Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng) Q32016 Interim Report

first_imgAbbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng)  2016 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileAbbey Mortgage Bank Plc is a leading non-aligned Primary Mortgage Bank in Nigeria focused on providing well-structured mortgage options as well as financial banking and advisory services. The company is the largest and most profitable Primary Mortgage Bank in Nigeria and one of seven licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria and Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN). The company’s housing and mortgage products are available to residents of Nigeria. Its full suite of banking products and services is geared towards retail banking, wholesale banking, mortgage banking, lending and mortgages and electronic banking. Formerly known as Abbey Building Society Plc, the company changed its name to Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc in 2014. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Archbishop of York joins celebration of YMCA’s 175th anniversary

first_img Submit a Press Release Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL Archbishop of York joins celebration of YMCA’s 175th anniversary Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Smithfield, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ecumenical & Interreligious Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of York John Sentamu joined in celebrations with one of the oldest ecumenical global movements as it marks its 175th anniversary this year. The worldwide YMCA youth movement, which began as an evangelical young men’s Christian service organization, celebrated its start this month with a thanksgiving service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London.“It has been a great pleasure to join in the celebrations of 175 years of the YMCA,” said Sentamu, who is the organization’s president. “The work they have done and continue to do today to help and support young people is truly fantastic. My prayer is that the work continues for the next century.” 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tags Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET center_img 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 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Albany, NY Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Anglican Communion, Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Posted Jun 14, 2019 Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Press Release Service Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Featured Events Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CAlast_img read more

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House in Capilla del Monte / Marchisio Nanzer

first_imgSave this picture!© Sosa Pinilla+ 13 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/780724/house-in-capilla-del-monte-marchisio-nanzer Clipboard Houses Projects House in Capilla del Monte / Marchisio Nanzer Save this picture!© Sosa PinillaText description provided by the architects. At the foot of Uritorco Hill, this stone and concrete house rises as a device through which to contemplate the changing spectacle of the mountain.The environmentThe theme of the project is perhaps return, the return of my parents to the village of their childhood, a non-circular return to memories and ghosts, although they are sometimes inevitable, but open to the search of the origin and identity as a platform to found the future and drift, to meet other views, of lost roads not travelled.Save this picture!PlanRecommended ProductsDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorDeleuze and Guattari state: “sometimes it happens that old age grants, not an eternal youth but a sovereign freedom, a pure necessity where one enjoys a moment of grace between life and death, and in which all parts of the machine fit to send a message to the future that spans the ages.”Save this picture!© Sosa PinillaThe project was drawn and blurred many times until reaching a simple idea:the gravity of  matter is excavated to promote a space for this event, the precise scenario for the moment of grace. The functional distribution accompanies this concept, leaving the necessary limits for the development of domestic activities, the rest of the spaces merge into one. Thus, the house becomes a perforated wall to look at the Uritorco and its surrounding landscape, a wall that serves for contemplation, which arises as a failure of artificial nature on the crest of a hill, and like all artifice does not hide its clumsy and imperfect gesture against another nature: that of infinite movements and cyclic rituals.Save this picture!© Sosa PinillaSpelling the wallsAll walls are somehow incomplete texts and are continuously rewritten by the random marks and signs that the weather prints on them, and which the rotation of light decodes.Save this picture!ElevationIn Cordoba there are many walls as this, there is the text on the stone which becomes the wall of the Society of Jesus that overlooks Caseros street, disturbing when you it gets sun from the west, with that poster in a doorway that says: “gate of heaven”. Or that other one on San Francisco church on Bs. As. street, which looks like a Tapies mural, stained with a black patina of longstanding moisture, always changing. Perhaps having these images in mind when developing the project, is the reason why the chosen materials are exposed naturally, so that the harsh mountain climate can give them their final finish.Save this picture!© Sosa PinillaWe searched for two types of stone, one gray from a riverbed nearby, for the main prism of the house, which was built with formwork made of horizontal boards and filled with concrete, leaving all signs of the process in sight, the wood tracks, the stone, the red oxide lines marking the levels of the different casts. We like to think that somehow the walls of the house make up a de-territorialization of the riverbed, a vertical river, where the concrete is expressed as a static liquid. In contrast to a wall of red stone from a quarry in the area, which defines the domestic boundary from the outdoor areas, which never touches the house as a ruin. That was all, the rest was reading Romilio Ribero, perhaps one of the best poets who from Córdoba, owner of the gift of interpreting the mysteries of the rough mountain landscape. You could say it was a project that was strongly tempted to exist. Gilles Deleuze – Felix Guattari “¿Qué es la filosofía ?” Editorial Anagrama – Barcelona 1993-Project gallerySee allShow less7 Shortlisted for Latvian Museum of Contemporary ArtArchitecture NewsSlotfelt Barn / Praksis ArkitekterSelected Projects Share “COPY” Architects: Marchisio Nanzer Photographs Argentinacenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/780724/house-in-capilla-del-monte-marchisio-nanzer Clipboard CopyHouses•Punilla Department, Argentina Photographs:  Sosa PinillaProject And Technical Direction:Mariela Marchisio, Cristián NanzerStructures:Jorge PalandriConstruction:Adrián MolinaMetallic Structure:Fabián AimarCity:Punilla DepartmentCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess Specs House in Capilla del Monte / Marchisio NanzerSave this projectSaveHouse in Capilla del Monte / Marchisio Nanzer ArchDaily “COPY” CopyAbout this officeMarchisio NanzerOfficeFollowProductsGlassStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPunilla DepartmentArgentinaPublished on January 27, 2016Cite: “House in Capilla del Monte / Marchisio Nanzer” [Casa en Capilla del Monte / Marchisio Nanzer] 27 Jan 2016. 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Research yields top 10 tips for converting donors to Gift Aid

