June 12

Interview with Genka Shikerova on media freedom in Bulgaria

first_img Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest October 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Interview with Genka Shikerova on media freedom in Bulgaria Related documents Интервю Генка ШикероваPDF – 223.65 KB News Receive email alerts Organisation BulgariaEurope – Central Asia News Follow the news on Bulgaria Help by sharing this information She was interviewed for Reporters Without Borders by Desislava Kyurkchyeva on 23 September. The original version in bulgarian of this interview is attached at the bottom of this page. Any news about the investigation? Police probe into the case but it is impossible to complete the investigation within a week. I have already been interrogated once and it is quite a routine procedure. They are working on the case; however, I have no idea how far they have reached. In this case, have the police offered you protection? Yourself, have you requested protection? The procedure in this case is of a different kind and this is not on the agenda. This way or the other, I don’t want any. I received full support from the TV channel: the News department director offered me to hire a guard but I refused because I do not plan to change my lifestyle because of what happened. Did you receive any calls, messages or threats in whatever form prior to or after the case? Can you relate them in any way to your work, be it such done now or in the past? No, not before that happened, nor thereafter have I received any threats or messages related to this incident, nor do I have any conflict to relate it with. I tried to recall any, since the police asked me the same questions but I cannot find any relation. Could you confirm the reports of several media that you associate the case with your journalistic work? I have definitively not made such a statement. I cannot find a connection between escalation of political tension and this arson. The only Bulgarian media I have spoken to is bTV. The materials are on the website and all the rest is far-fetched interpretation of my words. I cannot and do not want to jump into any conclusions. Are you fearful about your health and that of your relatives? I really want to believe that this is an act of vandalism. I try not to think about it, nor analyse it. This is why I do not let fear permeate my thoughts. This did happen and I hope that the probe will yield results but if that does not happen, I do not plan to become a victim of arson. I suppose you are aware about opinions that related what happened to your interviews with Lyutvi Mestan and Sergei Stanishev. Some qualified them as biting. In this case, I cannot have an opinion because I have no evidence and it would be absurd to lay the blame on anyone.I asked the adequate journalistic questions for this situation, questions which any colleague would have asked and to which he/she would have wanted to get an answer. This is why from a journalistic standpoint; I believe I have done my job. How would you evaluate your work in the morning show of bTV “This morning”? Have you ever felt any pressure? It is clear that the timing is very special in view of the political context in the country. You, personally, have you felt any difference in your work ever since you have been anchoring the morning show? Me, personally, no because I have always had the freedom to ask questions, both as a reporter and as an anchor.Many colleagues refuse to believe it but so far I have never been subject to any pressure. I have indeed not been object of any. I can definitively assert this. Due to the limited number of political shows, the morning show of bTV has an exceptional role in shaping public opinion in the country. It is often an object of criticism. How does this affect your work? This is why it is interesting because it offers a broad platform for comments, analyses and discussions. Anyone is entitled to personal opinion and new media give the opportunity for this opinion to reach out to more people. By now anyone is an expert and understands what journalism is about. For this reason, comments are rife and I find nothing bad about it. In the interview with the leader of the Socialist Party and the Party of European Socialists Sergei Stanishev, he asks you to draw a parallel with the attitude of the former Prime Minister Boiko Borissov to the media. You answered that PRs keep being insistent over the phone. What does this mean? Of course, they call, we hear them on a daily basis and this is normal. It is another issue how often and what we talk about but these are internal matters which are part of everyday life and are not an exception. If one says that pressure has changed since today and yesterday there was none, one will lie. This is an everyday struggle and this is part of the profession. It is another issue to what degree does the journalist succumb, to what degree the person wants to be objective… But if go back to investigative journalism: is it more difficult now to do investigative journalism in Bulgaria than it used to be five years ago? I can give you an answer to this question next year since I do a thesis on this topic. I make observations on all investigative journalism pieces done in recent years at bTV and Nova TV. I want to see what the trends are in terms of the number and type of investigations, as well as to see what was aired in the individual periods. I believe that the conclusions will be curious. This is very intensive work but it is only then when one can assert for sure… too many assertions have been circulated. If you allow me to be a bit more insistent: if you do such a study, this means that you start with some hypotheses. My hypothesis is that the number of journalists doing investigative journalism in Bulgaria is on the decline. Would you agree? Investigative journalism is difficult in its nature and it requires too much effort of a purely personal nature and the issue is whether we have enough journalists to devote their time and do the effort to achieve results. I doubt that there are many people willing and able to do it. I am not sure if it is the circumstances that put us in the situation of having fewer and fewer investigations. Of course, I do not rule out the effect of the market. Investigative journalism is expensive and time-consuming but it is the cherry on the pie. And is it more dangerous to do investigative journalism now? I do not know if it is dangerous. I do not feel threatened. I have not received any threats. All the more, it is necessary to look around and see what is going on in Bulgaria in terms of quality to have any grounds to claim that. Several days ago it emerged that two Bulgarian correspondents of Deutsche Welle, Emi Baruh and Ivan Bedrov, were fired on ethical grounds. In the public domain, this was again interpreted as them affecting certain political interests. What is your opinion about this? We invited them both in “This Morning” on September 25. I familiarised with the letter of the bank and the official statement of Deutsche Welle. The position of Deutsche Welle is not substantiated and adequate. How is it possible that the editorial department at Deutsche Welle claim that the allegations toward their colleagues are unjustified and at the same time terminate relations with them. Besides, the work of these authors has always been subject to editorial review. Where is his responsibility in this case? I also do not understand the analysis made by the representatives of the bank. My colleagues’ articles are published as commentaries. This article type has its specificities which have not been taken in consideration. Ivan and Emi told me that Deutsche Welle’s assertions that they have been familiarised with written standards and rules in the beginning of their collaboration, are not true. I have worked with Ivan Bedrov in bTV and he is an exceptional professional. I am convinced that he approached the matter professionally. To me, the attitude toward both journalists is a reason for concern and sends a bad signal. How do you expect that events unfold from here onwards in political terms, do you expect pressure to escalate? I have no idea where things will go but we as journalists have to first get our own things square and if we are to work professionally and in the public interest, we will be in the best position possible.Photo credit: bTV Newscenter_img to go further Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive BulgariaEurope – Central Asia The car of Genka Shikerova, a journalist known for her incisive interviews of Bulgarian politicians, was set on fire outside her Sofia home on the night of 16 September, reviving concern about freedom of information and the safety of journalists in Bulgaria. Reporters Without Borders, which condemns this act of arson, is publishing an interview with Shikerova. RSF_en February 11, 2021 Find out more March 10, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

