Nampak Zimbabwe Limited ( 2012 Annual Report

first_imgNampak Zimbabwe Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Paper & Packaging sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about Nampak Zimbabwe Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nampak Zimbabwe Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nampak Zimbabwe Limited (  2012 annual report.Company ProfileNampak Zimbabwe Limited manufactures and markets packaging products which includes paper, plastic and metal packaging. It also has interests in leasing biological assets and a timber processing plant. Subsidiaries in the Paper division includes Hunyani Corrugated Products Division, Hunyani Cartons, Labels & Sacks Division, Hunyani Management Services Division, Hunyani Forests Limited, Hunyani Properties Limited and Softex Tissue Products (Private) Limited. Other subsidiaries include MegaPak Zimbabwe and CarnaudMetalbox Zimbabwe Limited operating in the plastics and metals segment; and companies manufacturing corrugated containers and specialised packaging for the tobacco, horticultural, flori-cultural and citrus industry for local distribution and export. Mega Pak Zimbabwe offers technology solutions for blow molding, injection molding, stretch blow molding and rotational molding. Nampak Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Dairibord Holdings Limited 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgDairibord Holdings Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Dairibord Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dairibord Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dairibord Holdings Limited (  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileDairibord Zimbabwe Private Limited (DZL Holdings Limited) is the largest dairy company in Zimbabwe; producing and marketing a range of fresh milk and ready-to-drink and long-life milk products. The company also owns Lyons Zimbabwe; a food company that manufactures and markets ice-cream, cordials, condiments and spreads, tea and mineral water; ME Charhons which manufactures biscuits and baking products; and has a majority stake in Dairibord Malawi. The company is wholly-owned by Lavenson Investments Private Limited and is the flagship subsidiary of Dairiboard Holdings Limited. DZL Holdings Limited owns four property companies; Goldblum Investments (Private) Limited, Chatmoss Properties (Private) Limited, Quallinnex Properties (Private) Limited and Slimline Investments (Private) Limited. Its export markets include Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. Dairibord Zimbabwe Private Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Shoprite Holdings Plc ( HY2021 Interim Report

first_imgShoprite Holdings Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the half year.For more information about Shoprite Holdings Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Shoprite Holdings Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Shoprite Holdings Plc (  2021 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileShoprite Group of Companies is an investment holding company with an extensive international network of retail and wholesale food and non-food outlets. The holding company is based in South Africa (RSA) and operates through four segments: Supermarkets RSA, Supermarkets Non-RSA, Furniture and Other. The group has more than 2 600 outlets in 15 countries across Africa and on Indian Oceans islands. Shoprite Group of Companies expanded into Africa from 1995; the first supermarket that opened outside of South Africa was in Lusaka, Zambia. The subsidiary company in Zambia falls under Supermarkets Non-RSA, which incorporates established brands in its stable; Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Usave and Hungry Lion. The company strives to offer a one-stop shopping destination for consumers, with a comprehensive range of food, household products, furniture, pharmaceuticals, appliances, and hair and beauty products. Shoprite Group of Companies is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The BEAST flying down the wing in Perth

first_imgMonday Jul 21, 2008 The BEAST flying down the wing in Perth One player that provided a glimpse of excitement for disappointed South African fans in Perth on Saturday night was Tendai Mtawarira, affectionately known simply as, The Beast.The Zimbabwean born prop from the Natal Sharks has come on in leaps and bounds since converting from a flank to the front row. He is now a standout performer whenever he wears that black jersey, and more recently, the green and gold of the Springboks.Mtawarira made his Test debut against Wales, and ran in for a nice try against Italythe very next week. Hes rapidly becoming a cult hero at Kings Park and around the world, with crowds bellowing BEEEEEEEASTwhenever he touches the ball or makes a tackle. Its quite a phenomenon, and one that Beast himself has come to enjoy.“It is a bit overwhelming. For me, it is very humbling to hear the crowd chant my name. The guys always tease me about it. But it is awesome, hey. You just hear a hum, like a big hum,” he said.He says hes been called Beast since he was 8 or 9, when he was bigger than all the other kids at his Harare primary school.Late in the game against the Wallabies on the weekend, we saw the Beast take off down the right wing with a run that started close the Springboks tryline and ended after an offload somewhere around the halfway line. It included a handoff, sidestep, shimmy and possibly even a change in direction, and would have made front rowers around the world proud.There was even a hint of a BEEEEEAST from the Perth crowd, made up partly of the South African expats whove all but taken over the Western Australian city.He made another short burst, this time up the left wing just before the final whistle, but was stopped successfully and didnt pull out the sidestep on that occasion.These runs lasted for a matter of seconds, but the impact with fans was huge as we’ve received many an email requesting to see this footage again. Enjoy. 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. The BEAST flying down the wing in Perth | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Tiny Essentials of Raising Money from Foundations and Trusts

