Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgDangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dangote Cement Plc (DANGCE.ng)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileDangote Cement Plc manufactures, packages and distributes cement and related products for the limestone mining, coal production and property investment sectors in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. The company has operations in Nigeria, Benin and Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia and exports internationally. Dangote Cement Plc operates the largest cement plant in sub-Saharan Africa, the Obajana Cement Plant. Cement bagged and distributed by Dangote Cement Plc is required of the limestone mining, coal production and property investment sectors. Formerly known as Obajana Cement Plc, the company changed its name to Dangote Cement Plc in 2010. The company is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Dangote Cement Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Forget buy-to-let, Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds: I’d buy bargain FTSE 100 dividend stocks

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Forget buy-to-let, Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds: I’d buy bargain FTSE 100 dividend stocks Many FTSE 100 stocks have cut, delayed or even cancelled their dividends due to the uncertainty facing the world economy. This means that it is more difficult to now obtain a passive income from the FTSE 100.As such, many investors may decide to seek a passive income from other mainstream assets such as Cash ISAs, Premium Bonds or buy-to-let properties. However, their income returns could prove to be highly unappealing. And the prospect of an improving outlook for the FTSE 100 may lead to rising dividends across the index in the coming years.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…Dividend opportunitiesMany FTSE 100 companies have made changes to their dividend policies in light of coronavirus. But some large-cap shares have not. Across sectors such as utilities, tobacco and others, dividend policies are just where they were prior to coronavirus. As such, it is still possible to obtain a worthwhile passive income from large-cap shares in 2020. And you could benefit from the prospect of dividend growth in the coming years.Income potentialIn the long run, the income potential of FTSE 100 shares appears to be far greater than those of other assets. The world economy has always recovered from its very worst recessions to post positive GDP growth. Monetary and fiscal stimulus is likely to be high in the next few years, so the operating conditions for many FTSE 100 companies could improve significantly relative to today. This may allow them to raise dividends at a fast pace.By contrast, the income returns of Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds are likely to be low. A fall in interest rates to a historic low means that the returns on Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds may fail to keep up with inflation. This could lead to a loss of spending power for their holders.Meanwhile, buy-to-let properties may become less attractive to income investors. Rental growth could be subdued over the near term. And some tenants may understandably find it difficult to pay their rent given the challenging economic outlook facing the UK. Furthermore, tax changes mean that the net income return available to investors in buy-to-let properties may be lower than it has been over recent years.DiversificationThrough buying a diverse range of financially-sound FTSE 100 shares, you can build a worthwhile income stream for the long run. Diversification reduces company-specific risk. This could strengthen your overall returns and lower the risks facing your portfolio during an uncertain period for the world economy.Certainly, investing today is a risky move in the short run. Paper losses may be ahead for investors in FTSE 100 shares. But compared to other mainstream assets, the yields and dividend growth potential of FTSE 100 shares make them a relatively attractive means of generating a passive income. 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’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. Enter Your Email Address Peter Stephens has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has 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.center_img See all posts by Peter Stephens “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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The Standard Life share price has jumped: is there still time for me to buy?

first_img Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Image source: Getty Images 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. The Standard Life share price has jumped: is there still time for me to buy? The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar The Standard Life (LSE: SLA) share price has charged ahead of the market over the past 12 months. Since the beginning of March last year, the stock has added 33%, excluding dividends. Over the same period, the FTSE 100 has added just 13%. That suggests an outperformance, excluding dividends, of 20%. However, these figures only tell part of the story. Shares in the pension and wealth manager may have outperformed over the past 12 months, but the stock has lost 24% of its value over the past five years. The FTSE 100 has added 10% over the same time frame. Both of these figures exclude dividends paid to investors. 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…Nevertheless, despite this long-term underperformance, the outlook for the Standard Life share price seems to be looking up. And with that in mind, I’ve been taking a closer look at the stock to see if it could be worth adding to my portfolio. Standard Life share price outlook The financial services group has struggled over the past few years. In a world of low-interest rates, Standard Life has been fighting its competitors for market share. Against deep-pocketed competitors like Legal & General, the organisation has struggled. Still, the group has made some progress. Under the stewardship of its new CEO Stephen Bird, the company has set out in a new direction. It agreed to sell its Standard Life brand to insurer Phoenix Group in February. This follows the sale of its European and UK insurance businesses to Phoenix in 2018.Following these deals, the group’s operations will be focused on asset management. I think this is a sensible move. Standard has previously offered the kind of life insurance products that can be incredibly capital-intensive, which restricts the company’s ability to grow. In my opinion, by focusing on asset management, the group should have more flexibility.According to its latest trading update, assets under management and administration fell by £10bn to £534.6bn for the year to the end of 2020. Fee-based revenue fell 13% to £1.4bn, largely from clients switching to lower-fee assets and a scheduled withdrawal of assets by Lloyds Banking Group. Overall, profit for the year fell 17%, and the company slashed its dividend as a result. Company challenges Standard plans to double down on its asset management business going forward. But the company’s 2020 results show the challenges the group faces. It faces an uphill struggle to attract customers from lower-fee competitors. In the most optimistic scenario, if the firm can attract customers from competitors, profits could increase steadily over the next two years. This may lead to continued outperformance for the Standard Life share price. On the other hand, if outflows continue, the group’s stock may underperform. Considering all of the above, I think this is a turnaround opportunity. As such, I wouldn’t buy the stock today. The way I see it, while Standard’s decision to streamline its business will help the company focus on growth, there are plenty of other competitors out there chasing the same market.Therefore, I think the business may continue to face challenges, and its returns may lag the broader market. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group. 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. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves | Tuesday, 9th March, 2021 | More on: SLA last_img read more

