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African Sun Limited 2003 Annual Report

first_imgAfrican Sun Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2003 annual report.For more information about African Sun Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the African Sun Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: African Sun Limited (  2003 annual report.Company ProfileAfrican Sun Limited is a hospitality management company that is involved in the running of hotels, resorts, casinos and timeshare operations in Zimbabwe and South Africa. It operates through four divisions; Hotels Under Management, Hotels Under Franchise, Owner-managed Hotels and the Victoria Falls Hotel Partnership. Established in 1968 as Zimbabwe Sun Limited, the company has grown in stature to include Legacy Hospitality Management Services Limited which manages five hotels, and the InterContinental Hotels Group. Prestigious hotel brands in African Sun Limited’s expansive portfolio include The Victoria Falls Hotel, Holiday Inn, Great Zimbabwe Hotel and The Caribbea Bay Resort. African Sun Limited is a constituent of the Zimbabwe Industrial Index. African Sun Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Jubilee Holdings Limited ( 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgJubilee Holdings Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Jubilee Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Jubilee Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Jubilee Holdings Limited (  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileJubilee Holdings Limited is an investment holding company primarily operating in the insurance sector; with subsidiaries in Kenya, Burundi, Mauritius, Tanzania, Uganda and Pakistan. The company underwrites life and non-life insurance risks associated with death, disability, health, property and liability. Jubilee Holdings offers general insurance products which cover engineering, fire, marine, motor, personal accident, theft, workmen’s compensation and employer’s liability. The company also issues a portfolio of investment contracts to provide asset management solutions for savings and retirement funds. Other interests include fund management, property development and management, and power generation which includes providing fiber optic broadband cable connectivity services. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Jubilee Holdings Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

£1k to invest? I would consider buying this FTSE 250 tech stock now

first_img Jabran Khan | Monday, 25th May, 2020 | More on: PTEC Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Image source: Getty Images. £1k to invest? I would consider buying this FTSE 250 tech stock now “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Jabran Khan has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img I believe a tech stock’s performance depends on its purpose. For example, a tech stock that has ride hailing applications may not be performing too well in the lockdown. On the other hand, a food delivery app is probably doing much better.Software development companies specialising in online gaming platforms are a double-edged swords, in my opinion. 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Throughout its 20 years of existence, it has made shrew acquisitions to further its product range and diversify its offerings. Trading update and performanceSince the turn of the year, PTEC has lost over 40% of its share price value. I feel this presents a unique opportunity to grab bargain price shares in a great tech stock. Playtech took early steps in response to Covid-19. And it has kept investors abreast of all its developments with updates in March, April, and May. Its main actions were to prioritise the health and wellbeing of its employees, and to preserve cash flow. This meant Playtech’s employees began working from home in February, almost one month before the UK lockdown was imposed. Its board and executive management team took a 20% pay cut. Furthermore it decided to defer its current dividend. Results for 1 January to 30 April fell in line with expectations. 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PTEC has been transparent in its performance over the past three months and about how the virus is affecting it. That said, analysts predict that there will be growth for this technology giant, which I feel will thrive as time goes on.  Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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The life of a Journeyman – a Rugby World special report

