Luminar seals new £99m finance deal from banks to keep business moving

first_imgThursday 9 December 2010 7:13 pm 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 PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Herald Show Comments ▼ KCS-content whatsapp Sharecenter_img whatsapp NIGHTCLUB business Luminar yesterday confirmed a £99m injection from banks.The owner of the Oceana and Liquid club brands has signed a three-year loan deal with Lloyds, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland.The money should give it some breathing space to pay down debts and see if the new strategy from chief executive Simon Douglas is working.Douglas is moving to modernise the clubs by linking up with the Ministry of Sound to improve music and Jongleurs to put on comedy gigs.Luminar, which has debts of £89m, will be charged interest of 7.8 per cent on the loans and will pay £8m in fees to exit other finance deals.Paul Hickman at Peel Hunt said: “This appears to be the banking agreement Luminar needed. It gives management scope to carry out the debt reduction the company needs.”Luminar’s sales were falling by 17 per cent when it last reported in September.The company has been hit by youth unemployment and increased competition from late opening bars. The new facility comprises two term loans of £44m and £40m repayable over three years and a revolving credit facility of £15m. Finance director Philip Bowcock said: “We are pleased to have the continued support of our banks.”The shares ended flat yesterday at 14.75p. Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap Luminar seals new £99m finance deal from banks to keep business moving Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from anywhere

first_imgCan’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from JapanDAZN, which allows you to live stream sport or watch it on demand, is the place to go to watch Bath v Gloucester in Japan (kick-off 1.30am on Wednesday). The service is compatible with smart TVs and phones, tablets, PCs, streaming sticks, set-top boxes, gaming consoles and more.Find out more about DAZN here Jump to it: Taulupe Faletau takes on the Gloucester defence (Getty Images) Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch the Premiership match online from anywhereThe Rec was due to host 1,000 spectators for this early-evening kick-off (5.30pm) between Bath and Gloucester in the Gallagher Premiership, but the latest Government advice means it will now be played behind closed doors.The last time the two West Country rivals met, at Kingsholm in January, Gloucester were 29-15 winners, but it is Bath who have shown the better form since the restart and they will be looking to cement their place in the top four ahead of their final regular-season fixture on 4 October.England winger Joe Cokanasiga, who suffered a knee injury at the 2019 World Cup, is in line to make his first Bath appearance for more than a year having been named on the bench.Scrum-half Willi Heinz will play his first game since the restart for Gloucester and it should be an interesting match-up with England rival Ben Spencer, who has been so impressive since joining Bath from Saracens.Bath: Anthony Watson; Semesa Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph, Josh Matavesi, Ruaridh McConnochie; Rhys Priestland, Ben Spencer; Beno Obano, Tom Dunn, Will Stuart, Elliott Stooke, Charlie Ewels (captain), Tom Ellis, Sam Underhill, Taulupe Faletau.Replacements: Jack Walker, Lewis Boyce, Christian Judge, Josh McNally, Miles Reid, Will Chudley, Cameron Redpath, Joe Cokanasiga.Gloucester: Matt Banahan; Ollie Thorley, Chris Harris, Billy Twelvetrees, Jonny May; Lloyd Evans, Willi Heinz; Val Rapava-Ruskin, Jack Singleton, Fraser Balmain, Ed Slater, Matias Alemanno, Jake Polledri, Lewis Ludlow (captain), Ruan Ackermann.Replacements: Henry Walker, Corne Fourie, Jack Stanley, Ed Slater, Jordy Reid, Joe Simpson, Tom Seabrook, Louis Rees-Zammit.Here’s how to find a reliable live stream for Bath v Gloucester wherever you are.How to watch Bath v Gloucester from outside your countryIf you’re abroad, but still want to watch your local Premiership coverage, like Bath v Gloucester, you can do so by using a VPN – Virtual Private Network.VPNs allow you to get around any geo-blocking by changing your IP address so you appear in a different location and can watch the same legal Premiership live stream you would at home.Our friends at TechRadar have tested hundreds of VPN and recommend ExpressVPN, which is easy to use, has strong security features and allows you to watch on several devices at once, including smart TVs and phones, iPads, tablets, PCs and Macs.Plus, ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. You can try it out for a month for free or sign up for an annual plan and get three months free.Check out ExpressVPN We recommend VPN services in the context of legal recreational uses. For example:Accessing a service from another country (subject to the terms and conditions of that service)Protecting your online security and strengthening your online privacy when abroadWe do not support or condone the illegal or malicious use of VPN services. Consuming pirated content that is paid-for is neither endorsed nor approved by Future Publishing.  Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from New ZealandIt’s little wonder that Sky Sport NZ, with ten sports channels, including one dedicated to rugby, is the rights-holder for Premiership matches in New Zealand.If you want to tune in to Bath v Gloucester from the Land of the Long White Cloud, it’s an early start as the match kicks off at 4.30am on Sky Sport NZ 1.It costs $31.99 a month to add Sky Sport to your Sky Starter pack ($25.99) but if you sign up for 12 months before 30 September 2020 you’ll get your first month free. Plus, you’ll get Sky Go, which allows you to watch live rugby wherever you are.Sky Sport NZ offercenter_img Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from the UKBath v Gloucester, which kicks off at 5.30am this evening, will be shown live on BT Sport 1 in the UK. If you don’t have a BT contract but want to watch the match, don’t worry because you can still easily watch it online.That’s because BT Sport has a contract-free monthly pass that allows you to get instant access to all four of their sport channels for just £25. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS That’s great value given they are showing every Premiership match played behind closed doors live and will also be covering the European Champions and Challenge Cup knockout stages in September and October. Plus, you can cancel at any time because there’s no contract.Get a BT Sport Monthly PassIf you’re from the UK but are overseas when Bath v Gloucester takes place, you can get your normal live stream but you’ll need a VPN – see the information above.Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from the USAIf you live in the States, the official broadcaster of Premiership matches is NBC, with matches streamed on NBC Sports Gold so you can watch them anytime and anywhere.Bath v Gloucester will kick off at 12.30pm EST and 9.30am on the West Coast.The NBC Sports Gold Pass for rugby is $79.99 and includes coverage of the Gallagher Premiership, European Champions and Challenge Cups, and Guinness Six Nations.Bath v Gloucester live stream: How to watch from AustraliaFor those in Australia, Fox Sports have the rights to show Premiership matches and you can watch Bath v Gloucester at 2.30am on Wednesday (AEST) – set those alarms!The Foxtel Sports HD bundle is $74 a month – and you get 50+ other channels as well as Foxtel GO so you can watch when on the move.Foxtel Sports HD bundle It’s a West Country derby in the Gallagher Premiership this eveninglast_img read more

