Access Bank Ghana (ACCESS.gh) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgAccess Bank Ghana (ACCESS.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Access Bank Ghana (ACCESS.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Access Bank Ghana (ACCESS.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Access Bank Ghana (ACCESS.gh)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileAccess Bank Ghana is a leading financial institution in Ghana providing banking products and services for the institutional, commercial, business banking, treasury and personal banking segments. Its product offering ranges from current and savings accounts to vehicle and personal loans, banking services for women and private individuals, funds transfers and cardless banking. Access Bank Ghana provides relationship management services for corporate clients as well as corporate and structured finance services and investment and asset management services. Other services offered relate to cash management, trade finance, LPO financing, receivables discounting, leasing services and other major business transactions. The company is a subsidiary of Access Bank Plc. It operates 132 branches in the major towns and cities of Ghana, and has its headquarters in the capital city, Accra. Access Bank Ghana is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

With Royal Mail shares this low, is now the time to buy?

first_img 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images. Rachael FitzGerald-Finch | Saturday, 2nd May, 2020 | More on: RMG Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) shares are at all-time lows. The postal and courier firm, a favourite among some value investors, is looking cheap. But I’m not convinced it’s a good buy for your ISA.The coronavirus-induced market crash floored the FTSE 250 firm’s share price, at 124p, at the beginning of April. It has since made some gains, but it remains 74% lower than its 2018 peak of 598p. Moreover, 65% of the Royal Mail share price crash occurred in 2018–19, before the pandemic.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…Although share price is no substitute for value, a sustained price drop of this size could indicate a struggling company. Despite this, Citigroup has just upgraded Royal Mail’s stock. What prompted this change of view?Rare double upgrade on Royal Mail sharesCitigroup decided Royal Mail shares are worth a rare double upgrade. This means that their analysts changed the ‘sell’ recommendation to a ‘buy’, bypassing ‘hold’.Apparently, this bullish decision is because of the soaring number of parcels sent during the coronavirus lockdown period. Royal Mail accounts for about half of all the parcel delivery in the UK. Citigroup analysts believe Royal Mail profits may surge up to 400% higher than currently forecast. This is a huge change, reflecting the firm making the most of short-term opportunities.Moreover, with Royal Mail shares being battered this year, some analysts believe the group is currently undervalued. Citigroup is giving the stock a fair value of around 210p.  The downsidesRoyal Mail stock is beginning to climb. However, I think some of this rise is because of Citi’s upgrade. Indeed, this is one of the problems of buying a stock that’s just been upgraded. The new price already includes the market feeling about the business. It’s likely that Royal Mail stock is already close to being fairly valued.Moreover, it is not likely that the increased business due to the coronavirus lockdown will be sustained. Prior to this period, pending postal worker strike action and falling volumes in letter delivery was affecting profits. Royal Mail has recently announced it will be stopping Saturday letter deliveries too. Apparently, staff do not feel adequately protected and have placed pressure on managers to do more to resolve this. Perhaps the decision is justifiable on health grounds or indeed for cost-cutting measures. However, halting the Saturday delivery service may reduce letter volume delivery even further; letters are core business. In addition, Royal Mail’s dividend yield was looking to be increasingly unsustainable. It sat at just over 15% before the company wisely scrapped it. Although the firm can now claim to have cancelled it in line with other large businesses, it was unaffordable prior to the stock market crash.Royal Mail stock is currently trading around 173p. This is below Citi’s 210p estimate, which could indicate the firm has more value to provide its investors. However, prospects for Royal Mail’s business were not great before the crash. Royal Mail is struggling with newer and more innovative competitors and persistent threats of staff industrial action. Until it shows it can compete, I will not be buying, despite the low price. 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. Rachael FitzGerald-Finch has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares With Royal Mail shares this low, is now the time to buy? “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Rachael FitzGerald-Finch 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. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Opinion: Is rugby heading towards a hire and fire culture?

