Swan Life Ltd (formerly The Anglo Mauritius Assurance Society Ltd) (ANGM.mu) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgSwan Life Ltd (formerly The Anglo Mauritius Assurance Society Ltd) (ANGM.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Swan Life Ltd (formerly The Anglo Mauritius Assurance Society Ltd) (ANGM.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Swan Life Ltd (formerly The Anglo Mauritius Assurance Society Ltd) (ANGM.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Swan Life Ltd (formerly The Anglo Mauritius Assurance Society Ltd) (ANGM.mu)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileSwan Life Limited (formerly The Anglo Mauritius Assurance Society Limited) offers services such as life assurance, pensions, actuarial, and investment businesses in Mauritius. The company also provides life, car, home, health, travel, and boat insurance products, education and retirement plans, investment plans, wealth management, and stockbroking services for individuals. Swan Life Limited is headquartered in Port Louis, Mauritius. Swan Life Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Tanzania Cigarette Company Limited (TCC.tz) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgTanzania Cigarette Company Limited (TCC.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Tanzania Cigarette Company Limited (TCC.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tanzania Cigarette Company Limited (TCC.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tanzania Cigarette Company Limited (TCC.tz)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileTanzania Cigarette Company Limited (TCC) is a tobacco company in Tanzania which manufactures, distributes and markets cigarettes under the following brands; Camel, Winston, LD, Embassy, Portsman, Sweet Menthol Safari Club and Crescent & Star. The company also exports cigarettes to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique and Zambia. TCC is the only cigarette producer in Tanzania and has a 90% share of the domestic market. It was founded in 1961 as East African Tobacco; nationalised during the Ujamaa Movement in 1975 and later privatised when the government of Tanzania sold its controlling share. TCC is a subsidiary of Japan Tobacco International Holding BV, which has a 75% stake in the company. Tanzania Cigarette Company Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Forget buy-to-let! I’d buy these 2 cheap UK shares for passive income

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images Zaven Boyrazian | Wednesday, 9th December, 2020 | More on: LMP WHR 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. Buy-to-let is a popular way of generating passive income to build wealth. But owning and renting a property may not be as viable as you might think. There are lots of expenses that most people don’t like to think about – including agency, maintenance, and refurbishment fees.An alternative to buy-to-let for passive income?What if there was a way to rent properties without any of these issues? Enter the real estate investment trust (REIT).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…A REIT is traded just like a typical stock. It takes shareholder capital and uses it to buy properties and leases them to individuals or businesses. Furthermore, these businesses must return 90% of net profits to shareholders through dividends to retain their REIT status. In other words, investors get rental income as dividends without having to deal with any agencies or tenants.Here are two of my favourites that both serve the online shopping industry.An e-commerce warehousing solutionWarehouse REIT (LSE:WHR) operates small-to-medium-sized warehouses for businesses that typically operate online – such as Amazon and John Lewis. It acquires older properties in prime locations, spruces them up, and then rents or sells them to new tenants at premium prices – just like flipping a house.The real-estate firm Savills predicts that each additional €1bn of online sales will require an extra 775,000 sq ft of warehouse space. If this prediction is correct, then the facilities being offered by Warehouse REIT become more essential by the day.With dividends of 6.2p per share, shareholders are reaping a 5.4% dividend yield.Last-mile delivery for online goodsLondonmetric Property (LSE:LMP) is nearly four times the size of Warehouse REIT and operates in a similar, but slightly different, space. Initially, the business was focused on acquiring bricks-and-mortar retail and office space. However, it has since pivoted to urban last-mile distribution centres.These are basically small warehouses that provide temporary storage of products that are ready for delivery.For example, when you buy an item online, it’s moved from a storage facility (provided by the likes of Warehouse REIT) to a distribution centre (provided by the likes of Londonmetric Property). A courier will then pick it up and transport it over the last few miles to your doorstep.Just like Warehouse REIT, the stock has a dividend yield of 5.4%.Are REITs better than buy-to-let?In the UK the average mortgage is around £130,000 over 20 years. If I invested the same amount of capital in these two cheap UK shares equally, the annual income would be just over £7,000.Without all the fees involved with buy-to-let, that passive income is pure profit. However, a massive advantage over buy-to-let is that I can leave this income to compound through dividend reinvestment. Assuming that dividend yield doesn’t change, after 20 years, the compound effect would generate close to £250,000 from dividends alone.Now that’s the kind of passive income I’d like to see in my portfolio! See all posts by Zaven Boyrazian Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now!center_img Forget buy-to-let! I’d buy these 2 cheap UK shares for passive income 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. Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Zaven Boyrazian does not own shares in WarehouseREIT or LondonMetric Property. The Motley Fool UK has recommended LondonMetric Property PLC and Warehouse REIT. 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.last_img read more

