National Bank of Kenya Limited (NBK.ke) 2003 Abridged Report

first_imgNational Bank of Kenya Limited (NBK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2003 abridged results.For more information about National Bank of Kenya Limited (NBK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Bank of Kenya Limited (NBK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Bank of Kenya Limited (NBK.ke)  2003 abridged results.Company ProfileNational Bank of Kenya (NBK) Limited is a financial services institution providing banking products and services for the retail, commercial corporate and Islamic banking sectors in Kenya. Its full-service offering ranges from transactional banking products to term deposits, personal loans and overdrafts, insurance premium finance, liquidity management, treasury services, custodial services and asset finance services. National Bank of Kenya offers mortgage products to salaried and business customers under the National Homes brand. The company also offers account relationship management and bancassurance products. It operates through a wide network of branches and ATMs in the major towns and cities of Kenya. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. National Bank of Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Linkage Assurance Plc (LINKAS.ng) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgLinkage Assurance Plc (LINKAS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Linkage Assurance Plc (LINKAS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Linkage Assurance Plc (LINKAS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Linkage Assurance Plc (LINKAS.ng)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileLinkage Assurance Plc is a non-life insurance business in Nigeria licensed to underwrite numerous insurance classes including business, marine and motor insurance. Business insurance classes include automobiles, property, general accident, liability group, compulsory insurances, oil and gas, marine and aviation and engineering. Retail and direct insurance includes motor plans, estate insurance plans, citadel shield plans, shop comprehensive plans and event insurance. Linkage Assurance Plc merged with Central Insurance Company Limited in 2007 as part of the recapitilisation and consolidation reforms of the National Insurance Commission (NAICOM). The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Linkage Assurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Washington National Cathedral mourns the loss of former First Lady…

first_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Jobs & Calls Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Washington National Cathedral mourns the loss of former First Lady Barbara Bush Rector Smithfield, NC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Hopkinsville, KY 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 Rector Tampa, FL April 19, 2018 at 10:10 pm Thank God for her life & their Marriage. They were a blessing to America Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ April 19, 2018 at 8:14 pm Remembering the wonderful Mrs. Barbara Pierce Bush with gratitude for her love and care for others and for her service to our country as her husband President George H. W. Bush’s dear wife and First Lady! May we as Americans live such lives of service to others. Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Comments (3) [Washington National Cathedral] The Very Rev. Randolph “Randy” Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral, released the following statement and offered a prayer on the death of First Lady Barbara Bush.“Washington National Cathedral joins the nation in mourning the loss of former First Lady Barbara Bush, and we extend our heartfelt prayers to President George H.W. Bush and President George W. Bush and the entire Bush family in their time of sorrow,” said Dean Hollerith.“As a wife, mother and grandmother, she became in many ways a beloved matriarch to Americans from all walks of life, and she enriched the lives of everyone she touched with compassion, humor and graciousness.“Through her work on literacy, Mrs. Bush became among the brightest of the ‘thousand points of light,’ serving as an example in her husband’s initiative to extend volunteerism and community engagement. She was a living example of faithfulness, both to her family and to the nation, always facing adversity with grace and courage. Her 73-year marriage to her beloved husband remains a shining example of lifelong love nurtured by selfless devotion and affection.”Mrs. Bush was a longtime friend of Washington National Cathedral, attending countless services and state occasions, including the 1990 celebration when the final stone was set atop the Cathedral tower. A lifetime Episcopalian, Mrs. Bush exemplified the values of her favorite scripture, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”“I have great respect for people of other faiths who believe in a greater being and live a life that is based on kindness and generosity,” she said in a 2012 interview with Cathedral Age magazine.