Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) HY2009 Interim Report

first_imgMauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2009 interim results for the half year.For more information about Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited (MEI.mu)  2009 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileMauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited is a leading insurance company headquartered in Mauritius that provides insurance products and services for private individuals, SMEs, and corporates in Mauritius, where services such as property insurance against damage to building and other structures, machinery equipment, motor insurance; liability insurance, including employers, family, product, professional indemnity, public, directors and officers liability, accident and health insurance are offered. Mauritian Eagle Insurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) HY2011 Interim Report

first_imgNational Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Insurance Corporation Limited (NIC.ug)  2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNational Insurance Corporation Limited (now NIC Holdings Limited) is a leading insurance company in Uganda. It was established in 1964 as a wholly-owned government parastatal; and privatised in 2005 with Industrial and General Insurance Plc (IGI) purchasing a 60% stake in the insurance business through its special purpose vehicle, Corporate Holdings Limited. IGI is the largest private sector insurer and fastest growing insurance company in Nigeria, with operations in Ghana, Gambia, Uganda, Rwanda, Europe and America. The company established two wholly-owned subsidiaries; NIC General Insurance Company Limited (NIC General) which took over the general insurance business; and NIC Life Assurance Company Limited (NIC Assurance) which took over individual and group life assurance. National Insurance Corporation Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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Cutix Plc (CUTIX.ng) 2013 Abridged Report

first_imgCutix Plc (CUTIX.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2013 abridged results.For more information about Cutix Plc (CUTIX.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cutix Plc (CUTIX.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cutix Plc (CUTIX.ng)  2013 abridged results.Company ProfileCutix Plc is a manufacturing company in Nigeria producing and selling a range of electrical wires, cables and switchgear assemblies. The company produces bare copper conductors, bare stranded copper conductors, insulated copper conductors, PVC insulated copper cables, PVC insulated single/double sheathed-core aluminium cables and PVC insulated and sheathed flat twin/three-core copper cables. Cutix Plc also produces aluminium twist cables and conductors to connect homes to low tension lines; used to connect power from high tension wire for street lighting; used in high tension cables for high voltage power transmissions; or used in overhead power transmission. The company also produces a range of flexible cables for household electrical appliances and wiring of fixtures and appliances; automotive cables for motor vehicles; and insulated and sheathed armored cables for underground installations at industrial plants, substations and power utility distribution schemes. The company’s head office is in Newi, Nigeria. Cutix Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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An exciting FTSE AIM 100 growth stock I’d buy 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 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. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA Edward Sheldon owns shares in Keywords Studios. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Keywords Studios. 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. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Thursday, 30th January, 2020 | More on: KWS If you’re looking to generate strong investment returns, it can pay to look outside the FTSE 100. Further down the market capitalisation spectrum, there are hundreds of exciting companies that are growing at a much faster rate than your average FTSE 100 firm. With that in mind, here’s a look at one such AIM-listed stock I like the look of right now.Booming industryKeywords Studios (LSE: KWS) is an under-the-radar company that specialises in video game technical and creative services, such as game development, functional testing, localisation, and art creation.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…The group works with nearly all of the world’s largest video game developers, including Epic Games (Fortnite), Activision Blizzard (Call of Duty), and Electronic Arts (FIFA) and has operations in the US, Europe, and Asia. The stock currently has a market capitalisation of just under £900m.The reason I see investment appeal in Keywords is that the video game industry is booming right now. Believe it or not, video games now bring in more revenue than the film and music industries combined.While estimates vary, some analysts believe the gaming industry could be worth a staggering $300bn by 2025. As a ‘picks-and-shovels’ play on this high-growth industry, I think Keywords could do very well in the years ahead.Strong growthA trading statement from Keywords today certainly looks encouraging. For the year ended 31 December 2019, Keywords expects to report full-year revenue of approximately €326m (the consensus forecast was €317.9m), which would represent a 30% increase on the year before.On an organic basis, revenue growth of 15% is expected (17.3% last year). Not bad when you consider 2019 was a “relatively light year” for the video game industry, according to the company.Meanwhile, adjusted profit before tax is expected to rise around 8% on last year, and adjusted EBITDA is anticipated to rise around 13%. The reason profit growth is expected to be lower than revenue growth is the group had to integrate a number of early-stage technology businesses acquired in 2018 and also made investments during the year to support future growth. It believes this investment will enable it to continue to deliver high levels of growth as it positions itself as the “go-to global services platform for video games” in a market that’s seeing an “accelerating trend towards outsourcing.”Looking ahead, Keywords believes the launch of a new generation of gaming consoles (both Xbox and Playstation are releasing new consoles this year) and the further development of new streaming platforms, will drive “continued strong demand” for its services through 2020 and beyond.Attractive valuationKWS shares have pulled back by around 5.5% on the back of today’s trading update, and I think this share price weakness could be a good buying opportunity for long-term investors, as the stock’s forward-looking P/E ratio is now under 25. Given the growth potential here, I see that as an attractive valuation. Image source: Getty Images. center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “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! An exciting FTSE AIM 100 growth stock I’d buy todaylast_img read more

