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Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI.ng) Q32015 Presentation

first_imgEcobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI.ng)  2015 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileEcobank Transnational Incorporated Plc is a financial institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the domestic, corporate, investment banking and treasury sectors. Customers include individuals, governments, financial institutions, local and international organisations, small to medium enterprises and micro businesses. Ecobank offers an extensive array of products and services ranging from transactional accounts, electronic banking and money transfer services to term loans, treasury services and financial advisory and consultancy services for asset and wealth management. The company is a subsidiary of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated. It operates through 640 branches located in major towns and cities in 27 countries in Africa. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Paper Converting Company Limited (PCCL.mu) Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgPaper Converting Company Limited (PCCL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Paper Converting Company Limited (PCCL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Paper Converting Company Limited (PCCL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Paper Converting Company Limited (PCCL.mu)  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfilePaper Converting Company Limited is based in Mauritius and produces and sells tissue and toilet paper internationally. The company manufactures and sells its product under the brand of toilet and tissue paper ‘Kleenex’ under license from Kimberly Clark Corp of USA. Paper Converting Company Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Resumen de la Convención General: decisiones históricas y cambios estructurales

first_img Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Featured Events General Convention 2015 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Pittsburgh, PA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ De la redacción de ENS Posted Jul 9, 2015 Curate Diocese of Nebraska Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Bath, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 General Convention, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA center_img Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY Rector Washington, DC Tags Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL [Episcopal News Service] La 78ª. Convención General, en una serie de momentos históricos, eligió al primer Obispo Primado afroamericano, aprobó la igualdad matrimonial para todos los episcopales, adoptó un presupuesto que enfatiza la reconciliación racial y la evangelización, respaldó el estudio de la desinversión en los combustibles fósiles, se opuso a la desinversión en Israel y Palestina e hizo cambios significativos en el gobierno de la Iglesia.Eligen Obispo Primado a Michael Curry, obispo de Carolina del NorteLa Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal hizo historia el 27 d junio cuando eligió al obispo Michael Curry, de la Diócesis de Carolina del Norte, como su 27º. Obispo Primado.La Cámara de obispos eligió a Curry, de 62 años, de una lista de cuatro nominados, en la primera votación. Él recibió 121 votos de un total de 174. El obispo Dabney Smith, de la Diócesis de Florida Sudoccidental (o del Sudoeste) recibió 21; Thomas Breidentha, obispo de la Diócesis de Ohio sur, 19; Ian Douglas, obispo de Connecticut, 13. El número necesario para ganar la elección era de 89.La elección de Curry fue confirmada una hora después por la Cámara de Diputados, tal como está prescrito en los Cánones de la Iglesia, en una votación de 800 a favor y 12 en contra.Reportaje completo.Igualdad matrimonialA raíz del dictamen del Tribunal Supremo de EE.UU. el 26 de junio, en que legalizaba el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo para todos los estadounidenses, la Convención General siguió el ejemplo el 1 de julio con cambios canónicos y litúrgicos para brindarles igualdad matrimonial a los episcopales.La Cámara de Diputados convino con la aprobación de la Cámara de Obispos el día anterior en un cambio canónico que eliminó el lenguaje que define el matrimonio como entre un hombre y una mujer (Resolución A036) y autorizó dos nuevos ritos matrimoniales con un lenguaje que permite que los usen parejas del mismo sexo y de sexos opuestos (Resolución A054)Reportaje completo.Presupuesto enfatiza la reconciliación racial y la evangelización La Convención General adoptó el 2 de julio el presupuesto trienal 2016-2018 luego de convenir en añadir $2,8 millones para la labor de la evangelización.La adición, aprobada con relativamente poco debate en la Cámara de Diputados, enfrentó alguna oposición en la Cámara de Obispos.El presupuesto trienal 2016-2018 se basa en un monto de ingresos de $125.083.083, a diferencia de los $118.243.102 para el trienio que termina el 31 de diciembre de este año. Los gastos proyectados ascienden a $125.057.351, con un superávit insignificante de $25.834. Su proyección de ingresos se basa en parte en la solicitud a las diócesis de la Iglesia y las zonas de misión regionales de donar un 18 por ciento de sus ingresos para financiar el presupuesto de 2016, un 16,5 para el de 2017 y un 15 por ciento en 2018.La versión del presupuesto presentada el 1 de julio por el Comité Permanente Conjunto sobre Programa, Presupuesto y Finanzas (PB&F) también incluía una importante iniciativa de $2 millones sobre justicia y reconciliación raciales, aunque reduce el monto de dinero que solicita que las diócesis contribuyan a un 15 por ciento para 2018.Reportaje completo.Tasación obligatoria
