Privacy campaigners & academics highlight dangers of programmatic advertising on charity websites

first_imgSean McGrath, lead researcher on the project, commented:“Charities perform a vital role in society. Given recent events around the world, we are reminded just how important they really are. Unfortunately, by allowing data brokers and other AdTech companies to gather user data on charity pages dealing with profoundly sensitive topics, charities are inadvertently misplacing the trust that their users place in them when visiting their website for help and advice.“The AdTech industry is deeply complex and it is almost impossible to say where user data ends up or what it might eventually be used for. We call on all UK charities to properly audit their websites to understand which third-party elements are loading on each page and remove potentially invasive elements from pages that handle sensitive topics.” Advertisement Tagged with: data consent Privacy campaigners & academics highlight dangers of programmatic advertising on charity websites  162 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.center_img An open letter signed by 38 privacy campaigners and academics is asking the UK charity sector to consider the potential harm that can come to users of their websites by allowing advertising companies to build profiles based on highly sensitive information.The letter is signed by campaigners and academics from organisations such as Big Brother Watch, Oxford University and UCL. It comes on the back of a report published by ProPrivacy in September, highlighting the widespread use of AdTech trackers amongst UK charities.ProPrivacy found that charities, like many other businesses, often utilise third party advertising companies to assist in their marketing, and that many charities have these trackers embedded on pages covering highly sensitive and personal topics.Over time, it says, this could mean that the topics of these pages might be used by data brokers and other AdTech companies to build profiles of users. For example, an AdTech company might infer that a user has a drinking problem, mental health issues or is terminally ill based on the pages that a user visits.Looking at the top 100 UK charities (based on YouGov data), ProPrivacy identified which third-party trackers charities were using and whether they complied with GDPR AND PECR guidance by not tracking users until consent was given. It developed an in-house tool to detect third-party HTTP requests and cookies on domains. The tool, which it plans to make publicly available, inspects the loading process of the given URL and looks for external links and other references that possibly belong to user tracking. It also manually accepted cookies on each page of the Top 100 charities’ sites to understand exactly which trackers were loading for each one.It also analysed cookie consent processes, noting whether elements loaded before or after consent was given and whether revoking consent had any technical impact on trackers. The content of each website was also explored with ProPrivacy logging those with potentially sensitive subjects that could potentially be used for granular profiling and again verified the presence of trackers on those pages.It found:21% are sharing data directly with data brokers – These companies build detailed profiles of people that their partners and customers can later use for targeted advertising.31% contain trackers belonging to real-time-bidding platforms – Real-time bidding raises privacy concerns because data is broadcast to hundreds or thousands of partners and there is no technical way to understand where this data ends up and what they might use it for.92% of the top 100 UK charities failed to meet some element of GDPR. 84% of them loaded marketing cookies and other non-essential trackers on a user’s device before consent was given. ProPrivacy estimates that the aggregate fines for these charities alone could be anywhere from £707m to more than £1.41bn.More information on the technology, as well as examples on charity sites can be seen in its report. Melanie May | 19 November 2020 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Solidarity with French workers’ struggle grows

first_imgButner, North Carolina.From Athens, Greece, to San Francisco, Calif., passing through Italy and on to New York City and Butner, N.C., solidarity with the struggle of the French workers protesting the new anti-worker labor law is growing.While the French big-business media is focusing on the workers at the Total refinery, who returned to work on June 12 after shutting down the plant for 25 days, they are ignoring the strong support the French public is giving to the strikes and protests.Even though lines at gas stations have grown shorter, but not vanished; even though public transportation — especially in the Paris region — is strongly “perturbed”; even though electricity brown-outs are common; even though roads are often blocked by protests, a large segment of the French public blames the government and big-business bosses for these problems, not the unions.Philip Martinez, head of the CGT union confederation, speaking at a rally of garbage workers blockading a sorting center at Fos-sur-Mer in southern France, supported their determination to continue their strike against the new labor law. He said that he and other CGT leaders are receiving death threats. (TV3, June 12)After the national protest march on June 14, Martinez will meet with Minister of Labor Myriam El Khomri on June 16, but he says he doesn’t expect many results from the meeting.Workers groups in Greece intend to have solidarity picket lines in front of the French consulates in Athens and Thessaloniki on June 14. There will also be picket lines in solidarity with the French workers’ struggle in New York City, Butner, N.C., and San Francisco.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Black Liberation and the Vietnamese struggle

