Sefalana Holding Company Limited (SEFALA.bw) 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgSefalana Holding Company Limited (SEFALA.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Sefalana Holding Company Limited (SEFALA.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sefalana Holding Company Limited (SEFALA.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sefalana Holding Company Limited (SEFALA.bw)  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileSefalana Holdings Company Limited is a major retail operation with interests in the wholesale and retail distribution of fast-moving consumer goods in Botswana, Zambia, Lesotho and Namibia. It operates 20 major supermarkets under the retail name Sefalana Shopper; 25 cash-and-carry outlets trading under the name Sefalana Cash and Carry; 3 hyperstores trading as Sefalana Hyper Store; 4 liquor stores trading as Sefalana Liquor; and one cigarette distribution outlet trading as Capital Tobacco. The company also sells tractors, agricultural equipment, construction equipment, power-generating plants, water pumps, EDM locomotives and spares, and has franchise dealerships for MAN, TATA and Honda. Well-known subsidiaries in the Group include Foods Botswana, Commercial Motors, Mechanised Farming, Vintage Travel and Tours and Kgalagadi Soap Industries. Sefalana Holding Company Limited was founded in 1974 and its head office is in Gaborone, Botswana.last_img read more

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Prayers and proclamations abound for Pope Francis

first_img Maureen Vitalone says: 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID March 17, 2013 at 2:32 pm I was raised Roman Catholic, and am proud to have become a member of the far more Christ-like Episcopal Church! Of course I believe in equailty for women, and those of us born Gay (and Proud!) But, let’s please be open-minded and keep Pope Francis I in our prayers, and kind thoughts. After all, many folks are “evolving”, as they examine their hearts- an example of this, is our fine President Obama! The new Pope is a far better choice than the last Pope, and I believe that while Padre Jorje is not perfect, his heart and values seem to be in the right place. Let’s work on overcoming our differences, and dissolving long-standing prejudices, about women’s roles, and our “value” as Gay Christians- let’s please be positive, Patient, kind, and give the new Pope a chance to make a difference- let’s not be part of the problem, with cold, “hater” attitudes. Change is happening world-wide; so many Catholics I know personally, are fully supportive of their Gay sisters & brothers; supporting Marriage Equality, etc. Let’s be firm & confident in who we are; but be the stronger, more mature, more Christian voices, than those who would judge us as “unworthy”. Please, let’s give the new Pope, a chance! I’m excited, about all this- it’s a Blessing, to have a man of this caliber, going up against the Roman Curia. Tough job, ahead of him. He’s got my interest, hope, and prayers. Ecumenical & Interreligious mark friesland says: By Matthew DaviesPosted Mar 14, 2013 March 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm Sorry but I find nothing to celebrate about a new pope who fought a proposed law to legalize marriage and adoption by same-sex couples as “war against God” and “a maneuver by the devil,” even as his own church has protected pedophilic clergy who have worked their crimes on defenseless children. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Jobs & Calls Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR stewart david wigdor says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Danny L Anderson Jr says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Prayers and proclamations abound for Pope Francis Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Comments (7) March 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm Congratulations to the new Pope Francis. Jesus taught us to see him, our Lord ,in each of us. I believe that joy must be greatest in the Pope, especially He that loves the poor to bring them the hope of the Kingdom of Heaven. I feel this Pope will touch everyone’s heart in a special way.One question I have for us Episcopalians: do not we want our Church to be Holy for we worship there and do not we want the ecstasy of lovemaking to come from the Sacrament of marriage made from the Presence of God? Think of these on your way to find the Kingdom of Heaven. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Events Doug Desper says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Shreveport, LA March 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm The Roman Church labels gay souls as “intrinsically disordered.” This is dehumanizing, hateful, and can serve as kindling to start a bonfire of violence. In April 2011, the Vatican’s representive at the UN voiced strong opposition to a UN Human Rights Council resolution naming the protection of LGBT persons against discrimination and violence an official human right.” As is well known, many priests and bishops in the Roman Church have been “robbing Peter to touch Paul.” With the ongoing child-rape scandal (and planned efforts to avoid notifying law enforcement) no pope or RC clergy has the moral credibilty to tell other people how to live. I think ARCIC is a total waste of money. Also, one of the Cardinals who managed coverups to shelter rapist priests, voted for the new pope (without any sense of shame). New pope no doubt less hateful than the last one (who wore a swastika in 1945). Also, consider “Dominus Iesus,” which labeled other churches as “ecclesiastical communities.” We are not considered members of “the Church.” What an insult.I realize that some church officials will be polite. I want nothing to do with the RC church. Ironic thing, I think Pope Francis will be shoved around by other forces in the Vatican. A reminder, non-heterosexual people are “intrinsically disordered.” Non-Roman churches are not “real churches.” The best (recent) friend for Anglicans in Vatican was Pope Paul VI. John Paul I didn’t live long enough (sadly). I wouldn’t entrust any child to the care of a priest. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Newly elected Pope Francis, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina leaves after praying at the Santa Maria Maggiore Basilica in Rome, March 14, 2013. Photo: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi[Episcopal News Service] Pope Francis began his first full day as Bishop of Rome and leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics March 14 in private prayer at a Roman basilica dedicated to the Virgin Mary, but also encircled in prayer as an abundance of messages of support and words of expectation poured in from all corners of the globe.Argentinian-born priest the Rev. Thomas Mansella described the new pope, whom he knew during his service as Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina, as a man of deep humility and faith.Mansella, former translation coordinator for the Episcopal Church, recently served as interim rector at St. John’s Anglican Cathedral in Buenos Aires, Argentina.The Roman Catholic cathedral in Buenos Aires is just a few blocks from the Anglican cathedral and “‘Padre Jorge,’ as he wanted to be called – even as archbishop and cardinal – used to walk the few blocks from his residence to attend several ecumenical events at St. John’s,” Mansella told ENS. “On many occasions he just rode the subway to wherever he had to go. He is very low key. He says what he has to say, and then sits down.”Mansella said Bergoglio is well respected in Argentina. “He is very ecumenical – especially with us Anglicans – and a man of prayer and great spirituality … He has spoken frequently for social justice. But because he has condemned the current Argentinian official corruption, he is not liked by the powers that be. So, perhaps by strong influence he will be a force to clean up the Roman Curia. But do not expect big proclamations.”Bergoglio served as archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998. He was made a cardinal by Pope John Paul II in 2001. He is the first non-European to lead the Roman Catholic Church in more than 1,000 years.Shortly after the March 13 announcement, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said in a statement that the Episcopal Church will pray for the new Bishop of Rome, “and for the possibility of constructive dialogue and cooperation between our churches.”Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby also issued a statement. “We wish Pope Francis every blessing in the enormous responsibilities that he has assumed on behalf of Roman Catholics around the world,” he said, calling the new pontiff “a compassionate pastor of real stature who has served the poor in Latin America, and whose simplicity and holiness of life is remarkable.”There was early confusion about whether Bergoglio took the papal name in honor of Francis of Assisi, founder the Franciscan order, or Francis Xavier, one of the first seven Jesuits and the patron saint of Roman Catholic missionaries.According to reports, Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, said the new pope chose the name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi.The Rev. Margaret R. Rose, the Episcopal Church’s ecumenical and interreligious deputy, told ENS that she hopes Pope Francis “will be a leader who risks doing some new things for the sake of the Gospel and who follows in the footsteps of his namesake in calling for the care of the poor and all creation. Our prayers are with him as we seek partnership and the unity of all Christians.”Bishop Wilfrido Ramos-Orench, global partnerships officer for the Episcopal Church’s Province IX, said the election is “a historic moment for the Roman Catholic Church and for the entire Latin American continent. His chosen name to me is very revealing. Hopefully he will follow the path of Francis of Assisi in solidarity with the poor, the oppressed and the dispossessed. May his papacy open the way for authentic ecumenical dialogue and the healing of broken relationships with us Anglicans and other Christian bodies.”Episcopal Diocese of Tennessee Bishop John Bauerschmidt, co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic USA dialogue (ARCUSA), said the election “is a sign of hope for all Christians.”“The election at the same time of the first pope from Latin America and the first member of the Society of Jesus to hold this office breaks new ground,” he told ENS. “I pray that Pope Francis will continue to build upon the good relationships that have been developed between Anglicans and Roman Catholics over the last half-century, while also breaking new ground of his own in the pursuit of the unity that Jesus calls us to.”The Society of Jesus, whose members are called Jesuits, is known for its missionary work and its commitment to social justice and evangelization. Early in their history, the Jesuits ran afoul of the pope, the Roman Curia and some nations more than once, but mostly for political and economic reasons rather than theological ones.The Rt. Rev. Gregory Venables, Anglican bishop of Argentina and former primate of the Anglican Church of the Southern Cone, described Bergoglio’s election as “an inspired choice.”“Many are asking me what he is really like. He is much more of a Christian, Christ-centered and Spirit filled, than a mere churchman. He believes the Bible as it is written,” said Venables, according to a report from the Anglican Communion News Service. “He is consistently humble and wise, outstandingly gifted yet a common man. He is no fool and speaks out very quietly yet clearly when necessary.”For instance, Venables said, the former cardinal told him over breakfast one morning that “the Ordinariate was quite unnecessary and that the church needs us as Anglicans.”In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis’ predecessor, created the Anglican Ordinariates in England and the United States to allow provisions for former or disaffected Anglicans to join the Roman Catholic Church. The controversial announcement came as a surprise to many Anglicans, including then-Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams who had not been consulted about the plan despite having built a close relationship with Pope Benedict.While he was primate of the Southern Cone, Venables offered oversight to conservative members of parishes and dioceses breaking away from the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada.The Rev. Alyson Barnett-Cowan, the Anglican Communion’s director for unity, faith and order, told ENS that the fact that Pope Francis is from Latin America, “that he seems to be a genuinely humble man, and that he has chosen the name he has signal a fresh direction … [I] hope that he will rejuvenate the Roman Catholic Church and give it fresh spirit and vision.”Several Anglican primates issued statements about the pope’s election as they anticipate the formal enthronement of Welby, their own new spiritual leader, in an invitation-only ceremony on March 21 at Canterbury Cathedral.Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, primate of the Anglican Church of Australia, said that Pope Francis brings with him “a wonderful reputation for social justice, care for the poor and humility. His appointment as leader of the Roman Catholic Church comes with great hope, expectations and responsibility … The new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, will be enthroned in London next week, meaning two of the largest Christian world communions each have new leaders to face and address the challenges of the future.”Francis’ installation Mass is due to be held March 19 at St. Peter’s basilica.The Most Rev. Richard Clarke, archbishop of Armagh and primate of All Ireland, said: “In company with millions of men and women throughout the world of different Christian traditions to his own, I assure the new pope of our prayers as he begins his new ministry. An Argentinian of European parentage, he brings together in his own person the cultures, hopes and spiritual needs of the first world and of the developing world, so much to be valued amidst the complexities and apprehensions of our globalised earth. He has been a champion of the needs of the poor and dispossessed, and, in the simplicity of his own lifestyle, he has sought to reflect the life of the much-loved saint whose name he now carries in the future, Saint Francis.”The ecumenical world also is abuzz with reactions and words of hope and encouragement.The Rev. Olav Fykse Tveit, general secretary of the World Council of Churches (WCC), called the election “a turning point in the life of the Roman Catholic Church, but it also has an impact on people of other churches and faiths.”In a statement, Tveit said that ever since the Second Vatican Council of the 1960s, the Roman Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches have enjoyed constructive dialogue and cooperation on matters of faith, witness and the fundamental unity of the whole body of Christ.“We have learned that we are pilgrims together in the one ecumenical movement, and we are particularly grateful for the way the Catholic Church works with us on the highly significant issues of unity, ecclesiology, mission and interreligious dialogue,” he said. “Now, in close collaboration with Pope Francis, we look forward to building on this positive relationship with the Catholic Church that has been nurtured so carefully in the past.”The Roman Catholic Church is not an official member of the WCC, but delegates and observers often attend major meetings.In the U.S., National Council of Churches President Kathryn M. Lohre said: “All of us have seen profound growth among Christians of every tradition in Latin America and throughout the southern hemisphere. We pray all of us will be attentive and responsive to the Christian witness that is emanating from that part of the world, and we wish Pope Francis the very best as he begins his new ministry.”Again, the Roman Catholic Church is not a member of the NCC, but the U.S. Catholic Conference and has been active with the NCC in ecumenical ministries and programs, and Roman Catholics have served on NCC commissions and committees.President Barack Obama also welcomed the appointment in a message “on behalf of the American people.”“As a champion of the poor and the most vulnerable among us, he carries forth the message of love and compassion that has inspired the world for more than two thousand years — that in each other we see the face of God,” Obama said. “As the first pope from the Americas, his selection also speaks to the strength and vitality of a region that is increasingly shaping our world, and alongside millions of Hispanic Americans, those of us in the United States share the joy of this historic day.“Just as I appreciated our work with Pope Benedict XVI, I look forward to working with His Holiness to advance peace, security and dignity for our fellow human beings, regardless of their faith.  We join with people around the world in offering our prayers for the Holy Father as he begins the sacred work of leading the Catholic Church in our modern world.”— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service. Tags Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit an Event Listing Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group center_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 March 15, 2013 at 2:17 am I am a gay man and very conservative in my theology of the Christian faith being brought up in the Pentecostal Holiness church tell I was 15 .Let me tell you this most Pentecostal churches think like Rome that the rest of us are all going to hell but them . I know I can’t be changed I was born gay . Many Pentecostal pastors tried to pray the demon of homosexuality out of me . Also I prayed long and hard to change as I was told it was a one way ticket to hell. The Episcopal Church showed me a new way . That God loves me just as I am , and there is nothing wrong with me . The Episcopal Church embraces my conservative theology as long as I have respect for all under the big tent of this Church of Jesus Christ. I think God for that . If it was not for The Episcopal Church I would be dead by my own hand , thinking I had no way to change so no chance to gain salvation.The Bishop Of Rome has my prayers and respect as a follow Christian and brother in Christ, but he will not embrace gay people with true love because he sees us as sick unnatural human beings . As for woman you can be a Sunday school teacher , clean up the church or become a nun , so your not equal to men . How can people blame people like me for not bowing down and being happy about what is going on in the Roman Church ? Roman does not even consider us a church . I will pray for all Christians as the Christ of the Bible has taught me , but be happy about where Rome is going no. Rector Washington, DC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 Rector Belleville, IL Rector Tampa, FL Associate Rector Columbus, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Youth Minister Lorton, VA David Krohne says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Job Listing 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 Collierville, TN Comments are closed. Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Andrew Sorbo says: March 14, 2013 at 7:50 pm I was wondering how long it would be before the growling started. Cultural revisionists are not content until belief bends to will. To treat one with dignity does not mean to bless all that he or she asks. If it weren’t for the absence of a decent liturgy I believe that some Episcopalians would be much happier in the United Church of Christ or Metropolitan Community Church. In those churches one’s personal journey is the definition of faith. Submit a Press Release Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK March 14, 2013 at 5:03 pm All the profuse exuberance about the new pope will settle down to reality very soon as people realize this is no John XXIII seeking to open the windows and ket in a breath of fresh aur into a church which has retreated since Vatican II into the Middle Ages. Bergoglio is a man who will not grant women the dignity and equality in the church which they have been denied fora millenium. Nor will he end the war on gay people which his mentor John Paul II waged with vehemence and which his predecessor Benedict XVI continued. This is a man who, like his two immediate predecessors, is a straight male chauvinist and homophobe, and like his immediate predecessors, he is a “half Christian”: full of charity to the poor but totally lacking in their ability to treat women and gays with dignity. What we are seeing in Rome is just the latest chapter of a morally bankrupt church using all the pomp of Hollywood to make itself look like what it is not, a truly Christian institution.last_img read more

