National Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2005 annual report.For more information about National Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Tyre Services Limited (NTS.zw) 2005 annual report.Company ProfileNational Tyre Services Limited is the largest distributor and retailer of new tyres and tubes for the automotive industry in Zimbabwe. Its focus is on re-lugging tyres used in the agricultural and earthmoving sector and the procurement of truck tyres for the Zimbabwe transport industry. Popular tyre brands sold by National Tyre Services include Dunlop, Firestone, Bridgestone, Yokohama, Pirelli, Bandag, Regal and Comforser. It offers products in its ranger catering for sedans, SUVs, off-road vehicles, light trucks and heavy-duty trucks and buses. Its service outlets deal with wheel alignment, wheel balancing, product support and inner tyre tubes. The company has a national footprint with 12 retail outlets in major towns and cities in Zimbabwe. The re-lugging factory is in Harare and Chiredzi and re-treading and procurement of truck tyres is done out of Harare and Bulawayo. National Tyre Services Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2011 presentation For more information about Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) 2011 presentation Company ProfileFidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited is a holding company providing products and services for life assurance, employee benefits, asset management, medical insurance, funeral assurance provision of actuarial services and residential property development. This includes managing pensions, funeral insurance and microfinancing in the informal banking market. Fidelity Life Assurance Zimbabwe offers additional products for individual loans, salary-based loads and loans for farmers. Its actuarial services include life and general insurance services, healthcare insurance, investments and finance and funeral assurance schemes. Its asset management services include unit trusts, money market funds, equity funds, balanced funds and advisory services. Its medical aid services include an access health package, express health package and a foundation health package. The company operates in Zimbabwe and Malawi, with the latter offering products for life assurance and pensions. Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
Equity Bank Limited (EBL.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Equity Bank Limited (EBL.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Limited (EBL.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Limited (EBL.ug) 2018 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileEquity Bank Limited is a financial conglomerate offering banking products and solutions to individuals and small-to-medium enterprises in Uganda through its subsidiary company, Equity Bank Uganda Ltd (EBUL). Its product offering ranges from savings and current accounts and fixed deposit accounts to social institutional accounts, credit products, treasury, trade finance and bank guarantee services. EBUL offers solutions for Internet banking, money transfers, merchant acquiring, point of sale and mobile banking services. Equity Bank Uganda Limited was formerly known as Uganda Microfinance Limited and changed its name to Equity Bank Uganda Ltd in 2008 when the microfinance institution was purchased by Equity Bank Limited. The financial conglomerate operates in six countries in the African Great Lakes Region, including subsidiary banks in Uganda, Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania. Equity Bank Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange
LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS I imagine it is pretty comforting to know All Black big men Jerome Kaino, Sonny Bill Williams, Brodie Retallick and Liam Messam have got your back. Then again, the Samoans preparing to represent their country against England on Saturday must be hurting badly.After threatening to boycott the Twickenham tie in order to raise awareness of administrative shortcomings, they have allegedly been threatened with a razor-sharp trident – expulsion from next autumn’s Rugby World Cup, exclusion from the 2016 Olympic sevens and having their historic home Test against New Zealand cancelled.Now, the nature of the problems that instigated the idea of collective action must seem prehistoric to those who have grown up in rugby’s professional era. Some sinister financial murkiness is best defined by the fact that a large public-funded pot simply went missing prior to 2011 and players have been expected to pay their own air fares since. A habit of naming the starting side on social media without informing the protagonists themselves epitomises an inconsiderate approach.Raw talent: The Samoans boast players like Alapati LeiuaSuch amateurish faults are totally at odds with the stratospheric talent that a nation of 190,000 continues to produce – skills that clubs in Europe will pay handsomely for. Alapati Leiua, a wonderful centre-cum-wing who joined Wasps this summer, reportedly commanded a three-year contract worth £600,000. He is worth every penny as well. Even defensive guru Brad Barritt has his work cut out on Saturday evening.Put simply, there is a disconnect between playing prowess and the flimsy, corrupt infrastructure charged with managing it. For a while, pride was enough and held things in place. Quite rightly, those who wear blue now want a support network sufficient to give them the best chance of doing Samoa proud. But friction remains. Just this morning, news emerged that Union “got the dates mixed up” and missed a crucial meeting with newly re-named World Rugby (formerly the IRB).Standing together Samoa go through some scrummaging this weekThe upshot is that the Pacific Islanders head into a mighty tough Test match under a dark cloud of disillusionment. Samoan’s prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who doubles up as the president of the rugby union, labelled them “spoilt children” for even entertaining thoughts of a strike. The situation feels like a horrible cul-de-sac, as lock Dan Leo explained last weekend.