Ecobank Transnational Incorporated ( Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgEcobank Transnational Incorporated ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Ecobank Transnational Incorporated ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ecobank Transnational Incorporated ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileEcobank Transnational Incorporated Plc is a financial institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the domestic, corporate, investment banking and treasury sectors. Customers include individuals, governments, financial institutions, local and international organisations, small to medium enterprises and micro businesses. Ecobank offers an extensive array of products and services ranging from transactional accounts, electronic banking and money transfer services to term loans, treasury services and financial advisory and consultancy services for asset and wealth management. The company is a subsidiary of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated. It operates through 640 branches located in major towns and cities in 27 countries in Africa. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

E-Tranzact International Plc ( Q12019 Interim Report

first_imgE-Tranzact International Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about E-Tranzact International Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the E-Tranzact International Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: E-Tranzact International Plc (  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileE-Tranzact International Plc is a technology company in Nigeria offering services for electronic transaction switching and payment processing. The company has operations in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire and the United Kingdom. E-Tranzact International Plc has established partnerships with universities, government authorities, parastatals, financial institutions, technology firms and aviation companies offering solutions for everything from cash dispensing machines and international money transfers to payments of salaries and third parties. BankIT is an alternative payment option that is accessible through multiple electronic channels; eTranzact CorporatePay allows private organisations and government agencies to automatically handle third party and salary payments; mCommerce is a mobile banking application; eRemit is an online international money transfer service; eTranzact Strong Authentication provides two-factor authentication for ATM, POS, mobile and web transactions; ATM CardlexCash is a global payment network; eTranzact WebConnect accepts and processes merchant payments; eTranzact PayOutlet allows merchants to collect payments from customers through eTranzact branches. eTranzact International is a subsidiary of eTranzact Global Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. E-Tranzact International Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Wrestling robots drive school children to STEM

first_imgEmail Twitter Over 120 primary school students waged war with their self-designed sumo wrestling robots at the 5th annual Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Competition.Tom Ryan, Killinure National School, Boher, Co. Limerick.Students from Scoil Mhuire National School, Broadford, Co. Limerick were crowned the 2019 Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Champions.Photo: Oisin McHugh True MediaOVER 120 primary school students waged war with their self-designed sumo wrestling robots at the fifth annual Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Competition in Limerick last weekend.And it was an occasion to remember for Kate Cremin, Adam White and Rían Lynch from Scoil Mhuire National School, Broadford who were overall winners of the competition.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Teams of 10 to 12 year olds from 32 schools across Limerick city and county gathered at the Analog Devices plant on the Raheen Business Park early on Saturday morning to build their own robots before pitting their robotic creations against each other that afternoon.Due to its increasing popularity, the organisers have expanded the competition which encourages team work and creativity. It also facilitates learning Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in a fun environment.Through these workshops, over 900 students working in teams, got to design, build and test their own robots.Lego Mindstorms technology was used to create the robots which competed against each other for the school prize. They also got the opportunity to represent their school in the 2019 Analog Devices Primary Schools Robotics Final Competition.Brendan O’Dowd, General Manager, Industrial Automation, Analog Devices, said the competition was a great opportunity for the young competitors to see the tremendous opportunities that a career in STEM could offer.“They also learn that technology isn’t something to be avoided but rather a challenge to be relished,” he explained.The day-long competition started with an Advanced Robotics Workshop where teams of three or four students designed and built their own innovative robots for a sumo wrestling style competition. In the afternoon,each team played four matches as part of the pool stages. At the end of the final, the team with the highest points was crowned the overall winners.Mervyn Horgan from Learn it commented, “The response to the workshops has been fantastic. During each school visit, we have seen the children’s enthusiasm and energy for STEM grow over the course of the day.”by William O’[email protected] Advertisement Print WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin NewsEducationWrestling robots drive school children to STEMBy Staff Reporter – March 8, 2019 1259 Facebook Previous articlePeople’s Museum all set for summer opening dateNext articleIncinerator ban forms part of Regional Strategy submission Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ielast_img read more

New heart failure service established at Letterkenny University Hospital

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Pinterest Twitter Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – May 11, 2021 A new Heart Failure Service is being established at Letterkenny University Hospital.The service aims to support the diagnosis and treatment of people with heart failure living in Donegal.It has been developed as an integrated team to support earlier access to diagnosis and treatment.The new service allows GPs to directly refer patients they suspect of having heart failure to the community service.It also allows patients who have been admitted to Letterkenny University Hospital with heart failure to have their follow up in community locations reducing the need to travel to Letterkenny for many.Kathy Farrell is an Advanced Nurse Practioner at the hospital…………..Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. New heart failure service established at Letterkenny University Hospital Facebook Previous articleCalls for nighttime security to be provided at smaller Letterkenny parksNext articleGardai believe van deliberately set on fire in Drumkeen News Highland Pinterest WhatsAppcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Twitter Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford last_img read more