first_imgRobert F. Williams in solidarity with CubaFrom the 1950s into 1961, Robert F. Williams was the president of the NAACP chapter in Monroe, N.C., where he advocated and practiced armed self-defense against the Ku Klux Klan.Williams’ refusal to categorically accept the nonviolent approach to Civil Rights resulted in his expulsion from the NAACP in 1961. Eventually he was forced to leave North Carolina amid an attempt to frame him on false kidnapping charges of a white couple.After being transported out of North Carolina by supporters, Williams eventually settled in Cuba and later the People’s Republic of China. He spent time as well in North Vietnam, where he addressed African-American GIs via radio broadcasts, exposing the racist and imperialist character of the war.Perhaps the apex of solidarity between African Americans and the Vietnamese Revolution emerged when Black Panther Party leader Bobby Seale attended a conference in Montreal, Quebec, in late 1968 where National Liberation Front representatives recognized the party as the vanguard of the revolutionary movement in the U.S. The BPP in return gave full recognition to the NLF as the legitimate government of South Vietnam.The following year saw efforts at deeper cooperation when the North Vietnamese government offered to release U.S. prisoners of war in exchange for the freedom of BPP leaders Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton. This offer was immediately rejected by the Nixon administration.In August 1970, after Newton’s release on appeal bond related to charges of murdering and wounding two white Oakland, Calif., police officers, the BPP Minister of Defense pledged to send some members to join the armed wing of the Vietnamese Revolution as an act of solidarity.In 1971, Newton and Elaine Brown, Central Committee members of the BPP, visited China where they met with Premiere Chou En Lai.Against U.S. war and repressionBurgeoning opposition to the Vietnam War among African-American Liberation organizations inspired resistance in the armed forces. Groups such as GIs United Against the War and the Malcolm X Society posed a challenge to the largely white officer corps who utilized discrimination as a means of intimating African Americans and sowing discord within the ranks.Black soldiers grew Afro hairstyles and beards as acts of protest and defiance. Many were radicalized through their experience in Vietnam, swelling the ranks of such groups as the BPP and the Black Liberation Army upon discharge.Although the U.S. announced its withdrawal of ground forces from Vietnam in late 1972 after a horrendous round of bombings that December, the war continued until the liberation of Saigon on April 30, 1975. After a decade of continuing defeats and Vietnamese advances, the U.S. Congress halted the funding of the war, resulting in the collapse of the puppet regime in Saigon.Contrastingly, in the U.S., the political toll of state repression and cooptation from Washington and Wall Street severely derailed the revolutionary wing of the African-American movement by the early 1970s. Robert F. Williams returned to the U.S. in late 1969. The BPP was wracked by an internal split in 1971 from which neither faction was able to fully recover.The onset of the restructuring of the world economy in 1975, coinciding with the defeat of imperialism in Southeast Asia, led to massive capital flight and disinvestment from U.S. cities. This resulted in structural unemployment and deepening poverty among the working class, reinforced by the rapid expansion of the prison-industrial complex.Greater emphasis on electoral politics and business development could not fulfill the national aspirations of the African-American people.In the nearly 45 years since the Vietnam War, African-American people fought — and are still fighting — against national oppression, class exploitation and government repression.The experience acquired during the successive administrations of Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr., Bill Clinton, George Bush Jr., Barack Obama and now Donald Trump necessitates a renewed effort to overcome the ruling class and its state apparatus.Resisting capitalism and national oppressionThese events during the period of the 1950s through the mid-1970s are important to recount in light of the revisionist history surrounding the role of both white radicals and African Americans during the Vietnam War.Absent the persistent military and political fortitude of the Vietnamese people, along with resistance from African Americans, both outside and inside the military, victory against imperialism would not have been possible without additional years of fighting.The selective service system in the U.S. suffered a monumental setback when the draft was abolished in 1973. Later in 1980, registration was reinstituted, but the draft has not been fully reinstated.However, there is an economic draft due to poverty and joblessness that has fueled the war machine launched by Washington through the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Haiti and the present targeted attacks, deployment and commando operations prevalent in Somalia, Niger, Yemen, Syria and Iraq.In the first year of Trump’s administration, tensions have escalated with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, whose nuclear program has served as a pointed warning to the Pentagon and other potential adversaries. People’s China has developed into the second-largest economy in the world, while its conventional military forces total more than 3 million well-trained soldiers.U.S. taxpayer monies invested in the military and security apparatus total at least $1 trillion annually, when funding for both the Pentagon and intelligence services are taken into account.Although it cannot create a sense of sustainable security for the ruling class, Washington’s war budget is larger than all other states combined.Despite all its rhetoric and sloganeering, the U.S. ruling class remains insecure. The advent of Trump is a manifestation of the paranoid atmosphere existing among the imperialists in Western capitalist nations.African Americans have no other choice than to reject the Pentagon war machine, since it has only resulted in their underdevelopment, displacement and ongoing national oppression.The eventual demise of U.S. imperialism can only strengthen the struggle for liberation and social emancipation of the oppressed.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Macklemore, Ryan Lewis to headline spring concert

