6 UK shares I’d buy for my ISA in the next stock market crash

first_img Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.center_img Rupert Hargreaves | Friday, 27th November, 2020 6 UK shares I’d buy for my ISA in the next stock market crash Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in Admiral Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Admiral Group and Halma. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. UK shares have rallied strongly over the past few weeks. The development of not one but three potential coronavirus vaccines has dramatically improved investor sentiment. However, the pandemic is nowhere near its conclusion just yet.The global economy is still reeling under rolling lockdowns. Therefore, I think there’s still a strong chance we could see another stock market crash before the crisis resolves itself. And there are a couple of investments I want to snap up if we do see another significant decline. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…My watch list of UK sharesThere are a couple of businesses that have stood out to me over the past 12 months. Despite the pandemic, these companies have continued to register sales and earnings growth. In my opinion, if these operations can grow sales in one of the harshest business environments in recent memory, they should power ahead when the economy begins to recover.Unfortunately, their strength means investors have pushed the stocks higher. That’s why I’m waiting for the next stock market crash to buy these stand-out stocks. So, which companies are on my watch list? Well, two of the best businesses in the FTSE 100, in my opinion, are Bunzl and Halma. Both operations follow a similar business model. They are consolidators, which means they buy and integrate small businesses. Their track record of doing this is impressive.The two firms have acquired hundreds of small businesses over the past few decades. When they buy out the former owners, they can use their size to cut costs and achieve improved economies of scale. With hundreds of more potential acquisitions in the pipeline, I think both groups can continue on this course for many decades to come. A company that exhibits similar qualities, which also sits on my watch list of UK shares, is insurance group Admiral. There are two main reasons why I like this enterprise.First, it’s one of the most efficient insurance corporations in the UK. By keeping costs low, it can provide deals to customers they can’t find elsewhere. Second, the company’s in the process of building an overseas business. As the UK insurance market is already saturated, Admiral may be able to improve its growth potential dramatically by expanding overseas. That’s why I think buying the shares in the next stock market crash could be a good decision. Stock market crash bargainsThree other UK shares I’d like to buy in the next market downturn are all in the same sector. Glencore, BHP and Rio Tinto are the world’s largest commodity producers and traders. I think these firms are going to have an outstanding couple of years.The demand for essential commodities, such as iron ore and copper, is already growing and set to grow further as governments around the world pursue massive economic stimulus plans.Glencore, BHP and Rio Tinto are all sector leaders. That suggests they’re going to benefit more than other producers from this boom. As a result, if the shares are acquired after a stock market crash, investors may see substantial returns. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Apartment Building in Luxembourg / Metaform Architects

first_imgArchDaily Projects “COPY” CopyAbout this officeMetaform ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsLuxembourg CityResidentialHousingLuxembourgPublished on December 12, 2011Cite: “Apartment Building in Luxembourg / Metaform Architects” 12 Dec 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – RainfinityVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HousePartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsBedroom furnitureFlexformMirror – EgonWaterproofing/SealantsEffisusPre-Fab System – Ecofacade Pre-fab TrueSealConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumBlinds / Mosquito Nets / CurtainsBANDALUXRoller Shades – Arion Large SizedWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealSunscreen – Terracotta BaguettesWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT BauBucheLightingLumenpulseLED Projector Lumenbeam GrandeMore 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 Save this picture!