June 12

Bangladeshi journalist found alive after being missing for 53 days

first_imgNews Shocking detention Help by sharing this information RSF calls for the release of Bangladeshi journalist Rozina Islam, unfairly accused of espionage “The first thing he told me was that he was alive and that he was glad to be able to tell me so himself,” Monorom Polok told RSF, describing the phone call he received from his father, at 2:40 a.m. yesterday. RSF_en The day before he disappeared, ruling party MP Saifuzzaman Shikhor brought a complaint against him, accusing him of publishing “false information” about the alleged involvement of well-known figures in a female escort service at a luxury Dhaka hotel. Two other  journalists, Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, the editor of the Manabzamin daily newspaper, and one of Chowdhury’s reporters, are also accused in the same case. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to immediately free Shafiqul Kajol, a journalist who was arrested after being found blindfolded and bound hand and foot at the Indian border, and to investigate how he came to be abducted for 53 days. May 4, 2020 – Updated on December 28, 2020 Bangladeshi journalist found alive after being missing for 53 days News “While it is an immense relief that Shafiqul Kajol has been found safe and sound, his arrest is extremely shocking,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We call on the Bangladeshi prosecutor’s office to order this journalist’s immediate release and to appoint a serious team of investigators to establish how he came to be abducted all this time, which is very mysterious.” BangladeshAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources DisappearancesImprisonedJudicial harassment Shafiqul Islam Kajol called his son from the Bangladeshi border post at Benapole, near the western city of Jashore, where border officials arrested him after spotting him, bound and blindfolded, in the no-man’s land between Bangladesh and India, at midday on 2 May. Polok told RSF that he was able to see his father yesterday, but the meeting was short and his father was not able to talk about this abduction in any detail. He was handcuffed and was “really scared,” Polok said. A Dhaka-based photojournalist and editor with the Dainik Pakkhakal daily newspaper, Kajol disappeared after leaving his office on the evening of 10 March. An investigation was ordered after his family reported him missing the next day. News February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation Bangladeshi reporter fatally shot by ruling party activists Follow the news on Bangladesh Receive email alerts to go further As he was not carrying a passport, they arrested him for entering Bangladesh illegally and took him to Jashore, where a district court ordered him held under section 54 of the criminal procedure code, which allows detention where “a reasonable suspicion exists.” He is not due to reappear in court until 19 May. Bangladeshi writer and blogger dies in detention Bangladesh is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, one place lower than in 2019. Shafiqul Islam Kajol (left), handcuffed, met his son on 3 May in Jashore (photo: MP / RSF). May 19, 2021 Find out more —————————————————————————-UpdateShafiqul Islam Kajol was finally released on bail on 25 December as a result of a decision by the Dhaka high court on 17 December. RSF welcomes this development but regrets that Kajol had to endure being detained for 237 days after being abducted for 53 days, and calls on Dhaka prosecutors to drop all charges against this journalist. —————————————————————————– News BangladeshAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsProtecting sources DisappearancesImprisonedJudicial harassment February 22, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

