Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) 2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMeikles Limited is an established 100-year old company in Zimbabwe primarily invested in the agriculture, hotels and retail sector. The company operates six business segments; hospitality, retail stores which include department stores, supermarkets and wholesalers, and agricultural, financial services and security. Its well-known brands include the Meikles Hotel, Victoria Falls Hotel, TM Supermarkets, Meikles Stores and Tanganda Tea which produces, packs and distributes Zimbabwe’s famous tea brand aswell as Tinga Mira, a bottled spring water brand. Tanganda Tea Company also owns estates that produce avocados and macadamia nuts. Meikles Limited has department stores in three major cities in Zimbabwe which includes Barbours department store in Harare; and has a national footprint with 50 retail stores in towns and cities throughout Zimbabwe. Meikles Limited recently expanded into the mining and guarding sector and owns Meikles Centar Mining and Meikles Guard Services (Private) Limited in Zimbabwe. Meikles Financial Services offers mobile financial solutions and bill payment services to the retail and commercial sector in Zimbabwe; under the brand name My Cash. Meikles Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange
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Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The Ocado (LSE: OCDO) share price is currently more than double the price at which it started the year. In a rare exception, the online supermarket has generally benefited from Covid and lockdown.Although the company is known as a supermarket, its real niche has been the development of automated warehousing technology. Effectively, having robots picking and packing customer orders, with computer systems automatically setting delivery routes.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…This technology now seems under threat, however. Norwegian rival AutoStore has accused Ocado of copying some of its technology.Patent infringementWe all know the company has an online supermarket, but Ocado in fact is also a tech specialist, selling its automated warehouse technology. It is this Ocado Smart Platform (OSP) that AutoStore is claiming infringes several of its patents.Yesterday, the Norwegian firm filed complaints in both UK and US courts against Ocado. The claim is quite specific, relating to lifting mechanisms and in-wheel motors. It also references robot design within a ‘hive’ warehouse format. The claim does not, however, state any level of potential damages to be paid.The Ocado share price dropped about 5% when the news was released, and is currently down another 4% today. Unfortunately I think there is good reason for this.Ocado and AutoStore have worked together since 2012. In 2017, a Norwegian court found that AutoStore was entitled to a number of patents surrounding the warehousing technology.Ocado has been placing a lot of emphasis on its warehouse technology. It has been investing heavily in OSP. If this area staggers to a halt because of patent infringement, the Ocado share price will likely follow suit.Covid to the rescue?One saving grace the firm may see over the next few months is the ongoing Covid problem. The increase in online shopping due to the pandemic and lockdown has been a key driver behind the Ocado share price this year.As Christmas approaches, Ocado already looks set to benefit from increased online shopping. Any further lockdowns and social distancing measures are almost certainly going to increase this further.Interestingly, it may even benefit from other supermarket giants seeing increased online shopping. According to the company, it has always found it easier to poach customers from other online retailers.What next for the Ocado share price?There’s potentially a mixed future, to say the least, for the Ocado share price. I think Covid and lockdowns are going to help over the next six to 12 months. But the warehouse technology is a very significant branch of Ocado. Investors do not want that to come under threat.This latest dip in the stock could have been an opportunity to pick up a bargain. In all honesty though, I think there are a lot of unknowns regarding the patent infringement that may hurt the Ocado share price even more.Personally I think there is just too much risk of the share price going lower. If and when it does however, I will certainly be thinking of investing. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Events Rector Collierville, TN Tags Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJ Primate calls for prayers as Canada joins Iraq mission Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Albany, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Comments are closed. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH October 14, 2014 at 11:30 pm ISIS is carbon copy of Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan; the World watched with patient atrocities Taliban has been committed to civil society by the name of their style of Islam. It is time to wake up and stand to protect democratic value and freedom of religion. Many innocent bloods have been shed for brutal ideology of Islam. ISIS have bigger dream beyond Syria and Iraq and if not control in time, like Ebola virus situation may go out of control and tragedy like September 11 won’t be unusual to be repeated.May Almighty God protect His people to worship Him freely without fear anywhere in this world! Comments (1) Rector Knoxville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI By Anglican Journal staffPosted Oct 13, 2014 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Featured Jobs & Calls Press Release Service Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Middle East Submit an Event Listing Rector Smithfield, NC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET [Anglican Journal] As more Canadian troops prepare for deployment to Iraq to join the combat mission against the militant Sunni group known as the Islamic State (ISIS), Archbishop Fred Hiltz urged Anglicans to pray for the people of Syria and Iraq and for the members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families.