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Finger pointed at western media for fomenting Andijan revolt

first_img February 11, 2021 Find out more September 23, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Finger pointed at western media for fomenting Andijan revolt UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia to go further May 11, 2021 Find out more “This mockery of a trial worthy of Stalin’s era appears particularly alarming to us in terms of the future of press freedom in the country. The defendants have made statements directly accusing western journalists from the BBC and Associated Press who had the courage to cover this particularly terrible event, but also journalists who never went to Andijan,” the organisation said.“ This trial demonstrates once again the pressure brought to bear on those who exposed what really happened that day ” it said.The defendants called the Andijan revolt a “foreign plot” and said, among other things, that the journalists on the spot had been “financed by foreign terrorist organisations”. According to them it was the western journalists who suggested to the accused that they should “imitate a peaceful revolution to create chaos.”One of the defendants quoted by name a Reuters reporters who had not even been there during the uprising. A western diplomat attending the trial said it appeared the defendants were repeating confessions that had been dictated to them.Elsewhere, on 19 September, the Namangan appeal court confirmed a six-month jail sentence against Nosir Zokirov, correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty for “insulting a member of the Uzbek security services”. Zokirov was one of the first journalists to cover the Andijan uprising. Eight other local correspondents for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty have been harassed by the Uzbek authorities since the events of 13 May.Overnight on 12-13 May 2005, an armed group raided the prison in Andijan to release 23 Muslim businessmen who had been accused of Islamism. The government of President Islam Karimov acknowledged the deaths, as a result of police intervention, of 187 people, the majority of whom it described as “Islamist terrorists”. Human rights activists put the deaths at between 500 and 1,000 and have accused the Uzbek government of staging this trial to conceal its own key role in the massacre. Organisation The 15 alleged leaders, who all pleaded guilty on 20 September 2005 to starting the revolt, the following day accused the western media of organising the 13 May 2005 uprising. News October 15, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders expressed deep concern at an escalating crackdown on journalists by the Uzbek authorities, as the 15 alleged leaders of the bloody uprising in Andijan sought from the opening of their trial to put the blame onto foreign journalists whom they said had fomented the revolt in a bid to “create chaos”. center_img News News More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Uzbekistan News RSF_en last_img read more

Boycott of Israeli goods rejected by Council

first_imgEmail Twitter NewsPoliticsBoycott of Israeli goods rejected by CouncilBy Alan Jacques – May 31, 2018 1292 Facebook O’Donnell Welcomes Major Enhancement Works for Castletroy Neighbourhood Park Previous articleUS Meeting Planners get a taste of the Shannon Region as Limerick is promoted as a destination cityNext articleFair deal type scheme for home help service Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSBoycottCian PrendivilleCllr Cian PrendivilleIsraelLimerick City and County Councilmeetingpolitics A PROPOSAL calling on Limerick City and County Council to boycott goods and services produced in Israel was rejected by councillors this week.Speaking at the monthly meeting of the full 40-member council this Monday, Cllr Prendiville called on the local authority to become free from goods and services produced in “Israeli settlements illegally established on stolen Palestinian land and therefore urging Senators to support the Control of Economic Activity (Occupied Territories) Bill, 2018″.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “A couple of weeks ago 60 people were murdered at a peaceful protest that was shot at by snipers. Among those shot were 14, 15 and 16-year-olds. An eight-month-old baby died as a result of tear gas. Imagine that, sending in snipers to shoot peaceful protesters.“That is nothing but terrorism, state terrorism of the Israeli State against Palestinian protesters. It was designed, like all terrorism, to terrify people, in this case, to scare them away from protesting,” Cllr Prendiville stated.At this point in the meeting, Fianna Fail councillor Sean Lynch warned the Solidarity representative that he was making “serious allegations”.Mayor of Limerick City and County, Cllr Stephen Keary suggested that Cllr Prendiville stick to speaking on his motion.Prendiville continued: “These killings expose the brutality of this murderous State, but the Right Wing Israeli government ploughs ahead despite the protests. Just days ago they announced plans for new illegal settlements. This on top of al the other settlements built in the West Bank, that is built in what is recognised Palestinian territory.“This land grab is dispossessing and displacing millions of Palestinians, and the World Bank estimates it costs the Palestinian economy $3.4 billion a year. It also creates a huge water shortage for Palestinians.“My motion is seeking to support a bill currently in the Seanad. This bill would ban imports of good and services from these illegal settlements. It seeks to end the hypocrisy of Irish governments, who have on the one hand opposed these settlements, and supported such a ban in words, but have failed to take any action. Instead, they continue to conduct business with these illegal settlements, and support the profiteering from this brutality.”Sinn Fein councillor Séighin Ó Ceallaigh fully supported the motion.“The Palestinian cause is one that is very close to my own heart. Boycotts ended apartheid in South Africa and they will end Israeli apartheid,” he declared.Nestlé, who employ over 600 people at the Wyeth Nutritionals plant in Askeaton, was one of the companies he mentioned for boycott, alongside other well-known brands such as McDonald’s and Coca-Cola.The world’s largest food and beverage company, Nestlé is on a list of brands targeted by boycotters due to its Research and Development facility being located on the Israeli border town of Sderot.Wyeth, the West Limerick arm of the Swiss multinational, manufactures and sells infant nutrition products at their Askeaton factory.Cllr John Costelloe (SF) vehemently described the current hostilities along the Gaza strip as “genocide”.Cllr Sean Lynch again warned that there was “no evidence” to support allegations being made in the heated County Hall council chambers.Labour Party councillor Elena Secas did not feel a meeting of the local authority was “the right environment” for such a discussion. This, she maintained, was a topic to be directed towards Senators and TDs.Fianna Fail councillor Kieran O’Hanlon took a similar view.“We are not the United Nations, the European Parliament or the Dail. This is not the place to make a judgment,” he insisted.“Nestlé are one of the companies mentioned. They employ over 500 people in Askeaton. They are a huge employer. I worked there myself for over 30 years.”With only five councillors including Cllr Prendiville, voting in support of the motion, Limerick City and County Council rejected the proposal.Prendiville clarified to the Limerick Post after the meeting that his motion was in support of a bill that would ban the import of goods and services manufactured in the ‘illegal settlements’ in the West Bank.“It would have no impact on goods made in Ireland or anywhere else,” he concluded.Visit the Limerick Post Politics section for more stories. 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Lettings market booms as millions seek new homes after lockdown

