Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) HY2017 Presentation

first_imgWema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 presentation results for the half year.For more information about Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Wema Bank Plc (WEMABA.ng)  2017 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileWema Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing banking products and services for the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts, savings account, loans and overdrafts to revolving credit, warehouse financing, letters of credit and invoice discounting/receivable refinancing. Trade services include bills for collection, shipping documents handling, trade finance, invisible trade, offshore guarantees and advisory services. Other products and services support small and medium-sized enterprises, foreign exchange, cash management, retail management and integrated revenue services. Founded in 1945, Wema Bank Plc now as an extensive network of some 125 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Wema Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgHF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileHF Group Limited formerly (Housing Finance Limited) is a financial services group with interests in mortgage lending, corporate and retail banking, property development and a bancassurance business. Its product and service offering ranges from transactional banking products to financial services for micro-enterprises, group banking, agricultural and small-to-medium enterprises. HF Group offers asset finance services, micro-credit loans and loans for anything from solar water heating systems to mortgage finance. The company also has interests in developing and selling residential houses and offers insurance agency services. Formerly known as HF Group Limited, the company changed its name to HF Group Plc in 2017. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. HF Group Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Anglican primate joins Christian leaders in Jerusalem in calling for…

first_img Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Nate Bostian says: Anglican Communion, 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 Anglican primate joins Christian leaders in Jerusalem in calling for calm at holy site Middle East Rector Albany, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Martinsville, VA July 26, 2017 at 9:43 am We deeply respect Archbishop Suheil Dawani’s position as a bridge for reconciliation among all God’s children in a volatile land. Comments are closed. Rector Hopkinsville, KY July 27, 2017 at 2:40 am As the events currently unfolding in the Holy Land – continued occupation, peaceful resistance, rage-inducing provocations, violence, death – should make clear, the time for the cheap grace of see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil “even-handedness,” “bridge-building,” and “dialogue” has long since passed. It is time for costly solidarity with the suffering Palestinians, time to name the injustice of the ever-tightening grip of occupation and settlement, time to raise our voice and act, time to redeem our vow to seek justice and respect the dignity of every human being. After we have done that. let us pray. Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Comments (4) Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Events Rector Belleville, IL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Pittsburgh, PA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Tampa, FL July 26, 2017 at 2:59 pm Mr. Thewalt’s comments are over-simplified to the point of being propaganda. The reality is that the Israeli state has legitimate security concerns and a need for a homeland where Jewish identity can flourish (on one hand), while Palestinians are rightfully aggrieved at Israeli oppression, illegal land annexation, and rationing of water, electricity, and other goods (on the other hand). There is no simple solution which meets all the concerns and needs of both sides. Here is a resource that briefs on both sides of the conflict: https://www.amazon.com/Palestine-Israeli-Conflict-Beginners-Guide-Guides-ebook/dp/B0052TNZBK/ F William Thewalt says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC July 25, 2017 at 8:32 pm Some things most Episcopalians refuse to acknowledge: Israel does not occupy a Palestinian territory. There is no Palestinian government and therefore it cannot claim land. The “West Bank” is “disputed land” and not Palestinian territory. So called, Palestine refugees are, in fact, descendants of refugees. The Arab world has kept them. The U.S. perpetuates the fiction with support of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees. Muslim claims to Jerusalem are likely invalid because it is not mentioned in their Quran and it has never been mentioned as a capitol of any Islamic empire. Thus far there has been no evidence that Palestinian “leaders” are willing to accept a “two-state” solution. Instead their leadership calls for the destruction of Israel and Palestinians refuse to accept the legitimacy of Israel. Given this, it is hard to accept the position of the Episcopal Church in backing the Palestinians. Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA [Episcopal News Service] Leaders of the Christian churches in Jerusalem, including the Anglican primate, have called for peace and reconciliation amid tensions at a shared holy site in the city, as the Israel government backs down from a standoff over stricter security measures there.Archbishop Suheil Dawani, primate of the Anglican Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, joined 12 other patriarchs and heads of churches in Jerusalem in issuing a statement last week to “express our serious concern regarding recent escalation in violent developments around Haram ash-Sharif and our grief for the loss of human life, and strongly condemn any act of violence.”The statement also affirms the church leaders’ support for existing agreements between Israel and Jordan to jointly maintain holy sites that are revered and frequented by both Jews and Muslims.“We renew our call that the historical status quo governing these sites be fully respected, for the sake of peace and reconciliation to the whole community, and we pray for a just and lasting peace in the whole region and all its peoples,” the statement concludes.The site is known by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount. Recent tensions have focused on access to the al-Aqsa Mosque, where on July 14, three Arab-Israeli gunmen opened fire, killing two Israeli policemen before being shot down themselves. The mosque was closed for Friday prayers for the first time in 17 years.Before reopening the compound, Israel installed metal detectors at entrances to the mosque, a move that drew objections from Palestinians who said it limited their access to the holy site.When Israel initially refused to remove the scanners, the protests escalated, and on July 23, a Jordanian of Palestinian descent was reported to have used a screwdriver to stab an Israeli security guard, who shot and killed the attacker along with another Jordanian.Then on July 24, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after conferring by phone with King Abdullah II of Jordan, announced Israel would remove the metal detectors, The Washington Post reported. The removal began on July 25.It remains to be seen whether the move will calm all tensions over the site. In removing the scanners, Israel is replacing them with more sophisticated surveillance cameras, which also have prompted objections from Palestinians.The Palestinian official who oversees the al-Aqsa Mosque said the arrangement will remain unacceptable “unless everything that was added after July 14 was removed,” Al Jazeera reported.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Advocacy Peace & Justice, Israel-Palestine, Anne Lynn says: Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Tags Ecumenical & Interreligious, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Vicki Gray says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN By David PaulsenPosted Jul 25, 2017 Rector Washington, DClast_img read more

