Padenga Holdings Limited (PHL.zw) 2014 Annual Report

first_imgPadenga Holdings Limited (PHL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Padenga Holdings Limited (PHL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Padenga Holdings Limited (PHL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Padenga Holdings Limited (PHL.zw)  2014 annual report.Company ProfilePadenga Holdings Limited is the leading supplier of crocodile skins and meat in Zimbabwe, accounting for nearly 85% of the global supply of Nile crocodile skins used for high-end luxury fashion brands. The company operates three crocodile breeding and production farms in Zimbabwe; Kariba Crocodile Farm, Ume Crocodile Farm and Nyanya Crocodile Farm. Each farm has the capacity to breed close to 15 000 hatchlings per year. Nile alligators are bred at Lone Star Alligator Farm in Texas, USA. Padenga Holdings Limited produces crocodile skin and meat products for consumption by the local market and for export to European and Asian markets. Padenga Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Coca-Cola sponsors Habitat houses in Apopka

first_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! Returns as house sponsor for Juniper Bend project Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County & Greater Apopka is pleased to welcome back The Coca-Cola Company as a house sponsor for 2 homes at the Juniper Bend project in Apopka. Eric Bennett, General Manager, signing the agreement for their fifth sponsorship with the affiliate said “We really enjoy participating as a sponsor with Habitat. Our employees not only enjoy the opportunity to build but really getting to know the families they are helping; it makes us all feel good about making a difference”.Eric BennettThe project in South Apopka will become home to 24 families of the next few years. Qualified families participate in financial workshops as well as the construction of their home. Once complete, Habitat for Humanity will sell them the property with an affordable mortgage.“Homeownership creates generational change for both the families and the community, said Penny Seater, and a project of this size will have a significant impact for Apopka. We are thrilled to have The Coca-Cola Company continue their investment in the Apopka community with this project”.In addition to providing the funding for 2 of the homes, Coca-Cola employees will regularly volunteer their time on the construction site, logging in more than 400 hours of time.About Habitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater ApopkaHabitat for Humanity of Seminole County and Greater Apopka has completed more than 165 homes throughout the community.  Through the use of donations, in-kind gifts and volunteer labor, Habitat builds simple, decent, efficient homes which are sold to low-income families in the community at no profit and financed with an affordable mortgage. Homebuyers contribute sweat equity helping to build their home as well as homes of other Habitat families.  To learn more about Habitat Seminole & Apopka or to make a donation, call (407) 696-5855 or visit here. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSHabitat for Humanity Previous articleThe staycation of your dreams…Next articleVideo translator makes patient communication easier Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Analysis Exchange Appoints Wendy Greco as Executive Director

