Swan General Ltd (SWAN.mu) HY2012 Interim Report

first_imgSwan General Ltd (SWAN.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Swan General Ltd (SWAN.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Swan General Ltd (SWAN.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Swan General Ltd (SWAN.mu)  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSwan General Limited offers insurance services, including personal and corporate insurance. The company provides services that include life, car, home, health, travel, boat, property and liability, financial lines, motor fleet, marine, and keyman and partnership insurance products, as well as reinsurance services. Swan General Limited also provides loans; education, retirement, and investment plans; wealth management and securities trading services; and pension and actuarial services, pension administration, and investment advisory services. Life, casualty, and property are the segments through which the company conducts its business and is based in Mauritius. Swan General Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritiuslast_img read more

Italy v England live stream: How to watch the Six Nations from anywhere

first_img Regarding Henry: Henry Slade searches for a gap during England’s win against Italy last year (Inpho) Italy v England live stream: How to watch the Six Nations from anywhereThe 2020 Six Nations Championship will finally reach its conclusion today. The middle game of Super Saturday sees Italy take on England at Stadio Olimpico in Rome (kick-off 4.45pm).Having never lost to Italy, England are expected to win and set a target for France and Ireland, who are also in contention for the title and meet in Paris tonight.Read our full Italy v England preview here and find out how to get a reliable live steam for the Six Nations match below…How to watch Italy v England from outside your countryIf you’re abroad but still want to watch your local Six Nations coverage, like Italy v England, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Six Nations live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPNItaly v England live stream: How to watch from the UKThe good news is that all Six Nations matches are available on free-to-air TV in the UK.Italy v England, which kicks off at 4.45pm, will be shown live on ITV in the UK. The coverage starts at 4pm.If you’re from the UK but are overseas when Italy v England takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Italy v England live stream: How to watch from IrelandIn Ireland, Italy v England is also on free-to-air TV, with Virgin Media One (formerly TV3) broadcasting live coverage of all Six Nations matches.You can also stream live TV through Virgin TV Anywhere if you would rather watch on your phone, tablet or computer.Italy v England live stream: How to watch from EuropeFrance 2, another free-to-air channel, has the rights to broadcast Italy v England (kick-off 5.45pm) in France.In Italy, DMAX is showing Italy v England (kick-off 5.45pm) and you can also live stream matches via its online player Dplay.If you’re in Austria, Germany or Switzerland, you can watch Italy v England (kick-off 4.45pm) through the live and on-demand streaming service DAZN. Italy v England live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Six Nations matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Italy v England will kick off at 12.45pm EST and 9.45am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership and European Champions and Challenge Cups as well as the Six Nations.Italy v England live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Italy v England (kick-off 3.45am on Sunday) is live on beIN Sports 3.Access to beIN Sports’ Connect package is $19.99 a month or $179.99 for a year and also includes lots of European football action. Plus, there is currently a two-week FREE trial offer, so you could take of advantage of that to watch these Six Nations matches!beIN Sports Connect packageYou can also stream beIN Sports’ coverage live and on-demand through Kayo Sports. A basic package is $25 a month and premium is $35 a month – and they are offering a FREE 14-day trial to new customers.Kayo Sports offerTight at the top: how the table looks ahead of Super Saturday, with three sides in contention for the titleItaly v England live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIf you want to tune in to Italy v England from the Land of the Long White Cloud, the match kicks off at 5.45am on Sunday on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99), but if you sign up for 12 months before 31 January you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offerItaly v England live stream: How to watch from South AfricaIf you want to watch the Six Nations from South Africa, SuperSport is the place to go.Italy v England kicks off at 6.45pm on SuperSport Action.There are various DStv packages that give access to SuperSport, ranging from Access, which has the Blitz and Variety 4 channels, to Premium, which includes all 18 sports channels.Italy v England live stream: How to watch from AsiaRugbyPass live streams Six Nations matches in a lot of Asian countries, including China, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. To find out if the streaming service is available where you are and the cost, head to RugbyPass.We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  Here’s your guide to tuning in to the penultimate match of the 2020 championshipcenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

