Umeme Limited (UMME.ke) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgUmeme Limited (UMME.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Umeme Limited (UMME.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Umeme Limited (UMME.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Umeme Limited (UMME.ke)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUmeme Limited is a power utility company managing the distribution of electricity, electricity supply and after-sales service in Uganda and power sharing with Africa sub-regions. Its electricity distribution division manages the operation, maintenance, upgrading and expansion of the distribution network in Uganda. It consists of approximately 26 202 kilometres of medium- and low-voltage transmission lines which covers the major towns and cities of Uganda. The electricity supply and after-sales service divisions connect new customers to the distribution network, read meters, bill customers and collect revenue as well as deal with customer complaints, restoring power interruptions, managing customer care and educating customers on saving energy. Umeme Limited targets customers in the domestic, commercial, medium industrial, large industrial and street lighting sectors. Umeme Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Forget the Tesco share price! I’d buy this high-growth FTSE 100 share instead

first_img Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The FTSE 100 supermarket Tesco (LSE: TSCO) has seen a good turn of luck in the recent past, as the lockdown led to a sales spurt. The company’s UK and Ireland sales grew 8.5% according to its latest results released earlier during the week. Its profits grew by a notable 29% too. Investors were impressed with the results, evident from some increase in the Tesco share price following the release. It fell soon after, though, only to rise again, suggesting that investors can’t make up their minds about the stock. Positives for the Tesco share priceI get it. I really want to get on board with Tesco too. But there are too many pulls in both directions. First, consider the upside. Tesco is one of the dominant grocers in the UK that is in the process of streamlining its business. This includes selling its interests overseas. It may do well in concentrated operations. We’ll know over time how that works. Next, this is the first set of results under Ken Murphy, the new CEO, and it looks good. The broader situation has helped him, but maybe it has something to do with the group’s strategy too. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…With the festive season around the corner, TSCO should continue to perform. Maybe the sales won’t be as big as last year, because of the pandemic, but they should still be improved over earlier quarters. The economy’s poised to recover in 2021, which will also continue to support supermarket sales. Last, Tesco’s dividend yield at 4.5% is attractive for passive investors. The downsideBut the biggest downside is the Tesco share price itself. Despite robust results, it remains underwhelming. Despite this, its earnings ratio is at 19.5 times, which isn’t low. And if I can’t convince you, maybe the Oracle of Omaha can. I had written about how Warren Buffett regretted buying Tesco’s shares last year, and its weak share price trend since is proof of why. The Tesco share price story is particularly disappointing when so many other FTSE 100 shares are performing quite well. Though to be fair, in general, supermarkets have been sluggish at the stock markets. Competition on the one hand and the shift towards online shopping on the other, are big challenges for the sector. I think the Tesco stock can still turn around, if it’s able to make a big shift towards online shopping. So far the signs look good. An alternative buyBut for now, I think the better bet is the FTSE 100 online grocer Ocado, which has stood out in 2020 because of the spurt in demand for its services. While the company has itself noted that the spike was a one-off event, the fact is that the odds are now even more in favour of online purchases than before. It’s share price has run up quite a bit this year, but I think for a long-term investor, Ocado’s stock to consider.  Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Forget the Tesco share price! I’d buy this high-growth FTSE 100 share instead See all posts by Manika Premsingh Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Manika Premsingh | Saturday, 10th October, 2020 | More on: TSCO Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Manika Premsingh owns shares of Ocado Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tesco. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.last_img read more

