Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2008 annual report.For more information about Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Furnmart Limited (FURNMA.bw) 2008 annual report.Company ProfileFurnmart Limited markets furniture and electrical appliances for the domestic market through an international network of retail outlets in Botswana, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia. The company also offers a range of smart credit services. Furnmart retail outlets offer a wide range of home products that includes kitchen appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines and microwaves; bedroom products which include bed bases and mattresses, and bedroom furniture, rugs, carpets and curtains; and stylish furniture for the lounge and dining room which includes couches, dining room tables and chairs, and quality carpets and curtains.
Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC (SCB.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC (SCB.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC (SCB.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC (SCB.gh) 2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileStandard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC is a financial services institution in Ghana offering banking products and services to the retail, commercial and corporate, and institutional sectors. Its full-service product offering ranges from transactional accounts and electronic banking services to foreign exchange and currency accounts, trade and working capital solutions, international trade accounts and personal overdraft and unsecured loans. The company also provides bancassurance and asset protection services. Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC operates a network of 27 branches and 56 ATMS in the major towns and cities of Ghana. The company was founded in 1896 making it one of the oldest financial institutions in West Africa. Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC is a subsidiary of Standard Chartered Holdings (Africa) BV. Its head office is in Accra, Ghana. Standard Chartered Bank Ghana PLC is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange
Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Investrust Bank Plc (INVEST.zm) 2012 annual report.Company ProfileInvestrust Bank Plc is a wholly-owned commercial and retail financial services institution in Zambia, providing products and services in two segments: retail and operations, and wholesale banking. Investrust Bank offers a wide range of transactional accounts, aswell as solutions for wealth building, sole proprietor accounts, club society accounts and farmer accounts. The company offers short- to medium-term finance for project and working capital requirements, contractual and project security through guarantees, bid and performance bonds, and advance payment bonds. Its lease financing division is focused on movable and immovable assets in agriculture, tourism, information technology, transport and mining. Other financial service offerings range from discounting of bills of exchange, invoice discounting and shipment financing to buying and selling government securities, commercial papers trading, and treasury call accounts. Investrust Bank has a national network with 27 branches and 3 agencies located in the major towns and cities of Zambia. Investrust Bank Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange
Franks is now one of New Zealand’s double World Cup winners, having started all seven matches when they won the Webb Ellis Cup in 2011, and featured in six out of seven this time (coming off the bench just once).The tighthead prop agreed with skipper Richie McCaw when he said their 2015 win had a different flavour from the ultra-fizzy 2011 vintage. “It’s a huge relief. All the work we have put in over the last four years and the goals we have set, we have achieved them,” Franks said after the final victory at Twickenham.“A lot of hard work goes into winning a World Cup – it’s a long time away from your family and it’s tough to win. Winning all those games throughout the four years would have counted for nothing if we had lost today, but we won and put the icing on the cake.”Hard work: Franks (right) tackles Drew Mitchell during the World Cup final. (Photo: Getty Images)Franks said the All Blacks are particularly satisfied to have lifted the Webb Elis Cup away from home soil, after winning it in New Zealand in 1987 and 2011. “People expected us to win in New Zealand but to win it in Europe for us hasn’t been done. And no one has ever done it back to back before. It makes you feel pretty proud. It’s no secret it was our goal to win two World Cups back to back and be one of the greatest teams.”The level of expectation was so high in the New Zealand camp that while some leading nations were battling for their lives during the pool stages, Franks said the tournament didn’t “come alive” for him until the knockout phase.