#CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks two more websites

first_imgCreated in 2006, Chronicles of Turkmenistan (Хроника Туркменистана) is the news website of the “Turkmen Initiative for the Defence of Human Rights” and is one of the few sources of independent information in a country where the government keeps tight control on the media. As it is very critical of the government, it is subjected to a great deal of pressure and the site has been blocked in Turkmenistan since 2007.The mirror site is accessible here: https://ctm1.global.ssl.fastly.net/Collateral Freedom – an initial evaluation Since Collateral Freedom’s launch on 12 March, RSF’s servers have accepted more than 24 million requests and have provided more than 200 gigabytes of data. The operation’s success during the first few days forced RSF to increase the capacity of its servers into order to absorb the massive traffic influx.Since then, RSF has created other mirrors and is using new hosting services. This makes it possible to circulate a new website address if a country takes the decision to block access to all the services of an Internet company such as Fastly, Amazon, Microsoft and Google. A constantly updated list of the mirrors and the services being used is available at github.com. Censorship in China – Great Cannon after Great Firewall Collateral Freedom’s name was never so well chosen. A few days after the operation got under way, the Chinese authorities blocked access to the entire content delivery network of Fastly, one of the companies used by RSF for its mirror sites. Many of Fastly’s clients were affected. But instead of reconsidering its contract with RSF, Fastly supported the operation and provided RSF with the necessary bandwidth.GreatFire.org, the non-profit organization that devised the tools used by RSF for this operation, was itself the target of massive cyber-attacks from 17 March onwards. GitHub, the site that hosts GreatFire’s tools, came under attack on 26 March. The company described it as “the largest DDoS attack in github.com’s history.”After investigating for several days, GreatFire identified the source of the attacks – the Chinese authorities. “Based on the technical forensic evidence provided above and the detailed research that has been done on the GitHub attack, we can now confidently conclude that the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) is responsible for both of these attacks,” GreatFire said.This has been confirmed by Citizen Lab, a Canadian research institute specializing in cyber-attacks. In a report released on 10 April, Citizen Lab gave a name to the tool used by the Chinese authorities – “Great Cannon.” In addition to its Great Firewall, which imposes a relentless censorship on the Chinese Internet, the government now also has offensive weapons that allow it to attack and neutralize websites located outside China. “The Show must go on”Despite the profusion of technological resources being deployed to block the free flow of information and gag dissident voices, RSF will press on with Operation Collateral Freedom as long as its own resources permit.You can contribute to this battle: * By sharing this information with the #CollateralFreedom hashtag and by helping to make others aware of the content on the blocked websites.* By making a donation so that we can keep funding this operation.* By creating your own mirror site using the tools developed by GreatFire: https://github.com/greatfire/website-mirror-by-proxyVietnam, China and Turkmenistan are respectively ranked 175th, 176th and 178th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index. May 12, 2015 – Updated on January 25, 2016 #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks two more websites Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is unblocking two more websites as part of Collateral Freedom, the operation it launched on 12 March, World Press Freedom Day, when it unblocked sites censored in 11 countries. Today it is unblocking the website of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam, Vietnam Thoi Bao, which is blocked in Vietnam, and Chronicles of Turkmenistan, blocked in Turkmenistan. RSF_en center_img News Help by sharing this information Operation Collateral Freedom is based on the technique of mirroring. RSF creates a copy of the blocked site on a website hosting service provided by a big Internet company such as Fastly, Amazon, Microsoft or Google. If a government that is an “Enemy of the Internet” were to block access to the mirror, it would at the same time deprive thousands of its companies of the essential technological services provided by these Internet giants. The collateral economic and political damage would be hard to assume.Two new sites unblockedAfter unblocking nine censored sites in 11 countries, RSF is pressing ahead with Operation Collateral Freedom and unblocking two more sites: Vietnam Thoi Bao (Vietnam Times) and Chronicles of Turkmenistan. Vietnam Thoi Bao (Vietnam Times) is the site of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN). With “critical spirit” as its motto, it covers subjects related to human rights, politics and the economy. Created in July 2014, it was blocked three days after going online. Pham Chi Dung, a journalist who heads the IJAVN and edits the Vietnam Times, is on RSF’s list of “100 Information Heroes.”The mirror site is accessible here: https://d1s66ldlhegqs2.cloudfront.netlast_img read more

