British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgBritish American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: British American Tobacco Uganda (BATU.ug)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileBritish American Tobacco Uganda Limited (BAT Uganda) grows and processes tobacco in Uganda and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products to the local market and for export. Brands sold by BAT Uganda include Dunhill, Rex, Sportsman and Safari. Tobacco is grown in 13 districts in Uganda through a network of tobacco farmers. The raw tobacco is transported to the BAT Uganda green leaf threshing plant in Kampala where it is processed and packed for local and export cigarette consumption. BAT Uganda also exports tobacco leaves to cigarette manufacturers in Europe, Asia and other African countries. BAT Uganda is a subsidiary of British American Tobacco Investments Limited. British American Tobacco Uganda is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Omnicane Limited (MTMD.mu) Q12018 Interim Report

first_imgOmnicane Limited (MTMD.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Food sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Omnicane Limited (MTMD.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Omnicane Limited (MTMD.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Omnicane Limited (MTMD.mu)  2018 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileOmnicane Limited is a company headquartered in Mauritius and specialises in sugar milling and electricity production services. The company engages in the production and processing of sugar cane, electricity production, food crop, flower and venison production, vegetable, palm heart and fresh shrimp production. Omnicane ltd operates through its subsidiaries, Omnicane Milling Holdings (Mon Tresor) Limited, Omnicane Milling Holdings (Britannia Highlands) Limited, Floreal Limited, FAW Investment Limited, Exotic Exports Limited, Omnicane Logistic Operations Limited, Omnicane Thermal Energy Holdings (St Aubin) Limited, Omnicane Holdings (La Baraque) Thermal Energy Limited, Omnicane Milling Operations Limited and Omnicane Agricultural Operations Limited; all arranged under  sugar, energy, hospitality, and property segments. Omnicane Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

1 FTSE 100 stock with a 7%+ dividend yield that I think income investors should buy

first_img See all posts by Jonathan Smith 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. Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… Finding dividend income this year has been particularly challenging. Some businesses such as Royal Dutch Shell paid out dividends to investors for decades, only to see it heavily cut earlier this year. Shell is just one example, there are plenty of others within the FTSE 100 that have done the same in order to aid cash flow as consumer demand has slowed. Despite this, there remain FTSE 100 stocks with attractive dividend yields that are still being paid. As a case in point, take a look at Vodafone (LSE: VOD). The telecoms giant has a larger global presence than some are aware of. It has extensive operations in both Africa and Asia, as well as its business here in the UK. With a dividend yield currently sitting at 7.34%, I think it’s worth a buy.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…Why the high dividend yield?Over the past decade, the dividend yield for Vodafone has averaged around 5%. In the past couple of years, this has been increasing, partly due to the falling share price (the FTSE 100 stock has slumped around 25% this year alone). This boosts the dividend yield because the share price is the denominator when calculating that yield. Income investors had already been disappointed by Vodafone in the last year, when a near-10% dividend yield was reduced and the payout was cut by 40%.And a cut is always a risk. In fact, any FTSE 100 stock with a dividend yield above 10% should sound warning bells for investors in my opinion. At a time when the base rate of interest is at 0.1%, there simply isn’t the need for that big a premium from a dividend-paying firm.With a yield above 7%, investors do still need to be cautious, but I don’t think we’re going to see another payout cut or cancellation in the short term. Checking the fundamentalsFull-year results in May confirmed that the dividend for this year would be paid. If the board was concerned about cash flow, that would have been the perfect time to reduce the dividend, but it wasn’t. Free cash flow actually increased by over 10% to €4.9bn.Another reason why the dividend is likely to stay is that the firm needs to maintain a strong market capitalisation. This is so that Vodafone can easily raise money if it needs to from the equity markets. Current debt levels stand at an eye-watering €42.2bn.A firm may not want a very high share price as this hampers the price-to-earnings ratio, but at the same time, it wants a solid share price in order to make other financial ratios look attractive to lenders. By offering an attractive dividend yield, income investors will likely buy into the stock. This won’t stop the share price from falling completely, but will help to stem the slump.Risk versus rewardI feel that a FTSE 100 stock with a dividend yield at 7% is OK on the risk/reward balance scale. Vodafone isn’t a completely safe business, as shown by the large debt levels. Yet if you want income at a safe firm, then you’re looking at dividend yields around 2%-4%. So from my angle, investing in Vodafone is a risk worth taking. There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! 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. Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img jonathansmith1 has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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Ireland’s 2015 Rugby World Cup squad

