The United Basalt Products Ltd ( 2008 Annual Report

first_imgThe United Basalt Products Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2008 annual report.For more information about The United Basalt Products Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The United Basalt Products Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The United Basalt Products Ltd (  2008 annual report.Company ProfileThe United Basalt Products Limited operates in two segments which are building materials and agriculture, to manufacture, retail and sell building materials in Mauritius. The company’s core products include aggregates, rocksand, hollow concrete blocks, precast concrete slabs and ready-to-use dry mortars. The United Basalt Products Limited also provides various concrete building components, such as paving-blocks and roof tiles, imported floor and wall tiles, and sanitary ware as well as home building and decorating products, fittings, tools, and garden accessories. The Agriculture segment deals in the cultivation of sugarcane, plants and landscaping services. The United Basalt Products Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Canada: Walk for reconciliation a celebration and a reminder

first_img Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Smithfield, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Job Listing Comments (1) William Denis Guest says: Featured Jobs & Calls Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID June 1, 2015 at 3:57 pm What Canadians have to understand is that we committed over 600 Cultural Genocides, at least one extinction (Beothuk), and have a history of crimes against humanity as cruel and indifferent as any in World History.  All action taken after the 1949 UN conventions to stop Genocide should be tried in the World Court.  When you talk like a Stalin, walk like a Stalin…you are a Stalin. The UN must tell Canadians what is expected of us. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Comments are closed. Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA Between 7,000 and 10,000 people from across Canada marched from Gatineau to Ottawa as part of the launch of the final event of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, May 31 to June 3, in Ottawa. Photo: Art Babych(For more photos, click here.)[Anglican Journal] Drums thunder in the Rue Laurier underpass, and voices echo in song and conversation. Banners, placards, signs and flags catch the wind coming in off the Ottawa River, and below them thousands of marchers approach Portage bridge, which links Gatineau with Ottawa.They are walking to signal the beginning of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) final event. The TRC’s six-year inquiry into the sad legacy of residential schools — which saw 150,000 aboriginal children removed from their homes and enrolled in church-run schools — will end with the release of a final report on June 2.Despite the gravity of the issues at hand, there is a festive feel to the air. Old friends see each other across the crowd and rush to embrace. Yarmulkes mix with crucifixes and headscarves and eagle feathers. Traditional dress from many nations is worn, and songs are sung in several languages. Young parents push their children in strollers, or sit them on the backs of their bicycles. A group of brightly dressed women whose signs declare that they are Ottawa’s “raging grannies” exchange banter with curious walkers.They have come from across the country, these walkers: Inuit from Inukjuak on Hudson’s Bay, Cree from Moose Factory in North Manitoba, Coast Salish from Vancouver Island, Mohawks from the Six Nations Territory outside of Brantford, Ontario. They are joined by non-aboriginal Canadians of all races — Canadians who have come from Toronto and Montreal, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Saskatchewan and Vancouver — to hear the truth about Canada’s past, and to show their willingness to work for a future of reconciliation.The walkers began to gather at École secondaire de l’Île in Gatineau the morning of May 31, where they were welcomed to the traditional territory of the Algonquin people by Chief Kirby Whiteduck of Pikwakanagan First Nation, before hearing words from a number of First Nations and government leaders, including Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt and TRC commissioner Marie Wilson.“Today is just a stop over as we catch our breath on a six-year journey,” says Wilson before the walk begins in an explosion of drumming. “We have a long road ahead of us, and this walk is the symbolic beginning of a movement…that cannot end.”Not long into the walk a group of women stop beside Rue Saint-Rédempteur to wait for a friend to catch up.“I’m walking to show that I’m finishing that part of my life,” says Evelyn Spence, one of a group of eight residential school survivors who flew from the remote Northern Ontario town Webequie to Thunder Bay and then drove 16 hours to Ottawa to attend the closing event for the TRC.Further ahead, Archbishop Fred Hiltz, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, walks with Susan Johnson, national bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and later, with Diocese of New Westminster Bishop Melissa Skelton. He carries a hand drum, and at one point joins in with a group of indigenous drummers.Nearby, Anglicans from St. Margaret’s Anglican Church in the Diocese of Ottawa walk under a banner decorated with an inukshuk. They explain that the inukshuk is in honor of their Inuit members (St. Margaret’s is home to many Inuit, and has an Inuktitut service).Other Anglicans have also come from the dioceses of Saskatchewan, Niagara, Toronto and the Spiritual Indigenous Ministry of Mishamikoweesh.As the walkers turn onto Wellington Street and made their way past Parliament Hill, the air fills with the sound of bells ringing from St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church.