first_img Howard Lake | 3 December 2007 | News Tiny Essentials of Raising Money from Foundations and Trusts  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Code of Fundraising Practice GDPR changes now in effect

first_imgCode of Fundraising Practice GDPR changes now in effect AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Updates to the Code of Fundraising Practice made to incorporate the GDPR are now in effect, the Fundraising Regulator has said.The changes were developed in consultation with the Information Commissioner’s Office and include expanded definitions for key data activities, including “processing”, “consent” and “legitimate Interest”. The Code also features links to the Data Protection Act 2018.The Fundraising Regulator is also offering support through its bitesize guidance, developed in partnership with the Institute of Fundraising. Advertisement Gerald Oppenheim, Head of Policy and Communications, said:“GDPR will clearly have an impact on how charities conduct fundraising. We have been impressed by the proactive, progressive approach taken by most of the sector.“Implemented correctly, GDPR is an opportunity for charities to understand how important the correct use of data is for their fundraising. This is essential for maintaining public trust and confidence.”The GDPR came into effect on Friday, 25 May, and the associated changes to the Code can all be read on the Regulator’s site.  129 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Code of Fundraising Practice Fundraising Regulator GDPR Information Commissionercenter_img  130 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis17 Melanie May | 29 May 2018 | News 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 read more

2020/21 Directory of Grant Making Trusts now out

first_img  1,145 total views,  2 views today The latest edition of The Directory of Grant Making Trusts (DGMT), published by Directory of Social Change (DSC), is now out.With information on over £5billion worth of funding available to UK charities, the 2020/21 guide covers over 2,000 of the largest grant-making charities that award grants to UK organisations.The combined giving of all the grant-makers in the new edition totals over £5.699 billion, marking an increase of around £290 million from the previous edition. Mairéad Bailie, lead author of the guide, said:“We know many charities are struggling with increases in demand and pressure on their resources. The additional £290m of funding in this edition of DGMT means even more charities will have the chance to get the funding that they need, to help the people and causes they are working so hard to support.”New to the Directory of Social Change’s DGMT are improvements to the book’s indexing, with additions such as ‘grant-makers by field of interest and type of beneficiary’. In addition, the new ‘grant-makers by type of organisation’ index, helps readers find the types of organisation that grant-makers will fund.It also includes: Advertisement Concise information and contact details for every recordAnnual grant total awarded by each grant-makerExamples of beneficiaries in each listing, for guidance on the types of organisations previously fundedExtensive indexes divided by geographical area, field of interest and beneficiary group, organisation type, and kinds of grant availableEach grant-maker’s description of project types that can or cannot qualify for fundingAmanda Bringans, Director of Fundraising, British Heart Foundation and Chair of Trustees, Institute of Fundraising, commented: “No one wants to spend unnecessary time making or reviewing inappropriate applications and so being able to depend on a resource such as The Directory of Grant Making Trusts is hugely valuable. With those many thousands of grant-making bodies nationwide, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and having the key details of the geographical area, grants awarded and, most importantly, funding interest, priorities and criteria all in one place is incredibly useful to find the grant-marker that can be right for your charity and project.” AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Melanie May | 9 September 2019 | News 2020/21 Directory of Grant Making Trusts now out  1,146 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Tagged with: Funding grants 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 read more