first_img It is human nature that the flaws we see most commonly in others are simply reflections of our own failings. In no regard is this more relevant than in how we, as rugby fans, writers and players, often see football.Rugby’s self-appointed moral guardians will boo and hiss when their beloved sport takes a perceived step towards it’s sinister round-balled cousin and though they will treat football like a spectre looming over the honourable and dignified sport of rugby union, it’s often little more than a manifestation of rugby’s own inadequacy complex.Football dominates the sporting landscape and boasts commercial appeal and popularity that rugby cannot even begin to dream of matching and as such, any contrasts or comparisons made with derision towards football are, more often than not, negligible. There is, however, one aspect of football that rugby should be treading lightly around. It is something which seems to be in vogue within the Aviva Premiership currently and that is a hiring and firing culture with coaches.Backs against the wall: Andy Robinson was shown the door by BristolSwansea City recently made the headlines, dispensing with the services of manager Bob Bradley after just 85 days in charge and whilst this represents the more radical and reactionary of approaches within football, it is something regularly seen throughout the season, with owners demanding instant results and lacking the patience – or willingness to underwrite financial losses – to allow managers to develop long-term plans.The 2016-17 Premiership season has already seen Bristol part ways with their director of rugby Andy Robinson after just 10 games, Northampton Saints showed backs coach Alex King the door and, most recently, Leicester Tigers sacked Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill, who had been in-post since 2009. Let’s not also forget Mike Ford’s dismissal from Bath in the past close season, coming just one season removed from Ford having guided the club to a Premiership final.Fear of relegation back to the Greene King IPA Championship, a competition they have less than fond memories of, spurred Bristol into action, whilst the rising and ever-more difficult to achieve standards of excellence within the Premiership prompted the two East Midlands clubs to make their respective moves.Leicester, the long-time poster boys of English rugby, are not accustomed to being second, third or even fourth best in the Premiership and with the rises to prominence of Saracens, Bath and Exeter and a resurgent Wasps, it can be argued that they have gone a step further and fallen completely out of that top third of the league.Under pressure: Jim Mallinder knows results need to pick up at Franklin’s GardensAs for Northampton, they may not have the pedigree at the very top that Leicester do, but they have enjoyed fruitful years since their return to the Premiership in 2008 and being rooted in the bottom half of the table clearly doesn’t appease the fans or board alike.The fact is, the Premiership only has space for 12 teams. Ten years ago, the competition was, largely, a two-horse race between Leicester and Wasps. Sale Sharks, Harlequins and Northampton have all had their moments but there was an established status-quo in the league and the ambition of the owners was in line with the financial realities of Premiership as it was then.Times change, however. Increased funding, via owners, club-country agreements and television deals, have seen clubs that couldn’t previously match the depth of the Leicester squad able to compete in that area and Tigers’ ability to sell-out the 26,000-capacity Welford Road no longer equates to a divine right to sit among the top four in the Premiership.Only four teams can make the playoffs. Only six teams can qualify for the European Rugby Champions Cup.Top of the class: Not every side can replicate Saracens’ successful templateThe unfortunate truth is that the top eight or nine clubs in the Premiership will all see themselves as clubs that should be competing at the very top and whilst that ambition is to be applauded, it needs to be tempered with realism. The demand for instant success in the Premier League – as well as most other top-flight European football leagues – is unquenchable and rugby cannot afford to walk down that same path. The pool of coaches isn’t big enough, for one.If the owners of the bigger, more established Premiership clubs begin to get itchy trigger fingers every time their club strays outside of the top four or top six, the long-term damage dealt to the players and the clubs could well outweigh the positives of bringing in a new face. Of course, clubs have the right to be unhappy with the direction they are heading in and look to someone else to provide fresh impetus and a new philosophy, but they cannot afford to be reactionary and that is what this current season has bordered upon. And let’s not fool ourselves that Cockerill is likely the last coaching casualty of the season.Northampton have already issued a statement on their poor run of form this season – never a good sign for a coach – and there is clearly heat on Jim Mallinder at Franklin’s Gardens, whilst speculation is rife that Gloucester could be looking for a new Director of Rugby should Mohed Altrad complete his takeover of the club. As for now relegation-threatened Sale, head honcho Steve Diamond’s position on the club’s board offers him a little more job security than most, but that has not stopped the rumour mill from mooting his successor.Ready for a scrap: Steve Diamond knows Sale are in a relegation dogfightThe likes of Saracens, Wasps and Exeter have all deferred instant gratification in the recent history and are enjoying their fair share of long-term satisfaction as a result. They have proven to be coaching models that other clubs should aspire to, whilst Gloucester’s form in the post-Dean Ryan era has proven a strong case study that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.Maybe Bristol needed to shake things up to ensure Premiership survival, rather than giving Robinson more time with a squad still adapting to new arrivals. Maybe Northampton’s lacklustre back play was a result of King – a man linked with an England role not 12 months ago – and not a lack of investment in recent seasons. Maybe Cockerill’s credit in the bank was all spent, despite having guided the club to three Premiership titles, two further finals and playoff appearances in all eight of his seasons in charge, not to mention a Heineken Cup final.It’s not endemic to England, either, but with the constant threat of relegation and ever-improving standards across the league making it harder to fulfil all clubs’ trophy and European ambitions, it is potentially the beginning of a worrying trend. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS In the line of fire: Richard Cockerill has paid for his side’s poor form center_img With Leicester Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill shown the door at Welford Road and a number of big-name coaches under pressure, is rugby’s culture changing irrevocably? Rugby club owners have the final say and given it’s their money on the line, no one would begrudge them that but unless there’s a clear plan in place as to how the team will improve following the firing of the coach, it’s simply adding fuel to the fire. Football isn’t the enemy, but it’s impatient attitude towards coaches could be.last_img read more

