IG Sudue (left): “We’re aware of the journalists’ role. Mr. Coffey (right): “Let the gov’t settle her financial obligations with the media To safeguard journalists and news entities coverage of the planned June 7 “peaceful protest,” the Liberia National Police (LNP) has promised to provide security for reporters on duty during the event, the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) said in a release.According to the release, Police Inspector General Patrick T. Sudue gave the assurance shortly after meeting the PUL leadership on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 in Monrovia.“The police shall protect all (local and foreign) journalists throughout the protest.”Sudue however cautioned journalists to work on their visibility to avoid any situation of mistaken identity when gathering news about the protest.He then announced a ban on the deployment of armed police officers throughout the June 7 protest.Meanwhile, IG Sudue has expressed fear of “assets on the loose” referencing terrorist groups operating in West Africa that the protesters should be mindful of the possible unexpected presence during the exercise, because terrorists target large groups of people in one location.PUL President Charles B. Coffey, Jr. stressed the need for the safety of journalists, and the aligning duty of the police to ensure the safety of the reporters, while covering public events such as rallies and protests.Coffey said it was important that the PUL and LNP officers innovate ideas that will avoid violence against journalists during the mass gathering of people on June 7.The United Nations Security Council passed a historic resolution in 2006, calling for an end to impunity against journalists, and the subsequent 2012 action of major UN agencies to arrive at a comprehensive ‘Action Plan on the Safety of Journalists.’In the wake of the June 7 protest, the United Nations and West African Regional Envoys, have been holding separate meetings with the Weah Administration and the Council of Patriots (protest organizers) in an effort to ensure that the country’s laws are upheld as fundamental human rights.Media woesIn a related development, the release said PUL leadership is worried about the worsening contraction of the media economy.“The Union is sickened by the decline in advertisement flow to the traditional media in the country,” the release said.But Coffey said the deteriorating state of revenue intake in the media can be related to government sanctioning advertisements on the Executive Mansion Website.Mr. Coffey wants government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), development partners, private and public financial institutions to contribute to stimulating advertisement in the traditional media in Liberia as means for helping journalism to survive.“It is important that government settle its indebtedness with Media institutions, because these are small businesses, which now find it difficult to operate in the absence of low energy supply in the country.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement –
Nottingham Forest have announced Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis has completed his takeover of the club.The Sky Bet Championship side said Marinakis’ 100 per cent buy-out has been approved by the English Football League (EFL) even though an investigation into accusations of match-fixing is ongoing in Greece.Marinakis has passed the EFL’s owner’s and directors’ test and the deal ends the five-year reign of Fawaz Al Hasawi, but UEFA is still monitoring the Greek case and awaiting the outcome.He told BBC Sport that claims he is involved in criminal activity had been made up by “jealous” opponents in a bid to discredit him, adding: “I have nothing to be afraid of and to worry about as I have done nothing wrong.”A statement on Forest’s official website read: “Nottingham Forest FC have announced the takeover of the club by a consortium headed by Evangelos M Marinakis, a Greek ship owner, businessman and owner of Greek champions Olympiacos, and Sokratis Kominakis, a Greek businessman and investor, previously a senior executive with several multinational corporations.