US housebuilding at lowest since 1984

first_imgWednesday 16 March 2011 10:26 am Show Comments ▼ New housing units started in the US posted their biggest decline in 27 years in February while building permits dropped to their lowest level on record, new data has shown.The shock fall suggests the US’ beleaguered real estate sector has yet to recover from its deepest slump in 80 years.Groundbreaking on new construction dropped 22.5 per cent last month to an annual rate of 479,000 units, according to Commerce Department data – just above a record low set in April 2009 and way below the estimates of economists.Societe Generale economist Brian Jones said the reduction showed that “residential construction activity is going absolutely nowhere”. “The February pullback exceeded expectations and the weakness in single-family construction caught us all by surprise,” he said.“The detail of the report revealed widespread weakness, with all regions of the country posting reduced activity in February.”Multi-family unit starts fell by a startling 46 per cent to 104,000, and core single-family starts dropped by 12 per cent to 375,000.January’s figure was revised up to 618,000 units from 596,000. But that did not change the tenor of the report, which confirmed that the sector is failing to recover despite interest rates near record lows.Building permits, a hint of future construction demand, fell to a record low of 517,000 units from a revised 563,000, and were down by about 20 per cent from levels seen in February 2010.Housing was at the epicenter of the financial crisis of 2007-2009.One key impediment to the sector’s recovery is a vast backlog of unsold inventory, while a shaky job market has also made consumers reluctant to embark on any major new financial commitments. Making matters worse, a glut of foreclosures, stalled in recent months by revelations of improper loan documentation, is depressing the market. whatsapp Share US housebuilding at lowest since 1984 whatsapp Tags: NULL alison.lock 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 WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wraplast_img read more

Associated Bus Company Plc (ABCTRA.ng) HY2016 Interim Report

first_imgAssociated Bus Company Plc (ABCTRA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Associated Bus Company Plc (ABCTRA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Associated Bus Company Plc (ABCTRA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Associated Bus Company Plc (ABCTRA.ng)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAssociated Bus Company (ABC) Plc is a leading road passenger transportation company in Nigeria offering a luxury bus service for the discerning traveller. Known as ABC Transport, the company operates a luxury bus service and covers the most important routes between the major towns and cities of Nigeria as well as international travel options in West Africa. Associated Bus Company also owns and operates a budget hotel.  Operations within and outside Nigeria are managed through ultra-modern terminals with comfortable lounges in major cities such as Lagos (Jibowu & Amuwo-Odofin), Aba, Owerri, Port-Harcourt, Abuja, Enugu, Onitsha, Umuahia, Jos, Mbaise, Bolade, and Accra (Ghana). Luxury buses owned and operated by the ABC Bus Company bear the distinguished Reindeer logo which has been adopted to symbolise strength, speed and efficiency. ABC Bus Company was awarded the prestigious title of Best Transporter in Nigeria by the Chartered Institute of Transport. The company consistently wins the National Bus Operator of the Year Award along with other accolades by renowned bodies. Capital Alliance Private Equity (CAPE) has a 30% stake in ABC Transport. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Associated Bus Company (ABC) Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Forget buy-to-let! I’d buy FTSE 100 dividend stocks to make a million instead

first_img Jonathan Smith and The Motley Fool UK have no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Jonathan Smith | Friday, 3rd July, 2020 Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Forget buy-to-let! I’d buy FTSE 100 dividend stocks to make a million insteadcenter_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares People tend to invest for income or capital growth over time. Ideally, you want to have both, but most of the time, certain investments lend themselves to one or the other. For example, some FTSE 100 stocks pay out large dividends. This is perfect for investors looking for income. Another favoured investment in recent years for income has been buy-to-let property. With a decent upfront investment, the income from either investment over time can really add up, even reaching the million pound mark.Is making a million really possible from income investing? Yes absolutely. A large part of this stems from the size of your initial investment. The larger the initial amount, the quicker it’ll be to make the million. For example, if you invested £500,000 into FTSE 100 dividend stocks with an average yield of 7%, it would take you 29 years to make a million from the income alone. If you just wanted to get to a million including your initial investment, it would take around 14 years. So it isn’t possible overnight, but it’s definitely possible in your lifetime… although most of us don’t have £500,000 to invest upfront. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…FTSE 100 dividend stock advantagesBut time and regular investing of smaller amounts can still reap rich rewards because of dividends. For example, with £1,000 invested every month at a 7% yield, you can grow it to a six-figure sum, including your initial investment, in less than seven years, and over a million in 30 years.The biggest tick in the box for me with dividends is that you’re in complete control of the income. For example, you can mix up your investment into several different dividend-paying firms. You know the dividend yield before you invest, so you’ve got flexibility to decide the income level you’re happy with. By contrast, your initial investment (even if it’s as big as £500,000) will probably only buy you one buy-to-let property. You can’t be certain of the yield until you actually let it out. Once you’ve committed and bought the property, you aren’t easily able to change the yield. I also prefer dividend-paying stocks for income due to the liquidity aspect of the investment. For example, if one firm stops paying a dividend (due to the pandemic) then you’re free to sell the stock and buy another one. This can be done in a very short time period. Or if you’ve received your dividend and no longer want to hold the stock, you’re free to sell it immediately.This liquidity aspect is not the same for buy-to-let properties. Houses can take months to sell, regardless of if you are receiving rental income or not. You can also incur some hefty selling fees with a property, which should be noted.Caution neededThe one caveat I will add is that nothing is a guaranteed deal. Income-paying firms can fail, meaning you could lose your full investment. Dividends may be delayed/cut after you’ve bought into the firm. So make sure you’re buying stocks you’re happy to hold for the long run and those you’ve done your research on. Two good examples I like of FTSE 100 dividend stocks are written about here. If you’ve followed the above, you can start reaping the benefits of income generation. Give it a while and you could be the one with a million in your bank account! See all posts by Jonathan Smith I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

