ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM.zm) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (ZCCM.zm)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileZCCM Investments Holdings PLC is an investments holdings company with diversified interests in mining, energy and other sectors of the Zambian economy. The Company has a primary listing on the Lusaka Securities Exchange and secondary listings on the London Stock Exchange and the Euronext Stock Exchange in Paris.last_img

Save Your Season: Kettering learning from the stars

first_img Master and pupil: Leicester prop Marcos Ayerza scrums down with Kettering hooker Steve Fraher at Oval Park. Ayerza took part in the session alongside Tigers team-mates Matt Cornwell and George ChuterBy Alan PeareyFIVE LEAGUE games to go and there are signs that the performance makeover being applied to Kettering RFC is taking effect. An heroic 19-14 win over high-flying Peterborough Lions brought relief for our Save Your Season winners, who are lying in tenth place in Midlands One East.The victory follows a skills session at Leicester Tigers that will be long remembered by the amateur Blues players. Test forwards George Chuter and Marcos Ayerza were on hand to give advice on scrummaging and throwing, ex-England Saxons lock Richard Blaze took charge of the lineout and breakdown, and Tigers utility back Mark Cornwell passed on some kicking tips to the boys with the tee.Overseeing the session was ex-Ireland fly-half Paul Burke, who was impressed by the visitors. “Your attitude was excellent,” he told them. “At Leicester we spend a shed-load of time working on core skills because if they’re not up to scratch you won’t improve. Catch and pass, breakdown, presenting the ball – do these things well and you’ll enjoy your rugby and start winning. Hopefully you’ll take something out of this session that will save your season.”A full report on Kettering’s trip to Oval Park, plus some guidance on protein needs for rugby from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, features in the April issue of Rugby World.Hot on its heels is an equally instructive session with the performance department at Northampton, whose advanced practices leave most other clubs standing. TAGS: Leicester TigersNorthampton Saints LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Blues players were put to the test in the gym during an exacting afternoon with four Saints stars and performance director Nick Johnston. It culminated in a ten-activity muscular endurance circuit that will make you wince!Find out more about that, and why Samu Manoa had everyone cracking up when using the leg-drive machine, in the May issue of Rugby World.For training videos and expert advice that can help you develop your own game, see saveyourseason.co.uklast_img read more

U19 player slots a mammoth 80m+ kick at training

first_imgMonday Jul 28, 2014 U19 player slots a mammoth 80m+ kick at training With the wind behind him, Cheetahs Under 19 player Gerrie Labuschagne slotted this unbelievable kick from at least 80m out in Bloemfontein, South Africa recently.Firm under foot and using the wind to his advantage, the youngster appeared to get the distance with ease, much to the delight of his team mates.See more unbelievable bits of rugby action in our See it to Believe it sectionADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it , Training Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe 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

iBid Events bring auction technology to small charities

first_img  97 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 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. iBid Events bring auction technology to small charities Advertisementcenter_img Although silent auction specialists iBid Events have helped raise over £20 million in 12 months at 650 charity events, the charities that benefit have mostly been medium to large organisations that can afford to pay for a live interactive charity auction.Smaller charities, however, have not benefited, even though they run many fundraising events themselves.That has now changed because iBid has developed a Single Page App (SPA) which makes the company’s technology available on a self-service basis. Smaller charities and even individuals can use the iBid Mobile to add an interactive auction to their fundraising events, at a considerably lower price than it would cost them to pay iBid to set up and run the event themselves.Small charity auctionsScreenshots of iBid LiteCharities using iBid Lite give guests or event participants a website URL via text, email or on the night of the event. They can use this to view and bid on lot items, receive notifications if they are outbid, pay for items they win once the auction has closed, make a donation to the cahrity, promote the auction to wider audience through social media, and explore information about the event, charity and sponsors.Charities can grant access to guest before the event to help get the bidding started before the event, to maximise the amount raised.In fact, charities do not even have to run a physical event to use iBid Mobile: they can use it simply to run an online auction.Back-end for charitiesiBid Mobile is a “mobile version of the full iBid product”, according to the company. As such, it provides the charity with a back-end event management system (EMS), so that it can present the auction content in the style of its own brand, set up multiple events, update lot items, and receive live reports throughout the auction on the amount being raised. Tagged with: Events mobile silent auction small charities Howard Lake | 28 January 2015 | Newslast_img read more