Spate of physical attacks on Iraqi journalists

first_imgNews RSF_en Reporters Without Borders condemns several recent cases of violence against Iraqi journalists by US and Iraqi soldiers and armed groups. At least three journalists have been the victims of physical attacks in the past two weeks.“We again reiterate that passage of the bill for the protection of journalists would improve conditions for the media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The time taken by parliament to begin examining this bill, which has been repeatedly postponed since September 2009, seems to be the main reason for the continuation of violence against the Iraqi media.”A joint Iraqi and US military detachment attacked Mohamed Jalil, a photographer and reporter for the German news agency DPA, yesterday in Fallujah, 69 km west of Baghdad. Iraqi and US soldiers forced their way into his home and hit him. They then confiscated his cameras and his laptops. Neither army gave an explanation for the raid or use of violence.Three gunmen searched the home of Khaled Quraghuli, a journalist with Al-Anbar and a professor at the University of Al-Anbar, on 8 May in the central city of Ramadi, about 100 km west of Baghdad, hitting him and firing several shots before departing.Ihab Al-Zouba’i, a freelance journalist who reports for the Washington Post from Abu Ghraib (32 km west of the centre of Baghdad), was going through the Al-Hamadania checkpoint on 5 May when four Iraqi soldiers insulted him and hit him because he was speaking on his telephone. Al-Zouba’i is one of the few journalists working in western Baghdad because of the difficulties for journalists and the restrictions imposed by the Iraqi army in this area.Reporters Without Borders is also saddened to learn that Rahim Al-Shamri, a reporter for the newspaper Al-Fateh, was killed by an explosion at a textile plant in Al-Hilla, 100 km south of Baghdad, on 10 May. Two other reporters – Ihsan Al-Khalidi of satellite TV station Al-Rasheed and Hussein Al-Abbasi of radio Sawa – were injured by the explosion. News IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 16, 2020 Find out more December 28, 2020 Find out more May 20, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Spate of physical attacks on Iraqi journalists Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information to go furthercenter_img News Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan February 15, 2021 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Follow the news on Iraq Organisation News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” IraqMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

RSF urges Turkey to rescind draconian state of emergency decrees

first_img to go further Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit September 19, 2016 – Updated on September 25, 2016 RSF urges Turkey to rescind draconian state of emergency decrees April 28, 2021 Find out more Two months after responding to a coup attempt by declaring a state of emergency, the Turkish government continues to target journalists, pluralism and freedom of information. RSF is today publishing a report that details the many abuses and urges the government to return to democratic principles.Released on the day that Turkey completes its first two months under the state of emergency, the report analyses the frontal assault on media independence launched by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government.DOWNLOAD THE REPORT IN ENGLISHTÜRKÇE / IN TURKISH Declared on 20 July, the state of emergency allows the authorities to bypass the judicial system, although it is less independent than ever, and to curtail defence rights. Many journalists have been arrested and charged on spurious grounds and without evidence of their involvement in the coup attempt.Those who are arrested can be held in police custody for up to 30 days and can be denied access to a lawyer during the first five days.Taking advantage of the state of emergency, the government has also ordered the permanent closure of more than 100 media outlets, including newspapers, radio stations and TV channels, drastically curtailing pluralism, which had already been under attack.The state of emergency has also enabled the authorities to impose arbitrary administrative sanctions (withdrawal of passports and press cards) with the aim of discrediting hundreds of journalists and preventing them from working freely.“Instead of following the example set by the Turkish people, who resisted the putschists on 15 July and defended democracy, the Erdogan government has pursued an ever-broader offensive against freedom of information in Turkey,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk.“The government is using the state of emergency to jail journalists and close media outlets that supposedly supported its former Gülen movement allies, thereby flouting the most fundamental freedom of expression and opinion. But the state of emergency is also being used to attack all opposition media outlets.”Proclaimed five days after the 15 July abortive coup d’état, the three-month state of emergency allows the authorities to govern by decree. They are going after anyone suspected of “links” with the Gülen movement, which was immediately declared to have been behind the would-be coup.Hundreds of journalists – not only those working for pro-Gülen media but also for other media outlets critical of the government – have been arrested, questioned, charged or dismissed.This report was written by RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoğlu, who was jailed for ten days in June for taking part, like many other leading Turkish media figures, in a campaign of solidarity with Özgür Gündem, a newspaper that defends Kurdish rights. It was summarily closed on 16 August under the state of emergency.Turkey is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en News April 2, 2021 Find out more Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News Help by sharing this information TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesReports and statistics Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited NationsCouncil of Europe center_img Follow the news on Turkey Organisation Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor April 2, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesReports and statistics Judicial harassmentImprisonedFreedom of expressionUnited NationsCouncil of Europe Credit: Yasin Akgul / AFP News Receive email alerts Related documents Turkey report_State of emergency_19-09-2016PDF – 792.23 KBTürkçePDF – 862.84 KB Newslast_img read more

