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European construction stagnates

first_img More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this Monday 28 February 2011 8:14 pm whatsapp KCS-content Construction in much of Europe is set to stagnate in 2011, the Munich-based Ifo Institute think tank said yesterday. Construction volume in 19 selected European countries will total €1.28 trillion, slightly below 2010’s level. In Ireland and Spain the already precarious situation will worsen, Ifo expects, while there is better news in the east, with construction set to expand in the Czech Republic, Slobakia and Poland. Sharecenter_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepedia Show Comments ▼ European construction stagnates Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Produce Buying Company Limited ( 2003 Annual Report

first_imgProduce Buying Company Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about Produce Buying Company Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Produce Buying Company Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Produce Buying Company Limited (  2003 annual report.Company ProfileProduce Buying Company Limited (PBC) is a licensed buying company for cocoa. The company is one of the biggest dealers in cocoa, sheanut and other cash crops in West Africa sub-regions. PBC Ltd buys high quality cocoa beans and sheanuts from farmers, prepares and stores the stock in purpose-built warehouses and delivers graded and sealed stock to designated collection points at Take Over Centres. The stock is inspected, graded and sealed by the Ghana Cocoa Board’s Quality Control Department. The cocoa buying company operates in an environment of stiff competition from other licensed buying companies but has remained the highest cocoa purchaser for COCOBOD with a market share of about 30%. PBC Ltd has established alliances with other international cocoa trading companies to roll out schemes to increase the yield and acreage of cocoa among rural farmers and improve their livelihoods. Produce Buying Company Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Secure Electronic Technology Plc ( Q12014 Interim Report

first_imgSecure Electronic Technology Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Secure Electronic Technology Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Secure Electronic Technology Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Secure Electronic Technology Plc (  2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileSecure Electronic Technology Plc holds the license to operate the national lottery in Nigeria. Formerly known as the National Sports Lottery, the company has an exclusive 30-year license granted by the Federal Government of Nigeria and governed by the National Lotteries Act 2005. Secure Electronic Technology Plc provides the infrastructure and technology to run the lottery and gaming products. Games managed by Secure Electronic Technology Plc includes 60F49, the newest Jackpot game; 2Sure, the game with the highest payout; 50F90, a fixed-odds game with a pre-determined payout; and Betwazobia, a dedicated 24/7 mobile and online game platform. Secure Electronic Technology Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Secure Electronic Technology Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

4 UK dividend-paying penny stocks I’d buy for my Stocks and Shares ISA

first_img Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images Right now I’m looking for top-quality UK shares to add to my Stocks and Shares ISA. Here are four great penny stocks I’d happily invest in today.#1: Safe as housesA lot of people don’t like to buy penny stocks. This is because their low liquidity can result in severe price volatility. Personally speaking, I don’t think that Residential Secure Income is a terrifying pick for long-term investors like me. That’s not just because over a period of years quality shares should overcome any short-to-medium choppiness and rise strongly in price. It’s because this penny stock invests in shared ownership and rented residential properties, one of the most defensive property segments out there. I like this British stock even though its acquisition-led growth strategy could throw up unexpected problems later down the line.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…#2: A dirt-cheap penny stockCostain Group is another UK share that packs plenty of punch on the dividend front. The engineering services provider sports a mighty 5.5% dividend yield for 2021. But this isn’t the only reason this particular penny stock has caught my attention. The UK share trades on a forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of around 8 times. Okay, Costain suffered an eye-watering loss last year, and another one could be coming down the pipe if the coronavirus crisis explodes again. But I think these risks could be baked into the price. Indeed, I think Costain could deliver strong profits growth over the next decade as infrastructure spending in Britain detonates.#3: Make monster gains down in AfricaAirtel Africa’s dividend yields might not be as electrifying as those of Costain Group. But the company’s forward yield still sits at a meaty 3.8%. It’s a reading that beats the 3.5% corresponding average for UK shares by a decent margin. I’d back this penny stock to deliver meaty profits and thus dividend growth throughout this new decade, too, as telecoms demand in its emerging markets balloons. The company is seeking to raise the annual dividend “by a mid to high single digit percentage” from now on. Though bear in mind that high net debt levels ($3.5bn worth as of March) could disrupt these good intentions.