Border Timbers Limited 2011 Abridged Report

first_imgBorder Timbers Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about Border Timbers Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Border Timbers Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Border Timbers Limited (  2011 abridged results.Company ProfileBorder Timbers is a forestry and sawmilling company in Zimbabwe, with a long history in Manicaland. The company operates five forest estates and three sawmills; with the principal products being pine and eucalyptus. Established in 1979, Border Timbers is the amalgamation of three organisations; Border Eastern Forest Estates, Renfee Timbers (Pvt) Limited and Forestry Management Services. The company is a subsidiary of the Rift Valley Corporation, boasting a plantation size of 47 800 hectares. The forest estates are in Sheba, Charter and Tilbury; with a combined annual output of over 160 000 cubic metres, 95% of that is pine. Rough sawn timber is processed at factories in Mutare, and sold directly to the public. The Paulington Factory manufactures products for the veneer, plywood and blockboard market, and the Nyakamete Factory produces doors, shelves and other timber products for export. Border Timbers is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Church Pension Group’s ‘centennial conversations’ begin dialogue

first_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (1) Rector Tampa, FL November 7, 2017 at 3:43 pm Matthew,How or where do I look for a copy of the map you used in today’s webinar showing the formats of clergy regionally such as Southern-Traditional, Northeast coast – Shared Cures, Midwest, Bi-vocational etc. ? Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Church Pension Group’s ‘centennial conversations’ begin dialogue Discussions on demographic trends reshaping ministry and on CPG’s investment strategies Submit an Event Listing Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Press Release Service Rector Shreveport, LA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Church Pension Group Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Rev. Cn. Dr. Steven Rottgers says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Collierville, TN Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Belleville, IL 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 Submit a Job Listing Comments are closed. By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Oct 26, 2017 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Smithfield, NC [Episcopal News Service – New York, New York] The implications of declines in churchgoing and the aging trend of people who do go to church do not all have to be gloom and doom. Instead, they can prompt Episcopalians to be agents of change in the church and in the world.That was the hopeful message heard by people participating in the first of four Insights & Ideas events, held in recognition of the Church Pension Group’s 100 years service to the Episcopal Church. The so-called “Centennial Conversation,” held at St. Bartholomew’s Church in Manhattan, featured two panels of experts, as well as interaction with audience members.“Some see the aging of the church as the last gasp of a great church. I just don’t see that at all,” said the Rt. Rev. Clifton Daniel III, acting/interim dean at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York. “I don’t think we need to worry about the death of forms and shapes and ministries that it’s taken. The church is going on.”Daniel said the church is “being challenged both by culture and our own numbers to reimagine how we go about doing church, how we go about diaconal, priestly and episcopal ministry.” “Through all that the Pension Fund has been a stream of support and encouragement,” he said.Daniel was responding to the statistics and anecdotal evidence offered in the first panel: “The Demographics of a Changing Church” examined population, deployment and compensation trends impacting the church now and in the future.Mark Chaves, professor of sociology, religious studies and divinity at Duke University, outlined seven of what he said were many possible trends with which to tell the story of American religion in the 21st century. He listed the following trends, which reflect the full spectrum of faiths and denominations:Declining average congregational sizeChaves said the average number of “regular participants” in congregations stood at 80 in 1998 and is now down to 70.Clergy working fewer hoursSix percent of all clergy were employed part time in 1998, and now 15 percent are. Part-time employment is defined as working less than 35 hours a week.Greater concentration of churchgoers in the country’s largest congregationsThe largest 7 percent of the country’s congregations (defined as having 400 members or more) contain half of all churchgoers, one third of all ministers employed full time and two-thirds of all those employed part time. Chaves said this trend, which is “intensifying,” began around 1975 and hasn’t yet peaked. Members of these large congregations tend to give less money and participate in fewer church activities, he said. The large congregations are attracting members from medium-size congregations, not from outside of the church, he said. Congregations with less than 100 members are also growing, according to Chaves.Greater ethnic diversity in predominantly white congregationsThe number of completely white congregations accounted for 25 percent of the total number of congregations in 1998 but has since declined to 11 percent. There are few of what Chaves called “deeply diverse” congregations but rather many white congregations with a “smattering” of other ethnicities. This trend, he said, “has staying power” whose implications are worth pondering. Even in congregations with those “smatterings” are changed by the membership of non-white congregants, he said. “Church works differently and preachers preach differently,” Chaves said.Aging of both clergy and congregantsOnly one-third of all churchgoers belong to congregations with clergy who are younger than 50, according to Chaves. Meanwhile, the number of congregants who were older than 60 has increased from 29 percent in 1998 to 37 percent now. And whereas 30 percent were younger than 35 in 1998, that rate has declined to 25 percent.Greater gender inclusionWhile Chaves said there is evidence that more congregations are open to being led by women, only 11 percent have female clergy leaders.Greater