British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgBritish American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug)  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileBritish American Tobacco Uganda Limited (BAT Uganda) grows and processes tobacco in Uganda and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products to the local market and for export. Brands sold by BAT Uganda include Dunhill, Rex, Sportsman and Safari. Tobacco is grown in 13 districts in Uganda through a network of tobacco farmers. The raw tobacco is transported to the BAT Uganda green leaf threshing plant in Kampala where it is processed and packed for local and export cigarette consumption. BAT Uganda also exports tobacco leaves to cigarette manufacturers in Europe, Asia and other African countries. BAT Uganda is a subsidiary of British American Tobacco Investments Limited. British American Tobacco Uganda is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Church in Wales gives ‘amber light’ to Anglican covenant

first_imgChurch in Wales gives ‘amber light’ to Anglican covenant Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Events Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Press Release Rector Smithfield, NC Comments are closed. Anglican Communion, Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Martinsville, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Anglican Covenant [Anglican Communion News Service] The proposed covenant that seeks to define the unity of the worldwide Anglican Communion was given “an amber light, rather than a green light” by the Church in Wales on April 18.Members of the Church in Wales governing body voted to affirm their commitment to the communion and the covenant process, but asked questions of the Anglican Consultative Council, which meets in October. They feared the recent rejection of the covenant by the Church of England jeopardized its future and clarifications about that were now needed before a decision could be made.The Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron, who proposed a motion that was amended in light of the Church of England decision, said, “We have given the covenant an amber light rather than a green light but in doing so we are being honest about where the church is today. However, I think we need to reaffirm our strong commitment to each other through the saving power of Christ revealed in the Gospels. That is what I believe the covenant ultimately calls us to do and I hope one day the Church in Wales will be able to vote for it.”The amended motion, which was carried overwhelmingly, was that the governing body:affirm the commitment of the Church in Wales to the life of the Anglican Communion;affirm its readiness to engage with any ongoing process of consideration of the Anglican Communion covenant;request clarification from the 15th meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council as to the status and direction of the covenant process in the light of the position of the Church of England;urge upon the Instruments of Communion a course of action which continues to see reconciliation and the preservation of the communion as a family of interdependent but autonomous churches.A copy of the briefing paper on the Anglican covenant is here. 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GARCIA says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Tags Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Jobs & Calls Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Press Release Service April 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm Well, the Welsh of the C. of E. have been faced with the results of awkward and contradictory decisions that have placed the Anglican Communion at the verge of dissapearing and/or splitting into multiple pieces.By itself the Anglican Consultatve Council cannot do anything about a Covenant that has been rejected by the people with authority to act.Outside of the United Kingdom, The imperial mandate of TEC has been at the forefront of rejecting the Covenant and even replacing the See of Canterbury as the worldwide Mother Church. Thus, separations, schisms and more indepedent churches will keep erupting everywhere, while the Church of Rome will be fortified through the Papal Ordinariates.ALL THESE REALITIES ARE DIRECT CONSEQUENCES OF ACTIONS THAT WERE NOT DULY ANALYZED by the “Church or people of God”. Thus, WE must face these consequences and act in accordance …Once again, the the historic apostolic successors should re-evaluate the guidance of the Holy Spirit in the re-evangelization of the pieces left by a no-covenant. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments (1) Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 By ACNS staffPosted Apr 19, 2012 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ last_img read more

