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Trans-Century Limited ( HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgTrans-Century Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Trans-Century Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Trans-Century Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Trans-Century Limited (  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileTrans-Century Limited is an infrastructure company offering services and expertise in power infrastructure, infrastructure projects and engineering infrastructure. Power infrastructure includes manufacturing electrical cables, overhead conductors, power and control cables, data and communication cables, instrumentation and control cables, mining cables, transformers and switchgear. Infrastructure projects include critical energy and transport infrastructure which supports key pillars of the domestic and export economy. Engineering infrastructure includes providing services for mechanical engineering, civil engineering, transport and logistics and craneage and erection services. Trans-Century Limited has operating divisions in 14 countries in East, Central and Southern Africa. The company was established in 1997 by a group of leading Kenya professionals and investors looking to invest in growth sectors in Africa. Its head office is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Trans-Century Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Tropical Paradise Co Ltd ( 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgTropical Paradise Co Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Tropical Paradise Co Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tropical Paradise Co Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tropical Paradise Co Ltd (  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileTropical Paradise Co Limited  engages in the tourism and leisure sector where it operates hotels in Mauritius. Headquartered in Moka, Mauritius, the company operates the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, Le Suffren Hotel & Marina, Hennessy Park Hotel, and Port Chambly Hotel. Tropical Paradise Co Limited (Ordinary) is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Archbishop of Canterbury offers to contribute to peace negotiations in…

first_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Tags Posted Mar 27, 2018 Africa, Anglican Communion, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Advocacy Peace & Justice, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Archbishop of Canterbury offers to contribute to peace negotiations in Nigeria Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA center_img [Anglican Communion News Service] The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has repeated his offer to contribute to any peace negotiations while violence continues to erupt in some parts of Nigeria.“I once again exhort President Muhammadu Buhari and other authorities, civil and religious, national and international, urgently to build a coalition to end this violence immediately,” Welby said. “In communications earlier this year with the Primate of All Nigeria, His Grace Nicholas Okoh, I offered to contribute towards such effort to the extent such might be useful. I repeat that offer again, knowing, however, that within Nigeria are all the skills needed for resolution of the suffering of the people.”Read the full article here. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Hopkinsville, KY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Archbishop of Canterbury Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJlast_img read more

City of Apopka through Partnership with CareerSource Central Florida Receives Prestigious…

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 (L-R) Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson, NAWDP Chairman Mary Ann Lawrence, NAWDP President Melissa Robbins, Youth Symposium Chair Samuel DeCarlo From CareerSource Central Florida Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSApopka Mayor Bryan NelsonApopka Youth WorksCareerSource Central FloridaCity of Apopka Previous articleOrange County rainfall exceeded expected totalsNext articleGas prices decline as Middle East tensions ease Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The City of Apopka was recently awarded 2019 Outstanding Employer Partner by the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals (NAWDP) through its successful partnership with CareerSource Central Florida (CSCF) in exemplary contributions to the workforce development system that supports youth in gaining meaningful employment. Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson accepted the award at the NAWDP Youth Symposium in Chicago in December.“We are very proud of the Apopka Youth Works program here at the City and honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Nelson.Each year, NAWDP solicits nominations in awarding several outstanding workforce professionals, programs and employers for valuable employment opportunity contributions and accomplishments. Ideal candidates have a track record of creating sustainable employment opportunities that result in jobs for youth.CSCF nominated the City of Apopka because of the positive outcomes achieved throughout their five- year partnership. Teaming up together through the Apopka Youth Works (AYW) program, the goal of this career education program is to prepare young people for their first entry into the workplace and to team them with members of the local business community that will guide them through a summer of fulfilling and educational employment. The exposure and experiences can help fuel their career and educational growth potential.“CSCF is very committed to providing talent solutions that ignite the youth’s potential. We strive to create and deliver value through relationships. Our valued partnership with the City of Apopka strategically aligns with CSCF’s mission of preparing Central Florida residents for careers that meet local businesses’ needs,” said CSCF Chief Operating Officer Mimi Coenen.“This program is part of CSCF’s continuous efforts in staging more impactful partnerships and bringing out solutions and efforts on how we actually train and inspire young adults. CSCF continues to develop similar partnerships to replicate the success in other central Florida regions,” added Coenen.Each summer of 2015 to 2019, the AYW included a week-long training program to provide essential lessons such as how to write an effective résumé and cover letter, interview techniques, communication skills, conflict-resolution, and professional workplace etiquette. Students also participated in a financial literacy course designed to teach money management skills.Students spent seven weeks at work. Participating businesses had the opportunity to hire students while the program provides the training and pay. Students earned $11 an hour for 30 hours a week during the summer.The strong engagement campaign of the City of Apopka and CSCF has helped the program to increase participating AYW youth from 32 to 113 youth in four years. In summer 2019 alone, these 113 youth worked 20,613 hours earning wages totaling $226,743. Of the 27 unique business partners that participated in the program, a full 95 percent of worksite employers stated they were positively satisfied with results. These employers include major retailers, professional services firms, municipal and community organizations, healthcare companies, and non-profits.The program has bolstered the ongoing commitment of both the City of Apopka and CSCF to invest inthe future workforce and help connect the community with opportunities in youth workforce development.“CSCF Youth Programs are designed to increase the skills of the next generation of workers, resulting in new partnerships and opportunities for youth and strengthening CSCF’s reputation as a reliable talent resource,” added Coenen. Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name herelast_img read more

