Zimplow Holdings Limited HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgZimplow Holdings Limited (ZIMW.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Zimplow Holdings Limited (ZIMW.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zimplow Holdings Limited (ZIMW.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zimplow Holdings Limited (ZIMW.zw)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileZimplow Holdings Limited manufactures and markets a diverse range of products for the construction, infrastructure and agricultural sectors in Zimbabwe. It also manufactures and distributes metal fasteners for the mining, construction and agricultural sector, and has interests in property management and leasing. The Farming division consists of three business units; Mealiebrand, Farmec and Afritrac which oversee the manufacturing of animal-drawn equipment and tractors, and spare parts for agricultural equipment. The Mining and Infrastructure division manufactures and distributes mining equipment, spare parts and related products through four divisions; Barzem, Mealie Brand, CT Bolts and Farmec. Zimplow Holdings Limited is a marketing and distribution agent in Zimbabwe for Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Caterpillar, Perkins, Falcon, Challenger, Vicon and Monosem. Zimplow Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Forget the Cash ISA! I’d buy bargain FTSE 100 dividend stocks

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Reconciliation at heart of Pakistani Christian response to persecution

first_imgReconciliation at heart of Pakistani Christian response to persecution Episcopalians stand in solidarity, explore partnerships Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Press Release Service Tags Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Anglican Communion, Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ecumenical & Interreligious Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Lynne Kelley says: Featured Events Lynne Kelley says: Advocacy Peace & Justice, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 [Episcopal News Service] The Easter Day suicide bombing at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan, that killed at least 72 Christians and Muslims and injured more than 300, sent shockwaves throughout the region.But the March 27 attack did not deter Episcopalian Caroline Carson from leaving the Diocese of Louisiana for Pakistan the following day on an already-scheduled trip at the invitation of Bishop Samuel Azariah, Church of Pakistan moderator.Diocese of Louisiana Episcopalian Caroline Carson lights a candle in memory of the 72 people killed in the Easter Day attacks at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park in Lahore, Pakistan. Photo: Diocese of Raiwind“I briefly considered not going, but … I felt that having this chance to make a good connection was a priceless opportunity … to stand up to society’s fears, bust through stereotypes, create goodwill, and see beyond the cover of the book,” said Carson, a lay deputy to General Convention and director of choral activities at the University of New Orleans. “I also felt very called to be there, even more so after the bombing. Pakistani Christians have been through so many bombings. I wanted personally to deliver the message that we also desire their peace and safety. I wanted to reach out and deliver messages of friendship.”During the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in June 2015, Azariah had asked Carson to visit his Lahore-based Diocese of Raiwind to teach music, offer some of her NASA Solar System Ambassador presentations in the schools, and to learn about the Church of Pakistan. “While I did do all of these things, my visit gained an additional new focus in the light of the recent bombing and the fact that I was an American, coming to Pakistan against all U.S. Department of State travel warnings at a time of heightened concerns,” she said.When Carson arrived in Lahore, Azariah had already held one meeting of local Christian leaders and called a meeting of interfaith religious leaders “to discuss how to cope with recent terror events, how to move forward, and how to make an active difference that would reach beyond words.“The Church of Pakistan had stepped immediately into action,” she said. “They would rather put themselves in danger and put their lives at risk for something good that to sit by idly in a corner, struck down by fear.”In that spirit, local religious leaders decided that an interfaith prayer vigil at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park would take place on Sunday, April 3, at the same time as the Easter Day bombing one week earlier. It was an act that they defined as “defiantly holy.”Despite security concerns, Carson joined about 200 local Muslim and Christian leaders, international guests, and some families of the victims at the vigil.Diocese of Louisiana Episcopalian Caroline Carson joins a prayer service in Lahore in solidarity with the victims and families of those killed in the Easter Day attacks. Photo: Iain Cunningham“I went. I prayed. I cried. I gave our condolences from the Diocese of Louisiana and from the Episcopal Church,” said Carson. “Children are children and the horror of losing them in such senseless violence reaches a depth where no words remain.“More tears came when I saw a little brother of one of the victims. He was too young to understand it all, but he was profoundly sad. I held a candle and the hands of my fellow humans – Muslim, Christian, Hindu – and I felt what it is to be in communion with each other. This is so important. God is so much bigger than all of our separateness. We are a human family.”As an expression of solidarity, schoolchildren at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in New Orleans make messages and cards for their music director Caroline Carson to take with her to Pakistan.Ahead of her trip, Carson had asked the schoolchildren at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in New Orleans, where she is director of music, to make messages and cards that she could take with her to Pakistan. “I felt that some of the families affected would appreciate these cards, but even more so after the Easter Day bombing,” she said. “My new Pakistani friends in the junior church in the Diocese of Raiwind made some cards in reciprocation,” and Carson delivered them to St. Paul’s when she returned.After the Sunday service at All Saints Church in Peshawar, the Rev. Canon Patrick Augustine lays hands on members of the congregation and prays for their healing.That need for connectedness was why the Very Rev. Patrick Augustine, the Pakistan-born rector of Christ Episcopal Church in La Crosse, Wisconsin, was even more determined to proceed with his April visit in solidarity with the Christian community there.Augustine was guest preacher on April 24 at All Saints Anglican Church in Peshawar, which was targeted in September 2013 by two suicide bombers at the end of a Sunday worship service, killing 127 people and injuring 170. Many of the victims were women and children.“Although they lost a large number of their members in this bomb attack, on Sunday morning All Saints Church was packed and there was hardly any space left empty,” said Augustine.The Rev. Canon Patrick Augustine prays for healing with the tabla player of All Saints Church in Peshawar who was severely injured during the September 2013 bombings at the church.During the attack, 12 of the 15 choir members were killed. “Their choir members were now more than 20 with renewed faith to lead and praise God,” he said. “The man who plays tabla (drums) has been member of the choir for the last 33 years. He was severely injured. After two years of treatments he is back in the choir playing drums again. I had an opportunity to pray for him asking God to continue his healing.”After the Sunday service, many people asked Augustine to lay hands on them and pray for their healing. “Many suffer severe pain as pieces of ball bearings, blades and poisonous material still is in their bodies,” he said. “I observed there were several members of this congregation who could not kneel because of pain. I was amazed and blessed to experience their living and vibrant faith.”Evidence that Christianity in Pakistan is growing despite the persecution was seen one week later when Augustine dedicated a new