BP set to pay first dividend since Gulf spill

first_img Tags: NULL BP set to pay first dividend since Gulf spill BP is expected to restart its dividend payments alongside its quarterly results tomorrow, its first since the Gulf of Mexico spill last April. Analysts are expecting BP to report income of more than $5bn (£3.15bn) for the last three months of 2010. Chief executive Bob Dudley has strongly hinted that a shareholder pay-out is on the cards, saying in an interview when he started the job in October that the board would discuss restoring a dividend payment in the first quarter of 2011. BP has cancelled dividend payments totalling £5.4bn in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which a US commission said was caused by “systematic failures of management”. Analysts have predicted a 10 per cent drop in production compared to a year ago, thanks to the drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico and to BP’s ongoing asset sell-off to pay for the clean up. However, one poll of analysts predicted an underlying net income of $5.09bn for the quarter, which would be a 16 per cent rise compared to the final quarter of 2009, on the back of soaring oil prices. The gains would mean a pre-tax loss of $4.5bn for the year, allowing for fluctuations in the price of oil – the firm’s first annual loss in 20 years.Analysts have scaled back their estimates of how much the Gulf spill will cost BP, after the compensation fund’s head predicted that only half of its $20bn pot will be needed. Share Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’SportsnautCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof KCS-content center_img Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaUndo whatsapp whatsapp Sunday 30 January 2011 11:05 pmlast_img read more

France’s ANJ looks to simplify self-exclusion system

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: ANJ Self-Exclusion France’s ANJ looks to simplify self-exclusion system Regions: Western Europe France Self-exclusion would last for a period of three years, after which the player could ask to remove the block. ANJ would again verify this request and inform the player when they have been removed from the self-exclusion list. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter ANJ said the new system would reduce registration time to a maximum of two weeks, instead of six weeks under the previous regime. In October 2019, a reform of regulation saw responsibility of the self-exclusion entrusted to ANJ, and since the organisation was formed in June last year, it has been working on a new, three-step digital process that it said will make self-exclusion easily accessible to gamblers.  However, ANJ said the average delay between this and the self-exclusion coming into effect was around six weeks, while it also said the police would sometimes dissuade consumers from opting into the service. Some 38,500 people in France are currently self-excluded from gambling, with the service blocking access to land-based casinos and gaming clubs, as well as sports betting and online poker websites, and games operated by Française des Jeux and PMU both online and at physical points of sale. “This new service should make it easier for players to have recourse to gambling self-exclusion,” ANJ board member, addiction specialist and psychiatrist Mario Blaise said. “Problematic gamblers think about it, they hear about it, but if the process is too complicated, they give up. Currently, consumers are required to physically visit a police station and have a face-to-face interview with a representative from the Central Race and Gambling Service (SCCJ) in order to finalise their registration.center_img French gambling regulator Autorité Nationale des Jeux (ANJ) has set out plans to simplify the country’s self-exclusion system to make it easier for players to block access to gambling products. Email Address First, players could request to self-exclude online via Interdictiondejeux.anj.fr or by sending a letter by post. ANJ would contact the player shortly after by phone to verify their identity, after which it would confirm their registration via letter. The proposal comes after the French government last week notified a series of new player protection rules to the European Commission, requiring operators to create safer gambling action plans and provide tools such as deposit limits to customers. 12th January 2021 | By Robert Fletcher If approved, the new rules will require all operators to present a safer gambling action plan to ANJ, with the regulator needing to approve the plan and add further recommendations if a plan is unsatisfactory. Responsible gambling ANJ, which formally took over management of the self-exclusion system from France’s Ministry of the Interior at the turn of the year, has pledged to revamp the way players can sign up to the service. Topics: Responsible gambling “We can hope that the [reform of the system] by the ANJ will enable those who wish to do so to use it earlier and more quickly. And we know that reducing access to the gambling offer is an important step for players in difficulty.”last_img read more