Queen’s Park House / Fox Johnston

first_imgCopyHouses•Sydney, Australia ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/271472/queens-park-house-fox-johnston Clipboard Save this picture!© Simon Wood+ 11 Share Australia “COPY” Photographs “COPY” Year:  Architects: Fox Johnston Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Projects Queen’s Park House / Fox JohnstonSave this projectSaveQueen’s Park House / Fox Johnston ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/271472/queens-park-house-fox-johnston Clipboard Photographs:  Simon WoodText description provided by the architects. The project approach from the outset was to provide a functional, practical and user friendly home for our clients and their three young children. We endeavored to create a series of spaces in the old and new house that could be flexible over time – a playroom was designed for the children which could be converted into a study or additional bedroom at a later stage. A guest retreat accessed from the laneway could also be a future teenagers bedroom, or a space for a grandparent if need be.Save this picture!© Simon WoodRecommended ProductsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteApariciCeramic Tiles – Glass CollectionSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyResidential ApplicationsAccoyaAccoya® Wood in a Split-Level West Vancouver HomeGarden areas were designed to be functional spaces for young children with areas of native planting throughout and a series of discretely placed vegetable gardens. The upstairs parent’s retreat was designed to be close enough to the children’s domain without compromising privacy. It also was designed to offer our clients a separate space to retreat to if need be. In terms of footprint, this is a modest house but more than caters for a growing family of 5. Every part of the house was designed to be used with no superfluous rooms so to speak.Save this picture!© Simon WoodRobust materials of brick, concrete and timber were chosen for their robust nature as well as their longevity and durability over time. The detailed concrete hoods that wrap around the façade were designed for weather and sun protection as well as a strong design element. The expressed timber cladding on the ceiling and walls add warmth and texture to the space.Save this picture!© Simon WoodWe also made a conscious decision to orientate the new addition to ensure optimum light and ventilation was achieved throughout the house – hence relying very little on artificial heating and cooling. As a result, the majority of the addition is north facing, with large overhangs to the west to control direct sunlight. Large adjustable windows and screens on this northern side allow for maximum cross breezes throughout the old and new house, with the ability of fixed and sliding screens to control heat penetration in midsummer. Concrete ground and upper floor construction provides good thermal mass throughout with inbuilt hydronic heating controlling room temperatures in winter. The lush green roof over the garage and guest retreat also provides good thermal mass and heat control in the summer months. A roof light adds interest in this roof garden as well as allowing natural daylight to filter through to the guest retreat below.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessVideo: New Flea Market in Barcelona / PromptArticlesBTV branch in Innsbruck / Rainer KöberlArticles Share 2011 Queen’s Park House / Fox Johnston Area:  215 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses CopyAbout this officeFox JohnstonOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSydneyDabasWoodHouses3D ModelingAustraliaPublished on September 20, 2012Cite: “Queen’s Park House / Fox Johnston” 20 Sep 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse 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 »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Queen’s公园之家 / Fox Johnston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 streamlast_img read more

