African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited ( HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgAfrican Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited (  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileABC Holdings Limited is the parent company of a number of sub-Saharan Africa banks operating under the BancABC brand that offer a diverse range of financial services including personal, business and corporate banking as well as asset management, stockbroking and treasury services.  The Group, which has its head office in Botswana, was formed as a result of a series of mergers and acquisitions of financial institutions operating in Southern Africa. This has given the Group a strong geographical footprint as well as a sound understanding of the diverse financial markets within the region. As a result, BancABC has operations in Botswana, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe and a group services office in South Africa. African Banking Corporation of Botswana Limited is listed on the Botswana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Stock market crash: 3 UK shares I’d buy for my Stocks & Shares ISA to make a million

first_img See all posts by Royston Wild Our view of the 2020 stock market crash couldn’t be clearer. Rather than pull up the drawbridge and wait for things to calm down, investors should grab the bull by the horns and buy UK shares while others dither.We’re not cavalier here at The Motley Fool. We simply know a terrific investing opportunity when we see it. A lot of dogs have been sold off during the recent stock market crash. But a terrific number of top-quality UK shares have also been cruelly cut loose during the sell-off. This provides a chance for you and I to build a deep and balanced portfolio of stock market stars at little cost.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…History shows us that UK share prices always come roaring back in the years following stock market crashes. This is how a huge number of British investors made millions after the 2008/09 banking crisis. They bought stocks for next to nothing and watched them balloon in value as the economy improved and profits headed northwards again.10% dividend yields!So why not try and do the same? Here are three white-hot UK shares I’m thinking of buying following the stock market crash:FTSE 100 investors need to give Aviva a close look at current prices. The insurance goliath trades on a bargain-basement price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 6 times. But that’s not all that attracts the eye. A near-10% dividend yield gives plenty for income seekers to shout about too. Trading is tough right now following the Covid-19 outbreak. However, the possibility of more bumper dividends coming down the line — and funded by the possible sale of its European and Asian operations — makes it a brilliant dip buy today.Buying bullion producers like Highland Gold Mining is a good idea as forecasters steadily hike their precious metal price forecasts. The boffins at UBS are the latest to upscale their price predictions in view of extreme central bank money printing and intense economic uncertainty. They predict gold will continue to hit record highs and average $2,100 per ounce in 2021, up from current prices of $1,930. Highland Gold Mining is a particularly great buy given its low P/E ratio of 12 times and chunky 4% dividend yield.Kape Technologies doesn’t pay a dividend but it’s a UK share that’s too cheap to miss. Its forward price-to-earnings growth (PEG) of 0.2 fails to reflect the fact that demand for its cybersecurity software is poised to rocket as homeworking takes off all over the globe. Employers expect 37% of people to work from home following the coronavirus crisis, a recent survey from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development showed. This compares with less than a fifth before Covid-19.Getting rich with UK sharesKape Technologies et al are just a few of the undervalued UK shares I think are top buys today. You can find even more by browsing The Motley Fool’s epic library of special reports. They could help you get rich and possibly even make a million. Image source: Getty Images. 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Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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Match verdict: Wales 17-7 Tonga