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Investigationlong-read Rovigo on the go: Thor Halvorsen (Rovigo)“There are so many kids in South Africa who are not getting their chances and they are heading overseas,” the back-row says. “South Africa has some of the best (rugby) schools in the world and in big competitions they are dominating. But a lot of South African schoolboys are wasted now and after U20s, many of the boys stop playing.“I’ve spoken to many who ask me, ‘Should I head overseas?’ If you have the opportunity and can go at a young age, do it. I know so many guys who are here (in Europe) playing now. They live a good life. To travel the world and get paid for it, what can be better than that?”Well, all will agree that in a perfect world, more money in less-developed rugby nations and especially at lower levels would be better. There would be more security and less volatility. We’ve all seen what has happened at Yorkshire Carnegie recently.Yet there is a romanticism that powers many a journeyman, staving off the question of whether it’s time to stop seeking that one last contract.INKING A DEALIT WON’T always be a shift overseas that sees athletes move. And according to player agent Ali Smith, of Phoenix Sports Management, what is best for a career won’t always be about more pay.“I’ll be honest, when most players move the reason is an increase in salary,” Smith admits. “But I’ve had many players who moved and took pay cuts for rugby reasons and development reasons.“Fans might think agents do deals to make as much money as we can, but if we move a player to a club where he’ll develop and he’ll start and play more, his value will rise in the years to come. I tell my players it’s not a backwards movement but a sideways movement.“Mainly these guys are Premiership players who have played one or two seasons out of the academy. They may not get a lot of game time, play a lot of Prem Cup, the A League. They may get offered another contract there but there’s a Championship club offering a 20-30% pay cut but to play every week. I see that as a sideways movement.”The idea is that many top Premiership sides would rather sign the young player who knows how Premiership rugby works and has also played often and starred in the Championship, rather than the guy who made up the numbers at a big club over a few years.Big in Japan: Georgia hooker Jaba Bregvadze is at Sunwolves (Getty Images)That’s for the whippersnappers. With established names, Smith explains, moving or renewing your contract where you are is about fostering relationships with top sides, checking on the realistic ambitions of your players and also understanding genuine market value.Then we get to the veterans looking for one last deal at the end of a career.Doran Jones understands the lay of the land, saying: “I was always very pragmatic about it. Ultimately it’s a business decision. Perhaps at your peak you can command a certain wage and offer good value through what you do. There will come a tipping point in their mind where they see you as expensive or surplus. That can happen overnight.”Smith explains what steps you can take at this stage. If, say, a 33-year-old lock sees his contract is up and knows he will swap clubs, moves are made.Running with the example, Smith says: “We know which clubs around Europe are looking for an experienced lock so we’d go straight to those ones with a CV and a highlights package. We’d say, ‘This is a guy you should consider’. In addition, we’d speak to every other club, within reason – there are some you know there is no point picking up the phone to. But the majority we’d tell them we have this player, he’s out of contract. ‘Are you interested, yes or no?’“In a lot of cases it will be ‘potentially’ or ‘not right now’. With recruitment, a lot of things have knock-on effects. So a club might not want an experienced lock when you speak at Christmas, but they don’t know their own experienced lock is going to leave. By the end of January, when they know he will leave, suddenly your guy becomes an interest.“What’s frustrating for players and what we try to educate them on is that sometimes someone else must make a decision for them to get a contract. You might tell a player a club doesn’t want a lock, then a month later one of theirs retires because of injury. Things change.”Seeing the world: SA’s JP Pietersen has worked in four countries (Getty Images)There is also the ‘joker’ market in France, where clubs sign injury cover throughout the season – remember that’s how Hagan was picked up by Béziers. For older players, they must calculate what staying on the treadmill means. As Smith says of France: “When a player gets to 31, 32 and is looking to maximize his income before retiring, he may have to take these options, though it might not be the best for their rugby or for looking after their bodies.”Smith explains that at the top end a two-year deal for a 33-year-old is likely to have in-built clauses. For example, a club might only activate the second year depending on the number of games a player plays in year one.Sometimes there is no contract on the table at all. If a player gets to June or July, even late May, without offers, some serious decisions need to be made.And if the veterans start dropping into England’s National One or lower but are still looking for some good ‘cash contracts’ or smaller deals to tick along while setting up their next steps, the good agents will offer some help and advice, but in most cases this is the time for the player to begin making the tough calls on their own.COACHING ABROADALL THESE powerful forces apply to coaches too. However, sheer ability may not be enough when you are taking up new roles. According to Phil Pretorius, who has vast experience in South Africa, worked with the Tonga team in 1999 and later embarked on overseas stints in Ireland, Sri Lanka, the Cayman Islands and the Czech Republic, you must also “play the small politics right”.Pretorius sounds some words of caution about the “backstabbing” and obtuseness coaches can encounter all over the globe. Yet the former university lecturer admits that while he will likely call it quits on coaching – adding that if he had his time again he’d have stayed in academia – he admits it is easier said than done. He will always have a passion for coaching gnawing at him. So what forced him abroad in the first place?