24 Aug

Norwegian report proposes Norsk Tipping-Rikstoto merger

first_imgFinance Topics: Finance Sports betting Strategy Norwegian report proposes Norsk Tipping-Rikstoto merger Norwegian horse racing monopoly Norsk Rikstoto could potentially merge with Norsk Tipping to jointly run the country’s horse racing betting monopoly, according to a new report commissioned by the country’s government. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresscenter_img 9th January 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Nordics Norway Norwegian horse racing monopoly Norsk Rikstoto could potentially merge with Norsk Tipping to jointly run the country’s horse racing betting monopoly, according to a new report commissioned by the country’s government.Oslo Economics, under guidance from the government, forecasted how the market could perform after Norsk Rikstoto’s monopoly rights expire in 2021.In November, the Norwegian government said it would consider transferring the country’s horse racing betting monopoly from Norsk Rikstoto to Norsk Tipping, appointing Oslo Economics to study how the market could evolve if this was enacted.In terms of the projected impact on a potential transfer of the monopoly from Norsk Rikstoto to Norsk Tipping, Oslo Economics said that in order for the move to be successful for all parties, the two organisations would need to merge.“Based on our meetings with Norsk Rikstoto and Norsk Tipping, our assessment is that Norsk Rikstoto and equestrian sports are closely linked, and that the established competence in Rikstoto is important for continuing to operate horse racing successfully,” the report said.Oslo Economics went on to say it would be legally possible for Norsk Rikstoto and Norsk Tipping to merge, if the transfer of the monopoly were to take place. However, it also warned that a complete analysis of this potential merger should be carried out in order to consider all variables related to any potential agreement.“Neither Norwegian Rikstoto, Norsk Tipping, nor Oslo Economics have at this time in the process had information to be able to make such a complete description,” the report said. “For competitive reasons, the information that Norsk Tipping and Norsk Rikstoto can exchange is limited.”Oslo Economics also looked at how the market is likely to perform in the period to 2026, with net sales likely to decline year-on-year over the next six years. The report found while revenue for Norsk Rikstoto has remained relatively stable, the market hit a peak in 2012 and has fallen year-on-year ever since.Should this trend continue, Oslo Economics said the market is likely to continue to decline by 1.4% each year, which would equate to an overall drop of 7% in revenue between 2020 and 2026.However, Oslo Economics also made estimates when taking into account a new, proposed maximum loss limit by Norsk Rikstoto. Should this come into effect, the market decline would speed up compared to continuing with the status quo, with revenue falling 10% by 2026.In addition, Oslo Economics analysed the impact of a proposed maximum loss limit of NOK20,000 (£1,726/€2,027/$2,251) per month in 2020. This could result in total market revenue falling 27% by 2026.However, it also made clear that these estimates could be subject to changes in the market, and the forecasts could be higher or lower than the report stated.“Our forecast indicates that turnover of totals will fall,” Oslo Economics said in the report. “This is based on an overall assessment that available data sources at the time of the forecasting indicate that a fall in revenue is more likely than growth.”last_img read more

12 Jul

Novus Properties Ltd (NOV.mu) HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgNovus Properties Ltd (NOV.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Novus Properties Ltd (NOV.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Novus Properties Ltd (NOV.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Novus Properties Ltd (NOV.mu)  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNovus Properties Limited deals in property development for rent or sale purposes. The company is based in Port Louis, Mauritius. Novus Properties Limited’s activities include tailor-made approaches to cater for unique building or office needs, the buying and rental back facilitation, management and maintenance of buildings and offices, as well as the promotion and development of properties. Novus Properties Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius’ Development and Enterprise Market.last_img read more

12 Jul

Universal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgUniversal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Universal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Universal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Universal Insurance Company Plc (UNIVIN.ng)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileUniversal Insurance Company Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover all cases of non-life insurance for the individual, commercial and institutional sectors. The company also offers banking products and services as well as risk management services. General insurance products cover motor, property, marine, accidents, engineering and contractors, bond, HCPI, oil and gas, guarantees and indemnities and occupier’s liability insurance. Commercial and institutional products cover all risks associated with the hospitality, construction, logistics, capital markets and real estate sectors as well as financial coverage for accidents, theft, vandalism and motor vehicle collisions. Universal Insurance Company Plc receives reinsurance support from Swiss Reinsurance Company of Zurich. Established in 1961 and formerly known as the Universal Insurance Company Limited (UNISURE), the company changed its name to Universal Insurance Company following its amalgamation with United Trust Assurance Company Limited, Oriental Insurance Company Limited and African Safety Insurance Company Limited. Universal Insurance Plc has operations across the country in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Universal Insurance Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

