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Debenhams brand fuels profit surge

first_img DEBENHAMS said yesterday that sales of its own brand ranges had helped it to increase its profit by 20 per cent.The rise in the year to 28 August came as the company also reduced its debt.Sales of Debenhams own brand ranges, which include H! by Henry Holland and Principles by Ben De Lisi, grew 15.4 per cent on the previous year to £497.7m.The pre-tax profit rise to £151m also heralds the resumption of dividend payments in 2011, the company said. Chief executive Rob Templeman said: “In spite of the uncertain outlook, there is much to be positive about our business which will enable us to make further progress over the next year.”The group, which has 167 stores across the UK, Ireland and Denmark, said its net debt was £516.8m, down £73.5m on the year earlier period. The retailer said it had managed to offset the rising cost of materials like cotton by effective sourcing.Sales at stores open at least a year were flat compared with the previous 12-month period, while gross profit margins were up 70 basis points as the firm moved over 530,000 square feet of trading space from concessions to own bought products.Templeman added: “Although we remain concerned about the general retail environment, we are encouraged by the start to the new financial year which has seen positive like-for-like sales and gross margin in the early weeks.”Debenhams said its product strategy had led to an increase in market share in clothing, footwear and accessories by 0.2 per cent.The strongest performance was in menswear and childrenswear, the company said.The group said it continued to expand its in-house range, with new menswear and homeware lines released towards the end of the year.As part of its strategy to put margins ahead of sales, set out 18 months ago, Debenhams has also completed a series of store refits and openings, as well as developed its website.The group opened six new stores in the financial year, and completed refits in Manchester, Glasgow and Swindon. It is now refitting five stores, with a further five scheduled for next year.Analyst Kat Calvert of Seymour Pierce said: “The balance sheet is no longer an issue.”Calvert added: “Increasing confidence in the sustainability of Debenhams’ growth story should start to close the valuation gap on its peers.” Debenhams also announced yesterday that its is launching a new clothing line called Edition next spring.Designers Jonathan Saunders, Preen and Jonathan Kelsey, will be the first to take part in the new project, which is aimed at using young talent to create original ranges. KCS-content whatsapp whatsapp Sharecenter_img Show Comments ▼ 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 PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableySerendipity 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 Debenhams brand fuels profit surge Thursday 21 October 2010 8:01 pm Tags: NULLlast_img read more

These cheap shares pay the UK’s biggest dividends. But which would I buy?

first_imgWhich of these cheap shares would I buy?I’ve been a GSK shareholder for most of the past three decades, reinvesting my cash dividends into more shares every quarter. With GSK shares down more than £5 from their 2020 peak, I’m a big buyer of this pharma giant at current prices. Likewise, I’m a firm fan of BAT for its enormous cash flow and huge dividends (likely to be the biggest total payout for 2021). Again, BAT is firmly on my watchlist of cheap shares.I’m also an admirer of Rio Tinto, the world’s largest miner, which paid out dividends totalling £3.65bn to shareholders last year. Indeed, I’ve described Rio as an ATM on steroids, so it’s definitely among my dividend picks. Vodafone is also on my radar, thanks to its hefty divvies and potential for capital growth. Finally, I probably wouldn’t go big on the shares of National Grid, simply because of their lower dividend yield (and higher price-to-earnings ratio). But, if pushed, I wouldn’t actually say no to NG’s shares.To sum up, an equally weighted mini-portfolio of all five of these mega-cap dividend darlings pays an average dividend yield of 6.9%. That’s about five times as much income as the top-rated savings accounts. That’s why I’d buy these cheap shares today, ideally inside a cash ISA, to enjoy a lifetime of tax-free cash dividends and retire rich! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Cliffdarcy owns shares of GlaxoSmithKline. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. 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. One of the joys of buying cheap shares that pay decent dividends is you literally get paid for being patient. What I mean is that you bank (or reinvest) these regular cash payments, while waiting for share prices to recover and produce future capital gains.Bumper dividends often identify cheap sharesIn the long term, reinvested dividends can account for half of total shareholder returns, so I choose payments that will stand the test of time. Indeed, with the FTSE 100 today at the same level as in February 1998, the UK’s main index has recorded zero growth for 22.5 years. Thus, the only gains from the Footsie have come from cash dividends and/or reinvesting these into more cheap shares.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…I’m always hunting for solid companies with strong cash flows that generate above-average dividends. Hence, I use dividend yields and dividend coverage (as well as low-price-to-earnings ratios) to identify portfolio picks.UK dividends have slumped in 2020According to this excellent report, UK dividends almost halved in the second quarter, crashing 49.1% versus Q2 2019. This collapsed total dividends to £18bn, the lowest payout in a decade. Two-thirds of UK-listed companies cut or cancelled their payouts in Q3, slashing £14.5bn from these payments. The biggest casualties were oil producers, banks, and insurance companies, most of which paid no dividends whatsoever in Q3. As a result, their stocks have been dumped deep in the ‘cheap shares’ bin.The UK’s five dividend darlingsDespite this decline, UK dividends are expected to be around £60bn for 2020 (down from £98.5bn in 2019). Following dividend cancellations, three of the UK’s five biggest payers have crashed out of the top table. Today, just five big businesses account for £5.9bn — or a third (33%) — of all UK dividends paid in Q3. Here they are, in order of dividend payment size (not yield): 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. Cliff D’Arcy | Monday, 2nd November, 2020 GlaxoSmithKline1,3226.1% These cheap shares pay the UK’s biggest dividends. But which would I buy? Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares CompanyShare price (p)Dividend yield (%) “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” National Grid9195.3% British American Tobacco2,4538.6% See all posts by Cliff D’Arcy Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address Vodafone Group1057.7% Rio Tinto4,4526.8%last_img read more

