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Zurich profit slips 13 per cent

first_img Zurich profit slips 13 per cent Insurer Zurich Financial Services saw its 2010 profit fall 13 per cent to $4.9bn (£3.04bn) from $5.54bn in 2009, as catastrophe claims rose and it paid one-off costs in Russia and the US. Zurich, which wrote premiums of $33.1bn in 2010, made $3.45bn net profits, in line with market forecasts, and increased its dividend six per cent to SwFr17 (£11). But S&P analyst Tony Silverman downgraded his 2011 income forecasts by four per cent, saying he saw little potential for share price rises despite its effort to improve its non-life underwriting. whatsapp KCS-content Share whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Thursday 10 February 2011 8:36 pm More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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Omnicane Limited (MTMD.mu) 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgOmnicane Limited (MTMD.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Food sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Omnicane Limited (MTMD.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Omnicane Limited (MTMD.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Omnicane Limited (MTMD.mu)  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileOmnicane Limited is a company headquartered in Mauritius and specialises in sugar milling and electricity production services. The company engages in the production and processing of sugar cane, electricity production, food crop, flower and venison production, vegetable, palm heart and fresh shrimp production. Omnicane ltd operates through its subsidiaries, Omnicane Milling Holdings (Mon Tresor) Limited, Omnicane Milling Holdings (Britannia Highlands) Limited, Floreal Limited, FAW Investment Limited, Exotic Exports Limited, Omnicane Logistic Operations Limited, Omnicane Thermal Energy Holdings (St Aubin) Limited, Omnicane Holdings (La Baraque) Thermal Energy Limited, Omnicane Milling Operations Limited and Omnicane Agricultural Operations Limited; all arranged under  sugar, energy, hospitality, and property segments. Omnicane Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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I’d buy these FTSE 100 stocks to beat inflation

first_img Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 27th February, 2021 Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in Diageo. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo. 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. I’d buy these FTSE 100 stocks to beat inflation Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img 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. Higher commodity prices have recently sparked fears of a rapid rise in inflation. This could present a significant challenge for investors. Historically, stocks and shares have performed relatively badly in periods of high inflation. However, that’s not always the case. Some companies, such as the FTSE 100 businesses outlined below, can be better positioned to weather an inflationary environment. That said, past performance should never be used as a guide to future potential. So, while businesses such as those outlined below have performed well in periods of high inflation before, that does not necessarily mean they will this time around. That’s something investors need to keep in mind when selecting FTSE 100 stocks. 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…Stocks to beat inflationRising commodity prices are behind inflation fears. Therefore, I think it could make sense for me to buy mining companies such as BHP, Rio Tinto and Anglo-American.These are some of the world’s largest mining companies producing everything from iron ore to copper and diamonds.The prices of these critical commodities have been increasing rapidly over the past few months. That has led to bumper profits at these businesses. They have passed the majority of this additional income onto investors with huge dividends.Of course, this may not continue. Commodity prices are highly volatile. In the past, these companies have suffered significant declines in profitability due to sudden falls in commodity prices. That’s something investors need to be aware of before buying these corporations.In an inflationary environment, mining costs would also increase. That could lead to a decrease in profitability. Still, as a way to invest in rising commodity prices and try to beat inflation, I would buy these firms, despite the risks they face. FTSE 100 growth and incomeIt’s not just commodity companies that can be good ways to hedge a portfolio against inflation. Businesses with pricing power or the ability to set their products’ prices without seeing consumers go elsewhere can be suitable investments as well. Diageo is a great example. I like this group for its portfolio of high-quality drinks brands. Many of the company’s products, such as its premium whisky and Guinness, are aimed at consumers who are not necessarily worried about the cost. They like the products and are willing to pay for them. As such, the corporation should be able to increase its prices to consumers if inflation drives up the cost of raw materials. That being said, one of the most significant risks the FTSE 100 company faces is competition. In recent years, it has lost market share in some areas to smaller upstarts. There have also been alcohol bans in one of its largest markets, India. These challenges imply it’s not always going to be plain sailing for the group. They may also impact its ability to grow. But even though Diageo does face some significant risks, I would still buy the stock for my portfolio today, considering its competitive advantages.  Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! 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. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