#4: Dividend yields north of 7%!At 99p per share GCP Infrastructure Investments falls just inside penny stock territory below £1. It’s a stock I think is worth serious attention because of its enormous 7.1% dividend yield. As the name suggests, this UK share is involved in the creation of infrastructure projects. But because it invests in the debt than these building programmes rack up rather than spending to acquire equity, this investment trust is a less-risky way to play this market. It’s a point that my Foolish colleague Jack Tang has discussed in some detail.  Remember though that 60% of its property portfolio is in the highly-regulated renewable energy sector. This leaves future profit levels at the mercy of lawmakers. Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! 4 UK dividend-paying penny stocks I’d buy for my Stocks and Shares ISA Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge!center_img Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Royston Wild | Monday, 7th June, 2021 The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar 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. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Royston Wildlast_img read more

Curry y Jennings instan al líder de la Cámara de…

first_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Human Sexuality, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Featured Jobs & Calls General Convention 2018, President of the House of Deputies, Advocacy Peace & Justice, Course Director Jerusalem, Israel [Episcopal News Service] El obispo primado Michael Curry y la presidente de la Cámara de Diputados, Rda. Gay Clark Jennings le han escrito una segunda carta al presidente de la Cámara de Representantes de Texas, Joe Straus, instándole a mantenerse firme en su oposición al empeño de la legislatura de ese estado de aprobar una “ley de baños” durante la actual sesión especial.La Iglesia Episcopal debe reunirse en Austin, Texas, del 5 al 13 de julio de 2018, y Jennings le dijo al Consejo Ejecutivo en junio que, “estamos observando atentamente la situación para garantizar la seguridad y dignidad de todos los que viajen a la Convención General el verano próximo”.Curry y Jennings le escribieron a Straus en febrero, agradeciéndole su posición contra el proyecto de ley. Sin embargo, la carta advierte que la Iglesia trasladó la Convención General de Houston a Honolulu en 1955 porque la ciudad de Texas no pudo brindar suficientes garantías de alojamientos desegregados para sus delegados.“Lamentaríamos profundamente  que el Proyecto de Ley 6 del Senado nos presentara la misma difícil opción que los líderes de la Iglesia enfrentaron hace más de 60 años”, escribieron Curry y Jennings.El Proyecto de Ley 6 del Senado de Texas exigiría que los transexuales usen baños en las escuelas públicas, edificios del gobierno y universidades públicas basándose en lo que el proyecto de ley llama su “sexo biológico” tal como aparece en su certificación de nacimiento. La ley también abrogaría las ordenanzas municipales contra la discriminación en ciudades como Austin, Dallas y San Antonio.El Senado estatal ha aprobado el proyecto de ley, pero la Cámara no se ha pronunciado [al respecto todavía]. El gobernador de Texas Greg Abbott le ha pedido a la Legislatura  que regrese para la sesión especial que comenzó el 18 de julio y dijo que quiere que los legisladores aprueben el proyecto de ley.En marzo, Curry y Jennings encabezaban la lista de signatarios de un informe de mediación amistoso presentado por 1.800 clérigos y líderes religiosos ante el Tribunal Supremo de EE.UU. en un proceso judicial que incluía las normas sobre el uso de baños [públicos] para transexuales.Jennings le dijo al Consejo que ella, Curry y otros también estaban atentos a las impugnaciones legales al Proyecto de Ley 4 del Senado de Texas, que amenaza a los agentes de orden público con severas penas si no cooperan con las autoridades federales de inmigración. Este proyecto de ley también les permite a los agentes de la policía que averigüen el estatus migratorio de las personas sujetas a arrestos o detenidas por [presuntas] infracciones de tránsito.A continuación el texto de la carta más reciente:19 de julio de 2017Honorable Sr. Joe StrausPresidente de la CámaraP.O. Box 2910Austin, Texas 78768Estimado presidente Straus:Desde que le escribimos en febrero expresándole nuestra preocupación acerca del Proyecto de Ley 6 del Senado, hemos observado con gratitud como usted ha resistido los esfuerzos de consagrar la discriminación contra nuestros hermanas y hermanos transexuales en la normativa de Texas. Le escribimos ahora para instarle a permanecer firme en su oposición durante la actual sesión especial de la Legislatura.En nuestro carácter de funcionarios ejecutivos de la Iglesia Episcopal,  estamos firmemente opuestos a las “leyes de baños” y en particular rechazamos la idea de que [esas leyes] protejan a las mujeres y los niños. Como clérigos que recordamos las leyes  de segregación racista de baños que pretendían proteger a las personas blancas, sabemos el tipo de odio y temor que las leyes discriminatorias pueden perpetuar.Le estamos especialmente agradecidos por sus recientes comentario en el que reconocía el grave perjuicio emocional y espiritual que la discriminación causa a los transexuales. En mayo, una revisión de más de cuarenta estudios llevados a cabo a lo largo de casi dos décadas reveló que las personas transexuales intentan suicidarse 22 veces más a menudo que el público en general. Su oposición a las leyes de baños es una manera importante de ayudar a prevenir tragedias en familias texanas, y le estamos agradecidos por su valor moral y su liderazgo.Como usted