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Hammonds in merger talks with American legal rival

first_imgWednesday 25 August 2010 8:52 pm whatsapp Hammonds in merger talks with American legal rival whatsapp Show Comments ▼ KCS-content Share UK law firm Hammonds confirmed yesterday that it is in merger talks with American rival Squire Saunders & Dempsey, marking an increasing trend of trans-Atlantic consolidation within the legal sector. Discussions between the two legal outfits are at an early stage, but should they merge, the consolidated firm is expected to generate annual revenue of $625m (£405m). Currently the firms are undergoing due diligence with expectations that a decision to merge will be brought to a partnership vote before the end of the year. Hammonds managing partner Peter Crossley said a merger with Squire Saunders would help the firm to meet its long-term growth strategy.He said: “Operating as one firm around the world is a foundation of the Hammonds culture which is shared by Squire Saunders.” Senior management at both law firms notified partners yesterday of thier intentions to join forces. Hammonds needs 75 per cent of its partners to vote in favour of the merger to go through, while Squire Saunders needs support from two-thirds of its partnership.Should the merger go through, it will mark the third significant trans-Atlantic tie-up in the legal sector this year. In May, City based law firm Lovells officially merged with Washington’s Hogan & Hartson, while Denton Wilde Sapte announced in the same month its plans to merge with Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal. More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.com Tags: NULLlast_img read more

IS Pharma prepares to buy

first_img KCS-content Pharmaceutical products supplier IS Pharma yesterday announced it will raise £12.5m to fund an acquisition drive.The new fundraising comes after the firm raised £3.6m last month by placing new shares. Some of the cash raised will go towards covering contingent payments for past acquisitions. It will be added to its cash balance of £5.1m.The firm also reported its revenue rose 10 per cent to £6.5m year-on-year for its first half.Its profit jumped an impressive 21 per cent to £4.5m, with gross profit margins of 68 per cent, compared to 62 per cent last year.Profit from operations was up 98 per cent to £1.8m with profit after tax up 192 per cent.Tim Wright, chief executive of IS Pharma, said: “We are pleased to report another period of strong performance as we continue to deliver against our strategy of building a significant European speciality pharmaceutical company. “The IS Pharma team has, once again, achieved further, sustainable, revenue and profit growth while at the same time continuing to grow our product portfolio. “The announcement of a dividend in the period represents a significant step in the history of the company, recognising that we are now able to reward our shareholders investment while continuing to pursue our growth strategy. IS Pharma acquires and commercialises late-stage pharmaceuticals and medical devices.STEPHEN NORCROSSFINNCAPSTEPHEN Norcross was lead corporate broker on the placing.Norcross joined FinnCap in 2006 from St Helen’s Capital, where he had been head of the Equity Products Group. At St Helen’s Capital he dealt with high net worth individuals and institutional investors interested in growing companies.Before working in the City Norcross had a general sales background, having run his own direct sales force in a number of industries. He studied Physics at University.He has been running a number of small cap fundraisings since 2006 totalling around £200m.FinnCap, led by chief executive Sam Smith and chaired by private equity veteran Jon Moulton, is an independent institutional broker and corporate adviser to 73 clients. It specialises in advising and raising capital, providing research and after-market care for both growing and established smaller companies. It last month hired former fund manager Tom Hayward from Herald Investment Management, where he was responsible for £50m venture capital funds, as its new finance director. whatsapp Share Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Fort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com Wednesday 10 November 2010 7:37 pm Show Comments ▼ IS Pharma prepares to buy whatsapplast_img read more

SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgSIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: SIC Insurance Comany Limited (SIC.gh)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileSIC Insurance Company Limited is a leading insurance company in Ghana providing non-life products in the motor, marine and aviation, fire and accident sectors. The motor division covers accidental loss of motorbikes and vehicles and third-party accident, fire and theft. The Marine and Aviation division covers airborne cargoes, ships and fishing vessels, ports and harbour installations and aviation insurance covering aircrafts, cargo and passengers. The Fire division covers accidental destruction of properties including household, personal, commercial and industrial buildings and effects. The Accident division’s coverage ranges from personal and family accidents to cash-in-transit, banker’s indemnity and contractor’s all-risk insurance. SIC Insurance Company also offers workmen’s compensation insurance, general bonds and engineering and construction insurance as well as offering investment, asset and fund management advisory services. SIC Insurance Company was founded in 1955 and its head office is in Accra, Ghana. SIC Insurance Company Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