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Honduras: People resist despite fraud and violence

first_imgPolice threats can’t stop movement.Photo: hondurasresists.blogspot.comThe people of Honduras have much in common with the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean: a culture rich in art, music and food in a land with warm, loving people.Like many other nations in the Americas, Honduras also suffers from extreme violence against the working class, widespread corruption from a greedy oligarchy, and capitalist economic domination that squeezes the very lifeblood from the masses.This dire social situation stems from centuries of colonial domination, especially by U.S. imperialism.So in 2006, when then President Manuel “Mel” Zelaya of Honduras began to attempt pro-worker policies in his country, the Honduran masses wholeheartedly embraced his administration.The ruling oligarchy, however, complicit with the U.S. government, would have none of it. They refused to let the Zelaya government proceed. In 2009, Zelaya was illegally ousted from the presidency by chicanery and the threat of arms.Coup planner Hernández steals electionFast forward to the 2013 presidential election. Xiomara Castro de Zelaya ran a massive pro-people and pro-worker campaign for the presidency, along with vice presidential candidate Juan Barahona, a longtime revolutionary labor leader and activist.Huge demonstrations for Xiomara and Barahona took place. Theirs was not an ordinary campaign. It was a people’s campaign, comprised of mass assemblies where the issues pertinent to the working class were taken up from a revolutionary and anti-imperialist perspective. In fact, Xiomara and Barahona in their campaign speeches called for “democratic socialism” for Honduras.The election, however, with fraud ruling the day, was again stolen from the impoverished masses.On Jan. 27, the fraudulent president, Juan Orlando Hernández, was inaugurated. This was a victory for Washington.Some in the solidarity movement in the U.S. call Hernández “a dangerous thug.” He was a major planner of the 2009 military coup. According to activist and scholar Dana Frank, Hernández as president of Congress led a move to illegally depose four members of the Supreme Court and replace them with judges loyal to him to make sure that laws declared unconstitutional would get passed again.Sweeping violence against the peopleHernández is a member of the ultraconservative National Party of Honduras. During his campaign he promised a “soldier in every corner” and, according to Frank, pushed for a 5,000-strong new military police force.These pronouncements take on a deadly tone in light of the sweeping violence in Honduras.After the overthrow of Mel Zelaya’s presidency, the movement rose up in struggle. Byproducts of that movement were the formation of the Freedom and Refoundation Party (Libre) and the National Front of Popular Resistance (FNRP). Barahona and Xiomara have been elected coordinator and co-coordinator of the FNRP, respectively.PEN Canada, along with PEN International and the law faculty at the University of Toronto, document that since the 2009 coup more than 30 Honduran journalists have been killed. Most work in a “climate of fear and self-censorship” amid the “failure of both state and international mechanisms to investigate and punish those responsible.” (pencanada.ca, Jan. 23)Hundreds of Libre members, Indigenous, union and campesino/a leaders have also been threatened, beaten and even killed with impunity. More than 70 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community members were killed between 2008 and 2012, according to a Human Rights Watch report.The message to the Honduran masses is clear: Resist at the threat of death.Courageous resistance continuesAfter the stolen election, the movement in defense of the Honduran working class regrouped. Libre leaders — including Mel Zelaya, Xiomara Castro and Juan Barahona — outlined a fighting plan. Zelaya, elected to Congress through Libre, pledges to resist all the machinations in that body. In fact, elected Libre and other progressive Congress members have already exposed the “dictatorial” nature of congressional business. Many, including Zelaya, boycotted the inauguration and marched in the streets instead.Right before the Jan. 27 inauguration of Hernández, Barahona said that “the FNRP was born in the streets and will continue to take to the streets.”Indeed, mass actions took place the day of the inauguration. Thousands gathered to protest Hernández’s stealing the election in a mighty show of resistance.In those streets were formations such as the United Confederation of Workers of Honduras (CUTH), which had called on all its members to join the demonstration and picket the inauguration ceremony in protest of the “National Party dictatorship.”A statement issued by CUTH asserted: “As workers we ask for international solidarity in our struggle against the onslaught of anti-worker attacks and legislation. In the over four years since the 2009 coup, more than 200 leaders have been killed without any investigation in Honduras. This dictatorship has taken Honduras to new depths, with 20 people killed violently each day and more than 5 million people (of a population of 8 million) suffering from hunger on a daily basis.”In light of the repression, the continued struggle of the FNRP, Libre and all the mass organizations of Indigenous, Garifuna, women, LGBT and campesino/a Hondurans is remarkable. Repression breeds resistance, and the oppressed in Honduras and elsewhere will continue to struggle for a better world. Capitalism leaves the working class no other choice.Pentagon interference must stopThe heroic people of Honduras, like all struggling and oppressed people worldwide, need our solidarity. They especially need solidarity because of the hidden but continued Pentagon presence in Honduras.Whether it was the coup against Mel Zelaya, the election stolen from Xiomara and Barahona, or the murder of resistance leaders, the Pentagon not only knows of these developments but must secretly orchestrate much of this.Every day, Honduras is becoming more and more militarized, with the Pentagon presence legitimized under Task Force Bravo. Anti-war activists believe that large numbers of special operations units are present in Honduras, working in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy. U.S. imperialism has a deadly hand in these events.Immediately after his inauguration, Hernández announced big plans for so-called anti-drug campaigns carried out jointly with Washington, which U.S. Ambassador Lisa Kubiske wholeheartedly embraced.Washington’s “war on drugs” is nothing but a cover for a war against the people, especially those in resistance. The war on drugs has meant more drugs in the Black and Brown communities of the U.S., because drugs and prisons are the ruling class’ solution for the oppressed, not jobs or education.The drug war has already produced deadly consequences in Honduras. In 2012, in the Ahuja region of the country, four Indigenous people were shot and killed from a helicopter in an action carried out by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.The continued Pentagon presence makes crucial that the solidarity movement continue its work in support of the resistance in Honduras. The ruling class might have been able to thwart the Xiomara-Barahona election, but it will never stop the Honduran people’s struggle.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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USDA Streamlining Whole Farm Revenue Protection

