Presco Plc (PRESCO.ng) 2015 Annual Report

first_imgPresco Plc (PRESCO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about Presco Plc (PRESCO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Presco Plc (PRESCO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Presco Plc (PRESCO.ng)  2015 annual report.Company ProfilePresco Plc is a fully-integrated agro-industrial company in Nigeria with business interests in the cultivation of oil palm plantations and milling and crushing palm kernels to produce a range of refined vegetable oil. The company also has a packaging plant and a biogas plant which treats its palm oil mill effluent. Presco Plc specialises in cultivating oil palm and extracting, refining and fractionating crude palm oil into finished products. The company supplies specialty fats and oils of outstanding quality. Presco Plc has a concession of 6 462 hectares at Obaretin Estate; 12 560 hectares at Ologbo Estate; 2 800 hectares at Delta Estate; and 17 000 hectares at Sakponba Estate. Presco Plc is a subsidiary of Siat, a Belgian agro-industrial company which specialises in cultivating smallholder plantations of mainly oil palm and rubber tree crops. Siat has a major stake in the Ghana Oil Palm Development Company (GOPDC) in Ghana, Siat Gabon in Gabon and Compagnie Heveicole de Cavally in Ivory Coast. The company’s head office is in Edo State, Nigeria. Presco Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

How I’d find top cheap stocks to buy in November 2020

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Peter Stephens | Monday, 26th October, 2020 Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. How I’d find top cheap stocks to buy in November 2020 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. There are still a number of cheap stocks available to buy after the 2020 market crash. Despite this, finding them could prove to be a difficult task.Therefore, looking in industries that face uncertain near-term prospects could be a sound move. It may enable an investor to unearth a range of high-quality businesses that trade at low prices.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Through analysing their financial positions and market opportunities, it may be possible to build a portfolio of undervalued shares that produce impressive returns in the long run.Searching for cheap stocks in unloved industriesMany shares have rebounded following the market crash. Yet some sectors still contain a large number of cheap stocks. In many cases, they are industries likely to be among those hit hardest by the weak economic outlook. For example, industrial businesses that are relatively cyclical could suffer. And consumer goods companies that are reliant on consumer sentiment may post disappointing financial performances in the short run.As such, there may be an opportunity for long-term investors to buy undervalued shares while they face a difficult outlook. Yes, this strategy may mean that an investor experiences paper losses in the short run due to ongoing risks such as the coronavirus pandemic. However, over the coming years, many unloved companies operating in sectors that are currently out of favour among investors could produce impressive returns. As such, buying them today may prove to be a profitable long-term move.Analysing potential purchasesOf course, not all cheap stocks are worth buying at the present time. Some companies are priced at low levels for very good reasons. For example, they may have weak balance sheets that are unlikely to withstand a prolonged period of poor sales growth. As such, they may deserve to trade at low prices to reflect their higher risks.Analysing not only the financial positions of potential purchases, but also their market positions, could allow an investor to find high-quality companies trading at bargain prices. Purchasing those companies with sound balance sheets and wide economic moats may lead to a greater benefit from a likely economic recovery. They may be able to extend their market influence at the expense of weaker peers. This may lead to higher profitability in the long run that has a positive impact on an investor’s portfolio.A second market crashClearly, some investors may be dissuaded from buying cheap stocks today because of the threat of a second market crash. Since that outcome is a known unknown, it is difficult to try to time the market to take advantage of it.Therefore, buying undervalued shares today could be a sound move. Their valuations may already price in a disappointing economic outlook and the threat of a market downturn. While paper losses cannot be ruled out in the short run, their capital gains over the long run may prove to be very impressive. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

Why the LoopUp share price is crashing today

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Roland Head | Friday, 27th November, 2020 | More on: LOOP Shares in conference calling service LoopUp Group (LSE: LOOP) fell by almost 50% when markets opened this morning. They’ve since recovered somewhat. At the time of writing, the LoopUp share price is down almost 43% at 89p.Today’s slump was triggered by a profit warning from the firm, which says competition is getting tougher outside its core professional services marketplace. In this piece I’ll explain what’s happening and what it could mean for shareholders.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Difficult market conditionsLoopUp provides cloud-based conference calling and telephony solutions. The firm’s selling point is that it provides an easy-to-use service with high levels of security, call quality and reliability.Unlike rivals such as Zoom and Skype, which have targeted the mass market, LoopUp’s focus is on professional services companies — especially law firms. Even before the pandemic, LoopUp was shifting its focus away from more non-professional services customers.Unfortunately, the pandemic has accelerated this shift. Non-professional services clients are calling less and often making cheaper calls. They may also be migrating to cheaper services such as Zoom.Even the firm’s core professional services clients are enjoying cheaper calling rates. LoopUp says that per-minute costs have fallen by 24% this year, due to a shift from pay-as-you-go to subscription pricing. International call volumes have also fallen.As a result of these changing usage patterns, LoopUp expects revenue and earnings to be lower than previously expected this year.Take a step back: LoopUp is still growingIt’s worth remembering that it’s been a good year for this business. Even after today’s fall, LoopUp’s share price is still 50% higher than it was one year ago. The business is still growing quite strongly too.Today’s guidance from the company indicates that 2020 revenue should be at least £50m. That’s an increase of 18% on 2019.EBITDA (earnings before various deductions) is now expected to rise by 134% to £15m in 2020.After today’s share price fall, this business is valued at roughly one times forecast sales. For a profitable, growing business, that might not be expensive. To put this in context, US-listed Zoom is valued at 38 times sales. That is expensive, in my view.LoopUp share price: what happens next?2020 has been a good year for companies that provide software that’s essential for working at home.But with vaccines on the horizon and at least a partial return to the office likely in 2021, the challenge for companies such as LoopUp will be to keep hold of the customers they’ve gained this year.Ahead of today, broker forecasts suggested that LoopUp’s revenue would be broadly flat in 2021, but that profits would fall significantly. I expect these forecasts to be trimmed after today’s news. But LoopUp says it’s still winning new business, including three recent wins with global top-100 law firms.LoopUp’s pipeline of contract opportunities has an annualised contract value of £16m. Even if only some of these opportunities convert to orders, they could add significantly to the firm’s sales.center_img Teresa Kersten, an employee of LinkedIn, a Microsoft subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Microsoft and Zoom Video Communications. The Motley Fool UK has recommended LoopUp Group and recommends the following options: long January 2021 $85 calls on Microsoft and short January 2021 $115 calls on Microsoft. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Roland Head Why the LoopUp share price is crashing todaylast_img read more