first_imgWales – Tries: O Williams, Beck Cons: Halfpenny 2 Pen: HalfpennyTonga – Try: Helu Con: Fosita LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Main man: Ryan Jones makes a breakStar man – Ryan JonesHe was pushed close by another ‘old boy’ in James Hook, who ran the game well and with great variation from fly-half, but Ryan Jones gets the nod. It was obvious from the smile on his face during the anthem that he is relishing every opportunity he gets in the Wales jersey now those opportunities have become more limited with the emergence of Toby Faletau and Dan Lydiate in the back row. And, boy, was he looking to make a statement in this match. From the first minute he was making yards from the back of the scrum, he charged down a Tonga kick in their 22 that nearly led to a try for Lloyd Williams and his presence was evident throughout, be it through his carrying (he made 57 metres, nearly more than the other forwards combined), his defence or his leadership. It’s also fitting that he put in a performance of this quality three years after being axed as Wales captain following the Friday night draw with Fiji.StatsWales made 156 passes to 53 from Tonga and made 483 metres with the ball compared to the visitors’ 308.The hosts also dominated territory (73%), particularly in the second half when Tonga barely got out of their half.The turnover rate illustrates the stop-start nature of the game, Wales conceding 20 and Tonga 17.Scorerscenter_img Tight squeeze: Ashley Beck shows good footwork to sneak over in the corner to score Wales’ second tryBy Sarah Mockford at Millennium StadiumIn a nutshellFriday night lights is the phrase but these games have more often been Friday night frights for Wales, the defeat by Samoa last year and the draw with Fiji in 2010 prime examples. Tonga couldn’t make it a hat-trick for the Pacific Islands, however, even if this was a pretty dour Test match for the 46,523 Cardiff crowd to witness.Break in play: Will Helu scythes through for Tonga’s tryIt was hardly a game to have those present in raptures – there were too many stoppages, little momentum could be created and not a single point was scored in the second half – but Warren Gatland will be satisfied with the win given recent history in this fixture and the fact that he’d made 11 changes to the side that beat Argentina last weekend.Tonga delivered in terms of physicality, had a solid set-piece and an organised defence, and caught Lloyd Williams on numerous occasions when he took too long to pass from the back of rucks. Wales were never able to get any rhythm to their game, but they did have far more try-scoring chances than Tonga, albeit that they only managed to convert two of them, Owen Williams and Ashley Beck going over. Lloyd Williams was held up, Hallom Amos was tackled into touch before getting the ball down, Luke Charteris dropped the ball metres from the line and George North had an effort ruled out by the TMO too.So not a classic, but a win’s a win, as they say, and Wales will face Australia next Saturday with more confidence than they did 12 months ago. They will also welcome the extra day’s rest for their battered bodies.Key momentAshley Beck’s try in the 24th minute. The Ospreys centre had started the try-scoring move with a neat inside pop pass to George North, who powered through the Tongan defence, and once the ball was recycled James Hook delivered a long pass to Beck on the wing and he went over in the corner. The score was significant in that it gave Wales a 17-0 lead and Beck should receive praise for the way he managed to keep his foot centimetres from the touchline before grounding the ball.last_img read more


first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC 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 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Miembros de la comunidad judía de Cuba visitaron al empresario norteamericano Alan Gross, preso desde hace tres años en La Habana bajo acusaciones de espionaje. En varias ocasiones se ha pedido su libertad al gobierno cubano pero las peticiones han sido rechazadas. La visita a la cárcel estuvo presidida por Adela Dworin, presidenta de la Casa de la Comunidad Hebrea y otras personas. En la cárcel pudieron celebrar Jánuca importante fecha del calendario judío que conmemora la derrota de los helenos y la recuperación de la independencia judía a manos de los macabeos sobre