Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgZambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileZambia National Commercial Bank, commonly known as Zanaco, listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, serves retail customers, large corporations, agri-business and public sector clients. The bank has evolved into a leading financial institution in Zambia. With the aid of Arise B.V., a leading African Investment Company, Zanaco benefits from technical assistance, international networks and best practices in various areas of banking.last_img read more

Sunbird Tourism Limited (SUNBRD.mw) 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgSunbird Tourism Limited (SUNBRD.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Sunbird Tourism Limited (SUNBRD.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sunbird Tourism Limited (SUNBRD.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sunbird Tourism Limited (SUNBRD.mw)  2020 abridged results.Company ProfileSunbird Tourism Limited is the largest hospitality chain in Malawi with seven hotels and resorts located in premier destinations, providing upmarket accommodation for business and leisure travellers. Sunbird Hotels also have meeting and conference facilities, catering for corporate and private functions. Sunbird Tourism Limited has four city hotels in three regions in Malawi, two lakeside resorts on Lake Malawi and a safari resort which is home to the Big 5. Hotels and resorts in its portfolio include Sunbird Capital Hotel, Sunbird Mount Soche, Sunbird Nkopola Lodge, Sunbird Mzuzu, Sunbird Livingstonia Beach, Sunbird Ku Chawe on the Zomba Plateau, Sunbird Lilongwe and Sunbird Thawale in the Majete Game Reserve. Restaurants and bars managed by Sunbird Tourism Limited include Vincent’s Restaurant and Bar, Picasso’s Brasserie and Grill and Pablo’s Lounge Bar. Sunbird Tourism Limited also operates a catering service division operating in three segments: airline, institutional and event catering. Sunbird Tourism Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

2 FTSE stocks I would not recommend during the market slump

first_img Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Retail can be a volatile industry at the best of times. The current coronavirus pandemic has further deepened the woes of some retailers already struggling with online competition. Government lockdown measures include the closure of all non-essential shops. Coupled with the tougher social measures, many retailers are already and will continue to be affected. The market crash has seen millions wiped off share prices and the downturn may continue in light of the Prime Minister’s new announcement. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Greeting cardsCard Factory (LSE:CARD) announced late Monday morning it would be closing all its shops. The greeting card company also said it dropped its final dividend for the year ended 31 January. Decrease in footfall and shop closures were to be expected. With tougher measures in place I am worried about the short to medium term prospects of Card Factory as an investment. Although they do have an online presence, they may struggle due to online competitors such as Moon Pig.The announcement on Monday morning caused a dip of 5% in the share price. Prior to this the share price had seen a 60% decrease in the previous month. Profit levels have been dipping every for the past four years. Although the dividend was cancelled, its dividend per share dipped by 40% between 2018 and 2019. Its net debt at the end of February stood at £137m, however, the firm does have access to a £200m revolving credit facility. These are concerning numbers for a company that relies heavily on footfall and shoppers on the high street. Books & stationeryWH Smith (LSE:SMWH) is a household name and retail stalwart. It has over 600 stores on high streets, and another 800+ travel stores at airports, train stations, hospitals, motorway services, and workplaces. With such a heavy physical presence, the retailer will be suffering in light of closures.CEO Carl Cowling wrote to his workforce last week to allay fears. Reports have emerged it is positioning itself as an “essential retailer” to the government to avoid closures. That said, with social distancing measures in place, I do feel the retail giant will experience a tough time ahead. Again, an online presence is part of its makeup. But with competitors, such as Amazon, who offer similar services and are more online-savvy, WH Smith’s sales will be affected in my opinion. The share price since the market crash began has seen an astonishing 60% decline. A trading update released in January for the 20-week period to 18 January showed total revenue up 7%, although, tellingly, high street revenue was down 5%. This further solidifies my point about the high street struggle and dwindling footfall. Although profit levels have been consistent over the past five years and dividend per share increasing for the same period year on year, this pandemic will affect WH Smith’s figures for the next full-year results. Next stepsAt this point I would exercise extreme caution towards retail stocks. Of course some investors will see cheap prices as buying opportunities, but these businesses primarily rely on footfall and physical stores. WH Smith may be viewed as a long-term opportunity, but brace yourself for a lot of short-term pain.I always recommend keeping up to date with changes in a target company’s situation and with events. For now, I would not recommend these particular stocks despite being able to buy cheap. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Jabran Khan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. 2 FTSE stocks I would not recommend during the market slump Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Jabran Khan | Wednesday, 25th March, 2020 | More on: CARD SMWH See all posts by Jabran Khanlast_img read more