first_img The USDA announced changes to streamline the Whole-Farm Revenue Protection program.The modifications, USDA says, will decrease paperwork and recordkeeping burdens for direct marketers beginning with the 2021 crop year.“These changes will allow more direct marketers who previously could not meet reporting requirements a way to participate in the Whole-Farm program,” said Martin Barbre, administrator, Risk Management Agency (RMA).RMA held several stakeholder meetings with agents, growers and grower groups to solicit feedback on ways to increase the effectiveness of the program, as required by the 2018 farm bill.Stakeholders recommended RMA decrease the requirements for reporting yield and revenues for each commodity, which is especially difficult for direct marketers who may sell several commodities through a roadside stand.The newly implemented modifications allow growers to report two or more direct-marketed commodities as a combined single commodity code with a combined expected revenue for all commodities.Additionally, the combined direct-marketed commodities will count as two commodities in calculating the diversification premium discount. SHARE By NAFB News Service – Sep 16, 2020 USDA Streamlining Whole Farm Revenue Protection Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Streamlining Whole Farm Revenue Protection SHARE Previous articleFarmers Business Network Opens Up Free Membership To All FarmersNext articleIndependent Report Shows Southern Farmers Benefited the Most from USDA’s MFP Program on the HAT Thursday Podcast NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

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Honduran leader asked to respect media as he begins second term

