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Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgAiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Aiico Insurance Plc (AIICO.ng)  2020 abridged results.Company ProfileAiico Insurance Plc is a leading insurance company in Nigeria offering life assurance and annuity, general insurance and special risk, pension management, health insurance and asset management. The company is the second-largest insurance company in Nigeria by gross premiums and has a diversified client base which includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and individuals. Life insurance products include an annuity plan, corporate savings plan, education, flexible endowment plan, group life insurance plan, income investment plan, life celebration plan, mortgage protection plan, term assurance and three payment plant. Aiico Insurance Plc has a controlling stake in Multishield Plc and a minority stake in Healthcare International Plc and Aiico Capital Plc. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Aiico Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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House in Aroeira / Aires Mateus

first_img Area:  300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” “COPY” Year:  Projects House in Aroeira / Aires MateusSave this projectSaveHouse in Aroeira / Aires Mateus Save this picture!+ 32 Share CopyAbout this officeAires MateusOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesSobredaPortugalPublished on February 07, 2012Cite: “House in Aroeira / Aires Mateus” 07 Feb 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesProdemaProdEx Wood Facade in the Aspen Art MuseumSealantsSikaRenovation of Zeitz MuseumSinksBradley Corporation USAVerge Coordinated Soap Dispenser and Faucet SetsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Etch PrintingWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEngineered Wood FlooringAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)Australian Oak Engineered FlooringLouvers / ShuttersConstruction SpecialtiesSunshades – Airfoil LuxMore products »Read commentsSave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 stream CopyHouses•Sobreda, Portugal Portugalcenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/188322/house-in-aroeira-aires-mateus Clipboard Houses House in Aroeira / Aires Mateus ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/188322/house-in-aroeira-aires-mateus Clipboard 2010 The site’s hexagonal shape goes unnoticed due to the lack of fencing, which dilutes the land into the surrounding pine trees. This house covers the maximum possible area, echoing the shape of the site. It is arranged around a courtyard, articulating its spaces as an extension of this central space. Beginning from a capricious shape, this house encounters its first sharp boundary in the outline of the awning. The auxiliary zones resolve the geometry, tranquilising the main spaces.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAProject gallerySee allShow lessKohn Pedersen Fox Hosts Inaugural Exhibition: ‘Cities Unknown’ArticlesPATTERNS Book Launch: ‘EMBEDDED’Articles Share Architects: Aires Mateus Area Area of this architecture project ArchDailylast_img read more

