UK public borrowing rise is less than forecast

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UACN Property Development Plc ( Q32016 Interim Report

first_imgUACN Property Development Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about UACN Property Development Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the UACN Property Development Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: UACN Property Development Plc (  2016 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileUACN Property Development Plc is a property investment company in Nigeria that buys, develops, sells, leases and manages commercial and residential accommodation and retail space. The company offers accommodation options in the luxury, premium and classic sectors of the real estate market. UACN Property Development Plc also owns and operates a hotel in Lagos which includes conferencing and banquet facilities. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. UACN Property Development Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

A Box in Disguise / Wahana Architects

first_imgCopyHouses•Jakarta, Indonesia “COPY” Architects: Wahana Architects Area Area of this architecture project 2009 A Box in Disguise / Wahana Architects Projects Manufacturers: Lutron, AGC, Duravit, Alexindo, IRON WOOD, NERO ASSOLUTO, SERPEGGIANTE, Teak woodSave this picture!© Mario WibowoRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. Located in a residential area in West Jakarta, the project is not supposed to be created as a “pompous”, “arrogant” or “heavy” building. The main solution came by asking and persuading the client about the true needs the house should deal with. With clients who were enthusiastic and collaborated with an intense and constant communication, the value of understanding the need of space is fulfilled. Since breaking down the building into several main masses was not enough to prevent the building to become a heavy block, we use horizontal clear lines to break the scale. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoA home filled with the warmth of family relationships is the essence of thinking in this 1800 sqm dwelling set. The challenge of designing a spacious dwelling is to make the family members always feel close and comfortable. This is a special concept that we offer as architects through design solutions. This residence becomes special because it is not visible from the outside, it0s hidden among the thick and dense trees. The green spaces create a charming environment. We utilize an area of 1500 sqm to build three buildings consisting of 3 floors and 1basement (2 living rooms, dining room, 2 pantry, 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms / powder rooms, work spaces, children room, roof terrace, swimming pool, 3 decorative fountains) and 200sqm vertical garden with a koi fish pond. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoThe green spaces that surround the house can be enjoyed from the inside because the building is wrapped in glass. The client can greet the mornings while enjoying coffee at the dinner table that is deliberately exposed out of the dining room. The kids’ lounge also overlooks the pool which enjoys freshness and sunlight bursting in between the greenery. Save this picture!Elevation BSave this picture!© Mario WibowoLarge homes should not make family members far apart. Therefore, the width of the three children rooms works as a “kids lounge” so that the siblings can gather together while doing school work, study or play together. The zoning arrangement of the children’s room is done at the end of the hall. Both parents can easily communicate with the children and give birth to new habits such as saying good night by going through every child’s room before going into the master bedroom. The child room corridor is formed by columns and walls covered in teak wood, the door handle is intentionally removed to reinforce the impression of a continuos wall as if there is no door. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoIn terms of interior design, the interior designer choose to adjust the selection of the furniture’s color following the architecture design. Soil colors like brown, grey, beige and black harmoniously align the warm atmosphere in the corners. The challenge of a wide scale house can be muffled through the selection of interior colors that are warm. In addition, all the wood used for this dwelling was property of the previous owner’s house. Through a good recycling treatment, making the wood can be reused maximally without having to dispose of the material. Although many details of the room use old wood, the new results did not seem old and are actually very modern in style. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoThe furniture selection is dominated by a number of internationally renowned interior brands like Naoto Fukasawa, Jean Paul Gaultier, Carlo Colombo, Vincent van Duysen, and Poliform chosen by the owner and interior designer.  The exterior of the building blends with the interior through open sliding doors and transparent glass walls. The use of natural and artificial lighting (inside and outside the house) succeeds in creating a homy atmosphere that can be felt in every single space. Save this picture!© Mario WibowoProject gallerySee allShow lessCall for Architectural Design Competition for the Iconic Mosque in Dubai Creek HarbourBuilt Projects & MasterplansMushroom House / SPACESPACESelected Projects Share Save this picture!© Mario Wibowo+ 31Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Indonesia Year:  Housescenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily A Box in Disguise / Wahana ArchitectsSave this projectSaveA Box in Disguise / Wahana Architects Photographs:  Mario Wibowo Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  1800 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeWahana ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVietnamJakartaIndonesiaPublished on April 04, 2018Cite: “A Box in Disguise / Wahana Architects” 03 Apr 2018. 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Wooden House / András Varsányi, Péter Pozsár, Norbert Vas

