What can we learn from the NMC Health collapse?

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images Alan Oscroft | Monday, 27th April, 2020 | More on: NMC I’ve seen plenty of company collapses during my years as a private investor. But it’s rare it happens to one that’s made it as far as the FTSE 100. That’s what’s happened to NMC Health (LSE: NMC), and there are lessons to be learned.At its peak in 2018, NMC Health stock was trading at more than £40 per share. Now on Monday, the end of NMC as a listed company has come, after it requested the cancellation of its shares on the London Stock Exchange.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…On 13 April, NMC Health announced it had called in the administrators, under pressure from Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank, to which it owed $1bn. That was a month after trading in the shares had been suspended, at a price of 938p. What are they worth now? I reckon almost certainly zero.NMC Health in administrationMy Motley Fool colleague Edward Sheldon has explained how a company entering administration is bad news for shareholders. The company’s creditors and bondholders are ahead in the queue. And if there’s anything left of its assets once its debts are dealt with, only then might shareholders be left with anything.I seriously doubt there’ll be anything left, as the scale of NMC Health’s debts is truly shocking. It includes previously undisclosed debt of $4bn, for a total debt pile of more than $6.5bn.Lesson number oneAnd here’s one lesson for investors. We might wonder how this can happen to a company regulated by the LSE with a FTSE 100 listing. And we might wonder if LSE auditing regulations are too lax. But the thing is, a company’s auditors are working on the company’s behalf. And unless they find anything glaring, they have to take a lot of what the company says in good faith.The auditors aren’t being paid by the company to perform an in-depth investigation to look for wrongdoings. So don’t assume that just because a company is in the FTSE 100, its accounts must be squeaky clean.Shorting NMC HealthIt’s different for investigative investors such as Muddy Waters, which essentially pulled the plug on NMC Health in December. Back then, Muddy Waters said it believed NMC had “manipulated its balance sheet to understate debt,” having taken a short position against the firm.And that leads me to lesson number two. A firm like Muddy Waters has to have a pretty tight case to make such potentially devastating claims. And it has a reputation for first-class investigative skills. In my view, it’s going to be very rare Muddy Waters will get something like this wrong. So the lesson I take is — if Muddy Waters says a company’s bad, run for the hills.The signs were thereNow we know the scale of the debt understatement, Muddy Waters has been well and truly vindicated. Shareholders who heeded December’s report and sold out saved themselves from total wipeout. And, as it happens, NMC Health chairman BR Shetty and vice-chairman Khalifa Al Muhairi dumped a load of shares in January and February.So, final lesson. When a company is up to its neck in trouble and key insiders are selling, well, I think you know the rest. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. 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. See all posts by Alan Oscroftcenter_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended NMC Health. 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 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. What can we learn from the NMC Health collapse?last_img read more

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FTSE 100 shares are cheap! I believe investing in an ISA in July may help you retire rich

first_imgFTSE 100 shares are cheap! I believe investing in an ISA in July may help you retire rich Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. 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. Many seasoned investors agree that buying dividend shares listed in the FTSE 100 – the index made up of the biggest listed companies in the UK – is a time-tested strategy for generating retirement income. Share prices of dividend-paying firms tend to be less volatile regardless of what happens in the stock market. Such companies typically generate strong cash flows, which in return may also mean shareholders can see an increase in dividend payouts over time.In contrast, keeping your money in cash or a savings account may not always be the best way to secure a wealthy retirement. The interest earned in a savings account often doesn’t even cover inflation. 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…Why ISAs are importantIn the UK, we’ve an important investment structure that comes with legal tax advantages — individual savings accounts (ISAs). So if you’re looking to invest your hard-earned cash in July, I’d consider learning more about the different types of ISA available to you, with an emphasis on Stocks and Shares ISAs. You can can buy almost any combination of investments in an ISA, with tax-free returns.Currently, there’s a maximum subscription allowance of £20,000 per adult per tax year. Our tax year runs from 6 April to 5 April, so the deadline for individuals to contribute to the previous year’s ISA is 5 April 2021. Yet I’d urge readers to not wait until April next year to start.  I believe the recent market decline provides a viable opportunity for creating a Stocks and Shares ISA portfolio to suit your retirement needs.So, with that said, here’s my top FTSE 100 dividend share pick to buy in July to provide you with extra income in retirement.Investing in GSK Pharmaceutical bellwether GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) is a stock you may want to research further, especially if you are looking for share to invest in an ISA.Amid health and economic uncertainties created by the pandemic, the healthcare sector has managed to hold up significantly better than other industries in the broader markets. I expect even further upside potential for the industry. GSK announced robust Q1 results in late April. Revenues were up 19% year-on-year. The company divides revenue into three segments:Pharmaceuticals (sales of £4.4b);Vaccines (sales of £1.8b);Consumer Healthcare ( sales of £2.9b).Its HIV therapies continued growing and Shingrix, GSK’s shingles vaccine, became a bright spot worldwide. The group is also a leader in respiratory diseases. The healthcare company is a top global vaccine player, producing close to 2m vaccines daily for global distribution.Therefore it’s no surprise that the City believes GSK also has a strong opportunity in the current vaccine race. It’s working with France’s Sanofi to develop a vaccine that may enter clinical trials this year. Recently, it also announced successful clinical trial results on an injection to prevent HIV. Income investors know that they can compound their returns through reinvesting dividends from high-yielding shares. GSK’s dividend yield is 4.9% — another important reason why I believe GSK shares belong in an ISA. The stock is expected to go ex-dividend in early August.The current share price of 1,645p means a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 13.9. Investors may regard any dip in the share price as a good opportunity to buy. The company will next report earnings in late July. There will likely be volatility in the stock price at the time. Tezcan Gecgil, PhD | Friday, 3rd July, 2020 | More on: GSK “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Enter Your Email Address tezcang has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. 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. 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Dividends fell 44% in 2020! Here’s how I’d get rich with UK dividend shares in 2021

