Letshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw) 2004 Annual Report

first_imgLetshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about Letshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Letshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Letshego Holdings Limited (LETSHE.bw)  2004 annual report.Company ProfileLetshego Financial Services Botswana is regulated financial services institution that offers products and solutions for the low- to middle-income sector in Botswana. The company was established in 1998 as Micro Provident Botswana Limited but now operates as a member of the Letshego Group. Letshego Financial Services Botswana is primarily focused on providing financial solutions to individuals who are formally employed by the government of Botswana, parastatals and the private sector. A subsidiary division offers microfinance and savings solutions to individuals generating income in the informal sector. Letshego Financial Services Botswana is able to cater to both sectors by providing simple, appropriate and accessible solutions that are competitively priced. The company was able to diversify its offering through the acquisition of Micro Africa Limited in East Africa, allowing it to provide loans to micro and small enterprises, collective groups and low- to middle-class earners. The company has a presence in 11 countries across southern, east and west Africa; Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania and Uganda.last_img read more

Don’t save for retirement! Follow Warren Buffett’s tips to make a million

first_img 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. While having cash savings can be a good idea, relying on them to build a retirement nest egg may lead to a significant amount of disappointment in the long run. The returns on cash are unlikely to improve your retirement prospects, and are even less likely to help you in generating a seven-figure portfolio.As such, adopting a value investing strategy such as that followed by Warren Buffett could be a sound move. By focusing on undervalued shares which have wide economic moats and investing for the long term, you could increase your chances of making a million.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…Investing versus savingAs mentioned, having some cash savings can be a worthwhile move. Since cash is highly liquid and easy to access, it can be used to pay for unexpected costs such as car repairs. Furthermore, having cash available can provide peace of mind. Warren Buffett, for example, holds cash to guard against the uncertain nature of the stock market and wider economy.However, having too much cash can cause potential problems. At the present time, for example, interest rates are relatively low. This means that the returns on cash may not be substantially ahead of inflation, and could therefore fail to increase the value of your retirement portfolio in real terms over the long run.By contrast, the stock market has a strong track record of delivering high returns. Certainly, it has experienced bear markets and downturns. But, it has always recovered from them to post annualised total returns in the high-single digits. As such, it appears to be a superior means of maximising the returns on your capital in the long run.Value investingIn addition to focusing your capital on the stock market, adopting a value investing strategy could increase your chances of making a million. Warren Buffett’s focus on undervalued shares with wide economic moats has helped him to unearth highly attractive investing opportunities. The same principles he uses in this regard could aid you in your retirement plans.For example, buying shares in companies that have a clear competitive advantage versus their peers could lead to superior returns in bull markets, as well as defensive characteristics in bear markets.Such companies may enjoy lower costs than their rivals, or stronger brand loyalty, which can lead to them delivering higher returns in the long run. Buying them while they trade at a discount to their intrinsic value may further enhance their scope for capital growth, since they may offer a favourable risk/reward ratio.Buying todayWith a number of stocks appearing to have wide economic moats and low valuations at the present time, now may be the right time to invest your capital in the stock market.Through adopting a long-term focus and using a value investing strategy, you can generate higher returns than those available from cash savings accounts. In doing so, your retirement nest egg may have a higher chance of being valued at over a million. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: The Motley Fool Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Peter Stephens Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Peter Stephens | Sunday, 8th March, 2020 Enter Your Email Address 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. Don’t save for retirement! Follow Warren Buffett’s tips to make a millionlast_img read more

With the Barclays share price this low, should I buy?