“We’re ringing the bells for you!” declares Elizabeth Phillipson to the walkers, pulling the belfry rope at the entrance to St. Andrews. Jennifer Henry, the director of the Canadian ecumenical justice group KAIROS, runs up the steps to join her, as does Hilary Johnson, a survivor from Williams Lake in B.C.Phillipson hands Johnson the rope, and he gives it a couple of energetic pulls. “They let me ring the bell!” he laughs happily before re-joining the march.Not all the walkers are as joyful. Further along the road, John Moses carries an old photograph of his father and aunt. Moses’ father, grandfather, and great-grandfather all attended the Anglican-run Mohawk Institute in Brantford, Ontario. “I’m the first generation after four that wasn’t raised at the Mohawk,” Moses, who is raising his own family in Ottawa, says with a mix of pride and sadness.Not far from Moses, Janet Head carries a picture as well. It shows her father and mother, both of whom passed away in recent years. Her mother, the Rev. Hagar Head, an Anglican priest, wears a clerical collar in the picture. “The reason why she went into ministry is because she wanted to educate the church about what happened to her in residential school,” says Head, “but when she told her story, they told her to get over it.”The walk ends at Marion Dewar Plaza, outside of Ottawa City Hall. The walkers — an estimated 7,000 to 10,000 of them —  struggle to fit into the square, and flow over onto Laurier Ave. The plaza is filled with tents, and before the speeches begin, an Ottawa troupe of Métis dancers — Jaime and the Jiglets — takes the stage to raise the mood.The series of speakers who follow — Ottawa mayor Jim Watson,  Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, and TRC chair Justice Murray Sinclair — remind the crowd of why they have gathered.Wynne promises to walk alongside Indigenous Ontarians, citing a recent decision to expand teaching about residential schools in the Ontario schools curriculum. Not everyone in the crowd is convinced.“Honor the treaties!” A young man with a thick black braid and a t-shirt with a tepee on it shouts.“That is my exact next point,” Wynne responds, promising that her government will do more to raise awareness, especially among children, about the “important role the treaties play in our lives.”But the last speech of the afternoon, by Justice Murray Sinclair, offers a somber reminder.“We have a lot of work to do as a society,” he says. “We have a lot of distance to cover. Seven generations of damage have occurred. Reconciliation will not be achieved in my lifetime…reconciliation will probably not be achieved in the lifetime of my children. But reconciliation will be achieved if we understand this: you do not have to believe that reconciliation will happen, you have to believe that reconciliation should happen.” Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Belleville, IL Tags Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN Canada: Walk for reconciliation a celebration and a reminder Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Anglican Communion Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ By André ForgetPosted Jun 1, 2015 last_img read more

Detroit and Colombia: Auto workers fight back

first_imgLeft, Jorge Parra of GM hunger strikers in Colombia with Martha Grevatt at Sept. 10 Detroit meeting.WW photo: Abayomi AzikiweMarch 23 marked the 600th day of occupation outside the U.S. Embassy in Bogota, Colombia, by a group of fired auto workers. The members of Asotrecol — Association of Workers and Ex-workers of GM Colmotores — set up the encampment Aug. 1, 2011, to draw attention to the cases of more than 200 workers who were fired after being injured on the job.After General Motors had their conditions classified as nonoccupational, the injured workers could not collect workers’ compensation. Asotrecol targeted the embassy because of the U.S. government’s role in bailing out GM and its ownership stake at the time the occupation began.One year later, a courageous group of fired workers was still living in the makeshift structures, but management at GM’s Colombian plant still refused to meet with them. Thirteen workers launched a dramatic hunger strike, sewing their lips shut. This got GM to agree to mediation. The hunger strike was lifted, only to be resumed when the company’s final offer was not even enough money to cover the surgeries these workers needed.Shortly thereafter Asotrecol President Jorge Parra came to Detroit, hoping to meet with GM corporate executives here. By this time supporters in Detroit and Ann Arbor, Mich., had demonstrated outside GM world headquarters. Actions in solidarity with Asotrecol were taking place across the country.Last October, when it appeared that the UAW would work with GM to reach a settlement, the second hunger strike was suspended. When no progress was made, Parra resumed the hunger strike Nov. 22.Supporters ramped up solidarity efforts. In December they held a vigil outside the home of GM Vice President for Labor Relations Cathy Clegg. In January GM’s awful treatment of injured workers was exposed to the international media during the North American International Auto Show. An Occupy Wall Street-style “mic check” inside the auto show demanded GM negotiate with Asotrecol. These efforts were replicated at auto shows in Chicago and Portland, Ore.After 72 days Parra ended his third heroic hunger strike.While in Detroit Parra became well known and respected. He spoke to UAW members, students, civil rights organizations, churches, anti-foreclosure activists and others. He moved listeners with his compelling story of workers being worked so hard they were incapacitated before age 40 and then fired with no source of income because they could not produce profits for GM.On March 2, Parra returned to Colombia to continue the struggle there. The resistance in Bogota and here has had an impact inside the plant there. GM is finally investing in new equipment to reduce ergonomic injuries. Injured workers have been keeping their jobs and are leading an organizing drive for a new union inside the plant, which after less than a year has about 200 members. This is in Colombia, the most dangerous country in the world for trade unionists.Autoworkers connect strugglesAn aggressive fundraising push in Detroit, which began in December with a collection outside this writer’s Chrysler plant, has raised more than $7,000 to help the families of the Colombia encampment survive and maintain that symbol of resistance.Many auto workers attended a “Salsa Night” fundraiser at the hall of UAW Local 909 — which represents workers at the GM Powertrain plant — on March 22. Auto workers from Locals 909, 140, 869, 412 and 600 all spoke on why solidarity with Colombian workers was important to them. Local 909 President Butch Barber explained why he made the hall, which is usually rented for a charge, available at no cost for this fundraiser.The vice president of the 909 retirees’ chapter, which donated hundreds of dollars to the families in