sexual orientation inclusionThis trend tends to reflect cultural changes, Chaves said. That reflection includes variation across denominations.The data Chaves presented come from the National Congregational Survey, which has been ongoing since 1998.Matthew Price, CPG senior vice president for research and data, discussed how the Episcopal Church’s demographics fit into the picture Chaves painted. In 1967, when CPG celebrated its 50th anniversary, the so-called “traditional model” for clergy leadership was the norm, Price suggested. Clergy were employed full time by a single Episcopal Church employer. He rarely had his service interrupted and always saw his salary increase. Once he retired, he rarely did regular work in the church.Today, only 58 percent of clergy now fit into that model, Price said, but 44 percent wish that they could take advantage of the aspects of that traditional model. Instead, they work within a model that typically features part-time work for multiple church employers along with some employment outside the church. Many clergy have their ministerial service interrupted for many different reasons. Their compensation does not necessarily increase over time, and many clerics continue to work after their retirement.In fact, 58 percent of retired clergy younger than 72 still serve in come capacity, and 95 percent of retired vocational deacons do the same, Price said. “For many parishes, this is a lifeline,” he added.Ian S. Markham, dean and president of Virginia Theological Seminary, said 88 percent of VTS Master of Divinity graduates over the last five years have found jobs centered in the more traditional model of ministry that Price described. The average age of its class is now 32, which is a decline from recent years. The graduates VTS sends to the church, he said, have “energy and passion.”“And they believe in the church; they’re impressed with the Episcopal Church,” he added. “I think they will make a difference over the next 30 years.”So, he said, while the school does not seem to have a placement problem, it does have a recruitment problem, which he attributed in part to a vicious cycle of stories of decline that prompt some people to reject the possibility of a career in the church. That rejection can, in turn, add to more stories of decline. The second panel, titled “Investing for Positive Impact,” discussed ways in which CPG invests some of its money to achieve measurable social and environmental impacts alongside competitive financial returns. Speaking on that issue were Casey C. Clark, director of sustainable and impact investing, Glenmede Corp.; Michele Giddens, co-founder, Bridges Fund Management; Meredith Jenkins, chief investment officer, Trinity Church Wall Street; Solomon Owayda, founding partner, Mozaic Capital; and Alan Snoddy, managing director, Church Pension Fund.Participants were encouraged to think about how they, too, can invest in ways that bring a good financial return while doing good in the world. That goal of “doing good in the world,” Giddens suggested, can come by way of investing to encourage change as well as the more traditional goal of socially responsible investing, of refusing to invest in business perceived to harm people and the world. Examples would be tobacco companies and weapons manufacturing. Mary Kate Wold, CPG’s chief executive officer and president who moderated both discussions, also noted that, when needed, the fund advocates for “better behavior” by businesses in which it invests – by means of shareholder resolutions and, sometimes, “just a constant badgering that may go on for years.” It tries to convince companies why CPG’s stances that are aligned with the Episcopal Church’s values are also good business decisions.Clark of Glenmede commended the efforts that Wold described, saying if every investor made decisions that echoed what CPG did, “there would be enormous impact.”And Giddens of Bridges Fund Management said such investing philosophies are still a minority school of thought “and there’s still a lot of to fight for.” CPG’s investment decisions, she said, especially in the arena of socially responsible investing, serve as a signal to other investors, encouraging them to take the same steps.This video was shown during the second session as an illustration of CPG’s socially responsible investing efforts.Additional Insights & Ideas events will take place in Minneapolis (Nov. 3), Houston (Jan. 24) and San Francisco (Feb. 7). The conversations are especially meant for clergy, those who serve the Episcopal Church professionally, wardens and vestry members, according to a press release. Each event will follow the same pattern as the New York one, with the two panel discussions.About CPGCanon I.8 of the Episcopal Church’s Constitution and Canons (page 41 here) authorizes the Church Pension Fund to provide retirement, health, and life insurance benefits to clergy and lay employees of the Episcopal Church. With approximately $13 billion in assets, CPF and its affiliated companies are known collectively the Church Pension Group. CPG also offers property and casualty insurance as well as book and music publishing, including the official worship materials of the Episcopal Church such as The Book of Common Prayer and The Hymnal 1982— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is interim managing editor of the Episcopal News Service. Rector Bath, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Tags Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA last_img read more

6 Ways Social Media Can Help You Effectively Grow Your Business…

