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Press Corporation Limited (PCL.mw) 2012 Annual Report

first_imgPress Corporation Limited (PCL.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about Press Corporation Limited (PCL.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Press Corporation Limited (PCL.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Press Corporation Limited (PCL.mw)  2012 annual report.Company ProfilePress Corporation Limited is the largest holding company in Malawi; with vested interests in real estate, energy, food and beverages, consumer goods, financial services and telecommunications. The highly diversified company has stakes in 13 companies in Malawi made up of 8 subsidiaries, 4 joint ventures and one associate. Well-known brands in its portfolio include: National Bank of Malawi in the financial services sector, Malawi Telecommunications Limited and Telekom Networks Limited in the telecommunication sector, Ethanol Company Limited and Presscane Limited in the energy sector, People’s Trading Centre Limited in the consumer goods sector, Press Properties Limited and Manzini Limited in the property investment and development sector, and The Foods Company in the food manufacturing sector. Press Corporation Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Shumba Energy Limited (SHUMBA.bw) 2018 Annual Report

first_imgShumba Energy Limited (SHUMBA.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Shumba Energy Limited (SHUMBA.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Shumba Energy Limited (SHUMBA.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Shumba Energy Limited (SHUMBA.bw)  2018 annual report.Company ProfileShumba Energy is a coal mining and energy development company with extensive interests in advanced energy projects in Botswana, including 4.5 billion tonnes of coal for thermal energy and exports. Shumba Energy is ideally positioned to address the chronic power shortage in the SADC region and aims to supply energy to southern African countries in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. Shumba Energy is involved in major energy projects including: Morupule South Mine Project which produces export-quality coal for local and regional industrial users; Mabesekwa Power Plant which supplies electricity to South Africa; Sechaba Project which supplies electricity to Botswana and other southern African countries; the Solar Energy Project geared to build a scalable solar power plant; and Lethlakeng Underground Coal Gasification Project with a license to explore 1 000 square kilometres for coal resources.last_img read more

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UK share investing: 4 cheap dividend stocks to buy now

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Royston Wild owns shares in Taylor Wimpey. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. 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. See all posts by Royston Wild “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Royston Wild | Friday, 19th February, 2021 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. UK share investing: 4 cheap dividend stocks to buy nowcenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Okay, the economic outlook remains packed with danger right now. Covid-19, Brexit, and trade wars all mean UK share investors like me need to be extremely careful before buying stocks. However, I don’t plan to stop building my own shares portfolio in 2021. There are still plenty of stocks out there that could create heroic shareholder returns. Here are four cheap UK shares I’m considering buying in my Stocks and Shares ISA right now.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…#1: The housebuilding heroI’m confident Taylor Wimpey will deliver big profits growth over the next decade. A chronic homes crunch in Britain means its newbuilds will keep selling like hotcakes. I think the Bank of England will keep interest rates locked at rock-bottom levels in a boost to buyer demand  too.That said, the termination of the stamp duty holiday next month might slow the housebuilder’s profits growth later in 2021. Today, this FTSE 100 share trades on a low forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 12 times. It carries a meaty 5% dividend yield too. This beats the broader 3.5% average for UK shares by quite a margin.#2: The gold diggerCommodities play Anglo Asian Mining also offers plenty of bang for an investor’s buck. It offers a 4% dividend yield for 2021. And a forward P/E ratio of 7 times is hard to ignore, in my opinion. This sits below the widely-regarded bargain territory of 10 times and below.There’s always political, environmental and operational risks facing UK mining shares like these. But, on the plus side, Anglo Asian can expect asking prices for its gold and silver to remain strong amid ultra-low global interest rates and ongoing central bank quantitative easing.#3: The UK share for fast food loversFood-to-go manufacturer Bakkavor Group endured a torrid 2020 as Covid-19 lockdowns smashed demand for its products. It’s possible conditions could remain tough too if new coronavirus variants illustrate effective immunity to vaccines and people remain in their homes. But I still think the company merits serious attention at current prices.It trades on a modest P/E ratio of 10 times for 2021 and boasts a 5% dividend yield. Food-to-go was one of the fastest-growing segments of the sector’s broader market before Covid-19. This trend will likely resume when the world begins to open up again.#4: The medical marvelI think GlaxoSmithKline is a brilliant UK share to buy for big dividends. The medicine-maker’s ultra-defensive operations provide it with excellent earnings visibility. And this in turn gives it the confidence to keep paying big dividends to its shareholders. Also, the FTSE 100 firm’s yield sits at a fat 6.3% for 2021. It trades on a forward P/E ratio of around 13 times too.A word of warning though. Pharmaceutical companies always face the risk of failures at the R&D stage. 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New bishop for prisons welcomed by Church of England and…