Sorrento House 1 / Vibe Design Group

first_imgArchDaily Australia Projects Sorrento House 1 / Vibe Design Group Builder: Save this picture!Courtesy of Vibe Design Group+ 17 Share Icon Synergy Photographs Save this picture!© Luke BoyleRecommended ProductsDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorspanoramah!®ah! PivotEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. Sorrento House 1, the latest coastal project from Vibe Design Group, is the Australian Beach house reborn. The building presents a modest, yet sinuous face to passers by. A well-honed palette of materials is introduced, their application modulated masterfully and subtly; the mark of an experienced hand. Timber battening twists to become shuttering for windows behind. A cast concrete wall articulates the point of entry. A low-slung, angular roof constructed from 18m sheets of custom Colorbond is punctuated by a cast concrete chimney; stylish protection from any seaward weather. If the exterior is uniquely Australian in vernacular, the interior might just as easily be Northern European or Japanese. The synthesis of timber, cast concrete and steel is sensitive and assertive in equal measure. Each material is given a role, an opportunity to shine solo, and contribute in concert. Silken timber renders concrete textural, and luxurious, in return.Save this picture!© Grant KennedySave this picture!PlanSave this picture!Courtesy of Vibe Design GroupExtended proportions define the living spaces, from the monolithic kitchen (a sculptural assembly of intersecting rectangular forms) through to the integrated fireplace and hearth. The design language of Vibe has rarely found a clearer expression than in these spaces; expansive and spacious, yet human in scale. Bathrooms build upon the formal qualities of the materials palette. The introduction of matte black joinery and architectural vertical mirrored panels, provide practicality, but not at the expense of style.Save this picture!© Grant KennedyThe private, restrained entry to the building is balanced by a more expansive rear elevation, complete with deck and swimming pool. The game of geometry is played out in the roof from this aspect. It is strikingly resolved with flair and personality. This house sits naturally on Melbourne’s Mornington Peninsula, but might just as easily find itself in any of Australia’s coastal regions. This house demonstrates that modesty and luxury can be reconciled simply through good design.Save this picture!Courtesy of Vibe Design GroupSorrento House 1 was awarded Winner – New Houses over $1m and Most Innovative Kitchen Design in the 2016 BDAV Design Awards.Project gallerySee allShow lessFrame House / Peak StudioSelected ProjectsNamwon Pavilion / Boundaries architects + DUCA Manual houseSelected Projects Share Manufacturers: Caesarstone, Colorbond, James Hardie, Caroma, Escenium HAUS Sorrento House 1 / Vibe Design GroupSave this projectSaveSorrento House 1 / Vibe Design Group Photographs:  Grant Kennedy, Luke Boyle Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/794383/sorrento-house-1-vibe-design-group Clipboard “COPY” Area:  358 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/794383/sorrento-house-1-vibe-design-group Clipboard Year:  Architects: Vibe Design Group Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Sorrento, Australia 2015 Houses “COPY” CopyAbout this officeVibe Design GroupOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSorrentoAustraliaPublished on September 03, 2016Cite: “Sorrento House 1 / Vibe Design Group” 02 Sep 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialPlastics / FibersRodecaTranslucent Building Elements in Downton Primary SchoolSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – LonglightBathroom FurnitureBradley Corporation USAToilet Partition CubiclesSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – One-offAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsBoardsStructureCraftStructural Panel – Dowel Laminated TimberThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelDoorsJansenSmoke Control Door – Economy 60Louvers / ShuttersShade FactorExternal Venetian BlindsMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Yejin’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture Studio