first_imgPaul O’Connell will captain the 2015 Ireland World Cup squad in his last appearance in a Test tournament. The side is heavily weighted in experience with nine players over 50 caps: O’Connell alone has 103. By Taylor Heyman The squad has 14 players with World Cup experience and many of those without were involved with Ireland’s Six Nations victories in 2014 and 15.Over half the squad named today – six backs and ten forwards – are currently playing together at provincial level at Leinster.  The others are from a spread of Ireland’s top provincial clubs.ForwardsJoe Schmidt has taken a gamble on loosehead prop Cian Healy making a return to full match fitness following neck surgery.Mike Ross and Jack McGrath match experience with the younger Nathan White’s two caps and the selection of one-cap Tadhg Furlong to complete the prop offering. This has left Mike Bent, who plays both tighthead and loosehead, excluded.The Irish hookers are Rory Best, Sean Cronin and Richardt Strauss, who have a total of 138 caps between them.International experience: veteran Rory Best is one of three solid choices for Ireland at hookerIain Henderson, Captain Paul O’Connell, Donnacha Ryan and Devin Toner will fill the second-row slots.A formidable Irish back row will feature Jamie Heaslip, Chris Henry, Jordi Murphy, Sean O’Brien and Peter O’Mahony.BacksThe Irish backs selection is characterised by utility players.Keith Earls and Luke Fitzgerald can cover anywhere in the back three as well as the centres and Madigan could cover the missing third scrum-half position.Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan are the two scrum-halves named, the absence of Isaac Boss making room for an extra centre.Paddy Jackson, Ian Madigan and Johnny Sexton are the chosen fly-halves for the tournament. Sexton is expected to be the starting choice. Darren Cave, Robbie Henshaw and Jared Payne will make up the centres. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS One last time: Paul O’Connell will lead Ireland for the World Cup before retiring from Test rugby center_img Specialist: Darren Cave will bring expertise to the Irish centresThe winners of the stiff competition for positions in the back three are Tommy Bowe, Keith Earls, Luke Fitzgerald, Dave Kearney, Rob Kearney and Simon Zebo.The biggest shock omission was winger Andrew Trimble, who only played 30 minutes of the warm-up game against Wales on 8 August before a recurrence of the toe injury which kept him out of the 2015 Six Nations.Shock omission: winger Andrew Trimble has been left out of Schmidt’s squadFelix Jones was left out of the 31-man squad after uninspiring performances in the warm-up games. Fergus McFadden and Craig Gilroy also failed to make the cut.Ireland’s 31-man squadProps: Tadhg Furlong (Clontarf/Leinster, 1 cap), Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster, 51 caps), Jack McGrath (St. Mary’s College/Leinster, 19 caps), Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster, 51 caps), Nathan White (Connacht, 2 caps)Hookers: Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster, 84 caps), Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster, 45 caps), Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster, 9 caps)Second row: Iain Henderson (Ulster, 19 caps), Paul O’Connell (Captain, Young Munster, 103 caps), Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster, 30 caps), Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster, 26 caps)Back Row: Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster, 74 caps), Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster, 18 caps), Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster, 12 caps), Sean O’Brien (UCD/Leinster, 36 caps),Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster, 31 caps)Scrum-halves: Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster, 36 caps), Eoin Reddan (Old Crescent/Leinster, 63 caps)Fly-halves: Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster, 12 caps), Ian Madigan (Blackrock College/Leinster, 20 caps), Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster, 52 caps) Centres: Darren Cave (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster, 9 caps), Luke Fitzgerald (Blackrock College/Leinster, 30 caps), Robbie Henshaw (Buccaneers/Connacht, 11 caps), Jared Payne (Ulster, 7 caps)Back three: Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster, 62 caps), Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster, 41 caps), Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster, 9 caps), Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster, 63 caps), Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster, 17 caps)last_img read more

