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first_img YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionMost Embarrassing Mistakes Ever Made In HistoryDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndo by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Likecio.comUnlocking the Success of Digital Transformation with Active Intelligencecio.comUndo24/7 SportsIt’s Amazing To See How These NBA Stars Have Changed Since College24/7 SportsUndoPhotoStickHow To Back Up All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhotoStickUndoIt takes the number of total positive tests recorded across the process so far to 12, with an initial six individuals from three clubs originally testing positive before a further two positive results from two clubs were confirmed following 996 tests conducted between 19-22 May.The individuals in question must now self-isolate for seven days, as per league protocol, with a view to being tested again in future.The Premier League have also confirmed that the number of tests available to each club will be increased from 50 to 60 for the fourth round of testing.On Wednesday, Premier League clubs unanimously voted for a return to contact training. By Kunal Dhyani – May 28, 2020 Football PSL 2021 Playoffs Live: How to watch PSL 2021 Playoffs LIVE streaming in your country, India Latest Sports News TAGSinsidesportInsidesportNewsLatestNewsNEWSNewsUpdateSportsnews sportsSportsUpdate SHARE Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales: 3 key battles to watch out for in ITA vs WAL Football Facebook Twitter Previous articleLSH vs BGR: VPL T10 League or Vincy premier League 2020 LIVE Streaming, schedule, teamsNext articleSports Business : Top Rank Boxing and UFC plans return as Las Vegas open up Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. FootballLatest Sports NewsSport PSL 2021 Playoffs: Schedule, Timing, LIVE streaming, list of champions; all you need to know WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: Roach removes Markram in the first over; SA 20/1 (6 ov)- Follow Live Updates Euro 2020 LIVE broadcast in more than 200 countries, check how you can watch Live Streaming of EURO 2020 in your country Cricket Cricket Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey LIVE: Kahveci scores for Turkey to reduce deficit; Follow Live Updates Football Those latest four positive tests were from a total of 1,008 carried out on players and club staff from across the league on Monday and Tuesday. Football Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Ward produces solid save to keep 10-man Wales in the game; Follow Live Updates Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Aston Villa confirm death of manager Smith’s father after Covid-19 battleThe father of Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has died following a four-week battle with coronavirus, the club confirmed on Wednesday night.In a statement, Villa said that 79-year-old Ron Smith – who suffered from dementia and lived in a care home – had passed away with his family by his side after a spell in hospital that followed his Covid-19 diagnosis.A lifelong fan of the club, Smith Sr previously served as a steward at Villa Park.“As well as being a regular at home games, Ron was also there to witness that greatest of days in May 1982 when Villa lifted the European Cup [with victory over Bayern Munich] in Rotterdam,” Villa said on their official website.“The thoughts of everyone at the football club are currently with Dean and his family at this most distressing of times and would kindly ask for the family’s privacy to be respected. Cricket Euro 2020, Switzerland vs Turkey: Top 5 players to watch out for in SUI vs TUR RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Football Premier League Football: 4 more test positive after third round of testing Football Four people from three different Premier League clubs have tested positive for Covid-19 after a third batch of testing, the top-flight confirmed on Wednesday evening.last_img read more

Dawn Properties Limited 2010 Annual Report

first_imgDawn Properties Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about Dawn Properties Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dawn Properties Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dawn Properties Limited (  2010 annual report.Company ProfileDawn Properties Limited offers professional real estate services to government, parastatals, corporates, institutional bodies, the financial services and private sector; including property sales and leasing, property management, real estate valuation and advisory services, and project and development management. Dawn Properties has three real estate businesses in Zimbabwe; property holding, property development and property consulting. It owns approximately 540 hectares of land in residential and commercial markets and manages over 340 000 square metres of lettable space across over 120 sites in Zimbabwe. The valuation division covers property, plant and machinery, and furniture and fittings valuations. Its property and timeshare portfolio include Caribbea Bay Sun Hotel, Monomotapa Hotel, Elephant Hills Resort and Conference Centre, Great Zimbabwe Hotel, Holiday Inn Mutare Hotel and Hwange Safari Lodge. Dawn Properties Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Chemco Limited ( Q12013 Interim Report

first_imgChemco Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Chemicals sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Chemco Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Chemco Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Chemco Limited (  2013 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileChemco Limited specialises in the formulation, manufacturing, blending and trading of chemicals. The company operates as one of the subsidiaries of Harel Mallac & Co. Ltd. Chemco Limited company engages in the production and sale of agro chemicals, specialty chemicals and consumer goods.  Chemco Limited is headquartered in Port Louis, Mauritius. Chemco Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