June 2

Calix Releases Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 Previous articleJuniper Networks Announces Close of Apstra AcquisitionNext articlePackaging Corporation of America Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Results Digital AIM Web Supportcenter_img WhatsApp SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 27, 2021– Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) today announced unaudited financial results for its fourth quarter 2020 have been posted as a letter to stockholders to the investor relations section of its website. Please visit the Calix investor relations website at https://investor-relations.calix.com to view the fourth quarter 2020 financial results in our letter to stockholders, along with accompanying supplemental financial information. A conference call to discuss these results with CEO, Carl Russo, CFO, Cory Sindelar, President and COO, Michael Weening and Director of Investor Relations, Tom Dinges, will be held tomorrow, January 28, 2021 at 5:30 a.m. Pacific Time (8:30 a.m. Eastern Time). Interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the conference call by visiting the Calix Investor Relations website at http://investor-relations.calix.com/. The conference call is also available via teleconference by dialing (877) 407-4019 or international (201) 689-8337 with conference ID# 13713752 or participants can also click this link for instant telephone access to the event. The link will become active approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the conference call. The conference call and webcast will include forward-looking information. A replay of the conference call will also be available at http://investor-relations.calix.com/ following the completion of the call. The call will be archived at http://investor-relations.calix.com/. About Calix Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) – Calix cloud and software platforms enable service providers of all types and sizes to innovate and transform. Our customers utilize the real-time data and insights from Calix platforms to simplify their businesses and deliver experiences that excite their subscribers. The resulting growth in subscriber acquisition, loyalty and revenue creates more value for their businesses and communities. This is the Calix mission; to enable communications service providers of all sizes to simplify, excite and grow. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005776/en/ CONTACT: Investor Inquiries: Thomas J. Dinges, CFA Investor Relations Director 408-474-0080 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY TELECOMMUNICATIONS MOBILE/WIRELESS SOFTWARE NETWORKS INTERNET SOURCE: Calix, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/27/2021 05:00 PM/DISC: 01/27/2021 05:00 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210127005776/en Facebook Twitter TAGS  Calix Releases Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Resultslast_img read more

May 27

Pearse Doherty declared elected in Donegal SW

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Twitter Newsx Adverts Google+ Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – February 26, 2011 Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp WhatsAppcenter_img 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleTense battles for the last seat in both Donegal constituenciesNext articleFirst Count – Donegal South West News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pearse Doherty declared elected in Donegal SW Facebook Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal First count details to follow Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

May 26

State Must Ensure That Society Is Not Polluted By ‘Negative Forces’: Madhya Pradesh High Court in Munawar Faruqui Case