La Convención General hizo obligatorio el sistema de solicitud presupuestaria diocesana, que actualmente es voluntario, para el ciclo del presupuesto 2019-2021 e impuso sanciones para los que no cumplan.La tasación obligatoria no se aplicará al próximo presupuesto trienal 2016-2018, sino que entrará en vigor el 1 de enero de 2019. Sin obtener dispensa, una diócesis que no pague la tasación completa no podrá obtener subvenciones o préstamos de la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera (DFMS), a menos que el Consejo Ejecutivo (http://www.generalconvention.org/ec) apruebe específicamente el desembolso del dinero.(La Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society (DFMS) es el nombre con el cual la Iglesia Episcopal está incorporada, funciona empresarialmente y lleva a cabo la misión).La resolución le permite al Consejo comenzar a otorgar dispensas a diócesis que no pagan, basándose en dificultades económicas, a partir del 1 de enero de 2016. El Consejo convino en enero en crear un llamado Comité de Revisión de Tasaciones Diocesanas para trabajar con aquellas diócesis que no cumplen con la totalidad de la solicitud denominacional.La resolución también conviene en estudiar el asunto de si el[la] presidente de la Cámara de Diputados debe recibir un salario.Reportaje completo.Desinvertir de combustibles fósiles, reinvertir en energía renovableLa Convención General aprobó dos resoluciones sobre la inversión ambientalmente responsable y la creación de un comité asesor sobre el cambio climático..La Resolución C045 pide que el Comité de Inversiones del Consejo Ejecutivo, el Fondo de Dotaciones de la Iglesia y la Fundación de la Iglesia Episcopal “desinviertan de las compañías de combustibles fósiles y reinviertan en energía renovable y limpia de una manera fiscalmente responsable”.La Resolución A030 pide la creación de un comité asesor sobre el cambio climático con un representante de cada una de las nueve provincias de la Iglesia Episcopal. La resolución pide también que cada provincia cree un Grupo Consultivo Regional compuesto “de no menos de cinco expertos en áreas de sostenibilidad ambiental adecuadas a las específicas condiciones demográficas, ecológicas, culturales y geográficas de cada región”.Lea más aquí.Acuerda importantes cambios estructuralesLa Convención General aprobó dos resoluciones que hacen importantes cambios en la estructura de la Iglesia Episcopal.La Resolución Sustituta A004 expande ligeramente la facultad del Consejo Ejecutivo de hacer nombramientos en lo tocante a tres miembros del personal ejecutivo de la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera (DFMS) a saber: el director de operaciones, el director de finanzas y el director de asuntos jurídicos (un cargo creado por la resolución).La Resolución Sustituta A006 reduce el número de comisiones permanentes de la Iglesia de 24 a dos. Las dos serían la Comisión Permanente sobre Estructura, Gobierno, Constitución y Cánones y la Comisión Permanente sobre Liturgia y Música. El Obispo[a] Primado[a] y el[la] presidente de la Cámara de Diputados nombrarían comités de estudios y equipos de trabajo para llevar a cabo la labor requerida por una reunión de la Convención General, con aprobación del Consejo. Todos esos organismos caducarían al comienzo de la próxima Convención General a menos que fueran renovados.Artículo completo aquí.Se oponen a desinversión en Israel y PalestinaLa Cámara de Obispos envió un enérgico y claro mensaje el 2 de julio de que desinvertir de compañías y corporaciones que participan en algunos negocios relacionados con el Estado de Israel no responde a los mejores intereses de la Iglesia Episcopal, a sus asociados en Tierra Santa, a las relaciones interreligiosas y a las vidas de los palestinos en el terreno.Los obispos rechazaron la Resolución Sustituta D016, que le pedía al Comité sobre Responsabilidad Social Corporativa (CSR) del Consejo Ejecutivo que elaborara una lista de corporaciones estadounidenses y extranjeras que proveen bienes y servicios que apoyan la infraestructura de la ocupación de Israel “para supervisar sus inversiones y aplicar su política de CSR a cualesquiera posibles inversiones futuras” en tales compañías.La Convención General aprobó dos resoluciones sobre pacificación. La Resolución Sustituta B013, propuesta por el obispo Nick Knisely, de Rhode Island, “reafirma la vocación de la Iglesia como agente de reconciliación y de justicia restauradora” y reconoce que “una reconciliación significativa puede ayudar a engendrar una paz sostenible y duradera y que tal reconciliación debe incorporarse tanto a la acción política como a los empeños de base promovidos localmente”.La Resolución C018 