“This has all weighed heavily on us all,” he explained. “We woke to those comments [by the prime minister] on Friday, which appeared to be dismissive of all our concerns. AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JUNE 02: Samoa fans showing their support during the 2014 Junior World Championships match between New Zealand and Samoa at QBE Stadium on June 2, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images) Saturday evening’s fixture against England at Twickenham comes at a hugely turbulent time for Samoa, but this week is also proving a perfect chance for world rugby to rally around the Pacific Islanders. “We know that our results on the field will help our cause somewhat by proving our commitment. We don’t want to get drawn into a slanging match.“This is has been ongoing for months and initially we wanted to deal with it in-house and not to wash our dirty linen in public. We don’t want to destroy the thing we are trying to save, and that is Samoan rugby. That has got to be reciprocated by officials. And it hasn’t been.”Samoa account for an extremely vivid part of international rugby’s rich tapestry. From the late Peter Fatialofa through Pat Lam and Brian Lima, via Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu to the likes of TJ Ioane Kahn Fotuali’i, who carry the torch today, their fully-committed characters and all-action playing style have brought smiles to many. That is a mightily important legacy.The rugby community is very good at gathering together around a shared cause, and it was extremely heartening to see goodwill spread across the Twittersphere yesterday, celebrating a bona fide rugby heartland.Samoa will run out at Twickenham wearing black armbands to mourn what is certainly a set-back in terms of player welfare. In the meantime, it feels like a public duty to make them aware of how much they are valued and respected. TAGS: Samoa Jump on the #SamoaUnited bandwagon. Make your voice heard so theirs can be too.
On the attack: The Lions have to regather themselves and win the second Test Analysis of the First Test between the British & Irish Lions and New Zealand makes for sobering reading but there are positives ahead of next week… The manner of defeat will concern Warren GatlandThe British and Irish Lions’ 30-15 defeat in the first test will obviously concern Warren Gatland. But the manner of the defeat will probably concern him more. Being out-dazzled by a Kiwi backline is one thing, but having his Northern Hemisphere forwards out ‘protein shaked’ is quite another. Whilst the pre-match build-up related to the width of the All Blacks style of play, it was the narrow that did for the Lions early on. Big direct carries and a series of intricate short passes rendered the Lions’ blitz defence ineffective and allowed Sonny Bill Williams to deliver his performance of the season for club and country.Winning the midfield battles: Sonny Bill Williams sucked in defendersThis isn’t to say that the Lions weren’t competitive. For periods, they were. The Lions first try was immaculate and worthy of any Lions’ DVD. The Lions also saw some very positive individual performances from Ben Te’o, Jon Davies and Liam Williams, but it was nowhere near enough. Gatland will have started the game wanting to dominate the collisions and that simply didn’t happen. It’s very rare that you see Owen Farrell lose a collision, against a forward or a back. The collision he lost against Kieran Read was a proper eye opener – or eye closer – depending on how you see it.Lions’ lineout was a genuine positiveIt is rare to find many areas in which any team outperforms the All Blacks. Keeping their lineout to a completion of just 61% is massive. The defensive lineout work of the Lions was exemplary. To reduce the All Blacks to completing eight lineouts from 13 is a genuine plus for the Lions. It does though present a selection problem.Contest: The Lions competed well at the lineoutPeter O’Mahony is the best defensive lineout forward in the squad. Sam Warburton is however the best ‘jackal’. The Lions dominated the lineout but lost out on the deck. For the second test, do the Lions opt for mobility and power defensively in the lineout, or on the ground? I know which way I’d go. It would be interesting to hear your view.Lions score a wonder try. But need moreWhoever is editing this year’s Lions’ DVD will have already cut, dubbed and titled the first try from the first test. And rightly so. It was started by a beautiful step from Liam Williams, which saw Kieran Read fooled for the only time in 80 minutes. Williams then flowed through the gap between Aaron Cruden and Sonny Bill Williams (Ben Te’o offering a subtle shield). Then, Jon Davies and Elliot Daly executed some excellent inter passing, with the lung burning supporting line of Sean O’Brien to finish.Breakaway: Liam Williams started a brilliant try but more was neededBut here is the problem. Whereas this try will definitely feature on the Lions’ DVD, the All Blacks score so many tries that their DVD editor will have to wait a while before choosing their top tries for the film. The All Blacks scored three in the first test with a malfunctioning lineout and two backs substituted in the first 34 minutes. This isn’t to say that the Lions’ can’t create tries, they actually made more clean breaks in the first test than their opposition with 15 breaks to 12. Only tries will beat the All Blacks. Let’s hope the Lions’ section policy continues to reflect that. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERELions struggle with the All Blacks short passesIt’s becoming very difficult to give a term to some of the passing that the All Blacks executed in the first test. They’re not quite passes, because they don’t always go into the air. They’re not quite ‘gut passes’ – an old school term used to explain passing the ball into your team mates hands and abdomen. And they’re not quite offloads either as it’s difficult to tell if they’re being executed before or after contact.Pop pass: The All Blacks’ short passing continually caused problems for the LionsWhat they definitely are however is a way to render defence systems absolutely redundant at times. It’s like watching the ‘Roman Tortoise’, a roman military formation, but with a ball moving underneath like a pinball. When we in the Northern Hemisphere are often marvelling at New Zealand’s’ backs, we’re possibly taking an eye off their forwards. Codie Taylor’s try, with a pick up that James Dyson would be proud of, is a literal example of that.Kieran Read immaculateDoing player ratings is a nightmare. No one agrees on them. Except for Kieran Reads performance in the first test. It was a straight ten. There are plenty of players in world rugby capable of making that hit on Owen Farrell and there are plenty of players who are capable of executing that one handed pass from the floor of the scrum – but there are few that can do both.Majestic: Out with injury for seven weeks, Kieran Read put in a stellar performanceRead’s link play was immaculate and to put it into perspective he executed four times the number of passes of Taulupe Faletau – himself a good link player. All of this was made more remarkable by the fact that this was just Read’s fifth game of the season. There are some very good number eights in world rugby, but none come close to the Kiwi.
[Anglican Communion News Service] Last week, the steering group for the International Anglican Women’s Network met in London to discuss the many issues facing women throughout the world. Hailing from around the Anglican Communion, these women used theological and biblical perspectives to discuss far reaching issues such as gender-based violence, human trafficking, and sustainable economic empowerment.Read the full article here. Rector Shreveport, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Tags Press Release Service Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Anglican Communion, Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Posted Oct 23, 2017 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events 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 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Gender justice on agenda as Anglican Women’s Network meets in London Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Press Release 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 Featured Jobs & Calls Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Gender Justice Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Bath, NC Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI
The following call for the release of Moldovan political activists, issued on Sept. 9, was initiated by the International Action Center (USA) and co-signed by SouthFront; Victor Shapinov, Union Borotba (Ukraine/Donbass); Solidarity with Antifascist Resistance in Ukraine (Greece), and Solidarity with Ukraine Antifascists Committee (USA). To co-sign this statement, email [email protected] call on the government of the Republic of Moldova to immediately release the seven left-wing political activists arrested at the Prosecutor General’s Office in Chisinau on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2015. They were detained during a peaceful protest of several hundred people, calling for the arrest of Moldovan oligarch and political kingmaker Vladimir Plahotniuc and the resignation of Prosecutor General Corneliu Gurin.Originally the activists were detained for 72 hours, during which time they reported being beaten. On Sept. 8, a Chisinau court extended their detention for 30 days.The seven arrested protesters include Grigory Petrenko, former parliamentary deputy and member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), and leader of the Red Bloc party (formerly called Our Home Is Moldova); Pavel Grigorchuk and Mikhail Amerberg, who spent several months in jail earlier this year on false charges of conspiring to disrupt last November’s parliamentary elections; and Alexander Roshko, Oleg Buzni, Voya Jurat and Andrew Druz. This summer, the Red Bloc initiated nationwide protests against utility and fuel price hikes, forcing the Moldovan government to step back from some of its planned austerity measures. In July Petrenko personally led Liberty Township, a tent city protest outside the home of oligarch Plahotniuc, which was broken up by police and private security agencies with the General Prosecutor Gurin’s blessing. Petrenko’s party has stood firm against “Euro-integration,” which has resulted in selling off Moldova’s industry and resources and making its people a cheap labor pool for the European Union, devastating the livelihoods of workers and farmers. Red Bloc also opposes the government’s partnership with the far-right junta of neoliberals, oligarchs and fascists in neighboring Ukraine, Kiev’s threats against the independent republic of Transnistria, and the war against the Donbass people’s republics. It opposes plans to merge Moldova with NATO-member Romania.Most threatening to the pro-Western rulers of Moldova, the Red Bloc seeks