Standard Bank Malawi Limited (STNBIC.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Standard Bank Malawi Limited (STNBIC.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Bank Malawi Limited (STNBIC.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Bank Malawi Limited (STNBIC.mw) 2018 abridged results.Company ProfileThe Standard Bank of Malawi is a financial services institution in Malawi providing products and services for personal and business banking, corporate and investment banking, and Treasury and Capital Management. The company provides a wide range of products; from transactional accounts, electronic banking and short- and long-term savings accounts to vehicle and equipment finance, bancassurance, structured finance, corporate lending and foreign exchange. The Standard Bank of Malawi also provides financial services to the government of Malawi, parastatals, financial institutions and international counterparts. It is a subsidiary of Standard Group in South Africa. The organisation was previously known as the Commercial Bank of Malawi and opened its first branch in Limbe in the Blantyre District in 1970. Today, the financial institution has a national footprint with 19 branches in the major towns and cities of Malawi. Standard Bank of Malawi is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange
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Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.[Episcopal News Service – Le Bourget, France] La reunión de negociadores en la 21ª. Conferencia de Partes, o COP21, que se celebra anualmente, llegó a un acuerdo histórico destinado a reducir las emisiones de carbón y a mantener el calentamiento global por debajo de 2 grados Celsius (3,6 grados Fahrenheit), una iniciativa que representa un cambio potencial en la manera en que los países le harán frente a sus necesidades energéticas.Es el primer tratado internacional vinculante en los 20 años que llevan las Naciones Unidas auspiciando conversaciones sobre el clima, y las 196 partes presentes el 12 de diciembre a las 7:30 PM, hora local, lo ratificaron sin ninguna excepción. El acuerdo ahora es devuelto a cada país para su ratificación final.El acuerdo de París pide a los países del mundo que limiten las emisiones de carbón —lo cual exigirá un decremento en la dependencia de combustibles fósiles a favor de fuentes de energía renovable— y a los países desarrollados, los responsables de la mayoría de las emisiones tanto históricamente como en la actualidad, comprometerse para 2020 con una ayuda anual de $100.000 millones en ayuda a los países en desarrollo. También se incluyó en el acuerdo el objetivo de reducir a cero las emisiones de carbón para mediados de siglo.El acuerdo de 31 páginas fue el resultado de dos semanas de negociaciones que tuvieron lugar en un municipio suburbano de las afueras de París, donde se reunieron a más de 40.000 personas, entre jefes de Estado, delegados, líderes empresariales, activistas y representantes de organizaciones no gubernamentales y de la sociedad civil, entre ellas una delegación que representaba al obispo primado Michael B. Curry y a la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera (DFMS, por su sigla en inglés).“Podemos alegrarnos juntos de que, el pasado sábado, los líderes de 195 países pudieran llegar a un firme y sólido acuerdo sobre el cambio climático en París”, dijo Lynnaia Main, encargada de relaciones globales de la DFMS y su enlace con las Naciones Unidas.“Este es un paso histórico, con muchos más pasos por venir. Será importante que alentemos a nuestro gobierno a ratificar, respetar y poner en vigor este acuerdo. Cada uno de nosotros podemos desempeñar nuestro papel, individualmente y a través de la Iglesia, al adaptar nuestros propios estilos de vida de manera adecuada y prosiguiendo en la consecución de este fin con nuestras instituciones locales y nuestros gobiernos. Gracias a Dios, que nuestras oraciones por el acuerdo encontraron respuesta. Seguiremos orando por la restauración de nuestro medio ambiente y, muy especialmente, por los más pobres y los más vulnerables que siguen estando profundamente afectados”.Miembros de la delegación episcopal en representación del obispo primado Michael B. Curry y la DFMS compartieron ideas el 9 de diciembre sobre la manera de llevar de regreso [a sus lugares de origen] lo que habían aprendido en la 21ª. Conferencia Anual de Partes (COP21). Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Según los investigadores continuaban analizando lo que llegaría a convertirse en el acuerdo final, la delegación episcopal seguía discutiendo cómo comunicar de manera más eficaz las políticas de la Iglesia Episcopal sobre el cambio climático y el medio ambiente en sus propios contextos, así como en las esferas nacional e internacional.En el contexto de las Naciones Unidas significa seguir estando presente y compartir las posiciones de la Iglesia Episcopal sobre el cambio climático y el medio ambiente en su sede central en la ciudad de Nueva York, donde el acuerdo ha de firmarse en abril de 2016.“Sacaré a relucir el tema del cambio climático y nuestras posiciones al respecto cuando me reúna con representantes de una misión permanente o con funcionarios de la ONU o con colegas de las ONG para compartir lo que hicimos en la COP21”, dijo Main. “Esperamos que la próxima vez que tengamos una COP, deberíamos de ser una organización observadora y tendríamos que ser capaces de enviar delegados acreditados a la zona azul”.La 22ª. COP anual tendrá lugar en Marrakech, Marruecos, del 7 al 18 de noviembre de 2016. Los objetivos de reducción de emisiones por país serán reevaluados en 2020; el objetivo último es eliminar la emisiones de dióxido de carbono de los combustibles fósiles en la segunda mitad del siglo actual.El culto espontáneo tenía lugar debajo de un “árbol de mensajes” donde las personas dejaban mensajes ambientalistas. El culto incluía oración, meditación, reflexión y cánticos, fundamentalmente de Taizé. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Las conversaciones oficiales tuvieron lugar en lo que se llamó la “zona azul”. Entre tanto, el área de las Generaciones del Clima, o “zona verde” era el lugar más próximo donde se presentaron paneles y talleres y donde se reunían los activistas y otras personas interesadas en influir en la normativa. Fue allí que la Iglesia Episcopal auspició un oficio de culto espontáneo interreligioso diario centrado en cuatro valores espirituales: reverencia, compasión, perdón y reconciliación.Desde la segunda hasta la última de las jornadas oficiales de la conferencia, el culto se centró en la reconciliación. El obispo Marc Andrus, de California, le preguntó a los presentes cómo ayudaría la reconciliación a alcanzar el objetivo No. 13: “Emprender una acción urgente para combatir el cambio climático y sus efectos”.“Es difícil imaginar que podamos alcanzar estas metas gigantescas a partir de un estado sin conciliación cuando existe división entre las personas”, dijo Andrus luego del culto, añadiendo que la COP21 misma fue una muestra de reconciliación, con decenas de miles de personas que representaban diversos objetivos. “Juntarse es tarea de todos”.Andrus, que ha sido ambientalista durante mucho tiempo, llegó a la COP21 antes que el resto de la delegación, y pasó cerca de dos semanas en la zona verde y asistiendo a eventos ecuménicos, interreligiosos y de otra índole fuera de los predios de la conferencia, incluida una cena en la residencia del embajador de EE.UU. en Francia.“Encontré ansia de un compromiso de fe más profundo —la gente dice, ‘nos sentimos tan contentos de que estés aquí’—, es importante que las personas religiosas participen”, dijo Andrus cuando le preguntaron cuál había sido la reacción de la gente a su presencia.La Rda. Sally Bingham, fundadora de Interfaith Power & Light [Fuerza y Luz Interreligiosas], tenía categoría de observadora y asistió a las conversaciones de la zona azul.La reconciliación, dijo ella luego del oficio espontáneo del 10 de diciembre, también puede significar vivir conforme al llamado a amar a Dios y al prójimo.“Dios nos llama a amar a Dios y amar a nuestros prójimos, y si amamos a nuestros prójimos, no vamos a contaminarle la atmósfera ni vamos a contaminarle el agua”, dijo Bingham. “La única manera en que podemos realmente digerir eso es siendo conscientes que todo lo que hacemos —ya sea el café que tomas, el agua que bebes, la ropa que te pones, la energía que usas, el auto que conduces— cada cosa en particular afecta a algún otro en el mundo”.La manera en que las acciones de otros, especialmente los que viven en el mundo desarrollado que consumen más que los que viven en el mundo en vías de desarrollo, impactan a pueblos indígenas fue un tema constante, tanto en las negociaciones oficiales como en los paneles, presentaciones y performances que tuvieron lugar en la zona verde.Princess Daazhraii Johnson, segunda de derecha a izquierda, activista del clima y ex directora ejecutiva del Comité Permanente de gwich’in, toma parte en un panel, el 11 de diciembre, sobre la protección del Ártico y la resistencia a la destrucción ambiental en territorios indígenas. Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.Princess Daazhraii Johnson, activista del clima y ex directora ejecutiva del Comité Permanente de gwich’in, enfatizó la continua importancia de la acción directa durante un panel, sobre la destrucción del Ártico y la resistencia ambiental a la destrucción en territorios indígenas, que tuvo lugar el 11 de diciembre.“Necesitamos normas, no podemos esperar por las normas”, dijo Johnson, miembro de la delegación del Obispo Primado, añadiendo que son necesarias las adaptaciones al cambio climático local. “Queremos en verdad un acuerdo sólido, pero debemos edificar nuestras propias comunidades”.Los gwich’in, el 90 por ciento de los cuales son episcopales, viven en el Refugio Nacional de la Vida Salvaje del Ártico o en sus inmediaciones.“La Iglesia siempre ha reconocido y seguirá velando que esa protección del refugio del Ártico sea un asunto de derechos humanos tanto como lo es el problema medioambiental”, dijo Johnson.Seguir adelante, proteger los derechos humanos de la gente en el mundo en desarrollo abogando por la financiación que ayudará a los países pobres a responder a los efectos del cambio climático, y la protección del Refugio Nacional de la Vida Salvaje en el Ártico, será el continuo énfasis de la promoción social de la Iglesia Episcopal.“Abogaremos por dos importantes iniciativas políticas: una es el Fondo Verde para el Clima, cerciorándonos de que es sólido y está bien financiado; y la segunda se refiere a nuestra antigua relación histórica con el pueblo gwich’in en Alaska y nuestro compromiso de proteger el refugio del Ártico”, dijo Jayce Hafner, analista de política nacional de la DFMS. “El refugio no está sólo a la vanguardia del impacto del cambio climático en EE.UU., sino que es también una región donde la tensión entre la extracción de combustible fósil y los derechos humanos se manifiesta tan a las claras que la Iglesia Episcopal es llamada a salir en defensa de la protección de la naturaleza con nuestros hermanos y hermanas”.La delegación de la Iglesia Episcopal en representación del obispo primado Michael B. Curry y la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera rinden informes al final de la jornada del 9 de diciembre en la 21ª. Conferencia de Partes (COP21). Foto de Lynette Wilson/ENS.La labor de la Iglesia Episcopal sobre el cambio climático está orientada por la Quinta Marca de la Misión, “Luchar por salvaguardar la integridad de la creación y sostener y renovar la vida en la tierra” y se manifiesta a través de su apoyo a programas y ministerio y sus iniciativas de defensa social.En julio, la Convención General aprobó una legislación para la creación de un equipo de trabajo sobre el cambio climático, el cual proporcionará materiales que las parroquias puedan usar para “hacer verdes” a sus iglesias e instruir a sus miembros sobre lo que pueden hacer para enfrentar el cambio climático en sus vidas diarias.Hacer la transición de los combustibles fósiles a los renovables está ocurriendo ahora en el campus de la Escuela de Teología de la Iglesia del Pacífico, en Berkeley, California. En tanto los negociadores puntualizaban los detalles del acuerdo de París, instalaban paneles solares en el seminario, donde el Muy Rdo. Mark Richardson, miembro de la delegación, es el presidente y el decano.No sólo los paneles solares llevan al seminario hacia la independencia energética, sino que el proyecto mismo es también un modo de enseñar y de facultar a los estudiantes, que participaron en el proceso de la toma de decisiones, a pensar en las formas de mitigar el cambio climático cuando se gradúen.