Dairibord Holdings Limited HY2012 Interim Report

first_imgDairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the half year.For more information about Dairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dairibord Holdings Limited (DZL.zw)  2012 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileDairibord Zimbabwe Private Limited (DZL Holdings Limited) is the largest dairy company in Zimbabwe; producing and marketing a range of fresh milk and ready-to-drink and long-life milk products. The company also owns Lyons Zimbabwe; a food company that manufactures and markets ice-cream, cordials, condiments and spreads, tea and mineral water; ME Charhons which manufactures biscuits and baking products; and has a majority stake in Dairibord Malawi. The company is wholly-owned by Lavenson Investments Private Limited and is the flagship subsidiary of Dairiboard Holdings Limited. DZL Holdings Limited owns four property companies; Goldblum Investments (Private) Limited, Chatmoss Properties (Private) Limited, Quallinnex Properties (Private) Limited and Slimline Investments (Private) Limited. Its export markets include Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. Dairibord Zimbabwe Private Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Starwin Products Limited (SPL.gh) 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgStarwin Products Limited (SPL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Starwin Products Limited (SPL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Starwin Products Limited (SPL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Starwin Products Limited (SPL.gh)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileStarwin Products Limited manufactures and markets generic pharmaceutical and consumer health products for the local Ghana market and for export. The company produces a range of analgesics, antacids/laxatives, anti-allergies, multivitamins and haematinics. Its analgesic range includes Rapiriol, Paracetemol and Painoff; anti-allergics include Asmadrin and Star Cold tablets; antacids include Starwins Milk of Magnesia and Starwins Liver Salt; syrups include Paraking, Expectolyn and Starprovite. The company was founded in 1960 and was formerly known as Sterling Pharmaceuticals Ghana Limited; its name was changed in 1993. Dannex Limited is a majority shareholder (71.3%) in the business. Starwin Products Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Argo Blockchain shares: should I buy for my portfolio today?

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address 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. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Wednesday, 17th February, 2021 | More on: ARB “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Like this one… Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Argo Blockchain shares: should I buy for my portfolio today? 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 Edward Sheldon owns shares in Mastercard and has no position in Bitcoin. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Mastercard and Tesla. 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. Argo Blockchain (LSE: ARGO) is one of the hottest stocks on the London Stock Exchange right now. Yesterday, it was up nearly 30%. Over the last 12 months, it has gained a staggering 3,600%.Here, I’m going to look at why Argo Blockchain’s share price is skyrocketing right now. I’m also going to discuss whether I’d buy the stock for my growth portfolio today.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Argo Blockchain’s share price is on fireThere are a few reasons Argo Blockchain’s share price has surged recently.The first is that the price of Bitcoin has continued to rise. As a large-scale miner of cryptocurrencies, Argo is essentially a leveraged play on the price of Bitcoin in the same way that gold miners are leveraged plays on the price of gold.A month ago, Bitcoin was trading at around $36,000. Yesterday, however, it hit $50,000. This rise in the price of BTC has boosted Argo’s share price significantly.The second reason Argo Blockchain stock has jumped is that a number of major companies have embraced cryptocurrencies recently. Last week, payments giant Mastercard announced that it plans to facilitate crypto payments in the near future. Meanwhile, Tesla announced that it bought $1.5bn worth of BTC and said that it plans to accept the cryptocurrency as payment in the future.Finally, recent trading updates from Argo have been encouraging. On 29 January, for example, the company advised that it had just brought 1,295 new mining machines into production. More recently, on 10 February, it advised that it plans to acquire 320 acres of land in West Texas and build a new 200mw mining facility in the next 12 months.ARB shares: should I buy?While Argo Blockchain appears to be growing rapidly, there are a few issues that concern me about the shares.The first is the fact that it’s hard to calculate a fair value for the stock. Argo’s revenue ultimately depends on the price of Bitcoin. And this is notoriously hard to predict. So, like an oil or gold miner, its revenue growth is really out of its hands.The second is the fact that the stock is so leveraged to the price of Bitcoin. Obviously, this is a great feature when the Bitcoin price is rising. However, it’s not so good when the price of Bitcoin is falling. When BTC fell around 25% in January, for example, Argo Blockchain’s share price roughly halved.Finally, the current market cap of £856m looks too high, in my view. If we take January’s mining revenue of £2.48m and multiply that by 12 to get a revenue forecast for the year, the annual forecast is £29.76m. That puts the stock on a forward-looking price-to-sales (P/S) ratio of about 29. That’s nearly twice as expensive as Tesla, which is generally regarded as a very expensive stock. It’s also worth pointing out that the current market cap equates to a valuation of £1.7m per Bitcoin held at the end of January.Weighing everything up, I don’t see Argo Blockchain as a great fit for my portfolio. There’s too much uncertainty for my liking in terms of revenue projections and it’s hard to know how much this stock is really worth.All things considered, I think there are safer growth stocks for me to buy right now. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAlast_img read more

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Le diocèse d’Olympia accueille des réfugiés et saisit la justice…