Church Pension Fund plans major revisions for greater flexibility in…

first_img Program Budget & Finance By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted May 30, 2017 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Pension fund participants receive a booklet to help guide them through the Church Pension Group’s diocesan presentations on the revisions coming next year.  Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceRetirement benefits beyond monthly pension checkThe current early-retirement provision for clerics who turn 55 and have 30 years of service will continue. The revision changes some other early-retirement provisions and adds more options. More information is here.The revisions simplify the eligibility requirements for the resettlement benefit provided to help clergy move when they retire, as well as how the amount is calculated. There will be a new minimum of $2,000 and a maximum of $20,000. More information, including changes regarding eligibility, is here.The Christmas benefit, or so-called 13th check, will continue and will no longer be subject to the 40 years of service cap. More information is here.The revision includes a new lump-sum payment provision to any cleric whose retirement benefits have a present value equal to or less than $20,000 at the time of retirement. More information is here.The fund’s rules about working while pensioned are being revised to offer more flexibility to deploy retired clergy. More information is here.Fact sheets and presentation schedulesDetails about changes to the clergy plan, including the international plan and retirement benefits, are available via a series of fact sheets here. Many of the individual fact sheets are linked to above.The calendar of CPG diocesan presentations and webinars is here.Fact sheets outlining changes to the lay employees’ defined-benefit and defined-contribution plans, along with the Episcopal Church Retirement Savings Plan, are available here. Changes to the lay plans will ensure a consistent definition of compensation and Highest Average Compensation across all plans.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is senior editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Youth Minister Lorton, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel center_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Garth Howe, a Church Pension Group assistant vice president in its Integrated Benefits Account Management Services office, talks to Diocese of Pennsylvania clergy in Philadelphia May 24 about planned changes to the Church Pension Fund. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service] The biggest changes to the Church Pension Fund in the past 60-some years are due to go into effect next year. They are designed to better serve a changing Episcopal Church and its clergy and lay employees while sustaining the fund and maintaining the value of retirement benefits.That’s the message Church Pension Group officials are taking to every diocese to explain the breadth and depth of the changes that are expected to go into effect Jan. 1, 2018. (The pension fund is one of five companies that make up CPG).The plans are being revised, according to Mary Kate Wold, pension fund chief executive officer and president, to “create more modern plans that address the realities of a changing Episcopal Church, while ensuring that each pension plan remains financially sustainable.” Those realities include providing for emerging, non-traditional types of ministry, as well as the changing needs of interim ministers, bi-vocational priests, part-time clergy, and clergy who experience longer breaks in service.Moreover, Garth Howe, a CPG assistant vice president in its Integrated Benefits Account Management Services office, told one of two gatherings in the Diocese of Pennsylvania May 24, the changes will provide more flexibility for clerics, promote consistency across the plans, simplify communication about the plans, and improve their administration while maintaining the overall value of the benefits.Two important aspects of the clergy plan will not change. It will remain a defined-benefit plan and the mandatory assessment a cleric’s employer pays will remain at 18 percent. However, the formula for calculating that percentage will be simplified and the timeframe for paying the assessment will change.“We knew we had to react and adjust to the changing Church,” Howe said, explaining that CPG staffers spent three and a half years traveling around the Church to hear from more than 1,500 Episcopalians how the pension fund ought to react to such change. Some of the suggested changes that emerged were incorporated into the revisions, he said. Some tweaking of the revisions still may occur as CPG staff members listen to feedback during the diocesan sessions.As CPG was listening to the Church and discussing possible revisions, General Convention in 2015, via Resolution A177, approved the effort. In Resolution A181, it also told CPG to study compensation and the cost of benefits for clergy and lay employees in the dioceses of Province IX, the Diocese of Haiti, the Episcopal Church in Cuba, and with its covenant partners. The Church’s canons authorize the pension fund to provide retirement and disability benefits to eligible clergy. The fund is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.Source: Church Pension Group Annual Report for 2016. Graphic: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceThe revisions represent a deep dive into the intricate mechanics of the pension plans. Many are interconnected. Below is a summary of some of the larger changes, followed by links to additional information and schedules of CPG presentations on the revisions.Eligibility for the clergy pension planCurrently, participation in the plan is mandatory if a cleric works three or more consecutive months and is paid at least $200 per month. The revision will make participation mandatory regardless of pay level for ordained clergy who meet eligibility criteria. It will also require a cleric be “regularly employed” by the same Church employer for five or more consecutive months. The change, says CPG, will provide flexibility for short-term service and give lower-paid clergy access to the plan.More information, including the “regularly employed” definition, is here.Total Assessable CompensationTotal Assessable Compensation, upon which employers pay an 18 percent assessment, is currently the sum of cash salary, other cash compensation (e.g., bonus, overtime, employer-paid tuition for dependents, employer contributions to retirement saving plans, and other taxable income), Social Security tax reimbursements, utilities allowance, housing (depending upon how it is provided) and, in certain cases, severance. The calculation will be simplified to include most items reported on a Form W-2 (or equivalent), as well as any cash housing allowance and the value of employer-provided housing. The change in the treatment of housing will allow clergy whose only compensation is employer-provided housing access not only to the Clergy Pension Plan but also to the other pension fund benefits. That change might impact the budgets of those congregations that provide their clergy with housing but not salary because they are currently not required to pay an assessment.More information is here.Paying AssessmentsEmployers currently can choose to pay assessments quarterly or monthly. Next year all assessments must be paid monthly. Currently, the pension fund charges interest on assessments that are more than two years overdue. The 2016 fiscal year interest rate is 4.125 percent. Beginning in 2019, employers will be charged interest on assessments that are three months or more overdue. The annual interest rate will be consistent with CPG’s annual investment objective. That rate is currently 7 percent.More information is here.Credited Service Credited Service is an important key component of a cleric’s pension benefit calculation and is also important for determining eligibility for other benefits, such as the fund’s life insurance benefit and the Medicare Supplement Health Plan (MSHP) subsidy. Currently, clergy receive one full month of Credited Service for one month of work if they earn at least 1/12th of the Hypothetical Minimum Compensation, now set at $18,200 per year. His or her employer must have made timely assessments payments; if those assessments are not fully paid, the Credited Service amount is prorated.The revision will allow Credited Service for pension and life insurance benefits at any level of compensation if assessments are fully paid for that month. There will be no proration. Clerics will still have to meet the Hypothetical Minimum Compensation ($18,000 for 2018) to earn Credited Service to be eligible for the Medicare Supplement Health Plan subsidy. Also, clergy who have a break in service for any reason may make personal assessment payments for up to 24 months, instead of the current 12 months.CPG says these and other details of the Credited Service revisions will allow lower-paid clergy and clergy with interrupted service to accrue a more meaningful pension benefit as well as help to maintain their eligibility for other benefits.More information is here.Highest Average CompensationA major change involves the Highest Average Compensation (HAC), another important number in the calculation that determines the amount of a person’s retirement benefit.Currently, the HAC (“hack”), as it is known, is the average of the highest-paid seven out of eight consecutive 12-month periods during which the person has earned “Credited Service.” Such service is earned by being eligible for the pension plan and having his or her employer pay the required assessments. Some people who want to maximize their monthly pension check seek ever-higher paying calls to increase their HAC. The current calculation method, however, may not provide flexibility to those who, for instance, feel called to take a lower-paying job because the mission and ministry of that job appeals to them.Under the new plan, those seven highest-earning 12-month periods will not have to be consecutive. The new formula will apply to participants who earn what is called Credited Service after the revisions go into effect. If a cleric has already established his or her HAC as of Dec. 31, 2017, and still earns Credited Service after the revisions, the new calculations will never lower that number.More information is here. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Collierville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ May 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm Regardless of one’s opinion on the subject matter, this is a well written and useful article. I appreciate the level of detail. Submit a Press Release Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KYlast_img read more

