Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) 2010 Annual Report

first_imgRainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw)  2010 annual report.Company ProfileRainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG) is a well-established tourism and hospitality management company in Zimbabwe, with an extensive portfolio of owner-managed or leased hotels and conference facilities in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, aswell as a tour operator company. RTG operators in two sectors; Zimbabwe and Outside Zimbabwe. Its marketing and channel management division operates out of South Africa. Well-known hotels in its portfolio include Rainbow Towers Hotel and Conference Centre, A’Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel, Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre, New Ambassador Hotel, Rainbow Beitbridge Hotel and Rainbow Hotel Mozambique. Rainbow Tourism Group Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

RioZim Limited (RIOZ.zw) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgRioZim Limited (RIOZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about RioZim Limited (RIOZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RioZim Limited (RIOZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RioZim Limited (RIOZ.zw)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileRioZim is an integrated mining and metallurgical company in Zimbabwe with an extensive portfolio of resources in gold, base metals, diamonds, coal and chrome. It mining operations include Renco Gold Mine in Masvingo Province, and Cam & Motor Gold Mine and Empress Nickel Refinery; both in the Mashonaland West Province. RioZim also has interests in Sengwa Colliery (Private) Limited with coal assets in Gokwe North; Murowa Diamonds (Private) Limited with operations in Zvishavane; and Marnatha ferrochrome refinery in Kadoma. RioZim separated from its parent company, Rio Tinto plc, in 2004 to become a wholly-owned Zimbabwean company. Its subsidiaries include RioGold (Private) Limited, RioZim Base Metals (Private) Limited and RioDiamonds (Private) Limited. RioZim Group Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Bamburi Cement Limited (BAMB.ke) 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgBamburi Cement Limited (BAMB.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Bamburi Cement Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Bamburi Cement Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Indicative Share Trading LiquidityThe total indicative share trading liquidity for Bamburi Cement Limited (BAMB.ke) in the past 12 months, as of 3rd May 2021, is US$9.47M (KES1.03B). An average of US$789.15K (KES86.24M) per month.Bamburi Cement Limited Abridged Results DocumentCompany ProfileBamburi Cement Limited manufactures and sells cement and cement products for the building sector in Kenya and Uganda. The company exports its products to Reunion, Uganda and Mayotle. Brands in its retail range include Powermax, Powercrete, Nguvu, Supaset, Multipurpose, Powerplus and Roadcem. Pre-cast concrete paving blocks sell under the BamburiBlox name. The company also supplies precast molded cement products used for drainage, edge constraints, fencing and walling and ready-mix cement. Bamburi Cement Limited offers its service to rehabilitate quarries and owns and maintains a nature and environmental park developed from a rehabilitated quarry. The company was founded in 1951 and has its head office in Nairobi, Kenya. Bamburi Cement Limited is a subsidiary of Lafarge Holcim Limited (SA). Bamburi Cement Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

5 steps to take on your path to a million

first_img5 steps to take on your path to a million Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img I reckon it’s the ambition of many people to accumulate a million. And you could make 2020 the year you start out on your path to six-figure wealth by taking some steps in the right direction.Here are five things you could do immediately.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…1) work-life balanceThere’s no doubt that for most people their biggest source of money will likely be income earned from work. And it’s a good idea to throw yourself wholeheartedly into your career because the more we put into anything in life, the more we tend to get out of it.Attacking work with enthusiasm and a positive attitude could take you a long way, and you may even gain promotion, bonuses or other compensation, which could help you in your quest to accumulate a million.But it’s also important not to work too hard. I reckon we are at our most effective when we are well-rested, with frequently re-charged batteries. So it’s a good idea to aim for a good balance between your work activities and those in the rest of your life.I’d guard against falling into the trap of working all the time because an obsessive approach to work could end up detracting from your ability to accumulate a million.2) PlanningAccumulating a million probably won’t happen for you unless you plan for it. Most successful people in all walks of life are big on planning. Being organised with goals and strategies in mind is an essential ingredient when it comes to achieving success.3) SavingEarning money from your career is good, but in order to accumulate a million, you need to save. And the best way is to divert some of your money into savings every month. I’d make that monthly payment sacrosanct and prioritise it before all other expenditure.That way you’ll be living below your means and the process of wealth-creation will have begun.4) InvestIt’s no good allowing your savings to languish in a low-interest cash account. In order to accumulate a million, your saved money needs to be working hard for you and earning a decent annualised return.Over the long haul, studies have shown that shares, in general, have out-performed all other major classes of assets such as cash savings, bonds and property. So I’d put my regular monthly savings into shares or share-backed investments. There are many options available, such as managed funds, passive, low-cost tracker funds or the shares of individual companies.And to really get your investments motoring, it’s a good idea to plough your returns from dividends and maturing investments back into the stock market so that the process of compounding can accelerate your gains over time.5) Avoid risky situationsGet-rich-quick schemes rarely work out well in general life, and the highly speculative shares of often profitless companies with an enticing story rarely work out well for their shareholders. So I’d avoid them and stick to investments backed by good-quality underlying businesses.I reckon following these five steps could get you off to a good start in 2020 on your path to a million. Good luck! See all posts by Kevin Godbold Kevin Godbold | Monday, 30th December, 2019 Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee.last_img read more