first_img Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Research / statistics Joe Saxton, Director of nfpSynergy, is not impressed with Gift Aid conversion levels. “Gift Aid conversion levels are still astonishingly low,” he said. “When several charities have received an 80% take-up level, it is shocking that some charities have not even converted 40%, let alone 20%, of donors to the scheme. All charities really should be doing what they can to make the most of the scheme. It is hard to imagine a more cost-effective form of fundraising than gift aid conversion. If fundraisers aren’t making Gift Aid conversion happen, then chief executives and trustees should be piling on the pressure.”NfpSynergy conducted its research in October 2003 with a paper questionnaire mailed to 500 charities, of which 139 responded. The charities surveyed haveachieved an average 45% Gift Aid conversion rate, (up from 40% in 2002), andidentified street fundraising and ‘solus’ mailing as the two most effective ways of promoting the scheme. The research report publishes a list of 10 simple ways to increase Gift Aidtake-up.Appoint a Gift Aid or Tax-Effective Giving Czar who will be able to answer all related queriesHave a clear idea of your Gift Aid statistics, how much tax you can reclaim and what this will enable your charity to doBuild Gift Aid targets into your charity’s performance indicators Know your donors and identify their barriers to conversion using simplequestionnairesMail non-converters with a ‘solus’ mailingFollow up solus mailing with telephone callsCompile a simple briefing on Gift Aid for all supportersPut tax-effective giving on your trustee agenda twice a yearDevelop fundraising income streams that complement Gift AidBrief new and existing staff and volunteers on the importance of GiftAid Charities with high conversion rates realise it is an ongoing process that relies on a range of techniques. For example The Woodland Trust has succeeded in converting over 80% of donors to Gift Aid. Douglas Seddon, Marketing Director at The Woodland Trust explained: “From the start we’ve just been plugging away at every possibility. Because the Trust already mails its supporters regularly, gaining from Gift Aid that way has come at no extra cost at all…As a charity it’s our duty to go forit.”The research also looked at the Gift Aid brand, which the Giving Campaign launched in July 2002. Ninety per cent of charities are familiar with the logo, although only 60% of respondents are actually using the brand in their marketing strategies. Nevertheless, over half of those using it said that it had helped to increase take-up.The report is available free from nfpSynergy. It includes a gift aid conversion self-assessment test ‘ How good a gift aid lover are you?’ as well as a spreadsheet showing the payback of gift aidconversion activities including solus mailings.  96 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Research yields top 10 tips for converting donors to Gift Aid Howard Lake | 13 April 2004 | Newscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Research by nfpSynergy commissioned by The Giving Campaign confirms that charities are still not making the most of the Gift Aid scheme, and makes recommendations on how to change this.How can you get more donors to make their donations tax-efficient under Gift Aid? NfpSynergy’s research report for The Giving Campaign gives 10 practical ideas.The report confirms that while most charities are pleased with the opportunities offered by Gift Aid, very few are persuading most of their donors to give using this method. According to the report, 93% of charities think that Gift Aid has made iteasier for them to reclaim tax on donations. Indeed, in 2002/3 UK charities reclaimed £506 million from the Inland Revenue using Gift Aid. However, The Giving Campaign estimates that if all taxpaying donors were to give in this way, charities could beraising an additional £900 million. 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.last_img read more

