Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc HY2007 Interim Report

first_imgTaj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2007 interim results for the half year.For more information about Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm)  2007 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileTaj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is a leading hospitality company in Zambia, offering five-star accommodation and facilities for individual and business travellers. The company owns and operates Taj Pamodzi Hotel which is based in the central business district of Lusaka, and conveniently located to the international airport. The hotel boasts 193 luxury rooms, five meeting rooms and a selection of restaurants. The luxury hotel also has onsite a fully-equipped health and fitness centre with a heated swimming pool, a wellness and beauty spa, medical clinic, hair salon and florist. Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc is a subsidiary of Tata Zambia Limited, an international automobile assembly and distributor company. Taj Pamodzi Hotel Plc is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Six Nations: Bet you never saw this!

first_imgSaw it all, did you? Well, Rugby World spotted these crackers from the latest round of the Six Nations! LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS PHOTO: Getty/Dave Rogers from Scotland 0-20 EnglandPHOTO: Getty/Dave Rogers from Scotland 0-20 EnglandPHOTO: Getty/Stu Forster from Ireland 26-3 WalesPHOTO: Inpho/Dan Sheridan from Ireland 26-3 WalesPHOTO: Getty/Thomas Samson from France 30-10 ItalyPHOTO: INPHO/Cathal Noonan from France 30-10 ItalyPHOTO: Getty/Paul Ellis from Scotland 0-20 Englandlast_img

Little United Thank Offering’s blue boxes fund big dreams

first_img Rector Albany, NY Featured Events Submit a Press Release Submit a Job Listing Tags By ENS StaffPosted Jun 28, 2015 United Thank Offering This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY 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-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Little United Thank Offering’s blue boxes fund big dreams Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ General Convention 2015, Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest center_img Rector Martinsville, VA Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA A gigantic blue offering box appeared at the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society’s booth in the General Convention exhibit hall on June 28, in celebration of the United Thank Offering’s 125th anniversary. Inside the box, visitors can enjoy displays about the UTO’s history and post messages on the wall about things for which they are grateful. Photo: Tracy J. Sukraw/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Salt Lake City] The United Thank Offering’s little blue offering boxes are everywhere throughout the Salt Palace Convention Center – some 20,000 of them distributed so far, according to UTO Missioner Heather Melton – and every penny collected during the General Convention will go to support innovative young adult ministries.It’s the first time the UTO has devoted a collection of this kind, Melton said.“Often young adult ministries are innovative but not well funded. It’s our hope not only to help with seed money but also get other Episcopalians excited about supporting these ministries and replicating them across the church,” Melton said.Katie Reeves, who received one of the UTO’s 125th anniversary grants this year, is using it to help congregations in central California use their outdoor space for food gardens. Photo: Tracy J. Sukraw/Episcopal News ServiceKatie Reeves’ “Reimagine” project is one example. She received one of the UTO’s 125th anniversary grants this year and is using it to help six congregations in the Diocese of El Camino Real in central California to think creatively about using their outdoor space for food gardens.In the Diocese of North Carolina, an anniversary grant to Caitlyn Darnnell helped equip “A Moveable Feast,” a food truck that is part snack stop, part chapel on wheels for college students on campuses without a chaplaincy presence.These young women are continuing the legacy of the UTO’s 19th century founders, such as Julia Chester Emery of Massachusetts, Melton said. “We’re thrilled to support them in their work.”UTO was established in 1889 as the United Offering by the Women’s Auxiliary to the Board of Missions and primarily supported the work of women missionaries. UTO later broadened its emphasis to include all areas of the church’s work.The United Thank Offering is a ministry to promote thankfulness and mission in the whole Church. Known worldwide as UTO, the United Thank Offering grants are awarded for projects that address human needs and help alleviate poverty, both domestically and internationally in The Episcopal Church.At the traditional General Convention United Thank Offering Ingathering and Eucharist June 28, diocesan representatives and others presented symbols of their 2013-2015 contributions. Grouped by provinces, they crossed the altar platform to place their records in an offering plate held by UTO president Barbara Schafer and to be thanked by Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, House of Deputies President the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings and other members of the altar party.The provincial total ingatherings were announced during the procession. They wereProvince I: $193,544.16Province II: $ 469,169.00Province III: $784,435.39Province IV: $882,544.35Province V: $414,779.16Province VI: $161,956.52Province VII: $396,576.59Province VIII: $371,687.35Province IX: $ 46,489.28Representatives of ingatherings, which were not a part of an Episcopal Church province, also participated from the Episcopacy for Armed Forces and Federal Ministries, the staff of the Domestic and Missionary Society, The Episcopal Church in Liberia, Province of West Africa, Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico, Iglesia Episcopal de Panamá, Iglesia Anglicana de la Región Central América and Iglesia Anglicana de Uruguay, Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de AmericaThe total ingathering for 2012-2014 was $4,378,328.16.UTO suggests that people should daily pray and give – by putting some coins in their Blue Box – in recognition of their daily thanks for what God has given them. Oftentimes, the people whom the UTO calls “thankful givers” supplement their daily contributions before sending the money to UTO either individually or through a process known as diocesan in-gatherings. The UTO believes that thankful giving unites the givers spiritually with the people who benefit from their gifts.— Episcopal News Service correspondent Tracy Sukraw and ENS editor reporter the Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg contributed to this report. Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem General Convention, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Bath, NC last_img read more