first_img By Allen BrownOver four billion people use social media worldwide. This represents more than half the world’s population. While this may be a random fact for a normal person, for marketers, these numbers are simply too huge to ignore. Social media provides one of the best opportunities to build a business. The best part? Social networks are totally free to use unless you want to run paid ads.So, how exactly do socials like Facebook and Instagram grow your business?1. Increase Brand RecognitionSocial media is one of the best ways of getting the word out about your business. This increases the recognition of your brand, making it easier to attract new customers and create loyal ones. It’s a known fact that people prefer dealing with brands they know well.Some data shows that social media can actually do a better job at creating brand recognition than traditional media. This is especially true for small businesses that don’t have the financial muscles to put up multiple prime-time ads.Social networks put your brand in front of a unique audience for free or with paid ads. Platforms like Pinterest and Instagram have millions of active users on any given day. By using the right SEO for these platforms, your content will appear where you want it to, and it’ll give you more leads and engagements.Besides paid ads and SEO, you can also work with influencers to increase your reach. An influencer will expose your products and services to thousands of people with just a few uploads. Be careful with the type of influencers you work with. Choose someone who resonates with your audience and brand.2. Increases Customer EngagementThe whole concept of social media is to generate engagements between users. As a business, a platform like Twitter gives you an excellent opportunity to interact with potential clients and existing customers.Today, many brands are using their social pages to provide customer services. Clients complain and compliment through social media, and brands respond to the issues on the same platform. Giving feedback is really important regardless of whether you are receiving negative or positive feedback.Criticism is your opportunity as a brand to show how you care about your clients and how swift you are about resolving issues. That’s why it’s imperative to have the right brains behind your pages. Meanwhile, positive feedback is like free marketing. Besides recognizing the compliment, you can use it to attract new clients and get ahead of your competitors.3. Drive More Traffic To Your WebsitesSocial media can be used to supplement your organic SEO strategies. With billions of users out there, you can drive so much traffic to your website if you implement the proper techniques. All this traffic has the potential to turn into leads.Social network marketing edges Google SEO in various ways. First, it delivers almost instant results. When your post on Facebook or Instagram goes live, visitors will start interacting with it right away, and some of them will click through to your website. Meanwhile, Google SEO can take weeks to produce results.Social media marketing is also easier to learn. You can complete a crash course on Facebook marketing within a few days. On the other hand, mastering Google SEO can take months, not to mention the turbulence that come with each core update.You should know that different social networks require different marketing strategies. The techniques used in Pinterest marketing are very different from Facebook and other platforms. You can work with an agency to identify proven strategies that work on a specific platform. If budget is an issue, you can experiment with different techniques until you find the perfect fit for your business. [Check out options for survey campaign management as another marketing strategy.]4. Increase Leads With Targeted AdvertisingSocials like Facebook and Instagram utilize detailed insights to give every user a relevant ad. What does this mean? Based on the user’s behavior and patterns, the algorithm can predict what the person is interested in, and it’ll place the perfect ad. This increases the chances of conversion significantly. Targeted advertising is one of the many benefits digital marketing has over traditional marketing. There is no point in spending hundreds of thousands or millions pushing a primetime ad to everyone watching the news, yet you can spend a fraction of that and achieve the same if not better results.5. It Gives You Consumer InsightsSocial networks like Pinterest provide valuable insight that can be used to create an effective marketing strategy. The data usually shows the current trends in the market, so you’ll know what exactly it is your customers want. This intel doesn’t just inform your marketing technique, but it can transform your business model entirely.6. It Helps You Learn From Your CompetitorsBy keeping an eye on your competitor’s pages, you can identify areas where you need to improve to get ahead of them. This doesn’t mean you should duplicate your competitor’s strategy in its entirety, though. Just pick some inspirations from their success and find a way to implement a better strategy. You should also learn from your competitor’s mistake.It may take time to master the appropriate social media marketing strategy for your business, but once you do, the results will be nothing short of impressive. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here TAGSAdvertisingBrand RecognitionBusinessCompetitionConsumerCustomer EngagementFacebookInstagramMarketingPinterestsalesSocial MediaStrategiesTargetedtipstrafficTwitterWebsites Previous article5 Budget Saving Tips for Improving Your Finances During Uncertain TimesNext articleHere’s how much your personal information is worth to cybercriminals – and what they do with it Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment!last_img read more

House H / smartvoll

first_img Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard House H / smartvoll Austria ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: smartvoll Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily CopyAbout this officesmartvollOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHallwangHousesWoodAustriaPublished on July 22, 2013Cite: “House H / smartvoll” 22 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorGlassMitrexSolar PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemSealantsAGROB BUCHTALHow To Benefit From Ceramic Tiles With Hytect SurfaceSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassFacade SystemsTrimoTrimoterm FTV in the BASE – Backing wallSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingDoorsVEKAFront Doors – SOFTLINECurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsVentilated Facades on Building in PamplonaDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewAccessories / TV MountsYellow Goat DesignScreens – BlossomMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamcenter_img Projects Manufacturers: Fiandre, AEG, Admonter, Alutechnik Matauschek, Corian® Design, DuPont, Listone Giordano, PREFA, Appesbacher, Prefa+ 17 Share CopySave this picture!Courtesy of Smartvoll Architekten ZT KGText description provided by the architects. We do not simply plan buildings. We think about how a house reacts to its surrounding, and the surrounding to the house. Interior life is as important