Terra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Terra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Terra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Terra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu) 2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileTerra Mauricia Limited is an investment holdings conglomerate that is engaged in the production and distribution of alcoholic products, such as wine and spirits, and cane spirits, as well as sale of various consumable goods, production and sale of electricity from coal and bagasse. The company also manufactures and sells hollow concrete blocks, aggregates, rock sand products, rents properties and engages in the property development and promotion activities that include, site identification and surveying, project conception, market survey, administration, project management, as well as marketing and sale. Terra Mauricia Limited operates within the segments of sugar, commercial and alcohol production, and energy. The company is based in Mauritius. Terra Mauricia Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Botswana Diamonds plc (BOD.bw) 2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBotswana Diamonds is a diamond exploration enterprise that has been operating in Botswana since the early 1980s. The United Kingdom-based enterprise is a spin-off of African Diamonds Plc and operates in Botswana, South Africa and Cameroon. The company has a successful track record in diamond discovery; having helped discover the Karowe Mine in Orapa which produces rare high-value stones. Botswana Diamonds also found a kimberlite mine in Botswana which is one of only 20 hard-rock diamond mines found outside Russia. The company operates in a joint venture with OJSC Alrosa (Russia) to explore 17 diamond-producing mines; and in a joint venture with Brightstone holds 13 prospecting licenses in the Orapa region which covers a total of 733 square kilometres. Botswana Diamonds Plc was founded in 2010 as a spin-off company of African Diamonds Plc, with its head office based in Dublin, Ireland.
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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. Enter Your Email Address Roland Head | Tuesday, 31st December, 2019 | More on: DGE REL However successful we are as investors, there’s always more to learn. A good place to start is by following the small number of professional fund managers who have beaten the market over long periods.One of the top-performing managers in the UK is Nick Train. 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That’s more than three times the 121% return recorded by the FTSE All-Share Total Return Index over the same period.Today I want to look at two of the biggest holdings in Train’s UK fund, Diageo (LSE: DGE) and RELX (LSE: REL), to see whether we should be buying these stocks today.The power of boozeFTSE 100 spirits giant Diageo accounted for 9.6% Train’s UK fund at the end of November. The drinks firm’s brands include Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Tanqueray, and Baileys.The Diageo share price has risen by about 75% over the last four years, providing a powerful boost for investors who have been lucky or smart enough to hold the shares.Sadly, I’m not one of those investors. I’ve always felt that the shares have been a little too expensive for me to buy. But in this case I’ve been proven wrong. Diageo appears to be a great example of what Warren Buffett meant when he said that “it’s far better to buy a wonderful company at a fair price than a fair company at a wonderful price”.Why I like DiageoI think there are several reasons to believe that Diageo qualifies as a wonderful company. Firstly, the group’s consistently high profitability means that it can afford to invest in growth without excessive debt. In recent years, growth has focused on premium brands such as Cîroc vodka and Casamigos tequila.Diageo shares continue to look expensive to me on 23 times forecast earnings, with a dividend yield of just 2.4%. But the group’s impressive track record suggests to me that investors who follow Train into this stock will probably continue to do well.The best company you haven’t heard of?You may not be familiar with FTSE 100 group Relx. This £37bn firm provides a range of information and data analytics services to specialist markets. These include publishing scientific, medical, and technical journals and providing the widely used LexisNexis legal database service. Relx also runs trade shows and exhibitions that attract more than 7m visitors each year.These operations give the group a dominant market share in certain sectors. As a result, many of the group’s must-have subscription services benefit from strong pricing power.Profit margins are high. Relx reported an operating profit margin of 26% last year and generated a return on capital employed of about 22%. These impressive results mean that the group can support attractive shareholder returns while continuing to expand.Like Diageo, Relx shares trade on more than 20 times earnings and yield less than 2.5%. But such highly profitable businesses rarely come cheap. I suspect Train’s decision to buy and hold Relx shares will be rewarded by further gains over the coming years. 