BP’s Hayward starts energy consultancy

first_img Tags: NULL Sunday 14 November 2010 10:52 pm whatsapp whatsapp Show Comments ▼center_img Share FORMER BP chief executive Tony Hayward has set up his own business, understood to be an energy consultancy, as he rejoins the business world following his departure from the oil giant. Hayward set up 3E Capital on 28 October, papers filed at Companies House show. He lists Deloitte’s office in London as the company’s registered address, suggesting the professional services firm has helped him set up the business. The firm has started life with 100 shares, all of which belong to Hayward. He is also the sole director of the company. The firm’s initial registration papers do not specify what it will do, but several reports at the weekend claimed it is a vehicle for Hayward to undertake freelance work as an advisor to other energy companies. Hayward, who remains a BP director until the end of the year, was reportedly in Russia this weekend for his first meeting as a non-executive director of TNK-BP, the firm’s Russian joint venture. He stepped down from the top job at BP in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in April, where 11 rig workers died and oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico, costing the firm $39bn to date. Hayward came under pressure to resign following a string of gaffes, including taking a yachting trip with his son off the Isle of Wight while oil continued to gush into the Gulf, and for telling reporters a month after the fatal spill: “I want my life back”.BP’s bill for the disaster could rise further if more compensation claims emerge. The US government’s independent probe into the Gulf spill heard last week about BP and its partners’ “culture of complacency”, and is due to report its findings in January. Its report could prompt more claimants to come forward.BP declined to comment on Hayward’s new project yesterday. TIME LINE | THE RISE AND FALL OF TONY HAYWARD● 21 May 1957Anthony Bryan Hayward, the eldest of seven children, is born in Slough.● 1982After a PhD in geology, he joins BP’s North Sea operations in Aberdeen and starts to work his way up the company. ● May 2007Hayward becomes chief executive of BP.● 20 April 2010Deepwater Horizon rig explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and causing oil to gush into the sea.● 17 MayHayward states the environmental impact of the spill was likely to be “very modest”.● 30 MayHayward travels to Louisiana to apologise to affected residents, but draws criticism for telling victims: “I would like my life back”.● 7 JuneUS president Barack Obama criticises Hayward, telling NBC he spoke to oil spill experts “so I know whose ass to kick”. ● 7 JuneHayward spends the day with his son, watching his yacht take part in a race around the Isle of Wight. ● 27 JulyAfter weeks of speculation, BP confirms that Hayward will step down in October, and that Bob Dudley will become the new chief executive. KCS-content BP’s Hayward starts energy consultancy last_img read more

Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgRogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Rogers & Co Ltd (ROGE.mu)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileRogers & Co Limited is an international and investment services company  headquartered in Mauritius, that primarily focuses on operations in four markets which are, financial tech, hospitality, logistics and property where the company provides services such as fiduciary, outsourcing, and consulting services, such as tax advisory, captive insurance management, fund administration, and actuarial services, technology services, including integrated business solutions, cloud computing, unified communications and collaboration, and mobile and converged connectivity services and financial services. Rogers & Co Limited operates through the following segments, aviation, financial services, hospitality, logistics, property, real estate and agribusiness, technology, corporate office, and corporate treasury. Rogers & Co limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