church building in Gulpur, Azad Kashmir. “It was a great day of rejoicing and celebration,” he said. “We pray many more blessings will be poured upon this land. It was a great privilege for me to be part of this historic day.”The Rev. Canon Patrick Augustine dedicates a new church building in Gulpur, Azad Kashmir.Another aspect of the persecution faced by religious minorities is the draconian Pakistani blasphemy law, which identifies it as a crime to defile the Quran, with a possible sentence of life imprisonment. Offenses against the Prophet Muhammad may be punishable by death.There is the prominent case of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five who was arrested in June 2009 after being accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad – which she denies – and sentenced to death by hanging. She is still in a Pakistan jail despite massive rallying worldwide appealing for her release.Some blasphemy charge cases receive coverage in the media, but thousands more go unreported.The Anglican Consultative Council, the Anglican Communion’s main policy-making body, passed a resolution during its April meeting in Zambia standing in solidarity and prayer with Asia Bibi and urging “her case to be re-investigated and that she be honorably acquitted.”Although the Christian minorities – 1.5 percent of 180 million people – face daily persecution in Pakistan, “a lot of good things are happening there. There is great faith and hope” and it is very important to think about, pray for, visit them and bear witness to their lives, according to the Rev. Khushnud Azariah, vicar of St. George’s Episcopal Church in Riverside, California, and the first female Pakistani to be ordained a priest.Azariah hopes that collaborative partnerships and exchanges may emerge from a March trip she and other members of the Diocese of Los Angeles Program Group on Global Partnership took to her birthplace, Lahore.The group said they visited Pakistan in response to the church’s call to attempt partnerships and peace building in areas where Christians are minorities.That call came last year, in the form of General Convention Resolution D035, which originated in the Diocese of Los Angeles. It charged the Episcopal Church to support and “to learn about the realities of the Church in Pakistan and the oppression of religious minorities in that country.”Their trip coincided with a conference that brought together representatives from the eight dioceses in Pakistan, and two minority populations: Muslims from Norway, and Christians from Pakistan, for peace building, reconciliation and experience sharing. It evoked the question of responsibility toward the Christians’ neighbors, Azariah said. And while dealing with a Muslim majority may be tricky and even difficult at times, she said, “the church is called to love your neighbor. And who my neighbor is, in the context of Pakistan, is Muslims.“The church is now trying to find ways to reach out to Muslims who are moderate and who also want to speak up for the rights of everyone,” she added.The Rev. Canon Titus Presler, an Episcopal priest who served as principal of the Edwardes College in Peshawar, was all set to attend and speak at that conference until visa complications forced him to remain in the United States.The Rev. Canon Titus PreslerIn February 2014, Presler experienced first-hand some the persecution faced by local Christians when he was beaten and threatened with death by Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence agents on the outskirts of Peshawar as part of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government’s drive to assert its control over Edwardes College, a liberal arts undergraduate and graduate church institution of 2,800 students, where 90 percent of faculty and students are Muslim.“One immediate response I had was to realize anew that Christians and other religious minorities in Pakistan have been experiencing much greater abuse for decades, and so my first prayer was one of solidarity as we drove on to Islamabad,” he said.“Another initial response, however, was silence,” he added. “I found it difficult to discuss the incident. In beating me, accusing me, tearing up my visa, threatening me with death, and so on, the ISI agents had treated me as rubbish. They heaped blame and shame on me. Cognitively I knew it all to be false. Emotionally, though, some part of me was asking: Does this happening to me mean that they’re right? I must have done something wrong to deserve this. I must be to blame. Maybe I am rubbish. I feel deeply shamed.”That experience has taught him the importance of “praying with our enemies on their knees,” said Presler, who has served as academic dean at General Theological Seminary in New York, and president of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas.“Praying for the enemy is generous, but in doing so we can retain our distance, even our sense of superiority,” he said. “Praying with the enemy is humbling, for it puts us alongside the enemy in a relationship of equality before God. It may mean joining an enemy who is already at prayer, and we must recognize that we have enemies who pray. It may mean inviting an enemy into prayer. In the natural course of things, none of that may be possible, as it has not been possible for me in Peshawar. But I have found that praying as though my enemy were kneeling and praying beside me has been profoundly edifying. Praying with the enemy forces me to open up to the other’s full humanity.”From his experience, Presler said, Christians in Pakistan are willing to pray alongside their enemies. “In that willingness they are taking the first step in being open to the call to be reconciled,” he said. “In that spirit they may be able actually to draw militants toward reconciliation when they take advantage of their ministries in education and healthcare.”In Pakistan, virtually all the outreach work of Christian churches can be seen as reconciliation work, he said. “They are an oppressed and persecuted minority community. Yet they do not withdraw into their shell to nurse their wounds and grudges. Instead they continue to support and build up their network of educational and healthcare ministries that serve primarily the majority community. Thereby they are every day extending the olive branch of service and peace to the Muslim majority, saying, in effect: ‘You have hurt us, you are hurting us now, and we know many of you will continue to hurt us in the future. Nevertheless we continue to be open to you, we continue to serve you in the name of Christ. And we pray and hope that together we can be reconciled.’ … God’s mission is to reach across those differences to discover one another, care and form relationships, liberate and work for justice, and finally to reconcile. God invites us to join in that mission.”– Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter of the Episcopal News Service. The Rev. Pat McCaughan contributed to this article. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Comments (3) Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ 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 center_img TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI November 28, 2016 at 7:20 pm I have a Pastor friend in Lahore Pakistan who takes care of orphans and is in need of help with clothes and supplies for them. He is my friend and I told him that I would look into finding an American church that is Pakistani who would possibly help them as a mission/outreach for the church. His name is Javed…go to this link to talk to him if you are able to help now. It is at a serious juncture as it is getting cold there and the children need warm clothes. Thank you! 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Here it is on Facebook…thank you, Lynne Kelley Rector Bath, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY June 1, 2016 at 11:33 am Is there anyway for Episcopalian parishes in the USA and elsewhere to hook up with a parish in places where Christians are being killed or mistreated because of their faith? This is my immediate reaction to the article. Perhaps persons more aware of the specific issues in Pakistan and other countries where persecution and threats take place could make suggestions for us. By Matthew DaviesPosted May 27, 2016 Rector Albany, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Collierville, TNlast_img read more