first_img World’s only philanthropic effort to provide free insights and recommendations based on Google Analytics data to nonprofits accelerates its ability to servePORTLAND, Ore.–(WWW.BUSINESSWIRE.COM)–Web Analytics Demystified, the world’s most recognized and respected digital measurement and optimization consulting group, is proud to announce the appointment of Wendy Greco to the position of Executive Director of the Analysis Exchange. The Analysis Exchange is Web Analytics Demystified’s unique philanthropic effort to provide much needed advice and consulting on Google Analytics data to nonprofits and non-governmental organizations around the world without any money changing hands.“If you work with a non-profit and you’re not using the Analysis Exchange you’re missing one of the best opportunities to improve your digital marketing. The Analysis Exchange makes it easy to undertake some research into your online activity and provide insights that can impact your bottom line.”Mrs. Greco comes to Analysis Exchange with an extensive background in consulting, account management, and education. A former Accenture technology consultant, Mrs. Greco has worked with a variety of community nonprofits both at the board and committee level. At the Analysis Exchange she will serve as the primary point of contact for the entire effort, coordinating nonprofit outreach and also helping to manage over 1,000 web analytics professionals around the globe who are committed to making Analysis Exchange work.The Analysis Exchange has already made an impact on the nonprofit community around the world, having provided valuable analysis and insights to efforts including Make-A-Wish Foundation®, PBS, charity: water, Amnesty International, Common Cause, YMCA, and many others. According to Paull Young, Director of Digital at charity: water, “If you work with a non-profit and you’re not using the Analysis Exchange you’re missing one of the best opportunities to improve your digital marketing. The Analysis Exchange makes it easy to undertake some research into your online activity and provide insights that can impact your bottom line.”The Analysis Exchange is also happy to announce that Mr. Jason Thompson, Senior Consultant at Numeric Analytics, and Ms. Emer Kirrane, Manager of Web Analytics at Yahoo! Web Analytics have joined the effort as Community Liaisons to the web analytics community. Jason and Emer will be working to maintain lines of communication with web analytics professionals around the globe who are participating in Analysis Exchange.Analysis Exchange projects typically take only a few weeks and require only a few hours of a nonprofits’s time. If you would like to have Analysis Exchange help you please visit our web site, www.analysis-exchange.com.About Analysis ExchangeThe Analysis Exchange is a one-of-a-kind effort on the part of the digital measurement community to provide free web site analysis and recommendations to nonprofits and non-governmental organizations around the world. Founded by the Senior Partners at Web Analytics Demystified (www.webanalyticsdemystified.com), the Analysis Exchange has provided valuable insights to nonprofits large and small including Make-A-Wish Foundation®, PBS, charity: water, Amnesty International, Common Cause, YMCA, and many others.For more information about Analysis Exchange please visit www.analysis-exchange.com or call Wendy Greco at +1 (925) 526-5513. Analysis Exchange Appoints Wendy Greco as Executive Director Howard Lake | 28 January 2011 | News  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Digital Technology web analytics About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

The Guide to New Trusts 2011-2012

first_imgThe Guide to New Trusts 2011-2012 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News [amzn_product_post]Get ahead of the game with this brand new resource. DSC adds to its stable of directories on trust funds by featuring in detail for the first time in print around 100 newly-registered grant-making trusts. Registered in 2010 the trusts are analysed for their grant-making policies and practices, contact details, and areas that they will not consider. DSC applies its usual research rigour to bring you a clear picture of each trust fund. An invaluable tool for the professional fundraiser. Who is this book for? Fundraising professionals and charities seeking new fundraising opportunities. center_img  6 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Unicef Australia uses cryptocurrency mining for fundraising

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. CoinhiveThe cryptocurrency mining platform is provided by Coinhive. It provides the facility to mine the cryptocurrency Monero.Specifically, users are are mining XMR, the currency for the Monero Blockchain.Rohingya crisisThe cryptocurrency mining project is raising funds for Royhingya children refugees.Unicef Australia states that income from The Hopepage is supporting its work providing supplies to Rohingya children who fled their homes in Myanmar. Advertisement  206 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9  205 total views,  1 views today Choose how much processing power to donate While the user is visiting the page their computer processor works on solving a series of cryptocurrency puzzles or equations, which underpin the operation of the cryptocurrency itself. In return for this work, the user is rewarded with minute elements of cryptocurrency, which is then automatically donated to Unicef Australia to turn into fiat or traditional currency.As with other donated processing power programmes, right back to the SETI @home programme, this idea will work when it is adopted at some scale. The more users there are, the more income will be made for the charity.Jennifer Tierney, UNICEF Australia’s Director of Fundraising and Communications, said: “We wanted to leverage new emerging technologies to raise awareness about current humanitarian crises and raise funds to support children caught up in them. The HopePage allows Australians to provide help and hope to vulnerable children by simply opening the page while they are online.” Unicef Australia is inviting supporters to use their computer’s spare processing power to mine cryptocurrency to raise funds for the charity.To take part visitors simply have to visit and remain on The Hopepage, the dedicated page created by Unicef Australia.The cryptocurrency mining continues while the page is open, and can only begin after the user has opted in to participating. There is no need to download any software: the cryptocurrency mining takes place within the user’s browser.Users can choose what proportion of their processor power they wish to donate to the task. The default is 60%. Tagged with: Bitcoin blockchain cryptocurrency Unicef Howard Lake | 30 April 2018 | News RNLI to accept donations of Bitcoin (31 July 2014)Pineapple Fund sees anonymous donor give away $86m in Bitcoin (23 February 2018)Ripple cryptocurrency fully funds all projects on DonorsChoose (29 March 2018) Power consumptionMass cryptocurrency mining could be used by many other charities who could attract large numbers of individuals to take part and donate their spare processor capacity. On the face of it, it seems one of the easier ways to generate income for charity at no cost to yourself.However, there is a cost, and that is in power consumption. Cryptocurrency mining involves considerable power consumption, so it is not cost-free by any means. This would probably make it unpalatable to environmental organisations or indeed any charity concerned about its environmental impact.That said, almost all fundraising involves expenditure and the use of some resources.Unicef Australia touches on this in its explanation of the scheme, stating: “If you’re ever worried about power consumption, turn down the amount of processing power you’re donating.”  Unicef Australia uses cryptocurrency mining for fundraisinglast_img read more

