Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited ( HY2017 Interim Report

first_imgSechaba Brewery Holdings Limited ( listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sechaba Brewery Holdings Limited (  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileSechaba Brewery Holdings Limited is an investment holding company with 60% controlling interest in Kgalagadi Breweries Limited (KLB) and Botswana Breweries (Pty) Limited. Kgalagadi Breweries produces lager beers, traditional beers, bottled water and soft drinks under license. The brewery has four traditional beer breweries, a clear beer brewery, a sparkling soft drinks production plant and six sales and distribution centres in Botswana. SABMiller has a 40% stake in Kgalagadi Breweries and has management control over the operation; offering manufacturing and technical expertise, brand building and distribution expertise. Botswana Breweries produces traditional opaque beer made from sorghum and maize under the brand names Chibuku and Phafana. The Botswana Development Corporation has a 25.6% shareholding in Sechaba Breweries Holdings Limited.last_img read more

30 minutes: Pete Horne, Glasgow Warriors

first_img On the hoof: Pete Horne has had a fine season for Glasgow TAGS: Glasgow Warriors What’s the silliest thing you’ve ever bought? Probably a skateboard. A few years ago three or four of us got skateboards to mess around with and do tricks, but I only used it twice. I stacked it going down a hill in Kelvingrove Park and I never went on it again. I took it to a charity shop.What’s your guilty pleasure? My PlayStation 4 – I love it. A few of us love Madden NFL. Scotland and Glasgow fly-half Pete Horne talks to RW about WWF, being sat down by Alesana Tuilagi, cooking and opening sandwich-shop with Richie Vernon Do you have any phobias? I was petrified of sharks – I watched Jaws when I was really small. But last summer when I was in South Africa with Ruaridh Jackson, I got egged on to go deep-sea diving with great white sharks. I think I’ve conquered my fear.What about bugbears? When you cook someone a meal and they don’t come to eat it when it’s ready. They take ages so by the time they eat it, it’s cold. It drives me insane. Also shaking hands with someone who has wet hands. Why can’t they dry their hands after washing them? And who knows if it’s water or not?So do you like cooking? My old flatmate and best mate from school, Fuzzy (Chris Fusaro), got us into cooking. With his Italian roots, he taught me some bits and pieces. I love doing a Sunday roast. My family always used to have a big Sunday dinner so it’s a tradition I’m trying to keep going with my girlfriend.Do you have any superstitions? I’m always last out of the changing room. I don’t know why, I’ve just always done it since I was a pup. I also strap my wrists and thumbs a certain way.The money: Horne is a fan of WWF Wrestling, featured here with Floyd MayweatherWhat would you like to achieve outside of rugby? To be a good person, to be financially secure and have fun. My girlfriend is a lawyer and we’ve talked about moving Stateside for a bit. I did PE teaching before rugby and I’m now doing a business studies degree, so I’ve got options. Richie Vernon and I also have this crazy idea to open a sandwich shop or café. It’s a pipe dream but is something I’d love to do.What’s your most embarrassing moment? Getting sat down by Alesana Tuilagi on my first cap and him running under the posts. The video went pretty viral. I wasn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last. If you could be any of your team-mates, who would you be? I’m not sure. DTH van der Merwe) – that guy scores tries for fun. He’s always bombing it down the wing and breaking tackles – he’s the man!Who’d you like to be stuck in a lift with? I used to love WWF wrestling – as it was then – so I think Road Dogg and Mr Ass Man would be good fun.If you could have one superpower, what would it be? It would be cool to be able to heal yourself. I’d also love to be able to run really, really fast – as fast as Tommy Seymour. He’s flying at the moment.Flying machine: Horne says Tommy Seymour has been in fine form this season (Pic Inpho)Who would be your three dream dinner-party guests? There’s this Canadian comedian, Stewart Francis, who’s really funny. The Rock would be a good one – he seems fun and is always enthusiastic. And Peter Griffin from Family Guy would be hilarious. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Churches stand up for lives lost, take stand against violence