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Apopka Police Officer recognized for Pulse response

first_img TAGSApopka Police DepartmentPulse Shooting Previous articleDarters will soon be focused on “the second season”Next articleSpace limited at minority-owned business forum Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Orange County Medical Director’s Office has recognized 9 police officers including Apopka Police Officer Charles White for their quick response to help save lives during Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting on June 12.(L to R) Fire Chief Carnesale, Officer White, Police Chief McKinleyOfficer White and 8 officers from the Orlando Police Department received the Orange County EMS Life Saving awards for assisting emergency medical responders to transport patients to the nearby hospital using their patrol vehicles.Officers White and Josean Velez Cantres, with his canine, Honor, were among representatives from multiple law enforcement agencies sent to assist Orlando for the Pulse shooting.The City of Apopka released this statement, “The City of Apopka is very proud of our police officers’ actions the night of the extraordinarily tragic event as well as White’s recognition today for helping to transport patients – both going above and beyond the typical call of duty.”Attending today’s event with Officer White was Apopka Police Chief Michael McKinley and Fire Chief Chuck Carnesale.On June 12, 2016, Pulse gained international attention as the scene of the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in U.S. history, and the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil since the events of September 11, 2001. 49 people were killed and 53 were injured. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

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Cloud House / Akin Atelier

first_imgArchDaily Houses “COPY” Year:  Area:  196 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Murray Fredericks Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2018 CopyHouses•Bondi Beach, Australia Australia Architects: Akin Atelier Area Area of this architecture project Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/916278/cloud-house-akin-atelier Clipboard CopyAbout this officeAkin AtelierOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBondi BeachAustraliaPublished on May 05, 2019Cite: “Cloud House / Akin Atelier” 05 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Cloud House / Akin Atelier ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/916278/cloud-house-akin-atelier Clipboard Cloud House / Akin AtelierSave this projectSaveCloud House / Akin Atelier Save this picture!© Murray Fredericks+ 20Curated by Paula Pintos Share Products used in this ProjectWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingRenders / 3D AnimationGRAPHISOFTVirtual Building Software – Archicad 22Landscape:Dangar Barin SmithDesign Team:Kelvin Ho, Georgia McGrowan, Linda TjaturonoCity:Bondi BeachCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Murray FredericksText description provided by the architects. Cloud House is a private home located at Bondi Beach. The concept maximises the opportunity for light to interact with the surfaces of the house like the facets of a cloud. Two interconnected volumes are pierced by a central courtyard and selected apertures, establishing a play on air and light.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Murray FredericksThe home is designed as two structures interconnected by the internal courtyard on the ground level, and the open walkway on the upper level. The rectilinear volumes are punctured with apertures that address both programme and context, each providing a different play on light. The planning of the house is split between flexible living spaces at ground floor, and private bedrooms and secondary living at the upper floor; the levels connected with circulation that flanks the central courtyard.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksInside the house, the rectilinear geometry of the exterior is softened through a rhythm of subtle curves in the interior elements; a pivoting round window; a curved concrete plinth, and custom joinery which tapers flush into the wall. A restrained colour palette of warm timber, whites and greys fosters a connection with the coastal context of Bondi, whilst wall finishes such as lightly bagged brick capture changing light throughout the day.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksThe north-east orientation of the site informed a building massing that pulls light deeper into slender site. From the street the first-floor volume cantilevers over the paved carport, engaging with the Bondi streetscape through selected, yet playful, apertures. It creates a buffer to the house beyond, where the key living spaces are privately positioned and anchored between the internal courtyard and rear landscaped garden.  The eastern façade contains openings which capture the morning sun, filtered with sliding timber screens for privacy from adjacent neighbours.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksLandscaping was integral to the design from conception and collaboration with Dangar Barin Smith allowed for outdoor spaces such as the rear garden, outdoor shower and timber courtyard to be seamlessly integrated throughout the ground-floor, while a planter bed softens the edge of the Master Bedroom at the first floor. The project was one of simplicity and was realised through a combination of rigorous design detail and the craftsmanship of the building team. Collaborations with specialised contractors saw the realisation of bespoke elements such as a curved concrete plinth, pivoting circular steel window, and operable timber privacy screens.Save this picture!© Murray FredericksProject gallerySee allShow lessYuanGu Restaurant / WUXU Architectural DesignSelected ProjectsValparaíso Cultural Park / HLPSSelected Projects Share Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Vitrocsa, Dulux, Eco Outdoor, Interia, Lysaght, Nash Timbers, Granite Marble Works, Robert Plumb Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Projects “COPY”last_img read more

