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Societe Generale Ghana Limited (SOGEGH.gh) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgSociete Generale Ghana Limited (SOGEGH.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Societe Generale Ghana Limited (SOGEGH.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Societe Generale Ghana Limited (SOGEGH.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Societe Generale Ghana Limited (SOGEGH.gh)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileSociété Générale Ghana Limited is a financial services institution offering banking products and services to the retail, corporate, investment and treasury sectors in Ghana. Its retail product offering ranges from current and savings accounts to education loans, finance lease facilities and e-banking services. Its corporate product offering ranges from transactional banking to bonds and guarantees, working capital and capital expenditure financing and corporate staff credit conversion services. Société Générale Ghana Limited also offers loans and credit facilities as well as deposits and transaction accounts for small- and medium-sized enterprises. The company was founded in 1975 and was formerly known as SG-SSB Limited until 2013 and its name was changed. Société Générale Ghana Limited is a subsidiary of SG Financial Services Holding. Its head office is in Accra, Ghana. Société Générale Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) Q32014 Interim Report

first_imgAccess Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng)  2014 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAccess Bank Plc is a leading financial institution offering banking products and services for the retail, private, corporate and institutional and non-institutional sectors in Africa and Europe. The company offers solutions for corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, personal banking and business banking. In addition to transactional banking, Access Bank Plc offers cash management and treasury services, project and structured finance, supply chain and trade finance as well as insurance, brokerage services, liquidity management and debt management programmes. The company was established in 1989 and has grown its national and international footprint to approximately 300 branches. Access Bank Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Access Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Get rich and retire early! I’d buy these growth stocks in January and hold them for life

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended The Gym Group and WH Smith. 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. WH Smith (LSE: SMWH) is a share I’d happily buy ahead of Christmas trading details on January 22.It’s not that I’m expecting blowout numbers from its High Street operations, even though efforts to strip out costs and turn around the top line are progressing. With consumer confidence still on the ropes, it would be a stretch to expect sales here to improve any time soon.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…Rather, I’m excited to see if WH Smith’s Travel division has kept up its impressive momentum of recent times. Profits here surged by double-digit percentages in the last fiscal year (to August 2019), and as the company expands its footprint in airports across the globe, it’s likely that earnings will continue dancing higher.But that’s not all. Expectations of solid air passenger growth in the years ahead are another reason why I’d happily buy the FTSE 250 firm today and hold its shares forever. The boffins over at Statista, for instance, expect the number of global travellers to rise 4.1% in 2020, despite the probability of more pressure on the global economy. And WH Smith can look forward to the number of potential customers passing through its doors heating up further once current macroeconomic turbulence passes and air traffic increases.In the more immediate term, City analysts expect the retailer to keep its long record of earnings growth going with a 5% annual improvement in fiscal 2020. A forward P/E ratio of 21.2 times might make it look expensive on paper, but I reckon WH Smith’s aggressive expansion programme makes it worthy of a handsome rating.In great shapeI believe that the release of pre-close trading numbers from The Gym Group (LSE: GYM) on January 17 could prompt fresh waves of buying here too. The fitness centre operator’s share price has risen 40% since its IPO back in autumn 2015 and I expect it to keep rising as the number of keep-fit junkies using its dumbbells and treadmills surge.The low cost fitness segment populated by the likes of The Gym Group is booming at an impressive rate, and according to Statista, revenues here almost quadrupled in the five years to 2018 to £598m. This particular operator is the country’s second-largest with around 25% of the market, and it has designs on growing its share through steady expansion (it opened eight new gyms in the first half of 2019 alone to take its total to 165).No wonder City brokers expect earnings at The Gym Group to boom 26% in 2020. The firm saw its membership grow more than 10% in the six months to June and there’s plenty of reason to expect it to keep swelling over the next decade. A bargain-basement forward price-to-earnings growth (PEG) ratio of 1 underlines its position as a top stock to buy today too. 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. Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_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. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Royston Wild | Friday, 10th January, 2020 | More on: GYM SMWH See all posts by Royston Wild Get rich and retire early! I’d buy these growth stocks in January and hold them for lifelast_img read more

