East African Breweries Limited (EABL.ug) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgEast African Breweries Limited (EABL.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about East African Breweries Limited (EABL.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the East African Breweries Limited (EABL.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: East African Breweries Limited (EABL.ug)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileEast African Breweries Limited produces and distributes a range of beer and spirit brands and non-alcoholic beverages for local consumption in Uganda. Popular brands include Tusker Malt Lager, Tusker Lite, Guinness, Pilsner, White Cap Lager, Allsopps Lager, Balozi Lager, Senator Lager, Bell Lager, Serengeti Premium Lager, Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Kenya Cane, Chrome Vodka and Ciroc. East African Breweries has operations in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan; and exports alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to Rwanda, Burundi and the Great Lakes region. Subsidiary companies include Kenya Breweries Limited, Uganda Breweries Limited, East African Breweries (Mauritius) Limited, International Distillers Uganda Limited and East African Maltings (Kenya) Limited. Established in 1922, the group has its headquarters in Ruaraka, near the capital of Nairobi. East African Breweries Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Long Island bishop issues letter regarding political activity

first_img The Rev Dr Margaret Shepard says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC April 13, 2016 at 8:05 pm I am very grateful for the prayerfulness and the moral clarity of Bishop Larry’s statement. Whatever our station in life, wherever we happen to live or work, whatever our particular sphere of influence, each of us is called to bear witness to the transforming love of God that unites, rather than divides, and that stands with those who are excluded and marginalized. Rector Bath, NC Comments are closed. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Ed Lane says: Norman Hutchinson says: Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Martinsville, VA April 16, 2016 at 5:30 pm God is not a politician. All are welcome at the Altar no matter who they support for President of the United States. May I remind us that the Body and Blood of Christ does not belong to us. This is a gift from God. Stop acting like babies and grow up. Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ed Lane says: Thomas Hofer says: Dick Garber says: Submit an Event Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Submit a Job Listing Rector Smithfield, NC The Rev. Juan V. George says: April 15, 2016 at 9:47 am My above comments were in response to The Rev. Vinnie Van Lainson. April 14, 2016 at 8:11 am The Bishop’s letter was great – May God continue to bless and the Holy Spirit empower him. He is not, however, on a slippery slope (as one commentor noted) with politics and religion. The separation of church and state – in both the Constitution and the Supreme Court ruling, has to do with the Federal government not establishing or inhibiting any religion in the US. Religions can say and do whatever they feel called to. Remaining silent in the face of injustice, hate, violence, racism, bigotry, climate change because some claim it’s “political” is not what we are meant to do legally. We need to remember this important distinction.http://www.constitution-billofrights.com/bill-of-rights/first-amendment/separation-of-church-and-state/ April 14, 2016 at 6:43 am “The truth shall make you free”Juan V. George Rector Belleville, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem April 13, 2016 at 4:45 pm “Some may want to say that my call to witness and prayer is a violation of the separation of church and state.” Correct, he is on a slippery slope. As the clergy should have spoken out against Hitler though our clergy needs to speak out against Trump and his ilk…they are cousins. April 15, 2016 at 9:39 am Thank you for those comments and the clarification. There is an issue with the IRS and tax exempt status for Churches. As Christians however we cannot let this silence our voices when we see injustice. Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Hopkinsville, KY April 13, 2016 at 9:46 pm This bishop has the blood of Jesus on his ling white robe. April 16, 2016 at 5:36 pm You have no idea what Hitler was like and to compare Trump to Hitler is offensive. Refrain from judging because the scripture clearly states that belongs to God and God alone. McKinley Walker says: Norman Hutchinson says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Dr. William A Flint, MDiv, PhD says: April 13, 2016 at 5:59 pm Dear Bishop Provenzano, Thank you for your faithful witness and may God bless you in your continued work. If I was in NY right now instead of Chicago, I would stand with you in physical presence. As it is, I stand with you in prayer. April 15, 2016 at 9:30 am Oppose evil and injustice in all its forms. One wonders when the protest and indignation will swell towards candidate Hillary Clinton who responded to Chuck Todd