John Holt Plc ( 2017 Annual Report

first_imgJohn Holt Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about John Holt Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the John Holt Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: John Holt Plc (  2017 annual report.Company ProfileJohn Holt Plc assembles, sells, leases and services power and cooling equipment in Nigeria and has business interests in the energy, infrastructure and construction sectors. The company sells, leases and maintains Holt Star air conditioners for home and industrial use; sells, installs and maintains diesel generators; provides after-sales service and spare parts for its product range; and supplies fire and safety equipment and services. John Holt Plc has business interests in warehousing and inventory management, facility management, property development and the construction of glass reinforced plastic boats. Other business interests include construction and maintenance of power projects, supply of power equipment such as transformers, hybrid generators, gas generators and pre-pad meters, and providing services to the power sector which includes power plant management, energy audits, capacity building, technical training and power system redesigns. John Holt Plc is involved in designing and constructing roads, bridges, drainages, residential and industrial buildings, warehouses, shoreline protection facilities, jetties and telecommunications masts. The company also provides professional services for the exploration and production sectors and oil and gas sectors. John Hold Plc is a subsidiary of John Hold & Company (Liverpool) Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. John Holt Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

$1.5 million available to farmers for water conservation projects

first_img Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleConsumer Alert: Court appearance email scamNext articleUCF Clinic for local farmworkers wins national award Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The St. Johns River Water Management District is accepting applications through July 28 from farmers interested in participating in cost-share funding for agricultural projects that promote water conservation and improve water quality in area waterways. Up to $1.5 million is available to support the efforts.“The districtwide Agricultural Cost-share Program engages the agricultural community in the shared goals of water conservation and reduction of nutrient runoff,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “By working together, we are aiding in the sustainability of agriculture within the district and protecting our water resources at the same time. This collaborative effort benefits us all.”The district’s Agricultural Cost-Share Program assists farmers, ranchers, and growers by providing up to 75 percent of cooperative funding toward implementing water-saving technologies to improve efficiencies and protect natural systems.Eligible projects may include irrigation system retrofits, soil moisture and climate sensor telemetry, rainwater harvesting, sub-irrigation drain tile, tailwater recovery and reuse, soil mapping with variable rate fertilizer application, and expanded waste storage. A list of eligible projects and equipment can be found online at, along with details about the application, review and selection process.Applications will be evaluated based on location, water conservation benefits, water quality benefits, cost/benefit effectiveness, and timeline.District staff will evaluate each project based on the evaluation criteria approved by the district’s Governing Board and prepare a recommended list for board approval in October 2017.About the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictSt. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville, and Palm Bay.last_img read more

Vote for Mayor and Seat #1 in The Apopka Voice online…

first_img I voted but we need someone to run for seat #2 against the incumbent, Now Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply 2 COMMENTS Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply December 2, 2017 at 10:37 pm Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name herecenter_img Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSDecision Apopka 2018 Previous articleWhat’s Coming to Netflix in DecemberNext article‘Tis the season… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR James1958 The Anatomy of Fear December 3, 2017 at 6:14 pm There! charles towne The Apopka Voice Reader PollDecision Apopka 2018On Sunday, December 3rd, Apopka’s municipal elections will be 100 days away. If this were a horse race, we would be at that curve in the track where the stretch run becomes visible.And 100 days will go fast.It’s been a long, plodding, mostly quiet campaign cycle thus far that started a year before Election Day. In that period, most of the candidates have organized their campaign staffs, raised money, created a plan, and kept a low profile. Some have been at it for quite awhile, others just recently entered, and one is still waiting for an opponent.But one thing is for certain… the quiet campaigns of 2017 will transition into a 2018 model will lead to a much higher visibility in the community.Who will you vote for in the City Commission Seat #1, and Apopka Mayor elections?Very soon, Apopka can expect to see display advertising, bumper stickers, yard signs, and knocks on their doors from these candidates hoping to occupy seats on the City Council.The names Kilsheimer, Nelson, Velazquez, Kidd, Knight, Mott, and Smith will be abundantly more visible as the candidates for Apopka Mayor, and City Commission Seats #1 and #2 begin to roll out their messages on how they would lead Apopka. The Apopka Voice has promised to keep its readers, and the voters of Apopka informed on this historic election, and this is the first step.Where do these races stand?The Apopka Voice Reader Poll is the first of the campaign season. It was published at noon on Friday, December 1st, and closes at noon on Monday, December 4th, at which time we will publish its results.This is not a scientific poll. The margin of error is unknown, but it should reflect a snapshot of where our readers stand, with approximately 100 days to go before Election Day. So vote for the candidates you think will best lead this community into its promising future, and have a great weekend Apopka.Editor’s Note: Commissioner Diane Velazquez is up for re-election for Seat #2 in 2018, but at the time of publication does not have an opponent. Therefore the Seat #2 election is not up for polling. Editor’s Note: The polling system used by The Apopka Voice will accept only one vote per IP address.ProceedProceedlast_img read more

