One journalist killed in Baghdad, another badly wounded in Babil province

first_img News RSF_en Hamadallah was badly injured in a targeted shooting yesterday outside his home in Qada Jalba, in Babil province, 90 km south of Baghdad. Unidentified gunmen shot him several times before fleeing. December 28, 2020 Find out more News IraqMiddle East – North Africa to go further Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Reporters Without Borders is dismayed to learn that Mohamed Baidawi, Radio Free Iraq’s Baghdad bureau chief, was shot dead in Baghdad on 22 March, while Radio Babel journalist Raji Hamadallah was badly injured in a shooting attack yesterday in Babil province.Baidawi was trying to enter the high security “Green Zone” where the Radio Free Iraq’s office is located when he got into an argument at a checkpoint with a member of the presidential guard, who hit him several times and finally shot him in the head. This well-known journalist’s murder has shocked Iraqi media workers. The presidential guardsman has been arrested and an investigation is under way to determination the circumstances of the shooting. Reporters Without Borders offers its condolences to the victim’s family and colleagues. Organisation Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Help by sharing this information center_img News Follow the news on Iraq “We condemn the repeated attacks on journalists in Iraq and we urge the competent authorities to carry out independent and impartial investigations in order to shed light on the circumstances and identify those responsible,” said Lucie Morillon, head of research and advocacy at Reporters Without Borders.A total of 14 journalists have been killed in the past five months. Five were killed in a suicide attack on Salaheddin TV in Tikrit in December, and three were the collateral victims of suicide bombings or car bombs . Six journalists were killed in targeted attacks and two others survived murder attempts. March 25, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 One journalist killed in Baghdad, another badly wounded in Babil province News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Receive email alerts February 15, 2021 Find out more IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

New CUNA tool helps credit unions build brand awareness

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr For credit unions wanting to build a consistent image and message for their members and consumers, CUNA is now offering a web-to-print campaign branding tool.CUNA Brand on Demand helps credit unions develop a characteristic or distinctive voice in a consumer environment that is flooded with messages and images. Each brand is built with campaigns that promote credit union services such as auto loans, home loans and mobile banking, as well as the credit union difference. Collateral materials support the campaigns and the overarching ideal.“With CUNA Brand on Demand, credit unions have the power to create high-quality branded campaigns that will present themselves as their members’ best financial partner,”said Kristina Grebener, CUNA vice president of market research and consumer education.Credit unions will access the customizable materials through a portal where they can adopt one of the available brand families.“Your credit union’s brand represents a promise to your members,” Grebener said. continue reading »last_img read more

UK schemes face planning delay as PPF postpones insolvency score model

first_imgThe UK Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has confirmed a delay in publishing the model for insolvency scores in levy calculations after development with the new provider overran.In an update from its December 2013 statement to levy payers, the lifeboat fund said it was making steady progress with score provider Experian on the new model.However, chief executive of the PPF Alan Rubenstein said development work to create a bespoke model with Experian had taken longer than anticipated.As a result, levy payers will be unable to see their new scores in early 2014 as originally planned. “We are making steady progress with Experian but want to make sure any new model we consult on is robust and fit-for-purpose,” Rubenstein said.Experian will take over the provision of insolvency scores for the 2015-16 levy period after the PPF announced its decision to end its eight-year relationship with current provider Dun and Bradstreet (D&B).Joanne Shepard, senior consultant at Towers Watson, called the delay from the PPF frustrating, as schemes are trying to prepare for the years ahead.“This [model] change has already tied in with the second levy triennium for the framework, where the PPF might change some of the factors used to calculate the levy,” she said.“There are now a lot of reasons why we cannot estimate the 2015-16 levy for clients, which is frustrating and impacts on companies’ planning.“We do not know what the Experian scores will look like compared with D&B’s and will not now have any indication in February as expected. We will just have to wait longer to provide clients with any indication of what the impact will be.”Barnett Waddingham partner Nick Griggs conceded the delay was not ideal, but he said that, given D&B’s failures as a score provider, it was important for the PPF to find a new model.“It is more important that the new rating system be fit for purpose,” he said. “The PPF appears to be aware of levy payers’ concerns, and it is encouraging it has indicated that extra flexibility will be offered during the transition period.”This delay from the lifeboat fund added to an announcement in December from D&B that it would be altering its score-calculation methodology for the 2014-15 levy.Shepard said it was still difficult to know the impact.“Most companies will have already put a budget together for the 2014-15 levy, so the change is a bit too late,” she said. “If there is now a significant move, it could force a band movement, with a significant impact on the levy, which could reach up to 50%.”last_img read more

Leicestershire pair sweep up Midlands North trophies

first_img1 May 2012 Leicestershire pair sweep up Midlands North trophies Leicestershire and Rutland pair Sarah Haslum and Suzanne Pretty made a clean sweep of the trophies at the Midlands North regional foursomes at Scraptoft Golf Club. Sarah, who plays off three, and Suzanne, a nine-handicapper, are members at Longcliffe and won both the handicap Challenge Cups and the Scratch Salvers with a gross score of 157, net 145. The trophies were presented by England Golf director Julie Wright, who was also a competitor in the competition. The event, played on a rare rain-free day, attracted competitors from all six counties in the region: Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Staffordshire. The conditions were tough and the course played very long, but there were some excellent scores. The runners-up in the scratch competition were Emma and Sophie Newlove of Beeston Fields, Nottinghamshire, with 161. Second place in the handicap competition went to Lynn Jones and Alison Horak from Ullesthorpe, Leicestershire, with 154. Full scores can be found on the Leicestershire and Rutland county ladies’ website: www.lrlcga.co.uk Image: Suzanne Pretty (left) and Sarah Haslumlast_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Kutenai Summer Fest Winners

first_imgThe Nelson and District Riding Grounds were one busy place as the Third Annual Kutenai Summer Fest was held. The event was an opportunity or local athletes and families to showcase local talent and community spirit.More than 20 Koot-Neigh Vaulters showed their skills to a visiting judge from the Lower Mainland on their team horses. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to perform for their guests and test for their level of badge or medal.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the Koot-Neigh Vaulters with Team of the Week accolades.The winners included, Lilian Shearer, Allie McBriar, Murrin Gingras, Olivia Berkeley, Selina Kromer-Anton, Rayna Pickering, Alexis Clarke and Julia Kromer-Anton.Organizers would like to salute the Nelson & District Credit Union and local businesses Save-On Foods, Safeway, Farmer’s Supply, Kootenay Co-op and Cowan’s for supporting the event.last_img read more