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House 19 / Jestico + Whiles

first_imgArchDaily Save this picture!© Grant Smith+ 22 Share Year:  Projects House 19 / Jestico + Whiles House 19 / Jestico + WhilesSave this projectSaveHouse 19 / Jestico + Whiles Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/790866/house-19-jestico-plus-whiles Clipboard “COPY” Architects: Jestico + Whiles Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/790866/house-19-jestico-plus-whiles Clipboard “COPY” Photographs CopyHouses•Denham, United Kingdom 2016 United Kingdom Manufacturers: Urban FrontSave this picture!© Grant SmithRecommended ProductsWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterText description provided by the architects. Located at the end of a lane that runs north from the High Street in the conservation area of Old Amersham, House 19 fuses traditional forms and local materials in an elegant and modern way to make full use of the natural aspect and orientation of the site.Save this picture!© Grant SmithHouse 19 is an exemplar of harmonious and sustainable contemporary design in the context of an ancient historic town.Save this picture!© Grant SmithThe development of a simple plan and section delivered a house of exceptional quality whilst at the same time bringing together the most comprehensive range of passive and active energy-saving features in a well-considered, thoughtful assembly of light-filled spaces, suited to 21st century living.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe house captures stunning and long-ranging views over the surrounding Chiltern Hills from all the upper rooms and circulation spaces and modulates daylight and sunlight in the internal areas to dramatic effect.Save this picture!© Grant SmithWindows are carefully positioned to frame views to the Old Town and provide more expansive views to the south. The result is a tranquil and calm internal atmosphere that changes throughout the day and the seasons of the year.In terms of materials the house is firmly rooted in the history of the area through the use of delicately dark stained vertical board cedar cladding, snapped-and-knapped luminescent flint (used for cladding and to create external walls), dark zinc roofing and accents of carefully placed corten steel.Save this picture!SectionAs a result, the building adopts a commanding yet respectful presence in the context of the lane and also makes a contribution to the wider community with the inclusion of a clock on the rendered chimney, to the benefit of both players and public using the adjoining cricket ground and openSave this picture!© Grant SmithThe architect’s expertise in, and passion for sustainable design is evident in a combination of practical, robust, simple and deliverable design features that form the bedrock of the design approach.Save this picture!ElevationSave this picture!ElevationThese begin with passive measures and a building form that orientates the long axis of the house in an east-west direction, thereby enabling both beneficial heat gain in winter and the exclusion of solar radiation in summer, through the judicious use of a cantilevered roof overhang above the ground floor, south-facing glass facade.Save this picture!© Grant SmithA dramatic double-height space at the heart of the plan, coupled with opening vents in the long upper level dormer window, provides opportunity for passive stack natural cooling in summer months. Furthermore, PV panels contribute to energy generation and the whole house is heated through a ground source heat pump, which provides underfloor heating and hot water.Save this picture!© Grant SmithOther environmental features include air-tight thermally heavyweight construction and triple- glazed windows (in excess of current building regulation u-values) and an earth tube ventilation system that ensures running costs are minimised and internal conditions are as comfortable as can be.Save this picture!© Grant SmithRainwater is harvested for toilet flushing, clothes washing and garden watering and appliances have been selected for the highest rated energy-efficiency available. A wild meadow garden and living roof to the single storey garden room enhance the strong ecological value of the site.Save this picture!1st Floor PlanHouse 19 is a fusion of architectural moves, contemporary vernacular and pragmatic sustainability features and represents a benchmark for new houses in historic locations.Save this picture!© Grant SmithProject gallerySee allShow less21st Century Nolli: How Pokemon GO and Augmented Reality Could Shape Our CitiesArticlesWoods Bagot Designs Butterfly-Inspired Biological Sciences Building at the Universit…Unbuilt Project Share Photographs:  Grant Smith Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeJestico + WhilesOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesEnglandDenhamUnited KingdomPublished on July 19, 2016Cite: “House 19 / Jestico + Whiles” 19 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building Elements in Downton Primary SchoolSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – LonglightBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – One-offAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsBoardsStructureCraftStructural Panel – Dowel Laminated TimberThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelDoorsJansenSmoke Control Door – Economy 60Louvers / ShuttersShade FactorExternal Venetian BlindsMore 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! 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OVULE / TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTS

first_img Area:  90 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Tokyo, Japan Projects Japan OVULE / TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTS 2017 Save this picture!Courtesy of TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTSIn addition, we actively worked on converting housing equipment to IoT. By combining the voice devices such as Google Home, Amazon Echo, hubs and smart devices, the client is able to start PS4 with voice, the gas heater automatically starts at 6 o’clock in the morning of 10 degrees Celsius. These smart devices were adopted from crowdfunding products that can control existing home appliances and furniture in voice device. We presented to the client all controls of infrared, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on the cloud, such as remote controller, opening and closing curtain, bot pressing analogue switches.Save this picture!DiagramA space that has both “rough” and “fine” controlled. The blinds are automatically opened and closed with the sun, air-conditioned are finely controlled at the right temperature. Outdoor plants keep a proper distance from the thickly housed area. We combined with plants and IoT to make the buildings themselves like a living tree. and we thought we could make a soft protected space like the “OVULE” of the pistil.Save this picture!Courtesy of TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTSProject gallerySee allShow lessMango Tree House / Volume Matrix StudioSelected ProjectsASA Lanna Center / Somdoon ArchitectsSelected Projects Share ArchDaily Structural Engineer:Takashi TakamizawaCity:TokyoCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTSRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesSkylightsFAKROWooden pivot roof windows FYP-V proSkySkylightsKalwall®Skyroofs® – Specialty Skyroof® ApplicationsText description provided by the architects. This is a small house in a residential area in Bunkyo-ku Tokyo. We set large windows on the open south side and set a green screen as the south facade by making planter boxes on each floor. The ceiling at the window is mirror finished, it functions as a device that green captures inside the room. The eaves were deeply attached to each floor, the void was divided by the planters. Keeping an appropriate distance with neighbours, we just imagined a meditation space that can live together with GREEN plants in small streets. We thought here is not ‘modest living’ of ‘small dwell’ but a ‘BIG LIFE’ of ‘SMALL DWELL’.Save this picture!Courtesy of TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTSSave this picture!Floor Plans and Section “COPY” CopyAbout this officeTOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTSOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTokyoJapanPublished on February 27, 2018Cite: “OVULE / TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTS” 26 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StoneShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectDoorsRaynorGarage Door – Advantage SeriesConcreteSika3D Concrete PrintingSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows in Villa LakesideSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Printing in Roofs & CanopiesSound BoothsFrameryMeeting Pod – Framery Q – Flip n’ FoldWall / Ceiling LightsAsaf WeinbroomLighting – Linestra 110 BrassMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?花蕊住宅,智能设计达成“小房子大生活”愿景 / 早川友和建筑设计事务所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 stream Year: center_img “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889599/ovule-tomokazu-hayakawa-architects Clipboard TH-1 Construction: Houses Architects: TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTS Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/889599/ovule-tomokazu-hayakawa-architects Clipboard OVULE / TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTSSave this projectSaveOVULE / TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTSSave this picture!Courtesy of TOMOKAZU HAYAKAWA ARCHITECTS+ 18Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Manufacturers: Hansgrohe, Formani, Brunt, IFTTT, Nature, Nichibei, Wonder Labslast_img read more

