Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) 2012 Annual Report

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited Group (KCB.ug)  2012 annual report.Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB Group) is a leading financial institution offering retail and corporate banking services in Uganda through its subsidiary company. KCB Group offers financial solutions ranging from current accounts, overdrafts and loans to fixed and short-term deposits, mortgage finance, trade finance and forex, and business investment accounts. The banking institution participates in investments in treasury bills and bonds with the central banks. Wholly-owned subsidiaries in the banking group include Kenya Commercial Finance Company Limited, Savings & Loan Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank Nominees Limited, Kencom House Limited, KCB Tanzania Limited, KCB Sudan Limited, KCB Rwanda SA and KCB Uganda Limited. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Episcopalians prepare for second COVID-19-restricted Lent with mix of fatigue…

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 Lent 2021 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Press Release Rector Hopkinsville, KY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Lent, Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Belleville, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA By David PaulsenPosted Feb 15, 2021 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Featured Events Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit an Event Listingcenter_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Tags Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Shreveport, LA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopalians prepare for second COVID-19-restricted Lent with mix of fatigue and perseverance Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls The Rev. Emily Garcia, assistant rector at Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, shows the space she set up for viewing the church’s Easter Vigil in April 2020. This year, churches will be entering their second Lent during the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Emily Garcia, via Facebook[Episcopal News Service] As rector of Church of the Holy Spirit in Lebanon, New Jersey, the Rev. Philip Carr-Jones has a Lenten plan unlike any in his 37 years as a priest – self-imposed ashes on Ash Wednesday, drive-by palm distribution on Palm Sunday, a Maundy Thursday service on Zoom coinciding with family dinners, online Stations of the Cross for Good Friday and an outdoor Easter Vigil.Carr-Jones, like many Episcopal clergy and lay leaders, says he’s exhausted, with the world now nearly a year into the coronavirus pandemic, but that experience also has prepared congregations as they enter their second Lent under threat of COVID-19. Livestreaming setups are established. Hand sanitizer and face masks are routine accessories for those able to gather in person. Outdoor services are common.And as Episcopalians say personal prayers of repentance this Lent, they also will be joining Carr-Jones in a collective prayer for perseverance, to get through “one more Easter” like this, they hope, for the last time.“The people are saying, ‘I just want to hug,’” Carr-Jones told Episcopal News Service. “We used to spend a good five minutes greeting each other [before services].” Parishioners are desperate to connect with each other face to face, he said, but that won’t be an option again this Lent, while the virus is still spreading.Clergy interviewed for this story spoke of the fatigue they and their congregations are carrying with them into this Lenten season. They said they never expected parish life to be upended this long, now approaching a full lectionary cycle, but they also have learned much in the past year, including how technology can connect people who need to remain physically apart. With vaccination efforts ramping up, they are both hopeful for the future and humbled this year by the solemn themes of Lent.“In some ways, this has felt like a yearlong Lent,” said the Very Rev. Nathan LeRud, dean of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. “Everybody is just so ready for this to be done.”Ash Wednesday, in particular, feels more important and meaningful this year, LeRud said, and he is “more interested in ashes as a symbol of mortality and the honesty of facing death … rather than a symbol of penitence.”“I think we’re in a time when mortality is confronting us,” LeRud said. COVID-19 can strike anyone at any time, he said, and thousands are dying from it each day in the United States. “Lent is designed to help us confront the reality of our death.”The cathedral will offer ash kits on Feb. 17 for people to take home and impose themselves, or they may receive ashes from priests outside the cathedral. The celebrants will be masked and gloved and will sanitize their hands between each imposition of ashes. In a pandemic twist, the cathedral recruited retired clergy for the task. Those older clergy once were at greater risk from COVID-19, but now their age group has been the first to receive vaccinations.Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon, has livestreamed worship services from the cathedral for the past year but has yet to allow parishioners to attend. The congregation hopes to resume limited in-person worship during Lent. Photo: Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, via FacebookThis Lent, LeRud and other clergy said they are emphasizing some of the season’s more positive themes, rather than asking their congregations to dwell solely on repenting of what they’ve done wrong. The Rev. Andy Andrews, rector of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Vicksburg, Mississippi, described this Lent as “a season of healing, a season of rebuilding, a season of sacrifice.”“I feel it in my heart that this is just going to be the most meaningful Lent,” Andrews told ENS. “It seems like we’re breaking into a new beginning.”A cross is set up outside the Church of the Holy Trinity in Vicksburg, Mississippi, for Easter 2020. Photo: Holy Trinity, via FacebookBefore the pandemic, about 140 people worshipped at Holy Trinity each Sunday, and Andrews had never heard of Zoom and was rarely on Facebook. Now, Holy Trinity’s leaders rely on both to engage with the congregation from a distance. The past year has been a roller coaster ride, Andrews said, with in-person worship suspended at first, resuming last summer and halting again in the fall with a new surge in COVID-19 cases.For Ash Wednesday, Holy Trinity will welcome a limited number of worshippers into the church at two services. Details about imposition of ashes are still being worked out. For those who don’t attend the in-person services, a curbside option for ashes will be available.As congregations plan their second round of Holy Week and Easter services during the coronavirus outbreak, which was declared a pandemic in March 2020, this will be the first Ash Wednesday under those conditions. Episcopal leaders are reminding congregations that the ashes are not a sacrament. They aren’t a mandatory part of the Ash Wednesday liturgy and, if included, need not be imposed by a priest.The Rt. Rev. J. Neil Alexander, retired bishop of Atlanta, published an article in January that examined the historical roots of the liturgy. Alexander’s widely shared piece suggests sprinkling the ashes as a possible alternative to rubbing them on foreheads.Diocesan leaders have provided additional guidance to their congregations. The Diocese of Chicago recommended self-imposed ashes as the least risky of several options. Pennsylvania Bishop Daniel Gutiérrez offered a range of options in his diocese, from sprinkling ashes to applying them to foreheads with Q-tips.