The United Basalt Products Ltd (UBP.mu) 2015 Annual Report

first_imgThe United Basalt Products Ltd (UBP.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about The United Basalt Products Ltd (UBP.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the The United Basalt Products Ltd (UBP.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: The United Basalt Products Ltd (UBP.mu)  2015 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

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Stock market crash: why we could be about to see a big rally in shares

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Kevin Godbold Enter Your Email Address Stock market crash: why we could be about to see a big rally in shares Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of Next. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays, Burberry, Compass Group, Lloyds Banking Group, Marstons, Prudential, and Redrow. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. According to MarketWatch, the stock market crash could soon turn into a “monstrous” rally, if one market analyst is to be believed.Shares could start shooting up in depressed sectors as soon as next week, reckons Thomas Lee of Fundstrat Global Advisors. He’s even suggested we’ll see new stock market highs by the end of the summer.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…A stock market rally could be comingOf course, it’s easy to say things like that. But maybe Lee is onto something. For background, the US stock market has just seen the best start to August for years, according to MarketWatch. And the thrust of Lee’s bullishness is that he reckons the stock market’s unloved sectors are on the cusp of breaking out higher. He thinks the move will start just as Covid-19 cases peak.It’s worth noting that Lee is a US-focused analyst. But it’s also true the FTSE markets in the UK have a long history of following the US markets, at least in the short term. And Lee reckons the ducks are aligned for a “textbook” rebound in the parts of the market that have been bashed the hardest by the pandemic. In past market crashes, many depressed sectors have always recovered strongly before.According to Fundstrat, the seven-day rolling average of new Covid-19 cases worldwide has started to decline. And the firm, led by Lee, anticipates a rally in stocks beginning around 14 August with the possibility of a 30% rise in stock markets over the following two weeks.Such a precise prediction strikes me as being easy to get wrong. But I reckon Lee is right that beaten-down sectors are attractive if we have a long-term investment horizon in mind.Searching for good value For example, I reckon there’s some good value in the housebuilding sector. Indeed, the easing of stamp duty and ongoing low borrowing costs for mortgages is fuelling a min-boom in house prices right now. But shares such as Vistry, Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey, Redrow and other house building companies have been weak.Another obvious casualty of coronavirus is the airline sector. Maybe we’ll start to see some strength in shares such as EasyJet and International Consolidated Airlines. If the return to ‘normal’ ways of living gathers pace, demand for flights could pick up, which would underpin strength in those shares now.And it’s a similar story in the hotel and hospitality sectors. I live in a seaside town and it’s clear my local hospitality and accommodation industry is now enjoying a bumper summer of trading. Many small businesses in the sector are seeing the best trading they’ve had in decades.If trends like that continue, it would make sense for shares to rise. For example, hotel operator Whitbread, and foodservice and hospitality operators such as Marston’s, Compass and Greggs.We could also see strength in retail shares like Next and Burberry. And rising stock markets could help financial companies such as Lloyds Banking Group, Barclays, Aviva and Prudential.Lee may be right or wrong about the timing of a rally in shares. But I’m not going to back away from buying good value when shares offer it because recovery will likely arrive in the end. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images. Kevin Godbold | Monday, 10th August, 2020 last_img read more

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Why is there so little research on guns in the US?…