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Taken together, with recent novel evidence showing that a greater risk of premature fatigue occurs following a lower carbohydrate diet in the days leading into a game, we would highly recommend players to follow a carbohydrate diet closer to 6g.kg through a normal mixed diet.James Morehen @1More_NutritionReferences:Balsom, P. D., Gaitanos, G. C., Soderlund, K., & Ekblom, K. (1999). High-intensity exercise and muscle glycogen availability in humans. Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, 165, 337 – 345.Bangsbo, J. (1994). The physiology of soccer –with special reference to intense intermittent exercise. Acta Physiologica Scandinavica, 151 (suppl. 619), 1 – 155.Iga, J., Scott, M., George, K., & Drust, B. (2014). Seasonal changes in multiple indices of body compositions in professional football players. International Journal of Sports Medicine, 35, 994–998.Twist, C., Highton, J., Waldron, M., Edwards, E., Austin, D., & Gabbett. (2014). Movement demands of elite rugby league players during Australian National Rugby League and European Super League matches. International Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance, 9, 925–930.Saltin, B. (1973). Metabolic fundamentals in exercise. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 5, 137 – 146.James Morehen is the Sports Scientist at Nutrition X, Sports Performance Nutritionist at Widnes Vikings Rugby League team and lead strength and conditioning intern coach at Liverpool John Moores University. All together 20 nations across the globe play in the Rugby World Cup, with each country taking 31 players to the tournament. We will see 620 international professional rugby players of all different shapes and sizes.Player differences…Considering the extensive range in lean mass, fat mass and total body mass in all these players, there really is no one set, pre-game diet to follow as a rugby player. In addition to body composition differences, some players struggle to eat due to lack of sleep, feeling nervous due to adrenaline increases or even unsure as to what to eat! Together, this is why nutritional requirements for rugby players must be tailored to each player.The media has clearly highlighted the amount of pre-tournament games teams have played, and unfortunately for Wales the cost to some key players. However, the combined result of pre-tournament training camps and games paired with structured and smart nutrition will allow nations to arrive at their first game with athletes in the best physical and metal shapes of their lives, adopting low body fat and high lean mass and importantly with a practiced nutritional strategy ready for kick off.The day before game day…Typically, the most important day of the week is game day and how to arrive at kick off having fueled the body adequately. Currently, it is still unclear as to what the underlying mechanism behind a reduced exercise performance towards the end of a game is. However, one popular candidate is the attenuation of muscle glycogen leading to premature fatigue during prolonged intermittent exercise (Balsom et al., 1999). Granted, this work was performed in soccer and we know that soccer and rugby differ majorly. In particular, distances covered (Twist et al., 2014 & Bangsbo et al., 1994) match activities (Twist et al., 2014) and most notably anthropometric body composition profiles displaying large inter- and intra-positional variances in rugby (Morehen et al., 2015) when compared to soccer players who show a more homogenous profile (Iga et al., 2014).Fret over frites: Chips certainly wouldn’t be the best…Moving forward, if the candidate for fatigue is gradual reductions in muscle glycogen, what should we be eating in the days leading into a game?First of its kind…Recently, this has been an area of interest for a group of research colleagues and myself at Liverpool John Moores University. The aims for our research group was to asses the physiological metabolic demands of an 80-minute game under two dietary conditions, 3g.kg and 6g.kg of body-weight carbohydrate diets 32 hours before kickoff, to provide evidence based recommendations regarding nutritional intake and nutrient composition.The data from this particular study are in review to be published but initial numbers show that all players arrived at the start of the game with similar amounts of muscle glycogen. This potentially may be due to the fact that in the days leading up to a game players will tend to taper training off, seeing a reduction in physical activity for example less time on feet, to allow players to be rested for the game. Importantly however, although both groups of players lost similar amounts of muscle glycogen in the game the 3g.kg players were nearing fatigue before full time and values show glycogen levels close to depletion.Evidence based advice…To minimise the above risk, I believe that if players are consuming a normal mixed diet consisting of high and low GI carbohydrates, good quality sources of protein, varied fruit and vegetable intakes and maintaining good hydration levels leading into a game, then arriving at game day fuelled adequately should be easily achieved. Additionally, consuming enough carbohydrates on the day of a game is easily achievable if consuming the right foods and fluids, for example carbohydrate based gels and drinks. As highlighted at the start, this will not be the perfect meal plan for every player, and depending on individual preferences fluids and/or other food sources may want to be substituted in to accommodate preferences. James Morehen is part of the team who have developed Nutrition X’s range of Informed-Sport certified products, which have become the No.1 choice of sports nutrition for numerous elite athletes, amateur sports people and casual gym users alike.Hear more from James and the expert team at Nutrition X through the Ultimate Rugby Guide campaign @Nutrition_X LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS By nutritionist James Morehen