on April 3, 2016 on Meet the Press: “When or if does an unborn child have constitutional rights?” Todd asked. “Well, under our laws currently, that is not something that exists. The unborn person doesn’t have constitutional rights”. (Clinton said).The Episcopal Church has been derelict in duty towards the unborn and mothers in crisis to help them affirm a life choice. In an age of less abortions, increased science which affirms unborn life, and new parents watching their unborn move in ultrasound this Church is silent. Silent towards partial birth abortion where the child was removed 3/4 from the womb and killed. Silent towards the harvesting of human organs and parts by Planned Parenthood. What about the Baptismal Covenant to “respect the dignity of all persons?” By our track record we are selective. Yes, speak up about all injustice — in all its forms — but stop being so predictable by selective preference to causes trumpeted by progressives and the Democrat Party. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Dr. William A Flint, MDiv, PhD says: April 14, 2016 at 8:17 pm All American Citizens have a right to speak there minds. As a voting member of this society I standwith Bishop Provenzano, he as I have a right and duty to speak up, coming from his system of belief.Right-winged Bible thumpers seem to think they are the only ones who can speak for Christian People,that is not so. Good job Bishop, yours and the voices of others in leadership must be heard. Paris Coffey says: Richard Bidwell says: Ed Lane says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Right Reverend Lawrence C. ProvenzanoBishop of Long Island April 13, 2016 at 5:50 pm Bless this bishop for speaking out against hate April 18, 2016 at 9:30 am Thank you for the courageous and wise words. April 13, 2016 at 4:56 pm Dear Mr. Lane, Hitler faced opposition from clergy such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer who made a name for himself beyond his life and who was not alone in doing so. In every case, I support Bishop Provenzano and commend him for the letter he wrote.center_img Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET April 13, 2016 at 5:09 pm Bonhoeffer and some others did, but they waited too late underestimating the entire situation…read history. This Trump fellow needs to be stopped now but too many clergy in this country are also waiting. Part of that of course is the fault of the media who have supported his candidacy and have not spoken out. What are we to do, wait until this nut is in office and then worry about it. Like Hitler in “Mein Kampf”, Trump is clearly laying out his intentions to us. Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN Press Release Service Comments (20) Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI April 17, 2016 at 7:59 am Thank you, Larry. I am proud to know you and to have, in some small way, once ministered alongside you, long ago. Keep the faith, and share it too. 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 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska April 14, 2016 at 4:28 pm And you need to remember that the people are guaranteed freedom FROM religion also. We have far too many denominations already interfering with the rights of all. Your right to wing your arm end where the other fellow’s nose begins and your freedom of mouth ends at the other fellow’s ear. Too many religious leaders forget that.If this bishop really believes in his cause he should lead his flock into the arena where Herr Trump is speeking and confront him. A true leader leads from the from and does just say why don’t you and him go fight. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ [Episcopal Diocese of Long Island] Long Island Bishop Lawrence C. Provenzano issued the following letter April 13 in advance of a scheduled Republican Party fundraiser to be held Thursday on the same block where in 2008 an Ecuadorean immigrant was fatally stabbed by a white teenager. The teenager was one of a gang of high school boys who roamed the streets committing nighttime assaults on Latino men in Patchogue, a Long Island community 60 miles from Manhattan.Dear Sisters and Brothers,I write to you as a follower of Jesus Christ, a bishop of the Church, and a child of an immigrant family.I write to assure you that in the face of the reckless and hateful attitudes portrayed by some in this political season, there are many more people of good will and faith that stand with you against the toxic, irresponsible rhetoric of some of the candidates for president.Specifically, you should know that the planned fundraiser by the Republican Party in Suffolk County featuring Donald Trump, just yards away from the scene of the 2008 murder of Marcelo Lucero, will not go unmet by people of prayer and good will.As a person responsible for the care of God’s people, I want you to know that we in the diocese understand what a difficult and scary time this is for each of you and your families. That is why I am asking the clergy and people of the Diocese of Long Island to join me in prayer and witness against the evil that once visited itself upon the Town of Patchogue, and is now threatening a return by the