When you’re Freddie Michalak and you ask for champagne in your water bottle, you get it

first_imgFriday Jan 17, 2020 When you’re Freddie Michalak and you ask for champagne in your water bottle, you get it Wayne Mortimer recounts an unbelievable moment with Freddie Michalak while on tour with the Barbarians. Watch more on the Barbarians in RugbyPass’s highly praised new release, Inside the Barbarians.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… 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 ReportsDoctors Stunned: She Removes 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

21 fundraisers shortlisted for 2017 JustGiving Awards

first_img Howard Lake | 28 September 2017 | News  299 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Awards fundraising events Justgiving Vote for the seven finalists before 12 October 2017. 21 fundraisers shortlisted for 2017 JustGiving Awards The finalistsAlex Staniforth21-year-old Alex Staniforth has overcome anxiety, depression, low self-confidence, eating disorders, bullying, epilepsy and stammering to raise over £55,000 for charity. This year he took on his biggest challenge yet to help improve young people’s mental health and walked, cycled, ran and even kayaked over 4,000 miles around the UK, climbing to the highest point of all 100 counties. Advertisement Caroline WareingCaroline Wareing was paralysed in a horse-riding accident in 2009 but, determined to not let her paralysis stop her, she took on the gruelling challenge of cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats, raising over £21,000 for Cancer Research UK.Chris PickhaverAfter a long struggle with mental illness, Chris Pickhaver‘s son Joe took his own life last December at the age of 16. Chris created a beautiful book of photographs in his son’s memory that he uploaded to his JustGiving page. Joe’s family wanted to raise £16,000 – one thousand pounds for every year of his life. They’ve raised over £43,000 for Young Minds Trust, a charity committed to improving the mental health of children.Brooke Taylor16-year-old Brooke Taylor has been a patient at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital since the day she was born. At 11 days old she had lifesaving surgery to remove a pelvic tumour and since then she’s had more operations than birthdays. Last year, against medical advice, she completed the Manchester 10k with her surgeon by her side. This year, she recruited more than 70 people to run with her in Brooke’s Barmy Army, including a brass band, raising over £16,000 for the hospital.Tom HarrisonThis year Tom Harrison (aka Mr Gorilla) became the first person to ever crawl the London marathon. He took six days to cover the full 26.2 miles, crawling for 10-12 hours every day. He’s raised over £40,000 to help The Gorilla Organisation save endangered gorillas from extinction.John BloodworthJohn Bloodworth (aka the Gentleman Crafter) loves arts and crafts and has found it to be incredibly helpful when dealing with depression and anxiety. He has spent just over a year visiting the 92 historic counties in the UK to teach craft workshops. He has raised £23,000 and also shared the calming and beneficial properties of a creative hobby along the way.Gary McKeeWhen Gary McKee crossed the finish line of the London marathon, he was also crossing the finish line of his 100 marathons in 100 days challenge. Gary’s raised over £100,000 for Macmillan.Levi Wheeler-RoseLevi Wheeler-Rose walked eight miles on Mount Toubkal in Morocco to raise money for Shuktara, a charity that provides a home for disabled children and young adults in Calcutta, raising more than £3,700.Liam Wilson10-year-old Liam Wilson was at the Manchester Arena with his mum, dad and sister when the terrorist attack happened in May. Since then, he’s been doing all he can to help the families affected by the attack. Liam took on at least one fundraising challenge every week throughout June and July. From fun runs, to tough mudders, to climbing Mount Snowdon, Liam dedicated his summer to raising money for the British Red Cross and the We Love Manchester appeal.Andy GibbsAndy Gibbs is a Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer who set up Doing it for Heroes, a group of dedicated volunteers who have raised more than £500,000 for British service personnel wounded or injured in the line of duty. The group organises huge walking challenges as well as collections at sporting events.George and the Giant Pledgecenter_img Four-year-old George was diagnosed with cancer in January. Blown away by the dedicated staff at The Royal Marsden, his mum and dad started George and the Giant Pledge – pledging to raise £100,000 for children facing cancer. After smashing that