“There were two things,” he surmises. “Number one, as a coach you have a shelf life in certain places. In South Africa there is this huge paradigm that when you get older you are finished, which is completely false. As you get older, as long as you keep your passion, you get better as a coach because you have insight, experience and wisdom.“In the second place, I’m one of those adventurous guys who wanted to coach overseas. That was a dream. I’d done everything in South Africa bar coach the Springboks. I’d coached SA Barbarians, the Bulls in Super Rugby, 250 Currie Cup games. I decided to try my luck.”By his own admission, homesickness, as well as some politics, eventually did for him in some jobs. But in the few years he spent with Galway Corinthians, he fell in love with the club, the people, the rugby. He says: “I became a much better coach in Ireland, technically. It added so many new strings to my bow.”Sri Lanka’s Navy Sports Club gave him another good experience, but after three months he was keen to get home. He would take projects in the Caribbean and Eastern Europe but he would not last more than a year in either role. He is now free to enjoy family life more.South Africa on the Med: Jake White worked with plenty of Boks in Montpellier (Getty Images)Of course, not all experiences are equal. With Zebre, boss Michael Bradley is well used to spending time away from his family. With every coaching job he has had abroad, his wife and kids have remained in Ireland. What is that like?He says: “Well, first of all it could be three months (away at a time). It’s not ideal but I think the reference point is if the kids are happy and Gill is happy – and you pick that up on the phone or on Skype. If that changed, that would be a problem. Family would come first.”Going on to talk about coaching in foreign climes, he adds: “First and foremost, it’s a job. The world is a small place and I’ve worked in Edinburgh, Tbilisi, Bucharest, now in Parma but I could be anywhere: it doesn’t matter.“You’re working in rugby. You’re at the club, you have the on-pitch, off-pitch, you have players coming in and out, understanding the cultures and then the ambition on the other side and managing up and down. It’s the same everywhere, just to different degrees.Zebre crossing: Michael Bradley (INPHO)“In terms of the travel, it takes me 12 hours to get home from Parma. I can’t get home any quicker! It took me 12 hours from Georgia as well, which is weird but that’s just the reality.”When he is done with Zebre, Bradley says he would be fine travelling even further afield if that is where the work takes him. He likes the experiences rugby has afforded his family so far.He also agrees that there is a bit of a management merry-go-round in rugby, but there’s a reason you keep seeing coaches like Eddie Jones and Jake White linked with roles around the planet. People know their qualities.So would he recommend working abroad to young coaches out there?“Absolutely. There aren’t enough jobs in Ireland (or the UK) and you won’t get the experience. If you go straight into (a club) you’ll be one-dimensional, until you learn there’s a bigger world out there. It’s a balance, though. You’ll also need some degree of expertise.“The right answer is that if you do get an opportunity, you go, because you’ll learn a lot about yourself as well.”So often the word ‘journeyman’ is seen as meaning less-than or tainted, a tradesman shunted all over. But there are also heroes who move from club to club. There are solid and humble pros who seek their fortunes abroad. Some just need an opportunity.We talk about rugby being for all shapes and sizes. The game should be for all the varying personality types too. Especially those with wanderlust. Beneath the household names in elite rugby lies a huge number of fine professionals making a living off the world game. RW salutes those who are hustling from job to job. This feature first appeared in the magazine in Junecenter_img The life of a Journeyman – a Rugby World special report“I GOT called Pete Tong once because I’ve played in more clubs than him,” says Paul Doran Jones. Now self-employed, renovating property as well as playing for Rosslyn Park, the prop had a career that took him through Leinster, King Country in New Zealand, London Welsh, Gloucester, Northampton, Harlequins and Wasps, as well as repping England six times. For some, he is the quintessential ‘journeyman’.Yet he says on moving clubs: “They were decisions that enriched me as a person. I have seen different clubs, different coaches, different people, and that is what I thrive on. Sometimes there are financial or other incentives, but that’s what drives me. I get stagnant very quickly, so I like to change things up. I make no apologies for that.”In our game we bury one-club players under praise while at the same time devouring the transfer news about the