Bogota, gave heartfelt remarks. Chrysler worker and Local 140 former President Melvin Thom­pson described his decision to wage a 23-day hunger strike in solidarity with Parra. Local 909 former President Frank Hammer led the discussion. In a show of labor-community solidarity, the fundraiser was initiated by Debra Simmons of the Detroit chapter of National Action Network, which is fighting the imposition of an emergency financial manager on Detroit.Alex Wassell, a member of Local 869 who was fired by Chrysler after organizing a protest against unpopular work schedules, connected the fight here to the fight in Colombia. Wassell was discharged after being quoted in the Detroit News as suggesting that the “3-2-120” schedule — under which workers work 10-hour days and weekends for straight time — could negatively affect morale and quality.The company charged that Wassell violated a code of conduct for “engaging in, participating in, encouraging or approving of conduct constituting or appearing to constitute a conflict with the interests of the Company.” Both GM and Chrysler’s rules essentially prohibit resistance to policies that, in “the interest of the Company,” conflict with the interests of the workers!There is widespread anger at this outrageous firing. Wassell’s supporters have called the company in protest. Plant workers are collecting funds and circulating petitions to demand that he be reinstated. The Michigan chapters of the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Lawyers Guild have protested the violation of freedom of speech.All over the world, unionists face firing, imprisonment, torture and even assassination when they stand up to their bosses. The global struggle is uniting the workers of the world against their common capitalist enemy.Grevatt is a longtime Chrysler worker and member of the United Auto Workers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Chicago forum highlights anti-colonial struggles

first_imgDozens of Chicago activists gathered for a Sept. 30 public forum on current anti-colonial struggles in Puerto Rico, the Philippines and Palestine to discuss the upcoming International Tribunal on U.S. Colonial Crimes in Puerto Rico. These countries all share a common history of colonial oppression, and the people of each offer inspiring examples, both past and current, of struggles for liberation.It has been 120 years since the U.S. invasion and colonization of Puerto Rico; 120 years since the people of the Philippines liberated themselves from Spanish rule; and 70 years since the Nakba — “the catastrophe” — the forced expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland by Zionist settlers.Today, Puerto Rico is still a colony of the U.S.; while the Philippines is nominally independent, but in reality is a neocolony of the United States; and Palestine is occupied by Israel. Representatives of the Puerto Rico Tribunal, Chicago Boricua Resistance, Anakbayan Chicago, Chicago Workers World Party, and a Palestinian scholar spoke on these interconnected struggles.“As people living in the United States, we have a special duty to support these liberation struggles,” Kaitlyn Griffith, Chicago WWP member, said in introducing the panel. “It is the U.S. that provides military aid to Israel and the Philippines, bankrupted Puerto Rico and failed to provide real aid during Hurricane Maria.”Berta Joubert-Ceci, a key organizer of the Tribunal, provided detailed background on the U.S. policies and economic warfare that contributed to the unnatural disaster that came in the wake of Hurricane Maria. “The island and its people have been exploited for the benefit of the U.S. ruling class through low wages, high-interest debt and plunder of natural resources — all before Maria hit,” Joubert-Ceci pointed out. “The Tribunal seeks to directly give voice to the people of Puerto Rico, to hear their testimony and to place the blame for these colonial crimes at the feet of the United States.”The International Tribunal on U.S. Crimes in Puerto Rico is being held on Oct. 27 in New York City. For more information, visit To help contribute to cover the costs of the Tribunal, visit Alvelo, an activist with Chicago Boricua Resistance, an organization of Puerto Ricans opposed to the Fiscal Control Board, highlighted actions that Puerto Ricans in the diaspora can take in solidarity with those living on the island. “Puerto Rico constitutes a people divided across an ocean by the forces of imperialism, colonialism and capitalism,” Alvelo said. “We always refer to the people on the ground in Puerto Rico to inform our actions. Using this as a guiding force, the diaspora can engage in advocacy, direct action, education, physical support, financial support and solidarity network building, among many other things.”Julian Ignacio, secretary general of Anakbayan Chicago, a comprehensive organization of Filipino youth working to support the national democratic struggle in the Philippines, spoke on the current movement against the dictatorship of President Rodrigo Duterte. “The so-called ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines is a war on the poor, workers, Muslims and the people’s movements, and the U.S. provides millions in funds that support these policies,” Ignacio said. “But there is a strong movement against Duterte and bureaucrat-capitalism being led by the Communist Party of the Philippines and the National Democratic Movement.”Ignacio also highlighted the struggle of Filipino NutriAsia workers, who became the target of anti-worker violence at the hands of police when they went on strike against exploitative conditions. You can donate to support the NutriAsia campaign here: the special connection between the Philippines and Puerto Rico, Alvelo said, “We share the same colonial masters — both Spain in the past and the United States now. We see solidarity as absolutely essential in our struggles; we are both islands!” One of the ways the Puerto Rican diaspora is organizing to support the island is through Solidarity Brigades, which you can support at Owaida, a Chicago-based Palestinian activist and scholar, presented a slideshow displaying original research that he helped conduct while in Palestine during the summer. He used both quantitative and qualitative methods to investigate the environmental effects of the Israeli occupation and its consequences on Palestinians.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

U.S. behind detention of Venezuelan diplomat: Release Alex Saab!

