Agricultural Development Bank (ADB.gh) Q12018 Interim Report

first_imgAgricultural Development Bank (ADB.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Agricultural Development Bank (ADB.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Agricultural Development Bank (ADB.gh)  2018 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAgricultural Development Bank (ADB) is a leading financial institution in Ghana with an agricultural development focus. In 1964, Bank of Ghana set up a Rural Credit Department to manage legislation and plans and procedures for a specialised bank for the agricultural sector. ADB was established in 1965 as the Agricultural Credit and Cooperative Bank. The bank was restructured in 2009 and positioned as a full-service financial institution with an agricultural focus; offering banking products and services to the retail, corporate, commercial, executive and parastatal sectors. ADB is responsible for providing up to 85% of institutional credit to the agricultural market. It also offers services in risk and treasury management. ADB has a national footprint with 78 branches located in the major towns and cities of Ghana, as well as automatic and mobile banking facilities. Agricultural Development Bank is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Obispos de la IX Provincia estudian el autosostén en las…

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Por Lynette WilsonPosted Oct 13, 2014 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Obispos de la IX Provincia pasaron del 24 al 28 de septiembre en las Filipinas estudiando la trayectoria de la Iglesia hacia el autosostén en el contexto local. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.[Episcopal News Service – Manila, Filipinas] En talleres de costura, hogares y establos a cada lado de la carretera que llega hasta la cima de una loma donde se alza la iglesia episcopal de la Santa Fe [Holy Faith Episcopal Church] en la aldea de Igorot, los hombres tejen sombreros, bufandas y suéteres y las mujeres cosen etiquetas en prendas terminadas. Es una industria doméstica que comenzaran seis mujeres que venden artículos de punto a mayoristas. Eso mantiene la aldea activa.La aldea fue fundada en los años 50 [del pasado siglo] sobre un terreno de 1,5 hectárea de tierra que una vez formó parte del rancho ganadero de igorrotes, o “montañeses” de Luzón, la provincia insular más grande y más septentrional de Filipinas donde los misioneros anglicanos establecieron su presencia a fines del siglo XIX. Localizada en las afueras de Manila, la aldea de chozas de bambú y hierbas, ahora es el asiento de 100 familias que viven en casas de concreto con techos de metal.El Rdo. Echanes A. Codiogan posa con algunas mujeres de la cooperativa. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.En la medida en que se desarrollaba una comunidad, la [original] estación de predicación se convirtió en la misión de la Sagrada Familia, en parroquia ayudada y, finalmente, en 2010, solicitó un rector de jornada completa.Sin embargo, en 2013, en un momento cuando la parroquia ya se autosostenía en un 80 por ciento, la congregación sintió que no podía alcanzar el objetivo del 100 por ciento para 2018. Es ahí donde tiene lugar la iniciativa singular de la Iglesia Episcopal de las Filipinas de el Desarrollo de la Comunidad Basado en Recursos, una estrategia que incluye el desarrollo congregacional aplicado. Al hacer inventario de los activos de la aldea, los líderes determinaron que los mayoristas venderían en consignación de tres meses, y entre tanto tomarían préstamos particulares para mantener las operaciones; y la Iglesia intervino para responder a una necesidad.Con un préstamo de $11.000 de 22 comunidades de la Diócesis del Sur de Filipinas, la Santa Fe comenzó a hacer préstamos a los mayoristas con un interés del 1,5 por ciento, menos de la mitad de la tasa del 3 al 5 por ciento que imponen las entidades crediticias privadas. En una decisión en que todas las partes salieron ganando, los mayoristas invirtieron un porcentaje de los ahorros en la Iglesia. En febrero de 2014, los miembros de la Santa Fe solicitaron estatus parroquial pleno.El trabajo en piedra de la iglesia de la Santa Fe se inspira en la provincia montañosa del norte, de donde provienen los igorrotes. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.La Santa Fe es sólo un ejemplo de la Iglesia Episcopal de las Filipinas donde el desarrollo comunitario y congregacional han marchado de la mano, creando una situación donde ambos [comunidad y congregación] prosperan.Cuando la Iglesia comenzó a pensar en la autonomía y en el autosostén económico, invirtió en programas y proyectos para recaudar dinero, pero al final, sin el componente de desarrollo comunitario, las inversiones fueron un “completo fracaso”, dijo Floyd Lalwet, secretario provincial de la Iglesia, durante una reunión, el 24 de septiembre, en la oficina nacional de la Iglesia en la Ciudad de Quezón. Con el tiempo, la Iglesia comenzó a ver las comunidades y las congregaciones como una [sola entidad] y las cosas comenzaron a cambiar.La trayectoria de la Iglesia Episcopal en las Filipinas hacia el autosostén económico sirve como ejemplo de la asociación pactada, que puede replicarse en otros contextos.En las primeras horas de esa jornada del 24 de septiembre, siete obispos y dos cónyuges en representación de la IX Provincia viajaron a las Filipinas con el propósito de afirmar y fortalecer la relación de compañerismo entre la Iglesia Episcopal en las Filipinas y la Iglesia Episcopal en Estados Unidos, y experimentar la labor de la iglesia local como relacionada con su logro de alcanzar la plena autonomía económica y, más específicamente, la puesta en práctica de su Desarrollo Congregacional/Comunitario Basado en Recursos y la aplicación de su política “de receptores a dadores”.Antes de viajar a las Filipinas para estudiar la trayectoria de la Iglesia hacia el autosostén económico, los obispos y sus cónyuges estuvieron del 17 al 23 en Taiwán asistiendo a la reunión de otoño de la Cámara de Obispos, en la cual el obispo primado [de Filipinas] Edward P. Malecdan habló acerca del contexto teológico y las dificultades a que se enfrenta la misión en las Filipinas.Fieles al tema de “expandir la imaginación apostólica”, los obispos exploraron la misión y el ministerio de la Diócesis de Taiwán. Luego de terminada la reunión otros obispos y sus cónyuges viajaron a Japón, Hong Kong y Corea del Sur para continuar aprendiendo acerca de la misión y el ministerio de la Iglesia Anglicana.Los hombres tejen sombreros, bufandas y suéteres en talleres como estos en la aldea Igorot. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.La visita de los obispos de la IX Provincia a las Filipinas estuvo preparándose durante tres años.Clérigos y líderes laicos de las siete diócesis latinoamericanas de la Iglesia Episcopal, que se extienden por partes del Caribe, Centro y Sudamérica, conocieron por primera vez la historia de la Iglesia Episcopal de las Filipinas en una conferencia sobre autosostén que se celebro en Tela, Honduras, en 2011.Las diócesis de la IX Provincia —República Dominicana, Honduras, Ecuador Central, Ecuador Litoral, Colombia, Venezuela y Puerto Rico—adoptaron el autosostén como punto focal en una reunión sinodal en 2012.Cada una de las diócesis de la IX Provincia sigue su propio rumbo hacia el autosostén económico, de las cuales la República Dominicana, Honduras y Ecuador Central, con una reciente venta de tierras por $4 millones, están más cerca de alcanzarlo que las demás.La estrategia global para la sostenibilidad económica en la IX Provincia está motivada por las necesidades de cada diócesis individual, y la estrategia parte de las diócesis mismas, dijo Samuel McDonald, subdirector de operaciones y director de misión de la Iglesia Episcopal.“Aquí es dónde la teoría se pone a prueba”, afirmó.En febrero de 2014, el Consejo Ejecutivo adoptó el Plan de Sostenibilidad de la IX Provincia [en conformidad con] la Segunda Marca de la Misión, que fue el resultado de una reunión en julio de 2013 de líderes laicos y ordenados de la provincia y del personal del centro denominacional.Luego de la conferencia de Tela, dijo Lalwet, los obispos de la IX Provincia comenzaron a hacer preguntas específicas sobre la capacidad de la Iglesia de Filipinas de crear proyectos y procesos, específicamente sobre la manera en que las cooperativas han ayudado a las congregaciones a convertirse en parroquias de pleno derecho y sobre la Fundación Episcopal para el Desarrollo de San Marcos, una institución de préstamo que transformó la Diócesis de Santiago en el norte de Filipinas.Hay unas 43 cooperativas inscritas y otras 65 cooperativas, asociaciones de agricultores y organizaciones para el desarrollo no inscritas que funcionan según el modelo de desarrollo eclesial y comunitario de la Iglesia. La Fundación Episcopal de Asistencia o ECARE, como se llama el modelo de desarrollo, aspira a colaborar, mediante la asociación, con comunidades para lograr que sus activos y recursos pasen del nivel de subsistencia al de autosuficiencia, al tiempo que ponen énfasis en compartir, asistir [a los necesitados], dar testimonio y ejercer la mayordomía medioambiental.El concepto de cooperativa fue algo nuevo para el obispo Francisco Duque,, de la Diócesis de Colombia, quien también funge como presidente de la IX Provincia; algo, dijo él, que contemplaría poner en práctica en su propia diócesis una de las más jóvenes de la Iglesia Episcopal.En Colombia, como en las Filipinas y en las otras diócesis de la IX Provincia, muchas iglesias episcopales están localizadas en comunidades pobres y marginadas, carentes de desarrollo económico y social.Más del 25 por ciento de los 100 millones de filipinos vive por debajo del nivel de la pobreza, un porcentaje semejante al del Ecuador y Venezuela, aunque sus poblaciones son una fracción de la de Filipinas, según estadísticas del Banco Mundial. Cada una de las otra diócesis de la IX Provincia tiene un porcentaje mayor de personas, entre el 33 y el 65 por ciento, que vive por debajo del nivel de la pobreza.“La realidad económica y política es que nuestra gente vive en la pobreza y que nuestras iglesias están situadas en comunidades marginales”, dijo Lalwet, añadiendo que al concentrarse en mejorar la subsistencia económica de las personas de la comunidad, éstas son más capaces de sostener la Iglesia.Esta estrategia, sin embargo, necesita del consenso de la Iglesia y de la comunidad desde el comienzo, afirmó. “También sería un error separar el programa de desarrollo de la comunidad del desarrollo de la Iglesia”.Eso significó también un cambio de mentalidad, en congregaciones que históricamente han sido receptoras y que debían convertirse en dadoras. “Estamos rompiendo con la mentalidad de que la Iglesia debe sostener a las congregaciones”, dijo Lalwet.Trasfondo históricoLa Iglesia Episcopal estableció un distrito misionero en las Filipinas en 1898; en 1965, la Iglesia se convirtió en una diócesis misionera y, en 1990, la Iglesia Episcopal de las Filipinas llegó a ser una provincia autónoma de la Comunión Anglicana. Sin embargo, la autonomía llegó ante que el autosostén económico: en 1990, la Iglesia de las Filipinas aún dependía de la Iglesia Episcopal en los Estados Unidos para financiar el 60 por ciento de su presupuesto operativo.En 1992, El Comité Conjunto sobre el Pacto Filipino propuso un plan de reducción escalonada de 15 años para reducir gradualmente, cada cinco años, el apoyo de la Iglesia Episcopal de $800.000 a $533.333 a $267.667. En 2003, la Iglesia Filipina alcanzó el mayor déficit presupuestario de su historia, 6,5 millones de pesos ($120.000 en ese momento). Y en 2004, la Iglesia decidió pedirle a la Iglesia Episcopal una extensión de tres años antes de cambiar el rumbo.En 14 años de autonomía, todos siempre hablaban acerca del subsidio, contó Lalwet, hasta que finalmente alguien propuso: ¿Por qué no prescindimos de él?”.Así lo hicieron, y el 1 de enero de 2005 “todo el mundo predijo que el déficit de 6,5 millones de pesos se duplicaría”, pero no sucedió. En lugar de eso, la Iglesia tenía por primera vez un superávit de $55.000.Lalwet con frecuencia compara el período de 15 años de la atenuación del subsidio con el período de abstinencia inicial que atraviesa un adicto. “Hubo temporadas en que la gente estuvo seis meses sin salario”, agregó.La relación de pacto entre la Iglesia Episcopal en los Estados Unidos y la Iglesia Episcopal en las Filipinas se mantenía intacta en 2005, pero en lugar de utilizar el subsidio para gastos operativos, el dinero se añadió al Fondo de Donaciones del Centenario, que se estableció en 2001.Para alentar a que las seis diócesis de entonces contribuyeran al fondo, la Iglesia cambió la estructura del fondo. En lugar de consolidar el fondo de donaciones en un “fondo nacional” con dineros que fueran a sostener la Iglesia Episcopal de las Filipinas, la Iglesia dividió el fondo entre las diócesis, utilizó una subvención e ingresos por concepto de alquileres para proporcionar fondos complementarios y le prestó el dinero a las diócesis para inversiones locales, dijo Lalwet.Además de eso, explicó Lalwet, en lugar de depender del subsidio para su presupuesto operativo, la Iglesia buscó apoyo en sus activos existentes y en instituciones; durante el período 2005-2008, con el apoyo del Centro Médico San Lucas en Quezón, se construyeron algunas de las iglesias más bellas de la provincia.En la actualidad, hay más de 120.000 episcopales bautizados que asisten al culto en 400 iglesias de las siete diócesis de la Iglesia Episcopal en las Filipinas que abarca todo el archipiélago en el océano Pacífico.Cooperativas de desarrolloEn los años 60 y 70 [del pasado siglo], cuando la Iglesia comenzó a considerar la autonomía por primera vez, empezó a fundar cooperativas, lo cual resultaba peligroso durante el período de la ley marcial, de 1972 a 1981, puesta en vigor por el presidente Ferdinand Marcos.