September 17, 2021

The UK bank levy risks tarring banks as toxic

first_img whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ whatsapp KCS-content The UK bank levy risks tarring banks as toxic Monday 4 October 2010 9:02 pm THE Treasury’s consultation on the introduction of a UK bank levy closes today. Draft legislation will be published in the autumn for further comment and the final draft will be published towards the end of the year. The levy will be introduced from 1 January 2011. As that hurried timetable suggests, the consultation is concerned only with working out the finest of details, rather than providing an opportunity to challenge the advisability of the levy itself.The Treasury consultation document is clear on what the bank levy is not intended to be: it is not a fund for future bailouts. Instead, the UK’s bank levy has two stated purposes: firstly, “to encourage banks to move away from riskier funding”; and secondly, to tax large banks for being a lasting danger to the economy. The first is presented with little argument, while the second is alarming.The consultation response by the Institute of Directors (IoD) addresses the first rationale in detail. As the IoD points out, in principle pricing risky behaviour to account for its costs is preferable to a ban. But we cannot assume the levy will achieve this. An effective levy in this sense might require an internationally uncompetitive and therefore impractical rate. The IoD concludes: “full computations of appropriate levels, linked to the costs that need to be priced in, should be published for public scrutiny”. Without data, this claim lacks substance.We are left with only one real justification for the levy. In the consultation document’s own words: “It is fair and it is right that banks should make an appropriate contribution, which reflects the many risks they generate.” The banking industry understands that it has to reform itself and win back the public’s trust: many City representatives met yesterday at Mansion House to discuss this very problem. Can it really be helpful as part of that process to have the government expressly target banks as a hazardous, costly presence in the UK?Note too the slippery nature of that word “appropriate”. Many were pleased that George Osborne did not set the UK levy far higher. But there is no guarantee that it will stay where it is. Ed Miliband has implied he would like to see it higher still. The Liberal Democrats wanted it higher as well. Osborne will not always be chancellor.This levy is an uncompetitive policy that has more to do with feeding public resentment than with preventing another crisis. In leaving the banks at the mercy of future political calculations, it has the potential to help create one instead. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Times Tags: NULL last_img read more

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Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited ( 2009 Annual Report

first_imgBenso Oil Palm Plantation Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2009 annual report.For more information about Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited (  2009 annual report.Company ProfileBenso Oil Palm Plantation Limited is an oil palm plantation company in Ghana involved in growing and processing crude palm oil to produce oil products for domestic consumption. The company is based at the Adum Banso Estate in Takoradi, Ghana. It owns over 5 000 hectares of oil palm plantations and processes crude palm oil to produce oil products for domestic consumption. Brands include RBD Palm Oil and RBD Palm Olein. BOPP produces oil products for the Ghana market and for export to regions in West Africa. The company is also involved in refining fats and oils and owns the patent for technology that converts wasted food into nutritious food. BOPP is a subsidiary of Wilmar International Limited and Unilever Ghana has a stake in its business. Benso Oil Palm Plantation Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Ma’a Nonu and Quade Cooper combine for awesome Toulon try vs Castres

first_imgMonday May 9, 2016 Ma’a Nonu and Quade Cooper combine for awesome Toulon try vs Castres Toulon beat Castres 17-7 on Sunday, staying on course for the Top 14 playoffs despite having a rough week with injuries. Ma’a Nonu and Josua Tuisova both scored excellent tries, while Quade Cooper had a fairly mixed night, and we saw an uppercut get punished.The conditions were wet and it wasn’t until just before halftime that points went on the board, as brilliant Toulon winger Tuisova powered through two tackles, including one from former teammate David Smith, then outsprinted the cover.These days you don’t see many players swinging punches but usually when it does happen, it’s automatic red. So prop Karena Wihongi can count himself fortunate to have only been sin-binned for his cheapshot, even if the connection might not have been huge.Another twenty minutes into the second half and Wallaby Cooper, who was recently axed by the Australian 7s due to not having had enough time to prove his worth, made a decisive break that led to the Nonu try.Cooper made one or two errors in the rain early on, but his footwork for the break was key, followed by the perfect line taken by All Black Nonu.Frederic Michalak came into the team after Matt Giteau was forced out with an abductor strain. The former Test flyhalf converted both tries, but with time almost up he got a little cheeky, trying his hand at a dinky chip, which backfired badly as Castres scored a consolation try.Toulon are third overall, seven behind leaders Clermont but just one behind Montpellier.You can see the Cooper/Nonu try below, then full French highlights below that, including sneaky uppercut and electric try by speedster on the wing, Josua top14official/rugbyvidsADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Great Tries Related Articles 26 WEEKS AGO Incredible athleticism for sensational try… 26 WEEKS AGO ARCHIVE: Suntory score amazing try to upset… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: All 12 tries from EPIC Bristol-Clermont… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

