The Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd ( Q12017 Interim Report

first_imgThe Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about The Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The Union Sugar Estates Co Ltd (  2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileThe Union Sugar Estates Co. Limited specialises in growing and cultivating sugarcane amongst other agricultural products. The company has, however, diversified into agro-industry, tourism, IT services and trading. The Union Sugar Estates Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Classic Encounter – Fiji vs Barbarians 1991 Hong Kong Sevens

first_imgWednesday Jul 15, 2009 Classic Encounter – Fiji vs Barbarians 1991 Hong Kong Sevens Occasionally we get contributions and links sent in of rare archive footage that’s been converted to digital and uploaded to be shared with the rugby world. This is the case with this great clip from the 1991 Hong Kong Sevens.The superstar Fijians came up against a talented Barbarians in the Semi Final of the 1991 Hong Kong Sevens tournament. The BaaBaa’s last won the tournament in 1981, so all was to play for.They had a mix of players, mainly English, that included the likes of Jeremy Guscott, Will Carling, Rupert Moon, Mick Skinner, and Andrew Harriman.The flying Harriman, who we saw burn David Campese in the 1993 tournament, scored a classic try as he rounded the Fijians with his blistering pace.It was mainly about the men in white though, as they possessed fire power in the form of Tomasi Cama, Noa Nadruku, and a young Waisale Serevi, who himself went on to once again pick up player of the tournament.Naduku’s try, which featured many passes changing hand from the kickoff, must surely be one of the best tries ever seen on the Sevens stage.Fiji were too good on the day, with this classic match ending 22-14. They went on to beat New Zealand 18-14 in the final, picking up yet another Hong Kong Sevens title. :: Related Posts :: History of Rugby World Cup Sevens – Part 2 Time: 09:14ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living90% of People Have No Idea What These Two Little Holes Are ForNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyThe 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 ADVERTISEMENT Trending 6 DAYS AGO HUGE controversy sees Borthwick call Pat Lam a liar during heated Prem clash 5 DAYS AGO Melbourne Rebels do their best to wreck Bryn Gatland 4 DAYS AGO Lam’s explanation of bizarre situation that caused heated touchline argument 5 DAYS AGO François Steyn’s ridiculous 60-metre drop goal which left commentators in hysterics 5 DAYS AGO The time Waisale Serevi used his iconic hitch-kick to carve up Scotland in 2000 Great Tries 5 DAYS AGO Eye-opening compilation shows why Taulupe Faletau could harm Springboks this Summer 5 DAYS AGO The time Waisale Serevi used his iconic hitch-kick to carve up Scotland in 2000 1 WEEK AGO Veainu finishes superb try after octopus style offload from Waisea 2 WEEKS AGO FULL MATCH REPLAY: Huge stars on show when All Blacks host Pacific Island XV in 2004 2 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Hooker produces ridiculous speed to score 60-metre wonder try for Hurricanes View All Big Hits & Dirty Play 1 DAY AGO Awesome new Etzebeth montage will have Springboks fans psyched for Summer Lions tour 5 DAYS AGO Melbourne Rebels do their best to wreck Bryn Gatland 5 DAYS AGO Eye-opening compilation shows why Taulupe Faletau could harm Springboks this Summer 5 DAYS AGO Re-live O’Driscoll’s EPIC try-saving tackle in 2003 RWC quarter-final 1 WEEK AGO AWESOME video shows the very biggest and best tackles of the 2020/21 season View All See It To Believe It 4 DAYS AGO Cheetah racer Habana reveals what was actually going through his mind that day 4 DAYS AGO Lam’s explanation of bizarre situation that caused heated touchline argument 5 DAYS AGO François Steyn’s ridiculous 60-metre drop goal which left commentators in hysterics 5 DAYS AGO Re-live O’Driscoll’s EPIC try-saving tackle in 2003 RWC quarter-final 6 DAYS AGO HUGE controversy sees Borthwick call Pat Lam a liar during heated Prem clash View All Funnies 2 WEEKS AGO Joe Marler elated in special interview as fans return to The Stoop 2 WEEKS AGO WATCH: One of the luckiest and most bizarre tries you will EVER see 2 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Reds players caught out in hilarious celebration blooper vs Chiefs 2 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Faz, Piutau and Burns star in hilarious try fail compilation 4 WEEKS AGO MLR: Giltinis howler sees try overruled despite attempts to celebrate View All Amateur 32 WEEKS AGO Viral video of Scottish club brawl goes down a storm with rugby community 69 WEEKS AGO RUGBYDUMP BLITZ: This Best of the Week round up is sure to entertain you 69 WEEKS AGO RD BLITZ – Disaster, just when it looked so promising… 69 WEEKS AGO That glorious moment that will live on forever, like it or not 69 WEEKS AGO RD Blitz – PROP’S Lionel Messi wizardy creates incredible try View All Player Features 16 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Bumping off tacklers and taking high balls, Rob Kearney had an impressive Super Rugby debut 21 WEEKS AGO Brian Moore on money in modern rugby and how it should never be compared to ‘outlier’ football 22 WEEKS AGO Tuisova’s wrecking ball montage will make you grateful you never made it as a pro 28 WEEKS AGO New Zealand rugby pod admit Owen Farrell is world class 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Bath prop launches Amazon documentary focused on those from non-traditional backgrounds View All Related Content from the RugbyPass Network ‘What you do today is how you’re going to be remembered’: Spirit of Rugby – Ep 5 In Spirit of Rugby episode 5, Jim Hamilton talks Lions with Matt Dawson, Jeremy Guscott, Rob Kearney, Simon Shaw, Tom Croft and John Bentley. Watch: Reforging the Steelers | Episode 2 | RugbyPass Original Documentary In Episode 2 of Reforging the Steelers, we follow the team through rounds two to four as they try to get their season on track after an opening loss to competition powerhouses Tasman. Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Crusaders player ratings vs Rebels | Super Rugby Trans-Tasman Which Crusaders stood out in their 26-point win over the Rebels in the final round of Super Rugby Trans-Tasman? Shock result: Crusaders left to rue costly errors with win over Rebels not enough for final guarantee In a shock result, the Crusaders have failed to record the requisite winning margin needed over the Rebels to book themselves a spot in the Super Rugby Trans-Tasman final and are now reliant on the Blues dropping the ball against the Force. ‘I deliberately haven’t mentioned it too much this week’: Tim Sampson keeping mum ahead of Blues battle The Western Force aim to play the role of party poopers on Saturday when they take on the ladder-leading Blues at a venue that shall not be named. Classic Encounter – Fiji vs Barbarians 1991 Hong Kong Sevens | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. Username * Password * Email * Password Repeat * Please send me news, information and special offers from RugbyDump By clicking register you agree to our Privacy Policylast_img read more