Tokyo 2020 announces 53rd commercial partnership with ECC signing

first_img Cricket Cricket The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has welcomed ECC Co. Ltd. (ECC) as a Tokyo 2020 Official Supporter, the third domestic tier of the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Programme.The company has been attributed to the category of “Offline Language Training Services.” Its addition brings the total number of Tokyo 2020 domestic partners to 53, including 15 Gold Partners, 30 Official Partners, and 8 Official Supporters, all of whom will play vital roles in the successful delivery of the Games, Tokyo 2020 has stated in a release. 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Ltd. as an Official Supporter. Since its founding in 1962, as an educational institution and through the teaching of foreign languages, ECC has contributed to the development of human resources with a modern and international mindset. We believe that ECC will be a strong supporter of the drive to encourage people to embrace ‘unity in diversity’ one of our Tokyo 2020 visions, and that the Tokyo 2020 Games will provide a good opportunity to help realise a more inclusive society.”Katsumi Yamaguchi, President of ECC, commented, “It is a great honour for ECC to be able to participate in the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 as an official supporter. Based on its founding philosophy that says, “ECC will foster human resources to develop an active role in the international community,” we support those who are active on the global stage as well as those who make efforts to pursue their own possibilities. For the Tokyo 2020 Games, we would like to support athletes, sports management, and cultural activities through offline language training services, thus contributing to world peace through the international exchange of thoughts and ideas among people.”Also Read: Tokyo 2020: Olympics of Tech Revolutions in the makingThe Olympic sponsorship programme is divided into four separate categories, with the IOC’s The Olympic Partner (TOP) programme constituting the very highest level of Olympic sponsorship. The Worldwide TOP Partners who support the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 are Coca-Cola, Alibaba, Atos, Bridgestone, Dow, GE, Intel, Omega, Panasonic, Procter and Gamble, Samsung, Toyota and Visa.The three remaining categories are designated for domestic sponsors. The highest domestic tier comprises Gold Partners, the second tier consists of Official Partners and the third tier is made up of Official Supporters. Domestic sponsors will also be core components of Tokyo 2020’s Marketing Programme, and until 2020 they will be indispensable partners both for the successful delivery of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games and as partners of Japan’s Olympic and Paralympic teams. Accordingly, they will be accorded the rights to use Tokyo 2020’s Olympic and Paralympic designations and imagery, including emblems, mascots and slogans. In collaboration with all sponsors who take part in the Marketing Programme, the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will work to contribute to a brighter tomorrow for both Japan and the world.Also Read: In a first, Tokyo 2020 announces free ‘Press Network’ to accredited media Previous articleVivo expands deal to become presenting partner of NBA China gamesNext articlePCB compensation case: Optimistic BCCI strongly raises terrorism issue Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Latest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSport Football RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start Cricket By Kunal Dhyani – October 4, 2018 BCCI to form committee to take call on compensating domestic cricketers Cricket Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri’s brace keep Switzerland hopes alive; Turkey face exit from Euros Cricket Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore F1 French GP 2021: Max Verstappen pips Lewis Hamilton to win French GP, Perez finishes 3rd Euro 2020 LIVE broadcast in more than 200 countries, check how you can watch Live Streaming of EURO 2020 in your country Latest Sports News WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: South Africa in huge trouble; SA 59/6 (22.3 ov)- Follow Live Updates Cricket Tokyo 2020 announces 53rd commercial partnership with ECC signing Facebook Twitter TAGSECCTokyo 2020Tokyo 2020 Sponsors SHARE Formula 1 Football Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter WTC Final LIVE: Jamieson says, ‘nice and pleasing to get Virat Kohli’s wicket’; Gill feels India could have got more wickets last_img read more

BK Group Plc (BOK.ke) 2011 Prospectus

first_imgBK Group Plc (BKG.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2011 prospectus For more information about BK Group Plc (BKG.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BK Group Plc (BKG.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BK Group Plc (BKG.ke)  2011 prospectus Company ProfileBK Group Plc formerly (Bank of Kigali Limited) is Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets and licensed by the country’s banking regulator, National Bank of Rwanda. It offers a full spectrum of products and services for retail banking, corporate banking and central treasury. Bank of Kigali SA commenced operations in 1967; initially as a joint venture between the government of Rwanda and Belgolaise, with each owning 50% of the ordinary share capital. In 2007, the government of Rwanda acquired the Belgolaise shareholding which increased its direct and indirect shareholding in the Bank of Kigali to 100% of the entire Issued Shares. The Bank changed its name to Bank of Kigali Limited in 2011 under a new law relating to companies. Bank of Kigali Limited now has 79 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda with its head office in the capital city, Kigali. BK Group Plc has a primary listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh) Q12014 Interim Report

first_imgEcobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ecobank Ghana Limited (EBG.gh)  2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileEcobank Ghana Limited is a financial institution offering banking products and services for the consumer, commercial, corporate and investment sectors. The company provides banking solutions for government departments, financial institutions, multi-nationals, international organisations, small- and medium-sized enterprises and individuals. Ecobank Ghana Limited offers an extensive product offering; ranging from current and savings accounts to business accounts, term deposits, personal loans, mortgage loans, microfinance and business loans. Ecobank Ghana Limited also offers financial solutions for value-chain financing, short-term and mid-term finance and trade finance as well as investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, structure and project finance, capital market services, wealth and asset management, securities brokerage, custodial services and electronic banking services. Ecobank Ghana Limited is a subsidiary of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated. Its headquarters are in Acca, Ghana. Ecobank Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) Q12015 Presentation

