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Prestige Assurance Plc (PRESTI.ng) Q12013 Interim Report

first_imgPrestige Assurance Plc (PRESTI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Prestige Assurance Plc (PRESTI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Prestige Assurance Plc (PRESTI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Prestige Assurance Plc (PRESTI.ng)  2013 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfilePrestige Assurance Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover all classes on non-life insurance. The company offers products for motor, marine, bond, engineering, fire, aviation, oil and gas, and general insurance. Prestige Assurance Plc also provides all risk insurance and products for group personal accident, burglary, fidelity guarantee, workmen’s compensation, machinery breakdown, fire and allied perils, consequential loss insurance and liability insurance. Prestige Assurance Plc is a subsidiary of The New India Assurance Company Limited, Mumbai. It was founded in 1952. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Prestige Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Historic session lets bishops, deputies meet presiding bishop nominees

first_img 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 Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Tags Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Josh Thomas says: Comments (5) Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Diocese of Honduras Bishop Lloyd Allen leads the opening prayer June 24 during the historic joint session of the House of Bishops and House of Deputies to meet with the four bishops nominated to be the 27th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church. Allen is a member of the Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENSEditor’s note: On-demand video of the presiding bishop nominees session can be accessed by clicking here.[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The four bishops nominated to become the 27th presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church June 24 joined in a first-of-its-kind session for both bishops and deputies to hear from the nominees.Diocese of Southern Ohio Bishop Thomas Breidenthal, Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Michael Curry, Diocese of Connecticut Bishop Ian Douglas and Diocese of Southwest Florida Bishop Dabney Smith spent nearly three hours answering questions and making opening and closing statements.“The committee believes the presiding bishop will need to lead, love, inspire the people at a time in which both uncertainty and opportunity define the moment,” said Sally Johnson, co-chair of Joint Nominating Committee for the Election of the Presiding Bishop.The session was meant to help bishops and deputies discern who of the four bishops is the person to provide that three-pronged response to God’s and the church’s call.Each nominee was introduced by way for a short informal video they each made using a digital device, after which they each had three minutes to speak to those gathered in person and by webcast. The nominees then responded to questions from the committee, from bishops, deputies and alternates to General Convention, and from members of Episcopal Church congregations.Johnson said the committee synthesized 186 questions into eight categories with five questions in each group. The categories were leadership matters; theology and liturgy matters; faith-based matters: reconciliation matters; lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and queer matters; divestment matters; spiritual and self-care matters; and structure matters. The bishops knew the categories ahead of time, but not the specific questions, according to Diocese of Oklahoma Bishop Ed Konieczny, committee co-chair.The four bishops drew color- and number-coded slips from a bowl during each round of questions and were asked one of the five questions in that category. Not every nominee drew all the questions in every category. The questions were asked from the House of Deputies floor by members of the nominating committee, and each began with “Bishop, the church wants to ask …”The opening question to each bishop was specific to the vision each nominee cast in the committee’s materials released May 1. That material is here.Breidenthal was asked how he would, as he had said, make room for people who are on a faith journey, but have not found a place in The Episcopal Church. He replied that first the church has to stop asking the question of how to attract more people into the pews because it is the wrong question.Instead, he said, Episcopalians must understand that they are called into the world where they can be in “true and holy conversation” with those people who have not yet found a place in the church – and be willing to learn from them.And, while Episcopalians rightly pride themselves on being in strong relationships with each other, the tightness of those bonds sometimes means there is little space for others, even Jesus, he said. When Episcopalians get comfortable telling each other the “stories of our faith, stories of our doubt” that space will open and teach people how to see Christ in the stranger.Curry had said the presiding bishop must be two kinds of a CEO: a chief executive officer and a chief evangelism officer. He was asked how he would live into the fiduciary, legal and corporate responsibilities of a chief executive officer while also being the chief evangelism officer. Curry said he would find “the best and most capable people” to run the organization, but he cautioned that just having people “who know how to count and know how to invest and know how to take care of the books is not enough.”