target in just two weeks, they’ve inspired hundreds of people to join the pledge, raising over £430,000 in their quest to hit £1 million.Jessica LewisJessica Lewis‘ one-year-old daughter Anna had a seizure out of the blue and was taken into intensive care. She sadly died just over 10 weeks later from a rare mitochondrial disease that has no cure. Jessica set up The Anna Lewis Brighter Future Fund, raising £290,000 for a research group at Great Ormond Street Hospital who are working to identify causes and potential treatments.Esther MarshallAfter surviving an abusive relationship, Esther Marshall vowed to help women in similar circumstances to get back up on their feet and stand tall again. She started crowdfunding to set up sTandTall, an organisation that helps woman and girls get access to the support they need quickly and anonymously.Haroon MotaRunning the London marathon in 2012 was supposed to be a one off for Haroon Mota. But after his father was killed in a car accident, he dedicated to doing something positive in his memory and ran four marathons in three weeks. He aimed to raise £20,000 to build a Solar Water & Power Centre in Gambia and smashed his target, raising £28,000, and the centre is now being constructed and will change hundreds of lives.Sal HampsonSal Hampson is part of SAND (Safe Ageing No Discrimination), which aims to improve the experience of older LGBT people accessing health and social care in Shropshire. Sal raised money to organise Shrewsbury’s 2017 Festival of LGBT History, which brings together all sections of the community to hear hidden stories from LGBT lives.Luke AmblerLuke Ambler launched #itsokaytotalk after his brother-in-law, Andy, committed suicide in 2016. He wanted to create a safe space where men could speak without fear of being judged. When the #itsokaytotalk selfie campaign took off on social media, Luke realised that this was a big problem nationally.Vicki Lackenby10-year-old Ben’s autism makes it difficult for him to make friends. After he was left devastated when nobody showed up to his last birthday party, Vicki Lackenby decided to crowdfund to give Ben the best birthday ever. Not only did Vicki raise enough money to buy him an iPad and sensory equipment for his bedroom, Ben received tens of thousands of cards from people all over the world.Lakshmi KaulLakshmi Kaul’s nine-year-old daughter Nainika died in May as a result of anaphylaxis after she had an unexpected allergic reaction to eating a blackberry. Lakshmi has raised over £14,000 to set up the Nainika Tikoo Memorial Foundation to raise awareness of the severity of allergies and support research into allergy care.Celebrity Fundraiser of the YearDenise Van OutenDenise Van Outen‘s close friend Nicki died in August last year, only 15 months after being diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour. To raise money in Nicki’s memory Denise led a team of celebrities including Kate Thornton and Michelle Heaton on a 187-mile bike ride across Kerala in India.Jeff StellingFootball presenter Jeff Stelling’s March for Men saw him walk 15 marathons in 15 days, visiting 40 football clubs and encouraging hundreds of people to join him along the way. It was Jeff’s second year of marching to beat prostate cancer. He’s raised over £700,000 to help Prostate Cancer UK fight for better diagnosis, better treatment and better support.Tom HardyAfter the attack at Manchester Arena, actor Tom Hardy set up a JustGiving page for the victims. The following month, Tom started fundraising again following the Grenfell fire disaster, saying “As a Londoner and as a human being, it is impossible to be unaffected by the harrowing, unnecessary loss of life, injury and sorrow.” Tom raised over £56,000 for the Kensington & Chelsea Foundation’s appeal. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 JustGiving has announced the shortlist for its 2017 awards, and public voting is now open to select the finalists.The JustGiving Awards are a way of congratulating all of the outstanding people, charities and teams who have taken on a challenge or made a change by fundraising. Each year they highlight the remarkable achievements and stories of people who have raised funds using the JustGiving platform and transformed lives in doing so.Record nominationsThis year JustGiving received nearly 31,000 nominations for the seven categories, a record amount. From these 21 people have been shortlisted.The public gets to vote on this shortlist to select a finalist in each of the seven categories. Voting closes on 12 October 2017.  300 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. 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Haiti’s people rise up, say President Moïse must go

