Upwardly mobile

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter With  a young  and  rising  population  that  currently  stands  at  1.2  billion,  Africa  would  seem  to  offer  operators  unrivalled  opportunities.  But  tailoring  an  offer  to  what  is  seen  by  many  as  a  ‘mobile- only’  market  presents  a  unique  set  of  challenges,  writes   Joanne  Christie.In recent years European operators have increasingly been promoting their products and brands as ‘mobile-first’, in recognition of the fact there’s been a huge swing in player preferences away from desktop towards mobile.In Africa, it’s barely even a choice – for brands wanting to attract online customers it’s not so much a ‘mobile-first’ market as simply a mobile market. While it’s difficult to generalise across a continent with so many different countries, it’s fair to say the majority of African operators’ gambling business is coming from either mobile or retail, with desktop barely getting a look in.“Across Africa there is that leapfrogging phenomenon where you have millions of people whose first experience of the internet is via their mobile devices and they have yet to ever experience internet via laptops or PCs,” says Sudeep Ramnani, CEO at SportyBet, which operates in Kenya, Nigeria and Ghana and is soon to launch in Tanzania.At first glance, the numbers look great. Africa has a population of 1.2 billion people, it has the youngest population in the world and it also has the fastest growing mobile market, according to Groupe Speciale Mobile Association (GSMA).But mobile in Africa and mobile in Europe are two very different things. Even in South Africa, the African outlier in many respects with an advanced industry more akin to European markets than the rest of the continent, operators face challenges that are very different from those they have to overcome in other parts of the world.Infrastructure limitations “The big difference between mobile in Africa and South Africa compared with Europe is what I would call data or broadband scarcity,” says Scott Canny, CEO at South African operator BET.co.za. “Data is really expensive in Africa, even more so when you think about it relative to income, so the product that you use needs to be light on data, which is pretty hard. When you look at a traditional European sportsbook with thousands of matches and thousands of markets and cool little visualisations and pieces of technology, they all use up data.”For regions such as Africa, tech giants such as YouTube and Google have designed lightweight apps that use less data. Now Dolan Beuthin, founder and CEO of BestBet360 and PlayKwik, new sites soon to launch in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, reckons igaming firms would be wise to also adapt their products to the more basic nature of the Africa market. “It is taken for granted in Europe that you will always get a decent mobile network or decent internet connection,” he says, “but in Africa you’ll often find that you have got shocking internet connection and very slow speeds and as a result of that the games don’t display correctly.”Indeed, in a report entitled The Mobile Economy: Sub-Saharan Africa 2018, GSMA estimates that mobile broadband covers only about two-thirds of the sub-Saharan African population, with approximately 400 million people unable to access coverage.This has severely limited the growth of some types of games across the continent. Virtual sports, for example, have proven popular with sports-mad African punters but the bandwidth and streaming requirements of virtual games have meant they are not easily accessible on mobile devices. Hence they remain largely limited to the retail environment.Unfortunately, says Beuthin, this type of problem is something developers often struggle to comprehend. “Africa is still very third world in a sense and a lot of game developers don’t understand that. They are developing for the first world, they are developing for Europe. They have to change their product for Africa and adapt it.”This is particularly true when considering many people in Africa are also using much older phones and operating systems than would be found in more developed parts of the world. When combined with the fact that most African countries have vastly different payment systems to developed countries, this means localising offerings to take all these factors into account is key to success for operators.For example, Canny says Betway and SportPesa have thrived in Kenya due to the fact they latched onto local market trends. “They were very quick to capitalise on M-Pesa, the mobile money system out there, which makes it very easy for people to transact using just their phones.“Also, Europeans might see things like USSD and SMS as primitive technologies but they have really innovated in the space and used older technologies in a really smart way to get to a market that doesn’t necessarily have smartphones or online banking.”According to Ramnani, SMS is also an important marketing tool, along with utilising the opportunities provided by retail outlets. “Having a retail presence does strengthen you on the street as you have that outdoor branding,” he says.Dhrupal Amin, managing director at G-Bets, which operates in South Africa, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania, says operators need to remember that there can be wild variations between what works in one country and another. Thus operators adopting a pan- African strategy must be prepared to adapt their marketing strategies accordingly. “South Africa in a sense has a lot of what you’d expect in Europe, where you can do multichannel marketing. If I look at a place like Mozambique, where we are currently marketing across major channels – we are doing TV, radio and traditional press – there is a very different infrastructure. It is not as organised and doesn’t speak to everyone in a way that a more mature market speaks to them.