House in Ubatuba / spbr arquitetos

first_img House in Ubatuba / spbr arquitetos ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Area:  340 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Nelson Kon+ 50 Share CopyAbout this officeSPBR ArquitetosOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesUbatubaHousesTop100spbrBrazilPublished on August 08, 2010Cite: “House in Ubatuba / spbr arquitetos” 08 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausStonesCosentinoDekton Surfaces – Cap Ferrat BuildingStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Strata Argentum – Classtone CollectionAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®CeramicsTerrealCustom Shape Terracotta CladdingSeatingInterstuhlPillows – HUBPartitionsBuzzispacePrivacy Booth – BuzziRingMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•Ubatuba, Brazil Photographs:  Nelson KonProject Team:Ciro Miguel, Juliana Braga, João Paulo Meirelles de Faria, Flávia Parodi Costa, Tatiana Ozzetti, Lucas Nobre, Nilton SuenagaStructural Engineer:Ibsen Puleo UvoLandscape Architect:Raul PereiraLightning Design:Ricardo HederClient:Antônio Carlos Onofre / Regina Silveira OnofreConstruction:Bremenkamp Engenharia e Construção Ltda.Principal In Charge:Angelo BucciCity:UbatubaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nelson KonRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40DoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82DoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaSiteUbatuba is one of the most important coastal cities in the state of São Paulo.This 55m x 16m ground plot, located at the far right end of Tenório’s Beach, borders on the seashore at one side and goes up a 50% slope hill, only reaching street level at 28 meters.The hard steep hill and its trees are both protected by environmental laws. They have inspired the entire strategy used in the conception of the project.+ 50StrategyThree columns, made in reinforced concrete, support the house.The casting of these columns is possible by the use of sliding forms.Save this picture!© Nelson KonFour steel beams lay on the top of them in order to hang the slabs from above and also to avoid the use of support frames during the construction process, making it faster and more rational.The very thin, beamless slabs and their level arrangements allow incredible sea views from every room inside the house.Save this picture!Planta Nível +27.20ArchitectureThe main access to the house is made “upside down”.Save this picture!© Nelson KonThe terrace on top is at same level of the street. A bridge connects the street to the main entrance of the house, allowing different views of the sea, of the hill and of the trees. Besides preserving a natural landscape, this hanged house actually floats among the trees, surrounded by birds and open towards the sea.In other words, this is a house that can smell, hear and see.Save this picture!© Nelson KonSave this picture!© Nelson KonProject gallerySee allShow lessIn Progress: Beekman Tower / Frank GehryArticlesWhitehaven Central Harbour Site CompetitionArticles Share Projects ArchDaily Architects: SPBR Arquitetos Area Area of this architecture project Brazil Houses 2009 House in Ubatuba / spbr arquitetosSave this projectSaveHouse in Ubatuba / spbr arquitetos “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs Year: last_img read more

House in Itami / Tato Architects

first_imgCopyAbout this officeTato ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesItamiHousesJapanPublished on September 04, 2013Cite: “House in Itami / Tato Architects” 04 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abstract EarthPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesKingspan Insulated PanelsInsulated Wall Panels – Designwall R-seriesWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMBricksNelissenSpecial Bricks – Slips and HalvesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta cladding in Le TrèfleEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEASideboardsUSMLow Shelving – HallerTable LampsLeds-C4Lighting – ElampMore 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 Photographs 2012 Houses Architects: Tato Architects Area Area of this architecture project Projects CopyHouses•Itami, Japan “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  House in Itami / Tato Architects House in Itami / Tato ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse in Itami / Tato Architects photographs:  Koichi TorimuraPhotographs:  Koichi TorimuraSave this picture!© Koichi TorimuraRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. Widening interspace to utilize Many of the requests to us for designing a house are accompanied with a prerequisite of ensuring a house for a nuclear family at an extremely subdivided lot, to which we cannot easily apply the manners of architecture having been accumulated for long time in Japan. We repeated trials and errors while designing as we think we are in the formative period for a new manner. Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraThis time was not the exception as well. For this level of density of urban houses, where outer walls of the adjoining houses do not touch each other, the civil law demands 500 mm setbacks of outer walls to form interspace of 1,000 mm in width in-between those.Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraWe have kept thinking if it is used more effectively. In this project, we gave 400mm more setbacks from the boundary line of the north eastern adjacent land. As a result, there was 1,400mm wide interspace as a passage, which was 900mm in width from the border of the adjacent plot, utilized by placed an entrance in the middle of the side wall faced to the interspace, which realized to minimize space for routing in the house.Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraThe setback ensured the eave as high as about 9 m avoiding the north side slant line. Non-structural walls were pushed out outward providing space for closets,etc. Accordingly, it provided bigger space containing facilities such as a toilet than as it looked from interior space like furniture, which brought ambiguity in perception of space.Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraArchitecture and furnitureWhen I have the honor of seeing an architect-designed house, I sometimes feel as if design furniture is telling messages. I wonder if it is right to summarize by saying “respect the original space and don’t bring any unnecessary things”, but it seems almost like a strong desire as much as to say not to fill the space with anything does not deserve it. Although I cannot say I don’t have such desire at all, I still aim to create space where a variety of things can be brought in and used in everyday life much more freely.  Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraIn this house, architectural elements such as stairs, a laundry space, closets, hand rails and toilets are made as if those are furniture. Except for those, there are only floors. As such, architecture and furniture are mingled and those meanings become relative each other, in which way I keep trying to create freedom in rooms as if all of those are just randomly placed and used by chance.Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraLike choreography notes I always think the way of dealing with stairs is important in houses, especially in small ones. One of the general methods is to place a stair at the middle of one room allocating functions on both sides. Although it maximizes usable area, it leaves the question if it brings rich spatial experience to live seeing every inch of the house and a stair all the time. Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraThe ceiling of the dining room in this house is 3,776 mm in height, which is determined to make the space under the staircase landing usable as routing. By making it extremely thin, the rest of the height was divided into 1880mm downward and 1850mm upward. Although those are tight dimensions, you can go through between two layers minding your head. Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraI think it is favorable for a house to have such a scale of physical bodies. Therefore, the dining table was placed over the stair between the ground floor and the first floor leaving space for residents to pass under it. Bodies appear and disappear under the table as residents go up and down the stair.Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraOnce you slide the entrance door and slip into inside of furniture, you reach under the dining table, where faced to a big wall receiving sun light coming through the south window. You see the white wall softly lit from the north as you step on the small stool. To the second floor, you step on the sofa, furniture like a drawer, and the thin stair. At every steps toward upstairs, light conditions change as the direction and the size of space change. Stairs as choreography for spatial experience of this small, thin space. Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraStructureAs the site is located in the back of a narrow cul-de-sac and carrying-in by vehicle was limited, the structure with light materials such as 100mm×100m H steel sections for columns and beams, braces with round bars,75mm deck plates for the floor construction was applied. Those resulted in reducing the amount of steel materials, and the total construction cost to about as same as that of a wooden house.Save this picture!© Koichi TorimuraThe horizontal stiffness of floors was acquired with horizontal bracings of 6mm flat bars and 50mm squared tie beams beneath concave parts of the deck plates. Floors on different levels were fixed to the columns at both ends so that the continuity of stiffness between those was still kept.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessHeadquarters Siegle + Epple / Spacial SolutionsSelected ProjectsCasa Y / F:L ArchitettiSelected Projects Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2012 Save this picture!© Koichi Torimura+ 34 Share “COPY” Japan Year:  Area:  95 m² Area:  95 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Cambridge fundraising campaign reaches £1bn halfway mark

