Zimplow Holdings Limited HY2006 Interim Report

first_imgZimplow Holdings Limited (ZIMW.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2006 interim results for the half year.For more information about Zimplow Holdings Limited (ZIMW.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zimplow Holdings Limited (ZIMW.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zimplow Holdings Limited (ZIMW.zw)  2006 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileZimplow Holdings Limited manufactures and markets a diverse range of products for the construction, infrastructure and agricultural sectors in Zimbabwe. It also manufactures and distributes metal fasteners for the mining, construction and agricultural sector, and has interests in property management and leasing. The Farming division consists of three business units; Mealiebrand, Farmec and Afritrac which oversee the manufacturing of animal-drawn equipment and tractors, and spare parts for agricultural equipment. The Mining and Infrastructure division manufactures and distributes mining equipment, spare parts and related products through four divisions; Barzem, Mealie Brand, CT Bolts and Farmec. Zimplow Holdings Limited is a marketing and distribution agent in Zimbabwe for Massey Ferguson, Valtra, Caterpillar, Perkins, Falcon, Challenger, Vicon and Monosem. Zimplow Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Tlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgTlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Tlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tlou Energy Limited (TLOU.bw)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileTlou Energy Limited identifies, explores, evaluates, and develops coalbed methane (CBM) resources in Southern Africa. It holds one mining license and nine prospecting licenses covering an area of approximately 8,300 square kilometers in the Karoo Basin, Botswana. The company owns a 100% interest in the Lesedi CBM project. It also holds interest in the Mamba project. The company was founded in 2009 and is based in Brisbane, Australia.last_img

Seed Co International Limited (SCIL.zw) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgSeed Co International Limited (SCIL.vx) listed on the Victoria Falls Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Seed Co International Limited (SCIL.vx) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Seed Co International Limited (SCIL.vx) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Seed Co International Limited (SCIL.vx)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileSeed Co International Limited is one of the leading certified seed companies authorized to market seed varieties developed by itself, government and other associated seed breeders in its markets. From years of intensive investment in R&D, the Company is involved in the breeding, multiplication and distribution of mainly hybrid seed varieties. Seed Co International Limited is primarily listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, with a secondary listing on the Victoria Falls Stock Exchangelast_img

Jubilee minister is immigrants’ devoted ally for 30 years, helping…

first_imgJubilee minister is immigrants’ devoted ally for 30 years, helping more than 1,000 become citizens Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags B.D. Howes says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Immigration, This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Rev. Fred Fenton says: Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Linda Barber advises Charlie Whitney on his application to bring his fiancee to the United States from the Philippines. He was accompanied on his visit to Trinity Episcopal Church in Aurora, Illinois, by his grandparents. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Aurora, Illinois] Linda Barber is not an immigration lawyer, but she knows one if you need one. She’s not a priest or a deacon and doesn’t prefer the title minister either, though Jubilee minister is her official title at Trinity Episcopal Church in this city west of Chicago.What Barber has become over more than 30 years of service is an improbable immigration law expert and the humble one-woman team behind Trinity Amnesty Center, a ministry that has provided a guiding hand to more than 1,000 newly minted U.S. citizens and helped an untold number of other immigrants and their families with everything from paperwork to preparing for their naturalization tests.“If you need your fingerprints, I can do them right now,” Barber, 75, said from behind her desk at the church office.With federal immigration policy a hot-button issue and with the Trump administration calling for greater restrictions, the heated political rhetoric in Washington, D.C., hasn’t filtered down to Barber’s cramped but inviting 10-by-12 foot office. A depiction of Africa in wood and an animal carving from Macedonia, gifts from two of Barber’s past clients, rest on a shelf next to a card that reads “Thou Shalt Not Hassle.”In Barber’s office, the only judgment you are likely to face is on the merits of your immigration case. Either you have a case, or you don’t. And if you do, Barber is your devoted ally through every step of the process.“Welcome the stranger” is how Barber describes the Christian purpose behind Trinity Amnesty Center.And this: “Jesus was an immigrant,” she said. “I wonder if he had a visa to cross countries. I don’t think so.”Linda Barber has been helping people with their immigration paperwork for more than 30 years, providing a guiding hand to at least 1,084 newly minted U.S. citizens. