UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust (UPDC.ng) Q12019 Interim Report

first_imgUPDC Real Estate Investment Trust (UPDC.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust (UPDC.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust (UPDC.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust (UPDC.ng)  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileUPDC Real Estate Investment Trust is a real estate investment trust which invests in the property market in Nigeria. It was established in 2013. The company managing the UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust is based in Lagos, Nigeria. UPDC Real Estate Investment Trust is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Bruce Myers intronisé comme évêque anglican de Québec

first_img de Philippe VaillancourtPosted Apr 26, 2017 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Bruce Myers intronisé comme évêque anglican de Québec This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Anglican Communion Featured Events Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Tags Submit an Event Listing 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Collierville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Mgr Bruce Myers a officiellement été intronisé comme 13e évêque anglican de Québec le 22 avril 2017. (Présence/Philippe Vaillancourt)[Présence – information religieuse] L’intronisation du 13e évêque anglican de Québec a eu lieu le 22 avril à la cathédrale de la Sainte-Trinité, dans le Vieux-Québec. En plus des gestes traditionnels posés lors de l’intronisation d’un nouvel évêque, ce sont surtout les paroles prononcées par Mgr Bruce Myers et ses invités interreligieux sur le sens de la foi dans la société actuelle qui ont retenu l’attention.Comme le veut la tradition, Bruce Myers se trouvait à l’extérieur de la cathédrale au début de la célébration tandis que l’assemblée patientait à l’intérieur. De sa crosse, il a donné trois grands coups contre la principale porte d’entrée, annonçant solennellement sa présence.Une voix a retenti en anglais dans l’enceinte de la première cathédrale anglicane construite à l’extérieur des îles britanniques. «Frère et sœurs du diocèse de Québec, notre nouvel évêque est arrivé en sa cathédrale pour y réclamer sa place parmi nous. Ouvrons-lui les portes et levons-nous pour l’accueillir!»Dans le vestibule, Bruce Myers y est allé d’un premier geste symbolique: il s’est d’abord adressé à l’assemblée en français.L’ensemble de la célébration a d’ailleurs accordé une grande place à la langue de Molière, de même qu’à l’anglais et qu’au naskapi, langue autochtone parlée dans le diocèse de Québec, qui fut notamment utilisée au moment de l’évangile.Après la lecture des certificats d’élection et d’ordination, le pasteur de 44 ans a été conduit sur sa cathèdre, où il a reçu une ovation des quelque 280 personnes qui assistaient à son intronisation.«J’ai rencontré le Christ ressuscité presque partout en parcourant notre diocèse»Dans son homélie, il a blagué au sujet de l’incrédulité des apôtres devant la résurrection de Jésus. «Ça pourrait être une fausse nouvelle», a lancé l’ancien journaliste qui couvrait la politique provinciale à l’Assemblée nationale avant de devenir prêtre. Ce n’est que plus tard, a-t-il noté, que les proches de Jésus ont cru.«Et quelle histoire: une histoire de lumière qui repousse la noirceur, de pouvoir rendu parfait par la faiblesse, d’espoir outrepassant la peur, d’amour surmontant la haine, de la vie rachetant la mort», a indiqué l’évêque, mettant en garde contre le risque d’être «blasé» par cette histoire entendue si souvent.«Ça ne serait pas honnête de ma part de me présenter devant vous ce matin et de prétendre que nous n’avons pas perdu beaucoup de choses. Il y a cent ans, le nombre de fidèles anglicans dans notre diocèse était cinq fois plus élevé qu’il ne l’est aujourd’hui. Il y a bien des raisons pour cette décroissance – plusieurs d’entre elles étant des éléments hors de notre contrôle – mais il s’agit néanmoins d’une perte. Et cela correspond à une tendance lourde au Québec.»Oui, a-t-il convenu, il s’agit d’une «perte», mais celle-ci ne doit pas avoir comme effet de faire perdre espoir.Élu évêque coadjuteur de Québec à l’automne 2015 et ordonné évêque en mai 2016, Mgr Myers a passé la dernière année à visiter les confins des 720 000 kilomètres carrés du diocèse érigé en 1793.Sa mission, a-t-il continué, est d’être le pasteur de «petites, mais ferventes communautés d’anglicans qui vivent éparpillés sur un grand territoire; prêcher, enseigner et célébrer les sacrements dans tous mes déplacements, et tenter d’encourager nos gens, où qu’ils soient, à voir – et à être – Jésus ressuscité».«Et je vous affirme que je l’ai vu. J’ai rencontré le Christ ressuscité presque partout en parcourant notre diocèse.»Il a conclu son homélie bilingue en appelant les chrétiens à aller à travers le Québec, «non pas en gémissant et en pleurant parce que les sondages nous disent que nos voisins n’ont pas la foi autant qu’avant, mais plutôt en agissant comme des témoins de Jésus-Christ – parce que, dans cette ère séculaire, l’exemple de nos vies en tant que disciples de Jésus aura plus de poids que bien des paroles que nous pourrions prononcer au nom du Christ».Bien accueilli par les autres leaders religieux de QuébecAprès la communion, le primat de l’Église anglicane du Canada, Mgr Fred Hiltz, et le métropolite de la province anglicane du Canada, Mgr Percy Coffin, ont d’abord pris la parole pour souligner les qualités du nouvel évêque de Québec, Mgr Hiltz évoquant sa «douceur d’âme».L’archevêque catholique de Québec, le cardinal Gérald Lacroix, a salué «un frère et un ami». Les deux hommes habitent à l’archevêché catholique et il leur arrive de manger et de prier ensemble. Il voit en Mgr Myers un pasteur qui poursuivra une «longue tradition de relations harmonieuses» entre les anglicans et les catholiques de Québec.«Vous qui avez été journaliste, le Seigneur vous appelle maintenant à être porteur de Bonne Nouvelle», a-t-il lancé à la blague.David Weiser, le président de la congrégation juive Beth Israel Ohev Sholom, a lui aussi pris le temps de souhaiter la bienvenue à Mgr Myers, saluant la «plénitude» des communautés de foi de Québec qui se vit dans «nos diversités».Enfin, le cofondateur du Centre culturel islamique de Québec, Boufeldja Benabdallah, a déclaré que «nous sommes tous des frères en Dieu». Il a évoqué un «pacte du cœur» avec le nouvel évêque. «La solitude d’hier, aujourd’hui je ne la sens pas du tout», a-t-il ajouté. La tuerie du 29 janvier qui a frappé la grande mosquée de Québec a en effet rapproché des fidèles anglicans et musulmans au cours des derniers mois.Des représentants de l’Église Unie du Canada et de l’Église presbytérienne ont aussi assisté à l’intronisation. Celui qui fut évêque anglican de Québec de 2009 à 2017, Mgr Dennis Drainville, n’y était pas. Il a officiellement remis sa démission le 19 avril. Son épouse, la révérende Cynthia Patterson, était toutefois présente samedi matin. Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Tampa, FL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Albany, NY last_img read more

