Olympia Capital Holdings Limited (OCH.ke) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgOlympia Capital Holdings Limited (OCH.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Olympia Capital Holdings Limited (OCH.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Olympia Capital Holdings Limited (OCH.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Olympia Capital Holdings Limited (OCH.ke)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileOlympia Capital Holdings Limited manufactures and sells products for the home restoration, building and construction sectors in Kenya. Products in its range include floor tiles, PVC windows and door frames, cleaning chemicals, adhesives as well as fire prevention equipment and water pumps sold through its subsidiary, Mather & Platt (Kenya) Limited. Kalahari Floor Tiles is a subsidiary company in Botswana and Tjespro (171) Trading Pty Ltd is a subsidiary company in Cape Town. The company also has interests in real estate including Avon Centre and Heri Heights Limited. Formerly known as Dunlop Kenya Limited, the company changed its name to Olympia Capital Holdings Limited in 2004. Established in 1968, the company was founded to manufacture vinyl floor tiles, adhesives and sports equipment. Olympia Capital Holdings Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

House in Hanoura / FujiwaraMuro Architects

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/345779/house-in-hanoura-fujiwarramuro-architects Clipboard Houses Area:  95 m² Photographs Architects: FujiwaraMuro Architects Area Area of this architecture project House in Hanoura / FujiwaraMuro Architects “COPY” Photographs:  Toshiyuki Yano+ 18 Share House in Hanoura / FujiwaraMuro ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse in Hanoura / FujiwaraMuro ArchitectsSave this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoHouses•Hanoura, Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/345779/house-in-hanoura-fujiwarramuro-architects Clipboard “COPY” CopySave this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoText description provided by the architects. The building site is in a rural area of Tokushima Prefecture.  Our thought was to come up with a design that brought out the clear landscape. It was the owner’s wish to have an open residence connected to the outside.  The environment is such that there are so few passersby you don’t even need curtains, so the request was for a liberated atmosphere related to the open air. Based on this, we decided to suggest a design in which you can feel the changes from moment to moment as the landscape changes throughout the course of a year.  At the site, the breeze can be felt from many directions, so we also wanted to make use of the wind flow.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoIn terms of planning, first we decided to make a number of small hills.  Our image was that of a house placed in the midst of small hills interconnected with the natural environment surrounding the site.  By creating hills, we were able to give depth perception to the landscape so that, from within looking out, one sees hills in the foreground, rice fields beyond and the sky above. Unlike a wall that creates a clear divide between inside and outside, hills gradually flow up and down, establishing a natural sense of distance from the outside.  Finally, we had each family member choose a hill and we planted trees or shrubs of their liking on their respective hills.  These plants growing up into the landscape around the house will complete our vision of the residence.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoIn terms of the design of the rooms, our aim was to create an atmosphere in which the life of the family would center around the LDK (living-dining-kitchen area).  The LDK is situated so that the wind can pass through here and there and the scenery can be viewed from all four directions. The movement of the wind in this spot gives one a unique experience of the landscape.Save this picture!© Toshiyuki YanoThe individual rooms can be used as an extension of the LDK and the LDK can be used as an extension of the individual rooms. The rooms used in conjunction with one another are in relationship so as to enhance the space of each. At night, the inside of the LDK is illuminated from the outside.  The roof floats atop the rice fields creating a sense of expansion in the scenery that is distinctive of the night time.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessHydro Aluminum Industrial Pavilion / Daniel Silberfaden + Adamo-FaidenSelected ProjectsMirador House Punta De Gallo / Rodrigo Santa MaríaSelected Projects Share Japan Projects CopyAbout this officeFujiwaraMuro ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHanouraHousesWoodJapanPublished on March 25, 2013Cite: “House in Hanoura / FujiwaraMuro Architects” 25 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panel – Terrazzo BlackStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Basiq SeriesIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsWoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodWindowsswissFineLineSliding Windows – EvenMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsDoorsECLISSESliding Door Opening System – ECLISSE Push&PullStonesMarini MarmiNatural Stone – Nuvolato di GréMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Tinhouse / Rural Design