A house for Art / Luca Selva Architects

first_img A house for Art / Luca Selva Architects Projects Save this picture!+ 17 Share Switzerland Text description provided by the architects. There are houses that become houses devoted to art over time by the gradual addition of artwork. Others, like the house in Binningen, were built to be a house for art from the beginning. This is reflected in the traffic pattern as well as in the sequence and size of the main rooms, the position and finish of the windows and the conservative and unitary materialization. The ground floor flooring gives the impression that it has existed since the beginning of time. It consists of a stomped clay floor, made by Martin Rauch. It is the colour of honey and it has countless crazes and a velvety touch despite its hardness. The floor leads the visitors from the entrée through the corridor to the entrance hall, which are squired by large-sized photographs by contemporary artists and include rare and aged cactuses and various delicate antique physiques. This archaic floor contrasts strongly with the slender and precise aluminium frames of the sliding glass doors which constrict the passage from the hall to the living room, opening it up towards the garden and the covered seating area. This is where the interpenetration of indoors and outdoors is strongest. The angular floorplan repeatedly allows simultaneous views of interior and exterior surfaces which are both kept in the same bright white to enhance the visual continuity of ceiling and walls.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsCultural / PatrimonialVELUX CommercialVELUX Modular Skylights in The Old Royal Station in BallaterEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoThe groundfloor’s flowing sequence of spaces is perfectly suited for the successive viewing of the works of art. The rooms differ in ceiling height and lighting. The windows are placed carefully, respecting quality of the daylight as well as the views they frame. The high set window in the hall focuses on the ample treetops of the neighbouring plot, while the living room window offers a surprising view of the distant city of Basel. Only now does the visitor notice how precisely and with how much of a dramaturgical thought the house is placed, also how skillfully its polymorphic volume uses the various qualities of the site. The back side traces the boundary while the garden side’s focal point is set on the pool. The edges of the latter are designed as benches reinforcing its physical presence. The pool becomes an object set in the garden, surrounded by orange Tartan flooring that strongly contrasts with the garden’s vegetation. Save this picture!Indoors, the flush mounted windows dialogue in a similar way with the images. Since the embrasure is nearly invisible, the environment seems to suddenly invade the room. The windows act as autonomous images rather than as a separation between indoors and outdoors. The entire house has an object-like appearance, mostly due to its colour. In some places the facade’s white stucco lustro is smoothed, in others it is left open-pored. This creates a variety of different shades, all similar but never quite the same. Save this picture!The balanced composition evokes Alvaro Siza’s work and due to its central hall it is reminiscent of Le Corbusier’s Villa La Roche. The house in Binningen does not limit itself to providing a neutral background for art. It takes an active part, including residents and guests in the conversation.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessBalancing Barn / MVRDV and Mole ArchitectsArticlesHarvest Green Project / Romses ArchitectsArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/21447/a-house-for-art-luca-selva-architects Clipboard A house for Art / Luca Selva ArchitectsSave this projectSaveA house for Art / Luca Selva Architects “COPY” “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/21447/a-house-for-art-luca-selva-architects Clipboard Houses ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeLuca Selva ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBinningenHousesSwitzerlandPublished on May 08, 2009Cite: “A house for Art / Luca Selva Architects” 08 May 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorDining tablesB&B ItaliaDining Table – BullSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Atrium Longlight / RidgelightLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteCompositesPure + FreeFormTechnical Guide – Creating a Seamless Interior and Exterior Material TransitionEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedWire MeshCarl Stahl DecorCableGreen Wall System – FAÇADESCAPE™More 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 stream CopyHouses•Binningen, Switzerland Year:  2008 Architects: Luca Selva Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