sabe, la Iglesia Episcopal apoya las leyes locales, estatales y federales que previenen la discriminación por identidad o expresión de género y se opone a cualquier legislación que procure negar la dignidad, igualdad y derechos civiles de personas transexuales. Por tener actualmente programada nuestra Convención General trienal —un evento de nueve días de duración que incluye la asistencia de unas 10.000 personas— en Austin, en julio de 2018, estamos prestándole especial atención a las noticias que surjan de su sesión especial.Estamos muy interesados en mantener nuestra convención en Texas. Sin embargo, tal como le escribimos en febrero, debemos ser capaces de garantizar que  todos los episcopales y visitantes a nuestra Convención, incluidas las personas transexuales, sean tratados con respeto, se mantengan seguros y se les proporcione servicios públicos conforme a sus identidades sexuales.En 1955, nos vimos obligados a trasladar una Convención General de Houston a otro estado porque las leyes de Texas impedían que los episcopales negros y blancos fuesen tratados de la misma manera. No pudimos tolerar entonces que los episcopales fuesen discriminados, y no podemos tolerarlo ahora. Sería particularmente desafortunado si esta sesión especial de la Legislatura de Texas nos impusiera la misma difícil opción a que se enfrentaron los líderes de la Iglesia hace más de sesenta años.Lo instamos a permanecer firme en su oposición a cualquier ley de baños presentadas en la sesión especial, y le damos las gracias por su continuo compromiso en pro de que Texas siga siendo un estado acogedor para todos los hijos de Dios.Atentamente,Rvdmo. Michael B. CurryObispo PrimadoRda. 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Charity and voluntary projects named in semi-final of 2009 National Lottery Awards

first_img• Angus Care and Repair’s Small Repairs Service• Belfast Adventure Learning Park• Family Sign & Support• Fledglings• Harbour Place Day Centre• Harmless• Out of School Clubs for Young People with Autism• Partners in Politics• Sue’s Place: The Newark and Notts Child Bereavement and Loss Centre• The Bread MakerThe winning projects, across seven award categories, will receive national recognition on a special BBC 1 TV show later this year, and a £2,000 cash prize to spend on their project.This year’s National Lottery Awards are supported by broadcaster, Jackie Brambles. She says: “This year, The National Lottery is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. Since it began, Lottery players have raised – £25 million per week for Good Causes and the Awards recognise the amazing talent and hard work of the people involved in running many amazing projects.”About The National Lottery AwardsNow in their sixth successful year, The National Lottery Awards recognise the difference that Lottery-funded projects – both big and small – make to local communities, and celebrate the achievements of the people behind them.Voting for the semi-finals started at 9am on Monday 22 June and ends at midday on Friday 10 July. For further information, and to register a vote, go three projects in each category with the most number of votes will go through to the finals of the Awards and another round of public voting later in August.-Ends-For further information please contact:Jessica Cain Tel: 020 7211 3991 email:[email protected] to Editors• Further information on the semi-finalists in the Best Arts Project category projects and voting numbers go• There are seven categories in the Awards, each reflecting an area of Lottery funding: Arts; Education; Environment; Health; Heritage, Sport and Voluntary/Charity• Calls will cost 5p from a BT land-line. Calls from other networks may vary, calls from mobiles could cost considerably more. Callers are advised to check with their telephone network provider to be certain of the cost. No profit will be made from the cost of the phone vote by NLPU or The National Lottery• Voting will be independently monitored by Electoral Reform Services• For the second year running the Voluntary/Charity category is sponsored by Woman magazine. Woman is the number one variety-packed women’s weekly. It delivers a modern mix of hot celebrity news, juicy TV insider gossip, compelling real life stories, body confident fashion and beauty, and an up-to-the-minute lifestyle section. Woman is published by IPC Media• This year the Health category is sponsored by “For Women by Women” – is the future of female online communities, innovative and creative, a place where over 3 million women meet to chat, discuss problems, share experiences, speak their minds, get all the latest celebrity, fashion, and style news, but first and foremost have fun• This year The National Lottery is celebrating its 15th Anniversary. Since 1994, over £23 billion has been raised for Good Causes by Lottery players and over 317,000 grants have been made• For more information on the National Lottery Good Causes or the Awards log on to Finals• There are a total of 70 projects in the semi-finals – 10 in each of the seven categories. The public can vote from 9am on 22 June and any vote cast before midday on 10 July will be counted• The three projects with the most votes in each category will go through to the final round of public votingFinal• There will be a total of 21 projects in the finals – three in each of the seven categories. The public can vote from 9am on 3 August and any vote cast before midday on 14 August will be counted• There will be only one winner in each category. The seven winners will be announced during a special BBC 1 television programme transmitted later in the yearThe National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects, and