“Estamos transmitiendo destrezas que ellos pueden usar cuando vayan [a servir] a la comunidad”, dijo Richardson. “Tendremos un panel de instrumentos que les mostrará el agua que ahorran por día, y la energía que recogen por día y las emisiones de carbón que ahorran por día, de manera que tendrán pruebas tangibles y resultarán incentivados por los informes diarios sobre lo que tienen en el techo”.Además de ser una fuente de energía limpia, los renovables se ven como una forma de salir de la pobreza hacia la sostenibilidad. Un estudio sobre la viabilidad de cambiarse a la energía renovable en el rincón sudoriental del refugio ártico donde viven 250 gwich’in reveló que la [energía] solar podía cubrir dos tercios de las necesidades energéticas de la aldea, dijo Faith Gemmill-Fredson, directora ejecutiva de Resistencia a la Destrucción Ambiental en Tierras Indígenas durante el foro sobre la protección del Ártico.Es una estrategia que también se está explorando en Standing Rock, una reserva sioux de Dakota del Norte que, al igual que Alaska, tiene una economía que se basa en gran medida en el desarrollo de recursos naturales.“Ahora mismo el auge petrolero ha disminuido y el estado está empezando a percibirlo, y en consecuencia creo que ahora podría ser el momento perfecto para cambiar el foco hacia la energía sostenible”, dijo el Rdo. Brandon, Mauai, diácono en la Diócesis de Dakota del Norte y miembro de la delegación del Obispo Primado, quien es de Standing Rock.Las diócesis subsidiadas, Dakota del Norte y del Sur, Alaska y Navajolandia, están avanzando hacia el autosostén, con el objetivo final de dejar de percibir las subvenciones globales.“Lo veo como una oportunidad para la Iglesia de convertirse en un conducto con las tribus locales y las diócesis subsidiadas para producir más energía sostenible y renovable”, afirmó Mauai, añadiendo que ello sería también una misión específica hacia un camino para salir de la pobreza y [alcanzar] la sostenibilidad para la diócesis.“Esto ahora no parece posible, es casi inalcanzable, pero, de lograrlo, nossaldríamos básicamente de la red de suministro [eléctrico], y al hacerlo en asociación, aportaríamos un poco, pero recibiríamos también alguna compensación, con el tiempo” afirmó.El 12 de diciembre, 10.000 activistas del clima se reunieron cerca de la torre Eiffel para manifestar su protesta al acuerdo, el cual dijeron que no llegaba lo bastante lejos. Afirmaron que carece de urgencia, que no hace lo bastante por las naciones más pobres y que su éxito depende de eliminar la dependencia energética de los combustibles fósiles.El consenso científico internacional ha sostenido durante mucho tiempo que el calentamiento global de 2 grados Celsius, o 3,6 Fahrenheit, por encima de los niveles preindustriales tendría graves consecuencias para los patrones climáticos de la tierra, incluido un aumento de los fenómenos meteorológicos extremos. Las personas que viven en pequeñas naciones isleñas en el Pacífico y en el Caribe, así como otras muchas, han argüido que la meta de 2 grados no es suficiente. El acuerdo de París va más lejos, moviendo el objetivo más cerca de los 1,5 grados Celsius por debajo de los niveles preindustriales.Antes de llegar a Francia para las negociaciones, Estados Unidos, Europa y China, los mayores emisores de gases de efecto invernadero del mundo, se comprometieron a reducir las emisiones —Estados Unidos en un 26-28 por ciento por debajo de los niveles de 2005 para 2025.Como señalaba un artículo publicado en The New York Times el 11 de diciembre, antes de que terminaran las conversaciones, los mercados determinarían el grado del acuerdo de París. Hace cinco años en Copenhague, los negociadores no pudieron llegar a un acuerdo para limitar los gases de efecto invernadero, pero desde entonces el valor de las fuentes de energía renovable ha aumentado y el costo de la infraestructura asociada con la energía renovable ha descendido.“El impulso que ha cobrado hasta este punto es sin precedentes e increíble”, dijo el Rdo. Andrew Barnett, presidente de estudios medioambientales y de justicia alimentaria de la Diócesis de Los Ángeles, quien se incorporó a la delegación [episcopal] en la COP21.“El Protocolo de Kioto, cuando contabas los países que se habían comprometido con él, sólo ascendían al 14 por ciento de las emisiones globales”, dijo, añadiendo que los compromisos hechos por los países antes de la COP21 responden al 95 por ciento de las emisiones globales.Se necesitará voluntad política e inversiones privadas para que los países cumplan sus compromisos. En la actualidad, el petróleo y el gas representan el 80 por ciento de la energía mixta del mundo. El petróleo, el gas y el carbón tienen un valor de conjunto que se calcula en $5.000 billones, en comparación con las fuentes de energía renovable que tienen un valor de mercado que se calcula en $300.000 millones, según informó Bloomberg’s New Energy Finance.