Hamdi Al-Bakari attacked, Bushra Al-Maqtari and Mohammed Al-Hozayfi injured

first_img Help by sharing this information March 17, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Hamdi Al-Bakari attacked, Bushra Al-Maqtari and Mohammed Al-Hozayfi injured Organisation RSF_en center_img News Pro-government thugs attacked an Al-Jazeera crew as the station’s correspondent, Hamdi Al-Bakari, was covering violence against demonstrators in the province of Taiz. Journalist, writer and activist Bushra Al-Maqtari was injured when security agents tried to disperse a sit-in in Freedom Square in the city of Taiz. Mareb Press reporter Mohammed Al-Hozayfi was also injured when anti-riot police threw stones and used teargas to disperse the protesters. last_img read more

Chittenden Corporation Reports Increased Earnings

first_imgChittenden Corporation Reports Increased Earnings Per Share, and AnnouncesNew Share Repurchase PlanBurlington, VT Chittenden Corporation (NYSE:CHZ) Chairman, President and Chief ExecutiveOfficer, Paul A. Perrault, today announced higher earnings for the year ended December 31,2006 of $85.5 million or $1.83 per diluted share, compared to $82.0 million or $1.74 per dilutedshare a year ago. For the fourth quarter of 2006, net income was $22.5 million or $0.48 perdiluted share, compared to $21.8 million or $0.46 per diluted share earned in the fourth quarter of2005.In making the announcement, Perrault said, I am pleased to report to shareholders that yourCompanys discipline and strong strategic implementation continues to deliver solid resultsdespite the challenging environment . Chittenden also announced its quarterly dividend of $0.20per share, which will be paid on February 9, 2007, to shareholders of record on January 26,2007.Perrault also announced that the Board of Directors approved a new share repurchase plan onJanuary 17, 2007 for one million shares of the Corporations common stock. The repurchase ofthe common stock may be done in negotiated transactions or open market purchases over thenext two years.FOURTH QUARTER 2006 FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTSÀ‰ Commercial loans increased 7% from the end of 2005.À‰ Average deposits for 2006 increased 4% from 2005 with solid growth in CMA/moneymarket deposits of over 4%.À‰ Net interest margin held steady for 2006 at 4.24% and the fourth quarter increased 6basis points to 4.29%.À‰ Nonperforming assets declined 22% from the third quarter of 2006.À‰ The efficiency ratio improved to 54.6% for the fourth quarter of 2006.À‰ The Company repurchased 762,500 common shares in the fourth quarter and thetangible capital ratio remained over 7.00% at year end.ASSETSThe Companys securities portfolio declined from both the prior year end and on a linked quarterbasis to $1.1 billion. The decrease in securities was primarily utilized to fund loan growth andreduce borrowings. Total loans increased by $210 million from the end of last year to $4.7 billionat December 31, 2006. The Company experienced solid loan growth in 2006 throughout all of itsmarkets with particularly strong increases in its multifamily real estate, commercial real estateand construction portfolios.LIABILITIESTotal deposits decreased $20 million from September 30, 2006 reflecting the start of the normalseasonal decline in deposits, which is primarily driven by the operating cycles of the Companysmunicipal and commercial customers. Borrowings at December 31, 2006, were $210 million, adecrease of $17 million from the end of last year due to lower FHLB advances.NET INTEREST INCOMETax-equivalent net interest income for the fourth quarter of 2006 was $64.0 million, compared to$63.7 million for the same quarter of 2005 and $63.5 million for the third quarter of 2006. Theincrease in net interest income from the same period a year ago was due to higher averageearning assets, which was partially offset by a slightly lower net interest margin. The Companysnet interest margin for the fourth quarter was 4.29%, an increase of 6 basis points from the thirdquarter of 2006 and a decline of 1 basis point from the same period a year ago. The increase innet interest margin from the third quarter of 2006 was attributable to higher interest recoveries onformer non-performing loans. The decline in the net interest margin from the fourth quarter of2005 was due to an increase in funding costs, which was partially offset by an increase in theyield on interest earning assets. The increase in funding costs was driven by strong competitionfor both commercial and consumer deposits as well as increases in the federal funds rate in2005 and 2006.NONINTEREST INCOMENoninterest income was $17.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, compared with $16.1 millionfor the third quarter and $17.4 million for the same period a year ago. The increase in noninterestincome was primarily attributable to higher investment management and trust fees and othernoninterest income, which was partially offset by lower gains on the sales of mortgage loans.The increase in other noninterest income from the fourth quarter of 2005 was primarily due to$1.1 million received in relation to the Companys interest in a mortgage insurance captive, whichwas partially offset by higher amortization on investments in low income housing limitedpartnerships.NONINTEREST EXPENSENoninterest expenses were $46.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2006, compared to $46.0million for the fourth quarter of 2005. The increase from the same quarter a year ago is primarilya result of higher salary expense which related to increased share-based compensation costsand new branch openings in 2006. The Company recognized $785,000 of share-basedcompensation in the fourth quarter of 2006 as compared to $4,000 in the same quarter a yearago.INCOME TAXESThe effective income tax rates for 2006 were 31.5% for the fourth quarter and 32.1% for the fullyear compared with 34.2% and 34.5%, respectively, for the same periods in 2005. The lowereffective income tax rate was attributable to higher low-income housing and historic rehabilitationtax credits.CREDIT QUALITYThe provision for credit losses was $2.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2006 compared to $1.4million for the same quarter of 2005. The increase in the provision for credit losses from thecomparable period in 2005 was primarily due to higher net charge offs and nonperforming loans.Net charge-offs as a percentage of average loans were 4 basis points for the fourth quarter.hittenden Corporation of 2006, up from 2 basis points for the same quarter a year ago. The increase in net charge-offsprimarily relates to one commercial finance loan that was placed on non-accrual status in the firstquarter of 2006. The allowance for credit losses as a percentage of total loans excludingmunicipal loans was 1.39% at December 31, 2006 compared to 1.43% for the fourth quarter of2005.last_img read more