‘Don’t forget us’: Orphaned girl’s plea leads to film and…

first_img Tags Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 [Anglican Communion News Service] A book of poems written by the girls of an Episcopal orphanage in Honduras has been published. The release of the anthology, “Counting Time Like People Count Stars,” coincides with the screening of a film about the girls and the poetry project at major film festivals. The film, produced by Hollywood actor James Franco, was originally called “Las Chavas” – home girls – but had been retitled “Voices Beyond The Wall” by the time it premiered at the Miami International Film Festival earlier this year.Full article. Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Posted Sep 19, 2017 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Anglican Communion Featured Events Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Submit an Event Listing 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Smithfield, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Collierville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GA ‘Don’t forget us’: Orphaned girl’s plea leads to film and book of poems Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector Knoxville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Job Listing Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Hopkinsville, KY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Press Releaselast_img read more

A painful reminder of cultural genocide

first_imgWhat was supposed to be just another amateur wrestling match held in southern New Jersey on Dec. 19 turned out to be an act of unspeakable violence, prompting a viral response on Twitter.  A white male referee, Alan Mahoney, gave a white woman a pair of scissors to cut off the dreadlocks of 15-year-old African-American wrestler, Andrew Johnson, 90 seconds before his match. Johnson’s white coach stood by and let it happen. Johnson was given what amounted to an ultimatum — either cut your hair or forfeit your match. The “reason” given for this was that the cap that Johnson had on did not meet “regulations” in covering his “unnatural” hair, although most of his hair was covered. The incident created such outrage that Mahoney is indefinitely suspended from calling any future matches until a review is carried out by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Johnson’s wrestling team at Buena Regional High School had announced before the suspension that they will boycott any matches involving Mahoney.  Mahoney was criticized for using a racial slur against a Black referee during a match in 2016, but was still allow to call matches. New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy felt compelled to respond, saying, “No student should have to needlessly choose between his and her identity and playing sports.” (Washington Post, Dec. 21)Cultural genocide, an attempt to erase one’s identity if you are a person of color, usually starts with the very young. Just think about all the Indigenous youth who were kidnapped and forced to attend Westernized schools. These children endured the deep pain of having their hair cut off, wearing clothing foreign to them and being forbidden to speak their original languages. The aim of these schools was to torture Indigenous youth and erase from hearts and minds their cultural heritage, including heroic resistance of ancestors to racist genocide dating back to the days of Columbus.    Millions of kidnapped Africans, brought to the U.S. to endure chains and the lash under slavery, suffered a similar kind of cultural genocide. There was not only the physical torture but also the psychological torture of the slave master’s attempts to erase African roots from one generation to the next.  Shireen Ahmed, a Black sportswriter, wrote in The Guardian, “ I thought about all the ways that racists have invoked vacuous and bigoted reasons for hacking the young people’s hair in order to maintain systems of white privilege. I remember stories of how Indigenous children’s long braids, which had spiritual and traditional significance, were cut off in order to appease colonial white powers. Those were acts of violence, this was too.” (Dec. 21)This same article quotes Dr. Amira Rose Davis, a Black assistant professor of history, gender and sexuality studies at Penn State University:  “What we see with Andrew Johnson is reminiscent of what we saw with, say, Venus Williams incurring a penalty for beads falling out of her hair. [T]he constant demand to ‘tame’, conform and change their natural hair to accommodate or assimilate into white dominated sports spaces is an all too common demand of so-called integration and a power move designed to remind athletes of color of their place and the terms of their inclusion.”  Eighty percent of all amateur wrestlers in the U.S. are white. Johnson won his match but will not be wrestling anytime soon while he deals with this traumatic experience.  What happened to Johnson was not an isolated incident but part of a centuries-long societal pattern of cultural genocide within a capitalist system riddled with white supremacy.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