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceImmigration assistance is just one of the ministries Trinity Episcopal Church offers as a Jubilee Center of the Episcopal Church since 1987. Trinity recently received a $750 Jubilee Ministries grant as a show of support for those efforts, which include a weekly soup kitchen meal, opportunities for court-ordered community service and a work program for individuals with developmental disabilities.That level of activity may surprise anyone who only visits Trinity on Sunday morning, when the average attendance at worship services barely tops 30 people, mostly skewing older, according to Barber. She is a lifelong member of the congregation who was baptized at the church.“We do a lot, for the small group that we have,” she said.Pinned to a bulletin board above Barber’s desk is a certificate of appreciation awarded her by the Diocese of Chicago in recognition of her immigration assistance. The certificate is from 1988, when Barber was still relatively new to this work. She jokingly curses the church’s former rector for being absent one day in 1987, leaving Barber, as parish administrator at the time, to answer a knock at the door from the immigrant who would become her first client.It was a Canadian woman who hadn’t realized she wasn’t a U.S. citizen until she needed to verify her status in order to apply to a college in Chicago. Or was it that the woman was about to get married? Barber struggled to summon a precise memory of that first case, but its legacy is clear. Now 31 years later, Barber gladly opens the door of the church offices to welcome anyone looking for help with his or her own immigration status or a relative’s case.Aurora is Illinois’ second-largest city at about 200,000 residents, about 50,000 of them foreign-born, mostly from Latin America and Asia. Its downtown suffered an economic decline toward the end of the last century, but there are signs of growth again, said the Rev. Denzil Luckritz, Trinity’s rector since 2015. The Jubilee Center has had a hand in that rebound, Luckritz said, thanks in large part to Barber’s work.“She’s made a difference in people’s lives,” he said.Linda Barber reviews Charlie Whitney’s Form I-129F in her office at Trinity Episcopal Church in Aurora, Illinois. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceOn the day Episcopal News Service visited Barber’s office, she had a 10 a.m. appointment with Charlie Whitney, a 30-year-old from the nearby city of Ottawa, Illinois, who was applying to bring his fiancée to the United States from the Philippines.“What have you got for me? Do you have the form?” Barber asked Whitney.“I do,” he said, handing her a stack of paperwork bound neatly together. This was a Form I-129F, a “petition for alien fiancée,” and it dutifully provided information about how Whitney met 28-year-old Rhea Tago while vacationing in the Philippines in 2017, how they fell in love and kept in constant long-distance communication, and how he returned to the country and proposed to her in January.Barber typically scans a form like this for potential red flags that she thinks immigration authorities, looking to identify marriage fraud, will use as reasons for denying legal residency. Whitney’s documentation was thorough, including screenshots of some of his love-struck Facebook Messenger conversations with Tago.“I’m impressed. You have done your homework,” Barber said.She told him his next step is to be patient. She also advised that money orders and cashier’s checks are processed faster than personal checks. Whitney asked if security concerns have slowed down the process, but Barber said she wasn’t aware of any that would affect this petition.If all goes smoothly, Tago might be able to join Whitney in a matter of months, Barber said. The priest at Whitney’s Roman Catholic parish already had agreed to marry the couple within three months of Tago’s arrival, as required by immigration law.“If we’ve got the rest of our lives together, what’s another couple months, if needed?” Whitney asked. He gave Barber a $20 bill as a donation for her help.Church’s ministry dates back to Reagan-era amnesty programBarber is a part-time paid employee of the church and typically works Wednesdays and Thursdays. Some weeks no one stops by needing immigration help. Other times her clients visit after learning about her services while attending the free lunches she helps organize on Thursdays. She also gets referrals, as was the case with Whitney.His grandmother had struck up a conversation with Barber while the two women were working together on floral arrangements for an Aurora flower shop on Valentine’s Day. Add part-time florist to her resume.She’s also a bass drum player in a local steel drum band and officiates at swim and diving meets, activities that got her out of the house 25 years ago after her daughter left home for college. Her work with the Trinity Amnesty Center did the same.The term “amnesty” may be a political lightning rod in 2018, but the ministry’s roots date back to the Reagan era, when passage of the bipartisan Immigration Reform and Control Act in 1986 created an amnesty program for millions of immigrants. That initially drove some of Barber’s first clients to seek her help with their paperwork. She responded by learning everything she could about immigration law and is still visibly energized by the work.“I’ve met so many people from all over the world, and from some countries I didn’t even know existed,” she said.Barber still regularly attends classes offered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, office in Chicago, to stay up to date on the latest changes in the law. Back in Aurora, she maintains a modest library of immigration resources in her office.One cabinet in the corner is stocked with brochures on civics lessons for the naturalization test. She also has flash cards if clients want to practice. Lined up on a shelf behind her are copies of “Welcome to the United States: A Guide for New Immigrants.” And if she needs to verify a detail, she’ll either pull up the Department of Homeland Security website on her computer or grab a green binder with “USCIS” written on its spine and flip through page after page of forms, fee schedules and instructions.Barber says she knows more about immigration law than some lawyers – less a boast than a statement of fact – but if she’s unable to answer a client’s questions or thinks legal assistance is necessary, she hands the case off to an Aurora attorney, Patrick Kinnally, who has worked with Trinity Amnesty Center nearly from the start.