Vedanta in talks to buy Indian oil firm

first_imgThursday 12 August 2010 7:46 pm VEDANTA Resources is in talks to buy part of Cairn Energy’s Indian spin-off oil firm, both companies confirmed yesterday. Vedanta is already focused on mining in India, but is keen to move into oil and gas operations in the country. Aberdeen-based Cairn, which has a 62.37 per cent stake in Mumbai-listed Cairn India, emphasised in a statement that “there can be no certainty the contemplated disposal will occur or, as to the terms of any such disposal”.Cairn India is the fourth-largest oil and gas company in the country, and was valued at £8.92bn at the close of trading yesterday, valuing Cairn Energy’s stake at £5.56bn.“The big question now is how big this stake is going to be and how are they going to structure the deal,” said Liam Fitzpatrick, an analyst at Credit Suisse. “It will probably be more of a minority interest,” he said, noting that Vedanta is already relatively highly geared.Other analysts voiced concerns about the possible purchase. “A move into oil would be a very strange shift away from Vedanta’s core business of developing mines and smelters,” analysts at Credit Suisse said in a note. They added: “We therefore struggle to see any strategic fit or synergies.” Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofThe Truth About Bottled Water – Get the Facts on Drinking Bottled WaterGayot whatsapp whatsapp KCS-content Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Vedanta in talks to buy Indian oil firm last_img read more

Forget a Cash ISA! I’d rather try to get rich with these FTSE 100 stocks

first_img Royston Wild | Friday, 29th May, 2020 | More on: AHT DGE Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Forget a Cash ISA! I’d rather try to get rich with these FTSE 100 stocks Now, I’m not saying that Cash ISAs are a guaranteed way to destroy your wealth. I’m saying that they are a recipe of disaster for those looking to retire in comfort if used in the wrong way.Interest rates on these products have long disappointed. At best they’ve offered an interest rate of just 1.5% (for instant access products) in the past year. These levels look positively heady, however, when you consider the levels that Britain’s banks and building societies have recently cut them to. Most Cash ISAs now offer savers next to nothing. And things promise to get worse should the Bank of England keep on slashing its benchmark rate.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…No-notice Cash ISAs are a brilliant way to temporarily stash your cash before investing it elsewhere. They are also a great place to put ‘emergency funds’ you might need to draw upon at a moment’s notice. They have, however, no large part to play in a sensible investment strategy. Not, at least, for those looking to make big returns on their money.Better than a Cash ISAI’d much rather put my money to work with FTSE 100 shares. Sure, the world might be on the brink of a long and shocking recession. But there remain many stocks I’d rather put my money in than in a ‘low risk’ product like a Cash ISA.Ashtead Group (LSE: AHT) is one of these. It’s a share that I myself own, and one which I regret not buying into sooner. It’s likely that rental demand for its construction could suffer in the near term. But it has spent a fortune on acquisitions over the past decade to bolster its geographic and operational footprints and, as a consequence, its market share. This should allow it to outperform the broader industry during these tough times.What’s more, this well-run Footsie business is also cash rich so investors don’t need to worry about things going pear shaped. Ashtead’s share price exploded 3,000% from the beginning of 2008 to the start of 2020. This was in spite of the global banking crisis that emerged during the period. And I am confident the company will continue to surge in value over the next decade and beyond, despite the economic trouble that the Covid-19 breakout may cause.Another Footsie starI’d also happily buy shares in Diageo (LSE: DGE) instead of putting my money in a Cash ISA. Alcohol is one of the more resilient product categories when broader consumer spending comes under pressure. This means that this particular FTSE 100 stock retains a solid profits outlook for the next decade.Recent data from Statista suggested that global alcohol sales would rise by high-single-digit percentages between 2020 and 2023. It was a projection underpinned by expectations of strong demand in emerging economies, regions in which Diageo has a considerable presence. The coronavirus outbreak, and the subsequent shuttering of bars and restaurants, means that these estimates look set to topple. But beverage sales, and with them revenues at the FTSE 100 business, should start to tick up again with restrictions being eased across the world. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Royston Wild owns shares of Ashtead Group and Diageo. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Royston Wild Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Stock market rally! Here are 2 FTSE 250 shares I’ve been buying for the next bull run