first_img Image source: Getty Images Royston Wild | Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 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. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Dividends fell 44% in 2020! Here’s how I’d get rich with UK dividend shares in 2021 FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Royston Wild 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. 2020 represented a bloodbath for a huge number of dividend investors. It’s true that the key to successful UK share investing is to take a long-term view. But at the same time it’s not exactly fun to watch companies you’re expecting to deliver big dividends in the near term fail to pay out.The scale of last year’s carnage is illustrated in a report from Link Group. This shows total dividends dropped 44% on a headline basis, to £61.9bn. This was the lowest total since 2011 as companies cancelled or cut dividends in response to Covid-19.5G 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…Meanwhile, underlying shareholder payouts from UK shares — those which exclude special dividends — slumped 38% to £61.1bn.Get ready for more dividend cutsAround two-thirds of UK companies slashed or knocked dividends on the head between quarters two and four, Link Group says. By comparison, just a quarter of UK shares raised their dividends during 2020.Now, the financial data giant suggests that “the worst is over” for UK stock investors. But it adds that “the broader outlook has darkened in the last three months culminating in the renewed lockdown.” So Link Group expects more dividend cuts during the first quarter of 2021, although these reductions will be less severe than those of the prior three quarters.Dividends to fall again in 2021?Fresh Covid-19 lockdowns have caused Link Group to water down its dividend expectations in 2021. Three months ago, the firm reckoned payouts from UK shares would rise 15% under its best-case scenario. This figure has now been pulled back to 8.1% on an underlying basis. This suggests total dividends of £66bn.Additionally, Link Group’s new worst-case scenario suggests annual dividends could actually drop again in 2021. It reckons these could fall 0.6% on an underlying basis, to £60.7bn. Its most negative scenario three months ago suggested a year-on-year rise of 6%.Getting rich with UK sharesIt’s no surprise that brokers are taking a more pessimistic tone on dividends. The profits outlook for many UK shares remains as clear as mud for the short-to-medium term. And a great many balance sheets remain under severe pressure.According to David Smith, portfolio manager of Henderson High Income Trust: “It’s likely that more companies will continue to return to the dividend register in 2021 but at low levels as companies remain cautious until there is a clearer path for cash flows to recover and balance sheets to be repaired.”Smith says that while he’s expecting some dividend growth this year, he adds that “it is likely to be at least 2022 before we start seeing more significant dividend growth.” Meanwhile, Link Group says that UK dividends won’t regain their previous highs until 2025 “at the very earliest.”It’s clear then, investors need to remain extremely careful if they’re buying for decent dividends in 2021. But I don’t think they need to panic. There are still plenty of top-quality stocks that should pay out big this year. And The Motley Fool’s epic catalogue of special reports can help you dig these out. 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. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

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Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas sermon