Biden chooses longtime adviser Ron Klain as chief of staff

first_img– Advertisement – Choosing Klain is also likely to assuage some concerns among progressives who had been gearing up for a fight over one of the first and biggest staff picks Biden will make as he builds out his White House team. The chief of staff is typically a gatekeeper for the president, crafts political and legislative strategy and often serves as a liaison to Capitol Hill in legislative negotiations.Progressives had expressed concerns that Biden would pick one of his other former chiefs of staff: Steve Richetti, who faces skepticism for his work as a lobbyist, or Bruce Reed, who is seen as too much of a moderate to embrace reforms pushed by the party’s base. But progressives see Klain as open to working with them on top priorities like climate change and health care. “His deep, varied experience and capacity to work with people all across the political spectrum is precisely what I need in a White House chief of staff as we confront this moment of crisis and bring our country together again,” Biden said.Klain served as chief of staff for Biden during Barack Obama’s first term, was chief of staff to Vice President Al Gore in the mid-1990s and was a key adviser on the Biden campaign, guiding Biden’s debate preparations and coronavirus response. He’s known and worked with Biden since the Democrat’s 1987 presidential campaign.The choice of Klain underscores the effort the incoming Biden administration will place on the coronavirus response from day one. Klain has experience in public health as the Ebola response coordinator and played a central role in drafting and implementing the Obama administration’s economic recovery plan in 2009.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Ron Klain, right, conducts a meeting with staff on January, 13, 2015 in Washington, DC.Bill O’Leary| The Washington Post | Getty Images President-elect Joe Biden has chosen his longtime adviser Ron Klain to reprise his role as his chief of staff, installing an aide with decades of experience in the top role in his White House.Klain will lead a White House likely to be consumed by the response to the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to spread unchecked across the nation, and he’ll face the challenge of working with a divided Congress that could include a Republican-led Senate. Klain served as the coordinator to the Ebola response during the 2014 outbreak.In a statement Wednesday night, Biden suggested he chose Klain for the position because his longtime experience in Washington had prepared him for such challenges.- Advertisement –last_img read more