Video: Presiding Bishop speaks at Rome’s Joel Nafuma Refugee Center

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Tags Video: Presiding Bishop speaks at Rome’s Joel Nafuma Refugee Center Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Rector Washington, DC Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Comments (1) Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Video Director of Music Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Tampa, FL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Comments are closed. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Refugees Migration & Resettlement, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS [Episcopal News Service] Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speaks outside St. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome, home to the Joel Nafuma Refugee Center, a long-established Episcopal-led ministry of radical hospitality. The center was dedicated in 1995 and provides sanctuary, advice and assistance for refugees. October 12, 2016 at 11:27 am Good to do, how about having them in the USA? Posted Oct 11, 2016 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Collierville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Noreen Lundeen says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Martinsville, VAlast_img read more

Executive Council meeting kicks off in Salt Lake City with…

first_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 By Egan MillardPosted Feb 13, 2020 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Executive Council meeting kicks off in Salt Lake City with presentation on racism’s toll on Native Americans Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Forrest S. Cuch addresses the Executive Council meeting on Feb. 13, 2020 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] “The first thing I want to say is that we, as a nation, are in big trouble,” said Forrest S. Cuch at the meeting of The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council on Feb. 13.“And due to the extreme degree of cruelty and nastiness that is being displayed in our nation’s capital, I believe it is of a diabolical nature. And it needs to be taken seriously.”Cuch – a longtime leader of the Ute people, former director of Utah’s Division of Indian Affairs and the bishop’s warden at St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church on the Uintah-Ouray Ute Reservation – knows what it’s like to live in a nation facing big trouble, as a member of a tribe that has persevered through genocide, oppression, disease and a multitude of other adversities. On behalf of the Diocese of Utah, he spoke to council on the first day of its three-day meeting at the Hilton in downtown Salt Lake City on the topics of racism and reconciliation from an indigenous perspective.Executive Council, a 43-member body tasked with enacting the policies adopted by General Convention, meets at least three times per year. Its various committees bring forth resolutions to be voted on by the full council, whose high-ranking members – including the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies – also typically hear presentations on specific topics of interest to the entire church. Although Presiding Bishop Michael Curry was unable to attend the first day of the meeting due to a minor illness, the rest of council shared a Eucharist and witnessed a heart-wrenching presentation on how the “Doctrine of Discovery” dehumanized Native peoples.The Rt. Rev. Scott Hayashi, bishop of Utah, leads a hymn at the opening Eucharist of the Executive Council meeting. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceThe Doctrine of Discovery, a broad concept that asserted the superiority of white Europeans and their descendants over indigenous peoples, was used to justify the taking of Native lands and the forced assimilation of Native peoples, among countless other injustices. The Episcopal Church formally rejected the doctrine and repented for its complicity in it at the 2009 General Convention, but the presentation given to Executive Council in Salt Lake City showed ways in which it lives on.Cuch, the Rev. Cornelia Eaton of Navajoland and the Rev. Angela Goodhouse-Mauai of North Dakota (both members of council) shared, through personal and historical narratives, how the church can be an instrument of oppression and erasure of Native peoples or a source of strength and empowerment for them.“In The Episcopal Church, we meet in the paradox of everything,” Goodhouse-Mauai said. “And it’s always the ‘both/and’ – how do we meet in the middle to continue this work together that we’re called to do?”The Rev. Cornelia Eaton shares a story as the Rev. Angela Goodhouse-Mauai looks on. Photo: Egan Millard/Episcopal News ServiceChurches – including The Episcopal Church and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – played a central role in the sweeping history of indigenous oppression in Utah that Cuch presented to council. Cuch’s people and other tribes were slaughtered by settlers; killed off by diseases; removed to ever-shrinking reservations; and stripped of their land, language, culture and spirituality. In residential schools, they were separated from their parents and subjected to physical and sexual abuse.Those deep injustices linger on today in forms like intergenerational trauma, Cuch said, but new injustices continue to manifest the centuries-old idea of Native peoples’ inherent inferiority. The gruesome realities of massacres committed by white settlers on Native communities are still being covered up today, Cuch told council. And political actions like President Donald Trump’s 85% reduction in the size of the Bears Ears National Monument in southeast Utah – the first national monument created at the request of Native tribes – continue to show a lack of respect for the dignity of Native peoples.The Episcopal Church, which has made racial reconciliation a cornerstone of its mission, can and should be at the forefront of the movement to undo the damage of the Doctrine of Discovery and root it out where it still grows, the presenters said. The Rev. Michael Carney, vicar at St. Elizabeth’s, showed some of the many ways his church is working to heal and renew the people of the Uintah-Ouray Ute Reservation, especially children. Through talking circles and art projects, children can share traumas openly, receive support and express difficult emotions. By bringing in Native storytellers to share the Ute creation stories, children can reconnect with the cultural heritage that was taken away from them. Gatherings of Native Episcopalians like Winter Talk and Mountains and Deserts can help heal, too, Carney said.Other topics on the agenda for the Salt Lake City meeting include preparations for the 2021 General Convention and updates on diocesan assessments and the status of the readmission of the Episcopal Church of Cuba as a diocese. On Feb. 14, Kristine Stache, interim president of Wartburg Theological Seminary, affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, will give a presentation on understanding and addressing the metrics of membership decline found in the most recent parochial report results.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Tags Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Press Release Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Executive Council February 2020, Indigenous Ministries last_img read more

