Doubts hang over Cairn’s Indian sale

first_img UK OIL and gas explorer Cairn Energy yesterday cast doubt on the planned sale of most of its Indian business to miner Vedanta Resources for up to $8.5bn (£5.4bn)?, but said it still hoped to seal the deal next year.Cairn said there was no guarantee it would sell 40 to 51 per cent of its 62.4 per cent stake in Cairn India to London-listed Vedanta due to regulatory uncertainty.Cairn investors had hoped the deal would close by the end of the year, but the government is still deciding whether to back it in the face of complaints from state-controlled ONGC, Cairn India’s partner in the massive Rajasthan oilfields. ONGC would like the tax rules changed to reduce its tax burden as part of the deal.Cairn’s deputy chief executive Michael Watts told the Independent and Junior Oil Congress in London that the group still expected the deal to close in the first quarter of 2011, but he added: “You can’t guarantee these things because there are three parties: the government, ourselves and Vedanta.”Watts said Cairn had not sought out the sale and that the company was happy to keep the 40 to 51 per cent stake in Cairn India that it agreed to sell.“If it goes through or it doesn’t go through, it doesn’t change the reality that it’s a hell of a good project,” Watts said.Vedanta, which mines zinc, aluminium, copper and iron in India, hopes to use the Cairn stake to expand in the oil and gas market.Cairn plans to use the proceeds of the sale to return billions of dollars to shareholders and to fund exploration in Greenland.Cairn India’s main asset is a 70 per cent stake in the Rajasthan oil development project with an estimated 6.5bn barrels of oil and gas. Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndoAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteUndoBlood Pressure For LifeWhy Doctors May No Longer Prescribe Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure For LifeUndoLiver HealthAdvertisement 1 Bite of This Melts Belly And Arm Fat (Take Before Bed)Liver HealthUndothedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comUndo Share KCS-content Tuesday 16 November 2010 8:01 pmcenter_img whatsapp whatsapp Doubts hang over Cairn’s Indian sale Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Sex and the City’ Sequel Series at HBO Max Adds 4 More ReturningThe WrapNewsmax Rejected Matt Gaetz When Congressman ‘Reached Out’ for a JobThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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WynnBet gains Virginia sports betting licence

first_imgOnline sports betting Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Licensing Online sports betting Sports betting regulation AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Read the full story on iGB North America. The app boasts a user friendly interface social functionality built in, designed to appeal to a broad range of bettors. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “We appreciate the confidence the Virginia Lottery has in our ability to deliver a world-class, online betting experience for the people of the Commonwealth of Virginia,” Wynn Resorts’ president Craig Billings said. Casino and sports betting app WynnBet has been granted a licence for the operation of online sports betting in the state of Virginia, it has been announced.center_img Tags: WynnBET Wynn Resorts A division of luxury hospitality brand Wynn Resorts, the WynnBet mobile app will be made available to sports betting enthusiasts across the state. 8th March 2021 | By contenteditor WynnBet gains Virginia sports betting licence Regions: US Virginia Email Addresslast_img read more

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HF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) 2011 Abridged Report

first_imgHF Group Limited (HFCK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.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)  2011 abridged results.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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Standard Bank Malawi Limited (STNBIC.mw) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgStandard Bank Malawi Limited (STNBIC.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Standard Bank Malawi Limited (STNBIC.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Bank Malawi Limited (STNBIC.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Bank Malawi Limited (STNBIC.mw)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileThe Standard Bank of Malawi is a financial services institution in Malawi providing products and services for personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, and Treasury and Capital Management. The company provides a wide range of products; from transactional accounts, electronic banking and short- and long-term savings accounts to vehicle and equipment finance, bancassurance, structured finance, corporate lending and foreign exchange. The Standard Bank of Malawi also provides financial services to the government of Malawi, parastatals, financial institutions and international counterparts. It is a subsidiary of Standard Group in South Africa. The organisation was previously known as the Commercial Bank of Malawi and opened its first branch in Limbe in the Blantyre District in 1970. Today, the financial institution has a national footprint with 19 branches in the major towns and cities of Malawi. Standard Bank of Malawi is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Diocese of Southeast Florida sells affordable senior housing facility

