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first_imgLetshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.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)  2018 interim results for the half year.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


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first_img Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Tesco. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Royston Wild | Wednesday, 22nd January, 2020 | More on: THS TSCO Buying into food producers has always been one of those classic safe-haven investment plays for troubled geopolitical and economic times. With the UK readying to exit the European Union on 31 January and entering the next stage of the Brexit process – tough and potentially prolonged trade discussions – the likes of Tesco (LSE: TSCO) might seem like a wise flight-to-safety stock to buy today.This is not an opinion that I myself hold. I’ve often talked of the disruptive effect that new entrants, like Aldi and Lidl on terra firma and Amazon in cyberspace, are having on the profit columns of established operators like Tesco. But there’s also evidence that Brexit uncertainty is causing havoc for grocery retailers like the rest of the high street, too.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Office for National Statistics data backs this up perfectly. Food store sales dropped 1.3% (by quantity) in December, the worst result since December 2016. But of course Tesco isn’t just a seller of edible goods, and news of a corresponding 2% fall in clothing sales across the UK last month is an added worry.So never mind the City’s upbeat growth forecasts, I say. Current forecasts suggest earnings rises of 23% and 8% at Tesco in the fiscal years to February 2020 and 2021 respectively. I reckon profits are very likely to disappoint, and so despite its reasonable forward price-to-earnings ratio of 14.6 times, I’m not tempted to buy the supermarket for even a second. I’d sell it today.A better buyTharisa (LSE: THS) is a growth share that also hasn’t had it all its own way of late. City analysts expect earnings to swell 298% in the financial year to September 2020. But thanks to recent production problems – ones that caused its platinum group metal (PGM) output to fall 8.2% in fiscal 2019 – there hasn’t been a slew of buyers piling in following the autumn sell-off.I think that Tharisa is worthy of serious attention right now, however. Its forward price-to-earnings ratio of 6.7 times sits comfortably below the bargain-basement benchmark of 10 times. And with PGM prices tipped to keep surging – partly on expectations of more safe-haven buying related to geopolitical issues like Brexit – this is a reading that provides plenty of upside.Is production about to rise?But what about those production problems, you might ask? Well power problems and poor weather impacted group output in the December quarter, though the mining of some 1.14m reef tonnes (up 4.8% year on year) was still quite robust under the circumstances. Investment in mining companies is risky business for this very reason. But should mining activity at Tharisa improve towards the second half of the year, as it expects, then the South Africa-focused firm could really take off.One final thing: Tharisa offers up a chunky 2.5% dividend yield for fiscal 2020 at current prices. It might not be the biggest payer out there but this inflation-beating reading offers an added sweetener for share pickers. Get ready for Brexit! One growth stock I’d buy for my ISA and one I’d sell before 31 January Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Just after the start of the 2021/22 tax year in April, my family will receive a hefty, but somewhat unexpected, windfall. It’s not an inheritance and no-one’s died, thank goodness. This windfall will arrive as several cash lump sums from various investments and payouts. It’s complicated to calculate, but the final total could be around £300,000 after tax. My aim is to use this sum to generate more passive income for my family.What is a passive income?Passive income is ‘unearned earnings’ — money that comes from sources other than paid work. Examples of passive incomes include savings interest, bond coupons, share dividends, rental income, and income from other assets. One low-risk option would be to put the whole lot on deposit and just collect the savings interest. But with rates so low, a savings rate of, say, 1% a year would generate only £3,000 a year. This would be taxed at the 40% rate, producing £1,800 a year after tax. This extra £150 a month in passive income really isn’t going to change our lives.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Another choice might be to invest the money in government and corporate bonds. These IOUs pay a regular income (known as coupons) and then return the initial capital on maturity. But bonds have been in a 40-year bull market where prices have soared. Thus, most bonds today are more expensive than at any point in history. With safe bonds yielding 1% a year or less, but at much greater risk than savings deposits, today’s bonds are too high-priced for me.I’ll invest in quality UK companiesMy wife and I have decided to use this windfall to generate extra income to meet steeply higher household expenses. My son was a university fresher last autumn and may need four years of funding. Likewise, my daughter starts university next year to train as a doctor, which might entail five to seven years of funding. Their