first_img The Barclays share price is up almost 6% this morning, despite reporting a 38% drop in first-quarter profits to £913m. Barclays (LSE: BARC) also set aside £2.1bn to cover bad debts during the coronavirus crisis, against just £448m a year earlier.In normal times, the FTSE 100 bank would be sharply down, but times are far from normal. Investors prefer to focus on the positives. In this case, a 20% rise in revenue to £6.3bn. The Barclays share price is down more than 40% from its January highs, and looks a tempting long-term buy for bargain hunters.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…But there are plenty of reasons to be cautious. First, the dividend has gone, and we don’t know when it’ll be back. That wasn’t even the board’s decision. The Prudential Regulatory Authority pressured banks to focus their financial power on bailing Britain out of the Covid-19 crisis.Bargain FTSE 100 stockThat means there’s no income stream while you wait for the UK economy — and Barclays share price — to recover.Today, the board warned of a tough year, but we knew that, didn’t we? Near-zero interest rates will cost its UK retail business around £250m. Meanwhile, a regulatory clampdown on fees and overdrafts will cost another £150m.Although profits at its international business fell from £1.1bn to £800m, there was good news here, as investment bank income rose 44% to £3.6bn. Traders have been taking advantage of stock market volatility, and April should be even better. This is one in the eye for activist investor Ed Bramson, who’s been pushing Barclays CEO Jes Staley to dump the investment bank.I’d buy the Barclays share priceToday, Staley warned of a “challenging” year, which is an understatement. But he hailed the bank’s “diversification by business, geography and currency, which allows us to remain resilient through the developing economic downturn.”Barclays’ common equity tier 1 capital ratio shrank from 13.8% to 13.1%, but is still above the bank’s 11.5% minimum regulatory hurdle.The Barclays share price looks a bargain by conventional valuation methods, with a price-to-book valuation of just 0.3. However, these aren’t conventional times. The banks are also under political pressure to be lenient on bad debts.Long-term buy-and-holdThe road to recovery will be long and the dividend has gone, at least until the end of the year, when management will review its position. I think every portfolio has a place for Barclays, so why not buy it when the share price is down. The bank is also benefiting from the crisis, with increased trading income, and a surge in corporate lending to locked-down companies keen to boost liquidity.The next leg of the Barclays share price recovery may take time, but I still think it’s a tempting long-term buy-and-hold today. Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Barclays. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Harvey Jones Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img 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. Image source: Getty Images. Harvey Jones | Wednesday, 29th April, 2020 | More on: BARC With the Barclays share price this low, should I buy? Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

Canada: Anglicans sponsor 1,750 refugees since September

first_imgCanada: Anglicans sponsor 1,750 refugees since September Press Release Service Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Belleville, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Refugees Migration & Resettlement Featured Events Submit a Job Listing [Anglican Journal] Since last September, when the world first saw the body of the little Syrian refugee, Alan Kurdi, washed up on a shore in Turkey, Anglicans in 14 dioceses across Canada have sponsored and resettled 1,750 refugees, members of General Synod heard Tuesday, July 12.In all, $20 million was raised to support refugee resettlement and sponsorship, William Postma,recently appointed director of The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) said in a presentation to synod, in its last day of meetings here in Richmond Hill, Ontario.It’s evidence, Postma said, of how the Anglican Church of Canada “punches above its weight” when it comes to refugee work.“This deserves more than an acknowledgment, but a celebration,” he said.It was one of many of PWRDF’s accomplishments that had impressed him since assuming his role June 13, Postma said.“The results of some of our programs are truly astounding,” he said. For example, in three African countries—Burundi, Mozambique and Tanzania—where they run vaccination programs, PWRDF partners have vaccinated 410,000 children under the age of five in three years, he said—an especially high number considering the programs are run in far-flung rural areas, Postma added. In Mozambique, child mortality rates during the same three years decreased from 26% to 5%.In Canada, PWRDF raised $165,000 in donations for Fort McMurray wildfire relief, he said. The fund has also been placing more importance on support for Indigenous communities, he said—“support that’s respectful, support that’s honourable, support that’s responsive to needs on the ground.”Among its recent projects for Canadian Indigenous people, he said, is a two-year immersion course  in the Mohawk language, in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, near Montreal.One thing that’s surprised him since starting at PWRDF, he said, is the enormous network of volunteers it has to draw on—1,600 according to a recent count.“I have to say, having been with a lot of other organizations, that is a really enviable number,” he said.General Synod also heard from Zaida Bastos, director of PWRDF’s development partnership program, about its maternal, newborn and child health program. Since the year 2000, she said, there has been a decrease of more than 50% in preventable child death worldwide. However, rates of maternal and child death in sub-Saharan Africa remain very high, Bastos said.PWRDF’s maternal, newborn and child health program operates, through local community health workers, in 524 villages in five African countries, she said. These community health workers constantly accompany pregnant and new mothers and their children, ensuring they get the medical attention they need to survive and be healthy.In addition to its actual accomplishments, Postma said he also really liked that PWRDF’s vision is about more than just providing physical aid.“I’m really excited that PWRDF has that bedrock commitment to rights, human rights…it’s about each and every one of us made in the image of God,” he said. Director of Music Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS 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 Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Youth Minister Lorton, VA center_img By Tali FolkinsPosted Jul 14, 2016 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 Tags The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Collierville, TN Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Shreveport, LA Anglican Communion, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY 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 Rector Knoxville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KYlast_img read more