first_img Featured Events Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ [Lambeth Palace] The Archbishop of Canterbury says Christmas challenges individuals and whole societies alike not to build lives based on selfishness and fear, but to be open to searching questions about identity and solidarity, stark questions that are more pressing in the wake of falling confidence in institutions and challenges to social order.In his Christmas Day sermon, delivered at Canterbury Cathedral this morning, Archbishop Rowan Williams says that the coming of Christ still poses immense challenges to the way people understand their lives and the times they live in. The Gospels are still full of questions to us about who we are and how we respond to God’s love – and early Christian writings are full of the faltering attempts to give voice in response.“Very near the heart of Christian faith and practice is this encounter with God’s questions, ‘who are you, where are you?’ Are you on the side of the life that lives in Jesus, the life of grace and truth, of unstinting generosity and unsparing honesty, the only life that gives life to others? Or are you on your own side, on the side of disconnection, rivalry, the hoarding of gifts, the obsession with control? … What we say or do in our response to Jesus is our way of discovering for ourselves and showing to one another what is real in and for us … the truth is still an uncompromising one: if you cannot or will not respond, you are walking away from reality into a realm of trackless fogbound falsehood.”The challenge, he says, is not simply to individuals but to society as a whole to find words to respond and he cites the Book of Common Prayer, which is this year celebrating its 350th anniversary, as providing an example of how a society’s response came to be articulated. It underlines, he says, notions of duty and common interest; speaking of and to a world in which the church, the state and the rich and powerful need continually to be aware of the immense obligations owed by those who have much to those who are poor and vulnerable. He says that, even though centuries old, the Prayer Book reflects far more than the social conventions of the day:” … much of this language feels dated – we don’t live in the unselfconscious world of social hierarchy that we meet here. But before we draw the easy and cynical conclusion that the Prayer Book is about social control by the ruling classes, we need to ponder the uncompromising way in which those same ruling classes are reminded of what their power is for, from the monarch downwards. And the almost forgotten words of the Long Exhortation in the Communion Service, telling people what questions they should ask themselves before coming to the Sacrament, show a keen critical awareness of the new economic order that, in the mid sixteenth century, was piling up assets of land and property in the hands of a smaller and smaller elite.’ The Prayer Book is a treasury of words and phrases that are still for countless English-speaking people the nearest you can come to an adequate language for the mysteries of faith.”He quotes from the communion service as a pointer to a developing understanding of mutual obligation:“If ye shall perceive your offences to be such as are not only against God but also against your neighbours; then ye shall reconcile yourselves unto them; being ready to make restitution” (the Long Exhortation, Book of Common Prayer).The need to learn these lessons is all the more important, he argues, in the wake of the events of the past year:“The most pressing question we now face, we might well say, is who and where we are as a society. Bonds have been broken, trust abused and lost. Whether it is an urban rioter mindlessly burning down a small shop that serves his community, or a speculator turning his back on the question of who bears the ultimate cost for his acquisitive adventures in the virtual reality of today’s financial world, the picture is of atoms spinning apart in the dark.And into that dark the Word of God has entered, in love and judgment, and has not been overcome; in the darkness the question sounds as clear as ever, to each of us and to our church and our society: ‘Britain, where are you?’ Where are the words we can use to answer?”ENDSThe Full textWhen the first Christians read – or more probably heard – the opening words of John’s gospel, they would have understood straight away quite a lot more than we do.  They would have remembered, many of them, that in Hebrew ‘word’ and ‘thing’ are the same, and they would all have known that in Greek the word used has a huge range of meaning – at the simplest level, just something said; but also a pattern, a rationale, as we might say, even the entire structure of the universe seen as something that makes sense to us, the structure that holds things together and makes it possible for us to think.Against this background, we can get a glimpse of just what is being said about Jesus.  His life is what God says and what God does; it is the life in which things hold together; it is because of the life that lives in him that we can think.  Jesus is the place where all reality is focused, brought to a point.  Here is where we can see as nowhere else what connects all reality – all human experience and all natural laws.  Edward Elgar famously said about his Enigma Variations that they were all based on a tune that everyone knew – and no-one has ever worked out what he meant.  But John’s gospel declares that the almost infinite variety of the life we encounter is all variations on the theme that is stated in one single clear musical line, one melody, in the life of Jesus of Nazareth.  ‘In him was life, and the life was the light of men.’But this shouldn’t make us forget entirely the underlying image.  The life that lives in Jesus, the everlasting divine agency that is uniquely embodied in him, is like something that is said – a word addressed to us.  Because, like any word addressed to us, it demands a response.  And the gospel goes on at once to tell us that the expected response was not forthcoming.  Before we have even got to Christmas in the words of the gospel we are taken to Good Friday, and to the painful truth that the coming of Jesus splits the world into those who respond and those who don’t.   Once the word is spoken in the world, there is no way back.  Your response to it, says the gospel again and again, is what shows who and what you really are, what is deepest in you, what means most.  What we say or do in our response to Jesus is our way of discovering for ourselves and showing to one another what is real in and for us.  Like the other gospel writers, John hints very strongly that some people respond deeply and truthfully to Jesus without fully knowing who he is or what exactly they are doing in responding to him; this is not a recipe for tight religious exclusivism.  But the truth is still an uncompromising one: if you cannot or will not respond, you are walking away from reality into a realm of trackless fogbound falsehood.There is the question we cannot ignore.  It’s been well said that the first question we hear in the Bible is not humanity’s question to God but God’s question to us, God walking in the cool of the evening in the Garden of Eden, looking for Adam and Eve who are trying to hide from him.  ‘Adam, where are you?’ The life of Jesus is that question translated into an actual human life, into the conversations and encounters of a flesh and blood human being like all others – except that when people meet him they will say, like the woman who talks with him at the well of Samaria, ‘Here is a man who told me everything I ever did.’  Very near the heart of Christian faith and practice is this encounter with God’s questions, ‘who are you, where are you?’  Are you on the side of the life that lives in Jesus, the life of grace and truth, of unstinting generosity and unsparing honesty, the only life that gives life to others?  Or are you on your own side, on the side of disconnection, rivalry, the hoarding of gifts, the obsession with control?  To answer that you’re on the side of life doesn’t mean for a moment that you can now relax into a fuzzy philosophy of ‘life-affirming’ comfort.  On the contrary: it means you are willing to face everything within you that is cheap, fearful, untruthful and evasive, and let the light shine on it.  Like Peter in the very last chapter of John’s gospel, we can only say that we are trying to love the truth that is in Jesus, even as we acknowledge all we have done that is contrary to his spirit.  And we say this because we trust that we are loved by this unfathomable mystery who comes to us in the shape of a newborn child, ‘full of grace and truth’.Finding words to respond to the Word made flesh is and has always been one of the most demanding things human beings can do.  Don’t believe for a moment that religious language is easier or vaguer than the rest of our language.  It’s more like the exact opposite: think of St John writing his gospel, crafting the slow, sometimes repetitive pace of a narrative that allows Jesus to change the perspective inch by inch as a conversation unfolds.  Or of St Paul, losing his way in his sentences, floundering in metaphors as he struggles to find the words for something so new that there are no precedents for talking about it.  Or any number of the great poets and contemplatives of the Christian centuries.  It isn’t surprising if we need other people’s words a lot of the time; and it’s of great importance that we have words to hand that have been used by others in lives that obviously have depth and integrity.  That’s where the language of our shared worship becomes so important.This coming year we celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Book of Common Prayer.  It has shaped the minds and hearts of millions; and it has done so partly because it has never been a book for individuals alone.  It is common prayer, prayer that is shared.  In its origins, it was meant to be – and we may well be startled by the ambition of this – a book that defined what a whole society said to God together.  If the question ‘where are you?’ or ‘who are you?’ were being asked, not only individual citizens of Britain but the whole social order could have replied, ‘Here we are, speaking together – to recognize our failures and our ideals, to recognize that the story of the Bible is our story, to ask together for strength to live and act together in faithfulness, fairness, pity and generosity.’  If you thumb through the Prayer Book, you may be surprised at how much there is that takes for granted a very clear picture of how we behave with each other.  Yes, of course, much of this language feels dated – we don’t live in the unselfconscious world of social hierarchy that we meet here.  But before we draw the easy and cynical conclusion that the Prayer Book is about social control by the ruling classes, we need to ponder the uncompromising way in which those same ruling classes are reminded of what their power is for, from the monarch downwards.  And the almost forgotten words of the Long Exhortation in the Communion Service, telling people what questions they should ask themselves before coming to the Sacrament, show a keen critical awareness of the new economic order that, in the mid sixteenth century, was piling up assets of land and property in the hands of a smaller and smaller elite.The Prayer Book is a treasury of words and phrases that are still for countless English-speaking people the nearest you can come to an adequate language for the mysteries of faith.  It gives us words that say where and who we are before God: ‘we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep’, ‘we are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy table’, but also, ‘we are very members incorporate in the mystical body of thy Son, which is the blessed company of all faithful people; and are also heirs through hope of the everlasting kingdom’. It gives us words for God that hold on to the paradoxes we can’t avoid: ‘God… who art always more ready to hear than we to pray,’ ‘who declarest thy almighty power most chiefly in showing mercy and pity, ‘whose property is always to have mercy.’  A treasury of words for God – but also a source of vision for an entire society: ‘Give us grace seriously to lay heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions’; ‘If ye shall perceive your offences to be such as are not only against God but also against your neighbours; then ye shall reconcile yourselves unto them; being ready to make restitution’The world has changed, the very rhythms of our speech have changed, our society is irreversibly more plural, and we have – with varying degrees of reluctance – found other and usually less resonant ways of talking to God and identifying who we are in his presence.  If we used only the Prayer Book these days we’d risk confusing the strangeness of the mysteries of faith with the strangeness of antique and lovely language.  But we’re much the poorer for forgetting it and pushing it to the margins as much as we often do in the Church.  And it is crucial to remember the point about the Prayer Book as something for a whole society, binding together our obligations to God and to one another, in a dense interweaving of love and duty joyfully performed.The Prayer Book was once the way our society found words to respond to the Word, to say who and where they were in answer to God’s question.  Those who prayed the Prayer Book, remember, included those who abolished the slave trade and put an end to child labour, because of what they had learned in this book and in their Bibles about the honour of God and of God’s children.  They knew their story; they knew how to give an answer for themselves, how to join up the muddle of their experience in a coherent pattern by relating it to the unchanging truth and grace of God.  That’s why the coming year’s celebration is not about a museum piece.The most pressing question we now face, we might well say, is who and where we are as a society.  Bonds have been broken, trust abused and lost.  Whether it is an urban rioter mindlessly burning down a small shop that serves his community, or a speculator turning his back on the question of who bears the ultimate cost for his acquisitive adventures in the virtual reality of today’s financial world, the picture is of atoms spinning apart in the dark.And into that dark the Word of God has entered, in love and judgment, and has not been overcome; in the darkness the question sounds as clear as ever, to each of us and to our church and our society: ‘Britain, where are you?’  Where are the words we can use to answer?© Rowan Williams 2011 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Anglican Communion, Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Welby in Rwanda: ‘We must encourage vital work of reconciliation’

