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But I reckon each of them should be a safe long-term bet.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…Pharma stalwartThe global population is getting larger and wealthier. This makes me confident that large, diversified pharmaceutical companies should be a fairly safe place for your cash, over the long term.GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) is currently my pick of the UK’s big two listed pharmaceutical firms. One reason for this is the planned spin-off of the group’s consumer goods division over the next couple of years. Splits such as this often create value for shareholders by creating two more focused and ambitious organisation. I think that’s likely here.The group’s recent results also looked fairly respectable to me. Underlying sales rose by 4% to £33.8bn last year, while adjusted operating profit climbed 3% to £8.9bn. Among the highlights were sales of shingles vaccine Shingrix, which doubled to £1.8bn last year.Earlier this year, I felt that Glaxo shares were starting to look fully priced. But the GSK share price has now come down to a level where the stock offers a dividend yield of nearly 5%. In my view, that could be a good level to buy.Sustainable packagingPackaging remains big business despite environmental concerns. Two big growth areas driving demand for more sustainable packaging are internet retail and pre-packaged food.One firm that’s a leading player in both of these markets is FTSE 100 group Mondi (LSE: MNDI). This £6bn firm reported its 2019 results on Thursday, bucking the market trend with a very stable performance. Sales were down 3% to €7,268m, while operating profit was 2% higher, at €1,221m.These figures give the business a 2019 operating margin of 16.8% and a return on capital employed of 18.7%. In my view that’s an impressive level of profitability for a packaging business. This suggests to me that Mondi enjoys good scale and offers a product range that provides clear benefits over cheaper alternatives.Mondi’s management warn that 2020 could be a difficult year. But I don’t see any reason to dislike the stock on this basis. The shares have already come off the boil over the last year and look reasonably priced to me, on 12 times forecast earnings and with a dividend yield of 4.1%. I’d be a buyer here.Cheap fashion, sweet tastesMy last company is one of the more unusual businesses in the FTSE 100. Associated British Foods is still controlled by its founding Weston family and is an old-fashioned conglomerate.Businesses within the ABF group include fast fashion retailer Primark and grocery brands such as Twinings, Ovaltine, Patak and Blue Dragon. The group also owns Allied Bakeries and is a major sugar producer.Family ownership often means conservative management and strong finances. That’s certainly the case here, in my view. ABF is one of a handful of shares I’d be happy to buy and own forever. The valuation has come down somewhat since January and is starting look more tempting to me, on around 15 times forecast earnings. 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Wales pip France by a point in Oita to reach the World Cup semi-finals Break through: Aaron Wainwright runs in a try for Wales (Getty Images) 2019 Rugby World Cup Quarter-final: Wales 20-19 France Head-to-HeadPlayed – 98Wales wins – 51France wins – 44Draws – 3Did you know?Wales were trailing France by 12 points at one point in this quarter-final and completed their biggest comeback to win a World Cup match. They had never before overturned a deficit of more than ten at the RWC.Aaron Wainwright and Elliot Dee played their 14th Tests of 2019. No other players of any nation have played as many Tests this year.Alun Wyn Jones equalled Brian O’Driscoll’s caps mark of 141 Tests, meaning Richie McCaw (NZ, 148) and Sergio Parisse (Italy, 142) are the only players who have played more Internationals.The France front row of Jefferson Poirot, Guilhem Guirado and Rabah Slimani started together for the 16th time – a French record in the professional era.Bernard Le Roux and Sebastien Vahaamahina became the 18th different lock partnership selected by les Bleus since Rugby World Cup 2015.Dressed up: A group of France supporters at Oita Stadium (Getty Images)In a nutshellWhen these two sides met in the World Cup knockout stages eight years ago, there was one point in the final score and there was a red card during the match. History repeated itself here in Oita.The French media had long talked of this team having one big performance in them and so it proved. They dominated large swathes of this game, even when reduced to 14 men after Sebastien Vahaamahina was sent off for elbowing Aaron Wainwright. Yet Wales got the crucial try in the last few minutes and move into the semi-finals.Conceding two tries in eight minutes was not the way Wales would have wanted to begin this quarter-final, particularly having already lost Jonathan Davies from the starting line-up before kick-off because of a knee injury.Some of Wales’ decision-making didn’t help their cause. Keeping the ball in play rather than kicking it off simply gave France the space