Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) 2016 Abridged Report

first_imgSimbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Simbisa Brands Limited (SIM.zw)  2016 abridged results.Company ProfileSimbisa Brands Limited is the largest fast-food restaurant operator in Zimbabwe and owns, operates and franchises a selection of well-known Quick Service Restaurant brands. These include Pizza Inn and Chicken Inn, and Nandos and Steers of South Africa. Simbisa Brands Limited has an extensive footprint in Africa, with outlets in Zimbabwe and 10 African countries including Kenya, Ghana, Mauritius, Botswana, DRC, Malawi, Swaziland, Lesotho and Zambia. The fast-food restaurant group is a spin-off from Innscor Africa, a ZSE-listed manufacturing group in Zimbabwe. Simbisa Brands Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Convention challenged to expand global missionary opportunities

first_img Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Natalie Finstad, an Episcopal Church missionary who served in Kenya, helps to plant seedlings at a young adult leadership event with one of Tatua Kenya’s partner organizations, Nyumba ya Tumaini. Photo: Tatua Kenya[Episcopal News Service] Crossing cultural boundaries, building partnerships, and engaging God’s mission locally and globally are at the very heart of The Episcopal Church’s missionary program.The 78th General Convention, meeting June 25-July 3 in Salt Lake City, Utah, will be asked in two proposed resolutions to commit to its ongoing support and development of the Episcopal Church’s Young Adult Service Corps (YASC) and Episcopal Volunteers in Mission (EVIM) programs.Through these programs, hundreds of Episcopal missionaries have chosen to embrace a life-changing experience of walking alongside a community often far removed – both geographically and culturally – from their own.The Standing Commission on World Mission and the Episcopal Church’s Executive Council – which submitted the two resolutions – hope that the programs will be developed and the opportunities increased in the 2016-2018 triennium.“Global mission is essentially incarnational,” said Sandra McPhee, a lawyer from Evanston, Illinois, who has served as chair of the Standing Commission on World Mission, one of the church’s interim bodies that works throughout the triennium and reports to General Convention with recommendations on the church’s priorities and policies.“Young adult missionaries in the YASC program and more-seasoned volunteers for longer-term commitments through EVIM experience God’s action in their lives and in the lives of others around the world,” McPhee, a lifelong member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Evanston, told ENS. “Even more, by sharing their experiences with their parishes and when they return, they manifest God’s love.”Continued support for YASC and EVIM is essential to the life of The Episcopal Church, McPhee added. “We must engage with our partners outside of the U.S. This ongoing engagement is important to them and it is vital to us. We live out our baptismal covenant being with those who are different from us, seeing the face of Christ reflected in them and working together for God’s mission.”Resolution A112, submitted by the standing commission, calls on General Convention to encourage dioceses, seminaries, and parishes to recruit and support YASC and EVIM missionaries. The resolution proposes an increase in the number of YASCers to 30 in 2016, 40 in 2017, and 50 in 2018, and the number of EVIMs by 10 percent per year.At the time the commission filed its report, it didn’t know that a record-breaking 45 young adults representing 27 dioceses would file applications to serve in the YASC program for the coming year. Twenty-seven of those 42 have been accepted onto the program for 2015-2016.The 2013-2015 budget passed by General Convention allotted $1 million to make “a missionary experience available to all Episcopal young people through such programs as the Young Adult Service Corps program for a gap-year experience between high school and college or work.”That allocation is part of the way in which the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is responding to the third Mark of Mission, which calls on members of the Anglican Communion to respond to human need in loving service.The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is the legal and canonical name under which The Episcopal Church is incorporated, conducts business and carries out mission.“When I first signed up to do YASC, I had no idea how much it would change my life,” said Will Bryant from the Diocese of Western North Carolina, who spent his first year as a YASC missionary working with the Mission to Seafarers in Hong Kong, and is currently serving a second year at the Joel Nafuma Refugee Centre in Rome.“In my two years with the program I have grown spiritually and mentally in ways that I would have never imagined,” he told ENS recently.Bryant said that his experiences with the YASC program have helped him to realize that “whether you are an Afghani refugee, a Filipino seafarer or an American missionary, we are all seeking the same thing: a safe, comfortable place to call home, employment to provide for our families and community, and a deeper connection with our creator. … Now, after living in two completely different countries and continents, I can safely say that I have become more confident in my faith and in my abilities as a human being. I don’t exactly know what the future holds after my time in YASC, but I do know that whatever that may be, I will be well-prepared because of the lessons I have learned as a missionary.”