“Las cooperativas se consideraban subversivas”, dijo Lalwet, añadiendo que la Iglesia, específicamente la Diócesis de Luzón Norte, al frente de la cual estaba el obispo Richard Abellon, que se convertiría en el primer filipino en llegar a Primado [de esa Iglesia]. “El obispo se convirtió en el enemigo público número uno”.A pesar del acoso y de las amenazas que dirigían contra Abellon y otros, la Iglesia continuó fundando cooperativas porque el liderazgo creía que ése era el camino a seguir.SantiagoTras un vuelo de 40 minutos rumbo norte, de Manila a Tuguegarao, más otras dos o tres horas en una furgoneta a lo largo de una calzada de dos carriles que se adentra en los grandes arrozales del país, donde el maíz amarillo para alimento del ganado y el arroz se secan en el estrecho borde de la carretera o en cualquier trozo de pavimento que no se use y que tenga acceso directo a la luz solar, los obispos llegaron a Santiago, donde la inversión local ha definido el éxito de esa diócesis.Los obispos Julio Cesar Holguín, Orlando Guerrero y Luis Ruiz posan con miembros de la cooperativa de San Pedro. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.La Diócesis de Santiago, que anteriormente formaba parte de la Diócesis de Luzón, fue fundada en 2001, y en ese tiempo el 90 por ciento de su sostén provenía de fuera de la diócesis.“Esta diócesis se formó durante los años económicamente más difíciles de nuestra Iglesia, cuando el apoyo de la Iglesia Episcopal empezaba a reducirse, cuando estábamos pasando por [el síndrome de] la abstinencia”, dijo Lalwet. “Esta diócesis sufrió porque era muy dependiente de la Iglesia Episcopal de las Filipinas.No fue fácil, explicó Lalwet, ya que las relaciones, algunas de ellas amistades de mucho tiempo, se pusieron muy tensas como un resultado de la eliminación del subsidio.Sin embargo, al final, la diócesis comenzó la Fundación Episcopal para el Desarrollo de San Marcos, la institución de préstamo que ha acumulado una carpeta de préstamos de $1.900.000 en 10 años, y que, entre otras cosas, ha permitido que los agricultores adquieran 30 hectáreas de tierra. Pero también es la mayor fuente de apoyo para la Diócesis de Santiago, a la que contribuye con $56.000 anuales.Además de visitar la oficina diocesana, donde se informaron acerca de la Fundación de San Marcos y compartieron una comida con el clero y los líderes laicos de las diócesis de Luzón Norte y de Santiago, los obispos visitaron dos cooperativas en muy diferentes etapas de desarrollo.La primera fue la Del Pilar, en Alicia, donde la mayoría de los 3.000 habitantes de la comunidad son agricultores que trabajan manualmente de 1 a 4 hectáreas de tierra con búfalos de agua. La Iglesia en 2002 estableció la Cooperativa de Ahorros y Crédito San Pedro con 15 miembros, los cuales desde entonces han ascendido a 39. La cooperativa le permite a los agricultores negociar mejores precios para las semillas, alquilar un espacio para el secado (el acceso al espacio para secar arroz y maíz es escaso) y ha construido una nave donde los granos pueden almacenarse y venderse según lo dicten los precios del producto. La cooperativa también tiene una finca arrocera de nueve hectáreas.La de San Pedro siguió el patrón de la segunda cooperativa, Misión y Cooperativa para fines múltiples del Espíritu Santo, que se inició en 1995 y que sigue funcionando, explicó el Rdo. Ralph Dampo, que presta servicios como director de la parroquia y administrador de la cooperativa.Dampo, que ha sido entrenado tanto de teología como de administración de empresas con el apoyo de la Iglesia, comenzó la misión con el objetivo simultáneo de mejorar las vidas y la subsistencia económica de los agricultores en la comunidad y la vida de la estación misionera.Después de llevar a cabo la primera evaluación rural: un tasación de la tierra, el número de familias, idiomas, acceso a servicios sociales y educacionales, la cooperativa comenzó con 16 agricultores de subsistencia, cada uno de los cuales contribuyó con un quinto de su ingreso anual, alrededor de 1.000 pesos o $22. “Fue difícil” dijo Dampo.La iglesia del Espíritu Santo fue construida en 2009. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.En la actualidad, la cooperativa tiene más de 100 miembros, 10 empleados regulares, un almacén, un suelo de secado y camiones. Contribuye el 10 por ciento de sus ingresos al fondo parroquial y a otros fondos, paga el 70 por ciento del salario de Dampo, al tiempo que sostiene el ministerio infantil del Espíritu Santo y tiene un programa de alimentación y un ministerio de ayuda y rehabilitación.La primera iglesia se construyó en 1997 y un edificio moderno en 2009. El Espíritu Santo tiene 200 miembros, la mitad de ellos miembros también de la cooperativa, y la asistencia dominical promedio es de 70, dijo Dampo.CotabatoDesde su base en la ciudad de Quezón, los obispos viajaron luego al sur, una hora y media en avión, para llegar a la ciudad de Cotabato donde se reunieron con Danilo Bustamante, obispo de la Diócesis del Sur de Filipinas, visitaron la iglesia de San Francisco y la Cooperativa de Objetivos Múltiples Hillside en Upi, en la provincia de Magindanao en la Región Autónoma del Mindanao Musulmán, donde, por constituir tan sólo el 30 por ciento de la población, los cristianos son la minoría.El grupo también se reunió con el alcalde de Upi, Ramón A. Piang, en su oficina municipal , donde él les dijo que el gobierno local apoya a los líderes religiosos, y que ha instituido paneles cívicos, en los que participan líderes religiosos y de la sociedad civil. Y coordina con ellos sobre programas para la reducción de la pobreza en la provincia donde el 98 por ciento de las personas son campesinas.Ver las cooperativas en acción en las Filipinas le hizo pensar al obispo Orlando Guerrero, de Venezuela, en la plantación de café, de aproximadamente 35 hectáreas, que su diócesis posee en el noreste del país, una plantación que no está produciendo al máximo de su rendimiento. Más que poner a funcionar la plantación con fuerza laboral de la localidad, Guerrero dijo que estaba considerando la creación de una cooperativa y darles parcelas a las familias locales para que las trabajen.La Cooperativa de Objetivos Múltiples Hillside en Upi tiene una plantación de gomeros. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.El gobierno de Venezuela, añadió, trabaja también con organizaciones religiosas para fortalecer a las comunidades, pero que hasta la fecha la Iglesia Episcopal, a diferencia de las iglesias evangélicas y Católico Romana, no se ha aprovechado de esa oportunidad.Las cooperativas también llevaron a pensar al obispo Lloyd Allen, de la diócesis de Honduras, en el modo en que la actual cooperativa de su diócesis podría reestructurarse para proporcionarle a cada uno de los 10 deanatos de Honduras más autoridad local.El programa del Sur de Filipinas en Upi, al igual que en el norte, incluye secado de granos e instalaciones de almacenamiento, pero también una plantación de gomeros y un vivero, este último en asociación con la Diócesis de Olympia en Seattle, Washington, que distribuye semilleros a familias individuales.Se hace camino al andar“Estamos aquí como una sola Iglesia… venimos aquí de América Latina para ver con nuestros propios ojos”, dijo la Rda. Glenda McQueen, funcionaria encargada de asociaciones globales de la Iglesia Episcopal para la América Latina y el Caribe, durante un sermón que predicó en la iglesia de San Francisco en Upi, en la mañana del 28 de septiembre.