to counter-attack. Wales were having to scramble fast as the likes of Virimi Vakatawa and Gael Fickou found holes, and Wales found themselves on the backfoot for much of the first half.Dan Biggar chipped over the French early on but couldn’t regather and Antoine Dupont needed no second invitation to use the numbers he had on the blindside. It allowed France to pile the pressure on in Wales’ 22 and Biggar could only clear to six metres out when they secured possession.From that lineout, Guilhem Guirado got close and then Vahaamahina used his sizable frame to touch down on the line.Full stretch: France centre Virimi Vakatawa scores France’s third try (Getty Images)A few minutes later Vakatawa broke through the Welsh defence, passed the ball inside to Romain Ntamack and quick hands to Antoine Dupont and then Charles Ollivon allowed the back-rower to run in under the posts. It was 12-0 with only eight minutes on the clock.Wainwright helped to stem the flow when picking up the ball as it popped loose from a ruck and sprinting clear to score. With a conversion and penalty from Biggar the French lead was down to two points midway through the half.The blue waves kept coming, though, and when Ross Moriarty – on for the injured Josh Navidi – was sin-binned for a high tackle on Fickou, France took advantage.They went for a five-metre lineout and a few phases later neat interplay between Ntamack and Damian Penaud allowed Vakatawa to cut a sharp line inside, wrongfoot the Welsh defence and score.France camped in the Welsh half for the last ten minutes of the first half and could have had more points. As it was, Wales were lucky to go in at the break only nine points behind. Still, they recovered from a 16-point deficit in Paris during the Six Nations.The French started the second half well and were again dominating possession in the Welsh 22. Then came the moment of madness.As France set the maul from a lineout, Vahaamahina first grabbed Wainwright around the neck – that resulted in a penalty. Then the TMO stepped in to highlight that the France lock had then struck Wainwright with an elbow to the face. Red card and France down to 14 – but could Wales take advantage? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS RED CARD! Vahaamahina sees red after an elbow on Aaron Wainwright. Don’t think there can be any complaints with that. France down to 14.#RWC2019 #ITVRugby #WALvFRA pic.twitter.com/fHTsfbwGTh— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) October 20, 2019Well, it took them a while but they got the crucial try eventually – after withstanding more French attacks. France had a scrum five metres from their own line in the 74th minute, Wales put on the pressure and Tomos Williams ripped the ball, it fell for Justin Tipuric, who got close to the line, then Moriarty got possession and touched down on the line from close range.It required a TMO check to ensure the ball had not gone forward from the rip but the try stood and Biggar added the crucial conversion to give Wales the lead for the first time in the match. It had to be him!Yellow-carded earlier, Moriarty may just have rescued Wales’ World Cup here…TMO checks and is happy#RWC2019 #ITVRugby #WALvFRA pic.twitter.com/NE2an2pkRM— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) October 20, 2019Wales then closed out the game smartly. Maxime Medard kicked the ball dead as he looked to gain territory and from the ensuing scrum on halfway Wales got a penalty. They kicked for touch in the French 22 and managed to maintain possession until the gong sounded and then kicked the ball off to seal the win.They will need to improve markedly in their next match, though, if they are to reach the last four.Star ManVirimi Vakatawa was a menace for 80 minutes. He set up France’s second try, scored their third and constantly troubled Wales defenders. He made metres every time he had the ball – one particular carry in the second half from a scrum left Dan Biggar on his backside – and was resolute in defence himself when players ran down his channel.He may have been on the losing side but he was a huge part of the reason France remained in this contest long after being reduced to 14 men. France take advantage of the extra man…Some of the ball carrying here is so classy. Vakatawa is the man who goes over to extend France’s lead#RWC2019 #ITVRugby #WALvFRA pic.twitter.com/mvFXWDS0Hl— ITV Rugby (@ITVRugby) October 20, 2019The ReactionWales coach Warren Gatland: “Hats off to France, they were excellent and have definitely improved since the Six Nations. Credit to these players. I’m really proud of the fact they didn’t give up. They kept fighting and finding a way to get a result.“We didn’t play our best but we showed great character and that’s testament to this group of men. Now we can be excited to look forward to a semi-final.”France coach Jacques Brunel: “The red card – I don’t contest it. When you see the images it’s very clear. So I don’t have a problem with the decision. There are other decisions I’m not totally sure of. Especially the last try – I think a player pulled on the ball and then the ball went forward.