“During the pool play you were just waiting for the real stuff to get going. The last three weeks has been massive. I am pretty glad it’s over.”It might seem surprising to hear Franks admit that, but he is just being brutally honest about his England 2015 experience. “They put on a great tournament. As far as enjoying it, I don’t know if I enjoyed it, as a lot of pressure and hard work goes into winning it. I am just glad we got the job done. Relief and satisfaction were the overwhelming emotions coursing through Owen Franks’ substantial frame after Saturday’s World Cup final win over Australia. Band of brothers: Owen Franks (back, right) with the victorious All Blacks. (Photo: Getty Images) Changing times: Franks (back, middle) with some of the stars who are stepping down. (Getty Images)“There were moments during this week when we had a chance to let our hair down and forget about the game a bit. We got a day off during each week and you could do what you wanted on those days, but we got together as a team twice a week and went out for dinner.”His older brother Ben was with him in the All Blacks squad and his wife and seven-month-old son, his parents-in-law, his dad and his wife’s granddad were all at Twickenham to make the final a real family affair. The Franks clan must have been on the edge of their seats when Australia fought back from 21-3 down after 42 minutes to 21-17 down just 20 minutes later, but, from his position on the bench (having been replaced late in the third quarter) Owen was confident his team-mates weren’t about to buckle under pressure, like in the past.“I was a bit nervous but I knew those were the situations we train for. We train ourselves to stay calm and not panic and I knew we would get the job done,” Franks says.With the World Cup final over and the celebrations just beginning, the tighthead was confident an enjoyable party awaited, as well as a big welcome home from the rugby public in New Zealand. Franks is hoping to add to his 78 caps during 2016, in what will be a new-look All Blacks side following the Test retirements of McCaw, Dan Carter, Ma’a Nonu and the like. He doesn’t feel ready just yet to put into words how it feels to have played alongside such all-time greats for the last six years.“When you are retiring and you look back on the players you played with, you will be pretty glad you got to rub shoulders with them and play a lot of Test matches with them. It’s pretty cool,” he says. “We are a team that doesn’t get ahead of ourselves. We train really hard and put a lot of pressure on each other to perform and to have fun while we’re doing it. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS “There’s always a young star coming through and, as great as these guys are, someone will come through and fill their shoes.”For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.
Dan Robson hopes to win his first England cap this weekend in the Six Nations match against France at Twickenham. We shed some light on the jet-heeled Wasps scrum-half RW: And your speed is improving too?DR: “Yeah, I like to think so. We do a lot of work at Wasps not just with Darren Campbell but with Trystan Bevan, our strength & conditioning coach; every week he’s getting us to do extra speed work. It’s definitely helping.”RW: You scored four tries in a match against Sale (last season). Was that a record for you?DR: “I scored about 12 tries when I was eight in a touch game! But definitely nothing comparable to that game against Sale.”What a haul: Robson scores his fourth try in a Premiership win against Sale Sharks in Sept 2017 (Getty)RW: Have you always been a scrum-half?DR: “No, I was a fly-half until I was about 17, 18. I played all my college stuff at fly-half, all my school stuff, and then when I went to England they told me to have a run-out at nine. Pretty much from then on, U18s England, I moved from ten to nine. I’d like to think they didn’t have anyone else in mind (at ten) but George Ford was there! I’ll play wherever.”RW: Did you play other sports?DR: “I played as many sports as I could really (growing up). Golf, tennis, cricket, rugby, football. Anything and everything.”RW: Which rugby players did you most admire when you were younger? First Dan: Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson has been on the fringe of England selection for five years (Getty) DR: “Matt Dawson, George Gregan, Jonny Wilkinson, Stephen Larkham. That 2003 World Cup final was pretty big for me. Watching those guys battle it out until extra time was big.