3 sustainable UK shares I’d buy in 2021 and hold for 20 years

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Matthew Dumigan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Matthew Dumigan | Wednesday, 30th December, 2020 As the world continues to push towards a clean energy future, companies harnessing the power of renewables are perfectly positioned to capitalise. In the UK, the British government has put forward an ambitious green energy strategy, which includes the target of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050. With this in mind, I’ve got my eye on several quality UK shares that I reckon could profit nicely from the UK’s green energy transition.The best sustainable UK sharesFirst up, I’m excited about the long-term growth potential of FTSE AIM-listed Velocys. The company aims to create sustainable fuels composed of waste materials for aviation and heavy goods transport. This is to help achieve lower emissions and improve air quality with its innovative technology. Velocys’ ties to the aviation industry may explain why the stock has failed to explode in price in the same way many other green energy stocks have. However, since I’m confident airlines will make a steady comeback, I reckon Velocys shares are a savvy long-term play.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Unlike Velocys, fellow AIM-listed ITM Power has exploded in price recently. In a nutshell, the company’s solutions take excess energy from the power network and convert it into hydrogen. Since the beginning of the year, its valuation has rocketed by around 528%. Despite this, I’m sceptical of rating the company’s shares as overpriced. Furthermore, the UK’s energy strategy focuses on offshore wind and hydrogen power. This means that ITM’s specialisation in hydrogen energy positions it perfectly to realise further growth over the long term. Finally, I’m on the lookout for stocks that look set to profit from the UK’s ambitious offshore wind energy plans. Prime Minister Johnson has hailed the UK as the ‘Saudi Arabia of wind’, and I think Britain looks set to continue being a global leader in the sector. As such, energy firms like SSE instantly spring to my mind as solid investment opportunities. SSE is planning the world’s largest offshore wind firm, which could be operational as early as 2026. Ultimately, thanks to a bright outlook, I think a price-to-earnings ratio of 18 classifies the stock as good value.The long-term potential of the green energy industryWith governments around the world pouring billions into renewable energy alternatives, the long-term outlook for the industry remains highly favourable. Furthermore, if harnessed effectively, clean and renewable energy could play a significant role in powering a clean economic recovery.While rocketing share prices indicate that investors have cottoned on, I believe there’s still room for growth. That’s why I’d plan to add several stocks operating in this sector to my investment portfolio in 2021. Once bought, I’d hold for the long term in order to maximise returns and ride the UK’s wave towards a carbon neutral future. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 3 sustainable UK shares I’d buy in 2021 and hold for 20 years See all posts by Matthew Dumiganlast_img read more