“There’s got to be a reason for doing it,” he said, explaining that the reason is to enable the witness to Jesus that must be the center around which the structure of the church is built.Douglas had said he wanted to encourage Episcopalians to discover and participate in what God is doing in the world and in their neighborhoods. “I believe in a God that’s alive, a God who actually meets those who are so much in need of healing and wholeness and new life,” he said when asked to elaborate during the session.This God invites people, by virtue of their baptism, to participate in that healing. “It’s in the world that we are called to be faithful to the new life of God in Christ. So, it’s in our neighborhood where that healing action of God so much needs to be met, celebrated and made real,” he said.Smith was asked about his stated desire to pursue reconciliation that would keep The Episcopal Church as a “theologically big-tent church” without losing the “pastoral and theological gains made in recent years.”He told the session that he would pursue that goal as presiding bishop by being “a bridge builder, a trust builder, to share accountability, to constantly be a source of encouragement, to recognize that God has called me to be an evangelist and a pastor, and to work towards reconciliation which the world constantly needs, to stay connected always to the people in the pews.”He said he wants to be able to work on “turn-around issues” in dioceses and congregations, and in relationships in the Anglican Communion and in The Episcopal Church “so we can journey together in the love of Jesus.”The Rev. David Jackson, a committee member from Hawaii, emceed the session.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori sat in an unmarked visitor section on the side of the hall listening to the session.The rest of election processThe four names will be formally submitted to the General Convention during a joint session on June 26, the day prior to the day set for the election by the House of Bishops of the 27th presiding bishop.On June 27, bishops will gather at the Convention Eucharist at 9:30 a.m. MDT in the Salt Palace Convention Center. Following that, the bishops with seat, voice, and vote will board buses to travel to St. Mark’s Cathedral, where the election will take place in the context of prayer and reflection.Once the election has taken place, Jefferts Schori will send a delegation to Jennings to inform her of the name of the bishop who has been elected. Jennings will refer the name to the House of Deputies legislative committee on the Confirmation of the Presiding Bishop without announcing the name to the full House. The legislative committee will make a recommendation to the House of Deputies whether to confirm the election or not confirm, and the House of Deputies will immediately vote on the recommendation. Jennings will then appoint a delegation of deputies to notify the House of Bishops of the action taken and the presiding bishop-elect will then come to the House of Deputies.No communication was permitted from the House of Bishops during the election and until confirmation was received.The presiding bishop-elect will preach at the convention’s closing Eucharist on July 3, and Jefferts Schori will preside. The presiding bishop-elect’s nine-year term officially begins Nov. 1, 2015.The presiding bishop is primate and chief pastor of the church, chair of the Executive Council, and president of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT General Convention, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Richad Taylor says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA Comments are closed. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Historic session lets bishops, deputies meet presiding bishop nominees Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI June 26, 2015 at 2:15 pm I hope our next PB will be as excellent as our last two. Shall we pray for the Holy Spirit to guide our Bishops to make another good selection! Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Thomas Hofer says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Shreveport, LA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jun 24, 2015 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Georgena H Clayton says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 General Convention 2015 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC June 26, 2015 at 8:37 am Come Holy spirit and be about your work…show us the way…again. ghc June 25, 2015 at 1:01 am I just hope the nominees for pb have been thoroughly interviewed and put through a thorough background check, like the one people go through to be in the Peace Corps or work for the FBI. I also hope their education is outstanding and they have lots of experience in parish work. I haven’t read much about General Convention yet and I haven’t read anything about the pb nominees. The Episcopal church has a reputation for having well rounded clergy extremely well educated, with a good amount of experience in their church work and open attitude toward being up to date in scientific and world affairs. Change comes slowly, but hopefully the Episcopal Church can move faster than we ever have before. Anne Bay says: Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS June 24, 2015 at 11:03 pm I hope this is the last PB elected by these methods. It is secretive and monarchical, not transparent and democratic. We like to brag that our constitution is modeled on the U.S. Constitution, but it’s more like having barons on the Privy Council ramming their choice through the House of Commons at gunpoint, leaving the taxpayers stuck with a sovereign unsuited to our needs. The last one got elected because of her “calming voice” among the screaming factions on the Privy Council, though she cannot communicate the Gospel with clarity to anyone in the Commons, much less the average person on the street. End the secrecy in the House of Bishops. Conduct public ballots in both Houses. Let the winner hire her own CEO, then travel the world as an itinerant evangelist. Better yet, abolish the Houses, go unicameral and livestream the whole convention, not just the curated parts. Curate Diocese of Nebraska June 24, 2015 at 8:38 pm Will we be able to follow the balloting for the election of the Presiding Bishop, and if so, how? Please advise. 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Event Update: Apopka’s Public Safety Day Postponed Due to Expected Rain