first_imgHundreds of thousands of Haitians — particularly the poor of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere — came out on the streets of Port-au-Prince and every city throughout the country Oct. 20 to demand President Jovenel Moïse depart.Haitians take to the streets on Oct. 20.The regime’s refusal to concede has forced demonstrators to continue into the fifth week of their insurrection, tearing the country into shattered tatters.  No schools have opened; hospitals are closed or are without essential medicines like those supplying oxygen; no public transportation runs; gas stations are closed; inflation is rampant; hunger, always present, is growing more intense; major roads are impassable due to people creating barricades.Moïse is using force to maintain his tenuous and very fragile presidency. His party, the Bald-Headed Haitian Party, won its first election in 2011 only due to the very vigorous intervention of then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. U.S. intervention in the 2016 election was muffled but obviously present.  Moïse won in the second round in 2016 with just over 20 percent of the electorate voting.Without the continuing support of the United States and the police force trained and financed by the United Nations to the tune of $7.5 billion over the past 10 years, Moïse would be long gone.  The U.N. couldn’t have spent this much money in Haiti without the consent and approval of the U.S. government.Under a lot of pressure for being a foreign military force occupying Haiti, one that twice had introduced cholera to the population, causing thousands of casualties, the U.N. withdrew its last remaining military forces on Oct. 15.  But the police force it created, financed and trained will remain, including its “conflict resolution programs,” a fancy name for social control apparatus.  The U.S. ruling class will still be able to use the U.N. presence as a veil for its activities in Haiti. The U.N. has withdrawn to the wings but is still on the stage.How tenuous Moïse’s hold is can be seen in two incidents: an armed protest demonstration in Gonaïves, a major coastal city north of Port-au-Prince, and a wreath laying in honor of Haitian independence leader Jean-Jacques Dessalines. On Oct. 10, a big popular demonstration calling for the ouster of Moïse was accompanied by groups of armed individuals firing in the air to encourage the cops to stay in their barracks. (tinyurl.com/yxrprsvr)It has been traditional for the Haitian head of state to lay a wreath at the tomb of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the founder of the state of Haiti, who was assassinated at Pont-Rouge in 1806.  But protesters in Pont-Rouge said that if Moïse tried to appear, it would be the last day of his presidency.  Hundreds of thousands of protesters did come out in Port-au-Prince to protest Moïse laying the wreath Oct. 17 at the statue in a national museum. But hundreds of cops surrounded the museum, keeping the president well protected, and he kept the ceremony very short.In the Haitian press, there have been reports of different committees being formed to handle the post-Moïse transition.  Some reflect the bourgeois elements in the protest movement and others include trade unions and community organizations.The Haitian people have made it clear that Moïse must go and that the United States, through the agency of the U.N., should stop interfering in Haiti’s internal affairs.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Beach volleyball suffers seventh consecutive loss