D-Day succeeded thanks to an ingenious design called the Mulberry Harbours

first_img TAGSD-DayNormandyThe Conversation Previous articleOn This Day in History: The Allies land on the beaches of NormandyNext articleBackyard Bungalows: Why Your Home Should Have A Detached Office Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Colin Flint, Utah State UniversityWhen Allied troops stormed the beaches at Normandy, France on June 6, 1944 – a bold invasion of Nazi-held territory that helped tip the balance of World War II – they were using a remarkable and entirely untested technology: artificial ports.To stage what was then the largest seaborne assault in history, the American, British and Canadian armies needed to get at least 150,000 soldiers, military personnel and all their equipment ashore on day one of the invasion.Reclaiming France’s coastline was just the first challenge. After that, Allied troops planned to fight their way across the fields of France to liberate Paris and, finally, onto Berlin, where they would converge with the Soviet army to defeat Hitler.When Gen. Dwight Eisenhower and his advisers pressed for this ambitious invasion of Nazi-occupied France, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was dubious.Could it be done?Such an operation would require more than a million soldiers – all equipped with weapons, ammunition, food and clothing – plus hundreds of thousands of vehicles, tents and medical personnel.Getting so many people and materials from ship to shore while battling waves, tides and currents presented an enormous logistical challenge.Churchill, recalling the failed marine campaign to capture Gallipoli during World War I, feared that Allied troops would get trapped on the beaches and be sitting ducks for the German soldiers awaiting atop Normandy’s cliffs.So Churchill demanded that a team of engineers, scientists and military officers design a marine staging area that could actually support a successful operation.The team’s solution was ingenious: two easy-to-assemble artificial ports where Allied ships could safely anchor to stage the massive operation.As I write in my 2016 book on what became known as the “Mulberry Harbours,” each of these artificial ports consisted of artificial breakwaters – barriers against waves made up of sunken ships and huge concrete chambers.Behind the circular breakwaters was a sophisticated system of floating piers anchored to the seabed.All of these parts were towed 30 miles across the English Channel on D-Day from southern England, then sunk into place, about a mile off France’s northwest shore, the same day.German planes doing air reconnaissance did spot the concrete chambers, which had been filled with air to make them float before they were sunk. But, according to my archival research, they had no idea what they were seeing or how these giant containers would be used.A floating solutionOnce complete, each Mulberry Harbour – a code name that has no deeper meaning – gave Allied troops about 1 square mile of quiet, wave-free ocean from which to stage the invasion.Nearly 200 military ships and landing crafts anchored at Mulberry Harbours in their first week, sending 12 military divisions, or about 180,000 men, straight into enemy territory.Ten thousand of them were killed or injured on the first day, blown up by landmines and picked off by camouflaged German machine gun nests and blasted by artillery in concrete bunkers.On June 19, 1944, a storm permanently disabled the Mulberry Harbour used by the American armed forces.But Britain’s Mulberry Harbour continued to serve Allied forces for another 10 months as they freed all French ports from German control.War games in the bathChurchill became convinced of the merit of the Mulberry Harbours design while in a bath tub on the Queen Mary, as he traveled to Washington to discuss war strategy with President Franklin Roosevelt in 1943.Churchill’s scientific adviser, Professor John Bernal, floated paper boats in the prime minister’s bathtub, agitating the water to simulate waves, then used a loofah, or sponge, to demonstrate the pacifying effect of breakwaters.Churchill, who often worked while bathing, saw in that Queen Mary bathtub the answer to the challenge he had issued in the 1942 memo commissioning portable harbors for D-Day.“They must float up and down with the tide. The anchor problem must be mastered. Let me have the best solution worked out,” Churchill wrote. “Don’t argue the matter. The difficulties will argue for themselves.”After D-Day, some Mulberry Harbours engineers were sent to the South Pacific with the idea that similar portable ports would be needed for the invasion of Japan. The atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki made that unnecessary.No similar wartime engineering feat has been tried since.Colin Flint, Distinguished Professor of Political Science, Utah State UniversityThis article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Willie Le Roux signed by Wasps for 2016/2017 Season

first_imgThursday Aug 4, 2016 Willie Le Roux signed by Wasps for 2016/2017 Season Wasps today confirmed that Springbok fullback Willie Le Roux will join the club during the 2016/17 season, signing from Japanese side Canon Eagles. Le Roux will arrive following his commitments in Japan.  The 26-year-old fullback has won 37 caps for South Africa and was a World Player of the Year nominee in 2014, having also been voted SARPA Players’ Player of the Year in 2013. Le Roux has built a reputation as one of the world’s most exciting full backs. Acting as a world-class general at the back, possessing the ability to expertly guide his team around the field and launch devastating attacks from deep. His versatility enables him to play at fullback and wing, although earlier in his career he played mostly as a fly-half.Le Roux was selected to represent the Springboks for the first time during the South African Quadrangular tournament of 2013 against Italy, Scotland and Samoa. He also played an integral part in South Africa’s 2013 Rugby Championship campaign, featuring in all six matches.He scored tries in both home and away tests against Australia and in the deciding game at home against New Zealand.“I’m really excited about the move to Wasps and I’m really looking forward to playing in the Aviva Premiership,” said Le Roux, looking ahead to next season at the Ricoh Arena. “The Super Rugby competition is a great one to play in but I’ve reached a point in my career where I want to experience new environments and I can’t wait for the new challenge, where I’ll be playing with and against some familiar faces.“The recent World Cup in England really hit home just how passionate the fans there are about rugby and in weighing up the move, the recent successes Wasps have experienced, the way they play the game and the facilities they have at the Ricoh Arena were big factors in my decision.“When speaking to Dai Young he talked to me about the atmosphere at the Ricoh Arena as well as discussing a very exciting interpretation of the game. Every player wants to win things in their career and I feel like I have a great opportunity to do that with Wasps.”Video of Le Roux in action: Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young said: “When we were looking to replace Charles Piutau, who is up there in the world’s top two or three international full backs, Willie was certainly in that level of international company. He’s shown on a regular basis that he has the ability to be one of the best full backs in world rugby.“His attacking ability will fit perfectly into the way we want to play. He’s really safe under the high ball and also has a good kicking game, so he is a really exciting player to have in anyone’s team.“That’s what we’re about. We now have fantastic facilities and the best way to fill those facilities is to play entertaining rugby and to have some of the best players in the world in your team. Willie falls into that category.“We are fortunate to have Rob Miller, who has shown his ability at full back on a regular basis, and is in the same attacking mould. Between Rob and Willie, we feel we can more than hold our own against any team in the full back category.“Willie and Rob are also comfortable on the wing and Rob can also cover 10, so we’ve got that versatility where we can move people about.“Willie’s knowledge and international experience will also be beneficial to our younger players coming through at the club and we look forward to welcoming him to Wasps next year.”ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Lane B House / Studio YUDA

