The Centrica share price is dirt-cheap: here’s what I’d do now

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images The Centrica share price is dirt-cheap: here’s what I’d do now Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Roland Head owns shares of Centrica. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Next. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Homeserve and Tesco. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img The Centrica (LSE: CNA) share price has fallen by 55% this year. Thanks to the stock market crash, this utility stock has now lost 90% of its value since September 2013. This humbling collapse was capped last week when Centrica was demoted from the FTSE 100 to the FTSE 250.There’s clearly some risk that Centrica has become a value trap — a stock that’s cheap for good reason. However, I don’t think this is true. As I’ll explain, I believe Centrica faces temporary problems that can be fixed. After this, I expect it to become a much more valuable business.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…Market leaderCentrica’s main UK business is British Gas. This division supplies gas, electricity and home services, such as boiler maintenance and repairs. There’s also a smaller home solutions business in the UK, which sells connected home products, under brands such as Hive.Centrica’s battered share price makes it easy to forget how dominant British Gas still is. At the end of 2019, this business had 9.2m customers in the UK, each taking an average of two services.This means around one-in-seven of the UK population are British Gas customers. Based on the average UK household size of two people, this suggests it supplies around one quarter of UK households.This puts British Gas on a level with heavyweight consumer brands such as Tesco and Next — companies that everyone knows and many of us use.Why I think the Centrica share price is too cheapLed by British Gas, Centrica’s consumer businesses generated an adjusted operating profit of £505m in 2019. Alongside this, the group’s business division made a profit of £217m. This gives a total operating profit from energy supply and related services of £722m.This gives the group an earnings yield — a measure of profit used by business buyers — of more than 10%. I usually look for an earnings yield of at least 8%, so the Centrica share price looks cheap to me on this measure.Unfortunately, this isn’t the whole story. Centrica has a couple of problems. The first is its upstream division. This includes an oil and gas production business, plus part-ownership of the Hunterston B and Dungeness B nuclear power stations.These operations are up for sale, but this year’s market crash has delayed this process. However, I’m confident a deal will be done eventually. This should allow the group to cut its debt levels and become a consumer business with less exposure to volatile commodity prices. I think that could push Centrica shares much higher.This competitor trades on 30x earningsCentrica’s share price of  around 40p means the stock currently trades on just nine times 2020 forecast earnings. This figure falls to just 6.4 for 2021. The shares probably deserve to be cheap at the moment, but I don’t expect this to last forever.I think investors should look at home repair specialist Homeserve to see what could be achieved with the British Gas brand. Homeserve only supplies services, not energy. Its profits have doubled in five years and Homeserve shares currently trade on 30 times forecast earnings.In my view, British Gas’ growing services business is well positioned to take a big slice of this market. That’s why I rate Centrica as a bargain buy at current levels. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Roland Head | Sunday, 7th June, 2020 | More on: CNA See all posts by Roland Headlast_img read more

