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Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgFan Milk Limited (FML.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fan Milk Limited (FML.gh)  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileFan Milk Limited manufactures and markets dairy products and fruit drinks in Ghana. The company produces a range of frozen strawberry yoghurts, chocolates, ice cream, snacks, ice lollies and citrus drinks under the following brand names; FanYogo, FanChoco, FanIce, FanDango and FanPop. Fan Milk Limited manages a network of independent distributors and agents. Formerly known as Ghana Milk Company Limited, the company changed its name to Fan Milk Limited in 1962. The company is a subsidiary of Fan Milk International A/S with headquarters in Acca, Ghana. Fan Milk Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Compagnie Des Villages De Vacances De L’Isle De France Limitee (COVIFRA) (COVI.mu) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgCompagnie Des Villages De Vacances De L’Isle De France Limitee (COVIFRA) (COVI.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Financial sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Compagnie Des Villages De Vacances De L’Isle De France Limitee (COVIFRA) (COVI.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Compagnie Des Villages De Vacances De L’Isle De France Limitee (COVIFRA) (COVI.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Compagnie Des Villages De Vacances De L’Isle De France Limitee (COVIFRA) (COVI.mu)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileCompagnie Des Villages De Vacances De L’Isle De France Limitee rents out investment properties, plant and equipment to Holiday Villages Management Services Mauritius Limited, which operates the Club Med Hotel at La Pointe au Cannoniers in Mauritius. The company is a subsidiary of MCB Group Limited. Compagnie Des Villages De Vacances De L’Isle De France Limitee is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Forget the soaring Cineworld share price! I’m buying other UK shares to get rich

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Forget the soaring Cineworld share price! I’m buying other UK shares to get rich See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves The Cineworld (LSE: CINE) share price has soared over the past month as investors have rushed to buy the stock. Positive vaccine news, coupled with the improving outlook for the UK economy, has boosted investor sentiment towards depressed UK shares like Cineworld.But I’m not convinced. I think it’s going to be some time before this company can return to 2019 levels of probability. 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…That doesn’t mean I’m avoiding all UK shares entirely. In fact, I’m incredibly optimistic about the outlook for UK equities in general. Although I think it’s sensible to focus on high-quality businesses and diversified funds. Forget the Cineworld share priceOn the face of it, the Cineworld share price looks cheap. Both from a fundamental perspective and compared to the stock’s trading history.However, that doesn’t necessarily mean the stock will be an excellent addition to my portfolio. So far, Cineworld has been able to navigate the pandemic. But it’s also built up an enormous amount of debt in the process. I think this additional borrowing will prove to be a drag on profits for many years to come. Profits will go to repaying creditors rather than rewarding shareholders. As such, I think owning the Cineworld share is a bit of a gamble. I’m not particularly interested in gambling with my money. Many other UK shares look to be better investments, in my opinion. Other UK shares to buy One of the ways I’m investing in these companies is with the Mercantile Investment Trust (LSE: MRC). This trust owns a broadly diversified portfolio of high-quality small- and mid-cap stocks. Top holdings include the tabletop games company Games Workshop and homebuilder Bellway. Investors could own these stocks individually in a portfolio, but I think there are added benefits from the portfolio diversification. In my view, the entire UK market is undervalued.However, considering the mixed economic outlook for the UK economy, I think some businesses will perform significantly better than others in the near term. So, rather than trying to pick winners and losers, I’ve chosen to own a basket of the market’s best companies by acquiring Mercantile. Another advantage of owning UK shares in this way is the income credentials of the trust. It currently offers a dividend yield of 3%. This is relatively secure because investment trusts can hold over a portion of their revenue every year to cover dividend payouts in times of uncertainty.This quirk has been hugely valuable in 2020 as many companies have slashed their dividends to preserve cash in the pandemic. Indeed, the Cineworld share price plunged when the company eliminated its dividend. Therefore, while shares in Cineworld may continue to rise, I think the company’s outlook is too uncertain. That means shareholders are unlikely to see any significant income from dividends until the creditors are paid off.Meanwhile, Mercantile offers a 3% dividend yield and a way to own some of the UK’s top companies at the click of a button. That’s why I prefer to hold the investment trust rather than the Cineworld share price. 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. Rupert Hargreaves owns shares in the Mercantile Investment Trust. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 13th December, 2020 | More on: CINE MRC 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. Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

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Chiefs must go up a gear – Hepher

