Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE.tz) Q42018 Interim Report

first_imgDar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE.tz)  2018 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileDar es Salaam Stock Exchange (DSE) is a stock exchange in Tanzania where stock brokers and traders can buy and sell securities such as shares of stock and bonds and other financial instruments. It was incorporated as a private company limited by guarantee in 1996 and started operating in 1998. It is a member of the African Stock Exchanges Association with 24 listed companies, 10 licensed brokers and 3 custodian banks. The DSE launched a second-tier market in 2013, the Enterprise Growth Market (EGM), with lower listing requirements; designed to attract small and medium companies with high growth potential. In 2015, the DSE changed its registration status from being limited by guarantee to being limited by shares. It is the third Exchange in Africa to demutualise after the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and the Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE). The DSE operates in close association with the Nairobi Securities Exchange in Kenya and the Uganda Securities Exchange in Uganda. Plans are underway to integrate the three to form a single East African bourse. DSE is based in Dar es Salaam which is the commercial capital and largest city in Tanzania.last_img read more

The greatest scrum-halves of all time: Gary Armstrong

first_imgScotland scrum-half Gary Armstrong epitomised everything that was great about amateurism in rugby. Fitting then, that he also stands out as one of the greatest to wear the No 9 jersey Major teams: Jed-Forest, Newcastle, BordersCountry: ScotlandTest span: 1988-99Scotland caps: 51 (49 starts)
Test points: 21 (5T)“Inside me at scrum-half I have one of the toughest players in the world. We call Gary Armstrong the Junkyard Dog.”Those were the words of Jonny Wilkinson on his former Newcastle Falcons team-mate, Armstrong. They sound special, but Wilkinson was not the only man to praise the Jeddart great’s ticker. Jim Telfer, no stranger to hurt himself, once said Armstrong had an inhuman tolerance of pain. Ask many a Borderer who their childhood hero was and Armstrong’s name lashes out, closely followed by the word “mental”. He was a long-haul lorry driver as well as a snapping terrier of a scrum-half who took contact unflinchingly. He was a Lion in 1989 and was regarded as one of the best No 9s in the world in the mid-90s while still working gruelling hours. He eventually answered the siren’s call of professionalism, leaving Scotland to play seven seasons in Newcastle from 1997, winning the Premiership title in his first term. However, he jokes that he only learned to pass off his left hand once he was paid to play. Longevity twinned with a willingness to grit his teeth and get on with it endeared him to fans. The great shame was that he missed the 1995 World Cup due to a knee injury, but Armstrong still managed to play in two World Cups in 1991 and 1999, star in the famous Grand Slam team of 1990 and nine years later captained Scotland to a Five Nations triumph. He returned to his homeland in 2002 to play for the Borders professional side for two years, before calling it a day.Scotland have developed a long line of sensational scrum-halves, but in Armstrong they have produced one of the most dedicated and most respected. Gary Armstrong in action against England LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: The Greatest Players last_img read more