expresa solidaridad y apoyo hacia los cristianos en Israel y en los territorios bajo ocupación israelí; afirma la obra de la Diócesis Episcopal de Jerusalén en recuperación, educación y cuidado pastoral; y respalda la labor de los cristianos comprometidos en hacer relaciones, en el diálogo interreligioso, en el adiestramiento en la no violencia y en la defensa de los derechos de los palestinos. La resolución insta también a los episcopales a mostrar su solidaridad haciendo una peregrinación a Israel y a los territorios ocupados por Israel y a aprender de los hermanos cristianos de la región.Reportaje completo.Se elaboran planes para la revisión del libro de oración y el himnarioLa Convención General 2015 dio un paso hacia la revisión del Libro de Oración Común de 1979 y del himnario [The Hymnal] de 1982, al instruir a la Comisión Permanente sobre Liturgia y Música (SCLM, por su sigla en inglés) que elabore planes para revisar ambos [libros] y presentarlos a la próxima Convención en Austin, Texas, en 2018.Entre otros asuntos litúrgicos, la Convención instruyó a los obispos a encontrar medios para que las congregaciones sin clero reciban la comunión, pero la Cámara de Obispos rechazó propuestas que pedían permitirles a personas no bautizadas recibir la Santa Comunión o estudiar el asunto.La Convención aprobó publicar una versión revisada de “Mujeres y hombres santos” [Holy Women, Holy Men] con todas las conmemoraciones de santos adicionales, pero dejó “Fiestas Menores y Días de Ayuno” [Lesser Feasts and Fasts”] como el calendario suplementario autorizado de las conmemoraciones de la Iglesia (véase artículo aquí).La versión revisada de Mujeres y hombres santos se llama Una gran nube de testigos [A Great Cloud of Witnesses].Reportaje completo.La Convención da un primer paso y admite: ‘el alcohol nos afecta a todos’,La Convención General aprobó tres resoluciones sobre el consumo de bebidas alcohólicas y drogas.La Resolución D014 recomienda que los ordenandos deben ser interrogados al mismo comienzo del proceso de discernimiento acerca de la adicción y el uso de sustancias estupefacientes en sus vidas y sistemas familiares.Los obispos también aprobaron la Resolución A159, que reconoce el papel de la Iglesia en la cultura del consumo de bebidas alcohólicas y drogas.Y la Resolución A158, para crear un equipo de trabajo que revise la política sobre consumo de sustancias estupefacientes, adicción y recuperación, fue aprobada con una enmienda.Reportaje completo.Más estrechas relaciones con CubaLa Iglesia Episcopal en EE.UU. y la Iglesia Episcopal de Cuba dieron un paso hacia relaciones más estrechas durante la 78ª. Convención General, que sesionó en Salt Lake City del 25 de junio al 3 de julio. La Convención también aprobó una resolución en que le pide al gobierno de EE.UU. que levante el embargo económico contra Cuba.Reportaje completo.Entrevista con el obispo primado electoEn una entrevista de 18 minutos con Episcopal News Service, el obispo primado electo Michael Curry habla sobre sus prioridades para el liderazgo y la administración, el papel de la Iglesia al dedicarse a la misión de Dios en el mundo, el estado de las relaciones raciales en EE.UU., la importancia de las asociaciones de la Comunión Anglicana y su compromiso con lo que el llama el Movimiento de Jesús, para salir al mundo “a dar testimonio de las buenas nuevas de Jesús”.Vídeo completo.Obispos presiden una procesión contra la violencia armadaUnos 1.500 participantes de la Convención se unieron a una procesión de Obispos Unidos Contra la Violencia Armada en la mañana del 28 de junio en Salt Lake City.La devota procesión recorrió la media milla que va desde el Centro de Convenciones Salt Palace hasta el Parque del Pionero [Pioneer Park] mientras los manifestantes cantaban himnos y oraban. Miembros de agrupaciones contrarias a la violencia armada y organizaciones pro derechos civiles de Utah se sumaron al desfile.Video completo.Mayor solidaridad con los cristianos perseguidosLa defensa de los cristianos que enfrentan persecución y viven en el contexto de la guerra civil son el tema de varias resoluciones aprobadas por la 78ª. Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal, que sesionó en Salt Lake City del 25 de junio al 3 de julio.La Convención conviene en que los cristianos en Pakistán, Siria, Liberia, Sudán del Sur y El Sudán se encuentran entre aquellos a favor de quienes la Iglesia debe incrementar su apoyo y solidaridad mientras muchos de ellos viven con temor a la muerte, el hambre y en el desplazamiento en países asolados por la guerra o influidos por extremistas. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Tampa, FL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Resumen de la Convención General: decisiones históricas y cambios estructurales Primer Obispo Primado negro, aprobada la igualdad matrimonial, renovado el gobierno de la Iglesia Submit a Press Release AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI last_img read more

Some Corn and Soybean Inputs Lower for 2014