first_imgBaxter, the younger brother of head coach Rob, underwent surgery during the summer on a long-standing shoulder injury and his return to action has come at a timely moment for the Chiefs.“It was an important step for a few of the guys, especially Richie who has been out a long time,” added Hepher. “It was up to us to lead it and drive it from the front, but we didn’t have enough guys who were going to drive that game. We’ll work on that, we’ll improve them and they will get better as long as they learn the lessons. However, if it continues, it will be a long hard season.”But while Hepher and head coach Rob Baxter were far from impressed with some aspects of the Chiefs’ display, it was not all doom and gloom.“Some guys took their chance and there were definitely some positives out there, but unfortunately there weren’t enough out there furthering their claims,” added Hepher.“Ideally, we’d have liked a lot of boys to be knocking on our door for selection but we do not have enough at this minute in time.”One positive for the club were the returns to action of several key players, including Andrew Higgins, Junior Poluleuligaga and former skipper Richard Baxter, the latter not having featured since May when he helped the Chiefs gain promotion into English rugby’s top flight. Rob Baxter Exeter Chief’s CoachExeter Chiefs go in search of their first Amlin Challenge Cup win when they travel to Bourgoin for their Friday night Pool 3 clash with the warning that if they do not come up with an improved performance they run the danger of being “blitzed.”The Chiefs’ European club rugby debut ended in a 20-13 home defeat to Montpellier and some consolation of a losing bonus point but Bourgoin at Stade Pierre Rajon promise to provide another searching French test for the newcomers, although Bourgoin themselves had to settle for a losing bonus point from a 22-16 reverse at Newcastle Falcons.“Anyone who knows rugby knows going to France are the toughest games you experience as a player and as a coach as well,” said backs coach Ali Hepher.“It was disappointing against Montpellier as it was a game we really should have won with the team we had out. But ultimately we didn’t do enough things right, we didn’t make enough good decisions across the board and we didn’t manage the game very well to win it.“We know we are going to have to buck up because if we perform like that on Friday, we’ll get blitzed.“Had we nicked a draw at the end that would probably have brushed over a few things, but there are some guys in there who need to have a look at themselves and their decision-making.“The reality is this is all part of their learning and sometimes you need to experience these days to grow and get better. But as long as they learn from it, that is the important thing.“Across the board there are some senior guys that have got some lessons to learn from this game as well. All in all, though, I think we have all got to make sure we get those lessons, move on and then next time in the same situation make a different call.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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Saints and sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_imgThomond hug: Munster’s Billy Holland and Scarlets’ Aaron Shingler become acquainted (Inpho)Hairy momentBiggest laugh of the weekend was provided by Frenchman Romain Poite, referee for that extraordinary England-Italy match in South-West London.The former detective was heard calling “Offside, man with the beard!” during the hectic finale. As accurate as ever.Funny: Referee Romain Poite at Twickenham (Inpho)THE SINNERSMissing rucksThe first thing to say about Italy’s no-ruck tactic at Twickenham is that it’s nothing new.It occurs when the defending side chooses not to commit players to the tackle situation, thereby keeping it as a tackle instead of a ruck. No offside line is created, so defenders are free to roam where they choose and Italy duly blocked England’s passing lanes with remarkable effectiveness.Conor O’Shea mentioned Toulouse v Wasps and Australia v Ireland as matches where it’s been used, and to that I would add the Sevens World Series, Super Rugby and Edinburgh’s Hugh Blake, who deployed the tactic much closer to the breakdown in the 1872 Cup.I have no problem with what Italy did. Clever, clever, and it enabled them to stay in a match they were expected to lose by a hatful.Equally, however, it must not be allowed to infiltrate the game. As Jonny Wilkinson pointed out: “The danger now is that (other) people start doing it. There was no physicality in that game whatsoever; there were no big hits, no rucks really got smashed, no real confrontation.”It wasn’t rugby as we like to see it played. So well done Italy – but no more please.Ambushed: Poite waves play on as Andrea Lovotti and Tommaso Allan cause a nuisance (Inpho)Welsh kicking confusionAlun Wyn Jones is the bookies’ favourite to captain the Lions, but he didn’t enhance his prospects at Murrayfield.When Dan Biggar asked his captain, “Al, do you want to go to the corner?” it seems it was actually a rhetorical question. Big Al wanted to kick at goal and told referee John Lacey so, but Biggar counted with “corner, corner” and duly leathered it into touch for the attacking lineout.Had Wales scored from the drive, Biggar might have been applauded for his wisdom and Jones praised for showing flexibility over decision-making. Who knows.Wales didn’t score of course and now fingers are pointing. First, why didn’t Jones insist, as captain, that Wales kick for goal having made that decision?Second, why wouldn’t you kick for goal when trailing by three points and with the dead-eye Leigh Halfpenny in your ranks?Alun Wyn Jones may well lead the Lions. If he does, let’s hope he makes the All Blacks pay for indiscretions on the scoreboard.Tough day: Alun Wyn Jones and Richie Gray grapple during Scotland’s win v Wales (Getty)Not so Super SunwolvesSuper Rugby is up and running and there was a lot of good work done to ensure a large attendance at the Sunwolves’ match against the Hurricanes in Tokyo.What a pity then that Japan’s only franchise in the competition weren’t given more help to be competitive.The players only reported for duty this month and, with some time spent on administration, had little more than two weeks’ preparation before facing the reigning champions.They were clobbered 83-17, with the game over as a contest within the 14 minutes it took the Hurricanes to score four tries. THE SAINTSGav rolls back the yearsIt’s 12 years since Gavin Henson famously dumped Mathew Tait on the Cardiff turf with what would now be deemed a tip tackle worthy of probable sanction.He’s experienced mixed fortunes since then and certainly this season has been a miserable one for the 35-year-old former Wales star, who had played less than an hour’s rugby before returning from a shoulder injury for Sunday’s match with Bath.So what a way to lift the gloom – by kicking all Bristol’s points in their 12-11 derby win and being named Man of the Match.