CFI Holdings Limited 2013 Circular

first_imgCFI Holdings Limited (CFI.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2013 circular For more information about CFI Holdings Limited (CFI.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CFI Holdings Limited (CFI.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CFI Holdings Limited (CFI.zw)  2013 circular Company ProfileCFI Holdings Limited is a leading agricultural-based industrial holding company in Zimbabwe; primarily involved in manufacturing and selling fresh produce and manufacturing stock feed, aswell as property management and letting. Through subsidiaries and joint ventures; it manages wholesale and retail outlets, offers products and services for animal health, operates maize and wheat mills, and is involved in poultry farming and producing and selling poultry products. CFI Holdings Limited manages a separate entity offering services for the development and management of real estate in Zimbabwe. STALAP Investments is now the largest shareholder in CFI Holdings Limited after increasing its stake in the company to over 40%. STALAP is an investment vehicle owned by Zimre Holdings. Its retail outlets include Farm & City and Vetco Animal Health; its specialised divisions include Victoria Foods, Saturday Retreat Estate, Reston Developers and Maitlands Zimbabwe Limited. Poultry is marketed and distributed through Agrifoods, Agrimix, Hubbard Zimbabwe, Glenara Estates, Crest Breeders International and Suncrest Chickens. CFI Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Jaiz Bank Plc (JAIZBANK.ng) 2016 Prospectus

first_imgJaiz Bank Plc (JAIZBANK.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 prospectus For more information about Jaiz Bank Plc (JAIZBANK.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Jaiz Bank Plc (JAIZBANK.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Jaiz Bank Plc (JAIZBANK.ng)  2016 prospectus Company ProfileJaiz Bank Plc is a financial services institution providing Islamic non-interest banking services for retail, commercial and corporate sectors. Its full service product offering ranges from transactional accounts and term savings to working capital, real estate, personal, medical, education and project finance. Jaiz Bank provides online banking, leasing, banking cards and bonds and guarantees. The company has a national footprint with 27 branches located in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Jaiz Bank Plc was founded in 2003. The company’s head office is in Abuja, Nigeria. Jaiz Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