first_img Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA [Church of England] The bishop for prisons and deputy chaplain general have been formally commissioned in a service led by the archbishop of Canterbury.Bishop of Gloucester Rachel Treweek was commissioned as bishop for prisons, with the Rev. Helen Dearnley licensed as deputy chaplain general of prisons. The commissioning took place during a service of evening prayer conducted from Lambeth Palace’s crypt chapel.The service, with participants tuning in via Zoom, heard prayers for Treweek and Dearnley read by the archbishops of Canterbury, York and Wales.Read the full article here. Church of England Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Press Release Service New bishop for prisons welcomed by Church of England and Church in Wales Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Anglican Communion, Posted Dec 10, 2020 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Tags Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Submit a Press Release Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Tampa, FL Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Martinsville, VA center_img Rector Belleville, IL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector Columbus, GA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Albany, NY Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC 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 Rector Shreveport, LA Submit an Event Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit a Job Listinglast_img read more

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Abbey still seeking applications for £100,000 from Camden groups

first_imgAbbey is still encouraging applications from groups in Camden, London for funding from its £100,000 Community Programme for that area.In June 2004 Abbey announced a £100,000 Community Programme to fund projectsin the Camden area. Proposals have been received from all sections of thecommunity, but Abbey says that there are still opportunities available for local charities before the application deadline of 30 August 2004.Applications for grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 will still be considered by Abbey’s Charitable Trust, for projects that meet any of the following criteria: Advertisement local regeneration which encourages cross-community partnerships;education and training;financial advice which helps people to manage their moneyDecisions on applications received will be made in early September 2004, and thesuccessful projects will be announced shortly afterwards.Alan Eagle, Manager of Abbey’s Charitable Trust, hopes that more organisations will come forward with project proposals before the deadline. “This is a fantastic opportunity for charities working in the Camden area”, said Alan. “Abbey has a major presence in Camden, in one of our head officesites, and we are keen to support the regeneration of the areas in which wework.”The money given to support Camden charities is part of a wider donationprogramme that will see Abbey supporting different areas of the UK.Charities who wish to apply for funding should call the Trust’s helpline on 0870 608 0104 or visit Abbey’s Web site.  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 3 August 2004 | News Abbey still seeking applications for £100,000 from Camden groups AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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University of Exeter fundraising campaign hits target a year early

