Taj Pamodzi Hotels Plc HY2010 Interim Report

first_imgTaj Pamodzi Hotels Plc (PMODZI.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2010 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) 2010 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

FTSE 100 crash! I’d buy cheap shares now to get rich and retire early

first_img Image source: Getty Images Kevin Godbold | Sunday, 17th May, 2020 Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Auto Trader and Rightmove. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. FTSE 100 crash! I’d buy cheap shares now to get rich and retire early I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I’d take advantage of this stock market crash by aiming to buy cheap FTSE 100 shares and holding them for the long term.Buying shares when they are selling at lower prices usually involves going out shopping when the general economic weather is overcast. Well-known super-investor Warren Buffett once said: “You pay a high price for a cheery consensus.” And the opposite can be true as well. Namely, that the stock market tends to mark down shares when the economic outlook is gloomy.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Cheap shares in the FTSE 100 crashThat’s why Buffett is often out snapping up shares when many investors are cautious. However, this time, it’s a little different. So far, he hasn’t bought much of anything and the reason could be two-fold.Firstly, he needs a big deal to move the dial on his overall portfolio, and can’t find an attractive purchase that is large enough. Secondly, Buffett really does seem unsure about what the future holds. Indeed, not many of us have lived through a pandemic before because the previous one was around 100 years ago.And when the so-called Spanish Flu devastated populations towards the end of the first world war onwards, some of the industries of today were nothing like as large as they are now. Some didn’t even exist. Some of the worst-affected sectors now include the airline and travel sectors. The hospitality sector has suffered badly too, including hotels, restaurants pubs, bars and other types of eateries.Some of the cheapest-looking stocks reside near the lower reaches of FTSE 100 index and they tell the story of the pandemic’s impact. Down there we can find companies such as cruise operator Carnival, and engineering company Meggitt, which serves the airline industry among others. Other big casualties include airline company easyJet and energy company Centrica.Careful stock picking could pay handsomelyOne strategy worth exploring is to research such down-on-their-luck outfits with a view to buying some shares at cheaper valuations. The hope then is that the underlying enterprise will go on to recover as the pandemic fades – perhaps because of a vaccine being discovered.But Buffett’s not keen on airlines. In fact, he recently sold his airline holdings. The main problem is the lack of visibility. Who’s to say the airline industry will ever return to the levels of business we’ve seen in the past? Coronavirus has shown us that we can survive without travelling much for business or leisure.However, some cheaper FTSE 100 shares seem to me to be better placed for recovery. I’d look at the housebuilders such as Persimmon, Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Developments. And I’d be keen to hold shares in firms that have captured a strong niche in their markets, such as vehicle-selling platform Auto Trader and property marketplace provider Rightmove.Having selected shares to buy now, I reckon the key to getting rich and retiring early is to hold them for the long term. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img See all posts by Kevin Godbold Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 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Analysis: What do Armitage and Kvesic offer at the breakdown?

