Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) 2015 Presentation

first_imgWema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 presentation For more information about Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng)  2015 presentation Company ProfileWema Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing banking products and services for the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts, savings account, loans and overdrafts to revolving credit, warehouse financing, letters of credit and invoice discounting/receivable refinancing. Trade services include bills for collection, shipping documents handling, trade finance, invisible trade, offshore guarantees and advisory services. Other products and services support small and medium-sized enterprises, foreign exchange, cash management, retail management and integrated revenue services. Founded in 1945, Wema Bank Plc now as an extensive network of some 125 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Wema Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Carbacid Investments Limited (CARB.ke) HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgCarbacid Investments Plc (CARB.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Carbacid Investments Plc (CARB.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Carbacid Investments Plc (CARB.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Carbacid Investments Plc (CARB.ke)  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileCarbacid (CO²) Investments Plc is a leading producer of natural food grade carbon dioxide in East Africa. The company extracts carbon dioxide gas from natural underground reservoirs which are purified on site to produce natural, certified food grade (99.99% purity) for use in carbonate water, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. The CO² is Halaal certified. Compressed carbon dioxide sold by Carbacid Investments Limited is used by the industry sector for MIG welding and applications for fire extinguishers. Formerly a sub-division of BEA Sawmills Limited, the company was founded in 1975 through various mergers and acquisitions and renamed Carbacid Investments Limited. It supplies major drinks bottlers and breweries in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Southern Sudan, Somaliland, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda and Burundi. Carbacid Investments Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Capital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng) 2017 Abridged Report

first_imgCapital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about Capital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Capital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Capital Oil Plc (CAPOIL.ng)  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileCapital Oil Plc is a petroleum marketing company operating in the downstream sector of the oil and gas industry in Nigeria. The company sources and supplies a wide range of petroleum products including industrial supplies, automotive gas oil, premium motor spirit, dual purpose kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas bottling, lubricants and chemicals. Capoil imports automotive gas oil in commercial quantity for the industrial and retail sector. The company has a 14-metric ton LPG plant in Ogun state in Nigeria and a 10-metric ton LPG in the Ogun state. Capital Oil Plc was rescued from near collapse in 2012 and has gone through a major turnaround exercise; profitability was restored and value to shareholders was restored. The company has 11 service outlets which were reactivated and are profitable. Capital Oil Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Capital Oil is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Richmond House 01 / Rachcoff Vella Architecture