“But I want to stress the quality of this team. They showed not only courage because they had to make up the numerical disadvantage but also a lot of panache and had a lot of opportunities to score. So the outcome of the match is a difficult thing to accept. But I think the future for this team is very bright.”The Teams Wales: Liam Williams; George North, Owen Watkin, Hadleigh Parkes, Josh Adams; Dan Biggar. Gareth Davies (Tomos Williams 54); Wyn Jones (Rhys Carre 63), Ken Owens (Elliot Dee 76), Tom Francis (Dillon Lewis 63), Jake Ball (Adam Beard 63), Alun Wyn Jones (captain), Aaron Wainwright, Justin Tipuric, Josh Navidi (Ross Moriarty 28).Tries: Wainwright 12, Moriarty 74. Cons: Biggar 2. Pens: Biggar 2.Yellow card: Moriarty 29.France: Maxime Medard (Vincent Rattez 78); Damian Penaud, Virimi Vakatawa, Gael Fickou, Yoann Huget; Romain Ntamack (Camille Lopez h-t), Antoine Dupont (Baptiste Serin 73); Jefferson Poirot (Cyril Baille 68), Guilhem Guirado (captain, Camille Chat 50), Rabah Slimani (Emerick Setiano 73), Bernard Le Roux (Louis Picamoles 66), Sebastien Vahaamahina, Wenceslas Lauret, Charles Ollivon, Gregorie Alldritt (Paul Gabrillagues 54).Tries: Vahaamahina 5, Ollivon 8, Vakatawa 31. Cons: Ntamack 2.Red card: Vahaamahina 49. Keep track of events in Japan via our Rugby World Cup homepage.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
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Northern Ireland charity Action Cancer maintained its income levels in 2015 thanks to a strong performance from its charity shops, according to the latest accounts.Total income for 2015 was just under £4 million, marginally below the figure for 2014. Voluntary income last year fell from £1.6 million to £1.4 million but charitable trading grew from £1 million to £1.3 million.Voluntary income for Action Cancer included donations, which fell from £1.2 million to just over £1 million last year. This figure includes and in-kind value of £223,000 from bill board company Clear Channel.Legacies in 2015 came in at £219,000 from £334,000. The accounts note that they have free reserves of £3.8 million, more than double their reserves policy, because of ‘exceptional legacy’ income in recent years of £2.5 million. 68 total views, 1 views today 69 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Howard Lake | 7 September 2016 | News Image: Action CancerFundraising income, which includes a wide range of events and community activities, was about the same in the last two years at £1.2 million.Fundraising costs were up from £1.4 million to £1.5 million. The cost of the charity retail operations increased significantly, from £773,000 to £929,000.Fundraising and retail staff last year totaled 37. 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. Tagged with: Northern Ireland Research / statistics Trading Shops trading helps to boost income for Action Cancer
Tagged with: Access Group COVID-19 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Access Group launches guide to help visitor attractions prepare for reopening 243 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The Access Group has written a guide to help visitor attractions navigate the new landscape when they reopen.The free to download guide Welcoming your visitors after lockdown has been developed with input from the VE:Forum and contains practical advice on everything from staff engagement during the final weeks of lockdown and using technology to enable social distancing to ideas on marketing now versus how that will change when attractions open.It also covers insight from the BVA BDRC sentiment tracker and explores what this could mean for visitor attractions.Launching the guide, Simon Baines, MD of Access Not for Profit and Visitor Attraction Management commented:“As we see the first signs of our lockdown being eased, we realise it won’t be a case of just opening your doors. It’s important to start planning to make sure you’re as well placed as possible to provide the level of confidence that the public will need. Whether you’re a commercial attraction or not for profit, there will be opportunities for growth if the re-opening is handled well.“We’ve produced this comprehensive guide to help you with the planning process and included some tips on creating a great visitor experience. We understand that each attraction is different but hope that this guide proves practical.”Rachel Kuhn, founder of the VE:Forum added: Advertisement Melanie May | 11 June 2020 | News 242 total views, 2 views today “The Access Group’s experience of working with some of the UK’s leading visitor attractions has ensured that this guide is great starting point for thinking about reopening. It offers useful guidance and discussion points that should genuinely help attractions begin to formulate their operational plans for a post Covid-19 world.” 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.
