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Societe Generale Ghana Limited (SOGEGH.gh) 2015 Annual Report

first_imgSociete Generale Ghana Limited (SOGEGH.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2015 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)  2015 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

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Las iglesias tienen un papel que desempeñar en el fomento…

first_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Belleville, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events 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 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 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 Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Tampa, FL New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Collierville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Las iglesias tienen un papel que desempeñar en el fomento del discurso civil en la sociedad Los ponentes en el foro convienen en que los religiosos pueden ser benéficos catalizadores en diálogos controvertidos AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector Albany, NY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 27, 2014 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC El Rdo. Tim Safford, rector de la iglesia de Cristo en Filadelfia, saluda el 22 de octubre a los asistentes al foro, auspiciado por la Iglesia Episcopal, El discurso civil en Estados Unidos: encontrar criterios coincidentes para el bien mayor, en tanto Clifton Daniel, obispo provisional de la Diócesis de Pensilvania, lo escucha. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.[Episcopal News Service – Filadelfia] Los estadounidenses están cada vez más preocupados por la polarización del debate político en el país, y las comunidades religiosas pueden ayudar a fomentar un regreso al diálogo respetuoso, dijeron los panelistas que participaron en el foro sobre el discurso civil auspiciado por la Iglesia Episcopal aquí el 22 de octubre.Las tres religiones abrahámicas —judaísmo, cristianismo e islam— creen que las personas son creadas a imagen de Dios, les recordó a los participantes el Rabí Steve Gutow, presidente y director ejecutivo del Consejo Judío sobre Asuntos Públicos, de manera que las personas de fe deben encontrarse mutuamente como si tuvieran una chispa de la gran sabiduría de Dios en ellos, de la cual otros pueden aprender, incluso cuando no están de acuerdo.Las comunidades religiosas, dijo él, deben actuar a partir de lo que definió como un apasionado compromiso con lo que creen que Dios está llamándoles a hacer, así como un apasionado compromiso con la idea de que cada persona es creada a imagen de Dios y por consiguiente merece respeto.Prince Singh, obispo de la Diócesis de Rochester, resaltando que el foro se había reunido en el festival hindú de las luces que se conoce como Diwali, dijo que constituye una disciplina espiritual resistir el impulso a demonizar al oponente y más bien esforzarse por aportar luz, en lugar de calor, a las conversaciones sobre temas potencialmente divisivos.Organizado por la Iglesia Episcopal, el foro de 90 minutos de duración, titulado El discurso civil en Estados Unidos: encontrar criterios coincidentes para el bien mayor, fue transmitido en directo a través de la Red desde la iglesia de Cristo [Christ Church] en Filadelfia (Diócesis de Pensilvania), el lugar de nacimiento de la Iglesia Episcopal y el templo que figuró significativamente en la fundación de Estados Unidos.Las sesiones pronto podrán verse a solicitud aquí.Los organizadores crearon una guía del moderador para ayudar en los debates del grupo y para una mejor comprensión del foro. La información acerca de la guía se encuentra aquí y se puede descargar aquí.“Nuestras conversaciones están limitadas por la fragilidad humana, pero también pueden participar de las posibilidades divinas y eternas”, dijo la obispa primada Katharine Jefferts Schori en su discurso de apertura, añadiendo que esto último es posible cuando los conservacionistas se acercan mutuamente no como enemigos, sino más bien como “un ser humano dotado y bendecido que podría tener un don que darnos”.“Sigo convencida de que las conversaciones cara a cara tienen más posibilidades de ser vivificadoras que esas incorpóreas en que tanto participamos por mensajes de texto, a través de Twitter o en un blog”, afirmó.“Cuando dejamos de ver la verdadera belleza humana y resaltamos los defectos de nuestros interlocutores, es fácil inyectar veneno en lugar de esperar una transformación”.Antes de que comenzaran los dos paneles del foro, Robert Jones, el director ejecutivo de la oficina del Instituto Público sobre la Investigación Religiosa, resumió brevemente una encuesta de opinión pública que su organización llevó a cabo con la Iglesia Episcopal en conjunto con el foro. El resumen, “¿Es aun posible la civilidad? Lo que los estadounidenses quieren en los líderes públicos y en el discurso público”, llegó a la conclusión de que “pese a estar divididos por generaciones, por religión, por razas y por alianzas políticas partidistas, los estadounidenses expresan una intensa preferencia por el acuerdo” y “el apetito del público por el acuerdo es creciente”.Los medios de información fragmentados y polarizados del país contribuye a la