first_imgAngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2015 presentation results for the first quarter.For more information about AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: AngloGold Ashanti Limited (AGA.gh)  2015 presentation results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAngloGold Ashanti Limited is a global mining company with extensive interests in the Americas, Continental Africa, South Africa and Australasia. It boasts a portfolio of 17 operations and 3 projects in 10 countries, including long-life, relatively low-cost operating assets with differing ore body types located in key gold-producing regions. The company was formed in 2004 through the merger of AngloGold and the Ashanti Goldfields Corporation. There are seven mines in the Continental Africa region, of which 6 are operational. In Ghana, the company has two mines; Iduapriem and Obuasi. AngloGold Ashanti Limited is the third-largest gold mining company in the world, measured by production. In addition to its mining operations, it has established several exploration programmes in regions around the world. AngloGold Ashanti Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Gota Dam Residence, a House on a Rock / Sforza Seilern Architects

first_img Zimbabwe ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/786340/gota-dam-residence-a-house-on-a-rock-sforza-seilern-architects Clipboard Houses Save this picture!© Angela Geddes+ 13 Share “COPY” CopyAbout this officeStudio Seilern ArchitectOfficeFollowMuzia SforzaOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesZimbabwePublished on April 28, 2016Cite: “Gota Dam Residence, a House on a Rock / Sforza Seilern Architects” 28 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Gota Dam Residence, a House on a Rock / Sforza Seilern ArchitectsSave this projectSaveGota Dam Residence, a House on a Rock / Sforza Seilern Architects CopyHouses•Zimbabwe 2012 Gota Dam Residence, a House on a Rock / Sforza Seilern Architects Architects: Muzia Sforza, Studio Seilern Architect Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1500 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/786340/gota-dam-residence-a-house-on-a-rock-sforza-seilern-architects Clipboard Projects Photographs Photographs:  Angela Geddes, Bruce RowlandsLocal Architect:Bruce Rowland, ArchitectureStructural Engineer:Eckersley O’Callaghan Local Structural Engineer: Marcussen and CocksedgeServices Engineer:DSA Engineers LtdLocal Services Engineer:Lage ConsultantsLighting Consultant:BDP LightingQuantity Surveyor:Matrix Quantity SurveyorsContractor:ElevateBudget:£1.2mCountry:ZimbabweMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Angela GeddesText description provided by the architects. Sforza Seilern Architects, an artistic collaboration between Studio Seilern Architects and Muzia Sforza, completed their first African project:  a house on a rock.  The 1’500sm building is situated atop a granite rock overlooking a large man-made dam, or reservoir for the extensive surrounding farmland. The area is, to say the least, breathtaking and awe-inspiring, and deserved a piece of architecture that is equally awe-inspiring.Save this picture!PlanThe views and the drama of the granite cliff plunging into the dam were the inspiration for the concept, where oversized cantilevered roofs and extensive terraces frame the views and shelter from the vertical African sun.Save this picture!© Bruce RowlandsThe house consists of three basic elements- Two granite blocks, enclosing bedrooms and support spaces, anchor the building into the rock, and become part of the surrounding topography.- An oversized timber platform and a cantilevering roof frame the exterior spaces and the panoramic views. These are designed to focus the eye to the horizon, while creating shaded exterior spaces for living and dining areas. Save this picture!- Finally two glass boxes span between the deck and roof, and the natural granite topography. These enclose the winter living areas at the upper level and the master bedroom suite at the lower level. They are transparent enclosures that again emphasise the views and the feeling of living within the surrounding landscape. A small horizon pool at the lower level visually integrates the dam reservoir with the lower levels of the house.Save this picture!© Angela GeddesAll elements are orientated in such a manner as to create physical adjacencies and visual privacy where required. Save this picture!SectionThe cantilevers roofs and stretched terraces give the house the appearance of being gently floating above the rock.  The roofs protect the floor-to-ceiling glass from direct sun radiation.  Save this picture!© Angela GeddesThe project had to deal with issues of hyper-inflation and lack of available material. All materials were sourced locally, except for specialist items such as the glass and the roof waterproofing. The granite used to clad the two anchor blocks were the ‘crusts’ cut-off that came from the granite excavation. The dynamite drill holes are still apparent and tie the building to the area of excavation. Using the granite from the site also insured that the building blended harmoniously with its surroundings. Save this picture!Inspired by the rich local culture of basket weaving, a garage cover was devised using different sized rebars and weaved to form a sun-shading canopy over cars. This canoly is supported by simple I-beams on one side and anchored to a large existing bioulder on the other side.  Climbing flowering creepers are envisioned to cover the whole canopy, softening greening the steel weave. The owner being a musician required a place to retire and compose/record her music.  Again taking inspiration in the natural granite cliff overhanging the house, we decided to hand a granite cube in the middle of the dense green jungle at the base of the cliff.  Strategically placed windows, creating corners and band cuts into the granite cube offer dramatic views of the cliff and the jungle below.Project gallerySee allShow lessGottfried Böhm: the Son, Grandson, Husband and Father of ArchitectsArchitecture NewsTraining and Employment Building / Daroca ArquitectosSelected Projects Share ArchDaily “COPY” Year: last_img read more