New Congress still overwhelmingly Christian, heavily Protestant

first_img Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Congress still overwhelmingly Christian, heavily Protestant Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET [Religion News Service] The 117th session of Congress got off to a testy start on Jan. 3, including an opening prayer from an ordained member whose pairing of “A-woman” with the traditional “Amen” raised both hackles and questions about the meaning of the word. But what is rarely at question is the religious composition of Congress, as the House and Senate remained overwhelmingly Christian (88%), and heavily Protestant (55%), the Pew Research Center has found.A total of 294 House and Senate members are Protestant Christians, out of a possible 535 — nearly the same as the last Congress. Like the previous Congress, too, the 117th Congress is also unlike America as a whole when it comes to faith allegiances.Pew Research Center found that 26 members of the new Congress identified as Anglican or Episcopalian. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceWhereas about a quarter (26%) of U.S. adults are religiously unaffiliated — describing themselves as atheist, agnostic or having no particular religion — Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, was the only member of Congress to identify as religiously unaffiliated. Rep. Jared Huffman, a California Democrat, describes himself as a humanist. Both Sinema and Huffman have said they do not consider themselves atheists.Eighteen others declined to specify a religious affiliation.“Is it disappointing that there’s this much underrepresentation of non-religious voices in Congress?” asked Hemant Mehta, an atheist writer and podcaster. “Yes. It’s deeply depressing.”But he noted he was encouraged that four of the 18 who declined to specify a religious affiliation are part of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, a group established in April 2018 to foster science and reason.Pew found a growing number of congressional members do not identify with a particular denomination, such as Methodist, Lutheran or Presbyterian. There were 96 members of Congress who said they were simply Christian or Protestant. By contrast, in 2009, during the 111th Congress, only 39 members described themselves this way.The Pew analysis relied on CQ Roll Call data on the religious affiliations of members of Congress.It found that several religious groups were overrepresented in the new Congress. Jews make up 2% of the U.S. population but 6% of the new Congress (or 33 members). Catholics, who make up about 20% of the U.S. population, comprise 30% of the new Congress (or 158 members). Likewise, Presbyterians, Episcopalians and Methodists were also overrepresented. (Pew found 26 identified as Anglican or Episcopalian.)Pentecostals were underrepresented. They make up 0.4% of Congress vs. 5% of all U.S. adults.Among other findings:There are nine Mormons, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the 117th Congress.The new Congress, like the old, has three Muslim representatives: Reps. André Carson, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.It also has two Buddhists: Rep. Hank Johnson and Sen. Mazie K. Hirono, the same two who served in the previous Congress.There are two Hindus in Congress — Rep. Ro Khanna and Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, both returning members. (Washington state Rep. Pramila Jayapal, was among those who refused to identify a religious affiliation.)Nearly all the non-Christian representatives (with the exception of three: two Jews and one who declined to state his religious affiliation) were Democrats. 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Survey to examine what is working in fundraising

first_imgSurvey to examine what is working in fundraising 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. Tagged with: Research / statistics Howard Lake | 29 September 2004 | News Professional Fundraising and nfpSynergy have developed a new survey as a way of trying to track what is and isn’t working in fundraising.The two organisations are inviting fundraisers to complete the survey and share their opinions and experience.Ignore the closing date of “30th August”. The survey has just today gone live, so it is worth filling it in. It takes under five minutes, based on our experience. Advertisement  16 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 MoreAddThislast_img read more