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. Paul Summers | Saturday, 21st November, 2020 | More on: MONY VCT Stock market rally! Here are 2 FTSE 250 shares I’ve been buying for the next bull run I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Paul Summers owns shares of Moneysupermarket.com and Victrex. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Moneysupermarket.com and Victrex. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! With promising coronavirus vaccines continuing to hit the headlines, stock markets have been rallying strongly in November. Today, I’m covering two FTSE 250 shares I’ve been adding as part of my own buying spree.FTSE 250 contrarian playLike most in the market, online price comparison site Moneysupermarket.com (LSE: MONY) hasn’t had the easiest 2020 so far. In its most recent update, the FTSE 250 member revealed a 16% decline in revenue over Q3, due to travel restrictions and banks pulling products from the market.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…But let’s not get distracted by a temporary period of troublesome trading — Moneysupermarket still ticks many boxes on a quality-focused investing checklist:Sky-high returns on capital employed? Check.Huge operating margins? Check.A strong brand? Check.Net cash on the balance sheet? Check (£5m).Still paying dividends? Check.In addition to all this, Moneysupermarket should benefit from a rush for travel insurance when people start flying again. Even those that aren’t so inclined to travel will still be wanting to use the site to save money on monthly bills. Could I make greater gains buying battered travel and leisure stocks? Quite possibly. The issue with this strategy, however, is that many of these simply aren’t very good businesses when it comes to making money for their shareholders. And, as Warren Buffett would surely attest, it’s the quality of a business that really matters in the long run.Assuming things do get back to normal next year, Moneysupermarket shares trade at 17 times forecast FY21 earnings. That still looks great value to me, considering the five-year average PE of 22.Down but not outA second battered FTSE 250 stock I’ve bought more of in November is high-performance polymer supplier Victrex (LSE: VCT). Like Moneysupermarket, recent trading hasn’t been great, due to the chaos caused by the coronavirus.Last month’s update spoke of end markets remaining “subdued” after sales volume and revenue fell 26% (to 695 tonnes) and 27% (to £55,7m) respectively in Q4. Job cuts will help mitigate the company’s high fixed costs, but it’s hardly the sort of news to make investors bullish. There’s also Brexit to ponder.As negative as this sounds, Victrex remains a classy operator. Let’s look at some of the attractions: High returns on capital employed? Check.High operating margins? Check.Operating in multiple industries. Check.A market leader in what it does? Check.Lots of net cash on the balance sheet? Check (£67.4m).Dividends? Check (a dividend for FY2020 is expected).Growth opportunities? Check.Thanks to its exposure to the aerospace industry, I also think Victrex is another good ‘picks and shovels’ play on the recovery in travel. Tapping into the growing trend for green investments, the company’s lightweight thermoplastics help make aircraft more fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly.Play the long gameNaturally, big gains won’t come overnight. As an investor however, it pays to distinguish between short-term hurdles and game-changing problems. The coronavirus, I submit, is the former.A valuation of 24 times forecast earnings does look dear, given current headwinds, but this should reduce as profits recover over the next couple of years. Just like star UK fund manager Terry Smith, I think price is of secondary importance compared to buying a great company with solid growth prospects. This belief certainly hasn’t adversely affected the performance of his Fundsmith Equity Fund.Victrex’s eventual rebound should be worth the wait.   Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Paul Summers I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

One Year to Go until Rugby World Cup 2015 Kickoff

first_imgThursday Sep 18, 2014 One Year to Go until Rugby World Cup 2015 Kickoff Today mark’s one year to go until Rugby World Cup 2015 kicks off, so to celebrate the upcoming tournament, Land Rover caught up with a number of stars from the sporting and rugby worlds to find out what they plan to achieve in the next twelve months.Players invovled were Mike Tindall, Andrea Masi, Clive Woodward, Jonny Wilkinson and George Gregan, to name a few. “This time next year” is the line they led with, and it produced some interesting answers, and a few that fans will be pleased to hear.Wilkinson, renowned for the discipline that he put into his training regimes, declares he “will not be so obsessive”, while former England teammate Mike Tindall “might have a straight nose.”Moody, already boasting a head of golden flowing locks, vows “to have grown one of the world’s most horrendous mullets!” by the time the tournament kicks off on 18th September 2015. Also featuring in the video are Olympic Gold medallist Denise Lewis, who wishes to learn a sentence of Mandarin, long distance runner Ashley Varley and George Gregan, himself a RWC winner with Australia in 1999, who simply vows to be in London for the tournament (while quoting Snatch).As a Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2015, Land Rover is building on its long term commitment to the Game both in the UK and around the world which includes Premiership Rugby in England, as well as sponsorship of the Super 14 in France, the ACT Brumbies in Australia and the Stormers and Western Province in South Africa. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… 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: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart 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