first_imgNews UpdatesState Must Ensure That Society Is Not Polluted By ‘Negative Forces’: Madhya Pradesh High Court in Munawar Faruqui Case LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK27 Jan 2021 11:42 PMShare This – xIn its order dismissing bail applications filed by by comedian Munawar Faruqui and co- accused Nalin Yadav, the Madhya Pradesh High Court observed that the State must ensure that the society is not polluted by ‘negative forces’.”Our country is a beautiful country and sets an example of coexistence amid diversities; be it religion, language, culture, geographical locations etc, to the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn its order dismissing bail applications filed by by comedian Munawar Faruqui and co- accused Nalin Yadav, the Madhya Pradesh High Court observed that the State must ensure that the society is not polluted by ‘negative forces’.”Our country is a beautiful country and sets an example of coexistence amid diversities; be it religion, language, culture,  geographical locations etc, to the world at large. Mutual respect, faith and trust amongst all citizens of India are basic tenets of coexistence, in a welfare society governed by the principles of rule of law”, Justice Rohit Arya remarked.The Court, referring to Article 15A (e) and (f) of the Constitution of India, said that it is the constitutional duty of every citizen of the country and also of the States to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India irrespective of religious, linguistic, regional or sectional diversities and to value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture. The Court added:”States must endeavour that ecosystem and sustenance of coexistence in our welfare society is not polluted by negative forces and must strive for achievement of goals as enshrined under Article 51A(e) and (f) of the Constitution of India in particular as these provisions are part of our vibrant Constitution and not dead letters.”Faruqui, a resident of Gujarat, was arrested on January 2 along with four others for allegedly making indecent remarks against Hindu deities and against Union Home Minister Amit Shah during a show held at a cafe in 56 Dukan area of Indore on January 1. The complaint was filed against them by Eklavya Singh Gaur (36), son of local BJP legislator Malini Laxman Singh Gaur. The other arrested persons were identified as Edwin Anthony, Prakhar Vyas and Priyam Vyas. They were booked under sections 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs), section 269 (unlawful or negligent act likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life) and other provisions of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).While dismissing the bail application, the court said that the evidence/material collected so far against the accused, suggest that in an organized public show under the garb of standup comedy at a public place on commercial lines, prima facie; scurrilous, disparaging utterances, outraging religious feelings of a class of citizens of India with deliberate intendment, were made by the applicants.Click here to read/ download Order  Next Storylast_img read more

May 25

Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday April 5th

first_imgMain Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday April 5th:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/05news.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Main Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday April 5th By News Highland – April 5, 2019 Twitter Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Facebook Previous articleGlengad up for St Michael’s FAI Cup challengeNext articleMEP warns businesses to be prepared for worst in Brexit News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNewsPlayback Pinterest Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty last_img read more

