Roxbury’s Dudley Square transit station was followed by a march to Ruggles station in downtown Boston.Event speakers denounced the continued imperialist destruction of the Middle East, pointing to the U.S. devastation of Libya and the continued occupation of Iraq. They highlighted the wars’ effects inside the U.S., including the dismantling of social programs to fund the Pentagon’s budget and boost arms’ manufacturers’ profits. Syrian-Americans expressed their opposition to any U.S. intervention in their homeland. Many feared for their families there. A young Syrian woman recited her poem about the war.— Sam OrdóñezBuffalo, N.Y. An ad-hoc anti-war coalition with representation from various local groups and organizations demonstrated April 15 against U.S. wars at home and abroad, focusing on the bombing strikes in Syria. Protesters gathered at Niagara Square and marched to a rally at Naval Park. Speakers were from Black Lives Matter, Democratic Socialists of America, Green Party, IAC, WW, Buffalo Forum, Veterans for Peace, Friends of the Soviet People and local student groups.— WW Buffalo StaffRochester, N.Y.Rochester, N.Y. Sixty people held a press conference at a homeless shelter, then marched through downtown Rochester to the federal building to oppose U.S. wars at home and abroad on April 13. Protesters connected U.S. wars and the bloated military budget to the war against the poor at home. The House of Mercy homeless shelter, Peace Action and Education, and the IAC initiated the event. Other participating organizations included Veterans for Peace, Jewish Voice for Peace, Christians Witnessing for Palestine and Metro Justice.— Gene ClancyNew York CityA multinational, multigenerational crowd of hundreds packed midtown Manhattan’s Herald Square on April 15 for a rally called by the United National Antiwar Coalition. Speakers from nearly 40 organizations represented the range of nations targeted by U.S. imperialism, along with social justice, union, community, youth and antiwar groups in solidarity with all peoples under attack. Indigenous and Korean drumming punctuated the speeches and chants.The rally was followed by a march to Trump Tower led by Syrian, Yemeni, Palestinian, Korean and Puerto Rican activists flying flags, drumming and chanting. A popular sign was: “They lied about Iraq; they lied about Libya; they’re lying about Syria!” Besides the many people of Middle Eastern origin who took part, the protest was well attended by Black and Latinx organizations fighting racism and attacks on immigrants, as well as veterans of the Vietnam antiwar movement and other progressives.— Deirdre GriswoldPhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaSome 100 people rallied outside City Hall on April 14 to demonstrate against the U.S. attack on Syria. Then they marched past the French and British consulates to protest those governments’ participation in the airstrikes. Speakers and chants identified the attacks as an extension of racist violence against people of color at home and internationally. By uniting activists from many communities, the event demonstrated that solidarity between political movements is essential to building a strong anti-imperialist coalition. Onlookers responded positively to the activists’ message, showing the unpopularity of imperialist war.Endorsers included the IAC, REAL Justice, Black and Brown Workers Collective, WWP, Temple University Students for Justice in Palestine, Comité Boricua Filadelfia-Camden, Philadelphia South Asian Collective, Organizing Committee for a Maoist Communist Party, Party for Socialism and Liberation, South Jersey Revolutionary Collective, and Philly Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.— Stephen DaviesBaltimoreBaltimore Demonstrators, mostly young, came out in response to an emergency call put out by the newly formed group Youth Against War and Racism, WWP and the Peoples Power Assembly to protest imperialist military action against Syria on April 14. The protest was spirited, with folks chanting, “1, 2, 3, 4, We don’t want your racist wars! 5, 6, 7, 8, Stop the killing, stop the hate!” “No justice, no peace!” and “U.S. out of the Middle East.”Mekdes Woineshet, a young woman of Ethiopian descent, emphasized that money being spent by the U.S. to bomb countries in which people of color live, killing and maiming innocent civilians, should instead be spent at home to provide education and health care. While folks were chanting against the bombing and calling for the end of U.S. imperialism, many passersby beeped their horns or gave thumbs-up to show their support.