Zambia Bata Shoe Company Plc (BATA.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2002 annual report.For more information about Zambia Bata Shoe Company Plc (BATA.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambia Bata Shoe Company Plc (BATA.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambia Bata Shoe Company Plc (BATA.zm) 2002 annual report.Company ProfileZambia Bata Shoe Company plc. manufactures and markets a wide range of smart and casual footwear and other leather and plastic products for the fashion sector in Zambia. Products in its accessories range include handbags and belts. The footwear company operates in three markets: retail, wholesale and export. The company has a national footprint with 50 modern stores located in the major towns and cities of Zambia. In addition to its own Bata brand, the company is an agent for popular shoe brands such as Marie Claire, Makuba, Toughies, Power, Tommy Takkies, North Star and Bubble Gummers. Zambia Bata Shoe Company was established in 1937 and is a subsidiary of Bafin (Nederland) BV. Zambia Bata Shoe Company is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange
ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (ABBL.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (ABBL.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (ABBL.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ABSA Bank of Botswana Limited (ABBL.bw) 2011 annual report.Company ProfileAbsa Bank of Botswana Limited formerly (Barclays Bank of Botswana Limited) is an established financial services group; providing solutions in the retail, commercial and corporate sector in Botswana. The group has a national footprint, with 34 branches and 75 ATMs located in the major towns and cities of Botswana. Its personal banking products and services range from savings and fixed deposits to graduate loans, funeral cover and smart phone banking services. Its business banking division provides the standard solutions for commercial and corporate transactions, investments and loans, as well as an array of specialised financial solutions such as treasury services, foreign exchange and currency repo, risk management and trade finance products. Absa Bank of Botswana Limited is a subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited.
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LGBTQ2S+ March for Black Lives, Cleveland, June 27On June 27, the Cleveland community held a LGBTQ2S+ March for Black Lives. Called by two queer activists using social media, the Greater Cleveland LGBT Community Center not only co-sponsored the action, but actively participated in the militant demonstration. Over 300 people marched and chanted, demanding an end to racism and the murder of Black trans people.— Report and photo by Susan SchnurLGBTQ2S+ March for Black Lives, June 27. Speaking is Tamika “Devinity” Jones, Greater Cleveland LGBT Community Center’s HIV Prevention and Trans Wellness Program Coordinator.LGBTQ2S+ March for Black Lives, Cleveland, June 27FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
June 2, 2021 Find out more Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders supports the editor of a regional newspaper who has sought asylum in Ukraine to escape government repression. Ukraine has already given refuge to other Belarusian journalists forced to go into exile. RSF_en Organisation News читать на русскомReporters Without Borders today voiced support for the political asylum request which Andrei Shentorovich, the founder and editor of the Belarusian independent weekly Mestnaya Gazeta, made yesterday in Ukraine. Constantly harassed by the Belarusian authorities for years, Shentorovich finally left Belarus on 27 March, eight days after President Alexandre Lukashenko’s controversial reelection. Based in the western city of Volkovysk, Mestnaya Gazeta was one of Belarus’ few independent publications. Shentorovich had been publishing it since 2001.“We are tired of seeing how the harassment of independent journalists continues to increase in Belarus,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Shentorovich is not the only editor to have left the country in recent years to escape the systematic political repression. His decision is yet further evidence that dissident journalists are pushed to the limit and then forced out.”Shentorovich was arbitrarily arrested on 18 March, a day before the presidential election. He told Reporters Without Borders the Volkovysk police forced him to get out of his car and took him off to prison. Charged with hooliganism, he was sentenced to three days in detention in a summary trial on 19 March.The Belarusian authorities not only told him to stop publishing his articles but also prevented him from voting. More than 20 independent journalists fell victim to the wave of arrests that followed the presidential election and, like Shentorovich, were arbitrarily sentenced to several days in prison for hooliganism.Shentorovich had published articles denouncing corruption by local officials. The authorities recently struck his newspaper from the commercial register and withdrew it from sale in news stands. At the same time, all local printers bowed to official pressure and refused to print it. Shentorovich had to change printers four times. Last year he began having it printed in the Russian city of Smolensk, a solution adopted by other newspapers harassed by the authorities such as BDG Delovaya Gazeta, which is now closed.Shentorovich went on hunger strike in October 2004 to protest against his newspaper’s arbitrary suspension by the information ministry, which claimed that it did not have a legal address. Shentorovich remained on hunger strike for three weeks, saying he was the victim of “the programmed disappearance of press freedom.”At least three Belarusian journalists have requested political asylum since 2004. They are Nikolai Posedko of the Svetlogorsk-based newspaper Region Vesti, who sought asylum in Sweden; Aleksandr Silish, the editor of the independent daily Narodnaya Gazeta, who sought asylum in Belgium; and Oleg Minish, who sought asylum in Germany in February 2006 after being accused by the secret service of insulting President Lukashenko in a cartoon on the www.mult.3dway.org website. Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts June 16, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Backing for independent newspaper editor who has sought asylum in Ukraine RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” BelarusEurope – Central Asia “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia to go further News News News May 27, 2021 Find out more