“Golf wise, I always enjoyed watching Tiger Woods and it’s good to see him back now. Again, like cricket, your Andrew Flintoffs, Kevin Pietersens, the 2005 Ashes series. Those few years really were pretty awesome for sport in England.” Get to know scrum-half Dan RobsonBorn in Stoke-on-Trent, Dan Robson first played rugby for his local club as a five-year-old and later had a season of men’s rugby at Longton. Professionally, he has played for Gloucester, Moseley (on loan) and now Wasps, where he has proved consistently excellent since joining four years ago. He has scored 29 tries in his 135 Premiership appearances.The son of former Moseley and England B scrum-half Simon Robson, Dan has had to be patient when it comes to international honours. He played for England in a non-cap match against the Barbarians back in 2014 and was called into one of Eddie Jones’s early training squads in August 2016.Yet his first England cap eludes him still. An unused replacement in Dublin, Robson, 26, will raise a huge cheer should he run on for his Test debut this weekend against France.Rugby World interviewed Robson for an article published in our June 2018 edition. Here’s an insight into the fleet-footed Wasp…Match prep: Robson, right, with Joe Cokanasiga and Chris Ashton at England training this week (Getty)RW: Is it right that you train with different-sized balls?DR: “Yeah, I still do that. Not just for scrum-halves but any rugby player who wants to improve their skills, it’s just a good drill for hand-eye coordination.“As rugby players sometimes you get a bit fed up of the oval ball, so it’s quite nice to get a tennis ball or a golf ball or whatever it may be in your hands and really test your skills. When you do throw a rugby ball back in, it seems much easier.“We do a lot of it in the warm-ups and stuff before sessions (at Wasps), just getting our focus going and getting our passing sorted.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS RW: Do you have any issues with the current game?DR: “The game is flowing quite well. Any new laws take a bit of time to bed in and for people to get used to. So it’s nice to crack on with it and not have so many new laws come in every year and you’ve got to change certain things. So no, it’s pretty good at the minute.”RW: Who lifts the mood at Wasps when it’s needed?DR: “Tom Cruse. He’s pretty energetic and very talkative. He’ll always be that positive figure and get the boys going.”Morale lifter: Tom Cruse is a positive presence at Wasps (CameraSport/Getty)RW: You and your partner Elizabeth have a fashion business, don’t you?DR: “Yeah, we’re just redoing our stock and stuff. We started it a few years ago, bit of a side project and a hobby. We’re both into fashion. We did a bit and it went well.“It’s kind of on the back-burner at the minute but it’s something good that we can go back to. We sell T-shirts, hoodies, caps – pretty much anything. I design stuff. It’s a business we do together and we’ve got a big rebrand coming up.”RW: Is that something you see yourself doing when you stop playing?DR: “Potentially. I haven’t really thought. It was good for us at the time. An opportunity came round and it was good for me to learn a new skill in design and help out with that kind of stuff. It was more about that and not looking too much into the future and when I retire. But in a few years’ time, who knows?RW: What are your favourite sports to watch?DR: “Cricket and golf are my two main ones. If I could have a ticket to any sports event I’d probably choose the Masters.”Golf legend: Tiger Woods plays a tee shot during the Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego (Getty)RW: Are you quite a good golfer yourself?DR: “I’m okay, I can get around. There’s quite a few of us here at Wasps that play. It’s good fun. Jimmy (Gopperth) plays quite a lot.”RW: What’s been your favourite holiday? DR: “I went to Croatia in the summer (2017) with Elizabeth, Elliot Daly and his partner. That was definitely up there. It was just a good week with good people, one of those weeks where we had a laugh all the time. It was great fun.”Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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Before I do that I want to say a word of thanks to Secretary Barlowe and the General Convention Office. Members of Council may note this is a massive undertaking to be able to enable us to meet this way. We are blessed and privileged to have a team such as this, to do this, and on your behalf I thank them and thank God for them.Allow me also to offer a text. It comes from Isaiah Chapter 40:Have you not known? Have you not heard?The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable.He gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless.Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted;but those who wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up on wings like eagles,they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.When the cameras are gone, when public attention has moved elsewhere, we must not be distracted. The work goes on. The struggle continues. God is still God. And we must keep the faith. I am profoundly grateful and thankful for the continued witness, not only of Episcopalians, but people of all faiths and people of goodwill and decency in this time in which we live. But I have to say I am particularly thankful for the people of this Episcopal Church, many of whom, bishops, clergy, and lay people who have gone on to witness to Jesus and his way of love in public protests, in political actions, and willingness to stand and speak when it might be more convenient and comfortable to remain silent.I want to note in particular the people of the Dioceses of Georgia and Atlanta in light of Ahmaud Arbery’s death. The people of the Diocese of Kentucky, and the particular quiet courage of Bishop Terry White in light of Breonna Taylor’s death. The people of the Diocese of Minnesota in light of George Floyd’s death. The people of Washington, the Diocese of Washington and St. John’s Church in particular, Bishop Mariann Budde. She reminds me of the courage of Queen Esther. The people of the Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, and many of our dioceses that ENS and others have covered how they have borne witness to Jesus, his teachings, his example, his spirit, and his way of love in our personal relationships, our interpersonal relationships, in our social and in our political. I want to thank God for them.But it is important to remember the cameras will go away. Public attention will go elsewhere. And we must not be distracted. God is still God. The work must go on. The struggle must continue. And we must keep the faith. These words from Isaiah 40, if I’ve got the context correct, come from a moment when the people of God had been set free. Abraham Lincoln of the ancient world, otherwise known as Cyrus of Persia, set the Jewish people free from their captivity in Babylon. And they were then free, if you will, to go home. Like that biography of Nelson Mandela, it was a long walk to freedom. And many gave up. Many didn’t leave Babylon and just stayed. And a smaller number stayed the course and went on that long walk to freedom.Freedom’s walk is always a long, arduous walk, fraught with setbacks, filled with hardship. It is that walk like Jesus walking the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrows. It is that walk, like those who walked at Selma. It is that walk of those who had to walk the Trail of Tears. It is the walk of those who have stayed and stood for the freedom of any human child of God from any kind of captivity that would hold them down. It is a long walk to freedom, but we must remember they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will mount up on wings like eagles. They will run and not be weary. And more importantly, they will walk and not faint. When the cameras are gone, and the attention has moved elsewhere, God is still God and our work goes on. The struggle continues. And sisters and brothers and siblings, we must keep the faith.At our General Convention in 2015, we kind of had sort of a covenant renewal, if you will, sort of like Joshua in Joshua 24, when all the tribes of Israel were gathered at the river entering the promised land. It was a covenant renewal to work that this church has engaged in for years, the work of racial justice and reconciliation. We recommitted in some deeper ways to that work. And we said we’re not going to quit. We’re going to stay the course. We likewise made a commitment to the work of evangelism, a particular way of lifting up Jesus of Nazareth, his teachings, his example, and his spirit as the way and the face of what it is to be a Christian. We