Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgNampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (NPKZ.zw)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileNampak Zimbabwe Limited manufactures and markets packaging products which includes paper, plastic and metal packaging. It also has interests in leasing biological assets and a timber processing plant. Subsidiaries in the Paper division includes Hunyani Corrugated Products Division, Hunyani Cartons, Labels & Sacks Division, Hunyani Management Services Division, Hunyani Forests Limited, Hunyani Properties Limited and Softex Tissue Products (Private) Limited. Other subsidiaries include MegaPak Zimbabwe and CarnaudMetalbox Zimbabwe Limited operating in the plastics and metals segment; and companies manufacturing corrugated containers and specialised packaging for the tobacco, horticultural, flori-cultural and citrus industry for local distribution and export. Mega Pak Zimbabwe offers technology solutions for blow molding, injection molding, stretch blow molding and rotational molding. Nampak Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The Rugby World Quiz of the Year

first_imgDon’t panic – there are no Lottery millions up for grabs here! Pride is all that’s at stake if you tackle these teasers on rugby events in 2015… GRAND NATIONAL1. Who took only five minutes to score the first try of last year’s Six Nations?2. Which Six Nations fixture featured 90 errors and 28 penalties?3. Which Irishman, with more than 26% of the public vote, was named Player of the Tournament?4. George North grabbed Wales’ first championship hat-trick since which Lion scored three tries against England in 1969?5. The points tally of 660 was a Six Nations record – true or false?6. Which is the only country to have won all three Six Nations titles – men, women and U20 – in the same year with a Grand Slam?7. Who came off the bench to win the 2015 Rugby Championship for Australia – but was omitted from the RWC squad?8. How did Liam Messam breach the rules during the New Zealand v Australia game on 15 August, earning the Kiwis a fine?9. Who scored a 19-minute hat-trick as Argentina beat South Africa for the first time?10. Who finished runners-up in the HSBC Sevens World Series for a record sixth time?Total: 10Maximum score: 100Want to know how you’ve done? For all the answers, click here.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. And to find out how to download the digital edition, click here. Arresting sight: There were lots of hakas performed in honour of the All Blacks last year (Pic: AFP/Getty) The surnames of 14 goalkickers, past and present, from the Premiership or Pro12 are hidden in the grid. Score two points for each name you find and for two bonus points, explain what they have in common.Total: 30 IF YOU missed this quiz in the January edition of Rugby World, here’s your chance to test your knowledge of the game now – it’s based on the World Cup and other events in 2015. The quiz is out of 100, with a point for each correct answer unless otherwise stated, and it’s no piece of cake!WORLD CUP 20151. Which team received the most yellow cards (six) at RWC 2015?2. Which England player tweeted to Neil Back: “You’re so old & out of touch your eyes don’t work. I hope ur book sales go better than ur coaching.”3. Which TV personality did David Pocock invite to the World Cup final?4. What did thousands of viewers petition ITV to do?5. Only two men, who each played in their fourth and final World Cup this year, have made more RWC tackles than France’s Thierry Dusautoir. Who? (2)6. Which Argentina player did Matt Giteau call a “beautiful man”?7. Samoa scrum-half Kahn Fotuali’i called a 35-year-old from Crawley an “idiot”. Why?8. Jack Nowell, Bryan Habana, JP Pietersen and Nehe Milner-Skudder – who’s the odd one out?9. What did Matt Dawson do that upset New Zealanders?Total: 10 MEN OF MYSTERYCan you identify the ten players pictured at last autumn’s World Cup? Score two points for each you get right.Total: 20 LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS WORDSEARCH HAVING A DOMESTIC1. Which four internationals scored a try in the Aviva Premiership final? (4)2. Which stalwart won the Premiership’s Golden Boot for the fourth time?3. Against which team did London Welsh bag their only point of the 2014-15 Premiership campaign?4. Who became only the fifth away team to win a Super Rugby final?5. Which two second-row greats played their last games for Munster and Glasgow in the Guinness Pro12 final? (2)6. Whose late try, converted by Ryan Lamb, broke Bristol hearts in the Greene King IPA Championship final?Total: 10Final act: Worcester score the winner v Bristol in the Championship play-off – but who got it? (Pic: Getty)WHO SAID THAT?Match the quote from last year’s World Cup with the speaker. Two points for each correct answer.A. Stephen BethamB. Schalk BritsC. Michael CheikaD. Kieran CrowleyE. Jean de VilliersF. Eddie JonesG. Steve HansenH. John HardieI. Gavin HastingsJ. Johan van Graan1. “I had to treat it with a bit of respect. You only get one head.”2. “No one died”3. “Sit back, enjoy and criticise and be like Clive Woodward and get a job on the television. That’s my dream.”4. “We talked about what we wanted to do at half-time. It must have been a terrible speech.”5. “We play a similar style of rugby to England but have better-looking players.”6. “I bet they’re getting ready to rip our heads off.”7. “We can’t come to a war with our hands and a pocket knife.”8. “If I see referee Craig Joubert again, I’m going to tell him how disgusted I am.”9. “A talent hits a target no one else can hit, but a genius hits a target no one else can see.”10. “I only got 300 out of 500 in my high-school certificate. My mother wasn’t happy, I assure you.”Total: 20last_img read more