‘ACTIVISM NOT A CRIME’ Iloilo groups brace for raids, arrests

first_imgBurgos-Villavert also issued thesearch warrants that led to the arrest of Gabriela Metro Manila spokespersonCora Agovida and her husband Kadamay Metro Manila campaign officer Mickael TanBartolome in Manila earlier the same day. “(President Rodrigo) Duterte isintolerant of dissent,” said Elmer Forro, secretary-general of Bagong AlyansangMakabayan (Bayan) Panay. “Truly, the real horrors and monstersof today come in uniform, expensive barongs,and suit and ties that perpetrate State terrorism in surreptitious anddeceptive ways,” said Karapatan vice chairperson Reylan Vergara. Peasant leaders, trade unionists,human rights defenders, cultural workers, a community journalist, women’srights activists as well minors were among the individuals arrested in BacolodCity (57) and Manila (two) during raids of the regional offices of Bayan Muna,Karapatan, Gabriela, the National Federation of Sugar Workers as well as theresidences of activists and mass leaders. By challenging government policiesdeemed inimical, activists were espousing people’s welfare and defending humanrights, said Forro. These were nothing new, he said, “butthe mass arrest of 59 individuals in one day of terror is as an alarming signof the government’s intensifying efforts to crackdown on its critics.” Supposedly seized by the CriminalInvestigation and Detection Group from the raids were “assorted short caliberfirearms, sub-machine guns, machine guns, live ammunitions, hand grenades,bladed weapons, Kilusang Mayo Uno flags, megaphones, microphones, andvoluminous subversive documents” according to National Task Force to End LocalCommunist Armed Conflict communications chief Martin Andanar. ILOILO City – Members of Iloiloprogressive groups staged a picket in front of the Police Regional Office 6 inFort San Pedro here yesterday to protest Thursday’s raids on their BacolodCity-based counterparts. They demanded the release of 57 arrested activists.center_img Activism is not a crime, he stressed. Activists in Iloilo City demand the release of 57 colleagues in Bacolod City arrested in a raid on the eve of All Saints’ Day. Do policemen plan to arrest activists in Iloilo City, too? IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN For its part, human rights groupKarapatan decried the coordinated raids and mass arrests conducted by thePhilippine National Police and Philippine Army on Oct. 31. The evidenceallegedly gathered from the raids were planted, and were mere “Halloween dirtytricks” by a regime to discredit and silence critics, it asserted. The Karapatan official also questionedthe search warrant issued by Executive Judge Cecilyn Burgos-Villavert of theQuezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 89 “whose jurisdiction does not evenfall on a city hundreds of miles away from Quezon City.” “Andanar must be delusional to evenput supposedly seized illegal firearms and explosives side by side with KMUflags, megaphones, microphones, and ‘subversive’ documents as evidence of theirconnections to the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’sArmy. They’re now also desperately and illegally confiscating activists’equipment as proof because they know that the firearms they ‘recovered’ fromthe offices are shamelessly planted,” Vergara said. “Andanar wants to give the impressionthat the arbitrary arrests were lawful simply by virtue of showing a searchwarrant. However, the questionable source of the said warrant is hidden fromthe public, conveniently removed from their press releases,” Vergaraexplained./PNlast_img read more