Un centro de refugiados en Roma le pide a todos…

first_img Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Press Release Refugees Migration & Resettlement, Anglican Communion, Rector Albany, NY Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA World Refugee Day Curate Diocese of Nebraska Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Immigration, 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 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit an Event Listing Rector Collierville, TN Un centro de refugiados en Roma le pide a todos que ‘acojan al forastero’ Los materiales para el Día Mundial de los Refugiados incluyen una liturgia para la Comunión Anglicana An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Por Matthew DaviesPosted Jun 5, 2015 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Advocacy Peace & Justice, ÚNETE A NOSOTROS EL DOMINGO 21 DE JUNIO EN QUE CELEBRAMOS EL DOMINGO MUNDIAL DE LOS REFUGIADOS[Episcopal News Service] La experiencia del refugiado es una parte fundamental de la historia cristiana y “al acoger a un forastero, estamos acogiendo al mismo Cristo y al Dios que proclamamos”, dice el Rdo. Austin Ríos, rector de la iglesia episcopal de San Pablo Intramuros [St. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church] en Roma, Italia.La cripta de San Pablo es el hogar del Centro de Refugiados Joel Nafuma (JNRC, por su sigla en inglés), un ministerio de hospitalidad radical en el corazón de Roma, donde cientos de refugiados pueden encontrar un desayuno y multitud de otros recursos para sobrevivir y reconstruir sus vidas. Debido al elevadísimo número de africanos que migran a través del mar Mediterráneo para escapar de la persecución, muchos de los cuales se ahogan en el camino, Italia se encuentra en el foco de la última crisis migratoria.Cada año, el Día Mundial de los Refugiados se conmemora el 20 de junio. Con la crisis mundial de refugiados en su peor nivel desde la segunda guerra mundial, [la iglesia de] San Pablo quería ofrecer a la Comunión Anglicana materiales litúrgicos y de otro tipo para usarlos en las congregaciones el domingo 21 de junio (el domingo más cercano al Día Mundial de los Refugiados) como parte de su campaña “Acoge al forastero” para crear conciencia de los refugiados y de sus conflictos, y para alentar una respuesta más compasiva hacia su travesía. Es una iniciativa que apoya la embajada de Estados Unidos ante la Santa Sede.Los misioneros Jared Grant y Will Bryant del Cuerpo de Servicio de Jóvenes Adultos, cuyas experiencias en el Centro de Refugiados Joel Nafuma los inspiró a preparar los materiales para el Domingo Mundial de los Refugiados, adaptaron el material eucarístico a partir de una liturgia del Seminario Teológico General.“El Día Mundial de los Refugiados nos da a los cristianos una oportunidad de poner en práctica lo que predicamos”, dijo Bryant, que está prestando su segundo año de servicio como misionero del YASC y quien sucedió a Grant en 2014 como voluntario en el centro de refugiados. “Nos da una oportunidad de hablar en nombre de aquellos que no tienen voz. Nos permite honrar a los que nos resulta fácil olvidar: los millones de refugiados que viven en la periferia de la sociedad. Son pobres, son vagabundos, pero siguen siendo el cuerpo de Cristo”.Bryant, cuya colocación en el YASC concluirá en agosto, dijo que una conmemoración del Día Mundial de los Refugiados en toda la Comunión [Anglicana] se necesita ahora más que nunca cuando la crisis de los refugiados ha alcanzado niveles históricos.“Debemos cambiar la dinámica y las vidas de los refugiados [y] cambiar las actitudes de la gente hacia ellos”, dijo a ENS en una entrevista por Skype desde Roma, en el centro donde los muchos voluntarios de diferentes comunidades religiosas conocen a los refugiados como “huéspedes”. “Se trata de inspirar a la gente a acoger a los forasteros, en lugar echarlos fuera”.Los movimientos migratorios globales y sus pérdidas afectan a todos, dijo, y responder a las necesidades de los refugiados “no recae sobre un solo país ni sobre un solo continente, sino sobre toda la raza humana. Mi esperanza es que gente de todo el mundo conmemore esta ocasión especial, y que cuando nos congreguemos el 21 de junio, nos comprometamos con nosotros mismos y con el mundo a recibir a los extranjeros en medio nuestro. Después de todo, y esto es particularmente cierto para los norteamericanos, todos fuimos una vez inmigrantes”.La Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera (DFMS) — el nombre legal y canónico con el cual la Iglesia Episcopal está incorporada, funciona empresarialmente y lleva a cabo la misión— también ha preparado materiales para conmemorar el Día Mundial de los Refugiados en diócesis y congregaciones a través de la Iglesia Episcopal.Los materiales incluyen textos para el culto y un boletín para insertar [en los programas de los oficios] del domingo 21 de junio; una mapa interactivo de las actividades del Día Mundial de los Refugiados a través de la Iglesia Episcopal e información acerca de dónde encontrar un afiliado al Ministerio Episcopal de Migración y oportunidades para voluntarios locales.“En conmemoración del Día Mundial de los Refugiados, la DFMS invita a los episcopales a aprender más de la manera en que la Iglesia Episcopal recibe y reubica a refugiados en asociación con nuestros treinta afiliados de reasentamiento en 26 diócesis”, dijo el obispo Stacy Sauls, director de operaciones de la Iglesia Episcopal según un comunicado de prensa.Deborah Stein, directora del Ministerio Episcopal de Migración la agencia de reasentamiento de refugiados de la DFMS, dijo que el Día Mundial de los Refugiados, establecido por la Asamblea General de las Naciones Unidas en 2000 para honrar las contribuciones de los refugiados en todo el mundo y crear conciencia acerca de la creciente crisis de refugiados, “es especialmente significativa este año en que la Sociedad Misionera Nacional y Extranjera sigue celebrando el 75º. aniversario de este ministerio de salvar vidas”.Para la celebración de los 75 años, la DFMS ha lanzado #ShareTheJourney, un empeño de multimedia “para educar, formar y preparar a los episcopales a comprometerse en amoroso servicio con los refugiados reasentados y a convertirse en testigos proféticos y defensores de los refugiados, asilados, migrantes y personas desplazadas en todo el mundo”.Esta no es la primera vez que la Iglesia Episcopal ha respondido con recursos para hacer frente a los problemas de los refugiados: durante la crisis migratoria de menores de edad en la frontera de EE.UU. y México en 2014, muchas iglesias encontraron modos de consolar y de acoger a menores que llegaban solos y de ayudarlos a través de su laberinto burocrático.