“The completion of the purchase of 100 per cent of the club’s shares follows the EFL’s review of the business plan submitted for the club.“The EFL conducted an owners’ and directors’ test and concluded that none of the persons who would be relevant persons are liable to be disqualified under the test.”Marinakis, who set up his business in the UK after attending school and university in London, wants to replicate his success with Olympiacos at Forest and has appointed lawyer Nicholas Randall as club chairman.“Our intention is to keep Nottingham Forest thoroughly embedded in English football culture,” Marinakis added.“We are therefore proud to announce the appointment of Nicholas Randall, QC, one of the leading sports lawyers in England, to the club’s board. Nicholas knows the football industry like few others and has accepted an offer to join the club as its chairman.”Forest, twice winners of the European Cup under former manager Brian Clough, beat Ipswich 3-0 at home on the final day of the season to escape relegation to the third tier on goal difference.Al Hasawi, who took control of Forest in 2012, held takeover talks with an American consortium in January but the deal fell through. 1 The Olympiacos owner’s purchase was approved by the EFL
Television’s biggest night took place in Century City, CA Sunday, September 16th, where the entertainment industry came together for the 12th annual “Evening Before” party, benefitting MPTF (Motion Picture & Television Fund).Stars Attend 12th Annual Evening BeforeCredit/Copyright: Getty Images for MPTFThe television industry, from Emmy presenters and nominees, to other TV industry members, helped raise funds to support their industry colleagues and friends who benefit from MPTF’s charitable programs and services such as financial assistance, crisis counseling, care giving support and of course the legendary retirement facility in Woodland Hills that is “home” to television and film veterans alike.“I’m incredibly grateful to the corporate sponsors and donors from the television community who came out to support the Evening Before. Their generosity enables MPTF to continue to serve industry workers and their families by providing financial assistance in tough times, subsidizing childcare, and offering help when caring for an aging parent,” said Jeffrey Katzenberg, Chairman of the MPTF Foundation.The 12th Annual “Evening Before” Host Committee consisted of Julie Bowen, Rachel Brosnahan, Sterling K. Brown, Ty Burrell, Darren Criss, Tracee Ellis Ross, America Ferrera & Ryan Piers Williams, Claire Foy, Sophie Hunter & Benedict Cumberbatch, Allison Janney, Judith Light & Robert Desiderio, Kate McKinnon, Debra Messing, Mandy Moore, Elisabeth Moss, Jane Musky & Tony Goldwyn, Bob Odenkirk, Sandra Oh, Issa Rae, Keri Russell & Matthew Rhys, Octavia Spencer, Chrissy Teigen & John Legend, Milo Ventimiglia, and Lena Waithe.The Executive Host Committee included Bob Bakish, Casey Bloys, Linda & Jerry Bruckheimer, Paul Buccieri, Charlie Collier, Cesar Conde, Roma Downey & Mark Burnett, Channing Dungey, Pam & Randy Freer, Robert Greenblatt, Bonnie Hammer, Mike Hopkins, Toni Knight & Tony Vinciquerra, Luz & Robert Kyncl, Katie McGrath & J.J. Abrams, Andrea & David Nevins, Jeanne & Gary Newman, Richard Plepler, Kevin Reilly, Megan & Peter Rice, Andrea & Peter Roth, Jennifer Salke, Josh Sapan, Ted Sarandos, Karen & Ben Sherwood, Dana & Matt Walden, and Ally Walker & John Landgraf.This year’s presenting sponsors were Delta Air Lines, Ford Motor Company, Netflix, PEOPLE, and Target.Among the celebrities who attended this year’s event were Malin