British Heart Foundation raises £30k in a year from recycling inkjet cartridges and mobile phones

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The British Heart Foundation has raised over £30,000 through the recycling of inkjet cartridges and mobile phones donated by their supporters. The charity has been working with UK-based recycling company, The Recycling Factory, since January 2012.The charity will receive up to £4.50 for each cartridge that can be successfully recycled and up to £30 for every recyclable mobile phone.Earlier this week The Recycling Factory announced that it had generated £22,000 in 2012 for the MS Society, bringing the total raised for the charity since 2011 to nearly £40,000. Advertisement Howard Lake | 30 January 2013 | News Tagged with: Recycling Research / statistics Tradingcenter_img British Heart Foundation raises £30k in a year from recycling inkjet cartridges and mobile phones  24 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Detroit activists fight to stop evictions

first_imgUAW Local 600 second Vice-President A.J. Freer escorts Jeanette Shannon into her besieged home to retrieve belongings. Bailiff seen wearing badge following behind.Jeanette Shannon was evicted from her Detroit home on June 3 after a protracted fight with fraudulent real estate interests and local courts that favor predatory lenders and banks.This was a test case for the Detroit Eviction Defense (DED) coalition and other anti-foreclosure activists in the city. In similar attempted evictions during 2012 in another section of northwest Detroit, police had either withdrawn, saying it was a civil matter, or stayed away, allowing the situation to be resolved by activists through political pressure and negotiations with the courts and banks.This time the eviction was viewed by 100 people, who turned back the dreaded dumpsters twice in two days. But the struggle to save Shannon’s home revealed further the political character of the administration of corporate-imposed Mayor Mike Duggan.Duggan’s police officials provided protection for the bailiff and the contract laborers hired to break into the home, trash the property and dispose of Shannon’s household belongings in a dumpster parked in an alleyway next to the house.On June 2, the court bailiff appeared at the Shannon home after 5 p.m., intending to evict the homeowner and her 17-year-old son. The storm door leading into the house was pulled off the hinge.Several activists who had been keeping vigil in an effort to block the eviction were able to stave off the bailiff. The bailiff then told those outside the home that Shannon had to be out by the next day.Early the next morning, when the dreaded dumpster was delivered, anti-foreclosure activists keeping watch over the home responded. Then a driver of the vehicle delivering the dumpster attacked, choked and pummeled activists, resulting in a leading member of DED, Bob Day, having his leg broken in two places.A member of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Martha Grevatt, was unjustly issued a civil infraction for ostensibly refusing to move her automobile from in front of the Shannon home. Her vehicle was not breaking any parking laws. These orders were motivated by enforcement of the eviction order.Others at the scene were threatened with felony arrests. Columns of police cars returned after noon that day and attempted to break down the front door.Having failed to enter through the front, they walked around to the back and barged the door open. They refused access to Jeanette Shannon so she could retrieve her cats. She was later allowed to enter the home to rescue her pets from the bailiff and the hired hands, who went about hauling possessions to the dumpster and boarding up the house.High-ranking Detroit police stand guard over the eviction of Jeanette Shannon. The bailiff is standing between the two uniformed officers.Mobilization to defend Shannon homeDED, along with other social justice and labor activists, rallied to the defense of the Shannon home due to the compelling character of the case. Similar scenarios have proliferated across the city stemming from the real estate and banking collapse of 2007-08 that left tens of thousands of vacant homes, many of which have been turned over to unscrupulous “developers” and the notorious Detroit Land Bank Authority.A number of these so-called real estate developers are given preference in purchasing the properties through auctions conducted by Wayne County and the DLBA. The homes are often sold on “land contracts” because, despite ruling-class propaganda that Detroit is being revitalized with property values and rents increasing, the banks wrote less than 500 mortgages during the entire year of 2015.After purchasing homes from land contract companies, the residents soon discover there are property tax and other liens on the homes. Others discover they do not even own the homes, since their names do not appear on the deeds.In the specific case of Jeanette Shannon, according to an entry on the DED website, “Shannon purchased her Detroit home in 2010 from Thor Real Estate LLC for $15,000 on a land contract — with an understanding that the company was responsible for paying the property taxes, and that the amount for taxes was added into her monthly payment. But the year after she moved in with her daughter and son, she was shocked to be told by Thor’s attorney that her house payment was being jacked up by almost $100 a month to pay the property taxes. That threw her in a panic and she hired an attorney she found through a friend of a relative, who said she was an expert in real estate law.” ( is frequently the situation among Detroit residents, “It was then,” reported the DED website, “that Shannon discovered that Thor LLC hadn’t paid any property taxes since 2008, two years before her purchase of the property. When she contacted the city, they told her that the property tax debt had been sent to the County.”The county of Wayne is designated to collect not only its portion of taxes on properties but also those delinquent payments assessed by the Finance Division of the city of Detroit. Late fees and charges accumulate at the rate of 18 percent annually.These inevitable burdens placed on homeowners are compounded by the fact that actual appraisals of Detroit homes have not been effectively carried out in two decades, since the 1990s, when banks engaged in predatory lending, in part, by overinflating the worth. Residents would then borrow money against these arbitrarily designated values.Typically the courts in Wayne County side with the real estate firms and the banks. Only public pressure from activists has won residents’ rights to remain in their homes.Federal funds misdirected to corporate InterestsAll this is taking place even as