Zambian Breweries Plc HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgZambian Breweries Plc (ZAMBRW.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Zambian Breweries Plc (ZAMBRW.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambian Breweries Plc (ZAMBRW.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambian Breweries Plc (ZAMBRW.zm)  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileZambian Breweries Plc (Zambrew) is a brewing and beverages company; producing and marketing a wide range of clear beers and soft drinks. The company has a virtual monopoly on clear brew products in Zambia, with popular South African brands in its product range such as Castle Lager, Redd’s, Castle Lite, Carling Black Label and Ohlsson’s Lager. The company also produces strong, local brands to cater for local tastes which are marketed under the Mosi Lager and Eagle Lager brand name. The Soft Drinks division produces well-known international brands, including Coca-Cola, Sprite, Fanta and Schweppes. The company has two breweries and three bottling plants in Zambia. SABMiller has a majority stake in Zambrew (87%). SABMiller is one of the world’s largest brewers, with more 200 beer brands in its international product portfolio. Zambian Breweries Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT) 2014 Annual Report

first_imgBritish American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: British American Tobacco Zimbabwe Limited (BAT.zw)  2014 annual report.Company ProfileBritish American Tobacco (BAT) Zimbabwe Holdings Limited manufactures, distributes and sells tobacco products for local consumption through a network of independent retailers and distributors. Zimbabwe is the 6th largest tobacco grower in the world and the largest in Africa. Three types of tobacco are grown in the country; Virginia flue-cured, burley and oriental tobacco. Over 95% of Zimbabwe’s tobacco is flue-cured; and more than half of its production is exported to China. The company has recently adopted a mutually-beneficial contract system which is reaping rich rewards; the entire crop is bought from the farmer at the end of the season in return for a supply of seed and fertilizer, and expert training by an agronomist on agricultural techniques. Its head office is in Harare, Zimbabwe. British American Tobacco is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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St. Michael’s calls Katharine G. Flexer as new rector

first_img Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Posted Aug 21, 2014 August 22, 2014 at 11:22 am In this section the church seems to follow a secular and corporate business perspective on which appointments or calls are worthy of note. One can understand the announcements of the nomination or election to the episcopate, perhaps, but is a call to a large or historic parish in and of itself truly more important, more news worthy, more deserving of recognition than all the other calls made in God’s Name to devoted clergy and laypersons to serve God’s people? I think not. “People” needs to list all calls within the church or none, in my humble opinion. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ August 24, 2014 at 12:48 am Kate, this is good news. We hope you and your family find this a rich mix of your gifts and the parish’s mission. Bless you all!Alda and Donn Curate Diocese of Nebraska Mary J. Miller says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Mary Frances Schjonberg says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME August 22, 2014 at 11:48 am ENS accepts any such call information that is submitted. There is no central repository of all calls available to ENS and from which we could cull such information. We hope that any Episcopal congregation with a change in leadership will upload that announcement here https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/upload-a-move/ After a simple moderation step, the announcement will be posted to the People section. At the congregation level, ENS tends to publish ordained leadership calls. A look at recent People stories will show we also welcome announcements about lay leaders. Alda Morgan says: Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Bath, NC Featured Jobs & Calls The Rev. Harriet B. Linville says: Rector Albany, NY August 21, 2014 at 8:54 pm Blessings for you and your family with your new call. ECR and ECA will miss you. Tags August 22, 2014 at 2:16 am What a wonderful and exciting call. Sorry not to have run into you while you were here in California again. Blessings for suck an exciting opportunity! Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC April 14, 2015 at 2:22 pm It has taken me almost half a year to reach out to you and congratulate you on your appointment. You were so very helpful to me at St. Clements when I was in such despair after losing several cats to various forms of feline cancer. S.t Michael’s is very fortunate to have you compassionate pastoral care. Peace be with you always. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit an Event Listing Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, which has occupied the same location on Manhattan’s Upper West Side since its founding in 1807, has called the Rev. Katharine G. Flexer to be its 11th Rector — the first woman to hold the position.Flexer is a native of the Seattle area and a former associate rector at St. Michael’s. Since 2011 she has been Rector of the Episcopal Church in Almaden (ECA) in San Jose, California.“St. Michael’s became a part of me when I was there,” Flexer said. “I hope to increase the church’s presence in the neighborhood. Our mission is to serve God in the community.”“Kate’s shining qualities as a priest and as a person were uppermost in our minds as we made this decision,” said Michael Smith, one of the wardens of the parish. “But it has not escaped our notice that we have also made a bit of very pleasing history in calling the parish’s first woman Rector.”The appointment followed an extended search that drew applicants from across the U.S. and abroad.Flexer is joined by her husband Jim Hinch, a journalist who covers religion for the Orange County Register and other publications, and their children Frances and Benjamin, who were born in New York City during the family’s earlier stint at St. Michael’s.Flexer is an avid runner who has twice completed the Boston Marathon. She and her family share a passion for hiking and camping in the backwoods.Flexer graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, with her junior year abroad at Strasbourg University in France. She earned a master of divinity degree from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, California, and took part in a postgraduate study exchange at Ripon College Cuddesdon in Oxford.Flexer is known for her gifts as a preacher, pastor and educator, with a special talent for bringing the next generation into parish life – from children to young adults. For three summers she has co-led the Family Camp of the Diocese of California.At St. Michael’s, Flexer helped create a successful Sunday evening service to engage the unchurched, the lapsed and anybody who prefers an alternative style of worship.In Almaden, Flexer led a drive to engage her congregation in the life of the community beyond the church walls, using the tools of broad-based community organizing. Working with a local organizer from the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) and other colleagues in the area, ECA began to deepen relationships and develop leadership in the congregation while building connections with other institutions around common interests.