They’ll be home for …Fourth Advent

first_img Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Hopkinsville, KY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis December 18, 2013 at 11:49 am Blessings to all the people of All Saints. What a beautiful Christmas present. Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Comments are closed. Barbara Cavin says: Rector Albany, NY The Rev John Hartman says: December 17, 2013 at 5:32 pm Neil, what terrific news that your church has been repaired!!!Wonderful for you and for everyone at church.I have not forgotten our wonderful conversations at the CREDO week.Prayers and Blessings, Barb Cavin+ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Bruce Rockwell says: December 26, 2013 at 11:51 am What a blessing to read of the All Saints’ renewal! All Saints’, Bay Head, supported me with a tuition grant while I was in seminary at General in 1983. Neil’s leadership of All Saints’ while ‘in exile’ has been a model of inspiration. Thank you for this “Good News” story and update! Barbara Tuzio says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Dec 17, 2013 F WILLIAM THEWALT says: Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT December 21, 2013 at 12:10 am This is a beautifully and accurately written article. Thank you so very much. As a longtime member of All Saints Church and president of its Women’s Guild, I am very excited about returning to our sacred space and spiritual home. The weekend services will be glorious ! God bless us all. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release 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 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Comments (6) Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Job Listingcenter_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The members of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bay Head, New Jersey, will be back home in their church on Dec. 21 for the first time since Hurricane Sandy severely damaged the building and grounds on Oct. 29, 2012. Parishioners strung lights on the pine tree to the right of the sign and hosted “A Festival of Light” the evening of Nov. 30 as a sign to the community that they would soon return. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] After more than a year in exile, the members of All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Bay Head, New Jersey, will be home for Christmas.In fact, the parishioners of the church that Hurricane Sandy swamped on Oct. 29, 2012, will be home for the Fourth Sunday of Advent.All Saints’ doors will open again on Dec. 21 with a “Service of Light.” The following day, the parish will celebrate its first Sunday Eucharist in the church since Sandy. Diocese of New Jersey Bishop William Stokes will re-consecrate the sanctuary and church’s memorial garden.It will be a “very, very emotional” two days, the Rev. Neil Turton, All Saints rector, predicted.“But, as I’ve been warning them in a number of sermons I’ve recently delivered, we are not going back in the way that we were when we left,” he told Episcopal News Service in a recent interview. “It is going to be very different. Do not expect to be what we were because of the circumstances that have changed and shaped us over these last 15 months.”The 124-year-old church sits three blocks from the ocean and just feet from Scow Ditch, a tidal waterway. Sandy caused close to $4 million in damage to the church and rectory as it drove water toward the church from both the Atlantic and Barnegat Bay. And All Saints is surrounded by still-devastated homes along a stretch of the Jersey Shore where some blocks are still mostly deserted and where, on other stretches, builders toil to restore the communities from Sandy’s body blows.“It’s renewal,” said Mark Durham, who lives a few yards south of the church, of All Saints imminent return. He and his family have been back in their house since January, but it’s been a lonely year as few of their neighbors have returned.The Rev. Neil Turton, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bay Head, New Jersey, stands near the church’s original baptismal font, which, because it is anchored into the ground below the building, helped hold the entire structure in place during Hurricane Sandy. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News ServiceBay Head and neighboring Mantoloking to the south sit together on a narrow strip of land between Barnegat Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. They were two of the area towns among the hardest hit by Sandy. A 130-year-old rock seawall is thought to have made the difference between homes being inundated in Bay Head and ripped apart in Mantoloking.Eighty-eight percent of Bay Head’s oceanfront homes were flooded but only one was destroyed, one report said In Mantoloking the ocean breached the barrier spit in three places, destroyed 60 homes, making 137 uninhabitable and damaging another 383, according to information here.The magnitude of damage has “left a deep scar and we will also be shaped by that,” Turton said, adding that there are psychological scars as well.There is “a great deal of frustration, anger because after 15 months a lot of people are still suffering,” he said. “It’s as though time has moved on but it seems time has stood still in terms of insurance companies, government” and the way those entities’ policies and procedures has at times hampered the Shore’s restoration.But, Turton said, “the faith community has remained incredibly strong.”That strength comes despite the fact that the congregation is smaller than it was before Sandy struck. Some people have still not come home to the Jersey Shore. Some snowbirds never came back from Florida this past spring. “A lot of people have walked away,” he said, noting a trend happening up and down the Jersey Shore and elsewhere in Sandy’s wake.Turton said the parish’s pre-Sandy average Sunday attendance was 168; since Sandy the figure is “a shade under 100.” All Saints congregation has spent these long months worshipping at 12:15 p.m. on Sundays at St. Mary’s by the Sea Episcopal Church in Point Pleasant Beach, about two miles to the north. St. Mary’s also offered refuge in the form or meals and other supplies to hundreds of storm victims beginning the morning after Sandy cleared out.“It’s given us a very hands-on concept of what it means to be part of a diocesan family in a way we would never normally understand,” Turton said of the parish’s time at St. Mary’s. “It’s different from going to a diocesan meeting with people. We have actually lived and breathed with these people, shared worship, shared meals, shared stories.”Still, it wasn’t home. And the 12:15 p.m. worship time was a tough sell for some folks, especially young, busy families. “It’s no disrespect to St. Mary’s,” Turton said. “They have been wonderful but, we have been in exile. We have been in a foreign land.”Often, when he has been asked to introduce himself at meeting over these months, the rector responds: “My name is Neil Turton and I am from All Saints in Exile”And now that exile is about to end. Parts of the office area, primarily Turton’s office, still need finishing but the church itself was nearly put back to rights when ENS visited Dec. 10. The restored organ was due back any day and the pulpit’s placement awaited arrival of the sound system. The pews still need book racks and cushions.Those were some of the last items on what has been a long punch list of needed work that began soon after Sandy’s waters – waist-high or higher by the looks of the debris lines it left – receded. Not all of the damage was apparent at first, said John Tym, a local builder who completed five years of restoration work on the church days before Sandy struck.As Tym and a colleague walked through Bay Head after the storm to check on their customers’ properties, their first reaction was relief when they saw the church still standing at the corner of Lake Avenue and Howe Street. A few days later they entered the church and sensed a six-inch pitch to the floor as they walked up the aisle. Then they noticed that the walls of the sanctuary were pulling in as they walked.The Rev. Neil Turton, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bay Head, New Jersey, shows how high Hurricane Sandy’s storm surge rose in his office at the back of the church. Water from tidal Scow Ditch, just feet from the windows, scoured a huge hole under the church and inundated the office area and parish hall. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News ServiceThe cause was a water-filled eight-10-foot wide hole under the floor. The storm surge had scoured out nearly eight feet of the ground around the church’s red-brick pilings. The underside of the floor had never been attached to those pilings, thus, had it not been for the more modern foundations under the attached Bristol Hall on one side and the 1950s-era narthex on the other, the church would have been washed away, Tym said.And if a preacher ever needed a homecoming sermon illustration here it is: the other anchor that probably saved the church was the baptismal font in the narthex whose concrete base goes through the floor and into the ground.The parish’s Facebook page has a photo gallery showing the immediate post-Sandy state of the church building and the rectory, and the initial clean-up, here.With the help of Church Insurance, whose concern and work Turton called “brilliant,” a disaster-restoration company came to the church within days of the storm to dry the inside of the building while work began on repairing and raising the Scow Ditch bulkhead by two feet. That latter project was being funded by $50,000 in insurance money and a parishioner’s gift of stock that would add another $30,000, according