first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Tampa, FL Diocese of Southeast Florida sells affordable senior housing facility Rector Collierville, TN Featured Events Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Belleville, IL Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 By Egan MillardPosted Feb 11, 2021 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing The Diocese of Southeast Florida bought St. Andrews Residence in 2009. Photo: St. Andrews Residence[Episcopal News Service] The Diocese of Southeast Florida is selling two high-rise apartment buildings in West Palm Beach that it has operated as affordable housing for seniors. The buildings – St. Andrews Residence and St. James Residence – will retain their affordable housing status through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the new owner, the diocese said.The buildings are under contract to be purchased by Related Affordable in about seven months, according to Aimee Adler Cooke, a spokesperson for the diocese.“Preserving and extending the affordable designations of these two buildings for seniors for many years to come is one of the current owner’s (the Diocese of Southeast Florida’s) core missions and was the most important factor in searching for a qualified buyer,” Adler Cooke said.“Related Affordable’s preservation plan for St. Andrews includes seeking an additional level of affordability for all of St. Andrews’ units, providing residents with rent security for the first time, and adding a rental subsidy that will protect residents from future rent increases. For both buildings, they will seek an affordability extension for 20 years, the maximum extension HUD allows.”St. Andrews has been plagued with problems in recent years, including at least three instances of electrical malfunctions causing smoke or flames and reports of black mold. In June 2020, all 177 residents of St. Andrews were evacuated when the city declared the 15-story waterfront building uninhabitable. Most of them lived in hotel rooms paid for by the St. Andrews board while the building was repaired and were not able to return to the building until September. All residents had returned by early October, according to Southeast Florida Bishop Peter Eaton.– Egan Millard is an assistant editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Job Listing 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Bath, NC Rector Shreveport, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Press Release Service Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Smithfield, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Orange County welcomes new sculpture on the Lawn Exhibit

first_img The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! From the Orange County Government NewsroomOrange County Arts and Cultural Affairs celebrated the installation of four new large-scale artworks for its third annual Sculpture on the Lawn exhibition on June 26 with an evening reception. Music and activities were held inside the Orange County Administration Center for guests to enjoy. An outdoor walking tour of the new pieces, led by Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Director Terry Olson, was provided for attendees.This artists and sculptures selected by the Public Art Review Board of the Arts & Cultural Affairs Advisory Council are:Ray Katz, Pontiac, MI“Sentinel Multicolor”Kevin Eichner, Hilton Head Island, SC“Humanus Incola”Gus & Lina Ocamposilva, Clearwater, FL“Magic Rain”Debbie Marucci, Venice, FL“ONE”“This year’s sculpture selection serendipitously seems to reflect the past year in Orlando and who we are as a community,” Olson said. “Like the colored shapes around the central post in “Sentinel Multicolor”, we are a strong pillar supporting a wide diversity of people who come here from all over the world. Like the industrial beams turning into delicate fingers of “Humanus Incola”, there is a lot of construction and growth in our town that is transforming our once rural area into a beautiful cultural mecca. Like the whimsical unicyclist of “Magic Rain”, we are a playful place, balancing the differences among us. And like the many colored hands in “ONE”, we have come together in the aftermath of the tragic Pulse Nightclub tragedy.”The Public Art Review Board established the Sculpture on the Lawn program in 2015 to further its mission to include public art in Orange County for the benefit and education of its citizens while enhancing the visual environment through a diversity of styles, content and artists. The program provides access to world-class art in public spaces.The selected artists receive an honorarium in exchange for loaning their sculptures for the exhibition, which continues through May 2018. The sculptures are available for purchase from the artists. Additional support for installation was donated by Ford Kiene.The sculptures are open to the public to view on the outside lawn of the Orange County Administration Center located at 201 S. Rosalind Avenue, and are specially lighted for viewing after dark.Photo Caption: Orange County Arts and Cultural Affairs Director Terry Olson leads guests in an outdoor walking tour of the new Sculpture on the Lawn exhibit at the Orange County Administration Center. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here TAGSOrange County GovernmentSculpture on the Lawn Previous articleA trip to EverestNext articleHurricane Grill & Wings opens its doors to Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