first_img By Lacey Wallace of Penn State University, and first published in theconversation.comWhen Stephen Paddock opened fire Oct. 1 on concertgoers in Las Vegas, killing 59, the city became the unfortunate host of the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. Investigators are still trying to piece together the events that took place that evening, and why.Like other recent mass shootings, the events in Las Vegas were quickly followed by demands for change to gun control policy.But which policy do we choose? Following the Las Vegas shooting, debate has focused on bump stocks, accessories that allow a semiautomatic weapon to fire more rapidly. Will restrictions on them help prevent another mass shooting? Is there a better policy option?Unfortunately, the research we need to answer these questions doesn’t exist – and part of the problem is that the federal government largely doesn’t support it.Congresspeople call for action on gun safety legislation on Oct. 4. AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteWhy do we need research about guns?Gun violence is a public health issue. It’s a leading cause of premature death in the United States, killing more people each year than diseases like HIV, hypertension and viral hepatitis.While violent crime has generally been on the decline since the mid-1990s, the latest reports from the FBI suggest crime rates may be starting to increase. Gun crime has been a persistent problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 33,594 individuals were killed by firearms in 2014 alone. That’s only about 200 less than the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents. In 2015, roughly 85,000 people were injured by firearms, including nearly 10,000 children.In order to prevent gun injuries and deaths, we need accurate information about how they occur and why. While police reports and FBI data can provide some detail, they don’t include the thousands of cases that go unreported each year. Between 2006 and 2010, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimated that more than a third of victims of crimes involving a firearm did not report the crime to police. The National Crime Victimization Survey, which collects victimization data from about 90,000 households each year, helps to fill in this gap. However, even this survey has its drawbacks. It doesn’t collect data from youth younger than 12, it doesn’t include murder and it doesn’t help us fully understand the offender’s motivations and beliefs.Social scientists like me need more research in order to get the level of detail we need about gun crime. There’s just one major roadblock: The federal government won’t fund it.How much federal money is there?In 1996, Congress passed the Dickey Amendment. The legislation stated that “none of the funds made available for injury prevention and control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be used to advocate or promote gun control.” While that wording did not ban CDC gun research outright, the legislation was accompanied by a US$2.6 million budget cut. That amount happened to match the amount the CDC had spent on firearms research the previous year. The message was clear. From 1996 to 2013, CDC funding for gun research dropped by 96 percent.The CDC wasn’t the only federal agency affected. In 2011, Congress added a similar clause to legislation that regulated funding for the National Institutes of Health. However, due to a directive from the Obama administration, the NIH continued to provide funding for gun research. That push faded as the Obama administration left office.Earlier this year, the NIH discontinued its funding program that specifically focused on firearm violence. While firearms researchers can still apply for funding through more general NIH funding opportunities, critics say that makes funding for gun research less likely.What prompted these funding restrictions?The Dickey Amendment was passed after a CDC-funded study led by physician and epidemiologist Arthur Kellerman found that having a gun in the home increased homicide risk. After the results were published, the National Rifle Association pressured lawmakers, arguing that the CDC was inappropriately using its funds to advocate for gun control.The NRA spends a lot of money supporting political campaigns, including that of President Trump. AP Photo/Mike StewartOpposition from the NRA is serious business for lawmakers. The NRA is one of the most powerful special interest lobbying organizations in the U.S. In 2014 alone, the NRA spent more than $3.3 million on lobbying activities – things like meeting with politicians, drafting model legislation and advertising.The NRA also spends additional millions to advocate or oppose political candidates. In 2016, the NRA spent nearly $20 million on efforts opposing Hillary Clinton and nearly $10 million on efforts supporting Donald Trump.Not surprisingly, the NRA has successfully blocked gun control legislation in the past, including renewal of the 2004 assault weapons ban.Can state or private sector dollars fill the gap?Another potential option for research is to seek out funding from private agencies or philanthropists. But few of these opportunities are available.According to Garen Wintemute, director of the Violence Prevention Research Program at the University of California, Davis Medical Center, fewer than five private organizations are willing to provide gun research funding.Private funding is also somewhat risky for researchers. If a funder has a political leaning on gun-related issues, the researcher may be under pressure to produce the “right” results. Even just the implication that a researcher could have a conflict of interest can undermine a study’s results and perceived legitimacy.State funding may be another option. In 2016, California announced its intent to fund the University of California Firearm Violence Research Center. This is the first time a state has stepped forward to fund a research center focused on guns. California remains the only state to take this step.Has gun research stopped?The lack of funding has discouraged firearms research. Many researchers are employed within academia. In this publish-or-perish environment, researchers are under pressure to publish their work in academic journals and fund it through sources beyond their home institution. Without outside funding, their research often isn’t possible. Leading firearms researcher Garen Wintemute says “no more than a dozen active, experienced investigatorsin the United States have focused their careers primarily on firearm violence.”Lack of funding leaves some researchers, like myself, limited to small-scale studies with a low budget. The problem with studies like these is that they are often based on samples that are not nationally representative. That means we can’t generalize from the findings or address all the questions we might have.Without increased funding for gun research, it will be extremely difficult for researchers to provide accurate answers to the gun policy questions currently under debate.Lacey Wallace is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at  Penn State Universityspecializing in quantitative methods, families and juvenile delinquency, Lacey’s research involves 1) the influence of siblings and peers on delinquency and substance use through social networks; 2) weapon carrying, gun ownership and gun acquisition behavior; and 3) the effects of intervention and policy on these processes. Please enter your comment! Gov. 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Newark children exposed to lead