UN Human Rights Council urged to renew mandate of rapporteur on Iran

first_img News News March 18, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 News RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information Organisation Receive email alerts Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to electioncenter_img March 19, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 UN Human Rights Council urged to renew mandate of rapporteur on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists June 11, 2021 Find out more News to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is one of the signatories of a letter by human rights organizations urging the United Nations Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The council is due to vote on the renewal of his mandate this week.March 16, 2012Re: Joint Letter Urging Support for the Mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of IranTo the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council:As you know, the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on Iran is currently up for renewal and will be put to a vote before the Human Rights Council on March 21st or 22nd. At a time when the human rights situation in Iran has deteriorated significantly and Iran continues to refuse to cooperate with UN bodies, it is critical for member states to voice their support for the mandate’s renewal.We write to urge you to vote in favor of the resolution renewing the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.On March 7, the Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, released his second report documenting rights violations in the country. The report, which followed an interim report he submitted on September 23, 2011, documented a “striking pattern of violations” committed by Iranian authorities and outlined the government’s continuing refusal to cooperate with UN bodies. It also noted, with regret, the government’s failure to address the Special Rapporteur’s request for a country visit, and the refusal of authorities to cooperate with the UN Human Rights Council and its mechanisms, despite its issuance of standing invitations to special procedures in 2002.Iranian authorities, while refusing cooperation with the country mandate, are keenly sensitive to its observations and criticisms. In February, the head of Iran’s judiciary, Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani, said the report was full of lies, yet his government provided no substantive comments or factual information to supplement the report prior to its release. Since then, Iran has desperately attempted to paint a picture of cooperation and compliance with UN bodies and human rights instruments.The government’s March 5, 2012 statement on the report of the Special Rapporteur on Torture claimed that Iran has taken action to prevent acts of torture, noting that victims are accorded legal protection. Regrettably such assertions fly in the face of what scores of former detainees have told our organizations, and the Special Rapporteur on Iran, regarding their experiences in detention at the hands of Iranian security officials.Responding on March 13, 2012 to the presentation of Dr. Shaheed’s report, the head of Iran’s High Council for Human Rights, Dr. Mohammad Javad Larijani, emphatically re-invited UN thematic human rights mechanisms to Iran, yet failed to suggest any specific dates. Despite the ‘standing invitation’ made in 2002 and numerous requests for visits by special rapporteurs, none have visited the country since 2005, and almost none of the recommendations made by rapporteurs who visited before that have been acted upon.During the past few months Iran also submitted to a review of its rights record before the UN’s Human Rights Committee after a 17 year absence, made cosmetic changes to its penal code, which it purports to bring in line with its international obligations, and agreed to allow staff from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to undertake a limited mission to Tehran last December.The reality remains, however, that Iran’s efforts to demonstrate an improvement in its rights record have not led to substantive improvements in remedying what continues to be a deplorable human rights situation. Since the creation of the country mandate, there has been a steady increase of resolutions, reports, and observations by UN bodies regarding the rights crisis in Iran. On September 15, 2011, the UN secretary-general submitted a report to the