“She’s committed to trying to help people,” Kinnally told ENS by phone. “The community and Trinity are lucky to have her doing what she does.”Linda Barber is Jubilee minister at Trinity Episcopal Church in Aurora, Illinois, where she is the one-woman team behind the Trinity Amnesty Center and helps host free lunches weekly at the church. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceMost of the cases Barber sees involve Form N-400 (application for U.S. citizenship) or Form I-130 (green card application for the direct relative of a U.S. citizen or legal resident). She has attended more than her share of citizenship ceremonies, and a quick check of her computer records shows at least 1,084 people are U.S. citizens today thanks partly to Trinity Amnesty Center.Some stories stick with her, like the man with Down’s syndrome whom she taught to write “I want to be a U.S. citizen” over and over. She accompanied him on his trip to Chicago for his naturalization interview and remembers him pointing to the Statue of Liberty in a picture on the wall.“It still chokes me up,” she said.He is now a citizen. Another client asked Barber to help bring her parents to the U.S. When the parents became citizens, Barber helped them apply to bring their other children. And when one of those children got married, Barber was invited to the wedding.“They’re good, good people,” Barber said, and despite sometimes having to wait a dozen or more years, they’re “doing it the right way.”Her “right way” evokes a federal process, one that ensures immigrants maintain legal status. The wrong way, whatever it may be, has no corresponding form in the green binder.Immigrants face threat of greater restrictions under TrumpThe process of bringing family members to the United States has been criticized by President Donald Trump as “chain migration,” which he hopes to end. Does Barber see anything wrong with immigrants bringing their whole families to the U.S.?Barber paused at the question, then admitted she hadn’t really thought about the prudence of the policy.Another legal path to citizenship is known as the diversity visa lottery, which encourages immigration from certain countries underrepresented among the 1 million or so people who legally move to the U.S. each year. That, too, has been targeted by Trump: “We need to get rid of the lottery program as soon as possible,” he said in November.Goran Petkoski, a native of Macedonia, came to the U.S. in 2002 with a diversity visa. His English is precise despite his lingering accent, and his enthusiasm for America was obvious during a visit to Barber’s office.“It’s not just that you can accomplish all of your dreams, a better life. I learned the fact that we have the best education,” said Petkoski, who earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northern Illinois University in 2016 and now is training to be a grocery store manager.Macedonia natives Goran Petkoski, center, and his mother, Spasija Petkoska, right, meet with Linda Barber to ask for her help applying for U.S. citizenship for Petkoska. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServicePetkoski, 41, became a U.S. citizen in 2007 and later applied to bring his mother, Spasija Petkoska, to this country with him. She moved here in 2012 and now sat in the chair across from Barber’s desk, her hands folded in her lap. Her grasp of English was minimal, but Petkoska, 61, has been a permanent resident of the U.S. for more than five years, making her eligible to apply for citizenship.“Why do you want to become an American citizen?” Barber asked.Petkoska’s son translated for her. “She wants to be a citizen because she lives here, and she respects everything that the country does for her,” he said.Barber outlined what to expect: At her citizenship interview, Petkoska will need to explain in at least simple terms what it means to be a U.S. citizen. But before then, she will need to get two passport-style photos, and she will need money, because the government charges $725 for the application alone. During their next visit, Barber will help them fill out Form N-400.“I’ve helped a lot of people from Macedonia,” she said before sending mother and son on their way.Barber has not had much experience with the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, which was created under President Barack Obama to offer protection for immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally when they were children. DACA protections now are in limbo after Trump revoked the program.As for adults who came to the United States illegally, Barber withholds condemnation. They simply aren’t the clients she typically assists at Trinity Amnesty Center. Under current law, no amount of paperwork is likely to help.“There’s no way they can become legal at this point,” she said.That doesn’t prevent Barber from engaging in some wishful thinking. One of the regulars at the Thursday soup kitchen meal is a man who has struggled to resolve issues with his legal status. Every week, after he finishes his free lunch, he sticks around to help wash dishes.“I want to adopt you,” Barber sometimes tells him, “so you can become legal.”Form N-600: “An adopted child may also acquire U.S. citizenship through his or her adoptive U.S. citizen parent.” A valid path to citizenship, but not for someone 18 or older.Wishful thinking.Wishes and paperwork aside, Barber also feels called to look after her dishwashing friend and any other immigrants who enter the doors at Trinity Episcopal Church.