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSApopka Fire DepartmentApopka Police DepartmentCity of ApopkaPostponedPublic Safety DayRescheduled Previous articleSpring Break is Over, Has Senioritis kicked in?Next articleApopka Police Inspect Local Gas Stations for Debit Card Skimmers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From the City of ApopkaThe 2016 Public Safety Day is postponed due to heavy rain expected this Saturday.The forecast for the Apopka area calls for a 60 percent chance of rain on Saturday with showers and a possible thunderstorm, according to the National Weather Service in Melbourne.The annual event held outside at Apopka’s Northwest Recreation Complex – is now rescheduled for Saturday, April 30th.Join the Apopka police and fire departments on April 30th for a fun-filled day with emergency vehicles and equipment, interactive exhibits and live demonstrations of public safety services.Get up close with fire trucks, police cars, crime-scene van, rescue vehicle, mobile command unit and fire training tower. See the fire department’s massive tower truck with its 95-foot ladder, or the new heavy rescue vehicle.Watch demonstrations of the police emergency response team, SWAT and canine officers. The fire department will present a mock vehicle extrication and a fire tower demonstration.Kids can compete for prizes with Big Wheel races. Try on fire gear and a SWAT suit. Practice with a fire hose. Get finger-printed. See Sparky the Fire Dog and McGruff the Crime Dog. Meet Apopka’s police officers and firefighters. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

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Anne Frank Remembered

first_img TAGSanne frankholocaustMOvie Previous article441 and 436 to be part of High-Tech Traffic InitiativeNext articleWatch this video before buying those fireworks Dale Fenwick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR In July 1942 Anne Frank’s family left their Amsterdam apartment and moved into a small room in the building where her father worked.  The entrance to the room was hidden by a bookcase.  They hoped to avoid being sent to one of the Nazi concentration camps. Thirteen year old Anne started a diary less than a month before.  She made entries until she and her family were found by the Nazi’s two years later.More than 30 Million copies of Frank’s diary have been sold and it has been translated into 67 languages.Anne Frank was Hitler’s most famous victim.There have been at least 22 movies based on Anne Frank’s diary.  One of the most moving is the 1995 Oscar-winning documentary, Anne Frank Remembered.The film is narrated by Kenneth Branagh.  Portions of Frank’s diary are read by Glenn Close.Miep Gies was the woman who had helped hide the family.  She saved the diary after the family was betrayed. In the film she is interviewed about her memories of hiding the Frank family. The film also has interviews with two of Frank’s friends and archive interviews of Anne’s father, Otto Frank.  Otto was the only member of the family to survive the Holocaust.The film includes the only known film footage taken of Anne Frank. A film of a wedding in 1941 shows Anne Frank for just seven seconds watching the bride and groom from a balcony.The film won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 1996. The award was jointly collected by Director Jon Blair and Miep Gies, who received a standing ovation.Anne Frank Remembered is available on DVD and streaming on Amazon. 1 COMMENT UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter It is heartbreaking to read of mankind’s cruelty, even to innocent children. I always thought that Anne had been executed at the concentration camp, and I did not realize that she died from typhus, although the end result was just as sad. The world today is still not free of genocide, and with the people of the world today, their fate can change on a dime. It is still a very dangerous world in which we live. History will repeat itself, and that is the frightening part. August 6, 2016 at 9:03 am Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name herecenter_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Reply Mama Mia Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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OCSO starts gofundme page for orphaned family