first_img “COPY” Manufacturers: Baumit, Firestone Building Products, Szeplast, Thermowood, Ytong ClassicBuilding Contractor:Tóth TiborClient:Gergő ZoltaiCity:AlgyőCountry:HungaryMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tamas BujnovszkyText description provided by the architects. Modern design can often fly in the face of the traditional values of the past. In some cases it can aim to improve by ignoring the needs and concerns that we once had, but this architectural design in Hungary shows that – for home structures, at least – those same values are just as important now as they ever were. Having won the audience’s vote at the Media Architecture Awards, it’s clear this is a value that modern homeowners are considering.Save this picture!© Tamas BujnovszkyIn the small village of Algyő in the Great Hungarian Plain, this project took the classic cross-section and layout of a traditional Hungarian farmstead and reconstructed it with a modern eye, replacing an old farm house that previously stood on the site. With the surrounding area suffering from depopulation due to global and national changes in the needs of agriculture, it was important that the project maintain the traditional values of such a building but with more contemporary needs.Save this picture!© Tamas BujnovszkyAs a result the most iconic aspect of the project is the central courtyard of the building, which is enclosed by its three sides to create an intimate setting among the trees of the surrounding acacia forest. The various modernized elements take aspects that were no longer needed from a traditional farmstead, and repurposed their use; what once would have been stalls to store animals or maize are now garages, while a corner section removed part of the interior structure but maintained the roof to create a quaint, sheltered, outdoor seating area.Save this picture!© Tamas BujnovszkySave this picture!Floor planSave this picture!© Tamas BujnovszkyWith the project’s client sharing his time between the hectic life of Budapest and the countryside, it was important that the house not only facilitated the needs of any typical urbanite but also created a tranquil space that could be the perfect place for him and his family to escape from the stresses of city living. The outdoor area encapsulates that, with its own pool and a number of terraces of varying heights to make use of. There is a modern addition in the form of the library, a white cube protruding out from the otherwise entirely wooden structure. The secluded spot embeds itself within the forest, intentionally representing urban architectural design but also creating a quiet space to read and relax.Save this picture!© Tamas BujnovszkyThe intention of the architects was to utilize a minimal floor-plan, making use of the traditional roof to create an interior space that was at once open, warm and welcoming. Though the building mimics the orientation of the original farmhouse exactly, its position within the wood was carefully selected to minimize the impact to the forestry and help habitation within nature to be as seamless as possible. The modern farmhouse also features windows on either side of the building to allow light to seep in from every angle. This has created a much brighter and more airy space that is very much in contrast to the darker rooms of such traditional houses, whose functions relied on protection from the elements rather than anything else.Save this picture!© Tamas BujnovszkySimilarly, this retelling of traditional values takes the core idea of individual units – where space had to be alloted for particular functions – and integrates it into the livable space. In addition to the separate wing for the garages, the building is smartly divided into living areas and bedrooms, effectively connected via the outer courtyard and sheltered club space.Save this picture!© Tamas BujnovszkyThis modern farmstead is expressing the contemporary need for smart integration into an environment while extolling the traditional values that comes from the building’s folk inspiration.Save this picture!© Tamas BujnovszkyProject gallerySee allShow lessOpen International Competition for Alternative Layout Design in Standard HousingIdeasMusée de la Romanité de Nîmes / 2Portzamparc – Elizabeth de PortzamparcSelected Projects Share Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Tamas Bujnovszky+ 71Curated by María Francisca González Share Wooden House / András Varsányi, Péter Pozsár, Norbert Vas ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Wooden House / András Varsányi, Péter Pozsár, Norbert VasSave this projectSaveWooden House / András Varsányi, Péter Pozsár, Norbert Vas Hungary Architects: András Varsányi, Péter Pozsár, Norbert Vas Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img Area:  480 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAndrás Varsányi, Péter Pozsár, Norbert VasOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentAlgyőHungaryPublished on June 14, 2018Cite: “Wooden House / András Varsányi, Péter Pozsár, Norbert Vas” 14 Jun 2018. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2016 Photographs Photographs:  Tamas Bujnovszky Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project “COPY” Year:  CopyHouses, Refurbishment•Algyő, Hungary Projectslast_img read more