first_img Magnificent sevens: Both Matt Kvesic and Steffon Armitage have designs on England’s World Cup squad English opensides Matt Kvesic and Steffon Armitage are both in action this weekend. We examine their cases for World Cup inclusion. Post-match, Sean O’Brien voiced his opinion that Armitage had been “illegal” throughout his shift. Certainly, Matt O’Connor‘s men had reason to feel aggrieved here.Resting on his forearms beyond the ball, Armitage cannot be supporting his own bodyweight:That Wayne Barnes awarded Toulon a penalty advantage says as much for the difficulty of officiating the breakdown – a manic maelstrom of limbs – as it does for the fact that a reputation be your friend at times.Whistle blowingOverzealousness and poor judgment can easily lead to a string of infringements. Although Kvesic is still just 23, he is very mature and rarely gets caught the wrong side of the law.This jackal against Exeter Chiefs back in January was a text book example of how to tick all the boxes a referee is looking for:First off, as James Hook follows up his up-and-under to fell Thomas Waldrom, Kvesic holds his hands out in front of him to indicate he is not part of the tackle:From there, he is free to latch on and does so, supporting his bodyweight amid the attentions of three opponents:Having braced himself and shown immense strength, Kvesic cannot be shifted and Andrew Small pings Waldrom for holding on.Precisely 79 seconds after taking the field in Marseilles, Armitage eked out something as well:Involved in the initial tackle on O’Brien, he must make a concerted effort to demonstrate daylight between himself and his opponent, even for a millisecond, before clamping on.From the reverse angle, we can see how polished and proficient Armitage is in this drill:Recycling machinesAs alluded to earlier, any openside has a significant say in resourcing rucks on attack. Often, this means diving in when their side is short on numbers to shift any circling vultures and ensure the movement can continue.While Kvesic’s senior international career has been stop-start, he has been excellent in this regard. In the mid-week game last June against the Crusaders, he won the man-of-the-match gong, aiding England’s cause with unheralded moments like this:England almost fall victim to a robust counter-ruck from All Black Luke Whitelock here, but Kvesic’s bravery and quick thinking salvage the situation.Two England backs have blown past the ball, leaving it exposed and therefore ending the ruck. Assessing the situation, he crouches to pick up……before absorbing the impact and falling backwards to present a target to his support, in this case James Haskell, who can protect the ball from incoming Crusader Jordan Taufua:Another subtle intervention from Kvesic in a white shirt came this January as Ireland Wolfhounds were beaten 18-9. Track him during Henry Slade‘s try.After shipping on to Elliot Daly, he gets to his feet to make a decisive clear-out, allowing scrum-half Lee Dickson a pristine platform from which to deliver the scoring pass:Toulon’s power runners mean Armitage is rarely required to scramble back behind the gain-line. Still, a blend of technique and intelligence means he is rarely beaten to the punch.Indeed, this time he won a penalty for the Top 14 giants as he looks to clear Murphy before Jimmy Gopperth has rolled away from the tackle area:Armitage’s next assignment is the might of Clermont, and he will relish the chance to maraud around Twickenham.Justifiably, fear of rocking the boat may be too overpowering for Lancaster to pick him for the World Cup. But you can be sure his prowess has been studied at length. TAGS: GloucesterHighlight Watch how Kvesic threatens the ball, forcing the attacking support to overcommit and leave Tipuna isolated once more:With nobody guarding the ball, the New Zealander’s pass is high under pressure from Sione Kalamafoni and the Gloucester defence can shoot up, eventually forcing a knock-on.Minutes after coming on in the Champions Cup semi-final against Leinster, Armitage was posing similar problems.As the Dubliners come right here, the ex-London Irish 29 year-old pounces with intent, forcing Isaac Boss into a rushed kick:The key here is how Jamie Heaslip follows Jordi Murphy into the breakdown because he knows one clearer is simply not enough to quell Armitage:This leaves Leinster understaffed and only Boss’ quick thinking prevents a loss of possession.Clean stealsIn the same way that buying more lottery tickets heightens your prospects of winning the jackpot, high work-rate, allied to sound decision-making around when to commit, offers more chance of pilfering the ball.Kvesic reaped rewards against Newcastle on numerous occasions, first from this ruck:And then by stripping it clean out of Rob Vickers‘ paws just outside his own 22:Gloucester spread the ball left and scored through Billy Twelvetrees immediately, reinforcing the notion that turnover ball provides the best foundation from which to attack.Toulon benefitted from this principle against Leinster. Watch their break-out subsequent to Armitage forcing the ball loose from Luke Fitzgerald‘s carry:center_img The number seven is almost as sacred in modern Test rugby as it is at Old Trafford, Manchester United’s theatre of dreams.Thanks to a lineage of eye-catching, influential players from Jean-Pierre Rives via George Smith to Richie McCaw, the position of openside flanker has become almost as venerated as American football’s quarter-back.Unless you have been living under a rock for a couple of years, debate surrounding England’s selection there will be frustratingly familiar – excruciatingly so, perhaps.Toulon’s outstanding Steffon Armitage has thus far been barred from adding to his five caps because of a self-imposed RFU ruling decreeing that home-based players should be prioritised.A string of individual accolades as well as two European titles have not been sufficient for Stuart Lancaster to trigger a rather vague ‘exceptional circumstances’ clause. It must be stressed that captain Chris Robshaw has probably been his country’s standout performer in this period anyway.But the breakdown is one area England must get absolutely right if they are to taste World Cup glory. As Graham Rowntree regularly points out, it is are the sport’s most common occurrence. Consequently, a gifted exponent is worth their weight in gold.For opensides, sapping opposition ruck-speed and generating quick ball are primary concerns. Though punters bemoaned an inability to deal with Ireland’s kicking game, this was the main deficiency when England lost 19-9 in Dublin – Joe Schmidt’s charges won the tussle on the deck comprehensively.Armitage has been in the spotlight all week. His case will become even more compelling if he wins a third successive European crown on Saturday. That said, another candidate for an England back row berth is in action this weekend too.Friday evening sees Gloucester clash with Edinburgh to decide the Challenge Cup. Matt Kvesic is the Cherry and White talisman, and possesses serious pedigree. Two Tests against Argentina back in summer 2013 at the age of 21 yielded 36 tackles for the former age-group rockstar, plus many other pivotal contributions to a pair of victories.Enjoying a brilliant season, Kvesic is coming good at an intriguing time. Both he and Armitage are bustling carriers and skilful link men, but here is a look at how their breakdown work compares.Perpetual motionWorld-class openside play is not merely about snaffling the odd Hollywood turnover. The best are relentless disrupters who make their presence count whenever possible. Take this sequence of breakdowns from Gloucester’s 42-40 defeat of Newcastle Falcons on Saturday.As the visitors attempt to settle into their phase-play at Kingsholm, Kvesic simply wants to cause chaos. First, he sniffs an opportunity to come around the side and pinch the ball.However, referee Ian Tempest clearly tells him the ruck is still live and he has to get back onside. Kvesic cooperates and there is no penalty:As Newcastle bring the ball right, Kvesic trusts others to tackle, staying on his feet and in the game. At the next ruck, he sees a chance to make things messy:Here, he works off tackler Elliott Stooke. After Stooke has brought down Scott Lawson, Falcon Josh Furno slips off the clear-out so Ally Hogg steps in. This leaves the ball exposed, so Kvesic comes through the gate:Some quick-thinking from scrum-half Ruki Tipuna, who leaves the ball to join the breakdown, keeps Newcastle in possession. It unravelled in two phases time though: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Kvesic can probably look forward to a place in the 45-man summer training and from there he must impress. A tournament place is far from guaranteed.Whatever happens though, England know the value of breakdown specialists. This weekend will make for interesting viewing, not to mention more fanatical discussion.last_img read more