On this day: The Challenger space shuttle explodes

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Reply Mama Mia I saw the 3 cranes set up there at 441 where highway 46 joins on. They are getting ready to start on that fly-over and big plan, to re-do the roadway. If you drive down 46 near that intersection there and head east, and look at what all they are doing, it is ridiculous, I think. They are taking in so much land out there for that roadway expansion. It is swampy out there, and has horse farms, hay fields, woods, and they are grasping it all up. I truly don’t think it is necessary at all right now. I don’t think a fly- over is needed at 441 and 46 either, there is not that much traffic along there. Politicians just trying to be big shots, and wasting money and land! Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom There was a bad wreck this morning when we were sitting on the patio at McDonalds, outside Rock Springs Road, around 11:00 this morning. Two nice pickup trucks had a collision at Rock Springs Road and Welch on the corner of 7-11. One nice pickup truck ended up over the corner ditch, and if anybody had of been on the corner of the trail, where they bike and jog, it would have been too bad! The other truck was out on the road, and both looked badly damaged. Lot of police out there. People heading west on Welch, started cutting through the Publix parking lot, and exiting out by McDonalds to avoid the chaos. January 28, 2018 at 3:42 pm Oh yeah, they had lots and lots of sexy black corsets to wear, lol, and they also had, of course, the fortune telling booth. Mama Mia Please enter your comment! January 28, 2018 at 2:50 pm Reply Reply Reply January 28, 2018 at 6:28 pm Reply The thing that gets me is I had my camera out that morning, and I had made pictures of my neighbor’s tree with all of the ice, and I had made pictures of my dog playing fetch with the stick in her mouth prancing around our backyard, but I didn’t think to get pictures of that historic event, and I didn’t make any pictures of that two headed smoke trail that was up there a long, long, time in the sky. Mama Mia January 28, 2018 at 4:55 pm Reply January 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm January 28, 2018 at 3:03 pm Mama Mia Reply My little dog, Joey, is still having coughing fits from time to time. He is doing much better, but with his heart enlarged so big, and it pushing against his trachea, it is going to be a long term condition, I am sure. He is not doing too bad, but I wish he was better. Someone wanted a photo of him today at the festival, because they thought he was so cute, with his long beard, and I said sure, go ahead and make his photo. They later said that one of the crew member’s last name translated meant two- headed dragon. Ornazuka, I am sorry I spelled his name wrong, but anyway, his name translated, meant two headed dragon. That is very strange…… Mama Mia Mama Mia January 28, 2018 at 6:40 pm Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. On this day in history: January 28th, 1986From the History ChannelAt 11:38 a.m. EST, on January 28, 1986, the space shuttle Challenger lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and Christa McAuliffe is on her way to becoming the first ordinary U.S. civilian to travel into space. McAuliffe, a 37-year-old high school social studies teacher from New Hampshire, won a competition that earned her a place among the seven-member crew of the Challenger. She underwent months of shuttle training but then, beginning January 23, was forced to wait six long days as the Challenger‘s launch countdown was repeatedly delayed because of weather and technical problems. Finally, on January 28, the shuttle lifted off.Seventy-three seconds later, hundreds on the ground, including Christa’s family, stared in disbelief as the shuttle broke up in a forking plume of smoke and fire. Millions more watched the wrenching tragedy unfold on live television. There were no survivors.In 1976, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) unveiled the world’s first reusable manned spacecraft, the Enterprise. Five years later, space flights of the shuttle began when Columbia traveled into space on a 54-hour mission. Launched by two solid-rocket boosters and an external tank, only the aircraft-like shuttle entered into orbit around Earth. When the mission was completed, the shuttle fired engines to reduce speed and, after descending through the atmosphere, landed like a glider. Early shuttles took satellite equipment into space and carried out various scientific experiments. The Challenger disaster was the first major shuttle accident.In the aftermath of the disaster, President Ronald Reagan appointed a special commission to determine what went wrong with Challenger and to develop future corrective measures. The presidential commission was headed by former secretary of state William Rogers and included former astronaut Neil Armstrong and former test pilot Chuck Yeager. The investigation determined that the disaster was caused by the failure of an “O-ring” seal in one of the two solid-fuel rockets. The elastic O-ring did not respond as expected because of the cold temperature at launch time, which began a chain of events that resulted in the massive loss. As a result, NASA did not send astronauts into space for more than two years as it redesigned a number of features of the space shuttle.In September 1988, space shuttle flights resumed with the successful launching of the Discovery. Since then, the space shuttle has carried out numerous important missions, such as the repair and maintenance of the Hubble Space Telescope and the construction of the International Space Station.On February 1, 2003, a second space-shuttle disaster rocked the United States when Columbia disintegrated upon reentry of the Earth’s atmosphere. All aboard were killed. Despite fears that the problems that downed Columbia had not been satisfactorily addressed, space-shuttle flights resumed on July 26, 2005, when Discovery was again put into orbit. Please enter your name here Reply Mama Mia January 28, 2018 at 3:38 pm January 28, 2018 at 3:28 pm Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply You just don’t expect something like a fire to happen, when you park in a parking lot somewhere, such as there at Rennigers Market. They got it under control and put out, thank goodness. I read a news article this morning, and it really makes me SO MAD! There was an outdoor, fishing, and travel expo that also featured snakes, and a little girl attending with her parents, was looking at the snakes on display, and was bitten by a 17 foot python on her neck once, and also on her chest! I mean, that is the ultimate stupidity of her parents, as they said she was petting the python when she got bit! The snake handler was also there, and he was stupid as he could be also, as he allowed the little girl, who was 4 years old, to pet the python just like her parents allowed her to. This is the most ridiculous example of stupidity I have seen lately! I think that python was sizing her up to devour her! They could blast every python away, for all I care about those disgusting reptiles! I wouldn’t let my little dog near a python, and I certainly wouldn’t allow a child near one, so what was wrong with these people’s brains??? I am going to tell you what I like about each candidates signs…..I like Gene Knight’s signs, the eagle on them, and the colors, and that they look very professional. I like the colors of Mayor Kilsheimer’s signs, which are the colors of the earth, blue and green mostly. I like the yellow rose on Bryan Nelsons signs, because I love flowers. I like Leroy Bell’s signs because he has the liberty bell on them that represents freedom and liberty, and of course, is the perfect icon for him, with his last name which is Bell. A great choice for his signs! Next, I like Theresa’s color scheme of her signs, blue and red, and the little icon inside of the O of her name, Mott, which looks like the word, vote, to me, as I haven’t gotten up close to them, to really see if that is the word inside of the O. I like the color scheme of Alice’s signs, and she used that same color signs as before, and I think that was a good thing to do. Also I like the fern- like plant on her signs for “Apopka the Foliage Capital of the World”, and the bright yellow, you can’t help but see them! Commissioner Diane Velazquez has red, white and blue, the patriotic colors, and the American flag, which I like very much, and Alexander has big signs with his photo on them, which looks very nice, and Leroy also has a big sign in town, with his photo on the sign too. Very nice. That leaves Suzanne Kidd, and the other lady, Alicia K., and I haven’t seen any signs posted for either of those two candidates. I have seen Sue’s cards that are yellow and black and they have a butterfly on them, and I like butterflies so, maybe she will put some signs out, don’t know. January 28, 2018 at 3:44 pm January 29, 2018 at 9:26 am Mama Mia Reply What is sad to me is, that Christa’s little girl had begged her mother NOT to on the space shuttle into space….. January 28, 2018 at 6:59 pm Reply 28 COMMENTS Reply Reply Reply Mama Mia January 28, 2018 at 3:30 pm The Challenger Space Shuttle Park on Park Avenue, right next to the Apopka Memorial Middle School, in Apopka, was installed to honor the crew members of the Challenger Space Shuttle. I just want to give credit to the Telephone Pioneers Club, as they contributed a good sum of money to have that park put there. My mother was a life long member of the Telephone Pioneers, so that is why I wanted everyone to know, that they too helped to have the park there where it still is. January 28, 2018 at 2:59 pmcenter_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here January 28, 2018 at 4:54 pm Mama Mia A lot of random thoughts from me today. Feb. 2 is approaching, and that was my father’s birthday. He was born on 2/2/22. That is correct. A whole lot of 2’s…..Feb. 2 is also Groundhog Day, and we always called my dad a groundhog, for fun. Feb. 2 is also the day, not too long ago here, when the really bad tornadoes came across the state, and tore the Villages and that area’s homes up, and moved on across, damaging so many homes, across to Deland, Debary, and Deleon Springs, and on across the state heading east. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen again! January 29, 2018 at 9:43 am Reply Mama Mia I am observing all of the campaign signs around town. Let’s see, I am going to say positive things here now, so don’t worry, lol…… TAGSChallenger space shuttleOn This Day in HistoryThe HIstory Channel Previous articleAll you need is loveNext articleIn case you missed it: The Apopka news week in review Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR January 28, 2018 at 5:13 pm Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Mama Mia I remember that day! I was at home, my husband was at work. My neighbor had left his sprinkler on all night under the black jack oak tree in the middle of his front yard so it would freeze, and make an winter wonderland for his kids to enjoy. He lived next door. It was cold as could be that day, and I went out into our backyard to play with my dog, which was a collie/shepard mix that had and she was named Rose. She was extra playful that day due to the cold, and I played fetch with her with a big stick throwing it around, and her going after it. Mama Mia Reply I kept his contact email address on my computer, then accidentally deleted it, but you can read about what a great man he is, and how he loves these groundhogs, by googling around. That is what I am going to have to do, to find his contact info again, since I deleted the info accidentally, and can’t seem to bring it back up like normal. One year some veterans got made at the local groundhogs as the veterans had put out an American flag on all of the veteran graves in this one cemetery. Well, the flags started disappearing, and they thought it was the work of vandals, thieves, or kids. As the story goes, it turned out to be the local groundhogs that were stealing the flags, because they wanted the little wooden dowels that the flags were attached to for their den building….lol Mama Mia January 28, 2018 at 7:02 pm January 28, 2018 at 3:17 pm Mama Mia Reply Reply Reply January 28, 2018 at 3:49 pm Mama Mia Where are the bears and other wildlife going to go with all of this kind of development coming in? Oh I forgot, in the existing neighborhoods! Mama Mia January 28, 2018 at 5:38 pm I got through playing with her and we went inside and I turned on the tv and that is when I learned the news and I watched it all on tv. The family members were standing down there and looking up, and smiling and happy then someone in the crowd hollered that it wasn’t normal, and something had went wrong. I watched Christa’s mother and her dad start looking bewildered, and then looked shocked and concerned. The smoke trail was two headed, and I went out into my backyard and saw it for myself. The smoke trail didn’t fade away for a long time and was up there a long time. Mama Mia January 28, 2018 at 3:08 pm Mama Mia We went to the Steampunk Festival at Renniger’s Market and parked back in there, up under the old oak trees, back behind the antique market, and it is really hilly in there, and we got as close to the action of the market event as we could. While we were racking around and checking it all out, someone announced over the speaker that the parking lot had a fire blazing out there. We went over and looked and I said, “OMG, I hope we aren’t parked out there near the fire!” The fire was really blazing up high, and some men were trying to put the fire out. We didn’t get too close to look, and our truck was parked only about 100 yards from the fire. I was very concerned that it would spread over to where we had parked. My husband had started to park over there when we first drove in there, then he found a closer spot to park. Thank goodness! Reply They will be back in Oct again, up there for another event. Everyone selling had all kinds of unique clothing, fancy hats, fancy jewelry, Victorian and leather items, and fancy little hats made onto head bands to wear. I like it because everyone can bring there dogs with them! I saw two car front ends made into bars for people to sit at and drink. Really cool stuff up there. January 28, 2018 at 6:33 pm Mama Mia Reply For the second time today the hard rain just started up. I have a song for you, go to You Tube, and watch and listen to the Eurymethics, and the song, “Here comes the rain again”, and that will put you in this rainy day mood, and relax you. I hope……. Reply I tell you what, that land out there near Sorrento is infested with fire ant mounds along the highway frontage. I saw a lot of land for sale, and I don’t blame them for putting it up for sale, along that highway, as the land was infested with fire ants mounds. Do you think I would pay thousands and thousands of dollars for a fire ant farm? NO WAY! I hope those fire ants don’t work their way in this direction! I can’t stand to get regular ant bites, much less fire ant bites! Reply 8000 homes coming in at Leesburg. OMG, I am thankful it is in Leesburg, and not here in Apopka. The traffic is so dangerous around Apopka now, and is only going to get worse! I can’t imagine if a developer came to the Apopka City Council with a plan to put in 8000 homes here, uh uh uh……. Mama Mia Mama Mia January 28, 2018 at 3:25 pm Reply Reply On Feb. 2, I send an email annually to a man in upstate NY, who lives near the Great Lakes, at least I think he does, and he has dedicated his life to saving, nurturing and caring for GROUNDHOGS! Yes, that is correct. This man is famous for his dedication to groundhogs, and he accepts donations too, to buy food for his groundhogs. I always email him on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day, and send him well wishes……. January 29, 2018 at 9:39 am Mama Mia If you want to send an email to the man who does wonderful work, and has dedicated his life to looking after and caring for groundhogs, or what some call woodchucks, then google Dunkirk Dave and Bob Wills, and you can read all about how he got started with this work that he does to help God’s unwanted, unloved creatures, that some people are so cruel to. Dunkirk Dave is a groundhog, and Dunkirk is the name of the town that the man lives in, Dunkirk, NY, and yes, it is right on the border of Lake Erie, and is the westernmost town in NY. There is a direct link to email him and send him well wishes, or a phone number to call him. You might even decide to send him a donation for Bob to buy some groundhog food. I will be emailing him on Feb. 2, Groundhog Day to wish him and his groundhogs well, like I do every year…lol January 28, 2018 at 2:56 pm January 28, 2018 at 6:32 pm January 28, 2018 at 6:55 pm Mama Mia They had entertainment there, gypsies and belly dancers shaking it, sword eaters, fan dances, parasol duels, and some music. They had gypsies, and a really nice detailed painted gypsy traveling wagon parked there, that people were making photos of. They had men on stilts walking around and fire dancers. My husband liked the belly dancing, and the sword swallowing. It was blonde headed girl that was swallowing the swords, she also swallowed hedge clippers, and then 5 swords placed together, and she swallowed them together. I can’t imagine how she did that! The big chunks of logs that had been cut down, or that had fell down, from the old oak trees out there from Hurricane Irma, had been stacked there under one of the old oak trees in the parking lot, and that is where the fire started, in that pile of oak wood, and brush. Let me tell you, the fire department was slow getting there! I don’t know how long it was before the fire department was called, but it seemed like about 15 minutes before they got there. Mama Mia Correction: We were raking around and checking it all out, not racking, sorry…..and I do know how to use the words, there and their correctly too, but sitting here typing fast, and trying to think what I want to say, I do make errors and typo errors too. So sorry……last_img read more