Maryland bishop suffragan faces numerous charges in fatal accident

first_img January 27, 2015 at 10:27 pm Where can I find Caroline’s + sermon referred to, above. Could someone please send me a link? Larry Norton says: Fr. E. Perren Hayes says: Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby Jan. 9 announces the initial charges against Diocese of Maryland Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook in the Dec. 27 fatal accident that killed a bicyclist. Standing with her are Lt. Colonel Melissa Hyatt and Don Giblin, chief of homicide for the State’s Attorney’s Office. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENSEditor’s note: This story was updated at 6:13 p.m. Jan. 9.[Episcopal News Service – Baltimore, Maryland] Episcopal Diocese of Maryland Bishop Suffragan Heather Cook surrendered to Baltimore law enforcement hours after she was charged Jan. 9 with eight offenses for allegedly causing a fatal car accident in which she temporarily left the scene after striking and killing a bicyclist.Cook turned herself in to police mid-Friday afternoon and was being processed at Central Booking, police told The Baltimore Sun. A court commissioner was expected to determine her bail in the evening, a judiciary spokeswoman said, the Sun reported.Earlier in the day, Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said at a news conference that charges had been filed in district court accusing Cook of four criminal charges. They include negligent manslaughter by vehicle (maximum penalty 10 years and/or $5,000 fine), criminal negligent manslaughter by vehicle (three years and/or $5,000 fine), negligently driving under the influence resulting in a homicide (five years and/or $5,000 fine) and negligent homicide involving an auto or boat while impaired (three years and/or $5,000 fine).Cook also faces traffic charges of failing to remain at an accident resulting in death, failing to remain at the scene of an accident resulting in bodily injury, using a text messaging device while driving causing an accident with death or serious injury, and driving under the influence of alcohol.Media representatives crowd the small news conference room in the offices of Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby Jan. 9. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENSMosby said a breathalyzer test administered to Cook after the accident showed the bishop had a blood alcohol content of .22 percent. The legal limit in Maryland is .08 percent.Thomas Palermo, 41, the married father of two young children, was pronounced dead on the afternoon of Dec. 27 at a hospital near the accident scene. He died from head injuries suffered in the accident.Mosby reminded those at the news conference that Cook is presumed innocent until and unless she is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.When Mosby met with the Palermo family Jan. 8, she said she “assured them that we’re going to pursue justice.”The state’s attorney outlined the accident, citing the statement of probable cause that was filed in court. She said both Palermo and Cook were traveling southbound on Roland Avenue with Palermo in the bike lane and Cook in the traffic lane. Cook, who was texting while driving at the time, veered off to the right and into the bike lane, striking Palermo from the rear. The collision caused Palermo to strike the hood and windshield of Cook’s 2001 Subaru, Mosby said. He was thrown to the right-hand side before coming to a final rest against the curb.She said the statement of probable cause alleges that Cook did not stop at the scene of the accident, and continued south on Roland. Roughly 30 minutes later she drove past the scene, heading northbound on Roland, but continued past the scene northbound to her residence, according to Mosby. The timeline in the statement of probable cause alleges that Cook was gone from the scene for a longer period of time than what was reported in earlier news accounts.Cook left that residence shortly after her arrival there and returned to the scene. Mosby said that Cook then was taken from the scene to a police station by members of the Baltimore Police Department where she was given a breathalyzer test which resulted in the .22 reading.Mosby said that the case will be presented to a grand jury scheduled to be impaneled on Jan. 12. The jury could drop some of the charges and/or add others.Mosby, 34, was acting on her first full day as Baltimore City State’s Attorney, having been sworn into office the day before.Just after Mosby concluded her news conference, Diocese of Maryland Bishop Eugene Sutton released a statement saying in part: “Please know that we are deeply heartbroken over this, and we cry for the Palermo family, our sister Heather and all in the community who are hurting.”“Our Lord Jesus would be a healing presence in the midst of this tragic situation, and we are seeking ways to walk in his footsteps in the days and months ahead,” he said. “As we do so we are truly being the church, and we will always be guided by our core Christian values of personal accountability, compassion and respect for the rule of law.”Neva Rae Fox, Episcopal Church public affairs officer, also issued a statement acknowledging the charges and saying “as this is a legal matter, we will not comment on the charges or the proceedings that will follow.”“Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori maintains a pastoral and canonical relationship with Bishop Cook,” Fox said. “As a result, Cook will not be permitted to exercise her ordained ministry in the foreseeable future.”Sutton had placed Cook on administrative leave shortly after the accident and The Episcopal Church’s disciplinary processes have been put in motion. Title IV of the Canons of The Episcopal Church governs ecclesiastical discipline of clergy members. Canon 17 of Title IV outlines the disciplinary process of bishops. Title IV requires confidentiality at this point in the process.Cook became the diocese’s first female bishop when she was ordained and consecrated Sept. 6. Cook’s biography is here on the diocesan website.The Dec. 27 fatal accident brought to light a 2010 traffic incident in which Cook was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and for marijuana possession. Cook pleaded guilty to drunken driving in that incident, and the prosecution of marijuana possession charge was dropped. A judge sentenced her on Oct. 25, 2010, to pay a $300 fine and supervised probation. Court records available online do not note the length or conditions of Cook’s probation.A Dec. 30 statement on the diocesan website said that during the search process that resulted in Cook being elected suffragan in 2014 she had “fully disclosed” the 2010 arrest for which she received “probation before judgment” from the court. “After extensive discussion and discernment about the incident, and after further investigation, including extensive background check and psychological investigation, it was determined that this one mistake should not bar her for consideration as a leader,” the statement said.The convention that elected Cook on May 2, 2014, however, was not told about the 2010 arrest, Sharon Tillman, the diocese’s director of communications, confirmed to ENS Jan. 9.Previous ENS coverage of the accident is here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Comments (38) Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL January 9, 2015 at 6:18 pm Why is she still a bishop? Do you recall a few years ago that right after the election of the first woman to head the powerful German Evangelical Church she was stopped by police for a DUI. It took about two days for her to resign her office, on a par with that of the primate of the US Episcopal Church. As for forgiveness etc. outweighing her previous DUI in the process of making her bishop. I would call that complicit and negligent. People who drink drink. I drink. People who drink and drive are people who will continue to do that. Again what is it about our Church rules that allow her to remain a bishop while this mess tarnishes the whole church. Is the episcopacy in denial? Why is this woman still a bishop? Featured Jobs & Calls January 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm I totally agree. Alcoholism is a physiological, primary and complex Disease, and the AMA stated in the early sixties that it “was the most complex Disease known.” It is progressive and fatal if not treated. Even with a top treatment inpatient program and excellent follow-up outpatient treatment and meetings-meetings-meetings, the fatality rate is still too high. It is an insidious baffling, cunning Disease and it is a family disease and the whole family needs treatment also. Alcoholics are master mainpulators and those people that are close to the Alcoholic need education and treatment also. It’s a treatable Disease and shame and guilt need to be out the picture. Heather Cook’s dad went to rehab several times before achieving sobriety. I wish in 2015 we could we know a lot about Alcoholsm: ie. AA.Al-anon, Alateen, and help is available. I read today that the Diocese of Maryland sent a letter to Bishop Cook requesting her resignation as Bishop Suffragan and I’m very glad to see that done. She is nowhere ready to do anything in my opinion except focus on recovery, maybe for several years before being able to take on a job. I was sorry to see she was bailed out to the tune of $2l5,000.00 though. Money misspent. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books January 9, 2015 at 8:28 pm My sense is all this is an underlying symptom of why the appeal of the organized church at large and the way it conducts itself is reflected in people’s diminished intertest in it. The deeper question is how and why this person ultimtely was concecrated bishop to begin with! An expanded background check would have not only revealed the history of her involvement with the law but also her apparent lack of honest transparency, a significant piece of assessing Cook’s ability to provide pastroal care. Sadly, and for whatever reason, it didn’t take her very long to show her true self. Where was the integrity and accountabilty of those involved in the search process? As for Cook remaining in office? The PB by obligation of her office has the pastoral responsibility to not only evaluate how Cook’s actions have effected and will continue to impact the community she apparently believed she was called to serve but moreover that will strongly be encouraged Cook to seek the help she obviiously needs. Ordination doesn’t make a person but hopefully should reveal who a person authetically is! Peace and Blessings Steven Ford says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC John C. Kimbrough says: January 10, 2015 at 11:19 am In the Episcopal Church — as in the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches — ordination as deacon, priest or bishop within the one sacrament of Ordination — is, like baptism, indelible. Once ordained, a basic change has come to the recipient — as is true of Baptism, the Eucharist and other sacraments. (See the BCP1979 Liturgies and the Catechism) Sacraments are not an aid to living a “better” life (although they are); they are a sign that the “sacramentalized” person is now different by personal choice. Sin can no longer change our relationship with God; but rather an indication of the point where we need more prayerful care and practice (like an athlete) in that area.The church cannot “revoke” the “fact” of ordination. But the Church CAN remove the “authority to act” granted “by the church” to individuals who have been canonically ordained. This has already happened on a temporary basis. Now “the church” follows the “procedures-established” in canon law in regard to this particular situation. Testimony and trial may be needed to be sure that “authority to act” is not permanently/temporarily removed without serious reason. When that happens, then the decision is completed: by absolute; or temporary; or no; by “inhibition of authority to act.”This process has nothing to do with secular law — which proceeds to do similar things as they affect an accused person in any societal matter.Having said this, I also add my personal attitude: The accused bishop withheld nothing (apparently) from the committee to elect a bishop. They knew of her arrest and other lapses and alcohol issues. If fault (as we Americans love to locate) is to be had, one needs to see and interview the committee to elect a bishop to understand why these issues — very important in my mind — were not told to the electors.I pray for Thomas Palermo and his family daily — such a horrible accident from such a person should never have happened.Perren Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET January 27, 2015 at 11:12 am I meant to say, “Regarding the vetting process, I cannot speak to it.” 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 Rector Bath, NC January 10, 2015 at 10:51 am And accountability. When you know someone is not trustworthy (or dealing with significant issues in this case) why would anyone put them in a place of heightened responsibility? Forgiveness is our mandate, absolutely, AND that should never preclude accountability. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC John C. Kimbrough says: Charlie Linebarger says: Maryland bishop suffragan faces numerous charges in fatal accident Vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence, texting among the charges Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 January 19, 2015 at 9:24 am The problem for me is that the “church” followed procedures and elected this person who based on her actions (leaving an critically injured man by the side of the road and not publicly taking responsibility for her actions) does not really believe enough of what she preached to be able to practice it. Given that, how can I know that ANY church leader really believes what they preach. Her actions have harmed not just the Palermo family, herself, and the Maryland Diocese, but has harmed many people’s faith most church leaders. Jane Maxwell says: Featured Events Patrick McQuarter says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 John C. Kimbrough says: Comments are closed. Michael Vogt says: 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ January 11, 2015 at 6:33 pm Steve Skardon nailed it! Thanks -=- Rector Collierville, TN January 9, 2015 at 9:53 pm “Be alert and of sober mind” – 1 Peter 5:8 Selena Smith says: January 11, 2015 at 4:37 pm This is an unimaginable tragedy for the family of Thomas Palermo. However, I have trouble seeing this as just a “tragedy” for the Church. It is much more than that. Last year someone in the Diocese of Maryland’s search process apparently decided that the delegates to convention didn’t need to know about Bishop Cook’s legal entanglements and challenges with substance abuse. Consequently, she was elected, that election was consented to by the wider Church… and a time bomb was placed in the highest echelons of our institutional leadership. There is very real culpability here. We need to be careful not indulge in the kind of delusional thinking that infected the Catholic Church in its handling of priests accused of sexual abuse. According to Mary Frances’ article, the bishop’s history was intentionally covered up by the Diocese with her knowledge, and she was allowed to stand for election, while those in the know closed their eyes and crossed their fingers. Yes, the Church has a disciplinary process and it is moving forward. However, that takes time, and as long as there is even the slightest possibility that Bishop Cook will continue as a bishop, even on administrative leave, it will be very difficult for healing or forgiveness to even begin. Guilty until proven innocent is a fundamental tenant of our legal system, not institutional common sense. The process by which Bishop Cook was elected was intentionally distorted, and now the resulting cover up has cost a 41-year-old husband and father of two his life. We are required by Christ to hold out love and compassion for Heather Cook and her family. However, that does not mean we must accept the grievous error made by the Diocese of Maryland that led to this loss of life. If Bishop Cook insists on remaining a bishop in that Diocese a minute longer, Bishop Sutton and his Standing Committee need to insist on her resignation. January 9, 2015 at 8:00 pm This situation again reiterates that issues with alcohol and drug usage is not defined by class, gender, social standing, or holy calling. We are so blessed to have an active recovery ministry within our church and help is available to all-clergy, laity, seeker. It is no secret that addictive illness is a condition marked by shame and secrecy, and perhaps this is no more evident when it comes to light in such a public and tragic way. We especially want to look the other way when we see a clergy member “in trouble”, because of the stigma attached, or mistakenly thinking its not our place to intervene. Please, please, please contact someone from Recovery Ministries of the Episcopal Church in your diocese if you see someone in trouble. There of course are no guarantees that a person will seek help when confronted with their addiction issues, or maintain their sobriety, but it is worth the chance if it possibly can prevent such a sad event from occurring. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY John D. Ruff says: David Koskela says: The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR January 9, 2015 at 9:48 pm If she had any integrity at all, she would resign as a bishop and a priest. Covering up her previous arrest alone is a blot on those in the diocese who knew of it and chose to withhold that information from the electors. None of us is perfect, but some of us have varying degrees of integrity. It would appear that neither this woman nor those who covered up for her had much integrity. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the man she killed. Yes, killed. Ann Tucker says: January 11, 2015 at 5:39 pm The fact that information regarding Bp. Cook’s prior arrest was withheld from the Convention that elected her strongly suggests that the election process was rigged in her favor. One of the other candidates likely would have been elected if this shocking information had been disclosed to the electors. Why has no one expressed concern about the obvious unfairness to the other candidates? January 9, 2015 at 9:44 pm It is both sad and disturbing……The points that you have made Noreen are correct, wise and righteous…..God bless you for your wisdom and your ability to articulate these thoughts so well……. Grace Cangialosi says: January 9, 2015 at 11:36 pm These hard-hitting reports by The Reverand Mary Frances Schjonberg have the ring of honesty and integrity that I would expect in a church that embraces transparency. Comments on this tragedy inform are thinking and prompt us to pray for all involved. Up to now I have not heard any comments addressing another party in this tragedy, those who Bishop Cook would be shepherding in this difficult world. I am sure the church will be providing for their spiritual and ecclesiastical needs, however, including them at the table, that is, in our thoughts and discussion would be helpful. John C. Kimbrough says: John C. Kimbrough says: Rector Pittsburgh, PA William A. Flint, PhD says: T J White says: Rector Albany, NY Christopher Johnson says: Charles Nutter says: January 11, 2015 at 10:54 pm If Bishop Sutton consented to the concealment of bishop Cook’s prior offense from the convention which elected her, what questions does this raise about his judgment as a bishop? Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem January 13, 2015 at 4:10 pm And what questions does this raise about the Presiding Bishop’s judgment in taking order for Bishop Cook’s ordination? Women like men should not be exempt from that consideration. January 12, 2015 at 3:16 pm Once upon a time, the Episcopal Church decided that the politically correct thing to do was to do was to elect a green apple to be a bishop and so it did in order to make a social statement. Then it was the politically correct thing to elect a yellow grape to be a bishop and so it did for the same reason. Soon the Episcopal Church had elected a whole House filled with multi-colored politically correct bishops in order to make social statements. In each election, the Episcopal Church was striving for equality and diversity because that was the catch words of the day. My question is this” “What profits the Episcopacy if it gains the world’s politically correct awards and loses its own soul?” The checks and balances in the election process it broken and needs to be corrected whereby the Voice of the Holy Spirit can be clearly discerned and the politics be silenced.Let those who read also understand what the read. Rector Belleville, IL Susanna DesMarais says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis J. W. McRee says: January 9, 2015 at 9:52 pm Excellent insights John…Thank you so much and may you be blessed in all things…… January 9, 2015 at 8:24 pm “Interesting” that her prior legal issues were kept secret from the convention electing a new bishop. In fact, I find this disturbing. Submit a Job Listing January 12, 2015 at 9:05 pm Perhaps bishops with jurisdiction and diocesan standing committees might exercise their own due diligence by doing their own background checks before consenting to episcopal elections. Arrest and adjudication information is a matter of public record and is easily obtainable by anyone. There’s plenty of blame to go around. Frogmire Anders von Vondervolt says: January 10, 2015 at 9:59 am Every time I say that there is too much emphsis on alcholo in the church, I’m shouted down. I left a church because congrgants were routinely drunk and impaired at the Wed evening churh dinners. The Priest’s answere to my complaint-we drink becasue we can. There was’t a single chrurch function where alcohol was not served. TThis Priest has moved on and is now brewing beer in the church and have Beer and Bible studies. The Bishop appoved a church’s involvement in a music festival that has been cited for two years for drug and alcohol violations. The feeling is that turning the church into a cocktail lounge will bring yourger people to the church. January 10, 2015 at 2:42 am As traffic becomes more complex, new driving skills must be developed. I changed from pedal cycle to motorcycle when I found a bus 12 inches from my elbow! I used a motorcycle for about 15 years in London (UK) traffic. There I developed DEFENSIVE DRIVING. Expect erratic behaviour from all! Never make yourself the ‘jam’ in the sandwich (do not advance between lanes unless they are not moving). Due to arthritis, I now use a car and the ‘game’ has changed. Cyclists not obeying the highway code – e,g., riding abreast, not observing rights of way on roundabouts. Cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians phoning and texting. Here it is illegal for drivers to phone but pedestrians phone and talk while on the pavement(road) without looking! NO ONE (pedestrian, cyclist, or driver) should be on the road when over the limit! J. W. McRee says: Submit a Press Release January 10, 2015 at 12:14 pm Was there a canonical disciplinary process conducted by the Diocese of Easton following the 2010 DUI event? If so, what was its nature? What did it conclude? What discipline did it impose?If the canonical process was not followed, did this omission enter into the determination (by whom is unclear) not to make public any information about the 2010 DUI event during the entire search process, to the voters in the electing convention, to the bishops and standing committees consenting to the election, and to all people interested in the election of a bishop in the Episcopal Church? Hugh Hansen, Ph.D. says: 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID January 11, 2015 at 6:36 pm I agree, Jane. Unfortunatly, it seems there is always some degree of push back when it comes to talking openly about alcoholism and other addictive illness even within our progressive church. When I was serving on the diocesan recovery commission there were always stories of a less than enthusiastic embrace of our ministry- many times from clergy-even one member who was told that there were no alcoholics in their parish…stories of people who would linger longer than others where the wine was served at clergy conference…etc, etc. One would hope TEC would use this situation to do some soul searching about how we address this issue so that in the future these problems are not ignored. We as a church are not doing anyone any favors by looking the other way. It is easy for persons with addictive illness to hide in plain site within our church since we place no religious restrictions on the consumption of alcohol and frequently serve it at church functions. Many are not awsre that we as a church have a policy on serving alcohol at church functions, but I am not sure how many parishes actually adhere to it. This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 January 9, 2015 at 10:40 pm Given the .22 alcohol level and deadly result of the current offense, and given that the nominating committee in Maryland: A) knew about her previous DUI at a similarly high level… not to mention the marijuana pipe… B) decided to nominate her anyway, and C) didn’t inform the diocesan convention voters about either A or B, — a modest proposal: that perhaps that nominating committee leadership should be considered for disciplinary action as well. It’s kind of the classic “who knew what, and when did they know it, and why didn’t they do something about it.” Cathy Cox says: January 14, 2015 at 5:43 pm I agree with Theodore and John about the consent process. Those bishops and standing committees who consented to the election: they should resign as well. Their failure to consider the results of background checks gave Bishop Cook opportunity for killing another rather than a journey of healing for herself. The cyclist’s family must live with the process of loss and grief, because those responsible for the process of ordination to the episcopate were negligent and will excuse themselves. January 11, 2015 at 11:06 am She isn’t permitted to function as a priest or bishop. She is likely to be removed, but that is a process that requires some time. Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Nicholson B. White says: Len Freeman says: Linda Burnett says: Anne Bay says: Rector Smithfield, NC January 9, 2015 at 8:14 pm Unless she chooses to resign, the canonical process under Title IV has to play out, and that takes time. I was impressed by the fact that Bishop Sutton immediately placed her on leave and inhibited her instead of delaying that. Theodore W. Johnson says: Steve Skardon says: John Gangwisch says: Jon Spangler says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Linda M Ewing says: Rector Tampa, FL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit an Event Listing January 27, 2015 at 11:10 am I think the former bishop of Maryland, Robert Ilhoff, makes an excellent statement. Regarding the vetting process, I cannot speak for it. Bishop Ilhoff’s statement is below:Each time a bishop is consecrated, she/he is charged: “You are called…to be in all things a faithful pastor and wholesome example for the entire flock of Christ.” Earlier at his/her priestly ordination, each candidate answers, “I will,” to the following: “Will you do your best to pattern your life in accordance with the teachings of Christ, so that you may be a wholesome example to your people?” Bishops and priests all fall short and are guilty of sin, like the rest of us. Despite the fact none of us is perfect, we all have a right to expect the persons the Church ordains will take responsibility for their actions, will model best practices, and will willingly accept the consequences of their actions. Over the last several days, many have heard orread Caroline+’s excellent and powerful sermon of Sunday past, many of you participated in the moving meetings after each service. A number of you participated in the January 1st bike ride to memorialize Tom Palermo. Our clergy met with the Bishop on Tuesday, and most of us continue to mull over and talk about Tom Palermo’s tragic death caused by our Bishop Suffragan, Heather Cook. It is the main topic of conversation everywhere I go and we are still reeling from its implications. None of this is made better by the fact we are still waiting for charges to be filed and do not know a number of key details.We do know an innocent man is dead and his family grieving. We know that Heather, the driver of the car left the scene of the accident and returned later. We do not yet know other crucial details; there is much speculation. However we know enough to assume Heather will not be allowed to resume her episcopal ministry. Why? She has violated the basis for our trust in leaving the scene of the accident. All persons have a moral responsibility to stop whatever the nature of an accident. When a life hangs in the balance, that duty to stop and assist is especially crucial. We will, sadly, never know if Heather’s stopping and calling 911 would have enhanced efforts to keep Tom Palermo alive; what we do know is she ceased being “a wholesome example,” as she drove away. Can she be forgiven? Yes, by God and after repentance. Can she be trusted as a leader of the Christian Church? Sadly, “No.” This accident will haunt her the rest of her life, regardless of what other details eventually come out. The Church deposes clergy who cross boundaries of sexual morality or who embezzle money or are guilty of a variety of crimes, including “hit and run.” It’s not that these persons no longer have a ministry or God can’t use them, it’s that we can no longer trust them to model a “wholesome example” as leaders in the Church. Already, Presentment charges are being prepared by The Episcopal Church which will almost assuredly result in Heather being deposed. Of course, we should hold her in prayer and trust in time, God will be able to guide her into new ways of service. She may even be able in time to draw on her tragic story in ways which will edify others. We should all be humbled in this tragedy to realize anew how potentially dangerous each of us can become behind the wheel of a car if we are inattentive, distracted, or careless. We can be more watchful and courteous to bikers and pedestrians (as well as to other drivers). We cannot change this tragedy, but we can learn from it. Linda Burnett says: Thomas Andrews says: Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET January 9, 2015 at 7:56 pm Google Children of Tom Palermo for the educational fund for their two children. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY January 10, 2015 at 1:50 pm Alcoholism is a disease just like diabetes and it is treatable just like diabetes, including treatment for the rest of her life. Would not you want to know that the candidate for bishop or rector was diabetic? Why not for alcohol? If she were in recovery, she could set an outstanding example for all of us, but instead she has shamed herself and the Church. We need to drag alcoholism (and drug abuse) out of the closet and confront it and treat it. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Knoxville, TN January 9, 2015 at 9:43 pm This update is most interesting. I was surprised about the pot possession charge. Perhaps the fact that I was sexually molested and abused by an Episcopalian minister when I was 13 years old would qualify me to be the Bishop of The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island. I mean, could I really be any more irresponsible and disrespectful to my fellow clergymen and lay followers then Oris Walker Jr. was. Better yet, I would like to have Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori’s job. Seriously though, being a student of the Bible and a flawed but sincere servant of God, as we all are, this is such a sad tragedy for all, but I think that the Episcopal church has kind of screwed up here……and everybody knows it……. January 9, 2015 at 8:20 pm This tragedy is more than high distressing to me–I have been both a cyclist and an Episcopalian for over 50 of my 62 years. Bishop Cook has apparently failed to be transparent and honest–with herself, her God, and with the church–about her addiction and her behavior(s). Having known several bishops and many other clergy during my life, I have seen what temptations they are offered, especially in using alcohol and other drugs. Especially given her additional training and knowledge as a priest, how Bishop Cook could have gone through her previous (2010) DUI conviction process and failed to deal honestly herself and others–especially the Diocese of Maryland–is appalling. (It may be very, very human, too, but her additional responsibility and trust as a bishop would seem to call for an even higher standard of conscientiousness and self-revelation on her part.)I am, of course, praying for all of the people harmed and in mourning as a result of this tragic failure on the part of Helen Cook. But I also hope that justice will be served. I hope and trust that the Diocese of Maryland will deal generously with the Palermo family without their having to pursue legal action. Furthermore, I pray and hope that the church will learn to take a far more careful and healthy stance towards alcohol use and abuse, especially among its clergy, and to account far more carefully for drug and alcohol abuse in its discernment and selection processes. There are the very least we can do as a tribute to Tom Palermo. Perhaps such a careful approach to alcohol abuse will be one of Helen Cook’s legacies, too. January 9, 2015 at 9:50 pm There is a process that, as someone else mentioned, must play out…….I think the church looks as bad as this unfortunate and unhappy woman does….I feel sympathy for her and her plight and wonder if she will do time in prison……and how much time? Probably between 7 to 10 years…….Having spent time in prison as a young man and later having taught men and women in two provincial prisons as a volunteer in Cambodia, I have much compassion to those who do time, but the way of the world and societies and cultures is to punish those who break the law and commit crimes……This woman is not a criminal, but she has committed a crime…….I wonder how she could have been such a troubled soul, but I wonder more why the church did not know her problems were so severe and take some sort of action to deal with them….. January 13, 2015 at 6:57 pm She has to resign. Her public ministry is finished. Rector Shreveport, LA Press Release Service January 10, 2015 at 8:31 am Forgiveness of past infractions is the way of the church. But, forgiveness without realistic treatment and help with the initial problem assures the individul will have more failres. Forgiveness and second chances need to be coupled with authentic treatment for the problem. Rector Martinsville, VA By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jan 9, 2015 Curate Diocese of Nebraskalast_img read more