‘Empty Bowls’ help fill food bank at Salvation Army

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration “The quality of the bowls was unbelievable,” May said. “Each one of them was a creation that anyone would like to have.”The bowls were made by participants in the 2010 Alabama Clay Conference at Troy University in February, senior adults at the Colley Senior Complex and Troy University students. Several Troy University football players made bowls that were auctioned at the luncheon.Trojan linebacker Bear Woods, who is a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons, made the bowl that got the top bid of $1,000. The bid went to Troy University professor Fred Green, who is the university’s faculty athletics representative. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson ‘Empty Bowls’ help fill food bank at Salvation Army Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Print Article Email the author Book Nook to reopen There were some bowls left following the Empty Bowl Luncheon benefit for the Pike County Salvation Army on Thursday. But the event was deemed a great success by Kim May, director of the local Salvation Army.“We raised more than $2,500 and that will go a long way is helping stock our food bank,” May said. “This was our first Empty Bowl Luncheon and attendance was good and everyone seemed to have a good time. Plans are to make this an annual event and it should continue to grow each year as more people learn about Empty Bowl and its mission.”Each participant purchased a $20 ticket, which allowed them to select a handmade ceramic bowl to take home and enjoy a lunch of soup, rolls, dessert and tea. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel “The reason for my bid was two-fold,” Green said. “I’ve gotten to know a lot of the young men and women who play sports and represent Troy University so well. And, I give donations periodically to the local Salvation Army because I believe that we should help our community first and then work our way to the rest of the world as much as we can.”Green said he appreciates what the Salvation Army does in the way of providing a food bank for those in need.“There are a lot of people who are having a hard time and feeding the hungry is important to me,” he said. “When I heard about the Empty Bowl Luncheon, it seemed like the perfect thing to do.”Green said he hasn’t seen the bowl that he was awarded through the bidding process. “All of the football players who made bowls are great young men and there was no favoritism in the bidding,” he said. “It was just in support of the Salvation Army and its mission to combat hunger.”May said every day there are requests for food at the Pike County Salvation Army Service Center in Troy.“The requests come from families, senior citizens, those who are disabled, the homeless and people just passing through,” she said. “We even have people who were once donors to the Salvation Army but are now having to ask for help.”Many of those who request food are the victims of unforeseen circumstances and emergency situations.“Sometimes people lose their jobs or are faced with an illness either personal or within their family,” May said. “We have a lot of senior citizens whose only income is their social security check. When they have unexpected expenses such as high utilities, they don’t have a way to make extra money and they need our help.”Emergency situations such as house fires put families in great need.“There are just so many reasons that people need help,” May said. “We have many more people here in Pike County who don’t have enough to eat than you might think.”The greatest need for the Salvation Army Food Bank is protein items.“Canned meats are more expensive than a couple of cans of beans. So we usually have beans and corn but few protein products,” May said. “We like to include some kind of protein when put together a food box. The money raised by the Empty Bowl Luncheon will help us to provide more protein to those in need.”May expressed appreciation to all of those who helped with the Empty Bowl Luncheon and to all who participated.Dr. Marian Parker and Larry Percy at Troy University, and Jenniffer Barner, Pike County Chamber of Commerce president, were instrumental in the planning, organization and the carrying out of the event, she said. Published 11:01 pm Thursday, May 6, 2010 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Stories You Might Like Brundidge celebrates Day of Prayer A congregation of God-fearing Pike County residents gathered at Brundidge City Hall Thursday to participate in the National Day of… read more By Jaine Treadwell Skiplast_img read more