‘No zero-sum solution’ to Israeli-Palestinian conflict

first_img Rector Knoxville, TN Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 February 4, 2015 at 1:17 am I stand with Israel and so far my whole parish does as well. It my not be a popular view but people will get over it. Tags January 29, 2015 at 9:51 pm The Presiding Bishop’s actions do not amount to support for Likud or Benjamin Netanyahu. She met with the leader of the progressive Isreali opposition, not with a representative of the Likud government. She did meet with the sitting Prime Minister of the state of Palestine, which Likud and the US do not recognize.Embracing the “boycott, divestment, sanctions” campaign wholeheartedly would ruin our interfaith relationships with Jewish congregations in the United States, as has happened with PCUSA. In addition, it’s just wrong. Israel has as much of a right to exist as Palestine does. Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Very Rev. Anthony Thurston says: Submit an Event Listing Michael M. Eisman, Ph.D. says: January 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm Sadly perplexed, I read nothing in this story about a visit to Gaza by Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori, Surely, if any Palestinian territory was in need of at least a day-long visit, it was Gaza devastated this past summer, with more than 2,100 Palestinians, 546 of them children, indiscriminately massacred and thousands more wounded/injured in Israel’s 51-day onslaught. Yet 100,000 Gazans remain homeless or living in the ruins of their bombed-out homes six months after that war on Gaza. As an Episcopalian in touch almost daily with Gazans vie email and Skype, I can say with all certainty to Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori, that a visit by her to the Gaza hospital funded by American Episcopalians and bombed by Israel during the war would have meant a great deal to all those Gazans who continue to suffer imprisonment by Israel’s eight-year-long siege/blockade, along with Israeli-engineered severe shortages of food, potable water, pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, fuel for transport and heating and destruction of Gaza’s infrastructure, including only three to six hours of electricity during any day. The Presiding Bishop might be interested to know that, within the last two weeks, six Palestinian babies died from hypothermia–they froze to death for lack of heat in the frigid weather. You missed an all too obvious and much needed chance to visit war-torn Gaza and its people, Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori. Perhaps next year? Cathedral Dean Boise, ID AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis February 4, 2015 at 2:06 pm Of course, the thousands of rockets that were aimed and fired at Israel has nothing to do with this at all! What was Israel to do? Let there be thousands of Israeli casualties to satisfy your desire for parity. If there had been no Palestinian (Hamas etc.) rockets fired at Israel there would have been no response. The Palestinians brought this on themselves. February 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm A good question to ask is this: When God gave the land to the Hebrew Peoples what was the geographic territory God gave to Israel? How does that territory compare to modern day Israel? If I recall it was God who gave the Hebrews the land and that Promised was for ever. Just a thought. Rector Hopkinsville, KY James Michie says: January 29, 2015 at 6:56 pm I am dismayed to read this item because it treats the conflict as though it were between neighboring peoples of equal strength rather than an indigenous people resisting a brutal military occupation. Stones against tanks. Nonviolent protests met with violence, attempts to appeal to UN and ICC met with threats and withholding of funds. I question how much the PB knows about the realities, when the description of the context of the current conflict is the standard media version – Israel responding to attacks. No mention of the stepped-up violence Palestinians were responding to. No mention of almost 70 years of efforts to “transfer” Arabs out of their homeland or of almost 50 years of brutal occupation, which people have a legal right to resist. Rector Bath, NC January 29, 2015 at 1:30 pm I was a priest on the clergy pilgrimage in Palestine at the same time as the PB’s trip. We stayed in the same (Palestinian run) hotel in Jerusalem and ran into that group at lunch in Ramallah. On our trip our Palestinian guides decided not to take us to Hebron due to the danger and the dicey nature of even being let in/out. Gaza is decidedly more dangerous. The makeup of the PB’s trip was peace activists from our church and the Islamic and Jewish communities. Everyone on that trip realizes that Gaza is the site of the worst of the horrible conditions that Israel is imposing on Palestinians. They were trying to get in more meetings and foster more dialogue rather than reconfirm facts already in evidence. Such an agenda dictates thier time would be spent in Jerusalem and Ramallah. I am no shill for the PB, but I think folks might be reading with their filters too firmly in place on this one. The presiding bishop is quite well-informed on the Palestinian issue. It seems to me that she had a very ambitious agenda: assemble a group from the three Abrahamic faith traditions to go together to try to foster understanding and encourage sides to resume talks. She deserves two thumbs up on this one in my book. Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Donna Hicks says: Matt Marino says: Rector Shreveport, LA February 3, 2015 at 6:11 pm A RESOUNDING SHOUTED AMEN TO THAT! Thank you, Donna. For the Presiding Bishop to have skipped over Hebron as well as Gaza speaks volumes to the failure of today’s Episcopal Church to compassionately acknowledge and witness the Apartheid and the forced, at-gunpoint military occupation of Palestine. Would that there could be a Presiding Bishop today living the legacy of the courageous and determined John E. Hines, Presiding Bishop in the 1960s and 1970s. Back then, the late John E. Hines stood with Nobel Laureates Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King and Desmond Tutu in non-violently opposing racism, apartheid and marginalizing of populations. Archbishop Tutu repeatedly has called upon the U.S. and the Episcopal Church to engage in non-violent boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against extreme-right Israel. Where does the current Presiding Bishop stand on these issues? She is opposed to BDS. Presiding Bishop Jefferts Schori prefers “positive investment” in the Holy Land; and this, even after Israel this past summer massacred 2,200 Palestinians, 546 of them children, injured 11,000 more, and rendered more than 100,000 Palestinians homeless in the devastation of Gaza. Thousands of Gazans continue to this day living in the rubble of their bombed-out homes. I hope and pray that, after PB Jefferts Schori retires later this year, the church hierarchy will elect a Presiding Bishop more to the liking of the late John E. Hines. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL February 4, 2015 at 3:14 am Yes, we should remember the roots of our Christian faith are Jewish.Cut off these roots, and our faith has no roots and dies. It becomes worthless. January 29, 2015 at 11:37 am What are we doing to evidence our support of Episcopalians/Anglicans living in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Lebanon, and Pakistan? Has the PB sent a mission of support involving notable Episcopalians/Anglicans as the Most Rev. Edmond Browning did at the time of the first Intifada. I was among a small group of Bishops and others who went to Israel at that time. Our presence at this critical time for our sisters and brothers in that tortured part of he world was most appreciated. I believe we provided encouragement when it was most needed. Rev. Vicki Gray says: Middle East Newland Smith says: January 29, 2015 at 10:36 pm Sorry, Matt Marino, that the group with whom you traveled didn’t get to Hebron on your pilgrimage. The contrasts between the Hebron settlers – some of the most ideologically radical – Israeli military and law enforcement and the Palestinian community (which has a strong presence in nonviolent resistance work) would have afforded the perfect place for members of the interfaith pilgrimage to practice their dialogue and listening skills. Press Release Service Matt Marino says: Chris Cleveland says: Whit Johnstone says: Director of Music Morristown, NJ William A. Flint, PhD says: Larry Hartman says: January 30, 2015 at 5:06 pm Auschwitz 70 year closing this week. How, how can the Jews of today be so forgetful? How do they justify the way they have (1948) till now slaughtered Palestinians, penned them up and stolen their land? Does the world not care or are we reliving the Old Testament? Featured Events William A. Flint, PhD says: Rector Smithfield, NC William A. Flint, PhD says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA January 30, 2015 at 6:48 pm William, I too support Israel as a homeland and safe-haven for Jews. However, this situation has come about precisely because “never again” is being used to see and treat Palestinians as rats rather than humans…just like Nazi Germany once did to them. There is room for the Palestinians. Supporting one does not equate to opposing the other. Vicki, Thank goodness I am not the PB and do not have to navigate all of the things unseen that she is privy to and navigates. I applaud your ability to be articulate and passionate in your support of Palestinians. In our time in the Holy Land my favorite times were not meeting with important people, or seeing important works, but time spent in the homes of Palestinian Christian friends drinking coffee and/or wine. That those humble, faithful, persevering Christians can endure is a testament to God’s grace. Janet Jones says: January 30, 2015 at 7:11 pm Thank you Dr. Flint for having the courage and conviction to stand with Israel. I have been very sad and distressed to see the continued oppression of the Jewish people and the majority in the Church siding almost exclusively with the “poor Palestinians”. Not this liberal lgbt Anglican! Israel is the ONLY lgbt affirming presence in the Middle East. I will always support the Jewish nation of Israel’s right to exist as a sovereign nation and defend her borders. I pray for the day the Church is a true friend to the Jewish people again in word and deed. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET January 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm Israel is a nation on two accounts. Primary is that Israel is God’s chosen people through whom all the world was blessed in the Person of Jesus the Christ, Son of David. Secondary look at Nazi Germany. These People have endured hardships none of us living today can imagine. Yes, the desire is peace, but not at any price. Just my opinion. While many in this Church may not agree, I will always stand beside Israel and its right to exist and defend itself. Never Again! January 31, 2015 at 2:59 pm Surely it is praise worthy taking initiative in finding peaceful solution to the age old Israeli-Palestinian conflict, epicenter of all religious conflict, by US Interfaith leaders. I would also urge interfaith leaders to take active urgent initiative in bringing down misinterpretation of individual faith’s holy books that encourage hatred and violent, gruesome attitude towards non-believers of respective faith. This is fundamental level field necessary to make a meaningful bridge building over three different Abrahamic faiths. This would be basis for rapport building among Israel and Palestine that would lead forming permanent two states solution. Christians and Jews believe that God of Abraham hates killers no matter what faith they belong. Our majority Muslim brothers and sisters must also believe this common character of our God the Almighty, Merciful and Benevolent; so that minority terrorists Muslims can’t hijack Islam from majority believe and kill innocent people around the world. PEACE! January 30, 2015 at 12:18 pm Regardless of the limitations of a news report, I can assure you from conversations with members of that group in Ramallah and Jerusalem that they are each quite aware of both the power inequalities present and the endless litany of Israeli human rights violations in the West Bank and Gaza. Whit is correct, sometimes what you say behind a closed door and what you report in the media are not one and the same. Consider the make-up of the group: progressive Jews, Muslims, and pro-2 state solution Epsicopalians. They were staying, not in high-end Israeli junket hotels, but mid-market Palestinian run accommodations. This was not a wine and dine photo-op. The ability to read between the lines here is helpful. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC Matt Marino says: Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Martinsville, VA Edel Smith says: January 28, 2015 at 3:38 pm History teaches us that the church has a poor record when it comes to war. It appears to be too little to late. At least the scriptures are realistic when saying there will be wars and rumors of wars but the end is not yet. People of faith can have hope. William A. Flint, PhD says: February 4, 2015 at 11:30 am I know a lot of people don’t like to be confused with facts, but here are a few: There are 1.3 million Israeli-Arabs living in Israel, making up 20% of the population. Many are the descendents of Palestinian Arabs who chose to remain in Israel in 1948. Hebrew and Arabic are Israel’s two official languages. There are five official Arab political parties. Israel-Arabs were elected to the first knesset in 1949 and have continued to play an active role in political life. They have won as many as as 12 of the 120 Knesset seats in a single election. All Arab municipalities receive government funding for education and infrastructure. The following Israeli Arabs hold high-level positions: Salim Jurban, selected a permanent member of Israel’s Supreme Court (2004); Nawaf Massalha, deputy Foreign Minister; Ali Yahya, Walid Mansour and Mohammed Masarwa, who held ambassadorships; Major general Hussain Fares, commander of Israel’s border police; Major General Yosef Mishiav, head of homeland security as Israel’s Home Front commander; Bedouin Ismail Khaldi, appointed Israeli Consul to San Francisco in 2006, amongst others.Columnist Dr Talal Al-Shareef wrote in the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quids in 1999: “Israel has proved that for fifty years its real power is in its democracy, guarding the rights of it citizens, applying laws (equally) to the rich and poor, the big and small…and in the participation of the nation in the development of institutions according to ability and efficiency and not according to closeness to the ruler.” Edel Smith says: February 4, 2015 at 12:41 pm It’s clear to me that the oppressed have become the oppressors. I am also disappointed that representatives of Sabeel apparently were not involved in the discussions that took place. I have two friends, an American doctor and his wife, who spend 4 months each year working at a hospital in Jerusalem that mostly treats Palestinians. In their travels, they are shocked, appalled and have been deeply moved by how horrible the conditions are for Palestinians who are very much oppressed by the Israeli government. James Michie says: February 4, 2015 at 2:16 pm What you are not saying is that Palestinian militants have launched thousands of rocket and mortar attacks on Israel from the Gaza Strip as part of the continuing conflict in the region. Not a day goes by in Israel that these attacks are not felt in the various regions of the country. A rocket or mortal shell has no respect on whether the people effected are Palestinian or Jewish, they kill and injure without regard to person. The American new media does not report these attacks, but those who live in Israel are all to familiar with the daily occurrences. High school students returning from a visit to the Holy Land recount the sounds of rockets and mortar attacks while on their tour. Their guide said it is a daily thing and not to worry they will not be traveling to the hot zones affected. As i said earlier there are numerous fundamentals at play in the Middle East and none of us really understand how these fundamentals effect the events of Middle Eastern peoples and nations. The Middle East is not like the neighborhoods we experience in The United States of America. It is a whole other reality. Advocacy Peace & Justice, January 28, 2015 at 1:07 am Not a word about ending occupation? Ending Gaza seige? Who are these folks representing? Comments are closed. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Kathy Sheetz says: January 29, 2015 at 4:51 pm I’ll keep this short.Having walked Hebron’s Shuhada Street and the alleys of five refugee camps, having visited demolished Bedouin villages in the Negev,having experienced the determined optimism of the kids in Jenin’s Freedom Theatre and Nablus University, having experienced first-hand the grossly unequal distribution of water on the West Bank, having witnessed the destruction of Gaza, having spoken with victims of that bombing, having worked with Israeli Jews such as those in ICAHD, B’tselem, and Solidarity Sheikh Jarrah, and having prayed with Christians in the completely surrounded village of Taybeh, I know a Potemkin village Israel/Palestine-style when I see one. Based on ENS’ reporting thus far, tha’s just what the folks on this tour were treated to. One wonders what they were there to witness to.All in all, an embarrasment to the Church…so many silences. And, as Rabbi Leo Baeck once said, “There is nothing so sad as the silence. By Matthew DaviesPosted Jan 27, 2015 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs 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 William A. Flint, PhD says: January 30, 2015 at 8:43 pm Thanks for this excellent article about the interfaith pilgrimage. I do have one comment. The interfaith group “heard from the EcoPeace Middle East group which brings together Jordanian, Palestinian and Israeli environmentalists”… [ working] … to protect our shared environmental heritage …[and seeking] … to advance the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in the region.” Yet no mention was made of Israel’s control of the water resources in the West Bank. B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories said in an article dated July 3, 2008, “many Palestinians … [in the West Bank] … who are connected to the water supply reported disruption because Mekorot, Israel’s national water company, which also controls the water supply to Palestinian areas, reduces the supply to Palestinian towns and villages in order to meet the increased need of Jewish settlements.” Mark Zeitoun in his book, Power and Water in the Middle East : the hidden politics of the Palestinian-Israeli Water Conflict (I.B. Tauris, 2008) writes that “Israel has implemented a policy of stringent restriction on Palestinian access to water. Palestinians are denied all access to the Jordan River which is the only significant surface water source in the region.” (p. 84?) General Convention 2012 Resolution B019 called for the Presiding Bishop “to develop an interfaith model pilgrimage.” Well and good. But I do not see how such a pilgrimage, let alone the EcoPeace Middle East group, will stop the State of Israel’s control of the water supply to Palestinians in the West Bank. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Rector Albany, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Daniel Anderson Toler says: Rev. Vicki Gray says: Carolann Martys says: Julian Malakar says: Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 February 2, 2015 at 9:46 am I am afraid that one day the Episcopal Church will wake up and it will find itself with fewer and fewer members. These are critical times and the enemies of Christianity are everywhere. Of all the nations of the Middle East only Egypt states Israel has the right to be a nation. There are numerous fundamentals at play in the Middle East and none of us really understand how these fundamentals effect the events of Middle Eastern peoples and nations. Beware what pearls of Christian Faith you throw to the swine. My last comment on this subject. The Nazis convinced good Christians that the Jews were evil and to blame for all their problems……I see that attitude raising its ugly head again. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Israel-Palestine, February 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm should be Promised Land Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Wearing cassocks, Anglican Archbishop in Jerusalem Suheil Dawani and Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori lead the interfaith delegation through the streets of Jerusalem’s Old City. Walking behind, from left, are Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America [ISNA); Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA); Mohamed Elsanousi, director of external relations for Finn Church Aid; Bishop Prince Singh of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester; Rabbi Leonard Gordon, interreligious relations chair for JCPA; the Rev. Charles K. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop; and Sayyid Syeed, national director of interfaith and community alliances for ISNA. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENS[Episcopal News Service] In seeking a peaceful resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, people of faith need to be effective partners committed to hearing multiple narratives, say members of a broad U.S. interfaith delegation, led by Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, during a weeklong pilgrimage to the Holy Land.The 15-member delegation of Jews, Christians and Muslims engaged in a series of high-level political and religious meetings in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, including with former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres and current Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, to hear a wide range of perspectives on peace, religion and politics and to share their own views about the role the three Abrahamic faiths must play in helping to shape a better world.The group heard deep concerns, frustrations, and strong sentiments of distrust in the midst of a stalled peace process, but they were encouraged by countless signs of hope and optimism and they were galvanized to be part of the solution together.They also met with leaders of grassroots initiatives – the Shades Negotiation Program, EcoPeace and Roots – that bring together Israelis and Palestinians to hear and learn from one another’s narratives, and to build a peaceful society in which everyone can prosper.“We’ve built bridges this week,” said Jefferts Schori, “and we’re going to keep traveling those bridges, and exploring the chasms beneath them, and looking over the guard rails for new possibilities, until God’s shalom and salaam and peace prevail in the Land of the Holy One and throughout the oneness of God’s creation.”However, she said, “this cannot be a zero-sum game” in which one side’s gain is equivalent to another’s loss. “When we can back off from ‘what are they going to take from us,’ we might begin to find the answers.”Along with Jefferts Schori, the group’s co-leaders were Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), and Sayyid Syeed, national director of interfaith and community alliances for the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). Together, they represent about 15 million Americans.“We have experienced the land and its people as they understand themselves. We leave with a sense of hope that people of faith, on the ground and in America, can truly be part of the solution,” said Gutow. “We heard from Israelis and Palestinians that our presence as religious leaders from three different faiths coming here at such a difficult time gives hope that our dream can come to fruition.”Syeed said that there is no other solution “but to come up with an end to the present stalemate. It weighs heavy on everyone living in the Holy Land. We will continue to press our people and our government to resume the efforts for negotiations between the parties and help to build mutual trust and confidence. Faith leaders and congregations will continue to pray for success and do whatever we can to support these efforts.”The visit was planned in response to Resolution B019, passed by the Episcopal Church’s General Convention in 2012, that called for positive investment and engagement in the region and recommended that the presiding bishop develop an interfaith model pilgrimage that experiences multiple narratives. That resolution reiterated the Episcopal Church’s longstanding commitment to a negotiated two-state solution “in which a secure and universally recognized State of Israel lives alongside a free, viable and secure state for the Palestinian people.”ISNA and JCPA also endorse that vision of lasting peace in the Holy Land through an agreed two-state solution.