“In Mozambique, because we are new entrants it is trial and error. For example, we’ve seen some success with TV but not so much with traditional print media. Even though the distribution is wide we are not seeing that benefit.”Expanding beyond sports While country-by-country localisation is clearly a vital component of success for those competing in the currently betting-focused market, a broader localisation effort is needed to expand the continent beyond the sports betting vertical. While traditional sports betting has already taken steps into virtual sports, lottery betting and in-play betting in some African markets, so far the casino vertical has yet to make any significant in-roads in the continent. But it is set to make great strides in the coming years, predicts John Kamara, director at Global Gaming Africa. “Consumers are really looking for the next thing. They are enjoying their sports betting, but you can see they are slowly learning about other things. My prediction for the next three or four years is that online casino is going to be the next revolution.”Partly, casino has been held back because its legal status is less clear than that of sports betting, particularly given that in the region’s most established market of South Africa online casino remains illegal. But it has also been held back by operators putting the wrong proposition to punters, says Beuthin. “You need to start with very basic games and very simple games and I think that European providers offering their games have given the operators far too sophisticated offerings.”But like Kamara, he is optimistic about the vertical’s future. “Casino is still bigger than sports betting across the world and as soon as the market gets educated here, and again there is the matter of internet connection and data costs, as soon as all those hurdles are overcome I think casino will be a good vertical.”With rapid innovation in the areas of fintech, regulation and connectivity in Africa, it’s clear there’s plenty of untapped potential when it comes to mobile betting and gaming on the continent. But tapping into that potential requires much more than a boilerplate approach – companies wanting to expand into and across Africa need to tailor their offering carefully to succeed. Topics: Casino & games Lottery Sports betting Upwardly mobile Tailoring  an  offer  to  what  is  seen  by  many  as  a  ‘mobile- only’  market in Africa  presents  a  unique  set  of  challenges,  writes   Joanne  Christie Casino & gamescenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address 25th September 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart Tags: Online Gamblinglast_img read more

Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgAfrica Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAfrica Prudential Registrars Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing share registration services for investors, businesses and institutions. The company offers a range of other services which includes maintaining registers, paying dividends and interest on investments, issuing shares and debenture certificates, managing shareholder enquiries, managing scrip and right issues for clients as well as IPOs, Right Issues and State government bonds. Africa Prudential Registrars are leaders in the field of automation and have pioneered innovative solutions that have transformed how shares are managed on the African continent. The company’s head office is based in Lagos, Nigeria. Africa Prudential Registrars Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Forget UK lottery games! I’d buy UK shares regularly to boost your odds of retiring early

first_img See all posts by Peter Stephens “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Forget UK lottery games! I’d buy UK shares regularly to boost your odds of retiring early I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Peter Stephens | Sunday, 11th October, 2020 Enter Your Email Address Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Buying UK shares has become much easier and far more accessible over the past couple of decades. Previously, an investor would need to have a significant sum of money to buy shares due largely to high commission costs. However, online share-dealing means that buying small amounts of British shares is open to almost anyone.Therefore, now could be a good time to start buying FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares instead of playing UK lottery games. They could produce higher returns in the long run, and increase your chances of retiring early.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…Accessing UK sharesIt is possible to buy small amounts of UK shares often to build a surprisingly large retirement nest egg. For example, the cost of a UK lottery ticket is currently £2 per draw. This equates to £8 per week if you buy two tickets for each draw, as many people do. Over the course of a year, that adds up to £416.  That may not sound like an amount large enough to warrant investing in FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares. However, with dealing costs being as little as £1.50 per trade, you could purchase stocks on a quarterly basis, for example, without racking up large trading costs that hamper your portfolio’s growth prospects.The returns on FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 sharesUK shares have a long track record of producing impressive total returns. For example, the FTSE 100 has delivered an annualised total return of around 8% in recent decades. Assuming the same rate of return on your £416 annual investment that was previously used to purchase UK lottery games, you could end up with a portfolio valued at £123,000 over a 40-year working life.Clearly, £123,000 is unlikely to be enough to provide a generous passive income in retirement. However, the example serves to show that even modest investments in the stock market can produce surprisingly large portfolio valuations. Compared to the odds of winning the National Lottery, which are around one in 45m, the stock market could prove to be a more worthwhile use of your disposable income.Building a retirement portfolioThe more you invest in UK shares, and the longer the time period, the larger your future nest egg is likely to be. Therefore, you may find that it is possible to increase your regular investment over time from the aforementioned £416 per year to a higher figure. Over the long run, doing so could make a positive impact on your retirement plans.As such, now could be the right time to start buying even modest amounts of FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 shares. The stock market has become far more accessible in recent years. It can provide anyone who has even a modest amount of spare capital with the opportunity to improve their financial position in the coming years. 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.last_img read more

England’s World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson

