Demonstration in Paris for release of US journalists held in North Korea

first_img News News July 6, 2020 Find out more North KoreaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en Help by sharing this information Campaigns North KoreaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on North Korea to go furthercenter_img Around three dozen people including Reporters Without Borders activists demonstrated in Paris today for the release of American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who have been held by the North Korean authorities for the past four months. The demonstration was held at the Peace Wall, opposite the Eiffel Tower.Ling and Lee were in northern China investigating the trafficking of North Korean women across the border when they were arrested on 17 March on the Tumen River, which forms the border between the two countries. A Pyongyang court sentenced them to 12 years in a labour camp on 8 June. Their guide is being held by the Chinese authorities.During today’s demonstration, photos of the two journalists were hung near the Peace Wall, a monument to harmony between the peoples of the world.The demonstrators appealed to the North Korean authorities to pardon Ling and Lee, who work for California-based Current TV, and stressed that the ability to do reporting in the field is a basic press right.Ling and Lee have both suffered a worrying deterioration in their state of health since their arrests. The North Korean authorities must release the journalists and allow them to rejoin their families as quickly as possibleNorth Korea is one of the hardest countries in the world for the press to cover and the human rights situation there is appalling.Support Euna Lee and Laura LingSign the petition on the Reporters Without Borders website (www.rsf.org) As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency Organisation News April 1, 2020 Find out more Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world July 9, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Demonstration in Paris for release of US journalists held in North Korea “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad November 18, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Armed Forces of El Salvador Help Prevent Gang Leaders from Directing Crime from Prison

first_imgThe FAES maintain a strong contingent of 1,268 service members to guard the perimeters of the country’s penitentiaries and another 500 service members to mobilize during emergencies. Since March 29th, Military personnel have patrolled the communities surrounding the penitentiaries in armored vehicles and inspected residences and establishments suspected of housing gang members who carry out the imprisoned leaders’ orders. Those living near prisons trust that authorities have blocked the gang leaders from ordering crimes. They hope the surveillance continues. Nine of the victims were employees at an electric company, while two were area residents. There have been 1,935 homicides recorded in the country during the first quarter of the year, compared to the 1,121 that authorities documented during the same period in 2015, according to the PNC. “We have no internet, cable service, or telephone signal,” said Amalia Pérez, a 32-year-old teacher and Quezaltepeque resident. “We have no means of communication. But we understand that this is a special situation meant to stop more Salvadorans from dying on the orders of gang members.” The Armed Forces of El Salvador (FAES) have assembled a special command that works with the National Civil Police (PNC) and the Bureau of Prisons (DGCP) to prevent Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18 gang leaders from ordering crimes and acts of terrorism from within correctional facilities. The emergency strategy has been implemented in seven of the country’s 21 penitentiaries, where authorities have isolated 299 gang leaders from the general prison population. FAES boasts strong contingent “There is no room for truces or talks with these criminals,” Salvadoran President Salvador Sánchez Cerén said during a press conference on March 7th at the President’s House. “We are going to treat them like what they are: criminals. We must ensure that these atrocities do not occur again.” “It gives me peace of mind to know that there is a service member in our country’s Military on every corner of the city,” said Atilio Guzmán, a 57-year-old carpenter and Quezaltepeque resident. “They are constantly conducting surveillance patrols and they talk with us to see whether we have noticed strange persons moving about.” The activities against the bands and gangs are well targeted, the Salvadoran President has thrown the house out the window by calling them terrorists and taking action against them, they are a scourge that plagues the Salvadoran family and which will increase the trouble any minute now all throughout Central America, there are human rights for terrorists but not for those who give their lives in the fight against this scourge. The Special Surveillance Command ordered searches and seizures at the seven prisons between March 29th-April 6th to cut off communications between gang leaders and their subordinates. During the nine-day period, authorities confiscated 494 cell phones and other equipment. The country’s four telephone companies granted the government’s request by turning off 15 cell phone signal towers around the seven prisons where the emergency measures are in place. “Through the Safe House program, we are proving that no homes are being used by criminal groups to plan crimes or shelter persons attempting to smuggle illicit objects into penitentiaries,” Defense Minister David Munguía Payés told representatives at the Legislative Assembly on March 31st. Three of the prisoners have also been barred from visiting with family and friends, and can only meet with legal counsel with the Special Surveillance Command’s approval. The prisoners’ transfers were in response to Military and police intelligence reports that indicated MS-13 gang leaders – incarcerated in prisons in the cities of Izalco and Ciudad Barrios – were responsible for ordering the killings of 11 people on the night of March 2nd in the municipality of San Juan Opico. The Salvadoran Penitentiary System’s Special Surveillance Command is carrying out the strategy in prisons in the municipalities of Izalco, Ciudad Barrios, Cojutepeque, Zacatecoluca, Chalatenango, and San Francisco Gotera, in addition to the higher-security correctional facility in the municipality of Quezaltepeque. “We are redesigning surveillance mechanisms within the prisons, seizing contraband, and cutting off communications with incarcerated gang members,” said Colonel Edwin Juárez, commanding officer of the San Carlos Command and member of the Special Surveillance Command. By Dialogo April 29, 2016last_img read more

