Champion of Internet freedom held in China

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Zhen Jianghua, the director of Across The Great FireWall (ATGFW.org), an anti-censorship website, and condemns the Chinese government’s continuing persecution of citizen-journalists and bloggers. April 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation “This latest arrest, which is illegal under Chinese law because defence rights have not been respected, is further evidence of the Chinese government’s war against the freedom to inform,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia desk. to go further Follow the news on China China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Previously arrested in September 2016, when he was held for several days, he is a founding member of Human Rights Campaign in China, a group that defends civil rights, and recently organized an activity to commemorate Liu Xiaobo, the Nobel peace laureate who died in detention in July. ChinaAsia – Pacific Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Zhen is a respected activist and journalist who is also known by the pen-name of Guests Zhen. His website, ATGFW.org, is an information media specialized in cyber-security issues topics, that also provides detailed tips on how to bypass online censorship and protect against digital surveillance. Liu Feiyue, the founder of another emblematic website, Civil Rights and Livelihood Watch, was arrested ten days before Huang and is now facing a possible life sentence. June of last year saw the arrests of Lu Yuyu and Li Tingyu, who covered social unrest and work protests in their blog, Not News, and were awarded the 2016 RSF Press Freedom Prize in the citizen-journalist category. Lu has been sentenced to four years in prison. “In less than five years, President Xi Jinping has succeeded in bringing the traditional media under control. If allowed to continue, he will have soon also gagged all the citizen-journalists and bloggers who are the last free voices in China.” Under a rule that came into force in June, anyone posting news and information online who is not registered as a professional journalist could potentially be charged with “illegal publishing.” It is an effective way to encourage self-censorship because any social network post that goes viral and annoys the authorities could now lead to a jail sentence. September 11, 2017 Champion of Internet freedom held in China The limited freedom available to Chinese Internet users is being reduced even further by a ban on anonymous online comments that will take effect on 1 October and the gradual elimination of foreign VPN services. The police arrested Zhen Jianghua in Zhuhai, in the southern province of Guangdong, on 1 September without giving any explanation, and are holding him in an unknown location. They arrested his partner at the same time, but released her six hours later. The couple’s apartment was searched twice, and electronic equipment was removed. In November, the police arrested the site’s founder, Huang Qi, a well-known journalist who was awarded the RSF Press Freedom Prize in the cyber-dissident category in 2004. He is in very poor health and it is feared that he could die in detention.center_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison News News ChinaAsia – Pacific Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet In 2016, the authorities targeted 64 Tianwang, an independent news website that won the 2016 RSF Press Freedom Prize. The year began with the trial of Wang Jing, one of the site’s freelance contributors. She was sentenced to four and a half years in prison. It was followed by the arrest of five of the site’s other contributors. Receive email alerts With just weeks to go to the start of the Communist Party’s 19th Congress on 18 October, President Xi has never been so close to realizing his long-standing dream of creating an Internet “with Chinese characteristics,” that is to say, an Internet under his complete control and entire purged of content contrary to his plans and the line he has imposed. Ranked 176th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, China is currently holding more than 100 journalists and cyber-journalists in its prisons. Great Firewall reinforced June 2, 2021 Find out more News Offensive against citizen-journalists Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Missing Fuller Student Has Been Found