Denial of justice for Daniel Pearl’s murder

first_img Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Organisation “While RSF is totally opposed to capital punishment, we deeply regret this incoherent decision by the judges in Karachi,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “It recognizes Sheikh’s guilt while in effect overturning his conviction. This is a shocking denial of justice for Daniel Pearl’s family and will stand as a symbol of impunity for crimes of violence against journalists in Pakistan.””This decision by the Sindh high court in Karachi sends the message that Pakistan’s courts do not uphold the rule of law,” said Dokhi Fassihian, Executive Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “The fact that the perpetrator of one of the most gruesome crimes committed against a journalist may simply be set free by a court should give the international community pause about whether the government of Pakistan can be relied on to administer justice.”Macabre beheading video As Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the mastermind of  Daniel Pearl’s 2002 murder, has been imprisoned for the past 18 years, the seven-year sentence means he may be now be released. Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom June 2, 2021 Find out more June 10, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en PakistanUnited StatesAsia – PacificAmericas Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalists Armed conflictsDisappearancesJihadismViolence News June 7, 2021 Find out more Daniel Pearl’s murder was a shock to the world. A Memorial Day mural project was created in May 2015 near his old neighbourhood in Los Angeles, California (photo: Mark Ralston / AFP). The Wall Street Journal’s South Asia bureau chief, Pearl was investigating Islamist activity in Karachi when he disappeared on 23 January 2002. His abduction was claimed by a previously unknown group that demanded the release of Pakistani citizens captured by the US military in Afghanistan. In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival The Sindh province high court in Karachi issued this decision in response to the appeal that Sheikh originally filed in 2002. The court acquitted three other persons who were originally sentenced to life imprisonment for their role in Pearl’s abduction and murder. Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts to go further April 2, 2020 – Updated on April 23, 2020 Denial of justice for Daniel Pearl’s murder Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists A month after his abduction, a video was sent to the US consulate in Karachi that showed Pearl’s captors cutting his throat and then severing his head. —————————————————————————– UpdateThe four individuals who benefitted from the Karachi court’s decision on 2 April – commuting the death sentence of one and acquitting the other three – were rearrested the next day and will remain in detention pending the outcome of the prosecution’s appeal against this decision to the supreme court.—————————————————————————–  Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns today’s incoherent decision by a court in Karachi, in southern Pakistan, commuting the death sentence passed on the mastermind of US reporter Daniel Pearl’s murder to seven years in prison. The ruling is a shocking symbol of impunity for crimes of violence against journalists, RSF said. Sheikh, who was brought up in London and has British as well as Pakistani citizenship, admitted at an initial court hearing after his arrest that he masterminded Pearl’s abduction and murder. PakistanUnited StatesAsia – PacificAmericas Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalists Armed conflictsDisappearancesJihadismViolence News Pakistan is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.last_img read more

US — #WeeklyAddress August 28 – September 3: “Reckless driving” – Trump’s attacks on media spark international condemnation

