ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ZB Financial Holdings Limited (ZBFH.zw)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileZB Financial Holdings Limited provides financial solutions to the commercial and merchant banking sector in Zimbabwe, as well as retail banking services, insurance operations and strategic investments. Known as Zimbank, the company services its clients through a nationwide footprint of branches in major towns and cities in Zimbabwe and electronic delivery channels. The Insurance division provides structured insurance products for short- and long-term insurance; and the Strategic Investment division offers shared services which include risk management, compliance and human resources, and investments in property holdings and sub-sectors of the financial sector. ZB Financial Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Orange County addresses questions and clarifies face covering order

first_img TAGSExecutive OrderFace MaskFAQOrange County Government Previous articleApopka Burglary ReportNext articleSummer just got better with National Ice Cream Day this weekend; history, FREE ice cream, and more Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Why is the LED digital sign at Park Av. and 441, on the corner, not lit? They light it up in the daytime too, because we always look for the temperature when we drive by. Tried to see how hot it was earlier today, but the sign was not lit. Maybe they were saving power due to the budget shortfall? LOL Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here TENITA REID July 19, 2020 at 8:12 pm 5 COMMENTS TENITA REID Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Elastic can’t be found anywhere around this area. At least, I haven’t located any in the stores, and I have used up all the elastic I had in my sewing basket when I made some cloth masks for us. I looked at other craft alternatives and bought some shoe laces and boot laces to use as ear loops. I could always sew some small width strips to use too. Who knew that stock in elastic was going to go through the roof with such demand? And rubbing alcohol, and flour for all the stay-at-home baking that people are doing during the pandemic. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter I bought a mask at one of the small chain stores that sell gas after my husband went in to get his smokes and he said they had some cloth masks on the counter for sale with some neat designs. I told him I will go look at them. I bought one with stars and stripes, red, white, and blue. I opened the sealed packet in the truck and could not believe what the back of the pack said……warning. this product has been determined to cause cancer and reproductive harm. Unbelivable!!! Why would they manufacture a mask out of that to sell, if true???? July 16, 2020 at 9:48 pmcenter_img Please enter your comment! Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply Reply July 16, 2020 at 9:39 pm July 17, 2020 at 8:37 pm Reply Frequently Asked Questions regarding local face covering Executive Order 2020-25From the Orange County NewsroomOn June 18, 2020, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced an Executive Order 2020-23 Requiring Face Coverings in public places. On June 24, 2020, Mayor Demings issued Executive Order 2020-25 Requiring Face Coverings (the “Order”) which superseded the prior order.Executive Order 2020-25 requires every person working, living, visiting or doing business in Orange County to wear a facial covering consistent with CDC guidelines while in a place that is open to the public, whether indoors or outdoors.GENERAL:When did the order go into effect and when will it expire?The Order took effect on June 24, 2020 at 1:50 p.m. EDT. The Order will remain in effect until further notice.To whom does this order apply?The Order applies to every person working, living, visiting or doing business in Orange County while in a place that is open to the public, whether indoors or outdoors.Why do I need to wear a mask?There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19. The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that social distancing and wearing face coverings are effective ways to slow the spread of the virus. The CDC recommends wearing face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. The use of face coverings and social distancing are important public health approaches to slow the transmission of COVID-19.How will this order be enforced?The Order does not currently contain an enforcement provision, but instead relies on community cooperation and encourages businesses to ensure that their employees and customers are wearing face coverings in accordance with CDC guidelines.If I do not have a mask, how can I acquire one?All residents who are tested for COVID-19 at an Orange County Health Services testing site will be given a free box of face masks and hand sanitizer. Free testing locations can be found at www.ocfl.net/covid19. Orange County has also offered free personal protective equipment (PPE) distribution for small businesses. Visit www.ocfl.net/ppe for more information.If you are unable to visit an Orange County Health Services testing site, a proper face covering can also easily be made at home. Visit Orange County’s newsroom to follow a simple video teaching you how to make a face covering.What is a “face covering” defined as?A face covering is a uniform piece of material that securely covers a person’s nose and mouth