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter 20-year-old sister is raising her 5 siblings ages 7-15 after the death of their parents Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate From the Orange County Sheriff’s Office You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here After both of her parents died just years apart, 20-year-old Samantha Rodriguez had to step into the enormous responsibility of raising her five younger siblings, who range in age from seven to 15.The Orange County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit “adopted” the Rodriguez kids in December and gave them a Christmas to remember. When the community heard about the family’s loss, they stepped up in an amazing way and several anonymous donors came together and bought Samantha a car in April 2019.Receiving the car has changed their lives. But there is still a long road ahead for this family. Samantha works as a server at a restaurant and would love to be able to someday put a down payment on a house for her and her siblings, take some college classes, and even save for the kids’ education.We’ve created this gofundme account because so many generous people from across the country have reached out wanting to help. Your kindness, generosity and well wishes continue to be such a blessing to the Rodriguez kids.To donate to the Rodriguez family, go here. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 To donate to the Rodriguez family, go here.center_img TAGSOrange County Sheriff’s Office Previous articleApopka Police Department: Lock it or lose itNext article5 things every parent needs to teach their kids about saving money Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Community Foundation for Lancashire launches women’s fund

first_imgCommunity Foundation for Lancashire launches women’s fund  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Community Foundation for Lancashire is today launching a new charitable fund to help tackle social and economic issues affecting women across the Lancashire. The fund is being unveiled on the 100th International Women’s Day, and Dame Stephanie Shirley, the Government Ambassador for Philanthropy, will be speaking.The Community Foundation aims to raise over £100,000 from individuals and companies to establish the fund. It will then form an endowment fund and distribute grants to fund projects and charities addressing women’s issues.Cathy Elliott, Community Foundation Chief Executive said: “Parts of Lancashire are severely deprived with levels of domestic violence, unemployment, poor health and social and economic problems far higher than other regions. This fund will make a vital long-term difference to women who are desperately in need of help and we urgently needs support to enable it to deliver maximum impact across Lancashire”.The Community Foundation for Lancashire is a registered charity and undertakes grant-making, facilitates philanthropy and “contributes to achieving positive social change in Lancashire’s local communities”.www.lancsfoundation.org.uk Howard Lake | 8 March 2011 | News 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. Tagged with: Funding North Westlast_img read more

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Red sand fills the cracks, representing human trafficking victims