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Clifton Vale House / Freight Architects

first_img Singapore Manufacturers: Lamitak, EDL laminates, Haiku fan, LCPSave this picture!© Darren SohRecommended ProductsCeramicsApariciPorcelain Tiles – TangoWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesText description provided by the architects. Clifton Vale House is a private residential project, with the very specific aim of creating an inside-out house within a tight site.Save this picture!© Darren SohSave this picture!Second Floor PlanThe main idea is to create a house that feels big despite its small plot size and has to be a tropical house. Our approach was to think of the living space as a sheltered outdoor space that feels like living in a garden. To create a sense of spaciousness, we employ simple spatial techniques like choreographing the entrance sequence and bringing people to walk through a compressed entrance to be greeted with a reflective pond and double volume living space.  We tucked a “black box” movie room right above the entrance to give a compressive entrance feel. A bedroom mezzanine is also positioned towards the rear to create a central double volume living space. The air-well above the pond also becomes a central “breathing shaft” for the bedrooms. All the bedrooms are placed around the shaft. The master bedroom occupies the entire attic floor with the air shaft situated in the centre of the bedroom. All the rooms have windows opened into the central shaft to achieve cross-ventilation even in the bedrooms.Save this picture!© Darren SohThe design response to tropical climate is very central to the design of the house. The front of the house is facing east and the long side is facing south which is the prevailing wind direction for Southwest monsoon season. We designed the main opening of the house facing the south prevailing wind and creating a courtyard in the centre of the house for cross ventilation effect. Semi-detached houses in Singapore are typically dark in the centre as 1 half is blocked by a party wall. By creating an airwell, hot air within the house is purged out and creating a system for cross ventilation. The airwell has a glass sliding glass skylight, which closes automatically when there is rain.Save this picture!© Darren SohFor the facade, we experimented on a triple function screen. In a modern tropical house, there will be mainly 3 elements: 1) glass window: to provide an enclosed environment; 2) fixed screen (timber or aluminium) on the outside to block off the harsh tropical sun. This also act as a privacy screen; black out blind: for complete blackout in the room.Save this picture!© Darren SohWe thought of a screen system that combines the function. The screen is a bi-fold door that can be opened up completely for unobstructed view. Within the single door module, the timber fins can be pivoted at varying angle to control the light, ventilation and amount of privacy. It can be completely shut out for a black out effect. This system is replicated throughout the house in the rooms and form the main façade of the house.Save this picture!© Darren SohProject gallerySee allShow lessRiM House / RM ArquitecturaSelected ProjectsN² / YPYC architectsSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Singapore Area:  540 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2017 “COPY” ArchDaily Houses Save this picture!© Darren Soh+ 23Curated by María Francisca González Share Photographs Projectscenter_img Architects: Freight Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Clifton Vale House / Freight Architects Clifton Vale House / Freight ArchitectsSave this projectSaveClifton Vale House / Freight Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/910385/clifton-vale-house-freight-architects Clipboard Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/910385/clifton-vale-house-freight-architects Clipboard Photographs:  Darren Soh Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officeFreight ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSingaporePublished on January 30, 2019Cite: “Clifton Vale House / Freight Architects” 30 Jan 2019. 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Igloo sells on eBay and raises £2,000+ for Yorkshire Cancer Research

first_imgFive friends who built an igloo for fun in snowy Harrogate on Monday evening have used it to raise over £2,000 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.First it was sold on eBay for £571, and then the friends set up a JustGiving page to enable others to show their appreciation for their structure. So far that has raised £2,693. Craig Parker, Greg Davies, Carl Baranovsky, Mark Baranovsky and Tom Davies spent eight hours building the igloo. For a while it was listed on property website Rightmove.On eBay it was described as “A beautifully presented and smartly appointed ground floor stand alone studio apartment with huge garden overlooking the Stray. Enviably located on one of Harrogate’s most prestigious sections of The Stray, superbly placed within easy reach of the town center”. Advertisement  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 25 January 2013 | News Igloo sells on eBay and raises £2,000+ for Yorkshire Cancer Research For services, they added: “Garden is maintained by the council” and for facilities they said: “Easy access to Sunday league football”. They admitted that “Building is at risk of chav damage”.Sally Crerar, Head of Community Fundraising at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “We’re very proud that such a unique and prestigious property is being auctioned to raise money for Yorkshire Cancer Research”.www.justgiving.com/iglooforsale/last_img read more

