Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc (PORTPA.ng) 2016 Annual Report

first_imgPortland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc (PORTPA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2016 annual report.For more information about Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc (PORTPA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc (PORTPA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc (PORTPA.ng)  2016 annual report.Company ProfilePortland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range paint in Nigeria for the decorative, automotive, industrial, marine and protective coatings sectors. The company also markets a range of cement; markets instant road repair materials; and sells sanitary ware products for homes, hotels, schools and factories. Decorative paints are sold under the Sandtex brand name and includes Sandtex Biocote which is an anti-microbial paint used for hospitals, clinics, primary health centres, laboratories, hotels, restaurants, colleges, universities and industrial kitchens. The company sells a range of professional coatings under the Crown Trade brand name; and marine/protective coatings under the Hempel brand name. Portland Paints and Products Nigeria Plc is a subsidiary of UAC of Nigeria Plc. The company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Portland Paints & Products Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Cheap UK shares: 3 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy and hold now

first_img Even though the FTSE 100 index has gained much lost ground in the last three months, some constituent stocks aren’t having it that good recently. The share price drop of some of these shares caught my eye today. In my view these now cheap UK shares are high-quality stocks that deserve a closer look, if nothing else.Here are three of them: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…#1. Anglo American: volume increasesThe first of these is the FTSE 100 multi-commodity miner Anglo American (AAL), whose share price has fallen for no apparent reason that I can see. It’s down 5% in today’s trading. Unless there are any developments that haven’t made it to the news yet, I reckon that the share price will be back up soonEven with the fall, AAL’s share price is trading near multi-year highs, and for good reason. The stock market rally, as I have been saying in my other articles, has been particularly rewarding to performing companies. AAL is one of them. In December it said that over the next three to five years it will deliver “sector leading” volume growth of 20%-25%. This will bolster the already strong position of the De Beers owner. Its earnings ratio is at 15.9 times right now, which makes it closer to cheap UK shares than not, in my view.#2. Just Eat Takeaway: fast growthFood delivery app, Just Eat Takeaway (JET) is another big faller with a decline of around 5% too. On the face of it, this is somewhat unexpected going by the stellar results it posted earlier this week. Lockdowns have resulted in increased popularity for food deliveries, and JET has been in a good place to cater to exactly that demand. As a result, it’s expecting an over 50% increase in revenues this year. I’m a big believer in the e-commerce story. And the food delivery market is growing too. I think that JET as a big delivery giant is well placed to grow because of that. I don’t worry too much about the current share price fall. #3. DS Smith: FTSE 100 stock resumes dividendsThe FTSE 100 packaging company saw a 4.5% fall today, though its long-term story remains intact. In an economic slowdown, packaging demand can be expected to fall on lower activity levels. But 2020 saw a slowdown like no other. With a heavy bias towards online shopping, the demand for packaging hasn’t declined as would otherwise be anticipated. In fact, with an acceleration in the shift towards e-commerce, it may have even increased forever. This has even enabled DS Smith to stay profitable at an otherwise challenging time and it resumed its dividends too, albeit with sub-1% yield. I think it’s a good buy for the next few years as the e-commerce trend plays out more. It doesn’t hurt that it pays a small dividend too. With a price-to-earnings ratio of 12.4 times, when many other stocks have seen much sharper increases, it qualifies as a cheap UK share too.  Manika Premsingh | Friday, 15th January, 2021 Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Cheap UK shares: 3 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy and hold now 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Manika Premsingh Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended DS Smith and Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V. 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. 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Motu Matu’u makes biggest hit of the season on Matt Hodgson