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Nominations open for 2015 National Fundraising Awards

first_img Advertisement Created with flickr slideshow. The Institute of Fundraising is inviting nominations for this year’s National Fundraising Awards, which celebrate success and excellence across the fundraising sector.The National Fundraising Awards, now in their 23rd year, recognise the fundraising successes of organisations, teams and individuals. They highlight those who have “made outstanding contributions to the sector over the year”.Katie Johnson, Head of Events at IoF said: “Now is the time to put forward the fundraising campaigns, teams, individuals or organisations that have inspired you for the most prestigious awards in the fundraising sector. We look forward to hearing about your fundraising successes and sharing them across our sector.”The Awards ceremony takes place on 6 July at the Hilton London Metropole, on the opening day of the Institute’s three-day National Fundraising Convention.#bestyoucanbeLast year’s theme for Convention was ‘Proud to be a Fundraiser’, part of the Institute’s campaign of the same name. This year’s theme is “Best you can be”, which dovetails appropriately with the Awards.There is no fee to nominate for the National Fundraising Awards, and you can nominate online now.Bookings are open for the National Fundraising Convention, with some early-bird lower priced tickets available.2014 winnersYou can view the Awards ceremony from 2014 here: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 29 January 2015 | News 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. Tagged with: Awards Institute of Fundraising National Fundraising Convention Nominations open for 2015 National Fundraising Awardslast_img read more

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Indiana Corn Silking and Bean Blooming Right Near 5 Year Averages

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Corn Silking and Bean Blooming Right Near 5 Year Averages SHARE Indiana Corn Silking and Bean Blooming Right Near 5 Year Averages It was a near ideal week for crop development with scattered rain showers and very favorable temperatures, according to the Indiana Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Some preventative ground and aerial applications of fungicides and insecticides were made. However, farmers continued to scout crop fields and have reported very few disease or insect problems thus far this summer. A few localized areas are becoming a little dry where they have missed the recent rain showers, but they have not yet reached a critical point. Several farm families enjoyed some time off to attend the State Fair last week.FIELD CROPS REPORTThere were 5.6 days suitable for field work during the week. Ninety-seven percent of the corn acreage has silked compared with 100 percent last year and 96 percent for the 5-year average. Thirty-three percent of the corn acreage is in the dough stage compared with 81 percent last year and 49 percent for the 5-year average. Corn condition is rated 77 percent good to excellent compared with 9 percent last year at this time.Ninety percent of the soybean acreage is blooming compared with 97 percent last year and 89 percent for the 5-year average. Sixty-six percent of the soybean acreage is setting pods compared with 78 percent last year and 59 percent for the 5-year average. Soybean condition is rated 76 percent good to excellent compared with 16 percent last year.LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE REPORTLivestock remained in good condition. Pasture condition declined slightly and is rated 68 percent good to excellent compared with only 3 percent last year at this time. Beef cattle operations have experienced a successful breeding season due to cool temperatures and ample pasture. The third cutting of alfalfa is forty-four percent complete compared with 72 percent last year and 41 percent for the 5-year average.Source: NASS Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Previous articlePurdue: Prepare to Store a Big 2013 CropNext articleProjected Yield Shows Abundance of Corn for Food and Fuel Andy Eubank SHARE By Andy Eubank – Aug 12, 2013 last_img read more