“The holy season of Lent calls us to remember our mortality,” Gutiérrez said. “Let us take every precaution to protect and preserve the lives of those in our care.”Congregations also are putting fun new spins on old Lenten traditions during the pandemic, starting with Shrove Tuesday on Feb. 16. Carr-Jones, the New Jersey rector, usually cooks the pancakes for Holy Spirit’s annual Shrove Tuesday dinner. This year, he is inviting parishioners to join him online instead, as they cook pancakes together.The Rev. Emily Garcia, assistant rector at Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, is looking forward to joining some members of her congregation for a Shrove Tuesday dance party on Zoom. One person will serve as DJ while participants dance their hearts out, enjoy food at home and interact with each other online.“I’ve got my shoes picked out,” Garcia told ENS.The idea was suggested by two parishioners. If nothing else, it will give participants “something to look forward to” amid the daily uncertainties of life during the pandemic, said Garcia, who leads the church’s youth ministries.Almost a year into the pandemic, Garcia is weary from the “perpetual, low-level anxiety” that she and others feel as they prepare for Lent, but her work on worship services for families has provided an uplifting counterbalance. “I feel real positive and hopeful about that, and I feel especially positive because so many families have made the effort to attend.”In Boca Grande, Florida, the fellowship dinners that St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church usually offers during Lent will return this year but online rather than in person – bring your own soup – and the Rev. Michelle Robertshaw, St. Andrew’s rector, will offer online Evening Prayer on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.Robertshaw senses fatigue but also some excitement, as she and parishioners reimagine how they can engage with each other, especially in this second Lent of the pandemic. “I feel more prepared,” she told ENS. “And I actually feel a little bit more of an opportunity to engage possibilities that I might not have thought of last time around.”Last year, she organized a golf cart parade of palms for Palm Sunday and plans to do that again this year. An ecumenical sunrise service for Easter was canceled this year, but Robertshaw is planning an in-person service at her church. The congregation has limited attendance at its in-person services to 30 people, with advance registration required. Most services are celebrated outdoors, as will the Easter service.“We’re fortunate. We’re in Florida,” she said.A parishioner waves from a golf cart in Boca Grande, Florida, in April 2020 during a Palm Sunday procession organized by St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church. Photo: St. Andrew’s, via YouTubeThe Episcopal Church in Colorado asked its congregations to shift worship to all online services around Advent and Christmas because of the latest surge in coronavirus cases. The case count has decreased since then, giving hope for a return to some in-person worship through Lent.“Last Lent, a lot of us thought that this would be over in a couple months,” said the Rev. Alex Dyer, the diocese’s canon to the ordinary. “There’s a real kind of loss and emotion I’m hearing from priests that, ‘Oh my gosh, we have to do this a second time.’”The pandemic has forced congregations to change many of the tactile Lenten practices they had taken for granted, Dyer said, such as ashes on foreheads for Ash Wednesday and washing of feet on Maundy Thursday. “We’re very incarnational,” he said, and the sense of loss isn’t just over the inability to gather fully. “In another sense, it’s the physicality of each of these rites. We’re not able to do it in the same way.”As with last year, however, the pandemic isn’t canceling Holy Week or Easter, and Dyer said the diocese expects to allow some churches to resume limited in-person worship services this Lent. Often that will mean 10 or fewer worshippers meeting outdoors, though specific guidance will depend on various factors, such as the size of church building and quality of ventilation.Last year, as the pandemic’s initial COVID-19 surge prompted the widespread suspension of in-person worship services, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry voiced his support for dioceses and congregations that were practicing a “Lenten fast” from those gatherings. Helping to slow the virus’ spread was “a sign of love for one’s neighbor,” he said, even if it meant empty pews on Easter.At Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, the fast from in-person worship has yet to end. The Oregon cathedral remains closed to the public, and LeRud, the dean, maintains a weekly routine of online-only services.That doesn’t mean the cathedral has been completely off limits. Two days a week, it accepts “Cathedral Pilgrimage” reservations, so a few individuals at a time can come for up to an hour to pray, meditate, receive some of the cathedral’s reserve Eucharist, light a candle and visit its courtyard and memorial garden.LeRud said he thinks parishioners will treasure those visits this Lent, though he also hopes that, at some point during the season, he will be able to resume in-person worship, which likely will be capped at 50 people at a time.The cathedral had something of a test run on Jan. 30 when it hosted the consecration of Oregon Bishop Diana Akiyama. “There were 50 people in that building, and that was the first time in a year,” LeRud told ENS. “Just the feeling of having people in the building again was such a rush. It was very moving, and we were able to do it safely.”Easter services typically draw a thousand people to the cathedral, LeRud said. Even a small crowd would be a blessing this year. “I don’t think I can do another Easter with an empty cathedral,” he said, but if the COVID-19 case counts surge again, he is prepared to broadcast the service from the cathedral, to a congregation forced to watch from home.Either way, Easter will be a celebration, he said. “We all need a chance to celebrate some kind of new life.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 last_img read more