first_imgNearly half the schools in Newark, N.J., were temporarily shut down on March 9 when elevated levels of lead were found in the drinking water.Responding to a lack of funding and community control, Larry Hamm, chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress (POP), told Workers World, “We are outraged at the discovery that schools in Newark had unacceptable levels of lead in the water.” He said POP is “calling upon the state and the federal government to do what needs to be done to clean and purify public school water.”Mayor Ras Baraka said: “A lot of our buildings are old. That speaks to infrastructure, the reason why we need new schools.” (AP, April 1)Hamm said it was “ironic” that at the same time the story broke that children in 11 New Jersey cities had higher levels of lead in their blood than children in Flint, Mich. (myCentralJersey.com, Feb 3), POP was holding a demonstration condemning the lead poisoning in Flint’s water.Newark schools tested above the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe level for lead of 15 parts per billion.State officials took over the management of Newark schools in 1995 after the Abbott vs. Burke ruling mandated that the state fund 28 “unconstitutionally substandard” urban school districts at the same level as the state’s wealthiest districts. Newark’s schools are among the poorest in the U.S. and many buildings are over 100 years old.Hamm said that due to lack of money, children were still being denied a thorough education. With state funding has come state supervision of the schools, taking power out of the hands of the communities. “The state was to supervise the schools for five years,” he said, “but 20 years later they are still in control. The state appointed its own superintendent with veto power over the school board.” The schools were supposed to improve, but the reality is that conditions have gotten worse. Hamm said the situation was comparable to that in Flint, where after the city went bankrupt, the state took over and administrators, to save money, switched the water supply from the Detroit reservoir to the highly polluted Flint River.In 2003, the EPA offered to help monitor lead levels in Newark public school water, but city officials rejected the EPA proposal, claiming the city already had a plan to install new fountains and lead filters. Part of the city’s plan was to have school employees run the water for 30 seconds before children came to school. However, school staff and community organizers said those rules were not consistently enforced. Many teachers said they were never told to run the water and that water filters, which need replacing every six months, had not been changed in five years. (WNYC, March 17)In 2002, when dangerously high lead levels were found in schools in Camden, N.J. — another poor, majority Black city — bottled water was provided at a cost of $75,000 a year. Fourteen years later, instead of the lead pipes being replaced, Camden students are still drinking bottled water. And now, Newark students and staff are getting bottled water for drinking and to prepare food in the cafeteria.Schools just tip of the icebergOlder housing units in Newark also have lead pipes or lead soldering within pipes, which leaches into the drinking water. Lead poisoning can also be caused by lead-based paint found in old housing units and in soil along highways, even though the U.S. banned leaded gasoline in 1996.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 24 million dwellings in the U.S. have deteriorated lead paint, which contaminates house dust. Eating lead paint chips is dangerous but swallowing or breathing contaminated dust or soil causes the most insidious lead poisoning. Once these small particles get into the body, they are easily absorbed.Children living in older housing are at greatest risk. In Newark, more than 30 percent of the housing was built before 1950. Levels of lead in paint were as high as 50 percent. Lead-based oil paint was banned for use in housing in 1971. (Childhood Lead Poisoning in New Jersey Annual Report, 2010)Monica Moorehead, Workers World 2016 presidential candidate and a New Jersey resident, points out that “Newark is the most populated city in New Jersey with the second-highest poverty rate.” Those with the lowest incomes live in the oldest housing, where their health is compromised by lead paint and pipes. People who are better off have moved to newer homes in the suburbs.Effects of lead poisoningChildren and developing fetuses are at the greatest risk of lead poisoning because their growing bodies absorb and retain lead more easily. Children with poor diets, lacking nutrients like calcium, absorb lead more easily. Each year in the United States, 310,000 children ages one to five years old test positive for unsafe levels of lead in their blood. (Kidshealth.org)Chronic exposure to small amounts of lead causes neurological and behavioral damage that may be irreversible: reduced IQ, shorter attention span and problems with social interactions. Lead poisoning also causes anemia, hypertension and problems with the renal (kidneys), immune and reproductive systems. High lead exposure can cause coma, convulsions and even death. Lead damage to red blood cells limits the amount of oxygen they can carry to organs and tissues.Lead is stored in teeth and bones, where it accumulates over time and may be released back into the blood during pregnancy, where it can be absorbed by the fetus. Most lead ends up in the bones, interfering with the production of blood cells and the absorption of calcium.Reparations and community controlDistricts and teachers are often blamed for children not performing well in school when, in fact, this problem can reflect the effects of lead poisoning, economic inequality, environmental racism and an imposition of state control. What’s needed is money for new housing and water pipes, and community control of the agencies that affect people’s lives.City Council member Eddie Osborne said Newark should act fast and hire an environmental consultant to perform the study, and that Newark residents “cannot wait for a state or federal agency to return our phone calls for answers.” He said, “We need our own consultants, our own access to data and solutions, and we need it now!” (NJ.com, March 21) nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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How Haiti helped build Philadelphia