“To be out that long, I feel pretty guilty about it,” he said after his drop-goal and three penalties gave Bristol their first victory over Bath in 11 years. “I felt I owed a big performance.”The victory takes Bristol to within two points of Worcester and sets up a huge clash at Sixways on Sunday at the foot of the Aviva Premiership table.Scrum-halvesDonncha O’Callaghan says there are just two certainties for the Lions Test team this summer – Conor Murray and Maro Itoje. Many would agree with him, although increasingly Stuart Hogg is looking like the only plausible option at full-back.Murray, the Ireland scrum-half and sole try-scorer in the 19-9 defeat of France, was magnificent once again and not the least of his talents is his cover defence. One tackle on the speeding Scott Spedding as France threatened in the final quarter was particularly memorable.Feeding time: Conor Murray continues to set the standard for half-back play in Europe (Inpho)Ali Price has 55 fewer caps than Murray but on his first Scotland start he did a superb job against Wales, also pulling off a crucial from-behind tackle after Jonathan Davies thundered through.Scotland now head to Twickenham in search of a first Triple Crown since 1990.Rhys Webb caught the eye too, Wales legend Phil Bennett telling the Scrum V audience that he has “played himself into the Lions squad – he was outstanding, sniping, looking to put people into space”.Law firmIt takes a lot of bottle to be a goalkicker, knowing that if you have an off-day you could cost your team dear.Sarah Law’s misses earlier in the Women’s Six Nations denied Scotland victory over Ireland. But with three minutes remaining against Wales at Broadwood Stadium and with the Scots trailing 14-12, the scrum-half didn’t hesitate going for a shot at goal from around 35 metres.What a testament to her character that she should risk being the so-called villain again – and how satisfying to see her this time land the kick and clinch Scotland’s first win the championship for seven years.Lotta bottle: Sarah Law kicks the penalty that ended Scotland’s seven-year drought (Inpho)Midlands mastersStaying with goalkickers, hats off to two high scorers from the Premiership, Jimmy Gopperth and Stephen Myler.Wasps’ Gopperth passed 200 points for the season with a remarkable 25-point display against Gloucester that included three tries – two of them from driving mauls.And Myler eased past Olly Barkley in the all-time points list, climbing to third place with 1,607 points. Only Andy Goode and first-placed Charlie Hodgson are above the likeable Saint.That’s just greedy! Jimmy Gopperth scores from a maul for leaders Wasps (CameraSport/Getty)Storming comebackNo difficulty deciding the performance of the round in the Guinness Pro12 – the Scarlets’ 30-21 win at Munster.The Welsh region trailed 21-6 at half-time but turned the match on its head with a blistering six-minute salvo that brought tries for Hadleigh Parkes, Johnny McNicoll and Tom Williams.Young fly-half Dan Jones has held his own against some illustrious No 10s and must be considered for Wales’ summer tour of the Pacific islands.  For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. One New Zealand columnist has argued that the Sunwolves don’t have a single reason to justify their place in Super Rugby. Not every one will put 80 points on them but it looks ominous.Blown away: Brad Shields runs in one of Hurricanes’ 13 tries against the Sunwolves in Tokyo (Getty) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Gavin Henson rolls back the years, the magic of Murray and redemption for a Scottish kicker – just three things to make you smile from the latest round of matches Still got it: Gavin Henson was Man of the Match as Bristol beat Bath in the Premiership (Getty Images) TAGS: Scarlets last_img read more

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Gloucester’s Ed Slater – a life less ordinary

first_imgEd Slater is having a storming season, reminiscent of the form that won him an England call-up in 2014. Find out more about the Gloucester lock in this illuminating interview LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Gloucester Gloucester’s Ed Slater – a life less ordinaryIt’s only Ed Slater’s second season at Gloucester but already he’s part of the Kingsholm furniture. The 30-year-old lock has been at the heart of Gloucester’s up-table drive in the Gallagher Premiership, bringing huge physicality, leadership and set-piece prowess – only Newcastle’s Calum Green has won more Premiership lineouts this season than Slater.As Gloucester prepare to host Munster in a crunch Heineken Cup pool clash on Friday night, we shed light on Slater’s colourful life that began in the East Midlands in the late Eighties.This interview was conducted in 2017, shortly before he joined Gloucester from Leicester Tigers, and was published in Rugby World’s May 2017 edition.High rise: Slater wins lineout ball during Gloucester’s 31-31 draw at Bath early this season (Getty Images)I was born in Leicester but grew up in Milton Keynes with two older brothers. Mum (Jo) worked at the hospital on the breast-cancer unit, Dad (Colin) worked in software. My parents split up when I was young.I didn’t play rugby until I was 16. I was football obsessed. My uncle, who lived in Blackheath, took me to a Charlton game when I was eight. Going through the stand, seeing the big green pitch, was mesmerizing. We played Bolton Wanderers and it was a 4-4 draw!I went to a local comprehensive school, Denbigh. We played about two rugby games a year and it was a mix and match of random players. The quickest would go on the wing, the fattest would go in the front row, it was that kind of comedy situation.Football was my thing but at 16 the trail went dead. I wasn’t going to get anywhere with it. Two of my mates said, “You’re a big bloke, come and play rugby.” So I went to Milton Keynes RFC and they had a good colts team. We won a few games against teams like Marlow, Amersham & Chiltern, Beaconsfield. The hardest thing was learning the rules and what I was trying to do around the pitch.Addicks fan: Slater’s love of Charlton Athletic began when an uncle took him to a match as a kid (Getty)What hooked me was the social side of rugby. Football had a selfish mentality. Even with kids it’s about possessions: what boots