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Voluntary groups need more support for social enterprise, says CAF

first_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. Voluntary groups need more support for social enterprise, says CAF Voluntary and community groups need greater support to face the challenges of social enterprise activity, according to research published by Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).“Social Enterprise in the Balance”, conducted by CAF and Manchester University, explores the potential for social enterprise as a sustainable activity among voluntary and community groups. Not surprisingly, one of the major challenges was found to be funding. According to the study, funders and investors often have unrealistic expectations of risk and returns, while many groups encounter gaps in funding at criticalstages of their development. One of the key recommendations of the report is that voluntary and community groups need to look to dedicated funding mechanisms that support their development, coupled with funding strategies for the longer-term. Advertisement The research found that another area of tension lies in balancing commercial and social aims. Much of the social enterprise activity undertaken by voluntary and community groups spans the public, private and voluntary sectors, and this can create conflict between the various stakeholder groups. Cathy Pharoah, Director of Research at CAF, believes there is clear potential among voluntary and community groups for the development of social enterprise: “The voluntary sector is uniquely placed to support local, social and economic growth.“What is needed now is a clearer understanding by policy makers, funders andinvestors, of the challenges these groups face, in delivering their own, unique brand of social enterprise.” Howard Lake | 2 May 2004 | Newscenter_img  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Research / statistics Trading AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Culture & Business Fund Scotland launches to promote business and arts collaboration

first_imgCulture & Business Fund Scotland launches to promote business and arts collaboration Melanie May | 19 April 2017 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 Fiona Hyslop, said:“I am pleased to announce the transition to this new incentive funding programme which will build on the success of its predecessor, encouraging longer term cultural and business partnerships to benefit Scotland’s wider economy and society.“The Scottish Government is committed to further enhancing Scotland’s contribution to the arts and heritage sector, a key part of Scotland’s culture.“This is why I am honoured to confirm renewed support to Arts & Business through an investment of £300,000 in 2017/18 for the Culture & Business Fund, which will encourage the development of new partnerships and business investments in supporting arts and heritage activities across the country.”A dedicated website will be live at the end of this month for online applications, and an application form and guidelines can also currently be downloaded from the Arts and Business Scotland website.  92 total views,  2 views today Tagged with: arts Arts & Business Funding Scotland A new fund that promotes collaboration between Scottish businesses and arts and heritage organisations to deliver new arts and heritage projects has been launched.Launched by by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, the Culture & Business Fund Scotland replaces the Arts & Business Scotland’s New Arts Sponsorship Grant programme, and offers grant funding of between £1,000 and £40,000, matched by business sponsorship to the same value.The fund is managed by Arts & Business Scotland and aims to encourage greater partnership working between business, arts and heritage by match funding private sector sponsorship of arts and heritage activities pound for pound. It also offers projects that have already received grant support in a previous year the opportunity to benefit from second and third year sponsorship.The inaugural year of the fund will see £300,000 provided by the Scottish Government, via Creative Scotland, while an initial contribution of £36,000 will be made towards developing and raising awareness of the fund within the heritage sector through Historic Environment Scotland.  93 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9 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