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Previous articleCBO Score of H.R. 3102 ReleasedNext articleAPI Releases More of the Same Old, Disproven Misinformation Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Alan Miller on 14 inputsA shift in the demand for agricultural inputs signals a shift in prices to grow the 2014 crop, according to Purdue Extension agricultural economist Alan Miller. After the drought last year there were short supplies and high demand resulting in higher prices for farmers. But with expected yield increases this year commodity prices have come down. Miller says the good news is the likelihood of a decline in the cost of inputs too.“I think that we’re going to have some declines. We’ve already seen a pretty significant decline in our fertilizer prices. We’re expecting fuel to be down and overall I think what we’re going to see is lower cost of production for corn and soybeans here in Indiana.”He says keep an eye on the fertilizer marketplace and he suggests you may want to practice patience.“Some recent years we would actually be worried about locking in not only our price but our supply, and in a market like we have currently for fertilizer where prices are I decline, we have sort of a worldwide glut of fertilizers. We have production capacity that has increased faster than demand. The general trend is down so we can take more of a wait and see.”But Miller says you still need to take into account seasonal price patterns, since the best fertilizer buy might be coming soon.“Typically the lowest prices for fertilizers are in the early fall period and then prices increase seasonally into the spring, but if we look at that outlook closely enough we’ll find little gems like potash. Maybe we just ought to take a wait and see approach for awhile because those prices are working their way down right now.”Potash and phosphate prices have been declining since the fall of 2012 and are down 15-17 percent since last spring. Nitrogen prices peaked last spring and have dropped about 22 percent this fall. Farmers’ ability to apply fertilizer this fall will help determine what prices will look like for next spring.“If weather or a late harvest were to keep farmers from applying fertilizers this fall, it could drive fertilizer prices down for the spring,” he said. “Normally, fertilizer prices hit bottom in the early fall, but we will have to wait and see is if the market is weak enough to sustain the drop into the spring.”Nitrogen prices also are falling because the U.S. is now a low-cost producer. North American fertilizer producers are expecting historically strong sales this fall.During the height of the ethanol boom, farmers were growing more corn and using more nitrogen. Plus, natural gas prices were high. Since then, natural gas prices have fallen, which has led to renewed interest in investing in domestic production capacity for nitrogen fertilizers. This leads to greater supplies of U.S.-produced nitrogen in the future if the cost of producing it here stays well below its market price as it is now.“Corn growers really will start to see the full effect of more domestically produced nitrogen in 2015,” Miller said. “We have been importing more than 50 percent of our nitrogen fertilizer, meaning supply disruptions could easily impact prices. As we produce more of our own, we will import less. The bigger supply will benefit corn producers.”Recent prices for nitrogen in anhydrous ammonia form have hovered around $700 per ton. According to Miller, that could possibly eventually fall to as low as $400 or $500 per ton if U.S. production capacity increases considerably.One area where farmers won’t see price relief is seed costs. By Miller’s estimates, some seed could be up by 2-3 percent or more for the 2014 planting season.“Seed is not the place where growers will cut corners to try to save money,” he said. “They will be careful in pricing inputs, but they want the technology to produce the best crop possible.”The prices of chemicals, such as herbicides, pesticides and fungicides, are likely to be a mixed bag. For the most part, chemical prices will be up slightly – about 1 percent, according to Miller. The exception is herbicide, where prices will remain flat.Prices for fuels commonly used on the farm currently are expected to be down in 2014. The costs for both diesel, which powers most farm machinery, and propane, which farmers use to power grain dryers, could be down by about 4 percent.Fuel prices, however, can be among the most volatile costs farmers encounter each year because much of it is imported. While an increase in domestic energy production has helped thwart major supply disruptions, Miller said tensions abroad could affect what farmers pay for fuel in the U.S.“We have to be a concerned because of the unrest in the Middle East,” he said. “It could quickly change the fuel-price outlook.”Source: Purdue Ag Communications By Andy Eubank – Sep 17, 2013 Some Corn and Soybean Inputs Lower for 2014 Home Indiana Agriculture News Some Corn and Soybean Inputs Lower for 2014last_img read more

Case against Chengdu dissident held for past 30 days passed to prosecutors

