Head of TV station murdered

first_img News News Help by sharing this information Organisation December 31, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Head of TV station murdered Reporters Without Borders expressed its concern today at the murder of Tigran Naghdalian, head of Armenia’s public TV station, and called on the authorities to clarify the matter as quickly as possible.Naghdalian, 36, who also presented a political commentary programme called “Orakarg,” was shot dead by a mystery gunman in front of his parents’ home in the capital, Yerevan, on 28 December and died in hospital an hour and a half later. President Robert Kocharian called an emergency meeting with top security officials the same day to investigate the killing.Naghdalian, a leading Kocharian supporter, had been a key figure at the station since 1998 and had managed to turn it into a profitable operation. He began his journalistic career in 1990 on the station’s “Haylur” programme, which was closed by the authorities a year later. He then headed the news agency Haylur before setting up another, called Fact, in 1994. From 1995 to 1997, he worked for the Armenian section of the US station Radio Liberty. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia ArmeniaEurope – Central Asia April 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alertscenter_img News November 11, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Armenia News Russian peacekeepers deny foreign reporters access to Nagorno-Karabakh RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan RSF_en to go further June 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Finance Minister gives no guarantees to cut VAT

first_img Twitter By News Highland – December 4, 2009 News WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Pinterest Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Previous articleSimply Red stars in court clash with Ballybofey neighbourNext articleNW Tourism says Tourism Ireland has failed Donegal News Highland center_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Finance Minister gives no guarantees to cut VAT Following a meeting with the Finance Minister Donegal North East Deputy Niall Blaney says he has received no guarantees from him that VAT will be reduced in next weeks budget.Deputy Blaney met with businesses representatives last month during which he heard calls for government action on VAT rates and the general cost of doing business here.Deptuy Blaney said he outlined those concerns to Minister Brian Lenihan and while there are now guarantees the Minister says he is will looking at ways of assisting businesses in the budget:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/niall.mp3[/podcast] RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

Nominations open for Harvard Corporation members

first_imgAs announced in December, the Harvard Corporation will expand from seven to thirteen members, as part of a broader set of changes involving the Corporation’s composition and work.All members of the extended Harvard community are invited to send advice on the search and nominate individuals who would be strong candidates for the Corporation. Email advice and nominations to [email protected] or mail them to the Corporation Search Committee, Harvard University, Loeb House, 17 Quincy St., Cambridge, MA 02138.  Communications will be held in strict confidence.Corporation members will be joined on the search committee by three colleagues from the Board of Overseers: Joshua Boger, Ph.D. ’79, founder and former CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals and chair of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows; Diana Nelson ’84, director of the Carlson Companies and former co-chair of the Harvard College Fund; and Robert Shapiro ’72, J.D. ’78, a partner at Ropes & Gray, past president of both the Harvard Alumni Association and the Harvard Law School Association, and a member of the recent governance review committee focused on the Corporation’s composition and work.last_img read more