first_imgLettings agents have reported a booming rental market with rising demand for property as tenants look for new lifestyles and locations after months of lockdown.ARLA Propertymark’s latest lettings market report says the average number of new prospective tenants registered per branch jumped to 84 in March, up from February’s figure of 82 – the third consecutive monthly increase.West Midlands agents saw the highest number of new tenants registered at 157, while Scotland’s saw the lowest, with an average of 31 new prospective tenants.Tenants experiencing rent rises on renewal increased last month; 60% of agents registered landlords increasing their rent compared to 49% in February.The number of tenants successfully negotiating rent reductions fell to 1.7% in March, down from 2%, which is the lowest number recorded since October last year.But despite this fizzy market, the number of properties managed per letting agent branch fell from 195 in February to 193.The West Midlands had the highest number of properties managed per letting agent branch at 260, while the capital’s agents experienced the lowest amount of rental stock with an average of 128 properties managed per branch.ARLA Propertymark’s chief policy advisor, Mark Hayward, says: “As demand rises and the number of properties decreases, rent prices will inflate, but we’d encourage letting agents to continue to support landlords and their tenants throughout the ongoing Covid-19 difficulties where possible and ultimately it is positive to see rent flowing and incomes returning for many people.”Read more about rent reductions.ARLA lettings report Mark Hayward ARLA Propertymark rent reductions April 29, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Lettings market booms as millions seek new homes after lockdown previous nextHousing MarketLettings market booms as millions seek new homes after lockdownARLA Propertymark says agents report spike in applications for properties but warns rents will soon rise as stock dwindles.Nigel Lewis29th April 20210495 Viewslast_img read more

