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Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) Q32015 Interim Report

first_imgLasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lasaco Assurance Plc (LASACO.ng)  2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileLasaco Assurance Plc is a composite insurance and financial services company in Nigeria licensed to underwrite business in major sectors of the economy. This includes the heavy engineering, construction, banking and finance, manufacturing, agriculture and tourism sectors. Lasaco Assurance Plc’s business portfolio includes leadership and a significant stake in key federal and state government insurance businesses, multinational and private companies. The company also offers life cover to high-tech, capital intensive and special risk sectors such as oil and gas and aerospace. Lasaco Assurance Plc has business interests in property development and management as well as shareholdings in numerous blue chip enterprises. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Lasaco Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Why I think my top UK share for 2020 is still a top buy today

first_img Enter Your Email Address G A Chester | Sunday, 7th June, 2020 | More on: CGT 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. 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. Why I think my top UK share for 2020 is still a top buy todaycenter_img I nominated Capital Gearing Trust (LSE: CGT) in our Motley Fool ‘Top UK shares for 2020‘ feature back in December. This FTSE SmallCap trust (currently valued at £514m) has an outstanding long-term record of delivering not only market-beating returns, but also impressive downside protection through crashes and bear markets. I felt it was “a top buy for whatever 2020 brings”.Peter Spiller has managed Capital Gearing since 1982. His views on equity markets, which can be found in the trust’s recent annual report, always make for interesting reading. Not least because he has a certain objectivity that comes from investing in other assets alongside equities. His latest comments add to my conviction that Capital Gearing remains a top buy today.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…Performance to date of my top UK share for 2020During the Covid-19 crash of February/March, Capital Gearing’s net asset value (NAV) fell 9.9%, while the UK equity market plunged 32.8%. While the market has since made a partial recovery, it’s nevertheless down 17% for the year to date. Capital Gearing’s recovery has taken it to a gain of 1%.As such, over this relatively short but tumultuous period, the trust has continued its long-term record of impressive downside protection and market outperformance.That long-term record is depicted in a chart on the third page of the annual report. The total returns of Capital Gearing’s NAV and MSCI UK Index, along with RPI inflation, are all rebased to a value of 100 at the start of the century. At the trust’s financial year-end (5 April), the value of the MSCI index had grown to – reading off the chart – around 165, and RPI inflation to around 175. Capital Gearing’s value had grown to something above 450.Spiller speaksThe investment manager’s commentary in the annual report is worth reading in full. Briefly, having reduced its equity holdings on valuation grounds in the months before the crash, Capital Gearing was a buyer at the “interesting levels” during it. At 5 April, the trust’s risk assets at 36%, were “close to decade high weightings”.Spiller said: “If equity prices had remained at mid-March levels for longer, our equity holdings would have grown even further”. However, due to the market recovery on the back of massive government intervention, “for the time being, we continue to proceed with caution … We will leave it to others to exploit the opportunities of a reflating asset price bubble, with all the risks that entails”.Capital Gearing is still my top UK share for 2020I wrote a number of times last year about how, after a 10-year bull market, I was generally wary of low-valued stocks with high cyclical risk, on one hand, and, on the other, many quality growth stocks I felt had become too richly valued.Like Spiller, I saw abundant opportunities during the spring crash. Indeed, I wrote about many of my favoured stocks at the time. But also like Spiller, I’m now somewhat cautious after the speed and size of the market recovery.At current valuations, I think it’s getting tough to find a stronger risk/reward proposition than Capital Gearing. As such, it remains my top UK share for 2020 whatever the rest of the year brings. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by G A Chester Image source: Getty Images. G A Chester 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. 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Conor Murray on his team-mates