Clermont prop’s brain explosion hands match to Pau seconds from time

first_imgSunday Dec 24, 2017 Clermont prop’s brain explosion hands match to Pau seconds from time Pau snatched victory from defending champions Clermont after replacement prop Beka Kakabadze lost his cool and effectively cost them the match. The 22-year-old Georgian lashed out in the final minutes of the game, earning a yellow card and giving away a crucial penalty. Tom Taylor kept his cool to slot the penalty, grabbing three points and the 22-21 win for Pau in the 83rd minute, denying Clermont their first away win of the Top 14 season. credit: rugbyparadiseADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play , See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

Using sitemap tool to get Google to index all your fundraising content

first_img Tagged with: Digital Individual giving While Google will drive a good proportion of visitors to your fundraising web pages, there are plenty of ways of helping the search engine index more of your pages. The latest edition of Dr. Ralph Wilson’s Web Marketing Today gives details of how to do this using Google sitemaps.Dr Wilson’s Web Marketing Today is a free weekly email newsletter that has been running for 10 years, and even now it can still deliver some new and valuable advice on the subject.This week’s issue encourages website owners to use Google Sitemap, “a system of submitting an XML-based sitemap directly to Google that will help their spider robot more easily index larger sites”. In other words, you can help Google index all the pages on your site by providing it with a list of these pages in a format it can handle. Advertisement Using sitemap tool to get Google to index all your fundraising content AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 July 2005 | Newscenter_img In addition, the sitemap format will also help Google’s indexing system understand which pages are updated most often.Wilson lists a number of software tools that can deliver the sitemap, some for smaller sites and some for larger. Several of them are available at no charge, although will require some website manager experience.Google Sitemaps is still in beta testing, so is not yet a fully fledged service, but UK Fundraising will be establishing an appropriate tool and adding this facility to its site in due course.  20 total views,  2 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Students “Make Conversation, Not War” at foreign policy summit