House Bierings / Rocha Tombal Architecten

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/36737/house-bierings-rocha-tombal-architecten Clipboard House Bierings / Rocha Tombal Architecten “COPY” The Netherlands Projects CopyAbout this officeRocha Tombal ArchitectenOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesUtrechtWoodHousesThe NetherlandsPublished on October 05, 2009Cite: “House Bierings / Rocha Tombal Architecten” 05 Oct 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorDining tablesB&B ItaliaDining Table – BullSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Atrium Longlight / RidgelightLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteCompositesPure + FreeFormTechnical Guide – Creating a Seamless Interior and Exterior Material TransitionEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedWire MeshCarl Stahl DecorCableGreen Wall System – FAÇADESCAPE™More products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?House Bierings / Rocha Tombal Architecten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 Save this picture!Recommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedText description provided by the architects. From a basic form, defined by the municipal urban plan, sculptural “eyes” emerge with direct views to the varied countryside landscape. The form and orientation of the building avoid visual contact with the adjacent houses: at the ground floor the angled ceiling of the kitchen accentuates the intensive contact with the garden. On the first floor, the different shaped openings in the roof and façade offer, like “fingers of light”, varied daylight experiences. Save this picture!Save this picture!Save this picture!The routing through the house starts in the hall, a section of the ground floor volume. After experiencing the entrance area and passing the gigantic pivoted door, the visitor arrives at the “heart of the house”, the kitchen. Here he looks through the big glass wall straight into the garden, which suggests being outside again. Behind him, the stair cuts a wooden wall inviting to follow the route towards the first floor. Its angled form and extreme proportions (small and high) and the daylight entering from the ceiling, offer the feeling of walking in a medieval street. Save this picture!Save this picture!Save this picture!At the end of it he discovers the living room, a quiet, north-lighted attic space, from which a big opening exposes the surrounding green like in a framed painting.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessDesign your own Building Competition by HasbroArticlesWhitworth Art Gallery / Amanda Levete ArchitectsArticles Share Save this picture!+ 24 Share Housescenter_img Area:  239 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” CopyHouses•Utrecht, The Netherlands House Bierings / Rocha Tombal ArchitectenSave this projectSaveHouse Bierings / Rocha Tombal Architecten Architects: Rocha Tombal Architecten Area Area of this architecture project 2009 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/36737/house-bierings-rocha-tombal-architecten Clipboardlast_img read more

House in Mantiqueira / Una Arquitetos

first_imgArchitects: Una Arquitetos Area Area of this architecture project 2016 ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs:  Nelson Kon Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project House in Mantiqueira / Una ArquitetosSave this projectSaveHouse in Mantiqueira / Una Arquitetos CopyAbout this officeUNA ArquitetosOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSão Bento do SapucaíBrazilPublished on May 04, 2017Cite: “House in Mantiqueira / Una Arquitetos” [Casa na Mantiqueira / Una Arquitetos] 04 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs “COPY” Houses Year: center_img Area:  545 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/867579/house-in-mantiqueira-una-arquitetos Clipboard Save this picture!© Nelson Kon+ 33 Share Projects CopyHouses•São Bento do Sapucaí, Brazil ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/867579/house-in-mantiqueira-una-arquitetos Clipboard House in Mantiqueira / Una Arquitetos Brazil Manufacturers: Jmar, Marcenaria Da Fazenda, Reka Iluminação, Toldos ScorzatoConstruction :AUM ConstruçõesStructure:Cia de ProjetosProducing And Assembling The Steel Structure :AluferInstallations :Pessoa e ZamaroWaterproofing :ProasspLightning Design :Ricardo HederLandscaping :Luisa MellisArchitects In Charge:Cristiane Muniz, Fábio Valentim, Fernanda Barbara, Fernando ViégasTeam:Bruno Gondo, Carolina Klocker, Eduardo Martorelli, Igor Cortinove, Jimmy Liendo Terán, Joaquin Gak, Marcos Bresser, Marie Lartigue, Marta Onofre, Pedro Ivo, Roberto Galvão, Rodrigo Carvalho PereiraCity:São Bento do SapucaíCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Nelson KonRecommended ProductsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornText description provided by the architects. The house is built on top of Mantiqueira, a 500 km mountain range that crosses the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro.  Save this picture!© Nelson KonSave this picture!© Nelson KonIts site is almost totally surrounded by woods, placed in an existing glade, gently sloping and facing a stream.Save this picture!© Nelson KonSave this picture!Plan – RoofSave this picture!© Nelson KonProject’s main intention is to establish multiple dialogues with the site and its many views across the uneven and astonishing landscape. Save this picture!© Nelson KonSave this picture!© Nelson KonA concrete shear wall construction, conforming the ground floor level, aimed to acomodate itself to the land slope. It defines a platform, detaching from the upper bound, rising, and folding itself in order to create a patio, wich connects two bedrooms, living and dining room, kitchen and storage area.Save this picture!© Nelson KonSave this picture!© Nelson KonPerpendicular and suspended over the structure below, a second volume accomodates two bedrooms at each end and a studio with a terrace, each with diferents openings orientations. The waggon metallic structure, supported by two concrete pilars, covers a 12 meters span above the patio, both rooms corresponding to the structure cantilever. It was brought to the ground in small pieces, easily assembled and welded on the ground and finally suspended by crane (in exact 15 minutes), avoiding undesirable temporary structures and impacts on the site.Save this picture!AxonometricSave this picture!SectionBetween the platform and the suspended waggon, was designed a open terrace deck, with aquatic gardens and a swimming-pool. This level is also the same as the nearest treetops. Here, as well as at severals others points of the house, spaces were created within their dialogue with the natural context.Save this picture!© Nelson KonProject gallerySee allShow lessBe a Voyeur in Christian Grey’s Revamped “50 Shades” Penthouse With This 3D ModelArticles4 Architectural Landmarks and Their Identical TwinsArchitecture News Sharelast_img read more