first_imgWe caught up with the Munster, Ireland and Lions scrum-half to ask him to give us the inside track on his team-mates. Here’s what he came up with… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS RW: Best and taste in music? CM: Felix Jones is pretty good and I roomed with him in Argentina a few weeks ago. He likes traditional Irish music.Paulie (Paul O’Connell) is terrible. In the gym at home in Limerick, if there’s a delay in the music, Zeebs (Simon Zebo), Tommy O’Donnell and I will look over and see him going for his gear bag, and then we know we’re in trouble. He likes old music, it really shows his age. Top champs: Murray celebrates with O’Connell, McFadden and Sean CroninRW: Who’s the vainest? CM: Again that’s got to be Killer, especially for a prop. When it suits him his hygiene levels are pretty good and he can dress up, but I live round the corner from him and I know for a fact that he has a good few lazy days too.RW: Best/worst person to follow on Twitter? CM: That’s got to be Fergus (McFadden). He doesn’t tweet all the time, but when he does he’s pretty funny. Team talk: Murray (centre) and his team-mates on a down day in Argentina. Pic: Dan Sheridan/Inpho Rugby World: Who’s the best and worst dressed?Conor Murray: The best has got to be Dave Kearney. I’d say it’s widely known that he’s one of the more stylish lads in the Irish squad.The worst is Killer (Dave Kilcoyne). He bought some white jeans in Argentina, and also asked me to cut his hair. He wanted a style called a fade, and I told him ‘I can’t do that’ but he just said have a go. Hopefully he didn’t look too bad afterwards!  Killer’s bad again! He just tweets things that no one really cares about, and isn’t very adventurous, like what he’s eating for a midnight snack.RW: Best and worst dancer? CM: It kills me to say it, but Zebo is class. And the worst is definitely Mike Ross. His style is kind of like an old dad at a wedding.RW: Best/worst roomy? CM: Felix was pretty good to be fair, although he did steal my laptop charger a few times when I was in the middle of watching something. The worst… well I’ve never roomed with him myself, but apparently Rodney Ah You is a terrible snorer!Check out this video of Paddy Jackson and Simon Zebo rapping http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs8x-qk8E2olast_img read more


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England: ‘Renewal’ for church is coming despite ‘trauma’ of pandemic, say…

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC England: ‘Renewal’ for church is coming despite ‘trauma’ of pandemic, say archbishops Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab [Church of England] The Church will emerge “renewed and changed” from the crisis of the global coronavirus pandemic, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have said.In a joint address to members of the Church of England’s General Synod, Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell said that amid a time of trauma, loss and struggle in this country and around the world, Christians have proved to be a “people of hope”.The address came at the start of special, one-day sitting of Synod in London, with reduced numbers, to make a rule change to enable it to meet remotely during pandemic restrictions.Archbishop Justin acknowledged the multiple challenges and crises we are facing including hunger, poverty, domestic violence and climate change.He said churches have played a vital role serving their communities and bringing hope through the gospel. But the Church itself will, he said, emerge changed.“We do not know what kind of Church of England will emerge from this time except that it will be different,” he said.“It will be changed by the reality that for the first time all churches have closed – first time in 800 years. It will be changed because for the first time we have worshipped virtually.”He continued: “Out of these times we will see renewal – not because we are clever but because God is faithful.“We will see a renewed and changed Church emerging from the shocks of lockdown.“It is a Church that at the most local has fed so many, been in touch with the isolated through the heroic efforts of all who take part in it, of clergy and laity and those who even weren’t near the church before these times.“It is a Church which has continued to pray and to offer worship through our Lord Jesus Christ, even if in new and unusual ways.”Archbishop Stephen spoke with emotion about the impact of pandemic.“I hate this Coronavirus,” he said.“I hate it not only because so many people have died, but because so many people have died alone, unable to hold the hand of their beloved.“I hate it because our health service has been stretched to the limit. I hate it because so many are bereaved and could not even sit next to a family member at a funeral or embrace each other.“I hate it because weddings and baptisms and ordinations have been postponed or have gone ahead without the parties that were meant to be with them.“I hate it because children’s schooling has been disrupted. I hate it because so many people are so ill, so many crying out in pain, so many isolated, lonely, fearful, depressed.“I hate it because behind locked doors terrible things have happened. I hate it because the poor and the disadvantaged have been hit the hardest.“I hate it because it has left so many people across the world feeling hopeless as if life itself has been taken from us.”But he said he was also thankful for the faithfulness of all who have served others during the crisis and risen to the challenge.He added: “I am thankful that despite all the horrors of a Covid world we are learning a new commitment to Christ and how to be a humbler, simpler, church and we are putting Christ at the centre of our lives and learning very, very, very painfully what it really means to be a church that is dependent on Christ alone.“And I am filled for longing: I long for us to be a more Christ-centered and Jesus-shaped church witnessing to Christ and bringing the healing balm of the Gospel to our nation for this is our vocation.” Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Posted Sep 24, 2020 Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET center_img Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Anglican Communion, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Smithfield, NC Archbishop of Canterbury Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Job Listing Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Tags Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL last_img read more