News China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Paopao:From selling cats to tips on how to circumvent censorship, or network security, Paopao provides you with uncensored news. Paopao is the result of collaboration between citizens concerned by Internet development in China, reporters who support Internet freedom, technicians and cyberactivists. Download : https://raw.githubusercontent.com/greatfire/z/master/PaoPaoAndroid2.0.apk Organisation RSF_en Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Free Weibo:Welcome to Free Weibo. We offer anonymous and unfiltered search on Sina Weibo social network.Download : https://raw.githubusercontent.com/greatfire/z/master/FreeWeibo1.8.apk China Digital Times:From CDT “About Us” :China Digital Times (CDT) is an independent, bilingual media organization that brings uncensored news and online voices from China to the world. We achieve this through: Filtering and aggregating news from English-language media and placing it in a broader social and political context;Amplifying the voices of Chinese citizens through translation;Revealing the hidden mechanisms of state censorship by collecting and translating filtered keywords, propaganda directives, and official rhetoric;Download : https://raw.githubusercontent.com/greatfire/z/master/ChinaDigitalTimesAn… April 27, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information China is the world’s biggest mobile Internet market and the 25,000 visitors to this year’s GMIC, nowadays compared to the Mobile World Conference, included hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, promoters and other professionals from the mobile Internet sector, as well as representatives of China’s biggest Internet companies, media owners and newspaper editors.But like the World Internet Conference held in the small eastern city of Wuzhen from 19 to 21 November 2014, Internet censorship and control of news and information were not on the GMIC’s agenda, and the organizers carefully refrained from making any comment about the lack of online freedom and the government’s mass surveillance of Internet users.An active supporter of the Chinese NGO GreatFire.org, Reporters Without Borders is today presenting the mobile apps developed by GreatFire in recent years with the aim of allowing users to circumvent the Great Firewall of China – all the human and technological resources created by the Chinese authorities with the aim of filtering and censoring “inappropriate” online content.“China has seen rapid economic development since the early 1990s, in large part due to the enormous sums of foreign investment that have been pouring into the country,” GreatFire’s Charlie Smith said. “Much of that investment has also helped to fuel the development of the mobile Internet. Foreign investors have long promised that economic engagement with China would lead to an easing of censorship and free speech controls. While foreign investors have profited from their investments, freedom of speech has taken a turn for the worse. Furthermore, the development of the mobile Internet in China has only increased the opportunities for the Chinese authorities to single out those who dare to openly criticise the Chinese government.”“By putting their skills in the service of the fight against censorship and information control in China, GreatFire.org’s members are making an incalculable contribution to efforts to return to the Chinese population their fundamental freedoms and their right to information, which are constantly flouted by the authorities,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Asia-Pacific desk.“It is essential that the mobile apps developed by GreatFire.org should given as much publicity as possible in order to enable all of China’s Internet users to circumvent their government’s censorship.”The apps developed by GreatFire.org Free browser:Automatically circumvents the Great Firewall and enables access to blocked websites, including Google, Twitter and Facebook. Allows you to watch YouTube videos with a high-speed connection.Download :https://bitbucket.org/greatfire/test/raw/master/FreeBrowser-1.3.apk Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of China’s Internet censorship and supports mobile apps designed to circumvent its Great Firewall, none of which would have been mentioned at the 6th Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) that ended on 30 April in Beijing. Follow the news on China China’s Cyber Censorship Figures “Enemy of the Internet” that can be defeated by “Collateral Freedom”China is one of the countries that have established the world’s most sophisticated systems for monitoring and censoring the Internet. It continues to be on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.”To combat online censorship, Reporters Without Borders launched an operation in March under which it is unblocking access to censored news websites around the world. Two of them are Chinese – Tibet Post International and Mingjing News. Today they can be accessed in places where they are officially banned.To unblock the foreign media sites that are blocked in China, Reporters Without Borders is using an original method developed by GreatFire; “Collateral freedom”, that is based on the technique known as “mirroring,” under which censored sites are duplicated and the copies are placed on the servers of Internet giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google.Making the mirror sites inaccessible would deprive thousands of Chinese companies of essential services. The economic and political cost would be too high for the Chinese government to assume.China is ranked 176th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. to go further News News ChinaAsia – Pacific May 2, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Apps you won’t have heard about at Beijing’s GMIC These softwares were developed by GreatFire.org. 