first_imgFormer Black Panther Gerald Smith speaks at rally for Mumia, Aug. 28.Oakland, Calif. — A rally to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal was held Aug. 28 at Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland, two days before a major court hearing considered Mumia’s case in Philadelphia on Aug. 30. Abu-Jamal is a political activist, journalist and internationally celebrated Black writer imprisoned in Pennsylvania for over 36 years, first on death row and now under a life sentence.The rally brought attention to the fact that evidence shows now, as it always has, that Mumia Abu-Jamal is innocent. The evidence highlighted at the Aug. 30 hearing also exposed the true nature of the “injustice system” as corrupt.That hearing pivoted on the fact that former Philadelphia District Attorney Ronald Castille, who was key in prosecuting and condemning Mumia to death row, went on to sit on the Pennsylvania state Supreme Court and to rule on Mumia’s later legal appeals, without recusing himself for conflict of interest.The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that it is unconstitutional for a judge to decide an appeal in a case where they had previously been involved at a hands-on level as a prosecutor.On Aug. 28, the rally called for the freedom of Mumia Abu-Jamal and all political prisoners. Speakers demanded the release of other prisoners falsely accused and targeted by the racist injustice system, including Leonard Peltier, Mutulu Shakur, Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown) and Kevin Cooper. The rally also called for solidarity with the nationwide prison strike that began Aug. 21 and continues to Sept. 9.In addition to MC Ras Ceylon, speakers at the event included Cat Brooks, co-founder of the Anti Police-Terror Project and Oakland mayoral candidate; Gerald Smith, former Black Panther; Cephus X (“Uncle Bobby”) Johnson, uncle of Oscar Grant; and representatives from various organizations including the Labor Action Committee to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Oakland Teachers for Mumia and Workers World Party.Labor unions for MumiaLabor union resolutions and letters of support to “Free Mumia Abu-Jamal” were mentioned at the rally. These included an International Longshore and Warehouse Union resolution representing all 29 West Coast ports, and a letter from the Swedish Dockworkers Union. The latter called for an end to Mumia’s unjust imprisonment as well as an end to the racist oppression within and outside of prison that is carried out by a reign of police and neofascist terror.An excerpt from the San Francisco Labor Council resolution sums up the “legal” crime perpetrated to keep Mumia incarcerated:“Whereas, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s office has obstructed and covered up the evidence of Castille’s personal involvement in Mumia’s case, and stalled and denied the existence of memos and files showing that involvement. … Therefore Be it Resolved, that the San Francisco Labor Council demand full disclosure of all police and prosecutorial files relating to Mumia’s case by the [current] Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner’s office with all deliberate speed, and moreover demand the immediate release of Mumia Abu-Jamal, who has been imprisoned for 36 years for a crime which he did not commit.”Long-standing and militant union support for Mumia was documented in a press release from the Free Mumia Coalition: “The Fraternal Order of Police has unsuccessfully sought Mumia’s execution for decades. In 1999, longshore workers from the ILWU Local 10 shut down the ports and led a rally of twenty-five thousand in San Francisco to stop Mumia’s execution. From prison, Mumia, a former Black Panther, has written nine books and recorded over 3,000 commentaries on KPFA, Prison Radio and other outlets, which inspire and educate millions around the globe who identify with his struggles for justice and equality for all of humanity.”Sponsors of the Aug. 28 rally included Labor Action Committee To Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Workers World Party, Oakland Teachers for Mumia, Peace and Freedom Party—Alameda County, Socialist Viewpoint, Justice for Palestinians—San Jose, the Oscar Grant Committee, Love Not Blood Campaign, Anti Police-Terror Project, Answer Coalition, Prison Radio, Oakland Teachers for Mumia, Speak Out Now, Freedom Socialist Party, Socialist Organizer, Socialist Action and the Mobilization to Free Mumia.Action alert for Mumia!It is urgent that we act now to bring attention to this injustice and secure freedom for Mumia. Call Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner at 215-686-8000 and tell him that former DA Ron Castille violated Mumia’s constitutional rights and that Krasner must not obstruct Mumia’s legal petition.The power of the people was responsible in 2011 for getting Mumia off death row. By the power of the people we can free Mumia Abu-Jamal and all political prisoners!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Responses to Liu Xiaobo’s (刘哓波) Detractors