Manufacturers: RHEINZINK, Krone, Superwood CopyHouses•Ødsted, Denmark Oesterbye Retreat House / N+P ArchitectureSave this projectSaveOesterbye Retreat House / N+P Architecture Denmark 2018 “COPY” Lead Architects: Year: Lars Bo Poulsen, Jesper Korf and collaborator Ole Brandt Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/917575/oesterbye-retreat-house-n-plus-p-architecture Clipboard Architects: N+P Architecture Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/917575/oesterbye-retreat-house-n-plus-p-architecture Clipboard “COPY” Oesterbye Retreat House / N+P Architecture Houses ArchDaily Save this picture!Courtesy of N+P ARKITEKTUR+ 24Curated by Paula Pintos Share Engineer:Møller & Jakobsen ApSBuilder:Bo Plan ApsCity:ØdstedCountry:DenmarkMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of N+P ARKITEKTURRecommended ProductsWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. Moving along the small forest trail in a pleasant natural area of central Jutland, one is met by this humble and simple timber house. The surrounding vegetation is completely untouched, creating the image of a house floating in a sea of green. With this unique location at the end of a forest trail, it is common that pedestrians pass by the house on a trip through the forest. To maintain privacy a carport is designed to mark the entrance of the house and to establish a private border along the forest trail.Save this picture!Courtesy of N+P ARKITEKTURSave this picture!First Level PlanSave this picture!Courtesy of N+P ARKITEKTURFrom this arrival area, a narrow concrete path creates a route through the terrain towards the main entrance, where the concrete becomes the platform and flooring of the entire ground level. The materials used in the design is carefully chosen to reflect the color palette of its natural surroundings. As on the exterior, the interior is also designed with the thought of its relation to the surrounding nature. With a ceiling height of seven meters, the social kitchen establishes an open connection to the first floor and corresponding terrace.Save this picture!Courtesy of N+P ARKITEKTURLarge openings in the facade create beautiful views towards the lake, the forest, and the sky. These extraordinary views give a unique spatial experience and a strong connection to nature throughout the house. Two large zinc covered boxes interrupt the traditional house form, giving the design a modern appearance. These boxes present the house with two large bay windows, which on the interior is designed as a cozy niche with a view of the forest.Save this picture!Courtesy of N+P ARKITEKTURSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!Courtesy of N+P ARKITEKTURProject gallerySee allShow lessProspect House / Breathe ArchitectureSelected ProjectsRiverchapel House / Robert Bourke ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Area: 300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeN+P ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesØdstedDenmarkPublished on May 23, 2019Cite: “Oesterbye Retreat House / N+P Architecture” 23 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Tagged with: Digital Events Howard Lake | 11 February 2008 | News 23 total views, 1 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 MoreAddThis A London based start-up is set to challenge the dominance of Ticketmaster in the online ticketing sector, allowing organisers to sell tickets online free of charge, with no booking fees charged to their customers.URgoing.to will make life easier for the myriad of smaller event organisers who wish to set-up online ticketing and merchandising for their event. For years the online ticketing market has been dominated by sites such as Ticketmaster and Ticketweb, who only deal with large scale events and charge booking fees both to organisers and to their customers.The website allows organisers to collect ticket payments directly into their PayPal accounts, rather than collecting the funds on their behalf and then forwarding them on, hence helping to reduce any cash-flow problems a smaller organiser may be facing. As the site is free to use as an organiser and there are no booking fees for ticket-buyers it seems an ideal system for those organising a fund-raising event.Urgoing.to provides a flexible platform enabling the ticketing of any sized event, anywhere in the world, to be set-up in minutes. Each event is then allocated a unique URL of choice, e.g. www.Urgoing.to/MyEvent. If events are private, organisers can chose not to appear in the URgoing.to directory. If the event is made public, aesthetic “buy tickets” and “book now” buttons can be coded into any external website to