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Zimre Property Investments Limited HY2010 Interim Report

first_imgZimRe Property Investments Limited (ZPI.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2010 interim results for the half year.For more information about ZimRe Property Investments Limited (ZPI.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ZimRe Property Investments Limited (ZPI.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ZimRe Property Investments Limited (ZPI.zw)  2010 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileZimre Property Investments is a real estate holding company in Zimbabwe offering services which include project management of residential and commercial developments, aswell as management, valuations and sales of residential, commercial and industrial property. The company has been involved in substantial infrastructural development projects including 340 residential stands in Zimre Park in Masvingo and the Parklands Extension project in Bulawayo, which involved developing 140 residential stands and road, water, electricity and sewer reticulation infrastructure. The Property Valuation division covers the range of residential, commercial, industrial and agricultural valuations; specialising in valuating petrol filling stations, hotels and leisure resorts aswell as plant and machinery valuations. Zimre Property Investments is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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2 UK high dividend stocks I’d buy now

first_img Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 When it comes to high dividend stocks, you have to be a little bit careful. A very high yield can signal a dividend cut ahead. Often, what’s happened is that the ‘smart money’ has already dumped the stock, pushing its price down. This has resulted in a temporarily high yield.It is possible to find genuine high yielders that can sustain their big payouts, however. The key, in my view, is to look for companies that are growing. With that in mind, here’s a look at two UK high dividend stocks I’d buy now.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…A high dividend stock with an 8% yieldOne of the first UK stocks I’d turn to for high yield is Legal & General (LSE: LGEN). It paid out dividends of 17.6p per share last year, which at the current share price, equates to a fantastic trailing yield of about 8%. Unlike many other FTSE 100 stocks, the company did not suspend or cancel its dividend due to Covid-19 uncertainty.The reason I like Legal & General as a high dividend stock is that it has plenty of growth potential. Most high-yield stocks can be found in low-growth industries that face structural challenges. Legal & General, however, operates in industries that look set for robust growth in the years ahead.On the retirement side of the business – where the company helps organisations ‘de-risk’ their pensions – there’s a potential £1trn+ of defined-benefit pension liabilities looking to approach the market in the future. Meanwhile, on the investment management side, the company looks well placed to grow as Britons save and invest more for the future. Future growth should support the dividend.It’s worth pointing out that analysts at Bank of America recently commented on the appeal of LGEN’s high dividend. “We think this is a particularly appealing proposition in a market starved of yield. Further, we think that the regulatory risk to the dividend is low”, they wrote in a note to clients.All things considered, I think Legal & General is a top high-yield dividend stock. With the stock trading on a rock-bottom forward-looking price-to-earnings ratio of about 8, I’d snap it up today.FTSE 100 dividend champAnother UK high dividend stock I’d buy now is GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK). It’s a leading healthcare company that operates three business segments: pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer healthcare. For the last few years, it has paid out 80p per share in dividends. At GSK’s current share price, that’s a yield of a very healthy 5.3%. Glaxo also did not cancel or suspend its dividend earlier in the year.Like Legal & General, GSK operates in a growth industry. The healthcare industry is set to grow substantially in the years and decades ahead, driven by powerful trends such as the world’s ageing population and rising wealth in developing countries. This should power GSK’s revenues higher and support the company’s ability to pay its big dividend.GSK shares have underperformed recently on the back of the group’s second-quarter results, in which vaccine revenues were down 29% due to Covid-19 disruption. I think this share price weakness has created a great buying opportunity for income seekers. With the stock now trading on a forward-looking P/E ratio of about 13 and offering a high dividend yield of 5%+, I see it as a ‘buy.’ Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 31st August, 2020 | More on: GSK LGEN Image source: Getty Images. 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Enter Your Email Address Edward Sheldon owns shares in Legal & General Group and GlaxoSmithKline. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. 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. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA 2 UK high dividend stocks I’d buy nowlast_img read more