first_img Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector Hopkinsville, KY Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA By Lambeth Palace staffPosted Feb 3, 2014 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Archbishop of Canterbury Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Albany, NY Anglican Communion, Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK center_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Bath, NC Tags Africa, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Knoxville, TN [Lambeth Palace press release] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby arrived in Rwanda the evening of Feb. 1 saying the country had come far since the genocide of 20 years ago. He added: “We must do all we can to encourage the vital work of reconciliation.”The archbishop, accompanied by his wife, Caroline, is visiting Rwanda at the invitation of the Anglican Archbishop, Onesphore Rwaje (right). Welby and his wife are on a five-day visit to South Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo to meet with fellow Primates of the Anglican Communion.The trip is part of Welby’s plan to visit all of his fellow archbishops around the Anglican Communion during his first 18 months in office. His desire is to express solidarity, build personal and professional bonds, understand the primates’ work in their local contexts, and lay foundations for good collaboration over the coming years.Arriving in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, Welby said: “It gives me great joy to visit Rwanda with my wife Caroline at the invitation of the Anglican Archbishop, Onesphore Rwaje. Rwanda is a country so important to the East African revival and the church continues courageously to hold the Gospel before its nation and the wider world.“In a year marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide, it’s a time both to remember and to recognize how far Rwanda has come since those terrible events. We must do all we can to encourage the vital work of reconciliation and healing and the overcoming of fear.” Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Welby in Rwanda: ‘We must encourage vital work of reconciliation’ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TNlast_img read more

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Becker: People are hungry for a change