first_imgEditor notes: Sara Flounders is part of a humanitarian delegation to Cabo Verde, led by Cabo Verdean religious leader Bishop Filipe Teixeira of the Diocese Of Saint Francis of Assisi, Catholic Church of the Americas. The delegation has tasked itself with exposing the U.S. role in the kidnapping, torture and detention of Alex Saab.Please take less than a minute and sign the petition: a year ago, on June 12, 2020, Alex Saab was pulled off a plane at a U.S. demand for his arrest, during a refueling stop in the Republic of Cabo Verde, a small and very poor island archipelago nation off the West Coast of Africa. Saab, a Venezuelan diplomat to the African Union, was on a humanitarian mission to Iran at the time of his seizure to arrange emergency shipments of food, medicines and essential supplies for Venezuela.  Held in Cabo Verde since then, Saab was held for months in prison in total isolation and darkness and has been tortured.Alex Saab’s case has received international coverage, especially African news media and a great deal of attention in Venezuela, but in the U.S. corporate media, there has been almost no coverage. (See Venezuela’s, May 21) Plans for a large international campaign to defend Saab are being urgently prepared. Saab never worked in the U.S., never lived in the U.S. and was involved in no transaction that included the U.S. Every aspect of Saab’s seizure and abusive treatment violates international law. If the U.S. government can win its demand to extradite Alex Saab to the U.S., Washington could be emboldened to seize, charge and extradite anybody anywhere. This kidnapping is a chilling reminder of the notorious U.S. program launched in 2001 of secret rendition and disappearances of hundreds of people worldwide, some held for years without trial. That Saab is a credentialed diplomat makes this violation of internationally guaranteed diplomatic immunity ominous. Although diplomats may be expelled from a country, they are considered not susceptible to lawsuit or prosecution under any country’s laws. U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, Iran and 37 other countries are illegal, violating international law and the U.N. Charter. Aimed at destabilizing a country through economic sabotage, sanctions create famines and shortages in essential supplies in order to target civilians.The extradition request is entirely illegal, because there is no extradition treaty between the United States and Cabo Verde. Cabo Verde is an underdeveloped country whose population of 561,000 is spread over 10 volcanic islands and which imports 90% of its food. U.S. targets Venezuela The U.S. has attempted to stop shipment of any supplies to Venezuela for years and has especially targeted a direct, house-to-house, food delivery program, called the CLAP Program. This U.S. economic terrorism deprives Venezuelans of food. The U.S. has long-standing charges against Alex Saab for his continuing diplomatic role of purchasing essential supplies for Venezuela, calling his work “money laundering.” In March, however, after three years of investigations, Swiss prosecutors found insufficient evidence to prosecute Saab. The bogus charge against Alex Saab, as well as similar cases against North Korea’s Mun Chol Myong and China’s Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou, involve individuals engaged in perfectly legal international trade, not U.S. trade. (, April 27) Cabo Verde is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). This body ordered Saab’s immediate release in March. But under U.S. pressure, Cabo Verde has yet to respond to ECOWAS and is preparing an extradition trial. Saab’s case has made waves on the African continent where 15 African countries are already under U.S. sanctions. It resonates in U.S.–sanctioned Iran and in Venezuela, where social media campaigns and demonstrations have demanded Saab’s release. A campaign for release of Alex Saab of half a million Twitter posts led to Twitter censoring and suspending over 1,500 accounts. Despite aggressive efforts to silence support, an international campaign is growing, Saab’s defenders presented the facts of his case in a May 19 panel, which featured two of Saab’s lawyers, Cabo Verde’s Geraldo da Cruz Almeida and Nigeria’s Femi Falana, in addition to activists William Camacaro, John Philpot, Stanfield Smith and Sara Flounders (this article’s author). It was streamed not only in the U.S. but to countries in Latin America, Africa and West Asia with simultaneous translation into English, Portuguese and Spanish. (See Organized by the Alliance for Global Justice and co-sponsored by the Alberto Lovera Bolivarian Circle of New York, Chicago ALBA Solidarity, Frente Hugo Chávez para la Defensa de los Pueblos Vancouver, Task Force on the Americas, Orinoco Tribune, Council on Hemispheric Affairs, International Action Center and CODEPINK, the panel drew a wide international audience. The Orinoco Tribune has published a report of the panel, which can be read at Boston School Bus Drivers Union, USW Local 8751, with many members who are immigrants from Cabo Verde, passed a unanimous resolution in support of Saab. ( Saab sent a letter to the African Union, as Venezuela’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the African Union, on May 25, a day celebrated across the continent as Africa Day, commemorating the founding of the Organization of African Unity on May 25, 1963. Alex Saab’s statement connected the celebration of “liberation from foreign control and oppression” to his imprisonment and “the importance for the continent of Africa to rise to fight elements of foreign dominance and imperialist domination.” The letter was published in CitiNewsRoom, in Accra, Ghana and in other African news publications. ( thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Opposition journalist in great danger in Tajik prison