first_img RSF_en UN Human Rights Chief slams President Trump for attacks on the mediaOn Wednesday, August 30, Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, delivered forceful criticism of President Trump’s attacks on the media, claiming freedom of the press was “under attack from the president himself.” Zeid argued that Trump’s increased aggression towards journalists could lead to “incitement for others to attack journalists.” Zeid’s statement follows Trump’s response to criticism of his remarks on the Charlottesville rally, where he blamed media outlets for failing to accurately portray his position on white supremacy. Mic reporter harassed after publishing article on Milo Yiannopoulos Brianna Provenzano, a news reporter for online publication Mic, said she was doxed after publishing an article critical of Milo Yiannopoulos’s attendance at the MTV Video Music Awards on Tuesday, August 29. After contacting Yiannopoulos, a prominent alt-right figure, for more information regarding the nature of his attendance, Provenzano’s email was posted to his Facebook page, where online users identifying themselves as members of the alt-right began sending countless threatening emails to her server. Sarah Palin’s defamation suit against New York Times dismissed by federal judgeOn Wednesday, August 30, U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff dismissed a federal lawsuit against the New York Times for defamation. According to the judge, Sarah Palin’s legal team failed to provide evidence that the NYT intentionally attempted to link the former governor of Alaska with the 2011 mass shooting that wounded Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The article in question was published by the Times’ editorial board shortly after the June 2017 shooting at a congressional baseball practice that wounded four, including one Republican congressman. The editorial mistakenly associated the previous 2011 shooting with Sarah Palin’s political action committee’s map of several congressional districts, which used stylized crosshairs as targets. Two days after the editorial ran, the Times issued a correction, stating there was no correlation between Sarah Palin and the mass shooting. In the written ruling, Judge Rakoff stated “If political journalism is to achieve its constitutionally endorsed role of challenging the powerful, legal redress by a public figure must be limited to those cases where the public figure has a plausible factual basis for complaining that the mistake was made maliciously.”Congressman refuses to meet with reporter he body-slammed Greg Gianforte, a Republican Congressman from Minnesota, is receiving backlash for reneging on a promise to grant an interview to Ben Jacobs, a political reporter for The Guardian. On Wednesday, August 30, Jacobs released a statement calling Gianforte’s avoidance of the interview requests “a display of his true character.” Jacobs said he hoped to meet him on Capitol Hill “without the fear of physical violence.” Gianforte was convicted of assault in June after body-slamming Jacobs when he attempted to ask Gianforte a healthcare related question on the eve of his election.Bipartisan poll reveals American attitudes towards the media A bipartisan poll published on Wednesday, August 30, by Fox News shows that 69% of Republican voters believe the media is a “greater threat to the United States than white supremacy”. Data collected from both Republican and Democrat polling firms revealed a partisan split among Americans, with 83% of Democrats and 53% of Republicans stating that Trump “hates the news media more than white supremacists.” The United States ranks 43rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year.For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en News to go further News Follow the news on United States June 3, 2021 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Help by sharing this information NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say September 5, 2017 US — #WeeklyAddress August 28 – September 3: “Reckless driving” – Trump’s attacks on media spark international condemnation June 7, 2021 Find out more Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of August 28 – September 3: News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists United StatesAmericas Condemning abuses United NationsInternet United StatesAmericas Condemning abuses United NationsInternet News April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders publishes the first worldwide press freedom index (October 2002)