first_imgChurches stand up for lives lost, take stand against violence Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Comments (1) Jane T. Edwards says: Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Comments are closed. Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York 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 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books center_img Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA A woman takes a photo of the murder wall at St. Anna’s Church in New Orleans. Photo/St. Anna’s.[Episcopal News Service] A few weeks into 2012, the Rev. Bill Terry already had at least 20 additions for the “Murder Board” outside St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, near New Orleans’ French Quarter, including:Jan. 6, Keian Ester, 11, shotJan. 7, Michael Johnson, 21, shotJan. 7, Eric Robinson, 41, shot/burnedJan. 8, Joseph Elliot, 17, shotJan. 10, Tiffany Frey, 36, shotJan. 10, Lamar Ellis, 21, shotJan. 12, Keishuane Keppard, 20, shotJan. 17, Gerald Barnes Jr., 21, shotJan. 18, unidentified male, shot“We’re less than a month into the year and we’re already averaging a murder victim a day,” Terry said. “Last week we had a young man who was gay who was shot and then burned. It’s a holocaust. It’s a national travesty.”The church created the board in 2007 after public outrage over several particularly violent deaths subsided “and nothing changed,” said Terry, rector.Anchored in front of the church the 4 x 8-foot white coroplast sign has sought to raise public awareness and to challenge the anonymity of urban violence, Terry said during a Jan. 19 interview from his office.“We tend to talk in terms of numbers, the murder rate, how many murders. It has a dehumanizing quality and we’re in the business of humanity.”Each week, he climbs a ladder and adds new names. The board intends to ask the same question a victim’s mother once asked Terry: “Why did my baby have to die?”“I made a promise to her and the rest of the mothers of victims of violence that we would not stop doing this, that somebody does care,” he said.Across the country, from Chicago to Georgia, New Orleans to Alaska, Episcopalians are seeking to raise public awareness about violent deaths to lend a voice to those who can no longer speak for themselves, and to offer hope to loved ones living through its aftermath.Volunteers at Holy Innocents Episcopal Church in Sandy Springs, Georgia, about 15 miles north of Atlanta, held an all-night vigil Jan. 21 for the community’s children, some 550 in all, who died violently in 2011.“Believe it or not, those numbers are down from the previous year, when we read about 800 names of dead children. That number was staggering to us,” said the Rev. Allison Schultz, assistant rector, in a recent telephone interview.The vigil ended at 7 a.m. Jan. 22; about 100 community members attended a 4 p.m. requiem mass for the victims the same day. The goal, said Schultz, is to create public awareness about the plight of “the holy innocents of our day” killed by abuse and other violence.“Children are particularly vulnerable to violence, especially under age four. They can be hidden away, it’s difficult for them to speak up,” she added.The names of young victims–and this year, because of recently-enacted state privacy laws, only their initials—are read aloud during vigils and recorded in a book kept at a prayer station inside a church beside an icon of the holy innocents, she said.“The scene is somewhere between Bethlehem and Egypt; Mary is on a donkey, Joseph is walking beside her and babes-in-arms are being carried to heaven by angels,” she said.This marks the second year of an effort Holy Innocents aims to make an annual event, offered as a response to the violence, Schultz said.“As Christians, how do we respond to such violence? By trying to be as nonviolent as we can in our communication, in our action, our work,” Schultz said. “It’s just about the power of prayer and then also claiming that those lives might be lost to us but that they live on in resurrected life. They’re not just lives lost —  they now have a home, a place where they rest in peace.”Donations were given to the Drake House, a local center for women and children who have experienced violence, she said. Schultz added, “What we can do as church is to pray, worship and remember. It’s our job to hold that out for people to see what God might be calling them to do. The first step in anything we do as Christians is to see how God might be calling us to behave, to act differently.”According to the Children’s Defense Fund, a private nonprofit agency founded in 1973 to advocate for the nation’s children, the United States ranks last among industrialized countries in protecting its children against gun violence.CDF statistics for 2010, based on a 180-day school year, indicated that in the United States, a child or teenager is killed every three hours by a firearm, and a child is killed by abuse or neglect every six hours.Bishop Jeffrey Lee remembers the 2008 killings of five students at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, and the wounding of 21 others by a lone gunman “as a searing event” during his first year as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.“It reminded me that this violence is not isolated to urban cities. If it can happen in a place like DeKalb, Illinois, it can happen anywhere,” he said during a Jan. 21 telephone interview from Chicago.He aims to launch “an ecumenical call to action” with a 4-mile march on April 2, Monday in Holy Week, to give voice to the more than 260 Chicago children murdered since 2008 and to offer hope in a city where many have tuned out as a way of coping.