first_imgJean-Jacques DessalinesThe wealth produced by enslaved Africans in Haiti, Guadeloupe and Martinique made French capitalists rich. Even before the 1789 bourgeois revolution, France had 3,000 miles of canals and the beginnings of industry.Haiti also helped build Philadelphia.The richest man in the United States from before 1810 to his death in 1831 was the Philadelphia shipowner and banker Stephen Girard. He made his wealth off the slave trade and by ripping off Asian countries while exploiting sailors mercilessly.Girard was the biggest shareholder in the Bank of the United States. After that bank’s charter expired, the miser launched the Girard Bank on May 12, 1812, with a capital of $1.2 million. The year before, the entire U.S. federal budget had been just $8 million. (Allen Schick, “The Federal Budget: Politics, Policy, Process”)Key to Girard’s rapid accumulation of loot was sending out two ships that were supposed to rescue slavemasters in Haiti. These tyrants had been defeated by the only successful slave revolution in history.Instead of saving their worthless lives by getting on Girard’s ships, these slavers were so greedy that they sent their gold plate and other valuables instead. Black Panther Party leader Dr. Huey P. Newton would have called them “avaricious.”Their delay in getting out of Haiti allowed the liberator Jean-Jacques Dessalines and the Haitian people to administer justice to these monsters. They never got to enjoy their luxuries or torture Africans again.Girard used the estimated $50,000 worth of valuables — equivalent to many millions today — to build ships that made big profits off Chinese tea and silks. He became one of the biggest Philadelphia landlords and subscribed $200,000 toward one of the first Pennsylvania railroads, the Danville and Pottsville.Karl Marx would have described Stephen Girard’s continual reinvestment of profits as “the process of capitalist ­accumulation.”Historian Joel A. Rogers claims that Girard actually stole much more money from Haiti. Rogers describes how Girard took $6 million from Haitian leader Toussaint Louverture, which Girard refused to return after Napoleon treacherously imprisoned Louverture.Girard also invested the wealth stolen from enslaved Africans in Pennsylvania canals and coal mining lands. By 1942, almost 120 million tons of anthracite coal had been mined from Girard’s thousands of acres. (James J. Raciti, “Girard: America’s Colonial Olympian”)Irish miners dug this coal, and 21 Irish miners — the “Molly Maguires” — were framed and executed for organizing a union. (Now Pennsylvania’s capitalist masters have jailed the MOVE 9 political prisoners for 38 years and are denying the innocent Mumia Abu-Jamal necessary medical care after trying to execute him.)By 1983, when it was gobbled up by the Mellon Bank — named after the billionaire family that controlled Alcoa, Gulf Oil and the city of Pittsburgh — the Girard Bank had 145 branches. (NY Times, Aug. 3, 1982) By 2016, its successor octopus, Bank of New York Mellon, had assets under management of $1.72 trillion.Whites-only charityLike other rich scoundrels, Girard was hailed as a great philanthropist after he died in 1831. The skinflint’s will endowed an orphanage — Girard College.Located on a 43-acre site in Philadelphia, this institution is today a boarding school for students from first to twelfth grades. Girard’s will called for only “poor white male orphans” to be admitted. This whites-only policy lasted for more than a century even through Girard College was located in the Black community of West Philadelphia.In 1966 Philadelphia NAACP leader Cecil B. Moore led a march of 1,800 people on Girard College’s 10-foot high walls to protest this apartheid. Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee executive secretary John Wilson called for Black people to “build a power base with which to take that school.”Also present was singer Billy Paul, whose later hit “Me and Mrs. Jones” topped the charts in 1972. Paul called for African Americans to “fight together.” (NY Times, Oct. 9, 1966)Because of this struggle the U.S. Supreme Court was forced to break Stephen Girard’s racist will. Girard College had to begin admitting Black students in 1968.Reparations now!The racist filth spewed by Trump against Haitians, Salvadorans and Africans is also hypocritical. Trump was glad to launder money for Haitian dictator “Baby Doc” Duvalier. (rawstory.com, Jan. 12)The riches produced by enslaved Africans working the sugar plantation death camps of Haiti and other Caribbean colonies jump-started the industrial revolution. The historian Eric Williams, who was the first prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago, proved this in his 1944 book, “Capitalism and Slavery.”Haiti’s stolen wealth lives on today as capital in the hands of bankers and billionaires from Wall Street to the Parisian Bourse to the City of London. Meanwhile, Haiti was actually forced to pay reparations to French slavemasters. The interest Haiti had to pay to banks from 1863 to 1947, on loans taken to pay these reparations, amounts to $20 billion U.S. today.Stephen Girard’s ships filled with gold weren’t the only example of U.S. bankers ripping off Haiti. U.S. Marines marched into the National Bank of Haiti in 1914 and stole $500,000. This loot was turned over to the National City Bank, now Citibank with assets of $1.8 trillion.Following the Marines’ bank heist, they stayed on in a brutal occupation of Haiti that lasted until 1934. Haitian leader Charlemagne Pėralte, who resisted this invasion, was assassinated by a U.S. Marine Corps officer who was given the Medal of Honor for this crime.NAACP leader James Weldon Johnson — who wrote the lyrics to the Black anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing”— declared that U.S. Marine Corps raids to round up Haitians to do unpaid road building “most closely resembled the African slave raids of past centuries.” (Scott Nearing and Joseph Freeman, “Dollar Diplomacy”)Now Trump has canceled Temporary Protective Status for Haitian and Salvadoran immigrants in the U.S. and is threatening to deport them. A massive struggle that includes the labor movement is needed to stop these deportations and to protect all immigrants. Part of this struggle is to demand reparations for Haiti.We look forward to people freeing the MOVE 9 and Mumia Abu-Jamal, and celebrating by renaming Philadelphia’s Girard Avenue, with its No. 15 streetcar line, Jean-Jacques Dessalines Avenue.The main source for this article  was “History of the Great American Fortunes” by Gustavus Myers.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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USDA Weighs Options on HSUS Lawsuit