and remains affixed in place without the use of one’s hands.BUSINESSES:How do I report a business not following the face covering mandate?There is currently no specific entity for reporting businesses for not following this Executive Order. According to the Order, businesses are encouraged to prohibit entry of each person not wearing a face covering. Private businesses are also required to follow CDC guidelines and/or industry standards as they relate to face coverings.According to Orange County’s Consumer Confidence Survey, which had more than 15,000 respondents, 69% of consumers are more comfortable patronizing businesses that take health and safety measures (e.g., mandate face coverings, temperature checks, etc.).If you have an issue or concern about a business not following CDC guidelines, you should contact the management for that business directly to address those concerns.  Ultimately, if you do not feel comfortable with the way a business is operating, you may not want to patronize that particular business.When do I have to wear a face covering at a restaurant? I can’t wear it when I’m eating.If a business has employees and patrons within six feet of each other, then both the employee and patron must wear a face covering, unless the wearing of the patron’s face covering would impede the patron’s service, in which case only the service provider must wear a face covering. The face covering may be removed by patrons while seated to eat and drink.EXERCISE:What if I’m exercising? Do I need to wear a mask?If you are exercising or doing some sort of physical activity (e.g., fishing, swimming, boating, walking a dog, playing golf, etc.) while also observing CDC social distancing guidelines, you are not required to wear a face covering.What if I’m simply walking along the street to get to my destination or at a pool sunbathing?All individuals in Orange County are required to wear a face covering consistent with CDC guidelines while in public – especially if you are not able to maintain social distancing guidelines. Know and follow the CDC guidelines and wear a face covering to protect yourself and others.  Face coverings and social distancing are both important in reducing the spread of the virus.PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:All passengers on LYNX along with employees are required to wear a face covering. Please also public practice social distancing by keeping a space of at least six feet in between each commuter. SunRail highly encourages all passengers to wear face coverings.EXCEPTIONS:What are the exceptions in the mandate?The following individuals are not required to wear a face covering under the Order:Children under the age of two years old or children unable to effectively comply with the face covering OrderPersons for whom a face covering would cause impairment due to an existing health condition, including people with disabilities. This exception also includes individuals who cannot tolerate a face covering for medical, sensory or other conditions.Persons working in a profession who do not have any face-to-face interactions with the public.Persons working in a profession where use of a face covering will not be compatible with the duties of the profession.Persons exercising while maintaining social distancing.Persons who are developmentally unable to comply, including children who may not be able to effectively wear a face covering.What do I need to present to businesses if I fall into an exception category for the Order?The Order does not require anyone to present any health information.  Whether a business permits someone to enter its business is a decision for that particular business to make.Is there an exception in the Order for government entities?No. There is no exception. Employees of governmental entities shall abide by their specific face covering protocols consistent with CDC guidelines. I am so ” had-it” with all this covid pandemic. Things are getting crazier and crazier, more and more everyday. I try to stay sane, but our world is getting turned upside down. You can’t go to the bank inside without an appointment, at most banks. Places to eat don’t have things they used to have, like the salad bars, other items, and most close early, and some places don’t even let you sit at tables outside, and have them taped off. Went to get our oil changed on our vehicle and Walmart auto lanes were closed. I could go on and on, but you get my drift…..when I call some companies to discuss business, they act like they are scared just talking to me over the phone, like the covid virus is going to come through the phone, and I am not covid positive..so dumb! Acting fearful, just talking over the phone. I understand the serious nature of this virus, I am in no way downplaying it, but it is so depressing all of this craziness. Thanks for putting up with me, and listening to my whining. Stay safe and take care! Mama Mia TENITA REID And if the pandemic craziness is not enough to rattle your soul, how about the thoughts of Kanye West for POTUS, running not as Republican, Democrat, or Independent, nooooo….Kanye is going to run on the Birthday Party ticket!!!. July 16, 2020 at 9:07 pm TENITA REIDlast_img read more

Home Office lifeline funding deadline nears