said we were going to do that work and continue to do that work. And even in addition to that, knowing that our arms are short, and our hands are small, we made a commitment to do everything we can to save God’s creation, to save this world. We made a commitment to that being the shape for all of us together embodying a Jesus movement in our time, that would dare to lift up Jesus of Nazareth as the face of what it is to be a Christian, what it is to follow in the way of God’s love.But in our time, we have seen false representations of Christianity and Christian nationalism on display for all the world to see. We have seen the blatant face of brutality, of the brutality of racism that is very often far more subtle, and pernicious, and systemic, and institutional. But we have seen its brutal face. We have seen fundamental challenges to the ideals of freedom, justice, and human equality that are foundational ideals of the United States. In spite of the fact that the United States has not always lived up to it, the ideals were there. We have seen fundamental challenges to the democratic fabric of American society, something I never thought I would live to see. We have seen a ruthless virus, a plague in the land, sickness and death and hardship visited to one degree or another on all of us, but particularly on the most vulnerable among us. And it has exposed inequities and moral wrongs that shouldn’t be in our land or in our world. We have seen increased danger to the very earth itself. And the failure of the nations, including this one that I love, to stand up for our mother the earth. Thank God there’s a little girl in Scandinavia who is willing to stand up. When the cameras are gone, when public attention has gone elsewhere, God will still be God, and we must not be distracted. The work goes on, the struggle continues, and we must keep the faith.Earlier this week, I was being interviewed and I’ve forgotten who the interviewer was, and they caught me off guard with a question I hadn’t actually anticipated. The interviewer said, “In light of all of this in, in light of the fact that, that George Floyd was a black man just like Barack Obama, one was president of the United States and one was killed by an officer of the United States. In light of that horrible paradox of our reality, what gives you hope?” And for a second, I didn’t have an answer except that I remember my grandma used to say, “God will always have a witness. God will always have a witness.”And I’ve seen a few witnesses. I’ve seen witnesses in those protestors. Most of them peaceful, non-violent, exercising their constitutional right for freedom of assembly and to give voice to their concerns. I’ve seen them. But more than that, we’ve protested before. This is not the first time there have been… There were protests after Ferguson. There were protests after Eric Garner. There were protests after Trayvon Martin. There’ve been protests before. But something’s different about this one. This time it’s not just black folk and a few white folk protesting. This time it is the rainbow children of God. This time they are black and white and Anglo and Latino. It’s amazing. They’re gay, they’re straight. They’re Mitt Romney, a Republican. This is something different going on. And that gives me hope. God’s got a witness and it is a multiethnic, it is e pluribus unum. It is the rainbow children of God coming together to bear witness that we don’t want to be like this anymore. We want a better world. We want a better America. Let the true America rise up. Let America really be America. One nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice, not for some, but for all.But even if the crowds and protestors weren’t there, even when the cameras have gone away, even when the public attention has moved elsewhere, God will still be God, and our work goes on. Our struggle continues. And we will not quit. We will, like Simon of Cyrene in the New Testament, who when Jesus fell under the weight of the cross, picked up that cross, followed him, and carried the cross.Amen.[9 de junio de 2020] Lo que sigue es una transcripción de las palabras de apertura del obispo primado Michael Curry en el consejo Ejecutivo de la Iglesia Episcopal que actualmente sesiona en una reunión virtual hasta el 11 de junio.Consejo Ejecutivo8 de junio de 2020Palabras de aperturaEn el contexto en el que nos encontramos, permítanme ofrecer algunas observaciones de apertura. Antes de hacer eso quiero dar las gracias al Secretario Barlowe y a la Oficina de la Convención General. Los miembros del Consejo pueden observar que se trata de un compromiso enorme el facilitar que nos podamos reunir de esta manera. Somos bendecidos y privilegiados de tener un equipo como ellos para hacer esto, y en su nombre les agradezco y doy gracias a Dios por ellos.Permítanme también compartir un texto. Proviene del capítulo 40 de Isaías:¿Acaso no lo sabes?