How should I invest £5k? The 5 UK shares I’d buy for 2021

first_img The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 26th December, 2020 If I had a lump sum of £5,000 to invest today, I would buy UK shares. I think the UK market is incredibly undervalued right now. Investor sentiment towards British companies has deteriorated over the past five years.However, this is not reflected in these companies’ fundamentals. In my opinion, many corporations are in a stronger position today than they were five years ago. Unfortunately, the market does not seem to think so. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As such, if I had £5,000 to invest for 2021, I would look to take advantage of this discrepancy. And there are a couple of companies in particular that I would focus on buying.How should I invest in UK shares?One sector that I believe is significantly undervalued is the oil & gas sector. It is easy to understand why investors have been avoiding UK shares in this industry over the past few years. The price of oil has crumbled, and profitability in the sector has declined. At the same time, businesses are coming under pressure to reduce their carbon footprint. This has led some analysts to speculate that the oil & gas industry is on the way out.I disagree. While I do believe the world is moving away from dirty fuels, the globe still consumes around 100m barrels of oil every day. It will take time for that to change.That’s why I’d back Royal Dutch Shell and BP at current levels. Both of these UK shares have large oil and gas operations. They are also investing billions in renewable energy. This should help them change with the times. And while they move to a greener asset base, both companies offer mid-single-digit dividend yields.Undervalued propertyAs well as the oil and gas companies outlined above, I’m also taking a closer look at real estate investment trusts. UK shares like Great Portland Estates and Landsec have seen the value of their shares plunge in 2020. As commercial property values have fallen, investor sentiment has changed rapidly.Nevertheless, recent trading updates from both groups show their asset values have only declined modestly. This discrepancy between the companies’ stock price and underlying fundamental performance is, in my opinion, something to take advantage of, which is why I’ve been eyeing up the shares.As the UK economy begins to recover in 2021, I reckon these two companies could see a sudden surge in investor interest.High-risk, high-rewardI think the UK shares listed above are relatively low-risk investments. However, when it comes to IAG, this is not a holding for the faint-hearted. One of the world’s largest airline groups, the company has struggled to stay solvent in the coronavirus crisis.Still, it seems to have made it through in one piece. As the economy starts to recover, IAG has a good opportunity to take market share and return to profit. If it can pull ahead of the rest of the pack, I reckon the stock may be a good investment for 2021. How should I invest £5k? The 5 UK shares I’d buy for 2021 Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge!center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Landsec. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Rumilahua House / Luis López López y Emilio López Herrera

first_imgSave this picture!© Sebastián Crespo+ 17 Share Ecuador Projects CopyAbout this officeLuis López LópezOfficeFollowEmilio López HerreraOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionEcuadorPublished on January 13, 2015Cite: “Rumilahua House / Luis López López y Emilio López Herrera” [Casa Rumilahua / Luis López López y Emilio López Herrera] 13 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodProfile Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel PicturaCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Stainless Steel FinishesWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Mass TimberWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityChairsSellexChair – IrinaBathroom FurnitureKaleBathroom Cabinets – ZeroMore products »Read commentsSave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 stream Rumilahua House / Luis López López y Emilio López Herrera “COPY” ArchDaily Architects: Emilio López Herrera, Luis López LópezConstruction:López López arquitectos, Patricio RecaldeStructure:Herberto NovilloPlumbing:Luis MoralesElectrical:Luis CórdovaCountry:EcuadorMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Sebastián CrespoText description provided by the architects. In the Andes, at 3,300 meters and surrounded by the Sincholagua, Cotopaxi, Rumiñahui, Corazón and Pasochoa volcanoes, is the Rumilahua hacienda.Save this picture!© Sebastián CrespoThe project is an extension of a small house and consists of reinforced concrete walls, ocher in color, with a texture achieved from formwork made of eucalyptus tables planed on only one side.Save this picture!© Sebastián CrespoThe walls relate the house with the terrain characterized by the presence of rock and soil of volcanic origin. These comprise the ‘settling’ of the house: support that provides protection but also determines the extraordinary views in its openings.Save this picture!© Sebastián CrespoOpenings interspersed with an envelope / roof, designed outward with rusted Corten steel and inward with white surfaces. The structure of the envelope is designed with seike wood porches assembled at the factory.Save this picture!Section CCA suitable temperature comfort is achieved, taking advantage of the heat buildup in the walls and keeping it with laminated glass and sufficient insulation in walls and roof to deal with the icy winds of the area.Save this picture!© Sebastián CrespoProject gallerySee allShow less13 New Buildings Join the World’s 100 Tallest List in Record-Breaking YearArchitecture NewsWinery / A.Burmester Arquitectos AssociadosSelected Projects Sharecenter_img CopyHouses, Extension•Ecuador ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/586133/rumilahua-house-luis-lopez-lopez-y-emilio-lopez-herrera Clipboard Rumilahua House / Luis López López y Emilio López HerreraSave this projectSaveRumilahua House / Luis López López y Emilio López Herrera ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/586133/rumilahua-house-luis-lopez-lopez-y-emilio-lopez-herrera Clipboard “COPY” Houseslast_img read more