Declaración del Workers World Party/Partido Mundo Obrero

first_imgMiércoles 6 de enero – El intento de golpe de Estado hoy en Washington, D.C., y la movilización de una turba fascista de decenas de miles, deben ser vistos con la mayor seriedad.Si bien el ataque tomó la forma de un asalto al edificio del Capitolio de EE. UU., el Congreso y la “institución de la democracia”, deteniendo durante horas la aprobación de la elección presidencial por mandato constitucional, estas fuerzas supremacistas blancas representan la mayor amenaza para la clase trabajadora. especialmente los más oprimidos. Su objetivo político es aplastar con mano de hierro todas las expresiones, incluso las más modestas, de los derechos de los trabajadores, la justicia social y Black Lives Matter. El poder de los trabajadores, tanto en las calles como en el lugar de producción, debe ejercerse para hacer retroceder el continuo ascenso de este movimiento fascista. El movimiento fascista dentro de los Estados Unidos, para quien la movilización de hoy marcó un punto de inflexión de la peor manera, exige una respuesta masiva e independiente de la clase trabajadora. Este día vuelve a plantear la pregunta en el antiguo estándar sindical: “¿De qué lado estás?” Compare la facilidad con la que los supremacistas blancos entraron al Capitolio con la brutal represión policial de las protestas de Black Lives Matter en todo el país, incluso en Washington, D.C. Los políticos capitalistas de los dos partidos principales se están peleando entre sí para disociarse de los posibles golpistas y de Trump, el instigador. Pero el fracaso del aparato estatal, especialmente de la policía, para evitar una invasión directa, aunque sea de corta duración, de la ciudadela del poder político estadounidense muestra que quienes están en el poder son poco confiables, ineptos y de ninguna manera están a la altura de la tarea de derrotar a una amenaza fascista. Nosotros, los trabajadores y los oprimidos dentro de los EE. UU., No podemos depender del estado para prevenir ataques violentos similares al KKK, especialmente aquellos contra trabajadores de color que son y siempre han sido los principales objetivos de los fascistas. ¿Cuándo han ofrecido los demócratas y republicanos alguna protección real? Hacemos un llamado a todas las organizaciones de nuestro lado: los sindicatos, la juventud, el movimiento Black Lives Matter, los migrantes / inmigrantes, las personas con discapacidades, las personas LGBTQ2S +, los movimientos de mujeres y de personas no conformados con el género, y todas las personas trabajadoras, incluidos los desempleados, los salarios bajos, atención médica, tránsito, sector público, obreros, educación, encarcelados y trabajadoras sexuales, para movilizarse y aplastar a las fuerzas fascistas supremacistas blancas. ¡Huelga general ahora! ¡Paro!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Fracking banned in Delaware River Basin