Designing a product with empathy is one of the skill sets students will learn at the design thinking workshop. Two participants took turns to show items in their wallets; they then interviewed each other before each designed a new wallet for the partner. printA design thinking workshop is now being offered to all TCU students.For the first time, the workshop will be offered to all majors, not just interns who are going to Ethiopia.There will be 23 total students attending the workshop.Professor of marketing practice at the Neeley School of Business Dr. Stacy Landreth Grau is coordinating with Cedric James, assistant director of TCU’s Idea Factory, to create a workshop where students can attend lessons in empathy, creativity and innovation in problem solving.Students will have the opportunity to interact with participants from different majors to reinforce the diversity of perspectives.“It’s important to have lots of different people from lots of different perspectives as opposed to just everybody who’s doing the same thing and same background,” Grau said.The students that will intern in Ethiopia can apply what they learn during the workshop to their trip. This workshop will offer tools to help the interns figure out how to create revenue-generating businesses for Ethiopian women.“I’m hoping it’s going to be useful for them when they get to Ethiopia,” Grau said. Tuyen Hoang is originally from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Tuyen is a transfer student from Brookhaven College. Tuyen is a junior journalism major and sociology minor at Texas Christian University. She serves as the administration reporter for TCU 360. ReddIt Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ TCU to send first student interns to Ethiopia Linkedin ReddIt Q&A: Three professors received the Deans’ Research and Creativity Award Twitter Twitter Facebook Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ Facebook Tuyen Hoang Linkedin Dr. Stacy Landreth Grau attended Stanford University’s Design Thinking bootcamp in summer of 2015, and since then Grau has been working with faculty members to bring awareness about design thinking methodology to the TCU community.Grau said the workshop is about a “human-centered design.”The idea of human-centered design is to encourage students to observe, interview and develop empathy for the people whom they’re serving.At the workshop, Grau and James will instruct students to implement a full design cycle. The steps consist of empathy, define, brainstorm, prototype and test.Students will get hands-on experiences with each step by designing wallets for their peers.Grau said she will convey the significance of innovation in many fields and hopes to inspire innovative ways of thinking to all students’ disciplines.“Innovation is needed in education, sciences, social change organizations,” Grau said. “It’s a framework that can be applied in a lot of contexts.”The best way for students to understand the design thinking is to experience and find out how the creative solving-problem framework can be applied to their majors, James said.“All [are] welcome and just to see how this framework can be useful in their disciplines,” James said.Lunch and beverages will be provided at the workshop.To sign up for the workshop, students can contact either the idea factory or email Grau.The design thinking workshop will take place Feb. 26 in room Room 211 of Rees-Jones Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years + posts eHarmony co-founder speaks with TCU students Comedy group brings new approach of brainstorming to the Neeley School Previous articleTCU transfer students get more involved in transfer center’s leadershipNext articleN.J. Governor Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump at Fort Worth rally Tuyen Hoang RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ Tuyen Hoanghttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tuyen-hoang/ Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals week
TAGSmental health Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter ReddIt Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Corinne Hildebrandt is a sophomore journalism major and sociology minor from Wayne, Illinois. She enjoys staying active and has a difficult time sitting still for long periods of time. When she’s not reporting, Corinne is most likely on the go exploring the many restaurants (and ice cream shops) that Fort Worth has to offer. Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Corinne Hildebrandt Corinne Hildebrandthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/corinne-hildebrandt/ Facebook Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 ReddIt Parking lot closures cause new problems for students What we’re reading: Controversy in D.C. Facebook + posts Twitter Linkedin Fort Worth B-Cycle looks to attract more riders What we’re reading: Arrivals in Argentina World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Previous articleTCU keeps gender ratio, looks to increase diversityNext articleOh the places they’ll go: Seniors face challenges post-graduation Corinne Hildebrandt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printA challenge to make a difference at TCU may change the campus conversation on mental health. “Let’s Talk,” a program designed to remove the stigmas centered around formal counseling was introduced on campus this semester. The program offers confidential counseling sessions across