the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) on June 1 received $188 million in federal funds, ostensibly aimed at foreclosure prevention and blight removal.A struggle is now being waged by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shut-offs to release the federal funds to those who need them. Other organizations are also endorsing the effort, which is targeting not only the Treasurer of Wayne County for not vigorously pursuing the utilization of the federal monies to assist homeowners to remain in these properties, but also the MSHDA and the U.S. Department of Treasury.The Treasury Department issues the funds and is allowing them to be funneled into the Detroit Land Bank Authority, where massive fraud by administrators and functionaries is currently under investigation by the Department of Justice. So-called “blight removal” efforts are the source of the corruption, as well as the process of emptying the city of its African- American and working class population.The MSHDA held its monthly board meeting on May 25 in Lansing. The proceedings were streamed to its offices at the state office building at Cadillac Place in the New Center area of Detroit.A delegation from the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and supporters attended the meeting. During the public comment section they blasted the board for not directing these limited resources to pay delinquent property taxes and water bills for residents of Detroit and Wayne County.Another action is being planned for the Treasury Department, which by turning over hundreds of millions to MSHDA and the DLBA is facilitating the forced removal of people from Detroit. These efforts will continue over the next several months through various forms of protests and agitation, according to Moratorium NOW! Coalition organizers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Global labor federation backs #BAmazon union

first_imgThe World Federation of Trade Unions issued the following statement on March 3.USA: WFTU in solidarity with Amazon warehouse workers in AlabamaThe World Federation of Trade Unions, which is the militant voice of 105 million workers from 132 countries around the globe, extends its internationalist solidarity with Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, who are trying to get organized and develop trade union action in defense of their working rights.The world’s militant trade union movement demands full trade union and democratic liberties and freedom of participation in their trade union for the Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama, which is a right established by international conventions and no employer or government can prevent workers from [exercising] that [right.]WFTU members and friends all over the world stand by the side of Amazon workers for the fulfilment of their fair demands.The Secretariat  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on China News Organisation Receive email alerts June 2, 2021 Find out more News ChinaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Censorship to ensure regime stabilityThe “Great Firewall”: ready to spring into actionChina has the world’s most consummate censorship system. The Great Firewall combines URL filtering with the censoring of keywords considered “sensitive,” ranging from “Tiananmen” to the “Dalai Lama” to “democracy” and “human rights.” Censorship is institutionalised and managed by several ministries and administrations. In addition to filtering URLs, the authorities are monitoring the largest blog and micro-blogging platforms, from which they are removing numerous posts and comments. Assistance from foreign companies – mainly in the form of Yahoo ! and Microsoft self-censored search engines – is making their job that much easier. The regime has been known to use the pretext of fighting pornography or the crackdown against the “dissemination of false news” to justify the filtering.The man who designed the Great Firewall, Fang Binxing, who is also President of the Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications, defended his creation in early 2011, stating to the newspaper Global Times that censorship met an “urgent” need. Although he had opened a micro-blog account on, the account was closed a few days later after thousands of netizens left comments blaming him for the control measures he had made possible.The main news sites, such as the Chinese state-controlled media, regularly receive oral and written directives from the Department of Propaganda specifying what topics can, or cannot, be covered and under what conditions. For example, the Department’s directives of January 2011 imposed an information blackout on social and economic problems and specifically on price increases, anti-government demonstrations and the real estate market, to “reassure” the Chinese people and defend the regime’s concept of “fair growth.”Tightening censorship in the name of national securityOn 29 April 2010, China adopted an amendment to the State Secrets Law which requires Internet and telecom companies to cooperate with the authorities on matters relating to national security. Such companies must now block the transmission of vaguely defined state secrets over their networks, keep connection logs and alert the competent authorities to any possible violations. They may also be forced to suppress certain contents.This amendment thus seems to be yet another warning sent to netizens to induce them to practice more self-censorship, and an attempt to give the international community the illusion of legality, since companies are already cooperating with the authorities in matters concerning national security. Censored revolutionsThe Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions and their potential domino effect are greatly troubling to Chinese leaders, who took prompt measures to restrict online discussions on such topics, in order to prevent the population from being influenced by them. On 28 January 2011, three days after the Egyptian uprising began, China began censoring netizens’ searches by blocking results linked to the keyword “Egypt” on the micro-blogging Twitter website and its Chinese equivalents, and In response to this keyword, users receive the following message: “Under existing laws, the result of your search cannot be communicated.” On Twitter as well as on Facebook, both of which are blocked in China, the hashtag #jan25 referring to the Egyptian demonstrations of 25 January of 2011 quickly spread around the Web. The Chinese Communist Party seems to be more fearful than ever of political reforms, democratic demands and “breaches of public order.” On 30 January 2011, news wires about Egypt issued by Xinhua, the official Chinese press agency, were reportedly also suppressed.Censorship does not stop there. On 20 February, the authorities deployed security forces to Beijing and Shanghai following an online call for a “Jasmin Revolution” and arrested people suspected of organizing it. Since then, the term “Jasmin” has joined the Chinese Internet’s long and ever-growing list of censored words, such as “Tunisia,” “Egypt,” and “democracy.”Censors attack the Nobel Peace PrizeThe authorities’ indignation over the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to intellectual dissident Liu Xiaobo has translated into harsher online censorship and acts of intimidation against supporters of this human rights activist.The