House Vision 2013 Exhibition Hits Tokyo

first_img Architecture News ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard The exhibit includes work by not only Shigeru Ban, but also Kengo Kuma, Toyo Ito and many others. Each house has been built to the 1:1 scale, allowing visitors to physically experience and reflect on each design. Each day includes stimulating seminars with these architects and designers as well as larger Japanese institutions, such as the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. The exhibition runs until March 24th.Save this picture!Courtesy of Frame PublishersWhile the exhibition focuses on the future of Japan’s housing industry and will resonate profoundly with native visitors, non-Japanese can surely stop to reflect on their own national experiences. Hopefully they will begin to envision a technologically savvy future for their own homes that still embraces the culture and traditions of their unique, personal histories.See what’s happening this weekend at House Vision here. References: House Vision Website, Frame Publishers, Retail Design Blog Image gallerySee allShow lessAires Mateus Architectes LectureEventQingdao Harborfront Redevelopment Proposal / EE&K a Perkins Eastman CompanyUnbuilt Project Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” “COPY” House Vision 2013 Exhibition Hits TokyoSave this articleSaveHouse Vision 2013 Exhibition Hits TokyoSave this picture!Courtesy of Retail Design BlogWritten by Barbara PoradaMarch 16, 2013 Share House Vision 2013 Exhibition Hits Tokyo CopyGraphic designer and curator Kenya Hara has put together a three week-long exhibition in Tokyo focusing on the future of the Japanese house. Hara argues that the housing industry can no longer be isolated but must be combined with other industries, technologies and ideas, including energy, transportation, communication, household appliances, the “vision of happiness” pursued by adults, the representation of Japanese traditions and aesthetics as well as a future vision of health. All of these elements he hopes to present and discuss at the House Vision Exhibition where more than ten types of futuristic houses are on display and daily seminars with expert urban planners, developers, contractors, architects, telecom and even gas organizations have been taking place.Read more about the exhibition after the break.According to Hara, the big idea behind the event is the integration of Japan’s superior electronic appliances and technologies into a larger network: the house, which will operate as a “huge, autonomous electrical appliance” on its own. At the same time, however, Hara is careful not to forget Japan’s rich traditions and past housing typologies.Save this picture!Courtesy of Retail Design Blog“Here is a good example of taking advantage of Japanese traditional housing [while still moving forward],” he says. “Take the habit of taking off [one’s] shoes at the entrance [of a house]. ‘The high-tech entrance’ could possibly manage our physical data, such as pulse, blood pressure, temperature and weight. The bed and carpet capture these data and send them to the hospital for the purpose of health control. This illustrates the possibility of the ‘future-style house,’ in which [even] the intelligent ‘bed’ could directly dialogize with the human body.”Save this picture!Courtesy of Retail Design BlogThis kind of house may seem far-fetched and even impossible to many, but the exhibition’s curator is confident that these technologies already exist or can easily come into existence – it’s only a matter of manipulating the technology that we already have and integrating it into the house interface. Hara foresees this new kind of lifestyle being attractive to younger generations of Japanese as they begin to formulate their own definitive way of living and interacting with their home environment.Save this picture!Courtesy of Retail Design BlogThese ideas can and will have global implications, as well. Although Hara shies away from the idea of aggressively mass-producing and shipping the future Japanese house prototype overseas, there is much that the world can learn from this meeting of innovative and forward-thinking minds. All developing nations face the same issues of density and conservation of nonrenewable resources, something the Japanese evidently have a special knack at tackling and re-imagining. As architect Shigeru Ban explains in the following video, responsible construction and material use have long been at the top of his and Japan’s agenda. ArchDaily CopyAbout this authorBarbara PoradaAuthorFollow#TagsNewsArchitecture NewsResidential ArchitectureHousesTokyoShigeru BanExhibitionKenya HaraToyo ItoJapanTechnologyKengo KumaHousesCite: Barbara Porada. “House Vision 2013 Exhibition Hits Tokyo” 16 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Acassuso House / VDV ARQ

