Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited ( 2009 Abridged Report

first_imgMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2009 abridged results.For more information about Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (  2009 abridged results.Company ProfileMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited offers general insurance for individuals and corporates. The company operates through Casualty, Property, Life, and Other segments, where the Casualty segment offers motor, liability and cash in transit, personal accident and health insurance products. The Property segment provides fire and allied perils, engineering, marine, and all risks insurance products. The Life segment offers life and pension insurance products. The Other segment provides stock-broking services. The company provides additional financial services as well, where housing, educational and vehicle loans are offered. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited has four subsidiaries that work under it, Feber Associates Ltd, National Mutual Fund Ltd and Phoenix TransAfrica Holdings Ltd are fully owned subsidiaries. The Group also owns an 80% stake in Associated Brokers Ltd. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgTaj Pamodzi Hotels Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileTaj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is a leading hospitality company in Zambia, offering five-star accommodation and facilities for individual and business travellers. The company owns and operates Taj Pamodzi Hotel which is based in the central business district of Lusaka, and conveniently located to the international airport. The hotel boasts 193 luxury rooms, five meeting rooms and a selection of restaurants. The luxury hotel also has onsite a fully-equipped health and fitness centre with a heated swimming pool, a wellness and beauty spa, medical clinic, hair salon and florist. Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc is a subsidiary of Tata Zambia Limited, an international automobile assembly and distributor company. Taj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Continental Reinsurance Plc ( 2018 Annual Report

first_imgContinental Reinsurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Continental Reinsurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Continental Reinsurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Continental Reinsurance Plc (  2018 annual report.Company ProfileContinental Reinsurance Plc offers reassurance services for life and non-life classes through service centres in Nigeria, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Tunisia and Botswana. The company’s reinsurance offering covers fire and engineering; motor, liability and general accident; marine and aviation; oil and energy; and individual and group life risks. Continental Reinsurance Plc also provides specialist advisory services for reinsurance structuring, actuarial and risk management and product development support. Continental Property and Engineering Risk Services (CPERS) Limited in South Africa is a subsidiary of Continental Reinsurance Plc and operates as a technical referral competence with the Group. The subsidiary company was established to meet the growing demand for specialist engineering insurance risk cover and advisory services. Its core functions are underwriting, risk surveys, claims handling and training. Continental Reinsurance Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Continental Reinsurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Beloved Episcopal priest, 87, mourned as New York police seek…

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Comments (1) Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books [Episcopal News Service] Episcopalians in the Diocese of Long Island are mourning a beloved priest, the Rev. Paul Wancura, who died this week at age 87 from injuries suffered during a home invasion last month at his home.No suspects have yet been identified in the attack on Long Island’s East End, and a $10,000 reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.“The sad news of the death of Canon Wancura has touched everyone in our diocese,” Bishop Lawrence Provenzano said late April 17 in a message to the diocese. “Those who knew him well are suffering the loss of a devoted priest and friend who was quick to provide support and prayerful insight to all who sought his counsel. Those who did not know him personally are struck nonetheless by the reported cruelty and violence during a home invasion that resulted in the death of this beloved priest.”A fellow priest found Wancura on March 19 tied up between a bed and a wall in the elder priest’s Shelter Island home. He had failed to show up as expected at a Sunday service March 18 at Episcopal Church of the Messiah in Central Islip, and church leaders asked the Rev. Charles McCarron, rector of Shelter Island’s St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, to check on him.The initial police investigation indicated the attacker or attackers may have specifically targeted Wancura, who had been tied up for at least two days when McCarron found him, according to the Shelter Island Reporter.Wancura was flown to Stony Brook University Hospital in critical condition. His injuries from being tied up led to amputation of a hand. This month, a “slight improvement” in his condition was reported, but he died April 16.Caroline Church of Brookhaven, where Wancura served as rector for 26 years, said in a Facebook post that his funeral was scheduled for April 24 at the church in Setauket, New York.“I feel like I lost a beloved uncle,” McCarron, rector at St. Mary’s, told Newsday, saying the cause of death was sepsis.Wancura, a native of Queens, New York, felt a calling to the priesthood while serving in the Army in Europe during the Korean War, according to Newsday. In 1960, he earned a Master of Divinity degree from General Theological Seminary in New York.Provenzano’s message noted that Wancura had served the diocese as priest for more than 50 years. His ordained ministry began at Church of the Ascension in Brooklyn, New York, and he was archdeacon of Suffolk County from 1966 to 1974, assisting parishes and missions and providing administrative oversight on behalf of the bishop’s office.This portrait of the Rev. Paul Wancura is included in a timeline of rectors maintained online by Caroline Church of Brookhaven, where Wancura served from 1974 until his retirement in 2000.In 1974, Wancura became rector of Caroline Church of Brookhaven on the north shore of central Long Island.He retired in 2000 but continued to assist churches in the area as needed, and at the time of his death he was the second oldest priest still serving on Long Island, including as a supply priest at Church of the Messiah, Provenzano said.“Paul was an old-fashioned priest with the sensibility and spirit of a very forward-looking man,” Provenzano said. “He was spry and witty – the kind of person who would engage everyone in conversation and be interested in knowing about everything happening around him. … Not only could he tell a story well, he was always interested in hearing the story of the people he met. His intellect and good humor were a delight to encounter.”Wancura’s wife died shortly after he retired, and they had no children, friend Kevin Lockerbie told Newsday.“He was so human,” Lockerbie said. “He understood people’s trials. … He was very connected to the common man because he had been one.”McCarron remembered Wancura as a dedicated priest, a sharp dresser and a reserved man with a deadpan sense of humor.“He would make a comment, pause and give you a look,” McCarron told the Shelther Island Reporter. “There was a twinkle in his eye.”The attack on Wancura is now being investigated as a homicide by Shelter Island and Suffolk County police. A second burglary was reported near Wancura’s house on April 4, and police are trying to determine if the two crimes are connected.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached [email protected] Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Washington, DC Featured Events 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 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Shreveport, LA April 18, 2018 at 5:53 pm Heartbreaking. God rest his soul. I hope the assailants are found, arrested and convicted. 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 Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Tampa, FL Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY PJ Cabbiness says: Beloved Episcopal priest, 87, mourned as New York police seek his attackers in home invasion Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Comments are closed. Press Release Service Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ By David PaulsenPosted Apr 18, 2018 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS last_img read more