The Treehouse / Wee Studio

first_imgArchDaily Save this picture!© RoadsideAlien Studio+ 24 Share Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/794620/the-treehouse-wee-studio Clipboard Photographs The Treehouse / Wee StudioSave this projectSaveThe Treehouse / Wee Studio 2016 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/794620/the-treehouse-wee-studio Clipboard Area:  8 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Beijing, China The Treehouse / Wee Studio China Houses Year:  CopyAbout this officeWee StudioOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBeijingtreehouseWeeChinaPublished on September 06, 2016Cite: “The Treehouse / Wee Studio” 05 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building Elements in Downton Primary SchoolSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – LonglightBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – One-offAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsBoardsStructureCraftStructural Panel – Dowel Laminated TimberThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelDoorsJansenSmoke Control Door – Economy 60Louvers / ShuttersShade FactorExternal Venetian BlindsMore 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 “COPY” “COPY” Photographs:  Dai HaifeiSave this picture!© Sun HaitingRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridText description provided by the architects. The Treehouse is located in a little woods of poplar and hawthorn trees, where is at the foot of Mount Wuling in Miyun, Beijing. The cliff on the north with a stream meandering under it, and a mountain spring running in all seasons together create a quiet and peaceful environment for the Treehouse. There are two parts of the building, a deck and two separated polyhedrons the function of which are tearoom and bathroom. The inside of the tearoom is floored with Tatami, and the space is designed to serve as tea drinking in the daylight and sleeping as well as at night. Save this picture!© Sun HaitingThe building of Treehouse is a practice of Wee Studio about the subtle relationship between nature and inhabitation, as well as an exploration about how to achieve the architecture in the era of internet now. At the end of 2015, we initiated a crowdfunding on the Internet which had a great response in a short time. More than just about building a Treehouse on our own, the practice is more about inviting more people with same interests into the process of design and construction and having fun with it. Save this picture!© Sun HaitingGoing down through the steps from the door of a backyard, you would see the Treehouse floating in trees at the side of a stream. And then you have to climb onto a rock growing from the ground to achieve the deck. Save this picture!© Sun HaitingThe full size glass to the floor brings the view of trees and cliff in the tearoom, where you can read, rest, drink and even encounter with squirrels sometimes. You can enjoy the shadow of trees and leafs as well as the sky if lying down. Save this picture!© RoadsideAlien StudioThe Treehouse is equipped with thermal insulating layer and heating system to ensure normal operation in winter, in which you can enjoy another different view of the beautiful mountain area. Save this picture!PlanWhile the north floor window brings the view in, a small window on the west side leads people to the small woods outside far away. The skylight at the end of the sloping ceiling introduces the light into the room, so that you can lying on Tatami and look to the nature with sky and trees outside which makes the small room felt bigger and higher. Through the study of window layout and human body size, we avoid the feeling of cramp in such a small interior space and make a conversation with the nature in a subtle way. Save this picture!© Dai HaifeiThe Treehouse is interlocking with five poplar trees and two hawthorn trees. The Treehouse is a space where you can communicate with mountain, trees, the sky and stream. Save this picture!© RoadsideAlien StudioThe main structure of the Treehouse is steel frame. We prefabricated all the structures in factory and transported them to be assemble on site to ensure the precision of the irregular form. The facade is installed with recycled wood panels in 60mm width, on which the trace of time makes the building blending into the environment. Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessMermerler Plaza / Ergün ArchitectureSelected ProjectsNonhyeon 101-1 / Stocker Lee ArchitettiSelected Projects Share Architects: Wee Studio Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

PEP talk

PEP talk Howard Lake | 11 February 1999 | News Last month UK Fundraising reported on the launch of NetPEP’s online affinity programme with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children.Last month UK Fundraising reported on the launch of NetPEP’s online affinity programme with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children. NetPEP is now also available online via the Royal National Institute for the Deaf. RNID will receive a percentage of sales of PEPs generated via their site.  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Dorset County Communities Fund opens for applications

first_imgDorset County Communities Fund opens for applications AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charities and community groups based in the shire of Dorset, which excludes Bournemouth and Poole, can now apply for a grant of up to the value of £7,500 from Dorset County Communities Fund.The fund, managed by Dorset Community Foundation, has been set up by Dorset County Council to build the capacity of the voluntary and community sector and parish and town councils “in order to deliver stronger services and support for local communities”.The Fund will support “new and distinct parcels of work” which have a start and a finish date, a budget, and specific outcomes and outputs.This is the third funding round. The first two rounds have distributed over £285,000 to 77 charities and community groups across Dorset.The closing date for applications is 19 October 2012.www.dorsetcf.org  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding South West Howard Lake | 18 July 2012 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Forth-Annual Fort Worth Earth Party