New Communications head for Charity Commission

first_img Charity Commission seeks new PR chief Paul Fredericks, head of Communications at the Charity Commission for five years, is to move to a new job within the Commission involved in charity investigations.Read Charity Commission seeks new PR chief by Julia Day Advertisement Howard Lake | 1 May 2001 | News New Communications head for Charity Commission AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  14 total views,  1 views today 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.last_img read more

Matched funding available for new pocket parks in London

first_img 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. Advertisement Tagged with: Community fundraising London matched giving Spacehive and The Mayor of London have opened the second round of their Pocket Parks Programme to help transform unused and unloved spaces in new pocket parks for Londoners to enjoy.Pocket parks are “small green areas of thriving public space in the middle of the city”, according to Spacehive. And by ‘small’ they mean less than 0.4 hectares.Crowdfund then grantThe partnership involves crowdfunding the first 20% of the project’s cost with Spacehive. Then, if the project is selected, the Mayor of London will provide the remaining 80% of the funds required. Projects can have a maximum budget of £20,000.To be eligible for funding, the first 20% target has to have been reached by 8 April.You can view other people’s projects on Spacehive’s Pocket Parks Hive and create a project now.Applications are open from 20 January until 10 March 2014.  45 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 10 January 2014 | News Matched funding available for new pocket parks in Londonlast_img read more

Commissioner line-up announced for Law Family Commission on Civil Society

first_imgCommissioner line-up announced for Law Family Commission on Civil Society Professor Dame Nancy RothwellPresident and Vice-Chancellor, Professor of Physiology, University of Manchester Baroness Valerie Amos, CH, PCFormer UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator and Secretary of State for International Development AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Michele (Mitch) OliverGlobal VP Brand & Purpose at Mars, Trustee Stonewall “2020 is such a powerful year for us to embark on this work on the Law Family Commission on Civil Society. The challenges facing our country are so multifaceted and dangerously divisive that we now need to bring evidence, expertise and lived experience into the same spaces. I’m looking forward to working collaboratively to provide robust challenges to the status quo and to spark new thinking that simply works better, for all.”  672 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 9 October 2020 | News  671 total views,  2 views today Sir Harvey McGrathChair, Big Society Capital Theresa ShearerCEO, ENABLE Scotland Ruth IbegbunaCEO Founder, RECLAIM and Director of The Roots Programme Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBECrossbench peer, Paralympian and Chancellor of Northumbria University Dr Javed KhanChief Executive, Barnardo’s Former Cabinet Secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell is to chair the Law Family Commission on Civil Society, Pro Bono Economics has today announced, with a 17-strong team of Commissioners.The two-year Commission launches in December and will steer a programme of research into how best to unleash the full potential of the UK’s civil society.The Commission has been made possible through the support of the Law Family Charitable Foundation and will be run by Pro Bono Economics. It will examine all aspects of civil society, from volunteering and philanthropy to communities and the relationship between civil society and government.The 17 Commissioners are drawn from the private, public and social sectors, and are former politicians, philanthropists and leaders of small charities, universities, businesses and community groups. On the charity side, they include Ruth Ibegbuna, Director of The Roots Programme, Dr Javed Khan, Chief Executive of Barnardo’s, Karl Wilding, CEO of sector body NCVO, and Matt Whittaker, CEO of Pro Bono Economics.Lord O’Donnell said:“Civil society has long been undervalued and overlooked. Yet charities employ almost as many people as financial services and generate around £200 billion of social value, equivalent to 10% of GDP. The coronavirus crisis has highlighted the critical role of civil society in all our lives. After years of policy neglect, now is the time to examine properly the changes that are needed to allow civil society to do still more to improve our country.“Leading businesses are putting purpose and profit on a par. Government wants to level up the country. Charities themselves know they’re going to have to do more with less as the recession bites. None of the three sectors can fulfil their aims without the others.“It is essential all parts of society are involved in the conversation and working as one if the UK is to build back better from the Covid crisis. If we leave even one sector out, attempts to create inclusive growth will fail. That is why the Law Family Commission on Civil Society has brought all sectors – public, private and social – together to unlock civil society’s potential.”Ruth Ibegbuna, CEO Founder of RECLAIM and Director of The Roots Programme commented: Advertisement James Timpson OBE DLChief Executive, Timpson Ltd Tagged with: Civil Society Strategy The full list of Commissioners Joel DavisChief Executive, Tutors United Shaks Ghosh CBEChief Executive, Clore Social Leadership About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Mary Rose GunnChief Executive, The Fore Matt WhittakerCEO, Pro Bono Economics Stephan ShakespeareCEO, YouGov Vidhya AlakesonChief Executive, Power to Change Karl WildingCEO, NCVO Lord Gus O’DonnellFormer Cabinet Secretary, Chairman of Frontier Economicslast_img read more