“Together with all the saints in glory, we give thanks for the life of Barbara Pierce Bush and pray that the gates of heaven will be opened wide to this kind and generous child of God.”“Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Barbara. Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints in light. Amen.”Watch the latest video at foxnews.com Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Associate Rector Columbus, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Paula Wicker Hamby says: Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC Submit a Job Listing Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group April 19, 2018 at 7:17 pm Thank you for paying tribute to our Nations First Lady, Barbara Bush, the epitome of love, devotion and courage. No one will ever fill her shoes. God bless the Bush family for their unselfishness of giving their lives to our country. With deepest gratitude and love, The Jan B. Hamilton family from Colorado and Texas Press Release Service Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Rector Albany, NY Donald Heacock says: Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments are closed. Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Dr. Jan Hamilton says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Posted Apr 19, 2018 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

House at Glenhill Saujana / Seshan Design

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/641965/house-at-glenhill-saujana-seshan-design Clipboard Projects Houses House at Glenhill Saujana / Seshan Design House at Glenhill Saujana / Seshan DesignSave this projectSaveHouse at Glenhill Saujana / Seshan Design “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/641965/house-at-glenhill-saujana-seshan-design Clipboard Area:  6070 ft² Area:  6070 ft² Photographscenter_img Save this picture!© Rupajiwa Studio+ 34 Share Architects: Seshan Design Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” photographs:  Rupajiwa StudioPhotographs:  Rupajiwa StudioProject Team:Azlan Syarawi, Jeslyn Ko, Amin Madhadzir, Ramesh SeshanMain Contractor:SmartHome Construction Sdn BhdInterior / Specialists Steelworks And Cladding Contractor:Kiara Orbit Sdn BhdOriginal Architect:Chai Chin FooCity:Shah AlamCountry:MalaysiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioRecommended ProductsWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsText description provided by the architects. We were actually recommended to the clients by our friends who are also architects but were too busy to take on the jobs themselves. The clients had already started building the house  but after a while they  had started to  search for another Designer/Architect to take the project to a new level and achieve the new ideas the clients had envisioned.Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioThe clients’ earlier house was built in the Tropical Balinese resort look which was popular about 15  years ago.   For the new house, the clients wanted something different so they attempted to build the  house in the  currently popular raw/industrial look with fair face concrete and fair face brick wall elements.   But the clients (Captain Lee in particular) also had an affinity of all things retro and vintage. He was based in China for work and thus had access to a lot of retro products. He even brought back a vintage World War II Russian  motorbike with side car!Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioSo they wanted the house to  have a fairly retro theme (or themes as it turned out!) to it, especially for the interiors.  We met, took the clients to see some of our ongoing projects and we hit it off!Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioWhen we were brought in, the house was already complete structurally – all the concrete structure, roof and most walls were done. The windows were not in yet – they were enroute from China! – the client  had really good quality double glazed windows and doors ordered and manufactured in China and sent to Malaysia to be installed by the main contractor here.  We made a trip to Guangzhou as well to meet up with the supplier and check out what other cool building materials/ components we could get from there.Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioWe had to assess the house as a whole, if possible try not to change too much unless it was really necessary to make the spaces work better.  Clients had already engaged a kitchen specialist to sort out the dry and wet kitchens. We re-looked at all the spaces, adjusted some walls here and there, redid the entire electrical and lighting layouts, redesigned all the bathrooms, and also proposed additional elements such as railings, screens, panelling, custom lights and other architectural devices.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanThe really best part of this project was we had really quirky clients(!!) who like so many different things and anything could be possible!  And the fact that the clients had access to getting fairly exotic components sourced and manufactured quite inexpensively from China made it all the more appealing! Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioThere was no one real underlying concept per se for this house but the client ended up themeing different parts/areas of the house.  The design of the house also evolved from ideas and discussions going back and forth between us and the client.  Either the clients or us would come across something  interesting – like something we saw in a magazine/online or they in a shop in china ,and we’ll start sending pics to each other and be like “this is cool!!! lets do this!!!”  – that’s pretty much the design process!!!Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioThe interesting thing is, the house could actually take the variety and ecclecticness of it all. It became a house  which was very rich in content.Save this picture!First Floor PlanThe first floor outdoor lounge and bar, was  envisioned by the clients as a marriage of both colonial and classical Hong Kong themes . The black and white intervals of the bamboo blinds portrays the colonial influences in Malaysia , whilst custom cut geometrical ceramic tiles and symmetrical Chinese influenced railings in black lines three sides of the lounge. The client managed to source for old barber chairs as the bar stools and we re-jigged an existing vintage cabinet he had into a bar cabinet.Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioThe top floor was orignally inspired to look like Mies Van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion and we had the idea to actually make his wardrobe door panels  out of the  signature travertine used in the Barcelona Pavilion so they became the backdrops to the rooms. After developing the design and sorucing the material, it turned out to be too expensive and complicated a feat. So we decided to scrape the idea.Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioCaptain Lee then came across a wardrobe supplier in China who could print full size graphics on  wardrobe doors so thats when he got the idea of printing custom graphics on them! So in the end the children’s love for music was aptly represented by these built in wardrobes with large silhouettes of the two great music legends – Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison!! We dug up and editted the images to suit which we sent to China to be fabricated. The installations were done here by the local interior contractor.Save this picture!Section 1The main master bathroom screen at the front was actually conceptuallized a lot earlier as a facetted and fairly organic formed skin around the master bathroom. It was delayed and pushed to end due to costs and also because the client wanted to prioritise moving into the house first. So the screen was the last thing to end up being installed. We had to revise the design many times until we came up with a design that suited the clients’ budget. It became a steel framed structure, clad with stained cement board. When it was complete  – we were all so excited! It really looked like part of the Sandcrawler (the Jawas’ mobile home in Tatooine from Star Wars). It also really looked like we clad the house with corten steel! That’s one of our specialities –  we can make inexpensive material look really expensive!!!Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioThe glass bridge links the 1st floor terrace towards the master bedroom and the external floating steps from the poolside. Looking above from the entry foyer , frosted glass panels over the bridge permeates shadowy silhouettes.Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioThe original bare concrete spiral staircase are fitted with brass inlays and encased with thin ex-met panels for railings and fine rods that houses several downward lightsSave this picture!© Rupajiwa Studio70’s Shanghai soap opera scenes dictates several notable elements across the house , mainly the driveway full height swivel bronze panelling, the lounge railings .The elements are clad/ built in bronze creates a contrasting palate against the raw finishes and black profilesSave this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioElements from the old Malaysian shop houses are borrowed, from the folding metal sliding doors /sliding grills of the storeroom and children’s bedroom floor to the “V” profile railings that’s prominently featured across the house.Save this picture!Second Floor PlanExternal door elements , the main and side gates in particular were designed from scenes from the movie “The Great Gatsby” with Art Deco elements. Symmetrical intricate lines that breaks the monolithic outlook of the ” ziggurat”perimeter walls.Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioFurniture comprised of the clients’ private antique collections acquired throughout the years from Bali and China, several quirky adaptive reused furniture pieces and a series of custom made furniture that takes us back to the American 50’s era (heavily inspired by Madmen tv series)Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioThin profile trees softens the outdoor hardscape, with a trampoline at the rear for the children’s to have fun exercise !Save this picture!Section 2Three different floor finishes creates a visual separation of each floor. India green for the lower grounds, rosa levanto for the first and cement flooring for the 2nd floor.Save this picture!