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BelarusEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts News May 28, 2021 Find out more News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Belarus RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Organisation October 15, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court acquits principal suspect in Alexei Sidorov murder News June 2, 2021 Find out more A regional court acquitted Evgeni Maininger, chief suspect in the murder of Alexei Sidorov, editor of regional daily Toliattinskoye Obosrenie, on 11 October. Reporters Without Borders, which had earlier voiced fears about failings in the investigation, has urged Moscow Prosecutor-General’s office to take charge to ensure its transparency and objectivity. Russian versionReporters Without Borders urged Moscow’s prosecutor-general to take over an investigation into the murder of journalist Alexei Sidorov after a court in Volga region acquitted the chief suspect for lack of evidence brought by the local prosecutor’s office.Evgeni Maininger was on 11 October 2004 acquitted by a district court in Komsomolski, Togliatti of murdering the editor of regional daily newspaper Toliattinskoye Obosrenie on 9 October 2003.The worldwide press freedom organisation, which had previously voiced a lack of confidence in the investigation by the local prosecutor’s office, called on Prosecutor-General, Vladimir Ustinov, to personally take charge to ensure the investigation was transparent and objective.The Sidorov family’s lawyer, Karen Nersisyan, said that the Samara region prosecutor’s office, which has already appealed, was not up to uncovering the truth. Reporters Without Borders, which made a fact-finding visit in October 2003, had expressed concern about direction taken by the investigation and expressed doubts about the official version of events.Just a few days after the killing and with insufficient information, the courts had ruled out a connection with Sidorov’s work as well as other significant leads.The organisation also raised doubts about the professionalism of the investigation after hearing several contradictory official statements.The newspaper’s editorial management was convinced that Sidorov’s murder was linked to his journalistic work and did not accept the theory that it was a common-law crime.Evgeni Maininger, a welder in Togliatti, arrested on 12 October 2003, was accused of killing the journalist in a street brawl. According to the official version, the accused, who met Sidorov in the street by chance, asked for a loan to buy vodka. A fight broke out after the journalist refused and the accused stabbed him several times before fleeing and throwing away the murder weapon in a forest.The Toliattinskoye Obosrenie editorial team had “trouble believing the official version” for several reasons. During a reconstruction on the evening of 17 October the daily’s journalists observed that the accused made a mistake in indicating the scene of the crime.Moreover the suspect’s family made several statements that he was not naturally aggressive and that he had only left home around 10pm, by which time the murder had already been committed.The editorial team also considered it highly improbable, knowing Sidorov’s character, that he could have been involved in a brawl of the kind described by the investigators.Sidorov, 31, was stabbed by two men in the parking lot of his apartment building on 9 October 2003 and died shortly afterwards in the arms of his wife. He had succeeded Valery Ivanov as editor after he was murdered in similar circumstances on 29 April 2002.Sidorov established links with auto-maker AvtoVaz, economic powerhouse of the region, which gave the newspaper financial backing. Before becoming its editor he was an investigative journalist on Toliattinskoye Obosrenie. A few weeks before his death he had gone back to investigating organised crime, but neither the newspaper nor his wife knew exactly what he was working on.The killers of Valery Ivanov have never been found and brought to justice.Russian version Help by sharing this information May 27, 2021 Find out more to go further News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says RSF_en
Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Facebook Deputy Pringle calls on council to defer Sliabh Liag repairs Pinterest Google+ Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme By News Highland – August 11, 2014 Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle has called on Donegal County Council to defer repair works that will close one of Donegal’s most popular attractions for at least a week during the tourist season.Part of Sliabh Liag will be closed to walkers from next Monday for a week to allow repair works to be carried out.The operation will see over 500 tonnes of stone airlifted on to the mountain by helicopter.Deputy Pringle shares the view of local people that the timing of the work does not make sense:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/pring1SLIABH.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Pinterest Twitter News Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Previous articleMcGuinness – Improvements needed for Dublin clashNext articleDeputy hits out at Letterkenny General Hospital’s manager News Highland HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week WhatsApp WhatsApp
Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesBy JON HAWORTH and ELLA TORRES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The death of George Floyd, a black man who died on Memorial Day after he was pinned down by a white Minnesota police officer, has sparked outrage and protests in Minneapolis and across the United States.Second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter charges have been filed against Derek Chauvin, the officer who prosecutors say held his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. Three other officers have also been charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter.Chauvin and the other three officers at the scene, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng, have been fired. The Department of Justice is investigating.This story is being updated throughout the day Wednesday. Please check back for updates. All times Eastern:6:30 p.m.: Park Police officers put on admin duty following attack on Australian reportersThe U.S. Park Police department tweeted out a statement concerning an incident where officers were seen hitting and harassing members of the Australian press.The incident took place Monday night when Attorney General William Barr ordered Lafayette Park cleared out of peaceful protesters prior to President Donald Trump’s photo op at St. John’s Church. Channel 7 News reporter Amelia Brace was pushed out of the way, while her cameraman was punched by an officer and hit with his shield and nightstick.