J House / y0 Design Architect

first_imgArchDaily Year:  “COPY” Houses Area:  427 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project J House / y0 Design Architect Save this picture!© Antonius Widjaya+ 26Curated by Hana Abdel Share Photographs:  Antonius Widjaya Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Toto, Architectural Software, Duma, Icon Spirit, Lightvolution, Lines Concept, Mowilex, Propan Ultraproof, Re-holz, Roman Ceramics, Ubin Kayu, Wina, Wisma Sehati, YKK aluminium Photographs Indonesia 2021 Lightvolution ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Lighting: Landscape: CopyHouses•Sidoarjo, Indonesia “COPY” Dimas J House / y0 Design ArchitectSave this projectSaveJ House / y0 Design Architect Projects Contractor:Budy LimandjayaConstruction Management:Juni Hadi IshariInterior Design:Valdy Wijaya – ValvonneCity:SidoarjoCountry:IndonesiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Antonius WidjayaRecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensText description provided by the architects. Originated from the owner’s wish for a new house with a simple & modern yet comfortable design concept, after living in old-fashioned house for the longer part of their life, a small part of land is obtained in a quite dense residential area not long after discussing this upcoming project. This became an opportunity but also a challenge for the design, because the house can be beautified from two sides and yet at the same time facing the direct sunlight heat from west. With careful considerations and design thinking in the process, simple geometric mass shape was chosen and detailed in such a way with many interesting elements. Such as the use of wood, tile & steel for the façade.Save this picture!© Antonius WidjayaSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Antonius WidjayaHowever, the use of concrete as the main construction system is considered as the most suitable for this kind of design. Concrete slab foundation is used to reduce or minimize the damage that could be done to the existing houses nearby as low as possible. Sides of the house that is exposed to direct sunlight, especially from the west side are filled with spaces or architectural details that can help reduce the heat.Save this picture!© Antonius WidjayaSuch as wooden louvres, planter box, wardrobe, working room and bathroom. This is considered to be successful because actually the rooms can achieve a good temperature comfort even when not using air conditioner. This house is heavily influenced by the Japanese modern houses design, such as the efficient arrangement of the spaces, utilizing many openings for maximum natural lighting and ventilation, using Zen garden philosophy for outdoor areas to minimize maintenance, and the use of many wooden materials that can be found dominating this house. Either in architecture or interior design wise.Save this picture!Elevation – West sideThe space that considered to be prioritized in this house is the living room area which blends the dining room together as a semi-public space. Large openings with sliding doors are applied to this area to be able to interact with the patio on the outside. This area is designed to have maximum vista but also heavily safe and felt private as the users cannot to be seen from the road outside the house. Mostly, the walls are not covered with materials that is considered to be fancy, expensive or unnecessary.Save this picture!© Antonius WidjayaIt is what it is, the painted brick walls are handmade and is chosen as the main consideration due to the likeness of design philosophy from architect & interior design. Which more or less utilize the Wabi-Sabi principle that in something imperfect, we could appreciate the beauty itself. Now, the owner can finally live in the final output with pleasure, as the house is carefully thought from the start. Although this was the first time using architectural & interior design services for the owner, it was considered to be a joyful and harmonious collaboration works achievement.Save this picture!© Antonius WidjayaProject gallerySee allShow lessVanadzor Technological Center / ARCHcoop Architectural StudioSelected ProjectsSão João de Deus Social Housing / Brandão CostaSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: y0 Design Architect Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officey0 Design ArchitectOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSidoarjoOn FacebookIndonesiaPublished on February 28, 2021Cite: “J House / y0 Design Architect” 27 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Meningitis Trust launches cold DM campaign on aftercare

first_img Howard Lake | 14 June 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Meningitis Trust is targeting 42,000 recipients with a cold direct marketing campaign highlighting the fundamental need for aftercare to support people who have suffered from the disease.The pack takes “a hard-hitting approach without using shocking tactics”, according to the charity. It demonstrates how the Trust helps people to rebuild their lives and overcome problems that can be caused by meningitis. Around one in seven people who survive meningitis suffer after effects, which can include amputation, deafness, eyesight problems and brain damage.“Many people are unaware of the long term effects that can be caused by meningitis,” said Angela Dudley, Deputy Chief Executive at the Meningitis Trust. “We really need to increase our database of donors to enable us to recruit more nurses to meet the growing demand for support.” Advertisement 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 Researching massive growth in giving.  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving Meningitis Trust launches cold DM campaign on aftercare The campaign is being handle by direct marketing agency TDA. Jamie Taylor, Account Director, said: “The campaign will target parents and grandparents of under-fives. Children in this age group are more likely to suffer from long-term ill health if they contract meningitis. The main objective of this campaign is to demonstrate that as more people are surviving meningitis, there is an ever greater need for support.”last_img read more