Beloura House IV / Estúdio Urbano

first_img Lead Architects: Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 26Curated by Martita Vial Share Manufacturers: Lunawood, Sapa Building System International NV, Schneider Electric, Sto, Carpintaria Lucas Photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SG Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Beloura House IV / Estúdio Urbano CopyHouses•Portugal Products translation missing: Portugal “COPY” Year:  Architects: Estúdio Urbano Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1165 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Beloura House IV / Estúdio UrbanoSave this projectSaveBeloura House IV / Estúdio Urbanocenter_img Products used in this ProjectLouvers / ShuttersLunawoodThermowood BattensConsultants:Pórtico Vertical EngContractor:Eixos SimétricosCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGText description provided by the architects. In a plot without great interest, nor characteristics that make it more remarkable, one can see, in the distance, the ocean and the palace of Sintra.Through the 2000m2 of land, a complex and extensive program for a single family dwelling was distributed; spreaded over 3 floors, the lower floor with a big leisure area, the ground floor comprehending the social areas and the upper floor reserved for the rooms.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGFrom the street the volume of the upper floor appears as a large box, suspended in the void and resting on long walls that extend from the interior. On the ground floor wide windows open the facade allowing the desired reading of continuity of the wall.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe look lingers on and stretches over the distant landscape. On the upper floor, the rooms are protected from the outside by the expressive wooden brise soleil allowing the desired quietness.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGSave this picture!South ElevationSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe garden privileges native species and seeks to create different environments that could be an extension of the interior space on the outside. The passage of time will bring the necessary consolidation of the planted species.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Mill House / Wingårdh ArkitektkontorSelected ProjectsLa Villette Sports Complex / Atelier Féret & Frechon ArchitectesSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2019 “COPY” Houses Photographs ArchDaily Alain Gameiro, Ana Duarte ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects CopyAbout this officeEstúdio UrbanoOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPortugalPublished on March 05, 2019Cite: “Beloura House IV / Estúdio Urbano” 05 Mar 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsCabinetsFlorenseCabinet – FloAirWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagStair Railing – CELLON®LightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAHigh Speed Hand Dryers – Aerix+BoardsForestOneLaminate – EGGER laminatesAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Metal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightAccolade Wall Light at River Dental OfficeBricksStröherClinker Brick Slips – StiltreuMore 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 streamlast_img read more

