to go further RSF also recalls that Net Press director Jean-Claude Kavumbagu was arrestedand taken to the Bujumbura Criminal Investigation Department’s offices on 21December 2001. He was accused ofinsulting the state prosecutor in a press release issued by the electronicnews agency Le Témoin. Yet Kavumbagu does not work for this media outlet. LeTémoin is an underground agency that distributes information via e-mail. Thepersons in charge of the agency remain anonymous. The state prosecutorordered Kavumbagu’s release seven days later. October 21, 2020 Find out more News June 5, 2020 Find out more In a letter to President Pierre Buyoya, RSF protested theprivate news agency Net Press’s suspension. The organisation urged the headof state to take all necessary measures to ensure that the NationalCommunications Council (Conseil national de la Communication, CNC) annulsthe decision. “This decision by the minister of communications appears to beof a completely arbitrary nature. If press law violations were indeed foundto have occurred, we cannot understand why the minister did not alert thelegal authorities,” stated Robert Ménard, the organisation’ssecretary-general. “Net Press is known in Burundi for its critical stancetowards the authorities. We are led to believe that this is the sole reasonfor the suspension,” Ménard added. The organisation also requested thatArticle 33 of the Press Law be repealed. The article allows the minister ofcommunications to suspend media outlets “in case of emergency”. Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Follow the news on Burundi January 15, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Communications minister suspends independent news agency BurundiAfrica Reports RSF_en Receive email alerts News According to information collected by RSF, on 14 January 2002, the ministerof communications signed order no. 580/01/2002, indefinitely suspending NetPress. The agency is being punished because of the “subversive, defamatory,insulting and deceptive” quality of its publications, which “underminenational unity, order, security and public morality”. The CNC is expected toeither approve or annul the decision during its next working session. Organisation Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention BurundiAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa
Home » News » Agencies & People » Connells purchase of Countrywide officially completes previous nextAgencies & PeopleConnells purchase of Countrywide officially completesAfter years of uncertainty and internal ructions, Connells says Countrywide now faces a brighter future under its ownership.Nigel Lewis8th March 20211 Comment5,791 Views Connells has officially completed on its acquisition of Countrywide, it has announced, three years after Countrywide’s board ejected its ‘retail focussed’ CEO Alison Platt following dire profit warnings.This makes it the UK’s largest estate agency group and, the company says, provides long-term financial stability for Countrywide, freeing it from external debt, and ‘bringing years of uncertainty to a close’.The completion of the deal also swells the total number of high street branches operated by Connells to 1,200.For the time being, Connells says its former rival will continue to operate as a stand-alone business trading under the company’s existing brands albeit with new investment in technology and people to ‘improve its service offering’.CompetitionConnells also says Countrywide’s surveying and asset management businesses will continue to trade and operate as separate entities ‘to provide choice and competition in these sectors’.The combined group will be lead by existing CEO David Livesey, who says the best talent from both companies will be hand-picked to help Countrywide turn itself around rapidly.This will include former Countrywide boss Paul Creffield, who will work part-time in a support role prior to retiring.“This is an extraordinary day in the proud history of both companies, bringing together a formidable team of property professionals to create the most successful business seen in our sector,” says Livesey (pictured).“Our companies have a long, shared history, competing healthily on the high street and in the industry, and sharing many of the same attributes – a clear strategy to be market leader, to move the property industry forward and to keep our customers and clients at the heart of our activities.“We look forward to welcoming all our new colleagues into Connells Group, working together on our exciting future and turning Countrywide around for our shared success.” Countrywide sale Countrywide takeover Connells acquisition Countrywide acquisition Paul Creffield connells Countrywide David Livesey March 8, 2021Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 8th March 2021 at 12:37 pmThe deal is done and now there is one undisputed heavyweight in the UK real estate sector, headed up by David Livesey and his small, seasoned c-suite of trusted helpers who have decades of close focus on how to run a big agency.Having worked for both Countrywide PLC in their salad days, and Sequence, part of the Connells/Skipton group, I think that the general public are the winners here, as they now will be getting a huge amount of service out of ex-Countrywide branches, which have been left to wither and die with minimal input from the old c-suite.