¿Acaso no te has enterado?El Señor es el Dios eterno,creador de los confines de la tierra.No se cansa ni se fatiga,y su inteligencia es insondable.Él fortalece al cansadoy acrecienta las fuerzas del débil.Aun los jóvenes se cansan, se fatigan,y los muchachos tropiezan y caen;pero los que confían en el Señorrenovarán sus fuerzas;volarán como las águilas:correrán y no se fatigarán,caminarán y no se cansarán.Cuando las cámaras se hayan ido, cuando la atención pública se haya desviado a otra parte, no debemos distraernos. El trabajo prosigue. La lucha continúa. Dios sigue siendo Dios. Y debemos mantener la fe. Estoy profundamente agradecido por el continuo testimonio, no solo de los episcopales, sino de personas de todas las religiones y de gente de buena voluntad y decoro en este tiempo en que vivimos. Pero debo decir que estoy particularmente agradecido de los miembros de esta Iglesia Episcopal, muchos de los cuales, obispos, clérigos y laicos, han salido a dar testimonio de Jesús y de su manera de amar, en protestas públicas, en acciones políticas y en la disposición a levantarse y hablar cuando podría ser más conveniente y cómodo permanecer en silencio.Quiero señalar en particular a la gente de las diócesis de Georgia y Atlanta, a la luz de la muerte de Ahmaud Arbery. A la gente de la Diócesis de Kentucky, y el singular y discreto valor del obispo Terry White, a la luz de la muerte de Breonna Taylor. A la gente de la Diócesis de Minnesota, a la luz de la muerte de George Floyd. La gente de Washington, de la Diócesis de Washington y de la Iglesia de San Juan [St. John’s], en particular a la obispa Mariann Budde. Ella me recuerda el coraje de la reina Esther. A la gente de la Diócesis del Suroeste de Virginia, y a muchas de nuestras diócesis que ENS y otros [medios] han difundido de la manera en que han dado testimonio de Jesús, de sus enseñanzas, su ejemplo, su espíritu y su forma de amar en nuestras relaciones personales, en nuestras relaciones interpersonales, en lo social y en lo político. Quiero dar gracias a Dios por ellos.Pero es importante recordar que las cámaras se irán. La atención pública se desviará a otra parte. Y no debemos distraernos. Dios sigue siendo Dios. El trabajo debe proseguir. La lucha debe continuar. Y debemos mantener la fe. Estas palabras de Isaías 40, si tengo el contexto correcto, provienen de un momento en que el pueblo de Dios había sido liberado. El Abraham Lincoln del mundo antiguo, también conocido como Ciro de Persia, liberó al pueblo judío de su cautiverio en Babilonia. Y luego fueron libres, por así decir, de volver a su patria. Al igual que la biografía de Nelson Mandela, fue un largo camino hacia la libertad. Y muchos se dieron por vencidos. Muchos no se fueron de Babilonia y simplemente se quedaron. Y un número más pequeño mantuvo el rumbo y siguió ese largo camino hacia la libertad.La caminata de la libertad es siempre un recorrido largo y arduo, cargado de contratiempos, lleno de dificultades. Es esa caminata semejante a la que recorrió Jesús por la Vía Dolorosa, la Senda de los Dolores. Es ese trayecto, semejante a los que caminaron en Selma. Es esa caminata de los que tuvieron que recorrer el Sendero de las Lágrimas. Es el camino de aquellos que se levantaron y defendieron la libertad de cualquier hijo humano de Dios de cualquier tipo de cautividad que los oprimiera. Es un largo camino hacia la libertad, pero debemos recordar que aquellos que esperan en el Señor renovarán sus fuerzas. Volarán como las águilas. Correrán y no se fatigarán. Y lo más importante, caminarán y no se cansarán. Cuando las cámaras se hayan ido, y la atención se haya desviado a otra parte, Dios sigue siendo Dios y nuestro trabajo prosigue. La lucha continúa. Y hermanas y hermanos, debemos mantener la fe.En nuestra Convención General en 2015, tuvimos una especie de renovación del pacto, por así decirlo, al igual que Josué en Josué 24, cuando todas las tribus de Israel se reunieron junto al río para entrar en la tierra prometida. Fue una renovación del pacto de labor en el que esta Iglesia se ha comprometido durante años, la labor de la justicia y la reconciliación raciales. Volvimos a comprometernos de una manera más profunda