Shareholdersshow disdain for Dell chief

first_img DELL founder Michael Dell survived an investor savaging during his re-election to chief executive, with more than a quarter of voters withholding their support.Shareholders are furious at the firm’s fall from being the biggest computer manufacturer in the world to its current third place behind Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Acer. Dell’s stock is down more than 50 per cent since August 2008 and the company recently paid $100m (£64m) to settle a government probe into some of its accounting practices.The company has made a mix of major and small acquisitions in the past year as it tries to diversify beyond personal computers. This week it said it had agreed to pay $1.15bn to buy data storage company 3PAR.But the strategy was not enough for 25.1 per cent of Dell shareholders, who refused to back the chief executive at the firm’s annual meeting on 12 August.The firm is facing fierce competition from rivals including Oracle and Cisco Systems, which are expanding into new corporate technology markets, while smartphone and tablet technology from Apple and Google threatens to erode PC sales.Meanwhile, Hewlett-Packard (HP), which dazzled Wall Street with rock-steady performances during Mark Hurd’s five-year reign, also faces investor pressure.Its shares are down 11 per cent since Hurd announced his abrupt departure on 6 August amid a sexual harassment scandal.It will hold its quarterly earnings conference with analysts later today. The focus will be on HP’s strategy and its ability to keep up momentum across its diverse businesses. Shareholdersshow disdain for Dell chief More From Our Partners Florida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL whatsappcenter_img KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic Mirrorautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comHealth.recetasget5 Common Cancer Signs to Pay Attention ToHealth.recetasgetRichestNetWorths4 Sisters Took The Same Picture for 40 Years. You Might Cry When You See The Last One!RichestNetWorthsinvesting.comThe Military Spent $1 Billion On this New Vehicle, And Here’s The First Lookinvesting.comSportPirateElle Macpherson Is Almost 60, Try Not To Smile When You See Her NowSportPirate Share whatsapp Wednesday 18 August 2010 7:52 pmlast_img read more

Old people need to share burden of cuts: think tank

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CFC Stanbic Holdings Limited (CFC.ke) HY2011 Interim Report

first_imgCFC Stanbic Holdings Limited (SBIC.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about CFC Stanbic Holdings Limited (SBIC.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CFC Stanbic Holdings Limited (SBIC.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CFC Stanbic Holdings Limited (SBIC.ke)  2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileCFC Stanbic Holdings Limited is a financial service, insurance agency and stock broking company in Kenya offering products and services to the personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking sectors. The company also has division servicing clients in the Republic of South Sudan. Its corporate and investment banking division services range from transactional banking, debt securities and equity trading to project, structured and trade financing. Its personal and commercial banking division offers services ranging from The Corporate and Investment Banking segment offers foreign exchange, and debt securities and equities trading services; transactional banking and investor services; investment banking services, such as project finance, advisory, structured finance, structured trade finance, corporate lending, primary markets, and property finance services; and wealth management and advisory services to larger corporates, financial institutions, and international counterparties. The Personal and Business Banking segment provides residential accommodation loans to individual customers; installment sales and finance leases, including installment finance in the consumer vehicles market, and vehicles and equipment finance in the business market; and card facilities to individuals and businesses. This segment also offers transactional and lending products comprising deposit taking, electronic banking, cheque accounts, and other lending products associated with the various points of contact channels, such as ATMs, Internet, and branches. The company was formerly known as CfC Stanbic Holdings Limited and changed its name to Stanbic Holdings Plc in October 2016. The company is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Stanbic Holdings Plc is a subsidiary of Stanbic Africa Holdings Limited. CFC Stanbic Holdings Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

A stock market crash is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a million on the FTSE 100

first_imgA stock market crash is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a million on the FTSE 100 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. We all dream we could make a million, one way or another. Win the lottery, build a business, become a Premier League footballer. These are just some of the options. But sadly, they’ll be out of reach for most of us.Making a million from investing is doable though, and you don’t need special skills. What you do need is application and time. 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Forget buy-to-let, Cash ISAs and Premium Bonds. I’d make a passive income with UK shares

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Sewanee seeks untold story of university’s ties to slavery, segregation…

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, hosts a dedication ceremony May 16, 1940, for a memorial to Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith, who also taught math at Sewanee after the Civil War. Photo courtesy of University Archives and Special Collections: The University of the South[Episcopal News Service] Sewanee: The University of the South in Tennessee sits atop a plateau, and students interested in viewing the expanse of valley to the west are invited to hike some of the more than 50 miles of trails across the campus, known as the Domain.Seeing those landscapes is enough to know their beauty. “The stretch of Perimeter Trail from Morgan’s Steep to Armfield Bluff affords wonderful views to the valley and into deep coves,” one professor recommended in a 2008 Sewanee Magazine article profiling the best day hikes on Sewanee’s 13,000 acres.The names given these places, however, reflect a time when Sewanee’s early leaders openly embraced a belief in white racial superiority. Oliver Morgan was a member of one of the most prominent slaveholding families in Louisiana, and John Armfield was part owner in a leading U.S. slave-trading operation.Both men contributed to the original founding of the university by dioceses of the Episcopal Church in 1857. Church leaders across the South who supported the new university saw it as their Christian duty to help maintain the slaveholding order, according to Woody Register, a Sewanee history professor who is leading a six-year research project on Sewanee’s early ties to slavery and segregation.“The University of the South was founded to be the slavers’ university, to represent the interests of a slaveholding society,” Register said, and that mission was clearly seen through a Christian lens that saw slavery as morally defensible. “You can’t separate its church purposes, its religious purposes, from the social purposes of the university.”That vision never materialized. By the time Sewanee opened its doors in 1868, the Civil War was over and slavery had been abolished. How the University of the South recalibrated its mission in that new order is one focus of the university-sponsored Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation.“I like to think of this as there being two foundings,” Vice Chancellor John McCardell Jr. told Episcopal News Service. “One, the founding that failed, and one that succeeded.” The founding that succeeded, he added, was not driven by a desire to maintain slavery.Even 150 years after that second founding, those who fought to maintain slavery are still honored at Sewanee, and such public honors, especially those bestowed on Confederate army leaders, have faced increased scrutiny at Sewanee and institutions around the United States in the aftermath of deadly violence at a white supremacist, neo-Confederate rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last summer.Those events in August sparked a national debate over Confederate imagery in public spaces. Register’s team at Sewanee, barely a month into its research, was asked to provide information supporting university administrators’ decision to relocate a prominent memorial honoring Confederate Gen. Edmund Kirby-Smith, who taught at Sewanee after the Civil War.Re-examining Confederate symbols, though numerous on campus, is not the sole focus of Sewanee’s project. The Project on Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation, part of a coalition of three dozen universities known as the Universities Studying Slavery, aims to expand the narrative of the university’s founding and its first century beyond what can be told through Sewanee’s own archival documents.Register’s team is “casting our net much more broadly” for new details of that untold story by examining records kept across the South in places where the university received its early financial support – including in some of the 28 Episcopal dioceses that still own and govern the university today.The project’s work also is integrated into Sewanee’s academic life, with several students serving on the project working group.“If we can acknowledge the past, then we can progress, so I think this is a huge step,” said Jonathan Brown, a senior who is on the project’s group.Brown, an American studies major, is black and grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland. He chose to attend Sewanee after receiving a scholarship, and he didn’t know much about the university’s history at first. In his four years there, he fell in love with Sewanee and its close-knit community while having the opportunity to learn more about its past.With the Project on Slavery, Brown has helped organize some of its public events while preparing the younger students on the team for the work they will do in years ahead.“I’ve loved every moment of it,” he said of his work on the project. “I’m really excited to see where it takes off.”Silver Spring is a suburb of Washington, D.C., and Brown recalls conversations with his parents about the research Georgetown University was conducting on its historical complicity with slavery, including its sale in 1838 of 272 slaves to keep the university running.The Episcopal Church has taken similar steps to confront its past. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has made racial reconciliation one of his top priorities, most notably through the “Becoming Beloved Community” initiative. And General Convention has passed numerous resolutions on the subject, including a 2006 resolution about slavery.“The Episcopal Church acknowledges its history of participation in this sin and the deep and lasting injury which the institution of slavery and its aftermath have inflicted on society and on the Church,” the resolution said, and it called on each diocese to compile evidence of that complicity.Racial reconciliation also is a goal of Sewanee’s project, as it reaches beyond the campus to foster discussion in the community about these issues. One recent example was the Feb. 19 forum titled “Reading and Rereading History” featuring two Sewanee professors discussing symbols of racial injustice on campus. The event was held off campus to encourage a mix of students and residents to participate.“I certainly think the what we’re doing here is consistent with what the church is seeking to do,” said McCardell, the vice chancellor, who is an Episcopalian.Research on roots in slavery gains in urgencySewanee has grappled for years with how to balance an appreciation for its history with a desire to confront and move beyond its past ties to racial oppression.A 2005 New York Times story detailed changes Sewanee was making at that time to appeal to a more geographically and racially diverse pool of potential students – changes dismissed as destructive or unnecessary by some alumni. Despite the removal of some overtly racist symbols, administrators told the Times they had no intention of getting rid of certain other landmarks that had been fixtures on the campus for decades, such as the Kirby-Smith memorial.The university’s 2012 strategic plan also emphasized a commitment to fostering a diverse campus community, and in the 2015-2016 academic year, Sewanee created several task forces of students and faculty to study ways of fulfilling that commitment.That effort came just as the national conversation around Confederate symbols had deepened after a June 2015 shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, in which a gunman with Confederate sympathies murdered nine people at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.In fall 2015, Sewanee removed a portrait of Leonidas Polk from public display. Polk was the Episcopal bishop who led the drive to create the University of the South before joining the Confederate army as a general during the Civil War. (He was killed in battle.) A portrait known as “Sword Over the Gown” shows Polk vested as a bishop but with his Confederate uniform draped over a chair and his military sword beside him.The portrait, said to be a copy of the original, was moved from Convocation Hall to Sewanee’s archives, sparking a mix of support and criticism.The following year, Sewanee joined the Universities Studying Slavery. McCardell and other top administrators asked Register in August 2016 to lead the Sewanee Project on Slavery, and over the winter, Register and a graduate student, Tanner Potts, drafted a plan for the six-year project that launched in July 2017.Register expected to spend two or three years researching the history of the campus’s tributes to Kirby-Smith and other Confederate and slaveholding figures, inviting input from all sides before recommending any changes.By fall 2017, however, the work had grown in urgency.“We did not anticipate the way in which events would develop over the summer, and part of our mission all along was to evaluate and figure out what to do with the many, many memorials and monuments to the antebellum slaveholding order and the Confederacy on our campus,” Register said. “The events of Charlottesville accelerated the schedule for doing that.”Other Episcopal institutions, too, have fought to keep pace with current events while assessing what to do about Confederate symbols. Washington National Cathedral had embarked on what it thought would be a two-year process of discerning whether to keep or remove images of the Confederate flag in its stained-glass windows. After the violence in Charlottesville, the dean announced abruptly last fall that no further deliberation was needed, and the flags were removed.The clashes between hate groups and counterprotesters in Charlottesville centered around the city’s decision to take down a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. Soon after those clashes, McCardell said he was contacted by a descendant of Kirby-Smith asking that the memorial at Sewanee be moved to the campus cemetery, where it would be less likely to become a flashpoint for controversy.Edmund Kirby-Smith was a Confederate general who later taught mathematics at the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee, where this monument to the general is located. It was moved last year from this location to the university cemetery. Photo: Caroline CarsonMcCardell moved forward with that plan in the fall, after consulting with Register’s team about the history of the memorial. It had been proposed in the 1920s by the Daughters of the Confederacy, but because fundraising was difficult during the Great Depression, it wasn’t installed until 1940, Register said.His team confirmed the memorial was on campus property, dispelling rumors that the land had been given away long ago. And research into the memorial’s dedication ceremony, which bore a military motif and featured display of the Confederate battle flag, indicated that Kirby-Smith was honored more for his Civil War record than for his later career as a math professor.The university moved the memorial to the cemetery with little fanfare.