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain speaks during a news conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018. 33-year-old Hamilton, who won his fifth title at the Mexican Grand Prix two weeks ago, will compete Sunday in the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix at Sao Paulo’s Interlagos circuit. (AP Photo/Andre Penner) SAO PAULO (AP) — Five-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has a two-step plan for keeping the new generation of talented drivers behind him next season: match their youthful hunger and outwit them with the experience that comes with age.The 33-year-old Hamilton wrapped up this year’s title at the Mexican Grand Prix two weeks ago and is already looking forward to the renewed challenge he will face in 2019 from a crop of young drivers who will only get better.Hamilton, who became the youngest F1 champion when he won his first title at the age of 23 in 2008, says he sees a bit of himself in 21-year-old Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc and Red Bull’s 22-year-old Pierre Gasly.“These are two young rising stars that are already showing incredible potential,” Hamilton said after he arrived in Sao Paulo for this weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix.He later added 21-year-old Red Bull driver Max Verstappen to the shortlist as well.“I welcome the competition,” he said. “Naturally I do see a little bit of myself in them. At their age I had the same kind of eye of the tiger. Now it is a little different for me, I am one of the older drivers. But I feel like I still have that hunger they are coming in with.”Hamilton also has the experience of spending a decade at the pinnacle of the sport, and he thinks that could help him stay at the top for a bit longer.“Perhaps there are things that I will be able to bring to the table and that they won’t,” he said.Interlagos will host the penultimate race of the F1 season this weekend. Hamilton called the Brazilian track “one of the trickiest of the season” and “an Achilles heel.”Hamilton won the Brazilian race in 2016 and lifted his first F1 title in Sao Paulo 10 years ago, finishing fourth after a dramatic overtake on the last lap.“The first year here was quite difficult, but it has been improving over time,” he said.While Hamilton has already clinched the individual title, his Mercedes team is still fighting with Ferrari for the constructor’s championship — meaning the Briton will not be able to relax just yet.“We still have two races to go and a championship at stake,” he said.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
The Mayor of Donegal Cllr. Frank McBrearty Jnr is to propose that Donegal County Council host a civic reception for the Donegal Team, including the Management team and representatives of the County Board.The Mayor will bring this proposal to the next meeting of the Council in October to recognise their outstanding achievements in winning the Ulster Championship back to back in 2011 and 2012 and their fantastic victory over Mayo in the All-Ireland final in Croke Park on Sunday last.Speaking earlier today, the Mayor stated that he will be proposing that the reception be held in November at the latest. He added that bringing the Sam Maguire Cup back to Donegal, has had a marvellous impact in terms of raising spirits and creating a feel good factor in every town and village throughout the county and that it is both timely and appropriate to honour the team, management and County Board in this way. COUNCIL TO GIVE DONEGAL TEAM A CIVIC RECEPTION was last modified: September 27th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:civic receptiondonegal
Specsavers in Letterkenny and Donegal Town has taken a major step forward with investment in state-of-the-art optical technology.The outlet has rolled out the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) scanner in store – a cutting-edge piece of equipment that allows opticians to view the eye in more detail than ever before.It is all part of its commitment to providing its customers with access to the very latest optical technology, helping to detect a number of eye conditions, such as age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, sooner. OCT can also help to detect glaucoma up to four years in advance. Given that nearly half of all sight loss is preventable, an OCT scan means conditions can be managed before they get worse and can help prevent potential sight loss.An OCT scan, which only takes a few seconds, uses light to take more than 1,000 images of the back of your eye and beyond, looking right back to the optic nerve and creating a cross-section view.Imagine it like a cake – you can see the top of the cake