first_img Houses “COPY” ArchDaily Photographs:  Shannon McGrath Text description provided by the architects. This project and site presented some great opportunities as well as the obvious constraints, a generous width considering its inner-city context was balanced by a lack of depth and a two-three storey concrete wall on its rear boundary.The existing house required stripping back to its original form by the removal of add-on lean-to structures and overgrown gardens. Given a romantic attachment to the building it was to be carefully restored re-instating period details and preparing the plan for the new additions. However it was the new additions that were free to explore various spatial and architectural options that could take advantage of the unique site. Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathIt was here that the idea of replacing the old lean-to structures with a new one was explored, instead this time by leaning it up against the adjoining boundary wall rather than the existing house. In essence it is an angled roof pitched away from the existing house almost resting itself up against the dominating rear boundary wall. It became very apparent that not only was this proposal screening much of the undesired wall it was creating a rare volume of space and an expressive built form. Save this picture!elevationsFacing north with a predominately glass façade the main living zone provides the perfect orientation to promote passive solar design principles, its articulated fully operable façade accepts and rejects the sun as required whilst also offering visual relief, light and shade whilst not overwhelming the courtyard space it shares. A focused attempt was made to blur the edges of the building, intentionally creating a space that continued from side boundary to boundary and one that could be fully experienced by the occupants. The pool, deck and lawn are conceived as extensions to the living zones and are detailed to emphasize this connection. Save this picture!plansThe transition from the existing house and perimeter service areas were purposefully compressed with lower ceiling heights to further emphasize the over scaled living zone. Internally this generosity of space allowed for an oversized fireplace that together with carefully detailed joinery became the focal points of this room. The walls and ceiling are wrapped in timber lining boards creating a warmth and enclosure which is afforded given its scale. Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathThe material palette intentionally avoids a highly polished over styled aesthetic, rustic grade spotted gum flooring, raw concrete, timber lining boards, rough sawn shadow-clad external cladding and bluestone help ground the building. By having a willing and trusting client and an accommodating builder this project represents a true team effort that has produced a very successful result. For the RVA team the commitment to a creative design approach often produces unpredictable and exciting design outcomes, something that this project has truly benefited from. Text provided by Rachcoff Vella Architecture.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathProject gallerySee allShow lessHippodrome de Longchamp Proposal / Marc Anton Dahmen & Studio DMTWArticlesAD Review: From the ArchivesArticles Share Richmond House 01 / Rachcoff Vella Architecture Projects Save this picture!© Shannon McGrath+ 13 Share CopyHouses•Australia “COPY” Australia Richmond House 01 / Rachcoff Vella ArchitectureSave this projectSaveRichmond House 01 / Rachcoff Vella Architecture Architects: Rachcoff Vella Architecture Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/178871/richmond-house-01-rachcoff-vella-architecture Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/178871/richmond-house-01-rachcoff-vella-architecture Clipboard CopyAbout this officeRachcoff Vella ArchitectureOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesAustraliaPublished on October 27, 2011Cite: “Richmond House 01 / Rachcoff Vella Architecture” 27 Oct 2011. 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Nosara MARU House / LOOP Design Studio

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/960895/nosara-maru-house-loop-design-studio Clipboard Nosara MARU House / LOOP Design StudioSave this projectSaveNosara MARU House / LOOP Design Studio Area:  236 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/960895/nosara-maru-house-loop-design-studio Clipboard Lead Architects & Team:Mario ZamoraDesign Team:SPHERA, Oscar Navarro, María José Picado, José Flores, Marcos VillegasMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Andrés García LachnerRecommended ProductsStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Arctic White – Colorfeel CollectionDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXText description provided by the architects. Imagine this: a beach well known for its natural beauty, a destination for surf, yoga and wellness. A community that is consistently growing and where there’s construction on the daily. And, in the midst of all of this movement, casa MARU: a little oasis in Guiones Beach, Nosara. Casa MARU was conceived as a place of peace and serenity in the middle of a community in continuous development.Save this picture!© Andrés García LachnerSave this picture!Save this picture!© Andrés García LachnerIn order to fully embody the spirit of Casa Maru, an important part of the design process was the selection of materials, especially in terms of insulation for the walls and ceilings as well as windows that reduce the transmission of sound and heat, all with the intention to generate interior comfort as well as contribute to the energy efficiency of the house.Save this picture!© Andrés García LachnerSave this picture!Save this picture!© Andrés García LachnerOther sustainable strategies implemented at casa Maru were: solar water heating, LED lighting, efficient air conditioning units, low-consumption and water efficient fixtures, blackwater treatment onsite for irrigation, landscaping with native plant species, use of wood from plantations, and photovoltaic system ready.Save this picture!© Andrés García LachnerSave this picture!© Andrés García LachnerSave this picture!Save this picture!© Andrés García LachnerOn a volumetric level, the house is made up of simple lines and a mix of warm and raw materials that contrast each other while maintaining its own nature. The materials have an intrinsic ability to maintain themselves over time, aging gracefully.Save this picture!© Andrés García LachnerThe first level is made up of a studio designed with flexibility in mind: independent guest accommodation that also functions as an entertainment area and a workspace. This space connects to the lower terrace, a deck for sunbathing, the pool and garden areas. The more permanent living spaces make up the second level of the house: a living room and open kitchen, two full bathrooms and two bedrooms – one of which is currently an office. The two floors are connected by a concrete staircase that houses an admirable collection of surfboards underneath it.Save this picture!© Andrés García LachnerCasa Maru was designed an abundant front garden, home to native species that range from indescribably beautiful Guanacaste trees to edible plants and flowers that attract local pollinators such as butterflies and birds. The design of the house incorporates this garden with large windows that open, allowing a close interaction with nature and creating a link between the interior and exterior living spaces that in turn allow the passage of light, ventilation and beautiful views.Save this picture!© Andrés García LachnerProject gallerySee allShow lessUirim Inn / 100A associatesSelected ProjectsSanta Cruz Library / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos AssociadosSelected Projects Share Projects CopyHouses• Year:  Save this picture!© Andrés García Lachner+ 46Curated by Clara Ott Share Architects: LOOP Design Studio Area Area of this architecture project Nosara MARU House / LOOP Design Studio Houses CopyAbout this officeLOOP Design StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookPublished on April 29, 2021Cite: “Nosara MARU House / LOOP Design Studio” [Nosara Casa MARU / LOOP Design Studio] 29 Apr 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Modelling industry service seeks 12 charity beneficiaries