© Rupajiwa StudioWe tried to incorporate as much natural  cross ventilation as possible but were unable to at some areas especially the rooms upstairs as the glazings and windows were all ordered and fabircated in china when we were engaged.  Luckily they were double glazed panels so the heat gain was not so drastic in the rooms. The common areas and ground floor are all very well natural ventilated.  The high ceilings, central courtyard and  loads of glazing help in terms of natural lighting.Project gallerySee allShow lessArchitecTravel: Paris & South of FranceEventAl-Ansar Mosque / ONG&ONG Pte LtdSelected Projects Share Malaysia CopyAbout this officeSeshan DesignOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesShah AlamHousesMalaysiaPublished on June 16, 2015Cite: “House at Glenhill Saujana / Seshan Design” 15 Jun 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Trull Residence / in situ studio

first_imgArchDaily “COPY” Trull Residence / in situ studioSave this projectSaveTrull Residence / in situ studio Architects: in situ studio Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/894177/trull-residence-in-situ-studio Clipboard Area:  3 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2017 Save this picture!© Keith IsaacsCurated by María Francisca González Share United States Manufacturers: VELUX Commercial, Boral, Oldcastle APG, Sierra Pacific Windows, Cor-A-VentSave this picture!© Keith IsaacsRecommended ProductsWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. The Trull Residence is on a small corner lot in the suburbs. The lot is long north to south, with driveway access from the north and southern views of a forest and pond. The main view of the house from the street is from the east. The house is divided into two pieces – a solid sleeping volume and an open living pavilion – connected by a glass entry hall. A walled lawn, patio, screened porch, and south-facing deck surround the living pavilion on three sides, forming a network of private outdoor spaces overlooking the forest and pond.Save this picture!© Keith IsaacsSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Keith IsaacsOur clients wanted a relatively large, single level house with expansive, constructed outdoor spaces. They are also very private people. Both of these priorities were at odds with the small corner lot they had purchased. The house relates to the street in an opposite manner to neighboring houses. Private and support spaces – bedrooms, bathrooms, office, laundry, and a large workshop – are in a solid volume at the street corner. Primary living spaces are in a glass pavilion at the back corner, overlooking the forest and pond and screened from the street by the private volumes. The main entry is not on the street, but is located at the center of the site, between the private and public volumes, accessing the house from the rear into a glass hall that connects the private and public spaces. The east façade reveals these distinct parts of the house – the grounded bedroom volume to the north, the glass connecting hall offering a glimpse to otherwise secluded outdoor spaces, and the living pavilion lifting above the site to view the forest and pond. A thin, low roof sweeps over the entire house.Save this picture!© Keith IsaacsThe house and outdoor spaces are built on a concrete foundation with CMU foundation walls. The bedroom volume is framed primarily with wood, and the living pavilion is made primarily of a steel frame. The roof is broad and thin, with four-foot eaves tapering to a six-inch fascia. The grounded bedroom volume, exposed foundation walls, and site walls are clad or formed with a burnished CMU, making them appear very solid. The lifted living pavilion is glass and wood, resting atop the constructed landscape and surrounded by CMU site walls. The house was carefully dimensioned so that no CMU blocks were cut during construction. Though the site falls nearly nine feet from the driveway entry to the southern end, the drive, carport, entry walk, walled yard, patio, southern deck, and all interior spaces are at the same level.Save this picture!© Keith IsaacsProject gallerySee allShow lessProvencher_Roy Envisions Futureproof Timber Vertical Campus Building For TorontoArchitecture NewsLebanon Pavilion at 2018 Venice Biennale To Reflect on The Built Environment Through…Architecture News Share Projectscenter_img “COPY” Trull Residence / in situ studio Residential Architecture Year:  Photographs:  Keith Isaacs Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project CopyAbout this officein situ studioOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCaryUnited StatesPublished on May 12, 2018Cite: “Trull Residence / in situ studio” 12 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Afghanistan: The longest war, no end in sight