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Bitonic House / Zhucun Design

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Architects: Zhucun Design Area Area of this architecture project 2020 CopyHouses•Pintung, Taiwan (ROC) Year:  Bitonic House / Zhucun DesignSave this projectSaveBitonic House / Zhucun DesignSave this picture!Facade. Image © AR HER KUO & Trig photography+ 20Curated by 韩爽 – HAN Shuang Share Projects “COPY” Photographs:  AR HER KUO & Trig photography Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeZhucun DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookPintungTaiwan (ROC)Published on June 04, 2020Cite: “Bitonic House / Zhucun Design” 04 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Taiwan (ROC) ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  350 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Houses Manufacturers: CosentinoArchitect In Charge:Liyen WeiClient:Mr. YuCity:PintungCountry:Taiwan (ROC)More SpecsLess SpecsSite planningWe divided the entire building into a front and rear building in a courtyard-like configuration similar to China. The front building is for the public domain and the main funded member families, and the rear building is for other family members and ancillary spaces. The semi-open air spa area serves as its transition space. The atrium between the two buildings provides sunlight and green plants and can be brought into the activities of family members.Save this picture!Exterior. Image © AR HER KUO & Trig photographyRecommended ProductsWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreArchitectural designFront buildingThis base is lower than the main road, so we first set the elevation of the original base as a basement, and the first floor is raised and suspended; this type of tall house architecture similar to the South Island nation.  We call it Singapore-style architecture at Taiwan. This type can effectively resolve the damp and hot ground gas, making the indoor space more dry and cool; in addition to the use of six cars and storage rooms in the basement, we have reserved a water collection box culvert in the foundation of the driveway to prevent the current Heavy rainfall in extreme climate. On both sides of the building, the suspended glass box is clamped by the amount of elevator and stairs, hoping to be light and stable at the same time. In 2F, because it is a private area, the facade is plated with aluminum grid to filter out too much sunlight and provide privacy Improve the overall refinement of the building.Save this picture!Exterior. Image © AR HER KUO & Trig photographySave this picture!SectionSave this picture!Exterior. Image © AR HER KUO & Trig photographyBack buildingWe made a ceremonial corridor with a height of about 6M; because the end of the corridor is a zen room, I hope to present a solemn sense in the corridor.The corridor passes through the bedrooms and auxiliary spaces of other family members.Save this picture!Exterior. Image © AR HER KUO & Trig photographySPA SPACEBetween buildings, we arranged a semi-outdoor SPA space as a transition space and also as a public space in the center of the building for members to use.Save this picture!Exterior. Image © AR HER KUO & Trig photographyInterior designFront building basementIn addition to parking six cars, there are also a farm tool room and two staircase halls (elevator and staircase) .Because there are many family members, it provides more access lines for easy use.Save this picture!Interior. Image © AR HER KUO & Trig photographySave this picture!Interior. Image © AR HER KUO & Trig photographyThe first floor of front buildingBecause it is a public area of the whole building, in addition to the Chinese kitchen’s concerns about the needs of fume. The rest of the space hopes to see through all of the vision, but also hopes to have their own definitions. Therefore, the weak definition of the space in the material and space changes allows the vision to wear all Transparent, but with a sense of hierarchy.Save this picture!Interior. Image © AR HER KUO & Trig photographySave this picture!Interior. Image © AR HER KUO & Trig photographyDecorationThe public space is decorated with gray tones and light wood grain, and an orange multi-directional sofa is used as a highlight in the living room.There is no TV main wall in the living room, because we hope that this space can be dominated by the view of the front yard and atrium, and supplemented by the needs of multi-party gatherings, so the directional multi-directional furniture configuration used in the living room is also specially selected to meet the above requirements.Save this picture!Exterior. Image © AR HER KUO & Trig photographyProject gallerySee allShow lessCantina di David Restaurant / Design Brendan BakkerSelected ProjectsQkids English Center / CrossboundariesSelected Projects Share Bitonic House / Zhucun Design ArchDailylast_img read more