“Cambiar el rumbo es decirle que sí a la vida, abandonar el pasado, la manera en que se hacían las cosas, y asumir el riesgo del futuro”.McQueen habló acerca de cómo las iglesias anglicanas y episcopales plantaron la simiente que hoy es la Iglesia en las Filipinas, y cómo, al igual que los gomeros, así como injertar una rama de un árbol maduro en un vástago robustece al árbol nuevo y lo hace más resistente a las enfermedades, el que las Filipinas comparta su trayectoria hacia el autosostén económico fortalece a las iglesias latinoamericanas que están en una senda semejante.“Somos ese vástago, y ustedes nos han dado el ejemplo de esa nueva Iglesia que asumió el riesgo”, dijo McQueen, y explicó a los presentes que en América Latina se dice “se hace camino al andar”, lo cual describe la trayectoria que los obispos de la IX Provincia y sus diócesis han emprendido ahora.El avanzar hacia el autosostén en cada diócesis de la IX Provincia requerirá de una persona o de un equipo que supervise el proceso de desarrollo, dijo McQueen posteriormente en una entrevista con ENS.El obispo Danilo Bustamante, de la Diócesis de Filipinas Sur, y la Rda. Glenda McQueen, encargada de asociaciones globales para América Latina y el Caribe, en Cotabato. Foto de Lynette Wilson para ENS.Visitar la Iglesia en las Filipinas le proporcionó a los obispos los principios que sostienen el proceso —“necesitan tener ese cimiento”, dijo ella.Es importante, añadió, que las iglesias latinoamericanas expresen su propia visión de futuro, y que juntas miren lo que tienen como provincia.Reflexionando sobre la visita a la Iglesia de las Filipinas, el obispo de la República Dominicana Julio César Holguín dijo que él creía en el espíritu empresarial del clero y el laicado frente a la falta de apoyo de la Iglesia Episcopal y que el Espíritu les permitía a ellos continuar su [proceso de] desarrollo.“Creo que el liderazgo emprendedor asumido tanto por el clero como por el laicado de la iglesia en Las Filipinas, ha tenido mucho que ver con los logros alcanzados en el aspecto de su sostenibilidad. Cuando los recursos económicos  procedentes de la Sociedad Misionera, la Iglesia Episcopal, dejaron de llegar ellos no se sentaron a lamentarse ni a llorar, sino que elaboraron un plan estratégico viable, que les permitió mantener la continuidad en el desarrollo de la obra misionera que tienen por delante, basada en el empoderamiento y en una buena mayordomía por parte de cada uno de los miembros de la Iglesia. Creo que el modelo de la Iglesia en Las Filipinas, puede servir de gran ayuda e inspiración, para que tanto las diócesis de la IX Provincia, como de otras latitudes de la Comunión Anglicana, nos animemos a lanzarnos a alcanzar la meta de la sostenibilidad, para llevar a cabo con mas eficiencia, la tarea de la Gran Comisión que nuestro Señor Jesucristo nos ha encargado”.– Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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CRA’s need to train to win

first_img Reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! OpinionBy Greg Jackson, Esq.Greg JacksonVery few folks know this, but many moons ago, while in graduate school, I competed as a super-heavyweight in Tae Kwon Do tournaments. My last competition was actually in Central Florida where I won a gold medal for my division and also suffered what I later learned was a “career” ending foot fracture in the first round of a three-round bout. After a tough second round, my coach told me quite frankly that I had to win the last round because at that moment the fight was tied and I was losing momentum. The one thing I appreciated about my coach was that he did not mince words. If you were up in a bout he would tell you and if you were losing he would tell you; no fluff with him at all. His honest assessments helped me to become a better student while training, which helped me to overcome adversity if I found myself behind in a match.Similarly, as an avid boxing fan, I have seen some trainers who give their fighters true assessments of what is taking place in the ring during the fight so that necessary adjustments can be made to win. But, I have also seen some trainers, not wanting to get their fighters too excited or desperate, avoid telling their fighters to pick up the pace because they were falling behind. In the case of the former situation, most times the boxer wins a controversial decision or will lose (e.g., de la Hoya-Trinidad 1999 super fight).Such is the case for the Apopka Community Redevelopment Agency (“CRA”), as well as other CRA’s across the state. For over a decade CRA’s have been facing increased scrutiny and the fight is heating up even more with the legislature, as well as in various courts of public opinion. At this point, the “trainer” for Florida CRA’s is in the corner telling them that they are winning the fight and have nothing to worry about. When in fact, CRA’s are taking unnecessary headshots and body-blows (i.e., scrutiny for not following the intent of the Community Redevelopment Act) as they lay back on the ropes in a defensive stance thinking they have this battle won.The truth of the matter is this: CRA’s were established by the legislature to address the unfortunate effects of “slum” and “blight” in certain underserved communities. For those that have forgotten or just do not know, “slum” and “blight” results in poor living conditions, a depressed economic base, increase in crime and substandard health conditions, both mental and physical. The primary strategy contemplated by the legislature was for municipalities to focus on addressing affordable housing shortages, as well as public safety and health concerns. While business development was and should be a consideration for CRA’s, it was not the primary focus, as some CRA’s have been led to believe. The CRA “trainer” has convinced its fighters that they are winning the fight by taking the easy route with a focus on business development and streetscape projects. However, the “judges” scoring the fight (i.e., the legislature, citizens, watchdog groups, etc.) believe that CRA’s are throwing ineffective punches and not addressing the most pressing needs with the most effective strategy. The “judges” of the skirmish want to see CRA’s fighting on the inside (i.e., addressing concerns with affordable housing, public safety, and health) and stand toe-to-toe with the tough community issues. This is particularly that case since a municipality’s general funds, other special taxing districts or designated funds (i.e., downtown development, TDT, etc.) should be utilized to address the “business development” projects as a separate overlay.The great thing about the situation CRA’s have found themselves in is that it is not too