first_img 2016 ArchDaily Year:  Save this picture!© Federico Cairoli+ 28 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Acassuso House / VDV ARQ CopyAbout this officeVDV ARQOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAcassusoArgentinaPublished on May 13, 2017Cite: “Acassuso House / VDV ARQ” [Casa Acassuso / VDV ARQ] 13 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalShelvingZeitraumWardrobe – Hide & ParkSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Stone SeriesWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – FerroFinestra W20Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelUrban ShadingPunto DesignPavilion – TentChairsInterstuhlConference Chair – Low With CastorsWoodreSAWN TIMBER co.Pre-Weathered Wood CladdingMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs “COPY” Architects: VDV ARQ Area Area of this architecture project Area:  320 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Federico CairoliStructural Engineer:Daniel GordanoConstructor:FADER S.A.Architect In Charge:Víctor Delia VecchiaCity:AcassusoCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Federico CairoliText description provided by the architects. The house is built on an irregular corner lot, with 297 m2, located in a low-density residential neighborhood in Acassuso, San Isidro, on the north corridor of Gran Buenos Aires.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliAccording to an existing swimming-pool that had to be respected, the house lies on the largest side of the plot, releasing the corner and opening to the best orientations. Save this picture!© Federico CairoliBecause of the program requirements, a basement was built to place services and a music room.The ground floor holds the social programme, including the living-room, dinning-room and integrated kitchen, apart from the public services.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliSave this picture!Floor Plan 1Save this picture!© Federico CairoliAn upper cantilevered volume generates two big semicovered areas: the gallery, related to the social area of the house; and a parking space, which can de accessed from Fernandez Spiro street independently. At the same time, that volume includes two bedrooms, one suite and a study on the first floor.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliThe skin that protects the main façade, facing north, is made by a system of mobile wood blinds that, when closed, filter the light that enters into indoor spaces, giving shade and privacy to the rooms.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliEach part of this brise-soleil works as a system of folding doors, able of staying open individually according to the needs of the users.Save this picture!© Federico CairoliIn order to minimize maintenance cost and constructive process, the material chosen was exposed concrete. We used 2”x4” pine wood boards for formwork, thus getting the texture that characterizes the surfaces.arSave this picture!© Federico CairoliProject gallerySee allShow lessModular Meranti Pavilion Premiers at Orlando’s AIA ConferenceArchitecture NewsContemporary Housing to Reinforce Finland’s UNESCO World Heritage FortressArchitecture News Share Projects Argentina Acassuso House / VDV ARQSave this projectSaveAcassuso House / VDV ARQ “COPY” CopyHouses•Acassuso, Argentina Houseslast_img read more

Applications for GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards open

first_img  21 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 September 2008 | News Applications for the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards, now in their 12th year, are open. The awards are designed to recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. They are funded by GlaxoSmithKline and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund.To be eligible entrants must be registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, and have a total annual income of between £10,000 and £1 million.The overall winner of the 2009 Awards will receive £35,000, with nine other winners receiving £25,000 and up to ten organisations that are highly commended or runners up receiving £5,000 or £3,000.The winners can choose how to use the award money.The deadline for applications is 17.00 on 26 September 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Funding Applications for GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards open AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Women rally for justice, liberation in Harlem, N.Y.

first_imgCelebrating International Women’s Day in Harlem, N.Y. at a statue of Harriet Tubman, the amazing Civil War hero who helped hundreds escape slavery. They then marched to spotlight the many issues women face today.WW photo: Brenda RyanThe International Working Women’s Day Coalition held its 11th annual march and rally in Harlem, N.Y., on March 5 with the political theme “Stop the War on Women: Stand Together and Organize an Independent Fightback.” The gathering of women and their allies began at the base of the Harriet Tubman statue on St. Nicholas Avenue to symbolize the ongoing resistance that women have been in the forefront of against all forms of class oppression, including racism and sexism, for many generations.The protest reflected the “Can We Live?” 10-point IWWDC program, which brings home the reality that every issue is a woman’s issue. The program includes the basic human rights to health care, housing, education, childcare, union jobs and/or livable income with full benefits, food, reproductive justice, and a clean environment in a world free from racism, sexism, homophobia, police brutality, sexual violence, militarism and occupation. Many of the signs, banners and powerful talks reflected a clear anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist message, in opposition to relying on the upcoming elections to bring about any fundamental change.Speakers at the opening rally included Hertensia Petersen, the aunt of Akai Gurley, a 23-year-old Black man killed by New York police in 2014; Marylin Zuniga, a heroic teacher illegally fired from her job for allowing her third-grade students to write get-well cards to political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal; Brenda Stokely, IWWDC co-coordinator; and Monica Moorehead from the International Women’s Alliance and 2016 Workers World Party presidential candidate. Cultural presentations were given by Ruth Simmons along with Picture the Homeless advocates DeBorah Dickerson, Arvernetta Henry and Maria Walles. The rally was chaired by Vijou Bryant from Gabriela USA, a Filipino women’s group.All along the march route throughout the Harlem community, stops were made at different spots representing various struggles, including a low-wage McDonalds; an Armed Forces recruitment station; the Grant Houses public housing project; a welfare office; the Harlem Zone Charter School; and the Metro North train station, a site of police raids of homeless people.Speakers included Josephine Perez of the People’s Power Assembly and TransJustice; Charmel Hudson, Darlene Bryant and Jazmin B. from Picture The Homeless; May Madarang, Gabriela; Archer Sackey, the Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee; Oneisha Portlet, the Transit Workers Union; Monique Mojica, Anakbayan New York Women’s Committee; Everin, Bronx United in the Struggle; Florence Rice, a 97-year-old Harlem housing activist; and Karen Abraham, Students without Borders. A solidarity statement from Laundry Workers Center activist Rosanna Rodríguez was read by Teresa Gutierrez from the May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights.Following the march, a delegation of some of these same activists attended the “Celebrating Puerto Rican Women: Today, Tomorrow and Always!” program in East Harlem, which honored activists Esperanza Martell, Amanda Matos and the late Sandra Hernandez.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Oakland teachers stage wildcat, are ready to strike