“All those skills complement her new role at St. Michael’s and help us to strengthen our outreach,” noted Kris Ishibashi, one of the wardens of the parish.Among the parish’s community ministries are its Saturday Kitchen (open since 1983) and the Pilgrim Resource Center, which serve hundreds of guests every weekend, and a relatively new program, Careersearchers, a job-search support group.St. Michael’s also helps support a ministry to families in need at nearby Trinity Lutheran Church, and members of the parish prepare meals for residents of Trinity’s shelter for homeless LGTBQ youth.St. Michael’s occupies a campus of three 1890s-vintage buildings: the church itself, the parish house and the rectory. Louis Comfort Tiffany created the church’s seven stained-glass windows (more than a story high) surrounding the apse, as well as the reredos in the Chapel of the Angels.A reconsecrated altar in the north end of the sanctuary came from St. Jude’s Chapel, founded in 1909, a ministry of St. Michael’s to the African-American community on West 99th Street, until the chapel was destroyed by a midcentury “urban-renewal” project.Music plays a very significant role in the life of St. Michael’s, during services and in community performances. The church maintains four choirs, from young children through adults, and holds two organs by the well-known builder Rudolf von Beckerath.Flexer returns to a parish of more than 600 individuals from more than 300 households whose demographics reflect its diverse neighborhood.Since 1852 the church has operated St. Michael’s Cemetery in Queens, open to people of all faiths, or none. Annual observances at the historic Cemetery include a concert honoring composer Scott Joplin, who is buried there; a remembrance honoring police, fire and first responders during the 9/11 attacks; and a fundraiser to support children of those who died from working on the World Trade Center cleanup.St. Michael’s fortunes have always been linked to those of its neighborhood. The church archives record that during the 1960s the once-thriving parish was so precarious that the Bishop of New York considered closing the church and selling the cemetery. The parish rebounded in the late ‘70s and ‘80s.Flexer’s rectorate begins a new era at an old but lively church. She will take up her duties on Dec. 14, the third Sunday of Advent. 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 The Rev. Lucretia Jevne says: Ken and BErnadette Wachter says: Rector Belleville, IL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Shreveport, LA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET St. Michael’s calls Katharine G. Flexer as new rector Comments are closed. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Job Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Comments (7) Associate Rector Columbus, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 December 14, 2014 at 11:35 pm Kate,Salutations on your new ministry at St. Michael’s,and greetings from your many friends at St. Clements.How fitting that you take up your Rectorate on the festival ofOur Lady of Guadalupe — which Bruce featured in his sermon today.Bernadette and I were just remembering the event by theTeatro del Campesino in San Juan Bautista celebrating Juan Diego’s visionto which you took us andmany St. Clement’s friend one Christmastime.We wish you and your family and your parish the very best,for Christmas and the coming years.Ken and Bernadette Rector Collierville, TN Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Knoxville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 People Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Rev. 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Detroit’s historically black St. Matthew’s added to ‘Freedom Network’

first_img The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 By Pat McCaughanPosted Feb 25, 2016 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL Press Release Service Rector Knoxville, TN February 27, 2016 at 10:44 am I think I heard that when John Brown came to Detroit to meet with community leaders, shortly before his raid at Harper’s Ferry, the meeting was held at St. Matthews. Is this true? Adrienne Sellers says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC April 21, 2017 at 7:48 pm My family were members of old St. Matthew’s Church. My great great grandmother’s name was Louise Tomlinson, as was my great grandmother’ name was Louisa. her maiden name was Hulette, born in Ft. Erie, Ontario. My grandmother’s name was Clara Tomlinson Boston, she was married to William Boston, a popular undertaker. My mother’s name was Julia Sellers. I remember many stories about St. Matthew’s, the tea’s, the help to escaped slaves , King’s Daughter’s Group, the stories about the Underground Railroad, Mr. Lambert, William his grandson, old Greek Town at First Baptist Church as the last station of the Underground Railroad. Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL March 12, 2016 at 1:57 pm Great article that should be widely read throughout the country, particularly during Black History month, and thereafter. Thanks be to God for the faithful at St. Matthews” yet “carrying on” and still endeavoring to “lift up Christ”, serve the community, and make a positive impact in the city of Detroit, and in the lives of persons there; while still striving for freedom, favor, shared resources, and dignity for all persons wherever regardless of class, color or convictions. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Detroit’s historically black St. Matthew’s added to ‘Freedom Network’ National Park Service recognizes 170-year-old congregation’s Underground Railroad activism Joe Summers says: Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [Episcopal News Service] Before Harriet Tubman escaped slavery, before Abraham Lincoln was elected to Congress and before Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, members of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church were helping slaves escape across the Detroit River to freedom in Canada.Founded in 1846 above a blacksmith’s shop, St. Matthew’s is among the oldest historically black congregations in the Episcopal Church and in the nation, and was a center of local abolitionist activism and community organizing.Yet that aspect of the church’s past went relatively unrecognized until 2015, when the National Park Service added St. Matthew’s to its National Network to Freedom.