Dangote Flour Mills Plc (DANGFL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Dangote Flour Mills Plc (DANGFL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dangote Flour Mills Plc (DANGFL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dangote Flour Mills Plc (DANGFL.ng) 2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileDangote Flour Mills Plc mills wheat and produces wheat products in Nigeria which includes bread flour, confectionary flour, pasta semolina and bran (wheat offal). Pasta products made by the company are spaghetti and macaroni. Dangote Flour Mills is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited which is one of Nigeria’s largest and fastest growing conglomerates. The company’s flour mills are located in Apapa, Kano, Calabar and Ilorin with a total installed capacity of 5 000 metric tons per day. Subsidiaries include Dangote Pasta Limited, Dangote Noodles Limited and Dangote Agro Sacks Limited. Formerly known as Tiger Branded Consumer Goods Plc, the company was incorporated in 2006 following a strategic decision by Dangote Industries Limited to unbundle various operations. Dangote Flour Mills Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
First Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about First Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First Capital Bank Limited (FCA.zw) 2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileFirst Capital Bank Limited (formerly Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe) was founded in 1912 and is an iconic institution in the local banking sector; operating across the full spectrum of retail and business banking, and corporate and investment banking with 38 branches nationwide. In addition to mainstream financial products, First Capital Bank offers motor, home, travel, business and personal insurance services. After more than a century operating under its parent company, Barclays plc has sold its majority stake in Barclays Bank of Zimbabwe to FMB Capital Holdings, the Mauritius based holding company, that has banking operations in Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia. FMB Capital Holdings is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange. First Capital Bank Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom From The UCF Incubator at ApopkaThe UCF Business Incubation Program was recently selected as a network partner by Veterans Florida to offer this statewide Veteran Florida Entrepreneurship Program and is funded through a $1 Million appropriation from the State Legislature. The Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program offers a tuition-free, online, and on-campus instruction. It provides veterans with entrepreneurial guidance and education designed to accelerate their entrepreneurial success. We invite all interested Veterans in the community to participate in the program. Please share this invitation with any interested Veterans.VETERAN ENTREPRENEURSYou are invited to apply to participate in our Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program. The program will be broken down into two phases; Phase 1 will be the Educational Phase providing training both online and 8 on-campus training sessions beginning January 17, 2017 to May 6, 2017. Phase 2 will provide Ongoing Business Mentoring upon successful completion of the Educational Phase.Apply today! Deadline to apply is December 14, 2016 by midnight. Once you apply we encourage you to attend our upcoming Open House on December 15, 2016 at 5pm. We will provide more information about the program, discuss the program curriculum and answer any questions you may have. Please enter your comment! PROGRAM DETAILSThe Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program is broken down into two phase, Phase 1 will be the Educational Phase and Phase II will be the Ongoing Business Mentoring Phase as follows:Phase 1: Educational Phase (January 17, 2017- May 6, 2017)During this fifteen-week period, selected participants will attend in-class training to be held every two weeks on Saturdays at one of seven participating institutions of higher education. This phase will prepare participants for all elements of entrepreneurship. The face-to-face instruction will provide an opportunity for hands-on learning and application of fundamental principles facilitated by business experts. The curriculum will include concepts ranging from crafting a business plan to accessing capital for new business ventures. Participants will need to complete online coursework in between the Saturday sessions. Facilitators will work intensively and directly with participants to develop an entrepreneurial skillset and test a scalable business model using the Lean Startup Method. Phase 2: Ongoing Business Mentoring PhaseFollowing successful completion of the educational phase, participants will receive ongoing mentorship from Florida SBDC business consultants, Network Partner faculty and staff, and business leaders from their local area. This phase of the program will enable participants to receive hands-on guidance to navigate common entrepreneurial challenges and to receive specific feedback regarding their business to drive success. Phase 2 takes place over three weekends and is an intensive, hands-on workshop that will aid participants in developing a business plan ready to deliver to investors. