News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsJihadismImpunityPredatorsViolence Follow the news on Afghanistan RSF_en News October 23, 2018 – Updated on October 24, 2018 Journalist killed in armed attack in Kandahar After several bombings during the parliamentary elections held on 19 and 20 October, RSF calls for more protection for journalists, who are the guarantors of free, transparent and democratic elections. More than 4 million Afghans voted in these elections despite the danger of violence and the risk of irregularities. “We offer our condolences to Mohammad Salim Inghar’s family and colleagues,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Afghanistan desk. “He was the 14th journalist to be killed in Afghanistan since the start of the year. We request an impartial investigation to shed light on the circumstances of this journalist’s death.” to go further According to RSF’s tally, a total of 38 journalists and media workers have been killed in Afghanistan since the start of 2016 in shootings and bombings deliberately targeting the media and journalists by the country’s two leading press freedom predators, Islamic State and the Taliban. The attack took place during a meeting in the governor’s compound between Afghan and US officials, including the top US commander in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Scott Miller. Kandahar’s governor and US Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Smiley were among the wounded. Receive email alerts AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Armed conflictsJihadismImpunityPredatorsViolence The information that Smiley was injured was not released until two days later. In fact, little information has been provided about the attack, partly because of the presence of senior US officials. Help by sharing this information RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is saddened to learn that Mohammad Salim Inghar, a cameraman with Afghanistan’s national TV broadcaster, was among those killed in a Taliban armed attack on the governor’s compound in Kandahar province on 18 October. Aged 64, he was the father of six children. Journalists encountered many problems in covering the elections freely in some provinces, including Kapisa, where a Radio Resalat reporter was attacked by a candidate’s bodyguards. But for the most part, the media and journalists were free to cover the elections. Organisation News June 2, 2021 Find out more Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” May 3, 2021 Find out more Two senior Afghan officials were also killed in the attack: Kandahar police chief Gen. Abdul Raziq and the head of the National Directorate of Security in Kandahar province, Abdul Momin. Afghanistan is ranked 118th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. March 11, 2021 Find out more
Country and cannabis icon Willie Nelson will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 15th annual Emerald Cup next month. Ironically, Nelson’s brief scheduled appearance at the 2018 Emerald Cup will be the first time that the famous country songwriter and guitarist will attend the cannabis-themed event, which returns to the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California the weekend of December 15-16th.The event’s producers announced on Wednesday that Nelson will make a rare December appearance to accept the honor in person, in addition to performing a few songs for fans in attendance. Organizers also revealed that the Lifetime Achievement Award will be rebranded as the “Willie Nelson Award” going forward for future honorees. The award is considered a high honor for anyone, let alone a Country Music Hall of Famer and cannabis connoisseur as experienced as Nelson.“We’re finally going to get Willie there. It’ll be a magical moment given [his] age and how much we’ve always wanted him,” Emerald Cup founder Tim Blake said about the thrill of confirming Nelson’s appearance at his event following years of failed attempts.One of the big hurdles the event organizers have been forced to deal with in previous years is Nelson’s relentless touring schedule, along with the fact that he rarely performs in the winter month. However, Nelson’s appearance at the event on December 16th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. will be short-lived, as he’s expected to accept his award followed by a brief performance of just a few songs. Nelson will come up from Cupertino, California, where he and his Family Band are scheduled to play at the Flint Center the night prior. Nelson’s remaining fall tour schedule has him performing across his native Texas and other southern U.S. cities throughout the month of November.“An unwavering ability to stand true in his beliefs and refusal to accept society’s rigid set of rules are only part of what makes Willie the perfect individual to be recognized as a hero to the cannabis world,” Blake continued in his praise for Nelson, who sells his own strain of weed titled “Willie’s Reserve.”Fans can click here for more information and tickets to the 2018 Emerald Cup, which will also feature musical performances by Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Nattali Rize and more. Fans can also watch the video below to hear one of Nelson’s famous weed-themed songs, “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”Willie Nelson – “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” [Video: WillieNelson][H/T Leafly]
MJ Rodriguez View Comments MJ Rodriguez will return to the New York stage to appear in the previously announced Encores! Off-Center production of Runaways. Joining her are a handful of young actors—some Broadway and off-Broadway alums, along with newcomers found through an open call. Performances will run from July 6 through July 9 at New York City Center.Rodriguez, who played Angel in the off-Broadway revival of Rent and has since come out as transgender, recently shared on Facebook her experience of auditioning for Hamilton as a trans performer. “My goal was to just be seen as the woman I have beome, as well as show I can do the work,” she posted.The cast will also include Frenie Acoba (Matilda), Taylor Caldwell (School of Rock), Sophia Anne Caruso (Lazarus), Aidan Gemme (Finding Neverland), Matthew Gumley (The Addams Family), Sam Poon (The King and I), Jeremy Shinder (A Christmas Story), Ripley Sobo (Matilda) and Chris Sumpter (Matilda).Rounding out the company are Sumaya Bouhbal, Kenneth Cabral, Maxwell Cabral, Xavier Casimir, Joshua DeJesus, Adleesa Edwards, Reyna Guerra, Christina Jimenez, Kylie McNeill, Cele Pahucki, Siena Rafter, Claudia Ramirez, Ren, Deandre Sevon and Maxwell Vice.Runaways, created by the late Elizabeth Swados, premiered off-Broadway at the Public Theater before transferring to Broadway in 1978. The show assembled a team of creators and performers who were actual teen runaways and told their stories through songs and spoken work pieces.The Encores! Off-Center production will be directed by Sam Pinkleton and feature choreography by Ani Taj.Meet the new Runaways cast below!