CPD: Don’t make a dog’s dinner – maintaining health and safety when cleaning streets

first_imgCoronavirus: lockdown ‘phase two’ may bring added headaches for occupational healthNiggles, aches, pains and anxieties stored up during lockdown need to be nipped in the bud before they become long-term… No comments yet. Leave a Reply Click here to cancel reply.Comment Name (required) Email (will not be published) (required) Website Image: Shutterstock Some work processes, notably pavement cleaning, can expose workers to pathogens and the risks of diseases associated with animals. Neelum Sanderson and Professor Anne Harriss assess best practice around risk management of pavement cleansing processes and possible exposure to pathogens within dog excrement.Workers in a variety of settings may be exposed to hazards associated with their work tasks. In addition to physical or chemical hazards, some work processes may also expose employees to pathogens and risks of diseases resulting from pathogens associated with animals, zoonoses, and transmitted to people.This article explores some of the considerations to be made with regards to employees undertaking street cleaning duties that expose them to microbes within dog excrement.About the authorsNeelum Sanderson is a specialist occupational health nurse and Professor Anne Harriss is emeritus professor in occupational healthAll managers must ensure that workplace hazards are identified and effective control measures are put into place in order effectively to manage health and safety and ensure compliance with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act (1974) and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (1999).The newly appointed manager of a local authority street cleansing team (we’ll call him Richard) was in the process of updating the departmental risk assessments and sought advice from the occupational health service with regards to possible exposure to biohazards.Richard recognised that all the departmental risk assessments for the work processes for which he was responsible must identify the hazards to which his employees might be exposed.Once hazards have been identified, control measures must be put in place and their effectiveness evaluated. The risk assessment process involved consideration of the places where his team work, the processes they undertake, the materials they handle and the equipment which they used.Richard had already considered a number of physical, ergonomic and chemical hazards to which his team might be exposed and was satisfied that the control measures for these hazards were effective.He was now seeking occupational health (OH) advice regarding the possible exposure to dog excrement through the cleaning activities his team undertook.He was aware that the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations (2002) are applicable to work processes that expose workers to dog excrement because of the risk of exposure to micro-organisations with pathological effects.Potential health ill-effects of exposure to dog excrementDog excrement is a recognised source of pathogens. Without safe systems of work and appropriate personal protective equipment, those employed on street cleaning processes may become exposed to, and infected with micro-organisms with the potential to result in unpleasant, possibly serious health effects.Several micro-organisms are found within the gastro-intestinal tract of dogs. They include the parasitic roundworm, Toxocara Canis (Cinquepalmi, Monno, Fumarola and others. 2013), protozoa including Giardia (Ballweber, Xiao, Bowman D and others, 2010) and Cryptosporidium (Raza, Rand, Qamar and others 2018).A multitude of bacteria are also present including Escherichia coli which is usually referred to as E. Coli. As Dambourg et al (2015) note, E. Coli is increasingly found in dog faeces. As all these pathogens are transmitted via a faecal-oral route, control measures for one of these pathogens will be an effective control measure for them all.As local bylaws require dog owners to remove and dispose of their dogs’ faecal deposits, many deposits on pavements are left by strays. Clinically relevant, and in some cases, antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be transmitted to people as a result of direct exposure or via environmental contamination.In the context of street cleaning operations, the maintenance of high standards of personal and general hygiene reduces the risk of transmission of these organisms to workers. Regular hand washing is essential, particularly after handling any equipment that may have become contaminated by faecal material, and before eating meals or snacks.Integral to the risk assessments required by law is the recognition that exposure to these bio-hazards is a significant risk and acknowledgement that it is essential that work practices should minimise the risk.There is the potential for street cleaners to become infected by any of these pathogens, should high levels of personal hygiene not be maintained. Pathogen transfer may occur when cleaning street surfaces and when disposing of dog excrement, a particular concern as infection by these organisms can lead to illnesses including diarrhoea and vomiting.Toxocara canis has the potential to affect a range of organs, including the liver, lungs, eyes and brain. The associated clinical features are diverse and debilitating. They include fatigue, appetite and weight loss, skin rashes, dyspnoea and seizures. Should the eyes be affected there may be visual disturbances and there is a chance that there will be permanent loss of vision (NHS Choices 2015).Assessment and control of occupational riskAs Richard had requested advice regarding how to manage biological hazards, a workplace visit was undertaken by the OHA. The purpose of this was to observe the job tasks, working practices and methods of collection and disposal of excrement.This knowledge ensured that the most appropriate occupational health advice could be given. This visit provided opportunities to ascertain the processes involved in the collection and disposal of dog excrement.The observed work tasks included those that involved the removal collection of faecal deposits from pavements. The team collected deposits using shovels then transferred material from the shovels directly into disposal bags. The floor surface was then cleaned with commercial cleaning agents.Pavements were cleaned with a solution of bleach that had been diluted to a ratio of one part of bleach in 32 parts of water. The bleach, once diluted, was decanted into large spray bottles and sprayed on to the affected areas.Following this, the pavements were cleaned using the standard method used by the local authority. This was dependent on the surface areas and ranged from the large carts covering large areas to smaller ride on machines. Neither process was identified as producing aerosolised materials.The team wore gloves to protect their hands from the diluted bleach and a mask for eye protection; the personal protection equipment (PPE) was well tolerated by the team with no issues verbalised.The PPE was selected from the material safety data sheet (MSDS) provided by the company producing the bleach; this information also contained information on how to best dilute the product to get the most effective result. The MSDS was stored electronically to allow ease of access should an incident occur.The bags containing the dog excrement were then double bagged, with the first tied and the second, impervious outer bag being further sealed. These filled bags were then stored in the rear of the work vehicle until returned to the depot.At this point the bags