first_imgFacebook + posts Linkedin Twitter In this picture made available Aug. 15, 2014, US rapper Macklemore performs during the concert of the US hip hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis at the 22nd Sziget (Island) Festival on the Shipyard Island in Northern Budapest, Hungary. (AP Photo/MTI, Janos Marjai) printMacklemore and Ryan Lewis will headline the spring concert Jan. 14 at 9 p.m. in the new Schollmaier Arena.The duo is known for songs such as “Thrift Shop,” “Same Love” and “Downtown.” The Student Government Association (SGA) is sponsoring the event, and its cabinet members were the ones who made the decision on Macklemore and Lewis.Cabinet member Katie Phillips, vice president of external affairs, said that Macklemore and Lewis reached out to TCU about adding the school to their tour as a result of TCU’s positive reputation in the entertainment industry.“We weighed our options and chose the duo based on who we felt would most excite students,” Phillips said. “So far, the student response has been very positive.”Phillips said Macklemore and Lewis were also chosen based on their availability, price and fit for TCU.“The agents and managers of the duo have been very easy to work with,” Phillips said. “They are excited to perform on our campus.”The announcement of the artists went out to students via a mass email from SGA this morning. In the email it stated that the show is a “private concert open only to TCU students, faculty, and staff with a valid TCU ID.” This is a change from the policy for fall concerts which let students bring one guest.This is the first year that SGA has been able to sponsor a spring concert. Phillips said that this was made possible by a donation from an alum that helped pay for the 2012 and 2013 fall concerts, allowing SGA to save that money to use for spring 2016 concert.“Given our ability to fund a spring concert this year, we decided this would be an incredible way to give back to the students,” Phillips said.Previous headliners at fall concerts have included Hunter Hayes this year, Jason Derulo in 2014, Little Big Town in 2013 and Blake Shelton in 2012. Elizabeth Campbell is executive editor of TCU 360 and a senior journalism and political science double major. When not in the newsroom, she’s thinking about the news while probably watching TCU football or being a history nerd. Send her a tip if you have a story to share! Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Elizabeth Campbell Facebook ReddIt Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Previous articleFrogs rise to No. 11 in playoff rankingsNext articleTCU hosts annual Christmas Tree Lighting Elizabeth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: Former Chief of Staff for Obama talks Trump administration, Democrats, liberal arts education Linkedin Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ Breakdown: Cambridge Analytica, information warfare Elizabeth Campbellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/elizabeth-campbell/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Alumna joins ‘Survivor’ reality show in quest for a million dollars ReddIt The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Twitter CRES negotiates move to interdisciplinary unit amid student resistance TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summerlast_img read more