Charity develops free online Gift Aid module for CiviCRM users

first_img  58 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Blood cancer charity Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research has developed Gift Aid software that will enable it and other charities to use HMRC’s new Charities Online electronic submission system which comes into effect on 22 April.The tool is a free extension for CiviCRM, the web-based, open source Constituent Relationship Management (CRM) software. It will help charities and Community Amateur Sports Clubs to claim Gift Aid quickly and efficiently, submitting their claim directly from within CiviCRM.Thomas Muirhead, head of digital and CRM at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, said: “The work we’ve done is immediately available to all charities using CiviCRM and available free of charge. Why should charities have to pay for the same work to be done over and over again?” Advertisement Charity develops free online Gift Aid module for CiviCRM users  57 total views,  1 views today He added: “The speed and flexibility that open source technology offers is fantastic and perfectly fits our culture here at Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. We want to share our development because we’re keen to have a wider social impact as an organisation.”According to Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the extension, carried out by technology company Veda Consulting, makes CiviCRM “the first major fundraising software to be ready for HMRC’s new online system”.http://civicrm.org/extensions/uk-hmrc-online-gift-aid-submissioncenter_img Howard Lake | 8 April 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Developer to donate £10k to JDRF for each flat sold

first_img  89 total views,  1 views today Flats developer Ballymore has pledged to make a donation of £10,000 to diabetes charity JDRF for each flat sold at its Embassy Gardens scheme in Nine Elms, south London.The donations will be made on each flat sold from 25 May to June 25.The donation offer was announced on Wednesday at an event hosted by BBC Radio 4 Today presenter Justin Webb, whose teenage son has Type 1 diabetes.Around 470 homes have been on sale since the second phase of the development was initiated in September 2015. About 25 one- and two-bed apartments overlooking a sky pool (see above) will be made available next week, with one-bed flats starting at £825,000. Howard Lake | 27 May 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Developer to donate £10k to JDRF for each flat sold Tagged with: corporate  90 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 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. Ballymore last month invited bids from arts organisations for a permanent new base on its Embassy Gardens development, with the aim of creating “a new cultural destination”. Dean Benton, JDRF’s Director of Fundraising in the UK, said: “We are very grateful to the developers for their fantastic gesture of donating £10,000 per property sold in the month from 25 May. The purchase of these new builds will help build on vital research into type 1 diabetes – to make a real difference for all who live with type 1 diabetes, and their loved ones.”According to The Evening Standard, “sales in Nine Elms and other areas where large numbers of flats are being built have slowed due to uncertainty triggered by last year’s Brexit referendum and higher levels of stamp duty”.Consequently other developers have offered inducements to buyers ranging from John Lewis vouchers to a free Renault Zoe electric car worth up to £26,000! What is a skypool?In case you’re wondering, this is what a skypool looks like.Photo: Ballymorelast_img read more