Ronan O’Gara controversial try vs Italy

first_imgMonday Aug 27, 2007 Ronan O’Gara controversial try vs Italy Ireland played Italy this weekend in Belfast in a World Cup warm up match that before kick off seemed destined to be a win for Ireland. Italy fought hard though and controlled the second half, seemingly on track for a famous win.O’Gara slotted a drop goal in the 79th minute, placing the hosts in a winning position with a frantic few minutes still to be played.Late into injury time the Irish flyhalf went over the line and was awarded this controversial try by TMO Derek Bevan. After numerous replays, none of which were 100%decisive, the try was awarded and the Italians were furious with the outcome.There is an instant in one of the replays where MAYBE it looks like it went back off O’Gara’s legs, then forward off the Italian and down, therefore legal. But in my opinion theres just way too much doubt for it to be awarded. 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Leinster finish with Rainbow flourish as fans attend RDS for first time in 16 months Retiring duo Scott Fardy and Michael Bent bowed out on a winning note as Leinster finished the Rainbow Cup with a victory over Dragons. Ronan O’Gara controversial try vs Italy | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Blackbaud integrates Everyclick online shopping app into The Raiser’s Edge

first_img Tagged with: app Blackbaud Digital Everyclick AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 | 11 January 2011 | News Blackbaud has integrated Everyclick’s Give as you Live™ online shopping app into its fundraising software The Raiser’s Edge®, enabling its charity clients to encourage their supporters to help generate income for them every time they shop online.The software and services provider for the not-for-profit sector has created a free, downloadable plugin for The Raiser’s Edge, which incorporates the Give as you Live™ web app, and enables reporting and analysis of its fundraising activity.Give as you Live™, powered by online fundraising company Everyclick, lets a shopper raise funds for any of 220,000 UK registered charities at no cost to them every time they shop online. Everyclick says that the average online shopper should be able to generate £75 per annum for charity. Participating charities receive up to 90% revenue share for over 1,000 leading retailers, including John Lewis, Tesco, Expedia, lastminute.com, Majestic, play.com and Sainsbury.By the end of 2010 60 charities were already piloting the app, including Tommy’s The Baby Charity, the Fredericks Foundation, Breast Cancer Campaign, e-Learning Foundation, and Starlight Children’s Foundation.The integration with The Raiser’s Edge is significant because it brings the advantage of reporting and donor analysis, as well as the facility for charities to thank those individual supporters that opt-in to further communications when they sign up to Give as you Live™.Charities using it will also gain information on the purchasing habits and lifestyle choices of the supporters who sign up for the service to support them. This data could prove a valuable new resource for improving targeting strategies and developing supporter relationships.Polly Gowers, CEO of Everyclick, explained: “Give as you Live™ was created to remove the headache of affinity marketing. By putting the supporter’s needs first and foremost in our design process, we have created a product that can raise millions of pounds without the hassle of asking supporters to change their behaviours”.Martin Jervis, Vice President and Managing Director of Blackbaud Europe, commented:”Give as you Live™ opens up an untapped unrestricted income stream that could be a major boost for charities… It is the simplicity of the Give as you Live™ application that makes it so appealing to both users and charities, yet the fundraising and data it could yield is staggering.”He added: “Integration with The Raiser’s Edge will provide a new level of donor insight that will be invaluable for donor stewardship, targeting new audiences, and developing long term strategies.”Everyclick recently attracted financial backing for Give as you Live™ from business and charity entrepreneurs, including Stanley Fink and Geoff Squire OBE, Chairman of Kognitio Ltd, and former CEO of Oracle Europe and Vice Chairman of Veritas Corporation.The company was recently featured (on page 8) of the government’s Giving Green Paper.Everyclick’s upcoming consumer advertising campaign will encourage shoppers to register for Give as you Live and choose the single charity that they will fundraise for. There is therefore an element of first-come-first-served for charities to secure as many sign-ups for their charity as they can.www.giveasyoulive.com  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Blackbaud integrates Everyclick online shopping app into The Raiser’s Edgelast_img read more

Sage creates chatbot for Invictus Games