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Bilal Kayed wins promise of release

first_imgPalestinian political prisoner Bilal Kayed ended his 71-day hunger strike Aug. 24 after securing an agreement that Israel will free him when his current “administrative detention” order, issued by an Israeli military commander in the occupied West Bank without charge or trial, ends on Dec. 12.The deal, announced by Kayed’s party, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and his legal counsel, the Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Organization, confirms that Kayed’s detention will not be renewed.At a Ramallah press conference on Aug. 25, Addameer director Sahar Francis said an Israeli occupation spy agency had demanded Kayed’s deportation outside Palestine for four years as a condition of his release.Only two days before the agreement, “the Israeli intelligence was adamant about this condition.” ( had previously been imprisoned by Israel for 14 ½ years for participating in resistance activities during the second Intifada.On June 13, the date of Kayed’s scheduled release, Israel refused to free him, instead giving him an “administrative detention” order.In response, Kayed launched a hunger strike June 15 to demand his release.The deal for Kayed’s freedom followed weeks of intense mobilization worldwide, including nine events in New York City alone.On Aug. 23, the night before the settlement, supporters gathered at the Manhattan Solidarity Center to hear reports from two local activists who recently traveled to occupied Palestine and met with Kayed’s relatives and supporters, and to write him letters of solidarity.Eight previous actions were street protests, with seven targeting G4S, the world’s largest security company, Israel’s second-biggest private employer, and a key contractor for Israel’s prisons and detention centers, occupation and security forces, and military checkpoints.These demonstrations sharpened in militancy as Kayed’s hunger strike progressed, with protesters marching loudly through the lobbies of G4S buildings on Aug. 12 and 19.G4S: Out of Israel’s prisons!On Aug. 7, Kayed and other prisoners affiliated with the PFLP, many of whom were then waging hunger strikes in solidarity with him, issued a statement urging supporters to escalate an ongoing campaign of boycotts and divestments against G4S.“We call on the Boycott National Committee to issue an immediate alert to all of the boycott and Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions committees in the world to take up the campaign to defend the prisoners through the international boycott of the occupation and its institutions, and boycott of its complicit corporations, led by the G4S security corporation,” they wrote. ( days later, British and Israeli media reported G4S was in “advanced talks” to sell its Israeli unit to the private equity group FIMI Opportunity Funds.After G4S first announced its plans to abandon the Israeli market in March, BDS activists welcomed the move.But Mahmoud Nawajaa, a spokesperson for the Palestinian BDS National Committee, stated, “Our boycott of G4S will remain among the BDS movement’s top priorities until we actually see it back out of the door of Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid.” ( Kayed’s settlement, four other Palestinian political prisoners — brothers Mahmoud al-Balboul and Mohammed al-Balboul, Ayed Heraimi and Malik al-Qadi — remain on hunger strike protesting their own “administrative detention” orders.Efforts to free them and drive G4S out of Israel’s prisons will continue, starting with Samidoun’s next weekly protest on Sept. 2 at 4 p.m. outside the G4S office at 19 West 44th St.Announcements and reports of events elsewhere, as well as news on hunger strikers and other Palestinian political prisoners, are posted online at is a member of Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition and an organizer with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Soybean Farmers Need to Properly Dispose of Treated Seed