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New online directory for charities, small businesses and individuals

first_img  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. New online directory for charities, small businesses and individuals Howard Lake | 15 October 2004 | News They are trying to build up an online community at the site with a discussion forum.Since the site has no track record, it is getting going by offering free listings for six months. Thereafter the site’s owners will charge £25 a year.The difficulty with any such site is building a brand and demonstrating its effectiveness. The simple online mall or listing directory approach for charities has been tried many times over the years, and is a very difficult model to crack, not least now that there are very low cost ways of targeted advertising such as Google’s AdWords.center_img Redcog.net is a new online service that says that it will help its target audience of charities and small businesses advertise themselves online at low cost, and where they won’t be drowned out by large corporations’ adverts and bigger advertising budgets.Redcog.net’s founders Phil De Caux and Dean Deacon believe that there is a need for “a low-cost, effective advertising Web site that put its members first, where members could not buy their way up the listings and where large corporations were not allowed to advertise.”Their advertising listing systems are meant to be fair and transparent. For example, search results will list organisations in a random order, so that the Aardvark charity won’t always come top. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Giving/Philanthropy Individual givinglast_img read more

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Drought Spreading

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Drought Spreading By Andy Eubank – Dec 2, 2012 SHARE USDA Meteorologist Eric Lubebehusen says the intensity and coverage of the drought has increased as a result of more dry weather. Some level of drought now covers 62.7-percent of the contiguous 48 U.S. states. That’s double the extent of a year ago – when the drought was centered on Oklahoma and Texas. It has spread across most of the Midwest since the spring and has caused major economic damage. And since the drought just isn’t loosening its grip – Mark Svoboda at the National Drought Mitigation Center said this week it’s hard to put it in historical perspective.Svoboda says the next few months will be critical in determining if the ag industry faces another harsh growing season. He says snow in the Rocky Mountains and across the Midwest would ease conditions heading into the spring. This is actually a time of year – according to Svoboda – where nature can catch its breath. He says there isn’t a great demand for water by plants – so moisture can be stored in the ground and in snow pack. He says the current situation isn’t favorable. In fact – because of a lack of rain in September, October and November – Svoboda says the winter wheat crop is getting hammered. But he says there is time to make up for the lack of moisture. But if we are still this dry at the end of January – he says there will be a lot more concern.Drought Causes River Transportation IssueThe impact of the drought on crop and livestock producers has been well documented this year. Now another issue is emerging. Water levels on the Mississippi River are falling – and if they get too low – the nation’s main inland waterway could become impassable to barges. The river could reach the point where it’s too shallow for the barges that carry food, fuel and other commodities. Experts say the economic losses could climb into the billions if the Mississippi is closed for a lengthy period. Not only would the shipping and grain industries feel the pain of such a closure – but consumers could see higher grocery and utility bills. Don Sweeney with the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis says higher prices would be inevitable.The biggest area of concern is a 180-mile stretch between the confluences of the Missouri River near St. Louis and the Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois. A lack of rain has squeezed the channel from its normal one-thousand foot or more width to just a few hundred feet. The depth of the river is 15 to 20 feet less than normal – about 13 feet deep in many places. At a depth of nine feet – rock pinnacles at two locations make it difficult – if not impossible – for barges to pass. National Weather Service hydrologists predict the river will reach that nine-foot mark by December 9th.The situation has been made worse by an Army Corps of Engineers decision to reduce the outflow from an upper Missouri River dam in South Dakota. There the drought has intensified – so to ease the effects of the drought in the northern Missouri River basin – the flow is gradually being cut by more than two-thirds by December 11th.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Drought Spreading Previous articleBread For The WorldNext articleWinter Weather the Main Factor Determining Spring Pests Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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Three newspaper employees killed in arson attack in Tamil Nadu state