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Business News More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Community News 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Fuller has announced that missing student, Laureen Awino Noelle Otwala, has been found.She is currently in care with authorities in Central California. Her family in Kenya has been notified and is making plans for next steps.Local authorities in Central California recognized that she was a reported missing person and contacted the Pasadena Police Department, who in turn informed Fuller Campus Safety. Campus Safety, in collaboration with the Dean of Student’s office, assisted in confirming Laureen’s identity.The City of Hanford Police Department was alerted to Otwala being a possible missing person and she was transported to a local care facility in Hanford. During a routine status check on Otwala’s case, the Pasadena Police Department was notified and they in turn informed Fuller Campus Safety there was a woman who matched her description under care in Hanford. Campus Safety assisted in the confirmation of Otwala due to name discrepancies.“We rejoice that Laureen is safe,” said Steve Yamaguchi, Dean of Students at Fuller. “We are so grateful for every student and staff, every friend and family member who has persisted together in the search and hope to find her. Thanks be to God.”The past fifteen months have been very difficult for so many especially during those times when there were no concrete sightings of Laureen. Her family and Fuller classmates reported her missing at the beginning of August in 2015 when they had not heard from or seen her in classes since the middle of July. Fuller filed a missing persons report with the Pasadena Police Department on August 10, 2015 and official alerts were circulated around Pasadena. Fuller students, staff, and faculty conducted searches around Los Angeles and Pasadena in an attempt to locate her. Missing persons signs were posted in surrounding cities to raise awareness of her disappearance and the media was alerted. Multiple attempts were made to either call or leave e-mails for Laureen with information on file, but all attempts remained unanswered. The news of her being found in Hanford this week is a great relief and an answer to many prayers.“We are thankful and grateful to God that Laureen has been safely found by Hanford authorities,” said Gary Mejia, Director of Campus Safety at Fuller.Fuller Seminary, the largest multi-denominational seminary in the world, provides professional, graduate-level education through its schools of theology, psychology, and intercultural studies. With its main campus near Old Town Pasadena, and several regional campuses and online programs, Fuller serves 4,000 students from 90 countries and 110 denominations, offering five programs fully in the Korean language and four inSpanish. The seminary’s 43,000 living alumni, the largest alumni base of any seminary, serve throughout the world as ministers, nonprofit organization and corporate leaders, therapists, counselors, teachers, and in many other vocations of service and leadership. For more information: www.fuller.edu Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Education Missing Fuller Student Has Been Found From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, October 21, 2016 | 11:39 amlast_img read more

Dealing with inequality

first_imgAsking the simplest question amid a sea of statistics about income gaps and metaphors about rising tides and economic ladders, Harvard Kennedy School Dean David T. Ellwood stumped a session that was called to discuss “The Growing Challenge of Inequality.”“What are we going to do about it?” Ellwood asked at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum on Thursday. Suppose, he said, a member of Occupy Wall Street came into the session and said, “ ‘I want to change inequality in America.’ What should we do?”A moment of silence greeted the question, and then William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, took the plunge.“The question is: What can we do realistically, given the present economic and political [reality],” he said. “I would love to strengthen the nation’s equalizing institutions … institutions that I think played major roles in the broadly rising economics in all groups.”That includes quality public schools, minimal wage, and health care legislation, he said.Wilson sounded a theme that was repeated through the discussion: that the period of 1947 through 1970 was a time of great equalization in income level, when it seemed that a rising tide did lift all boats. Unions were stronger, tax structures were different, and “there was a regular increase in the minimum wage,” Wilson said.Lawrence F. Katz, the Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics, cited numerous statistics that underscored recent changes in the U.S. economic structure. “Any way you slice or dice data on income or earning, you’ve seen large inequalities of income in the last 30 years.”The share of national income going to the upper 1 percent more than doubled from 1979 from about 10 percent to about 23.5 percent, he said.“To put it in perspective: If magically, we could have kept a share of the top 1 percent income from where it was in 1979 and redistribute to all the incomes of the bottom 90 percent, everyone would have $9,000 more, or 27 percent higher income.”Katz painted a picture of the widening gaps, saying that if you think of the economy as an apartment house, the penthouse is now more sumptuous, and the basement has been flooded and is full of cockroaches. What is more telling is that the elevator is not working, he said, impeding the ability of people to move up a floor, and the people at the top rarely move down.Where a person is born and where he or she starts out is now a much bigger determinant of where he or she will end up than in recent decades, he said. Deregulation, tax cuts, and high executive compensation have all played a role in this, he said.Pressed by Ellwood as to what is the norm of executive compensation, Katz noted that corporations are now larger, and decisions that are only 1 percent better may make a huge difference in billion-dollar companies.Still, Katz said, huge incentives may not be needed for motivating good management: “Making $10 million more rather than $20 million more, you still try to make a good decision.”Painting an ominous portrait of how family life is affected by economic inequality, Kathy Edin, professor of public policy and management, noted that the higher proportion of unstable and complicated family life (divorces, remarriages, mixed families) among lower-income groups may have “far-reaching and negative implications for kids’ well-being, especially for boys.” The divorce rate among people with upper-level income is now about that of the 1960s, whereas divorce rates are growing among lower levels.“When you talk to unmarried parents at the hospital, they definitely want to stay together and raise their children together. What happens economically to them over the first five years of their child’s life matters a lot,” Edin said. “If you follow couples over time, you find that when they make even modest economic gain, their chances of marriage, and staying together, and raising their children together increase substantially.”If education is a key to improving the economic status of the poor, the very system of funding public education by each city or town, which creates great disparities, has to change, said Edward Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics. He sounded a cynical note, by referring to American ethnic fragmentation and insular political institutions. “That combination is still very much in place,” he said.But even if public education were to be magically transformed overnight, it would be 20 years before the youngest student would enter the job market, Ellwood said. “Can we wait 20 years?” he asked.Tellingly, Ellwood also observed that panelists’ comments had “not focused on the top 1 percent, except as a source of revenue. You worked on a set of problems that were more at the bottom half.”Wilson praised the Occupy Wall Street movement for raising the public awareness of inequality. Addressing that, however, the panelists acknowledged, is more difficult.last_img read more