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Advocacy Peace & Justice, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Faith & Politics, Associate Rector Columbus, GA 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 Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Donald Trump, Episcopal Migration Ministries, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 de David PaulsenPosted Feb 10, 2017 Submit a Press Release Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Jobs & Calls Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL Submit an Event Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Le réfugié syrien Baraa Haj Khalaf, à gauche, embrasse son père Khaled tandis que sa mère Fattoum, à droite, pleure après être arrivée le 7 février à l’aéroport international O’Hare de Chicago (Illinois). Photo : Kamil Krzaczynski /REUTERS[Episcopal News Service] La décision prise le 9 février par la cour d’appel fédérale qui a bloqué l’interdiction temporaire d’admission des réfugiés prononcée par l’administration Trump a été bien accueillie par les dirigeants de l’Église épiscopale de Washington alors que le diocèse d’Olympia intente une procédure séparée à l’encontre du décret présidentiel.Le diocèse aide à coordonner la réinstallation de 190 réfugiés chaque année. Sur le nombre de réfugiés qui se préparent à arriver dans la région de Seattle, environ 90 % devraient provenir de l’un des sept pays à majorité musulmane ciblés par le décret du 27 janvier du président Donald Trump, décret qui a également interdit l’entrée des visiteurs et des titulaires de visas en provenance de ces pays. Le 6 février, un juge fédéral de Seattle a temporairement bloqué cette interdiction. C’est cette décision qu’a confirmé le 9 février le collège de trois juges de la Cour d’appel des États-Unis pour le neuvième circuit qui siège à San Francisco.Le diocèse d’Olympia et l’organisation American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) de Washington ont intenté le 7 février une procédure séparée  contestant le décret présidentiel. Les réfugiés, retenus dans les aéroports étrangers depuis le jour où Donald Trump avait signé le décret, s’acheminent à présent vers l’aéroport international de Seattle-Tacoma. L’incertitude juridique menace toutefois d’ébranler le Bureau de réinstallation des réfugiés du diocèse, scénario qui, selon l’évêque Greg Rickel, serait contraire à la mission de l’Église épiscopale.« Ce décret présidentiel est une violation des principes fondamentaux de notre nation »,  a déclaré l’évêque Greg Rickel le 7 février lorsqu’il a averti de la procédure judiciaire. « En tant que membre du Mouvement de Jésus, je pense que les États-Unis ont une responsabilité morale d’accueillir et d’aider à la réinstallation de réfugiés parmi les plus de 65 millions de personnes déplacées par la guerre, la violence, la famine et la persécution. Refouler ces personnes vulnérables et limiter le flux de réfugiés vers notre pays est déshonorer Celui que nous servons ».L’ACLU de Washington a accepté de se charger de cette affaire bénévolement et a intenté la poursuite judiciaire au nom du diocèse d’Olympia. Deux étudiants anonymes de l’University of Washington figurent également comme plaignants dans ce recours collectif.« Une grande partie des autres procédures intentées à l’encontre du décret (présidentiel) ne répondent pas spécifiquement aux besoins des réfugiés », explique Josh Hornbeck, directeur de la communication du diocèse. Mais la réinstallation des réfugiés est au cœur de l’action en justice du diocèse d’Olympia.Son bureau de réinstallation des réfugiés est l’un des 31 affiliés dans tout le pays à être partenaires de l’organisme  Episcopal Migration Ministries  pour trouver un logement dans 27 diocèses épiscopaux et 23 États aux réfugiés qui ont fui la guerre, la violence et la persécution dans leur pays d’origine. Cette année, 110 000 réfugiés devaient arriver aux États-Unis. Episcopal Migration Ministries est l’un des neuf organismes – plus de la moitié d’entre eux étant des organismes confessionnels – qui travaillent en partenariat avec le Département d’État des États-Unis pour accueillir et réinstaller les réfugiés.Ces initiatives ont sombré dans le chaos à la fin du mois dernier lorsque Donald Trump, cherchant à honorer une promesse de campagne d’imposer des « contrôles extrêmes » aux réfugiés, a signé un décret présidentiel suspendant toute réinstallation de réfugiés pendant 120 jours, tandis que son administration passe en revue un processus de sécurité qui déjà peut prendre des années. Le décret a aussi bloqué l’entrée des visiteurs et des titulaires de visa en provenance d’Irak, d’Iran, du Soudan, de Libye, de Somalie et du Yémen pendant 90 jours et indéfiniment pour ceux en provenance de Syrie.Pendant que les réactions au décret se déployaient aux États-Unis au travers de  manifestations et qu’évoluaient les affaires judiciaires et l’interprétation par la Maison blanche de son propre décret, les réfugiés et les titulaires de visa étaient initialement bloqués dans un vide juridique.Le diocèse d’Olympia était sur le point d’accueillir douze personnes de cinq familles de réfugiés lorsque l’interdiction du 27 janvier est entrée en vigueur, mais ces familles se sont trouvées abandonnées dans un aéroport au Koweït, dans l’impossibilité d’embarquer dans un quelconque avion vers les États-Unis, explique Josh Hornbeck. Un autre groupe de 86 personnes avait été contrôlé et attendait de passer les examens médicaux pour acheter leur billet d’avion pour Seattle mais le décret présidentiel les a soudainement empêchés de poursuivre leur projet.À présent que les opposants au décret de Donald Trump ont gagné une injonction alors que la querelle judiciaire se poursuit, les initiatives du diocèse d’Olympia en matière de réinstallation des réfugiés ont immédiatement été remises sur les rails. Josh Hornbeck déclare que quatre des douze réfugiés qui attendaient de pouvoir embarquer au Koweït devaient arriver à Seattle le 10 février.Le Bureau de réinstallation des réfugiés, à l’instar des autres affiliés d’EMM, collabore avec les congrégations hôtes pour préparer des appartements pour les réfugiés qui arrivent, les accueillir à l’aéroport et les amener à leur nouvelle résidence. Dans la région de Seattle, ces habitations sont généralement en dehors de la ville, dans des communautés où le prix des logements est moins cher, poursuit Josh Hornbeck. Les réfugiés reçoivent également une aide pour trouver un emploi et pour s’habituer à une culture nouvelle pour eux.L’organisme de Seattle reçoit des fonds fédéraux pour l’aide à la réinstallation ; une interdiction, même temporaire, peut causer suffisamment de préjudice financier pour semer le doute sur la capacité du Bureau de réinstallation des réfugiés à poursuivre ses activités, explique Josh Hornbeck. Les fonds destinés à la réinstallation des réfugiés parviennent, par l’intermédiaire d’EMM, au réseau d’affiliés en vertu d’un contrat avec le gouvernement fédéral.Le 8 février, le Conseil exécutif de l’Église épiscopale a exprimé sa solidarité avec les réfugiés tout en continuant de réagir sur le plan financier et judiciaire au décret présidentiel.Le Conseil a accordé 500 000 dollars à Episcopal Migration Ministries pour assurer sa continuité financière pendant la suspension de la réinstallation des réfugiés décidée par Donald Trump et alors que les travaux reprennent vraisemblablement à plus petite échelle. Il a également demandé à l’Évêque Primat d’étudier s’il est « approprié et recommandé » de défendre en justice le ministère de réinstallation des réfugiés d’EMM et la position de l’église vis-à-vis des tests de religion pour les réfugiés.Article complet en anglais. Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books center_img In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events 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 Refugees Migration & Resettlement Rector Tampa, FL Rector Shreveport, LA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Refugee Ban, Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Collierville, TN Press Release Service Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Le diocèse d’Olympia accueille des réfugiés et saisit la justice afin de poursuivre leur réinstallation The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Knoxville, TNlast_img read more

