U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) 2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileUAC of Nigeria Plc is an investment holding company in Nigeria with diverse business interests in the food and beverages, real estate, paint and logistics sectors. The company also has business interests in the Ivory Coast. UAC of Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of food items, livestock feed, bottled water, fruit juices and ice-creams as well as a range of paint and other home deco products. Well-known brands in its product portfolio include Gala sausage rolls, Funtime coconut chips, Supreme ice-cream, Swan natural spring water, Gossy spring water, Grand soya oil and cereals, Vital feeds, Binggo dog food, Dulux and Sandtex paint. UAC of Nigeria also offers logistics and supply chain management services which includes warehousing, transport and redistribution services. The company also manages a pension funds administration service. UAC of Nigeria invests in pharmaceutical outlets; operates a chain of Mr Bigg restaurants; owns and operates Golden Tulip Hotel in Lagos; and is involved in the development, sale and management of commercial and residential properties in Nigeria. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. UAC of Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Refugees Migration & Resettlement The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Le révérend E. Mark Stevenson, directeur d’Episcopal Migration Ministries, à droite, et le révérend Charles Robertson, chanoine auprès de l’Évêque Primat pour le ministère hors Église épiscopale, avant une table ronde sur le rôle des organisations confessionnelles dans l’aide à la réinstallation des réfugiés, qui s’est tenue le 13 avril au siège des Nations Unies à New York.[Episcopal News Service] L’esprit américain de bénévolat, particulièrement de nature interconfessionnelle, est quelque chose qui a impressionné Abdul Saboor lorsqu’il est arrivé aux États-Unis en tant que réfugié d’Afghanistan où il travaillait avec les forces armées des États-Unis pour leurs opérations dans le pays.« La communauté est disposée à aider les gens dans le besoin », a-t-il déclaré lors de la table ronde sur le thème « Finding a New Home: The Role of Faith-based Organizations in Refugee Assistance and Refugee Resettlement Work” [Trouver un nouveau chez soi : le rôle des organisations confessionnelles dans les travaux d’aide à la réinstallation des réfugiés] qui s’est tenue le 13 avril au siège des Nations Unies à New York. « J’ai vu des chrétiens aider des musulmans et des musulmans aider des chrétiens, je n’avais jamais vu quelque chose de semblable ».Lorsque des bénévoles de plusieurs congrégations ont offert d’aider Abdul Saboor et sa femme à démarrer une nouvelle vie à Syracuse (État de New York), peu importait pour lui la tradition religieuse dont ils provenaient, a-t-il dit, l’important était qu’ils se souciaient d’eux. Les actions des bénévoles l’ont inspiré à faire de même.Il a commencé à faire du bénévolat avec Interfaith Works, une organisation qui assure des services de réinstallation et de postréinstallation aux nouveaux arrivants qui entreprennent une nouvelle vie aux États-Unis. Il travaille aujourd’hui pour l’organisation en tant que coordonnateur du programme « match grant » (dons de contrepartie) et il étudie à l’Université de Syracuse.La table ronde de six membres organisée en partenariat avec LDS Charities, s’inscrivait dans le cadre de la série « U.N. Focus on Faith » qui explore comment les travaux des organisations religieuses et confessionnelles du monde entier entrent dans la mission de l’ONU de protection des droits de l’homme et du soutien au développement durable.Au cours des années 1930 au Sud de l’État d’Ohio, l’Église épiscopale a officiellement commencé à accueillir des réfugiés fuyant l’Allemagne nazie. En 1938, l’Église a créé une affiche illustrant une scène bien connue de l’Évangile selon Saint Matthieu. On y voit Jésus blotti dans les bras de Marie sa mère alors qu’avec Joseph, l’époux de Marie, ils fuient leur pays après que son gouvernement a institué une campagne d’infanticide.Les organisations confessionnelles ont commencé à travailler avec les réfugiés au cours et à la suite de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, explique Barbara Day, chef de la section de réinstallation nationale au Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migrants du Département d’État des États-Unis. Lorsque des réfugiés ont commencé à fuir le Vietnam en 1975, un appel à l’aide a été lancé au niveau national aux congrégations qui, poursuit-elle, ont intensifié ce qui a marqué le début d’un programme de réinstallation des temps modernes, programme qui a ensuite été formalisé en tant que partenariat public-privé en 1980.Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM) est l’un des neuf organismes– dont six sont confessionnels – qui travaillent en partenariat avec le Département d’État pour accueillir et réinstaller les réfugiés. Les organismes reçoivent un financement de base de la part du gouvernement fédéral pour réinstaller les réfugiés.« C’est l’un des plus grands honneurs de ma vie que Michael Curry, l’Évêque Primat de l’Église épiscopale, m’ait demandé de devenir directeur d’un ministère qui me touche au plus profond de moi-même et de ce que cela signifie pour moi que d’être un chrétien fidèle », a confié à l’occasion de cette table ronde le révérend E. Mark Stevenson, directeur d’Episcopal Migration Ministries. « Jour après jour, notre ministère auprès des réfugiés apporte de l’espoir aux désespérés. Chaque jour, il apporte la sécurité et des possibilités aux plus vulnérables. Chaque jour, il sauve des vies. En tant qu’homme de foi, en tant que disciple de Jésus, j’e ne pouvais avoir de meilleur travail et j’en suis reconnaissant au-delà des mots ».EMM a réinstallé 5 762 des 85 000 réfugiés réinstallés aux États-Unis au cours de l’exercice 2016. Grâce à son réseau d’affiliés, EMM apporte une aide directe aux gens récemment arrivés. L’organisme offre également aux congrégations des moyens de participer à la réinstallation des réfugiés dans leur communauté et encourage les épiscopaliens à rejoindre le réseau Episcopal Public Policy Network et à défendre les politiques qui protègent les droits des réfugiés et des demandeurs d’asile.Début avril, en réponse à la politique des États-Unis qui vise à diminuer de moitié le nombre de réfugiés se réinstallant chaque année dans le pays, EMM a annoncé qu’il allait diviser par six son réseau de 31 membres affiliés.La participation des épiscopaliens à la réinstallation des réfugiés ne s’arrête toutefois pas au réseau d’affiliés d’EMM. « À travers tout le pays, nos congrégations travaillent avec des affiliés des huit autres agences nationales pour accueillir des réfugiés », explique Mark Stevenson, dans des endroits tels que The Woodlands (Texas), Milwaukee (Wisconsin), Baltimore (Maryland) et Allentown (Pennsylvanie). « Des bénévoles aident leurs nouveaux voisins à trouver une maison, à se lancer ou relancer dans une carrière ou à saisir de nouvelles opportunités en matière d’éducation. L’Église épiscopale prend au sérieux l’appel divin à aimer notre prochain comme nous-mêmes en accueillant [l’étranger] ».EMM était le seul organisme de réinstallation de réfugiés représenté à la table ronde mais les dirigeants d’autres organisations confessionnelles ont donné un aperçu de leur travail et de leurs partenariats.L’organisme Islamic Relief USA ne se charge pas de la réinstallation de réfugiés aux États-Unis mais il œuvre au service des besoins des réfugiés de par le monde avec l’aide de partenaires tels que LDS Charities, déclare Anwar Khan, PDG d’Islamic Relief. Grâce à son partenariat avec Episcopal Relief & Development, Islamic Relief USA s’emploie à prévenir la violence contre les femmes et les jeunes filles, ajoute-t-il.Ce qui a commencé par l’aide aux Éthiopiens fuyant le Soudan nous a conduit à aider les musulmans dans le besoin partout dans le monde, ce qui par la suite s’est transformé en une aide « à tout un chacun, partout », explique Anwar Khan.Le Haut commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés estime qu’en 2017 : 1,19 million de réfugiés devra être réinstallé. Au niveau mondial, les guerres et les persécutions ont forcé au total 65,3 millions de personnes hors de chez elles. À l’automne dernier, l’Assemblée générale de l’ONU a organisé la toute première réunion des chefs d’État et de gouvernement traitant des grands mouvements de réfugiés et de migrants, avec pour objectif d’unifier l’action des pays par une approche plus humaine et plus coordonnée.Depuis la réunion et suite à l’élection du Président Donald Trump, les opinions envers les réfugiés, en particulier musulmans, ont commencé à changer. Une des premières actions de Donald Trump comme président a été, par exemple, de réduire le nombre de réfugiés admis aux États-Unis. Et ainsi s’est propagée la vague d’opinions anti-immigré, anti-réfugié qui a commencé en Europe ces dernières années en réponse à la crise en Syrie.Lorsqu’Abdul Saboor est arrivé pour la première fois aux États-Unis, les gens avaient « beaucoup d’images et de perceptions par rapport à moi et à ma famille », commente-t-il.Une manière pour la société de contrer ces notions préconçues et souvent négatives des réfugiés et des immigrés est de réunir les gens et d’encourager le dialogue et les conversations approfondies et empathiques, conclut Abdul Saboor.– Lynette Wilson est rédactrice en chef de l’Episcopal News Service. 