‘No Person Can Be Deprived From Keeping A Cow For Personal Use Of Milk’: Rajasthan HC Issues Notice To State [Read Notice]

first_imgNews Updates’No Person Can Be Deprived From Keeping A Cow For Personal Use Of Milk’: Rajasthan HC Issues Notice To State [Read Notice] Akshita Saxena15 May 2020 11:29 PMShare This – xThe Rajasthan High Court on Friday emphasized that a person cannot be deprived from following the “Indian tradition” of keeping one or two cows in his residence, for personal use of milk. The remarks have been made in a petition filed by one Radheyshyam who had alleged that his keeping of a cow in his residence for personal use was being treated as running a dairy farm/ Gaushala by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Rajasthan High Court on Friday emphasized that a person cannot be deprived from following the “Indian tradition” of keeping one or two cows in his residence, for personal use of milk. The remarks have been made in a petition filed by one Radheyshyam who had alleged that his keeping of a cow in his residence for personal use was being treated as running a dairy farm/ Gaushala by the local municipal authorities. The petition was filed seeking restoration of electricity and water connection of his residence, on the ground that keeping one cow for personal use doesn’t amount to maintaining a Gaushala. The court was also of a prima facie opinion that if any citizen keeps a cow or buffalo or any other pet/animal in his house for his personal use, it cannot be a ground to disconnect the electricity and water connection of his residence. “Keeping of cow for personal use of milk has been an old traditional way of life in India and no person can be deprived or denied to follow this old tradition. It cannot be said that keeping one or two cows at home would amount to having cattle farm or within the meaning of Gaushala,” the bench of Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma observed. The court has thus issued notices to the Respondent authorities with an interim direction to reconnect the electricity and water connection of the Petitioner.Case Details: Case Title: Radheyshyam v. Jaipur Nagar Nigam & Ors. Case No.: CWP No. 5604/2020 Quorum: Justice Sanjeev Prakash Sharma Appearance: Advocates Kapil Bhardwaj and Rishi Raj Maheshwari (for Petitioner); Additional Govt Counsel Bharat Saini (for Respondent) Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Storylast_img read more

