OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgOK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileOK Zimbabwe Limited is a leading retail group in Zimbabwe with a product range that extends from groceries and houseware products to clothing and textiles. The inaugural branch was opened in Harare (then Salisbury) in 1942 and today, is one of the most recognised supermarket brands in Zimbabwe. The company trades under various branded store names, including OK stores, Bon Marché and OKMart. OK Zimbabwe sells products in its grocery range under its own home brand; OK Pot ‘O Gold, OK Value, Shoppers’ Choice and Bon Marché Premier Choice labels. OK Zimbabwe Limited operates approximately 61 retail outlets throughout Zimbabwe and owns subsidiaries that complement its diverse product offering; Eriswell (Private) Limited, Swan Technologies (Private) Limited and Winterwest (Private) Limited. OK Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

3 reasons I’m investing £250 a month in a Stocks and Shares ISA in 2020

first_img See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves 3 reasons I’m investing £250 a month in a Stocks and Shares ISA in 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Investing in the stock market with a Stocks and Shares ISA has never been simpler, or cheaper, than it is today. Online share-dealing has helped make Stocks and Shares ISAs more accessible to a broader range of people. 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Meanwhile, only 2m people opened Stocks and Shares ISAs.Today, I’m going to explain why I believe Stocks and Shares ISAs offer a much better proposition for long term investors, and why I’m investing £250 a month in one of these tax-efficient savings accounts in 2020. Rising returns The best flexible Cash ISA interest rates on the market at the moment is just 1.31%. However, over the past three decades, the FTSE 100 has produced an average annual return of 9%, including dividends. This suggests investors would be much better off buying the FTSE 100 if they’re investing for the long term. You can only do this with a Stocks and Shares ISA. Most Cash ISA products restrict where you can invest and the rates of return you can earn on your money. International flexibilityStocks and Shares ISAs also allow you to invest your money around the world. Most online stock brokers now give investors access to international stock markets. The ISA rules state that an investor can own any publicly-traded security as it’s traded on a ‘recognised stock exchange‘. This means most international developed markets qualify, as well as a handful of emerging market exchanges. So, if you are worried about the state of the UK economy post-Brexit, investing internationally via a Stocks and Shares ISA will help you diversify and benefit from international growth. Dividend incomeOwning stocks also gives you access to dividend income. Investing in dividend stocks can be a great way to create a passive income stream. The London market currently supports an average dividend yield of 3.5%. That means there’s an annual income of £3.50 available for every £100 invested. However, some stocks offer a much higher level of income. There are a handful of FTSE 100 stocks, for example, that support dividend yields of more than 5%. By comparison to the lowly interest rates Cash ISAs offer, these dividend yields look extremely attractive. And, as mentioned above, there’s no need to stick with UK-based dividend stocks either. A Stocks and Shares ISA allows you to invest in income investments from around the world. Therefore, if you’re serious about saving for the future, and want to make your money work as hard as possible, a Stocks and Shares ISA should be part of your long-term saving strategy. 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. Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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.center_img Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 8th February, 2020 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.last_img read more

Daily news from New Zealand – 8 October – Video

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS HAMILTON, NEW ZEALAND – OCTOBER 02: A Wales fan holds up a sign about Dan Carter of the All Blacks during the IRB Rugby World Cup Pool D match between Wales and Fiji at Waikato Stadium on October 2, 2011 in Hamilton, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Johnston/Getty Images) Fans have put in the effort this tournamentIn today’s RWC Daily we have reaction from the first two quarter-finals and the four competing northern hemisphere teams, as well as talk with some of the fans enjoying the atmosphere on and off the field in New Zealand.last_img