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A love letter to the crazy ProD2

first_imgThis lineout drive in France’s #ProD2 match between Beziers and Biarrits does not quite go how you think it willpic.twitter.com/I73dkEXz4J— James Harrington (@Jamesonrugby) March 26, 2021Because nine seconds is sometimes all it takes… Biarritz rugby fans at a match against Perpignan this season (Getty Images) “If you want to watch the ProD2, you have to watch the whole competition because it’s like a series,” says Perpignan back-rower Damien Chouly. “It’s like Game of Thrones. Every episode, there’s something happening, and this year was something like that.”Is the French second tier the craziest league in rugby? It certainly feels like every weekend there is at least one clip from the ProD2 that has outsiders typing out Whisky Tango Foxtrot. And if the make-up of the latest European Champions Cup semis and final had pundits pondering if the Top 14 would go on to enjoy an era of continental dominance, the division just below generates storylines every bit as arresting. There are grand old names on the wane; regathering powers; smalltown clubs weaponising synergy; at-the-death winners from rank unfancied sides; more than a smidge of political chaos off the field.  #PROD2 – J21 “Quand ton maul va dans l’en-but aussi vite qu’un ailier” @UsmSapiacRugby pic.twitter.com/KYlvJTe4Be— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) March 1, 2021Because… well, forget the Ash Splash… And on Saturday 5 June, two household names from the South-west, Perpignan and Biarritz, will wrestle their way towards promotion. The winner of the ProD2 final will gain automatic promotion to the Top 14 and the loser goes on to a play-off with the 13th team in the Top 14. The last-placed team in the top division is automatically relegated. But what sets this league apart?Television presenter Cecile Gres, who cut her teeth covering the ProD2, offers a view: “It has always been more authentic and the stakes have never killed the games. The atmosphere around this competition is cooler and more spontaneous. “There are a lot of young players who want to be spotted, former Top 14 stars who want to end their career on a good note, brillant players who know this championship by heart. Thomas Ramos, Demba Bamba, Anthony Bouthier, Vincent Rattez, Kilian Geraci were all in ProD2 a few years ago. And you can find famous profiles in the staff teams, like Christian Labit, David Aucagne, Perry Freshwater, Remi Talès, Stéphane Glas…“Finally, the playing level across the teams makes the ProD2 a hotly-contested competition.”Perpignan facing Carcassonne this season (Getty Images)The finest talents in the competition don’t just ascend into the Top 14. After a five-year stint in Béziers, back-row Karl Wilkins will be returning to the UK, after signing with Northampton Saints. And he has seen some of the more… traditional elements of the division. “This was actually our first season with TMO,” he says, wryly. “There used to be more punch-ups and a lot more amateur-era stuff, when I first joined Béziers, on the discipline front, because people could get away with stuff. “That was a big change, and obviously there were no fans this year, but you’d get massive crowds for particular games. They could make big influences on the game, on refereeing decisions. It did make playing away from home a nightmare and playing at home – not easier, but maybe a little more comfortable, with some decisions.”Asked whether there was a deluge of madcap moments, as the stream of highlight clips would have you believe, Wilkins adds: “In the winter months it can be a bit slower, but if you look at the (league’s) Twitter page, there’s always at least one try a week that’s just mad.Related: The life of a Journeyman – a Rugby World special report“It’s normally because the games are so close, so one team’s got to go for it towards the end. One slipped ball (and things can change). Especially this year, I think, there’s been more good play from the backs, some really good moves that have gone the length of the field. I couldn’t tell you why, but this year it feels like the whole level has stepped up.”Wilkins knows the reputation set in stone: that the league should just be a place to turn young puppy-fat plodders into hardened forwards. Chouly says the pace is very often slower than the Top 14 where he carved out such a successful career. He and Wilkins both make a point of mentioning the long, arduous nature of a 30-game season. Remember, that is purely league-focussed, as there are no European commitments, no domestic cup on top of that. But Chouly also says that while eight to ten teams are capable of competing for promotion, the others can still pull off sensational results. The 46-cap Frenchman remembers last season, when freshly demoted Perpignan were bushwacked by Rouen, who had just come up from the Nationale league, losing to them 12-10.  #PROD2 – L’image de la J19 : Top chrono Comme le dit si bien @Dupont9A : “On ne va pas y passer la journée non plus” Il a fallu 9 secondes à @OyonnaxRugby pour marquer l’essai le plus rapide de l’histoire de la @rugbyprod2 et du @top14rugby confondus pic.twitter.com/eR7CXfMXR3— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) February 11, 2021Because the ball can turn into a bar of soap… 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. The Craziest ProD2 moments in 2020-21Sometimes France’s second tier is portrayed as the Wild West, writes James Harrington. A lawless, crazy, anything-goes place where sometimes, if you’re lucky, rugby may happen.We tried to disprove this calumny. We really did. But, well, we couldn’t. Here are just a few reasons from this season alone that show the ProD2 is the craziest place on the pro rugby planet – except for, possibly, France’s third-tier Nationale…Because even apparently successful 5m lineout moves can suddenly turn unexpected. #PROD2 – #MondayMotivation𝙏𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙨𝙛𝙤𝙧𝙢𝙚𝙧 𝙖𝙫𝙚𝙘 𝙪𝙣 𝙩𝙚𝙚 ? 