first_img BelarusEurope – Central Asia “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Help by sharing this information RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today hailed the announced reopening of the investigation into the October 2003 murder of journalist Alexei Sidorov but voiced concern that the local prosecutor’s office is still in charge of the case and reiterated its call for it to be transferred to the Russian Federation prosecutor-general.The reopening of the case was announced by Samara regional deputy prosecutor Evgeni Novojilov who, according to a report in the daily Izvestia on 14 February, said two new leads would be followed up that were unrelated to those previously pursued. He said one involved a well-known regional crime organization but he have no further details.While welcoming the reopening of the case as “positive” as far as it went, Reporters Without Borders said it again called on Russian Federation prosecutor-general Vladimir Ustinov “to personally take over the investigation in order to guarantee its transparency and objectivity.”The editor of the regional daily newspaper Toliattinskoye Obosrenie, Sidorov was stabbed by two men in the parking lot of his apartment building in the city of Togliatti on 9 October 2003 and died moments later in the arms of his wife. Aged 31, he had taken over as editor from Valery Ivanov, who had been murdered in similar circumstances on 29 April 2002.Before being named editor, Sidorov worked as an investigative journalist for the newspaper, and a few weeks before his death he had gone back to investigating organized crime.On 11 October 2004, local welder Evgeni Maininger was acquitted by a Togliatti court of Sidorov’s murder on the grounds of lack of proof. He had been accused of killing him in a street brawl. According to the official version, Maininger met Sidorov in the street by chance and asked for a loan to buy vodka. A fight broke out when Sidorov refused and Maininger allegedly stabbed him several times before fleeing and throwing away the murder weapon in a forest.After a fact-finding visit to Togliatti in October 2003, Reporters Without Borders expressed reserves about the quality of the investigation being conducted by the local prosecutor’s office. It was in October 2004 that Reporters Without Borders first asked Prosecutor-General Ustinov to take over the investigation on the grounds that the local prosecutor’s office was unsuited. News News to go further Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Organisation BelarusEurope – Central Asia In response to an announcement by the Samara regional deputy prosecutor that the investigation into the murderof journalist Alexei Sidorov is being reopened, Reporters Without Borders has reiterated its call for the caseto be transferred to the Russian Federation prosecutor-general. News May 27, 2021 Find out more February 18, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sidorov case reopened but local prosecutor’s office still in charge Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown last_img read more

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Pasadena Reports 2 More Coronavirus Deaths More than 700 cases have now been recorded By DONOVAN MCCRAY Published on Monday, May 18, 2020 | 4:07 pm Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities People Don’t Love AnymoreHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS The city reported two local Coronavirus deaths on Monday, and eight additional deaths, bringing the city’s grim death toll to 71, or just over 10 percent of the city’s 702 cases.The additional two fatalities came from the city’s long term health care facilities.The numbers came on the same day that Gov. Gavin Newsom announced sporting events without spectators may resume as early as June, and people could be attending small church meetings and visiting hair salons in a few weeks.Counties will be given the opportunity to apply for approval to transition into Stage 3 of the four stage reopening process, and then Newsom will issue a statewide order offering the opportunity to all counties.Pasadena, which has its own health department, most likely will not have to wait for LA County to transition to the next stage.The state is currently transitioning to Stage 2, when businesses with a lower risk of spreading COVID-19 will reopen. Gyms and hair salons can open in Stage 3, and large gatherings like sporting events and concerts will return in Stage 4.Newsom said 53 of the state’s 58 counties are eligible to move into Stage 2.The governor has given several sectors statewide permission to open, including curbside-pickup retail and office spaces where teleworking isn’t possible, and most counties have introduced these modifications to their orders.Pasadena’s health department issued an order last week opening all retail businesses that provide curbside service, practice social distancing and follow specific guidelines.Counties no longer need to hit the near impossible marker requiring them to go two weeks without a new coronavirus death and instead must meet new goals for testing, infections and hospitalizations, including less than 25 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over the last 14 days. Top of the News Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community Newslast_img read more