12 Jul

Mauritius Cosmetics Limited (MCOS.mu) HY2021 Interim Report

first_imgMauritius Cosmetics Limited (MCOS.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the half year.For more information about Mauritius Cosmetics Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the Mauritius Cosmetics Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Mauritius Cosmetics Limited Interim Results for the Half Year DocumentCompany ProfileMauritius Cosmetics Limited is based in Mauritius and is involved in the production of toothpaste, related cosmetic products as well as furniture care products. The company manufactures and distributes its products under the brand names Yves Rocher, Blaise Mautin, Azzaro, and Clarins just to name a few. Mauritius Cosmetics Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

5 Jul

Want to make a million? A hot trend that could help you get rich from UK shares in the 2020s

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Just ask those who made millions buying Nokia shares back in the 1980s just before the mobile phone market took off. Or those who purchased Amazon just before the e-commerce phenomenon exploded. There’s a wealth of UK shares that could follow these US giants in riding exciting new growth trends in the 2020s and beyond.The growth in home working is one hot trend that’s commanding plenty of column inches right now. I think it’s one phenomenon that could help investors make a million from UK shares, too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Get ready to flexThe popularity of flexible working has been steadily growing on the back of technological advancements in recent years. But the outbreak of Covid-19 will supercharge adoption of the practice, as companies try to cut costs in a difficult economic landscape and try to head off the possible impact of another pandemic on their operations.Employees who have seen an improvement in their general work/life balance during the lockdown will be demanding more flexible working practices in the future, too.In a possible sign of things to come, UK health secretary claimed on Friday that working from home has become “the new norm” and that employers should offer the option to their workers. He added that, in a possible seismic move, that he would consider making it a legal requirement. It’s a call that is gaining ground all over the world, too.Top UK sharesThere’s a variety of ways that stock investors can play this trend to try and make a million. And some of the best UK shares are involved in providing technology to help employees carry out their jobs effectively from their homes.Cloud computing specialists like Iomart and communications software provider CloudCall are a couple of these. Neil Woodford favourite Softcat could also see demand for its services spike. This business provides cyber security as well as systems to monitor worker productivity.Telecoms companies would also likely benefit as broadband and telephone services are upgraded to keep employers and employees well connected. This would play into the hands of Telecom Plus and BT, for example. UK shares like Vodafone may also likely see demand for their corporate mobile phone packages balloon. This particular theme could also boost sales at cellphone component manufacturer IQE.Grab a bargain!You might want to stay away from office space providers like British Land if you want to make a million, though. The prospect of increasingly empty office blocks casts a huge shadow over the future profit-making abilities of these UK shares. Train operator FirstGroup would also suffer badly from a decline in commuter numbers to metropolitan areas.Fears of a second stock market crash might deter you from buying some of the stocks I’ve discussed today. I reckon this could prove a costly mistake, though, as some of these businesses have very bright futures. Instead I’d use the crash as an opportunity to grab them at rock-bottom prices. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Royston Wild | Saturday, 11th July, 2020 Source: Getty Images Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Want to make a million? A hot trend that could help you get rich from UK shares in the 2020s Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