Namibia qualify for 2019 Rugby World Cup

first_img Rugby World Cup Fixtures The 2023 Rugby World… Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Expand Rugby World Cup Venues Namibia qualify for 2019 Rugby World CupNamibia secured their place at the 2019 World Cup with a comfortable 53-28 win over Kenya in Windhoek.The match was a straight shootout for the Africa Gold Cup title, which would determine World Cup qualification.The side coached by former Wales lock Phil Davies scored seven tries to ensure they topped the table with a perfect 25 points from five matches, picking up try bonuses in all of their matches.Namibia will play in Pool B alongside New Zealand, South Africa, Italy and the repechage winner at Japan 2019. They have played in every Rugby World Cup since 1999 but have yet to win a game at the tournament, losing all 19 of their matches.Kenya go into November’s repechage tournament in Marseille, where Canada, Germany and Hong Kong will also be competing for the final place at next year’s World Cup.MORE ON THE 2019 WORLD CUP A rundown of the Rugby World Cup groups… TAGS: Namibia Rugby World Cup Fixtures 2023 Boys in blue: Namibia have booked their place at next year’s World Cup (Getty Images) Namibia were the stronger side in Windhoek in terms of physicality and game management, dominating at the scrum and putting pressure on Kenya with their kicking game and quick recycles at the breakdown.The Kenyans tried to employ their speedy backs but found it hard to break down the Namibia defence, which had conceded just 41 points in their four previous Gold Cup matches.At the double: Chrysander Botha scored two tries against Kenya (Getty Images)The Kenyans took a 7-3 lead in the 14th minute through a try from wing William Ambaka, but Namibia hit back with three tries of their own before half-time. Chrysander Botha, Louis van der Westhuizen and Cliven Loubser, who also kicked seven points in the first half, all crossed.The hosts extended their lead further in the second half, van der Westhuizen crossing early on and Loubser kicking a penalty.Tries came thick and fast in the last half an hour. For Kenya, Ambaka collected a kick through to break for his second try while substitutes Malcolm Onsando – set up by Darwin Mukidza – and Mohammed Omollo also touched down. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Rugby World Cup Venues What you need to know about the 12… Namibia’s other scores came from Mahepisa Tjeriko, a penalty try and Botha as they booked their place at next year’s World Cup.Follow Rugby World on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Rugby World Cup Groups Expand Rugby World Cup Groups Collapse Win over Kenya seals Africa Gold Cup triumph for Namibia – and a place in Pool B at Japan 2019last_img read more

Episcopal Juneteenth commemorations add to national attention to holiday celebrating…