to unite people of all nationalities and language groups around an anti-oligarchic program of rolling back austerity and establishing peaceful relations and trade with Russia and the countries of the Customs Union. As a result, Petrenko and his party became the targets of slanderous attacks in the oligarch-controlled media, with some commentators openly calling for his arrest. On Sunday, Sept. 6, two major protests were held in the Moldovan capital. The first, an anti-corruption rally sponsored by the “Yes Platform,” was dominated by pro-Western parties excluded from the government. In response to this “Grand National Assembly,” Prime Minister Valeriu Strelet, representing the ruling Alliance for European Integration, pledged to negotiate with these protesters. In stark contrast, the second action, a Red Bloc-initiated march of several hundred people, met with violent repression. Riot police blocked marchers from entering the Prosecutor General’s Office, then attacked protesters when they attempted to erect a tent city outside the public building. Many people were injured, including a pensioner who was rushed to the hospital.Following the arrest of Grigory Petrenko and his comrades, masked security forces raided the offices of the Red Bloc party, Petrenko’s home, the home of his elderly in-laws, and the home of fellow prisoner Mikhail Amerberg. All of these searches were conducted illegally, without a court-issued search warrant or lawyers present. When Petrenko and other prisoners were brought before the judge on Sept. 8, they were surrounded by dozens of riot police wearing flak jackets and slinging automatic weapons.Today Moldova sits at a critical juncture. Austerity bites deep and the people’s future looks bleak. Moldova could tip toward the Ukrainian scenario of ultra-nationalism, fascism and war – the options that seem to be favored by Plahotniuc, the current regime and some of its erstwhile opponents. Or, by mobilizing popular forces against the spread of austerity and war, Moldova could blaze a trail of hope for people throughout eastern Europe and the world. If President Timofti, Prime Minister Strelet and pro-European forces inside and outside the regime are as dedicated to democracy as they claim, then Grigory Petrenko and his fellow protesters must be freed and their voices must be heard.Free Grigory Petrenko and the anti-oligarchy protesters!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Workers World reporter Ted Kelly interviewed Bryant Arroyo, a lifer at Pennsylvania State Correctional Institute Frackville in central Pennsylvania on April 1. Mumia Abu-Jamal has referred to him as “the world’s first jailhouse environmentalist.” Arroyo has been in prison for 27 years for a crime he did not commit.Ted Kelly and Bryant Arroyo, Feb. 28. Credit: Kenyatta WilliamsWorkers World: What are the threats that the COVID-19 pandemic poses to prisoners?Bryant Arroyo: It’s definitely a trying time. I’m just trying to maintain a positive outlook, even though I do believe this COVID-19 virus will spread, and it’s not something we’re going to be able to stop, per se. This is a new ordeal, not just here, but it’s something that’s unprecedented throughout the system. I also believe it presents a new excitement for the system to revamp its draconian laws and look at it with a new, fresh perspective.Change is inevitable. We all have to go through a process of change, regardless of whether we’re reluctant or reticent to do so. I think the system now confronts a new monster. It ain’t the COVID-19. It’s the injustices that have been done to prisoners like myself who are actually innocent and those who are deserving of a second chance.I have to tell you this because these are unusual and unprecedented circumstances. Instead of giving out more rations and better quality of food, they give out less rations and poor-ass quality of food. Thank God that I’m fortunate enough to have the little bit that I do have, coupled with my cellie, and we share with each other. But what if you don’t have that?WW: Can you describe what the rations have degenerated to?BA: For example, for breakfast, they give you a packet of coffee (which is the lowest quality), a shitload of salt and pepper, one cereal, one piece of cake and a milk. That’s your breakfast. Today, Wednesday, they gave us two eggs, a packet of coffee, a carton of juice, and a milk with cereal. If you cup your hand, that’s the amount of cereal they gave.WW: Are all meals taken directly in the cell right now?BA: Yes. There’s no walking down the main line to pick it up. Right now everyone is being punitively sanctioned to one hour of [recreation]. We’re really on death row lockdown. This is exactly what it is — death row lockdown. This is 23-and-1 [23 hours in the cell, 1 hour not locked in].You got two workout machines on the block. I don’t want to work out. I want to communicate. Aside from that, I’m not going to take my [one hour of] rec — that I have to take a shower in and try to get in the phone calls to communicate with my family — and take away 10 or 15 minutes [for rec]. It’s too precious to exercise right now. So the only exercise I can do right now is through my jaw and my voice box. [Laughs]WW: You have to do all that in one hour?BA: Yes! I haven’t even taken a shower. I got my hands right now wrapped in my underwear, soap dish and rag. My shampoo’s on the floor. So when I’m done with you, I’m going to see if I can call my daughter and then I’ll take it from there.I’m telling you right now that even with all the things that we do have — I’m talking about the little luxuries: my typewriter, I got that stationed; the tablet, if you got games on it or music you can utilize that. If you got a TV, you’re