— Steven CeciDurham, N.C.Durham, N.C.An emergency downtown rally of 100 demonstrators April 15 protested the airstrikes on Syria and the massacre of Palestinians in Gaza. They and passersby cried out, “Free Palestine” and “From Syria to Palestine, occupation is a crime!” Speakers from anti-imperialist groups included WWP member Qasina, who read a poem by June Jordan, “Apologies to All the People in Lebanon.” Stressing that these wars mean less funding for needed programs at home, community organizer Raul said, “All the money that can be used for us is gone; we are all affected by this.”Particpating organizations included WWP’s Durham branch, Muslims for Social Justice, Duke Students for Justice in Palestine, Triangle Area Green Party, Triangle Veterans for Peace, Triangle NC PSL, Answer Coalition and NCSU Young DSA.— Enzo NiebuhrAtlantaThe plaza of Little 5 Points was decorated with dozens of banners and signs bringing a message of “No U.S. war at home and abroad” to the popular shopping district on April 14. On all four corners of the busy intersection, demonstrators held placards denouncing the attack on Syria and hostile threats against People’s Korea and Venezuela. Support for Palestine; demands for housing, health care, jobs and education; and declarations of solidarity with immigrants and the Black Lives Matter movement were plentiful.Passing pedestrians and drivers honked and waved at the sight of the anti-war message. Rally speakers included representatives of Black Alliance for Peace, Black Lives Matter, Jewish Voice for Peace, SOAWatch, Vets for Peace — as well as an undocumented youth, an anti-fascist organizer and a housing activist. The Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition and the IAC’s Atlanta chapter organized the rally.— Dianne MathiowetzHoustonHoustonOutraged demonstrators protested at the busiest intersection in Houston April 14. They held signs and banners demanding, “U.S. Out of Syria and the Middle East.” For more than two hours, they chanted over the sound system, attracting the attention of thousands of drivers and their passengers. Many honked their horns in support and shouted thanks to protesters. Participants included the National Domestic Workers Alliance, Fe y Justicia Workers Center, the Brown Berets de TejAztlan, WWP, Houston Socialist Movement and Socialist Alternative.— Gloria RubacSalt Lake CitySalt Lake CityThe Students for a Democratic Society chapter at the University of Utah held a rally in front of the federal building in Salt Lake City on April 15 to demand “No war on Syria.” Speakers included representatives from SDS, WWP, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Utah Against Police Brutality and Teamsters Local 222.— Joanna StraughnLos Angeles Hundreds of demonstrators carried Syrian flags and placards demanding an end to the war on Syria and calling President Trump a war criminal at a march and rally April 14, which began at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles. The event was led by Arab Americans for Syria, and various anti-war and social justice organizations participated, including the IAC, Hands off Syria Coalition, Union del Barrio, Answer Coalition, and Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador.— John ParkerBay Area, Calif.Bay Area, Calif.Over 600 people demonstrated on April 15. The spirited crowd, representing the diversity in the Bay Area, rallied first at the Lake Merritt Amphitheater. Meagan Whelan, chairperson of GABRIELA Oakland, emceed that rally. Speakers included Chairman Fred Hampton Jr., the Prisoners of Conscience Committee; Pierre Labosierre, Haiti Action Committee; Lara Kiswani, Arab Resource and Organizing Center; Io Sunwoo, Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans; and Gerry Condon, president, board of directors, Veterans for Peace.Calpulli Huey Papalotl, a cultural Nahuatl circle and dance group, led the march to Oscar Grant Plaza where another rally was held, emceed by Kim Serrano of Speak Out Now. Speakers and artists included Cat Brooks of the Anti Police-Terror Project; Francisco Herrera, Miguel Govea, Chris Nauman and Friends group; Trabajo Cultural Caminante; Alice Walker, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist; Judy Greenspan, WWP; Rhonda Romiro, vice-chair, BAYAN USA; Jeff Mackler, UNAC; Nidia Quintero, leader of FENSUAGRO of Colombia; and Richard Becker, PSL.— Terri KayPortland, Ore.Portland, Ore. Over 50 people rallied at Portland’s waterfront park to protest the bombing of Syria and say, “Stop U.S. wars of aggression.” Speakers addressed the U.S. media’s lies and propaganda about Syria, Ukraine, Yemen, north Korea, Venezuela and Honduras. Those who traveled from WWP’s Federal Way, Wash., branch waved large flags as each of the speakers addressed the crowd.The International League of Peoples’ Struggle, Portland Central American Solidarity Committee and the May 1 Coalition were among the many groups that spoke and denounced U.S. Imperialism. 