celebrate the difference they make. Vote online  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 June 2009 | News Tagged with: Awards Big Lottery Fund Funding AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Ten UK-based organisations have been named as semi-finalists in the Best Charity / Voluntary Project category of The National Lottery Awards 2009.The National Lottery Awards are an annual search to find the UK’s favourite Lottery-funded projects. The public are being urged to show their support by casting a vote and helping their favourite organisations in the running make it through to the next stage of the Awards.The category is being supported by Woman magazine, which will feature all ten of the semi-finalists in the Best Charity Voluntary Projects category in its upcoming issue and online. The ten projects are: Advertisement Charity and voluntary projects named in semi-final of 2009 National Lottery Awards About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Fundraising Regulator opens up registration scheme to Northern Ireland

first_img  116 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Tagged with: Fundraising Regulator Ireland The Fundraising Regulator has today (1 March) opened up its registration scheme to charities in Northern Ireland following the extension of its regulatory remit last year.Those spending above the £100,000 threshold on fundraising in Northern Ireland are within the scope of the fundraising levy. The Regulator has contacted the 24 larger charities in Northern Ireland believed to be within the levy to ask them to contribute and register.Charities registered with the Charity Commission Northern Ireland who have an annual fundraising spend below £100,000 can now register with the Fundraising Regulator.The Fundraising Regulator’s Public Register has also been updated to ensure that charities in Northern Ireland that register will be listed. Over 3,000 registered fundraising charities are currently on the register.Walter Rader, Fundraising Regulator Board Member for Northern Ireland said:“Registration with the Fundraising Regulator is a great opportunity for charities and third parties in Northern Ireland to not only support regulation across the sector, but also to show their supporters that they are committed to honouring and protecting the standards set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.”Seamus McAleavey, Chief Executive of NICVA said: Advertisement Fundraising Regulator opens up registration scheme to Northern Ireland About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via “NICVA is pleased to be working with the Fundraising Regulator to promote good fundraising practice in Northern Ireland. We welcome the opportunity for charities in NI to register with the Fundraising Regulator. NICVA will itself register and will continue to work closely with the Fundraising Regulator and others to support and encourage best practice in fundraising here.”  115 total views,  1 views today Melanie May | 1 March 2018 | Newslast_img read more

Death penalty abolished in former Confederate state

first_imgHoustonOn March 23, I was sad and gloomy all day as I am every year on this date — the day in 1993 that I witnessed a dear friend, Carlos Santana, be legally lynched by the State of Texas. He was executed, even though he did not kill anyone.Charlottesville, Va., 2015.But March 24, I heard the news that Virginia had just abolished its death penalty. I smiled and let out a whoop and holler, thinking that this racist, terrorist practice must be coming to an end if a Southern, former Confederate state could abolish it. My gloom was gone.The capital of the Confederacy was a city in Virginia — Richmond. And now one of the legacies of slavery, legal lynchings, has been outlawed in Virginia.“The symbolic value of a legislature sitting in the former capital of the Confederacy dismantling this tool of racial oppression cannot be overstated,” said Robert Dunham, the director of the Death Penalty Information Center. (’s death penalty, like other states in the South, “has deep roots in slavery, lynching and Jim Crow segregation. Virginia explicitly provided different penalties for white people and its enslaved population,” he continued.Fifty years of abolition workI have been a prison abolitionist since the 1970s and a death penalty abolitionist since I stood outside Texas’ death house on Dec. 7, 1982, when Texas carried out its first execution in the so-called “modern” era of a Black man named Charlie Brooks. The more I visit prisoners, the more I learn about capital punishment, the more I sit in courtrooms and see the parades of poor people, particularly Black and Brown people, taking plea deals, the clearer it is that this whole criminal injustice system must be abolished.It has been proven time and again that racism and the death penalty work hand in glove. In fact, police in the U.S. South came about as a result of the slave patrols. Prisons in the South came about after the Civil War and Reconstruction to incarcerate people so that they could be leased out to plantation and business owners, who needed workers to harvest their crops or dig in their mines.Don’t ever let anyone tell you that the lynchings after the Civil War, during the high times of the Ku Klux Klan, weren’t connected to legal executions in the prisons. As the title of a book on Texas history, “The Rope, the Chair and the Needle,” lays out, there was a direct development of capital punishment from illegal and legal lynchings to today’s practice of executions in the South.In late summer 1923, a bill was passed in Texas that changed the method of executions from hangings in individual counties