Hundreds From Long Island to Rally at People’s Climate March

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Hundreds of Long Islanders will flood New York City Sunday for what’s being billed as the largest climate change march in history.The event, dubbed “People’s Climate March,” could draw upwards of 100,000 people, according to organizers, including an impressive contingent of Long Islanders, ranging from environmentalists and political activists to Superstorm Sandy survivors and concerned college students and faculty. The march was strategically planned to coincide with Tuesday’s United Nations Climate Summit. It is an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of climate change and to implore elected officials to address environmental concerns so future generations don’t have to. On the eve of the march, Occupy Wall Street protesters said they’ll be be storming Wall Street and holding a massive sit-in in front of institutions profiting form the “climate crisis” on September 22. “It’s not too late. If we keep going the impacts are really devastating,” said Robert Brinkmann, director of Sustainability Studies at Hofstra University. “We live in a changed world already. There’s no doubt we’re already seeing the impacts of climate change around the world.” Brinkmann said up to 200 people from Hofstra are attending, with about 50 leaving early Sunday morning from the Hempstead LIRR station. Students will be carrying signs that they recently made—one reads, “Get the frack out,” referencing hydrofracking—and don Hofstra shirts as they march through the streets of New York City with hundreds of other groups, including interfaith groups, unions, trade groups, community organizations and advocacy groups. There will also be Seawolves. “If we don’t change the way we are living…we are in for trouble,” said Dr. Heidi Hutner, director of Sustainability Studies at Stony Brook University. “We can’t really put it off anymore.” At least 60 members of the Stony Brook family will join the rally, Hutner said. But with the march gaining more publicity, she said she’s been receiving letters and emails from people who’ve expressed interest in tagging along. Stony Brook University student Marisa Marley made this poster for Sunday’s Climate March.Hutner credited students in her program for mobilizing the Stony Brook effort, saying they’re ready to “stand up and be counted.” Hutner isn’t a scientist, she said, but she uses research on climate change to teach students about the human cost of the issue, noting how impoverished countries, such as Africa, are the most adversely affected. “What’s the social cost?” she asked, rhetorically. Climate change remains a politically-charged issue, despite what scientists say is an abundance of evidence pointing to temperatures rising in the atmosphere and ocean. A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2013 said “each of the last three decades has been successively warmer at the Earth’s surface than any preceding decade since 1850,” and that carbon dioxide concentrations have jumped 40 percent since pre-industrial times. In May, researches from NASA and the University of California, Irvine released a troubling study concluding that the loss of West Antarctic glaciers “appears unstoppable.” Researchers said 40 years of observations indicates that glaciers in that region “have passed the point of no return.” Melting, they said, could raise global sea levels by four feet. Also in May, a military advisory board consisting of retired generals and other military officials, including former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, said in a report titled “National Security and the Accelerating Risks of Climate Change” that climate change poses a “severe risks for our national security.” “During our decades of experience in the U.S. military, we have addressed many national security challenges, from containment and deterrence of the Soviet nuclear threat during the Cold War to political extremism and transnational terrorism in recent years,” the panel wrote. “The national security risks of projected climate change are as serious as any challenges we have faced.”“We are dismayed that discussions of climate change have become so polarizing and have receded from the arena of informed public discourse and debate,” they added. “Political posturing and budgetary woes cannot be allowed to inhibit discussion and debate over what so many believe to be a salient national security concern for our nation.”Those participating in Sunday’s march hope their voices can change the often contentious debate around climate change. “This march is bringing together a diverse group of people all with the same goal of coming together to address climate change and save the planet,” said Annie McClelland, Long Island Program Coordinator for Citizens Campaign for the Environment. “It is a pivotal moment,” she added. “There’s a lot of things going on around the country to advance this campaign to end climate change. It helps build momentum, and we’re going to ride that momentum into next year.”last_img read more