falta de civilidad en el discurso público, concluía el informe, ya que los medios de prensa “recompensan la retórica en el debate político que con frecuencia tiene por objeto crear conflicto y drama a expensas de la moderación”.No obstante, “la inmensa mayoría del público cree que la ausencia de un discurso civil es un problema importante para el funcionamiento de nuestro sistema político”, según el informe.Las instituciones religiosas se han convertido en un obstáculo en sus empeños de fomentar el diálogo porque las congregaciones siguen estando segregadas conforme a criterios raciales e incluso ideológicos, concluía el informe. “Las organizaciones religiosas deben pasar también por los descendentes niveles de confianza en las instituciones cívicas, particularmente entre los jóvenes adultos”, decía el informe. “Cuando los líderes religiosos se concentran en los temas controvertidos, es más probable que los estadounidense nos perciban como parte del problema que como una posible solución”.John J. DeGioia, presidente de la Universidad de Georgetown y panelista del foro sobre el discurso civil, hace un comentario mientras los demás escuchan. De izquierda a derecha, Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, director ejecutivo de religión del Huffington Post; el rabino Steve Gutow, presidente y director ejecutivo del Consejo Judío sobre Asuntos Públicos; Elizabeth McCloskey, presidente y directora ejecutiva del Instituto de Fe y Política y el obispo Prince Singh de la Diócesis Episcopal de Rochester. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.Durante el panel sobre discurso civil y fe, John J. DeGioia, presidente de la Universidad de Georgetown, convino con el punto de Jefferts Schori sobre las conversaciones cara a cara. Las conversaciones individuales, afirmó, con frecuencia dan lugar a desacuerdos mucho menores que las discusiones más concurridas durante las cuales los individuos rara vez llegan a relacionarse entre sí.En esas pequeñas conversaciones, los participantes encuentran que son más las coas que los unen que las que los separan, dijo, y añadió que la iglesias deben hacer hincapié en las cosas que comparte la comunidad humana.Elizabeth McCloskey, presidente y directora ejecutiva del Instituto de Fe y Política, invocó lo que llamó la humildad y la convicción del presidente Abraham Lincoln en que cada persona tiene una vocación de intentar alcanzar una unión más perfecta. Instó a los líderes religiosos a predicar tanto esa humildad como el supuesto de una intención honorable.Partiendo del criterio que muchos en el Congreso de EE.UU. quisieran alcanzar un acuerdo, pero creen que sus votantes no quieren tal cosa, McCloskey dijo que a ella le gustaría ver que los líderes religiosos modelan el discurso civil “y entonces que las personas de fe… comiencen a exigirles a los líderes políticos que alcancen acuerdos, que participen en el debate deliberativo”.Hugh Forrest, director del Festival Interactivo del Sur por el Suroeste, habla acerca de la creatividad y la diversidad creativa, mientras lo escuchan, de izquierda a derecha, el moderador Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, director ejecutivo de religión para el Huffington Post; Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, directora ejecutiva del Instituto Nacional para el Discurso Civil, y David Boardman, decano de la Escuela de Medios y Comunicación de la Universidad Temple de Filadelfia. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.Durante el segundo panel, sobre el discurso civil en política y en la normativa, Carolyn J. Lukensmeyer, directora ejecutiva del Instituto Nacional para el Discurso Civil, advirtió contra la creencia de que el país está tan dividido como el Congreso federal. En lugar de eso, dijo ella, lo que Alexis de Tocqueville vio en los estadounidenses en 1838 sigue siendo verdad hoy día: frente a un problema, abandonan rápidamente las ideologías y buscan soluciones.“Esa es una ventaja extraordinaria respecto a dónde nos encontramos ahora”, afirmó.Abordando el papel de los medios de información en el discurso civil, David Boardman, decano de la Escuela de Medios y Comunicaciones de la Universidad Temple, dijo: los estadounidenses usan los medios de comunicación de la manera en que un borracho usa un poste de la luz: para sujetarse, no para iluminación”. Si bien los “monopolios mediáticos” estadounidenses se han fragmentado de tal manera que con frecuencia conducen a una pérdida de los recursos que sostienen la información profunda e investigativa, la fractura también ha dado lugar a la creación de unos medios de información muy específicos, tanto de temas como geográficos, que les proporcionan a los consumidores bien dispuestos una información de mayor profundidad y alcance que nunca antes.Hugh Forrest, Director del Festival Interactivo del Sur por el Suroeste, dijo que el festival descubrió que exigir diversidad entre los panelistas del festival había dado lugar a una creatividad de que la reunión había carecido anteriormente.El rabino Gutow y el obispo Singh también participaron en el primer panel.Paul Brandeis Raushenbush, director ejecutivo de religión para el Huffington Post, moderó las discusiones del panel.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Shreveport, LA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska last_img read more