The Rugby Club Plays of the Week – Rugby Champs, Shute Shield, & ITM Cup

first_imgSunday Sep 2, 2012 The Rugby Club Plays of the Week – Rugby Champs, Shute Shield, & ITM Cup We know a lot of you love Plays of the Week from the Rugby Club, so here is another – the very latest – to finish off a great weekend of rugby. This edition features the very best of the second round of Rugby Championship matches, as well as some Shute Shield and ITM Cup action. Enjoy.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Plays of the Week Related Articles 123 WEEKS AGO WATCH: France destroy Wales in Women’s Six… 138 WEEKS AGO Waikato winger scores four tries in epic… 304 WEEKS AGO The Wraparound from Rugby HQ – Week 27 From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Hinterhouse / Ménard Dworkind architecture & design

first_imgCopyAbout this officeMénard Dworkind architecture & designOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookLa ConceptionCanadaPublished on September 10, 2020Cite: “Hinterhouse / Ménard Dworkind architecture & design” 10 Sep 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Year:  CopyHouses•La Conception, Canada Canada Hinterhouse / Ménard Dworkind architecture & design Hinterhouse / Ménard Dworkind architecture & designSave this projectSaveHinterhouse / Ménard Dworkind architecture & design Area:  1000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Structural Engineer: 2020 Houses Save this picture!Courtesy of Ménard Dworkind Architecture & Design+ 50Curated by María Francisca González Share Architects: Ménard Dworkind architecture & design Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img ArchDaily Geniex ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Manufacturers: Reynaers Aluminium, Duravit, Unik Parket “COPY” City:La ConceptionCountry:CanadaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Courtesy of Ménard Dworkind Architecture & DesignRecommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsText description provided by the architects. Hinterhouse is nestled into a densely forested hillside with sweeping views of the Mont-Tremblant valley. The 16-foot wide house, designed to be prefabricated, can be driven on local roads and delivered to site.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ménard Dworkind Architecture & DesignThe hintercompany hotel concept aims to provide an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, providing its guests with an opportunity to strengthen their connection with nature.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ménard Dworkind Architecture & DesignSave this picture!Site planSave this picture!Courtesy of Ménard Dworkind Architecture & DesignStriving to give back, the hintercompany plants 10 trees for every booking. This compact house fits two bedrooms, one bathroom and an open-plan living space into 930 square feet. The living space, flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows on both sides, is organized around a central wood stove that rotates 360°, providing relaxing views of the fire from every angle.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ménard Dworkind Architecture & DesignA maple farmhouse table, crafted with bridle joints, doubles as a kitchen island one of the space-saving techniques in the house. A custom vessel-sink raises a cutting board to a comfortable height and is compartmentalized to include a herb garden full of basil, mint, and sage. The bedrooms fit queen beds snuggly wall-to-wall. Sliding panels hide a TV at the end of each bed letting you cuddle up to a movie or focus on the expansive views out the window.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ménard Dworkind Architecture & DesignSave this picture!Courtesy of Ménard Dworkind Architecture & DesignA ceiling cove wraps around the house to provide space for recessed blinds and indirect lighting. In the bathroom, the concrete slab stretches into the curbless shower and a large window provides views of the forest while showering. A focus on transparency in every room pulls the distant landscape into the house.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ménard Dworkind Architecture & DesignThe skin and bones of the house were built almost entirely out of sustainably-forested native wood. The house’s exterior is wrapped in 2-1/2” custom-milled white cedar boards, a low-maintenance choice that will ensure hinterhouse ages graciously while blending with the surrounding forest.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ménard Dworkind Architecture & DesignThe interior is clad with red pine planks oiled white. The central service block is covered with ebony-stained Douglas fir plywood. Sliding shutters help control the light and privacy at hinterhouse. The shutters were designed to mimic the siding; the gaps in the shutters align with the channels in the cedar cladding.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ménard Dworkind Architecture & DesignThe house can transform and close up completely for protection from the elements, or slide open to allow the light and views in. A winding staircase carved out of the hillside leads down to a sauna designed as a replica of the main house. To complete the full cycle of hot, cold, relax in the Scandinavian spa experience, the sauna is equipped with an outdoor cold shower and hanging hammocks.Save this picture!Courtesy of Ménard Dworkind Architecture & DesignProject gallerySee allShow lessFloating Archipelago, Pedestrian Bridge Design / FCHASelected ProjectsInflexion Memorial Park / Pequeña Escala Arquitectura + Taller Alterno + Ámbito TallerSelected Projects Share Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Projectslast_img read more