Philippine gov’t launches attacks on peasants, indigenous

first_imgRodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president described in the West as a “populist,” has shown his class allegiance to the big landowners and mining interests in the Philippines by unleashing his military against the New People’s Army. The NPA, formed in 1969, had declared a unilateral ceasefire last August, when the National Democratic Front of the Philippines entered peace talks with the government.At the end of January, the NPA announced that government killings of four peasant and Indigenous leaders were forcing the group to end its ceasefire, beginning Feb. 10. But the government showed no interest in preserving the ceasefire. On the contrary, since the NPA announcement, Duterte has designated the group as “terrorist” and his soldiers have launched offensives in several areas, killing and arresting people suspected of being insurgents.The U.S. organization BAYAN-USA explained in a statement the background to the government’s offensive, calling the killing of peasant and Indigenous leaders “politically motivated,” adding that “the Philippine government unveiled its new counterinsurgency plan Operation Plan Kapayapaan (Peace) at the end of January, giving a new name to an old campaign of attacks targeting activists defending their land, livelihood and fundamental human rights.  BAYAN-USA condemns the establishment of Oplan Kapayapaan and demands justice for the killings of Venie Diamante, Veronico Delamente, Alexander Ceballos and Wencislao Pacquiao by suspected private henchmen of mining corporations and landlords backed by the state.”BAYAN-USA chair Bernadette Ellorin explained that “the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) can try to repackage its counterinsurgency programs with nice-sounding names like ‘Bayanihan’ and ‘Kapayapaan,’ but this is nothing but a marketing ploy. At their core, counterinsurgency programs employ violence, intimidation and lies meant to smash dissent and uphold the status quo. The dubiously named ‘Oplan Peace’ is the exact opposite of peace.“Diamante, Delamente, Ceballos and Pacquiao were protecting their people from the incursions of big palm oil plantations and mining corporations. They had every right to stand up for the people’s right to land, food and work — the very things that build a foundation for genuine peace in the Philippines.“BAYAN-USA also sees the Philippine government’s counterinsurgency program as one reason the New People’s Army decided to terminate its unilateral interim ceasefire with the GRP [Philippine government], which went into effect last August when peace negotiations began between the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) and the GRP.“The AFP’s continuing occupation of indigenous people’s communities, illegal arrest and detention of activists on trumped-up charges, and active military operations under Oplan Kapayapaan are sabotaging the efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace in the Philippines. If the Duterte administration is serious about peace, it should scrap all counterinsurgency programs including Oplan Kapayapaan, rein in its AFP, and pursue the fundamental socio-economic and political reforms that are needed to address the grave inequity that is at the root of the armed conflict in the country.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Little relief for children in pain as consultant post remains vacant

first_imgLinkedin Twitter Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Facebook NewsHealthLittle relief for children in pain as consultant post remains vacantBy David Raleigh – June 5, 2020 722 Email TAGShealthLimerick City and CountyNews Print TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Mairead O’Leary Woulfe, with husband Micheal and daughters Leah (10) and Ellie (7).CHILDREN suffering from chronic pain are not getting adequate care because Ireland has no paediatric pain consultant.Last week the Limerick Post revealed how two young girls from Bruff have been waiting in agony for six months to see a paediatric pain consultant, following the resignation of the country’s only paediatric pain consultant.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Ten-year-old Leah O’Leary Woulfe and her seven-year-old sister Ellie have been diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and they have been unable to access appropriate pain relief since Dr Kevin Mc Carthy resigned from his consultancy last DecemberIt has now emerged that the highly specialised position has yet to be advertised, six months after Dr McCarthy’s departure.Dr McCarthy said he resigned due to a lack of support for the role.The girls’ mother Mairead O’Leary Woulfe said that following Dr McCarthy’s resignation, she was promised a care plan for her children, but that this has not happened.“Families have been left in limbo because there is no pain consultant and nobody with authority to adjust pain medication for patients”, she said.A plan for a Northern Ireland-based pain consultant to provide supports to colleagues in the Republic has not alleviated the situation, she said.Michael Woulfe said their children’s physiotherapy and hydrotherapy sessions, which are critical to their treatment, were cancelled, due to Covid-19 restrictions.“We are left in limbo. All the things that were working for our children, like hydrotherapy is all gone. That would help in terms of managing their pain.”Pamela Lynam, co-founder of the Complex Pain Management advocacy group, confirmed the consultant’s position in the south has not been advertised.“It was meant to go to a committee for approval on March 20 and then to be advertised in April, but then COVID happened, and that’s why I think it hasn’t happened.”Ms Lynam, whose daughter Amy (13) suffers from chronic pain from a sports injury, explained that “even when that’s advertised, you could be three to five years before anybody is in that position”.She claimed a proposed plan for a Belfast-based consultant to help with cases in the interim “had not happened”.“It’s horrific. My daughter definitely needs to change her meds. Nothing is working. But there is nobody to help.”“Amy was seen last June, so we’re nearly a year without being seen, and left in chronic pain.”“Adult pain specialists won’t see children until they’re 18. They won’t take a referral before they are 16, and it takes two years to get seen.”“Nobody will change their medication until they are seen, which is understandable, but it’s not fair on the kids that are in pain.”A HSE source confirmed the consultant’s position “hasn’t been advertised as yet”.Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) told the Limerick Post it “cannot comment on contracts of employment, or on individual cases”.A statement sent to this newspaper read: “CHI is aware that the current situation regarding the Paediatric Complex Pain Management Service is a cause of much anxiety and upset for parents and children.”“If a parent is concerned or worried about child’s health they should contact a member of their child’s medical team will be happy to discuss any aspect of a patient’s care directly with them or their family members.”“We have written to all families whose children have been attending the complex pain management service in Crumlin or Temple Street to give them an update and contact numbers should they need clinical related advice for their child”.CHI said the position left vacant following Dr McCarthy’s resignation “is a highly specialised position” to fill.“As an interim measure, we have secured the services of Consultant Anaesthesiologist in Northern Ireland who specialises in both Paediatric and Adult Complex Pain Management who is assisting CHI colleagues in continuing the Paediatric Complex Pain Management Service for patients until these posts commence.”center_img Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Previous articleLimerick Post Show | June 5, 2020Next articleLimerick Post Show | Jockey Billy Lee David Raleigh Limerick on Covid watch list WhatsApp Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Advertisementlast_img read more

SC During COVID-19 Lockdown : Is This The Next ADM Jabalpur Moment?