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Florida Hospital Apopka CEO Tim Cook adds new hospital to his…

first_img Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Florida Hospital officials announced multiple changes within its leadership team this week, including additional responsibilities for Florida Hospital Apopka CEO Tim Cook. Cook, who also serves as CEO of Florida Hospital Winter Garden, was named CEO of Florida Hospital Altamonte, according to the news release.“This opportunity is much more about the strength of the operating teams and all three facilities,” said Cook. “And because each team is so good I can turn my attention to working more with community, and medical staff leadership to enhance a network of healthcare services that are accessible to all members of our community! I feel blessed and humbled to serve in this capacity!”Tim CookCook, previously the CEO for Florida Hospital DeLand, has been the senior vice president/administrator for Florida Hospital Apopka, including executive accountability for Florida Hospital Winter Garden, since 2016. Those titles were formalized to CEO in this recent addition. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSFlorida Hospital – ApopkaTim Cook Previous articleApopka Police Department Arrest ReportNext articleCookies and Milk with a Cop this weekend Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Anatomy of Fear Prior to his role at Florida Hospital DeLand, Cook served as CEO of the Florida Hospital Heartland Division from 2007 until 2013, and as CEO of Adventist LaGrange Memorial Hospital in Illinois for four years before that. His career has been rooted in health care highlighted by earlier roles with Adventist Midwest Health including vice president of development, regional vice president of human resources, risk management, and customer service excellence, and chief operating officer.Cook holds a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Pastoral Ministry from Pacific Union College and a Master of Arts in Religion from Andrews University.Cook, along with his wife Vivian, has two sons and a daughter. They are a musical family that together play multiple instruments and perform regularly at church and local functions.Editor’s Note: Florida Hospital News contributed to this report.last_img read more

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People’s Grand Jury charges “racial disparities rampant in Pitt County, N.C., criminal system”

