CORONAVIRUS : We need reliable news more than ever – act now!

first_img Support RSF during the pandemic.Make a donationJournalists all over the world are doing a remarkable job to keep usinformed day in day out, despite all the logistic restrictions, thedanger of catching Covid-19, and the threat of reprisals in somecountries. This is the case in China, the origin of the pandemic, where massive censorship mechanisms have been put in place and where whistleblowersand journalists nonetheless continue to courageously denounce theshortcomings of the regime’s measure to combat the virus, althoughmany colleagues have disappeared. March 24, 2020 Find out more Organisation Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Covid19DisappearancesWhistleblowersFreedom of expression Help by sharing this information  >> Support RSF during the covid-19 crisis Amid all the anxiety caused by the global pandemic, our need for fast and reliable news reporting is greater than ever. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is launching a special donation appeal to support journalists that are under attack for their COVID19 coverage. News News>> Use Tracker-19 to directly follow all the Covid-19 news Help us now to pursue all our work in support of the journalists whocontinue to fight, sometimes at risk to their lives, to keep usinformed at this difficult time. In the constantly evolving newscycle, they fulfil an essential and vital social function. We needfact-basedjournalism tocombat the spread of the virus. Many authoritarian governments are using the coronavirus pandemic toimpose measures that would be impossible in normal times, takingadvantage of the fact that politics are on hold, the public isstunned and thepossibility of protests is limited. At the same time, it is becomingharder and harder for journalists to operate. Whenjournalists face barriers to freely and reliably report about theglobal pandemic, the consequences are deadly.  Newscenter_img RSF_en to go further Campaigns “If the Chinese press were free, the coronavirus might not be a pandemic,” argues RSF March 31, 2020 Find out more Coronavirus: The information heroes China silenced March 25, 2020 Find out more In response to this emergency, RSF created Tracker-19 to shed lighton all the obstacles to press freedom linked to Covid-19. Tracker-19directly documents all cases of harassment of journalists andwhistleblowers covering coronavirus-related news worldwide. It drawsattention to all serious cases of state censorship and deliberatedisinformation, and their impact on the right to reliable news andinformation. And it makes recommendations on how to keep helping thejournalists who are covering the pandemic. Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsMedia independence Covid19DisappearancesWhistleblowersFreedom of expression RSF launches Tracker 19 to track Covid-19’s impact on press freedom May 7, 2020 – Updated on May 8, 2020 CORONAVIRUS : We need reliable news more than ever – act now!last_img read more

Leaked sales data from Purplebricks in Oz suggests it was 70% off target in June

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Leaked sales data from Purplebricks in Oz suggests it was 70% off target in June previous nextAgencies & PeopleLeaked sales data from Purplebricks in Oz suggests it was 70% off target in JuneThe parlous state of the Australian property market is making it difficult for Purplebricks to make headway in house sales sector.Nigel Lewis24th August 20180120,575 Views The Negotiator has been shown documents from inside Purplebricks’ Australian operation that shine a light on how far its sales teams have been behind their targets recently.Speculation within the Australian media has been rife in recent months, highlighting how the company may be having difficulties making headway as the Oz property market hits a rough patch.The listings achieved chart shown to us suggest that in June its territory managers achieved as low as 18% of their monthly listing target, and at best 46%.Property sales fared better in June, the figures reveal, but still didn’t hit target. In South Australia Purplebricks achieved 64% of its sale target and 50% in Queensland, although Western Australia, Victoria and New South Wales didn’t do so well.Trustpilot targetsThe document also reveals that Purplebricks’ teams are measured by the number of Trustpilot reviews lodged by customers, including targets to reach every month, indicating the review site is much more part of its business model than previously thought.These figures follow a story in the Australian Financial Review (AFR) newspaper yesterday detailing the largely unflattering experiences of a former Purplebricks employee.The company’s Australian CEO Ryan Dinsdale last night circulated a memo to staff in Oz highlighting his displeasure at the coverage, saying: “You may have seen that the AFR have published another article today.“Despite having a right to respond to such content we were sadly not given any opportunity by the AFR and the article was printed without any balanced, factual comment from Purplebricks.“In any event, what is clear to me is this article simply highlights that there are a small number of former agents who don’t share our values as a business.“While it might suit the agenda of some of those who have left the business to be critical of our model, as you all know, it also comes down to personal and professional accountability as a professional agent.” Ryan dinsdale purpelbricks Australia August 24, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’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 2021last_img read more

Rystad Energy: 2020 will be a record year for Australian renewable energy development