as the environment. We set our hands on every detail from planning to realization.House H is all through smartvoll: not only the building itself was designed by us but also the details of the inside space. Natural light in all rooms, fluent room transitions, the entanglement of bathroom and sleeping-area, staged outlooks at nature, a floating carportroof – these characteristics distinguish this project and make it smartvoll.Save this picture!Courtesy of Smartvoll Architekten ZT KGPlaying with contrastsEmbedding the abundance of the surrounding landscape and the client’s wish for purism: paradoxically the answer was to find in a nearly artificial architecture and interior design. It reinforces nature even more through anorganic shapes and a minimum use of color. From the inside the carportroof seems like a frame, catching the powerful scenery outside.Save this picture!Courtesy of Smartvoll Architekten ZT KGSaddle roof reloadedThe local authorities demanded a saddle roof – which didn’t take us aback. We stowed the traditional form with new functions. Thus, the saddle roof is not only a roof, it is also a carport, the passage to an old existing pavilion and a pillar-free comfort zone on the inside with a big living, dining and kitchen area.Save this picture!Courtesy of Smartvoll Architekten ZT KGOld and young: together and on their ownOrganizing a connection between the old and the new house and enabling a side-by-side family living, was also part of our request. The new house is now accessible through the entry of the property and the old house can be reached through a staircase right behind the new construction.Save this picture!Courtesy of Smartvoll Architekten ZT KGLandscape, design and architecture: House H brings together what belongs together.„I’ve been working together with smartvoll in the course of different projects for several years. All projects have been realized very professionally, committed and on time. The architectural implementation is not only creative but also meets to the client’s wishes and requirements! We are looking forward to realizing more interesting projects with smartvoll and wish the team further success!“ Client.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessFarmers Fishers Bakers / rizFormSelected ProjectsDental Club / OOS AGSelected Projects Share “COPY” 2010 Houses House H / smartvollSave this projectSaveHouse H / smartvollSave this picture!Courtesy of Smartvoll Architekten ZT KGHouses•Hallwang, Austria Area:  170 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

AmazonSmile lets UK shoppers donate to charity as they shop

first_imgAmazonSmile lets UK shoppers donate to charity as they shop Amazon is now donating a percentage of the purchase price of millions of products to UK charities, at no extra cost to customers or the charities that they select.AmazonSmile, the online retailer’s giving programme, launched in the UK today, four years after it was introduced to customers in the USA. So far it has generated $62 million for US nonprofits.Opening to all UK charities from 2018At its UK launch customers can choose from 10 major UK charities, including Cancer Research UK, The British Red Cross, and the Royal British Legion.AmazonSmile will then open up “to all UK charities registered with the Charity Commission” at an unspecified date in “early 2018”. It doesn’t state whether this is just for charities in England and Wales, or that it includes charities in Scotland and Northern Ireland. But it does state that it will cover charities “small or large, local or national”.How AmazonSmile worksFor the donation to be triggered, customers must visit When they buy qualifying items Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price, excluding VAT, shipping fees and returns. The choice of charity is made when first visiting the site. You can change your preference at any time.Amazon states that these donations are made at “no additional cost to customers, vendors, sellers or participating charities”.Donations are usually rounded up and sent to charities approximately 28 days after the end of the following calendar quarter.Doug Gurr, UK Country Manager, Amazon, explains: “We’re offering a simple way for customers to support good causes ahead of the busiest shopping period of the year. Over time, we hope to see similar success here as in the US, where over $62 million has been donated to over 230,000 charities since launching.” Advertisement Howard Lake | 10 November 2017 | News Rebecca Mauger, Director of Fundraising at the British Red Cross, said: “We believe small acts of kindness can make a huge difference. Working with AmazonSmile provides a new way for people to support the Red Cross, helping us reach even more people in crisis in the UK and overseas.”Shop and giveCharities have been raising funds through online charitable giving portals since the end of the 1990s. These aggregate merchants, often several thousand of them, who will donate a small percentage of sales generated by charity supporters, into a searchable site.Supporters can then shop for groceries, flowers, books, holidays, music, entertainment, insurance and much more, knowing that the merchant will make a donation to their chosen charity.Many sites offer this service, including The Giving Machine, Easyfundraising, and Give As You Live. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis93 Tagged with: Amazon corporatecenter_img First 10 UK charitiesThe charities that will benefit from launch include well known names that have benefited from other tech company launches like that of Apple Pay in the UK and Facebook donations. But it also includes a few perhaps less well-known names such as Magic Breakfast and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.The charities are listed one at a time in alphabetical order, so British Red Cross gets featured as the default for every new visitor.  293 total views,  1 views today  294 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis93 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Oakland school Board cuts educational services, not school cops