Denmark’s LD overhauls equities strategy to balance risks

first_imgBirch, who joined LD on 1 November last year, said one of his first tasks was to take a fresh view of the equity portfolio to see if anything could be done to reduce risk.
“What I found is that historically our risk was very much country-focused on Danish equities, [which] are very concentrated in the handful of biggest companies,” he said, adding that this was the biggest risk in the equity portfolio.
The fund manages cost-of-living allowances granted to workers back in the 1970s and receives no current contributions.
 As such, its members are over 60 on average and entitled to withdraw all their money with very short notice.
More volatile markets in the past few years and heightened geopolitical uncertainty have made it harder for institutional investors to achieve stable returns, Birch said.

“Our first line of defence is the asset allocation between equities and fixed income, and on the equities side we can improve the risk management and optimise that going forward,” he said.Lessons from Novo Nordisk
Last year the steep fall in the share price of Danish multinational pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk – when the stock lost 45% of its value in Danish kroner terms by November – threw concentration risk into sharp relief, he said.
“Last year our equity portfolio underperformed by 4.3 percentage points, and 2.8 points of this could have come from Danish equities,” Birch said. Roughly half of that domestic underperformance was due solely to the Novo Nordisk share price collapse.
“We’ve earned a lot over the year from Novo Nordisk shares, but if we’d had tighter risk management we might have been able to catch these risks,” he said.
“That really hurt our performance last year, so what we’ve decided to do is the freshen up the equity allocation by dividing it clearly between a strategic and tactical part. We have increased the risk management in the strategic part. Reducing the exposure to individual names in the portfolio by shrinking the Danish equities exposure was one of the main things we did.”New-look portfolioThe second part of the new strategy was to slice the portfolio differently, Birch said.
Prior to the revamp – which LD finished at the beginning of this month – the portfolio was divided between four external active managers: one for emerging equities, another for Danish equities, one for global equities, and one for environmental equities. Alongside these active mandates, LD also had an index manager for global equities.
LD has now created four risk buckets:Pure beta, containing indexed equities with no tracking error risk but no potential outperformance;‘Beta plus’, comprising factor investments (currently enhanced index) with relatively low tracking error and potential for small outperformance;Core alpha, with higher tracking error and higher outperformance potential;Special alpha, containing off-benchmark bets and themes with high tracking error and high outperformance potential.“We have categorised our existing managers so that they each belong in one of the buckets,” Birch said.For example, Danish equities are categorised as special alpha, while the global developed markets manager is in the core alpha bucket.“Now they are each scaled in such a way that no bucket will hurt performance if that specific type of risk doesn’t perform well that year,” Birch said.
Based on analysis, LD has weighted the portfolio so that the most risky slice – special alpha – has the smallest weighting in allocation terms. Those with the least tracking error and the most stable securities have the biggest weighting.
“At least once a year, we will re-balance our equity portfolio,” he said.
Tactical tweaksWhile this takes care of the strategic side of equities for LD, Birch said other changes have been made to the tactical side.
Whereas tactical allocation was previously done by overweighting a certain mandate, it will now be done through a TAA overlay portfolio with derivatives, allowing swift changes to overall equities exposure based on LD’s view of changing risks in the market environment.The overhaul has not been aimed at insourcing more investment operations, Birch emphasised.“We have actually increased our corporation with colleagues in the pension business in Denmark and taken in more managers,” he said, adding that strategic planning and TAA have always been done in-house. Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsfond (LD) has completed a major overhaul of its equities investments in its main pension product with the aim of making it easier to guard against risks that could make large dents in the portfolio’s value.
The DKK42.8bn (€5.7bn) Danish closed pension provider has slashed exposure to the Danish market to 8% from 25% in LD Vælger, its main balanced fund that accounts for 90% of LD’s assets.Other key elements of the new approach are a more detailed categorisation of equity mandates for index investments and alpha-generating strategies, and the addition of a separate tactical asset allocation (TAA) overlay.
Kristoffer Fabricius Birch, LD’s head of equities who masterminded the revamp, told IPE: “We definitely need to be more adaptable and have firmer risk management, because our overall goal is to minimise the downside risk and have a stable return on assets.”last_img read more

