Access to Information, NGO and Media Regulation In Zambia


By Isaac Mwanza

“If you put a key under the mat for the cops, a burglar can find it too. Criminals are using every technology tool at their disposal to hack into the people’s accounts. If they know there is a key hidden somewhere, they won’t stop until they find it” – Tim Cook

In Zambia, the questions of access to information (ATI), regulation of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the media have been a thorny generational issue which provoke personal, political and professional debates as well as resistance from those likely to be affected by such pieces of legislation.

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND MEDIA REGULATION

Speaking when he featured on Hot FM Radio’s breakfast show in January, 2023, Zambia’s Justice Minister Mulambo Haimbe, S.C. said Zambians should expect progress on the enactment of the Access to Information Bill once the media themselves, resolve the issue of self-regulation, a matter that didn’t sit well with some media houses.

The Minister’s proposition obviously raises the question as to whether there is any link between access to information and media regulation? During the said programme, the Justice Minister said:

“The Access to Information Bill gives a lot of freedom not only to the media but also the general public in terms of access to information. Building into that, it comes with responsibility intended to be managed through a self-regulatory process with regard to the media…The two go hand in hand… So perhaps we have to look at it as a shared responsibility rather than a responsibility of government alone.”

If enacted, the Access to Information law will give both the media and the general public access to information which is generated or held by the government. For the media, such information is not for storage but to provide content and

Read the rest

star health stocks: Buy Star Health and Allied Insurance Company, target price Rs 650: ICICI Direct

ICICI Direct has buy call on Star Health and Allied Insurance Company with a target price of Rs 650. The current market price of Star Health and Allied Insurance Company is Rs 531.25. Time period given by analyst is 12 months when Star Health and Allied Insurance Company price can reach defined target.

Star Health and Allied Insurance Company, incorporated in the year 2005, is a Large Cap company (having a market cap of Rs 30770.73 Crore) operating in Financial Services sector.

Star Health and Allied Insurance Company key Products/Revenue Segments include Premiums Earned, Interest & Dividend and Income From Sale Of Share & Securities for the year ending 31-Mar-2022.

Financials

For the quarter ended 31-12-2022, the company has reported a Standalone Total Income of Rs 3074.37 Crore, up 2.39 % from last quarter Total Income of Rs 3002.62 Crore and up 13.40 % from last year same quarter Total Income of Rs 2711.01 Crore. Company has reported net profit after tax of Rs 210.47 Crore in latest quarter.

The company’s top management includes Mr.Venkatasamy Jagannathan, Mr.Utpal Hemendra Sheth, Mr.Deepak Ramineedi, Mr.Berjis Minoo Desai, Mr.Rajeev Krishnamuralilal Agarwal, Mr.Rajni Sekhri Sibal, PadmashriKaarthikeyan Devarayapuram Ramasamy, Ms.Anisha Motwani, Mr.Rohit Bhasin, Mr.Anand Shankar Roy, Dr.Subbarayan Prakash, Mr.Sumir Chadha. Company has V Sankar Aiyar & Co. as its auditors. As on 31-12-2022, the company has a total of 58 Crore shares outstanding.

Investment Rationale
Star Health is expected to maintain its leadership in retail health segment with sustainable long term growth opportunity. Higher than industry growth and targeted combined ratio of 95-96% provides confidence.

Promoter/FII Holdings
Promoters held 58.28 per cent stake in the company as of 31-Dec-2022, while FIIs owned 10.37 per cent, DIIs 1.26 per cent.

(Disclaimer: Recommendations given in this section or any reports attached herein are authored by an external party. … Read the rest

Car-ramming attack near Jerusalem settlement kills 2, including 6-year-old

JERUSALEM — A car rammed into a crowd Friday at a Jerusalem bus stop, killing a 6-year-old and one other, and injuring five, including an 8-year-old who is in critical condition. The Palestinian driver was fatally shot at the scene, Israeli police reported.

Israel’s Magen David Adom services said the child was pronounced dead and the injured were rushed to the hospital. Israeli police said an off-duty officer killed the attacker. The second Israeli victim, a man in his 20s, died at a hospital, local media reported.

The car-ramming, in a Jewish settlement in East Jerusalem, is the latest in a spiraling cycle of violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Tensions are rising fast amid the return to power of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who heads Israel’s most right-wing government to date as he wages a battle for constitutional reforms, alongside a deepening political void and insecurity among Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

Israeli forces on Thursday fatally shot a Palestinian in the West Bank city of Hebron after he allegedly charged a checkpoint with a knife. Israeli forces and settlers have killed more than 40 Palestinians in the occupied territory this year — the highest rate in years.