Charity shops enjoy good Christmas sales

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Charity shops enjoy good Christmas sales Howard Lake | 27 January 2005 | News In contrast with sluggish sales in high street shops, some charity shop chains have reported very good Christmas sales figures.Oxfam has reported a 10% sales growth and profit increase of 30% during November and December 2004 for its 750 shops, and Cancer Research UK has reported a 7.3% sales growth in the same period. For Oxfam this means that, after all costs, the shops will have contributed £4.3 million to the charity’s work, an increase of £1 million over the same period in 2003.The British Red Cross has also reported a growth in income of 4.5% for the same two months compared to the previous year. Indeed, it experienced its highest ever sales for one week during November. Advertisement  31 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img 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. Tagged with: Research / statistics Trading Oxfam’s Trading Director Chris Coe said: “Early forecasts suggest that high street sales rose by only 1% or 2% year on year this Christmas, so we believe that our results show that we are experiencing a sea-change in consumer behaviour.” He added: “we’re delighted to be at the forefront of bucking the high street’s seemingly downward trend.”last_img read more

Church leaders launch online pilgrimage for Lent

first_img 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.  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Participants will get the chance to watch short videos, view photo galleries, read stories and pray while looking at the places where Jesus preached. They also meet local Christians, Jews and Muslims living there today, hear their personal stories and hear how the conflict touches the lives of both Israelis and Palestinians, and learn how hard many people are working for peace.The pilgrimage will also include fundraising messages asking for support for Christian Aid’s Middle East appeal. Advertisement The church leaders promoting the pilgrimage included the Rt Rev Peter Price, the Bishop of Bath & Wells; Rt Rev John Gladwin, Bishop of Chelmsford, the Rt Rev Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester; and the Rt Rev John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford; Christine Elliot, the Methodist Secretary for External Affairs; the Rev Richard Mortimer, the United Reformed Church General Secretary; Alan Argent, Congregational Federation and Baptist and Christian Aid Intercommunity initiative manager Nigel Varndell. Lent begins on 25 February 2009. Howard Lake | 13 February 2009 | Newscenter_img Church leaders launch online pilgrimage for Lent AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Church leaders from all denominations are promoting a virtual journey around the Holy Land, organised by charity Christian Aid. The virtual pilgrimage, which coincides with the festival of Lent, will “transport travellers from their inbox to the lands made familiar through scriptures and contemporary headlines”. Tagged with: Digital Events www.christianaid.org.uk/pilgrimagelast_img read more

Closure of Basque newspaper Euskaldunon Egunkaria extended by six months

first_img SpainEurope – Central Asia RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive SpainEurope – Central Asia Organisation RSF_en December 2, 2020 Find out more to go further Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso June 2, 2021 Find out more July 23, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Closure of Basque newspaper Euskaldunon Egunkaria extended by six months Newscenter_img News News News April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Spain Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Reporters Without Borders today called on the Spanish authorities to allow the Basque-language newspaper Euskaldunon Egunkaria to reopen after a national court judge on 21 July ordered a six-month extension to the “preventive measures” that have kept the newspaper closed since February because the group that publishes it is suspected of “belonging to or cooperating with the terrorist organisation ETA.””We reiterate our opposition to the closure, even provisional, of the newspaper Euskaldunon Egunkaria as long the courts have not yet reached a decision on the substance of this case,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in letter to Spanish justice minister José-Maria Michavila.”This measure deprives readers of their right to news,” Médard said. Voicing concern about the application of “preventive measures” against a newspaper, Médard said Euskaldunon Egunkaria should be allowed to reopen during the entire judicial proceedings.On the grounds that the Euskaldunon Egunkaria group pursues the same goals as the separatist group ETA and helps to reinforce its terrorist cells by creating dummy companies, judge Juan del Olmo extended the existing preventive measures consisting of freezing its assets, suspending its activities and closing the premises of Egunkaria SA, Egunkaria Sortzen SL and the newspaper’s editorial office.Police on 20 February arrest 10 Euskaldunon Egunkaria journalists and members of its board, while the judge ordered the newspaper’s closure. The next day, the Egunkaria team launched Egunero, a new Basque-language newspaper with “Closed but not silent” as its banner. Two members of the Egunkaria board, Iñaki Uria and Xavier Oleaga, are still in prison.The Basque daily Egin and the radio station Egin-Irratia were provisionally closed in July 1998 on the orders of investigating judge Baltasar Garzón as part of a crackdown on the networks that finance ETA.last_img read more