link directly to the specific URgoing.to page, providing a useful tool to event organisers.Advanced ticketing options also ensure flexibility, as organisers are able to sell several different types of tickets for the same event, offer automatic discount periods to customers to encourage early booking or to shift tickets last-minute and sell extras or merchandise such as raffle tickets or t-shirts. Tickets and merchandise can be purchased 24/7 between the specified dates, with payments (in all major currencies) instantly received into the organiser’s PayPal account. Organisers can then keep track on their progress with sales reports and guest lists that can be produced at any time to see how many tickets/merchandise have been sold and to whom.URgoing.to is already being used to host a wide range of events, from salsa weekends to club nights, and conventions to talent shows and fundraising parties. The wide scope of events hosted on URgoing.to naturally makes it an attractive platform for organisers to promote their event on, as all public events receive a worldwide listing and can be searched for intuitively by keyword, date, location etc.Urgoing.to’s Adam Symons said: “We believe we have got a product here that will revolutionise the way people organise their events. URgoing.to can work for anyone and is free to use, so watch this space”.Notes to Editor:Bullet Point Summary– Free to use online ticketing service for any kind of event/course/holiday– Events are listed on the URgoing directory unless otherwise specified by user– Events are given specific URLs and can be both private or public, paid or free– Different priced tickets can be sold for the same event and automatic discount periods can be set– Organisers can take payments for extras or merchandise– Payments are taken directly into a PayPal account and can be processed in all major currencies– Barcoded tickets are delivered by email– Detailed sales reports and guest lists are available on siteCase StudyLaura Jackson and Leigh Gower – Fundraising party to raise money for Norwood, October 2007“We had never thought of collecting money for our event online, but it was very simple to set up and didn’t cost us anything.”In October 2007 Laura and Leigh hosted a party to help raise funds for a sponsored bike ride through South-East Asia, and ticketed their event through URgoing.to. They raised over £1000 in total and were very impressed by the simplicity of the system: “It only took 5 minutes to set-up and we could check up on our progress with sales reports whenever we wanted to”. They added that organising the event online made life easier on them: “It was great not to have to mess around with cash and waiting for cheques to clear”Contact detailsAdam Symons, Head of [email protected] 535 972020 3051 2719www.URgoing.toImages and materials are available atwww.URgoing.to/pressAdam Symons+44 (0) 20 3051 2719+44 (0) 7771 535972 Free start-up to challenge dominance of Ticketmaster 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.
44 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 12 November 2012 | News Tagged with: christmas Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement 43 total views, 1 views today An upbeat list of fundraising event ideas (and how much each raised) to inspire more people to put on an event to raise funds for charity: water in the run up to Christmas 2012, to help fund drilling 100 wells for clean water.mycharitywater.org/holidays Charity: water’s 100 wells for the holidays 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.
Jan. 26 in Buffalo, N.Y.WW photo: Ellie DorritieTen days of actions and meetings in the United States and other countries began on Jan. 22 in solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution in Venezuela. Its leader, President Hugo Chávez, is continuing his recovery from cancer surgery in Cuba. The postponement of Chávez’s inauguration for another term as president, attempts by the Venezuelan oligarchy to undermine the government, and bourgeois excitement at the prospect of Chávez’s demise were the impetus for the International Action Center to call these days of solidarity and demand no imperialist intervention in Venezuela.In Boston on Jan. 22, a chilly gathering outside the Venezuelan Consulate was warmly received by consulate staff as activists with signs, banners and chanting took center stage. The Spanish television channel Univision covered the demonstration, as well as media inside Venezuela.In New York City, despite temperatures in the 20s, pro-Chávez forces, including Venezuelans, came out Jan. 23 during a work day for a very spirited noontime demonstration in front of the Venezuelan Consulate. Only a handful of anti-Chávez protesters dared to turn up. Lots of media came, including Reuters, Univision and Spanish-language CNN.In Los Angeleson Jan. 24, demonstrators held a noontime rally at the downtown Federal Building despite pouring rain. The demonstration included representatives from the progressive Iranian community, Peace and Freedom Party, and the Occupy movement. IAC organizers were interviewed by the Final Call.A teach-in and discussion were organized in Tucson,Ariz., on Jan. 25. A solidarity rally held in Buffalo, N.Y., on Jan. 26 was endorsed by Burning Books, the International Action Center and the Latin American Solidarity Committee. On Jan. 27, the film “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” was shown and discussed at the Solidarity Center in Durham, N.C., along with a potluck dinner of Venezuelan cuisine.Events are also planned in Detroit, Milwaukee and Philadelphia, as well as Vancouver, Canada, and Sydney, Australia. For more information, go to iacenter.orgSteve Gillis, Teresa Gutierrez, John Parker and Ellie Dorritie contributed information for this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