and the icing, but the image produced from an OCT scan slices the cake in half and turns it on its side, so you can see all the layers inside. It gives your optician an incredibly accurate picture of your eye and its structures.Liz Bonnin – natural history, science and environmental TV presenter – has announced Specsavers Letterkenny and Donegal Town’s investment in hospital-quality equipment that can help detect treatable eye conditions sooner. Speaking at the launch of the OCT campaign, Liz, comments: ‘I am short-sighted and have always relied on regular eye checks, so I was keen to help raise awareness about their importance, especially as early detection is vital in the fight against preventable sight loss. The OCT scan can detect eye health conditions before physical symptoms are presented.Specsavers Letterkenny and Donegal Town is leading the way in terms of the advanced technology on offer in store.An OCT scan would have previously required a hospital visit, but now there really is no excuse to not keep on top of our eye health.’Speaking about the state-of-the-art optical technology, store director at Specsavers Letterkenny, Paul O’Donoghue, comments: ‘This innovative technology gives our opticians the ability to enhance the offering for customers by identifying and helping to detect or manage conditions.OCT technology produces such a detailed picture of the structures in the eye that it allows us to identify signs of diseases years earlier than traditional methods. Given that 75% of vision impairment and blindness can be prevented, the sooner we can detect these conditions, the sooner we can help manage them or refer people for treatment.’ The scan is in addition to a thorough eye test, during which the optometrist uses a range of clinical tests and procedures to measure the quality of someone’s vision and the health of their eyes.A customer’s OCT images are stored on file, so Specsavers optometrists can note any changes over time – a real benefit when monitoring someone’s overall eye health.OCT is now available in Specsavers Letterkenny. For more information on the services available or to make an appointment, please visit www.specsavers.ie/stores/letterkennySpecsavers Letterkenny and Donegal taking a deeper look into your eyes was last modified: December 12th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennySpecsaversTechnology
OAKLAND — Khris Davis was not in the lineup for the A’s second-is game against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night.He’s not injured, these lineup omissions have become infrequent, but notably reoccurring respites for the slumping designated hitter. Each one meant to provide a mental space to sort through a spiraling slump that has Davis slashing .195/.264/.299 since his return from the injured list on June 1.There’s little explanation behind Davis’ offensive low point with the A’s. It wasn’t …
8 August 2005South Africa’s second Regional Electricity Distributor (RED) is scheduled for launching in Gauteng province early in 2006. The first, known as RED One, was signed into operation in Cape Town in July.Plans are to set up six such distributors across the country, combining the distribution function of power utility Eskom with that of 187 municipalities already distributing electricity in the country.RED Two will service Ekurhuleni, Motheo District Municipality, Mangaung, Matjabeng, Maluti-A-Phofung, Metsimaholo, Sol Plaatjie, Gamagara and Dikgatlong Local Municipalities.This is according to EDI Holdings CEO Phindile Nzimande, who briefed the National Members Assembly of the South African Local Government Association (Salga) in Cape Town on Friday.“The target is to launch the second RED towards early 2006,” Nzimande said. “The sequencing is being finalised and an announcement will be made by the Department of Minerals and Energy.”EDI Holdings is a public entity set up by government to oversee the establishment of the distributors.“The establishment of REDs needs to be done in a way that will ensure service delivery in an efficient and sustainable manner,” Nzimande added.The distributors are established primarily to provide competitive electricity tariffs and offer an efficient service.They comprise Eskom’s distribution and local authorities. The latter will buy electricity from power generators such as Eskom at wholesale prices determined by the National Electricity Regulator.Explaining progress made thus far in the establishment of the other REDs, Nzimande said that 33 municipalities had signed cooperative agreements as at January 2005, with 25 still in negotiations.In his 2004 State of the Nation Address, President Thabo Mbeki said the process of establishing these structures would be completed by January 2007.Source: BuaNews