RSF hails initial retreat by Warsaw on public media reform

first_img PolandEurope – Central Asia Media independenceInternational bodies June 14, 2016 RSF hails initial retreat by Warsaw on public media reform Lower house of Polish parliament/ crédit AFP May 10, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes the Polish government’s decision to postpone adoption of a new “major law” on the public broadcast media that would have included changes to their legal status and would have made it possible to fire all of their journalists.RSF, which had previously condemned this proposed law as a violation of the European Union’s fundamental values, will continue to pay close attention to other proposed legislation still being debated by the Polish parliament.Shortly after taking office, the government led by the conservative Law and Justice party (PiS) adopted a media law in January that gives it the power to hire and fire state TV and radio executives. The law that has just been postponed, the second proposed media law, would have allowed the government to terminate the contracts of all state media employees and would have made it possible for the state media’s executives to decide where or not to rehire them.This proposed measure has been abandoned for good, according to deputy culture minister Krysztof Czabanski, who said that the European Commission would have to be notified first of any proposed changes to Poland’s media legislation.He nonetheless also said that a proposed temporary law creating a “National Media Council” would be submitted to parliament for adoption on 1 July. As it stands, this bill grants excessive powers to the parliamentary speaker, including the power to name the National Media Council’s president.“We hope the Polish government will take of account of civil society’s concerns about maintaining the public broadcast media’s independence,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “RSF monitors respect for media pluralism in EU countries and will continue to draw attention to anything that could pose a threat to media freedom.”On 13 January, the European Commission began a preliminary investigation into the PiS government’s controversial reforms. On 1 June, the commission adopted a formal opinion about these reforms that constituted a warning to the government that it was endangering the rule of law.RSF is pleased that the Polish government is finally beginning to heed the concern being expressed by the European Union about media freedom and independence in Poland. RSF had asked the European Union to adopt disciplinary measures if the government went ahead with its draconian legislation.Poland is ranked 47th out of 180 countriesin RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, a fall of 29 places from its positionin the 2015 Index. Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns to go further Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts RSF_en News With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland June 2, 2021 Find out more News PolandEurope – Central Asia Media independenceInternational bodies Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Follow the news on Poland January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Reporters Without Borders Germany sues German foreign intelligence agency BND over communications mass surveillance