East Central Swim Team Results At Donners Winter invitational

first_imgEast Central Swim Team NewsDonners Winter invitational January 19-21 at the Charles “Chick” Newell Natatorium in Columbus, Indiana. There were 18 swim teams competing with ECST having 31 swimmers competing.Local swimmers Nash King and Santiago Schutte both made Indiana State swim times. Both are in the Boys 9-10 year old age group.Nash King (9)50 yard Fly with a time of 34:74100 yard Fly a time of 1:22.29Santiago Schutte (10)200 yard IM a time of 2:51.65200 yard Free a time of 2:27.86100 yard Breast a time of 1:31.39100 yard Free a time of 1:07.05Both will be competing at the Indiana Swimming Age Group State Championship at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis March 16-18.Also from ECST Reagan Reany made two divisional swim times in the Girls 9-10 age group in the 100 Yard Free and 50 Yard Back. She will be competing at the Indiana Swimming Divisionals in Columbus, Indiana March 2-4.last_img read more

Mesic to cancel his Performance in Beijing due to Injury?

first_imgUnfortunately, the BH shot putter Kemal Mesic will not perform at the World Championships in Athletics which is to be held in Beijing from 22nd to 30th of August.“Unfortunately, I will have to cancel the appearance at the World Championships because of the new crack of the left calf muscle. My calf broke three weeks ago at the Balkan Games for the first time, I tried to rehabilitate it with therapies and injections, but it cracked again during the last training, while I was trying to throw the shot”, said Mesic.The BH shot putter did not hide his disappointment with the injury.“It is a pity, because I was preparing for this competition all year long. The new injury is a heavy blow for me because I will not perform at the World Championships. I’m more ready than ever this year, but I’ve got no luck. Now I am left to heal this injury and get ready for the Olympic year”, said the BH athlete.The athlete Amel Tuka and the shot putter Hamza Alic will represent B&H in Beijing.“Alic can reach the finals, he is well-prepared, and Tuka will fight for the medal”, said Mesic.In the end, he thanked everyone who supports him.“Thank you all for the support. There is no giving up, let’s move on. There will be more major competitions”, Mesic concluded.(Source: klix.ba/ photo sport.ba)last_img read more

‘Everything clouds over and goes dark’ – Iniesta on depression at Barcelona

first_imgIniesta began having sessions with psychologist Inma Puig, who said the Spaniard’s recovery owed much to those around him, including Guardiola.“Guardiola said this is the first time I’ve been in this situation as a coach,” said Puig. “I remember he said, ‘the most important thing now is Andres, the person not the player’.”“They’re people and this is a very human thing which affects millions of people around the world,” said Guardiola. “They have to know we are there for them.”“Guardiola tried to get him out of that bottomless pit he was in,” said Iniesta’s mother Maria.Iniesta came through Barcelona’s La Masia academy and went on to win nine La Liga titles and four Champions Leagues with the club.He also lifted the World Cup with Spain in 2010, after scoring the winning goal against the Netherlands in the final.Despite receiving a hero’s farewell from Barca, Iniesta hinted his relationship with the board influenced his decision to go to Japan.“People at the club never imagined I could leave,” Iniesta said. “It’s like everything, in relationships if you don’t discuss things at the right time there comes a time when there’s no way back.”Share on: WhatsApp Iniesta left Barcelona in 2018 after winning nine La Liga and four Champions League titles with the clubMadrid, Spain | AFP | Andres Iniesta has described his struggle with depression while playing for Barcelona, which his mother says was a “bottomless pit” that caused her 25-year-old son to ask to sleep with his parents.Iniesta recalls his experience with the illness in a Rakuten TV documentary, ‘Andres Iniesta – The Unexpected Hero’, which was released on Thursday and covers his move to Japanese side Vissel Kobe in 2018.After winning the Champions League under Pep Guardiola in 2009, Iniesta was battling injury and then hit by the death of his friend Dani Jarque, the 26-year-old Espanyol defender who suffered a heart attack.“The days pass and you realise you’re not improving, you don’t feel good, you’re not yourself. Everything clouds over and goes dark,” Iniesta said.On Jarque’s death, Iniesta added: “That was like a body blow, something powerful that knocked me down again and I was pretty low, clearly because I wasn’t very well.”Iniesta’s depression is described by those closest to him, including his mother Maria Lujan and father Jose Antonio.“I noticed he wasn’t well one night when we were sleeping downstairs and he came down and said, ‘mum can I sleep here with you?’” Maria said. “Then the world came down on my head.”Jose Antonio said: “Our 25 year-old son coming down at midnight and wanting to sleep with his parents means he can’t be well. He said, ‘I’m not well dad’. I said, ‘what’s wrong?’ ‘I don’t know, I don’t feel well.’”Iniesta’s father admitted he thought his son might have to take a break from football. “At one stage I thought he would have to stop because the most important thing was him,” said Jose Antonio.last_img read more

