Letshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw) 2010 Abridged Report

first_imgLetshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2010 abridged results.For more information about Letshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Letshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Letshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw)  2010 abridged results.Company ProfileLetshego Financial Services Botswana is regulated financial services institution that offers products and solutions for the low- to middle-income sector in Botswana. The company was established in 1998 as Micro Provident Botswana Limited but now operates as a member of the Letshego Group. Letshego Financial Services Botswana is primarily focused on providing financial solutions to individuals who are formally employed by the government of Botswana, parastatals and the private sector. A subsidiary division offers microfinance and savings solutions to individuals generating income in the informal sector. Letshego Financial Services Botswana is able to cater to both sectors by providing simple, appropriate and accessible solutions that are competitively priced. The company was able to diversify its offering through the acquisition of Micro Africa Limited in East Africa, allowing it to provide loans to micro and small enterprises, collective groups and low- to middle-class earners. The company has a presence in 11 countries across southern, east and west Africa; Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.last_img read more

Clydestone (Ghana) Limited (CLYD.gh) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgClydestone (Ghana) Limited (CLYD.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Clydestone (Ghana) Limited (CLYD.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Clydestone (Ghana) Limited (CLYD.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Clydestone (Ghana) Limited (CLYD.gh)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileClydestone (Ghana) Limited is a global information and communications technology company with offices in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya. The company uses cutting-edge innovations to provide information technology solutions for financial institutions involved in financial document processing, remittance processing and transaction switching. Its product range encompasses: G-Switch, an electronic payment platform; G-Secure, a card authentication programme; Remita, modular system for e-payments; UnionPay Processor; automated check clearing; ATM and cash processing; multi-vendor ATM software solutions and multi-factor authentication. Clydestone is a Principle Acquiring Member of UnionPay International and offers acquiring services to 19 banks in Africa and provides check truncation systems to 12 leading banks in Ghana. Clydestone (Ghana) Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Executive Council moves toward lay-clergy pension parity for members of…