Pronto ‘okrie’ patch benefits from old-fashioned growing techniques

first_img Published 11:00 pm Friday, September 6, 2013 Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Print Article Email the author Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Renfroe was fool hearted enough to whip the okra on his patch in Pronto.He admitted that he was a bit hesitant to lay a stick to his okra patch. But, “why not?”“The patch was green and growing but it didn’t have one single bloom,” Renfroe said, as he pushed the cap back on his head. “This dirt up around Pronto has always been good for growing peas, cotton, whatever but the ‘okrie’ just wasn’t making.” By Jaine Treadwell Pronto ‘okrie’ patch benefits from old-fashioned growing techniques Renfroe had kind of gotten pressured into planting the okra patch. He likes fried okra but it stops right there. He doesn’t like that “slimy, boiled stuff.” So, he had no need or desire to plant an okra patch.But when kinfolks called and a little Pronto pride rushed in, Renfroe decided it was time to put his hand to the plow, so to speak.Bill Hixon, Renfroe’s uncle, is mighty fond of okra. He likes it any way it’s prepared. He could eat it three times a day and still want more. So, it would seem that Hixon would have a huge okra patch and grow enough okra so that he could have it anytime and every time he wanted it.But the land up around Buckhorn Creek where Hixon lives is not conducive to good okra growing. So knowing how much his dad likes okra, Billy Hixon took the matter into his own hands. Skip The younger Hixon had spread the litter from his chicken houses on already fertile ground in Pronto. He knew it would be a prime place for growing okra.“Billy handed me a sack of okra seeds and asked me to plant them so maybe his dad could get his fill of ‘okrie,’” Renfroe said.When Renfroe planted the seeds, he envisioned enough okra to feed China. But it was not to be. The okra grew and grew but it did not bloom.One day as Renfroe stood at the okra patch pondering the situation, a neighboring farmer stopped his truck, leaned out the window and called to Renfroe, “You gotta, whup it!”Now, the practice of “whuppin’ okrie” was not foreign to Renfroe.“Fletcher Rodgers used to whup okrie with a dogwood switch or a brush broom, whatever you call it,” Renfroe said. “He said you had to whup okrie to get it to make. Fletcher was into all kinds of voodoo stuff. Most folks thought he was crazy. But his okrie bloomed and made.”And, then there was Dave Moneyham, who had been successful at growing okrie on Buckhorn Creek.“Dave’s daddy was born a slave and he practiced the old ways,” Renfroe said. “Dave said his daddy whupped his okrie with a hickory stick, the same hickory stick that he whupped Dave with.”Renfroe started to think that maybe, just maybe, he might take a stick to his okrie. After all, his neighbor had said, “It’s not gonna make until you whup it!”So, Renfroe took a hickory stick to his okrie patch. He drew back that stick and whupped and whupped the okra until he couldn’t lift his arm one more time.After the whuppin’ the okrie took, it straightened up. It grew; it bloomed; it made … and made … made.The stalks grew stout and tall. So tall that Renfroe has to climb a 12-foot ladder to harvest the okra that’s growing at 14 feet – and rising.“I’ve never seen so much okrie,” Renfroe said. “I whupped it and it whupped me.”But folks all around the county have benefited from the bountiful harvest, Renfroe included. And especially his Uncle Bill, whose wife, Betty, is “one more good country cook.”“Betty is one of the best cooks anywhere,” Renfroe said. “I mean she can cook.”And, she invited Renfroe over for an okra dinner.“We had fried okra, boiled okra and okra in the butterbeans and the best cornbread anywhere,” Renfroe said. “Betty apologized for not having meat but we didn’t need meat. We had okrie.”Thankfully, okra is in high demand. Fried okra is a popular side item. It’s on most buffet lines and offered on meats and threes. Those who cook the old-time way say that a pod or two of okra cooked in peas and butterbeans gives them a special flavor. And, pickled okra is now a hot item.Renfroe said he has endowed a distant neighbor with five one-gallon buckets of okra for the purpose of pickling.The future of okra looks promising – fried, boiled, pickled – anyway you like it.All it takes for a plentiful okra harvest is a putting a good whuppin’ on it and it will bloom and make and make and make, according to Renfroe.As an afterthought, Renfroe has decided that whuppin’ the “okrie” knocks the leaves off, allowing the sun to filter through so the plants will bloom and produce.“Okrie needs a good whuppin’ or it won’t make. That might sound crazy but it’s just that simple,” Renfroe said. Sponsored Content Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… By The Penny Hoarder Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel You Might Like Pike Liberal Arts students experiment in physics Robbie Calk and her dad, Mark, dropped an egg from 20-feet at the airport without it breaking or cracking. Later,… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Don Renfroe “whups” his okra in Pronto to help it “make.”Don Renfroe is just plain “whupped.”He has whupped “okrie” until he wore himself slap out.Renfroe, laughingly, lapsed into the dialect of the old folks who believed in the old ways, stood by them, practiced them and passed them down to anyone who was fool hearted enough to give them a try. 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White man filmed in alleged Indiana assault says Black accuser was ‘race-baiting’