Chief executives warn 18% of charities are struggling to survive

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. The UK’s largest survey of charity chief executives reports that 18% of them fear that their organisation is struggling to survive. The concern is greatest amongst smaller charities, with CEOs at 28% of charities with an annual income of below £1m fearing for their survival.Charities Aid Foundation’s Social Landscape 2017, published today in association with ACEVO, confirms the result of trends that have been in evidence for some years. Many charities face rising demand for their services in an increasingly tough financial environment. Last year 82% of charities reported such an increased in demand.Of those surveyed, 35% had had to dip into their reserves last year to cover income shortfalls.Top concernsThe biggest challenges for charity leaders cited in the research were:generating more income and achieving financial sustainability (57%)meeting demand for services (36%)a reduction in public and government funding (34%)The rise in demand of charities service is expected to increase over the next 12 months by 86% of CEOs surveyed. Advertisement  209 total views,  1 views today  210 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis44 How have charities responded so far?Common responses to the challenges from charities have included restructuring, downsizing and joining forces with other organisations.61% say they either have restructured in the past 12 months or will be doing so in the next 12 months.33% have reduced or are set to reduce staff numbers and downsize the organisation over the same period.28% say they have or will be reducing front-line services. This compares to 19% who said this was a case when the same research was carried out in 2015.Mergers and partnerships are another response. 10% of leaders surveyed have plans to merge with another organisation over the next 12 months.76% say they have or will be partnering with another not-for-profit49% say they have or will be collaborating with a private sector organisation.  Charities are making efforts to turn things around.85% have recent or upcoming plans to increase their social media presence79% are investing in new IT and online solutions59% are introducing new methods of giving Most CEO’s don’t believe the UK public realises how important charities are to the UK.The surveyThe survey involved questions that CAF asked charities as part of the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) Pay and Equalities Survey 2016, which collected information from chief executive officers of organisations in the voluntary sector. The CAF questions were asked of 472 respondents completing the ACEVO survey.Those surveyed included cover “a good breadth of organisations” from across the different parts of the charity world in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, including smaller organisations.“Ever-growing pressure on already-stretched resources”John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, said that “all of us have a stake in how the voluntary sector is faring”.He added:“In 2017 charities are facing ever-growing pressure on already-stretched resources. They are less confident than they were a year ago that they’ll be able to meet this demand. In some cases they are being stretched to breaking point. Faced with tough times, charities are restructuring, reducing staff and in some cases adapting their mission…“At this pivotal time as we prepare to leave the EU, charities have a big role to play shaping British society. It is essential that MPs and policymakers work with the voluntary sector and acknowledge the pressures charities are facing if we are to get the full benefit of charities’ experience and expertise in the uncertain times ahead.”Vicky Browning, Chief Executive of ACEVO, concurred, saying:“The Social Landscape Report provides evidence that charities are facing a perfect storm of rising demand and decreasing funds in a time of challenging economic conditions and volatile public trust. It is essential that local and national government work to protect the longer term capacity of the voluntary sector and  the irreplaceable role that these organisations play in our communities.”You can download The Social Landscape 2017 report in PDF. Tagged with: ACEVO Charities Aid Foundation Finance Management Research / statistics CAF have also published a 2019 edition of this report at The Social Landscape 2019. Howard Lake | 28 February 2017 | News Chief executives warn 18% of charities are struggling to survive AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis44 Breaking point?There is a sense that the current position for some is not sustainable. Overall, the charity leaders surveyed are less confident of their ability to meet these challenges than they were a year ago.only 14% said they were completely confident they could cope with growing demand26% had little or no confidence their organisation could meet with growing demandlast_img read more