Obituary: Jane Bardsley

first_img Jane Bardsley, Head of Partnerships at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, has died aged 39. She had worked for the charity for just over two and a half years, having previously worked for media organisations including Emap, Capital Radio and EMI Music. Obituary: Jane Bardsley 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 February 2014 | Newscenter_img [View the story “Obituary: Jane Bardsley” on Storify] 83 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: obituary Recruitment / peoplelast_img read more

Housing is a right

first_imgTenants rally in New York: “Tax the rich! House the poor!”Even as the stock market and profits soar, so does the cost of housing in the United States. A transformation has been taking place in major cities — San Francisco, Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York are but a few examples — as affordable rental housing is either demolished altogether or renovated to provide luxury co-ops and condos for the newly rich and/or the established rich, who are either moving in from the suburbs or enjoy residences in both city and country.The election of a president whose personal fortune comes from real estate, even as he claims to care about workers’ jobs, has only accelerated the process.Tenant organizations are fighting a tide of wealth that is threatening to suck them under.And growing wealth exists alongside growing poverty. But not because poor people are “too lazy to work.” Just the opposite. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, back in 2009 as many as 44 percent of the homeless had jobs — but the pay was so low they couldn’t afford even the cheapest housing. Since then, it’s only gotten worse.That same year, the National Low Income Housing Coalition figured that a minimum-wage worker “would have to work 87 hours each week to afford a two-bedroom apartment at 30 percent of his or her income, which is the federal definition of affordable housing.”Working 87 hours each week! That’s more than TWICE the 40-hour week, which once was the standard. Does anyone remember what it was like to work eight hours, sleep eight hours, live a life for eight hours and be able to do things you enjoy on the weekends?To work 87 hours a week, you’d have to toil 16 hours each weekday, which means sleep five hours, have three hours to travel to and from your jobs and catch some food on the fly, then work those additional seven hours on Saturday — and collapse on Sunday. Unless you’re scheduled to work then, which is increasingly likely, especially in low-wage retail and food service jobs.It is no wonder that homelessness is growing, alongside obscene wealth at the top.What happens to those displaced? A survey in 2017 showed that on any given night in this rich country, more than half a million people — 544,000 — were homeless, with nowhere to sleep but under bridges, in back alleys or in crowded homeless shelters.Many women with children are homeless, some to escape abuse. So are people with physical, mental and emotional disabilities. And because being homeless only exacerbates these conditions, many end up in hospital emergency rooms.Beginning a century and a half ago, the development of capitalism and the triumph of large-scale manufacture over cottage industries in much of Europe and North America enormously increased the productivity of labor. One worker today can produce a hundred times as much — whether it’s textiles or steel or houses — with the new technology. A partially prefabricated, nicely designed four-bedroom house today can be assembled and finished in one month.That’s the upside of capitalist development. The downside of an economic system built on profits and exploited labor is the total degradation of the life of the worker.Frederick Engels, Karl Marx’s closest collaborator, wrote in 1872 about how the bourgeoisie solves the housing question:“The breeding places of disease, the infamous holes and cellars in which the capitalist mode of production confines our workers night after night, are not abolished; they are merely shifted elsewhere! … As long as the capitalist mode of production continues to exist, it is folly to hope for an isolated solution of the housing question or of any other social question affecting the fate of the workers.“The solution lies in the abolition of the capitalist mode of production and the appropriation of all the means of life and labor by the working class itself.”Amen, Comrade Freddy.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Role of a revolutionary party in an union