UN General Assembly in which he said he was “deeply troubled by reports of increased numbers of executions, amputations, arbitrary arrest and detention, unfair trials, torture and ill-treatment” and bemoaned “the crackdown on human rights activists, lawyers, journalists and opposition activists.”On November 3, 2011 the UN Human Rights Committee issued its concluding observations following its review of Iran’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. They amounted to a damning indictment of Iran’s rights record, including serious concerns about the high rate of executions, including for crimes which do not meet the criteria of “most serious crime”, the “widespread use of torture,” and impunity. The committee also expressed serious doubts regarding the willingness of the government to abide by its international legal obligations. The same month, the UN General Assembly’s Third Committee passed a resolution, by the highest vote count since 1992, calling on the Iranian government to allow the special rapporteur unfettered access to the country.The Special Rapporteur’s report is based in part on testimony gathered from more than 100 victims and their families, and information provided to him by reliable sources. It is a testament to the fact that despite the Iranian government’s refusal to allow the Special Rapporteur to visit the country, the Special Rapporteur has and will continue to fulfill his mandate by engaging with victims and Iranian civil society actors.The report paints a bleak picture of the state of human rights in Iran today. In the past year authorities may have executed more than 600 prisoners, many of them on drug-related charges which do not constitute “serious crimes” under international law, and hanged at least three juveniles—one of them in public—despite the strict prohibition on such executions in international law. Consensual same-sex relations are criminalized and subject to the harshest penalties, including death, under Iran’s penal code. Iran continues to be one of the largest prisons for journalists and bloggers in the world, with at least 45 in detention as of December 2011, according to Reporters Without Borders. Discrimination against religious and ethnic minorities, including Baha’is and Arabs, is systematic, and officials have intensified their targeting of lawyers handling human rights cases. At least nine lawyers are currently in prison, and several others are awaiting their trials or the results of their appeals. Others, including Nobel Peace laureate Shirin Ebadi, currently work outside Iran because they are unable to freely carry out their professional duties inside the country.The country mandate has mobilized, in an unprecedented manner, Iranians both inside and outside the country, to engage with the international community. In meeting after meeting, victims and activists have told us that they see the office of the Special Rapporteur as a critical focal point for documenting rights abuses, and an impartial and reliable channel of communication between victims and the United Nations and its member states. In this regard, the Special Rapporteur fulfills an important role for Iranian survivors of human rights violations which is denied to them in Iran.We believe the continuation of a country mandate for Iran is critical to allow Iranians to engage with the international community, put pressure on the Iranian government to comply with its international rights obligations, and allow international human rights bodies and mechanisms to monitor the rights situation in the country.We hope you and your colleagues agree, and urge you to vote to support the mandate’s renewal during the upcoming vote in Geneva.Sincerely,African Center for Human Rights and DemocracyAfrican Democracy ForumAmnesty InternationalAsian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)Asian Legal Resource CentreBahai International CommunityCommonwealth Human Rights InitiativeConectas Direitos HumanosCairo Institute for Human Rights StudiesEast and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders ProjectEgyptian Initiative for Personal RightsHuman Rights WatchInternational Campaign for Human Rights in IranInternational Federation for Human RightsInternational Service for Human RightsIranian League for the Defence of Human RightsPartnership for Justice – NigeriaReporters without BordersUnited4IranWest African Human Rights Defenders Network Follow the news on Iran IranMiddle East – North Africa last_img read more