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3 shares I’d buy now for a 2020 stock market recovery

first_img3 shares I’d buy now for a 2020 stock market recovery “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address 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. 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. Image source: Getty Images Alan Oscroft | Wednesday, 17th June, 2020 | More on: CINE GKP GRG See all posts by Alan Oscroftcenter_img Many share prices have started climbing back after their Covid-19 crashes, and plenty still have that to come. Here are three I think could emerge strongly from a 2020 stock market recovery.My first pick is Gulf Keystone Petroleum (LSE: GKP), whose share price is down 55% since the start of the year. But it has been worse – it was down 75% at one stage. The price of oil is obviously a big factor, with a barrel briefly plunging below $20 at its lowest. We’re looking at twice that figure now, at around $40 per barrel. That’s still not as high as the $60–$70 levels of the early part of the year, but it’s moving in the right direction, along with the stock market recovery.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…You might prefer the big oil companies, like BP and Shell, for more safety. But I think Gulf Keystone is far safer than many small competitors, for two main reasons. One is that it’s been profitable for years, though there is a loss forecast for 2020.The other is that Gulf Keystone carries no debt. It returned nearly $100m to shareholders in 2019, and had $164m in cash on the books at 22 April. I see strong upside potential for Gulf Keystone, and only limited downside.Doors opening soonMy second pick is Greggs (LSE: GRG), whose shops have been closed throughout the lockdown. Despite that, the Greggs share price hasn’t been as badly hammered as you might fear. And there’s already been room for Greggs in the stock market recovery so far. Greggs shares now stand 22% down year-to-date, a little worse than the FTSE 100’s 17%. At their lowest, they were 47% down, but we’ve seen a 40% gain since then.Greggs has announced cautions plans for its return to opening up its shops. The company’s phased reopening should see all of its stores with the doors open by early July.Greggs is financially secure, and has been a good dividend payer for years. What might happen this year is still open. But I can see the stock’s attraction for dividend investors continuing over the long term. If you’d managed to bag some Greggs shares at the bottom of the market, I think you’d have locked in a very solid income stream. But it’s not too late, and Greggs shares are a buy for me at current prices.Biggest stock market recovery?Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE) has seen its share price crash 64% so far this year. Things have been much worse, though, with an early 90% fall by mid-March. But the stock market recovery hasn’t been as kind to Cineworld so far.Now, if Cineworld is the hardest hit, I think it’s also the riskiest of the three here. As my Motley Fool colleague T Sligo has pointed out, Cineworld carries a lot of debt. And that really will take some sorting out over the next few years. Some fear for the future of the cinema business in general, facing the onslaught of online streaming services. But cinema audiences have been robust in recent years. And I think responding to an easing of lockdown won’t be as hard as some might fear.I’d say Cineworld is not a pick for those looking for safety. But I do see potential upside for those prepared to risk a modest sum. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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A dirt-cheap 7%-yielding FTSE 100 dividend stock that I’d buy for 2021