first_img February 26, 2016 at 8:01 pm Tenita Reid March 10, 2016 at 3:50 pm Reply Reply TAGSApopka City Commission Seat #4Kyle Becker Previous articlePlaywright Loves AHS Drama PosterNext articleDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Reply Please enter your name here Kyle Becker who do you think you are? Are you above the law? How come you seem to think it is ok for you to attach your big campaign sign to school government property? You have a big campaign sign attached to Orange County School property, their fence, at the corner of Park Avenue and Martin Street at Dream Lake School. In placing your sign there, were you given the blessing by someone connected with the school system? Huh? I wonder who in the world that could be? I guess the rules are different for you. You also have a big sign attached to the City of Apopka owned fence at the corner of Lake Avenue and Martin St. in Apopka. You need to come move those signs ASAP, who do you think you are Kyle? People are noticing you are not following the rules, and they are talking. Tenita Reid Reply Kyle, I have seen you at the council meetings, and at the vision meeting at Highland Manor the other night, but we have not talked. I hate to tell you this, but if all these projects on the wish list, are presented for approval, to be voted on at the council, then I disagree with you, when you say in the article above, ” that if the first conversation is always, how much is it going to cost, then we will never do anything”. The cost of these amenities, that the people want, in this city, should ALWAYS be the first thing considered, when discussing the projects. Absolutely, the number one thing! Otherwise, the multitude of projects will bankrupt our reserves! Champagne taste, and a beer pocketbook, as my daddy used to say. Who will pay? The taxpayers, that is who! Some of citizens, a small group out of the 45,000 citizens or so, that are in our city, that are demanding these projects, along with the groups of youths, and their parents, are not even thinking about how much these things will cost, but their parents will when they see their future property tax bills go way up! That is what I predict. Reality check time. I never buy anything, and I mean anything, without considering the cost first. I saw your word cloud. Is that guy with the light bulb head, that is tall, and with a business suit on, is that suppose to be you? Light up Apopka, I guess. You have a nice looking family, cute children, and a pretty wife. I wish you well on your campaign, even if I had to say this to you about costs. March 15, 2016 at 10:03 am 13 COMMENTS Kyle, if you are so full of action, why don’t you put on some tall waders and go yank out those cattails across the frontage of Dream Lake Park? Carol Francum Thank you Kyle for removing your campaign sign from the Dream Lake School fence at Park and Martin St. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Maybe the correct question should be How much will cost the community if we do nothing as we have in the past February 27, 2016 at 5:25 pm Reply Kyle you need to send that person in the lighter colored beige Lexus back around, to pick up your latest sign, that is violation of the campaign sign laws. I saw them smoke out of there, the other day, so you need to tell your friends in high places to come and get that sign down too, that is on the West Orange Trail Guard Rails in front of the Pines of Wekiva subdivision on Rock Spring Road on Orange County Government property. Are the rules different for Kyle Becker? Do you have the special blessings of someone connected with Orange County? I wonder who in the world that person is?????? Move it or lose it!!! You are violating the campaign election sign laws! March 12, 2016 at 10:17 am Tenita Reid February 28, 2016 at 1:45 pm March 21, 2016 at 10:57 pm Please enter your comment! Tenita Reid February 28, 2016 at 3:23 pm Sammy Smith Reply I have read your article above Kyle, and they have described you as an action figure. When I think of an action figure, I am sorry, but I don’t think of your name, I think instead of Batman, Spider Man, GI Joe, and Superman. All you candidates, all you do is talk, and blow hot air. That is what I think of all you politicians. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 center_img Tenita Reid Reply Reply March 3, 2016 at 5:51 pm Kyle, it is Election Day finally today, and you still have not removed your big campaign banner from Orange County Property tied to the West Orange Trail bike trail guardrails in front of Pines of Wekiva subdivision on Rock Springs Road near the voting polls at the Orange County Services Building. I have drove by, and there are multitudes of candidate campaigners standing out there, and there are campaigns signs all along there, but YOURS IS THE ONLY ONE IN VIOLATION OF THE ELECTION CAMPAIGN SIGN LAWS!!! Are the rules different for Kyle Becker? Do you have the ok from someone connected with Orange County? It must be nice to have friends in high places! Who in the world could that be??????? Or, are you plan on leaving your banner there for the Thursday vote??????????? Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here February 27, 2016 at 12:49 pm Reply Kyle, I am reading your article above again. I am reading the part where you state, “strategically I would align with the Mayor and with Sam (Commissioner Ruth) ” and ……I find this part rather strange. Are you, if elected, not going to align with Commissioner Diane Velazquez, or maybe at times, with Commissioner Billie Dean? Why did you just say the Mayor, and Commissioner Ruth, and not the rest of the council? Can you explain what you said? Tenita Reid The Anatomy of Fear Kyle, I stand corrected. I like the way you think. Healthy debate about what the community needs, what it values, and where it wants to go is the way to evaluate if the costs are worth it….versus the cost of doing nothing.I did not talk to you when you came to my house. I was wrong.People need to listen, and think.Hope this helps Reply Tenita Reid Reply Phil Klofe Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Reference: 1520 WBZW radio- Kyle Becker, seat 4 candidate interview, Feb. 25, 2016 Hear it for yourself, don’t take my word for it!Host Jim Turner, ” We may want a place that sells ice cream for $50 dollars per cone, but can we turn a profit here?”Kyle, “I think so…….I don’t know about that specific example.”Hey Kyle, how many kids you got? $50 x 3 = $150 + $50 for your wife, and $50 for you = $250 for a downtown center ice cream outing for your family ! Way to go Kyle, just what we need here, You got it right Kyle, we will be hungry for change, nickles, pennies, and dimes, oh my. Tenita Reid Tenita Reid February 28, 2016 at 2:19 am Kyle BeckerCANDIDATE FEATURE –  KYLE BECKER (Challenger for Seat #4)Kyle Becker is an action figure. He is a verb in a world full of nouns. Most politicians want to sit at a table, discuss differences, and hear their constituent’s viewpoints and dreams for the future. Becker would rather act.“We need to get past the noise and get to the root of the problem,” he said. “I want to get something done.”According to his campaign website, Becker spent the majority of the past 15 years as a senior level business analyst working primarily in the financial services industry.  He works with key stakeholders for the organizations he serves to understand their business needs.  He analyzes those needs and helps deliver solutions to drive growth and efficiency for that business.  It is the skill set Becker achieved in this profession that he believes will make him a valuable asset on the Apopka City Commission.And his assessment of Apopka’s economic development sounds a lot like a business analyst.“Our household median income in Apopka is $13,000 higher than the state average, yet our retail sales are only half of what Winter Garden, Sanford and Altamonte Springs bring in. Our food and hospitality sales are one third of theirs. So we have the money to spend, but our residents are just spending it elsewhere. We’re failing on both fronts. We’re missing the mark in so many ways in our city. I always want to have a mindset of things could be better. And there’s just so much room for improvement. Service delivery. A better website. A better way to interact with the business community in terms of trying to drive economic development.”The idea of beating a 39-year incumbent might seem daunting to most, but Becker has slowly built a case for the upset. He points to two straight months of strong fundraising and a victory in The Apopka Voice’s City Commission poll two weeks ago. Becker received 213 votes to Arrowsmith’s 182.“The poll shows that there is a large group in Apopka who thinks there needs to be some new ideas and fresh blood in office. And it shows Bill that it’s going to be a good competition until the end.”He also sees it on the campaign trail.At first I was apprehensive to go door-to-door, but now it’s almost therapeutic because my message is so well received. I almost never get any pushback. I think the people are really hungry for a change.”If you are going to beat a 39-year incumbent, you’re going to have to illustrate contrast. Becker does not shy away from critiquing Arrowsmith. And while he acknowledges his opponent’s experience, he questions the effectiveness of his time in office.“Experience is good on the surface, but what does that mean? I like golf. I’ve played for 20 years, but I’m not good. I won’t break 100. So I’m experienced at golf, but not effective. Experience isn’t everything.”He goes on to reference an endorsement Arrowsmith received over 20 years ago.“In 1993 the Orlando Sentinel endorsed Bill because his experience would benefit Apopka with improvements in downtown revitalization, traffic and road concerns and crime. 23 years later, are any of those better? If you ask the people of Apopka if those three things are still an issue, it would be a resounding yes. That’s the thing; experience may not get you forward. And I just have a fundamental disagreement with a person being in office for that long.”He also differs with Arrowsmith when it comes to budget and vision.“I don’t think Bill is on board with the visioning process. When they went around the room (at The Visioning Apopka Community Consensus Meeting) and asked people to give a one-word answer to describe the visioning process, Bill’s answer was “costly”. And I think that’s the mentality that some have. We’re all taxpayers. It’s not like I’m going to get on the council and have an open checkbook and spend money all over the place. But if we don’t get past the money part of it up front, if our first conversation is always ‘how much is it going to cost’ we will never do anything.”Becker is an advocate for Apopka having an economic development team in place as long as they are proficient. “I think there is value in making it a part of what the city offers. I think other cities have adopted that, embraced this idea of economic committees or departments and it has served them well. What things cost is really not as important as the value of what you’re getting. So if your return is higher than what you are investing in, then there’s value in doing it. And I just don’t think Bill wants to do that.”Perhaps the biggest challenge Becker has faced in this election is separating himself from being labeled a rubber stamp for the current administration. Becker embraces the idea of alignment on the City Council, but also points out his independent thinking.“Strategically I would align with the Mayor and with Sam (Commissioner Ruth). Tactically I may not. I’m running on my own merits. There’s going to be times where I disagree and I’ll vote accordingly. Are there going to be tactical differences? Absolutely. And I want to have healthy debate. Not political debate. I think friction sharpens the point. I don’t see how it’s a negative to say there would be alignment on the council. But I think for myself. And there will be times when I vote with the majority, but I have no fear of casting a no vote.”Becker is a driven, qualified candidate who looks forward in his thinking and can focus on the task at hand. And right now, that focus is on Seat #4 of the Apopka City Commission.“I want to win this seat and I want to deliver on what I’m describing. My biggest disappointment in myself would be if I don’t accomplish the things I’m trying to accomplish as City Commissioner.” Knock knock who’s there? It is me again. Standing next to Kyle and talking with him looking down at me makes me want to run and get a complete bone scan test to see if I am getting osteoporosis and shrinking!!. Kyle, what are you going to do if elected, about the condition of Dream Lake Park??? It is beyond deplorable and nothing is getting done. February 27, 2016 at 11:27 am Ok every one, let’s get real here, I like change just as much as anyone else, but look at what change has gotten up with Mayor Kilsheimer. He spends tax payer dollars as if it’s an eternal well. $20k, to 2 Apopka schools that are not even in the city for a program that he has prior relationships to, i.e., conflict of interest (FDLE needs to investigate), Christine Moore, Orange County School Board Member is the Mayors campaign manager, Kyle Becker, Diana Velazquez, and Sam Ruth. All rubber stamps for Kilsheimer. Now Kilsheimer wants to cash in on the natural gas company that the city has interest in for the nursery industry so he can use it as a slush fund. Oh, not to mention that Kyle lives in the same neighborhood as Kilsheimer. Let’s continue, Sue Kid, another Kilsheimer zombie. The next deal of Kilsheimer will be to terminate the city attorney, which is not a catch in any case, but look at the campaign contributions of Kyle Becker and you will see who the next contract for legal services will go to, Gray?? Further, the city used about millions in tax payer dollars for the 429 exit ramp to finance MMI development, look at Kyle Becker campaign finance report, thanks to the Kilsheimer that’s $2,000 in the bank for Kyle Becker. Keep up the good work Mayor, Sue Kidd, Sam Ruth, Christine Moore and Diane Velazquez and our nursery owners. Thanks a lot! 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Black farmers still seek justice