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Garanti Pension and Life, the largest pension insurance company in Turkey in terms of the number of pension savers, is planning to launch new funds investing in commodities and international equities.Cemal Onaran, managing director at the TRY4.6bn (€1.3bn) firm, told IPE the new funds would be launched within the next four years.“Our foreign stock market investment fund will most likely invest in both developed markets such as the US and Germany, as well as in emerging markets like Brazil, China and Russia,” he said.“This will respond to the need for alternative investment vehicles, provide tool for diversification away from the domestic risks and vulnerabilities.” Most pension fund assets in Turkey are at present invested in T-bills and Turkish government bonds (59.83%), which lost 0.32% last year.The remainder of pension portfolios are invested in other investment vehicles (17.97%), stocks (12.87%), reverse repos (7.08%), foreign securities (1.24%) and money markets (1.01%), according to Turkey’s financial regulator (SPK).Turkish private pension investments pulled in an average total return of -0.76% last year.Onaran believes that, although Turkish investors still strongly prefer fixed income investments, equities will be the most rewarding instrument for pension funds in the long term.Garanti Pension has some 813,000 customers at present.“Until 2008,” Onaran said, “interest rates in Turkey were quite high, at around 25%, so the optimal strategy was to invest in money market or government bond funds.“From 2008 on, however, interest rates fell down to 7-8%, and investors started to demand higher returns.“This, as well as growing knowledge and experience on financial markets, is increasing interest in alternative investment vehicles such as foreign equity funds.”Garanti Pension is also planning to grow its overall exposure to equities, where it currently has some 13.5% of its assets.In addition, some 68.8% of Garanti Pension’s assets are invested in local fixed income, 9.8% in reverse repos and 7.9% in time deposits, foreign exchange fixed income instruments and commodities.“Already now, we allocate more funds to equities than the average firm in the market,” Onaran said.“We are planning to increase our equity exposure further, up to 15% of all assets in 2-3 years, and to 20% in the long run.“We will gradually increase the average equity ratio within our flexible and equity funds as the market prices test reasonably low levels.”
BBC News 18 September 2016Family First Comment: No – you’re a biological female. A beautiful 10 year old girl. Celebrate your uniqueness! And don’t let adults confuse and exploit you with mythical terms like ‘non-binary’ and ‘gender identity’.Leo is 10 years old. For most of his life he’s lived as a girl, but this summer he began to speak openly about his sense that this didn’t feel quite right. With research help for his parents, he’s decided he is non-binary – in his case, both masculine and feminine – though for the moment he dresses as a boy and has taken a male name. This is Leo’s story in his own words.I’m not a boy.I thought I was a boy, because I’m not entirely a girl. We tried that for a bit, and I thought: “No, this is not right.”Then we did some research and we found the word is gender non-binary… and it really works, it’s just me.I don’t know what age I was when I identified that I wasn’t feeling right.Actually I told my teacher first. I got really frustrated because I asked why none of the girls got boys’ parts in a play that we were doing. It wasn’t right.I pulled her over and said: “I’m not a girl.”READ MORE: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37383914