first_img The campaign for the University of Cambridge and Colleges that launched in 2015 to raise £2bn has now just topped the halfway mark at £1.08bn. The Dear World… Yours, Cambridge campaign aims to raise £2bn to enable the university and its colleges to attract the brightest minds regardless of background or means, to create the resources and environment for world-class research and enable it to respond to challenges facing the UK and the rest of the world.So far, more than 47,000 donors have contributed to the campaign. The University surpassed the £1 billion milestone thanks to an £85 million donation from the estate of Ray Dolby, founder of Dolby Laboratories, to support the development of the Cavendish Laboratory, a leading centre for physics research where Dolby received his PhD in 1961. The gift was announced in San Francisco on 5 December, and according to the university, represents the largest philanthropic gift ever made to UK science.According to the University, the funds raised are supporting Cambridge’s laboratories, lecture theatres and libraries to ensure the best environment for world-class teaching and research and providing new student accommodation and facilities across its 31 Colleges. Studentships and bursaries are also supporting the most financially disadvantaged undergraduate students to meet the cost of their studies.Since the campaign was launched in 2015, 81 postdoctoral fellowships and 134 postgraduate studentships have been funded through philanthropy.Sir Harvey McGrath, co-chair of the campaign, said:“As a result of the support shown by so many alumni, we are able to attract, inspire and support the brightest in the world, irrespective of their background or financial capacity. We must continue to do so, and I am delighted to be working as co-chair to ensure that students who would not otherwise be able to come to Cambridge have the financial support they need, now and in years to come.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Tagged with: higher education Cambridge fundraising campaign reaches £1bn halfway mark AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Melanie May | 12 December 2017 | News  107 total views,  1 views today Main picture: image of new Cavendish Laboratory Advertisement  108 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7last_img read more