“As is consistent with our established practices and procedures, two U.S. Park Police officers have been assigned to administrative duties, while an investigation takes place,” U.S. Park Police acting Chief Gregory T. Monahan said in a statement.6:13 p.m.: DC mayor heckled by protesters after she doesn’t take kneeWashington, D.C., Muriel Bowser made an appearance at the protests outside of the White House.The mayor did not take a knee or chant with the crowd and they responded with cursing and shouts. Bowser stressed that she wants people to continue to peacefully protest.“We want people to peacefully protest. Nobody wants anybody who is bent on destruction,” she told ABC News. “People have grievances that must be heard.”Asked to evaluate the president’s response so far, Bowser said, “I think to insinuate, or actually bring the United States military into an American city, is unconscionable and may be illegal.”It was a hot, muggy day in Washington with temperatures hitting a high in the 90s. The crowd was large, but smaller than it had been yesterday.5:20 p.m.: St. John’s bishop says Trump should be replacedBishop Mariann Edgar Budde, of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, continued to express her frustration with President Donald Trump’s photo op outside the damaged St. John’s Episcopal Church Monday evening.Speaking outside the church, Budde told ABC News she is done trying to talk to the president.“We need to replace President Trump. We need leadership that will lead us in ways that this country deserves,” she told ABC News.Budde said the press should be focusing on the message of the protesters around the country.“It is a message of a call for justice — for swift justice — for George Floyd,” she said, “for systemic justice for all brown and black people who have been under the knee of this country in ways that we have witnessed time and again.”3:26 p.m.: 3 other officers chargedThree other former Minnesota police officers have been charged in the death of George Floyd, court records show.Thomas Lane, 37, Tou Thao, 34, and J Alexander Kueng, 26, were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting manslaughter, according to the court records.The maximum punishment for each is no more than 10 years of prison.Lane and Kueng were the first two officers at the scene at 8:08 p.m., according to a criminal complaint. A 911 call had come in about a man allegedly using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy merchandise at Cup Foods, the complaint read.Floyd was in the driver’s seat of a car by the time Lane and Kueng arrived, and when the officers approached the vehicle, Lane at one point pulled his gun, the complaint read. Lane put his gun back in its holster after Floyd put his hands on the steering wheel.Floyd was then pulled out of the car, handcuffed, and sat on a sidewalk, according to the complaint.Officers then tried to put Floyd in a squad car after informing him he was under arrest, but he stiffened up and fell to the ground, according to the complaint. Floyd told the officers he was not resisting, but did not want to get in the back seat and was claustrophobic.Chauvin and Thao then arrived at the scene in a separate car.They all tried to force Floyd into the backseat, during which time Floyd said he could not breathe, according to the complaint.Chauvin eventually pulled Floyd out of the passenger side of the squad car at 8:19 p.m. and Floyd fell to the ground face down, still handcuffed, according to the complaint.“Officer Kueng held Mr. Floyd’s back and Officer Lane held his legs. Officer Chauvin placed his left knee in the area of Mr. Floyd’s head and neck. Mr. Floyd said, ‘I can’t breathe’ multiple times and repeatedly said, ‘Mama’ and ‘please,’ as well. At one point, Mr. Floyd said ‘I’m about to die.’ Officer Chauvin and the other two officers stayed in their positions,” the complaint reads.Floyd’s movements and sounds stopped at 8:24 p.m.At 8:25 p.m., body camera video appears to show Floyd ceasing to breathe or speak. Lane asks, “want to roll him on his side” and Kueng checks Floyd’s right wrist for a pulse, but says he cannot find one.“None of the officers moved from their positions,” the complaint reads.Two minutes after that, Chauvin removed his knee from Floyd’s neck and an ambulance arrives. Floyd was pronounced death at the Hennepin County Medical Center.Benjamin Crump, the attorney for Floyd’s family, called the charges a “bittersweet” moment for the family.“This is a significant step forward on the road to justice, and we are gratified that this important action was brought before George Floyd’s body was laid to rest,” Crump said in a statement. “That is a source of peace for George’s family in this painful time.”3:04 p.m.: Charges increased for Chauvin to 2nd-degree murderThe charges against former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin have been increased to second-degree murder, court records show.Chauvin, who was the officer seen on video with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, was charged last week with third-degree murder and manslaughter.All three charges are felonies.2:50 p.m.: Curfews extended in Minnesota, LA countyThe state of Minnesota will be under a 10 p.m. curfew again on Wednesday, Gov. Tim Walz announced.Walz said residents “need more than ever to lean on their neighbors, show up for their communities, and add their voice to this urgent conversation on addressing our systemic problems. Thank you for doing those things peacefully – we again ask you to plan to stay inside beginning at 10.”Los Angeles County will also remain under a curfew. It begins on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. and ends at 5 a.m. The start time is later than previous nights.Residents are asked to stay in their homes during the curfew.“The countywide curfew does not apply to the following: peace officers; firefighters; National Guard or other military personnel deployed to the area; emergency medical services personnel; individuals traveling to and from work; individuals working on a public work of improvement construction project; credentialed media representatives involved in news gathering; people experiencing homelessness and without access to a viable shelter; and individuals seeking medical treatment,” according to a statement from the county.1:13 p.m.: Floyd family attorney expects all officers to be arrestedBenjamin Crump, the attorney representing George Floyd’s family, said he is confident that the Minnesota attorney general is “working feverishly to do the right thing.”