“YASCers are valuable in developing relationships with global partners and for what they bring back to the communities from which they came,” according to the explanation offered by the Standing Commission on World Mission in its “Blue Book” report to General Convention. “Likewise, EVIMs are important servants of the church, as they bring their experience and expertise to the places where they are received, and bring the global church back to their communities.”The Executive Council has submitted Resolution A013, calling on the 78th General Convention to affirm the growing success of the church’s global mission work, “especially the global networks, relationships, and spiritual developments seen” in the YASC and EVIM programs.The resolution calls for the opportunities for global mission to be “increased, diversified, and prioritized” by the time the 79th General Convention meets in Austin, Texas, in 2018, and urges every diocese “to explore the opportunities for global mission work and encourage as many people as possible to apply for, attend, and complete a mission assignment as made available by these programs.”Martha Gardner, chair of the Executive Council’s Joint Standing Committee on World Mission, said that every Episcopalian “needs to know about the wonderful work our missionaries are doing.” She said that she has heard so many stories about the mutual benefits experienced by The Episcopal Church’s missionaries serving throughout the world, but also by its Anglican partners and both the sending and receiving dioceses.“I love the model of how we are doing our global mission work,” she said. “Working with dioceses and networks, our global partnership staff is facilitating partnerships on all levels, and it is imperative that we continue to support that work which offers Episcopalians of all ages an opportunity to be agents of Jesus’s transformational mission in the world.”The Episcopal Church has a long history of missionary involvement, explained McPhee, citing the earliest missionaries who traveled to the Midwest and western parts of the United States to the women supported by the United Thank Offering who worked in Asia and Africa.But mission work has changed, she said. “Instead of a lifelong commitment, short-term missionaries may be sent by a parish or diocese for a two- or three-week commitment. Our Young Adult Service Corps sends people to serve for a year or two in a variety of settings around the world. Some of the YASCers find that they are called to ordination or a deeper, longer commitment to serving God’s mission in the world. Others go on the other careers but all of them cite their time as life-changing and enriching.“Perhaps most important, the way we think about global mission has changed,” she added. “We see our brothers and sisters in Christ around the world as partners and companions, understanding that we have much to learn from each other.”The Rev. David Copley, mission personnel officer for the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society, highlighted a new initiative offered by the mission personnel office to support shorter-term missionaries who can provide specific skills.For instance, Jim and Mary Higbee and Sue Dauer visited Kenya for just one month in 2014 to provide hands-on teacher training that they will continue to monitor in the coming years.Copley’s office also continues to work with Episcopal Church dioceses to strengthen their companion relationships and to support medium-term mission placements of older adults as well as placements for YASCers.“I see mission service as providing technical expertise to empower others and also as an avenue to strengthen companion relationships through the ministry of presence,” he told ENS.The Standing Commission on World Mission (SCWM) has continued to advocate for and support the sending of YASC and EVIM missionaries “with the purpose of strengthening and deepening relationships throughout the Anglican Communion, fulfilling our baptismal covenant to ‘seek and serve Christ in all persons,’” according to its report.The commission acknowledged that its future is unclear, pending the outcome of the report to General Convention from the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church.However, SCWM members “hope and pray that the foundations of the multiple global relationships that have been strengthened by many years of compassionate work will remain solid. … The level of trust that has been established through the years by the work of SCWM should be strengthened, especially in this time of world turmoil, rather than weakened by severe change that may not be clearly understood by our global partners. That being noted, the SCWM is moving forward with goals to enhance work that has already begun, to restore trust that has been eroded by promises that have not been kept, and to capitalize on the vital interest in mission work that youth and young adults are displaying.”For further information about the missionary program, contact the Rev. David Copley, director for mission personnel, at [email protected] For further information about the YASC program, contact Elizabeth Boe, officer for global networking, at [email protected] video stories highlighting the ministry of YASC missionaries are available below.One young adult…and a Roman refugee centerOne young adult…and a South African clinicOne young adult…and a provincial archivesOne young adult…and a mission for migrant workersOne young adult…and a mission to seafarers — Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events 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 Shreveport, LA Missionaries Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Convention challenged to expand global missionary opportunities Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Martinsville, VA General Convention 2015, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Press Release Service Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Albany, NY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET By Matthew DaviesPosted Jun 17, 2015 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector Belleville, IL Tags Rector Hopkinsville, KY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Sainsbury’s to match customer donations to Comic Relief & BBC Children in Need campaign