first_img  429 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 University of Exeter fundraising campaign hits target a year early [youtube height=”450″width=”800″]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zyeuWdWg5Ng&feature=youtu.be[/youtube] The University of Exeter has reached the £60m target of a major fundraising campaign a year ahead of schedule.In 2012, the University of Exeter set itself a goal of raising £60 million by the end of 2020 to support key areas. Called Making the Exceptional Happen, it is the most ambitious fundraising campaign the University has ever embarked on, with a target of almost three times the amount raised previously. The ‘Making the Exceptional Happen’ campaign targeted alumni as well as other supporters and included a mixture of activity including face to face meetings and events, digital, film, and a telethon that saw 50 students speak to hundreds of alumni, 460 of whom pledged a donation, raising more than £135,000. The university has also received a number of significant donations, including the largest single gift received by Exeter – £10 million from the Dennis and Mireille Gillings Foundation for medical research. Many alumni have also chosen to give each month to a cause they are passionate about. The campaign target was reached on 5 February with a £225,000 donation from Santander Universities to support student entrepreneurship and widening participation at Exeter.The money raised is to fund research into diseases such as dementia, diabetes and cancer; seek solutions to environmental problems like climate change, plastic pollution and food security; and to understand economic, social and political dynamics across the world.It has also supported students to both attend Exeter and during their time at university. Bursaries and scholarships have enabled students to continue their education regardless of their financial background, while sports facilities and student societies have also benefited from funding.Thousands of hours have also been volunteered. The campaign originally aimed to achieve 60,000 volunteering hours by 2020, but has reached over 85,000 so far. Through these hours, students have benefitted from careers talks, more than 2,000 have received mentoring partnerships lasting between 6 and 12 months, and another 1,500+ student career questions have been answered by email. It also includes 2,500 working days of strategic advice given to University staff.Many Exeter alumni choose to volunteer by taking part in the University’s Career Mentor Scheme. The scheme brings students together with experienced professionals who provide invaluable insight and advice on their career for up to six months.Gerry Brown, Exeter alumnus and Chair of the Campaign Board said: “We always knew it would be a challenge to reach this fundraising goal, so to do so early is particularly gratifying.“The research we do at Exeter makes a huge difference to people lives, both locally and throughout the world, and it’s wonderful that people recognise the importance of this work and feel inspired to help us do even more.“Obviously our fundraising does not end as there are many challenges our researchers are working on continuously, particularly given the climate emergency, but this is a great milestone to have reached and I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part.”  428 total views,  2 views today Advertisement Melanie May | 10 February 2020 | News 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. Tagged with: higher education Major gift AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

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Fast food workers strike in New York City

first_imgDemanding economic justice outside Wendy’s in downtown Brooklyn, April 4.WW photo: Anne PrudenApril 4 — Fast-food workers have walked out on strike today at locations throughout New York City to mark the 45th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to continue his legacy of struggling for jobs and justice.In front of the downtown Brooklyn, N.Y., Wendy’s restaurant this morning, workers and their supporters chanted, “We can’t survive on $7.25!” and “We want change! Not pennies!” A large rally will take place this evening at Marcus Garvey Park in Harlem.Members of the Fast Food Workers Organizing Committee put out a statement today issued by ALIGN NY on why they are striking and need the community’s support:“Fast food workers are living in poverty without enough to meet our basic needs. Many of us rely on food stamps and some of us live in homeless shelters. Meanwhile, the $200 billion fast food industry continues to profit from our work without retuning those profits to our communities and New York City’s economy.“But worst of all, they think we can be ignored. Help us show that we’re not just ‘cheap labor,’ but men and women who want nothing more than to be treated with dignity and … earn an honest living.“Forty-five years ago, sanitation workers in Memphis, TN, were facing the same struggle. They went on strike to demand dignity for all workers. Joined by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on the eve of his assassination, Memphis strikers declared to the world, ‘I AM A MAN.’ …“Following in the footsteps of the 1968 Memphis sanitation strikers and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we will tell the world we are men, we are women, we are people. And we will not be ignored.“In November, fast food workers in New York took part in an historic strike to demand $15 an hour and the right to form a union without intimidation. Since then, our numbers have grown and our resolve has strengthened. We are proud to continue in the tradition of civil rights crusaders who came before us and we will not stop until our voices are heard and we have a seat at the table.“We’re on strike today because we can’t survive on $7.25. Higher wages will help us raise our families with dignity but will also help lift our entire economy. More money in the hands of workers means more money spent in local shops and a boost for our community.“As Memphis sanitation striker Alvin Turner said, ‘in order to win, you have to stand up and be counted.’”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Cops executed Mario Woods