first_img Khikmatullo Sayfullozoda, credit: DW May 14, 2021 Find out more News #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemic Help by sharing this information to go further Reporters Without Borders has received alarming information about imprisoned journalist Khikmatullo Sayfullozoda’s state of health, which is deteriorating dangerously, and calls on the Tajik authorities to give him access to the medical care he needs without delay. The editor of Najot, a newspaper linked to the opposition Islamic Revival Party of Tajikistan (IRPT), Sayfullozoda was arrested on 16 September 2015, at the same time as the IRPT’s leaders, and was sentenced to 16 years in prison on 2 June 2016. Aged 66, he is still in a overcrowded centre for provisional detainees, where he is being subjected to various forms of mistreatment including sleep deprivation. He has heart problems and pains in the legs, one of which is reportedly gangrenous. According to the latest information, he nonetheless continues to be denied access to the treatment he needs. The IRPT reports that he has just begun a hunger strike. “Khikmatullo Sayfullozoda is in danger of dying and must be given appropriate medical treatment as a matter of urgency,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. “Convicted at the end of a sham trial for purely political reasons, this journalist has no place being in prison. It is vital that the international community should put pressure on the Tajik government to end its campaign to suppress media freedom.” Tajikistan’s main opposition party, the IRPT was banned in September 2015 and its leaders were arrested for allegedly trying to overthrow the government. A mysterious attack on a police station in a Dushanbe suburb served as a pretext for the crackdown, the latest in a series of autocratic measures by President Emomali Rakhmon. Harassment of independent journalists has also intensified in recent years. Several lawyers who defended the IRPT’s leaders were themselves tried and convicted, while two thirds of the country’s lawyers have been disbarred. Tajikistan fell 34 places in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index and is now ranked 150th out of 180 countries. RSF_en TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisoned August 11, 2016 Opposition journalist in great danger in Tajik prison Organisation News News Follow the news on Tajikistan Tajikistan imposes total control over independent broadcast media Journalist loses accreditation over report about Tajikistan’s president Receive email alerts November 6, 2020 Find out more News TajikistanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentViolenceImprisoned August 25, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Principals reflect on 10 years of NTO

first_img Facebook Pinterest EducationECISDLocal News Principals reflect on 10 years of NTO By Ruth Campbell – April 28, 2021 Facebook Home Education ECISD Principals reflect on 10 years of NTO 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Crockett Middle School Ector County Independent School District’s Executive Director for Bilingual/ESL Education Betsabe Salcido and George H. W. Bush New Tech Odessa Principal Gerardo Ramirez stand for a portrait Friday, March 19, 2021, in NTO’s lunchroom. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American) Twitter TAGSAdrian VegaBetsabe SalcidoGeorge H.W. Bush New Tech OdessaGerardo Ramirezprincipalproject-based learning 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Ector College Prep Success Academy Summer Spaghetti SaladFruit Salad to Die ForFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay WhatsApp For Adrian Vega, Betsabe Salcido and Gerardo Ramirez, it’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa started.Vega was the founding principal and Salcido and Ramirez followed as campus chiefs.NTO brought project-based learning and one-to-one technology — where each student had a computer — to Ector County ISD. At the time he was asked about coming to New Tech, Vega said he was a middle school principal in East Texas using New Tech concepts.Shortly after the creation of NTO, University of Texas Permian Basin devised the UTPB STEM Academy and ECISD formed OCTECHS, Vega said.Vega said Hector Mendez was superintendent at the time and had heard about the New Tech model at a conference.Through project-based learning, its website says, New Tech Network schools empower and challenge students to learn, succeed, collaborate, communicate and engage in the world around them.Vega, who is now chief people officer at The Sewell Family of Companies and executive director of the Education Partnership of the Permian Basin, said he was using New Tech methods in terms of the model, but was not connected to the network.“It was just more of these best practices and trying to instill these certain skills and … project-based learning as a primary mode of instruction, so when the district knew they were going to open up a New Tech high school, I ended up applying and had the opportunity to come out and be the first principal,” Vega said.He added that his dissertation is on project-based learning.Part of project-based learning is students creating projects and presenting them to panels or community members for feedback.“A lot of the elements of the New Tech model just aligned with my own personal educational philosophy. … As a middle school principal who was not connected to any of this stuff, I was wanting to apply these concepts on the campus where I was leading, so it was through my research that I came across it. That’s why, for me, given the opportunity to move out here even if it was across the state and packing up my family, it was too big of an opportunity to (miss),” Vega said.He said he’s pleased that NTO is still flourishing.