Dan Carter set for Super Rugby comeback

first_img“For Dan it is not about the money. He is here as a favour, with a desire to give back to the sport. We are only a few minutes from his home so it works out perfectly for everyone and we are thrilled.”Carter, who played in 112 Tests for the All Blacks and won two World Cups, said: “Two things from the lockdown that I realised was that I really enjoyed spending more time with my family and that I miss rugby.Reunited: New Blues Beauden Barrett and Dan Carter (Getty Images)“Leon is a good mate and we spoke about me helping out. For me it is a chance to mentor some young players and to give back to New Zealand Rugby.“I have not played for several months so it will take me a little bit of time to get game-ready.“It’s an exciting opportunity to train in the same city that my kids go to school in and my family are currently living. It will also be nice to share my experience with some of the young talent they have here at the Blues.”New Zealand is the first country to resume elite rugby after competitions across the world were cancelled or suspended due to Covid-19.Related: Schedule for Super Rugby Aotearoa announcedSuper Rugby Aotearoa features the five New Zealand franchises – Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders and Hurricanes – and kicks off on 13 June, with home-and-away fixtures played over ten weeks.The Blues’ first game is against the Hurricanes – Barrett’s old team – on 14 June while they play the Crusaders – Carter’s former side – in July. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Super star: Dan Carter during Blues training ahead of Super Rugby Aotearoa (Getty Images) Dan Carter set for Super Rugby comeback Dan Carter is making a return to Super Rugby with the Blues.The All Blacks great, who has won World Rugby’s Player of the Year gong three times, was a free agent after his time at Kobelco Steelers in Japan was cut short when the Top League season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.Now the fly-half has linked up with the Blues in Auckland, where he lives with his family, ahead of the new Super Rugby Aotearoa competition.Carter, 38, comes in as injury cover for Stephen Perofeta, who has been ruled out of the competition after fracturing a bone in his foot during training.Related: Schalk Brits on Dan Carter’s Super Rugby returnThe move would add to the Blues’ depth at ten given that current All Black and two-time World Rugby Men’s Player of the Year Beauden Barrett has also joined them this year. Blues head coach Leon MacDonald said: “We have a young group of players. Now we have a second World Player of the Year in the team to help guide our players on and off the field.“We have two designated tens in Beauden and Otere (Black), and Dan will be there to help them and our other young backs. If he gets back into playing form that warrants selection, then he could help us as a utility back in midfield or full-back. The All Blacks great has signed for the Blues as injury cover Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Kilsheimer speaks out on new business venture