government reacted by doing everything it could to censure the topic on the Web in order to prevent Chinese citizens from becoming aware of the historical import of this event. Chinese media coverage of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the jailed dissident has been dominated by the Beijing authorities’ hostile reaction. The national TV network and most of the newspapers – even the most liberal – did not even mention it, and for good reason: on 8 October 2010, when the laureate’s name was announced, the newsrooms received a clear order from the Department of Propaganda that it was “forbidden to relay information” about the topic (不能跨范围转载). A few Chinese foreign-language media, including the English-language version of the nationalist newspaper Global Times, and the French and English editions of the People’s Daily reported the government’s reaction. The Youth Daily ran an article headlined “Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo nominated: an insult to the Nobel Peace Prize.” Foreign TV programmes are still being jammed whenever they broadcast any news about Liu Xiaobo.Internet censorship has not abated. On some of the major news sites, Sina and Sohu in particular, no content can be accessed which directly mentions Liu Xiaobo. On the Baidu search engine, some results do refer to the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize, but the corresponding media pages are usually blocked. The official network CCTV remained silent about Liu Xiaobo and opened its evening news programme of 8 October with a report about torrential rains falling on Hainan Island.Some bloggers, such as the writer Han Han, have protested by posting empty messages to symbolise the impossibility of discussing what happened to Liu Xiaobo. The chat forum 1984bbs, used by many journalists, was closed by its administrators after the latter were pressured by police. Twenty-three retired Communist Party officials and intellectuals have been urging the country’s highest authorities to carry out political reforms and to comply with Article 35 of the China’s Constitution, which guarantees free speech and media freedom. This appeal was systematically removed from Chinese blogs and websites where it had been posted. Although within one hour of the announcement of the Nobel Prize award related online messages remained accessible for less than five minutes before being deleted.It has also been impossible to send an SMS containing the characters found in “Liu Xiaobo” or “Nobel Prize.” The micro-blogging website Weibo has also been censored. Yet on Twitter, which is blocked in China, thousands of enthusiastic messages from netizens have been posted since the announcement. Renowned artist Ai Weiwei stated that it was China’s happiest day in the last sixty years.Moreover, a short time before the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded, a bogus invitation to attend the 10 December 2010 ceremony in Oslo containing a very powerful “Trojan horse” computer virus circulated by email. The computer security firm F-Secure stated that it was unable to identify the origin of these cyberattacks. Two weeks before the virus appeared, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient’s website had been the target of an initial hacker attack.The height of censorship: Censoring the debate on Internet censorshipWhile censoring an article on censorship may seem to be business as usual in China, the Diyi Caijing Zhoukan case (第一财经周刊- proves yet again the extremes to which the Chinese propaganda apparatus will go to ensure that any discussion of Internet censorship in China is nipped in the bud.On 24 November 2010, the authorities banned the reprinting or posting of an article by Shanghai business weekly Diyi Caijing Zhoukan, which was a behind-the-scenes look at Beijing’s Bureau of Website Administrators (北京市的网管办), one of the entities responsible for online censorship. The report was quickly withdrawn from the website The article provides a detailed description of how the Beijing Bureau of Website Administrators, a government agency, controls online information and shuts down websites in order to stifle any debate about social and political issues. In the last few months, the authorities launched a new offensive against the proxy servers used by Chinese Internet users to bypass the “Great Firewall.” Access to Freegate and Ultrareach, two of the most popular proxies, was made very difficult for several days as from 27 August 2010. To counter this new wave of blockings, their developers reacted by making updated versions of their software available to netizens. The regime’s Internet charm offensiveInternet White Paper On 8 June 2010, the Chinese Council of State’s Information Bureau published a “white paper” on the Internet, which reasserts the need for online censorship in China in the name of “respect for local laws” and “maintaining stability.” Far from challenging the authorities’ policy towards the Internet, or the upsurge in online censorship, it merely adds to the Beijing leadership’s usual rhetoric. While the government’s resolve to broaden the Chinese people’s access to the Internet is commendable, it regretfully does not encompass access to the World Wide Web, but solely to the Chinese Web, complete with its sophisticated filtering system that blocks political, social or other news which the authorities deem undesirable.Is a “national” search engine being developed?In August 2010, the official Chinese press agency, Xinhua, and state-owned China Mobile – the largest Chinese telecommunications operator –signed an agreement to create a joint venture called the Search Engine New Media International Communications Co. Its purpose is to launch a search engine directly controlled by the state which would enable Chinese authorities to expand their control of the Internet by taking advantage of the mobile phone market boom.In addition, the regime is encouraging state-owned companies such as CCTV or Xinhua to strengthen their online presence. In the meantime, the “50-cent party”, named after the Net surfers paid to post pro-government online comments in order to “influence public opinion,” is still in operation.A window of opportunity for online dialogue between Internet users and the authorities?Some local and regional officials are already using the Web to convey their messages and address criticisms. In September 2010, the website Zhitong Zhongnanhai, named after the government’s headquarters in central Beijing, was launched as a way for Internet users to send their messages to the national leadership. One week after its launch, over 20,000 comments had already been posted for President Hu Jintao alone on subjects such as real estate price increases, corruption, pollution and violations of civil liberties.However, this free-speech window has been subject to 26 rules ever since. Netizens may not, for example, post comments which could jeopardise the state’s honour and interests, or disrupt social order by advocating for the right of association, demonstration, or assembly.Any Internet user who sends a disagreeable comment faces penalties which can be as harsh as the permanent termination of his or her IP address. Aware that it is prohibited on this government website to send a message from an IP address located outside of China, Chinese netizens therefore cannot do so anonymously by using proxy servers which assign them