Coming to Netflix in September

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear It’s time to prepare yourself for some serious binge-watching in September because Netflix is releasing a slew of exciting movies and shows available for streaming next month.By unleashing a mashup of original content as well as some familiar favorites, Netflix is looking to continue boosting its staggeringly impressive subscriber base. Given that Netflix is losing its Disney content in the near future, the world’s most popular streaming service is hoping to make up for that devastating blow.The newest additions coming to Netflix in September include a number of classic movies and shows. Some of the most notable titles of the list include Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, Jaws and The Walking Dead Season 7.Several other selections that Netflix subscribers are going to be going crazy for are the new seasons of Narcos and BoJack Horseman.Keep scrolling to see the full list of titles coming to Netflix in September. Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here TAGSnetflix Previous articleCommunity Health Centers named Top 100 for working familiesNext articleOrange County Budget: Admin Services drop slightly Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 center_img September 2-8Avail. 9/2/17Vincent N Roxxy Avail. 9/4/17Graduation Avail. 9/5/17Carrie PilbyFacing DarknessLike Crazy Marc Maron: Too Real — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Newsies: The Broadway MusicalAvail. 9/6/17A Good American Hard TideAvail. 9/7/17The Blacklist: Season 4 Avail. 9/8/17#realityhigh —  NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILMApaches: Season 1BoJack Horseman: Season 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Fabrizio Copano: Solo Pienso En Mi — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Fire Chasers: Season 1Greenhouse Academy: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Joaquín Reyes: Una y no más — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Spirit: Riding Free: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Confession Tapes: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Walking Dead: Season 7 September 9-30Avail. 9/9/17Portlandia: Season 7Avail. 9/11/17The Forgotten Avail. 9/12/17Jeff Dunham: Relative Disaster — NETFLIX ORIGINAL  Avail. 9/13/17Offspring: Season 7Ghost of the MountainsAvail. 9/14/17Disney’s PocahontasAvail. 9/15/17American Vandal: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL First They Killed My Father — NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM Foo Fighters: Back and Forth George Harrison: Living in the Material World Larceny Project Mc²: Part 5 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Rumble Strong Island — NETFLIX ORIGINAL VeggieTales in the City: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Avail. 9/18/17Call the Midwife: Series 6The Journey Is the Destination Avail. 9/19/17Disney’s Beauty and the BeastJerry Before Seinfeld — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Love, Sweat and Tears Avail. 9/20/17Carol Avail. 9/21/17Gotham: Season 3Avail. 9/22/17Fuller House: New Episodes — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Jack Whitehall: Travels with My Father: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL The Samaritan Avail. 9/23/17Alien Arrival Avail. 9/25/17Dark Matter: Season 3Avail. 9/26/17Bachelorette Night School Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan Terrace House: Aloha State: Part 4 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Avail. 9/27/17Absolutely Anything Avail. 9/29/17Big Mouth: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL  Club de Cuervos: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Gerald’s Game — NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM Real Rob: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Paul Hollywood’s Big Continental Road Trip: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Our Souls at Night — NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILMThe Magic School Bus Rides Again: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Avail. 9/30/17Murder Maps: Season 3 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! September 1Amores PerrosCity of God Dead Poets SocietyDeep Blue SeaDisney’s HerculesDisney’s MulanFINAL FANTASY XIV Dad of Light: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL FractureGangs of New York Gone Baby Gone High Risk Hoodwinked Hotel for DogsJaws Jaws 2 Jaws 3 Jaws: The Revenge LEGO Elves: Secrets of Elvendale: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINALLittle Evil — NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILMManiac: Season 1Narcos: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL Outside Man: Volume 2Pulp FictionRequiem for a Dream Resurface — NETFLIX ORIGINALShaq & Cedric the Entertainer Present: All Star Comedy Jam Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Atlanta Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Dallas Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Las Vegas Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from Orlando Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam: Live from South Beach She’s Gotta Have It The B-Side: Elsa Dorfman’s Portrait PhotographyThe Last ShamanThe Lost Brother The Rugrats MovieThe Secret GardenThe Squid and the WhaleWest Coast Customs: Season 5 Who the F**K is that Guy Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Cuba: The CDRs at 55

first_imgBy Ildefonso Gustavo Díaz SandovalArtemisa, CubaOn Jan. 1, 1959, a very important event took place in Cuba: the triumph of the Cuban Revolution. From that moment on many revolutionary measures were taken by the new government to better the economic and social life of the people who had suffered many years of oppression, discrimination and exploitation.As a reaction to those measures, U.S. imperialism tried to frustrate the newborn revolution. It carried out intense subversive work: sabotage, counterrevolutionary acts, ideological campaigns against the main leaders. and military and economic aggression. Why? Because the new measures taken by the revolutionary government did not coincide with U.S. interests, and the U.S. could not maintain the system of exploitation and oppression that guaranteed its domination of the country.The leader of the Revolution, Fidel Castro Ruz, realized that the unity of the people was a decisive factor for the victorious advance of the Revolution. This unity materialized from the very beginning of the victory because of the support of the measures taken to defend the revolutionary process from internal and external enemies.Quickly, mass and social organizations were created without distinctions as to race, sex, religious beliefs or ideological trends. The people were called forth and educated.The Committees for the Defense of the Revolution, known as the CDRs, are an example of the organization and unity of the people. They are a valuable contribution of the Cuban Revolution to the experience of the world’s socialist revolutions. The CDRs were created on Sept. 28, 1960, by Fidel. At that moment he said, “We are going to set up a system of revolutionary collective surveillance.” The purpose of these committees was to keep an eye on the terrorist actions of the enemies of the Revolution — the U.S. government, CIA and the Pentagon. The CDRs’ responsibilities were increased, and the Committees started to be a powerful assistant to the Revolution on every front.Since then, the CDRs constitute the largest mass organization. They were created in every block of all cities and in every rural zone of the country, grouping citizens at the early age of 14 regardless of their occupations, ideas, sex, race or any other characteristic.In addition to the CDRs’ main mission — to be watchful for any possible subversive activities of the enemies of the Revolution in the small area of each committee — the CDRs contribute to the cleaning and hygiene of cities and communities, collaborate with the Ministry of Public Health in any mass vaccination campaigns, promote the donation of blood voluntarily and help to control epidemics. They also worry about students’ attendance in school and organize the recovery of raw materials useful for industry. They help with the housing and population census, the electoral process and, with the police force, control delinquency. They act to guarantee the democratic discussion of the main measures the government is going to take.The CDRs periodically convoke meetings with their members to discuss the main problems which affect the neighborhood and the people in general. The main leaders of the organization are selected democratically by the members of the community.In this way, the CDRs have been powerful organizations which have fulfilled numerous activities, roles and tasks that allow the Revolution to go on triumphantly.The writer is a Workers World reader in Cuba.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Fed-up women health workers lead strike of 3.5 million across India