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Choose the right moment, says Remember a Charity Week video

first_img Remember a Charity, the charity coalition that promotes leaving a charitable legacy in your will, has unveiled its campaign video for this year’s Remember a Charity Week, which runs from 9-15 September.As usual, it adopts a humorous tone to get its message across. The advert, shot by Cannes Award winning film director Ben Liam Jones, shows a man who takes a moment to think about leaving a gift to charity, only for his girlfriend to misread the situation as a wedding proposal, to the shock of the man.The film is available online and will appear in cinemas. Advertisement  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Choose the right moment, says Remember a Charity Week video 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.center_img Howard Lake | 3 September 2013 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Royal Navy charity seeks grant applications

first_img The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity is calling for applications for its next round of major charitable funding grants, after awarding its latest series of grants to help in-service personnel.The charity funds projects and facilities that boost morale for serving personnel. The latest round of grants awarded by the charity’s Naval Service Amenity Fund saw more than £180,000 given to a variety of projects, amenities, and sporting and leisure facilities, with sports projects dominating the proceedings.RNAS Culdrose, the Royal Navy Winter Sports Association, and the 45 Commando Royal Marines were among the beneficiaries.Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Culdrose secured nearly £35,000 toward a community climbing wall. Up to 2,000 serving personnel are expected to use the wall per year, and a further 600 dependants and civilians will also benefit from the facility. Matched funding will be provided by the Sports Lottery while almost £20,000 has been contributed by the air station’s welfare fund.Arbroath-based 45 Commando Royal Marines (pictured) will be receiving a new Combat Conditioning Area (CCA) as a result of their grant and additional contributions from the Nuffield Trust for the Forces of the Crown, and the Royal Navy’s Rebalancing Lives Fund. The CCA will facilitate training for up to 60 ranks at any time.Sgt Kevin Bowie, RM Condor said:“This will provide the Unit with an impressive and practical outdoor training facility which would dramatically enhance Physical Training capabilities of the Unit,”The next round of major funding will take place in February 2016, for projects and amenities over £10,000. Serving personnel interested in applying for the next round are asked to email [email protected] for more information. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  212 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 www.thepurplepim.com.  213 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Melanie May | 14 December 2015 | News Advertisement Royal Navy charity seeks grant applications Tagged with: Fundinglast_img read more