“He tenido la oportunidad de ser testigo de primera mano de la obra compasiva e inspiradora del JNRC, y de oír de sus huéspedes como la acogida que reciben allí es tan vital para su capacidad de afirmar su humanidad en media de circunstancias verdaderamente desesperadas”, dijo Stein, que dirigió una peregrinación a la región de los Grandes lagos en África en marzo para analizar la apremiante situación de los refugiados. “En tanto los episcopales celebran la labor que realizamos aquí en Estados Unidos para acoger a refugiados, el Día Mundial de los Refugiados es un recordatorio de que estamos uniéndonos con las iglesias anglicanas y episcopales a través del mundo en este importante ministerio”.El Centro de Refugiados Joel Nafuma se inauguró en 1995 y ofrece santuario a refugiados que buscan consejo y ayuda en San Pablo Intramuros, una parroquia de la Convocación de Iglesias Episcopales en Europa. El centro ofrece desayuno, distribuye artículos de aseo personal y prendas de ropa, ayuda con solicitudes de empleo y ofrece servicios para que los refugiados aprendan idiomas y se familiaricen con el manejo de computadoras.Mediante un programa de orientación, un mediador cultural adiestrado acompaña a los refugiados a las audiencias de asilo o a las citas con abogados y médicos, explicó Ríos en un reciente ensayo reflexión. Durante más de dos años, un grupo de artesanos ha estado fabricando y vendiendo objetos de artesanía. Cada pieza de artesanía va acompañada de una historia que aboga a favor de los refugiados en Roma y da a conocer sus dificultades. Los artesanos comparten las ganancias entre ellos y hacen donaciones al centro.“Los cristianos siguen y adoran a un Señor que no sólo ‘descendió del cielo’, migrando en el misterio de la Encarnación, sino que con sólo unos días de nacido se vio obligado a huir a un país extranjero debido a una campaña gubernamental de infanticidio”, dijo Ríos a ENS. “Jesús experimentó tanto la acogida (de María y José, de los pastores, los magos, los animales) como el rechazó (de Herodes) desde su nacimiento…—una dinámica que continuaría a lo largo de toda su vida terrenal.“Jesús comisionó a sus primeros discípulos a llevar a cabo su misión cuando en Mateo 10:40 dice: ‘el que a vosotros recibe, a mí me recibe; y el que me recibe a mí, recibe al que me envió’”, explicó Ríos.“Como herederos de esta tradición de comisión y sus inherentes responsabilidades tanto de recibir como de extender la hospitalidad que Dios nos ha ofrecido, somos llamados a brindar también esta acogida, especialmente en lo que concierne a los que son vulnerables debido a la itinerancia o migración forzada”, dijo Ríos, “no sólo porque la acogida es una respuesta propiamente humana al sufrimiento, sino porque es parte esencial del ADN de nuestra fe. […] Acoger nunca resulta fácil; implica sacrificio. Pero si hemos de creer en las promesas de Dios, entonces sabemos que de ese sacrificio proviene la vida gozosa, abundante y compartida que respalda nuestra salvación”.Además de San Pablo [Intramuros], la catedral de San Juan [St. John’s Cathedral] en Hong Kong y la catedral de los Fieles Difuntos [The Cathedral of All Souls] en Asheville, Carolina del Norte, se han comprometido a celebrar el Domingo Mundial de los Refugiados con una liturgia especial el 21 de junio.Los materiales incluyen también reflexiones que se pueden descargar escritas por líderes religiosos y huéspedes del Centro de Refugiados Joel Nafuma que vienen de países devastados por la guerra en Oriente Medio y África, con la intención de que los feligreses puedan llegar a entender más profundamente la situación de los refugiados en la crisis migratoria de la actualidad.“Ayudar a aliviar a los refugiados significa no sólo proporcionarles alimento, agua y albergue, sino también ayudarles a aprender un idioma, a ir a la escuela, a encontrar trabajo”, dijo el obispo Pierre Whalon de la Convocación de Iglesias Episcopales en Europa en un ensayo reflexión del 2 de junio en la página web del centro. “Los beneficios de acoger son grandes, incluidos los económicos y sociales. Las penas por rehusar acoger al forastero son severas. En las enseñanzas de Cristo, es un asunto de vida o muerte, no sólo para el migrante, sino para todos nosotros”.Este es un momento de extrema crisis para los migrantes en todo el mundo, especialmente los que viajan desde el norte de África a través del mar Mediterráneo, según un comunicado de prensa de San Pablo.En abril, más de 900 migrantes a bordo de una embarcación murieron en el intento de ir de África a Italia. “Esta tragedia insensata estuvo en el foco de los principales medios noticiosos durante una semana. Arrojó luz sobre las difícil situación de los refugiados en todas partes”, señalaba el comunicado. “Pero luego, tan rápidamente como había aparecido, el tema desapareció de los titulares y de la vista del público. Conmemoramos el Día Mundial de los Refugiados como un mensaje al mundo de que no hemos olvidado a los refugiados, aunque el resto del mundo simplemente ha cambiado el canal. Estamos unidos para acoger a los forasteros en medio nuestro”.— Matthew Davies es redactor y reportero de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Job Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Press Release Service Rector Belleville, IL Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Knoxville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis 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 Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET last_img read more