first_img Enter Your Email Address There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Roland Head | Sunday, 20th December, 2020 | More on: AV Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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.center_img Image source: Getty Images Despite this year’s stock market rally, I think there are still some bargain buys out there for UK investors. Today I want to look at a FTSE 100 dividend stock that’s risen by 50% since March but still looks cheap to me, with a dividend yield of 7%.FTSE 100 insurer Aviva (LSE: AV) is a household name in the UK, where it has a big share of the market. However, the firm has struggled to deliver the kind of growth achieved by rivals such as Prudential and Legal & General in recent years. This year has also seen the firm cut its dividend.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…That’s the bad news. The good news is that Aviva has a new CEO, Amanda Blanc, who appears to be acting quickly and decisively to solve these problems. As I’ll explain, I believe Blanc could deliver where previous bosses have failed.Clear focusUK readers will know Aviva for its insurance products and perhaps its pension and investment products. What you might not realise is that the group has sizeable businesses in Ireland and Canada. In addition to this, Aviva has smaller operations in a range of other Asian and European countries.Blanc is determined to address this sprawl. Her strategy is to focus the company on its three core markets. Operations elsewhere are being sold. Since taking charge in July, Blanc has disposed of businesses in Italy and Singapore, raising about £2bn. Aviva’s operations in Indonesia, Hong Kong, and Vietnam have also been sold. I expect more changes next year.This strategy should create a more focused and manageable business that generates predictable income streams. For a FTSE 100 dividend stock, consistency is important. If Aviva can achieve this, then I believe investors may be willing to pay a higher price for the firm’s shares.Value, but what about growth?Aviva trades on just six times forecast earnings. At around 330p, the shares sit at a 20% discount to the company’s book value of 410p per share. I’m certain that this FTSE 100 dividend stock offers good value.What’s less certain is whether Blanc will be able to find a way to deliver consistent growth in the UK, Ireland, and Canada. After all, these are all fairly mature markets. Most people already have all the insurance they need, so gaining market share means stealing customers from other insurers. It’s not easy.It’s time to buy this FTSE 100 dividend stockI’ve followed Aviva for a number of years. In my view, this is the best opportunity yet to participate as an investor in a sustainable turnaround of this business. Blanc appears determined to avoid the indecision and mistakes of previous CEOs. She also appears to have a clear focus on realising value for shareholders.Aviva is a sizeable holding in my own portfolio, so I’ve got an interest in this stock. In my view, the downside risk from now on should be limited by the 7% dividend yield and the stock’s modest valuation. I’m happy to hold for the income and the potential for a re-rating — or a takeover offer. Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… Roland Head owns shares of Aviva. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Prudential. 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. 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LP1 House / Paz Arquitectura