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this The movement against police and court violence against Black youth is as vibrant in small towns in the U.S. South like Greenville, N.C., as in industrial cities like Oakland, Calif., and Baltimore. In the afternoon of Oct. 6, community members in Greenville joined activists from the Mothers of the Incarcerated and the Pitt County Coalition Against Racism (CAR) to hold a People’s Grand Jury. That body charged local District Attorney Kimberly Robb and former District Attorney Clark Everett with illegal racial bias in their decisions to prosecute Black people while ignoring crimes committed by whites. An earlier protest of the district attorney.Next the two groups plan to take their demands to Raleigh, the state capital, for a Nov. 14 People’s Trial to be held outside the state bar association. Racial disparities in the criminal justice system are as overwhelming in Pitt County as they are across the country. CAR presented data showing Black people are three to four times as likely to be charged with resisting arrest, three times as likely to be charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana, and one-and-a-half times as likely to be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. All this despite evidence showing that white people are more likely to be marijuana users. The racist disparities are evident not only in the charging decisions made by the district attorneys, but in the actions of the police. Statistics compiled by UNC-Chapel Hill professor Frank Baumgartner show that the Greenville Police Department is 72 percent more likely to search a Black person at a traffic stop than a white person. (tinyurl.com/o4tva25)Greenville is neither unique nor particularly backward. This city of over 90,000 is home to one of the largest universities in the state and has a highly educated population. Unlike most neighboring towns in Eastern North Carolina that have lost population following the 1994 NAFTA trade agreement with Canada and Mexico that expedited the loss of over 100,000 mill jobs in North Carolina, Greenville’s large hospital, university and medical school have fueled its growth. Despite this development, the racist attitudes of the police and courts remain the same as under the era of racial discrimination and segregation known as Jim Crow. Two of the mothers who testified experienced the racism of the courts in seemingly opposite ways. They were both clear that their stories had roots in the same oppression. Sharon Carter’s 20-year-old African-American daughter was killed two years ago by a young white man, Mitchell Wilkerson, whose family has strong ties to Greenville authorities. Wilkerson was texting while driving, but was ultimately given only a $25 fine and no jail time. Sarah Blakely testified about her son, Donte Sharpe, who has served 22 years for a murder he did not commit. Despite the efforts of the Innocence Project at Duke University Law to reopen the case, both DAs Robb and Everett oppose a new trial for Donte Sharpe. The Mothers of the Incarcerated and CAR are committed to the struggle against the racist police and criminal justice system and won’t stop here. They have held demonstrations in solidarity with Mike Brown, the young Black man killed by police in Ferguson, Mo., in the summer of 2014, and the Black Lives Matter movement. last_img read more