“This is about class, about poverty, about race, about so many things so huge … it ought to outrage us, but instead it’s a small story on page eight of the Chicago Tribune,” he said. “I would like to change that. Every child who dies is our child. This is at the heart of our baptismal vows, to respect the dignity of every human being.”He also aims “to equip people with tools to do something about it, neighborhood to neighborhood, as an ongoing initiative … a kind of companion relationship,” he added. The marchers will begin at the diocesan center and conclude at the John H. Stroger, Jr., Hospital, a trauma center which treats many victims of violence.The Rev. Carol Reese serves as violence prevention coordinator at Stroger Hospital on the city’s near west side, where “some of the kids that wind up in the trauma unit already have their burial clothes picked out.”The hospital’s trauma center handles about 5,000 patient visits per year; about 40 percent of patients and their families exhibit symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), she said.Those levels average “about five times higher than the general population in the United States” and are comparable to those of war-torn nations, Reese said during a Jan. 19 telephone interview from her home.“I met with a woman whose brother had been shot while he was trying to get another young person to safety,” said Reese, a licensed social worker and priest. “He ended up in the intensive care unit. This same woman had lost another brother to gun violence six years earlier. She still lives across the street from where it happened. Her 13-year-old son goes to school near there. She told me, ‘I feel like I have PTSD,’” Reese recalled.“The problem is, it’s not over with,” Reese added. “There is the ongoing stress of living in an environment where you have to worry about your safety, where you see people being beaten up and murdered repeatedly.”She hopes the upcoming march will help “make some personal connections with people who have been impacted by this type of violence and also with people in the communities trying to work together to curb the violence and to help people live through the aftermath.“In the same way we build relationships with companion dioceses in Sudan or Mexico or New Orleans, we have to figure out ways to companion some of these families and some of the organizations working to support them. And we have to sign up for the long haul because it takes a long time to build those relationships,” she said.The good news is, there’s always hope, she added. “The thing people of faith bring is a sense of hopefulness. We know about despair and we know that there is hope and there’s always a way out of it.” They can make a difference, she said, “f we learn how to truly see each other and if we learn how to connect with each other and really treat each other with kindness and compassion, which also means addressing injustice when it arises.In Fairbanks, Alaska, a yearly “Gathering of Remembrance” that began in 1994 as a memorial to a murdered University of Alaska co-ed has become a way to remember all unsolved murder victims, said the Rev. Scott Fisher, rector of St. Matthew’s Church.The observance is held at various locations yearly in April. In 2011, participants gathered at St. Matthew’s, and read the names of 33 people, all associated with unsolved Interior Alaska murder cases, he said.The victims ranged in age from an eight-year-old to elders. A single candle was lit as each person’s name was read. The annual service initially remembered Sophie Sergie, a 20-year-old Yup’ik woman who was murdered in a dormitory bathroom. “Her murder is still unsolved,” Fisher said.Back in New Orleans, the St. Anna Church’s murder board has sparked at least two other ministries, a five-day per week mentoring and arts program for inner city children and the “rose ministry.”Volunteers take a rose each week to the city council, the mayor’s office, the chief of police and the district attorney “one rose for every murder victim” as a reminder of those lives lost.“We are trying to humanize them,” said Terry, who added that the church is fundraising for a permanent memorial for the latest victims of violence. Their names are dredged out of police and newspaper reports.“It’s a burden we bear proudly,” he said. “Every Sunday we read every one of these names. And every week I see people walking along the sidewalk or driving by that stop and contemplate what it (the murder board) says.“You never know the outcome of something like this,” Terry added. “A lot of people say, what good does it do, does it stop the murders? But one police officer broke into tears at the sight of the board. She is a police officer and she had no idea of the totality of the violence and death. When you see the names that has the power to transform people. She left, changed.”–The Rev. Pat McCaughan is a correspondent for the Episcopal News Service. She is based in Los Angeles. Rector Shreveport, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Rector Knoxville, TN Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Martinsville, VA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC January 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm To Bill Terry,St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church, N.O.La. I grew up in your neighborhood at 1306 N. Liberty St. (Treme St.) and it was a very racially mixed but safe neighborhood in the late 1930s and 40s. I could walk anywhere I wanted and my family did not worry about me. It breaks my heart to realize that this is no longer the case. Most evenings my mother would take my brother and me to the French Market for coffee and a doughnut. We walked down Esplanade Ave, and through the market to see the fresh vegetables and fruit and we particularly enjoyed going through the fish and meat markets. These are lovely childhood memories and it breaks my heart to realize that none of this would be possible now. I will keep St. Augustine’s and the neighborhood in my prayers. Jane Edwards An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Course Director Jerusalem, Israel AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis By Pat McCaughanPosted Jan 23, 2012 last_img read more