first_imgJan. 20 — As a large banner was hoisted today on the walls of the union headquarters, President Keith Brown of the Oakland Education Association announced a strike vote will take place from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1. The banner read: “Oakland teachers ready to strike!”On Jan. 18, hundreds of Oakland teachers took their contract fight to the streets to demand that the school district bargain fairly and meet the demands of teachers, students and the community. Their “sick-out” was a one-day wildcat strike action — not authorized by the Oakland Education Association — boldly taken by high school and middle school teachers despite threats from district heads of retaliation and no pay.Teachers and students from all over Oakland rallied early in the morning at Oakland Technical High School. A large contingent came from East Oakland schools. After picketing for an hour, the demonstrators — led by Fremont High School, one of the schools on the district’s closure list — took off for the school district office in downtown Oakland. Many passing cars honked their horns in solidarity, showing community support for Oakland teachers is high.The march ended in front of Oakland Unified School District headquarters. Teachers and students began a strong picket line there that spilled over into the street, and a speak-out and teach-in of students and teachers was held in front of the district building.Oakland teachers fight for higher pay and better working conditionsKehinde Salter, a teacher at Fremont, asked, “Do you know what’s supposed to be a right in this country? Public education!” She went on to criticize the privatization of education and the refusal of the system to adequately fund public schools. Teachers from more than a dozen schools addressed the crowd, describing their poorly funded schools and deteriorating working conditions.While the rally was going on, students began taping signs and post-its on the doors of the district offices. Students and community members pounded on drums, chanting, “We are Oakland, stop the school closures” and “The people, united, will never be defeated.” Others chalked slogans on the sidewalk in front of the building.Their demands mirrored the bargaining points of the OEA. Teachers in Oakland earn at least $11,000 less than teachers in other Bay Area school districts. Lower wages are forcing many teachers to leave Oakland and move to other areas where they can afford to live. Contract demands include smaller class sizes, more school nurses and a smaller students-to-counselor ratio. The wildcat action also protested district plans to close 24 public schools — most of them in the flatlands of East Oakland. No schools are targeted to close in the more privileged Oakland hills.Teachers and students stage sick-outTeachers at Roots International Academy, a public middle school, recently received notice that their school would be closed in June and both students and teachers would be consolidated with another school. This was done without consultation with the teachers, students or neighboring community. Roots is a neighborhood school. Roots teachers and students participated in today’s sick-out. Students testified about how their teachers have supported them and helped them be successful. Roots teachers invited everyone to protest at the Jan. 23 school board meeting when the school closure will be under discussion.The sick-out was an indication of the tremendous energy and potential of teacher and student activism against attacks on public education. After the sick-out, hundreds of teachers, students and community members, led by local artists, made signs and banners at the OEA headquarters. The messages from this weekend are “Keep teachers in Oakland” and “Oakland teachers are ready to strike.”Greenspan is an Oakland middle school teacher and OEA member who participated in the Jan. 18 sick-out.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Journalist suspends popular radio programme amid mounting threats