Cuban gov’t statement: U.S. military adventure against Venezuela must be stopped

first_imgWorkers World publishes here a Cuban government statement of Feb. 12 that condemns the U.S. government’s escalating preparations for a military adventure in Venezuela and calls on the international community to mobilize to prevent U.S. aggression. The original was published on Feb. 14 at, where it is available in Spanish and other languages.The Revolutionary Government of the Republic of Cuba condemns the escalation of pressures and actions by the U.S. government in preparation for a military adventure under the guise of a “humanitarian intervention” in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and calls on the international community to mobilize in order to prevent its being carried out.Between Feb. 6 and 10 of 2019, several military transport aircraft flew to the Rafael Miranda Airport in Puerto Rico, the San Isidro Air Base in the Dominican Republic, and other strategically located Caribbean islands, most certainly without the knowledge of the governments of those nations. These flights took off from U.S. military facilities where Special Operations troops and U.S. Marine Corps units operate. These units have been used for covert operations, even against leaders of other countries.Media and political circles — including within the U.S. — have revealed that extremist figures of the government with a long history of actions and slander aimed at causing or instigating wars, such as John Bolton, U.S. National Security Advisor; and Mauricio Claver-Carone, director of the National Security Council’s Office of Western Hemisphere Affairs, while counting on the connivance of Senator Marco Rubio of the anti-Cuban mafia in Florida, designed, directly and thoroughly organized, and funded, from their posts in Washington, the attempted coup d’etat in Venezuela by means of the illegal self-proclamation of a president.They are the same individuals who, either personally or through the State Department, have been exerting brutal pressures on numerous governments to force them to support the arbitrary call for new presidential elections in Venezuela, while promoting recognition for the usurper, who barely won 97,000 votes as a parliamentarian, against the more than 6 million Venezuelans who elected Constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros last May.Since the resistance mounted by the Bolivarian and Chavista Venezuelan people against the coup, evidenced by the mass demonstrations in support of President Maduro, and the loyalty of the National Bolivarian Armed Forces, the U.S. government has intensified its international political and media campaign, and strengthened unilateral economic coercive measures against Venezuela, among them the freezing of Venezuelan funds in third countries’ banks, worth billions of dollars, and the theft of this sister nation’s oil revenue, causing serious humanitarian damage and harsh deprivation to its people.In addition to this cruel and unjustifiable plunder, the U.S. intends to fabricate a humanitarian pretext in order to launch a military attack on Venezuela and, by resorting to intimidation, pressure, and force, is seeking to introduce into this sovereign nation’s territory alleged “humanitarian aid” — which is one thousand times inferior compared to the economic damages provoked by the siege imposed by Washington.The usurper and self-proclaimed “president” shamelessly announced his disposition to call for a U.S. military intervention under the pretext of receiving the aforementioned “humanitarian aid,” and has described the sovereign and honorable rejection of that maneuver as a crime against humanity.High-ranking U.S. officials have been arrogantly and blatantly reminding us all, day after day, that when it comes to Venezuela, “all options are on the table, including military action.”In the process of fabricating pretexts, the U.S. government has resorted to deception and slanders, presenting a draft resolution at the U.N. Security Council which cynically and hypocritically expresses “deep concern” for human rights and the humanitarian situation and what it calls recent attempts to block the delivery of humanitarian aid, the millions of Venezuelan refugees and migrants, the excessive use of force against peaceful protesters, the breakdown of regional peace and security in Venezuela, and then calls for taking the “necessary steps.”It is obvious that the United States is paving the way to forcibly establish a humanitarian corridor under international supervision, invoking the obligation to protect civilians and take all “necessary steps.”It is worth recalling that similar behaviors and pretexts were used by the U.S. during the prelude to the wars it launched against Yugoslavia, Iraq, and Libya, which resulted in tremendous human losses and caused enormous suffering.The U.S. government attempts to remove the biggest obstacle — the Bolivarian and Chavista Revolution — to imperialist domination of Our America and deprive the Venezuelan people of the largest certified oil reserves on the planet and numerous strategic natural resources.It is impossible to forget the sad and painful history of U.S. military interventions perpetrated more than once in Mexico, Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, Honduras, and, most recently, Grenada and Panama.As Army General Raúl Castro Ruz warned on July 14, 2017: “The aggression and coup violence against Venezuela harm all of Our America and only benefit the interests of those set on dividing us in order to exercise their control over our peoples, unconcerned about causing conflicts of incalculable consequences in this region, like those we are seeing in different parts of the world.”History will severely judge a new imperialist military intervention in the region and the complicity of those who might irresponsibly support it.What is at stake today in Venezuela is the sovereignty and dignity of Latin America and the Caribbean and the peoples of the South. Equally at stake is the survival of the rule of international law and the U.N. Charter. What is being defined today is whether the legitimacy of a government emanates from the express and sovereign will of its people, or from the recognition of foreign powers.The [Cuban] Revolutionary Government calls for an international mobilization in defense of peace in Venezuela and the region, based on the principles established in the Proclamation of Latin America and the Caribbean as a Zone of Peace, which was adopted by heads of state and government of CELAC [Community of Latin American and Caribbean States] in 2014.It likewise welcomes and supports the Montevideo Mechanism, an initiative promoted by Mexico, Uruguay, the Caribbean Commonwealth (CARICOM), and Bolivia, which seeks to preserve peace in Venezuela based on the principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of states, legal equality of states, and the peaceful resolution of conflicts, as stated in its recent declaration.It welcomes the positive consideration given to this initiative by President Maduro Moros and the international community, and expresses its concern given the U.S. government’s categorical rejection of the dialogue initiatives promoted by several countries, including this one.The Revolutionary Government reiterates its firm and unwavering solidarity with Constitutional President Nicolás Maduro Moros, the Bolivarian Chavista Revolution, and the civic and military unity of its people, and calls upon all peoples and governments of the world to defend peace and mount a joint opposition, over and above political or ideological differences, to a new imperialist military intervention in Latin America and the Caribbean, which will damage the independence, sovereignty, and interests of all peoples, from the Rio Bravo to Patagonia.Havana, Feb. 12, 2019 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