No runners from Ebola-stricken nations in marathon

first_imgChinese President Xi Jinping, right, shakes hands with his Tanzanian counterpart Jakaya Kikwete during a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. China said it will provide $81 million worth of aid to help fight Ebola in the three West African countries at the heart of the crisis. The foreign ministry says Xi made the announcement when he met Kikwete. (AP Photo/Takaki Yajima, Pool) NEW YORK (AP) — New York City Marathon organizers say they had no runners signed up for Sunday’s race from the three West African countries stricken by Ebola.Only a “handful” of entrants, mostly from overseas, have reached out with concerns after a doctor who had treated infected patients in Africa became the first person in the city to be diagnosed with Ebola, New York Road Runners President Mary Wittenberg said Monday.Organizers had long operated under the assumption that New York would have an Ebola case by the time the marathon came around, Wittenberg added, and they have stayed in close contact with city, state and federal health authorities to ensure proper protocols are followed.Charities such as UNICEF that already had runners entered in the race to raise money will donate the funds to treat Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.Most of the runners favored to win Sunday’s race are from Kenya and Ethiopia in East Africa, on the opposite side of the continent from the outbreak.Last year, Idrissa Kargbo, a gifted distance runner from Sierra Leone, ran the NYC Marathon after NYRR heard his story and offered him a spot in the field and supporters crowd-sourced the funding for his trip. He has been involved in relief efforts in his country, and Wittenberg said NYRR officials have stayed in touch with offers to help.Dr. Craig Spencer, the New York physician infected with Ebola, is an avid runner who completed the NYC Marathon last year.last_img read more

Intercity Transit will Reduce Some Bus Service

first_imgFacebook164Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit continues to monitor the latest developments in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. As the situation evolves, the agency remains in close communication with public health officials and is responding according to their recommendations.Public transit is a vital service to our community and the only means of transportation for many. The agency’s goal is to continue to provide these lifeline services, while reducing risk to our passengers, employees and community.As such, Intercity Transit will temporarily discontinue some routes and reduce service on others. Over the coming days, the following changes will be implemented:Effective Saturday, March 14, Nightline will be discontinued until further notice.Effective Monday, March 16, “The One” and DASH service will be discontinued until further notice.Effective Wednesday, March 18, the number of daily trips on our Olympia Express service between Olympia and Pierce County will be reduced. Service to Lakewood will continue, allowing regional connections; however, Olympia Express service between Lakewood and the Tacoma Dome Station will be discontinued until further notice. All northbound trips will end in Lakewood at the SR 512 Park and Ride. All southbound trips will depart from the SR 512 Park & Ride. Details about schedule changes are forthcoming.This is a constantly changing situation and additional adjustments may become necessary. The most up-to-date service information will be available at intercitytransit.com/rider-alerts, as well as on Facebook and Twitter. Customers can also sign up to receive text or email alerts at intercitytransit.com/subscribe.Riders are asked to limit non-essential trips and, most importantly, to stay home when sick. The public’s patience, cooperation and understanding is appreciated as we work together through these unprecedented circumstances.last_img read more

Not a bad gig if you can get it

first_imgNot a bad gig if you can get it. When most people are on their way to work, there’s a group of skiers out on Kootenay Lake.The trio, led by Nelson’s own Bruce Ramsay, take to the water near the Regional District of Central Kootenay transfer station where the waterski course is located.The boys up early when the water is like glass, before 7 a.m.last_img