© steve troes fotodesign+ 53 Share Photographs:  steve troes fotodesignText description provided by the architects. Within the framework of our project, architecture and art are found side by side, are entangled, extend and complete each other in order to create a common language, a synergy which creates an intriguing, vivid and dynamic, yet at the same time intimate, welcoming and friendly ensemble. The reflection on the relation between art and architecture is part of the concept created with the involvement of the Luxembourgish artist SUMO. Save this picture!PlanIt is a response linked to the evolution of the urban landscape because the era of the “post-graffiti”, even if many refuse to admit, has become an integral part of the city. Sumo voluntarily covered the space from the ground to the ceiling with his artwork in such a way that his art, which one can consider being “post-graffiti”, is subtly integrated in the built space. Architecture gave way to art which reveals itself at times under the overhanging volumes with yellow, orange and red clouds, at times in the background of the loggias of the apartments with its peculiar figures. Save this picture!© steve troes fotodesignArt emphasizes this formal game of the spaces that seem to have “slid” to give way to the organic sketches and eccentric colors created by the artist. This cooperation puts forward the idea of the existence of equilibrium between the development of our building landscape and the artistic interpretation. Save this picture!© steve troes fotodesignThe monolithic aspect of the building strongly opposes the neighboring building by its form as well as by the materials used. The project presents itself as a unique object characterized by the juxtaposition of simple and pure volumes. This aspiration stems from the ambition to set the building off from the banality of the neighboring architecture. Generally speaking, in the surrounding architecture one can see a clear distinction of the materials used for the different floors and the roof. Save this picture!© steve troes fotodesignIn this construction the use of a unique material, black shiny extruded metal, gives it its monolithic and sculptural character. During the day, when the weather is nice, it delivers a warm and intense color, which, with its sharp corners, creates a strong contrast with the absorbing materials of the neighboring buildings (such as the plaster of the facades). Save this picture!© steve troes fotodesignDuring more bleak weather it merges with the color of the sky. At night, it is more discreet, as it allows itself to be illuminated by the city lights and the passing cars, and sometimes it illuminates the artist’s artwork itself. Sliding panels allow the residents to be in relation with their environment. Seeing without being seen or being seen without seeing? The ambition was to free the three facades of the building from the circulation spaces in order to create maximum flexibility and luminosity for the apartments. The narrowness and the exiguity of that part of land encouraged the development of 4 differently sized and individual apartments. Considering the proximity to the road, the resulting lack of intimacy and the weak exposure to sunshine, we preferred the idea to use the ground floor for the garages. Save this picture!© steve troes fotodesignOn the first floor, a two-bedroom 80 sqm apartment is designed for a family of three. Thus, the rooms are isolated at the back of the building in order to ensure intimacy and well-being. A open space, is oriented towards the road. On the second floor, thanks to a 1m overhang on 3 sides of the building, we suggested building 2 studios, 47 and 48 sqm respectively. These seem destined for young couples without children. Considering the narrowness of the apartments only the bathrooms are separated by wall whereas the rest of the space is structured using furniture, assigning the different functions. On the third floor we come across a 115 sqm duplex apartment. A sturdy all-glass ceiling ensure the sunshine to get through to the north-oriented kitchen and dining room. Save this picture!© steve troes fotodesignText provided by Metaform ArchitectsProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Cloud: Two Connected Luxury Residential Towers / MVRDVArticlesRocha Apartment / CaSASelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Luxemburg City, LuxembourgLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Apartment Building in Luxembourg / Metaform Architects Luxembourg Architects: Metaform Architects Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/189990/apartment-building-in-luxembourg-metaform-architects Clipboard Apartments Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/189990/apartment-building-in-luxembourg-metaform-architects Clipboard Area:  370 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2011 Year:  CopyApartments•Luxembourg City, Luxembourg “COPY” Apartment Building in Luxembourg / Metaform ArchitectsSave this projectSaveApartment Building in Luxembourg / Metaform Architectslast_img read more

Flexhouse / Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & …

first_img General Contractor: 2013 Architects: Interface Studio Architects, Sullivan Goulette & Wilson Area Area of this architecture project United States “COPY” Housing Save this picture!© Ranquist Development Group+ 12 Share CopyHousing•Chicago, United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/495231/flexhouse-interface-studio-architects-sullivan-goulette-and-wilson Clipboard Year:  Structural Engineers: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/495231/flexhouse-interface-studio-architects-sullivan-goulette-and-wilson Clipboard CopyAbout this officeInterface Studio ArchitectsOfficeFollowSullivan Goulette & WilsonOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingChicagoHousingResidentialUnited StatesPublished on April 10, 2014Cite: “Flexhouse / Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson” 10 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projectscenter_img Flexhouse / Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson John James Construction Photographs photographs:  Ranquist Development GroupPhotographs:  Ranquist Development Group Year:  SP Engineers ArchDaily Flexhouse / Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & WilsonSave this projectSaveFlexhouse / Interface Studio Architects + Sullivan Goulette & Wilson City:ChicagoCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsText description provided by the architects. This 8-unit townhouse development occupies a well located site in the emerging Logan Square neighborhood northwest of downtown Chicago, just two blocks from a major train station. The open floor plans and flexibility of the interiors reflect a sense of simplicity and respond to the needs of contemporary living. The exterior strategy uses fiber cement lap siding and large metal window projections in a composition that retains a sense of a coherent urban block while marking each home as unique.Save this picture!© Ranquist Development GroupRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)WoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsSiteAn 80’ X 166’ inner-city lot in the dense residential neighborhood of Logan Square.  The property is bordered by the street on the North and East, a multi-family building on the South, and an alley on the West.Save this picture!© Ranquist Development GroupOrganization:Flexhouse is a new type of home that is tuned to the “new normal” of the twenty-first century. The modest, energy efficient, open-plan designs allow for seamlessness between work, live and play.Save this picture!© Ranquist Development GroupInteriorsThe three-story homes feature an open loft like first floor with central kitchen and large transparent opening to a generous backyard. The second level provides two bedrooms and a full bath, with a third floor master suite featuring an open bath. A key feature of the homes are an exposed concrete first floor with radiant heat which give the spaces terrific wintertime comfort and a raw visual effect.Save this picture!Floor PlanExteriorsThe exteriors were conceived to be individual, but connected as an urban block rather than just a series of individual homes. Two-story, custom fabricated stainless steel window wrappers jog vertically from house to house to create a visual rhythm across the façade. The overall cladding is fiber cement plank of varying width which gives the overall surface a contemporary, yet familiar texture. An eccentric painting scheme adds a layer of uniqueness to the project.Save this picture!© Ranquist Development GroupProject gallerySee allShow lessInside Johannesburg’s Infamous Ponte City TowerVideosMVRDV Exhibits Furniture Series “Vertical Village” at Milan Design WeekArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:2801 West Shakespeare Avenue, Chicago, IL 60647, United StatesLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Area:  13000 ft² Area:  13000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” 2013last_img read more

Who said the Chinese never speak out?

first_img Follow the news on China News Twitter and bloggersJournalists detained by the authorities are often helped by the fact that their lawyers and relatives use their blogs or Twitter to circulate information about developments in the judicial proceedings against them and to rally support.“I say what I want, and if I cannot talk then I am being stifled to death,” lawyer and blogger Lan Zhixue posted on Twitter on 14 September. “The right of expression is the basis of all the other rights,” he added. His blog’s address: http://blog.sina.com.cn/lanzhixue1“Justice will not be easily rendered so Xie Chaoping needs us to keep following his case,” Xie’s lawyer, Zhou Ze, posted on his blog after Xie’s release. Zhou has been very conscientious about updating his blog as he is aware of the importance of online support for his client. The address of Zhou’s blog: http://blog.sina.com.cn/zhouzeVoices that cross borders“It is important for an author not to censor himself, it is important for him to express his thoughts,” censored writer Liao Yiwu said in an interview for Deutsche Welle after finally being allowed to visit Europe. “Unfortunately, there is too much self-censorship in China because authors above all want to be published.”Liao said only writers and some journalists are able to freely express what the people experience because the authorities cannot accept any accurate