Glow Company launches glow and flash novelties website

first_img 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 Researching massive growth in giving.  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 May 2005 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis They have also offered a 10% discount to visitors from UK Fundraising for all orders placed online. Enter the code PTAGSS at the checkout to benefit from this.center_img The Glow Company UK has launched a new website where fundraises can buy wholesale glow and flashing novelities for events and promotions.Items available include necklaces, bracelets, head boppers, devil horns and flashing swords.The Glow Company say that all products on the site “are fully UK certified” in terms of quality and safety. Advertisement Glow Company launches glow and flash novelties website Tagged with: Events Promotionallast_img read more

The new media: Between revolution and repression – Net solidarity takes on censorship

first_img RSF_en March 11, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 The new media: Between revolution and repression – Net solidarity takes on censorship Help by sharing this information Organisation center_img Arab springtime: Is the web reaching new heights?The year 2010 firmly established the role of social networks and the Internet as mobilisation and news transmission tools. In 2010 alone, 250 million Internet users joined Facebook and by the end of the year, the social network had 600 million members. In September that year, 175 million people were Twitter users – 100 million more than in the previous year.The Western media had praised the Internet and its “liberator” role during the 2009 Iranian revolution. According to The New York Times, the demonstrators “shot tweets” back at bullets. However, Twitter was then used mainly by the diaspora. “The Net Delusion,” a theory advanced by Evgeny Morozov, an Internet expert, casts doubt on the Internet’s role as a democratisation tool. Although the Internet is certainly used by dissidents, it is also used by the authorities to relay regime propaganda and enforce a police state.The Internet remains above all a tool used for the better or the worse. In the most closed countries, it creates a space of freedom which would not otherwise exist. Its potential to disseminate news irritates dictators and eludes traditional censorship methods. Some regimes use it – mainly on Facebook and Twitter – to monitor dissidents and infiltrate their networks.Nonetheless, the terms “Twitter Revolution” and “Facebook Revolution” have become watchwords with the events that rocked the Arab world in late 2010 and early 2011. The “online” movements were coupled with “offline” demonstrations, hastening the fall of dictators. The Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings turned out to be, first and foremost, human revolutions facilitated by the Internet and social networks.Facebook and Twitter served as sound boxes, amplifying the demonstrators’ frustrations and demands. They also made it possible for the rest of the world to follow the events as they unfolded, despite censorship. The role of cell phones also proved crucial. Citizen journalists kept file-sharing websites supplied with photos and videos, and fed images to streaming websites.The Tunisian authorities had imposed a media blackout on what was going on in Sidi Bouzid. Since the so-called “traditional” media had failed to cover the protest movements that were rocking the country, at least at their beginning in December, their role as news sources and vectors was taken over by social networks such as Facebook and Twitter, and news websites like Facebook in particular acted as a platform on which Internet users posted comments, photos and videos. The Bambuser streaming site also had its moment of glory. Everyone was able to track the events as they happened. The online calls for demonstrations spread to other countries: Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Bahrain, Oman, Syria, Iraq, Morocco, and even China and Vietnam, etc.Control 2.0 gains strengthCensorship and repression intensifyAuthoritarian regimes’ latest strategy is no longer to use pure and simple blocking as it is to use, but rather online tampering and propaganda. Naturally countries such as China, Saudi Arabia and Iran are still practicing strict filtering, which they tend to tighten during periods of unrest, notably with regard to micro-blogging sites and social networks. Meanwhile, their netizens keep on learning new ways to circumvent censorship. China in particular has reinforced its “Electronic Great Wall” and is tackling the anonymity of Internet and cell phone users. Uzbekistan, Syria, Vietnam – to name but a few – have enhanced their censorship to stifle the echoes of the revolutions agitating the Arab world.Currently, one out of every three Internet users is unable to access a free Internet. Net censorship is becoming the norm. Around 60 countries are implementing some form of Internet censorship, which entails either content filtering or netizen harassment. Others may well join their ranks in the months and years to come. For the first time, Bangladesh has blocked access to certain sites because of videos deemed offensive to the Prophet. Cambodia is censuring news sites. Blogger and netizen arrests have continued and remained at the same level in 2010 as in 2009. As of this writing, 119 netizens are behind bars, as compared to 120 in 2009. Although 2010 saw the release of several popular bloggers such as Kareem Amer in Egypt a few days after serving his sentence, and Adnan Hadjizade and Emin Milli in Azerbaidjan, the authorities are finding new ways to hinder bloggers’ and cyberdissidents’ freedom of action. The number of false releases – such as that of Mongol cause activist Hada, in China – or forced disappearances, is growing, and so are house arrests. As for self-censorship, which is hard to quantify, it appears to have gained ground. The world’s biggest prisons for netizens remain: China (77 netizens), Vietnam (17) and Iran (11). A new wave of arrests in Vietnam preceded the January 2011 Communist Party Congress. The Chinese regime launched a series of arrests in February 2011 following online calls for demonstrations triggered by the Arab uprisings. The authorities feared that they would spread. For the first time in China, Twitter users were arrested for their posts on the social network.One such prisoner is no other than Liu Xiaobo – the winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, the only Nobel Peace Prize laureate currently in jail. The announcement of this news in December 2010 resulted in an unusually violent crackdown by the authorities: any reference to this award on micro-blogging sites is being censored and they are questioning or placing under house arrest hundreds of supporters and friends of the human rights activist and freedom defender.In Iran, imprisoned netizens were sentenced to death for the first time. Blogger Hossein Derakshan, known as the “father of the Iranian blogosphere,” received the most severe prison