March 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Viet Nam RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang VietnamAsia – Pacific Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam RSF_en Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison News Organisation Help by sharing this information April 22, 2021 Find out more News April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific News to go further Domain name : .vn Population : 89 571 130 Internet-users : 24 653 553 Average charge for one hour’s connection at a cyber-café : about 2,7 US$ for tourists. But cheaper for nationals. Average monthly salary : about 68 US$ Number of imprisoned netizens : 16The progress made by Vietnam in the domain of human rights, which allowed the country to become a member of the World Trade Organization in 2007, is nothing but a distant memory. As the 2011 Communist Party Congress draws nearer, the regime is muffling dissident views on the Internet, and its first target is critics of the country’s policy toward China. Too popular for its own goodIn the last ten years, the Internet’s growth has soared, as has the country’s economic integration. The Web has been a great success with Vietnam’s young population. In November 2009, the social network Facebook boasted a million users, as compared to only 50,000 early in that year. Cybercafés are still the main means of Internet access. Managers rarely ask their customers to present their IDs, but they are required to record in detail what connections they make. Some arrests involving customers who consult prohibited websites have been noted in the past.A citizen journalism network has developed. Websites such as Vietnam Net and Vietnam News discuss subjects like corruption, social issues, and the country’s political situation. Blogger conduct actual on-site investigations that could not be reported by the traditional state-owned media. Thanks to the Internet and the discussion and information-sharing forums that it offers, a virtual civil society has emerged in which pro-democracy activists can find refuge – a fact that unnerves the authorities.After having paved the way for it in 2008, in 2009 the regime initiated a takeover of the Internet. In October 2008, the government set up a new administrative entity, the Department of Radio, Television and Electronic Information under the Ministry of Information and Communications. This Ministry passed an order in December 2008 that reinforces government control of the Internet. Web users who disseminate information “hostile” toward the government may be subject to sanctions. Since January 2009, new measures have been implemented to regulate Vietnamese blogs. In a document intitled “Circular no. 7,” the authorities required that blogs only provide strictly personal information (Art. 1). For example, Internet users are not permitted to disseminate press articles, literary works, or other publications prohibited under the Press Law (Art. 2). Further, every six months, or at the authorities’ request, the host companies must produce a report on their customers’ activities that mentions the number of blogs they manage and their statistics, as well as any data relating to blogs that have violated the host company’s regulations (Art. 6). The Ministry of Public Security is also implicated in Web surveillance.Excessive censorshipEven though the country claims to filter only content that is obscene or endangers national security, censorship also affects opposition websites or those that are in any way critical of the regime. One subject that is growing more and more taboo is territorial disputes between Vietnam and China in the China Sea. Censorship primarily involves blocking website addresses, and particularly concerns sites in Vietnamese. The various Internet service providers enforce these rules unevenly. The number of cyber-attacks is growing. Hackers – especially in January 2010 – have zeroed in on sites that “push the envelope” of freedom of expression on the Internet: www.bauxitevietnam.info and www.blogosin.org. Although they take a moderate tone, these sites have proven to be critical of the authorities’ policies with regard to Beijing. The “Bauxite VietNam” website was created by three intellectuals in 2008 to relay a campaign objecting to the operating plan of a Chinese company’s bauxite mining project in Vietnam’s Central Highland region, approved by the Vietnam government despite the unfavorable opinion of scientists and environmental activists. This website has been turned into a sort of forum for the free exchange of ideas on controversial subjects such as corruption, democracy, and particularly Sino-Vietnamese relations. Its editor, Nguyen Hue Chi, has been summoned several times by the police. Pressure is being placed