first_imgIn a historic ruling, the Delaware River Basin Commission voted Feb. 25 to permanently ban fracking (hydraulic fracturing) for natural gas in the Delaware River Watershed. This ruling formally affirms a drilling moratorium the DRBC imposed in 2010.Protesters call for ban on fracking at Delaware River Basin Commission hearing Feb. 15, 2017.Representatives of the four states with waterways the Delaware River drains — Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware — voted in favor of the ban. But the federal government representative from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers abstained, claiming more time was needed to coordinate with the Biden administration.Executive Director Wenonah Hauter of Food & Water Watch, one of several groups who fought for the ban, criticized the federal abstention: “Grassroots activists stopped a plan to frack the Delaware River and never stopped fighting until today’s victory was assured. . . . Fracking is a threat to the Delaware River and everywhere else. Communities living with the harms of fracking have known for years that there is no way to make fracking safe.“The White House chose political expediency today over protecting the drinking water of 15 million people. Biden should listen to communities and science and support a ban on fracking everywhere.” (foodandwaterwatch.org)The DRBC ban prohibits fracking activity in areas of northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New York that sit atop natural gas deposits in the Marcellus Shale formation. Because New York State banned fracking in 2014, the ban only impacts Pennsylvania drilling. The Marcellus Shale does not extend into Delaware or New Jersey.Water source for 15 million peopleMore than 15 million people, a population including New York City; Philadelphia and Trenton, N.J.; and Wilmington, Del., rely on the 13,539-square-mile Delaware River Basin for their drinking water. The protected area includes the Delaware Water Gap and the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River areas — parks that attracted three million visitors and generated $130 million in economic activity in 2019, according to the National Parks Conservation Association.Environmental and community activists have pressured the DRBC for over a decade to ban fracking in the area. Thousands of people signed petitions, wrote letters, demonstrated and spoke out at public hearings. This campaign expanded the broader struggle across the U.S. to ban fracking and to stop building dangerous pipelines to transport petroleum and natural gas extracted through fracking. Fracking involves the high-pressure injection of water laden with salt and chemicals into multiple wells to fracture the bedrock and release natural gas from deep underground shale formations. Millions of gallons of water, drawn from nearby rivers, are used each time a well is fracked. The chemical compounds used contain heavy metals and toxins, including benzene and toluene. And the drilling process releases underground radioactive material and methane gas. (tinyurl.com/ydbtewm7)People worry that fracking in the watershed area releases toxic and carcinogenic substances into the drinking water the river provides. Another major problem of fracking is disposal of contaminated wastewater and frequent wastewater spills.In Pennsylvania’s fracking-prevalent areas, residents report contaminated water wells, flammable tap water and severe health issues including cancers. Since the rapid expansion of fracking in 2007-08, people have filed hundreds of lawsuits against the energy industry. Yet state regulations prohibit localities from restricting fracking and medical professionals from reporting illnesses that they suspect resulted from exposure to fracking chemicals.The ban did not determine if the commission will allow treatment of wastewater from fracking outside the basin — or if water from the area could be used for fracking outside the basin. The commission voted to create future rules on these issues.Representatives of the energy industry and politicians claiming to represent landowners who seek to lease land for drilling are challenging the commission’s decision. Some claim the action amounts to an illegal confiscation of owners’ mineral rights. The American Petroleum Institute Pennsylvania asserts that the DRBC’s decision “ignores a robust regulatory system and strict industry standards that ensure the environment, public health and local communities are protected.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, Feb. 25)Historically the energy industry frequently ignored property owners’ mineral rights when fracking was involved. Often energy companies have claimed “mineral rights” to drill for gas and oil, even when property owners object. The companies have ignored well-documented pollution in waterways, including the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. Their “robust regulatory system and strict industry standards” are an illusion in Pennsylvania. Four years under the Trump administration have decimated federal environmental regulations.Job creation hypeThe commission’s ruling occurred just as the energy industry is experiencing a glut in natural gas production. This glut began in 2012 and worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. To offset overproduction, industry proponents pushed for converting natural gas into the production of plastics, but most of these efforts have been cancelled or delayed. Yet in 2020, the Pennsylvania legislature passed another $667 million tax credit to entice more petrochemical facilities. (DeSmogBlog, Feb. 11)The promise of jobs and other financial benefits for local communities has long been used to promote fracking and for the construction of pipelines to bring fossil fuels to distribution centers. Yet a new report released by the Ohio River Valley Institute (ORVI) just two weeks before the DRBC ruling exposed the job-creation hype.The ORVI studied 22 counties in West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio that comprised 90% of the Marcellus Shale natural gas production. The study found that counties with the most gas fracking production ended up with weaker job and economic growth than other parts of the region and the U.S. as a whole.Jobs across the U.S. expanded by 10% between 2008 and 2019; yet in Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, jobs only grew by 4%, even though the natural gas industry ran at full capacity. “More glaringly, the 22 gas-producing counties in those three states — ground zero for the drilling boom — only experienced 1.7% job growth.” The ORVI report found that air, water and noise pollution has negatively impacted the health and environment of residents. People had higher rates of asthmas, skin rashes, heart failures, premature births and birth defects. In terms of job and population growth and share of national income, these regions fell behind the rest of the country.While it costs a lot of money to frack one natural gas well, most of the income goes to the shareholders who invested in the process. Contrary to the claims of those who promote gas and oil fracking and pipeline construction, this is not a job-intensive industry. The DRBC has set an example that must be extended throughout all regions impacted by fracking. Ban fracking now! FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Rain Improves Indiana Crop Conditions