first_imgArchitects: Paz Arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” 2016 Projects LP1 House / Paz Arquitectura LP1 House / Paz ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveLP1 House / Paz Arquitectura Photographs Save this picture!© Andrés Asturias+ 26Curated by Danae Santibañez Share Houses Manufacturers: Aluver, Scavolini, Cementos Progreso, LA Metalic, PTS, Representaciones en MaderaStructural Design:Consultores EstructuralesConstruction:CONARQElectrical Design:PTSHidraulic Design:CONARQArchitect In Charge:Alejandro PazCountry:GuatemalaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Andrés AsturiasRecommended ProductsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Curved Hinged Door | AlbaDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeText description provided by the architects. Located in a new neighborhood close to Guatemala City, this house occupies the high part of a sloped lot with a steep topography around cypress and pine woods.Save this picture!© Andrés AsturiasSince the main entrance is located in the highest point of the slope and the bedrooms are in this area, the module is enhanced with a solid volumetry to suggest privacy.  The upper volume is an exposed concrete rectangle showing its texture on the exterior as well as the interior. All the exterior panels are built with pine wood with a dynmic design to evoque the irregularity of the forrest around it.Save this picture!© Andrés AsturiasSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Andrés AsturiasThe lower level is occupied by the social area surrounded almost entirely by glass, with the purpose of generating a direct connection with nature, taking in consideration that 3 small children are part of the family thus the importance of having contact with the exterior and enough playground.Save this picture!Section 02Exposed concrete was used for the interior finish, trying to generate a contrast with the wood floors and carpentry elements. The owner of the house is a painter so the intention was that the soft strokes of art that would dress the home were framed with a rustic and strong background  such as concrete.Save this picture!© Andrés AsturiasProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Relationship Between Architects and Building Materials and ProductsArchitecture NewsNatian Cup International Design Competition Topic: A New-tech Led Intelligent Urba…Student Competitions Share Year: center_img ArchDaily “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/895429/lp1-house-paz-arquitectura Clipboard Area:  699 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Guatemala CopyHouses, Houses Interiors•Guatemala Photographs:  Andrés Asturias Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/895429/lp1-house-paz-arquitectura Clipboard CopyAbout this officePaz ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsGuatemalaPublished on May 31, 2018Cite: “LP1 House / Paz Arquitectura” [CASA LP1 / Paz Arquitectura] 31 May 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

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Facebook supports Red Nose Day with £1 million matched giving fund

first_img Tagged with: Comic Relief corporate fundraising Facebook fundraising events matched giving Red Nose Day  380 total views,  5 views today Red Nose Day fundraising on FacebookRed Nose Day takes place on 15 March this year. Facebook users are starting to see promotions for the campaign on their news feed, as the platform highlights how it can help people raise funds for Comic Relief.Users can start their own fundraising campaign for Comic Relief on Facebook and then share it with friends and family to invite them to donate. People can also donate directly to Comic Relief on their Facebook page. A sample Facebook fundraiser campaign for Red Nose Day 2019 Facebook is partnering with Comic Relief to support this year’s Red Nose Day campaign. As well as a matched giving fund for the day itself, the company will help by promoting the campaign via users’ news feed, and by highlighting how its fundraising tools can be used to raise more money for Comic Relief.Facebook is ensuring that Red Nose Day is featured prominently this year and that users are invited to fundraise and support it using the platforms charity fundraising tools. News feed promotionFacebook will also be supporting efforts in the run up to Red Nose Day 2019 by promoting fundraising for Comic Relief in people’s news feeds in the UK. On Red Nose Day itself there will be a post at the top of news feeds to raise further awareness, enabling everyone to click through and donate to the Comic Relief without having to set up a fundraiser of their own.Anita Yuen, Head of Social Good Partnerships for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Facebook, said: “Since Facebook launched its charitable giving tools, we have seen our community mobilise around causes they care about and raise millions of pounds for charities, for causes such as disaster relief, the environment and education… We’re happy that Facebook can support [Comic Relief] in their work and help even more people get involved by making fundraising and donating even easier.”Liz Warner, Comic Relief CEO, said “Fundraising is at the heart of our Red Nose Day campaigns, and finding new ways for people to support the many projects we fund is vitally important – without donations from the generous public we wouldn’t be able to continue the work we do. Facebook’s partnership will help us make that process even easier still, offering the public the chance to start their own fundraiser or join in and support their friends and families’ efforts and we are delighted that the company will be making its own contribution on Red Nose Day with its matched donation.”Find out how to create a Red Nose Day fundraising campaign on Facebook for Comic Relief. Facebook waives fees for nonprofit fundraisers so 100% of donations made will go to Comic Relief. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis29 Facebook will double up to £1 million in donations via its site to Comic Relief on Red Nose Day 2019 Facebook supports Red Nose Day with £1 million matched giving fund Advertisement Howard Lake | 8 March 2019 | News  381 total views,  6 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis29 £1 matched giving fundTo encourage people to use its giving tools Facebook will also double up to £1 million in donations made on Red Nose Day itself to Comic Relief via Facebook.The matching applies to donations made in the UK from 8am through the day on Red Nose Day. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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‘Make this a new period of working class challenge’