Supporters of fired Colombian workers confront GM

first_imgProtest in Detroit at General Motors shareholders’ meeting in solidarity with Colombian GM workers.Photo: Frank HammerDetroit — For nearly two years members of Asotrecol — the Association of Injured Workers and Ex-workers of General Motors Colmotores — have been living in tents outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia. They are still demanding justice for workers who were fired after they were injured on the job in GM’s Colombian plant. After they were fired, GM denied that their injuries were work-related, making them ineligible for workers’ compensation.From September 2012 until March of this year, Asotrecol President Jorge Parra resided in Detroit, trying in vain to meet with GM executives to resolve the situation. When he returned to Colombia, his many supporters here vowed to continue to work in solidarity with Asotrecol.On June 6, a group of activists, most of them rank-and-file union members, demonstrated outside GM world headquarters here during GM’s annual shareholder meeting. Huge letters on poster board spelled out a message that could not be clearer: “GM: workers are not disposable.” The protest received many honks of support and widespread media coverage.Asotrecol sent the following message to the protest:“Dear Compañeros,“It is a great great joy for us to know that we can count on your help and support, to know that even though our countries are separated by far distances, we are united by the same needs and the same dreams of a world that is more just.“We want to let you know that we have been camped in front of the U.S. Embassy for 674 days, 22 months now, in a permanent occupation that has involved many tough days, as you can understand, with many dreams and hopes. Our fellow workers currently inside GM Colmotores enjoy great benefits from what we have been able to achieve together, and your role from the U.S. has been key in this struggle.“GM in Colombia has begun to make big changes that would be impossible to imagine if not for our struggle based on our humble but firm conviction of enforcing our rights. Today we are hopeful that the U.S. Embassy in Colombia will fulfill the commitment it has made to intervene very soon.“Today more than ever, we beseech you brothers and sisters, fellow workers in the U.S., to help us maintain the pressure through all these beautiful protests and expressions of support, like today’s, that are ultimately our only weapon of pressure and justice in getting GM to do right.“Compañeros, beyond that, we wish to express, in our name and in that of our families, our deepest thanks and infinite admiration for your solidarity and the affection that you have always shown us. God Bless you all, brothers and sisters.“Fraternally, Asotrecol — SOLIDARITY HAS NO BORDERS.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Two journalists gunned down two days apart in Punjab

first_img Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire October 10, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists gunned down two days apart in Punjab PakistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Pakistan PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder January 28, 2021 Find out more News Organisation News Some of these attacks have been claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan, which said it was acting to combat the negative coverage it was getting from Express News and other media.But it is not just terrorists and gunmen that go after news media that tackle sensitive stories. Four Urdu-language newspapers including the Express were the target of a judicial investigation launched in April 2013 under the anti-terrorism law.Pakistan is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Nadeem Haider, a reporter for the Urdu-language Daily Dunya, was gunned down in the Kaliki Mandi area of Hafizabad on 3 October by two men who then fled. Yaqoob Shehzad, a reporter for the Express News and Daily Express newspapers and president of the Hafizabad Press Club, was slain on 5 October.Although both journalists were clearly targeted, they had not had received any prior threats, their families say. Reporters Without Borders condemns the mounting death toll in Pakistan, which is one of the world’s deadliest countries for media personnel. The police are investigating the killings but have yet to identify those responsible.So far, the police have arrested a suspect in the Haider case. They have also produced facial composites of four suspects with the help of witnesses, and have recovered video recordings of Shehzad’s murder from security cameras.“We take note of the initial actions of the police,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“Given the impunity usually enjoyed by those who kill Pakistani journalists, we urge the authorities to deploy all available resources in order to successfully complete these investigations. The effect of two more unpunished murders on Pakistan’s media profession would be dramatic and would lead to even more self-censorship.”Concern is growing about the climate of violence, one that is regularly punctuated by death threats, bombings and shootings and affects journalists, other media employees and families alike.The Express media group’s offices were attacked in August and December 2013, while many of its employees have been the targets of threats and shootings. Jamshed Baghwan, the Express News bureau chief in Peshawar, has been the target of three bombing attempts, the latest in July.center_img Two more journalists have been killed in Pakistan, bringing the number murdered since 28 August to four. The latest victims were gunned down two days apart in Hafizabad, in the southern province of Punjab. News June 2, 2021 Find out more April 21, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en Receive email alerts News to go further Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalistslast_img read more