first_img “COPY” Year:  Photographs:  David Barbour Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Save this picture!© David Barbour+ 20 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/791560/tinhouse-rural-design Clipboard Tinhouse / Rural Design 2016 Manufacturers: Knauf, Plaka, Rationel, Bradstone, Caley Timber, Kirkwood KitchensSave this picture!© David BarbourRecommended ProductsWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformWindowsStudcoSteel Window Reveal – EzyRevealWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. Tinhouse by Rural Design, is located on the northwestern tip of the Isle of Skye, on a steeply sloping site overlooking The Minch, the body of water separating the Inner and Outer Hebrides. Save this picture!© David BarbourTinhouse is an essay in landscape, economy, construction and imagination which shares the same design ethic as its neighbouring sister the Wooden House. Where, however, the Wooden House celebrates timber detailing the Tinhouse celebrates corrugated metal sheeting, commonly used on the agricultural buildings of the rural landscape. It does so in a thoroughly contemporary way by using mill nished corrugated aluminium as the external cladding for both roof and walls. Internally its timber boarding, concrete oor and plywood cabinetry add to the handmade palette giving the house a character that is simultaneously modern and rustic. Save this picture!PlanThe simple form recalls both the archetypal child’s image of a house and the rural sheds that sit as ghosts in the landscape alongside the ubiquitous white rendered crofthouses. Tinhouse is similarly scaled to the smaller sheds and contains one bedroom along with the living space, kitchen, and bathroom. Save this picture!© David BarbourThe external metal skin predominates as a protective layer against the often ferocious storms with minimal openings cut out for the view. The long, horizontal slot cut in to the north elevation creates a point from which to view the landscape and seascape in good weather and bad, from the inside, a perfect hide. Save this picture!SectionThe house has been designed and self-built by the husband and wife founders of Rural Design, Gill Smith and Alan Dickson, and the materials were mostly chosen to allow for an ease of build by one person. In this way, the handmade Tinhouse celebrates the self-build tradition commonly found in a rural context. Where greater numbers were required, for example to raise the gable wall panels or install the steel beams, this became a celebration and a social event. Save this picture!© David BarbourThe use of materials adopts simplicity where complexity normally prevails, and this approach informed the aesthetic of the interior. The recycled, timber pocket doors have simple cut-outs instead of “ironmongery”, wooden dowels are used as door handles or coat pegs, and left-over cement board frames the shower opening. Save this picture!© David BarbourAn imaginative use of colour also informed the aesthetic of the house where little moments are celebrated with highlights inspired by colours found naturally outside: the yellow or pink of the wild owers, the green of the grass, the blue of the sky and the sea and the orange of the sunsets. Save this picture!© David BarbourSimilarly, the furniture informs the aesthetic and celebrates the handmade spirit of the house. This includes a concrete topped dining table on Douglas Fir sawhorses, beds and seats built in using leftover structural timber, a prototype “Mobius” coffee table which sits at the centre of the social space and offcuts of Douglas Fir as bedside tables. Save this picture!© David BarbourThe external landscaping uses timber and hand poured concrete surfaces which together with rough, large section timber walls create sheltered spaces and routes from which to enjoy the view beyond. Save this picture!© David BarbourThe completed building marks the end of a ve year design and build process and the beginning of a new era for the house, that of a holiday house bringing enjoyment to many, and a new era for its authors who take inspiration and many creative ideas from the Tinhouse on to the next project. Save this picture!© David BarbourProject gallerySee allShow lessMVRDV’s “Golden Spot” Brightens Up Design for Seoul Entertainment ComplexArchitecture News2016 Fuller Challenge Semifinalists AnnouncedArchitecture News Share CopyHouses•Highland, United Kingdom Tinhouse / Rural DesignSave this projectSaveTinhouse / Rural Design Architects: Rural Design Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img CopyAbout this officeRural DesignOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHighlandUnited KingdomPublished on July 20, 2016Cite: “Tinhouse / Rural Design” 20 Jul 2016. 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Family House in Litvínovice / Atelier 111 Architekti