first_img Featured Jobs & Calls Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Collierville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Members of Executive Council’s Joint Standing Committee on Finance June 13 sing a song they wrote to the tune of “There is a balm in Gilead.” The song, “Is there a pledge in Baltimore,” urged members to participate in The Episcopal Church’s Annual Appeal. Photo: Screenshot from video by Frank Logue[Episcopal News Service – Linthicum Heights, Maryland] Acknowledging that true “benefit equivalence” is unlikely, The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council decided June 13 to take two concrete steps to get closer to parity in pension benefits for its lay and clergy employees.The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, or DFMS (the church’s legal and corporate entity), will increase its base contribution to the Church Pension Fund’s defined contribution plan for lay employees from 5 percent of salary to 8 percent. If employees contribute the maximum 4 percent to receive the maximum matching employer contribution, the increase will essentially equal the 12.25 percent of salary contributed for clergy staff. The decision applies to approximately 114 lay employees.The task force that recommended the move found that, of the 18 percent contribution that Episcopal employers are canonically required to make for each clerical employee, 12.4 percent goes toward the clergy defined benefit plan. Of the remainder, 3.3 percent covers disability, death and maternity benefits; 2 percent goes to retiree medical insurance costs; and 0.3 percent is for life insurance for active clergy. Clergy are not allowed to contribute to the plan.Council also agreed to pay for the Medicare supplement insurance premium for spouses of retired lay employees with at least 10 years of service. That move will mirror the benefit provided for clergy retirees. Currently, 51 lay employees meet that threshold and 34 of them have spouses, according to the report the task force sent to council.The decision applies only to lay employees of the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society; it does not pertain to diocesan or congregational lay employees.The Rev. Mally Lloyd, council member from the Diocese of Massachusetts who chairs the council’s finance committee, describes the lay pension parity resolution. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News ServiceThe changes are effective July 1. For a full triennium, increasing the pension contribution will cost $1 million and the Medicare supplement premium decision will cost $500,000. The task force also considered but did not recommend increasing the post-retirement death benefit for lay spouses from $10,000 to match the $50,000 provided to clergy spouses. That increase would have cost an additional $550,000.Money to cover the remainder of this triennium’s payment will be drawn from a $2.6 million fund in the DFMS’s short-term reserves designated for lay employee benefit-related expenses. The $1.5 million plus any inflation expense will need to be built into subsequent triennial budgets.The task force told council in its report that, while “benefit equivalence is unlikely to be achieved between a defined benefit (clergy) plan and a defined contribution (lay) plan,” it decided to focus on making pension contributions more equal. The Church Pension Fund board told General Convention in 2018 that most Episcopal Church employers have chosen to enroll their eligible lay employees in its Lay Defined Contribution Plan; only about 11.6 percent of eligible lay employees participate in the Lay Defined Benefit Plan.“This is a good example for dioceses because while it does not mandate it for the dioceses, lots of dioceses will say, ‘Oh, well, the [DFMS] is only doing x percent, we only need to do that,’” said council member Diane Pollard. “This could be an incentive to places that are doing five percent.”While no one spoke against the proposal during council’s plenary session on June 13, some members of council’s Joint Standing Committee on Finance expressed concern about the impact of such a model during the committee’s discussion earlier in the meeting.“If this is to be a model that we hope to perpetuate on the rest of the church, this is going to kill parishes,” warned the Rev. Mally Lloyd, council member from the Diocese of Massachusetts who chairs the committee and joined the group in unanimously agreeing to forward the proposal to the full council.The Rev. Anne E. Kitch of the Diocese of Newark told her committee colleagues that if they want to support parishes they must acknowledge that the discussion is about parity and privilege, and “the way to fix it would be to lower what clergy get.”Lloyd also warned that when the 2022-2024 budget is presented to the next meeting of General Convention in July 2021, the $1.5 million decision “will have major impact on program or staffing, or something.” Convention might have to require dioceses to pay more money into the churchwide budget, she said. On the other hand, she added, the market might go up, which would increase the church’s income.Diocese of North Carolina Bishop Suffragan Anne Hodges-Copple said the pension decision is consistent with the values of equity implicit in the Jesus Movement. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said during the committee discussion that he hoped the next budget process could remember the lens that Hodges-Copple described.Also on the agenda of the final plenary session, Executive Council:* heard from the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and stewardship of creation, that council members will soon be the first Episcopal Church leaders to receive a survey and thus engage in a new effort aimed at “speaking the truth about our church and face.” The online survey will look at the racial, cultural and ethnic makeup of various leadership bodies in The Episcopal Church. Council members will be asked about their racial and cultural identities, as well as where they saw race playing a factor in their election and in their time on the council, she said.The survey will eventually go the members of the House of Bishops and the House of Deputies, as well as cathedral deans and the leadership in three dioceses in each of the church’s nine provinces. The data collection, along with interviews with selected people who have answered the survey, will take a year, Spellers said.“By the time we get to the next General Convention, we will truly have a comprehensive picture of race in our church, where we have fallen short, where we have moved forward,” she said.* passed two resolutions setting vaccination standards for Episcopal institutions and events, and “recognizing no claim of theological or religious exemption from vaccination” for church members while reiterating the spirit of General Convention policies that “Episcopalians should seek the counsel of experienced medical professionals, scientific research, and epidemiological evidence” when making decisions about vaccinations.A summary of all resolutions council passed at this meeting is here.The Executive Council carries out the programs and policies adopted by the General Convention, according to Canon I.4 (1). The council comprises 38 members – 20 (four bishops, four priests or deacons and 12 laypeople) elected by General Convention and 18 (one clergy and one lay) by the nine provincial synods for six-year terms – plus the presiding bishop and the president of the House of Deputies. In addition, the vice president of the House of Deputies, secretary, chief operating officer, treasurer and chief financial officer have a seat and voice but no vote.Complete ENS coverage of the meeting is here.Some council members tweeted from the meeting using #ExCoun.The June 10-13 meeting took place at the Maritime Institute Conference Center outside Baltimore. Council convenes again Oct. 18-21 in Montgomery, Alabama.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. Rector Hopkinsville, KY center_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Executive Council moves toward lay-clergy pension parity for members of churchwide staff Decision could be model for dioceses and congregations Rector Albany, NY Executive Council, Press Release Service Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Executive Council June 2019, Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit a Press Release Tags Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA President of the House of Deputies, Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jun 13, 2019 Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK last_img read more