first_imgWednesday Mar 14, 2012 Motu Matu’u makes biggest hit of the season on Matt Hodgson Without a doubt the biggest hit of the weekend, and perhaps the season, was made by young Hurricanes hooker Motu Matu’u against the Force in Perth on Friday. Nicknamed ‘Bubbles’ in the past, he says he’s come a long way to get where he is today.ADVERTISEMENTA product of Rongotai College in Wellington, the same school that Ma’a Nonu attended, Motu made his Super Rugby debut this season after having previously played ITM Cup rugby for the Wellington Lions. He says the move from the ‘size group’ has made all his hard work worth it.“For me it’s always been fitness. I’ve been in the size group pretty much since my Wellington Academy days. Man, I’ve been in that group forever, a long time,” he said of the group that categorises players who are viewed as carrying too much fat, and not enough muscle.“I just had to try and trim down, I was always pretty much a chubby boy, so I had to lose quite a bit. It wasn’t easy. Being an Islander and going home to food like that, of course you are going to indulge. But if you really want it, then of course you have to sacrifice something and that (food) was it for me. I’ve made the changes, I feel pretty good, probably the best I’ve ever felt in my career.”He doubled up on training, attending Wellington Lions commitments as well as every one of the Oriental Rongotai club academy’s fitness sessions. He did this while working as a builder, where he had a forgiving boss who allowed him to start later in the day. “It was tough waking up early in the morning, getting to training at 6am, then after training finding the energy to work.”He says nowadays it feels like he’s dreaming, playing alongside All Blacks like Cory Jane and Conrad Smith, and says that Nonu (who has since moved on to the Blues) had a huge influence on his career, motivating the 24 year old him to reach great heights.“He has encouraged me big time. Having Ma’a there as a family friend as well, I grew up seeing him as an older brother sort of, so to see him crack it, I was like if he can crack it, how come I can’t?”ADVERTISEMENTWhile he’s still playing off the bench due to the good form of hooker Dane Coles, Matu’u has said that the positive attitudes of the starters during training has helped motivate the reserves to make a difference when they get their opportunity.He did exactly that on the weekend against the Force, as he came on and within minutes absolutely demolished number eight Matt Hodgson, who buckled under the weight of what looked to be one of the most impressive legal hits many of us have ever seen.To add insult to injury, the Hurricanes scored 6 tries and won the game 46-19.Credit: Fairfax Digital for the quotes Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 16 WEEKS AGO Hefty ban for Motu Matu’u after upright,… 17 WEEKS AGO Hamish Watson backtracks after his ‘rubbish… 17 WEEKS AGO WATCH: French lock Le Roux risks red card… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Westway House / LRSTUDIO + KAD

first_imgCopyHouses•McAllen, United States Projects Year:  Architects: Katagiri Architecture + Design , LRSTUDIO Area Area of this architecture project Westway House / LRSTUDIO + KAD Houses Save this picture!Courtesy of LRSTUDIO+ 35 Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/567408/westway-house-lrstudio Clipboard ArchDaily Area:  290 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img 2012 Year:  United States ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/567408/westway-house-lrstudio Clipboard Collaborators:Julio de León (EU), Samantha Núñez (MEX)Site Area:1238 m2Facade:Metal Cladding, Madera Cumarú, Siding de Madera Pino para ExteriorFlooring:Madera de Pino para exterior, Concreto Pulido, Piso Cerámico en interior, Duela de Madera en interiorArchitect In Charge:Luis López, Kazuya KatagiriCity:McAllenCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of LRSTUDIORecommended ProductsWoodEGGERWood-based materials in EGGER HeadquartersWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridText description provided by the architects. Casa Westway is a renovation projects of a single family house built in the late 50’s in downtown of McAllen Texas. The original house wasconstructed as a single rectangular footprint with a typical south Texas two pitched roofswhich represents a very distinctive house prototype of his time in this region.Save this picture!Courtesy of LRSTUDIOThe main idea was to break the shape of the gabled roof into several pieces by unfolding planes. Save this picture!PlanThis gave us the chance to create cross relationship which transforms roof into façade and façade into roof, and provided interior spaces richer value of natural light and articulation.  Save this picture!Courtesy of LRSTUDIOEach room were linked to social area to provide a more fluent relationship between spaces and continued to exterior patio in order to extend the living room to outdoor space along with the roof system.Save this picture!Courtesy of LRSTUDIOThis materiality of the roof seeks to create an expression that will change over time to look for an intimate dialogue with the neighboring house.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Ulrichshof / noa* network of architectureSelected ProjectsHDJ75 / T38 studioSelected Projects Share 2012 Westway House / LRSTUDIO + KADSave this projectSaveWestway House / LRSTUDIO + KAD “COPY” CopyAbout this officeLRSTUDIOOfficeFollowKatagiri Architecture + Design OfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMcAllenUnited StatesPublished on November 21, 2014Cite: “Westway House / LRSTUDIO + KAD” [Casa Westway / LRSTUDIO + KAD] 21 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Aquno Select M81Vinyl Walls3MVinyl Finishes in HealthPartners Regions HospitalPartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD19SkylightsLAMILUXFlat Roof Exit Comfort DuoMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights in Atelier Zimmerlistrasse OfficeStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Iron Moss – Iron CollectionCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Facade in Manchester HospitalWoodBlumer LehmannConsulting and Engineering in Wood ProjectsGlassBendheimLuminous Mirrored GlassWire MeshTwentinoxMetal Mesh – Golf Romeo 7More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Donate the Hate turns hate comments into donations