campus, including walk-in appointments for students who might just need to talk. The push comes as the number of students seeking help continues to rise. From Aug. 1 to Oct. 31 over the past three years, the counseling center experienced a 32 percent increase in the number of students seen, according to a report published by the TCU Counseling and Mental Health Center. Providing more alternatives for counseling and actively encouraging students to seek help might alleviate the level of anxiety among students, said Chuck Dunning, director of the senior year experience, who is the professional consultant for “Let’s Talk.” “For a lot of our students, they feel it is very important to keep up an image for their family, for their friends, for their professors and for their future employers that they are perfectly capable of dealing with everything in life all on their own,” Dunning said. “Let’s Talk” is meant to remove some of the barriers to access for care. For example, students seeking mental health services won’t have to fill out paperwork or schedule appointments, as the primary focus is on walk-in appointments. Hopefully removing the formal process will encourage more students to ask for help who otherwise might not have, said Joe Spellmeyer, a junior accounting major, who worked with Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull to establish the first counseling outlet on campus. Spellmeyer said he became interested in mental health while completing his Impact Project for the BNSF Neeley Leadership Program.“Our professor challenged us to find a problem in the community that we cared about and kind of do something about it,” Spellmeyer said. “Mental health in adolescence and TCU particularly was something that really nagged me as an issue I wanted to do something about.”Dunning’s office, Tucker 003H, is the first “Let’s Talk” site on campus. “We’re also in a location that is more convenient for students,” Dunning said. “We are where they are now.”Dunning said providing an alternative for formal counseling is important. “Not all students need formal counseling,” he said. “They just need someone to sit down with to talk to and have a quick check-in to come up with some coping mechanisms for whatever it is they’re dealing with.”Students are still guaranteed the same privacy and confidentiality as formal counseling. “Let’s Talk” is a good first step for students who don’t want to schedule an appointment at the mental health center, said Annie Beeson, a junior supply chain and business information systems double major. “It makes it a lot less scary, especially if it is your first time,” said Beeson, who was also part of the Impact Project. “Then if you realize how helpful it is going to the actual counseling center won’t be as terrifying.”Dunning said even though the counseling sessions take place outside the walls of a traditional counseling center, students will still receive an experience that is focused on them. “I think the main thing is that we want to see more students take advantage,” said Dunning. “But in terms of them personally, I want them to see that TCU is an institution that is interested in finding ways to meet them where they are and to provide services that meet their needs.”In 2012, TCU was awarded the Garrett Lee Smith Memorial Campus Suicide Prevention Grant by the U.S. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration. Wolszon said the grant sparked an increase in mental health prevention throughout campus.“It’s getting teachers, parents, friends and faculty to tell students it’s okay to seek help,” said Wolszon. “Basically, we’re asking students to seek help and they are.”Removing the stigmaSchools across the country are working to implement alternative options for mental health services as a way of removing the social stigmas that are centered around formal counseling. Dunning said the stigmas originate from society’s attitude that asking for help is a sign of weakness. “There are a lot of students who for one reason or another are hesitant to seek formal counseling,” said Dunning, which is why he said removing the documentation associated with routine appointments will urge more people to get the help they need. Spellmeyer said one of the main reasons behind bringing “Let’s Talk” to TCU was to help uncover and disassociate the stigmas that stem from formal counseling sessions.“I think that’s a great benefit of ‘Let’s Talk’ is that you don’t have to worry about running into someone in the waiting room or worry about people seeing you going in and you don’t have to schedule an appointment ahead of time,” he said. Wolszon said she believes the solution rests on the continuation of open conversation.“If we stop talking about it, if we just decide okay we don’t need to talk about it, then I think the stigma would rise because people would just start kind of thinking if you don’t talk about it then it must be unspeakable,” she said. In hopes of sparking a spiral effect, Beeson said effective dialogue starts with the sharing of personal stories.“One of our goals is to try and be very open with our own mental health struggles so that if we talk to somebody else about it they might have the courage to go and talk to someone else about it,” said Beeson. “I think something big is just getting the students the help that they need.”