Smaller charities unfamiliar with fundraising changes

first_img Tagged with: regulation Research / statistics small charities 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. Smaller charities unfamiliar with fundraising changes  141 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Many smaller charities remain unfamiliar with the Etherington Review and how changes to fundraising practices will affect them, according to a joint survey by the Institute of Fundraising and the Small Charities Coalition.The findings were released at the IoF and Small Charities Coalition forum on 4th February, which was attended by Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, and George Kidd, chair of the Fundraising Preference Service.45% report being ‘not very familiar’ or ‘not at all familiar’ with the review, although 46% say the issues of public trust and confidence seen since last summer had resulted in ‘some’ or ‘a great impact’ on their organisation.There is however a general agreement that stronger sanctions are needed, with 52% believing that the new regulator should be able to stop fundraising activity with ‘cease and desist’ orders and 43% for the issuing of compulsory training orders.Many feel concern over a Fundraising Preference Service however: 59% thought it will lead to ‘more administration, and 59% higher suppression costs. 54% thought they would have to train staff to check contacts, and more thought that it would result in fewer donations (40%) than an improved public image (29%).Opinions were almost even on the subject of funding the new regulator, with 38% thinking that it should be paid for by charities that fundraise from the public and spend more than £100,000 on fundraising, and 34% thinking that the Government should foot the bill.On the subject of greater oversight by trustees, 72% felt that their trustees already play a clear role in, or contribute to and set strategy for fundraising, while a fifth thought that increased trustee involvement would have a significant impact on their organisation.Peter Lewis, chief executive of the IoF, said:“These results drive home the importance of involving and informing smaller charities about the changes taking place. Fundraisers working in smaller charities perform amazing work, often with very limited resources, and so it is really important that the views of the whole of the fundraising sector are heard on these issues.”Stephen Dunmore, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, added: Advertisementcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Melanie May | 5 February 2016 | News “As we work to establish a new fundraising regulator, it’s essential that we hear and take on board views across the full range of fundraising organisations. Smaller charities make up the vast majority of the charities in the UK and have a significant role to play in helping to shape and inform the working practices of the new regulator.”Download the full small charities survey from the IoF site.  140 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