Over £70m raised through CAF Donate

first_img Melanie May | 14 February 2017 | News More than 2,800 charities are now using online fundraising platform CAF Donate, with £71.8m raised through it since its 2014 launch.CAF Donate enables charities to set up online fundraising pages and process telephone and postal payments as well as their online donations through Direct Debit, credit card, PayPal or a CAF Charity Account without having to pay a fixed cost.According to the Charities Aid Foundation, prior to the launch of CAF Donate, research by the British Payments Council found that 9 in 10 charities were unable to accept direct debits despite this being one of the most popular ways for people to donate. CAF’s UK Giving Report shows that one in three people give to charity by direct debit each year, and that the percentage of people in the UK donating to charity online has increased from 4% to 16% in the past six years. Separate CAF research showed that 23% of people in the UK had recently donated through a charity’s website and that 26% planned to do so in the next year.Julie Simpson, product manager for charities at CAF, said:“It is important that charities aren’t left behind and are able to keep up with the changing ways in which people want to give. CAF Donate was set up to ensure charities would be able to accept donations in one place without having to pay a fixed monthly charge or create their own donation platform from scratch.“It is fantastic to see how much CAF Donate has been able to help charities secure vital funds on which they may otherwise have missed out.”  77 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Over £70m raised through CAF Donate 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14  78 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation online fundraising toolslast_img read more

Protesters say: ‘Shelters = Death, Hotels = Haven’