to Turton.Then, thousands of gallons of water had to be pumped from underneath the church. Tym oversaw the sinking of close to 100 helical piles into the ground below the building to retrofit the rudimentary foundation. The church has since been tied to those piles. Sump pumps are in place as well.The church floor had to be ripped up and the floor beams replaced. All utilities needed to be replaced. The office area and the interior of the parish hall and its kitchen needed to be gutted and redone.The entire exterior had been re-shingled over the previous five years or so and Tym had just decided to take down the last of the exterior pipe scaffolding right before the storm. Then he was faced with the choice of pulling the interior walls apart to get at wet insulation or tearing off those new cedar shake shingles. Tym had to leave when the shingles were stripped from the building because he said he just couldn’t watch.Water from tidal Scow Ditch, which runs along the back of All Saints Episcopal Church in Bay Head, New Jersey, did the most damage to the 124-year-old property, including wreaking havoc in the memorial garden. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News ServiceColin Walsh, whose company C.M. Walsh Pipe Organs of Philadelphia was restoring the water-damaged organ, told Tym that they could help him with other cabinetry needs. When it became clear that the majority of the pews, which were all original to the building, could not be salvaged, Tym asked Walsh to make new pews. The only trouble, he said, was that the first prototype “looked too nice” and Tym feared the pews would look out of place in the restored nave. Walsh worked with Tym to get the stain to look old enough, according to the builder.Wood from the original pews was later milled into wainscoting for the parish hall and office wing. And other salvaged lumber was crafted into an altar for the hall for more informal services. Tym said they added LED light bulbs and other energy-efficiency upgrade.“We’ve got a 21st century church in a 19th century context,” Turton said.Painter Erika Martinez puts the finishing touches on the interior of cabinets in the office work area at All Saints Episcopal Church in Bay Head, New Jersey. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg, Episcopal News ServiceChurch Insurance covered all but $200,000 of the work on the church, according to the rector and Tym, and the parish has raised about $70,000 of that amount thus far. The insurance settlement came after some negotiation but Turton insisted, “I can’t praise them too highly” for the way the company worked with them.Sandy also flooded the near-by rectory to the point where it needed to be razed. Construction began earlier this month on a new rectory, with Church Insurance covering the $500,000 replacement cost. However, Turton and his wife, Wendy, will not be living in the new rectory. The couple has moved four times since being displaced by Sandy and can’t face a fifth move, he said.While “one or two people” questioned the need to construct a rectory in that case, Turton said the parish must build for the future. “No one appointed here [as the next rector] will be able to afford a house in Bay Head,” he said.Meanwhile, assuming the rectory is completed by next summer, the parish can let it out in the lucrative summer-rental market for “a princely sum,” he predicted.But, for now, summer is far way and winter is just coming on. The Dec. 21 Service of Light celebrating All Saints’ long-expected homecoming will begin just about six hours after the winter solstice. As parishioners and friends head into the longest night of the year, they will no doubt be remembering that other long night – the one when Sandy hit the Shore.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit an Event Listing Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events Rector Knoxville, TN Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Timothy Kimbrough says: Advent They’ll be home for …Fourth Advent Severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy, ‘All Saints in Exile’ set to return December 18, 2013 at 11:21 am What wonderful news, Neil. I too remember the week spent with you at CREDO and thank God that you and the congregation are now to be back in the church building after it was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy. December 17, 2013 at 4:48 pm I have a wonderful memory of preaching at All Saints’ in 2008 when I served as the Director of Church Relations for Seamen’s Church Institute in NYC. I’m overjoyed that this vibrant church will be returning home next week, if only I could join in the homecoming. Blessings to Father Turton and it’s parishioners. Thanks be to God. Press Release Service An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 Smithfield, NC Tags Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK last_img read more