“We expect all the police officers to be arrested before we have the memorial here in Minneapolis tomorrow,” Crump said at a press conference at the scene of Floyd’s death.He said the other officers are “just as guilty for the death of George Floyd as Officer [Derek] Chauvin.” Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. The other three officers involved in the incident have not been arrested or charged.Crump urged the public to “take a breath.”“For peace, let’s take a breath. For justice, let’s take a breath. to heal our country and most importantly for George Floyd,” Crump said.11:53 a.m.: About 30,000 National Guard members activated for protestsThere are 74,000 National Guard men and women activated for domestic operations across the country, according to a statement from the National Guard.About 30,000 are supporting law enforcement amid protests and nearly 40,000 are supporting COVID-19 response efforts, the National Guard said.The number of National Guard members activated now surpassed the 51,000 Guard personnel that was activated to support Hurricane Katrina response efforts. “Governors in 31 states and the District of Columbia have activated 30,000 National Guard members to assist state and local law enforcement in support of civil unrest operations,” according to a statement from the National Guard. “The situation remains fluid and the numbers may change rapidly as governors assess their needs.”Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of the National Guard Bureau, said the National Guard “is here to help, and we will stay as long as we are needed.”11:38 p.m.: NYC curfew to remainNew York City will remain under a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through June 7, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. The mayor said he hopes to lift the curfew in time for the city’s phase one of reopening.Restrictions on transportation will remain in place throughout the week.De Blasio said that the protests throughout the city last night were calmer than before.The mayor said that the public needed to turn their attention back to the novel coronavirus pandemic.“As important as the issues are being addressed [in the protests], the single most important thing is the battle against the coronavirus,” de Blasio said.He encouraged people to stay home to the maximum extent possible, practice social distancing consistently and wear face coverings at all times.9:36 a.m.: UK police stand with those ‘appalled’ by Floyd’s deathChief constables from forces across the United Kingdom, the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, the chief executive of the College of Policing and the president of the Police Superintendents’ Association have issued a joint statement saying they stand with those “appalled and horrified” at George Floyd’s death.“We are also appalled to see the violence and damage that has happened in so many US cities since then,” according to the statement.The police said justice and accountability should follow.“In the UK we have a long established tradition of policing by consent, working in communities to prevent crime and solve problems. Officers are trained to use force proportionately, lawfully and only when absolutely necessary. We strive to continuously learn and improve. We will tackle bias, racism or discrimination wherever we find it,” the statement said.The law enforcement officials acknowledged that there is more to do to make relationships between police and the public better.“Every day, up and down the country, officers and staff are working to strengthen those relationships and address concerns. Only by working closely with our communities do we build trust and help keep people safe,” the statement read.Around when that statement was released, police officials also publicized statistics that showed black people in London were more likely than their white counterparts to be fined or arrested for breaching coronavirus lockdown rules.8:56 a.m.: Peaceful protests in Massachusetts town end with clashesBrockton, Massachusetts, Mayor Robert Sullivan addressed protests that began peaceful but ended with confrontations between officers and civilians. Sullivan said one state trooper was injured by a projectile during the protests. Peaceful protests dominated the day, but around 8:30 p.m. a person from the crowd set off fireworks and others threw water bottles and rocks at police, according to ABC Boston affiliate WCVB-TV. Police responded with tear gas canisters to disperse the group. Some arrests were made, according to Sullivan. He said there was damage reported elsewhere in the town, including a Dunkin’ Donuts that was set on fire and vandalized. Even as tensions rose in the evening, there was still peace. At one point, four people kneeled with hands up in front of a line of officers. One man who kneeled told WCVB he “had to stand up for what he believes in,” but didn’t want violence. “We come in peace,” the man who only identified himself as a Brockton resident told the station. “We don’t want war. We go home; they go home, and everyone is all peaceful. That is all we want.”5:50 a.m.: NYPD arrest 280 people, looting and vandalism on the declineThe New York Police Department made about 280 arrests during Tuesday night/Wednesday morning protests, a lower tally than previous nights, as the city came under an 8 p.m. curfew and stopped for-hire vehicles, CitiBikes and rental scooters that vandals had used to cause trouble.There were fewer officers injured as well with only two suffering minor injuries.There was less vandalism than there has been during previous nights as police sealed off parts of Manhattan even before the curfew took effect.A standoff on the Manhattan Bridge ended without incident when 5,000 demonstrators returned to Brooklyn after they had been prevented from entering Manhattan.3:04 a.m.: More than 9,000 people arrested across the countryMore than 9,000 people have been arrested in protests across the country since George Floyd’s death, according to reports.The events leading up to Floyd’s death were filmed, went viral and has been the catalyst for protests nationwide.Police were called at around 8 p.m. on May 25 by an employee of the Cup Foods convenience store