“We were able to establish a firm enough foundation in the early years that we were recognized as a national demonstration site campus, so people would come and look and learn. We were an Apple Distinguished Campus. … We and the district, the staff worked really hard to truly establish a solid foundation that was based not only on these education tenets and principles, but on a culture and climate which is what I really think sets that model, or at least New Tech, NTO, apart,” Vega said.Ramirez said suspensions, fights and bullying are rare because of the school’s reflective approach to discipline and its culture.Salcido served as a counselor and dean of students that first year. She also had other roles such as test coordinator.“… I think that what really made it special was that you started from the ground up,” Salcido said.They had a chance to look at everything and figure out how it was going to look and what they were trying to achieve for students.Ramirez said it involved rethinking everything from the master schedule to course offerings and how to be college focused.“… I know Ms. Salcido put in a lot of hours in those early years (helping) to make the school a reality,” Ramirez said.Ector County Independent School District’s Executive Director for Bilingual/ESL Education and former principal of George H. W. Bush New Tech Odessa Betsabe Salcido speaks about the unique experience of opening a school that is project based learning during an interview Friday, March 19, 2021, at New Tech Odessa. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American)Salcido, who is now executive director for bilingual and ESL (English as a Second Language), was at NTO for four years. Vega was her mentor.She said she worked with outstanding teachers and other staff.“… A lot of them were first-year, so they were willing to put in the work (and) willing to learn with us in order to create something different for kids. Everybody had a buy in. They had to buy into the model; into the vision. And so from our office staff to our custodial staff, they were all a part of what we were doing. It was truly special in that sense that we all had to come together and work together to make something really different and think differently,” Salcido said.She added that Vega was good at holding fast to the vision and values of the campus.“During those years, we worked on our teachers — we call them facilitators — but it’s not just a word. They really had to learn to switch gears and how do we facilitate the learning for our students, which we refer to at NTO as learners, because in a sense, in this building, if you came through this program, we were all learners. We all had something to learn,” Salcido said.“During the adult learning time every Wednesday, we would come together and look at our projects and look at student work because ultimately that was our measurement: Are the students learning? What are the students demonstrating? What are our students’ outcomes?” she added.George H. W. Bush New Tech Odessa Principal Gerardo Ramirez speaks about project based learning Friday, March 19, 2021, in NTO’s lunchroom. (Jacob Ford|Odessa American)Ramirez, who was Salcido’s assistant principal, said it was a lot of stretching for everyone — students, administrators and facilitators.“She (Salcido) took me under her wing and then I learned the ropes of administration, specifically at a New Tech school,” said Ramirez, who has also taught at New Tech.At first, the school was experimental, but it was intentionally experimental. Parental and community involvement also were — and are — part of NTO, as are field trips to colleges and universities during more normal times.“We were very intentional about building graduates that were leaders,” Ramirez said. “They knew how to collaborate and were very comfortable with public speaking. They could take on major projects, major tasks and be successful about it.”“I think our groups, once they go out to college and career, they really see the value in the experiences that they had here. And some of the first group, especially, they knew what the vision was but we were still figuring it out together. We were proud of the first couple of cohorts that stuck with us until we solidified who we were and it stood the test of time,” he added. “That empowers in our culture,” which is about trust, respect and responsibility.Ramirez said it’s not just about the words; it’s about what it means, what it looks like in the classroom and how it’s demonstrated.It ripples out to everyone whether they are at school, on the school bus or at the mall.Ramirez noted that NTO has quite a few culture events that have become traditions.“They’re always purposeful; everything that we did here at New Tech Odessa was about purpose. Our culture day was about helping them see trust, respect and responsibility,” Salcido said.She added that anyone who has been through New Tech Odessa has been changed.“And in some way or another, we have all had to learn and to grow. Many of the things that we’ve learned here, we can apply to the things that we do on a daily basis,” Salcido said. “So for example, the value of building instructional capacity, the value of supporting and bringing in professional development, growing our teachers. That’s something that is very, very important. That’s something that I took with me whenever I became the executive director for bilingual and ESL. It’s like how do we build the instructional capacity of our teachers, especially in an area where a lot of our teachers they might be in their first three years of teaching. And so how do we do that? The other thing is also how do we monitor, how do we look at student work, student outcomes to see what the impact of that professional development is … That’s absolutely something that is important to me. It’s also important to value everybody’s strengths,” Salcido said. Previous articleTexas Tech LuncheonNext articleEctor County Republican Women’s Candidate Forum Ruth Campbell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Nimitz Middle School Pinterest Twitterlast_img read more