first_img TAGS: Leicester Tigers Martin Johnson led England to World Cup glory in 2003. Here the rugby icon talks bike-riding, old-style boots and BBC punditry LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Sporting hero: Belgian cyclist Eddy Merckx in action (Getty Images)What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?It was from my PE teacher at Welland Park High School in Market Harborough. When you’re big at that age, you’re scoring all the tries and it’s easy. He said, “When you go up a level or others catch you up, you won’t be able to rely on that. You need to use all your skills.”It’s great advice, you’ve got to be an all-round player. I’ve never forgotten it.What’s your guilty pleasure?Biscuits. I’ll hoover anything really. I do ginger nuts at first dibble, with shortbread bottom of the list.What was your first job?Working in a nuts and bolts factory as a schoolboy in the summer holidays. I had a massive machine that I used to put nuts and bolts in. It was during the shutdown, so there was just a skeleton staff covering. I had this machine all to myself and I didn’t break it either.What would you choose as your specialist subject on Mastermind?I once did a Celebrity Mastermind for Wooden Spoon and chose the Waterloo campaign, 1815. Just on stage, not on TV – I’m not putting myself under that pressure! So I’d do Waterloo or the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s. That was my era, when I was a kid watching them.Blast from past: Joe Montana of the San Francisco 49ers in action in 1985 (Getty Images)Any superstitions when you played?No, I just had a routine. But if I had the choice of a number I’d always choose a prime number. It’s a peculiarity of mine.How are you finding BBC TV punditry?It’s fun. Going to games not involving England is different for me. There’s a big audience, a lot of people who won’t watch a huge amount of rugby, so you have to get the balance right between those people and the rugby heads who want more detail.Is that the biggest challenge?The art is saying something concise and insightful without being too technical or trying to be too clever. Live TV outside is a challenge – you could barely hear yourself talk in Paris. The warm drinks come out when we’re off air and so far I’ve not spilt a coffee over the desk or been caught with a sandwich in my trap.How would you like to be remembered?Just as a decent bloke. “He wasn’t a knobhead.” That will do for me. Downtime with… England’s World Cup-winning captain Martin Johnson What’s the funniest thing you saw on the pitch?Back in the amateur days, Leicester were playing a cup semi-final at London Irish. Over the Tannoy came one of those announcements, “Would the owner of the Volvo, registration blah blah, please move it, you’re blocking the ambulance.” At which point their tighthead, Gary Halpin, went “That’s my car!” and left us there for three minutes while he went to sort it out.What really annoys you?People faffing about and wasting my time. I don’t like inefficiency.If your house was on fire, what one item would you save?My bike. I do enjoy riding when I can.Have you any cycle events coming up?Yeah, I do four or five a year. RideLondon, Birmingham’s back this year, I normally do one in the Peak District, I like to get to Europe every year. It’s nice to ride somewhere different, and challenging. Some of them are quite mountainous.Legendary leader: Martin Johnson lifts the World Cup in 2003 (Getty Images)What’s the silliest thing you’ve bought?I never buy anything that I regard as silly. Although people might regard spending money on a bike as silly.Okay, the best thing you’ve bought?My first Adidas rugby boots were one of my favourite things ever. Aged 12. They were a proper pair of boots because there was a difference then. If you had a high-cut pair of Adidas boots, in my eyes you were ‘the man’.What’s the best present you’ve ever received?My brother, Andrew, bought me a record player so I could play the old vinyl; that was a very thoughtful present.Do you have any phobias?Not really. Unless you count being stuck in traffic jams.Who would be your three dream dinner party guests?Only three? I’m setting the table for five. Napoleon and Wellington. That would be interesting. They only fought each other once and a lot of people say it was a score draw – it certainly wasn’t. I’d have Julius Caesar in there as well. Leonardo da Vinci. And Eddy Merckx, one of my sporting heroes. On your bike! Martin Johnson, here at a RideLondon event, is now a keen cyclist (Getty Images) This article originally appeared in the April 2019 edition of Rugby World magazine.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Merged Episcopal congregations in California are first to take name…

first_img Rector Bath, NC Featured Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Deaconess Anna E.B. Alexander is shown with a group of her students in front of the Good Shepherd School, which she founded in Pennick, Georgia. Photo: Diocese of Georgia[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church now has its first congregation named after an African American woman.St. George’s, Antioch, and St. Alban’s, Brentwood, both in the Diocese of California, officially merged March 24. The combined congregations are now known as St. Anna’s Episcopal Church, named for St. Anna Alexander.The seasonal game known as Lent Madness gets some of the credit for the California Episcopalians’ choice of Deaconess Anna Ellison Butler Alexander as their patron. Forward Movement’s version of March Madness features saints “competing” in brackets for the Golden Halo. St. Anna “won” the 2018 halo, six months before General Convention reaffirmed her sainthood last July.“We were so inspired by Anna’s story of the pouring out of her life for the sake of those formerly enslaved; despite having little resources she managed over time to build a school as well as a church to help people succeed through literacy,” the Rev. Jill Honodel, the congregation’s long-term supply priest, said in a Diocese of California press release.Educational segregation exists in the congregation’s neighborhood, according to Honodel. For example, she said, the majority of African American males struggle to pass their math classes through high school. “We are inspired by St. Anna to do our part so that as many people as possible have a chance to succeed and the opportunity for a good future,” Honodel said.Deaconess Anna Ellison Butler Alexander was born in 1865 to recently freed slaves and died in 1947. She ministered in rural Georgia, focusing on the education of poor black children. Photo: Diocese of GeorgiaAlexander’s faith and her championing of literacy and education exemplify “what I feel is true Christianity,” said Michelle Price, the new senior warden of St. Anna’s.