first_imgLibby Vincek Twitter Linkedin Libby Vincekhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/libby-vincek/ Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature ReddIt + posts Early Childhood Matters class aims to improve early education in Fort Worth TAGS#earthday #environment #health #conservation #recycle #green Previous articleFort Worth ISD honors teachers of the yearNext articleDiscovering Global Citizenship hosts panel on sex trafficking Libby Vincek RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Libby Vincekhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/libby-vincek/ Libby Vincekhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/libby-vincek/ Facebookcenter_img Libby Vincekhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/libby-vincek/ Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store The Wandering Boutique Facebook Linkedin Fort Worth Junior League sells programs for charity at Stock Show ReddIt Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday printKeep Fort Worth Beautiful hosted their fifth annual Earth Party over the weekend to get an early start to celebrating Earth Day  April 22.Debbie Branch, director of Keep Fort Worth Beautiful, opened the Earth Party by welcoming visitors and challenging them to, “walk away with at least one behavioral change that you can embrace that will help you live more sustainably and more green.”Keep Fort Worth Beautiful is a sector housed within the city’s Code Compliance Department. It brings together local programs in order to “educate and engage Fort Worth residents and businesses to take responsibility for improving their community environment.”The Earth Party, held at Magnolia Green Park April 3, was one of their programs.Free to everyone, the party gave visitors an opportunity to learn about topics from recycling to waste reduction. Local businesses displayed what they are doing to “keep Fort Worth beautiful.”Forty earth-friendly exhibitors including Tesla, Reverse Litter, Sky Breathing Meditation and the Sierra Club set up booths around the park to showcase their efforts to help the environment by offering informational pamphlets and assorted prizes.“We’re excited to be at Earth Party because it’s a great event,” said Jamie Brown, a Reverse Litter employee. “Everything here is talking about sustainability, being green, and helping to protect our natural resources, which is obviously very critical.”Reverse Litter had a pledge that passersby’s could sign called the “Ten on Tuesday” encouraging people to pick up ten pieces of trash every Tuesday. Branch said 16,343 people signed the pledge.The Fort Worth Sierra Club brought its mascot – the Bag Monster.The Bag Monster, portrayed by John Macfarlane, strolled around the park wearing a piece of plastic mesh with over 400 plastic bags weaved into it.The mascot spread awareness about plastic bag pollution and advertised the club’s campaign to reduce the amount of single-use plastic bags in Fort Worth.“It’s really warm to wear all of these, so just think about how the Earth feels the same way because we’ve got billions of plastic bags out there in the environment,” Macfarlane said. “The earth is sweating too.”The party was a zero waste event, so volunteers stood at waste stations making sure everything was recycled. Waste stations included recycling, compost and garbage bins.Electricity for the entire event came from a single trailer provided by Dan Lepinski, a solar energy consultant. He said his trailer was equipped with 10 large solar panels.“At some points today they were using more than 14,000 watts, and, yes, the equipment will handle it,” said Lepinski.Entertainment included live music from various bands, a fashion show featuring handmade dresses made of recyclable material by students from local schools and a line dance performance by Sol Ballet Folklorico.City Councilwomen Ann Zadeh and Kelly Ellen Grey also made an appearance at the event.Branch said the party was created to show appreciation for Cowtown Great American Cleanup volunteers and has kept growing since.Now, she said, the Earth Party is for all of Fort Worth.“Each year it’s grown a little bit more,” Branch said. “Now not only is it for the volunteers from the clean up but for Fort Worth residents at large.”[View the story “Earth Party 2016” on Storify] New food truck joins Blue Zones Project Twitterlast_img read more