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Q1 of 2021 saw rise in giving among UK millionaires

first_imgQ1 of 2021 saw rise in giving among UK millionaires Melanie May | 30 March 2021 | News Among those with wealth over £5 million, rather than major one-off gifts like those seen during the first lockdown last year, the value of regular contributions rose slightly instead, suggesting a shift away from emergency funding with a greater focus on providing support longer term instead. The most noticeable change seen was among those with an investable wealth of £2-5 million. Among this group, both the median and the mean rose above the levels seen at the height of 2020’s first lockdown. This suggests that more individuals in this group are giving, and that the value of their gifts is increasing. Quarterly surveying conducted by the Beacon Collaborative and Savanta shows that in the first quarter of 2021, the median amount given by those with investable wealth above £1 million was £250. This has increased from £170 in December. Mean giving also increased, rising from £2,370 to £3,990 over the same period.  Giving rose in Q1 this year from millionaire individuals in the UK, according to research, returning close to pre-pandemic levels. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4center_img Tagged with: Individual giving Research / statistics  1,665 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 More on the Beacon Collaborative’s surveying of giving can be accessed on its site. The number of individuals making donations of £1,000-£5,000 doubled among those with higher asset levels. Almost a quarter of those with wealth over £5 million gave between £1,000 and £5,000 in Q1, compared to 15% across the wealthy population as a whole. More widely, gifts of between £100 and £1,000 remained the most popular, with 34% of respondents giving at this level. Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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HSE engaging with Tipperary school over suspected outbreak of COVID-19

first_imgDonal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Previous articleLimerick maternity hospital to ease year long Covid-19 visitor restrictions to allow fathers access to offspring at baby unitNext article#LimerickAndProud reached 8.6 million people worldwide David Raleigh Advertisement Linkedin WhatsApp Email Facebook TAGScovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Print RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img LimerickNewsHSE engaging with Tipperary school over suspected outbreak of COVID-19By David Raleigh – April 22, 2021 892 Twitter Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Photo by Fusion Medical Animation on Unsplash THE HSE is engaging with an all girls secondary school in Nenagh, Co Tipperary, in response to a suspected outbreak of COVID-19.A statement from Michael Dineen, Principal, St Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh, sent to this reporter, read: “The school can confirm that we have engaged with the HSE. The HSE’s role includes carrying out a Public Health Risk Assessment. As part of this risk assessment, all close contact will be identified, contacted and advised of the next steps.”“Close contacts are requested not to come to school, in line with HSE Public Health advice. If Public Health does not make contact with you, you are not impacted and can continue to attend school,” the statement went on.“The school will continue to work with the HSE in ensuring all necessary hygiene, health and safety protocols are in place at the school for the prevention and containment of COVID-19.”The statement added: “The school cannot comment on individual cases or outbreaks of COVID-19 to protect the privacy and confidentially of those involved.”The school is located in the centre of Nenagh town and caters for approximately 600 students.A second school in North Tipperary is also understood to be liaising with the HSE about a suspected outbreak there.The HSE has been asked for a response Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Roisin Upton excited by “hockey talent coming through” in Limericklast_img read more

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AP PHOTOS: US pandemic toll: In 1 year, half a million lives

first_img Tom Hanks arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles on Feb. 9, 2020. TAGS  Twitter Facebook AP PHOTOS: US pandemic toll: In 1 year, half a million lives Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 center_img Twitter Pinterest Local NewsUS News Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleNIMR Firma un Acuerdo Estratégico de Trabajo en Equipo con las Industrias Militares de Arabia Saudita (SAMI)Next articleOAT022221_Dan_Patrick_01 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Deputy McConalogue: Emigration keeping unemployment artificially low

first_imgNews Previous article600 thousand still to pay Household ChargeNext articleInvestigation launched in Aranmore school virus News Highland By News Highland – May 19, 2012 Google+ Twitter Pinterest Deputy McConalogue: Emigration keeping unemployment artificially low Facebook Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH center_img Pinterest WhatsApp Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Young People and Children Charlie McConalogue says if specific measures to tackle youth unemployment are not put in place, then emigration will continue to be a major issue.The Donegal North East TD, who has just published a strategy document on the matter, says the current Government’s various job plans have all failed to address the specific issue of youth unemployment.He says at present in Donegal, emigration is keeping the Live Register figures artificially low:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/cmccon10chas.mp3[/podcast]last_img read more