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England’s 2018 autumn Internationals squad analysed

first_img Make sure you know when, where and on… Expand Australia Autumn Internationals Squad Jones was denied the chance of building upon this strategy over the summer in South Africa, with Te’o, Tuilagi and Joseph all left at home. However, with all but Joseph in the squad and third-choice fly-half Cipriani excluded from this latest squad, disillusioned England fans should not find themselves surprised to see Ford and Farrell in a straight shootout for the fly-half berth, with one of Te’o and Tuilagi inserted into the starting XV and an outside chance of both bruisers lining up in the midfield like a pair of short-tempered bouncers.Propping turnover to leave England’s scrum on the back foot How To Watch The 2018 Autumn Internationals New Zealand Autumn Internationals Squad Collapse LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Australia Autumn Internationals Squad New Zealand Autumn Internationals Squad Expand Over the past 12 months, many an Englishman was able to boast openly over the embarrassment of riches at loosehead prop, with Mako Vunipola, Joe Marler, Ellis Genge, Beno Obano and Alec Hepburn all drawing attention following impressive exploits in the Premiership and Champions Cup.However, an area that once stood in rude health has been stripped down to the bare bones, with England’s top looseheads injured and Marler taking the decision to retire from international rugby.New boy: Ben Moon talks to Dylan Hartley during England training (Getty Images)Exeter’s Hepburn stands as the lone survivor, joined by new international colleague but familiar clubmate Ben Moon at Pennyhill Park, in line to earn his first cap against an in-form Springbok side in two weeks’ time.For Exeter, Moon has often pipped Hepburn to the post, with director of rugby Rob Baxter preferring Moon’s scrummaging stability and heft to Hepburn’s dynamic, high-skill game. Who will get the nod for England?With the tight contest between Harry Williams and Kyle Sinckler at tighthead, Neal Hatley’s scrum may find itself building from scratch, with new and unfamiliar combinations handed the unenviable task of settling in record time to face the likes of Tendai Mtawarira, Malcolm Marx and Frans Malherbe off the back of an impressive Rugby Championship.Ben Morgan to be parachuted into starting XV?Gloucester’s Ben Morgan could be in line to take the hyper-leap from forgotten England man to starting No 8 in a matter of weeks.With Billy Vunipola (injured), Nathan Hughes (suspended) and Sam Simmonds (injured) all unavailable at the back of the scrum and Mako Vunipola’s sizeable contributions absent at loosehead, England are notably light of ball-carriers.Great eight: Gloucester’s Ben Morgan hasn’t played for England for three years (Getty Images)While Bath’s Zach Mercer stands in superior form to Morgan, the former Scarlets man can offer heft and horsepower where Mercer cannot.Jones’s game plan is heavily influenced by the old-school English sides, centred on a muscular, unpleasant, unforgiving forwards unit and clockwork set-piece.With the latter of these two principles not quite hitting the mark as accurately as Jones will have demanded, we could feasibly see the national side turn to Morgan from the word go, in hopes of solidifying a level of physicality that has been found lacking, even before the current injury crisis struck.Super seven: Tom Curry on the flank for England in South Africa (Getty Images)Alongside Morgan, flankers Brad Shields (two caps) and Tom Curry (four caps) will continue to establish themselves within the Test arena. While Shields will be aiming to replace the injured Chris Robshaw from the first-choice blindside spot with his brand of mobile ball-carrying and nous around the contact area, Curry is fixing on providing a level of pill-pilfering pedigree and link-play unseen in the England No 7 jersey since the days of Neil Back. The All Blacks have named a 51-man squad… How To Watch The 2018 Autumn Internationals Playing Bledisloe 3 in Yokohama, see Michael Cheika’s… Step forward? Eddie Jones at Twickenham for the squad announcement (Getty Images) England’s 2018 autumn Internationals squad analysedThe usual furore following an Eddie Jones squad announcement spread its familiar path across offices, WhatsApp groups and social media following the naming of the 36 players the Australian coach has picked for England’s autumn Internationals.Related: England’s squad for the 2018 autumn InternationalsOnce again, fan favourites such as Don Armand, Danny Cipriani, Dave Attwood, Dave Ewers and Matt Kvesic have been overlooked by Jones. While the absentee list is enough to make you wonder whether Jones has a grudge against anyone whose name begins with the letter D, we take a slightly more logical look at the squad and what it means…Farrell and Hartley co-captainsWith Dylan Hartley missing for large chunks of the 2017-18 season with concussion and Owen Farrell’s leadership in South Africa, it seems Jones is either stuck, undecided on which of the two senior squad members is his best option to lead his side to the 2019 World Cup, or is preparing to establish Lions starter Jamie George as his first-choice hooker and place Farrell as his go-to man in one swift move.Taking the lead: Owen Farrell captained England on their June tour (Getty Images)It seems most likely Jones is keen to add George’s superior skill-set to England’s arsenal in attack whilst permitting the talismanic figure of Farrell to lead England by the scruff of the neck to potential success in Japan.Te’o and Tuilagi hint at a change in midfieldJones was not permitted the chance to utilise either of the powerhouse midfield pairing of Ben Te’o or Manu Tuilagi against the Springboks in June, but both men have been called up to the latest squad, despite question marks surrounding their fitness.It has been plain to see that England have lacked dynamic carriers to break the gain-line since Jones’s first successful 2016 campaign and it seems he is determined to use Te’o and Tuilagi to make up for the absences of both Vunipola brothers in the pack.Power play: Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi scores a try against Ulster (Getty Images)This also hints towards the idea that Jones may be leaning towards returning Farrell to his natural position of fly-half.When Jones found himself in a tight spot during the 2018 Six Nations, preparing to host an all-conquering Irish side at Twickenham, he reverted to a midfield partnership of Te’o and Jonathan Joseph, turning to Owen Farrell to run the show alongside extra pace and vigour in the midfield. While the result did not go England’s way last March, the combination profited promise in defeat.MORE ON THE AUTUMN INTERNATIONALS We know who’s in and who’s out, but what does it all mean? Ali Stokes analyses the England squad Many fans will head into November dubious of England’s chances of success with such a heavy injury list, high quality of opponent and a lingering foul taste of a disappointing 2017-18 campaign, but the keen observer will note some interesting narratives within Jones’s squad this autumn. Now to watch them unfold…Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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The Courtyard House / De Rosee Sa