alleging that a customer used a counterfeit bill to pay for cigarettes and that the person appeared drunk, according to the 911 log released by the Minneapolis Police Department.The employee went to the car outside the store where the customer was sitting and asked him to return the cigarettes, but was denied, according to the 911 call transcript.The employee described the customer as a 6-foot-6 black man, which was Floyd’s height, and repeated to the 911 operator that he appeared drunk.Around eight minutes later, Minneapolis police officers Thomas Lane and J.A. Kueng arrived at the shop and approached Floyd and two others in the car, according to the criminal complaint. A few minutes after that, officers Derek Chauvin and Tou Thoa arrived to help arrest Floyd, which led to Chauvin placing his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, the criminal complaint said.All four officers were fired, but as of Tuesday afternoon, Chauvin is the only one to have been arrested. He was charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Minnesota’s Department of Human Rights filed civil rights charges against the Minneapolis Police Department Tuesday.1:50 a.m.: 200 arrested in Houston; Police stress that majority of protesters were peacefulThe Houston Police Department announced that they made more than 200 arrests in downtown Houston yesterday and last night involving people engaged in criminal conduct, including throwing rocks and bottles at officers, and people who refused to clear the streets when they were ordered to do so.“This is an extremely low number of arrests considering the thousands of people in our community who marched and demonstrated peacefully today,” the HPD said in a tweet. “We’re not aware of any significant property damage or injuries. We will have updated arrest numbers/info later this morning.”1:09 a.m.: Prince George’s County police suspends three officers for use of forceAfter seeing cellphone footage of two officers using excessive force while detaining a suspect at a Langley Park gas station in Maryland, Chief Hank Stawinski of the Prince George’s County Police Department and the department’s executive command staff made the decision to immediately suspend the two involved officers and their supervisor while the incident is investigated.In the video, while attempting to handcuff the suspect, one of the officers can be seen kicking the suspect twice.“I am sorry and I am angry. I am sharing the video in the interest of transparency. During my tenure as Chief of Police, four officers have been criminally prosecuted for assault. This will be thoroughly investigated and in keeping with past practice, the findings will be referred to the Office of the State’s Attorney,” said Chief Hank Stawinski.The preliminary investigation revealed the officer who used force observed an assault and attempted to detain the involved suspects. After a foot chase that ended at the gas station, he was able to handcuff one suspect. He is then seen on the video taking the second suspect to the ground.When a backup officer arrived, that second officer assisted the first officer in the apprehension. During that attempt to handcuff the suspect, the first officer kicked the suspect. The two suspects were ultimately released when the assault victim could not be located.12:31 a.m.: DC National Guard has directed an investigation into use of medical helicopter to target, disperse DC protestersThe Washington, D.C. National Guard has announced that they are directing an investigation into the actions of their rotary aviation assets on June 1 after it was reported that their medical helicopters were used to target protesters.According to The Washington Post, numerous videos were posted on social media showing a Lakota medevac helicopter with Red Cross markings hovering very low over demonstrators, possibly in an effort to disperse the crowds.The use of a medical helicopter in a law enforcement capacity may violate military law and regulations.“Our priority is the safety of our Guardsmen who support civil authorities,” the DCNG said in a tweet. “We are dedicated to ensuring the safety of citizens and their right to protest.”12:04 a.m.: Amid protests over racial injustice, Ferguson, the site of the shooting of Michael Brown, elects first African American mayorThe city of Ferguson, the site of 2014 unrest and protests over racial justice after Michael Brown, an 18-year old black man, was killed by a white police officer, elected its first African American mayor Tuesday, Ella Jones.Jones, a councilwoman in the predominantly black city, is also the first woman to hold the position, according to the St. Louis Dispatch. She will succeed James Knowles III, a term-limited white, Republican mayor who defeated Jones in 2017.This year, Jones defeated another councilwoman, Heather Robinett, by six points, according to unofficial results from county election officials.10:39 p.m.: Trump objects to GOP criticism of church photo opPresident Donald Trump lashed out at fellow Republicans who have criticized his decision to clear protesters out of Lafayette Park Monday evening prior to a photo op in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church.He called out Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, James Lankford of Oklahoma and Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who were all critical of the violent removal of peaceful protesters with flashbangs and smoke canisters.“You got it wrong! If the protesters were so peaceful, why did they light the Church on fire the night before?” he tweeted, though it was a different group of protesters and Monday’s group had not been violent. “People liked my walk to this historic place of worship! Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. James Lankford, Sen. Ben Sasse.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Your Lincoln Memorial this evening. pic.twitter.com/QByGgWeDDm— Martha Raddatz (@MarthaRaddatz) June 3, 2020