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer view on rights, liberation, & anti-racist solidarity

first_imgShelley EttingerThe following excerpts are from a talk on “LGBTQ: Rights, Liberation and Solidarity” given by Shelley Ettinger, a former WW managing editor and author of the novel “Vera’s Will,” at a Workers World Party forum in New York City on June 26. “Vera’s Will” is available at major online book sellers. Go to youtu.be/L7U9rQMZYB8 to view Ettinger’s talk.There was big news out of Washington today, but I’m not going to start with that. I’m going to start with the big event here today, and the big news out of Washington two days ago.Today was the 11th annual Trans Day of Action here in New York. I was at work and couldn’t be there, but I know it was full of anger, beauty and fighting spirit. The Trans Day of Action came just two days after a sister named Jennicet Gutiérrez, a Mexican undocumented immigrant trans woman, courageously disrupted a White House LGBT Pride event, interrupting President Obama’s speech to call on him to release all LGBTQ immigrants from detention. Shamefully, she was roundly booed by those gathered, the bourgie-ass Barneys-clad representatives of various class-collaborationist organizations that claim to speak for our communities but whose close ties with the capitalist ruling class, the corporations and banks and politicians, actually distance them from most lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Sister Gutiérrez was booed and dragged out for daring to speak up for some of the most oppressed.But in the aftermath of her bold action, she has also been applauded, supported, cheered and thanked, by many, many people. All over social media and traditional media, there has been an outpouring of pride and solidarity with Jennicet Gutiérrez for, as she herself characterized her act, reviving the spirit of Stonewall.So that’s how this year’s Pride Week opened. Next comes tomorrow, the annual Dyke March here in New York City, and on Sunday the big march down Fifth Avenue that commemorates those glorious nights in late June 1969 when trans people, gay men and lesbians resisted a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, physically fought in hand-to-hand combat with the cops, uprooted streetlights and swung them at cop-car windows, rose up, in other words, and with their uprising sparked a new movement.If this were an ordinary period, my talk would be mostly about how that movement has developed, about the dialectics of that movement 46 years on, its class character, its contradictions, its successes and failures, and its prospects in the period to come. And it will be about this, but only partly, only briefly, because this is an extraordinary period and there are more pressing matters to address. Namely solidarity. That is, not only the struggle of those of us who are oppressed as LGBTQ people, but solidarity with the most important struggle facing the U.S. working class today, which of course is the anti-racist struggle.Today, nine days after the Charleston Massacre, filled with rage and horror and disgust at the endless racist rampages throughout this country, we must say it over and over: Black lives matter. Black trans lives matter. This must be our rallying cry for Pride 2015. Not only because it’s right, not only because the moment demands it, but because it will build unity, it will strengthen the class struggle, and that is what will ultimately be the way forward for all oppressed groups and our entire class as we build a fighting movement to overturn this vile capitalist system.That is my most important point: our commitment to building LGBTQ solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement; our recognition of the need to fight hardest alongside the most oppressed in our LGBTQ movement, and that is LGBTQ people of color, especially trans people of color; and the particular responsibility of white LGBTQ people in this regard.Marriage’s history & this victory I will come back and say more about that. First, though, let’s talk about today’s historic Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. In their ruling, the Supremes established marriage as a constitutionally protected federal right, between any two adults of any sex or gender. The court found, in other words, that no state has a right to bar anyone from marriage — very much as it ruled in 1967 in Loving v. Virginia, when the court overturned so-called miscegenation laws that banned so-called interracial marriage and finally recognized as legal the marriage of Mildred Loving, who was Black, and her husband Richard Loving, who was white.This comparison, by the way, between the same-sex marriage case and the Loving “miscegenation” case, is not mine. The comparison, the argument that same-sex marriage should be allowed for the same reasons that “interracial” marriage was allowed, has been made by many groups and individuals including the NAACP, the late Coretta Scott King and, most strikingly, by Mildred Loving herself. In a statement Mildred Loving issued on June 12, 2007, the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Loving v. Virginia, just one year before she died, Ms. Loving said:“Not a day goes by that I don’t think of Richard and our love, our right to marry, and how much it meant to me to have that freedom to marry the person precious to me, even if others thought he was the ‘wrong kind of person’ for me to marry. I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry. Government has no business imposing some people’s religious beliefs over others. Especially if it denies people’s civil rights. … I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness and the family that so many people, Black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life.”I find Mildred Loving’s support — her active support, her decision to take a vocal stand 40 years after her own court victory against the racist state — deeply moving.However, I also know that the same-sex marriage issue is not the most pressing issue on our agenda. Not the most important struggle now facing the LGBTQ community. And definitely not the most important struggle facing our great multinational working class. This is what marriage is not. But what is marriage?Well, marriage is definitely not as Justice Anthony Kennedy described it in his majority decision today. Kennedy wrote: “From their beginning to their most recent page, the annals of human history reveal the transcendent importance of marriage. The lifelong union of a man and a woman always has promised nobility and dignity to all persons.” Uh… no, not true, not at all. Completely inaccurate and ahistorical.In reality, the historical roots of marriage go back to the origin of patriarchal society, the tragic triumph of the male-supremacist social order that is still in place today and the defeat of the classless matriarchy, which was the original organization of human society that had held over the roughly 150,000 to 200,000 years from the time the modern Homo sapiens species emerged until the development of agriculture about 10,000 years ago.With agriculture came, in fairly short order, material surpluses of the sort that had never before existed, and with surpluses came the emergence of social-economic classes. Simultaneous with these developments came the discovery of paternity — the male’s role in reproduction, which unfortunately humankind figured out around that point. And this led to patrilineal inheritance — that is, accumulated wealth being