first_imgObtained by ABC NewsBY: IVAN PEREIRA, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — A white man who’s been accused of beating up and shouting racial slurs at a Black man in a filmed incident at an Indiana lake on the Fourth of July contends he isn’t the one who started the violent conflict and says his accuser is not telling the truth.But Vauhxx Rush Booker, the man seen in the video with his face pressed against a tree, is sticking with his account and continuing to call for arrests.Attorneys for Sean Purdy, one of the men accused of taking part in the alleged assault, held a news conference Monday in Monroe County, Indiana, and said Booker was putting out “a false narrative” about the incident that took place in Lake Monroe. Booker, 36, said a group of white men confronted him while he was walking to an event at the lake with a friend and later blocked the path to the beach.Booker said in a Facebook post that he and a friend “decided to just walk back and attempt to simply have a conversation” with the group, but that group members “quickly became aggressive,” and when Booker and his friend walked away, “two of them jumped me from behind.” Booker, who called the assault an attempted lynching, said some of his hair was pulled out and that he heard one of the attackers yell for someone to get a noose.A group of bystanders came to Booker’s aid and some of them filmed the confrontation that showed people screaming at the white men, who are seen pushing Booker’s face into a tree.Booker posted a video on his Facebook page showing footage taken after the initial confrontation ended, in which the white men are seen cursing at him and the bystanders, with at least one yelling racial epithets. Booker said he called 911 and the police saw the videos that were taken of the incident, but as of Tuesday, there were no arrests.David Hennessy, one of Purdy’s attorneys, contends that Booker instigated the encounter, threw the first punches, and “started race-baiting.” The attorneys said that their client was only restraining Booker.Hennessy also said that Purdy “passed” a polygraph test about the incident, specifically regarding questions about Booker’s claims that Purdy used racial epithets and threatened to get a noose.“Mr. Booker says he survived this near-lynching, yet he stays to videotape people as he race baits them … and he gets one of them to say some racially insensitive stuff,” Hennessy said during the news conference.The attorney called on Booker to take a polygraph test and offered to pay for it.“You can’t much prove things with the polygraph, but you can rule things out,” Hennessey said.Katherine Leill, Booker’s attorney, said in a statement that her client won’t be taking a test and that he stands by his account of the incident.“This is what repeatedly happens,” Leill said in a statement. “The victim gets blamed and shamed. He gets re-victimized.”She said that other witnesses filmed the incident and have corroborated Booker’s account. Leill urged authorities to charge the alleged attackers.“Look at the video. There are witnesses who saw Sean Purdy’s aggression and who heard the racist slurs of his friends. You cannot provoke racism,” Leill said.The Indiana Department of Natural Resources’ Law Enforcement Division and the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Office have said they are investigating the incident. Leill said Booker spoke with the FBI Monday and that they have opened a hate crime investigation.A spokeswoman for the FBI told ABC News the agency couldn’t comment on ongoing investigations.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Wind-driven processes controlling oceanic heat delivery to the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica

first_imgVariability in the heat delivery by Circumpolar Deep Water (CDW) is responsible for modulating the basal melting of the Amundsen Sea ice shelves. However, the mechanisms controlling the CDW inflow to the region’s continental shelf remain little understood. Here, a high-resolution regional model is used to assess the processes governing heat delivery to the Amundsen Sea. The key mechanisms are identified by decomposing CDW temperature variability into two components associated with (1) changes in the depth of isopycnals (heave; HVE), and (2) changes in the temperature of isopycnals (water mass property changes; WMP). In the Dotson-Getz trough, CDW temperature variability is primarily associated with WMP. The deeper thermocline and shallower shelf break hinder CDW access to that trough, and CDW inflow is regulated by the uplift of isopycnals at the shelf break – which is itself controlled by wind-driven variations in the speed of an undercurrent flowing eastward along the continental slope. In contrast, CDW temperature variability in the Pine Island-Thwaites trough is mainly linked to HVE. The shallower thermocline and deeper shelf break there permit CDW to persistently access the continental shelf. CDW temperature in the area responds to wind-driven modulation of the water mass’ on-shelf volume by changes in the rate of inflow across the shelf break and in Ekman pumping-induced vertical displacement of isopycnals within the shelf. The western and eastern Amundsen Sea thus represent distinct regimes, in which wind forcing governs CDW-mediated heat delivery via different dynamics.last_img read more