containing the excrement were unloaded and deposited via the local council’s waste depot in the general household waste area. The preference is that the bags are double wrapped to protect their workers and also to prevent smells prior. The final destination for the bags is land fill, hence the importance of ensuring the bags are bio- degradable.It became apparent that members of the cleansing team routinely took their meal breaks in their work van, with workers observing that this “saved time”. Eating meals in the work vehicle poses a significant risk of cross-contamination, as this vehicle was being used to transport bags of faecal matter, contaminated work equipment and personal protective equipment, including overalls, work boots and protective gloves.As this put the team at risk, it was a source of significant concern. Furthermore, cleaning materials were also generally transported and stored in this work vehicle. This put team members at significant risk of contracting work-related infections and health effects in the event of spills of cleaning chemicals.Following an initial evaluation of the risk of contamination followed by possible risks to health, the next stage of the process was deciding on, then implementing where possible, further control strategies that are designed to reduce the degree of risk associated with work tasks.At best, hazards should be completely negated; if this is not possible the degree or risk should be reduced as far as reasonably practical.The team were provided with personal protective clothing, including overalls, safety boots and disposable gloves. Working predominantly “on the road” with limited access to welfare facilities resulted in staff finding it very difficult to maintain high levels of personal hygiene. Furthermore, the meal breaks in the back of the work vehicle were a clear infection control risk, increasing the risk of workers contracting one or more pathogens as a consequence of their work tasks. Exposure to biological hazards was highly likely as a result of the work processes of the cleansing team. Existing control measures were considered to be inadequate.The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (2006) requires employers to provide appropriate welfare facilities including: access to drinking water and as they must wear special clothing, changing areas are required.The nature of the work processes the team undertook made this difficult. All employees should have access to facilities to store their overalls and personal clothes; toilets with hand basins equipped with soap and hand drying facilities; drinking water. This was difficult whilst on the road.Guidance and recommendationsThe following issues were highlighted to Richard:1) Automating the pavement cleansing process would be preferable to the current manual cleansing processes. If the associated costs initially preclude such an initiative, budgeting for this should be a medium-term strategy.Until these street cleansing processes can be mechanised, it was essential that effective infection control measures should be established with due regard for the work processes and associated job tasks linked with the use of personal protective equipment.2) There should be urgent attention to personal and work area hygiene. Of particular public health concern was the current practice of taking meal breaks in the rear of the work vehicle, in close proximity to bags of dog excrement and contaminated tools (and see point four).3) Supply of PPE. With regards to PPE, a supply of clean dry overalls and disposable protective gloves should be available for use when undertaking processes involving possible exposure to dog excrement.Team members should be taught the correct method of removing and donning of gloves reducing the risk of further hand contamination. Once gloves have been removed, workers’ hands should be thoroughly cleaned with hand wipes then alcohol gel applied to all surfaces of the hands and wrist, paying particular attention to the area between the fingers.On return to the depot workers should then wash their hands thoroughly with soap and hot water and conditioning creams applied. All workers employed on street cleansing processes should be issued a supply of clean, dry work overalls daily.Dirty overalls should be laundered on a high temperature wash. Wearing clean overalls daily is more hygienic than re-wearing contaminated work wear and negates the need to store contaminated work clothes in their work vehicles.4) Team members taking their meals in the work van should be discontinued with immediate effect, as this was a poor infection control practice. Work tasks should be planned in such a way that the team were able to return to their depot to take meal breaks.This would facilitate team members being able to remove their overalls and access hand-washing facilities before they ate their meals. They would then be able to eat in an appropriate clean environment rather than in work vehicles.In the short term, should it not be possible to plan work in this way, workers should at least be reminded to remove their work clothes and apply anti-bacterial hand cleansing gels prior to eating or drinking (WHO 2009).5) Infection control “toolbox talks” should be developed. These would inform the team of the biological risks of their work and should be delivered to all members of the cleansing team.These approaches should explore approaches to maintaining their personal, general and food hygiene, particularly in relation when taking meals.The importance of changing their work overalls daily, or when contaminated, and the correct process for donning, removing and disposing of gloves should be explored within these taking part.6) Consider vaccination. Many employees are exposed to hazards and risks. Vaccinations can provide protection against some of these. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 the employer has a legal duty to protect the health of the employees.It is a requirement of Regulation 6 of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health (COSHH) Regulations 2002 for employers to assess the risk to employees of exposure to such microbial hazards which may cause ill health.In the case of these street cleaning processes, the control measures were evaluated as was the severity of the illness should infection occur.It was recommended that those working in the street cleaning teams should be offered the following additional immunisation:Tetanus – every 10 years, no more than three vaccinations needed in a lifetime.Hepatitis A – a single dose followed by a booster dose at six-12 months. The booster will give immunity beyond 20 years.Influenza – one vaccine per year; the optimum time for influenza vaccination is late September to early December.ConclusionsIn summary, this article covers the process and considerations needed to be made when assessing how to manage biological hazards in the workplace, in this instance dog faeces, and how this exposure could affect employees.By completing the risk assessment process, each element of the work practice was assessed in some details and areas where risk could be reduced was highlighted and measures implemented.Richard, the manager, with the assistance of his occupational health service was able to utilise the health and safety legislation to provide a framework and guidance on how to assess, manage and review the risks associated with this work practice.ReferencesBallweber L, Xiao L, Bowman D, Kahn G, Cama VA (2010). “Giardiasis in dogs and cats: update on epidemiology and public health significance”. 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Wake Forest rallies past Utah State, 38-35