first_imgCopyHouses•London, United Kingdom Permenex 2016 United Kingdom CopyAbout this officeDe Rosee SaOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLondonEnglandUnited KingdomPublished on April 10, 2017Cite: “The Courtyard House / De Rosee Sa” 10 Apr 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceCarpetsB&B ItaliaCarpet – TwistBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersMembranesEffisusHow to use Fire Protection MembranesSoftware / CoursesSculptformSpecification Tool – Price and Spec AppFittingsHOPPEFloor Spring – AR2950DoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for False Ceilings and FlooringFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Textured PanelAcousticConwedAcoustic Panels – Eurospan®More products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?三院一宅 / De Rosee Sa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 BCS Consulting eb7 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868711/the-courtyard-house-de-rosee-sa Clipboard Save this picture!© Alexander James Photography+ 26 Share “COPY” Architects: De Rosee Sa Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Year:  Party Wall Surveyor:Behan PartnershipBuilding Control:AssentArchitect In Charge:Edward MartinCity:LondonCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alexander James PhotographyRecommended ProductsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWoodEGGERLaminatesText description provided by the architects. The client’s brief was to demolish an existing single-storey storage garage and construct a new two bedroom house in an awkward space between rear terraced gardens and a row of 16 garages in West London. Save this picture!© Alexander James PhotographyTo respect the tight planning constraints of the site the concept was to create three external courtyard spaces around the original form of the garage that would help bring light deep into the proposed plan. It was not possible to place windows in the boundary walls, so skylights were positioned above each family space.Save this picture!© Alexander James PhotographySave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Alexander James PhotographyThe first courtyard was sunk down to create a new basement level, which would house the second bedroom, ensuite and plant room.  Above, on the ground floor, the courtyard separates the private bedrooms from the family spaces in the new house.  Save this picture!© Alexander James PhotographyAs we moved forward through the design, the second courtyard separates the kitchen and the living room, bringing light and air into the middle of the house. During the Summer months, the client has the ability to open up the series of crittall doors to create one large family space.Save this picture!© Alexander James PhotographyThe third courtyard separates the house from the front driveway, creating a storage unit for bikes, bins and housing for the ASHP. The boundary acts as a point of departure from West London, as you step through the cedar-clad threshold into the private residence.Save this picture!© Alexander James PhotographySave this picture!SectionsSave this picture!© Alexander James PhotographyThe material palette was kept simple to allow the different spaces to flow into each other, using off white walls, cedar battens and oak parquet flooring. The spaces were then framed by the black crittall style windows and doors.Save this picture!© Alexander James PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessSG House / Taguá Arquitetura e DesignSelected ProjectsMINI LIVING – Breathe / SO-ILSelected Projects Share Houses Area:  110 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: Crittall, Fired Earth, Silva Timber, Sunsquare, Barbers-flooring, Gareth Langdon, Stoneworld, The Showroom Ltd “COPY” Contractor: Structural Engineer: The Courtyard House / De Rosee SaSave this projectSaveThe Courtyard House / De Rosee Sa ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/868711/the-courtyard-house-de-rosee-sa Clipboard Photographs:  Alexander James Photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Energy Consultant: ArchDaily Projects The Courtyard House / De Rosee Salast_img read more