passed down from father to son. And with it came the new configuration of patriarchal marriage, which was basically a vehicle for passing ownership of female human beings from father to husband, ensuring paternity for purposes of inheritance, and enshrining male supremacy on the private household front as well as the public sphere.So. Why would any self-respecting queer person want anything to do with such an institution rooted as it is in patriarchy and the subjugation of women?I believe there are two answers to that question of why a same-sex couple might want to marry. First is that legal marriage comprises over 1,000 federal rights and benefits not available to couples who are not married. Looking at one arena alone, federal income tax, I can testify from personal experience that for a working-class couple the difference between filing as two single individuals and filing as married can amount to thousands of dollars a year. This in itself is enough to explain why many same-sex couples, especially workers, might want to marry. To finally get this little bit of financial break that straight couples have all along gotten. There is a misconception that the marriage right is basically a middle-class or bourgeois matter but just the opposite is true: as, again, I can personally testify, it confers material concrete benefits most of all on couples who don’t have high incomes, couples for whom a hundred or a thousand dollars is a very big deal.The second answer to the question of why queer couples might want in on marriage despite its oppressive roots and meaning is: Who cares? Whose business is it why any given couple decides they want to get married? If this is a right available to opposite-sex couples, it is our duty as supporters of equality to insist that it must be available to same-sex couples. Period. As communists especially, we don’t impose some sort of self-righteous condescending more-revolutionary-than-thou anti-marriage judgment, shake our heads and tsk tsk at lesbians, gay men, or anyone else who decides they want in on a right, marriage, from which they had been excluded up to now. I repeat: it is a question of equal rights and of course we support equal rights, without any judgment on the attitudes or motivations of those who choose to exercise the newly available right.It’s necessary for me to say this because there’s a whole current inside and outside of the LGBTQ movement that opposes same-sex marriage and chides any who take part in it. I am not talking here about those who say our movement is about much more than marriage – we say that ourselves, and it is completely correct. I am talking about those who condemn same-sex marrieds as heteronormative wannabes, as pro-establishment, as bourgeois. It is this position itself that is petty-bourgeois, fake-radical, antithetical to a Marxist view of oppression and how to fight it. And this position is divisive, when what we need is a united struggle on all fronts, fighting for all our demands and rejoicing together when any of them is won.Is marriage the same thing as liberation? Of course not. Does marriage, now that it has become law, mean we’ve won? Not in the least. There is still no federal protection against discrimination, violence against our community is still rampant, especially against trans people, especially against trans people of color, queer kids are still being driven to suicide. Is it just, is it correct, that any rights, from health benefits to taxation, have anything whatsoever to do with anyone’s relationships? No, of course it’s not right. There should be universal health care, like in Cuba, quality care for every human being. So much, obviously, remains to be done, in the LGBTQ struggle and in the working-class struggle as a whole.Furthermore, it is absolutely accurate to say that the single-focus obsession with the marriage issue serves to obscure the life-and-death struggle to survive that so many sisters and brothers, especially trans people of color, face. When the cops are beating you in the streets, when you have nowhere to sleep or medical care or food or a job, marriage is not exactly at the top of your agenda. That it is presented as though it is the top issue testifies to the way some of the LGBTQ movement has drifted away from its radical roots, the way especially many of the official organizations have become so thoroughly bourgeois in character. We must always be sensitive to this and not make this mistake ourselves.But we must also always, as communists, defend every concession we can wring from the ruling class, and we must be sensitive to those who cling to the victory. And the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage is a victory. If you go down to the NYC marriage bureau as I have done, you will see couple after couple — two Filipino men from Queens, two African-American women from the Bronx, a white man and a Latino who’ve driven up from Florida, and so many others — getting married. Or go to San Antonio, Texas, where my wife’s sister’s husband’s niece, a young Latina who has had a very hard life, recently announced her engagement to her girlfriend. Or tonight, after this meeting, walk down the street to the Stonewall Inn where thousands are gathered to celebrate. Go and look any of these folks in the face, faces that are wet with tears of joy, and tell them, sorry, you’re just a bunch of heteronormative sellouts just begging for acceptance by and assimilation into straight society.No. What they are is oppressed people, grabbing onto a small piece of equality at last. No one has a right to denounce them for that. This win is not everything, but it is something. It is progress. Just as we would never denounce a group of workers whose union has won them higher wages or better benefits, it would be a grave error to denounce those celebrating tonight.And you know what? I’ll take it even further. If there are some queer couples who do want to be accepted by straight society, if some folks do want nothing more than to blend in with their neighbors, join the PTA and go to backyard barbecues with them, no longer be stigmatized, be different, be other — well how dare anyone deride them for that? Sometimes all you long for is normalcy, acceptance, and I for one will never look down on any of my sisters and brothers who cling to this modest dream.Solidarity with anti-racist struggleSome of us, of course, want much more. We want liberation! In every possible sense of the word! We want to tear down the whole structure of this exploitive, oppressive, racist, vile, destructive society. And we want to replace it with a whole new one, a society that frees up every human being to explore her fullest potential and express himself in every way free of the fetters of old strictures and structures. And free of all the old divisions, none of which is “natural,” all of which were created and imposed by the ruling class, and all of which block our efforts to forge class unity and build a revolutionary struggle.There is no more important, more invidious, more destructive, more crucially urgent matter facing the struggle of the working class and oppressed peoples than racism. Racism is and always must be the number one concern of every revolutionary. Now, at this moment in this country, the rampage of racist murders looms above everything else.Murders by individual ideological racists like the scum Dylan Roof, who massacred nine people at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston last week. Murders by killer cops gunning