WOMEN JOURNALISTS COMMITMENT AND CHALLENGES

first_imgNews Organisation Investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova has specialized in covering Azerbaijan’s most taboo subject – corruption and conflicts of interest at the highest government level. To shut her up, a sex-tape was used in a blackmail attempt in March 2012 but, far from putting a stop to her reporting, she re-issued her most important articles.Ismayilova gives as good as she gets in her relations with a regime bent on silencing all critics. And she has paid the price – smeared in the government media, prosecuted on spying and defamation charges and often picked up for questioning. She was finally arrested on absurd charges last December after spending several months following the cases of detained human rights defenders – organizing legal support and assistance for their families, helping to daw up a list of political prisoners and providing the international community with constant alerts.The authorities have imprisoned Ismayilova but they have not managed to silence her. In letters smuggled out of prison, she has continued to criticize the government and call for resistance. As a result she has been placed in solitary confinement.From a cell just a few dozen metres from hers, detained fellow journalist Seymour Khazi paid tribute to her in an open letter in January: “I don’t know if it is due to the extremely patriarchal nature of our society (…) but when they wanted to refer to a woman’s strength, determination or courage, our fathers always said: ‘This woman is like a man.’ Nowadays (…) to refer to a man’s character and strength of will, I would rather say (…) this man in like Khadija.”[#Brankica<-] The only newspaper editor in the eastern Kivu region who is a woman, Solange Lusiku Nsimire is very proud of Le Souverain, a monthly that does investigative reporting, and continues to pursue its founder’s goal of producing an independent publication that reflects a range of opinions. “When we denounce embezzlement, inter-communal tension or the working conditions in mines, we do it for everyone, in the name of media freedom,” she said.A mother of seven, she is also trying to revive an appreciation of the written word that 30 years of war have destroyed. “I want to contribute to Kivu’s collective memory, to document events for future generations and to prevent the spread of rumour and disinformation.” Her mission of peace is challenging but she tackles it with energy and, for her pains, is the constant target of threats not only from the government but also the opposition and sometimes even civil society. “We pay a high price for our neutrality.”As well as producing the magazine, she likes to stimulate a public debate and organizes participative press reviews in which members of the public and local government officials join in discussing press articles. Her political and social investigative reporting has resulted in her being banned from news conferences held by the provincial authorities. But she can rely on being fed information by colleagues working for less serious media outlets.Is she ever tempted to stop? “This would be to disown myself. I don’t know how to do anything else.” Unfortunately, members of her family have also been the victims of threats and attacks as a result of her commitment. “I chose my profession but what about them? What have they done?”[#mae<-] Help by sharing this information RSF_en “I’m free now, I’ve broken my chains.” So says Fatima Al Ifriki, a Rabat-born journalist who has had an unusual career. The daughter of a policeman and a housewife, she entered journalism almost by chance but within a few years became one of the national TV broadcaster’s leading presenters. #khadija<-] March 5, 2015 - Updated on January 25, 2016 WOMEN JOURNALISTS COMMITMENT AND CHALLENGES Brankica Stanković has headed Insajder – Serbian TV station B92’s flagship investigative TV programme – ever since its creation in 2004, paying a high price for daring to expose corruption and shed light on the links between the criminal underworld and Serbian politicians and businessmen. The threats against her have grown with the passing years, to the point that a four-member police detail has accompanied her everwhere since 2009.The interior ministry ordered this inconvenient but necessary security measure at a time when she was the target of an extraordinary number of threats and insults, especially on social networks. After an Insajder episode about the judicial system’s failure to address crimes by Belgrade football club Partizan’s extremist supporters, an effigy of Stanković in the form of an inflatable doll was brandished in the stands of Partizan’s stadium during a European match on 16 December 2009, as supporters chanted that “the whore Brankica” would suffer the same fate as [Slavko Ćuruvija, a journalist murdered in 1999. They finally stabbed the doll.Stanković has not let up in her investigative reporting, despite the continuing threats and the constraints of her police escort, and wrote a book entitled Insajder: My Story in 2013. Last year, she was profiled in the Reporters Without Borders list of “Information Heroes” and received the Courage in Journalism Award from the International Women’s Media Foundation.#Hla<-] Hla Hla Htay began working as a journalist in Burma under the military dictatorship and has been an Agence France-Presse reporter since 2004. She was the first reporter to get photos of Naypyidaw, the new capital that the paranoid generals had secretly begun building. She covered the bloody crackdown on the “[Saffron Revolution” in 2007 and the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis the following year, when the military censored all attempts to expose their disastrous mismanagement of humanitarian assistance.“Under the military, we were often followed and I had to keep changing phones to contact my sources, which was very expensive,” she said. During the years of military rule, Hla Hla Htay managed to participate in a journalism programme in Rangoon and did a three-month course in Cambodia, despite the dangers involved in any trip abroad. She joined AFP after two years as an editor at Today Publishing House and is now AFP’s Rangoon bureau chief.