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TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TCU News Now 3/24/2021 Previous articleTCU hands-only CPR clinic in Frog AlleyNext articleTCU cancels offer to trade tickets for canned food Astrid Souto RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Astrid Soutohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/astrid-souto/ TCU News Now 4/21/2021 TCU News Now 2/24/2021 Linkedin Astrid Soutohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/astrid-souto/ Twitter ReddIt Facebook TCU News Now 3/17/2021 + posts ReddIt Astrid Soutohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/astrid-souto/ Twitter Astrid Soutohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/astrid-souto/ printTCU’s study abroad program encourages students “to live like locals.” Now, the university is adding resources to help- all on your cell phone. Alert Traveler helps students immerse themselves into wherever they are by introducing them to their locale. The travel insurance plan assists students and their families if there’s a health crisis and alerts them to safety concerns. Alert Traveler helps students keep up with emergency situations while abroad. Source: Alert Traveler“Students are strongly encouraged to download the app about a month before the trip,” said Kimberly Spragg, program coordinator of health, safety and operations in the center for international studies.Additionally, the app provides security alerts, emergency phone numbers and even has a GPS tracking system that, if turned on, can locate students. Students can also mark themselves “safe” if a major threat occurs where they are.Some students who are abroad this semester are trying it out. “They are our guinea pigs,” Spragg said. “Everything has been smooth sailing so far, but if students don’t have their GPS turned on when they deviate from their itinerary, we don’t know exactly where they are.” On Call International travel insurance also assists with security issues, though its primary function is to help students who are ill or injured. It’s supposed to find the best possible options in terms of health and security issues. “Students have been in the hospital, and On Call will literally fly a parent out so they can be with their child,” Spragg said. “It’s been a really good resource.”Jenna Quirk, a junior business major, said she received notifications of nearby threats via email when she was studying in London this past summer. “They would alert us of any dangers going on around us by sending us emails,” Quirk said. “It was honestly really effective and helpful.”Tori Hatch, a senior marketing and business information systems major, said the service was helpful when one of her classmates fell ill while they were in Madrid in the spring. His intestines twisted, and he needed emergency surgery, she said.Tori Hatch poses with her study abroad group in Madrid, Spain last spring. Courtesy of Tori Hatch “Healthcare is pretty much free in Madrid, but On Call made sure he was taken care of properly,” Hatch said. “I would have been really scared if we didn’t have a resource like that to help us.” Astrid Souto World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025
Although an Istanbul court today convicted 27 defendants, mostly members of the state security forces or intelligence officials, for their role in Turkish newspaper editor Hrant Dink’s murder in 2007, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) insists that justice has not yet been fully rendered and says everyone connected with this crime must be tried in court. News News RSF_en TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses DisappearancesImpunityFreedom of expression March 26, 2021 Turkish journalist’s murder trial verdict “leaves bitter taste” News Receive email alerts This was the second time the ECHR has been asked to issue a ruling in connection with the murder. In September 2010, it ordered Turkey to pay 133,000 euros in compensation for failing to protect Dink’s right to life and for violating his right to freedom of expression. Four of the defendants were sentenced to life imprisonment on a charge of “attempted subversion.” Eight others were sentenced to an average of seven years in prison for membership of the organisation led by Fethullah Gülen, the US-based Islamic scholar who allegedly masterminded the abortive coup attempt in Turkey in July 2016. Thirty-three other persons were acquitted and 16 were not included in the verdict (because the cases of 13 of them were separated from this trial, the charges were dropped against two others and one defendant died before start of the trial). The Dink family intends to appeal against today’s verdicts. to go further The defendants – mostly police officers but also other state apparatus officials based in Istanbul, Ankara and Trabzon – had been prosecuted for the past six years on a range of charges including “knowingly failing to take measures to protect” Dink, “abuse of office” and membership of the Gülen organisation. Turkey