Apopka’s biggest story of 2017: A clear favorite emerges

first_img Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your comment! It was a noteworthy year in Apopka. A mayor’s race began. An iconic commissioner announced his retirement. Florida Hospital Apopka began a new era.But which was the biggest story in Apopka in 2017?The readers have decided.For the past week, 453 readers of The Apopka Voice voted on the story that most captured the hearts and minds of the Apopka community. We started with 24 re-published stories at the end of December, but cut that list to 11 that stood out in reader interest, Facebook likes and website comments. Among those 11, we asked the readers to vote and decide on the winner, and one story was the overwhelming favorite.Here are the top five results:The New Errol project advances in the City Council 264 votes (58%)Florida Hospital Apopka begins a new era 63 votes (14%)The race for Apopka Mayor begins 36 votes (8%)John Land is a giant in the Apopka community 33 votes (7%)Richard Anderson agrees to plea deal 33 votes (7%)Later today we will re-publish the New Errol article in its entirety and we will also include supporting articles related to the New Errol project leading up to the historic City Council vote. Thanks for your interest in the “Apopka’s Biggest Story in 2017” poll, and thanks to the 453 readers who voted, and the thousands of you who read at least one of the articles leading up to the poll. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSBiggest stories of 2017 Previous articleOrange County assistance to Hurricane Maria survivors: By the numbersNext articleApopka’s Biggest Story of 2017: City Council advances New Errol to the next stage Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herelast_img read more

Ibinamoa House / Patricia Troster Rodrigues Alves

first_img Brazil “COPY” Save this picture!© Henry Nakayama+ 20Curated by Matheus Pereira Share Architects: Patricia Troster Rodrigues Alves Area Area of this architecture project Ibinamoa House / Patricia Troster Rodrigues Alves ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/934783/ibinamoa-house-patricia-troster-rodrigues-alves Clipboard Photographs:  Henry Nakayama Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ArchDaily “COPY” CopyAbout this officePatricia Troster Rodrigues AlvesOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesResidential ArchitecturePiracaiaBrazilPublished on March 03, 2020Cite: “Ibinamoa House / Patricia Troster Rodrigues Alves” [Casa Ibinamoa / Patricia Troster Rodrigues Alves] 03 Mar 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore 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 stream Ibinamoa House / Patricia Troster Rodrigues AlvesSave this projectSaveIbinamoa House / Patricia Troster Rodrigues Alvescenter_img Manufacturers: Alexandre Brito, Ecoconcreto, Fibravan, Jmar, Lajes Paulista, Marcenaria Sadi, Marmoraria Capuava, Pauliter, Pedras BandeirantesArchitect In Charge:Patricia Troster Rodrigues AlvesEngineering:José Eduardo Machado Bueno/ SolfixBuilder:Milton Aparecido da SilvaCity:PiracaiaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Henry NakayamaRecommended ProductsWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82DoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorText description provided by the architects. Ibinamoa, in Tupi Guarani, means ‘the place of the stranger’. The client, indeed, is a native of Scotland, and one with a particular attachment to his collection of books. The project was therefore inspired to design a floor-to-ceiling library to lead from the upper terrace to his office, which affords a breath-taking view of the Mantiqueira mountain range.Save this picture!© Henry NakayamaSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Henry NakayamaAs if challenging the concrete structure, we opted for a lightness of form, which gives the impression that the house has just touched down on the ground and is adjusting to its topography. We wanted a house that would both welcome guests inside and maximise the view outside. Its form is longitudinal with a vast expanse of glass, and the surrounding terraces render the interior-exterior boundaries fluid. Save this picture!© Henry NakayamaThe design allows direct access to the garden from the two levels of the house. Inside, the simplicity of the materials is enhanced by the exposed concrete. The free-floating stairway pursues the same ideal of celebrating, at the same time, mass and airiness.Save this picture!© Henry NakayamaProject gallerySee allShow lessTallinn Architecture Biennale 2021 Curatorial CompetitionIdeasSpace Saloon and Designers on Holiday Announce New Design Festival in CaliforniaArticles Share Projects Year:  Area:  6168 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/934783/ibinamoa-house-patricia-troster-rodrigues-alves Clipboard Photographs 2018 CopyHouses•Piracaia, Brazillast_img read more