first_img Organisation October 23, 2002 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Reporters Without Borders publishes the first worldwide press freedom index (October 2002) Help by sharing this information RSF_en The first worldwide index of press freedom has some surprises for Western democracies. The United States ranks below Costa Rica and Italy scores lower than Benin. The five countries with least press freedom are North Korea, China, Burma, Turkmenistan and Bhutan. center_img – Surprises among Western democracies: US below Costa Rica and Italy below BeninReporters Without Borders is publishing for the first time a worldwide index of countries according to their respect for press freedom. It also shows that such freedom is under threat everywhere, with the 20 bottom-ranked countries drawn from Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. The situation in especially bad in Asia, which contains the five worst offenders – North Korea, China, Burma, Turkmenistan and Bhutan.The top end of the list shows that rich countries have no monopoly of press freedom. Costa Rica and Benin are examples of how growth of a free press does not just depend on a country’s material prosperity.The index was drawn up by asking journalists, researchers and legal experts to answer 50 questions about the whole range of press freedom violations (such as murders or arrests of journalists, censorship, pressure, state monopolies in various fields, punishment of press law offences and regulation of the media). The final list includes 139 countries. The others were not included in the absence of reliable information.In the worst-ranked countries, press freedom is a dead letter and independent newspapers do not exist. The only voice heard is of media tightly controlled or monitored by the government. The very few independent journalists are constantly harassed, imprisoned or forced into exile by the authorities. The foreign media is banned or allowed in very small doses, always closely monitored.Right at the top of the list four countries share first place – Finland, Iceland, Norway and the Netherlands. These northern European states scrupulously respect press freedom in their own countries but also speak up for it elsewhere, for example recently in Eritrea and Zimbabwe. The highest-scoring country outside Europe is Canada, which comes fifth.Some countries with democratically-elected governments are way down in the index – such as Colombia (114th) and Bangladesh (118th). In these countries, armed rebel movements, militias or political parties constantly endanger the lives of journalists. The state fails to do all it could to protect them and fight the immunity very often enjoyed by those responsible for such violence.- Costa Rica better placed than the United StatesThe poor ranking of the United States (17th) is mainly because of the number of journalists arrested or imprisoned there. Arrests are often because they refuse to reveal their sources in court. Also, since the 11 September attacks, several journalists have been arrested for crossing security lines at some official buildings.The highest-ranked country of the South is Costa Rica, in 15th position. This Central American nation is traditionally the continent’s best performer in terms of press freedom. In February 2002, it ceased to be one of the 17 Latin American states that still give prison sentences to those found guilty of “insulting” public officials. The murder in July 2001 year of journalist Parmenio Medina was an exception in the history of the Costa Rican media.Cuba, the last dictatorship in Latin America, came 134th and is the only country in the region where there is no diversity of news and journalists are routinely imprisoned. In Haiti (106th), journalists are targeted by informal militias whose actions are covered by the government.- Italy gets bad marks in EuropeThe 15 member-countries of the European Union (EU) all score well except for Italy (40th), where news diversity is under serious threat. Prime minister Silvio Berlusconi is turning up the pressure on the state-owned television stations, has named his henchmen to help run them and continues to combine his job as head of government with being boss of a privately-owned media group. The imprisonment of journalist Stefano Surace, convicted of press offences from 30 years ago, as well as the monitoring of journalists, searches, unjustified legal summonses and confiscation of equipment, are all responsible for the country’s low ranking.France, in 11th place overall, comes only 8th among EU countries because of several disturbing measures endangering the protection of journalists’ sources and because of police interrogation of a number of journalists in recent months.Among those states hoping to join the EU, Turkey (99th) is very poorly placed. Despite the reform efforts of its government, aimed at easing entry into the EU, many journalists are still being given prison sentences and the media is regularly censored. Press freedom is especially under siege in the southeastern part of the country.Elsewhere in Europe, such as Belarus (124th), Russia (121st) and the former Soviet republics, it is still difficult to work as a journalist and several have been murdered or imprisoned. Grigory Pasko, jailed since December 2001 in the Vladivostok region of Russia, was given a four-year sentence for publishing pictures of the Russian Navy pouring liquid radioactive waste into the Sea of Japan.- The Middle East and Israel’s ambivalent positionNo Arab country is among the top 50. Lebanon only makes 56th place and the press freedom situation in the region is not encouraging. In Iraq (130th) and Syria (126th), the state uses every means to control the media and stifle any dissenting voice. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein especially has set his country’s media the sole task of relaying his regime’s propaganda. In Libya (129th) and Tunisia (128th), no criticism of Col Muammar Kadhafi or President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali is tolerated.The political weakening of the Palestinian Authority (82nd) means it has made few assaults on press freedom. However, Islamic fundamentalist opposition media have been closed, several attempts made to intimidate and attack local and foreign journalists and many subjects remain taboo. The aim is to convey a united image of the Palestinian people and to conceal aspects such a demonstrations of support for attacks on Israel.The attitude of Israel (92nd) towards press freedom is ambivalent. Despite strong pressure on state-owned TV and radio, the government respects the local media’s freedom of expression. However, in the West Bank and Gaza, Reporters Without Borders has recorded a large number of violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which guarantees press freedom and which Israel has signed. Since the start of the Israeli army’s incursions into Palestinian towns and cities in March 2002, very many journalists have been roughed up, threatened, arrested, banned from moving around, targeted by gunfire, wounded or injured, had their press cards withdrawn or been deported.- Good and bad examples in AfricaEritrea (132nd) and Zimbabwe (122nd) are the most repressive countries of sub-Saharan Africa. The entire privately-owned press in Eritrea was banned by the government in September 2001 and 18 journalists are currently imprisoned there. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is notable for his especially harsh attitude to the foreign and opposition media.At the other end of the spectrum, Benin is in 21st place despite being classified by the UN Development Programme as one of the world 15 poorest countries. Other African states, such as South Africa (26th), Mali (43rd), Namibia (31st) and Senegal (47th), have genuine press freedom too. News – last_img read more