Racism, sexism, Islamophobia — and double standards for cuss words

first_imgCongressperson Rashida Tlaib made history Jan. 2 when she proudly took the oath of office with her hand on the Koran, wearing a traditional dress from Palestine. Representative Tlaib is the first Palestinian woman elected to the House of Representatives and, with Ilhan Omar, one of two first Muslim congresswomen.Islamophobes were up in arms, posting outrageous claims that the congressperson from Michigan’s 13th District was disrespecting or even violating the Constitution by choosing the Koran over the Christian Bible. These backward attitudes, however, do not reflect Tlaib’s constituency. The population of the 13th District is 56 percent African American and more than 70 percent people of color, with the largest Arab population outside of the Middle East. As state representative and Detroit councilperson, Tlaib represented her Southwest Detroit neighborhood, the heart of the city’s Latinx community. She has a large Muslim constituency. As a congressional candidate, Tlaib — whose seat was previously held by John Conyers — appealed to progressive sentiment. She was arrested during the hotel workers strike here and ran on a record of supporting reproductive rights as a state legislator. Among her popular campaign promises were pledges to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump and fight for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Tlaib made front-page news nationwide last week with comments made during a reception held by the liberal group MoveOn. Her exact words were: “We’re gonna go in there and we’re going to impeach the mother—-er.” This drew the ire of Trump and his ilk, but also of moderate Democrats. (Detroit Free Press, Jan. 4)“This is a person that I don’t know. I assume she’s new,” said Trump, revealing complete ignorance of Tlaib’s groundbreaking achievement in being elected. He accused her of “disrespect” and called her statement “disgraceful.” This is the president who repeatedly displays bigotry against immigrants, people of color, Muslims, women, LGBTQ2S+ people and people with disabilities — and isn’t shy about using swear words. “You can’t impeach somebody who’s doing a great job,” he boasted, claiming mass popularity. In fact the president has lower approval ratings than every president since Harry Truman. Tlaib tweeted back: “I always speak truth to power. #unaplogeticallyme.” (Detroit News, Jan. 4)Two trends in the Democratic PartyDemocratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized not only Tlaib’s use of curse words, but also the call for impeachment, saying it would divide the country. Congressional Democrats, including most from Michigan, distanced themselves from the congressperson’s remarks. Liberal news columnists are accusing Tlaib of hurting the Democrats, even making it harder for them to beat Trump in 2020.More moderate Democrats argue that the Mueller Commission has to complete its investigation before impeachment can be considered. Tlaib’s campaign pledge, however, appealed to millions of working-class and oppressed voters, who have been saying “Not my president” since the 2016 election. This base sent a record number of women, people of color, younger candidates and out LGBTQ2S+ people to Congress. Many of these voters were activated by the Bernie Sanders campaign in 2016. In the midterm primaries they chose new candidates, such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of Queens, N.Y., over longtime incumbents favored by the party’s establishment. Ocasio-Cortez denounced Republicans’ “faux outrage” over the curse word.There is clearly a biased double standard employed here against an Arab Muslim congressperson, who was speaking off the cuff at a reception and not in any official capacity.The backlash against Tlaib is a rightist reaction to the midterm elections. Revolutionaries should have no illusions that any real, dramatic changes can be made through the bourgeois parliamentary process. However, they should be prepared to oppose any racist, Islamophobic and otherwise bigoted attacks on the right of oppressed people to elect progressive candidates from their communities.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Jamming of radio stations extended to VOA