first_img Tags By David PaulsenPosted Jun 19, 2020 Submit a Press Release Featured Events Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Cathedral Dean Boise, ID 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA [Episcopal News Service] Celebrations of Juneteenth, an American holiday celebrating the emancipation of slaves, are taking on greater resonance this year amid widespread protests against racial injustice after the May 25 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Church leaders are encouraging Episcopalians to mark Juneteenth by learning about the roots of racism and joining the church’s continuing efforts at racial reconciliation.Juneteenth, though not a federal holiday, is celebrated on June 19, the anniversary of the day in 1865 when Union Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger and his troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, and announced to slaves there that they had been freed.The Emancipation Proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln had taken effect on Jan. 1, 1863, freeing slaves in the states that had joined the Confederacy, but the order had little effect in the parts of the South still controlled by the Confederacy during the Civil War. And even though the war ended in April 1865, former slaves in Texas didn’t receive news that they were free until two months later. Slavery was officially abolished in December 1865 by ratification of the 13th Amendment.“On this day we remember the hope … that people heard in the words of the Emancipation Proclamation,” Texas Bishop Andrew Doyle said in a video marking Juneteenth. “We remember how that echoed from the shores of Galveston Island across the South, and how the humble must have sung in that moment, a hope that something had ended and something good and glorious had taken its place.”The Diocese of Texas’ website features a list of Juneteenth educational resources and events, and the diocese is promoting an online concert at 8 p.m. EDT June 19 by the musical group Sweet Honey in the Rock that is raising money for the Equal Justice Initiative.In the Diocese of Southern Virginia, Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg hosted a morning Juneteenth service featuring a reading of the Emancipation Proclamation and singing of “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” often known as the black national anthem.Diocese of California Bishop Marc Andrus, as Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s representative to the Anglican Communion Environmental Network, coordinated a joint statement for Juneteenth that calls attention to environmental racism, noting the disproportionate effect that climate change has on people of color and indigenous communities.“Even in the midst of the wealthiest countries, black people bear the brunt of environmental racism. … Take action for climate justice to show #blacklivesmatter,” the statement says. It was signed by Curry and nearly 50 bishops and archbishops from The Episcopal Church and around the Anglican Communion.All but four U.S. states have an official holiday or observance for Juneteenth. African American communities have long celebrated the day, though its history and meaning have not always been widely recognized by white society. Massachusetts Bishop Alan Gates alluded to this regrettable oversight in his Juneteenth message to the diocese.“The observance and history of this day have not long been familiar to me. I suspect that may be true for others,” Gates said before explaining the roots of Juneteenth.Gates also alluded to the killing of Floyd, an unarmed black man, at the hands of white police officers. Floyd’s final moments were captured on video as an officer pressed a knee into his neck for nearly nine minutes.“The history of violence perpetrated against people of color is not news,” Gates said. “Physical violence and countless other forms of diminishment and dehumanization are not new … and not an abstraction. If this seems like a new conversation to some of us, then it can only be because – like the 19th century citizens of Galveston before us – we have been mired in ignorance (real or feigned), oblivion, obstructionism or wishful thinking.”Since Floyd’s death, Gates and other Episcopal leaders have been outspoken in renewing their calls for an end to systemic racism, continuing The Episcopal Church’s emphasis on racial healing as embodied by the Becoming Beloved Community framework that was launched in 2017.“What we realize is we have much work to do,” Doyle said in his Juneteenth video. “On this Juneteenth, as we think and remember this glorious celebration for our black brothers and sisters, especially those living here in Texas, our neighbors, our community members, that we might join with them with loud praises and proclamation, not only for Juneteenth but as a sign that we are with them.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Music Morristown, NJ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA Racial Justice & Reconciliation Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Juneteenth commemorations add to national attention to holiday celebrating freed slaves Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC last_img read more

Female Streaker has no regrets after high shot near miss in Napier

first_imgMonday Sep 8, 2014 Female Streaker has no regrets after high shot near miss in Napier A female streaker who took to the field during the All Blacks’ 28-9 victory over Argentina on Saturday was lucky to leave with only a ban after security nearly took her head off. She’s since said that streaking was on her bucket list, so has no regrets. With the game petering out in Napier, Rose Kupa took to the field and sprinted across diagonally, evading security before finally being brought down somewhere around the opposite 22m line.The 25-year-old was arrested and given a pre-charge warning for disorderly behaviour, as well as banned from McLean Park for two years. She isn’t too bothered though. “I was actually aiming for Richie (McCaw),” she said afterwards.Rupa was lucky to not get a bad knock in the head when security flew at her, but she managed to evade it. All Blacks coach Steve Hansen has sided with her, to an extent, saying that reactions like that aren’t really necessary.“It’s not that big a deal is it?” Hansen said, adding that she should have been stopped earlier.“She entertained everybody there for about 35 seconds. My beef is how they get on (streakers in general, to the field). I think we’ve got to have a better plan with how we stop them getting on and we probably don’t have to smash them over either when we finally catch up with them.”This follows another incident in New Zealand recently whereby a Canterbury squad member was working as a security guard and launched into a pitch invader’s back when he streaked in Dunedin.The naked man in question on that night has since said he is surprised that Kupa was let off with only a warning, whereas he was fined $500.“She touched a player (Israel Dagg). And she was showing a bit more than me anyway,” he said. “It should be the same rule for everyone. If anything, I thought they would’ve been a bit harsher on her after the one I did.”Follow our tumblr page for more pics and other random bizarre moments from the world of rugbyCredit: Reuben CooperADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