first_img 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. Howard Lake | 12 June 2003 | News Home Office lifeline funding deadline nears Third Sector magazine reports that applications to a Home Office fund for lifeline funding for voluntary sector infrastructure bodies facing closure should be made by 16 June.The Home Office fund is worth £500,000 and is for infrastructure bodies such as councils for voluntary service and volunteer bureaux facing closure in the next six months.According to Third Sector, “between 20 and 30 groups are expected to benefit from grants of up to £40,000.” Advertisementcenter_img  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Tracey Crouch confirmed as Minister for Civil Society

first_img Tagged with: Office for Civil Society politics Tracey Crouch confirmed as Minister for Civil Society Peter Lewis, chief executive at the Institute of Fundraising, said:“I offer my warm congratulations on behalf of the fundraising community to Tracey Crouch on her appointment as Minister for Civil Society. Demand for charity services is always growing but many charities are struggling to raise the resources they need. Fundraising is a big part of the solution and we would urge the minister to look at ways to grow and support charity fundraising, especially for smaller charities and community groups looking for new ways to fundraise.“Fundraisers also know that sport and mass-participation events are excellent ways to engage people, build communities and raise money for good causes, and we look forward to discussing with the Minister how her role can help harness that engagement to benefit good causes.”Also commenting on her appointment, Rob Cope, director of Remember A Charity, said:“With parliamentary responsibility for civil society, Tracey Crouch MP has a key role in influencing the future of legacy giving and we’re excited about the opportunity of working with her.“In recent years, Government’s support has helped to quadruple the number of solicitors that proactively give clients the option of leaving a legacy in their Will, but the potential is even greater. We hope that government continues to champion this vital form of giving.”  73 total views,  1 views today  74 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.center_img Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford, has been announced as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport and Civil Society.As well as the Office for Civil Society, Crouch’s portfolio covers: gambling, horse racing, sport, the National Lottery and society lotteries.Previously Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage since May 2015, Crouch was elected as the Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford in 2010. She was a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee from 2012 to 2015 and a member of the Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission, and of the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee from 2013 to 2015.Many reports yesterday stated that John Glen MP had been appointed to the post, while Glen himself confirmed on Twitter at the end of the day that he was in fact the new Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism. Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport Karen Bradley today (15 June) announced her full ministerial team and their portfolios, including Glen’s role.This morning Crouch’s Twitter bio had been updated to put her as Sports and Civil Society Minister with the Department for Culture, Media & Sport making the official announcement on its site early this afternoon.Crouch lists a number of charity patronages on her website:Patron, Conservatives Against Fox HuntingPresident of RSPCA MedwayHonorary member of the Royal EngineersHonorary member of the Friends of Mental Health, West Kent and MedwayPatron of the Medway Branch of the National Osteoporosis SocietyHonorary Member of Bradfields School Student CouncilVice President of Kent branch of Campaign to Protect Rural EnglandPatron of Peter’s PlaceIndependent Chair of Medway Council’s Physical Disability Partnership BoardPatron of Blenheim CDP: The London Drug and Alcohol AgencyPatron of the Halpern Charitable FoundationHer appointment has received positive responses from the industry: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Melanie May | 15 June 2017 | Newslast_img read more

Activists demand no medical execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal

first_imgWW photo: Joseph PietteFrackville, Pa., April 3 — Car caravans carrying over 40 people travelled from Philadelphia and New York City today to SCI Mahanoy prison in Frackville, Pa., in an effort to save the life of Mumia Abu-Jamal. After months of medical neglect, this U.S. political prisoner, who has supporters worldwide, had been diagnosed with and hospitalized for diabetic shock on March 30.His family, friends and political supporters, many of whom have been actively fighting for Abu-Jamal’s freedom for decades, say that the prison authorities exacerbated his illness through bad diet and medical neglect and are trying to carry out an unofficial execution of the prisoner. They are calling for continued protests to prevent this execution.Abu-Jamal had been rushed to Schuylkill Hospital in Pottsville, Pa., on March 30 for undiagnosed adult-onset diabetes with blood sugar levels over 700. Normal levels fluctuate around 100, and standard diabetes charts show 300 as dangerously high and requiring immediate treatment.  