Pretoria Portland Cement Co.Ltd (PPC.zw) 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgPretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Pretoria Portland Cement Co. Ltd (PPC.zw)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfilePortland Holdings Limited, trading as PPC Zimbabwe, manufactures and markets quality cement and cement by-products for the construction industry in Zimbabwe, producing up to 1.8 million tons of cement per annum. Established in 1913, PPC Zimbabwe supplies customers in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia and Mozambique. The company has three manufacturing plants that are regarded as the most modern operations in southern Africa; located in Colleen Bawn, Bulawayo and Harare. The company has interests in limestone mining, and manufacturing and distributing metallurgical-grade limestone, burnt lime and burnt dolomite; as well as the supply of ready-mix concrete, dry mortars and fly ash. Well-known PPC products available in Zimbabwe include SureBuild, Sureroad, Unicem and PMC. PPC Zimbabwe is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Samoa qualify for 2019 Rugby World Cup

first_img What you need to know about the 12… MORE ON THE 2019 WORLD CUP So Samoa have booked their place in Japan while Germany will have one last chance to join them at the repechage tournament in France.Follow Rugby World on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Expand Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… Samoa qualify for 2019 Rugby World CupSamoa beat Germany 42-28 in Heidelberg to secure a place in Pool A at the 2019 Rugby World Cup.The second leg of this RWC 2019 play-off was far more competitive than the first in Apia, which Samoa won 66-15, but the islanders still came out on top. The 108-43 aggregate win earns Samoa a place in Pool A which features hosts Japan as well as Ireland, Russia and Scotland.Try time: Samy Fuchsel goes over in the corner for Germany (Getty Images)Germany’s hopes of qualifying for Japan 2019 are not extinguished yet. They will head to France in November for the four-team repechage tournament, the winner of which will secure the final spot at the global showpiece. Canada, Hong Kong and the runners-up of the Africa Gold Cup (that competition reaches its conclusion next month) will also take part.Related: Rugby World Cup repechage tournament to be held in FranceWhen Ed Fidow touched down after just 28 seconds in Heidelberg, it looked as though Samoa would canter to a comfortable victory, as they had in Apia two weeks previously.However, Germany responded with two tries of their own. A series of pick-and-gos from the forwards close to the line leading to the hosts’ opening try for Jacobus Otto before tighthead Samy Fuchsel was put into space around five metres out and touched down in the corner to put Germany in front.Despite a try from Samoa’s livewire scrum-half Melani Matavao, Germany led at the break 15-14 thanks to a penalty from Christopher Hilsenbeck. Rugby World Cup Venues Job done: Samoa celebrate booking their place at the 2019 World Cup (Getty Images) Rugby World Cup Venues Rugby World Cup Groups Expandcenter_img The second half ebbed and flowed until the final ten minutes when Samoa pulled away. The Samoa lineout again struggled to function effectively while missing touch with penalty kicks out of hand did Germany no favours.Matavao had put Samoa back in front with his second try in the 46th minute but Germany hit back immediately with No 8 Jarrid Els crashing over.Nice touch: Melani Matavao scored a brace of tries for Samoa (Getty Images)Germany, clearly looking to secure arguably the most significant victory in their rugby history, then turned to their kickers to increase their lead, Hilsenbeck and Marcel Coetzee – a long-range specialist – both slotting penalties.Three tries in the final stages saw Samoa pull clear, however. Fidow crossed for his second while full-back Ah See Tuala, whose goalkicking was faultless, also scored a brace. Rugby World Cup Groups Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Collapse A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 TAGS: Samoa LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Win over Germany in Heidelberg gives Samoa a place in Pool A at Japan 2019last_img read more