first_img HondurasAmericas May 13, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Reporters Without Borders is very worried about Julio Ernesto Alvarado, the producer of the current affairs programmes “Medianoche” on Tegucigalpa-based Radio Globo and “Mi Nación” on its sister TV station, Globo TV, because of a recent increase in the threats and acts of intimidations against him that began a year ago.Alvarado, 60, who is vice-president of the Organization of Ibero-American Journalists, told the Honduran Committee for the Families of Disappeared Detainees (COFADEH) on 5 March that he has suspended “Medianoche” as a result of the threats (see document below).Reporters Without Borders urges the authorities to take the threats seriously and to carry out an investigation with the aim of identifying those responsible.Alvarado said that “suspicious” vehicles with occupants who looked liked “hit-men” pulled up outside the premises of Radio Globo and Globo TV shortly before midnight on 1 March and one of the vehicles entering the building’s car park while he was on the air.Later that night, an unidentified individual went up inside the building with the apparent aim of scouting it out, and then left. The building’s security guards said it was clear that the intruders intended to go back in order to carry out an attack on Alvarado.Similar incidents occurred during the days that followed. Suspicious individuals and vehicles were again seen outside Radio Globo and Globo TV. In some cases, these individuals asked where Alvarado was.Such threatening behaviour is not new. Alvarado’s car was vandalized on 14 March 2012 with the apparent aim of intimidating him, because nothing was stolen, except a very small camera. Since then, cars without licence plates have often been seen driving by Radio Globo and, on several occasions, men on motorcycles have followed Alvarado.Alvarado played down the importance of the threats in the past, but a climate of fear has now taken hold of the Radio Globo and Globo TV staff and he has had to suspend “Medianoche,” a popular programme that had been broadcast every weekday night since January 2011.Alvarado has often criticized the police and armed forces in his programme, which has many listeners. On 1 March, he criticized the behaviour of police director general Juan Carlos Bonilla, also known as “El Tigre,” who is alleged to have been implicated in several murders including that of Ricardo Ramírez Umaña, the 17-year-old son of Ricardo Ramírez del Cid, Bonilla’s predecessor as head of the police. Last year, “Medianoche” criticized Bonilla in connection with the slowness of the investigation into a fire that killed 361 inmates at Comayagua prison. Alvarado’s car was vandalized later on the day that this criticism was broadcast.Although the identity of those responsible for these acts of intimidation has not been established with any certainty, Alvarado thinks they could be policemen, in particular, members of units responsible for special operations.Threats against media are common in Honduras. Pedro Canales, a journalist with La Voz de Zacate Grande, a community radio station in the southern municipality of Amapala, received a death threat a week ago. The radio has been harassed in the past because of its coverage of land conflicts in the Amapala area.Local businessman landowner Miguel Facussé Barjum is alleged to have hired contract killers in Amapala, where vehicles with tinted windows and no licence plates are often seen circulating.Honduras is ranked 127th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Testimony of Julio Ernesto Alvarado to the COFADEH, on 5 March 2013 : Follow the news on Honduras News HondurasAmericas RSF_en March 18, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist suspends popular radio programme amid mounting threatscenter_img Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Related documents testimonio_julio_ernesto_alvarado._5_de_marzo_2013.pdfPDF – 2.04 MB Organisation Reports to go further December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Journalists under pressure as government pursues military offensive against PKK