calculated and disgraceful plan to have this event at the very site of this hate crime in which young, white, high-school boys were encouraged to act in violence by the anti-immigration rhetoric of some of the then-elected officials.The same mistakes cannot be repeated. We cannot and will not allow another season of violence to be initiated for the gain of some seeking political office.Some may want to say that my call to witness and prayer is a violation of the separation of church and state. Let me be clear then, my focus is not the political process or the endorsement of any candidate, but rather the exercise of my role as a bishop of the church, to protect God’s people and especially those in my diocese.It is my job to oppose evil, ignorance, and sin. This planned “political event” in Patchogue meets all three criteria.  Either the organizers are ignorant of the days when there appeared to be open season on immigrants—especially day-workers and their families—or the entire event is designed to reignite the hatred that existed and use it for political gain. Either way, you should know that the church stands with you. And we will continue to stand with you, as in the past, against the ignorance and violence of those who focus on hate and seek to draw others into their fear of people who are different from themselves.In Jesus Christ we are all one body, brother and sisters of each other. United we will face the ignorance of those who seek to divide us in fear. Together we will build bridges of love and acceptance, not walls of fear and intolerance. Together we will seek to respect and admire the differences that make us unique children of God and build a community in which all are seen as equal and all know the dignity that is incarnate in our humanity. The Rev. Vinnie Van Lainson says: April 14, 2016 at 9:41 am May God bless the bishop and his holy intention, in Jesus name. Amen. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Frank Riggio-Preston says: Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Br. John Ryan, O.C.P. says: Tags Rector Pittsburgh, PA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Doug Desper says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Long Island bishop issues letter regarding political activity Republican fundraiser to take place near site of 2008 hate crime Rector Washington, DC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Faith & Politics Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rev. Mark H. Hatch says: Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Posted Apr 13, 2016 Margaret Bullitt-Jonas says: Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ April 13, 2016 at 7:14 pm I am so proud of Bishop Provenzano’s forceful statement. It only begs the question of why so many others in leadership positions, lay and religious, remain silent in the face of evil. God bless Bishop Provenzano. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis last_img read more

The Chiefs Dance Video (Liam Messam Remix)

first_imgMonday Apr 29, 2013 The Chiefs Dance Video (Liam Messam Remix) Crowd Goes Wild reporter James McOnie spent some time with the Chiefs in Hamilton, hoping to find out what the reason for their mid-season slump was. Instead, along with his help, they put this hilarious video together. Move over Harlem Shake.Featuring:DJ Richie Kahui, DJ Brendon Leonard, actors/dancers (in order of appearance) Tim Nanai-Williams, Ben Tameifuna, Asaeli Tikoirotuma, Lelia Masaga, Brodie Retallick, Patrick Osborne, Mike Kainga, Augustine Pulu, Hika Elliot, Solomona Sakalia, Bundee Aki and possibly Rhys Marshall.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’…last_img read more

An Amazon worker speaks: ‘Workers feel extremely exploited’

first_imgAmazon CEO Jeff Bezos has an obscene individual net worth of over $124 billion. Yet, the company’s half-million-plus workers worldwide are struggling to survive economically while being pushed to their physical limits to maximize productivity at Amazon’s “fulfillment centers.”  Comrade James Costello was hired at the Indianapolis warehouse in October, just before the high-pressure peak season that began on “Black Friday.” Amazon has five warehouses in Indiana, each employing around 2,000 workers. Amazon is now the 15th largest employer in the state. Recently, Costello talked to WW labor reporter Martha Grevatt about working for Amazon. MG: Tell us about the working conditions.JC: With a full shift, however many packages come in, we’re expected to push out at least around 20,000 packages, sometimes higher, sometimes lower. It can get unsafe when we have 30,000 or more packages because the other part of the job is loading them into vehicles, and it’s hard to get them all pushed out. Packages get stacked up so people end up tripping. People try to lift heavier packages by themselves and get sprains and other injuries, including to their back. Small injuries like that are not covered by Amazon. You can go home but it’s an unexcused absence. If you are severely injured, insurance will cover it, but only if it can be proven that the injury took place during working hours. At the Plainfield, Ind., facility someone was killed during