Serbian president blocks parliament’s repressive amendments

first_imgNews June 7, 2021 Find out more July 2, 2020 Find out more Organisation to go further Reporters Without Borders criticises amendments to Serbia’s broadcasting law that were adopted by parliament on 19 July without any public debate or consultation with broadcasters and press freedom organisations. The amendments are a flagrant violation of press freedom in Serbia, the organisation says. News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Nearly half of UN member countries have obstructed coronavirus coverage RSF_en Serbia and Montenegro: Are judges protecting journalists or their aggressors? SerbiaEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today welcomed Serbian President Boris Tadic’s refusal to promulgate legislative amendments passed by parliament on 19 July that would have given the country’s Broadcasting Council the power to impose arbitrary sanctions.“We hail the president’s decision and we hope parliament will heed the criticism by withdrawing those amendments that violated press freedom,” the organisation said.The proposed package of amendments will be debated again during the next parliamentary session beginning in September.——–21 July 2006Parliament gives Broadcasting Council arbitrary power to withdraw licencesReporters Without Borders today firmly condemned amendments to Serbia’s broadcasting law that were hastily adopted by parliament on 19 July without prior consultation. They give the Broadcasting Council the power to strip radio and TV stations of their licences without any right of appeal. Stations that lose their licence must stop broadcasting at once or the authorities can use force.“We are shocked by the way parliament rushed through amendments that violate undertakings that the Broadcasting Council should be impartial and respect pluralism,” the press freedom organisation said. “The law now gives broadcasters no means of defence when a ban is imposed on them, and it says nothing about the grounds for withdrawing a licence.”Reporters Without Borders added: “It is unacceptable that a body created to regulate the media in a European country should be able to close down a radio or TV station in an arbitrary fashion. We call on the government to revise these amendments and to consult press freedom organisations and public agencies concerned with the media.”Serbia’s broadcasting law has been amended three times since it was first adopted in July 2002. The two earlier set of amendments were also rushed through in the summer without any prior public debate. The imminent end of the parliamentary session was used each time as a pretext for acting with haste.The Broadcasting Council imposed a severe punishment on BK TV, the country’s first privately-owned TV station, on 26 April of this year by temporarily suspending its licence. Owned by controversial businessman Bogoljub Karic, a onetime associate of the late President Slobodan Milosevic, it was banned from broadcasting for 30 days because of its political positions.The supreme court issued a ruling on 19 May quashing the Broadcasting Council’s ban on the grounds that it was not based on an concrete fact or legal provision. The council responded by criticising the ruling and announcing that it would bring a complaint against the supreme court and BK TV. News News June 29, 2020 Find out more July 28, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Serbian president blocks parliament’s repressive amendments Follow the news on Serbia SerbiaEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Concern about jailed Moroccan journalist on hunger strike

first_img Receive email alerts to go further Organisation This is not the first time that Monjib has gone on hunger strike. When he was banned from leaving the country in 2015 at the end of a judicial investigation marred by irregularities, he stopped eating for 20 days. His protest resulted in the lifting of the ban. RSF_en News Hunger strike is last resort for some imprisoned Moroccan journalists “Maati Monjib is 59, he is diabetic and has heart problems, and his health and life are now in danger,” said Souhaieb Khayati, the head of RSF’s North Africa desk. “We ask for him to be allowed independent medical supervision and for the French consular authorities in Morocco to be allowed to visit him so that, inter alia, they can verify his state of health.”  Morocco is ranked 133rd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the health of the imprisoned Moroccan journalist and historian Maati Monjib, who has been on hunger strike in a Rabat jail for the past week, and calls on authorities to allow him independent medical supervision. Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources ImprisonedImpunityInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Newscenter_img Follow the news on Morocco / Western Sahara News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 8, 2021 Find out more News RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance April 28, 2021 Find out more Morocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Activities in the fieldCondemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsMedia independenceProtecting sources ImprisonedImpunityInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment March 11, 2021 Concern about jailed Moroccan journalist on hunger strike April 15, 2021 Find out more Monjib, who also has French citizenship, began a hunger strike on 4 March in protest against the one-year prison sentence on charges of “fraud” and “undermining state security” that he received from a court in Rabat on 27 January. The sentence was passed in the absence of both Monjib and his lawyers, who were not notified that the hearing was going to take place. The court also fined Monjib 15,000 dirhams (1,400) euros.last_img read more