What You Need Before Launching Your First App

first_img TAGSApps Previous articleScreen time: Conclusions about the effects of digital media are often incomplete, irrelevant or wrongNext articleThe Prohibition-era origins of the modern craft cocktail movement Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You don’t want to launch an app only to see it struggle and flounder at the foot of the App Store, as that would just be a colossal waste of your time and effort. You want your first app-venture to resonate with your target audience and subsequently reach its full potential, which is why you must take heed of all the advice laid out below.Here are a few things that you need before you go ahead and launch your first app:Clear goalsIf your app is to reach its full potential, you need to set yourself some clear goals before you embark on your creation process. This will help you to stay on track with regards to the challenges that you face, and it will stop you from wasting time on elements of app creation that aren’t going to benefit you or your application in the long run.To set yourself goals that are sure to help you stay on track with your app, you need to consider the wants and needs of your target audience. They’re the ones that are going to be consuming your app, which means that everything that you do must be done to better their experiences. To find out what your target audience truly need, you should have no qualms in getting out there and actually asking them. Survey your audience members and see what they want, like, and need from the apps that they download on a day-to-day basis.Industry knowledgeYou need to have a clear understanding of what your competitors are doing if you’re to create and launch a successful app. To garner the knowledge that you need in this instance, you should take some time to download and use the apps that yours is set to compete with. This will allow you to see what elements and functions work in your market, which will, in turn, help you to decide upon app features that are sure to resonate with your target audience.Professional partnersUnfortunately, you aren’t going to be able to create, optimize, and launch your app all on your own. If your application is to truly prove successful, you’re going to need a number of professional partners by your side every step of the way.One partner that you are definitely going to need to align yourself with is a digital performance company such as digivante.com. They will perform a number of tests on your app to ensure that it is capable of providing your target audience with the very best user experience possible. The tests that they will run in this instance include:Regression tests to unearth defects and bugsPayment tests to identify payment blockers (such as an inability to check out)Usability tests to make sure that your target audience find it easy to navigate your appSecurity tests to ensure that your app remains compliant with the latest cybersecurity regulations Equip yourself with everything listed above, and you’ll be in the best position possible to launch your first app. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

L02CR House / ARQX Architects

first_img 2011 Architects: ARQX Architects Area Area of this architecture project L02CR House / ARQX ArchitectsSave this projectSaveL02CR House / ARQX Architects Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/258420/l02cr-house-arqx-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeARQX ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasPortoHouses3D ModelingPortugalPublished on July 30, 2012Cite: “L02CR House / ARQX Architects” 30 Jul 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?L02CR 住宅 / ARQX Architects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 “COPY” Year:  Text description provided by the architects. The broken shape of the plot, as well as legal contingency, brought some difficulty to the implantation decision. Save this picture!Courtesy of arqx architectsRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreThe need for a regular space evolved to a cornered volume, larger to the front and narrowed to the back courtyard. Save this picture!Plan 01The windows were ripped in the facades from inside-out, giving the best light and perspectives to spaces. Save this picture!Plan 02This informal approach to the geometry of the exterior walls, as well as the broken form of the volume, contrasts with the austerity and weight of the stone that covers it.Save this picture!Plan 03Interior was set in a very clear hierarchy: permanence spaces (bedrooms, living rooms, dinner room and kitchen) adopt regular shapes, and dynamic spaces (circulation, bathrooms and storage) fill in the spaces in-between. Save this picture!Courtesy of arqx architectsThis sort of game of contrasts between regular/irregular, stable/dynamic and heavy/light is conducted and established by a very exhaustive work on constructive details, assuring simplicity in the building process and a sustainable life for the building.Save this picture!Courtesy of arqx architectsProject gallerySee allShow lessWine Concept Store / COMPLEX CITYArticlesSingapore University of Technology and Design – Student Housing and Sports Complex /…Articles Share ArchDailycenter_img “COPY” Area:  150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses L02CR House / ARQX Architects CopyHouses•Porto, Portugal ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/258420/l02cr-house-arqx-architects Clipboard Save this picture!Courtesy of arqx architects+ 16 Share Portugallast_img read more

Trial set for Jan. 11 – Solidarity with Durham anti-racist fighters!