“I took away from Lent Madness her being a saint as something I could emulate in my own life,” Price said in the release. “Some of the saints do things that are so huge and so dynamic and here’s this humble, small woman in Pennick, that just quietly changed people’s lives one student at a time.”Alexander brought new life to children who otherwise would have been left behind, Price said. “Hopefully our church will model the same through our resource center by hosting literacy programs, after-school programs and math programs,” she added.Alexander, the first black female deaconess in The Episcopal Church, ministered in Georgia’s Glynn and McIntosh counties, concentrating on the education of poor blacks. She helped establish Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and its parochial school in Pennick, just west of the Atlantic coast. She also established and helped run the St. Cyprian’s School at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church in Darien, Georgia.In 1907 during the Convention for Colored Episcopalians, Bishop C.K. Nelson set Alexander aside as a deaconess. He wrote in his diary for May 3 of that year, “Admitted as Deaconess Anna E. B. Alexander, a devout, godly and respected colored woman, to serve as teacher and helper in the Mission of the Good Shepherd, Pennick, Ga.”Alexander would be the only African American to serve as an Episcopal deaconess. The Episcopal Church recognized deaconesses from 1889 until 1970, when General Convention eliminated the order and included women in its canons governing deacons. (An interactive timeline of women’s ordination in The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion is here.)Alexander was born in 1865 to recently emancipated slaves on St. Simons Island, Georgia. She died in 1947 and is buried in front of the original two-story Good Shepherd Episcopal Church.Presiding Bishop Michael Curry celebrates the legacy and ministry of Deaconess Anna Ellison Butler Alexander during a visit to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Pennick, Georgia. Walter Holmes, standing left, a former student of St. Anna’s and current senior warden of Good Shepherd, greets Celestine Alexander Cartwright, standing right, also a former student of the saint’s. Photo: Good Shepherd Episcopal ChurchWalter Holmes, senior warden for Good Shepherd, told Episcopal News Service that as a student of St. Anna’s, he “got to experience firsthand her love, her dedication to people and the impact she had on so many people right here in South Georgia.“So now, it’s a beautiful testimony to see her legacy reach the other side of the country — and even internationally with her as a saint now. She would probably be embarrassed by all the attention, though truthfully, that’s just who she was.”St. Anna taught Zora Nobles’ father and two of her uncles. “When I was very young, my dad would talk about her and how she in fact was instrumental in guiding he and his siblings to always strive to do the very best of the best — and to also get an education and encourage them to go to college,” she said in an interview last year.The deaconess was always discussed in their home, she said. “All of the good work that she had performed, how she was just diligent and passionate, and how she was so driven to do what she was doing to help children to read, to understand science, to understand the world outside of Pennick, Georgia,” Nobles said.Georgia Episcopalians worked for more than 20 years to have Alexander recognized by the church. In 1998, Bishop Henry Louttit Jr. named her a Saint of Georgia with a feast day of Sept. 24. In 2011 and 2014, the diocese passed resolutions calling on the General Convention to include her on the church’s calendar. General Convention began the process of doing so in 2012. The 2018 meeting of General Convention added Alexander to the church’s calendar of saints via Resolution A065 when it approved a revision of “Lesser Feasts and Fasts” for trial use. Her feast day is Sept. 24 (found beginning on page 490 here).The newly named congregation of St. Anna’s Episcopal Church gathers March 24 outside the Antioch, California, church in San Francisco’s East Bay area. Photo: Emma Marie Chiang/Diocese of CaliforniaThe new St. Anna’s has parishioners from Uganda, Liberia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, Korea, Mexico, Canada, the Netherlands, Lebanon, Sierra Leone, Bermuda and Ghana, among others. “It was good to come to church this morning and to see a saint of the church that looks like me,” parishioner Betty Smith said when she saw the saint’s photo on the front cover of the March 24 order of service, according to the press release. “I’m really thankful that God has given this to me in my time.”St. George’s and St. Alban’s were both hard hit by the 2008 real estate crash, according to the release. In 2018, they decided to share not only space in Antioch but also governance. On Sept. 30, the two mission churches voted unanimously to petition the diocese to merge and form a new mission congregation. There is potential for a future church plant in Brentwood on a nine-acre property owned by the Diocese of California, the release said. The Rev. Abbott Bailey, Diocese of California canon to the ordinary, brought Bishop Marc Andrus’ greeting to the Antioch church March 24 and made the merger official.St. Anna’s Episcopal Church sports a new sign after becoming a new mission congregation of the Diocese of California. Photo: Diocese of CaliforniaHonodel said the California Episcopalians hope to honor St. Anna’s name throughout the years through their connection to the people of Pennick, Georgia, who knew her personally, and they hope to strengthen that bond between Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Georgia and the new mission church in San Francisco’s East Bay area.Few Episcopal Church congregations are named for womenAmong The Episcopal Church’s 6,712 congregations, just under 400 are named for women, with just five named for a woman of color, St. Monica. She was born in North Africa to Berber parents in about 331 and was the mother of St. Augustine of Hippo. The Episcopal Church’s calendar honors St. Monica on May 4 and St. Augustine on August 28.There are about 42 congregations named for St. Augustine that are not explicitly named for St. Augustine of Canterbury who, in 596, led a group of 40 monks to evangelize the Anglo-Saxons in England. Each new archbishop of Canterbury kisses the Gospel book said to have been brought to England by Augustine, swearing to observe the customs of Canterbury Cathedral. Augustine of Canterbury is commemorated on May 28.Some 200 Episcopal Church congregations are named for Mary, Jesus’ mother, or Mary Magdalene. There are about 50 congregations named for the saint who was Mary’s mother, variously spelled as Ann, Anne or Anna.At least two congregations are named for women who are not officially considered saints. Caroline Church of Brookhaven in Setauket, New York, was named to honor Queen Wilhelmina Caroline of Brandenburg-Anspach, wife of George II of Great Britain. The church’s website notes that the choice is evidence of “the strong loyalist convictions of the original congregation.” Palmer Memorial Episcopal Church in Houston is a memorial to Edward Albert Palmer who heroically lost his life while saving that of his sister, Daphne Palmer Neville.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. Christopher Sikkema, Episcopal Church coordinator for digital evangelism, contributed to this report.Editor’s note: A previous version of this story mistakenly stated that Diocese of California Bishop Marc Andrus was at the church in Antioch on March 24. Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Merged Episcopal congregations in California are first to take name of church’s only African American deaconess Episcopal church in San Francisco Bay Area named after St. Anna Alexander vows to emulate her ministry in rural Georgia Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Rector Albany, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Splinter Anglican Communion group announces alternative meeting just before Lambeth…