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As we look forward to the 2016 crop year, we have to take a little look back to 2014 to see what pests hit us in 2015 in order to plan for next year.Soybean insectsAphids missed Ohio even though it was the “odd” year and they were supposed to be here. A cold winter last year and a wet mid-summer may have done our control for us.Stink bugs are increasing in number and spreading. I am seeing this group of pests more as I scout soybeans in late fall — perhaps it’s global warming or just the arrival of a new invasive species but there are more here than ever. If you saw shriveled beans at harvest in 2015, do a better job of scouting next year. They tend to hit green soybean pods and suck the juices out reducing yield.Bean leaf beetle has been a generally non-economical pest for a while now. Early planted fields attract over-wintering adults causing limited damage, but late planted soybean fields attract late season pod feeders.Corn insectsWestern bean cutworm was restricted to northern Ohio in 2014 and spread a bit further south in 2015. I had several industry friends tell me they saw egg masses and ear feeding further south into Ohio. Watch for purple egg masses on leaves and treat before the larvae get into the ears.Western corn rootworm — Bt corn has reduced this to near extinction but if you have continuous corn, rotate your genetics to reduce the chance of resistance development.Asiatic garden beetle grubs have been found in northwest Ohio on sandy soils. They feed at seedling emergence on developing roots. Soil insecticides can provide good suppression.Weed managementIn no till soybeans it’s all about marestail control. Make a fall application if you can. Hit early in the spring if not, and/or hit it twice hard if late. Definitely include a pre-emergent herbicide in your program. Use LibertyLink as an alternative to Roundup Ready. Yes, new herbicide tolerant genetics are coming, but those options are not yet released and there are limitations to them. I actually heard an industry agronomist tell me we need to delay a bit on release of the new varieties as you all don’t know how to use them yet. We must all use a pre-emergent herbicide package to keep marestail, giant ragwed, and pigweeds under control.The new 2016 Ohio, Indiana & Illinois Weed Control Guide is now available for free download: http://u.osu.edu/osuweeds/ or purchase a hard copy at your county Extension office.Soybean diseasesSeed treatments made a big difference in 2015, but maybe more important was variety selection. Also, the combination seed treatment products are delivering a good stand.Sclerotinia (White mold) — variety selection can help here too, fungicides can miss due to the critical timing.Corn diseasesWith gray leaf spot, fungicides can improve yield on susceptible hybrids. Application at R1 (tassel) if needed is the best timing. Two applications do not help. Early doesn’t help either. Choose resistant hybrids.Northern corn leaf blight was back in so many places this year, but dry weather late in the growing season halted development of the disease. Again choose resistant hybrids.
8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts You would think that after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy and last month’s brutal East Coast snow storm, more and more people would start to take disaster preparation seriously. While that may be true for “preppers” taking shelter in the event of an impending apocalypse, it’s not so much the case for small businesses.A survey of 600 small business owners conducted by Alibaba, Vendio and Auctiva in December of 2012 illustrated their preparedness in the event of a natural disaster, and the results were not too promising. Among some of the more alarming statistics collected is the fact that 74 percent of American small businesses do not have any disaster plan, while 84 percent do not have disaster insurance. In the event of a power outage, 71 percent of the respondents admitted to lacking a back-up generator.Not all of the information revealed through the survey projected a negative outlook for future disaster scenarios. Two stats that were positive – as well as indicating how tech-savvy small business owners are today – were that 62 percent of respondents said that they could operate their business via mobile phone, while 30 percent said they store their information in the cloud.For all those out there worried that the next big super storm might descend on your business, heed these warnings. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#cloud computing#small business nick statt
Normal anatomyCartilage covers the end of bones in joints to provide shock absorption during movement.IndicationNormal cartilage on the end of the femur is compared to worn, damaged femoral cartilage.IncisionA small cut (incision), typically about three inches, is made over the area of the knee that is damaged.ProcedureThe damaged bone is removed and replaced with an implant (prosthetic) made of plastic and metal.AftercareMost patients have a rapid recovery and have considerably less pain than they did before surgery and go home the day after surgery (unlike the 3 or 4 days required by a total knee replacement).Review Date:9/23/2011Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.