Kerry urged to raise safety of journalists during Kenya visit

first_img KenyaAfrica Help by sharing this information Organisation RSF_en Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Reporters Without Borders calls on US Secretary of State John Kerry to raise the issue of journalists’ safety during his current visit to Kenya, which comes just days after a newspaper editor’s brutal murder and amid an alarming deterioration in freedom of information that has been under way for several months, local observers say.Kerry, whose three-day visit began yesterday, is due to discuss security issues, including combatting the Al-Shabaab militants, during his meetings with President Uhuru Kenyatta, but human rights are also on the agenda of their talks.“We urge the US secretary of state to raise the issues of the safety of journalists and freedom of information, which must not be subordinated to security concerns,” Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon said.“Journalists in Kenya have been particularly shocked by fellow journalist John Kituyi’s murder last week. We call on the Kenyan authorities to send a strong message by stating very clearly that attacks, threats and crimes of violence against journalists will not go unpunished and those responsible will be brought to justice.”Kituyi was beaten by unidentified assailants as he was returning to his home in a suburb of the western city of Eldoret on the evening of 30 April and died of his injuries in a hospital later that night.His attackers took his mobile phone but left his wallet, which suggests that the motive was not robbery and that he was deliberately targeted.Relatives said he had received recent threats in connection with stories published in his regional weekly, The Mirror. One of his latest stories described how authorities had interfered with witnesses due to testify at Deputy President William Ruto’s trial before the International Criminal Court in connection with post-election violence in 2007.Kituyi was an experienced reporter who had been The Standard newspaper’s correspondent for a long time before founding The Mirror, which often carried investigative reporting.According to the Kenya Correspondents Association, which Kituyi helped to found, a dangerous decline in media freedom in recent years has been accompanied by an increase in threats and attacks against journalists that have gone unpunished.Kenya is ranked 100th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. April 6, 2020 Find out more May 4, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kerry urged to raise safety of journalists during Kenya visit to go further Receive email alerts News News KenyaAfrica November 27, 2020 Find out more June 13, 2019 Find out more News Photo: John Kituyi, nation.co.ke Reports Follow the news on Kenya The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Kenyan media group trolled by pro-ruling party activistslast_img read more

Speakers told of Limerick’s potential for further growth and development

first_img TAGSEdwina GoreLaura RyanlimerickNetwork Ireland Limerick Twitter Advertisement At the Network Ireland Limerick event in the Savoy Hotel was Laura Ryan, Head of Marketing & Communications LCCC, Jillian Mahon, SBCI, Sabrina Amodeo, Tuscany with Edwina Gore, Network Limerick President and Gore Communications and Louise Lawlor, Blink DesignLimerick’s ongoing renaissance and the investment plans unveiled for the city in the Limerick 2030 plan are potential catalysts for further economic growth particularly amongst local businesses according to Laura Ryan, Head of Communications / Marketing at Limerick City & County Council.She was speaking at the Network Ireland Limerick February event that examined the opportunities for local business to grow and what funding mechanisms are available for SME’s looking to expand. The event, which was attended by over 60 women in business from the mid-west region, was sponsored by the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI).Explaining why Limerick is making the headlines for all the right reasons and receiving international attention as a city in which to invest, Ms Ryan said, “Limerick now has the highest economic growth in Ireland.”Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Jillian Mahon, who is Head of Funding & Strategic initiatives for SBCI, then described how the SBCI is ensuring Irish SME’s have access to flexible and affordable funding. Challenging current perceptions around funding, she introduced a new way of financing for small businesses.“We are here to disrupt the marketplace. We want to power SME growth by helping them access the finance to invest in their businesses.  So far 8,619 Irish SME’s have drawn down SBCI loans, we want more and more businesses to ask their banks about how they can access our competitive funding,” commented Ms Mahon.Supporting the SBCI presentation, Sabrina Amodeo of Tuscany Bistro spoke about how her business has benefited from SBCI funding. Starting out with a small bistro in Castletroy, she explained how she seized opportunities as they arose and now has four businesses including Tuscany at the Granary, Amodeo Dressing (a salad dressing food company) and an outdoor catering company. Ms Amodeo praised the SBCI and AIB for making the funding application process so seamless.Edwina Gore, president of Network Ireland Limerick, said “This event was all about changing perceptions and understanding the opportunities that exist for local companies to grow their business.  It was great to hear about the positive change in our region and how small businesses are seizing the opportunities to grow with support mechanisms like those available from the SBCI.”Network Ireland Limerick’s next event takes place on 8 March 2017 and will mark International Women’s Day. Facebook Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live NewsSpeakers told of Limerick’s potential for further growth and developmentBy Staff Reporter – February 14, 2017 1490 center_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Previous articleUL repeat Ashbourne supremacy over UCCNext articleLimerick Chamber ‘incentives’ submission on National Women’s Strategy Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Linkedin Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

Open consultation: Early years healthy development review: call for evidence

first_imgThe questionnaire has been extended by one week to help capture a wide range of responses. The new closing date is 11:59pm on Friday 23 October. The Prime Minister has asked Rt Hon Andrea Leadsom MP to lead a new review into improving health and development outcomes of babies and young children in England. The time from conception to the age of 2 is a critical time for development and can impact physical health, mental health and opportunity throughout life.We’d like to hear from recent parents, including those who gave birth during the lockdown and public health response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, about the experiences of care and services you received.We’d also like to hear from health service professionals, charities, volunteer groups and academics.We will use your views to check where progress has been made and where more needs to be done in the future both locally and nationally.last_img read more

Why buying a home is a smart investment for millennials

first_imgMillennials are swarmed with investing advice – start saving early, take advantage of your employer’s 401(k) match and for heaven’s sake, dump those high-interest credit cards! But for many who are looking to build a retirement nest egg, financial advisors say purchasing a home is one of the best investments millennials can make.“Buying a home is one of the smartest financial decisions you can make as early as your 20s,” says Riccardo Ravasini, managing director of Rava Realty, who handles properties in New York and Florida, “because it is inflation-protected and a physical asset that doesn’t disappear like stocks can do.”Nationwide, millennials have been reluctant to buy homes for various reasons, including a volatile job market, high student debt and the delaying of life events, such as marriage. The rate of homeownership for millennials dipped to a low of 36.2 percent in 2014, according to U.S. Census data, although it’s also worth noting that the millennial generation represents the largest percentage of first-time homebuyers.Financial and real estate professionals say the numbers are now slowly improving, and they are hopeful that more millennials will soon recognize the benefits to homeownership. Here are some reasons why financial experts say young adults should be investing in the housing market: continue reading » 76SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more