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England lock Maro Itoje analysed

first_img Eyes on the prize: England’s Maro Itoje homes in on the ball (Getty Images) Analysis of the second-row’s skill-set from head to toe by former England fly-half Stuart Barnes This article originally appeared in the February 2021 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. England lock Maro Itoje analysedIf I was asked to name a World XV today, Maro Itoje would be my only automatic selection from the northern hemisphere. More than that, he would be one of the first selections on the team sheet.There are taller locks in the world and there are certainly more physically intimidating ones. Just think about the impending British & Irish Lions tour to South Africa (hopefully), the land of the towering colossus.Yet I cannot fail to reiterate what I have been writing for a number of years. This is the man who not only should – but will – lead the Lions.This would place him in the pantheon of leading Lions locks. Willie John McBride is too far in the past to merit comparison but Martin Johnson and Paul O’Connell are within the same timelines.Johnson had it all to prove as a rookie leader in South Africa in 1997 and did just that. The Irishman didn’t enjoy quite such a time of it against the twin power of Bakkies Botha and Victor Matfield in 2009.High stakes: Paul O’Connell competes with Ryan Kankowski and Victor Matfield on the 2009 Lions tour (Getty Images)The Saracen and England international has – in a technical sense – more of the Munster man about him. He is yet to stand alongside Johnson as a captain but everything I have seen suggests he has the equipment to match the one man as a leader and the other as a technician.O’Connell’s display against England at Croke Park in 2007, a day loaded with symbolism, was one of the greatest 80 minutes I’ve seen from a European lock. Itoje touched similar heights in 2017’s second Test against New Zealand.What you see, and what remains intangible, combine to mark Maro as someone with the potential to do something truly special; to attain greatness, starting with legendary status as a Lion.Remember Johnson being beaten to that crucial late lineout by Justin Harrison in the deciding third Test in Sydney in 2001? Given Itoje’s capacity to get off the ground so rapidly, I don’t see him losing a lineout come the crucial moment.And I don’t see him suffering the sort of physical grilling the Springbok pack put O’Connell through eight years later.He is being compared with, in my view, the greatest Irish and greatest English locks of them all. Great leaders as well. He’s in lofty company. What some of you might read as hype today could become unarguable fact with the savage South Africa test awaiting him as a lock and, I reckon, a leader. He has what it takes.England lock Maro Itoje analysed from head to toeThe brainThere is a difference between an intellect and rugby intelligence. I have known and played with many clever people who were, how shall we put it politely, rugby stupid and some far from academic sorts whose rugby brain was razor-sharp.This School of Oriental and African Studies student is blessed with both. He reads the game well, while his intellectual faculties make him one of the most articulate men the game has seen in its pro era.The mouthcenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Off the field the words are measured. He gives a mighty impressive press conference. On the field it can be used to more cynical effect.From the Saracens school of wind-up, he gets to opponents but has the right word for a team-mate. Quite the opposite to the silent school of Johnson leadership, but Maro’s mouth can both inspire those that follow and infuriate opposition.He is well spoken enough to enjoy the time of day with a Test-match referee too.The armsProbably the most obvious of his physical assets. At the lineout, they are one of the game’s most recognisable sights, especially putting maximum pressure on opposition ball.But that’s not even the half of it. Come the melee of the contact zone, they are vice-like over the tackle area and powerful obstacles to a team trying to set themselves up for the familiar catch-and-drive lineout. Long, strong and extremely irritating to those he faces.The stomachThe man must have immense core strength. He is a limpet over the ball yet lacks the cube shape of a master of the turnover like David Pocock.Someone as lanky as this lock shouldn’t be able to win as many penalties and effect so many turnovers in an area dominated by sevens, sixes and hookers. Suffice to say, Itoje is an extremely effective Test blindside.The thighsThe drive he brings to his game emanates from the thigh. His individual spring enables him to shift at the lineout in a way more cumbersome and less dynamic locks cannot.His lineout strength is a combination of his sharp brain and his speed getting in the air and across the ground. And any second-row would also impress the importance of a pair of powerful thighs when locking the scrum.Add these assets together and you have one of the potential greats. South Africa is the place, will it be the time for Maro Itoje to turn potential into reality?last_img read more