Industry Analyst Defends Massive Pay Hike for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs

first_img Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac GSE CEO Compensation The Collingwood Group 2015-08-03 Brian Honea Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Industry Analyst Defends Massive Pay Hike for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea The debate continues as to what the compensation level for the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be since FHFA Director Mel Watt announced on July 1 that the top executives at the GSEs would each be receiving raises from $600,000 annually to about $4 million.Last week, the House Financial Services Committee passed HR 2243, the Equity in Government Compensation Act of 2015, by the overwhelming majority of 57 to 1. The bill, introduced by Rep. Ed Royce (R-California) in May, seeks to reinstate the salary caps for the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs that Watt eliminated, and is now headed to a full House vote.At least one analyst disagrees with capping the salaries, however. Tim Rood, chairman of the Washington, D.C.-based business advisory firm the Collingwood Group, wrote on the firm’s Voice of Housing blog that he hopes the bill is defeated in the House and that the two CEOs, Donald Layton at Freddie Mac and Timothy Mayopoulos at Fannie Mae, receive the multi-million pay raises granted them by their regulator.”From my perspective, these CEOs deserve a raise,” Rood wrote. “They’ve demonstrated their worth, stabilizing the companies and supporting market recovery. Yet, I understand that my perspective on a rational move to raise their salaries to a level more equitable with those of their industry peers is not perceived by others in the same way. The optics are difficult, so it’s no surprise that this bill has bipartisan support.”The cap eliminated by Watt slightly more than a month ago was put in place three years ago by then-acting FHFA director Ed DeMarco as a compromise between satisfying the demand for a reduction in those executive salaries while the GSEs remained under conservatorship of the FHFA and maintaining adequate pay for line staff, according to Rood. While not ideal, he said, the compromise reached three years ago helped the GSEs to retain high-quality, experienced staff.Rood said that the salary debate of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs was resurrected three years later only because Congress has yet to decide on the future of the two GSEs, another topic on which there has been much debate. While most everyone agrees the FHFA’s conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should end, not everyone agrees on what should replace the GSEs, if anything.The choice doesn’t have to be polarized, as the political positions suggest – allow the GSEs to accumulate capital and spin them off as private companies or pull them into the Federal government entirely,” Rood said. “But, whatever choice is made, the details around salaries and structure of the GSEs will fall in to place. In this bizarre half-human half-horse arrangement, there are no easy answers. However, what is being proposed will not help taxpayers and will not help the housing market – good politics is very often bad policy.” in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Goldman Sachs Agrees to $270 Million RMBS Settlement with Pension Funds Next: Third Circuit Court Rules in MERS’ Favor in Pennsylvania County Recording Casecenter_img Related Articles August 3, 2015 1,639 Views  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Industry Analyst Defends Massive Pay Hike for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac CEOs Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac GSE CEO Compensation The Collingwood Group The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Pub owners want plan for reopening

first_img Pub owners want plan for reopening WhatsApp By News Highland – April 16, 2021 Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+ Twitter Pub owners want a plan for reopening after the announcement in the North that outdoor hospitality can restart there on April 30th.The Tanaiste Leo Varadkar said yesterday the Government is working on a plan for reopening the economy over summer.Vintners Federation of Ireland Chief Executive, Padraig Cribben wants pubs to be allowed reopen at the same time as hotels and restaurants:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/pubshere7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleVaccinated people will be allowed skip hotel quarantineNext articleHSE at national level ‘doesn’t seem to understand geography of Donegal’ News Highland Twitter Pinterest Google+center_img Harps come back to win in Waterford Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty AudioHomepage BannerNews News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook WhatsApp Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Agencies feeling impact of COVID