is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. A journalist and intellectual of Armenian origin, Dink was gunned down on an Istanbul street outside the office of Agos, the weekly newspaper he edited, on 19 January 2007. In 2019, Dink family lawyer Hakan Bakircioglu asked the European Court of Human Rights to examine a Turkish judicial decision not to prosecute 26 people regarded as responsible for smear and hate campaigns against Dink prior to his murder. Follow the news on Turkey April 2, 2021 Find out more “This long trial and these convictions must not give the impression that justice has finally been rendered,” said RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu, who observed today’s trial hearing. “Some of those responsible for Hrant Dink’s murder, including the instigators, have still not been prosecuted. Some of the charges on which the defendants were convicted today also suggest that this trial was used to exact political revenge on Fethullah Gülen supporters who used to hold senior positions in the state apparatus. This partial justice rendered after 14 years leaves a bitter taste and, above all, must not signify the end of the search for the truth.” Help by sharing this information Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Organisation News Certain senior officials linked to Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MİT) and military high command were excluded from this investigation and trial. The court is supposed to subsequently address the cases of 13 defendants who are missing or cannot be located. They include Gülen himself, former anti-terrorism prosecutor Zekeriya Öz, who fled to Germany, and the journalists Adem Yavuz Arslan and Ekrem Dumanlı. Press point of “Friends of Hrant Dink” in front of the courthouse in Istanbul on the day of the verdict (c) Fatoş Erdogan April 28, 2021 Find out more Today, 27 of the 76 persons accused in connection with his murder were given prison sentences ranging from three years to life. Those convicted included former national police intelligence section chief Ramazan Akyürek and former intelligence department section chief Ali Fuat Yilmazer. April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses DisappearancesImpunityFreedom of expression Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Of the 76 persons accused of having at least some degree of involvement in Dink’s murder, seven were in preventive detention. This was the third trial in connection with the murder. At total of seven persons were given prison sentences at the end of the first two trials, including the shooter, Ogün Samast, who was 17 at the time, the person who planned the shooting, and police officers and other state officials.
Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest August 22, 2017 Bahraini authorities still hounding journalist Nazeeha Saeed “We urge the authorities to cancel the warrant for Bahraini journalist Nazeeha Saeed’s arrest,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “They have no grounds for persecuting her in this way because her lawyer appealed against her conviction to the Court of Cassation on 10 August.” The former correspondent of France 24 and Radio Monte-Carlo Doualiya who is currently abroad, Saeed received a call from the Southern Region police on 14 August notifying her that a warrant had been issued for her arrest. According to RSF’s information, the warrant is a result of the fine she was supposed to pay after an appeal court decision on 18 July confirming her conviction by a lower court in May on a charge of working as a journalist without a permit. Her lawyer, Hameed Al-Mullah, asked the judge concerned to rescind the arrest warrant on the grounds that an appeal has been lodged with the Court of Cassation. The judge rejected the request on 20 August. The lower court fined Saeed 1,000 dinars (2,320 euros) when it convicted her on 25 May of working without a permit. The information ministry began the proceedings against Saeed in July 2016, after refusing to renew her press accreditation the previous month, three months after she submitted her renewal request. It was the first time in more than ten years that the authorities refused to renew her accreditation. They also banned her from travelling abroad, without providing any explanation. At least five Bahraini journalists working for international media outlets such as Agence France-Presse, the Associated Press, France 24 and Reuters have been refused accreditation renewal, although Saeed is the only one to have been prosecuted. The Bahraini authorities have been cracking down harder on the media and, in a completely arbitrary manner, closed Al-Wasat, the country’s only remaining independent newspaper, last month.Bahrain is ranked 164th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation Receive email alerts News to go further Help by sharing this information BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassment News News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassment Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Bahrain Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the warrant for journalist Nazeeha Saeed’s arrest that was issued in Bahrain on 14 August in connection with her conviction in May for “working without a permit” and the fine she was ordered to pay when the conviction was upheld in July. German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors October 14, 2020 Find out more RSF_en March 17, 2021 Find out more News