TV journalist assaulted by plain-clothes police, human rights lawyer prevented from flying to London

first_img August 24, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 TV journalist assaulted by plain-clothes police, human rights lawyer prevented from flying to London to go further Help by sharing this information Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists December 26, 2019 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out more News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders is outraged by a physical attack on journalist Aymen Rezgui of the privately-owned satellite TV station Al-Hiwar Attounsi in the centre of Tunis today. In a separate development, human rights lawyer Mohammed Abbou was today refused permission to travel to London to be interviewed the pan-Arab TV station Al-Jazeera.“This latest attack shows how determined the Tunisian authorities are to prevent independent journalists from working,” the press freedom organisation said. “Journalists like Rezgui are constantly watched and harassed. This is not the first time he has been assaulted and had his equipment seized. It is all the more appalling that this took place in broad daylight in front of many witnesses.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We also call on the Tunisian authorities to put an end to their persecution of Abbou, who was released just one month ago after being unjustly forced to spend nearly two and a half years in prison. He continues to be punished for speaking out.”Rezgui was leaving a news conference given by the opposition Progressive Democratic Party (PDP) at its headquarters in the centre of Tunis where he was assaulted by about 10 plain-clothes policemen, sustaining an injury to his hand. His camera and all his notes were confiscated. The PDP had accused the government of trying to prevent a legal rally of the party’s youth wing this weekend by banning it from using public spaces.Al-Hiwar Attounsi director Tahar Ben Hassine recently spoke to Reporters Without Borders about his fears about the use of physical violence against himself and his staff. Police went to his home on 15 and 16 August and questioned his housekeeper. Ben Hassine intended to file a complaint against the police for “attempted intrusion.”Abbou, whose release from prison was conditional, was told that he is “banned from travelling” when he went to Tunis-Carthage airport today to fly to London to record an interview in Al-Jazeera’s London studios for a programme on free expression and human rights. Abbou said there are no legal grounds for such a ban.Abbou had told Agence France-Presse on 22 August that he suspected he might not be allowed to leave the country following the mysterious disappearance of a sizable sum of money that had been sent to him through Western Union by the human rights group Frontline for a coming visit to France.Reporters Without Borders has included President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali on its list of the world’s 34 worst “press freedom predators.” News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disordercenter_img TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Follow the news on Tunisia Receive email alerts November 12, 2019 Find out more News Organisation RSF_en last_img read more

Growing tribulations of Iraqi journalists

first_img Help by sharing this information News IraqMiddle East – North Africa News Organisation Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders condemns the attacks that around 50 men armed with clubs and knives carried out on four Baghdad-based newspapers – Al-Nass, Al-Barlaman, Al-Dustour and Al-Mustaqbal Al-Iraqi ­– on 1 April. The assailants smashed computer equipment and furniture and assaulted employees. Six journalists were hospitalized. It is still not known for sure who was behind the attacks.Various theories have been proposed. Al-Dustour editor Bassam Al-Sheikh said he thought the attackers were members of a radical Shiite militia led by Mahmoud Al-Hassani Al-Sarkhi, who had been criticized in all four newspapers in connection with his suspected ambition of controlling the Shiite holy city of Karbala. Al-Mustaqbal Al-Iraqi editor Ali Al-Darraji told Reporters Without Borders he thought the attacks were carried out with the aim of intimidating and “gagging independent voices.”They are the latest and most serious in a string of cases of harassment and violence against journalists. While the interior ministry condemned this week’s attacks, Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the lack of concrete measures by the authorities to protect media personnel. “We deplore the increase in abuses targeting journalists and the fact that the Iraqi security forces are often involved in cases of reporters being harassed and prevented from doing their work,” Reporters Without Borders said.Many Iraqi journalists are routinely exposed to threats, murder attempts, attacks, difficulties obtaining permission, denial of access, confiscation of equipment and so on. At the same time, political and religious tension has increased, leading the authorities to postpone local elections scheduled for 20 April for at least six months.The security forces are involved in most of the problems that are reported. At the start of March, foreign journalists were banned from visiting Al-Anbar province, where there had been more than two months of demonstrations to demand the release of prisoners held arbitrarily. On 22 March, local and foreign reporters were forced to leave the governorate of Tikrit, where demonstrations to demand the release of prisoners were also being organized. The same thing happened on 25 March in Al-Kut and on 31 March in Basra, where Al-Ahd cameraman Abdallah Al-Askari and Al-Alam cameraman Mohamed Al-Rasid were harassed by an army officer while covering the aftermath of a bombing near a mosque in Al-Zubayr with 25 casualties.Militias are also responsible for abuses affecting journalists. Al-Anbar TV reporter Karar Al-Tamimi was kidnapped by militia members in Karbala on 3 March and was found two days later with multiple fractures and suffering from psychological trauma. Related documents 130405_cp_attaques_des_journaux_ar-2.pdfPDF – 296.53 KB December 16, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Iraq RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News to go further IraqMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Receive email alerts Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan April 6, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Growing tribulations of Iraqi journalists December 28, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 15, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