20 Jun

Canada: Welby explains gays and violence in Africa remarks

first_img Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rosser Bobbitt says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Shreveport, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME By Marites N SisonPosted Apr 10, 2014 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Richard Taliaferro says: Hugh Magee says: Submit a Press Release Anglican Communion, Christopher Johnson says: Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Tags Rector Bath, NC Josh Thomas says: Featured Jobs & Calls Jeremy Bates says: Jeremy Bates says: April 15, 2014 at 10:46 pm Archbishop Welby needs to address the question of provincial autonomy. Does he see the concept “global church” as valid ecclesiological description of the Anglican Communion, or is he willing to define the Communion as a voluntary fellowship of autonomous provinces? An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Rector Belleville, IL Comments (11) Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Christopher Johnson says: April 17, 2014 at 9:02 pm “Claiming membership in an allegedly-ancient, international, Christian tradition demands accountability to the other members of that tradition.”No it doesn’t–not unless one is an authoritarian traditionalist!Both you and the Archbishop are assuming what you are trying to prove. He, of course, is trying to create more top-down control from London. By now he ought to understand that Episcopalians, in the US or elsewhere, will not abide that. I hope the TEC bishops made that clear in private conversation.Just because I am a member of a family doesn’t mean I canvas my cousins for majority approval before I do something. Canada: Welby explains gays and violence in Africa remarks 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 April 14, 2014 at 11:45 am Because the Archbishop of Canterbury, then and now, has been engaging in rank discrimination. Almost everyone understands that. If the present Archbishop disinvites Mary Glasspool from Lambeth 2018, then he will be vilified by his own flock and the London press.We didn’t “impose” Bishop Gene “on the rest of the Anglican world.” That’s the point. We made him a bishop in The Episcopal Church–not the Church of Nigeria. Last I heard, the bishops in Nigeria have no role in selecting bishops for The Episcopal Church, and we have not role in selecting their bishops. That is as it should be. The separate provinces could be conflated only if you assume that Anglicanism resembles Roman Catholicism. It doesn’t, of course: There is no single source of doctrine, and there is no central authority that can impose discipline on autonomous provinces.This organizational independence means that variations are bound to spring up among provinces. Like it or not, The Episcopal Church is a thought leader and an early adapter within the Anglican Communion family. The principle that we can disagree with other Anglican provinces, and innovate in ways that affect ourselves, is very well established.Your reasoning would have prevented The Episcopal Church from ordaining women. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET April 10, 2014 at 11:32 pm He’s so busy running the Church of England into the ground I’m surprised he has any time for travel. Two wrongs don’t make a right, Justin – three wrongs, now that you’ve piped up. April 11, 2014 at 9:07 pm Really want to go there? Then explain to me why Gene Robinson and his supporters were so angry when Rowan Williams barred him from the last Lambeth Conference. According to you, “theo-political imperialism” is a really bad thing so the Episcopal Church shouldn’t have been allowed to impose Robinson on the rest of the Anglican world. Nothing could be less Anglican.Yet TEC insisted upon it then and still does today. But you and I both know that you can’t have it both ways. You’re either part of an international Christian tradition or you’re not. If you claim that you are, then you have certain obligations to others who share that tradition but who may have committed the unpardonable sin of disagreeing with you. If you no longer wish to be “Anglican,” then the sky’s the limit. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Christopher Johnson says: Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Jeremy Bates says: Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Archbishop of Canterbury Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Archbishop Fred Hiltz met for two hours at the convent of Sisters of St. John the Divine in Toronto. Photo: Michael Hudson[Anglican Journal] After a 12-hour day of back-to-back engagements, a jet-lagged Justin Welby, the 105th archbishop of Canterbury, sat down for a 15-minute interview with the Anglican Journal late Tuesday evening, April 8.Welby and his wife, Caroline, arrived in Toronto Monday afternoon for a one and a half day “personal, pastoral visit,” his first, to the Anglican Church of Canada. Welby, whose area of expertise includes conflict resolution, has said that these visits are part of a process for getting to know the primates (senior archbishops) and their churches. The Anglican Communion, which has been struggling with divisions over the issue of sexuality, has about 80 million members in 143 countries. Including Canada, the archbishop has visited 17 of the Communion’s 37 provinces and aims to visit them all by the end of the year or early 2015. He arrived April 9 in Oklahoma City, to visit The Episcopal Church.Excerpts:Q: How would you describe your first visit to the Anglican Church of Canada? What have you learned about this church that has been most unexpected?A: Two things have been unexpected, that have been striking. One is the depth of commitment to the truth and reconciliation process, which I didn’t realize quite how deep that went into the life of the church. And, also, the commitment of the church to support the Council of the North dioceses…That’s all part of the same sense of commitment to those who the church has damaged or who are on the edge. The other thing that’s struck me has been the commitment to the Five Marks of Mission and that these are very much part of the strategy of the church, and that’s the vision of the church. Q: You mentioned in your dinner remarks that your conversation with the primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, has been most useful in terms of how to move forward in the Communion.A: We had two hours together and I find him a particularly helpful, thoughtful and challenging interlocutor, and someone who seems to be able to unlock and unpick issues that were weighing on my mind and to…enable more creativity. I don’t know if that’s part of his life as primate, but I felt that, as a result of the conversation, I was more creative than I was before it. Q: Could you give us a sense of what you talked about? A: There were these obvious things. We talked about the challenge of diversity in the Communion, that we have such breathtaking diversity across the Communion, that it’s a massive task to even think about how we can relate to each other effectively. We talked quite a lot about the companion dioceses and the value they are…the depth they get into. Q: In 2016, the church’s General Synod will be presented with a resolution changing the marriage canon to allow same-sex marriage. Is this a cause for concern?A: That’s a really tough question. Well, it’s got to be a cause for concern because this is a particularly tough issue to deal with…And, I hope that two or three things happen: I hope that the church, in its deliberations, is drawing on the wealth of its contribution to the Anglican Communion and the worldwide church, to recognize…the way it works and how it thinks, to recognize the importance of its links. And that, in its deliberations, it is consciously listening to the whole range of issues that are of concern in this issue. We need to be thinking; we need to be listening to the LGBT voices and