Morgan Parra vs George Chuter, and Manu Tuilagi simultaneous yellow

first_imgThursday Dec 15, 2011 Morgan Parra vs George Chuter, and Manu Tuilagi simultaneous yellow Morgan Parra was destroyer in chief as Clermont got the better of Leicester Tigers in round 3 of the Heineken Cup, winning the game 30-12 following two yellow cards for the visitors. Here’s a look at what happened as Alain Rolland sent two to the sin-bin. Fresh from making a huge call at the Rugby World Cup, referee Rolland was in the thick of it again as this time he was required to judge on a rather complicated situation that involved two players making dangerous tackles at the exact same time.In the case of George Chuter, he and Clermont scrumhalf Morgan Parra had started a little scuffle on the floor in the previous phase of play. In fact they had only just split up and returned back into their defensive and attacking lines respectively when the action came their way again.In a fairly amusing case of having his meal served up right in front of him, Chuter had the opportunity to smash Parra legally, and he went for it. Unfortunately for him his timing was a bit off – not that he was too bothered – and he hit the smaller man without the ball. Parra milked it, as one does, and another fight between the two ensued.At the exact same time Manu Tuilagi, who was only just back from a cheek injury, put in a high tackle on prop Vincent Debatty. Referee Rolland consulted with his touch judge and they actually did quite well to spot what had happened, resulting in yellow cards for both Tuilagi and Chuter. Parra, who was up and fine again, could be seen taunting them as they left the field.There has also been talk of a bite on the arm of Chuter, which can be seen very briefly at the very end of the video. Nothing more has come of that though, with no complaints and no citings.“The atmosphere in Clermont is pretty volatile, and everyone lies down as if they have been shot, but Alain is a good referee and he dealt with it as he saw fit,” said Tigers coach Richrd Cockerill.“We will just crack on in this competition. The best side won on the day and obviously the yellow cards didn’t help us,” added Cokerill, referring to the heavy loss away from home. Clermont travel to Welford Road for the return leg this weekend in what should be another fascinating battle.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s the Purpose of These Little Bumps in the F and J Keys on Your KeyboardNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

The Cluetrain Manifesto

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Advertisement 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. How would you classify a book that begins with the salutation “People of Earth…”? While the captains of industry may dismiss it as mere science fiction, The Cluetrain Manifesto is definitely of this day and age. Aiming squarely at the solar plexus of corporate America, authors Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls and David Weinberger show how the Internet is turning business upside down. They proclaim that, thanks to conversations taking place on Web sites and message boards, and in e-mail and chat rooms, employees and customers alike have found voices that undermine the traditional command-and-control hierarchy that organizes most corporate marketing groups. “Markets are conversations”, the authors write, and those conversations are “getting smarter and faster than most companies”. In their view, the lowly customer service rep wields far more power and influence in today’s marketplace than the well-oiled front office PR machine.The Cluetrain Manifesto began as a Web site (www.cluetrain.com) in 1999 when the authors, who have worked variously at IBM, Sun Microsystems, the Linux Journal and NPR, posted 95 theses that pronounced what they felt was the new reality of the networked marketplace. For example, thesis no.2: “Markets consist of human beings, not demographic sectors”; thesis no.20: “Companies need to realize their markets are often laughing. At them”; thesis no. 62: “Markets do not want to talk to flacks and hucksters. They want to participate in the conversations going on behind the corporate firewall”; thesis no. 74: “We are immune to advertising. Just forget it”. The book enlarges on these themes through seven essays filled with dozens of stories and observations about how business gets done in America and how the Internet will change it all. While Cluetrain will strike many as loud and over the top, the message itself remains quite relevant and unique. This book is for anyone interested in the Internet and e-commerce, and is especially important for those businesses struggling to navigate the topography of the wired marketplace. All aboard! —Harry C. Edwards,Amazon.com The Cluetrain Manifesto  68 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 29 January 2008 | Newslast_img read more