“We found that it (St. Matthew’s) makes a significant contribution to the understanding of the Underground Railroad in American history … (and we) commend you on your dedication to this important aspect of our history,” Diane Miller, network national program manager, wrote in a June 4 letter announcing the award of the designation.Senior Warden Philip Carrington, the Rev. Canon Robert W. Alltop, Dr. Richard E Smith and Junior Warden ​Rudolph Markoe.For fourth-generation St. Matthew’s parishioner Dr. Richard E. Smith, who applied for the status, the quest to highlight the church’s storied past was a labor of love and long overdue. For nearly two decades, he wove together details of its proud history of community service and social activism.“We always heard bits and pieces about the church’s history, but there was no written record,” Smith told the Episcopal News Service recently.A time capsule offers a past and future glimpse The unearthing of a time capsule in 1998, planted by church members some 70 years earlier at the site of the congregation’s second location at St. Antoine and Elizabeth Streets, yielded a written record of what previously had been oral history passed among generations, he said.It also offered a glimpse into the city’s past. Those documents became part of the permanent collection of the Charles Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Smith said.“As a doctor, I deal in facts,” said Smith, an obstetrician-gynecologist, and vice president of Henry Ford Hospital Physician Outreach. “I began gathering information to put into a timeline for the church, along with family history and other information.”The Rev. William Monroe helped organize St. Matthew’s as a mission congregation.Among other significant events, Smith’s timeline reveals that:Nine years after Michigan became the 26th state in the union, 13 years after slavery was abolished in Canada and nearly 40 years after slavery was abolished in Michigan, St. Matthew’s was organized as a mission congregation by the Rev. William Monroe and local businessman William Lambert, who served as warden.Two years later, Lambert was elected a delegate to the National Convention of Colored Citizens held in Cleveland, at which Frederick Douglass was elected convention president. The same year, a city lot at the corner of St. Antoine and Congress was purchased to build the church and taxes of $2.22 paid to the state and county for the church.Over the next decade, nearly 40,000 fugitive slaves would pass through Detroit under the support and guidance of Lambert and others, including other churches in the city. “Everyone was working together, helping one another,” Smith said.Roy Finkenbine, vice chair of the Michigan Freedom Trail Commission, said St. Matthew’s was one of three churches in Detroit’s pre-Civil War black community that actively aided freedom-seekers.William Lambert was the senior warden and found of St. Matthew’s.Lambert, known as “the father of St. Matthew’s,” founded the Colored Vigilant Committee, “essentially an all-purpose organization to help freedom-seekers get to Canada,” he said.“It was all black in membership. They worked with select whites in the city and on the fringes of the city who would filter people to the committee. They did everything from raising funds to feeding (and) clothing people, providing medical care, hiding them in barns on the east side (and) getting them across the river late at night in skiffs hidden under the docks. They even offered legal representation.“It was an illegal activity and one that was particularly dangerous after 1850,” he said.A surprising revelation for junior warden Rudolph Markoe, a second-generation and lifelong St. Matthew’s member, was finding out “that we didn’t actually have a building for a stretch of time because many people left for Canada and California because of the threat of kidnapping and arrest.”That was after the government passed the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act, another in a series of federal laws allowing for capture and return of runaway slaves, and harsh penalties imposed against the slaves and anyone who helped them. Enforcement of the law often facilitated kidnapping and enslaving of free people of color, prompting many to flee to Canada. The Rev. William Monroe emigrated to Liberia to establish an Episcopal mission. During that time, remaining St. Matthew’s members met at Christ Church Detroit, and their building was sold to a Jewish congregation, Shaary Zedek. The St. Matthew’s Mission Fund was established, pooling money to assist newcomers and later to build the next church.Other highlights of the church’s history include:In 1855, James Holly was ordained a deacon at St. Matthew’s, and he was the first of six clergy associated with the church to become bishops in the Episcopal Church, according to Smith. Holly was consecrated the first black bishop in the Episcopal Church and founded the Episcopal Church in Haiti, the largest missionary diocese in the Episcopal Church. Others include the Rt. Revs. G. Mott Williams; Quintin Primo Jr.; Orris Walker Jr.; Arthur Williams and Irving Mayson.The mission revived in the 1880s, at another site near downtown Detroit, and became “the center for improvement and service clubs.” By 1906 St. Matthew’s was so popular it had to limit participants, according to Smith. A year later, the church attained parish status.After the turn of the century, the Detroit chapter of the NAACP was established at and met at St. Matthew’s.During the 1920s then-rector the Rev. Evard Daniel continued as a trendsetter, developing a relationship with automaker Henry Ford and facilitating the hiring of many African Americans for factory work during “the Great Migration” of blacks from the South. Located in Detroit’s “Paradise Valley,” a business and entertainment hub, church membership was reportedly 800 communicants, with 300 children in its Sunday school, according to a Dec. 11, 1926, Detroit Free Press article.Donors included Clara Ford, spouse of automaker Henry Ford and an occasional worshipper at the church.In 1926, Marian Anderson performed her first Detroit concert at the Nov. 1 dedication of St. Matthew’s new parish house; the time capsule was placed in the cornerstone. The famed opera singer returned in 1939 for a repeat performance at St. Matthew’s, after being barred from Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution.Markoe also underscored the church’s involvement as an early meeting place for the NAACP and its social activism in the 1925 landmark trial of Dr. Ossian Sweet, whose wife, Gladys Mitchell, was an active St. Matthew’s member.