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Historical marker to honor 1920 lynching victim July Perry

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11  Acclaimed activist and author Bryan Stevenson to speak at June 21st ceremony A June 21st ceremony in downtown Orlando will unveil a historical marker honoring July Perry, who was lynched on Election Night 1920 during the Ocoee Massacre — one of the South’s deadliest outbreaks of racial violence. The 10:30 a.m. ceremony is sponsored by the Montgomery, Ala.-based Equal Justice Initiative and the Truth and Justice Project of Orange County. It will take place at Heritage Square, 65 E. Central Blvd., the park in front of the Orange County Regional History Center. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, and Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, will join the descendants of July Perry to unveil the marker. July PerryAfter the unveiling, Stevenson will speak at the Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd. A widely acclaimed public-interest lawyer and author of the 2014 book, Just Mercy, Stevenson and his colleagues have won reversals, relief, or release for more than 125 wrongly condemned prisoners on death row. The marker honoring Perry is part of the Equal Justice Initiative’s Community Remembrance Project, which recognizes victims of lynching in the United States between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950. “Lynching created a fearful environment in which racial subordination and segregation were maintained for decades,” the EJI website notes. It “reinforced a legacy of racial inequality that has never been adequately addressed in America.” The failure to address the legacy of lynching is ours to correct, as one of the worst racial massacres took place in Orange County, Florida on Nov. 2, 1920. On Election Day 1920, white men in Ocoee chased Moses Norman, a local black land-owner, from the polls after he attempted to cast his ballot. After nightfall on Nov. 2, newly deputized white men came to the home of July Perry, also a black landowner, in search of Norman. After shooting broke out between those in Perry’s home and the posse, the house was set ablaze, and Perry was captured and taken to the jail in Orlando. In the early morning after Election Day, a group of white men took Perry from his cell, near present-day Heritage Square, and hanged him in Orlando. He is buried in the city’s Greenwood Cemetery. That same night a mob stormed into Ocoee and burned black-owned homes, churches, and a fraternal lodge. In some cases, members of the mob gunned down black families as they fled the flames. In the following weeks and months, local whites forced every black resident in Ocoee to relocate marking one of the nation’s most egregious cases of land dispossession in the 20th century. In the past, few public memorials have addressed the nation’s history of lynching, and most victims such as Perry have never been publicly acknowledged. “Such acknowledgment is part of a path toward healing”, says Amy Lalanne of the Truth and Justice Project. “We are working to create a more hopeful, collaborative, and just society for every person in Orange County, Florida.” In addition to EJI and the Truth and Justice Project, the marker unveiling ceremony is sponsored by Bridge the Gap Coalition, the City of Orlando, Orange County Government, the Orange County Public Library System, and the Orange County Regional History Center. For more information, please contact Josie Onifade Lemon Allen, 321-418-6001, or [email protected] The Truth and Justice Project of Orange County, Florida (TJP) is a volunteer-based organization that engages with the community to promote education concerning the truth of our local history and to advocate justice for those who have been harmed by inequities born of prejudice. TJP builds on the work of the Equal Justice Initiative, based in Montgomery, Alabama, and on the original work to examine the Ocoee Massacre began in the 1990s with the brave members of Democracy Forum. The Orange County Regional History Center, housed in a historic courthouse at 65 E. Central Blvd. in downtown Orlando, features four floors of permanent and limited-run exhibitions. The museum is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate and accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Orange County Regional History Center is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Family Services Department under Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings and the Board of County Commissioners. The Historical Society of Central Florida Inc. is supported by United Arts of Central Florida and sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.  TAGSJuly PerryOcoee MassacreOrange County Regional History Center Previous articleMoore earns FCF Certified County Commissioner designationNext articleCommunity-based leadership at Black Churches: Let’s Talk About It Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Please enter your name herelast_img read more

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Movember Foundation offers £2.4m to improve men’s health