Recommendations on the right to be forgotten By La Quadrature du Net and Reporters Without Borders

first_img Help by sharing this information to go further Recommendations- Base arbitration between the right to privacy and freedom of expression on common law provisions or, when appropriate, on respect for the guarantees applicable to media rights, and not on special privacy rights.- As part of the negotiations under way on European regulation of privacy, extend the exception for journalism to all editorial content and information of public interest and restrict application of the right to be forgotten under article 17 to personal data put online by the individual himself.- Pending the adoption of European regulations, establish a moratorium on measures based on this special right that restrict freedom of expression and the right to information. Or otherwise adopt interim measures that fully respect freedom of expression.- At the European level, consider complementing the rules on protection of privacy with legislation that protects freedom of expression, above all in order to reconcile these two fundamental rights.2. The role of search engines in access to à informationBy interpreting the concept of “controller of the personal data” broadly, the EUCJ has extended it to search engine operators and has put private sector companies in charge of handling requests for the deletion of links in search engine results.The EUCJ’s decision seems to stem from a conservative and erroneous vision of the Internet and what search engines do. At no point did the court mention the role of search engines in gathering information and their contribution to freedom of expression. Instead it limited itself to stressing the dangers resulting from the “important role played by the Internet and search engines in modern society, which render the information contained in such a list of results ubiquitous.”While the Internet and search engines may indeed make it harder to protect privacy, they also play a very positive role from the viewpoint of freedom of expression. A recommendation on the protection of human rights in connection with search engines, adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 4 April 2012 ([Committee of Ministers, 4 April 2012, recommendation on protecting human rights in connection with search engines)], said: “search engines enable a worldwide public to seek, receive and impart information and ideas and other content in particular to acquire knowledge, engage in debate and participate in democratic processes.”France’s Council of State pointed out in a recent report that “removing links from search results affects the freedom of information of the website’s publisher by making the published information less accessible and thereby returning it to the pre-Internet situation.” ([Council of State, 2014 Annual Report. Digital technology and fundamental rights, p. 188)] Because of the role of search engines in facilitating access to editorial content and information of public interest, there are significant dangers involved in treating search engine operators as personal data “controllers.” It removes measures directly affecting online freedom of expression and information from the judicial domain and prevents sufficient account being taken of the different interests and rights in play.As EUCJ advocate-general Niilo Jääskinen said in a preliminary report on the Google Spain case, it would be absurd to hold search engines responsible for the personal data on the web pages to which their search results refer. He said: “If Internet search engine service providers were considered as controllers of the personal data on third-party source web pages and if on any of these pages there would be ‘special categories of data’ referred to in Article 8 of the Directive (e.g. personal data revealing political opinions or religious beliefs or data concerning the health or sex life of individuals), the activity of the Internet search engine service provider would automatically become illegal, when the stringent conditions laid down in that article for the processing of such data were not met.”For this reason, among others, search engine operators should not be regarded as the personal data “controllers.” The plaintiff must go to the source, asking the personal data “controller” to withdraw or correct the information that was posted online and was then indexed by the search engine. This also applies to links to content that is neither editorial in nature nor of public interest.Data protection agencies should nonetheless be empowered to order search engine operators to update their results. After getting a personal data “controller” to remove or correct content, individuals should be able to ask their national agency to order search engine operators to correct or suppress the relevant information in their web page excerpts or in their caches (in the same manner as courts have ordered search engines to remove links to illegal content). September 26, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Recommendations on the right to be forgotten By La Quadrature du Net and Reporters Without Borders Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia The European Union Court of Justice ruling of 13 May 2014 on a case brought by Google Spain highlighted the problems for the protection of freedom of expression and the right to information posed by the right to be removed from search engine results and, more broadly, the right to be forgotten. Privacy and freedom of expression are fundamental rights of equal value (articles 8 and 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and articles 8 and 11 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union). Whenever one conflicts with the other, a balance must be reached under a judge’s authority because, as a matter of principle, one cannot be given more importance than the other.The EUCJ ruling requires search engine operators such as Google to deal with requests by members of the public for removal from search engine results. Responsibility for a decision involving individual freedoms that should be handled by a court is thereby delegated in practice to a private sector company. This delegation of responsibility is all the more dangerous because the ruling is based on vague and general principles that provide no guarantee for freedom of expression.In response to the EUCJ ruling, Google established an advisory committee that is currently working on the formulation of more precise rules for search engine operators on how to respond to requests to be removed from results. The questions that Google is asking on how to strike a fair balance between the right to be removed from results and the public’s freedom of expression and information are perfectly legitimate, but the fact that a private sector company is posing these questions accentuates the growing trend to privatize the implementation of Internet regulation, and is therefore unacceptable. National data protection bodies such as France’s National Commission for Information Technology and Freedoms (CNIL) are meanwhile also working on the formulation of precise rules in response to the EUCJ’s ruling. But, in so doing, they are exceeding their powers. In the absence of sufficiently clear legislation, such government agencies have neither legitimacy nor competence for the formulation and application of rules designed to ensure a balance between the protection of privacy and freedom of expression.The response must therefore come from national and European legislators. It is their duty to establish a clear legal framework that takes full account of freedom of expression and is implemented by the courts.With this in mind, Reporters Without Borders and La Quadrature du Net jointly drafted this paper, which identifies points of concerns and makes recommendations designed to reconcile the right to privacy with freedom of expression in a reasonable manner under the aegis of the courts and not the private sector or government agencies. We now present them for debate.1. Misapplying the right to privacy to editorial content Organisation News Receive email alerts RSF_en In FranceThe regulations on the protection of privacy in a directive of 24 October 1995 have been applied to editorial