first_imgOakland, Calif.March 4 — Tonight the Oakland School Board made a decision to cut more than $20 million from student services and clerical staff, but refused to make any cuts in the Oakland School Police force. A last minute amendment by Director Rosann Torres to lay off one-half of the school police department failed by a close 4-3 vote.Organizer Jessica Black speaks at the Oakland school rally, March 4. This vote came late in the night after a spirited rally outside and inside the board meeting, bringing together almost 10 years of organizing by the Black Organizing Project, involving Oakland teachers, families, clergy, students and community members.Outside the board meeting where there were over 150 people, Jessica Black, organizing director of BOP, recalled the legacy of Black community activism in Oakland. “We are going in as part of a history of Black folks, our ancestors, who have been fighting this fight for years . . . who have said enough is enough. We don’t want to wait; we want police eliminated from schools, and those funds repurposed to things that are actually going to benefit children.”Inside, at least 50 people made public comments at the meeting that had only one agenda item — massive cuts in student services. Speaker after speaker appealed to the board to instead end the school-to-prison pipeline by defunding the Oakland School Police force. The Oakland Unified School District is the only system in the 18 districts that make up Alameda County with its own police force. According to OUSD data, Black students make up 26 percent of the school population, but 76 percent of students arrested. In September 2019, BOP presented a “People’s Plan for Police-Free Schools” to the school board, calling for the elimination of the Oakland School Police Department by 2020. The plan included restructuring campus safety personnel as peacekeepers; reinvesting the $2.3 million police budget into school mental and behavioral health and special education staff; and establishing community oversight of campus safety personnel, along with community policing. BOP has linked this campaign to the overall struggle of teachers, parents and students for economic and racial justice in Oakland. ( a BOP statement released after the vote was lost, the group thanked the community for coming together and speaking out at the board meeting. BOP also stated, “For us, [it] was a vivid example of how the school board is more interested in policing Black and Brown students than in protecting them and making courageous decisions to cut harmful policing departments and punitive discipline practices.“This is bigger than a campaign or an organization; it is a united front and together we have taken intentional steps in creating Black Sanctuary in Oakland schools. WE are so close!” According to BOP, their racial justice plan received more support than ever from both the community and the board at that meeting.The Black Organizing Project is continuing its campaign to lay off the police and restore the cuts to student services. Check out and #EliminateSchoolPolice on Twitter.In other Oakland solidarity action, the activist Oakland Education Association recently passed a strong anti-imperialist, anti-sanctions resolution. See thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Judicial and legislative progress, but more access to information needed in former Operation Condor countries

first_img May 13, 2021 Find out more to go further News Organisation Americas Follow the news on Americas Help by sharing this information 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies RSF_en Receive email alerts Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF sayscenter_img June 3, 2021 Find out more News June 7, 2021 Find out more October 28, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judicial and legislative progress, but more access to information needed in former Operation Condor countries WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News Reports Many journalists were among the victims of the military dictatorships in six South American countries (Argentine, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay) which formed a repressive alliance known as Operation Condor with US backing in the 1970s. While hailing the judicial and legislative advances that have taken place in some of these countries this week, Reporters Without Borders calls for more access to information about this period. In this regard, the announced creation of a joint commission of enquiry into the Operation Condor years by the Mercosur countries (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay) is very promising. ArgentinaA total of 112 journalists, columnists and writers lost their lives or “disappeared” during Isabel Martínez de Perón’s presidency (1974-76) and the ensuing military dictatorship (1976-83). Rodolfo Walsh, who disappeared after being kidnapped 25 March 1977, was the best known of the Argentine journalists who fell victim to state terror because of their work or their political involvement. The list also includes foreigners such as the Uruguayan politician and journalist Zelmar Michelini, who was murdered in Buenos Aires in May 1976, and the Italian-American Toni Agatina Motta, who disappeared in Buenos Aires in October 1980. “It is with very great satisfaction that we welcome the long jail sentences that a Buenos Aires court imposed on 26 October on 16 of the former military and police officers who were tried for the worst human rights violations every committed in this part of the world,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “The murderers of Rodolfo Walsh and so many others, including the former naval captains Alfredo Astiz and Jorge Acosta, who received life sentences, have finally received the punishment that an entire people and families in other countries had awaited for so long. A trial of this importance would not have been possible without a long campaign by civil society, which in return must be allowed access in the relevant countries to all the information about a period that is still very present in the minds of so many.”This demand also concerns the US government, which began to open its archives during Bill Clinton’s presidency in June 1999.UruguayThe hope of justice in Uruguay might have been dashed forever if its parliament had not adopted a new law yesterday abolished time limits on the punishment of crimes committed under the military-backed regime that governed from 1973 to 1985. It was high time, as the time limit was to have expired on 1 November.The law’s adoption was in line with President José Mújica’s decision in July to authorize the reopening of 80 investigations in crimes committed during the dictatorship. This had been blocked by an amnesty known as the Expiry Law, which was ratified twice by a referendum, in 1989 and 2009, and was declared unconstitutional twice. Parliament voted to repeal by one vote last May.The law abolishing time limits has sent a clear signal to the judicial system. But will it make such a big difference for researchers, whose work is often blocked by the military’s silence and refusal to cooperate? This is the key question, according to the journalist Roger Rodríguez, a specialist in this area, who was recently the victim of a campaign of online threats by former soldiers and their relatives.