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement Tagged with: Funding The Movember Foundation has announced a £2.4 million fund to inspire and test ideas from the general public to help men live happier, healthier and longer lives.The Social Innovators Challenge is available in the UK, Canada and Australia. In particular it is targeting men’s friendships and social connections. According to Movember, “men tend not to prioritise their friends to the same extent as women, a trend which has a negative impact on their health in the longer term, including increased risk of depression, anxiety and suicide”.Movember is expecting to receive ideas and proposals from a variety of sources including mental health charities, community and volunteer networks and the creative industry as well as the wider Movember community and the general public.The application process is straightforward, starting with just a 500-word written submission. Applications must be received by 10 December 2015.Paul Villanti, Movember Foundation Executive Director of Programmes, said:“Encouraging men to be more socially connected and drawing on these relationships when they go through tough times and transitions in life is a critical priority for the Movember Foundation as we seek to improve the health and wellbeing of men and contribute to the reduction in the number of men that die by suicide. Having identified some of the key challenges that need to be addressed, we are now launching this international challenge to test and prove the best ideas to help increase the level of social connectedness among men.” Photo: piggy bank with moustache by Chris Brignell on Shutterstock.com Howard Lake | 13 November 2015 | News  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Movember Foundation offers £2.4m to improve men’s healthlast_img read more

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Trustee mismanagement led to poor financial governance at Al-Hassan Education Centre

first_img Tagged with: Charity Commission Finance governance trustees Advertisement  97 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Trustee mismanagement led to poor financial governance at Al-Hassan Education Centre  98 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 A Charity Commission investigation into Al-Hassan Education Centre in Leeds regarding repeated late filing of accounts has concluded that trustees mismanaged the charity.According to its inquiry report, the Commission uncovered inadequate financial governance at the charity and that the trustees were not able to fully account for the charity’s funds in relation to cash collections and charitable expenditure. The charity also failed to submit accounting information for the financial years ending 31 March 2012 and 31 March 2013.Wider governance failures within the charity were also uncovered, whereby the trustees were not adhering to some of the provisions within their governing document including: failure to hold Annual General Meetings since July 2013 or the required two trustee meetings a year and that they had no policies for loans and money laundering. The regulator also concluded there had been mismanagement by the trustees due to a lack of financial controls in relation to cash collected and spent following Friday prayers, and a lack of up-to-date policies and procedures.The inquiry considered that the trustees had not acted in the best interests of the charity, put the charity’s funds at risk and concluded there was mismanagement and misconduct by the trustees.The Commission issued an Order last November under the Charities Act requiring the trustees to take certain actions to regularise the charity’s governance, submit its outstanding accounting information and review its policies. The trustees have already taken steps to complete the actions, and the Commission states that it will continue to monitor the charity to ensure that its order is complied with.Carl Mehta, head of investigations, enforcement at the Charity Commission, said:“The trustees in this case failed to take basic steps to ensure that the charity’s funds were able to be accounted for. This is simply not acceptable and I expect the trustees to take measures to speedily correct this.”“For many faith groups, collecting funds in cash is likely to be a regular occurrence as part of worship or devotion. Charities must ensure that they have in place effective and proper financial controls to ensure those funds are safeguarded.” Melanie May | 1 February 2017 | Newslast_img read more

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Reporters Without Borders helps out women’s magazine in crisis

