News RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders today urged the Pakistani authorities to act effectively to protect Kamal Asfar, journalist on the magazine Ash-Sharq (The East), who yesterday escaped a murder attempt. His brother, journalist, Aamir Wakil, was killed in Rawalpindi on 24 January 2009.“I am lucky to be alive today”, Asfar told the worldwide press freedom organisation. Two bearded men had fired several shots at his car near Kundyali in the Kohat district on Sunday, he said.“I was returning to Rawalpindi when a white car overtook us and tried to make us pull up. Two armed men turned towards us and opened fire. They first time they fired I didn’t stop. Then they shot again shattering the windscreen. I lost control of the vehicle and we left the road. Luckily we got out safely”, Asfar said, adding that he had reported the attack to police in Ghumbat, Kohat district.Asfar said he thought the attack may have been motivated by articles he wrote recently about the Pakistani Taliban in Ash-Sharq. He had also reported on religious parties, Kashmir and the situation in Afghanistan, he said.Police have made no arrests in connection with the murder of his brother Wakil (see the release) but Asfar said he had given two names of suspects – both hired killers – to the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) which they had passed on to the interior ministry.“Faced with the determination of the killers, the local and federal authorities should take the necessary steps to protect Kamal Asfar”, Reporters Without Borders said. “If the killers can target two brothers, both of them journalists, it is because they feel they can act with an impunity which has unfortunately become the rule in Pakistan”.Read the previous press release Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts PakistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Pakistan Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists PakistanAsia – Pacific April 21, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire February 2, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Brother of murdered journalist escapes attempt on his own life News to go further January 28, 2021 Find out more
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Chu, who will speak at the event and recognize the honorees, released the following statement:I am so proud of the honorees and their incredible contributions to our district. This year’s women are teachers, executives, scientists, activists, entrepreneurs, community leaders, volunteers, and professionals. Each was nominated by somebody in their community in recognition and appreciation of their hard work. And with this award each year, I look forward to this opportunity to express our appreciation as well.”The 2015 Women of Distinction Awards will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at San Marino Center, 1800 Huntington Dr., in San Marino.The 2015 Honorees are:• Teresa Ybarra (Alhambra) – President, Alhambra Latino Association; former teacher for the Alhambra Unified School District• Dr. Jacqueline Jacobs (Altadena) – President/CEO of Aspire West, Pasadena Student Success Center; Former Vice President of Instruction at Pasadena City College (PCC)• Diane Lucas (Arcadia) – Teacher at Arcadia Unified School District for over 38 years; volunteer and leader with Church of Good Shepherd; Member of Assistance League of Arcadia• Darlene Kuba (Bradbury) – President/CEO, Kuba and Associates; Member of the Bradbury Planning Commission; Serves on LA Fashion District Business Improvement District Board of Directors and Board of Los Angeles County Trade-Technical College Foundation Board of Directors• Dr. Marilee Scaff (Claremont) – 99 year old resident of Pilgrim Place, former teacher, community leader, activist, and volunteer. 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Index provider MSCI has confirmed plans to increase the weight of China A shares in its indices from 5% to 20%, after consulting market participants.This will lift the pro-forma weight of A-shares in the MSCI Emerging Market index to 3.3%, from 0.7%.However, MSCI conceded it should make changes to its initial approach to increasing the number of Chinese stocks it counts in its benchmarks.Remy Briand, chairman of the MSCI index policy committee, said the implementation of an initial 5% inclusion of China A shares had been a “positive experience” for international institutional investors. He said it had fostered an appetite to further increase their exposure to China’s mainland equity market, leading to MSCI’s initial proposal in September last year.“The strong commitment by the Chinese regulators to continue to improve market accessibility, evidenced by, among other things, the significant reduction in trading suspensions in recent months, is another critical factor that has won the support of international institutional investors,” Briand added.However, MSCI has adapted how it intends to increase the number of A-shares within the index, moving from a two-stage to a three-stage process.The index provider said investors and other market participants had flagged that a two-stage process could incur “execution pressure on the implementation dates”.Additionally, a significant proportion of investors asked for mid-cap shares to be included in the MSCI indices jointly with the weight increase in large-cap shares, to allow for a smoother implementation. Source: Eastspring InvestmentsMichelle Qi, EastspringMichelle Qi, chief investment officer for China at Eastspring Investments, the Asian arm of Prudential, said MSCI’s move would increase demand from global asset managers in the next few years.Qi said inflows to the country’s stock markets were estimated to be $70-80bn (€61-70bn) in 2019, with an even larger inflow next year.By the end of 2018, according to statistics from the People’s Bank of China, foreign investors’ equity holdings stood at RMB1.15trn (€150bn), or 6.7% of A-share free-float cap, Qi said. This scale was already close to the equity assets under management of domestic mutual funds, the mainstream local players in the A-share market.“Accordingly, we will see stronger pricing power of foreign investors at onshore market,” she added. “Foreign investors’ investment thesis, research framework and stock pitching preferences have already had, and will continue to have, a growing impact on the A-share market going forward.”MSCI’s initial announced was followed by fellow index provider FTSE Russell. However, some, including ERI Scientific Beta, said they would not be doing the same, citing restrictions to the use of derivatives, limited capacity for rebalancing and the high number of stock-trading suspensions in the mainland Chinese market.