WhatsApp Twitter Linkedin TAGSLimerick City and CountyNews Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Print Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Advertisement Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Facebook TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following a fatal traffic collision in Co Limerick.At approximately 10:10am a 27-year old man was seriously injured when his car collided with a lorry on the N21 near Templeglantine. He was attended to at the scene by emergency services personnel but was pronounced dead at the scene short time later. It’s understood he was sole occupant of the car. The driver of the lorry, a man in his 70s, was unharmed in the collision.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The body of the deceased has been removed to the mortuary at University Hospital Limerick where a post-mortem will be carried out. The local Coroner has been notified.Garda forensic collision investigators are examining the vehicles and the crash site and local diversions remain in place on the route.Investigating Gardaí are appealing for witnesses to contact them, they are particularly appealing to any motorist with dash-cam footage to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to contact Newcastle West Garda Station on 069-20650 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Limerick on Covid watch list NewsGardaí appeal for witnesses to fatal traffic collision in Co LimerickBy Staff Reporter – February 1, 2019 1777 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleNightflyers streams on Netflix from todayNext articleLimerick TD calls for objective sex education Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email
Twitter Pictured are mum Susanne White, from Newport, County Tipperary with baby Emma, born on International Day of the Midwife, May 5th, with Staff Midwife Riah Yung.THIS YEAR’s celebration of International Day of the Midwife at University Maternity Hospital Limerick (UMHL) on Tuesday, May 5 focused on how local midwives have risen to the extraordinary challenge of Covid-19 to provide safe care to the women and infants of the Mid-West.The event—with its 2020 theme of ‘Midwives with Women: Celebrate, Demonstrate, Mobilise, Unite—Our Time Is Now’— underlined how midwives in the Mid-West along with their colleagues across the country and around the world have undergone upskilling and retraining to developed safe pathways of care in the fight to protect women and babies during the pandemic.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up While maternity care in the Mid-West has faced unprecedented challenges, and there were no celebratory events traditionally held to mark the occasion, the International Day of the Midwife served as a prominent reminder of the importance of midwifery, and the invaluable care that midwives provide.Special birth certificates were given to the mothers of all babies born in University Maternity Hospital Limerick this Tuesday, to mark the special bond between midwives at UMHL and the new mums of the Mid-West and their children.UL Hospitals Group’s Director of Midwifery, Eileen Ronan, emphasised that since the middle of March and the national introduction of social and physical distancing in response to the Covid-19 emergency, normal service at UMHL has been largely uninterrupted, save for some restrictions to antenatal classes and visiting at the hospital.“It’s appropriate that this year in particular, we use the platform of International Day of the Midwife not just to celebrate our successes and the importance of midwifery, but also to remind women of the midwifery care and services that are ever-present at UMHL throughout the extraordinary times we’re living through as a result the Covid-19 pandemic,” Ms Ronan said.“While we of course encourage pregnant women to follow the HSE advice to comply with social and physical distancing, stay home, and wash your hands, we also want the public, and pregnant women and new mums in particular, to be aware that we continue to provide midwifery services for women throughout the Mid-West,” she added. Advertisement Facebook NewsCommunityHealthInternational Day of the Midwife celebrated at University Maternity Hospital LimerickBy Staff Reporter – May 6, 2020 256 Email Print WhatsApp Linkedin Previous articleJohn Kiely “Break From Hurling Won’t Do Any Harm Mentally Or Physically”Next article2021 Lions Tour and Six Nations could be played behind closed doors Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie
Singer Alison Krauss will perform at 8 p.m. July 8 at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Pinterest Midessa Music Fest is in July Alison KraussBluegrass-country singer Alison Krauss will take the stage at the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center July 8.She’s an accomplished bluegrass musician, who became a member of the Grand Ole Opry at age 21.Her latest album received two Grammy nominations. “Wind City” was released in February of 2017 and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums and Top Bluegrass Albums charts.Since 1985, Krauss has released 14 albums including five solo, seven with her longtime band and musical collaborators Union Station, and the Robert Plant collaboration Raising Sand, which was certified platinum and won five Grammys, including Album of the Year and Record of the Year.Plant told The Guardian (read the article at www.theguardian.com) that he discovered Krauss on the radio while driving. “I remember pulling over and writing the name down: who the hell was that?” In 2004, they sang live together at a Lead Belly tribute in Cleveland, Ohio, and Plant got Krauss’s number from her manager to see if she wanted to collaborate.She’s sold more than 12 million records to date, and her honors include 27 Grammys, nine Country Music Association awards, 14 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards and two Gospel Music Association awards.Krauss entered the music industry at an early age, winning local contests by the age of 10 and recorded for the first time at age 14. She signed with Rounder Records in 1985 and released her first solo album in 1987.She was invited to join the band with which she still performs, Alison Krauss and Union Station (AKUS), and later released her first album with them as a group in 1989.As of 2018, she has won 27 Grammy Awards from 42 nominations, making her the most awarded living recipient, second only to classical conductor Georg Solti, who holds the record for most wins with 31.She is the most awarded singer and the most awarded female artist in Grammy history.If You Go WhatsApp Local NewsEntertainment Alison Krauss: She’s got the Grammys Twitter Previous articleAngioScreen Vascular Health screeningsNext articlePlanet Trooper cleanup days admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – June 8, 2018 Facebook WhatsApp Erica Lane part of Fandango celebration Country crooner featured at Rolling 7’s What: Alison Krauss in concert.When: 8 p.m. July 8.Where: Wagner Noël Performing Arts CenterTickets: $49.75 to $119.75 at wagnernoel.com Home Local News Entertainment Alison Krauss: She’s got the Grammys Upside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersCreamy Fruit SaladPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay
Thedays of the Luncheon Voucher may seem but a distant memory, but as CarolineHorn finds out, rewarding performance with coupon-based incentives is making acomebackRewarding employee performance with supermarket or department store vouchersmight, at first glance, seem a little old-fashioned or unimaginative. However,companies considering incentive schemes should take a closer look at thisburgeoning end of the incentives market. Experiences and products as diverse as balloon flights, health treatmentsand electrical goods, can all be acquired with vouchers, and increasinglyfeature as part of corporate incentive schemes. In addition, voucher suppliers are doing all they can to entice theirclients with discounts, streamlined administration and other benefits. The voucher market is currently estimated to be worth more than £1.15bn,according to The Voucher Association, and is looking healthy, despite changesin government legislation four years ago which removed the tax benefits ofgiving vouchers as incentives. Employers and employees are now liable to pay national insurancecontributions on voucher rewards – although the company can volunteer to paythe employee’s tax liability. While the legislative changes did have an immediate and negative effect onthe voucher market when they came into force, suppliers have fought back with arange of new products and services aimed at encouraging companies to usevoucher incentives. As well as making their range of products more exciting, suppliers offer anumber of free services, from presentation packs and discounts to onlineavailability, all aimed at making the running of incentive schemes that muchsmoother and more attractive. Voucher use is growing as part of the corporate benefits packageencompassing child and healthcare provision. Andrea Born, House