first_img Treated seed lawOnce planting is complete, soybean farmers may be tempted to combine their remaining treated seed with soybeans still in the bin from last year’s harvest. But doing so would not be a good idea.Dwain Ford, a United Soybean Board farmer-leader from Illinois, explains why.“It is illegal to put treated seeds in the United States into commercialized soybeans and take them to the elevator. It is unacceptable not only in the United States but worldwide as well.”He adds, “It’s important that U.S. soybean farmers use and know the laws here in the United States for disposing of treated seeds and that they’re very conscious in ensuring that those are disposed of in the proper, legal manner.”Exports remain very important to U.S. soybean farmers’ bottom lines. Providing high-quality, contamination-free soy shipments helps U.S. farmers maintain access in those valuable markets and remain the world’s preferred soybean supplier.Soybean seed treated with crop-protection products have become more popular in recent years, but it has also become more important for farmers to properly dispose of leftover seed. Some international customers forbid the presence of any treated seed in soybean shipments and a rejected shipment could cost U.S. soybean farmers millions of dollars.“I believe that U.S. soybean farmers are very conscious about this and do a very good job in segregating and keeping those treated seeds out of commercial soybeans,” Ford adds. “However, customers can reject a whole shipload of our soybeans over just a few soybeans that have been treated, and that could cost all of us millions of dollars.”For more information on soybean exports and the importance of maintaining international market access, visit Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Jun 1, 2014 SHARE Soybean Farmers Need to Properly Dispose of Treated Seed SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Soybean Farmers Need to Properly Dispose of Treated Seed Previous articleFarmers Strike a Chord with #DitchTheRule Song, VideoNext articleWhat Skills Will the Next Generation of Famers Need? Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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No. 10 TCU continues to roll with back-to-back series sweeps, ten straight wins