on editors of unauthorized online newspaper websites like To Quoc (the Homeland) in an attempt to force them to shut down. Teacher Nguyen Thuong Long, To Quoc’s associate editor was summoned by police in February 2010. As for Nguyen Thanh Giang, one of this newspaper’s co-founders, on one occasion police surrounded his house.There has been limited access to Facebook since November 2009. Blocking has occurred on occasion, but is not yet permanent. According to the Associated Press, a technician from Vietnam Data Corp. had confirmed in November 2009 that the government had ordered Internet service providers to block the social network. Some enforced the order, while others were less zealous. This measure was implemented when Facebook was being used by pro-democracy groups to denounce arrests of activists like Nguyen Tien Trung. But Web surfers are still using Facebook – they have simply decided to use proxy servers more often.In 2008, the regime had announced its desire to require foreign companies to collaborate, mainly on blog platforms. Some Web users who were worried about their personal data migrated from Yahoo! 360plus to platforms like WordPress, Blogspot and Multiply, after the U.S. company decided to transfer its servers from Singapore to Vietnam.Massive arrests and convictionsVietnam is the world’s second biggest prison for netizens: it now has seventeen of them behind bars. The government shows zero tolerance toward websites and netizens thought to be jeopardizing the government’s stability. Most of them are prosecuted – and convicted – for “subversion” or “attempting to overthrow the people’s government.” They invoke Articles 79 and 88 of the Penal Code. The latest wave of crackdowns began in September 2009, with the arrest of nine dissidents in Hanoi and Hai Phong. They are paying the price for the “internal cleanup” now underway in anticipation of the next Communist Party Congress. Some very harsh prison sentences have been meted out to pro-democracy activists who appealed for multipartism on the Internet. The authorities are promoting the theory of a foreign-based plot and point out the destabilizing effect of proliferating Western values. The well-known lawyer Le Cong Dinh was sentenced on January 20, 2010 to a five-year prison term without parole, and pro-democracy activists Nguyen Tien Trung, Le Thang Long and Tran Huynh Duy Thuc received prison sentences of seven years, five years, and sixteen years, respectively, by virtue of Article 79 of the Vietnamese Penal Code. To these sentences were added three years of house arrest (to be served after their release from prison) for all of them except Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, who was sentenced to five years behind bars. The four activists were found guilty of “endangering national security,” by “organizing campaigns in collusion with reactionary organizations based abroad,” designed to “overthrow the people’s government (…) with the help of the Internet.” Eight bloggers were also given prison sentences in October 2009.At the end of a completely trumped-up trial, writer and human rights activist Tran Khai Thanh Thuy was sentenced to three and one-half years in prison for “assault” even though she was the one assaulted. Her writings on the Internet were very popular in both Viet Nam and abroad.Journalist and blogger known as Dieu Cay, is still behind bars. Arrested in 2008 a few days before the Olympic torch was due to pass through Ho Chi Minh City, he was sentenced in December 2008 to serve two and one-half years in prison for “tax fraud” – a totally fabricated charge. According to his own son’s testimony, Dieu Cay had been closely watched since participating, in early 2008, in demonstrations in Ho Chi Minh City protesting against China’s policy in the Paracels and Spratley archipelagos.Those arrests and convictions are compelling arguments for self-censorship. Blogger Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, a.k.a. Me Nam, was released in September 2009, but ultimately yielding to police pressure, she decided to close down her blog. International pressures?In December 2009, Western donor countries had warned Hanoï against imposing restrictions on the Internet, a step which would be liable to slow down the country’s economic development. The Ambassador of the United States – Vietnam’s biggest export market –asserted in February 2010 that these convictions of dissidents “were affecting bilateral relations.”Reporters Without Borders called upon the European Union to suspend any dialog with Vietnam on the subject of human rights as long as its netizens and jailed journalists remain in custody.Links: http://clbnbtd.com/ : news website of the “free journalists’ club” founded by cyber-dissident Dieu Cay (in Vietnamese). http://english.vietnamnet.vn/ : official daily (English) http://www.bkav.com.vn/ : website of the Bach Khoa Centre (Vietnamese) http://www.rfa.org/english/vietnamese : Radio Free Asia, Vietnamese sectionhttp://www.intellasia.com : Financial news website about the Vietnamese economy (English). News Receive email alerts April 7, 2021 Find out more