El CMI pide que Pentecostés sea una jornada mundial de…

first_img Rector Hopkinsville, KY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events [Episcopal News Service] Los episcopales están invitados a participar este día de Pentecostés en una campaña mundial de oración para pedir por la paz en Tierra Santa.El Consejo Mundial de Iglesias, mediante una campaña titulada “, “Ven espíritu de la paz: Día internacional de oración por la paz justa en Tierra Santa”, llama a los cristianos de todas partes a unirse en oración los días 4 y 5 de junio, mediante la asistencia a sus servicios de culto en Jerusalén, celebrando oficios en sus parroquias locales o compartiendo oraciones individuales en las redes sociales.“Invitamos a los cristianos de todo el mundo a compartir nuestro testimonio de unidad y a dedicar este momento a enfocarse en las oraciones por la paz en Tierra Santa”, dijo el Rdo. Olav Fykse Tveit, secretario general de la organización ecuménica, en un comunicado de prensa. “Nuestro propósito es lograr que este momento de oración sea verdaderamente participativo”.El culto principal de la campaña de oración tendrá lugar a las 11 A.M. del 5 de junio, el lunes de Pentecostés, en el monte Sión de Jerusalén. Después de eso, en una sesión en la abadía de la Dormición, los participantes compartirán detalles de su quehacer a favor de la paz en Tierra Santa.Para los que no puedan viajar a Jerusalén, el Consejo Mundial de Iglesias ha facilitado la participación desde los distintos países al brindar un orden de culto en varios idiomas, el cual puede incorporarse en la liturgia de Pentecostés o en oficios separados, dijo el Rdo. Robert Edmunds, funcionario encargado de asociación con el Oriente Medio de la Iglesia Episcopal.“Es magnífico decir oremos por la paz en Tierra Santa, pero proporcionar los recursos y las herramientas para llevar ese mensaje a varias parroquias en el país y en la Iglesia, es de gran valor”, dijo Edmunds a Episcopal News Service.Pentecostés tal como se describe en los Hechos de los Apóstoles es el día en que un viento fuerte trajo “lenguas de fuego” que capacitaron a los discípulos de Jesús para comunicar el mensaje del evangelio a otras personas en sus lenguas nativas.La campaña de oración tiene lugar mientras Israel se prepara para conmemorar 50 años  de la guerra de 1967 que resultó en la toma de Jerusalén oriental. Israel suele conmemorar el aniversario como una celebración de la unificación de la ciudad santa, mientras los palestinos lo ven como el comienzo de la ocupación israelí.El  estancado proceso de paz israelí-palestino también ha estado recientemente en las noticias porque el presidente Donald Trump, que visitó Jerusalén esta semana en su primer viaje al extranjero como presidente, promedió tener éxito donde sus predecesores habían fracasado.“Hacer las paces, sin embargo, no será fácil. Todos sabemos eso. Ambas partes tendrán que enfrentar decisiones difíciles. Pero con determinación, avenimiento y la creencia que la paz es posible, israelíes y palestinos pueden llegar a un acuerdo”, dijo Trump el 23 de mayo en un discurso en Jerusalén luego de reunirse con el primer ministro israelí Benjamin Netanyahu y, separadamente, con el presidente palestino Mahmoud Abbas.Edmunds dijo que él ve la importancia de la campaña de Oración del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias en el contexto de la violencia a través de la región, desde Siria a Irak y Yemen, y en particular la violencia que se dirige contra los cristianos.“Todos estos lugares han presenciado una devastación terrible”, dijo Edmunds. “Cualquier cosa que podamos hacer para hacer que se piense en la paz en vez de pensar en la guerra es algo positivo. Es distanciar los corazones de la violencia”.La campaña también está compilando oraciones que las personas envían por email y cuelgan en las redes sociales con la etiqueta [hashtag] #SpiritofPeace. La oración online será en directo, añadiéndose las últimas oraciones por la paz.“Alzaremos nuestras voces para cantar, nuestros pies danzarán dondequiera que haya señales de vida en torno nuestro”, dice un mensaje de Twitter del Consejo Mundial de Iglesias que ha sido retransmitido varias veces. Rector Bath, NC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Washington, DC Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Collierville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem El CMI pide que Pentecostés sea una jornada mundial de oración por la paz en Tierra Santa Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Por David PaulsenPosted May 25, 2017 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Tampa, FL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC center_img Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest La Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal ha expresado su apoyo a la paz en la región durante décadas. Como un ejemplo, una resolución de 2012 buscaba “reafirmar el compromiso de esta Iglesia con una solución negociada de dos estados en la cual un Estado de Israel seguro y universalmente reconocido viva junto a un estado libre, viable y seguro para el pueblo palestino, con una Jerusalén compartida como la capital de ambos”.Y en una resolución de 2015, la Iglesia se comprometía a ser “un agente de reconciliación y de justicia restauradora en Tierra Santa mediante la promoción del diálogo y la financiación de la infraestructura y de ministerios que edifiquen la paz en Palestina e Israel a través de la Diócesis Episcopal de Jerusalén y el Oriente Medio”.La fiesta de Pentecostés que se celebra [este año] el 4 de junio es una ocasión ideal para que los cristianos de todas las denominaciones y lenguas participen en este empeño, dijo Edmunds.“Cuan apropiado es eso para Pentecostés —un día en que las personas entendieron lo que se decía aunque las lenguas en ese momento… fuesen muchas”, subrayó él.David Paulsen es redactor y reportero de Episcopal News Service. Pueden dirigirse a él a [email protected] Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Rector Martinsville, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Rector Albany, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israellast_img read more