biggest Test stars. But there is a whole other world out there, of levels, nations and cultures we may know little about.On the dawn of professionalism, John Daniell wrote in his book Confessions of a Rugby Mercenary: “The lot of a rugby mercenary is hard to beat.” But how do today’s journeymen see it? Some move for money, others for life experiences, and many more as it is the only way to find a job. We meet a few characters…Representing Perpignan: John Daniell in 2002 (Getty Images)SLIDING DOORSIt is amazing how two contrasting routes can lead vastly different people to the same place. For Irish tighthead Jamie Hagan and English fly-half Sam Katz, their paths to Béziers in the ProD2 differ greatly.Hagan came through the Irish elite system, operating at Leinster on three separate occasions, winning silverware, powering Connacht, winning a single Ireland cap and even playing Super Rugby for Melbourne Rebels. But throughout his time at big teams, fate often stepped in; things would turn out differently than he would have initially envisaged. Not that the philosophical prop is bitter about things – far from it. He is just aware that life is full of quirks.Giving one example, he says: “During my second stint at Leinster, Michael Bent came in and played ahead of me. I was dropped back to third-choice tighthead. Then London Irish signed me (for the following season). It’s a funny thing but when I’d signed, it felt like there was no pressure and I played unbelievably well for Leinster.“I suppose I got the rub of the green with injuries to others. I played when we won the Amlin Cup and I started more. I remember Joe Schmidt asked in March if I’d signed for Irish. He said, ‘Maybe we’ll see if we can get you out of that’.”Nothing ever came from that chat and Hagan moved to the English Premiership. At 25 years old and after five years in the Irish elite game, he was ready for a change. Today he ponders if perhaps he was hasty, but adds even-handedly: “There are definitely those sliding doors moments for everyone.”Which leads to the prop’s next example. His time at Irish was not great. A regime change brought in new management, who Hagan feels just did not rate him, even after a third spell back at Leinster on loan. He left his contract early but on the horizon was yet another superb opportunity, this time Down Under.Time as a rebel: Jamie Hagan (INPHO)“I’d finished at Irish but I was still so hungry to play and a friend was working with the Rebels, who were looking for a tighthead,” Hagan recalls. “At 18 or 19 that was my Friday morning: watching my favourite players in Super Rugby. Irish guys don’t play Super Rugby! This was surreal, like signing for Man United!“But then two games into the Super Rugby season, my now wife (Sinead) found a tumour in her neck. That was devastating. It went on for the majority of the season – I was playing and training but I was in a very bad place. The Rebels team doctor knew about the situation but that was it, no one else did.“I was in such a bad way with lots of different things going on and that was it: my contract there finished early.”Sinead made a full recovery but Hagan has no problem admitting he fell out of love with rugby. The pair prepared to find jobs in Oz, start new lives. But then the chance to sign for a second-tier French side as a medical joker came up.It is in France that Hagan believes he has rekindled his affection for the sport – even if another coaching regime change swiftly after his signing made him wonder if a brick had been put through those sliding doors. However, he’s just enjoyed his third season with the French outfit.It’s here his path crossed with Katz.“My journey is very different to Jamie’s,” says the fly-half, who grew up with a football family and was driven towards academia. He studied for an international business degree while leading the Loughborough University rugby team’s attack. After a year working in the City of London as part of his course, Katz solidified his dream to pursue rugby. No chances in England stood out, so he set course for adventure. He went to Spain.Leaving a mark: Doran Jones at Glaws (Getty Images)“I thought I’d feel it out but it was an amazing couple of seasons there,” Katz says of his time with El Salvador, in Valladolid. “In our second year we did the league-and-cup double and for the final of the Copa del Rey in 2016 they filled a 26,000-seater stadium. The King of Spain came out and we managed to win it. The atmosphere was rocking and up until that point I’d never had an experience like that.”Katz’s confidence was high. He had the chance to qualify for Spain if he stayed on. He’d met his wife there. However, something was nagging at him to take another risk, so he moved on again.After a stint with Jersey, Katz shifted to France to play for freshly promoted Massy in the ProD2. He liked the league, felt he could improve there. A season later he landed with Béziers.The 28-year-old admits the nomadic life can be unpredictable and tough on personal relationships. His wife’s support through each move has been precious.For Hagan, a chance to settle, pass on advice to young players and earn good money for his family has been uplifting.Katz has unwavering belief in his ability. He is switching club again and will be in Italy next season, but