Access to independent online discussion forum blocked

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the blocking of the online discussion forum UAE Hewar (http://uaehewar.net/), which has been inaccessible in the United Arab Emirates since 7 February. Some of the contributors to the site think the authorities are blocking it in order to discover the identity of the site’s owners, who call themselves “Emirati intellectuals.”One of the site’s pages was blocked in November because of an article about religion (see http://www.emarati.katib.org/node/109), but this is the first time the entire site has been blocked. Hosted in the United States, it can still be accessed outside the UAE.“This is an act of censorship aimed at suppressing the most independent voices in the Emirates,” Reporters Without Borders said, calling for the site to be unblocked at once. “The authorities are displaying an inability to tolerate the Internet’s use as an open space for discussion.”Attempts to connect within the UAE produce a “network error” message. Responding belatedly to queries from site members, the Telecom Regulatory Authority evasively referred them to telephone operators Etisalat and Du. The US company that hosts the site, Host Rocket, confirmed to Reporters Without Borders that its inaccessibility in the UAE is not due to any technical problem.UAE Hewar is very popular. The subjects debated on the forum include such human rights issues as freedom of opinion and expression, civil and political rights, the independence of the judicial system and racial discrimination – issues not traditionally discussed in the Emirati media. United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa February 24, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Access to independent online discussion forum blocked Organisation RSF_en News April 28, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs saycenter_img June 8, 2021 Find out more to go further News December 23, 2020 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group News Follow the news on United Arab Emirates Newslast_img read more

Luxembourg reserve fund names green bond, impact managers

first_imgFDC also awarded a €750m global equities “sustainable approach” mandate, which was secured by Robeco with AQR Capital Management as the standby manager.The first investments under the new mandates are planned for the first quarter of next year, according to FDC.The mandates are the outcome of FDC’s revised investment strategy of 2017, which included a decision to “intensify and expand the consideration of sustainable and socially responsible investment criteria”.The fund has adopted a policy of requiring asset managers applying to run an actively managed mandate to provide evidence that they implement a sustainable or socially responsible approach in their investment strategy and decision-making processes. This could be by way of positive or negative screening, thematic investments, engagement, or other means.The “sustainable approach” wording for the mandate awarded to Robeco captures this revised approach to manager selection. Investment managers’ approach to sustainability is understood to have counted for 10% of the overall selection decision. Luxembourg’s €18bn pension reserve fund has announced the winners of a tender for its first mandates dedicated to seeking a positive social or environmental impact.The Fonds de Compensation (FDC) awarded a €200m mandate for “sustainable impact” global equities to BNP Paribas Asset Management in Paris, while Allianz Global Investors’ branch in the French capital won a €100m euro-denominated green bonds mandate.FDC said the equity impact mandate was exclusively for investments in listed companies “that intend to generate” a financial return as well as a “social or environmental impact”. The investments must cover at least five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals.Mirova and NN Investment Partners are on standby for the respective mandates.last_img read more

With 11 returning players, depth and experience keys for Humboldt State in 2017-18

first_imgArcata >> Humboldt State women’s basketball head coach Michelle Bento-Jackson had her work cut out for her last season.After being hired as the 11th coach in the program’s history in late June of 2016, Bento-Jackson spent much of a shortened off-season scurrying to fill out a roster and bring her team up to speed.Fast forward 16 months later, Bento-Jackson is entering her second season at the helm of a deeper, more experienced team that features 11 returning players and the conference’s …last_img read more

A first look at Raiders depth chart midway through camp

first_imgNAPA — It’s impossible to know who actually put together the first depth chart for the Raiders. Former coach Jack Del Rio used to say it was media relations director Will Kiss.That was Del Rio’s way of not reading too much importance into where players stand heading in to the first preseason game. Jon Gruden hasn’t given many clues as to where the depth chart stands, and even if he did, would you believe him?But for what it’s worth, the initial Raiders depth chart released in advance of the …last_img read more