down Black people with impunity. The prison-industrial complex incarcerating and killing Black people in ever increasing numbers. The militarization of the police and the rampant violence of this occupying force in Black communities.There is a crisis facing the U.S. working class. It is the crisis of the state seeking to crush the Black nation. With raw armed force. On behalf of the capitalist ruling class.But here’s the thing, comrades and friends. The bosses and bankers cannot crush the Black nation.Not only can they not crush the Black nation — the Black nation is rising up to crush them! Oh what a wonderful development this is.A new movement has arisen in this country. With amazing speed, with inspiring strength, with profound militancy, with all the brilliance and rage and focus that they possess, Black youth have birthed this new movement that is sweeping across the country and thrilling everyone who has longed for a renewed fightback.This is “Black Lives Matter.” It is the grand civil rights movement of our time, and it is more than that. It has within it the potential to arouse and awaken our whole great multinational working class. It is, I believe, the harbinger of the revolution that is surely to come. Because there is no single more crucial component of the class struggle than the national question: the oppression of the Black, Latino, Native, Asian and Arab masses. And there is no single more crucial aspect of the national question than the leading role of the great Black nation.Black Lives Matter. What a simple declarative sentence, yet how bold and radical a statement in this most racist country. Black Lives Matter. How long have so many been waiting for someone to shout it in the faces of pigs? Black lives matter!Michael Brown matters. Eric Garner matters. Ezell Ford matters. Tony Robinson matters. Freddie Grey matters. Trayvon Martin matters. Tamir Rice matters. Shantel Davis matters. Akai Gurley matters. Ramarley Graham matters.And our nine sisters and brothers massacred in Charleston, they matter very much. Never forget their names. Cynthia Hurd. Susie Jackson. Ethel Lee Lance. Rev. Clementa Pinckney. Rev. Sharonda Coleman-Singleton. Tywanza Sanders. Rev. Daniel Simmons. Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor. Myra Thompson.The protests that have swept the streets of the country, shutting down highways and businesses from Los Angeles to New York City, from Oakland to Boston, and of course from Ferguson to Baltimore, are like a righteous cleansing flood. They have shocked and terrified the state and the bosses, while electrifying everyone who hates the state and the bosses.Some of the key leaders of the Black Lives Matter movement, which emerged in Ferguson last summer after the police murder of Michael Brown, are African-American LGBTQ people. (In fact, and this is just a side note but I wanted to mention it, two Black lesbians who met during the Ferguson protests in August, Alexis Templeton and Brittany Ferris, announced a few months ago that they are engaged to be married.) The prominent role of openly queer Black leadership in Black Lives Matter is a great development. So is the fact that speaker after speaker at all the anti-cop rallies that I know of, queer and non-queer speaker after speaker, say “Black queer lives matter” and specifically “Black trans lives matter.” Solidarity among the movements has grown and deepened. This is a new day, sisters and brothers, and I believe the entire working-class movement has the Black Lives Matter phenomenon to thank for this.Now it is the responsibility of the LGBTQ movement, most particularly it is the duty of white queer people, who for too long have been presented as the most visible face of the movement, to step up and do the right thing. It is our job to stand with fast food workers, mostly people of color, many of them queer, as they fight for a $15 minimum wage. It is our job to stand shoulder to shoulder with Black Lives Matter, against the scourge of racist killer cops, against mass incarceration, against the whole structure of institutionalized racism and the racist capitalist state. It is our job to stand shoulder to shoulder with the immigrant-rights movement against ICE and mass deportation and mass killings and imprisonment of migrant youths. It is our job to link hands with our Palestinian sisters and brothers and say no to the Israeli settler state’s pinkwashing, that is, Israel’s PR campaign to portray itself as some sort of haven to gay people — white gay people — all the while maintaining and intensifying its brutal racist genocidal occupation of historic Palestine.All of this — stepping forward as queer people in solidarity with the struggle against racism and imperialism — is our duty for two reasons. Because it is the right thing to do. And because it will strengthen the overall class struggle, which is the way forward to combat and someday defeat all forms of oppression.Finally, and I left this for last so that it would have the most impact, so that I could leave you with these thoughts, I am going to end as I started by focusing on the most oppressed in our LGBTQ community. That is trans people, and in particular Black and other trans people of color. It is true that the recent period has seen an unprecedented flowering of the trans liberation movement, a great new visibility and a growing societal acceptance of trans people. Some see Caitlyn Jenner’s debut on the cover of Vanity Fair as a tipping point. Whether that will prove to be the case remains to be seen. What is undeniable is that more and more trans people, genderqueer people, people who identify and define themselves in various ways that don’t fit into the rigid gender norms of this society, are coming forward, courageously and defiantly telling the world: “This is who I am. You must accept me as I am, and I have as much worth as anyone else.” This is a magnificent thing, and we in Workers World applaud it. It’s been a long time coming.However, along with the advances have come terrible, painful, vicious attacks. Reactionary politicians call for imprisonment or even death for trans people. Religious fundamentalists decry the trans movement. Government blocks equal rights laws. And, worst of all, and all over the country, trans people face bloody violent attacks. Anti-trans murders, ignored or encouraged by the cops, are epidemic.The most oppressed face the worst of it. The toll of our people of color trans sisters and brothers, mostly Black, mostly sisters, who have been murdered recently is terrible to recite. Michelle Vash Payne, killed in Los Angeles in February. Ty Underwood, killed in Texas in January. Londyn Chanel, killed last month in Philadelphia.Islan Nettles. Maya Hall. Papi Edwards. Lamia Beard. Taja Gabrielle de Jesus. Penny Proud.According to the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Progams, 72 percent of hate crimes against LGBTQ people are against trans women. Of these, 90 percent are against trans women of color.If that is not a call to action, I don’t know what is. These are our sisters, and they are being killed.The dead cry out for vengeance. The living must be defended.Black trans lives matter! This must be our promise and our pledge.Black lives matter!And we in the queer community must put our bodies on the line for this great cause.Onward to liberation for all! Fight back, fight back, fight back, in the spirit of Stonewall!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Interior Department under Zinke is Chance for Change