Rashford surpasses Ronaldo’s record at Manchester United

first_img Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural Wonders5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldNothing Compares To Stargazing Places Around The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The World Marcus Rashford’s goalscoring record after 200 Manchester United games trumpsCristiano Ronaldo’s. Loading… The academy graduate, 22, brought up his double century for his boyhood club in thegame against Norwich at the weekend. He netted twice in the 4-0 win over the Premier League’s bottom side and was thensubbed off before having the chance to complete a hat-trick. The goals were his 63rd and 64th in a Manchester United shirt, meaning he boasts afar better record than one of the game’s greats. Rashford has made 137 starts and his 64 goals have come at an average of one every200 minutes of football. Ronaldo, meanwhile, made 159 starts in his first 200 appearances, scoring 54 goalsat a rate of 272 minutes per goal. The Juventus star did manage more assists with 41 compared to the local hero’s 31. Rashford thought he had become the third-youngest United player to reach thelandmark of 200 appearances. The striker tweeted his pride at the new milestone, believing he was only behindRyan Giggs and George Best at 22 years and eight months. He typed: “Beyond proud to become the 3rd youngest player to hit 200 @ManUtd games. “Can’t put into words what it means to follow Giggsy and George Best. Two goals andthree points completes a perfect day.” The England star made his debut as a last-minute replacement in the Europa Leagueagainst Midtjylland in February 2016, netting twice in a 5-1 win as he broke on tothe scene due to injuries in Louis van Gaal’s squad. But Norman Whiteside’s wife Dee was quick to point out that her husband still holdsthe record at 21 years and four months. She tweeted: “Think my hubby @NormanWhiteside was younger than all three of you in actual fact.” Read Also:EPL: Martial, Rashford net as Man United beat Burnley to claim fifth spot Rashford added an additional tweet to reference Whiteside while Dee got an apology from United’s official app editor Mark Froggatt, who tweeted: “Hi Mrs. W. Apologies to you and Norm – the research quoted is incorrectly missing him from the list. “I will update accordingly. I hope you’re having a nice weekend.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Cricket News India Vs Bangladesh: Virat Kohli Could Be Rested From T20 Series

first_imgNew Delhi: India skipper Virat Kohli could be rested from the three-match T20 series against Bangladesh, beginning here on November 3. Kohli has been playing almost non-stop, featuring in 48 of India’s 56 games since October last year. The squad for the Bangladesh series will be picked in Mumbai on October 24.“There is a possibility that Virat could be rested keeping the workload management programme in mind. But the selectors will only speak to Virat once the Test match (against South Africa) ends,” a source close to the selection committee told PTI on conditions of anonymity.“It will also depend on how the skipper himself feels. He knows his body the best and if need be he can himself ask the selectors for rest,” the source added. After the first T20 in Delhi, Rajkot and Nagpur will host the second and third game on November 7 and 10 respectively.The two-match Test series, which will be part of the World Test Championship, begins in Indore from November 14. The second and final Test will be played in Kolkata from November 22. India will be hosting the West Indies in December for three T20s and as many ODIs.Currently, Virat Kohli-led Team India is playing the third and last Test match against South Africa in Ranchi. South Africa had their tails up in the Ranchi Test after having dismissed Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara and more importantly, Virat Kohli cheaply.For the first time in the series, the South Africa aggression came to the fore. Unfortunately for them, they could not sustain the advantage. Rohit Sharma, who had set the tone for India’s dominance with twin centuries in Vizag, stole the show yet again with a blazing century and giving him company was Ajinkya Rahane.The 185-run stand between the Mumbai duo helped India reach 224/3 against the Proteas before bad light and rain resulted in early stumps on day 1.(With inputs from PTI)  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more