first_imgIn October, the Pentagon will have occupied Afghanistan for 15 years. It is already the longest-running U.S. imperialist war in history. And there is no end in sight.Despite earlier presidents’ promises to end the U.S. occupation years ago, and Obama’s promise that the U.S. would completely withdraw its troops by the end of his term in office, the president announced on July 6 that 8,400 U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan “into next year,” through the end of his administration. Obama said that “the security situation in Afghanistan remains precarious.” Pro-war senators like Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham hailed this decision.After the 9/11 attacks, using the excuse that the Taliban regime was “hosting” al-Qaida in Afghanistan, the Pentagon in October 2001 invaded that country, one of the poorest on the planet, installed a “friendly” government, and has tried to crush any opposition to its occupation with a full array of its most modern weapon systems, including its dreaded drones. That effort has failed.As of a year ago, the war, which has spilled over into neighboring Pakistan, had cost at least 149,000 lives, 92,000 in Afghanistan. At least 26,270 Afghan civilians had been killed, as many as 3,800 by drone strikes. (Washington Post, June 3, 2015)In October 2015, U.S. AC-130 gunships repeatedly bombed and strafed a hospital in Kunduz operated by the charity group Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières. At least 42 people were killed, including doctors, nurses and patients lying in their beds. MSF called this savage attack “relentless and brutal.” (Aljazeera.com, April 29)Some 2,382 U.S. soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, including 38 in the last year, even though the U.S. had declared an end to its combat operations. Some 1,173 “civilian” contractors — who are U.S. mercenaries — have been killed. More than 20,000 U.S. soldiers have been wounded. More than 1,100 troops from other “coalition” countries — U.S. allies — have also been killed in this war. (icasualties.org, July 9)The U.S. has spent vast sums from the people’s treasury to fund its war in Afghanistan. By the end of 2014, the total was $1 trillion. In a country of 30 million people, where the average annual income is just $670, the Pentagon has spent more than $33,000 per Afghan citizen to wage its devastating war. (blogs.reuters.com, Oct. 1, 2015)Along with his troop level announcement, Obama had to admit that the war has aggravated the global refugee crisis. At least 15 percent of the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their homes from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa to Europe are from Afghanistan, he said.The Obama administration, with Hillary Clinton at the helm at the State Department, escalated the already existing war in Afghanistan. U.S. troops grew from 25,000 in 2007 under George W. Bush to 100,000 in 2010 as Obama conceded policy to the Pentagon generals. Declaring that the U.S. had “met its goals,” the Pentagon began to withdraw troops. Obama announced that the U.S. would be able to have all U.S. troops removed by the end of 2016.But the July 6 announcement means that the U.S. brutal war and occupation have failed to quell the insurrection that the occupation itself generated.The origins of the Taliban, like al-Qaida, can be traced directly back to the CIA proxy war in the 1970s and 1980s against a progressive government that was supported by the Soviet Union. A full six months before the Soviet Union sent troops into Afghanistan, the CIA began a huge operation to funnel arms and supply training to feudal warlords in order to topple the government in Afghanistan.Asked if he thought that backing Afghan reactionaries like al-Qaida was a bad idea, Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was U.S. security advisor under President Jimmy Carter, responded: “Regret what? The secret operation was an excellent idea. … The day the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter: We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam War.” (Stanford.edu, June 3, 2002)Called Operation Cyclone, this was the largest single CIA operation ever. “Somewhere between $3–$20 billion in U.S. funds were funneled into the country to train and equip Afghan resistance groups with weapons.” (liveleak.com, Oct. 7, 2008) The ensuing U.S.-supported, decade-long civil war devastated Afghanistan, costing 1 million Afghan lives and forcing 3 million to flee into Pakistan.U.S. imperialism has created a hell on earth in Afghanistan, in Iraq, in Libya, in Syria, Yemen and elsewhere. These brutal wars and occupations create more outrage and hatred and only benefit weapons dealers, oil companies and Wall Street bankers. They must be opposed at every turn! U.S. out ofAfghanistan!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

In Syria, buffer zone quiet but war still a risk