Climate marchers say, ‘Stop climate change, end capitalism!’

first_imgDenver Ron Whyte, Christa Rivers, Pam Africa, Charles Whalen and Regina Brave. While some corporate-owned media predicted that “protest fatigue” might beset climate marchers, especially those who had been on the March for Science one week earlier, the April 29 actions drew crowds all around the United States. The date coincided with Trump’s 100th day in office. Numerous demands were made to keep and expand the many environmental protections he and his administration are bent on ­destroying.Protesters marched in record heat — 95 degrees — in Washington, D.C., and in blizzard conditions in Denver. Dire warnings that time is running out to reverse the damage caused by climate change also called on people to “rise up” and stop the devastation.Organizers say the D.C. march drew 200,000 participants, more than expected, despite the intense heat. Some 50 calls for medical assistance were made by marchers.More than 375 other marches took place in the U.S., and many more worldwide. Workers World Party members and friends organized militant, anti-war, socialist-oriented contingents in several marches around the country. Following are reports from activists in several cities.Indigenous peoples lead the wayLed by a contingent of Indigenous people from around the U.S., thousands marched through Washington, D.C. The march began at the Capitol and circled the White House, ending at the Washington Monument, where a rally opened with Native speakers acknowledging the Water Protectors at Standing Rock in North Dakota.Raising many issues besides climate change, Workers World Party members led a boisterous anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist contingent with banners proclaiming “System change, not climate change — Stop capitalist pollution with socialist revolution” and calling on marchers to resist imperialist war against Syria, north Korea and Venezuela.The WWP contingent ­chanted “No hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here!” and “Money for jobs, not for war — Hands off ­Korea!” It swelled during the day, drawing others who were against capital­ism. Many marchers stopped to talk and take pictures next to the WWP banners.One middle-aged African- American resident of D.C. told activists how her mother was a socialist until the day she died and took her daughter to many marches. A young African-American man from Connecticut joined the contingent with a handmade sign reading “Stop capitalism — It is killing our planet.”Against Big Oil and pipelinesAt least 5,000 people in Denver braved 28-degree weather with blowing snow during the People’s Climate March. Young and old activists understand not only that oil, gas and methane are heating the planet, but that oil pipelines crossing the land cause danger to congested human communities and water supplies. The oil companies are taking back the last remaining lands of Indigenous peoples by using the courts and so-called “democratic” government to profit, no matter the cost to the people.Colorado state government caters to the wishes of the oil companies. They advertise how safe and controlled their operations are, yet huge amounts of methane are poisoning the air. A methane explosion on April 27 in Firestone, Colo., blew up a house, killing two people. Nothing remained of the structure, which was vaporized. Anadarko Petroleum immediately closed down 3,000 wells, yet said there was no danger.In Philadelphia, hundreds of environmentalists, Standing Rock supporters and others concerned about global warming marched with banners and homemade signs. WWP member Morgan Robinson spoke at the beginning rally at City Hall, focusing on the need to oppose imperialist wars and the world’s worst polluter of greenhouse gas emissions: the Pentagon.Organized by Philly with Standing Rock #NoDAPL, the march was followed by a panel discussion featuring Grandmother Regina Brave and Charles Whalen, Lakota activists instrumental in the resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline; Pam Africa of MOVE; Christa Rivers of WWP; and Ron Whyte of Deep Green Philly.‘Communities will lead the change’The climate change march in Portland, Ore., was 3,000 strong, led by people of color, those from low-income communities, and rural and tribal people. “Our communities must lead the efforts to address climate change,” said march organizers.Speakers addressed intersecting issues facing frontline communities in the struggle for climate justice. These included housing, transportation, clean energy, access to green spaces and food, and the struggles for workers’ rights, immigrant rights and the rights of other marginalized communities. The crowd agreed that those facing environmental racism and injustice must be at the center of the struggle for climate action.March organizers were OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon and the Oregon Just Transition Alliance. The OPAL statement said: “Climate change is only a symptom of much deeper crises that are happening worldwide — the ecological crisis, economic crisis, and the crisis of empire. These crises come from the current dominant economy, created by a system that only works for a few [and] which relies on exploitation and extraction of resources. We must create a system that works for everyone, based on cooperation, close communities, and regenerative processes.”‘No wall! Love the Earth!Thousands gathered at the San Diego County administration ­build- ­ing demanding the Trump administration take action on climate change. The People’s Climate March banner was raised in the front entrance as the crowd cheered. After a rally came a march beginning and ending at Waterfront Park. People carried signs, drummed, danced and chanted “Rise up! No wall, resist! Love the Earth! All children deserve clean air!”Andre Powell, Viviana Weinstein, Joseph Piette, Lyn Neeley and Gloria Verdieu contributed to this article.Photos: David Card in Washington, D.C.; Joseph Piette in Philadelphia; Viviana Weinstein in Denver.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thiscenter_img Washington, D.C.last_img read more