temporarily getting free cable. Let’s just say you don’t have any of that.Can you imagine what the mental health aspects are? They’re going through the roof. Because even with the particular luxuries that I mentioned, that’s not enough. People are fearful. They’re concerned. They’re tired of being tired and left in the dark.The DOC [Department of Correction] is treating this like a natural lockdown. But this is literally a death row lockdown, which exacerbates mental health problems. To be truthful, the reason they’re doing this is that they don’t know how to adapt to the overall big picture. As they go, they are more reactionary.If they’d respond to the situation accordingly and listen to exactly what our needs are, that would protect them. When we as prisoners eat a good meal and we’re in our cells, guess what we’re doing? We’re laughing, joking, thinking about our families, discussing our families — and going to sleep. You can go to sleep in peace after breaking bread accordingly. They don’t get that.We don’t need any more problems. You don’t need people lashing out or going ballistic. You don’t need people losing their minds because they’re frustrated, because they’re starving. So the guys are going off. They went off last night.They’re probably going to go off again today because [the prison staff] were trying to deprive them of showers. They’re frustrated. They’re locked in. They haven’t had their rec. So they all kicked in unison until [the staff] turned around and said, okay, we’re going to shower you.WW: So it worked.BA: Absolutely.WW: But the fact that they had to all kick their cell doors in unison just to get a shower and their meal time and their rec.BA: Correct. At that point ain’t no [guard] could go to the door and tell them to stop because they said: Fuck you! Give me my shit that I deserve and that I have a right to. I have a right to a shower! I have a right to work. You’re here to work. You come in here thinking that you got an attitude. What do you think I have? More than an attitude. [Laughs] That’s why I’m kicking the door instead of kicking you. [Laughs]WW: Workers World says that prisons are concentration camps for the poor. Do you agree?BA: Yes. You always have to look at [prisoners] as destitute. They have absolutely nothing except for the fact that they’re in prison. If you jump off of that premise — which is that most of us are in the most extreme position — you can make the best decisions. This situation presents us with challenges that we have to reckon with, that we may not have previously fathomed or entertained. That’s part of life.Now COVID-19 is part of all our lives. Hope that a lot of us don’t get it, and that if we do get it, that we don’t die from it. That is my sincere hope for all my loved ones, family members, friends around the world. For real! At the end of the day, this pandemic is taking lives. So it is serious. It is a matter of life and death. And when we’re presented with a situation of this magnitude, the leaders at the top need to come to the floor and see for themselves and speak to us.It goes against the very same thing that the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] states and the federal jurisdiction has stated: that we have to downsize and have space. As we all know, prisons are a cesspool. And there is no space, and there’s overcrowding.We’re packed in here like sardines. Being locked in 23-and-1 doesn’t even give us access to fresh air other than what comes in through your window. It sucks. Granted [staff] have more liquids to clean with, and this, that, and the third, but aside from sterilization, you need fresh air!This is going to really present a new challenge. Aside from the misery that this COVID-19 has brought upon the people — the traumas, devastation, tragedies, lives being taken — I think this presents an unprecedented and indelible mark in history. Because you still have the time to do what is right. You can come up with many great ideas.I believe now is the time not to just get dug in, but to come up with very creative, conscionable, reasonable and firm ideas so that we cannot just develop, but we can grow. Look at a means of justice informed by all the families who live in this misery for years, supporting their loved ones who are innocent or deserving of a second chance. Now is the time.We have to give [the public] insight. A lot of people don’t know what’s going on. You know? Think about it. They only got four ventilators on behalf of the whole Pennsylvania DOC. All four of them are being utilized. So imagine if there’s a widespread COVID-19 outbreak in here. They only got four ventilators.Ted: You need to put that out there. You need to say this is a shame! They need to have thousands of those in the storehouse just in case.WW: And [prisons] need to be releasing people now!BA: There you go. If you’re gonna look at the economic feasibility of it, what is “the lesser of two evils,” so to speak? Release on parole! If they don’t report, then you can take other measures. But in the meantime, between-time? It’s never too late to do what is right — and that’s to quote from King.Listen: Speak up and speak out. Remember that you are vicariously our voice from within. Know that no matter what it looks like, this right now is the scariest and most fearful position that any human being can be in. Make sure you state that.But let ‘em know: We shall rise up! Fists up!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