𝘽𝙞𝙚𝙣 𝙩𝙧𝙤𝙥 𝙛𝙖𝙘𝙞𝙡𝙚… Selponi nous régale avec un drop en coin pour passer la transformation @FCGrugby pic.twitter.com/Bh9fg0KpC8— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) January 25, 2021Because hookers dummy and flankers think they’re Phil Bennett… #PROD2 – L’image de la J26 : Les déménageurs jouent du piano Les feintes d’un talonneur et les crochets d’un flanker ! Les trois-quarts d’@OyonnaxRugby vont certainement être jaloux des avants après ce mouvement tout en technique et en légèreté ! 🪶 pic.twitter.com/a4qsfZ2k8K— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) April 8, 2021Because, sometimes – quite often actually – it’s simply magnificent…center_img #PROD2 – #MondayMotivationQuand la ballon se transforme en savonnette et joue un mauvais tour à Carcassonne pic.twitter.com/p3lYauAruG— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) May 10, 2021Because mauls can achieve escape velocity… LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Biarritz and Perpignan face off for automatic promotion to the Top 14 this weekend Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. #PROD2 – #MondayMotivationQuand tu commences ta semaine en 𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗲 libre @SArugbyofficiel pic.twitter.com/r3wag5PFJK— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) May 17, 2021Because quick thinking… #PROD2 #EssaiDuJour – J16Quel essai de l’@usonneversrugby ! De la continuité avec des superbes passes après-contact puis la vitesse et les raffuts de Romaric Camou pour terminer en beauté pic.twitter.com/4so6AtCf1D— Rugby PRO D2 (@rugbyprod2) January 21, 2021What do you make of the ProD2? How does the English Championship compare? Let us know your views via [email protected] or hit us up on social media. Asked for her favourite moments of this season, Gres calls up the semi-final over the weekend, when Biarritz beat Vannes with a try at the death. She recalls a classic between Perpignan and Oyonnax, while Aurillac ensured their future in the division with a last-second kick against Colomiers. And of course there was that Lion King moment, when Josaia Raisuqe lifted the referee at the end of a Beziers game at Nevers.One other try viewers may recall was the round 18 mind-bender between Colomiers and Biarritz. In the centre for the visitors that day was All Black Francis Saili. “That was most definitely different, man!” the Kiwi tells Rugby World. “We were down (on the scoreboard) and they caught the ball and could have just run down the time and just kicked the ball out, but for some reason the half-back just gave us the ball. “If you give a team an edge, we’ll take that. With the team we have, with the players and personnel we have, we’ll definitely take the opportunity. I definitely experienced that for the first time and it was awesome. The whole game felt like a bit of a grudge match and I’d heard they were a team who would try to grind you out, they had some dirty plays, and I thought, ‘Okay.’“For us to score at the death made it all the sweeter. How we scored the try was just ridiculous. It felt like the whole team touched the ball, cross-kicks, throwing it around like it’s a basketball. They missed the kick, one of our boys tackled their player, one of our boys pounced on the ball to score the try. It was one of those ones where you look back and say, ‘Jeez, how did we pull that off?!’“That’s what happens when you let the shackles loose and just let boys play. There’s a bit of fluidity. I was surprised with the skill level, from the French boys especially (after leaving Harlequins to join the ProD2). There is so much skill and they’ve just got raw talent. I’ve obviously been able to see that first hand and it’s been awesome.”Saili agrees with Wilkins that there is a growing narrative that the skill level is rising. Perhaps growing budgets help, and some tell you there is obviously an arms race going on. This doesn’t always work out for players either, and there are many from outside of France with tales to tell of aborted stints on the continent. Then there was the wild story earlier in the season about team owners looking to move the famed Biarritz side to… Lille. That one soon fizzled out, as did the tale of a takeover in Beziers.Related: Biarritz take on Grindr as inclusivity sponsorBut if you are to make the most of time in the second division, you have to embrace the madness. As Saili says: “When I first came in, I had a moment of self-reflection and was like, ‘Look, I can’t come in and reinvent the way these guys play. Because this is probably what they do, probably what’s been implemented for such a long time.’ “I guess the only way is to just make small influences or players or coaches, sit down and just get onto the same page. Obviously there are times when I have been frustrated but at the same time, you just have to let the Frenchies do their thing and make small influences where you can.”Don’t be mad that the roller coaster doesn’t have any harnesses; just hope you are going fast enough to enjoy the loop-de-loop. In the opening round of the season, Biarritz beat Perpignan 21-12 and Saili scored the first try. In April, Perpignan beat Biarritz 29-27. What odds would you give for a truly bats*** ProD2 final between the two? TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