a foreign IP address. Even in cybercafés, every user is systematically asked to present an ID.Despite this risk, some critical comments do manage to slip through the Net’s filter. “When will prices go down? The only thing that isn’t going up is salaries!” “Comrade Hu, don’t you think it interesting that I have left so many messages, yet they all have been harmonised? Can’t you let us tell the truth?” one netizen asked. Crusading against online and cell phone anonymity In February 2010, the Chinese Ministry of Technology had already announced that anyone wishing to create an Internet website should register with Internet regulators in person and present an ID.In May 2011, Wang Chen, the Department of Propaganda’s Assistant Director, quoted in an article published on 5 May by China Daily: “We are exploring an identity authentification system for users of online forums.” Internet users are currently required to register before posting comments on these sites, but they can do so using a pseudonym. According to Wang, now that anonymous posting on key news and commercial websites is banned, the next step is to extend the system to online forums and chat rooms.Cellular telephony is not exempt from this effort. Chinese authorities are tightening their grip on prepaid cell phone communications. A new regulation which entered into effect on 1 September 2010 now requires users of prepaid cell phones to provide detailed personal information by presenting their identity card when buying SIM cards. Anyone who already owns one has three years to register. The newspaper Global Times claims that 800 million telephone numbers are already assigned to cell phones now used in China, of which 320 million were acquired anonymously. Card sellers, mostly in newsstands, will be responsible for collecting photocopies of the buyers’ IDs and for recording their contact information in the centralised cell phone user name data collection system. The Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies (MIIT) justifies this initiative by claiming that it is part of the government’s campaign against spams and fraud. In actuality, this new rule may potentially compromise the cell phone users’ personal data protection, since it enhances the authorities’ ability to monitor calls, SMSs, and data exchanges, thereby facilitating the identification of individuals who criticise or demonstrate against the government.The authorities take aim at micro-bloggingIn the summer of 2010, the authorities launched a new crackdown on online networking tools, especially micro-blog services. On 15 July 2010, several dozen micro-blog accounts were closed, among them those of blogger Yao Yuan and lawyer Pu Zhiqiang. Four of the leading Chinese micro-blogging platforms, Netease, Sina, Tencent and Sohu, were inaccessible for several hours or days, displaying notices that the site was down for maintenance.Around the same time, censors implemented an additional control level. In August 2010, Chinese authorities ordered micro-blogging websites to hire a “self-discipline commissioner” to be responsible for censorship. According to the official press, the results of the first micro-blogger self-censorship test conducted in January 2010 in Hebei province were deemed satisfactory enough to convince the authorities to extend its application in Beijing to eight micro-blogging platforms: Sina, Sohu, NetEase, Iphonixe, Hexun, Soufang, 139Mobile and Juyou9911. The latter hired such commissioners and asked them to monitor and censor anything which could threaten the country’s security or the society’s stability. They are focusing on content dealing with illegal activities, pornography and violence, as well as unsubstantiated rumours and politically sensitive issues. Each commissioner has been assigned a website whose content he or she is responsible for. Impact of the Google case Stopping censorshipThe U.S. firm Google announced on 22 March 2010 its decision to put an end to censorship via the Chinese version of its search engine, Now, when users click on the home page of, they are redirected to, where they have access to uncensored content in simplified Chinese characters. This website was intermittently censored in late March 2010. Despite tenser relations with the Chinese authorities following this decision, the company did manage to get its operating license there renewed in July 2010. It will maintain its research and development activities in China, and keep on selling advertising spots on to Chinese companies.Google may have set an example for others: the U.S. Internet company GoDaddy announced on 24 March 2010, during a U.S. congressional hearing, that it would stop offering its clients new Chinese domain names ending in the .cn suffix because of the radical controls measures being implemented by Chinese authorities.Are Chinese authorities directly implicated in hacking activities?Google’s decision apparently was reached in the wake of cyberattacks launched from China against the Gmail accounts of several dozen human rights activists. Some twenty media and technology sector companies are said to have also been victims of these hacker attacks and of intellectual property infringement.Cyberattacks were still going on in early 2010. The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) reported that the Yahoo! email boxes of at least ten foreign journalists based in China and Taiwan were hacked. Independent news sites such as Boxun have been under constant attack. In secret documents released by WikiLeaks, a “Chinese source” cited by U.S. diplomatic sources confirmed the Chinese government’s involvement in the computer hacking of Google. These revelations have raised considerable concern about spying methods used on journalists and human rights activists working on China. The diplomatic cable cited by the New York Times specified: “The Google hacking was part of a coordinated campaign of computer sabotage carried out by government operatives, private security experts and internet outlaws recruited by the Chinese government.”Web censorship: A trade barrier?Internet censorship is not just a human rights issue. It also negatively impacts trade and business through the lack of access to reliable information. Online censorship has also become a way to discriminate against foreign – particularly American – companies, and to afford Chinese companies preferential treatment, which led two experts of the European Centre for International Political Economy to label it, in The Wall Street Journal, “disguised protectionism.”The European Union entered the debate in 2010, as the censorship spread to mobile telephones – a sector in which European companies do considerable business. In May 2010, European Commission Vice President and Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes called this censorship a “trade barrier” and said it is an issue that should be tackled within the World Trade Organization.Tibet and Xinjiang: Sensitive provinces, special treatmentAt least 50 Tibetans sentenced for having sent news abroadThe repression has never stopped since the March 2008 uprising in the Tibetan regions. Since then, at least 50 Tibetans have been arrested and some sentenced to lengthy prison terms for having sent information, photos and videos abroad. The latest to be convicted, Dasher, was given a 10-year prison sentence on a charge of “separatism” in February 2010. Xinjiang: Reconnected