to using the new electric chair in one central location. On the first day that the electric chair was used in Texas, Feb. 8, 1924, five African American men were electrocuted in Huntsville. Five men and all were Black!I have found their graves at the prison cemetery in Huntsville, and I visit them every so often. One man has always stuck in my mind, because his name was George Washington. I think about his momma, and how she named him after the first U.S. president, and how she probably had high hopes for her baby. He did make history, but surely not what his momma had in mind. He became part of this group of five Black men who met the modern device of the electric chair for the first time in Texas history.After 413 years, Virginia makes historyMarch 24, outside the correctional center in Virginia — where 101 people have been executed in recent times — Gov. Ralph Northam signed a bill that ended the death penalty in that state. It was a move that came sooner than expected even by people who have long been fighting to abolish the practice. In 1991, the founders of Virginians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty took the first steps toward ending state-sponsored killing. VADP commented on the bill: “Virginia’s use of the death penalty dates back over 400 years — to 1608, when Jamestown settlers carried out the first recorded execution in the then-European colonies. In the centuries since, amid periods of slavery, Reconstruction and Jim Crow segregation, Virginia has executed hundreds of people. Since 1976, Virginia has executed 113 people, a higher percentage of death row inmates than any other U.S. state, and the highest number of state executions second only to Texas. After 413 years, after 1,390 executions, it is over.”Texas prison activist speaks on abolitionIn a phone call with Texas prison activist Nanon Williams, he told Workers World, “I was on death row for over a decade and only got off because I was 17 when arrested for a crime I did not commit. So, I still sit here in prison, an innocent man, but no longer facing execution. I applaud the State of Virginia. It certainly signifies changing mentalities, especially for the South.“At the same time, I fear that Texas may hold on to their views even stronger now,” said Williams. “Texas took pride in seceding from the Union. They take pride in being tough on crime. Their old weapons of war like the death penalty are well-oiled machines used against people of color and poor people. Texas was the last state to allow phone calls from prison, the last state to stop executing kids. I hope others will follow Virginia, but I know Texas takes pride in keeping their old racist system intact.”More abolition in the South?What the news in Virginia signifies is that the number of states abolishing the death penalty in the U.S. continues. Twenty-three states have now enacted abolition, and three more have moratoria on executions. That is 26 states, a majority of the 50 states.But even more important, it means that the Southern states, where most executions have been carried out, can change. The former Confederate states have been taking down statues and monuments honoring the Confederacy. Now one of the largest companies in the world, Amazon, has almost 5,000 majority Black workers in Bessemer, Ala., fighting to join a union. The days of Southern states executing its people could be heading to an end. The days of nonunion shops proliferating in the South may be coming to an end.Change is inevitable, and change is coming. There is always light at the end of a tunnel, including in the South!  Photo Credit: Virginians for Alternatives to the Death PenaltyFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The Man Behind the Alebrijes

first_img Community News Make a comment Alebrijes are painted figures created out of paper mache. The forms are surreal, combining animals to make new creatures.Padua Designs welcomed one of Mexico’s premiere paper mache artists Saturday December 13th, for his opening exhibit of Alebrijes, including new artistic experiments in the metamorphosis of his fantastic sculptures. Joel has shown his Alebrijes throughout the United States, including The Eye Gallery in Philadelphia, The Nomad Gallery in Boston, The World Bazaar in San Diego, and The Folk Tree Gallery in Pasadena.We spoke with Dolores Kroop from Padua to learn more about Joel and how he became a master of his art.“Joel started working with Pedro Linares the creator of the art form “Alebrijes” when he was just a boy,” starts Kroop. “Pedro Linares was an artist who become very ill in the 1930’s and in his illness saw the magical metamorphosis of insects and animals into fantastical creatures in his dreams. When he came out of his illness Pedro Linares began to create these paper mache creatures which he named “Alebrijes”.”Linares’ work grew in popularity and notoriety, with artists like Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera becoming fans and collectors. With their help, the art form gained worldwide popularity.“It was into Pedro Linares’ studio that Joel went as a young boy to learn this new art form.”Kroop explains Joel’s process, which is as mysterious as his art:“Joel learned to create his own imagined metamorphosed creatures by delving into his own imagination. As he starts working with the paper mache, he sees with his hands the creature that will emerge. He lets go of his imagination in both the forming of the creature and then with his painting of the figure, giving each sculpture its unique character.”Many of his pieces are still available to purchase at Padua DK Designs. If his art inspires you, Joel will be returning to Padua in March to teach students how to create alebrijes themselves.Padua DK Designs is located at 821 S Raymond #30, Pasadena. For more information, please call (626) 441-5061 or visit Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 17 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Photo Gallery The Man Behind the Alebrijes STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, December 19, 2014 | 11:29 am Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Subscribe First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