China Announces Retaliation Against U.S. Tariff Hikes

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter The Chinese Finance Ministry made the expected announcement on Monday that it would respond to the most recent hike in U.S. tariffs on Chinese imports. China will raise tariff rates on $60 billion in U.S. imports, including agricultural products. The Ministry will boost tariff rates in June on more than 5,000 U.S. products. Agricultural commodities that will cost more in China include citrus fruit, berries, vegetables, and nuts. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence both said over the last several days that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin work immediately on a new trade assistance package for U.S. farmers and ranchers in the event that China retaliated. Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue echoed that pledge on Friday in a Twitter post. While at the G-20 Ministerial Meeting in Japan, Perdue said China indicated they would retaliate against the U.S. tariff hike. “If and when they do, President Trump is committed to supporting our producers who may be harmed by the retaliatory efforts of China,” Perdue said in Japan.A month ago farmer optimism was running high that the trade war would soon be ending. However, that optimism quickly disappeared after U.S. Trade Rep Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin returned from talks in Beijing. The American Soybean Association says U.S. farmers are frustrated by the lack of progress between the U.S. and China in bringing the trade war to a close. “The U.S. has been at the table with China 11 times and still hasn’t closed the deal,” says ASA President Davie Stephens. “What that means for soybean farmers is that we’re losing a valuable market, stable pricing, and losing an opportunity to support our families and communities.” He says the trade negotiations are directly impacting farmers’ livelihoods. The organization says the soybean industry realizes the Administration’s reasons for trying to force China to make structural changes to its predatory economic policies. However, ASA continues to recommend that the U.S. achieve these goals through coordinated actions with like-minded countries. “The soybean market in China took 40 years to build,” Stephens says, “and as this confrontation continues, it will become increasingly difficult to recover. Soybean farmers aren’t willing to be collateral damage in an endless trade war.” Home Indiana Agriculture News China Announces Retaliation Against U.S. Tariff Hikes China Announces Retaliation Against U.S. Tariff Hikes Previous articleApril Tractors Sales Up 12 PercentNext articleDon’t Push the Panic Button Yet NAFB News Service By NAFB News Service – May 13, 2019 Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

The Gideon’s International hands out New Testaments in Fort Worth

first_img Previous articleStudents react to controversial speaker’s views on radical IslamNext articleNeeley School of Business cracks Bloomberg top 25 undergrad programs Frank Jackson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter UCC Minister announces resignation to spend time with family New Catholic School to open in Fort Worth Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store + posts Facebook Frank Jackson Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature The Gideon’s International hands out New Testaments in Fort Worth Frank Jackson ReddIt Frank Jackson is a sophomore Journalism major, spanish minor, from Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He is currently a writer for TCU360 and the109.center_img Linkedin Members of St. Andrew Catholic Church recognize Ash Wednesday Frank Jackson ReddIt Twitter Linkedin Frank Jackson Frank Jackson printThe Gideon’s International religious group came to TCU yesterday as a part of their bible blitz campaign in the Tarrant County area.The Gideon’s International volunteers approached students from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Monday and Tuesday with New Testaments in hand.“It was kind of awkward because there were so many of them spread out so when you said no to one, another popped up,” said sophomore TCU student Madison Jones, “They were nice and not pushy.”Junior Ohimai Ojeikere added, “They weren’t pushy or trying to evangelize, they said you want a bible? No, cool.”Other students appreciated the gesture.“I thought they were spreading a good message and what they were saying was a good reminder,” Sophomore Tia Johnson said.The group has handed out 150 thousand New Testaments/Bibles in three days said Gideon’s International volunteer Terry Milrany.Milrany, a TCU alumnus, said the group came to the school because they wanted to give back.“We believe that there is power in believing in the word,” said Milrany.However, many of the other Gideon’s members weren’t willing to talk about their group. They refused to be interviewed.The group started over 100 years ago with no professional clergy said Milrany.Gideon’s International is represented in 197 countries and has given out 2 million books world wide, added Milrany.The Bibles and New Testaments are printed in more than 90 languages.To find out more visit Facebook Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Lebanese Media – a Family Affair