Related posts:No related photos. Education by degreesOn 1 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Whatis the most appropriate qualification for an occupational health nurse and does it match whatemployers, public or private, really want? By Nic Paton In recent years, the pressure on occupational health nurses to be qualifiedto degree level has intensified. But according to Dr Alan Feest, course director and senior lecturer inoccupational health nursing at the University of Bristol, there remains adiscrepancy between what the profession feels should be the yardstick forexcellence and what some employers actually want from their OH team. “I have heard employers say they do not interview people who havespecialist practitioner status because they are not prepared to pay specialistpractitioner wages to someone who they will then have to train,” he says. What do employers want? It is this sort of attitude that goes to the heart of the education debatein occupational health – what is the most appropriate qualification for OHnurses and does it match what employers – public or private – really want? May Ryan, lecturer in occupational health and leader of the pathway foroccupational health nursing at Brunel University, argues that, while the degreeor postgraduate-level specialist practitioner qualification remains theprofessional benchmark, the reality is that, for some people, a diploma orlesser qualification is adequate. “A number of people will want nursing specialist practitioner’squalifications but there will be others who will want to go for a course thatoffers a more discrete qualification,” she says. “Employers will make decisions in terms of who they are going to wantto take on. A specialist practitioner qualification is not a mandatoryrequirement.” Ryan, who is also a member of the Association of Occupational Health Nurse Educators,adds that a diploma-level qualification may, for instance, be favoured byemployers who already have a comprehensive health team in place. “They mayalso suit people who feel they do not want to sit at degree level,” shesays. Dorothy Ferguson, MSC coordinator at Glasgow Caledonian University, concurs.”If you want a professional qualification in occupational health nursing,then you have to look at the specialist practitioner qualification. And youhave to make sure the course you are doing is recognised by the UKCC,” shesays. Specialist practitioner courses A specialist practitioner course has to be 50 per cent theory and 50 percent practice, Ferguson adds. In Scotland students do not have the option of adiploma course because no-one offers occupational health at that level. Anincreasing number of students are graduates anyway. While, according to Bristol’s Feest, scepticism remains among employersabout the relevance of a professional qualification within the workplace, thisshould in no way put OH practitioners off striving to attain professionalstatus. “Everybody should try to go for the degree. We have had people who havebeen suppressed all their working lives. One of my best students came to us atthe age of 52 after spending 25 years working as an OH nurse,” he says. “When she came to us she was a nervous, shaking chain smoker. In thefirst week she was angry, in the second week she was quiet and by the thirdweek she was asking questions. She has now worked through a whole range ofsenior positions.” The university offers a BSc Honours degree in occupational health nursing,based in the engineering faculty because “it is run by people whounderstand the technology”, although the course is registered with themedical faculty. The two-year residential course is taught entirely by practisingpractitioners, and includes an assessment of the student’s workplace and has aNebosh component. Says Feest: “We have a facility here that allows us to give people apass degree or a diploma, but they enter into the degree course.” “Some people are not interested in getting specialist practitionerstatus. It is really only relevant to those in the NHS. The English NationalBoard [the statutory body in England that ensures programmes meet UKCC standards]is very hospital orientated, but most OH nurses do not work in the NHS,”he contends. “Most of the large institutions offer extensive and large nursingcourses and they have to fit OH nurses into that. We just do OH nursing. Itcovers the core syllabus but entirely from the OH point of view. “Occupational health has a special client base, problems ofconfidentiality and other things. It is really inappropriate to lob it in witha school of nurses,” says Feest. In the past, practitioners have often turned to the ENB for careers adviceor information on the best choice of course. Technically, according to TomLanglands, director of primary health care nursing education at the ENB, theboard has now passed its careers advisory role to the NHS Careers AdvisoryService in Bristol. But he adds, “Because of the network the board has, and its links withhigher education, very often we are able to respond to individualqueries.” Course information The ENB publishes a circular outlining where courses are located, includinga brief outline of what each individual programme is about. While it is mostlyaimed at university departments, it is available to the public. The board alsohas a publications department, where information on specialist practitioner standardscan be obtained. Whether students are in Scotland or the rest of the country, geography islikely to play an important part in helping to decide where to study, saysCaledonian’s Ferguson. Speaking to former students who have already done acourse should also be a crucial part of the decision-making process. “From the basic education point of view, the course you choose willprobably be dictated by where you live and what is available locally. For mostpeople, gaining access to a programme is a question of whether they canphysically get there,” she says. This is particularly relevant when it comes to day release courses, althoughit is less of an issue on residential courses. Yet, if the course is right,students will invariably find a way of getting there, adds Brunel’s Ryan. “People need to enquire of the colleges and to discuss the times andthe ways in which they can access the courses available. Distance learning The option of studying through distance learning has so far been limited – withonly Aberdeen University offering such a course. But this may be about tochange. Graham Johnson, occupational health nurse at Interact HealthManagement, formerly MTL Medical Services, is in the final stages of linking upwith a university in the north-west of England to offer a BA Honours distancelearning course in Occupational Health and Safety Management – which will leadto a specialist practitioner qualification in OH nursing including a Neboshdiploma. “We feel that that there is a market ready for tapping into. It isoften difficult for individuals