content because they broadly define “data of a personal nature” as “any information concerning an identified or identifiable physical person,” although both article 9 of this directive and article 67 of the France’s Law on Information Technology and Freedoms say that an exception should be made for journalism.The right to privacy was already widely used under the CNIL’s supervision to curtail freedom of expression before the EUCJ ruling on the right to be removed from search engine results. This was made clear in a statement by CNIL president Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin: “Complaints involving the right to be forgotten are almost all honoured and the content is withdrawn. They concern comments in blogs, an unwanted photo or a court decision that someone wants suppressed.” ([Le Monde, 19 May 2014)] Use of the right to privacy to obtain the withdrawal of published content (through the right to objection and correction) constitutes an extremely dangerous circumvention of the Law of 29 July 1881 on media freedom (in particular, its procedural guarantees and its three-month time limit). The proposed privacy regulations currently under discussion in Brussels, which contain several provisions on the right to be forgotten, are liable to aggravate the problem.On the other hand, the vice-president of a Paris high court said in a ruling on 12 October 2009: “The constitutionally and conventionally guaranteed principle of freedom of expression forbids (…) any violation of the rules established by the Law of 6 January 1978, which is not one of the laws that was specially created to restrict this freedom in according with the second section of article 10 of the European Convention (on Human Rights).”Similarly, a Paris appeal court ruling of 26 February 2014 said that suppressing online links to an article may violate media freedom: “The court is of the view that forcing a media outlet to modify its online archive of articles (…) either by suppressing information itself, withdrawing surnames and first names of persons concerned by judicial decisions, thereby depriving the article of any interest, or by restricting access by modifying the usual online links, exceeds the restrictions that may be placed on media freedom.” News Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News 3. Defence rights and appropriate proceduresIn a democracy, it is not the role of private sector companies or even France’s CNIL (or its equivalent in other European countries) to determine the right balance between the protection of privacy and freedom of expression.In its decision on the Law on Confidence in the Digital Economy in 2004, France’s Constitutional Council said with reference to the withdrawal of online content by private sector companies: “determining whether a message is illegal can be delicate, even for a lawyer.” (Papers of the Constitutional Council, Comment on Decision No. 2004-496 DC of 10 June 2004, Papers of the Constitutional Council, No. 17, p. 4) This would also apply to search engine operators trying to determine whether search engine result deletions would restrict freedom of expression and the right to information. The publishers of online content have the right to a fair hearing if requests are made for the removal of links to their content, and this right cannot be respected if a private sector company is taking the decisions.Similarly, the authorities in charge of protecting privacy do not have the required competence or legitimacy for examining such requests and determining the limits that should be set on freedom of expression. As France’s Constitutional Council said in its ruling of 10 June 2009 on the HADOPI law, legislators cannot give a state agency, even an independent one, the power to restrict the right to express oneself freely.As this is about balancing fundamental rights, it can only be a judge, the guarantor of individual freedoms, who can perform the task of reaching a decision in a dispute, thereby also fully guaranteeing the right to a fair hearing.If some cases, the judge’s intervention could follow mediation aimed a reaching an out-of-court settlement of a dispute involving the right to be forgotten. In such mediation, both parties (the plaintiff who claims that his or her privacy has been violated and the publisher of the disputed content) should be able to defend their viewpoint and should be able to have legal representation.Finally, in the event that it is determined that freedom of expression was indeed abused in order to violate privacy, various types of measure should be envisaged. The EUCJ ruling refers only to deleting links from search engine results, but updating the disputed content, deleting only some of the information it contains, anonymization or use of pseudonyms may be more appropriate and proportionate, according to each case.Recommendations- In accordance with the principle of judicial protection for freedom of expression, ensure that only a judge has the power to reconcile freedom of expression and respect for privacy.- Consider creating a multiparty mediation entity that allows the parties to the dispute to reach an out-of-court settlement (with recourse to a judge clearly still being possible in the event of failure to reach an agreement).- Bear in mind that deleting links from search engine results is just one of several possible measures for reconciling freedom of expression with the right to privacy, and that updating the disputed content, deleting some of its information, anonymization or use of pseudonyms may prove more appropriate. Related documents recommendations_on_the_right_to_be_forgotten.pdfPDF – 198.41 KB June 7, 2021 Find out more En EuropeAt the European level, a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights on 16 July 2013 rejected a request by two Polish lawyers for the suppression of a newspaper article that had been deemed libellous by a Polish court but continued to be accessible on the newspaper’s website. Seeking a balance between the right to defend one’s reputation and the right to information, the European Court ruled that withdrawal of the article “would amount to censorship and to rewriting history.”These decisions bring welcome definition to the scope that should be given to the exception for journalism. Provisions on the protection of privacy should not affect freedom of expression. They should continue to be inapplicable to all editorial content and all information of public interest.Given a certain desire on the part of European Union member states to follow up on the EUCJ ruling by considerably reinforcing the right to be forgotten and the right to deletion, it is important to restrict these rights in order to protect freedom of expression. The rules must be amended to reinforce the exception for journalism by extending it to all editorial content and other information of public interest.After this legislative clarification has been enacted, reconciliation of the right to privacy and the freedom of expression can be done in a balanced manner under national and international law and the relevant jurisprudence (for example, in France, article 9 of the civil code or articles 226-1 and 226-2 of the penal code), while respecting the existing guarantees of freedom of expression (such as those in the 1881 media law). RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan June 8, 2021 Find out more Recommendations- Amend European personal data regulations to reflect the fact that search engines and other Internet “facilitators of access to information” are essential for exercising the right to information and provide links to editorial content and information of public interest and should therefore be covered by a broad interpretation of the exception for journalism and should not be regarded as personal data “controllers.”- In the case of links to personal data with no editorial content and no information of public interest, give data protection agencies the power to order search engine operators to update the information displayed in their results, while not treating them as personal data “controllers.” Europe – Central Asia Europe – Central Asia News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Serial shoplifter jailed for spate of Limerick thefts