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Struggle wins temporary water shutoff moratorium

first_imgDetroit’s Freedom Friday fights for water.WW photo: Abayomi AzikiweNew developments took place at the end of July around the struggle for water in Detroit.A class-action lawsuit was filed on July 21 in federal bankruptcy court involving victims of the mass water shutoffs and four community organizations: Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, People’s Water Board and the Michigan chapter of the National Action Network. The lawsuit demands a moratorium on shutoffs; that all those shut off be reconnected immediately; that an affordable plan be enacted where residents cannot be charged more than 2 percent of their income; and that money paid to the banks for usurious interest rate swaps be used to help pay off residents’ arrears.Also on July 21, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department Deputy Director Darryl Latimer announced in bankruptcy court a 15-day pause in the termination of services in order to “better inform” the public of programs available to assist consumers.The city’s state-appointed Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr announced July 29 that Mayor Mike Duggan would be placed in operational charge of the DWSD. Orr stated, “This [executive] order provides additional clarity to the powers already delegated to the Mayor. This order ensures a common focus on customer service and sound management practices that reflect the city’s commitment to refocusing its efforts to help DWSD customers get and remain current on their water bills.”Orr has come under local, national and international criticism for authorizing the massive shutoffs of water services impacting 17,000 households throughout the city.A statement from corporate-oriented Duggan indicates that the DWSD will continue to cut off water. There is no plan to turn back on water for people who have had their services terminated.In a statement posted on Facebook, Duggan asserted: “There are funds available to support those who cannot afford their bills — we need to do a much better job in community outreach to tell our residents how to access those funds. We will be developing a plan that allows those who are truly needy to access financial help and allows those who want to make payment arrangements to do so with shorter wait times. As for those who can pay and choose not to, we won’t force other Detroiters to pay their bills.”Such a statement does nothing to demonstrate that the DWSD policy of attacking Detroit’s already-beleaguered neighborhoods through massive terminations of water services will qualitatively change.Hundreds attend “water fair”A “water affordability fair” was held Aug. 2. Early that morning hundreds lined up outside the eastside DWSD payment center. The police presence was heavy — officers sat in cars at every corner, mounted patrols on horses went through the streets and an armored vehicle was stationed in a vacant lot adjacent to the DWSD facility.Several community groups were present as well, including the Moratorium NOW! Coalition, People’s Water Board, Detroit Water Brigade and Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. Moratorium NOW! activists leafleted the crowd and recruited people to join actions aimed at winning an indefinite halt to the termination of services.Mixed responses came from many community residents who visited the DWSD offices seeking help. Some said that the new policy requesting a 10 percent down payment on outstanding bills was an improvement from previous demands for at least 30 percent.Many people challenged the veracity of the bills they had received. Many who sought the much-talked-about assistance allegedly available from social service agencies found it was virtually nonexistent.One woman had a bill of $2,100 and was being threatened with shutoff. She was demanding a hearing before the Board of Water Commissioners before arranging payments.A number of people said their water service had been shut off for weeks, even months. Some whose service had been shut off were able to arrange for it to be turned back on; others were not.Moratorium extended; poverty not addressedOn Aug. 4, the DWSD announced that the expiring 15-day moratorium on shutoffs would be extended to Aug. 28.The DWSD says it is attempting to collect $89 million in past-due bills. Approximately half this amount is owed on residential accounts. Public statements indicating that there is anywhere between $1 million to $4 million available in assistance does not address the magnitude of the demand from consumers.Detroit has a substantial portion of residents living in poverty. The overall decline in wages, unemployment and underemployment are rife throughout the city.There are no plans on the part of the Emergency Manager or in the austerity “plan of adjustment” before the bankruptcy court to develop any programs to create jobs and bring people out of poverty. Nonetheless, corporations are given huge tax breaks to acquire properties and build sports and entertainment districts that will not benefit the majority of working people and the poor.National solidarity; more cutoffsA delegation of coal miners from West Virginia delivered two tons of water to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on July 29. At the DWSD water fair on Aug. 2, a delegation from Salt Lake City also delivered water.These noble efforts can in no way meet the demands for water needed in Detroit, but they represent acts of solidarity that further expose the failure of emergency management in the city.Freedom Friday on Aug. 1 at the DWSD headquarters enjoyed support from local activists in solidarity with injured Colombian General Motors’ workers as well as the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, which was having its national congress at Wayne State University over the weekend.Despite the announcement of a moratorium on shutoffs, reports indicate that people are still being terminated because of alleged “illegal usage.”Palmer Park Apartments had its water services shut off under the notion that it represented a “commercial” structure and not residential, even though hundreds live in the building on the north side of the city.Although Mayor Duggan has acknowl­edged that the billing system of the DWSD is in disarray, he has not addressed the impact of the interest-rate swap terminations in the last two years which have taken $537 million out of the city’s financial resources for the enrichment of JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley and Loop Financial.The Moratorium NOW! Coalition opposes efforts to privatize DWSD. Duggan, who privatized the Detroit Medical Center when he was CEO of the nonprofit organization, will in all likelihood lead efforts to do the same with the DWSD. People in the city are opposing such efforts because there is no reason to privatize the system — other than profit.By regulation the DWSD cannot run a deficit. It is a revenue-generating system that utilizes the publicly owned department which is surrounded by 20 percent of the world’s fresh water supply.The struggle for water is part and parcel of the overall movement against emergency management and city bankruptcy, which includes cancellation of health care programs for municipal retirees and deep pension cuts to over 32,000 working people and their families.In addition to the massive termination of water resources, public transportation, lighting, public safety, street maintenance and other municipal services have deteriorated drastically.Only a mass outpouring of dissent involving large sections of the working class can effectively push back the drive toward privatization, including the theft of pensions and mass water shutoffs. nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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US – #WeeklyAddress: July 8 – July 14: Trump Social Media Summit invitees verbally spar with reporters