to the Net, but still plagued by purgesThe arrests continue. Cut off from the world for nearly 10 months following the social unrest in July 2009, the Xinjiang Autonomous Region was then subjected to a discriminatory shut-down of Internet access, and was only reconnected to the Chinese Internet on 14 May 2010. Meanwhile, Xinjiang’s Internet users are subject to filtering by the Chinese Firewall, and the websites and blogs dealing with the Uyghur issue are still a favourite target for censors. Many of them are still blocked – including the sites of the Uyghur American Association (UAA) and the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) – because they refuse to toe the official Beijing Party line. Banned keywords include “Rebiya Kadeer” (the Uyghur human rights activist), “World Uyghur Congress”, “Uyghur Human Rights Project” and “East Turkestan Independence.”Salkin website collaborator Gulmire Imin was sentenced to life behind bars in April 2010 for having “revealed” state secrets, for “organising a demonstration” and for “separatism.” On 21 July 2010, in Urumqi, three Uyghur webmasters, Dilshat Perhat, Nureli and Nijat Azat were tried in camera for having endangered state security and for the content of their publications, which the Chinese government deemed to be politically sensitive. They were sentenced, respectively, to five, three and ten years in prison.Liu Xiaobo (刘哓波): The world’s only Nobel Peace Prize recipient still behind bars On October 8, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded for the first time to a Chinese citizen residing in China, even though he has been serving an 11-year jail sentence in Jinzhou Prison (Liaoning Province). Very moved when he learned the news, intellectual and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo dedicated this prize to “the lost souls of 4 June” – the date of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Liu Xiaobo is one of the co-writers of Charter 08, which calls for more freedoms and an end to the one-party rule in China.The pressures being placed on Liu Xiaobo’s relatives and supporters, as well as on all defenders of freedom of expression, have not lessened in China since this announcement was made. Beijing tried to dissuade diplomats from attending the Nobel Prize award ceremony in Oslo on 10 December 2010 and prevented several human rights activists from leaving the country. Liu’s wife, Liu Xia (刘霞), is under house arrest and her relatives are not permitted to leave China. The Nobel Committee awarded the prize to an “empty chair.”Am ever-growing number of Liu’s supporters are being arrested. Since mid-October 2010, according to the independent Chinese PEN Centre, at least 40 human rights activists and journalists have been arrested or brought in for questioning throughout China for attempting to celebrate the news of Liu’s award. Three of them were detained for at least eight days: Wang Lihong, Wu Gan and Zhao Changqing. Formerly imprisoned journalist Liu Jingsheng said that two police officers had been posted outside his home. Liu Xiaobo supporters without Beijing residence permits have been sent back to their home province. Guo Xianliang, an Internet writer known by his pen name, “hermit of Tianshan Mountain” has been behind bars since 28 October after being arrested by the Guangzhou authorities for passing out flyers with pictures of Liu Xiaobo in the streets and parks of Canton. Human rights activist Liu Di, known by her pen name, “Stainless Steel Mouse”, along with about 100 other people, were placed under house arrest and strict police surveillance.A few releases offset by new convictionsThe sentences of some “4 June dissidents” who had participated in the June 1989 Tiananmen Square demonstrations were shortened. Cyberdissident Li Zhi, a former government official sentenced in December 2003 to an eight-year prison term for “subversive” use of the Internet, was released last November, nine months early. He is one of the netizens condemned on the basis of information originating from their email accounts, which Yahoo! had provided to Chinese authorities.Dissident Qin Yongmin was freed after serving his full 12-year prison sentence, but is still kept under close watch. Writer Guo Xianliang, who had been arrested in Canton for having passed out flyers supportive of Liu Xiaobo, was released on 26 November. His friends and family report that he was able to safely return to Kunming.However, on 9 June 2010, the Sichuan Provincial High People’s Court upheld the decision made against activist and environmentalist Tan Zuoren, who had been sentenced to a five-year prison term for “inciting subversion of state power” and to a three-year deprivation of his political rights. He had been arrested in March 2008, after urging Chinese netizens to travel to Sichuan Province to look into the situation of the earthquake victims’ families. For the first time, an ironic tweet earned a netizen one year of forced labour. On 15 November 2010, cybernaut Cheng Jianping was sentenced to serve a year in the Shibali River “re-education through work” labour camp for women in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, for “disturbing social order.” Her lawyer, Lan Zhixue, appealed this administrative order, issued without any form of trial. Cheng Jianping was arrested on 28 October – on what would have been her wedding day – and charged with having retweeted, on 17 October 2010, a satirical message about anti-Japanese demonstrations taking place in China, using her pen name “Wang Yi” (@wangyi09) on the Twitter website. She has more than 5,000 netizen followers on this social network. The message suggested that young Chinese protesters should attack the Japanese pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo and mocked the excessive tension between the two countries.Endangered netizens: Criminal detentions and mock releasesCyberdissidents detained despite being gravely illThe incarceration of certain netizens can sometimes have a tragic outcome. Shortly after having finally been granted the medically motivated release he had repeatedly requested, cyberdissident Zhang Jianhong – better known by his pen name Li Hong – died on 31 December 2010 in a hospital in Ningbo of complications from a disease for which he had never been treated during his three years behind bars. Li Hong was the chief editor of Aiqinhai, a literary online magazine closed by the authorities in 2006 for disseminating “content critical of the Chinese government.” He also contributed to news websites Boxun and Epoch Times.The lives of several other netizens are hanging in the balance. The Chinese authorities should have learned their lesson from this tragedy and immediately released all other netizens with health problems, particularly Huang Qi, Fan Yanqiong, Cheng Jianping, Hu Jia and Yang Tianshui.Huang Qi, arrested in 2008, was sentenced to three years behind bars for having posted articles online about the consequences of the Sichuan Province earthquake. He is said to have stomach and chest tumours which are not being treated properly, and to have been tortured and deprived of sleep.Cheng Jianping was sentenced on 15 November 2010 to a year of “re-education through work” in a labour camp for having relayed a comment on Twitter about tensions between China and Japan. She is suffering from tuberculous pleurisy, a chronic lung condition.Netizen Fan Yanqiong, arrested in 