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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. CAF to highlight innovative planned giving at conference Dr Maritta Koch-Weser, CEO of Gexsi, (the Global Exchange for Social Investment) will be exploring the dynamic new approaches being taken to charitable giving; Mike Murray, Chairman of Unitus, will demonstrate hisorganisation’s success in the field of microfinance; and Geoff Burnand,Chief Executive of Investing for Good Limited, will look at the potentiallypivotal role of the adviser in the giving process. The conference rounds off with a Q&A session led by the day’s speakers, followed by an opportunity for delegates and speakers alike to share their thoughts and exchange ideas at an evening reception. The event will be held at the Institute of Directors, Pall Mall, London and costs £150 plus VAT to attend. It starts at 9am on Wednesday 8 June 2005.Update (11 May 2005): this conference has been cancelled. Howard Lake | 14 April 2005 | News Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) will be bringing together innovators in planned giving from around the globe at this year’s Family Philanthropy Conference on Wednesday 8 June 2005.Throughout the day, speakers from the fields of commerce, charity and finance, will lead discussions on all aspects of international philanthropy from providing local support through to micro-credit, venture philanthropy and social investment. The event is aimed at those involved in philanthropy, from financial advisers and lawyers to donors themselves. CAF created this annual conference against a backdrop of the dramatic rise in wealth of the world’s richest people, together with a growing sense of social responsibility on the part of some of them. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 13 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
One year ago, May 26, 2020, the video of George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin sparked months of intense global struggles which have kept the movement against police brutality and for racial justice on the front burner. Despite Chauvin’s conviction, since his trial began March 29, police murders of Black and Latinx people continue at over three per day.One hundred years ago, between May 31 and June 1, 1921, mobs of white residents attacked, set afire and destroyed the Tulsa, Okla., Greenwood District, at the time one of the wealthiest U.S. Black communities. The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, which was covered up for decades and omitted from history books, is now recognized as one of the worst acts of racial violence in U.S. history.Over 300 Black people were killed. And with the destruction of the Greenwood District, 10,000 were left homeless. The only living survivors of the massacre — Viola Fletcher, 107; Hughes Van Ellis, 100; and Lessie Benningfield Randle, 106 — testified last week in favor of a congressional bill allowing them to seek reparations.At the hearing Fletcher said: “I will never forget the violence of the white mob when we left our home. I still see Black men being shot; Black bodies lying in the street. I still smell smoke and see fire. I still see Black businesses being burned. I still hear airplanes flying overhead. I hear the screams.”Between these two milestones in Black history came the release 50 years ago, May 21, 1971, of Motown legend Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” named “greatest album of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine last year. The album was released during a historic period rocked by community rebellions in major U.S. cities, frequent protests over the U.S. war in Vietnam, demonstrations in support of the Black Panther Party and demands for social justice for women and LGBTQ+ people.Including the title song, all nine album tracks connect without pauses and take on issues of racism, police brutality, war, the environment, drug addiction and social and economic justice in ways that still resonate, because they raise questions that remain unanswered. Fifty years after its debut, the album has found a new generation of appreciative admirers, many of them activists. Gaye’s lyrics speak volumesIn the title track, Gaye’s refrains include: “Brother, brother — there’s too many of you dying,” and “We don’t need to escalate; you see war is not the answer.” Also “Picket lines and picket signs, don’t punish me with brutality.”“What’s happening brother” starts with the lyrics: “Hey baby, what’cha know good. I’m just gettin’ back, but you knew I would. War is hell, when will it end?” The song opens with the background noise of a homecoming for a Vietnam veteran [Gaye’s brother Frankie who had just returned from the war]. Other lyrics say: “Can’t find no work, can’t find no job, my friend. Money is tighter than it’s ever been . . . I just don’t understand what’s going on across this land.”