People with disabilities battle Trump

first_imgAri Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, warned about Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president: “It’s a disaster. … Assuming we can take him at his word on his stated policy positions, there is a tremendous risk for people with disabilities.” (Huffington Post, Nov. 10, 2016)According to the Jan. 20 Washington Post, moments after Trump took the oath of office, the White House website page with information about federal policy on opportunities for people with disabilities was removed.In 2005, attorney James Schottel Jr., a person with a quadriplegia disability, sued producers of Trump’s “reality” show, “The Apprentice,” for discrimination, for specifying “excellent physical” health as a requirement for appearing on the show. (usatoday.com)In 2011, also on “The Apprentice,” Trump repeatedly called Oscar-winning actor Marlee Matlin “re***d”, an offensive term used to ridicule someone’s intellectual or developmental abilities. He directed demeaning sexual comments toward her and mocked the sound of Matlin’s voice. Matlin is deaf and uses American Sign Language to communicate. (tinyurl.com/jnte7eh)During a 2015 rally, candidate Trump mocked and imitated the limited arm movements of New York Times journalist Serge Kovaleski, who has the disability of arthrogryposis, a condition restricting the way he moves his limbs. (Washington Post)In response to criticism from conservative columnist and wheelchair user Charles Krauthammer, paralyzed from the waist down, Trump mocked Krauthammer, saying in July 2015: “I went out, I made a fortune, a big fortune, a tremendous fortune. … Then I get called by a guy that can’t buy a pair of pants.” (tinyurl.com/kafqcaz)Half of people killed by cops have a disabilityAccording to disability rights journalist, David M.Perry, whose son has Down syndrome, as many as half of all people killed by police have a disability. This includes African-American Eric Garner, who suffered from asthma and heart disease. He was killed by a New York City cop’s illegal chokehold after uttering his heartbreaking last words: “I can’t breathe.”In his original research for the Ruderman Family Foundation, Perry notes that this was Garner’s statement to a government employee (the cop) that he needed reasonable accommodation, which is legally required to be provided under the Americans with Disabilities Act. (tinyurl.com/jk8y5f3)Under Trump’s Department of Justice, headed by bigot Jeff Sessions, police accountability could be even more reduced, to the detriment of people with disabilities.“Trump is the most ableist president in modern history,” Perry comments. “He takes any kind of physical or mental difference that he perceives or imagines as a weakness and uses it as a tool for dominance.” The bigoted Trump could certainly also compete strongly with his 44 predecessors as one of the most sexist, misogynist and racist of U.S. presidents.In a 2015 Al Jazeera America article, Perry also exposed Trump’s Democratic opponents for slighting people with disabilities: “Hillary Clinton has just a brief overview of disability rights issues on her website … and in the first Democratic presidential debate, the only mention of disability occurred when Bernie Sanders responded to a question about recent mass shootings by talking about mental health. Because people with psychiatric disabilities are vastly more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of it, many disability rights experts find the conflation of disability with gun violence dangerous.” (tinyurl.com/m4gtqzs)Disabled veterans at riskTrump’s 2016 election campaign website only discussed disability in relation to veterans. One of Trump’s “Big Lies” is that he is a great champion of veterans’ rights.On March 17, with the Trump administration’s support, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Veterans Administration Accountability First Act of 2017. This bill would allow VA workers to be fired arbitrarily, without any due process. It would eliminate the union grievance process as a means to appeal negative personnel actions.David Cox, national president of the American Federation of Government Employees union, representing about three-quarters of VA workers, said: “The House has passed a venomous piece of legislation that would undermine the government’s sacred obligation to serve our veterans by gutting frontline employees’ basic worker rights at the Department of Veterans Affairs.