first_imgLinkedin Twitter Facebook What we’re reading: Most Texas House members disapprove of Trump’s Syria actions Women’s basketball defeats Alcorn State to tie best start to a season Facebook TCU vs Cal Poly Beach Volleyball in Fort Worth, Texas on March 3, 2018. (Photo/Sharon Ellman) + posts ReddIt Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award What we’re reading: Attempts for background checks on stranger-to-stranger gun sales in Texas ReddIt Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ Jonathan is a journalism major from Philadelphia who is also minoring in Spanish. When Jonathan is not writing for TCU 360, he enjoys watching his favorite sports teams (76ers, Eagles, Union, Phillies, and Flyers). Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ printNo. 20 TCU beach volleyball closed out the East-Meets-West Challenge at Manhattan Beach Pier with two dropped matches Sunday to two top-four teams: No. 2 USC Trojans and No. 4 UCLA Bruins.The Horned Frogs, who are now 3-8 this season, had only one set victory on Sunday with Hannah Rogers and Claire Doyle’s win over UCLA’s Elise Zappia and Mac May (21-19, 17-21, 15-13).The rest of the battles against the Bruins finished in two sets in favor of UCLA. TCU’s Jillian Bergeson and Jaelyn Greene were defeated by Megan McNamara and Nicole McNamara (21-11, 21-14). Molly Scheel and Jensyn Bledsoe fell to UCLA’s Lily Justine and Sara Sponcil (21-12, 21-17).Cassie House and Haven Hill dropped the match against Zana Muno and Savvy Simo (21-11, 21-12), while Jordan Terral and Kristy Wieser lost to Izzy Carey and Megan Muret (21-16, 21-12).Against USC, Abril Bustamante and Tina Graudina defeated Bergeson and Greene (21-15, 21-4). Terese Cannon and Sammy Slater beat House and Hill (21-14, 21-14). Meanwhile, Haley Hallgren and Joy Dennis pulled off a nail-biting victory over Scheel and Bledsoe (21-15, 22-20), and Jenna Belton and Jo Kremer were victorious over TCU’s Avery Arellano and Jordan Westendorff (21-16, 21-11). The closest battle of the day for the Horned Frogs was when the combo of Rogers and Doyle fell to Alexandra Poletto and Katrina Kernochen (22-20, 13-21, 8-15).The Horned Frogs will travel to Long Beach, California, March 15 to go up against No. 17 Loyola Marymount and No. 7 Long Beach. They’ll then head to San Luis Obispo, California, March 17 to face No. 6 Cal Poly and No. 10 Arizona. Twitter Linkedin TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Jonathan Abraham Athletics Weekend Roundup: equestrian triumphs, swim and dive falters, and women’s golf finishes strong Previous articlePostseason bound: Women’s basketball selected to play in WNITNext articleNo. 4 Baseball splits Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic Jonathan Abraham RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks last_img read more

Alert US – Targeting of news outlets is sign of growing hostility towards the press

first_img October 26, 2018 Alert US – Targeting of news outlets is sign of growing hostility towards the press WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Receive email alerts United StatesAmericas United StatesAmericas Organisation News TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP News News The United States ranks 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index after falling 2 places in the last year. Under the Trump administration, journalists have been especially vulnerable to hostile criticism, including directly from the president. Trump has frequently used inflammatory rhetoric to denigrate the media on Twitter, during press briefings, and at rallies around the nation. RSF_en Help by sharing this information center_img Follow the news on United States For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. April 28, 2021 Find out more Alarmingly, journalists are increasingly being subjected to violence, and it seems that the hostile rhetoric is at the very least partly to blame. Most recently, on October 24, CNN’s New York office received a suspicious package containing a pipe bomb that was addressed to former CIA Director John Brennan. Although Brennan is a CNN contributor and not a journalist, the package was nevertheless delivered to the media outlet’s New York bureau. At a rally in Wisconsin the very same evening, President Trump criticized “acts or threats of political violence” against the press before blaming the news media for failing to “to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks and stories.” He reiterated this sentiment in an October 26 tweet, disparaging “lowly rated CNN, and others” for criticizing the president “at will”. “Yet when I criticize them,” he continued, “they go wild and scream, ‘it’s just not Presidential!’” Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more “All of these attacks on news media outlets are indicative of the climate of hostility that the president and others who mimic him have encouraged towards the press,” said Margaux Ewen, Director of RSF’s North America bureau. “If journalists no longer feel safe to do their jobs, their First Amendment right to seek out and report on public information is undermined. Those in power and particularly the president must understand the gravity and very real consequences of their rhetoric.” NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say June 3, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the recent targeting of news media outlets like CNN as a sign of growing hostility towards the press in the United States, which has intensified under the Trump administration. to go furtherlast_img read more