first_imgAccording to an autopsy report released Feb. 11 by San Francisco Chief Medical Examiner Michael Hunter, the five San Francisco police officers who killed Mario Woods put a total of 20 bullets into his body, many from behind, and one additional “probable gunshot graze wound” to his right cheek. (San Francisco Chronicle, Feb. 11) Investigators found at least 27 bullet shell casings at the scene. The firing-squad-style execution on Dec. 2 was captured by three eyewitness videos. Hunter found Wood’s cause of death to be multiple gunshot wounds to his head, back, abdomen, buttocks, legs and hands. Woods also had four clear bruises from beanbag rounds also fired by San Francisco Police Department officers. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that one of the videos “showed one officer stepping in front of Woods, who was 26, as he shuffled along a wall, with the gunfire coming moments later from officers who had surrounded Woods. The report lists Woods as 5-foot-9, 156 pounds.” (Feb. 11) John Burris, the family lawyer, described the third video coverage in a press conference on Dec. 11: “Mario’s arms were at his sides. He was not committing a dangerous act. He was not threatening police officers at the time. He was walking slowly. It was the police officer that created confrontation when he jumped in front of him.” (S.F. Chronicle, Dec. 12)SFPD Chief Greg Suhr tried to claim the usual “police were in fear of their lives” at a town hall called two days after the shooting. Displaying an enlarged frame from one of the videos showing Woods with his arms extended, Suhr claimed it showed that Woods was pointing a small kitchen knife at the officers. The slow motion playback of the same video proved the first shot was fired before Woods’ arm was extended.On Jan. 21, even San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, bowing to the ongoing community anger over Woods’ killing, was forced to call for a federal investigation into Woods’ death and SFPD practices.In response to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed by Woods’ family, San Francisco Deputy City Attorney Sean Connolly has claimed that the SFPD acted lawfully in killing Woods. According to the Feb. 12 Chronicle, city attorneys claimed police officers “need not use the least intrusive form of force when dealing with an armed suspect who poses a threat to the public or police officers. Police officers need not wait until they or a member of the public are assaulted before using lethal force.” Community keeps up unrelenting struggleJust the day before, on Feb. 10, Chief Suhr had brought out a revised proposal to equip some officers with Tasers or stun guns. Tasers are proposed as nonlethal alternatives to guns but have proven to be fatal; the Washington Post revealed that 48 people died in 2015 alone after being tased by police. Many are enraged that the police chief is using the killing of Woods to justify reintroducing the proposal, which had previously been defeated by community campaigns.The community, led by Black activists in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood where Woods was killed, has been unrelenting in keeping the pressure on for justice for Woods. Demands include prosecuting the five cops who killed Woods, the firing of Chief Suhr and the resignation of Mayor Lee. Ronnisha Johnson and Rheema Emy Calloway of Black Lives Matter Bay Area bought tickets to the Feb. 7 Super Bowl with the intent to get international publicity for Wood’s case, in juxtaposition to the multimillion dollar spectacle of the game. They succeeded in getting some of Beyoncé’s dancers to hold a sign after the halftime show reading “Justice for Woods” and, with raised fists, chanting the same. The dancers were dressed in all black, sporting Black-Panther-style berets, in what is widely regarded as Beyoncé’s tribute to the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party.Additionally, at Alicia Keys’ Feb. 6 concert in San Francisco the night before the Super Bowl, Keys said: “I want to thank you for your commitment to making sure justice is done for Mario Woods. As the mother of two Black sons, it breaks my heart to see what we’ve been seeing, the killings we’ve been seeing on camera and all the people that we’ll never see. Black lives matter, and we all of every color need to come together to end systemic racism.” (S.F. Chronicle, Feb. 8)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Community coming together to help schools