to get the day release they need,” hesays. He hopes to have the course up and running from October. “Governmentstrategy appears to have put occupational health nursing on the map at last.Now our education needs to catch up. The more courses there are and the moremodes available the better,” he says. Financial benefits OH practitioners also need to think carefully what they may be giving up ifthey discount the option of a specialist practitioner qualification, Johnsonargues. Salary levels can differ markedly between pre- and post-specialistpractitioner qualified nurses, with the latter expecting to make about £30,000or more compared with about £10,000 less for the former. The cost of the course itself is unlikely to be an issue, as most employerscan be expected to foot the bill, recognising the benefit that will come theirway from having a professionally qualified occupational health nurse on board. Would-be students should turn to the ENB, speak to universities andcolleagues and read journals such as Occupational Health or Nursing Times,Johnson advises. And, according to Sue Lamb, recruitment and development manager at OH Recruitment,employers looking to recruit OH professionals do still generally want nurseswith a specialist practitioner qualification. Some are unsure of the layers of qualifications and all the differentdegrees, but in the end what the employer really wants is a course that hasbeen recognised by the UKCC and ENB, adds Lamb. A pure occupational health qualification is a luxury few organisations canafford these days, and OH nurses would be well advised to obtain a parallelhealth and safety qualification, asserts Lily Lim, project leader for the BScand MSc occupational health and safety degree course at Middlesex University. “If you are studying for a qualification in safety, then it seems verylogical that both health and safety and occupational health should be part ofit,” she says. Pure OH courses are able to provide greater clinical depth and knowledge,she concedes, but that can now often be provided through practice nurses in GPsurgeries and OH nurses with specialist clinical knowledge. The Association of Occupational Health Nurse Educators, of which Lim ischairwoman, has been collating a database of all the courses available. This isdue to be published on the internet but, until then, Lim has said he is happyto field individual queries by e-mail. The old-fashioned route of learning your OH skills on the job can stillapply, albeit now in a much more limited form, argues Ryan. “People often gain access to occupational health by simply going intodepartments, where they are usually given a lot of supervision and training, solearning on the job is still an option.” But, according to the ENB’s Langlands, where the specialist practitionerqualification comes into its own is that it gives nurses greater clinicalknowledge and the ability to attain a higher level of responsibility. “The specialist practitioner qualification is a leadership preparationfor the occupational health nurse,” he says. “It is not a requirementfor anyone to be a specialist practitioner. What you want depends on what youremployer wants you to do or what you are seeking from your career. Yourqualification is about what competencies you need for that role,” heconcludes. Bristol University OH course: http://vll.fen.bris.ac.ukEnglish National Board publications department: 020-7391 6314 Lily Lim: [email protected] study: Bristol UniversityCarol Standish, an occupationalhealth nursing officer at Akcros Chemicals in Manchester, is due to finish aBSC Honours degree at Bristol University in occupational health nursing underDr Alan Feest in a matter of weeks. But getting to this point was an uphillstruggle.Standish originally enrolled on a diploma course in communityhealth nursing at the University of Manchester – the nearest college to herhome – with the intention of then going on to a degree course and obtainingspecialist practitioner status.On the Manchester course, she found herself sitting in lecturesattended by 80 other students, mostly midwives, community psychiatric nursesand district nurses. “Particular parts of it I found relevant, but I foundit difficult to apply it to my work,” she says.Also, as the day release course was based on a modularstructure and not all her modules fell on the same day, she was forced to takemore time off from her employer than she had anticipated. Then, to cap it all,just before she completed the course, the ENB removed its trainingrecommendation.”I had signed up for four years and now my plans werescuppered. My options seemed to be Leeds, Sheffield or Wolverhampton,”says Standish.But she saw the residential course in Bristol advertised inOccupational Health. “It was much more relevant in terms of myorganisation than any of the others that I had seen,” she says.”If you go into an OH department, you have got to know thelaw and health and safety law in particular. It is not like nursing on a ward.Sometimes in occupational health you are on your own.”Case study: Caledonian UniversityProximity to home and work was thebiggest selling point for occupational health nurse Tracy McFall when it cameto choosing a course in 1998. But McFall, an OH nurse with IBM in Greenock,also chose Caledonian University’s occupational health nursing degree course”because I rather liked its approach to OH, which takes in quite a publichealth agenda”, she says.McFall found studying alongside community nurses, districtnurses and community psychiatric nurses a very positive experience, particularlyin helping her understand how the different health professionals meshed in thecommunity, and could be used in the workforce. It also helped in building upcontacts. “I am particularly interested in how public health canlink into occupational health strategy. What can OH nurses do to link in withGovernment strategy, for instance?”McFall, who has just had a baby, is now working on a PhDlooking at the role of occupational health nursing in the prevention anddetection of coronary heart disease in the workplace. She says, “I found the course really beneficial. I usedthe community psychiatric team in my workplace. If I had not studied with theteam I may not have known that resource was there. “I think the difficulty with occupational health is thatit sometimes operates in isolation. We are not very good at telling otherhealth professionals what we do, it is about working in collaboration.”