first_imgTwitter Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Ann Louden’s Legacy Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Final Frogs for the Cure celebration honors 12 years with Ann Louden Twitter Facebook + posts TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Makenzie Stallo ReddIt ReddIt Linkedin Dustin Brennan, Mackenzie Holst, Vanna Ngo, and Amber Jackson served as panelist for the millennial perspectives panel. Linkedin Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Etiquette Dinner teaches valuable skills to Chancellor’s Scholars Facebook Makenzie Stallo is a senior journalism major and French minor from Denton, Texas. She currently serves as a line editor. printStudents expressed their opinions and learned more about American foreign policy at an anti-war conference on campus last Saturday.The foreign policy summit was hosted by student organization Liberty at TCU through the Texas Millennial Institute network.Over 100 students attended the summit in the Brown-Lupton University Union Ballroom from 10 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.Five engaging speakers, including a Syrian refugee and a prominent anti-war radio host, gave talks at the conference. There were also five partner organizations that set up tables and networked with the student attendees.Although more than half of attendees were TCU students, many different schools from Texas and Oklahoma were represented at the conference.A student asked a question to a speaker during the conference.Dustin Lane, the chief operations officer of Texas Millennial Institute, said it was great to have a diverse group of attendees that brought different representations of the topic.“It’s a very young college-oriented mission, and I think that was really the driving force behind the success of the event,” Lane said.The topic of the summit was “Make Conversation, Not War.” Many of the attendants were actively involved in the anti-war movement.Justin Loar, the director of operations for Liberty, said this topic is important for students of this age because they have grown up in a post 9/11 world where war is the norm.“War is something they’ve known their entire lives,” Loar said. “It’s something that they’ve grown up with and they recognize that it’s wrong and they want to change it.”SMU student Vanna Ngo said she prefers to think of her ideals as pro-peace rather than anti-war.Speakers such as Scott Horton, an award-winning radio host, and Angela Keaton, director of operations at antiwar.com, shared their stances on specific issues within American foreign policy.The first speaker of the summit, Syrian peace activist Ghada Mukdad, gave an account of what it was like in her Syrian hometown before and during the revolution.Mukdad went into detail about how members of her own family are being displaced due to fighting. She spoke passionately about what she believes needs to be done in order for peace to return to the area.Ghada Mukdad spoke about the current crisis in Syria.Students took charge of the event during the millennial perspectives panel.After being asked about her reasons for being part of the anti-war conversation, panelist Ngo gave an emotional speech about her parents’ escape from Cambodian genocide.The event also provided multiple opportunities for students to share their opinions with one another and interact with the speakers.TCU sophomore biology major Winona Gbedey said her favorite part of the summit was learning more about American involvement in the military of other countries.At the end of the event, Mackenzie Holst, president of Liberty, said the group’s first and incredibly ambitious event greatly exceeded her expectations.“The whole point of Liberty is to get students to care about issues,” Holst said. “Since we had such success with this conference, I think they’ll be more willing to take us seriously and come to our events and hopefully learn something new.” Students help elders “Cycle Without Age” Previous articleUnited Latino Association celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month on campusNext articleFort Worth City Council to vote on ‘single housekeeping unit’ amendment today Makenzie Stallo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Makenzie Stallohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/makenzie-stallo/ Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Frog Aides helps supports local businesses with on-campus ‘state fair’ eventlast_img read more