Capitalizing on the basis

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There is a lot of unsold corn in farmers hands. Some estimates indicate only 40% to 45% of the 2016 crop is sold. With 16% carryout, there is plenty of supply available for the remaining seven marketing months. End users aren’t desperate for corn.Despite the abundant corn supply I think corn futures have upside potential long-term. This may be caused by funds buying commodities as a hedge against inflation, reduced 2017 corn acres or a summer drought scare. If this happens, I would expect basis values to drift lower.BasisDue to heavy supply, basis has been disappointing lately, running lower than normal for this time frame.Beans 40 to 50 cents below normalWheat 40 to 50 cents below normalCorn 20 cents below normal.In some ways the corn market is acting similar to 20 years ago. Ultimately basis fell apart as futures increased back then. It’s unclear if basis traders or farmers with HTAs will get burned in the same way this year.Following are some uncertainties that may impact basis in the short-term and long-term.Mexico exports — The future of corn exports to Mexico, NAFTA and Trump are uncertain. While probably a long shot, if exports to Mexico are shutdown it would create not only a logistical nightmare for corn and basis levels.Japan exports — China is trying to reduce their corn supply by selling to Japan, a traditional U.S. corn buyer. This may reduce export demand from the U.S. but not change world stocks.Normal South American harvest — South American harvests will likely be normal. This may hurt U.S. export demand and cause basis levels to drop at shuttle loading facilitiesFeed demand — Feed demand may decrease due to warmer spring weather and/or wheat is being used more and more in feed rations.Ethanol — Reduced ethanol profits may cause plant slowdowns and decrease basis in certain areas.In an effort to reduce potential basis risk for my farm, I set basis for much of my stored corn.10% — 2015 production stored through winter for March farm pick up: -.44 March futures50% — 2016 production July farm pick up: -.46 July FuturesWatching basis for the last three months, this was:10 cents below the best bid I could have received for this year.7 cents below basis the first week of harvest5 cents above the lowest bid I saw the fourth week of harvest. So you missed out on 10 cents potentially?Yes and no. By waiting until now, I collected 10 cents in market carry rolling Dec futures to Mar. So, this offset the missed opportunity I could have received if I knew at the time basis was at its highest right before harvest (which no one knew and is usually not the case).In most years waiting until well after harvest is complete and even into the spring to set basis is more profitable. While I use trends to help make decisions in my marketing plan on likely outcomes, sometimes the less likely result occurs.In the end, I didn’t quite cover my yearly bin payment with basis and market carry premium. However, I have more than made up for it in previous years, so overall I’m ahead. Why the 2015 production?I had enough home storage last year, so I held some corn hoping for better basis this spring compared to last July. Unfortunately, March basis was 12 cents lower than last summer, but I picked up 30 cents of market carry for holding my corn until now, or a net 18-cent premium. Since I can blend grain as I fill and unload bins, the loss in shrink was minimal — less than 2 cents. Why sell most of your corn in July if basis was 2 cents lower than March?I always need to core a little corn in late winter to keep the crop in good condition through summer. Also, the market is paying 14 cents of market carry to hold my grain until summer. So, while I lost 2 cents in basis, I net 12 cents for the trade. This is another illustration why farmers need to consider basis and market carry separately in the marketing strategy. In doing so, it allows farmer to take advantage of all potential premiums and opportunities available in the market. I can’t hold grain because of cash flow issues.Many farmers use this excuse for not having on-farm storage or not taking advantage of market carry premiums. This is an easy fix by having a conversation with the banker. I’ve worked with many bankers to adjust farmers’ pay down loans from spring pay offs to later months if it’s clear there is premium available for doing so.For instance in my example above, waiting to get paid in July verses March means waiting four months to pay off an operating loan. Let’s assume 5% interest with cash corn values at $3.30. This means it costs 1.375 cents per month to not pay off the operating note (or 5.5 cents to wait four months). After considering basis and market carry premium at 12 cents, I will make 6.5 cents after loan expenses.Once a farmer shows a banker they have the grain prices set with a hedge and the market is paying both of you to wait, they are on board. This is a very safe loan and bankers love safe loans. In the end, everybody wins. Seems like a lot of work for 6.5 cents.I’m glad a lot of farmers think that way because 6.5 cents on 175 bushel per acre is over $11 per acre profit. What if basis goes back up?It is possible I “pulled the trigger” on the corn basis too early. That’s why I only set basis on 60% of my grain. By doing this I reduced substantial risk in the basis while still allowing for some upside potential (maybe 5 to 10 cents) if basis rallies in upcoming months. If corn futures go up in the long-term (which I think it will) this will likely put downward pressure on basis lower and lower. Current PositionsWhile only half of my basis is currently set for 2016, I’m getting closer to knowing my final positions for the year.  POSITION – CORN201620172018Corn Sold with futures85%10%5-15%CBOT Price Average$3.94$4.00$4.00Market Carry$0.23$.24 est$.24 estBasis on Farm$-0.46 est$-.30 est$-.30 estOptions & spread profits$0.23 estCash Price$3.94 est$3.94 est$3.94 est Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at [email protected]last_img read more

Wisynco will Continue to Invest in Jamaica – Mahfood

first_imgManaging Director, Wisynco Group, William Mahfood, has given his company’s commitment to continue to invest in the economy. He said that increased investment is what is needed to help the country overcome the existing challenges. “Wisyno is investing a lot as well, so for us, we are committed to Jamaica. I think those companies that continue to invest will see tremendous benefits,” he stated. Mr. Mahfood was speaking at the official opening of a Juici Patties store located at 191 Constant Spring Road, St. Andrew on Thursday, February 21. In commending the franchise holder, the Wisynco Managing Director stated that investments such as these are critical for the development of the country. “The store is opening at a time when so much is happening in our economy so it really does speak volume to the temerity and audaciousness of the investors,” he said. State Minister in the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce, Hon. Sharon Ffolkes-Abrahams, hailed Juici Patties for creating investment and employment opportunities across the island. “Juici Patties is not only directly creating a very significant number of jobs in the food service industry, it is also helping to secure jobs and create employment indirectly, through the local goods and services it purchases,” she said. She noted that a number of the restaurants are operated by franchise holders who, in working with Juici Patties, have developed successful businesses while creating jobs in their communities. “This, from all indications, has been a very successful model,” she said. Franchise holder, Radcliff Knibbs, said he decided to relocate his restaurant from Stony Hill, as the space was too small. He said that over time there will be additions to the offerings and outlay of the new store.The opening of the Constant Spring store brings to 61, the number of Juici Patties establishments across the island.last_img read more