first_img RSF_en September 1, 2020 Find out more The sabotaging of broadcasts by radio stations based abroad is continuing in Zimbabwe, Reporters Without Borders said today after learning that programmes of the US government radio station Voice of America (VOA) have become the latest target of the jamming carried out by the Harare government with Chinese complicity.“This new case of jamming shows how the Zimbabwean government despises its own people, blocking their ears to the news outlets it dislikes,” the press freedom organisation said. “It would be useful if United Nations mediator Benjamin M’Kapa, the former president of Tanzania, would demand an end to this perverse campaign. The UN and the African Union should realise that Chinese penetration of African markets brings more sophisticated means of repression and censorship in its wake.”The broadcasts of Studio 7, a VOA programme targeted at Zimbabwe, have been jammed since mid-June by the same shrill noise that have been blotting out the short wave broadcasts of the privately-owned, London-based SW Radio Africa since February 2005 and the broadcasts of the Amsterdam-based Voice of the People since September 2005. Reporters Without Borders has obtained a recording of the SW Radio Africa jamming and has posted it on its site (see below).VOA director David S. Jackson said: “There has been some jamming of our broadcasts of Studio 7, but so far the interference appears to be limited to medium wave broadcasts to Harare, so many of our loyal listeners throughout Zimbabwe have been able to hear our shows on short wave and in other locations of the country without any problem.” Jackson added: “We take any interference seriously, however, and we will continue to monitor the situation.”Produced by Zimbabwean journalists who have gone into exile, Studio 7 aims to be an alternative source of news for the people of Zimbabwe, where there are no privately-owned radio or TV stations. Broadcast Monday to Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. (1700 to 1830 GMT), it is divided into three 30-minute segments in English and the two leading local languages, Shona and Ndebele.Speaking on condition of anonymity, an official with Zimbabwe’s Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) told the South Africa-based news site Zim Online on 26 June: “There has been marked improvement on trying to block the US propaganda from reaching us since the beginning of this month. The team is now aiming to look for ways to completely block the signal coming via a transmitter in Botswana.”SW Radio Africa’s morning medium wave broadcasts have been jammed since 26 June, the station’s director, Gerry Jackson, said. “The jamming appears to be quite localised and focused on Harare,” she said. “We can still be heard in other parts of the country. This seems to follow the same pattern and began at the same time as the jamming of VOA’s Studio 7 broadcasts on medium wave in the evening.”Jamming of SW Radio Africa’s short wave broadcasts began in February 2005, a few weeks before controversial legislative elections. Zimbabwean presidential spokesman George Charamba publicly hailed the interference on 29 March while refusing to acknowledge that the government was responsible. “If the Zimbabwe government is jamming SW Radio Africa, kudos to them,” he said. “If they are not and do not have the equipment (to jam), then it is time they look for that equipment.”The broadcasts of the privately-owned Voice of the People (VOP) from a Madagascar-based relay station belonging to the Dutch public radio corporation began being jammed in September 2005 by the same noise as SW Radio Africa, making its programmes inaudible. VOP was created in June 2000 by former employees of the state-owned Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) with help from the Soros foundation and a Dutch NGO, the Hivos foundation. The police raided its studio in Harare on 4 July 2002 and took away equipment. It was subsequently the target of a bombing on 29 August 2002 which wrecked the entire studio. It was nonetheless able to resume broadcasting.All of its staff in Zimbabwe was detained for several days in December 2005 and charged with practising journalism without permission from the government-controlled Media and Information Commission. They were supposed to be tried last month, but the trial was postponed. The VOP management and staff face up to five years in prison.According to sources in Zimbabwe, the jamming of Zimbabwean exile radio stations began after a group of Chinese technicians arrived in Harare in January 2005 under a trade accord between China and Zimbabwe. Housed at the Sheraton Hotel for three months, they reportedly carried out a number of installations including a radio jamming system using a ZBC transmitter in Gweru, in the centre of the country, and the ZBC Pockets Hill broadcasting centre in Highlands, a suburb of Harare.These illegal practices, which violate international regulations governing telecommunications, are one of the specialities of the Chinese government. Jamming is standard practice in China, especially the jamming of Tibetan radio stations and foreign radio stations beaming programmes to the west of the country. A Reporters Without Borders release described this policy as the “Great Wall of the airwaves.” November 12, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts ZimbabweAfrica Reports Zimbabwean court must free imprisoned journalist who is unwell to go further Organisation Help by sharing this information center_img The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Follow the news on Zimbabwe November 27, 2020 Find out more ZimbabweAfrica Zimbabwean journalist Hopewell Chin’ono denied bail News News July 6, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Jamming of radio stations extended to VOA Newslast_img read more