first_imgArchDaily 2018 Houses Photographs:  Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAtelier 111 ArchitektiOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLitvínoviceCzech RepublicPublished on December 17, 2018Cite: “Family House in Litvínovice / Atelier 111 Architekti” 17 Dec 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Family House in Litvínovice / Atelier 111 ArchitektiSave this projectSaveFamily House in Litvínovice / Atelier 111 Architekti ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907660/family-house-in-litvinovice-jiri-weinzettl Clipboard Area:  262 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Architects: Atelier 111 Architekti Area Area of this architecture project “COPY”center_img Save this picture!© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNice+ 32Curated by María Francisca González Share Year:  Family House in Litvínovice / Atelier 111 Architekti Photographs Manufacturers: Janošík, Beneš nábytek s.r.o., Němec s.r.o., TON a.s.Save this picture!© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNiceRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusText description provided by the architects. The village of Litvínovice is located about 5 km south of the city České Budějovice in southern Bohemia. Typical urban sprawl substitutes the original street structure – the developed areas are established on the surrounding undeveloped meadows and fields. Thus, the context of the place is a typical imprint of the current mass approach to solving the housing needs through family houses in newly emerging suburban districts.Save this picture!© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNiceSave this picture!Section 02Save this picture!© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNiceThe advantage of this specific building plot is its orientation towards the cardinal points. The terrain of the site slopes gently to the south, the access can be easily set up from the street on the northern side.  A regulation for this area prescribes a gabled roof and the maximum building height. The surrounding morphology does not offer significant remote views. The land area is not large enough for generous intentions of the client, which lead to logical positioning of the house, although not typical for this area. The house is placed just two meters from the boundary of the plot, which is the minimal distance permitted by the legislation. The residual space is left for the extension of public pavement where a bench can be installed, or some greenery planted. This solution brings more space to the private garden, which is situated south of the house.Save this picture!© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNiceThe floor plan of the house can be described as a letter T inscribed into an irregular quadrangle with one rounded corner, which is a shape given by the site. In the northern part of the house there is an entrance hall with cloakroom, garage and utility room. To enter the residential part of the house, it is necessary to descend few steps. The main living area has an inclined ceiling with the height of more than 4 meters at the top. Kitchen, dining room and living room are separated only by furniture items. Huge frameless window, that leads through the covered terrace to the garden, enhances the feeling of the open space without barriers.Save this picture!© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNiceSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNiceTwo separate bedrooms are accessible through the central cloakroom as well as bathroom, bedroom and workroom. Rooms located in the northern part of the house have large French windows, that connect them with a small atrium, which is separated from the street only by 2,5 meters height fence wall. This atrium offers completely private space well suitable for installation of hammock, outdoor bath or shower. Reflection of sunlight on the fence wall makes the space pleasant from the beginning of the day. While the interior uses natural materials, colours and craft furniture, the exterior is rather sober. This form of minimalism is an answer to the oversaturated surrounding environment.Save this picture!© Jakub Skokan, Martin Tůma / BoysPlayNiceProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Most Liked Instagram Posts of 2018Architecture NewsJay Osgerby: “Design is the Answer to a Very Difficult Question”Articles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/907660/family-house-in-litvinovice-jiri-weinzettl Clipboard Czech Republic Projects CopyHouses•Litvínovice, Czech Republiclast_img read more

Ferdows Villa / KRDS (Kourosh Rafiey Design Studio)