first_imgSome of the eleven stalwart anti-racist Durham activists after their court hearing, Dec. 5.Nationwide, activists are gearing up to show their solidarity with the anti-racist fighters who pulled down a Confederate statue in Durham, N.C., on Aug. 14. With a new court date set for Jan. 11, organizers are arranging transportation to arrive in Durham in the days before. In addition, plans are being made for national solidarity actions between Jan. 11 and Jan. 15.The state has continued its political maneuvering in relation to the actions on Aug. 14, as well as in response to activists arrested during an anti-Klan protest in Durham on Aug. 18. A judge has continued the case, with a court date each month since Aug. 14, in an attempt to dampen the momentous solidarity from around the country.The anti-racist activists have asserted that, at the trial, they will insist that tearing down monuments to white supremacy is not a crime. Organizers in Durham have initiated a campaign for local community members to sign up to be witnesses for the defense during the trial, allowing them to testify on the impact of monuments to white supremacy and the legacies of racism in the area. Plans are also in the works for a People’s Tribunal in the days before the trial.Finally, solidarity actions are being convened from Jan. 11, the court date in Durham, to Jan. 15, the national Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, with the theme “In the spirit of Dr. King — workers’ rights, not white supremacy! Drop the charges against Durham activists!” The call will ask organizations and communities around the country to hold solidarity actions at racist monuments or other suitable targets.For more information and to get involved, visit facebook.com/DurhamWWP or doitlikedurham.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Daylight saving time may affect some students’ mood

first_imgLinkedin Majority of faculty votes yes on DEI ballot Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ I am a senior journalism major from the great city of Chicago. Watching E! News while eating a Chipotle burrito is my favorite pastime. Go Cowboys! printThe end of daylight saving time and the onset of winter could be affecting some people’s mental health.Seasonal Affective Depression (SAD) is a type of depression that deals with the change in season.“I’m not saying that everybody that has depression gets it in the wintertime, but there’s a subset of people who are more likely to get it as the days get shorter and the nights get longer,” said Dr. Daralynn Deardorff, TCU staff psychiatrist.Up to 7.9 percent of the general population has reported being affected by SAD, according to the study “Pathogenesis and management of seasonal affective disorder.” The wide range is related to the study and geographical region being studied.Daylight saving time ended Sunday where the clocks shifted back one hour, meaning the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer.Deardorff said the time change could have a big impact on someone’s mood.“You have this hour time change and it becomes much more noticeable,” Deardorff said. “It’s almost like your body is shocked in to ‘oh my gosh, winter’s coming.’”She said there are things that can help those who are having a difficult time dealing with the time change.“One of the things that help is maximizing our light exposure,” Deardorff said. “The college student’s not going to be happy to hear this, but I would encourage you to try and get up when the sun’s up.”Other pieces of advice she has is to get adequate and routine sleep, avoiding toxic substances, healthy diet and routine exercise.“Another thing that people may not think about so much down here in our Southern latitude is light box therapy,” Deardorff said.A light box is a machine that mimics natural light. It can be purchased at places such as Amazon or Bed Bath & Beyond.“Just like exercise, if you’re doing it every day and getting your light box treatment, it really can lift your spirits,” Deardorff said.TCU’s Counseling and Mental Health Center is open Monday through Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ReddIt Daylight Saving Time has ended, making the days shorter and nights longer + posts ReddIt Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ Facebook Ash Wednesday marks start of Lent Counseling available as TCU mourns a student’s death CASA of Tarrant County advocates for children in foster care Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ Taylor Boserhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/taylor-boser/ Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Previous articleListen: Frogflix Episode 8Next articleWomen of Empowerment Organization provides ‘inclusion and support’ Taylor Boser RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Taylor Boser Linkedin Twitterlast_img read more