Foundation boss gives fundraising insight

first_img Howard Lake | 12 October 2005 | News  22 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Foundation boss gives fundraising insight Atlantic Philanthropies Chief Executive John Healy has given an insight into the Foundation’s policy on fundraising and sustainability in a recent interview with Alliance magazine. In a survey earlier in the year Atlantic was listed as one of the biggest foundations by grant size in Europe. Three years ago a decision was made that The Atlantic Philanthropies would spend down their then almost $4 billion endowment over a period of 12-15 years. Healy said that the decision was not taken lightly. ‘The timescale that we have decided to operate within means that we are looking to do things where we can potentially have a very substantial impact within a limited period of time. And whatever we do, a judgement will be passed on the organization. There are certain problems or issues that we have considered taking on but have decided not to because we believe they would require a longer period of sustained investment than we’re going to be able to give them. If you have a limited life ahead of you, there are certain things that it’s probably best that you don’t get into.’ Advertisement According to John Healy, sustainability is now a much more important issue than it was before. ‘When we are contemplating entering into a grantmaking relationship with a non-profit organization, we’ve got to start thinking right up front about how we exit, because we know that we will not be around for a long period. This is a little bit counterintuitive,’ he admits, ‘but it’s nevertheless necessary. We also feel it’s necessary to be absolutely candid with grantees and remind them that we are only around for a certain number of years and they won’t be able to rely on us thereafter.’Helping grantees in their fundraising seems to be a key thing here, according to Healy. This might involve discussing with them ways that we can help them secure support from a wider base of supporters or brokering meetings or relationships with other funders for them, Healy says. ‘We’ve always been willing to do that but we’re doing it more now.’More unusually, it might in some cases involve investing in fundraising departments ‘which might not be as strong as they could be.’ These are investments that are not typically very attractive to foundations but we think that in our circumstances they make sense,’ he says. They are, of course, just the sort of investments that a ‘high-engagement grantmaker’ or a venture philanthropy fund like New Profit Inc would make. Of course it is not just the sustainability of the grantee organization that Atlantic is concerned about, he says. ‘We want our impact to be sustained as well. What we would like to think is that the work that we do will continue to have impact after we’ve closed our door.’ Healy says the discussion of sustainability leads naturally to the question of risk. While he agrees that this is something ‘we have to guard against’, he also points out that the spend-down itself is ‘a huge risk’. He likens it to ‘a big bet’. ‘We’re betting our endowment, if you like, and that’s a massive risk. Our bet is that we can have more impact – or our grantees can have more impact, because that’s really the important thing – if we invest very heavily in them over a short period of time as opposed to providing them with a lesser volume of funds over longer periods of time. In the future our typical grants will therefore be rather larger than those made by the average foundation.’center_img 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. Tagged with: Ireland Recruitment / people AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Rural projects to benefit from Scotland-wide events