May 12

Microsoft Great Plains Award for Excellence in HR through Technology

first_imgMicrosoft Great Plains Award for Excellence in HR through TechnologyOn 1 Oct 2002 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Thisaward recognises the effective use of technology by an HR team to bring aboutbusiness benefits. Entrants explained what changes had been implemented, whythe changes were necessary and how the technology facilitated this. They showedhow technology was used to achieve strategic aims.Category judgeRob Briggs is a senior manager atUniversity for Lloyds TSB. He joined Lloyds Bank’s HR function as the trainingmanager for international operations in 1992. After various roles, he is now asenior manager at Lloyd’s corporate university. He, together with the team atLloyd’s Centre for Career Management, won two Personnel Today awards in 2001University of BristolPersonnel Services teamAbout the companyThe University was founded in 1876 as University College,Bristol. It organises its academic affairs in 60 departments and 15 researchcentres arranged over six facultiesThe challengeTo design a system that allowed Higher Education institutionsto access the views of contract research staff (CRS) – the people in charge ofuniversity research. Most universities consider the production of top-qualityresearch a key strategic aim and the market for the best minds is gettingtougherWhat the company did– Developed the software needed for the surveys– Designed a set of base questions– Surveyed the views of its 900 CRS– Rolled out the scheme to other institutions– Established a benchmarking clubBenefits and achievements– Allows institutions to deliver a survey to CRS– Effectively gather and analyse results– Compare and benchmark with other institutions– Make improvements based on results– Improve HR strategyRob Briggs says: “Anexcellent use of web based staff surveys to influence HR strategy and enableparticipating universities to benchmark their results with other universities.The potential to develop HR strategy is significantly increased by real ‘live’data evaluating the impact of HR policies in practice. This initiative would befurther enhanced by a description of the actions or changes to HR policies thathave been instigated as result of the analysis of the information from thestaff surveys.”The teamNo. in HR team 35Staff responsible for 5,000Chris Maslin Personnel directorChristian Carter Personnel officerPeter Walker Internet development manager (CROS project manager)Simon Price Senior software developerIan Sealy Senior technical researcherBen Joyner Graphic/web design specialist AstriumHR improvement teamAbout the companyAstrium designs and builds satellites and associated groundequipment in France, Germany, Spain and the UKThe challengeTo introduce a new employee handbook solely in electronic formthat would allow more effective business operation by establishing consistentHR polices and processesWhat the company did– Developed a new employee handbook– Explained via staff computers why a new handbook was needed– Delivered the handbook to all employees via computers– Updated the HR department guide to processesBenefits and achievements– More clarity and consistency in the handbook– The ability to benchmark employment provisions against othercompanies– Employees now have more information– Reflects the drive to be ’employer of choice’– Brought all HR policies in lineRob Briggs says: “Anexcellent use of web technology to provide a real solution to consistency andclarity of HR policies across an organisation. The design of the employeehandbook is particularly impressive, with a strong emphasis on usability. Themarketing and training material are equally as good.”The teamNo. in team 27Staff responsible for 2,700 (UK)Jenny Cridland HR directorPeter Smith HR manager/team leaderGrainna Tully HR adviser process improvementsStefan Knirsch IT developmentDavid Derby IT developmentGlyn Jackson IT developmentPeter Brotzer IT developmentEggHR systems & portal teamAbout the companyEgg is an internet banking and e-commerce company created byPrudential, the UK-based financial services company. Launched in October 1998,it already has nearly 2 million customers and in June 2000 was listed on theLondon Stock ExchangeThe challengeTo establish an online HR portal and transform the way HRoperated at Egg. As the company grew rapidly, HR processes had evolved, butneeded to be changed to properly support the businessWhat the company didBuilt a system that eliminated the time and cost of a thirdparty handling HR’s paperwork– Allowed staff to enter expenses claims online– Put payslips onlineBenefits and achievements– HR’s time was freed up – giving them more time to addstrategic value to the business– Cut HR administration costs by 50 per cent– Can now better spot sickness absence and attrition andintervene to counteract the problemRob Briggs says: “Egg hasdelivered what many companies are striving to do – deliver e-HR and what makesthis entry particularly impressive is the short time-scale taken to achievethis. This initiative is clearly focused on freeing HR’s resource from routineadministration to more strategic HR interventions with the business. The rangeof application on Egg’s HR web portal is very impressive and clearly costsavings have been made. There is also significant acceptance from the business,which is a huge change agenda for the HR function to manage. An excellententry.”The teamNo. in team 6 in project, 25 in HRStaff responsible for 2,000Caroline Black Head of HR systemsStephen Shaw Technical consultant Raichel Phipps Functional consultant Gillian Taylor Functional consultant Sally Thompson Functional consultant Deborah May Functional consultant The sponsorsMicrosoft Great Plains Business Solutions is the leading UK specialist in HRand payroll software solutions. The company is committed to providing itscustomers with the best service and support available on the market andcreating solutions that put technology to work, so that people can fulfil theirtrue potential. last_img read more

May 7

Leading property industry figure receives MBE at Buckingham Palace

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Leading property industry figure receives MBE at Buckingham Palace previous nextAgencies & PeopleLeading property industry figure receives MBE at Buckingham PalaceGopal Gupta and his sons were at the palace to pick up his MBE for services to business and philanthropy.Nigel Lewis27th March 201902,512 Views A leading London landlord and estate agency owner has been to Buckingham Palace to be given an MBE awarded to him within the New Year’s Honours list.Gopal Gupta (pictured above, second left) has spent 37 years building up both a large law firm and a residential property empire including two estate agencies in North London. His MBE is in recognition of both his services to business and his philanthropic work in the UK and India.For decades now local children from schools in Harlesden and Harrow have gained valuable work experience at his businesses, while he has also given out over 10,000 free wills to those in need and distributed £250,000 to aid projects in Delhi.“My father is a humble, down-to-earth guy who didn’t like being in the spotlight but he was over the moon when we all joined him at Buckingham Palace. It was an absolutely unreal experience,” says his son Ankush Gupta who joined his father alongside his two other brothers at the ceremony.Gupta GroupThe 61-year old handed over the day-to-day running of his property empire to his sons several years ago and this was recently rebranded as the Gupta Group which develops both residential and commercial property.The company now has national ambitions and has developments in Wolverhampton, and is also planning a significant redevelopment of its property holdings in Harlesden.Gopal was joined by over a thousand other recipients of awards including Monty Python Michael Palin, actress Twiggy, football manager Darren Southgate, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason, cyclist Geraint Thomas, actress Sophie Okonedo and author Margaret Atwood.MBE Gopal Gupta Gupta Group New Year’s Honours Ankush Gupta March 27, 2019Nigel 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 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