first_img Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor TurkeyEurope – Central Asia to go further News News Pressure is mounting on journalists in eastern Turkey as the government intensifies its military offensive against the armed separatists of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), an offensive that is spilling over into neighbouring countries.As well as a spate of trials and cases of prolonged detention, journalists are now the target of government directives. Journalists who cover Kurdish issues critically continue to be accused of supporting the separatists by officials who cite the war on terror as their overriding imperative. And concern is growing that the government is trying to control coverage of its offensive.Jailed for an interview?The Turkish judicial system continues to treat the publication of interviews with PKK members as terrorist propaganda, even if they are accompanied by commentary that stops far short of praising the PKK.Nese Düzel, a journalist with the liberal daily Taraf, and his editor, Adnan Demir, for example, are being prosecuted for two April 2010 reports containing interviews with former PKK leaders Zübeyir Aydar and Remzi Kartal. A prosecutor asked an Istanbul court on 14 October to sentence them to seven and a half years in prison. The next hearing in their trial is to be held on 9 December.Prosecutors at the same court are preparing to try the journalist Ertugrul Mavioglu over a report in Radikal in October 2010 that contained an interview with Murat Karayilan, one of the leaders of the Union of Kurdistan Communities (KCK), regarded as PKK’s urban wing.A seven-and-a-half-year sentence has also been requested for Recep Okuyucu, Taraf’s correspondent in the southeastern province of Batman and editor of the local newspaper Batman Medya. The prosecutor’s office in the nearby city of Diyarbakir claims that he connected 53,848 times to the Firat News Agency website (, which the authorities have blocked because they accuse it of relaying PKK propaganda. Okuyucu’s defence is that, as a journalist, he has to check a wide range of websites every day.Widespread use of pre-trial detentionTayyip Temel, a columnist and former managing editor of the Kurdish-language daily Azadiya Welat, was detained and taken into custody on 4 October in Diyarbakir. He was questioned for 15 hours by special prosecutors, who also questioned 35 other people suspected of belonging to the KCK.Charges were finally presented at the end of September against two journalists with the pro-Kurdish news agency Diha (Dicle Haber Ajansi) – Kadri Kaya, its Diyarbakir bureau chief, and Erdogan Alkan, its Batman correspondent – who have been held since 15 April and will appear in court for the first time on 2 November in Diyarbakir.They are facing a possible 20-year jail sentence on charges of collaborating with the PKK and publishing propaganda on its behalf in their coverage of Kurdish demonstrations and Turkish army operations. Alkan is also accused in connection with his coverage of the trial of a “village guard” (member of a militia that supports the army) on a charge of sexually abusing a minor in Batman. According to prosecutors, his coverage aimed to “denigrate the security forces in society’s eyes.”Diha’s correspondent in Mersin, Aydin Yildiz, was arrested on 1 October as he was leaving the headquarters of the pro-Kurdish daily Özgür Gündem. He was transferred to Gaziantep for questioning and then placed in detention, as was Özgür Gündem editor Kazim Seker, who was arrested on 4 October in Istanbul.The newspaper’s publisher, Eren Keskin, who is also a lawyer, was meanwhile given a warning by the Istanbul bar association for referring to “Kurdistan” in a lecture she gave in 2004. The warning was issued following a May 2010 decision by Turkey’s highest court of appeal upholding the 10-month suspended prison sentence and fine of 3,000 lira (1,200 euros) that she had received from a court in the southeastern city of Urfa.In an interview for Radikal on 11 October, the minister in charge of negotiations with the European Union, Egemen Bagis, said that the government was concerned about the judicial system’s excessive use of pre-trial detention and that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had asked officials to look at how it was used in Europe and to draft recommendations.“Limiting the use of pre-trial detention has long been one of our leading recommendations to the Turkish authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hail this initiative by the government, which could mark a turning point. The promises must now be followed by action, action that affects all of Turkey’s regions.”Coverage of demonstrations criminalizedAfter 10 months in pre-trial detention, Emine Altinkaya, a Diha reporter in Ankara, was released at the end of September pending trial. She was arrested on 27 November 2010 while covering a demonstration in the capital. Two Diha correspondents in Istanbul, Safiye Alagas and Olcay Kizilpinar, are also due to be tried soon on charges of collaborating with the PKK. They were arrested during a march on 30 July that was organized by Sirri Süreyya Önder, the candidate of a legal pro-Kurdish party, the BDP. Cameras, mobile phones, SIM cards, USB flash drives and a laptop were confiscated from them at the time of their arrest and are still being held as prosecution evidence.Government directives to the mediaSeveral Turkish journalists’ organizations have voiced strong criticism of Prime Minister Erdogan’s meeting with national media owners and executives on 21 October, at which Erdogan urged journalists to show restraint in their coverage of the conflict, to take account of its consequences and to avoid relaying PKK propaganda.Even more disturbing is the communiqué that five leading Turkish news agencies – AA, AHT, ANKA, CIHAN and IHA – issued jointly on 24 October announcing that, “Common principles have been adopted concerning the coverage of terrorist incidents.” They said they had undertaken to “take account of public order (…) keep a distance from interpretations that encourage fear, chaos hostility, panic or intimidation (…) not include propaganda for illegal organizations” and, above all, to “comply with the publication bans issued by the competent authorities.” The communiqué also said: “Account will be taken of social utility and solidarity when selecting reports and photos for transmission to subscribers.”“We had hoped that the era of government directives telling the media how to cover the most sensitive subjects was long over in Turkey,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The very vaguely formulated undertaking by the leading news agencies to toe the official line now poses a serious threat to freedom of information.“Will these agencies, whose job is to provide content to all the media, willingly participate in a news blackout? Minimizing the scale of human losses or choosing not to report certain operations will just increase mistrust of the media. Complete and objective coverage of developments in eastern Turkey is an essential precondition for reaching a peaceful solution to the Kurdish issue.”Reporters Without Borders also has concerns about the security agreement which France and Turkey signed on 7 October and which, according to French interior minister Claude Guéant, “goes much further than the agreements that France usually signs in the security domain.”“We hope that the French authorities will be much more discriminating that their Turkish counterparts as regards combating terrorism,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We urge them not to be sucked in by Ankara’s indiscriminate and repressive approach, which causes many collateral victims, including journalists.” News October 26, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists under pressure as government pursues military offensive against PKK TurkeyEurope – Central Asia (Picture:Ertugrul Mavioglu / AFP) Help by sharing this information April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation April 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit April 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Turkeylast_img read more