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. Top of the News Pasadena Now interviewed Mayor Terry Tornek and mayoral candidate and District 5 City Councilman Victor Gordo. The candidate and incumbent were asked one primary question.“What are the biggest pre- and post-election issues facing the city?”Additional questions were asked to flush out their answers.Mayor Terry Tornek told Pasadena Now that social justice, housing and the recovery of the local economy will be some of the primary issues facing the city after the mayoral election in November.“I think that as hard as it may be to believe, even with this remarkable and unprecedented environment that we’re in, most of the fundamental issues that confront the city will be the same after the election as they were before the election. It’s just that they’ll be more intense in some areas.“For example, the social justice issues that have gotten so much attention now were always important issues in the city. It’s just that the level of attention being applied intensified. Income equity and housing choices and the financial pressure that people are under and food security and police oversight, that whole list existed before the election. They’re not brand new issues.”Just the second elected mayor in modern times, Tornek was handpicked for the City Council by his predecessor Sid Tyler. Tornek served two terms as the District 7 City Councilmember before winning the mayor’s race in 2015. He also served as Pasadena’s Planning Director and helped establish the redevelopment plan for Old Pasadena and worked to update the city’s General Plan. erry was elected twice to serve as City Councilmember for District 7.Tornek and Councilman Victor Gordo are meeting in a runoff election on Nov. 3. Gordo finished first in the March primary with 18,586 votes, or 46.52 percent, to Tornek’s 16,607 votes, or 41.57 percent.“Housing was already a hot topic,” Tornek said. “Now it’s even more intense. There are some people that have not been paying rent. Assuming they can get back to work, they’re going to be challenged to pay not only their existing rent, but the back rent that they owe. There are a whole series of challenges that affect a lot of people in our community, and the city is going to have to intervene in some ways we certainly haven’t had to in the past. But the fundamental issue that underlies all of that from the city leadership point of view is if the city doesn’t have the resources to maintain its own services, it’s certainly not going to be in a position to help other people.”But even as the city plans to do what it can to help businesses and local residents, Tornek knows the city is in uncharted waters.“The problem that we have is that the storm isn’t over. We don’t even know how long this is going to last. So it’s clear that we’re going to be in continued stress from the pandemic and its associated economic fallout for an extended period.On the important issues…One of the crises we’ve been confronted with is social justice and the desire to have some additional civilian oversight. I identified that. I heard what the people had to say loud and clear, not just the people in the street, but people who had never been engaged in this issue in the past, who were now saying, ‘Gee, something’s not right here. We need to correct it.’“I signed President Obama’s pledge through the process that they suggested in terms of information gathering, and then reached out to the public to hear what they had to say, set a firm time horizon on it, and then tried to accomplish reform. I was criticized as politicizing it and not following the normal process to bring it forward. That would have taken months and months, maybe a year. And I weathered that. I showed real leadership.“We had a unanimous vote for the City Council. On the reforms that John Kennedy and I put forward, I think that’s what leadership is. It’s not being afraid to step out of the norm.I’ve spent this week, several hours talking with the City Attorney’s Office and with other people in the community about the language going forward. So there’s more work involved in figuring out what the language should look like to implement that ordinance. That work continues.“We can’t just do business as usual. Going forward with what the city is going to have to do to recover actively, I think that means taking a risk. I took a risk with Measures I and J. Proposing increases in taxes is not typically a popular political posture for a politician to take.“I laid the predicates forth in all my State of the City addresses and tried to bring information to the public about how the city spends its money and why we were coming up short and then I went for it and then ran that campaign and we won handily. That was political leadership. The same thing happened on civilian oversight. It’s the same way I managed the minimum wage campaign, another tremendously controversial proposition that I got another unanimous vote on. The votes of the City Council on those three issues, the minimum wage, Measures I and J, and now police oversight were all unanimous. That’s because I did the homework. I did the work with the people. I listened to the people, and I was willing to stake out a position that was very clear and direct and then I listened to my colleagues and it is necessary, and we got a unanimous vote out of it. And I think that that is the mark of an effective leader. And that’s the basis of which I go to the public and ask them for their votes for re-election.”On leading during the crisis…“In addition to campaigning, I have a responsibility to govern. I was on a conference call about changing the regulations. I was on the weekly conference call with Supervisor (Kathryn) Barger and Mayor (Eric) Garcetti and Mayor Garcia from Long Beach and the county public health officials talking about the rollout of the LA county’s new regulations. This is stuff that happens during my day. It’s not necessarily highly visible, but it’s my responsibility in terms of being the incumbent mayor of Pasadena, I have to continue to stay advised and participate in these discussions about opening businesses.