After only two days in the civilian hospital, Abu-Jamal was returned late on April 1 to the prison infirmary — the same one that had mistreated his illness for months while his condition worsened.WW photo: Joseph PietteToday, prison officials initially refused any in-prison visits to the world-renowned former death row prisoner. They relented after six carloads of supporters from Philadelphia, including a van of Philadelphia Student Union high school activists, and more cars from New York City converged at the entrance to the prison.Those able to visit included Abu-Jamal’s brother, Keith Cook, Mike Africa, Johanna Fernandez andI Abdul Jon. They reported on Abu-Jamal’s shockingly diminished state of health: His skin was discolored and extremely scarred by severe eczema, and he appeared to have lost 80 pounds.Although Abu-Jamal was confined to a wheelchair and hampered by slurred speech, they said he was alert. He told them, “I believe in the power of the people.”Abu-Jamal spent almost 30 years on Pennsylvania death row after he was convicted of first degree murder on July 3, 1982, stemming from the 1981 killing of a white police officer in Philadelphia. He has consistently proclaimed his innocence.Amnesty International maintains that Abu-Jamal’s original trial, which was irredeemably tainted by politics and racism, failed to meet international fair trial standards. State and federal appeals for a new trial to prove his innocence have been systematically denied by the courts.Mass movement saved his life beforeImmediately after Abu-Jamal’s execution was scheduled in the summer of 1995, a march of 25,000 people in Philadelphia forced the state to rescind the execution. Another 17 years of worldwide protests finally won Abu-Jamal’s release from death row in 2012.Thousands of phone calls and emails to the Department of Corrections since Abu-Jamal was hospitalized forced officials to relent on their refusals to allow family members and friends to visit him.Nonetheless, the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections appears intent on executing him by medical neglect. Had prison doctors diagnosed and treated him for type 2 diabetes — which would be the standard diagnosis for such commom symptoms as eczema, skin rashes and frequent urination that Mumia experienced over the previous three months — he would not have needed to be rushed unconscious to the hospital.Speakers demanded the right of all prisoners to decent health care. They insist prison officials allow specialist doctors of Abu-Jamal’s choice to assess, diagnose and treat whatever is the cause of these symptoms.Following the rally at SCI Mahanoy, the assembly packed up picket signs and banners and traveled 80 miles south to the headquarters of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Officials initially refused to meet with protesters, but as the crowd grew in size — and obviously showed they were not in a mood to leave — DOC Press Secretary Susan McNaughton agreed to meet with about 20 supporters who argued for Mumia’s life, with many documenting the encounter.“Millionaire convicted murderer John DuPont was allowed to have his choice of medical personnel treat him,” said Joanna Fernandez. “Why can’t Mumia?”“Today is Good Friday, the day Jesus was executed. Haven’t you learned anything from that?” said Kevin Price. “It was a state execution back then too!” yelled someone from the back of the crowd.“We’ll be here every day until we get what Mumia’s needs,” said Pam Africa.The demonstrators demanded a face-to-face meeting with DOC Commissioner John Wetzel on April 6, and only left after McNaughton promised to relay the requests to her supervisors.A press release from the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home, the Free Mumia Coalition, MOVE, International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Philadelphia International Action Center listed the following demands: no execution by medical neglect and torture; daily visits by Mumia’s family, friends and attorneys; quality health care and treatment for all prisoners; and the release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, all political prisoners and the terminally ill and elderly (over 55) from Pennsylvania prisons!What you can do to helpPeople are urged to continue making calls to Secretary of Department of Corrections John Wetzel at 717-728-4109 to demand Mumia be immediately allowed to be treated by doctors of his choice.On Feb. 13, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf declared a moratorium on the death penalty. Call his office to demand a halt to the state’s attempt to execute Mumia through medical neglect: 717-772-2500.Donations to help pay for lifesaving medical care and other costs can be made through tinyurl.com/nv7jqem.To view the video, “Mumia’s family and supporters present demands to the Dept. of Corrections, Mechanicsburg, PA 4/3/2015” go to: https://youtu.be/1VSYaj9Ab8U by Power to the People Radio ProgramTo view the video, “April 3 NYC emergency protest: No medical execution of Mumia Abu-Jamal!”, go to https://youtu.be/-kAkhjJsNXQ by Peoples Video NetworkFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Clarence Brandley: A legacy of perseverance and struggle