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New N Ireland trust hopes to raise £1 million

Howard Lake | 24 April 2018 | News New N Ireland trust hopes to raise £1 million 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. The organisation is headed by Caroline McNeill who is also on the Northern Ireland board of the Ireland Funds.Ms McNeill says there initial focus for fundraising will be local businesses and high net worth individuals.The Trust says money raised will initially support 12 schools in Belfast over the coming year which will be expanded depending on the success of fundraising.  142 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  141 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Funding Northern Ireland Launch gala for The Goliath Trust A new Trust was launched in Belfast recently with the goal of raising up to £1 million over three years to address educational underachievement in Northern Ireland.The Goliath Trust seeks to raise funds to help address what it sees as ‘the persistent problem of educational underachievement in Northern Ireland’s most disadvantaged areas.’The Trust announced its presence at a £1,000 a table gala fundraising ball in Belfast attended by 500 people, including Senator Mitchell who was one of the architects of the 1998 Good Friday peace agreement. read more

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Carceleros encierran presos en huelga

first_imgFiladelphia12 de septiembreMiles de prisioneros en toda Pensilvania han sido confinados en sus celdas desde el 29 de agosto. Fue entonces cuando el secretario del Departamento de Correcciones del estado, John Wetzel, declaró un cierre indefinido de todas las instalaciones bajo su jurisdicción.El encierro, que comenzó pocos días después de la Huelga Nacional de Prisioneros (del 21 de agosto al 9 de septiembre), es el más evidente de una serie de tácticas represivas a las que el estado ha recurrido en respuesta a la huelga. Fue programado para adelantarse a algunas de las principales acciones de huelga planificadas por los prisioneros.Atacado al derecho a un abogadoUna semana después del cierre, Wetzel apareció junto al gobernador de Pensilvania Tom Wolf, quien anunció una serie de nuevas políticas que constituyen una represión sin precedentes sobre los derechos de los prisioneros. Entre las muchas políticas mezquinas y punitivas, como prohibir que los prisioneros tomen fotos con sus visitantes, también hay nuevas medidas que sistemáticamente niegan a los prisioneros su derecho a la privacidad con un abogado.Toda la correspondencia enviada a los prisioneros debe ahora ser transportada a una instalación de terceros en Florida, donde será abierta y fotocopiada antes de que las copias sean enviadas a las respectivas prisiones para ser entregadas a los destinatarios previstos. Dado que, al menos, en teoría, los funcionarios de prisiones no pueden abrir ningún correo que contenga correspondencia legal, excepto en presencia de su destinatario, se ha introducido un nuevo método absurdo para evitar esta protección.Un prisionero en una facilidad estatal describió cómo se hace esto: el correo se coloca en una caja de laboratorio para el manejo de materiales peligrosos donde se abre. El sobre y el contenido se pasan luego a otro oficial de correcciones con guantes de neopreno, que los fotocopian. Las copias se entregan al prisionero, mientras que los originales se mantienen en poder de las autoridades de la prisión durante 15 días. Después de eso, las autoridades dicen que serán destruidos.Tanto en la teoría como en la práctica, este arreglo termina el derecho restante que los prisioneros tenían a las comunicaciones privadas con un abogado. Los funcionarios de prisiones y correccionales ahora sabrán de antemano cuando un prisionero planee reunirse o se ponga en contacto con abogados, así como las estrategias legales que planean usar para ganar su caso. “Y dado que las prisiones son un ala de la fiscalía, esto constituye una violación atroz de nuestros derechos”, dice Bryant Arroyo, prisionero abogado y ambientalista de SCI Frackville que exitosamente desafió un historial de abusos del DOC.Crisis de salud: falsa y realEl DOC afirma que varios funcionarios de prisiones han enfermado en las últimas semanas, principalmente en la región occidental del estado. Los primeros recuentos de este tipo comenzaron el 6 de agosto, pero hay escepticismo sobre los pocos detalles que se han revelado. No ha surgido un patrón claro de enfermedad. En un incidente, se le administró Narcan a un oficial, que se usa para tratar sobredosis de narcóticos, pero no está claro en qué circunstancias.Otro caso que presuntamente contribuyó al encierro involucró a un guardia que escoltaba a un prisionero que, según afirmó, “parecía” estar bajo la influencia de una droga. Más tarde, ese guardia desarrolló una “erupción en su frente” y fue al hospital unas horas antes de ser dado de alta. El DOC está usando estos incidentes menores para sugerir que una crisis de salud generalizada y repentina entre el personal es la razón del cierre sin precedentes.De hecho, hay una crisis de