“Once again we are at a moment in history when the world God loves is on high alert,” said the primate of the Anglican Church in Canada in a statement. “The world has witnessed horrific crimes against humanity and in the considered opinion of global leaders ISIS poses a very real threat to international security.”The statement follows a vote in the Canadian parliament on Oct. 7 to join a U.S.-led coalition in airstrikes against ISIS. The vote, which passed 157-134, was not uncontroversial. Opposition leader Thomas Mulcair expressed concern that Canada was committing to a prolonged war with an insufficient plan, and suggested instead that Canada provide support to moderate forces already engaged in fighting ISIS and increase its humanitarian response.The question of what to do in response to the violence of ISIS is a troubling one for many Canadians. Even as he recognized that there are many views within the Anglican Church of Canada as to the appropriateness of military actions such as this, Hiltz did not himself take a position. He instead emphasized a pastoral response, saying that “While I am deeply aware of the significant debates among people of faith with respect to ‘just war,’ it is not my intent at this moment to draw us into that but rather to call us to prayer.”More than 5,500 people have been killed and 1.8 million others have been displaced since the ISIS attacks began in Iraq in June, according to a recent U.N. report.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has already thrown his support behind the United Kingdom’s participation in the coalition, but has also challenged his government to provide a more robust response that counters the underlying ideologies and social conditions that give rise to terrorism.Hiltz closed his statement with a sobering call for Canadians to keep Syria and Iraq in mind over the Thanksgiving weekend. “Let us be mindful of all the blessings we enjoy, including religious freedom. 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Hundreds of Palestinians gathered in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron on May 20 to celebrate the release of Mohammed al-Qeeq by Israeli jailers a day earlier. Al-Qeeq, a 34-year-old Palestinian journalist and father of three, was freed after a record-shattering 94-day hunger strike protesting his “administrative detention.”Protesters demand al-Qeeq’s release, Feb. 5.This Israeli military regulation allows the indefinite internment, without charge or trial, of Palestinians under orders by area commanders of the Israeli occupation forces. Israel currently holds around 750 “administrative detainees,” out of 7,000 Palestinian political prisoners overall, according to the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club in Ramallah.In New York, Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network celebrated al-Qeeq’s freedom at a weekly protest outside the local office of British-Danish security company G4S. Samidoun had organized over a month of pickets demanding al-Qeeq’s freedom before he ended his strike on Feb. 26 in an agreement with his captors to secure his release.G4S, the regular site of the protests, currently holds contracts to equip Israeli prisons and detention centers. It also operates private jails and services immigration facilities for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the United States.Following years of campaigns by both anti-prison and pro-Palestine groups, G4S said in March that it would end its operations in Israel and youth jails in the U.S. and United Kingdom.On May 22, Israel’s public security and strategic affairs minister, Gilad Erdan, told a conference in New York that the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement had helped drive G4S from the Israeli market. “The company is now trying to convince everyone that BDS was not a factor,” Erdan said. “Don’t listen to them.”The BDS campaign against G4S, the world’s largest security company and second-biggest private employer, will continue until the implementation of its March announcement. These efforts include Samidoun’s protests, on Fridays at 4-6 p.m., outside the company’s office at 19 West 44th St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Manhattan.The gatherings currently highlight ongoing hunger strikes by other “administrative detainees,” including Fouad Assi and Adib Mafarjah, who will reach their 62nd day of fasting on Friday, May 25.Another, Sami Janazrah, resumed a full hunger strike on May 18 after suspending it to consume only liquid foods during a one-week “investigation” by Israeli forces. Before that he held a full hunger strike for 70 days.For news about struggles by these and other Palestinian political prisoners, as well as about worldwide activities to support them, visit Samidoun’s web site and subscribe to its emails at samidoun.net.Catron is a member of Al-Awda New York: The Palestine Right to Return Coalition and an organizer with Samidoun: Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