first_img Houses Projects Architects: Moohoi Architecture Studio Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Yejin’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture StudioSave this projectSaveYejin’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture Studio Save this picture!© Kim JaeKwan+ 19Curated by María Francisca González Share South Korea ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/903654/yejins-jip-soori-moohoi-architecture-studio Clipboard 2017 CopyHouses•Seoul, South Korea Lead Architect: Yejin’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture Studio Photographs:  Kim JaeKwan ArchDaily “COPY” Save this picture!© Kim JaeKwanRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodEGGERLaminatesWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsVEKAWindows – SOFTLINE 82 ADIt is a jip-Soo-ri for two households. An entry porch is devised so a family of two households can be either connected or separated. The existing structure was 56 years old house, the basic structure was reused, while the rest was repaired to suit the contemporary demands and needs.Save this picture!© Kim JaeKwanSoo-ri of Levels  The reason why many levels exist in and out of the house is not an intention for architectural interests, but an outcome resulting from the process of mitigating the gaps in the house built on the slope, which is directed from the interior space to the yard.Save this picture!© Kim JaeKwanSoo-ri of Time. This house, which was built long ago, was also a collection of traces of the elapsed time. The validity of the old trees, retaining wall, fences, wooden trusses, and the carbonized Korean floor heating system was judged according to newly found uses, not according to their values as stuffed items like remains.Save this picture!© Kim JaeKwanSoo-ri of Darkness. Light brightens, but also makes pitch darkness. In particular, this house, which was thick in the north-south direction, did not receive light evenly within. To reduce the differences, skylights were installed so that light can even reach the within because if the windows are enlarged, the differences between lightness and darkness within will increase.Save this picture!© Kim JaeKwanProject gallerySee allShow lessTianhong Headquarters Building / CCDISelected ProjectsMONOARCHI Shanghai Office / MONOARCHISelected Projects Share Kim JaeKwan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/903654/yejins-jip-soori-moohoi-architecture-studio Clipboard “COPY” Photographs CopyAbout this officeMoohoi Architecture StudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSeoulSouth KoreaPublished on October 17, 2018Cite: “Yejin’s Jip-Soori / Moohoi Architecture Studio” 16 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCoffee tablesFlexformCoffee Table – GipsyCurtain WallsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPace Gallery Envelope SystemWoodSculptformTimber Battens in Double Bay HouseStonesCosentinoSilestone and Dekton in Villa OmniaBricksNelissenInner Wall Bricks – LückingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade PanelsWoodBlumer LehmannData Processing for Wood ProjectsEducational ApplicationsFastmount®Hidden Panel Fastener at Massey UniversitySealants / ProtectorsTOPCRETMicro-Coating – Baxab®More products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?两家人的联合别墅 / Moohoi Architecture Studio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 streamlast_img read more