first_img Organisation As Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández prepares to be sworn in tomorrow for a second term, after an election marked by grave attacks against journalists, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges him to respect the media and to take concrete steps to protect journalists. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Honduras December 28, 2020 Find out more HondurasAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence ViolenceFreedom of expression News President Hernández’s first term saw a constant increase in violence against the media, impunity for crimes of violence against journalists and government manoeuvres designed to obstruct independent and opposition journalists.The elections on 26 November were marred by allegations of serious fraud that led to many opposition protests. In the ensuing tension, the authorities have cracked down hard on many journalists as well as demonstrators, and many attempts to censor independent and opposition media outlets have been reported.“President Hernandez and his new administration must, as a matter of priority, improve the safety of journalists by providing the National Protection Mechanism for Journalists and Human Rights Defenders with the resources it needs to deal with the reality of the dangers in Honduras,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau.“The Honduran authorities must also end the impunity for crimes against journalists and restore a climate of trust in the media. If no courageous decision is taken at the start of this new presidential term, media freedom and democracy will inevitably continue their downward spiral.”Arrests and violence during protestsRSF has registered many cases of violence and abuses against Honduran journalists, mostly by members of the security forces, especially the Public Order Military Police (PMOP) and the army. Josué Neptalí Rubí Corrales, the producer of the Telesur news programme Notivoz Estelar, was arrested by the army as he was covering a peaceful demonstration in the southern city of Nacaome on 11 December, and was detained for nearly 12 hours. Televida journalist Kevin Castillo was beaten up by soldiers and his camera was smashed to pieces in the southern city of Choluteca on 5 January,Cesar Silva, Rony Martínez, José Flores and Pedro Amador of Une TV, Claudia Mendoza of Univisión’s Primer Impacto programme and Gerson Maldonado of TV Azteca were beaten by soldiers and their equipment was smashed in the capital, Tegucigalpa, on 12 January. A teargas grenade fired by the PMOPbroke the leg of Dassaev Aguilar Moncada of Hispan TV (an Iranian news channel) in Tegucigalpa on 20 January.According to the Mesa de Derechos Humanos, a coalition of around 30 Honduran NGOs, at least 33 demonstrators were killed, 1,350 were arrested arbitrarily, 232 were injured and at least nine human rights defenders and 11 journalists were attacked from 26 November go 18 January.Smear campaigns and threatsThe past few weeks have also seen smear and hate campaigns against journalists on social networks. The targets have included ten reputable journalists known for criticizing the authorities: Gilda Silvestrucci of Radio Globo, Dasaev Aguilar Moncada of Hispan TV, Rony Martínez, Cesar Silva, Ivis Alvarado, Mauricio Rivera, Edgardo Castro and Jorge Aldana of UneTV, Ariel D. Vicente of Prensa Libre and Jairo Lopez of Canal 21 (who was the target of a similar campaign last year).Their photos and the names of their media outlets, together with a message saying “Discover the murderers who incite violence and hate” have circulated widely on Facebook and other social media. Human rights and free speech defenders such as C-Libre director Eddy Tabora have also been the targets of these posts.A complaint was filed with the department of public prosecutions on 18 January but no investigation has been initiated.The National Commission for Human Rights in Honduras (CONADEH) has registered many cases of journalists receiving anonymous phone calls or threats urging them to stop providing coverage of the current political situation in Honduras.On 21 January, the CONADEH address a formal request to the Honduran state, asking it “to investigate these threats, identify those responsible and bring them to justice as quickly as possible” and to provide journalists with emergency protection.RSF has asked the Honduran authorities to reinforce the National Protection Mechanism on many occasions, including during a visit to Honduras in October. The same request was reiterated in a joint statement on 19 January by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the UN High Commission for Human Rights that voiced great concern about the increase in harassment and threats against journalists in the wake of the elections.Boycott and expulsionThree foreign freelance journalists – Reed Lindsay from the US, Fahema Abdel Hafiz Sokaika from the UK and Edward Philip Augustin from New Zealand – were denied entry on arrival on 4 December at Tegucigalpa’s Toncontin international airport, where they had to spend 24 hours before being expelled. All three had come to do stories about the social and economic situation.Father Ismael Moreno, the director of Honduran radio station Radio Progreso, reported that its operations were sabotaged after it provided coverage of the protests taking place all over the country.Honduras is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alertscenter_img January 26, 2018 Honduran leader asked to respect media as he begins second term Reports 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en Le président Juan Orlando Hernandez lors d’une conférence de presse le 22 janvier 2018 (Orlando Sierra / AFP) HondurasAmericas Condemning abusesMedia independence ViolenceFreedom of expression News April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace”last_img read more

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Colorado Housing Rates ‘Better Off’ in 33 of 35 Counties

first_img Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland.  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Colorado Housing Rates ‘Better Off’ in 33 of 35 Counties Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea Colorado Foreclosure Starts Home Prices Housing Market RealtyTrac 2014-10-14 Brian Honea Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago According to RealtyTrac’s 2014 Election Housing Market Scorecard released on Tuesday, 33 out of 35 counties in Colorado with sufficient housing data to score ranked in the “better off” category, meaning that the housing market in those counties is better off than it was two years ago.The total population of the better off counties was 4.8 million, which accounted for 99 percent of the population in Colorado with sufficient housing data to score. None of the 35 counties in the state ranked in the “worse off” category. Two counties with a population totaling 40,385 ranked in the toss-up category, according to RealtyTrac.One reason for the overwhelming “better off” rating in Colorado is the fact that unemployment is way down in the state’s most populated housing counties, which are El Paso, Denver, and Arapahoe, compared to where it was two years ago in each of those counties. In Denver County, unemployment fell by 3 percentage points from July 2012 to July 2014, while El Paso County and Araphaoe County experienced declines of 2.9 and 2.5 percentage points, respectively, in that same two-year period, RealtyTrac reported.Another possible reason for the better off rating for most of Colorado is the decreasing number of underwater mortgages. According to RealtyTrac, only 6 percent of homeowners with a mortgage in the three most populated housing counties in Colorado are underwater. Foreclosure starts are down in two of those three counties from August 2012 to August 2014: Denver County and El Paso County saw declines of 67 and 54 percent in foreclosure starts for the two-year period, while Arapahoe County saw a slight increase (3 percent) in foreclosure starts for that same period.Home prices are up in all three counties compared with where they were two years ago, according to RealtyTrac. Arapahoe County led the way with a 22 percent increase in home prices from two years ago, while home prices jumped by 14 percent in Denver County and by 5 percent in El Paso County. A rise in prices without a corresponding rise in income is hurting the housing affordability in those three counties, however. Denver and Arapahoe Counties reported a 5 percent increase in the percentage of median income needed to purchase a median price home in the last two years, while El Paso County reported a 2 percent jump.In the polls, Democratic incumbent Mark Udall and Republican challenger Cory Gardner are almost locked in a dead heat with Udall leading in the latest poll by only one percentage point, 48 percent to 47, in a Rasmussen Reports poll on October 1. Obama won Colorado in 2012. This year’s election will be on November 4. Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Tagged with: Colorado Foreclosure Starts Home Prices Housing Market RealtyTraccenter_img October 14, 2014 906 Views Sign up for DS News Daily Previous: Study: 52 Percent of County Housing Markets ‘Better Off’ Than Two Years Ago Next: Survey Finds Consumer Spending Tight Despite Financial Security Share Save The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Colorado Housing Rates ‘Better Off’ in 33 of 35 Counties Subscribelast_img read more