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Despite a massive drop in renewable energy investment seen last year, Australia’s renewable energy sector is forecast to have another record year in 2020. According to consultancy Rystad Energy, large-scale PV projects will be the largest source of new capacity additions this year, totaling 1.96 GW.Four large-scale PV projects, each with a capacity of 200 MW or more, are set to complete commissioning this year: Darlington Point (275 MW), Limondale (249 MW), Kiamal Stage 1 (200 MW) and Sunraysia (200 MW). The capacity to come online is geographically concentrated in New South Wales, with 51.5% – or 1.01 GW – scheduled to start operation in the state, Rystad finds.Overall, 3.6 GW of renewable energy capacity is expected to complete commissioning, up from 2.6 GW in 2019. Wind development will account for 1.57 GW, while 0.1 GW will come from batteries. It is also likely that new markets will begin to open up as pilot hydrogen projects come online and the off-grid sector takes off, led by the mining and oil & gas industries, Rystad finds. “The Australian renewables sector has been through a bit of a quiet spell as few new projects have broken ground in recent months, but we expect the industry to bounce back in the second half of 2020,” says Gero Farruggio, Head of Australia at Rystad Energy. “Projects with power purchase agreements (PPAs) and winners of government auction schemes and grants are scheduled to enter the construction phase, developers will be shifting to more favorable parts of the grid in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, and projects are lining up in central and northern New South Wales to replace the coal-fired Liddell power plant that is due to close by April 2023.”Rystad Energy expects between 1.0 GW and 1.5 GW of new utility PV projects will break ground in Australia’s National Electricity Market (NEM) in 2020. These projects will be located in southeast Queensland, central and northern New South Wales and central/eastern Victoria. For utility wind, there are currently projects representing 7.9 GW that have received development approval. This includes about 5.3 GW of projects larger than 350 MW and located in favorable parts of the grid with owners that have development experience, Rystad says.[Marija Maisch]More: Australia poised for record large-scale PV rollout in 2020 Rystad Energy: 2020 will be a record year for Australian renewable energy developmentlast_img read more

Ruthless Madrid put semis in sight

first_imgReal Madrid have one foot planted firmly in the Champions League semi-finals after a commanding 3-0 victory over Galatasaray in the first-leg of their quarter-final tie on Wednesday.A superb opener from Cristiano Ronaldo and a close-range second from Karim Benzema put los Blancos in the driving seat with a 2-0 lead at the Bernabeu before the half-hour mark.And though Galatasaray showed some promise, Madrid were always the superior side, and Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to nod home a third in the 73rd minute to make the second-leg at the Ali Sami Yen little more than a formality, barring a monumental collapse from Jose Mourinho’s men.Benzema was preferred to Higuain up front, while Michael Essien replaced Alvaro Arbeloa at right-back, and captain Iker Casillas was excluded from the squad altogether.With only nine minutes on the clock, Madrid were ahead. Mesut Ozil was the architect, slipping in Ronaldo with a superb through ball, which was matched by an exquisite lob over Fernando Muslera.Didier Drogba had a chance to respond after shaking off Raphael Varane with a powerful turn and squaring up to goal, but the Ivorian rather snatched at his shot and sent it high and wide.There was real ebb and flow developing to the game, and the sprightly Ozil was denied from the edge of the box by Muslera, before Drogba’s swerving effort from distance was met with a safety-first punch from Diego Lopez. But only one side were able to make their chances count, and Madrid gave another lesson in clinical finishing just before the half-hour mark. Essien’s cross was plucked from the air exquisitely at the far post by Benzema, who was then left with a simple tap-in.Galatasaray, to their credit, or perhaps because they had no other option, kept pushing forward. Burak Yilmaz missed from close range after Drogba had bettered Sergio Ramos, and Emmanuel Eboue tested Lopez with a low drive following a one-two with the Ivorian striker.But the hosts’ forays forward meant that the possibility of a third Madrid goal always existed, and after a cheap foul by Dany Nounkeu at the corner of the box, Ronaldo dipped the resulting free-kick onto the roof of the net shortly before the break.But in sharp contrast to the enterprise that marked the first half, the second period progressed with a far more measured tempo from Madrid, who, with a two goal advantage in hand, seemed content to make the visitors chase the game by holding onto the ball.And with 17 minutes remaining, substitute Higuain all but put the tie to bed by guiding a header into the back of the net from Xabi Alonso’s free-kick into the box. Ronaldo’s acrobatic attempt at a fourth was blocked by Eboue, who had initially allowed the Portuguese space for the shot, but Mourinho’s men had done their job, and played out the remaining minutes in control to set up what looks like a straightforward second leg.last_img read more