Schools often fail to identify gifted and talented students – especially…

first_img Please enter your name here Not all students have equal access to gifted and talented services. JGI/Jamie Grill via Getty Images TAGSBlackEducationGiftedInequitiesLatinoMinoritiesNational DataNative AmericanThe Conversation Previous articleOCPS stands out as a leader in arts education, senior director wins awardNext articleCareerSource hosts virtual Healthcare Job Fairs to fill more than 100 positions, entry-level and clinical Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear center_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 By Marcia Gentry, Professor of Educational Studies; Director, Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute, Purdue UniversityAbout a decade ago, I was working with a large, urban school district on creating a gifted and talented program that would include all kids, regardless of their race or income.In this district, Black children and children from poor families were rarely identified for gifted education services. These services include enrichment, special classes and focused projects intended to help students excel in areas in which they show signs of exceptional potential and talents.I visited one school, near a prestigious university in an upscale neighborhood, where 48% of all students received services for gifted and talented students. There, about 50% were white, 22% Black and 12% Asian. Few were being raised in low-income families. At another school I visited a short 10-minute drive away, no students were identified. This school was located in a poor neighborhood. Ninety-eight percent of the students were Black, and all of them qualified for free or reduced-price meals.Having reviewed national data in detail as scholars of gifted and talented education, my colleagues and I have found that inequities like this exist across the country and in most school districts.State report cardsFirst, we examined census data from the Office of Civil Rights for the years 2000, 2012, 2014 and 2016 regarding gifted students from every U.S. public school to see how many students attend schools that identify youth with gifts and talents. We found that 42% of public schools did not identify a single student.Then, we looked for patterns regarding race and ethnicity and income levels among the schools that do screen students and designate some of them as gifted and talented.When we published our findings in 2019, we issued report cards for every state and for the U.S. overall. We gave 17 states failing grades because fewer than 60% of their public schools identified anyone as gifted and talented. Six more got a D.Racial and ethnic disparitiesInterestingly, we found that Black, Asian, white and Latino children were equally likely to attend schools that identified gifted students, although Native American students were less likely. As a result, we determined that access alone does not explain why Black and Latino students are underrepresented in gifted education.I consider these racial inequities to be staggering.About 15% of all students are Black, but only 8.5% of students identified as gifted and talented are Black. Roughly 27% of students are Latino, yet only 18% of the students determined to be gifted and talented are Latino. This pattern also holds for Native American and Native Hawaiian students.Nearly 59% of gifted and talented students are white even though only 48% of all students are white. Asian students are even more disproportionately represented: They comprise 5% of all students, but nearly 10% of students identified with gifts and talents.Along with racial and ethnic patterns, we found that poverty played a role.High-poverty schools are slightly more likely to identify students as gifted than others. Despite that, they identified only about 58% as many gifted students as low-poverty schools – those largely attended by more affluent children.Nationally, only 8% of the students attending high-poverty schools were identified, versus 13.5% of students of students enrolled at low-poverty schools.‘Missing’ studentsThere were 3.3 million U.S. students identified as having gifts and talents in the 2015-2016 school year. Based on our findings, we estimate that even more – another 3.6 million – ought to be designated this way.These students are missing from the official data because their school does not identify any students as gifted and talented, they attend a high-poverty school or because they are Black, Latino or belong to another underidentified group.For example, only 276,840 Black students were identified as gifted and talented in 2016. We estimate that as many as 771,728 would be identified this way if systems were working properly.Fixing the problemMany students benefit when they receive gifted and talented services at school. They become more motivated to learn and more likely to earn good grades, while developing positive social and emotional skills.In previous research, my colleagues and I found that students from underserved groups who receive gifted and talented services at school benefit even more than their affluent classmates.One way schools can make the process more equitable is by letting students qualify for these programs in multiple ways. This helps because a single test, on which privileged students may outscore others, does not serve as the only or the most important avenue to being identified as a gifted and talented student.I believe that all schools should examine their current systems for identifying students with gifts and talents with an eye toward equity. If needed, they should step up their efforts to ensure that students from underserved communities get a fair shot, and also develop programs to nurture these students – as the school district I advised a decade ago eventually managed to do.This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Neut House / APOLLO Architects & Associates