first_img Meatingplace reports that USDA is looking into its options after a federal appeals court cleared the way for 2012 lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed by an Iowa hog farmer, the Humane Society of the United States and the group Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. A District Court had originally ruled that the legal challenge against USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack’s annual support of the Pork Checkoff’s “Pork: The Other White Meat” campaign from the National Pork Producers Council crossed the line in terms of potential legislative influence did not have legal standing, but that was overturned on Monday.A USDA spokesman told Meatingplace the “Court of Appeals’ decision was based on a procedural issue, and does not address the basic issue in the case that the assessments and expenditures by the National Pork Board were proper.” Facebook Twitter USDA Weighs Options on HSUS Lawsuit By Gary Truitt – Aug 20, 2015 Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Weighs Options on HSUS Lawsuit Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Previous articleWeekly Ethanol Production UnchangedNext articleRoundup Ready Plus® Challenge to Demonstrate Effectiveness and Value of Residual Herbicide Programs in Soybeans Gary Truittlast_img read more

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The109: Fort Worth police officer shot; one suspect dead, one in custody

first_imgIt’s official: Caylin Moore is a Rhodes Scholar Linkedin Linkedin Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Update: Suspect arrested in connection with death of TCC student Fort Worth police say Ed Russell McIver Jr. is one of the two suspects in the shooting of a Fort Worth police officer on March 15. The other suspect was shot to death.Police have asked residents in the area to stay in their homes and report anything suspicious. Any residents trying to get home to that two square mile radius will not be allowed back in until McIver is apprehended, Knight said. All Saints’ Episcopal School of Fort Worth, which is nearby, sent out an alert letting parents know that all after school activities had been cancelled.“We’re not going to leave until we find him,” Knight said.All Saints’ Episcopal School of Fort Worth, which is nearby, sent out an alert letting parents know that all after school activities had been cancelled.“There were a lot of cops,” said Christina Robinson, a witness of the car chase and shooting. “The [suspects] came around, and they were driving so fast.”Robinson said she knew “something bad had happened.”Earlier this month, Euless police officer David Hofer was shot and killed by Jorge Brian Gonzalez, 22, who had been released from jail four hours earlier.Israel Cano, Elizabeth Campbell and Sarah Breuner contributed to this story.  Kristen Weaver ReddIt Twitter ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ ReddIt Previous articleFour fun ways to spend spring break in CowtownNext articleThe “perfect” freshman Kristen Weaver RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Starting the conversation about eating disorders on campus TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless Facebook Kristen Weaver is a junior journalism and Spanish major from Plano, Texas, and a managing editor for the109. She is addicted to taking pictures of her food and petting any and every cat she can find. Facebook printCheck the109.org for updates on this breaking story. The second suspect in the shooting, Ed Russell McIver Jr., is in custody according to the Fort Worth Police Department.The outstanding suspect McIver JR is in custody without further incident. No other officers injured— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) March 16, 2016A Fort Worth police officer who sustained life-threatening injuries this afternoon is being treated at John Peter Smith Hospital.During a press conference at JPS Hospital, Mayor Betsy Price said she talked with the unnamed officer’s family and his wife said she is “holding up well.”The officer was shot during a chase with two suspects after a car chase due to a felony warrant ended at 2800 Longvue Ave this afternoon. The officer was shot multiple times and is in critical condition. The officer was airlifted to JPS Hospital and is in a level one trauma center.One suspect was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. Fort Worth police chief Joel Fitzgerald said “an  intensive manhunt” is going on for Ed Russell McIver Jr., 20. Fort Worth Officer Corporal Tracey Knight said the manhunt had been contained to a two-mile square area. Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods + posts Twitter Alum appearing on survival-style reality show ‘Stranded With a Million Dollars’ Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/last_img read more