News June 8, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists are becoming increasingly unwelcome observers February 10, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2021 Find out more RSF condemns NYT reporter’s unprecedented expulsion from Ethiopia to go further EthiopiaAfrica RSF_en EthiopiaAfrica Organisation May 18, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News News Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm today about the mounting repression against journalists in Ethiopia, reporting that it has registered five cases of arbitrary punitive measures and 10 arrests during the past week, in which the country has been awaiting final results in the recent legislative elections.”The government is riding roughshod over Ethiopia’s democratic guarantees in full view of the international community, especially the African Union, which has its headquarters in Addis Ababa,” the press freedom organisation said.”Journalists are becoming increasingly unwelcome observers during this period of political unrest and the government is clearly unwilling to tolerate any criticism,” the organisation added. “It is vital that foreign governments and international bodies with any influence over Prime Minister Meles Zenawi should intervene at once to try to stop this spiral of repression.”The editors and deputy editors of four privately-owned newspapers in Addis Ababa received summonses from the Central Federal Bureau of Investigation on 1 June to report to the police the next day. When they went, they were held throughout the day and were finally set free in the course of the night, without any explanation.The eight editors concerned were Zelalem Gebre of Menilik and his deputy Serkalem Fassil, Abiye Gizaw of Netsanet and his deputy Dereje Abtewold, Mesfin Tesfaye of Abay and his deputy Fekadu Indrias, and Fassil Yenalem of Zena and his deputy Simret G. Mariam.Two journalists with the US news agency, the Associated Press, photographer Boris Heger and reporter Anthony Mitchell, were arrested during deadly clashes on the campus of Addis Ababa university on 6 June and were held for seven hours. The memory card was confiscated from Heger’s digital camera.Finally, the public television station ETV last night broadcast an information ministry statement withdrawing the accreditation of five Ethiopian journalists working for the Amharic-language services of the German public radio, Deutsche Welle (DW), and the US government’s Voice of America (VOA). The five – Helen Mohamed, Bereket Teklu and Temam Aman of VOA, and Asegedech Yiberta and Tadesse Engdawde of DW – were accused in the statement of producing “irresponsible, baseless and invalid” reports.Despite a government ban on demonstrations in the capital, hundreds of students have been protesting against provisional results issued by the electoral commission giving the ruling Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) and its allies party a narrow victory in the 15 May legislative elections.Polling has had to be reheld in various places because of fraud or irregularities. The two main opposition parties have challenged the results and have been accused by the authorities of encouraging the student protests.Reporters Without Borders also noted that Shiferraw Insermu and Dhabassa Wakjira, two journalists who used to work for ETV’s Oromo-language service, have been detained without any justification for more than a year in Addis Ababa. A former colleague now living in exile said they were arrested in Addis Ababa on 22 April 2004 along with other Oromo employees of ETV who have since been released. Their arrests were apparently prompted by the broadcasting of a report about the violent dispersal of an Oromo student demonstration on the Addis Ababa university campus on 4 January 2004 in which many were arrested, especially members of the Macha Tulema social assistance group who were protesting against the government’s decision to move Oromo regional bodies from Addis Ababa (called Finfinne by the Oromos) to Adama (also known as Nazret), 100 km east of the capital. News Ethiopia arbitrarily suspends New York Times reporter’s accreditation Journalist attacked, threatened in her Addis Ababa home Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Ethiopia Reporters Without Borders voiced alarm today about the mounting repression against journalists in Ethiopia, reporting that it has registered five cases of arbitrary punitive measures and 10 arrests during the past week, in which the country has been awaiting final results in the recent legislative elections.