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply COMMUNITY PARTNERS & SUPPORTHelp us make the Veterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program a success! We would like to partner with companies & organizations in the community to help make this program a success. Our goal is to empower veterans by providing tuition-free guidance and education designed to accelerate their entrepreneurial success. Please joins us in supporting veteran entrepreneurs in Central Florida launch and grow businesses while creating jobs and growing our regional economy.If your organization would like to get involved, please contact us!Go here to apply. TAGSUCF Business IncubatorVeterans Florida Entrepreneurship Program Previous articleApopka Burglary Report and MapNext articleApopka Weekly Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Reply Mama Mia TAGSHurricane IrmaOrange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson Previous articleLessons learned from the Storm of the CenturyNext articleFEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program enhances flood claims process Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR September 15, 2017 at 8:39 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia 20 COMMENTS From Orange County Commissioner Bryan Nelson Late Sunday night, September 10th, 2017, Orange County was hit by the powerful Hurricane Irma. Although the previously Category 5 hurricane had decreased to a Category 2 by the time it had arrived in Orange County, the County discovered that “…based on preliminary assessments, the damage from this storm appears to be far greater than what Orange County experienced from [Hurricane] Charley in 2004.” In the aftermath of the storm, several damage assessment teams from different departments of Orange County Government are currently assessing infrastructure and property damage. As assessments are made, with a focus on public safety, the teams will move forward with the restoration process.Orange County Fire Rescue (OCFR) is currently conducting road to road assessments for infrastructure and property damage. This process, referred to as the post rapid windshield assessment, determines where the greatest concentration of impact is. Based on its assessment following Hurricane Irma, Fire Rescue found that Zellwood in North Orange County had the highest levels of fallen trees requiring road clearing. Throughout Orange County, Fire Rescue has found many fallen trees and power lines, blocked roads, broken traffic lights, flooding, and no major infrastructure issues. In between responding to 911 calls, if Fire Rescue sees or is notified of debris on major roads, they will stay at the scene to offer their assistance until the Public Works Department arrives. In addition, Orange County’s CART / SAT initiative began on Monday, September 11th. Under the CART / SAT initiative, Fire Rescue and Orange County employees meet at designated distribution sites in different parts of the community to assist residents with the restoration process. How these sites are decided depends on where in the community the greatest damage was assessed. The distribution sites have deployed restoration equipment needed to aid residents with repairing damage done to their property. Orange County has two designated distribution sites: John Bridges Center, 445 W 13th Street, Apopka, Florida 32703 and the Taft Community Center in the Conway area. Overall, this initiative helps expedite the restoration process and return the community to normal. If residents have questions or would like more information, they can contact Fire Rescue at (407) 836-9000.Orange County Commissioner Bryan NelsonOrange County is experiencing widespread power outages throughout the community. In addition, the storm has placed a considerable strain on the County’s pump stations. To assist with the restoration process, Orange County requests that residents minimize the use of their water, such as use in bathing, flushing toilets, washing machines, and dishwashers; if residents have conserved water in a bathtub, they are asked to refrain from draining that water. Where there are more than 300,000 residents without power, utilities asks for patience as they work to restore power in the community and to only call once when reporting an outage with a power company. To report a power outage, residents are directed to contact the Orlando Utilities Commission at (407) 423-9018 or Duke Energy at (800) 228-8485. Additionally, utilities stresses that residents report and avoid contact with fallen power lines as the power lines could still be live and pose a safety hazard if contact is made. Furthermore, all regional water treatment facilities and the County’s drinking water system are operational and safe with no boil water advisories. Utilities is working on impacts of one water main break and multiple individual service line breaks that may be affecting customers in isolated areas.This week, Orange County opened ten sites for residents to drop off storm debris: Barnett Park, 4801 W Colonial Dr.; Conway Water Treatment Plant, 4750 Manatee St.; Cypress Grove Park, 290 Holden Ave.; Fort Christmas Park, 1543 N Christmas Rd.; Harrell Road, 8503 Trevarthon Rd.; Meadowoods Park, 1751 Rhode Island Woods Cir; NW Water Treatment Plan, 701 W McCormick Rd.; Across from Eastern Regional Park, 9200 Curry Ford Rd.; West Beach Park Addition, 9303 Winter Garden Vineland Rd.; and West Orange Soccer Park, 150 Windemere Rd. Residents are permitted to only bring vegetative (trees/yard waste) storm debris to one of these locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will need to provide proof of Orange County address in order to gain access. Curbside debris pick up assistance for vegetative debris began on Thursday; residents are asked to separate vegetative debris from construction materials, household hazardous waste or large electrical goods when placed on the curb for pickup. Residents can refer to ocfl.net or call 311 for more information, and if they live in one of our cities, they should check with their city on their procedures for pickup plans and locations.Orange County monitors and maintains almost 600 traffic signals. While more than 50% of traffic signals are out, the County asks residents to continue to follow the four-way stop procedure at traffic intersections. If residents have questions or need to report problems, they should contact the Orange County Traffic Management Center at (407) 836-7890 or the Orange County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency Complaint Line at (407) 836-4357 after 6:30 p.m. In addition, based on 311 calls and inspections, the County believes that all roads are passable; residents are directed to report any discoveries of tree limbs or roadways that are not passable to 311.There is extensive flooding in the Orlo-Vista community, where Orange County Fire Rescue and National Guardsmen helped to rescue more than 135 evacuees and their pets. OCFR is currently encouraging residents who have chosen to stay behind to seek safety. Orange County continues to monitor developments related to the sinkhole in the Apopka Vineland and Colonial area.In terms of building safety, the County is prepared to waive permitting fees applicable to individuals and businesses that need contractual repairs.It is one of Orange County’s main goals to educate residents on how to recognize fraud and avoid becoming a victim to such a crime. When considering to hire a contractor, residents should do the following: Ask if the potential contractor has a valid license and insist that they have one; avoid door-to-door solicitors; ask for references, bonding, and insurance; make sure the contract can be broken if you don’t receive financing; and always hire a contractor with a real office, not just a post office box address. For more information on the Orange County Consumer Fraud Office and how to avoid becoming a victim to fraud, residents can call (407) 836-2490, 311, or email [email protected] September 15, 2017 at 7:07 pm Publix at Hunt Club is offering a $ 10.00 gift card for getting your flu shot there. I got mine today and billed it to my insurance and got my free $ 10.00 gift card. You might as well, if you are going to get your flu shot anyway. The card is good for anything at any Publix except lottery tickets, and cannot be redeemed for cash, of course, and if lost or stolen, they will not make it good, but that is understandable. The offer is good until Sept. 30, 2017 if you want to get the free gift card. Reply Look at the tropics! Look at what is brewing! 3 swirls a swirling! I could make up a new song to sing with a hurricane theme and sing it to the Christmas song, 5 Golden Rings, or maybe it is called the 12 Days of Christmas, or whatever that song title is….LOL Reply I couldn’t believe how the flood insurance works, when I heard it explained on tv…..that it doesn’t pay if water rises up and seeps in under the doors or through the walls, that it has to be like a window broken out from the wind, and causes flooding or a roof blows open or off and floods…..good grief, I didn’t have a clue that is how it works and pays off. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter September 15, 2017 at 8:29 pm September 15, 2017 at 4:37 pm Mama Mia The good news is that the power crews came and got the live wire that was lying in the Apopka High School parking lot fixed. It took about 8 men, and four power trucks, and about three hours. The bad news was that we were out of power for that 3 hours. Our power is back on now. Our neighbor was cooking a meal when the power was shut off, to fix the line, and to get it back up, and power restored. So she had a half cooked meal when the power was cut off, before she had to go to work. No such luck for our uprooted palm tree lying on the power line……if it falls, there will be another live wire down! Reply Those Cocoa Beach lawmakers that set that parking price for the day, need the “Sons of The Beaches” to get in their faces, and give them an attitude adjustment. That is robbery to charge that much to park at the beach! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate September 15, 2017 at 6:42 pm September 15, 2017 at 8:42 pm Mama Mia Reply Reply Mama Mia One time Apopka City Commissioner Kathy Till, when she was in office, drove around and personally brought soda drinks and food items for the construction crew members of the city, working out on the streets, cleaning up the storm damage. That was very thoughtful and nice of her to think of the city employees hard at work. Another time, Mayor Land sent someone for food and drinks for the crew out working the street, during the night, on a major water line break at Central Av. that lasted into the mid- day the next day. He was thinking of everybody. The power crew trucks that came and repaired the live wire that was down in the Apopka High parking lot did not say Duke Energy on the sides of the trucks. They all had Irby, or maybe it was Irbie on the sides of the trucks. Don’t know who they are??? Oh, I see now that Bill Nelson and the mayor were at Taylor Apartments in Apopka. The apartments don’t look like they used to when I would drive by taking my husband back and forth to work sometimes, that is why I didn’t recognize that building. Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia What’s with the piles of vegetative debris down on the city owned lot at Sandpiper St. and Park Avenue? Is that a drop off for the public to drop off their vegetative debris, like the county has set up for people to bring their tree branches and natural vegetative debris only minus trash bags??? Anybody know??? You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia The Anatomy of Fear September 15, 2017 at 9:08 pm Okay there is a lot of tv programs we don’t get, but at least we are getting tv. When we had Brighthouse it was a constant interruption of service, then we would have to go through calling the customer service number and re-programming and having them to remotely re-set everything in order to watch again. Wasn’t worth it at, and it did it all the time constantly, was too aggravating, so we kicked them to the curb, and got a HD antenna. Worth every penny! Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Reply September 15, 2017 at 3:51 pm Reply Reply Reply I’m watching Hell’s Kitchen. If I had to race around and hustle like those competitors on the show cooking while they yell and scream at each other, and with the nasty a$$ chef yelling and cursing too, I would have already thrown a frying pan upside someone’s head, and cussed them out too. And If that chef belittled my dishes and spit it out in the trash can cussing, I would give him a super dooper dose of hot peppers on the next dish I cooked, and give him something to really spit out and cuss about, and he would have to go sit his hiney in a cold bucket of ice water……LOL…..wheeeeee….!!!!! Reply I want to go to Tavares to see the seaplane marina damaged areas. September 15, 2017 at 8:55 pm Mama Mia September 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm I really want to go to the beach and see how the hurricane affected the beaches. I would like to go to Cocoa before they impose those extremely high parking costs…..$25.00 for the day. That is too much! September 15, 2017 at 6:25 pm Reply Reply September 15, 2017 at 4:46 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply I think it is fun that everyone is reporting on where the power truck crews are and finking on them! Good. We will find them out, if they are just milking the overtime money, and not getting theirselves out to fix our problems. I think Mayor Teresa Jacobs of Orange County is doing a great job. I never thought I would say this, but I am sorry that her term will be up. She has been doing a great job lately. I’m not understanding why some people are not receiving their Century Link internet service. I have been getting mine the entire time, with no problems, for those who do have power. I see where Apopka Critic stated that he was not getting his Century Link internet? One of my neighbors has a problem with his Century Link internet service and he has power. I don’t get it, but then I don’t understand all of the towers or connections, and how they work. Mine works through the phone lines, I believe. My other neighbor is not getting her cable tv, nothing, and we are getting our tv right on as usual, because we dumped cable and opted for FREE tv. Free, free, free at last, thank God Almighty it is free at last…LOL Lake Apopka Wildlife North Shore Loop looks rough right now judging by the photos. Flooded, with a lot of erosion. Definitely not safe to drive out there as the road could cave in. Good thing it is closed. Reply September 15, 2017 at 6:12 pm Mama Mia Reply September 15, 2017 at 6:49 pm September 15, 2017 at 6:54 pm They were reporting some small hail in with the rain yesterday in some sections. That’s weird. You know you live in Flori-duh if you got hail damage and bullet holes on your vehicle….LOL Are we having fun yet?? Please enter your comment! September 15, 2017 at 4:33 pm Please enter your name here Back when there were so many hurricanes years ago, and I used to ride to Port Canaveral on the bus, and go out on the gambling boat, The Sun Cruz, over there at the port, they had piles and piles of tree debris and piled way up in the air in mountains of debris, that was going to be loaded onto ships, and sent to Japan. They were wanting the debris to use for something, but I don’t know what for. It had a funny smell as the boat started leaving the channel, going out into the ocean, and as I was sitting on the deck, viewing the endless huge piles of vegetative debris. So many endless piles that had been brought there, and dumped, from all over Brevard County and surrounding areas from the hurricane damaged properties. September 15, 2017 at 6:28 pm Mama Mia September 15, 2017 at 9:14 pm I see Senator Bill Nelson is in Apopka speaking with the mayor about us poor Floridians and livin’ paycheck to paycheck, he’s got that right, and that we all need help since the storm. Where were they, I didn’t recognize that building with the terra cotta roof tiles? Got to be 18 or older, and not allergic to eggs or contact lens solution….in order to get the seasonal flu shot, and you must never of had a bad reaction to any other vaccine also. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia September 15, 2017 at 6:18 pm September 15, 2017 at 6:46 pm Reply Reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Thousands of Indigenous people and their supporters marched in Washington, D.C., on March 10, taking a stand for Native sovereignty and in defense of water and land. This march was called after the Trump administration ordered resumption of the illegal construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline on Dakota Sioux treaty land in Standing Rock, N.D., after a U.S. judge refused to impose an injunction to stop the multibillion-dollar underground project. The oil pipeline poses a threat to the water supply of 18 million people in four states.The march began at the headquarters of the Army Corps of Engineers, which granted final easements so that Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the Dakota Access Pipeline, could begin drilling under the Missouri River to finalize the project. It then moved to the Trump International Hotel, where a tipi was erected, to other federal buildings and ended in front of the White House.Those at the march demanded that Trump meet with tribal leaders, that federal and state governments respect Native sovereignty, and that no pipeline or other projects affecting Indigenous Nations should be approved without full consent. Satellite rallies and marches took place in many other cities, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Seattle. For more online coverage, see workers.org.— Report by Mahtowin Munro and Monica Moorehead
TikTok, the wildly popular social media app owned by the Chinese company ByteDance, has become one of the primary battlefields in the U.S. cold war against China. Huawei, ZTE, and other Chinese tech companies have also been targets of sanctions and punitive measures meted out by the U.S. in the past. Recently, the U.S. has tightened the screws in its maximum pressure campaign against China.Headquarters of Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., the Beijing-based company that owns TikTok. Credit: ImaginechinaThe Commerce Department announced suddenly on Sept. 18 that TikTok’s operations in the U.S. would face more severe restrictions, beginning the following Sunday. TikTok would be removed from app stores so that no new users could download it, and any new updates would be blocked for existing users. The goal of the U.S. is to completely transfer ownership of the app from its Chinese owner to U.S.-based companies such as Microsoft or Oracle.According to the U.S., this must be done because the app is a “threat to national security,” a charge thrown out perennially to justify such disastrous, unjust measures as the Iraq War, torture, border militarization and the Patriot Act. In the post-9/11 world, “defending national security” has become an all-encompassing project of the state, which marshals vast resources and people in its efforts to secure the domestic and global dominance of the U.S. ruling class.So what possible threats could a social media app filled with creative, entertaining short videos present? With pandemic lockdowns driving people indoors across the world, many have found needed distraction and a welcome laugh in the app’s endless stream of videos, produced by big-name celebrities, friends, and random users alike.Most downloaded appTikTok registered a 58% increase in downloads in the first quarter of 2020 over the previous quarter — the largest-ever increase for any app in a single quarter. It doubled its number of downloads in a little over a year. For five consecutive quarters it was the Apple store’s most downloaded app, until Zoom finally broke its streak in the second quarter of this year.The Trump administration claims that the app is an open door for the Communist Party of China to engage in surveillance, espionage, and interference within the U.S. and its allies. Administration officials and corporate media have referred to Chinese “tentacles” in regard to TikTok — a racist old trope from the days of the Chinese Exclusion Act, which banned immigration from China. That era also witnessed massacres and mass violence against Chinese people in the U.S., many of whom were highly exploited workers who built the first railroads in the rugged terrain of the West.The Trump administration has never offered public evidence for its claims of “back doors” in TikTok’s source code that would allow Beijing direct access to users’ data. The app gathers less data than Facebook, Instagram, and Google, which collectively have more users. Amazon recently added to its board the former chief of the National Seecurity Agency, Gen. Keith Alexander. Gen. Alexander oversaw the NSA when Edward Snowden blew the whistle on its vast, intrusive surveillance programs that target both the U.S. public and other countries, including such allies as Germany.Amazon is far from alone in having a revolving door relationship with the state’s surveillance and military apparatus. Facebook’s chief security officer, Max Kelley, left the company in 2010 to work for the NSA. A 2016 report from the Tech Transparency Project found that seven former national security and intelligence officials and 18 Pentagon officials moved to Google, while three Google executives moved to the Department of Defense.Look for who profitsThe real motive behind the U.S. trying to forcibly hand over TikTok to U.S. companies is to enrich investors, who stand to benefit tremendously from a deal that gives them commanding ownership. While the U.S. accuses China of stealing its technology, this