“They know they’re all safe here. I’m not going to call the feds on them,” she said. “This is a church. We want you to be safe here.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (4) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate Diocese of Nebraska An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET 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 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Comments are closed. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Faith & Politics, Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events BD Howes says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Collierville, TN March 9, 2018 at 5:18 pm Rev. Fenton, when we read of Congress in 1939 debating whether to give shelter to Jewish kids waiting on a ship in New York harbor, we know the kind of words they used. The opponents spoke of legalities and policies and fears, not of compassion. When we hear the opponents of granting acceptance to DACA members, we hear words of legalities and policies and fears, not of compassion. We know what transpired after 1939. May history not judge us so lacking again. Rector Albany, NY March 9, 2018 at 3:45 pm To Rev Fenton, You sir are way out of line! Equating the DACA situation to the Nazi Jewish holocaust is extremely offensive. Featured Jobs & Calls Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH March 9, 2018 at 9:22 pm The Reverand spoke to the “roundup of Jews” and that is where I take offense. The St Louis, which actually was bound for Havana, Cuba is an entirely different story without any Nazi roundup. Rector Shreveport, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Press Release Tom Hester says: 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Tampa, FL Refugees Migration & Resettlement New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books March 9, 2018 at 1:56 pm Linda Barber sets an example for all of us. Sadly, the churches and synagogues as a whole have been silent as ICE conducts cruel separation of families by deporting undocumented people, many of whom have been living honest, wholesome lives, working hard and supporting their families. It was the indifference of a Christian nation, Germany, that allowed the roundup of Jews.I see the same indifference of people of faith in America today. Linda Barber reminds us we have an obligation beyond ourselves. We must practice neighbor love before it is too late, before we lose the America of welcome and incorporation of immigrants and refugees, before we forget what it means to be a Jew or a Christian. “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” Press Release Service Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET By David PaulsenPosted Mar 9, 2018 last_img read more

Winners of Global Awards for Fundraising 2014 announced

first_img Tagged with: Awards International Fundraising Congress Resource Alliance The award went to DanChurchAid, Denmark, for its Give Malawi a Lifeline campaign. Working in partnership with Bilka, the Danish department store chain, the campaign goal of raising kr6.5 in three years was reached after only four months. The project, to renovate two health centres for pregnant women and young children, was expanded to a support eight health centres by raising kr20m. The total currently stands at kr16.1m. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The other shortlisted candidates were Johann Fox, Children’s Medical & Research Foundation (Ireland); and Luis Fernando Donadio, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Fiocruz (Brazil).Kyla Shawyer, acting Chief Executive of The Resource Alliance, congratulated the winners, adding:“The Global Fundraising Awards is an internationally diverse event indeed, with entrants from all over the world. The awards showcase the best ideas in fundraising and also serve as a framework for fundraisers to both inspire and be inspired by these innovative ideas.”Judging panelThe awards were decided by an expert panel of international judges including: Angel Aloma – Executive Director, Food For The Poor (USA); PeiYao Chen – Director of Learning, Evaluation, and Impact, Global Fund for Women (USA); Jenna Pudelek – Acting Editor, Fundraising Magazine (UK); Sarah Scarth – Fundraising Consultant, Sarah Scarth & Associates (South Africa); Sukich Udindu – Resource Alliance Asia Advisory Board and Entrepreneur (Thailand).  82 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Winners of Global Awards for Fundraising 2014 announced The other shortlisted entrants were Cancer Care West for The Road to Inis Aoibhin – Donegal to Galway 240k cycle (Ireland); and CRIS Cancer Foundation for Works that Value Lives (Spain).Innovative Fundraising CampaignThis category recognises organisations for a fundraising campaign which displays innovation and opportunity for replication during the last 12 – 24 months.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8pwZaYtabg[/youtube] The other shortlisted candidates were Microfinance and Community Development Institute (MACDI) for the Investors and Successful Biogas Microfinance Businesswomen (Vietnam); and Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation for its Premium Acquisition campaign, May 2013 (Australia).The Global FundraiserThis category recognises an individual with five years’ fundraising experience who demonstrates exemplary fundraising success over a sustained period of two years or more.