first_imgSainsbury’s to match customer donations to Comic Relief & BBC Children in Need campaign  696 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Tagged with: Comic Relief COVID-19 Sainsburys About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Melanie May | 8 April 2020 | News “We are incredibly grateful to Sainsbury’s customers and colleagues. Thank you to all the people making heroic efforts to keep shelves stacked and food on our tables at this difficult time. And for the customers who give generously even though money is tight.“With the help of matched giving from Sainsbury’s, we will be able to achieve so much more, not only keeping vulnerable people safe, warm and fed, but also helping people who are struggling with their mental health and those at risk of domestic abuse.”As a temporary measure during the crisis, Sainsbury’s is also stocking The Big Issue magazine to continue providing homeless and vulnerably housed people across the UK with an income. Vendors have been asked to stop selling on the street in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, with Sainsbury’s becoming the first major retailer to stock the magazine online and in-store. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Sainsbury’s has pledged to match all customer donations made to Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need in-store and online between 9 April and 1 May as part of the charities’ campaign to raise funds to help those in need as a result of Covid-19.Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need are working together to raise funds to support those affected by the pandemic, with Sainsbury’s, a longstanding partner of Comic Relief, pledging its support. As such, it is encouraging customers to give to the charities’ appeal and will be matching their donations.The appeal includes a live star-studded show, The Big Night In, on BBC One on Thursday 23 April to raise funds.From 9 April to 1 May, Sainsbury’s customers can round up their bill or donate in-store or online, and contribute their Nectar points to Comic Relief and BBC Children In Need.Customers will be able to donate at tills in-store by rounding up their bill to £1, £5, £10 or £15 on manned checkouts or by adding £1, £2, £5 or £10 donations to their basket on self-service checkouts. Those shopping for groceries online or on its Habitat site can donate by adding a donation of £1, £2, £5 or £10 to their online delivery basket before checking out. Alternatively, customers can donate online at Sainsbury’s and Argos by following the links to The Big Night In or by giving their Nectar card points to the value of £2.50, £5 or £10.The money raised by Sainsbury’s and The Big Night In will be split equally between Comic Relief and BBC Children in Need to support vital local charities and projects in the UK, which are providing urgent and essential help to people most in need.Mike Coupe, Chief Executive Officer at Sainsbury’s, said: “We’re proud to be working with Comic Relief in an effort to help those in need – it is more important than ever to be supporting charities and the crucial work that they do to help the most vulnerable in society.“We have seen countless humbling examples of our colleagues going above and beyond to support our most vulnerable customers, and as a business we are moving to implement initiatives such as stocking The Big Issue magazine to help vendors who are unable to sell on streets across the UK.“Over the years, Sainsbury’s and Comic Relief have helped fund projects that are saving and changing lives. We want to continue to give customers the chance to make a donation in this difficult time both online and in-store, and we’re proud to pledge to match their generosity pound for pound.”Ruth Davison, Chief Executive at Comic Relief, said: Advertisement  695 total views,  2 views todaylast_img read more