first_img Actually it was a forklift that struck something and sparked an explosion and a big fire at the Blue Rhino plant in Tavares, in Lake Co. that blew the small propane tanks in all directions……….it wasn’t that the tanks themselves blew up on their own. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Michael Heaton April 21, 2017 at 11:04 am Mama Mia I still think him being involved stinks, especially as getting funding from city and state Reply I guess next the ex-felons will be getting jobs at the city? Reply Reply April 21, 2017 at 10:50 am Mama Mia Reply Maybe the felons should just stay behind prison walls where we don’t have to worry about them, and where they can sit and file fake tax returns for $$$$, get free room, free medical care, work-out equipment to get in shape, and network their wanna- be- lawyer skills and not go hungry. Maybe they don’t want a second chance………..LOL Looks like the mayor is greasing some wheels for future income as plan b after losing the upcoming election. 400k seems pretty steep for consulting services with no experience, track record, or qualifications……… Way too dirty, underhanded, and self-serving. Who am I to steal someone’s passion. I can’t bring myself to vote for joe and keep him from his passion. I guess I will have to vote for a challenger……. I want a Mayor who is focussed, committed, and has the City interest at heart. It might be legal for the mayor to work part-time at Burger King, but I don’t want a moonlighting mayor. I won’t vote for someone who is serving other masters. Apopka deserves better. America is tired of profit politicians, time to clean out the old and in with the new! TAGSCertified Second ChanceMayor Joe Kilsheimer Previous articleBest Buddies: Paired organ donation saves Ed Leerdam’s lifeNext articleApopka Weekly Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply April 20, 2017 at 9:25 am April 21, 2017 at 2:33 pm Sharon Lee Gates Mama Mia “Abstain from appearances of evil” Apopka City Hall Jim collins April 23, 2017 at 7:36 am Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom 15 COMMENTS Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Mama Mia Mama Mia April 19, 2017 at 9:33 pm April 21, 2017 at 12:27 am Kilsheimer: “We were focused on the benefit we were trying to provide, and the good we were going to do.”In February of 2017, Apopka Mayor Joe Kilsheimer and three partners formed a for-profit social purpose corporation (SPC) called Certified Second Chance Inc. (CSC). One of the partners is Allan Chernoff, who is the chief operating officer of the City of Life Foundation, a non-profit organization in Orlando which is being funded by the City of Apopka to manage a program to improve Apopka-area schools.CSC is designed to give felons re-entering society a chance to prove themselves through third-party verification of obligations they meet in order to gain employment. CSC is seeking $500,000 from the State of Florida to begin the company through a request introduced by State Senator Randolph Bracy of Orlando.The actions Kilsheimer and CSC took to request funding from the State have gained attention on social media because of two posts by a Central Florida blogger that alleges either legal or ethical wrongdoing by Kilsheimer.In conversations with The Apopka Voice, Kilsheimer denied that CSC would in any way impede his ability to govern as mayor, or that anything he did was illegal or unethical. He references an email sent to him by City Attorney Cliff Shepard in September of 2016.The email begins by Shepard citing the Apopka City Charter:Section 2-37 (of the City charter) – Office of mayor to be full-time; salary of mayor. The office of mayor of the city shall be a full-time job, and the mayor shall pursue no other occupation in such a manner while serving as mayor as to interfere with his official duties and obligations. “Please note the provision that I have bolded,” Shepard writes. “As written this would mean that having other business interests or even another job would be okay unless said interests were to interfere with his official duties and obligations as Mayor. This also seems consistent with the manner in which this provision was interpreted by former Mayor (John) Land upon his well-known outside business pursuits. Essentially, this means that if there is a conflict over any of his Mayoral duties and his other business interests the Mayoral duties must prevail. Other than that he is ‘good to go’ under the code.”According to Shepard, an Apopka mayor can own a business or even hold a second job as long as the duties of mayor come first. Kilsheimer said he would work on CSC after business hours.“I may take an occasional call (for CSC) when I am in my car on the way somewhere, but the vast majority of my work (for CSC) will be after 5pm and not during City functions,” said Kilsheimer.Shepard also told Kilsheimer that, “The Mayor must avoid business interests that do business with or are regulated by the City.”This puts light on Chernoff. The City of Life Foundation, which Chernoff is COO, has received a total of $55,000 from the City of Apopka to manage the “Apopka Begins and Ends with A” program for the past two years.Last year Kilsheimer proposed the contract with Chernoff not only be continued but that the annual funding be increased to $70,000.  He was unable to convince the rest of the City Council, but they did agree to budget $35,000 for the program.The question being raised focuses on the fact that Kilsheimer, who has obtained $55,000 in tax-payer funding for Chernoff’s organization, would be a business partner with Chernoff if CSC were to receive funding from the State and become a working business. The Apopka Voice asked Kilsheimer if he believed it was a conflict to go into business with Chernoff, but Kilsheimer looked beyond that potential conflict-of-interest to point to the greater good CSC would do.“This is a project beyond my role as mayor of the city of Apopka,” Kilsheimer said. “This is a project I’ve been working on since before I was elected mayor, even before I was elected as a city commissioner. We were focused on the benefit we were trying to provide, and the good we were going to do.”For-profit social purpose corporations are a relatively new filing option in the state. In 2014, Florida joined the growing number of states that permit special types of for-profit corporations to pursue substantial public interest goals at the possible expense or deferral of profit maximization, the traditional corporate goal objective. A social purpose corporation (SPC) is a type of for-profit entity that enables corporations to consider social or environmental issues in decision making instead of relying only on profit-maximizing goals.According to Kilsheimer, it’s easier to raise private money through an SPC.