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppR0IwKbz6E[/youtube] The Global Awards for Fundraising were announced last night at a ceremony at the 35th International Fundraising Congress in The Netherlands.Launched in 2010 by The Resource Alliance, the awards are designed to feature the ‘best of the best’ in fundraising, with the shortlist consisting of winners from countries’ national fundraising awards. They recognise excellence and inspirational fundraising in organisations and individuals.This year, the winners came from Australia, Denmark and Italy.Big Idea, Small BudgetThis category awards a prize to a small or medium-sized organisation that has implemented a successful new fundraising idea or stream of revenue on a small budget in the past 12 – 24 months.[youtube height=”450″ width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6Pq0uxn-og[/youtube] The winner was Stefano Malfatti, Head of Fundraising at Fondazione Don Gnocci ONLUS in Italy, for his energetic approach to fundraising and recent success with the foundation which specialises in rehabilitation and care for a variety of people with complex needs. He has developed major initiatives and has doubled the amount of bequests. In the last five years, money gifted in wills to the foundation has exceeded €20m.   Howard Lake | 16 October 2014 | 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. The winner was Ronald McDonald House, Australia, for its Stronger Together campaign, to build a new Ronald McDonald House in Perth, Western Australia, which will provide a sanctuary of comfort for families of seriously ill children. The campaign raised over AUS$22 million in pledges from the community, trust and foundations, corporates, individuals and government.last_img read more

Volunteering opportunities available at IFC 2019 & IoF Scottish Fundraising Conference

first_imgVolunteering opportunities available at IFC 2019 & IoF Scottish Fundraising Conference AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Melanie May | 20 May 2019 | News Tagged with: Events Volunteering About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Resource Alliance and IoF Scotland are both looking for volunteer helpers for events this summer.Resource Alliance is seeking 20 session leaders for IFC 2019, which takes place in the Netherlands on 15-18 October.  These are the first point of contact for speakers if they require any assistance before, during or after their session.In addition, session leaders will work as a group and act as an information point for delegates, speakers and the Resource Alliance staff.Resource Alliance is looking for people who work in fundraising, come from a country with an emerging philanthropic culture, and who may be from charities with a small training budget, or fundraisers starting out as consultants.If an application is successful, the session leader will be required to pay a discounted registration fee of by 31 August 2019. They will also be responsible for their own travel to/from IFC 2019, including all arrangements, payment and required travel documents.It is asking people to apply by 22 June 2019.IoF Scotland is also seeking volunteers, for this year’s IoF Scottish Fundraising Conference. It will place on the 1 and 2 October 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Glasgow Central.Volunteers for this event will receive:Free entry to both days of the IoF Scottish Fundraising ConferenceOpportunity to attend selected sessions on a range of fundraising topics and issuesValuable experience in team working and event managementNetworking opportunitiesRepayment of your travel expensesTicket to the Awards Gala Dinner on Tuesday 1 OctoberAccommodation for the duration of the event (if required)Applications open today (20 May), with a deadline for submissions of 26 July.  353 total views,  2 views today Advertisement  354 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2last_img read more

U.S. cities, states look to socialist Cuba for COVID-19 help

first_imgWith the U.S. death toll from COVID-19 expected to surpass 200,000 by the end of August, governing bodies in U.S. cities and states are taking matters into their own hands. They are calling for U.S.-Cuba scientific and medical collaboration against the pandemic.On July 21, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution for the U.S. to cooperate with Cuba against COVID-19, saying this could “save lives.”  (48hills.com, July 22)In 2007 the first medical students from the U.S. to graduate from the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba, vow to return home to use their skills to treat poor people, in keeping with the school’s socialist principles.Resolution sponsor Supervisor Hillary Ronen pointed out that Cuba’s pharmaceutical industry has developed drugs that should be available in the U.S.: “Limiting cooperation with Cuba makes no sense.” Similar resolutions have passed or been submitted in several California cities and in Massachusetts and Minnesota state legislatures.On Aug. 7, Minnesota state senators and representatives sent a letter to Gov. Tim Walz, along with a senate resolution and house bill advocating reaching out to Cuba. The letter noted that “[A]s the place where George Floyd was killed, we have an obligation to our people of color and Indigenous communities to demonstrate our commitment to address the vast disparity in the impact of the pandemic on their populations. Our proposal may present one of the best opportunities to do so by recognizing and learning from a country whose medical brigades and outreach have brought assistance to the world’s poorest and most disadvantaged people.” (Cubadebate.cu, Aug. 12)Sen. Sandy Pappas noted, as of July 6, that Cuba had a total of only 2,380 cases and 86 deaths. Around that time, U.S. deaths per capita were 53 times greater than Cuba’s. As of Aug. 16, U.S. deaths are over 80 times greater.Pappas, who has taken three delegations to Cuba, acknowledged that nation’s long history of providing medical assistance to other countries during epidemics like Ebola, swine flu and dengue.As of May, over 