After 40 days of #DignityStrike, Palestinian prisoners declare victory

first_imgThe Palestinian prisoners’ movement and its supporters celebrated victory on May 27. A series of concessions by both the Israeli Prison Service and the International Committee of the Red Cross had brought the Strike of Freedom and Dignity, Palestinian political prisoners’ biggest mass hunger strike in five years, to a close after 40 days.As part of the deal, the ICRC, which coordinates family visits to Palestinians in Israeli prisons, will restore the bimonthly service, after cutting visits to most prisoners to one per month a year ago.The IPS will improve prisoners’ education, family visits, food, health care, recreational facilities, telephone access, transportation and overall conditions, the Palestinian Prisoners Affairs Commission director, Issa Qaraqe, said at a press conference in Ramallah.Among other changes, the IPS agreed to lift its ban on visits by over 140 children of prisoners, to install cooling and ventilation systems in prisons, and to give prisoners meals and bathroom access during their transportation between prisons and courts, Qaraqe said.He added that prisoners had achieved “80 percent of the demands” of the strike. (samidoun.net)The IPS confirmed an agreement on visitation, but denied it had negotiated with the prisoners.The U.S. Palestinian Community Network said in a statement that the IPS “claims that the agreement was not made with the prisoners themselves, but between Israel, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Palestinian Authority (PA).“We reject this boldfaced lie, and also condemn the role of the ICRC, which was responsible for cutting the second monthly family visit in the first place.” (uspcn.org)Ahmad Sa’adat, the imprisoned general secretary of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who joined the strike on May 4, in a statement hailed “the collective fruit of the efforts of the Palestinian people who rallied around the strike.“It came through the support of Arab popular forces throughout the Arab world, and through the support of all of the forces of freedom in the world, including popular movements and organizations, solidarity committees, parliamentarians, social justice movements confronting imperialism and globalization, and the international boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement,” he wrote from Ramon Prison.“To all of those who participated in the actions of solidarity with our strike to bring it to its honorable conclusion, we send all of our greetings and appreciation, especially to the families of the martyrs, the wounded and the prisoners.” (freeahmadsaadat.org)Building forwardAfter more than 1,500 prisoners led by imprisoned Palestinian parliamentarian Marwan Barghouti launched the strike on April 17, Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, it sparked demonstrations of support both under Israeli occupation and throughout the world.These ranged from weekly protests organized by Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network in New York to massive “days of rage” and general strikes across Palestine.Students in Europe and North America, as well as public figures like Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Laham, Palestinian resistance icon Leila Khaled and Greek Orthodox Archbishop Atallah Hanna, launched fasts in solidarity, while thousands, including 25 at New York City’s Solidarity Center, joined the “saltwater challenge,” a series of videos in support of the prisoners, who drank salt water to stay alive while fasting.Irish Republican political prisoners in Maghaberry Jail and and Filipino political prisoners at Camp Bagong Diwa sent messages of solidarity, with the latter holding a one-day sympathy fast.Inside Palestine, Israeli repression claimed the lives of three Palestinian protesters: 20-year-old Saba Abid, 23-year-old Mutaz Bani Shamsa and 15-year-old Raed Ahmad Radayda, killed by occupation forces and a settler as they demonstrated for the prisoners on May 12, 18 and 23.In the aftermath of the strike, supporters of the prisoners say continued mobilization is crucial, both to secure the gains of the May 27 agreement and to support ongoing and future struggles.“It is important to build forward based on the prisoners’ victory and place the prisoners’ cause as a central issue in our Palestinian, Arab and international struggles for justice in Palestine,” Khaled Barakat, international coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat, told WW.Samidoun in New York will continue its weekly demonstrations in solidarity with the prisoners’ movement, held every Friday at 5:30 p.m. outside the Best Buy store in Union Square.For more announcements of events and activities in support of the prisoners, as well as information on the hunger strike and other Palestinian prison struggles, visit Samidoun’s website at samidoun.net and subscribe to its email newsletter at eepurl.com/XFJr9.Catron is an organizer with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Martin denies he’s at odds with Varadkar over green travel list