first_img Below are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of July 8 – July 14: News Trump excludes, targets social media and press at unconventional summitDuring President Donald Trump’s Social Media Summit on July 11, many unsubstantiated and misleading accusations of social media companies’ anti-conservative bias were made and the diatribe against the “mainstream media” continued. For more on this, read RSF’s publication: “Trump excludes, targets social media and press at unconventional summit.”Mississippi politician refuses female reporter ride-along June 7, 2021 Find out more A Massachusetts legislative committee heard a proposal on July 11 for a bill that could exempt any police body camera footage from public disclosure and public record, even in cases of public interest like investigations of police misconduct. Though the bill’s champions argue the bill would protect the identities of victims and witnesses to crimes, critics say it would undermine the core purpose of police body cameras: improving transparency and trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Body cameras have become staples of law enforcement agencies in recent years as police departments try to improve accountability in response to widespread protest against police brutality. RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more Robert Foster, a candidate for Mississippi governor, refused to allow Mississippi Today reporter Larrison Campbell to follow him on the campaign trail because she is a woman, the reporter revealed in an article on July 9. Foster invoked the “Billy Graham” rule, the male Christian Evangelist practice of avoiding spending any time alone with a woman who is not their wife. Campbell reported that Foster’s campaign “believed the optics of the candidate with a woman, even a working reporter, could be used in a smear campaign to insinuate an extramarital affair.” A gender discrimination expert has since said that, should Foster become governor, following this rule could put him in violation of “several different laws” if applied to his future employees. The Billy Graham rule has recently gained attention after falling into obscurity since it was revealed that Vice President Mike Pence announced in 2002 that he would not dine alone with women or attend events that serve alcohol without his wife. July 16, 2019 US – #WeeklyAddress: July 8 – July 14: Trump Social Media Summit invitees verbally spar with reporters Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says CIA pushes for dangerous expansion of undercover agent identification ban A coalition of civil society organizations signed a letter Tuesday to oppose a dangerous act supported by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that would criminalize the disclosure of identities of former undercover agents. The 1982 Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA) currently prohibits journalists from publishing the names of former undercover agents who worked overseas until five years after they’ve left the service to protect them, but new CIA-backed expansions in the House and Senate would make these identities unpublishable indefinitely, regardless of the location in which the agents served. If passed, the adjustments to the IIPA would greatly restrict reporters’ ability to report on CIA and CIA-adjacent activities and hold criminally liable reporters who violate the act. Massachusetts bill could strike police body cam footage from the record For the latest updates, follow RSF on twitter @RSF_en. News Receive email alerts NICOLAS KAMM / AFP United StatesAmericas to go further Follow the news on United States Organisation The United States ranks 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.  News WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Help by sharing this information United StatesAmericas NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Newslast_img read more

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