WhatsApp “Mayhem at the Milk Market” is for families… and it’s all for FREE. In addition to the special Sunday market with eats and treats, there will be two wizard shows, jugglers, a balloon contortionist, a unicyclist, a puppet show, some crazy characters and Leon Anderson, one of Ireland’s greatest magicians. The Flawless Dance Team (as seen on the Late Late Toy Show) will perform and showcase their superb talent and there will be all-day fun, games and music with a great DJ. There will also be competitions, including a kids colouring competition with the chance to win a family Holiday in Kerry. The entertainment is being co-ordinated by Fun Ireland, one of Ireland’s top event management companies.The shops and stalls will be offering all-day family ‘munch and lunch’ deal options to suit all tastes ranging from grill-bar beef lunches and savoury crêpes to Thai vegetarian dishes and delicious desserts. There will be extra seating so that families can enjoy their food and watch the fun unfold. The market will be open from 11am to 4pm, with entertainment from 11.30am to 3.30pm and with the greatest “mayhem” happening between 12.30 and 3.30pm. The website at www.MilkMarketLimerick.ie has all the details.David O’Brien adds “the Mayhem event also provides an opportunity for anyone considering a special event to see the venue in use in a different way. We are very excited about the potential of the market as a venue and believe it can become the epicentre of some great ‘happenings’ in Limerick City. During the next few weeks we will be publishing a guide to the Milk Market as a venue. In the meantime, if anyone is interested in organising or sponsoring an event at the market we would love to hear from them”. Twitter Linkedin Print Previous articleFord’s top crash test ratings across the worldNext articleMuiris Gavin takes over at Dermot G O’Donovan, Solicitors admin A new FREE event for familiesThe Milk Market Limerick is set to stage a series of fun and exciting events, beginning with “Mayhem at the Milk Market” — a brilliant free family day out on Sunday, March 20, from 11am to 4pm. According to David O’Brien, market manager, “We all know the Milk Market is rightly famous for its Saturday market.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up However, since the market’s redevelopment as an all-weather facility, it has been the ambition of the Limerick Market Trustees to stage both exciting multi-day markets and special events… sometimes combining both. The fun “Mayhem at the Milk Market” event on Sunday, March 20, will be a superb FREE event for families, and a perfect example of a great market and an exciting event coming together. It will be the first in a series of ‘Mayhem’ and other events we are working to create for the market and for the city”. NewsLocal NewsFun and ‘Mayhem at the Milk Market’By admin – March 7, 2011 610 Email Advertisement Facebook
75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articlePolice officer struck in Derry by car stolen in DonegalNext articleFormer NI secretary says Bloody Sunday soldiers shouldn’t face prosecution News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest By News Highland – March 2, 2014 News Google+ The Health Minister is in Letterkenny tomorrow morning to official re-open the Emergency Department and Acute Medical Assessment Unit at Letterkenny General.Both facilities will be opened to the public on March the 12th.The Donegal Diabetes Parent Support Group intend to protest at the visit – the group is angry at the lack of progress in service provision for children with diabetes in Donegal.The group says a paediatric diabetes Clinical Nurse Specialist is essential in Letterkenny. Facebook Health Minister to face protesters during visit to Letterkenny General Hospital Twitter Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp
Top StoriesBREAKING : ‘High Courts Are In A Crisis Situation’: Supreme Court Lays Down Time Line For Appointment Of High Court Judges LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK20 April 2021 4:25 AMShare This – xExpressing grave concerns at the mounting vacancies of High Court judges, the Supreme Court on Tuesday emphasized that the Central Government should proceed to make appointments immediately after the Supreme Court collegium has cleared the names.If the Government has any reservation over the Collegium recommendations, it should send back the names with specific reasons for reservations.Once…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?LoginExpressing grave concerns at the mounting vacancies of High Court judges, the Supreme Court on Tuesday emphasized that the Central Government should proceed to make appointments immediately after the Supreme Court collegium has cleared the names.If the Government has any reservation over the Collegium recommendations, it should send back the names with specific reasons for reservations.Once the Supreme Court collegium reiterates the names, the Centre should make the appointment within 3-4 weeks of such reiteration.The court has laid-down the time-line as follows :1. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) should submit its report/inputswithin 4 to 6 weeks from the date of recommendation of the High Court Collegium, to the Central Government.2. It would be desirable that the Central Government forwardthe file(s)/recommendations to the Supreme Court within 8 to 12 weeks from the date of receipt of views from the State Government and the report/input from the IB.3. It would be for the Government to thereafter proceed to make the appointment immediately on the aforesaid consideration and undoubtedly if Government has any reservations on suitability or in public interest, within thesame period of time it may be sent back to the Supreme Court Collegium with the specific reasons for reservation recordedIf the Supreme Court Collegium after consideration ofthe aforesaid inputs still reiterates the recommendation(s)unanimously (Cl. 24.1), such appointment should beprocessed and appointment should be made within 3 to 4weeks.A bench comprising Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Surya Kant observed that it will be ‘advisable’ to follow the above time-line.”The High Courts are in a crisis situation. There are almost 40%vacancies in the High Courts, with many of the larger High Courts working under 50% of their sanctioned strength”, the bench noted in the order.”We are conscious that the aforesaid exercise is collaborative in nature and we would expect promptness in this process to facilitate the larger cause of dispensation of timely justice”, the Court said in conclusion of the order.The bench passed the order in the the case PLR Projects Ltd vs Mahanadi Coalfields Pvt Ltd, which is a transfer petition in 2019 seeking to transfer to Supreme Court a case from the Orissa High Court on account of the lawyers strike there. While considering the case, the Supreme Court had delved into the issue of pendency of collegium recommendations at the Ministry level.Last month, the bench had required the Attorney General to make a statement regarding the time needed to clear collegium recommendations pending with the Law Ministry.Following that, the AG told the Court on April 15 that the Ministry will decide within 3 months the collegium recommendations which had been pending for over 6 months.In December 2019, a bench comprising Justices SK Kaul and KM Joseph had passed an order in the case stating that the persons recommended by the High Court collegium, which are approved by the Supreme Court Collegium and the Government, should be appointed within 6 months.On an earlier hearing of the case in 2019, the bench had commented that nearly 40% sanctioned posts of High Court judges were lying vacant, and urged the Attorney General to take steps to expedite the appointment process. “…The convention laid down is that an endeavour should be made that recommendations for vacancies are sent six months in advance. This is an aspect which the Chief Justices of the High Courts would look into. This period of six months arises from the expectation that the said period would be enough for processing the names from the recommendation stage till appointment. Thus, sending names six months in advance would be meaningful only if the process till appointment is complete within six months which is a work the Government must attend to”, the bench had said in an order passed in November 2019.On an earlier date of hearing, March 25, the bench comprising CJI Bobde, Justices SK Kaul and Surya Kant observed that the Union Law Ministry must clear the collegium recommendations within a reasonable time period.Case DetailsTitle : PLR Projects Ltd vs Mahanadi Coalfields Pvt LtdCoram : CJI SA Bobde, Justices SK Kaul and Surya KantCitation : LL 2021 SC 223Click here to read/download judgmentSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. 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ABC News(NEW YORK) — NXIVM’s founder Keith Raniere was convicted on Wednesday on all seven counts against him, for creating what prosecutors described as a sex cult in which female members were branded with his initials and kept in line through blackmail.Raniere, 58, was convicted after a six-week trial of charges including racketeering, racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, forced labor conspiracy, sex trafficking, sex trafficking conspiracy and attempted sex trafficking. He will be sentenced Sept. 25.Raniere, also known as “Vanguard” to members within NXIVM, and Allison Mack, who is best known for her role on the TV series “Smallville,” were both indicted by a grand jury in April 2018 on charges arising from Raniere and Mack’s alleged roles in a secret society within NXIVM.Rainere did not testify at trial and his defense attorney did not call any witnesses, but contended in court that the relationships were consensual, not forced.According to the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Richard P. Donoghue, Mack recruited women into what they believed was a “female mentorship group that was, in fact, created and led by Keith Raniere.”Raniere was portrayed as a leader, a mentor, guru, humanitarian but prosecutors called him “a conman, a predator, a crime boss.”Prosecutors say many of the female victims were branded and forced to participate in sex acts with Raniere.Outside court, Donoghue called Raniere a “Master manipulator, a conman and crime boss of a cult-like organization involved in sex trafficking, child pornography…branding…and humiliation.”According to the criminal complaint from the Department of Justice, “in 2015, Raniere created a secret society within Nxivm called ‘DOS,’ which loosely translated to ‘Lord/Master of the Obedient Female Companions,’ or ‘The Vow.’ DOS operated with levels of women ‘slaves’ headed by ‘masters.’ Slaves were expected to recruit slaves of their own (thus becoming masters themselves), who in turn owed service not only to their own masters but also to masters above them in the DOS pyramid. Raniere stood alone at the top of the pyramid. Other than the (sic) Raniere, all members of DOS were women.”Prosecutors asserted that Raniere had more than 50 DOS slaves under him, many of whom were recruited from within NXIVM’s ranks.