El ministerio de Partiendo el Pan en Iowa mezcla lo…

first_imgEl ministerio de Partiendo el Pan en Iowa mezcla lo secular y lo sagrado Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Hopkinsville, KY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Greg Mazunik toca la guitarra en una reunión de Partiendo el Pan celebrada en una pizzería. Foto de Breaking Bread.[Episcopal News Service] Hace pocas semanas, en la Feria del Estado de Iowa, no lejos de los perros calientes con maíz, los juegos de carnaval y la rueda volante, la Rda. Lydia Bucklin bautizaba a sus dos niños debajo de un árbol, ceremonia a la que algunos transeúntes se unían y otros miraban con asombro. El evento fue el último de una serie de reuniones mensuales del Ministerio de Partiendo el Pan, un grupo que comenzó en octubre de 2015 en una taberna en las afueras de Des Moines.Bucklin, la misionera para los jóvenes adultos de la Diócesis Episcopal de Iowa, comenzó el grupo con Lizzie Gilman y Zebulun Treloar-Reid luego de una conversación en un retiro. Gilman tenía un amigo que estaba empezando una cervecería, y pensaron que sería una buena manera de que los jóvenes adultos experimentaran la eucaristía en el mundo”, explicó Bucklin.Con permiso del obispo de Iowa, Alan Scarfe, Bucklin comenzó a crear una liturgia para un oficio sagrado en un espacio secular. Finalmente creo un programa portátil, que se parece a un oficio eucarístico regular con unas pocas excepciones: no hay sermón tradicional, ni recitación del Credo Niceno ni confesión de pecados. En su lugar, hay dos lecturas tomadas de toda una variedad de fuentes, tales como poemas, meditaciones o pasajes de libros.Cuando la gente llega para [participar de] Partiendo el Pan, cada uno recibe un boletín donde aparece resaltada una porción de la liturgia, la cual ha de leer. A veces, un voluntario lleva una guitarra para hacer un poco de música; otras veces resulta más orgánico cantar un himno.“Yo no puedo hacer mucho más que presidir la mesa”, dijo Bucklin. “Ayuda a promover la idea de que todos somos llamados a hacer la obra de Dios. Todos somos parte de ella”.Pero el aspecto más interesante del oficio es lo que Bucklin llama “la pregunta eficaz”. Sentados en círculo, como es la forma preferida para el oficio, alguien leerá una pregunta predeterminada sobre un tema espiritual de interés general, seguido por la práctica deliberada de escuchar mientras las personas comparten sus historias personales.La Rda Lydia Bucklin se prepara para bautizar a su hijo Corson (a la derecha de la mesa) y a su hija Isla (con el bañador rosado) en la Feria del Estado de Iowa. Foto de Breaking Bread.“Yo aún sigo básicamente el Libro de Oración Común”, dijo Bucklin. “Puede que no digamos el Credo Niceno ni la confesión de pecados, pero podríamos tener conversaciones acerca del pecado o acerca de los aspectos importantes de nuestra fe y cuáles de ellos no son negociables. O de aquellas cosas con las que estamos en conflicto”.Bucklin dice que el ambiente invita a que la gente se exprese. Y ha habido casos en que los asistentes han compartido [problemas de] depresión, consumo de drogas y arrestos.Después de la eucaristía, en la cual todo el mundo se sirve mutuamente la comunión alrededor del círculo, el oficio concluye con una práctica tomada del Kaleidoscope Institute de Eric Law en la cual todo el mundo completa la frase: “Hoy le pedí a Dios [espacio en blanco] y hoy le doy gracias a Dios por [espacio en blanco]”. Luego el grupo prosigue sus conversaciones mientras comparte comida y bebida.Desde la primera reunión hace casi un año, el grupo cuenta con un núcleo de asistencia de seis u ocho personas, además de otras 10 o 15 que pueden aparecerse en cada lugar y hora en particular. Además de la cervecería y de la feria del estado, se han celebrado oficios en un parque, una pizzería e incluso en la casa de Lizzie Gilman, una de las fundadoras de Partiendo el Pan.Gilman es ama de casa y madre dos niñas y conoce muy bien lo difícil que puede ser a veces lograr que las familias jóvenes asistan a la iglesia el domingo por la mañana.“Los tiempos han cambiado en que los mañanas del domingo no son factibles para algunas familias y personas solas. Si la gente tenía eventos deportivos y niños pequeños o tal vez querían dormir —sea lo que fuere— las mañanas del domingo no parecían estar funcionando bien para los jóvenes adultos”, explicó Gilman. “De manera que estuvimos pensando ¿qué hace la gente? Bien, sale después del trabajo. Es fácil cancelar un domingo por la mañana, pero cuando alguien te ofrece darte de comer y comprarte una cerveza, podría interesarte probar”.Para Gilman, llevar el ministerio de la iglesia a la gente es el aspecto más inspirador de Partiendo el Pan. “Creo que es importante que la Iglesia vea lo extraordinario que es el espíritu cuando nos reunimos más allá de los muros de la iglesia”, afirmó. “Podemos reunirnos un día diferente o en un lugar diferente, pero estamos celebrando la misma eucaristía. Sólo sentir esa sacralidad, vayas donde vayas, es un sentimiento vigoroso. Es como asistir a una cena donde no conoces a nadie, y confías en que el Espíritu Santo va a proporcionarte un rato estupendo”.