“El costo de la energía solar ha descendido un 80 por ciento desde Copenhague, de manera que los países que han dicho que quieren incrementar el uso de renovables pueden hacerlo”, dijo Barnett, añadiendo que sólo lo harán si perciben que es políticamente viable. “Crear el espacio político para eso es realmente importante, y creo que, como gente de fe, tenemos un papel de veras esencial que desempeñar en ello porque fundamentalmente es algo más que meros dólares y centavos, más que mera política electoral”. – Lynette Wilson es redactora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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MartinPosted Jan 31, 2017 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service [Diocese of Texas] The Episcopal Diocese of Texas has announced the release of Juntos en Mision: Invitación, Bienvenida y Conexión, a digital training series for Spanish-speaking congregations. Juntos en Mision was developed to help parishioners learn to invite, welcome and connect visitors and new members as well as strengthen their existing ministries. The five-part video series, redeveloped by the diocese’s Commission on Hispanic Ministry from the popular Invite Welcome Connect program, is available for online viewing or download with accompanying checklists and resource lists at no charge.Juntos en Mision is meant to support newcomer ministries in congregational development, help to build relationships with new and existing parishioners and encourage members to be proactive about including others into their communities in the church’s ministry and life of faith. No training is necessary to facilitate the program.“I am grateful to our Commission on Hispanic Ministry for the work they did in preparing the scripts for this valuable training,” said Texas Bishop Andy Doyle. “We know how important it is to welcome new people in a manner that invites them to return as part of our community of faith, and this training provides the first step in that effort.”Cost of producing the video series was underwritten by the diocese and is available to any Spanish-speaking congregation in the U.S. or abroad. “The series will be online so anyone for whom it might be valuable will be able to access it,” Doyle said.In 2015, the Episcopal Diocese of Texas did a marketing study on ministry to the Spanish-speaking community, gathering data from numerous focus groups. Feedback from Hispanic non-members revealed there was little or no knowledge of the Episcopal Church, although the worship service and ethos of the Episcopal Church appealed to them, once informed. Active church members revealed a need for resources to help them reach into their communities.The Commission developed the line: “God’s love has no boundaries” (Dios no tiene fronteras) as a unified statement to reflect the diocesan efforts to help Spanish-speaking congregations reach their broader communities. The Diocese also built a dozen mobile-friendly websites for Latino congregations, anchored by www.iglesiaepiscopaltx.com, developed informational cards about the Episcopal Church in Spanish and helped to train local parishioners in social media over the last year. Juntos en Mision is the latest resource to be completed. A new digital newsletter to help the Latino congregations connected and share information will launch this spring.For more information on Juntos en Mision: Invitación, Bienvenida y Conexión please contact Paulette Martin, [email protected] or call 713-520-6444 or visit www.epicenter.org/juntos-en-mision.
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Unicef NEXTGen doubles fundraising total for Syria in under a year On the seventh anniversary of the start of the conflict in Syria, Unicef NEXTGen London has announced that it has doubled the amount it has raised to support Unicef’s work with children in the country in under a year. This brings its total so far to over £2m.Unicef NEXTGen London, a fundraising group of young professionals, raised £1m between its 2014 inception and June 2017, and has since doubled this. The total raised by the group, set up by Layla Yarjani and Hortense Decaux who now lead the initiative across Europe, is the result of a series of successful fundraising events and initiatives including the #CookForSyria and MIGRATE campaigns. NEXTGen London members have been also been involved in Unicef’s campaigning for the children of Syria and have donated other skills and consultancy services in support of the charity’s work.Unicef NEXTGen London co-chairs Linda Blank and Noura Al-Maashouq, said:“On behalf of the Unicef NEXTGen London community, we’re so proud to announce that we’ve raised more than £2 million for Unicef, supporting their work for Syrian children. With the conflict in its seventh year, we are infinitely grateful for our community’s commitment and boundless generosity. We will continue to create innovative and impactful opportunities to fundraise and advocate to ensure the children of Syria grow up in safety and with dignity.”Mike Penrose, Unicef UK Executive Director, said: Advertisement 182 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Tagged with: Fundraising ideas Unicef Volunteers About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Melanie May | 15 March 2018 | News “Due to their passion, determination and creativity, the Unicef NEXTGen London team should be immensely proud of reaching the £2m milestone. Doubling the £1m figure in less than a year is a testament to their hard work and commitment, as well as to the innovative fundraising model they have established. The funds will have a huge impact in the lives of Syrian children who are still facing danger every day after seven years of war.”Image: The NextGen committee. 181 total views, 1 views today
Europe – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders met with NATO Assistant Secretary General for defence planning and operations, Edgar Buckley, on 7 October, to discuss the controversial bombing of the headquarters of Radio Television of Serbia (RTS) on 23 April 1999, in which 16 employees of the state-owned television station were killed.Assistant Secretary General Buckley was accompanied by Yves Brodeur, NATO spokesman and head of its press and media service, and other NATO advisers and officials. Reporters Without Borders was represented by its director, Robert Ménard, and Soria Blatmann, the head of its Europe desk, together with Alexandre Lévy, a journalist who has written several investigative reports on NATO intervention in Serbia.Reporters Without Borders asked about the choice of RTS as a military target, the proportionality between the strategic gain and the risk for the civilian population and the question of giving the civilian population warning of an imminent military attack “in sufficient time and by effective means,” as the Geneva Conventions stipulate.Buckley said that, like all the sites bombed, RTS was identified as a