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Need for strong and urgent Security Council action on Syria

first_img February 3, 2021 Find out more Please read the letter below: News September 30, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Need for strong and urgent Security Council action on Syria Eight human rights and advocacy organizations – Amnesty International, Avaaz, Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS), Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Human Rights Watch, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and United to End Genocide (formerly the Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur) – have sent a joint letter to all United Nations Security Council ambassadors urging them to support a strong resolution in the Security Council on the situation in Syria. After months of continuing human rights violations that very likely amount to crimes against humanity, it is necessary for the Security Council urgently to take formal action. News News Dear Ambassador,We, the eight human rights and advocacy organizations below, write to urge you to support a strong resolution in the Security Council on the situation in Syria. After months of ongoing human rights violations that very likely amount to crimes against humanity, it is necessary for the Security Council urgently to take formal action.Since mass protests began in mid-March, the United Nations has estimated at least 2600 civilians have been killed across Syria, the majority of them protesters and local residents shot with live ammunition by the security forces and army. Thousands of others have been arrested or held incommunicado at unknown locations where torture is reported to be rife. Over 100 people have reportedly died in detention in highly suspicious circumstances.We strongly urge Security Council members to support a resolution that, at the very least:- Calls on the Syrian authorities to uphold their responsibility to protect and immediately cease systematic killing, use of torture and unlawful detention of civilians.- Demands that Syria abide by its international obligations to respect fundamental human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression and association.- Demands that Syria cooperate fully with the international Commission of Inquiry created by the Human Rights Council, and provide it with immediate and unfettered access, especially to places of detention.- Demands access for humanitarian missions, foreign independent media and independent human rights organizations and for the release of detained human rights defenders and journalists.- Clearly states that those individuals that have committed crimes must be held accountable.- Requires states to prevent the delivery of weapons to Syria.- Articulates that there will be consequences if the Syrian regime fails to comply with the Security Council measures.Many bilateral, regional, and multilateral diplomatic efforts have failed to change Syria’s approach: government forces have continued to kill, arbitrarily detain and torture peaceful protesters. It is therefore incumbent upon the Security Council to do more than merely condemn the violence in Syria. At a minimum, in order to be effective, any Security Council resolution should contain the elements outlined above. During the recent UN General Assembly Debate, a wide cross-section of member states expressed concern about Syria. Strong action from the Council will bolster its credibility in the face of ongoing violations.If we can provide you with any more detailed information please let us know.Sincerely,- Amnesty International – Avaaz – Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) – Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect – Human Rights Watch – International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) – United to End Genocide (formerly the Genocide Intervention Network and Save Darfur) SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Follow the news on Syria RSF_en March 12, 2021 Find out more to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Related documents Need for strong and urgent Security Council action on SyriaPDF – 320.55 KB Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 8, 2021 Find out more News SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime lawlast_img read more