to discern what they’re really saying because you can’t talk about a single voice anymore than you can with any other group. There needs to be listening to Christians from around the world; there needs to be listening to ecumenical partners, to interfaith partners. There needs to be a commitment to truth in love and there needs to be a commitment to being able to disagree in a way that demonstrates that those involved in the discussions love one another as Christ loves us. That’s the biggest challenge, that in what we do, we demonstrate that love for Christ in one another. Q: Some people have reacted strongly to your statements about the issue of gay marriage in your interview with LBC radio.A: Lots of people have. Q: Were you in fact blaming the death of Christians in parts of Africa on the acceptance of gay marriage in America?A: I was careful not to be too specific because that would pin down where that happened and that would put the community back at risk. I wouldn’t use the word “blame”— that’s a misuse of words in the context. One of the things that’s most depressing about the response to that interview is that almost nobody listened to what I said; they mostly imagined what they thought I said…It was not only imagination, it was a million miles away from what I said. Q: So what exactly were you saying? A: What I was saying is that when we take actions in one part of the church, particularly actions that are controversial, that they are heard and felt not only in that part of the church but around the world…And, this is not mere consequentialism; I’m not saying that because there will be consequences to taking action, that we shouldn’t take action. What I’m saying is that love for our neighbour, love for one another, compels us to consider carefully how that love is expressed, both in our own context and globally. We never speak the essential point that, as a church, we never speak only in our local situation. Our voice carries around the world. Now that will be more true in some places than in others. It depends on your links. We need to learn to live as a global church in a local context and never to imagine that we’re just a local church. There is no such thing.Q: You’ve said the issue of same-sex marriage is a complex one that you wrestle with every day and often in the middle of the night…A: I have about a million questions. I think really I’ve said as much as I want to on that subject. Q: You recently released a video collaboration with Cardinal Vincent Nichols. What was the impetus for that?A: It came about in the discussions we were having together. We meet together to discuss and pray quite regularly and out of that came the sense that we ought to do something public and visible that demonstrated what the church is already doing, to draw attention to that and that we’re centered both in prayer and social action. Q: Is there an Easter message you’d like to give to Canadian-Anglicans?A: I would say that at the heart of my own thinking as we approach Easter is to recall the joy that is in the risen Christ. Q: Is it harder for you now to be on Twitter because you’re the Archbishop of Canterbury? A: Yes. Q: Are you less candid?A: I’m not necessarily less candid. It’s very interesting with social media, isn’t it? Every day I get loads of questions directed at me through a Twitter message—everything from “What’s your favourite book?” to “Are you really saying…whatever?” Sadly, there’s really no way I can respond to those—it’s just impossible. I would do nothing else all day, and then I wouldn’t get through it. One of the things I find difficult is ignoring responses to things that are tweeted because everything in me wants to respond to the people who’ve responded to me. But it’s just not possible. The other thing is that you just become aware of the dark side of all these things: that people feel that they can write things about other people, and not just about myself, which are really horrible. And so I have to say there are moments when you think, “I just don’t know if I want to put up something on social media because it will just unleash a torrent of abuse from some people.” But in the end you think, “Well, I won’t read it…there’s no point… I’m just going to get on with life.” Q: Do you still compose your own tweets? A: Yes. Q: You don’t have a minder doing that for you?A: No, no. I said it’s got to be authentic. It’s got to be me; that’s why there are sometimes gaps. I’ll go through a few days where nothing particularly occurs to me or I’m traveling. I’m not on Twitter today—I might just manage it today before I go to sleep. Some days, lots of things happen; other days, my mind is a perfect blank… Q: You also need to be kind to yourself.A: I do know about that, but you at least have to know when you’re going to bore people stiff. Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Comments are closed. April 10, 2014 at 8:40 pm “Q: Were you in fact blaming the death of Christians in parts of Africa on the acceptance of gay marriage in America?”Wouldn’t the right answer to this question be “no”?Unless he was, in fact, placing responsibility for the death of Christians in Africa on the acceptance of gay marriage in America. Well? Were you, Your Grace?And would someone please remind the Archbishop that the Anglican Communion is NOT, as he puts it, a “global church”? He has no authority here. He has no authority in Africa. The sooner he acknowledges these facts, the better.Indeed, because the Anglican Communion is not a global church, Episcopalians do not “need to learn to live as a global church” under Canterbury’s direction. The idea that the Anglican Communion is a “global church” is complete nonsense.It also smacks of self-serving English imperialism. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska Jeremy Bates says: April 17, 2014 at 1:18 am So, Jeremy Bates, I guess western Anglicans have absolutely no business whatsoever complaining about Ugandan and Nigerian Anglican episcopal support for the so-called “anti-gay” legislation passed in those two countries. After all, what happens inside Uganda and Nigeria is the business of Uganda and Nigeria and no one else.My (and Archbishop Welby’s) original point still stands. Claiming membership in an allegedly-ancient, international, Christian tradition demands accountability to the other members of that tradition. Otherwise, you’re just Unitarians who dress funny. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ April 11, 2014 at 3:16 am So Gene Robinson was never an Anglican bishop then? Good to know. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ April 11, 2014 at 11:16 am The whole point of being Anglican is that foreign prelates do not have jurisdiction in other provinces. That was the principle on which Henry VIII founded the Church of England as a church independent from Rome. That is the principle on which The Episcopal Church ordained Gene Robinson and Mary Glasspool.The attempt by two successive Archbishops of Canterbury to mis-portray a family of independent churches as one “global church” — headquartered in, where else, London — is nothing more than a transparent power grab by Englishmen pining for erstwhile imperial influence.Lambeth should cease forthwith these foolish attempts at theo-political imperialism. Nothing could be less Anglican. April 10, 2014 at 5:04 pm Thank goodness we have a man of this intelligence at the helm! 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 Collierville, TN April 10, 2014 at 5:11 pm Now this really clarifies his thinking!I said what I meant and I meant what I said and it’s been misintrepteted.So, what is your position?I think I’ve said enough on the subject.GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!!!At least he isn’t telling us what to do, only suggesting. But he can tell the homophobes: “I’ve done my best but you know those obstreperous North Americans!” Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Knoxville, TNlast_img read more