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Tags 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Anglican Consultative Council, Featured Events Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET [Episcopal News Service] The turmoil over the 2020 Lambeth Conference continues, most recently with a communiqué from the leaders of the Global Anglican Future Conference, or GAFCON, reiterating their contention that the gathering of Anglican Communion bishops is flawed because it will include bishops from provinces that allow same-sex marriage.The group also announced that it will call a meeting of Anglican Communion bishops for June 8-14, 2020, in Kigali, Rwanda, just weeks before the Lambeth gathering. In 2008, its inaugural year, GAFCON staged a similar pre-Lambeth meeting in Jerusalem. When GAFCON was formed in 2008, its founders said “moral compromise, doctrinal error and the collapse of biblical witness in parts of the Anglican Communion” had reached a critical level.“On the one hand, we have no interest in attempting to rival Lambeth 2020,” GAFCON’s May 2 letter from its Primates Council said. “On the other hand, we do not want our bishops to be deprived of faithful fellowship while we wait for order in the communion to be restored.”The council said the Rwanda meeting is meant primarily for bishops who have already decided to boycott Lambeth. However, any bishop of the Anglican Communion who supports its “Jerusalem Declaration” and Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, defining marriage as “the lifelong union of a man and a woman” is invited.While Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has been criticized for his refusal to invite the same-sex spouses of bishops to the 2020 Lambeth Conference, GAFCON said in its 2018 “Letter to the Churches” that Welby should not invite bishops from provinces that “have endorsed by word or deed sexual practices which are in contradiction to the teaching of Scripture and Resolution 1.10 of the 1998 Lambeth Conference, unless they have repented of their actions and reversed their decisions.”“We have not yet received a response from the Archbishop of Canterbury,” the council’s letter said.As noted in the 2004 Windsor Report (page 61 here), Lambeth Conference decisions do not carry the force of canonical law in part because there is no single set of canons applicable across the entire communion.GAFCON’s 2018 letter also asked Welby to invite as full members to the Lambeth Conference bishops of the splinter groups known as the Province of the Anglican Church in North America and the Province of the Anglican Church in Brazil. Instead, on April 26, Welby announced that he had invited the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), the Anglican Church of Brazil and the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Church of South Africa (REACH-SA) to send observers to the conference. They will have the same status as representatives from other Christian churches, such as the Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Methodist, Lutheran and Reformed churches, and multilateral bodies including the World Council of Churches and the Global Christian Forum.Archbishop Foley Beach of the Anglican Church in North America, the new chair of GAFCON’s Primates Council, responded by saying Welby had based his decision on “a partisan, divisive, and false narrative by wrongly asserting that I left the Anglican Communion. I have never left the Anglican Communion, and have no intention of doing so.“I did transfer out of a revisionist body that had left the teaching of the Scriptures and the Anglican Communion, and I became canonically resident in another province of the Anglican Communion. I have never left.”Foley said being given observe status “is an insult to both our bishops, many of whom have made costly stands for the Gospel, and the majority of Anglicans around the world who have long stood with us as a province of the Anglican Communion.”During the Anglican Consultative Council’s recent 17th meeting, Secretary General Josiah Idowu-Fearon said that GAFCON had acted in a way that “causes confusion and potential division.” He said that calls for GAFCON bishops to attend Lambeth as full participants were divisive because the bishops “are clearly not members of the communion.”GAFCON’s letter also announced that it had affirmed the interim report of its Task Force on Women in the Episcopate, which after a “four-year comprehensive study,” recommended that GAFCON provinces should not allow women to be bishops “until and unless a strong consensus to change emerges after prayer, consultation and continued study of Scripture among the GAFCON fellowship.”– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. 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Marxism and the war in Donbass

first_img Contempt for the working class, “class racism.” Established on Maidan under the leadership of the oligarchy, the ideology of the social bloc of nationalist intelligentsia and “middle class” petty proprietors has infected the Western Ukrainian “man in the street,” who clearly defines his class enemy: the “cattle” in Donbass. With this “class racism” against the working-class majority of the South-East, the oligarchy rallies broad social strata around itself.These are the main elements of the policy of the new regime in Kiev. This is the class politics of transnational imperialist capital and the Ukrainian capitalist oligarchy, which tries to escape its crisis at the expense of the working class. This policy is based on using the petty bourgeoisie, the so-called “middle class,” as its strike force. In the 1930s, this design of political dictatorship in the interests of big business was called fascism.Policies in DonbassSince the statehood of the territories liberated by the rebels of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions is just being established, it is probably too early to draw final conclusions about the policies of the DNR and LC. However, we can highlight some trends. Neoliberalism. The post-Maidan government has consistently pursued policies dictated by the IMF. All this was openly declared from the rostrum of the Maidan, and the political forces that led the movement have long and consistently favored economic neoliberalism. Movement toward all-out privatization and the systematic destruction of the remnants of the welfare state — that is the essence of the economic policies of the Poroshenko-Yatsenyuk regime. Nationalism and fascism. Nationalists and outright fascists managed to impose their agenda through the Maidan. Our