first_imgTimothy PigfordBlack farmers in the South filed a federal class action lawsuit known as Pigford vs Glickman in 1997. Timothy Pigford was a Black farmer; Dan Glickman was the U.S. secretary of agriculture. The lawsuit alleged racial discrimination by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in allocating loans, disaster payments and assistance.The lawsuit covered a 16-year period during which African Americans applied for farm credit or program benefits. Plaintiffs said they were prevented from applying for loans, denied loans or given loans with unfair terms; they claimed this treatment of their loan applications led to economic damage. They also said the agency failed to process racial discrimination complaints.USDA farm programs were set up in the 1930s. From the beginning, Black farmers faced discrimination. During the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s, USDA staff denied loans in retaliation for their Civil Rights activism and refused to assist with their agricultural needs and concerns.The farmers won their historic case in 1999. District Judge Paul L. Friedman issued a consent decree in the class action lawsuit which covered African-American farmers who farmed or attempted to farm between 1981 and 1996, applied for farm credit and program benefits, and filed a complaint against the USDA by July 1997.In July 2007, Congress member John Conyers introduced H.R. 3073, which provided a way to determine the merits of claimants who met the class criteria in the Pigford lawsuit against USDA racial discrimination but were denied compensation. The Pigford Claims Remedy Act of 2007 budgeted $100 million for these farmers; it was absorbed into the 2008 Farm Bill. Then another $1.15 billion was allocated by Congress in December 2010 in the Claims Resolution Act.In 2011, Judge Friedman approved financial compensation to late-filers in the “Pigford II” case; however, there were strict guidelines. Each claim had to be submitted by a deadline, reviewed and approved.Funds began to be disbursed in the fall of 2013, with plaintiffs each receiving a $50,000 cash reward and $12,500 in an IRS account to pay related taxes. Because the settlement took decades to resolve, many farmers died waiting for justice. Of the 18,000 claims approved, 4,000 to 5,000 are estate claims.‘A bittersweet victory’National Black Farmers Association President John Boyd stated: “This is not a great trade-off by any means, but I think the funds will make a difference. It’s a bittersweet victory.” (Black Enterprise, Oct. 3, 2013)Subsequently, Boyd remarked about the struggle, “Our work is not finished. Black farmers still face unfair practices and struggle to gain our rightful place in America’s agriculture and food production system. Discrimination against a group of people contributes to the decline of Black farmers, as well as a loss of land.” Between 1920 and 1992 the number of Black farmers declined from 925,000 to 18,000.Many descendants of deceased farmers are still dealing with claims, aided by the NBFA. Some were swindled by people who charged them $100 fees and pretended to file claims for them.On March 5, 2014, in response to appeals from farmers whose claims were turned down, Judge Friedman issued an order denying reconsideration of their claims and closing the lawsuit. His ruling settled outstanding lawsuits 30 years after the NBFA first protested discrimination by the USDA, Congress and the Justice Department. However, this decision offered little to no hope for the elderly farmers who had waited years for compensation, only to be denied.The American Agriculturalist Association stated, “Black farmers continue to be put out of farming, denied opportunities to make a living and lose land. That impacts the quality of life for them and the rural communities in which they live. … While many people in this country think that the Black farmers across this nation got justice during the Pigford Class Action, the opposite is the truth. … Black farmers are continuously denied due process, a right to have a formal hearing on the merits of their case before the Administrative Law judge of the USDA.” (press release, timeforawakening.com, July 6)The AAA says there has been a breach of the Pigford Consent Decree and Congress will hold a hearing on the merits of the Pigford Remedy Act. The association also states the USDA is denying hearings for claims brought by Black, Native American, Latino/a and other women farmers.Black farmers demand justiceOn July 8, Black farmers from the South and other areas protested at the Supreme Court to demand justice from the courts. They sought to bring to light the unfairness of the Pigford settlement and continuing discrimination by the USDA against Black farmers.Their demonstration raised the case of Eddie Wise and Dorothy Wise whose North Carolina farm was foreclosed. They were evicted from their property on Jan. 20 by armed federal marshals and county deputy sheriffs without being granted a hearing. The Wise family is challenging the USDA’s practice of denying Black farmers hearings before an administrative judge.The Wise family is also petitioning the Supreme Court regarding a 2015 statute that bars all monetary claims other than for farm ownership. This includes all farm-operating loans for Pigford claimants. The USDA has circumvented the law in order to take all property belonging to affected farmers and to circumvent the statute mandating payments to relatives of deceased Pigford claimants. The question is whether the Supreme Court will prohibit these illegal tactics which affect thousands of socially disadvantaged farmers and their descendants.The USDA is referred to as the “last plantation,” alluding to the deeply ingrained culture of racism that the agency manifested in how subsidy and loan programs were administered and whom it hired to run them.One question raised in the July 8 protest, said the AAA, was: Are Black farmers in 2016 the new Dred Scott — denied full due process? Dred Scott was enslaved in St. Louis, Mo., and sued for his freedom in 1847. His trial lasted 10 years. In 1857, the Supreme Court denied his plea, determining that Black people were “inferior” to whites.The court’s horrific landmark decision ruled that a Black person “whose ancestors were imported into the U.S. and sold as slaves, whether free or enslaved, has no right to sue under the Constitution in federal court as a citizen. … [and] has no rights which a white man is bound to respect.”Additional sources: Huffington Post, May 2014; mysettlementclaims.com; Clarion-Ledger, Jackson, Miss.;Washingtoninformer.com; University City Review, Philadelphia; indybay.org, San Francisco.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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South Korea