peak season last year. They got killed by a lift. They were pulling packages, and the lift came down while they were at the bottom underneath it. This demonstrates both a lack of proper safety training and a lack of equipment maintenance.MG: Is there a high rate of injuries? How are injured workers treated?JC: There are a lot of injuries but many go unreported. It’s really an issue for the older people working there, just the physical requirements and the injuries. People work injured because they can’t afford to take the time off to get better. Then the burden is on you to prove you actually got injured at the workplace. If you can’t prove that, Amazon won’t help you.MG: How many hours are you required to work each day and each week?JC: Right now I work full time, seven to eight hours a day, five days a week. However, if there’s a large load coming in, those hours can be extended or hours can be shortened on a slow day.MG: What kind of breaks do you get?JC: There’s one 15-minute break if you work under eight hours. If you work more hours, there can be an optional unpaid 30-minute break for lunch.MG: Is this adequate?JC: I don’t feel it’s adequate, personally. When you’re standing the entire day and running all over the place, 15 minutes isn’t enough. If there’s a lot of packages, they will start the break but then expect you to be back at the line after the 15 minutes is up. So going to and from the break area is included in the 15 minutes.MG: So you are on your feet half your break?JC: If you work far from the break area, yeah.MG: Do workers have issues with being able to use the restroom?JC: Yes. You are pushed to make these quotas and if you use the bathroom, they see you as not being “productive.” I was told by a co-worker who has worked at multiple locations that they got written up for using the restroom because it meant they were under the quota. So you have to go without using the restroom.MG: There has been a lot in the media about Amazon’s tracking of workers and workplace surveillance. Can you talk about this and what kind of working atmosphere it creates?JC: For whatever aspect you are working in — fulfillment-picking, packaging or distribution — each category has its own labor tracking process. Fulfillment is Amazon’s term for the process of picking (locating bought item in inventory and going through pick process), packaging item, sorting, loading and then sending item outside the facility. These are the steps to get the item from inventory to delivery. You have a mobile computer device where you scan a product that goes into the system, and you have to meet a quota per hour on packages pushed through. Going under quota can lead to being sent home early or possible termination if it recurs multiple times.The other aspect of that question is the atmosphere. The workers are really put up against management to a point that the workers feel extremely exploited. When they get a drink of water or go to the bathroom they know they’re being watched constantly. This creates an atmosphere of uneasiness. Even talking can create problems because workers are focused on “I gotta be more productive.”MG: What are you paid?JC: $13 an hour on night shift, day shift $12. After 90 days you normally get a small raise, but some people don’t get it.MG: Are there any benefits on top of your pay?JC: There are benefits that you have to pay some of the cost of. I do not get those benefits because I can’t afford to pay my half. A lot of workers do not have benefits. There are no fully covered benefits.MG: Do you have co-workers on public assistance such as food stamps?JC: Yes. Amazon is a company where the CEO is one of the richest people in the country and the world, but because the pay is so low many workers have no other option but to get assistance elsewhere, working multiple jobs or through food stamps and other survival programs.MG: Is there a high turnover rate?JC: There is. Many workers are worked to a point of quitting or being fired for not making quota or other factors. A lot of workers come in who have been let go but they reapply. People get fired before their raise, then get hired back at the lower rate.MG: Describe the workforce demographics. Is there discrimination?JC: At the facility I work at, it’s mostly younger people of color and especially women of color. Many are working multiple jobs. Amazon is not a safe place for people facing special oppression. Racial discrimination takes place, it’s not friendly to LGBTQ people, and it’s not safe for non-binary people.MG: Would you get fired if you tried to unionize?JC: More than likely, yeah. None of the U.S. locations are unionized. They’re very strict about not unionizing, telling us in orientation that there is no need because everyone has the right to speak to their managers. It would be very hostile. Amazon workers have only won the right for a union internationally. Labor fights and strikes were a result of international union drives, which were met with a high level of resistance from the company.MG: Is there any talk about bringing in a union?JC: There is talk among the workers about how conditions could be better. However, a lot of workers also talk about how hard