first_img Services at the CAC are provided free to all the kids and Green said those much-needed services will continue.Donations to the Pike Regional CAC are always appreciated and especially during these difficult days. Green said donations of snacks for the kids are very helpful as well as books, puzzles, art supplies and stuffed animals.“Because of COVID-19, these items cannot be reused by the children so they have to be replaced,” Green said. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Latest Stories The Pike Regional Child Advocacy Center has been a much quieter place since March. And, that is cause for concern for Kaley Green, executive director of the Troy CAC and her staff.“Because the kids are not in school, they are not around those they would feel secure in talking with about uncomfortable situations and also those who would report the possibility of abusive situations.  And, kids are at home more often with abusers and that is not good.”Like many service agencies in Pike County and throughout the nation, the Child Advocacy Center is trying to adjust to the impact of the COVID pandemic, which has affected the country for nearly nine months now. She expressed appreciation for the community’s continuing support that is helping make it possible to continue to provided services for children in abusive situations.Hopes had been that, COVID-19 would come and go long before the ringing of the Salvation Army’s bells signaled the beginning of the Christmas season. “We wish things were different but the virus is still here and our bells are ringing,” said Kim May, director of the Pike County Salvation Army Service Center. “The Red Kettle Campaign is our biggest annual fund raiser and we depend on it to help fund all of our programs. But, right now, we just don’t have enough bell ringers to man the Red Kettles. “We are lucky to have just enough bell ringers to ring at one door at Walmart during the week.”Whether the Red Kettle Campaign extends to the Piggly Wiggly stores and Walgreen’s depends on volunteer bell ringers. The Brundidge Rotary Club rings at the Brundidge Piggly Wiggly so that is covered.“Our ringers wear masks and gloves are stand away from the kettles,” May said. “We have hand sanitizer at all the stations and take every precaution. We have stools for sitting or ringers may bring their own chairs. We are doing everything possible to make ringing the bell safe for the ringers and those who support our Red Kettle campaign.”There is also Kettle Pay for those who don’t handle change. A Red Kettle donation may be made by swiping a debit/credit card at the kettle site.Donations may be mailed to the Pike County Salvation Army, P.O. Box 592, Troy, AL 36081.“And all of the money raised stays through the Red Kettle campaign stay here at home. None of the money goes anywhere else.”   Even in the midst of a pandemic, for Sav-A-Life in Troy, things are different but not too distant from normal. Jane Ward, Sav-A-Life executive director, said, other than screening everybody, there have not been a lot of changes. “Our donors are still donating and we are very appreciative of that,” Ward said. “We have our annual Sav-a-Life dinner in January but, we can’t see that far out with our planning. The Covid-19 numbers are increasing so we are looking at whether we can have the dinner with social distancing and masks and taking temperatures. Some of our donors may not come because they feel it’s too much of a risk and we understand that.”Sav-A-Life is able to “see” its clients on the phone and also to do screenings on the phone.“That’s a safety measure for us and for our clients as well,” Ward said. “They are able to stay home and the outcomes have been positive.”Sav-a-Life has introduced Bright Course, which provides for the streaming of lessons or needs to the clients. By watching videos, the number of uses has increased as well as the benefits.”The Christian Love Center is making the best of challenging situation, said Lawanda Bell, assistant director, said the staff is finding ways to educate the kids by turning the bad to good.No one comes in the building without a mask and parents are not allowed beyond a Plexiglas shield or in the classrooms.“We don’t want the kids to be afraid so we are finding ways to make things fun,” Bell said. “They wear ‘learning goggles’ and they really like that.”All precautions are taken to keep the kids safe. Their temperatures taken three times a day. No food is allowed inside the center or to be taken out.“Social distancing is maintained with the use of colors and the colors are also leaning tools,” Bell said. “The kids are washing their hands more often and we have our own germ/hand washing song. Our focus is on the positive side of COVID-19 and keeping everyone safe.”The focus of many of the activities is the outdoors.“The kids love to be outdoors and we are outside as often as possible,” Bell said. “We have plans for a butterfly garden and, hopefully, a house for our 50 chickens. We are going to be able to have our annual Day of Giving and we’ll have jackets and sweaters. But it will be outside. No one can come in the buildingThe Christian Love Center gets funding from the state and city and self-pay. Bell said some parents opted to keep their children at home and that has had some effect on self-pay.“We adjust and do the best we can with what we have,” Bell said. “We want to make sure that our kids are safe and that they have fun while they are learning.”From the beginning of COVID-19, the Department of Human Resources employees in Troy have been declared first responders.So, the DHR staff has been working non-stop to see that families are provided with the needed services.“It has been hectic to say the least as we are working remotely,” said Patti Faircloth, director.  “There has been an increase in all areas of service. COVID-19 has completely changed how we provide services, so we are having to be creative in the different ways of providing services. “Faircloth said DHR is accustomed to providing its services face-to-face and in the homes.“Providing services by Zoom is very different from what we are accustomed to,” she said. “We are having to grab onto technology and that has been an adjustment for us. It’s is a completely different way of providing services but it is working.”One very bright spot in the pandemic is the increase in the number of people what are donating to DHR. “People are realizing that the needs are going to be greater this Christmas and are they want to do more,” Faircloth said. “We are so blessed with an increase in donations to help families in need at this time of year. More people are doing more and that is a blessing.” Print Article Email the author Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Agencies feeling impact of COVID Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Saving Our Youth reaches out to local families The local Saving Our Youth Organization is collaborating with Pop Up Shop and M&S Accessories to adopt families for Christmas… read more Green said also many extracurricular activities at churches have been cancelled so that could limit the opportunities for children to get the word out that they are in harm’s way.Because of the coronavirus, the Pike Regional CAC had to cancel its spring fundraising efforts.“We have seen some hardships from that but people have been very gracious,” Green said. “We have had 26 of our kids ‘adopted’ and we are blessed by these sponsorships.” Published 9:25 pm Monday, December 7, 2020 Skip By Jaine Treadwell Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? 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Accio Emma Watson!