con esa labor. Y dijimos que no íbamos a renunciar. Íbamos a mantener el rumbo. Asimismo, nos comprometimos con la obra de la evangelización, una forma particular de elevar a Jesús de Nazaret, sus enseñanzas, su ejemplo y su espíritu como el camino y el rostro de lo que es ser cristiano. Dijimos que íbamos a hacer ese obra y seguimos haciéndola. E incluso además de eso, sabiendo que nuestros brazos son cortos y nuestras manos pequeñas, nos comprometimos a hacer todo lo posible para salvar la creación de Dios, para salvar este mundo. Nos comprometimos a que esa sea la forma para todos nosotros de encarnar un movimiento de Jesús en nuestro tiempo, que se atrevería a presentar a Jesús de Nazaret como el rostro de lo que es ser cristiano, de lo que es seguir en el camino del amor de Dios.Pero en nuestro tiempo, hemos visto falsas representaciones del cristianismo y el nacionalismo cristiano exhibiéndose donde todo el mundo las vea. Hemos visto el rostro flagrante de la brutalidad, de la brutalidad del racismo que a muy menudo es mucho más sutil, perniciosa, sistémica e institucional. Pero hemos visto su rostro brutal. Hemos presenciado desafíos fundamentales a los ideales de libertad, justicia y humana igualdad que son ideales fundamentales de Estados Unidos. A pesar de que Estados Unidos no siempre estuvo a la altura [de esos ideales], los ideales estaban ahí. Hemos presenciado desafíos fundamentales al tejido democrático de la sociedad estadounidense, algo que nunca pensé que viviría para ver. Hemos visto un virus despiadado, una plaga general, enfermedades y muertes y dificultades que en mayor o menor grado nos han tocado a todos, pero en particular a los más vulnerables entre nosotros. Y ha expuesto inequidades y males morales que no deberían existir en nuestro país o en nuestro mundo. Hemos visto un creciente peligro para la tierra misma. Y el fracaso de las naciones, incluida esta que amo, en defender a nuestra madre tierra. Gracias a Dios hay una niña en Escandinavia que está dispuesta a dar la cara. Cuando las cámaras se hayan ido, cuando la atención pública se haya desviado a otra parte, Dios seguirá siendo Dios y no debemos distraernos. El trabajo prosigue, la lucha continúa y debemos mantener la fe.A principios de esta semana, me estaban entrevistando y he olvidado quién era el entrevistador, y me tomaron por sorpresa con una pregunta que en realidad no había previsto. El entrevistador dijo: «A la luz de todo esto, a la luz del hecho de que George Floyd era un hombre negro como Barack Obama, uno fue presidente de Estados Unidos y otro fue asesinado por un agente de Estados Unidos. A la luz de esa horrible paradoja de nuestra realidad, ¿qué le da a Ud. esperanza?» Y por un segundo, no tuve una respuesta, excepto que recuerdo que mi abuela solía decir: «Dios siempre tendrá un testigo. Dios siempre tendrá un testigo».Y he visto algunos testigos. He visto testigos en esos manifestantes. La mayoría de ellos pacíficos, no violentos, ejerciendo su derecho constitucional a la libertad de reunión y a expresar sus preocupaciones. Los he visto. Pero más que eso, hemos protestado antes. Esta no es la primera vez que ha habido [protestas] … Hubo protestas después de Ferguson. Hubo protestas después de Eric Garner. Hubo protestas después de Trayvon Martin. Ha habido protestas antes. Pero hay algo diferente respecto a ésta. Esta vez no se trata sólo de negros y de algunos blancos que protestan. Esta vez son los hijos del arco iris de Dios. Esta vez son blancos y negros y anglosajones y latinos. Es asombroso. Son homosexuales, son heterosexuales. Son Mitt Romney, un republicano. Esto es algo diferente. Y eso me da esperanza. Dios tiene un testigo y es multiétnico, es e pluribus unum. Son los hijos del arco iris de Dios que se unen para dar testimonio de que ya no queremos ser así. Queremos un mundo mejor. Queremos un Estados Unidos mejor. Que se levante el verdadero Estados Unidos. Que Estados Unidos sea realmente Estados Unidos. Una nación, sujeta a Dios, indivisible, con libertad y justicia, no para algunos, sino para todos.Pero incluso si las multitudes y los manifestantes no estuvieran allí, incluso cuando las cámaras se hayan ido, incluso cuando la atención pública se haya desviado a otra parte, Dios seguirá siendo Dios, y nuestro trabajo prosigue. Nuestra lucha continúa. Y no renunciaremos. Nosotros, como Simón de Cirene en el Nuevo Testamento, cuando Jesús cayó bajo el peso de la cruz, recogió esa cruz, lo siguió y cargó la cruz.Amén. 