“They sponsored fundraisers to raise money for Clarence Darrow to come and defend Sweet,” he said. In a case considered to be one of the most important civil rights trials of that decade, Darrow successfully defended Sweet, a black medical doctor, against murder charges after a crowd threatened to eject Sweet from the all-white neighborhood where he had purchased a home. During the scuffle, someone in the crowd was shot and killed.Sweet’s acquittal was considered a milestone decision in asserting the rights of blacks to defend their person and property.In 1940, the Rev. Ricksford Meyers was called as rector of the church; his wife, Dr. Marjorie Peebles-Meyers, became the first African American woman to graduate from the Wayne State University Medical School and to integrate many local hospitals.Urban renewal, a new location and a mergerSweeping urban renewal and social change impacted the congregation over the next several decades. New freeway construction displaced Detroit’s Paradise Valley; church membership dwindled.St. Matthew’s and St. Joseph’s merged in 1971 and is known affectionately as “Matty-Joes.”Yet the tradition of social activism remained intact; clergy participated in 1960s civil rights demonstrations locally and nationally. In 1971, because of declining membership and economic challenges, St. Matthew’s merged with and relocated to St. Joseph’s Church in the mid-city area of Detroit.“It was a melding of two communities of faith, each with their own unique identities that worked together and made it a fascinating place,” according to the Rev. Kenneth Near, who has served at the church. St. Joseph’s was a center of anti-Vietnam War activism, he said.In 1998, the former church building was razed to make way for the construction of Ford Field, the home of the Detroit Lions professional football team; the time capsule was removed and opened. Also removed was a city-designated historic plaque.Finkenbine said receiving the National Park Service Freedom Network designation “for something like the Underground Railroad says something, particularly in the case of churches, about who and what an organization wants to be. The fact that people were taking a chance to assist people in need, that they were willing to put a higher law above the national law, says something about those folks. The desire to recognize that as part of your heritage says something about the institution today and how the institution wants to operate and to work with issues today.”St. Matthew’s continues “hands-on ministry” with a Sunday morning breakfast program that feeds about 60 and other ministries “geared toward assisting or lending a hand or step up to people who, for whatever reason, have fallen on hard times or can’t quite navigate through life’s problems,” Markoe said.He said he learned the church’s history “in doses through the years,” through the work of others, such as the late Lillian Southern, the church historian who died in January 2015, and through Smith.“It makes you feel a certain pride … a certain responsibility to keep that tradition going because people long before me saw a need and were committed to changing it.”The Union of Black Episcopalians National President Annette Buchanan said, “St. Matthews stands in the great tradition of our historically black churches, many of whom were born out of the struggle for racial justice.“On Feb. 13 as we commemorated the feast day of blessed Absalom Jones, our first black priest, and his founding of our first black Episcopal church, St. Thomas African Episcopal Church, we appreciate the foundation that he laid of community outreach, advocacy, and evangelism which St. Matthews has proudly perpetuated.“The Black Episcopal Church has been and will continue to be the conscience of our denomination reminding us of our baptismal covenant to respect the dignity of every human being.”Finkenbine said it is extremely important to have historically African American churches recognized on the Network for Freedom “because all too frequently nothing of them remains in local communities. Many institutions have disappeared off the landscape over the 150 years since the Underground Railroad ended. Those churches which are still active and exist like St. Matthew’s have to carry the water, be symbolic of all that larger area of work that black communities and black churches did to help bring freedom.”St. Matthew’s 1880-1971 photo taken taken circa 1945.Smith agreed. His quest to uncover and to gain recognition of the St. Matthew’s story intersected with the stories of his own and other families, he said.“My family is one of the oldest in Michigan; we were a part of a family group of freedom-seekers, black settlers who left Fredericksburg, Virginia, about 1845,” he told ENS. “For as far back as I remember, I heard stories of the Underground Railroad.”His interest peaked after a relative gave him the family’s “original 1803 ‘free papers’ from Virginia,” he said. “In my efforts to document our history, I also researched the stories I heard about St. Matthew’s early history. I was further energized with the opening of the time capsule from the church building on St. Antoine.”During his research he was inspired to press on by the words of co-founder Lambert:“We hold our liberty more dearly than we do our lives, and we will organize and prepare ourselves with determination: live or die, sink or swim, we will never be taken back into slavery.“We will never voluntarily separate ourselves from the slave population in the country, for they are our fathers and mothers, and sisters and brothers; their interest, their wrongs and their sufferings are ours. The injuries inflicted on them are alike inflicted on us. Therefore, it is our duty to aid and assist them in their attempts to obtain their liberty.”– The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. Rector Washington, DC Comments are closed. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA center_img July 12, 2016 at 10:57 am No it isn’t. The meeting was held at the home of William Webb, which was CLOSE to the original site of St. Matthews. But the meeting was held in Webb’s home, not the church. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit an Event Listing Raleigh Daniel Hairston, D.Min. says: Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Racial Justice & Reconciliation Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Albany, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags Comments (4) 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 Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Jamon Jordan says: last_img read more

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Apopka Budget 2018-19: Is this the season for austerity?