“Ha habido muchas personas que han venido que nunca habrían entrado en una iglesia. Algunas de ellas nos lo han dicho”, comentó Bucklin, quien puso el ejemplo del encargado de una iglesia que reconoció que nunca había asistido al oficio dentro porque no sabía si tenía dinero suficiente para poner en la bandeja de la ofrenda. Cuando descubrió que se estaban reuniendo en un parque, asistió al oficio porque se sentía más cómodo.Bucklin enfatiza en cada oficio que no se espera que las personas se unan [a la congregación] o se conviertan en miembros. Y puesto que hay pocos gastos generales en brindar el oficio, no se piden donaciones. “No necesitamos de un edificio elegante ni de una tonelada de suministros”, aclaró ella. “Yo llevo simplemente una bolsa con un cáliz, una patena y un par de paños. Otra persona trae el vino y el pan. Cuando lo tuvimos en la feria estatal, tuvimos que usar la parte inferior del pan de un sándwich de cerdo”.Esa combinación de un ambiente tranquilo con un deliberado oficio eucarístico es lo que hace notable a Partiendo el Pan y permite sus singulares interacciones.Uno de los momentos más memorables de Bucklin se produjo en el oficio del Miércoles de Ceniza en la pizzería local. Gilman invitó a participar al personal de la cocina y del servicio, y tres personas salieron con lágrimas en los ojos para participar en él. Luego de imponerle la ceniza a una camarera llena de tatuajes llamada Angel, la hija de Bucklin le dijo a su madre: “Mami, yo no quiero ser polvo”. Sin dudar un segundo, Angel le respondió, “pero, mi cielo, ¿no sabes que las estrellas más lindas están hechas de polvo, como tú y yo? Eres una estrella brillante y luminosa”.“Fue uno de esos momentos en que te das cuenta de que es por eso que haces lo que haces”, recalcó Bucklin.Para Treloar-Reid, recién graduado del seminario y cofundador de Partiendo el Pan, uno de los aspectos más importantes del ministerio es que va más allá de una congregación. “Esto se concentra más en reunir a personas del área metropolitana en lugar de una congregación específica”, apuntó. “Se trata de llevar lo sagrado a los espacios seculares de manera que podamos empezar a borrar los límites entre lo sagrado y lo secular”.Treloar-Reid, un transexual de 27 años, también aprecia que el grupo se muestre receptivo y solidario con la comunidad LGBTQ. En tal sentido, Bucklin ha hecho un esfuerzo para crear una liturgia libre de lenguaje genérico, eliminando referencias a Dios con pronombres masculinos o como padre, así como otros ajustes.“Personalmente nunca tuve problemas en usar pronombres masculinos para referirme a Dios, porque nunca realmente creía que Dios fuese físicamente masculino”, dijo Treloar-Reid. “Pero creo que es importante recordarle a la gente que Dios no es parte del patriarcado. Creo que si usamos demasiado un lenguaje masculino, podemos comenzar a glorificar demasiado a la persona masculina, y eso es peligroso.“Aprecio que tengamos espacios donde hablemos acerca de Dios en una perspectiva más amplia porque en definitiva Dios no tiene sexo”.Rachael Essing, de 22 años y voluntaria del Cuerpo de Servicio Episcopal se muestra de acuerdo. “Las palabras en la liturgia que usamos no son binarias, ni todo es masculino, lo cual como mujer joven que soy, lo aprecio de veras”.“Me gusta la tradición, de manera que me gusta tener algunas cosas en las que me pueda enfocar y saber de donde vienen”, añadió Essing. “Pero, también me gusta incorporar nuevas fuentes, porque hay muchísimo material a nuestra disposición y que se aviene mejor otras personas. Ello nos abre a un mundo con el que pueden conectarse”.En su breve existencia, el formato de Partiendo el Pan ya está empezando a extenderse al tiempo que algunas diócesis vecinas han comenzado a poner a prueba el formato.“Es una fórmula fácil de asumir de hacerla suya y de ponerla en práctica en cualquier parte”, dijo Bucklin. “La idea era tenerla en montones de distintos lugares para expresar que lo sagrado está en torno a todos nosotros. Podemos encontrar lo divino en las cosas ordinarias y en las personas ordinarias”.– Luke Blount es un escritor independiente radicado en Durham, Carolina del Norte. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Press Release Service Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Por Luke BlountPosted Sep 9, 2016 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Events Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem last_img read more