27 de mayo – Fue un déjà vu. Otro hombre negro capturado en video, primero, siendo torturado y luego asesinado por un oficial de policía blanco.Manifestantes frente al departamento de policía de Minneapolis antes de ser agredidos por policías, 26 de mayo. PHOTO: Brad SigalFue hace casi seis años cuando, el 17 de julio de 2014, millones de personas vieron con horror cuando Eric Garner, de 43 años, fue estrangulado por un oficial de policía blanco de Staten Island, Nueva York. Se podía escuchar a Garner decir, repetidamente, “no puedo respirar”, antes de morir de un paro cardíaco.Desde ese trágico día hasta el verano de 2019, el Departamento de Policía de Nueva York tardó cinco años en despedir al policía asesino Daniel Pantaleo, quien, hasta ese momento, había estado en “licencia administrativa” y todavía en la nómina.Un gran jurado optó por no acusar a Pantaleo por asesinato en primer grado, pero Ramsey Orta, un transeúnte puertorriqueño que grabó el asesinato en video, ha estado encarcelado desde 2016, su castigo por exponer este crimen atroz.Un avance rápido hasta el 2020, cuando el 25 de mayo, un hombre negro de 46 años en Minneapolis, George Floyd, conocido por sus amigos y compañeros de trabajo como “Big Floyd”, también fue estrangulado por un oficial de policía blanco, quien presionó su rodilla en el cuello de Floyd durante casi ocho minutos mientras otros tres oficiales observaban. Floyd, que fue esposado durante el asalto, era un amigo cercano del ex jugador de la Asociación Nacional de Baloncesto Steven Jackson.Esta atrocidad fue capturada en un video de 10 minutos por Darnella Frazier. Se podía escuchar a Floyd haciendo eco de las palabras de Garner: “No puedo respirar”. También se le escuchó decir: “Me duele el estómago. Me duele el cuello. Todo duele. Dame un poco de agua o algo. Por favor. Por favor.” (CNN, 27 de mayo)Sus súplicas fueron ignoradas hasta que permaneció inmóvil y fue declarado muerto en el Centro Médico del Condado de Hennepin. Floyd había sido acusado de intentar pasar un billete falso de $20 en una tienda de conveniencia.El policía que mató a Floyd, Derek Chauvin y los otros tres policías con él fueron despedidos, pero al 27 de mayo ninguno de ellos había sido arrestado ni acusado de asesinato, una demanda que la familia de Floyd y muchos otros han hecho públicamente.Ataque violento contra los manifestantesUna vez que el video se volvió viral en las redes sociales, los hashtags #GeorgeFloyd y #GeorgeFloydwasmurdered se convirtieron en las principales tendencias en Twitter. Incluso cuando el alcalde Jacob Frey anunció el despido de los cuatro oficiales, esto no impidió que una multitud multinacional de miles, negros, latinos, indígenas y blancos, tomara las calles de Minneapolis, a pesar de las continuas preocupaciones sobre el distanciamiento social.La mayoría de los manifestantes usaban máscaras mientras cantaban: “No hay justicia, no hay paz”, “Policías asesinos a la cárcel”, “Abolir a la policía” y “Black Lives Matter”. Los padres incluso trajeron a sus hijos enmascarados a la marcha.Este desafiante acto demostró cuán enojada y apasionadamente la gente quería protestar por este asesinato, así como los residentes negros, con máscaras, salieron a las calles de New Brunswick, Georgia, a principios de este mes por el asesinato de Ahmaud Arbery en febrero por un supremacista blanco y su hijo.Una vez que los manifestantes llegaron al Cuartel General del Tercer Recinto, donde se encontraban los cuatro policías, llevaron a cabo una mini-rebelión, cortando los neumáticos de los coches de la policía y rompiendo las ventanas del recinto. La policía tomó represalias disparando irritantes químicos y balas de goma. Para aliviar el dolor insoportable, la gente corría a las tiendas para que le rociaran la leche en los ojos. A pesar del brutal asalto de la policía, la protesta duró horas, hasta las 9 p.m. cuando la lluvia dispersó a la multitud.¿Por qué abolir la policía?Cuando el ex mariscal de campo de San Francisco [fútbol estadounidense], Colin Kaepernick, se arrodilló durante la ejecución del himno nacional en la temporada de fútbol 2016-17, se vio obligado a tomar esta acción luego de los asesinatos policiales de Alton Sterling en Baton Rouge, Luisiana, y Philando Castile en un suburbio de Saint Paul, Minnesota, el verano anterior.Desde que asumió esta postura heroica, Kaepernick ha sido “descartado” por los propietarios y la jerarquía de la Liga Nacional de Fútbol. No ha tomado otra jugada desde el centro desde el final de la temporada 2017.Kaepernick estaba atrayendo la atención mundial no solo a estos dos asesinatos particulares, también captados en video, sino también a la epidemia desenfrenada de brutalidad policial e injusticia racista, desde el perfil racial hasta el asesinato directo de personas negras y morena desarmadas, sin importar su edad, género o discapacidad.Es por eso que las acciones de Kaepernick todavía resuenan hoy cuando hay un asesinato policial.La policía no son solo personas armadas con uniforme. Son una fuerza letal que forma parte del aparato represivo del estado, como las cárceles, los tribunales, los militares, etc., que existen por encima de las leyes de la sociedad para proteger los intereses de la pequeña y super rica camarilla que administra las ganancias de Wall Street.Estos intereses son diametralmente opuestos a los intereses de miles de millones de trabajadores y personas oprimidas, una clase global que no posee nada pero se ve obligada a luchar diariamente por el derecho a las necesidades humanas básicas para vivir y prosperar: empleos, vivienda, atención médica, alimentos, educación y mucho más.La clase dominante depende del brazo extralegal del estado para defender sus intereses. Es por eso que la policía toma una posición de no intervención hacia los neofascistas armados que exigen la reapertura de negocios durante la pandemia. Pero están más que dispuestos a atacar a los manifestantes desarmados que exigen justicia para las víctimas de la brutalidad policial, como Rodney King en 1991, Michael Brown en 2014 y George Floyd esta semana. La gente conecta cada vez más estos puntos.La policía no existe bajo el capitalismo para “proteger y servir” a la gente. La policía existe para proteger y servir a la propiedad privada de la clase dominante reforzando, de manera represiva, la supremacía blanca desde arriba, especialmente la guerra desproporcionada contra las personas de color.La única justicia real para Eric Garner, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd y otrxs del mundo es abolir la policía. Eso solo puede ocurrir con, primero, el encarcelamiento de policías asesinos y, en última instancia, la abolición del capitalismo a través de una revolución socialista que de una vez por todas pone a los trabajadores y las personas oprimidas en el poder.