“Make no mistake — this legislation is not about improving accountability at the VA, and it certainly won’t improve veterans’ access to quality care and earned benefits. This is part of an orchestrated attack on the rights of federal workers and employee unions.” (tinyurl.com/lsax5ql)Rene Imperato, a Vietnam war veteran with several disabilities, told Workers World: “My disabled veteran friends at the VA in Manhattan and I are all aware of this threat from the Trump administration to our services, and we are on high alert in the event that Trump implements these cutbacks to veterans benefits.”Disability rights activists resistDonald Trump and his extensive real estate holdings have been sued a number of times for violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including by James Conlon, a person with paraplegia. In 2003, Conlon complained that the buses to Trump’s Atlantic City casino were virtually impossible to access in a wheelchair and was told that there were no buses available for wheelchair users. Conlon ultimately forced a settlement out of Trump. (tinyurl.com/k7q5nm8)A U.S. Department of Justice investigation into these cases found that Trump’s Taj Mahal was nearly inaccessible for all people with disabilities. DOJ findings included no signs indicating parking for people with disabilities in the self-park garage, bathrooms without proper Braille for visually impaired people, failure to insulate bathroom pipes to prevent harm when contacted, and counter surfaces in the buffet not at a proper height for individuals in wheelchairs.Trump continued his attack on people with disabilities in pursuing his campaign promise to repeal the ACA — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — passed in 2010.Section 1557 of the ACA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in certain health programs, plans, activities or insurance marketplaces. The ACA protections against discrimination in health care — including race, color, national origin, sex and age — were not adequately guaranteed by previous federal civil right laws and, therefore, had to be enhanced by the ACA.Fortunately, massive resistance tantamount to a rebellion stopped Trump’s threat and the so-called American Health Care Act repeal of ACA was withdrawn in Congress on March 24. The resistance included community and immigrant rights groups, workers in and outside unions, students and people with disabilities for whom repeal of ACA would have been a national death sentence.Such positive results from resistance are far from without precedent in the disability rights movement.On March 12, 1990, disability rights activists descended on the U.S. Capitol demanding the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which expanded rights to people with disabilities. Over 1,000 protesters came from 30 states to protest for ADA. After the rally and speeches, over 60 activists abandoned their wheelchairs and mobility devices and began crawling the 83 stone steps up to the U.S. Capitol building entrance, as people loudly chanted “What do we want?” “ADA!” “When do we want it?” “Now!” Other activists remained at the bottom holding signs and giving encouragement to the crawlers.“I want my civil rights,” Paulette Patterson of Chicago stated as she was inching her way to the top. “I want to be treated like a human being.” Eight-year-old Jennifer Keelan was famously taped while laboring up the stairs. “I’ll take all night if I have to,” she firmly stated. The second-grader from Denver had a cerebral palsy disability and decided to partake in the crawl after joining ADAPT (Americans Disabled for Accessible Public Transit). She was inspired by her friend Kenny Perkins, who passed away in January 1990. As Jennifer reached the top she stated, “I’m doing it for Kenny.” (Los Angeles Times)Michael Winters, a leader in the Independent Living Movement, later wrote in ADAPT Narratives about the event and the reaction people had to the crawl: “Some people may have thought that it was undignified for people in wheelchairs to crawl in that manner, but I felt that it was necessary to show the country what kinds of things people with disabilities have to face on a day-to-day basis. We had to be willing to fight for what we believed in.” (tinyurl.com/l226bv6)The “Capitol Crawl” of 1990 is seen by many present-day U.S. disability activists as being the single action most responsible for encouraging the ADA into law.Yudelovich is a World World Party activist with emotional and one-sided hearing loss disabilities.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Escalation in threat campaigns against Indian journalists