50 countries have requested and received assistance from Cuba to combat the virus, and over 80 countries have requested Cuban pharmaceutical products, including interferon, proven to successfully mitigate the impact of the coronavirus. Cuba has sent more than 2,000 doctors and nurses to 23 countries in Europe, Latin America, Africa and the Middle East since the pandemic began. (The Nation, May 22)The Trump administration has refused to lift the U.S. blockade of  Cuba and allow interferon or other Cuban-made drugs to be sold or tested in the U.S. In 2005, Cuba offered to send 1,600 medics, field hospitals and 83 tons of medical supplies to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina decimated the city. U.S. President George W. Bush rejected the aid. After Hurricane Maria in 2017, President Trump rejected Cuba’s offer to send doctors and humanitarian aid to Puerto Rico.In April, Josefina Vidal, Cuba’s Ambassador to Canada, stated: “[I]f the current United States government asks for assistance to confront COVID-19, Cuba would provide it. Cuba advocates that solidarity, the need to put aside political and ideological differences between countries and cooperation among all, is the only way to overcome this pandemic.” (The Progressive, April 30)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Journalist murdered near border with Guatemala

first_img HondurasAmericas to go further RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today voiced sadness and outrage at the shooting death late yesterday of German Antonio Rivas, the director of a local TV station in western Honduras, who was first journalist to be murdered in Honduras in at least 20 years.In a letter to President Ricardo Maduro, Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard urged him to do everything possible to ensure that those responsible are identified and punished and called for special protection for any witnesses and for the victim’s family and colleagues.The organisation also voiced concern at the lack of results in the investigation into an earlier shooting attack in February against Rivas, who ran Corporación Maya Visión, a TV station based in Santa Rosa del Copán, near Honduras’ western border with Guatemala.In yesterday’s attack, Rivas was shot by two gunmen as he arrived at his TV station. The local press said he was gunned down as he got out of his car, which he had just parked outside the station.Xiomara Orellana of Channel 34 told the daily El Tiempo that, “No one saw anything, it happened very quickly. They shot him in the head.” René Rojas, a local correspondent for the Tegucigalpa-based Radio América, told the Honduran press freedom organisation C-Libre: “We think there are witnesses, but there is fear. The murderers always leave someone at the crime scene and that may be one of the reasons why no one wants to talk for the time being.”According to C-Libre and Rivas’ family, forensic experts took four hours to get to the crime scene.Claudia Rivas, the victim’s daughter, said the killing must have been linked to his work, that there was no other explanation. Everyone mentioned the fact that Rivas narrowly escaped an attack on 24 February, when someone fired at him as he arrived home after recording the news programme “CMV Noticias.”At that time, the station had just reported about coffee and cattle smuggling across the Guatemalan border. It had also carried reports on the dumping of cyanide into the River Lara by a privately-owned company, Minerales de Occidente, which was fined 1 million lempiras (about 140,000 euros). Rivas had received threats during the weeks prior to the February attack.Rolando Mia Cardona, the regional representative of the commissioner for human rights, said Rivas was not given special protection although a request was made to the interior ministry by his sister, Rocío Tábora, the deputy minister in the office of the president. As a result, Rivas had to hire a private bodyguard. An offer of protection was not received until three months after the February attack, and Rivas turned it down because he mistrusted the police, which is said to turn a blind eye to local smuggling or at least does little about it.No serious investigation was ever carried out into the February attack. Rivas filed a complaint about this on 13 March with the office of the commissioner for human rights. Police who came to the scene of the attack found nothing, although an old rifle that could have been the weapon used was found the next day in a ditch by a friend of Rivas. His family complained that the police even handled the rifle without gloves. “The ballistics report is still in Tegucigalpa nine months later,” Mia Cardona told Reporters Without Borders. “Indeed, there was never any follow-up in the investigation,” he added.The family said Rivas had not received any further threats after the February attack and he had not tackled any more sensitive subjects in his programmes. A fellow journalist said there were rumours that it could have been a crime of passion but they were not very credible.Violence against the press is rare in Honduras. The most recent previous case was three years ago, when two gunmen fired on Julio Cesar Pineda of Radio Progreso outside his home in El Progreso, a small town near the central city of San Pedro Sula, seriously injuring him. His radio station had criticised the local health system and an increase in public transport fares. The attack may also have been linked to Pineda’s participation in a local commission of enquiry into links between police and criminals. Reporters Without Borders voiced sadness and outrage at the shooting death of German Antonio Rivas, the director of a local TV station. In a letter to President Ricardo Maduro, the organization urged him to do everything possible to ensure that those responsible are identified and punished. November 27, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist murdered near border with Guatemala Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Honduras Receive email alerts News April 27, 2021 Find out more 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies May 13, 2021 Find out more News HondurasAmericas RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” News Reports December 28, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Report says three journalists died in prison camp in northeastern desert