first_imgLane B House / Studio YUDASave this projectSaveLane B House / Studio YUDA “COPY” Lane B House / Studio YUDA Architects: Studio YUDA Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/915665/lane-b-studio-yuda Clipboard Houses Save this picture!Courtesy of Studio YUDA+ 15Curated by Paula Pintos Share Area:  4817 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Nashville, United States Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2019 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/915665/lane-b-studio-yuda Clipboard United States Manufacturers: Bona, BTicino, Cooper Lighting, Kichler, Legrand, Miele, Porcelanosa Grupo, SOSS, Unilux, Victoria & Albert, WASCO Skylights, Baldwin, Hitson & Co, JunoText:Jillian Japka, MinimalissimoCity:NashvilleCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Studio YUDARecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BuildWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82DoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumText description provided by the architects. Lane B is a modern home that seeks to explore the relationship between the home as protection and the home as an oasis. The Nashville home was designed by Studio YUDA, of the complementary home Lane A, also located in Tennessee. From the street, the dominating feature of Lane B is a low, grey wall that wraps the home. The wall envelops the home and acts as a barrier from the street, providing privacy. Large cutouts are utilitarian in nature, creating openings for entry and viewing. Step just beyond the wall and the view of the home completely changes.Save this picture!Courtesy of Studio YUDASave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!Courtesy of Studio YUDAA feeling of peacefulness emerges, aided by a perfectly designed garden in the space between wall and home. On the facade, the smooth white color contrasts just enough with the light grey beyond. Oversized windows create a relationship between interior and exterior, connecting the home to the garden just outside, and further, the street as framed through the wall’s openings.Save this picture!Courtesy of Studio YUDAThe interior is bright and warm, illuminated with natural light from the many windows. The fenestration is so prominent that the boundaries from inside to outside are blurred, and one almost experiences the interior as exterior. Endlessly sunny rooms give way to hallways that open up to the sky—a remarkable design feature. Light wood floors and mostly white furnishings lend an airy, dreamlike quality to each room. Everywhere you turn, Lane B plays with openings and closings, opaque and transparent, light and shadow.Save this picture!Courtesy of Studio YUDASave this picture!Upper Floor PlanSave this picture!Courtesy of Studio YUDAProject gallerySee allShow less837 Washington Commercial Office Building / Morris Adjmi ArchitectsSelected ProjectsOssO Restaurant / Gustavo Penna Arquiteto e AssociadosSelected Projects Share “COPY” Projects CopyAbout this officeStudio YUDAOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNashvilleUnited StatesPublished on April 23, 2019Cite: “Lane B House / Studio YUDA” 23 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassHanging LampsVibiaHanging Lamp – VOLConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausPorcelain StonewareCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Chromica CollectionBricksFeldhaus KlinkerThin Bricks – ClassicGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing for Interior DesignWoodStructureCraftEngineering – FootbridgesAluminium CompositesCymat Technologies Ltd.Bundang Doosan Tower – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamTable LampsRoss GardamDesk Lamp – OraMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Ian Botham launches charity chocolates