“The idea is to understand things as best we can before we act,” Register said.Studying the past to shape Sewanee’s futureRegister, a native of Alabama, graduated from Sewanee in 1980 and has taught history at the university for 26 years. (He received his doctorate from Brown University, an early trailblazer among the Universities Studying Slavery.)As Register expanded his understanding of Sewanee’s ties to slavery and segregation, he gradually worked some of those details into his teaching and scholarly articles. About three years ago, he helped produce an exhibition on Sewanee manhood called “Founded to Make Men” that foreshadowed his present work with the Project on Slavery.“It changed how I thought about the history of the university,” Register said.His research suggested that Sewanee originally was conceived as a place where Southern men would be taught to be leaders of the slaveholding order in the antebellum South. He disputes criticisms that learning more about that history and its representation in present-day landmarks is a step toward “destroying the past.”“It’s quite the opposite,” he said. “We’re trying to better understand the past, and there’s a lot here that we need to know more about.”As examples, Register noted that some dormitories are named for Confederate military figures, such as Charles Todd Quintard, a Confederate chaplain who later became the Diocese of Tennessee’s first post-war bishop and served as Sewanee’s vice chancellor. (Quintard is celebrated by the Episcopal Church every Feb. 16.) Another dormitory is named for Josiah Gorgas, a Confederate general who later served as president of the University of Alabama.“I think Woody’s approach to this has been quite sound and in the best tradition of academia,” McCardell said. “Let’s study the issue from all angles. … The perspective of time ought never to be underestimated. The decisions made in the heat of the moment are not necessary the wisest decisions.”The work of the Project on Slavery has revealed how many connections to Sewanee’s antebellum roots are found scattered around the campus, sometimes in subtle ways, as with the various place names taken from the men who gave money for the university’s founding.“The Kirby-Smith memorial is an easy one to address, in a way,” Register said. “There are others. Our campus is paved with monuments and memorials.”Will changing the names of places on campus help achieve that goal? Register’s team is not yet ready to make recommendations, though there is a broad spectrum of options available, from changing names and moving monuments to creating digital resources that provide deeper historical context for landmarks that evoke an earlier era.“The most important thing first is that we make this history known and not make the argument that, that was long ago and it doesn’t matter,” Register said. “It does matter, and it should matter to us today.“And to be honest and forthright about it is critical, especially critical if you’re going to understand what having this history does for your thinking about the mission and the goals of the university.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Pittsburgh, PA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem March 7, 2018 at 12:58 am Descendants of slavers, and of Sewanee alum who celebrated that tradition, should indeed repent, seek to atone, seek to repair in behalf of our ancestors and to make amends for pride and privileges derived from slavery. The depth and perpetuation of our racism is manifested when whites presume to choreography reconciliation. I recommend dropping that term from the project. Sons and daughters of Sewanee alums are not the ANC. March 6, 2018 at 5:20 pm I’m greatful Sewanee is undertaking this project. I was christened in the Church of England. My mother chose not to worship as Anglican due to racism. When I moved to America as a young girl, I grew up in a different religion. I have since returned. America has the grave sin of slavery in its history. If we don’t talk about it, we will get nowhere. As a black woman, I am torn between having institutions tear down symbols or leave them up for historical value and discussion. I look forward to what The Episcopal Church is doing. Sewanee seeks untold story of university’s ties to slavery, segregation in reconciliation project Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Michelle Samuels says: Tags Rector Smithfield, NC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Music Morristown, NJ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Advocacy Peace & Justice, Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH David A. Elliott III says: Brenda Woemmel says: Lallie Lloyd says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA March 8, 2018 at 3:34 am Thank you for presenting this work. As a former long time EFM mentor (and graduate), Sewanee holds a special place in mhy heart. We need to be doing this in every corner of tne church. Theological Education Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Job Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel 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 By David PaulsenPosted Mar 6, 2018 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Dana Strong (Nick) Wyman says: March 7, 2018 at 1:13 am I was pleased to learn that Sewanee is pursuing historical research to present an accurate picture of the institution’srole and involvement with slavery, racism and discrimination. I look forward to the new scholarship and changes Sewanee will make to reconcile our Episcopal past with our goal to cleanse our soul as an institution for the 21st Century. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 March 6, 2018 at 5:11 pm Thank you for another great article by David Paulsen! I’m eager to see how we as a church grow and are transformed as we develop a shared and historically accurate understanding about how some benefited from slavery, others resisted slavery, and many were brutalized in ways that continue to harm individuals, families, communities, and our nation today. I wonder what our Episcopal independent schools would learn about their founders and histories were they to embark on similar journeys? March 7, 2018 at 1:06 am P S my dad, Sam Madison Powell loved Sewanee. He went to the academy and the college. The former presiding bishop, David Rose, who went on to seminary, was his classmate and good friend. Rector Tampa, FL Dianne Aid says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Albany, NY Rector Shreveport, LA March 6, 2018 at 4:20 pm Thanks for the catch, Peggy, and the history lesson. We’ve fixed that spelling. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME March 6, 2018 at 9:18 pm It is clear to me that all of this is being approached in a thoughtful, scholarly, sound manner. It is vital for us to be honest about our past, both with ourselves and with others. Sewanee is a distinguished institution of higher learning, with a national reputation that we want to maintain. The seminary has historically been, and I think continues to be, the nurturing place of important clergy leaders of the Episcopal Church — people who have made a great difference in our quest for justice and grace in the country, in the name of Jesus Christ and HIs Good News. It may be that some of the symbols on campus should be removed or changed and that others may remain, with a recast narrative to explain them and conscientiously celebrate their meaning to the university for good. This project is in good hands, and all of us should support it. Press Release Service Comments (10) March 6, 2018 at 4:06 pm The spring in Silver Spring, MD is singular. The town was named for ONE spring. Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Peggy Goldsmith says: Rector Bath, NC David Paulsen says: Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Featured Jobs & Calls Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL Rector Collierville, TN Racial Justice & Reconciliation, Submit a Press Release Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Peggy Dobbins says: Featured Events March 6, 2018 at 5:09 pm I attended both the College and the Seminary. For my Honors Degree(Optime Merins)from Seminary in 1969, I submitted a paper entitled “The Church and the Black Man” examining the Church’s relationship to slavery and the civil rights movement. 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Border Ministries Summit calls Christians serving migrants to common mission