los griegos y la posterior purificación del templo de Jerusalén.Tikhon, arzobispo ortodoxo de Filadelfia, ha sido electo primado de la Iglesia Ortodoxa en Estados Unidos. A la ceremonia de la elección asistieron delegados y observadores de Estados Unidos, Canadá y México incluyendo 163 jerarcas de la tradición ortodoxa. El nuevo arzobispo nació en Boston en 1966 con el nombre de Marc Mollard. Fue miembro de la Iglesia Episcopal desde su nacimiento. En 1989 fue recibido en la Iglesia Ortodoxa. En su carrera eclesiástica cuando recibió la tonsura adoptó el nombre de Tikhon, un popular santo ruso del siglo 19. Según la tradición ortodoxa los obispos son célibes, no así los sacerdotes.El Parlamento Británico tendrá en su agenda a principios de año un proyecto de ley que permitirá la unión de personas del mismo sexo. Sin embargo, será ilegal para la Iglesia de Inglaterra y la Iglesia de Gales celebrar esas uniones. Para que esto fuera posible ambas iglesias tendrían que cambiar su ley canónica, un largo y tedioso proceso que puede durar varios años.El Consejo Latinoamericano de Iglesias (CLAI) ha anunciado en Quito, donde está su oficina central, que en vista de la congelación de fondos provenientes del CLAI para su asamblea en febrero, ha decidido posponer la reunión continental para mayo del 2013 en La Habana. El gobierno de Estados Unidos decidió congelar un envío a través del Banco Pichincha de $101 mil dólares para cubrir los gastos de alimentación y alojamiento para los 400 delegados que se esperan. El Departamento del Tesoro de Estados Unidos consideró que el traspaso de fondos violaba las normas del embargo económico contra Cuba.Un taller sobre libertad religiosa en México informó que el número de Iglesias Cristianas Evangélicas en el Estado de México “ha crecido en los últimos 10 años a un ritmo explosivo”, sobre todo en la zona oriental pero a ese mismo ritmo también “han crecido la intolerancia religiosa, la discriminación, los trámites administrativos, la apertura de templos, entre otros”. Eruviel Ávila, gobernador del estado de México y miembro del gobernante PRI, prometió tener una relación más estrecha con líderes evangélicos e intervenir para buscar una solución satisfactoria.La principal organización defensora de la tenencia de armas en Estados Unidos ha pedido que guardias armados vigilen a las escuelas en todo el país, a fin de impedir el ataque del próximo asesino que venga. La Asociación Nacional de Portadores de Armas (NRA por su sigla en inglés) rompió su silencio una semana después de la matanza de 20 niños y seis maestras en una escuela primaria de Connecticut.”Lo único que detiene a un tipo malo armado es un tipo bueno armado”, dijo Wayne LaPierre, vicepresidente ejecutivo de la organización cabildera de armas, en una conferencia de prensa en Washington.El pastor bautista Charles Worley de Maiden, Carolina del Norte, ha grabado un video en contra de las personas homosexuales que ha sido visto por unas 250,000 personas. El fanático clérigo propone “encerrarlos en el interior de una cerca electrificada”. ¡Qué testimonio!Bobby Jindal, el conservador gobernador de Luisiana, dijo recientemente que las pastillas anti-conceptivas deberían expenderse aún en los bares como cualquier otro medicamento sin interferencia del gobierno. La arquidiócesis católica romana le salió al paso con un pequeño regaño diciendo que la “contracepción” siempre es errónea.El arzobispo anglicano de Ciudad del Cabo, Sudáfrica, Thabo Makgoba, presidió una marcha por el centro de la ciudad en diciembre para iniciar la campaña contra la violencia femenina e infantil que plaga a esa parte de África. “Los cristianos tenemos que dar testimonio público de nuestra fe”, dijo en una entrevista radial.MENSAJE. Un saludo de Año Nuevo a todos nuestros lectores esparcidos por el mundo. Que el 2013 sea un año de paz, justicia y alegría en medio de los sufrimientos y las calamidades que podamos tener. Gracias por sus mensajes y notas. Reciban un afectuoso abrazo, +ONELL SOTO Rector Belleville, IL 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Jobs & Calls The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Por Onell A. SotoPosted Jan 3, 2013 Rapidísimascenter_img Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Tampa, FL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Job Listing Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Eventslast_img read more