first_img Twitter By News Highland – July 22, 2020 WhatsApp Previous articleOver €276,000 announced for Donegal AirportNext articleMurder investigation launched into death of man in Derry in 2018 News Highland Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford AudioHomepage BannerNews DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Google+ Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Micheál Martin has denied he’s at odds with Leo Varadkar over the publication of the travel green list.Yesterday the Tánaiste said there shouldn’t be a list if the government advice is to remain at home.Yet that’s exactly what the cabinet agreed in publishing the 15 countries and territories where people can return from without having to restrict movements.Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the controversy around the green list needs to be put in context:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/martinnew3pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Martin denies he’s at odds with Varadkar over green travel list Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24thlast_img read more

Implications for high latitude gondwanide palaeozoogeographical studies of some new Upper Cretaceous marine ostracodfaunas from New Zealand and the Antarctic Peninsula

first_imgSixty species of Ostracoda have been recovered from Cenomanian, Santonian and Maastrichtian strata in New Zealand, and late Campanian sediments on Snow Hill and James Ross islands in the Antarctic Peninsula. The two main New Zealand sites are in latest Maastrichtian strata, but in contrasting thermal regimes – warm, shelfal facies at Waipara, and cool, outer shelf/upper slope at Pukehou. Thepalaeozoogeographical history of several important taxa across the K/T boundary in Gondwanaland is clarified by the new data: Rostrocytheridea survived at Pukehou to within a few metres of the K/T, while Majungaella was found ~0.5 m from the top of the Maastrichtian at Waipara. The previously-known retrothermal propensities of Majungaella can be traced to the Maastrichtian at Pukehou,where a similar adaptation is observed in Rostrocytheridea, and possibly in Krithe. The first two genera became extinct across Mesozoic/ Tertiary boundary in Australasia, while in the Patagonia-Antarctic Peninsula region, Majungaella survived and colonised much of the Antarctic seaboard, but Rostrocytheridea probably did not survive into the Palaeogene. The extant genus Ameghinocythere is nowknown from late Campanian of Snow Hill Island, and also occurs in the late Maastrichtian in New Zealand. The earliest record of the widely distributed Gondwanide genus Apateloschizocythere is probably from the Cenomanian at Coverham, New Zealand. Nine new species are described: Ameghinocythere lutheri, A. eagari, Apateloschizocythere? colleni, Limburgina postaurora, Majungaella wilsoni,M. waiparaensis, Parahystricocythere ericea, Rayneria? punctata, Rostrocytheridea pukehouensis and Trachyleberis hornibrooki. The genus Parahystricocythere is new.last_img read more