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Rain Improves Indiana Crop Conditions Rain Improves Indiana Crop Conditions Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARE Significant rain events replenished fields across the State last week, according to USDA NASS, Great Lakes Regional Field Office. Topsoil and subsoil moisture levels increased from the previous week.The average temperature for the week was 73.0 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.2 degrees above normal for the State. The amount of rainfall varied from 0.56 to 4.68 inches over the week. The statewide average precipitation was 2.28 inches. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 28.The much needed rainfall alleviated concerns of drought stress inmany corn and soybean fields. With planting wrapped up, growers continued to make progress on applying herbicides and sidedressing nitrogen.Winter wheat conditions improved slightly as harvest progressed. Hay fields benefitted from the rainfall last week, and second cuttings began in some areas.Livestock were reported to be in good condition. Fruit and vegetable growers began harvesting in some parts of the state, with produce making its way into local markets. Other activities for the week included mixing feed, scouting fields, and marketing specialty products.63 percent of Indiana’s corn is rated in good to excellent condition and 27 percent is in fair. 64 percent of soybeans are rated in good to excellent condition and 27 percent in fair.2 percent of corn in Indiana is silking, three points behind the five-year average. SHARE By USDA Communications – Jun 29, 2020 Previous article2020 Farm Progress Show Canceled From COVID ConcernsNext articleNot All “Meatless” Meats Good for Health, Environment USDA Communicationslast_img read more