Daniel Leblanc: “By finding in my favour, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed that protection of sources remains the rule”

first_img January 15, 2021 Find out more News November 19, 2020 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Canada Receive email alerts Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics”center_img Organisation CanadaAmericas November 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Daniel Leblanc: “By finding in my favour, the Supreme Court has reaffirmed that protection of sources remains the rule” Daniel Leblanc on 22 October 2010 won his case before the Supreme Court on the right of journalists to protect their sources of information. The source in question was known only as “MaChouette” and she enabled the journalist to reveal a federal sponsorship scandal at the start of the decade. It is however only a partial victory because in May this year, Canada’s highest court made exactly the opposite ruling in another case. Can you remind us about the story behind the Supreme Court’s jurisprudence ruling in your favour? The case began with the final referendum on Quebec sovereignty. The narrow “No” vote launched a “war of the flags” between the federal and provincial governments. The federal side launched a major campaign in Quebec to promote Canada’s image costing 50 million dollars a year in fees paid to communications and advertising agencies. When did the scandal break? In 2000-2001, the press began to reveal overcharging on the part of the communications agencies. This overcharging led to injections of money going into the coffers of some political parties, foremost of which was the Liberal Party of Canada. There were also incidents of phantom employees. All this was confirmed in 2005 with the opening of a federal investigation. How did you meet “MaChouette”? It June 2000 I received an anonymous phone call from a woman – who later did give me her name – who was obviously in the know about these cases. She gave me names, facts, leads on contracts. I never quoted her in my articles. She gave me a line of inquiry to follow and I checked it out. A year after the investigation, in 2006, I published a book called “Codename: MaChouette” that revealed, with her agreement, the existence of the source. But it should not be forgotten that when the federal investigation was set up, in 2005, the Canadian government, began two kinds of legal proceedings to protect itself. Some of them were civil and another was criminal, headed by the Royal Gendarmerie of Canada (GRC). And was this when the advertising group Polygone decided to bring a case against you? The Polygone group was the one that defended itself most vigorously because it had a lot of to lose in this case. Why did it want to get the name of my source? Quite simply because Quebec’s civil law lays down a maximum period of three years to open proceedings from the moment the facts are known. After that it is impossible to continue a case. The federal government took the view that the sponsorship scandal had been known about since 2002. But “MaChouette” got in touch with me in 2000. It was in Polygone’s interest to show that the facts were known from that date on and that, as a result, the deadline for proceedings against it had expired. Now Canada’s Supreme Court has ruled, the conflict between you and Polygone should go back to the Quebec superior court of justice, which ordered you to identify “MaChouette”. What would be the point since nobody can any longer demand that your name your source? Indeed, and the big question now is whether Polygone wants to start it up again. The Supreme Court has reaffirmed that protection of sources remains the rule. It is a victory for me but also for the Canadian press in general. For all that, last May, the Supreme Court made a ruling that was exactly the opposite…That is true but the case is not at all similar. On 7 May, the Supreme Court ordered the daily National Post to hand over documents to the GRC, that would identify the source of journalist Andrew McIntosh. The case goes back to 2001, when the colleague revealed that the then prime minister Jean Chrétien had helped a friend get a loan from the Business Development Bank of Canada in his home town of Shawinigan. While the bank had sworn that the bank documents that formed the basis of the investigation, were forged. The issue therefore was to establish proof of the forgery by trying if need be to obtain the name of a source. Canada is a highly-rated country in terms of press freedom. Do you agree with that? Yes, overall. It is true access to some information has become more difficult since Stephen Harper became prime minister. The press find it harder to get hold of information in cases involving national security. But as for protection of sources, I think that the ruling in my favour confirms a positive trend. Look at the Supreme Court ruling in December 2009 opening up the defence of “responsible communication” in defamation cases. The journalist facing proceedings can now rely on showing that they had done everything possible to give the opposing side a right of reply and thus guarantee their professional good faith. CanadaAmericas News News to go further “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players”last_img read more