you have, who your mates are, which club you play for. Rugby was more inclusive. I went on a tour to Eindhoven and thought ‘this is it’. With rugby we were all in it together. And I loved that, it was brilliant.I went to Australia on a gap year. I came out of school with poor grades and was in some dead-end jobs. So my mate Joe Gorman and I saved up and went to Sydney. I joined Eastern Suburbs and that was the biggest progression in my rugby career.I got jobs through the rugby club. I worked in a car and van rental centre. Then I did cleaning, a 5am start at Randwick hospital. Eventually, I worked for a tree removal company and at a pizza shop in the evenings.I played with Pete Betham for NSW Watarahs A. I played with quite a few guys who ended up making it. Pete [a then Tigers team-mate now at Clermont], Scott Sio, Paddy Ryan, Chris Alcock, Greg Petersen. It wasn’t a bad side.Prodigious worker: Slater tackles Joe Maksymiw during a game against the Tigers last season (Getty)Mike Penistone, a coach at Easts, recommended me to Leicester. It was difficult. I had a long-term Australian girlfriend, I’d set my life up over there in terms of a friendship group and the direction I was heading. But I was English. I knew all about Leicester Tigers and felt it wasn’t an opportunity that would come round again. So I had to do it.Mike has been the biggest coaching influence on my career. I still speak to him a lot today, he’s still my mentor. He’s got a great understanding of the wider picture: how people operate, the kind of personality needed in certain environments, the mental side of the game. Hard edge: Ed Slater has become a Gloucester favourite since joining from Leicester in 2017 (Getty Images) I might have become a sports journalist. I started a journalism degree at Lincoln University (2007) but only did a term because Easts wanted me to go back out. Then, in Sydney, I did a communications degree at Notre Dame University but after a year and a half quit that to come back to Tigers.I used to write rugby reports for the local paper in Milton Keynes. And I built and ran a website called ‘MK Charlton’, which was the MK arm of a Charlton supporters’ group. I wrote match reports on Charlton.I know Greg Rutherford from our schooldays. We played in the same football team at Two Mile Ash (middle school), and he was in the year above at Denbigh and big mates with my brother. His brother Rob was a brilliant rugby player. Greg [2012 Olympic long jump champion] was always ridiculously quick and had trials with pro football clubs.Giant leap for mankind: Greg Rutherford, on his way to Olympic gold in 2012, is an old pal of Slater’sGreg mentioned me in his autobiography. We were in a business studies lesson and the teacher said, “Tell us what your future plans are.” Greg said, “I’m going to go to the Beijing Olympics” and we all p***ed ourselves. I was ribbing him for it, so in his book he wrote, “Yeah, I remember Ed Slater saying, “Yeah, of course you’re going to go…”I’m an ambassador for The Bridge at Leicester. They’re a great charity who provide food and shelter for homeless people, as well as counselling and job advice. I’ve helped with their annual dinner and worked in the soup kitchen.My career highlight is winning the Premiership with Leicester in 2013. I’d been in two grand finals and lost. We played Northampton in 2013 and Dylan Hartley got sent off. They put up a good fight but we played the last ten minutes knowing we had won.Highlight: Slater with Tigers team-mates after winning the 2013 Premiership final against Saints (Getty)Captaining England against the Crusaders in 2014 is up there. But it’s also a painful memory because I did my ACL in that game, so it was the day my England career faltered.It took me two years to get in the right place mentally. I was naïve to think that I’d come back from a serious knee injury and get straight back into the form I was in on that England tour. I got another knee injury after that and was chasing my tail. I just couldn’t get a feel for it on the pitch.Having those injuries taught me how to look after myself. The importance of stretching and recovery, particularly as you get older, is huge and I’m not sure that’s drummed into young players all the time or they take that advice on board. I was lucky to learn off Brad Thorn – he was a big influence.Proud day: Slater captained England to victory over the Crusaders on the 2014 June tour (Getty Images)I like to think there will always be an opportunity with England. There’s obviously a lot of competition nationally in my position. I know from the short time I’ve spent with Eddie Jones that if he wants what you’re offering he will pick you. If you’re not offering that, he won’t. I like things black and white and that’s pretty black and white. At the moment, if I’m not getting picked, it’s because other people are doing their job.My favourite holiday destination is Santorini. It’s a Greek island and you get around on quad bikes. Fantastic food, great beaches, very laidback. I love it. The held-up maul law should change. If there’s any sort of forward momentum, the ball should go back to the team that originally had it. It’s a bit of a cheap turnover and doesn’t encourage big tackles. You want the game to flow freely but instead the existing law encourages slow ball.Captain’s example: Slater shows his power by scoring for Gloucester against Bristol Bears (Getty)Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

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On the picket line