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Jamie Newman threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Hinton with 1:08 remaining, and Wake Forest held on to beat Jordan Love and Utah State 38-35 in the opener Friday night.Newman finished with three touchdown passes, and his 70-yard pass to Sage Surratt to the Utah State 1 set up the fourth-down scoring pass after the Aggies stuffed three straight runs by Cade Carney.It helped the Demon Deacons earn a wild win that featured a combined 1,175 total yards.Newman, who beat out Sam Hartman for the starting job during preseason camp, had earlier touchdown passes of 22 yards to Surratt and 9 yards to Scottie Washington and finished with 401 yards passing.Love, who’s being promoted by Utah State as a Heisman Trophy candidate, was 33 of 48 for 416 yards with three touchdowns. He threw touchdowns of 27 yards to Jordan Nathan, 17 yards to Siaosi Mariner and 56 yards on a catch-and-run to Deven Thompkins.Love led the Aggies to the Wake Forest 31 in the final minute before Justin Strnad intercepted his final pass with 17 seconds to play — his third interception of the game.Jaylen Warren rushed for 141 yards with a 4-yard touchdown and Gerold Bright added a 7-yard score for Utah State.Surratt had 158 yards receiving, Carney finished with 105 yards rushing and Christian Beal-Smith added a 12-yard scoring run.THE TAKEAWAYUtah State: Love showed why he’s getting Heisman buzz, leading an offense that rolled up 596 total yards. But those three interceptions — especially the last one — will sting.Wake Forest: The Demon Deacons knew nothing would come easy in this one against Love. But one item of concern: The offense turned it over on downs twice inside the Utah State 5 and came up empty on three straight rushes after the long pass to Surratt.UP NEXTUtah State: Plays host to Stony Brook of the FCS on Sept. 7.Wake Forest: Visits Rice on Sept. 6 in the second of three straight Friday night games to open the season. Tags: Utah State Aggies Football/Wake Forest Demon Deacons August 30, 2019 /Sports News – Local Wake Forest rallies past Utah State, 38-35 Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