Sonny Bill Williams Rugby League Highlights

first_imgThursday May 3, 2007 Sonny Bill Williams Rugby League Highlights This is a brilliant highlights video of rugby league star Sonny Bill Williams, including some great tries and massive hits. Most of the hits would be penalised in Rugby Union, but this is League. A great player with immense strength and presence on the field. He’s had his fair share of off-field controversy though, including being charged with driving drunk, and on another occasion being caught in a compromising position in a toilet cubicle with ironwoman Candice Falzon.Note: The original track (by Fort Minor) was removed so had to be replaced with what is on it nowADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby League Related Articles 185 WEEKS AGO Even in defeat Tongan fans show true passion… 309 WEEKS AGO Incredible backflip pass by Nathan Friend… 310 WEEKS AGO Mic’d up league forward Ashton Sims is one… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyMen, Try This Tonight – You’ll Never Need the Blue Pill Again!Smart Life ReportsThe 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

Pay rewards for chief executives survey

Pay rewards for chief executives survey AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In the final part of The Guardian’s survey on rewarding the boardroom, the newspaper produces another useful list for fundraising researchers. The top 10 and bottom 10 companies in terms of revenue growth against total pay deal of chief executive are listed, as are the top and bottom 10 companies measured by total shareholder return against total pay package of the chief executive.In these, named executives are listed with their base salary, bonus, long-term incentive plan, options, and cash payoff. Read Boardroom pay rises at The Guardian. Advertisement  15 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 23 August 2000 | News 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 Researching massive growth in giving. read more

FTC says Odessa, Midland funeral homes violated price disclosure rule

first_img FTC says Odessa, Midland funeral homes violated price disclosure rule Facebook WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Twitter Pinterest Pinterest By admin – May 3, 2018 center_img FTC logo.jpg Investigators with the Federal Trade Commission found seven funeral homes in the Odessa and Midland area failed to comply with price disclosure requirements.The FTC, which did not disclose the names of the funeral homes, reported discovering violations during undercover inspections last year of what is known as the Funeral Rule. The rule requires funeral homes to give customers an itemized price list at the beginning of an in-person discussion about funeral arrangements.The rule also requires funeral homes prices on caskets and outer burial containers before viewing options, and it prohibits funeral homes from requiring families to buy any item, such as a casket, as a condition of obtaining funeral goods or services. The FTC says the rule is designed to enable customers to compare prices and buy only what they want.In Odessa and Midland seven of the 15 funeral homes inspected failed to comply with a price list disclosure requirement, according to the FTC.The local violations, discovered as part of an investigation spanning several states, did not lead to penalties for the funeral homes. Instead, they were allowed to enter a training program aimed at ensuring compliance. Civil penalties for funeral homes found to violate the rule can be as high as about $40,000 per violation.The Better Business Bureau recommends checking out funeral homes online at, making sure they are registered with the Texas Funeral Service Commission, demanding a price list and resisting pressure to buy unnecessary goods or services.“Obviously that’s an emotional time so you want to avoid emotional spending,” said Heather Massey, the BBB’s regional director of the Permian Basin, adding people should make sure “companies are not trying to up-sell you or take advantage on services you don’t need.”More Information Twitter Facebook BBB website.More information about the investigation.Texas Funeral Service Commission. WhatsApp Previous articleMendoza found guilty of murderNext articleMan charged with stalking after month of investigation adminlast_img read more