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Prosecutors violate online free expression to protect copyright

first_img TurkeyEurope – Central Asia October 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prosecutors violate online free expression to protect copyright News Organisation Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit News RSF_en Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img Follow the news on Turkey Reporters Without Borders welcomes the unblocking of the social-networking website MySpace and the video-sharing website Akilli.tv on 6 October after their representatives resolved disputes with the Turkish Record Industry Association. Two other websites that refuse to comply with the association’s demands, Lastfm.com.tr and YouTube, continue to be blocked.A total of 1,309 websites have been rendered inaccessible by the Telecommunications Directorate since November 2007 as a result of an administrative decision or, in 270 of these cases, as a result of a judicial decision.“It is unacceptable that an administrative authority alone can decide to block a website,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Freedom of expression is extremely important. When it is at stake, the intervention of a judge should be necessary. Only a court decision is legitimate. We therefore call for the immediate unblocking of all the censored websites.”They have been blocked under Law 5651 on “the organisation of online publications and combating offences committed by means of such publications.” It allows prosecutors to block access if a site’s content is deemed liable to incite suicide, paedophilia, drug abuse, obscenity or prostitution, or violate a 1951 law forbidding any attacks on the Turkish republic’s founder, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.Banning sites of a pornographic or paedophile nature or those that promote drug abuse is obviously justifiable but banning sites (or any other communication medium) because of content that is in some way critical of Atatürk violates free expression. As Atatürk is dead, he cannot be deemed to have sustained moral damage.If the aim is to punish attacks on what Atatürk represents as founder of the country’s institutions, Turkey should remember that, as a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights, it cannot punish the expression of views just because they clash or conflict with mainstream opinion. It must tolerate all views, including political ones, as well as criticism of the state (European Court of Human Rights, Handyside v. UK, December 1976).Rather than offering porn or promoting drug abuse, many of the 1,039 blocked websites are social-networking sites, or places where Internet users can go to read about or discuss matters of a political or cultural nature.In Turkey, 65% of the population never had access to Internet. Turkey is ranked 102nd out of 173 countries in the 2008 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.———————————————————————23.09.2009 – Prosecutors violate online free expression to protect copyrightThe social networking website MySpace has been blocked in Turkey since 19 September over a copyright dispute. Anyone trying to visit the site sees a message saying access has been blocked by order 2009/45, issued on 26 June by the prosecutor of the Istanbul district of Beyoglu. Two other sites, Lastfm.com.tr and Akilli.tv, have been blocked by the same order.“Copyright is often used as grounds for censoring the Internet,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But blocking websites is a disproportionate sanction that violates online free expression. “Withdrawing the content that violates copyright would suffice. Censorship is a common reflex in Turkey and we condemn it strongly.”Yaman Akdeniz, a law professor at Istanbul’s Bilgi University, told Reporters Without Borders: “Measures are taken against the Internet as if this was still the era of the dinosaurs.”Disconnecting access to a website on the orders of a prosecutor rather a judge is a violation of the European Convention on Human Rights, which Turkey has signed.Many European countries, including France, are look at the possibility of suspending the Internet connections of those who illegally download content protected by copyright. While the desire to protect literary and artistic creation is understandable, Reporters Without Borders believes such measures would constitute an unacceptable restriction of online freedom of expression.The press freedom organisation urges the Turkish government to amend law 5651 governing offenses committed online in order to reconcile it with the need to respect free expression in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights.The video-sharing website YouTube has been inaccessible since May 2008 in Turkey, which is ranked 102nd out of 173 countries in the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. April 28, 2021 Find out more TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law April 2, 2021 Find out more News April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Pasadena Museum of History Honors 2013 Contemporary History Makers