London Health Commission Awards offer prizes of £1,000

first_img 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. Researching massive growth in giving. The first London Health Commission Awards have been established to recognise the contribution to health and well-being made by small community-based organisations and groups.The 2008 awards will focus on community action on health and well-being for groups with an annual turnover of less than £100,000 and have achievements in one of six categories.Winners will receive a series of prizes including training, support with website development and maintenance and a promotional film about their project as well as a prize of £1,000. The package of prizes was developed following consultation with community groups about what would they would value most.The six award categories are cohesive communities, partnership achievement with the NHS, community campaigning and advocacy, partnership achievement with business, mental well-being, and partnership achievement with local government.The deadline for applications is 30 April 2008.Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on 2 July 2008 to be held at London’s Living Room on the 9th floor of City Hall.Elizabeth Manero, London Health Commission Member and Director of Health Link, said: “We want to recognise the work by communities taking place across London to promote health and well-being and make sure others recognise it too.“We encourage as many groups as possible to enter – you don’t have to be a large well-organised group. You could be just a few people working together who can show they are making a difference to people’s health and well-being – we want to hear from you.”www.londonshealth.gov.uk/lhcawards.htm London Health Commission Awards offer prizes of £1,000 Howard Lake | 9 April 2008 | News Tagged with: Awards  21 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Why The Children’s Society is moving from product-led to supporter-led fundraising

first_img The Children’s Society has adopted a new strategy that will transform the way it approaches fundraising by rethinking its whole approach to involving supporters. The charity is working to move from a product-led fundraising model to a supporter-led engagement model. The new approach is part of a new strategy at the charity that has the aim of “disrupting the cycles of disadvantage faced by vulnerable young people”.Director of Supporter Impact & Income Generation Joe Jenkins told UK Fundraising how he and his colleagues “believe that this new approach requires us to transform everything we do – introducing new processes, systems, metrics, structures and fundamentally, a new mindset and culture”.He added: “We will focus on the total contribution that our supporters and partners can make to our cause – prioritising lifetime value over short-term transactional targets. And crucially, we intend to ensure that every interaction with our supporters delivers a positive experience.”This approach comes just a week after Jenkins spoke on similar terms at the launch of the Commission on the Donor Experience at the Fundraising Convention 2017 in London. He vlogged about the new approach at The Children’s Society for UK Fundraising, explaining “Our goal is to build a dynamic growing movement of people collectively transforming the lives of young people through their action”. Supporter Impact & Income teamWhat does the new approach involve in practice, beyond the (currently) unusual team name of ‘Supporter Impact & Income’? Jenkins explained, and demonstrated the consultative and collaborative approach through his video announcement, introducing colleagues and their roles in this new team.He said: “As part of this transformation, we have been reviewing our team structure, considering all the various teams involved in supporter engagement (across fundraising, campaigning, volunteering). “This week we launch a new team, designed around our supporters.  We are called “Supporter Impact & Income” – a team focused on building positive relationships that maximise the impact our supporters and partners are able to achieve for children and young people.  We’ve taken some ideas from the principles informing commercial approaches to customer experience, coupled with our own values and strategic approach, and the key measure of success will be the lifetime value of our supporters. “I introduce this new team in the vlog.  The structure has been deliberately designed to ensure that each individual team is dependent on every other team to achieve their goals – only through a joined up approach internally will we be able to offer our supporters a positive experience.  We believe that this relational supporter engagement approach will enable our supporters to grow closer to our cause, achieve more impact – and we will have a real chance of breaking the cycles of disadvantage faced by children.” Tagged with: Commission on the Donor Experience Individual giving Management AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis81 Howard Lake | 17 July 2017 | News Why The Children’s Society is moving from product-led to supporter-led fundraisingcenter_img 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. Researching massive growth in giving.  379 total views,  1 views today Advertisement  380 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis81last_img read more

