Wednesday, 25 April 2012

News Report: Amnesty International At 50 Urges Petition Against Shell Operations In Niger Delta

Corporations often exploit the weak regulatory systems in many poor countries, which makes the people living there some of the most vulnerable to corporate human rights abuses.

Oil has polluted the land and water of the Niger Delta, but the oil companies responsible have yet to clean it up properly. Meanwhile, local people have lost their livelihoods. Their health and their future are at risk.

Join Amnesty International’s global week of action that started on 21 April and help stop Shell’s corporate abuse of human rights in the Niger Delta. Start now by signing our petition. It’s time to hold Shell to account.

As Shell prepares for its Annual General Meeting in May, it’s time to remind the Chief Executive, Peter Voser, of the company’s obligations to the people of the Niger Delta.

Sign our petition to Peter Voser, demanding that Shell Own Up to all the damage caused by its exploitation of the region. Shell must Pay Up for the cost of a Clean Up operation and compensation for those affected. 

News Release: World Intellectual Property Day 2012(26TH April) Message From WIPO DG

World Intellectual Property Day is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution that intellectual property makes to innovation and cultural creation – and the immense good that these two social phenomena bring to the world.

It is an opportunity to create greater understanding about the role of intellectual property as a balancing mechanism between the competing interests which surround innovation and cultural creation: the interests of the individual creator and those of society; the interests of the producer and those of the consumer; the interest in encouraging innovation and creation, and the interest in sharing the benefits that derive from them.
This year the theme of World IP Day is visionary innovators – people whose innovations transform our lives. Their impact is enormous. They can, at times, change the way society operates.

Take the Chinese innovator, Cai Lun. He laid the foundations for the manufacturing of paper - a technology that transformed everything, because it enabled the recording of knowledge. Then there was the invention of moveable type. This was taken up in Europe by Johannes Gutenberg with his invention of the printing press, which in turn enabled the dissemination and democratization of knowledge. In our own lifetimes we have witnessed the migration of content to digital format, and the great distributional power for creative works that has been brought about by the Internet and the development of the World Wide Web – for whom we have to thank, among others, Tim Berners Lee.

Behind many extraordinary innovations there are extraordinary human stories. At a time when there were few female scientists, Marie Curie Sklodowska had to struggle to establish herself as a scientist in her own right as opposed to the wife of a scientist. She also struggled as an immigrant working in another community. Her desire to understand led to the fundamental discoveries for which she was awarded two Nobel prizes in two separate disciplines - in physics and in chemistry - the only person ever to have achieved this.

In the arts, innovation revolves around new ways of seeing things. A visionary artist or a composer or a writer is able to show us a different way, a new way of looking at the world. Bob Dylan, for example: he captured what was in the air and transformed several genres of music, essentially bending the genres of folk and rock music. Or consider architects – like Zaha Hadid or Norman Foster - who are transforming urban landscapes, and beautifying our existence in new ways, while at the same time taking into account the need to preserve the environment.

We are dependent upon innovation to move forward. Without innovation we would remain in the same condition as a human species that we are in now. Yet inventions or innovations - in the health field for example – are of relatively little value to society unless they can be used and shared. This is the great policy dilemma. On the one hand, the cost of innovation in modern medicine is enormous. On the other hand, the need for compassion, and the need for sharing useful innovations, is also enormous.
I believe we should look upon intellectual property as an empowering mechanism to address these challenges.

But we have to get the balances right, and that is why it is so important to talk about intellectual property. On this World Intellectual Property Day I would encourage young people in particular to join in the discussion, because intellectual property is, by definition, about change, about the new. It is about achieving the transformations that we want to achieve in society.

 Francis Gurry,
Director General
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

List Of Beneficiaries Of Hurried Oil Subsidy Payments In Nigeria

(1)Oil and Gas Limited-20.979 billion naira

(2)Oando Plc-25.974 billion naira

(3)AP Plc-18.981 billion naira-18.981 billion naira

(4)Brittania-U Nigeria Limited-0.999 billion naira

(5)Aiteo Energy Reserve Limited-5.994 billion naira

(6)Triquest Energy Limited-5.994 billion naira

(7)Imad Oil and Gas Limited- 5.994 billion naira

(8)Rahamaniyya Oil & Gas Limited-11.988 billion naira

(9)Northwest Petroleum and Gas-8.991 billion naira

(10)Conoil Plc- 4.995 billion naira

(11)Acorn Nigeria Plc-4.995 billion naira

(12)A-Z Petroleum Limited- 0.999 billion naira

(13)Total Plc- 0.999 billion naira

(14)Folawiyo Energy Limited- 7.992 billion naira

(15)Integrated Oil & Gas Limited- 1.998 billion naira