is exactly what the U.S. is guilty of doing in trying to steal TikTok. The Trump administration claims that the Chinese government unfairly manipulates its economy to give its firms, many of which are state-owned, a competitive advantage over U.S. companies. Yet now the U.S. government is intervening heavily in order to hand TikTok over to U.S. profiteers.The U.S. privately owned tech firms will not allow a global competitor to exist, much in the same way that the military-industrial complex won’t allow a challenger to U.S. global military power. It isn’t enough for the U.S. to be a superpower — it must be the sole superpower. Yet the “full spectrum dominance” desired by the U.S. ruling class isn’t a reality. Other countries, such as China, stand up to U.S. imperialism.A day after the Commerce Department announced it would ban the downloading of TikTok, a quick reversal happened. Trump announced a potential new deal in the works that “will have nothing to do with China” and would transfer ownership of the app completely to Walmart and Oracle. But the deal reportedly gives Walmart and Oracle only a 20% stake, with ByteDance having a controlling share while maintaining ownership of algorithms and keeping control over its key assets.TikTok was not removed from app stores as announced. Instead, a ten-day extension was announced by the Commerce Department. China’s Global Times reported on Sept. 20 that Oracle will have access to TikTok’s source code and updates to ensure no back doors exist in the app. However, “the new deal reported by the U.S. media is still one imposed on TikTok forcefully without international law or general business rules as the basis.”The involvement of the Chinese government may have been a key factor in shaping the current deal. If the ban had gone through, China would retaliate by revising its “unreliable entity list” to include U.S. tech companies, thereby opening the legal mechanisms for Beijing to target them. The current deal, with its one-fifth ownership share allotted to U.S. firms, was likely just enough to keep investors satisfied.The case of TikTok shows that U.S. hegemony is not inevitable and can be combated. While U.S. imperialism desires total control of the world order, it does not always get its way. ByteDance’s hard approach shows that Chinese companies won’t fold under the maximum pressure campaign by the U.S.In his 1956 piece “U.S. Imperialism Is a Paper Tiger,” the Chinese revolutionary leader Mao Zedong wrote: “Only when imperialism is eliminated can peace prevail. The day will come when the paper tigers will be wiped out. But they won’t become extinct of their own accord, they need to be battered by the wind and the rain. “… At present, the United States is powerful, but when looked at in a broader perspective, as a whole and from a long-term viewpoint, it has no popular support, its policies are disliked by the people, because it oppresses and exploits them. For this reason, the tiger is doomed.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Organisation News A decade ago, regime opponents in Vietnam or Tunisia were still printing leaflets in their basements andhanding them out to fellow militants at clandestine meetings. Independent newspapers were no morethan a few hastily-stapled photocopies distributed secretly.These days,“subversive” or “counter-revolutionary” material goes on the Internet and political dissidentsand journalists have become “cyber-dissidents” and “online journalists.” Most of them know how tocreate a blog, organise a chat group, make phone calls through a computer and use a proxy to get roundcensorship.New technology allows them to receive and share news out of sight of the authorities. The Web is alsoa blessing for human rights groups, which can now build a file on a political prisoner with a few mouseclicksinstead of over weeks and sometimes months.The Web makes networking much easier, for politicalactivists as well as teenagers. Unfortunately, this progress and use of new tools by activists is nowbeing matched by the efforts of dictatorships to fight them. Dictators too have entered the world of Web2.0.Sixty people are currently in jail for posting criticism of governments online, with China’s 50 making itby far the world’s worst prison for cyber-dissidents.The Chinese have been aped by other countries -four such dissidents are in jail in Vietnam, three in Syria and one each in Tunisia, Libya and Iran.Parliaments in these countries, along with the local cyber-police, closely follow the latest technologicaldevelopments. When instant messaging, such as MSN Messenger, became all the rage, China asked thefirms that made these programmes to automatically block some key-words, making it impossible forChinese users to talk about the Dalai Lama and Taiwanese independence, for example.And with the success of YouTube, China and Iran are keen to filter the videos that appear there – toomuch “subversive” content for China and too much “immorality” for Iran. In Vietnam, police and dissidentschase play cat-and-mouse with “chat rooms” and three people were arrested there in October2005 for discussing democracy on Paltalk, a US website that organises remote meetings. One of them,Truong Quoc Huy, was still in prison at the end of 2006.Spyware that filters e-mailThe Internet was not designed to protect message confidentiality. It is fast and fairly reliable but alsoeasy to spy on and censor. From the first mouse-click, users leave a trail and