military target after a long process of discussion between the allies and after consulting with jurists. “The RTS building was chosen solely for military reasons,” he told the Reporters Without Borders delegation.Refusing to retract the contradictory statements made by political leaders of NATO or its member countries at the time of the bombing, Buckley nonetheless made the point that “a NATO military target is not necessarily a target of a military nature.”While deploring the civilian losses caused by the bombing, Buckley said both its strategic and tactical objectives were achieved. “We always tried to reduce the risks for civilians as much as possible when taking our decisions. Sixteen dead is too much, and we regret it,” he said. Nonetheless, he said the principle of proportionality was respected.NATO has so far not adopted any compensatory measures for the families of the victims of the RTS bombing and it does not envisage doing so either, he told Reporters Without Borders.As regards giving a warning “in sufficient time and by effective means,” Buckley reiterated that NATO gave the Milosevic regime no specific warning. “We did not warn of the imminence of this strike in order to protect the lives of our pilots and to avoid the regime establishing a human shield at the target.” He declined to comment on the many reports about informal warnings of the imminent attack given to certain journalists or Serbian officials by western diplomats or military officials.In support of their arguments, Buckley and his colleagues made several references to the committee that was tasked by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) with examining the NATO bombing campaign. In its report published on 13 June 2000, this committee said that neither a full-fledged investigation into the bombing campaign nor investigations into specific incidents were justified.”We will continue to act solely within the framework of international law” as regards NATO’s treatment of journalists and news media in time of conflict, Buckley stressed, while recognising that this was “not a fixed process, but a dynamic one.”Reporters Without Borders fears that the military strike on RTS could constitute a dangerous precedent opening the way for other actions of this type against news media in future conflicts. The organisation has therefore decided to formally ask the International Committee of the Red Cross to define or elaborate its position on the role of the news media and journalists in time of conflict. October 8, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Was the bombing of Serbia’s state TV headquarters necessary? Reporters Without Borders meets NATO leaders Receive email alerts RSF_en to go further News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia June 7, 2021 Find out more RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says News June 8, 2021 Find out more Europe – Central Asia Organisation News “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News June 4, 2021 Find out more
Twitter Almonty Industries Inc. Announces the Expansion of Its ESG Program TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 3, 2021– Almonty Industries Inc. (“Almonty”) (TSX:AII / OTCQX:ALMTF / Frankfurt:1MR) is pleased to announce the expansion of its current Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) program at its Panasqueira mine in Portugal and at its Sangdong project in South Korea. At Panasqueira, a solar project is being implemented over the next 12 months, building a 2.52 MW facility to produce 4.1 million KWH per year which represents 21.5 % of our consumption at the mine. At Sangdong, a third-party report will be concluded over the next 3 months, analyzing the carbon footprint and how best to minimize that footprint. Given the energy from the grid supplied to the Sangdong project is 100% renewable, the Company has a unique opportunity to push towards carbon neutrality at our Korean site. Almonty’s Chairman, President and CEO Lewis Black commented: “As we transition into the wider financial ETF markets of Asia and Australia, and our visibility continues to increase as a significant producer of the strategic metals of Tungsten and Molybdenum once Sangdong and Almonty Korea Moly opens, it has become increasingly important to ensure that we are continually reviewing and developing our ESG which sits perfectly in line with the equator principles around which the Sangdong project is being built. The equator principles were the backbone of KfW-IPEX Bank support but now we find that ETF’s covering the strategic space require a continuing push across the board regarding our ESG. The aim for carbon neutrality at Sangdong is potentially achievable once underground electric fleets can maintain a charge for an entire shift which is estimated to be technically possible within the next 18 months, but we are extremely fortunate that 100% of our energy comes from a renewable source making the target of carbon neutrality achievable. With Panasqueira, we are dealing with a 126-year-old project, but we now start the process of bringing far greater attention to its ESG. The first phase of this is to provide over 20% of our energy needs from solar. Social programs are already underway for some years now and further programs are also now being evaluated to bring the mine further into the 21 st century.” About Almonty The principal business of Toronto, Canada-based Almonty Industries Inc. is the mining, processing and shipping of tungsten concentrate from its Los Santos mine in western Spain and its Panasqueira mine in Portugal as well as the development of its Sangdong tungsten mine in Gangwon Province, South Korea and the development of the Valtreixal tin/tungsten project in north western Spain. The Los Santos mine was acquired by Almonty in September 2011 and is located approximately 50 kilometres from Salamanca in western Spain and produces tungsten concentrate. The Panasqueira mine, which has been in production since 1896, located approximately 260 kilometres northeast of Lisbon, Portugal, was acquired in January 2016 and produces tungsten concentrate. The Sangdong mine, which was historically one of the largest tungsten mines in the world and one of the few long-life, high-grade tungsten deposits outside of China, was acquired in September 2015 through the acquisition of a 100% interest in Woulfe Mining Corp. Almonty owns 100% of the Valtreixal tin-tungsten project in north-western Spain. Further information about Almonty’s activities may be found at www.almonty.com and under Almonty’s SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. Legal Notice The release, publication or distribution of this announcement in certain jurisdictions may be restricted by law and therefore persons in such jurisdictions into which this announcement is released, published or distributed should inform themselves about and observe such restrictions. Neither TSX nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the TSX) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release. 