first_imgEmma Watson’s alleged return to the city of dreaming spires where she grew up has created a media frenzy this week.The Harry Potter actress, now 21, is rumoured to have accepted a place to read English at Worcester College for the upcoming academic year. This comes amid speculation that Watson wishes to escape bullying at Brown university.Watson was reported to have taken a semester off from Brown to the movies and focus on being face of Lancome.However, she dispelled allegations that this was linked to bullying at Brown. In a message posed on her website on 29 April 2011, she said, “Please don’t try and speculate about what I might do in September – no one can possibly know because I don’t even know yet! Like my other fellow Brown students I am trying to figure out my third year and whether or not I will spend it abroad (this is common).“I felt the need to let you all know the reason I took a semester off from Brown had nothing to do with bullying as the media have been suggesting recently. I have never been bullied in my life and certainly never at Brown.“This ‘10 points to Gryffindor’ incident never even happened. I feel the need to say this because accusing Brown students of something as serious as bullying and this causing me to leave seems beyond unfair.”In an interview with the Sunday Times, Watson commented, “It made me so sad when all this stuff came out that I left Brown because I was being bullied. It made no sense at all.“Brown has been the opposite. I’ve never even been asked for an autograph on campus. I threw a party for nearly 100 students and not a single person put a photo on Facebook.”Katy Routh, head of the English Faculty, dismissed the media hype around Watson’s acceptance of a place to study English at Oxford as “rumour in the Mirror.”The university Press Office also declined to comment as to whether or not Watson would be transferring or taking a year abroad to study at Oxford.James Gibson, leader of the Emma Watson fan club at Oxford stated “She’s certainly put a spell on me. I am completely under her charm. I can’t wait to Wingardium Levios-her! ”last_img read more