Democrats prep Biden’s virus aid package with or without GOP

first_imgLocal NewsBusinessUS News WhatsApp Previous articleBob Fisher, top yachting writer, Cup historian, dies at 85Next articleConstellation Acquisition Corp I Announces Pricing of $300 Million Initial Public Offering Digital AIM Web Support Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – January 26, 2021 Pinterest Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img TAGS  Twitter Democrats prep Biden’s virus aid package with or without GOP WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Democrats are preparing to push ahead quickly on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package even if it means using procedural tools to pass the legislation on their own, leaving Republicans behind. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told senators to be ready to vote as soon as next week on a budget reconciliation package that would lay the groundwork for swift passage. Coming so soon in Biden’s administration, the action provides a first test of Republican opposition to the White House priorities as well as to the new president’s promise of a “unity” agenda. “The work must move forward, preferably with our Republican colleagues, but without them if we must,” Schumer said after a private meeting of Democratic senators. “Time is of the essence to address this crisis. We’re keeping all options open on the table.” Unwilling to wait for Republicans who argue Biden’s price tag is too high and his priorities too wide-ranging, Democrats are flexing their newfound power as they take control of the Senate alongside the House and White House. It is the first time in a decade the party has held the full sweep of power in Washington, and Democrats say they have no time to waste trying to broker compromises with Republicans that may, or may not, happen. They have watched Republicans use similar procedural tools to advance their priorities, most recently the Trump administration’s GOP tax cuts. The fast-moving events days into the new majority on Capitol Hill come as the White House continued meeting privately with groups of Republican and Democratic lawmakers in hopes of striking a bipartisan agreement. Biden’s COVID-19 aid package includes money for vaccine distribution, school reopenings and $1,400 direct payments to households and gradually boosts the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour over five years. The next steps remain highly fluid. The bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus of more than 50 House lawmakers had a “productive meeting and constructive conversation” Tuesday with top administration officials on the virus aid and economic recovery package, according to a statement from Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-N.J., and Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., who co-chair the group. A White House official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the virtual conversation with the caucus, said there was agreement on the scope of the challenges facing the country and the need for additional relief. Biden and other members of his team intend to continue making their case to lawmakers about the need to act with urgency. Separately, the dozen senators who emerged from a lengthy private meeting with the White House on Sunday evening are talking on their own about trying to craft a more targeted bill. The bipartisan group of senators assembled privately again Monday evening. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters earlier Tuesday that Biden is still looking to negotiate on an aid package, while emphasizing that several components of the existing aid will lapse in March. “He laid out his big package, his big vision of what it should look like, and people are giving their feedback,” Psaki said. “He’s happy to have those discussions and fully expects it’s not going to look exactly the same on the other end.” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, who led a bipartisan effort for the last $900 billion relief package, is working again with the senators on crafting an alternative package that she has said would be more focused on money for vaccine distribution and tailored economic assistance to the neediest Americans. Collins said Tuesday that the White House made good on its commitment to deliver a more detailed accounting of the proposed expenditure. But she said the group is still waiting for data on how much funding remains unallocated from past relief measures that, by her tally, totals a whopping $1.8 trillion still unspent. Congress has approved some $4 trillion in emergency aid since the start of the coronavirus pandemic last year, a stunning outlay and the largest rescue package in the nation’s history. Senators from both parties who joined the White House call over the weekend agreed the priority needs to be standing up the country’s faltering vaccine distribution system. With the death toll climbing, and new strains of the virus threatening more trouble ahead, ensuring vaccinations appears to be crucial to stemming the COVID-19 crisis. Several senators from both parties also said they want the $1,400 direct checks to be more targeted to those in need. They also want an accounting of what remains from previously approved aid bills. But Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and the incoming Budget Committee chair, said he is already working on the budget package for next week and expanding it to include Biden’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour over five years. Raising the wage is a long-running Democratic priority that would essentially double the current $7.25 hourly wage set the last time the party was in control in the Obama administration. Advocates say the pay raise would boost millions of full-time workers from poverty. “There is a consensus,” Sanders told reporters at the Capitol. “If Republicans are not prepared to come on board, that’s fine. We’re not going to wait. We’re going forward soon and aggressively.” Pinterest Facebooklast_img read more