first_img Ferdows Villa / KRDS (Kourosh Rafiey Design Studio) Projects Houses 2020 Area:  380 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: KRDS Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Berry Alloc, Jotun, Knauf, Adobe, Arazdarb, Duravit, Iran Concrete Clinic, KerGres, Revit, Rhinoceros, Setarehshomal, SinatileArchitect In Charge:Kourosh RafieyDesign Team:Ashkan Rafiey, Mohsen Yazdian, Shafagh Javidi, Mehdi Safi, Ehsan Dehghani, Mahsa Elahi, Kiana Karimi, Ameneh KarimianClients:Mr. MehrazarEngineering:Hosein HoseiniCity:RoyanCountry:IranMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Deed StudioRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0WindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. Ferdows villa is located in the coastal town of Ferdows near Royan city at Mazandaran province. The Caspian Sea on the north and the Royan Forest on the south surround this small town. Moreover, a local park on the northeast side and lush mountains in distance provide good views and green perspectives for this property. At some certain heights, there are remarkable scenery and mastery over the pleasant spaces of the adjacent park.Save this picture!© Deed StudioSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Deed StudioFollowing the existing potentials of the land, we changed the initial scheme of the project. Instead of building a four-bedroom villa on two floors, we distributed the program in different levels. As a result, the two floors broke into several slabs, which each positioned based on the spatial conditions, the view and perspective. A vertical void with a staircase in between stiches all these slabs together as a whole. Moreover, this transparent vertical opening creates the sea-forest connection of the Ferdows town symbolically by connecting an old tree in the southern courtyard with a longitudinal pool in the northern courtyard.Save this picture!© Deed StudioThe ground level is dedicated to parking and service areas such as storage and mechanical room. The second floor, which is slightly elevated, houses the main entrance and public areas such as the lounge and kitchen that overlook the northern and southern courtyards on both sides. On the third level, right above the parking, there is a room that can be used for either guests’ room or workspace. This space has a good scenery to the residential town.Save this picture!© Deed StudioThe fourth level is a private living room overlooking the adjacent local park. The fifth floor contains three bedrooms each with particular views respectively to the residential town, the green mountains in distance and the sea. The next level is the first roof garden space that has an equipped grill space and a wonderful view to lush mountains on the south side. The seventh level is the next rooftop garden with sea view and the last level is a garden that has a view on both north and south sides, the sea and the forest.Save this picture!© Deed StudioSave this picture!Circulation DiagramSave this picture!© Deed StudioIn addition to the unique circulation experience of interior spaces, the layering of spaces is also evident in the exterior shell. The volume appears as floating plates in the surrounding environment. Some of these slabs are working as terraces collaborating with interior spaces to enhance the sense of fluidity in the project, and some others are only plates without any function. In these cases, some openings are considered to make the plates lighter and maintain the spatial connection in the vertical layers.Save this picture!© Deed StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessTaiyue Courtyard: The Mint Bureau Homestay / 3andwich Design / He Wei StudioSelected ProjectsCanvas Hill Residence / Choo Gim Wah ArchitectSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/948582/ferdows-villa-krds-kourosh-rafiey-design-studio Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/948582/ferdows-villa-krds-kourosh-rafiey-design-studio Clipboard Photographs:  Deed Studio Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeKRDSOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRoyanOn FacebookIranPublished on September 30, 2020Cite: “Ferdows Villa / KRDS (Kourosh Rafiey Design Studio)” 29 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs “COPY” Iran CopyHouses•Royan, Iran Ferdows Villa / KRDS (Kourosh Rafiey Design Studio)Save this projectSaveFerdows Villa / KRDS (Kourosh Rafiey Design Studio)Save this picture!© Deed Studio+ 24Curated by Hana Abdel Share ArchDaily Year: last_img read more

L.A. teachers’ strike ‘to safeguard the future of public education’