“When talking about peace, there is a tendency to look at the obstacles,” said Peres, 91, welcoming the delegation to a 45-minute meeting in Jaffa, Israel, at the Peres Peace Center, which he founded in 1996 to build peace through socio-economic cooperation and development.Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres (center) welcomes the interfaith delegation Jan. 20. From left are Sayyid Syeed, national director of interfaith and community alliances for the Islamic Society of North America; Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs; Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori; and Alexander D. Baumgarten, director of public engagement and mission communication for the Episcopal Church. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENS“Great things in life cannot be achieved unless you close a little bit your eyes. You cannot fall in love and you cannot make peace unless you close a little bit your eyes. With open eyes you will see all the problems and you will be blind to the opportunities,” said Peres, who twice served as Israeli prime minister – once in the mid-80s and again in the mid-90s – and recently retired as president, largely a ceremonial figurehead role.Peres, who won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the peace talks that led to the Oslo Accords, said that he believes “there is no separation between God and the spirit … In our land we want religions really to come together. The characteristic of a nation must be multi-cultural and multi-spirited.”At the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah two days later, Hamdallah shared his desire for peace and reconciliation and described it as an “inspiration” that such a diverse group of religious leaders from the U.S. would visit the region and engage with the people and the issues head on.Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah welcomes the delegation to the headquarters of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah on Jan. 22. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSU.S.-led peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders broke down in May 2014, with both sides blaming the other for failing to make adequate concessions on issues such as borders, the status of refugees, the sharing of Jerusalem, and the construction of Israeli settlements on Palestinian land.Then in July 2014 in the Gaza Strip, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge against the militant Islamic movement Hamas after a surge in rocket attacks. The Israel-Gaza conflict, which erupted following the abduction and murder of three Israeli teenagers, and the retaliatory abduction and murder of a Palestinian youth, resulted in the death of more than 2,100 Gazans, mostly civilians, and 73 Israelis, mostly soldiers.Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has asked the International Criminal Court to investigate alleged war crimes by Israel in the Palestinian Territories. Israel and the U.S. have strongly criticized the move, saying it undermines chances for a negotiated peace deal.In early January, Israel retaliated by withholding the transfer of $127 million in tax revenues to the Palestinians.“There’s a serious commitment not to resort to violence,” Hamdallah, who succeeded Salam Fayyad as Palestinian prime minister in June 2013, told the interfaith group. “We condemn all violent activities anywhere, whether in France or Israel, anywhere. We believe that these people who say they are representing Islam, they are not Muslims. Our theme is to achieve our goals through peaceful means.”But Hamdallah told the religious leaders that he doubts whether the Palestinians could reach an agreement with the current Israeli government, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Other leaders throughout the week told the interfaith group that it is difficult to see how a peace deal could be reached between Netanyahu and Abbas because the two sides have become so entrenched in their positions.One senior Israeli official, who asked not to be named, said that the Israeli-Palestinian peace process “involves negotiations between two traumatized people, two people scarred by their past and fearful about their future. The essential aim in negotiation is to not only write your own victory speech but to write the other person’s as well.”He said that the only way to shift from a zero-sum negotiation involves not just tolerating the other side “but being invested in their desired outcome just as you are in yours.”The grave error in negotiations, he said, is that people “believe they must be involved in bringing the messiah, or in bringing justice and peace in some cosmic sense. Think a little bit less about bringing the messiah and a little bit more about making people’s lives better.”During the meeting with Hamdallah, Syeed said that people of faith in the U.S. and around the world were hopeful when U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry helped to restart the peace negotiations in 2013 but that they were troubled when those talks broke down a year later. Speaking on behalf of the interfaith delegation, Syeed said: “This is a unique alliance – Muslims, Christians, Jews together, having the same vision, having the same commitment, and expressing our solidarity.”While much of the meetings centered on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the stalled peace process, and the role of religion, some of the conversations turned to more philosophical and reflective topics and included a number of lighter moments and shared laughter.“The optimist and pessimist are passing away the same way, so why spend your life as a pessimist?” Peres said. “It’s not the brain that provides us with thoughts and dreams. It’s the other way around. It’s thoughts and dreams that cause the brain to adapt…“Science has changed the way that people view the world. Science can overcome violence, so you don’t need wars. Science doesn’t have borders, so you cannot establish borders in science. Science cannot be controlled,” Peres added.Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori expresses heartfelt gratitude to former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres for his hospitality and wisdom. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSJefferts Schori, a former oceanographer, told Peres that “it is a great blessing to hear you talk about the gift of science and it is leading us to new places. People of faith come with a different kind of knowing and I do not believe that it is different to the kind of knowing that science can offer. But when they come together they invite people to look far more deeply into the heart of reality, to see the connections that emanate from the center and that we cannot survive without one another. It is the driver for peacemaking.”In other high-level political meetings, the group met with U.S. Ambassador to the State of Israel Daniel Shapiro; U.S. Consul General Michael Ratney; Ruth Calderon, an academic and a member of the Knesset, the Israeli government’s parliament; and Kholoud Al-Faqih, judge of the Sharia Court of Ramallah and the first female sharia judge in the Palestinian Territories.The interfaith group meets with U.S. Consul General Michael Ratney (seated to the right of the U.S. flag). Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSAl-Faqih spoke to the group in Ramallah about her personal and professional journey, which involved eight years of determination and repeated visits to legal decision-makers until they finally accepted her pleas to enter the judicial training process. It has led to her being ranked by CEO Middle East magazine as number 10 of the 100 most powerful Arab women in the world.Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori offers words of encouragement to Kholoud Al-Faqih, judge of the Sharia Court of Ramallah and the first female sharia judge in the Palestinian Territories. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENSJefferts Schori relayed the biblical parable, told by Jesus to his disciples, of the persistent widow seeking justice from a judge. “What she does is go and knock on his door every day and bother him until she gets justice,” Jefferts Schori said. “You have done the same thing. You are a wonderful example to us. Thank you.”Shapiro, who has served as ambassador since July 2011, welcomed the group during a meeting in Tel Aviv, Israel. “The fact that all of you – busy people in your communities – took the time to come and engage in a deep way, is really something I strongly appreciate. It’s a tough set of issues, but it won’t get less tough without people of goodwill throwing themselves into it,” he said.U.S. Ambassador to the State of Israel Daniel Shapiro (front, second from left) meets with the interfaith group in Tel Aviv. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENS“There are unfortunately other approaches. Some people turn away from it altogether. Some people choose to attack one side or the other and make it about a point-scoring exercise. Neither of those approaches is going to achieve our goals, which is a peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians,” he added. “An approach that says we need to come, we need to listen, we need to engage, we need to help create linkages between ourselves and both sides and, of course, across the divide, is to me the only approach that has the chance of succeeding.”Calderon, a Yesh Atid party member who has served as a member of the Knesset since 2012, said that she believes that religion is often “much more creative than diplomacy.”Ruth Calderon, a member of the Israeli Knesset, addresses the interfaith group in Tel Aviv. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENS“This is the place of God, so how can we think that it’s ours or theirs? The whole talk about whom does it belong to always makes me uncomfortable because we know it belongs to God,” she told the group in Tel Aviv. “If I can say that there is one thing that God has taught me it’s that I don’t own things. I’m here on rent, maximum, and that is so simple for us to understand, but so difficult for us to say in parliament … I think there is in the religious language a way to solve the most painful problems … One of the things that I’ve learned in the last three years in parliament is that you cannot leave it to politicians.”JCPA’s Gutow thanked Calderon for challenging the group to think about what it is that God would want. “If we take that as the measure of how we look at things, I think we’ll really come up with something beautiful.”In connecting with grassroots organizations, the group met with leaders from the Shades Negotiation Program, which provides future Israeli and Palestinian leaders with constructive problem solving skills and resources to identify and create opportunities for a peaceful and prosperous future in the region.The interfaith group traveled to Gush Etzion, where the leadership of Roots comprises Palestinian leaders from adjoining villages with Israeli settlers who, despite disagreement on some core issues, believe it is imperative for the communities to put aside political retrenchment and divisive actions and rhetoric in order to begin sowing the seeds necessary to make an eventual peace agreement take hold.Rabbi Steve Gutow, president of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, introduces the leadership of Roots in Gush Etzion. Photo: Matthew Davies/ENS“Without building trust, the suspicions between us will suffocate the political peace agreements,” said Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger, a project coordinator for Roots.Their grassroots organizing includes engaging local leaders, non-violence workshops and religious dialogue.“We know that there is great disagreement over many issues – over the facts of the past and even about the reality of the present – but we believe that effective dialogue is the secure place for argument and deeper understanding,” according to Shaul Judelman, a project coordinator who has lived in Gush Etzion for the past 13 years. “It is in this space that solutions can be built.”And in Tel Aviv, the interfaith group heard from EcoPeace Middle East, which brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists through cooperative efforts “to protect our shared environmental heritage. In so doing, we seek to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region,” according to the organization’s website.The initiative has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the demise of the Jordan River, which is drying up and has been polluted with untreated sewage over the course of the past 50 years.“The problems we saw seemed intractable and a two-state solution felt like a faraway dream,” said Gutow. “But when we met with people on the ground, we saw people who believed in that dream and were in an effort to find a solution to the problems in the land.”Other members of the delegation were:Episcopalian•    Bishop Prince Singh of the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester•    The Rev. John E. Kitagawa, rector of St. Philip’s in-the-Hills Episcopal Church in Tucson, Arizona•    The Rev. Charles K. Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop•    The Rev. Margaret Rose, deputy for ecumenical and interfaith relations•    Alexander D. Baumgarten, director of public engagement and mission communication•    Sharon Jones, executive assistant to the presiding bishopJewish•    Rabbi Leonard Gordon, interreligious relations chair for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs•    Ethan Felson, vice president and general counsel for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs•    Rabbi Batya Steinlauf, director of social justice and interfaith initiatives for the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater WashingtonMuslim•    Dr. Muhammad Shafiq, director of the Hickey Center for interfaith studies and dialogue at Nazareth College in Rochester, New York•    Azhar Azeez, president of the Islamic Society of North America•    Mohamed Elsanousi, director of external relations for Finn Church Aid— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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 February 4, 2015 at 5:35 pm I am saddened by the lack of knowledge of the occupation by these members. When Israel is the occupier, it is Palestine who has a right to defend itself against a brutal occupier. Let me point out that 50 some Israelis have sadly died from the home made, WW1 era Gazan rockets the militants make and fire over the fence in Gaza…..most are kitchen pipes and fertilizer…..It is a little more than an SOS compared to the more than 5000 deaths in Gaza during the same 12 years…Or another comparison is the siege on Warsaw….As a nonviolent activist, I abhor any violence…but silence regarding an oppressor is violence too. That is why so many Jews are speaking out today…never again for anyone…indeed…sorry about my Episcopal brothers and sisters ignoring the Kairos document of the Christains in Palestine Rector Tampa, FL January 31, 2015 at 1:18 am Thank you, Matt. February 4, 2015 at 3:06 am Amen Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ George McGonigle says: Curate Diocese of Nebraska Comments (30) Nazreen Kadir says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA January 30, 2015 at 1:46 pm Frankly, Matt, trying to read between the lines is getting old, as is the dichotomy between what we might be saying behind closed doors and what we should be saying to the media. Even in just secular terms, integrity demands that that the two be one and the same. And, as a Church, are we not required to speak the truth clearly…something about a candle and a basket? Did we not all vow to seek justice and respect the dignity of every human being?And, yes, Whit, Israel has every right to exist – and prosper – but it has no right occupy another people and deny them justice and dignity. That is what BDS seeks to redress and there are many Jews – over forty rabbis – who support the effort, because they too have internalized Micah 6 and seek an Israel blessed by Shalom – a peace based on justice and encompassing the well-being of all. I’m proud to be working with them to that end. Submit a Job Listing Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI ‘No zero-sum solution’ to Israeli-Palestinian conflict US interfaith leaders dedicated to being partners in building peace Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rev. Vicki Gray says: William A. Flint, PhD says: Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NYlast_img read more