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Empereur / architectesassoc.

first_img Projects ArchDaily Empereur / architectesassoc.Save this projectSaveEmpereur / architectesassoc. Photographs 2015 Mixed Use Architecture Empereur / architectesassoc. Belgium “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/625324/empereur-architectes-associes Clipboard Save this picture!© Renaud Callebaut+ 21 Sharecenter_img “COPY” 2015 Architects: architectesassoc. Year Completion year of this architecture project photographs:  Renaud Callebaut, Corina PiticPhotographs:  Renaud Callebaut, Corina PiticSave this picture!© Renaud CallebautRecommended ProductsWoodEGGERWood-based materials in EGGER HeadquartersWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsText description provided by the architects. Construction of a mixed-use housing and office building boulevard de l’Empereur in Brussels.Save this picture!© Renaud CallebautWork here concentrates on the impact of built and un-built volumes on the existing urban landscape, leading to the first obvious option not to occupy the entire terrain (as does the existing 1950s office block promised to demolition) but instead step back, re-aligning with the back-side of the left-hand neighbor. Secondly, option is taken to develop a bona fide 3-facade end-piece, finishing off an existing alignment of imposing boulevard architecture punctuated by the restored Tour Anneessens. This is therefore a strategic site articulating 19th-century-scale buildings and medieval-scale vestiges, no gestures wanted, only pertinent responses.Save this picture!ImplantationA neutral white ensemble serving as ” fond-de-scène ” for the medieval Tour is imagined, characterized by a rhythmic un-identical series of steps back, on all three sides, molding and qualifying as such the open space crystallizing between the new building and the Tour. Built and un-built space folds and un-folds, deforms then reforms, morphs, taking its cue from immediate context as well as from the ergonomics of the resulting interiors and terraces.Save this picture!© Renaud CallebautThe outcome brings added value to the small planted garden next to the project on which the Tour once forlornly stood, with fresh and inviting perspectives to and from the vestiges, and secure and convivial public/semi-public space where tourists and passers-by can stop and admire them. A winding concrete serpentine serves as a welcoming bench, winding its way right up to the last fragment of medieval arch upheld.Save this picture!© Renaud CallebautProject gallerySee allShow lessEileen Gray’s Restored E1027 Opens to the PublicArchitecture NewsBIG and Heatherwick’s Google HQ to be Built with RobotsArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Boulevard de l’Empereur, 1000 Bruxelles, BelgiumLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Year:  Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/625324/empereur-architectes-associes Clipboard CopyAbout this officearchitectesassoc.OfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsMixed Use ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsOfficesOffice buildingsBruxellesBrusselResidentialOfficesHousingMixed UseOffice BuildingsBelgiumPublished on May 05, 2015Cite: “Empereur / architectesassoc.” 05 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore 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 CopyMixed Use Architecture, Apartments, Office Buildings•Bruxelles, Belgiumlast_img read more