first_imgThis is a slightly edited version of a talk given during the“What Road to Socialism?” webinar held by Workers World Party on May 16.United Steelworkers Local 8751 has three advantages during this pandemic when going to work on the frontlines is a daily exercise in confronting the life-or-death realities of the class struggle.The founders of Workers World Party saw the fight against racism in this settler-colonial state as decisive to the global class struggle. When in 1974 racist mobs began a violent war targeting Black and Brown children on school buses, the party dropped everything to mobilize 25,000 antiracists to Boston on Dec. 14, 1974, and turned back the fascist mass mobilization. We decided to get jobs on the frontline and organize deep with the drivers.The membership of Local 8751 is steeled from its birth in the anti-imperialist struggle. Our President Andre Francois and 90 percent of the drivers grew up battling U.S.-sponsored death squads in Haiti. Others threw the Portuguese out of their homeland, Cabo Verde. In February we studied what was going right in China, Vietnam and Cuba and what was leading to mass death in for-profit Europe.Through battling racist mobs, 11 strikes against corporate bosses, and countless political and economic job actions, we’ve been dress-rehearsing in masks, helmets, gloves and implements of self-defense for 45 years. So when Mayor Walsh summoned us to City Hall March 12, we told him to shut the schools because we could not continue to drive 37,000 kids in unsafe conditions. The next day he shut the city.When the Mayor said he needed some of us for emergency operations and the rest would go on unemployment, we told him in one voice, “Nobody drives unless we all get paid.” Based on our reputation for throwing down the keys, he ordered our obstructionist employer, Veolia Transdev, to sign a Full Pay & Benefits Agreement.When thousands of stranded children couldn’t access food, our members — like millions of drivers at Uber, Lyft and Amazon Flex — were overnight thrown into the monopolized food supply chainThe spectre of mass hunger and unemployment is crashing Wall Street and bringing out armed fascists organized by Agriculture Secretary Purdue to “reopen the slaughterhouses” where tens of thousands of migrant workers have been sickened and murdered.When, on the first day of the food-delivery program, the bosses tried to gather us inside without Personal Protective Equipment, the union channeled Samuel L. Jackson’s advice to “Stay the F Outside! or We Stay the F Home.” We forced reorganization of the operation outside into the parking lot, making the company spend thousands on a canopy tent and touchless restrooms and doors. Steelworker and Teamster security now commands the gate and various divisions of labor, safely distanced with loudspeaker communications. PPE is now available and required for all.New ways to struggleUnion leaders, some of whom must stay home due to the pandemic’s risk factors, have developed new ways to struggle. We meet daily to share developments, hold Zoom meetings with allies and enemies, and plan next actions for the long-term. Instead of mass pickets, two geared-up militants with homemade signs and a camera at the gate recently stopped the entrance of a noncompliant boss.After we celebrated Haitian Flag Day at 6 a.m. at the worksite on May 14, by midnight we had won back full pay for four Haitian and one Ethiopian drivers and their families. When the bosses, infected by class hatred, won’t make warning signs or publish Emergency Procedures, we do it ourselves and put them up when they rip them down.We have just lived that proverbial “decade in a week.” In Local 8751, we have taken three deadly casualties and more are sick. But our theory and experience tell us that this could be the beginning of an “epoch in a season.”Our lives and the future of humanity depend on a central question at this critical moment, “Where do socialists have the capacity to get deep in struggle with the workers on the front lines?” One example is in the precarious food supply chain where workers’ assemblies can prepare to take control of society — like Local 8751 aims to take control of our worksite.With Trump, Wall Street and armed thugs in the streets this week threatening to reopen schools and everything else in a deadly gamble to recover their dead-end capitalist system, now hemorrhaging tens of millions of workers and in full blown crisis on life-support, Local 8751 is positioning and preparing for the next struggle to defend our lives and win a better world with the communities we serve: “The buses don’t roll till the Union says, ‘Go’!”Gillis is a 35-year school bus driver in Boston, currently the elected Financial Secretary and Pension Plan Administrator for the 900-strong United Steelworkers Local 8751. He joined WW in 1984 after experiencing the party’s labor support for Jesse Jackson’s anti-racist campaign for president. Since the COVID-19 shutdown, Gillis has been a coordinator of the union’s frontline Emergency Health & Safety Task Force, which home-delivers food to thousands of children daily.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