Chinese-language NTDTV harassed by Beijing

first_img News Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes May 25, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chinese-language NTDTV harassed by Beijing News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Authorities in Beijing have been harassing New York-based television channel New Tang Dynasty TV (NTDTV) since its launch in February 2002 as the China ensures it maintains its grip on Chinese-language electronic media.NTDTV’s contract with satellite operator New Skies Satellites (NSS) for Asia transmission recently ended after prolonged financial and political pressure from Beijing. NTDTV has now resumed broadcasting to China and Asia via Eutelsat’s W-5 satellite covering Asia.China has showed itself ready to use the most reprehensible methods to protect its monopoly, including threats, political and financial pressure and blackmail.Regrettably some Western telecommunication companies cave in to Chinese pressure and suspend broadcasts of channels that challenge the Chinese communist party monopoly of the airwaves.Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) fears that Beijing will keep up the pressure, particularly against Eutelsat, the French broadcast regulatory agency (CSA) and the French government, following resumption of NTDTV broadcasts to China and the recent inauguration of the channel on the Hotbird satellite to Europe and the Middle East.Netherlands-based satellite operator NSS had begun broadcasting the channel on open signal to Asia on 1st July 2003. But just three days after the start of broadcasts, NSS encrypted the signal preventing Chinese satellite dish owners from seeing the channel.The decision was taken following threats of financial reprisals against the company made to NSS representatives in Beijing. In January 2004, pressure was intensified to ensure that NTDTV was completely excluded from NSS-6 Asia satellite transmission. NTDTV management many times requested NSS to restore the open signal broadcast but this was refused, and on 1st May 2004 the NTDTV transmission to Asia ended.Beijing accuses NTDTV of belonging to the banned Falungong movement, which it considers a “diabolical cult”. Many of the channel’s volunteers are indeed followers of Falungong, but NTDTV offers a range of programmes, in particular news programmes that provide a sharp contrast with the propaganda on state television CCTV.NTDTV told Reporters Without Borders that other companies had refused to broadcast or host the channel on their satellites for fear of Chinese reprisals. At the start of 2004, Philippines satellite operator Mabuhay cancelled plans to transmit a special Chinese New Year broadcast after threats from the Chinese ambassador in Manila. PanAmSat, which carries the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV on many of its satellite platforms worldwide, has also refused to broadcast NTDTV.Through CCTV, Beijing broadcasts on 30 different satellite platforms worldwide, while six is enough to ensure coverage of 99% of the world’s population.This massive presence allows the government to blackmail operators. In 2002, CCTV left the operator Taipei International because it decided to accept NTDTV. The state channel signed a new contract after the removal of NTDTV. In February 2003, the US operator Atlanta ADTH went back on an agreement in principle to carry NTDTV, for fear of losing contracts with Chinese channels.Since 1st May 2004, NTDTV is once again accessible to satellite dish owners in China thanks to transmission on the W-5 satellite by the Paris-based Eutelsat.NTDTV is now freely accessible to more than 200 million satellite viewers worldwide. The channel was approved in April by the French Superior Audiovisual Council (CSA). Reporters without borders fears that the CSA and the French government are coming under official pressure from China for this licensing decision.Moreover, Eutelsat is legally obliged to comply with the principle of equality of access, pluralism and non-discrimination set out under Article 3 of the Convention that regulates this company under French law.In addition to leaning on telecommunication operators, the Chinese authorities have several times prevented NTDTV journalists from working. Its reporters have been refused access to public events and press conferences in the United States and Europe under pressure from Chinese officials. ChinaAsia – Pacific April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img News ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Follow the news on China China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information Organisation last_img read more

Spółka Jellyfish rozszerza swój globalny zasięg dzięki możliwościom w zakresie danych i analizy, uzupełnionym…