first_img Facebook Twitter Interior Department under Zinke is Chance for Change SHARE Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – Dec 20, 2016 Home Indiana Agriculture News Interior Department under Zinke is Chance for Change zinke-interiorRyan ZinkeThe Donald Trump cabinet continues to take shape, although he has yet to single out a selection for the next USDA Secretary. This week reaction has been mixed to his selection of Montana Republican Congressman Ryan Zinke for the Interior Department, with environmentalists envisioning trouble ahead, but agriculture groups expecting more balance between conservation and land use.Many in agriculture feel Zinke will bring more balance to Bureau of Land Management policies, with more practical land use methods, fewer lawsuits and fewer fights over endangered species. It is a chance for change says Public Lands Council Director Ethan Lane.Ethan Lane“It’s been a long eight years with a focus on responding to a lot of these litigious environmental groups that have sort of fallen into a really bad habit of just lobbing lawsuits at the Department of Interior on a near constant basis, and that’s really driving policy at this point and what we’re going to see more and more with things like the Endangered Species Act. This is something that really impacts producers moving into the middle of the country is, whether it’s the monarch butterfly or several species of bees, if we don’t return some balance to that equation, which is what we’re hoping secretary Zinke will do when he comes in, we’re really headed down an irreparable path with species conservation.”Lane expects that to change under Zinke, who environmentalists credit for splitting with the GOP to oppose sale of public lands back to states. Lane says the media focuses too much on the sale of lands, when there’s no clear-cut answer to the issue.“It’s more important to look at his overall decision making and voting record in Congress, which has been one of really a balanced approach that focuses on making sure that we’re doing the best job that we can to conserve these resources while at the same time upholding the mission of these agencies to manage for multiple use and sustained yield where it’s appropriate.”Lane argues a lot of the goals the environmental community has in conservation are not possible without the land management and stewardship ranchers provide. It is an argument by much of agriculture on land use and the last eight years of rulemaking, some of it upended or on hold in the courts, to vastly expand federal control of ditches and potholes that fill with water, airborne dust, milk spills and more.After eight years and a record 83,000 pages of new regulations, at a cost to business of some two trillion dollars, The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the National Pork Producers Council, American Farm Bureau, National Corn Growers and others say it’s time for a new approach. SHARE Previous articleWill SDS Be Back in Indiana in 2017?Next articleMorning Outlook Andy Eubanklast_img read more