“Mercy Mercy Me (the Ecology)” laments environmental damage: “Where did all the blue skies go? Poison is the wind that blows.” And later: “Radiation underground and in the sky. Animals and birds who live nearby are dying.” “Flyin’ High (In the Friendly Sky)” takes on drug addiction, already becoming an issue in oppressed communities.In a track that could have been penned today, “Inner City Blues (make me wanna holler),” speaks of bleak economic times and social unrest in the 1970s. Gaye addresses economic injustices in refrains: “Rockets, moon shots, spend it on the have nots. Money, we make it, before we see it you take it.” And later: “Inflation, no chance to increase finance. Bills pile up sky high. Send that boy off to die” interspersed with the lament “This ain’t livin’; this ain’t livin’.”Toward the end of the track, Gaye sings, “Oh crime is increasing, trigger-happy policing, panic is spreading, God knows where we’re heading. Oh, make me want to holler.”Take some time, sit back, but listen to the entire album — only 35 minutes long. (tinyurl.com/y3stpttb) Then, in Marvin Gaye’s memory, dedicate yourself to fighting for a socialist system, so that it won’t take another 50 years before his critical questions find answers. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
May 28, 2021 Find out more News “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says BelarusEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Organisation June 2, 2021 Find out more On 12 January the Gazeta Wyborcza correspondent, Andrei Pachobut, who had already been called in by the KGB was detained by members of the service and held for almost 24 hours before being taken in front of a judge and fined about 400 euros for having taken part in the 19 December protests.Questioned by Reporters Without Borders he condemned the verdict and said he would appeal. He did not take part in the demonstration which he had attended to cover for his paper. “The judge took no notice of my arguments and those of my lawyer,” he said.“It was obvious that I was there in my capacity as a journalist and I wore a badge identifying me as a member of the press. But he only took into account the evidence from police officers,’ Pachobut told Reporters Without Borders. The judge refused to watch a video in which the journalist was seen with the afore-mentioned badge as well as refusing to hear defense witnesses“When I go on a demonstration, I acknowledge it,” he added.“I’ve taken part in several demonstrations organized by the Union of Poles in Belarus and I’ve never denied it. But when I’m a journalist, I do my job. And I was working on 19 December.”On 12 January the home of Larysa Shchyrakova, member of the Belarusian association of journalists (BAJ) and correspondent for the Polish-based television Belsat, in Gomel, the country’s second city, situated in the southeast, was searched. This, the last in a long series of raids, was linked to the search for any material dealing with the 19 December demonstration. Two computers, two voice recording devices and hundreds of DVD were seized. Human rights activists have been summoned by the KGB for the same reason. They include Pyotr Kuznyatsou, director of the regional branch of the “ Movement for Freedom ”, trade unionist Viktar Kazlou, and members of the Christian democratic party Artsyom Khmyalnitski and Ales Sivakou.Among the latest searches targets have included the home of Novaya Gazeta journalist Irina Khalip, and her mother, from whom the authorities want to remove care of her grandson as well as the homes of the correspondent of the newspaper Glos Znad Niemna and sister of the Belsat journalist Iryna Charnyauka. Authorities in Belarus have closed down a radio station, arrested a journalist and searched the homes of others in the latest chapter of repression of the media in the country. These reprisals follow the inquiry launched by the KGB into the demonstration that took place in the center of Minsk on 19 December after it had been announced that Lukashenko, in power since 1994, had been re-elected president with 80% of the vote. The campaign of reprisals continues in the country and is still spreading. The authorities appear to turn a deaf ear to appeals from the international community. But it should not cease to bring all its weight to bear on Alexander Lukashenko. Belarus is a state that borders the European Union, a police state that can not be allowed to flourish there without there being serious consequences. We repeat our appeals to the Belarusian authorities to free all the journalists, activists and defenders of human rights detained in connection with the demonstration of 19 December last. It is absolutely anachronistic to repress with so much force a protest meeting. The raids, searches and seizures, the pressures of all kinds exercised on the representatives of civil society and those close to them must stop. A decision in this direction would amount to a gesture of good will making it possible