EUA alivia restricciones, pero pone multas

first_imgEl 27 de enero, los departamentos del Tesoro y de Comercio de Estados Unidos emitieron conjuntamente unas revisiones que facilitarían más las restricciones comerciales y de viaje impuestas a Cuba. Sin embargo, sólo una semana antes, la Oficina de Control de Activos Extranjeros (OFAC, por las siglas en inglés) había anunciado la primera multa de este año por violación del bloqueo estadounidense de Cuba.Así que, a partir del 27 de enero, Cuba puede oficialmente comprar a crédito de EUA algunos materiales – aunque no mercancías agrícolas prohibidas por ley. Pero, ¿qué banco se arriesgaría adelantar dinero si el brazo regulador del bloqueo continúa impartiendo multas por comerciar con Cuba?Sólo desde el 17 de diciembre de 2014, cuando una nueva política de EUA hacia Cuba fue anunciada por primera vez, Washington ha multado a seis entidades estadounidenses y extranjeras por un valor acumulado de $2.8 mil millones por hacer negocios con Cuba. Yendo más atrás, al comienzo de la administración de Obama en 2009, ha habido 47 multas impuestas por violaciones de las normas contra Cuba y otros países, con un valor acumulado de $14.3 mil millones. (PL, 29 de enero)La primera multa impuesta este año ofrece un asombroso ejemplo del detallado alcance extraterritorial de la guerra económica estadounidense contra Cuba. Es una multa de $140.400 sobre una obra de arquitectura y diseño valorada en $284.515 y realizada en 2009-2010 para una compañía de Qatar por una filial británica de la WATG Holdings Inc., de Irvine, California.Para una empresa que la OFAC caracteriza como “una empresa multinacional de diseño arquitectónico relativamente grande y sofisticada”, este era un pequeño proyecto que involucra el contrato de hotel de una empresa de Qatar, pero uno “en las que Cuba o sus nacionales tienen intereses”. En opinión de la OFAC, “las violaciones aparentes originaban un daño significativo a los objetivos del programa de sanciones contra Cuba porque WATG-UK proporcionó … servicios de arquitectura y diseño en apoyo a la industria turística de Cuba”.Quizás más importante para la OFAC que la multa, es el auto-monitoreo internacional impuesto en WATG para asegurar el cumplimiento futuro de las sanciones económicas unilaterales estadounidenses.Por primera vez, sin embargo, las nuevas regulaciones permiten la aprobación de exportaciones a empresas estatales, agencias y organizaciones de Cuba que proporcionan bienes y servicios a la población cubana.  Sin embargo, esta relajación de las restricciones excluye explícitamente el turismo — enfatizado por la multa al hotel qatarí — como también a la minería y otras extracciones consideradas como generadoras de ingresos.El bloqueo estadounidense de Cuba, una red de leyes y regulaciones tejida a lo largo de más de 50 años, ha fracasado en su objetivo de hacer pasar hambruna al pueblo cubano para que se rebele en contra de la revolución socialista.  Pero cada hebra que se desenreda parece encontrarse con otro nudo.  Ahora habrá turismo estadounidense, supuestamente prohibido, junto a intentos simultáneos por obstruir la construcción de hoteles.Lo que Obama puede hacer y lo que noEl Presidente Obama está impedido de hacer cambios en cuatro áreas.  No puede 1) permitir que subsidiarias estadounidenses en terceros países comercien con Cuba, lo que violaría la Ley Toricelli;  2) permitir viajar a Cuba de turista, prohibido por la Reforma de Sanciones Comerciales y la Ley de Fomento de las Exportaciones de 2000;  3) eliminar los requisitos para que Cuba pague en efectivo y por adelantado por los productos agrícolas estipulados por la Reforma de Sanciones Comerciales y laLey de Fomento de las Exportaciones de 2000;  y 4) eliminar la prohibición de transacciones con propiedades estadounidenses nacionalizadas, establecida por la Ley Helms-Burton.Sin embargo, Obama puede ejercer su autoridad en las siguientes áreas:  1) autorizar el uso del dólar en transacciones internacionales;  2) permitir a Cuba importar productos con más de 10 por ciento de componentes estadounidenses, de terceros países;  3) permitir que entidades cubanas abran cuentas en bancos estadounidenses;  4) terminar la política de persecución financiera contra Cuba;  5) no impedir la concesión de créditos u otras facilidades financieras;  6)  permitir la importación de productos o servicios exportables de Cuba;  7)  autorizar a aviones y barcos cubanos para el transporte de pasajeros, carga y correo entre los dos países;  8)  autorizar las exportaciones directas de productos estadounidenses a Cuba;  9)  autorizar a las empresas invertir en Cuba (empresas internacionales han presentado más de 400 propuestas de inversión en la Zona Económica de Mariel);  10) eliminar el límite de los productos cubanos que pueden ser importados por visitantes estadounidenses a Cuba;  11)  autorizar que ciudadanas/os estadounidenses puedan recibir tratamiento médico en Cuba;  y 12)  permitir la distribución de crédito, préstamos y financiación para la adquisición de productos en el mercado estadounidense.  Aunque parece que las nuevas regulaciones permiten este último punto, al no permitir que Cuba utilice el dólar en el comercio internacional, la implementación real es cuestionable debido al riesgo de multas de la OFAC y el mantenimiento de registros.Con el aumento del flujo de viajes abiertos a Cuba, anunciados y reportados en los medios corporativos, en Facebook y en las redes sociales, hay una ilusión de normalidad y  oculta el hecho de que el bloqueo estadounidense por el gigante económico a solo 90 millas al norte, aún está vigente.El único lugar en el mundo al cual las/os residentes estadounidenses no pueden viajar libremente todavía es Cuba.  Todas/os los viajeros que salgan en vuelos chárter o que regresen de Cuba a través de México o Canadá, están obligadas/os a indicar qué categoría de licencia tienen autorizando su viaje.  La legislación propuesta en la Cámara y el Senado — HR664 y S299 — finalmente podrían poner fin a estas restricciones, pero hay que exigir para que esto ocurra.  Retadores de esta política de viaje que han ido con la Brigada Venceremos y Pastores por la Paz han luchado por estos derechos durante décadas.Las autoridades cubanas dicen que para normalizar completamente las relaciones con Estados Unidos, Washington debe levantar el bloqueo económico, devolver el territorio que hoy está ocupado ilegalmente por la base naval estadounidense de Guantánamo, detener las transmisiones ilegales de radio y televisión a la isla, y suspender las acciones destinadas a subvertir el orden interno de la nación caribeña.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