first_img While the world’s eyes were riveted on Pyongyang during the transfer of power in North Korea, South Korea clamped down even more on online content related to its neighbor, which continues to expand its Net presence for propaganda purposes. Censorship is also focused on political opinions expressed online – a critical topic in this electoral year. The National Security Law must be reformed without delay. Content removals soaringUnder the conservative government of Lee Myung Bak, who has been in power since 2009, the number of content removal requests issued by the Korean Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) has been soaring. According to the blog NorthKoreaTech, they rose from about 1,500 per year before 2009 to 80,449 in 2010. The procedure lacks transparency due to the typically unclear way in which the Commission functions. Similarly, the number of investigations climbed from 58 before 2009 to 91 in 2010. There were already 150 cases as of August 2011. According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office, 122 pro-North Korean websites were investigated between August 2010 and September 2011. It is estimated that 78 of them have been shut down.North Korean censorship North Korean information censorship, which has been intensifying, has taken on a special meaning in the context of the recent transition of power in Pyonyang. Social networks are the new battlefield between the two Koreas which, in the absence of a peace treaty, are officially still at war.In late 2011, the KCSC, whose job is to regulate Internet content, was instructed to set the standards for Facebook and Twitter users and smartphone owners. These users will be required to delete any “harmful or illegal” content related to pornography, gambling, drug use, or disseminating false information, libelous statements, or pro-North Korean comments. The Commission’s President told Agence France-Presse: “We also target posts and sites that support North Korea or praise its leaders, because their number has been rapidly increasing this year.” More than a reaction to many dramatic current events, this measure is in keeping with the North Korean regime’s Internet charm offensive. The regime began using social networks in 2010 to more effectively wage its propaganda war. However, the vast majority of the population does not even know the Web exists (see the North Korea chapter of the 2011 “Enemies of the Internet” report). The Internet website uriminzokkiri.com symbolizes the country’s official presence on the Web. However, in late 2011, it began posting anti-South Korean and anti-U.S. visuals, urging its supporters to circulate them on the social networks (see the North Korean chapter of the 2012 “Enemies of the Internet” report).South Korea’s counterattack has not been restricted to online initiatives, but includes the arrest and intimidation of pro-North netizens, thanks to the legal means provided for under the 1948 National Security Law.The most recent example of the obsolete and arbitrary nature of this Law and its application is Park Jeong-geun, who was arrested in January 2011 for retweeting messages such as “Long live Kim Jong-il,” and now faces up to seven years in prison. The young man claims that these were just sarcastic messages meant to poke fun at North Korean leaders. Another South Korean, Kim Myung-soo, who was arrested in 2007 and later released on bail, is still fighting the charge of “aiding the enemy” by selling “pro-North Korean” books online. The army is also investigating some 70 officers who allegedly subscribed to a pro-North Korean community website. The Defense Ministry claims that seven or eight of them engaged in “questionable” conduct by posting messages on this site and plans to investigate them more thoroughly. The others may have joined out of mere curiosity.Politics and the Internet: “A complicated relationship”A KCSC member who was testing the limits of censorship was himself censored. He was using his blog to instruct Internet users on the type of content targeted by censors. Pressured by other KCSC members and the threat of seeing his blog shut down, he was forced to remove what was deemed to be “sensitive” content.Political comments are considered highly sensitive and are closely monitored in South Korea. On January 13, 2012, the National Electoral Commission lifted the ban on using Twitter and social networks to discuss politics. This ban had been judged “unconstitutional.” Two elections are scheduled in 2012. Over 100 people are charged with violating election laws. One of the country’s most influential political commentators, Kim Eo-jun, editor of the online newspaper Ddanzi Ilbo, along with several others, are currently involved in legal proceedings for spreading false news about Na Kyung-won, the Grand National Party’s (GNP) losing candidate in the 2011 Seoul municipal elections.. In his podcast ”I’m a Ggomsu” (“I’m a cheater”) – one of the most popular of its kind in the world, followed by millions of people – he and other commentators criticize and ridicule GNP figures, including President Lee Myung-bak. On the other hand, the popular blogger “Minerva”, whose real name is Park Dae-sung, has filed lawsuits against the State, whom he is suing for damages related to his incarceration in 2009 for criticizing the government’s economic policy (see the South Korea chapter of the 2011 “Enemies of the Internet” report).In May 2011, Frank La Rue, the United Nations’ special rapporteur for the protection of free expression, called South Korean Internet regulations a “subject of great concern.”The National Security Law in particular, which is now too outdated to deal with the extent to which South Korean has evolved since then and embraced democratic ideals, should be revised or abolished as soon as possible so that the most connected country in the world can stop engaging in outdated and ineffective censorship and allow its citizens to form their own opinions about the futility of North Korean propaganda and freely criticize their political leaders online. 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Kashmiri journalist free after seven months in detention