portrayal of the country’s reality. Liao does not regard himself as a dissident but all of his works have been censored by the authorities. He spent four years in jail for a poem called “Massacre” about the crackdown on the Tiananmen Square protests.Chinese journalists who have moved abroad often continue to actively support fellow journalists who have stayed behind and to work at keep news and information flowing. Read a Reporters Without Borders interview with a radio journalist: http://en.rsf.org/china-radio-journalist-talks-about-14-09-2010,38351.htmlSupport for human rights activistsThe fate of human rights activists is very rarely mentioned in the Chinese media because of the draconian censorship of all stories relating to dissidents, but they can count on certain journalists and bloggers to circulate information about their activities online.“One thing is sure, as long as democracy is not fully respected in China, I will not stop fighting and my democratic convictions will never change,” writer and political dissident Chen Shuqing said the day he was recently released after four years in prison. A member of the banned China Democracy Party, Chen was jailed on a charge of “inciting the overthrow of the state.” His statements have never been published in the Chinese media but they have circulated online.Self-trained lawyer and human rights activist Chen Guangcheng’s release earlier this month was not mentioned in the Chinese media but it was reported online. “I have not changed one iota,” said Chen, despite still being under constant police surveillance. His statements were rapidly reported in Mandarin on Twitter, to which thousands of Chinese journalists and Internet users have access thanks to proxy software that circumvents censorship.After four years and three months in prison, Chen plants to resume defending the legal rights of his fellow citizens as he did in the past, when he campaigned against forced abortions and sterilisation. More information about Chen: http://en.rsf.org/petition-olympic-prisoners,34043.htmlPloy, distraction or glimmer of hope?Launched by the authorities on 8 September, Zhitong Zhongnanhai (Direct line to the Zhongnanhai) gets its name from the central Beijing district where the government has their headquarters. It is intended to be a way for the public to send messages to the leadership. By 13 September, no fewer than 23,000 comments had been left for President Hu alone on such subjects as rent increases, corruption, pollution and violations of civil liberties.But this window of expression is subject to 26 rules. Cyber-citizens may not, for example, post comments that could endanger the state’s honour and interests, incite abuses of the right of association or assembly, or incite illegal demonstrations liable to destabilise the social order.Those that send this kind of message can be punished by having their IP address permanently withdrawn. But messages cannot be sent to this government address from IP addresses located outside China. And they cannot be sent anonymously from Internet cafés either, as Internet café users are now routinely asked to show ID.Despite the risks, critical comments manage to get through. “When will prices fall? The only things that do not rise are wages!” or “Comrade Hu, isn’t it interesting to note that I have left so many messages and all of them have been harmonised?” an Internet user posted on the new Zhitong Zhongnanhai website. “Can’t you let us tell the truth?” The website’s address: http://cpc.people.com.cn/GB/191862/191865/index.htmlA battle not lost in advance, but far from wonWhile there is no shortage of examples of successful support campaigns, there are still many cases of journalists and bloggers who have been the victims of ill-treatments.“You will be punished in kind,” a member of the Guobao (public security squad) told Liu Shasha, a young Beijing resident and blogger who was interviewed by a French journalist about her arrest in July. “They put me on my back and began pouring water on the sacks placed over my head. I could not breathe, it was awful,” Liu said. “Then they removed the sacks and put a cloth soaked in spicy oil under my nose. Then they began pouring water on me again to make me asphyxiate. I couldn’t take it anymore and I said I would make a statement.”“They sat me in a chair with my hands and feet tied and asked me: ‘Who did you contact today?’ I replied that I was going to file a complaint against them. They responded by throwing me to the ground, this time on batons, to make the treatment more painful, and they resumed the water torture session.”What was this young woman’s crime? She had urged people on Twitter to place wreaths outside the building that houses the Chinese Internet firm Sohu after it reportedly eliminated the blogs of hundreds of free speech activists. Read Liu’s story (in French): http://www.ecrans.fr/Chine-blogs-et-chatiments,10872.htmlAround 100 journalists, bloggers, Internet users and human rights activists are currently detained in China.