first_imgAdvertisement Limerick Circuit CourtA SERIAL shoplifter has been jailed for 12 months after a judge stated that Limerick shopkeepers have the right to have their property protected from thieves.Lyndsey Collopy, a mother-of-one from Abbey Lough, Corbally, pleaded guilty to seven counts of theft from stores in Limerick city on dates between July 2014 and March of last year.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The 33-year-old admitted the theft of a handbag from Smyths Bar where the bag was recovered but cash was taken.Ms Collopy, who has been in custody since June 7 this year, admitted to thefts of hoodies from Heatons, Gucci gift sets from Lloyds Pharmacy, children’s clothes from Mothercare and Dunnes, makeup brushes from Debenhams and items of jewellery from Gerards fashion store.With 81 previous convictions, the struggling heroin addict had been sent forward to Limerick Circuit Court due to her recidivism.Judge Tom O’Donnell said that although Ms Collopey served a number of prison sentences and benefited from lengthy suspended sentences, she still engaged in criminalityHe expressed concern over the nature of the thefts and that “gardai described her as a professional shoplifter, who often did a runner”.“This isn’t shoplifting on a commercial scale, but is used as a means to feed a chronic heroin addiction. She is a scourge on the shop keepers of Limerick”, he said.Citing a recent report from the probation services, Judge O’Donnell said that the 33-year-old was at high risk of reoffending and “as an addict, it is very hard for her to conquer her demons”.“It has to be noted that while in custody she cleans up and becomes drug free, but takes a setback once she’s released and slips back to old ways and starts stealing again”.The report went on to state that Ms Collopy was “in the best shape of her life” and Judge O’Donnell credited her efforts while in custody.However he said that “shop keepers in Limerick are entitled to have their property protected,” as he imposed a 12 month prison sentence for the theft of the handbag which he backdated to last June.A second 12 month prison sentence was also imposed on the shoplifting charges but this was suspended for two years.Urging her to “take care” Judge O’Donnell warned Ms Collopy that she would be jailed if she was caught stealing again. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Paedophile on remand as victims share harrowing effects of abuse Print Media in the dock as €26 million courts complex opens for business TAGSJudge Tom O’Donnelllimerick circuit court Christian response from family of man killed with a single blow WhatsApp Linkedincenter_img Previous articleLimerick is in the front line for new jobs growthNext articleClaims that ED patients were hidden from Minister Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Email Sunville House burglars to be sentenced Limerick kidnapper jailed for not engaging with Probation Services NewsSerial shoplifter jailed for spate of Limerick theftsBy Staff Reporter – October 13, 2016 1436 Facebook Zach awaits State decision on third trial over alleged tiger kidnap Twitterlast_img read more