New agent group takes on Rightmove over its ‘derisory’ Coronavirus offer

first_imgA group of 80 estate agents from across the UK have joined together to ask Rightmove for more help, led by two well-known North London estate agency industry figures.Murray Lee of Golders Green agency Dreamview Estates (pictured, above), who has been in the business for nearly 50 years, says he and several other local agents decided to form the group a few days ago after failing to gain much sympathy from their local Rightmove rep.As well as over a dozen London firms, the group also includes agents in Barnstaple, Norwich, Diss, Clacton-on-Sea, Walton-on-Thames, Manchester, Stanmore, Leicester, Liverpool, Bolton, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Cheshire, Cambridgeshire and Devon.The group includes both independent agents as well as franchisees from several high-profile national chains.These agencies, which represent in excess of 150 branches and whose numbers are growing by the hour, originally planned to approach Rightmove ‘en-masse’ to ask for a holiday from payment due to the ‘viral disruption’.Lee and his partner in the enterprise, Alan Goldin of Alan Goldin Estates, were then told on Tuesday night to ‘hold fire’ as an announcement was imminent, which was duly revealed yesterday morning.Lee says that the ‘deferred payment’ scheme offered by Rightmove yesterday has gone down like a ‘lead balloon’ among the group’s members.“I have heard from two sources that RM have been bombarded with complaints and withdrawals already and there is a rumour of a further response to follow,” he says.The group is planning to write to Rightmove about its ‘poor and derisory’ offer and that ‘Rightmove doesn’t understand the true impact of what this virus could do to our business and our economy’.The letter also describes the portal’s ‘qualifying agent’ ruling as ridiculous.Several agents within the group say they have already informed Rightmove of their intention to quit, while others have said they will take the same action unless Rightmove offers them more help in the coming days.Agent interested on joining the group should contact Murray Lee on 020 8455 0055 or email him.Despite the furore, Rightmove is today running an online seminar for agents on how to cope with Coronavirus.Murray Lee Alan Goldin Dreamview Estates Rightmove March 19, 2020Nigel Lewis13 commentsMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 23rd March 2020 at 8:59 amHi to allThanks again for the response and kind commentsWe are overburdend with emails and have set up a FB page to group all togetherPLEASE sign up to this link https://www.facebook.com/estateagencyunion/ as this is where we will start to post and send messagesIts much easier than emailing over 300 !Log in to ReplyMark Zorab, Elstons Elstons 19th March 2020 at 8:52 pmWe have just withdrawn our 2 offices from Rightmove and will NEVER RETURN. YOU MUST BE MAD to stay with them. The West Wales agents all refused to join and thrive without the extortion of charges to list their own properties!!If anyone is searching for Estate Agents and their properties in their preferred postcodes they will find them on a quick Google search. Or better still with OTM which is agent owned and far better leads and service and we get a say on charges. The shares of OTM are a massive BUY at present in my personal view. Rightmoves days are OVER and good riddance.Log in to ReplyKelvin Francis, Kelvin Francis Ltd. Kelvin Francis Ltd. 21st March 2020 at 12:13 pmHi Mark, I agree with everything you say. Rightmove have shown their total lack of interest in the well being of their Agent supporters, even in this critical times.Log in to ReplyMark Zorab, Elstons Elstons 30th March 2020 at 9:24 amHi Kelvin, we should also all leave Zoopla in my view, although I ditched them years ago. Unfortunately they took over our excellent software company and I’m now looking for an independent software management system as I want to leave Zoopla owned Jupix which we currently use. I think we can save over half our costs by going back to the days of local personal service where client and applicant loyalty can be mutually rewarded again.Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 19th March 2020 at 1:37 pmTo all the agents connecting to me, I have major sending issues so please do not think I am being rude in not replying.I have sent our response to the offer.Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 19th March 2020 at 11:09 amTHANKS TO ALL WHO HAVE RESPONDED.I have been swamped by emails that I cannot now send a group email.I am about to send our response and will post it here.Alan Goldin has had a call from the CEO of RM – he will be emailing soon.Log in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 19th March 2020 at 5:55 pmJust received from Robert SargentFellow property professional,I wanted to thank you for your comments and feedback on the recent news stories surrounding Rightmove.For years I’ve been very vocal about Rightmove’s attitude to the hands that feed it, but their tone-deaf response to the Covid-19 pandemic compelled me to shout louder.Like you, no doubt, I’m concerned for the future of my business, and Rightmove is one of our primary monthly expenses after staff. While portals do serve a purpose, I have always maintained that they aren’t as essential as they seem to think they are. It’s people who sell properties, not portals.With this in mind, I asked my team to setup a campaign called “Say No To Rightmove”. The aim of which is not to boycott Rightmove completely, but convince them to see the truth which is staring them in the face, that their long term survival depends on us, and by not extending a full payment holiday to agents, they’re shooting themselves in the foot, as well as dooming many agents to closure.If you feel the same way I do, please take a few moments to visit and put your details in at: https://no-to-rightmove.webflow.io. I implore you to share the link with other like-minded property individuals in your area.By standing together, we have a louder voice that hopefully the consistently stubborn Rightmove will listen to.Kind regards, and best of luck to you and your staff.Robert SargentChief Executive Officer, Acorn GroupPlease access the link and sign upLog in to ReplyAmanda O’Brien, www.contentforestateagents.co.uk www.contentforestateagents.co.uk 19th March 2020 at 9:34 amRightmove completely shot themselves in the foot yesterday. Looks like they may lose thousands of customers as a result of their poorly thought out deferred payment offer. This is a chance for estate agencies to take charge and be pro-active in producing leads using other ling term strategies rather than solely relying on property portals. I predict a big shake-up!Log in to ReplyFriendly local agent, Friendly local agency Friendly local agency 19th March 2020 at 8:56 amRightmove’s greed and arrogance knows no bounds. We handed our notice in last month and leave at the end of March, we get many more and much better quality leads from OTM. Good luck if you want to stay, but start planning for an ever spiralling fee structure.Log in to ReplyNigel Lewis, Online Editor, The Negotiator Online Editor, The Negotiator 19th March 2020 at 8:38 amThanks for the updated Murray – I’ve amended your location. NigelLog in to ReplyMurray Lee, Dreamview Estates Dreamview Estates 19th March 2020 at 8:31 amThis is me!Can I point out Im in Golders Green, (not Hampstead as such)And our letter has not ben sent yet hopefully todayWe have actually grown overnight to some 80/90 names with 100’s of branchesLog in to ReplyAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 19th March 2020 at 7:29 amMurray Lee and many other agents need to ask themselves what does it actually cost to list properties on property portal, especially when there are so many free to list portals, PropertyHeads for instance?If a company makes 70% profit, then the cost to list I amm guessing is a fraction f the typical agent spend of £1,100, if agents knew the actual cost … well maybe you should ask. After all you are the ones supplying the property stock for free that Rightmove lists.Many agents I feel only stay with Rightmove out of fear – fear other agents will tell vendors they are not on Rightmove. This is the problem of the Rightmove abusive relationship.Now though, Rightmove are faced with a new consumer a digital tapping, new breed of vendors and landlords, who do not care where an agent lists, they care about the level of service they receive and if the agent in front of them is a good one. They look on their mobile to make transaction decisions, they are forever on social media, they do not go on Rightmove to choose which agent to use.Just as the Newspapers used to have an abusive hold over agents, the internet is actually now enfranchising agents, who have choices, spend thousands listing instructions on Rightmoves digital shelves or use that budget to build your brand and business.Agents take a look around, all the brands in other industries who are performing to their peak – why are they doing so well? Answer – They have a massive social media presence, they do not spend a majority of their ‘marketing budget’ doing what the competition do – listing on a trade site.Log in to ReplyJeff bird, Bird estate Bird estate 19th March 2020 at 9:27 pm😴Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » New agent group takes on Rightmove over its ‘derisory’ Coronavirus offer previous nextAgencies & PeopleNew agent group takes on Rightmove over its ‘derisory’ Coronavirus offerOver 80 agents representing in excess of 150 branches so far have jointly written to the portal to ask for more help than its deferred payments scheme.Nigel Lewis19th March 202013 Comments5,596 Viewslast_img read more