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Nobel Peace Prize – universal tribute to freedom of expression

first_img Follow the news on China June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders regards today’s Nobel Peace Prize award ceremony in Oslo, which it attended, as an historic celebration of the paramount importance of freedom of expression. Awarded to jailed Chinese intellectual Liu Xiaobo, the prize was a tribute to all free speech activists, like the Nobel Peace Prizes that went to Russia’s Andrei Sakharov and Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi. If China wants to refurbish its international image, it must free Liu Xiaobo, his wife and all its prisoners of conscience, and demonstrate a clear commitment to the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But if it chooses to continue down the road of repression, as is to be feared, all of his efforts, including its media efforts, will be doomed to failure.Urgent need to free Liu XiaoboAt today’s ceremony in Oslo, the Nobel Peace Prize was placed in an empty chair that stood in for China’s most famous prisoner of conscience, because the Chinese authorities did not release Liu Xiaobo and did not allow any members of his family to receive the prize on his behalf. Looking at the empty chair, Nobel Committee chairman Thorbjoern Jagland described it as “a very strong symbol that shows how appropriate this prize was.” In his speech presenting the award, Jagland said: “We regret that the laureate is not present here today. He is in isolation in a prison in northeast China. Nor can the laureate’s wife, Liu Xia, or his closest relatives be here with us. No medal or diploma will therefore be presented here today. This fact alone shows that the award was necessary and appropriate. We congratulate Liu Xiaobo with this year’s peace prize.”Norwegian actress Liv Ullmann read the address entitled “I have no enemies” that Liu wrote in prison and sent to his wife on the eve of his trial on 25 December 2009 in Beijing. This was the first time that a Nobel peace laureate has not been present or represented at the award ceremony since the Nazi regime prevented a German peace activist from travelling to Oslo in 1936.Jean-François Julliard, the secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders, and Vincent Brossel, the head of its Asia-Pacific Desk, attended today’s ceremony and participated in various gatherings organized in Oslo to press for Liu Xiaobo’s release.Reporters Without Borders deplores the lack of courage displayed by certain democratically-elected government such as those of the Philippines, Colombia, Venezuela, Serbia and Pakistan, which chose to stay away from today’s ceremony as a result of pressure from China, pressure that violates their sovereignty. In all, 19 countries turned down invitations to attend. Beijing told other countries to boycott the event and threatened those that support Liu Xiaobo with “consequences.”The Chinese responded with insults to today’s celebration, describing the laureate as “criminal” and his supporters as “clowns.” Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Jiang Yu had said “the vast majority of the international community” would not attend.The official Chinese newspaper Global Times yesterday wrote: “The West has shown great creativity in conspiring against China (…) The West is using this year’s Nobel Peace prize to sound the charge against China’s ideology, aiming to undermine the benign surroundings for China’s future development.”China has also responded with crude stunts such as the sudden creation of the Confucius Peace Prize, with prize money of 100,000 yuan (11,400 euros), which a Chinese organization awarded yesterday to former Taiwanese vice-president Lien Chan for encouraging rapprochement between Taiwan and China. Lien Chan was unaware of the award and did not attend the ceremony.Beijing also pressured Chinese citizens living in Norway to participate in protests against the decision to award the Nobel to Liu Xiaobo. Amnesty International said that, since 8 October, Chinese residents had been receiving official visits or summonses to meetings at which they were told to protest. Around 50 Chinese staged an anti-Nobel protest in the centre of Oslo today.Today, World Human Rights Day, the second anniversary of the publication in China of Charter 08 (which Liu Xiaobo helped to draft), the situation is alarming for freedom of expression in China. The foreign media and dissidents are under close surveillance. Police are guarding the Beijing building in which Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, is living under house arrest. Neither the couple’s relatives nor human rights activists can currently be reached. Some, such as human rights lawyers Li Fangping and Teng Biao, have been removed from Beijing. Human rights activist Zhang Zuhua, one of Charter 08’s authors, was abducted yesterday.Foreign TV broadcasts of the award ceremony were censored in China. Local retransmission of the broadcasts of CNN, BBC television and TV5 and Hong Kong-based TV stations such as TVB, ATV, HK Cable and Now (which are broadcast over-the-air in Guangdong province) was interrupted and the screen was left blank. Access to the websites of several foreign news media, including the Norwegian TV station NRK and the BBC, was blocked during the ceremony and for several days before it. Liu Xiaobo’s wife was unable to communicate with the outside world, either by Twitter or by phone, the methods she normally uses.The words “empty chair” and “Oslo” are being censored on the Internet in China. The keywords “Oslo”, “empty chair” and “empty seat” are blocked on Renren, the Chinese equivalent of Facebook. Internet users have responded by posting photos of all kinds of empty chairs.————————–More information about Liu Xiaobo and his fightLiu Xiaobo’s biography: http://en.rsf.org/chine-liu-xiaobo-biography-28-10-2010,38704.htmlResponses to Liu Xiaobo’s detractors: http://en.rsf.org/chine-response-to-liu-xiaobo-detractors-07-12-2010,389…Liu Xiaobo’s writings: http://en.rsf.org/liu-xiaobo-writings-01-01-2002,38573.htmlTo support Liu Xiaobo, sign this petition: http://en.rsf.org/petition-liu-xiaobo,38708.html March 12, 2021 Find out more News to go further ChinaAsia – Pacific News News Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific center_img Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Organisation Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes December 10, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Nobel Peace Prize – universal tribute to freedom of expression RSF_en last_img read more