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REYNOLDS/JOANNE WILBORN/MARLYN WOO Published on Monday, October 14, 2013 | 4:41 pm More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. On Saturday, September 28, Pasadena Museum of History celebrated the achievements of its 2013 Contemporary History Maker honorees at a festive benefit dinner and silent auction in the museum’s Fenyes Estate gardens. Hahn & Hahn LLP, the Dorothy Trask Clune Murray Foundation, Nat B. Read, and Marilyn & Jud Roberts joined an elite roster of individuals and organizations honored with this designation since the award was inaugurated in 2000. A Contemporary History Maker is defined as an individual, business, or corporation whose civic passion, innovative design, or charitable interests continue to shape Pasadena’s unique and rich heritage.The black tie soiree featured a gourmet dinner created by Chef Joachim Splichal of Patina Restaurant Group and a quartet of outstanding wines selected by Guest Sommelier Chris Meeske of Mission Wines (South Pasadena) with assistance from the event’s Sommelier Sponsor, Lagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruse LLP. More than 250 guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres:• Blini with smoked salmon, lemon crème fraiche• Beef sirloin crostini, tapenade, Parmigiano-Reggiano, baby arugula• Brioche, goat cheese, grilled pear chutney• Bamboo-spiked king trumpet mushrooms, garlic, parsley• Farinettes – roasted chicken, shallot and blue cheese griddle cakesand cocktails, including the specially-selected wines (2012 Domaine Sigalas, Assyrtiko/Athiri, Santorini, Greece; 2012 Meiomi, Pinot Noir, Monterey, Santa Barbara & Sonoma Counties) during the reception and silent auction prior to dinner. The dinner menu featured:• A starter of roasted beets, aged goat cheese and hazelnut-cavolo nero pesto on little gem lettuce with shaved black bread, paired with a 2012 Francois Chidaie, Touraine Sauvignon, Val de Loire, France• The entrée of braised short rib with red wine reduction & fennel pollen accompanied by potato confit, rainbow chard, & caramelized French butter pear, paired with a 2010 Bodega, Teso La Monja Romanico, Temperanillo, Toro, Spain.• Dessert was a decadent triple chocolate mousse cake with crème brulee center served with caramel sauce & hazelnut crisp.Biographies of the 2013 HonoreesHahn & Hahn LLPFounded in 1899, Hahn & Hahn LLP is one of the oldest law firms in California and is the largest general practice firm in Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley. The firm retains its century-old tradition of commitment to intellectual and professional excellence and unsurpassed integrity in the practice of law. At the same time our practice reflects the vitality of the rapidly evolving Pasadena community of which the firm is an integral part.Dorothy Trask Clune Murray FoundationBegun in the early 1970s, the Dorothy Trask Clune Murray Foundation supports Pasadena public education, leadership, health, and museums under the leadership of trustees Jim B. Boyle, Jr., A. William Olson, and Edward O. Robinson. The Foundation has been a major donor to the Museum for more than fifteen years.Nat B. ReadNat Read is a public relations practitioner, author, songwriter, and stand-up comic. Through his public relations consultancy, Read Communications, he provides counsel on government relations and crisis management. He is the author of Don Benito Wilson: From Mountain Man to Mayor, Los Angeles 1841 to 1878; The Jonathan Club Story; and Poet Cop. Nat served on the Museum’s Board of Trustees in the eighties.Marilyn & Jud RobertsEnriching the local community through their philanthropic endeavors and volunteerism, long-time patrons Marilyn and Jud Roberts hold a dear place at PMH. Marilyn is the author of A Journalist’s Journey: Harold Norwood Hubbard, which features oral histories from her father’s life. Their recent donation and cataloging of Hal Hubbard’s papers is avaluable addition to the Museum’s collections.Sponsors & PatronsChartreuse SponsorsAvery DennisonHahn & Hahn LLPWells Fargo Private BankSommelier SponsorLagerlof, Senecal, Gosney & Kruze LLPMarketing SponsorsTHE DREAMS MagazinePasadena Now.comEvent SponsorsPatina CateringMission WinesYour Great EventOleg CassiniFuchsia SponsorsJohn & Helen BaatzCity of Pasadena City Manager’s Office & Department of Libraries & InformationKaren & Steve CraigWendy Funkhouser & Jim WilliamsLegacy PartnersAmy & Johannes MassererDon & Nancy McIntyreDr. Dennis O’Leary & Linda Davis-O’LearyPasadena City College FoundationNat B. ReadMarilyn & Jud RobertsLaura & Jon ThompsonBill & Carol ThomsonPasadena Tournament of RosesAquamarine PatronsAnonymousJulie GallantRon & Nadya GustafsonRuss & Norma HanlinDr. & Mrs. Michael KadinSteve & Helen KersteinChuck LivingstoneJay & Penny LuscheJoyce McGilvrayPenny PlotkinRosemary SimmonsElizabeth Smalley, M.D. & Garth GilpinStanislawski & Co., CPAsSid & Betsey TylerJim WattersonJudy & Randy WilsonMaria Low WayList as of 9/28/13For additional information, please visit www.pasadenahistory.org or call (626) 577-1660.last_img read more

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