first_img Reporters Without Borders today called on the Eritrean government to urgently produce evidence that three journalists illegally held since September 2001 are still alive, as information from credible sources indicates they died in the course of the past 20 months in a detention centre at a place called Eiraeiro, in a remote northeastern desert.The organisation wrote to the Eritrean embassy in France on 9 October asking the government to provide an explanation “within a reasonable period” about these “very disturbing reports.” If we do not get a reply from you in the near future, our organisation will publish this information,” said the letter, which did not receive a response.“This silence on the part of the Eritrean authorities is inhumane and intolerable,” Reporters Without Borders said today. “Dozens of political prisoners have disappeared into jails run by the armed forces. They include at least 13 journalists, of whom there has been no word for nearly five years.”The organisation added: “We now have extremely disturbing revelations in the report on the Eiraeiro detention centre. No foreign government should continue to have any dealings with President Issaias Afeworki and his government without insisting on serious, documented explanations.”The report on Eiraeiro, located in the Sheib subzone of the Northern Red Sea administrative region, was posted on the Internet in August. It contains precise and verifiable information about the exact location of the detention centre, where at least 62 political prisoners were said to be held, including former ministers, another senior officials, high-ranking military officers, government opponents and eight of the 13 journalists held since a round-up in September 2001. Initially published in the Tigrinya language on 17 August on aigaforum.com, an Ethiopian website, it was translated into English and posted on 31 August on awate.com, an Eritrean opposition site that is edited in the United States. Reporters Without Borders knows the sources for the information in the report, although it will not identify them for security reasons, and believes them to be credible and serious.The Eiraeiro detention centre is said to have been built in this northeastern desert in 2003. An Eritrean journalist in exile told Reporters Without Borders that it is “one of the country’s hottest areas.” To get to Eiraeiro, you reportedly have to walk for two hours from the nearest road, linking Serjeka and Gahtelay, northwest of Filfil Selomuna. Consisting of 62 cells measuring 3 metres by 3 metres, it is said to contain detainees who were previously held in Embatkala, in the east of the country.The prisoners named in the report include Seyoum Tsehaye (or Fsehaye), a freelance journalist (cell No. 10), Dawit Habtemichael, deputy editor and co-founder of Meqaleh (cell No. 12), a journalist identified by the first name “Yosief” or “Yusuf,” who is almost certainly Yusuf Mohamed Ali, the editor of Tsigenay (cell No. 9), Medhane Tewelde (almost certainly Medhane Haile), deputy editor and co-founder of Keste Debena (cell No. 8), Temesghen Gebreyesus, journalist and member of the Keste Debena board (cell No. 23), Said Abdulkader, editor and founder of Admas (cell No. 24), and Emanuel Asrat, editor of Zemen (cell No. 25).An Eritrean former political prisoner now in exile told Reporters Without Borders on condition on anonymity that Fessahaye “Joshua” Yohannes, a playwright and journalist with the newspaper Setit, is now also being held at Eiraeiro, in cell No. 18. He was previously held in Dongolo prison in the south of the country, in an underground cell measuring just 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres, and 2.5 metres tall, lit by a bulb that was never turned off. One of his friends, who said he was held at the same time as Yohannes and who now lives in exile, told Reporters Without Borders that Yohannes was subjected to various forms of torture including having his finger-nails ripped out.They are all part of a group of 13 journalists who were rounded up by the police during the week of 18 to 25 September 2001 after the government decided to “suspend” all of Eritrea’s privately-owned media and ordered the arrest of everyone considered to a member of the opposition.The report says at least nine of the detainees at Eiraeiro have died as a result of “various illnesses, psychological pressure or suicide.” They include three of the journalists named above – Yusuf Mohamed Ali, who reportedly died on 13 June, Medhane Haile, who reportedly died in February, and Said Abdulkader, who reportedly died in March 2005.All of the Eritreans consulted by Reporters Without Borders said the information contained in the report was “entirely plausible,” at the very least, even if it could not currently be verified. An Eritrean journalist now in exile said that when he was held at a detention centre like Eiraeiro in 2000: “Many prisoners held at the same time as me died as a result of malaria attacks or other illnesses. Their bodies were thrown in unmarked common graves. In some cases, the authorities led their families to believe they had escaped or were killed by Ethiopians.”The report contains harrowing descriptions of conditions at Eiraeiro. Most of the detainees are chained by their hands. They sleep on the ground