first_img March 11, 2021 Find out more September 11, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders helps out women’s magazine in crisis AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF_en Reporters Without Borders appeals to the women’s media, European governments and groups aiding independent media to support the pioneering Afghan women’s magazine published by Jamila Mujahed.  Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says to go further News News News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” Receive email alerts May 3, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières) said today it was giving 4,000 Euro to the pioneering Afghan women’s magazine Malalai to help it out of a financial crisis seven months after its launch in Kabul.Most of Afghanistan’s 100 or so publications are funded by international organisations, the government, political parties or provincial governors.  They have little advertising revenue and few readers because of high illiteracy in the country and very poor distribution networks.Despite support from the Franco-Afghan aid organisation Aïna and Germany’s Heinrich Böll Foundation, Malalai still lacks money and equipment (including computers, page-design software and digital cameras). The Reporters Without Borders aid was requested by Aïna’s founder, photographer Reza Deghati.During a visit to France last May, Malalai’s editor, Jamila Mujahed, who is also a leading presenter on Afghan TV, received many promises of funding.  But most of them did not materialise.  Reporters Without Borders appeals to the women’s media, European governments and groups aiding independent media to support Malalai. The international community has committed itself to rebuilding Afghanistan, but the financial problems of the leading women’s magazine are a symptom of the country’s difficulties.Malalai was launched in Kabul on 21 February this year, publishes in Pashtu, Dari and English and sells for 5,000 afghanis (1.20 Euro) a copy. It has been backed by UNESCO, the French magazine Marie-Claire and the Heinrich Böll Foundation and has a staff of five Afghan journalists and one European. It prints 1,000 copies that are sold in Kabul and major provincial towns by street vendors and bookshops.It is named after a heroine of the 17th century war against the British Empire and its goal is to be the voice of Afghan women. “I would like to see Afghan women be the Malalais of the 21st century, rebuilding their country and bringing up healthy children but also winning their rights as women,” editor Mujahed recent told the French daily Le Figaro.Reporters Without Borders last December helped fund Afghanistan’s main independent paper, Kabul Weekly, which was revived by journalist Faheem Dashty, with support from Aïna and UNESCO. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Afghanistanlast_img read more

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Human rights groups call for an end to the crackdown on human rights defenders and political activists as UPR begins