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 WhatsApp WhatsApp Facebook Spółka Jellyfish rozszerza swój globalny zasięg dzięki możliwościom w zakresie danych i analizy, uzupełnionym o najnowsze rozwiązania w zakresie handlu elektronicznego, tworzenia treści, kreacji i lokalizacji. LONDYN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–lut 24, 2021– Jellyfish, partner specjalizujący się w marketingu cyfrowym dla wiodących światowych marek (m.in. Samsung, Uber, Nestle, Deckers, Spotify i eBay), ogłosił dziś przejęcie 5 przedsiębiorstw – każde z nich to rozpoznawalny gracz w przestrzeni cyfrowej. Dynamiczny rozwój Jellyfish dokonuje się na tle konsolidacji i wyzwań w tradycyjnym sektorze agencyjnym, jako że możliwości firmy leżą w obszarze pomocy markom podczas ich drogi do cyfrowej transformacji. Ekspansja Jellyfish jest następstwem wcześniejszych przejęć wraz ze znaczącą inwestycją ze strony Fimalac Group w 2019 roku. Firma jest przedstawicielem nowego rodzaju cyfrowej działalności, w której usługi agencyjne są połączone z doradztwem, szkoleniami i najnowocześniejszymi technologiami, które mają zapewnić najlepsze możliwe wyniki dla klientów. Firma, która rozpoczęła działalność w 2005 roku, stała się jednym z niewielu światowych partnerów Google Marketing Platform, odnotowując wzrost średnio o 45% rocznie w ciągu ostatnich ośmiu lat. Ta informacja prasowa zawiera multimedia. Pełna treść informacji prasowej znajduje się tutaj: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005753/pl/ Rob Pierre, Chief Executive Officer, Jellyfish (Photo: Business Wire) Aktualne prognozy eMarketer sugerują, że całkowite wydatki na reklamę medialną osiągną ponad 600 miliardów w 2021 roku. Dlatego aby pozostać konkurencyjnym i zwiększyć efektywność mediów, firmy muszą przebijać się przez przesycony cyfrowy krajobraz i zapewniać płynną, odpowiednią komunikację we wszystkich kanałach i punktach styku. Przyspieszenie procesów transformacji cyfrowej w odpowiedzi na światową pandemię stworzyło dla marek zwiększoną potrzebę partnerstwa z firmami, które mogą wspomóc je w nawigacji i sprostaniu wyzwaniom związanym z pobudzaniem wzrostu i zrównoważonego rozwoju. „Naszą misją jest zagwarantowanie, że nasi klienci dysponują wszystkimi zasobami niezbędnymi do pełnego wdrożenia cyfrowej ewolucji i osiągnięcia wyników, które wykraczają poza wszelkie oczekiwania. Zakończywszy rok bezprecedensowego przełomu i przekształceń w marketingu cyfrowym, Jellyfish kontynuuje rozwój na całym świecie, zdobywając nowe rynki w Australii i Meksyku oraz zwiększając obecność we Francji, Brazylii i USA – wprowadzając nowe możliwości i zasoby wiedzy na całym świecie, koncentrując się na tworzeniu i lokalizacji treści, e-commerce, kreacji i optymalizacji danych” – podkreśla Rob Pierre, dyrektor generalny Jellyfish. „Wierzymy, że dla naszych klientów nie ma rzeczy niemożliwych czy nieosiągalnych” – dodaje Pierre. „Nowe przejęcia w znaczący sposób wzbogacają nasz portfel usług, poszerzając doświadczenie, zasięg geograficzny oraz ofertę na różnych kontynentach i w różnych regionach” – mówi Chris Lee, dyrektor operacyjny Jellyfish. Rozszerzenie wiedzy specjalistycznej, technologii: Seelk Oprogramowanie i doradztwo dla Amazon Marketplace Splash Innowacyjne technologie i usługi dostępne na całym świecie Quill Globalna wydajność treści dla e-commerce Webedia Brand Services Grywalizacja, treści, dane, usługi technologiczne i strategie danych dla przedsiębiorstw Rozszerzony światowy zasięg działania: Data Runs Deep – Australia Konsultacje, wdrożenia i szkolenia w zakresie rozwiązań dotyczących danych Aby uzyskać dodatkowe informacje na temat każdej ze spółek przejętych przez Jellyfish, kliknij tutaj. Pozostałe ostatnie przejęcia, które zwiększyły globalny zasięg działalności: Reamp – Brazylia Marketing programatyczny, automatyzacja marketingu i wydajność kampanii cyfrowych (przejęcie w drugiej połowie 2020). San Pancho – Meksyk i Kolumbia Pełne możliwości marketingu cyfrowego i kompetencje analityczne (przejęcie w drugiej połowie 2020 r.) Kilka zdań o Jellyfish Spółka Jellyfish, będąca częścią Fimalac Group, jest międzynarodowym partnerem w zakresie marketingu cyfrowego i przemian dla największych światowych marek, takich jak Samsung, Uber, Nestle, Orange, Spotify i eBay. Jellyfish jest przedstawicielem nowego rodzaju działalności cyfrowej, w której usługi agencyjne łączą się z doradztwem, szkoleniami i najnowocześniejszymi technologiami, co pozwala na osiągnięcie najlepszych możliwych rezultatów dla klientów. Firma zatrudnia ponad 2000 osób w 40 biurach na całym świecie, z perspektywą dalszej ekspansji. Jellyfish dąży do tego, aby być najważniejszym globalnym partnerem w zakresie wymagań cyfrowych każdej marki. Założona w 2005 roku, spółka Jellyfish stała się również jednym z niewielu światowych Partnerów Marketingowych Google. Dynamika wzrostu na poziomie średnio 45% rocznie przez ostatnie osiem lat sprawia, że przedsiębiorstwo ma zaszczyt znajdować się w czołówce globalnej gospodarki cyfrowej. Oficjalną, obowiązującą wersję niniejszego zawiadomienia stanowi tekst oryginalny sporządzony w języku źródłowym. Tekst tłumaczenia służy wyłącznie celom orientacyjnym, został sporządzony wyłącznie dla celów ułatwienia zrozumienia zawiadomienia i należy interpretować go w odniesieniu do tekstu źródłowego, który jest jedyną wersją mającą skutki prawne. Wersja źródłowa dostępna na businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224005753/pl/ CONTACT: W sprawie zapytań prasowych: Julia Angelen Joy Media Frenzy Global e-mail:[email protected] tel. 208.996.9844 KEYWORD: FRANCE UNITED KINGDOM EUROPE AUSTRALIA AUSTRALIA/OCEANIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES MARKETING DATA MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY SOFTWARE CONSULTING SOURCE: Jellyfish Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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[Breaking] Lack Of 4G Net During Lockdown Dismantles Right To Education: Plea In SC By Private Schools Association, J&K