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TJ House / Ben Walker Architects

first_img Apartments TJ House / Ben Walker Architects Save this picture!© Lightstudies+ 16Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Manufacturers: Alape, Apaiser, GaggenauSave this picture!© LightstudiesRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82MetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingText description provided by the architects. The project comprised the fitout of a residential apartment in a new building in Braddon, ACT Australia. The apartment is located within one of Canberra’s busiest precincts and has wonderful eastern views across the suburbs of Ainslie & Braddon and to Parliament House and Civic to the south. The project was a team effort between client/builder, joiner, architect and carpenters. The clients’ clear vision for the character of the space led the detailing and material choice.Save this picture!© LightstudiesThe fitout has an industrial character partly reminiscent of the old workshops common throughout Braddon in previous years. The palette of steel plate, concrete, glass, recycled brick and timber combine to give a contemporary and individualised character to this apartment. There is a high level of precision and craftsmanship evident in all elements.Save this picture!© LightstudiesThe project includes the use of mild steel plate for bench tops, shelving, cupboard fronts and door/window reveals. Recycled hardwood has been used in joinery fronts, wet area bench tops & vanities and wall cladding. Recycled red brick (with “frogs” out in some cases) provides a clear and obvious link to the most common material used in early Canberra building. Rooms are designed as flexible spaces – the study has a large steel and glass sliding door that can be used to open or close that space from the main living area. The client created and built a drop down dining table that acts as a light box when lifted to the ceiling and not in use giving the living area more space for larger gatherings.Save this picture!© LightstudiesThe high levels of interior thermal mass provided by the exposed concrete slab and brick walls assists in passive cooling of the apartment in summer, and allow for some direct thermal gain from morning sun in winter.The apartment provides a unique living setting for the owners and has the ability to be “opened and closed” as required during trips away – it is a low maintenance dwelling with excellent access to the facilities of the nearby city.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessSBR Consultant Office Building / USE Studio + Amordad design and construction groupSelected ProjectsGreen Cloud / ZHUBO-AAOSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Braddon, ACT, AustraliaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904095/tj-house-ben-walker-architects Clipboard 2016 Photographs Projects “COPY” TJ House / Ben Walker ArchitectsSave this projectSaveTJ House / Ben Walker Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904095/tj-house-ben-walker-architects Clipboardcenter_img Year:  CopyApartments, Residential•Braddon, Australia Architects: Ben Walker Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Photographs:  Lightstudies Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ArchDaily Australia CopyAbout this officeBen Walker ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsBuildingsResidentialBraddonAustraliaPublished on November 01, 2018Cite: “TJ House / Ben Walker Architects” 01 Nov 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – RainfinityGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® Premium SeriesMetal PanelsTECU®Copper Surface – Patina_VariationsBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersMembranesEffisusFaçade Fire Weatherproofing Solutions in Design District Project LondonSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingSwitchesJUNGLight Switch – LS PlusCurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsSpider System – Rabel 15000 Super ThermalWindowspanoramah!®ah! Soft CloseWoodAustralian Sustainable Hardwoods (ASH)American Oak by ASHChairs / StoolsOKHADining Chair – BarnettMore 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 Area:  163 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

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Stuart Glen to become Fundraising Manager with Kilbryde Hospice

first_imgStuart Glen is leaving his position as Director of Fundraising with animal charity OneKind after nearly three years in post. From 11 July he will take up the role of Fundraising Manager with Kilbryde Hospice.Stuart is Chair of the Institute of Fundraising (Scotland) Professional Development Committee and a member of the Institute of Fundraising (Scotland) Executive Committee. He has more than 10 years experience in the sector, having previously worked as Membership Development Manager and Membership and Marketing Manager with Scottish Wildlife Trust.He was the first fundraiser employed in OneKind’s 100 year history, which until then had survived solely on legacy income. He successfully diversified the charity’s income stream, maintaining his focus on individual giving but also expanding to include trusts and foundations, corporate and major donor fundraising, and building it a high profile as a creative user of digital media.He told UK Fundraising: “These are thrilling times for Kilbryde Hospice. The new Kilbryde Hospice is fast becoming a reality with building works due to begin later in the year. It is exciting to be part of something so obviously deep-rooted in the local community.”www.kilbrydehospice.org.uk About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  41 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 8 June 2011 | News Stuart Glen to become Fundraising Manager with Kilbryde Hospice Tagged with: Management Recruitment / people Scotlandlast_img read more