first_img Organisation IndiaAsia – Pacific January 13, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kashmiri journalist free after seven months in detention News March 3, 2021 Find out more India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media Help by sharing this information News IndiaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts to go furthercenter_img June 10, 2021 Find out more In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) welcomed the release today of Indian journalist Iftikhar Gilani but regretted that it came after seven months of detention without evidence and without trial. The organisation supported the request for compensation his lawyer plans to make to the government for the damage to his reputation as a journalist and his arbitrary detention.”This is a humiliating defeat for the interior minister, who abused his power, and a belated but substantial victory for press freedom in India,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said.On January 13, he correspondent of the Kashmir Times of India and Daily Times and The Nation of Pakistan, Gilani was released from Tehar prison in New Delhi. On leaving the prison he said: “It is a lesson for everyone and also for those journalists who believed the prosecutor’s theory without checking the facts… Nothing can compensate for the freedom of an individual.”Gilani was detained on 9 June 2002 by a team of policemen and tax officials. The police accused him first of fraud, then pornography and finally of having plans of the Indian military presence in Kashmir on his laptop. He was formally arrested on 10 June under the official secrets act. His detention was initially provisional, but was extended eight times.Journalists in Kashmir held demonstrations calling for his release throughout the period of his detention. Reporters Without Borders said in September: “The charge of spying for a foreign power is a big favourite of governments trying to silence or intimidate journalists who criticise (…) This charge is not based on anything concrete.”In June, V. K. Ohri, Gilani’s lawyer proved to the court handling his case that the documents he had on his laptop were freely available on an Internet site. An Indian military intelligence official confirmed to the judge on 23 December that nothing secret had been found on Gilani’s computer. As a result, the Indian government was forced to drop their case and on January 10 asked the court to release him. RSF_en Follow the news on India April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 News Newslast_img read more

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Southill’s suffragettes are still alive and kicking

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsSouthill’s suffragettes are still alive and kickingBy Bernie English – March 9, 2018 1669 Advertisement WhatsApp Ann Farrell Kinsella, Geraldine Minogue and Breda McNamara celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage.Picture: Brendan GleesonWOMEN may have got the vote 100 years ago but the Southill Women’s Group knows that community life is still worth fighting for.To mark the centenary of women getting the vote, the group is planning to step back in time.On international Womens Day, this Thursday, March 8, members of the group will dress up in period costume and tell stories of how the Suffragettes struggled to get the vote for the sisterhood everywhere.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We’ll be telling stories of what those women went through to get the vote, They marched, they protested, many of them were jailed and we want to bring it back to life, what it was like then,” Anne Farrell Kinsella from the Womens Group told the Limerick Post.There will be one man who will be welcomed with open are into the company of the celebrating sisters on the day, a volunteer from the local Mens Sheds, who will be an honorary ‘barman’ in a re-created ‘snug”.“Women were only allowed in pubs if they went into the snug at that time and we want to recreate those scenes,” said Anne. “But we’ll be serving tea and coffee on the day – nothing real from behind the bar, I’m afraid,” she added.The celebration will urge people not to forget that there’s work still to be done.“There are women around here who do amazing work in the community for others. We still have real suffragettes,” Anne said.The day of stories and celebration of suffrage will start at 11 am on March 8 in Our Lady of Lourdes Hall and will go on until 1pm “or whenever people are finished having a chat,” said Anne.There will be a raffle to raise funds for another worthwhile community activity, the Wednesday night bingo.“It’s a social night out for a lot of people and some are even collected by minibus and brought to it but they are struggling and they don’t have money to put up prizes anymore so we’ll be donating the raffle proceeds to them,” she explained.More local news here. Twitter Limerick Post Show | Friday, March 6th International Women’s Day LIT Email Week-long Celebration of Women as MIC Marks International Women’s Day center_img Previous articleLimerick woman calling on public to support important charity for this year’s VHI Women’s Mini MarathonNext articleBreak in at Rape Crisis Midwest’s Limerick premises Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. TAGSInternational Women’s DayraffleSouthill Women’s groupsuffrage Print Facebook Women of Limerick invited to an International Women’s Day Celebration Red shoe demonstration on International Women’s Day highlights gender-based violence Women in the Creative Arts to take centre stage at LIT’s International Women’s Day Flagship Event Linkedinlast_img read more

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