“It’s better for investors because they can own stock in the company,” he said.Kilsheimer said he wrote the business plan for CSC eight years ago after volunteering in the St. Petersburg mayoral election for Deveron Gibbons – one of the partners involved with CSC. “I was sitting in the campaign office when a man came in and asked Deveron (Gibbons) for a letter of recommendation,” he said. “He was well-dressed and well-spoken, but he had a criminal record and had been incarcerated. As the conversation evolved he explained that it is virtually impossible to come out of prison and get a good job. ‘The moment you check the box (that you have been convicted of a felony), the distrust begins. All felons deal with this,’ he told Kilsheimer.It was after that encounter that he thought of the idea.“I’ve been working on this since 2009,” he said. “This is a long-held interest of mine and a long-held passion of mine. Our society is built on third-party verification. That’s what CSC does for felons. Everything they do is tracked and documented. If they have drug testing or restitution, CSC verifies it. Now their good record is documented.”Despite writing the business plan in 2009, the timing of the filing coincided with the election of Bracy.According to Kilsheimer, criminal justice reform is a priority for Bracy. The first-term state senator represents much of west Orange County, including Apopka. Kilsheimer attended Bracy’s swearing-in ceremony and heard him speak about criminal justice reform. When Kilsheimer heard Bracy’s passion on the subject, he approached him about CSC. It was Bracy’s idea to request the funds to start a satellite project in his district.Kilsheimer also points out that without funding from the State, CSC is still little more than a business plan.“It exists only on paper,” he said. “We don’t have a bank account or a federal tax ID number. There is no ‘there, there’.” Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Reply April 20, 2017 at 9:09 am “There is no there there”????? Wow, the Trump’s daily tweets and language style must have rubbed off on someone…….!!! Must be the Bill Clinton influence also…..”it depends on the definition of the word is”…….examples of double talk by politicians! Mama Mia April 19, 2017 at 9:26 pm April 23, 2017 at 12:36 am Please enter your name here April 19, 2017 at 9:43 pm Dave UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 April 20, 2017 at 11:20 am Is this the real reason the city council was led to meet with Governor Rick Scott recently, not really the tourism thing, is this why the city council swooned over the gov so much, like” I’ll scratch your back, and you scratch my back type thing? ” Like maybe the gov will back the mayor”s plan and approve of the money from the state that CSC wants, if the city council backs the gov’s tourism kick he is on? Reply Reply Reply Mike, somewhere on one of the social media websites, you asked what business ventures former Mayor Land had. I had heard that he and a business partner owned Blue Rhino company, which have the propane gas tanks filled and used for cookouts and grilling. It was my understanding that he eventually sold that company, and later on afterwards, I think it was the Blue Rhino company that had the on- site accident, where the small tanks blew up, up there in Lake County, and caused a small disaster, I think, if I am correct about all of this. As far as Mayor Land’s passions about things, he was passionate about children who needed medical care and help, as he thought highly of the Shriners Hospital and eventually became a Shriner in his later life. He was also passionate about hunting…..but don’t even go there with me on that one! He may also have done some buying and selling real estate. I believe I am right on these facts, but not sure………. Huh, maybe I and some others should do a start up business for profit and ask the City of Apopka and the State of Florida for tax payer funds of oh, say about $375,000 dollars for the first year for start up, and file paperwork for a social purpose corporation to help the desperate housewives of Apopka……yeah, sounds like we could be successful! I’m getting stars in my eyes from thinking about it! Mama Mia I have no problem with passions about things such as sports and charities, but I think it is a long stretch to compare those type of passions that Mayor Land had to this passion of Mayor Joe and for him to ask the Florida taxpayers to fund his passion. I am trying through some other avenues to find what these “well known outside business pursuits” were that Apopka City Attorney Cliff Shepard is referring to. Maybe Reggie Connell or Dale Fenwick may know what Cliff Shepard is referring to?? You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Mama Mia I guess after listening to the one gentleman that spoke at a Apopka city council meeting who talked about if you don’t ask, you don’t receive. He stated that if he drives through the drive thru at McDonalds, when he desires a Big Mac, and if he drives up to the window, and if he doesn’t ask for what he wants, he doesn’t receive what he wants…….there you go, that is the answer. I know Mayor Kilsheimer was listening to him as he spoke at the podium at that city council meeting….LOL Mama Mia Actually the exact quote Bill Clinton used was “it depends upon the meaning of what the word is is”. That is literally politician double talk! Here is one example from Trump, in today’s Orlando Sentinel, pageA3, underneath his photo quote, “the plan gets better and better, and better, and it has gotten really, really good” ………..in fact, this is even triple, double politician talk. LOL Mama Mia April 20, 2017 at 11:28 am Reply Reply Mama Mia Reply April 23, 2017 at 7:53 am Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Yes Mike I understand your point of view. I was just trying to answer your question you posted about Mayor Land’s ” well known outside business ventures”….. I was not trying to compare the two mayors, or be adversarial in any way. The propane tank company that Mayor John Land had an ownership in with a business partner, and a little dabbling in an occasional real estate sale is all I heard of his business ventures. Mayor Land and his family had a crate mill that manufactured wooden slat crates with wire that was used for packing vegetables such as ears of corn, but that was WAY BACK and I don’t even know if he was the mayor then at that time. That is what I heard, as I wasn’t around then ( I don’t think, LOL) I know he was passionate history buff and he planned on authoring a history book, but he didn’t get around to completing that before he died, so I am stumped. I guess the “well known outside business ventures” of former Mayor John Land aren’t so well known after all………?????? Why don’t you ask Cliff Shepard? April 20, 2017 at 11:03 am Please enter your comment! I guess what the mayor is trying to convey is, as what he usually says, is that it is not soup yet…….LOLlast_img read more