first_img Facebook Twitter By admin – February 22, 2018 Local NewsEducation Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Previous articleTEXAS VIEW: Keep misery from turning into ferocityNext articleCHAREN: Deny mass killers the attention they crave admin Odessa High School’s Skylar Herrera (25) shoots against Permian’s Reyna Rayos (10) during the first half Tuesday night at the Permian Fieldhouse. With Ector County Independent School District campuses underperforming, a cross-section of professionals from across the Odessa community, dubbed the Education Partnership, is coming together to help in whatever way they can.The Education Partnership features a cross-section of leaders including members from the education, business, government, law enforcement, foundation, nonprofit and religious communities. About 35 people attended the gathering at Complex Community Federal Credit Union Training Center.The goal of the Education Partnership is to encourage a common understanding of the educational issues and challenges facing the community, from cradle to career, and to work collaboratively to help solve these issues, using the Collective Impact model.The Collective Impact model is based on a “framework that focuses on bringing members from different sectors within a community together to drive large scale social change,” such as education, a news release said.Consultant Jennifer Hurd, who was most recently with Boston Consulting, presented a student performance analysis for ECISD based on 2017 STAAR, or State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, scores. Hurd had presented the information to the ECISD school board in November 2017, but reviewed it for the Education Partnership Leadership team Tuesday.ECISD is facing a significant challenge with academic underperformance, the report said. During the last five years, ECISD has underperformed the state in every subject and every grade level. The gap between the Texas average and the ECISD average is improving, but there is “still significant room for progress,” the report said.In the last five years, the best performance was 2017 across grade levels. Hurd said the STAAR test is not perfect and is not an indication of intelligence or talent, but the data shows that more has to be done.The report notes that there are strong schools and teachers at the elementary level, but performance varies widely. A handful of schools “consistently score far above average, with almost 100 percent of students passing the STAAR exam at every grade level,” the report said.The lowest performing schools struggle to achieve a 35 to 40 percent passing rate.“The difference is particularly acute in the later elementary years (grades three through five),” the report said.Hurd said students also come to kindergarten unprepared.Middle schools are “severely underperforming,” Hurd said.There is a “significant decrease” in performance following the move of sixth grade to middle schools. One of the bright spots is Algebra I scores at each school.In third-grade reading, the ECISD average is 63 percent passing and the state average is 71 percent, Hurd’s report shows.Fourth-grade reading has a 55 percent passing rate compared to the state average of 69 percent.In fifth-grade reading, the passing rate was 57 percent for ECISD in 2017 and 71 percent for the state.The sixth-grade reading pass rate was 47 percent compared to 67 percent at the state level, a 20 percent difference and seventh grade was up to a 21 percent difference with 51 percent passing in ECISD compared to 72 percent for the state. Eight-grade reading showed a 15 percent difference with 61 percent passing reading in ECISD and 76 percent for the state.Hurd said the kindergarten teachers are doing a good job and closing the gaps for reading scores. She added that some schools are doing “extremely well.” But the differences in grades three through five should be examined.With middle school students, there is less of a difference as all of the schools are underperforming the state average. Hurd said the difference is less at Nimitz Middle School, but with Ector Middle School for example, they take students from underperforming elementary schools.She noted that there are “extremely bright” students at all the campuses.“We need to see what we can do to help the performance” of the other students, Hurd said.Performance in high school is not quite as strong, but student performance is strong at the smaller campuses like Falcon Early College High School, OCTECHS and George H.W. Bush New Tech Odessa.The quality of teachers, family life, what’s going on in the students’ lives are examples of items that factor into student performance, Hurd said. The group should look at what it can be done in the later elementary schools grades to help teachers reach students more and improve their scores.Leadership team member Lorraine Perryman said teachers make a huge difference. She said the district has a lot of new teachers, teachers with alternative certification and a lot of teacher turnover.Superintendent Tom Crowe said “30-some” percent of teachers have three to five years of experience.Hurd said the district’s underperformance has been going on for a while, but fortunately, it seems to be improving based on 2017.“Hopefully that improvement will continue into 2018. It is something that I think the community is willing and highly interested in addressing,” she said.Hurd said she couldn’t speak to why the underperformance had happened historically, but the community is “finally saying that it’s had enough and that it wants to partner in a more intimate way with the school district to try and see if, collectively, they can improve the school performance.”It’s hard to assess the reason for underperformance using the kind of analysis in her report. The data shows what’s happened, but it shows less about what went into making it happen.It does show how well prepared the students are in each grade going into the following grade.“So what we can see is students are coming in not as prepared as they should be for kindergarten and then that’s leading to underperformance in elementary school which then leads to underperformance in middle school and so on and so forth,” Hurd said.“It doesn’t tell us what the teachers are doing. It doesn’t tell us how each individual student’s year went in terms of what was happening … at home. That is something that we are relying on the teachers and on the principals and each of the individual schools to address. But it tells us a little more about where their performance ends up at the end of the year,” she added.Adrian Vega, a former educator and now chief people officer at The Sewell Family of Companies, led the meeting. Vega said collective impact provides a framework, or a model, to bring varying influencers and institutions “to at least point them in the same direction.”At this point, the goals have not been defined because Tuesday was just the second meeting of the leadership team. Vega said the group has to define reality, what the community assets are, what the challenges are, among other things.“This is going to be a long process. This is going to be a messy process,” Vega said. “We’re still in the beginning stages. We’re going to be meeting all year to figure this out.”The Education Partnership was first announced at an ECISD teacher convocation about two years ago.During that time, Perryman said members have attended conferences, conducted research, learned about collective impact, commissioned studies like Hurd’s and one of the ECISD curriculum and the Youth Truth Survey to find out what students thought of their school climate. The Education Foundation provided funding for the studies and the survey.“Now that we have that research done, the research will continue. It’s not a one-time thing. We’ve agreed to do three years of Youth Truth. We will come back and look at the other data, as well, … but from that this group has the information upon which to base their decisions of what we need to activate in the community.” Perryman said.More Informationhttps://www.ectorcountyisd.org/http://www.educationfoundationodessa.com/ WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest Community coming together to help schoolslast_img read more