first_imgAnother series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Colin Post + posts Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Linkedin printBecause of the way baseball is played without a time limit, and typically in a three-game series, it’s often hard for a team to put together long stretches of wins. There are simply too many variables.For No. 10 TCU baseball, though, wins have been almost automatic recently, as the Frogs earned their second-straight sweep this past weekend in Norman, Okla. and a win over Tarleton State on Tuesday en route to ten-straight wins.During that stretch, TCU has gotten everything they have wanted and more at the plate, outscoring their opponents by a whopping 95-37 margin.True freshman Brayden Taylor has led the way offensively for TCU over their four wins in the last five days, hitting a home run in each of the games.The West Jordan, Utah, native was named the Co-Big 12 Newcomer of the Week for his outstanding weekend.Oklahoma Game 1First baseman Gene Wood started the series off by having the game of his life, hitting two home runs and leading a 15-hit effort for TCU, as they took down the Sooners 11-7 on Friday night.Eight different Horned Frogs produced a hit in the contest, with five of them tallying two or more.Starter Russell Smith continued to establish himself as TCU’s ace, striking out eight while giving up just four hits and three earned runs in seven innings pitched.The first home run from Wood came on a jack to left field in the second inning, and two more runs would follow shortly, giving the Frogs an early 3-0 lead.Third baseman Brayden Taylor would get in on the action in the third, hitting his fifth home run of the year to extend TCU’s lead to four.Taylor was not done, though. The true freshman hit an RBI single in the fifth before scoring moments later on a single by designated hitter Hunter Wolfe.The second infield single of the night then came for the speedy Porter Brown, as the Frogs pushed their lead to 7-0.The Sooners finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth on a two-run homer, but Wood’s second home run of the game came just a half-inning later, as TCU would continue to keep Oklahoma out of reach for the rest of the night.Reliever Haylen Green earned the save in the matchup, improving the Frogs to 6-0 on the season when he has the opportunity to save.Oklahoma Game 2Starter Austin Krob set a career-high with 10 strikeouts, and Taylor homered for the second-straight game, as TCU sealed the series win with a 17-6 blowout of Oklahoma on Saturday.Now 4-0 on the year, Krob shook off a few early hits given off to produce his best performance to date, giving up just three hits and a run in seven innings pitched.At one point, the sophomore lefty retired 16-straight batters.Along with Taylor, second baseman Gray Rodgers also hit a home run in the contest, improving TCU to 10-0 on the season when they hit multiple home runs.The Frogs were anything but kind to Sooners’ starter Jake Bennett, scoring six runs in the first inning and four before an out was even recorded.After a single from catcher Zach Humphreys and a double from Wood hit in two runs apiece with no outs, Rodgers blasted his two-run homer to make it 6-0.Oklahoma was able to put one run on the board in the bottom of the inning before Taylor’s two-run homer made it 8-1 in the second.TCU would go on to score groups of runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth and eighth innings, holding a 17-1 lead at one point and all but sealing the victory.The Sooners would score five runs in the last two innings combined, but it was too little, too late against the Frogs’ offensive explosion.The TCU bullpen recorded 14 strikeouts on the day, making the contest the 16th time the Frogs have struck out double-digit batters in a game this season.Oklahoma Game 3Trailing for the first time all weekend, TCU scored seven unanswered runs to beat Oklahoma 7-3 and complete their second-straight series sweep on Easter Sunday.Starter Johnny Ray struggled a bit early for the Frogs, giving up four hits and three earned runs through his four innings pitched.A sacrifice fly got things going for the Sooners in the second before a two-run shot to right in the bottom of the third put them up 3-0.Third baseman Brayden Taylor has hit a home run in four-straight games. (Photo courtesy of would be all that Oklahoma would see offensively for the rest of the game, though, as relievers Charles King and Green gave up just two hits and zero runs over the last five innings.Meanwhile, TCU’s offense got going.Shortstop Tommy Sacco hit a two-run double with two outs before Brown smacked an RBI single to tie the game at three in the top of the fourth.Then, in the seventh, Brown, right fielder Phillip Sikes, and Taylor each blasted home runs to cap the scoring for TCU and give them all they needed to finish the sweep.The win moved the Frogs to 6-0 in conference play, keeping them at first in the conference standings and giving them their best Big 12 Conference start in school history.Tarleton StateTaylor homered for his four-straight game, and LHP River Ridings earned his first win as a Frog, as TCU overcame 15 hits by Tarleton State to take down the Texans 13-9 on the road Tuesday afternoon.Now leading the team with eight home runs, Taylor finished with two hits and four RBIs on the day, keeping the Frogs’ streak of offensive explosions alive.Ridings was one of six pitchers that saw the mound for TCU in the contest, entering the game in the fifth and giving up two hits and zero runs in his 1.2 innings pitched.The Frogs looked to be well on their way to an early blowout, as they opened up an 8-1 lead off an RBI triple by Sikes in the top of the third.The Texans then scored five runs with two outs in the bottom of the inning, with the last four coming off of a grand slam by shortstop Bryan Aguilar.Tarleton pulled two within one on a solo shot in the fourth, but that’s as close as they would get, as TCU scored five more runs over the next two innings to pull out of reach.Neither team would score in the final three innings, as relievers Garrett Wright and Green sealed the win for TCU and extended their winning streak to 10 games.Tarleton State had finished with 13 men left on base, scoring just nine runs despite out-hitting TCU 15-13. Up Next:This weekend, TCU will face their toughest competition of the Big 12 season so far, as they take on No. 8 Texas Tech on the road. The first pitch in Lubbock, Texas on Friday is at 6:30 p.m. Previous articlePopular karaoke bar Poop Deck plans relocation to Bluebonnet CircleNext articleHoroscope: April 7, 2021 Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Colin Post Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Colin Post TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Texas Christian University pitcher Johnny Ray throws baseball during the TCU vs. Baylor University game on March 28, 2021 at Lupton Baseball Stadium(Esau Rodriguez Olvera / Staff Photographer) Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Colin Post Linkedin First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall Twitter Colin Post ReddIt Facebook Facebook Twitter Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award ReddItlast_img read more

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Criticisms of government’s flood disaster management censored and banned