first_imgModelling industry service seeks 12 charity beneficiaries AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 8 January 2009 | Newscenter_img Tagged with: corporate Events Funding 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. Independent UK modelling advice service Albamodel.info is inviting applications from UK charities to benefit from its Glamour Girl of the Year event and profits of the 2010 UK Glamour Girl of the Year Calendar.Last year the organisation’s first fundraising event raised £1,025 for the Round Table Children’s Wish charity. This year the competition will be much larger and run primarily online for six months, and there will be the calendar.Founder of albamodel.info Katie Froud stated that in 2009 Charities are struggling to find funds so rather that support just one charitable cause this competition will raise funds for 12, one for each month of the calendar.Froud is a former model and her legs appeared in the famous Pretty Polly Nylons advert.The resulting calendar will be a glossy Hollywood Icons Style, and will be sold by amazon.co.uk from October 2009.The deadline for applications from charities is 14 March 2009. Contact [email protected] front pagelast_img read more

Penny for London introduces contactless microdonations on public transport

first_imgPenny for London introduces contactless microdonations on public transport Howard Lake | 7 November 2014 | News Matthew Patten, CEO at the Mayor’s Fund for London, said:“With this campaign London is leading the way for the rest of the world in maximising contactless technology to aid social welfare schemes. With Transport for London having just rolled out contactless payment across the network, now is the perfect time to be launching this initiative.”M&C Saatchi has worked on the scheme on a pro bono basis since the idea was first devised, and has developed all the branding, design, and logos for the campaign. Not surprisingly they have focused on the image of a one penny coin, despite the system’s digital focus.Boris Johnson, Mayor of London, claimed: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 “Penny for London is a big, bold idea that will revolutionise the way we give to charity. Enabling people travelling around the city to pool their pennies could potentially add up to hundreds of thousands of pounds.”To take part in the giving scheme people can opt in via their smartphone or desktop at Pennyforlondon.com.  119 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: London microdonations mobile People travelling around the Transport for London network can now make microdonations to charity via their contactless payment cards in the new ‘Penny for London’ scheme.Passengers can donate as little as 1p every time they make a contactless payment, in what is described as “the world’s first cit-wide payment giving scheme”.Funds raised will be distributed to a wide range of London charities and organisations working with disadvantaged young Londoners in the Capital.  120 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 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.last_img read more