first_imgDonate the Hate turns hate comments into donations Tagged with: corporate Digital Humour Racist and xenophobic comments posted online are generating donations in Germany to support refugee projects and a campaign against right-wing extremism.‘Donate the Hate’ makes a donation of one euro for every hateful comment spotted that they or their partners post a response to.As such they have created what they call “the first ever involuntary online charity initiative”.“This way,” says the group behind the campaign, “the haters and the trolls are making a donation against their own cause. A bit of a catch-22 for them, probably”.The funds are donated to Aktion Deutschland Hilft and EXIT-Deutschland.The campaign even features a leaderboard of involuntary donors – although it does protect their identity by not mentioning their surname.Who pays the donations?The donations are paid for by corporate supporters who are listed on the campaign’s website.Total donations so far stand at €6,031.The campaign also invites people to spread the message with downloadable images.You can spread the campaign with this downloadable image. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  371 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Spreading the word for Donate the HateGermany’s Involuntary WalkathonDonate the Hate has been created by the same group, ZDK Gesellschaft Demokratische Kultur, that in 2014 created ‘Germany’s involuntary Walkathon’ in the town of Wunsiedel. This turned an annual neo-Nazi demonstration into a fundraising campaign for charities helping refugees and countering extremism.A similar campaign, TrollAid, has been set up by CalaisAction to raise funds for its work supporting refugees. Advertisement  370 total views,  3 views today Howard Lake | 2 February 2016 | Newslast_img read more