OUSU condemn Trump presidency

first_imgOn Wednesday evening, the Oxford University Students’ Union (OUSU) council voted to oppose the policy platform of President-Elect Donald Trump.The motion to oppose President- Elect Trump was debated for over an hour, and passed with 37 in favour, 11 against, and four abstentions. The official proposition claims that some of the President’s policies during the election campaign of 2016 “represent a grave threat, especially to people of marginalised and disadvantaged… communities.”Opposition to the motion was wide-ranging but ultimately unsuccessful. Some asked for the Council to wait until the administration was in office enacting policies. Others claimed that the council should not attempt to involve itself in US national politics.St Anne’s second-year Thomas Zagoria, who proposed the motion to OUSU Council, told Cherwell: “I proposed this motion because, having lived in the US and having friends who are undocu- mented immigrants and from other marginalised groups, I didn’t want Trump’s rhetoric and policies to be normalised and legitimised, which will happen if people don’t actively speak out.“While I recognise some emphasise respecting the office of the presidency, I also think America especially has a history of change emanating from below, from people standing up for others in their communities through civil disobedience and peaceful pro- test. That history also needs to be respected.”President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration will take place today at 5pm GMT, a ceremony in Washington followed by inaugural celebrations.Justin Wang, a first year student at Hertford college told Cherwell: “Whether one accepts it or not, Donald Trump will be the 45th President of the United States and trying to stymie him is undemocratic. Denouncing a leader before he has even taken office benefits no one. It is best to give him a fair chance, like we would have for Clinton, before we pass judgement.”This news coincides with ‘Oxford Stand Up to Racism’’s planned protest against Donald Trump today at 5pm.last_img read more