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Texas prisoners win

first_imgNanon Williams, with grandsons Jason and Liam at the Ramsey Unit in Brazoria County, Texas.Houston — A tremendous victory after a long struggle has been won by activist prisoners at the Ramsey Unit Prison in Brazoria County,Texas, when four prison guards were taken off the unit and indicted on felony charges. (Houston Chronicle, July 11) Prisoner-activists were responsible for exposing, challenging and publicizing the guards’ illegal and brutal treatment.The victory came after prisoners Nanon Williams, Donsha Crump and Neil Giese, all Muslims, were repeatedly thrown into solitary, had phony disciplinary cases filed against them, lost visitation rights, lost telephone privileges, were removed from working on their education and faced gross discrimination.But these men filed grievances, wrote to the media and contacted state legislators as well as higher state prison officials. They mobilized “outside” support by contacting activists and progressive media.After months of struggle, four of the prison personnel were fired, indicted by a grand jury in early July and criminally charged.Events at the Ramsey Unit that led to the criminal charges are typical of everyday actions by guards at the hundred-plus Texas prisons. The Texas Department of Criminal Justice was founded on racism and the convict lease program, when people of color were arbitrarily arrested and “leased” out for no pay to work for plantation, mine and factory owners.Brutality, trumped-up charges, rapes, denial of medical treatment and anti-Muslim persecution are rampant and real every day of the year in  Texas jails.A year of prisoner organizingProblems at the Ramsey Unit began for the Muslim prisoners in 2017, almost a year ago, when a new warden, Virgil McMullen, was assigned to the prison after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area in August. Prisoners at Ramsey, only 30 minutes from Houston and close to the Gulf of Mexico, had to be evacuated because of the severity of the storm.After Warden McMullen read a Workers World eyewitness article about conditions created by the hurricane, he confronted prisoner Williams, who was quoted in the article. Williams had spoken with a WW reporter about the dangerous and treacherous conditions for evacuated prisoners, sleeping on gym floors along with rats, roaches, mosquitoes and snakes. (tinyurl.com/y844jgrt)Williams, who, along with other Ramsey prisoners, communicates regularly with a Workers World reporter about prison conditions, recounted the warden’s threats, including that McMullen told Williams “not to let McMullen’s name ever come out of his mouth again.”After this, the harassment of the Muslim prisoners began, with denial of their right to wear kufis (religious Islamic headwear), interference with their services and singling them out for “beard infractions.”Muslims were given false charges and assigned to work in the fields. A federal court had already ruled in 2014 that Texas prisons were in violation of the rights of Muslim prisoners. Yet when grievances were filed by Muslim prisoners during this year of struggle, all appeals were denied.In December 2017, Williams and three other Muslims were thrown into solitary confinement, though they were never given a disciplinary case. Williams was put in a cell with no light, no heat, no water and no bedding on a solid steel bunk. He spent over a week shivering on the bunk, with no clothes besides boxer shorts, barely able to write letters in the dark to his family, friends and lawyer. The prisoners finally filed grievances and were then released.One week later, Warden McMullen came into the craft shop where Williams was working. (Williams is the only Black prisoner to be given craft privileges.) The warden threatened him, telling him to quit filing grievances and to quit mentioning his name on phone calls. Williams replied that he had the right to do both.Williams was thrown into solitary again and charged the next day with having contraband in his tool box. Williams had receipts for the “contraband” syringes he’d used for years in the craft shop for solder, paint, graphite and oil. He had purchased hundreds of these from approved vendors, with receipts for all.Nevertheless, he was convicted at a disciplinary hearing despite having these receipts. He lost rank, visitation, phone, recreation, commissary and was kicked out of his graduate school classes and the craft shop.These false disciplinary charges were broken when prisoners got hold of an email written by Capt. Reginald Gilbert. In it, Gilbert ordered all guards to write up mandatory two disciplinary cases per day, even specifying which two rules were to be marked as violated.When this reporter received a copy of that email, it was given to Texas Sen. John Whitmire, who chairs the powerful Texas Senate’s Criminal Justice Committee. Then, in a May 10 Houston Chronicle article, reporter Keri Blakinger exposed the scam of a quota system that required guards to write up prisoners for nonexistent infractions. Whitmire was quoted as saying: “Every time I think I have seen everything, now I see this! We don’t condone a quota for speeding tickets, why would we have quotas for prison disciplinary cases?” (tinyurl.com/yb648gwu)Prison spokespeople repeated day-after-day that an anonymous prisoner had revealed the email from Capt. Gilbert and that the practice was an isolated incident.But the release of the email was not anonymous. Williams and Crump, both African-Americans, had circulated the email throughout the prison and throughout the “free world,” along with their parents, activists and friends.Prisoner Giese, who is white and a Muslim, was considered by racist prison guards to be a “traitor to his race,” not only for exercising his religious beliefs, but also for using the grievance system in protest. He was framed up for possessing two screwdrivers, which had been planted in his cell, resulting in Giese receiving the first disciplinary charge he has had in his 20-plus years in prison.Giese’s mother, Sherry Templin, had written to every Texas prison official, including regional directors and their ombudsman, as well as state legislators and the media, for months and months. Finally, the national news media picked up her activist news campaign. With coverage by the Associated Press and other beyond-the-region media, this incident of framing prisoners was ended.Call for struggle against incarceration, deportations While four prison employees are now facing charges, the struggle is not over. Warden McMullen was not fired, but simply sent to a smaller prison as a warden, and Capt. Gilbert was simply demoted.Nanon Williams wrote to Workers World: “Even though cases have been expunged from inmates’ records, it won’t change the fact that some prisoners were denied parole during the months that bogus cases were on their records, some were placed in solitary for weeks and months like I was, and some had phone, visitation, education, commissary, recreation and other hard-earned privileges taken away. No one is considering the trauma that may have had some prisoners lose bonds with family, get divorces, suffer from depression that could have led to suicide.“During this time, Warden McMullen and others attempted to take credit for cleaning up a corrupt administration, when they were part of it. Other things are being ignored, like the murder of Kenneth Johnson that occurred under McMullen’s watch. No one is addressing other bogus cases written or ordered, not only by McMullen and Major Jackson and the lieutenants who enforced these [recent] case quotas. The real trauma and the impact of all these intentional acts will keep on coming.“Fortunately, under the watchful eye of Workers World and activists on the frontlines, this is now being exposed. Mass incarceration as well as the brutality of separating families, the deportations and the crimes at detention centers, where people profit from the suffering of migrants and refugees, will be exposed as well.”Nanon Williams was arrested and sentenced to death when he was 17. He was taken off death row in 2005 after the Supreme Court ruled that juveniles could not be sentenced to death. Houston Police Crime Lab “experts” testified that Williams’ gun was used to kill a young man. When Williams was finally able to hire a ballistic expert to prove it was not his gun, the cop who gave false testimony said he “must have made a mistake.” Williams is still in jail after 27 years.If it had not been for the courage and guts of prisoners Williams, Crump and Giese, these recent prison-system abuses in Texas would never have been exposed, nor the prison guards fired, indicted and charged with crimes.Activists have been organizing this year to commemorate and support Black August — the anniversary of previous prison resistance and uprisings from California to New York, and the current monthlong prisoner-initiated National Prison Strike from Aug. 21 to Sept. 9.The prison support movement emphasizes the crucial need for support for every prisoner in the U.S., every month and every year. Because the real crime is the entire U.S. “justice system” that unjustly incarcerates the poor and the nationally oppressed while the rich literally get away with murder.Gloria Rubac was an organizer of the Prisoner Solidarity Committee in Texas during the 1970s, communicating with prisoners throughout the state. At the historic Ruiz v. Estelle class-action case in 1978 in Houston, the PSC brought people to protest outside and pack the federal courtroom inside. Through that civil rights challenge, the Texas prison system was eventually declared unconstitutional. Since 1995, Rubac has been a leader of the Texas Death Penalty Abolition Movement and is today a leader of Houston FIRE (Fight for Im/migrants and Refugees Everywhere).FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Ag Economist Expects Slow Turn for Beef Industry