USDA Provides Early Look at Census of Agriculture Results

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Feb 20, 2014 Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says the preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture provide a snapshot of a strong rural American that has remained stable during difficult economic times. He notes the loss of farmland has been slowed significantly and new tools provided in the 2014 Farm Bill will help further slow and reverse the trend. Vilsack says the data also confirm farm income is at a record high – but that the prolonged drought and lack of disaster assistance have made it more difficult for livestock producers and mid-sized farms to survive. The farm bill – he says – guarantees disaster assistance and provides additional stability for farmers and ranchers. A bright spot in the data – according to Vilsack – is the slight increase in young farmers and the stable number of small farms and large-scale farms. He says this reflects USDA’s work to grow local and regional food systems and exports. Still – Vilsack says more must be done for mid-sized operations. He says the 2014 Farm Bill will expand support for beginning farmers and new market opportunities for all producers. Finally – Vilsack says the Census data illustrate the strength of diversity in crop production, markets, people and land use across the agricultural sector. While the aging nature of the farming population is a concern – he says there’s hope that trend can be reversed as the next generation of talent is attracted to rural America and retained. Facebook Twitter USDA has released the preliminary results of the 2012 Census of Agriculture. The Census shows an increase in the value of agricultural products sold in the U.S. totaling 394.6-billion dollars in 2012 – an increase of 33-percent from 2007. For just the second time in Census history – crop sales exceeded livestock sales. Per farm average value of sales increased $52,286 between 2007 and 2012 – continuing a 30-year upward trend and representing the largest rise in Census history. While the number of farms and land in farms were down slightly – they held steady. The U.S. had 2.1-million farms in 2012 – down 4.3-percent from the 2007 Census. An overall downward trend in mid-sized farms continued – while the smallest and largest-size farms held steady. The amount of land in farms declined from 922-million acres to 915-million between 2007 and 2012. That’s a decline of less than one-percent and is the third-smallest decline between censuses since 1950. The 2012 Census also shows that principal farm operators are becoming older. The average age of a principal farm operator in 2012 was 58.3-years – up 1.2-years since 2007 and continuing a 30-year trend of steady increase. USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Administrator Cynthia Clark says the release of preliminary Census results is just a first look at the data. The final report will be published in May.Conducted since 1840 – the Census of Agriculture accounts for all U.S. farms and ranches and the people who operate them. The Census tells a story of how American agriculture is changing and lays the groundwork for new programs and policies that will invest in rural America; promote innovation and productivity; build the rural economy; and support our next generation of farmers and ranchers. Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Provides Early Look at Census of Agriculture Resultscenter_img Previous articleAmerican Ethanol Enhances Partnership with Richard Childress Racing and Driver Austin Dillon in 2014Next articleEPA Proposes New Pesticide Exposure Safety Measures Gary Truitt Vilsack on Preliminary Census Results USDA Provides Early Look at Census of Agriculture Results Source: NAFB News Service SHARElast_img read more