first_imgThe war in Syria, provoked by Western imperialist powers in 2011 and bringing enormous suffering to the Syrian people, can end soon if the process now taking place in Idlib province in the country’s northeast advances with no new imperialist intervention. Reactionary factions, first armed by NATO, the Gulf monarchies and Israel, still threaten to unleash havoc. The Syrian army postponed its Idlib offensive to allow an orderly end of the war. Leukefeld is an expert on the region and regular correspondent for the German daily newspaper, Junge Welt, which published the following article Oct. 12. Translation by Workers World Managing Editor John Catalinotto.Information from both Ankara and Moscow indicates that the agreement on a buffer zone between combat units in Idlib and the Syrian army has been largely adhered to. According to the Turkish-Russian agreement, the fighters are to withdraw their heavy weapons from Idlib by Oct. 15. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Oct. 11 that the withdrawal could take one or two days longer. From the Russian point of view, this is no problem as long as it is carried out in full.Turkish media already confirmed a week ago that missile-launching ramps, medium-range missiles, rocket launchers, mortars and other heavy equipment had been withdrawn. It is unclear, however, where the war equipment was transported to and who controls it.Last weekend, the Turkish army itself moved into the province of Idlib with tanks and heavy vehicles, allegedly to secure the buffer zone. Parliament on Oct. 9 approved an order allowing Turkish troops to operate in Syria and Iraq for another year in order to safeguard national security.French news agency AFP had reported on Oct. 8 that some combat units had strengthened their military stations and tunnels in the area of the buffer zone. “Abu Walid,” a commander of the National Liberation Front, is quoted as saying that they had instructions to “stay” under the arrangement. A group close to al-Qaida — the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an alliance determined to take Syria, formerly the Nusra Front — is also said, according to AFP, to be preparing for an attack.The Syrian daily Al-Watan (The Nation) reported on Oct. 11 that various groups listed as terrorists were refusing to approve the buffer zone. Besides HTS, the article named the Islamic Turkestan Party and Haras Al-Din (Guardians of Religion), which are all associated with al-Qaida. As a reason for their refusal, “sources close to the armed groups” told Al-Watan that these groups had not received sufficient security guarantees from Turkey. This is particularly true of the foreign mercenaries in their ranks, whose countries of origin have refused to readmit the fighters.French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian had already warned the French television station BFMTV in September that in the event of a military operation by the Syrian armed forces in Idlib, the fighters could “scatter in all directions” and pose a major “security risk to Europe.” “Around a dozen” French jihadists would then possibly return to France.The conflicts among the various combat factions in Idlib have not ended, however. More than 200 commanders have reportedly fallen victim to the bloody competition since the beginning of the year. This involves the control of connecting roads, weapons, relief supplies and money.Even if combat units decide to surrender their weapons and seek reconciliation with the Syrian government, this can lead to bloody clashes with other factions. Armed combatants and also people in public life who advocate for an agreement with Damascus are threatened, kidnapped, arrested or executed.The scene of an internal battle on Oct. 9 was the town of Latamne, just a few kilometers from the town of Maharda (Hama province). The Russian Center for the Reconciliation of Hostile Sides in Syria, which monitors the withdrawal of combat units in Idlib, reported that jihadists in the Islamic State group (IS) had attacked the HTS at Latamne. Two members of the “White Helmets” and four fighters were killed. The IS captured two barrels of chlorine.This was corroborated by recordings taken by Russian surveillance drones or reconnaissance planes and distributed by the Ministry of Defense. The stolen chlorine barrels are now said to be in the hands of the jihadist group Haras Al-Din in an area southwest of Aleppo.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Horoscope: October 2, 2020