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Council awarded 300 thousand euro for cycle routes and walkways

first_imgNewsx Adverts RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Donegal County Council is to receive over €300,000 from the Department of Transport for Smarter Travel in the County.Through the scheme cycle routes and walkways will be developed throughout the County.The €302,000 will be shared between 10 towns.Senator Jimmy Harte said the Council would announce what towns would get the funding soon:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/jimh1ptravelm.mp3[/podcast] 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Council awarded 300 thousand euro for cycle routes and walkways Previous articleDonegal building firm goes bustNext articleOne year since Inishowen crash claimed 8 lives News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – July 11, 2011 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img Facebook Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ Facebooklast_img read more

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Open School Exam: SC Tells NIOS To Consider Representation For Revaluation Of Results Of Freshly Enrolled Students

first_imgTop StoriesOpen School Exam: SC Tells NIOS To Consider Representation For Revaluation Of Results Of Freshly Enrolled Students Sanya Talwar14 Aug 2020 6:43 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday allowed students challenging the Assessment Scheme dated July 10, 2020 issued by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) to make a representation before the NIOS for revaluation of results and seek basis of allotted marks in their theory papers.The assessment scheme came to be notified pursuant to cancellation of Public examination which was…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?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday allowed students challenging the Assessment Scheme dated July 10, 2020 issued by National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) to make a representation before the NIOS for revaluation of results and seek basis of allotted marks in their theory papers.The assessment scheme came to be notified pursuant to cancellation of Public examination which was rescheduled to commence from July 17, 2020.A bench of Justices AM Khanwilkar, Dinesh Maheshwari & Sanjiv Khanna was hearing a plea seeking directions to the NIOS to re-evaluate the results of the petitioners and for awarding of marks in the facts and circumstances of the case on the basis of their TMA/Practical marks as specified in Clause 5 (d) of the Assessment scheme.”That on the bare perusal of the marksheet attached in the said petition, it would be amply clear that the students have secured almost 90% to 100% in their TMA/Practical marks and yet, in their results, they have been given marks bear minimum percentage which ranges from 33% to 50%. For bright students like them, the awarding of marks in such a fashion is not only against the order passed by this Hon’ble Court mentioned hereinabove but also against the scheme and more especially clause 5(d) of the said Scheme” – the petition reads.During the hearing, Advocate Rishi Malhotra who was representing 7 students submitted that the fourth clause i.e. 5 (d) has led the all students of Class XII and class X to approach Court in order to point out an anomaly, which has resulted in great hardship.”For those students who by any reasons had not appeared in any of the subjects and are governed by Clause 5(d) as afore-mentioned, the respondent NIOS Board instead of awarding marks based on practical/TMA has adopted a very novel way by calculating the marks on the average performance in theory of last 3 public examinations in those subjects for which the student was registered earlier”The Board, in doing so, had completely ignored a very vital fact that all the students herein were freshly enrolled to take examinations and thus, there was no question of them in appearing in any of the last 3 public examination, Malhotra said. “If that be the case, then the methodology adopted by the respondent/Board in awarding marks to these students would necessarily been that they have awarded marks solely on the basis of the other students last 3 public examinations performance. It is respectfully submitted that the only way out in such cases would have been award marks to these students on the basis of TMA and/or practical marks which the concerned students have secured” – Excerpt of plea.In light of the above, the Counsel for NIOS stated that the same shall be considered by the NIOS within one week from today as Justice Khanwilkar stated that this was indeed an anomaly, if it did exist.The Court had an occasion to deal with a similar situation concerning interpretation of clause 5(c) of the Assessment Scheme in W.P. (Civil) No.688/2020 titled as Uma Vs. NIOS & Anr. wherein the Court vide its order dated July 31, 2020 recorded the apprehension of the petitioner therein which was that the Assessment will be done on the basis of average marks/percentage of all the candidates in the previous examination. However, NIOS had them, come out with a categorical statement before that the Assessment will be done on the basis of past performance of the concerned candidate and in no other manner.The plea states that despite the said order dated July 31, 2020, the Board had again assessed the marks for the students who fall in the category of 5(d) of the Assessment Scheme again on the basis of other students performance.”This can be gauged from the fact that in all the cases herein the students were to give exams in the month of March/April, 2020 and they did not have any past public examination record. Meaning thereby, these students were only left with their TMA and/or practical marks and in that eventuality the respondent/Board ought to have awarded marks only on that basis and nothing else” – the plea states.Next Storylast_img read more