salud generalizada en las cárceles de todo el país, que es uno de los factores que incitó al paro nacional. El agua tóxica, los niveles de temperatura inseguros y la negativa de atención médica son condiciones extremadamente peligrosas que son causadas por las políticas de DOC.Periódico WW-MO prohibido, prisioneros acosadosEste encierro es solo el último de una serie de nuevos casos de represión que los prisioneros han denunciado en los últimos meses. El mismo periódico Workers World-MO ha sido notificado de que se ha prohibido la distribución de tres números recientes en las instalaciones de Pensilvania, donde más de 300 prisioneros son suscriptores y quizás miles sean lectores. La razón dada para esta censura – el tercer incidente este año en que WW-MO se ha prohibido en las prisiones de Pensilvania – fue su reportaje sobre la huelga nacional de prisiones.Por semanas hasta el primer día de la huelga, el escáner de iones que supuestamente realiza pruebas de sustancias tóxicas o ilegales comenzó a emitir docenas de falsos positivos en SCI Frackville. Los guardias rechazaron más de 20 visitantes por día, lo que encendió las tensiones entre internos y oficiales. Desde el cierre, los confinados en Frackville informan que se les está sirviendo comida inservible (bananas podridas, por ejemplo, y arroz aguado y frío con brócoli y coliflor) y experimentan retrasos en la entrega de alimentos de la comisaría, por los que tienen que pagar.Este verano también ocurrió el tan esperado cierre del famoso SCI Graterford, sitio de una de las peores condiciones de agua tóxica en el estado. Los confinados fueron trasladados a una nueva instalación de $400 millones llamada SCI Phoenix, solo para ser recibidos por guardias que habían destruido sus propiedades, embarrando sus ropas con comida y tierra y triturando su correo y documentación legal mientras iba en tránsito. Varios prisioneros informaron que sus propiedades habían sido destrozadas y garabateadas con insultos raciales y dibujos de esvásticas. Al menos un recluso fue hospitalizado debido al acceso inconsistente a la medicación necesaria.Entre los trasladados a SCI Phoenix estaba Michael Africa Sr., uno de los nueve miembros de la Organización MOVE que fue arrestado en 1978 y falsamente condenado por dispararle a un policía de Filadelfia. Es uno de los muchos miembros restantes de MOVE 9 que finalmente podrán estar en libertad condicional en los próximos meses. El encierro no solo coincide con la próxima audiencia de libertad condicional de Michael Africa, que está cerca, sino que también previno una acción de huelga. Los prisioneros tenían la intención de lanzar un boicot a las compras telefónicas y a la comisaría el 2 de septiembre.Desde el cierre del 29 de agosto, los prisioneros han protestado gritando consignas y golpeando sus puertas al unísono durante horas enteras. Algunos bloques de celdas también han comenzado a rechazar la comida. Esa misma táctica fue implementada por prisioneros retenidos en el Centro Penitenciario Industrial de Pensilvania, quienes iniciaron una huelga de hambre a principios de este verano para protestar por un cierre.Cuando Wetzel y Wolf anunciaron sus nuevos cambios radicales, no se hizo ningún anuncio en español ni en ningún otro idioma, a pesar de la considerable población carcelaria que no habla inglés, según Bryant Arroyo, quien es bilingüe.La represión continúa bajo los DemócratasEl gobernador Wolf es uno de varios demócratas que asumió el cargo con una agenda supuestamente “progresista”, y desde entonces ha entrado en asociaciones de alto perfil con supremacistas blancos reaccionarios. Wolf llegó al poder junto al alcalde de Filadelfia, Jim Kenney, quien eliminó los campamentos de protesta que surgían alrededor de la ciudad dándole poder a la policía para golpear a los manifestantes y destruir sus propiedades. Incluso llevó excavadoras para cavar la tierra por todo el Ayuntamiento la misma mañana que los campamentos fueron removidos.La nueva política penitenciaria con respecto al correo legal es una gran ayuda para el fiscal en jefe Larry Krasner, cuya oficina de fiscalía ha llegado a un obvio acuerdo con la Orden Fraternal de la Policía para mantener a Mumia Abu-Jamal en prisión hasta que las condiciones lo maten. Los abogados de Mumia, que se encuentra recluido en SCI Mahanoy, están en una lucha constante con la oficina del fiscal de distrito por la divulgación de archivos que demostrarían mala conducta procesal y judicial en el caso de Mumia. La oficina de Krasner ha destruido los documentos o los está reteniendo. Eso debería demostrar lo peligroso de que todo el correo legal para los prisioneros en todo el estado esté ahora básicamente a la vista de los fiscales y funcionarios de prisiones.WW-Mundo Obrero continuará protestando en nombre de los prisioneros cuyo derecho a leer esta publicación se niega ilegalmente. Además, el Abolitionist Law Center solicita que cualquier informe de abuso o violación de los derechos relacionados con el encierro se informe a [email protected] thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Caravan protests demand ‘Decarcerate now!’