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/342332/neut-house-apollo-architects-associates Clipboard Projects Houses Japan Neut House / APOLLO Architects & Associates photographs:  Masao NishikawaPhotographs:  Masao Nishikawa Save this picture!© Masao NishikawaRecommended ProductsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformWoodHESS TIMBERTimber – GLT HybridWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsText description provided by the architects. The ophthalmologist couple purchased this narrow, but deep, parcel of land in a quiet neighborhood to build a house where they could enjoy their hobby of listening to the music. On the basement level, the courtyard and double-pane glazing provide sound-buffer for this RC-structure studio which is insulated on the exterior. Natural light enters the studio through the courtyard and makes the space exceptionally inhabitable as a basement. Save this picture!© Masao NishikawaThe balcony extends from the building and acts as the canopy over the garage with pilotis and entrance. The horizontal wooden slats are used as balcony balustrade to block the view from the street while allowing the air to breeze through. The randomly sized wooden pieces give the facade distinctive appearance. The ground floor contains private rooms such as master bedroom and children’s bedrooms. The second floor, on the other hand, is intended as family room. The generously-sized gabled-roof space has two courtyards which accentuate the floor plan with their curves. Through the clerestory windows, the outside scenery and natural light enter the space. Save this picture!© Masao NishikawaThe wet area is separated from the living room by the tiled wall with its upper part glazed. The same wooden panel of the living room ceiling is used in the wet area to create the appearance of a continuous space. When viewed from inside, the horizontal wooden louver also accentuates the interior space while securing the privacy. By using only the simple finishing material on the interior, the space has the austere and coordinated feel. Furthermore, the combination of concrete and wood, as well as the gabled roof motif add warmth to the room’s ambience. This design technique allows the occupants to forget that they are in a dense residential district. It is one of the most popular solutions in the urban setting.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessFilms & Architecture: “Underground”ArticlesMuseum for Underwater Antiquities Competition Entry / Dimitris ThomopoulosUnbuilt Project Share 2012 Area:  115 m² Area:  115 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” CopyHouses•Tokyo, Japan Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAPOLLO Architects & AssociatesOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTokyoHousesJapanPublished on March 11, 2013Cite: “Neut House / APOLLO Architects & Associates” 11 Mar 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesCupa PizarrasCupaclad® 101 Random in Les PalmiersUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Ridgelight 25-40°Porcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – Coverlam ImperialWindowspanoramah!®ah! Vertical SlidingFastenersSchöckConcrete Façade Fasteners – Isolink®CarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Arena®CoatingsFormicaLaminate – ColorCore®2More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream 2012 “COPY” Year:  Save this picture!© Masao Nishikawa+ 26 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/342332/neut-house-apollo-architects-associates Clipboard Year:  Photographs Neut House / APOLLO Architects & AssociatesSave this projectSaveNeut House / APOLLO Architects & Associates ArchDailylast_img read more

Closed-doors trial for Zhang Shengqi

first_imgNews News China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Receive email alerts ChinaAsia – Pacific The trial of Zhang Shengqi and two other members of the clandestine Catholic Church opened on 16 March 2004 behind closed doors. All three are accused of “divulging state secrets”.Liu Fenggang is accused of carrying out research for a report exposing Chinese government repression of the clandestine Catholic Church. Xu Yonghai is on trial for having printed the report and Zhang Shengqi for undertaking to post it on the Internet and to send it electronically to organisations abroad.Families were not allowed to attend this first hearing, at the end of which no verdict was announced.________________________________________________________Computer firm employee Zhang Shengqi has been arrested for publishing articles on the Internet in support of the banned Christian church.Reporters Without Borders has called on Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabao to release the 23-year-old Zhang, who was picked up on 26 November. He reportedly published articles by Liu Fenggang, a historian of the church who is also in jail. “Zhang’s is the first case of a cyberdissident jailed for expressing support for the banned Christian church,” said Robert Ménard, secretary-general of Reporters Without Borders. “He has been accused of divulging state secrets, when in fact he only published articles on the government crackdown on his religious community,” he said. “We condemn this abusive use of the concept of state secrets, regularly used by the authorities to make unfair arrests. “We hope that, as in the cases of cyberdissidents Liu Di and Ouyang Yi, the law will recognise that Zhang Shengqi’s imprisonment is unjustified,” he added.Zhang was arrested at the home of his fiancé in the northern town of Jilin. Police also searched the house thoroughly and seized around 20 items, including Zhang’s mobile telephone and articles written Liu Fenggang.The China Aid Association said the cyberdissident was then transferred to Hangzou prison in the east of the country. The association said that the charge against Zhang was now official.His fiancé, Ye Jifei, was also questioned by police on 28 and 29 November. She was not however imprisoned. According to the site boxun.com, Ye and Zhang worked together at the same computer firm. Elsewhere, Reporters Without Borders has learned that the announcement of the verdict against cyberdissident Ouyang Yi, jailed since December 2002, has been postponed for one month. The courts appear in fact to have adjourned the case for lack of evidence. The accused was tried in October but no verdict was pronounced.The Beijing prosecutor’s office also sent back the trial of Liu Di for the same reasons. She was released soon afterwards. News RSF_en to go further Organisation center_img News March 17, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Closed-doors trial for Zhang Shengqi Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Help by sharing this information April 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on China March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Police officer charged with repeatedly raping underage homeless teen