first_img July 26, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Criticisms of government’s flood disaster management censored and banned Organisation to go further RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on China Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific center_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more News News News Amid widespread domestic and international concern about the flooding in China, the Chinese media and Internet users have been asking why the Beijing drainage system failed to avert the disaster in the capital and why the authorities failed to give its inhabitants more warning.In response to the growing criticism, the Beijing propaganda department has told the media to refrain from any reference to shortcomings in the city government’s handling of the bad weather, and comments and articles have been suppressed or blocked.This has been the worst flooding in China in 61 years. The storm that hit Beijing on the night of 20 July caused at least 77 deaths.First-hand accounts by residents on the Internet – in blogs and on social networks – rapidly facilitated the emergence of mutual assistance mechanisms that helped offset the lack of measures taken by the authorities. It was above all on Weibo (the Chinese equivalent of Twitter) that victims were able to organize an effective solidarity network.Several Chinese newspapers criticized the water drainage system as ineffective. They contrasted the major damage to the capital’s flooded streets – which were modernized for the 2008 Olympics – with the almost non-existent damage in the Forbidden City, which was much better protected by drainage built centuries ago.Recognizing the scale of the disaster on 21 July, after a meeting about the flooding, the Beijing municipal committee’s propaganda department announced the need to maintain a degree of “stability” in public opinion. Propaganda department chief Lu Wei said this stability depended on the media and ordered them to report only “achievements worthy of praise and tears,” including acts of heroism by the emergency services or individuals.Comments on microblogs such as Sina Weibo disappeared or were blocked. Those who did not remove their own comments from Sina Weibo found that Weibo’s moderators had prefixed them with the words “Permission denied.”The blogger Li Chengpeng’s article “Totem” reporting that, although the Beijing city authorities had spent 6 billion yuan on trucks, only civilian cars were seen rescuing victims, can no longer be accessed on his blog.A sarcastic comment by seasoned Chinese journalist Gong Xiaoyue (龚晓跃) about the government’s handling of the situation was also removed. It said: “Many thanks to this once-in- 5,000-years government for allowing us to experience so many worst-in-a-century things in such a short period of time”.US Deputy Secretary of State Michael Posner said that, during annual talks between the United States and China in Washington, he raised the cases of activists, lawyers and bloggers who had been the victims of government harassment and repression.China is on the 2012 Reporters Without Borders list of countries that are “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 174th out of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes ChinaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

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Widespread violence against journalists during Kiev protests

first_img News September 7, 2020 Find out more December 2, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Widespread violence against journalists during Kiev protests Organisation UkraineEurope – Central Asia News RSF_en Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV February 26, 2021 Find out more UkraineEurope – Central Asia center_img News Receive email alerts March 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ukraine News Help by sharing this information to go further Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Reporters Without Borders is appalled by the scale of the violence against journalists during the pro-European demonstrations in Kiev. At least 45 journalists have been injured in clashes between demonstrators and police since 29 November. Most of the violence against journalists was deliberate.“The frequency and gravity of the attacks on journalists indicate a deliberate desire to crush freedom of information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is unacceptable that the media have again been the victims of the political unrest they were trying to cover as part of their professional duties.“The police in particular have been guilty of targeted and disproportionate violence in blatant disregard for their obligation to protect the media. We urge the competent authorities to order the necessary investigations and to punish those responsible for the violence.”According to the information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, at least eight journalists covering demonstrations in Kiev in the past few days have been hit by stun grenades or teargas canisters, with serious consequences for their health in some cases, including that of journalist Max Levin.Twenty-six others, including photographer Mikhail Zagorski and Euronews cameraman Roman Kupryanov, have been beaten by members of the police and the special forces who knew they were journalists.Five others, including Gromadskoye Telebachennya reporters Dmitry Gnap and Yakov Lyubchich, were targeted by demonstrators or unidentified individuals in civilian dress. Several had to be hospitalized. The 45 journalists who have been the victims of violence include eight foreigners. See the complete list compiled by Ukraine-based Institute for Mass Information (IMI).Sparked by President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to suspend partnership negotiations with the European Union, the protests have swelled into a major anti-government movement on a scale not seen since the 2004 Orange Revolution.Ukraine is ranked 126th out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.(Photo: Sergei Supinsky / AFP) last_img read more

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Curve Names CreditEase Investment Leader and Former Citi and Standard Chartered Chief Anju Patwardhan…