“Many people think journalism is a man’s job. I remember that some of my male colleagues used to ‘joke’ that it was thanks to my ‘feminine wiles’ that I managed to get an exclusive or verify information. As a Burmese woman, working as a journalist means confronting gender issues and cultural taboos. As far as I’m concerned, I pay attention to my professional honesty and try not to worry about this kind of discrimination.”#Farida<-] Co-founder and former editor of the Pajhwok Afghan News agency, Farida Nekzad has spent the past 12 years being threatened by media freedom’s enemies, who have repeatedly tried to kidnap or kill her. While investigating female journalist Zakia Zaki’s murder in 2007, she received phone calls and emails promising her the same fate. They just reinforced her determination to defend freedom of information and women’s rights.She launched the Wakht News Agency in 2008 and still runs it, employing women journalists to cover a range of issues including women’s rights. Despite financial difficulties, the agency has a network of correspondents throughout Afghanistan and continues to be one the country’s leading independent news outlets.In 2014, Nekzad was put in charge of the Independent Election Commission’s media commission, with the job of monitoring media impartiality during the presidential election campaign. Despite a climate of extreme tension, she spent several months investigating media violations of the electoral rules and complaints from the public about election coverage.The winner of many international prizes including the Courage in Journalism Award from the [International Women’s Media Foundation, Nekzad continues to spearhead the fight for women’s rights in Afghanistan and to campaign for the overhaul of media legislation with the aim of getting more protection for journalists in their often dangerous work.#Noushin<-] center_img More and more women are entering journalism, a profession long reserved for men. Some have chosen to focus on investigative reporting, covering human rights violations, corruption or other subjects that are off-limits in their society. Like their male colleagues, they are the targets of threats, intimidation, physical violence and even murder because of their reporting.But because they are women, the harassment often takes specific, gender-based forms, including sexual smears, violence of a sexual nature and threats against their families. The very fact of being a woman journalist is regarded in some societies as a “violation of social norms” and may lead to reprisals.In a profession that is still mainly masculine, many women prefer not to speak out about the specific difficulties and dangers to which they are exposed in connection with their work. But a worldwide study published last year by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) spoke for itself.Nearly two thirds of the 977 women journalists questioned in the IWMF survey said they had been the victims of intimidation, threats or abuse in connection with their work. In a third of the cases, the person responsible was their boss. Nearly half had been subjected to sexual harassment and more than a fifth to physical violence. Despite the psychological impact of this abuse, most of the victims say nothing.But some do. “I was often threatened by phone or in anonymous letters for two years (…) I was warned that I would be responsible for the deaths of members of my family if I did not stop working,” an Afghan woman journalist told Reporters Without Borders last year. In the end, she did resign but she went public about the harassment. Women in a patriarchal society often give up working because the authorities do not protect them and impunity is the norm.Physical safety is a constant challenge for Zaina Erhaim, who trains citizen-journalists in northern Syria and for Farida Nekzad, the founder of Afghanistan’s Wakht News Agency. Hla Hla Htay, an Agence France-Presse reporter in Burma, and Marcela Turatti, who freelances for Proceso in Mexico, constantly confront the difficulties of being a woman in “a man’s profession.” To mark International Women’s Day, Reporters Without Borders pays tribute to ten women journalists from the four corners of the globe, ten women with different backgrounds who have told us about their jobs, their commitment and the specific challenges and dangers they face in the course of their work. Despite her professional success, she became restless at the end of 2010 as turmoil swept the Arab world. In Morocco, the adoption of a new constitution by referendum in July 2011 failed to satisfy the hopes and dreams of a new generation that gave rise to the 20 February Movement. For Ifriki, it was a rebirth. “These courageous young people were demanding what I’d always dreamed of. They were demanding more freedom and democracy, and more respect for human rights, while we, this country’s elite, had never dared to go so far.” A freelancer for the magazine Proceso and founder of the “Journalists on Foot Network,” Marcela Turati became a journalist because she thought it was “a way to change things.” She specializes in covering violence, especially cartel-related violence, focusing on its victims and its impact on Mexican society with the aim of increasing awareness of this issue. It was not an easy choice in what is the western hemisphere’s deadliest country for journalists, one where physical safety is a constant challenge for those daring to cover sensitive subjects.When she started out, she assumed there was no difference between a male journalist and a female one. Nowadays she thinks otherwise. “It’s much more difficult for a woman to be sent to a dangerous area (…) you have to work two or three times as hard to be able to go. I don’t know if it’s due to machismo or overprotectiveness, but you have to work harder than the men.”She is concerned not just about this form of discrimination but also about the sexual harassment to which women journalists are exposed. She has found that the problem is not taken seriously. Women are doubted when they report sexual harassment. They are regarded as crazy or hysterical. People think they are seeking attention. To improve the situation of women journalists, Turati insists on the importance of combatting impunity, conducting investigations with a gender perspective and offering appropriate protection to victims.