Rep. Chu Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act

first_imgGovernment Rep. Chu Statement on Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act Published on Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 1:51 pm Today, Rep. Judy Chu voted in support of H.R. 1191, the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act. The bill will allow Congress to review any agreement with Iran on their nuclear program before the President can remove sanctions. Rep. Chu released the following statement:The best and only way to end the threat of a nuclear Iran is diplomacy. I have been encouraged by the tireless efforts and progress made by Secretary Kerry and his team and am committed to seeing the talks through to their conclusion without interference. Once a deal is reached, however, it is important for Congress to have an opportunity to approve or disapprove of it, and that is what this bill will provide. I am glad that the troublesome Senate agreements intended to derail the negotiations were defeated, allowing for today’s clean bill. I look forward to seeing the final agreement.”H.R. 1191 was passed by a vote of 400-25. The same bill, S.615, was passed by the Senate on May 7th by a vote of 98-1 Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News center_img More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Community News HerbeautyBohemian Summer: How To Wear The Boho Trend RightHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newslast_img read more

Firefly Aerospace Announces New Board of Directors and Corporate Expansion Plans

first_img Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 3, 2021 CEDAR PARK, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Firefly Aerospace, Inc., a leading provider of economical and dependable launch vehicles, spacecraft, and in-space services, announced the appointment of Deborah Lee James and Robert Cardillo to its Board of Directors. Firefly’s new three-person board, including Firefly CEO, Dr. Tom Markusic, will be led by Ms. James, serving as Chairman of the Board. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210203005207/en/ Deborah Lee James and Robert Cardillo (Photo: Business Wire) Deborah Lee James has a three-decade track record in national security, including 20 years of U.S. government service, with time on Capitol Hill as a professional staff member in the U.S. House of Representatives and two tours in the Pentagon, first as an Assistant Secretary of Defense and later as the Secretary of the Air Force. As Secretary, Ms. James also was the Principal Defense Space Advisor. She has led large industry teams in support of the military, most notably as President of the Technical and Engineering Sector of SAIC, responsible for $2 billion in Defense contract revenue and 8,700 employees. Ms. James is the author of the leadership book “Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success”; and serves on the boards of various organizations including Textron, Unisys, Noblis, the Penfed Foundation and LeanIn.Org. Robert Cardillo is president of The Cardillo Group, LLC, delivering strategic and operational expertise to create an enhanced awareness of planet Earth to enable improved decision-making. Before forming TCG in May 2019, Mr. Cardillo was the sixth Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency from 2014 through 2019. He led transformation of the Agency’s future value proposition through innovative partnerships with the growing commercial geospatial marketplace. During his 35+ years of public service, Robert served in leadership positions within the organization of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “We are thrilled to have Debbie and Robert join the Firefly Board of Directors,” said Dr. Markusic. “Their guidance will be critical as Firefly transitions from a rapid product development company to an integrated provider of launch, in-space, and lunar mission services for commercial, civil, and national security space customers. Their experience in the private sector and as leaders of critical U.S. government organizations will enable Firefly to fully realize our corporate objective of becoming the preeminent end-to-end space transportation company in the nation’s small space industrial base.” Concurrently, with the addition of the new board of directors, Firefly intends to implement an internal restructuring of the company. “These corporate changes will reflect the strategic objectives of Firefly and assure focus and resources are properly allocated to effectively develop our core spacecraft and launch vehicle product lines,’’ added Dr. Markusic. “In particular, we intend to segregate launchers and spacecraft as dedicated business units and greatly expand our business development and government relations team in Washington, D.C.” He continued, “The number of employees at Firefly has nearly doubled over the last year, and we continue to aggressively recruit top technical talent to develop our next-generation spacecraft and rockets. We will also be conducting a nationwide executive talent search over the coming months to provide strong leadership for the new business units. Space is expected to be the fastest growing industry of the twenty-first century, and Firefly is determined to be perfectly positioned to lead the way in this new emerging space economy.” ABOUT FIREFLY AEROSPACE Firefly is developing a family of launch and in-space vehicles and services that provide industry-leading affordability, convenience and reliability. Firefly’s launch vehicles utilize common technologies, manufacturing infrastructure and launch capabilities, providing LEO launch solutions for up to ten metric tons of payload at the lowest cost per kg in the small-lift class. Combined with Firefly’s in-space vehicles, such as the Space Utility Vehicle and Lunar Lander, Firefly provides the space industry with a one-stop shop for missions from LEO to the surface of the Moon or beyond. Firefly is headquartered in Cedar Park, TX. 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High-Cost Housing Creates Obstacles for Older Generation