Black Lives Matter activists targeted by the state

first_imgJoshua Williams, Sept. 10, 2014.Durham, N.C. — During the height of the Ferguson Rebellion in the summer of 2014, youth organizer Joshua Williams rose quickly to the call of duty. In the aftermath of officer Darren Wilson’s brutal murder of Mike Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, 19-year-old Josh Williams, stepped forward in the most dedicated and courageous way possible — on the front lines.At protests, Williams stood his ground against armed police, national guardsmen, tanks and teargas, and encouraged others to do the same. In doing so, Josh not only earned the respect of his peers, he began to garner favor with longtime veteran leaders such as Cornel West and Al Sharpton. He also became a darling of the national media, from USA Today to the New York Times. From the perspective of the status quo, such potential and leadership qualities were seen as a threat.A few months after Mike Brown’s dead body lay in the street for four hours, another Black teenager, Antonio Martin, was shot by the police in Berkeley, a small town just outside Ferguson. In a righteous rage, youth took to the streets in rebellion. In the process, Williams was caught on camera lighting a fire at the convenience store where Martin was shot and killed. In December 2014, Josh Williams was arrested by the St. Louis County police, and a year later pleaded guilty to first degree arson and second degree burglary.Were Josh’s actions of “damaging property” illegal? Yes, they were. But so is the murder of innocent human lives. Did Darren Wilson serve time in jail? No! Did George Zimmerman serve time for murdering 17-year-old Trayvon Martin? No! Josh Williams, however, was sentenced to eight years in the Eastern Reception Diagnostic and Correctional Center in Bonne Terre, Mo. Neither Wilson nor Zimmerman ever served a day in prison.Another recent case of overt targeting of activists by the state is the case of 28-year-old Jasmine Richards (also known as Jasmine Abdullah). Jasmine, founder of the Black Lives Matter Pasadena Chapter, has become the first Black woman convicted of “felony lynching.” You heard right, lynching! She was hit with this charge for trying to prevent the arrest of a Black woman accused of not paying her bill at a local restaurant, back in August of 2015.During the incident, Jasmine and others happened to be nearby at a protest against violence in the Black community. As the commotion spilled over, Jasmine and other protesters came to serve as witnesses and demand justice. At the time, the suspect accused of not paying for her meal was the only person arrested. Three days later, however, for her valiant pursuit of justice, Jasmine was charged with delaying and obstructing officers, inciting a riot and felony lynching. On June 1, Jasmine Richards was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 36 months of probation time.In the state of California, lynching implies “the taking by means of a riot of another person from the lawful custody of a peace officer.” The erroneous charges against Jasmine backfired, however, when the general public finally received word of such a ridiculous interpretation. Public outcry was heard worldwide, while an old phenomenon became quite clear.What we’re seeing in regards to the intentional targeting of activists and organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement is nothing new — no different than the targeting of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Assata Shakur and Leonard Peltier. What we’re seeing is the same strategy that Cointelpro used against the Black Panther Party, the Black Liberation Army and the American Indian Movement.The intention of such repression is to halt the movement, to slow down the surge of the poor and oppressed, to “disrupt, discredit and destroy.” The state apparatus will do anything to protect the elite. If they can’t stop you permanently, they’ll tie up your time, energy and resources in the jails and court system. And they’ll use the media to demonize you in the process.As revolutionaries, we have to learn from these experiences and pass these lessons down. We already know the state is trying to prevent the oppressed from rising up; that’s nothing new. We know what’s coming: harassment, intimidation, imprisonment. What is new, is that a new generation must be armed with the proper information to protect themselves. Those on the front lines must be defended, by us, the people, the community, at all cost, by any means necessary.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Oklahoma and the school strike surge