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Events Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Refugees Migration & Resettlement An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Submit a Press Release Border Ministries Summit calls Christians serving migrants to common mission Emphasizes the complexities of border, immigration issues Submit an Event Listing Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID center_img Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ By Lynette Wilson Posted Nov 26, 2019 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Martinsville, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Knoxville, TN A section of the border wall cuts a line between Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Mexico. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Tucson, Arizona] The steel border fence separating Nogales, Arizona, from Nogales, Mexico, follows a rolling hill, and depending on the slope, residents can sit on their porches and watch life unfold on either side.It was the mayor of Nogales, Mexico, who in 1918 initiated a 6-foot wire fence separating the two cities, and countries, in a transborder “good fences make good neighbors” cooperative spirit.A hundred years of history ensued, families living on either side crossing over: adults to work and shop, children to attend school. Up until a few years ago when the United States installed steel mesh between the slats, families would gather at tables set on either side and share meals, passing homemade foods through the fence.Not anymore, though. A teenager’s death precipitated further separation.A mural of 16-year-old José Rodríguez memorializes him in Nogales, Mexico. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceIn October 2012, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent Lonnie Swartz fatally shot 16-year-old José Rodríguez through the fence, the Rev. Rodger Babnew said as he pointed to a single-story concrete building on the Mexico side that features a mural memorializing the teen.Babnew, a deacon serving St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Nogales, Arizona, is also a co-convener of Cruzando Fronteras, a Diocese of Arizona border ministry that, along with ecumenical partners, provides shelter, food, medical care and other assistance to migrants and asylum-seekers on the Mexico side of the border.On Nov. 21, opening day of the second annual Border Ministries Summit, Babnew and a caravan of Episcopalians and other Christians drove 70 miles along Interstate 19 from Tucson to Nogales to see the border wall firsthand. In all, 200 Christians from across the United States had gathered at Saint Philip’s in the Hills Episcopal Church in north Tucson’s Catalina foothills for the summit held Nov. 21-23.Summit participants learned about the 1,954-mile U.S.-Mexico border and its history, the U.S. immigration system, the impact of U.S. foreign and trade policy on societies and economies in Mexico and Central America, and the various ministries carried out by dioceses and churches along the border.Plans are underway for a third annual Border Ministries Summit to be held in San Diego, California, in 2020. From Brownsville, Texas, to San Diego, California, Episcopalians are providing humanitarian aid to migrants and asylum-seekers and, where possible, support to law enforcement officers in their parishes and communities.Historically, adult males made most of the attempts to cross the border, but in the last five or six years, families, women and unaccompanied minors – many fleeing violence in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala – have begun making the journey.It’s not uncommon to see the border wall, which in most places is vertical steel slats, cutting a line through cities and small towns along the border. The border region extends 60 miles north of the wall into the United States where border agents make random stops at checkpoints along interstates and highways. Most migrants and asylum-seekers entering the United States make their way to destinations further beyond the border, reuniting with family and friends in other parts of the country.From left, the Rev. David Chavez, Diocese of Arizona missioner for border ministries; Western Mexico Bishop Ricardo Gómez Osnaya; and El Salvador Bishop Juan David Alvarado walk along the border wall in Nogales, Arizona. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News Service“We’re inviting folks to recognize that the migrant journey just doesn’t stop at the border; it continues as people step into our immigration process. We are called to continue to walk with, serve and be transformed by migrants as they journey through the process,” the Rev. David Chavez, Diocese of Arizona missioner for border ministries and a summit convener, said in a conversation with Episcopal News Service.“I think the message is clear that the notion of ‘border’ is really fluid in this sense that a border is a horizon that we encounter whenever we encounter the other,” Chavez said. “It calls on us to find ways to go beyond our small communities, our zones of comfort, and maybe begin to bridge-build into communities of people who are radically different from us, and who may actually share the same mission that we share: to reach out, to be present, to walk with and to serve the stranger in our midst.”Anglican and Episcopal bishops gathered at the conference issued a statement at the summit’s end recognizing the Americas’ shared history and the human desire for a safe, violence-free, economically viable life.“We … acknowledge that North and Central America have a long history which we share, before the current nations existed. We have been bound together by shared cultures, languages and economies. We are in this situation together and we have been for centuries,” the statement read.“To the migrants we want to say we gathered here with you in our hearts. We see you, we hear you, and we wish to stand with you in our common search for security, dignity, justice, and community.“We also acknowledge that we are all seeking safety from violence and a peaceful way of life for our families. We stand against all criminal activity, the drugs which addict and enslave people, and those who would prey upon others through sex trafficking, kidnapping, and other forms of oppression.”Arizona Bishop Jennifer Reddall welcomes 200 Episcopalians and ecumenical partners to the second annual Border Ministries Summit at St. Philip’s in the Hills in Tucson, Arizona. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThe bishops representing the dioceses of Texas, Arizona, Rio Grande, Los Angeles and San Diego, recognizing the diversity of political ideologies among Episcopalians, stressed that Matthew 25 calls Christians to welcome the stranger.The first border summit took place in November 2018 in El Paso, Texas, at a time when migrant caravans from Central America arrived regularly at the U.S.-Mexico border in what became an unprecedented humanitarian crisis.Earlier this year, detention centers at the U.S. border were over capacity as a steady stream of migrants, many of them from Central America, but some from as far away as China, India, Eritrea and Angola, plus others fleeing Cuba, Venezuela and Brazil, continued to arrive. In April, U.S. Customs and Border Protection detained 109,144 migrants, the highest number since 2007, at the southwestern border.During a border summit session on Nov. 22, U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector Chief Roy Villareal, who joined the Tucson sector last March, acknowledged that the federal agency didn’t have the capacity in its detention centers and was not equipped to handle the humanitarian crisis at the border.In Arizona, Sarah Eary, who coordinates the asylum program for Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest, has been trying to get chaplains placed in migrant detention centers.“We want chaplains in all of them because we believe that the chaplaincy is there to provide the spiritual and emotional care that migrants need. … Our presence will not only care for the migrants, but will inhibit bad behavior from happening,” Eary told ENS.The U.S. Border Patrol Tucson Sector covers 262 miles of border, which is patrolled by 3,900 agents. On Nov. 22, Homeland Security announced it would expand the Trump administration’s Migrant Protection Protocols program to the Tucson sector. The MPP, commonly called “Remain in Mexico,” requires asylum-seekers to wait in Mexico, some in shelters, some on the streets, while U.S. officials process their cases.The effects of the Remain in Mexico program are visible in cities along the border. For instance, across the downtown bridge connecting Brownsville, Texas, to Matamoros, Mexico, the tent city that housed 20 or so families in May has grown to more than 200 tents, said Tatiana Hoecker, who volunteers with migrants in the Diocese of West Texas.President Donald Trump campaigned on anti-immigrant rhetoric and, since taking office, has banned immigrants from predominantly Muslim countries, gutted the federal refugee resettlement program, implemented policies separating families at the southern border, cut aid to Central America and imposed the Remain in Mexico restrictions.