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Jimmy Gopperth solo effort

first_imgMonday May 14, 2007 Jimmy Gopperth solo effort Some great skills shown here as the Hurricanes’ Jimmy Gopperth chips, then basically dribbles the ball all the way to the line. Great skill and speed shown.A nice comeback try for him after being out of the number one spot for parts of the season. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Watch: Reforging the Steelers | Episode 2 | RugbyPass Original Documentary In Episode 2 of Reforging the Steelers, we follow the team through rounds two to four as they try to get their season on track after an opening loss to competition powerhouses Tasman. Blues secure Trans-Tasman final place despite not scoring in second half versus Force The Blues have secured their place in the inaugural Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final with a 31-21 victory over the Western Force in Auckland. ‘I’d pent-up frustration, a lot I probably didn’t realise’: Marcus Watson’s emotional Wasps return Set to turn 30 later this month, Marcus Watson had an early birthday present last weekend when he finally made it back into the Wasps XV. Gavin Coombes grabs four tries as Munster easy to victory over Zebre Gavin Coombes scored four tries at Zebre as Munster secured second place in the northern section of the Guinness PRO14 Rainbow Cup. Leinster finish with Rainbow flourish as fans attend RDS for first time in 16 months Retiring duo Scott Fardy and Michael Bent bowed out on a winning note as Leinster finished the Rainbow Cup with a victory over Dragons. Jimmy Gopperth solo effort | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Top 100 US donors published by Worth

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Worth Online has published a list of the Top 100 charitable donors in the USA.Worth Online has published a list of the Top 100 charitable donors in the USA. Worth’s generosity ranking, the Benefactor 100, is “built on the groundbreaking research of The American Benefactor” and “is the only one of its kind that attempts to tally lifetime giving,” claims the magazine.Read the Benefactor 100 by Amy Albo at Worth Online. Advertisement  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 April 1999 | News Top 100 US donors published by Worth 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. read more


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Over 5,000 people commit to Giving What We Can pledge

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. More than 5,000 people have now committed to give at least 10% of their lifetime earnings to charity, through the Giving What We Can initiative.The organisation was founded in December 2009 following Oxford University philosopher Toby Ord’s decision to give more than half of all his future earnings to effective charities.  490 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Over 5,000 people commit to Giving What We Can pledge Tagged with: giving pledge Since its founding, Giving What We Can has attracted members from 87 countries and from a diverse range of backgrounds, ages, professions, incomes and philosophies. Together the members have donated at least $195 million (around £152.5m) with their pledges estimated to amount to around $1.8 billion.Giving What We Can provides charity recommendations but members can support any charity, with the only requirement being to give to the organisations which they believe to be the most effective at improving the lives of others. They can also choose to pool their funds together in Effective Altruism Funds, which work to find giving opportunities across different causes.To keep track of members’ giving, each year Giving What We Can carries out a review of members’ donations, asking them to record their donations, recipients and donation dates, as well as their annual income, using its parent charity’s dashboard. This information enables it to track the proportion of members who follow through on their pledge and to quantify the impact that Giving What We Can has had on the charities it recommends, by comparing the amount people have donated with the amount they would have donated had they not joined. “I am delighted to reach this milestone, and that so many people have taken this pledge. And pledging is only half of the story — where you give your money is as important as making the decision to give in the first place.” “Research shows that the best charities can have at least ten times the social impact of the typical charity, and hundreds of times as much as less effective charities. By finding outstanding giving opportunities we can make a significant difference to many more lives than we otherwise would.” “We believe there is a strong moral case for people to give to the causes they deem to use money most efficiently.”  489 total views,  2 views today Melanie May | 28 September 2020 | News Dr. Ord commented: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2last_img read more