first_imgTop Stories[Breaking] Lack Of 4G Net During Lockdown Dismantles Right To Education: Plea In SC By Private Schools Association, J&K Sanya Talwar10 April 2020 4:55 AMShare This – xA PIL has been moved in the Supreme Court by Private Schools Association, Jammu & Kashmir (PSAJK) contending that the lack of 4G connectivity for internet in Jammu and Kashmir is infringing the fundamental right to education.The PSAJK is an association of over 2,200 schools across Jammu & Kashmir and the plea has been preferred challenging Government Orders dated…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA PIL has been moved in the Supreme Court by Private Schools Association, Jammu & Kashmir (PSAJK) contending that the lack of 4G connectivity for internet in Jammu and Kashmir is infringing the fundamental right to education.The PSAJK is an association of over 2,200 schools across Jammu & Kashmir and the plea has been preferred challenging Government Orders dated 18.01.2020, 24.01.2020, 26.03.2020 and 03.04.2020 which led to the imposition of restriction(s) on Internet Speed.The instant plea has been filed by Advocates Soayib Qureshi & Charu Ambwani.The petitioner has contended that following the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019 and the subsequent restrictions imposed vis-à-vis internet speed connectivity, the education sector has been impacted severely.Highlighting, inter alia, the outright dismantling of Right to Education due to lack of 4G, the petitioner states that limited access limits and causes disruptions in dissemination of knowledge and imparting online education, especially in times of the COVID pandemic,”It is submitted that Right to Education is the most important of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution of India which is further empowered by the right to use Internet as a medium of gaining, obtaining and dissemination of knowledge. Internet as a medium of imparting education, though online courses and classes has become imperative in the present times when the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir continues to be under severe restrictions” — the petition states.Moreover, the petitioner also brings out the alleged illegalities which are antithetical to various tests which had been earlier laid down in various judgments of the Supreme Court,”The Speed Restriction Orders are without the authority of law having been passed without complying with law laid down by this Hon’ble Court in the case of Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India, decided on 10.01.2020. Further, the Speed Restriction Orders fail the test of proportionality as laid down by the Hon’ble Supreme Court in the case of Anuradha Bhasin v. Union of India read with Justice K.S Puttuswamy v. Union of India”Moroever, the orders infringe upon the rights of students to get education and also infringes the members of the petitioners to carry on its business and professional activities in the present times, the petition avers.Earmarking the ground realities of incessant disruptions being caused to students & teachers alike of the erstwhile state, the petitioner has also annexed a letter by a Class 5 student, addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The letter reads as under”Dear Modi Ji,I feel sad, frustrated, angry and stressed because I couldn’t attend the online classes provided by my school (P.C.H.S.S) due to 2G. Online classes do not work in 2G.I was away from my school since August 2019 (due to you know why) and when I was connected back to my school, the schools were shut again in March 2020 due to the spread of cronavirus. When our teacher decided to teach us by online classes, it did not work. I request you to give back our 4G so that we don’t miss out on learning”In light of the above, the petitioner prays,”As the future of Children, students and the Schools is at stake, the Petitioner left with no alternative has approached this Hon’ble court”In related news, the Supreme Court on Thursday had issued notice in a plea filed by Foundation of Media Professionals, seeking restoration of 4G mobile internet services in the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, in light of the prevailing COVID-19 pandemic.Senior Advocate Huzefa Ahmadi had appeared yesterday via Videoconferencing before a Justice NV Ramana led bench in the aforementioned case & submitted that in view of the lockdown, “The virtual classes of students can only be done through enhancement of technology” .The Central government had imposed a complete communications blackout in the erstwhile state of Jammu & Kashmir in August 2019, right after abrogation of Article 370. Five months later in January 2020, on the basis of a Supreme Court order in the case Anuradha Bhasin v Union of India, the services were partially restored, only at 2G speed for mobile users.The Supreme Court had thereupon observed that indefinite suspension of internet is “not permissible and restrictions on internet have to follow the principles of proportionality under Article 19(2)”.On April 3, 2020, the J&K administration passed an order to retain the existing restrictions on mobile internet till April 15.Next Storylast_img read more