“As alleged, Keith Raniere displayed a disgusting abuse of power in his efforts to denigrate and manipulate women he considered his sex slaves,” FBI’s New York Field Office Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said in a statement in March. “He allegedly participated in horrifying acts of branding and burning them, with the cooperation of other women operating within this unorthodox pyramid scheme. These serious crimes against humanity are not only shocking, but disconcerting, to say the least, and we are putting an end to this torture today.”After reports started surfacing about DOS last year, a letter was posted on the NXIVM website, in which Raniere said, “The picture being painted in the media is not how I know our community and friends to be, nor how I experience it myself. However, as an organization and as individuals, we felt it was imperative that we hire experts to ensure there is no merit to the allegations.”“Additionally, I feel it is important to clarify the sorority is not part of NXIVM and that I am not associated with the group,” the statement continued. “I firmly support one’s right to freedom of expression, so what the sorority or any other social group chooses to do is not our business so long as there is no abuse. Our experts, a forensic psychiatrist of international repute, psychologists and ex-law enforcement, say members of the sorority are thriving, healthy, happy, better off, and haven’t been coerced. Furthermore, the sorority is proud of what they created and want to share their story. I am confident they will be addressing you very soon.”ABC News’ “20/20” did an extensive report on NXIVM last year, including interviews with several former members, including Sarah Edmondson, who said she was a member of the group for over a decade.Edmondson told ABC News and said in a complaint to the New York State Department of Health that after attending NXIVM seminars for more than a decade, she was approached about an opportunity to join a secret sorority. Then, one night she said she and five other women were summoned to a house in the Albany area, where they thought they were going to get a tattoo but once there, found out she and the other women were going to be branded.“It was a horror movie,” she told “20/20.” “It was the most inhumane, horrific way to treat anybody. But the most horrific thing is that it’s women doing it to women.”Edmondson said each of the women would lie down naked and then was branded with a cauterizing device, without any anesthesia. When it was her turn, Edmondson said the pain felt “worse than childbirth.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
mrtom-uk/iStock(NEW YORK) — A Georgia school district backtracked on its progressive transgender bathroom policy on Wednesday after staff members said they received death threats over the issue.Pickens County Superintendent Carlton Wilson reversed a decision that allowed transgender students to use the restroom that best matches their gender identity, claiming the move had caused harassment, vandalism and even death threats.The district had implemented the policy in the wake of the Adams v. School Board of St. Johns County case, which ruled that Drew Adams, a transgender student at Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, could use the boys’ bathroom during his final year there.Pickens County cited “many serious safety concerns” in a statement on Wednesday when it announced its decision to roll back the pro-trans gender policy.“School board members, staff, and students have been threatened due to the administration’s implementation of Adams v. School Board of St. Johns County School District,” the Pickens County Board of Education said in a statement Wednesday. “There have been death threats, student harassment, and vandalism of school property.”The district, which said it has several students who identify as transgender, said it will revert back to its previous bathroom procedures “until it can consult with law enforcement and other safety professionals so that these concerns can be addressed.” The reversal means transgender students will go back to using single-stall private bathrooms that were once reserved only for faculty members.“The district understands and acknowledges that it has the responsibility to protect its staff and students. However, the district has concerns that it may not be able to meet these increased demands,” the statement said. “We ask that all of our stakeholders exercise patience and discretion until these matters can be resolved.”Wilson told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB-TV that he was shocked by the extreme hatred ignited by the policy. He said he experienced the threats firsthand.“The way some called names has been embarrassing and disappointing to me, and that’s hard to get over,” Wilson said. “One of them said, ‘You know, situations like this brings out crazy people from both sides and sometimes people die.’”“They’re kids. They are all kids and none deserved to be treated the way some of them have been treated,” he added.Multiple federal courts have ruled students should be able to use bathrooms that match their preferred genders, but many Pickens County residents said they disapproved.“I think the boys ought to go to the boys’ and girls ought to go to girls’ bathroom,” Pickens County resident Barbara Padgett told WSB.Similarly, Becky Hernandez, a Pickens County parent, suggested a separate, but equal type of policy.“There are multiple bathrooms throughout schools,” she said. “Make one set your transgender bathrooms and keep the other ones so everyone has an option.”“I’m not against the transgender students. … I want to make sure everybody’s safe,” she added. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.