334 Sumatrastraat / Bláha Architecture + Design

first_imgCopyAbout this officeBláha Architecture + DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesThe HagueThe NetherlandsPublished on September 30, 2017Cite: “334 Sumatrastraat / Bláha Architecture + Design” 30 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects 334 Sumatrastraat / Bláha Architecture + Design Lead Architects: The Netherlands 334 Sumatrastraat / Bláha Architecture + DesignSave this projectSave334 Sumatrastraat / Bláha Architecture + Design “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/880462/334-sumatrastraat-blaha-architecture-plus-design Clipboard CopyHouses•The Hague, The Netherlands Photographs:  Maurice Mikkers Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Bláha Architecture + Design Area Area of this architecture project Area:  330 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Photographs Annemieke Bláha 2017 Save this picture!© Maurice Mikkers+ 22 Share City:The HagueCountry:The NetherlandsMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Maurice MikkersRecommended ProductsLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalText description provided by the architects. For its latest project, emerging Dutch practice Bláha Architecture + Design has completed a four-storey designed-to-rent townhouse in The Hague, the Netherlands. The project was commissioned in 2014 by a private client that wanted to redevelop an existing property for investment purposes. 334 Sumatrastraat is located on a typical 19th-century street of middle class housing in Archipel, The Hague.The project transforms a dilapidated 1880-terraced house into a home that can be let out as a whole house, or as two separate apartments with their own front doors. To create a generous space Bláha has made a number of key moves, including converting the roof into a bedroom, adding a courtyard garden, and extending the property by an extra 2.5m across the rear on every floor to create further floor area and external terraces, as well as a completely contemporary rear facade.Save this picture!© Maurice MikkersFrom the front, the main facade has been restored to its original design. The only modification is the additional two dormer windows on the roof. The original brickwork has been repointed, and the timber windows and roof replaced. Inside however, the house has been completely renovated, with only a handful of existing elements retained because of the poor state of the building. Rather than replace these elements, Bláha has turned the inside into a contemporary living space that juxtaposes old with new. From the outside, visitors will expect a historical property complete with small rooms, but on entering they will find light-filled, expansive spaces, characterised by clean lines, neat storage solutions and a palette of whites, greys and natural materials.Save this picture!© Maurice MikkersThis surprise begins on the ground floor, which occupies the entire 28m-deep plot. Designed as a ‘big loft’, the 102m2 space can function as a garage/workshop to tenants, or as a separate live/work studio. An exciting move has been to claw back some of the filled in rear to create a walled courtyard, which has access to the terrace above via a steel stair.Save this picture!Long SectionUpstairs, the contemporary theme continues. Bláha has created a new core in the centre of the northern party wall. This core contains an open stairwell and acts partially as a cloakroom on the first floor, complete with closets and a WC, then as a landing on the second floor. On the first floor, this core opens onto a long double aspect living space, with a sitting area towards the front, and a kitchen and dining area to the back that in turn opens onto a large terrace through full-height glazing. This open space can then be sub-divided by sliding walls on either side of the core to create more intimate spaces. The kitchen is a pared back design focused around an impressive and sophisticated Carrera marble island – a material that continues throughout the house for fire surrounds, as well as in the bathrooms and WCs.Save this picture!© Maurice MikkersContinuing upstairs, the upper two floors are for sleeping. On the second floor is a central marble bathroom sandwiched between a bedroom to the rear with a new terrace that looks over the surrounding back gardens, as well as a room to the front of the house that has access via a white steel stair to a mezzanine bedroom on the third floor in the converted attic. This ante space can be either used as a home office or dressing area. The sleeping area on the floor above, meanwhile, also has full-height glazing and doors opening onto another generous new terrace.Save this picture!© Maurice MikkersProject gallerySee allShow lessPop-In, Pop-Out, Pop-Up: Collapsible Street Cinema Uses Film to Reflect on Soviet Ru…MiscSarmashgh Office / Kohankhesht Architecture GroupSelected Projects Share “COPY” Manufacturers: 13 Speciaal, A. Blijleven B.V., Houtlijn, PV windows, Sk Bouw, The Stone Art House ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/880462/334-sumatrastraat-blaha-architecture-plus-design Clipboard ArchDaily Houseslast_img read more