The Luxury That’s A Health Necessity

first_img Community 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 The pull is in the name. Your friends will envy you the sheer luxury of an hour spent here, and you can rest safe in the knowledge that this is actually good for you – self-indulgent, sure, but good for you. As Tim Cremins, General Manager at Massage Envy South Lake, says, “Massage is something that’s viewed as a luxury, but it’s really more of a necessity.”And has he ever met anybody who doesn’t like the idea of a massage?“No, not very often, in fact, not at all,” he laughs.General Manager Tim Cremins points to massage as a way to help your heath and treat yourself at the same time.Located steps from the South Lake shopping district, just behind Macy’s right next to Trader Joe’s. Massage Envy really does feel like an oasis within the city. As soon as you enter through the smoked glass doors, you’re surrounded by a relaxing, tingly calm. It almost feels like you’re in a secluded resort hotel, albeit smack-bang in the center of town.Tim Cremins says that the company’s mission statement is simple: “We’re trying to create an environment where massage therapy can be included in everybody’s normal wellness routine at an affordable price and in a convenient manner.” Beyond massages, the center also offers world-renowned dermatologist Dr. Murad facials.But really, what is the difference between massage therapy and just plain old massage?“Research has shown that massage offers tremendous health benefits in a variety of different ways, including stress reduction, improving circulation, posture as well as lowering blood pressure – all those things play into it, and like anything else, if it’s something that you can do consistently, you’ll see better results,” says Tim.And the whole point is that it can be done at reasonable prices.“Our introductory offer for someone to come and visit us and try us out for the first time is $49 for a one-hour massage,” Tim says. “It’s $74 for 90 minutes and then we also offer wellness packages, which include membership – you can come and get a massage once a month, or more than that, if you like, at member pricing.”“A big focus at Massage Envy is that we want people to receive massage therapy on a continual basis,” he adds.And what if you know nothing about massage therapy? Techniques offered at Massage Envy range from Trigger Point and Deep Tissue to Swedish, Geriatric and Prenatal, based on the client’s individual needs.“There are a lot of different techniques – what they call modalities,” Tim explains. “What we offer is a customized massage. So if you need some Deep Tissue work in, you know, maybe the neck, but you’d like something a little more relaxing, in the lower back or legs, that’s something a therapist can do for you. They’re going to customize it for you.”“We have a large therapist staff, and we can find a therapist to match your needs,” he says. “On your way in, the front desk has a conversation with you, figuring out where you would like the focus to be placed as far as your massage is concerned, and any areas that need to be avoided. Every session, your therapist is going to go over a short consultation with you about what you want to accomplish with the session.”Of course, the perception is that this kind of thing is mainly for women. But don’t worry, guys! According to Tim, that’s a myth that needs to be busted.“I think that the perception is that it’s primarily women,” he says. “But that’s not the case – it’s probably 50-50.”Massage Envy, 345 South Lake Avenue,  #205  Pasadena. Call  (626) 240-1060 or visit www.massageenvy.com Subscribe Make a comment Your email address will not be published. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff 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 Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  center column 5 The Luxury That’s A Health Necessity Many consider a massage a luxurious self-indulgence (it is!), but increasingly, medical evidence points to important health benefits From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, June 18, 2012 | 1:29 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Welcome Day Celebrates Students at Immaculate Heart