first_imgColumnsSC During COVID-19 Lockdown : Is This The Next ADM Jabalpur Moment? H Karthik Seshadri19 May 2020 12:19 AMShare This – xIf court fails in protecting and enforcing the fundamental rights of citizens in this time of crisis, history will not be too kind to it.The Covid 19 pandemic and the response of the governments has been and will be subject to much scrutiny and debate for a long time to come by socio-economic, political science and legal scholars. What I am interested as a lawyer is to analyse the response of the higher Courts in our country. Chief Justice William H Rehnquist[2] of the US Supreme Court while speaking at a…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Covid 19 pandemic and the response of the governments has been and will be subject to much scrutiny and debate for a long time to come by socio-economic, political science and legal scholars. What I am interested as a lawyer is to analyse the response of the higher Courts in our country. Chief Justice William H Rehnquist[2] of the US Supreme Court while speaking at a conference said: “The courts, for their part, have largely reserved the decisions favouring civil liberties in wartime to be handed down after the war is over … To lawyers and judges, this may seem a thoroughly undesirable state of affairs, but in the greater scheme of things it may be best for all concerned… While we would not want to subscribe to the full sweep of the Latin maxim – Inter Arma Silent Leges – in time of war the laws are silent, perhaps we can accept the proposition that though the laws are not silent in wartime, they speak with a muted voice” Professor David Cole, one of the foremost voices advocating Civil Liberties and National Legal Director of American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had argued that “Courts, like every other institution of human governance, are imperfect. Tasked with the job of enforcing individual constitutional rights against the majority’s will, judges remain prone to the same fears and anxieties that afflict us all during times of crisis. Thus, it should not be a surprise that courts have all too often deferred to unfounded assertions of government power on issues of national security; when the executive claims that the fate of the nation is at stake, it takes real courage to stand up to that assertion and subject”[3]. Having said that, he further argues that over a period of time the Courts played a very valuable role, but after the emergency ceases, in reviewing and restraining the executive from committing egregious violations of rights of individuals. At least future emergencies were addressed. A very famous example of ‘hindsight wisdom’ by the courts, in the UK, is the case of Liversidge[4]. Lord Atkin had provided a very powerful dissent in this case which was accepted as the correct view much later. Liversidge dealt with the court’s duty to examine the order of a high-ranking executive to detain. The detention order of the alleged German alien was passed at a time when England was at war with Germany. Lord Atkin disagreed with the majority view that the subjective satisfaction of the executive could not be judicially reviewed. Few years thereafter, in Nakkuda Ali[5] the Privy Council dealing with a Ceylon statute held that “reasonable grounds to believe” defined a judicial standard and required that the court be satisfied that reasonable grounds did actually exist. Still later in the celebrated case of Ridge vs. Baldwin[6], Lord Reid of the House of Lords opined that Liversidge was a peculiar decision. Finally, Liversidge view was repudiated in Rossminster[7]. In the United States there are few examples that come to mind immediately viz., the cases of Korematsu[8], Dredd Scott[9] and Plessy[10]. American scholars met and discussed some of what they termed as the worst decisions of the United States Supreme Court and had this to say[11]: “One of the worst aspects of American history is that at times of crisis we compromise our most basic constitutional rights, and only in hindsight do we recognize that it didn’t make us safer,” said Erwin Chemerinsky, from the University of California Irvine. To put that in context, the Dred Scott decision said that the descendants of slaves weren’t entitled to protection by the Constitution. The Plessy decision established the “separate but equal” rule that allowed segregation to continue for decades. In India, when we refer to a decision rendered during a crisis what immediately comes to our mind is the controversial judgment of ADM Jabalpur[12], passed during the times of Internal Emergency in India. The Supreme Court of India overturned this judgment nearly 4 ½ decades later. The Court held that the judgement of ADM Jabalpur was an aberration in the constitutional jurisprudence of the country and that the judgement be buried ten fathoms deep with no chance of resurrection[13]. The Court had this to say about ADM Jabalpur: “When histories of nations are written and critiqued, there are judicial decisions at the forefront of liberty. Yet others have to be consigned to the archives, reflective of what was, but should never have been. The decision of the US Supreme Court in Buck v Bell ranks amongst the latter. It was a decision in which Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. accepted the forcible sterilization by tubular ligation of Carrie Bucks as part of a programme of state sponsored eugenic sterilization. Justice Holmes, while upholding the programme opined that: “three generations of imbeciles is enough”. In the same vein was the decision of the US Supreme Court in Korematsu v United States, upholding the imprisonment of a citizen in a concentration camp solely because of his Japanese ancestry. ADM Jabalpur must be and is accordingly overruled.” A controversial judgment pronounced during internal emergency was criticised and laid to rest. In the aftermath of the said judgment, but yet again, only after the emergency was lifted, the Supreme Court devised Public Interest Litigations to call upon the inactive executive and even at time nudge the legislature into making policies that protected undertrials, working women, the marginalised and the environment. The Supreme Court even used Public Interest Litigations to call the executive to account in matters of corruption, lackadaisical investigations and electoral reforms. It appeared that the Supreme Court was leading the citizenry in demanding transparency and accountability in governance. The Covid 19 crisis has in my view however bared the soft underbelly of an otherwise very strong Supreme Court – a Court that was able to strike down a Constitutional amendment regarding the procedure for appointment of Judges to the higher judiciary; a Court that was able to set aside allocation of 2 G telecom Licenses by the Government on the alleged grounds of corruption and procedural irregularities; a Court that set up and monitored Special Investigation Teams to investigate into financial irregularities and stashing of funds outside India and to investigate into atrocities and riots in various parts of the country; a Court that directed the executive to take steps to even link rivers across the country. So much so, the court was subjected to criticism from few scholars that it had started judicial legislation. Of late the Court has suddenly become reticent. The Supreme Court was reluctant to come to the aid of thousands of migrant labourers who were stranded in various parts of the country. When this was brought to the notice of the Court, it expressed reluctance to seek any report regarding the plight and fate of these thousands of helpless citizens. First, it simply took note of a statement made by the Solicitor General that there were no migrants on the road and closed the matter. Later when the matter was sought to be urged again, the Court closed it by simply stating that the petitions were based on newspaper reports and could not be acted on and left it for the respective States to handle the crisis regarding migrant labourers.[14] Many High Courts however exercised their powers under Art.226 of the Constitution and issued various directions to the executive of the Union and States, seeing the plight of the thousands of migrant labourers. It will be interesting to see what the Union would do as regards these directions. If the matter is taken up to the Supreme Court, will it be another ADM Jabalpur moment that the Court will face?Migrant Workers Cases : SC Failed To Rise To The Occasion Another example that needs to be highlighted is the manner in which the court dealt with non-availability of 4G internet connection in the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir. Recently, the court had waxed eloquence on the subject in Anuradha Bhasin. The same court simply left the matter to theexecutive to determine the appropriateness and need for the citizens of the erstwhile State of Jammu & Kashmir to have 4G. It simply failed to enforce the fundamental right that it found to exist under Article 21 of the Constitution, viz., the right to access internet. The next example is the actions of certain State governments who have suspended the applicability of several labour laws through an Ordinance route. Challenges have been made to these actions of the States. The challenges made to the Citizenship Amendment Act, the repeal of Article 370 of the Constitution of India and the conversion of State of Jammu & Kashmir into Union Territories, the challenge to the use of electoral bond are all few examples of procrastination and reticence. There are other examples of individuals being detained under various detention laws like National Security Act and Public Safety Act. Challenges of these detention orders were not decided expeditiously. Some scholars believe that the Court has, of late, allowed these challenges to remain undecided thereby providing an unfair advantage to the Government as against the citizens fundamental rights. Covid 19 has simply provided the executive an excuse. An executive that is always looking to put forward a “national security” argument when a citizen seeks enforcement of fundamental rights. Covid 19 situation is no doubt a very difficult situation. Many states in India are grappling to deal with the aftermath of Covid 19. The Union Government has invoked the National Disaster Management Act, 2005 and states have invoked the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. These enactments give enormous powers to the executive to act. All the more reason that Courts in this crisis should be extremely vigilant and cautious of claims put forward by the executive. There has been criticism that many states have turned into police states rather than dealing with the Covid 19 crisis as a medical one. One particular criticism is very notable : “The language used is still one of law and order: “lockdowns,” “curfews,” “fines” and “surveillance.” It is not just the optics and semantics of it—it seems that the police departments of the country and not the health departments have been put in charge of the management of Covid-19.”[15] If the court fails in protecting and enforcing the fundamental rights of the citizens of this country, in this time of crisis, history will not be too kind to it. I am reminded of what a US Supreme Court Judge, Learned Hand once said “I often wonder whether we do not rest our hopes too much upon constitutions, upon laws and upon courts. These are false hopes . . . Liberty lies in the hearts of men and women; when it dies there, no constitution, no law, nor court can save it; no constitution, no law, no court can even do much to help it. While it lies there it needs no constitution, no law, no court to save it.” I hope he is proved wrong when it comes to Indian Courts. If not, this undoubtedly will be the ADM Jabalpur moment repeating itself. [1] H.Karthik Seshadri is an Advocate practising in the Madras High Court and Partner of Law Firm, Iyer & Thomas. He tweets @advkarthiksesha and may be reached at [email protected] Views are personal. [2] 100th Anniversary Celebrations of the Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association, Norfolk, Virginia, May 03, 2000, http://www.supremecourtus.gov [3] Judging the Next Emergency, Judicial Review and Individual Rights in Times of Crisis: David Cole, Michigan Law Review, Vol. 101, No. 8, August 2004 [4] Liversidge vs. Andersen, (1942) AC 206 [5] Nakkuda Ali vs. Jayaratne, (1951) AC 66 [6] (1964) AC 40 [7] Inland Revenue Commissioner vs. Rossminster Limited, (1980) AC 1011; Lord Wilberforce : “For my part, I think the time has come to acknowledge openly that the majority of this House in Liversidge v. Anderson were expediently and, at that time, perhaps, excusably, wrong and the dissenting speech of Lord Atkin was right.” [8] Korematsu vs. United States, 323 US 214, For appreciating the facts of the case see also Sanjoy Ghose, https://theleaflet.in/korematsu-and-cricket-a-critique-of-indias-supreme-court-during-the-pandemic/ [9] Dredd Scott vs. Sandford, 60 US 393 [10] Plessy vs Ferguson, 163 US 537 [11] https://constitutioncenter.org/blog/korematsu-a-decision-that-will-live-in-infamy/ [12] ADM Jabalpur vs. Shivkant Shukla, (1976) 2 SCC 521 [13] K.S.Puttaswamy vs. UOI, (2017) 10 SCC 1 [14] https://www.livelaw.in/top-stories/sc-refuses-to-entertain-plea-for-migrants-on-road-156803 [15] https://www.epw.in/journal/2020/19/editorials/covid-19-and-national-disaster-management-act.html# 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