first_imgReddIt Olivia Wales World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution ‘Horned Frogs lead the way’: A look at TCU’s ROTC programs Olivia is a journalism major from Fayetteville, Arkansas. She enjoys running, hiking and planning adventures with her friends. When she is not writing, you can find her at the TCU Recreation Center, fiercely competing in any intramural sport. Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Linkedin Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Twitter Previous articleNews Now 2/6/19Next articleWhat we’re reading: Trump vs. Democrats Olivia Wales RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Linkedincenter_img Chemistry professor misses first TCU basketball home game in 40 years due to pandemic restrictions Olivia Waleshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/olivia-wales/ Facebook + posts Twitter Meet the 2021 Student Body Officer Candidates Lessons of perseverance printExpecting a typical Thursday morning walk to class, TCU students were surprised by a new color in the sidewalk cracks.An estimated 40.1 million people live in contemporary slavery, according to the Global Slavery Index. TCU students involved with International Justice Mission (IJM), a student organization committed to fighting human trafficking, are joining a national movement to advocate for victims who fall through the cracks.The Red Sand Project  is an artistic statement utilized across the world to demand the attention of individuals to human trafficking.  Last night, around 40 IJM students poured the red sand in the cracks of the sidewalks from Frog Fountain to the Mary Couts Burnett Library for two hours, according to Jeanne Marie King, IJM vice president of advocacy and fundraising.Red sand outside the Mary Couts Burnett Library. Photo by Olivia Wales.“It was really cool to see so many people coming together to make today impactful,” King said. The unexpected dash of red in the sidewalk initially caused confusion among students, but provided an opportunity for questions and clarity. “It’s the first thing I noticed this morning and I was very confused,” said Andrew Pluff, sophomore entrepreneurial management and business information systems double major. After seeing the yard signs TCU IJM placed throughout campus, Pluff believes this is a powerful statement.Signs throughout campus explain the purpose of the red sand. Photo by Olivia Wales.“I think that [the red sand] is a great subconscious reminder of the problems that others face. When you’re in school, it’s easy to let the idea of human trafficking slip through the cracks,” he said. First-year nursing major Elizabeth Rizzuto agreed that the message is effective once students are aware of it. “The sand is everywhere, and in some places there’s less than others,” said Rizzuto. “I feel like this is a good representation of human trafficking.”Other students remember the project and its message from previous years. Mason Priess, a senior kinesiology major, said he immediately remembered the purpose of the red sand and believes it has a powerful message. Photo by enditmovement.comThe purpose of the red sand is to start conversations about human trafficking, which has proven successful.These conversations will be continued today with IJM students tabling at the Founders Statue, drawing red X’s on their hands as part of the national End It movement, and encouraging other students to text or tweet their senators through the Speak Up campaign.“We have the responsibility to speak out and stand up for those who can’t do so for themselves,” said Jordan Jones, sophomore social work major and IJM member. “Putting out red sand was such a small but exciting way to shine a light on those who deserve all of our help.” ReddIt TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison

first_img Receive email alerts February 16, 2021 Find out more Dieu’s trial took place against the background of a tightening crackdown on the free flow of news and information in Vietnam surrounding the five-yearly Communist Party Congress held in January this year, which extended the mandate of General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong, embodiment of the party’s conservative wing.    News Vietnamese magazine reporter held for “abusing democratic freedoms” “RSF demands the immediate release of Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu, whose severe sentence is another sign of the relentlessness with which the Vietnamese government cracks down on independent voices that attempt to keep independent journalism alive in the country,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. to go further News VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionImprisonedPredatorsJudicial harassment A Vietnamese court sentenced the journalist and blogger Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years’ imprisonment on April 23. Dieu, who once worked for the state media, began investigating taboo subjects and posting articles on the Internet in order to put her fellow citizens in the picture. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for her immediate and unconditional release. “It is also proof of the nervousness of the Communist Party’s current leadership which prefers to eliminate the messengers rather than tackle society’s structural problems. Such contempt for freedom of the press grossly violates article 25 of the constitution of Vietnamese Socialist Republic.”     RSF_en News Last week, RSF reported that police in the southern city of Can Tho had arrested three journalists, Doan Kien Giang, Nguyen Phuoc Trung Bao and Nguyen Thanh Nha, who contributed to the Facebook news page Bao Sach (“The Clean Newspaper”). They were charged with “abusing democratic freedoms” under Article 131 of the criminal code.   RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Vietnam April 22, 2021 Find out more Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu’s trial in Phu Yen People’s Court was rushed through in barely three hours (photo: Thanh Nien). April 27, 2021 Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam VietnamAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesOnline freedomsMedia independence CorruptionImprisonedPredatorsJudicial harassment A former reporter at the Phu Yen Newspaper, an official organ of the Vietnamese Communist Party, Dieu had had her fill of propaganda and decided to provide her fellow citizens with independent and trustworthy news and information via the Internet. She tackled taboo subjects such as official corruption, pollution of the environment, human rights abuses and the lack of response by the Vietnamese Communist Party to intrusions by the Chinese Navy into Vietnamese waters.      Vietnam is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2021 World Press Freedom Index.  Organisation Crackdown tightens Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu’s trial in the People’s Court in Phu Yen province in the south-east of the country was rushed through in barely three hours. She was arrested in August last year and held at a secret location for three months. She was charged with conducting anti-state propaganda under Article 117 of the criminal code after posting stories and videos on her pages on Facebook and YouTube. Newslast_img read more