first_imgA new range of chocolates has been produced in support of Sir Ian Botham’s 2008 charity walk and are available for a suggested donation of £1, with all profits going to Leukaemia Research.Forty golden tickets have been hideen in some of the packs of the limited edition chocolates, in the style of Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. Those who find them will win a chance to meet and walk with Bowtham on one of the nine days of the walk.The chocolates are made by Yorkshire chocolatiers Whitakers and will be available in Wickes stores nationwide. Marks & Spencer, one of this year’s sponsors, will also be selling the treats in each of the nine M&S stores where Sir Ian will begin his walks this October.The former cricketer’s 12th charity walk starts in Taunton where he started his cricket career and the place he first met youngsters with leukaemia who inspired him to start his fundraising walks.From there he will walk in Windsor, Tunbridge Wells, Bury St Edmunds, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Llandudno, Harrogate, Milngavie (near Glasgow), and ending in Durham on 18 October.www.bothamwalk.com  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity Events Promotional AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 1 September 2008 | News Ian Botham launches charity chocolates About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Protect the Harvest Brings Fight for Agriculture to Statehouse

first_imgLucas explained that the aim of Protect the Harvest is to expose the real agenda of groups like HSUS, “We have to show people who these groups really are. Once people understand what they are really all about, they will not want anything to do with them.”  Protect the Harvest brought several state lawmakers from Missouri to the event to discuss how HSUS almost destroyed Missouri agriculture with Proposition B. They said it was the money and organization of Protect the Harvest that helped them turn around public opinion in support of Missouri farmers. PTH is active in several states and has had success in not only defending the rights of farmers but also of hunters and fishermen. Protect the Harvest Brings Fight for Agriculture to Statehouse Facebook Twitter SHARE A group not timid about their support for PTH is the Indiana Council for Animal Welfare, an organization that represents the state’s animal breeding industry. This group helped beat back an HSUS-backed Puppy Mill bill in 2009. Facebook Twitter The founder of the Lucas Oil Products, from Corydon, IN, has put millions of his own dollars into this effort and feels, if agriculture can come together, the activists can be stopped, “If we work together I think we can change things around in the next 5 years.”  Several representatives of Indiana farm groups attended the event including Indiana Farm Bureau and the Indiana Beef Cattle Association. While these groups support the aims of PTH, they keep their support low profile because of the aggressive and candid approach of PTH.  IBCA, however, has supported Protect the Harvest financially and is currently conducting a fundraising promotion for the organization.  Home News Feed Protect the Harvest Brings Fight for Agriculture to Statehouse The gathering drew a large crowd, and even Governor Pence stopped by. But so did representatives of HSUS, who stood in the balcony above, shook their heads, and rolled their eyes. By Gary Truitt – Feb 2, 2014 Protect the Harvest Bring Fight for Agriculture to Statehouse Previous articlePersonal Property Tax Proposals Alive at StatehouseNext articleNine Receive Purdue Ag Alumni Honors Gary Truitt SHARE Forrest LucasThe battle against HSUS and for the rights of farmers came to the Indiana Statehouse last week.  Protect the Harvest held a meet and greet at the State Capitol on Thursday. The event brought a wide, cross section of Indiana agriculture together to meet with legislators and state officials. Protect the Harvest founder Forrest Lucas told HAT state lawmakers need to hear the story of agriculture, “We can talk all we want, but this is where the action is; here are the people making the laws.” Lucas said the large gathering demonstrated to lawmakers just how serious agriculture is about protecting their business and way of life from radical activist forces.  There was plenty of heavy duty lobbying going on at the event as there are several pieces of legislation before lawmakers that deal with farmers’ right to farm, raise animals, and use technology. Groups, like the Hoosier Environmental Council and the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), have been very vocal in their opposition to these measures. Lucas told HAT activist groups like HSUS are targeting state legislatures trying to get anti-agriculture laws and regulations passed.  He said Indiana has become a battleground state, “I think we are seeing more activity here than in almost any other state.” He added not only does agriculture have to come together to defend animal agriculture, but also to defend a farmers right to use approved technology, including biotechnology, “Biotechnology is very much under attack. They have stopped biotechnology in Europe, and now those countries can’t feed themselves.”last_img read more