Colin Kaepernick files job grievance vs. NFL bosses

first_imgEli Harold, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, Oct. 2.Oct. 16 — As the National Football League completed the sixth week of its 2017 season, Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and Super Bowl star, still has not been signed to a new team. Kaepernick became a free agent in March.Kaepernick ignited a wave of protest against police brutality and racist oppression during the 2016 season when he consistently took a knee during the national anthem before NFL games.Before the new season began, Kaepernick expressed his hope of playing in 2017, but that has not happened yet. In his absence and in solidarity with his cause, many of his former teammates, including Eric Reid, and players from other teams continue to take a knee.A number of teams have injured quarterbacks, such as Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers, who Kaepernick could replace. Rodgers has gone on record with supporting Kaepernick being on a team.In response to his being whiteballed by the NFL bosses’ hierarchy, Kaepernick announced on Oct. 14 that he is filing a grievance against NFL owners under the current collective bargaining agreement for collusion in denying him employment.Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, released the following statement on Twitter: “We can confirm that this morning we filed a grievance under the CBA on behalf of Colin Kaepernick. This was done only after pursuing every possible avenue with all NFL teams and their executives.“If the NFL (as well as all professional sports leagues) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful political protest — which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago [following Trump’s Sept. 22 speech labeling the players as SOBS — WW] — should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government. Such a precedent threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation. Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr. Kaepernick to file his grievance.“Colin Kaepernick’s goal has always been, and remains, to simply be treated fairly by the league he performed at the highest level for and to return to the football playing field.”The National Football League Players Union issued this press release on Oct. 15: “Our union has a duty to assist Mr. Kaepernick as we do all players and we will support him. The NFLPA has been in regular contact with Mr. Kaepernick’s representatives for the past year about his options and our union agreed to follow the direction of his advisors throughout that time. We first learned through media reports today that Mr. Kaepernick filed a grievance claiming collusion through our arbitration system and is represented by his own counsel. We learned that the NFL was informed of his intention to file this grievance before today. We are scheduling a call with his advisors for early this week.”Labor laws favor players’ protestsThere are 32 teams in the NFL. Fifteen owners of those teams are outright billionaires who made their fortunes long before buying a team. Some of these fortunes are rooted in real estate, oil, gas, energy and well-known monopolies like Home Depot and Microsoft.Although NFL players, on average, are very well paid compared to the vast majority of workers, nonetheless compared to the billionaire and multimillionaire owners these players are grossly underpaid. They also have the shortest playing careers by comparison with other professional athletes in sports like basketball, baseball and hockey. In addition, severe injuries, especially concussions, not only shorten football careers but also players’ lives.The NFL owners are no different from any other bosses who super-exploit the labor of their workers to make billions of dollars in lucrative profits. The NFL made $13 billion in total revenues in 2016, more than any other sport. Out of that total, each of the 32 teams split $7.8 billion. (marketwatch.com)Because the NFL teams and their players have an employer-employer relationship, there are federal laws protecting the players’ protests during the anthem. According to the Oct. 12 New York Times: “To be protected under federal labor law, an employee’s action must be conducted in concert with co-workers, it must address an issue of relevance to their job, and it must be carried out using appropriate means. [E]xperts point to a 1978 case in which the Supreme Court ruled that workers have a right to engage in political advocacy as long as the political theme relates to their job. In 2008, the general counsel of the National Labor Relations Board, which enforces federal labor law, issued a guidance making clear that workers had a right to publicly demonstrate for or against immigration legislation pending in Congress, though they didn’t have the right to skip work to do so.”After Jerry Jones threatened on Oct. 7 to bench Cowboys players for kneeling during the anthem, Local 100 of the United Labor Unions in Texas filed a complaint against Jones saying: “The employer, evidenced by repeated public statements, is attempting to threaten, coerce and intimidate all Dallas Cowboys players on the roster in order to prevent them from exercising concerted activity protected under the act by saying that he will fire any players involved in such concerted activity.” (salon.com, Oct. 11)Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins, is also threatening to bench players. What’s more, the NFL owners say they are “considering” a change in the league’s collective bargaining agreement that would add a clause to force players to stand during the anthem. (Sports Illustrated, Oct. 10)The owners, however, will meet continued resistance. The players not only have a political movement on their side, but also the labor laws to back them up.[tb_book id=”32863″]FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

NCGA Calls on EPA to Follow Law, Keep RFS Whole

first_img By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 26, 2019 Home Indiana Agriculture News NCGA Calls on EPA to Follow Law, Keep RFS Whole Previous articleRep. Walorski Sponsored Bill to Preserve Family FarmsNext articleSOS on Turkey Day – My Turkey Isn’t Ready, What Do I Do Now? Hoosier Ag Today SHARE NCGA Calls on EPA to Follow Law, Keep RFS Whole Facebook Twitter SHARE The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) today submitted comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in response to EPA’s supplemental proposed rule for the 2020 volume standards under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) program.Rather than addressing the impact of waived renewable fuel gallons based on exemptions actually granted by EPA, the proposed rule would use a three-year average of Department of Energy (DOE) recommended waivers. By using DOE recommendations, not actual waived gallons, EPA’s proposal to redistribute any future waived gallons is half of what President Trump previously committed to farm-state Senators.“EPA’s proposal does not ensure sufficiently accurate projections for waived gallons and, therefore, will continue to shortchange the RFS when waivers are granted,” NCGA President Kevin Ross wrote. “Farmers are once again asking EPA to uphold the law and the integrity of the RFS.”Since early 2018, EPA has granted 85 RFS exemptions to refineries for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 RFS compliance years, totaling 4.04 billion ethanol-equivalent gallons of renewable fuel.More than 1900 corn farmers have submitted comments to the EPA urging they follow the law and uphold the President’s commitment to farmers and the RFS.Source: National Corn Growers Association Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