Dominant Executive And Compliant Legislature

first_imgColumnsDominant Executive And Compliant Legislature Dr Yogesh Pratap Singh28 Sep 2020 1:38 AMShare This – xOne of the most imperative questions which engaged the drafters of the Indian constitution was the nature of the Executive and its relation with the Legislature. Undoubtedly, the decision of the Constituent Assembly on the form of Government was substantially influenced by the political background of country and the practice and traditions evolved during the British rule. Dr. Ambedkar in…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?LoginOne of the most imperative questions which engaged the drafters of the Indian constitution was the nature of the Executive and its relation with the Legislature. Undoubtedly, the decision of the Constituent Assembly on the form of Government was substantially influenced by the political background of country and the practice and traditions evolved during the British rule. Dr. Ambedkar in his exhaustive and authoritative statement on the nature and character of the Executive while introducing the Draft Constitution in the Constituent Assembly on November 4, 1948 made it clear that the Parliamentary System which prevailed in England will be best suited for our system, because the assessment of executive here is both daily and periodic unlike non-parliamentary system where it is only periodic. Parliamentary democracy therefore implied that Parliament will hold the executive accountable for all its decisions. This may be done using various methods including debates on Bills, asking questions to ministers during Question Hour, and parliamentary committees. Unfortunately, discourse is much on the diminishing role of Parliament and the increased dominance of the Executive i.e. a dominant executive and a compliant legislature. The history of recent past records a gloomy story of a parliamentary system where every party has contributed to its decline. Members of Parliament across the parties have disrupted the time allotted for the Question Hour and demanded Presiding officers to adjourn it, or simply put, scrap it on that particular day. We now see further low in parliamentary system when current government decided to scrap question hour session altogether in monsoon session. A bicameral system of legislature is not only an intra-organ control device which keeps a constant check on the Parliament and its government not to pass any unjust law. The Modi government’s minority status in the Rajya Sabha was perhaps the biggest check and which not only slowed but even stopped its important legislative plans during NDA 1.0. The improving numbers in the Upper house along with partisan outlook and approach of presiding officers have strengthen government’s ability to pass crucial bills without any proper discussion and scrutiny. There is progressively a sense of deep cynicism with the very process of parliamentary debates or at least the way it is being captivated by the executive at this moment. Presiding officer’s decision to put three critical bills to a suspicious voice vote in spite of the clear rules of procedure that if voice vote is challenged then division will be made, once again contaminated the essence of parliamentary democracy. Ensuing ruckus, suspension of members, passing of crucial bills amid opposition walk-out and without discussion are not a good signal for parliamentary democracy. Diminishing role of parliamentary committees to monitor on-going governmental operations is another cause of anxiety. There is a sharp decline in referring bills to parliamentary committees. The bills are being tabled, debated and passed without sufficient legislative scrutiny. The previous Lok Sabha witnessed 25% of bills referred to parliamentary committees which was a sharp drop from 71% under the second term of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. This means that we mostly get political debates taking place in Parliament ignoring the clause wise expert debates. Non-referent of bills to committee sends the message that bills tabled by the government are either perfect or it is so urgently needed that they do not require the input of a committee. But this also validates the dominance of executive over Parliament which is again not a good sign for a Parliamentary System of governance where executive functions under the supervision of Parliament. MPs do not pay due dedication to the work of standing committees and spend most of their time in their constituencies politics and give more importance to social functions, marriages, funerals, as well as attend inauguration functions and partake in other local political events. They are able to do this because of the lack of political party mechanism for accountability of