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this A broad coalition of prison abolition activists took to Philadelphia’s streets in over 120 cars—most with just one occupant—to demand officials massively decarcerate jails, prisons and detention centers in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak. Four separate car caravans—decorated with signs and banners—circled City Hall, the Criminal Justice Center, Gov. Tom Wolf’s Philadelphia office and the federal court building near the Liberty Bell. Sarah Morris with the #No215Jail Coalition stated:  “It is completely unacceptable that elected officials have not taken sufficient steps to release people in Philadelphia’s prisons, jails, and detention centers.”  Morris, who also represents the Youth Art and Self Empowerment Project, continued: “Their inaction is putting thousands of incarcerated people, workers and their family members at extreme and unnecessary risk. We took to the streets today to say we are not going to let Pennsylvania leave our incarcerated loved ones behind.”City officials admit there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their jail population. The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections announced their first confirmed positive COVID diagnosis in the state system. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also revealed it has a confirmed case in custody. After first targeting four separate sites, the 120 vehicles converged on City Hall. For half an hour, after circling around the building, with drivers honking horns, cars then blocked several lanes on the north side of the building. Police, at the order of Philadelphia’s new Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, responded by placing $76 “double parked” tickets on each vehicle’s windshield. None of the officers involved, including Outlaw, wore protective gloves or observed social distancing, essentially putting anyone receiving these tickets at risk. Drivers silenced their horns so that demands could be read by two activists standing on top of a car. Protesters want Mayor Jim Kenney to release pretrial people, grant parole, lift detainers, end cash bail and prioritize the release for youth, elderly people and people who are medically vulnerable. They want Philadelphia’s First Judicial District Court of Pennsylvania to immediately implement a process to allow mass release of people incarcerated in the city’s jails and juvenile detention centers.They also call on Gov. Wolf to release people in state prisons by expediting parole processes, releasing elderly and medically vulnerable people, and taking other common sense measures. They demanded Wolf stop ICE from unlawfully detaining immigrants—including children—at the Berks County Detention Center. The #No215Jail Coalition includes Abolitionist Law Center, ACLU-PA, Amistad Law Project, Black Alliance for Peace, Black and Brown Workers Co-op, Black Lives Matter Philly, Decarcerate PA, Frontline Dads, Just Leadership, LILAC, Movement Alliance Project, Philadelphia Bail Fund, Philadelphia Community Bail Fund, Reclaim Philadelphia, ShutDownBerks, Social Worker Action Network, Working Educators, Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project.…last_img read more