Kerala mobilizes against pandemic

first_imgThe COVID-19 pandemic has affected almost every region of the world. The speed at which it spreads and the relentlessness of the infection rate make it difficult to contain and dangerous to leave unabated.Some wealthy Western capitalist countries in Europe and North America have had limited success in containing the virus, their hospital systems becoming rapidly overwhelmed as death tolls mount.Yet there are places with less developed economies than the Western capitalist countries that have nonetheless been able to mitigate and even contain the virus to a much better degree.Flags of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) by the roadside in India’s Kerala state.China, Cuba, Vietnam and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea have all managed to bring the virus under control through innovative, swift, highly organized responses. So has India’s Kerala state, situated on the country’s southwestern coast.What Kerala, Cuba, China, Vietnam and the DPRK all have in common is leadership by communist and workers’ parties that prioritize the needs of the people, including public health.Since 1957 Kerala has been led by various leftist movements, including the Left Democratic Front since 2016. The LDF is a coalition of several communist and socialist parties centered around the Communist Party of India (Marxist) — CPI(M) — with over a million members.The CPI(M) was formed out of a split from the older Communist Party of India in 1964 due to ideological differences primarily emanating from the Sino-Soviet split, which affected communist parties the world over. The CPI, however, is a member of the governing LDF and works constructively with the CPI(M) to achieve the common aims of socialism.Over the decades, Kerala’s leftist movements and governments have transformed the state and greatly improved the lives of its 35 million people. It has India’s highest literacy rate (93.9 percent), highest life expectancy (77 years) and highest Human Development Index score (0.712 in 2015). (HDI is a statistical composite index of education, life expectancy and per capita income indicators.)Kerala: mass movements lead the wayIn Michael Parenti’s book, “Blackshirts and Reds: Rational Fascism and the Overthrow of Communism,” he wrote: “Consider Kerala, a state in India where the actions of popular organizations and mass movements have won important victories over the last forty years against politico-economic oppression, generating a level of social development considerably better than that found in most of the Third World, and accomplished without outside investment. Though Kerala has no special sources of wealth, it has had decades of communist organizing and political struggle that reached and moved large numbers of people and breathed life into the state’s democracy.”Kerala has emphasized spending on health care, with the number of government hospital beds (1.05 per 1,000) being close to twice the national average of .55 per 1,000. India’s private hospitals are far too expensive for the majority of the population and cannot meaningfully contribute to treating all those suffering from the disease, so the burden falls on state-run hospitals.From 2006 to 2011, Kerala overhauled its health care system, modernizing and expanding it to meet the needs of its population. During that same period, Western countries slashed health care funding as part of deep austerity measures in the wake of the 2008 global recession.The work done over previous decades has prepared Kerala to confront the novel coronavirus pandemic. The government created the slogan “Break the Chain” as part of a mass education campaign that encourages people to limit infection through proper isolation, social distancing, quarantines and sanitizing.Kerala has tested more people than any other state in India.  Its health authorities use the data from testing to thoroughly trace the contacts of infected individuals and the locations where they have been. The resulting data are used to generate maps that are widely distributed on social media and by a government app to the public, swiftly informing them of places where they were potentially exposed to the virus.The Democratic Youth Federation of India, an independent organization that acts as the mass organization for the CPI(M)’s youth wing, has begun to produce hand sanitizer. Some of the 4.5 million members of the Kudumbashree women’s cooperative are producing masks. The mass organizations of the CPI(M) have directed their energy to cleaning and disinfecting public areas, while the Centre of Indian Trade unions, the largest trade union federation in Kerala, has taken on the work of sanitizing public areas.Quarantine centers reduce overcrowdingThese mass campaigns not only reduce the spread of the virus, they also help educate the public at large. The government took over vacant buildings to use as quarantine centers for those who cannot safely quarantine at home due to crowded living conditions or other issues. Everyone in the quarantine centers receives free food and treatment, unlike in the U.S. where treatment can cost thousands of dollars, thus discouraging many from seeking testing and treatment and therefore exacerbating the spread of the virus.Kerala’s government has also set up call centers staffed with mental health professionals who field calls from those distressed and overwhelmed by the situation. So far they’ve conducted over 23,000 sessions.While the response of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s right-wing Hindu nationalist government has been lackluster at best, Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, a politburo member of the CPI(M), announced a $270 million relief package that shores up funding for the public health care system. The fund also includes loans to families through the Kudumbashree women’s cooperative, free food grains such as millet or rice, two months of pension payments for the elderly, higher payments for a rural employment program, and canteens that prepare and distribute subsidized meals. Payments for utilities like power and water and interest on debts have been suspended.The global neoliberal capitalists have spent decades attacking “big government” that prioritizes public well-being over private profits, denouncing countries from Venezuela to China to Vietnam as “authoritarian” and lauding militaristic imperialist powers such as the U.S. as paragons of freedom and “democracy.”The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing which systems are most capable of protecting human lives, especially the lives of the most vulnerable. This flies in the face of the narrative promoted by Western corporate media and governments which cast the “free market” as uniquely efficient and productive: the only mechanism capable of meeting society’s needs. Massive shortages of essential medical supplies in Western countries seriously undermine capitalism’s claims to legitimacy.States and countries with proactive, communist-led governments, despite being less economically developed than the Western capitalist powers — which have enriched themselves through centuries of colonialism and imperialism — are able to mobilize the masses to achieve social goals. They cultivate social solidarity and a sense of shared interests and responsibilities that allows them to confront disasters in a way that capitalist governments, despite their massive resources, cannot replicate.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