“This law still has to be promulgated and still has to escape being declared unconstitutional by the supreme court of justice,” Rodríguez told Reporters Without Borders. “The state must declassify the dictatorship’s archives. A way must be found to break the military pact of silence.”BrazilIt seems that justice will have to travel a much longer road in Brazil, where the 1979 amnesty law was upheld by the Federal Supreme Tribunal (STF) in 2010. It renders the military officers who were responsible for crimes under the 1964-85 dictatorship untouchable. Will those who murdered journalists such as Vladimir Herzog – the TV Cultura editor in chief who was kidnapped and tortured to death by the São Paulo military police in October 1975 – remain unpunished forever?Whatever the answer to that question, Reporters Without Borders welcomes the senate’s approval on 25 October of a law on access to information which, after it is promulgated, could unlock secrets that have been jealously guarded by various institutions including the armed forces since the dictatorship. Under the new law, “top-secret” files will be declassified after 25 years, “secret” files will be declassified after 15 years and “restricted” files will be declassified after five years.“After the ‘Revealed Memories’ project established during Lula’s presidency, this access to information law represents another encouraging step towards the truth, in the absence of justice,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We nonetheless fear that one of the new law’s provisions could be used to reclassify many important ‘top-secret’ files for another 25 years. This provision constitutes an obvious obstacle to the publication of evidence and the possibility of using it in any trial. We hope President Dilma Rousseff will veto it.”Reporters Without Borders notes that, at the same time as it approved this law, the senate also approved the proposed creation of truth commission on human rights violations under the military dictatorship.ChileJudicial progress is still awaited in Chile, where seven former soldiers were formally accused on 26 October of the murders of three Uruguayans during the early stages of the 1973-90 military dictatorship.“We take this opportunity to point out that the still very present Pinochet heritage is currently being seriously challenged from within Chilean society, especially by its students,” Reporters Without Borders added. “This heritage continues to have a very negative effect on the media, which lack diversity and are poorly distributed. It is time for a process of renewal in Chile’s media.”Footnotes- Regarding the 1954-89 dictatorship in Paraguay, Reporters Without Borders recommends consulting the Virtual Museum that was opened this year by the Centre for Development Information and Resources (CIRD). – Like Argentina, Bolivia has been a pioneer in access to information. It opened the archives of Gen. García Meza’s 1980-81 dictatorship in May 2010. Americas last_img read more

Study: Tax Savings to Benefit Housing Market

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Study: Tax Savings to Benefit Housing Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Despite detracting from some former homeowner tax benefits, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will spur billions in spending in the housing industry, according to estimates from Zillow. Americans are primed to channel $13.2 billion in tax savings toward the purchase or rental of a larger home and another $24.7 billion toward home renovations this year. While the new tax law imposes stricter limits on the mortgage interest deduction and deductions for state and local property taxes, it raises the standard deduction for most Americans, and according to the semi-annual Zillow Housing Aspirations Report, “many are likely to spend at least some of these gains, however small, on housing.” Americans have earmarked the largest portions of their tax savings for “savings and investment” and “paying off debt,” according to Zillow’s survey of more than 10,000 consumers in the 20 largest U.S. markets. Both owners and renters are likely to hold about 29 percent of their savings as “savings and investment.” For owners, another 21 percent will go to paying off debt; renters will put 27 percent toward paying off debt. Homeowners collectively will spend about 4 percent of tax savings on buying or renting a larger home and about 15 percent on home renovations. Renters will spend 11 percent of their tax savings on buying or renting a larger home and 2 percent on home renovations. A small percentage of respondents said they intend to spend all of their tax savings on buying or renting a larger home—about 2.6 percent of renters and 0.5 percent of owners. About 8.1 percent of renters and 1.4 percent of owners said they intend to spend at least half on a larger home. Higher-income households will spend a smaller portion of their tax cuts on housing than lower-income households, according to Zillow’s survey. Households in the top quintile of earnings will spend about 3.6 cents of each dollar in savings, while households in the bottom quintile of earners will spend 12.2 cents of each dollar on housing. Of the 20 large markets surveyed, those where households are likely to spend the largest portion of their tax cut on housing were St. Louis, Missouri (16.8 cents per dollar); Miami, Florida (16.5 cents); and Atlanta, Georgia (15.5 cents). Markets where households will spend the smallest portion of their tax cut on housing were Seattle, Washington (7.7 cents); Phoenix, Arizona (8.1 cents); and Chicago, Illinois (8.7 cents). For its survey, Zillow asked respondents how they would spend a tax cut of $1,610, which is the estimated average tax cut per household calculated by the Tax Policy Center. “Because the highest earners received disproportionately larger tax cuts, the effects on the housing market are more muted than they might have been had tax cuts been uniformly distributed,” Zillow explained. Zillow estimated an additional $174 million will be spent on buying or renting a larger home in 2018, but if the tax cuts were distributed uniformly, Zillow calculates an additional $4.5 billion would be spent due to the discrepancy in the portion of anticipated spending between high-income and low-income households. Krista Franks Brock is a professional writer and editor who has covered the mortgage banking and default servicing sectors since 2011. Previously, she served as managing editor of DS News and Southern Distinction, a regional lifestyle publication. Her work has appeared in a variety of print and online publications, including Consumers Digest, Dallas Style and Design, DS News and, MReport and She holds degrees in journalism and art from the University of Georgia. Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Housing Market tax cuts and jobs act Tax Reform tax savings 2018-05-20 Krista Franks Brock About Author: Krista Franks Brock in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Journal, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Housing Market tax cuts and jobs act Tax Reform tax savings May 20, 2018 1,921 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Study: Tax Savings to Benefit Housing Market Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Previous: A Snapshot of Single-Borrower SFR Securitizations Next: The Week Ahead: Webinar Focuses on Compliance Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Savelast_img read more

‘Not An Advocate As On Date Of Appointment’ : Kerala HC Sets Aside Direct Recruitment Of District Judge

first_imgNews Updates’Not An Advocate As On Date Of Appointment’ : Kerala HC Sets Aside Direct Recruitment Of District Judge Akshita Saxena18 July 2020 9:46 PMShare This – xThe Kerala High Court has set aside the appointment of a District and Sessions Judge (POCSO), who was selected via direct recruitment, on the ground that he was not an Advocate “as on the date of his appointment”. The observation was made by a single-Judge bench of Justice PV Asha who followed the dictum laid down by the Supreme Court in Dheeraj Mor v. High Court of Delhi.Judicial…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Kerala High Court has set aside the appointment of a District and Sessions Judge (POCSO), who was selected via direct recruitment, on the ground that he was not an Advocate “as on the date of his appointment”. The observation was made by a single-Judge bench of Justice PV Asha who followed the dictum laid down by the Supreme Court in Dheeraj Mor v. High Court of Delhi.Judicial Officers Cannot Seek Direct Recruitment To Post Of District Judges Against Quota For Advocates : SC In the said case, the Apex Court had held that “for direct recruitment as District Judge as against the quota fixed for the advocates/pleaders, incumbent has to be practicing advocate and must be in practice as on the cut-off date and at the time of appointment he must not be in judicial service or other services of the Union or State.”Practising Advocates’ Experience Gained At Bar Injects Judicial Branch With Fresh Perspectives : SC The Dheeraj Mor case overruled the judgment in Vijayakumar Mishra v. Patna High Court, (2016) 9 SCC 313, in which a 2 Judge Bench of the Apex Court had held that the appellants therein who entered judicial service “during the process of selection” could attend the interview without tendering resignation and could opt for joining the higher post. Background In the case at hand, the Respondent was appointed as a District Judge against the NCA vacancy. His appointment was challenged by a candidate who was also on the final merit list, ranked below the Respondent. The Petitioner had argued that the Respondent was not eligible to be appointed as a District judge as he was holding the post of Munsiff-Magistrate in the Kerala Judicial Service, on the date of his appointment. She submitted that “in-service candidates” cannot be permitted to stake their claims in the examination or for being appointed as against the quota reserved for Bar. The Respondent on the other hand argued that he had submitted application for appointment as District Judge before his appointment as Munsiff-Magistrate. He submitted that eligibility of a candidate is determined as on the date of final submission of his application, not on the date of appointment. Reliance was placed on Deepak Aggarwal v. Keshav Kaushik, (2013) 5 SCC 277, where a three-Judge bench of the Apex Court interpreted Article 233 of the Constitution and held that a candidate must be “continuing as an advocate on the date of application.” Findings Following the law declared by a three-Judge bench of the Supreme Court in the case of Dheeraj Mor, the High Court held, “the appointment of the 3rd respondent as District and Sessions Judge can only be set aside, as he was not an Advocate as on the date of his appointment. As a consequence the petitioner, who is the candidate ranked below him in the list of NCA candidates for Ezhava, Thiyya and Billava and who continues to be an Advocate, would therefore be entitled to get appointment in his place.” The Respondent had argued that the Deepak Agarwal’s case was also by a 3 Judge Bench and going by the dictum laid down therein, his appointment was perfectly legal. Refusing this submission however, the court clarified, “When there are different judgments of coequal benches, this Court has to follow the later one in point of time, as held in the judgment of the Full Bench of this Court in Raman Gopi and another V Kunhu Raman Unnithan : 2011(4) KLT 458 and hence the judgment in Dheeraj Mor’s case.” Case Details: Case Title: K Deepa v. State of Kerala & Ors. Case No.: WP(C) No. 20301/2019 (R) Quorum: Justice PV Asha Appearance: Senior Advocate S. Sreekumar and Advocates P. Martin Jose, P. Prijith, Thomas P. Kuruvilla, Manjunath Menon, Ajay Ben Jose, R. Githesh and Harikrishnan S (for Petitioner); Special GP N. Manoj Kumar (for State); Advocate Elvin Peter PJ (for HC); Advocates SP Aravindakshan Pillay, N. Santha, V. Varghese, Peter Jose Christo, SA Anand, L. Annapoorna, Vishnu VK and Abhirami K. 