15 Jun

EUA en el Proceso de Paz de Colombia

first_imgEl pasado 20 de febrero se anunció que Estados Unidos enviaría un representante a los diálogos de paz entre el gobierno colombiano y las FARC-EP que se llevan a cabo en La Habana, Cuba. Ese mismo día, la Delegación de Paz de las FARC emitió una declaración saludando este paso y diciendo en parte que  “lo consideramos una necesidad, tomando en cuenta la presencia e incidencia permanente que Estados Unidos tiene en la vida política, económica y social de Colombia, pudiendo ahora, entonces, coadyuvar al establecimiento de la justicia social, la democracia verdadera y la superación de la desigualdad y la miseria, que es la manera de ir abriendo el camino cierto hacia la paz”.Diferente perspectiva estadounidenseSegún reporta el Depto. de Estado EUA en su página web, durante una reunión en diciembre 2014 el presidente Juan Manuel Santos le pidió al secretario de estado John Kerry que EUA debía “tomar un papel más directo y estar más directamente en apoyo del proceso de paz”.El escogido por EUA fue Bernard Aronson, ex-subsecretario de Estado para Asuntos Interamericanos de 1989-1993, envuelto en los procesos de paz en El Salvador y Nicaragua. En El Salvador, rehusó firmar un pedido para recortar los fondos estadounidenses a los escuadrones de muerte y sobre Nicaragua es conocida su frase “el gran mito del siglo 20 es que el fascismo de izquierda es diferente del fascismo de derecha”. (“Contra Aides”, Mother Jones, Oct. 1987)Aronson está en la Junta de Dirección del Instituto Nacional Democrático (NDI por las siglas en inglés), organización creada por el gobierno EUA a través de la infame Fundación Nacional para la Democracia que otorga fondos para los grupos opositores de derecha en Latinoamérica. También tiene conexiones financieras, habiendo servido de Consejero para Goldman-Sachs y fundando su propia firma ACON Investments.Pero es el propio Aronson durante la rueda de prensa del 20 de febrero, quien deja ver el papel de EUA en las negociaciones colombianas. Al decir que EUA estará junto al gobierno de Santos, ya de por sí deja claro la intención partidista, reforzado cuando declara que es tiempo que las FARC renuncien para siempre a la violencia, sin siquiera mencionar la violencia del estado. Y termina aludiendo a las riquezas de Colombia cuando menciona que “el Banco Mundial dice que Colombia es el mejor lugar de América Latina para hacer negocios”. (state.gov)Si bien es importante la presencia de EUA en el proceso de paz por las razones expuestas por las FARC,  es esencial repasar brevemente el papel de la injerencia estadounidense en Colombia, pues esa es precisamente lo importante de su presencia.Injerencia de EUA en ColombiaEs muy extenso el papel intervencionista por lo cual sólo se mencionarán brevemente algunos datos. Pero lo suficiente para recordar que gran parte del sufrimiento del pueblo colombiano ha sido engendrado en la Casa Blanca, el Pentágono y en las oficinas de las grandes multinacionales mineras, petroleras, químicas y de agricultura estadounidenses con la complicidad de las élites y el gobierno colombiano.Comenzando con las violaciones y masacres de campesinos bananeros por la United Fruit en 1928 donde cerca de dos mil trabajadores fueron asesinados, hasta el más reciente terrorismo de Chiquita, Dole, Del Monte y Coca Cola pagándole a paramilitares para violentar y hasta asesinar a sus trabajadores.El sospechado papel de la CIA, todavía en proceso de investigación por el rechazo de la CIA de dar a conocer documentos clasificados, en el asesinato del líder Jorge Eliecer Gaitán en 1948 que dio a lugar un proceso de la Gran Violencia que perdura hasta hoy.El papel de EUA en el mismo establecimiento de fuerzas paramilitares incluso antes de la fundación de las FARC-EP. El Plan Laso de bombardeos y aniquilación en contra de la resistencia campesina en Marquetalia, que llevó a