first_imgThe relationship between boards and senior management is evolving. The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) collected benchmarking data on governance trends and practices from over 1,000 corporate directors and governance professionals in its “2015–2016 Public Company Governance Survey”. The report tells how boards are expanding their influence, time commitment and interaction with management, but it also exposes the potential for unhealthy friction between boards and executive teams. It reveals that problems such as overstepping boundaries and ineffective communication can arise and that boards need to address short-term financial pressures. The NACD findings are instructive for all governing boards, whether they represent shareholders or customers.Today’s world of increasing complexity and risk means that the days of passive, response-only boards are ending. Boards must thoroughly address topics of strategy, talent, technology, cybersecurity, reputation and other enterprise risk management matters. As a result, directors now spend more time with management than ever before, and having an effective Lead Director, who is often but not always the Chair, becomes more important. The Lead Director should have the skill to facilitate effective communication, to keep meetings on track and to make sure board agendas address the needed topics.Although boards must observe the dividing line between oversight and managing, there are no one-size-fits-all rules defining the line that cannot be crossed. Often the size of the company makes a difference. For example, CEOs of smaller companies may want the mentorship and advice of an experienced director. In general, however, the norm for smart directors is: “Do not meddle in execution of day-to-day operations and management affairs.” Directors, however, must always be prepared to ask the hard questions and be clear when they do not agree with management ideas or proposals.Management and the board must openly share information. The NACD study confirmed that a breakdown in board/management communication underpinned many company crises. The board must have serious dialogue and debate, and directors must engage C-Suite executives to fully comprehend issues that involve their areas of responsibility. The board’s clearly articulated expectations of management and performance goals are well understood. One NACD respondent aptly said: “Good boards don’t necessarily make their CEOs more comfortable; they make them more successful.”Boards and management have a duty to create long-term value, yet, almost 80% of NACD respondents felt pressure to demonstrate financial results within two years. Short-term pressures can be difficult to handle. Although 75% believe that the strategic time frame should be three years or more, 44% use a shorter time frame due to perceived demands of quarterly reporting, activist shareholders and the 24-hour news cycle. Board members should think like activists, looking for unrealized value and opportunity. Whether a public company or a board, directors must ask the tough questions an activist might ask and management must be prepared with thorough data-driven answers. The best CEOs take a long-term perspective; they view their responsibility as “creating value for the next CEO”. The best boards support them in this effort through vigorous, appropriate and in depth attention. 23SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Detailslast_img read more

first_imgThe Dutch state is to issue green bonds as of 2019, Wopke Hoekstra, the finance minister has announced.This would make the Netherlands the first AAA-rated country to issue government bonds aimed at financing sustainable investments.In a letter to parliament, Hoekstra said the country could spend between €3.5bn and €5bn annually on green investments, such as railway infrastructure, energy saving projects, and the development of sustainable energy.He also cited the Delta fund, aimed at protecting the Netherlands against the effects of climate change, including flooding and the provision of fresh water. According to Hoekstra, issuing green bonds was not only feasible but also desirable, as the Dutch treasury supported the development of a solid green capital market, and institutional investors had shown a need for sustainable investment opportunities.“Investors increasingly want to take a stake in sustainable projects. But for safe green government bonds, they have to diverge to foreign players,” argued the minister.He also said that the Dutch government wanted to set an example by issuing green bonds and to be transparant about the results.Within the euro-zone, Belgium, France and Ireland have already successfully issued green government bonds, with Dutch pension funds participating in all of them.Last year, the large Dutch asset managers APG, PGGM and MN subscribed for a combined amount of €967m of French green bonds, with one-fifth of the issued bonds in total being purchased by Dutch investors.Earlier this year, the €414bn civil service scheme ABP took a €360m stake in green bonds issued by Belgium and €110m in Irish green government paper.The pension fund has targeted €58bn of sustainable investments by 2020.Dutch companies and banks have issued €15bn in total in green bonds.Hoekstra said a framework had to be designed and subsequently checked against the international standard of the Green Bond Principles.He added that he would provide details such as scale, duration and an issue date later.last_img read more

first_img William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 William Hill has revealed that its UK online and retail divisions are due to merge in a move which will see the operator fast-track its recovery in 2021.Reported by the Racing Post, the firm’s UK online managing director Phil Walker will take responsibility for the single UK market division, while retail division director Nicola Frampton will step down. Both Frampton and Walker are due to work alongside one another for the six month transition period.Frampton said: “It has been an absolute privilege to lead the retail team at William Hill. Our shops play a vital role in our success and I look forward to working with Phil on a handover plan in the coming months.”William Hill CEO Ulrik Bengtsson added: “We will be immensely sad to say goodbye to Nicola Frampton when the time comes. Nicola has been with William Hill for ten years and has been a driving force on the executive team as well as being instrumental in reshaping and transforming our retail business.”To aid recovery in 2021, William Hill is reportedly planning to capitalise on a packed sporting schedule, which will likely include the rescheduled Uefa European Championship.The merger is the latest strategy rolled out by the bookmaker to mitigate regulatory and economic challenges, with last year’s FOBT ruling resulting in the closure of 713 betting shops.William Hill also revealed that it had already begun simplifying its operating structures with the phased closure of its Gametek office in Stockholm.Backing its recovery strategy, this June William Hill completed a £225 million book-build with private investors, raising working capital for its future directives.In its investor notes, William Hill underlined that its US joint-venture partnerships and accelerated digital momentum would sustain corporate growth, as the company forecasted ‘an expected drop in its retail footprint’.last_img read more