Outstanding new video shows how cult hero Matt Dunning was the prop every prop wishes they could be

first_imgFriday Jun 26, 2020 Outstanding new video shows how cult hero Matt Dunning was the prop every prop wishes they could be The guys from rugby.com.au have put together this great new video showing just a few of former Waratahs prop Matt Dunning’s more famous moments in action. ADVERTISEMENTThe Wallabies prop played Test rugby between 2003 and 2009, picking up 45 caps in the process to add to his 90 caps for the Waratahs in Super Rugby.He was a tough competitor and clearly was unique for his position, as he could not only carry his formidable weight up front but also had the skills to match the backs, famously picking up intercepts, handling the ball and even slotting a drop goal.The moment has been played in countless highlights clips, going down as one of the more peculiar things to have happened on a rugby field.The most amusing part was not that it was a prop slotting a perfect drop goal. It was that in that particular game, the Waratahs needed to win the game by 2 tries to advance to the semi finals.In other words, they were meant to be keeping the ball in hand, not kicking it.The story goes that Dunning apparently meant for the drop goal to miss, thus giving his team the penalty (which they’d use to score a try). However, he slotted it perfectly, and as a result lost the attacking opportunity.ADVERTISEMENTThe Waratahs won the game 25-14, but it wasn’t enough to get into the semi-finals.Many in the team reportedly then embarked on a 48-hour bender which saw Dunning break teammate Tuiavii’s nose, crash tackle other players, harass a cab driver and annoy members of the public.credit: rugby.com.auADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

PTF to launch telephone ‘equivalent’ of face-to-face

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis PTF to launch telephone ‘equivalent’ of face-to-face Telephone fundraising agency PTF says that it will launch a telephone-based “alternative” to face-to-face and door-to-door fundraising.The company says that it will recruit donors using paperless direct debit on a pay-per-donor basis, like face-to-face fundraising. Charities will only pay for each donation secured.Read Telephone alternative to F2F unveiled by PTF at Professional Fundraising magazine. Advertisement  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Howard Lake | 14 August 2002 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Opportunity to fundraise under Trafalgar Square Christmas tree