first_imgFeds drop charges against MenendezIn a surprise move, the U.S. Justice Department has dropped its corruption case against U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez.This decision came after a mistrial was declared in the proceedings against the New Jersey Democrat and co-defendant Salomon Melgen in November when the jury could not come to a verdict.The Justice Department refiled the charges earlier this month, but U.S. District Judge William Walls, who heard the original case, dismissed seven of the most serious charges against Menendez and Melgen. Walls said the trial had shown no evidence of wrongdoing in regards to Menendez accepting campaign contributions from Melgen.This left the lesser charges of Menendez accepting gifts and trips from Melgen. Menendez’s defense team was expected to request that the other charges also be dropped.But it appears the Justice Department decided the case was not worth pursuing and dropped the remaining charges against both men.“From the very beginning, I never wavered in my innocence and my belief that justice would prevail,” Menendez said in response to the decision. “I am grateful that the Department of Justice has taken the time to reevaluate its case and come to the appropriate conclusion. I thank God for hearing my prayers and for giving me strength during this difficult time. I have devoted my life to serving the people of New Jersey, and am forever thankful for all who have stood by me. No matter the challenges ahead, I will never stop fighting for New Jersey and the values we share.”The case could have had serious political implications. Republicans hold a narrow majority in the U.S. Senate and Menendez faces reelection this fall.The two men were charged in a case that claimed Melgen had given Menendez significant campaign contributions as well as gifts and trips in exchange for helping in solving problems Melgen was having with several agencies of the federal government. Menendez has said he was merely helping a constituent.A number of local officials had urged the federal government to drop the case, from Rep. Albio Sires to Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise.Suntex announces postponement of public presentationSuntex Marinas announced that in the spirit of cooperation, it has agreed to a request from New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection officials to postpone the public presentation of details surrounding its proposed marina in Liberty State Park.The presentation had been scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 30 at Liberty Landing restaurant at the park’s northern end. An alternate date will be announced once it has been confirmed.Suntex has proposed construction of a marina at the southern portion of the park. In addition to much-needed space for area boaters, the marina will include a waterfront restaurant, a boat club that will allow members to use available boats for a nominal fee, and City Sail, a sailing school that caters to teens.Along with the marina, Suntex plans to refurbish the dilapidated public boat launch as well as construct a public fishing pier at the park’s south side. Suntex also will update the popular picnic area at the south end, which over the years has fallen into some disrepair.As part of the agreement with the DEP, Suntex has agreed to maintain and repair the bulkhead at the park’s northern, where Suntex operates the Liberty Landing marina. The state had formerly been responsible for the bulkhead. Suicide attempt at charter school in Jersey CityA 13-year-old student allegedly tried to attempt suicide in the bathroom at Beloved Charter School on Jan. 21 according to Kimberly Wallace-Scalcione, spokesperson for the Jersey City Department of Public Safety.Wallace-Scalcione said Jersey City police officers responded to the school at 508 Grand St. at about 2 p.m. on the report of an attempted suicide.“A school official advised police of a 13-year-old student who had attempted to harm herself in the girl’s bathroom,” she said. ”The student was conscious and talking when she was taken by ambulance to the Jersey City Medical Center.”The suicide attempt follows a series of reports concerning suicides that have taken place as the Hudson County Correctional Facility, and the murder of an 18-year-old Jersey City high school student this week.Hudson County CASA is seeking volunteersLearn how to become a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) volunteer and help foster children find safe and permanent homes. The next information session will be held at the Hudson County Courthouse, 595 Newark Ave. Rm. 901 on Tuesday, Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m.Hudson County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization committed to advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. CASA works through trained community volunteers to ensure that needed services and assistance are made available to children while helping to move them toward safe and permanent homes. Hudson County CASA volunteers are everyday people who make a direct impact in foster children’s lives. They are trusted, dedicated adults who seek to improve children’s well-being. CASA volunteers get to know their assigned child and his or her circumstances and provide valuable information to the court. Judges rely on the volunteers’ recommendations to make the best decisions about the children’s futures.For further information, visit .Sires explains his boycott of State of the UnionRep. Albio Sires (D-8th Dist) said he did not attend President Donald Trump’s State of the Union because he felt the president was dividing the nation with “vitriol and fear-mongering” while governing for a select group at the expense of many others.“Unfortunately, the president’s speech was more of the same misguided rhetoric and vague proposals. He touted the rushed Republican tax bill which prioritizes the wealthy and corporations over those who need tax relief the most,” Sires said. “While tax breaks for corporations were made permanent, relief for individuals is only temporary and once they sunset people will see their tax bills increase. Even with the new tax cuts, a number of companies have turned around and begun to lay off workers.”The president’s attempt at bipartisanship with a call for a $1.5 trillion investment rings hollow, Sires continued.“It does not reconcile with the fact that his administration has so far committed to no more than $200 billion in assistance from the federal government, leaving the states to find ways to raise the other $1.3 trillion,” Sires said. “President Trump should match his rhetoric with reality, and he can start by coming out in support of federal financial assistance for important national and regional infrastructure projects such as the Gateway Project. Perhaps most disturbing was how the president continued to divide the nation, conflating students and industrious young people, who were brought here not of their own volition, with criminals who have committed horrendous acts. By choosing to see the worst in our nation’s immigrant community, President Trump has turned his back on what America has stood for since it was founded – a place where hard-working people could come and build a life for themselves and their families.” “If the president was truly committed to bipartisanship and unity he would not use Dreamers as a bargaining chip or waver on his promise to help them as we approach his arbitrary deadline of March 5,” Sires said. “While I am disappointed in the message of last night, it is my hope that the president does not continue to divide our nation but instead chooses to govern for all those who call the United States of America home.”NJ Chief Justice to peak at Lincoln Association banquetNew Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner will be the featured speaker at the 153rd annual Jersey City Lincoln Association Banquet commemorating Lincoln’s birthday on Feb. 12.The Lincoln Association of Jersey City traces its lineage back to April of 1865 when a small group of business and civic leaders in Jersey City met after hearing word of the President’s assassination. They gathered to mourn