Water agency asks people to donate a £1 when they spend a penny

first_img To mark World Toilet Day today, Northern Ireland Water and their nominated charity, WaterAid, are encouraging the public to ‘spend a penny’ and give a pound to improve sanitation in developing countries.The NI Water campaign is asking people to consider donating a pound online every time they think of going to the toilet. To back up their campaign they have come up with some interesting facts around toilet use. On average, people in the UK visit the toilet 11 times every day*, using facilities that are normally of a basic standard. However, for over 2.5 billion people living in developing countries, the need to go to the toilet can result in a completely different experience. These individuals normally have to walk several miles to find somewhere private, dig a hole or squat in the road.Frank Stewart, WaterAid’s honorary secretary and NI Water employee explains how funds raised can save lives:“Through fundraising, WaterAid helps communities build clean, hygienic toilet facilities. Improving sanitation not only improves health, but also people’s dignity and livelihoods. The charity also provides water facilities to improve access to clean drinking water and teaches people about ways in which they can limit the spread of disease.”www.wateraid.org  31 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 November 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Water agency asks people to donate a £1 when they spend a penny Tagged with: Individual giving Ireland Northern Ireland About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Detroit retirees denounce ‘Grand Theft Pension’

first_imgCity retirees take their message to May Day march.WW photo: Kris HamelJune 18 — Retired city of Detroit workers continue to oppose deep cuts to their pensions in the face of enormous pressure from the bankruptcy court, politicians and the corporate media.Rank-and-file committees of retirees continue to find a lot of support for their urging of a “reject” vote on ballots sent to tens of thousands of retired workers or their survivors. However, the “leaders” of retiree associations, most unions, the bankruptcy court’s handpicked “Official Retirees Committee” and both retirement systems boards of trustees have all caved in to the pressure and are urging retirees to vote acceptance of “the lesser of two evils.”In early June, Michigan’s Republican governor, Rick Snyder, gave a highly publicized speech telling retirees to accept his “Grand Bargain” as their only real choice. It involves charitable contributions from private foundations and corporations of over $450 million plus a $195 million lump sum from the state of Michigan to supposedly help avert closure of the Detroit Institute of Arts and allegedly help city retirees’ pensions.However, the media have covered up the fact that this plan would cut every pension by 4.5 percent plus take additional cuts up to 15.5 percent in a “clawback” of what Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr claims was excess interest paid to workers who enrolled in the annuity savings plan run by the pension system. Ending the 2.25 percent cost of living each year will cost retirees around 18 percent more over their lifetimes. Ending medical coverage to non-Medicare-eligible (under 65) retirees is costing those retired workers at least $500 more to buy health insurance. The city provides $125 toward this.The Detroit Free Press ran a front page editorial on June 12 pushing the same message: Accept these cuts or the result will be worse. Some retirees are threatened with loss of their entire pension.Four mass meetings called by the General Retirement System board were held across metro Detroit on June 5 and June 12. Hundreds of pensioners attended, only to be barraged by the same threats. Retirees handing out “Vote NO” leaflets were physically barred from the first meeting. At least one vocal opponent was carried out of the hall for speaking out.The leaflet labeled the pension cuts as “Grand Theft Pension.” Persistent retirees leafleted incoming cars and throughout the parking lot, finally forcing the Pension Board organizers to allow leaflets inside. Dozens of “Hands Off My Pension — Make the Banks Pay” T-shirts were sold and worn by angry retirees.Major union caves inJune 6 was to be the date for an American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 25 “Retiree Summit.” For almost a year AFSCME retiree meetings had denounced the way negotiations were going. Ed McNeil, an AFSCME Council 25 leader, had been named to the court-appointed “Official Retirees Committee” and spoken strongly against the attacks on pensions. On Oct. 23, AFSCME had helped organize a rally of more than 1,000 protesters outside bankruptcy court. It was reported that McNeil was opposed to the decision of the “Official Retirees Committee” majority to urge acceptance of the “Grand Bargain.”On June 5, last-minute notices went out announcing that the AFSCME retiree summit had been canceled. A few days later, AFSCME Council 25 announced it was urging retirees to vote to accept the cuts. Notably, AFSCME Local 207 and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 26 have both bucked the trend and officially urged their members to vote to reject.The anger and frustration among retirees is deep. Voting to accept the deal, however, would end the legal appeals now before the federal Circuit Court in Cincinnati based on Michigan’s Constitution, which guarantees that public pensions will not be impaired or diminished. Giving up the right to pursue this appeal riles many pensioners.Activists from the Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee and the Concerned Citizens, Active Workers and Retirees group are not just promoting a vote to reject. Retired workers are getting some radio interviews and explaining that voting down the “Grand Bargain” alone is not enough. A mass movement in the streets and in the courts, similar to the Civil Rights movement, is needed to stop the assault on public pensions.The collapse of the recognized leaders of retirees and active workers not only endangers Detroit’s workers, but also helps open the door to a national assault on public pensions if the bankruptcy court approves the plan in this largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. With balloting ending by July 11, it is an uphill struggle by retirees to protect their modest incomes and generate a movement strong enough to turn the attack around.At a picket line in front of Chase Bank and Quicken Loans offices in downtown Detroit on June 6, retired worker Yvonne Jones announced to the crowd, “I am not a revolutionary. I am a grandmother.” But this battle is turning grandmothers and grandfathers into militant combatants, fighting for their lives.Sole is a Water Department retiree and Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee organizer.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Limerick Council hired dissolved company to clean halting site sewers