he hits on a thought that applies to all players moving: “If you want to earn a living from the sport and be abroad, you have got to be hard as nails about it.”TAKING THE LEAPDORAN JONES went down the academic route, too, but he twinned his medicinal chemistry degree at Trinity College with time at Leinster. And while local kids could live at home and pocket around €3,600 a year, the prop toiled to get by on such a meagre starter wage.He jokes about how coaches couldn’t understand why he couldn’t gain weight – before discovering he was running rickshaws at night to make extra cash. But things got harder when his time at uni, and the associated bursary, ended.He tried to talk coach Michael Cheika into investing in him, explaining that he could not afford to live in expensive Dublin. “What I hadn’t told him was that I’d run out of money and the night before I had to go down the local supermarket and steal my tea,” he reveals. “I was there on my own, no cash, so I ran off with a steak and a couple of spuds.”(illustration by Simon Scarsbrook)In the end the young prop didn’t stay in Dublin and signed with London Welsh to start over. Finding opportunities can be tough all over the world. There are those who love the game and love adventure, but you have to be aware of other elements that pull careers along.Doran Jones says: “I think there is a gig economy in rugby and what I’ve found sampling National One life (with Rosslyn Park) – going all the way through and coming out the other end – you see the lads who were probably talented enough to have had a good career in rugby, but they decide to follow professions and earn whatever they can in the day job, just training Tuesdays and Thursdays and paying the bills. I have a far greater respect for that now than I maybe did before.Related: Rugby World investigations“In hindsight it’s a very sensible play because in rugby, even if you make international grade or get to somewhere where you earn decent cash, unless you’re an absolute superstar you’ve still got to find a career (afterwards).”There is another interesting subplot within the journeyman narrative. Yes, we must be acutely aware that life can be tough for many players and we must look after athletes lower down the pro ladder better. And yes, opportunities are sparse in some famous rugby nations. But you can also celebrate the magical careers borne out of such conditions.He turns 45 in August but Ma’ama Molitika will potentially feature for Ampthill in the English Championship next season. Having left Tonga for New Zealand at 14 and played NPC there, then in Wales, England, Italy and Japan, the veteran player-coach is still up for it.Still powering on: Ma’ama Molitika back in 2008 (Getty Images)He says: “I’ll probably play, yes, but it will definitely be my last season! If I can get through to Christmas, great. We will go week by week and it’s a tough league, with a lot of travelling, but Ampthill’s a good little club: a good set-up, good bunch of boys, good group of people.“I’m still enjoying it. I wouldn’t be commuting to England every week (from Barry, Wales) and running around if I didn’t feel able to compete at that level and enjoy it. Obviously the money’s not the same as the Premiership, but the money does help to pay the bills. It helps with my family and for the enjoyment.”Molitika says his only regret is that he never played Super Rugby, but he left to find a life overseas when you needed a day job if you were in New Zealand’s second tier. It was on the way, he says, that he made great memories, great friends and fell for life in Wales.We know big-name Test stars move abroad all the time. Japan and France are fruitful markets now. But you can also look at guys like Thor Halvorsen.The South African confesses things were lonely when he first left regular Currie Cup rugby with Boland Cavaliers for Italy at 25, joining Mogliano. By his third season, though, he was thriving.After a short-lived return home and time worrying about a debilitating foot injury, he was back in Italy, at the level under Benetton and Zebre, with Rovigo Delta.According to Halvorsen, young South African talents have to be prepared to take a leap of faith abroad. He knows plenty of energetic African players (and coaches) who have made their way in Italy, Spain, Sri Lanka and Russia. This special feature first appeared in the magazine in June.For more rugby news don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Charity founders honoured in Royal Mail stamp set