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Is India Hasmukh Enough?

first_imgColumnsIs India Hasmukh Enough? Sanjay Udhwani and Vayuna Gupta11 May 2020 9:53 PMShare This – xHasmukh, a show streaming on Netflix starring Vir Das has been in the news due to the legal controversy it has found itself in. Vir Das plays the titular character, a stand up comic in the show, who derives his content by murdering ‘evil’ persons. One such murder happens to be of a lawyer who has duped him. His set, right after the incident labels lawyers as thieves and scoundrels. It states…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?LoginHasmukh, a show streaming on Netflix starring Vir Das has been in the news due to the legal controversy it has found itself in. Vir Das plays the titular character, a stand up comic in the show, who derives his content by murdering ‘evil’ persons. One such murder happens to be of a lawyer who has duped him. His set, right after the incident labels lawyers as thieves and scoundrels. It states that “these keepers of law shall never be arrested since they rape with their pen” and ends with “people say law is blind, I say law is dirty”. A petition has been filed in the Delhi High Court alleging defamation against advocates, demanding an injunction to stop the screening of the show immediately. Comics find themselves at the centre of controversy under defamation law often. Freedom of speech includes protection of such speech which otherwise would not be music to our ears. The only restriction that may be imposed is as per Mill’s harm principle – to prevent harm to others. Defamation law is a product of this harm principle and J. B. Finch’s famous statement explaining limitations on liberty – “your right to swing your arm leaves off where my right not to have my nose struck begins”. Winfield defines tortious defamation as “a publication of a statement which reflects on a person’s reputation and tends to lower him in the estimation of the right thinking members of the society generally or tends to make them shun or avoid them.” Judiciary often finds itself balancing satire against defamation. Satire is a form of art revealing the ‘absurdities, hypocrisies and contradictions of life’.  The controversial stand up piece is evidently an attempt at satire. The jurisprudential interpretation of constitutional liberties within Indian state over years is credited to (inspired by) the US jurisdiction, including that of freedom of speech. In Flynt v. Falwell4, the US Supreme Court clarified that no satire is defamatory if no reasonable reader can deduce it to be an assertion of fact, but that of mere opinion. Only satires ‘outrageous’ enough backed by inherent malice are punishable While defamation is an attempt to pass off a malicious lie as truth, satire is simply humorous skewing of contemporary events or beliefs. Once a joke goes down the opinion chute it cannot qualify as defamatory humour. The difficulty most courts face is in differentiating fact from opinion. For this again, courts rely on the reasonable man’s test. The legal community consists of numerous lawyers with varied perspectives; a reasonable viewer would appreciate the comedy set as mere opinion, not establishment of fact. In defamation suits social context is extremely essential – what may be humorous in one context may not be in another. The comedy set in Hasmukh was a part of a show described as ‘cynical and offbeat’ to be played at the convenience of the viewer, social context subscribing absolutely no role. Trust deficit against the legal community, as a whole is too broad an argument to establish inappropriate social context. Indian courts have most often leaned towards protection of freedom of expression via art. In 2018, in N Radhakrishnan v. Union of India , the argument for banning a book was rejected stating “one may have a grave dislike towards a particular manner of expression but that does not warrant issue of mandamus from the court for ban of the book.” The Indian Constitution protects the right of an artist to showcase social beliefs, opinions and reality in all forms, limited by public order, decency and morality. Creation of art cannot be supressed or gagged within the Indian polity. To rip artists off of this right is to take away their freedom of autonomy and self-determination It is important to look at the show as a whole – theme, characterizations and genre. Such frivolous action is undertaken with an inherent belief