first_img  43 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Opportunity to fundraise under Trafalgar Square Christmas tree AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The free programme of carol singing runs from 4 December to Christmas Eve and is open to all Londoners and visitors to London.The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said: “The Trafalgar Square Christmas tree is a gift every year from the people of Norway and creates one of the most magical and iconic images of this city. Londoners who sing around the Christmas tree are contributing to a great tradition, as well as being able to raise money for good causes.”Groups wishing to take part in the carol singing programme should contact the Squares Management team at the Greater London Authority on 020 7983 4234/4813.Groups who have already booked for a one- or two-hour slot include Amnesty International, Sense, Darrent Valley Choir, Deptford Methodist Church, Ealing Youth Choir, Sutton and Merton Polio Fellowship, Simon Community, and Epilepsy Action.center_img Tagged with: Events Trading If your voluntary group can muster a decent group of carol singers you could secure a slot to perform and hold a collection under the Christmas tree in London’s Trafalgar Square next month.The Greater London Authority is inviting groups of carol singers to perform in Trafalgar Square in the run-up to Christmas and to raise funds for their charity or voluntary organisation.Groups perform throughout December under the tree, which is a gift to Londoners from the people of Norway. Advertisement Howard Lake | 24 November 2004 | Newslast_img read more

Anti-racist, anti-capitalist: Boston Pride in protest

first_imgOrlando, Fla. Pulse survivors in Boston.Mesha Caldwell, 41 years old. Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, 28. JoJo Striker, 23. Keke ­Collier, 24. Chyna Gibson, 31. Ciara McElveen, 21. Jaquarrius Holland, 18. Alphonza Watson, 38. Chay Reed, 29. Mx. Bostick, 59. Sherrell Faulkner, 46. Kenne McFadden, 27. Presente!Bigger-than-life photos of the 12 trans people of color reported murdered so far in the U.S. in 2017 were hoisted as their names were shouted out to a crowd of thousands during a coordinated disruption of the Boston Pride Parade on June 10.“Marsha P. Johnson has a big puppet here honoring her,” legal observer Jasmine Gomez reported over social media as she filmed the disruption. “She was the first Black trans woman ever asked to lead a Pride parade, and she is taking over now and just got in front of [Boston Mayor] Marty Walsh!”The disruption was planned by groups that included the Network/La Red, Stonewall Warriors, Workers World Party, National Lawyers Guild and others.Activists at the front of the march risked arrest to confront spectators with reminders of the staggering rate of violence that trans women of color face. Stonewall Warriors and WWP organizers also created space, under the umbrella of a “QTPoC Liberation/Anti-Capitalist Contingent,” for broad multinational, multigenerational participation in the Boston Pride Parade.The outspoken revolutionary youth who joined Stonewall Warriors to help organize the contingent drafted a call for an anti-racist, anti-capitalist protest at the 2017 Boston Pride Parade. Their leaflet identified four demands designed to honor “the riot that made the parade” — the historic Stonewall Rebellion of June 1969 in New York City.‘The riot that made the parade’The Stonewall Rebellion was a fightback against daily police repression of drag queens and trans and queer people, mostly people of color. The Stonewall Rebellion is the single event most widely seen as having ushered in a mass struggle movement across the U.S. and around the world for “gay liberation.”Out of that uprising, trans leaders Sylvia Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson (whose pictures were carried along with those murdered in 2017) created living connections to other historic liberation movements of the time: the Black Power struggle, the Puerto Rican anti-colonial movement, the Native peoples’ uprising, the women’s movement and the upsurge against the Vietnam War.In the spirit of the example set by Rivera and Johnson, Stonewall Warriors’ four demands called for official 2017 Pride events to stop sidelining radical and revolutionary Black community participation; for Pride to officially speak out against the rash of recent trans murders; for an end to Pride’s lucrative sponsorships from companies that profit off prisons, colonial debt and desecration of Native land; and for a ban on all police and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents at Pride events.Hundreds of people of trans, queer, enby, intersex, two-spirit, pansexual, disabled, ace, bisexual and other identities answered that call and turned out ready to take to the streets on June 10.Pride in protestEverywhere along the sidewalks as they assembled, the group encountered an older generation of parade-goers who welcomed them with the same sentiment: “It’s about time that Pride was a protest again!”Diva T. Williams, one of the group’s key organizers, emceed a spirited and combative march that delivered on the promise of a genuine alternative to the increasingly corporate annual Pride event.Recognizing the union locals of health care workers and teachers marching directly in front of the group, the contingent stepped off with union solidarity, chanting “Who’s got the power? Workers got the power!” and “Donald Trump, we say No! Union bustings got to go!”Armed with militant determination to return Pride to its roots as a political force for advancing struggles of the most marginalized, Williams and others led the crowd in chants calling for an end to solitary confinement for incarcerated trans people, housing for LGBTQ youth and an end to both the deportations of immigrant Black and Brown people and the murders of trans women of color.As the train of protest wound its way through Boston streets, the marchers encouraged spectators to consider that the logo-branded trinkets handed out by the banks and corporations represented oil money, violations of Native sovereignty and prisons for profit — not Pride.“Put it in the trash!” marchers urged spectators. Cheers erupted when a parade-watcher threw her Bank of America plastic fan in a garbage can.Making its final turn onto Government Plaza, the loud, proud contingent boomed a hearty, sustained chorus of “The people, united, will never be defeated!” and “Long live the spirit of the Stonewall Rebellion!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