ICTSI’s Subic Bay at Par with Manila Terminal

first_imgSubic Bay Freeport terminals, a part of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), has achieved productivity levels at par with that of the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), the Philippine-based port operator said.Namely, Subic Bay’s two Panamax quay cranes at the New Container Terminal (NCT) 1  handled close to 400 TEUs with each crane averaging 40 and 33 moves per hour, respectively.The productivity levels were achieved during the inaugural call of the 1,440-TEU capacity Cape Fulmar, which marked the launch of the new South Korea-Taiwan-Philippines (KTP) service, ICTSI added.Launched by Taiwanese carrier Evergreen Marine Corp, the KTP service is expected to boost regional trade between the three trading economies, plying the ports of Incheon and Kwang Yang, South Korea; Kaohsiung, Taiwan; Batangas, Manila, and Subic Bay, Philippines; and back to Kaohsiung.“It was a great effort and a big win for ICTSI’s Subic operations. This goes to show that Subic is at par with the productivity levels in MICT. We are continuously working on improving our services to attract more shipping lines, and for northern and central Luzon businesses to use the container terminals in Subic,” Roberto Locsin, Subic Bay International Terminal Corp. (SBITC) President, said.last_img read more

Powerline Opposition Group Hires A Lawyer

first_imgJCP&L’s petition to construct the powerlines on the NJ Transit right-of-way was filed with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities on Aug. 9. From there it was forwarded to the Office of Administrative Law, where the main fight to stop the project will be forged.“We needed to prepare for a legal fight,” said Kanapka. “As soon as the BPU got JCP&L’s petition, and kicked it over to the Office of Administrative Law, we knew that a legal fight was coming.”With that battle pending, the group went out to find their own legal representation for hearings on the petition at the Office of Administrative Law, which are set to begin in April 2017.“I don’t know if the BPU could send a better message to JCP&L – along the lines of ‘Cut it out, grow up and get out of the sandbox and to come out here and operate a utility the way you should’ – than to terminate this project,” Dickson said in an address to his new clients.Attorney Peter Dickson will represent RAGE, a group of Monmouth residents who oppose JCP&L’s powerline proposal.In the 26 years that Dickson has been with his current firm, he has fought and won numerous cases in a plethora of different fields, consisting of energy law and regulation, property tax revaluations and rail transportation regulations.Taking the fight against the MCRP to court has become a hot topic of late. A “Municipal Consortium,” which is a joint defensive effort against the project, is comprised of a partnership from the five affected municipalities.Dickson announced to the crowd that only three of the five towns in the area – Middletown, Hazlet and Holmdel – had signed on to provide funds in opposition to the project.Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna and Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini say their towns have pledged support.Menna said, “When the attorney says that only three towns have joined in, that is incorrect.”The governing bodies of Red Bank and Aberdeen passed resolutions last month affirming the towns desire to join a “Shared Services Defense Agreement” against the MCRP. Their financial support is limited to no more than $10,000. The other three towns’ resolutions do not specify a cap on funding they may provide.“Aberdeen and Red Bank are on the peripheral,” Menna said. “We’ve agreed to the support, but obviously it can’t be open-ended support.”Dickson said during the meeting that he hoped his team can work together with the legal team of Bevan, Mosca & Guiditta, P.C. of Basking Ridge – which the municipalities have retained to represent them.“There should not be any overlap, there shouldn’t be any wasted motion,” he said.While RAGE has a long way to go in raising enough funds to support this fight – they estimate roughly $350,000 will be needed – they are already on the road to that figure. In the five months that RAGE has been active, they have raised $50,000.“It hasn’t been easy – it’s frustrating to have to spend time fighting for what seems to be common sense,” Kanapka said.