late to put a winning strategy together to get the “judges” on their side. Even if CRA’s opt to remain with their old trainer for the sake of comfort, like most next-level fighters, they can bring in a co- trainer or strength coach to help them focus their efforts on hitting harder to become more effective throughout the fight to address “slum” and “blighted” conditions in underserved communities. CRA’s were established to champion communities that have few other options or resources to facilitate life-changing opportunities for those who live within their boundaries. There is a lot more that can be accomplished by CRA’s if they focus on their intent of “redevelopment” and move away from their now perceived primary intent of financing business development – in my humble opinion.Greg Jackson is a past Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida, military veteran, current Orange County District 2 Representative on the Board of Zoning Adjustments, and General Counsel for the Community Redevelopment Agency. He has been as an active member of the Central Florida community for nearly 20 years. He was most recently a candidate for the Florida House District 45 seat. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply 1 COMMENT March 13, 2017 at 3:19 pmcenter_img Great post! TAGSGreg Jackson Previous article680,000 Oball Rattles recalledNext articleBreaking News: City issues Cease Discharge Order to Anuvia Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! 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Gas prices remain low as two storms target the gulf coast

first_imgSundaySaturdayWeek AgoMonth AgoOne Year AgoRecord High Central Florida gas prices are averaging $2.01/gallon, one of the lowest areas in the stateFrom AAAFlorida gas prices continue to drift lower, even as two tropical systems move toward the gulf coast. The state average price for gasoline is $2.07 per gallon, yet drivers in some Florida cities are finding prices below $2 a gallon.Nearly half of the refining capacity in the United States is located along the Gulf of Mexico, predominantly along the Texas and Louisiana coastlines. Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura are both forecast to make landfall in Louisiana in the coming days. Nearly a dozen oil refineries near New Orleans are in the hurricane warning area.“The potential for a price hike is always there, when a hurricane threatens the gulf coast refinery region,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “So far, oil and gasoline futures prices have remained low, likely because Marco and Laura are not forecast to reach major hurricane status. Either way, incremental increases are possible if these storms cause damage resulting in long-term impacts to oil rigs, refineries or the fuel supply chain as a whole.”Florida’s average price for gasoline has declined for 3-consecutive weeks. Sunday’s state average of $2.07 is 2 cents less than a week ago, and 31 cents less than this time last year.Florida drivers are paying 8 cents per gallon less than the highest price this summer, and nearly 50 cents less than the highest price of 2020.Regional PricesMost expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach ($2.20), Tallahassee ($2.18), Gainesville ($2.18)Least expensive metro markets – Punta Gorda ($1.96), Orlando ($2.01), Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater ($2.02)Find Florida Gas PricesDaily gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.com State and metro averages can be found here Florida$2.073$2.075$2.092$2.067$2.384$4.08   (7/17/2008) AAA GAS PRICE AVERAGES(Price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline) The Anatomy of Fear Click here to view current gasoline price averages National$2.189$2.189$2.178$2.187$2.602$4.11   (7/17/2008) Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSAAAGas Prices Previous articleHow Did These 3 Sporting Legends Find SuccessNext articleWhat’s powering Apple’s $2T valuation, and where it’s headed Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Georgia$1.995 $1.994$1.983$2.008$2.434$4.16   (9/15/2008) Gas Price Survey MethodologyAAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 130,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name herelast_img read more

The Graphic Designer’s House / Architecture Uncomfortable Work…

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/879248/the-graphic-designers-house-architecture-uncomfortable-workshop Clipboard The Graphic Designer’s House / Architecture Uncomfortable WorkshopSave this projectSaveThe Graphic Designer’s House / Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/879248/the-graphic-designers-house-architecture-uncomfortable-workshop Clipboard CopyHouses•Nagykovácsi, Hungary “COPY” Manufacturers: Auro, ROCKWOOL, Adax Save this picture!© Andras ZoltaiRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. This wood-frame house in Nagykovácsi, not far from the capital, was designed for a young graphic designer. As the client, she expressed her needs clearly and took an active part in the design and construction process, which came to incorporate the proportions of her design universe. The house’s mid-sized plot is at the foot of the Zsíros-hegy hill, bordered by a narrow and relatively deep wooded ravine to the north.Save this picture!DrawingTwenty years ago, this area was still all holiday homes, but today family homes of various shapes and sizes are springing up all around. At first sight against that background, the wooden house overlooking the ravine sticks out of the streetscape, as if it were the first representative of some strange, hitherto unknown local architecture.Save this picture!© Andras ZoltaiThe shape of the roof, supported on the two longer sides, resembles that of wooden houses in Austria, but the building is far smaller in its proportions. The house’s tripartite division played an important role in the design concept. This is manifested in the increasing calm of each level’s function as you move up through the house. The ground floor contains the living room, kitchen, and bathroom; the first floor the bedroom and study; while the “tower” is a contemplation space.Save this picture!© Andras ZoltaiSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Andras ZoltaiWe’ve concentrated the primary functions of the house on the ground floor (kitchen, dining room, bathroom, living room, storage), while on the first floor, we’ve created a large continuous space for sleeping and working. This space, which can be subdivided into smaller rooms if needed, looks directly out at the trees of the ravine to the north through a large triangular window.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!Upper Floor PlanStanding in this space, you feel as if the whole house were constructed with this view in mind. The house, however, presents a more traditional aspect on its street-front side. The “tower” on the third floor, accessible by a ladder, is a space for contemplation. The pierced joists and the tower’s windows make for easy circulation of air in the wooden house.Save this picture!