first_imgNewsLimerick Council hired dissolved company to clean halting site sewersBy Staff Reporter – December 15, 2016 1399 Email Twitter Facebook Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash A MONTH after a Limerick drainage company was dissolved, they were hired by Limerick City Council to clean sewers at a halting site where their negligence led to a grandfather falling down a manhole.In a civil action for damages before Limerick Circuit Court, Terence Casey said he notified Limerick City Council in 2008 of an issue regarding sewers at the Clonlong halting site in Southill where he and his family lived for 40 years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Hazdecon Limited, a specialist drainage company trading as Premier Drain Cleaning were contracted to carry out the works.On December 8, 2008, workers from the drainage company had removed the manhole covers at the halting site when Mr Casey stepped backwards into the manhole and fell in up to his shoulders. He said that the area had not been cordoned off.The 67-year-old retired pensioner was pulled from the drain by his brother and nephews and brought to St John’s Hospital where he had an x-ray.Six days later, he was still in pain and went to the Regional Hospital in Dooradoyle where he was prescribed pain killers after a right rib fracture was diagnosed.He couldn’t lift his grandchildren for some time after the fall and that had tenderness but now, seven years after the accident, he was “grand again”.Under cross-examination, he said he had seen the open manhole but forgot about it as he turned to walk back to his house and he fell in.Mr Casey brought his personal injury action against Limerick City Council, who were responsible for the halting site;  Hazdecon Ltd, trading as Premier Drain Cleaning and Joebren Limited, caretakers of the halting site.Counsel for the City Council Derek Sheahan BL, said a statutory defence had been filed which indemnified the local authority from any liability.Mr Sheahan argued that, as Premier Drain Cleaning were a specialist company, they were responsible for any claim.However, when Judge Keys asked why Premier Drain Cleaning was not represented, Mr Casey’s barrister, Philip Moloney BL, said the company had been dissolved one month before the accident.Hazdecon Ltd was also recorded as “dormant” on August 31, 2007, more than 15 months before the accident.“Well, that paints a very different picture of your defence”, Judge Keys remarked to Mr Sheahan. “This isn’t a case of pass the buck”.“We all know that if you are going to open a manhole, you have to have it fenced off or have someone standing there on duty.“I cannot accept that as a defence,” he said to Mr Sheahan as the defence barrister sought to explain that the council felt they had employed a “competent specialist firm”.“Yes but they company was liquidated a month beforehand and they didn’t do the job properly”, Judge Keys said.“The contractor was not ‘Jim’ll fix it’, so we felt that the matter was properly in hand,” Mr Sheahan countered arguing that “we should not be liable over the negligence of the contractor.”However, Judge Keys ruled that the contracted company was dissolved and Limerick City Council were responsible.”After a brief adjournment, the court heard that the matter was settled with Mr Casey receiving an undisclosed payment and his legal costs. Linkedin TAGSClonlong Haltins Sitecouncillimerick Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Print Previous articleHSE admits liability over man’s death after Limerick hospital dischargeNext articleLimerick Judge takes a ‘chance’ in not jailing drug dealer Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie last_img read more

What Country Is HUD Partnering With on Housing?