Seizure of weekly’s property and bank accounts slammed as a form of “Indirect censorship”

first_img Follow the news on Panama September 8, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Seizure of weekly’s property and bank accounts slammed as a form of “Indirect censorship” to go further December 7, 2016 Find out more Organisation News PanamaAmericas Canadian TV crew hoping to cover mining dispute fears being denied entry News Reporters Without Borders today reacted with alarm to a court order seizing property and bank accounts of a weekly newspaper at the instigation of a property dealer, which it condemned as “a form of indirect censorship”.A civil court in Panama ordered the seizure against El Periódico on 4 September, at the request of Herman Bern, who is regularly quoted in the press and whom the weekly had just alleged was being investigated for making a false tax statement.Editor, Omar Wong, said the step had been taken to silence El Periódico, which he called “a violation of freedom of expression”. Bern had to put up 250,000 dollars as security to obtain the order. RSF_en News “If Herman Bern is so sure of his rights, why does not he sue El Periódico for defamation in the usual way, as the law allows?” the worldwide press freedom organisation asked.“For a complainant to obtain a freeze in the newspaper’s financial resources in exchange for a payment looks like a way of silencing journalists and is therefore a form of indirect censorship”, it said. “Would the media have faced the same sanction if Herman Bern had been a simple citizen without support or influence?” the organisation wondered, adding, “We hope that this decision will be cancelled on appeal”.El Periódico crossed swords with Herman Bern as a result of revealing that the property dealer and state contractor for major public works, had under-estimated his statement of property and income. The newspaper said its information had been confirmed by the state body responsible for tax and financial audit, the Comptroller General’s Office. Herman Bern’s name had also been splashed on the front pages of Panama newspapers in connection with alleged cronyism in the awarding of public procurement contracts. He is reportedly close to the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) of President Martin Torrijos and has a son working for a prospective candidate in the forthcoming presidential election. December 9, 2016 Find out more Receive email alerts PanamaAmericas RSF’s calls for release of Dutch journalist jailed in Panama News Anti-Corruption Day : Journalists on front line of fight against corruption Help by sharing this information January 30, 2012 Find out morelast_img read more