“He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a brave man”Chinese proverbThe Great Wall of censorship continues to rise higher and higher around the Middle Kingdom’s readers, listeners, viewers and Internet users. But the defenders of press freedom manage to climb it or circumvent it. If the efforts of all these people are united, victory will be theirs. It is up to governments, corporations and Internet users in the democratic countries to give them unwavering support.Courage! More recently, stories of an imaginary lizard called Yake (Ya Ke Xi in Mandarin) have circulated in response to a Chinese New Year show on state TV that showed Uyghurs from the troubled western province of Xinjiang singing the government’s praises and repeating that the Communist Party Central Committee’s policies were “good” (“yakexi” in Uyghur). ChinaAsia – Pacific China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures to go further Puns and cartoons – new weapons against censorshipThe Chinese love plays on words. Their language lends itself to punning as it has lots of homophones.Internet users have been attacking the online censors with humour and creativity for years. The resistance against censorship has come above all to be represented by a mythical creature called the “Cao Ni Ma” (Grass Mud Horse), a homonym for “Screw Your Mother.” Internet users mock the Party’s censorship by posting bogus animal reports and songs about the Cao Ni Ma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKx1aenJK08&feature=player_embedded Help by sharing this information News ChinaAsia – Pacific September 30, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Who said the Chinese never speak out? Organisation Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more News News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison “The Beijing police chief apologised to me, the magazine Caijing and all the journalists,” Caijing deputy editor Luo Changping wrote on Twitter on 21 September. Luo, who was arrested by the Beijing police for a story headlined “Security companies given special task of intercepting petitioners,” said the police finally promised not to prosecute anyone in connection with the article. To follow Luo on Twitter: http://twitter.com/lianyueJournalists sticking togetherThese positive developments were the result of public support, which is having an increasing impact on the Chinese authorities. In some cases, this “agitation” was initiated by news media or informal groups of journalists in certain regions.“The Internet’s development opens up new possibilities,” Xiao Jianfeng, the editor of Hunan Ribao (Hunan Daily), wrote after the authorities closed down an online discussion forum that was appreciated by many journalists. “If a website is closed, another is created elsewhere. The government is mistaken. Suppressing and closing websites is not a good method. It should instead try to solve the problems.”Launched by Nanfang Dushi Bao, a newspaper based in southern China, the Dushibao Lianmeng (Association of Metropolitan Journalists) website was used by the staff of 13 local newspapers for exchanging information and discussing issues.Some of the debates on Dushibao Lianmeng, such as the one about the residence permit system known as the “hukou,” upset some Communist Party leaders. The journalists had all called for the abolition of the system, which discriminates against rural residents working in the cities. The Propaganda Department recommended closing the forum in the conclusions of its March investigation into this “incident.”Ye Du, a journalist based in the southern city of Guangzhou who belonged to the forum, said mutual assistance among news media is quietly growing in China despite new regulations. For example, if a newspaper cannot report a local story because it has been censored by the provincial authorities, a newspaper from another province may take on the job of covering it. While regretting the forum’s closure, most of its participants think its disappearance will have little impact on press freedom as another one will soon spring up in its place.“The police do not have the right to arrest journalists without reason,” said the banner displayed by ten journalists in Yichun, a northeastern city near the Russian border, on 28 August. They were protesting against the detention of four fellow-journalists, who had been arrested by the local authorities while covering a plane crash in which 42 people were killed. The ten journalists staged two silent and anonymous demonstrations outside the local Propaganda Department office. The images of the protest circulated immediately online. The detained journalists were freed in the afternoon and received apologies from the local authorities. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Shocked by the crudeness of this propaganda when the situation in Xinjiang is so problematic, humorists invented a lizard (“xi” in Mandarin) called Yake who patrols and censors the Internet and symbolises Central Committee policies. According to its creators, Yake is now dying out in Russia (after a golden era there) but is still thriving in Cuba, North Korea and China. Yake, who has a forked tongue, feeds on river crabs (“he xie” in Mandarin). “He xie” is a homonym of the word for “harmonising,” President Hu Jintao’s political leitmotiv and a government euphemism for censorship.In all, Chinese bloggers and Internet users have invented about ten creatures to represent China’s online censors.Cartoons are also increasingly being put into the service of media freedom. When Xie Chaoping, the author of the book about the Sanmenxia dam, was detained, lots of cartoons appeared in support of the campaign for his release. The electronic Great Wall around China is getting taller and more effective. The government still controls most of the print media. Communist Party and government leaders continue to order arrests of journalists, bloggers and intellectuals. Directives from the Central Propaganda Department and local officials trample on media freedom.But, with perseverance and courage, journalists, Internet users, bloggers, artists, lawyers and intellectuals are managing to open breaches in China’s censorship. In recent weeks, Reporters Without Borders has noted a series of encouraging victories by these tireless free speech activists.It is up to the Chinese above all to wage the fight against censorship in China, but they need the support of the international blogosphere and information sector companies. The fight for free expression in a country that is now a major international power also needs significant solidarity gestures.That is why Reporters Without Borders is supporting Chinese intellectual Liu Xiaobo’s candidacy for the Nobel Peace Prize. A staunch defender of free expression who was given an 11-year jail sentence for helping to draft the Charter 08 manifesto, Liu Xiaobo embodies the peaceful and selfless struggle for freedom being waged by activists in China and many other parts of the world.Effective protestsRecent events in China suggest that a turning point is being reached in the possibilities for effective action by journalists and Internet users against repression and censorship.“I will never regret writing this book,” Xie Chaoping claimed when he was freed on 17 September after being detained for several weeks in the central province of Shaanxi for writing about the Sanmenxia dam. He was released for lack of evidence after winning a strong show of support from the Chinese public. More information: http://en.rsf.org/china-journalist-arrested-for-writing-07-09-2010,38299…“I wrote the truth,” said Economic Observer reporter Qiu Ziming at the end of July after the authorities in the eastern province of Zhejiang withdrew the libel charges they had brought against him for accusing a local battery manufacturer of improper practices. When Qiu went into hiding and protested his innocence in his blog, he won an enormous amount of support online and was transformed into an Internet hero. More information about Qiu: http://en.rsf.org/china-business-reporter-taken-off-most-03-08-2010,3806… April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en last_img read more

Police force to test well-being scheme

first_imgA police force has become the first in the country to test a system designedto improve the stress levels, sleep, nutrition and physical activity of itsofficers and civilian staff. Bedfordshire Police Service has signed up to the health and well-beingprogramme of consultancy Vielife. Vielife will provide the force with tailored advice through interactivewebsites that can be accessed at work or home. It will also run targeted programmes and seminars alongside existing healthservices. Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Police force to test well-being schemeOn 1 Jun 2004 in Police, Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Online IT courses are a big hit

first_imgOnline IT courses are a big hitOn 1 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Ninety-two per cent of people sitting online IT courses say they enjoy theexperience, with 81 per cent saying they use what they learn, according toresearch by Skillsoft, carried out as part of its e-learning benchmark survey,A User’s Perspective. Participants in the research were based in 25 countries across Europe, theMiddle East and Africa from organisations including AT&T, FedEx, LloydsTSB,Royal Mail, SchlumbergerSema and Xerox. Skillsoft stipulated that individuals had to have completed at least onecourse online, with 85 per cent having sat between one and 10 courses. Theseincluded courses on general Microsoft software skills, Cisco networking,programming, web design, intranet and IT project management and virtual realityskills. Some 26 per cent said they like the design, content and interactive style ofonline courses, and the same number enjoy being able to go at their own pace.The use of graphics and exercises were popular, liked by 84 and 86 per cent ofrespondents, but only 14 per cent said they like the audio. Forty-eight per cent said they draw on what they learned on a daily basis,and more than half (51 per cent) said they would pass on what they had learnedto friends and colleagues. www.skillsoft.com Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Paragon launches online portal