first_imgApopka  “It is also important to make sure we first look at our unique situation and do what is best for Apopka before simply doing what others have done. We actually were in a position of owning several properties that could have been used now for growth and expansion without having to bond out to purchase them. Unfortunately, we sold off the properties to balance the budget and now we must rebuild or borrow. When you have to sell assets to pay for other projects you are going backward while looking forward, and eventually, you will not have any more to sustain the pattern. This is where we find ourselves and must right the ship before taking on more water.” The new Winter Park Library is a state-of-the-art 35,690-square-foot building and adjoining 13,456-square-foot events center.Winter ParkPopulation 29,317Median Household Income $62,699Budget $165-millionGeneral Fund Budget $38.9-millionGeneral Fund reserves $9.7 million (19.37%)Millage 4.0923Winter Park is building a library, but not just any library. It already has one after all. This state-of-the-art complex is a 35,690-square-foot building and adjoining 13,456-square-foot events center. The two-story structure will be a rectangular design with four massive arching windows that provide views of the park. Architect David Adjaye is the designer of this colossal undertaking. He also designed the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., has designed buildings internationally and was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in 2017.The cost of the library complex is $30 million unless they decide to add a rooftop venue, which will add an additional $2.6 million to the final price tag.In 2016, Winter Park voters approved the referendum to issue $30 million in bonds for the library, civic center, and a one-level parking garage. The current Winter Park Public Library is a 33,000-square-foot building, which library officials say is inadequate for today’s needs. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Winter GardenPopulation 41,988Median Household Income $60,626Budget $173.5-millionGeneral Fund Budget $36.2 millionGeneral Fund Reserves $9.8-million (27%)Millage 4.250Last month, the Winter Garden City Council agreed to purchase three residential properties on the shore of Lake Apopka for $1.6 million to create the largest recreation property on the lake’s southeast side. It was described as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity by Winter Garden City Manager Mike Bollhoffer.Winter Garden Mayor John Rees pointed out the sense of urgency that went into the timing of the deal.“The (property) owner was putting the land up for sale so the city had the option of buying the land now or probably losing the opportunity forever,” said Rees. “As this land connected two parks on the lake it really was an easy decision to reach.”The purchase, approved unanimously by city commissioners, is part of a bigger plan to add or improve the recreational facilities in the city. The other part of the proposed project is to create new destinations within walking and biking distance of homes in the community and to provide continued support for initiatives presently underway.If they are to create this recreational facility, the City Council will need to ask voters next year to approve a bond issue that would generate about $20 million for the city to buy land for soccer fields, upgrade its Little League complex and pay for other recreation projects.And according to Rees, the residents seem excited to make that happen. ” a time to plant and a time to uproot”……I wish somewhere in that big thick budget book of our city, they would allow for the small- time money to uproot the cattails across the frontage of Dream Lake Park. I have sat there in the past, at the budget workshops, when they allowed money for annual flowers to dress up the park, but still no cattail removal. And I never did see any annual flower plantings there at Dream Lake Park after that. The boy scouts have built us this beautiful awesome bridge, and have repainted the picnic tables, and redid the pavers, but what has the city done to improve Dream Lake Park? All the other parks have been improved, or are in the process of getting new things…. The cattails are unsightly! They block the beautiful view of the lakeshore. Families can’t cast around and fish, for the cattails. We have stopped by there, and walked around, and I have watched men stop in with their fishing rods, to fish, and look around, and give up and leave. All it would take would be the city’s heavy equipment with the long arms, and snatch those weeds out of there, in hardly anytime, put them in a pile, as they are snatched out, and the claw trucks could load them up, and haul them away. How much would that cost? Very little! Again, I say there needs to be alligator and snake warning signs posted along the lakefront also. Yes, we Apopkans know that there are gators present, but we have tourists that visit our city, and it would be good policy to remind everyone of the dangers of the gators, and snakes to keep small children and pets away from the water’s edge. Mayor John Land, when he was in good health, always kept the lakeshore of Dream Lake Park clean and free from the grown up cattails all the way across. I haven’t had the time yet to look at the budget, but I hope there is something to improve Dream Lake Park frontage listed. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Despite believing the 2018-19 fiscal budget should be a season to rebuild, Bankson does see future progress for Apopka on the horizon.  “The good news is that we have an amphitheater that many of these other municipalities can only dream about, and with the downtown center moving forward we will see the further development of the 6th street promenade. We have room to grow and once stable can invest further in the North Shore project and Kelly Park Crossing. We will be able to take advantage of the 429 completion in just a couple short years and will be in the catbird seat for future development. With a little patience and fortitude, we will be able if desired to fund longer-term projects in a sustainable matter that will set us up for future growth and long-term success.”  The 2018-19 Apopka Fiscal Budget process begins tomorrow with a 1:30 meeting at City Hall. Also on the budget calendar are City Council workshops scheduled to take place between July 10th-22nd, a proposed budget presented to the City Council and the tentative millage rate set before August 1st, the first reading and public hearing on September 12th, the second reading, second public hearing, and the adoption of the budget on September 26th, and the final budget published and presented on October 1st. July 5, 2018 at 10:22 am Mama Mia Population approximately 50,000.Median Household Income $60,273.2017-18 fiscal budget $125-millionGeneral Fund Budget $48-millionGeneral Fund Reserves $8.6 million (20.3%).Millage Rate 3.7876Despite the city’s population surge, an increasing revenue base, promising economic development, and a positive national economy, Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson does not see this as a season to splurge. His 2018 mayoral campaign stressed fiscal discipline, budget management, and a growth in general fund reserves, and with a resounding victory with over 63% of the votes, he believes he has the mandate to cut the budget and bring order back to spending which in his opinion was previously out of control.