first_imgWorkers bear brunt of Trump’s bankruptcyIf Donald Trump really wanted to “Make America great again,” he could start with his own employees, who lost millions in retirement savings when Trump Hotels & Casino Resorts declared bankruptcy in 2004. According to the 2004 class action lawsuit they filed, THCR encouraged them to invest their 401(k) savings in shares of THCR stock.“Honestly. I thought, way back when, the guy was way brighter than we were,” said a former Trump casino worker who chose to remain anonymous. “He was running the company and we were working for him. We thought he was brilliant. When we invested in it, we thought, how could this stock go so low?” In 1996, the first year workers were able to invest in it, shares were priced at $30 each. By 2004, however, the price had plummeted to just $2 a share. When THCR announced on Aug. 10, 2004, that it would enter bankruptcy, stock prices plummeted overnight, grounding out at 36 cents the next morning. For a worker who invested $1,000, that meant a loss of $964. Altogether, Trump workers lost over $2.1 million in retirement savings.Trump walked away from the bankruptcy unscathed financially and criminally — a judge dismissed the workers’ lawsuit after finding “no illegal actions” by THCR. Meanwhile, as trickster THCR chair, billionaire Trump banked an annual $2 million salary and over $44 million in total compensation. (motherjones.com, Oct. 17)NLRB: University football players are employeesIn early 2014, former Northwestern University football quarterback and team captain Kain Colter posted a photo of himself in designer sunglasses on social media. Within ten minutes, Colter was instructed by an assistant coach to take the photo down, lest the selfie be mistaken for an endorsement of the sunglasses brand. The coach was acting under a Northwestern football regulation that allowed coaches, university officials and even campus police to monitor and restrict players’ social media posts. (espn.com, Oct. 10)In an “advice memorandum” issued Sept. 22, the National Labor Relations Board called the restrictions on players’ speech “unlawful” on the grounds that Northwestern scholarship football players are employees. But the memorandum is not legally binding. Meanwhile, Northwestern has updated its team handbook to remove the unlawful regulations. According to College Athletes Players Association director Ramogi Huma, “The general counsel specifically putting in writing that they would treat Northwestern players as employees is historic. This is not a small thing.” (cbssports.com, Oct. 11)Although it remains to be seen how this will affect ongoing efforts by Northwestern football players to form a union, the NLRB’s memorandum is a welcome development for players — especially any who might be considering joining Colin Kaepernick-style protests against racism sweeping football fields across the country. More as this develops.Two NYC bills protect workers’ rightsThe Workers Retention Act, passed 47-3 by the New York City Council on Oct. 13, protects the jobs of thousands of food-service workers in the greater metropolitan area. The bill establishes a 90-day retention period after which a new owner or contractor is required to evaluate the workers and, if found satisfactory, to retain them. UNITE HERE Local 100 supported the bill to promote job security for its members who staff corporate cafeterias and dining rooms and provide food services at sports arenas, exhibition halls, performing arts centers and cultural institutions. Similar bills were passed protecting grocery store workers’ jobs last February and building service workers’ jobs in 2002. (unitehere100.org, Oct. 14)The Freelance Isn’t Free Act was passed unanimously by the NY City Council on Oct. 27 to protect millions of NYC freelance workers against nonpayment. This is the first legislation to be passed nationally that aims to stop wage theft faced by 7 out of 10 freelancers, who now represent 35 percent of the national workforce and contributed $1 trillion to the economy in 2015. According to Freelance Union statistics, freelancers are stiffed on average of $6,000 annually. Clients will now be compelled to use a contract and could face penalties for nonpayment, including double damages, attorney’s fees and civil fees. Seeking to promote “Freelance Isn’t Free” legislation nationally, the union urges unionists and progressives to sign its petition at tinyurl.com/j3aagyx/.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Iraqi journalist working for VICE News is freed pending trial

first_img April 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Read RSF’s report about freedom of information and the Turkish issue in Turkey. to go further RSF_en January 6, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 Iraqi journalist working for VICE News is freed pending trial Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit TurkeyEurope – Central Asia TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Organisation News April 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img One of three VICE News journalists arrested on 27 August while covering clashes between the security forces and members of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in southeastern Turkey, Rasool is the last to be released. His British colleagues, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, were freed on 3 September.RSF is relieved by the release of this experienced journalist, who spent far too long in a top security prison.“Rasool spent more than 130 days in prison for reasons that remain unclear although he was just doing his job,” said Alexandra El Khazen, the head of RSF’s Middle East desk. “We urge the Turkish authorities to immediately abandon the unwarranted judicial proceedings still pending against him.”Rasool is banned from leaving Turkey until the end of his trial, for which no date has so far been set, and he is subject to strict judicial control. His prolonged detention outraged the international community and gave rise to support campaigns on social networks.Freedom of information is under attack nowadays in Turkey, with a growing crackdown on independent reporting, and an increase in cyber-censorship and arbitrary arrests or prosecutions.Two senior journalists with Cumhuriyet, a daily newspaper that was awarded the 2015 RSF Press Freedom Prize, have been held since 26 November because they published photos and video in May supporting claims that Turkey’s National Intelligence Organization (MIT) delivered arms to rebels in Syria.For this they are facing the possibility of life imprisonment on charges of belonging to a terrorist organization, spying and divulging state secrets. (See RSF’s petition for their release.)Turkey is ranked 149th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News Follow the news on Turkey Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) welcomes yesterday’s release of Iraqi journalist and interpreter Mohamed Ismael Rasool and urges the Turkish authorities to drop the terrorism charges that were brought against him. Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor News News April 2, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Transgender Act : Not Just Unconstitutional!