first_img Latest developments: The day before the UAE UPR session, a parody of judicial proceedings Yesterday, Sunday 27 January 2013, the Attorney General of the UAE, Salem Saeed Kubaish stated that “94 Emirati suspects have been referred to the Federal Supreme Court as part of the case relating to the organisation which sought to seize power in the country”. After more than 6 months without any judicial proceeding for some of the detainees, they are – the day before the UAE UPR session – accused of charges including “communicating with individuals and international and foreign entities and establishments based outside the State in order to distort the image of the State”, seeking “to disseminate these fabrications through the members of the organisation, the media and the social networking sites on the Internet” and “launch(ing), establish(ing) and r(unning) an organisation seeking to oppose the basic principles of the UAE system of governance and to seize power(Khaleej Times, WAM, “94 Emirati suspects referred to the Federal Supreme Court”, 27 January 2013, http://bit.ly/X4n4KB ”. These charges closely resemble accusations against human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf States, with a worrying emphasis on communication via social media and the internet with “establishments based outside the State”. The Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, in 2011, stated: The Special Rapporteur remains concerned that legitimate online expression is being criminalized in contravention of States’ international human rights obligations, whether it is through the application of existing criminal laws to online expression, or through the creation of new laws specifically designed to criminalize expression on the Internet. Such laws are often justified on the basis of protecting an individual’s reputation, national security or countering terrorism, but in practice are used to censor content that the Government and other powerful entities do not like or agree with.([Frank LaRue, Special Rapporteur on promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression “Report to the General Assembly”, 16 May 2011, para 34)] April 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Discrimination against the Bedoon communityAlthough the UAE affirms that efforts to resolve the situation have been made since mid-2008, by facilitating the granting of a nationality other than Emirati nationality, in order to then apply for a residence permit in the UAE, this practice is counter-productive. One of the only countries who is willing to grant nationality to members of the Emirati Bedoon community are the Comoro Islands, after the impoverished island state received large sums of money from the UAE in 2009. However, once individuals take the necessary steps to adopt Comorian nationality, they are often threatened with deportation. Numerous Bedoon remain in retention, waiting for their supposed deportation to the Comoros. Receive email alerts to go further Attacks on Human Rights DefendersIn addition to the ongoing detentions of two prominent human rights lawyers, Dr Mohamed Al-Roken and Dr Al-Mansoori, Ahmed Mansoor, one of the UAE5 referred to above, has been subjected to physical assaults at least twice over the past nine months. These attacks are accompanied by a well-organized smear campaign launched against him, including statements by officials claiming that he is an Iranian spy in addition to innumerable threats against him on social networks. He is also unable to travel as the authorities refuse to return his passport.The use of travel bans, the stripping of nationalities and the disbanding of rights organizations are all methods used by the Emiratis authorities to silence the voices that are calling for reform and respect for public liberties.In November 2012, Federal Decree No.5/2012 on combating cyber crimes was adopted. This law poses a serious threat to the freedom of expression and assembly of peaceful activists as it provides a definition of online activities which could be used to limit the work of activists who use the internet to express their opinion. The law stipulates penalties of imprisonment on any person who may create or run an electronic site or any information technology means, to deride or to damage the reputation or the stature of the state or any of its institutions. Our organisations fear that the “fight against cyber-crimes” could be used as a pretext to repress freedom of expression and imprison activists, just as the “fight against terrorism” often has been.TortureTorture by members of the State Security forces remains a concern, with further allegations being documented as recently as September 2012, such as the cases of Ahmed Al-Suweidi, Abdulelah Al-Jadani and Musab Khalil Abood, which leading human rights organisations including the undersigned denounced. In addition, other individuals arrested in the current crackdown, including Dr Al-Roken’s son and son-in-law, have been tortured. United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa January 28, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Human rights groups call for an end to the crackdown on human rights defenders and political activists as UPR begins International community condemns the human rights violations committed by the UAE authoritiesOn 17 July 2012, as the second wave of arrests and detention of peaceful activists was just starting, OHCHR’s spokeperson Rupert Colville called the Emirati authorities “to guarantee that human rights defenders are able to carry out their work without fear of reprisals and urge them to release those who have been detained for peaceful exercise of their fundamental human rights”. The dire human rights situation in the UAE has also been highlighted by a strong resolution(http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=-//EP//TEXT+TA+P7-T…) by the European Parliament, which condemned the situation, calling it as a “crackdown on human rights defenders and civil society activists”. It called for “the unconditional release of all prisoners of conscience and activists including human rights defenders and calls on the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to ensure that detainees deemed to have broken the law be brought before a judge, be charged with a crime and be provided with the legal assistance of their choosing.” The undersigned human rights organisations therefore urge the authorities to: 1.Release immediately and unconditionally all prisoners of conscience and activists including human rights defenderss or ensure that detainees deemed to have broken the law be brought before a judge, be charged with a crime and be provided with the legal assistance of their choosing.2.Halt all persecution of human rights defenders and those peacefully expressing their opinions, including On-Line activists. Immediately release and expunge the convictions of those convicted for expressing their opinion peacefully and Ensure that Federal Legal Decree No. 5 for 2012 on combating cyber crimes is in full conformity with relevant international norms namely the right to freedom of expression and association.3.Take all necessary measures to ensure that torture and ill-treatment ceases in all places of detention; that all cases of torture be investigate by impartial and independent authorities; and that torturers be held accountable for their crimes. 