Cuban regime fears bloggers more than “traditional” dissidents

first_img October 15, 2020 Find out more December 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cuban regime fears bloggers more than “traditional” dissidents News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF_en CubaAmericas Organisation News News Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet Newscenter_img Cables: 09HAVANA221, 10HAVANA9, 09HAVANA592According to US government cables leaked by WikiLeaks, American diplomats based in Havana believe that the Cuban regime fears the country’s bloggers much more than “traditional” dissidents.In a cable dated 15 April 2009, Jonathan Farrar of the US Interests Section in Havana said the dissident movement in Cuba has become as “old and as out of touch” with the lives of ordinary Cubans as the regime itself. “We see very little evidence that the mainline dissident organizations have much resonance among ordinary Cubans,” he wrote, adding that they nonetheless were the “conscience of Cuba” and deserved US support.In a cable sent on 20 December 2009, Farrar said the Cuban government saw bloggers as its “most serious challenge.” Referring to Cuba’s netizens as “a group that frustrates and scares the (government of Cuba) like no other,” he said their reporting of the arrests and mistreatment they underwent constituted a useful political tool. “The bloggers’ mushrooming international popularity and their ability to stay one tech-step ahead of the authorities are causing serious headaches in the regime,” Farrar wrote, adding: “We believe it is the younger generation of ‘non-traditional dissidents’ that is likely to have a greater long term impact on post-Castro Cuba.”Another cable noted: “Younger individuals, including bloggers, musicians, and performing and plastic artists do not belong to identifiable organizations, though they are much better at taking ‘rebellious’ stands with greater popular appeal.”Read the cables:http://www.wikileaks.ch/cable/2009/04/09HAVANA221.htmlhttp://www.wikileaks.ch/cable/2010/01/10HAVANA9.htmlhttp://www.wikileaks.ch/cable/2009/09/09HAVANA592.html RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago May 6, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas to go further Follow the news on Cuba Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts October 12, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