first_img Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more News March 3, 2021 Find out more India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Follow the news on India to go further Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the death of three employees of the Tamil newspaper Dinakaran in an arson attack yesterday on its offices in Madurai, in the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu, by supporters of M.K. Azhagiri, one of the sons of Tamil Nadu chief minister K. Karunanidhi, who were angry about the publication of poll tipping another son as his likeliest successor.More than 30 suspects have been arrested, including the husband of Madurai’s mayor, but the press freedom organisation said it hoped the investigation would not stop there and called on the authorities to identify and punish those who were behind the attack.“The nepotism and political feudalism reigning in certain Indian states leads to this kind of violence against the press,” Reporters Without Borders said, urging the police to question M.K. Azhagiri immediately.Hundreds of supporters of M.K. Azhagiri, one of the leaders of the state’s ruling Dravida Munnetra Kazhgam (DMK) party, attacked Dinakaran in broad daylight, setting fire to the building that houses it and two other news organisations, Sun TV and the newspaper Tamil Murasu. One of the region’s most popular Tamil-language dailies, Dinakaran is part of the Sun press group, owned by a relative of the chief minister.The victims were Vinod Kumar, 23, and G. Gopinath, 25, two engineers who maintained the newspaper’s computers, and K. Muthuramalingam, the building’s caretaker. Kumar and Gopinath died of smoke inhalation after going into the building to try to save the computers.A few hours before the arson attack, the mob attacked the premises of a cable TV station and set fire to copies of Dinakaran in a city square.Journalists have staged demonstrations in several Indian cities in protest against the attack and to demand the resignation of DMK officials.The arrests of more than 30 people, including the husband of the DMK mayor, were carried out yesterday and today by the Tamil Nadu police. The federal police meanwhile will be asked to carry out its own investigation. IndiaAsia – Pacific May 10, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three newspaper employees killed in arson attack in Tamil Nadu state RSF_en News IndiaAsia – Pacific News Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting February 23, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 News Receive email alerts Two computer engineers and a caretaker were killed in an arson attack on a Tamil-language newspaper in the southeastern city of Madurai by a local politician’s supporters, who were enraged by the publication of poll favouring another politician. Reporters Without Borders calls for their arrest. last_img read more

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Newspaper editor gets six months in prison for defaming president’s chief of staff

first_img November 27, 2020 Find out more to go further Reporters Without Borders is very disappointed by the six-month jail sentence which a Dakar court has imposed on Abdourahmane Diallo, the editor of the Express News daily, for defaming President Abdoulaye Wade’s chief of staff, Pape Samba Mboup. A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Diallo, who was tried in absentia, but he has not yet been detained.“There are two distinct aspects to this matter,” Reporters Without Borders said. “One is whether the newspaper was in the wrong. The other is what penalty should be imposed. It is clear that the comments published by Express News, which let itself be used in an exchange of insults between political rivals, were defamatory. But does that mean its editor has to go to prison?”The press freedom organisation added: “This sentence is inappropriate, unjust and counter-productive. To prevent this kind of incident from recurring, the media law needs to be quickly amended in order to decriminalise press offences, something we have been urging the Senegalese authorities to do for years.”The Dakar criminal court that had tried Diallo in absentia finally issued its verdict on 26 August, after two postponements. It imposed a six-month jail term on the editor, together with a suspended sentence of an additional 18 months in prison, and ordered the newspaper to pay Mboup 20 million CFA francs (30,000 euros) in damages. The court also ordered the local press to publish its decision.Diallo did not appear in court and some local journalists claimed that he never received a summons to appear. The newspaper’s lawyer said he would appeal on the grounds that the verdict was issued in the absence of the defendants.The case was brought over comments about Mboup that Express News published on 23 and 24 June. The source was a group of young ruling party members who support Farba Senghor, the head of a faction opposed Mboup, but the newspaper published them as if they were statements of fact.The newspaper’s front-page headline on 23 June was: “Pape Samba Mboup is a political mercenary still in the pay of the person with full pockets.” The next day it ran the headline: “Mboup is seen as a permanent danger for the regime and violates state secrets.” It added: “Pape Samba Mboup is a drunkard and a conspirator, and is not credible.”Picture : President Abdoulaye Wade (AFP) Organisation RSF asks Senegal to amend its new press law RSF_en Follow the news on Senegal SenegalAfrica RSF decries exceptional press freedom violations in Senegal Receive email alerts August 28, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper editor gets six months in prison for defaming president’s chief of staffcenter_img January 8, 2021 Find out more The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa March 5, 2021 Find out more News Reports SenegalAfrica Help by sharing this information News Newslast_img read more