Government drops plan to ban anonymous blogging but imposes self-discipline

first_img RSF_en Follow the news on China 23.10.06 – Moves to ban anonymous blogging, punish “defamatory” videos News May 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government drops plan to ban anonymous blogging but imposes self-discipline Organisation Reporters Without Borders takes note of a bill posted, on 22 May, on the website of the Internet Society of China, an offshoot of the information industries ministry, under which blog services will be encouraged but not forced to adopt a system for registering bloggers by their real names. Under an initial draft, it would have been mandatory for bloggers to register under their real names. The ISC said it was posting the bill in order to canvass the public’s views.“Self-discipline is now being extended to blogging although it has already had disastrous effects on the quality of news and information available online in China,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We will continue to defended full freedom for bloggers.”President Hu Jintao and the Communist Party political bureau met on 23 April to discuss how to improve control over the Internet, saying they wanted to “purify” it. The rapid growth in Internet use in China is worrying the authorities and they have been trying to regulate it by all means possible. China is still on the Reporters Without Borders list of the world’s 13 Internet enemies. Of the 68 cyber-dissidents currently imprisoned worldwide, 50 are in China. Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about a recommendation by the Internet Society of China, which is affiliated to the information ministry, that bloggers should be required to register under their real names when creating a blog. The call came just weeks after authorities in the southwestern province of Chongqing announced that people posting “defamatory” videos on the Internet will be punished.”The blog services available in China are already closely controlled,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They automatically filter sensitive content and moderators are told to warn bloggers who go too far. Despite these restrictions, the Chinese blogosphere is growing rapidly. But that could be brought to a complete halt by a rule ending anonymity for bloggers. In a country where you can spend 10 years in prison for a few messages posted on the Internet, keeping a political blog under one’s own name would be extremely risky.”The Internet Society of China said today that, although no rule had yet been established, the introduction of a real-name system was inevitable. Internet users would have to give their real names when they launch a blog but thereafter would be able to use a pseudonym, the society said.Voicing support for this proposal, the official news agency Xinhua said, “bloggers anonymously disseminating untrue information on the Internet have a negative influence on Chinese society.”A regulation adopted in Chongqing province at the end of last month stipulated that defamatory remarks posted online would be punishable by a fine of 5,000 yuan (about 500 euros) and even imprisonment in some cases. The regulations is aimed above all at preventing the circulation of satirical videos, which are becoming more and more popular on the Internet in China.”The government is past master in the art of regulating new technology,” Reporters Without Borders added. “Each time a new Internet tool becomes available, the authorities find technical and legal means to control it. Websites and chat forums were the first to suffer from Beijing’s censorship. Now it is the turn of blogs and online video exchange systems.”China, which now has about 130 million Internet users and more than 17 million bloggers, is also the country with the most developed human and technological resources for censoring the Internet. With 52 people currently in prison for criticising the authorities on a website or in a blog, China is by far the world’s biggest prison for cyber-dissidents.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alertscenter_img to go further News April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information News ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Democratic leaders give historic commitment based on Declaration on Information and Democracy