Open letter from Reporters Without Borders to the Yemeni president

first_img Flagrant lack of independence in licensing system for private broadcasters A committee to organize private radio and television will be created which, in its composition (clause 19, paragraph 1) and its competency, is in no way independent of the political leadership.In fact, it is chaired by the deputy minister of information for audio and visual media affairs. Only four of its members are drawn from the community and the media. The committee is under the control of, and accountable to, the information ministry (paragraph 2). It is charged with defining the general framework of media policy (clause 20, paragraph 1) as well as the allocation of frequencies and licences. It makes recommendations to the information minister on such matters as the granting, renewal, withdrawal or revocation of licences. It has three months in which to submit an opinion to the minister (clause 32). The minister may also issue recommendations of his own to the council of ministers (clause 35) within a 30-day deadline for final decision. Reasons are provided in the case of a rejection. Since the body created to consider licence requests is not independent, the criteria for granting licences are neither transparent nor objective and are thus discriminatory. An appeal against an unsuccessful licence application should ultimately be made through an independent judicial authority, whereas the draft law provides for a 30-day period for a request to be made by the media outlet concerned to the information minister for a rejection to be reconsidered. This means the bill provides for no legal redress.The licence fee, referred to in clause 53, is particularly high: 30,200,000 rials (about 110 000 euros) for 10 years. The UN Human Rights Committee recently specified that states must refrain from imposing licence conditions and fees that were too severe. Bill pays scant attention to electronic media Electronic media, originally included as part of the bill’s heading, are not mentioned until section 11. Only one clause, no. 66, deals with the topic.The lack of precision is symptomatic of the inconsistency of the bill, whose provisions are applicable to broadcast and electronic media equally. Paris, 21 May 2012Dear President Hadi,Reporters Without Borders, an international organization that defends freedom of information, wishes to inform you of its concerns over the proposed law on private radio and television broadcasting and electronic media, which is due for debate in the near future. Indeed, several clauses in the bill are at odds with the Yemeni constitution as well as international undertakings signed and ratified by your country.Reporters Without Borders supports the campaign by the Freedom Foundation aimed at preventing hasty adoption of the bill to allow civil society to make recommendations. Without going into all the draft law’s provisions in detail, Reporters Without Borders should like to point out some of its weaknesses. January 6, 2021 Find out more For the reasons stated above, Reporters Without Borders asks you to radically revise the draft law in consultation with representatives of the media and civil society organizations. As we wrote in our letter to you on 1 March after you took up your appointment, it is important that all legislation regulating the media be reviewed to ensure the principles of freedom of expression and information are fully guaranteed and protected. Reporters Without Borders is ready to discuss these matters with you in the course of a forthcoming visit to Yemen by the organization.We thank you in advance for heeding our comments and observations so that freedom of the media and information can become a reality in Yemen and thereby turn the page on the many dark years of repression. Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions Vaguely written bill full of ambiguity In clause 3, the draft says its aim is to guarantee respect for freedom of expression, yet some of the commitments it contains limit free expression. Clause 4, for example, points out that freedom of expression, among other things, must respect the country’s “higher interests” without defining this vague terminology. Similarly, paragraph 9 of clause 4 aims to ban the broadcasting of “any form of incitement to violence, terrorism, hatred, tribalism, regionalism, sectarianism or racism”.At the same time, paragraph 11 insists that the exercise of freedom of expression should not have “a negative impact on economic peace, national unity and public morals”.There are also bans on attacks on religion (paragraph 12) or the president personally (paragraph 13), and the disclosure of state secrets (paragraph 14). These restrictions are repeated in part in clauses 9 and 47. Vaguely and allusively worded as they are, they contain a large measure of ambiguity. Consequently, they constitute a real danger for freedom of expression and information. News No independent system of checks and sanctions Clause 17 stipulates that judicial officers responsible for monitoring the application of the law are appointed by the justice ministry in agreement with the information minister. This is reaffirmed in clause 61. The system is contrary to the fundamental principle of judicial independence. Chapter XII spells out the penalties for breaches of the law. The ruling executive may suspend the broadcasts of a private media outlet temporarily (clause 67). It also provides for fines, although the amount is not specified in the current draft. Clause 68 also provides for the seizure of equipment if the provisions of clauses 9 and 26 are not observed. In the event of further infringements, the broadcaster’s licence may be suspended or revoked (clause 69). Nowhere is there any reference to an independent judicial authority responsible for monitoring the law’s application and for specifying the penalties for any infringements. Some of the bill’s provisions are somewhat surprising and could have negative consequences. For example, audio and visual media outlets are required to keep recordings (audio in the case of private radio stations and video for television stations) for three months after a programme has been broadcast. This requirement is mentioned in clauses 12 and 63. It could be that it is part of a broader system of storage for broadcast data. However, in this context it appears unlikely that archiving is the goal, but rather a desire by the information ministry to control and monitor private media outlets. Bill covers only private media outlets, does not supersede previous legislation The bill deals only with private media outlets and contains no reference to public media, treating them as a separate category. It should be noted that there is no legal regulation of public radio and television in Yemen. Of course, the system of regulation must take account of the differences between publicly- and privately-owned radio and television, but there must be elements that are common to both. Paragraph 41 of General Comment No. 34 by the UN Human Rights Committee, a panel of experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, states: “Care must be taken to ensure that systems of government subsidy to media outlets and the placing of government advertisements are not employed to the effect of impeding freedom of expression. Furthermore, private media must not be put at a disadvantage compared to public media in such matters as access to means of dissemination/distribution and access to news”. Within the framework of the draft, there is no justification for treating the public and private sectors differently, which could lead to discrimination.At the same time, the bill says nothing about the provisions of the press and publication law currently in force. In fact, clause 5 of the bill specifies that it is still binding on private media employees. It is vital that the current press legislation be reviewed in its entirety. Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the fact that the bill allows for the judge to apply the criminal code in press offence cases (clause 71). Reporters Without Borders has written to President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi of Yemen about a proposed law to regulate private broadcasting and electronic media, which will shortly be debated in parliament. The organization considers many of the bill’s provisions to be dangerous for media freedom, and it aroused strong opposition when it was first submitted in 2010 by the former information minister, Hassan Al-Lawzi.———Read in Arabic (بالعربية)President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi SanaaRepublic of Yemen May 22, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter from Reporters Without Borders to the Yemeni president Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months YemenMiddle East – North Africa YemenMiddle East – North Africa News News Olivier BasilleSecretary General, Reporters Without Borders(Credits : AFP) Follow the news on Yemen Yours sincerely, RSF_en United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF February 26, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News February 11, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation Receive email alertslast_img read more