first_img SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jul 22, 2013 Purdue University Extension Economist Chris Hurt says the beef industry is about to reverse a downward trend in numbers as prospects are brightening for a renewal of pastures and a welcomed reduction in feed prices. He notes pastures and ranges have returned to favorable conditions for much of the country. Improvement is also noted for the Central and Southern Plains – though drought conditions are still lingering. Hurt points out 73-percent of pastures nationally are rated in the fair, good or excellent condition this year – compared to just 46-percent at this time last year. Hurt adds that markets are expecting feed prices to drop sharply when new crop harvest gets underway. In some parts of the country – where pastures have been restored – Hurt says beef cow operations are likely getting ready to retain heifers. Hurt says the Southeast – where beef cow numbers have declined about 12-percent since 2007 – and the Midwest – where numbers have dropped about 14-percent in the same time period – should have the pasture and feed to begin heifer retention. He says the Northern Plains is another area ripe for herd expansion. Hurt says more rain and more pasture and range improvement is needed in the Central and Southern Plains and western United States.Hurt expects the initial retention of heifers this fall in areas primarily east of the Mississippi River – plus the Delta, the western Corn Belt and the northern Great Plains. This area currently has 57-percent of the nation’s beef cows. Hurt says lower feed prices won’t be enough to start retention. He says higher calf prices will also be needed. While he says that process is underway – Hurt believes the current levels aren’t likely to stimulate any major beef cow herd expansion. He says prices of $1.75 to $2.00 per pound may be required to convince brood cow operations to move aggressively toward more cows.So the industry may see the start of heifer retention this fall – but Hurt says the magnitude of expansion is expected to be low and slow to get under way. He notes beef cow producers know that expansion is a long-term investment and generally want an extended period of favorable returns before making major financial commitments. To provide the incentive that will provide for a more major beef expansion – Hurt says calf prices may need to move closer to two-dollars per pound.Source: NAFB News Service Ag Economist Expects Slow Turn for Beef Industry Previous articleBurcham to Head Purdue’s Southern Indiana Animal Disease LabNext articleDel and Tammi Unger both Earn Master Farmer Status Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Ag Economist Expects Slow Turn for Beef Industrylast_img read more