sentence: 19.5 years.In this “Control 2.0” era, several tested methods are used simultaneously by the authorities to prevent dissidents from ruling the web and to maintain better control over the regime’s disinformation.Broader recourse to propaganda and manipulationFirst, the use of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) cyberattacks has become commonplace, as has phishing, which involves stealing user passwords. One of the episodes which received the most media coverage is undoubtedly the pirating of Google’s website and those of some 20 other companies in China in late 2009 and early 2010. Vietnam also uses cyberattacks to muzzle dissident opinions. Independent news websites based abroad and those which discussed bauxite mining were targeted in 2010. Burma not only attempted to immobilise several independent online media, but also tried to shift the blame for the bandwidth speed slowdown on hackers acting against the country’s interests. Another weapon used by dissidents in Iran was the “Green Cyber Army,” which attacked some government websites. The “Hackivists Anonymous” group paralysed the Tunisian president’s and parliament’s website in January 2011 as part of its “Operation: Tunisia.”In 2010, authoritarian regimes sought to control their country’s Internet connection speeds by slowing down bandwidth during elections or periods of social unrest. Connection speed became the barometer of a country’s political and social situation. Iran has become an expert in this technique, and used it just before and during every demonstration organised by the opposition. Ben Ali’s and Mubarak’s divested regimes also resorted to it. Often such disruptions are accompanied by jamming or shutting down cell phone networks in the areas concerned, such as Tahrir Square in Cairo.Another Iranian strategy which proved successful in Belarus during the demonstrations over the re-election of President Lukashenko was redirecting users of opposition websites (or those critical of the regime) to pseudo-sites with similar, yet more pro-government, content.In addition, every government seeking to control the net has vested itself with a cyberpolice force equal to its ambitions and which, particularly on social networks, closely monitors dissident activities. It has also deployed groups of “sponsored” bloggers paid to post online pro-regime comments, thereby eclipsing critical opinions. Russian brigade and “50-cent party” bloggers are experts at this. Initially, the authorities had used repression to counteract their opponents’ use of the Internet, but now they are displaying their own content.Internet disruptions: A drastic and costly measureExtreme measures which ultimately failed were taken in Egypt, and then in Libya, to try to put an end to protest movements against the incumbent leaders. In the evening of 27 January 2011, Egypt virtually cut off Internet access for five days, causing its economy a loss of at least USD 90 million, according to the Organisation for European Co-Operation and Development (OECD), which shows to what extent the Internet is an integral part of the global economy and essential to a country’s economy. In Libya, the authorities first severed Internet access on 19 February, then maintained strong Internet disruptions after that and cut it off again on 3 March. It was not the first time that Internet access was totally suspended in a country. This occurred in 2005 in Nepal and in 2007 in Burma. However, such measures stir up strong reactions worldwide and further exacerbate demonstrators’ resentment. It also induces the latter to resort to more creative ways to freely distribute information, despite the odds. Netizens have either resumed using earlier Internet methods (modem, fax, etc.) or have adopted the latest generation of technologies (phone-based tweet system set up by Google and Twitter).Burma learned its lessons from the 2007 Internet suspension and undertook a broad revamping of its national platform, to make certain that access providers would provide distinctly separate services to the population, the government and the military, thereby ensuring that the junta will be prepared, in the next crisis, to cut off Internet access to its citizens without being directly affected itself.Certain regimes sometimes intentionally maintain infrastructural problems to keep their populations from having Internet access. The 2011 commissioning of the fibre optic undersea cable linking Cuba to Venezuela, which expanded bandwidth potential, therefore will eliminate one of the Cuban regime’s excuses about access problems.North Korea, on the other hand, launched its own pages on the online social networks in 2010, and is said to have initiated its first connections to the World Wide Web. The latter are apparently very limited, however, and are being run by the regime for propaganda purposes.The new vs. traditional media: Is symbiosis an option?There is truly no longer any reason for the long-lasting gap between the new and the traditional media. In the last few months, they have proven to be increasingly complementary. According to BBC Global News Director Peter Horrocks, it is imperative for journalists to learn how to use social networks: “It is not an option.” The new media have become key tools for journalists. At the same time, by flooding social networks with news and pictures, Arab revolutionaries were also seeking to ensure that the international media covered news events in order to put pressure on their governments and on the international community.News staff now use Twitter and Facebook to find ideas for news stories, gather first-hand accounts and visuals, and to disseminate their own articles in order to expand their readership. The shelf life of an article no longer ends with the printing of a newspaper; it now has an extended life online.According to a study conducted on print and web journalists by the Cision research company and George Washington University, 56% of the respondents responded that social media were “important or somewhat important” for researching and writing the stories they wrote. Blogs were still the main source for the respondents (89%). Micro-blogging was a source for 69% of the web journalists. However, these journalists remain cautious: 84% of them were aware of reliability problems with information gathered from the social media.The instantaneous nature of social networks and streaming tools permit real-time coverage of critical events such as natural disasters (earthquake in Chili, floods in Pakistan), demonstrations (in Tunisia, Egypt, etc.), but makes media professionals’ verification work tougher, yet essential. It is sometimes hard to separate the true from the false, which is why it is important to form a network of reliable contacts who can corroborate the “scoops” made by citizen journalists or ordinary netizens.Any witness of a trivial or historical event becomes a chance informant. Journalists are no longer the only ones who filter information – their work is also being scrutinised by their readers.Numerous unknown factors persist in the relations between