In response to Friday’s attack, Netanyahu reinforced security in the area and called for arrests and for the alleged assailant’s house to be sealed off and demolished. Jerusalem Mayor Moshe Lion called for expanding security at bus stations in the city, as other officials called for further security measures.

Israel’s response to “terrorism is to strike with all our might,” the prime minister said.

Israel frequently demolishes the family homes of alleged Palestinian assailants, a practice human rights groups have criticized as a violation of international law. Palestinian rights groups have also condemned Israel’s fatally shooting combatants and civilians,

Read the rest

2 Anggota TNI di Papua Punya Amunisi Ilegal, Keterkaitan dengan KKB Diselidiki – Solopos.com

SOLOPOS.COM – Sebanyak 77 butir amunisi disita dari dua prajurit Kodim 1702/Jayawijaya di Timika. (ANTARA/HO-Penrem 172/PWY)

Solopos.com, JAYAPURA–Dua prajurit TNI anggota Kodim 1702/Jayawijaya dibekuk karena karena kedapatan memiliki 77 butir amunisi ilegal. Detasemen Polisi Militer (Denpom) masih menyelidiki untuk mengungkap apakah tindakan mereka ada kaitannya dengan kelompok kriminal bersenjatan (KKB) atau tidak.

Komandan Korem (Danrem) 172/PWY Brigjen TNI JO Sembiring saat dihubungi di Jayapura, Kamis (9/2/2023), mengonfirmasi adanya penangkapan terhadap dua prajurit, yakni Pratu MS dan Prada MS. Mereka merupakan anggota Kodim 1702/Jayawijaya dan saat ini ditahan di Subdenpom Wamena.

PromosiRekomendasi Cafe di Solo, Ada Smoking Area Ber-AC!

Danrem menceritakan penangkapan kedua prajurit tersebut berawal dari penangkapan LK yang merupakan kepala kampung di Kabupaten Nduga. Dia ditangkap atas kasus dugaan kepemilikan amunisi ilegal.

LK mengaku sudah menyerahkan amunisi sebanyak 77 butir kepada kedua prajurit itu. Kemudian, sehingga Dandim 1702/JWY mengembangkan informasi dan memeriksa Pratu MS dan Prada MS.

Keduanya mengakui memiliki amunisi dan menunjukkan tempat penyimpanannya. Lalu ditemukan 77 butir amunisi tajam kaliber 5,56 MM.

“Kami masih mendalami dugaan keterlibatan kedua anggota ini dalam kepemilikan amunisi ilegal apakah ada keterlibatan dengan kelompok kriminal bersenjata [KKB] atau tidak,” jelas JO Sembiring.

Dia menegaskan tidak akan menolerir anggota TNI yang bermain-main atau menyalahgunakan amunisi. Jika terbukti melanggarakan ditindak tegas sesuai dengan aturan.

“Panglima TNI, Kasad, dan Pangdam XVII/Cenderawasih telah berkomitmen memberikan sanksi tegas kepada prajurit yang melanggar aturan. apalagi jika pelanggaran tersebut masuk dalam kategori berat seperti penyalahgunaan amunisi,” tegas Brigjen TNI Sembiring.

Read the rest

SC Attorney General joins lawsuit over mailed abortion meds

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, surrounded by law enforcement officials from around the <a href=state, announces a major investigation related to Mexican drug cartels on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2022.” title=”South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, surrounded by law enforcement officials from around the state, announces a major investigation related to Mexican drug cartels on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2022.” loading=”lazy”/

South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson, surrounded by law enforcement officials from around the state, announces a major investigation related to Mexican drug cartels on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2022.

[email protected]

Attorney General Alan Wilson has joined other Republican-led states in formally opposing mail delivery of medication used to end early pregnancies, by signing onto a brief in a lawsuit against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

In January, President Joe Biden announced that the FDA had changed its rules for the delivery of the abortion medication mifepristone, a drug used to end pregnancies up to 10 weeks after conception.

The agency determined the drug was safe to be prescribed via telehealth and delivered by mail.

Soon after Biden’s announcement, a coalition of health care professionals that oppose abortion, called The Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine, filed a lawsuit against the FDA over the change.

Wilson has signed onto a brief supporting The Alliance for Hippocratic Medicine’s suit. Attorneys general from Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Wyoming have also signed the brief.

“I’ve lost count of how many times the Biden administration has tried to overreach its authority but this is yet another example,” Wilson said in a statement Friday. “Once again, we’re going to fight to protect life and the rule of law.”

The brief argues that the changes made by the FDA regarding mifepristone violate federal and state law.