Detained human rights activists allege mistreatment at opening of trial

first_img March 17, 2021 Find out more German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned about the conditions in which Bahrain’s detained human rights activists are being held, and calls for an end to their mistreatment and for their families and lawyers to have access to them. Independent experts should also be allowed access in order to evaluate their state of health and the mistreatment allegations.The trial of a total of 25 human rights activists and opposition supporters who were arrested in August and September began yesterday before a criminal court in Manama. At the end of the hearing, presiding judge Ibrahim al-Zayed ordered an adjournment until 11 November.All the defendants, including bloggers Abdeljalil Al-Singace and Ali Abdulemam, complained of being denied access to their families and lawyers and being kept in solitary confinement. International observers said only one relative of each defendant was allowed to attend the trial.Defendants also told the court they had been tortured. They said they had been beaten, given electric shocks and deprived of sleep since their arrests. One, Jaffar Al-Hessabi, said he had sexually abused. His lawyer, Mohamed al-Tajer, told the BBC he had also been suspended by his arms, and then by his legs.Nazar Sadeq al Baharna, the minister responsible for human affairs, denied the allegations, insisting that Bahrain had a zero tolerance policy towards torture. The government issued a statement saying an expert examined 13 of the 25 defendants and found so sign of mistreatment other than “light marks” on the wrists caused by handcuffs.Al-Singace told the court he had been subjected to “mental and physical” torture. He also said he had been denied the medical care he needed and had been given no medicine although his health was deteriorating rapidly.The defendants are being prosecuted on more than ten different charges including terrorism and spreading false information but the original charge of plotting to overthrow the government has been dropped. All the defendants pleaded not guilty.A large number of riot police, backed by helicopters, were deployed around the court building to prevent any demonstration in support of the defendants. Receive email alerts to go further Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News Follow the news on Bahrain RSF_en BahrainMiddle East – North Africa center_img October 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Detained human rights activists allege mistreatment at opening of trial Organisation BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News October 14, 2020 Find out more Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest News News June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Some progress on plans for Buncrana three school campus

first_img News that the Department of Education has sought additional information about a potential site for the proposed three school campus for Buncrana has been given a cautious welcome.There’s been a long term plan to locate Colaiste Chineal Eoghain, the Buncrana Gaelschoil and Crana College on the same campus, but no decision has been made on a site.The issue was again raised at a meeting of the Donegal Education Training Board this week by Councillor Albert Doherty.He says there at least seems to be some progress on the project:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter Facebook Google+ Homepage BannerNews Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th By News Highland – October 13, 2015 WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ WhatsApp Previous articleNo job at Derry for KanchelskisNext articlePaul O’Connell’s Ireland career and World Cup is over News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Some progress on plans for Buncrana three school campus Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more