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this The following edited remarks were made at an April 9 webinar, “The Struggle Continues: Next Steps for BAmazon Union and Beyond — Organizers’ Meeting.” The Support Amazon Workers solidarity campaign (supportamazonworkers.org) organized the session. Saladin Muhammad is a founding member of the Southern Workers Assembly (southernworker.org) and Black Workers For Justice, based in North Carolina.  Saladin MuhammadThere’s disappointment at the vote against a union at Amazon in Alabama. But recognizing the absence of a real strong labor movement and a strategy for organizing labor in the shop, we go into the campaign for “next steps” with a different kind of view than simply based on winning a particular election. For any outcome of the Bessemer Amazon workers campaign, we go on with a view of how a workers’ struggle begins to open up and create a new climate — and possible new alignments and new forms of organization — that could make organizing in the South, and organizing nationally, much more powerful. The Amazon corporation, as we know, is one of the biggest corporations in the world, with great amounts of money — a global corporation. And it has new technology that it’s using to organize, monitor and intensify the production levels of the workers. For those of us who consider ourselves on the left, and for trade unionists as well, it’s important to see this battle as an opening battle. The battle in the form of solidarity actions has even brought together progressive forces of different political and ideological tendencies that might not ever have come together had there not been this kind of struggle. That’s a positive development. The battle created a political climate coming out of the Black Lives Matter period where workers surfaced and probably felt — in spite of the weaknesses from labor’s absence in the South — that this climate was the time to rise up and take the risk of challenging a big corporation. We have to look at some of the positives. For those of us who recognize that the struggle against capital is not some instant action, it’s not simply a protest. It’s a strategy that’s deeply rooted in the working class and the oppressed sectors — especially those who have a level of consciousness about exercising power and can identify the weaknesses in our employers and who know them as the backbone of a system that’s reinforced by the state. So I raised these things to say: Let’s not be too disappointed! We have an obligation not to let this expression of consciousness and the courage to go up against the big corporation — we must not let it disappear. Demonstrators protest outside office of Amazon union busting law firm Morgan Lewis in Philadelphia March 20.And that’s one of the roles for the left or for progressive forces of the labor left and the trade unions — to make this a new period of working-class challenge, of the working-class movement. That’s a positive. I think it’s important. Biden was forced by the climate to make that statement implying support for unions — like Roosevelt was forced by a climate of workers’ struggle. Had the BAmazon Union been a campaign that didn’t have national and international support, Biden wouldn’t have taken that position. So we have to look at some of these elements, these factors in our summations of this campaign.Strengthen the rank-and-file movement Yes, there were weaknesses. And one of the weaknesses is that there is a weak rank-and-file movement in the local trade unions all around the country, in the U.S. unions — there was no pushing the unions, pushing the union leadership to mobilize in support of the Bessemer Amazon workers. Most of the solidarity actions took place outside of the unions. Some local unions mobilized, but there was a lack of a rank-and-file labor left throughout the trade union movement to complement the courage and the initiative taken by the Amazon workers. These Amazon workers were majority Black workers — they were Black workers in the South, in a place where labor has been missing as a movement. And a place where the working class was the most divided throughout the history of this country. Demonstrators protest outside office of Amazon union busting law firm Morgan Lewis in Philadelphia March 20.Massive support needed to be built by labor and the trade union movement so that the Black working class can understand that when it steps forward — in its majority, in plants, in communities throughout the country and especially throughout the South — that organizations of the working class, the trade union movements, etc., are there with them side by side by side. And if there’s no feeling that that’s the case, then we are in trouble, comrades, in terms of the struggle against systemic racism, or national oppression as I characterize it, or colonialism as others characterize it. If not, we are in real trouble. In the Southern Workers Assembly, our perspective has been how to build the rank-and-file infrastructure, rank-and-file anchored infrastructure in the form of workers’ assemblies that have deep roots or build deep roots in key workplaces and key industries — to unite the rank and file in workers assemblies that have community support. We saw that this was a need as we moved to build for the February 20 actions to support the Amazon workers. And we saw this as a need as a follow up to the outcome of the vote, whichever way it went. On April 18, we’re going to be organizing a four-part series of a workers’ school that speaks to the new industry that workers will be confronting in the 21st century, like Amazon. [The school] will be about how to prepare ourselves for a struggle that’s going to involve more and more big government protected in and by technologically advanced industries. The school is going to show that, wherever workers are oppressed, they can find a way to challenge that, to disrupt corporations, to attack this power at critical places in the global economy and in the U.S. economy. We can find a way to challenge these big corporations. But we have to go deeper into the working class and the oppressed. And we can’t just rely on the unions to be the vehicle to go deep; we’ve got to go deep so that’s the preparation for union campaigns and more.Finally, there has to be a framework for the left to unite in order to build a mass workers’ movement — a radically oriented, politically independent, mass workers movement. This is the perspective that the Southern Workers Assembly has. And for some of us who got a couple of years under our belt, we’re trying to make sure that’s completed based on the amount of time we think we got left on this earth. We’ve got to have a strategy, and it’s got to go beyond subjective feelings and needs. I think we can do it, and I think we have to be inspired by the initiative of the Bessemer Amazon workers, and we need to encourage them. We need to have speaking tours, bring them all around the country. Our unions and all our workers’ organizations, we need to have celebrations — celebrating their courage and their initiative and celebrating this period that they have just opened up. We can do that. Thank you, comrades. last_img read more