Red Fort Violence: Delhi Court Reserves Order In Deep Sidhu’s Bail Plea For April 15

first_imgNews UpdatesRed Fort Violence: Delhi Court Reserves Order In Deep Sidhu’s Bail Plea For April 15 Nupur Thapliyal12 April 2021 1:34 AMShare This – x”The interviews show his intention for committing violence to blame our country, to disregard our national flag, to disregard our police personnel where several were injured.” Submitted the State while denying the grant of bail to accused Deep Sidhu, alleged to be the primary conspirator in the Red Fort Violence case.A Delhi Court on Monday reserved orders in the bail application filed by Deep Sidhu, accused in the Red Fort Violence case in connection with the farmer’s protest tractor rally. The order will be pronounced by the Court on April 15. Additional Sessions Judge Neelofer Abida Perveen reserved the order while hearing the bail application filed by Deep Sidhu who has been accused of…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?LoginA Delhi Court on Monday reserved orders in the bail application filed by Deep Sidhu, accused in the Red Fort Violence case in connection with the farmer’s protest tractor rally. The order will be pronounced by the Court on April 15. Additional Sessions Judge Neelofer Abida Perveen reserved the order while hearing the bail application filed by Deep Sidhu who has been accused of instigating violence as being the alleged “main instigator” in the case by the prosecution. During the course of hearing, it was submitted by the Public Prosecutor appearing on behalf of the State that the interviews given by Deep Sidhu to various media channels show his “intention of committing violence, to disregard the national flag and the police personnel who were injured” during the alleged violence that erupted at the Red Fort. The said submission came in view of the previous order by the Court directing the parties to submit relevant transcripts to substantiate their respective claims qua Sidhu which could prove his role in instigation of the violence. While referring to various news interviews, the PP specifically emphasized on the following statements allegedly made by Sidhu saying “26 tareekh aarahi hain. Zyada se zyada log laao. Apne gharo se tractor laao” and “Hum jab 26 November ko aaye the toh barricade Todd kar aaye the”. Reading out the relevant portions of the interview transcripts, PP submitted thus: “This interview is showing his intention for committing violence to blame our country, to disregard our national flag, to disregard our police personnel where several were injured. He was not intending to follow the route which was provided for the march. On 26th January at Red fort, while instigating another person, Sidhu was seen at Red Fort to hoist Nidhan Sahib Flag. A screenshot of a video is also available.” Submitting that Sidhu was visible at the Red Fort instigating the mob, it was also the case of the prosecution that the national flag was thrown in his presence by other protestors, however, despite witnessing the alleged incidents, he did not do anything to prevent others or to console the mob. “After flagging Nishan Sahib, he came down and started announcing through a loud hailer that other leaders must also reach red fort to take charge by saying that protestors have created a history at Red Fort in India. There was a purpose behind calling others. The purpose was to start a new morcha at Red Fort. Deep Sidhu further instigated the mob by saying ” Salam hai aapko. Aapne ithihaas rach diya hain. Humne shanti se kardia hain.” On one hand he says “shanti”, on the other hand he commits violence.” PP submitted at the outset. On the other hand, it was submitted on behalf of Advocate Abhishek Gupta, appearing on behalf of Sidhu that the prosecution has in fact tried to “pick and choose” from the transcripts involving Sidhu’s interviews. “It is extremely unfortunate. It is just pick and choose. We have placed on record the complete transcripts, whether it’s instigation or its merely a dissent. This has to be seen as a whole.” Gupta submitted. At the outset, it was also argued that there is a fundamental difference between instigation and protest and according to Gupta, this wasn’t the case of instigation but the latter. “I am a popular face. People know me there. He is going there for unity. My lords will see that nowhere in the transcripts he has taken the name of red fort even once. By this logic all the 10,000 people who went there must be made accused in the matter. How can those 10,000 people be made accused? Is this possible?” Gupta argued. Furthermore, Gupta went ahead to argue thus: “All these videos are with the Investigating agency. They have picked and choose. He knows what is the difference between protest and Instigation. He is a lawyer. Their entire case is that I hoisted the flag. I am not the one who is hosting it. There are pictures and videos showing it. Indian flags are seen in the background. There is no disregard. People were throwing Indian flags so can those 1000 people be implicated? It’s very debatable if this is even a crime or not. I have not asked anyone to hoist the flag.” While arguing that these transcripts will show that there is positive evidence to the contrary which negates prosecution’s case of mens rea, Gupta argued that the presumption of innocence is in his favour. “He is repeatedly saying to be in unity, that he is not violent. At the spot before violence he is saying this. I ask myself a question, is he instigating people? It is a positive proof. Even