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Embattled radio station threatened with arbitrary eviction

first_imgNews SomaliaAfrica March 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Somalia RSF_en SomaliaAfrica October 22, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Embattled radio station threatened with arbitrary eviction Organisation News Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information center_img RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News to go further February 24, 2021 Find out more Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Reporters Without Borders is extremely worried by the interior ministry’s harassment of Radio Shabelle and the organization that operates it, Shabelle Media Network, which received a letter from the ministry on 20 October giving it five days to vacate its premises.“This ministerial order has no specific legal basis and is entirely arbitrary,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Evicting Radio Shabelle will not only curtail freedom of information in Somalia even more but also endanger its journalists and other employees, many of whom live in the station’s premises to protect themselves from individual attack.“Only today we learned that Universal TV journalist Mohamed Mohamud Tima’ade was the victim of a shooting in the Mogadishu neighbourhood of Madina and is now in hospital in a critical condition with six gunshot injuries. The extreme dangers of journalism in Somalia no longer need demonstrating.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Evicting Radio Shabelle would expose its employees to the same risks. We call on the Somali government to implement its constitutional and international obligations to protect journalists and respect freedom of opinion and information.”The interior ministry letter to Shabelle Media Network argues that the building it currently uses was formerly occupied by the Somali national airline and should therefore revert to the government.The eviction order violates a 2010 agreement under which the transitional government’s transport ministry gave Shabelle Media Network permission to use the building until 2015 in return for its rehabilitation.Located in a relatively safe area, close to Mogadishu airport, the building not only houses Radio Shabelle’s studios but also provides accommodation for many of the station’s employees, for whom living in any other part of the city is too dangerous because of the constant threats to the news media.The sudden eviction order, which is tantamount to a closure order, may have been prompted by a series of Radio Shabelle reports about a decline in the security situation in Mogadishu. Other radio stations housed in state-owned buildings have not received similar eviction orders.Radio Shabelle is one of Somalia’s few really independent news outlets. Its staff have succeeded in continuing to act professionally amid a great deal of tension and have not succumbed to any political or religious influences. In 2010, it received the Reporters Without Borders-FNAC Press Freedom Prize in recognition of the entire staff’s work and courage.Repeatedly targeted by the Islamist militias Al-Shabaab and Hizb-Al-Islam for refusing to serve as their mouthpieces, Radio Shabelle has paid a high price for its commitment to media freedom. Ten of its journalists have been killed since 2007 and 15 of its employees have been injured, attacked or arrested since 2009. The station has also been blocked or censored six times.Article 18 of Somalia’s constitution guarantees freedom of expression and opinion. The government is a party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and gave several explicit undertakings to protect journalists and news media during its Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011.Somalia is ranked 175th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.More information on Somalia.Photo : AFP / AU-UN IST / TOBIN JONES RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists News January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


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Court urged not to set bad precedent in trial of three journalists for publishing leaked intelligence

