Leave a gift in your will to the British Red Cross

first_img The British Red Cross’ October 2012 TV advert promoting legacies.The campaign explains how a gift of just 1% of your estate in your will can help make sure the charity has the resources it needs to care for people in crisis, in the UK or abroad into the future.www.redcross.org.uk/giftinwill Advertisement  156 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  155 total views,  5 views todaycenter_img Tagged with: legacies Howard Lake | 24 November 2012 | News Leave a gift in your will to the British Red Crosslast_img read more

United Arab Emirates

first_img Organisation Help by sharing this information RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say December 23, 2020 Find out more to go further News News March 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 United Arab Emirates Despite the fact that the United Arab Emirates are experiencing the highest penetration rate in the Arab world, the authorities have implemented an extensive system to filter sensitive subjects, backed by repressive laws. Netizens are increasingly resorting to proxy servers to access thousands of banned websites.Promoting Internet accessThe United Arab Emirates are playing a technological leadership role in the Arab world, thanks mainly to Dubai Media City and Dubai Internet City – tax-free zones in which major companies in the media and IT sector have set up their operations. In March 2009, the authorities decided to use the country’s domain name in Arabic in order to foster the use of the language on the Internet. They plan to invest several billion dollars to expand Internet infrastructures and access, particularly in government agencies and schools.Over 50% of the Emirates’ population are connected to the Internet. An extremely active community of netizens has developed. Bloggers are broaching topics of general interest, but they are often pressured to use self-censorship. Some of them, however, do tackle controversial subjects, only to face the consequences. The owner of the www.majan.net forum and one of his colleagues spent several weeks behind bars in late 2007 for covering a corruption case in the medical community. The public prosecutor dropped the defamation charges in 2008.Pervasive filtering policyAlthough the authorities are in favor of letting their citizens have access to the Net, they insist on “guiding” them in the process. Under the pretext of fighting online pornography, several thousand Internet sites totally unrelated to this subject have vanished from the Web (blocked sites such as http://www.emarati.katib.org/node/52, for example). Taboo subjects include: alternative political views, non-orthodox opinions about Islam, and criticisms of the social situation, especially of the royal family. The economy is still a very sensitive topic. Mujarad Ensan’s blog (www.mujarad-ensan.maktooblog.com) was blocked after he mentioned what repercussions the royal economic crisis has had on the Kingdom. Finally, sites that provide content considered “obscene,” or censorship circumvention tools, are not accessible either. Censors also target any site denouncing human rights violations in the country. The UAE Torture website (www.uaetorture.com), for example, is blocked.Authorities have allegedly blocked five hundred keywords. The decision to render websites inaccessible is made by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (TRA) in cooperation with the Minister of Communications and Internet Technology, and implemented by the country’s two Internet access providers, Etisalat and Du. They use the SmartFilter software program produced by Secure Computing, which was bought out in 2008 by the American firm, McAfee.Censorship affecting social networks, participating websites and blog platforms is not uniformly applied. Forums are filtered according to the topics discussed by surfers. Only a few pages or posts are made unavailable. The very popular www.uaehewar.net forum was recently blocked in its entirety. YouTube is partially blocked: a campaign launched in 2009 by Dubai’s Chief of Police, to block all access to the site, failed.Currently, the country has several hundred Internet cafés. Yet they are not the primary point of access for the country’s citizens, who consult the Web from their homes or workplaces. New rules require that users present an ID card and register their personal data, but they are allegedly not being enforced.Cell phones are also being filtered. The latest victim is the Blackberry, whose Internet access has been filtered since December 2009. Authorities tried to install spyware on smartphones in July 2009, but users raised such an uproar that they finally abandoned the plan. Cyber-laws and cyber-policeSince December 2008, UAE cyber-police have been in charge of monitoring the Web and keeping an eye on its users. According to the authorities, they processed over 200 cases in 2009, mainly related to cyber-crime and hacking.Intensified surveillance has been coupled with liberticidal laws. By virtue of Article 20 of the 2006 law against cyber-criminality (the Computer Crime Act), an Internet user may be imprisoned for “opposing Islam,” “insulting any religion recognized by the state,” or “violating family values and principles.”Another victim of the censors, the website www.Hetta.com, has been targeted by judicial harassment. Its chief editor, Ahmed Mohammed bin Gharib, was sentenced to a fine of AED 20,000 (about USD 5,400) for “defaming,” “insulting,” and “humiliating” the Abu Dhabi Media Company, a state-controlled media outlet for publishing an article in May 2009 in which journalists denounced the company’s “administrative corruption” and “embezzlement” practices. The appeal hearing upheld this penalty on January 13. Ahmed Mohammed bin Gharib lodged an appeal with the Court of Cassation.Intensifying cyber censorship and circumvention effortsDespite the fact that, based upon a poll published by the newspaper Khaleej, 95.5% of the respondents opposed the current filtering system, the latter has been intensifying in the last few months according to the OpenNet Initiative. Dubai Internet City and Dubai Media City, which, until now, had been spared by censorship, are now being filtered despite the promises made to investors. Yet UAE netizens are not easily dissuaded: increasing numbers of them are discovering how to circumvent the censorship and regain Internet access. Receive email alertscenter_img Follow the news on United Arab Emirates RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance June 8, 2021 Find out more United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Newslast_img read more