“The Trump administration’s policies are focused not only on curbing undocumented immigration, but also on substantially reducing legal immigration. From increasing bureaucracy, sending asylum-seekers back to Mexico and attempting to expand the ‘public charge’ provision, this administration’s aim is clear: They want fewer foreigners living in the United States, regardless of their immigration status,” said Rushad Thomas, policy adviser in the church’s Washington, D.C.-based Office of Government Relations.“The Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations works every day to fulfill our mandate from General Convention, to advocate for a more just and humane immigration system,” wrote Thomas in an email to ENS. “That includes standing up for the rights of asylum-seekers at the southern border. In collaboration with our partners in the immigration advocacy community, we have actively pushed back against the Migrant Protection Protocols (Remain in Mexico Policy). This policy has been detrimental to the safety of asylum-seekers. MPP flouts America’s moral obligation to provide a safe haven for individuals fleeing violence and persecution in their homelands.“OGR has also called upon lawmakers to provide humanitarian resources and real protection to our suffering sisters and brothers at the border,” he said.The Rev. Rodger Babnew, a deacon serving St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Nogales, Arizona, and a co-convener of Cruzando Fronteras, a Diocese of Arizona border ministry, led summit attendees on a tour of the U.S.-Mexico border in Nogales. Photo: Lynette Wilson/Episcopal News ServiceThirty-one percent of Arizona’s 7 million residents identify as Hispanic. Arizona was part of Mexico until 1848 and was the last territory in the lower 48 states admitted as a state in 1912, and it has 22 federally recognized Native American tribes.Connecting to one’s own story of migration and immigration can lead to compassion for others making the journey today, said Arizona Bishop Jennifer Reddall in a sermon preached during the summit’s Nov. 22 evening Eucharist.Reddall shared that, in the 1880s during the time of the German unification wars, one of her “great-great-great-great-great grandparents” sent their two boys, ages 12 and 14, to the United States from Germany.“I can’t imagine how much fear they must have had to set those two boys alone on a boat to a place they’d never been. They didn’t even go to family. They went to Chicago; they got with friends,” said Reddall. “Our family doesn’t think they were literate because there are no letters, no letters back and forth. And I wonder if that mother put those boys on that boat and never heard another word.”“I wonder if she lived with that doubt and that fear for her entire life. Think of so many mothers, so many fathers today who are having exactly the same conversation, exactly the same fear as my family did 140 years ago, and are making that same choice, that however bad that journey might be, however frightening the journey might be and however many perils may be on that journey, staying is worse,” she said.On Nov. 22, during the morning session, bishops and clergy serving in El Salvador and Mexico outlined the dangers their citizens face: the high rates of violence, death, femicide, gangs and cartels controlling territories and the governments’ failure to protect citizens.It’s critical that churches in the United States and churches in Central America and Mexico make connections and work together, said Western Mexico Bishop Ricardo Gómez Osnaya, during a presentation describing the violence in Mexico and shifting migration routes.“The church cannot give up its prophetic voice. … The church needs to be a change agent in this type of work,” said Gómez in Spanish as interpreted in English. “This type of work can be lonely.”Gómez attended last year’s summit along with 60 other people. The threefold increase in attendance this time indicates the level of interest people have in learning about the issues and partnering, he said.“The more we understand, the more we can respond. But we can’t forget we are the church, and we must care for each other,” Gómez said.Twenty of the Diocese of Arizona’s churches, including Grace St. Paul’s in Tucson, which is involved in the sanctuary movement, have ministries serving migrants. Back in Nogales, Cruzando Fronteras has the capacity to serve 200 asylum-seekers in two shelters. It also offers opportunities for people to visit the border, which Anthony Suggs, the Diocese of Colorado’s missioner for advocacy and social justice did in early November when he spent six days alongside Babnew experiencing the border from different angles.“We were able to cross the border three times to spend time with the families staying at El Torres, one of Cruzando Fronteras’ shelters, hearing their stories and learning from their experiences. One resident, Eduardo, said over and over again, ‘I only need one chance. I only need one chance to make sure my family has la buena vida (the good life),’” said Suggs.During his visit to Nogales, Suggs heard from border patrol agents who expressed opposition to expanding the border wall, and they asserted that it’s Congress’s job to fix the broken immigration system, not theirs, he said.“We also had the opportunity to hike through the desert with the [Tucson] Samaritans, placing water along known migrant trails. All along the way, we saw sun-bleached scraps of clothing, remnants of the many journeys that had taken place there,” he told ENS. “Finally, we bore witness to a streamlined hearing at the federal courthouse in Tucson where, in a mere 90 minutes, 75 people were found guilty of illegally crossing the border and sentenced to deportation. A little less than one person a minute.”His experience in Nogales and his attendance at the border ministries summit allowed him not only to learn, but to make connections with others engaged in serving migrants, asylum-seekers and immigrants across the church.“Learning from bishops south and north of the border, a clear message emerged: We must act together, and we must act now,” Suggs said. “I have family members and loved ones who have been or are at risk for deportation. I’m not interested in waiting around while their lives in this country are at risk.”– Lynette Wilson is a reporter and managing editor of Episcopal News Service. 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Arsenal’s Theo Walcott launches the 2008 Mascot Grand National

first_img ARSENAL star Theo Walcott is promoting the 10th John Smith’s Mascot Grand National which will be run at Huntingdon Racecourse this autumn.Theo is involved as an ambassador for the event’s official charity – the Willow Foundation which provides special days for seriously ill 16 to 40 year olds.The England international took time out of his training schedule to be pictured with Hugo The Hound, Gunnersaurus and Sedge The Field Mouse who will be among the competitors in this year’s race on Sunday 5 October.With the race reaching its 10th anniversary, the Cambridgeshire racecourse is aiming to attract more than 100 mascots to take part in the madcap event which gains a worldwide television and online audience for the crazy antics of theparticipants.The Willow Foundation, founded by former Arsenal goalkeeper Bob Wilson OBE and his wife Megs after their daughter died of cancer aged 31, will be the beneficiary of fund raising around the John Smith’s Mascot Grand National.Theo Walcott said: “The Willow Foundation helps people my age so what they do really means something to me. The Arsenal connection and the opportunity to work with a legend like Bob Wilson make it extra special. I’m pleased to be helping make more special days possible.”The Mascot Grand National – sponsored by John Smith’s, the sponsors of the actual Grand National – is the highlight of every year