first_img IndiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionUnited Nations Organisation March 3, 2021 Find out more to go further News Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 Follow the news on India Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled by a campaign of death threats against well-known anti-establishment TV journalist Ravish Kumar by trolls linked to the Hindu nationalist right, which has escalated dramatically in the past month, a year ahead of general elections. The escalation in harassment of TV journalist Ravish Kumar coincided with the publication of his book The Free Voice (photos: Speaking Tiger Publishing). center_img News RSF_en India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media IndiaAsia – Pacific Protecting journalistsMedia independence Freedom of expressionUnited Nations May 30, 2018 Escalation in threat campaigns against Indian journalists It would seem from Ravish Kumar’s revelations last week that fear is now an integral part of the life of outspoken journalists in India. The NDTV anchor reported on 24 May that the threats he has been getting on his phone since 2015 have increased sharply in number and virulence since the end of April. “It is all well organized and has political sanction,” he told The Hindu newspaper. He said the latest threats included a video message from a former member of the military who said he would shoot Kumar in his office. A message from a person claiming to be a member of the Bajrang Dal, a right-wing Hindu nationalist youth group, included details of Kumar’s home address and the route he takes to go to work, and threatened to rape the women in his family as well as kill him. The many complaints that Kumar has filed with the police in Ghaziabad and Greater Kailash, in the outskirts of New Delhi, have had no effect. “Everything must be done to protect Ravish Kumar,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “It is also high time that the Indian government took concrete measures to stop these waves of threats against journalists who dare to question the authorities. These insidious mass intimidation methods foster a noxious climate of self-censorship that undermines the foundations of Indian democracy. By supporting these actions, the ruling party bears a heavy responsibility in the decline in press freedom in India.” “Republic of Fear” The start of this wave of threats against Kumar coincided clearly with the publication of his book, The Free Voice, in which he describes the disturbing decline in the Indian media since Narendra Modi became prime minister in 2014. He writes that the “new India” has become of “Republic of Fear” with the help of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party’s “IT cell” and its troll army. In the eyes of these BJP “goons,” as he calls them, any critical coverage of the government is anti-Modi, anti-Hindu and anti-national, and must be met with death threats. This is exactly what happened to Rana Ayyub, a freelance woman journalist who was the target of an unprecedented harassment campaign in April. After RSF referred the case to Agnès Callamard, the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, she and four other UN special rapporteurs issued a joint statement last week calling on the Indian authorities to protect Ayyub. But so far nothing has been done, so RSF wrote today to Prime Minister Modi urging him to take the necessary action and to do everything to identify those responsible for this mass harassment. Nightmare Any kind of journalist can now be the target of hate and threat campaigns. Life for film critic Aparna Prasanthi in southern India became a nightmare after she panned Naa Peru Surya, Naa Illu India, a film released at the start of May that lauds nationalist feelings. Her Facebook account was flooded with rape and death threats after her review was published. India is ranked 138th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index, two places lower than last year. Receive email alerts News News February 23, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Youth Speakers Highlight Impact of Hillsides Peer Resource Center