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Political Action Group Urges Council to Appoint a Qualified Woman to District 5 Vacancy

first_imgCommunity News Political Action Group Urges Council to Appoint a Qualified Woman to District 5 Vacancy STAFF REPORT Published on Monday, November 16, 2020 | 4:55 pm Community News NWPC-GPA Leader and Former Councilmember Jacque Robinson-BaisleyA local political caucus leader and former councilmember called on the City Council to put a qualified woman in the District 5 seat occupied by Councilman Victor Gordo, who was elected mayor.“We are elated at the election of Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris as the first female vice president and hope that the Pasadena City Council will share in this momentum to prepare the bench by considering appointing a qualified woman to fill the District 5 vacancy,” said former Councilmember Jacque Robinson-Baisley, who now chairs the National Women’s Political Caucus – Greater Pasadena Area (NWPC-GPA).Such a move would be “both an acknowledgement of the historical lack of elected female leadership at the city level as well as the anticipated cost savings to the city by avoiding a special election for this limited term,” Robinson-Baisley said.Gordo upset Mayor Terry Tornek in the Nov. 3 election. Although there remain some votes left to count, Gordo has declared victory and Tornek has acknowledged the loss in a note to the community.Gordo will be sworn in on Dec. 7 and the City Council will have 75 days to replace him or call a special election to fill the seat.The council has used different processes the last two times replacement council members were chosen.To date, only eight women have been elected to the City Council since its founding in 1886. A woman was not chosen to replace either former Councilman Chris Holden, who now serves in the state Assembly, or Tornek, who relinquished his District 7 seat to assume the mayor’s position in 2015. In that election, Tornek beat Robinson-Baisley for the mayor’s seat.Applicants seeking to replace Tornek in District 7 were required to collect 25 signatures and pay a fee. Applicants seeking to replace Holden were not required to pay the fee or collect signatures.NWPC-GPA recently supported and endorsed Councilmember-Elect Felicia Williams (District 2) Jennifer Hall Lee (Pasadena Unified District 2), Kelly Kriebes (Sierra Madre City Council), and Caroline Anderson (La Canada Unified School District).The National Women’s Political Caucus is a multipartisan grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process. NWPC recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government.In addition to financial donations, the caucus offers campaign training for candidates and campaign managers, as well as technical assistance and advice. The Greater Pasadena Area Caucus was originally founded in the 1970s and rechartered in 2019. GPA serves the cities of Pasadena, Altadena, Sierra Madre, La Canada Flintridge, and Glendale.The NWPC-GPA congratulated Gordo on his victory in its statement on Monday.“As final ballot counts continue with the L.A. County Registrar, National Women’s Political Caucus – Greater Pasadena Area formally congratulates Mayor-Elect Victor Gordo and wishes him well as he begins his term on December 7.Members of the public are invited to join the next NWPC-GPA Working Council and General Body meeting to discuss this item and others at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 via Zoom with Meeting ID: 839 5028 0262 Passcode: 546003 or dial in +1 669 900 6833 US.For more information, go to facebook.com/nwpcgpa. Community News Subscribe Your email address will not be published. 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Supreme Court Issues Notice On DMK MP RS Bharati’s Plea Seeking To Quash Criminal Case Under SC/ST Act