la fundación de la insurgencia de las FARC.Sin olvidar al Plan Colombia comenzado en 1999, que ha resultado en un gran aumento del conflicto social con enormes repercusiones en cuanto al incremento de pobreza, enfermedades, violaciones de los DDHH y laborales, masacres, envenenamientos en masa y destrucción de cultivos de pan coger por químicos de la Monsanto, desplazamiento de millones de colombianas/os, etc.Es por esto que la responsabilidad de los EUA en la perpetuación de la guerra contra el pueblo colombiano tiene que ser parte de este proceso de paz.Logros de Diálogos de PazLos diálogos, que comenzaron con reuniones exploratorias en 2011, han sido una esperanza del pueblo colombiano para finalmente lograr es paz tan esquiva. Ha sido un proceso único con grandes avances y enormes obstáculos y dificultades.Hasta la fecha, se han logrado acuerdos parciales en las áreas de desarrollo agrario, participación política de la insurgencia y solución al problema de drogas ilícitas. Actualmente se está discutiendo el punto de las víctimas del conflicto.El aspecto del desarrollo del proceso merece un artículo aparte pero es necesario mencionar la activa participación de organizaciones y del pueblo colombiano, incluyendo a víctimas del conflicto, que han enriquecido los diálogos con sus aportaciones. Cinco grupos de víctimas viajaron a la Habana en diferentes ocasiones para intervenir directamente en el proceso.Durante estos dos años se han celebrado diversos foros en Colombia para aportar sugerencias. Se constituyó una subcomisión de Género para asegurarse que la nueva Colombia que surja de estos diálogos sea una sin discriminación de género. Ha habido audiencias especiales con organizaciones de la mujer y de la población LGBT de Colombia. Se estableció una Comisión Histórica del Conflicto y sus Víctimas para estudiar las causas con la vista dirigida hacia el fin del conflicto.Las FARC han propuesto la celebración de una Asamblea Nacional Constituyente donde sea el pueblo quien decida el futuro de la implementación de los acuerdos.Necesidad de acompañamiento del procesoEl proceso, aunque avanza, se enfrenta a poderosas fuerzas en su contra. Una exigencia de las FARC ha sido el cese al fuego bilateral para que así las negociaciones se puedan celebrar en un ambiente de paz. Hasta ahora, el gobierno ha rechazado esta propuesta. El pasado 17 de diciembre, sin embargo, la insurgencia fariana anunció un cese al fuego unilateral e indefinido para demostrar su anhelo de consecución de paz.El presidente Santos, quien se encuentra en estos momentos en España, dijo, según un artículo publicado el 2 de marzo por Telesur que “Estamos llegando al momento de iniciar la discusión del cese al fuego bilateral. Precisamente mañana martes viajan cinco generales en servicio activo de la República y un almirante, quienes irán a La Habana para iniciar este proceso”.El pasado 24 de octubre, las FARC presentaron en La Habana a 18 nuevos miembros que integrarán la Sub Comisión Técnica sobre cese al fuego bilateral y dejación de armas “que tendrá el propósito de contribuir en el análisis de experiencias, generación y discusión de iniciativas y propuestas que, respecto a estos asuntos, puedan servir de insumos para agilizar y facilitar las discusiones de los plenipotenciarios de Gobierno Nacional y las FARC-EP, que permitan la concreción de acuerdos que conduzcan al fin del conflicto. Los acuerdos sobre estos sub puntos se construirán en la Mesa de Conversaciones”. (resistencia-colombia.org/)Como se ha expuesto, los diálogos se encuentran en una etapa crucial donde los movimientos solidarios, particularmente en EUA tienen un papel esencial de expresar solidaridad con la insurgencia y el pueblo colombiano, exponer el papel criminal de EUA y presionar a la Casa Blanca para que abandone cualquier intento de socavar los diálogosFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