first_imgRecalling her country’s readiness to rally behind calls for international peace and security, human rights and sustainable development, Solberg said: “A global communication and information space built on the freedom of expression is essential (…) Without freedom of expression and a real communication and information space, rule of law is at risk. Carefully built institutions could be undermined.” News FranceTunisiaSenegalCosta RicaNorwayCanadaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa AfricaAmericas Events June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation Commending RSF’s work in defence of journalists and press freedom, Senegal’s President Sall said: “In Africa, there is an ever-stronger determination to guarantee the protection of journalists and to create the conditions for this process to be carried out properly (…) I fully commit to supporting the Pledge for Information and Democracy.” News News News After commending the Information and Democracy Commission’s work, the heads of state and government announced that they had “decided to form an initiative for information and democracy based on the principles set out in this declaration” and that, through this initiative, they would renew their commitment towards the right to exercise freedom of opinion and expression, and would “define the objectives to be pursued in order to achieve the full realization of these freedoms in the technological and political context of the 21st century.” Help by sharing this information French President Emmanuel Macron, who had received the Commission on Information and Democracy at the Elysée Palace on 11 September, the date of its first meeting in Paris, said: “We are at a major turning point today, 70 years after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, because freedom of opinion and expression, which underpins our democracies and whose progress we had assumed to be irreversible, is in fact again threatened and questioned.”Macron added: “I support your initiative and I am in favour of our agreeing on a set of undertakings based on the declaration presented today. I am in favour of our trying to get as many other countries as possible to join in these undertakings. And I am in favour of our creating a group of internationational experts on this subject, because there is no happiness without freedom and no freedom without courage. You decided to do your duty and I think we, as heads of state and govenrment, should do the same. I would therefore like to say here that France is fully committed to backing this and I thank my fellow heads of state and govenrment here today, who I know share this commitment.” June 7, 2021 Find out more “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says to go further In his speech, Tunisia’s President Essebsi also said he also fully supported the political process for information and democracy. “We came here to tell you: yes, we are in favour of this initiative and it is the future that will provide us with the proof of this.” RSF_en Guterres said: “I therefore commend your initiative to establish a Commission on Information and Democracy. It comes at a crucial time when new means of communicating and disseminating information are transforming our world. Access to relevant and reliable information is therefore even more fundamental than ever. Yet, more and more, it is under threat (…) Now more than ever, we must reaffirm the importance of rigorous public debate that is informed, pluralistic and respectful. I thank you for helping to lead the way.” The democratic countries participating in the initiative – approached by RSF on the basis of their respect for democratic standards, their World Press Freedom Index rankings, and the personal qualities of their leaders ­– undertook to defend democratic guarantees in the global information and communication space by taking the International Declaration on Information and Democracy, published on 5 November, as their benchmark For the launch of this initiative, six heads of state or government met for an hour today – from 5 to 6 pm – in the Paris Peace Forum press room in the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris. In a historic step in the context of the Paris Peace Forum today, 12 countries launched a political process aimed at providing democratic guarantees for news and information and freedom of opinion – a process based on the declaration issued last week by an independent commission that was created at the initiative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) Receive email alerts Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau stressed the duty of the leaders of free democracies to “support the need to have strong and independent media in which our fellow citizens have confidence.” Canada, he said “undertakes to defend a free press through the Commission initiated by Reporters Without Borders.” In taking what could be the most significant initiative in defence of the freedom, independence, READ THE DECLARATIONHEREpluralism and reliability of news and information since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the 12 states responded to an appeal from the Commission on Information and Democracy chaired by RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire and Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan FranceTunisiaSenegalCosta RicaNorwayCanadaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa AfricaAmericas Events Presenting the Declaration on Information and Democracy together with Ebadi, Deloire told them: “Reporters Without Borders initiated this Commission on Information and Democracy at a time when democracy is undergoing a deep crisis that is also a systemic crisis in the public space (…) with rumours, systematic disinformation, the undermining of quality journalism and often extreme violence against reporters. But we have a duty to examine the structural causes behind these phenomena and to take the appropriate measures (…) because open democracies are bearing the brunt of this turmoil while despotic regimes are exploiting it.” Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay and Council of Europe secretary general Thorbjørn Jagland expressed their support from the podium, while UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres spoke via a video message recorded a few days ago. “We thank the heads of state and government for hearing our appeal, Deloire said in reply, calling for the creation of “an International Group of Information and Democracy Experts, akin to what the IPCC is for climate change.” Deloire added: “The comparison with the climate process is not accidental. Like climate, the information ecosystem is unregulated. And, as with the climate, so too for information and democracy, there is a danger that things will spiral out of control. We are close to the breaking point.” November 11, 2018 – Updated on November 12, 2018 Democratic leaders give historic commitment based on Declaration on Information and Democracy The commission consists of 25 prominent figures of 18 nationalities, including Nobel laureates Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz and Mario Vargas Llosa and the Sakharov Prize laureate Hauwa Ibrahim. It also includes new technology specialists, lawyers, journalists and former heads of international organizations. The other members are (listed alphabetically): Emily Bell, Yochaï Benkler, Teng Biao, Nighat Dad, Can Dündar, Primavera de Filippi, Mireille Delmas-Marty, Abdou Diouf, Francis Fukuyama, Ulkir Haagerup, Ann Marie Lipinski, Adam Michnik, Eli Pariser, Antoine Petit, Navi Pillay, Maria Ressa, Marina Walker, Aidan White and Mihaïl Zygar. The 12 countries were from Burkina Faso, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Norway, Senegal, Switzerland and Tunisia. Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado, Tunisian President Beji Caïd Essebsi, Senegalese President Macky Sall, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg also spoke. Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more YOAN VALAT / POOL / AFP Five of the Commission members who attended the meeting also spoke, pointing out that journalism is exposed to many threats but is needed more than ever in order to protect democracy. The Indian economist Amartya Sen said: “We need information that is realiable, that is not corrupt. And, as the Commission has stressed, one of the biggest scourges we face today is corrupt news.” The Costa Rican president highlighted the importance of preserving “a pluralist and free public space and access to information.” He added: “Pluralism and freedom of opinion must be guaranteed. 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Rep. Chu Praises Historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * On Saturday night, after two weeks of negotiations in Paris, negotiators from 195 countries agreed to an historic agreement to curb emission and fight climate change. Under the Paris Agreement, every country has agreed to promote and pursue voluntary cuts to greenhouse gas emission to keep average global temperatures from rising significantly. Scientists have argued that an increase of 2 degrees Celsius would mean significant risks to people and the environment. Wealthier countries have also pledged financial support to help developing countries adopt new energy plans. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), released the following statement:What we have witnessed in Paris is truly historic. For years, we have been warning that climate change is a global problem, and now we finally have a global solution. I want to congratulate all of our negotiators who worked so hard on this agreement. Curbing emissions is an achievable goal that will spur new innovations and help our economy while protecting our environment. I am committed to doing my part to ensure we meet our goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 26% below 2005 levels by 2025 by supporting the Clean Power Plan, the EPA, investments in new technology, and more. We know the risks of climate change. The stakes could not be higher. This agreement is finally putting the entire world in action to ensure a livable environment for future generations.” First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News 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. Subscribe More Cool Stuff Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img 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 Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Make a comment 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Celebrity Body Parts Insured For Ridiculous AmountsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Female Fashion Trends That Guys Can’t StandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeauty Government Rep. Chu Praises Historic Paris Agreement on Climate Change Published on Monday, December 14, 2015 | 4:56 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more