first_img Top of the News 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Jonathan Hebert spoke about how Hillsides Peer Resource Center helped him come out of his shell and find a job and a career he loves during the Center’s one-year anniversary celebration.Since opening its doors last year, Hillsides Peer Resource Center (PRC), a drop-in center in Pasadena for youth in need ages 16-25, has had more than 5,800 visits and served 463 youth. On June 26, three of these youth gave emotional testimonials during the Center’s year anniversary celebration.“The PRC accepted me for who I was and took me in for who I am. Here, I realize my worth, and I belong,” said Destiny Nguyen, 19, one of the speakers. Through the PRC, she is now a translator for a legal firm and on her way to her dream job of becoming a translator at the United Nations.Another speaker, 20-year-old Jonathan Hebert, spoke about how the PRC staff brought him out of his shell after an adolescence that included juvenile hall, group homes, and homelessness. Through the help of job development specialist Casswell Goodman, he found a job he loves working with homeless families and he now plans on a career helping children who are disadvantaged. “I owe my life to programs like this,” he said, “and in the future, I want to work in one.”The PRC is part of Hillsides Youth Moving On (YMO) program, which offers youth formerly in foster care or probation affordable quality housing and numerous other support services to help them transition to successful adulthood.The celebration drew a crowd of more than 125 youth, Hillsides supporters, staff, and community members. During the event, the PRC staff handed out several accomplishment awards to youth and honored those who had finished a demanding workforce development curriculum. The event also included lunch, music, games, and a short film on the PRC.“This celebration was a testament to the resilience of our youth and to the enormous capacity of their hearts in allowing the YMO team to share in their journey to full adulthood,” said Hillsides Division Director of Transition-Aged Youth Services Thomas Lee.The PRC is located at 456 E. Orange Grove Blvd., Suite 140, in Pasadena. It serves as a one-stop shop of centralized support, offering youth access to career planning, professional development, health and wellness training, social skills training, money management, and college prep, among other services. Weekly workshops and classes are offered on subjects as diverse as cooking, healing through music, and spirituality. It is the only center like it within the immediate area, and serves primarily youth who were formerly in foster care.For more information on the Peer Resource Center and YMO, please visit www.youthmovingon.org. For more information on Hillsides, please visit www.hillsides.org. Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Giving Back Youth Speakers Highlight Impact of Hillsides Peer Resource Center From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, July 11, 2014 | 2:20 pm Business News Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRed Meat Is Dangerous And Here Is The ProofHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuffcenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Fanad to feature in new Failte Ireland campaign

first_img Twitter Fanad is one of the focal points of Fáilte Ireland’s new campaign for the Wild Atlantic Way which begins today, aimed at the home market.Centring on the theme – ‘Embrace the Wild Atlantic Way of Life’ – the campaign emphasises the opportunity for Irish people to discover Donegal and the west coast.A campaign ad, which includes footage of Fanad will be accompanied by advertising across national and local radio, outdoor, online and social media channels and will run for five weeks.Joan Crawford is Failte Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way Manager in Donegal……………Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/joanwaw1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Homepage BannerNews Fanad to feature in new Failte Ireland campaign Previous article37 people awaiting admission at LUHNext articleDail protest to take place this week as Tory Ferry controversy continues News Highland Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Facebook Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp By News Highland – February 12, 2018 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Google+ Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more