first_imgstocknshares/iStock(BOSTON) — A member of a homeless task force in Massachusetts was arraigned on rape charges Thursday after an investigation concluded he sexually assaulted a 16-year-old homeless girl multiple times over the course of several months.Lowell police officer Kevin Garneau, 49, of Pelham, New Hampshire, was indicted by a grand jury Wednesday on two counts of rape, according to the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office.In 2016, the officer allegedly entered the teen’s tent, set up as a home for Lowell’s homeless population, and falsely told the girl she had multiple warrants out for her arrest, according to the district attorney. He then raped the girl in exchange for not arresting her.He raped her “several more times in the months after the initial assault,” District Attorney Marian Ryan said in a press release.Garneau was working for the city’s homeless community outreach program at the time of the incidents.Robert Normandin, Garneau’s lawyer, denied all charges against his client to Boston ABC affiliate WCVB-TV.Lowell Police Department said it was first made aware of the allegations in January and immediately placed Garneau on desk duty as the investigation unfolded.“I was astonished and very disappointed when I heard these allegations,” Lowell Superintendent of Police Raymond Richardson told WCVB. “Again, he will have his day in court, but as far as a police chief, when you hear that about one of your officers, it was very disturbing.”Garneau was fitted with a GPS monitor and released on his own recognizance. He will be back in court on July 23. He was ordered to stay away from the teenage victim.“This is not what the men and women of the Lowell PD represent,” Richardson said in a statement. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Numerical investigation of the effects of temporal variations in basal lubrication on englacial strain-rate distribution

first_imgThe effects of spatial and temporal variations in basal lubrication on the englacial strain rate and surface velocity distribution are investigated with a numerical ice-flow model. General aspects of the solutions are compared to measurements made on Lauteraargletscher, Switzerland, in 2001, that showed diurnal fluctuations in both surface velocity and englacial vertical strain. We find that spatial gradients in basal lubrication can set up variations in the deviatoric stress field that increases with distance to the bed and has a maximum value near the glacier surface. This stress field produces a significant strain rate near the surface. The temporal evolution of a slippery zone is identified as a possible cause of the observed diurnal variations in the vertical strain rate. Although general aspects of the measurements can be explained in this way, the calculated vertical strain rates are too small, suggesting that the modeled effective viscosity values using Glen’s flow law are too large near the surface.last_img read more

The Southern Ocean in the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5

first_imgThe Southern Ocean is an important part of the global climate system, but its complex coupled nature makes both its present state and its response to projected future climate forcing difficult to model. Clear trends in wind, sea-ice extent and ocean properties emerged from multi-model intercomparison in the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 3 (CMIP3). Here, we review recent analyses of the historical and projected wind, sea ice, circulation and bulk properties of the Southern Ocean in the updated Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5 (CMIP5) ensemble. Improvements to the models include higher resolutions, more complex and better-tuned parametrizations of ocean mixing, and improved biogeochemical cycles and atmospheric chemistry. CMIP5 largely reproduces the findings of CMIP3, but with smaller inter-model spreads and biases. By the end of the twenty-first century, mid-latitude wind stresses increase and shift polewards. All water masses warm, and intermediate waters freshen, while bottom waters increase in salinity. Surface mixed layers shallow, warm and freshen, whereas sea ice decreases. The upper overturning circulation intensifies, whereas bottom water formation is reduced. Significant disagreement exists between models for the response of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current strength, for reasons that are as yet unclear.last_img read more