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Fed Rate Increase is on the Horizon

first_img Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Fed Rate Increase is on the Horizon  Print This Post About Author: Staff Writer Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago All signs point to a rate increase, but many are speculating as to when this rate increase will hit.Charles Dallara, Partners Group Chairman of Americas, believes that the market’s pricing are indicative of Fed rate increases. During a recent interview with Bloomberg News, he spoke about there being “clear evidence of inflation in the U.S. economy.”Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen did not reveal her entire plan of action before the Senate banking committee, however, many are anticipating what’s to come in the following months. The data that was released last week have boosted economic confidence and have increased the possible actions of a Fed rate.The Feds have also raised the short-term goal rate in the month of December for the first time in a year. Many economic experts also expect the meeting outline to disclose a discussion between Fed Lawmakers to begin reducing its balance sheet.During and after the financial crisis, the Fed bought more than $3 trillion in Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities, which in turn pushed away long-term interest rates. According toAccording to the USA Today, economists expect the National Association of Realtors to report a 1.1 percent rise in sales in January to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.6 million, and they also expect the Commerce Department to report on Friday a 7.3 percent increase in new home sales last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 575,000.“In December, home sales fell 2.8 percent amid a 3.6-month supply of homes, lowest since 2005,” said Lewis Alexander, an Economist for Nomura. Alexander also noted that pending home sales and mortgage applications have been solid recently, but he expects a rebound in home sales for January. February 20, 2017 1,089 Views The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Bloomberg News Charles Dallara dsnews Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Lewis Alexander Partners Group Chairman of Americas USA Today 2017-02-20 Staff Writer Home / Featured / Fed Rate Increase is on the Horizon Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Subscribe Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Mortgage Delinquency Reaches Plateau Next: BofA, Citigroup CEOs Report Earnings The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Featured, Media, News Tagged with: Bloomberg News Charles Dallara dsnews Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen Lewis Alexander Partners Group Chairman of Americas USA Todaylast_img read more

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Calcutta High Court Orders CAG Audit Of Amphan Relief Amid Allegations Of Corruption & Irregularities In Relief Distribution Work

first_imgNews UpdatesCalcutta High Court Orders CAG Audit Of Amphan Relief Amid Allegations Of Corruption & Irregularities In Relief Distribution Work Sparsh Upadhyay2 Dec 2020 12:15 AMShare This – xThe Calcutta High Court on Tuesday (01st December) directed the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India to audit Amphan Cyclone related relief, amid allegations of irregularities and Corruption in distribution work. The Bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee was hearing a batch of petitions instituted in the public…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Calcutta High Court on Tuesday (01st December) directed the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India to audit Amphan Cyclone related relief, amid allegations of irregularities and Corruption in distribution work. The Bench of Chief Justice Thottathil B. Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee was hearing a batch of petitions instituted in the public interest, projecting multi-faceted complaints regarding the different modalities of providing succour to those who are affected by Amphan in the State of West Bengal. Importantly, the Court opined that “for comprehensively carrying out all the directions (which the Court issued in the instant Order), the Comptroller & Auditor General of India is a necessary party to these writ petitions.” Therefore, the Court impleaded the Comptroller & Auditor General of India as an additional respondent in all the writ petitions. Background of the Petitions It may be noted that in the wake of various sufferings of the people of West Bengal as a result of Amphan Cyclone, the Central Government rolled out schemes, which were intended to support the people of West Bengal. The complaints of the different petitioners were that the State Government, through its officers, “had made an unauthorized and illegitimate pick and choose of persons to whom the benefits were doled out” and that the “Amphan schemes were not operated in the manner as envisaged either by the Union of India or the State Government.” It was further contended by the petitioners that there was no transparency in the distribution of Amphan relief. Also, it was submitted that there was no material available in the public domain in terms of the provisions of the Right to Information Act or otherwise, which would enable the citizenry to access information regarding the identity of the persons to whom such benefits have been provided. It was submitted that a large number of people, who were true and real victims of Amphan, suffered the loss of support by way of relief schemes. Court’s order The Court, in its order remarked, “The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has the necessary constitutional, statutory and administrative sanction, power and authority to conduct such inquiry as is necessary to ensure that there is financial audit and the performance audit of the utilization of the Amphan relief either extended by the Central Government and operationalized through the State Government or otherwise and ensure that there is an appropriate audit report of the performance as well as accounts.” Further, the Court said, “This will pave way for the competent authority, either in the Central Government or the State Government or at both levels or at both ends, to decide the next course of action that should be taken in case of any fault being traced by the audit process of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India as regards performance and also regarding accounts.” The Court left it open for the Comptroller and Auditor General of India and its office to “take a comprehensive look at all the issues and carry out such audit, as is found necessary, to ensure that there is performance audit and financial audit of the Amphan related issues.” The Court requested the CAG to conclude the exercise within an outer limit of three months. Regarding the complaint made on behalf of the petitioners that the list of Amphan relief beneficiaries shown on the website of the State Government does not reflect the true state of affairs, the Court observed that the matter fell within the domain of consideration of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India. However, the Court clarified that the directions issued by it wouldn’t stand in the way of the State Government or any other authority to carry on with the distribution of Amphan relief. Thus, all the writ petitions along with the connected interlocutory applications stood disposed of. Click Here To Download Order [Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

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