if two views are available, take one in my favour.” Gupta argued. During the course of previous hearing, it was submitted by Sidhu that “merely shouting common spiritual slogans or presence at the Red Fort cannot make him a part of the unlawful assembly.” Moreover, Advocate Gupta also submitted before the Court that there is nothing for the Prosecution to prove that Sidhu had any role in instigating the crowd or that he had the mens rea to cause violence at the Red Fort. “This is a settled law of unlawful assembly that mere presence of a person cannot make him a part of unlawful assembly. I was trying to pacify the crowd and help the police. I’ve given the interview also. Everything is with the police.” Gupta submitted. Arguing that it is the fundamental right of every person to participate in peaceful protest, Gupta had also submitted before the Court that he was trying to “pacify the crowd” and that there cannot be any question of instigation, criminal conspiracy or him being part of the unlawful assembly. About the CaseAn FIR was registered against Deep Sidhu by the Crime Branch (Central Delhi) of the Delhi Police in connection with the violence that broke out at Red Fort on Republic Day under sec. 147, 148, 149, 152, 186, 353, 332, 307, 308, 395, 397, 427 and 188 of the IPC read with sec. 25, 27, 54 and 59 of the Arms Act, 1959 and sec. 3 of the Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act 1984. Sidhu has been accused of instigating violence as being the alleged “main instigator” in the case.In other news, CMM Gajendra Singh Nagar vide order dated 26th February 2021 directed the police officials to conduct fair and impartial investigation to ‘unearth the truth’ in the matter regarding Sidhu’s involvement in the case. The development came after Advocate Abhishek Gupta had moved an application in the Court seeking directions to the investigating agency to call, preserve and make part of the investigation the other records and material pertaining to the case.During the course of hearing, it was submitted by Advocate Gupta appearing for Sidhu that “I never urged people to go to the Red Fort. Nor did I call anyone to gather at the Red Fort. You have all the videos. Wheareas there are videos of other people also asking to come at the Red Fort. They have considered my video but they must also consider videos of others too. I am not the main accused. Before I reached there, people had already broken the barricades. I was trying to pacify the crowd and help the police.”However, another application was also moved by Deep Sidhu seeking security in jail premises which was withdrawn after Advocate Gupta informed the judge that Sidhu was already being kept in a separate cell.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Carndonagh Business alert scheme officially launched

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Carndonagh Business alert scheme officially launched By News Highland – November 6, 2018 WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ AudioHomepage BannerNews Previous articleUpdate: Gardai urging motorists to expect delays after minor crashNext articleFull steam ahead for A5 News Highland Twitter Pinterestcenter_img Pinterest Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Harps come back to win in Waterford The Carndonagh Business alert scheme has been officially launched.The initiative was established following an extensive spate of break-ins in the town over a year ago with businesses in the area particularly targeted.A large number of business owners have already signed up to the scheme with others being encouraged to do so.Cllr Martin McDermott is hopeful that this will pave the way for other commercial areas to follow suit:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Registration opens for 2013 Leadership Conference

first_img Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Published 11:00 pm Friday, December 28, 2012 Registration is now open for the 2013 African American Leadership Conference to be held February 1 and 2 at the Trojan Center Theater on the campus of Troy University.Shelia Jackson, City of Troy Tourism director, said the theme for this year’s conference is “Heritage, Faith, Future & Legacy.”“The Leadership Conference annually celebrates African American History Month,” Jackson said. “Last year’s conference was well attended and a great success. We are very excited about this year’s conference. We are expecting a record attendance so we encourage everyone to register early. Conference registration is quick, easy and online at” When registration is completed, checks should be made payable to Troy University Foundation and mailed to Leadership Institute, attention Donna Brown, 268 Smith Hall, Troy University, Troy, AL 36082.The Leadership Conference is sponsored annually by the City of Troy and Troy University and is open to all who would like to improve their leadership skills and explore ways to better serve their communities in leadership roles. Email the author Registration may be as an individual or as a group of people.Registration is $30 per person and $15 for Troy University students.“Registrations received after January 25 will be subject to a $10 late fee,” Jackson said. “Troy University will be closed until January 4 so those who register during that time will not hear back immediately.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Book Nook to reopen By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… You Might Like Professor explains tornado behavior After viewing the track of what the National Weather Service is calling the Conecuh River Tornado, citizens of Pike County… read more Latest Stories Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Registration opens for 2013 Leadership Conference Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more