“It is pretty simple. We can’t bond any “non-essential” items without raising taxes,” he said. “The other cities cited can. The splash pad will ultimately have a reoccurring expense of $50,000-100,000, which we begin to pay for this year and every year thereafter. Our budget is still out of balance by over $700,000, which must be rectified before October 1st.”He also pointed out two major expenditures that Apopka is still paying for.“We have a $60 million wastewater system going online this fall that we have bonded for but those payments are ultimately paid for by the wastewater customers of the city. We are also still paying on a 20-year bond for the Northwest Recreational Complex.”Apopka City Commissioner Doug Bankson was also in favor of fiscal discipline in this current budget cycle but does believe Apopka’s time to invest in its progress will come soon once a platform of stability is built. “I have always been for building a successful future by making Apopka an attractive place to work, live, and play, and to build on a sustainable model. Rather than seeing advancement projects as non-essentials, these can be worthwhile investments once a proper foundation is laid. When it comes to larger projects I have always supported putting them before the public for a referendum, and am not opposed to bonding such larger projects if that is the will of the people.”He also points out that Apopka has challenges at this time that Clermont, Winter Park, and Winter Garden do not. Reply Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply “There was no pushback on the purchase of the land,” said Rees. “The proposed bond is in the discussion phase and has not been brought to the commission yet. Before it is brought to the commission there will be significant community input thru community meetings and other communications to determine what the residents want, but the initial response though informal has been mostly positive. The residents have been highly supportive of parks and recreation programs and green space initiatives.” Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter  “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot…”—Ecclesiastes 3:1-2  The Great Recession was a period of general economic decline observed in world markets during the late 2000’s and early 2010’s. The scale and timing of the recession varied from country to country. In terms of overall impact, the International Monetary Fund concluded that it was the worst global recession since the Great Depression in the 1930’s. The causes largely originated in the United States, particularly the real-estate market, though policies of other nations contributed as well. According to the U.S. National Bureau of Economic Research (the official arbiter of U.S. recessions) the Great Recession, as experienced in the United States, began in December 2007 and ended in June 2009, thus extending over 19 months. The Great Recession was related to the financial crisis of 2007–08 and U.S. subprime mortgage crisis of 2007–09. It resulted in the scarcity of valuable assets in the market economy and the collapse of the financial sector (banks) in the world economy. The banks were then bailed out by the U.S. government.It was not a time for municipalities to take on city-improving projects. Despite the recession technically ending in 2009 with the first positive report of Gross National Product (GNP), it was several years after that before the economy truly recovered.Economists point to 2014 when the economy created 3.1 million jobs, followed by 2.7 million in 2015, 2.2 million in 2016, and 2.1 million in 2017. The GDP was also a positive indicator beginning in the second quarter of 2014 – which is 16 straight quarters of growth with annual increases in GDP of 2.6% in 2014, 2.9% in 2015, 1.5% in 2016, and 2.3% in 2017.For some municipalities, this slow and steady recovery gave them the green light to catch up on some major projects they set aside during the recession, and in some cases gave them the comfort to take on additional improvements not considered necessary, but enhancing to their communities.It was, in their estimation, a season to build, improve and invest in their communities.So is this the season in Apopka to cut the budget, conserve, and expand the general fund reserves? Or is it a season to take advantage of a growing economy and build a city with more amenities to compete with nearby cities while it is experiencing an increasing revenue base, a booming population expansion, and economic growth?The Apopka Voice took a look at three municipalities in Central Florida with similar populations, household medians, and budgets as Apopka’s that are taking a different approach. Should Apopka take note of their strategy?, Should these cities adopt Apopka’s approach? Or are these municipalities simply in a different season than Apopka?Clermont’s Victory Pointe is described as a 10-acre site that will be the first major project completed from the Downtown-Waterfront Master Plan.ClermontPopulation 35,208Median Household Income $56,037Budget $143.5-millionGeneral Fund Budget $38.9-millionGeneral Fund Reserves $8.1-million 28.84%Millage Rate 4.2061The waiting is over in Clermont.For decades, the largest and fastest-growing city in Lake County had been described as conservative in its investments. Their preference was to wait until they had enough money in their general fund to pay for the projects they took on.But all of that changed in 2017 when they borrowed $30 million to spearhead several new projects.Among those are:Victory Pointe – In a press release published by Clermont Communications Director Doris Bloodworth, The innovative park will combine recreational elements, such as trails and a performance area, with an extensive stormwater facility. The stormwater facility will enhance drainage downtown and improve the quality of water entering Lake Minneola, a State of Florida-designated “Impaired Water.” City officials say the project a grand opening slated on Friday, July 27, 2018. It’s a $9.7 million project, with about $5 million expected to be covered by grants, including $1 million from the St. Johns River Water Management District.A $1.9 million, boat ramp on Lake Hiawatha, which will replace the one downtown.A $1.9 million Clermont Legacy Loop, which is an alternate trail around downtown that hooks back into the South Lake Trail.Installing wireless internet for the waterfront area, which will cost $750,000.Two more gateways at a combined cost of $550,000. One is near the Orange County line on State Road 50 to the east, and the other on the west end of S.R. 50 at 12th Street.A $12 million public works building.An $11 million six-square-block streetscape project on Montrose Street to the waterfront and from Lake Avenue in the east to West Avenue in the west.And according to Bloodworth, the residents of Clermont were happy to spend the money.“I can tell you that our community was hungry for the changes that have come in recent years,” she said. “I was at the council meeting — just as a citizen — when people actually applauded having taxes raised and packed the chambers to support the city purchasing a former megachurch that is now our arts and recreation center, including a performing arts center.” 1 COMMENT Please enter your name here TAGS2018-19 Apopka Fiscal Budget Previous articleWhy red, white and blue? …and other 4th of July triviaNext articleApopka Police Department Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Mori Haus Residence / Somdoon Architects