© Andras ZoltaiThe goal with the materials of both the internal and external cladding was to maintain a natural look. For instance, the owner will only oil the external red pine cladding after the wood has dried and grayed. Overall, it’s the individual solutions and unusual use of materials that make this architecturally apparently traditional building contemporary.Project gallerySee allShow lessEduardo Souto de Moura: Most Projects Don’t Give Me PleasureArchitecture NewsEL MAMA & LA PAPA Bar Restaurant / El Equipo CreativoSelected Projects Share Projects Houses ArchDaily Hungary Save this picture!© Andras Zoltai+ 29 Share Year:  2017 Photographs Area:  100 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Andras Zoltai Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project The Graphic Designer’s House / Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop Denes Emil Ghyczy , Lukacs Szederkenyi Lead Architects: Architects: Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” CopyAbout this officeArchitecture Uncomfortable WorkshopOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesNagykovácsiHungaryPublished on September 08, 2017Cite: “The Graphic Designer’s House / Architecture Uncomfortable Workshop” 08 Sep 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerFittingsSaliceStorage Accessories – Excessories, Pull- outArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsEmuSeating System – TamiMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

House Flora / Jan Kinsbergen

first_imgArchDaily Architects: Jan Kinsbergen Area Area of this architecture project Houses Photographs House Flora / Jan Kinsbergen 2016 Area:  90 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” House Flora / Jan KinsbergenSave this projectSaveHouse Flora / Jan KinsbergenSave this picture!© Georg Aerni+ 12Curated by Paula Pintos Share Lead Architects: “COPY” Year:  CopyHouses, Extension•Seelisberg, Switzerland ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/955402/house-flora-jan-kinsbergen Clipboard Projects Switzerland Jan Kinsbergen ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/955402/house-flora-jan-kinsbergen Clipboard Structure Engineer:Dr. Joseph SchwartzCity:SeelisbergCountry:SwitzerlandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Georg AerniRecommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – BackPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BuildDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20DoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaText description provided by the architects. The spatial idea emerged from a comment the client made: it should be something light, something with columns.Save this picture!© Georg AerniSave this picture!SectionThe first model – a small cardboard model – had two columns: one in the middle of the façade, the other one on an angle inclined towards the existing building. With this model in my hands, I visited the engineer, Dr. Joseph Schwartz, at the ETH. We both agreed, that two columns were too many.Save this picture!© Georg AerniOne would be enough – no, even better – half a column! Like this, a house with half a column has been developed in Seelisberg, Switzerland. Save this picture!© Georg AerniProject gallerySee allShow less65 Degree Group Housing / Bertola architectureSelected ProjectsPaper Roof Reception Center / Powerhouse CompanySelected Projects Share Photographs:  Georg Aerni, Rasmus Norlander CopyAbout this officeJan KinsbergenOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionOn FacebookSeelisbergSwitzerlandPublished on January 24, 2021Cite: “House Flora / Jan Kinsbergen” 24 Jan 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteCupa PizarrasVentilated Facade – CUPACLAD UprightGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60ConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Copper FinishesStonesFranken-SchotterWall Covering & CladdingWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusSwingsStudio StirlingHanging Chair – BasketWallcovering / CladdingArrigoni WoodsWood Cladding – AcousticMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?瑞士半柱宅 / Jan Kinsbergen是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Under 25s volunteer more than older age groups, GoFundMe finds

first_imgUnder 25s volunteer more than older age groups, GoFundMe finds AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 Tagged with: Volunteering Youth “From March for Our Lives, to campaigns to fight climate change or social injustice, we are increasingly seeing young people using GoFundMe to take action to solve the problems they see in the world around them. Combined with the huge amount of work the Scouts do to inspire young people to get involved in their local community, this exciting new partnership aims to inspire and empower the next generation of fundraisers and activists.”  296 total views,  2 views today 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.center_img  297 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis28 Melanie May | 15 April 2019 | News Two-fifths of people aged 16-24 volunteer twice a month – double that of any other age group, according to research by GoFundMe.The research follows GoFundMe’s announcement in March this year of a new partnership with the Scout Association, in which it is supporting the Fundraising badge and providing tips and resources to help Scout groups create successful fundraising campaigns and share them online.Compared to the 41% of 16-24 year olds, GoFundMe’s research found that only 19% of other age groups volunteered time to help charities or good causes in their communities, with three fifths (61%) of people over the age of 55 saying that they never volunteered time for charities compared to a quarter (25%) of those under 25.The research also found that younger people were more likely to believe that taking social action such as going on marches or signing petitions can have a real impact on the world. More than half (52%) of 16-24 year olds believed such actions can have an effect compared to a third (31%) of other age groups.Previous research by the Scout Association has also shown that young people involved in Scouting are more likely to take an active role in society than their non-Scout peers, with on average, Scouts undertaking fifty-four more hours a year of community activity than those who are not members. This research also revealed that 78% of those asked said that because of Scouting they were more likely to help out in their local area and feel a greater responsibility to their local community.The findings come at a time when movements such as Youth Strike 4 Climate and #FridaysForFuture are gaining ground across the globe, and also follows a recent report by the University of Kent, Centre for Philanthropy and Canterbury Christ Church University on children’s perceptions of charity, which showed that in the eyes of young children, supporting charities is about everyday behaviour as well as giving money.Simon Carter, Assistant Director for the Scout Association, said:“Equipping young people with skills for life is at the heart of what we do in Scouting. Our aim is to help young people develop a strong sense of belonging to their local community and wider society and to encourage them to take an active role and helping other people. The partnership with GoFundMe will play an important role in helping young people raise money for causes they believe in, in the most cost effective way possible.”Helen Dagley, Head of PR and Partnerships at GoFundMe, said: Advertisementlast_img read more