Workers World Party solidarity message to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine

first_imgThe following is the solidarity statement that Workers World Party sent to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on the 50th anniversary of that revolutionary organization’s founding on Dec. 11, 1967.Workers World Party salutes the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine on the 50th anniversary of your foundation. We honor the memory of Dr. George Habash and Abu Ali Mustafa, Ghassan Kanafani, Muhammad Al Aswad, Shadia Abu Ghazaleh and so many other comrades martyred in the cause of liberation. They are heroes and inspirations not only for the people of Palestine but for the workers and oppressed all over the world. We call for the freedom of Comrade Ahmad Saadat and all political prisoners held in the dungeons of the racist settler state in Palestine. We condemn the Trump regime’s moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem as yet another act of war by U.S. imperialism against the Palestinian people. Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine, and Palestine must be free, from the river to the sea.Nineteen sixty-seven was a grim time for the Palestinian and Arab people. Fifty years after the Balfour Declaration and 30 years after partition, the Zionist settler state proved its worth to its imperialist creators. The June 1967 attack, which put the entire land of Palestine and the Sinai and the Golan under Zionist rule, was exalted by the U.S. ruling class. They dreamed it would put an end to the nationalist wave unleashed by the 1952 Egyptian Revolution. The devastation wrought on Egypt and Syria by the U.S.-funded Israeli war machine shifted the balance of power in the Arab world in favor of the House of Saud and other Gulf dynasties and kept the oil wealth of Arabia flowing into the coffers of Wall Street banks and the U.S. military-industrial complex. But amidst these grim events, the Palestinian people and their own resistance movement seized center stage. The PFLP brought the lessons of the great October socialist revolution and of revolutionary struggles in China, Vietnam and Cuba to that movement.  You identified the enemies of Palestinian liberation as the alliance of world imperialism, Israel, Zionism and Arab reaction.  You identified the working class and peasants as the mainstay of revolution and placed the Palestinian struggle squarely in the camp of the struggle of oppressed people around the world against imperialism. You stood steadfast in word and deed against all schemes to derail, divide and subdue the fight for the freedom of all of Palestine and the right of all Palestinians to return to their land. Much has changed in the past 50 years — there have been victories and terrible defeats — but the struggle of the Palestinian people remains a focal point of the global war between oppressors and oppressed. Nothing illustrates the decay of U.S. imperialism more than its utter dependence on war and destruction in the so-called “Middle East,” including the bloody Zionist occupation of Palestine. The Trump regime, representing the most desperate faction of the U.S. ruling class, seeks wider war in the region. That is its ”peace plan.” It is part and parcel of its escalating war against people all over the world, including the working class and oppressed inside the U.S. The importance the imperialist ruling class attaches to strengthening the Zionist occupation and its war machine must be matched by international solidarity with the people of Palestine, especially from here inside the belly of the beast. Your struggle is our struggle. We demand an end to U.S. arming and funding of the racist state of “Israel” and the removal of all U.S. military and intelligence forces from the region. We stand with you until the entire land of Palestine is liberated and every Palestinian has the right to live in every part of Palestine in peace and freedom. That will be a day of victory for workers and oppressed people everywhere. In the words of George Habash, “The oppressed and starving of the world shall be victorious.” Long live Palestine! Long live the PFLP! Long live international solidarity! Workers and oppressed people of the world unite!International DepartmentWorkers World PartyFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Major rescue operation underway off the Isle of Doagh