European Parliament adopts Gallo report

first_img to go further Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Reporters Without Borders deplores the European Parliament’s adoption of the Gallo report and fears its impact on future implementation of the European Commission’s Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive 2 (IPRED 2). Drafted by French MEP Marielle Gallo of the European People’s Party (EPP), the report was approved by 328 to 245 votes on 22 September. It embodies a repressive approach to the defence of intellectual property rights, is riddled with inconsistencies and violates the rights of Internet users. But Gallo was able to use the need to combat counterfeiting and piracy to mobilise votes.The vote represents a U-turn in relation to the positions recently taken by the European Parliament. On 10 March, the parliament voting almost unanimously for a resolution urging the European Commission to be more transparent about its position in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement negotiations and to release the latest ACTA draft.Then, in “Declaration No. 12” adopted on 7 September, MEPs reiterated their condemnation of the non-transparent way the ACTA is being negotiated and urged negotiators to ensure that fundamental rights are respected.By approving the Gallo report, the European Parliament has bolstered the dominant position in the European Commission and has given it a free hand to negotiate an ACTA that will endanger online freedoms.————————————————————————————–MEPs urged to reject Gallo report 21/09/2010Reporters Without Borders calls on MEPs to reject the Gallo Report when it is submitted to a vote of a full session of the European Parliament on 22 September because implementation of its recommendations would restrict online rights and freedoms including free expression, the protection of privacy and the right to a fair trial.Drafted by French MEP Marielle Gallo of the European People’s Party (EPP) at the request of the European Parliament’s Legal Affairs Committee (JURI), the report recommends ways to reinforce intellectual property rights in line with the European Commission’s September 2009 call for non-legislative measures to combat file-sharing without going through the courts.Instead of voting for the Gallo report, Reporters Without Borders urges MEPS to support an alternative report drafted by the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) and the Greens, which respects Net Neutrality.This would be in line with the declaration adopted by MEPs on 7 September – “Declaration No. 12” – which condemned the potentially objectionable content of the proposed Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and the non-transparent way it is being negotiated. By rejecting the Gallo report, MEPs would send a strong signal to those who will meet in Tokyo next week for the final round of ACTA negotiations.The Gallo report is non-legislative in nature but, once approved by the parliament, it would influence the measures adopted by the European Commission. It aims to combat illegal downloading but ignores the fact that there is legal file-sharing that fosters online creativity. By reinforcing copyright protection and the use of procedures to suppress file-sharing, it would open the way for more laws such as France’s HADOPI although studies have criticised their effectiveness.The Gallo report also supports the proposed ACTA, which would make Internet service providers responsible for online content, encourage the use of tools for prior surveillance and data filtering and provide for the suspension of Internet connections for violators (http://en.rsf.org/potential-threats-to-online-free-23-04-2010,37129.html).The S&D/Green report is not the only alternative to the Gallo report. One was also drafted by the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE). Although less repressive than the Gallo report, it nonetheless contains unacceptable proposals. It would, for example, allow ISPs to decide whether Internet users were illegally downloading and to take appropriate reaction.The report drafted by the S&D/Green group guarantees the principle of Net Neutrality and the protection of personal data, and distinguishes between commercial file-sharing and file-sharing between individuals. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Europe – Central Asia Newscenter_img September 22, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 European Parliament adopts Gallo report RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Receive email alerts News June 7, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Europe – Central Asia June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