‘What Is Not An Offence Does Not Require A Defence’: Madras HC Explains Procedure For Inquiry/ Trial Against An Accused Of Unsound Mind [Read Judgment]

first_imgNews Updates’What Is Not An Offence Does Not Require A Defence’: Madras HC Explains Procedure For Inquiry/ Trial Against An Accused Of Unsound Mind [Read Judgment] Akshita Saxena7 Sep 2020 5:01 AMShare This – xIn a recent verdict, the Single Bench of Justice PN Prakash of the Madras High Court extensively explained the procedure to be adopted by the Courts during Inquiry/ Trial for an offence, allegedly committed by a person of unsound mind. The Court has examined various aspects of the matter including: Magisterial Inquiry under Section 328 CrPCTrial under Section 329 CrPCApplication…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginIn a recent verdict, the Single Bench of Justice PN Prakash of the Madras High Court extensively explained the procedure to be adopted by the Courts during Inquiry/ Trial for an offence, allegedly committed by a person of unsound mind. The Court has examined various aspects of the matter including: Magisterial Inquiry under Section 328 CrPCTrial under Section 329 CrPCApplication of Chapter IV of IPC: General exceptionsDischarge of accused after commencement of TrialDifference between a ‘Mentally Ill Person’ and ‘Person suffering from Mental Retardation’ The order has come in a petition filed by the father of a murder accused, apprehending that a trial against his son shall be commenced without ascertaining the mental state of schizophrenia. Upon a finding submitted by the Medical Board of a Government Hospital, the High Court was satisfied that the accused was not fit to face the trial due to his mental illness and hence dropped the proceedings against him in terms of Section 84 of IPC. The Court noted that despite raising of plea of insanity at the outset, the Magistrate commenced the proceedings under Sections 207 and 209 CrPC and committed the case to the Court of Sessions. Even during the committal proceedings, the Magistrate did not take any steps to satisfy himself as to whether the accused was in a sound state of mind to understand the proceedings. In this backdrop the Court observed: “The expression “inquiry” is defined in Section 2(g) to mean every inquiry, other than a trial, under the Code. These may include proceedings relating to remand, bail, taking of cognizance, issuance of process, furnishing of copies, committal proceedings and framing of charges. In this case, though there were sufficient materials to indicate that Kaliyappan [accused] was suffering from mental illness even at the stage of committal, no steps were taken by the committal Court under Section 328 Cr.P.C.” Magisterial Inquiry under Section 328 CrPC Section 328 CrPC lays down the procedure for holding an ‘inquiry’ in respect of an accused of unsound mind. Broadly, it provides that if a Magistrate holding an inquiry has reason to believe that the person against whom the inquiry is being held is of unsound mind and consequently incapable of making his defence, he shall inquire into the fact of such unsoundness of mind, and shall cause such person to be examined by the prescribed medical authority. In terms of the medical report, if the accused is found to be of unsound mind and the Magistrate finds that no prima facie case is made out against the accused, he shall discharge the accused However, if the Magistrate is satisfied that a prima facie case is made out against the accused, he shall postpone the proceeding for such period, as in the opinion of the psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, is required for the treatment of the accused. The provision further provides that if the accused suffers from mental retardation, the Magistrate shall further determine whether the mental retardation renders the accused incapable of entering defence, and if the accused is found so incapable, the Magistrate shall order closure of the inquiry. Elaborating on this legislative stipulation, the Court observed thus: “The inquiry in respect of persons of unsound mind is governed by Section 328(3) CrPC, whereas, the enquiry in respect of persons suffering from mental retardation is governed by Section 328(4) CrPC. In either category, the first stage is that, if the Magistrate receives information that the accused is of unsound mind or suffers from mental retardation, he is required to determine whether such condition, in praesenti, renders the accused incapable of entering defence. If the answer to this question is in the affirmative, the Code prescribes two different consequences depending on whether the accused is suffering from unsoundness of mind or mental retardation. If the case falls in category one (persons of unsound mind), the Magistrate is required to examine the record of evidence, hear the advocate for the accused, and may discharge the accused if he finds that no prima facie case has been made out. If a prima facie case is made out, the Magistrate is required to follow the procedure set out in the proviso to Section 328(3) Cr.P.C. If the case falls in category two (persons suffering from mental retardation), Section 328(4) CrPC