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J.K. Rowling donates £15.3m to MS research centre

first_img Melanie May | 12 September 2019 | News Tagged with: Celebrity Major gift About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. J.K. Rowling donates £15.3m to MS research centre  516 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 “Our research is shaped by listening to, and involving, individuals who are living with these tough conditions. The Anne Rowling Clinic’s vision is to offer everyone with MS or neurodegenerative diseases such as MND, the opportunity to participate in a suite of clinical studies and trials.“This incredibly far-sighted and generous donation will unlock the potential of personalised medicine for people with MS in Scotland and further afield.”  515 total views,  2 views today Author J.K. Rowling has donated £15.3m to the University of Edinburgh to help create new facilities and support vital research at the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic.The Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic was founded by Rowling with a £10m donation in 2010, when she reached the age at which her mother had died from complications related to multiple sclerosis. It was officially opened in January 2013, by HRH the Princess Royal.This latest donation, which includes Gift Aid, will also be used to support research projects focusing on invisible disabilities experienced by people living with MS – such as cognitive impairment and pain.J.K. Rowling said:“When the Anne Rowling Clinic was first founded, none of us could have predicted the incredible progress that would be made in the field of Regenerative Neurology, with the Clinic leading the charge.“I am delighted to now support the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic into a new phase of discovery and achievement, as it realises its ambition to create a legacy of better outcomes for generations of people with MS and non-MS neurodegenerative diseases.”Professor Siddharthan Chandran, Director, Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic said: Advertisementlast_img read more

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US sanctions on Iranian and Syrian entities and individuals for monitoring and tracking dissidents online

first_imgNews United StatesAmericas Help by sharing this information April 26, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 US sanctions on Iranian and Syrian entities and individuals for monitoring and tracking dissidents online to go further News RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News Organisation center_img June 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders welcomes the executive order that President Barack Obama signed on 23 April imposing new sanctions on those who provide the Syrian and Iranian regimes with “information and communications technology that facilitates computer or network disruption, monitoring, or tracking that could assist in or enable grave rights abuses.”The sanctions, which are to include financial penalties and bans on entering the United States, have been prompted by the use of mobile phone tracking and Internet surveillance in Syria and Iran to identify dissidents, human rights activists and citizen journalists.“These technologies should be in place to empower citizens, not to repress them,” President Obama said, announcing the measures. Reporters Without Borders believes that human rights should be a priority in all negotiations between the US authorities and the Syrian and Iranian regimes.For the time being, only firms, organizations and individuals within Iran and Syria will be sanctioned. But, according to the Washington Post, the US government is also considering sanctions on entities in other countries that provide the two regimes with technology.The US administration has already issued an initial list of targets. They include Syria’s intelligence service and its director, Ali Mamluk, and Iran’s law enforcement organizations, Revolutionary Guard, and intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi. The Iranian Internet service provider Datak Telecom and the Syrian communications company Syriatel have also been sanctioned.Reporters Without Borders calls on the US authorities to continue to consult with human rights groups and civil society organization in the countries concerned in order to identify countries, entities or individuals that should be targeted. Western companies, including US and European ones, which are complicit in these activities, should not escape the sanctions.In Iran, why not also sanction the communication minister or members of the Supreme Council for Cyber-Space which the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, created in March? In Syria, the mobile operator MTN-Syria should also be targeted.Although this executive order is a step in the right direction, Reporters Without Borders points out that these two countries are not the only ones to use new technology to violate human rights. The sanctions should also apply to other countries that commit this kind of abuse such as Bahrain, a perfect example of a crackdown that succeed thanks to a news blackout made possible by a range of repressive measures, censorship and surveillance.Reporters Without Borders publishes a list of “Enemies of the Internet” each year. As well as Iran and Syria, they include Bahrain, Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The surveillance and censorship mechanism established by some of these regimes deserve similar sanctions. At the same time, the United States should continue efforts to provide badly needed censorship circumvention and anonymization tools to Internet users and human rights activists in the countries concerned.Reporters Without Borders urges other governments that care about human rights to take similar measures.Finally, Reporters Without Borders reiterates its opposition to the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act of 2011 (CISPA), with its risks of disproportionate online monitoring, and welcomes the White House’s recent threat of a presidential veto if it is adopted by the US congress. NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Donegal TD questions economic recovery claims