first_imgHome » News » Paragon launches online portal previous nextProptechParagon launches online portalThe Negotiator28th May 20180454 Views Paragon, a specialist bank and buy-to-let mortgage lender, is introducing a procuration fee for intermediaries who submit further advance business for buy-to-let customers that subsequently completes.Paragon will pay procuration fees for further advance business at the same rate as intermediaries’ standard business terms for new mortgage applications, typically 0.5 per cent of the value of the funds advanced.A further advance enables a landlord with an existing Paragon mortgage to release capital to fund further property-related investment and development and can provide a competitive and more convenient alternative to a full remortgage of the property.The introduction of the procuration fee for further advance follows the launch of a new online portal and application process for switch products and further advance business.The procuration fee recognises the critical role our intermediaries play in supporting customers.John HeronJohn Heron, Managing Director of Mortgages at Paragon said: “The new online portal gives customers and intermediaries the tools they need to help them access switch and further advance facilities quickly and easily. Introducing the procuration fee today recognises the critical role our intermediaries play in supporting customers through the decision-making process.”John Heron online portal proptech paragon buy to let finance May 28, 2018The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

HNLMS Van Speijk Exercises with Seychelles Coast Guard

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HNLMS Van Speijk Exercises with Seychelles Coast Guard HNLMS Van Speijk Exercises with Seychelles Coast Guard Training & Education View post tag: Van View post tag: News by topic View post tag: with August 6, 2013 View post tag: HNLMS View post tag: Speijk View post tag: Defense View post tag: Exercises View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence On Monday, 29 July 2013, the Dutch frigate HNLMS VAN SPEIJK, part of NATO’s counter-piracy Operation OCEAN SHIELD, conducted a maritime exercise together with the Seychelles Coast Guard, focusing on search and rescue operations and enhancing coordination and cooperation between the Coast Guard and NATO warships patrolling the Indian Ocean.To share knowledge, skills and training with regional players is a vital part of NATO’s counter-piracy mission, and VAN SPEIJK’s port visit to the Seychelles presented a valuable opportunity to maintain and improve the skills needed to support seafarers in distress.“The Seychelles has proven to be one of the most active regional states and is a very important partner in our counter-piracy effort,” said OCEAN SHIELD’s commander, Commodore Henning Amundsen. “NATO and the Seychelles share a common goal – to allow people and goods to freely travel the Indian Ocean. We will continue our close cooperation to secure this goal.”Amundsen visited the headquarters of the Seychelles Coast Guard on 19 July 2013 during a previous port visit by the Operation OCEAN SHIELD flagship, HNoMS FRIDTJOF NANSEN[mappress]Press Release, August 6, 2013; Image: NATO View post tag: Seychelles View post tag: Guard View post tag: Navy View post tag: coast Share this articlelast_img read more

Statement to parliament: Minister for the Americas statement to Parliament on Venezuela

first_imgMr Speaker, this house will by now be familiar with the plight of Venezuela. It is suffering from economic devastation, starvation and malnutrition. The flight of over three million Venezuelans to neighbouring countries is the largest migration crisis in Latin American history. The systematic dismantling of freedom, liberty and justice by the kleptocratic regime of Nicolas Maduro has marked it out as a country where peoples rights have been stolen.In the last few weeks, the overwhelming majority of us in this House have condemned the political repression and electoral malpractice of a regime which is increasingly desperate to cling on to power. On Monday, my Rt Hon Friend the Foreign Secretary announced that the UK will now recognise Juan Guaido, the President of the National Assembly, as the Constitutional Interim President of Venezuela. The UK is one of 19 EU member states to have done so after the deadline for new elections to be called passed on Sunday.It is worth reminding ourselves how events have rapidly changed the situation in Venezuela and have led the UK and our international partners to take action.Last May, Nicolas Maduro claimed a victory in a Presidential election which was widely considered to have been deeply flawed Presidential elections. In January, a