​Pension funds increase slice of lending market as shadow banking slows

first_imgA major international financial stability report shows that shadow banking slowed in 2018, and reveals pension funds as the fastest-growing extenders of credit in that year.In its Global Monitoring Report on Non-Bank Financial Intermediation 2019 published today, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) said non-bank financial intermediation (NBFI) – previously called shadow banking – grew by just 1.7% to $50.9trn (€45.9trn) in 2018, according to the board’s narrow measure.The measure includes non-bank financial institutions doing credit business seen as possibly posing bank-like financial stability risks.The FSB’s annual monitoring exercise is designed to assess global trends and risks from NBFI, and part of its efforts to boost the sector’s resilience. The 1.7% growth is significantly slower than the sector’s 2012-17 average annual growth rate of 8.5%, according to the report, which says NBFI now makes up 13.6% of total global financial assets.In addition, the FSB reported that collective investment vehicles with features that make them susceptible to runs – a group whose assets make 72% of the narrow measure – grew by 0.4% in 2018, much slower than the group’s average annual growth rate over the previous five years of 11%.Klaas Knot, chair of the FSB Standing Committee on Assessment of Vulnerabilities, said: “Non-banks play an increasingly important role in the global financial system.”He said the FSB’s monitoring report provided a significant resource for authorities to assess trends and risks from NBFI.“Such information is essential for a forward-looking, system-wide oversight framework,” he said.The detailed and comprehensive set of international data has been produced at a time when macroprudential authorities such as the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England, have been arguing that asset management activities are becoming systemically more risky.The report also makes clear that lending activities by pension funds are now growing faster than those of banks and any other category of credit supplier.In 2018, pension fund credit assets increased by 7.1% – significantly faster than the 3.9% growth rate seen in 2017, according to the FSB’s report.“This growth was primarily driven by the US, but credit assets in India (33.3%), Hong Kong (15.5%) and Korea (12.6%) also grew at a high rate,” the board reported.By comparison, banks’ credit and lending increased by 5% in 2018, while that of insurance companies rose by 1.5% and OFIs (other financial institutions) saw their lending rise by 5.7%.However, banks still hold the vast majority of total credit assets, including deposits, with $114.5trn of the total $185.9tn, and among the four categories, pension funds are the category with the smallest amount at $8.8trn at the end of 2018.The FSB’s global report covers data from 29 jurisdictions representing more than 80% of global GDP.last_img read more

Christian charity facing banishment by government regulators

first_imgWND.com 6 October 2017Family First Comment: World famous in NZ – as international media start to cover our experience!A Christian charity in New Zealand right now is fighting a battle more and more Christians may come to encounter as LGBT activists expand their influence around the globe – a government decision its belief in biblical marriage “cannot be determined to be for the public benefit.”While Christian and conservative organizations in the United States faced harassment and targeting under the administration of Barack Obama, with deliberate delays in regulatory approval so they could operate, charities in New Zealand operate under a different legal structure.There, they must be authorized by regulators, the government’s New Zealand Charities Board, or they simply are not allowed to operate. That is, without that approval they are not allowed to collect donations at all.Officials at the Barnabas Fund, which works on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide, explained when the first Charities Commission was set up in the United Kingdom, which was integral in establishing governments in New Zealand and Australia, in 1853, “its role was very simple – to ensure that when people gave money to a charity, that money was used for the purpose for which it was given.”“In those days everyone understood what a charitable purpose was – it was things like helping the poor, caring for the sick or spreading the Gospel. In fact in the nineteenth century more than three-quarters of all charities had a specifically Christian foundation,” the report said.“However, in the last two decades laws have been passed in Australia, NZ and the UK which require charities to prove they provide a ‘public benefit.’ This has created a dangerous situation in all three countries where unelected individual civil servants at the charity regulator can effectively decide on their own what is/is not allowed to be a charity (and therefore allowed to collect donations).”It’s the Family First NZ organization that has been fighting the attacks from the regulators.It recently lodged a followup appeal with the Wellington High Court regarding the regulators attempts to shut it down.“Family First has also successfully applied for an order that the board be restrained from deregistering Family First until the appeal is heard,” the group reported.READ MORE: http://www.wnd.com/2017/10/christian-charity-facing-banishment-by-government-regulators/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Twelve new local cases over the weekend

first_imgStatewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 2,000 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend.  A total of 93,313 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 1,065,356 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.8% positive rate and 14 new deaths were reported for a total of 3,072 Hoosier deaths.Dearborn County has a total of 571 cases and 28 deaths reported (up 6 new cases), Decatur County has a total of 398 positive cases and 35 deaths (up 5 new cases and 1 new death), Franklin County has 273 positive cases and 24 deaths (no change), and Ripley County has 244 positive cases and 8 deaths (up 1 new case). Locally, this is an increase of 12 new positive cases and 1 new death.last_img read more