first_img May 31, 2021 Find out more Organisation March 30, 2021 Find out more DISPROPORTIONATE SURVEILLANCE PRACTICES Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU June 2, 2021 Find out more LAWSUIT IS ALSO DIRECTED AGAINST BND’S META DATA ANALYSIS SYSTEM News Reporters Without Borders Germany (RSF Germany) is taking Germany’s foreign intelligence agency Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) to court for breaching the secrecy of the organization’s telecommunications. The lawsuit was submitted to the Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig yesterday, June 30, 2015. July 1, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders Germany sues German foreign intelligence agency BND over communications mass surveillance News MASS SURVEILLANCE HAS CHILLING EFFECTS ON JOURNALISTS AND SOURCES GermanyEurope – Central Asia RSF Germany is therefore also taking legal action against the use of the traffic analysis system “VerAS” (Verkehrsanalysesystem) which the BND has been using to collect and processing the communications of German citizens since 2002. This has included the gathering of phone connection records, SMS short messages, e-mail massages as well as data about citizens’ internet traffic and use of social networks. There is no legal basis for this type of data collection and analysis; therefore it must be stopped immediately.Security authorites argue that “VerAS” helps them identify the relationships between terror suspects and uncover secret plans or entire networks. However, the method is being applied in a very far-reaching manner, meaning that it may encompass even journalists can be linked only indirectly and via up to four additional intermediaries to a terror-supect. This results in the gathering of around 500 million meta data records per month according to the BND. Given this immense amount, it is highly probable that connection records of RSF Germany as an organization with a large amount of international communications have also been included in the program. The protection of the privacy of correspondence, post and telecommunications is a universal and widely respected human right. Already in March, RSF and other civil society groups called for comprehensive control of the German intelligence services. Today we are repeating our demand that there must be no surveillance without legal basis, neither in Germany nor abroad. Press contact:Silke Ballweg / Christoph DreyerReporter ohne Grenzen Friedrichstraße 23110969 BerlinTel: +49 (0) 30 609 895 33 – 55 [email protected] RSF Germany accuses the BND of spying on the e-mail traffic of the organization with foreign partners, journalists and others as part of the agency’s signals intelligence surveillance. This severely impairs the work of RSF and harms the interests of the organization. Many journalists from Germany as well as from authoritarian countries like Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan or China contact RSF regularly and communicate with the organization about confidential concerns and matters worthy of legal protection. The BND’s communications surveillance practices, however, mean that these journalists can no longer rely on the assumption that these concerns will remain confidential. Help by sharing this information RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum Receive email alerts Follow the news on Germany Journalists in Germany, as in other democratic countries, enjoy the privilege of being allowed to refuse to give evidence, including concealing their sources from investigating authorities. Furthermore, journalists’ communications enjoy special protection in a democratic state. With its lawsuit, RSF Germany aims to reinstall this right of journalists. Various studies have consistently concluded that in the face of mass surveillance journalists feel threatened in their work and that this has a chilling effect on the way they work. In some cases, informants have even shied away from contacting journalists because they fear that they will be exposed by intelligence services. Confidential sources and whistleblowers, however, are a fundamental condition for independent journalistic reporting in a democracy. STRENGHTENING CREDIBILITY IN THE FACE OF AUTHORITARIAN STATESBy submitting the BND’s monitoring practices to the Federal Administrative Court’s review, RSF Germany also aims to strengthen Germany`s credibility in the face of arbitrary surveillance practices of authoritarian states such as China, Saudi Arabia or Turkmenistan. At the end of 2013, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the “Right to Privacy in the Digital Age”, which was co-initiated by the German government. However, the German government faces an obvious credibility problem when trying to persuade other governments to better respect freedom of information while at the same time pursuing similar practices at home and spying on its citizens on a mass scale trough the German intelligence services. German authorities should also implement the demands of the UN resolution in their own country and make sure that the Federal Intelligence Service respect German and international law. RSF_en GermanyEurope – Central Asia German BND Act: A missed opportunity for press freedom News News to go further According to the latest annual report of the Parliamentary Control Panel (the parliamentary committee in charge of watching over the work of Germany’s intelligence agencies), in 2013 alone the BND scanned an estimated hundreds of millions of e-mail messages for key words as part of its strategic signals intelligence. The BND then determined more than 15,000 of these messages that were investigated in more detail. Among the main topics of RSF Germany’s work are states like those of the former Soviet Union and of the Middle East. During the year in question, the organization was in close exchange with numerous journalists and civil society actors about questions such as the activities of various intelligence agencies. Based on what is publicly known about the search operators used by the BND, RSF Germany therefore has to assume that a significant number of its e-mail messages were gathered and subjected to closer examination.RSF considers this monitoring practice as disproportionate and is convinced that it is not covered by the relevant German law regulating limitations to the constitutional secrecy of mail and telecommunications (G10 Law).Given this vast dimension of monitoring, RWB believes that the protection of journalists` sources is no longer guaranteed and that press freedom in Germany is under threat. Under these circumstances, the media can no longer fulfill its role as a pillar of control in a democratic society. last_img