first_imgColumnsTransgender Act : Not Just Unconstitutional! Kanmani Ray LR15 July 2020 8:58 PMShare This – xThe Act is tokenist and piecemeal, ignoring the lived experiences and struggles of transgender persons.In this series, I shall attempt to reflect on the Transgender Persons’ (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 . This is part one. Before I proceed, I urge you all to please contribute to trans, queer and non-binary persons, sex workers and, other marginalised persons and communities who are being rendered vulnerable without sources of income, food, rations, essentials, work or without…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?LoginIn this series, I shall attempt to reflect on the Transgender Persons’ (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019 . This is part one. Before I proceed, I urge you all to please contribute to trans, queer and non-binary persons, sex workers and, other marginalised persons and communities who are being rendered vulnerable without sources of income, food, rations, essentials, work or without funds, affirming support, healthcare, education commitments, family needs or for their transition, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown. Every contribution matters, big or small, but if you can, please contribute more. Do amplify! Some, if not all of the links are here, here, here. “The terms ‘transgender’ and ‘cisgender’ are derived from Latin. Trans means to move, or moving; Cis means the opposite. So, a transgender person is someone who ‘moves’ from one gender to the other, while a cisgender person is one who ‘stays’ in their assigned gender.”[i] The idea here is to not just argue that a law is unconstitutional, but to lay down a few aspects of the struggles that many of us trans persons and communities suffered in the last four years and more in opposing this discriminatory law. For a cisgender man or woman lawyer writing on this issue, it may be just another legal analysis, with a touch of solidarity, or just an attempt to advance one’s career. However, for me and other trans, intersex, non-binary persons, our very lives are on the line here. NALSA v Union of India 2014 judgment (hereinafter, NALSA) was delivered in April 2014. The judgment, albeit extremely confusing and wrong in some parts, represented a certain skewed understanding of gender, and attempts to historicise it, by the Supreme Court. Nevertheless, it reaffirmed the fundamental rights of transgender persons and intersex persons under the Constitution of India. What I vehemently reject is the conflation of the word ‘third gender’ in NALSA as a catch-all term when it comes to us. While anyone is free to self-identify as third gender, the very idea of self-identification is against the notion of imposing one word, which is not acceptable to all. It further reinstates a sexist exclusionary hierarchy, thereby violating Articles 14 and 19. If every transgender person is supposed to be referred to as a third gender person, then who is the first gender? A cisgender man? Will cisgender women accept the status of ‘second gender’ under the Constitution?[ii] While the struggle for legal rights began much before NALSA, it definitely gave an impetus to take the fight to the High Courts, such as the T. Thanusu case before the Madras High Court. However, what has followed in terms of Bills after Bills is a study in itself. Some of the most violent, yet subtler gender-based policing lies in the legal history of transgender persons’ rights. With every progressive judgment or law, only small spaces are opened for us and we are expected to be very ‘grateful’ for any improvement as we do not have much in the first place. Whenever a new legal development regarding the Act came in, many of us would view it with anxiety. It felt like Damocles’ sword, with many of us having to rush our transition process; legal, physical or otherwise. With the worry of an uncertain future, we wondered how much of our documents or progress so far would be even valid once the Act came in.[iii] The first issue arose with inaccessibility to the Act/Bills which were primarily in English and Hindi. In a country with multiple languages, the Union failed to provide any translation.[iv] Official languages of the Union are only Hindi and English. The Hindi version of the Act, which is named as ‘Ubhayalingi Vyakti’ is a terrible translation for transgender persons. This issue has failed to garner traction. Many persons, whether in politics, academia, on social media discuss extensively about decolonising narratives, for their own political gain and social capital, when it suits them. Who cares about a marginalised identity (s) and communities? In Tamil Nadu, after efforts by trans persons, the word Thirunangai, Thirunambi & Thirunar have evolved, owing to the late CM M. Karunanidhi. This is rooted in the self-respect movements grounded in Periyar, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, and Dravidian politics.[v] Will the anti-colonial & decolonising lobbies also look at de-brahminising names for us? Even if we were to agree for a moment that the right terms are yet to be found, what prevents the Union from using “transgender persons” translated in Hindi for the time being in the Act?[vi] Even these terms grounded in dignity, self-respect are being replaced with the word ‘third gender’ in Tamil Nadu by a rival political faction in power.