4.To ensure that all trials meet international fair trial standards, including the full independence of the judiciary, and that all those detained arbitrarily are released as quickly as possible. 5.To end to discrimination against the Bedoon community, including in the application of its nationality law. 6.Guarantee in all circumstances that all human rights defenders and activists in UAE are able to carry out their legitimate human rights activities without fear of reprisals and free of all restrictions including judicial harassment. News Smear campaign launched by the Emirati authoritiesIt appears that ‘national security’ has been used as a pretext by the Emirati authorities to stifle dissent and repress all activists asking for democratic reforms and respect for human rights. The Emirati authorities have since launched a smear campaign against the detainees and their families using state-run media. The individuals are accused by local media, known to be close to the authorities, of being part of a local branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and of attempting to create a military wing aimed at establishing an Islamic state in the United Arab Emirates. Families of a number of those detained have also had their bank accounts frozen, leading to understandable stress, beyond that created by the detention of their loved one.Although some of the detainees are members of Al-Islah (the Reform and Social Guidance Association), a non-violent political movement advocating for political reforms, the other detainees are jurists, law professors at university, lawyers and human rights defenders held solely due to their peaceful and legitimate human rights activities. . In addition to the 66 peaceful activists detained, other citizens were arrested arbitrarily by the Emirati security services, which brings the total number of people arbitrarily detained to 93, including 12 Egyptian nationals. RSF_en Follow the news on United Arab Emirates News Unfair trialsur organisations are concerned at the large number of unfair trials in the country, beyond the crackdown described above. Numerous individuals continue to be arbitrarily detained without charge, forced to make forced confessions, and in some cases convicted without receiving the minimum guarantees of a fair trial. RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group Help by sharing this information RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance Read in Arabic (بالعربية)Today, the human rights record of the United Arab Emirates will be reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council as the situation in the country continues to deteriorate. On this occasion, the undersigned organisations call on Human Rights Council member-states to urge the United Arab Emirates to put an end to the current crackdown against peaceful human rights defenders and political activists and to honour its commitments as a newly elected member of the Human Rights Council to “uphold(s) the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights” (UN General Assembly resolution 50/251 para. 9). Ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression: detention, torture, smear campaign & attacks on peaceful activists The ‘UAE5’ and the beginning of the crackdown on freedom of expressionSince March 2011, a severe crackdown against human rights defenders, civil society activists and advocates of political reform has been carried out by the authorities in the United Arab Emirates. While the region was undergoing popular uprisings demanding greater civil and political rights, 132 Emiratis citizens signed a petition calling for the election of all the members of the Federal National Council and to give them legislative powers (demanding an elected parliament with legislative powers). Five individuals or the so called “UAE5”, including prominent human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor, a member of Human Rights Watch’s Middle East advisory committee, were arrested and tried in this context. The “UAE 5” were held from April to November 2011. All of them were found guilty of “publicly insulting” the President of the UAE, following a fundamentally unfair trial. Only days after being condemned, their sentences were commuted by Emirati president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and were released, demonstrating the political nature of the trial. The ‘UAE 66 – arbitrary detention and torture of human rights defenders & peaceful political activistsA new wave of arrests began in March 2012 which reaches 66 individuals, composed of human rights defenders and peaceful political activists. Most of these individuals have been detained incommunicado for weeks before being allowed to contact their families; many were mistreated, and in some cases tortured; most have not had access to legal counsel or proper contact with their families, and all have had their detention repeatedly renewed without judicial review of the legality of their detention. Seventy seven of them remain in detention to date – with one individual, Mr Ahmed Abdulkhaleq, a member of the ‘UAE 5’ and Bedoon rights activist, having being expelled to Thailand on 16 June 2012. Moreover, all attempts to provide legal assistance to the detainees are undermined by the harassment and intimidation of their lawyers by the authorities. The lawyers of the ‘UAE5’, Dr Mohamed Al-Roken and Dr Al-Mansoori are now themselves detained as part of the group of 66 individuals mentioned above. Dr Al-Roken was arrested while trying to obtain information about family members who had been arrested. A number of foreign lawyers who attempted to offer legal assistance to the detainees were not allowed into the country. Signatory organisationsAlkarama FoundationAmnesty InternationalArab Network for Human Rights InformationCairo Institute for Human Rights StudiesGulf Center for Human RightsReporters Without Borders United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa June 8, 2021 Find out more News December 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Hot Summer Nights opens June 1