organization wrote in winter 2014: “The undoubted success of the nationalists is due to the fact that, because of their high level of activity, they have managed to impose ideological leadership on the Euromaidan movement. … The rest of the opposition parties did not have a clear-cut ideological line or set of slogans, leaving the neoliberal opposition to adopt the nationalist slogans and nationalist agenda.”Thus, the neoliberal-Nazi alliance was formed. The neoliberals adopted the political program of Ukrainian fascists, and the Nazis agreed with carrying out the neoliberal line in the economy. This alliance was “consecrated” by representatives of imperialism, such as Catherine Ashton, Victoria Nuland and John McCain.Another important point in the fascistization of society after Maidan was the legalization of paramilitary Nazi groups and the integration of the Nazis into the law enforcement agencies of the state. Anti-oligarchism. The role of the Ukrainian oligarchy, as the main sponsor and beneficiary of Maidan and the right-nationalist coup, became an essential element of the consciousness of the resistance movement in the South-East. Also, during the winter and spring of 2014, the complete dependence and subordination of the Ukrainian oligarchy to imperialism, headed by the United States, became apparent.In this regard, it can be argued: for the rebels of Donbass and the masses involved in the resistance movement in the South-East, anti-oligarchic slogans are not mere “populism.” This distinguishes the mass progressive movement in the South-East from the mass reactionary movement of Maidan. Some mild anti-oligarchic slogans were also heard on the Maidan, but they did not go beyond the limits inherent in far-right social demagogy and populism — direct proof of this is the election by the pro-Maidan masses of oligarch Poroshenko to the presidency. Anti-fascism. The rebels of all political persuasions definitely characterize the regime established in Kiev after Maidan as fascist. Often without a clear scientific understanding of fascism, they nonetheless reject the following features of the Kiev regime: extreme nationalism, chauvinistic language policy, anti-communism and anti-Sovietism, repression of political opponents, exoneration of Nazi war criminals and collaborators. The following analysis, written by Victor Shapinov a leader of the Borotba organization in Ukraine and translated by Workers World contributing editor Greg Butterfield, can be found in full at tinyurl.com/odj9sg4. Below we publish excerpts:Victor ShapinovBorotba is often criticized for supporting the Donbass people’s republics, for the fact that our comrades fight in the militia and assist the peaceful nation-building in Lugansk (LC) and Donetsk (DNR). This criticism is heard not only from those former leftists who succumbed to nationalist fervor and supported first Maidan, then Kiev’s war of conquest in the Donbass. Others criticize us and from the standpoint of “Marxist pacifism,” calling themselves “the new Zimmerwald.”1914 = 2014?In the First World War of 1914-1918, blocs of imperialist countries of roughly equal strength fought over markets, sources of raw materials and colonies. In 1914, a deadly battle confronted two centers of capital accumulation with their centers in London and Berlin [that] had reached the limits of their geographic expansion in the 1870s, bumping into one another’s frontiers. The last act of this expansion was the rapid division of the African continent between the great powers.The clash of these divisions of labor (the German-Central European, Anglo-French, American and Japanese) was the economic cause of the First and Second World Wars. After World War II, there was only one such system — headed by the United States. The rightist, neoliberal reaction of Reagan-Thatcher gave this system its finished, current form. At the heart of this system is the Federal Reserve, as the body producing the world’s reserve currency, the IMF, WTO and World Bank.After 2008, the system entered a period of systemic crisis and gradual decay. As a result of the collapse, the capitalist elites of some countries began to challenge the “rules of the game” set by Washington.Thus, we do not have two blocs gripped in a deadly showdown (as in 1914), but a brand new situation, with no historical analogues.Conflicts within the system are related to its internal contradictions, rather than a clash between individual centers of capital accumulation and their systems of division of labor, as it was in 1914 and 1939.Modern imperialism is a world systemThose who present the conflict in Ukraine as a fight between Russian and U.S. imperialism à la 1914 [err]. Russia and the United States are not comparable in their economic power; they fight in different weight categories. Moreover, there is no “Russian imperialism,” and even “American imperialism” in the sense of 1914 does not exist. There is a hierarchically organized imperialist world system with the United States at the head. There is a Russian capitalist class, which in this structure resides not on the first or even the second “floor,” which tried to raise its “status” in this hierarchy and is now frightened by its own audacity, after meeting resistance from a united West.In the Ukrainian crisis, the Russian capitalist elite have only responded to the challenges of a rapidly developing situation. This reaction has been halfhearted, contradictory, inconsistent — demonstrating the absence of strategy.As the situation developed following the coup in Ukraine and the beginning of the uprising in Crimea and the South-East, the Russian leadership faced a difficult dilemma. To not step in and not support the population of Crimea and the South-East meant losing legitimacy in the eyes of its own population. To intervene meant to break with the West, with unpredictable results. In the end, they chose the middle option — intervention in Crimea but not in the South-East.However, when the uprising in Donbass moved from peaceful to armed, Russia had to offer assistance. It had to, because the military suppression of the rebels with the tacit consent of Russia would be a catastrophic blow to the image of the Russian authorities within the country.Such support has aroused dissatisfaction and resistance among most of the Russian oligarchy, which dreams not of restoring the Russian Empire, but of a mutually beneficial partnership with the West.Historical parallel: Ireland 1916 Is it possible to support the republics if the Russian bourgeois regime is trying to instrumentalize the revolt and use it in its own geopolitical interests?Let’s conduct a historical analogy. The Easter Rising of the Irish Republicans against the British Empire in 1916. All those who call themselves leftists honor this heroic episode of the anti-imperialist struggle of the Irish people.Meanwhile, one of the major factions of the uprising — the Irish Republican Brotherhood — in 1914, at the beginning of the war, decided to revolt and take any German assistance offered. A representative of the Brotherhood traveled to Germany and obtained approval for such assistance. It wasn’t provided only because the German ship carrying weapons was intercepted at sea by a British submarine.Lenin unconditionally supported the Irish rebellion, despite the fact that it was much less “proletarian” than the [present-day] revolt in the Donbass. And in those days there were leftists who called the Irish Rebellion a “putsch,” a “purely urban, petty-bourgeois movement, which, notwithstanding the sensation it caused, had not much social backing.” Lenin answered them, “Whoever calls such a rebellion a ‘putsch’ is either a hardened reactionary, or a doctrinaire hopelessly incapable of envisaging a social revolution as a living phenomenon.”Despite the apparent support of the Germans, not to mention the fact that the uprising in the rear of the British Empire “played into the hands” of German imperialism, real leftists supported the Irish Republicans. Supported them, despite the fact that bourgeois and petty-bourgeois Irish nationalists fought together with socialist James Connolly and his supporters. Of course, Connolly said that a declaration of independence without the formation of a socialist republic would be in vain. But the left in Donbass says this too.Why doesn’t the Irish example apply to the Donbass, an example from the era of the First World War, which the self-styled “Zimmerwaldists” are so fond of?But with Donbass, some leftists apply a double standard, diligently looking for excuses to condemn the DNR and the LC, allowing them to take a position of indifferent pacifism. Genuine leftists never held such a position. “Indifference to the struggle is not, therefore, exclusion from the struggle, abstinence or neutrality. Indifference is tacit support of the powerful, the oppressors,” Lenin wrote. Standing aside in a detached posture, the self-styled “Zimmerwaldists” actually side with the Kiev authorities, who are leading a punitive operation against the rebels.War — continuation of policy by other means“War is nothing more than the continuation of policy by other means,” wrote the military theorist Carl von Clausewitz. This statement is recognized approvingly by the classics of Marxism.What are the policies continued by Kiev and Donbass?Policies in KievThe policies of Kiev in the civil war are a logical continuation of the policies of the Maidan. This has several components: “European integration” and subordination to imperialism. The first slogan of the Maidan was so-called “European integration,” which in economic terms means the surrender of Ukrainian markets to European corporations, the transformation of Ukraine into a colony of the European Union as a source of raw materials and disenfranchised migrant worker-slaves. Today, more than a year after the victory of Maidan [the victory of the counterrevolution with pro-fascists in the leadership], the economic results are already being felt so deeply that they cannot be ignored by even the most hard-nosed “Euro-optimists.”The new regime in Kiev also finally abandoned sovereignty and became a puppet state. The solution of the internal conflict within the Kiev regime, between President-oligarch Petro Poroshenko and Governor-oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, came through an appeal to the U.S. Embassy. The handing over of the militarily and logistically strategic Odessa region to the direct control of a U.S protégé, former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, clearly testifies to this. Anti-neoliberal policies. An important feature of the internal life of the Donbass republics is the trend towards social-democratic, Keynesian models of economic development, socially oriented state capitalism. While this is only a trend, though an important one, it is the opposite of the economic policy of the Kiev authorities. The violent suppression of political opponents, repression, censorship of the media, banning of communist ideology. Friendship of peoples, internationalism and Russian nationalism. Everyone who has been in the Donbass notes the international character of the region. Dangerous trends of Russian nationalism in response to the Ukrainian chauvinism of the new Kiev authorities have not developed in a serious way (although that danger has been actively exploited by opponents of the people’s republics for propaganda purposes).Also, there has been no serious development of another danger — clericalization of the resistance movement. This distinguishes the resistance forces from the Maidan, wherein the Greek Catholic Church played a significant role.These are the main elements of the policy of the people’s republics of Donbass. Of course, this policy is not socialist. But it leaves room for the left, the communists, to participate in such a movement under their own banner, with their own ideas and slogans, without abandoning their own views and program.Having considered in detail what kind of policies the civil war continues for both sides, we can conclude that this policy is not the same from the point of view of left-wing, anti-capitalist forces.Just and unjust warsThe attitude of Marxists to war cannot be reduced to the single example of the First World War. Marxists have always supported wars of the oppressed against the oppressors, considering the retreat into pacifism and indifference in the case of a just war to be bourgeois hypocrisy and hidden support for the masters.Yes, even in the First World War, those socialists who did not disgrace themselves by betrayal, who did not shift into the service of the imperialist governments, were not just for ending the fratricidal war, where workers of one country kill workers of another country for the alien interests of the capitalist elite; these socialists advocated turning the imperialist war into civil war. They said that the oppressed should turn their weapons against their own oppressors, using the mass arming of the people as a tool for social revolution.The demand for disarmament of the rebel militias is a demand for their surrender, and it is unlikely that the self-styled Zimmerwaldists do not understand this.Of course, any war means blood and suffering of people, but to stop this war by a complete renunciation of the uprising means that the blood has been spilled in vain. Moreover, it means revenge and repression by the nationalist forces against the population of Donbass.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

2018 Another Good Year for Indiana Popcorn Yields