NISA donates £1m to good causes in 2016

first_imgNISA donates £1m to good causes in 2016  51 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 27 October 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9  52 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis9center_img 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. Tagged with: corporate Funding After a second consecutive record month of donations, Nisa’s charity, Making a Difference Locally, has now donated over £1 million to good causes so far this year. Over the last 10 months, a total of 1,355 donations have been made to 964 causes throughout the UK. The millionth pound was donated by the Nisa Local on Moston Street in Birches Head, Stoke-on-Trent, to support St. Matthew’s Church with its World War One community window project (pictured). The Nisa Local donated £1,260 through Making a Difference Locally to the church to aid completion of the window, and the donation will also enable the church to hold free commemorative events for the local community over the next two years.Other donations recently made through the charity included a £500 donation from Filco Supermarkets to YMCA Barry’s Major Music project, £500 to Zoe’s Place Baby Hospice from the Nisa Local on Longford Road, Longford in Coventry, and a donation of £500 from the Nisa Local on Arnold Road, Basford to Nottingham Hospitals Charity.Kate Carroll, Making a Difference Locally charity manager, said:“We are delighted to have supported almost 1,000 good causes over the last 10 months alone. It is incredibly rewarding to see so many Nisa members engaging with their communities through Making a Difference Locally and we expect to see many more retailers supporting local causes over the festive period.”Over 2,300 stores currently participate in Making a Difference Locally. Advertisementlast_img read more

Santander creates million-dollar fund to support coronavirus fight

first_img Melanie May | 1 April 2020 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Santander’s Executive Chairman and CEO are both taking 50% cuts in pay this year to help fund a million-dollar fund to help fight the coronavirus.Santander is financing the fund through a reduction in senior management, board compensation and employee contributions to provide medical equipment and supplies to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.The bank expects its initial value to be at least €25million.Contributions will be deployed in areas that require immediate attention, including the production and purchase of medical equipment, protective clothing and other necessary supplies to treat people affected by the virus, as well as donations made to relevant entities and authorities.Santander’s Executive Chairman, Ana Botín, and CEO, José Antonio Álvarez, have chosen to forgo 50% of their total compensation (salary and bonus) for 2020 and Non-Executive Directors will have their compensation reduced by 20%. The group remuneration committee and country heads will propose how to apply this commitment to the management teams in the various countries in due course.Botín said:“For many of us, the coronavirus pandemic is the single most significant challenge we have ever faced. The scale of the task before us demands a huge collective effort, with governments, central banks and other authorities, the private sector, charities and individuals, working together to limit the spread and provide care for those affected – whether directly or indirectly. We are committed to ensuring that Santander plays its part.” Tagged with: COVID-19 Funding Advertisement  497 total views,  2 views today Santander creates million-dollar fund to support coronavirus fight  498 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 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

Flint still resists water crisis

first_imgCamp Promise, May 12.April 25 marked the third anniversary of the ongoing Flint, Mich., water crisis.Dependency on bottled water has become a way of life. Celebrity and charity donations have slowed. Flint is rarely in the media outside of Michigan, although there has been publicity around a movie about Flint’s women activists. It stars Queen Latifah.Yet despite three years of genocidal neglect, Flint is still attracting new allies.On April 25 in 2014, the city’s water department disconnected from Detroit Water and Sewerage, its provider for decades. Flint residents were unknowingly put in grave danger when the city began getting its water from the heavily polluted Flint River.People living in Flint noticed right away that their water had suddenly turned brown and had a foul odor. Complaints were repeatedly dismissed for more than a year, until an independent research team from Virginia Tech exposed elevated lead levels in the water. Pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha warned that Flint’s children had dangerously high blood lead levels. This atrocity only came to light because of the persistence of diligent activists, some of whom saw their own children display visible signs of lead poisoning.The lead poisoning occurred because the governor-appointed emergency manager running the city decided to save money and not add anti-corrosive chemicals to the water. This is a routine procedure to prevent lead-based pipes from corroding and leaching lead into the water supply. The Flint River water was especially corrosive because of the pollutants that corporations, primarily General Motors, dumped in the river for decades. Besides lead-poisoning a whole generation of children, the emergency manager’s decisions led to 12 deaths from Legionnaires’ disease.Emergency managers can be appointed over a city or school district under Michigan’s Public Act 436. This racist, union busting, pay-the-bankers-first law was passed by the legislature as a slight variation on Public Act 4, which voters defeated in 2012. Some 50 percent of Black Michiganians have been under emergency management at some time, compared to only two percent of white residents.Although Flint has switched back to Detroit water, the water is still not considered safe to drink without a faucet filter. Nor is lead the only toxin that water consumers have been exposed to. Showering and bathing continue to cause skin rashes, hair loss and breathing issues, and the state has done nothing to address these concerns. To complicate matters further, researchers have recently determined that while filters block toxic metals such as lead and copper, they are breeding grounds for bacteria.It has taken this long for the right-wing legislature to approve sending $100 million in federal funds to fix Flint’s pipes. The March 28 settlement of a federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the Natural Resources Defense Council on behalf of Melissa Mays — the mother of three who leads Water You Fighting For — will bring another $100 million in state aid and restore delivery of bottled water and filters. Only militant activism forced the government to cough up any of this money. Meanwhile, the program to replace lead service lines is proceeding at a snail’s pace, with only 600 of 39,000 pipes switched out.Flint households have some of the highest water bills in the country. A temporary credit, extended by the state after Gov. Rick Snyder’s criminal role in the crisis became a major scandal, has been terminated. More than 8,000 delinquent customers could lose their homes through tax foreclosure, because their water bill has been attached to their property tax obligations. Some have refused to pay for poisoned water; others simply could not afford the high bills. Flint is a majority Black city with half of all households officially below the poverty line.From Standing Rock to Flint, water is lifeMany of the resisters at Standing Rock, N.D., are part of the 16 new encampments that have been established across the country since the brutal eviction of water defenders there, including Camp Promise in Flint’s Kearsley Park.“Camp Promise was created after April 7, after some of our organizers went out to Standing Rock, while the organizers who stayed were also instrumental in drumming up local and online awareness and support from Michigan,” explained Aylin Altinok, a Turkish water protector from Michigan who spent time in Standing Rock. “Our goals are to bring a resolution for the Flint water crisis by conducting peaceful demonstrations, community service, etc., while also providing a platform for third-party nonprofits and individuals to improve the quality of life for those living in the community.”The camp has grown to about 20 tents with about 30 campers. Supporters visit the camp on a regular basis.On May 12, Camp Promise demonstrated outside City Hall to protest the decision to subject delinquent customers to tax foreclosure. A delegation from Detroit’s Moratorium Now! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs came to Flint. Ann Arbor activists were also there visiting.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