first_imgSome 30,000 Los Angeles public school teachers and professional staff in the country’s second largest school district went on strike Jan. 14, marching through the rain from City Hall to the Los Angeles Unified School District office a mile away. The rain did not dampen their spirit, their unity or their overwhelming support from the city’s diverse working-class communities, filled with many people of color, whom they serve. For the first time in 30 years the teachers, majority women and mostly women of color, went out on strike. Represented by United Teachers Los Angeles, they had battled LAUSD for nearly two years without a contract, through months of bad-faith bargaining with many unfair labor practice charges. The union calls the strike “a struggle to safeguard the future of public education.”L.A. teachers are walking picket lines in first strike in 30 years.During 12-hour days beginning Jan. 17, UTLA has been negotiating with the LAUSD board to hammer out such issues as using the district’s $1.9 billion unrestricted reserves to fund smaller class sizes; more nurses, counselors and librarians; more support for special, early, bilingual and adult education classes; and empowering parents and educators by strengthening Local School Leadership Councils.While bargaining has been behind closed doors at City Hall, with Mayor Eric Garcetti mediating negotiations, the Jan. 19 L.A. Times leaked that LAUSD has already agreed to new hiring. That means the strike has already won some recognition of the union’s demand for fully staffed schools and smaller classes. Meanwhile, Los Angeles County supervisors have agreed to find up to $10 million to expand district nursing services for next year, and Gov. Gavin Newsom has agreed to use an increase in state tax revenue to boost funding for education statewide. Not only have teachers been walking picket lines in front of their schools as well as at City Hall, they have also prepared meals for their students. With donations from neighborhood grocers and union funding, they are making brown-bag lunches for students who depend on meals they receive at school. In an act of solidarity, the National Football League Players Association sent pizzas to teachers at several schools “so they could be sustained and continue to strike.” (CBSLA, Jan. 18)  Local businesses have been delivering food to picket lines, including hot coffee, bagels and tacos. In another Jan. 19 L.A. Times article, UTLA President Alex Caputo-Pearl told a rally that the strike has “stunned our naysayers.” Asking the crowd, “If you’re a boxer, do you know what you do?” He answered: “You double down and keep on punching.” Struggle of public schools vs. chartersCaputo-Pearl and other current union leaders became determined to revitalize the UTLA after mass layoffs destabilized the district during the 2008 recession, according to a Jan. 19 article in The Nation. They responded by forming the Union Power caucus. Inspired by the successful 2012 Chicago Teachers Union strike, the caucus has been working with CTU and other union reformers ever since.  UTLA’s strategy is based on what some unions refer to as “bargaining for the common good.” The Nation article explains: “[T]he idea of introducing demands in collective bargaining that benefit the community as a whole, not just the union’s membership … has been a way not just to revitalize stagnant unions but to reinvigorate interest in the public sector as a whole. It also means that when teachers take to the streets, they have parents willing not just to join them, but to take risks of their own.” The major issue that continues to loom at the bargaining table — not just in L.A. but for school districts all across the country over the last decade — is the lucrative, profit-driven charter school industry. Charter schools not only leach millions of dollars out of public education funding but also commandeer huge amounts of square footage in taxpayer-funded, school-building real estate. Charter schools in L.A. drain $600 million annually from public education funding.Ultimately the struggle in L.A. comes down to preserving public education with adequate funding and staffing for the masses of working and poor people. L.A. teachers are fighting against for-profit privatization — what a Jan. 10 article in Capital & Main calls “radical restructuring,” which seeks to aggressively dismantle traditional public education.  An arch advocate of radical restructuring, LAUSD Superintendent Austin Beutner was appointed to his post in May. He was hired based on his success in the capitalist financial world, despite lacking experience in education. While Beutner hasn’t yet revealed his plans for the district, he did hire Cami Anderson, who, as superintendent of Newark, N.J., schools, instituted a business plan called the “portfolio model,” which included closing neighborhood schools, replacing them with charters, and mass firings of teachers and principals. The Capital & Main article points out that Anderson was driven out by a revolt of angry parents and wonders why Beutner and the LAUSD board think the portfolio model would work better in L.A. than in Newark. “They don’t see the unchecked growth of largely unregulated charter schools as a problem, despite more and more evidence that charters discriminate against [students with disabilities], increase racial stratification and on the whole do not perform better than traditional schools. On the contrary, they view charter expansion as elemental to the future of the district.”   It’s way too soon to predict how this critical issue will play out in L.A. But having widespread community support for the teachers is a definite plus.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Cairo bureau of Iranian TV station Al-Alam closed by authorities