first_img Donegal TD questions economic recovery claims RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Facebook HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Pinterest Google+ Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsApp Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter By News Highland – October 26, 2012 center_img Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Twitter Previous articleNorthwest MEP backs late ferry compensation proposalsNext articleOccasional ‘Garda Clinics’ to replace closed stations News Highland News WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Sinn Feins Finance spokesperson has said that meeting the Troika programme targets will not guarantee economic recovery.Yesterday the Finance Minister Michael Noonan said Ireland had taken the first steps towards exiting the bailout deal.He said they opened a discussion with the I-M-F, E-C-B and E-C and it’ll form part of the next review in January.But Donegal South West Deputy Pearse Doherty says without a deal on Ireland’s banking debt, the ability to exit the programme will be much harder:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/pdoc830KENNY.mp3[/podcast] Facebook PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegallast_img read more

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Councillor calls for debate on emergency services call out charge

first_img By News Highland – July 26, 2010 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Councillor calls for debate on emergency services call out charge WhatsApp Twitter Google+ WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Newsx Adverts Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th A Donegal County Council is calling for a debate on the local authority’s policy of charging people for using the emergency services.Councillor Thomas Pringle fears that people may try to tackle emergency’s themselves rather than calling 999 and subsequently receiving a significant bill.Councillor Pringle, who is against the charge, says that many people who call the likes of the fire service can incur hefty bills for doing so:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/26pring1pm.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Previous articleConcerns grow for 100 jobs at Letterkenny GeneralNext articleGAA- Donegal Senior Championship News Highland last_img read more

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Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged recruiter, under investigation in US Virgin Islands