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Twitter TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Facebook ReddIt printCarmen Rafferty spends the second Friday of every month in the parking lot of the First United Methodist Church of Hurst. She is not there to attend religious services, but to pick up food from a mobile food pantry.Rafferty is one of hundreds of people who come to fill a shopping cart with food. Fresh fruit, vegetables, bread and meat are unloaded and spread out on tables for people to take home at no cost.More than one third of households reported making choices between food and other living expenses every month.Rafferty worked for 23 years at DFW Airport, but health issues forced her to retire two years ago. She receives Social Security benefits, but the money isn’t enough to pay all of her bills.For Rafferty, asking for help wasn’t always easy.“I am a working person and I didn’t believe in depending,” Rafferty said. “At the beginning you feel humiliated, you feel diminished and you struggle by yourself.”A friend introduced Rafferty to the mobile pantry and now she comes every month. The food allows her to make her Social Security benefits last a little longer.“I learned it’s not bad to need, to ask for help,” she said. “I feel so good because I’ve met beautiful people here. The people are loving and they embrace us, not like we’re less.”Rafferty’s story is not unique.More than 300,000 of Tarrant County’s almost 2 million residents aren’t always sure where their next meal is coming from. It’s what hunger experts call “food insecurity.”“I think there’s a misconception that we don’t have hungry people in Tarrant County and it’s absolutely not the case,” said Anita Foster, Senior Director of Communications and Marketing for Tarrant Area Food Bank. “The reality is there’s hunger in every single ZIP code in the United States of America.”Foster said 25 percent of Tarrant County’s hungry are children.“It’s an invisible issue, but it’s very real,” she said.Even though the economy has improved since the Great Recession in 2009, many working families still aren’t making enough money to keep up with the cost of living, according to a study by Feeding America.Families facing food insecurity said they needed an additional $17.38 every week just to buy groceries and other household goods. This is an increase from the amount of money needed by families to buy food during the Great Recession, according to the study.Underemployment, stagnant wages, and rising costs of living are some of the contributing factors to the growing need among the food insecure.The Working PoorMany people believe only the homeless or unemployed receive assistance from the food bank, when in fact many of those who come to Tarrant Area Food Bank are employed full-time or even working two jobs, Foster said.Over one third of Feeding America clients report that they have visited a food pantry for more than 28 consecutive months on average.“The reality is that they’re working poor people who just don’t have quite enough to make ends meet at the end of the month,” Foster said.More than half of the households who receive assistance from Tarrant Area Food Bank have a household member who worked for pay in the last 12 months, according to Feeding America.“The working poor are those people who are between the minimum wage and living wage,” said Bennett Cepak, associate executive director for Tarrant Area Food Bank. “Minimum wage is $7.25. You cannot feed a family of two or three, and live in an apartment, maintain a household and do all the things you need to do on $7.25. That is not a living wage.”Food banks were originally created to be used for emergencies or on a short-term basis, but now the majority of people who come to the food bank have jobs that don’t pay enough to feed their families.Assistance from the food pantry helps to meet the needs of working families, said Sharon Logan, who comes to the food pantry each month to pick up food for her neighbors who recently moved to Hurst from Iraq.The family of four came to Texas to escape unrest in the Middle East, but Logan said the transition hasn’t been easy.“He was a very successful banker in Iraq, but now he’s working at the airport just to make ends meet,” Logan said. “That’s why this food has really been helpful. They don’t have to spend the very little money that they have for food.” SeniorsSome people can’t make it to the food bank to pick up their groceries — like Toddi Frizzell, who is unable to leave her house.Nationwide 10.2 million seniors face the threat of hunger, according to the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.The 67-year-old lives alone and can’t drive. She is a year-long uterine cancer survivor, but a lack of mobility makes it hard for her to carry groceries.