Policies miss the point

first_img Previous Article Next Article Government policies to get disabled people into work are failing to tacklethe biggest barriers, a disability charity has claimed.The comments were made following the Budget announcement that the new dealfor disabled people, which has been run as a pilot, will be rolled outnationally.John Knight, head of policy at Leonard Cheshire, said schemes to placepeople in jobs had some merit but until changes are made to the benefits systemand disabled people get better access to education, little progress will bemade.Under the current system disabled people are often excluded from mainstreameducation. If they are in work, they have to pay for their own care, which canleave them worse off than if they rely on benefits.”At the moment it is as productive to sit at home doing nothing thanbusting a gut at work all day,” said Knight.He said the Government also needs to understand the burden on disabledpeople of having to care for themselves.He added that the personnel profession could do more to promote disabilityawareness. Prejudice and lack of understanding among employers are extrabarriers.www.leonard-cheshire.org Policies miss the pointOn 11 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

SLCC’s Brushier To Play At Western Oregon

first_img Brad James Tags: Dalven Brushier/Kur Kutah/Oklahoma/SLCC Men’s Basketball/Western Oregon Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY-Monday, former Salt Lake C.C. guard Dalven Brushier announced via his Twitter account that he will continue his collegiate career at Division II Western Oregon.Brushier will be joining a Wolves squad that went 31-2 last season and fell in the NCAA Division II tournament West regional final to Cal Baptist, who will be Division I July 1.Brushier, a native of Colorado Springs, Colo. was instrumental in the Bruins’ run to the NJCAA national tournament, averaging 9.2 points per game and starting in 22 games last season.For his heroics, Brushier was named as an all-Region 18 honorable mention player.Brushier is the second Bruin to move on to a four-year institution from the 2017-18 season as Kur Kutah confirmed he would continue his collegiate career at the University of Oklahoma. June 4, 2018 /Sports News – Local SLCC’s Brushier To Play At Western Oregonlast_img read more

A Battle Half Won?