the new and traditional media. Certain newspapers such as the Washington Post prohibit their journalists from offering their personal opinion on the Internet, out of fear that it might be interpreted as the newspaper’s editorial policy. The New York Times and Reuters have issued internal guidelines for using social networks. They encourage their journalists to use them, but also make sure they are aware of the inherent risks involved. Reuters specifies that no scoops should be posted on social networks because the former are reserved mainly for press agency clients. Journalists are free to share their articles online, create an online network, invite comments from readers and post live tweets on the events they cover. However, they must obtain their supervisor’s permission to open a professional account and they are required to maintain separate personal and professional accounts.WikiLeaks: Inevitable transparencyThis collaboration between the new and traditional media is exemplified by changes in WikiLeaks’ strategy. Initially focused on the massive release of unedited confidential documents, the website gradually developed partnerships with several international media leaders ranging from The New York Times to Le Monde, and The Guardian to Al-Jazeera. This strategy allowed it to combine the new media’s assets (instantaneousness and a virtually unlimited publishing capacity) with those of the traditional media (information checking and contextualisation, thanks to journalists specialised in the issues covered). More than 120 journalists of diverse nationalities worked together to decipher the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks, and to remove the names of civilians and local informants from said documents in order not to put them at risk.The series of close to 400,000 confidential documents belonging to the U.S. Army concerning the war in Iraq which WikiLeaks released helped to expose the magnitude of the crimes which coalition forces and their Iraqi allies had committed against civilian populations since 2003. Reporters Without Borders denounced the pressure which U.S. and Iraqi authorities have placed on the website and asked these two governments to demonstrate transparency and to reconsider their document classification methods.Strong pressures are also being placed on WikiLeaks’ collaborators. Founder Julien Assange has been repeatedly threatened. U.S. Army Private Bradley Manning, suspected of being one of WikiLeaks’ sources, has been held in solitary confinement since his arrest in May 2010 and is facing life imprisonment. After being subjected to cyberattacks and being dropped by several host sites, WikiLeaks called upon its worldwide supporters on 5 December 2010 to create mirror websites. Reporters Without Borders decided to host one of them on its website. In December 2010 a number of media and websites – including Le Monde, El Pais and Al-Quds Al-Arabi in Morocco – were censored for having relayed the cables. Access to the website is notably blocked in China and in Thailand. The site is accessible in Pakistan, but some pages containing wires about Pakistan are blocked.Reporters Without Borders wrote to the U.S. Attorney General to ask him not to prosecute Julian Assange and WikiLeaks’ collaborators in view of the fact that the publishing by WikiLeaks and its five associated media of information – even classified – in an effort to inform the public is a activity promoting the right to information guaranteed by the First Amendment.Internet: The “I love you – me neither” quandary of democraciesIn a historic speech on January 2010, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton referred to online freedom of expression as the cornerstone of American diplomacy – a position that she reasserted in February 2011 in an address in which she reminded her audience that “On the spectrum of Internet freedom, we place ourselves on the side of openness.” Nonetheless, the principles raised by Hillary Clinton conflict with the treatment reserved for WikiLeaks. Several days prior to WikiLeaks’ publication of the documents, the Pentagon had asked the media “not to facilitate the leak” of classified documents concerning the war in Iraq, claiming that it would endanger national security. American officials made some very harsh statements about the site’s founder. Judicial action may still be taken against the website. According to Hillary Clinton, “the WikiLeaks incident began with an act of theft” of government documents. However she stated that “WikiLeaks does not challenge our commitment to Internet freedom.”Security trends tend to affect the web. Blackberry maker RIM is facing growing pressures from the Gulf States, as well as from Indonesia and India, who are trying to gain access to the content of its secured communications on the pretext of the fight against terrorism.Apart from national security and cybersecurity, other problems are persuading democratic governments to relativise their commitment to a free Internet.The Internet will be discussed during the next G20 meeting, not from the vantage point of freedom of expression, but of protecting intellectual property.In the name of copyright protection, the French government adopted a law which makes it possible, after issuing warnings, to suspend the Internet connection of an individual suspected of illegally downloading copyrighted files online. This “graduated response” scheme, known as the “three strikes” and introduced by the Hadopi law, has inspired other countries, notably the United Kingdom with its Digital Economy Act. Spain’s Sinde Law also provides measures for website blocking subject to a court order.In addition, the French Parliament passed an internal security law (“Loppsi 2”) which provides for an administrative filtering of the web – a dangerous principle – in the name of the fight against child pornography. The Australian filtering system, which has already been tested, has been put on hold, even though the government has not totally abandoned this project.The highly controversial Hungarian media law could have some bad consequences on online media and bloggers because it can impose penalties and contains provisions which may jeopardise the full exercise of journalists’ professions and the transmission of information.Italy, on the other hand, attempted to regulate the posting of videos online by means of a March 2010 decree. Every website which regularly disseminates videos must now submit a “Statement of Activity” to the Italian Telecommunications Authority (AGCOM). This decree’s scope of application was ultimately reduced to online television stations and no longer applies to traditional websites, blogs, search engines, or electronic versions of dailies, magazines and online betting.The principle of Net neutrality seems to be increasingly at risk. In December 2010 in the United States, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted various measures concerning net neutrality which centred around two principles: that Internet service providers must ensure transparency regarding their Internet management and the