For Native Americans, the fight against mascots is much bigger than sports

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN ImagesBy DEENA ZARU, ABC News(NEW YORK) — More than a decade ago, Sundance, a member of the Muscogee tribe, led a successful effort to change the mascot of a high school from the Oberlin Indians to the Oberlin Phoenix. So when the Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians announced that they will change their name, it was a “big win” for him and members of the Native community. But is it only the “tip of the iceberg,” he said.Sundance is the director of the Cleveland branch of the American Indian Movement, one of the organizations that has been urging national and local teams with indigenous names and mascots to change their names for more than 50 years.“There are so, so many issues that we need to address as indigenous people that are certainly more important than the mascot issue, but it is the mascot issue, among others, that prohibits people from seeing indigenous people as people,” he told ABC News, adding that the Native American ethnicity is the only one that is widely used as a mascot across the country.According to a FiveThirtyEight analysis, hundreds of schools across the country still use Native Americans as their team mascots — monikers widely seen as racist and dehumanizing to the Native American community.“There are people who will downplay the importance of the issue and say, ‘Gosh, don’t you people have better things to worry about?’ Well, dehumanization is, I think, the very root of all the other issues that we face,” said Heather Whiteman Runs Him, a law professor and director of the Tribal Justice Clinic at the University of Arizona in Tucson.For decades, advocates for Native American rights had been working relentlessly to convince the teams to change their names — from filing lawsuits to protests to applying pressure on teams and their sponsors.But it was not until an immense movement swept the nation in the summer of 2020 after the police killing of George Floyd — an unarmed Black man from Minneapolis — that some of the most high profile teams relented.After insisting in 2013 that a name change will “never” happen, Dan Snyder, owner of the Washington Redskins, announced in July that the team would change its name to the Washington Football Team, after FedEx, which has naming rights to the stadium, requested a change.“Advocates within tribal nations in our communities started working strategically to target the financial backing of the sports — the Nikes of the world, the FedExes,” Fawn Sharp, president of the National Congress of American Indians, told ABC News. “That was part of our strategic thinking, knowing that you’re trying to get something that is based on pure morality and a sense of justice is simply not enough — that the power of the almighty dollar and money in this country, whether you’re in sports, or a member of Congress, is such a powerful influence.”Before deciding to change their name — a change that is expected to take place in 2021 — the Cleveland Indians stopped using the Chief Wahoo logo on their uniforms in 2019.According to Sharp, who leads the country’s oldest and largest American Indian and Alaska Native tribal government organization, the widespread Black Lives Matter protests ushered in a national debate about race and racism in America — one that finally included the rights of Native Americans.“We’ve known that a day of reckoning would come … the momentum has just been an incredible sacred moment,” Sharp said, adding that the organization has brought Indian Country together to advocate for the rights of indigenous people and “to be an ally and partner with others that are disenfranchised.”The shift in energy comes amid some wins in representation for the Native American community that advocates are hoping will lead to policy changes.Six Native Americans were elected to serve in the next Congress, a record in U.S. history. Meanwhile, Rep. Deb Haaland, who was nominated by President-elect Joe Biden to lead the Department of the Interior, could become the first Native American to serve in a presidential Cabinet. If confirmed by the Senate, Haaland would be the first Native person to oversee an agency that played a major role historically in the forced relocation and oppression of indigenous people.For Whiteman Runs Him, “there’s a tremendous capacity for hope in this moment,” but she remains “cautiously optimistic.”“Knowing history, we also have to be vigilant that there’s enough done,” she said, adding that the success of leaders such as Haaland will also depend on the support they get from other branches of government, especially Congress.Sundance echoed the sentiment, saying, “What we need are people who will maintain their Native identity in the face of rules and regulations that have been enacted to keep us oppressed.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. December 31, 2020 /Sports News – National For Native Americans, the fight against mascots is much bigger than sports Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Engineers have terrorist mindset, says Oxford researcher