first_img RSF_en The decision to award this year’s Nobel Peace Prize to Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese political dissident who is serving an 11-year jail sentence, has prompted a great deal of comment and debate. Everyone is trying to understand the Nobel Committee’s motives and the significance of its choice.In both China and the West, doubts have been expressed about the reasons and intentions behind this decision. Is Liu Xiaobo a man of peace? Isn’t the Nobel Committee straying from the prize’s original goal? Why does the West seem to be hailing this choice while the Chinese authorities are reacting with threats and censorship?Reporters Without Borders would like to participate in this debate and provide some answers to these questions, not for those who are already convinced of the rightness of Liu’s cause, but for the sceptics and those who have not made up their mind.For those who criticise Liu and Norway’s Nobel Committee, those who question the purpose and appropriateness of awarding him the peace prize, Reporters Without Borders is offering the comments and arguments of a number of Chinese and international academics, sinologists, lawyers and human rights activists. They will help you to understand all the aspects of this controversy.-Criticism 1 : « Liu is a “western-style” dissident. He has been very influenced by his visits to the west and conceives of democracy in a western way. Some people say it would be impossible to implement western democracy in China and that Liu’s goals could never be realised. So he is fighting for a fiction, for something that has no bearing on Chinese reality. » Perry Link, a specialist in contemporary Chinese literature, teaches at the universities of Princeton and California-Riverside in the United States. He has written books about China, has translated many Chinese works into English and, together with Andrew J. Nathan, he translated The Tiananmen Papers about the events of 1989. He has been banned from visiting China since 1996.« Liu Xiaobo was indeed influenced by Western thinkers in the 1980s when he formed his outlook. When he traveled to Oslo and New York in 1988-89, however, he was very disppointed with Western intellectuals and highly critical of stylish “critical theory” as practiced in the West. So people who argue that during his travel to the West he was influenced in favor of the West are simply incorrect. The effect was the opposite.Charter 08 reflects universal values. Some of its language is drawn from France and the U.S., but it also draws on language of human rights documents from South Africa, Taiwan, Czechoslovakia, and of course the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. People who say its ideas are essentially “Western” are simply incorrect.To say that Liu’s “goals can never be reached” is groundless and, if I may be frank, a bit silly. To me this sounds like a partisan political statement, not a responsible prediction of history. »-Criticism 2 : « Liu Xiaobo is not well known in China. The news of his prize has had little impact in his own country. The overwhelming majority of the Chinese population has never heard of him. So why did the Nobel Committee choose someone with such a low profile in his own country? » News Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific « In my view, the award of the Nobel Peace Prize serves as a warning to China’s despotic government from the international community. It is a signal telling the Chinese Communist Party that it must follow the direction of history, that it cannot continue opposing the rest of humanity. No people or country has ever developed its civilisation independently of the rest of the world.All governments must accept humanity’s common values, which are freedom, equality and fraternity for every person, regardless of their origin or the colour of their skin. China is no exception. This prize has highlighted the supremacy of human rights.It is not surprising that the Chinese government is angry and feels humiliated, because it is not a government that has been elected by the people, it does not represent China’s 1.3 billion inhabitants.Liu Xiaobo has been tireless in his efforts to point out these facts. The government was afraid that the Chinese people would be inspired by his writings and would turn against the authorities with the aim of overthrowing the dictatorship. So the government had to make Liu disappear physically and intellectually.It is only to be expected that Chinese expatriates do not regard the decision to award the Nobel to Liu Xiaobo in the same way as Chinese citizens in China. Objectively, many democrats in China would have deserved this prize. But, because of his prominence, his knowledge and his current situation, Liu was more deserving.In my opinion, there are three categories of people who are opposed to this decision. Firstly, there are those who do not understand, or are mistaken, about who Liu Xiaobo is. They can still be convinced.Secondly, there are the mean-minded or jealous people who think they deserved the prize and wonder why it was awarded to Liu Xiaobo. It will be impossible to convince themAnd finally, there are those who support the Chinese government and Communist Party. They are trying by all means possible to slander Liu Xiaobo and sow confusion within the international community and human rights activists. Any Chinese citizen who won the prize would have been criticized by all three categories. Their real target is the Nobel Prize, not the laureate. »-Criticism 5 : « Europe is trying to give China lessons in democracy when its own democracy is far from perfect. Shouldn’t this decision by the Nobel Committee be regarded as an inappropriate attempt to lecture China? » Chang Ping (长平) is a columnist and press freedom activist who lost his job as editor of Nanfang Dushi Bao (南方都市报) in May 2008 after publishing an editorial about the unrest in Tibet. He has been banned from being published in the newspaper Nanfang Zhoumo (南方周末).