12 Jun

Pakistan: Surge in harassment of journalists who “criticize” on social media

first_img Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murder News PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms CorruptionDisappearancesInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Follow the news on Pakistan The targets of this wave of police and judicial harassment include Bilal Farooqui, a news editor at the Express Tribune newspaper, who received an unwanted visit at his home in the southern city of Karachi on the evening of 11 September.“At around 7 p.m., my landlord told me there were ‘surveyors’ downstairs seeking a meeting with me,” Farooqui said. “I went down and saw three or four persons in plain clothes and two cops in police uniform. They arrested me, put me in a police van, blindfolded me and interrogated at the police station.”Ostensibly, the police were acting on a complaint filed by a member of the public accusing him of “inciting citizens to rebel against the military”  – a claim that is “totally baseless,” according to Farooqui, who says the authorities have had him in their sights ever since he posted messages on Facebook and Twitter regarded as critical of the military.The complaint also accused Farooqui of “inciting sectarian hatred.” An accusation of this kind “could put my life in danger,” he added, explaining that it could be exploited by any extremist religious group. Farooqui was finally released on his lawyer’s personal guarantee the next day.It was also on 11 September that the police in the northeastern province of Punjab opened an investigation into Absar Alam, a journalist who used to head the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), for suspected “sedition” and “treason.” In this case, the police were acting on a complaint filed by a lawyer accusing him of posting “highly inappropriate” comments on social media. In reality, Alam had simply criticized Prime Minister Imran Khan and Pakistan’s all-powerful military.The third victim of the past few days is Asad Ali, a journalist working for Samaa TV, who reported on Twitter on 14 September that he was the target of a complaint by the police in Rawalpindi, a city adjacent to the capital, Islamabad, accusing him of “anti-Pakistan [posts] and propagating against the Pakistan army on social media.”Ali has not been notified about the specific reasons for the complaints but in recent weeks he tweeted articles about alleged corruption involving Asim Saleem Bajwa, a retired army general who now heads the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor, a package of infrastructural development projects resulting from an accord the two countries signed in May 2015.“The charges brought against Bilal Farooqi, Absar Alam and Asad Ali are baseless and constitute judicial harassment aimed at suppressing all criticism of the government, in particular, on social media,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “We urge the authorities to put a stop to this harassment and we remind the executive branch of its duty to respect the right of journalists to express views that do not necessarily concur with the government’s.”It was because of a tweet critical of the authorities – the judicial authorities, in this case – that the journalist Matiullah Jan is currently facing a contempt of court charge. Worse still, it also led to his being abducted by around ten men in broad daylight in Islamabad on the eve of his appearance before the supreme court on 21 July. His abductors released him after holding him for 12 hours, during which he was tortured.Journalistic content regarded as insulting towards the government is also liable to be censored openly and directly. A new book by the journalist Sohail Warraich, a compilation of articles he wrote for the newspaper Jang and the BBC’s Urdu-language website, was withdrawn from bookshops yesterday. A cartoon on the cover showed the army chief, Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa, sitting in a chair and the prime minister sitting at his feet.Pakistan is ranked 145th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. RSF_en September 17, 2020 – Updated on September 24, 2020 Pakistan: Surge in harassment of journalists who “criticize” on social media News Organisation News to go further Receive email alertscenter_img PakistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms CorruptionDisappearancesInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment April 21, 2021 Find out more A view of Bilal Farooqui in the center where he has been detained (photo: Sameer Mandhro / Twitter). January 28, 2021 Find out more Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an end to attempts to censor journalists who criticize or question the authorities on social media in Pakistan. In the past few days alone, three journalists have been the victims of arbitrary accusations such as inciting rebellion, treason and anti-Pakistan activities. This harassment must stop, RSF said. 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27 May

Public urged to report racist or sectarian incidents

first_img Pinterest A campaign has been launched encouraging the public to report racist and sectarian incidents they may encounter.The scheme is independent and confidential and aims to support people who have witnessed or experienced a racist or sectarian incident.Dr. Karin White, Cultural Diversity Officer with Donegal County Council, says there is a problem with racism and she has experienced incidents herself – she spoke earlier on the Shaun Doherty Show:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/gerr1pmracism.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Newsx Adverts Public urged to report racist or sectarian incidents Google+ Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Google+center_img NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Twitter By News Highland – July 9, 2012 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson WhatsApp WhatsApp Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Previous articleDonegal homes that have paid the Household charge sent remindersNext article41% drop in new buildings recorded in Donegal News Highland Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this weeklast_img read more

26 May

Flaws Of Karnataka’s Curbs On Travel From Kerala Already Pointed Out, High Court Tells State Govt