first_img Help by sharing this information News EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts Related documents Cairo bureau of Iranian TV station Al-Alam closed by authorities – In ArabicPDF – 55.39 KB The Arab Network for Human Rights Information said in a statement the military “hates freedom of the press because it exposed their violations throughout the transitional phase”. It also said two religious networks had encountered difficulties with the authorities in the past week. One, Al-Hikma, was threatened with closure after broadcasting comments on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces that were deemed too virulent. The other, Al-Umma, which recently criticised the electoral commission, was raided by police and some of its equipment was reported to have been destroyed.Last September, the Egyptian police used the pretext of having no operating licence to raid the premises of Al-Jazeera Mubasher Egypt, Egypt’s affiliate of the Qatar-based channel Al-Jazeera, seizing its mobile broadcasting equipment and arresting a technician. That raid took place 48 hours after the station covered an attack by protesters on the Israeli embassy in Cairo. The scenes of chaos showed by the station prompted criticism of the government’s handling of the incident and the passivity of the security forces. Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Reporters Without Borders condemns the raid carried out by the Egyptian police two days ago on the Iranian Arabic-language satellite TV station Al-Alam. “The Egyptian authorities seized the station’s equipment and issued a warrant for the arrest of the bureau’s director, Ahmed Sioufi, on the grounds that Al-Alam did not have the necessary operating licences,” the press freedom organization said. “However, the station had made numerous licence applications in recent years without success.“The Egyptian authorities appear reluctant to grant licences to certain media organizations so they can take punitive action against those that displease them at their discretion. Even if it was carried out legally, this raid qualifies as arbitrary. “The Egyptian authorities must abandon such practices and give a clear and reasoned response to media organizations that apply for licences. We also demand the return of the seized equipment and the dropping of all proceedings against employees of the station.” Police officers burst into the station’s offices in broad daylight and seized all its equipment, including video cameras, broadcasting apparatus and computer hard disks. In addition, they detained correspondent Khaled Sioufi and public relations director Tamer Abou Gami for questioning, apparently as witnesses, before releasing them the next day. The police had a warrant for the arrest of Ahmed Sioufi, who was reported to have gone on hunger strike in the face of what he considered to be a “gag attempt”. Since the raid was carried out, security forces are reported to have surrounded the station’s Cairo premises – the main office in the city centre and another in the Dokki district – and threatened anyone trying to enter or leave with arrest.An Al-Alam correspondent wrote on the station’s website two days ago that the bureau had applied many times to the Egyptian authorities for the necessary operating licences, yet a decision was postponed each time and so far its application has not been granted. EgyptMiddle East – North Africa Forced to work without a licence since it opened its bureaux in Egypt in 2004, Al-Alam was the target of a similar raid in 2008. Other stations were reported to have faced similar difficulties in obtaining operating licences.The raid on Al-Alam appears to be part of a broader picture. The station is a propaganda organ of the Islamic Republic and is a bitter critic of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has been running Egypt since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak, regularly accusing it of perpetuating the repressive practices of the former regime. Less than 10 days before the Egyptian presidential election, Ali Akbar Velayati, the foreign affairs adviser to Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said he hoped to see an Islamic government in Egypt. Detained woman journalist pressured by interrogator, harassed by prison staff Organisation News Follow the news on Egyptcenter_img May 15, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cairo bureau of Iranian TV station Al-Alam closed by authorities News February 1, 2021 Find out more News January 22, 2021 Find out more February 6, 2021 Find out more Al Jazeera journalist Mahmoud Hussein back home after four years in prison RSF_en to go further Less press freedom than ever in Egypt, 10 years after revolution Reporters Without Borders also points out that Iran, for its part, has refused to grant operating licences to several foreign media organizations, including Arabic-language satellite television stations. The operation by the Egyptian police has attracted objections and criticism. Station employees demonstrated outside parliament yesterday, calling on members to take appropriate action to protect the media. The Egyptian Journalists’ Union described the raid as “arbitrary”. last_img read more

India’s dramatic fall in virus cases leaves experts stumped

first_img TAGS  India’s dramatic fall in virus cases leaves experts stumped Pinterest Twitter A health worker checks the temperature of a commuter at a train station in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. When the coronavirus pandemic took hold in India, there were fears it would sink the fragile health system of the world’s second-most populous country. Infections climbed dramatically for months and at one point India looked like it might overtake the United States as the country with the highest case toll. But infections began to plummet in September, and experts aren’t sure why. Facebook Facebook Pinterestcenter_img Local NewsWorld News WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 Previous articleWheeler’s 3rd-period goal lifts Jets to 6-5 win over OilersNext articleThales wird die Signaltechnik der Deutschen Bahn in Stuttgart digitalisieren, um Kapazität, Pünktlichkeit und Komfort deutlich zu verbessern Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