The Big Give Christmas Challenge raises over £6.4m in first three days

first_imgThanks to @BigGive’s annual Christmas Challenge an incredible £2,075 was donated meaning total of £4,150 was raised! pic.twitter.com/R7YAAVaLzz— ChildAid (@childaidrr) December 7, 2015 Howard Lake | 8 December 2015 | News We are pleased to announce we have raised £3,464.00 so far during The @BigGive Christmas Challenge! Thanks to all who donated! #TBGChallenge— Jigsaw (@Jigsawbury) December 8, 2015 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. — @Childhoodtrust (@ChildhoodTrust) December 8, 2015 Alex Day, Director of the Big Give, commented:“The Christmas Challenge demonstrates just how generous the UK public are. We’ve been astounded by the response from charities and their supporters and we’re incredibly proud to partner with such a passionate group of organisations and philanthropists who double these donations. To raise such a phenomenal amount of money in such a short time is testament to the power of match funding”. We raised a total of £15,000 through @BigGive Christmas challenge! Thank you to all who donated & @ChildhoodTrust for matching #TBGChallenge— Coram Beanstalk (@beanstalkreads) December 7, 2015  55 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Who else has raised money?You helped us raise nearly £30k! Thank you to all who donated in @BigGive with @candismagazine #CharityTuesday #news pic.twitter.com/hU8EQkIgl5— St Peter & St James Hospice (@StPeterStJames) December 8, 2015 The Big Give Christmas Challenge raises over £6.4m in first three days The Big Give Christmas Challenge has raised over £6.4 million in its first three days for 258 charities. Running until 14 December, the annual campaign offers donors the chance to double the value of their gifts through matched giving.As in previous years there is an immediate scramble to take up the opportunity on each day. When the campaign launched at midday on Friday 4 December, over 1,192 donations worth £2.5 million were received in the first five minutes!Participating charities with match funds remaining can still benefit from donations. Match funds remain open until 5pm on 14 December, but donations are matched on a first come first served basis.Who matches the donations?Match funding is provided by a range of philanthropic organisations, which The Big Give refer to as ‘Champions’. These include The Reed Foundation, The Childhood Trust, Candis Magazine, and The Lake House Foundation. These Champions funds are joined with pledges from the charities’ own major donors to double online donations during the Christmas Challenge.The Childhood Trust today confirmed that it had already raised £1.3 million:£1.346m raised in matched online giving #tbgchallenge but more match available til Mon @CharitySharer @howardlake https://t.co/mdcERdrxE2 Advertisement Tagged with: christmas matched giving The Big Givelast_img read more

Comic Relief seek evaluation of its Core Strength grants

first_img Howard Lake | 22 June 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Comic Relief is looking to commission an evaluation of its Core Strength grants initiative.These grants provide flexible core funding for 105 small and medium-sized charitable organisations who are rooted in the communities they serve. The programme was set up in response to the challenges faced by small and medium-sized organisations across the UK and aims to support organisations to be stronger, more resilient and independent, and, as a result, better able to meet the needs of the people they support.Funder PlusAs well as providing core funding, the programme includes a ‘Funder Plus’ offer. Recipients of the funding receive more support and signposting to additional resources and support, together with small pots of extra regional funding available to buy-in further support or training where necessary.EvaluationThe budget for this evaluation is £45,000 inclusive of VAT and expenses. It will take place between September 2017 and May 2019. The evaluation aims to understand what the value of core funding has been and what it has enabled organisations to achieve. In addition, Comic Relief wants the evaluation to look at the overall initiative and its design, including the Funder Plus model.The charity is seeking an external consultant, agency or collaboration with:• Experience conducting process and outcome evaluations• Experience of working with grant makers• An interest in issues facing UK civil society Those interested in submitting a proposal should contact Alison Berks, Evaluation and Learning Manager at Comic Relief, by 5 July 2017. The charity will collate all questions submitted and respond to them by 10 July.Full proposals should be submitted by 5pm on 21 July 2017.  158 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis6 Comic Relief seek evaluation of its Core Strength grants  157 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Comic Relief Funding small charities 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. The Invitation to Tender is available for download.   Advertisementlast_img read more