For a free, independent and democratic Afghanistan

first_img Organisation to go further Receive email alerts AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says Afghan organizations and Reporters Without Borders call for a clear commitment from Bonn conference to support freedom of expression and information. News RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Help by sharing this information March 11, 2021 Find out more May 3, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Follow the news on Afghanistan A decade after the removal of the Taliban government, journalists’ unions and organizations that support open media in Afghanistan, together with Reporters Without Borders, call on the Kabul government and international diplomats to give a clear commitment to freedom of speech and information, as delegates prepare for the second international conference on the country’s future in Bonn next month. Afghanistan has never had more news outlets, with 200 print media, 44 television stations, 141 radio stations and at least eight news agencies.On the other hand, in the past decade it has witnessed growing violence against news organizations and journalists.Unions and organizations that support open media, and Reporters Without Borders, recorded hundreds of cases of such violence between 2001 and 2011. The largest number – 85 – took place in 2009, most of them in the provinces of Kabul, Herat and Helmand.Some of provinces in the south and east of the country are no-go areas for journalists since they are controlled by the Taliban who restrict journalistic activities.We believe, and the experience of the past 10 years has proved, that without a free media and without a climate in which journalists can carry out their work in safety, we cannot protect peace, security and freedom.Never before in Afghanistan’s history have its people had so much free access to information provided by Afghans for Afghans. However, these gains are under daily threat.Today, the enemies of free speech among the senior ranks of the government in most parts of the country want to abolish this constitutional right that was won by the blood of the people. A lack of transparency in peace efforts, secret talks with super powers and the concealment of their outcome from the people raise the worrying prospect of a future where democracy and freedom, the cornerstones of permanent peace, are sacrificed for short-term gains based on deals reached behind closed doors.News organizations are under serious threat, not only from the Taliban who are about to regain power as a result of strategic mistakes by the international military forces and the corruption and incompetence of the government, but also from local and national government officials and some Islamist clerics with ties to the government.The silence of President Hamid Karzai on the actions of the authorities and organizations that violate freedom of speech and information is a cause of concern.This is particularly true since Karzai would rather heed the views and advice of fundamentalists and those who do not believe in freedom of speech and information than to listen to journalists’ unions and media organizations.This leads us to believe that the muzzling of the free press that we see in Afghanistan is part of a plan to prepare for the return to power of the Taliban.The organizations that want a free and diverse media and Reporters Without Borders believe that peace and coexistence will be achieved only with the full participation of society. In the past decade, bureaucratic decisions and efforts have been carried out in defiance of the people as a result of restrictions on media freedom.How can corruption, growing poverty, prostitution and bribery be effectively combated without media organizations to keep the people informed?Censorship and self-censorship imposed by the Taliban, warlords, drug traffickers and government institutions have led to the present state of affairs.In the past 10 years, the independent media have not succeeded in bringing about any change in the system. It would have been more effective and less costly to have given the media the chance to campaign against corruption, the power of the warlords and drug trafficking and for the rule of law, reform of the judicial system and good governance. It is still not too late.The use of violence and illegal restrictions, as well as the constant threat of being branded as heretics, have been the main weapons used against journalists in recent times. As organizations that support journalists and the media in Afghanistan, we urge the authorities to put an end to the practice of harassing and discriminating against journalists on the basis of religious belief or racial or tribal affiliation.In the past decade, Afghan journalists have paid a high price for their activities. Sixteen have been killed and so far no-one has been brought to justice in any of these cases.The killers of Zakia Zaki, the owner of the radio station Radio Peace, BBC reporter Abdul Samad Rohani, who also worked for the Afghan news agency Pajhwok, and Jawed Ahmad, a freelance journalist who worked for the Canadian network CTV, have not been indentified and punished.The failure of the Afghan police and judicial authorities to arrest and punish those responsible for these murders casts doubt on the Kabul government’s ability to respect the rule of law.Sultan Muhammad Munadi and Ahmad Omid Khpalwak were killed by international forces. Although the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force admitted responsibility for Khpalwak’s death, the British military and the Afghan interior ministry have not disclosed the results of their criminal investigation into the killing of Munadi. He was shot dead during an attempt to rescue him and a British journalist from Taliban forces who were holding them hostage. Safeguarding the lives of journalists is the responsibility of both sides in any conflict.Violence against journalists, particularly women, has been encouraged by the failure to prosecute those responsible. In recent years, women journalists have become increasingly the target of threats from various organizations, particularly the Taliban.In the towns of Kunduz and Ghazni, the Taliban have threatened women journalists and driven female-owned media organizations out of business. In Kabul, security forces have on many occasions beaten women journalists carrying out their professional activities. Many have been forced to quit their jobs because of social pressure and fears for their safety.Violence against journalists is carried out in many cases by religious groups that have strong support among Afghan authorities. The Council of Religious Scholars, for example, has blamed journalists and media for the violence rather than the Taliban, terrorists, warlords and drug traffickers.Some provincial officials threaten media organizations daily. Instead of protecting journalists, security forces detain them without authority and accuse them of spying.Some warlords and countries such as Pakistan and Iran, whose control of some media organizations allows them to interfere in Afghanistan’s internal affairs, are increasingly relaying Taliban propaganda. Free media organizations, faced with the Taliban and the actions of corrupt government officials, are surrounded and forced into silence.The constitution and media law guarantee freedom of the press but the legislation is not implemented for political reasons. The law should be completed and implemented without delay. Government-owned media organizations should be safe from government interference and their independence observed. Government authorities should respect the right to freedom of information. Drafting a law facilitating access to information should be a priority for the government.In the past decade, Afghanistan has failed to grasp historic opportunities. Some analysts have predicted Afghanistan’s defeat. Fighting is taking place not only on the front line and in zones of conflict. The Afghan people wage a daily battle for peace and against war and they have the right to be informed.Conference organisers and participants, as well as the international community, should explicitly undertake to protect the freedom, democracy and rights of the people of Afghanistan.Freedom of speech, the emancipation of women and respect for human rights are the main challenges in Afghanistan. We must bear in mind that peace cannot be restored without freedom and democracy. Nai Supporting Open Media in AfghanistanAssociation of Free Journalists in AfghanistanAfghanistan National Journalists UnionSouthern Asia Women’s Association in AfghanistanReporters Without Borders November 25, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 For a free, independent and democratic Afghanistan News RSF_en AfghanistanAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News Newslast_img read more