Top 100 charities experienced increase in income, says Charity 100 Index

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The largest 100 charities by income achieved a combined growth in income in the year to March 2011, despite operating in difficulty economic conditions. According to an annual review of the Charity 100 Index, published in April’s Charity Finance magazine and online at Civilsociety.co.uk, the top 100 charities raised £11.4 billion, an increase of £355.5 million on the previous year.Indeed, following a drop in 2009, the Index, which has been published since 1996, is now at a record high.Successful organisations• Nuffield Health retains the top position on the Index for the eighth successive year, having increased its income by 3% to £562.7m.• Alternative Futures, UK Committee for Unicef and Islamic Relief Worldwide, which all achieved risen up the Index by 24, 17 and 15 places respectively.• Crime Reduction Initiatives (CRI), has entered the Index for the first time: two years ago its income grew by 35%, and last year by a further 20%.To qualify for listing in the Index, charities now need to have an income of £49.7 million, up 8% from £45.8 million the previous year.As well as Crime Reduction Initiatives, new members of the Index include Nursing and Midwifery Council, Merlin, Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC), and Turning Point.Andrew Hind, editor of Charity Finance, welcomed the positive findings of the Index, but noted that it “is ultimately reflective of an ability, both past and future, to consistently deliver high quality services and solutions”.He added that “this good news should not disguise the fact that, for thousands of smaller charities who do unique and specialist work, the picture on income is not so rosy.”The Charity 100 Index and its partner Charity 250 Index are published by Charity Finance. Charities’ relative positions in the ranking are based on a rolling average of its income for the last three years up to and including 31 March 2011.www.civilsociety.co.uk charity_index_100_201203.pdf1.5 MB Tagged with: Finance Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 27 March 2012 | News Advertisement  27 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Top 100 charities experienced increase in income, says Charity 100 Indexlast_img read more

Corn Production Breakeven in 2014 Nears Cash Bids

first_img Facebook Twitter Corn Production Breakeven in 2014 Nears Cash Bids Previous articleWhat Impacted Yield in 2013 CropsNext articleOhio Ethanol Plant Signs up for Enogen Andy Eubank SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Corn Production Breakeven in 2014 Nears Cash Bids corn breakeven nears actual priceFriday is a USDA report day and it is a highly anticipated report on production and supply and demand since the government shutdown last month shuttered the agency. Farmers are anxiously awaiting the noon Eastern Time release and how it might impact prices. They would like those prices to get further beyond the breakeven point for production.The breakeven price to raise a bushel of corn has increased dramatically over the last decade when it cost a farmer about $1.67 to raise a bushel of corn. University of Illinois Extension Ag Economist Gary Schnitkey says the breakeven price is now closer to the mid-four-dollar range.“Much of that increase is due to non-land costs and fertilizer is the big one of those, but cash rents have increased as well and those break evens are for cash rented land, so increased quite a lot.”The breakeven price this year is about three-dollars a bushel higher than it was in 2004. Next year it will drop just a bit.“For the coming year we are looking at breakeven prices of around $4.30,” he said. “Breakeven prices of a little bit north of $4.30 are down a little bit from this year where we’re projecting $4.60. The reason it’s down is we’re projecting lower fertilizer costs and a bit higher yields. So we’re taking what we would expect for yields for 2014, and while yields were better this year than they were last year, if we ever get a good year we’ll have hopefully much higher yields.”         But the $4.30 breakeven price for next year is actually about the same as the price of corn for next year.“Right now the cash bids for 2014 are in the $4.30 range, so the breakeven prices are right at what prices are being offered. Net incomes will come down from 2011 and 2012 levels because of lower prices, and right now we’re going into a period where we might see some non-land costs come down, particularly fertilizer, and then we’ll see what happens to cash rents.”Schnitkey believes those will need to come down. History – however – has not looked favorably on periods of time when agricultural cash rents have decreased. Schnitkey says he primarily uses the breakeven price to benchmark marketing decisions. You shouldn’t sell it unless you know what it costs to produce.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Nov 7, 2013 last_img read more