first_imgMarching into mass rally at Capitol building, April 9.By Ben C. and Sara C.The valiant fight of Oklahoma teachers and school staff for long overdue raises and education funding culminated in a nine-day walkout in April, with active support from working-class communities around the state.The walkout was declared over on April 12 by the Oklahoma Education Association’s executive board. The state American Federation of Teachers then held a conference call and polled their members.By April 13, most districts expected teachers back to prepare for opening on Monday. Yet hundreds of teachers and supporters showed up at the Capitol to demonstrate. Over the weekend, the Oklahoma City AFT voted 64 percent to continue, leading that local to ask the large OKC district to keep schools closed on Monday. The district school management refused to support the teachers by closing schools, but the union sent a large delegation of members to the defiantly held Capitol rally.Teachers statewide who are not ready to return to “business as usual” had varied reactions. Social media reflected determination by some not only to lobby with district permission, but to press the legislature by all means, including withholding their labor.Some parent groups proposed boycotting the state tests and/or demonstrating even if schools are open. The Oklahoma Parent Teacher Association ran a Facebook poll April 12-13 asking: “Do YOU want to protest at the Capitol, in support of Oklahoma teachers, on Monday?” Some 84 percent of the 2,500 voters responded “Yes.”Referring to walk-out marches of 50,000 educators and supporters, Oklahoma City AFT member Jesse Jackson told Workers World he is “happy we finally got Oklahoma to do something on that scale! Last May during the budget process, there were just 50 of us at the Capitol. … Teachers don’t have a lobby like the oil and gas interests do. The only thing that gets [legislators’] attention is the rank and file staying out. I’m glad we did it.”Jackson confirmed that “the same forces that stood against teachers are for private prisons — the fastest-growing industry in Oklahoma — and it ties in with ‘New Jim Crow’ mass incarceration and with Immigration [ICE] detaining migrant workers.” He concluded, “Many are disappointed in what seems like an arbitrary ending. We want to keep the momentum going. … We were able to get something, but the fight is never over.”Activist Camille Landry asserted that educators are “traditionally underpaid and undervalued because they are predominantly female.” Thus, there was “absolutely” solidarity from women’s organizations. In addition, “teachers at the legislature raised woman power among other intersections. Some talked about how school cuts hurt low-income, bilingual, immigrant and disabled students the hardest.”Landry told WW of others, beside teachers, who mobilized, including Teamsters construction workers who refused to cross picket lines to renovate the Capitol, and food bank volunteers who made meals or “backpacks full of snacks” for students. She said, “The community overall did a super job of feeding kids,” noting that Oklahoma is one of the most “food insecure” states despite being an agricultural area. According to state data from 2017, more than 60 percent of Oklahoma students qualify for free or reduced-price school lunches.Many who participated in the walkout and rallies described being told last week that “we are done talking about education” by legislators who refuse to support further taxes to close the budget gap. They reported being falsely labeled as threatening by politicians and media, but expressed excitement that dozens of teachers, with union encouragement, have filed to run for office in November.One creative approach by the rank and file in struggle was a ­seven-day, 110-mile march from Tulsa to Oklahoma City. Led at one point by a high school marching band and greeted along the road with cheers, food and help, this action enabled grassroots community supporters to express their solidarity.Class lessons from the struggleThe education workers’ struggle exposed how Oklahoma’s governor and legislature serve Big Oil. Energy industry capitalists in this resource-rich, people-poor state pay mere single-digit taxes on gross production.Oklahoma education funding has been cut to the bone since 2008, dropping almost 24 percent over six years. But under the state’s anti-union “right-to-work” law, public workers, including teachers, are denied collective bargaining to fight back against assaults on wages, benefits, working conditions and the welfare of their students.The recent walkout places education workers in direct conflict with powerful capitalist interests and shows the unreliability of politicians from both parties. What remains to be exposed in this struggle is that the heavy blow to education spending is due to runaway military spending and U.S. wars.The growing wave of education strikes, plus widespread community support for these actions, is frightening big bosses across the country. An April 12 Guardian article revealed that the right-wing State Policy Network had just released a step-by-step guide on how corporate elites could damage popular support for the spreading teacher strikes. The SPN is an alliance of organizations that promote policies to weaken workers’ power. (tinyurl.com/y8b2rvc8)Billionaires such as the Koch brothers and U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos’ family are among SPN’s top financial and ideological backers.Rank-and-file teachers and school workers in Oklahoma and elsewhere are building relationships, using social media and town meetings to discuss demands and plans. Collectively they are moving union leadership that’s more focused on politicians into responding to the will of the membership and devoting resources to the fight against class enemies.The Democratic Party is also attempting to divert the struggle away from rank-and-file militancy and into the ballot box. The effort to funnel actions by education workers and other social movements into a mobilization around the 2018 elections may be even greater than in years past.Going forward, Oklahoma educators deserve solidarity to consolidate their gains, to make their unions more militant and to confront new efforts by right-wing politicians. Punitive legislative moves include a ballot proposal to reverse the tax increases that the struggle won, as well as anti-strike measures.But given the historic and continuing stranglehold of big business, purely electoral struggle is not the answer. For education workers, keeping a focus on building independent social and worker power will be decisive.Education workers’ movement still growingThe Oklahoma actions, like those in West Virginia and Puerto Rico, are inspiring education workers in other localities, including Kentucky, Arizona, Colorado and Wisconsin.Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, is a hedge fund owner who appointed hedge fund directors to the teachers’ already insecure pension system. (tinyurl.com/yafnjup9) The Kentucky Education Association responded to Bevin’s recent veto of school funding bills HB 200 and 366 by calling a Day of Action on April 13 in Frankfort, the capital.Demands reflecting the rank-and-file #120Strong movement included restoration of funding for preschool through college education and protection of pensions. About 30 counties canceled school, citing either the need to “advocate for our students and public education” or “the high number of teacher and staff requests for sick leave.” (tinyurl.com/y8ephy3v)Some 10,000 school workers, students and supporters, including the Poor People’s Campaign, chanted and cheered speakers outside the Capitol on April 13 and spoke their mind to legislators inside. By evening, KEA informed members that the governor’s veto of school funding bills had been overridden, providing “much needed P-12 funding for the next biennium.”But the KEA acknowledged continuing “serious concerns” such as regressive taxation. Other legislation attempted to restore the earlier sneak attack on teachers’ pension benefits, leaving them unresolved for current and future Kentucky teachers. (facebook.com/KEAmembers)Teachers, school workers and community supporters in Arizona have launched the #RedforEd movement, an initiative of the rank-and-file-led Arizona Educators United. This movement is encouraging the Arizona Education Association to provide greater support for demands being put forward, including a 20 percent raise and the return of education state funding to its 2008 level.Over 1,000 schools in Arizona held walk-ins April 11 — rallying outside before walking into schools — by teachers and school workers, who received broad community support. Two days later, Arizona Gov. Doug Doucey — who had earlier called the teachers’ organizing “political theater” — announced he would raise their salaries by 20 percent within two years. Education workers were skeptical of this vague promise backed by no commitment to funding sources. The #RedforEd movement is calling for action by teachers to keep up the pressure on politicians.In Colorado, Englewood schools announced their closure on April 16, as education workers there said they would walk out and convene at the state legislature to rally for higher wages and increased education funding by the state.In Milwaukee — where workers and oppressed people have been suffering massive austerity attacks since 2011 by Gov. Scott Walker and the banks — the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association packed an April 10 school board meeting with hundreds of angry members, supporters, parents and students to fight back against severe cuts to city schools. Wide support is mounting for an April 24 picket to defend public schools. The MTEA will also be joining Voces de la Frontera’s May 1 mobilization, Day Without Latinxs and Immigrants, in Waukesha. (mtea.weac.org)In Los Angeles, nonteaching staff, represented by Service Employees International Union Local 99, voted 94 percent for their bargaining team to call a strike if necessary.All signs point to the wave of strikes and actions by education workers continuing and spreading.The writers were part of a WWP Strike Support contingent on the ground in Oklahoma from April 1 to April 4.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Tyson Foods Fires Seven Managers Over COVID Betting