it would be to organize successfully under Amazon.MG: What would you and your co-workers want to see if you could unionize?JC: We would want a wage that reflects living expenses in our area, a living wage by which we’d be able to afford basic necessities and not have to rely on survival programs. We would demand that the invasive labor tracking policies and devices be removed. We would demand adequate breaks with better policy on when they start, so that when you reach the break area you can eat, take a rest and hydrate.MG: Walmart is notorious for its terrible treatment of workers — warehouse workers now as well as retail employees. Do you see a comparison?JC: Yes I do. When you look at Amazon and at Walmart, it’s the same policy of pushing out a high number of goods while keeping wages low, and at the same trying to make it impossible to unionize. They both push heavily anti-union material through the orientation process, as well as enforce the highly exploitative nature of the work.MG: Could there be a way to build low-wage worker solidarity among workers at big chains like Amazon and Walmart?JC: Yes, a lot of people think Amazon — the increase in online shopping and the drop in retail stores — was the reason Walmart is laying off people. But that’s not really true. The truth is that Walmart seeks to increase the pay of high-ranking bosses while keeping the wages of workers as low as possible, plus Amazon is talking of laying off workers now that the peak season is over. We know that Amazon’s profits are not decreasing, but it is still seeking to decrease the number of workers in order to exploit its workers at an even higher level and increase its profits even more.There’s a basis for solidarity among workers in retail to organize together as one struggle. And I would include delivery workers.  Many of them are unionized like at UPS and have won tremendous victories through union struggle. But a lot of their victories have been reversed and there’s a lot of pressure on their union, the Teamsters. There are ways in which Amazon workers and UPS workers could show solidarity with each other against the bosses who seek to exploit them as much as possible.MG: How can we support Amazon workers and help them receive better treatment?JC: There’s a lot of push for a complete boycott of Amazon and Walmart.  But what people can really do to support those workers is to demand from the companies that workers be treated fairly. People can bring the struggle of those workers to their own union and their own workplace. That would be the main way that solidarity could be built.MG: Would you say that you and your co-workers are a highly productive workforce? How does your compensation contrast with the amount of wealth you produce?JC: The CEO of Amazon, Bezos, has surpassed Bill Gates in wealth to become one of the richest people in the world. The majority of Amazon workers make below a living wage standard. That is unacceptable. That Bezos pushes to increase profits, when Amazon workers are not able to afford basic necessities, exposes the superexploitative nature of the bosses.MG: How does a Marxist economic understanding explain how you are treated by Amazon?JC: You look at the way corporations under capitalism developed. You see automation occurring. You see technology that could make the workload easier and the experience higher quality, but it doesn’t lead to workers having an easier workday. Instead, the bosses use that tech against the workers while creating the highest profit margins for the corporations.The bosses use technology to further exploitation and to lay off workers instead of making the work easier.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Suicide Watch to benefit from Brendan’s legacy

first_imgTwitter NewsCommunityHealthSuicide Watch to benefit from Brendan’s legacyBy Staff Reporter – September 27, 2018 10655 If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, contact Samaritans at:Call Freephone: 116 123Text: 087 2 60 90 90 (standard text rates apply)Email: [email protected] Print Linkedin Limerick on Covid watch list Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow TAGS#ThumbsUpForBennyCommunityNews Email Previous articleOPINION: Who Wants to Know?Next articleArdagh treasure finder lives on in song Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Conor McNamara, Benny’s brother, with Jack Aherne, Old Town Tattoo. Pic: Cian ReinhardtA SEMICOLON is not a full stop. It continues a sentence rather than ending one.And when a Limerick City tattoo parlour provides the opportunity for local people to get their own semicolon tattoos on this Sunday, it will mark the continuance of a deeply personal campaign for a grief-stricken family from Ballyneety.