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Revealed: the cities and regions where agents earn the most from sales

first_imgThe Conservatives say they want to ‘level up’ the UK but there’s a long way to go when it comes to the fees that estate agencies earn from property sales, new research reveals.London continues to dominate the UK both in terms of cash earned from property sales with an average of £8,501 but also by percentage, at 1.85%.By region, this is followed by the South East at £5,012 or 1.55%, the East of England at £4,398 or 1.51% and the South West at £4,161 or 1.58%.The research by recruitment firm Rayner Personnel also highlights the huge differences in average fee percentage ranging from 1.2% in Glasgow to 1.8% in the capital.Property salesIts data also shows that estate agencies earn £274.4 million in fees every month, but that England dominates the figures – agencies in Wales in Scotland earn just £26 million of this total.“London is always going to drive the market in terms of volume and estate agent earning potential due to the generally higher fees,” says Josh Rayner, CEO of Rayner Personnel (left).“But it’s important to remember that while these potential earnings differ by region and city, so too does the number of agents battling it out for this business.“The threat of the online and hybrid model hasn’t escalated to the levels previously expected, but they still pose a threat in terms of acquiring transactions across the UK which will also reduce available income.“While we appreciate that not every agent charges the average fee for their services, we wanted to highlight that the UK property market is alive and well despite wider uncertainties and estate agents can still make a very good living.”Full cities listTop 10 Major CitiesAverage House PriceAverage fee (%)Average fee (£)Average Monthly Sales (Last 12 Months)Potential Earnings on OfferLondon£485,7941.8%£8,5016,867£58,374,838Edinburgh£270,1111.3%£3,430953£3,268,327Birmingham£185,4991.6%£2,9121,027£2,990,721Leeds£183,7071.5%£2,737994£2,719,663Bristol£285,2681.5%£4,279540£2,310,315Bournemouth£283,4691.5%£4,110560£2,300,395Sheffield£167,3321.6%£2,644610£1,612,303Glasgow£134,5001.2%£1,587982£1,558,796Cardiff£210,9091.6%£3,290448£1,474,275Manchester£184,5061.4%£2,657481£1,277,738Read more about agent fees.agent commission Josh Rayner Rayner Personnel fees August 5, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Revealed: the cities and regions where agents earn the most from sales previous nextAgencies & PeopleRevealed: the cities and regions where agents earn the most from salesNew data shows how London continues to dominate the UK with an average sales fee of over £8,000 and percentage fees of 1.8%.Nigel Lewis5th August 202002,185 Viewslast_img read more

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Protestors ‘to confront Dalai Lama’

first_imgThe organisers of the Dalai Lama’s visit to Oxford have predicted that as many as 1000 protesters could assemble outside the Sheldonian Theatre, where he is due to speak today. From 9am onwards, Buddhist protesters, led by the Western Shugden Society, will be on Broad Street to confront the Dalai Lama with allegations of threats and intimidation from his representatives. Protesters have followed the Dalai Lama throughout his visit to the UK. They want to encourage the Dalai Lama to lift “an illegal and aggressive ban on a much loved, centuries old Buddhist prayer.” The prayer, known as ‘Dorje Shugden,’ is said to have been a traditional part of the Buddhist religion for 400 years, which the Dalai Lama is said to have practised himself until he was 50 years old. He is currently 72 years old. In a press conference yesterday, a Kelsang Pema spokesperson for the Western Shugden Society, said: “The Dalai Lama has imposed this ban and has left Buddhists no choice…he is impeding human rights.” The Western Shugden Society claims that 900 monks have been expelled from monasteries by Dalai Lama representatives, and Dorje Shugden practicioners are “receiving threats and are ostracised from communities because they practise the prayer.” The Dalai Lama has previously commented on his decision to ban the prayer. He said, “The fifth Dalai Lama considered this an evil force, evil spirit… The 13th Dalai Lama also placed restrictions on this evil spirit. So then I realised my mistake and then I stopped completely worshipping this.” The Western Shugden Society claims that the Dalai Lama has “two hats; one political and one religious. “There is a false perception that he [Dalai Lama] is the leader of Buddhism. He has inherited the title through reincarnation… three quarters of Buddhist would not say that he is their spiritual leader.” When asked if the Society would be concerned that they would be seen as pro- China, a spokesperson said: “We are not connected to the Chinese although the Dalai Lama says that we are…this is religious discrimination not political.”last_img read more

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