first_img Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Pamela Hughes Patenaude, the Deputy Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD), signed a Memorandum of Cooperation with Yitzhak Cohen, the Deputy Finance Minister of Israel. The stated goal of the memo is to increase collaboration between the U.S. and the State of Israel on a myriad of issues involving housing, community development, and mortgage finance.Both parties signed the memo in Jerusalem during a meeting of the U.S.-Israeli Joint Economic Development Group (JEDG). Steven Mnuchin, the U.S. Treasury Secretary, heads the U.S. delegation. According to HUD’s website, the memo establishes an open dialogue and exchange of information and research involving low- and moderate-income housing, mortgage and housing finance, management of public housing, and community development.Deputy Secretary Patenaude’s trip to Israel and the signing of the memo are the culmination of much planning stemming from last year’s JEDG meeting, which occurred in Washington, D.C. Patenaude will participate in a panel discussion on affordable housing with Zeey Bielski, the Head of the Israel Housing Administration, as well as take part in a roundtable hosted by the Urban Clinic at Hebrew University. Afterward she will tour an affordable housing development as well as another development built to minimize damage from earthquakes. Neither site are specified in HUD’s press release. “This cooperative agreement will serve as another building block in strengthening the close ties between our nations on a number of common issues that impact our citizens,” said Patenaude.  “We plan to share research and best practices for addressing the affordable housing challenges facing our nations. I am convinced that working together, we will be able to learn from each other to improve the lives of those we serve.”“The Memorandum of Cooperation on housing is an opportunity to deepen the close ties between Israel and the United States on an important issue that preoccupies both countries,” said Cohen. “Israel and the United States are facing very different housing challenges, but we can learn from these differences and cooperate on sharing acquired knowledge for the benefit of the next generations.”According to the memorandum itself, the pledge “is an expression of intent only and does not obligate funds, personnel, services, or other resources of either Participant, nor does it create any binding obligations under international or domestic law.” Nevertheless, the memo reads, the “Participants may contract out the research work partially or entirely to outside entities and/or researchers with the consent of both Participants.” Tagged with: Affordable Housing Housing Market HUD HUD Deputy Secretary Mortgage Industry Pamela Hughs Patenaude About Author: Staff Writer The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Equifax Joins Forces with Freddie Mac Next: FormFree & Freddie Mac Announce Collaboration What Country Is HUD Partnering With on Housing? Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Home / Daily Dose / What Country Is HUD Partnering With on Housing? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Subscribe October 22, 2018 1,616 Views Affordable Housing Housing Market HUD HUD Deputy Secretary Mortgage Industry Pamela Hughs Patenaude 2018-10-22 Staff Writerlast_img read more

INX Media Case: Delhi Court Exempts P Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram From Personal Appearance