combined bills for accommodation alone will easily exceed £1,000 a month, hence our need for extra passive income.Our goal is fairly undemanding: we want to generate 4% a year from this capital, generating £12,000 in passive income (before tax). To do this, we plan to invest in shares of high-quality companies that pay decent cash dividends. At the moment, the FTSE 100 index has a dividend yield of 3% a year. Thus, to get 4%+ in yearly dividends, we will focus on higher-yielding shares.Right now, more than 20 different FTSE 100 shares pay yearly dividends of 4% or more. The average dividend yield across these Footsie stocks is almost 5.8% a year. Thus, investing £15,000 in each of 20 different blue-chip stocks would capture a decent chunk of the FTSE 100’s dividend stream. Then again, just 10 FTSE 100 stocks generate more than half of all the dividends paid by the Footsie. Hence, our focus will be on these and other dividend dynamos for passive income.One final word: we can afford to take stock-market risk with this £300k windfall, as we already have a large, balanced, long-term portfolio of assets. Therefore, we won’t worry too much as share prices rise and fall. Just so long as this extra passive income stays stable or rises over time, we’ll be happy with our new income portfolio. And any future capital gains will be a welcome bonus! 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first_img 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Dr. William A. Flint, MDiv, PhD says: Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events Comments are closed. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Ecumenical & Interreligious, An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Religious leaders file Supreme Court brief against Trump travel ban The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Posted Sep 14, 2017 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Refugee Ban, Rector Albany, NY center_img 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 Youth Minister Lorton, VA September 18, 2017 at 11:08 am I am almost ready to leave the Episcopal Church over this very kind of activity. Bishops take to much on themselves to speak for the pews. Rector Tampa, FL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME [Diocese of Washington] Six Episcopal bishops and a wide-ranging group of other Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and Sikh leaders filed an amicus brief this week in the Supreme Court case challenging President Trump’s Executive Order No. 13780, known as the travel ban. The executive order, which the faith leaders claim discriminates against Muslims on the basis of religion, is being challenged in court by the state of Hawaii and the International Assistance Refugee Project.In the brief, the faith leaders argue that religious tolerance is “critical to the safety and well-being of our local and national community,” and that because the travel ban “selectively burdens Muslim-majority countries while exempting comparable Christian-majority countries,” the executive order “is anathema to this core tenet that all members of our coalition share.” The brief concludes that the order violates the Establishment Clause in the First Amendment, which prohibits the establishment of religion by Congress.“The Episcopal Diocese of Washington and I believe our nation’s security is imperiled, not secured, by policies that discriminate solely on the basis of religion,” said the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of the Diocese of Washington and one of the signatories of the brief. “I’m proud to join this interfaith effort to urge the Supreme Court to overturn the travel ban, so that visitors to the U.S. and refugees, once fully vetted, may enter the country without discrimination on the basis of religion.”The interfaith coalition includes the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus, bishop of California; the Rt. Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, bishop of Washington; the Rt. Rev. Andrew Dietsche, bishop of New York; the Rt. Rev. Mary D. Glasspool, assistant bishop of New York; the Rt. Rev. Lawrence C. Provenzano, bishop of Long Island; and the Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin, bishop suffragan of New York, as well as the National Council of Churches; United Methodist Church Women; Jewish congregations in New York, Washington, and Maryland; the Sikh Coalition; seven U.S. Franciscan provinces; United Church of Christ clergy; Union Theological Seminary; and the Muslim Public Affairs Council, among others. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID September 19, 2017 at 5:43 pm So very glad to see my own bishop, Marc Andrus, on this list. “For I was a stranger, and you invited me in.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Hopkinsville, KY Refugees Migration & Resettlement Tags Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Comments (2) Sarah Lawton says: Rector Shreveport, LA Donald Trump, last_img read more