« Since the 1990s, Chinese society has been educated to think in terms of consolidating a market economy and implementing a new legal system subject to political principles. As a result, the Chinese have tended to believe that there is no such thing as justice and that everything comes down to an exchange of interests.As the economy developed, many Chinese thought that the lure of profits and the pressure of business interests would increasingly deter westerners from criticising human rights violations in China. This year’s award of the Nobel Peace Prize has at least served at a warning that there are still forces in the world that courageously cling to justice, freedom and peace.Western democracy still has many faults but that does not stop Europeans trying to do things in support of peace in the world. If western human rights defenders were to encourage the Chinese, I don’t think it would be a problem. On the contrary, I think it would be a very good thing. Democracy is not a result, it is a process. A process in which everyone can express their point of view. Encouraging the non-violent pursuit of justice is always the right thing to do. The Chinese don’t need people teaching them democracy, but they need to be encouraged and supported. » Follow the news on China News April 27, 2021 Find out more « We think this prize is useful and will help those who are struggling to open up a democratic space in China.Twenty-three retired senior officials have signed an open letter calling for implementation of the free speech and media freedom guarantees in article 35 of the Chinese constitution. That’s exactly what Liu is calling for! The Nobel Peace Prize protects and precipitates change. Desmond Tutu in South Africa, Andrei Sakharov in the Soviet Union, Shirin Ebadi in Iran and Lech Walesa in Poland have all said again and again that this prestigious award helped them to continue their fight against authoritarian regimes and, in Tutu’s case, apartheid.After the disappointment of Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize last year, the Nobel committee has gone back to defending those who pay dearly for their commitment to the struggle for fundamental freedoms. We hope that Liu’s Nobel will mark the start of a return by the international community to firm and determined support for political dissidents and prisoners of conscience. » Jean-François Julliard is secretary-general of the press freedom organization Reporters Without Borders. News Help by sharing this information March 12, 2021 Find out more Sign the petition to help free Liu Xiaobo :,38708.html ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures to go further December 7, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Responses to Liu Xiaobo’s (刘哓波) Detractors Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Teng Biao (滕彪) is a lawyer and human rights activist who teaches law at the University of Law and Politics in Beijing (中国政法大学). He was one of the founders of Open Constitution Initiative (公盟推荐), an NGO that was closed by the authorities. He has also supported dissident activists such as Hu Jia and Chen Guangcheng when they have been arrested and tried.« Freedom of expression does not exist in China. Many journalists and writers are in prison. The very strict control of information prevents the general public from knowing the identity of these political prisoners.The authorities do everything possible to maintain an educational system that promotes ignorance and forgetfulness. As a result, the immense majority of the population lacks what is necessary to understand certain events of the past and accepts the government’s version without questioning. Many young Chinese are completely unaware of the events of June 1989, the Zhao Ziyang affair and the Cultural Revolution.Liu Xiaobo has nonetheless been fighting for peace, democracy and human rights. He has kept it up for 20 years. He enjoys a great deal of prestige among Chinese who aspire to democracy. He is one of the leading initiators of Charter 08, which outlines the required political reforms and which is destined to have more and more influence on intellectuals and, through them, the rest of Chinese society. Liu is excellent as a representative of Chinese intellectuals and human rights activists.Society’s pioneers are necessarily part of a minority. They point out the direction of history to follow. They possess an intuitive awareness. They say what is left unsaid by others. They speak of the fears, abuses, injustices and reality that the majority dares not talk about.The Nobel Committee’s decision is going to accelerate the process of bringing peace to China. All of the Chinese who possess this intuitive awareness thank Liu Xiaobo from the bottom of their heart. »-Criticism 3 : « Liu is not representative of the Chinese population. As an academic, intellectual, philosophy professor and writer, he is part of the elite. He does not represent the masses and had an education that is very different from what most Chinese receive. A Nobel Peace Prize laureate should be able to represent his fellow citizens. How can he do that? » Li Xiaorong (李晓蓉)taught philosophy at a university in Beijing. She went to study and become an academic scholar in the US. She founded Chinese human rights groups and has written numerous articles about human rights and democracy. She has been barred from returning to China.