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Website editor’s jail sentence quadrupled on appeal

first_img April 15, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by yesterday’s decision by an appeal court in Al-Hoceïma, in northern Morocco’s troubled Rif region, to quadruple the three-month jail sentence that website editor Hamid El Mahdaoui received in July for allegedly “inciting a banned demonstration” in the city. RSF’s concern is all the greater because he is facing a second trial on a charge of “endangering state security” and because he has begun a hunger strike. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionInternet Receive email alerts Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionInternet NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say September 13, 2017 – Updated on October 2, 2017 Website editor’s jail sentence quadrupled on appeal RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists News News News to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more News Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more The editor of the Badil.info news website, Mahdaoui was arrested in Al-Hoceïma on 20 July after going there to cover a peaceful demonstration that had been banned by the authorities. He was sentenced five days later to three months in prison and a fine of 20,000 dirhams (1,800 euros). Shortly after yesterday’s appeal court decision increasing his jail term to 12 months, his wife, Bouchra El Khounchafi, announced that he had gone on hunger strike “to denounce an unfair trial, the violation of freedom of expression and non-respect for human rights.” “The appeal court’s decision is incomprehensible,” RSF said. “Videos were made available to the court. It had hard evidence of his innocence. We call on the Moroccan judicial system to abandon all the proceedings against Hamid El Mahdaoui and to free him at once. He just did his job as a journalist who found himself at the centre of events.” Mahdaoui is meanwhile awaiting trial in Casablanca on a charge of “failing to report a crime endangering state security,” which carries a possible two to five-year jail sentence. The start of the trial has been postponed until 3 October. His lawyer told RSF that this “absurd” charge was based on nothing more than a phone call Mahdaoui had received. Badil.info’s editor had established himself as a much-followed figure on social networks. Well known for his criticism of the authorities and for his YouTube videos commenting on news events, he has been the subject of at least ten legal proceedings of various kinds, including defamation actions. In July 2015, he was given a four-month suspended prison sentence for articles revealing that police tortured an activist, Karim Lachkar, in an Al-Hoceïma police station in May 2014. He was also fined and ordered to pay damages. He was convicted again in June 2016 for an article accusing the justice minister of claiming excessive travel expenses. Morocco is ranked 133rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. last_img read more

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Officials search for woman who went missing while hiking in Great Smoky Mountains Park

first_imgClements Family via National Parks Service(KNOXVILLE, Tenn.) — The National Park Service continues an extensive search for a woman who went missing after she was separated from her daughter while they were hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.Mitzie Sue “Susan” Clements, 53, was last seen in the Clingmans Dome area of the park. Clements was hiking with her daughter before the two separated on Sept. 25, with a plan to meet back at the Clingmans Dome parking lot, according to the National Park Service.More than 100 trained searchers, sheriffs, local police, logistical support personnel from more than 40 state and local agencies have taken part in the search for Clements, according to Julena Campbell, a spokeswoman of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.“The area that we’re concentrating on right now is about 10 square miles,” Campbell told ABC News. “So far over the last few days that we’ve been out hiking we’ve had our searchers hike over 500 miles of trails, and we’re currently focusing on that smaller area that’s about 10 square miles.”The park officials have entered the sixth full day of searching as off Monday, with equipment that includes two helicopters, five drones, and K-9 units, according to Campbell.Clingmans Dome Road remains closed to accommodate the infrastructure needed to manage and expedite the search.Clements was last spotted Sept. 25 on the Forney Ridge Trail about 1/4 mile from Andrews Bald.She’s described as a white female with light brown hair and blue eyes about 5’6” tall and 125 pounds. Clements was wearing a green zip-up sweater, black workout pants over black leggings, a clear rain poncho, and gray Nike running shoes with light green soles when she went missing.“Searchers, canine teams, helicopters, and drones are continuing to work in steep, rugged terrain of the mountainous area that straddles the North Carolina-Tennessee border,” the Great Smoky Mountains National Park said in a statement.Anyone who has information about Clements are advised to contact the National Park Service Investigative Services Branch at the following: 1-888-653-0009, [email protected], send a message on Facebook at “InvestigativeServicesNPS,” or on Twitter @SpecialAgentNPS.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Tesco goes teetotal in high crime area