first_img News Government urged to drop charges against three journalists accused of publishing classified informationReporters Without Borders voiced concern today that two reporters with the Berlingske Tidende daily newspaper, Michael Bjerre and Jesper Larsen, have been charged with threatening state security for publishing articles on 22 and 23 February and 7 March 2004 based on leaked Danish intelligence reports. No date has been set for a trial.A military intelligence officer, Frank Soeholm Grevil, allegedly showed them extracts of reports that said there was no credible information about the existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq prior to the March 2003 invasion. The presence of WMD in Iraq was the Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s chief argument for Danish participation in the coalition led by the United States and Britain.According to the latest information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, the newspaper’s editor, Niels Lunde, was also charged today.“We call on the government to drops the charges against the Berlingske Tidende journalists at once,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Journalists have a duty to publish information of general interest and they should in no way be held responsible for leaks from within any government. And anyway, how can the Danish government claim that Denmark’s security is still threatened three years later?”The press freedom organisation added: “These charges are surprising and shocking in a country such as Denmark, which is one of the nations that most respect press freedom. They could set a dangerous precedent.”An investigation was initiated against Bjerre and Larsen on 26 April 2004 on suspicion of “publishing information obtained illegally from a third party” under article 152-d of the criminal code. If convicted on this lesser charge, they would have faced up to six months in prison. But now they are charged with “jeopardising state security” and face the possibility of two-year prison terms.The Berlingske Tidende union representative, Jesper Termansen, told Reporters Without Borders that the entire staff was shocked by the charges. “The two journalists did an honest piece of work,” he said. “It would a mistake for the prosecutor to press ahead with the case. If he does, democracy will be in danger in Denmark.”Danish journalists’ union president Mogens Blicher Bjerregaard said he was “shocked” by the charges and was ready to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights if his two members were convicted.In Germany, two journalists who published a confidential German army report about Iran’s support for Al-Qaeda members were charged in March. In Switzerland, three SonntagsBlick journalists are facing prison for reporting the existence of secret CIA prisons on Swiss territory.The Berlingkse Tidende case brings to eight the number of journalists charged with revealing state secrets in Western Europe since the start of this year. ————————————————————28 April 2006 DenmarkEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Three journalists with the Berlingske Tidende daily newspaper face up to two years in prison for publishing information leaked by a Danish intelligence officer denying that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction. Reporters Without Borders is surprised that a country like Denmark has brought such charges against journalists, and it calls for their withdrawal. December 2, 2020 Find out more Organisation November 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court urged not to set bad precedent in trial of three journalists for publishing leaked intelligence to go further Reporters Without Borders condemned the trial that began today in Copenhagen in which the editor of the Berlingske Tidende daily newspaper, Niels Lunde, and two of his reporters, Michael Bjerre and Jesper Larsen, are accused of “harming state security” by publishing leaked Danish intelligence about weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in Iraq.It is the first time this charge has been brought against journalists in Denmark, which has one of the world’s best records on press freedom. The three Berlingske Tidende journalists face sentences of up to two years in prison in the trial, which is not expected to produce a verdict before the end of the month.“We are surprised by the decision to try them on this charge, which is unprecedented in Denmark,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope they will be acquitted. If not, the trial will set an extremely prejudicial precedent for press freedom.” The organisation continued: “We point out that journalists have a duty to act in the general interest. In this case, their revelations allowed the public to evaluate Denmark’s decision to join the US-led coalition in Iraq in a new light as they showed that, in 2003, there was no confirmation of the presence of WMD in Iraq.”Reporters Without Borders added: “Frank Grevil, the military intelligence officer who leaked passages from classified reports to them, was tried and sentenced to four months in prison last year. The journalists cannot be blamed for the defence ministry leaks.”The leaked passages, published in articles on 22 and 23 February and 7 March 2004, said there was no credible information about the existence of WMD in Iraq prior to the March 2003 invasion. Nonetheless, it was Iraq’s alleged possession of WMD that was Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen’s chief argument for Danish participation in the coalition.An investigation was initiated against Bjerre and Larsen on 26 April 2004 as the authors of the articles on suspicion of “publishing information obtained illegally from a third party” under article 152-d of the criminal code. If convicted on this lesser charge, they would have faced up to six months in prison. But they and their editor are now being tried on the more serious charge of “harming state security.”The Berlingkse Tidende case brings to eight the number of journalists charged with revealing state secrets in Western Europe since the start of this year. 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Eight-year-old shot in face, two teens wounded in potentially targeted attack: Police

first_imgWPVI(PHILADELPHIA) — An 8-year-old boy was shot on the right side of his face and two teenage boys were also wounded in a potentially targeted attack in Philadelphia, according to police.The triple shooting took place just before 8 p.m. Sunday, the Philadelphia Police Department said.A 16-year-old boy was shot in the foot while a 15-year-old boy was shot in the hip, police said.The 8-year-old and 16-year-old were taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in stable condition while the 15-year-old boy was hospitalized in critical condition, police said.It appears the victims will all survive, according to Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross.Witnesses said the gunman was chasing the two teens down a street, police said, according to ABC Philadelphia station WPVI.The 8-year-old was inside his home when he was shot, WPVI reported.“We do believe from witnesses that the 15-year-old and the 16-year-old were possibly being targeted,” Ross told reporters. “Clearly, the 8-year-old was not.”“It’s a very tragic thing,” Ross said. “Fortunately, everybody is going to survive, but you have three gunshot victims and nobody over the age of 16. It’s very sad.”No arrests have been made and no weapon was recovered, according to police.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more