“I only have one vote among the eight, but it’s a critical vote. And, it’s a matter of trying to do the work, to devote the time and the effort and the skill to actually doing the work. I think I’ve demonstrated my ability and my willingness to do the work and then work with my colleagues to get the right conclusion. Sometimes it’s not a popular thing to do and you have to be willing to take a punch. And you know, I’ve taken my share, but, I’ve listened carefully to what the public had to say on all of these issues and tried to find a place that the community could rally around.“And I think I’ve demonstrated my ability to do that. I haven’t had complete success in every step of the way. I’ve been criticized as being a little abrupt and, you know, not that warm and fuzzy. I accept that. My wife’s been telling me that for 52 years. But, you know, I know how to get things done, and I know how to listen to people to find out what they think needs to be done. I’ve earned the right to ask to keep doing the job.”On getting businesses open…“[Last week] I got to participate in a ribbon cutting for Randy’s Donuts, which is the first ribbon cutting we’ve had in I don’t know how long. It’s great to see a new business opening on Lake Avenue in Pasadena. We’ve got to have business reopening and flourishing if we’re going to continue to employ our residents and fund the city.“What was a kind of a booming local business economy is now much more challenged, particularly with regard to small businesses, restaurants, and other mainstays of our economy. Some of these businesses are not going to reopen over the next couple of months, They can’t survive. That’s particularly true if our friends in Washington don’t get off their duffs and pass another stimulus package because these businesses just won’t make it.“We have to be very vigilant and alert, and smart about how we manage our own finances. The only reason we’ve been able to intervene and help with some of these new programs is because we started with money in the bank. Now we’re spending that money. It’s there for emergencies, it’s there for a rainy day and it’s pouring outside. But when the reserves are gone, they’re gone. And if these businesses aren’t reopening and they’re not refilling the coffers, we’ve got a serious problem. So it’s a very challenging environment, for many of our residents and also for the city government itself.”Responding to COVID-19 crises…“We set up the surge medical facility at the Convention Center. Thank God we didn’t need it. In terms of the food security programs that we’ve been participating in with the school district and providing meals on the weekends, in terms of the small business assistance program that we did in conjunction with the Pasadena Community Foundation. Now we’ve got an arts assistance program that we’re funding through our own trust fund for the arts. We’ve beefed up our homeless services program in conjunction with the county in terms of getting homeless people off the street and into motels. I think there’s a lot of credit to go around.“The City Council has been willing to step into a bunch of areas that are new territory for us. The city staff, which has been somewhat maligned by some has done a remarkable job. The Health Department, which was criticized, as not being interventionist enough has really done incredible work in terms of all the things that they’ve done monitoring what was happening in the nursing homes. I think the city has been able to respond because we had the money to do that. And the reason we had the money to do that is that I have made the focus of my administration, making sure that the city is in good financial shape, and that we rebuilt our reserves.“We went to the voters and got more than a 70 percent vote in favor of Measure I and Measure J. That Measure I money has been what’s between us and having to cut services.”Final say…“There’s a lot going on all the time. My Zoom finger is worn to the bone in terms of trying to key in appropriate meeting numbers. It’s unbelievable what’s going on and the intensity of, of activity, but that’s what keeps us going. The city has to keep functioning no matter what. In terms of the pandemic or no pandemic, the city has to keep functioning. I made a PSA to urge people to participate in the census. There’s ongoing stuff happening. There are arguments over a project in the Arroyo. I’m glad there’s ongoing normal activity related to the way the city is operating, but people don’t necessarily see that. They just see the headlines. And there’s a lot of hard work that goes into being mayor. Being mayor is really a full-time job. 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