[#Zaina<-] Zaina Erhaim graduated from the University of Damascus in 2007 and was doing a post-graduate course in London when the Syrian revolution erupted in 2011. She obtained her master's in international journalism while helping to create the [Local Coordination Committee media centres and doing frequent visits to Syria. Then went back to Syria as soon as she could.“Counting the martyrs and barrel bombs was easy” but surviving was a permanent challenge as she roamed the liberated areas amid air-strikes and bombardments and tried to document life, to describe “shop-keepers who continue to sell their fruit and vegetables in the ruins of a bombed building (...) children who play amid the graves after school.”“Lending my eyes to the world so that it sees what I see” was complicated and was not enough. She had to do more. As a journalist, she decided to help those who are now virtually the only source of news coverage on the ground in Syria – citizen-journalists. In 2013, she became a trainer so that the photos, video footage and reports they were risking their lives to produce would be taken seriously and broadcast internationally.For the past two years, she has been teaching citizen-journalists in Aleppo, Raqqa, Deir Ezzor and Idlib how to construct media reports and has been helping them to get published. “Some of them now work for international media. It’s very satisfying to learn that an activist has found a job in a TV station.”She transmits her passion as well as her know-how. Armed with cameras and notebooks, these men and women follow her lead in ripping aside the veil of violence in order to shed light on an alternative Syria in which “people love, get married, have friends, have children (...) an admirable people fighting for its future.” The future Syria that shines in her eyes.#Fatima<-] A journalist, writer and translator, Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani is the founder and editor of the [Feminist School website and one of Iran’s leading women’s rights advocates. For the past 20 years, she has tirelessly used her writing skills to condemn discrimination and abuses against women and to promote change in Iran.She is also one of the founders of the campaign for “One Million Signatures” to a petition for changes to Iranian laws that discriminate against women – a campaign for which she and her fellow activists have paid a high price. Harassed constantly by the authorities for the past 20 years because of her writing and her defence of women’s rights, she has been arrested several times and was given a one-year suspended prison sentence in 2012.Although blocked inside Iran, her website is a key source of information about the problems of women in Iran, and a forum for debating these problems. Leading writers on women’s rights such as Mansoreh Shojai and Azadeh Davachi are regular contributors. In all, Khorasani has written around 20 books and 100 articles, from those she wrote for Jense Dovom (The Second Sex), a periodical published in the early 1990s, to “Shirin wants to be president,” her latest book.#Solange<-] Iran’s Noushin Ahmadi Khorasani and Liberia’s Mae Azango describe the harassment they have received because of their journalistic commitment to women’s rights. Khadija Ismayilova, Azerbaijan’s leading investigative journalist, and Brankica Stanković, Serbia’s most famous TV reporter, have been subjected to sexual threats.In Democratic Republic of Congo, Solange Lusiku Nsimire, the only female newspaper editor in the eastern Kivu region, is worried about here family, which has been the target of threats and attacks. Her concern is shared by Morocco’s Fatima Al Ifriki, who even stopped writing at one point in order to protect her family.Noting the dangers that women journalists confront, the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity stresses the “importance of taking a gender-sensitive approach.” Such an approach needs urgent implementation. Although she is still threatened by possible reprisals, her continuing courage and determination can be seen in Freedom Now, a media freedom NGO that she and such prestigious figures as Khadija Riyadi, winner of the 2013 UN Human Rights Prize, launched in 2014. The government’s refusal to register this NGO suggests that the road to freedom could be long and tortuous. Mae Azango has been a journalist for 12 years but it’s the articles she has been writing since 2010 about female genital mutilation in rural areas of Liberia that have made her known to the general public.In traditional areas of Central West Africa, the Sande secret society’s “bush schools” prepare girls for marriage and to be mothers, with graduation consisting of a genital mutilation ceremony. Azango had to go into hiding for a month after writing an article that described the appalling violence of one of these ceremonies. “I wanted to draw the public’s attention to the public health dangers of such practices,” she said.But that is not how the Sande’s guardians saw it. She began getting lots of threats. “We are going to cut you,” anonymous callers told her. Far from being intimidated, she wrote another article about this secret society, this time about its political and economic importance in rural areas. In 2013, her reporting led President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to condemn FGM, a hitherto taboo subject.Azango does not just write about women’s rights. In a country where newspapers seem interested only in politics and business stories, she tries to cover the lives of ordinary people. “I write about human rights, seizures of land from small farmers, development issues, human trafficking and police impunity... I write for those who have no voice, for the poor, for those cannot speak out, for those who get the government’s attention only during elections and are then abandoned. I write to create a public debate, so that change can take place.”[#Marcela<-] When Ifriki began spearheading calls for freedom of expression and information, the national TV station shunted her aside and she began writing weekly columns for Arabic-language newspapers such as Akhbar El Yaoum, expressing a level of criticism that is rare in Morocco. After her family was threatened, she stopped writing for several months to protect her privacy. But she soon resumed contributing to Akhbar El Yaoum and its website El Yaoum 24 and was one of the first to condemn the arrest of [Ali Anouzla, the editor of another news website, in September 2013, participating in his support committee until his release.last_img read more