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Prashant Bhushan Contempt: SC Dismisses Appeal Against Registry Rejecting Intervention Application Filed By Activists

first_imgTop StoriesPrashant Bhushan Contempt: SC Dismisses Appeal Against Registry Rejecting Intervention Application Filed By Activists LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 Aug 2020 5:43 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal against the Registry’s order rejecting the intervention application filed by 16 civil society activists in the Prashant Bhushan contempt case.Senior Advocate C U Singh, appearing for the appellants, submitted that the Registry cannot usurp judicial functions and the order will set a bad precedent. Delete Senior Adv C U Singh submits that he…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?LoginThe Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal against the Registry’s order rejecting the intervention application filed by 16 civil society activists in the Prashant Bhushan contempt case.Senior Advocate C U Singh, appearing for the appellants, submitted that the Registry cannot usurp judicial functions and the order will set a bad precedent. Delete Senior Adv C U Singh submits that he has challenged the Registrar’s order which rejected the application filed by persons to intervene in the contempt case.”Registry has usurped judicial function. This will create problem in future’, C U Singh.#PrashantBhushan @pbhushan1— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) August 20, 2020 The bench, headed by Justice Arun Mishra, summarily dismissed the appeal.Citing the Supreme Court judgment in the case of Justice CS Karnan, which held that contempt is a matter strictly between the Court and the contemnor, the SC Registry on August 4 rejected the abovementioned impleadment application. Prashant Bhushan Contempt Case : SC Registry Rejects Impleadment Application Filed By 16 Civil Society Activists The Registry reproduced the observations made by the Constitution Bench in the 2017 judgment which notes that no one should interfere in contempt proceedings, “without due consent and authorization”. Resisting this rejection order, Mr. Singh had stated before the Supreme Court today that the Registry had “usurped judicial function” and if the same is not addressed by the Court, it may create problem in the future. The challenge was heard and dismissed by the Supreme Court during the hearing of Mr. Bhushan on sentence in the contempt case. It may be noted that last year, the Supreme Court had held that the Registry cannot exercise judicial powers to decide maintainability of petitions. Though the observation was made in a case pertaining to usurpation of power by a High Court Registry, the Supreme Court had extensively distinguished between judicial and administrative functions and had remarked, “The power of judicial function cannot be delegated to the Registry.” HC Registry Cannot Exercise Judicial Powers To Decide Maintainability Of Petitions: SC The case related to a challenge against the action of the Madras High Court Registry which had refused numbering of an Anticipatory Bail petition and dismissed it on the issue of maintainability, in view of Section 18A of the SC/ ST Atrocities Act, 1989. While setting aside the Registry’s order, a Division Bench of the Top Court had observed therein, “The act of numbering a petition is purely administrative. The objections…on the aspect of maintainability require judicial application of mind by utilizing appropriate judicial standard.” 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

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Police say Alec Baldwin admitted pushing a man who ‘stole my spot’ but the actor pleaded not guilty to assault charges in parking space dispute

first_imgABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — Alec Baldwin admitted to police that he pushed a man during a street parking dispute this month because he “stole my spot,” but the actor pleaded not guilty in a New York City courtroom Monday to charges he assaulted the victim.Following Baldwin’s brief appearance with his lawyer in Manhattan Criminal Court on Monday, officials made public his statement to officers who responded to the Nov. 2 dust-up near his apartment building in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.“He’s an a——,” Baldwin told New York City police officers, referring to the victim, according to newly-released court documents.“He stole my spot. I did push him.”But the alleged victim, whose name has not been released, told police that an enraged Baldwin did more than just push him.“I observed the defendant push me and then strike me across the left side of my face with his closed right hand, resulting in pain to my face,” the victim told police, according to the court papers.Baldwin, 60 — an Academy Award-nominated movie star and former cast member of the sitcom “30 Rock” — was arrested following the fracas near his home on East 10th Street.Appearing in court Monday with his defense lawyer Alan Abramson, Baldwin pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of assault and harassment. A judge released him on his own recognizance and ordered him to return to court on Jan. 23.Baldwin, 60, has a history of legal trouble in New York.In 2014, after a New York City police officer issued him a summons for riding his bike the wrong way on a one-way street, Baldwin allegedly said, “I don’t have identification. Just give me the f—ing summons” and “wrap this summons around your head.”Following Baldwin’s arrest this month, President Donald Trump, whom Baldwin impersonates on Saturday Night Live, had a few words of encouragement for the actor, when told about the impending charge.“I wish him luck,” the president said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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