2009, was given a two-year prison sentence in April 2010 for having reported online the case of a raped and murdered woman in Fujian Province. At the time of her trial, she had to use a wheelchair and an oxygen mask because she was suffering from high blood pressure, muscular atrophy and severe pains in all her limbs.Blogger and human rights activist Hu Jia got a three-year prison sentence in 2008 for “inciting subversion of state power” after posting articles online and granting interviews to the foreign media. He has cirrhosis of the liver, but is not receiving the medications he needs.Forced disappearances?Geng He, the wife of Chinese human rights activist and lawyer Gao Zhisheng, has never stopped demanding an explanation for the disappearance of her husband, one of the first “barefoot lawyers” who has been missing again since April 2010#.Human rights activist and cyberdissident Govruud Huuchinhuu, a member of the Southern Mongolia Democratic Alliance (SMDA), has been reported missing since 27 January 2011, when she was released from the hospital in Tongliao, a city in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of northern China, where she had received cancer treatments. Huuchinhuu had been under house arrest since November 2010 for using a website to call for a rally of Mongol dissidents to celebrate the anticipated release of Hada, a human rights activist and the SMDA’s Chairman.False releases?Hada, a journalist and activist for the Mongal cause, is still being held by the Chinese authorities, even though he should have been freed on 10 December 2010 after serving his full sentence. When he was finally permitted to meet with his uncle, Haschuluu, in late January 2011, he looked undernourished and had had no news of his wife Xinna and his son Uiles. On 14 December, a Chinese official referred to only as “Jin,” told people close to Hada that his wife and son were safe and enjoying the family’s reunion in a “five-star luxury hotel.” Similarly, activist and netizen Zhao Lianhai allegedly has been released but still cannot be contacted. He was arrested in November 2009 and sentenced one year later to two and one-half years in prison for having set up an Internet news and mobilisation website (“Kidney Stone Babies”) devoted to the scandal involving the milk powder contaminated by the Sanlu company in China. He had first announced that he wanted to protest the court’s decision and had started a hunger strike, but he later said that he no longer wished to see his lawyers or to appeal.Online mobilisation stronger than everWord games and caricatures: New anti-censorship weaponsThe Chinese are ardent word game players. The Chinese language is full of homophones and lends itself very easily to this exercise.For several years, Web surfers have been making censors the butt of humorous and creative puns and word games. The fight against censorship is represented by a mythical creature called the Caonima a grass-mud horse), a homonym for a stinging personal insult. Internet users ridicule Chinese Communist Party (CCP) censorship by inventing false reports and songs about animal characters on the Caonima.More recently, the lizard Yake (yakexi in Chinese) appeared following a TV show on the Chinese New Year ceremonies in which Uyghur singers were supposed to praise the government, but they kept on repeating that the CCP Central Committee’s policy was “good” (yakexi in Uyghur). Shocked by this propaganda in light of the utter instability in Xinjiang, some netizens invented a lizard character (xi in Mandarin) called Yake, who patrols the Internet. According to its authors, the lizard representing the Central Committee’s policies had a glorious past in the Soviet Union, where its race is now dying out but is still thriving in countries like Cuba, North Korea and China. The lizard Yakexi, with his forked tongue, feeds on “river crabs” (hexie) a homonym of “to harmonise,” President Hu Jintao’s political leitmotif, and a government euphemism for censorship). Ironically it has been put to a new use by netizens.The Chinese Internet’s latest “harmonised” animals are featured in an animated video produced by Wang Bo, which shows an innocent rabbit population oppressed by a government of aggressive tigers. The year 2010 was the “Year of the Tiger,” while 2011 is that of the Rabbit, according to the Chinese calendar. In this film, baby rabbits are dying and in atrocious pain after drinking some Sanlu milk, a reference to the 2008 melamine scandal which had caused the death of several infants and poisoned several hundred thousand others. The Li Gang case is also featured.In all, Chinese bloggers and netizens have created a dozen creatures representing Internet censors.A necessary battle which is not without riskWhile there have been many examples of successful online mobilisations, tragic cases of tortured bloggers and journalists are still far too frequent.”You will be punished in kind,” as member of the Guobao (public security squad) told Liu Shasha, a young Beijing blogger who was in jail in July 2010. While being interviewed by a French journalist, she described the conditions of her detention and the barbaric tortures that she had to endure. What was this young woman’s crime? She had urged people on the Twitter network to place funeral wreaths in front of the building which houses the Chinese research engine firm Sohu, after it reportedly eliminated hundreds of free speech activist blogs.Denouncing corruption: Netizens’ Trojan horseThe Li Gang case has caused a massive outcry in the Chinese blogosphere, where the impunity enjoyed by Chinese officials is extremely unpopular. In October 2010, one young man, Li Qiming, caused a mortal road accident on the Baoding campus of Hebei University (in Hebei Province, near Beijing) while driving intoxicated. Right after hitting two young women head on, one of whom later died, the young man allegedly said, while leaving the scene, “Go ahead and try to sue me, my father is Li Gang.”The story spread like wildfire on the Internet, as did the statement, “my father is Li Gang,” which has become a catchphrase for shirking responsibility while breaking the law. By using a “human flesh research engine,” some cybernauts managed to identify Li Gang as the deputy police chief of Baoding’s Beishi district. His son, Li Qiming, was arrested on 24 October 2010. The case was referred to the country’s highest courts, which were troubled by the intense public indignation aroused by this case. A video of Li Gang was broadcast on the national TV station in which he tearfully asked to be forgiven for his son’s behaviour.”He who has not climbed the Great Wall is not a true man” – Chinese proverbThe Great Wall of censorship continues to rise higher and higher around the Middle Kingdom’s readers, listeners, TV viewers and cybernauts. Yet defenders of free expression are managing to circumvent it, or scale it. As these “true men” join forces in pursuing this effort, they will win. It is up to governments, corporations and Internet users in democratic countries to give them their unwavering support, for the Chinese government seems disinclined to change its positions on the issue. In his 19 February 2011 speech to leaders of Chinese provinces, Hu Jintao spoke of intensifying the regime’s management and control of the Internet in his country. He notably specified the need to “increase the government’s level of control over the virtual society and to perfect mechanisms for channelling online public opinion.” China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures to go further News March 11, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 China News RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes April 27, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more The Chinese government, exasperated that dissident Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize and concerned about spill-over effects from the Tunisian and Egyptian Revolutions, has drastically tightened its grip on the Web in order to transform it from a protest medium to a tool for political control. Any attempt to challenge the country’s stability has been quashed by harsh repression. The regime is taking aim at social networks, particularly micro-blogging websites and online anonymity. New laws now regulate the Web, while Chinese Internet users continue to discuss banned topics and to mock censors. ChinaAsia – Pacific last_img read more