As Cleveland jail deaths continue, protesters demand justice

first_imgOn May 10, Nicholas Colbert became the latest person to die in the Cuyahoga County Jail, the ninth in less than a year. The 36-year-old Army National Guard veteran was arrested for drug possession less than 48 hours prior to his death, which jail authorities have called a suicide. Colbert’s mother had called police, as she had sadly thought the struggling heroin addict would be safer in jail than in the streets.The Coalition to Stop the Inhumanity in the Cuyahoga County Jail (SICCJ) protested outside the jail May 23. The rally and march were one of many demonstrations held since the group formed last year in response to the spike in deaths and conditions which U.S. federal marshals described as “inhumane.” More than 100 people demonstrated and chanted, “The rich set the bail; the poor go to jail” and other slogans targeting the Cuyahoga County Council and County Executive Armond Budish.A federal investigation began after the sixth person died in custody last year. In the 10 previous years, no more than two fatalities had occurred inside the jail. Investigators found that staff failed to prevent deaths attributed to suicide and drug overdose.Inmates recently released or currently housed in the jail have reported that there has been no improvement in the deplorable conditions they have been forced to endure. These conditions include inadequate medical care, poor quality food, denial of basic necessities such as toilet paper, abuse by guards, and lack of sanitation and overcrowding. When challenged by SICCJ members at a council meeting, Budish claimed things had improved, giving as an example the fact that pregnant women no longer sleep on the floor. However, with the population exceeding the jail’s capacity, many inmates do sleep on floors.Most of those languishing in this hellhole are in for nonviolent offenses and would be out if they could afford bail. This was the situation that confronted some of the deceased inmates. One of SICCJ’s ongoing projects is a petition campaign pushing for bail reform.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Oil Prices Higher on Anticipated Supply Data

first_imgHome Energy Oil Prices Higher on Anticipated Supply Data Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Oil prices edged higher on Tuesday on forecasts of a steep draw in U.S. crude oil stocks that could indicate a global oversupply is starting to shrink. Analysts expected weekly U.S. crude oil inventories to show a draw of 2.4 million barrels in the week ending December 16. The American Petroleum Institute, an industry group, said U.S. crude stockpiles fell by 4.1 million barrels in the previous week.“There are expectations that we’ll see supplies start to tighten by the end of the year,” said Phil Flynn, analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago. “We’ll get more heating oil demand this weekend and could see a drop in production next week and even last week because of the cold temperatures.”One outlying factor that has flummoxed some analysts has been a series of increases in U.S. inventories at the key oil storage hub in Cushing, Oklahoma. Flynn said this rise has been largely offset by a drop in Gulf Coast inventories.Crude stocks fell more than expected last week, feeding expectations for another large drop in this week’s figures. Oil Prices Higher on Anticipated Supply Data By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 20, 2016 SHARE SHARE Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for December 21, 2016Next articlePurdue Economists Predict Slow Recovery for U.S. Agriculture Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more