My life on the road

first_img News Follow the news on China Organisation News ChinaAsia – Pacific News August 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 My life on the road April 27, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes to go further Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison But two agents sent me a very serious warning signal. One midday in Dalian, near Nanguanling, I was struck violently by the mirror of a jeep driven by two suspicious-looking individuals wearing leather jackets.I reported these intimidation attempts to Wang Jianmin, who wrote about them for Asia Weekly in Hong Kong. Thereafter, there were virtually no more incidents of that nature. Jiateng, who often went to Shanghai, was very familiar with Chinese culture and really like the fact that I was a calligrapher. He introduced me to lots of Japanese clients in Shanghai. He invited me to install my workshop in his home and, above all, he helped me financially.Thanks to him, I sold lots of my calligraphies and I earned enough to cover my basic outgoings. I remembered the people who helped me in prison and I sent one a well-known brand of leather bag. As I left the post office, I was overwhelmed by a mixture of relief and happiness.My calligraphies were soon being displayed in the Old Jinjiang Hotel’s Japanese restaurant and in Chuanyi restaurant under the Tianyao bridge. Jiateng used the 2008 Chinese New Year to organise my first calligraphy exhibition, which had destiny as its theme. It was a success and received positive reviews in the newspaper Dumai and in many other media. Lots of Japanese ordered my calligraphies. At the same time, Liu Dawen, who had always supported me, continued to give me free advertising in the magazine Vanguard, which increased my clientele. I finally had a regular income.I was living very well but I could not settle for calligraphy because I was itching to go back to journalism. So I established new contacts. In Zhuhai, I met a journalist called Sun who had a senior position with the newspaper Dagong. She asked me to be her consultant. Although it was badly paid and I had to use a pseudonym, it meant working in Dalian again. Like a fish returning to the ocean, I felt as if I was being reborn.I attended two meetings of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference and, with her, interviewed many officials and heads of companies. I made lots of new friends and started to get reestablished in society.I realised that China was now even richer than before I went to prison but also, to my great disappointment, more corrupt. And freedom of expression had regressed even further. For example, Sun’s articles had to constantly flatter the people she mentioned and to sing the government’s praises. And her articles were sometimes censored. She told me she was under a lot of pressure because of the quantity of propaganda the newspaper had to put out.I do not know if it was because my phone was still tapped but the intelligence services tracked me down again. The person who had offered me the job through my friends told me: “My superiors have done an investigation. You can no longer be a journalist. You must go back to being a calligrapher. I was not surprised. It was bound to have happened sooner or later, given that the news media are a priority surveillance target for the party’s agents. A journalist who has been jailed for exposing a case of corruption within the party cannot be allowed to reenter official circles. I could have discovered other cases of corruption. So I left Zhuhai and continued to wander.Fortunately, my daughter Jiang Xiaoyuan was on the other side of the Pacific Ocean and I was used to my solitude and my freedom. My nature is entirely suited to the life of a tramp. But without a passport, I was trapped in China.It is not easy being a tramp. I lived in the dormitories of a Nike factory in Qingyuan, in Guangdong province. The director, a Taiwanese who collected calligraphy, was very tolerant and trusting towards me. He strongly advised me against writing about corruption, warning that it could cost me my life. I could not help laughing as I listened.I then went to Hainan Island, Dongguan, Shenzhen, Guangzhou and Fanyu. In Sanya, on Hainan Island, I made a pilgrimage to see Guanyin (a Buddhist deity) and sold a calligraphy to pay for my three days in a taxi. In Dongguan, I sold a calligraphy to pay to stay in a hotel. In Guangzhou, I sold two calligraphies for six meals in a Korean restaurant. I quickly realised that the Chinese of southern China love calligraphy. With a brush and ink, I was not going to die of hunger there. I dubbed this trip around the south as “The Pilgrimages of a Wandering Calligrapher.”In Shenzhen, I again saw my friend of 30 years, the writer Liu Yuanju, and the journalist Xiao Qiu, who was still able to stand at 91. I also had the chance to see Wang Jianmin, who I had not seen for years. He told me that, on 4 December 2000, after my arrest, he wrote an article for Asia Weekly that saved my life. We had not seen each other for so many years. A former bachelor, my friend was now married to a very sweet woman and was the father of two pretty kids. God has rewarded him, I said to myself. I gave him calligraphies of poems I had written in prison. He was very moved, and gave me money to cover my everyday expenses, commenting that the past few years had not been easy for me.Liu Dawen Kong was waiting for me to visit him in Hong Kong, but the Public Security Bureau refused to issue me a passport. All I could do was phone him before continuing my wanderings.I travelled the four corners of China for three years. Whether in Yang Liuqing (in Tianjin), in Sanya, at the borders of Heilongjiang province in Hulin, on Wangfujing Avenue in Beijing, at the foot of Mount Tai or in the Tianya Delta – a trail of my calligraphies was left everywhere.I knew that in 2009 I would recover my civic rights and get a passport, and that sooner or later I would be able to leave China. So I had to be patient. I wrote my memoires, which came to more than 500,000 words. There was another book entitled “My return from the land of the dead,” about by life after leaving prison. I said I just did large calligraphies, never small ones. To my surprise, lots of people believed me, especially in early February after the exhibition. I even succeeded in deceiving the party’s agents. In reality, I had succeeded in putting into practice a phrase of Confucius I had read in prison: “One must be calm before making a move.”I am now in a free world where I am revising my biography. At the same time, I continue to write for Vanguard and Reform. I no longer work fulltime for any newspaper but I have become a free journalist even if I have yet to be recognised as one. At the age of 54, I am conscious of divine will and I have finally realised my dream.To see the English and French subtitled interview: ChinaAsia – Pacific News RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more Life of a Chinese journalist, by Jiang WeipingReporters Without Borders is presenting a series of four articles by Chinese journalist Jiang Weiping recounting his career as an investigative reporter from the time he started out as a journalist in the 1980s to his arrest in 2000 and his departure for exile in Canada this year.