first_imgHouston — Death row exoneree #40, Clarence Brandley, was honored and remembered at his funeral on Sept. 14. His five children, other relatives, his attorneys, investigators and members of the Coalition to Free Clarence Brandley helped fill the large New Loyalty Missionary Baptist Church in northeast Houston. Dozens of members of his high school graduating class attended, as did Texas Rep. Harold Dutton, who introduces a bill every session to abolish the death penalty. Brandley died Sept. 2 at age 66.Brandley was on death row for 10 years after a high school student, Cheryl Dee Fergeson, was murdered at a volleyball tournament in 1980. Brandley was the supervisor of the custodial staff at Conroe High School, 40 miles north of Houston, and the only African American on the staff.During a supposed investigation, Texas Ranger Wesley Styles told two janitors, “One of you all is going to have to hang for this.” Pointing to Brandley, he said, “Since you’re the n****r, you’re elected.” Six months later Brandley was on Texas death row, convicted by an all-white jury in a town where the KKK still held regular meetings.Conditions on death row were horrific. In the summer, temperatures in the cells rose to 130 degrees. Medical care was almost nonexistent and the food was awful. Guards were racist, violent and cruel. A group of guards who worked the solitary confinement section called themselves the “White Is Right Squad.”Brandley joined other prisoners in a chain hunger strike in protest. A couple of prisoners would strike a week or two, and then another two prisoners would take the next weeks. This went on for more than a year.During that time, the number of people on death row had rapidly grown to well over 400. The entire Texas prison population had seen a big increase as well. The Texas Department of Corrections had been found liable for cruel and unusual punishment, in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Eighth Amendment, in the historic 1979 Ruiz v. Estelle case. The federal court ordered massive changes in 1980, but Texas prison officials resisted.Brandley’s family, and particularly his brother Ozell, never gave up on freeing him. Ozell helped form the Coalition to Free Clarence Brandley, which met at Houston’s S.H.A.P.E. Community Center every Tuesday night for years.“I was always wishing and hoping that someone would just look at the evidence and the facts, because the evidence was clear that I did not commit the crime,” said Brandley from death row.The coalition relentlessly took every avenue to call attention to the case and build public support. It held mock trials, marched, protested, packed courtrooms, held a freedom ride to major shopping areas and printed T shirts. Group members slept outside the Montgomery County Courthouse while the Klan rode around the square.The coalition held community forums in Conroe and Houston, and members put cow manure on the steps of the governor’s mansion. They released 100 balloons reading “FREE CLARENCE!” in the rotunda of the Texas Capitol. They met with the Black Legislative Caucus and raised thousands of dollars for investigators.In 1987 new evidence was discovered, and witnesses finally told the truth. An evidentiary hearing was held in Galveston before retired District Judge Perry Pickett. More than 150 people attended every day for two weeks, coming 85 miles from Conroe and 45 from Houston. “60 Minutes” and “The 700 Club” aired special television programs on the case. Centurion Ministries got involved.Finally, that October, Judge Pickett declared, in his 30 years as a judge, “No case has presented a more shocking scenario of the effects of racial prejudice, perjured testimony, witness intimidation [and] an investigation the outcome of which was predetermined.” He said two other janitors, both white, were the likely killers, and officials had railroaded Brandley out of racist motives.He recommended to the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals that a new trial be held. It took that court 14 long months before it finally accepted the recommendation. Texas decided not to retry Brandley.Clarence walks out — and into organizingClarence Brandley walked out of the Ellis Unit prison in January 1990. He spent the next 28 years speaking out against the death penalty.In small neighborhood churches, universities and the Texas Legislature, Brandley’s story has changed hearts and minds and motivated many to fight for abolition.Brandley joined Witness To Innocence, an organization composed exclusively of death row exonerees. WTI empowers exonerees to speak out about their own stories and the injustices of capital punishment. They play a powerful role in the movement to abolish the death penalty. (witnesstoinnocence.org)WTI is sending five exonerees to speak and organize at Texas’s 19th Annual March to Abolish the Death Penalty, to be held on Oct. 20. Brandley spoke at the march for many years. As Brandley had done, these exonerees will speak to university students, religious institutions and legislators while in Texas.Brandley’s case sparked worldwide interest in the death penalty. British writer Nick Davies came to Texas to write an article, stayed for an extended period and wrote a compelling book, “White Lies: Rape, Murder and Justice Texas Style.” The Showtime television network made a movie based on the book. Davies attended the funeral.Clarence Brandley will be missed by so many for his quick smile and honesty, ability to captivate any audience and dedication to abolish the racist death penalty.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Authorities sentence dissident journalist to five years in prison, extend detention of two reporters with liberal newspapers