US –  RSF and American Roots partner to provide protective facemasks to US newsrooms

first_img Organisation Follow the news on United States United StatesAmericas Protecting journalists Covid19 WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has partnered with the Maine-based apparel company, American Roots, to deliver facemasks to local journalists, technicians and photographers in small newsrooms in communities across the United States. April 28, 2021 Find out more Reports RSF_en News United StatesAmericas Protecting journalists Covid19 American Roots center_img In early March, RSF began contacting newsrooms in local counties, cities, and states where the COVID-19 pandemic was spreading rapidly to determine if journalists were able to access protective facemasks. RSF’s focus was on local outlets with an average staff size of 10-20 journalists. Many of the newsrooms reported difficulty procuring masks and welcomed the initiative. In response, RSF worked with American Roots to procure the facemasks, including 100 that were donated by the company.“With the scarcity of facemasks at the start of the outbreak, we were really concerned about the safety of journalists and immediately started contacting American retailers who were producing facemasks for frontline responders,” said Dokhi Fassihian, Executive Director of RSF USA. “While most American companies we spoke to were understandably reserving facemasks for healthcare professionals, American Roots immediately recognized the importance of journalists as frontline responders. Dozens of reporters around the world have been exposed to the virus and many have died. Protecting their health is crucial and we are extremely grateful to American Roots for their commitment to the safety of our journalists.”With the resurgence of the coronavirus in the United States, RSF is contacting newsrooms experiencing heightened demand for personal protective equipment. We have also endeavoured to distribute as many masks as possible to newsrooms that represent minority groups hardest hit by the pandemic, including Black, Native American, and Hispanic community newsrooms. “Three months ago we pivoted our 100% American Made and Union Made clothing company to produce urgently needed PPE,” said Ben Waxman, co-founder of American Roots. “We were incredibly grateful to RSF for the support and purchase of our 100% Cotton masks, and were happy to donate a portion of masks to such a critical organization. We believe now more than ever it is critical to the well-being of all Americans that the press is able to operate in a safe and true ‘freedom of the press environment.’ Having the right information now more than ever is critical to the future of the country. Thank you for all that you do to ensure accurate information is being reported and we are happy to help keep reporters safe and healthy in this time of crisis.”So far, RSF has distributed over 300 masks to newsrooms around the country, including:The Globe, Nobles, MNThe Marion Star, Marion, OHThe Journal News, Westchester, NYThe Tama News-Herald, Tama, IA Sterling Journal-Advocate, Logan, CO Black Star News, New York, NYAtlantic News Telegraph, Atlantic, IACarroll Times-Herald, Carroll, IA Cherokee-Times, Cherokee, IA Black Hills Pioneer, Spearfish, SD The Daily Progress, Charlottesville, VA INFORUM, Fargo, NDChattanooga Times Free Press, Chattanooga, TNState Port Pilot, Southport, NCTideland News, Morehead City, NCRichmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, VARSF is proud to partner with American Roots. To learn more about American Roots, click here. The United States is ranked 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. News Receive email alerts June 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information June 3, 2021 Find out more to go further NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 26, 2020 US –  RSF and American Roots partner to provide protective facemasks to US newsrooms Newslast_img read more