« Until there is democracy, there is no way to know who represents at least more than 50% of those Chinese who would vote in a general election. If you believe that democratic participation is a universal human right, then, speaking up for the protection of that right, which is what Liu Xiaobo did, is giving voice to all the Chinese who have been deprived of that basic human right. In a country with no free press, where free speech can be criminalized, it takes courage to speak up for truth and justice. This is what a public intellectual can do and is best at doing – using their ideas, writing and analytic skills to stimulate critical thinking, to tell the truth, to voice concerns and grievances for the voiceless people, to articulate aspirations and express ideas for the powerless people, to promote the good cause. In this regard, Liu Xiaobo, through his writings, has become a courageous and powerful spokesperson, a representative, for the Chinese people’s aspirations for freedom and democracy. The fact that Liu Xiaobo has been barred by authorities from publishing his articles, from having a voice in domestic media, is due to press censorship and should not be taken to mean that he does not voice the concerns and hopes of the Chinese people. Silencing him and then accusing him not voicing the concerns of the masses, or not representing them, is a deeply flawed argument. The only way for anyone to draw such a conclusion is to lift censorship in China, let Liu Xiaobo’s articles and books circulate freely, and allow readers discuss his ideas freely. »-Criticism 4 : Alfred Nobel wrote in his will that his annual peace prize should go to the person who “…shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” Liu does not seem to have played a leading role in promoting peace in China or the world as whole. What has Liu done for peace? In what way does he differ from an ordinary political dissident? Wang Longmeng (王龙蒙) participated in the Tiananmen Square student movement in 1989. He now lives in Paris, where he campaigns for democracy in China and is one of the leaders of the Sino-Tibetan Association (汉藏联盟). News «When human rights are respected according to a universal standard, they enable human beings anywhere to live in harmony. They have nothing to do with west or east, capitalism or socialism. Paying tribute to a human rights activist is not an interference in an internal matter because these rights are universal. Liu Xiaobo is an activist and I regret that he is in prison. But I am also convinced that he will be freed soon. I hope the Chinese government is going to understand that it was a mistake to jail him and to threaten countries to get them to stay away from the ceremony. I am sorry that my country, Iran, has decided not to take part in this universal tribute to a human rights activist.» -Criticism 6 : « The Nobel Peace Prize is getting too politicized. First U.S. President Barack Obama then Liu Xiaobo. The Nobel Committee is straying too far from the prize’s original intentions and is trying to meddle in international affairs and in internal affairs that do not concern it. » Shirin Ebadi, , Iranian human rights lawyer and founder of the Tehran-based Human Rights Defenders Centre. She received the Rafto Prize in 2001 and the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003 for her commitment to civil liberties in Iran.last_img read more

Exciting, Olympic-Style Boxing Competition Coming to Pasadena Dec. 15

first_img Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Neighborhood News Exciting, Olympic-Style Boxing Competition Coming to Pasadena Dec. 15 Published on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 | 12:09 pm More Cool Stuff Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Beauty Secrets Only Indian Women KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 10 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Come join the Villa-Parke Boxing Club for its Biannual Amateur Boxing Match on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Villa-Parke Community Center Gymnasium, 363 East Villa Street. Exciting, Olympic-style boxing begins at 1:00 p.m. and will feature Pasadena club members and pugilistic competitors from throughout Southern California.Approximately 15 to 20 action-packed, Olympic-style bouts are scheduled to take place in various weight classifications with boxers from 8 years old to 34 years old. The event is open to the public and a voluntary $5.00 donation for adults is requested. Children under 12 years old are free.The show is sponsored by the City of Pasadena Human Services and Recreation Department. Contact Marcus Lee at (626) 744-6532 for more information.For more information about Pasadena, go to Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business Newslast_img read more