“JCP&L’s project has taken over our lives for five months now.”Going forward, RAGE plans to stay on course and continue to inform their supporters of the next steps.One worry amongst RAGE leadership was that local elections would change the makeup of township committees whom have been on the groups side.“Elections may change the composition of the town, and the governing bodies may change,” said RAGE vice president Terri Vilardi. “New governing bodies may decide to not expend funds to follow through with the vigorous legal fight against JCP&L.”Of the four municipalities whom had committee members up for reelection – Hazlet, Holmdel, Middletown and Red Bank – only two had changes.Mayor Aagre of Hazlet was reelected, but with him now comes in Michael Glackin, the Republican that ran with Aagre.In Red Bank, Independent Cindy Burnham was not reelected, though incumbent Kathy Horgan was voted back into office along with her running mate Eric Yngstrom gaining a seat on the council.RAGE leadership already have their next meeting circled on calendars. Beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 17, at Vonage headquarters in Holmdel, the RAGE’ers are hosting a community meeting for residents within 500 feet of the proposed line. Members from the New Jersey Chapter of the Sierra Club will also speak to attendees about possible harmful risks that the MCRP would have on the environment. Seating to the event is limited, and an online RSVP must be filled out to attend. Information is at RAGE2016.com. Story and photos by Jay CookHAZLET – A local grassroots organization has hired its own attorney in an effort to halt a powerline project it deems detrimental to Monmouth County.Residents Against Giant Electric, other wise known as RAGE to its thousands of supporters, has selected Peter Dickson, of Potter & Dickson, a Princeton, NJ-based law firm, following a month-long vetting process.RAGE members are vigorously opposing a proposal by Jersey Central Power and Light Company (JCP&L) titled the Monmouth County Reliability Project (MCRP), that calls for the construction of a 230-kV transmission line to be built from Aberdeen to Red Bank along a 10-mile stretch of the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line commuter rail line right-of-way.The proposed project, which currently has a price-tag of $111 million, would also cut through Hazlet, Holmdel, and Middletown.On Nov. 2, over 300 supporters packed the auditorium at Raritan High School in Hazlet for an information session to hear the latest on fundraising efforts, current status and legal footing going forward.“Our momentum is tremendous,” said RAGE president Rachael Kanapka. “We are powerful, and we are in a good place for what comes next.”Present at the meeting was Aberdeen Mayor Fred Tagliarini, Holmdel Mayor Eric Hinds, Hazlet Mayor Scott Aagre, Hazlet Deputy Mayor Sue Kiley, Middletown Committeeman Kevin Settembrino and Assemblywoman Amy Handlin.last_img read more

Chelsea earn victory over Inter Milan in International Champions Cup

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won possible standings Pedro opened the scoring for the Blues That gave Cesar Azpilicueta the opportunity to win it for Chelsea, with the Blues boasting a perfect record from the spot.Pedro gave Chelsea the lead on his 31st birthday in the eighth minute, following up after Alvaro Morata saw his shot saved, but a slow start to the second half from Chelsea allowed Inter to equalise in the 49th minute through Roberto Gagliardini.The Blues twice went close to winning it in normal time through Jorginho and Tammy Abraham while Caballero, who might have done better with Gagliardini’s goal, produced a fine save to deny Lautaro Martinez.The only real concern for Sarri after an encouraging workout was a late knock picked up by defender Andreas Christensen. Chelsea now move on to Dublin, where they will face Arsenal on Wednesday. REVEALED possible xi Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT smart causal LATEST CHELSEA NEWS 1 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Chelsea got their International Champions Cup campaign off to the ideal start after securing a win via a penalty shoot-out over Inter Milan in Nice.The game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes but Willy Caballero saved Milan Skriniar’s spot-kick to give Maurizio Sarri’s men the advantage. REVEALED Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars shining silverware gameday cracker Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade last_img read more