first_img Sage has created a chatbot for this year’s Invictus Games Sydney 2018, to help and engage the event’s supporters and competitors.The chatbot, called ‘Cobber’ after the games mascot, and was created with the help of Kriti Sharma, VP of Artificial Intelligence at Sage, to help make the event easier for supporters and competitors to engage with and enjoy the Games.Cobber will engage the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 community digitally, 24/7 during the event, and can assist with FAQs, event times and ticketing, all with the addition of some quirky humour. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Events Technology Melanie May | 14 September 2018 | News Sage is a Premier Partner of Invictus Games Sydney 2018, which take place from 20-27 October. The company has also provided financial support and intellectual capital to help develop the chatbot.Kriti Sharma, VP of Artificial Intelligence at Sage, said:“Sage developed the world’s first accounting Chatbot called PEGG. We used many of the learnings to help bring Cobber’s personality to life. Like PEGG, Cobber the Chatbot is designed to handle repetitive tasks with a quirky sense of humour. Cobber can quickly reply to large numbers of messages seeking answers to commonly asked questions on topics such as event times and ticketing. This means the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 will have more time to support the competitors and their supporters and put on the event they deserve.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20center_img Sage creates chatbot for Invictus Games  181 total views,  1 views today  182 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis20 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

230 organisations receive 2020 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

first_img North Somerset Black and Minority Ethnic Network, Tyne & Wear’s Forward Assist, and the Cymer Afan Community Library are among 2020’s recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, announced during this week’s Volunteers’ Week.A total of 230 organisations from across the UK have been given the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service this year.Coinciding with Volunteers’ Week, which takes place from 1-7 June, this year’s Award celebrates the work of a diverse range of volunteer groups whose work has enhanced and supported local communities over a number of years. Many of those honoured have adapted their services to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.The Award recipients include:Forward Assist, in Tyne and Wear, which set up a virtual support service for veterans in the community, in which a therapist checks in with ‘safe and well’ calls and offers one-to-one counselling. It has also arranged food parcels, offered financial advice and updated CVs for vulnerable, isolated veterans.The Cymer Afan Community Library, which repurposed its building, staff and volunteers to transform the library into a temporary food bank for the community when a local food bank closed in Neath Port Talbot because its volunteers were self-isolating.North Somerset Black and Minority Ethnic Network, which has supported the local community with advice and assistance over the phone as well as delivering over 5000 hot meals to vulnerable people, free of charge.Eglinton Community Centre in Derry-Londonderry, which has been running online dance exercise classes to support the mental health and wellbeing of older people who usually attend the centre.Gairloch Community Car Scheme in the Scottish Highlands, which has adapted its car service to collect and deliver groceries, pharmacy items and other shopping for those isolated during the pandemic. They have also extended the area they cover to a 150-mile radius to ensure the more remote, outlying families can access help.The recipients of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service are announced every year on 2 June, the anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation.Any volunteer-led group comprising two or more people having a positive impact on the lives of others in an exceptional way can be nominated for an award. More details can be found on the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service website.The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Independent Committee Chair Sir Martyn Lewis, said:“This year’s Queen’s Awards highlight the considerable achievements of groups of volunteers who have been making a real impact to the fabric of our country for many years – in some cases decades. Inspired by all that is best in the human spirit, they are made up of local people who have come together to address particular issues and problems facing their communities – often in new and imaginative ways.“All of these award winners have demonstrated a long-term commitment to volunteering that gives real meaning to society, and which shows Britain at its best. Moreover, some of them have also managed to provide valuable support with the fight against Covid-19.” Advertisement  693 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Nominations for the 2021 awards close on 25 September 2020.  692 total views,  2 views today Tagged with: Awards Volunteeringcenter_img 230 organisations receive 2020 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 3 June 2020 | Newslast_img read more