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Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Silver Lining: Natural Disasters and Tech The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Common pitfalls of cloud computing: On-premises apps do not always transfer since many older apps were not developed with cloud-based services in mind making it difficult to “forklift” them to the cloud with minimal or no changes.Lack of training and awareness: New development techniques and approaches require training and willingness to utilize new services. When cloud-based environments are required/requested, this may introduce challenges with IT staff.Lack of documentation and guidelines: Best practices require developers to follow relevant documentation and methodologies. Given the rapid adoption of evolving cloud services, this has led to a disconnect between the CSP and application developers on how to utilize, integrate, or meet vendor requirements. Complexities of integration: Integrating new applications with existing ones is a key part of transitioning to the cloud. When developers and operational resources do not have open access to supporting components and services, integrations can be complicated, and troubleshooting becomes difficult. Sign up for DS News Daily in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Print Features The USA felt the brunt of the world’s three costliest natural disasters in 2018 with damages totaling more than $46 billion. The deadly Camp Fire in California was number one, with Hurricanes Michael and Florence coming in second and third place. Those disasters may have monopolized the headlines, but there are so many more homes and businesses destroyed each year by tornadoes, flooding, and fires. With storm season right around the corner, many firms in the hurricane belt spend the first quarter of each year testing their business continuity/disaster-recovery plan (BCP/DR). All too often, however, firms assume they are in a “safe zone” and fail to adequately plan, prepare, and test.The reality is that no firm is in a “safe zone.” Natural disasters themselves are not necessarily what will put your business in a risky situation. These are the top causes of data loss or downtime during such events: Hardware failure (45%)Power loss (35%)Software failure (34%)Data corruption (24%)External security breaches (23%) Accidental user error (20%)The real costs associated with such data loss or downtime include: Reputational risk: Your clients rely on you to be operational and available. Incurring a significant outage implies a lack of planning and lack of proper infrastructure.Loss of productivity: If your payroll is $200,000 per month, every business day of downtime could cost you approximately $11,500. Legal risk: There are critical functions that must be performed within your practice. Certain tasks have an extremely high level of risk associated with them if you should miss even one (military search, hearing attendance, foreclosure sale attendance, etc.).While there are various statistics available on the subject, some studies indicate that 90% of companies without an effective disaster-recovery plan who suffer a major data disaster are out of business within one year. A Cloud ComparisonFor many years, firms have been apprehensive to use the mysterious “cloud” as a strategy in their BCP/DR plan or overall data management, largely due to perceived compliance concerns or a general lack of understanding as to how to choose the right solution. There are many drivers that may cause you to think about cloud computing as the best solution. They typically include: CostRisk reductionScalabilityAgility (mobility)Many are skeptical of cloud computing because of assumptions that it is less secure or carries greater risk. However, this theory can only be considered true if you have completed a direct and comprehensive comparison between the cloud provider’s environment and your on-premises infrastructure. Factors to be compared include:Technological componentsRisk-management processesPreventative, detective, and corrective controlsGovernance and oversight processesResilience and continuity capabilities Multi-factor authenticationUntil you have had an expert truly weigh your internal environment against the cloud, it would be premature to assume one is safer than the other. What’s Your Plan?Regardless of whether you choose the cloud as part of your strategy or not, you need an effective plan. When putting together an effective BC/DR solution, you must start with the basics:Know specifically what assets are important (data and processing).Consider the current location of assets (on-premises, co-location facility, cloud service provider).Understand the details of the network connection between the assets and the processing sites. Having a reliable cloud computing site that you cannot reach because your ISP has failed does not provide you the coverage you need Know your requirements and understand your environment: Whether you handle your own backups, use a cloud service provider (CSP), or a combination of both, your objective is to ensure you are protected against the risk of data not being available or business processes not functional, leading to a breach of your service level agreements, lost revenue, and damaged client relationships. It is important that you understand the specific requirements set forth by your clients. They include: Recovery Point Objective (RPO), which helps determine how much information must be recovered and restored. It includes asking questions such as, “Is