Corporate charity partnerships for June 2015

first_img Tagged with: charity of the year corporate  8. Home Retail Group and Macmillan Cancer SupportMacmillan nurse Joanne Merritt helped launch the charity’s partnership with Home Retail Group.Retailer Home Retail Group raised £156,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support during their new charity partnership launch month in March. The cancer charity was chosen as the company’s new charity partner by staff at Argos, Homebase and Habitat.The partnership’s target is to raise £3 million over two years.To launch the partnership, Home Retail Group took part in a ‘Go Mad, Go Green, Go Macmillan’ event on 27 March with each store aiming to raise £27 to ‘Power an Hour’ of Macmillan nurses’ support.9. Silverstone and Variety, the Children’s CharityVariety, the Children’s Charity, is partnering with Silverstone (the home of British Motor Racing), to create a very special day of Formula 1 (F1) racing, rock ‘n’ roll and magic – featuring Dynamo and The John Illsley Band.The event, on Friday 3rd July, starts with breakfast at 8.00am, followed by Grand Prix practice racing before lunch. In the afternoon, Dynamo will entertain guests with a magic show and, as the evening approaches, John Illsley, founding member of Dire Straits, will perform songs with his band.Main photo: Chains – by Neamov on Shutterstock.com 3. Dockers and Walking With the Wounded and Combat StressHugh Grant supporting Flannels for HeroesClothing company Dockers® is expanding its support for Combat Stress and Walking With the Wounded this year by donating 20% of sales from certain items on dockers.com and from its Pop-Up store in London (4-20 June).In addition it is supporting the Dockers® Flannels for Heroes 2015 event on 19 June. This cricket match and summer garden party was conceived in 2010 by four people including actor Hugh Grant. This year “a number of surprise names from the big screen [will be] donning their cricket flannels to take part”.It will be held at Burton Court, within the grounds of Sir Christopher Wren’s Royal Hospital in Chelsea.4. Briggs Equipment and Parkinson’s UKFollowing its adoption of Parkinson’s UK as its charity of the year for 2014/15, Staffordshire-based materials handling specialist Briggs Equipment has raised and handed over £14,000 for the charity.Briggs Equipment’s workforce has spent the year organising a series of activities to raise money. Cake baking, golf days, raffles, plant sales and ‘dress down’ days were among the many events organised, while staff also sponsored colleagues taking part in cycle rides and marathons.Following a company-wide vote Briggs Equipment will be supporting The Prince’s Trust in 2015/16. The company is a patron of the youth charity, having pledged £100,000 over a five-year period to help give disadvantaged young people the practical and financial support they need to move into work, education or training.5. Iceland Foods and The Children’s Food TrustThe Children’s Food Trust is set to help vulnerable young people across the UK live healthier, more independent lives with support from Iceland Foods Charitable Foundation.Iceland staff will be fundraising throughout the next year to support the charity’s work with children in foster care and residential homes, teaching the importance of nutritious food and providing hands-on cookery skills.6. Luke’s Organic and British Red CrossProfits from the sales of Luke’s Himalayan pink sea salt brown rice chips, produced by Luke’s Organic, are being donated to the British Red Cross for their work with disaster relief.The food company’s founder Luke was diagnosed with coeliac disease when he was seven years old. The food his company makes is therefore gluten-free. Packs cost £2.49.7. Deloitte and Alzheimer’s Society, Mind and Prostate Cancer UKDeloitte’s Charity Challenge 2015 begins this week and will involve 246 Deloitte staff, including 24 partners, undertake four challenges across four continents in an effort to raise £1 million for charity partners Alzheimer’s Society, Mind and Prostate Cancer UK. The challenges include climbing Kilimanjaro, completing a tri-x in Borneo, climbing Mulhacen in mainland Spain and scaling one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Cotopaxi in Ecuador.Claire Burton, head of corporate responsibility at Deloitte, said:“In 2013, at the start of our charity partnership with Alzheimer’s Society, Mind and Prostate Cancer UK, we pledged to raise £2 million in three years. The Charity Challenge will be Deloitte’s largest and most exciting fundraising event to date and will add to the £1.5 million we have already raised.“However, traditional fundraising is only one of the ways in which we aim to support our charity partners. We have also supported the charities through volunteering or pro-bono work in areas such as analytics, finance and project management.” Here is our round-up of the latest corporate fundraising partnerships, successes, charity of the year agreements and other developments in corporate fundraising.1. SPAR UK and NSPCCSPAR UK has raised £493,325 for the NSPCC in 2014/15.SPAR UK has raised £493,325 for the NSPCC in 2014/15, helping to support the work carried out by the ChildLine Schools Service. SPAR has raised almost £4,500,000 since the partnership began in 2006.2. Arsenal Foundation and Save the ChildrenThe Arsenal Foundation has raised £1 million for its global charity partner Save the Children.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVNjAApTwvA[/youtube] AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Corporate charity partnerships for June 2015center_img Howard Lake | 16 June 2015 | News 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. 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Authorities arrest one of Akbar Ganji’s lawyers