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Diary of the first week ‘In the Footsteps of Che’

first_imgMembers of WWP delegation to Cuba.In defiance of the Trump administration’s “travel advisory,” a group of 19 Workers World Party comrades from around the U.S. embarked Oct. 1-15 on a two-week journey to our socialist neighbor, Cuba. Some of us had been there before, but many hadn’t. We went as part of an international brigade sponsored by ICAP, the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples, which promotes international solidarity.“In the Footsteps of Che International Brigade” commemorated the 50-year anniversary of Che Guevara’s death in Bolivia. In addition to our party’s delegation, it included dozens of representatives from other political tendencies in the U.S. and people from 25 countries in the Americas, Africa and Europe. The 226 guests, all there in solidarity with Cuba, were the recipients of the Cuban people’s gracious hospitality. What follows is a brief rundown of the first week of experiences “in the footsteps of Che.”Arrival in Cuba, Oct. 1Comrades arrived sleepless and bleary-eyed at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp (CIJAM), an ICAP-run camp outside Havana that hosts solidarity brigades. After we were greeted by murals of revolutionary heroes Che Guevara, Fidel Castro and Camilo Cienfuegos, we ate a cafeteria-style dinner of rice and meat. After socializing with comrades from other parts of the U.S. in the cool night air on the main plaza, everyone got a good night’s sleep in communal camp-style bunk beds.Sketch of Cubans who knew Che personally. Meeting took place at the Julio Antonio Mella International Camp (CIJAM).Oct. 2-3Comrades heard from a panel of people who knew Che personally and politically. Their anecdotes described his wit, intelligence and political acumen. It was striking to be reminded that Che exists in living memory.We then traveled to the province of Pinar Del Rio and visited the Cave of los Portales, where Che ran a command center during the Cuban Missile Crisis.Oct. 4We got our first taste of voluntary work, an important aspect of international solidarity brigades. In the spirit of Che, we pulled weeds, macheted undergrowth, hauled rocks, harvested rice and performed other helpful tasks around the CIJAM camp. That afternoon, we traveled to the Morro-Cabaña fortress complex built by Spanish colonizers but later taken over by the revolutionaries.In the evening we were welcomed at the Casa de Amistad, or House of Friendship, a repurposed colonial mansion. After dinner and drinks, we were treated to a cultural presentation by talented Cuban singers. There was something delightfully revolutionary about our beautiful surroundings. These old-money trappings had been fitted with socialist decorations, such as vases displaying pictures of Lenin and Fidel. The Casa de Amistad is across the street from the embassy of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. The DPRK’s flag flew proudly near the merriment that night.Oct. 5After a late night, the brigade was up at 3 a.m. to begin a long trip out to the provinces. We were headed to Sancti Spiritus, with a stop first in Santa Clara. Our caravan of six buses hit the road at 4 a.m. Comrades were solemn and respectful at the Santa Clara memorial and the mausoleum that holds Che’s remains, as well as those of his compañeros who were martyred alongside him in Bolivia.The mausoleum was freezing cold and silent, in contrast to the heat outside. Jungle plants flanked the gravesites, simulating the Bolivian jungle where Che and his comrades perished. An attached museum features rare photographs of Che and artifacts from his life. A bronze statue of Che stands over a large plaza, where we would gather three days later for the official commemoration of his death.A quick visit followed to a memorial of the rebels’ heroic derailing of former dictator Fulgencio Batista’s train in Villa Clara. We then attended a charming reception by local authorities and schoolchildren from Sancti Spiritus, a historic town about an hour from Santa Clara.Oct. 6The brigade traveled to the municipality of Yaguahay in the province of Sancti Spiritus. There a memorial honors Camilo Cienfuegos, a hero of the Cuban revolutionary war. He is honored with a museum and an eternal flame, as well as a memorial dedicated to his favorite horse. Young people at the nearby Camilo Cienfuegos military school provide a round-the-clock guard for the eternal flame. The guard changes every 15 minutes to dramatic organ music.That afternoon, at the University of Sancti Spiritus, we received an in-depth talk from the Civil Defense that keeps Cuba safe in times of trouble — whether war or natural disaster. Sancti Spiritus was hit heavily by Hurricane Irma. A youth described his experiences aiding heavily affected towns and villages. It was inspiring to hear how people whose houses survived the wind and water hosted those whose homes were more vulnerable.Before the hurricane even started, civil defense and youth organizations went door-to-door to spread awareness, while mass media were used to alert at-risk regions. The unofficial motto of the Civil Defense seemed to be “Nobody gets left behind.” This emphasis on “people first, property second” stands in stark contrast to hurricane and disaster management in the U.S.That evening, we visited a local Committee for Defense of the Revolution. These community organizations serve individual neighborhoods. The one we visited organizes blood drives, health education and other community support. Some comrades imagined the CDR visit would be like the Civil Defense talk — a sit-down in a room, a political discussion, a Q&A. What actually happened was much better — a dance party in the streets!Oct. 7After doing voluntary work at an organic urban farm in Sancti Spiritus, we explored the town. Brigadistas got Wi-Fi cards, went to the natural history museum, drank coffee, bought books and souvenirs, or just happily wandered and explored the historic town with its beautiful architecture. We went to bed early because the next day would be our earliest wake-up time yet — 2 a.m.Oct. 8Our bus rode through the countryside in the dark, quiet hours before dawn. We had to be in Santa Clara by 5 a.m. to get to the plaza by 6 for a ceremony that started at 7. This ceremony was the reason for our visit. The streets were filled with Cubans from miles around.At 7:30, an entourage of family and state officials, including Raul Castro, many wearing olive green army drab, emerged from the mausoleum and took their seats at the front of the massive crowd. The sun rose high in the sky as the Cubans sang, performed music, danced and read poetry, all in honor of military and political leader Che Guevara.Local children sang and read speeches. Military men and women laid a huge wreath in the shape of a red star at the base of Che’s statue. A speech by Cuba’s vice president met with roaring applause.The atmosphere was solemn at times, but mostly it was celebratory. Thousands of people from Cuba and abroad had gathered, not to mourn but to celebrate this extraordinary man who, 50 years after his death, remains present in the hearts and minds of all who fight for freedom.Hasta la victoria siempre! Long live the Cuban Revolution! Ernesto “Che” Guevara, presente!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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New security measures at home athletic events