RSF calls for release of journalist held in Iraqi Kurdistan

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned RSF_en News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Iraqi Kurdistan’s autonomous government to shed light on the circumstances of journalist Zuber Bradosti’s arrest by its intelligence services three weeks ago and to order his release. News “We ask the authorities to ensure that Zuber Bradosti is released at once and comes to no physical harm,” RSF’s Middle East desk said. “The Kurdistan autonomous government has a duty to protect journalists and to prevent them from being arrested for questioning and detained without justification.” “He is a political activist who is linked to the Peshmerga [Iraqi Kurdistan’s army] and who is a member of the PKK,” a source close to the Iraqi intelligence services said on condition of anonymity. “He gathered information for this organization, which is conducting a campaign contrary to the Iraqi Kurdistan region’s interests.” August 8, 2019 RSF calls for release of journalist held in Iraqi Kurdistan News In the absence of any news, Roj News has published an article about his disappearance, reporting that he was heading for the Soran region, in the northeast of Iraqi Kurdistan, at the time of his arrest. Iraq is ranked 156th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Imprisoned This is not the first time that Bradosti has been arrested by the Kurdish intelligence services, Roj News editor Shena Faiq told RSF. He was previously arrested in March on the grounds that he had taken photos in “forbidden areas” during Turkey’s military operations in the region, she said. February 15, 2021 Find out more RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” Follow the news on Iraq Kurdish officials meanwhile claim that Bradosti’s journalistic activities were not the reason for his arrest. December 28, 2020 Find out more News Kurdistan’s autonomous government promised an investigation into Ali’s murder in order to identify those responsible, but the investigation has made no progress and those responsible are still at large. Receive email alerts to go further Bradosti’s arrest is all the more worrying because another Roj News journalist, Wedat Hussein Ali, was found dead, bearing the marks of torture, several hours after been arrested in similar circumstances in Dohuk, in the northwest of Iraqi Kurdistan, in August 2016. Help by sharing this information The family of Bradosti, who works for Roj News, a news agency that supports Turkey’s outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), has had no news of him since he was arrested for questioning on 19 July. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan December 16, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Assemblymember Holden’s Bill to Ensure Victims of Human Rights Abuses Get Their Day in Court