first_imgNews August 2, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities arrest one of Akbar Ganji’s lawyers News Against his will, Ganji was put on a drip at his wife’s request on 29 July. But he has been refusing a drip for the past 24 hours. Despite his deteriorating state of health, he continues to post virulent attacks on the government on the Internet which many observers think are undermining his chances of being released.Ganji has so far refused to request his release himself, as required by Iranian law. At the same time, his lawyers have been unable to visit him for several days in order to try to persuade him to change his mind.Ayatollah Sharoudi, the head of the Iranian judiciary, said on 31 July that Ganji alone was responsible for his current plight. Sharoudi previously refused to relieve Mortazavi of responsibility for the case.The judicial authorities have so far rejected any possibility of early release for Ganji despite appeals from the international community. IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Reporters Without Borders today called on the Iranian judicial authorities to explain why defence lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani has been secretly detained since 30 July. He is one of the lawyers representing imprisoned journalist Akbar Ganji, now on the 51st day of a hunger strike, and the family of photographer Zahra Kazemi, who died in police custody.”Soltani’s arrest will inevitably arouse suspicions as it comes at a very crucial moment,” the press freedom organisation said. “If it is established that he was detained on a false pretext with the deliberate aim of removing him from the Ganji and Kazemi cases, it will show that these cases have upset sectors of the judiciary controlled by the ultra-conservatives.”A co-founder of the Centre for Advocates of Human Rights along with Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, Soltani was arrested at the behest of Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi, who was responsible for Ganji’s conviction.His arrest, which took place three days after a search of his home, was carried out by an unidentified group of armed men – possibly the agents of a revolutionary tribunal – who bundled him into a car and drove him away to an unknown location. At the time of his arrest, he was staging a sit-in at the Tehran bar association to protest against an arrest warrant issued against him. Since then he has reportedly been held in a part of Evin prison called section 209, which is set aside for intelligence purposes.His arrest is likely to demoralise not only Ganji but also his other lawyers, who now also face the possibility of arrest. Ebadi said: “If lawyers are treated like this, no one will be prepared any more to defend people accused of political or ideological crimes.”As a member of the Centre for Advocates of Human Rights, Soltani is also one of the lawyers acting in the case of Kazemi, the photojournalist with dual Canadian and Iranian citizenship who died in custody two years ago. The case is once again before an Iranian court and Soltani’s arrest is also likely to unsettle all the lawyers trying to shed light on her death.Iranian judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimi-Rad claimed that Soltani was arrested in the case of “nuclear spies” for whom he has been acting. Soltani has talked about “confidential issues of nuclear spies inside and outside the country,” Karimi-Rad alleged.Iran last year announced the arrest of a dozen people on suspicion of spying on Iran’s nuclear programme for the United States and Israel. The detainees have since been referred to as “nuclear spies.”Akbar Ganji’s 51st day on hunger strike March 18, 2021 Find out more February 25, 2021 Find out more Organisation June 9, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalistslast_img read more