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Old Town Tattoo will be doing semicolon tattoos on a drop-in basis at its shop in Cecil Street from 10:30am to 10:30pm in memory of Brendan McNamara who died by suicide two months ago.The tattoos will cost €30 with proceeds going to Limerick Suicide Watch.The symbol of the semicolon has been used to represent hope and love to those struggling with mental health, suicide and addiction.The most recent figures show the suicide rate in Limerick city was more than twice the national average in the three years from 2014 to 2016.The McNamara family has experienced the tragedy of suicide after they lost their son, brother and friend, Brendan (Benny) on July 24. He was 25.Benny’s friends and family with members of Limerick Suicide Watch and Old Town Tattoo giving #ThumbsUpForBenny. Pic: Cian Reinhardt#ThumbsUpForBenny is in his memory, but it’s about a “bigger picture”, according to his mother, Majella.It’s about the “stigma and judgement” that surrounds mental health issues in our society today, something that deeply affected Brendan.“We felt and he felt that he was treated like a second-class citizen. The fact that he was in 5B (the acute mental health unit at University Hospital Limerick)  people looked at him differently.”“I think everyone in Ireland knows we have an epidemic of mental health and suicide. But it’s how we judge it. The stigma is there. The judgement is still here.”Majella and her family’s goal is to try and “stop the judgement.”“We don’t need the government or ministers to stop the judgement. It’s up to us.”She says that many people didn’t ask about her son while he was in 5B: “If it was his appendix people would ask straight out.”But, he was spoken about, she said, recalling gossip and conversations we’ve all played a part in “Did you hear he’s in 5B…”“He was kind of ashamed. He shouldn’t have been but I understand why he was.”It was a cruel irony, that her son was known for his kindness, his smile, his ability not to judge.“He was the least judgemental, but he was the most judged.”“We tried very hard to help him,” says Majella as she explains the lengths family members and Brendan himself went to, to try and soothe his mental anguish.“Medication, CBD oil, meditation, hypnosis. We were even going to try a flotation tank”.Brendan was trying to keep himself on the “straight and narrow,” she says, adding that healthy eating and exercising were other steps he took to help himself.“We didn’t judge him, we studied everything, everything we could find out about his illness we would.”Majella now feels that better mental health services could have helped Brendan more.“In this country, if you have mental health problems, you may as well bury yourself.”Her general feeling was that the authorities “couldn’t care less” and it was all “number crunching.”“Some of them were great,” she said, naming Focus Ireland as a group that were particularly good to her son, but she was very critical of 5B, calling it “a terrible place.”“It needs to be overhauled,” she said.Her main message is to “leave the judgement and bullshit at the door” and start looking out for one another.Benny’s friends and family show their semi-colon tattoos by Benny’s portrait. Pic: Cian Reinhardt“We should mind each other. We’ve stopped minding each other,” she said.Her advice to those going through something like her son is to find a person you can trust and confide in them.“It’s not always about caregivers or doctors, it just has to be someone you can trust. Someone you feel safe with.”“There’s always someone. There’s always a safety net.”To find out more visit ThumbsupforBenny or the OldTownTattooLimerick Facebook page.#ThumbsUpForBenny“Why is this not being treated as an epidemic? Why is there not better, more personalized, accessible care for those in need?”Those are the questions occupying the minds of Brendan McNamara’s sisters, Niamh and Roisin.“We all know the familiar sound of the helicopter over the Shannon and what it could mean. There are not one but two volunteer groups that patrol the river for potential suicides. On what planet is that normal?”Both Niamh and Roisin have the semicolon tattoo on the inside of their wrists.The whole family does.“We know that a simple little tattoo can’t solve all our problems, or bring our loved ones back, but it will serve as a reminder,” they said.“A reminder that your story isn’t over.”“When you see someone with this semicolon tattoo you know that behind that tattoo is a story. Maybe it’s their story, maybe it’s somebody else’s, maybe they lost somebody, maybe they know the struggle and choose this as a way to remind themselves that their own story isn’t over.”“On September 30, we have an opportunity to get together, open a conversation and make our mark. To show solidarity with those affected and those left behind.”“Where do we go from there? How do we go on?“We don’t know just yet but we do know that this story isn’t over.” WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Facebook Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Advertisement Vicky calls for right to die with dignitylast_img read more

One killed in Loop 338 wreck