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If Shown That Conviction Isn’t based On Sound Evidence, Appellate Court Can Suspend The Conviction Of An MLA Wishing To Contest Elections: MP HC [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesIf Shown That Conviction Isn’t based On Sound Evidence, Appellate Court Can Suspend The Conviction Of An MLA Wishing To Contest Elections: MP HC [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay25 Sep 2020 1:29 AMShare This – xThe Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday (23rd September) ruled that if any MLA, who is convicted and sentenced for offences under IPC for more than 2 years of imprisonment becomes disqualified to further contest the election of MLA under Section 8 of Representation of the People Act and if convicted MLA is interested to contest the forthcoming election of MLA and succeeds to demonstrate…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday (23rd September) ruled that if any MLA, who is convicted and sentenced for offences under IPC for more than 2 years of imprisonment becomes disqualified to further contest the election of MLA under Section 8 of Representation of the People Act and if convicted MLA is interested to contest the forthcoming election of MLA and succeeds to demonstrate before the Appellate court that prima facie conviction is not based on sound evidence and has immense chances of success in the appeal, then the conviction can be suspended to ensure that it does not operate to cause serious prejudice.The Convicted MLA/Appelant (Shakuntala Khatik) before the court has been convicted of offences under Sections 147, 115/149, 332/149, 504/149, 506 Part-I/149 and 341/149 of IPC, awarded by the Court of 21st Additional Session and Special Judge (MP/MLA), Bhopal, in Special case (PPM) no.29/2018 vide its judgment dated 30.11.2019The Single Bench of Justice J.P. Gupta was hearing the plea of the appellant, a Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) from Karaira constituency of the State of Madhya Pradesh, but on account of aforesaid conviction and sentence, she became disqualified for the further election of MLA as prescribed under Section 8 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951.Arguments Put ForthThe convicted MLA argued that she intends to contest upcoming Bye-election of MP Legislative Assembly which is going to be held in a short span of time. In the circumstances, the case of the appellant comes in the purview of exceptional case, therefore, the conviction be suspended.Vide order dated 19.12.2019 execution of jail sentence of the appellant has already been suspended. This application for suspension of conviction has been preferred on the ground that the appellant’s conviction is contrary to law.It was argued that the prosecution has failed to prove the offences against the appellant beyond reasonable doubts, despite it, the Trial court has erroneously convicted and sentenced the appellant.Apart from it, it was also argued that the sentence is also on the higher side. The appellant is the first offender. The alleged incident took place in a heat of passion on provocation from the administrative side and the appellant could not have been convicted for any of the offences for more than 2 years.On behalf of the State, the Government Advocate submitted that the finding of the trial Court with regard to the conviction of the appellant is based on the sound evidence and reasoning.He argued that sentence should be exemplary (as the Appellant is an elected MLA) and the case of the appellant does not come in the purview of the exceptional case as every convicted accused can claim that if his conviction is not suspended he will be deprived of contesting the election of MP / MLA. In such circumstances, the object of disqualifying of criminals would be defeated. Hence, the application be rejected.Court’s Analysis and DecisionWhile relying on the Judgments of the Apex Court in the cases of Lok Prahari vs. Election Commission of India and others (2018) 18 SCC 114 and Shyam Narain Pandey vs. State of Uttar Pradesh (2014) 8 SCC 909, the High Court concluded that the power of suspension of conviction is vested to the Appellate court to ensure that the conviction on the untenable or fabulous ground does not operate to cause serious prejudice.Further, the Court observed that the appellant was M.L.A. and her desire and claim to contest upcoming Bye-elections of MP Legislative Assembly is bona fide and the disqualification under the Representation of the People Act on account of aforesaid conviction and sentence prevents her to exercise her aforesaid right.The Court further noted,”In a democratic setup, restriction on the exercise of such right can be considered hardship to aspirants, if the conviction and sentence prima facie arguable to be fabulous and malice, in other words where the appellant has a fair chance to succeed in the appeal against the conviction and sentence.” (emphasis supplied)After looking at the facts of the Case, the Court prima facie formed an opinion that,”The appellant was prosecuted on the instructions of leader of the Ruling Party without fair investigation as the same was done by the immediate subordinate officer of the complainant.Accordingly, the Court noted that the prosecution has failed to prove the offences beyond the reasonable doubt. Accordingly, the conviction is not sustainable.” (emphasis supplied)The Court concluded by observing that the case of the appellant comes in purview of exceptional case and “if the conviction is not suspended it would cause serious prejudice and her political career would also ruin”.The Court specifically observed,”Prima facie it can be said that the appellant has immense chances of success in the appeal and get the order of acquittal or sentence lesser than two years imprisonment. In such circumstances, depriving her of contesting election of MLA would be injustice and it would amount to frustrate the provisions of law which has been made by the Legislature to pass appropriate order to meet a situation exists in the present case.” (emphasis supplied)In view of the aforesaid discussions, the application was allowed. It was ordered that judgment of conviction of the appellant dated 30.11.2019 passed by the Court of 21st Additional Session and CrA.No.10870/2019 Special Judge (MP/MLA), Bhopal in Special case (PPM) no.29/2018, shall remain suspended until further orders.Case Details:Case Title: Shakuntala Khatik v. State of M.P.Case No.: Criminal appeal no.10870/2019Quorum: Justice J.P. GuptaAppearance: Advocate Varun Tankha and Advocate Shivendra Pandey (for the appellant); Govt. Advocate Pradeep Gupta (for the respondent / State).Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more