first_imgLinkedin Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution TCU falls to Georgia in AutoZone Liberty Bowl TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts Kacey is a junior journalism major from Friendswood, Texas. She is a managing editor for TCU360. Previous articleThe109: TCU, area schools share similar policies for handling suspicious peopleNext articleBrewing up an active workspace through connecting community Kacey Bowen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printFrog fans can expect continued security measures at all home athletic events including security screenings and bans on oversized bags and backpacks.With the new security measures, fans are allowed to bring the following into athletic events: one plastic bag, a small wallet or purse, an unopened bottle of water, coats, jackets, blankets and rain gear.Bags containing items of medical necessity will be permitted after being checked by security, said Sgt. Cathy Moody, who is in charge of special events for TCU Police.These measures were established to provide the safest environment for fans, donors, students and friends, said Chris Del Conte, TCU’s director of intercollegiate Athletics.“It’s a measure that has been adopted around the country,” Del Conte said. “We are just being prudent to the times to make sure that we are doing the very best we can.”He said he didn’t want to lose the hometown feel of the “ma and pa” community at home games, but at the end of the day his job is to keep everyone safe.“It’s not foolproof,” Del Conte said. “But, it’s providing another measure of safety.”While fans are still getting used to the process, it’s a safety measure that’s here to stay. Policies will be in full effect by next football season, he said.Moody compared the changes prompted by the NCAA to NFL and other sporting league security measures.“The NCAA has made it a priority to ensure the safety of fans,” Moody wrote in an e-mail. “And I wholeheartedly support their decision.”The new measures will remain campus-wide for now–at least within the Big 12 Conference.The Big 12 Conference commented that security measures are on a campus by campus basis. Nothing comes directly from the conference to make schools implement security measures for their athletic events.Moody said improving security is a priority involving everyone from the Trustees and the Chancellor to the students and the staff.“Each game is just as important as the other,”  said TCU Police Lt. Ramiro Abad. “For us its not just a matter of the teams that are playing, it’s the safety of our patrons.” Welcome TCU Class of 2025 TCU vs Georgia: “Playing to win” Linkedincenter_img Support for seniors on Senior Day Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Twitter Facebook Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ ReddIt ReddIt Kacey Bowenhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kacey-bowen/ Kacey Bowen Kramer claims 100th career win Twitterlast_img read more