May 3

OUCA ‘rowdy behaviour’ criticised

first_imgThis week, more controversy surrounding the conduct of OUCA has emerged.At a recent LUCA (London Universities Conservative Association) ball, ‘rowdy behaviour’ from the OUCA table allegedly offended several other diners and prompted complaints from a speaker.The annual LUCA ball was a black tie affair held on 21st February and high profile speakers included Boris Johnson and Nadine Dorries, Member of Parliament for mid Bedfordshire.OUCA received several complaints about the bad behaviour of some of its members. As a result a disciplinary committee was called, resulting in Dan Ward losing his position as publications officer.Ward allegedly took the microphone and made a ‘drunken’ impromptu speech, thanking diners for their attendance when he had been expressly forbidden to do so by the president of OUCA.There have also been reports that some members of OUCA heckled throughout the speeches, pounding on the table and generally behaving in a ‘rowdy’ manner.Nadine Dorries, who spoke after the dinner, expressed her disappointment at OUCA’s conduct. Writing on her internet blog she said, “The students were all really good fun – apart from a few on one table.”“As I left I asked which Uni they were from, I was surprised, but maybe I shouldn’t have been, when I was told the table was from Oxford.”“The fact that they were from Oxford I suppose increased the disappointment. You kind of expect those who were born to, or have earned privilege, to behave a little better.”Brad Johnson, returning officer for OUCA spoke of the decision to discipline Ward. He said, “Ward took the microphone without permission, he acted in a patronising way and upset many people”.Johnson said that he believed Ward was drunk, adding: “The fact that he was an actual office holder made the offence all the worse. The ex-president of OUCA, Alex Stafford, actually had to apologise to the organisers of the event.”In contrast, Ward remained unrepentant for his actions. Speaking to Cherwell he said, “I did pound the table and laugh, but the speech was so dull that most people did.”“It was not a good event. Lots of people weren’t dressed properly and they gave us the wrong wine glasses.”Ward also claimed that he was reported due to a personal matter, and was the victim of ‘rules gimpery’.last_img read more

May 2

Opera Performer Turned Real Estate Professional Joins  Special Properties’ Hoboken Office…

first_imgCampbell is fast distinguishing herself as a strong and versatile negotiator in the real estate industry, and is a member of the Hudson County Multiple Listing Service. In addition to her real estate work, she is a mezzo-soprano opera performer who has performed various opera roles, including some as a soloist, across the northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.Campbell received a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a minor in sociology, from George Mason University and a Masters of Music (and Graduate Diploma) in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory of Music.Campbell also lived in Germany for five years, receiving a diploma at the Franz Liszt School of music in Weimar, Germany, and speaks proficient German. A lover of sports as well, she was an all-state shot-putter in New Jersey and went on to compete during her time at George Mason University. Originally from Princeton, NJ, Campbell is a current resident of Essex County.About Special Properties Real Estate ServicesSpecial Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, the recipient of the Christie’s Affiliate of the Year award in 2017 and 2018, is an exclusive Affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate. Christie’s International Real Estate is a global real estate network of more than 31,000 agents across 50 countries, representing an annual sales volume of more than $100 billion.Special Properties has offices in Mahwah, Franklin Lakes/Wyckoff, Ridgewood, Ho-Ho-Kus, Hoboken, Allendale/Ramsey, Montclair and Summit, NJ.With a staff of accomplished real estate agents and brokers, its clients are provided with the highest levels of customer service and customized, personalized real estate services. Special Properties provides local expertise with global connections. For more information, call 201-962-9551 or visit www.specialpropertiesres.com. × Special Properties Real Estate Services, LLC, an exclusive affiliate of Christie’s International Real Estate, voted Affiliate of the Year in 2017 and 2018, and the fastest growing real estate brokerage in the region, has welcomed Melanie Campbell as a Realtor Associate in its Hoboken office.Her addition is part of the agency’s ongoing growth and expansion throughout Hudson County and northern New Jersey.last_img read more