prohibition of any discrimination in the manner “legal” contents are transmitted. However, such measures could leave the door open for the filtering of illegal websites and thereby signal the end of the unlimited Internet. Unlike President Obama, the Republican opposition opposes these measures and has challenged the legitimacy of the Commission’s authority to rule on this issue. In France, on the pretext of potential traffic saturation, the Minister of Industry, Energy and the Digital Economy is calling for a regulation of Internet traffic and for abandoning the Net’s absolute neutrality principle.Corporate social responsibility: More timely than everGoogle has kept its promises and has stopped censuring its search engine’s results in China. users are now being redirected to their Hong Kong-based website. Despite the boldness of this move and the cold reception it received from Chinese authorities, the company managed to get its Chinese operating licence renewed in the summer of 2010.Microsoft and Yahoo! continue to practice self-censorship in China. However, Microsoft, after realising that the fight to prevent the pirating of its software in Russia was a pretext used by the authorities to justify the seizure of computers belonging to the media and to NGOs, took measures to supply the latter with pro bono licences. These three U.S. companies have signed the Code of Conduct of the Global Network Initiative, a coalition of NGOs, companies and investment funds seeking to promote good practices in countries which are censoring the Net.For the first time in Egypt, companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google have set aside their reticence and openly sided with protecting online freedom of expression. Facebook believes that “no one should be denied access to the Internet.” Google and Twitter set up a system to enable telephone tweeting in order to bypass net blocking in the country. YouTube made its political news channel CitizenTube available to Egyptians who want to circulate their videos. Users do not run much risk on the site and should benefit in terms of image capabilities.In the last few months, cell phones – particularly during the Arab Springtime – cell phone communications have been the focus of harsher controls. In countries such as Libya and Egypt, telephone carriers have been forced to occasionally suspend their services in some locations and to transmit SMS to the population. In early February 2011, Vodafone, Mobinil and Etisalat, pressured by the army, sent their Egyptian customers an SMS informing them of a demonstration in support of Hosni Mubarak being held that day. The headquarters of Western foreign companies apparently protested … after the fact.These issues do not just concern companies in the new technologies and telecommunications sectors. PayPal’s online payment service, based in the United States, decided to suspend WikiLeaks’ account, claiming that its terms of use prohibit using its service “to encourage, promote, or facilitate any illegal activity.“ Visa and MasterCard made the same decision and suspended payments directed to the site until they have the results of internal investigations. The Enemies of the Internet 2011 list: New additions and repeat offendersThe most net-repressive countries which deserve the label “Enemies of the Internet” are, once again this year, Saudi Arabia, Burma, China, North Korea, Cuba, Iran, Uzbekistan, Syria, Turkmenistan and Vietnam. They often compound Internet repression with strict filtering, access problems, cyberdissident surveillance and online propaganda.Tunisia and Egypt have been dropped from the “Enemies of the Internet” list and added to the “Countries under Surveillance” list The lifting of censorship in Tunisia and the collapse of Mubarak’s regime in Egypt are encouraging signs for the future of online freedom of expression in these countries, a right which ranked high in demonstrators’ demands. Nonetheless, vigilance will be needed until the censorship and surveillance apparatus has been dismantled. The authorities must demonstrate transparency in this regard.Among the countries still “under surveillance”: Australia is still considering implementing a dangerous mandatory filtering system. Bahrain is vacillating between intensifying filtering and releasing bloggers. In Belarus, elections have ushered in a new era of repression against the online media. South Korea is tightening censorship of North Korean propaganda and maintaining a repressive legislative arsenal. In the United Arab Emirates, filtering and surveillance are getting worse. In Eritrea, the police state is keeping its citizens away from the web and monitoring netizens. In Malaysia, bloggers – a more credible source of news than the traditional media – are under constant pressure. In Russia, the government is trying to shape the increasingly influential Russian net to suit its own purposes. Sri Lankan online journalists and media are still victims of violence. In Thailand, the spring 2010 crisis has had negative consequences for online freedom of speech. And in Turkey, thousands of websites are still blocked and legal procedures against online journalists continue unabated.This year, several countries were added to the Countries under Surveillance list, including France, which enacted a law providing for the administrative filtering of the Net and the “graduated response” procedure as part of the authorities’ idea of a “civilised” Internet. The year 2010 was difficult for several online media and their journalists who had to endure office break-ins, court summons, and pressure to identify their sources.Venezuela was also placed “under surveillance.” While there is still free access to the Internet in the country despite a climate of increasing tension between the leadership and the dissident media, censorship tools are now in place in the form of an Internet gag law and the growing use of self-censorship. Discussion forums are in the authorities’ line of fire.Colonel Kadhafi’s Libya also joins this list. Amidst the chaos, the regime has been trying to implement a nation-wide information blackout in an attempt to silence any news about the uprising and the way it was quashed.This is by no means an exhaustive list of all attacks on online freedom of expression. In 2010, the Pakistan regime’s attitude has raised much concern. A judge had ordered Facebook to be fully blocked after it posted videos considered disrespectful to the Prophet. The authorities reversed their decision, but promised to keep monitoring the web. Kazakhstan will need to be observed during the run-up to the presidential election.As of this writing, protest movements continue to sweep through the Arab world and spread to other countries. They may give rise to new online mobilisations and to crackdowns by certain governments. In 2011, the Internet and new media are still experiencing shock waves from having been caught up in the momentum of all these political changes. The Internet has entered turbulent times in which its impact, power and frailties are likely to be magnified. Newslast_img read more