first_img Design Team:Prinya Narongthanartth, Phiriya Chavanaphan, Attaporn PalawattanakulClients:Sansiri Public Company LimitedEngineering:W.& Associates Designs Company LimitedLandscape:Shma Company LimitedDesign Collaborator:Creative CrewsCountry:ThailandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© BeersingnoiRecommended ProductsFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)Fiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEA“Mori Haus” is located in the growing fringe of Bangkok near a canal, grassland, and residential area. It is a challenge of fitting high-density dwellings into the local neighborhood and maintaining the peaceful atmosphere of its surrounding. The two blocks of seven-story residential buildings are located along the site perimeter to maximize the central garden. While the third building is a one-story facility building and situated in the open space between the two residential blocks. The arrangement creates a connection with the triangular common green area in front of the development and highlights the drop-off. It functions as the main lobby before letting residents walk through the landscape to each residential block.Save this picture!© BeersingnoiSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© W WorkspaceThe design of the facility building is all about blending it with central landscape and encouraging the residents to enjoy. Its shape follows the landscape design geometry, and its green roof is at the same level as the first residential floor. The lobby has an openable sliding window on both sides for natural cross-ventilation, and the irregular shape skylights allows direct light into the main lobby creating an outdoor atmosphere. At the end of the building is the gym space protruding into the landscape with full-height glass walls.Save this picture!© W WorkspaceSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© BeersingnoiAll the units facing inside have a balcony extended to appreciate the central garden. In contrast, the units facing outside have two types of the façade; balcony with a tree and balcony with windows, which is convertible to interior space. The facades are arranged to create the rhythm of recesses for trees to grow vertically and, at the same time, creating a distinctive pattern. With the central garden, building arrangement, and façade design, the project archives not only creating a green atmosphere for the residents but also the friendly built-environment to its neighbors.Save this picture!© BeersingnoiProject gallerySee allShow lessPyeongtaek Godeok Knowledge Industrial Center / SEON Architecture & Engineering GroupSelected ProjectsXpace Digital Park / JL-Office + Studio QISelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Soi Sukhumvit 77, Bangkok, ThailandLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Projects Photographs:  W Workspace, Beersingnoi Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Lead Architects: Punpong Wiwatkul Mori Haus Residence / Somdoon ArchitectsSave this projectSaveMori Haus Residence / Somdoon Architects Area:  7642 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Architects: Somdoon Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyApartments, Residential•Thailand “COPY” 2017 Thailand CopyAbout this officeSomdoon ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsBuildingsResidentialOn FacebookThailandPublished on September 02, 2020Cite: “Mori Haus Residence / Somdoon Architects” 01 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs ArchDaily Save this picture!© W Workspace+ 28Curated by Hana Abdel Share Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/946761/mori-haus-residence-somdoon-architects Clipboard Manufacturers: C-Post, TOA Thailand PCL, Trimble Navigation, VSN Interset Apartments Mori Haus Residence / Somdoon Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/946761/mori-haus-residence-somdoon-architects Clipboardlast_img read more

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Fate of town councils to become clearer later this week

first_img Town councillors in Donegal will be awaiting news from tomorrows cabinet meeting, the last before the summer break.Proposals to abolish a number of town councils will be discussed during the meeting, although it will be the autumn at the earliest before anything can be done.Last year, Environment Minister Phil Hogan indicated that smaller councils would be abolished, with speculation in Donegal that Ballyshannon and Bundoran could face the axe, with Buncrana and Letterkenny regarded as being safe.However, in February of this year, it was being reported that all town councils could be in jeapordy.Letterkenny Cllr Gerry Mc Monagle is one of the local represerntitives on the Association of Muncipal Authorities of Ireland.He says after a over a year of speculation, clarity is needed…………[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/gmac1pm.mp3[/podcast]Buncrana Town Cllr Nicholas Crossan is a past president of the AMAI, and has been one of the leaders of the national campaign to save town councils.He says MInister Hogan has indicated to them that he will be making an announcement later in the week……….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/ncros830.mp3[/podcast] Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook News Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – July 23, 2012 Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Facebookcenter_img Fate of town councils to become clearer later this week WhatsApp Twitter Google+ PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Google+ HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Previous articleMacGill: Summer School founder says its reputation was hard wonNext articleDecline in numbers attending gaeltacht colleges News Highland Pinterestlast_img read more

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SC Reserves Judgment On Senior Journalist Vinod Dua’s Plea Seeking To Quash Sedition FIR Against Him

first_imgTop StoriesSC Reserves Judgment On Senior Journalist Vinod Dua’s Plea Seeking To Quash Sedition FIR Against Him Press Trust of India6 Oct 2020 9:46 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court Tuesday reserved verdict on a plea of senior journalist Vinod Dua seeking quashing of FIR lodged against him for sedition and other offences by a local BJP leader in Himachal Pradesh over his YouTube show.A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Vineet Saran, after hearing arguments for Dua, Himachal Pradesh government and the complainant in the case, asked the parties to file…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 Tuesday reserved verdict on a plea of senior journalist Vinod Dua seeking quashing of FIR lodged against him for sedition and other offences by a local BJP leader in Himachal Pradesh over his YouTube show.A bench of Justices U U Lalit and Vineet Saran, after hearing arguments for Dua, Himachal Pradesh government and the complainant in the case, asked the parties to file written submissions in the matter within three days.On July 20, the top court had extended till further orders the protection granted to Dua from any coercive action in the case.The top court had said that Dua need not answer any other supplementary questions asked by Himachal Pradesh police in connection with the case.On July 7, the top court had extended the protection to Dua from any coercive action and sought a report in a sealed cover on the probe conducted so far by the state police.An FIR against Dua under provisions of Indian Penal Code for offences of sedition, public nuisance, printing defamatory materials and public mischief was lodged by BJP leader Shyam at Kumarsain police station in Shimla district on May 6 and the journalist was asked to join the probe.Shyam has alleged that Dua, in his YouTube show, accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of using “deaths and terror attacks” to get votes.Earlier, in an unprecedented hearing conducted on a Sunday on June 14, the top court had granted protection from arrest to Dua till further orders. However, it had refused