The AZEK Company Announces Innovative New Building Products from TimberTech® Including The Landmark Collection™

first_img Twitter Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp The AZEK Company Announces Innovative New Building Products from TimberTech® Including The Landmark Collection™ By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 center_img TAGS  Facebook CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– The AZEK Company (NYSE: AZEK), an industry-leading manufacturer of low-maintenance and sustainable residential and commercial building products, today announced innovative new products from its TimberTech brand, a leader in premium decking and railing. Available this spring, the products include the TimberTech ® AZEK ® Landmark Collection™ and new railing options. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209006212/en/ The AZEK Company, an industry-leading manufacturer of low-maintenance and sustainable residential and commercial building products, announces innovative new products from its TimberTech brand, a leader in premium decking and railing, including the TimberTech® AZEK® Landmark Collection™. The all-new Landmark Collection is the latest extension of the premium TimberTech AZEK capped polymer decking line and uses advanced technology to create the most natural wood look yet, bringing on-trend interior flooring design to outdoor decking. (Photo: Business Wire) New TimberTech AZEK Decking – The Landmark Collection The all-new Landmark Collection is the latest extension of the premium TimberTech AZEK capped polymer decking line and uses advanced technology to create the most natural wood look yet, bringing on-trend interior flooring design to outdoor decking. Inspired by the in-demand look of rustic, reclaimed wood, the Landmark Collection features a natural woodgrain surface texture, complemented by unique crosscuts. Available in two new colors, Castle Gate™ and American Walnut™, the collection marks the first time TimberTech has applied its proprietary color-cascading technology to capped polymer boards, which blends several colors to produce sophisticated highlights and lowlights, resulting in the same board-to-board variation found in nature. “Our relentless dedication to superior technology enables homeowners to go against the grain when it comes to creating their outdoor living spaces,” said Jesse Singh, CEO of The AZEK Company. “The new TimberTech AZEK Landmark Collection is the latest example of how we’re challenging the status quo. The combination of a unique design and cascading colors creates a stunning, nature-inspired visual that’s never been seen in the industry.” Engineered with the same materials science as all TimberTech AZEK boards, the Landmark Collection is made from 100 percent synthetic material unlike traditional composite decking, which uses wood particles. The result is low-maintenance decking that stays cooler and offers unrivaled resistance to moisture, fading, scratching and staining. All TimberTech AZEK products are backed by an industry-leading limited lifetime warranty and a 50-year limited fade and stain warranty. Consistent with AZEK’s commitment to revolutionize outdoor living by building a more sustainable future, the capped polymer deck boards are made from approximately 50 percent recycled materials. New TimberTech Railing Options The AZEK Company will also introduce several new products, as well as enhancements, to existing TimberTech railing lines, which complement the brand’s high-performance decking. New top-rail options for TimberTech ® Impression Rail Express ®, a pre-assembled aluminum railing system, include the Modern rail, which boasts a sleek and angular profile, and the Drink rail, which features a deck board on top of the railing that allows users to coordinate their decking with their railing. Additionally, TimberTech ® RadianceRail Express ® will add an aluminum baluster infill option to the long-lasting traditional railing line. For more information on The AZEK Company and its full line of products, visit azekco.com. For more information about TimberTech, visit TimberTech.com. The AZEK Company The AZEK Company Inc. is an industry-leading designer and manufacturer of beautiful, low-maintenance residential and commercial building products and is committed to innovation, sustainability, and research & development. Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the company operates manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. For additional information, please visit azekco.com. Source: The AZEK Company, Inc. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209006212/en/ CONTACT: Media Contact: John Arango 847-754-1325 [email protected]nogroup.com KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA ILLINOIS INDUSTRY KEYWORD: ARCHITECTURE OTHER CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY RESIDENTIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE COMMERCIAL BUILDING & REAL ESTATE CONSTRUCTION & PROPERTY RETAIL CHEMICALS/PLASTICS BUILDING SYSTEMS LANDSCAPE MANUFACTURING HOME GOODS INTERIOR DESIGN SOURCE: The AZEK Company, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Latest NVMe™ SSDs From Kioxia Now Available on Supermicro PCIe® 4.0 Server and Storage…