Hard exit from EU raises stakes for workers in Britain and Ireland

first_imgThe process of Britain leaving the European Union, called Brexit, is producing a major spasm in world capitalism’s current crisis. What is yet to be decided is how Britain will leave. The choices are either “soft,” which would involve maintaining some formal links, or “hard,” with rigorous checks of people and goods at all border crossings and no agreement as yet on custom duties. This may have the biggest impact on the Republic of Ireland.A 2018 protest outside Parliament in London to protect rights of EU workers post-Brexit.Role of EUThe European Union is a free trade zone. That means that goods can go from one member state to another without tariffs. It is also a single market. This allows both the free flow of capital and “the free flow of labor” for its members.An unelected bureaucracy based in Brussels makes economic decisions that affect the entire EU. This bureaucracy serves European finance capital, especially the banks based in Germany, France and Britain. EU rules can impose wage austerity and budget cuts, dismantle social protections and insist on deregulation — without input from the people these changes would seriously affect. This has been most obvious with its treatment of Greece over the last five years. The British ruling class doesn’t need the EU bureaucracy to impose its own austerity rules on the workers inside its territory. These have reduced the standard of living for large sectors of the working class in Britain. On the other hand, sectors of the British ruling class undoubtedly resent Germany’s dominance of the EU. But with Brexit, British capitalists will face a disruption of trade and capital flows after 40 years of integration in the EU.It is in the interest of the European bourgeoisie to maintain the EU as a common market for two main purposes: so it can compete more effectively with U.S. imperialism and with China, and so it can increase the exploitation of European workers. Thus, the EU bureaucracy has reason to make Britain pay for disrupting and weakening the EU, and to discourage exits by other countries.All the major political parties in the British Parliament appear to have three factions contending inside them: “the hard leavers,” “the soft leavers” and “the remainers.” These contending factions have prevented the current Tory government from arriving at a position with majority support. In addition, the government in London rules England, Scotland, Wales and the northeast of Ireland. Scotland voted by 62 percent to remain in the EU.  In Ireland’s northern six counties, the vote to remain was 56 percent.The overall vote in the 2016 referendum was just 52 percent for leaving. Right-wing politicians like Boris Johnson waged a xenophobic and racist campaign against all immigrants — as well as blaming the EU for the decline in living standards of British workers — which led to the Brexit vote. There has been some talk about a second referendum, but this seems unlikely. Prime Minister Theresa May has repeatedly said she will have a plan by the March 29 deadline and Britain will indeed leave.Impact on IrelandA hard exit will create a big problem for the Republic of Ireland, which remains in the EU. Ireland has a land border with the six counties. Since the Belfast Agreement of 1998, goods and people have flowed across the border unimpeded. According to the Jan. 15 Irish Times, there are 120 official border crossings on the eastern border of the EU, from the most northerly tip of Norway to the Black Sea in the southeast, about 3,720 miles. An official border crossing is one with immigration and customs control.But the Irish border, which has existed only since the Republic of Ireland won its freedom in 1922, has 208 official road crossings along 310 miles.  Economists estimate the Irish economy will contract by 5 to 10 percent.  Markets will be lost. Farmers will have trouble selling their products on the other side of the border. Workers in the Irish fishing industry may have to pay duty on fish caught in British waters. Workers who live in the Republic but work in the six counties, or vice versa, may have to move or lose their jobs. If a hard border is put in place, with soldiers, customs officers and identification checks, not only would it anger millions of Irish people who vehemently oppose British occupation. It could have other repercussions, such as the harassment and possible detention of immigrants and refugees at checkpoints. And it could pose obstacles to women traveling from the north — where abortion is outlawed — to the Irish Republic to obtain the procedure legally.Impact on workersBritain’s economy is far more threatened by the consequences of Brexit than that in any other EU country. If May can’t get a deal with the EU, projections show that the British gross domestic product would fall by 9.3 percent and housing prices by 30 percent. (New York Times, Feb. 7)Some of the 3 million workers in England with passports from other EU member countries — especially the most skilled in health care and construction — have been leaving. Though the regulations are yet to be set, most non-British EU citizens working in England expect hassles. Since the Brexit vote, wages in the hospitality, restaurant, construction and finance sectors of the English economy where foreign workers were frequently hired — have been increasing for new hires. Prime Minister May has promised that any worker currently in England will be allowed to stay. However, members of the “hard leavers” faction in the Conservative Party have challenged her on this point. A report in the Sept. 19 Guardian claimed that 7 out of 10 non-British EU workers would lose their right to work in Britain after Brexit.Trade disruptions will have negative consequences in the various European countries that are major partners of Great Britain. A drop in remittances from workers who must leave Britain will harm the economies especially of the eastern European countries which have had many citizens working there.For example, the million Polish workers in Britain sent home over $1 billion in 2017. Eight percent of Lithuania’s workers live in England. Workers even from France and Germany sent home a bit more than Polish workers.It is unclear what will happen to the approximately 1 million British workers in continental Europe. Kathy Durkin also contributed to this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