Calls for council to review how it allocates Housing Adaptation Grants

first_img Twitter Calls for council to review how it allocates Housing Adaptation Grants By News Highland – May 14, 2014 Facebook Pinterest Google+ News Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleBuncrana based ICARE gets funding boost for new premisesNext articleKFO expects significant compensation payments after 11 vessel owners win safety tonnage appeal News Highland Facebook WhatsApp Twittercenter_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Donegal County Council is being asked to review its eligibility criteria for Housing Adaptation Grants.The issue was raised in the Letterkenny Town Council chamber by Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle, who said officials in Lifford apply a list of illnesses, and if an applicant does not have one of those conditions, their application is rejected.He claimed other councils make decisions based on the recommendations of consultants, GPs and Occupational Therapists.Cllr Dessie Larkin, who chairs the Donegal Housing Strategic Policy Committee said discretion is applied in cases of need. However, Cllr Mc Monagle says that’s not enough:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/gmac1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North last_img read more

Take Precautions To Avoid & Prevent Disclosure Of Rape Victim’s Identity Even Indirectly: Bombay High Court Issues Directions For Media, Public & Courts

first_imgNews UpdatesTake Precautions To Avoid & Prevent Disclosure Of Rape Victim’s Identity Even Indirectly: Bombay High Court Issues Directions For Media, Public & Courts Sparsh Upadhyay31 Jan 2021 12:10 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court (Aurangabad bench) recently issued additional guidelines to restrain print/electronic media as well general public, using social media, from publishing information related to Rape victim that could “directly or indirectly” disclose her identity. The Bench of Justice T. V. Nalawade & Justice M. G. Sewlikar was hearing the plea of one Sangita (the mother of…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?LoginThe Bombay High Court (Aurangabad bench) recently issued additional guidelines to restrain print/electronic media as well general public, using social media, from publishing information related to Rape victim that could “directly or indirectly” disclose her identity. The Bench of Justice T. V. Nalawade & Justice M. G. Sewlikar was hearing the plea of one Sangita (the mother of a rape victim) who sought direction to the Print and Electronic Media that the name or identity of the rape victim should not be disclosed. Petitioner’s submission The Petitioner stated before the Court that despite having the provisions under Section 228-A of the Indian Penal Code and despite having the directions been issued by the Supreme Court in the case of Nipun Saxena and another Vs. Union of India and others reported in (2019) 2 SCC 703, the Print and Electronic Media are publishing the details of the crime (involving her daughter) in such a manner that the identity of the victim is invariably disclosed. The petitioner also alleged that because of the offence of rape, the victim suffers physical and mental trauma and publication of the news thereby disclosing the identity of the victim, causes severe mental agony to the victim. Court’s Observations At the outset, the Court underlined that the victim of sex offence undergoes not only physical trauma but also mental trauma. She has to undergo these agonies for no fault of hers. The Court further noted that Section 228-A of the Indian Penal Code mandates that the identity of the victim in offences under Sections 376, 376-A, 376-B, 376-C, 376-D or 376-E Of Indian Penal Code should not be disclosed. Taking into account the guidelines issued by the Apex Court in Nipun Saxena and another Vs. Union of India and others reported in (2019) 2 SCC 703, the Court observed, “Despite issuance of these guidelines, the Print Media and Electronic Media are reporting these offences in such a manner that the identity of the victim is established directly or indirectly” [NOTE: In Nipun Saxena Case (supra) the Supreme Court had issued important directives to protect privacy and reputation of victims of rape crimes. The bench comprising Justice Madan B. Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta had issued 9 important directives.] Importantly, the Bombay High Court observed that without mentioning the name of the victim, the identity of the victim can be established by giving the details as regards the name of parents of the victim or other relations of the victim, relation of the accused with the victim, residential address of the accused and the victim and other details. Underlining that in such cases, the media should act with circumspection and is expected to observe restraint, the Court remarked, “Publishing news item in detail thereby disclosing identity of the victim itself indicates that the media does not observe self-restraint. We do not mean to say that the media does it deliberately. But in their zeal to publish the news item fast, appropriate care is not taken in some cases and the news is reported by which the victim’s identity becomes known to the readers/viewers.” Guidelines Issued by the Court To avoid disclosure of identity of victim the Court, in addition to the directions of the Supreme Court in Nipun Saxena (supra), the Court issued some directions to the print media, the electronic media, the people using social media such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Internet, Twitter etc. The Court directed that the print media, the electronic media, the people using social media such as WhatsApp, Facebook, Internet, Twitter etc. while giving information/circulating information relating to offences under section 376, 376-A, 376-B, 376-C, 376-D or 376-E of the Indian Penal Code and the offences under Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, shall not publish/disclose following information in such a manner that the victim will be identified directly or indirectly: – The names of the parents or relatives of the victim.Relation of the accused with the victim. Residential/occupational/work address of the accused and the victim and the village at which the victim and/ or accused live.Occupation of the parents or other relations of the victim and place of work of the victim and accused /their parents or any other relative in such a manner that the victim will be identified. If the victim is a student, name of the school or college or any other educational institution or private coaching class or classes which the victim has joined for pursuing her hobbies such as music, drawing, dance, stitching, cooking etc. vi) Details of family background of the victim. Guidelines for trial proceedings Further, the Court observed that while framing charge, mentioning name of the victim should be avoided. Instead, he/she should be referred to as ‘X’ or any other alphabet the Court deems fit and proper. The Court further directed, “While recording evidence, if the witness mentions the name of the victim, the Court shall record that ‘the witness stated the name of the victim but to conceal her identity, her name is not recorded.’ And the victim should be referred to in the same manner as is done during the framing of charge.” Importantly, the Court directed that if the witness is a victim, his/her name should not be disclosed while recording evidence. Her name, place of residence, age, occupation shall be kept in a sealed cover and in the name column, she can be referred in the same manner described while framing charge keeping the address column, occupation column blank. The Court further directed that the same procedure should be followed while recording statement under section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. “While recording statement under section 313 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, the Court shall refer the victim in the manner she is referred to while framing charge”, the Court said. Also, while forwarding remand report to the Magistrate or to the court dealing with remand, the Court directed that mentioning of name of the victim should be avoided and instead, she should be referred as ‘X’ or any other alphabet the Investigating Officer deems ft and proper. Lastly, the Court expressed its hope that the electronic media will show restraint in holding interviews of the victims and/or their relatives and would take all precautions to avoid and prevent disclosure of the identity of the victim. In view of above directions, instant Public Interest Litigation was disposed of. The Registrar (Judicial) was directed to bring these directions to the notice of: The Registrar General of this Court for circulating to all the subordinate Courts; the Principal Secretary, Home Department, Government of Maharashtra; the Principal Secretary & R.L.A., Law and Judiciary Department; the Secretary, Indian Broadcasting Foundation, New Delhi and, the Secretary, Press Council of India, New Delhi Case Title – Sangita v. The State of Maharashtra [Criminal Public Interest Litigation No. 1 of 2016] Click Here To Download JudgmentRead JudgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