empowers the Magistrate to immediately order closure of the enquiry and direct that the accused be dealt with under Section 330 CrPC.” Trial under Section 329 CrPC Unlike Section 328, Section 329 of CrPC operates at the stage of trial, i.e. after framing of charges. Broadly, it provides that an accused before the Magistrate/ Sessions Court during trial appears to be of unsound mind, the Court shall, after considering such unsoundness and incapacity, record a finding to that effect and shall refer him to the prescribed medical authority for determination. If it is informed that the accused so referred is a person of unsound mind, it shall further determine whether unsoundness of mind renders the accused incapable of entering defence and if the accused is found so incapable, it shall record a finding to that effect and shall examine the record of evidence produced by the prosecution and after hearing the advocate of the accused but without questioning the accused, if it finds that no prima facie case is made out against the accused, it shall discharge the accused. If it finds that a prima facie is made out against the accused, it shall postpone the trial for such period, as in the opinion of the psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, is required for the treatment of the accused. Elaborating on this legislative stipulation, the Court observed thus: “The first stage under Section 329(2) CrPC is that if the Magistrate/Court receives information during trial that the accused is of unsound mind, the Magistrate/Court is required to determine whether such condition, in praesenti, renders the accused incapable of entering defence. If the answer is in the affirmative, the Magistrate/Court is required to examine the record of evidence, hear the advocate for the accused, and may discharge the accused if he/it finds that no prima facie case has been made out. If a prima facie case is made out, the Magistrate/Court is required to follow the procedure set out in the proviso to Section 329 (2) CrPC. The examination of a prima facie case under Section 329(2) CrPC textually, is confined to persons of unsound mind only. The enquiry under the second part of Section 329(2) CrPC will commence only after the Court gives a finding that the accused is not mentally fit to face trial. Once such a finding is given, the enquiry under the second part of Section 329(2) CrPC shall not be adversarial, but the Court should invoke the parens patriae principle and give a free hand to both sides to adduce material to show that the accused was, by reason of unsoundness of mind, incapable of knowing the nature of the act, or that he was doing what is either wrong and contrary to law. Section 329(3) CrPC refers to the procedure to be followed if a prima facie case is made out and the accused suffers from mental retardation. The twin requirements for clause (3) to apply is that first, the accused must be medically certified to be a mentally retarded person, and secondly, the Magistrate or Court must find a prima facie case against such an accused. If these twin conditions are satisfied, then, there is a statutory injunction against the Court from holding trial which is clear from the use of the words “shall not hold the trial” occurring in Section 329(3) CrPC. The mentally retarded accused is then required to be dealt with under the proviso (b) to Section 330 (3) CrPC.” Difference between a ‘Mentally Ill Person’ and ‘Person suffering from Mental Retardation’ Since Section 328 and 329 provide different procedure for a person suffering from ‘mental illness’ and a person suffering from ‘mental retardation’, it is necessary to expound the distinction between the two. It may be noted that the expression “unsoundness of mind” has not been defined anywhere in CrPC. However, Section 2(s) of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 defines “mental illness” thus: “a substantial disorder of thinking, mood, perception, orientation or memory that grossly impairs judgment, behaviour, capacity to recognise reality or ability to meet the ordinary demands of life, mental conditions associated with the abuse of alcohol and drugs.” Further, the provision clearly provides that mental illness “does not include mental retardation which is a condition of arrested or incomplete development of mind of a person, specially characterised by sub-normality of intelligence.” Thus, the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 carves out mental retardation as a separate category aside from other forms of mental illness. The definition of mental illness found in the Persons With Disabilities (Equal Opportunities, Protection of Rights and Full Participation) Act, 1995 also maintains the aforesaid distinction. Procedure to be followed during trial when it is found that the accused is a ‘Mentally Retarded’ person and there exists no prima facie case against him The High Court pointed out that Mental retardation is conspicuously absent in clauses (1-A) and (2) of Section 329 CrPC, whereas, it is expressly alluded to in clauses (1-A) and (2) of Section 328 CrPC. In this backdrop it observed thus: “If this Court were to construe Section 329 (1-A) and (2) CrPC literally, the result would be that these provisions would apply only to persons of unsound mind and not to accused persons who are mentally retarded. Such an interpretation, in the considered opinion of this Court, would lead to several anomalous consequences. In the first place, if clause (1-A) of Section 329 CrPC is confined to persons of unsound mind alone, then, there would be no provision for medical examination of mentally retarded persons at the stage of trial. Secondly, if Section 329(2) CrPC