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State Democrats Want Relief for Renters in State Budget

first_img Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week State Sen. Anthony J. Portantino (D-Pasadena) commends Senate President pro Tempore Toni G. Atkins (D-San Diego) on the announcement of the Senate Democratic Caucus’ proposal for the state budget and California’s economic recovery in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.The proposals are the culmination of the continued work of the Senate Democrats’ Working Group on Economic Recovery which has been meeting over the last month. Senator Portantino serves on the Working Group and chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee.“I am very thankful for the opportunity to participate on this Working Group. The pandemic and its subsequent economic crisis were events that none of us had experienced in our lifetimes. California must be creative and aggressive in our response, aide our economic recovery and bring stability to the rental housing market. These two proposals are a good start,” commented Senator Portantino.The Senate hopes to balance the state budget over a multi-year period through pragmatic spending decisions, use of reserves and other traditional solutions, and federal support. California has done an exemplary job over the years in building up the rainy day fund in preparation for an economic crisis, allowing California to be in a unique position to successfully respond to this crisis.The senate working group has proposed two specific additional recommendations to aid California in responding to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 health crisis. The first proposal addresses renter and landlord stabilization. Specifically, the proposal would create a program enabling agreements between renters, landlords, and the state to resolve unpaid rents over a limited time period. The program would allow renters to receive immediate relief for unpaid rent and protection from eviction, and repay past rents, without interest, to the state over a 10-year period, beginning in 2024. Landlords would provide rent relief and commitment not to evict tenants in exchange for tax credits from the state equal to the value of the lost rents, spread equally over tax years 2024 through 2033.The second proposal would create a $25 billion Economic Recovery Fund through establishment of prepaid future tax vouchers from 2024 through 2033. The funds could be used to create jobs and provide a myriad of services and resources, from small business and worker assistance and retraining to wildfire prevention response and schools most harmed by campus closures.“The success of our economic recovery is going to be directly tied to how we help our small businesses and our most at-risk Californians. Lower income and middle income Californians have been hit hardest by this crisis. With some of the highest rents in the country, even short-term loss of income has left numerous Californians in desperate need of help. California is dealing with both short-term income loss and record unemployment claims. These proposals will allow people to stay in their homes and provide much needed business relief,” added Senator Portantino. 27 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Government State Democrats Want Relief for Renters in State Budget Proposal could aid tenants, landlords STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | 3:42 pm Herbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThat Sale Made Kim A BillionaireHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautycenter_img CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Top of the News Business News Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  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.last_img read more

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Cassatt Quartet performances coming up

first_img Cassatt Quartet performances coming up Facebook Twitter Local NewsEntertainment Pinterest Cassatt Quartet homepage. By admin – April 19, 2018 Pinterestcenter_img Facebook WhatsApp The Cassatt Quartet will have a residency this coming week and several concerts.They will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Allison Fine Arts Building, Wagner Brown Auditorium, at Midland College, 3600 N. Garfield, Midland.The group includes Muneko Otani playing violin; Permian High School graduate Jennifer Leshnower playing violin; Ah Ling Neu playing viola; and Elizabeth Anderson playing cello.The quartet will play from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Parks Assisted Living, 111 Parks Village Drive, Odessa.From 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, they will play at City Hall, 411 W. Eighth St., Odessa.The performance is free and open to the public with a reception organized by Odessa Arts.The group performs from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Wednesday in the Choral Room of the Allison Fine Arts Building at Midland College.From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., they will play at the Ellen Noël Art Museum, 4909 E. University Blvd., Odessa. This will be a final student concert with Permian, Midland and Odessa high Schools and the Cassatt String Quartet featuring Lawrence Dillon’s “Brio” for Triple String Quartet.The Cassatt String Quartet, from left, Ah Ling Neu, viola, Elizabeth Anderson, cello, Jennifer Leshnower and Muneko Otani, violins.Photo by Anna AbloginaMore Information Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleMCM to host open auditionsNext articleJP candidates discuss issues at forum adminlast_img read more