New Chef, New Menu Items and Lots of Sake: Osawa Turns 1

first_img Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy In a city filled with culinary outposts that honor cuisines from all across the world, one stands out for offering a unique, authentic and heartfelt representation of Japanese food from taste to presentation. Osawa has been delighting guests with their outstanding approach to hospitality, and mouthwatering menu offerings, ever since their launch one year ago. That’s right – Osawa is officially celebrating its one-year anniversary, and they’re doing so with the addition of a new chef, new menu items and complimentary sake for guests over 21!“I’m really excited to be celebrating our one-year anniversary,” says Sayuri Tachibe, Owner of Osawa. “Owning a business can be a great deal of work and long hours, but I’m enjoying the role of owner, manager and being together alongside my coworkers. What is most rewarding is seeing our many regular guests that come to the restaurant two or three times a week. Osawa is like their kitchen at home. Hearing about their lives as we chat at their tables brings me great joy. I love it!”It’s all part and parcel with Sayuri’s attention to ‘Omotenashi’, a traditional form of Japanese hospitality that focuses on treating guests like royalty, and making them as comfortable as you would if they were being welcomed to your home. It’s an approach Sayuri honed while working at Japan Airlines for four years, not to mention a value that’s instilled in the Japanese culture as a whole. It’s so ingrained in Sayuri, that it has been her focus from Osawa’s inception, that warm and inviting attention to detail is exemplified by everyone who works at the restaurant.Osawa’s celebration of one year in operation is also marked with a new addition to their talented roster. Chef Seiji Nakano joins Osawa as their new Sushi Chef, sharing 44 years of knowledge and artistry with Osawa’s guests. Having worked at outposts such as Toranoko, Katana and Inagiku at the Bonaventure Hotel, Chef Nakano comes to Osawa with a fervent fan following, so much so, that guests make reservations a week in advance so that they can sit at the sushi bar and watch him work.“His hands are magic,” Sayuri enthuses. “He is so funny and very artistic. He entertains guests of all ages at the sushi bar by creating butterflies, flowers and goldfish out of his food, and he likes to surprise our guests. Sometimes he makes them things out of origami paper. He wants to inspire everyone, and we’re learning so much from him. It’s truly a unique experience to sit and enjoy a meal that he has created.”Chef Nakano joins Chef Norio Yoshikawa, a veteran of Katana and Kagaya who has overseen the kitchen since Osawa’s launch. Sayuri notes that customers also ask for him by name, and it’s not hard to see why. Chef Yoshikawa’s traditional approach to shabu shabu is legendary, using top-notch ingredients such as rib eye, wagyu beef, and the newly added tonkotsu kurobuta pork. Chef Yoshikawa has also added a brand new Shokado bento box to the menu, which offers a selection of sushi, sashimi and traditional meats.Osawa’s daily specials change frequently to reflect the local and seasonal markets. Among the current spring specials are Snapper Arare Tempura, Fried Potato with Shichimi and Yuzu Aioli, Crispy Brussels with Curry Salt and Jidori Chicken Liver Mousse. It’s a mandate Chef Nakano also follows behind the sushi bar, offering monthly specials based on what’s freshly caught or new to taste. This month, the sushi specials include Uni Tofu, Jelly Fish, Blue Fin Tuna and more. To put it simply, there’s always something tasty and new to enjoy at Osawa!As part of Sayuri and Osawa’s dedication to ‘Omotenashi’, guests who come to visit Osawa from April 30th to May 30th will each be treated to a complimentary glass of sake, as long as they are 21 and over, of course. The celebratory sake of choice will be Jitsuraku Junmai from Hyogo, Japan, which is just one of several new sakes that have been added to Osawa’s drink menu. And, how did they choose the sakes they added to their drink list? By conversing with their customers, of course.That deepening connection with their customers is something that will always define Osawa, no matter how many anniversaries they have. Says Sayuri, “We love our customers, we listen to them, and we try to make something special for them to heighten their experience every time they come in. Some of our customers travel to Japan, and when they return, they request certain dishes they had while in Japan, and we like to recreate them. Our customers bring their friends, family and coworkers, and we even have customers who come by themselves, which can be hard for some people to do. But they come and bring a book, or they chat with us, like it’s their home, which is what I wanted. I wanted Osawa to be a nice home-style neighborhood restaurant, and I wanted to share real Japanese food made by real Japanese chefs. I hope that more people will come to Pasadena to enjoy our restaurant, our food, and our ‘Omotenashi’ for years to come.”Osawa is open for lunch every Monday through Sunday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and for dinner every Monday through Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., every Friday & Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and every Sunday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information or reservations, please call Osawa directly at (626) 683-1150. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Your email address will not be published. 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