first_img VietnamAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts Organisation Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang RSF_en News VietnamAsia – Pacific April 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam News to go further Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison July 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities sentence dissident journalist to five years in prison, extend detention of two reporters with liberal newspapers Reporters Without Borders denounces the five-year prison sentence that a court in Kien Giang province imposed on freelance journalist Truong Minh Duc on 18 July and condemns a decision by the authorities in Hanoi to hold two newspaper journalists, Nguyen Viet Chien of Thanh Nien and Nguyen Van Hai of Tuoi Tre, for another two months. News Reporters Without Borders condemns the five-year prison sentence that a court in Kien Giang province in the southern Mekong delta imposed on freelance journalist Truong Minh Duc on 18 July under article 258 of the criminal code for “taking advantage of democratic freedom to harm the interests of the state and of social and citizen organisations.”The press freedom organisation also condemns a decision by the authorities in Hanoi to hold two newspaper journalists, Nguyen Viet Chien of Thanh Nien and Nguyen Van Hai of Tuoi Tre, for another two months. They were arrested in May in connection with their coverage of an important case of official corruption in late 2005.Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of all three journalists. “In one case, the authorities have punished a reporter and pro-democracy activist with a heavy jail sentence for writing about the situation of peasants in the south,” the organisation said. “In the other case, they are keeping two well-known reporters in jail because of their coverage of corruption. The two cases show that the crackdown continues for dissidents and those trying to push against the limits on free expression.”Truong Minh Duc’s lawyer, Le Tran Luat, said: “He was writing about the plight of people in the countryside, about corruption, about the lack of government honesty and about the constraints imposed on peasants in Kien Giang province.” Le Tran Luat also said his client was forced to sign confessions.A member of the Bloc 8406 pro-democracy movement, Truong Minh Duc wrote for various Vietnamese publications such as Tien Phong and Phap Luat as well as online newspapers based outside the country. Aged 48, he broke his arm and has had other health problems since his arrest in May 2007 because of the poor conditions in which he is being held.Bloc 8406 activist Do Van Hai said Truong Minh Duc’s wife is being kept under close police surveillance. Former political prisoner Nguyen Dan Que said: “Truong Minh Duc wrote about the seizure of land from peasants.” Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more News April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Age & Opportunity running a children’s art competition

first_imgLimerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Who is your inspiration older person? Is your Granny a great golfer? Does your neighbour have a lovely garden?Maybe your great aunty is an opera singer or your Grandad does Parkrun every weekend? Tell us about what your older person can do using any art form you like – here are a few ideas to get you thinking…A poem, a drawing, painting, craft, sewing, knitting, embroidery, a dance, a story, baking or photography.We’re also asking you to send a photo of your child’s creation to the older person they’re inspired by! This is a great time to let the older people in our lives know how inspiring they are! We will share some of the entries on our social channels and our websites so keep your eyes peeled for your creation.How to enter:When you have finished your artwork, ask a parent or guardian to photograph it and send it to us, along with a consent form, to [email protected] We will need your guardian to fill in a consent form which you will find on our website.The competition closes on Tuesday the 30th of June and we will contact the winners after that. We have some great prizes for you and your family to enjoy once we are all out and about again.There are five categories – pre-school, junior infants to second class, third class to sixth class, 1st year to 3rd year and TY to 6th year – so let us know what age and class your child is in when you send their entry.For all the details, consent form and terms and conditions please visit:https://ageandopportunity.ie/my-inspirational-older-person-competition/You will find us Facebook at: www.facebook.com/AgeandOpportunityAge & Opportunity is the national organisation that inspires everyone to reach their full potential as they age. Our aim is to inspire people aged 50+ to live a dynamic and fulfilling life where they are more active, more engaged, more visible, more creative, more connected, more often.We work with communities and groups nationwide to provide a range of opportunities for older people who want to get more involved in arts and culture, sport and physical activity, education and personal development. Twitter TAGSAge & Oppurtunityartchildren art competitionKeeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook WhatsApp Linkedin Print Email Previous articleNew music from Emma Langford will raise funds for Safe IrelandNext articleLimerick band whenyoung release new song ‘The Prayer’ and raise funds for Women’s Aid Meghann Scully Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WITH the older people in our lives cocooning to protect themselves and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it would be easy to think of them all as vulnerable and not able to do things for themselves.Age & Opportunity are asking all kids, big and small, to tell us what an older person in your life CAN do!Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up What do you think they will do when COVID-19 is gone and they come out of their cocoons like butterflies ready to fly again! LimerickNewsAge & Opportunity running a children’s art competitionBy Meghann Scully – May 1, 2020 229 Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live last_img read more