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Chicago mayor apologizes to woman whose home was wrongly raided by police

first_imgWLS-TVBy JASMINE BROWN, SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN and HALEY YAMADA, ABC News(CHICAGO) — An investigation has been launched into a raid of a Chicago woman’s apartment that resulted in armed police officers drawing their weapons and handcuffing an innocent woman in February 2019.Anjanette Young, a social worker, was changing her clothes after coming home from work when officers raided her apartment. Chicago police body camera video footage showed officers with their guns drawn and handcuffing her while she was naked. After about two minutes, police covered Young with a blanket.“To have to deal with police officers yelling at me, pointing guns at me. No one should have to experience that,” Young said during a press conference Wednesday. “I don’t believe it’s fair that the city has spent the last two years telling me that they did nothing wrong.”The footage was made public this week. Young’s attorney said the city initially tried to block his client from obtaining the video.“The reason they say they denied the FOIA request is because there was an ongoing investigation,” Keenan Saulter, Young’s attorney, told Chicago ABC station WLS-TV. “This isn’t about a protective order. This is about a cover-up.”On Thursday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown apologized during a press conference and promised change.“I have an obligation to make that wrong right,” Lightfoot said. It’s been painful, painful and upsetting.”Brown said the Chicago Police Department will review its policies on warrants in January to include a revision that if the wrong home is raided, there will be a claim notification to create a record of what happened during the event.“No-knock warrants will only be approved if there is a danger to life and safety that has been articulated clearly,” Brown said. “We need to ensure that this never happens again with reformed policies, procedures and accountability.”The Civilian Office of Police Accountability in Chicago said it has been investigating Young’s incident for about a year, WLS reported. The mayor has ordered a full release of all body camera video from that night and is asking for state lawmakers to look into how body camera video is governed in Chicago.Saulter said they will pursue legal action and file a suit against both the city and the Chicago Police Department in the coming days.“It shouldn’t happen to me, it shouldn’t happen to Breonna Taylor, it shouldn’t happen to anybody and at the hands of the police officers,” Young said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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mIQroTech joins Chevron Technology Venture Catalyst Program

first_img mIQroTech joins Chevron Technology Venture Catalyst Program. (Credit: Michal Jarmoluk from Pixabay) mIQroTech Incorporated is joining the Chevron Technology Ventures (CTV) Catalyst Program to enable further development of their smart sensors and artificial intelligence technology.The mIQroTech technology applies artificial intelligence and internet of things (IoT) technology to predict pipeline leaks. The sensor system is not dependent upon leak-detection resources such as radioactive materials, welding, or pipeline tapping. Monitoring is reported efficiently in a dashboard accessed by phone, tablet, or computer.The CTV Catalyst Program was launched in 2017 to accelerate the maturation of early stage companies that have technology beneficial to the energy industry.Catalyst program participation will allow mIQroTech to progress through key milestones focused on technology testing and validation. mIQroTech received earlier investments from Plug and Play, Ocean Capital, Republic, and Harvard Business School Alumni Angels, among others.“Our goal is to deliver a transformative change to the global oil and gas industry,” said founder and chief executive officer, Meade Lewis. “Better data, analytics, and intelligence will add efficiencies to pipeline operations and empower more informed and faster decision-making. We appreciate that Chevron recognizes our potential to deliver solutions to enable safer delivery of oil and gas.”mIQroTech projects growth in revenue, employee count, and technology advancement in the next few years. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, mIQroTech’s manufacturing operations are located in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania through a partnership with Homeland Manufacturing Services. Source: Company Press Release The mIQroTech technology applies artificial intelligence and internet of things (IoT) technology to predict pipeline leakslast_img read more

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