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The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Print This Post On Dec. 19, 2019, the IRS published final regulations on Opportunity Zones. In a commentary on Bloomberg Tax, Forrest David Milder partner in the law firm Nixon Peabody, LLP, discusses the highlights of the 544 page regulation publication.Key details Milder notes include the 180-day investing period, the “100% Substantial Improvement Rule,” and tax consequences of sales after 10 years, which Milder notes is the “biggest change of all.”“The final regulations have adopted many of the post-10-year disposition changes requested by the investment community,” Milder states. “As a result, each of the following is eligible for favorable tax treatment after ten years: sale of a QOF interest held by an investor; sale of a directly owned property by a QOF; sale of an interest in a partnership, limited liability company, or stock held by a QOF; and sale of property held by a QOZB partnership, LLC, or corporation in which the QOF invests.”For residential investors, used property is generally not eligible for favorable treatment unless it is “substantially improved.” The final regulatons, Milder notes, have adopted a broader, “aggregate” rule, with have two sets of substantial improvement rules.This will require developers and their advisors to closely study the rules with each rehabilitation.One set of new rules allows for improvements to buildings on contiguous parcels, or buildings located on a single parcel and transferred in a single deed. To aggregate under this rule, all of the buildings must receive some rehabilitationIn November 2019, shortly before the final regulations, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson announced the Federal Housing Administration will offer new incentives to borrowers interested in rehabilitating homes in Opportunity Zones.The new incentives are part of the expansion of its Limited 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Program for homes in Opportunity Zones.“In the end, I think that the IRS deserves a great deal of credit for working its way through so many comments and suggestions and applying an excellent measure of flexibility at many turns,” Milder concludes. “At the same time, I think we can expect to uncover many more investment opportunities and obligations as we spend more time with the regulations and working through investments with taxpayers, developers, fund organizers and managers.” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save About Author: Seth Welborn Navigating Opportunity Zones Investment Regulation Sign up for DS News Daily January 7, 2020 1,807 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Investment, News Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Related Articles Previous: Mortgage Relief Scam Defendants to Pay $18.5M Next: U.S. Supreme Court Weighs in on Ticking FDCPA Timer House HUD Investment IRS Opportunity Zones 2020-01-07 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Navigating Opportunity Zones Investment Regulation Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: House HUD Investment IRS Opportunity Zones Subscribe
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Your Arts & Culture news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. — West Haven Farm, the longest-running Community Supported Agriculture program in Ithaca, is changing hands. Founders of West Haven John and Jen Bokaer-Smith are retiring this year, after 27 years. The new owners, Carlos Aguilera and Lorena Aguilera-Mendoza, are passionate about continuing the legacy of the farm, and creating a healthy lifestyle for their three young boys: Diego, 11, Benji, 3, and Nico, 2. The 10-acre West Haven Farm is located two miles from Downtown Ithaca on the land of EcoVillage at Ithaca. The organic farm was started by the Bokaer-Smiths in 1992, but now they are ready to retire and will leave the farm in the capable hands of a new family.Immigrants from Central Mexico, Carlos and Lorena moved to the United States and started working for farms in Upstate New York when they were teens. After studying to become a licensed spray technician, Carlos became increasingly concerned about pesticides being used in conventional farming. “We know that it is not only the chemicals that make food taste good or bad, we think that food tastes best when the recipe includes things like equality, diversity, justice, and happiness in the plate,” Aguilera said. Ithaca Voice Reporter Anna Lamb sat down with the two couples over dinner at EcoVillage to discuss the future of the farm. Anna Lamb: What’s the history of the farm?Jen Bokaer-Smith: John and I met as undergraduates at a class at UC Berkeley. The class was called urban garden ecosystems. We were just really compelled to grow food and to feed people. John Bokaer-Smith: We moved to Ithaca to help out Jen’s mom, who was actually involved in founding EcoVillage. It seemed like a great fit for us to start a farm as part of the EcoVillage project–we have a built in community already that would be an eater of the food that we were growing. (Photo courtesy of Jen Bokaer-Smith)Jen: I grew up in Ithaca and I went away to college and when I came back I was really