first_img Melanie May | 18 March 2016 | News Sue Ryder, and Eglantyne Jebb, the founder of the organisation that became Save the Children, feature in the Royal Mail’s latest set of special stamps, released on 15th March.The British Humanitarians set comprises six stamps honouring some of Britain’s greatest humanitarians and their achievements.As well as the founders of Sue Ryder and Save the Children, the stamps feature:Joseph Rowntree, the confectioner and Quaker philanthropist who used half of his wealth to set up three trusts: the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust; the Joseph Rowntree Social Service Trust Ltd; and the Joseph Rowntree Village Trust Lord Boyd Orr, the Scottish physician and biologist who advocated improved nutrition and global food provision and became the first director-general of the United Nations’ Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) Charity founders honoured in Royal Mail stamp set Josephine Butler, the social reformer and feminist who was instrumental in the battle against the Contagious Diseases Acts, which denied working-class women their civil rights From Tuesday 15 March until Monday 21 March each of the humanitarians will be recognised by an individual postmark stating their name, year of birth and year of death.The stamps are available in 8,000 Post Office branches and online at, and by phone on 03457 641 641.Stephen Agar, Royal Mail, said:“These six British individuals remain inspirational for their actions and achievements across nearly 150 years. It is timely that Royal Mail pays tribute to their humanitarianism with these stamps.” Advertisement Tagged with: Royal Mailcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of 669 predominantly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War.  139 total views,  1 views today 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  140 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10last_img read more

Detroit to Flint, Mich., ‘Justice Journey’ for water begins

first_imgThe Water Justice Journey, a 70-mile, eight-day walk from Detroit to Flint, Mich., began July 3 with a gathering on the banks of the Detroit River, the main water supply to millions throughout southeast Michigan. The trek’s first day ended just north of Detroit in busy downtown Ferndale, where the Detroit Light Brigade shined the message: “Clean, Affordable Water Now!” The People’s Water Board organized the walk to force attention on the water crisis in southeast Michigan.Tens of thousands of Detroit households, along with all 10,000-plus residents of Highland Park, face having their water service shut off. Without running water in their homes, parents are losing custody of their children to the state. Another crisis exists in Flint, where the water is undrinkable and unfit for washing and bathing.This emergency situation was 100 percent preventable. The culprits are the banks, the corporations and the capitalist state. As Jerry Goldberg, representing the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs, explained at the sendoff rally, “The termination fees on interest rate swaps represent $537 million of the $1.1 billion borrowed for infrastructure repair and maintenance. Without this profit gouging by the richest banks, DWSD [Detroit Water and Sewerage Department] would be in sound financial condition.”Last summer Detroit’s water shutoffs drew worldwide attention. Two rapporteurs from the United Nations came here and issued a report blasting DWSD and city officials for depriving Detroiters of the human right to water. Mayor Mike Duggan, rather than taking measures to block the shutoffs and restore service, dismissed the rapporteurs as misinformed.To keep their water on, residents signed payment plans, but the terms set by DWSD made it impossible for most to keep up. Now all but a handful of those on payment plans could lose service, as shutoffs have started for anyone more than $150 or two months behind.Crisis expands beyond DetroitWith water quality among the best in the U.S., DWSD provides water to most of surrounding Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties and even communities as far away as Flint. Part of the racist looting of Detroit’s assets during the municipal bankruptcy was the plan to sell DWSD to the regional Great Lakes Water Authority, giving greater control outside Detroit to suburbs in Oakland and Macomb counties and in Wayne County.The agreement to establish the regional authority has a provision to raise rates by over 10 percent in the suburbs and other cities. There is resistance to this plan, including a referendum petition to put the sale of DWSD on the ballot. A rate increase was rejected by the Detroit City Council on June 30.Contained within Detroit city limits is the city of Highland Park. Like Detroit, Highland Park is overwhelmingly African American; the poverty rate hovers around 40 percent. That city had its own water pumping station until 2012, when the mayor shut it down for temporary repairs. But then he had the city connected to DWSD permanently, so Highland Park residents had to pay Detroit for water.Now residents and small businesses, who were not billed for two years, are being hit with bills in the thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars. DWSD is threatening to cut off service to all of Highland Park, because the city allegedly owes Detroit millions of dollars. Highland Park City Council voted to raise water rates by 138 percent in June!Flint, 70 miles north of Detroit, historically got its water from Detroit. Recently Flint began sourcing its water from the highly polluted Flint River. This has caused skin rashes, hair loss, autoimmune disorders and lead poisoning in children, along with unpayable rates.Activists from Flint, Highland Park and Detroit are united and determined to go the distance, saying, “Water is a human right.”Photo: For ‘Clean, affordable water.’ Detroit, July 3.WW photo: Mike ShaneFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

AFL-CIO’s Trumka leaves Trump council – He never should have joined!