first_imgOxford research has claimed that there is a strong link between the “mindset” of engineering students and Islamic extremism.Diego Gambetta, of Nuffield College, and Steffen Hertog, a lecturer at Durham concluded in their paper ‘Engineers of Jihad’ that there is strong relationship between an engineering background and involvement in Islamic terrorist groups. The authors found that graduates from subjects such as science, engineering, and medicine are strongly overrepresented among Islamist movements in the Muslim world, but engineers alone are over-represented among those who gravitate to violent groups. Hertog explained, “We had heard the anecdotal story that engineers are more prone to right-wing and religious thinking than people of other faculties so we checked the educational background of radical actors.  We found that a high proportion had been through higher education and found that among these actors engineers were clearly over-represented compared to actors from other degree backgrounds.”The paper does not suggest that it is engineers’ technical skills that made them more attractive to radical groups. Instead, it says that among engineers there is a  “mindset bias” which is more likely to attract a larger number of them to Islamic extremism.  “Studies have shown that Engineers are more right-wing and religious than other faculties.  There may exist a mind-set bias among engineers towards conservatism, they may be attracted to the predictability, the strong hierarchies, and the desire for a lost order [that is apparent in Islamic extremism],” Hertog said. “There are very few engineers involved in left-wing extremism,” he continued.The research claims that this “mindset” has particular impact when the social conditions endured are tough. “Engineering is considered a very high-status degree in Islamic countries so engineers are more likely to be frustrated by the poor socio-economic conditions and lack of social mobility in their countries,” Hertog said.The authors claim that engineers might have “peculiar cognitive traits and dispositions” which makes a disproportionate number of them open to right-wing traits of “monism”, believing that there is one best solution, and “simplism”, the idea that if only people were rational, remedies would be simple.  A past survey in the United States has shown that there is a higher proportion of engineers who declare themselves to be on the right of the political spectrum than any other disciplinary group.  “We could thus hypothesize that personal dispositions and style of thinking among engineers differ from those of students in other subjects in ways that could make them more prone to become involved in violent forms of radicalization, not just as willing recruits but as prime movers,” the paper states.  However, it adds that its findings are not proof of its mindset theory.“The mindset hypothesis predicts that we should find engineers to have more extreme ideological tendencies than people in other disciplines, and a greater predilection towards joining radical political groups in general,” the research continues.  In addition, the report also argues that engineers might be more present among right-wing and religious groups because of a another “mindset” feature, “preservatism”, the craving to restore a lost order of authority and privilege. “This way we (try to) explain why they’re not present on the left, but present on both the right and among Islamists”, said Hertog.A third-year engineer at Pembroke said,  “I think the ability of an engineer to act in a purely practical and clinical way, removing the element of human feeling to an extent, sits quite well with terrorism.” But he added that an engineering “mindset” alone would not be enough to attract people to terrorism. Octave Oppetit, another third-year engineer, commented, “We believe it is our god-given right to knock down what we have built up in the first place.”Hertog emphasised that the study does not claim that all, or even many, engineers have a quasi-terrorist ‘mindset’, saying, “We do not make generalizations about engineers in general, just about the radical fringe among them.”The authors hope to continue their studies, saying that they want to better explain the over-representation of engineers in extremist Islamic groups. “We want to conduct further psychological cognitive studies on individuals to put our fingers on exactly what it is that explains the over-representation of engineers amongst Islamic radicals,” said Hertog.  “Engineering is merely a proxy for some underlying condition that tends towards right wing and extreme religious views,” he added.Hertog concluded, “There is strong evidence to suggest that nothing predicts a person’s social and political views as well as their faculties, and, at least according to US data, engineers are outliers in their religious and right-wing views.”by Nadya Thormanlast_img read more

Green activists’ Valentine gesture

first_imgOxford’s Vice Chancellor, John Hood, has received at least a thousand cards this Valentine’s Day, as students and University employees petitioned him to improve the University’s green credentials.The campaigners presented Hood with a giant, heart-shaped, “Go Green” card made out of a thousand Valentine’s Day cards, which they draped across the entrance to the University offices.One card read, “Dear VC, please listen to me, and hire a head of sustainability, To ensure this prestigious uni, Goes greener than a block of mouldy cheese! Loving thee.”The Valentine’s Day cards, made from recycled paper and printed with vegetable based ink, were delivered to his office by the campaign committee, although the Vice-Chancellor declined to attend in person.A spokesperson on behalf of the VC said, “the university has offered a meeting with the group at a mutually beneficial time to discuss what it will be doing.”Campaigners have declared the occasion a success. The day before the cards were presented, the University announced it was planning to “make 2010 a greener year” by recruiting a Head of Sustainability and announcing that it is working towards a “comprehensive waste management strategy.”The campaign urged the University to appoint a senior environmental manager, adopt a comprehensive waste management system, and implement an external environmental management system.Sophie Lewis, campaign manager, said the committee were “very happy with the outcome.” But she expressed shock and dismay at seeing the “beautiful array of cards, festoon and petitions” removed from the office head quarters.She commented, “the VC’s secretary has yet to explain where they went, and why.”The spokesperson said, “I don’t know if the cards will be kept in storage, but even if they are not kept, the university offices recycle all of its card and paper. They won’t go to landfill.” Some students have also expressed concern that the gesture itself was not environmentally friendly.Trinity’s JCR environmental representative described the event as “publicly wasteful.” She commented, “while I admire the aims of the campaign, at the same time I think it’s important not to lose sight of the everyday things we can all do to help the environment, such as saving paper or turning off light.”But Daniel Lowe, OUSU environmental and ethics officer, called the event “an incredibly effective way to get our message across.”He said, “it involved 1,000 student, raising the profile of environmental concerns with them. If we continue to press for more efforts to be made, the university will become a more sustainable place.”JCR environment reps have praised the University’s green efforts, but some stressed that individual colleges as well as the University as a whole need to do much more to help protect the environment.Mae Penner, Magdalen’s Environment rep accused Oxford colleges of using words such as “tradition” and “prestige” to “justify actions which frivolously disregard the financial and ethical benefits of increased sustainability.”Stephen Bush, Balliol’s Environment rep added that the “behaviour of some colleges is letting the university down. Some colleges won’t have paper recycling in students’ rooms, for example.”He said the University should “think about its indirect effect upon the environment too; to look again at the impact of its investments upon the environment and the world generally.”Environment JCR reps have also criticised OUSU for not doing enough to support and promote awareness of environmental issues among students.One Environment rep accused the elected Environment and Ethics officials as being “often unresponsive to appeals for information or guidance”, which hindered students who are passionate about the environment from getting involved. She said, “in my experience, they often feel as if they are operating in a vacuum, without any effective Oxford-wide support.”last_img read more