Smoke Advisory Issued for Pasadena Due to Twin Fires in Angeles National Forest

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Public Safety Smoke Advisory Issued for Pasadena Due to Twin Fires in Angeles National Forest Published on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | 1:24 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) has issued a Smoke Advisory Tuesday, June 21, covering Pasadena and large portions of the San Gabriel Mountains and San Gabriel Valley, San Bernardino Mountains and San Bernardino Valley, the Pomona/Walnut Valley, Metropolitan Riverside and Banning Pass area, the Coachella Valley and Big Bear Lake area.SCAQMD says the Smoke Advisory is in effect the whole day until midnight tomorrow, because of two brush fires in the Angeles National Forest near Duarte. The fires – named the Reservoir Fire and the Fish Fire – now affect a total of 5,400 acres with 0 percent containment. They are now collectively referred to as the San Gabriel Complex Fire.SCAQMD says smoke from the fire is currently moving eastward toward San Bernardino and Riverside. It said air quality may reach “Unhealthy” levels in areas directly impacted by the smoke.Areas of direct smoke impacts at times and Unhealthy air quality will likely include:• Portions of the West San Gabriel Valley (Forecast Area 8, which includes Pasadena),• Portions of the East San Gabriel Valley (Forecast Area 9),• Portions of the Pomona/Walnut Valley (Forecast Area 10),• Portions of the San Gabriel Mountains (Forecast Area 15),• Portions of Metropolitan Riverside (Forecast Area 23),• Portions of Banning Pass Area (Forecast Area 29),• Portions of Coachella Valley (Forecast Area 30),• Portions of the Northwest San Bernardino Valley (Forecast Area 32),• Portions of the Southwest San Bernardino Valley (Forecast Area 33),• Portions of the Central San Bernardino Valley (Forecast Area 34),• Portions of the East San Bernardino Valley (Forecast Area 35),• Portions of the West San Bernardino Mountains (Forecast Area 36),• Portions of the Central San Bernardino Mountains (Forecast Area 37) and• Portions of the Big Bear Lake area (Forecast Area 38)Air quality may reach unhealthful levels in areas directly impacted by smoke in significant amounts or for extended periods of time.In any area impacted by smoke, everyone is advised to avoid any vigorous outdoor or indoor exertion. People with respiratory or heart disease, older adults, and children should remain indoors.“Keep windows and doors closed or seek alternate shelter. Run your air conditioner if you have one and keep the fresh air intake closed and the filter clean to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. Avoid using a swamp cooler or whole-house fan to prevent bringing additional smoke inside. To avoid worsening the health effects of wildfire smoke, don’t use indoor or outdoor wood-burning appliances, including fireplaces,” the advisory said.The full Smoke Advisory can be accessed through ftp://ftp.aqmd.gov/pub/globalist/Advisory.pdfTo subscribe to air quality alerts, advisories and forecasts by email, go to www.AirAlerts.org. To view current air quality conditions by region in an interactive map, see www3.aqmd.gov/webappl/gisaqi2/home.aspxFor more tips on avoiding health impacts from smoke, see SCAQMD Fire Safety Alert Factsheets at www.aqmd.gov/home/library/public-information/publications#factsheet.For a map of SCAQMD Forecast Areas, seewww.aqmd.gov/docs/default-source/default-document-library/map-of-monitoring-areas.pdf. Make a comment Community News More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Herbeauty10 Vietnamese Stunners That Will Take Your Breath AwayHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 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. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Cruise ships could be diverted to Foynes

first_imgLinkedin Facebook Print Foynes PortFOYNES Port could provide a big tourism spin-off for the Mid-West region if it can attract some of the cruise ship operators who are being diverted away from Dublin.That’s according to Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins who is calling for measures to be implemented so that the big ocean liners can continue dock at the County Limerick port in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up This follows confirmation that the Dublin Port authority is to allocate more space for post-Brexit customs checkpoints at the expense of tourist cruise ships.“Three cruise ships docked in Foynes last year with hundreds of tourists spent time not only in Limerick but also across the wider Mid-West,” he said. NewsBusinessCruise ships could be diverted to FoynesBy Staff Reporter – March 30, 2019 2343 Emailcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp Advertisement Previous articleGiant Granny left a rich cultural legacy in LimerickNext articleLimerick has low level of rent supplement increases Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