first_img Facebook WhatsApp By admin – February 21, 2018 One killed in Loop 338 wreck View of an evidence vault in the Ector County Courthouse jail that was used for the U.S. Marshal’s Service. The jail and offices took up approximately 45,000 square feet. One person was killed as a result of a two-vehicle wreck southwest of Odessa on Tuesday night, a Texas Department of Public Safety spokesman said.Odessa Fire Rescue responded to the fatal wreck around 9 p.m. Tuesday, city spokesperson Andrea Goodson said. The wreck occurred on West Loop 338, south of Interstate 20 and west of Highway 385, DPS Spokesman Oscar Villareal said.Villareal said no other information is available at this time. Twitter Pinterest Previous articleFive things you need to know today, Feb. 21Next articleBoard hears about possible ‘school of choice’ admin Pinterest Twitter Local News Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Ocwen CEO Expects Company’s Earnings To Take Q4 Hit After Ratings Downgrade

first_img February 5, 2015 1,213 Views  Print This Post Ocwen CEO Expects Company’s Earnings To Take Q4 Hit After Ratings Downgrade The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Ocwen CEO Expects Company’s Earnings To Take Q4 Hit After Ratings Downgrade Share Save The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Tagged with: Fitch Ratings Owen Financial Profits Quarterly Earnings Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Marketcenter_img Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. Fitch Ratings Owen Financial Profits Quarterly Earnings 2015-02-05 Tory Barringer Previous: DS News Webcast: Thursday 2/5/2015 Next: Index Reports Modest Gains for Housing Markets in Q4 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Tory Barringer Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Weeks ahead of the anticipated release of Ocwen’s fourth-quarter earnings report, CEO Ron Faris has issued a notice that the company expects to see a loss based on mounting regulatory pressures, expenses, and a recent ratings downgrade by a major credit ratings agency.In a note to stakeholders released Thursday, Faris reviewed a handful of the regulatory hurdles Ocwen has had to deal with in the past year, including a long-running investigation from New York’s top financial regulator that eventually resulted in a $150 million settlement. The company plans to take an additional $50 million charge to its Q4 expenses as a result of that agreement after already setting aside $100 million in Q3.Aside from that (and the firm’s recent agreement that allowed it to continue operating in California), he said Ocwen closed 25 exams from state regulators in the past year, leaving 21 pending investigations still open. Based on current dealings with regulators, the company doesn’t expect any major fines, penalties, or settlements ahead, though management does anticipate resolving two legacy matters for a total of less than $1 million, he added.Also expected to take a toll on Q4 earnings is an expected increase in servicing expenses and uncollectable receivables and a $13 million expense for third-party monitoring costs.”As a result of the items just discussed and other fourth quarter events, we expect to record a loss in the fourth quarter of 2014 and for the total year,” Faris wrote.Looking ahead, Faris anticipates “the level of these types of expenses will decrease significantly” this year as Ocwen clears out some of its remaining legacy issues. As of February 3, he said the company had $249 million in cash, and its cash forecast indicates it should have sufficient liquidity going forward.Faris’ letter came one day after Fitch Ratings announced a downgrade to Ocwen’s primary, master, and special servicer ratings, citing “weaknesses in Ocwen’s corporate governance and operational control framework” and pointing specifically to some of the last year’s regulatory issues.Including that announcement, Ocwen says its servicer ratings have fallen below the minimum criteria established in 482 private-label securities agreements. However, the company is currently not aware of plans from any securities trustee to move their servicing as a result of those changes.Responding to the Fitch announcement, Faris said recent actions have been based largely on public information and “have not pointed to actual servicing performance deficiencies.””Objective data on PLS performance continues to show that Ocwen excels in managing loss mitigation timelines, bringing borrowers current on their payments and keeping them current,” he said. “For these reasons, we believe it is in the best interests of all stakeholders to continue to keep Ocwen on the job.” Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

New probe into Enniskillen bombing

first_img Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Twitter 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report By News Highland – November 4, 2012 New probe into Enniskillen bombing LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook Facebook Google+ News Pinterest Police in the North have launched a new investigation into the Remembrance Day bombing at Enniskillen.Fermanagh South Tyrone  MLA Arlene Foster says a fresh inquiry has been opened, after detectives were given new information about the IRA atrocity 25 years ago.Eleven people were killed and 63 were injured, when the no warning bomb exploded.A 12th victim, Ronnie Hill, spent 13 years in a coma and died in 2000.No one has ever been convicted in connection with the bombing.center_img Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Pinterest Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week WhatsApp Previous articleMet Eireann rules out snowNext article240,000 euro spent on Doherty by-election case costs News Highland Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published last_img read more