first_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter Facebook Previous articleMarley meets HSE to discuss revised bus proposalsNext articleRescue Update – Man successfully airlifted from lifeboat News Highland Major rescue operation underway off the Isle of Doagh WhatsApp Pinterest Pinterest A rescue operation is ongoing in Lough Swilly this afternoon after a man was washed out to sea off the Five Fingers Strand in Inishowen.A number of units were tasked, including the Lough Swilly Inshore Lifeboat and Greencastle CoastguardA woman with binoculars on the Isle of Doagh guided the lifeboat to where the man was, and he was brought on board.We understand the man is in need of medical attention, and the Coastguard Helicopter based in Sligo is now over the lifeboat, attempting to bring the man off the boat on a stretcher. By News Highland – August 10, 2012 Twitter Newscenter_img Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th last_img read more

Murder investigation launched as man dies from his stabbing injuries

first_img Pinterest 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – November 3, 2011 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Police in Derry have launched a murder investigation after a stabbing victim died from his injuries in hospital.The 51-year-old man was attacked in the Francis Street area of the city at 1.30pm on Tuesday – he was taken to Altnagelvin Hospital in a serious condition where he died last evening.A 34-year-old woman was arrested following the incident on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in custody.It is the second death from a stabbing incident in Derry in a week. Yesterday James Healy from Hollymount Park in the Gobnascale area of Derry wept as he appeared in court charged with murdering his uncle.56-year-old Christopher McGaughey, was stabbed in the early hours of Sunday morning. Facebook WhatsApp Murder investigation launched as man dies from his stabbing injuriescenter_img Facebook Newsx Adverts Pinterest Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Previous articleDonegal potato farmers face crisis – Government asked to interveneNext articleMan jailed for posting ‘wreckless’ video 2 days after Inishowen road tragedy News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal last_img read more

“Celebrities Should Be Careful In Using Terms Which Can Be Misinterpreted”: P&H HC Grants Protection To Yuvraj Singh In Alleged Casteist Remarks Case