first_img More Cool Stuff Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * As we remember the horrors of the of the Armenian Genocide some 100 years ago and the Nazi Holocaust during World War II, Assemblymember Chris Holden has introduced legislation to extend the statute of limitations for the victims of human rights abuses.AB 15 was approved today with unanimous, bi-partisan support in the Assembly Judiciary Committee. The vote was 10 to 0. The bill now goes to the Assembly floor for consideration.AB 15 will bring California law into line with federal regulations for filing civil lawsuits based on acts of genocide, torture, war crimes and human trafficking. In California, these human rights abuses are brought as assault, battery or wrongful death claims and carry a two-year statute of limitations. AB 15 extends the statute of limitations to ten years aligning the time limit for filing a human rights claim in California with current federal law.“This reform is long overdue. Victims often suffer mental and physical problems that prevent them from filing quickly,” pointed out Assemblymember Holden. “Because of that, many of these crimes are never prosecuted and the abuse continues. This bill would help the victims and their families find some measure of justice in the face of these horrific crimes.”“In 2001, I was trafficked from my village in Mexico and forced to work 18-hour days sewing dresses in a factory in Los Angeles,” said Florencia Molina, one of the witnesses testifying in support of AB 15. “Once I was able to escape, I wanted to bring a claim against my trafficker. But no one knew much about trafficking back then, and I was not sure what I could do. If AB 15 had been around, I would have been able to get restitution for the abuses I suffered and the wages that were stolen from me. I want other survivors to know that justice is never too late”This bill would also revive eligible claims finally allowing victims of the Holocaust, Armenian Genocide, and other historic incidences of human rights violations to seek a remedy for the abuse they suffered.“Passing this measure would be a critical step towards re-balancing the scales in human rights cases where short filing deadlines currently favor abusers over victims,” said Amanda Werner, Legal and Policy Fellow with International Corporate Accountability Roundtable. “Though the number of cases brought under AB 15 would be small in number, they would be significant in allowing a remedy for survivors, ensuring that perpetrators of the worst human rights abuse cannot find safe harbor within California’s borders.”AB 15 is supported by a number of local, national and international human rights advocates including Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA), American Jewish World Service, Amnesty International, Consumer Attorneys of America, EarthRights International, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and Oxfam. 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Business Newscenter_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Government Assemblymember Holden’s Bill to Ensure Victims of Human Rights Abuses Get Their Day in Court Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | 12:44 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Community News Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

City Council shaken up in 2018

first_imgLocal News TAGS Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Pinterestcenter_img Facebook 2018 Year in Review logo web.jpg Following a year of controversial decisions from the Odessa City Council, the public made it clear they wanted to see a change in their city government. Change is what they made happen when they voted to add an at-large city council member and give the mayor the ability to vote. Odessa residents voted overwhelmingly Nov. 6 to pass Proposition 1, creating the at-large seat, 11,712 to 4,262, and Proposition 2, 11,117 to 4,814. These two propositions stemmed from a citizen-driven petition which began last December, and was filed in February with more than 4,200 signatures. With the propositions passed, voters were also able to elect Odessa accountant Peggy Dean to serve as the first at-large city council member after she ran unopposed for the position, garnering 12,277 votes. Further shakeup occurred during the election, as Council Members Barbara Graff, Mike Gardner and Filiberto Gonzales, representing District 3, 4 and 5 respectively, had their seats filled by new Council Members Detra White, Tom Sprawls and Mari Willis. Gardner and Gonzales had opted not to run again, and Graff had reached her term limit. Graff and Gonzales played a part in some of the controversial decisions that led to the creation of the petition. They, along with District 1 Council Member Malcolm Hamilton, had previously shown opposition to the petition giving two more votes to the City Council, twice voting down requests to call elections in May and November to vote on the propositions. Hamilton was at the center of a number of controversies in the latter half of 2018 after he, Graff Gonzales and Mayor David Turner had planned to take a taxpayer-funded trip to South Padre Island to see City Secretary Norma Grimaldo receive a statewide award. Hamilton refused to justify using taxpayer money to take the trip, calling it a “stupid ass question” and calling Odessa American Publisher Pat Canty a “f—king homosexual.” Further attention was drawn toward Hamilton after anonymous sources spoke about an argument taking place after an October City Council meeting between Hamilton and Interim City Attorney Gary Landers, with Hamilton reportedly getting close to Landers’ face before the two were separated by District 1 Council Member Dewey Bryant. Hamilton can be heard shouting and saying “do it again” multiple times in recorded audio of the incident. Following this argument, the Odessa Police Department began staffing City Hall with a security officer during business hours, paying them overtime. City Spokesperson Andrea Goodson said the officer was placed there due to safety concerns. Hamilton was the only city official to speak about the incident, saying the argument occurred due to Landers ignoring a question Hamilton had asked him twice during the Oct. 9 City Council meeting. Landers and Hamilton later apologized to each other, Hamilton added, and now have a “good relationship.” In late November, Hamilton told Odessan Norma Alvarez to “go die somewhere” in a private Facebook message after she had sent him a message calling him “a total disgrace” to Odessa. After calling him a disgrace to the Permian High School football program and accusing him of skewing facts, Hamilton responded by saying “oh please, go die somewhere.” Hamilton told CBS7 Alvarez deserved the comment for insulting him first. “She had very ill words to say to me so I said ill words back to her,” Hamilton told CBS7. “I live by the passage of do unto others as thou will have done unto thyself and you can clearly see she started with me.” There was internal shakeup of city staff earlier in the year, as Michael Marrero was appointed to become the permanent city manager in May and Landers was hired as interim city attorney following the retirement of Larry Long. The former city attorney retired at the end of February following accusations the year prior that he had sexually harassing a legal assistant. Without taking any disciplinary action, the City Council ultimately allowed Long to resign at the end of February, in part so he could receive better retirement benefits. That wasn’t the only accusation of sexual harassment gone unpunished at the City, however. Utilities Field Operations Manager Antonio Madrid had a sexual harassment complaint filed against him by a female employee under him in April. A number of accusations were listed against Madrid, including one stating that he had recorded a woman with her phone while she was wearing a skirt, and accusations he would caress her ear. Another woman was included in the complaint who stated Madrid had offered her a foot massage after he saw her limping in the hallway. The city’s legal department arranged a meeting between Madrid and the three women accusing him of sexual harassment in July, to allow the women to let them know how he made them feel. After this, one of the complainants said no further action was taken against Madrid. One of the complainants said she had forgiven Madrid during the meeting and that he had apologized. “But I still think something needed to be done,” she said at the time. “Yes, he did say that, but he could have said that just because everybody was there.” A lawsuit was also settled between the City and the OA in March, a near year-long endeavor filed by the OA in June 2017 alleging the City Council violated the state open meetings law after they voted to oust the head of the Odessa Development Corporation following a closed-door discussion. The City will now be required to keep audio records of closed sessions for at least two years, allowing a judge to examine the records should future lawsuits allege open meetings act violations, which goes beyond what the law currently requires. Additionally, the settlement also called for the City to comply with the requirements of the Texas Open Meeting Act and pay part of the OA’s legal fees, $12,500. As part of the settlement, the City Council denied violating the act, “or if it did, the violation was only technical and resulted in no harm” to the OA or the general public. The city still managed to make further progress in its mission of revitalizing downtown in 2018. The hotel and convention center downtown is still under construction, expected to open in July 2019, with the Ector Theater still undergoing renovations as well. Most notably, the City Council approved the creation of a tax increment reinvestment zone downtown. This TIRZ freezes property tax revenues at a base level, and as property values rise as the area is developed, revenues collected above that level can be used for further projects in the designated zone. The TIRZ boundaries run from Second Street, Eighth Street, Adams Avenue and Bernice Avenue. The money raised here would be used for downtown improvements, Marrero said previously, such as widening sidewalks, improved lighting or additional parking. 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Richins races home for BYU walk-off win over Utah in 10 innings