Celtic and West Ham linked with Rhodes after Fulham bid is ‘laughed off’

first_imgWest Ham and Celtic are among the clubs chasing Jordan Rhodes after Fulham had a bid ‘laughed off’ by Huddersfield Town, according to the Daily Star.It is claimed Fulham offered £3.5m for the striker, who has scored 40 goals for the Terriers this season.Wigan, Stoke and Norwich have also been linked with a move for Rhodes.Linked with QPR.Meanwhile, out-of-contract Whites forward Andy Johnson has again been linked with QPR.The Daily Mail suggest that R’s boss Mark Hughes, who managed the player at Fulham, is interested in taking him to Loftus Road.And the Daily Star say Fulham want Wolves defender Christophe Berra.QPR plan to offer Birmingham City £6m for goalkeeper Jack Butland – possibly paving the way for Paddy Kenny to join Neil Warnock at Leeds United, the Mail say.Kenny has been strongly linked with a move to Elland Road since former R’s boss Warnock took over as Leeds manager.It is claimed Rangers are to make a bid for England Under-21 international Butland, who has been watched by Manchester United.Related West London Sport story: Hughes to make Villa an offer for Given (21 May)There is more speculation about Joey Barton’s future following the FA’s decision to ban him for 12 matches for his violent outburst against Manchester City.The Daily Mirror say it would cost Rangers £10m to get rid of him. Other papers, including The Sun, suggest it would cost £11m.The Star claim QPR have lined up Tottenham’s Jermaine Jenas as a £4m signing to replace Barton and are also looking to sign keeper Ben Foster from Birmingham.Stoke City boss Tony Pulis has launched a bid to sign Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea, according to the Star.Pulis expressed an interest in the Belgian striker last season and is said to be keen to capture him, with West Ham also linked.The Star also say Chelsea have agreed personal terms with Porto forward Hulk.Meanwhile, The Sun say Didier Drogba has been made a lucrative offer by Juventus.It is claimed the Italian giants have offered Drogba a two-year contract worth £80,000 a week.The out-of-contract striker, who is leaving Chelsea, has been tipped to join Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Historic Preservation and Green Renovation