first_imgOf course women are in the minority still, I can’t quibble with that; it’s a statement of fact. But surely numbers make no difference if we argue that we need gender-related representation. Isn’t it glaringly obvious that any other approach is sexist on a level which is only vindicated by a totally counter-productive ‘payback mentality’? Germaine Greer, who is about as subtle as a spear through the head, underlines how far the gender feminist discussion is often steeped in sexist rhetoric. She writes most lucidly about the female orgasm and the obsession women nowadays have with it, suggesting that this obsession is the means by which the patriarchal society allows us to avoid ‘real’ challenges (I believe she refers to climbing Everest but I may have switched off around that point…). For amusement purposes, I feel I ought to mention the fact she argues that ‘crying is to women what masturbation is to men’. If that’s true then we definitely have drawn the short straw. Now I’m not using Greer as a representative individual of the entire feminist movement as it stands. It’s also worth saying that having read her most recent book – ‘polemical bomb’ as the Guardian described it – ‘The Whole Woman’ isn’t all bad. But the manner in which she writes highlights a sentiment that has survived positive the move towards greater equality. She both extols the virtues of the woman while embarking upon a step by step demolition of what it is to be a ‘man’, presenting us to be in endless and draining opposition. This kind of gender-feminism is obsolete in a society which is institutionalising gender equality. Pitching women against men only propounds the sense of divide and of ‘otherness’ which De Beauvoir wrote of, a ‘them or us but not both’ mentality which ignores a fundamental synergy between the sexes. Demonizing the male race was critical in mobilising support for Women’s Lib. But a lot of the sexism that remains is the bitter-after taste of the movement. It helps no one now but is too readily justified by those who feel that to reject antagonism towards men would be to deny the feminist battle. A movement that has run its course? Laura Connell  questions the need for feminism in an increasingly equal society According to the Equal Opportunities Commission’s most recent publication on Gender Equality in the UK, over half of students enrolling in higher education in the UK are now women. The workforce in wholesale and retail is almost equally split between women and men, as is that in public administration and defence. Two-thirds of mothers with dependent children work and women hold two-fifths of all professional jobs, compared to about 10% in the 1970s. Change is still needed, but a lot of it is in the legislative pipeline. In April of this year, the biggest change to sex equality legislation since the Sex Discrimination Act came into force: the Gender Equality Duty. The duty affects public bodies such as the police, local government, the NHS amongst a number of other organisations. It also impacts on private companies fulfilling “public functions”. Under previous laws, action could only be taken against public bodies after they discriminated on grounds of sex. Now they must take steps to proactively promote equality between women and men. Public bodies must now take account of their different needs when making policies and providing services. The duty is changing the nature of the battle against inequality: it is no longer simply a reactive matter. At this university, there is currently a Gender Equality Scheme running from 2007-2010 which does pretty much what it says on the tin: it aims to increase the number of women in academic posts and to continue research into the causes of the gender gap in final examination results in certain subjects. Other initiatives run by the University such as the ‘Women in Science’ summer course are encouraging more female applications in male-dominated subjects. We have women’s reps in each college and on most committees. The need for change has been recognised and is coming.These facts aren’t intended to show that the battle has been ‘won’ but that adjustments necessary to obtaining women’s equality are being institutionalised in the UK. Change has been set in motion. The impact of the Women’s Liberation movement and third wave feminism are securing greater equality of opportunity for women in this country, in every area of the public sphere. It would be ridiculous for me to even attempt to deny the importance of feminism, but it is patently obvious that it no longer needs to be the benchmark of gender relations. We must now recognise the fact that society has changed and is continuing to change in favour of greater equality for women. These changes are of course, positive, but they are also calling both gender roles back into question. The female experience is crucial to this conversation but the kind of gender-feminism which denies relevance to the male experience, is no longer contextually justified. There’s far too much fraternizing with the enemy for this to be a long term solution.  Melissa Wright  looks at the considerable challenges and prejudices Oxford women still face On paper, Oxford University seems to be doing a lot of things right for its female students. A comprehensive Gender Equality Scheme and numerous student organisations (think ‘Oxford Women in Politics’ or the ‘Women in Science’ initiative) have increased the number of female students at Oxford considerably over the years. The problems, it seems, begin once they get here.On a day-to-day level within the student realm, in which the University as an authority seems to have pitifully little influence, it seems that female students, especially those particularly prominent in student politics or societies, still constantly come into contact with negative attitudes, sexism and even unashamed insolence. Such experiences are difficult to prove, and obtaining figures to gauge how widespread they are is next to impossible. Moreover, that almost all of the women I talked to requested to remain anonymous in talking to me strongly suggests a communal fear of being judged for questioning the offensive behaviour of others, and an environment in which women do not feel safe or sufficiently supported to speak out. As the OUSU VP for Women Hannah Roe puts it, “Women don’t feel safe to confront other students or the student newspapers when they feel that they are being treated badly. In my time in Oxford several of my female friends have told me about behaviour or treatment which has really upset and shaken them. They’ve wanted to raise the matter with the individuals concerned, or report it to the University, but have been too scared of possible retribution…The University Code of Harassment doesn’t allow victimisation like that obviously, but women know how unwise it is in our society to be labelled a ‘complainer’ by their peers. It’s very easy for this to be used as a tacit reason to isolate you. One can’t help but feel more than a little sorry for the boyfriend or date when the weight of expectation is against them. A lot of us are asking for camaraderie and pick-and-mixing in terms of old gender roles as we see fit. Is it any wonder there’s often an awkward pause when the bill comes? There is a very strong case for taking what political scientists call masculism seriously. Now before you laugh me off as some deluded post-feminist or brand me naïve, it seems perfectly sensible to start looking at how young men, adult men, working men and fathers see themselves in this new society. Feminism was about awakening society to the female perspective. Given the changing roles of both genders, it’s time we start taking the new male experience more seriously. The status quo in this respect, is untenable. It makes no sense for the female experience to continue to monopolise discussion surrounding gender relations, treating our primacy in the conversation as a god-given right. We need to start dealing with some of spill-over effects of the gender-feminist movement- namely this residual sexist tone which infuses pretty much all, even the most light hearted of, conversations on the topic. In recent debate over the position of OUSU VP for women, I couldn’t help but wonder: if there needs to be a woman on the committee to represent my interests, and another woman, in a position not dedicated solely to representing women, can’t do this, then it’s totally sensible, indeed necessary, for there to be a male representative irrespective of the number of other men on the committee. Given the fact we started by arguing that if the position wasn’t solely dedicated to representing gender, then that gender wasn’t being represented at all, clearly such a suggestion is justified? Either have both positions or have neither.  center_img The student press in Oxford, and indeed in universities across the country, proves no more forgiving than student societies and institutions. Student publications are, undeniably, supposed to be a source of entertainment for their over-worked, under-nourished readership, and gossip and speculation on well-known figures in the public eye must feature heavily in this ‘entertainment’. And yet despite being publications of near-professional standard, one still finds printed thinly veiled gossip focusing on individuals within the university, with student journalists even on occasion resorting to Facebook to ‘dig up dirt’ on their targets. Whilst gossip tends to be relatively harmless, and to target both men and women, there are numerous examples of gossip columns crossing the line between harmless and downright cruel, especially when targeting a female victim. Felicity Burch, president of OxWip, found herself targeted when running for a position in her college – “I experienced sexual slurs in the gossip columns when I had the ‘audacity’ to run for JCR President. They’d never talked about me before and certainly had no reason to then.” Detailed descriptions of female students’ sex lives, or malicious comments on their weight and general appearance are published without hesitation. Given that a recent Cherwell survey suggested over 30% of students have suffered from eating disorders of some kind, the seriousness of such victimization cannot be underestimated. The constant use of images of nude or semi-naked female bodies to accompany articles is further proof of the insensitivity of Oxford student publications when it comes to its female readers. The student press, like any other, must consider the impact it will have on the lives of the individuals it targets.Given the level of scrutiny and potentially vicious criticism prominent women within Oxford University expose themselves to, is it any real surprise that the number of women who run for, and are elected to, prominent positions is significantly lower than the number of men? The constant lack of female students in positions such JCR or GCR president can perhaps be attributed to the unsupportive atmosphere they are often confronted with, or to a fear of being on the receiving end of mockery or gossip. OUSU is a case in point. Despite its inclusive stance and constant emphasis on student welfare and equal opportunities, the student union still fails to produce an equal number of male and female students standing for elections. Last year’s elections, for example, saw 30 men standing for positions, compared to 14 women, and even then this included 3 female students standing in women-only elections.But the most worrying statistic of all remains, as ever, the number of female JCR Presidents, with last year producing a mere 9 female presidents out of a total 36 colleges. The number of female presidents rarely rises above 20% which, of course, includes St Hilda’s where, until 2008 at least, the chances of the elected president being a female were absolute. Incidentally, the number of female GCR presidents is no more encouraging.Oxford University cannot possibly hope to see more women in prominent positions until there is a significant shift in the way that female students are treated, within JCRs, student societies and student publications. As long as explicitly personal criticism and thinly veiled sexist attitudes are tolerated, with a ‘look the other way’ approach, a considerable number of female students will, understandably, remain reluctant to put themselves in the public eye. And, in all honesty, who can blame them? Sad as it may be, almost all female students will probably have experienced some form of unwelcome, inappropriate male attention at some point during their teenage years, be it a drunken comment at a bar or a wholly unamusing sexist joke. What is infinitely more worrying is when these attitudes emerge openly at JCR level, with female undergraduates being subjected to embarrassing scrutiny or inappropriate comments from within their own college. Consider, for example, that at one Oxford college this year the college family trees, which included a snapshot of each arriving fresher, were ‘altered’ to provide each female student with a mark out of ten, based on their anonymous adjudicator’s assessment of each girl’s attractiveness. In another college, undergraduates were treated to a JCR email which included a highly offensive sexual joke as an amusing post-script. That such behaviour should be viewed as light-hearted and inoffensive enough to be acceptable enough is highly disturbing, given the lengths to which the University as an organisation seems to put itself to eradicate such anachronistic attitudes.Moving from colleges to external student societies or institutions, it seems that the situation simply goes from bad to worse. Whilst sexism within JCRs might take a more general form, once women undergraduates begin to hold positions within well known student bodies they seem to become a target for far more personal abuse. “Women are a presence everywhere in Oxford, but often find themselves singled out both within institutions and within the student press”, said one female undergraduate. “I’ve had my body and my love-life discussed. It’s the ultimate way of picking on a girl”.  Perhaps most disturbing was the discovery that one female student last year found a photo of herself posted on an Internet site by fellow students, with an invitation underneath the image for all those interested to comment on her figure. Disappointingly, a considerable number of people felt compelled to post their thoughts on the photo, with over 200 comments in total.last_img read more