to restart dialogue with the representatives of Belarus.On 11 January a radio station was closed down, the correspondent of the Polish newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza, Andrei Pachobut, was detained by the KGB, put on trial and fined 13 January. Several homes, including that of Larysa Shchyrakova a journalist working for the television station Belsat, had been searched the day before.On 11 January Information Minister and president of the National Audiovisual Council Aleh Pralyaskuski, withdrew the license of Avtoradio (150.1) a popular independent station based in Minsk on the grounds that it had broadcast appeals to extremism. On 12 January technicians arrived to cut off the station’s signal and it was effectively closed down. The director general of Avtoradio, Yuri Bazan, has made it clear he will appeal to the supreme economic court. News Follow the news on Belarus Receive email alerts News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown Help by sharing this information The closedown comes several weeks after the authorities had already forced the station to take off the air campaign messages from candidate Andrei Sannikov. On 16 December he had said that the “destiny of the nation (would be decided) on the street and not in the kitchens.”The authorities took this to be an appeal to demonstrate. Avtoradio was the only station to have accepted to broadcast campaign messages not only from Andrei Sannikov but also from Uladzimir Nyaklyayeu, leader of the “Speak the Truth!” campaign. Both men are being held at present by the KGB and are among 30 people charged with “mass rioting.” May 27, 2021 Find out more to go further RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” News BelarusEurope – Central Asia January 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio station closed, journalist fined, homes searched
Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSbusinesslimerickshopping Facebook Previous articleDance collective’s Sum of PartsNext articleA touch of the poet Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Print Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories by Bernie English [email protected] SUGGESTION to have designated short-term car parking spaces for people who need to pop into city centre shops and leave again within a few minutes has been shot down.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up At this week’s meeting of the Metropolitan District meeting of the City and County Council, Fine Gael councillor Daniel Butler proposed that spaces should be provided around the city for shoppers who are parking for just a few minutes to pick up goods at a particular shop.“I’m asking for four or five spaces where people can solely pick up or drop off. A lot of people order on-line now and they just need a few minutes to stop off and pick up purchases,” he told the meeting.He said he was referring particularly to specialist business such as tailors and butchers where customers have often ordered what they want in advance and need only a few minutes to collect their purchases.Cllr Maria Byrne (FG) said that the “one thing we do have to our advantage in the city centre are niche businesses and we must do all we can to help them”.Cllr John Gilligan (Ind) said that he agreed with the idea behind the motion but there was one obvious flaw.“If we provide these spaces, who is going to police them? It certainly won’t be Limerick City and County Council”, he explained.The meeting heard from council’s traffic department that drivers already have ten minutes grace in which traffic wardens will not issue tickets, while drivers delivering goods in loading bays have half an hour in which to unload.In response, the traffic department said that on-street parking spaces are limited in number and it does not feel there is a need for specific spaces for short-term parking and designating them as such would confuse the issue. Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live NewsNo shop and dropBy Bernie English – April 25, 2015 612 Email
Pinterest Pinterest ECISD undergoing ‘equity audit’ Local News GOOD NEWS: Top scholastic students to be inducted into PTK Honor Society WhatsApp WhatsApp 2021 SCHOOL HONORS: Permian High School Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Odessa High sets regional quarterfinal series with Timber CreekNext articleSTONE: Wear purple, make an impact admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Smoked Bacon Wrapped French Vidalia OnionTexas Fried ChickenVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay Facebook PTK Honor Society.jpg Twitter Facebook OC employee of the year always learning By admin – May 14, 2018 Home Local News GOOD NEWS: Top scholastic students to be inducted into PTK Honor Society Odessa College’s top scholastic students for the spring 2018 semester who have