Ekweremadu Flags off Youths Sports Championship in Enugu

first_imgHe asked the participating teams that the championship was intended to imbibe in them the spirit of sportsmanship, competition and friendship and urged them to eschew the desire to win by all means adding that the championship was meant to provide opportunities for the youth to flourish in sports.He said the expectation was that in the very near future, the participants would be representing various clubs at home and abroad as well as playing for the country. He pledged 100,000 and 50,000 naira for every goal scored to the team and goal scorer respectively. The championship comes to a close on 18/02/2018 with the final of the football event at the main bowl of the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium, Enugu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Christopher Isiguzo in EnuguThe Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu at the weekend flagged off the 2018 Ikeoha Youths Sports Championship aimed at harvesting talents for national and international championships.The championship will see youths from five local government areas of Enugu West senatorial district of Enugu state, including, Aninri, Awgu, Oji River, Udi and Ezeagu in football, basket ball and athletics.The opening match played by Team Awgu against Team Aninri ended in barren draw.Ekweremadu who spoke at the flag-off of the championship at the Awgu Township Stadium said apart from harvesting talents, the championship will also unite the people of the senatorial zone.last_img read more

From bars to temples, Japan fans flock for World Cup win

first_imgTokyo, Jul 2 (AFP) When Japan’s Blue Samurai take on Belgium today for a spot in the World Cup quarter finals, fans nationwide will pack spots from bars to temples to cheer them on. They are the undisputed underdogs against star-studded Belgium, but Japan weren’t even expected to qualify from their group after a chaotic and disappointing run up to the tournament. The team’s surprise turnaround has delighted fans at home, with people determined to stay up and cheer despite a time difference that means Monday’s game starts at 3:00am Tuesday morning local time. At a sports gear shop in Tokyo, several fans were out stocking up on kit before the game. “I think there is a chance to win,” said Yuta Makino, predicting Japan would sneak by Belgium 2-1 with goals by Shinji Kagawa and Yuya Osako. “Since Belgium have a lot of famous players, I want (Japan) to concentrate on defence and look for a window of opportunity,” said Makino, a 19-year-old university student, at an outlet of Soccer Shop KAMO in Tokyo’s entertainment district of Shinjuku. Hikaru Sasayama, also a university student, was planning to watch at a public viewing at a movie theatre, dressed from head to toe in Japan’s strip. “I’m afraid Belgium are stronger as they are faster and taller than Japan, but I want to cheer them on loudly from the theatre,” Sasayama said. Shin Abe, 20, said he expected the whole region would be cheering for Japan, the only Asian team to make it to the last 16.advertisement “I hope Japan will set Asia alight by winning as Asian teams have been defeated every time,” said Abe, who was planning to go a sports bar to watch the game. – Zen approach -================ Japan entered the competition with low expectations, after a series of disappointing pre-tournament fixtures and the chaotic dismissal of their former coach. The Japan Football Association unceremoniously canned Vahid Halilhodzic just months before the tournament began, citing communication problems with the team. He denies there were any problems, and is suing the association over his firing. The upheaval doesn’t appear to have perturbed the team, though new coach Akira Nishino has faced criticism for ordering players to run down the clock in their final game at the group stage, knowing that a 1-0 loss to Poland would be enough to get the Blue Samurai through to the final 16.While many Japanese will be eager to cheer as loudly and raucously as possible, one viewing venue will be encouraging a more contemplative watching experience. Tokoji Temple in central Japan’s Shizuoka, will be holding its first ever public football viewing, inviting people to its guest house. “I’m looking forward to seeing many people visit us and enjoy, as a lot of people are interested in the World Cup,” Taiko Ishida, the 51-year-old chief priest of the Zen temple, told AFP. “Since it’s a temple and the game is taking place quite early in the morning, we hope people will watch the game calmly without whistles or drums, except when goals are scored,” Ishida said. The temple plans to offer a special meditation practice as well as rice gruel for viewers after the game, free of charge, the priest said. “I am quietly wishing for Japan’s victory,” he added. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more