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Death of a journalist who combined professionalism with strong humanistic convictions

first_imgNews Salvadorean president’s alarming hostility towards independent media Follow the news on El Salvador October 7, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts June 12, 2020 Find out more News News Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Journalists in Spain, France, Latin America and elsewhere are mourning the death of a colleague who paid for his dedication with his life. Franco-Spanish documentary filmmaker Christian Poveda was shot dead early yesterday in El Salvador, where he had for some time been covering the extremely violent gangs known in Central America as “maras,” which have killed other journalists in the past. His film on the maras, “La Vida Loca,” (Trailer: http://www.lafemme-endormie.com/vidaloca/) is to be premiered in France on 30 September.Fellow journalist Alain Mingam, a member of the Reporters Without Borders board, said this about his close friend today: “Christian was the son of Spanish Republicans who sought refuge in France. It was from his origins that he derived the strong humanist convictions to which he always remained faithful. He was a reporter in Chile, under the Pinochet dictatorship, in Nicaragua and El Salvador. He was very committed and involved in his subjects without taking sides. His humanistic convictions went hand in hand with a great deal of professional rigour. “He had an original approach and an incredible ability to penetrate the worlds he was filming, whether AIDS or anti-fascism in France or the Salvadorean maras. For him, the way a film was edited was more important that any comments you made. This was how he restored humanity to people like the ‘mareros’ regardless of how monstrous their actions were. Christian’s personal involvement in his subject even resulted in his being approached by gangs who saw him as a possible mediator.”Poveda’s name must nonetheless now be added to the long list of victims of violence between the two main mara groups, “Mara 18” and “Mara Salvatrucha,” which is estimated to have cost 3,700 lives last year.Aged 54, Poveda was found dead near his car on the road from Apopa to Tonacatepeque, in Rosario, a rural area just to the north of the capital, San Salvador. He had been shot in the head. Police said he was on his way from filming in La Campanera, just to the east of the capital.A life of dangerChristian Gregorio Poveda Ruiz was born in France on 12 January 1955. He established his reputation as a photo-journalist with a report about the Polisario Front’s war in Western Sahara. Many more reports followed, as well as documentaries that were screened in festivals and broadcast by TV stations. He began going to El Salvador for the first time in the 1980s to cover the 1980-92 civil war, as a photographer for Time magazine as a correspondent for French news media and international news agencies. He returned to El Salvador in the 1990s, this time covering the armed gang phenomenon. He also covered wars in Iran, Iraq and Lebanon.La Vida LocaPoveda spent 16 months with the gangs in the east San Salvador of La Campanera in order to make La Vida Loca, which was broadcast for the first time in 2008 and focuses on “Mara 18.” Its images are crude and disturbing – gang members gunned down in the street, the corpses of teenagers, relatives weeping over coffins, young women with their faces covered with tattoos. According to the local media, Poveda witnessed seven murders in the course of making the film. Three of the seven victims were people who figure prominently in the documentary. Other Mara 18 members who appear in the film were arrested while it was being made.La Vida Loca also takes a critical look at the strong-arm methods used by the police against the young gang members. While recognising that they sow terror, it portrays gang-members as victims of broken homes who nonetheless fascinate. It also tries to show how young Salvadoreans are pushed into crime by social and economic conditions which, in his view, are too often ignored.“We must try to understand why a child of 12 or 13 joins a gang and gives his life for it,” Poveda said in an interview for the Salvadorean online daily El Faro. Already broadcast in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Germany and Hungary, La Vida Loca has never been screened in El Salvador. (Photo of Christian Poveda: AFP) RSF_en El SalvadorAmericas El SalvadorAmericas to go further September 3, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Death of a journalist who combined professionalism with strong humanistic convictions Salvadorean authorities must not obstruct coronavirus coverage Organisation News April 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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