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago High-Cost Housing Creates Obstacles for Older Generation Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago A generation’s desire to “age-in-place” has created a need for officials and policymakers at local levels to assess how well they are meeting the needs of homeowners at this life stage, according to a collaborative study by Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP PublicPolicy Institute.”A rapidly aging population has helped spur recognition of the importance of creating livable and age-friendly neighborhoods, where people of all ages can maintain independence and high quality of life. However … most older adults in the US do not reside in livable communities, and there are significant differences between who has access to the country’s most livable communities,” wrote Jennifer Molinsky, Senior Research Associate at Harvard. “These differences depend on whether the resident is a homeowner or renter, whether they have a disability, and by race/ethnicity and income.The researchers note that “livability” is subjective. That said, AARP’s Livability Index measures key categories, including housing affordability,  accessibility, and options. The categories are explained further here.”Using data from the Index and the American Community Survey, our report finds that renters and Asian older adults are more likely to live in high livability neighborhoods while homeowners, middle-income households, older adults with disabilities, and white older adults are more common in places of low livability,” said Molinsky. “Shares of Black and Hispanic older adults hold steady across neighborhoods of all levels of livability.”The report also showed older adults who relocate are not moving to more “liveable” locations. Such moves, the data show, are essentially lateral (75%). Just 11% of this age demographic who moved made a “liveability” improvement, while 14% moved to areas with lower scores.Following are some of the main themes found inside the report:Livability Gap. There is a disconnect between what people have and what they need in communities to age in place.Housing Affordability. Communities that score higher on the Index tend to have higher housing costs. High housing costs can create obstacles to accessing the benefits livable communities can provide.Disparities in Access to Specific Livability Features. People of color, people with disabilities, and people with lower incomes may not have access to all of the amenities andservices that support aging. As the analysis shows, even when living in high-scoring communities, these groups may not have access.According to Molinsky, the report supports “policy solutions to address barriers and improve livability for people of all ages and older adults more specifically.” Christina Hughes Babb is a reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Southern Methodist University, she has been a reporter, editor, and publisher in the Dallas area for more than 15 years. During her 10 years at Advocate Media and Dallas Magazine, she published thousands of articles covering local politics, real estate, development, crime, the arts, entertainment, and human interest, among other topics. She has won two national Mayborn School of Journalism Ten Spurs awards for nonfiction, and has penned pieces for Texas Monthly, Salon.com, Dallas Observer, Edible, and the Dallas Morning News, among others. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News 2020-11-04 Christina Hughes Babb Related Articles  Print This Post November 4, 2020 4,090 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share 1Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Christina Hughes Babb Home / Daily Dose / High-Cost Housing Creates Obstacles for Older Generation Previous: Best of DS5: Advancing Tech and Working From Home Next: Digital Transactions: A Matter of Business Survivallast_img read more