“In Libya, you can criticise Allah but not Gaddafi”

first_img RSF_en Help by sharing this information News Organisation June 24, 2020 Find out more LibyaMiddle East – North Africa February 23, 2021 Find out more Reports For the first time since its creation 20 years ago, Reporters Without Borders was able to visit Libya from 13 to 17 September. Even if the country, including its media, appears to be opening up, the delegation found that it continues to have one the world’s most illiberal regimes as regards press freedom. October 4, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 “In Libya, you can criticise Allah but not Gaddafi” Six imprisoned journalists to finally appear in court in Istanbul Reporters Without Borders today published the full report of the fact-finding visit it made to Libya from 13 to 17 September.It was first time the press freedom organisation has been able to go to Libya in 20 years. This in itself is one of the signs of the changes taking place under the “Brother Leader,” Muammar Gaddafi. But despite the “relaxation,” the diplomatic U-turn and the economic opening-up since the lifting of the UN embargo, this is still one of the world’s most repressive regimes as regards civil liberties. The Revolutionary Committees Movement – the regime’s central pillar – maintains its monopoly of power, and the press continues to be just a propaganda tool.Aside from satellite TV stations and the Internet, the regime still controls the media and there are no independent press outlets. Col. Gaddafi’s “rebellious” son, Seif al-Islam, and the foundation he heads have launched “younger,” and more “modern” media but they still toe the line and it is still as dangerous as ever to criticize Gaddafi and his family or to tackle issues that are off-limits such as the Berbers or high-level corruption.“In Libya, you can criticise Allah but not Gaddafi,” said one journalist speaking on condition of anonymity. The latest evidence of this was the imprisonment of cyber-dissident Abdel Razak Al Mansuri for 18 months and the murder of journalist Daif Al Ghazal in the spring of 2005. What they had in common was to have dared to criticise the man who has ruled this country for 37 years.But times are changing. Thanks to Al-Jazeera and public Internet access points, Libyans are no longer as isolated from the rest of the world as they were in the past. They have less and less tolerance for the political cant of the official media. Many journalists are very critical when they are assured of anonymity. But fear is palpable, even among foreign press correspondents. While they can travel around with a guide or interpreter, obtaining a visa is still often an ordeal and other kinds of pressure remain.The Union of Libyan Journalists, to which Reporters Without Borders owes its invitation, talks of “change” as something to be taken for granted, but so far its existence is purely rhetorical. The media may at last be talking about the problems of daily life and low-level corruption but they are still under the control of what is – no matter what people say – a one-party state.It is encouraging that anti-establishment views can be heard, even from some media executives. Iconoclastic comments by Gaddafi’s son – very critical of the press and calling for the privatisation of news media – are evidence of a degree of awareness at the highest level that Libya is evolving and that the regime should accompany these changes, even if it is only to better control them.The international community, especially the European Union, must support all those in Libya and abroad who are pushing for more freedom, including press freedom. It is vital that the international community should demand to know the truth about Daif Al Ghazal’s murder. How this case is handled will show to how far the regime is really prepared to put an end to what was its darkest side.Beyond the high-sounding and often sincere declarations, in the view of Reporters Without Borders only the appearance of privately-owned and really independent news media will allow us to talk of real change in Libya. This is not yet the case.The full report is available on the Reporters Without Borders website (www.rsf.org).center_img News Related documents Download the report in english (136,5 Ko)PDF – 132.31 KBDownload the report in arabic (184 Ko)PDF – 183.03 KB Receive email alerts On Libyan revolution’s 10th anniversary, authorities urged to guarantee press freedom Follow the news on Libya LibyaMiddle East – North Africa to go further News Well-known Libyan journalist missing since his arrest December 17, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Many opposition and news sites brought down by cyber-attacks in election run-up