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first_img KB Home and the Well Living Lab unveil new “Healthy Living” concept home in Phoenix, Arizona. Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Local NewsBusiness Pinterestcenter_img TAGS  KB Home and the Well Living Lab Unveil New “Healthy Living” Concept Home in Phoenix, Arizona Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleScale Computing HE150 Named to SearchStorage’s 2020 Storage Products of the Year, Best Enterprise Storage Systems and Products of 2020Next articleAffise Raises $8M Series A to Make Partnerships a Measurable and Transparent Marketing Channel Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

[Studio Courts] Patna HC Issues Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) For Functioning Of Studio Based Courts [Read Procedure]

first_imgNews Updates[Studio Courts] Patna HC Issues Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) For Functioning Of Studio Based Courts [Read Procedure] Sparsh Upadhyay10 Oct 2020 10:13 PMShare This – xThe Patna High Court has devised a new system of Studio Court on an experimental basis, for the hearing of the cases. Under the new system, the Judges would sit in their chambers, while the lawyers will be appearing before the Bench/Judges from another courtroom (a studio courtroom) and the whole proceeding will take place in virtual mode.This system of virtual hearing has been implemented by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Patna High Court has devised a new system of Studio Court on an experimental basis, for the hearing of the cases. Under the new system, the Judges would sit in their chambers, while the lawyers will be appearing before the Bench/Judges from another courtroom (a studio courtroom) and the whole proceeding will take place in virtual mode.This system of virtual hearing has been implemented by the Patna HC so that the lawyers can easily avail the video conferencing facilities and appear in their cases, without actually arranging required infrastructure for this purpose.The Patna HC recently released the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the functioning of studio-based Courts. Because of this new system of Studio Court, for the first time in almost eight months, lawyers would be stepping inside the Court premises.The Key Features and Directions issued under the SOP· Provision for mandatory thermal check and sanitization has been made at the entry point into the Court premises, situated near the cycle stand at Gate No. 3. This shall be the only point for entry and exit into the Court premises for lawyers and other permitted persons for hearing through studio-based Courts.· Entry into the Court premises, till further orders, of the Ld. Counsels/parties or other stakeholders, for hearing through studio-based Courts will be through daily “E-passes”.· E-Pass will be generated online by the learned Advocates who have to appear in the Court for hearing, from the website of Patna High Court by providing details pertaining to the case.· A designated Court-staff shall be stationed near the entry point who shall note the name and mobile number of the concerned Advocate/litigant/Registered Clerk against the relevant item number(s) of the cause list.· Only one arguing counsel along with one assistant Lawyer and one registered clerk, per party, shall be allowed to enter inside the premises and Court-rooms, whose cases are listed for the day.· Once entry is permitted to any arguing counsel/ assistant Lawyer/registered clerk, as aforesaid, for any such case listed for the day, no other person, for the same case and for the same party shall be permitted to enter inside the Court premises.· On entering the Court premises, the Ld. arguing counsel/ assistant Lawyer/registered clerk/parties shall proceed to the Court room where their case is listed and wait for their turn to enter respective Courtrooms where the hearing of their respective cases is scheduled.· Seats in each Court Room shall be limited to bare minimum and entry in the Court shall be permitted to those Advocates/Party-in-person whose matter is called out for hearing and also for Advocates whose item is immediately next, subject to availability of space.· The remaining Advocates shall wait in the Designated Area / Waiting Hall for their turn maintaining social distance. It shall be incumbent upon the Advocates/Party-in- person to maintain the minimum prescribed physical distancing norms between each other.· Wearing of Face Masks in the proper manner, frequent use of hand sanitizer and maintaining physical distancing norms is mandatory for all entrants into the High Court premises, including the Court rooms.· There shall be strict adherence to Social Distancing norms and directions/ guidelines/ SOPs/ advisories issued by the Government of India and the Government of Bihar in respect of the Covid-19 pandemic.· No entry in the Court blocks shall be permitted to Juniors, Interns or Law students associated with the advocate concerned, relative of any party-in-person/litigant, non-registered clerks.· Litigants and parties concerned, who are represented by any Advocate, shall only be allowed to enter inside the Court premises where their personal appearance is required by virtue of Court order.· Special Visitor Pass shall be issued to the Litigants/parties concerned, on an application made by them or their Advocate along with the copy of the Court’s order directing them to appear in person. Such application shall be made two days prior to the date of hearing to the learned Registrar General. Party shall then produce the Pass along with valid ID proof at the entry gate.· The Advocates, Party-in-person and registered clerks above the age of 65 years and those suffering from co-morbidities are advised to refrain from entering the Court premises.· Persons displaying symptoms of flu, fever, cough etc. shall not be permitted entry inside the Court premises.· An advocate, whose studio-based Court hearing, on a particular day, coincides with his case listed for hearing through video conferencing mode on the very same day, shall be required to request the latter Court (hearing the case through video conference mode) to accommodate the hearing of his case in another suitable slot, by sending a WhatsApp message to the Court Master concerned, after giving necessary details like his name, case number and parties name, as also upon due prior intimation to the ld. Advocate for the opposite party.· The Barrister Association, Lawyers Association, Advocates Association, all other associations, Advocate Library, public utility services and Canteens located in the High Court premises shall remain closed until further orders.Notably, the Patna High Court on Thursday (01st October), while hearing a matter [In Re Functioning of Courts in Bihar during the period of COVID-19, Pandemic] mentioned the fact that between 24.3.2020 (when Lockdown commenced) and 30.9.2020 (Wednesday), a total of over 36,651 cases were mentioned, out of which 13,485 were allowed to be listed.The Full Bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol, Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh and Justice Hemant Kumar Srivastava, further stated,”As many as 2,844 civil and 7,260 criminal matters were filed through e filing mode, while 99 civil and 1,404 criminal cases were filed in physical mode. The hearing was conducted in respect of 10,036 civil matters and 27,109 criminal matters through e- mode, and 309 civil and 1,814 matters in physical mode. Disposal stood at 3,784 civil and 14,273 criminal matters in e-mode and 1 civil matter and 952 criminal matters in physical mode.” (emphasis supplied)Earlier, while hearing this matter [In Re Functioning of Courts in Bihar during the period of COVID-19, Pandemic] the Patna High Court on Wednesday (30th September) had decided the parameters for e-filing, physical filing, listing and hearing in consonance with all the stakeholders.The Full bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol, Justice Dinesh Kumar Singh and Justice Hemant Kumar Srivastava had taken into consideration the suggestions given by Advocates’ Association, Lawyers’ Association and Bar Association of Patna High Court.Click Here To Download SOP[Read SOP]Next Storylast_img read more