Wellington City Council candidate forum: John Brand

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — John Brand is an incumbent Wellington City Council member running for one of six “at large” positions on the newly restructured board.Registered voters within the Wellington city limits can vote in this race which will have 15 candidates on the ballot. The top three vote-getters will receive four-year terms. The second three will receive two-year terms.Voters can vote for up to six candidates. They can vote for one candidate, two candidates, three, four, five or six – but nothing more.The city/school election will be held on Tuesday, April 2. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. at the Raymond Frye Complex. People can also advance vote at the Sumner County Clerk’s office.The following is a list of questions submitted to Brand.1. Tell us about yourself.Brand: I have been a highly qualified director/manager with 15 years experience leading large diverse groups to new levels of success. I have strong technical and business background with an impressive record of turning around organizations by optimizing organizational strengths.I am currently director of collections at American Red Cross in Wichita after serving as a donor services manager from June 2001 to May 2002. I also worked at Medical Lodge of Goddard, Beverly Health and Rehabilitation Center of Wellington, Medical Lodge of Douglass and Douglass Home Health and Oak Haven Nursing Center.I am a graduate at Kansas State University, served on the Wellington City Council, the Wellington Board of Zoning Appeals, and have been head coach of both the youth football and wrestling program.2. What is the main reason why you are running for Wellington City Council?Brand:I love Wellington.  I was born and raised in Wellington and have many wonderful memories growing up here as a child.  I love the fact that I am now watching my children grow up here, making their own memories each and every day.It’s important to me to make sure Wellington is a strong and stable community.  Over my three years on the City Council, I feel we’ve made great strides in improving our aging infrastructure.  We’ve also started to make progress in developing the Eastern Corridor.  I want to finish what we started.I believe a strength I bring to the Council is communication.  I work hard to positively build consensus and explain WHY we came up with the course of action chosen.  I believe it is important to allow all points of view to be heard, but in the end we need to remember we are Wellington and we need to support the final decisions.3. Losing businesses is an ongoing concern to the community of Wellington. What do you as a city council member believe you can do to stop the exodus and enhance business growth?Brand:I think the single biggest thing we could do is attract an anchor employer to the East Corridor or Industrial Park Area.  More jobs means more money to spend and hopefully an increase in our population to frequent local businesses.As a Council we have taken steps in the right direction to make this happen.  Now we just need to launch.  We have hired Economic Director Cody Sims who has done a great job of shaking the trees to recruit new business.  We have also built the infrastructure to the Eastern Corridor.  It is basically plug and play as far as utilities go.  This should give us a significant competitive advantage in recruiting industry.Finally, the City received a little over 1 million dollars in oil lease money.  I advocate using this money as an incentive to attract business to Wellington, similar as to how Hutchinson used local incentive money to attract the Siemens Wind Turbine plant.4. The current Wellington City Council is studying ways to supply water to oil companies. What is your position on the matter?Brand: We should do everything we can to supply water to the oil companies without jeopardizing the water supply to our citizens.The current route the city is exploring to solve this problem is innovative and should be applauded.  The use of Grey Water, water that has been treated and stored from our sewage plant, will not only have no impact on our local drinking water supply but also may result in revenue for the city through the sale of this byproduct. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (4) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down Shout it out loud · 385 weeks ago John Brand is truly a good person who cares about Wellington. He puts a great deal of thought into his decisions and is passionate about his family, friends, relationship with God, career and position as a council member. While John deals well with difficult decisions, he obviously does not take any decision lightly. He is great for our community. Best of luck to you, John! Report Reply 0 replies · active 385 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Bazinga19 · 385 weeks ago John is a good guy that has my respect. I do have have few questions. How many mills are being subsidized by the utility fund(electric rates) and how much is in reserves in case of a disaster? In the early 90’s the utility fund covered about 16 mills of the general fund, but that was before the new fire/police building, which I would guess increased the general fund by two. Everyone talks about