first_img January 29, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Malaysia to go further News RSF_en Organisation Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information MalaysiaAsia – Pacific February 22, 2021 Find out more Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge againcenter_img MalaysiaAsia – Pacific News March 17, 2021 Find out more Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments News Many opposition and news websites have fallen victim to distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) in the run-up to tomorrow’s election in Malaysia’s eastern state of Sarawak (on the island of Borneo), which is posing a challenge to Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s 30-year-old rule of the state.“It is sad to see that election campaigns and freedom of information do not go together in Malaysia,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We condemn the use of cyber-attacks to control content on the Internet, which continues to offer an exceptional space for expression in a country in which the tradition press is gagged by the government.”The press freedom organisation added: “Such practices to do not bode well for the general elections due to be held by the end of 2011, in which bloggers and online journalists will have a crucial role to play in informing the public.”The sites that are currently inaccessible include Sarawak Report, Radio Free Sarawak, Dayak Baru Blog and Malaysiakini, whose Twitter account has been suspended. Alternative links have been created to access Malaysiakini – malaysiakinicom.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/malaysiakini.Sarawak Report has been investigating the sources of Taib Mahmud’s wealth. Malaysiakini, which acquired an international reputation by its coverage of Malaysia’s previous prime minister, Mahathir Mohamad, has carried many stories about the preparations for these elections, which are seen as a test for Malaysia’s ruling Barisan Nasional party, and has accused Taib Mahmud of vote-buying.Some bloggers such as Wong Chin Huat (chinhuatw.wordpress.com), Sivarasa (sivarasa.blogspot.com) and Haris Ibrahim (harismibrahim.wordpress.com) have been denied entry to Sarawak.Malaysia is ranked 141st out of 178 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is classified as a country “under surveillance” in the Reporters Without Borders report on Enemies of the Internet, above all because of its harassment of bloggers. News April 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Many opposition and news sites brought down by cyber-attacks in election run-up New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truthlast_img read more

Police helicopter makes emergency landing in Derry

first_img Twitter Google+ Police helicopter makes emergency landing in Derry WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ Facebook WhatsApp By News Highland – November 13, 2020 Homepage BannerNews Pinterestcenter_img Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Facebook Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR A police helicopter had to make an emergency landing in Derry last night.It experienced engine failure as while supporting officers dealing with a security alert in Limavady.That was later declared a hoax.The PSNI says the pilot and crew landed safely at the City of Derry airport and there were no injuries.The issue’s been referred to the Civil Aviation Authority and the Air Accidents Investigation Branch. Twitter Previous articleLough Mourne water supply not affected by pollution incidentNext articleNews, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries on Friday November 13th News Highland last_img read more