The index

first_img October 23, 2002 – Updated on January 25, 2016 The index | Rank | Country | Note || 1 | Finland | 0,50 || – | Iceland | 0,50 || – | Norway | 0,50 || – | Netherlands |0,50 || 5 | Canada | 0,75 || 6 | Ireland | 1,00 || 7 | Germany | 1,50 || – | Portugal | 1,50 || – | Sweden | 1,50 || 10 | Denmark | 3,00 || 11 | France | 3,25 || 12 | Australia | 3,50 || – | Belgium | 3,50 || 14 | Slovenia | 4,00 || 15 | Costa Rica | 4,25 || – | Switzerland | 4,25 || 17 | United States | 4,75 || 18 | Hong Kong | 4,83 || 19 | Greece | 5,00 || 20 | Ecuador | 5,50 || 21 | Benin | 6,00 || – | United Kingdom | 6,00 || – | Uruguay | 6,00 || 24 | Chile | 6,50 || – | Hungary | 6,50 || 26 | South Africa | 7,50 || – | Austria | 7,50 || – | Japan | 7,50 || 29 | Spain | 7,75 || – | Poland | 7,75 || 31 | Namibia | 8,00 || 32 | Paraguay | 8,50 || 33 | Croatia | 8,75 || – | El Salvador | 8,75 || 35 | Taiwan | 9,00 || 36 | Mauritius | 9,50 || – | Peru | 9,50 || 38 | Bulgaria | 9,75 || 39 | South Korea | 10,50 || 40 | Italy | 11,00 || 41 | Czech Republic | 11,25 || 42 | Argentina | 12,00 || 43 | Bosnia and Herzegovina | 12,50 || – | Mali | 12,50 || 45 | Romania | 13,25 || 46 | Cape Verde | 13,75 || 47 | Senegal | 14,00 || 48 | Bolivia | 14,50 || 49 | Nigeria | 15,50 || – | Panama | 15,50 || 51 | Sri Lanka | 15,75 || 52 | Uganda | 17,00 || 53 | Niger | 18,50 || 54 | Brazil | 18,75 || 55 | Ivory Coast | 19,00 || 56 | Lebanon | 19,67 || 57 | Indonesia | 20,00 || 58 | Comoros | 20,50 || – | Gabon | 20,50 || 60 | Yugoslavia | 20,75 || – | Seychelles | 20,75 || 62 | Tanzania | 21,25 || 63 | Central African Republic | 21,50 || 64 | Gambia | 22,50 || 65 | Madagascar | 22,75 || – | Thailand | 22,75 || 67 | Bahrain | 23,00 || – | Ghana | 23,00 || 69 | Congo | 23,17 || 70 | Mozambique | 23,50 || 71 | Cambodia | 24,25 || 72 | Burundi | 24,50 || – | Mongolia | 24,50 || – | Sierra Leone | 24,50 || 75 | Kenya | 24,75 || – | Mexico | 24,75 || 77 | Venezuela | 25,00 || 78 | Kuwait | 25,50 || 79 | Guinea | 26,00 || 80 | India | 26,50 || 81 | Zambia | 26,75 || 82 | Palestinian National Authority | 27,00 || 83 | Guatemala | 27,25 || 84 | Malawi | 27,67 || 85 | Burkina Faso | 27,75 || 86 | Tajikistan | 28,25 || 87 | Chad | 28,75 || 88 | Cameroon | 28,83 || 89 | Morocco | 29,00 || – | Philippines | 29,00 || – | Swaziland | 29,00 || 92 | Israel | 30,00 || 93 | Angola | 30,17 || 94 | Guinea-Bissau | 30,25 || 95 | Algeria | 31,00 || 96 | Djibouti | 31,25 || 97 | Togo | 31,50 || 98 | Kyrgyzstan | 31,75 || 99 | Jordan | 33,50 || – | Turkey | 33,50 || 101 | Azerbaijan | 34,50 || – | Egypt | 34,50 || 103 | Yemen | 34,75 || 104 | Afghanistan | 35,50 || 105 | Sudan | 36,00 || 106 | Haiti | 36,50 || 107 | Ethiopia | 37,50 || – | Rwanda | 37,50 || 109 | Liberia | 37,75 || 110 | Malaysia | 37,83 || 111 | Brunei | 38,00 || 112 | Ukraine | 40,00 || 113 | Democratic Republic of the Congo | 40,75 || 114 | Colombia | 40,83 || 115 | Mauritania | 41,33 || 116 | Kazakhstan | 42,00 || 117 | Equatorial Guinea | 42,75 || 118 | Bangladesh | 43,75 || 119 | Pakistan | 44,67 || 120 | Uzbekistan | 45,00 || 121 | Russia | 48,00 || 122 | Iran | 48,25 || – | Zimbabwe | 48,25 || 124 | Belarus | 52,17 || 125 | Saudi Arabia | 62,50 || 126 | Syria | 62,83 || 127 | Nepal | 63,00 || 128 | Tunisia | 67,75 || 129 | Libya | 72,50 || 130 | Iraq | 79,00 || 131 | Vietnam | 81,25 || 132 | Eritrea | 83,67 || 133 | Laos | 89,00 || 134 | Cuba | 90,25 || 135 | Bhutan | 90,75 || 136 | Turkmenistan | 91,50 || 137 | Burma | 96,83 || 138 | China | 97,00 || 139 | North Korea | 97,50 | Organisation RSF_en center_img News Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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