“The bus is right around the corner, but I just can’t walk that far anymore and lug all that stuff,” Frizzell said.Instead, she receives meal deliveries each day from Meals on Wheels, a not-for-profit charitable organization that provides food for people who are homebound.The meals have helped Frizzell regain her appetite and keep her diabetes under control.“When I came out of the hospital, I had just basically stopped eating and they were going to put a tube in me,” she said. “Now I eat, and I like what I eat. The meals are all for diabetics and it’s food that I wouldn’t be able to go out and afford.”Frizzell is one of the 845,776 seniors who are threatened by hunger in Texas, according to Meals on Wheels. Texas ranks fourth-highest in the number of seniors who go to bed hungry in the United States.Older Americans are prone to hunger for a number of reasons, including immobility, health issues, the high cost of medication and a fixed income.Tarrant Area Food Bank serves more than 50,000 individuals in a typical week and about 52,000 households in a typical month.“They’re in that position where they’re having to choose between rent and food, or medication and food,” said Micheline Hynes, chair of the Tarrant County Food Policy Council. “A fixed income doesn’t necessarily mean poor, it just means that if the car breaks down or if there’s a large medical bill, they can find themselves in difficult times.”Hynes said that many seniors find it hard to get the assistance they need.“Seniors are proud of what they’ve accomplished in their life and they don’t want to show that they can’t take care of themselves,” Hynes said. “They also underutilize services intended for them. A lot of times, the people who need the resources the most don’t know about them.”That was the case for Frizzell, who said she knew about Meals on Wheels but didn’t think she qualified for the program. While receiving treatment for uterine cancer, she learned that she was eligible to receive help.Longer life expectancies and an aging baby boomer population means the number of seniors facing hunger is expected to increase significantly in the next 20 years, according to a study by Feeding America.Food DesertsThere are 13.5 million people in the United States with low access to fresh fruit, vegetables and healthful food, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.These people live in food deserts.Food deserts are largely caused by a lack of grocery stores, farmers markets and other healthy food providers.“In some of our communities, even right here in Fort Worth, we have entire ZIP codes that don’t have a grocery store,” Foster said. “People have to travel a great distance to get groceries and it’s often from a neighborhood where people have to take public transportation, so it’s not as easy to do.”There are 11 ZIP codes in Tarrant County that are considered food deserts, according to a study by the Tarrant County Food Policy Council.Some grocery stores have a difficult time finding investors because it is challenging to prove that they’re going to make a profit in low income areas, said Lauren Swonke, registered dietician.Fruits and vegetables provide vital micronutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, said Swonke.“We have a food system that’s driven primarily by economics. While that works most of the time, sometimes there are areas that are underserved for a variety of reasons,” Hynes said.Instead of grocery stores, low income areas are often populated by fast food chains or convenience stores, neither of which typically offer fresh produce.“We call those food swamps because food is available, but it’s not the nutritious food that you would like,” Cepak said.Eating highly processed foods on a long-term basis can have harmful health effects, Swonke said.“They’re setting their body up for a more pro-inflammatory, pro-disease environment,” Swonke said. “They are going to be more likely to develop things like diabetes, hypertension, cancer.”One way to increase access to fresh produce in food deserts is the creation of community gardens.Gardeners are free to plant whatever they like as long as the plants are non-toxic and the gardener uses organic gardening methods, said Merkle.Instead of walking miles to the nearest grocery store, residents can go to the community garden to access fresh produce from free community plots, said Denise Merkle, president of the Fairmount Community Garden.The Fairmount community garden has more than 70 plots. Most of the plots cost $55 each year to rent, but a few are free for public access.“If someone wants a tomato, they can have a tomato,” Merkle said “That is really lacking in food deserts.”Other gardens, such as the Tarrant Area Food Bank Community Garden, donate their produce to local food pantries.“I really like the idea of providing affordable or free produce to people who otherwise might not be able to buy it, or might be buying ramen noodles or something else at the store,” said Kelsey Shaban, a volunteer at the Tarrant Area Food Bank’s community garden.Volunteers harvest up to 200 pounds of produce each week at the Tarrant Area Food Bank community garden.It’s crucial that people realize the garden is a way to get nutritious food to people in need, said Merkle.“I can’t speak to the number of people who would be much hungrier if they didn’t have the community garden,” Merkle said. “But I know there are a number of people who do eat from their plots and there are some that have been gardening to feed themselves because it’s necessary.”For now, Rafferty, Frizzell and thousands of others will continue to use the resources available to them so they don’t have to go to bed hungry.Visit the Tarrant Area Food Bank’s website for more information about food pantries and other resources in Tarrant County. 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