“Jiang is a courageous and exemplary journalist who did not think twice about the dangers he was running when he denounced corruption at the highest levels in the Communist Party of China,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is thanks to committed journalism like his that the Chinese public can learn about the all-powerful party’s abuses and press freedom will be able to evolve in China.”Jiang achieved recognition in the course of his long career, which he began by working for the state news agency Xinhua. In the early 1990s, he became northeast China bureau chief for the Hong Kong-based newspaper Wen Wei Po (香港文匯報). He wrote a series of articles on corruption in the party for the Hong Kong-based magazine Frontline (前哨). Around this time he also started working for Hong Kong magazine.He was arrested in the northeastern province of Dalian in December 2000 and was sentenced in May 2001 to eight years in prison on charges of endangering state security and divulging state secrets. He was finally released in 2006 after serving six years of his sentence.In February 2009, he obtained political asylum in Canada, where he now lives with his wife in Toronto and continues working as a freelance journalist and calligraphist.see Part 2 ——–Part 3: My life on the roadI had been separated from the world for more than five years. My brothers and sisters were delighted to be able to take me back home. A big meal was prepared at midday to celebrate my return. Then a relative who had come from Liaoning took me to Qiaoshangong cemetery in the Dalian suburbs, where my father had been buried six years earlier. I once again saw his impressive headstone. The inscriptions had hardly aged but the trees beside the cemetery were now an impressive forest.My mutterings were drowned out by the icy January wind. I had survived. As I was leaving the cemetery I realised I had lived for more than half a century. But where was I supposed to go and live now?I felt very depressed as I lay on my bed. My wife had left a family photo opposite the bed. The sight of it released a flood of memories. The National Security Bureau had forbidden me to leave China for three years. I was virtually destitute. I needed to earn a living, but how?It was then that someone knocked on the door. I found pretty girl at the door. I had not seen a woman for five years and I must say I was shaken by the sight. The young girl said she worked for an electricity company. “You wife went abroad three years ago,” she said. “There is an electricity bill of more than 7,000 yuan to pay. With bank charges, it comes to more 10,000 yuan.” I showed her the paper certifying that I had just been released from prison. On seeing it, she dropped the bill and fled, shouting: “A criminal, a criminal… Too bad, forget it.”I realised that any attempt to explain would be pointless. After being released from a reeducation camp, society had completely abandoned me. I had no work, no social security and no friends. In order to keep me under surveillance, National Security Bureau officials paid more than 100,000 yuan just to be able to live in the former premises of the Zhuangjayuan Hotel, located opposite my home. Wang Fuquan, Lu Donghui and those who had followed my case also came to Community 93, where I lived, and threatened employees who worked there, ordering them to keep a watch on me and inventing a story about how I was an American secret agent who had just served his sentence and if I revealed anything to them, they would be caught. As a result, the community’s employees and neighbours avoided me.I was closely watched during the first few months. I was followed every time I went out, sometimes by as many as four people. They deliberately caused an accident once but fortunately I emerged unscathed. I could not talk freely by phone with my wife and daughter because my phone was tapped. I was constantly on guard. The situation was absurd: instead of helping me financially or finding a job for me, the government preferred to invest in keeping me under surveillance. I had just got out of one prison but now I was thrashing about in an even bigger prison like the Monkey King who could not escape from Buddha’s hand. I lived in fear night and day. No one could come to my aid. I had to find work.It so happened that I had studied calligraphy at the age of 10. So I decided to set up a calligraphy gallery. I wrote to Li Jialian, Wang Jianlin and Sun Yinhuan – CEOs I had written stories about when I was a journalist – requesting their help. In the end, it was only Sun Yinhuan, the head of the Dalian Yida group, who was understanding. He gave me 20,000 yuan. I also contacted the editor of Vanguard, Liu Dawen, who gave me 20,000 Hong Kong dollars.Then I sold antiques from a stall in Dalian and Tianjin, doing it for a little more than six months, earning just enough to repay the rent and the running costs. As I get on with people easily and was beginning to reestablish contact with old friends, earning money was not my primary concern and I gave away most of the works of calligraphy in my gallery. So it was no surprise that my financial situation began to deteriorate rapidly.Fortunately, Zhang Qing, a very well-off TV series actor, came to my aid and got me two Xiali cars. Until then, I had not known how to thank Sun Xuewen, the prison guard who forwarded my letters to my wife in 2001. So I gave him one of these cars.Among those who also helped me in a disinterested manner were Jing Hong, Yang Xiaodong, Lu Yushun and Wu Ning, Wang Jinli, Li Zhixin, Wang Xiang and above all Li Mu and my college professor, Wang Zhixin. I would also like to thank the famous Shanghai-based human rights lawyer Yan Yiming, Ma Anshan’s boss Wang Yanan and all those who bought my calligraphies. Through Asia Weekly reporter Wang Jianmin, the Hong Kong artist Zhang Yun, who is more than 80 years old, sent me a gift of 3,000 yuan and a collection of poems that I will never forget because of the way they condemned the injustice of my imprisonment.An old gentleman told me that journalist Zhang Taiyan of Suzhou Journal did prison time in 1904 and that price of his calligraphies were now very high. “But it is very regrettable and unfair that, because of the Communist Party of China, no one can know the value of your works,” he added.So I sent my works to Luan Yuemin of Dalian Daily, Mary of Xinshang Journal and Li Mingming of Dalian Evening News, who I had known for a long time. They had all become editors or had key positions in their newspapers and I was disappointed that none of them dared publish anything about my calligraphies.I was reduced to applying for a job with company based in Dalian that sold sports goods and I was hired as the director’s assistant. But, at Bo Xilai’s behest, a certain Mr. Liu, the head of the local tax department, sent agents to check the tax returns. Under pressure, I had to resign. I then got a job with a Japanese company but before I had officially begun, a tax department agent came looking for me. The company than had to move to Liaoyang and I offered by resignation. By the start of 2006, I could no longer live in Dalian. That is when I began wandering all over China, earning my living by means of my calligraphies.I accepted an invitation from Jiateng Longze, the Japanese head of the Shanghai bureau of the newspaper Dumai. I twice went to Shanghai and stayed with Jiateng, who had a place in Xintiandi, Shanghai. It was if we were destined to meet. His assistant, Wang Zhencong of Asia Weekly, knew that I had opened a calligraphy gallery in Dalian and had managed by telephone to get the registration number of my permit from the Office of the Department of Commerce. Finally, Jiateng had been able to make an appointment with me.But Jianteng’s plane was delayed by fog and he arrived two days late. I sent a student I knew to collect him by car. A very curious thing occurred on the way back. There was an accident as they were crossing a viaduct. I think I was the intended target of that accident. It was only by luck that my student was not injured. My meeting with Jiateng was watched by local representatives of the Bureau of National Public Security. Fortunately, the article that was published was very restrained and limited itself to referring to my life as a calligrapher. March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Sunday afternoon spirituals will uplift the heart and mind