America’s adversaries continue to stoke online misinformation: DHS

first_imgGwengoat/iStockBy LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN and JOSH MARGOLIN, ABC News(NEW YORK) — After a year that saw foreign governments trying to interfere with U.S. elections and cause chaos amid a pandemic, America’s adversaries continue to try to weaken the nation by stoking divisions on issues ranging from the COVID-19 vaccine to the Jan. 6 siege, a new intelligence bulletin obtained by ABC News warns.The “Weekly Media Manipulation Snapshot,” as the document is called, was penned in early February by analysts in the Department of Homeland Security’s intelligence branch. It describes an “overview of sociopolitical topics and narratives amplified by likely Russian, Chinese, and Iranian malign influence actors in state media and proxy websites.”All three governments have long denied interfering in American elections or engaging in cybercrimes targeting the U.S.Yet the bulletin reported that the trio of foreign states is using a mix of online misinformation and favorable news narratives rooted in fact to further polarize American audiences online.Darrell Blocker, a former senior CIA officer, said the strategy of online information warfare reflects a long-standing push to exert influence over Americans.“Foreign interference in U.S. government affairs has been evasive and expansive for decades, particularly from Russia/Soviet Republics, China and Iran,” said Blocker, an ABC News contributor. “The internet, however, has allowed these adversaries to weaponize and tailor their disinformation campaigns against specific audiences and obfuscate their roles like never before.”The wide array of subjects targeted by the Russians, Chinese and Iranians mentioned in the February bulletin — including the economy, diplomatic spats, health care, and censorship — indicates that the online information sphere remains a strategic battlefield for America’s foes.Russian actors, for example, have focused their online activity on “election-related issues,” the report notes, including social media censorship of conservatives, Trump’s second impeachment trial, and political polarization in Congress and across the country.The Iranians have targeted “narratives that further Tehran’s foreign policy objectives,” promoting online commentary such as, “The United States should be the first to recommit to [nuclear agreement] obligations,” according to the bulletin.China, said the report, has sought to “shape U.S. public and leadership perceptions of issues critical to Beijing,” including dire warnings about a hypothetical “China-U.S. confrontation” and issues surrounding Taiwan and Xinjiang.While each of the three actors have prioritized political topics that would seem to bolster their strategic positioning against the U.S. and its allies, Russia, China and Iran also seek to capitalize on misinformation or news narratives surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout.Moscow’s proxies have promoted articles and commentary that propose that “U.S. COVID-19 vaccines are ineffective” and that “Russia is successfully distributing the Sputnik V vaccine abroad,” according to the bulletin. For Tehran, an effort has been made to promote content supporting the notion that “Iranian vaccines such as Razi COV-Pars, are safe and effective against COVID variants.”The bulletin omits any mention of Beijing’s interest in manipulating narratives surrounding the vaccine — but notes their focus on the genesis of the pandemic. The Chinese have promoted narratives about U.S. mismanagement of the pandemic and bolstered the unsubstantiated theory that “COVID-19 may have crossed national borders to reach the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan.”The broad array of misinformation and narratives being used by foreign adversaries since President Joe Biden’s inauguration follows a political season riddled with similar online influence operations.Earlier this month, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released its highly anticipated report on foreign meddling in the 2020 election, with troubling determinations about the methods used by Russia and Iran to exert their will on voters in November.The report concluded that Russian President Vladimir Putin oversaw sweeping efforts aimed at “denigrating” Biden’s candidacy, and Iran sought to “undercut” then-President Donald Trump’s reelection bid.China, the report found, did not seek to interfere in the election — despite warnings from the Trump administration prior to November’s vote that it was China, not Russia, that posed a greater threat.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

First Choice Holidays

first_img Comments are closed. Clare Fuller, then at the design consultancy Enterprise IG, was directly involved in the rebranding process. “Owners Abroad had grown rapidly mainly through acquisition and had lost direction,” she explains. “The staff were confused uncomfortable about their future – it’s hard to give someone a good time if you’re worried about your job.”Enterprise IG worked together with the travel company’s advertising agency to create a more vibrant new name and new image. They also initiated a series of internal launches to educate staff as to what the company stood for, its aspirations, objectives and public persona. “The basic idea was to bring colour to the company, to make it bright and happy and evocative of a holiday,” says Fuller. Next to the crude and uninteresting competition, the light, bright relaunch as First Choice Holidays was deemed quite radical. However, many rival operators – including Thompson and Airtours – have rebranded since then.There’s no denying it’s colourful. The pictoral, slightly childlike, logo has a palette of five colours – blue, yellow, pink, turquoise and white – with the company name in an inviting sea blue. It depicts a sun, a flower, sea, sky and, depending on how you look at it, a beach or range of mountains. It’s fun and breezy – just what you’d hope for from a holiday – but there is a certain gravitas in the choice of typeface, which reassures customers of the company’s experience and professionalism. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article First Choice HolidaysOn 27 Jun 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more