first_imgHoroscope: April 28, 2021 Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Twitter Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Tamia Banks ReddIt Linkedin Horoscope: May 2, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Tamia Bankshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tamia-banks/ Previous articleLights Out Texas: Darkened skies protect migratory birds this fallNext articleWhat we’re reading: President Trump and First Lady test positive for COVID-19, voting rights groups file suit over Abbott’s executive order Tamia Banks RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Facebook ReddIt Twitter Linkedin Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: April 29, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 + posts Horoscope: May 1, 2021 Horoscope: April 30, 2021 printA baby born today has a Sun in Libra and a Moon in Aries.HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Friday, Oct. 2, 2020:Witty, charming and very sensitive underneath, you are gifted verbally, and this year you say something profound through your work. You succeed where others fail. If single, only those close to you see your emotional vulnerability, so it takes a while to find your mate — until next year. If attached, you’re bound at the hip with a strong individual. Your love rises to new heights this year. SCORPIO wears you down.The Stars Show the Kind of Day You’ll Have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-DifficultARIES (March 21-April 19)★★★★★You will stir up the status quo just to relieve the tedium of daily life. You lead discussions and win debates using clever repartee. A great capacity for problem-solving is in evidence. Tonight: Brings a variety of important emails, phone calls and messages.TAURUS (April 20-May 20)★★★★There is much brewing within you that companions can’t quite perceive. Friends are genuinely a blessing, but you will recognize the wisdom of keeping your own counsel. Be especially patient and subtle regarding love. Tonight: Early bedtime following a long bath.GEMINI (May 21-June 20)★★★★★Today brings a charming and attractive acquaintance into your social circle. Maintain a touch of reserve to make the best impression. Not your usual modus operandi, but it works so well in this case. Tonight: Circulate online and be receptive to love.CANCER (June 21-July 22)★★★★Today brings career opportunities. Endeavors begun now could turn out to be long-term and secure. Some of you will decide to take the plunge into something new. Power struggles with others might occur. Tonight: Changes occur that are beyond your conscious control.LEO (July 23-Aug. 22)★★★Restlessness and impulse reign. Today isn’t the time for true “leisure” activities; get some exercise! Market yourself and your creative talents. Try to avoid conflict, which could easily arise with your mate or business partner. Tonight: Take a deep breath and proceed slowly.VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)★★Though planetary aspects are super for business matters and career, beware romantic indiscretions. Having fun could turn out to be costly in a variety of ways. Arguments and disagreements will undoubtedly arise. Tonight: Not a time to take financial risks.LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)★★★★★Caution has been a keynote regarding commitments lately, with many of you wavering between taking a chance or holding back. Today could have you making that important decision. What seemed to be a mere fantasy could suddenly become reality. Tonight: Wonderment.SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21)★★Day-to-day work routine, dealings with co-workers and your general health may be interrupted today. Smooth sailing is not likely. Your stomach is likely to be upset if you let it be. Take care and slow down. Tonight: Make that phone call.SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21)★★★★★Today will have you in the mood to celebrate, but don’t expect to overdo it and emerge unscathed the next day. You’ll feel like kicking up your heels and can use the energy profitably at the gym. Tonight: Someone new catches your eye.CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)★★★★★Major life changes and transitions are in the wind. View this period as an opportunity for change, and don’t be afraid. You are entering into a new realm of existence, experiencing a virtual rebirth. Tonight: The planet of luck smiles upon your finances.AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18)★★★★Although you might be feeling rather emotional, fortunate planetary aspects suggest you’ll be receiving good news, making happy plans, or just plain celebrating with friends. Don’t let anything put a damper on your thoughts. Tonight: The good far outweighs the negative.PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)★★★Today is not good for large-scale spending, as you will most likely have to return what you’ve purchased. Mull over decisions as thoughts are cloudy and the mind a bit restless. You might not make much sense — even to yourself. Tonight: Relax.Born today: Leader Mahatma Gandhi (1869), comedian Groucho Marx (1890), novelist Graham Greene (1904)last_img read more

Man Dispossessed Of House Due To Caste Prejudice: Delhi Court Orders Police, DM To Intervene & Make Arrangement For His Return