Union Secretary off the hook

first_imgMiles Coates has been cleared to sit as Secretary of the Oxford Union in Michaelmas Term after an official report judged an attempt to dislodge him as an abuse of Union rules and a waste of members’ subscription fees.The Worcester College student was elected to the position of Secretary in Trinity Term’s elections, beating Melanie Pope and Daniel Alphonsus. However after this result a complaint of electoral malpractice was brought against Coates by Alphonsus. In the resulting tribunal Coates was found guilty and was punished by being deposed as Secretary, disqualified from future Union elections and fined £500.Coates was initially found guilty of rule 33(a)(i)(24), which concerns ‘taking part in a conspiracy’ to commit electoral malpractice. The Society’s Appellate Board has now quashed this original verdict. A new electoral tribunal was ordered, but the time limit for this to take place in has elapsed.The Board’s report suspects that the complaint brought about by Alphonsus may be a case of ‘fishing’. This is an underhand practice in which members make vague accusations of electoral malpractice in order to buy themselves time to collect evidence to make more substantive accusations.The report states that the Board ‘deplores this approach’ which is an ‘abuse of process and wasting of the Union’s time’. One piece of evidence submitted to the original tribunal was a voice recording of a conversation between Alphonsus, Coates and main witness Rahul Ahluwalia in the lunch room of Brasenose College three days before the June election. A video clip and a transcript of a Blackberry messenger conversation were also submitted.Under questioning from the original tribunal Ahluwalia claimed to have made covert recordings of a variety of conversations including this one. He said he did this simply because he ‘wished to listen to them again’. The tribunal was critical of the testimony of this ‘evasive witness’, and declared that ‘Mr Ahluwalia had set out to entrap the defendant, but had gone about this in such an incompetent fashion that he had in fact produced evidence that might incriminate him [Ahluwalia].’The original report was similarly scathing about the conduct of Alphonsus, remarking ‘frankly, we should have had some difficulty accepting the Complainant’s evidence to us [even] were it not for the bumbling and shambolic fashion in which he had submitted his complaint.’The Secretary’s job is to take minutes at public business meetings as well as organise the Union’s termly ball. Coates is now at work arranging a ‘New York, New York’ themed event. The third year law student will sit in the chamber next term alongside President Izzy Westbury, Librarian Izzy Ernst and Treasurer James Freeland.Westbury commented, ‘I’m incredibly relieved that all of this mess is now over. It’s always a shame when the Union gets entangled in expensive shenanigans that detract from what the society is really about. Now we can finally move on and look forward to what will hopefully be a great term ahead. I have every confidence in Miles that he will do a superb job, and I’m certainly looking forward to the ball he’s now in the middle of organising!’Union sources estimate that the initial tribunal and subsequent meeting of the Appellate Board have cost members around £1000.last_img read more