Protests over Israeli president’s peace speech

first_imgArmed police flanked the Bodleian on Tuesday night as Shimon Peres arrived in Oxford to present a lecture to staff and students at the Sheldonian.But the heavy security could do little to prevent a verbal assault on Peres as students interrupted his speech with a series of attacks on Israel’s policy on Palestine.Throughout the course of the talk, entitled ‘the globalisation of peace’, a string of eight students stood up and shouted over the president in what they described as a gesture on behalf of the Palestinian people.Najla Dowson-Zeidan, a fourth-year from Wadham, shouted, “I represent the thousands of farmers who’ve had their land stolen illegally to build Israeli settlements.”Abdel Razzaq Takriti, a History graduate student from Wadham, began walking towards Peres and calling him “a war criminal” before being escorted out of the building by security guards.After the event Takriti said, “By saying ‘I represent…’ we were bringing the absent voices of the Palestinian people oppressed by Peres’ government to the lecture. Instead of honouring the occupiers and rewarding them for their human rights infringements, we urgently need to listen to those who are forcefully occupied.”The 85 year-old president was noticeably unsettled by the students, who interrupted him roughly every five minutes throughout his lecture. While he chose to ignore some of the interventions, to Dowson-Zeidan he responded, “It’s not too bad to open the ears and the eyes but keep the mouths for a later occasion.”Around 40 students also gathered in front of the Sheldonian to protest at Peres’ visit and carried placards bearing the slogan ‘Balliol honours Peres while Gaza burns.’ At one point their chants of ‘Free Palestine’ threatened to drown out the lecture entirely, with students at the back of the theatre struggling to hear. The response of other students to the protests was mixed, with some booing and some clapping in response to those who interrupted.One third year Brasenose student, who asked to remain anonymous, said, “I have every sympathy with the complaints of the protestors and their right to protest, but given that it was announced that there was to be a question and answer session at the end the interruptions were misguided and severed only to frustrate and irritate the vast majority of the audience.“Free speech means giving those who disagree with you a chance.”In response, Omar Shweiki, one of the hecklers, said, “When such a grand event takes place, with all the prominence granted a head of state, there is no room afforded for alternative voices but I am proud to say through collective effort we made it clear that many in the University refused to be complicit in legitimising an apartheid regime, one that only days before the lecture was bombing a besieged and defenceless people in Gaza.”At the end of the talk, some students chose to remain seated while those around them got to their feet to enthusiastically applaudPeres, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1994, was in Oxford as part of a three day visit to Britain, where he met with Gordon Brown and was awarded an honorary doctorate at King’s College, London. He invited to Oxford by Andrew Graham, Master of Balliol College, in order to inaugurate the first of a series of five lectures on the subject of world peace.The visit to the UK was bound to be difficult for the Israeli president. In 2007, members of Britain’s University and College Union voted to boycott Israeli universities, despite worldwide condemnation of the move. Mr Graham said that he was “well aware of the opposition that has been expressed about this invitation,” but that “the fundamental purpose of a University which is to hear and discuss and examine all points of view.” Peres’ sets out world viewShimon Peres came to Oxford this week at the invitation of the Master of Balliol to inaugurate a series of five peace lectures. He used his speech to praise the outcome of the US elections and express his optimism about the prospect of a more peaceful world.Peres hailed Barack Obama’s recent victory as a turning point in modern history.He said, “Zionism started because of racism and anti-Semitism. In a way, the election of Obama is the end of racism. The fact that a black person got the top job in our time is a clear demonstration that we live in different world.”Describing the problems of achieving Middle Eastern peace he said, “We have had to defend ourselves militarily but have hoped, philosophically and otherwise, to make peace.Both sides paid heavily – thousands of youngsters on both sides. It was a mistake. All wars are a mistake whether you win or lose.”On the subject of Palestine he said, “We are still negotiating with the Palestinians. It is difficult to make peace – you have to negotiate with your opponents and with your own people; I don’t know which is more difficult.” He added, “The problem for the Palestinian people is Hamas. Were it not for Hamas they would already have a state of their own.”He said that with his age and experience had come a sense of optimism, saying, “I feel that maybe we are nearer to peace now than any time in the last 100 years.”Despite the frequent interruptions Peres persevered to the end of his talk, stopping only a few times to express his frustration with the protestors. In his closing speech, Sir Adam Roberts, Emeritus Fellow of Balliol, praised the Israeli president for “demonstrating grace under fire.”last_img read more

Watch Tom Hamilton & Holly Bowling Weave Radiohead Into A 32+ Minute “Terrapin Station” On Jam Cruise

first_imgIn the early weeks of 2018, Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling announced that they’ve shifted their individual focuses to a brand new project dubbed Ghost Light with Steve Lyons, Raina Mullen, and Scotty Zwang. Now the band is currently on their debut tour together, receiving rave reviews.Before Ghost Light took off, Holly Bowling and Tom Hamilton teamed up for a memorable collaboration on Jam Cruise 16 during Holly’s solo set in the Atrium. The duo performed a 32+ minute “Terrapin Station”, weaving in a cover of Radiohead‘s “There There” amidst the Grateful Dead number.Hamilton and Bowling both have plenty of experience with the Grateful Dead catalog. In addition to playing Dead tunes with Ghost Light, Hamilton has been a member of popular Grateful Dead tribute act Joe Russo’s Almost Dead since the band’s inception. Bowling, on the other hand, released a full album of Grateful Dead covers titled Better Left Unsung and rose to fame in the jam scene for her creative solo piano reimaginings of Phish and the Dead. Both artists have performed with original members of the Grateful Dead at various times.Now, you can watch a multi-cam, HD video of their Jam Cruise collaboration below, courtesy of Holly Bowling on YouTube.[Video: Holly Bowling]With Hamilton increasingly known for his work JRAD in addition to his past projects like Brothers Past and Tom Hamilton’s American Babies and Holly Bowling first coming to prominence in the scene thanks to her solo piano reinventions of Phish and the Grateful Dead jams, the duo recently spoke frequently about the legacy of the Dead and how the band’s spirit lives on in a recent interview with Live For Live Music from Jam Cruise. You can read the full conversation here.In related news, Tom Hamilton and Holly Bowling will team up for a special night at Port Chester, NY’s Capitol Theatre on Friday, June 1st for an acoustic tribute to the Grateful Dead. More information on the upcoming show can be found here.last_img read more