first_img Four Affordable Ways to Improve the Energy Efficiency of Old WindowsInsulated Storm Windows?Replace That Window?Should Historic Preservation Trump Energy Performance?7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 4. WindowsAll About Glazing Options At a recent round-table meeting on sustainable historic preservation, I was struck by how much alignment there is between preservation and green renovation. Now, green renovation is a wide and diverse field, and some of the deep energy retrofit people probably don’t have the same opinion on sustainable preservation standards as I do, but disagreements just help to keep things interesting and further the conversation.I certainly have my issues with historic commissions. In fact, my local group managed to cause enough delays in approval of a new house for myself that I have put the whole project on hold until the economy picks up.The Secretary of the Interior’s rehab standardsFollowing the discussion, I located a document that the speakers referred us to The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and Illustrated Guidelines on Sustainability for Rehabilitating Historic Buildings. (Man, is that a mouthful!)The book (or pdf document if you prefer) is a reasonably well thought out guide to making appropriate decisions on sustainable rehabilitation projects. It was designed to expand on and replace a small chapter on Energy Conservation in earlier guidelines. RELATED ARTICLES GREEN PRODUCT GUIDE center_img WindowsThe guidelines appropriately recommend doing building diagnostics before undertaking energy efficiency work – always a good idea. They prioritize weatherization appropriately – insulate attics, insulate crawl spaces, and fix air leakage before insulating walls and replacing windows.Saving old windowsSpeaking of windows, this is probably the biggest issue with preservationists – they look to save existing historic windows in almost all cases, with very few exceptions. Recommendations for existing windows include repairing sashes, adding weatherstripping, and adding interior or exterior storms to improve performance – steps which very often provide better value and are overall as sustainable as, or more sustainable than, window replacement.The guidelines promote operable windows for natural ventilation, open porches, shutters, and awnings for shading and passive cooling, vestibules, the use of natural light, and low VOC finishes. Some other key concepts they promote, all very logical, include not insulating wall cavities that are susceptible to water infiltration and installing renewables only after all efficiency improvements are implemented. I like the way they think!What about spray foam?I found only one area where they guidelines and the speakers at the round-table separate themselves from standard green renovation practices – their fear of foam insulation. The major issue is their concern with reversibility, followed by a fear of creating moisture problems by using it.On the first issue, I believe that they are not properly distinguishing between low-density and high-density foam. Low-density (or open-cell) foam can be removed without damage, and while it may leave some residue that non foam insulations don’t, I don’t believe that it should be dismissed out of hand. High-density or closed-cell foam is often more difficult to remove, and while I don’t fully agree with the concept of reversibility, I will concede this point to the historians.On the second issue, two speakers at the round-table responded to a question about spray foam insulation by stating their view that it often traps moisture and causes structural damage. In addition, the National Trust website states, “Spray foam insulation … can hinder airflow and lead to the rotting of timber-frame members.”While this issue is not explicitly stated in the guidelines, it is often repeated, I feel incorrectly, by preservationists. Spray foam is one of the best ways to improve the performance of an existing building, and when installed correctly and in the proper location, won’t create any more moisture problems than any other type of insulation.Here is to hoping that in the name of better building performance, there may be some flexibility in their future guidelines.Old thinking is new againIn doing research for this post, I ran across this short piece on windows on the National Park Service website, which I think provides a good guide for sustainable design: “Early builders and architects dealt with the poor thermal properties of windows in two ways. First, the number of windows in a building was kept to only those necessary to provide adequate light and ventilation. Second, to minimize the heat gain or loss from windows, historic buildings often included interior or exterior shutters, interior venetian blinds, curtains and drapes, or exterior awnings.”Given how many buildings have too much glazing, much of which isn’t operable or effectively shaded, it seems like our forefathers had some pretty good ideas about how to build right.last_img read more

3 Hurdles Twitter Has To Clear To Last Another 7 Years

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#social#twitter Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Happy birthday, Twitter! In just seven years, you’ve evolved from a fringe service dubbed “twttr” to a mainstream phenomenon with more than 500 million registered users and 340 million daily tweets. But the Internet is fickle. Will the microblogging service still be around another seven years from now? To make it to 2020, Twitter is going to have to surmount some mighty big challenges.Ready, Set… GoHere they are in a nutshell. Sound off on what you consider Twitter’s biggest challenges in our poll to the right or in comments:Facebook: Competition from the Zuckerberg brand is huge. Instagram, now part of Facebook, is another giant rival. Both services have copied — and are continuing to copy — Twitter features like the news feed and hashtags. Twitter only stays one step ahead if it keeps rolling out new innovations that its competitors can’t own. It’s done well so far, but one big slip-up to cause irreparable damage.Stagnation and spam: Detractors say Twitter has already peaked. These same folks are also quick to point out that many of its “registered users” — and, as a result, many followers of real users — are actually bots. It’s hard to determine just how many users are actually active, but bots are already a problem for Twitter’s business model, since no advertiser wants to pay to reach fake accounts. More insidious forms of advertiser spam surely lie in Twitter’s future.Weak Ad Platform. When it comes to making money online, many businesses prefer to funnel dollars to Facebook’s fan pages over Twitter’s promoted and sponsored tweets. It can be hard to significantly monetize on Twitter, and advertisers can have a hard time tracking their return on investment there. Twitter is great for engaging, solving customer service issues and even funneling traffic to a website. But direct selling often turns users off. And the advertising model has yet to be cracked here.Photo via Shutterstock Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… adam popesculast_img read more