first_imgCombined with a deeply divided political landscape and a lack of proper means of regulation, these trends in audience concentration pose a high risk to media pluralism in Lebanon. Related documents 181206_mom_lebanon_jm_cm.docxVND.OPENXMLFORMATS-OFFICEDOCUMENT.WORDPROCESSINGML.DOCUMENT – 22.56 KB LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Media independence Organisation January 14, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Lebanon Media Ownership Monitor “Political familism” “Lebanon’s political and sectarian diversity is widely reflected in the media. But it has also allowed regimes across the Middle East to interfere in its affairs in many ways, including by investing in its media sector. Since the financial crisis and the Arab Spring, this sector has been witnessing a drain of these funds for better or worse,” observed Ayman Mhanna, the Samir Kassir Foundation’s Executive Director. “What’s left is an overcrowded market that is neither sustainable nor independent.” Media contacts “Lebanon is a telling example,” added Olaf Steenfadt, RSF’s Global Project Director for MOM. “We can observe here that a lack of laws and law enforcement doesn’t necessarily mean more freedom. ‘Laissez-faire’ all too often serves those few who can afford to bypass rules and consolidate their power.” Transparency games and legal tricks MOM analyzed 37 outlets with the largest audience shares in Lebanon. The research revealed that the country’s media landscape is highly concentrated. The top four TV companies, LBCI SAL, Al Jadeed SAL, MTV SAL, and Alubnianiya lil Ilam (OTV), combine nearly 8 out of 10 viewers (78.1% of the audience). They are respectively owned by the Khayat, Daher-Saad, Aoun, and Gabriel Murr families. In the print sector, the top four companies, Al Joumouhouria News Corp SAL, Annahar SAL, Akhbar Beirut SAL and Al Nahda SAL (Addiyar), concentrate almost as much: 77.9% of the daily readership. Their respective main shareholders are the Michel Elias Murr, Hariri, and Tuéni Families, Ibrahim Al Amine, and Charles Ayoub. The radio sector is slightly less concentrated with the top four companies, Société Moderne d’Information SAL (VDL 93.3), Liban Libre pour la Production et la Diffusion SAL (RLL), El Mada Group SARL (Sawt El Mada), and Société Nouvelle d’Information Audiovisuelle (VDL 100.5) reaching 72% of the listenership. The top four respective shareholders are the Khazen Family, the Lebanese Forces, Elias Bou Saab, and the Phalange Party. Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” LebanonMiddle East – North Africa Media independence Compared with all 16 existing MOM country editions so far, Lebanon shows the highest rate of political affiliation with 29 outlets out of 37 (78.4%) being either directly owned by the state, current or former members of parliament or the executive, parliamentary candidates, or by political parties. The Samir Kassir Foundation: Jad Shahrour: +961 3 571 470 – [email protected] Reporters Without Borders Germany: Ulrike Gruska/Christoph Dreyer/Anne Renzenbrink/Juliane Matthey, media relations officers:  0049 30 6098 9533 55 – [email protected] to go further For the first time, the identity of these players, but also their underlying interests, structures, and connections are now visible after a comprehensive, data-journalistic investigation presented in Beirut today. Jointly conducted by Reporters without Borders and the Samir Kassir Foundation’s SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom, the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) – Lebanon is now available at in Arabic and English. News As a result, Lebanese media operate in a clan manner, based on family and political interests. At least 43% of the media outlets covered by MOM count at least one member of the following 12 families in their ownership or board – or both: Aoun, Daher-Saad, Eddé, Fares, Hariri, Khayat, Khazen, Mikati, Murr, Pharaon, Salam, and Tuéni. More than a third is directly owned by one of them. According to the MOM findings, most of the ownership schemes are designed to put the control of certain media outlets in one family’s hands. Initiated by Reporters Without Borders and funded by the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Media Ownership Monitor (MOM) is a global research and advocacy project to promote transparency and media pluralism worldwide. In Lebanon, it was conducted together with the Samir Kassir Foundation. Country studies have been published so far in Albania, Brazil, Colombia, Cambodia, Ghana, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Peru, the Philippines, Serbia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine. All MOM results are