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Previous articleOAT020921OHSGirls13Next articleCGTN:Xi Jinping envia saudações de um Feliz Ano Novo chinês e votos por uma China próspera Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Curve Names CreditEase Investment Leader and Former Citi and Standard Chartered Chief Anju Patwardhan as Non-executive Directorcenter_img TAGS  Twitter Twitter LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Curve, the London-based fintech that combines multiple cards and accounts into one smart card and even smarter app, has named Anju Patwardhan as a non-executive director to the Board. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: Curve names former Citi and Standard Chartered chief Anju Patwardhan as non-executive director (Photo: Business Wire) Anju brings decades of expertise and leadership in financial services and innovation to Curve. She was most recently managing partner at CreditEase Fintech VC Fund, one of China’s largest fintech venture funds. CreditEase focuses on wealth management and inclusive finance in China, and Anju remains an advisor there. At CreditEase, Anju led the company’s $500 million fintech investment fund, and its push into the US, establishing its San Francisco office. She led investments in more than 35 US and UK-based fintechs, including neobanks Upgrade, Dave and Monzo, and payment platforms Marqeta, RailsBank and Taulia. She continues to serve on the boards of Upgrade and RailsBank. She is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Gulf International Bank in Saudi Arabia and is a member of the Global Advisory Council of Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University. Anju spent many years at Citibank and Standard Chartered in Singapore; where she held global leadership roles, including Chief Innovation Officer, Chief Operating Officer and Chief Risk Officer. As a Non-Executive Director at Curve, Anju will bring unmatched insight into global financial systems, regulatory environments and credit risk, along with a deep understanding of what’s driving innovation in the industry. She will also join Curve’s Board Risk Committee. With degrees in engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and an MBA from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Anju is also an academic with a passion for financial inclusion. She spent time as a prestigious Fulbright Fellow & Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, and is a Distinguished Fellow of Singapore Institute of Banking & Finance. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s steering committee on innovation in financial services, has served as a fintech industry expert at UC Berkeley and was on the advisory board of the Estonian government’s e-residency program. She has also previously served on boards of banks and regulated entities in Singapore and Thailand. Shachar Bialick, Founder and CEO of Curve, said: “Anju’s impressive knowledge of both traditional finance and digital innovation, and of how to unify them, couldn’t be more valuable at this exciting time of growth for Curve. As we work towards our launch in the US, and introduce our lending business via Curve Credit, the whole business will benefit from Anju’s exceptional experience. She’ll enable us to embed rigour in regulation and risk management across the business. She’s a leading light in our industry, and is driving its capacity to transform and unlock opportunities for customers globally. We are privileged to have someone of Anju’s calibre join us at this pivotal time in Curve’s journey.” Anju Patwardhan said of her appointment: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work more closely with Shachar and the talented Curve team, as they continue their mission to simplify the finances of consumers in the UK, Europe and US. I see huge potential in Curve’s model to bring innovation to these markets. With the mission of combining multiple cards in a single smart app and a single physical card, Curve brings ease, control and transparency to consumers. I have already replaced a dozen of my credit cards with Curve’s smart card, and I look forward to helping Curve fulfil its potential to be the all-in-one financial solution for consumers.” END About Curve Curve is a fintech that combines multiple cards and accounts into one smart card and even smarter app. The unique Curve card allows customers to supercharge their legacy banks to the 21st century without leaving their bank. Curve is live in 31 markets across the UK and Europe, and plans to launch in the US later in 2021. Curve offers a host of benefits to its customers, including instant notifications and categorisation across their spend, the capacity to earn instant 1% cashback at selected retailers such as Amazon, Uber, Netflix and Tesco, the ability to fit their cards into Google Pay, Apple Pay and Samsung Pay, even if their banks don’t support this, and Curve’s patented Time Travel functionality, which enables customers to swap spend to a different card in the app for up to 90 days after the purchase was made. Curve supports Mastercard ® and Visa networks. The Curve Card and e-money, related to cards issued in the UK, is issued by Curve OS Limited, authorised in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority to issue electronic money (firm reference number 900926). The Curve Card and e-money, related to cards issued in the EEA, is issued by Curve Europe UAB, authorised in Lithuania by the Bank of Lithuania (electronic money institution license No. 73 issued on 22 of October, 2020). For more information go to, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @imaginecurve and Instagram @imaginecurve. View source version on CONTACT: Zarina Banu Head of Corporate Communications [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED KINGDOM EUROPE INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES TECHNOLOGY MOBILE/WIRELESS SOFTWARE FINANCE CONSULTING BANKING SOURCE: Curve Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 12:30 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 12:30 AM Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 last_img read more

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