first_imgEVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Education Welcome Day Celebrates Students at Immaculate Heart From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 | 3:10 pm Community News Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment The Immaculate Heart school year is filled with traditional days of celebration that knit the campus community together. Even years later, IH alumnae treasure memories of these special events that help make Immaculate Heart a unique educational experience for young women.I love these celebrations. As the girls plan activities for these events, they apply what they have learned inside and outside the classroom. Everything really comes together,” said Immaculate Heart High School Principal Naemah Morris.Welcome Day, Immaculate Heart’s oldest tradition, officially launches the school year. For the annual event, the high school’s student body officers plan a song and dance-filled day to honor the newest members of the school, the freshman class, as well as other new students, faculty and staff. Each class picks a theme and plans a presentation to show its collective spirit.“Welcome Day shows off the personality of each entire class, not just the individual students,” said Ms. Morris, who still fondly recalls her own first Welcome Day as an IH freshman.This year, the juniors chose Jurassic Park as their theme while the “Sandlot Sophomores” donned baseball shirts and sang to the tune “Take Me Out to The Ballgame.” While the seniors paid homage to the film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, even the freshmen showed spirit as “The Freshmen of Bel-Air” – a takeoff of the ‘90s television sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.“There’s really nothing like seeing the senior class surround the incoming freshmen and sing to them with such heart,” said Immaculate Heart English teacher Callie Webb. The upperclasswomen also distribute small notes and words of encouragement to each new student.At Immaculate Heart’s middle school, members of the Student Council also plan a day of friendship-building activities. Big and Little Sisters get to know each other through games and races.“It’s a special time when every student is brought into the IH Panda Community,” said Middle School Principal Gina Finer. “The girls learn about each other, and, as a result, they begin to build that community spirit that is so important at Immaculate Heart.”Other traditions soon followed Welcome Day, including the first retreats of the school year – starting with the high school’s Freshman Day of Recollection and day-long retreats for the 7th and 8th grades. High school students also recently enjoyed Join Day by selecting among the 30+ clubs and organizations to join on campus. The Girls Athletic Association has since hosted Spirit Week activities culminating in the Pep Rally for fall sports teams.Next month, seniors look forward to their four-day Kairos retreat. Additionally, on October 1st students and their families will gather on the grounds of Alverno Heights Academy in Sierra Madre for yet another community-building event, Immaculate Heart’s Annual Family Picnic.Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School is located at 5515 Franklin Avenue, Los Angeles. You can call the school at (323) 461-3651 or visit www.immaculateheart.org for more information.center_img Community News 4 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. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Council change opponents threaten to sue