first_imgMarch 20, 2018 /Sports News – Local Richins races home for BYU walk-off win over Utah in 10 innings FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah – Cam Richins sprinted home on a wild pitch as BYU walked off with a 7-6 win in 10 innings Tuesday in the Deseret First Duel at Larry H. Miller Field.“We were resilient,” BYU head coach Mike Littlewood said. “We executed a bunt and they helped us with pass balls and wild pitches. We’ll take it any way we can.”BYU scored its first run in the second, when Kyle Dean skied a sacrifice fly to push across Keaton Kringlen, who led off the frame with a double. Jarrett Perns came up with two runners on and tripled off the left field fence to score two more. Brennon Anderson’s groundout up the middle plated Perns and made it 4-0 for the Cougars.Utah answered with a pair of runs in the third off BYU starter Bo Burrup, including a solo homer from Rykker Tom. Burrup finished his evening surrendering three hits and two runs through three innings of work. Alex Perron took over mound duties in the fourth.Kringlen drove in the Cougars’ fifth run with a sacrifice fly to right field in the fifth. Brian Hsu singled and Brock Hale followed with a double to set the table.Perron pitched two scoreless frames for the Cougars, and Rhett Parkinson came in to match his effort, as BYU took a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning stretch. Another Kringlen sac fly made it a 6-2 lead for BYU.Drew Zimmerman tossed a perfect seven-pitch eighth for the Cougars and passed the torch in the ninth to Jake Suddreth, who loaded the bases with one out. He hit a batter for a run and allowed two singles for three more and a tie game.In the bottom of the 10th, Kringlen slapped an infield single to the shortstop. Richins pinch ran for him and went to second on a sacrifice bunt and third on a pass ball.BYU hosts Gonzaga for a weekend series starting on Thursday. The first game of three will be televised on ESPNU.​ Written bycenter_img Robert Lovelllast_img read more