for Britain’s mascots.Mascots the length and breadth of the country step up their training as they prepare for the big day.It’s a hilarious occasion when upwards of 70 mascots run, walk, stagger and stumble over obstacles on a gruelling one-furlong – 220 yards – course.There’s been mayhem, controversy, accusations of gamesmanship, and claims of ‘ringers’ over the years since this madcap race began in 1999, but strict rules now ensure good clean fun.Sophie Hodgkinson, managing director of Huntingdon Racecourse, said: “The John Smith’s Mascot Grand National has grown in size and popularity year after year. We’re targeting 100 runners this year for the 10th running of the race.”The John Smith’s Mascot Grand National kicks off an afternoon of jump racing at the Cambridgeshire racecourse.MASCOT GRAND NATIONAL HISTORY1999: The Mascot Grand National was born as 17 mascots took part in one of the most unusual sights ever seen on a racecourse. Beau Brummie Bulldog, of Birmingham City FC, won.2000: Word spread, and 49 mascots lined up, with Watford FC’s Harry the Hornet stinging the bookmakers in a flying finish.2001: Controversy as Freddie the Fox was first past the post, but turned out to be an Olympic athlete. Uproar ensued, and Dazzler the Lion (Rushden & Diamonds FC) roared as he was proclaimed the new winner.2002: Chaddy the Owl (Oldham Athletic FC) flew to victory amidst claims that he was another ‘ringer’. The accusations were unfounded – it had been Chaddy’s vigorous training routine that enabled him to wing it.2003: For the second year Chaddy the Owl was crowned victor, but only after several rivals were distracted by a female streaker. An attempted £10,000 betting coup using a Commonwealth Games gold medallist as Sedge the Field Mouse failed when one of the rodent’s feet fell off.2004: The year of Graham the Gorilla, the mascot of local football club Finedon Volta FC, who sent the crowd bananas.2005: The bookies expected Chaddy and Graham to dominate, but the Sun newspaper’s Scoop 6 Squirrel drove everyone nuts with a stunning turn of foot.2006: Football charity Kick 4 Life’s mascot Mickey The Monkey proved he was the business despite an attempted ‘rugby’ tackle on him in the closing stages. Sammy Saint was second for the second year.2007: Wacky Macky Bear saw off the 2006 winner Mickey the Monkey to win for Saffron Walden FC on his Grand National debut.RACECOURSE ADMISSION DETAILSAdmission on Sunday 5 October: Main Enclosure £15; Picnic Enclosure £8. Accompanied children under 16 – free.Parking: Free.Times: Gates open at 12.10pm. John Smith’s Mascot Grand National at 1.10pm. First horse race 2.10pm.Contact information: telephone 01480 453373 or email [email protected] sites:www.huntingdon-racecourse.co.ukwww.themascotgrandnational.co.ukwww.johnsmiths.co.ukwww.willowfoundation.org.uk  30 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity Events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 27 August 2008 | News Arsenal’s Theo Walcott launches the 2008 Mascot Grand National About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. 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McDonald’s CEO to speak at Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry

first_imgTickets will go on sale Nov. 1 for $25 each and tables of 10 for $250. Bus transportation will be available from West Lafayette, and advance parking permits for the fairgrounds are also for sale. Tickets can be ordered by phone at 765-494-8593 or by downloading the order form at www.ag.purdue.edu/agalumni.                  Home Indiana Agriculture News McDonald’s CEO to speak at Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry Facebook Twitter Thompson has helped drive business results and global strategic innovation across McDonald’s since joining the company in 1990.  He has held key leadership positions in the company’s largest business segment – McDonald’s U.S.A. – including as division president, chief operating officer and president. In 2010, Thompson was appointed president and COO and became CEO two years later. Thompson serves on the boards of Purdue University, McDonald’s Corp., Ronald McDonald House Charities, Catalyst and Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He also is a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club, The Economic Club, World Business Chicago and the Arthur M. Brazier Foundation. Thompson received a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering from Purdue and an honorary doctorate in science from Excelsior College. Facebook Twitter Previous articleThings You Did Not Hear in the MediaNext articleCrop Updates Return With Indiana Harvest Progress Gary Truitt The Fish Fry will be held at the Marsh Blue Ribbon Pavilion beginning at 11:30 a.m. center_img McDonald’s CEO to speak at Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry SHARE SHARE By Gary Truitt – Oct 21, 2013 Don ThompsonDon Thompson, a Purdue alumnus, will speak about the path he took from being a Purdue engineering graduate to his current position in leading the world’s largest food service company, which employs 1.8 million people worldwide. He also will share a view into “the McDonald’s you may not know,” focusing on how the company maintains the quality of the food it serves to 69 million customers in 119 countries daily.  “We’re very excited to have Don Thompson as our featured speaker at the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry,” said Jay Akridge, Glenn W. Sample Dean of Purdue Agriculture. “He is an exceptional leader, a Boilermaker, a member of our Board of Trustees and CEO of the world’s leading food service retailer. His message will be one our College of Agriculture alumni, friends and stakeholders won’t want to miss.”last_img read more

Crisis in Arakan State and New Threats to Freedom of News and Information

first_imgReports June 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Crisis in Arakan State and New Threats to Freedom of News and Information May 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News May 31, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture Demonstrations against foreign news media were held in front of Rangoon City Hall on 11 June and on 14 June about 20 people gathered outside the British embassy to protest about foreign coverage of the violence in Arakan.The protesters, who also targeted the organization Burma Campaign UK, accused international news outlets and NGOs of portraying the clashes as a religious conflict. They also favoured the idea that foreign news agencies should support the Rohingyas. These activities heightened the dangers for all reporters in Arakan state. Help by sharing this information In addition, a malicious online smear campaign was launched against the Democratic Voice of Burma, already targeted by demonstrators protesting about foreign coverage of the violence. After publishing several articles on its website and on the Facebook pages of its journalists, the organization received numerous abusive messages by email and in comments on Facebook, including some that were threatening. It was forced to remove many of the comments as a result.On 9 June, the DVB website — amongst others — was the target of a Distributed Denial-of-Service Attack (DDoS) by hackers. MyanmarAsia – Pacific According to DVB, whose cyber-security expert did an analysis, around 500 Internet users attacked both versions of its website (both the English and Burmese language versions). A group of hackers called Blink claimed responsibility for the attack on their own site and urged other hackers to follow suit, explaining the procedures for participating. Religious slogans could also be read on the site.Government response – control and crackdownUnfortunately, in an effort to regulate media coverage and calm the most bellicose Internet users, the government relied above all on threats and reinforcement of its control of the media, returning the newly-expanded media freedoms to the level that existed before the onset of reform in 2011.During a 10 June press briefing covered by the exile newspaper Irrawaddy, Rangoon chief minister Myint Swe openly threatened to bring criminal charges against news media “undermining state security or spreading news that could cause disorder” in their coverage of the clashes.He said they could be prosecuted under Section 5 of the Emergency Provisions Act and Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code. According