The attorneys general wrote, “State

Read the rest

Cigna Worldwide Insurance Company Receives Branch License in Saudi Arabia, Plans Growth in the Kingdom

  • Cigna Worldwide Insurance Company is the first international health insurance provider to receive a branch license from the Saudi Central Bank to operate as a health insurer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Cigna will introduce a new proposition in the Kingdom, focused on offering localized health solutions with global capabilities
  • Cigna is committed to the growth of the health insurance sector in the Kingdom, in line with Vision 2030

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Feb. 6, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Cigna Worldwide Insurance Company today announced that it has received an official branch license from the Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) to operate as a health insurer in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The announcement makes Cigna Worldwide Insurance Company the first international insurance provider to receive a branch license to operate in the Kingdom. Cigna Worldwide Insurance Company is part of the global Cigna group of health services companies serving over 180 million customers and patients in over 30 countries around the world (Cigna).

This license will enable Cigna to offer its best-in-class high-quality, affordable, and localized health insurance solutions, backed by its global capabilities to individuals, companies, and government entities in the Kingdom.

Cigna is committed to the growth of the health insurance sector in the Kingdom, in line with Vision 2030.

“This marks a significant milestone for Cigna in the Kingdom and across the Middle East and Africa region,” said Jason Sadler, president, Cigna International Health. “The license enables us to deliver a stronger value proposition, access, and service to our clients through a host of proprietary health and well-being products and services. Cigna has been in the region for nearly two decades, initially through local partners and then independently. We have a deep-rooted knowledge of the Middle East health insurance market, which helps us

Read the rest

China Calls U.S. Shoot-Down of Spy Balloon “Indiscriminate Use of Force.” International Law Says Otherwise.

On Saturday, a suspected Chinese spy balloon was shot down by the Air Force as it drifted over the Atlantic just off the South Carolina coast, ending an unusual series of events that further strained tensions between China and the United States.

Initially spotted by civilian air passengers late last week as it drifted over Montana, China quickly claimed ownership of the balloon, which sported a payload roughly the size of three school buses, claiming it was “a civilian airship used for research, mainly meteorological, purposes,” according to a statement released by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“Affected by the Westerlies and with limited self-steering capability, the airship deviated far from its planned course,” the statement read. “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into US airspace due to force majeure.”

“The Chinese side will continue communicating with the US side and properly handle this unexpected situation,” the statement added.

Following its shoot down by an Air Force F-22 Raptor over the weekend, China has characterized the U.S. response as an “attack” which they claim violates “the spirit of international law” and potentially worsens relations between the countries.

In a complaint to the U.S. Embassy on Sunday, Vice Foreign Minister Xie Feng called the shoot down a “U.S. attack on a Chinese civilian unmanned airship by military force,” adding that the U.S. “turned a deaf ear and insisted on indiscriminate use of force against the civilian airship,” which Xie said was “about to leave the United States airspace.”

In his complaint, the Vice Foreign Minister asserted that the U.S. “obviously overreacted and seriously violated the spirit of international law and international practice.”

spy balloon
The suspected spy balloon moments after being struck by a projectile fired from a USAF F-22 Raptor (Credit: Martin Willis).

However, China’s

Read the rest

Dukung Pendidikan di Indonesia, Telkomsel Berikan Bantuan Orbit Kepada Sekolah di Sumbawa Barat

POS-KUPANG.COM, MATARAM – Sebagai bentuk dukungan Telkomsel dalam memajukan dunia pendidikan, Telkomsel menyerahkan bantuan berupa Modem Wifi Orbit kepada sekolah di Kabupaten Sumbawa Barat diantaranya SMA Negeri 1 Poto Tano, SMP Negeri 1 Poto Tano, SMK Negeri 1 Brang Ene, SMP Negeri 1 Seteluk dan SMA Al Muhajirin Seloto pada Kamis, 9 Februari 2023.

Kegiatan ini merupakan bagian dari bentuk dukungan Telkomsel untuk membantu sekolah sekolah yang belum memiliki akses dan jaringan Internet di lingkungan sekolahnya.

Terdapat beberapa titik sekolah di Kabupaten Sumbawa Barat yang belum tersedia jalur jaringan fiber optik, sehingga di sekitar lingkungan sekolah tersebut tidak terdapat layanan internet.

Baca juga: Angin Kencang Robohkan Tower Telkomsel di Lembata

Vice President Consumer Sales Area Jawa Bali, Riny Novitriyanti mengatakan, “Kami merasa senang bisa hadir di sini. Dengan adanya kegiatan ini kami berharap modem Wifi Orbit ini dapat memberikan dampak yang positif bagi sekolah. Perkembangan penggunaan internet di masa sekarang ini sudah teramat penting dan menjadi sebuah sistem belajar baru.”