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Reporters Without Borders condemns attack on newspaper offices

first_img RSF_en February 26, 2021 Find out more Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media Receive email alerts Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority UkraineEurope – Central Asia The Ukrainian Institute of Mass Information (IMI) press freedom organisation said the attackers tried unsuccessfully to set fire to the offices before fleeing. Lviv police launched an enquiry into the episode. UkraineEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Ukraine Organisation News News to go further Reporters Without Borders today condemned the ransacking the Ukrainian newspaper Moloda Galychyna’s offices on 3 October and said it was “‘extremely concerned” about the violence involved. It called on the authorities to investigate and keep it informed about the results. Half a dozen thugs broke into the premises of the paper, which is close to the ruling Ukraine Social Democratic Party, in the western city of Lviv and smashed all its computers with an axe. They then scattered a substance around the offices that later made two people ill and they had to be taken to hospital, according to a staff member quoted by the Agence France presse. Help by sharing this information Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV News News March 26, 2021 Find out more October 4, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders condemns attack on newspaper offices September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Westlake Portfolio Management Services Over $300M In New Portfolios In 2020 and Plans to…

first_img Pinterest Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – February 23, 2021 LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 23, 2021– Westlake Portfolio Management, a subsidiary of Westlake Technology Holdings (Westlake), sees incredible growth in 2020, servicing over $300M in new portfolios. This success is partly attributed to the collaboration between Westlake Portfolio Management and Agora Data. Agora Data supports Buy Here, Pay Here (BHPH) auto dealers with low-interest funding through the capital markets and Westlake Portfolio Management provides backend operations such as customer service, collections, titles administration, repossessions, and remarketing. The result of this collaboration is that Westlake Portfolio Management has become the primary servicer for Agora Capital and Agora Trade. In addition to this collaboration, Westlake Portfolio Management became the primary servicer for the first ever crowd-sourced securitization, which closed in December 2020. Vice President of Westlake Portfolio Management, Todd Laruffa states, “2020 posed many challenges to a lot of us, however, our team showed extreme perseverance and drive. I’m so proud of the Westlake Portfolio Management team and I’m looking forward to what’s to come in 2021.” Westlake Portfolio Management has goals in the new year to expand its business to different types of markets such as small business loans, private equity, credit unions, leasing, unsecured loans, and more. Westlake Technology Holdings has over 30 years’ experience servicing sub-prime auto loans and the lowest delinquency in sub-prime auto. We are a Partner Servicer specializing in solutions for all companies beyond auto. For additional questions, contact Todd Laruffa at [email protected] About Westlake Technology Holdings About Westlake Technology Holdings: Westlake Technology Holdings is an auto and finance technology company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA with approximately $14 billion in assets under management. Westlake Financial (“Westlake”) originates indirect automotive retail installment contracts through a nationwide network of new and used automotive and powersports dealers. Westlake also offers loan portfolio purchasing, credit facilities and portfolio servicing through its ALPS division (Advanced Lending & Portfolio Services), www.WestlakeALPS.com; floor plan lines of credit are provided through its Westlake Flooring Services division, www.WestlakeFlooringServices.com; shared cash flow auto lending through Westlake’s wholly owned subsidiary, Western Funding Inc., a Nevada based auto lender; indirect automotive leasing for credit unions through Westlake’s subsidiary, Credit Union Leasing of America (CULA); dealer leads and direct-to-consumer auto loans are offered through Westlake Direct; consumer title loans are offered through Westlake’s wholly owned subsidiary Loan Center, www.loancenter.com; and commercial real estate lending is offered through Westlake Capital Finance. www.WestlakeFinancial.com View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210223005952/en/ CONTACT: David Goff, VP, Marketing [email protected] KEYWORD: CALIFORNIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES AUTOMOTIVE GENERAL AUTOMOTIVE AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING MANUFACTURING FINANCE SOURCE: Westlake Portfolio Management Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/23/2021 01:29 PM/DISC: 02/23/2021 01:29 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210223005952/en Facebook Westlake Portfolio Management Services Over $300M In New Portfolios In 2020 and Plans to Expand into Different Markets in the New Year Pinterest Twittercenter_img Facebook WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Previous articleTahoe ski resort faces lawsuits after avalanche killed skierNext articleLa Asociación de Comercio Ecológico de Fabricantes de Aditivos anuncia nuevos miembros Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  last_img read more

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