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first_img Howard Lake | 28 April 2003 | News  87 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 If you find yourself with one of these notes in the future you will always be able to exchange it at the Bank of England, but you will need to make an appointment to do so.The note is succeeded by the new style £10 note with a portrait of Charles Darwin.There are over 600 million £10 notes in circulation of which around 135 million are Dickens notes. The Bank of England has announced that it is to withdraw from circulation the older style £10 notes featuring a portrait of Charles Dickens.From 31 July 2003 these notes will no longer be legal tender. This means that they will not be widely accepted in retail outlets after this date. They will therefore not be much use to charities who receive them in collecting tins or at charity shops.Most banks, building societies, and Post Offices will continue to accept the Dickens £10 notes for several months after the end of July. However, this will be at the discretion of the individual institution. Advertisementcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Finance Dickens £10 note to cease to be legal tender from August 2003last_img read more


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first_imgFrom The End of Software to The End of Philanthropy? Howard Lake | 4 April 2008 | News  39 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Technology AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Dr. Steve Garnett, Chairman & Co-President, EMEA at salesforce.com, tells UK Fundraising how the software as a service company has developed its vision of changing the traditional philanthropic model.“Salesforce.com was founded in 1999 with a charge to be a different kind of company.“It started with the simple idea to make business applications as easy to use as a common website. It was the company’s mission to spark what was termed ‘The End of Software’ revolution — the opportunity to democratise the industry by changing the way software was delivered. At the same time, CEO Marc Benioff had a vision to ignite an ‘End of Philanthropy’ movement, which sought to change the traditional philanthropic model to create a new and more sustainable way of making a difference.“It was obvious there could be benefits for both sides in combining these two missions. In pursuit of an integrated model, we incorporated the Salesforce.com Foundation as a public charity at the same time that we incorporated our company. Alongside private funding, 1% of the new corporation’s were put into the Foundation. Ultimately, we made the commitment to donate 1% of profits to the community (through product donations) and 1% of employee working hours to community service.“The 1/1/1 Model—equity, technology, and employee time—ensured that as our business grew, so would our contribution to the communities in which we operate. By leveraging the energy of our entire ecosystem, we have been able to succeed at our mission to provide underserved communities with access to technology, and made contributions that have exceeded expectations. We have opened 60 technology centers in 12 countries. Our nearly 3,000 employees have donated 70,000 hours to their respective communities and touched more than 100,000 people worldwide. More than 3,000 nonprofits across 52 countries, including the Red Cross, Room to Read, and United Way use the salesforce.com application for free to manage their organisations more efficiently.“There has also been a secondary gain in what the Foundation contributes to our business. It has helped us attract the very best employees—talented and generously spirited people who are eager to go above and beyond the call of duty in everything they do. The Foundation has also provided a culture that helps us retain these people who say they feel more grounded and rewarded in their every day work by contributing to a purpose beyond a profit.“Part of our mandate has always been to share our Model with others to magnify the difference we can make collectively. Dozens of our business partners have joined forces with us and used their passion and expertise to build and implement technology applications specifically designed for the nonprofit sector. It has given us the opportunity to build closer ties with our partners and their contributions have made a real difference. Their efforts have allowed organisations such as Wardrobe for Opportunity, a nonprofit that provides free working wardrobes to low-income jobseekers, to improve volunteer retention and conserve resources. They have enabled the UN World Food Programme to get up and running on a customised version of Salesforce in just a few weeks.“In recent years there has been a lot of talk about corporate philanthropy; each year corporate philanthropic foundations pour billions into their work. It’s a large amount, but the world’s problems go beyond what funding can fix. Too many corporate philanthropic efforts occur in isolation, with little relationship to their community, employees, or corporate missions. The good news is that many companies are now beginning to see the potential of our integrated approach. We are proud that Google has followed salesforce.com’s lead and put 1% of its equity aside for its foundation. That might be our greatest legacy—there’s now $2.2 billion in the Google Foundation!“If embraced on a large scale, this model could lead to ‘the end of philanthropy’ and prove the power we have by joining forces towards a common goal. We call it the Power of Us, and we believe its success relies on there being strength in numbers—a traditional concept, and one with limitless potential.”Dr. Steve Garnett joined salesforce.com in June 2003 to head the Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) operations. He has over 20 years experience in the IT industry after holding senior positions at Siebel Systems and Oracle Corporation.Salesforce.com is leading the new wave of on-demand computing in the Customer Relationship Management market, and has built a business of over 29,800 customers and 646,000 subscribers world wide. Salesforce.com successfully launched on the New York Stock Exchange in June 2004 and has a market value of circa $4 billion.He is a member of the Apax Advisory Board and holds several Board positions.He has a degree in mathematics and a doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of Manchester, and holds a number of professional affiliations.www.salesforce.com 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