Polls Show Different Opinions on Renewable Fuel Standard

first_img Previous articleArysta Lifescience Introduces Tepera™ Brand FungicidesNext articleChina Plans to Cut Corn Acreage Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Dinneen also said the API exaggerated claims that the RFS has raised food prices 25 percent.“Instead food prices have risen by an average of just 2.7 percent per year since 2005, the year RFS was adopted. In fact, only 17 cents of every dollar spent on food pays for the raw farm ingredients in the food item. The other 83 cents pay for processing, transportation, labor, packaging, advertising and other costs,” Dinneen said.The RFA poll, conducted by Morning Consult, included results from 2,004 registered voters. The data cited by API was pulled from a poll, conducted by Harris Poll, of 1,013 registered voters. SHARE Seventy-seven percent of voters are also concerned that automakers say they might not provide warranty coverage if owners fuel their vehicles with a higher ethanol blend levels. Seventy-six percent of voters worry that using corn for energy production instead of food could increase food costs as well.“The fact is, our new energy realities have made the RFS obsolete,” API Downstream Group Director Frank Macchiarola told reporters during a conference call on Wednesday. “It is a broken and outdated policy. Americans are not consuming as much gasoline as Congress estimated they would when the mandate was passed in 2007. That means current ethanol mandates push far more ethanol into gasoline than today’s vehicles can accommodate. ”Though Republicans were generally more concerned about increasing the RFS, with 85 percent of Republicans worried the gas prices would increase and the U.S. fuel supply would see losses, other parties showed only slightly lower levels of concern. Seventy-five percent of Democrats and 71 percent of Independents said breaching the blend wall could hurt consumers.“A vast majority of Americans are deeply concerned by the consequences of this broken RFS policy. In other words, the public gets it. Regardless of party affiliation, voters are concerned with mandates that force too much ethanol into our fuel supply,” Macchiarola said.However, a pushback poll released by the Renewable Fuels Association also released on Wednesday showed vastly different results. Fifty-seven percent of voters said they supported the RFS. Nineteen percent of voters said they opposed the mandate.“It’s no surprise that API, an organization which has made its top priority to get rid of the RFS, is trotting out a phony faux poll to support its antediluvian narrative about biofuels,” said RFA President and CEO Bob Dinneen in a statement. “This push poll, which uses opinionated statements to elicit a negative response to biofuels, is not reflective of reality.” SHARE According to data released Wednesday by the American Petroleum Institute, 77 percent of registered voters are concerned that increasing the ethanol blend level over 10 percent under the Renewable Fuel Standard could drive up gasoline prices for consumers. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Apr 7, 2016 Polls Show Different Opinions on Renewable Fuel Standard Home Energy Polls Show Different Opinions on Renewable Fuel Standardlast_img read more