Panthers face off against district leading Warriors

first_imgAbortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature + posts printFor Paschal coach Darrell Preston, there is one player at the center of his game plan Saturday: Arlington Martin pitcher Eric Walker.“Every at-bat is going to be a battle against Walker,” said Preston. “He’s committed to LSU for a reason.“He’s not going to make many mistakes, and when he does if you don’t capitalize on it, you may not get another one.”The Panthers (11-9, 7-4, Dist. 4-6A) face the Arlington Martin Warriors (13-3, 10-1) at home Saturday at 7 p.m. The game was rescheduled from Friday night due to thunderstorms in the forecast.The Warriors are currently leading the district, with their only district loss coming early this season against Arlington Lamar.Preston said that the Warriors’ reputation precedes them.“With Martin, they’re just solid all the way around,” said Preston. “As far as their pitching and defense, they always have solid guys everywhere. We’ve got a lot of respect for Walker, Coach Culbertson and their whole program.”One of the keys to Paschal’s success will be fixing problems the team has faced in past games.“Well first off, we’ve got to play well defensively,” said Preston. “We can’t give them extra outs. The other day against Lamar, we had to get 37 outs in the game with all of our walks and errors.”However, Preston said that in order to win, his team needs to compete at the plate.“Most importantly, it comes down to our offensive guys,” said Preston. “We’ve got to win some battles, refuse to strike out and put the ball in play as much as possible.“Make them work to get those outs,” he said. “We’ve got to go out there and win some individual battles at the plate, and never give in.”Amanda Hernandez is a sports reporter for The 109.  Email her at [email protected] Facebook Fort Worth braces for more severe weather The 109 TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area students ReddIt The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ Twitter ReddIt TCU athletes are “SPARK-ing” an interest in Fort Worth area studentscenter_img TAGSBaseballPaschal Linkedin Facebook Previous articleMayfest to raise funds for local charitiesNext articleMayfest set to liven up Trinity Park The 109 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Linkedin The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ Twitter Stories from the polls: Election Day in The109! The 109https://www.tcu360.com/author/the-109/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

Violating free expression, authorites block Twitter for nearly 12 hours

first_img Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) blocked access to the social network Twitter for almost 12 hours yesterday on orders from the Ministry of Information Technology because of “blasphemous content,” namely a Prophet Mohamed cartoon competition.“Blocking access to a social network, even for a few hours, is an unacceptable violation of freedom of expression and access to information,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Aside from its completely disproportionate nature, this kind of blocking is both ineffective, because it is easily circumvented, and counter-productive, because it has given unprecedented publicity to the cartoon competition condemned by the Pakistani authorities.“Twitter is becoming increasingly popular in Pakistan and has acquired the status of an alternative platform for free expression and exchanging views on a wide range of political and social issues. The Pakistani authorities should face up to their responsibilities and ensure that this kind of measure, which is unworthy of a democratic government, does not recur.”A PTA spokesman told Agence France-Presse that both Facebook and Twitter were involved “We negotiated with both. Facebook agree to remove the (offending) material but Twitter did not respond.” As a result, Facebook is accessible but Twitter remains blocked. The Pakistani newspaper Dawn said Twitter had refused to remove the offending content.There is also a need for transparency about the method used to block access to Twitter. A PTA spokesman said Internet Services Providers were asked to do the blocking but Wahajuz Siraj of the Internet Services Providers Association of Pakistan (ISPAK) said the PTA had blocked the access to Twitter directly from the upstream links, without notifying ISPs.The blocking of Twitter triggered an outcry from Pakistani Internet users. The Pakistani branch of the NGO Bytes for All set up a “Rapid Response Network” to allow them to circumvent the blocking.This is not the first time the Pakistani authorities have blocked access to an entire Internet platform because of content regarded as blasphemous. Both Facebook and YouTube were blocked in mid-2010. The blocking of Facebook was imposed on 19 May 2010 because of a “Draw Mohammed Day” competition and was lifted 12 days later on the orders of a Lahore high court judge.A recent government plan to introduce a nationwide website filtering system was widely condemned by local and international NGOs, including Reporters Without Borders, at the initiative of Bolo Bhi, a Pakistani civil rights group. January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts RSF_en PakistanAsia – Pacific Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire News April 21, 2021 Find out more Newscenter_img May 21, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Violating free expression, authorites block Twitter for nearly 12 hours Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists to go further Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder Follow the news on Pakistan June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News Newslast_img read more