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Facebook Twitter SHARE Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy heard from lawmakers disappointed with the proposal to lower the Renewable Fuel Standard Wednesday. House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson was among those in the meeting. He’s hopeful the EPA’s final rule will take the concerns of constituents into account. Peterson notes the rural economy has been one of the few bright spots in recent years. He says that’s due in large part to the RFS. Reducing the RFS – Peterson says – would have a negative impact on jobs and the rural economy – and would halt advances in the next generation of renewable fuels. Peterson is going to continue pushing for a strong RFS as EPA moves forward with the rulemaking process.NCGA Encourages More Responses to EPA on RFSThe National Corn Growers Association is thanking the thousands of corn farmers and their allies who have submitted comments urging the Environmental Protection Agency to retract its proposed reduction in the amount of corn ethanol in the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard. NCGA President Martin Barbre says there’s already been a terrific grassroots response – but NCGA urges those who haven’t spoken out to do so before the January 28th deadline. Citing a deceptive new “robocall” campaign by the American Petroleum Institute that left pre-recorded messages on voicemails across the country – Barbre says Big Oil is feeling the heat due to the great response from ethanol supporters. Barbre says there’s no reason to cut ethanol and create the potential for economic havoc in the heartland when there is an abundance of corn. He says farmers and consumers shouldn’t pay the price for the oil industry’s reluctance to move forward and embrace a cleaner, smarter fuel future.In addition to commenting to the EPA – Barbre says farmers have been calling the White House and Congress by the thousands. He notes the decision to roll back the use of domestic, renewable ethanol appears to be primarily a political decision. For more information and to make your voice heard by sending comments to the EPA the special RFS at NCGA website.Source: NAFB News Service SHARE Lawmakers Take Concerns About RFS Reduction to EPA Administrator Home Energy Lawmakers Take Concerns About RFS Reduction to EPA Administrator By Andy Eubank – Jan 16, 2014 Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana Grower Satisfied With Liberty SystemNext articleA Dairy Deal Peterson Can Accept in the Works Andy Eubank
Previous articleComputer scam goes viralNext articleRowing out the boats at O’Briensbridge on April 30 admin WhatsApp No great volume of work availableMEDIA reports of Irish emigrants boosting GAA clubs abroad is misrepresentative, according to the chairman of the Limerick Association in London.Conn Dee, originally of Murroe, told the Limerick Post:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “I was speaking to someone about this at a funeral recently.“We’re hearing stories in the media all the time about clubs at home losing players to clubs abroad – if they are, we haven’t seen them”.Mr Dee, who is a member of Dulwich Harps GAA club in Peckham, South London, said:“In my experience, those that are here aren’t in the GAA, they don’t exist. I travel to a lot of games and I’ve made my own enquiries about it and others are saying the same”. His club returned to training in recent weeks after the winter break.“We had no new faces, they are thin on the ground. Some come over for one game, but we have the same core group all of the time”.Conn revealed that the Limerick Association receive enquiries from Irish people about moving to London to live and work.“We haven’t got the same contacts that we once had, and the volume of work just isn’t available.“There was a time when you could walk off one site and into another across the road, but now the work just isn’t available”.In his view, the Irish emigrant has changed dramatically since he first arrived in London in 1963.“When I arrived here I had left the Army and I went straight into a building site.“A lot of the young people arriving now are highly educated and are looking for work in very technical areas”.The Limerick Association of London is a social organisation with 90 members.“We have about 40 people who are active in the Greater London area and we recently organised a St Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance”. Email Twitter Linkedin NewsLocal News‘We’re not seeing the emigrant GAA players in London’By admin – April 26, 2011 524 Facebook Advertisement Print