World Day Against Cyber-Censorship: new “Enemies of the Internet” list

first_imgInternet users are urged to circulate this information on social networks, blogs and websites that support imprisoned netizens. They may also use the graphic, which is available in a score of languages (including Chinese, Arabic, Burmese, Turkmen, Farsi and Russian) as an image for their profiles in Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. 2010 – Year of the Internet? The Internet continues above all to be a tool, one that can be used for good ends and bad. It creates an area of freedom in the most closed countries. Its potential as a tool for circulating news and information angers dictators and renders traditional censorship methods ineffective. The Internet is used not only by dissidents but also by governments, which employ it to circulate their propaganda and to reinforce surveillance and control of the population. March 11, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 World Day Against Cyber-Censorship: new “Enemies of the Internet” list Organisation A dedicated website for the campaign The Internet strategies pursued nowadays by authoritarian regimes consist not so much of outright blocking as online manipulation and propaganda. Countries such as China, Saudi Arabia and Iran continue to filter out vast amounts of content, reinforcing the filtering at times of tension, but Internet users in these countries continue to learn how to circumvent censorship.Tunisian blog Nawaat awarded 2011 Netizen PrizeOn the eve of the World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, Reporters Without Borders Friday awarded its 2011 Netizen Prize to the founders of a Tunisian blogging group named Nawaat.The Netizen Prize goes to a Netizen – a blogger, online journalist or cyber-dissident – who has helped to promote freedom of expression on the Internet. The winner receives 2,500 euros in prize money. Google sponsors the annual award.Nawaat won against finalists from Bahrain, Belarus, Thailand, China and Vietnam. An independent jury of press specialists determined the winner. Reporters Without Borders has carried out a new survey of online freedom of expression for World Day Against Cyber-Censorship on 12 March. News Read all about world day against cybercensorship : http://march12.rsf.org/en Enemies of the Internet Doctors Without Borders founder and former French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner will be a special guest. “Dictatorships define themselves through censorship, press bans and arrests of journalists,” said Mr Kouchner. Created in 2004, Nawaat.org is an independent collective blog operated by Tunisian bloggers as a platform for all “committed citizens.” It played a crucial role in covering the social and political unrest in Tunisia that began on December 17. Astrubal and Sami Ben Gharbia, two well-known bloggers who post regularly on the site.center_img “One in three of the world’s Internet users does not have access to an unrestricted Internet,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “Around 60 countries censor the Internet to varying degrees and harass netizens. At least 119 people are currently in prison just for using the Internet to express their views freely. These are disturbing figures. Dominique Gerbaud, Reporters Without Borders President, Jean-François Julliard, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general and Google President for Southern and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa and Carlo d’Asaro Biondo spoke at the award ceremony in Paris. Doctors Without Borders founder and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner gave the prize to Nawaat’s co-founder Riadh Guerfali (Astrubal) at a ceremony in Paris at the Salon des Miroirs. Last year saw the Internet and social networks conclusively established as tools for protest, campaigning and circulating information. It also saw a growing tendency for traditional and new media to complement each other, as witnessed not only during the Arab Spring but also in the way WikiLeaks released the leaked US diplomatic cables in coordination with several leading international media. For World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, Reporters Without Borders has created a dedicated website where Internet users can download a graphic representing the defence of online free expression, view a film made for the occasion by French illustrator Joel Guenoun and consult the map of Internet black holes. Reporters Without Borders is releasing a 100-page report on the state of online freedom of expression in the 10 countries it has identified as “Enemies of the Internet” and the 16 countries it is keeping “under surveillance” because of their questionable Internet policies. Repressive regimes resort to all sorts of measures to control content, ranging from censorship, jailing cyber-dissidents and circulating massive amounts of propaganda online. “Tunisia and Egypt have been removed from the list of Enemies of the Internet following the fall of their governments,” Julliard added. “These countries nonetheless remain under surveillance, as does Libya. The gains of these revolutions must be consolidated and the new freedoms must be guaranteed. We have also placed some democracies – including Australia, South Korea and France – under surveillance because of various measures they have taken that could have negative consequences for online free expression and Internet access.” RSF_en “We are deeply honoured by this prize. It will help to strengthen the citizen journalism that we have been practicing for years at Nawaat, despite all the risks involved”, said Riadh Guerfali. “This award is not only a tribute to Nawaat but to all our fellow journalists who often risk their lives to keep working in countries where freedom of expression is suppressed.”Google’s President for Southern and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa Biondo saluted the Tunisan winners. “We are sponsoring this event and this prize because it defends our company’s core values to make the world’s information universally accessible and useful,” Mr. d’Asaro Biondo said. “Our company is built on the free exchange of information.” The site recently created a special page for the WikiLeaks revelations about Tunisia, and another one about the recent events in Sidi Bouzid, which were not covered in the traditional media. It also warns Internet users about the dangers of being identified online and offers advice about circumventing censorship. “The Internet played a crucial role in the recent Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions but more and more governments try to manipulate online information and remove critical content. There is a greater need than ever to defend online free speech and protect cyber-dissidents. This day is also the occasion to pay tribute to the solidarity that Internet users show towards each other.” Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

Pasadena and Los Angeles Area Property Owners can Now get Their Home Value in Seconds with New Service from Pasadena Views Real Estate Team

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 11 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Community News More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Irina Netchaev, local real estate expert and managing Broker of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. announced today a new home valuation service that empowers home owners with immediate valuation of their properties. This service will provide both home value for potential sales and refinances as well as a rental estimate for home owners.With real estate values on the rise and Pasadena California property owners seeing a 20.9% increase as of March 2014 for average sold home prices from last year, many property owners are contacting their local real estate companies to see how their property is affected by this very aggressive real estate market. Most real estate websites capture home owner inquiries with realtors providing market valuations as time permits. Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. has partnered with one of the top analytics companies to provide an instant predictive marketing report based on a few answers on their newly rolled out website – http://www.PasadenaHomeValuesNow.com.A home owner interested in selling their home can visit this website and immediately see an estimated home value range specific to their property, computed using a proprietary algorithm based on hundreds of distinct variables on over 80 million residential homes across 56,000 U.S. neighborhoods. This data is updated regularly and is extracted from public county records that are licensed from one of the largest and most reputed vendors in the industry.This service is free and is available to all property owners. Just another great and innovative service from the team of talented real estate professionals of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team, Inc. known for its personal and progressive approach to selling homes.For more information on real estate in the Pasadena area, contact Irina Netchaev of Pasadena Views at (626) 629-8439. Business News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Real Estate Pasadena and Los Angeles Area Property Owners can Now get Their Home Value in Seconds with New Service from Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Irina Netchaev of Pasadena Views Real Estate Team Inc. has announced today a new service which offers immediate valuation of properties in the Greater Pasadena and Los Angeles neighborhoods. This free home estimate service is expected to empower consumers with access to real estate data available previously to real estate professionals only. From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 1, 2014 | 12:26 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more