RSF’s calls for release of Indian journalist jailed over tweet

first_imgNews RSF had occasion as recently as last week to condemn the attitude of the police and authorities in Uttar Pradesh, who don’t like being criticized by journalists and arrest some from time to time in order to intimidate the rest of their colleagues. The view is shared by almost 1,000 civil society activists and academics who, in a joint appeal last week for Kanojia’s release, said it fitted a “larger pattern” of attempts by the Uttar Pradesh administration to “silence dissenting voices.” “We urge the judges of the court in Lucknow hearing the case to order the immediate and unconditional release of Prashant Kanojia, who should definitely not be in prison,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This case is an intolerable example of judicial harassment designed to silence a journalist regarded as overly critical of the authorities. The insane charges brought against him over a mere tweet must be dismissed at once.” Another recent example of the harassment to which Kanojia has been subjected is the charge brought against him last April for “objectionable remarks” on social media criticizing Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath for their handling of the coronavirus lockdown. Follow the news on India Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Prashant Kanojia, an Indian freelance journalist who is to appear in court next week and is facing the possibility of 28 years in prison for a retweet he quickly deleted after realizing the original had been faked. All of the insane charges against him must be dropped, RSF says. Kanojia was arrested at his New Delhi home on 18 August by police from Lucknow, the capital of the northern state Uttar Pradesh, who took him back to Lucknow to face trial for a retweet that remained online for minutes but which, according to the police, could “disturb communal harmony” and “hurt religious sentiments.” RSF_en to go further February 23, 2021 Find out more For briefly retweeting this, Kanojia is charged with violating no fewer than nine penal code articles, for which the combined maximum sentence is 28 years in prison. The police are even accusing him of violating Section 66A of the Information Technology Act, although the supreme court ruled that it was unconstitutional in 2015.  Kanojia is due to appear in court in Lucknow for a bail hearing on 19 October. Judicial harassment  As well as an outspoken critic, Kanojia is also a “Dalit” – a member of the caste formerly referred to as “Untouchables” – and he is originally from Uttar Pradesh. News India is ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. Journalism – forbidden profession Help by sharing this information RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19center_img October 16, 2020 RSF’s calls for release of Indian journalist jailed over tweet “Caste is definitely a factor,” Arora said. “That he is a Dalit makes him more vulnerable. There are very few Dalit journalists in Indian newsrooms. He is one of the very few who are known for their work.” April 27, 2021 Find out more IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intolerance ImprisonedJudicial harassment Kanojia was arrested at his New Delhi home on 18 August by Uttar Pradesh police (photo: India’s Opinion). March 3, 2021 Find out more What Kanojia retweeted and then deleted was a tampered version of a Facebook post showing a photo of Sushil Tiwari, the leader of a small far-right, anti-Muslim group called the Hindu Army. In the original post, the photo was accompanied by a message calling for Islamic studies to be replaced by Vedic studies in the programme for civil service entrance exams. Organisation Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting Receive email alerts In the tampered version that began circulating on Twitter, the message had been replaced by one calling for members of low castes and ethnic minorities to be banned from a temple to the Hindu deity Rama in Ayodhya, a city in Uttar Pradesh. This ban should be opposed, an added message said. “The tweet was an excuse,” Kanojia’s wife, Jagisha Arora, told RSF, referring to the authorities in Uttar Pradesh. “He was their target. They were waiting to frame him in some way or another. He has been a fearless critic of the government and a voice to the marginalized communities, including the Muslims and Dalits.” News IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intolerance ImprisonedJudicial harassment News Kanojia was already arrested in 2019 for sharing a video mentioning Adityanath. Many observers think he is being harassed because he is a Dalit and that, as such, he should not allowed to work as a journalist. India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s medialast_img read more