Uganda’s Bobi Wine goes to court to dispute president’s win

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 1, 2021 Pinterest Facebook Twitter KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan presidential challenger Bobi Wine on Monday launched a court case seeking to overturn the re-election of President Yoweri Museveni, who has been in power for 35 years. Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, had suggested he did not want to legitimize Museveni’s victory in last month’s polls by seeking justice with a court that has been reluctant to rule against the president in past elections. The Supreme Court ruled three times that electoral irregularities were not substantial enough to affect the outcome. Museveni won the Jan. 14 elections with 58% of the vote while Wine had 35%, according to final results announced last week by the electoral commission after accounting for results from nearly all polling stations. Wine has accused electoral authorities of declaring “cooked-up results,” alleging irregularities such as soldiers stuffing ballot boxes, casting ballots for people and chasing voters away from polling stations across the East African country. He has urged his supporters to protest his loss through nonviolent means. Despite the assertions of fraud, Wine’s National Unity Platform party was not always sure that going to court was the right move. Some members said it was “a total waste of time” while others argued that it was necessary “to expose Museveni and put the judiciary on trial,” said Joel Ssenyonyi, a spokesman for Wine. It was not immediately clear when courtroom arguments will begin. Anthony Wameli, a Ugandan attorney who is part of Wine’s legal team, said they had amassed “glaring evidence” of malfeasance and would “dissect the voter register” in trying to prove that Museveni’s victory is invalid. But he cited challenges such as harassment by state agents he accused of detaining over 1,000 of Wine’s supporters before and after the elections. “We are doing everything in hiding,” he said. “We are going to seek witness protection.” Wine in a Facebook post on Monday highlighted the case of a missing man he said was among many victims of alleged abductions. “Countless Ugandans have been abducted and taken to unknown places,” he said. “Those who are lucky to return speak of horrifying stories of torture.” Ladislaus Rwakafuuzi, an independent analyst who is a prominent rights attorney in Uganda, said he believes Wine will find it hard to convince the panel of judges to annul Museveni’s victory even if there is strong evidence. “The only problem is the judges,” he said. “The judges want stability. They know that if they annul an election it can cause a coup or it can cause instability. That’s what they fear.” Museveni has dismissed allegations of vote fraud. Uganda’s elections were marred by violence ahead of polling day as well as an internet shutdown that remained in force until four days after the vote. Social media sites remain restricted. Police surrounded Wine’s home for days after the elections, with authorities citing an urgent need to prevent him from leading protests. They withdrew from Wine’s residence last week after a judge ruled that Wine’s home is not a detention facility. The United States and the European Union have noted concerns about Uganda’s elections. Natalie E. Brown, the U.S. ambassador, in a statement last week cited “deep and continuing concern about the extrajudicial detention of opposition political party members, the reported disappearance of several opposition supporters, and continued restrictions on the (National Unity Platform’s) operations.” A popular singer before he won a seat in Uganda’s parliament, the 38-year-old Wine has emerged as the country’s most powerful opposition figure. Wine has captured the imagination of many at home and abroad in his generational clash with Museveni. He has repeatedly called for the retirement of Museveni, a U.S. ally on regional security who accuses Wine of being a foreign agent. Wine denies the allegation. Museveni was able to run again after lawmakers removed the last constitutional barrier — an age limit — to what some see as a possible life presidency for the 76-year-old leader. Uganda has never witnessed a peaceful transfer of power since independence from Britain in 1962 — one reason why even some within Museveni’s party urge him to preside over an orderly transition. WhatsApp Local NewsWorld News Facebookcenter_img Uganda’s Bobi Wine goes to court to dispute president’s win TAGS  Previous articleOtonomo, Leading Platform and Marketplace for Vehicle Data, to List on Nasdaq Through a Business Combination with Software Acquisition Group Inc. IINext articleMasks, social distancing and speed: Snowmobiles enjoy boom Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

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