infrastructure, but the streets in this town suck. Also, let’s quite throwing money at the auditorium. Report Reply 1 reply · active 385 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down John Brand · 385 weeks ago The city has historically transferred a percent of electric revenues to the general fund . This is common practice. For 2013 that was about 10% of the revenue equating to 31 mills. I am told this is considered a franchise fee, which is normal. Westar pays a similar fee to every city they service. Currently the Reserve is approximately 7 million after considering dedicated bond requirements. I agree our streets need major improvement. We are searching for solutions, but there are no easy answers. That said, I assure you it is a Council priority. The money spent on the Auditorium was primarily State Grant money subsidized by the Horton Trust which has to be used on the Auditorium. I agree the city should not spend any more money on the Auditorium until the Auditorium can demonstrate it will be used regularly by our citizens. The John Michael Montgomery concert is a great step in the right direction. We shall see how it is supported and if we can consistently pull in similar events in the future. Report Reply +4 Vote up Vote down Paul Stanley · 385 weeks ago John Brand is a good man, plain and simple. We need more citizens like him in Wellington. Report Reply 0 replies · active 385 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 5. Staying with water, because of the current drought, the water level is low at the Wellington City Lake. Do you favor other alternative water sourcing, or do you believe we should remain status quo on our water resources? Also, will you ever be in favor of water rationing?Brand: I believe we have been proactive in exploring alternative sourcing.  We’ve recently finished a comprehensive study of our local water supply looking at where we are now as well as where we’ll need to be 30 years from now.   We are currently testing areas for ground wells to help supplement our water supply.As far as rationing water, I believe we should follow the city’s current policy, so yes ultimately if the lake gets low enough we must ration water.6. The total assessed valuation in Wellington went down in 2012, but may remain constant or improve with the inclusion of Wal-Mart on the tax roll in 2013. However, this may not be the case in the next four years. If Wellington has a lower assessed value as the previous year, how would you as a council member respond to the lack of tax revenue for the municipality?Brand: This is a difficult question to answer because there is so much supposition.Ultimately we would either need to cut back expenses or raise taxes to cover those expenses.  To me it would not make sense to raise taxes if our tax base was already shrinking.  Thus, we’d need to cut back.  I would suggest starting with the Capital Improvement Plan.  There are large purchases or projects that could possibly be postponed.7. Many believe Wellington has trouble promoting itself to outsiders. Do you believe as a tax entity, the city should initiate various promotional programs and if so what would you think they should be?Brand: Yes we need to promote Wellington not only as a great place to live but also as a great place to start a business.  We need to partner with the Chamber as we have in the past with the “Live Well, Live Wellington” campaign.  We also need to ‘formally’ develop a recruitment plan for industry.  We have several sub-groups throughout the community that have met over the years.  Now it’s time for the city to take the lead and take action.8. Do you believe in tax incentives to lure in private business? If so or not, please explain.Brand: Yes.To be competitive with other cities we must.  This has been one of the challenges in attracting a new hotel to Wellington.  Other cities offer the sun and the moon.   Wellington must be smart but competitive or we’ll be left behind.9. The Wellington utility rates continue to be a concern to many citizens, especially the fuel adjustment rates. Do you believe they are reasonable and in line with other communities? Should the city make a change in the way it handles utilities? Brand: I work in Wichita with people from Wichita, Anthony, and Andover.  Everyone complains about their utility rates.    Utility rates are high period…Wellington’s electric rate is slightly higher than average when compared to surrounding communities.  That said, we have not had a rate increase since 2007.  The water rates are actually much lower than average.I do not believe we should make any adjustments at this time.  We need to reinvest any utility surplus into our aging utility infrastructure.10. What would you say is Wellington’s biggest concern over the next four years?Brand: Our priority over the next four years needs to be attracting a large scale employer to Wellington.   Attracting an anchor business will solve many of our woes.I also think we need to keep our eye on the ball with SRMC.  Though the hospital has performed much better with the help of the recently passed sales tax, we still must assure its long term success.  I’m hearing great things about recent improvements at SRMC.  As a community we must make sure we support this critical community asset.last_img read more