to Section 5 (j) of the Emergency Provisions Act, actions that “affect the morality or conduct of the public or a group of people in a way that would undermine the security of the union or the restoration of law and order” are punishable by up to seven years in prison or an unspecified fine.Under Section 505 (b) of the Penal Code, any action “with intent to cause, or which is likely to cause, fear or alarm to the public or to any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the state or against the public tranquillity” is punishable by up to two years in prison.Gen. Tint Swe, the head of the Press Scrutiny and Registration Division (PSRD), usually referred to as the press scrutiny board, told the media that all news reports about the violence in Arakan state would have to be submitted to his department before publication, in effect restoring the old system of prior censorship that had virtually ceased to exist since the start of the year. MyanmarAsia – Pacific The Rangoon correspondent of the New York Times, Thomas Fuller, was attacked personally and publicly for a story he wrote on 10 June about the clashes between Rohingyas and Rakhines.center_img RSF_en News The demonstrators’ placards bore such slogans as  “International media stop stating this as religious conflict”, “Rohingya is not Myanmar ethnicity”, “Burma Campaign UK STOP propaganda” and “Respect our sovereignty”.Taking particular issue with the coverage by the BBC and the Democratic Voice of Burma, which they said was intentionally distorted, they dubbed the two organizations “Bengali Broadcasting Corporation” and “Democratic Voice of Bengali”. In November 2011, the BBC, under pressure from Internet users was forced to change a map of Burma that it had published online. It was criticized for not having a photo or representation of the Rakhine ethnic group in Arakan state, while it specified that it had been settled by Rohingyas, illustrated with a photo. to go further The government lost no time in carrying out its threats. In fact, when the weekly Snapshot (Hlyat Tabyet in Burmese) published a photo of the rape victim on 9 June, the PSRD suspended its licence indefinitely the same day. Irrawaddy quoted Snapshot editor Myat Khine as saying that the photo had been circulating online for several days before he published it, and that he could not therefore be accused for fuelling the violence.He added: “It is very clear that nothing has changed and that we are not getting any closer to democracy.”The government also failed in its duty to inform the public, remaining silent until it finally gave a news conference on 15 June, five days after declaring a state of emergency in Arakan state. It was only then that it provided the media with information about developments in the crisis and about the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. curfew imposed in some of the region’s cities.“We cannot write whatever we want,” Maung Wuntha, a well-known writer and journalist and co-founder of the weekly Pyithu Khit, told Reuters. “We can only write what the press scrutiny board approves (…) and despite that, we were warned,” he added, referring to warnings about the consequences of coverage regarded by the government as harmful.Manipulated information?Several journalists who have followed the crisis from the outset drew Reporters Without Borders’ attention to the possible manipulation of news and information by different interest groups.In their view, information has been manipulated in an ad hoc or premeditated manner with the apparent aim of achieving an increased role for the military as the only possible guarantor of public order and security, or undermining support for Aung San Suu Kyi, whose absence on an extended European tour has strangely coincided with crisis. “Being forced by media pressure to take a position on the crisis would obviously be damaging for her,” a Burmese journalist said.While it is unlikely that a crisis of this kind could have been premeditated, several contradictions and unanswered questions require a thorough investigation into the events that triggered the conflict and the roles played by various community organizations and the Burmese military and government.How the photo of Ma Thida Htwe’s lifeless body ended up online is unclear. Some say a person close to the president posted it on their Facebook page and then removed it after it began to circulate. Similarly, the photos of the three rape suspects also circulated very quickly online, prompting some journalists to wonder how the general public could have such rapid access to such sensitive information. The three suspects were arrested on 30 May, just two days after the rape. Their arrest contradicts claims that the mob that lynched the 10 “Rohingyas” in Taungup on 3 June, five days after the rape,  thought they were the rapists.The Kyaukphyu provincial court sentenced two of the three suspects to death on 18 June. According to the government press, the third suspect took his own life on 9 June.Finally, an analysis of the origin of the IP addresses used in the DDoS attack on the DVB site on 9 June showed that at least 75 of them were in Russia or Singapore. In Russia, the attackers were reportedly located in universities in Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Kaluga, all of which have Burmese students (mostly officers from the Burma’s military) studying information technology or nuclear engineering. This concerted attack is unlikely to have been a spontaneous response by Burmese Internet users to DVB’s coverage.Conclusion Racism, xenophobia and hate messages – do the Burmese media have too much freedom? Hanna Hindstrom of Democratic Voice of Burma thinks that “there is no doubt that the freedom enjoyed by the nascent media has played a key role in intensifying the religious tension.” Specifically, the biased way that certain media, those controlled by the State in particular, covered the rape and the lynching and the fact that they reported the ethnic and religious origins of those involved and referred to the Rohingyas as “Kalars” clearly exacerbated the tension.Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association recognize the importance of the role played by social media, especially Facebook, and by certain Burmese print, broadcast and online media in extending and even amplifying the crisis.However, the two organizations caution against any use of these events to justify renewed harassment and censorship of the Burmese news media. The Burmese media do not have too much freedom and there are no grounds for renewed enforcement of the repressive laws which the military introduced in 1962 and which are still in effect. The Printers and Publishers Registration Law, the Electronics Act and the press scrutiny board’s directives are not viable ways for preventing xenophobic or racist excesses.The excesses of certain media during the crisis have highlighted the enormous challenges that the Burmese media are facing as they emerge from 50 years of censorship. Rather than repressive measures, what the media really require is self-regulation. Liberalization of the media needs to be accompanied by the development of an appropriate code of conduct, which only journalists can do, not the government.The Burmese media saw several repressive laws and the military’s draconian censorship relaxed during 2011.  The media were progressively exempted from prior censorship and, as a result, critical articles and controversial interviews were published during the campaign for the partial parliamentary elections.Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association believe that the current reinforcement of government control of the media is a mistake. Maintaining it would constitute a very disturbing step backwards.We point out that the head of the PSRD, Tint Swe, had announced that it would be disbanded at the end of June.In the light of this information, Reporters Without Borders and its partner organization, the Burma Media Association, make the following recommendations:To the Burmese government:1) The threats of criminal sanctions against journalists and restoration of prior censorship constitute a serious danger for democracy and should be rescinded without delay.2) The proportionality of sanctions and the right to information about matters of public interest must be guaranteed.To this end, the proceedings against the weekly Snapshot must be abandoned and the suspension of its publishing licence must be rescinded.3) Burmese and foreign media must be granted access to Arakan state when they request it. The safety of reporters must be guaranteed when they accompany security forces.Current developments show that freedom of information should no longer be regarded as just the fruit of the country’s democratization but as a factor that contributes actively to it.4) A legal framework for the media, including online media, and protective measures for the media must be drafted before the continuation of the economic reforms.To this end, the draft “media law” that parliament is supposed to discuss on 4 July should be published without delay and should be the subject of consultation with the different Burmese and international civil society organizations before its adoption.If the proposed press council had already existed, it could have played a decisive role in moderating coverage of the crisis and reminding the media of the rules of professional ethics and conduct and their duty to provide the Burmese public in its entirety with objective and restrained news coverage.5) The creation of this press council should be transparent and should be carried out with a great deal of care. No affiliation of any kind with the government would be acceptable.  The presence of any government official within the council would not be acceptable either.To the Burmese and international media:In the absence of a satisfactory legislative framework offering real protection to all the media, in the absence of institutions such as a Press Council, and given the polarization or inexperience of some journalists: 1) News organizations must urgently remind their journalists of the requirements of professional ethics and must organize special meetings on covering the crisis.2) Taking account of the varying levels of human and financial resources available to different media, reporters should be given accelerated special training to prepare them for the security problems they could encounter while covering the conflicts in Arakan state.3) The media community needs to close ranks. Rivalry and competition help to create a healthy environment for the media but excessive antagonism may obstruct news coverage and contribute to confusion about what is actually happening on the ground. IntroductionOn 28 May 2012, Ma Thida Htwe, a 27-year-old Burmese woman, was raped and killed by a group of men in the town of Kyaukphyu in the western state of Arakan.A few days after the murder, photographs of the victim were circulated on Facebook. In early June, shots of three men named and identified as the perpetrators of the gang rape were also published. Subsequently, these photos were widely shared on the social network before being published by a Burmese media organization.News about the crime circulated on the Web before being published and broadcast by the media. The speed with which it spread illustrates the growth in Internet freedom in Burma.From the start, however, details of the religious and ethnic backgrounds of the victim and the perpetrators have influenced the way this tragic incident has been viewed, with the media highlighting the fact that the victim was a Buddhist Rakhine and the alleged perpetrators were Rohingya Muslims. This has had the effect of heightening ethnic tension, turning the Internet into a virtual battleground. In this tense atmosphere, a bus carrying 10 passengers identified as Rohingyas was stopped by an angry crowd in the town of Taungup on 3 June. The occupants were killed and two days later photos of their bodies were circulated in the public media. Some even branded them as “Kalar”, a pejorative term for Rohingyas and Bengalis living in the west of Burma. The incident triggered an outbreak of violence. Clashes and vandalism spread throughout the state, including the capital Sittwe. More than 50 people were killed and more than 2,500 houses and religious buildings set on fire, and more than 30,000 people forced to flee their homes.For the first time since he took office, President Thein Sein declared a state of emergency in Arakan on 10 June, authorizing troops to take effective control of the region and restore law and order, by force if necessary.The media coverage of the communal violence, as well as the steps taken by the government in response to the way the events have been reported, represent new threats to freedom of news and information in Burma. Although the crisis is not yet over and it is too early to draw the necessary conclusions to bring about an improvement, Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association, in a preliminary assessment, are concerned that the news may have been deliberately manipulated, perhaps in a premeditated fashion, in order to fan the current crisis.   Foreign media hamstrung by lack of access and partisan sourcesWhile Burmese news organizations were present in, or were able to get to, the towns where the early clashes took place, including the attack on the Rohingyas on the bus, foreign news agencies only arrived after 8 or 9 June, two days before the state of emergency was declared.According to one agency journalist who asked to remain anonymous, reporters were in a precarious position and pressure from the local population was so strong that they had to return to Rangoon to be able to file their stories and photographs safely. “Safety conditions for reporters changed after the state or emergency was declared by the Burmese president on 10 June,” said the regional manager for one agency. Reporters were able to follow the security forces, who tolerated their presence but offered no real protection. This foreign news agency official added: “Burmese society’s ideological perceptions obviously influenced the Burmese reporters and stringers employed by foreign media. When they were sent into the field, they may on some occasions have allowed themselves to be influenced by their perceptions and thereby affect the quality of the reports they were filing.”A Burmese from Arakan state told Reporters Without Borders in Paris: “The Burmese services of foreign media organizations are subjected to three types of pressure: from the Burmese authorities with whom they deal directly, from parties, associations or organizations supporting them, and internal pressure stemming from their own teams’ difficulties in distancing themselves from the conflict. “I am often asked by foreign media organizations to given interviews. But in the case of this conflict, those same organizations have been unwilling to put in writing the information I gave them, although it was first-hand.  News organizations have quickly realized that it is a sensitive subject, and some have been forced to ‘moderate’ their coverage.”The crisis is also a highly sensitive subject outside Burma. On 15 June, troops from the Border Guard Bangladesh prevented journalists from talking to residents of areas where Rohingyas had taken refuge. Explaining this constraint on access to information, a BGB officer told the newspaper New Age: “We have been instructed by the foreign ministry to ensure that international organisations and NGOs are not allowed to use the recent incidents to embarrass the government.”Ten days after the state or emergency was declared and a lull in the violence was repeatedly announced, the Arakan Rohingya Union issued an appeal for the region to be opened to the international media, saying many victims and refugees felt a sense of isolation. Organisation Follow the news on Myanmar May 26, 2021 Find out more RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum News Attacks on foreign news organizationsSoon after the start of the crisis, the polarization of a section of the population led to the coverage by some foreign and exile media organizations being questioned. Smear campaigns were launched in the form of public protests and online articles. These often virulent attacks made the job further of reporters and correspondents in the target organizations more difficult.     Report written by : Benjamin Ismaïl Head of Asia-Pacific Desk – Reporters Without Borders – Paris – France Tel : +33 1 44 83 84 70 Email: [email protected], [email protected] Twitter: @RSFAsiaPacific, @RSF_Asia (中文) Facebook : facebook.com/reporterssansfrontieres Skype: rsfasia Website: http://en.rsf.org/asia,2.html BURMA MEDIA ASSOCIATION (BMA) Contact : Maung Maung Myint – Email : [email protected] last_img read more