shocked by how much development there had been in all of the outlying areas. We interned on a farm that was in a very, very rural area and that was great but we felt like the opportunity here to preserve farmland right near a city was really important for future generations and when we started a farm we were in our early 20s and we thought we were the future generation. So it’s only in the past two years we started thinking, “oh we actually need a plan for the next generation because we’re not the future anymore. And so we were really excited when Carlos and Lorena showed up and wanted to be the next farmers at West Haven because they’re the future now. AL: How has organic farming changed since you guys have been doing it?John: When we first started, organic was still very much kinda like the hippy fringe and you know we wanted to grow organic fruit and people at Cornell would say, “No you can’t do that! You can’t grow organic fruit!” But we were stubborn and we pushed through and now organic agriculture is very mainstream, everywhere and there’s a lot of folks that are doing it. (Photo courtesy of Lorena Aguilera-Mendoza)Jen: There’s been a great organic farming community in this area that really supports each other and we learn from each other, so that hasn’t changed. But definitely when we started we were, like John said, really outliers. John: We weren’t the first. I don’t want to make it sound like we were the first farmers in the area, but I think that’s been the change in the organic scene. AL: What is the business now that you’re handing off to Carlos and Lorena? What’s the output like?John: We kinda took a step back a couple years ago. We felt like we kinda needed to give the land a chance to rest and do some intensive cover cropping and kinda reset the whole farm. So we put our CSA on hold for two years, which we hear from the CSA members all the time like, “when are you going to restart the CSA?” Jen: They’re so excited that Carlos and Lorena are coming in! They’re so excited!John: But I think as part of this stepping back process that gave us a bit of perspective that we were getting a little older and that it was time for us to find the fresh blood, fresh energy. Jen: With good backs!AL: What brings you guys to Ithaca? How did this relationship form? What’s the interest in farming?Carlos Aguilera: Our story is kinda different. Since we grew up in central Mexico, farming has been part of our lives since we were born. And I migrated here into the U.S. and to New York State as a farm worker in 2002. After a while working in several vineyards and farms we came to realize … and when I was taking, and studying for the New York State sprayer license we started to realize that there are a lot of issues with conventional food and all the inputs. By ridding what you’re actually putting into the food you’re basically gonna be eating healthy afterwards. We met some farmers in the area through our job and then we figured that they were doing something different that was kind of similar to what we grew up with in Mexico. It was not super intensive or different. Ithaca really caught our attention. Lorena Mendoza: Not only the farming. Every time we came to the potlucks, meetings or whatever — we saw something different in the people in Ithaca. People hug us, they appreciate that we’re here and we feel welcome as an immigrant. We feel like, “Oh! We can actually stay here and they’re happy that we’re here! This is great!” We’ve started creating good relationships, friends and with the kids. AL: Are you guys going to live here, in the EcoVillage?CA: We are in the process of moving here. We currently live in Interlaken, but we’re looking to move in after taking over the farm. As for our relationship with John and Jen, we owned a farm in Interlaken that we operated organically for five years. It was very small, and there were a lot of challenges with that. We actually had contributed to a local CSA–we grew a few crops for them and they were requesting things that they would like us to grow and we would grow them. But Lorena and I just said if we move to Ithaca we should move farther north. Being immigrants can be hard to feel welcomed and it seemed the Ithacan people are open minded and welcoming. And sometimes that makes a big difference for minorities. The more we read and the more we look at the land, we realize how important it is to preserve agriculture, organic agriculture. Not only with the word organic but to feed the soil because in the end that’s feeding your body. If you feed it right, the soil will feed you back. When we knew that John and Jen were looking to retire, a friend in Ithaca sent us this link and said maybe you should buy it, and this would be a good fit for you. We were like, I don’t know, but we said well we’ll give it a try, and here we are. AL: What is the food like in Mexico that made you want to replicate that here? CA: I mean we’ve been living here for 18 years so maybe what it is now its not what it was when we were growing up. But growing up, the way we were growing up we were so far behind and chemicals were not a thing, fertilizers were not a thing, Mexico was still under development, so it was actually a good thing now that I see it. It was good that we were so far behind and in that matter. And I think that agriculture in Mexico is done in a very community like sense where whole communities grow stuff and they trade within themselves, with their own rules, without having banks and big interest, corporate interest having a stake — which has changed a lot lately. That was what attracted us to Ithaca, the idea that Ithaca has its own currency, that there are always these things that are very unorthodox to the United States. Ithacans are stubborn and I think we make a good fit. (Photo courtesy of Lorena Aguilera-Mendoza)AL: What are you looking to incorporate or change within the farm? CA: I think that being more inclusive is a must because every culture brings something good that a nation and a society can benefit from. By being more inclusive, that’s the single most important thing we can bring to the community — a different perspective. I think