WATCH SpaceX-NASA Manned Falcon 9 Rocket Launch LIVE

first_imgIf the launch goes off as planned around 4:30 this afternoon, the pair will be headed to the International Space Station. We will carry the launch live on air and on line if and when it happens.It will be the first space crew to launch from the U.S. since 2011.It’s also the first time NASA is pairing with a private company to send astronauts into space. Two astronauts are ready launch into space from the Kennedy Space Center for the first time in nearly a decade this afternoon.Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley will blast off from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station.President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence will be at Kennedy Space Center to view the launch set for 4:33 p.m. Eastern Time.But with all the new equipment safety is a concern because SpaceX has lost a Falcon 9 in 2015 and 2016.And just over a year ago, an explosion destroyed a SpaceX Dragon capsule, like the one scheduled to launch today.NASA putting the odds of catastrophic failure at 1 in 270.last_img read more

Monmouth Medical’s Children’s Hospital Named for Unterbergs

first_imgLONG BRANCH – In recognition of a significant gift from Ann and Thomas Unterberg to the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center will be named The Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center.Active philanthropists, the Unterbergs, residents of Rumson, New York City and Turks and Caicos, have been longtime supporters of Monmouth Medical Center. Ann currently serves as chair of the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees and is the vice chair of Monmouth Medical Center’s Board of Trustees. Thomas is a past member Monmouth Medical Center’s Board of Trustees.The family’s long history of philanthropic support to Monmouth Medical Center includes previous naming opportunities – the Unterberg Pediatric Emergency Room, the Unterberg Learning Center and the Unterberg mammography suites in the Jacqueline M. Wilentz Comprehensive Breast Center.Ann and Thomas’ involvement with Monmouth Medical Center continues the legacy of generations of Unterberg family members who have supported the hospital, including Thomas’ parents, Clarence and Marjorie Unterberg. Marjorie Unterberg served as president of the School of Nursing at Monmouth Medical Center, where she established the Center for Nursing Excellence. She was also a former vice president of the Board of Governors at Monmouth Medical Center.“The Unterbergs generosity to Monmouth Medical Center will have a far-reaching impact in our community, benefiting our youngest patients and their families,” said Dr. Frank J. Vozos, president and chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center. “The board of directors, the board of trustees of the foundation, the hospital administration, the medical staff and all employees of Monmouth Medical Center express our deepest gratitude to the entire Unterberg family for their continued dedication to Monmouth Medical Center.”“The Unterbergs’ transformational gift to The Children’s Hospital will create an even more comforting environment to match our high-quality clinical care,” said Dr. Meg Fisher, chair of pediatrics at Monmouth and medical director of The Unterberg Children’s Hospital. “This gift will help us to continue providing exceptional pediatric care throughout the community.”“Ann and Thomas Unterberg are devoted to providing support to Mon­mouth Medical Center,” said Tara F. Kelly, vice president, Monmouth Med­i­cal Center Foundation. “Their continued support and commitment to the hospital and Foundation ensure that Monmouth can provide necessary care to our patients and community.”The Unterbergs’ gift will support the pediatric care provided by The Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center and allow for facility renovations, the refurbishing of patient areas to provide patients and their families with a more comfortable environment and the expansion of the pediatric intensive care unit, which serves hundreds of children each year.Ann has dedicated herself to philanthropy and nonprofit work for the past 25 years. In addition to her positions with Monmouth Medical Center and the Monmouth Medical Center Foundation, she serves as a trustee of the Two River Theater Company. In New York City, she is chair of Lincoln Center Education, as well as a trustee of both Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the International Women’s Health Coalition. She is on the Distribution Committee of the New York Community Trust, a $2.2 billion trust benefiting New York City’s nonprofits. Ann has served on numerous boards in New York and New Jersey, including The Wildlife Conservation Society, Grand Street Settlement, Planned Parenthood of NYC, Monmouth University, VNA of Central Jersey and the Garden State Performing Arts Center.Prior to her work in philanthropy, Ann worked at L.F. Rothschild, Unterberg, Towbin, a full-service investment banking firm. She is an honors graduate of Boston University.Thomas is a senior advisor at Diker Management, LLC in New York City and serves as chairman of the Investment Committee of Unterberg Technology Partners, a long-only securities fund. He has had distinguished career in investment banking, beginning in 1956, and is known worldwide as a pioneer in technology investment banking and an expert in emerging growth companies. Thomas has led more 200 initial public offerings, including the IPOs of Intel, Compaq Computers, Lotus, Tandem Computers, Cray Computer, Seagate Technologies, Conner Peripherals, Lin Broadcasting, Thermo Electron and AES Corporation. Additionally, he has been instrumental in the Israeli high-technology industry as investment banker of numerous IPOs and as a venture investor while serving as a director of Tamar Ventures. As a banker and advisor, Thomas has served on more than 30 corporate boards.Thomas has served as a trustee of many nonprofits, most notably Grand Street Settlement, where he recently retired as chairman after 40 years. He has served as a member of the Princeton University Investment Committee and currently serves on the board of the Two River Theater Company. Thomas holds a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administration from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.To learn more about ways to support Monmouth Medical Center, call Kelly at 732-923-6886 or visit www.monmouthfoundation.org.last_img read more