first_img Council change opponents threaten to sue Facebook Pinterest By admin – January 4, 2018 WhatsApp Local NewsGovernment Previous articleOdessa teen honored for volunteer workNext articleWOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Cameron drops cold-shooting UTPB admin Twitter Pinterest Facebook Twitter A group of opponents to a proposal to restructure the Odessa City Council threatened lawsuits over a petition drive seeking to force a May election and accused organizers Thursday of trying to dilute Hispanic votes in an attempt for wealthy east-side Odessans to control the local governing board.Supporters argue that instead of diluting minority votes, the change would give all voters in the majority-Hispanic Odessa a greater say in council business after a year of turmoil that included the sacking of the city manager and contentious decisions over matters like public incentives for businesses.But opponents, including District 5 City Councilman Filiberto Gonzales, see a different motive behind the proposal.“This is about power and about a certain group of people: The good ol’ boys that are afraid of losing control,” Gonzales said. “Control that they have had for many years.”The proposed changes would create a seven-member board with a mayor who can vote on council business and a new seat for a council member elected at large. Today, the mayor, who is already elected at large, only votes in cases of a tie among the five other council members representing single-member districts. Odessa voters would have to approve the change if the petition forces an election.Gonzales was one of three council members who combined last month to shoot down a request to call the May election. The councilman argued Thursday that a special election is unnecessary and would cost about $50,000. He blamed the media for a negative perception of the City Council and defended his voting record in 2017.“This is nothing but a way of creating a bloc to stop a so-called bloc,” Gonzales said.The local League of United Latin American Citizens president Jesse Porras, who is also running for a justice of the peace position, said the City Council change would “turn the clock back on Odessa.”LULAC’s lawyer Domingo Garcia said supporters of the petition were trying to “rig the system for the powerful and the rich” and said he would sue organizers individually if they file the petition. He also threatened to sue organizations and the city if the petition is filed.Mixed-election systems like the one proposed for Odessa are common in the state, in cities including Midland and Houston. A change would require voter approval on a charter amendment. And state law requires local governmental bodies to call such an election if 5 percent of voters sign a petition demanding one. In Odessa, that is about 2,500 voters.Even if voters approve it, Garcia argued the plan to restructure the Odessa City Council would be “illegal” because it would weaken the strength of minority votes.“You could say you want to have at-large systems and dilute the votes of Odessans — it’s still illegal,” Garcia said.Garcia, a former Dallas politician who specializes in personal injury law, was proactive in the political fight to create single-member districts in Dallas in the early 1990s.“It’s intentional discrimination in order to disenfranchise Latinos and African Americans in Odessa in order to empower a group that has, even though they are minority in population, they are still a majority of the voting bloc,” Garcia said. “And therefore they would elect the at-large.”Garcia compared the proposal to reform the Odessa City Council to failed attempt to redraw council district of Pasadena in Harris County.But there are important differences.A slim margin of Pasadena voters in 2013 approved an amendment changing two single-district seats to at large seats. The city is majority Hispanic but turnout among that demographic was historically lower than white residents.And civil rights attorneys representing Hispanic voters sued successfully, arguing the city had diluted the strength of Hispanic voters at a time when their political power was growing. A federal judge earlier this year determined Pasadena had violated the Voting Rights Act and put the city under federal supervision.But in Odessa, all the five single-member districts would remain intact.Two of them, Districts 1 and 5, were created to boost black and Hispanic representation on the board. The current system was approved by voters in 1991, who decided to abolish an at-large position with District 5. The changes went into effect two years later.Despite the differences, Garcia argued Thursday the Odessa proposal is “very similar” to what Pasadena did.“What is the motive?” Garcia said. “. . . The motive is they fired the city manager, and it’s a three bloc vote: a white woman, a black man and a Hispanic man. And they override the white males basically. And now you want to change the system.”The chief organizer of the petition drive to force the May election, Jim Rector, declined to comment when asked to respond to the Thursday press conference. But he’s previously argued that the petition would not dilute minority votes, that it is not intended to and that the result of the change should be greater accountability on the city board.“It protects everybody,” Rector, a real estate developer who serves as an appointee on the city’s planning and zoning commission, said in November. “We have outgrown a five single-member district council.”Supporters argue the change would make sure power is not concentrated in the hands of five people in an environment where control of the council can change with political whims and little to no voter input.As he collected signatures last month, Rector said he sought a diverse group of supporters from throughout Odessa’s five districts.“That proves that everybody in the entire city is for this,” Rector said.Domingo Garcia, legal counsel for Odessa Together, discusses at a Thursday news conference the group’s legal intentions regarding an effort by those attempting to get a petition signed to create an “at-large” city council position and voting status for the mayor. Others present are Filiberto Gonzales, city councilman; Rubin Ramirez, LULAC District 6; Art Leal, past president Una Voz Unida; and Jesse Porras, LULAC member.BY MARK [email protected] WhatsApplast_img read more