first_img Pinterest Previous articleCloser Trevor Rosenthal finalizes $11M, 1-year deal with A’sNext articleRittich notches SO, Flames top NHL-leading Maple Leafs 3-0 Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsBusiness Facebook Twitter TOKYO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 24, 2021– The transition to PCIe® 4.0 is in full swing, and Kioxia Corporation, a world leader in memory solutions, is leading the way forward. Today, the company announced that its lineup of KIOXIA CM6 and CD6 Series PCIe® 4.0 NVM Express™ (NVMe ™ ) enterprise and data center solid state drives (SSDs) have gained compatibility approval with Super Micro Computer, Inc. (Supermicro)’s PCIe® 4.0-based platforms, including a wide range of enterprise-ready rackmount systems encompassing Ultra, WIO, BigTwin, FatTwin, SuperBlade, 1U/2U NVMe™ all flash arrays, GPU accelerated systems and SuperWorkstations. This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224006220/en/ KIOXIA CM6, CD6 Series PCIe® 4.0 NVMe™ SSDs (Photo: Business Wire) Users are moving to NVMe™ SSDs to address the demands of enterprise performance requirements, cloud-based data center architectures, and performance-centric and latency-sensitive applications. At the center of this movement is heightened demand for NVMe™-based storage where PCIe® 4.0 is the latest performance upgrade, and Kioxia’s CM6 and CD6 Series SSDs are delivering these enhanced capabilities. While NVMe™ SSDs are penetrating server platforms at an increased pace, interoperability between the two cannot be taken for granted. Kioxia’s commitment to bringing innovations to customers includes ensuring that the customers’ data storage will work as expected, and Kioxia collaborates with suppliers like Supermicro to ensure proper operation and full functionality. Related Links: * KIOXIA CM6 Enterprise SSDs: https://business.kioxia.com/en-jp/ssd/enterprise-ssd.html#cm6 * KIOXIA CD6 Data Center SSDs: https://business.kioxia.com/en-jp/ssd/data-center-ssd.html#cd *PCIe is a registered trademark of PCI-SIG. *NVMe and NVM Express are registered or unregistered marks of NVM Express, Inc. in the United States and other countries. *Supermicro, BigTwin, FatTwin and SuperBlade are trademarks or registered trademarks of Super Micro Computer, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. *Other company names, product names and service names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies. About Kioxia Kioxia is a world leader in memory solutions, dedicated to the development, production and sale of flash memory and solid-state drives (SSDs). In April 2017, its predecessor Toshiba Memory was spun off from Toshiba Corporation, the company that invented NAND flash memory in 1987. Kioxia is committed to uplifting the world with memory by offering products, services and systems that create choice for customers and memory-based value for society. Kioxia’s innovative 3D flash memory technology, BiCS FLASH™, is shaping the future of storage in high-density applications, including advanced smartphones, PCs, SSDs, automotive and data centers. Customer Inquiries: Kioxia Corporation Sales Promotion Division Tel: +81-3-6478-2427 https://business.kioxia.com/en-jp/buy/global-sales.html *Information in this document, including product prices and specifications, content of services and contact information, is correct on the date of the announcement but is subject to change without prior notice. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224006220/en/ CONTACT: Media Inquiries: Kioxia Corporation Sales Strategic Planning Division Koji Takahata Tel: +81-3-6478-2404 KEYWORD: UNITED STATES JAPAN NORTH AMERICA ASIA PACIFIC CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: DATA MANAGEMENT SEMICONDUCTOR TECHNOLOGY MANUFACTURING NETWORKS OTHER MANUFACTURING HARDWARE SOURCE: Kioxia Corporation Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/24/2021 09:33 PM/DISC: 02/24/2021 09:33 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210224006220/en WhatsApp Twittercenter_img By Digital AIM Web Support – April 6, 2021 Latest NVMe™ SSDs From Kioxia Now Available on Supermicro PCIe® 4.0 Server and Storage Platforms WhatsApp TAGS  Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more