American Cancer Society Gala Honors Jockey Victor Espinoza

first_imgGiving Back American Cancer Society Gala Honors Jockey Victor Espinoza American Cancer Society gala honors jockey Victor Espinoza Story and Photography by EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor Published on Monday, September 21, 2015 | 7:24 pm 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. Business News Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Subscribe Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More than three hundred American Cancer Society friends and supporters gathered at Santa Anita Park Saturday evening for the Society’s Annual Gala. Decked out in their finest, the group gathered on the VIP area, before dining at the track’s luxurious Chandelier Room for dinner and entertainment from Dan Olivo and his band.This year’s theme was “Hope Wins,” and honored jockey Victor Espinoza as its 2015 Distinguished Community Honoree. Much to the glee of the event organizers. Espinoza came to the event directly from a studio where was taping a segment of “Dancing with the Stars.”Espinoza is a longtime visitor to the City of Hope in Duarte. As he told the Society, “I started donating because I see kids with cancer, and it just a horrible thing to have to go through. I can’t imagine the parents, how they feel, too. Not just the kids, but the parents, and the entire family.”The American Cancer Society is the largest non-profit cancer-fighting organization in the world. As their website states, “Nearly three million Society volunteers work to conquer cancer and create a work with more birthdays, by helping provide free programs and services to cancer patients across the nation.”This year’s event was chaired by Mary Bowser and Naomi Farley. HerbeautyTips From A Professional Stylist On How To Look Stunning In 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimeslast_img read more