first_imgIn January, just a few weeks into the new administration, AFL-CIO President Rich Trumka committed class treason when he joined Trump’s Manufacturing Advisory Council. He and AFL-CIO deputy staff member Thea Lee were the token labor representatives on the council, which included CEOs of 3M, Campbell Soup, Johnson & Johnson and other major corporations.On Aug. 15, Trumka and Lee finally resigned from the council, citing Trump’s comments equally blaming both anti-fascists and white supremacist terrorists for the fatal violence in Charlottesville. “We must resign on behalf of America’s working people, who reject all notions of legitimacy of these bigoted groups,” said Trumka. ( His departure from the council only came after a number of big-business CEOs had resigned.By Aug. 17, the president had dissolved the Manufacturing Council, as well as the Strategy and Policy Forum, in the wake of mass desertions by CEOs, including JPMorgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon, General Electric’s Jeff Inmelt and other capitalist luminaries. These key representatives of the ruling class, who have always used racism and bigotry to divide the working class, filled their resignation statements with phony platitudes about their commitment to diversity and lack of tolerance for bigotry.Did they just discover the extreme bigotry of the 45th president of the United States? Were they asleep during the whole election campaign, when Trump whipped up mass hatred and violence against Muslims, Latinx immigrants, African Americans, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities and others? It took the murder of a white anti-fascist activist, followed by the most repugnant response imaginable from the head of the capitalist state, for these filthy rich hypocrites to distance themselves from the racist-in-chief.The bigger question for labor is, of course, the conduct of Trumka. How could he justify taking a seat on this hideous council, knowing all about Trump’s bigoted rhetoric and the presence of open white supremacists in the cabinet?The collapse of the two economic councils has to be seen in the context of the growing mass movement against white supremacy and bigotry. The CEOs and their labor flunkeys were feeling the pressure of this powerful movement when they made the decision to resign.Trumka’s exit from the Trump council is a move in the right direction, even if pitifully inadequate and long overdue.What needs to happen is for the AFL-CIO to make a complete break with class collaborationist policies. The AFL-CIO’s relationship with Trump — and that of the Teamsters, Building Trades and others — is the most extreme manifestation of collaboration with the capitalist U.S. ruling class.But that break will not come from the top bureaucrats. The rank and file must revive labor’s proud legacy of militant, class-conscious and anti-racist unionism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Two More Local COVID-19 Deaths Confirmed

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 32 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it City Health Officials confirmed two more deaths on Thursday and confirmed 15 more Coronavirus cases on Thursday bringing the local numbers to 65 deaths and 516 confirmed cases of the Coronavirus.The numbers come as city officials began meeting in the Economic, Development Technology Committee meeting to discuss modifying the city’s Safer at Home order.The order could include bookstores, clothing stores, toy stores, music stores and sporting good shops.“I’ve said for some time that Pasadena needed to get moving,” said Councilman Victor Gordo. “There’s nothing more important than the safety and welfare of the people of this city.“We are a very unique city and that means planning ahead so that we are prepared to move swiftly as public health officials as the governor moves the city into the different phases of this epidemic.”Some of the businesses could not do curbside service which would require them to use a parking lot for pick up services.The order requires businesses develop contactless payment procedures, have hand sanitizer available for employees and customers, ensure employees have proper protective gear, and ask employees to deliver goods to customers’ cars when possible.Break rooms have to be closed and replaced with outdoor break areas with seats set up for social distancing.The state is working on developing guidelines that will allow office buildings, dine-in restaurants, shopping malls and outdoor museums to reopen next. Gov. Newsom teased he’ll be releasing guidelines for dine-in restaurants next Tuesday, May 12.All businesses that want to reopen will need to train employees on how to curb the spread of the disease, monitor themselves for symptoms and ask workers to stay home if they feel sick. Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a comment Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Two More Local COVID-19 Deaths Confirmed City also reports 15 additional cases of virus By ANDRÉ COLEMAN Published on Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 3:16 pm More Cool Stuffcenter_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