available online at   Although transparency is officially required for any Lebanese media outlet registered as a company, most of the publicly available information was outdated. Moreover, existing legal provisions can be easily circumvented, which provides yet another evidence that law enforcement stops at the doorstep of powerful politicians. The MOM team found out that some media outlets operate outside the scope of the law, that a series of restrictions imposed by the Audiovisual Media Law of 1994 are ignored or clearly violated by some broadcast media owners, and that more than 60 political publications still have licenses although they have stopped printing and publishing years ago. In a context where most of the media owners covered by the MOM survey are politicians who serve or have served in government positions or in parliament, accountability becomes an illusion, as they are judge and party at the same time. Often seen as the most liberal and free media environment in the Arab World, Lebanon’s media landscape appears tightly aligned with domestic and foreign powers vying for control. Key political groups but also wealthy family clans benefit from a weak or dysfunctional legal framework that reflects an overall laissez-faire attitude. Thus, they have managed to maintain and even extend their grip on pockets of public opinion throughout the dramatic events that have unfolded in and around this country in the last decades. News RSF_en December 6, 2018 Lebanese Media – a Family Affair Lebanese journalist found shot dead in car Concentrated markets in the hands of some eight families and three political parties The Samir Kassir Foundation is a Lebanese non-profit organization officially established in Beirut under registry number 30/A.D., founded on February 1, 2006. It is named after Samir Kassir, a Lebanese journalist assassinated in Beirut on June 2, 2005. It aims to spread democratic culture in Lebanon and the Arab world, encourage new talents in journalism, and build the movement for a cultural, democratic, and secular renewal.  These are the conditions to lift the Arab populations out of their state of malaise, as described in Samir Kassir’s book Being Arab. The Foundation strives to defend freedom of media and culture through the SKeyes Center for Media and Cultural Freedom that it has been hosting since 2008. It has become the largest center to monitor violations against journalists and artists in the Arab Levant as well as a reference point for research on journalism and for training media professionals and enhancing their skills. Reporters without Borders and the Samir Kassir Foundation launch the Media Ownership Monitor in Lebanon. February 4, 2021 Find out more November 11, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts News Highest rate of political affiliation Legal restrictions to limit ownership monopolies do exist in the broadcast sector (TV and radio), but the media sector overall remains very much a political families’ reserve. In the course of the research, the MOM team found at least 12 famous dynasties involved in the media sector. The Hariri family owns major shares in media outlets and is the only one to have stakes in all four media sectors (print and online, radio and TV). All outlets that they co-own combine at least 29.6% of the country’s print circulation (Al Mustaqbal, The Daily Star and Annahar), 7.7% of the radio audience (Radio Orient), and 7.8% of the TV audience (Future TV). Four other media owners are present in more than one media sector. These politically affiliated outlets account for the entirety of the TV viewership, a print readership share of 93.5%, and a radio listenership share of 79.3%. Moreover, some of the most popular online news platforms belong to political parties, further amplifying the high risk of media politicization and polarization. Help by sharing this information News Lebanon : Violence against reporters becoming more frequent in Lebanon Beirut, December 6, 2018 – The seemingly buzzing Lebanese media market is, in fact, controlled by only a few highly politicized owners that are either directly affiliated with political parties or belong to Lebanese dynasties. Additional threats to media pluralism arise from clear editorial lines defined by politics, close ties among the dynasties, and a number of regulatory shortcomings. Lebanese law does not include provisions on conflicts of interests that could prevent government figures and members of parliament or their family members from owning shares in media organizations. Media owners are not obliged to disclose their political affiliations, for example towards the Commercial Register of the Ministry of Justice.last_img read more