of Fraser business incentives manager, says: “Retailvouchers work well in flexible benefits schemes, where the employee gives uppart of their salary for vouchers, but can also work just as well in optionalbenefit schemes to help retain experienced staff and entice new employeesin.” Suppliers argue that there are good reasons for rewarding staff withvouchers rather than simply putting a few extra pounds into their bankaccounts. Graham Povey, managing director of Capital Incentives and Motivation,says: “Voucher incentives are different from salary and more attractivebecause of that. People will connect the purchases they make using voucherswith the work they did to get them. They recognise that, if they repeat thatperformance, they will be able to buy something again.” Vouchers also offer flexibility – they can be given as one-off rewards,perhaps for long service or gifts, or form part of formal reward schemes. ButPovey says the golden rule is to keep it simple. “The reason why many incentive schemes fail is because they areover-complicated and measurements are not put in place, or people aren’t surewhat they have to do.” Managing voucher-based incentive schemes can be done in a number of ways.The simplest starting point is to buy vouchers direct from a high street nameand hand them to staff as recognition rewards. Companies could widen the choice by buying vouchers from several differentretailers or outlets. This, however, also increases the administrative burden,and it can become complicated if, for instance, petty cash is being used to buythe vouchers – companies must remember the tax implications of incentiverewards and keep clear records of what is bought and how they are distributed. It can be simpler to approach one large company with a variety of productsand services, such as Virgin Incentives, or to deal with a supplier that‘brokers’ vouchers, such as Capital Incentives or Sodexho Pass – whosenewly-launched corporate gift scheme, Presentz, offers a range of vouchers fromBhs to Hamleys. It is also worthwhile checking what additional free services your supplierwill offer, such as individual presentation packs and discounts for bulkpurchases. And check whether you can send back any vouchers that you don’t use.Any budget allocated to the reward scheme needs to cover administration andcommunication costs – a figure that will be similar to the amount spent on thevouchers themselves. Companies might choose to put these activities into thehands of an outside agency and centralise their supplier. Line managers wouldstill have discretion in giving rewards to separate accounts, but buying andadministration would be handled centrally. Centralised buying can also helpincrease the levels of discount available from suppliers (see box). In the US, there has been a shift away from paper towards plastic-basedvouchers, says Neal George, vice-chair of the Voucher Association and managerof Marks & Spencer Gifts. In the UK, Asda and Borders, owned by US groupWal-Mart, have already introduced plastic vouchers. Another move, still in its early days, is away from paper towards electronicpurchases via the web. Claire Smith, sales manager for Sodexho Pass, says: “Employers can havea hyperlink from their site onto ours so we can help communicate and explainthe scheme to their employees, as well as showing staff where the vouchers canbe spent.” P&MM’s reward voucher system has a client administrator function,allowing firms to enter the names of individuals/groups involved and to managethe schemes electronically in-house. This also makes the job of recordingvoucher distribution – particularly for tax purposes – that much simpler. Companies looking to develop more sophisticated electronic reward schemescould also set up a collaborative scheme with third party suppliers, whereinstead of getting vouchers directly, employees are given reward points whichare paid into a ‘reward bank account’. Individuals will have their own reward account that their employer willcredit when they achieve certain goals. The individual can redeem those fundsfor whatever they want, whenever they want. This kind of scheme can help bypass some of the problems which are inherentwith paper-based voucher schemes. Jonathan Haskell, managing director ofLongService.com, an incentive and reward programme supplier, points out thatwith traditional voucher schemes, the onus is on the employee to redeem thevoucher. “This is great if staff are shop-a-holics with a relevant retail outletnearby, but difficult if they are shop-a-phobics having to visit aninconvenient location to find the item they want.” Men in particular are prone to leaving vouchers forgotten and unredeemed ina dusty drawer, he says. But as Born warns, if you do decide to use vouchers for staff, thinkcarefully about your target audience. “Would they welcome holiday vouchers and, if so, will you be able