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first_imgThe charity set up to fight child poverty in London by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson has raised £7 million in its first year. The figure was contained in the charity’s first annual report, published today.The charity has secured funding from corporate sponsors including Barclays and The Private Equity Foundation, and from grantmakers like The Big Lottery Fund. In the next three years the fund expects to spend £16 million on projects.The fund has worked in Hackney, Islington, Tower Hamlets and the City of London, and will announce plans to expand to other parts of London in the autumn.The Mayor Boris Johnson said: “In a short space of time the Mayor’s Fund has made great gains in reaching some of the thousands of young people being brought up in poverty stricken families… The charity is nurturing young people through mentoring, and skills training, and despite the challenging financial climate, has triumphantly secured £7 million in funding commitments”.www.london.gov.uk/who-runs-london/mayor/publications/mayors-fund-london-annual-report-2009 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. Howard Lake | 8 June 2010 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Funding London Research / statistics Mayor of London’s charity raises £7 millionlast_img read more


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first_imgBy Jerome “Hoagie” CoffeySCI Albion, Erie, Pa.After almost three decades in the jurisdiction of the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections, I see more criminal justice reforms being proposed by Pennsylvania state legislators. From governors Robert Casey (1987-95) to Tom Wolf (2015-present), when I read these current proposals by some of the Pennsylvania legislators — Republicans and Democrats — it’s déjà vu all over again.Allow me to give the historical backdrop. First and foremost, see through the political con games and fear-mongering that politicians have used for almost three decades to pass draconian legislation in Pennsylvania; for example, conservative politicians’ doublespeak with Willie Horton and super-predator propaganda tactics. And the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association (PDAA) and the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association attempt to persuade the Pennsylvania State Parole Board to reevaluate parole applications, in particular violent offenders, and keep them incarcerated after they show signs of rehabilitation. District Attorney Larry Krasner, a progressive, removed the Philadelphia district attorney’s office from the PDAA. Krasner said “he believed that the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association was at least partly responsible for an explosion in the state’s prison population over several decades, and that it continues to back ideas that would make the problem worse.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, Nov. 16, 2018)Prisons hold up rural economiesIn Pennsylvania, the majority of state prisons are in economically disadvantaged rural communities. In fact, from 1987 to 2018, Pennsylvania built 19 state prisons. When they closed SCI Greensburg and SCI Cresson, Patrick Mulhern, mayor of Cresson, said, “It’s going to hurt the restaurants, the hardware store, every business place here is going to be affected. Five hundred employees in one fell swoop — that’s an awful lot.” (Wall Street Journal, Feb. 10, 2013) These rural communities, where the state prisons are located, benefit economically off of poor people — like “Huntingdon County, a region once powered by the Broad Top bituminous coal fields, but where state government is now the largest employer and criminal justice the top-ranking industry. State prisons there employ 1,126 people with a payroll totaling $5.1 million biweekly. That’s one job for every 40 county residents.” (Philadelphia Inquirer, June 10, 2018) Some state legislators were disappointed with Secretary of Corrections John Wetzel for closing these state prisons, so they introduced legislation to let the community know in advance before closings. (Citizens Voice, Jan. 7, 2017) Don’t be co-opted by rhetoric promoted by oppressorsToday people are tired of hearing that law-and-order rhetoric. The United States has nearly 5 percent of the world’s population and nearly 25 percent of its incarcerated people. More than 2.3 million people are behind bars in the U.S. on any given day, and the number of Black people incarcerated or under correctional control exceeds the total number of adults enslaved nationwide in 1861. And Pennsylvania [Department of Corrections] — when it come to rehabilitation, they living in the dark ages! Meanwhile, the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and the Pennsylvania State Corrections Officers Association is running late, trying to instill fear to Pennsylvania