Penyediaan layanan internet ini dapat digunakan untuk menginspirasi siswa dan anak muda di sekolah tersebut agar bisa memanfaatkan internet untuk mencari pengetahuan informasi yang positif, mewujudkan ide-ide dan menyalurkan bakat mereka.

Selain itu, dengan adanya modem wifi orbit ini dapat digunakan oleh para guru untuk menambah informasi dan referensi yang diharapkan dapat mendorong daya saing para siswa agar siap berkompetisi dengan siswa di kota maupun negara lain.

“Semoga dengan adanya fasilitas jaringan internet ini dapat dimanfaatkan sekolah sebagai penyediaan informasi pembelajaran bagi guru, terhubung dengan dunia lunar, mengakses informasi, dan memperkaya sumber belajar bagi para siswa.” Tutup Riny.

Baca juga: Telkomsel Hadirkan Posko Siaga Natal dan Tahun Baru di Destinasi Wisata, Ini Tujuannya

Luh Putu Dian Wahyundari

Corporate Communications Bali Nusra Telkomsel

Gedung Telkomsel

Jl. Raya Puputan No.33 Renon l  Denpasar 80227  l  Bali

Email . [email protected] I [email protected]

Phone.  

Read the rest

KY House impeaches Commonwealth’s attorney in first action to remove elected official since 1991

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

The Kentucky House unanimously approved a resolution containing three articles of impeachment against Ronnie Lee Goldy, Jr., the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Bath, Menifee, Montgomery, and Rowan counties, meaning the Senate can now hold a trial on his removal from office.

The process began with the filing of HR 11 on January 5, which directed the House to appoint a committee to investigate any alleged misconduct committed by Goldy based on the Supreme Court’s decision to suspend Goldy from the practice of law.

Committee members met several times in January and early February to review evidence and hear from three Commonwealth attorneys who also serve as members of the Commonwealth Prosecutors Advisory Council.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, spoke with reporters Friday about the impeachment process for Commonwealth’s Attorney Ronnie Lee Goldy. (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today)

Evidence included roughly 190 pages of messages, illicit in nature, between Goldy and a female criminal defendant. The messages indicated that, in exchange for sexually explicit photographs, Goldy would intervene in ongoing criminal cases.

Testifying before the impeachment committee, three members of the Commonwealth Prosecutors Advisory Council noted that not only is communication of this nature inappropriate, but direct communication between a criminal defendant and a commonwealth’s attorney constitutes a misuse of the power the office holds and a betrayal of public trust.

Due to the committee’s findings, a resolution with articles describing the impeachable offenses was filed as HR 30, and included three articles defining the grounds for impeachment:

• The Kentucky Supreme Court issued a suspension rendering Goldy unable to fulfill his duties in office.

• The nature of Goldy’s communications with the defendant.

• The quid pro quo committed between the defendant and Goldy.

Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, explained to reporters on Friday

Read the rest

Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company & AmeriLife Unveil Turbo Term Life

New instant issue life insurance product built on the latest insuretech platform delivers agents and clients the simplicity and speed they want

GLENVIEW, Ill. and CLEARWATER, Fla. –News Direct– AmeriLife

Continuing their approach to innovative product design and delivery, Guarantee Trust Life Insurance Company (“GTL”) and AmeriLife Group, LLC (“AmeriLife”) announced today the launch of Turbo Term Instant Issue Life Insurance, a revolutionary new level term life product engineered to deliver clients fully customized benefits and policy lengths to match their unique needs.

“Guarantee Trust is excited to partner with AmeriLife in developing and bringing to the consumer the most dynamic term product offering in the marketplace, said Richard S. Holson III, GTL’s chairman of the board, president and CEO. “We are proud to be aligned with the great marketing organization that is AmeriLife.”

With GTL’s state-of-the-art underwriting platform powered by hr | ReFlex, Hannover Re’s automated underwriting system, long application processing is a thing of the past. With a fully digital application process — and no medical exams — agents can deliver their clients an affordable policy instantly with customizable coverage, flexible benefits, a variety of level term lengths, and coverage between $100,000 and $1,000,000.

For agents, Turbo Term lets them stay in the driver’s seat by owning the business they write, offering advance commissions at all levels and supporting full hierarchy, a wholly unique value proposition versus any other product on the market.

“Turbo Term was built for agent distribution. No long apps. No uncomfortable medical exams. Just a fully digital application process and great, affordable, and customizable coverage to deliver the financial stability client needs – fast,” said David Paul, AmeriLife’s national sales director of Simplified Issue Life. “We’re thrilled to partner with GTL on yet another innovative product that will deliver value to the market

Read the rest