Cyber-freedom prize for 2006 awarded to Guillermo Fariñas of Cuba

first_img December 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cyber-freedom prize for 2006 awarded to Guillermo Fariñas of Cuba ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org For more information about the prize and the winners in the other categories News CubaAmericas May 6, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more News to go further Yang Zili, ChinaComputer technician Yang Zili was sentenced on 28 May 2003 to eight years in prison for “subversion”. His “crime” was to post articles on his website lib.126.com, “the garden of Yang Zili’s ideas”, in which he wrote about his support for political liberalism, criticised the crackdown on the spiritual movement Falungong and condemned the economic woes of China’s peasants.He was only 30 when he and his wife were arrested on 13 March 2001. “It was like the films about the cultural revolution”, his wife, Lu Kun later said. They ransacked my apartment and held and questioned me for three days in the cellars of a police station. It was only when I returned home, without my husband, that I began to cry.”This is the fourth time that Reporters Without Borders has awarded a “cyber-dissident” prize. The previous three years’ winners were:- 2003 – Zouhair Yahyaoui, Tunisia – 2004 – Huang Qi, China – 2005 – Massoud Hamid, Syria RSF_en Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet October 12, 2018 Find out more Guillermo Fariñas Hernández, CubaHe is fighting for Cubans right of access to a “free Internet”Guillermo Fariñas, “El coco”, head of the independent news agency Cubanacán Press, began a hunger strike in February 2006 to demand the right for all Cubans to have access to a “fee Internet”. The authorities hospitalised him and put him on a drip to try to end his campaign, which was widely covered in the international media.After he had spent several months in intensive care suffering from kidney and heart problems, the authorities told Guillermo Fariñas he could have “limited” access to the Internet. He refused, explaining that he could not honourably exercise his profession as a journalist by looking only at news and information which had been filtered by the government.“El coco” only ended his hunger strike on 31 August after a brush with death and the loss of 15 kilos. He is continuing his work at Cubanacán and has become one of the leading voices among Cuban opposition journalists. He also still keeps the foreign media up to date with human rights violations in his country and in particular passes on information about intimidation and harassment of independent reporters.Cubanacán, founded in 2003, is the leading news agency of the new generation of Cuban journalists. None of its 17 reporters has the right to use the Internet or fax to send articles abroad. Their reports are mostly filed from public telephones. Since telecommunications charges are very high, the calls are mostly placed by collect.Internet in Cuba, a network under tight surveillanceThe Cuban government uses a variety of tools to ensure the Internet is not used to “counter-revolutionary” ends. First of all, private Internet connections are more or less banned. Cubans wishing to surf the Net or check their emails have to go to public places such as cybercafés, universities, youth computer clubs and so on, where it is easier to keep checks on what they are doing. Then, Cuban police have installed software at all cybercafés and big hotels which sends out an alert as soon as “subversive” key words are entered. The government also depends on self-censorship. In Cuba, one can be sentenced to 20 years in prison for posting a few “counter-revolutionary” articles on foreign websites and to five years simply for going online illegally. Few Internet-users dare to take such a risk to defy state censorship. Organisation News Independent journalist Guillermo Fariñas, who staged a long hunger strike to demand unrestricted Internet access for all Cubans, was today awarded the 2006 Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France press freedom prize in the Cyber-Dissident category. Yang Zili of China and Habib Saleh of Syria were the two other nominees in this category. RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago CubaAmericas New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Follow the news on Cuba News The other 2006 nominees in the “Cyber-dissident” category were:Habib Saleh, SyriaPresident Bashar al-Assad has made Syria into one of the worst ‘black holes’ in the Internet. He has set up systematic filtering of online opposition publications and sent his political police to mercilessly track down dissidents and independent journalists expressing themselves online.Writer and businessman Habib Saleh, 59, has paid the price of this systematic repression. On 29 May 2005, he was arrested at his office in Tartus, 130 kilometres north of Damascus. He was sentenced to three years in prison at the end of an unfair trial at which he was accused of “spreading lies” on the Internet.last_img read more