first_imgDNY59/iStockBy JAMES HILL and PETE MADDEN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and longtime companion of infamous sex offender Jeffrey Epstein who was recently arrested on federal sex trafficking charges, is under investigation by authorities in the U.S. Virgin Islands in connection with a civil case the government is pursuing against Epstein’s estate, according to court documents filed last week.“The Government is and has been actively investigating Maxwell’s participation in the criminal sex-trafficking and sexual abuse conduct of the Epstein Enterprise,” wrote prosecutors from the office of Denise George, the island territory’s attorney general.Prosecutors are attempting to intervene in the lawsuit Maxwell filed against Epstein’s estate earlier this year, seeking to block her demand for reimbursement of the legal, security and relocation expenses that she says she incurred as a result of what she claims were wrongful accusations of her alleged involvement in Epstein’s alleged crimes.“If Maxwell succeeds on her undocumented and suspect claims for indemnification by the Epstein Estate,” prosecutors wrote, “that will threaten the availability of Estate funds to satisfy the Government’s potential judgment in its lawsuit against the estate.”Attorney General George, through a spokesperson, declined to comment for this report, but she previously told ABC News that her office’s investigation focuses “not only the criminal activity, but also the assets [and] persons who have been involved in that.”David Cattie, a Virgin Islands-based attorney for Maxwell, did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News.Maxwell was arrested by federal authorities in New Hampshire earlier this month and is facing a six-count federal indictment alleging that she conspired with Epstein in a multi-state sex trafficking scheme involving three unnamed minor victims between 1994 and 1997. She has not yet entered a plea to the criminal charges, but her defense attorneys wrote in a court filing in New York federal court that Maxwell “vigorously denies the charges, intends to fight them and is entitled to the presumption of innocence.”She is scheduled to appear before a federal judge in New York on Tuesday.Epstein first acquired property in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1997, purchasing Little St. James, an island off the east coast of St. Thomas, for $7 million. He then spent millions of dollars developing an elaborate estate, with a main house, swimming pool, helipad and guest villas overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Starting in 2010, Epstein made the island his permanent residence and established a host of vaguely-named corporations in the territory to run his business, charitable and personal affairs. He would later, through a series of separate transactions totaling more than $20 million, complete the purchase of a larger, neighboring island called Great St. James.In January, Attorney General George filed a civil enforcement action against Epstein’s estate, its co-executors and several of his corporate entities, alleging that Epstein, through his network of companies and associates, “trafficked, raped, sexually assaulted and held captive underage girls and young women at his properties in the Virgin Islands.” The government also filed criminal activity liens against all of Epstein’s properties and companies, which had the effect of freezing virtually all of the estate’s assets worldwide while the case is ongoing.In these latest filings, prosecutors allege that both Maxwell and the Epstein estate have taken steps to impede what the attorney general has described as a far-reaching probe into Epstein’s operation.“Mr. Epstein had a lot of companies, a web of companies that worked together in different ways … but it was in such a way that concealed a lot of his criminal activity,” George told ABC News in an interview in St. Thomas in February. “And so it is a rather complex case, and we are continuously investigating to get the full picture.”The Epstein estate’s latest response also reveals details about the scope of the inquiry.“The Government has demanded extensive discovery not just from the named Defendants, but from at least nine third-parties,” attorneys for the estate wrote. “In each case, the Government’s discovery demands reach back decades.”In last week’s filing, prosecutors describe Maxwell as a “critical fact witness” in their lawsuit against the estate. But attempts to serve Maxwell with a subpoena for documents have failed, prosecutors said, because she “resisted and evaded service of the subpoena during the three and a half months after its issuance.”Epstein’s estate and its co-executors, Darren Indyke and Richard Kahn, who are named as defendants in the government’s suit, are showing “no inclination to be anything but adversarial to the Government’s interests,” prosecutors said.“They are refusing to comply with discovery,” prosecutors wrote, “and even are seeking to prevent the Government from issuing subpoenas to key fact witnesses, such as the house managers for Little St. James, where Epstein (and likely Maxwell) sexually abused girls and women in the Virgin Islands.”Christopher Kroblin, a Virgin Islands-based attorney for the estate, did not respond to a request for comment from ABC News. In March, the estate filed a motion to dismiss the government’s lawsuit. The court has yet to rule in the estate’s motion.Prosecutors asked the court to issue letters rogatory, a request for judicial assistance to a foreign court, to subpoena Miles and Cathy Alexander, a South African couple who served as house managers on Little St. James from 1999 to 2007, for documents and testimony.The Alexanders have, over the years, denied interview requests from ABC News, but the couple told the Daily Mail in 2011 that Maxwell had made it clear when she hired them for the position that discretion was part of the job description.“She said we had to keep quiet about what we saw or heard on the island,” Cathy Alexander said.Miles Alexander reportedly said he refused several requests from Epstein to smuggle female guests onto the island by boat, so as to avoid certain immigration requirements that would have created a record of everyone entering and leaving the island, though he and Cathy suspect he found other ways to circumvent those policies.“I saw some girls who I thought were very young-looking — about 16 or 17 easily,” Cathy Alexander said.Attorneys for Epstein’s estate, however, have sought to block the move to question the Alexanders, claiming that a five-year statute of limitations on the government’s claims renders documents and testimony related to their time in Epstein’s employ irrelevant.“The letters rogatory reflect the Government’s aggressive and misguided discovery campaign against the Estate and third-parties alike,” the estate’s attorneys wrote. “No amount of discovery can salvage the Government’s defective claims.”Attorney General George, meanwhile, has said that she is determined to “hold persons accountable” for any criminal activity her investigation uncovers.“We follow the evidence,” George told ABC News in February. “And where the evidence leads us, that’s where we’ll go.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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