News story: Alert for charities – watch out for CEO fraud

first_imgCEO fraud involves the impersonation of a senior figure (usually the Chief Executive Officer) with subsequent requests for transfers of funds. Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre, have reported an increase in this type of fraud.The most recent reports have involved targeting of schools where fraudsters have falsely claimed to be the head teacher or principal.We issued an alert in January 2016 warning of the similar threat posed by mandate fraud.What to look out forRequests to your finance department or staff with authority to transfer funds, usually from a spoofed or similar email address to that of the subject being impersonated.There are some reported instances where fraudsters have called up to make themselves appear legitimate. In addition, a second fraudster may be introduced who poses as a lawyer or regulator. The caller may claim to be based in another country.With a strong social engineering element, the fraudster often requests that they, as the CEO, are not contacted further by the financial officer as they are busy.Alternatively the fraudster may pick occasions when the real CEO is on holiday, preventing the financial officer from checking the validity of the request.Protection and prevention advice review internal procedures regarding how transactions are requested and approved, especially those in relation to verifying validity email addresses can be spoofed to appear as though an email is from someone you know. Check email addresses and telephone numbers when transactions are requested. If in doubt request clarification from an alternatively sourced email address/phone number if an email is unexpected or unusual, then don’t click on the links or open the attachments don’t be afraid to question details when being tasked to transfer money at short notice sensitive information you post publicly, or dispose of incorrectly, can be used by fraudsters to perpetrate fraud against you. The more information they have about you, the more convincingly they can purport to be one of your legitimate suppliers or employees. Always shred confidential documents before throwing them away Reporting fraudIf your charity has fallen victim to CEO, or any other type of fraud, you should report it to Action Fraud by calling 0300 123 2040, or visiting the Action Fraud website.Charities affected by fraud should also report it to us as a serious incident.Serious incident reporting helps us to assess the volume and impact of incidents within charities, and to understand the risks facing the sector as a whole. Where appropriate, the Charity Commission can also provide timely advice and guidance.NotesThe Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is issuing this alert to charities as regulatory advice under section 15(2) of the Charities Act 2011.last_img read more

Speech: EU8 joint statement on Syria

first_imgI would like to make the following statement today on behalf of the 5 EU members of the Security Council (France, Netherlands, Poland, Sweden and the UK), joined today by the former (Italy) and future (Belgium and Germany) EU Members of the Security Council to show the continuity of the EU’s position on Syria.We as member states of the European Union acknowledge the signing of the memorandum to establish a ceasefire on Idlib and we call on the Astana guarantors to ensure that this ceasefire is upheld and to safeguard the last remaining de-escalation zone in Syria.We emphasize the need for a comprehensive nationwide ceasefire and for safe, sustained and unhindered humanitarian access throughout the country.We fully believe that the Idlib ceasefire agreement should be an opportunity for the urgent resumption of the UN-led political process in Geneva.We express our full support for the efforts of Staffan de Mistura, Special Envoy for Syria, to establish urgently a credible and legitimate constitutional committee to advance the UN’s efforts to achieve a sustainable political solution to the conflict in Syria in line with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.We underscore the Special Envoy’s authority to establish an inclusive constitutional committee, including the participation of a minimum of 30 percent women, that will begin the work of drafting a new Syrian constitution and laying the groundwork for free and fair UN-supervised elections consistent with UN Security Council Resolution 2254.  We call on all parties, but specifically Damascus, to constructively engage with the Special Envoy with the aim of, as quickly as possible and without any further delays, convening a credible and inclusive constitutional committee and we encourage the Special Envoy to report back to the Council shortly.We reiterate that the EU will be ready to assist in the reconstruction of Syria only when a comprehensive, genuine and inclusive political transition, negotiated by the Syrian parties to the conflict on the basis of UN Security Council Resolution 2254 and the 2012 Geneva Communiqué, is firmly under way.last_img read more