NewsRegional Trinidad PM calls for stronger regional integration efforts by: – March 10, 2012 Trinidadian Leader, Kamla Persad BissessarPARAMARIBO, Suriname — In a statement at the opening of the first plenary session of the 23rd inter-sessional meeting of the conference of heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Paramaribo, Suriname, on Thursday, Kamla Persad Bissessar, prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, called for more, not less regional integration.The prime minister extended greetings and congratulations to newly elected heads of state and heads of government, including Donald Ramotar, president of Guyana, and newly elected prime minister of St Lucia, Dr Kenny Anthony. She also made special mention of the newly elected prime minister of Jamaica, Portia Simpson Miller, whilst citing the historical context of this being the first time in the history of CARICOM there were two sitting women prime ministers, particularly on the commemoration of International Women’s Day.CARICOM’s rocky roadPersad Bissessar spoke on the views offered by consultants who undertook an organisational review of CARICOM, and publicly reiterated her commitment made at the heads of government retreat in St Kitts, stating, “Let me at the onset categorically indicate that Trinidad and Tobago is for CARICOM and for regional integration. Let me also indicate that Trinidad and Tobago understands its role in CARICOM and its responsibility to the region and is committed to cooperation.” Trinidad and Tobago’s follow-through on last meeting’s commitmentThe prime minister recalled her statement made at the last heads of government meeting, where “substantial progress” was made. She stated that on that occasion reference was made to the achievement of a working free trade regime. The prime minister emphasised that every effort to balance trade relations must be actively pursued, with the full implementation of the Single Market, particularly as it deals with trade in services, movement of capital and in particularly, free movement of skilled persons among the member states of the Community.Persad Bissessar went on to advise that it was against this background that Trinidad and Tobago has committed to, and is in the process of establishing the Caribbean Public Health Agency [CARPHA], with the government spearheading the construction of the CARPHA facilities.The prime minister also advised on Trinidad and Tobago’s commitment relating to the fast ferry within the Southern Caribbean, citing that the matter was at a stage where it is nearing commencement of service. She stated that the general matter of the intraregional transport to facilitate further trade and people interface needs to be strengthened, citing the Caribbean Airline’s collaboration with Air Jamaica, and its increased flights into the Eastern Caribbean were steps moving in the right direction.The prime minister spoke on two critical elements in the regional development initiative relating to agriculture and energy, stating that the Brazilian offer of a model farm was still very much on Trinidad and Tobago’s agenda. She stated that Trinidad and Tobago was willing to enter into consultations with Antigua and Barbuda, who also expressed interest in exploring the development of the large farms. The prime minister also cited the issue of a pipeline from Trinidad and Tobago up the Eastern Caribbean, with the latest advice being that the linkage with Barbados seems most feasible at this time. More work was cited as necessary to deal with certain undersea volcanic formations which call for further study and analysis to facilitate extension to other Eastern Caribbean countries.Persad Bissessar concluded her statement by recalling the collaborative conversations at the recently concluded CARICOM-Cuba summit, the China-Caribbean Economic and Trade Cooperation Forum and the CARICOM-Japan joint economic mission. The prime minister expressed pleasure at the discussions emanating from the 7th UK-Caribbean Forum and the outcomes therein – save and except for the outstanding issue of the air passenger duty [APD]. She closed stating that CARICOM’s present road may be rocky, but advised however that a page should be pulled from the book of the EU, which has shown that the way out of such “crisis” is more, and not less integration.Caribbean News Now 16 Views no discussions Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share