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Cops stop activists from delivering demands to a city official’s home.After the COVID-19 deaths of dozens of seniors at Philadelphia nursing homes and at least one homeless person in a city shelter, community activists converged on a city official’s home on May 6 to deliver a message: The city must provide safe, non congregate shelter for residents who are at high risk of contacting and dying from COVID-19!Activists placed a white coffin covered with a red cloth on the sidewalk in front of Philadelphia Managing Director Brian Abernathy’s home in the city’s Mount Airy section. Placards carried by protesters and placed next to the coffin proclaimed: “Shelters = Death, Hotels = Haven.” ACT-UP speaker Jamaal Henderson explained that Philadelphia has resources at its disposal but is systematically refusing to use them to help people who are unsheltered or living in congregate shelters, returning from incarceration or stuck in nursing homes. Philadelphia’s slow action has already resulted in clusters of illness that put residents at risk, burden our health care system and contribute to the spread of COVID-19. This pandemic is disproportionately killing poor, Black and Brown people. The disease is now exacerbating the conditions of poverty, racism and lack of health care, spreading mostly in situations that poor Philadelphians find unable to escape. The protest put a spotlight on Philadelphia’s slow, uncoordinated and undersized response to the dire needs caused by both the pandemic and the high level of poverty in this city.On March 23, Mayor Jim Kenney issued a stay-at-home order in Philadelphia. Two weeks later on April 6, the city opened a hotel to quarantine people who were homeless and tested positive or had symptoms and were awaiting test results. Now three weeks later, the designated quarantine hotel is still partly empty, underused despite the large number of community residents needing a safe place to self-isolate.When an activist tried to bring the envelope containing their demands to Abernathy’s front door, cops prevented the delivery. Speakers explained that they were at his home because the official has refused to meet with them in his office. They vowed to return in larger numbers next time.The ad hoc coalition’s demands include: Federal Emergency Management Agency public assistance funding for non congregate shelter as required; and an immediate inventory of all publicly owned properties, including public university dorms, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, museums, libraries, public housing, city-owned vacant properties, and more, to determine which can be used as non congregate housing and which can be used as quarantine or recovery beds for people who have tested positive.In addition the call is for immediately moving all residents of congregate homeless shelters into hotel rooms or dormitories; and for reaching out to all unsheltered Philadelphians and providing hotel or dormitory rooms to all residents returning from jails/prisons.Dozens die in nursing homesOther demands addressed the rising death count in nursing homes, calling for immediate provision of accessible hotel rooms or dormitory rooms to residents who are living in nursing homes but could live independently with accessible housing. They also addressed the need to develop a harm-reduction plan to move people with mental illness and/or drug use into non congregate settings with adequate support from well-equipped outreach teams.Protesters addressed the housing crisis in Philadelphia, calling for homeless families to be able to move into vacant city-owned and Philadelphia Housing Authority-owned properties. They called on the city to prioritize rental assistance by immediately ending the “pilot” phase of shallow rental assistance and begin planning to provide rental assistance to all Philadelphians in need.Other demands involving housing called for shifting as many housing resources as possible toward rental assistance and providing housing to people with little or no income in preparation of the ongoing housing and eviction crisis. City officials were urged to resist austerity budgeting and plan now to provide housing for all homeless and at-risk households for at least the next 24 months. Participating organizations include ACT UP Philadelphia, Black and Brown Workers Collective, Coalition to Abolish Death by Incarceration (CADBI), Philadelphia Socialists, Philadelphia Tenants’ Union, Put People First! PA and the Philadelphia Human Rights Coalition.last_img read more