Texas takes on Biden but Republicans keep distance from AG

first_imgLocal NewsStateUS News Pinterest Twitter Facebook Previous articleCORRECTING and REPLACING PCT LTD Announces Significant Progress in Commercializing the Annihilyzer® Infection Control System in the United KingdomNext articleExtraordinary Associate Effort Drives Business, Supports Customers at TFS Financial Corporation Digital AIM Web Support WhatsApp WhatsApp TAGS  center_img Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 28, 2021 Pinterest AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As President Joe Biden’s agenda is dealt an early blow in Texas, the embattled Republican attorney general promising more fights ahead with the new administration is getting little public support from members of his party, even as they cheer the results. Nearly all of the more than 100 GOP lawmakers in the Texas Legislature did not respond when asked by The Associated Press if they had confidence in Attorney General Ken Paxton, who for months has been beset by an FBI investigation over bribery and abuse-of-office accusations. At the same time, Republicans are showing no intention of using their overwhelming majority and legislative powers to confront Paxton over the coming months in the state Capitol, where lawmakers are back at work for the first time since eight top deputies for the attorney general leveled accusations against him. All eight have resigned or were fired since October. Since then, Paxton has baselessly challenged Biden’s victory, including asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the election. And on Tuesday, he won a court order halting Biden’s 100-day moratorium on deportations, in a lawsuit filed just two days after the president was sworn in. Now, with America’s biggest red state ready to resume the role of foil to a Democratic administration, the atmosphere surrounding Paxton in some ways resembles the peace that privately weary Republicans made with Donald Trump’s bombastic presidency — applauding the work while mostly staying silent about the surrounding turmoil. “That’s the real measurement. That’s the real litmus test,” said Republican state Sen. Paul Bettencourt, who pointed toward the deportation lawsuit and challenges last year to mail-in ballot applications around his Houston district. “Because I already know, in my case, in my county, the AG’s office made a major difference.” The AP contacted the offices of every GOP lawmaker in the Legislature, asking if they had confidence in Paxton and whether the Legislature should act on his deputies’ accusations. Only two, Bettencourt and Rep. John Smithee, responded, both saying they had no reason to question the attorney general’s job performance and that they were waiting for the results of outside investigations. Paxton’s budget requests may yet force Republican lawmakers to consider the exodus from his office. But so far, members of his party — who control of every lever of state government — haven’t rushed to put one of their top elected officials under a microscope. The ranks of Texas’ GOP legislators include Paxton’s wife, state Sen. Angela Paxton, who joined her husband on stage at Trump’s Jan. 6 rally that proceeded a deadly riot in the U.S. Capitol. Whether the attorney general who in December led a failed lawsuit supported by Trump that asked the Supreme Court to subvert the will of voters avoids a hard look from lawmakers is also a test of the insulating effect that loyalty to the former president continues to hold in the GOP. Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick batted away a question about Paxton at an event with Houston firefighters last week, calling it a “fair question” but one for another time. Spokespersons for Republican Gov. Greg Abbott — who has previously said the accusations raise “serious concerns” — and Paxton did not respond to questions. Meanwhile, Abbott on Thursday instructed state agencies to begin identifying “potential litigation” over the energy sector to aim at the Biden administration — lawsuits that Paxton’s office would likely handle. The extent of legislative pressure on Paxton so far came shortly after the accusations surfaced in October, when the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee urged the attorney general to resign if there was “any truth whatsoever” to the claims. Since then, more details have emerged, including in a whistleblower lawsuit. Four Paxton accusers claimed he ousted them as retribution and laid out four ways in which Paxton used his office to help Austin real estate developer Nate Paul, who is fending off his own FBI investigation and employs a woman with whom Paxton allegedly had an extramarital affair. “The allegations from his own staff are pretty serious,” said Democratic state Rep. Chris Turner, who has called on lawmakers to investigate Paxton. “We should all want to get to the bottom of what those are.” Separately, Paxton is awaiting trial on felony securities fraud charges from 2015. He has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he defrauded investors in a tech startup before becoming attorney general. While Paxton may avoid a hard look from his party, campaign finance records show his donor support has suffered. Last year was Paxton’s worst for fundraising since 2015. Several big-money donors who were key to financing his political rise haven’t given to him since the FBI’s investigation became public. ——— Bleiberg reported from Dallas. Associated Press writer Juan A. Lozano in Houston contributed to this report. Texas takes on Biden but Republicans keep distance from AG Twitterlast_img read more

Council may link education grants to Household Charge payment

first_imgNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Facebook Donegal County Council is not ruling out asking for proof of household charge payment from third level grant applicants.Yesterday the council appeared to rule out such a move, but today the Councils Director of Finance said they were considering all options.This week it emerged that Clare County Council had written to applicants seeking proof that their family has paid the charge.And today, Director of Finance on Donegal County Council, Gary Martin, said the local authority here may follow suit…..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/gmar11pm.mp3[/podcast]Meanwhile, Cllr Jack Murray has said he is extremely dissapointed that Donegal County Council may be go down the same route as Clare County Council.Cllr Murray says Sinn Fein is looking at the legality of the situation….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/murr1pm.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Previous articleCouncil urging people to register septic tanks as quickly as possibleNext articleCounty Council is not bankrupt – Director of Finance News Highland WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny By News Highland – September 19, 2012 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Twitter Google+ Twitter Council may link education grants to Household Charge payment Google+last_img read more