E-millionaires and charity

Howard Lake | 2 November 2000 | News The Guardian Online today looks at how e-millionaires are spending their time and money. The article concludes with a look at their charitable giving. The Guardian Online today looks at how e-millionaires are spending their time and money. The article concludes with a look at their charitable giving. It mentions the new rich at Cisco Systems, some of who have started private family foundations worth between $1m and $100m. Of course Bill Gates’ foundation gets a mention, but so too does founder Tim Jackson. He is now concentrating on his “new venture capital role at Carlyle Internet Partners Europe and at a charitable foundation he is setting up.”Read Who wants to be an e-millionaire? by Mark Tran at The Guardian. Advertisement  16 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 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 Researching massive growth in giving. E-millionaires and charity read more

Marching on International Women’s Day: Women globalize struggle for equality

first_imgSolidarity and struggle form the essence of International Women’s Day, as intended by its European socialist founders in 1910. Although capitalist governments hide IWD’s true history, women workers, progressives, socialists and national liberation and anti-imperialist forces put forward its real meaning.In this epoch of capitalist globalization and economic crisis, corporations are intensifying their exploitation of the planet’s peoples and resources. They are grabbing and privatizing land, displacing Indigenous farmers and destroying the environment. Transnational companies mistreat workers in the factories, fields and sweatshops, denying them decent wages, working conditions and respect. But they do not pursue their mad drive for superprofits unchallenged.Women of all nationalities and in all economic spheres are fighting back. They march, rally and sit-in to oppose wars, occupations, repression, all forms of oppression and social injustice. A vast number of heroes from every corner of the globe stand up to the exploiters and say “NO!”Berta Cáceres ¡presente!This year we honor our Honduran sister, Berta Cáceres, a world-renowned Indigenous Lenca leader and environmentalist who was fatally shot by gunmen in early March. Despite mounting death threats, this courageous woman successfully organized a campaign to stop construction of a hydroelectric dam.A U.S.-backed coup that ousted elected president Manuel Zelaya in 2009 ushered in a pro-corporate government that is abetting transnational companies in their expropriation of Indigenous lands and erection of mines and dams, to Native peoples’ detriment. Cáceres bolstered women’s role and encouraged solidarity and collective action to resist capitalism’s crimes.Cáceres’ execution sent shock waves throughout Central America. On March 8, hundreds of women marched in Honduras’ capital, Tegucigalpa, to demand justice for her. So did their sisters in Nicaragua and other countries in the region.In Venezuela, thousands of women marched through Caracas to Miraflores Palace to support President Nicolás Maduro. They also honored the late President Hugo Chávez, leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, which has enacted concrete measures for women’s advancement.In socialist Cuba, women’s gains since the Revolution have been profound. The Federation of Cuban Women, founded in 1960 by Vilma Espin, has been instrumental in this process. With free education, women are two-thirds of university graduates. Due to free, accessible health care, Cuba has a lower infant mortality rate than the U.S. Moreover, Cuban women make up 53.1 percent of the parliament, second only to Bolivia in the Americas.Women in Haiti have a history of struggle. Some 300,000 people are still dislocated by the 2010 earthquake, while cholera rages on and women continue to report sexual assaults by U.N. troops. This year the Aristide Foundation in Port-au-Prince held a much-needed, all-day, free health clinic for IWD; some 1,500 women attended.Athens protesters: ‘NATO out of Aegean Sea’U.S./NATO wars have forced over 1 million desperate migrants to flee the Middle East and North Africa, but the warmakers won’t solve the massive refugee crisis they created. European governments are closing their borders, stranding many migrants in Greece. Yet, the Greek people — who themselves are suffering from a financial chokehold imposed by U.S. and European Union bankers — are showing generosity and solidarity toward the refugees, who the Feb. 29 Washington Post reported are 57 percent women and children.More than 1,000 activists marched through Athens on IWD in solidarity with the migrants and protesting U.S./NATO militarism in Syria. Mairini Stefanidi, president of the Federation of Women of Greece, which co-organized the action, said, “With people’s solidarity, we reach out to the women refugees, who arrive in our countries with babies in their hands. They are victims of the inhuman interventions of the U.S., NATO, European Union and their allies.” The All Workers Military Front (PAME) also sponsored the march. (RT, March 8)Turkey is increasingly suppressing political protests under right-wing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. However, hundreds of women ignored a ban on their IWD protest and marched through Istanbul on March 6 to demand their rights. Riot police fired rubber bullets at the demonstration. Activists also resisted police repression in Ankara.From Egypt to South AfricaIWD was commemorated across the African continent in many activities.In Cairo, Egypt, outside the Press Syndicate, women denounced the military and interior ministry, and called for the release of imprisoned family members.A statement from the Congress of South African Trade Unions raised the marginalization of Black women workers with disabilities; unemployment and poverty among young Black women; discrimination against lesbians; and exploitation of women migrants.COSATU called on its affiliates to pay special attention to women who work in unsafe jobs “not always protected by law and where enforcement is weak,” including domestic workers, farmworkers and migrant workers. It reiterated its commitment to workplace struggles to ensure that women workers have the right to secure job opportunities, training, decent working hours, a living wage, social security and access to basic services.Zimbabwean women affirmed that President Robert Mugabe has promoted gender equality and that advances have been made, including by affirmative action, in higher education.End the occupation of Palestine!The situation for Palestinian women is very grave, due to constant abuse by the Israeli military in occupied Palestine, especially in Gaza. Many are impoverished and unemployed and/or their homes destroyed. The Israeli armed forces have killed 190 Palestinians since October, including eight women and 49 children, and arrested 118 women. Fifty-seven Palestinian women are incarcerated; 13 are girls.But Palestinian women keep protesting the U.S.-funded Israeli occupation and expansion in the West Bank and blockade of Gaza, with IWD marches in the West Bank. Human rights activist Manal Tamini from Nabi Salah was arrested that day.Activists from many women’s organizations marched to the U.N. office in Gaza. They called for an end to Israeli violations of Palestinian women’s rights and for international pressure on Israel to lift the siege of Gaza.The Freedom Flotilla Coalition announced that March 8 marked the launching of a campaign to send a “Women’s Boat to Gaza.”No to capitalist globalization!In Asia, women workers rallied for their rights against corporate exploitation.Garment workers and activists staged a rally in Dhaka, Bangladesh, outside the National Press Club. They remembered their sisters and brothers who perished in factory disasters, including at Rana Plaza in 2013. Global brands reap mega-profits from super-exploiting such workers.Millions of women are forced to migrate to find work, often facing racism and abuse while denied any rights. In Hong Kong, migrant workers marched to the Indonesian Consulate, demanding that its government stop human trafficking.Members of Gabriela, an umbrella women’s organization founded over 30 years ago in the Philippines, joined with a migrant workers’ union to rally near Malacanang Palace in Manila, and denounced the government’s “export labor policy.” Their banner called for “Justice for all victims of trafficking.”Women’s oppression is based in unequal class society; imperialism, corporate exploitation and oppression of nationalities further impact millions of women. In the spirit of International Women’s Day, it is time to intensify the struggle against the horrors of capitalism, as its founders intended, and to lay the foundation for a truly just world under socialism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