Muff Liquor Co founder drinking in the success of business award

first_imgLaura Bonner is drinking in the success of her latest accolade having secured the Ulster Business Woman of the Year title at the prestigious Graham Norton Gin Inspiring Awards 2019.The Inishowen based entrepreneur behind Donegal premium craft drinks business The Muff Liquor Company said she was extremely proud to be named as one of Ireland’s most inspiring women in recognition of the success of her craft potato Gin and Vodka products that have been taking the drinks industry by storm across the world.The announcement was made on Saturday, October 12th, 2019 at the Clayton Silversprings Hotel when 500 guests took part in the glamorous event hosted by RTE’s Miriam O’ Callaghan and Bibi Baskin. Miriam O Callaghan and Laura Bonner, receiving the Ulster Business Woman of the Year Award at the Graham Norton Gin Inspiring Awards 2019Speaking after the awards ceremony Laura said she was over the moon at securing the award and thanked everyone for their support.“I was in total shock when they read out my name, it was an amazing surprise. I feel so honoured to have won the Graham Norton Inspiring Women Awards, Ulster Business Woman of the Year. To be in league with such amazing women in leadership across the country, only makes me want to strive for further success.”This accolade comes just weeks since the company’s success when they secured the People’s Choice at the Irish Gin Awards. Laura commented: “This award was particularly special to us because it’s the ‘People’s Choice’ and is a real endorsement from our loyal customers. We enjoy great success at blind-tasting competitions, so for the public to vote for us in this hugely significant competition is a real coup. We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved since our company was established in early 2017. ”Laura Bonner – Muff Liquor CompanyLooking ahead, Laura says the The Muff Liquor Company is currently in the process of crowdfunding via crowdcube to enable the company to expand the business into the Asian market. “It’s an extremely busy time for us but it’s also really exciting. We are travelling all over the world promoting our products and showcasing our business model to a wider audience and endorsements like the Graham Norton gin awards, really give us the confidence to move our business forward and explore new markets. We are confident that the Asia market will embrace the innovative craft distilled spirits that have taken Ireland and the UK by storm and take us to a new level with our business.”Laura explained: “2019 has been really busy for us at The Muff Liquor Company. It has involved a lot of travelling and attending a lot of showcases and events but we have a fantastic team behind us who are really supportive of our product, our brand and our company ethos.“Being recognised at these awards is very important to us, it is indicative of the work we are doing and the confidence we have in our products. We are very much committed to further developing our plans for our own distillery and creating jobs in the local area but most of all we hope that our customers will continue to support us and enjoy our unique products.“Key to our success to date is testament to the commitment of all our staff and the huge level support from family and friends in making our company a success,” Laura concluded.Muff Liquor Co founder drinking in the success of business award was last modified: October 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:business woman of the yearEnterpriseGraham Norton Gin Inspiring Awards 2019laura bonnermuff ginmuff liquor companymuff vodkalast_img read more

Want to go to Warriors’ preseason opener? Here’s how to get tickets

first_imgBut there are ways to … Ready or not, the NBA preseason is a little more than a month away and Warriors fans still eager to be part of history will get their opportunity on Tuesday.Tickets for the first ever preseason game at the new $1.4 billion Chase Center — against LeBron James’ Lakers on Saturday, Oct. 5 — will go on sale to the general public at 4 p.m. Tuesday.A nearly 360 degree look at @ChaseCenter pic.twitter.com/n8QP4Ias87— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) August 26, 2019last_img read more

Digital TV for SA by 2010

first_img28 May 2007State-owned signals provider Sentech is on course to providing about 80% digital terrestrial transmission coverage by the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.Delivering her department’s budget in Parliament in Cape Town last week, Communications Minister Ivy Matsepe-Casaburri said Sentech intends to launch at least one high definition television satellite channel in time for the World Cup.She said the company would also build a second teleport to provide additional capacity needed for the satellite uplink.In line with the government’s technology plan for 2010, the SA Broadcasting Corporation also plans to have six more high definition units in place by end of 2009.“The implementation of this strategy will meet a number of Asgi-SA objectives, as well as delivery of service to under-serviced second economy areas,” Matsepe-Casaburri said.“We have established a body to oversee the rollout of digital migration in South Africa and we have called it the Digital Dzonga (South).”South Africa’s Cabinet approved the move for the country’s digital migration process to be switched on by 1 November 2008, with analogue signals set to be switched off on 1 November 2011.She said that set-top boxes would enable South Africans to access digital signals using their analogue television sets.South Africa is to begin growing its set-top box manufacturing and maintenance capability, providing an additional boost for job creation in the country.Local contentMatsepe-Casaburri added that new television channels would grow from the migration, requiring the development of more local television content and thus supporting the growth of the country’s creative industries.“New industries such as animation will flourish,” the minister said, noting that the National Electronic Media Institute of SA (Nemisa) was establishing a digital content hub that would facilitate the production of animated and e-learning products and enable South Africa to become the “digital repository of its own historical and cultural content.“Already our own Magic Cellar children’s programme has found resonance in the USA, where HBO has indicated interest.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Do Less of This and More of That Instead

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