Young TV reporter gunned down in Karachi in apparently targeted killing

first_img Pakistani journalist critical of the military wounded by gunfire Wali Khan Babar, a 29-year-old reporter employed by Geo News TV, was shot dead last night in Karachi, a few hours after covering a police investigation in Pehlawan Goth, a violent neighbourhood in the eastern part of the city.Babar was the first reporter to be killed in the field this year in Pakistan, one of the world’s deadliest countries for the media. His murder, just nine days after the fatal shooting of Punjab governor and media owner Salman Taseer, does not bode well for 2011.Reporters Without Borders offers its condolences to Babar’s family and colleagues and supports the calls by President Asif Zardari and interior minister Rehamn Malik for a report from the Karachi authorities about his murder. The Karachi police must conduct a thorough investigation and do everything possible to protect witnesses.The police said they found Babar’s body in his car with five gunshot wounds in the head and neck. The head of Geo News TV said he regarded the murder as a “targeted killing.” No group has so far claimed responsibility.The former head of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists compared Babar’s murder to that of Musa Khan, a young Geo News TV reporter who was gunned down in February 2009.Colleagues described Babar as “hard working and knowledgeable.” A Geo News TV producer said he was “passionate about his stories and took lot of pains to cover them.” PakistanAsia – Pacific News Organisation January 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Young TV reporter gunned down in Karachi in apparently targeted killing June 2, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Pakistan to go furthercenter_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists January 28, 2021 Find out more PakistanAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News April 21, 2021 Find out more News News Pakistani supreme court acquits main suspect in Daniel Pearl murderlast_img read more

Young Killygordon boy undergoes potentially life-changing surgery

first_img Twitter Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Google+ Facebook Pinterest Twitter A 6-year-old Co Donegal boy has been discharged from hospital following a second major operation in the US to help him walk.Paul Doherty from Killygordon successfully came through the operation in St. Louis’ Children’s Hospital in Missouri on Wednesday.He was discharged from the hospital yesterday.Paul is still undergoing physio-therapy and will stay in America until the end of the month.His mother Anne Marie Doherty says she is hopeful Paul will now not have to go through anymore surgery:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/annm530.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Previous articleConeygree wins Cheltenham Gold CupNext articleHarps and Derry look to continue their good league start News Highland 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – March 13, 2015 Young Killygordon boy undergoes potentially life-changing surgerylast_img read more

Over 1,100 people sign petition to save Dungloe Library

first_img Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleDonegal make two changes for semi-final against AntrimNext articleLetterkenny General again one of the most overcrowded hospitals in the country News Highland Facebook Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Over 1,100 people have signed a petition in the Rosses area to save Dungloe Library.Petitioners want rumoured cuts to staffing levels and opening hours to be reversed.They are also calling for the library to remain in its current location at Ionad Teampaill Chróine.Speaking on todays Shaun Doherty Show, Patrick Bonner says the library is vital to the local area:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/pbonn.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Over 1,100 people sign petition to save Dungloe Library WhatsApp Google+ WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img By News Highland – June 20, 2014 Twitter News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitterlast_img read more

Uttarakhand HC Refuses To Quash Criminal Proceedings U/s 125 Representation Of People Act Against INC Candidate For 2012 State Elections [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesUttarakhand HC Refuses To Quash Criminal Proceedings U/s 125 Representation Of People Act Against INC Candidate For 2012 State Elections [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK21 Sep 2020 11:30 PMShare This – xThe Uttarakhand High Court refused to quash criminal proceedings under Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act, against Rajendra Singh Bhandari, who was Badrinath Assembly Constituency Candidate of Indian National Congress Party to the Legislative Assembly of Uttarakhand in 2012.The allegation against him is that, while contesting the said election, the present applicant had printed…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?LoginThe Uttarakhand High Court refused to quash criminal proceedings under Section 125 of the Representation of the People Act, against Rajendra Singh Bhandari, who was Badrinath Assembly Constituency Candidate of Indian National Congress Party to the Legislative Assembly of Uttarakhand in 2012.The allegation against him is that, while contesting the said election, the present applicant had printed a picture (photo) of Lord Badrinath in his hand bills as well as pamphlets. FIR was lodged against him on the ground that he tried to influence the voters and used the religious feelings of local people.The use of expression “promotes or attempts to promote” in Section 125 of the Act, shows that there has to be mens rea on the part of the accused to commit the offence of promoting disharmony amongst different religions under Section 125, whereas, the case of the applicant is that this matter is launched by the political opponents, Justice Alok Kumar Verma observed while considering his petition under Section 482 CrPC seeking to quash proceedings against him The court also said that the allegations against the accused are required to be tested only at the time of trial and that it cannot hold a parallel trial in an application under Section 482 of the Code. While dismissing the petition, the judge further observed:It is the fundamental duty of every citizen to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood and fraternity amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities. For fair and peaceful election, during the election campaign, party or candidate should not indulge in any activity which may create mutual hatred or cause tension between different classes of the citizens of India on ground of religion, race, caste, community or language.Case name: Rajendra Singh Bhandari vs State Of UttarakhandCase no.: Criminal Misc. Application No.1480 of 2014Coram: Justice Alok Kumar Verma Counsel: Adv Pankaj Purohit , Deputy AG S.S. AdhikariClick here to Read/Download OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

11 further Covid related deaths and 504 new cases confirmed in NI

first_img Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Pinterest DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleUnemployment rate hit 25% in JanuaryNext articleFinn Harp’s announce Ethan Boyle signing News Highland Facebook Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews 11 further Covid related deaths have been recorded in the North.504 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the past 24 hours.There are 701 patients in hospitals with the disease in Northern Ireland and 65 people are in ICU. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growscenter_img WhatsApp Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ 11 further Covid related deaths and 504 new cases confirmed in NI Harps come back to win in Waterford News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebook By News Highland – February 3, 2021 Google+last_img read more