first_imgCriticism has been voiced over Oxford City Council’s refusal to allow Tesco to sell alcohol at a planned new Express store in the centre of town.The supermarket giant has recently been granted permission to set up a branch on St Aldate’s. It applied for a licence to sell alcohol between 6am and 11pm every day.But on Thursday a panel of city councillors refused the application, claiming that selling alcohol on this site could “add to the crime and disorder and public nuisance in the area”.Student Sarah Rohde said, “I think it’s ridiculous that they’ve been refused a licence on the grounds of encouraging drunken behaviour when there is a supermarket with a licence less than 2 minutes away.“This is a free market and the supermarkets should be allowed to compete fairly.”Sainsbury’s is currently the only supermarket in the centre of Oxford, with a Local store on Magdalen Street and a large store in the Westgate Centre. It will remain the cheapest place for students to buy alcohol.David Williams, chairman of the committee which refused the licence application, said, “It was the worst space you could have for selling alcohol. We have homeless institutions only a few yards away.“Cambridge Terrace, behind, is a well-known spot for street drinking and crime and immediately across is Christ Church gardens where there have been a lot of problems in terms of people drinking in the gardens.“Then there are the dangers of the river only a few yards away. Only two weeks ago a body was fished out of there after having been drinking.”Tesco spokesman Michael Kissman said, “Tesco has pioneered responsible alcohol selling procedures, such as the Think 25 policy we have in stores now. We take these matters extremely seriously, and will listen to feedback and decide what to do next”. Student, Louise Marchand, said, “Tesco is really cheap so in a city full of students it makes sense to have an alcohol licence there”.Students have also noted that neither of the Sainsbury’s stores in the city centre stocks the full range of ‘Basics’ products, something which the lack of competition makes viable.Colin Cook, the City Council’s executive member for city development, admitted, “The level of supermarket provision in the city centre is not as high as it probably needs to be.“Certainly additional competition from somewhere like Tesco will only serve to help keep prices down for people coming to shop in the city.”Both Tesco and Sainsbury’s run their own brand range of products including alcohol. While Tesco ‘Value’ and Sainsbury’s ‘Basics’ are the same price for gin (£7.78 for a 700ml bottle) and vodka (£7.97), other own brand ranges are generally significantly cheaper at Tesco.Tesco Imperial Vodka costs £8.77 for 700ml, while Sainsbury’s Vodka is £9.84 for the same amount. Tesco Dry London gin costs £8.56, while the Sainsbury’s equivalent costs £9.84. Tesco charges £6.76 for a 350ml bottle of Smirnoff Red Label vodka, while Sainsbury’s charges £7.80.A spokesman for Tesco said there was no proposed opening date for the St Aldate’s store, although a plan of its layout has been submitted to Oxford City council. Its purchase was announced in April.The new shop will be the supermarket chain’s first city centre outlet and will join existing ones in East Oxford, Botley, Summertown and Cowley.Tesco has also taken over the former Borders store on Magdalen Street to open a Metro store, which sells more products than an Express store.They have applied for an alcohol licence from 6am to 12.30am Monday to Friday, 6am to midnight on Saturday and 10am to 6pm on Sunday. The city council is set to consider this application on July 25.John Partington, a director of the Covered Market Traders’ Association, warned that the opening of these two new supermarkets could threaten independent businesses in the city centre.He said, “It kills off little traders like us. You can do a one-stop shop which is all very convenient and nice, and competitive on price, but everyone ends up with the same old food.“It ends up sucking the energy out of places like the Covered Market, which are trying to do something unique, exciting and different.“You can’t buy rabbit in Tesco or wild boar, but it has a knock-on effect on the meat people and the chocolate people and you actually end up with less choice.”last_img read more

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