it okay to have quick access to your case data and documents, even if your non-case-related documents are not available for several days or are lost altogether?” What do your clients require? Recovery Time Objective (RTO) is a measure of how quickly you need each system to be up and running in the event of a disaster or critical failure.Recovery Service Level (RSL) is a percentage measurement of how much computing power is necessary based on the percentage of the production system needed during a disaster.Data Replication: Maintaining an up-to-date copy of the required data at a different location can be done on a few technical levels and with varying degrees of granularity. It is important to know your replication requirements. For example, data can be replicated at the block level, file level, or database level. Replication can be in bulk, on the byte level, via file synchronization, database mirroring, daily copies, etc. Each alternative impacts your RPO/RTO and has varying costs including bandwidth requirements. Functionality Replication: This includes the ability to re-create processing capabilities at a different location. Depending on the risk to be mitigated and the scenario that’s chosen, this could be as simple as selecting an additional deployment zone or as involved as performing an extensive rearchitecting. Examples of simple cases are environments that are already heavily virtualized. The relevant VM images can then simply be copied, where they would be ready for service restoration on demand.An ideal infrastructure cloud service provider will likely have the application architecture described and managed in an orchestration tool or other cloud infrastructure management system. With these, replicating the functionality can be a simple activity.The worst recovery-elapsed time is probably when functionality is replicated only when disaster strikes. A better solution is the active-passive form, where resources are held on standby. In active mode, the replicated resources are participating in the production. Planning, Preparing and Provisioning: This is the functionality around processes that lead up to the actual DR failover response. The most important factor in this category is adequate monitoring so that more time is available. Failover Capability: Appropriate load balancing is required to ensure that redirection of the user service requests occurs properly and in a timely manner. Smarter SolutionsIt is easy to see why many firms elect to make the cloud part of their solution. According to the 2017 Legal Technology Survey from the American Bar Association, cloud usage grew more than 40% from 2016 to 2017, from 37% to just over 52%. If you are ready to make that move, there are some things you need to consider.Assessing the risks associated with a cloud service provider (CSP) The elasticity of the CSP: Can the CSP provide all the resources if BCDR is invoked?Contractual issues: Will any new CSP address all contractual issues and SLA requirements?Available network bandwidth for timely replication of data.Available bandwidth between the impacted user base and the BCDR locations.Legal and licensing constraints that could prohibit the data or functionality to be present in the backup location. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Jan Duke is the COO and lead consultant at a360 Firm Solutions. She provides strategic leadership for the company and utilizes her extensive industry experience to create customized solutions to resolve operational challenges for clients. Her primary focusis consulting in the areas of management, business-process improvement and technology. She also oversees business development efforts, solutions delivery, and provides operational leadership guidance. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Make sure your CSP has service level agreements that align with your needs:Availability (for example, 99.99% of services and data)Performance (expected response times versus maximum response times)Security and privacy of the data (encrypting all stored and transmitted data)Logging and reporting (audit trails of all access and the ability to report on key requirements and indicators)DR expectations (worse-case recovery commitment, RTOs, the maximum period of tolerable disruption)Location of the data (ability to meet requirements or consistent with local legislation)Data format and structure (data retrievable from the provider in a readable and intelligent format)Portability of the data (ability to move data to a different provider, or to multiple providers)Identification and problem resolution (help desk/service desk, call center, or ticketing system)Change-management process (updates or new services)Exit strategy with expectations on the provider to ensure a smooth transition The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: GSE NPL Sales: Working Toward ‘Favorable Outcomes for Borrowers’ Next: A Look at Securitized Trusts and Diversity Jurisdiction Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago June 18, 2019 1,285 Views The cloud is the future, but it must be embraced wisely. 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