applied and been accepted into Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges, were honored at the PTK Induction ceremony on May 2.More than 50 students were recognized for their accomplishments.The students to be inducted were: Mayowa Ajakaiye, Mariana Alvarez, Dylan Ard, Tanisha Bassey, Melissa Butts, Nahely Casanova, Jessica Castaneda, Queen Contreras, , Tesa Courtney, Tasha Craft, Erin Dawson, Elizabeth Duncan, Courtney Evan, Richard Fernandez, Virginia Frazier, Lorissa Garcia, Gretzky Garrett, Ariadne Granado, Joshua Greenfield, Joyce Grice, Esmeralda Griego, Ralli Hall, Erica Holguin, Sarah Johnson, Brittany Labarge, John Leal, Jolie Maples , Marina Maples Alvarado, Stephen Marcum, Austin Matta, Rhonda Medearis-Sims, Yanely Mendoza, Guy Moon, Geofrey Mugenyi, Isaac Ontiveros, Jori Pearce, Daniel Regalado, Roberto Rodriguez, Stephanie Sawyers, Hope Schoeneman, Brandy Secrest, Hailey Simpkins, Obafami Solasi, Rebecca Taylor, Charmaine Tejada, Wendy Tiner-Blackmon, Claudia Vasquez, Heavyn Villa, Kyria Wade, Justin Walker, Wesley White and Mariela Zubia.Odessa College’s Eta Tau Chapter of PTK is a Five Star Chapter which is the highest level to be obtained with the PTK Honor Society.To be a member of the Odessa College Eta Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, students must maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or better and have completed at least 12 hours of coursework that may be applied to an associate degree.According to the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society Website, 92 percent of PTK students complete their associate degrees or transfer to a four-year university.Phi Theta Kappa operates on the four hallmarks of service, scholarship, leadership and fellowship. Headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, PTK is the largest honor society in American higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, U.S. territorial possessions and Peru. More than 3 million students have been inducted into PTK since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.
Nastasic/iStock(NEW YORK) — At the age of 81 and having survived a bout with prostate cancer, marijuana icon Tommy Chong meets the definition of someone the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers “vulnerable” to the coronavirus.But when contacted by ABC News, Chong, who has been adhering to stay-at-home orders at his Southern California residence, said he doesn’t plan to let the virus, also known as COVID-19, get in the way celebrating one of the most synchronistic dates the pot world has ever anticipated: 4/20/2020. “I know everybody calls me because of my age, asking, ‘How are you feeling?”’ Chong said in a phone interview. “I’m doing great, man. I don’t know if it’s my health or the pot, or it may be both.”But at 4:20 p.m. on Monday, the normally huge crowds passing bongs and joints will be absent from such famous weed-smoking destinations as Civic Center Park in Denver, RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., and “Hippie Hill” in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.”We will not tolerate anybody coming to San Francisco for 4/20,” San Francisco Mayor London Breed warned last week. ”It is not safe to gather in larger groups of people, in Golden Gate Park or anywhere else.”To make sure no one sneaks on to Hippie Hill, the city Recreation & Parks Department has erected a fence around the grassy area where an estimated 15,000 people gathered at last year’s annual toke-fest.Like many cannabis connoisseurs, Chong, who along with his comedic sidekick Cheech Marin rose to pot prominence with a series of Cheech and Chong movies in the 1980s, will be taking his activities online this year.“We’ve got a new ‘Cheech and Chong’ game app. It’s funny how it’s coming out right at the right time. It’s a game app called ‘Cheech and Chong’s Bud Farm,’” Chong said. ”It’s a game that you can play indoors while you’re under quarantine. It’s perfect.”Other than helping to launch the app, Chong said he doesn’t plan on doing much more than he has been doing while under stay-at-home orders.“You know, waking up and moseying downstairs for breakfast, and then finding a place to have a nap,” Chong said. “Then waiting for 420. That’s traditionally when I get on my app or Instagram and I smoke up with my fans.”Asked if he could share any insight on the pandemic, Chong said, “It’s a time out for the human race.”