first_img RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific News News Reporters Without Borders today repeated its demand for the release of cyber-dissident Huang Qi, accused of “illegally possessing state secrets” and held by Chengdu police since 10 June 2008. Huang is known to be in poor health and police have refused to allow his wife, Zeng Li, to bring him medication. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders is very worried by the news that the case against Huang Qi, a well known human rights activist who was arrested on 10 June in Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, has been transferred to prosecutors. The police told his family yesterday that the case has already been sent to the prosecutor’s office, which has not yet taken a decision on whether to press charges or send the case back to the police for further investigation.Huang’s wife said the police still have not said where he is being held. The police and the prosecutor’s office have also refused to provide his lawyer with any information. Meanwhile, a petition calling for the release of Huang, the creator of the 64Tianwang website, is circulating in Chengdu and other areas that were hit by the 12 May earthquake.“We urge the prosecutor in charge of the case to reject the allegations made against Huang and to order his release,” Reporters Without Borders said.———-Call for release of Huang QiReporters Without Borders today repeated its demand for the release of cyber-dissident Huang Qi, accused of “illegally possessing state secrets” and held by Chengdu police since 10 June 2008. Huang is known to be in poor health and police have refused to allow his wife, Zeng Li, to bring him medication, despite the fact that since 1st June 2008 it has been permitted for someone facing such a charge to receive visits from family and lawyers.“The authorities have refused to provide him with adequate care and Huang Qi has stomach problems and suffers terrible headaches as a result of ill-treatment he experienced when he was detained between 2000 and 2005”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“Moreover, he has still not been allowed to have any visitors despite the fact that the new law concerning possession of state secrets allows it. Huang Qi must be freed,” the organisation added.Huang Qi is the founder of the website 64tianwang, which posts news about human rights. The editor of the site, Zhang Guo Ting, said it was possible that the latest events were linked to Huang’s most recent article posted online that related to the arrest of a retired professor from the South-Western Technology University, Zheng Hongling, aged 53, for “divulging news abroad”. China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific July 11, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Case against Chengdu dissident held for past 30 days passed to prosecutors To learn more about this case Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more News Organisation News Receive email alerts to go further Read Zheng Hongling’s articles (in Chinese) :http://www.observechina.com/info/artshow.asp ?ID=49485http://www.observechina.net/info/artshow.asp ?ID=49501http://www.observechina.com/info/artshow.asp ?ID=49535When her husband was detained the first time, Zeng Li was interviewed by French channel TF1 in 2003 March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Humanist group calls for blasphemy vote

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Advertisement Twitter Linkedin Previous articleMurray out as Munster name XV for Saracens clashNext article#Limerick and proud… of playwrights and our plays John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSCharlie HebdolimerickMid West Humanistsreligion Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Print  THE Mid West Humanists (MWH) group is calling on voters to contact local TDs to demand a referendum on removing the prohibition of blasphemy from the Irish constitution.The group, which has members in Limerick, Clare and Tipperary, says it is launching the campaign to support freedom of speech following last week’s murders at the offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Stating they support the right to life of those killed in Paris, the humanists say that this also extends to freedom of speech, and everyone’s right to read any “writing, cartoon or other communication, whether or not it criticises or satirises any idea, whether religious, political, social, sporting, or scientific”.The group also praised Charlie Hebdo staff “for publishing words and pictures without any respect for the ideas of several religions. In doing their job, they also enable people in Ireland to read things that are prohibited in some countries”.“Ireland is weak in secularism, as the Constitution since 1937 states that blasphemy is an offence, and in 2009 our legislators continued a law to give effect to that article of the Constitution. Government and other people in Pakistan quote Ireland’s law to say that it is normal, including in Europe, for the law to prohibit criticism of religion,” said an MWH spokesperson.“In 2013, the Constitutional Convention asked the Government to hold a referendum on the law against blasphemy from the Constitution. The Government promised that it would hold this referendum, but last year they reneged on this”, the spokesperson added. NewsHumanist group calls for blasphemy voteBy John Keogh – January 16, 2015 758 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Email Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

THE ECONOMIST: It just makes sense!