ICE terrorizes migrants

first_imgHundreds of supporters accompanied immigrant activist Ravi Ragbir to New York ICE office on March 9, preventing him from being deported.The 13-year-old daughter of Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was recording a video as immigration agents picked him up, just after he had dropped her off at school in Los Angeles.All the time she was recording, she was sobbing. (Washington Post, March 4)The incident shook up not just Avelica-Gonzalez’s daughter and entire family, but students and teachers throughout the city.Reports are rushing in of immigrants being picked up just like that, not just at schools, but in courthouses, at events advocating for immigrants and at workplaces.In other words, no place is safe.Across the U.S., immigrant communities are desperately preparing for roundups. Many, if not all, are living in total anxiety, not knowing what to do or how to do it. Teachers are consoling students, but are also asking hard questions: “Have you talked to your parents? Do you have power of attorney?” (Los Angeles Times, March 3)This is the kind of anxiety and terror parents, children and immigrant workers are living with every moment of their lives since the inauguration of President Donald Trump.Children are being kept from school. Doctors’ and lawyers’ appointments are being missed. Restaurants and businesses are suffering as more and more migrants stay home from school, work or shopping.However, this chilling terror over the migrant community in the U.S. is big business for the prison-­industrial complex. While migrants live in fear, prison CEOs salivate.Trump/Bannon/ICE roundups profitableTrump’s entire presidential campaign was predicated against immigrant workers in this country. Law and order, building a wall and banning Muslims are the cornerstones of his administration. All are racist and hateful and anti-worker. All this while his administration destroys access to health care.It is all aimed to divide the working class at a time when unity is most urgent if the working class is to fight back against growing assaults on all the people in this country.While Trump openly singles out immigrants, racism and police terror against African-American communities are also cornerstones of his administration. The Trump/Bannon/ICE unholy alliance is a big boost to the racist occupying forces that are the police.Prisons and police go hand in hand. A New York Times headline on March 10 read, “Trump immigration crackdown is great for private prison stocks.”Two companies that have rightfully earned the hatred of the anti-mass incarceration movement, ­CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) and GEO Group, operate for-profit prisons and immigration detention centers in many states and for the federal government.Between October 2015 and September 2016, more than 350,000 undocumented immigrants were detained — a number that will dramatically rise under Trump’s crackdown.As the Times writes, “The worse the news for immigrants and their lawyers, the better it has been for the two companies. When a member of the Trump administration issues a memo or executive order, gives a speech or tweets about the crackdown on immigrants, shares of the two companies rise: Since the election, CoreCivic’s stock price has climbed 120 percent, and Geo’s has gained 80 percent.”Under the Barack Obama administration, the massive deportations carried out were handled differently than under Trump. President Obama stated on Aug. 18, 2016, that his administration would be phasing out for-profit prisons in the federal Bureau of Prisons. The companies’ stock shares plummeted.The Obama administration ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to carry out a “catch and release” policy. Undocumented workers caught were to be released if they were awaiting deportation status and were not so-called “hardened criminals.”Trump, through the actions of white supremacist Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has changed that policy. Now no matter their status in the system, all undocumented workers will be held. These workers need a place to be held before deportation, hence the recent boom in the prison-industrial complex.NBC News reports, “The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ … relationship with privately run lockups hinges on the housing of immigrants. Almost all of the 21,405 people currently serving time … have been designated as ‘criminal aliens’ — non-citizens who will likely be deported after they serve their sentences, according to bureau statistics.” (March 5)For several years now, article after article and advocate after advocate have all documented the horrid conditions of these prisons. Children are held with their parents. The prisons can be ice cold and the food is often rancid. Many a heroic prisoner has gone on a hunger strike to protest these conditions.All these conditions will intensify under the Trump administration. It is no wonder, therefore, that one sector of migrants is fleeing the U.S. in record numbers.Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had to admit that Trump’s policies were creating such a fearful climate that more Muslims in the U.S. were seeking refuge in Canada than ever before. Video has been released in which migrants are trekking to small wooded areas in upstate New York to cross over into Canada “illegally.”According to various news sources, Canadian law cites that people who try to make a refugee claim are turned away in Canada if they enter the country “legally.” However, if a migrant enters “illegally” — or better said, irregularly — Canadian law allows people to claim refugee status. More than 2,000 people have done that since the Trump election, many of them with legal status in the U.S. This demonstrates the fear, even with documents.Conditions for migrants to worsenThe bourgeois, pro-business entity, global risk analyst Verisk Maplecroft recently released a report titled “Human Rights Outlook 2017.” (The Guardian, March 10) The report declares that Trump’s hardening immigration policy will increase the risk of modern slavery and labor abuses. It will force “criminal networks to use more costly and potentially more dangerous trafficking routes by air and sea.”The Guardian wrote: “Saket Soni, executive director of … National Guestworkers Alliance, said the Trump administration’s new regulations will only exacerbate existing problems and proves that the U.S. government is ‘part of the problem.’“‘Trump’s policies are a gift to human traffickers,’ said Soni. ‘We know firsthand what Verisk Maplecroft’s report confirms: criminalising immigrants makes them more vulnerable to forced labour, human trafficking, and modern-day slavery. Trump’s mass criminalisation will drive immigrants further into the shadows, where increasing numbers of them will face forced labour conditions.’”Every day the issue of migration across the world becomes more and more a major humanitarian crisis.Despite the Trump/Bannon/ICE terror policies, this will not stop forced migration. Until the foreign and economic policies of U.S. imperialism are overturned, workers will be forced to leave their homelands in order to survive, in order to live.The Los Angeles Times reported on March 9 that in 2016 “border agents saw an unprecedented spike in long-distance migrants making the journey from countries as far as Haiti, India, Bangladesh and parts of Africa. About 15,000 migrants from outside Latin America crossed through Baja California last year, nearly five times as many as in 2015.”The working-class and revolutionary movements in the U.S. and around the world must take up the issue of forced migration in a major way. Now is the time to come to the defense of migrants.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Sixth journalist forced to flee since start of year