Akerman, Sasha Alexander, Louie Anderson, Odette & Dave Annable, Katie Aselton, Lauren Ash, Kevin Bacon, Sosie Bacon, Alec Baldwin, Sara Bareilles, Zazie Beetz, Betsy Brandt, Amy Brenneman, Madeline Brewer, Alison Brie, Logan Browning, Amanda Brugel, Dan Bucatinsky, Sophia Bush, Ross Butler, Jessica Capshaw, D’Arcy Carden, Linda Cardellini, Kristin Chenoweth, Erika Christensen, Laverne Cox, Jackie Cruz, Ted Danson, Viola Davis, Jenna Dewan, Guillermo Diaz, Nina Dobrev, Mark Burnett & Roma Downey, Josh Duhamel, Clark Duke, Mark Duplass, Natalia Dyer, Jenna Elfman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Alice Eve, O-T Fagbenle, Fortune Feimster, Georgie Flores, Will Forte, Tan France, Hannah Gadsby, Johnny Galecki, Sara Gilbert, Betty Gilpin, Ilana Glazer, Ginnifer Goodwin, Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon, Lauren Graham, Kelsey Grammar, Max Greenfield, Rupert Grint, Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hale, Jon Hamm, Alyson Hannigan, David Harbour, Marcia Gay Harden, Justin Hartley, Charlie Heaton, Marg Helgenberger, Luke Hemsworth, Marin Hinkle, Anders Holm, Derek Hough, Oliver Hudson, Matt Iseman, Gillian Jacobs, Abbi Jacobson, Jameela Jamil, Mindy Kaling, Jessica Parker Kennedy, Aja Naomi King, Regina King, Jane Krakowski, Peter Krause, Nick Kroll, Padma Lakshmi, Katherine Langford, Ali Larter, Sandra Lee, Ray Liotta, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Mantzoukas, Ricky Martin, Tatiana Maslaney, Kelly McCreary, Dylan McDermott, Joel McHale, Stephen Merchant, Chrissy Metz, Alyssa Milano, Mandy Moore, Jennifer Morrison, Megan Mullally, Niecy Nash, Andrea Navedo, Craig T. Nelson, Thandie Newton, Trevor Noah, Patton Oswalt, Mandy Patinkin, Lauren & Aaron Paul, Tom Payne, Pauley Perrette, Jay Pharoah, Busy Philipps, Dascha Polanco, Adina Porter, Zac Posen, Jaime Pressley, Maggie Q, Issa Rae, Lili Reinhart, Retta, Sam Richardson, Britt Robertson, Debby Ryan, Rodrigo Santoro, Nico Santos, Angela Sarafyan, Jonathan Scott, Drew Scott, Amanda Seyfried, Tony Shalhoub, Molly Shannon, Sarah Silverman, Brittany Snow, Mira Sorvino, Mary Steenburgen, Chris Sullivan, Wanda Sykes, Kenan Thompson, Ashley Tisdale, Allison Tolman, Gina Torres, Michelle Trachtenberg, Skeet Ulrich, Matt Walsh, Derek Waters, Mae Whitman, Samira Wiley, Casey Wilson, Reese Witherspoon, Evan Rachel Wood, Zach Woods, Jeffrey Wright, Michael Zegen, and many more.The “Evening Before” was designed as a relaxed town square atmosphere in the park by Silver Birches with specialty food provided by Carmelized Productions by Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo.The event is designed after the highly successful “Night Before,” another fundraiser held annually before the Academy Awards® for the past fifteen years to benefit MPTF.
Hanley Wood has purchased senior facilities management executive trade event the TFM Show from Tinton Falls, New Jersey-based Group C Communications. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.“This is a milestone for our company which will accelerate growth,” Group C Communications co-president Ted Coene tells FOLIO:. “The sale of the TFM Show allows the company to expand its portfolio of hosted buyer events, print, and online media and broadens our opportunity to generate new revenue sources and profit centers.”Group C Communications is a b-to-b media company that produces events and publishes magazines including Business Facilities and Today’s Facilities Manager magazines. According to Coene, the sale allows Group C to focus on its launch of an online Web TV channel and its planned launch a real estate magazine this fall. Housing and construction publisher Hanley Wood has a portfolio of b-to-b and consumer magazines including Architect, Luxury Home Design and its flagship Builder magazine. Investment bank Berkery Noyes represented Group C Communications in the deal.