first_img Tagged with: Management Scotland Howard Lake | 21 January 2011 | News The Scottish National Rural Network is organising a series of events in March and April to give people in rural Scotland the chance to visit a community project that is working towards similar goals to their own organisation. Participants will have the opportunity to share ideas and learn from the experiences of other rural groups.Visits are open to anybody in rural Scotland who is working as part of a project, initiative or enterprise in their local community in one of the five chosen themes. There will be no fee to attend and the Rural Network will provide all meals and overnight accommodation. There will also be some limited support available for travelling expenses.The project visits are:* Environment and Renewable Energy – Comrie Development Trust, Perthshire – Friday 4th March* Tourism – Dunnet Head Educational Trust, Caithness – Tuesday 15th March* Food and Drink – Taste of Arran, Isle of Arran – Thursday 24th March* Village Halls and Community Buildings – Whitsome Ark, Berwickshire – Thursday 31st March* Community Enterprise – The CatStrand, Dumfries & Galloway – Wednesday 6th AprilRural Network Regional Coordinator Matt Tyrer said “Throughout our last series of rural events we discovered a real appetite for the kind of idea sharing that can happen by visiting other projects”.The deadline for applications is 6 February 2011.www.ruralgateway.org.uk Rural projects to benefit from Scotland-wide events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Confederate symbols condemned at int’l bike race

first_imgRichmond, Va., Sept. 20 — When organizers of an international cycling race in Richmond, Va., the former capital of the Confederacy, were planning the event’s route, one of the things they said they considered was “showcasing the best the Richmond region has to offer.”They failed.The UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) Road World Championships, one of the cycling world’s most prestigious events, had only been held once before in the United States. A series of races, the nine-day event opened Sept. 19. More than 1,000 cyclists are expected to compete before 450,000 spectators and a worldwide television audience of 300 million.“Richmond 2015,” the local organizing committee for the race, chose the more than 70-foot tall, city-owned monument honoring Jefferson Davis as the race’s halfway turning point. Davis was president of the Confederate States of America. That means the committee chose a political entity formed to defend the right of slave owners to be slave owners to “showcase” Richmond.Sept. 19 for media conference denounces the promotion of Confederate symbols during the UCI Road Worlds Championships cycling race.Photo: Phil WilaytoThe Davis monument is the largest of five that honor Confederate leaders on Richmond’s Monument Avenue, a broad residential boulevard listed on the National Register of Historical Places. Erected 25 years and more after the Civil War, the statues were meant to signal the return to power of the same white-supremacist Southern ruling class that was in charge until 1865.Besides Davis, the race route includes statues of Confederate generals Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. All these generals owned enslaved people. The route avoids the avenue’s one statue dedicated to an African American: Arthur Ashe, a tennis world champion. Ashe was a Richmonder also known for his AIDS education work and active opposition to South African apartheid. Far from a fringe group, Richmond 2015 is composed of Virginia’s corporate elite. Its four chairs are Gov. Terry McAuliffe, U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones — all Northern-born Democrats — and Thomas F. Farrell II, CEO of Dominion Resources, the state’s most politically powerful corporation.Ana Edwards, who chairs the Sacred Ground Historical Reclamation Project of the Richmond-based Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, said her organization had asked the committee chairs to move the race from Monument Avenue to save the city from an international embarrassment.“They refused,” said Edwards, who counts among her ancestors two women sold from Richmond in the 1840s. “This is our heritage, this is who we are,” explained McAuliffe, a former chair of the Democratic National Committee who was born in Syracuse, N.Y.The Defenders also wrote to the UCI International Committee in Europe, which did not respond. Confederate symbols nurture racismEdwards was the main speaker at a Defender-hosted press conference held Sept. 19 in front of the Davis monument. More than 100 supporters attended.“So we are here today to tell the world that most Richmonders do not support showcasing these monuments to Confederate military and political leaders during this world-famous sports event,” she said, “at a time when cities across the country are removing these symbols of the oppression of Black people precisely because they continue to contribute to the nurturing of racism in today’s world.”Others speakers were Rebecca Wooden Keel of Black Lives Matter and Deric Beale of Virginia (“Fight for $15”) Raise Up. The National Trust for Historic Resources and Preservation Virginia presented written statements. These two groups are prominent nonprofits working with the Defenders to reclaim and properly memorialize Shockoe Bottom, a neglected section of downtown Richmond that once was the epicenter of the U.S. domestic slave trade.The Defenders also produced a special edition of their quarterly newspaper, The Virginia Defender, explaining to visitors the significance of Monument Avenue. (www.DefendersFJE.blogspot.com)Helping to make the race route a national issue, the United National Antiwar Coalition set up an online petition supporting the position of the Defenders, a founding UNAC member organization. A pro-Confederacy group, the Virginia Flaggers, short of forces to counter-protest the press conference on the ground, chose instead to hire a plane to fly with a Confederate flag above the site.The Defenders have played a leading role in an ongoing campaign to prevent the mayor, backed by the governor, from building a baseball stadium in the heart of Shockoe Bottom. The two sides now have competing plans for the area’s development. For information, see SacredGroundProject.net.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more