DRC: RSF calls for the release of five journalists arrested today in Kinshasa

first_img Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders RSF_en to go further Organisation Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of five journalists who were arrested arbitrarily early this morning in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, in connection with their investigative report on alleged corruption within the police. February 16, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression News According to the information obtained by RSF, the five journalists – Octave Mukendi, Bruce Landu, Roddy Bosakwa, Dan Luyila and Laurent Omba – were arrested between 5 and 6 a.m. at the offices of AfricaNews, the tri-weekly they work for, and have been held ever since at the headquarters of the national police intelligence department. AfricaNews, which is widely read in the capital, reported on 12 October that the police internal affairs department had begun investigating the alleged misappropriation of food at a police training academy.“It is unbelievable and very disturbing that the police have arrested journalists who revealed that a police investigation was being conducted into alleged misappropriation,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “These journalists just did their job by informing the public that an investigation was under way. They have no place being detained and must be released at once.”When reached by RSF, AfricaNews editor Achille Kadima said: “I am in hiding like the ten other journalists and employees who were not at the newspaper this morning.” He said several policemen had previously gone to the newspaper’s offices shortly after the article’s publication. As a result, he had written to the head of the police internal affairs department requesting an investigation to identify those responsible for this “policy of intimidation typical of a bygone era.”RSF telephoned Gen. Raus Chalwe, the head of the police internal affairs department, to report its concern. RSF also reached Gen. Célestin Kanyama, the officer in charge of police academies in the DRC, who was reportedly questioned in the course of the investigation revealed by AfricaNews. He told RSF he knew nothing of the arrests and that, “they do not fall within my remit.”The DRC is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. center_img Crédit : africanewsrdc.com News Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian February 24, 2021 Find out more Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression October 19, 2018 DRC: RSF calls for the release of five journalists arrested today in Kinshasa Help by sharing this information News News February 18, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Lunar astronaut set for Limerick visit

first_imgNewsLunar astronaut set for Limerick visitBy Editor – September 6, 2014 840 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads WhatsApp Apollo 15 astronaut Al WordenSpace enthusiasts from all over Ireland and the UK are set to descend on Limerick to get a rare audience with one of just 24 people to have flown to the moon.Al Worden, who was one of 19 astronauts selected by NASA in 1966, served as a command module pilot for the historic Apollo 15 (July 26 – August 7, 1971), and is seen very much as one of the icons of space travel.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up His visit to Ireland for a lecture at LIT on Tuesday, September 16 and a dinner at the University of Limerick Pavilion on September 17, is all down to Limerick space fanatic, Paul Ryan from Ballybricken, who established contact with the astronaut and persuaded him to visit Limerick.He explained that he had a double motivation for getting Worden to come to Ireland: his life-long fascination with space, combined with it being the top item on a bucket list he devised after having two cardiac incidents at the age of 37.“I have had a fascination with space since I was a young boy and dreamed then of becoming an astronaut but that never happened, of course. I did get to live in the States later on and went to the NASA locations so they were huge moments.“The real trigger for doing this, however, was I had two cardiac incidents four years ago and our second child was born at that time also. I had my own brush with destiny, as it were, and I just thought what is my legacy? I was literally sitting in my hospital bed thinking what am I leaving behind? What have I done that is truly different?“People ask me why, if I was going to do something like this would I not bring it to Dublin, but a lot of big events happen in Dublin and here on the western half of the country there’s not much opportunity to go to something like this. Apart from that, Ireland has strong links in the area of space and astronomy.“There’s magical stuff going on in LIT over recent years as it had an experiment on the last Space Shuttle mission and has another going to the International Space Station shortly so Al will be well at home there. Shannon Airport was a designated emergency airport for the Space Shuttle programme so I’m delighted he’s arriving in through there.“Our history goes back much further as people interested in the galaxies flocked to Birr Castle from all over the world between 1845 and 1914 when it had the largest telescope in the world and it is still today a huge visitor attraction.“Al Worden is a huge name. He is for space enthusiasts what perhaps David Attenborough is for nature lovers. Indeed, space exploration doesn’t have to be your interest at all because he has a captivating human story to tell. The way I look at it is I am not huge into golf but if Jack Nicklaus came to Limerick to do a speech, I would really want to be there for it, just to hear someone who has done something exceptional in his life.”The newly formed Shannon Group plc is supporting the event and Patrick Edmond, Managing Director of one of the one of its business units, the International Aviation Services Centre, said that in their own individual ways Al Worden and Paul Ryan are examples to us all.“Al Worden and others across space exploration have shown there are really no limits to what mankind can achieve and that is something we can all take inspiration from. Similarly, Paul Ryan has also showed that you can really achieve pretty much anything you put your mind to. He is a man who had his own dream, to bring a world-famous astronaut to Limerick and just went out and did it so he deserves huge congratulations on that.“It’s a huge opportunity for people across the country and beyond to listen to an icon of space travel and we are delighted to be supporting Paul in this amazing endeavour.”Al Worden will fly into Shannon Airport on the afternoon of Monday, September 15 to wind up a European tour of talks in Limerick. The LIT lecture costs €25 for adults and €15 for children, with the Pavilion UL dinner event €60 per person.Tickets can be booked through the LIT Millennium Theatre for the lecture and Eventbrite for the dinner event. 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