to stay the ongoing probe against him.It had asked Dua will have to join the investigation through video-conferencing or online mode as offered by him in his response to the summons issued by the police seeking his personal appearance.Besides seeking quashing of the FIR, Dua, in the plea, has sought “exemplary damages” for “harassment”.He has also sought direction from the apex court that “henceforth FIRs against persons belonging to the media with at least 10 years standing be not registered unless cleared by a committee to be constituted by every state government, the composition of which should comprise of the Chief Justice of the High Court or a Judge designated by him, the leader of the Opposition and the Home Minister of the State.”Dua has said freedom of the press is a fundamental right guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) of the Constitution.The plea said the top court has been “emphasizing for distancing the police from the ruling party in the state” but “none of the major political parties which are in power in various states are ready to give up their control over the police”.”There is a recent trend against the media where state governments which do not find a particular telecast to be in sync with their political ideologies register FIRs against persons of the media primarily to harass them and to intimidate them so that they succumb to the line of the state or else face the music at the hands of the police,” the plea claimed.Lodging of FIR and coercive steps against Dua amounted to “direct and brazen violation” of his fundamental rights, the plea said.The plea claimed there is a concerted approach of authorities “to silence the media which is not palatable to them”.It alleged that the FIR registered against Dua is “politically motivated” and is “purely to settle scores for critically evaluating the functioning of the central government at the present time of COVID”.”The restriction imposed against free speech refers to issues which are a threat to public order, decency, morality, and the security of the state. In the case of the petitioner (Dua) facts which are publicly verifiable and are true have been treated as a ground for sedition and other serious offences which are far from the truth,” it said.The plea said Dua is a senior citizen with co-morbidities, including hypertension and diabetes. 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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Connells Group buys up Countrywide shares of rival ahead of deal vote

first_imgConnells has bought the Countrywide shares of its principal rival in the race to acquire the estate agency.Investment firm Alchemy has sold its 895,360 shares to Connells, which represent nearly 3% of Countrywide’s available stock.This means Connells now owns or has the backing of shareholders representing just over 55% or 18 million of Countrywide’s shares, largely sealing the deal to buy the company, details of which are due to be voted through on February 15th.Alchemy and Connells have in the past exchanged harsh words during their brief time as competitors in the race to buy Countrywide, including Connells’ assertion that Alchemy lacked the management experience to run a huge estate agency group.Final actToday’s announcement is the final denouement of this battle ahead of the official court-sanctioned vote at which investors will be asked to endorse the deal.Connells will have to secure the votes of investors holding at least 75% of Countrywide’s share but, given it already has 55%, this is largely a formality.The most recent announcement on the deal, issued on Friday, also contained an undertaking by Alchemy that it ‘did not intend to make an offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Countrywide pursuant to Rule 2.7 of the Takeover Code’.But the costs of taking over Countrywide are mounting. Buying Alchemy’s shares will have cost Connells £3.56 million. The overall cost of buying its entire share allocation is set to reach £134 million, backed by the deep pockets of its owner, Skipton Building Society.Alchemy connells Countrywide January 25, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Connells Group buys up Countrywide shares of rival ahead of deal vote previous nextAgencies & PeopleConnells Group buys up Countrywide shares of rival ahead of deal voteAgency says it has agreed to buy 895,360 shares off Alchemy, which at one point was poised to buy Countrywide.Nigel Lewis25th January 202103,290 Viewslast_img read more

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HMS Westminster’s Crew Hone Their Boarding Skills with Saudi Arabian Navy

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: skills Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Westminster’s Crew Hone Their Boarding Skills with Saudi Arabian Navy September 26, 2013 View post tag: UK View post tag: Naval HMS Westminster’s Crew Hone Their Boarding Skills with Saudi Arabian Navy View post tag: Arabian View post tag: crew Share this article View post tag: HMS View post tag: Saudi View post tag: Defense Training & Education Royal Navy warship HMS Westminster has been putting her boarding teams through their paces as part of exercise Red Alligator, an international exercise with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).The Portsmouth-based frigate is working as part of the Cougar 13 Task Group before she continues on her way to fulfil the Royal Navy’s standing commitment to maritime security in the Middle East and Indian Ocean.With the KSA Warship Makkah acting as a suspect vessel with ‘pirates’ on board, it was down to Westminster’s contingent of Royal Marine Boarding Team otherwise known as the ‘Green Team’ to demonstrate their techniques in boarding, crew restraint and handling.With the ship secured it gave the ship’s Royal Navy Boarding team, the ‘Blue Team’ the chance to practice their information exploitation and searching skills.Looking high and low for illicit cargo in hot and humid conditions, the Blue Team demonstrated their searching skills to the Makkah’s own Boarding Team. Led by Lieutenant Glen Kerrigan they were able to use their specialist search skills to find cunningly hidden homemade explosive devices in the ship.Lt Kerrigan said:”Working with our KSA allies has greatly benefited both nations from a training and cultural perspective. It has set us up well for future boarding operations in the region.”HMS Westminster is operating in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden as part of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG).This is the UK’s high readiness maritime force, comprising ships, submarines, aircraft and a landing force of Royal Marines, who stand at short notice to act in response to any contingency tasking if required by government.Currently on their annual four-month deployment – Cougar 13 – the four Royal Navy warships and five Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships are working in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, the Gulf, and Horn of Africa.Cougar 13 involves exercising with partner nations, and will show the UK Armed Forces’ capacity to project an effective maritime component anywhere in the world.As well as HMS Westminster there are three other Royal Navy ships – HMS Bulwark, HMS Illustrious and HMS Montrose taking part, supported by five Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels.[mappress]Press Release, September 26, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Westminster View post tag: Navy View post tag: Warship View post tag: Hone View post tag: Boarding View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

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