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – December 20, 2020 Facebook Pinterest THE ECONOMIST: It just makes sense! If there was a way for Texas to expand health insurance coverage to nearly a million of the state’s most vulnerable people, enhancing their access to needed care, I think we can all agree that would be a very good thing. State budget constraints are a reality, but if the expansion could be accomplished without costing taxpayers anything, it would clearly be the right choice. What if Texas could increase coverage and actually come out ahead for taxpayers because of the substantial economic benefits? It would only make sense to do so. Right? Texas is one of only 12 states that have not yet chosen to expand health insurance coverage to low-income adults using the financially attractive mechanism created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. In addition to enhancing the health and wellbeing of individuals directly affected, broadening coverage involves substantial business stimulus and tax revenues. With more Texans having insurance, health-related spending would increase, generating additional business activity in communities across the state and throughout the economy. The level of uncompensated care could also be expected to fall, freeing up hospital and local taxing entity resources to be used for other critical priorities. This result is particularly beneficial to urban public hospitals and critical to the sustainability of rural care. In addition, increased coverage assists more people in obtaining the care that they need, improving morbidity and mortality outcomes and, in turn, increasing productivity, which provides additional economic activity and other benefits, some of which occur over an extended period We recently studied this issue in detail (you can download the full report at www.perrymangroup.com). We found that if Texas implements a program to access federal matching funds for health insurance expansion in 2021, the economic effects for the 2022-23 biennium would include gains of $45.3 billion in gross product, $29.4 billion in personal income, and almost 461,700 job-years of employment, including multiplier effects. These benefits increase over time. This economic activity would also generate tax receipts. The Perryman Group estimates that the net total dynamic fiscal benefits during the 2022-23 biennium would include $2.5 billion to the State and nearly $2.0 billion to local government entities across Texas. For every $1 of non-federal funds invested, $1.95 is returned to the state in dynamic tax revenue. Millions of Texans do not have health insurance. Most cannot afford private insurance and are often unable to obtain basic or preventive health care. It is a human tragedy with profound consequences. Texas could alleviate a substantial portion of this problem by expanding health insurance coverage using available federal funds while reaping notable economic and fiscal gains in the process. It just makes sense! Stay safe!! Facebookcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp TAGS  Local NewsBusiness Twitter Previous articleBBB: Tips for hosting virtual holiday partiesNext articleHow one patient found help after life-changing brain cancer diagnosis Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Real Estate Fund Designates $1 Billion to Communities of Color

first_img Related Articles Previous: FHFA Extends Foreclosure Moratorium Next: Real Estate Valuations in a Time of Crisis Real Estate Fund Designates $1 Billion to Communities of Color  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Los Angeles-based real estate fund SoLa Impact has rolled out the Black Impact Fund, a $1 billion initiative focused on communities of color with major urban markets.The new fund consists of a $500 million Opportunity Zone Fund and a $500 million non-Opportunity Zone Fund. SoLa Impact will partner with regional developers on development projects financed by the twin funds, and 13% of all asset appreciation and fees earned through this endeavor will be channeled into funding the affiliated not-for-profit Black Impact Community Fund, which will leverage the for-profit Fund’s size, operating efficiency, and purchasing power to build affordable homeownership opportunities in the targeted communities.Furthermore, the new community fund will team local governments, faith-based organizations, and other nonprofits for new affordable housing and related projects built on surplus land and underutilized lots. The new housing focus is a shift for SoLa Impact, which aimed at educational initiatives that included more than $100,000 in scholarships during 2019 and more than $1 million in vocational scholarships to South Los Angeles residents this year.“After a decade of successfully investing in Los Angeles’ African-American and Latinx communities, we have learned a great deal about how to deliver near-term and long-term dividends for both the investors and the community,” said Martin Muoto, CEO of SoLa Impact and founder of the Black Impact Fund. “Ultimately, it is about creating shared prosperity and racial equity. In light of all the country is going through, it is clear the size and scope of the problem requires a bold and ambitious response. The time to act is now.”Muoto added that the non-Opportunity Zone Fund will enable endowments, foundations, pension funds, and other mission-aligned institutional investors that were previously unable to receive tax benefits from the federal Opportunity Zone programs to invest in projects designed to provide housing and business opportunities in communities of color.