first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today on learning that Marcos Perales Mendoza, the editor of La Portada, an investigative monthly based in Barrancabermeja (in the northern department of Santander), has been forced to flee the region by the death threats he has been getting since May 2005 in response to his articles about local corruption.He finally decided to leave after getting a message on 22 July warning him that he would be the target of an attack in a month’s time. His present location is being kept secret for security reasons.“Perales is the latest of a total of six journalists in Colombia who have had to flee the area where they work since the start of the year, and the situation is getting more and more critical for local media,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The government and judicial authorities must react by quickly moving against politicians who think the mandate they got from their voters guarantees their impunity,” the organisation added. “The parties to Colombia’s civil war are not the only ones responsible for these threats and attacks on the news media.”With a circulation of 5,000, La Portada has specialized in denouncing local government corruption, sometimes naming the officials allegedly involved. Last month, Perales exposed irregularities in the assignment of a public works contract for the building of an aqueduct in Barrancabermeja. As result, the local prosecutor’s office ordered the municipal authorities to cancel the contract.On 22 July, Perales received a e-mail offer of flowers for his funeral. The message said Barrancabermeja’s mayor, Edgar Cote, would complete his term and added that Perales would not be around to know who the next mayor was.Perales said he has been the target of intimidation each time he has published an article on a sensitive issue since May 2005. The first time he received a bag containing the photos of three bodies and a message put together with letters cut from newspapers that said: “Leave the mayor alone or you will end up like this.”He filed a complaint with the prosecutor’s office at the time but is not aware of any progress being made in the investigation. He has received three other e-mail threats since the start of this year. His family has also been the target of intimidation and intruders broke into his home, making it look like a burglary.Journalists based in Barrancabermeja told Reporters Without Borders that Cote is a controversial mayor with many enemies within the municipal council. His supporters recently disrupted a news conference organised by a number of municipal councillors, breaking down the doors and putting Xs on the faces of some the councillors in a photo. RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Receive email alerts News Reports April 27, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en July 28, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sixth journalist forced to flee since start of year Organisation center_img May 13, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Colombia Help by sharing this information ColombiaAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF, IFEX-ALC and Media Defence, support FLIP and journalist Diana Díaz against state harassment in Colombia ColombiaAmericas to go further October 21, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Assumption Students in Service to Others