Good Sport to offer fundraising event and participant support service

first_img Anstey said: “The charity sports event market has become increasingly saturated, making it harder for charities to attract and retain committed sports supporters. Good Sport has taken lessons from the commercial sports sector and face-to-face fundraising techniques to develop an integrated fundraising and physical training support service which helps charities to meet this challenge.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fundraising consultant Valerie Morton and corporate responsibility specialist Manny Amadi are non-executive directors of Good Sport. Morton said: “I’m delighted to support Good Sport because it offers an innovative new approach to helping charities significantly boost their sports fundraising as well as strengthen their corporate partnerships”. Howard Lake | 24 June 2013 | News Good Sport to offer fundraising event and participant support service Anstey is a former director of Limelight Sports, the company behind the Sport Relief Mile, Swimathon and the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon events.  24 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The company also offers an event co-creation service which “harnesses the creativity and work-place skills of the employees of corporate partners to develop and deliver a sports challenge event”. 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. Good Sport, which launches at next week’s Institute of Fundraising National Convention, is a sports fundraising service that aims to help charities maximise their income from events by focusing on supporting and motivating the individual runners and participants.Focusing on the employees of a charity’s corporate partners, Good Sport offers a face-to-face service which combines physical training, motivation and goal-setting, with fundraising advice for those taking part in sports challenge events. Charity clients already include Guide Dogs and Princess Alice Hospice. Good Sport’s Managing Director, Andy Anstey, believes that the service, which is offered on a payment by results basis, will give participants a better chance of completing their sports challenge and raising more money for the chosen charity. Advertisementlast_img read more

CHASE 2016 gets underway in London

first_imgCHASE 2016 gets underway in London AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4  112 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Today is the first day of CHASE, the two-day annual event for charity, association and membership professionals, held at the Business Design Centre in London.CHASE features over 50 seminars covering a range of fundraising, technology, marketing, membership, governance, legal and financial issues. The event is free to attend for registered charities and associations.Seminars include:How to get started with your Fundraising Strategy and Plan – today! Nick Swain, Zorva ConsultingFinding and Minding Major Donors: Tim Waldron, Charity OfficeDon’t Let Potential Donors Get Away – Think Locally and Act Internationally Nancy Bikson, Chapel & YorkLegacy Gifts: Fulfilling Final Wishes Chris Millward, The Institute of Legacy ManagementMembership Engineering – Using the Membership Model to Find Solutions Mervyn Pilley, Not for Profit Business Services Ltd.How to Manage the Member Experience Sue Froggatt, Membership Training ExpertPlanning Your Membership Digital Content Strategy John Martinez, ShocklogicCreating an Effective Membership Marketing Strategy & Plan Abby Wright-Parkes, Optimist Consulting Delegates at CHASE 2014 Howard Lake | 16 February 2016 | News  111 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Conference House governance Training 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.last_img read more