first_imgWorkers around the world are demonstrating against their governments’ policies in dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. From South America to Asia, political protests and strikes are taking place. In many countries, health workers are in the lead, as they are on the front lines in this massive medical crisis. They face great risks to their own health, with fatalities increasing.Striking health care workers in India demand higher wages and PPE, Aug. 7-8.India, with 2.26 million people stricken by COVID as of Aug. 10, has the third largest number of cases after the United States and Brazil. The number is growing daily. Furious at the Narenda Modi-led government’s inadequate response and failure to contain the pandemic, 3.5 million workers, led by health care workers, struck for two days, Aug. 7-8. They called for higher and timely pay, a guaranteed minimum wage and a pension. Strikers also demanded the government treat them with dignity and respect.At least 100 health workers in India have died from COVID; hundreds are getting sick daily. The strikers emphatically voiced concerns about their personal safety and insisted the state provide adequate personal protective equipment. Moreover, workers called for government-assured insurance payouts to deceased workers’ families, which have not been disbursed.Some 600,000 members of the all-women Accredited Social Health Activists led the job action. They are the workers who travel to low-income, rural areas to provide essential health care, such as maternal care and vaccinations, where there is little to no access to medical facilities. Although they play a vital role in the country’s underfunded public health system and are on the front lines in the effort to contain the pandemic, the government has ignored these workers’ demands. Treated as “honorary volunteers,” they are not even covered by state minimum wage laws, although they provide public health programs!ASHA members are the frontline workers doing door-to-door checks and tracing virus cases, facing geographical and climate hazards on their way. They must often maneuver their way on foot through mountains to distant regions, even having to cross rivers by boat and rope bridges during rains.As the coronavirus spreads to rural areas, the public health care sector is increasingly overwhelmed. In a country of 1.3 billion people, with virus hotspots in many locations and 50,000 new cases reported daily, the burden of contacting the population and tracing the disease falls on these frontline workers. Working 10-hour days under incredibly difficult working conditions for $27 a month or less (!), with many not receiving the promised doubling of their salaries, and ignored and disrespected by central and local officials throughout the pandemic, these misnamed “volunteers” were fed up! Anganwadi workers, who operate rural mother and child care centers, were also instrumental in launching the strike. Unions representing all sectors and peasant organizations came out in 21 states in this All-India walkout. Under threat of firings and arrests, the strikers, mostly women, defied the Modi government. With this great show of solidarity, the demonstrators’ numbers swelled to 3.5 million. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Kazakh reporters arrested while covering protests

first_img Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the repeated arrest of RFE/RL correspondent Svetlana Glushkova during a protest in Kazakhstan’s capital on 22 March and calls on the Kazakh authorities to stop harassing reporters when they are covering demonstrations.Glushkova, who reports for the Internet TV channel Nastoyashee Vremya, was arrested twice while covering the demonstration in protest against the decision two days earlier to rename the capital Nur-Sultan in honour of newly retired President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The protest was held on the same day as tradition celebrations marking the Norouz, the Persian New Year.Unidentified individuals tried to prevent other reporters for Radio Azattyk – RFE/RL’s Kazakh version – from filming Glushkova’s arrests. The journalists said they were jostled by these individuals and prevented from freely covering the protest, during which many activists were arrested.“We urge the Kazakh authorities not to obstruct journalists covering demonstrations,” RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk said. “The adoption of measures that allow journalists to work freely should be one of the new Kazakh government’s priorities.”Previous arrestsAnother Radio Azattyk reporter, Sanya Toiken, spent the night of 11 March in a police station in the western city of Zhanaozen, where she was doing a report on the repeated protests there. When released the next day, she was told that an administrative court had fined her 120 euros for “refusing to follow police orders.”This was her third arrest in recent months in Zhanaozen. The most recent previous one was on 26 February, when she and her cameraman, Sanat Nurbek, were arrested on arrival.After ruling for 30 years, “Leader of the Nation” Nursultan Nazarbayev has stood down, leaving those close to him in key positions. The press freedom situation is all the more worrying because journalists are being arrested with increasing frequency. The main national opposition media outlets were all banned in 2012 and the Internet is closely controlled. Kazakhstan is ranked 158th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News Regional newspaper editor harassed after investigating real estate scandal Kazakh reporter accuses police of attacking her to go further October 30, 2020 Find out more January 15, 2021 Find out more News Reporters prevented from covering Kazakh parliamentary elections February 5, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Kazakhstan Receive email alerts KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists WomenFreedom of expressionEconomic pressure Kassym-Jomart Tokaïev, Président du Kazakhstan par intérim March 28, 2019 – Updated on April 2, 2019 Kazakh reporters arrested while covering protests Organisation News KazakhstanEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalists WomenFreedom of expressionEconomic pressure RSF_en last_img read more

Arsonists set fire to bi-weekly Independent

first_img News Gambia still needs to address challenges to press freedom News Three journalist arrested, two radio stations closed in Gambia GambiaAfrica August 6, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Gambia: former president must stand trial for journalist’s murder Follow the news on Gambia to go furthercenter_img October 20, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arsonists set fire to bi-weekly Independent News January 27, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Reporters Without Borders today condemned an arson attack on the headquarters of The Independent newspaper in Banjul on the night of 17 October and the failure the police to go there although alerted. The fire was put out by firemen and did not cause major damage.”I am amazed the police did not even bother to go to the scene to establish the facts, although they were informed about the fire,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said, calling for a investigation to find out who was behind the attack and bring them to justice.Acting editor in chief Sidi Bojang said at press conference yesterday three unidentified individuals went to the newspaper on the evening of 17 October, sprayed pepper gas on the caretaker and beat him with an iron bar. After he was taken to hospital, four men climbed over the perimeter wall and set fire to the inside of the building through the windows. They fled on the arrival of staff from the security company used by the newspaper.The Independent, which comes out twice a week, is known for its criticism of the government, although it had been less virulent since the release of managing editor Abdoulie Sey from detention on 23 September. Sey was detained on 19 September by members of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), who questioned him about articles considered very critical of the president. He fell ill a few hours after his release as a result of the poor conditions of detention at the NIA’s premises, colleagues said. Sey has still not returned to work. July 23, 2019 Find out more GambiaAfrica Organisation last_img read more