“While we believe the Opportunity Zone legislation has the potential to significantly benefit these communities, the areas designated as OZs have been somewhat inconsistent,” he said. “As a result, we are seeing incredible deals literally ‘across the street’ from our Opportunity Zone properties that our OZ Fund could not invest in. The side-by-side non-OZ structure allows the Black Impact Fund to access undervalued real estate assets and broaden its reach and its impact.” December 2, 2020 1,142 Views Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Real Estate Fund Designates $1 Billion to Communities of Color Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Subscribe About Author: Phil Hall The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, News 2020-12-02 Cristin Espinosalast_img read more

Exemplary Role Of District Courts In Dispensing Justice And Protecting Human Rights

first_imgColumnsExemplary Role Of District Courts In Dispensing Justice And Protecting Human Rights Aurobindo Ghose5 March 2021 12:05 AMShare This – xA recent editorial on the bail granted to a 22-year old, much maligned, alleged conspirator and foreign agent, ‘toolkit’ climate activist Disha Ravi in the Indian Express ( 27 February, 2021 ) says it all. Titled ‘Thank you’, it begins with a positive summing up: “(Additional sessions) Judge Dharmender Rana’s verdict granting bail to Disha Ravi underscores what judiciary can – and…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?LoginA recent editorial on the bail granted to a 22-year old, much maligned, alleged conspirator and foreign agent, ‘toolkit’ climate activist Disha Ravi in the Indian Express ( 27 February, 2021 ) says it all. Titled ‘Thank you’, it begins with a positive summing up: “(Additional sessions) Judge Dharmender Rana’s verdict granting bail to Disha Ravi underscores what judiciary can – and should – do today.” It concludes with the hope that : ” The next time a government wants to come down on the dissenting or protesting citizens, the next time it weaponises a harsh section of the IPC, and gets the police to do its bidding, State vs Disha A Ravi should be a compass. One hopes it will be.” Another judgment dated 17th February, 2021 to have been heartily welcomed by one and all, from the general public to victims of silent sexual harassment, and to women’s groups across the globe, is Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ravinder Kumar Pandey’s acquittal of journalist Priya Ramani in a criminal defamation case filed by former Editor and Union Minister M.J. Akbar. An editorial in the Indian Express describes it as an empowering judgment, a landmark for women’s rights. In an opinion piece in the Times of India, renowned journalist Namita Bhandare finds Ramani’s acquittal “a victory for all Indian women”. Namita Bhandare goes on to observe: “What was at stake was not just an individual complaint against a powerful former editor, or his retaliation with a defamation suit, but an entire ecosystem from the workplace to courts of law. Its an ecosystem designed by men to protect their own; an ecosystem where sexual abuse is routine since women must know their place; an ecosystem where sexual harassment at work is an ‘open secret’ and those who speak up must be punished.” Judge Pandey’s order and its reasoning has torn up this entire “inviolable” ecosystem of male predators by holding that- for a woman victim of sexual harassment, there are no fetters of limitation for putting up her grievance on any platform. Moreover, the Priya Ramani order ruled that the right of reputation of the complainant (in defamation case) cannot be protected at the cost of the right of life and dignity of a woman. Truth is the woman’s defense against defamation. The judge accepted Ramani’s truth and that of her corroborative witnesses about the incident of sexual harassment at Oberoi Hotel Bombay in December 1993 when Ramani had gone there to meet Akbar for a job interview. The judge also accepted Ramani’s narrative that Akbar is not a man of ”stellar” reputation, which he claimed to be. On all these grounds, Priya Ramani was acquitted and M.J. Akbar’s criminal defamation case was dismissed. On the scanner of recent and not too distant past, are two other district court judgments: ASJ Dharmender Rana’s judgment dated 15th February, 2021 granting bail to the accused Devilal Burdak and Swaroop Ram charged with sedition and public mischief, in connection with Facebook posts during the farmers’ protest, as these charges were false and none of the ingredients of sedition were satisfied. It is in this very judgment the Ld. ASJ calls out the police and the prosecution: “Don’t invoke sedition to quieten Disquiet” . Finally, we also refer to a Tis Hazari Court judgment of ASJ Dr. Kamani Lau dated 15th January 2020, when she granted bail to Ambedkarite and Dalit activist Bhim Army leader Chandrasekhar Azad for having called for violence by reading the preamble to the Constitution on the steps of the Jama Masjid in Delhi. The judge