day after his so called Presidential inauguration, which was boycotted by the international community, the Venezuelan National Assembly declared Maduro’s tenure illegitimate.The Venezuelan people have shown their discontent in massive protests across the country, demonstrating against the continued trashing of their country by the grossly incompetent, criminal and corrupt governance caused by Maduro’s warped version of socialism.Venezuela: Foreign Office Minister Sir Alan Duncan statementMr Speaker, on the 23 January, the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaido, announced, with constitutional authority, that he will act as Interim-President of the country until free and fair elections take place. He spoke with the full backing of the National Assembly, which as an institution is the sole legitimate survivor of Maduro’s systematic dismantling of the country’s democracy.This moment, Mr Speaker, saw Venezuela’s democratic leaders taking courageous steps to set things right and put the needs of the people before themselves. It was legal and gave the international community a responsibility to act immediately, as the US, Canada and Lima Group countries did – by supporting Juan Guaido and Venezuela’s legitimate representatives.For our part, the UK worked closely with our EU partners shortly after Juan Guaido’s announcement. On the 24 January, the Foreign Secretary said that Nicolas Maduro was no longer the legitimate leader of Venezuela. Two days later, at the UN Security Council, I set out the UK’s position – shared by France, Spain, Germany and others, that if new Presidential elections were not called within 8 days, the UK would also recognise Juan Guaido as the constitutional Interim-President.The arrogance of Nicolas Maduro, is such that those calls have not been answered. He has instead called for early new elections for the last remaining democratic institution, the National Assembly, so as to ‘bring peace’ which we can assume means to snuff out the remaining source of challenge to his grip on power. This is a false promise. The National Assembly has already been duly elected. Maduro wants it to be overseen by the Constituent Assembly which is his imposter alternative and which has no equivalent legitimacy.The international community has taken significant steps in response to these events. I represented the United Kingdom at the United Nations Security Council when I set out the UK’s call for elections and made clear the responsibility of Council members to demonstrate the UN’s leadership on this issue, and we look forward to further discussions there.On Monday, I went to Ottawa at the invitation of the Canadian Foreign Minister to join the meeting of the Lima Group countries where I discussed the situation with Foreign Ministers from across the region. We also discussed the importance of getting humanitarian aid into Venezuela and also to the neighbouring countries which are bearing the brunt of receiving over three million migrants.It was during my trip to Ottawa on Monday that the Foreign Secretary formally announced that the UK recognised Juan Guaido as Interim-President of Venezuela, in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution. The UK was one of 19 EU member states including France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands to take similar simultaneous action.We are not alone in our views of the Maduro regime. We continue to work in concert with the Organisation of American States, the Lima Group, the United States and like-minded European and international partners.So what are the next steps?First, we remain clear that Maduro is illegitimate and that we now recognise the National Assembly President, Juan Guaido as Constitutional Interim President of Venezuela until credible, free and fair elections are held.We are providing support to multilateral organisations like the UN, EU and Red Cross Movement through our existing contributions. Last year the UK was the largest donor to the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) which has allocated $26m to the region including $9m for emergency health and nutrition support in the country.We must also keep up the pressure on Maduro with one united voice. The UK has taken a lead in the EU by calling for a tougher response to the regime in the light of the failure to call new elections. This may include further targeted sanctions, in coordination with recent steps taken by the United States.The UK also stands closely alongside our Lima Group partners. Outside Venezuela, they have borne the brunt of this crisis, and earlier this week their Ministers made it clear to me, in no uncertain terms the severity of the situation for them.In speaking with one voice I sincerely hope that this House proves united in expressing its condemnation of Nicolas Maduro and in asserting its support for the Lima Groups determination to design a better future for Venezuela by working with Juan Guaido and the National Assembly.I commend this statement to the House.last_img read more