first_imgNews UpdatesMan Dispossessed Of House Due To Caste Prejudice: Delhi Court Orders Police, DM To Intervene & Make Arrangement For His Return Sparsh Upadhyay31 Oct 2020 1:03 AMShare This – xThe Rohini Courts (Delhi) on Tuesday (27th October) directed the District Magistrate of Rohini and the police to make necessary arrangements for the return of a man to his house, who was allegedly dispossessed of his flat by a woman police officer due to caste prejudice.The Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Kumar­ IV was hearing an application filed under Section 15A SC & ST (Prevention…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 Rohini Courts (Delhi) on Tuesday (27th October) directed the District Magistrate of Rohini and the police to make necessary arrangements for the return of a man to his house, who was allegedly dispossessed of his flat by a woman police officer due to caste prejudice.The Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Kumar­ IV was hearing an application filed under Section 15A SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, wherein it was submitted by the Applicant/Complainant that that he belongs to the scheduled caste community and owns a flat in Rohini Sector 6 [First floor] and the accused have been forcibly trying to dispossess the complainant and his family from the flat with the oblique motive of grabbing the same due to caste prejudice.The matter was investigated by the police and FIR no. 291/2019 u/S 323/341 IPC was lodged on 09.09.2019.It was alleged that after the registration of the FIR, the accused (all female) started threatening the complainant and his family member and threatened them that if they will not leave the flat, then he or his family will face dire consequences.It was further alleged that despite the registration of the FIR, the accused again committed atrocities on the present complainant and consequently, a second FIR no. 361/20 was lodged against the accused persons.It was also submitted by the Complainant, that accused persons made several fake and false complainant against the complainant and his family and that the accused woman had allegedly beaten his mother and hurled abusive and caste-based remarks at him and his family members.It was argued that after inquiry/investigation by the police, it was found that all allegations made by the accused against the complainant and his family were false/fabricated and concocted only with the sole motive to grab the property present complainant.It was also submitted that the accused persons were habitual offender and they uttered caste-based words and had beaten the complainant with the intention to grab his property due to caste prejudice.During the hearing, the accused woman told the court that she had no objection to the application, subject to the condition that her family’s security is taken into consideration as she was a woman and was residing with her daughters on the ground floor.Court’s OrderAfter considering the facts and circumstances, the Additional Sessions Judge Rakesh Kumar ordered,”I am of the considered view that DM concerned, SDM concerned, Executive Magistrate concerned as well as DCP concerned are directed to make necessary arrangement for the complainant access to his house and simultaneously also directed to take care of the security of the accused persons who are women under intimation to the Court within three days.”In other words, the Court directed the District Magistrate, Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM), Executive Magistrate and the Deputy Commissioner of Police to make necessary arrangements for the complainant’s access to his house.The Court further directed them [District Magistrate, Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM), Executive Magistrate and the Deputy Commissioner of Police] to take care of the security of the accused woman and her family members as she had also alleged that her daughters were molested by the complainant. Advocate Satya Prakash Gautam appeared before the Court on behalf of the Applicant/Complainant.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

McCrossan condemns Strabane abduction

first_imgHomepage BannerNews A West Tyone MLA has completely condemned the the abduction of a 22-year-old man late last night in Strabane.Police say the man was walking in the Carlton Drive area at around 11 o’clock last night when a grey van pulled up alongside him.He was pulled inside the vehicle, where his abductors placed a hood over his head, and tied his hands and feet.The van was then driven some distance out of the town before stopping. At that point, police say a vicious assault was carried out on the victim by a number of men.The man sustained some serious injuries during this ordeal including a large gash to the head and a suspected broken arm.West Tyrone MLA Daniel McCrossan has appealed to anyone with information to come forward:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/mccrossan530.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Previous articleOrthopaedic patients are suffering because of bed shortage- O’RourkeNext articleFinn Harp’s v Cork City live on RTE Television News Highland Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Harps come back to win in Waterford WhatsApp WhatsApp Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Pinterest Twitter McCrossan condemns Strabane abductioncenter_img Pinterest Google+ By News Highland – August 11, 2017 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population growslast_img read more