Bruton pledges to implement a development strategy for the border region

first_img WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Pinterest By News Highland – January 29, 2015 Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers center_img Pinterest PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Minister Richard BrutonJobs Minister Richard Bruton is promising a special focus on jobs in the border region for the coming year, saying that a corner has been turned and the government intends building on that success.An advance factory nearing completion in Letterkenny will be one of the priorities of that focus.Mr Bruton says there were 30,000 job losses between 2008 and 2010, but the situation is improving…….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/brutonborder.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Previous articleStrabane Courthouse pinpointed for closureNext articleMcIlroy two off the pace in Dubai News Highland Bruton pledges to implement a development strategy for the border region Google+last_img read more

Norfolk estate agency criticised by industry ombudsman after sale falls through

first_imgHome » News » Norfolk estate agency criticised by industry ombudsman after sale falls through previous nextRegulation & LawNorfolk estate agency criticised by industry ombudsman after sale falls throughVendor is awarded £700 in compensation after Williams’ Way is told off for ‘lack of diligence’ when checking buyers’ finances.Nigel Lewis7th May 201901,187 Views A vendor has been awarded £700 in compensation by The Property Ombudsman (TPO) after a sale fell through because, it is claimed, his estate agent had failed to check the financial situation of the buyer adequately, breaching one of TPOs codes of conduct.Alander Walker turned to the ombudsman over the failed sale after putting his property in Tavernham in Norfolk up for sale via local agency William’s Way for £250,000.The agency found a buyer for the property and, because he was in a hurry to move to Scotland and look after his ill mother, Walker accepted their offer of £242,000.But after six weeks the deal fell through after it transpired that the buyers did not have adequate finances lined up to purchase the property. Mr Walker then turned to an agency based in Norwich and received six offers including one in excess of the original asking price.In its adjudication TPO says during enquiries it found that William’s Way had “not taken adequate steps to advise the complainant fully of the potential purchasers’ financial position.”“Due care and attention was not taken…I would criticise William’s Way for lack of diligence”.A spokesperson from William’s Way told local media that: “We wish the house buying and selling process offered more guarantees, but unfortunately that is not the case here in England and there is always risk involved.“Having started the business just over three years ago we were bitterly disappointed to receive our first and only complaint to date.”The Property Ombudsman TPO awards to complainants William’s Way May 7, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more