Canada Set To Retaliate Over COOL

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Canada Set To Retaliate Over COOL Canada Set To Retaliate Over COOL Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Jun 4, 2015 Canada’s ag ministry on Thursday asked the World Trade Organization for authorization to complete $3 billion in retaliatory measures on grounds that the U.S. Country-of-Origin Labeling requirement harms trade. Canada’s request will be considered by the WTO Dispute Settlement Body on June 17, 2015, Canada’s International Trade and Agriculture and Agri-Food offices said.The request comes as the WTO on May 18 ruled that the COOL rule was noncompliant with WTO trade rules. Canada asserts the rule, which requires that certain products be labeled with the country where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered, discriminate against the country’s own cattle and hogs.“Despite the WTO’s final ruling that U.S. country of origin labelling measures are discriminatory, the United States continues to avoid its international trade obligations,” Canadian Minister of International Trade Ed Fast said in a statement.Chip Bowling, Maryland farmer and president of the National Corn Growers Association, in response to the announcement,  “Ag trade is a vital part of the U.S. economy. Retaliation by Canada will have a significant impact on American farmers and ranchers, threatening rural economies as well as our relationship with one of America’s greatest allies and trading partners. We urge Congress to quickly pass legislation to ensure the United States is in compliance with World Trade Organization obligations in regards to country-of-origin labeling.” SHAREcenter_img Facebook Twitter If Canada is granted authority to retaliate, a wide range of products including cattle and pork, dairy and produce products, even domestic products like furniture, could be affected. Previous articleOil Lower as OPEC Meeting LoomsNext articleCooler Weather Still Causing Issues in Indiana Corn Gary Truitt SHARElast_img read more

Hoosier Farmers Assess Damage from Weekend Monsoon

first_img By Gary Truitt – May 31, 2015 Home Market Hoosier Farmers Assess Damage from Weekend Monsoon Facebook Twitter Hoosier Farmers Assess Damage from Weekend Monsoon SHARE “We needed some rain but not this much,” said one Indiana farmer about the storms that dumped from 1-5 inches of rain across the state over the weekend. Reports ranged from 1.7 inches in Davies County to 2 inches in Montgomery and Allen Counties, 3 inches in Newton County and parts of Howard County got upwards of 4 inches.  The National Weather Service reported hail and 60 mph winds in Hancock and Madison Counties Saturday afternoon.  In many of these fields, corn was just emerging and the pounding rain literally beat the young plants back into the ground.  Some fields with corn in the V4 and V5 stage saw the plants totally submerged under standing water.flooded field in Montgomery County“Fields totaling 800 acres were ugly, the east field was the ugliest. Whipping up whitecaps on the deepest parts,” reported Donya Lester from Montgomery Country, “Corn had come up beautifully, but was very small. Beans were just popping the last few days. No estimate on replant. Another 400 acres just north of that farm is saturated.” Miami County farmer Jeanette Merritt told HAT, “Our fields in Miami County had 2.25 inches. Some of our fields in Howard County had over 4 inches of rain.” As is often the case with Indiana rain, some farms got very little precipitation. Isabella Chism, 2nd Vice President of Indiana Farm Bureau, reported, “3.5 inches in northwestern Howard County. Water standing in places. Just 8 miles west of us only got 0.7inches.”  Jonathan Sparks said, “Anywhere from 0.7 to 2.75″ in Hancock County. Anywhere from no pounding to a lot of standing water.”Most growers reached by HAT indicated replanting would be needed, but a full assessment would be made in a few days when things dried out. Lynn Teel, in White County, indicated some of the lighter soils could be ready to be worked or replanted in the next day or two. Generally, rain totals were less in Southern Indiana. Some growers in this area had just completed planting and were thankful for the moisture. Indiana Farm Bureau President Don Villwock posted on his Facebook page, “Mixed emotions in that we have 1 day of soybeans left to plant. But every acre that was in the ground needed a drink. Plus the farm team needed a break. I know some farmer friends got too much rain too quick and some didn’t get enough. So goes the life of a farmer.”Overnight futures markets were generally unaffected by the weather, and corn and soybean prices continued to move lower. The market is convinced that there is a big crop out there and that this setback may not be enough to raise concerns. The weather forecast for the week indicates good drying conditions for much of Indiana. HAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin says, ” A dry week is heading our way. We see no rain in the forecast today through Friday. With temps warming, we should see decent drying. We look for max evaporation rates up to 0.25” per day. Sunshine will be dominant through the week.” Facebook Twitter Previous articleEPA Proposed RFS Rule Falls ShortNext articleMorning Outlook Gary Truitt SHARElast_img read more

Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post

first_img July 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Mauritania July 30, 2019 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Mauritanian reporter’s arrest for 48 hours over nothing more than a Facebook post questioning government spending. The authorities must safeguard press freedom in Mauritania, RSF said. Organisation MauritaniaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms ImprisonedImpunityInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment News Abdellahi Mohamed Ould Atigha, the editor of the independent newspaper Al Hoora, was suddenly arrested – without any warning or prior summons – on 24 April by police who went to his home in Boutilimit, a town 165 km southeast of the capital Nouakchott.It was only on arriving at the town’s police station that he was told he had been arrested because of a complaint by social affairs minister Naha Mint Haroun Cheikh Sidiya over a Facebook post in which he questioned what had happened to money earmarked for disadvantaged sectors of the population.Ould Atigha was released 48 hours later after the minister’s father withdrew the complaint. When reached by RSF, the journalist deplored the “lack of transparency on the part of the authorities” and said there was “no justification” for his arrest.“Arresting a journalist for an ordinary Facebook post that just asked questions is totally disproportionate,” RSF said. “This speaks both to a dangerous level of scrutiny of social media by the authorities, and to a manifest desire to suppress dissent. We urge the government safeguard the accessibility and transparency of information in Mauritania and to desist from arbitrary arrests of journalists, who must be able to work with complete freedom.”This is not the first time that journalists have been arrested in Mauritania for questioning what happens to government money. Two bloggers, Abderrahmane Weddady and Cheikh Ould Jiddou, spent more than two months in prison in 2019 for reporting comments being made by bloggers and media outlets in the Middle East about the freezing of a two-billion dollar account in the United Emirates that was allegedly opened by persons close to Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.Mauritania has fallen 46 places in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index since 2016 and is now ranked 94th out of 180 countries. News to go further Journalist Abdellahi Mohamed Ould Atigha, held for 48 hours following a Facebook post. March 13, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Mauritanian blogger freed after being held for nearly six years News Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world May 20, 2021 Mauritanian reporter held for two days over Facebook post News Help by sharing this information RSF_en Receive email alerts RSF backs joint op-ed by 120 West African media and journalists calling for Beninese journalist’s release MauritaniaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedoms ImprisonedImpunityInternetFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment last_img read more

Italian ambassador among 3 killed in attack on Congo convoy

first_imgLocal News WhatsApp WhatsApp The vehicle in which the Italian ambassador to Congo was killed, according to those at the scene, sits with a smashed window in Nyiragongo, North Kivu province, Congo Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. The Italian ambassador to Congo Luca Attanasio, an Italian carabineri police officer and their Congolese driver were killed Monday in an attack on a U.N. convoy in an area that is home to myriad rebel groups, the Foreign Ministry and local people said. Twitter Previous articleSolid company earnings and hopes for aid send stocks higherNext articleOAT020321_OC_Mens_JF_07 Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Twittercenter_img TAGS  Pinterest Facebook Italian ambassador among 3 killed in attack on Congo convoy By Digital AIM Web Support – March 4, 2021 Pinterestlast_img read more