The Mess That Was NLAT 2020

first_imgColumnsThe Mess That Was NLAT 2020 Harsh Gagrani12 Sep 2020 6:25 AMShare This – xLord Hewart, the then Lord Chief Justice of England in the case of Rex v. Sussex Justices, gave the world the oft-quoted aphorism we all fall back to every once in a while – “Justice must not only be done, it must also be seen to have been done”The conduction of NLAT today, with supposedly good intentions and nothing more than an below average usage of technology to catch the cheaters, gave…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?LoginLord Hewart, the then Lord Chief Justice of England in the case of Rex v. Sussex Justices, gave the world the oft-quoted aphorism we all fall back to every once in a while – “Justice must not only be done, it must also be seen to have been done”The conduction of NLAT today, with supposedly good intentions and nothing more than an below average usage of technology to catch the cheaters, gave a huge dent to the perception of fairness of the law entrance examinations, the narrative which was so carefully built up by the Consortium since November, 2019, when they finally made some syncing between the kind of students they wanted to study in the premier national law schools of the country and the kind of examination that should be prepared to let only such students in.And yes, NLAT conduction today also brought back the scary memories of the conduction of CLAT 2018, which was marred by plethora of problems, including but certainly not limited to ill-conceived centres (with no ACs even in Comp Labs), unprepared invigilators (students knew more about the platform than them), pathetic platform with coding issues, ‘saving of answers’ issues and a lot lot more. Consortium had taken the onus of getting CLAT conducted smoothly right because of such issues and CLAT 2019, though an extremely easy and feel-good paper, was conducted in a smooth manner.Let’s get back to NLAT 2020, the examination which got controversial within the first hour of it going public. After two petitions in MP and Jharkhand High Court could not stop the examination from happening, the Supreme Court gave some ray of hope when they gave a green signal to the exam but asked to keep the result on hold till after the next hearing, which is now on September 16.Issues with the conduction of NLAT today started within the first minute when the test began. To collate all issues, we created a Google Form and asked the students to report the kind of issues they faced with today’s conduction of NLAT, which also included the instances of using UFM that they have come across and here is a summary of responses that they have reported (as of 5:30PM), broadly in decreasing order of the instances of such issues:Non-Unfair Means (UFM) but equally unfair issues:1. Verification Issues. In many cases, verification took as much as 45 minutes. In most cases, students are reporting that they got no extra time in lieu of time lost due to verification. In some cases, verification did not complete at all and thus, student could not write the paper.2. The examination got submitted on its own well before the stipulated ending time. Surprisingly, this happened with a lot of candidates.3. Getting multiple warnings that the mic is turned off when the students are sure it isn’t.4. Options weren’t getting selected properly. Multiple clicks were required to get one option selected.5. A few students reported that when they opened the portal, it showed that they have already completed the test.6. Students repeatedly got the message of ‘Audio proctoring not enabled’ when they double checked that their audio was on.7. Constant reminders of ‘Face not detected’ when the students were sitting right in front of the webcam.8. The timer got stuck and suddenly started with very less time left.9. A few students had to switch from mobile to laptop or vice versa due to various issues, which resulted in loss of time.10. Login issues. Students weren’t able to login using the credentials that they had got.11.Website crash issues for a few candidates.12. A few students reported that the slot message they got the night before and the one they got today was different from each other.13. Even after submitting all genuine documents, verification of a few students failed, owing to which they could not write the exam at all.14. Amidst all issues, students tried calling the helpline number. Mostly, it wasn’t picked up and in some cases, the advice wasn’t useful.To top it all, here are the list of Unfair Means (UFM) issues:15. Rampant using of calculator during the examination.16. Mobile phones were easily accessible to candidates.17. Questions and screenshots were being posted on a few Telegram groups in the middle of the examination.18. Googling for answers either on a separate tab or on a separate device.19. Using of HDMI cable to display the same screen on multiple devices.20. Video analysis of the paper was being done on a few YouTube channels even without the paper being submitted of all students.21. Disconnecting internet for a minute or two to search for answers.22. In an Internet cafe, A (genuine student) had the camera facing towards him and pretended to write the exam where it was being written by B (proxy) on the PC on which the examination was actually being attempted. All that was required was a webcam with a long cord.Furthermore, there are one off but equally grave instances like a PWD candidate who had to come close to the screen to read the question was repeatedly being sent a message of moving away from the screen or the website not getting loaded at all (for the entire duration of the examination). This is just the tip of the iceberg and the issues are continuously getting reported as we write this. NLSIU, for the law aspirants, has been give god-like status, right alongside Sachin Tendulkar (or for me personally – Rahul Dravid), Roger Federer, Lionel Messi, Ayrton Senna and the list is endless, subjectively of-course. And it pains to see people and institutions falling off from this status. If the admission process of NLSIU is concluded on the basis of the mess that happened today, that the exactly what will happen!September 16th. Fingers crossed! Views are personal only(Author is a Graduate from NLIU, Bhopal, Director of LegalEdge Tutorials and author of Complete CLAT Companion.) Next Storylast_img read more

38 Covid-19 cases confirmed in Donegal

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – January 26, 2021 Twittercenter_img Google+ Facebook Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday January 26thNext articleDonegal to benefit from €1bn Cross-Border EU Programme News Highland Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest The Covid-19 death toll in Ireland is now over 3,000.90 additional Covid related deaths have been reported this evening along with 928 new cases.38 cases were identified in Donegal.The 14 day incidence rate in the county stands at 712.3 cases per 100,000 people. Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme 38 Covid-19 cases confirmed in Donegallast_img read more