Donegal County Council activates Severe Weather Assessment Team

first_img Google+ Facebook Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook Google+ Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleGAA Preview: The Ladies Lowdown with Nadine DohertyNext articleWork on Joe Bonner Road stalled due to sewer issues News Highland Donegal County Council activates Severe Weather Assessment Team WhatsApp Donegal County Council have activated their Severe Weather Assessment Team and are continuing to monitor the evolving situation and all Council resources are at a heightened state of readiness in response to this period of unsettled weather.A status yellow wind and rain warning is in place for Donegal until 3am tomorrow morning.The weather forecasts suggest that there will be a sustained period of rainfall over the weekend and into next week. As a result because of already elevated river levels and saturated ground conditions, there remains a strong likelihood of flooding across the county over the next number of days.The European Flood Awareness Service has also indicated that there is a very high probability of flooding occurring in and around the River Foyle catchment which would indicate that the towns of Ballybofey / Stranorlar, Lifford, Castlefinn and St. Johnston being the most at risk, with the highest risk periods being late Saturday and into Sunday.The Council is advising people in areas susceptible to surface water flooding, to take proactive measures including erecting flood barriers / sandbags to protect their properties. By News Highland – February 21, 2020 Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNews Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Empty Bowls nets $5K for Army

first_img Published 9:48 pm Thursday, April 17, 2014 Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Email the author Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories You Might Like BUMC offers Last Supper dramatization The Brundidge United Methodist Church will present a dramatization of Leonardo da Vinci’s painting, “The Last Supper” at 7 o’clock… read more Print Articlecenter_img Skip All of the beans have been counted for the 2014 Empty Bowls fundraiser.The Pike County Salvation Army’s 5th Annual Empty Bowls Luncheon on April 11 raised $5,700 to help feed the hungry in the Pike County community.Kim May, director of the local Salvation Army Service Center, said the amount raised topped last year’s Empty Bowls fundraiser by $1,200.“The Pike County Salvation Army Service Center is so blessed and we are so pleased,” May said. “We are thankful for all of those who made the 2014 Empty Bowls Luncheon such a great success. Each year the Empty Bowls Luncheon is bigger than the year before. More people are learning about Empty Bowls and the role it plays in helping friends and neighbors in times of need and more people are taking part.“This year, we had a community bowl-making day and had great participation in that. Pike County High School art students, Troy University arts students and seniors at the Colley Complex continue to make bowls for us.”May say the 2014 Empty Bowls event featured more than 200 bowls, including bowls made by local celebrities.“The celebrity bowls were on the silent auction table and raised $860 for our annual fundraiser,” she said. “The bidding is very competitive for the celebrity bowls.”Fred Hunter, host of “Absolutely Alabama” chose the Salvation Army’s Empty Bowls Luncheon for a segment of his popular television travel show, which will air at 5:30 a.m.  July 19 on WSFA-TV.“I know that’s early, especially for a Saturday morning,” May said. “But ‘Absolutely Alabama’ is shown at other times in other areas so it will be seen by a lot of people. And, too, those shows are often replayed so we’ll get a lot of exposure on ‘Absolutely Alabama.’ We thank Fred Hunter for being here.”The funds raised by the Empty Bowls Luncheon will be used to stock the food pantry at the Pike County Salvation Army Service Center on South Brundidge Street.“The Salvation Army’s food pantry is available for people who are in emergency type situations,” she said. “And, there are lot of people who find themselves in these situations. People who can’t find work, those who are on disability and those who are living on social security and have unexpected or added expenses often don’t have enough money even for food.”May said food stamps are not fix-alls for many people.“We have elderly people who come in and they only get $12 or $14 a month in food stamps,” she said. “How long can you eat on $12?  Many elderly people have to decide whether to buy food or medicine. They need our help.”To qualify for assistance through the Salvation Army, an individual must make application. Monthly income and expenses are a part of the application process. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Sponsored Content By The Penny Hoarder By Jaine Treadwell Empty Bowls nets $5K for Army Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more