their respective MPs and communication of their performance or non-performance to the voters in the constituencies from which they are elected. Legislators and members of Parliamentary Committees who happen to be legal practitioners, incessantly practice law before courts and earn substantial money leaving their Parliamentary work secondary. After all this, MPs are left with no time to read the material sent by a committee secretariat? According to data shared by the chairman, only 18 out of the 80 RS MPs attended all the meetings of their committees. This number looks dismal when you consider that eight out of the 18 are chairmen of these committees. The attendance of Lok Sabha (LS) MPs in these committees is equally gloomy. Out of the 168 Lok Sabha MPs on these committees, only 18 attended all the meetings. Congress leader and Member of Parliament Mr. Rahul Gandhi, who is a member of the parliamentary standing committee on Defence did not attend even a single meeting out of total 11 meetings since its formation. The lackadaisical attitude of MPs is perhaps linked to the impression created and importance given to parliamentary committees. The absence of MPs has a larger impact, as each member of a committee represents 25 of his parliamentary colleagues in these meetings. One-year tenure of parliamentary committees is one of the reasons for its non-serious nature. A relatively longer tenure will help MPs in committees to gain expertise in subject areas as many MPs experience a knowledge gap while dealing with specialised subjects. Former Speaker Mr. Somnath Chatterjee in fact suggested (2005) to associate external experts to support the committees in analysing legislations and policies but political leaders did not welcome this progressive idea. Another reason of this decline is seen in the passive role played by the chair of the committee. No mechanism for a regular assessment of the performance of the committee has been put in place. If the chairman of the Rajya Sabha and the Speaker of the Lok Sabha meet the chairman of committees at least once in two months to discuss issues related to the committees, there will be a significant improvement in their functioning. The reports of these committees being a public document are publicly accessible but the process of scrutiny and consultation that members had with other government officials and experts which is a key aspect of legislation, remains concealed from public. Members defend secrecy of deliberations under “parliamentary privilege” to defend secrecy of deliberations. The fact that committee proceedings are not subject to Right to Information Act also raises doubt on the possibility of extra-legal forces with hidden agendas affecting the process of legislation, with the public unaware of it. The manner in which Parliament is functioning seriously undermines the concept of ‘constitutional democracy where the executive is held accountable by the legislature, which represents the will of the people. This is not only the hallmark of parliamentary democracy but a component of the basic structure of the Constitution of India. All opposition parties must rise above and come forward for initiating a constructive dialogue in a constructive manner.Views are personal only.(Author is a Professor of Law & Registrar at National Law University Odisha)  Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Automated detection of basal icequakes and discrimination from surface crevassing

first_imgIcequakes at or near the bed of a glacier have the potential to allow us to investigate theinteraction of ice with the underlying till or bedrock. Understanding this interaction is important forstudying basal sliding of glaciers and ice streams, a critical process in ice dynamics models used to con-strain future sea-level rise projections. However, seismic observations on glaciers can be dominated byseismic energy from surface crevassing. We present a method of automatically detecting basal icequakesand discriminating them from surface crevassing, comparing this method to a commonly used spectrum-based method of detecting icequakes. We use data from Skeidararjökull, an outlet glacier of theVatnajökull Ice Cap, South-East Iceland, to demonstrate that our method outperforms the commonlyused spectrum-based method. Our method detects a higher number of basal icequakes, has a lowerrate of incorrectly identifying crevassing as basal icequakes and detects an additional, spatially inde-pendent basal icequake cluster. We also show independently that the icequakes do not originate fromnear the glacier surface. We conclude that the method described here is more effective than currentlyimplemented methods for detecting and discriminating basal icequakes from surface crevassing.last_img read more