the nation’s loss; a loss that each felt very personally. That night they vowed to meet each year on the anniversary of Lincoln’s birth, Feb. 12, to celebrate his vision and courage, his firm but fair philosophy and his many laudable achievements. For over one and half centuries, despite the Great Depression, two World Wars, and various incidents of inclement weather too numerous to count, the successors of that first group of civic leaders have never failed to meet on President Lincoln’s birthday to celebrate his life. No other organization in the country has a longer record of honoring the Great Emancipator.This year’s festivities begin at noon. Lincoln Association vice-president Michael Ricciardone of Jersey City will preside at the 89th annual wreath laying ceremony at the statue of Lincoln at the entrance to Lincoln Park at Kennedy Boulevard and Belmont Avenue. Past president of the Association Dr. Jules Ladenheim, M.D. will recite Lincoln’s famous “Letter to Mrs. Bixby,” who reportedly lost five sons in battle during the Civil War. The wreath laying is free and open to the public.The 153rd annual Banquet will begin at 5 p.m. at the Gallery at Liberty Prime Steakhouse, 111 Montgomery St., Jersey City, with a cocktail hour followed by the official program at 6 p.m. Dr. Ladenheim will recite Lincoln’s Farewell Address to the residents of his hometown, Springfield, Ill. President-elect Lincoln delivered these remarks on Feb. 15, 1861, just before he left for Washington, D.C. for his inauguration. Chief Justice Rabner’s remarks will follow. At the conclusion of the banquet, incoming officers for the new year will be installed, including Michael Ricciadone, who will assume the presidency of the association.Tickets for the banquet may be purchased for $100 each through the website, by e-mail from [email protected], or by mail to 111 Gifford Ave., Jersey City, New Jersey 07304.Christ Hospital holds seminar on managing heart or lung diseaseFebruary is American Heart Month and as a way to help individuals who are living with heart or lung disease lead more active, healthier lives, CarePoint Health-Christ Hospital is holding a free seminar as part of its Lunch & Learn Series on Wednesday, Feb. 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m.The seminar, which is free and open to the public, includes a heart-healthy lunch and will feature medical experts in the heart, lung and nutrition fields discussing ways to better manage congestive heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), as well as other related topics.According to the American Heart Association, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States, with approximately 2,200 Americans dying of cardiovascular disease each day. Cardiovascular diseases, which includes stroke, claim the lives of about one woman every 80 seconds.“A significant amount of the population suffers from heart or lung disease,” said Marie Duffy, chief hospital executive at Christ Hospital. “It is important to educate the population in managing their heart or lung disease, so they can understand the disease process and learn to manage living with the disease. Patient education and information help people to be proactive participants in their care so they can manage their daily lives with the disease and symptoms and live longer.”Additional topics to be discussed will include proper nutrition and use of inhalers. The event will include hands-on demonstrations and a question-and-answer period.“February is American Heart Month and the perfect time to remind people that you only get one heart and you want to take care of it,” said Dr. Tucker Woods, chief medical officer at Christ Hospital. “Our Lunch and Learn Series will help patients learn about heart disease and how to better manage themselves for a healthier living.”Those interested in attending should preregister by emailing [email protected] or [email protected] RSVPS are requested by Feb. 7.Anyone seeking additional information may call Nancy Aleman at (201) 341-1310.The seminar will be held at Christ Hospital, 176 Palisade Ave., in Staff Rooms A and B.CarePoint partners with NJ Sharing for Valentine’s Day donor eventWhile most people will celebrate Valentine’s Day in the arms of their loved one, CarePoint Health is teaming up with the NJ Sharing Network to help raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and to help bring the gift of life (and love) to hundreds of New Jerseyans.In addition to Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 is also National Donor Day, a day established to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved through this important initiative. In the United States, there are more than 115,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ donation.On Feb. 6th, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hoboken University Medical Center and Christ Hospital in Jersey City, representatives of the NJ Sharing Network will be joined by an organ donor or recipient, at an organ donation registration drive in each of the hospitals’ lobbies. The drive will also take place on Feb. 8th, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Bayonne Medical Center.One organ donor can save eight lives by donating the following organs: heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, pancreas and intestines.Last year, NJ Sharing Network honored all three CarePoint Health hospitals for the work they are doing to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. Both Hoboken University Medical Center and Christ Hospital received the platinum award, the highest honor, and Bayonne Medical Center received the gold award, the second highest honor. Man charged in murder of JC high school studentKahsaun Bell, 29, of Roselle, has been charged with murder of an 18-year-old Jersey City man.Detectives from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Homicide Unit arrested Bell on Monday evening on Rose Avenue in Jersey City in connection with the shooting death of Angel Cruz, 18, of Jersey City, who died Jan. 30 from gunshot wounds he sustained from a shooting that took place on Jan. 29. Cruz was a student at Lincoln High School.Bell appeared in court and pled not guilty to the charge.Prosecutor Esther Suarez credited the Jersey City Police Department for assisting with the arrest.On Jan. 29, at approximately 9:35 p.m., Jersey City Police Officers responded to a report of possible gunshots in the area of Rose Avenue in Jersey City. Upon arrival to a home located on Rose Avenue, responding officers found Cruz inside the home with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso.The victim was transported to Jersey City Medical Center by Emergency Medical Services where he was treated for his injuries. Cruz was pronounced dead shortly after 3:20 a.m. on Jan. 30.The Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has determined the cause of death to be gunshot wounds to his torso and extremities, and the manner of death to be homicide. last_img read more

News story: Minister for Africa statement on violence and human rights violations in Zimbabwe

first_img Follow Foreign Office Minister Harriett Baldwin @hbaldwin ZimbabweFurther information Following a call with opposition and government leaders today, Minister of State for Africa Harriett Baldwin said: Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook For journalists Email [email protected] I am deeply concerned by the violence and human rights violations which have taken place in Zimbabwe since last week’s elections. Today I spoke to Nelson Chamisa and Foreign Minister Moyo to urge all parties to ensure calm while any challenges to the result of the election are resolved. This should have been a time for Zimbabweans to have their say on the future of their country in a peaceful, democratic way. Instead we saw violence breaking out and security forces targeting opposition supporters. Zimbabwe’s human and constitutional rights must be protected by the state. The UK stands with the international community in calling for the Zimbabwean security forces to act with restraint. Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Media enquirieslast_img read more