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “Spirituals are biblical and they are sung to uplift hearts,” she said. “We will sing to uplift hearts.”Songs the audience might expect to hear include “Deep River,” “There is Balm in Gilead,”“Swing Lo, Sweet Chariot” and “Give Me Jesus.” “All of the singers are very talented and have performed throughout the United States,” Pritchett said. “Each of them will sing three songs and they will also sing together.” By Jaine Treadwell Email the author Henry Terry and Milton Williams will accompany the singers on the JCA’s 100-year-old piano and Patrick Jackson will be on saxophone.Terry will also have program notes on the spirituals so the audience will have the background of the songs being sung.  Some spirituals will be sung in the original arrangements. Others will be contemporary arrangements.Following the concert, a dessert reception will be held in the JCA’s lower level gallery.“Everyone will be invited to join us at the reception and encouraged to take the opportunity to meet the singers and musicians and to also view the two art exhibits in the gallery and meet the artists,” Pritchett said. “Debra Riffe’s ‘I learnt to sing a glad new song’ and Belinda Harrison’s ‘Varieties’ are great examples of the artwork being done by African American women.”Tickets for  “An Afternoon of African American Spirituals” are $10 and are available at the Johnson Center for the Arts at 300 East Walnut Street in downtown Troy. Tickets will also be available at the door. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the JCA. When the Johnson Center for the Arts was exploring opportunities through which to celebrate Black History Month, music kept creeping to the top of the list. Music and art both have deep roots in the African American community, said Vicki Pritchett, JCA executive director.“On Sunday afternoon, we will celebrate both African American music and art at the Johnson Center for the Arts,” Pritchett said. “At 3 p.m., the Johnson Center will present ‘An Afternoon of African American Spirituals’ featuring five outstanding Alabama sopranos, including Troy’s own Shelia Jackson and LaShea Money. Anna Moore and Tommy Cargill-Easterly of Montgomery and Ashley Knight of Prattville are guest vocalists.Pritchett said a spiritual is a religious folksong and African American spirituals are one of the largest and most significant forms of American folksongs. Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Sunday afternoon spirituals will uplift the heart and mind Sponsored Content Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daycenter_img “We knew that African American spirituals sung by these five outstanding sopranos would be a wonderfully entertaining way to celebrate Black History Month,” Pritchett said.The term “spiritual” is derived from the King James Bible translation of Ephesians 5:19: “Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”Jackson said the scripture speaks to what the Sunday afternoon concert will be. Print Article The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 3:00 am Saturday, February 11, 2017 Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave 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 HealthRemember Them? I’m Sure Their New Net Worth Will Leave You SpeechlessbradofoThe 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 InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen By The Penny Hoarder You Might Like TRMC enlists FUSE system Although colonoscopy exams prevent many colon cancer deaths  and are the gold standard, for detecting colorectal cancers, the procedure is… read morelast_img read more