first_imgTop StoriesSupreme Court Issues Notice On DMK MP RS Bharati’s Plea Seeking To Quash Criminal Case Under SC/ST Act Srishti Ojha12 March 2021 12:44 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice on a plea filed by a DMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP R S Bharathi challenging a Madras High Court’s refusal to quash a chargesheet filed against him under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act over a speech made by him.A division bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat posted the matter after two weeks.When the matter was…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Friday issued notice on a plea filed by a DMK leader and Rajya Sabha MP R S Bharathi challenging a Madras High Court’s refusal to quash a chargesheet filed against him under the SC/ST Prevention of Atrocities Act over a speech made by him.A division bench comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat posted the matter after two weeks.When the matter was taken, Justice Rao asked Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, who was representing Bharati, “Why is your client insulting judges?”.The judge’s query was seemingly in reference to certain remarks allegedly made by Bharati that Dalits were made judges only because of DMK. Sibal replied that there is a separate contempt of court proceeding pending with respect to such remarks.Justice Rao, on reading the speech, expressed amusement at certain remarks.”What is this first line?”, Justice Rao asked Sibal with a smile.Sibal said that the remarks were against Brahmins and hence cannot be brought under the SC/ST Act.When Sibal pressed for a stay of the proceedings, the bench asked what the stage of proceedings was.On being informed that the trial was at the stage of framing of charges, the bench said that interim order was not necessary. The bench said that it will post the matter after two weeks and that no irreversible damage is going to happen with the next few days.Arguments in the petitionThe petition stated that at a meeting organised by the leaders of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam in the name of ‘Kalaignar Vasagar Vattam’ to share the ideals of the DMK party, the Petitioner spoke for more than 45 minutes and addressed the crowd about the genesis of the party and its achievements and also mentioned the Dravidian Movement and how it has improved the lives of members of the SC/ST and other downtrodden and backward communities. However, some of the Petitioner’s statements were picked out of context by the Complainant and a complaint was registered against the Petitioner under Sections 3(1)(u) and 3(1)(v) of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989, and multiple FIRs were registered regarding the same incident.The alleged offending portion of the speech was:”..I am openly telling you not even one Harijan has become a High Court Judge in Northern States specially in Madhya Pradesh. But in Tamil Nadu when Kalaignar came to power, he got Varadharajan appointed as a High Court Judge. Afterwards, if 7-8 people belonging to Adi Dravida Community became judges, it was because of the alms of the Dravidian movement…”The petitioner has stated that High Court’s judgment erroneously notes that the statements of the Petitioner is such that it will divide the people and create disharmony in the society, and that the same was in bad taste. However, the requirements under Sections 3(1) (u) and 3(1)(v) of the Act are very specific and being divisive or in bad taste is not an ingredient to attract the offence under Sections 3(1) (u) and 3(1)(v) of the Act.According to the petitioner, the ingredients of Section 3 (1) (u) of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 are not fulfilled, as for an offence to be made out under Section 3 (1) (u) of the Act, the speaker is required to promote or attempt to promote feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will against members of the Scheduled Castes or the Scheduled Tribes.However, in the present case, the statements made by the Petitioner not at all promote feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will against members of the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes. In fact, the Petitioner merely stated the historical fact that the Dravidian Progressive Movement, with which the petitioner is involved since 1960s, improved and uplifted the lives of members of SC, ST and downtrodden communities in Tamil Nadu. The petitioner has further argued that there is nothing to show that the Petitioner had an intention to promote feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will against members of the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes and there is not even an iota of evidence to prove that the petitioner had the requisite mens rea of promoting feelings of enmity, hatred or ill-will against members of the Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes.The plea has stated that the High Court failed to appreciate that the complaint filed was actuated with malafide and the Complainant has vested interests which are politically motivated, as it was brought at the behest of members of the ruling party, as is evident from the fact that the Complainant belongs to AIADMK, while the Petitioner is a well- known leader of DMK, the main opposition party.Further, the plea has stated that the High Court also failed to appreciate that the present proceedings fall squarely under points (1) and (7) set out by the Supreme Court in the case of State of Haryana V. Bhajan Lal, as no prima facie case is made out against the Petitioner and the complaint having been actuated by malafide, the same should have been quashed.The petition has been filed through Advocate Amit Anand Tiwari.Next Storylast_img read more