Academy Street grant effort gets public support

first_imgLatest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content Academy Street grant effort gets public support Troy residents, who attended the public hearing at Troy City Hall Tuesday morning, left energy-charged to do their part in making the renovation of the former Academy Street High School for use as a community center a reality.The public hearing was held to give Troy residents the opportunity to ask questions and have input into the City of Troy’s application for a $1 million Cultural Arts Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to assist with the renovation of the historic high school.Marcus Paramore, Troy City Council president, said the city has a good track record when it comes to receiving grant funding and encouraged those in attendance to support the city’s efforts. You Might Like Troy City Schools approves hires, transfers at meeting The Troy City Schools Board of Education approved several personnel items during its Monday meeting. Personnel actions approved include: •… read more In response to other questions, Sanders said the paving of the parking lot is not included in the grant application and the overall vision for the renovation of the historic school “will take time.”Sanders said that community support for the Academy Street High School project will go a long way in getting the CDBG grant funded and encouraged those in attendance to get behind the project and support it.Shelia Deveridge, retired Troy Nutrition Center director, said, the Academy Street School project will not just be used by the Oakland Heights neighborhood area but by the entire Troy community. “It’s for everyone so get out and help get the word out,” she said. Those who would like to support the efforts to secure the CDBG for the renovation of the Academy Street School as a community center, may do so by signing the support sheets that are available at Troy City Hall and are in circulation throughout the city.The deadline for the CDBG is July 11. However, the deadline for submissions to the grant is June 30. Email the author Sanders said the City of Troy is enhancing the 2020 grant with funding above the required match money.She was asked to explain why a grant for the renovation of the historic schoolhouse was titled “Cultural Arts” when there is a cultural arts center (Johnson Center for the Arts) in Troy.Sanders said the main focus of the  grant is for the renovation of the Academy Street High School for use a community center. However, the grant title, “Cultural Arts,” opens the grant up for other funding opportunities. The renovation project will be done in phases and additional funding will be helpful.Sanders provided assurance that the architectural structure of the historic building will not be compromised during the planned renovation and that the current façade will remain. Skip “The Academy Street School project is not a just a neighborhood project, it’s a community project,” said Stephanie Baker, city council member. “It‘s important that the grant application  has support citywide so we all need to go out and let others know the importance of the grant and ask for their support.”The meeting was attended by a large number of Troy citizens who have a vested interest in the preservation of the Academy Street High School.Melissa Sanders, City of Troy Community Development director, said  the City of Troy applied for a CDBG grant in 2019 for the renovation of the  Academy Street school, however, the grant was not approved. Most of the approved grants offered through the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) last year were for water and sewer projects. Published 6:08 pm Tuesday, June 16, 2020 Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell Print Article The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Total solar deal ‘highlights importance’ of renewables integration for oil majors

first_img India is aiming to expand its renewable energy capacity from about 93 gigawatts (GW) currently to 450GW by 2030 (Credit: Wikimedia/US Air Force) The latest solar power deal announced by Total highlights the importance of renewables integration for oil majors as part of their energy transitions, says an analyst.The French oil firm plans to develop 3.3 gigawatts (GW) worth of solar capacity near Madrid, Spain, having signed an agreement with Spanish developer Ignis.The Paris-headquartered company is just one of several major petroleum companies that have scaled-up on renewables recently, as they look towards a future beyond fossil fuels.Will Scargill, managing oil and gas analyst at data and analytics firm GlobalData, said Total’s latest solar deal comes amid a “flurry of activity” by European majors to “further its ambitions on the energy transition”.“Total is already a leader among the oil majors in terms of active renewables capacity, mostly through solar projects,” he added.“Linking this new capacity to the power needs of its European operations means that the deal will support its net-zero 2050 target, as well as its target for 25GW gross renewables capacity by 2025.” Total has ramped up its clean energy ambitions despite the coronavirus pandemicAs part of its ambition to become the “responsible energy major”, Total is building a portfolio of low-carbon electricity operations, with the objective of them accounting for 40% of its sales mix by 2050.Despite fears for oil companies around prices and demand following the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, it has so far ramped up its commitment to clean energy this year.Currently, Total’s gross low-carbon power generation capacity is close to 9GW, of which more than 5GW comes from renewable energy sources.As part of its latest commitment, the first solar projects are scheduled to start in 2022, with the ambition of bringing them all into production by 2025.It will bring the companies solar portfolio under development in Spain to more than 5GW by 2025, which will position the firm as a “major player in the country’s energy transition”, as it aims to generate 70% of its electricity from renewables by 2030 and then 100% by the middle of the century. The French oil firm plans to develop 3.3 gigawatts worth of solar capacity near Madrid, Spain, as part of its ambition to become the “responsible energy major”center_img Solar power is one of the preferred technologies among oil majorsScargill said solar power is one of the preferred technologies among oil majors looking to grow their renewables portfolios due to its “relatively low cost and short investment cycle”.“This deal adds to Total’s portfolio of upcoming solar capacity, which makes up the majority of the company’s renewables pipeline,” he added.“Similarly, solar is a strategic focus for BP – the other leading oil major in terms of renewables development – through its Lightsource BP joint venture.”The analyst believes the integration of renewables capacity with traditional oil and gas operations will be a “critical tool” as companies target net zero by 2050.“For Total, this move to power all of its European industrial sites through solar is a significant step, as the region represents almost 70% of its global refining capacity,” he added.“More integration is likely across the oil and gas sector, whether through development of renewables capacity at facilities or through green power purchase agreements.”last_img read more