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Tyson Foods Fires Seven Managers Over COVID Betting Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Tyson Foods Fires Seven Managers Over COVID Betting Tyson Foods fired seven top managers at its largest pork processing plant after an investigation confirmed allegations that they bet on how many workers would test positive for COVID. The investigation was led by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and revealed details that an ABC News article called “troubling allegations.”An outbreak at the Tyson Plant in Waterloo, Iowa, infected more than 1,000 employees, six of whom died.“We value our people and expect everyone on the team, especially our leaders, to operate with integrity and care in everything we do,” says Tyson Foods CEO Dean Banks. “The behavior exhibited by these individuals does not represent the Tyson core values, which is why we took immediate action to get to the truth.”Banks traveled to the Waterloo plant this week to talk about the actions with the employees. Tyson spokesman Gary Mickelson says the company won’t release any detailed findings of the investigation or the names of those fired because of privacy issues.“We can tell you that Mr. Holder and his team looked at the gaming allegations and found enough evidence for us to terminate those involved,” Mickelson says. Facebook Twitter By NAFB News Service – Dec 17, 2020 Previous articleBrazil Adds a Tariff Blow to American Ethanol IndustryNext articleHow Farm Bureau is Tackling Climate Change and Sunny but Continued Cold on the HAT Friday Podcast NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable

first_imgLocal NewsBusinessStateUS News WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Facebook TAGS  Vaccine delays leave grocery workers feeling expendable Facebookcenter_img Bodega owner Frank Marte, left, serves a customer as his cat Ramon, lower left, sits beneath a display case, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in the Bronx borough of New York. Marte, who heads up the Bodega and Small Business Group, which represents bodegas in New York, said he’s been lobbying local officials to set aside COVID-19 vaccine appointments for bodega workers, many of whom are unaware they are eligible. He hopes the recent opening of a large vaccination site at Yankee stadium will make access easier for people like him. Pinterest Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 16, 2021 Pinterest Previous articleSpotify gibt Neuzugang im Vorstand bekanntNext articleKnicks’ Robinson has surgery to repair broken right hand Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

World Champions get heroes welcome on return to Twin Towns

first_imgNews Pinterest Previous articleDana formally enters presidential raceNext articleMoney to be saved if you shop around for home heating oil in Donegal News Highland LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Twitter World Champions get heroes welcome on return to Twin Towns WhatsApp Ballybofey man James McGee was given a hero’s welcome back to the Twin Towns yesterday evening.On Sunday, James and his prized dog ‘Becca’ became the first Donegal team to win the World Sheepdog Trial, when they topped the pile at the event held in Cumbria.James and ‘Becca’ came through an entry list of some 240 dogs and handlers from 23 competing nations to take the title back to Donegal.They scored 613 out of a possible aggregate score of 680 from four judges.James McGee said he was shocked at the large turnout to greet him and Becca…….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/mcgee.mp3[/podcast] Facebook Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota center_img 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report Twitter Google+ Pinterest Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – September 20, 2011 Facebooklast_img read more

More wildfires explode in the West as historic heat continues

first_imgThe River fire east of Salinas is 3,793 acres and 10% contained with six structures destroyed, two damaged and 1,500 more threatened with evacuation orders issued. The Butte Lightning Complex fire near Oroville is made up of 26 fires in total and is 0% contained more than 1,130 acres. Meanwhile, dozens of record highs were broken Monday in the West from Montana down to southern California. Here are some of the records from Monday: The hottest temperature was in Death Valley at 127 degrees, Phoenix, Arizona reached 115 as well as a record-breaking 41 days this summer with temperatures above 110 degrees. Tucson, Arizona, hit 109, Las Vegas peaked at 112, Palmdale, California made it to 111, Salt Lake City reached 102, Denver got up to 98, Boise, Idaho, hit 102 and even Billings, Montana, broke a record high reaching 100 degrees. Lightning along with gusty erratic winds continue to be the biggest threat for development and spread of new fires.Looking ahead, some slight weakening of this western high dome is forecast which should slightly lower the temperatures for most of the West. Even though it will turn not as hot, gusty erratic winds and a dry lightning threat will continue through the rest of the week.Elsewhere, the tropical Atlantic that is getting active, and two tropical waves are moving east and could form into a Tropical Depression in the next day or so. One tropical wave is currently over the eastern Caribbean and has a 60% chance of forming into a depression over the next few days but is also not really a threat to the U.S. at the moment.The second tropical wave, still far in the Atlantic, could form into a tropical depression in the next 24 hours and currently has a 90% chance of becoming one. Models currently take the system over the northern Caribbean over the weekend and it has to be watched closely as the weekend draws closer. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. The Loyalton fire near the California and Nevada border in Sierra County is 39,725 acres with just 10% of it contained so far. Five structures have been destroyed, six have been damaged and mandatory evacuations are in place. The Lake fire in Lake Hughes is 19,026 acres and 38% contained with mandatory evacuations still in place and 21 structures destroyed so far and 4,570 structures still threatened. center_img The Hennessey fire in Napa Valley near St. Helena is 2,400 acres and 0% contained with 205 structures threatened and evacuation orders issued. ABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Several new wildfires have exploded in the West due to lightning and bone dry conditions on the ground. There are currently at least 28 wildfires burning in California alone which puts the national total to more than 100 wildfires. Here is the latest information on the recent fires:The Holser fire in Lake Piru, Ventura County is 1,200 acres and 15% contained. Two firefighters have suffered minor injuries and there has been an evacuation order for 26 residences. last_img read more