and have no bed linen. Their heads and beards are shaved once a month. Since February, they have been let out of their cells for an hour a day but without being allowed contact with other prisoners. Any attempt to converse with the camp’s guards is immediately punished.Since 2001, Reporters Without Borders and other human rights and press freedom groups have been calling for the release of Eritrea’s political prisoners, including the 13 journalists arrested in the round-up of September of that year. The Eritrean government claims they are being held as part of a parliamentary investigation into “spying” and “treason.”The “suspension” of the privately-owned media came as the second war with Ethiopia was ending in 2001, when the independent press relayed calls for democratisation by 15 senior ruling party members known as the “Group of 15” or “G-15” and the government reacted on 18 September 2001 by cracking down on the G-15 and the opposition. After 10 of the detained journalists staged a hunger strike, they were transferred in April 2002 to detention centres in undisclosed locations. Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case EritreaAfrica News Reporters Without Borders today called on the Eritrean government to urgently produce evidence that three journalists illegally held since September 2001 are still alive, as information from credible sources indicates they died in the course of the past 20 months in a detention centre at a place called Eiraeiro, in a remote northeastern desert. November 14, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Report says three journalists died in prison camp in northeastern desert Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? News Receive email alerts January 13, 2021 Find out more News to go further Follow the news on Eritrea RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision April 14, 2021 Find out more RSF_en EritreaAfrica Reports Help by sharing this information Organisation October 27, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

New York-Based Lender Settles with U.S. for $36 Million Over Mortgage Fraud Claims

first_img Related Articles Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. About Author: Brian Honea Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Direct Endorsement Lender Program FHA Fraud Golden First HUD Settlements 2015-01-02 Brian Honea Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / New York-Based Lender Settles with U.S. for $36 Million Over Mortgage Fraud Claims The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img January 2, 2015 1,130 Views The U.S. has settled a civil mortgage lawsuit against Golden First Mortgage Corp. that accused the mortgage company and its owner, David Movtady, of defrauding a government mortgage program, according to an announcement from U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara.The Great Neck, New York-based Golden First agreed to pay $36 million to settle a complaint originally filed by the U.S. in April 2013 and amended in August 2013. In the complaint, the U.S. accuses Golden First of violating the False Claims Act through years of misconduct relating to the mortgage company’s participation in the Federal Housing Administration (FHA)’s Direct Endorsement Lender Program.The settlement, approved by U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, also requires Movtady to pay a $300,000 penalty. As part of the settlement, Golden First and Movtady accepted responsibility for the alleged misconduct in the complaint. The complaint alleges that Golden First did not conform to the all FHA and HUD regulations related to the Direct Endorsement Lender Program by failing to maintain a quality control program, despite a certification signed by Movtady in September 2008 that the company was in compliance with all of the FHA/HUD regulations to maintain FHA/HUD approval. Movtady is permanently barred from doing any business with the federal government as part of the settlement.”This settlement holds Golden First and its owner, David Movtady, accountable for lying to the government about compliance with HUD requirements and approving bad loans,” Bharara said. “This type of conduct costs the United States millions of dollars when the loans inevitably default, and this Office is committed to snuffing it out.”Golden First was a participant in the Direct Endorsement Lender Program from 1989 to 2010, and Movtady served as the owner, operator, and president of Golden First from 1979 to 2010, according to the complaint. Being a Direct Endorsement Lender gave Golden First the authority to originate, underwrite, and certify mortgages for FHA insurance. HUD relies on lenders to properly review, certify, and underwrite loans before they are approved for FHA insurance, since HUD is on the hook for the cost if the loan later defaults.According to the complaint, Golden First certified that more than 1,000 mortgage loans met HUD’s requirements for FHA insurance when in fact they did not. The complaint alleges that Golden First was in violation of three basic requirements of HUD’s quality control program: first, maintaining a program independent of the lender’s business units; second, disclosing loans with evidence of fraud or serious underwriting problems to HUD within 60 days of initial discovery; and third, the requirement to conduct a full review of a loan that defaults within the first six payments. New York-Based Lender Settles with U.S. for $36 Million Over Mortgage Fraud Claims in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Direct Endorsement Lender Program FHA Fraud Golden First HUD Settlements Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Portfolio Plummets; Book of Business Ticks Upward Next: U.K. Lender May Have To Pay More Than Expected to Settle FHFA Suit  Print This Post Subscribelast_img read more