Facebook Q4 results soar; Zuckerberg hits Apple over privacy

first_imgLocal NewsBusinessUS News TAGS  By Digital AIM Web Support – January 27, 2021 Pinterest Twitter Facebook capped a tumultuous 2020 with soaring earnings in the final quarter, but the company forecast challenges in 2021 that include a coming privacy update by Apple that could limit the social network’s ad targeting capabilities. The Apple move drew a rare public rebuke from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who during a conference call accused Apple of favoring its own interests and not those of users. Facebook said its already enormous user base grew in the fourth quarter as people stayed home during the pandemic and reported revenues buoyed by a shift to digital advertising amid coronavirus-related economic uncertainty. But the company predicted uncertainty for 2021 and said its revenue in the latter half of the year could face significant pressure. Because revenue grew so quickly in the second half of 2020, the social network could have trouble keeping up that pace. “Clearly the pandemic has also continued to help Facebook’s monthly active user growth to remain strong in many regions, including in the U.S. and Canada, where prior to the pandemic, user gains had slowed to a crawl,” said eMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson. But she noted that the number of daily users in this region declined, suggesting that people in the U.S. and Canada are moving elsewhere — probably TikTok, which grew quickly in 2020. In the conference call with analysts, Zuckerberg came out swinging, saying Apple is fast becoming one of Facebook’s “biggest competitors” due in part to its dominance in messaging on the iPhone. Apple, he said, “has every incentive” to use its own mobile platform to interfere with how rival apps work. Apple will soon require apps to ask users for permission to collect data on what devices they are using and to let ads follow them around on the internet. Facebook has been pushing back against the changes, saying those rules could reduce what apps can earn by advertising through Facebook’s audience network. Of course, the Apple move also threatens Facebook’s own advertising revenue. Zuckerberg, though, focused on what he sees as Apple’s motives. “Apple may say that they are doing this to help people, but the moves clearly track their competitive interests,” Zuckerberg said. Apple, meanwhile, says people should be empowered to have more control of their data. Executives have dismissed arguments from advertisers and companies like Facebook who say the anti-tracking feature will hurt the online ad industry. “When invasive tracking is your business model, you tend not to welcome transparency and customer choice,” Apple’s software chief Craig Federighi said in December. Facebook earned $11.22 billion, or $3.88 per share, in the October-December period, well above the $3.19 that analysts expected and up 53% from a year earlier. Revenue grew 22% to $28.07 billion, higher than the $26.36 billion analysts were predicting, according to a poll by FactSet. Its monthly user base grew 12% to 2.8 billion. Facebook ended 2020 with 58,604 employees, a 30% increase from a year earlier. While Facebook does not break out how much it makes from Instagram, which it owns, eMarketer estimates that the app accounted for 36% of Facebook’s total advertising revenue and nearly half of its U.S. ad revenue. Shares of the Menlo Park, California-based company climbed $1.23 to $273.37 in after-hours trading. The stock price rose 33% in 2020. Facebook Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Facebook Q4 results soar; Zuckerberg hits Apple over privacy WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleOdessans show up in big wayVaccine effort helped by locals who are pitching inNext articleBills have offseason needs to address with little to spend Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

HSE asked to widen view on national OH strategy

first_imgHSE asked to widen view on national OH strategyOn 1 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today “Broaden your vision” is the message the profession has given theHSE following the publication of its discussion document on developing anoccupational health strategy for the UK. The HSE received more than 560 written responses to the document and furthercomments were made by some of the 320 people who attended open meetings. It hasnow made available a summary of the responses it received. Most respondents, 84 per cent, agreed that the strategy should encompass thewider values people associate with and the aspirations they have for OH, whilethe 17 per cent who disagreed did so mainly because the values do not appear torecognise that work is fundamentally good for people as opposed to being asource of harm. Respondents felt the vision is too narrow and needs to be more positive. Itwas suggested that the vision should: – Embrace the positive contribution that work can have for health. – Address the effect of health on work, as well as the effect of work onhealth. – Provide for health in the workplace, not just the prevention ofill-health. – Not use the term “ill-health” as it limits the scope of thevision. – Include the effects of work on society and the environment. – Embrace opportunity for work issues. On the issue of how to sell the benefits of occupational health toemployers, many respondents felt that a cost-benefit approach should bepursued, emphasising the costs to business and the individual, includinginvisible costs such as management time and costs obscured by insurance. The HSE is taking all these comments into consideration as it develops afinal strategy for the Health and Safety Commission to agree. It is likely tobe launched this spring. Related posts:No related photos. Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more