City of Odessa receives state award

first_imgGovernmentCity of OdessaLocal News By Odessa American – May 18, 2021 City of Odessa receives state award Facebook Pinterest The City of Odessa’s Public Safety Communications Department on Monday received the Telecommunicator Team of the Year Award from the Texas Association of Public Safety Communications Officials.In July 2020, APCO presented the same award to the city for their work during the Aug. 31, 2019, active shooter incident, according to a city press release. WhatsApp Facebookcenter_img TAGSCity of OdessaPublic Safety Communications DepartmentTelecommunicator Team of the Year Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleSan Antonio College wins Aspen PrizeNext articleOdessa native graduates from US Naval Academy Odessa Americanlast_img read more

Winter School to discuss the future of the euro

first_img The 24th Colmcille Winter School gets under way at the Colmcille Herritage Centre in Gartan tonight, with this years theme the survival of the euro.The school will also discuss the potential for the UK to withdraw from the EU, and what affect that would have on the Irish economy.The school will be opened this evening by Junior Minister Dinny Mc Ginley.The event is run by the Colmcille Heritage Trust – It’s secretary is Martin Egan………….[podcast][/podcast] Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Previous articleDissidents claim PSNI attacked Lumen Christi white line protestNext articleEurozone facing up to another year of recession News Highland Twitter News Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Winter School to discuss the future of the euro Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Facebook WhatsApp Google+center_img Pinterest By News Highland – February 22, 2013 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Facebook Twitter Google+ NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Pinterestlast_img read more

Centre Seeks Dismissal Of Petition Seeking Public Declaration & CAG Audit Of PM Cares Fund, Bombay HC Seeks Reply

first_imgNews UpdatesCentre Seeks Dismissal Of Petition Seeking Public Declaration & CAG Audit Of PM Cares Fund, Bombay HC Seeks Reply Nitish Kashyap2 Jun 2020 2:52 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday sought a reply from the Centre on a lawyer’s petition seeking an audit by the Comptroller & Auditor General of India and public declaration of funds received by the Prime Minister’s Citizens Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund), a public charitable trust created by the central government for dealing with contingencies arising…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday sought a reply from the Centre on a lawyer’s petition seeking an audit by the Comptroller & Auditor General of India and public declaration of funds received by the Prime Minister’s Citizens Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund), a public charitable trust created by the central government for dealing with contingencies arising due to the outbreak of Covid-19. Division bench of Justice Sunil B Shukre and Justice Anil S Kilor of the Nagpur bench was hearing a petition filed by Advocate Arvind Waghmare and directed the Centre to file an affidavit in reply to the petition and clarify its stand on the issues raised in the plea. Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh told the bench that the petition should be dismissed as a similar petition filed before the Supreme Court was dismissed in April. In fact, the Supreme Court had dismissed two separate petitions in April challenging the validity of the PM Cares Fund. However, the bench noted that the present petition is seeking different reliefs than those before the Supreme Court and directed the Union government to file an affidavit in response to the plea within two weeks. According to the petition, the PM Cares Fund was formed on March 28 and although Rs.6500 crore is reported to have been collected in the first week, subsequent data regarding funds collected so far has not been made available. The PM CARES trust is chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself and ministers from the departments of defence, home and finance are members of this trust. It was created with the primary objective of dealing with any kind of emergency or distressed situation posed by the coronavirus outbreak. Furthermore, the petitioner has alleged that as per the guidelines of the PM CARES Fund, apart from the chairperson and three other trustees, the chairperson had to appoint or nominate three more trustees. However, since the formation of the trust on March 28, 2020 till date no appointment has been made. Directions have been sought to the government and the trust to appoint or nominate at least two members from opposition parties in the lower house as well as the upper house in order to “have a proper check and transparency.” Moreover, directions have been sought to allow CAG to audit the PM Cares Fund instead of an independent auditor selected by the aforesaid trustees of the fund, which is what the government wants. The petition states- “In order to fortify and strengthen the general public’s faith and confidence, it is necessary to issue a direction to the government to declare the funds collected by PM CARES trust till date and how the same have been used for the benefits of citizens affected by coronavirus” Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more