“I think, nature, especially Mother Nature, said, ‘OK, enough. You ain’t listening to me, you keep polluting and so we’re just gonna give you a little something to keep you busy for a while. You’re not going to burn any fossil fuel, you’re not going to make any more plastic garbage and you’re going to sit in your house till you learn the lesson. And if you don’t learn the lesson then we’re just gonna keep doing this until you do,”’ Chong said.Where are the Waldos?If scientists weren’t so busy looking to cure the coronavirus, they might do contact tracing to find the origins of the 420 expression and how it grew into a worldwide phenomenon.In 1971, five buddies at San Rafael High School in Northern California coined the term 420 long before it was designated a special day on the calendar. Now middle-aged and in professions ranging from independent filmmaker to wine salesman, Larry Schwartz, Steve Capper, Jeff Noel, Mark Gravitch and Dave Reddix still refer to each other as the “Waldos,” a name taken from a low wall on their high school campus where they would meet at 4:20 p.m. after school every day to smoke weed next to a statue of famed French microbiologist and chemist Louis Pasteur, who, coincidentally, is renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization.For the first time in years, the Waldos will not be physically together to celebrate on Monday, they told ABC News during a conference call from their various lockdown sites.”I was talking to a guy on the phone the other day, and he said he was a ‘stay-at-home dad.’ And I said, ‘Well, we’re all ‘stay-at-home’ now. I’m a stay-at-home Waldo,” said Capper.“It’s hard because the Waldos like to go on safaris, you know,” added Reddix. “We can’t have our safaris. It’s tough being locked up.”It was one of their first “safaris” that became the catalyst for the 420 term, they said. Caper said a pal handed him a map to a marijuana patch being grown by a group of Coast Guardsmen in Point Reyes, Marin County, who wanted to get rid of it before their commanding officer busted them. The Waldos gladly took the map and made plans to meet at the school’s Louie Pasteur statue when all their school activities were over at 4:20 p.m.But the location of the secret patch proved elusive, so the treasure hunt continued. And as the weeks went by, they would remind each other in the school hallways to meet after school at the designated time.“We’d pass each other and go ‘4:20 Louie?’” recalled Reddix. “After about the fourth week of looking for the weed patch, we dropped the ‘Louie’ and we would just look at each other and go ‘4:20.’”Noel said 420 became a code that allowed them to keep their then-illegal activities from adults, particularly his father, who was a state narcotics agent.“Back in the days of phones with cords, I was standing in the kitchen and he’s at one end of the room and I’m at the other talking to a bunch of the Waldos and we used the term 420 in the conversation,” Noel recalled. “My dad tried to figure it out. He said, ‘I know you’re talking about something. I don’t know exactly what it is.’ He tried the whole military formula of using letters for numbers and such to break it down.””At the time, remember, it was still illegal,” Noel said of marijuana, which didn’t become legal for recreational sales and adult consumption in California until Jan. 1, 2018. “It was a felony where you could get thrown in jail for an extended amount of time for having a joint.”From there, Reddix said the term spread to the band the Grateful Dead. He said his brother, Patrick Reddick, who he says died from cancer in 2018 at 4:20 p.m., was a good friend of Grateful Dead band member Phil Lesh and managed a side band Lesh started while on hiatus from the Dead in 1975. Reddix said his brother hired him to be a roadie for Lesh’s band.“I was backstage with guys like David Crosby and Phil Lesh and Terry Haggerty [the so-called father of fusion guitar], and all these musicians that would come by and jam with them,” Reddix, now 65, recalled. “I was smoking with them, using the term 420 and somehow it spread throughout the Dead community from that time.”Capper said that it wasn’t until the 1990s that he realized the 420 term had taken on a life of its own, and had been commercialized with bumper stickers, T-shirts and hats. He said that in 1998, he contacted Steve Hager, then the editor of High Times magazine, to inform him the Waldos were the originators of 420.Skeptical, Hager traveled to California to see the Waldos’ evidence, which included a 420 flag one of their friends made in the early 1970s and letters with postmarks from the early 1970s in which they referenced 420. Hager wrote an article that appeared in the December 1998 edition of High Times, solidifying the Waldos as the originators of the 420 term.”On a lot of different fronts, 420 was certainly the absolute catalyst towards the end of [marijuana] prohibition,” Capper said.While the Waldos won’t physically be together for the 420 celebration, they will toke up virtually and appear together on a number of online programs. Capper said this year’s celebration is more special than ever.”First, they shut down all the [cannabis] dispensaries, like really quick, and then they immediately opened them, in most states [where recreation cannabis is