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News 2018 Another Good Year for Indiana Popcorn Yields The 2018 growing season led to another good popcorn crop despite a slow start and a delayed harvest, according to Greg Matli, State Statistician for the USDA NASS, Indiana Field Office. Indiana growers planted 79,000 acres of popcorn in 2018, down 4,000 acres from 2017. A total of 78,000 acres were harvested, also down 4,000 acres from last year. The 2018 average yield, at 48.0 cwt per acre, tied the second highest yield on record.The 2018 yield was down 1 cwt from the year before. Total production was 3.74 million cwt, down 7 percent from a year ago. The average price was $16.30 per cwt, down $0.70 from the previous year. The crop value of production was $61.0 million dollars, down 11 percent from last year. 2018 Another Good Year for Indiana Popcorn Yields Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleAll Sections of Indiana Keep Working for Improved Soil and WaterNext articleSoil Test Pro Now Integrated with Beck’s FARMserver® Technology USDA Communications By USDA Communications – Feb 11, 2019 Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Horned Frogs seek marquee road win against Baylor

first_img + posts Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas Facebook Garrett Podell Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Previous articleTCU VGP (Ep. 17 – Valentine’s Updates, Overwatch and more)Next articleArlington Heights High School Choir performs with Foreigner Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSPregame ReddIt Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Linkedincenter_img printRiding a three-game conference winning streak for the first time since 2008, TCU will play at No. 6 Baylor  Saturday.The Horned Frogs are looking for their first win over an AP Top 25 team since a 70-55 win over No. 21 Oklahoma State on Feb. 14, 2015. The Frogs have lost their last 19 games against ranked opponents, but a TCU win in Waco would be the highest ranked team the Frogs have taken down since a 62-55 win over No. 5 Kansas on Feb. 6, 2013.“Right now, we need to be the team that knows we lost a game we felt we should’ve won and we got an opportunity to play them again, which is the beauty of the Big 12,” TCU head coach Jamie Dixon said. “Even if you lose early on, you know you can get them back again.”TCU had an opportunity to knock off the Bears in Fort Worth on Jan. 21, but faltered, losing by nine. “We had a one-point lead with four minutes left and then they knocked down the three from there,” Dixon said. “We knew it was right there and hopefully that prepared us to play the closer games that we’ve won down the stretch.”Over the course of the Horned Frogs’ three-game winning streak, forward JD Miller has been lights out from beyond the three-point line. He’s 9-of-11 from 3-point range in the last three games, and the four 3-pointers Miller had in wins at Kansas State and against Texas Tech were career highs. The sophomore has made at least one 3-pointer in each of the last five games after not having any in the previous six contests. Miller has averaged 14.3 points and 4.8 rebounds in the last four games.  Miller’s head coach said the comfort level in shooting the basketball has risen throughout the entire team.“We’re really trying to get him [Miller] to drive the ball and get layups,” Dixon said. “Once you make a shot, you just get more comfortable.”Whether or not TCU wins Saturday, they’re drawing closer and closer to locking up an NCAA tournament bid.“Well, we’ve been talking about it before other people have been talking about it before other people even thought about it as a possibility,” Dixon said. “We wanted to address it early and set our goals to make clear where we wanted and where I thought we could get to.”Whatever the Horned Frogs’ goals were at the beginning of the season, they’ve now exceeded all of them. TCU’s six conference wins are its most ever in the Big 12, and they have three road conference wins in its five seasons in the Big 12 with two of those wins coming this season.“It’s one thing to set those goals, and it’s another thing to believe in them,” Dixon said. “I don’t know if they did initially, but they’ve worked and sacrificed as if they did.”TCU’s next game is Saturday in Waco against Baylor. Tipoff is set for 1 p.m. Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Twitter Kenrich Williams drives to the hoop against the No. 6 Baylor Bears. (Photo By Sam Bruton/TCU 360 Photographer) Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Facebook Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks last_img read more

More than 13,000 signatures on petition for Tibetan filmmaker’s release

first_img to go further Organisation News March 12, 2021 Find out more RSF_en April 27, 2021 Find out more News ChinaAsia – Pacific ChinaAsia – Pacific Li Dunyong, a Chinese lawyer hired by the family to defend Wangchen, is meanwhile being denied access to him. Li has allowed to see him only once since the start of the year – in April. Like many human rights lawyers in China, he is being harassed by the government, which is threatening to rescind his licence if he does not drop the case.The petition is also available on Facebook, where it has already been signed by 27,708 people. China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures Pétition pour la libération de Dhondup Wangchenenvoyé par rsf_internet. – L’info internationale vidéo.center_img News News Help by sharing this information June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Follow the news on China July 29, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 More than 13,000 signatures on petition for Tibetan filmmaker’s release China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Reporters Without Borders has given the Chinese authorities a petition calling for the release of Tibetan documentary filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who has been held since 23 March 2008 and is seriously ill with hepatitis B, which is not being properly treated. According to recent reports, he is now in a prison in Xining, the capital of Qinghai (a province adjoining Tibet).At the time of his arrest, Wangchen was completing a documentary about Tibet that was shown to foreign journalists in Beijing during the Olympic Games. He may be tried on charges of separatism.“There is an urgent need for the competent authorities to heed the appeal made by thousands of citizens around the world on behalf of a man whose only crime was to have filmed interviews,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The government should take account of Dhondup Wangchen’s state of health and free him on humanitarian grounds.”Reporters Without Borders handed in the petition today to the Chinese embassy in Paris. It was signed by 13,941 people, who included Tibetans, Indians, westerners, and eight Australian parliamentarians. Wangchen’s wife, Lhamo Tso, who is a refugee in northern India, collected several thousand signatures with the help of the Tibet Post (www.thetibetpost.com).See Lhamo Tso’s campaign video:last_img read more