togive sufficient for a mini-break or holiday – or will they have to use theirown money to ‘top up’ the offering? And how would they feel about being givenvouchers for an ‘experience’ or adventure?” Less-adventurous staff may notrelish the opportunity to go white-water rafting, she adds. Redemption reports, such as those offered by Virgin Incentives, show clientswhere, when and on what the vouchers have been redeemed, which is useful forcampaign evaluation and for establishing participant preferences. And it isworth noting that while it is great to reward staff imaginatively, core highstreet brands still remain the most popular voucher choice, and this is wherethe bulk of the turnover in the voucher market remains. It seems that peoplestill value the tried and tested. Voucher scheme providersVirgin IncentivesVoyager House, 5 The Lanchesters, 162-164 FulhamPalace Road, London W6 9ERTel 0208 600 0444www.virgin.com/incentivesOutlets Virgin offers a number of redemption opportunities, includingbuying online (VirginWines.com) or over the phone. Virgin’s retail outletsinclude 100 Virgin Megastores, 100 Virgin V Shops and Virgin Bride, but alsoleisure activities, such as UGC Cinemas, London VIP theatre packages, VirginActive leisure clubs, beauty treatments and products from The Virgin CosmeticsCompany, Virgin Travelstore (travel agent), weekend breaks, Virgin Atlantic airtickets, and 70 UK Grand Heritage Hotels.Voucher sizes Virgin Megastore: £1, £5, £10, £20; VirginV Shop: £5, £10, £15, £20, £50; and £100; Virgin Travelstore: £10, £50 and £100Discounts Discount structure for the Virgin Art of Givingvoucher. £5,001-25,000 2.5% £25,001-50,000 3% £50,001-75,000 3.5% £75,001-100,000 4% £100,000 + on application House of Fraser business incentivesAndrea Born, Business Incentives Manager, PO Box1324, Oxford OX3 9WHTel: 0870 606 1010www.hofbi.co.ukOutlets House of Fraser has 51 stores nationwide. 13 stores havepersonal shopping suites. Makeovers and/or facials are available in the beautyrooms.Voucher sizes £1, £5, £10, £25, £50Discounts £1,000 – £4,999 2.5%discount £5,000 – £9,999 5% discount £10,000 – £14,999 7.5% discountOther services Use of HoF logo on printed material; useof images/transparencies; help with copywriting; gift wallets available forvouchers; help with ideas for employee voucher schemes; website – www.hofbi.co.uk – has a downloadablepresentationKingfisherKingfisher Voucher Centre, PO Box 141, Castleton,Lancashire OL11 3DZTelephone: 0800 146 500www.kgv.comOutlets Valid in 1,300 stores (B&Q, MVC, Comet, Woolworths andWoolworths’ big W) on 125,000 different products Voucher sizes £1, £5, £10, £25Discounts £1,000 to £10,000 2.5% £10,000 plus 5% £25,000 plus negotiableAdditional services Free presentation wallets; logo /transparency services; credit facilities; voucher tracking service Case studies Renault Financial ServicesAim Renault Financial Services (RFS), which providesmotor finance, wanted an incentive scheme to boost dealership sales of theRenault Selections finance package.Participants Around 1,500 sales executives from anetwork of 250 dealerships.Operation An annual programme, Get into Gear Grand Prix,launched in January 2002, developed for RFS by Capital Incentives. Each newRenault Selections agreement sold was rewarded with a scratch card and awardsin the form of Capital Bond vouchers.Results The Get into Gear incentive, one of severaltactics used to increase sales of Renault Selections, contributed to a 15 per cent overall increase in RenaultSelections agreements from 2001 to 2002.EasyJetAim To reward and recognise employees through a staffnomination scheme that offered maximum choice through an easy-to-manage,cost-effective system.Participants EasyJet has around 3,000 staff, all of whomare eligible for nomination.Operation The scheme, set up by P&MM, allows anymember of staff to nominate any person or team at anytime via the intranetsite. Nominations are judged by a panel of staff from the company and winningnominations are awarded points, which can be redeemed online for the vouchersof their choice.Results The company says it has received positivefeedback from staff and that nominations are increasing month on month.Boots: Bonmarch‚A value retailer that sells affordable quality womenswear.Aim Bonmarch‚ introduced a sales incentive reward schemethat would drive sales, increase morale and boost staff loyalty.Participants The company employs around 2,000 employeesnationwide, all of whom are eligible for the award.Operation The company’s incentive schemes include anine-week performance scheme won by one store from each of the 16 regions.Staff are rewarded with Boots gift vouchers.Results The company says the programme has helped improveperformance and perception of the company as an employer. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. 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