Donegal man critically injured in Derry

first_img Facebook Twitter Newsx Adverts Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsApp Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Donegal man critically injured in Derry WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleGovernment urged to reinstate funds for Finn Valley College autism unitNext articleMan found unconscious in Derry City Centre dies News Highland Google+center_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – October 15, 2011 Pinterest A young Donegal man remains  in a critical condition after an incident Derry on Saturday night.Police have told Highland Radio News that they are investigating the discovery of an unconscious man in the Magazine Street area, and will make no further comment.Police are still trying to determine how the man suffered his injuries. It was initially suspected that he was injured in a fall, but the police are also investigating the possibility the man was assaulted.Police say their investigations are continuing and are appealing for witnesses Facebooklast_img read more

There has to be a limit to random drug testing

first_imgThere has to be a limit to random drug testingOn 7 Aug 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Looking at the make-up of today’s workforce it is not surprising that theissue of alcohol and substance abuse remains as live as ever. Today’s managerswere part of the first generation to experiment widely with drugs, although notall of them inhaled. The so-called Generation X has also made headlines onoccasion. So where does this leave employers? Personnel Today’s survey with Alcohol Concern and DrugScope shows that fourin 10 employers have either started testing or are considering introducing randomdrug-testing and three-quarters would like to ban lunchtime drinking. There aregood reasons for this. Too many businesses are suffering because of absenteeismand poor performance due to drugs and alcohol. More important, employers cannotafford to take risks with health and safety, especially with corporatemanslaughter law on the horizon. But should firms extend drug and alcohol testing to other staff, such asoffice workers, whose work does not pose a threat to themselves or the public? Forcing staff to give urine samples does not fit with the shift in UKmanagement away from the command and control culture. Nor will it helpcompanies recruit and retain talented younger staff as they will be perceivedas authoritarian. The key point, though, is that such an approach wouldundermine the subtle relationship of trust between employers and employees. It is far better to deal with drugs and alcohol by having clear policies,educating the workforce about the dangers of substance abuse and learning howto identify when individuals have a problem and providing support for them toovercome it. Random testing of staff in non safety-critical jobs should be anabsolute last resort. last_img read more


first_imgLettersOn 14 Jan 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. This week’s letterWhy not compare back office pay? I was very interested – but not surprised – to read the article on thegender pay gap in HR in last week’s issue (News, 7 January). I would like to see a comparison between the salaries in HR and other backoffice functions. I bet it would make an equally frustrating read. Ruth Wood Assistant personnel officer, London EAPs are benefits for the employer I agree with much that Simon Kent has to say in his article ‘How to managestress’ (Careerwise, 10 December), but he clearly doesn’t understand the roleand function of an employee assistance programme (EAP). An EAP is not an employee benefit. It is a service that providescounselling, information and advice that can help staff cope with pressuresthat they cannot change. This will benefit the employee by reducing their tensions and help them toavoid a wide variety of stress-related illnesses. For the employer, an EAP can provide a way of reducing absence and improvingproductivity. In the report Counselling in the Workplace: The Facts, published by BACP,the medical director of Chevron Europe claims that “for every £1 spentthrough EAPs with workplace counselling, £6 to £10 was being saved for ourcompany”. EAPs are an employer benefit that also benefits the employee – a perfectexample of a win-win situation. Ron Scott Director – strategy and planning Doctors should pay for false sick notes Recent reports in the national press suggest that a growing band of doctorsare prepared to help healthy employees take time off work by writing out falsesick notes in return for paid consultations. Four out of 10 doctors approached by an undercover reporter from The SundayTimes certified that he was unfit for work even though he made it clear he wasnot ill. More than 33 million sick days were lost through sickness last year,compared with 18 million in 1995. Surely, it must be time for employers to seekrecompense through the courts from doctors falsely aiding staff to defraudtheir organisation. Colin Rodden The Mosaic Initiative Headaches are no laughing matter Having read through the interesting A-Z of the unions, and enjoyed thecontent, I was dismayed to read the danger ratings (Features, 7 January). I understand that you wanted to convey a little humour in the article aboutthe level of employer headache each union is creating, but I was disappointedby your categorisation of a cluster headache. To say that a cluster headache is only slightly worse than a tensionheadache and behind migraine is insensitive – as a sufferer, I know that it ismuch worse. It would be interesting to consider how long employees take off work forsevere headaches and what can be done about it in terms of equal opportunitiesand the sickness benefit structure. There are many people who are not able tohold down jobs due to their illness. It would raise awareness of the different forms of headache that keep peopleout of work for huge numbers of man-days per year. Charlie Cavendish via e-mail last_img read more