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Microblogging websites to recruit censors to step up pressure on netizens

first_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Help by sharing this information ChinaAsia – Pacific September 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Microblogging websites to recruit censors to step up pressure on netizens News The ranks of China’s censors are visibly growing along with measures aimed at monitoring the public’s communications and personal data. The authorities have just announced that China’s microblogging websites – sites offering Twitter-style services – will be told to appoint “self-discipline commissioners” to be responsible for censorship.In a parallel development, the authorities have announced that, to combat curb mobile phone spam and fraud, anyone wanting to buy a mobile phone that uses pre-paid SIM cards will now have to show identification.“China’s censors are giving themselves an additional layer of control,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The Great Firewall of China is getting human reinforcements to boost its effectiveness. But if they are held to strict performance criteria, it seems these commissioners are being assigned an impossible mission, given the volume of information circulating online for which they will be responsible.”The press freedom organisation added: “Nonetheless, their very existence will be dangerous because of their nuisance value and because they could encourage microbloggers to censor themselves. Meanwhile, under the pretext of combating spam, a new blow has been dealt to the personal data of China’s mobile phone users.”The decision to create to appoint self-discipline commissioners was taken at an Internet oversight meeting in Beijing on 27 August. According to the government media, the results of an initial experiment with microblogging self-censorship in Hebei province were deemed sufficiently satisfactory to extend it to eight microblogging platforms in Beijing: Sina, Sohu, Netease, Iphonixe, Hexun, Soufang, 139Mobile and Juyou9911.The microblogging platforms will themselves have to hire the commissioners whose job it will be to monitor and censor anything that could threaten China’s security and social stability. They are supposed to target content linked to illegal activities, pornography and violence, as well as baseless rumours and politically sensitive issues. Although hired by the site, each commissioner will be responsible for its content and will be operationally independent. They will also be independent of the official Association of Journalists of China. This week’s announcement follows a crackdown in mid-July on certain social-networking websites, especially microblogging services, which are very popular in China (http://en.rsf.org/china-authorities-turn-their-sights-on-16-07-2010,37971.html).It is not the first time the authorities have forced online media to police themselves. The Internet Society of China (ISC), an offshoot of the information industry ministry, drafted a “Self-Discipline Pact” in August 2007 that was signed by more than 20 companies that provide blogging services, including Msn.cn, Renmin Wang, Xinlang, Sohu, Wangyi, Tom, Qianlong Wang, Hexun Wang, Boke Tianxia, Tianji Wang, Yahoo.cn, Huasheng Zaixian, Bolianshe and Tengxun. The pact can be used to get service providers to censor content and identify “subversive” bloggers.Some 300 websites and Internet service providers signed a similar self-discipline pact in 2002 that was promoted by the Chinese Internet Association. They undertook “not to produce or disseminate harmful documents or content liable to endanger national security or social stability; and not to break the laws or regulations or to spread false news, superstitions or obscenities.” The pact also envisaged “cooperation by sites in combating cyber crime and failure to respect intellectual property rights.”The reinforcement of control over microblogging websites has been accompanied by a new offensive against the proxy servers employed by Chinese Internet users to get around the Great Firewall. Access to Freegate and Ultrareach, two of the most popular proxies, was made very difficult for several days from 27 August. Their developers reacted to the blocking by making updated versions of their software available. The game of cat and mouse between censors and the promoters of circumvention techniques continues.In parallel to the crusade against online anonymity (http://en.rsf.org/china-government-crusade-against-online-07-05-2010,37412.html), the authorities are tightening their grip on mobile phone communications. Under new rules that took effect on 1 September, anyone wanting to buy a mobile phone that uses prepaid SIM cards will have to produce identity papers while anyone already owning such a phone will have three years to register their ownership.According to the state-owned newspaper Global Times, there are 800 million mobile phone numbers currently in use in China, of which 320 million were acquired anonymously. Those who sell SIM cards to the public, many of whom are newspaper and magazine vendors, will be required to make photocopies of the buyer’s ID papers and register their personal details in a centralised databank of mobile phone users.The ministry of industry and information technology says these regulations are needed to help combat mobile phone spam and fraud. While this is a laudable goal, the new measures provide new possibilities for identity theft and, above all, increase the ability of the authorities to monitor calls, SMS messages and data exchanges and identify those who criticise the government or take part in demonstrations.Netizens continue to be harassed and some are even in physical danger. Fang Zhouzhi, a blogger who has exposed cases of scientific fraud, said he was attacked by two men on 29 August, minutes after being interviewed by two journalists about Li Yi, a Daoist abbot who claims to have supernatural powers. According to the account posted in his blog New Threads (http://xysblogs.org/xysergroup/archives/7140), one of his assailants sprayed something in his face while the other one chased him and threw a hammer that hit him in the lower back, causing a minor injury. He reported the attack to the police, who are investigating.The assault on Fang Zhouzhi has parallels with an attempt in June to murder a friend of his, Fang Xuanchang, a science reporter for the magazine Caijing who has written about medical charlatans, fake discoveries and questionable practices in the health sector (http://en.rsf.org/china-private-sector-companies-in-battle-26-08-2010,38216.html).Details are meanwhile continuing to emerge about the government’s purges in the troubled province of Xinjiang. Those tried and convicted include several people who appear to have been targeted for cooperating with Uyghur websites based abroad. It has been learned that Mehbube Abrak, a People’s Radio employee in Urumqi, was given a three-year jail sentence in 2008 on a charge of inciting separatism (http://www.duihua.org/work/publications/nl/dialogue/nl_txt/nl40/nl40_3a.html) and that Gulmire Imin was given a life sentence on charges of separatism, revealing state secrets and organising a demonstration. She contributed to the Salkin website, two of whose webmasters are currently detained. Reporters Without Borders is investigating both cases.In some rare good news, the US and Hong Kong-based Dui Hua foundation has reported that several dissidents, including dissidents who took part in the June 1989 protests on Tiananmen Square, have been released or granted sentence reductions (http://www.duihuanews.org/). One of the beneficiaries was Li Zhi, a cyber-dissident and former civil servant who was sentenced to eight years in prison in December 2003 for “subversive” use of the Internet. He was freed last November, nine months before completing his sentences. He was one of the netizens who were convicted thanks in part to information about their email accounts that Yahoo! provided to the Chinese authorities.Reporters Without Borders hails Li Zhi’s release and urges the Chinese authorities to continue freeing detained journalists and bloggers, 106 of whom are still being held in what is the world’s biggest prison for reporters and netizens. (See the list: http://en.rsf.org/press-freedom-barometer-journalists-imprisoned.html?annee=2010).Information provided by Yahoo! also helped the Chinese authorities to identify Wang Xaoping, a cyber-dissident, and Shi Tao, a journalist who was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2005 on a spying charge. Both are still in prison. Shi Tao was recently transferred from Chishan prison in Hunan province to Yinchuan prison in the autonomous region of Ningxia Hui. This means he is now closer to his family. 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Two European journalists accused in murder investigation