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Local NewsEntertainment Hot Summer Nights opens June 1 What: Hot Summer Nights.When: 8 to 10 p.m. Fridays June 1 to July 27.Where: Noël Plaza, next to the Ector County Library.What else: Events are free and lawnchairs and coolers are welcome but not alcohol. Food trucks will be on site for all concerts. Bad weather? Not a problem, concerts will move to Deaderick Auditorium on the Odessa College Campus. Hot Summer NightsLocal talent headlines the 25th year of downtown music on Friday nights with Hot Summer Nights, which begins June 1 and ends July 27.“Hot Summer Nights is an important way for community members to come to downtown and enjoy an evening of free music, good food and fellowship,” Randy Ham, executive director of Odessa Arts, said via email.“In all my years of attending (and now producing) this concert series, there has never been a concert where I didn’t meet someone new. I love that it gives everyone a break from the day to day routine of life, and also encourages people to enjoy arts and culture with members of our community, many of whom we wouldn’t meet or converse with otherwise.”Haley Howey, events coordinator for Downtown Odessa, Inc. said the event started as a concert series 25 years ago but, has turned into a block party, with a children’s play area, games and food.“Downtown Odessa, Inc. is proud of how this staple of downtown has grown,” Howey said.Along with musical acts that are the hallmark of the free outdoor concert series, Howey said this year will again see the addition of food trucks, preferred seating and swag for Odessa Arts members and Downtown Odessa, Inc. sponsors. Volunteers from First United Methodist Church will also shuttle attendees from parking areas to the concert via golf cart. The concerts will start sundown and will be located in Noël Plaza, next to the Ector County Library. In the event of inclement weather, shows will be moved to Deaderick Auditorium at Odessa College.Ham said he is thrilled to celebrate this year’s 25th anniversary. “Odessa has always been a thriving cultural community, and the record number of Hot Summer Nights attendees proves it.”Hot Summer Nights is made possible by Odessa Arts, Downtown Odessa, Inc., The City of Odessa, The City of Odessa: Parks & Recreation, Creative Marketing Nerds, First Basin Credit Union, and First United Methodist Church.For more information, visit:http://www.hsnodessa.comFacebook: facebook.com/odessaartsTwitter: @odessaartsFor more information call 432-337-1492.If You Go Midessa Music Fest is in July Twitter Erica Lane part of Fandango celebration Facebook Current Nine performs July 13 as part of Hot Summer Nights. The summer concert series begins June 1 with the Steven Silva Quintet. The concerts are free and are in Noël Plaza, next to the Ector County Library, from 8 to 10 p.m. Fridays June 1 to July 27. By admin – May 25, 2018 Twitter Country crooner featured at Rolling 7’s WhatsApp Facebook Home Local News Entertainment Hot Summer Nights opens June 1 Hawaiian Roll Ham SlidersFoolproof Roasted Pork TenderloinSmoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Previous articleBe a part of the Saturday ClubNext articleTEXAS VIEW: More immigration judges needed to meet demand admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest June 1 – Steven Silva Quintet.June 8 – Permian Playhouse.June 15 – True Lite.June 22 – Basin Brass Band.July 6 – The Geezerz.July 13 – Current Nine.July 20 – Mariachi Armonia.July 27 – Free Spirit. The lineuplast_img read more

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Special Oireachtas Committee member Thomas Pringle will oppose any water charges

first_img WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter By News Highland – December 13, 2016 Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleCockhill keeper Harry Doherty joins Finn HarpsNext articleLetterkenny Hospital commended for offering reduced parking rates for cancer patients News Highland Google+ Homepage BannerNews 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North center_img WhatsApp Pinterest Special Oireachtas Committee member Thomas Pringle will oppose any water charges Google+ Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal A special Oireachtas Committee will today begin the process of considering how water is to be paid for into the future.The committee’s membership includes Independent Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle.It will consider the suggestion from an expert group that most households would NOT have to pay – and that only wasteful homes would face bills of some sort.Deputy Pringle is opposed to this and says there are already measures to deal with wasting water:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/pringrawWATER.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebooklast_img read more

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