that’s one of the things we see that we can bring. Also to bring new generations from different backgrounds because if you look at it agriculture in the united states is very white and very male. So it’s starting to change. If we can succeed, I think we’ll be an encouragement to other minorities and say, “You can make it. It is not easy but you can do it.” Hopefully we can be a blueprint, that is our goal, that we can be a blueprint for the northeast to hopefully have other farmers follow the same example thing we’re doing, and John and Jen are doing. AL: You guys are restarting the CSA, what’s that going to take?CA: A lot. Jen: The CSA members are so excited. We had a dinner with them earlier this month, we had 175 people — Lorena and I cooked for 175 people. People are really excited that the CSA is coming back … they’re really excited that Carlos and Lorena and their kids are bringing this new energy into the farm and like Carlos said, this diverse perspective. Leaving farming is really bittersweet for us but knowing that it’s going to be these guys taking over is making it more sweet than bitter. AL: What are your long term goals in handing off the farm?John: Just that it lives on. The farm is very much like … it’s kind of like another child and this is it’s graduation, the child is moving out of the house and moving on. It’s just a great feeling. You know you see in the paper farm auctions and everything is getting auctioned off and subdivided and that’s just so depressing and it just fills my heart with joy to know that West Haven is going to continue and it’s in good hands, so I’m really excited about that. AL: What are you guys excited about?LM: It’s funny, I think the work, it’s exciting. I can see my husband Carlos, he gets excited about putting in the cover crops, putting the seeds in the soil, planting — I think he gets excited about the work. I think it’s what he’s excited about. I’m excited about producing, and meeting people and working. Because we enjoy going to work — working with the plants and the food. CA: Every winter we go through these winter depressions where we can’t wait to get our hands into the soil and do something with it — put some seeds in the ground and see plants grow. I think that’s what we’re most excited about, putting cover crops in and seeing the plants grow in a natural way — a truly sustainable way because when seeds give you fertilizer there’s no better way to grow food than that. And to grow food for the community, that’s very exciting. To know at the end of the day we are able to deliver these nutritious foods to the community, where hopefully we are able to achieve in the long term that our kids and the kids of other people and the elder and everybody is able to enjoy healthy food. And hopefully the kids are able to understand that not only is this the most sustainable way, but it’s the most nutritious, and the best way in mostly every possible way — economical as well. LM: We’re also excited to be here in the community. This is our new adventure, with the community and the people. We’ve been so welcomed and we’re very excited to be part of the community. AL: Economically, are more people buying organic? Are more people paying that higher price… has there been any dramatic increase in sales over the years?(Photo courtesy of Jen Bokaer-Smith)Jen: I think small scale farming is always going to face a challenge in this country because large-scale producers have these subsidies whether they’re direct or indirect that small scale farmers just don’t have and we as a society are paying these huge costs for propping up industrial agriculture so looking at the cost of food doesn’t … There’s so many hidden costs in conventionally grown agriculture that we don’t address. Like looking at the cost of an industrial produced tomato versus a tomato from West Haven, you’re not comparing the same thing if you’re just looking at the dollar sign. So, we really try to do education on the community about what the true costs of production are given that we’re not in Scandinavia where the organic farmers get tax credits for the pollution they don’t create. That support has to come from the community and West Haven has a really long and strong history of trying to enhance food security in the area, of making sure people all across the community get food. We’ve always made sure it’s going to the food pantries and community members who might not have enough money. That’s always been something we’re really aware of. John: I think in general we’re just very lucky to be in the Ithaca area and it’s really a hub of people that value local agriculture. You just have to go to the Ithaca Farmers Market and you can see that this is a place that really values local agriculture. That desire supports a huge community of local growers. AL: Is organic food the future?(Photo courtesy of Lorena Aguilera-Mendoza)Jen: If we want to have a future, yes.Carlos: I think so. If you want to leave the word organic out of the equation, any sort of ecological farming has to be the future, as Jen said, if there’s going to be any future. There are only so many resources that we have once we’re done mining all those or taking all those resources there will be nothing left. So some sort of sustainable…if that’s organic, or if someone has a different idea, I think they should say. But it has to be something that can feed people while at the same time take care of the soil because there’s only so much. Jen: We have one of the first certified organic orchards in the area and when we planted the orchard our son was maybe two or three and it was really important to us to grow organically so our kid could run around and play in the trees and so now he’s in his early 20s, he’s graduated college and moved away from home and it’s so exciting to see new kids running around this orchard. Seeing the new kids running around in the orchard really brings home the fact that the farm is having it’s second growth.Featured image courtesy of Jen Bokaer-Smith. Anna Lamb is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice.Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] More by Anna Lamb Anna Lamb