that a viewer is incapable of appreciating the character and reaching rationalized conclusions. As things stand, we are faced with a larger dilemma; has India become a nation that can’t take a joke? Is our society so morally fragile that contrarian ideas are immediately deemed outrageous and artists regularly persecuted using law as a weapon of retribution? We, the people, must ponder whether our purported ideals of democracy, free speech and pluralism are mere constructs of letter and not of spirit. At a micro level, it would be worthwhile to contemplate why people get offended in the first place. As individuals, we all have a set of values and beliefs, deeply entrenched in our idea of self. All humans are self-centred (read narcissistic) to varying extents. When a joke is made on these closely held value systems, some perceive it as a direct assault on their identity. Psychologists call this concept ‘narcissistic injury’. It is an emotional vulnerability caused due to placing our sense of self-worth in the hands of others. Right to expression, at its core, attempts to negate these vulnerabilities. Taking offence is a personal choice. A joke may very well be in poor taste, unfunny, rude or ill-timed, but cannot be objectively offensive in itself. It is up to every individual to decide whether words merely meant as a joke are enough to provoke him. And even then, the individual has the option to simply press the kill switch and walk away. But using law as an instrument for curtailing voices is rarely justifiable. It essentially says you have the freedom to express as long as the joke is not on me. The intent is to stifle voices that dare hold seemingly opposing worldviews. However, what is distressing on a whole another level is the business of taking offence on behalf of others. No one person has or could possibly have the moral authority to decide if a joke on lawyers has caused offence to the entire community of lawyers. Comedy like most art is subjective. What is vulgar and disrespectful to one may be downright hilarious to another. This nefarious assumption of a universal moral compass to get back at artists is far more damaging to society’s moral fibre than any joke could ever be, no matter how outrageous. At a macro level, we need a greater understanding of comedy as an art form, on one hand, and its relationship with societal values on the other. By design, comedy relies on sharp criticism, exaggeration and outrage to elicit laughter and awe. As George Carlin once said, “It’s a comedian’s duty to find the line and deliberately cross over it.” Therefore, those looking to be provoked will always find plenty of scope to get offended. Comedy, by nature, works on the explicit premise that what is told is to be taken in a lighter vein. As a society, we need to come to grips with the idea that art intends to push the envelope and open up discussions on topics unfamiliar and uncomfortable, without pronouncing a judgment on the identity of an individual or a community. If in our country, even comedy cannot enjoy the safe haven of free speech, what hope is there for resolution of serious differences through dialogue? Social institutions have always defined what appropriate and acceptable behaviour is. What people must decide is how they respond to those who challenge established social norms attempting to redefine its boundaries. The more severe the crackdown on these voices, the further we risk drifting away from the idea of a free nation. When browbeating of artists by resorting to hate speech, death threats and complaints becomes commonplace, it reveals our shocking lack of belief in concepts of free speech and peaceful disagreement. But for judicial intervention, it would be difficult to claim that the lofty ideals promised in our Constitution are little more than ink on a piece of paper. Society is ultimately nothing more than the collective psyche of its people. The strength of its moral fibre depends on how much every individual decides to be affected by perceived affronts. Ricky Gervais says it best. “There is no need to disarm the world. Just make yourself bulletproof”. Views are personal Only.(The authors are practicing advocates in the Gujarat High Court and can be reached at [email protected] and vayunagupt[email protected])Reference :-Indibility Pvt Ltd. v. State of West Bengal AIR 2019 SC 1918. Flynt v. Falwell 485 US 46 (1988).N Radhakrishnan v. Union of India AIR 2018 SC 4154 Next Storylast_img read more