Despite loss of life & destruction, Gaza resists, hits Israel hard

first_imgA cease-fire between Israel and Hamas began May 21. It followed 11 days of the U.S.-armed and backed Israeli Air Force’s vicious airstrikes on occupied Gaza. The bombs and rockets massacred more than 250 Palestinians, including over 60 children. Some 2,000 people were injured out of a population of 2 million in Gaza.Ramallah, in the West Bank, May 18.According to the Palestine General Federation of Trade Unions, the Israeli raids destroyed over 700 residential buildings, including 76 high rises and over 20 media outlets in three buildings, including the famous building that housed the offices of Al-Jazeera and the Associated Press.  Until the cease-fire began, the Hamas liberation group, the political representative of Gazans, fired rockets made out of both detonated and undetonated Israeli missiles into Israel, including Tel Aviv, and reportedly killed 12 people.Israeli airstrikes targeted the already understaffed and underfunded Gaza health facilities, including the only clinic serving exclusively those infected with coronavirus. As the bombing forced so many Gaza residents into underground bunkers, community centers and small enclosed spaces, the virus has undoubtedly spread. Only 2% or 40,000 Gazans had been vaccinated before May 11.  Israeli border patrol prohibited food and humanitarian aid from coming into Gaza during the bombing. This included medical supplies like masks and vaccines.  According to the International Red Cross, the bombings cut water supplies in Gaza by 40%, and an estimated 700,000 Gazans are still affected by power cuts. Gazans thus suffered, not only from the air strikes, but from ongoing disease, lack of water and power, and hunger.  What happened to Gaza was another racist, genocidal act on the part of the racist, settler-colonial regime of Israel. Still, according to many sources including Palestinians, others in the Arab world and bourgeois sources, this latest assault, with all its mass destruction and loss of life, turned into a political victory for Gaza and a political and moral defeat for Israel.  That all the weapons at the disposal of the most powerful garrison state in the “Middle East” — geographically part of West Asia — failed to defeat the Hamas-led people’s resistance sets back western imperialism. This is indeed a stunning development.General strike was ‘significant’On May 18, Palestinians held a historic, unprecedented general strike not only in the Occupied Territories of Gaza and the West Bank, but throughout the 1967 boundaries of Israel. Hundreds of thousands of Palestinian workers, students, business people and supporters refused to work, go to school or open their businesses. They protested the Israeli government and military’s heinous assaults on Gaza.  Also, over a dozen Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank and Ramallah were shot to death by the Israelis during the 11-day siege.  Mustafa Barghouti, an independent politician, characterized the strike as a “a very significant day,” saying that “It reflects how Palestinians now have a unified struggle against the same system of apartheid.” (New York Times, May 18)It is no coincidence that this powerful show of shutting down a major artery of the Israeli economy by these low-waged, oppressed workers played an important role in speeding up this latest cease-fire. There were more Palestinian calls for a one-state solution, as opposed to a two-state solution that allows the Israeli repressive state to remain intact.  Black Lives Matter and U.S. shift in opinionDuring the 11 days, Biden publicly called for a cease-fire, while at the same time saying “Israel had the right to defend itself,” just as every U.S. president has before him. Meanwhile the U.S. population, especially the younger generation, showed they sided more and more with the Palestinians and considered them an oppressed, occupied people — which they are and have been for more than 73 years. When Biden visited an auto plant in Dearborn, Mich., home of many people of Arab descent, the workers there protested his support for Israel. Prominent entertainers like Rihanna, Rage Against the Machine and actors Seth Rogen, Mark Ruffalo, Susan Sarandon and Viola Davis condemned Israeli aggression on social media.This shift of views was also reflected within Congress. Progressive Democrats like Rep. Cori Bush from Missouri and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian American from Michigan who represents the largest Arab population in the U.S., have openly criticized Israel’s assault on Gaza.  Cori Bush was a prominent organizer of the Black Lives Matter struggle in Ferguson, Mo., following the brutal murder of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer in August 2014. This killing sparked a month-long uprising, not only in Ferguson but throughout the United States. During that time Palestinians in the Occupied Territories demonstrated solidarity with the Black community of Ferguson.  In a statement to the May 22 Washington Post, Rep. Bush said, “As we march in defense of Black lives, we are not just saying that Black people in this country should be able to live full and joyous lives. We’re saying that our own government is funding a brutal and militarized disposition toward our very existence — from Ferguson to Palestine.” Melina Abdullah, co-founder of the Los Angeles chapter of Black Lives Matter, said in the same article, “We understand that the liberation of Black people in the United States is tied to the liberation of Black people all over the world and tied to the liberation of oppressed people all over the world. Being in solidarity with the Palestinian people is something that’s been part of our work as Black Lives Matter for almost as long as we’ve been an organization.”The Black Lives Matter struggle, which has called for defunding and even for abolishing the police, has become even more international in scope following the police lynching of George Floyd in May 2020. This development has helped raise consciousness and solidarity with other oppressed peoples like the Palestinians.Whether they are brutalized and occupied by the National Fraternal Order of Police or the Israeli armed forces, the oppressor is the same imperialist system. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Djibouti clamps down on journalists in run-up to poll

first_img Help by sharing this information April 5, 2016 – Updated on May 19, 2016 Djibouti clamps down on journalists in run-up to poll The BBC journalists, who included Africa security correspondent Tomi Oladipo, were arrested on 1 April and were detained for a total of 18 hours without being able to communicate with the outside world. After being questioned for eight hours, they were held overnight and were put on a flight out of the country the next morning. The journalists, who all had accreditation, were not told why they were arrested and expelled. The BBC’s written request to the authorities for an explanation has so far gone unanswered. Before being arrested, the journalists had interviewed the foreign minister and an opposition candidate. “We are deeply shocked by the way Djibouti’s authorities have treated duly accredited journalists,” RSF said. “It is clear that the government wants to gag the media and prevent any independent coverage of the opposition. We therefore believe that the conditions necessary for a transparent and democratic election have not been satisfied.” It is safe to assume that Djibouti’s president for the past 17 years, Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, will win his bid for a fourth term. An opposition coalition called the Union of National Salvation (USN) has described the election as a “sham.” The government has been clamping down hard on all forms of dissent for months, arresting opposition politicians, human rights defenders and journalists. RSF already condemned the harassment of journalists in January. Djibouti is ranked 170th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2015 World Press Freedom Index. News RSF_en to go further News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arrest and expulsion of a BBC reporting team that went to Djibouti to cover the run-up to the 8 April presidential election, and points out that a democratic election cannot be held amid such a level of censorship. Receive email alerts Follow the news on Djibouti Supporters of the USN – Photo HOUSSEIN I. HERSI / AFP August 4, 2020 Find out morecenter_img AfricaDjibouti Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression July 17, 2020 Find out more Djibouti: Detained reporter’s home searched, Facebook account hacked December 9, 2020 Find out more News Another Voix de Djibouti reporter arrested in Djibouti City AfricaDjibouti Condemning abuses ImprisonedFreedom of expression News Organisation La Voix de Djibouti is not run by “opposition illiterates,” RSF sayslast_img read more