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More Optimism Surrounds This Round of Trade Talks with China

first_img Previous articleIndiana Wheat Crop Doing WellNext articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for April 4, 2019 Eric Pfeiffer By Eric Pfeiffer – Apr 3, 2019 SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News More Optimism Surrounds This Round of Trade Talks with China More Optimism Surrounds This Round of Trade Talks with ChinaTrade talks between the US and China continue this week in DC. While the timeline of a deal continues to be a mystery, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue says that the good news is that we’re still talking. He says he’s optimistic.“This is the number two guy in China. This is an emissary that President Xi has sent here that can speak for him. Obviously, I think the finality of this deal will be done between President Trump and President Xi, as it should be, but I’m optimistic that Vice Premier Liu He is back here in town.”He says the struggle remains to be China’s recent history and if they’ll allow for certain provisions in any deal.“China has indicated before in the past they were willing to do some things and then didn’t live up to that. When they entered the WTO, they made some commitments that we don’t believe they’ve lived up to. So, it’s a matter of really having some enforceable consequences if these agreements are not adhered to.”Arlan Suderman, Chief Commodities Economist with INTL FCStone, says he believes the Chinese are taking President Trump a bit more seriously now than they were just a week or two ago.“When the Mueller report came out clearing President Trump, they realized that they were going to have to deal with him until 2024 possibly, assuming he would win the 2020 election, they saw an increased chance of that after reading that report. So, they came with a much more serious proposal on the more contentious structural issues. This seems to suggest that they want a deal and want to get it quickly.”Where do talks go from here? Suderman didn’t rule out a tentative agreement still to come this week out of talks. Perdue told the crowd at Purdue University on Tuesday, “The ball is in China’s court.” SHARE Facebook Twitter More Optimism Surrounds This Round of Trade Talks with Chinalast_img read more

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