first_imgTop Stories”Celebrities Should Be Careful In Using Terms Which Can Be Misinterpreted”: P&H HC Grants Protection To Yuvraj Singh In Alleged Casteist Remarks Case Sparsh Upadhyay26 Feb 2021 9:30 AMShare This – x”…Every person, and ‘celebrities’ in particular, should be careful in the usage of any term which can be misinterpreted”: Punjab & Haryana High CourtWhile issuing notice to the Haryana Government, the Punjab & Haryana High Court on Thursday (25th February) granted interim protection against coercive action to Cricketer Yuvraj Singh in a case registered against him for his alleged casteist remarks against another cricketer during an Instagram chat last year. The Bench of Justice Amol Rattan Singh was hearing Singh’s…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginWhile issuing notice to the Haryana Government, the Punjab & Haryana High Court on Thursday (25th February) granted interim protection against coercive action to Cricketer Yuvraj Singh in a case registered against him for his alleged casteist remarks against another cricketer during an Instagram chat last year. The Bench of Justice Amol Rattan Singh was hearing Singh’s plea seeking quashing of the FIR registered against him in connection with this case and remarked, “…Every person, and ‘celebrities’ in particular, should be careful in the usage of any term which can be misinterpreted.” The Matter before the Court Singh filed the FIR quashing Plea which was registered on a complaint filed by one Rajat Kalsan of Hansi under Section 153 A (promoting enmity) and 153B (assertions prejudicial to national-integration) of the Indian Penal Code and the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes Prevention and Atrocities Act 1989. As per Singh’s plea, an FIR was registered against him on February 14, i.e., 8 months after Singh had apologized for the “unintentional remarks” in April 2020. Petitioner’s Arguments The Counsel appearing for Singh submitted that, firstly, the person in reference to whom the alleged casteist remarks are stated to have been made (though denied), does not belong to a Scheduled Caste and hence, they could not be said to be casteist remarks. He next contended that the remarks were made in the context of the person concerned (Yuzvendra Chahal) “having made” his father dance at a marriage ceremony (as contended), and therefore, the remarks were in the context of somebody being in an inebriated condition, with him thereafter submitting that bhang is also an intoxicant and the word ‘bhangi’ had been used by the petitioner in that context. It was specifically pleaded before the Court that the word was not intended to hurt the sentiments of any community or any person, but was a friendly comment made by Singh to his friends and colleagues who are not part of the “respected Dalit community”. Significantly, Singhs’s Lawyer submitted before the Court that a person called Rajat had approached Singh through his manager, in the month of June, 2020 to find ‘means to close the issue’. However, the Complainant’s Counsel specifically denied the allegations and made a categorical statement that he does not know him and so the question of that person ringing up the petitioner to demand money on behalf of the complainant, would not arise in the first place. Also, the Complainant submitted before the Court that the word allegedly used by Singh refers to a caste listed in the Scheduled Castes notified by the Government of Haryana and so, the phrase he used would be encompassing the whole community, and therefore it cannot be said that there is no violation of the aforesaid provision of the Act of 1989. Court’s observations Having considered the matter, the Court opined that it would not exercise jurisdiction to stop the investigation. However, the Court further remarked, “In view of the fact that at least prima facie at this stage, the term in question being subject to two interpretations, i.e. as to whether it was used against any particular community (or in the context of any community) or was in reference to a person who was in an inebriated condition, with the person concerned (Yuzvendra Chahal) admittedly not belonging to any scheduled caste even as per learned counsel for the complainant, no coercive action shall be taken against the petitioner, subject of course to the reply to be filed by the respondents herein.” The Court further noted that Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989 is a legislation enacted to safeguard the interests of a section of society that has been known to be oppressed for ages. “Naturally any violation of the provisions of the said Act have to be dealt with strictly to try and ensure that a sense of well being is instilled in such sections of society, towards which every person, and ‘celebrities’ in particular, should be careful in the usage of any term which can be misinterpreted”, observed the Court. However, lastly, noting that the specific contention of the Singh’s counsel was that the term sued by the petitioner was wholly in the context of persons in an inebriated condition, the Court directed, “The interim direction hereinabove has been made, subject to the outcome of the investigation and the reply to be filed accordingly by a gazetted officer in that regard.” Case title – Yuvraj Singh v. State of Haryana and another [CRM-M-9035 of 2021 (O&M)]Senior Advocate Puneet Bail and Advocate Paramdeep Saini argued for Youvraj Singh, AAG Surender Singh for State and Advocate Arjjun Sheoran for the Complainant Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