pointed out in this remarkable judgment that- reading the preamble of the Constitution is not an offence and certainly not a call to violence. The judgment was remarkable so far as it quoted Tagore’s poem on “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high” to underscore the struggle for the freedom of speech and expression and the right to peaceful protest as fundamental rights which the State cannot take away arbitrarily. What is common to all the above four remarkable judgments is that all of them are district court judgments. The Constitution of India operative from 26th January, 1950, adopted under Articles 233 to 238, perceived a pyramidical hierarchical structure of its Judiciary, with the district court at the base, the High Courts in the middle and the Supreme Court at the apex. The makers of the Constitution thought such a judicial structure is fit for a large democracy like India. However, today 71 years later, so far as dispensation of justice is concerned, the pyramid appears to have been inverted and the district courts appear to be taking the lead. Why denigrate by calling them Subordinate or Lower Judiciary? It may be more appropriate to put the different Courts at the same level. Because a spate of recent and not too distant events, landmark judgments have emanated from district courts, which make citizens proud. Except for bail for Varavara Rao and Nodeep Kaur passed by the High Courts. The Supreme Court remained by and large disinterested save the judgment of Justices D.Y. Chandrachud and Indira Bannerji dated 11 November, 2020 in Arnab Goswami’s case which brought Justice Krishna Iyer’s dictum “Bail not jail, is the normal rule” to throbbing life on an everyday basis in the judiciary. I am suddenly reminded of my own case, 36 years ago. I was arrested for writing a joint report on behalf of the Citizens for Democracy on Operation Bluestar, an army operation against Sikh militants at the Golden Temple at Amritsar. I had been charged with sedition and produced before CMM, G.P. Thareja who released and set me free after hearing Sr. Counsel Shanti Bhushan who, to my surprise, appeared for me in Tis Hazari district court, even though the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court had not allowed my bail applications. As I send this article for publication, news trickles in that as if on cue from the Disha Ravi judgment, the Supreme Court bench headed by Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul has dismissed a PIL by Rajat Sharma seeking to charge former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, with sedition on the same ground taken in the grant of bail to Disha Ravi by a district judge- that disagreement and dissent from Government policy is not sedition so long as there is no call for violence. It seems to me that the hierarchy and structure of the Judiciary in India is undergoing a tumultuous churning for the dispensation of justice and for the protection of human rightsViews are personalAuthor is a Lawyer at Supreme Court and a Human Rights Activist Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Workplace stress makes staff sick, research finds

first_img One in five employees claim they are extremely stressed at work, according to a study for the Health and Safety Executive.Slightly more (23 per cent) say they have experienced illness that has been caused or made worse by work in the previous 12 months. The study also found middle-aged workers and graduates were slightly more likely to report feelings of stress. Marital status mattered too, with those who were widowed, divorced or separated reporting higher levels of stress than single or married people. Stress was found to increase with salary and to be greatest in socio-economic group 2, those earning over £20,000.The most stressed respondents were likely to work at night, do shift work and work longer, more unsociable or unpredictable hours than the low stress group. They were also more likely to be exposed to noise at work. Those reporting high stress levels tended to have to work fast, or very intensively, more frequently than those in the low stress group and had less control over their work speed and working time.The findings were highlighted by Professor Andy Smith at a stress at work conference run by employment analysts IRS last week. He said, “Stress occurs where demands exceed ability to cope. High stress is associated with a heavy workload.” In the long term high stress levels run hand in hand with more arthritis and rheumatism, backache, hay fever and stomach trouble, the study also found. Respondents who had suffered these health problems over the previous 14 days noted that they made more use of pain-killers, medicine for indigestion, sleeping pills and antidepressants. “There is a very urgent need to look at long-term health associated with stress at work,” Smith told the audience. “Perceived stress at work is a major problem and we should consider prevention.”The Bristol stress and health at work study was based on 4,135 respondents in paid employment drawn from a random sample from the local electoral register.www.irseclipse.co.uk By Kathy Watson Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Workplace stress makes staff sick, research findsOn 21 Nov 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more