constituents. In 1995, Gov. Thomas Ridge’s campaign strategist American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) provided propaganda so he could win the state’s highest office. The campaign motto was “Toughen our criminal statutes!” After being sworn in Jan. 17, 1995, Ridge ain’t waste no time. A day later, he signed a proclamation that the General Assembly be convened in a special and extraordinary session to consider “legislation on crime.” The session began Jan. 23 and ended Oct. 31, 1995 — during which 30 crime bills passed. ALEC was responsible for 18 bills. ALEC used Pennsylvania as a test run to pass draconian legislation. Of course, Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association is responsible as well. Gov. Edward Rendell, in his second term for governor when Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski from the Philadelphia Police Department was murdered in 2008, placed a moratorium on the Pennsylvania Parole Board under false pretensions — creating overcrowdedness in the Pennsylvania DOC. At the same time, the Auditor General issued a $800 million revenue bond to build four new prisons, on top of paying $250,000 to a criminal justice professor at Temple University to write a 30-page report pertaining to “violent offenders eligible for parole.”That recommendation was “risk assessment technologies,” which allowed correctional “experts” such as Unit Managers that chair the Prison Unit Team, Correctional Counselors (part of the Unit Team), Commissioned Correctional Officers, Psychology Staff and Administrators to have heavy input for parole candidates.It’s all about the moneyThe criminal justice reform movement is gaining momentum because young activists are intelligent and unraveling the trickery and propaganda that politicians once manipulated the public with, using fear mongering, such as “soft on crime” rhetoric, to get elected. In addition, warehousing people in prisons has always been a lucrative business for profiteers such as corporations and these “economically disadvantaged” rural communities. “By counting prisoners as living in their prisons and not at their home addresses, Pennsylvania’s system for drawing political maps benefits white, rural voters at the expense of voters in urban areas, disproportionately affecting people of color,” said a study by two Villanova University professors of criminology, Brianna Remster and Rory Kramer, in reference to the 2020 Census Bureau’s count. (Philadelphia Inquirer, July 11) State Rep. Joanna McClinton (D-Phila.) has introduced a bill to have prisoners counted at their home address, not prison.The Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association is nothing but a lobbyist arm for prosecutors and the Pennsylvania State Corrections Association is just along the way. The bottom line is: It’s all about money. For change, I recommend prison opponents to read two good books:  “Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration” by Emily Bazelon and “Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration and Road To Repair” by Danielle Sered. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


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first_imgNews Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that Poland has fallen 30 places in RSF’s WorldPress Freedom Index since the ruling conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party, which isexpected to win next Sunday’s parliamentary elections comfortably, swept to power in the2015 elections. Law and Justice even let it be known that it wanted to pass a special law for journalists and introduce a selection process based on loyalty to the party. Despite promises that it will not threaten the “principle of transparency of the profession of journalist,” it is widely feared that another setback for the rule of law’s defenders on Sunday will leave Poland firmly in the camp of Europe’s authoritarian regimes. News Organisation Poland is ranked 59th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. News Follow the news on Poland For the past four years, the Law and Justice government has caused many headaches for the European Union and has repeatedly been in the news because of all the measures it has adopted or announced that violate EU norms, including measures affecting press freedom. “In practice, nothing seems able to rein in the conservative government in its determination to ‘re-found’ Poland and ‘re-Polishize’ the media,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s European Union and Balkans desk. “Press freedom has been one of the main victims of its policies and it is disturbing to see PiS reinforcing its all-out repressive policies against the media.” The public media were officially rebaptized “national media” in January 2016 and were turned into government propaganda outlets that constantly praise the ruling party. As those placed in charge of the state broadcast media tolerate no criticism, more than 250 journalists resigned in the two years that followed the reform. May 10, 2021 Find out more Independent journalists, privately-owned TV channels and foreign-owned media groups have all become the enemies of a government that wants to eliminate them in order to continue tightening its grip on key state institutions such as the Constitutional Court, so that the rule of law violations of the past four years could become virtually irreversible. PolandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Economic pressureJudicial