first_imgNews UpdatesINX Media Case: Delhi Court Exempts P Chidambaram, Karti Chidambaram From Personal Appearance Nupur Thapliyal6 April 2021 11:44 PMShare This – xA Delhi Court on Wednesday fixed as April 16 the date for scrutiny of documents in the main chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the INX Media money laundering case against Former Union Minister P Chidambaram, his son Karti P. Chidambaram and 8 others.Special CBI Judge MK Nagpal while putting up for scrutiny of documents, also exempted personal appearances of the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginA Delhi Court on Wednesday fixed as April 16 the date for scrutiny of documents in the main chargesheet filed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the INX Media money laundering case against Former Union Minister P Chidambaram, his son Karti P. Chidambaram and 8 others.Special CBI Judge MK Nagpal while putting up for scrutiny of documents, also exempted personal appearances of the accused persons in the case at the request of their counsels.Both the Counsel appearing on behalf of P Chidambaram and Karti P Chidambaram sought exemption on similar grounds of being busy with the election schedule in the wake of Tamil Nadu Assembly Elections and requested the Court to let them appear via virtual mode.”I am filing an exemption. The ground is that elections are going on in Tamil Nadu. Yesterday was a polling day.” Advocate Arshdeep Singh, representing P Chidambaram, submitted before the Court.Moreover, counsel appearing on behalf of co accused Peter Mukherjea also filed a bail application before the Court today. Considering the submissions made on behalf of all the counsels, the Court ordered thus:”To put up on 16th April for reply/arguments in the bail application and scrutiny of documents. Let the advance copy of reply be supplied to the other party.”The Court had issued summons to Former Union Minister P Chidambaram, his son Karti P. Chidambaram and 8 others for appearance to all the accused persons after taking cognizance of the ED’s main chargesheet in the case. “I find sufficient material and grounds for proceeding further in the matter against all the ten accused persons named in the complaint, out of which six accused are companies, for commission of offence under Section 3 read with Section 70 of the PMLA, which is punishable under Section 4 of the said Act.” The Judge ordered. Brief Facts of the Case CBI had registered an FIR dated 15th May 2017 against INX Media Pvt. Ltd., Karti Chidambaram and others for offences under sec. 120B read with sec. 420 of IPC along with sec. 8, 12(2) and 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988. Since the offences find mention in the Schedule appeneded to the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002, a case was also registered by the Directorate of Enforcement (DoE), Ministry of Finance, Department of Revenue, Government of India on 18th May 2017 and an investigation was therefore taken up for a possible action under PMLA. The said FIR was registered on the allegations that Indrani Muherjea and Pratim Mukherjea, Director and COO respectively of INX Media entered into a criminal conspiracy with Karti P Chidambaram and committed illegal acts in receiving excess Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) than the amount approved by Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB). Other allegation was that such unauthorized downstream investment by INX Media in INX News without the approval of FIPB, were got scuttled by Karti P. Chidambram by influencing the public servants of FIPB Unit, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance (MoF) It was therefore alleged that owing to the criminal conspiracy and influence of P Chidambaram and Karti Chidambaram, such officials abused their official positions and caused undue favours to INX Media due to which INX Media had paid huge amounts to some companies which Karti P Chidambaram had substantial interest in, either directly or indirectly. The investigation revealed that for regularization of excess FDI and downstream investment by INX Media, proceeds of crime were generated on few occasions from criminal activities of the said case and the same were received by Karti P. Chidambram through some shell companies associated with him. Furthermore, it was revealed that a fake invoice dated 26th June 2008 of Rs. 11,23,600 was raised in the name of ASCPL, a company beneficially owned by Karti Chidambaram, for providing consultancy services to INX Media. The investigation further revealed that four more fake invoices in the names of four other companies for amounts, totalling to approximately US $ 700,000 (equivalent to Rs.3.2 corers), in the month of September, 2008 were also raised on INX Media.Click Here To Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Derry Trades Council say they’ll represent suspended First Source workers

first_img Facebook Derry Trades Council say they’ll represent suspended First Source workers By News Highland – January 6, 2015 Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Google+ Homepage BannerNewscenter_img Previous articleRoad Safety Group PARC has first formal meeting with Transport MinisterNext articleDeputy Pearse Doherty says calls regarding overcrowding at LGH falling on ‘deaf ears’ News Highland Twitter Derry Trades Council has pledged to support workers at Firstsource in Derry who have been suspended.The company has indicated that an investigation is underway after a number of policies and procedures have been breached.The trades council is trying to clarify the situation, including confirmation of how many workers are affected.Spokesperson Eamon Mc Cann says although the plant is not unionised, representation will be offered to all affected workers…….Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/mccan830.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Google+ Pinterest Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Creed must appoint more marketing officials to counter Brexit threat – Mc Conalogue

first_img Facebook Google+ Donegal retains 14 Blue Flags, Lisfannon is not restored Facebook WhatsApp A Donegal Deputy is called for more resources to open up new agri markets after Brexit.Deputy Charlie McConalogue says he’s been told there are only five officals in the Department’s market access unit, a figure he describes as ‘woefully inadequate’.Donegal Deputy Charlie McConalogue has criticised Minister Michael Creed for his allocation of limited resources to access new markets for Irish agri food products in response to Brexit.Information received shows there is a dedicated market access unit comprising of five people.The Fianna Fáil Agriculture Spokesperson says this is a woefully inadequate allocation in the face of one of the biggest economic challenges confronting the agri-sector in decades.Deputy McConalogue says; a hard border and any potential return to customs controls would be catastrophic given that 40% of total Irish agri food exports go to the British market. Creed must appoint more marketing officials to counter Brexit threat – Mc Conalogue Andrew McGinley says his children are getting him through life Homepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Google+center_img Today is the 30th anniversary of Eddie Fullerton’s murder Gardai investigate Castlefinn burglary WhatsApp Pinterest Gardai investigate deaths of two horses on the N56 By News Highland – May 15, 2017 Previous articleCouncillor urges visitors to respect Rossknowlagh BeachNext articlePieta House to open in Letterkenny this morning News Highland Twitter Twitter Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologistlast_img read more