Workers take action at BWI Airport

first_imgHudson News workers on strike, May 22.WW photo: Sharon BlackOn May 22, fast-food workers at Baltimore-Washington/Thurgood Marshall Airport, supported by UNITE HERE Local 7, picketed the airport in three shifts: from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The one-day strike was held to inform airport patrons of the deplorable conditions and low wages at the airport’s fast-food and beverage stores, such as Subway, Dunkin’ Donuts, DuClaw’s, Silver Diner and Sam Adams.The Hudson News workers participated in the one-day labor action because of mounting frustration over contract negotiations that have been going on for more than seven months without any offers of sustainable wage increases, decent benefits, job security or an equitable overtime policy. UNITE HERE represents 1,400 Hudson News workers at a dozen airports across the country, including at BWI Marshall.The union represents 10,000 workers at 27 airports throughout the United States; they have regular wage increases, benefits and job security.AirMall is the conglomerate that oversees and regulates the fast-food and beverage establishments at BWI Marshall in true “mobster” style. The company requires that these establishments pay a 30 percent retainer fee in order to maintain their status at the airport; they must cough up 30 percent of their profits to Airmall. In order to stay “competitive,” the fast-food and beverage shops then force low wages on the workforce. This is “trickle-down” economics at its best.According to Michael Hachey, UNITE HERE organizer, this “requirement” was brokered under former Maryland Republican Gov. Bob Erlich.UNITE HERE Local 7 has also been demanding of HMSHost — which operates Starbucks and Phillips Seafood restaurant — a fair and neutral card check process, free from intimidation and harassment, so its workers can sign up to join the union.With card check, unions can forgo the long and lengthy process of a union election during which companies are free to intimidate and harass workers — with captive audience meetings before an election is even granted. The union then has to engage in a long drawn-out legal battle for a negotiated contract. With card check, union recognition is granted if more than 50 percent of the employees sign cards to join.This was a demand by the labor movement described as the Employee Free Choice Act, which the Democratic Party “promised” the unions in return for labor support and money for Democratic candidates. However, the erstwhile “friends of labor” quickly and quietly shelved this demand in order to placate their corporate masters. Unfortunately, with some notable exceptions, most of the labor movement also buried it.Also showing support for the workers at BWI Marshall were the Baltimore Workers’ Assembly, the People’s Power Assembly, Food and Commercial Workers union Local 1994 and the Communication Workers of America. The latter two organizations are organizing Veolia SuperShuttle drivers. Also attending were members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFL-CIO) and the Interfaith Workers for Justice of Maryland.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Chicago groups slam repression in Philippines

first_imgThree dozen demonstrators rallied outside the Chicago Consulate of the Philippines on July 23 to expose the killing of more than 20,000 people by the brutal regime of President Rodrigo Duterte, as it begins its third year.  The demonstrators charged that the regime, which is waging a murderous “drug war” and imposing martial law in Mindanao province, is financed by tens of millions of U.S. tax dollars desperately needed here for jobs, schools and health care.The Chicago action was one of hundreds of protests worldwide timed to coincide with Duterte’s State of the Nation address. It was organized by Anakbayan Chicago, Malaya and the Chicago Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Fiona ‘delighted’ that her story prompts Garda reports

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Linkedin Print THE SHANNON woman whose bravery in going public about her rape ordeal is believed to have prompted other women to report sex assaults to gardai, says she is “delighted that they found such courage”.Mother of four, Fiona Moran, gave an interview to the national media last July, revealing how she had been raped by a gang of boys she thought of as friends when she was a teenager.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Last week, gardai revealed that the reporting of sex assaults – many of which happened decades ago – had taken a huge leap in Shannon in this year, a fact which Rape Crisis Midwest says is in all probability due to the interview.Speaking to the Limerick Post, Fiona said that she is “appalled that people have gone through that terrible experience, but delighted if anything I said helped them to come to a point where they felt they could make an official report”.Fiona’s ordeal happened when she was just 15 years old. A gang of six boys who were, until that moment her friends, chased her into a wooded area and raped her. Shannon is a rural town. At 15, the last thing you want is to stick out like a sore thumb in a rural area. Then there is the terror of not being believed. That is so important to people who have suffered a sexual assault, to be believed”.After her interview, Fiona said the outpouring “of support and love was just unbelievable. There were texts and Facebook messages, a lot of them from people who were in school with me at the time”.One of the men involved in the attack on Fiona walked up to her in a shopping centre years later and apologised.“It must have been on his mind to approach me. He just came up and said he was sorry, that what happened to me shouldn’t have. I was stunned”.Fiona has conquered much of the consequences of the terrible things done to her, enough to come back fighting and to be an advocate for other people who have endured what she has gone through. She has trained and worked as a Rape Crisis counsellor and helps survivors go through with reporting to gardai and the forensic exams which are vital to investigating sex crimes.“The services provided by Rape Crisis are so much more than counselling. It’s all about the person who has been attacked and whatever they need, from someone to be with them for the forensic exam to accompanying them to court, if they go down that road”.Fiona is doing a degree in criminology and hopes one day to be a full time advocate for survivors of sex crimes.“It took me a long time but I have survived, and I want people who have gone through this to know that they can do it too and that there is support there for them”. Previous articleRiverside city spreads its wingsNext articleCemeteries’ memorial policy slammed as grave error admincenter_img NewsLocal NewsFiona ‘delighted’ that her story prompts Garda reportsBy admin – November 20, 2011 521 Email Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more