[vii] Before focusing on legislation, it is pertinent to note that not even one openly out transgender person happens to be a Member of Parliament. Forget Parliament, how many trans persons are your classmates? How many are in positions of authority in the government or outside? How many are even in the State government or are local representatives in urban and rural bodies? How many are your doctors or medical staff ? The number, if the answer is not none, can be counted on your fingers. This highlights the fact that none of the trans, intersex, non-binary persons in various movements, even the ones for social justice, research think tanks, organisations, NGOs, etc. are in leadership positions. A majority of us are held back by a transphobic caste-community mode of production, endogamy and prejudice that strips us of our families’ acceptance, forces us, exploits us and further marginalises many amongst us into sex work, begging etc. But, day in and day out, many of us trans persons, including me, are approached for research purposes, filling responses to surveys, being called to give talks or do sensitisation workshops, provided we sufficiently fit your respectability standards, and these are most often being unpaid. On trans persons’ labour, efforts, lived experiences and exploitation, so many cis persons, whether queer or not, build their careers. I do not want to commence blanket cis bashing, but there are so many instances now that leave us exhausted. We become subjects to be experimented upon for the medical industry or for the token ally to call themselves progressive and inclusive. They make films where our lived experiences are turned into a product of their imagination and hard work, earning plaudits for your ‘bravery’, chops for your acting skills, in portraying us. But, we are hardly hired both on and off screen. This means that there rests an immense responsibility on those who legislate for us; that they reflect this in action, spirit and listen to the constituents who do not have the same power as cis men and women, especially those not from dominant caste, class, gender backgrounds. Tiruchi Siva’s 2015 bill was by far the most progressive and comprehensive with minute mistakes, such as Sections 46–48: ‘Transgender Courts’. It was the first private members’ bill to be passed in over 40 years in Parliament. However, when the Bill came to Lok Sabha, the government submitted that it shall bring its own Bill which resulted in the 2016 bill version of the Act. The latter bill was an insensitive rendition of the lives of trans persons, with its Definition Clause reinstating the harmful stereotypes that have come to be associated with transgender persons. The Act is no different from its previous versions in the sense that it is tokenist and piecemeal. Any changes in provisions can be attributed to the efforts by transgender persons submitting representations, writing op-eds, lobbying through whatever networks one could access, and protesting, despite lack of resources and money, in multiple states for over the past four years.[viii] This predicament has repeated itself year after year. But, time again we were told subtly or not so subtly that we did not matter; they knew what was best for us and they would go ahead with it. About the Act Section 2(k) defines a transgender person to include both individual identities & socio-cultural identities. “transgender person” means a person whose gender does not match with the gender assigned to that person at birth and includes trans-man or trans-woman (whether or not such person has undergone Sex Reassignment Surgery or hormone therapy or laser therapy or such other therapy), person with intersex variations, genderqueer and person having such socio-cultural identities as kinner, hijra, aravani and jogta. What’s the definition of a trans man, trans woman, genderqueer person or for that matter, kinner, hijra, aravani and jogta persons? Even if we were to agree for a moment, that there can be no set or agreed upon definitions and what should matter is their self-identification – the question that would arise would be how many persons/representatives were consulted before including the same? These identities have their own set of histories, geographical locations, structures, contexts. Are their structures of care and support being recognized? Would the underlying complexities which often differ across regions get erased? What specific rights are accrued to each of these identities? This is a common thread that runs with all the other identities being recognized under this Act, as we shall see later. The definition goes on to include person with intersex variations. At first glance, this might appear to be a good definition. However, by classifying intersex persons under the definition of transgender persons, what the state is essentially conveying is that ‘all intersex persons are transgender persons’. This is misconceived. An intersex person may identify as a transgender person, or may not. What this section does, in one stroke, is take away the right to self-identification of intersex persons, violating the spirit of the right to self-identification underlying the Constitution of India, reaffirmed in Nalsa. From the time I opened up, until now, I am constantly asked, “Are you biologically transgender?”, “Aren’t you born like this?”, “What are your genitals?”; initially I used to be taken aback by this. While these questions stem from many wrong assumptions, the predominant trope is to confuse and conflate all intersex persons with transgender persons, often with a sense of disgust directed at both the identities. The Act emphasizes that. There is also the definition of “persons with intersex variations” under Section 2 (i): “person with intersex variations” means a person who at birth shows variation in his or her primary sexual characteristics, external genitalia, chromosomes or hormones from normative standard of male or female body; Does this give any substantial rights to intersex persons, apart from whatever is part of being recognized as transgender persons? This Act does not even ban the forced and unnecessary sex reassignment surgeries performed on intersex infants. It is one of the forms of medicalised violence rooted in society’s prejudiced caste-patriarchal ideas of a binary. Why does this Act gloriously forget the judgment in Arunkumar v Inspector General of Registration? The Parliament failed to discuss or ban the surgery, something which a Single-Judge Bench of the Madras High Court did when an intersex person approached the Court. Why do you call this Act ‘Protection of Rights’? Whose rights and interests is it actually protecting? Finally, nowhere does this Act define gender identity. This makes me wonder, what is the objective of this? Why has the Parliament not discussed gender identity, gender non-conforming persons, expression or even sexual orientation? Have majority of our MPs who passed this Act understood what it to means to be a genderqueer person? It must be remembered that sex under Article 15 of our Constitution has been interpreted to now include gender identity, sexual orientation & sex characteristics [in the cases Nalsa, Navtej/Section 377 & Justice K.S. Puttaswamy v UOI ). The answer perhaps lies in a certain skewed understanding before and after Nalsa. Earlier gender or sex would mean only male or female. Now, it would mean just the addition of one more category of identity. with people parroting for the need of “transgender toilets” without understanding the connotation of the same,[ix] this ‘third’ based understanding and mere hollow repetition of right to self-identification is the reason why we are where we are, (Kanmani Ray LR is a savarna trans woman pursuing LL.B. from Campus Law Centre, Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. Her pronouns are she/her. She has been a resource person for some sensitisation efforts. She aspires to be an advocate but even more a dancer, lover, mother and a teacher someday. She is also one of the Petitioners in a batch of petitions challenging the constitutionality of the Act. She tweets @kanmanisays.).(This is an edited version of the article first published here). [i] https://deepdives.in/the-smartphone-freed-me-a-journey-of-dating-as-a-transwoman-884cd2b786fa [ii] For more criticism on this issue: https://roundtableindia.co.in/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7377:because-we-have-a-voice-too-the-supreme-court-judgment-on-third-gender-and-its-implications&catid=120:gender&Itemid=133 [iii] https://medium.com/@esvi.kot9/your-psychological-warfare-against-us-shall-not-prevail-c21f55b9f3a9 [iv] https://www.indiacode.nic.in/handle/123456789/13091?locale=en [v] https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/self-respect-weddings-transgender-rights-karunanidhi-leader-minorities-86159 https://feminisminindia.com/2017/12/28/trans-movements-india-caste/ [vi] http://prabuddha.us/index.php/pjse/article/view/49 [vii] https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/trans-activists-slam-tn-govt-dropping-thirunangai-and-using-third-gender-112855 [viii] http://orinam.net/resources-for/law-and-enforcement/the-transgender-persons-protection-of-rights-bill-2019/ [ix] https://medium.com/@esvi.kot9/trans-act-rules-what-is-the-future-3290700f46db Next Storylast_img read more

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Delhi HC Issues Notice On Plea For Court-Monitored SIT Probe Into Death of Man In Viral “Jana Gana Mana” Video

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi HC Issues Notice On Plea For Court-Monitored SIT Probe Into Death of Man In Viral “Jana Gana Mana” Video Radhika Roy24 Dec 2020 1:02 AMShare This – xThe Delhi High Court on Thursday issued notice in a plea filed by the mother of one of the Muslim boys who were seen in the “Jana Gana Mana” video which went viral during the February 2020 North-East Delhi riots. The Court has further directed the Crime Branch to file a status report regarding the progress of the investigation into the death of the Petitioner’s son. The matter…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 Delhi High Court on Thursday issued notice in a plea filed by the mother of one of the Muslim boys who were seen in the “Jana Gana Mana” video which went viral during the February 2020 North-East Delhi riots. The Court has further directed the Crime Branch to file a status report regarding the progress of the investigation into the death of the Petitioner’s son. The matter has now been listed on 1st February, 2021. In February 2020, a video showing five Muslim men being kicked, beaten and prodded with lathis by police-men went viral. The five men were encircled and forced by the police officers to sing the national anthem while they were lying on the ground, helpless and in a grievously wounded condition. One of the five men, the 23-year-old Faizan, was taken in custody on 24th February and released in a precarious health condition on 25th February. He succumbed to his injuries on 26th February at LNJP Hospital. The plea states that in the intervening night before his death, he had described to his mother, the torture that had been inflicted on him.It is contended in the plea that the injured Faizan had been kept in illegal detention at the Jyoti Nagar Police Station, and denied access to medical care. Further, it was only when his condition took a turn for the worse and it appeared that he may not survive, was he released. “The mere release from the police station prior to his death would not absolve the policemen of having committed murder in custody, and the Petitioner is seeking justice for the same”, states the plea. Delhi Riots: Damning Observations In Court Orders Raise Questions Over Delhi Police Probe Despite a murder case being registered and the investigation being transferred to the Crime Branch, the petition claims that with the passage of nine months, “it is now clear the investigation conducted by the Crime Branch is a sham, designed at shielding the guilty men in uniform, rather than investigating the crime”. “The investigation conducted by the Respondent No. 2 does not inspire confidence, and there is a grave and real apprehension that the tardy, shoddy and sham investigation will shield the real perpetrators of the heinous crime, as they are policemen”. In light of the above, filed on behalf of Faizan’s mother, Kismatun, the plea seeks for the constitution of a court-monitored Special Investigation Team to conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the custodial death of Faizan. It also seeks for periodic filing of Status Reports before the Court, and for a detailed affidavit supported by relevant material regarding the functioning of CCTV cameras at the concerned police station. The plea further prays for an Action Taken Report to filed regarding the steps taken by Delhi Police in view of the partisan and biased actions displayed by the policemen in the viral videos, and to place an record all Service and Conduct Rules, Regulations, Office Orders, Memorandums etc. which prohibit and penalize discrimination, hate speech and targeted action against religious minorities by policemen on duty. The Petitioner was represented by Advocate Vrinda Grover, assisted by Advocate Soutik Banerjee.Click Here To Download Petition[Read Petition]Next Storylast_img read more

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