Jussie Smollett ‘now officially classified as a suspect’ in alleged attack: Police

first_imgGabriel Olsen/Getty Images(CHICAGO) — After weeks of investigation into Jussie Smollett’s claim of being attacked last month by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs while physically beating him and leaving him with a rope tied around his neck, the Chicago Police Department officially classified Smollett as a suspect in an ongoing criminal investigation for filing a false report.The announcement, in a tweet from the Chicago Police Department’s verified account, represents another stunning twist in an investigation that has seen more than its share of such developments.The tweet also announced that detectives are presenting evidence to a grand jury.While Chicago police officials confirmed to ABC News on Wednesday that authorities are maintaining a dialogue with Jussie Smollett’s attorneys, they remain anxious to re-interview the actor himself.“We are hopeful that we’ll have a chance to ask the questions that we have,” says Chicago Police Department (CPD) spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.“It doesn’t matter what the investigation shows,” Guglielmi said. “If you have information that’s helpful to law enforcement, it behooves you to contact authorities and share that information. We have been very diplomatic and have been working with him and his attorneys. We got information, and that’s what we want to run by him.”If Smollett does not come in to speak with police, he said, “We’re going to go with other methods to create a culture of accountability.”Later Wednesday, an official briefed on the Smollett investigation confirmed to ABC News that attorneys representing Smollett met with police and prosecutors in Chicago today. Lawyers and police would not immediately detail the substance of the discussion.The CPD’s latest public stance comes after two federal officials confirmed to ABC News on Tuesday that the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service are investigating whether Jussie Smollett played a role in sending a threatening letter addressed to him at the Chicago studio where “Empire” is filmed, prior to the alleged Jan. 29 attack.The letter, which was sent Jan. 22, is currently in an FBI crime lab for analysis, one of the sources said.The allegation concerning the alleged attack and the letter — made by brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo, who are cooperating with investigators in the probe — has not been officially confirmed.The Osundairo brothers have also told investigators that Smollett paid them to help him orchestrate and stage the Jan. 29 attack that Smollett said occurred near his Chicago apartment, sources said. Police have not independently verified these allegations and no one has been charged in connection with the case.“As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with,” Smollett attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor Henderson said in a statement Saturday. “He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying.”Smollett told police that on Jan. 29, he was walking on a street near his apartment around 2 a.m. when he was set upon by two men. The attackers allegedly shouted racist and homophobic slurs before hitting him, pouring “an unknown chemical substance” on him —- possibly bleach -— and wrapping a rope around his neck, he told detectives.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more