first_img to go further LaosAsia – Pacific December 10, 2019 Find out more Organisation Receive email alerts 11 June 2003Belgian reporter Thierry Falise, French cameraman Vincent Reynaud and a US citizen, Naw Karl Mua (whose death was announced earlier by the pro-Hmong US-based Fact Finding Commission) have been accused by police of “cooperating with bandits” to kill a security man in the village of Khai (northeast of Vietiane), the Laotian foreign ministry said on 11 June, according to the official Lao News Agency. A ministry official told Agence France-Presse that the foreigners would be “deported very soon,” noting they had entered Laos on tourist visas but had then illegally worked as journalists.” Diplomats in Vientiane said the two were still being held in Phonsavanh (about 100 km north of the capital) but this could not be independently confirmed. French diplomats have not been allowed to contact them.___________________________________________________________10 June 2003Belgian reporter and French cameraman held after reporting on Hmong minorityReporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today called on the Laotian authorities to release two freelance journalists, Belgian reporter Thierry Falise and French cameraman Vincent Reynaud, who were arrested a week ago after preparing a report on the desperate situation of the Hmong ethnic minority and the frequent clashes between Hmong rebels and the armed forces.The two journalists, who are normally based in Bangkok, “were just exercising their right to inform international public opinion about the situation of the Hmong minority,” Reporters Without Borders said in a letter to foreign affairs minister Lengsavat Somsavat, who is also deputy prime minister. Urging him to intervene to obtain their immediate and unconditional release, the organisation said their detention violated Laos’ international commitments. Reynaud (picture) and Falise (picture), who is a regular contributor to the French news weekly L’Express and Belgian media, were arrested along with three or four Laotians on 3 or 5 June near the locality of Muang Soi, northeast of the capital. The Fact Finding Commission, a US-based pro-Hmong organisation, said an American citizen of Hmong origin, Naw Karl Mua, was killed at the time of their arrest.The two journalists were reportedly taken first to Phonsavanh. Then they were transferred on 7 or 8 June to Vientiane, the capital, where it is believed they are being held in a police station. Falise’s wife went to Vientiane, but has not been allowed to see her husband. The Laotian authorities have confirmed their arrest, diplomat sources in Vientiane said.A recent report by Time Asia magazine highlighted the situation of the Hmong rebels, who were trained by the United States during the Vietnam war. News Radio – last bulwark of media freedom and independence News Follow the news on Laos Newscenter_img February 13, 2017 Find out more Young Laotian blogger gets five years in prison June 11, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two European journalists accused in murder investigation RSF_en Help by sharing this information Open letter to President Choummaly Sayasone News LaosAsia – Pacific June 23, 2006 Find out morelast_img read more

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