harassmentRSF Prize As Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has gone so far as to claim that “80% of the Polish media are controlled by PiS’ political opponents, who have incessantly attacked the government,” concern has grown in the run-up to these elections. As a result, after six warnings, the European Commission was driven to trigger article 7 of the European Union treaty for the first time in EU history in December 2017 on the grounds of a “serious breach” of EU values. Poland’s new social media law puts freedom of expression at risk, RSF warns PolandEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalistsMedia independenceProtecting sources Economic pressureJudicial harassmentRSF Prize to go further Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Help by sharing this information Journalists with Gazeta Wyborcza, the independent daily that is the government’s bugbear, have been threatened with prosecution on charges of criminal defamation ­– punishable by imprisonment under Poland’s penal code –  for refusing to take down articles that reflected badly on Law and Justice’s leader. As a result, it has been hard for other journalists not to think that could also have problems if they tackle similar subjects. October 10, 2019 Even worse feared after next Sunday’s elections in Poland News At the same time, the pressure on the independent media has grown steadily and is now tantamount to full-blown judicial harassment. RSF was appalled by the unprecedented nature of the complaint brought against an investigative journalist in 2017, who found himself facing a possible three-year jail sentence on a terrorism charge because of the book he had written about the then defence minister. Receive email alerts With firing of four editors, “repolonisation” under way in Poland RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Elections posters in Warsaw on October 9, 2019 / AFP January 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more


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first_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  9 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. For the first time in its history, the Rose Bowl Stadium, in coordination with the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation, will host a celebration that will kick-start the official countdown towards the venue’s 100th birthday in 2022.The “Party of the Century” will be held on April 18, 2020, on the iconic Rose Bowl Stadium field to celebrate the life and moments of the venue’s global history, while generating support to protect, preserve and enhance its future as a National Historic Landmark.The event will raise funds towards the on-going Legacy Foundation Centennial Capital Campaign (www.INSPIRE2022.org) that has a goal of generating 40 million in new philanthropic support.“Over the past almost-100 years, the Rose Bowl, ‘The Granddaddy of Them All,’ has touched not only our lives but the lives of countless others,” event co-chairs Angel Throop and Angie Miller said in a statement. “This historic venue has fulfilled dreams and created memories that will last a lifetime for those both within the USA and around the world. We are excited, humbled and honored to be involved in the start of the Centennial Celebration of this historic venue, which has been and will continue to be a big part of our lives.”The “Party of the Century” will welcome a Roaring ‘20s theme to celebrate the 1920s – the decade when the stadium was built. Guests will experience an unforgettable evening together enjoying the Stadium in a 1920s grand fashion. The evening will include a 1920s speakeasy, gourmet dining, entertainment, high profile guests and many more exciting surprises.The event is expected to be a sellout, so it is highly recommended that interested attendees visit the official website: partyofthecentury.org to join the priority list. Tickets will go on sale on April 18th – one year prior to the “Party of the Century” event.“Bringing the community together is something that the Rose Bowl Stadium has done for a nearcentury. It’s time that we celebrate the venue as a unifier and celebrate our vibrant future,” said Chief Development Officer Dedan Brozino.About the Rose Bowl Legacy FoundationFormed in 2010, the Rose Bowl Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3, tax-exempt organization whose primary goal is to financially ensure the protection, preservation and enhancement of the future of the Stadium as a National Historic Landmark. The Foundation has established funding for key capital improvement initiatives, educational programming and heritage protection due to the generosity of supporters from around the world who are invested in its premier future.About the Rose Bowl StadiumThe Rose Bowl Stadium is the proud home of the Tournament of Roses’ Rose Bowl Game, UCLA Bruins football, AmericaFest Fourth of July Celebration, concerts including Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Taylor Swift and U2, international and Premier League soccer matches and the World’s Largest Flea Market. A National Historic Landmark built in 1922 and known around the world, the Rose Bowl Stadium has earned its world class reputation by hosting five NFL Super Bowl games, the 1984 Olympic Soccer matches, the 1994 Men’s World Cup, the 1999 Women’s World Cup, four BCS National College Football Championship Games and the College Football Playoff Semi-Final game. 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