Call out in creating European Capital of Culture

first_imgFacebook LifestyleArtsEntertainmentComedyNewsCall out in creating European Capital of CultureBy Rose Rushe – May 28, 2015 1090 WhatsApp Previous articleTaste of AfricaNext articleMaking waves Rose Rushehttp://www.limerickpost.ieCommercial Features and Arts Editor at Limerick Post Print Advertisementcenter_img Rubber Bandits’ Blindboy Boatclub’s call to arms, heard by Róisín Hayes, Ennis Road at LCGAPicture: Alan Place/FusionShootersBLINDBOY Boatclub of The Rubberbandits was integral to the unveiling of Limerick’s identity in our bid for European Capital of Culture 2020. The subtext is clear: expect mischief in the mix, and public input is sought to pitch our documented self as European Capital 2020 successfully to an international jury of decision makers. Subverting the expected is good; so is Sport, we heard on Tuesday 26th in Culture House.A video ( created by Piquant Media platformed Ministers, housewives, playwrights, academics, immigrants voicing their vision of this city today: ‘progressive’, ‘inclusive’, ‘with culture’, ‘fun’ and then… Blindboy’s ‘fishing rod’.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The film is beyond the touristy cut of rival cities’ PR thus far. Any available paper work issued by contenders Dublin, Galway and the South East amalgam is being scanned here for content, and how to outstrip same.Core to the required 80-page bid is that Limerick is a place for all to have a say in its challenges – and how Culture can change us in the context of Europe. The call is out to input on and create events in the community to signal on#limerick2020 and social media.The city as a whole, building a coherent, positive presence is key.Mike Fitzpatrick’s team want us all to have a crack at with ideasPicture: Alan Place/FusionShooters“And my God, how we want it,” stated Limerick arts officer Sheila Deegan of the Capital of Culture 2020 status to be shared with a Croatian city.”We submit our bid in October and basically unpack our presentation to the international jury in November”.Expect a multidimensional response to 52 set questions embracing six broad areas (Governance; Outreach; Finance; Creative and Artistic content; European dimension; Cultural Strategy). These will be fleshed out to the jurors by practitioners and artists, with the administrators.A team of eight, led by Mike Fitzpatrick of LSAD (LIT) and Sheila Deegan, is augmented by Dr Dominique Bouchard as curator of the catalytic Engagement and Participation committee to bring community feedback back to the table for conversion to gameplan.Cllr Maria Byrne, who sits on the committee for Regions in Europe, officiated at Tuesday 26’s launch as deputy mayor. She drew attention to the vital role of Sport in our identity and the hundreds of involved organisations that rival artistic groups in passion and strength.“Looking back on 2014 city of Culture, it was a very positive year,” reflects Dr  Fitzpatrick, speaking to Limerick Post. “Limerick came to be seen by so many people as overcoming difficulties and becoming an expression of culture and performance. I hope to say we have all areas of life involved and Sport is to play a big  part as well, there’s a linkage between the two”.Ultimately as director of the many strands pulling into a momentous one, his feeling is that “if we don’t win, we will lose incredibly well so how do we lift our game, look at our production values and up them?”Answers, please and make haste, to Dominique Bouchard’s Engagement and Participatiion tentacles – explore and write to Culture House, No. 2 Pery Square, hub for consolidating energy.She is clear that “in order to work the  programme and have content to put together, Limerick needs to say what it wants.  People have to highlight what they feel is important. [European Capital of Culture 2020] is not just about activities , it is partly about culture in service”. Email Twitter Linkedinlast_img read more

Earagail Arts Festival kicks off as Clipper race leaves Derry

first_img Pinterest Newsx Adverts PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Twitter Facebook The 24th Earagail Arts Festival kicks off today and runs until the 22nd of July.Over the two weeks, events will take place in venues all over the county, with a wide array of international acts, but also a strong emphasis on local talent under the “Made in Donegal” brand.Meanwhile, the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race leaves Derry today after a week of celebrations.There will be a parade of sail down the Foyle from 1 o’clock, the next stage of the race gets underweay at Greencastle this afternoon. Pinterestcenter_img Earagail Arts Festival kicks off as Clipper race leaves Derry WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Previous articleUnionists want Bloody Sunday invesigation to include Martin McGuinnessNext articleOrange Order members converge on Rossknowlagh for annual parade News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week By News Highland – July 7, 2012 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republiclast_img read more