first_img ShareShareTweetSharePin it Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School is a supportive community that promotes high expectations and shared values. ABVM students strive to be responsible citizens who are Christ-like in their service to others.Every year Assumption student participate in Operation Christmas Child to share God’s love with children around the world. We have shipped off our Operation Christmas Child care packages. This is such a fantastic school-wide, school-lead service. We love showing our Assumption kids the Samaritan’s Purse video of kids around the world opening up these care packages. The video shows the pure joy of kids around the world receiving a toy, a bar of soap, a notepad… Luxuries in other parts of the world.Now Enrolling TK-8th grade. Visit us for Open House on Sunday, January 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Call the school office at (626) 793-2089 to schedule a school tour or email us at [email protected] Visit  for more information. Community News Make a comment Top of the News Subscribe Community News Business News More Cool Stuff Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Education Assumption Students in Service to Others Article and Photos courtesy of ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY SCHOOL Published on Friday, January 4, 2019 | 11:55 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

ORMC donates $15,000 to Odessa College health careers program

first_img Smoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersSouthern Style Potato SaladPowered By 10 Sec Croissant Breakfast Sandwich Casserole NextStay Registration set for engineering camp WhatsApp Previous articleFoundation scholarship applications availableNext articleUTPB dives into water, energy issues admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Odessa College President Greg Williams talks about how important it is to stay current on changing technologies within the medical field during a check presentation in which Odessa Regional Medical Center donated $15,000 to the Odessa College Foundation Tuesday in the Health Sciences Building. Odessa College will apply the donation to capital expenses for additional equipment in their Health Sciences Building and to scholarships for students pursuing their education in health care careers. Noel earns award Odessa Regional Medical Center has donated $15,000 to Odessa College’s health career programs for additional equipment in the Health Sciences Building to provide real-life experiences in health professions and scholarships.Vice President for Instruction Valerie Jones said Odessa College talks a lot with the community about the importance of partnerships with employers, community partners and the college so entities like Odessa Regional can tell the college of their future needs in health care and the college can prepare curriculum for those practitioners of tomorrow.The funds will go to the Odessa College Foundation.“We need more folks to be able to go into the healthcare professions, to be highly trained, to be expert professionals and to be able to serve this community,” Jones said. “Scholarships help make that possible for folks so that financial restrictions are not a barrier to access for them. Once they get here, they have to have the most current technology; they have to have the relevant equipment; they have to be able to train in real-world experiences so that when they go into the real world and they’re helping you and me and our families in the hospitals and the facilities where we need them most, they’re prepared. …”Stacey Gerig Brown, president of Odessa Regional, said Tuesday the hospital appreciates OC’s support of education of medical professionals and hopes the donation will help those who might not otherwise have a chance for schooling in the various healthcare fields.Brown said the hospital hopes to employ a lot of OC graduates in the different areas of specialty, such as nursing, phlebotomists and emergency medical technicians.“Our biggest need is always in nursing. As you know, there’s a national shortage of nurses so we’re always very interested in helping them in terms of their internships and those things when they’re doing their clinicals. We hope to build relationships with them at that time so we can eventually hire them once they complete their training to help us fill vacancies,” Brown said.Odessa College President Gregory Williams thanked ORMC for its generosity.“… This is the lifeblood of what we do because we would hate for dollars to stand in the way of amazing people being able to do wonderful work. And for many in our community, that is the barrier,” Williams said. “There are people who would like to accomplish things, but their finances don’t allow it. They don’t think they can afford to go to school. They don’t think they can afford to take that step.”However, there are grants and scholarships available to students, he added.“We owe not only ORMC, but we owe this entire community our very best. And guess what, when we give our very best they give back to us,” Williams said.More Information Local NewsEducation ORMC donates $15,000 to Odessa College health careers program Pinterest Twitter Pinterest OC Health Careers.ORMC. Twitter Facebook By admin – January 31, 2018 OCA top 2 were ESL students WhatsApp Home Local News Education ORMC donates $15,000 to Odessa College health careers programlast_img read more