Ithacans rally to #StoptheBans in solidarity with abortion advocates nationwide

first_img Devon Magliozzi Your local health and human services news is made possible with support from: ITHACA, N.Y. – Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes organized a rally on the Ithaca Commons Tuesday to protest laws passed in states including Alabama, Georgia and Missouri restricting access to abortions. The local event was part of a nationwide day of action to #StopTheBans, and about 200 people created a sea of pink T-shirts and signs bearing slogans including “Healthcare is a human right” and “Protect safe, legal abortion.”“We are here today to say enough is enough,” Emily Howes, public affairs organizer for Planned Parenthood of the Southern Finger Lakes, shouted to the crowd. “Abortion is healthcare,” she said.The Ithaca rally was one of about 500 events organized Tuesday in all 50 states. About a third of women in America live in a state where abortion would be illegal if the Supreme Court precedent set by Roe v. Wade were overturned, Howes said.At least 200 people gathered Tuesday, May 21, for the #StoptheBans rally organized by Planned Parenthood. (Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice)In recent months several states have passed laws that make it illegal or difficult to seek an abortion, some with the explicit goal of bringing a case to the Supreme Court to challenge the Roe decision.A law passed by the Alabama legislature and signed into law by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey last week makes it a felony for a physician to perform an abortion, with a sole exception for preventing a serious health risk to the fetus or the patient. The ACLU of Alabama has begun a legal challenge to prevent the law from taking effect, arguing that in addition to violating the decision in Roe v. Wade the “draconian” law would reduce access to safe reproductive healthcare.While many consider the Alabama law to be the most restrictive in the country, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Utah have also passed laws to curb access to abortions. Several states have passed or are considering so-called “heartbeat bills” to ban abortions six to eight weeks into a pregnancy, when what is colloquially called a fetal “heartbeat” or medically called “embryonic cardiac activity” can be detected. A Planned Parenthood information sheet distributed at the Ithaca rally argues heartbeat bills are effectively bans on legal abortion.Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, has been a vocal critic of the bans, pointing out that many people don’t even know they are pregnant at six weeks. Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter after the Georgia bill, “six weeks pregnant” equates to “2 weeks late on your period. Most of the men writing these bills don’t know the first thing about a woman’s body outside of the things they want from it. It’s relatively common for a woman to have a late period + not be pregnant. So this is a backdoor ban.” Tagged: #stopthebans, abortion rights, eliminating abortion stigma, planned parenthood of the southern finger lakes, roe v. wade New York is one of a few states – including Vermont and Virginia – to move toward stronger protections for and expanded access to abortions this year. The New York legislature passed The Reproductive Health Act in February, codifying the rights protected by Roe v. Wade in state law and allowing abortions past 24 weeks of pregnancy when the health of the person who is pregnant is at risk or when the fetus is not viable.(Devon Magliozzi/The Ithaca Voice)But while abortion access is not currently under threat in Albany, speakers at Tuesday’s rally in Ithaca emphasized that local advocates should still see recent legislation elsewhere as a call to action.“All of us know someone who has had an abortion, and all of us know someone who will have an abortion,” said Mayor Svante Myrick, explaining that his pro-choice stance has been shaped by the experiences of his friends and family. “But people we don’t like have a right to choose too, people who don’t live near us have a right to choose too.”Myrick said restrictive laws like those passed in Alabama and Georgia have a disproportionate impact on poor people who cannot travel to seek healthcare in other states and who may be investigated if they are suspected of illegally terminating a pregnancy.“This is one more extension of a war on women and a war on poor women,” he said, adding that it also impacts access to reproductive healthcare for transgender and gender non-conforming people who can get pregnant.Heather Campbell, executive director of the Advocacy Center, said laws that criminalize or restrict access to abortions carry serious consequences for survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence. She said unintended pregnancies can make it harder to leave a violent relationship and highlighted that Alabama and Missouri’s laws do not include exceptions for survivors of rape or incest. Forcing survivors of sexual violence to carry a pregnancy to term, she said, “is a form of violence.”“We cannot talk about safety for survivors unless we’re also talking about reproductive justice,” Campbell said. “Every pregnant person is entitled to the full range of healthcare options.”Between crowd chants of “their body, their choice” and “we will not go back,” speakers shared stories from before 1973. Sue Perlgut, a member of the local group Eliminating Abortion Stigma, recalled waking up to her own screams in a New York City apartment building after spending a third of her salary to obtain an illegal abortion from a physician. She said the physician slapped her and told her to be quiet.“I felt shame,” Perlgut said. “I no longer feel shame. What I feel now is anger. I’m pissed off, and you don’t mess with a pissed off older woman.”Joan Jacobs Brumberg, a social historian and professor emerita at Cornell, shared an anecdote from a physician who tended to a ward of patients experiencing complications from illegal abortions in the years before the Roe decision. That ward closed when abortion was made legal, she said, but could return in places where safe and legal abortions are not accessible.As a Planned Parenthood employee who works to support patients during abortions put it, “If Roe v. Wade is reversed, abortion is not going to be reversed.”Featured image: Ithacans rally to #StoptheBans on Tuesday, May 21. (Devon Magliozzi/Ithaca Voice) Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] or 607-391-0328. More by Devon Magliozzilast_img read more