Indian workers store steel coils unloaded from an Indian Railways train at a new private freight terminal in Sachana village near Viramgam, some 50 kms from Ahmedabad on January 27, 2016.SAM PANTHAKY/AFP/Getty ImagesNow that the banks have decided to take Essar Steel, Electrosteel Steels, and Bhushan Steel to the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC). The outcome could be one of the three — closure, sell-off of assets or revival.Big fish to eat the little ones?If sell-off emerges as an option, who could be the buyers? India’s steel landscape is dominated by Tata Steel, JSW Steel and state-owned Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), while there are many smaller players like Jindal Steel and Power, Maharashtra Seamless and Welspun Corporation.The combined production capacity of the three defaulters is around 18 million tonnes per annum and together, they owe around Rs 1 lakh crore to banks.Before we get to the finer details, here are some details about the steel industry globally:China, Japan, and India are the top three steel producers of the world.In 2016, Global steel production rose almost 1 percent to 1,628 million tonnes, with China accounting for 808.4 million tonnes, or 49.6 percent, of the total world output. Japan produced 104.8 million tonnes while India’s crude steel production was 95.6 million tonnes, an increase of 7.4 percent over 2015, according to the World Steel Association (WSA).India’s steel production crossed 100 million tonnes in 2016-17; the country is aiming for a cumulative capacity of 300 million tonnes per annum and production of 255 million tonnes by 2030, according to the National Steel Policy unveiled last month.Company Company Production capacity*Production capacity*Financial Performance FY2017Financial Performance FY2017Debt as of March 31, 2017Debt as of March 31, 2017Company Tata Steel# Production capacity*9.7 MTPA Financial Performance FY2017India sales: Rs 53,261 croreNet Profit: Rs 3,445 croreDebt as of March 31, 2017Net debt Rs 72,367 croreCompany JSW SteelProduction capacity*18 MTPAFinancial Performance FY2017Sales: Rs 56,913 croreNet Profit: Rs 3,577 croreDebt as of March 31, 2017Net debt Rs 41,549 croreCompany SAIL^Production capacity*14.3 MTPAFinancial Performance FY2017Sales: Rs 49,180 croreNet Loss: Rs 2,833 croreDebt as of March 31, 2017Not Available SAIL^14.3 MTPASales: Rs 49,180 croreNet Loss: Rs 2,833 croreNot Available Tata Steel# 9.7 MTPA India sales: Rs 53,261 croreNet Profit: Rs 3,445 croreNet debt Rs 72,367 crore JSW Steel18 MTPASales: Rs 56,913 croreNet Profit: Rs 3,577 croreNet debt Rs 41,549 crore Company Production capacity*Financial Performance FY2017Debt as of March 31, 2017 Source: Company filings, reports*: Crude steel, million tonnes per annum (MTPA).#: The capacity refers to its plant in Jamshedpur. The company is setting greenfield projects in two Jharkhand and Chattisgarh while the Kalinganagar plant will increase its capacity by 3 MTPA. The global capacity of the company is 29 MTPA.^: The capacity will increase to 21.4 MTPA after the company’s expansion initiatives are completed.Share prices hitThe news of lenders deciding to recover their loans impacted the share prices of other steel companies also on Friday. At around 1.40 pm, SAIL was down 1.54 percent to Rs 57.55, Tata Steel was trading 1.31 percent down at Rs 507.80 while JSW Steel was almost flat at Rs 196.10, on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).Now the big question remains, who will finally get to take the ‘troubled companies’ home?
People wait in queues for advance tickets at Kamalapur railway station. Photo: Prothom AloThe sale of advance train tickets for Eid ul-Azha journey has begun at the Kamalapur railway station in Dhaka on Wednesday morning.The ticket sale began at 8:00am from 26 counters including two for female passengers at the railway station.According to the previous announcement from railway ministry, today the holidaymakers will be given advance tickets for 17 August.A person will be able to buy not more than four tickets, the authorities added.The ministry earlier said each passenger can buy a maximum of four tickets, and once sold, tickets can’t be returned.Addressing a press conference at Rail Bhaban in the capital on 26 July, the ministry said additional trains will operate during the Eid vacation.Train tickets will be sold from Dhaka and Chattogram stations and will continue till 12 August.As per the schedule, tickets of 18 August will be sold on 9 August, tickets of 19 August on 10 August, tickets of 20 August on 11 August and tickets of 21 August on 12 August.The return tickets will be sold from 15 August at Rajshahi, Khulna, Rangpur, Dinajpur and Lalmonirhat stations.Return tickets of 24 August will be sold on 15 August, tickets of 25 August on 16 August, tickets of 26 August on 17 August, tickets of 27 August on 18 August and tickets of 28 August on 19 August.Around 300,000 passengers can travel daily during the Eid while some 260,000 passengers travel daily other times of the year.