reveal information aboutthemselves and what their tastes and habits are.This data is very valuable to commercial firms, who sortthrough it to target their advertising better.The police also use it.The best way to spy on journalists a few years ago was still to send a plainclothesofficer to stand outside their house.This can be done more cheaply and efficiently now, because machinescan spy, report back and automatically prevent subversive conversations.Cuba has installed spyware in cybercafé computers so that when users type “banned” words in an email,such as the name of a known political dissident, they see a warning that they are writing thingsconsidered a “threat to state security” and the Web navigator then immediately shuts down.The Internet giants work with the dictatorshipsThe predators of free expression are not all the same. China keeps a tight grip on what is written anddownloaded by users and spends an enormous amount on Internet surveillance equipment and hiresarmies of informants and cyber-police. It also has the political weight to force the companies in the sector – such as Yahoo!, Google, Microsoft and Cisco Systems – to do what it wants them to, and all haveagreed to censor their search-engines to filter out websites overcritical of the authorities.This makes the regime’s job very much easier because these firms are the main entry-points to theInternet. If a website is not listed by these search-engines, material posted on them has about as muchchance of being found as a message in a bottle thrown into the sea. Not all countries are strong enough to make the US multinational Internet firms bend to their will, butall authoritarian regimes are now working to censor the Web, even countries in sub-Saharan Africa.TheEthiopian regime of prime minister Meles Zenawi has blocked openly-critical websites and blogs sinceMay 2006 and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is considering a law allowing security forces tointercept online messages without reference to the courts. One of the first moves by Thailand’s militaryrulers after their September coup was to censor news websites, even foreign ones, that criticized thetakeover.When a dictator cannot effectively censor the Internet, he can take a more radical approach – barringInternet access to virtually everyone, as in North Korea and Turkmenistan. And when a tyrant dies, asTurkmenistan’s “President-for-Life” Separmurad Nyazov did in December, his successor starts work bydeclaring his policy towards the Internet.These days, dictators talk about the Web when they want toshow their regime is progressive.Internet users are organising themselves and conjuring up new solutions to tackle these dictatorships,get round the filters and protect their anonymity.They use and create new technology, encrypt their emailand use other tools that are still not detected by cyber-police.The Web phone service Skype, for example, has made it much easier for journalists – and ReportersWithout Borders – to communicate with their sources. It works especially well because it is encryptedand so conversations are hard to tap. But China has already signed an agreement with Skype to blockkey-words, so how can we be sure our conversations are not being listened to? How do we know ifSkype will not also allow (or already has allowed) the Chinese police to spy on its customers?It has become vital to examine new technology from a moral standpoint and understand the secondaryeffects of it. If firms and democratic countries continue to duck the issue and pass off ethical responsibilityon others, we shall soon be in a world where all our communications are spied on. A decade ago, regime opponents in Vietnam or Tunisia were still printing leaflets in their basements and handing them out to fellow militants at clandestine meetings. Independent newspapers were no more than a few hastily-stapled photocopies distributed secretly. These days,“subversive” or “counter-revolutionary” material goes on the Internet and political dissidents and journalists have become “cyber-dissidents” and “online journalists.”… February 1, 2007 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Dictatorships get to grips with Web 2.0 RSF_en ——————–Create your blog with Reporters Without Borders and read our “blog review” : www.rsfblog.org . Help by sharing this information
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Twitter Google+ By News Highland – September 8, 2014 HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Google+ WhatsApp A series of public commemoration events is taking place in Donegal over the next two weeks marking ther 100th anniversary of the First World War.The talks, which are part of the Peace 3 backed “Hands of History” project are being delivered by Steve Hunter of the Monreagh Heritage Centre.The first of the talks takes place at the Monreagh centre tonight.Steve Hunter says coming soon after a new memorial was unveiled in Letterkenny, this is a way of exploring how World War 1 impacted on Donegal………….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/steveww1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released WhatsApp Previous articleLetterkenny second to overall winner at Tidy Towns AwardsNext articleCPWP call on Donegal homes to boycott water charges News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Pinterest Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Pinterest “Hands of History” talks to examine impact of WW1 on Donegal Twitter