first_imgNews UpdatesFlaws Of Karnataka’s Curbs On Travel From Kerala Already Pointed Out, High Court Tells State Govt Mustafa Plumber19 March 2021 9:29 PMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Friday allowed the amendment application filed by petitioner B Subbaya Rai challenging the modified directions issued on March 15, by the Deputy Commissioner and Chairman of District Disaster Management Authority, Dakshina Kannada District, imposing restrictions on travel from Kerala. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice MGS Kamal orally…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 Karnataka High Court on Friday allowed the amendment application filed by petitioner B Subbaya Rai challenging the modified directions issued on March 15, by the Deputy Commissioner and Chairman of District Disaster Management Authority, Dakshina Kannada District, imposing restrictions on travel from Kerala. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice MGS Kamal orally told the Karnataka Government’s advocate,  “We have already pointed out the flaws of your order and we will hear you on the next date now.”The Court has listed the matter on March 25 to consider the legality of the travel restrictions imposed citing spike in COVID19 cases.On the previous date of hearing :The Karnataka High Court had on Thursday frowned at conditions in the modified order passed by the Karnataka Government regarding restrictions for road travel from Kerala in the wake of recent spike in COVID19 cases.”Flights from Kerala operate to Karnataka without restrictions. So, if you have money you can enter the state of Karnataka without restrictions but if you can’t afford to buy an air ticket you will be subjected to all these restrictions. How this can be tolerated?”, a bench headed by Chief Justice Abhay S Oka asked the government’s counsel.Observing that the modified order passed by the Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada on March 15, is misconceived and issued in complete non-application of mind, the Court orally directed the state government to withdraw it.The modified order was passed after the Court rapped the State Government for imposing travel restrictions in violation of the Central Government’s ‘unlock’ guidelines which prohibit curbs on inter-state travel.On Thursday, the bench termed the modified order “worse than the previous order”. As per the order passed on March 15, it is stated that all the check posts are opened for the public except those which are rarely used by the public. It is said : “Concerned local authorities as per the necessity (Gram Panchayat/Urban Local bodies/Municipality/Town Municipality) will be responsible for checking of RT-PCR negative report of the passengers coming into the district at every checkpost.” Further, it stated that “In consideration of the situation, every gram panchayat,/urban local bodies/municipality/town municipality, shall identify the points of the arrival in their respective jurisdiction to facilitate the public/student opening of the checkpost which are more likely to be used and closing of check post which are rarely used such decision must be taken and directions issued for arrivals from Kerala/Maharashtra state by Panchayat Task force committee which is already in existence.” Taking strong exception to these clauses, the division bench said :”This gives arbitrary power to local authorities to close any check post and open any check post anywhere. This authorizes them to close the check post. It is worst then the earlier order, at least earlier there was clarity on which check posts were open.”The bench also criticized another clause in the order which directed authorities to check for illegal movements of cash and liquor in the wake of upcoming assembly polls in Kerala.The said clause read : “All the Tashildars of the concerned taluk shall constitute a flying squad. Patrolling team along with taluk level officer and health department team for random checking, intensify and to monitor the illegal liquor supply, illegal cash movement and doubtful persons at all the check post for existing model code of conduct in Kerala state for the upcoming Kerala Legislative Assembly elections and to check overall functioning”.Terming this clause “misconceived”, the bench said : “You are mixing up two things, the direction is issued in exercise of Disaster Management Act. This is a completely misconceived order. What is the power of the District Disaster Management Authority, to pass such orders, to monitor movement of illegal liquor supply, cash, movement of doubtful persons?.”Another clause which came under the scanner of the bench read as follows : Local bodies in their respective jurisdiction shall collect information of all persons arriving from Kerala/Maharashtra and self monitor their health and seek immediate medical attention and examination of any covid related symptoms such as fever, cold cough throat, respiratory problems. The bench observed : “Is there any order passed by State government or State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA), directing the checking of persons who enter from Kerala or Maharashtra after they enter the state?” It added “By this clause it means that anybody who has a history of travel from Kerala, authorities will enter his house.” The court also frowned at clause 4 and 5 of the directions which read thus: Clause 4: In every checkpost the concerned gram panchayat shall deploy staff in a shift system in cooperation with the police department and shall check all the arrivals from Kerala should undergo RT-PCR negative report within 72-hours. Clause 5: The details of the daily commuter from Kerala State into Dakshina Kannada district must be maintained separately and students and employees should submit their id cards and undergo RT-PCR test negative report every fortnightly. The bench said : “A person who enters from Kerala is to undergo RT-PCR test, but what if a person from Karnataka goes to Kerala and comes back in afternoon, is he supposed to produce RT PCR negative report? It added “An ordinary citizen or resident of Karnataka enters the state of Kerala for some work, may be for selling his goods he comes back immediately. Will this man have to undergo a test? Suppose a person enters Kerala at 9 am and returns at 12 pm, so as per this clause, he will have to undergo a test in Kerala, the result will take minimum 6-hours to be known. The man will have to wait in Kerala till his RT-PCR test is known”. It also wondered how clause 5 will be interpreted is not known. It said, “A daily traveller from Kerala to Karnataka, they need not undergo RT-PCR test they need to be tested fortnightly, correct, but this will not apply to daily travelers from Karnataka State to Kerala.” The bench added “If a permanent resident of Karnataka goes to Kerala for 1 hour, they will ask to show RT-PCR test, what is all this?” The bench orally said: “Look at the consequences, at least in the original order four checkpoints were open. By virtue of clause 3, at the 11th hour someone will be told the route is closed, because for the last three days no person has used it so we closed it, so the person will have to take a different route. Will it not directly affect those people who are entering Kerala from Karnataka and coming back?”. The Bench allowed Advocate K RAVISHANKAR appearing for the petitioner B SUBBAYA RAI to amend the petition and challenge the March 15 directions issued by the Deputy Commissioner and Chairman of District Disaster Management Authority, Dakshina Kannada district, Mangaluru.Last year, the Kerala High Court had interfered with the blockade imposed by Karnataka Government on the Kerala border. Acting on a PIL filed by the Kerala High Court Advocates Association, the Kerala High Court directed the Union Government to open the highway for travel. The High Court noted that the travel restrictions had infringed the right to health of border residents, who were relying on hospitals in Mangalore for treatment.When Karnataka appealed to the Supreme Court, the SC suggested a dialogue between the Chief Secretaries of both the states. Following talks, the restrictions were lifted.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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