legal],” Capper said. “They opened them back up as essential services. So that’s something to really celebrate this year. Not only is it legal, it’s essential.”The end of sharing a bongSteve DeAngelo, the so-called “God Father of the Legal Cannabis Industry,” agreed with Capper that this year’s 420 celebration is one to salute.”I don’t know if folks who haven’t been around as long as I have can really appreciate the magnitude of this, but as late as 2016 I was still fighting, spending millions of dollars going to court week in and week out trying to keep the federal government from seizing the property that we were operating in,” DeAngelo, chairman emeritus of Harborside cannabis dispensaries in California, told ABC News. “And now have the six Bay Area governments, and then followed by the state government of California, declare cannabis to be an essential product, such that when other businesses are required to close, cannabis is actually required to stay open.”He said that normally on 420, Harborside’s dispensaries would offer special deals and have entertainment in the parking lots of its shops.”This year, it’s the opposite,” DeAngelo said. “We really don’t want people to crowd the stores on 420. So we’re not having any kind of special anything that’s limited to that day.”DeAngelo, 61, who co-founded Harborside Health Center in 2006 as one of California’s first cannabis dispensaries after state voters legalized medical marijuana in 1996, said that this year’s celebration is also a time to lament some of the traditions of pot-smoking he believes will fade away in the wake of coronavirus, like sharing a bong or a joint.”I think that you’re going to see a variety of changes with inhaled forms of cannabis,” he said. “Anything that involves sharing a device or a joint, I think is something that people are going to be looking at very, very carefully for quite a long while.”Looking on the bright side of things, DeAngelo, whose birth certificate indicates he was born at 4:20 p.m., said that while he’ll miss being close to like-minded people smoking out, he’ll make a lot more personal appearances at celebration events virtually.“Usually I have to choose between one or two places to be on 420. This year I get to go to a dozen different 420 parties,” DeAngelo said. ”I’ll be at Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion gathering. I will be at the Great American Smoke Sash gathering. I will be at the Chronic Relief gathering. I’ll be hosting a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). I will be doing something with a platform called Miss Grass. I’ll be doing a podcast with Happy Monkey and there’s probably a couple of others in there.”‘This will be a very different 420’In mid-March, as cities across the country began to impose stay-at-home orders, cannabis dispensaries saw a sharp spike in business. Figures from the nationwide cannabis data intelligence firm Headset showed that legal marijuana sales in California skyrocketed 159% on March 16 compared with the same day in 2019. In Washington state, sales jumped 33% on March 15 compared with a week earlier, with purchases of more than $50 increasing from 16% to 21%.Sales leveled off before they spiked again nearly 50% last week as American taxpayers began receiving financial stimulus checks of up to $1,200 from the federal government, according to Jane Technologies, an eCommerce platform for more than 1,300 cannabis retailers across the nation.Some members of the legal cannabis industry have joined forces to give back to their communities on 420.In Colorado, Friends in Weed, a consortium of cannabis businesses, has issued a challenge dubbed 420Help that began over the weekend to raise money for Gov. Jared Polis’ COVID Relief Fund, which is providing financial assistance to Coloradans impacted by the coronavirus.The organizers of the event are challenging cannabis businesses and coalitions to donate at least $420 or 4.2% of sales to Polis’ funds and for consumers to give $4.20 to the fund. Organizers are also encouraging people to support their favorite dispensary’s “budtenders” by providing them gift cards to local restaurants and small businesses.Raven Guillmette, who manages the Higher Grade medical marijuana dispensary in Denver, said her store was among those to contribute to the fund.”This will be a very different 420, I’d say, for everyone in the country. We’re just treating it like a regular day this year. Usually, everybody gets dressed up, we’ll go out that night to a concert, maybe do some kind of joint giveaways. But not this year,” Guillmette told ABC News. “That’s why I think the challenge is a nice idea to do for the entire community. It’s just nice to see we’re helping local businesses and they’re willing to help us.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
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