‘Angels’ respond to Army’s needs

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson By Secrets Revealed The Christmas season is a busy time at the Salvation Army as requests for assistance increase.May said the Salvation Army Food Bank always has an empty space in the cupboard.“The greatest needs are for non-perishable meat items,” she said. “And peanut butter is a good protein source and rather inexpensive. We will be taking food boxes to about 20 families this Christmas. The boxes will have a turkey and the trimmings needed to prepare a traditional Christmas dinner. The boxes will also include items from the food bank.”May said there are many people in the Pike County area who are in need. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Latest Stories “And those needs don’t stop when Christmas is over,” she said.“The winter months are especially hard for many due to the increase in heating costs so monetary donations are always needed and appreciated.“We at the Pike County Salvation Army thank all of Pike County for its support at Christmas time and all year long.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Print Articlecenter_img Published 10:57 pm Tuesday, December 20, 2011 All 150 of the Pike County Salvation Army’s “angels’ have been adopted.“We had a large number of applicants for the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree and Pike Countains have, again, been very generous and caring,” said Kim May, director of the Pike County Salvation Army Service Center and Thrift Store.“In these very difficult times, people are still reaching out to those in need, especially children. We really appreciate those who adopted a child. Because of their generosity, Christmas will be much brighter for a lot of children.” You Might Like Redrawn district lines await public approval In about two weeks, Pike County residents will be able to voice their concerns, or blessings, during a public hearing… read more Next UpMay said donations to Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign that begins the weekend before Thanksgiving and ends on Christmas Eve are down from last year but only slightly.“The people of Pike County and the surrounding areas always give generously to the Red Kettle Campaign and we really appreciate their support,” May said.“The Red Kettle Campaign is our biggest fundraiser and determines the amount of assistance the Salvation Army can provide throughout the year.” Book Nook to reopen This Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s… By Jaine Treadwell Email the author ‘Angels’ respond to Army’s needslast_img read more