EU: Enact Controls on Digital Weapons Trade

first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Internet freedom, please visit: http://www.hrw.org/topic/free-speech/internet-freedom June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation Reporters Without Borders and Human Rights Watch publish jointly today a press release calling the European Union to enact new controls on Internet surveillance and censorship technologies.Repressive governments use these technologies to enable human rights violation.Reporters Without Borders had publish earlier a position paper, on occasion of the Internet Governance Forum in Baku, calling on the EU Commission to make surveillance and censorship technologies from Europe subject to export controls. June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia Marietje Schaake, a Dutch Member of the European Parliament and its Rapporteur for the Digital Freedom Strategy in EU foreign policy, has proposed controls over internet surveillance tools as part of a critical report on the role of European exporters of such technologies and the impact on human rights. Schaake said that these technologies need to be regulated just “as we verify the quality of foods and medicine, or conventional weapons.” “European governments praise citizen journalists for risking their lives to break human rights news from authoritarian states online but fail to regulate European companies that supply those repressive governments with the technology to spy on those activists,” said Matthias Spielkamp, a member of the Reporters Without Borders board. “We need more transparency about which companies are delivering censorship technology to authoritarian countries, and we need laws that clearly govern this kind of trade.”“The protection of dissident networks and reporters’ sources is one of the leading challenges in the fight for information. We need the European Union to counterbalance efforts by repressive governments to increase their surveillance capabilities with the complicity of these companies, which now act as mercenaries of the digital era,” said Christophe Deloire, Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders. The virtually unregulated trade in spyware that allows abusive governments to identify and target critics or citizen journalists is one of the most pernicious threats to internet freedom and modern-day human rights activism, the groups said. European governments should adopt a harmonized approach to control the export of the worst kinds of surveillance technologies since so much of it is coming from European companies. The fact that the EU has banned the export of surveillance technology to Syria and Iran was a start, but is not sufficient, the groups said. Help by sharing this information News For more information, please contact:In Berlin, for Reporters without Borders Germany, Ulrike Gruska (German, English): +49-30-202-15-1016; or [email protected] June 7, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Unregulated Export of Powerful Surveillance Tools Threatens Internet Freedom Online surveillance poses an increasing threat to journalists, bloggers, citizen journalists, and human rights defenders. In 2011, Wikileaks released several hundred documents showing the breadth and sophistication of technologies sold at international surveillance trade fairs. Subsequent analysis by Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, and security researchers at technology research center Citizen Lab revealed that technology used to target suspected dissidents and human rights activists in Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya often came from European companies. These software programs can nest unnoticed on the victim’s computer, usually through infected file attachments or fake software updates. to go further Receive email alerts Once installed, these technologies allow governments to access the content of hard drives, obtain passwords, and even view the contents of encrypted e-mails or chat messages. In addition, files can subsequently be placed on computers without the owner’s knowledge. Some companies explicitly contact state actors such as intelligence agencies and security authorities to offer these technologies. However, it is unclear whether these companies consider the human rights records of governments they work with as they export surveillance technologies around the world. December 11, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 EU: Enact Controls on Digital Weapons Trade RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan News For more information on the export of European monitoring technology, please visit:- November 2012 European Parliament report on digital freedom strategy in EU foreign policy:http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//NONSGML+REPORT+A7-2012-0374+0+DOC+PDF+V0//EN- August 2012 Reporters without Borders paper on export of European surveillance technology:http://www.reporter-ohne-grenzen.de/fileadmin/rte/docs/2012/Positionspapier_EN_EU.pdf- European Commission briefing paper, “After the Arab Spring: New Paths for Human Rights and the Internet in European Foreign Policy”: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/committees/en/studiesdownload.html?languageDocument=EN&file=75431- “Exporting Censorship and Surveillance Technology,” Ben Wagner, 2012: http://www.hivos.nl/eng/Hivos-Knowledge-Programme/Themes/Digital-Natives-with-a-Cause/Publications/Exporting-Censorship-and-Surveillance-Technology (Brussels, December 11, 2012) – The European Union should enact new controls on internet surveillance technologies that have enabled human rights violations, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders said today. The European Parliament adopted a new digital freedom strategy in EU foreign policy in the plenary on December 11. For more Reporters Without Borders reporting on Internet freedom, please visit: http://en.rsf.org/internet Europe – Central Asia “It is irresponsible and even negligent for companies to market powerful surveillance technologies to abusive governments without considering the human rights impact or whether it is even appropriate to provide those goods and services,” said Cynthia Wong, senior researcher on the internet and human rights at Human Rights Watch. “European governments shouldn’t just leave these decisions to the private sector. They need to act to regulate the trade in these technologies.” Europe – Central Asia last_img read more