Falling for Fashion with OSKA

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Community News More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Subscribe Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPretty Or Not: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About BeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * center column 2 Falling for Fashion with OSKA OSKA has released a preview of its Fall 2013 lineup and we talk to Annie Frank of OSKA to find out more on what to expect. FRANZ A.D. MORALES Published on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | 2:33 pm Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 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. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make the most out of your colorful summer wear while it lasts, because fall is coming, and OSKA is prepping up its 2013 fall lineup with beautiful wine colors and shades of gray.Annie Frank, of OSKA, tells us that though people equate fall with black, grays and other earth colors, OSKA also has burgundies and “pretty coral pinks” so customers will have more options.One of the dresses at the preview is The Divia. Frank explains, “They always do a version of this kind of dress and it’s this fabulous jersey material that’s totally perfect for anybody to travel, once they dress it up or dress it down, and it could really be worn almost all year round.”Another is the Jacket Dietke. Frank tells us, “It’s a truffle jersey and it looks really good with a skinny skirt or crazy pants and it’s really, really slimming.”The Jacket Dietke is perfect for women who are not so tall, Frank says, “I think it gives you height. A lot of our customers are tiny ladies. You know the population in the San Gabriel Valley, there’s a melting pot of different people here and they love our clothes and most of them are not very tall.”Frank also mentions another piece called Dress Detta. Made from a “tech material,” the dress is very versatile. Frank adds, “You could wear this jumper but you could also wear it with just the shawl over it, sleeveless, or with a little jacket. And it’s got a very similar structure to the Divia Dress.”Fall is often equated to tweeds, but with the Dress Detta and Divia, OSKA uses different “tech” materials to add fabric choices for its customers.For a more classic look, there is the Blouse Dacina, A white shirt with asymmetrical lines that makes it “really fun” and “really pretty. Also, OSKA’s white shirts can be paired up with jeans, trousers, and skirts, aside from being white and easy to pair with, can be worn any time of the year.Scarves are also popular, which you can use over your head, around your neck, as a belt, or just dangling off the shoulder. The Eleyna, Elin and Elsa scarves can be mixed and matched with other pieces to create a different look every time.Of course, there are the trousers. OSKA is known for its trousers and one of these is the Dilek. Frank says that these trousers “do not run really, really long. Like I’m only 5’1 and I can wear the pants without shortening most of them. Some of them are too long but like this Dilek, I sold it to somebody yesterday in Beverly Hills that was like probably only around 5’2.”No matter your body type, no matter your height, no matter who you are, OSKA has something for you. The dresses are slimming and the trousers make the wearer look taller than she actually is. OSKA’s clothes give its wearer the confidence they need, to look and feel good.From blouses and dresses, to scarves and trousers, look your best in any season with OSKA.Oh, and while it’s still summer, you can still catch the Spring Summer Sale. You can check out the items on sale at Pasadena is located at 13 Douglas Alley. To find out more about OSKA, and to check out its Fall 2013 preview, visit or call (626) 432-1729 for more information.last_img read more

DfEE seeks firms’ help on future skills training

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The Government has pledged to overhaul the ailing modern apprenticeships scheme which faces renewed criticism from employers this week.Industry figures have claimed that modern apprenticeships – the Government’s flagship scheme to provide young people with vocational qualifications – is failing them badly, with only a third completing their training.Education and employment minister David Blunkett admitted that young trainees were not sticking with companies or completing their qualifications. At the launch of the Government’s learning and skills agenda last week he championed a plan to work with employers to breathe new life into the scheme.The DfEE wants businesses to let it know how to rework the programme, which currently employs about 120,000 young people. Blunkett said, “We need to give young people the guidance they need and engage businesses in the process.”Margaret Murray, head of learning and skills at the CBI, said, “There is a major problem with modern apprenticeships – the extent to which young people are prepared for them. We need better career guidance from schools.The government research which formed the basis of the consultation document was the result of 23,000 interviews and revealed employers thought two million UK staff were not proficient at their jobs.Clive Stokes, personnel director of manufacturing company Hidden Hearing, said, “What is crucial is that people have abilities like keyboard and communication skills to allow them to do the things needed by employers.” Modern apprenticeships: briefingWhat are modern apprenticeships? They are vocational qualifications which can be taken at two levels: foundation modern apprenticeships (previously national traineeships) and advanced modern apprenticeships (formerly modern apprenticeships)What qualifications do they lead to? They lead to NVQs – Level 3 (Advanced) and Level 2 (Foundation)What do modern apprentices learn? They learn key skills such as literacy and numeracy and other qualifications required by industryWho designs and funds the training? The training is framework-based. It is designed by national training organisations (NTOs), funded by Tecs (Training and Enterprise Councils), supported by the careers service and delivered through employers and training providers Previous Article Next Article DfEE seeks firms’ help on future skills trainingOn 4 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more