is confined to persons of unsound mind alone, it would appear that the avenue of discharge available at the stage of trial is confined only to persons of unsound mind. As noticed supra, Section 329(3) CrPC applies only if there exists a prima facie case against the mentally retarded accused. If Section 329(2) CrPC is interpreted literally, there would be no provision to discharge a mentally retarded person even if no prima facie case exists against him. These anomalous consequences impel this Court to abandon the literal interpretation of Sections 329(1-A) and (2) Cr.P.C. The omission of mental retardation in these clauses is clearly the draftsman’s devil. In the opinion of this Court, the expression “unsoundness of mind” occurring in clauses (1-A) and (2) of Section 329 Cr.P.C. must be construed to include cases of mental retardation also.” The Court has the following directions to harmoniously read the provision: If during trial, the Magistrate/Court finds the accused to be of unsound mind, he/it shall refer the accused to a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist for care and treatment. The psychiatrist or clinical psychologist shall report to the Magistrate/Court whether the accused is suffering from unsoundness of mind or mental retardation. In other words, the expression “whether the accused is suffering from unsoundness of mind” occurring in Secton 329 (1-A) Cr.P.C. shall be construed to subsume cases of mental retardation also.If the answer to the above is in the affirmative, the Magistrate/Court will then determine whether the condition of the accused renders him incapable of entering defence. If the answer is in the affirmative, then, the Magistrate/Court is required to record a finding to that effect, and then examine the record of evidence produced by the prosecution, hear the advocate for the accused and, without questioning the accused, decide if there exists a prima facie case against the accused.If there exists no prima facie case against the accused, the accused, irrespective of whether he is of unsound mind or is suffering from mental retardation, can be discharged and dealt with under the proviso (a) to Section 330(3) CrPC.If there exists a prima facie case against the accused, and if the accused suffers from unsoundness of mind the course to be adopted is set out in the proviso to Section 329(2) CrPC. The Magistrate/Court may postpone trial for such a period as may be necessary for the treatment of the accused.If there exists a prima facie case against an accused who suffers from mental retardation, the provisions of Section 329(3) CrPC will have to be followed. The Magistrate/Court is barred from holding a trial in these cases and the accused is required to be dealt with in the manner set out in the proviso (b) to Section 330(3) CrPC. Discharge of accused after commencement of Trial After discharging the accused, either in terms of Section 328 or Section 329(2) of CrPC, the Court should proceed under the Section 330(3)(a) of the Code by handing over custody of the accused to someone after getting sufficient security from him that he will ensure that the accused does not harm himself or anyone. The Court also pointed out that the word ‘discharge’ has been used “loosely” under Section 329 as the same relates to trial stage whereas a person can be discharged only before commencement of trial. Comment on such incongruity the Court said, “the normal rule is that once a charge is framed, the Magistrate/Court has no power under Section 227 Cr.P.C. or any other provision of the Code to reverse the charge and discharge the accused. Section 329(2) Cr.P.C. is an exception to this rule. Another consideration is the fact that an “acquittal” under Section 335 Cr.P.C. on the ground of unsoundness of mind at the time of commission of the act is contemplated only when trial is resumed under Section 331 Cr.P.C. after the accused is mentally fit to stand trial. Thus, a person with incurable mental illness will never be in a position to face trial. Under these circumstances, Section 329(2) Cr.P.C. can be gainfully employed to discharge these persons by permitting their advocates to adduce materials to prove their mental incapacity so as to avail the exception under Section 84 of the IPC.” Application of Chapter IV of IPC: General exceptions “Chapter IV – General exceptions” of the IPC is a defence for the accused. The High Court opined that every act should pass through the prism of Chapter IV of the IPC to graduate into an offence. “If an act complained of falls within the net of the exceptions in Chapter IV of the IPC, it is not an offence at all,” it remarked. In context to application of this provision during at the stage of trial the Court said, “It is trite that the burden cast by Section 105 of the Evidence Act, to bring the case within Chapter IV of the IPC, will rest on the accused during trial and not any time before it.” It further observed that since an inquiry under Section 329(2) of CrPC, which is held by the Magistrate/ Court to determine the soundness of the accused, is conducted during trial— “the advocate of the accused should be permitted to discharge the burden by adducing materials to establish that the case of the accused falls within the General Exceptions in the IPC. This also reinforces the reasoning of this Court that the expression “hearing the advocate of the accused” occurring in Section 329(2) Cr.P.C. should be given an expansive meaning.” Case Details: Case Title: Kaliyappan v. State Case No.: Crl OP No. 4993/2018 Quorum: Justice PN Prakash Appearance: Advocate Sharath Chandran as Amicus Curiae Click Here To Download Judgment Read Judgment Next Storylast_img read more