Miliband tries to woo Lib Dems into anti-right alliance

first_img whatsapp whatsapp KCS-content Miliband tries to woo Lib Dems into anti-right alliance Share Monday 13 December 2010 8:55 pm Show Comments ▼ ED Miliband yesterday tried to woo disaffected Liberal Democrats by calling on them to “work with Labour on issues of common interest”.Capitalising on last week’s bloody vote on tuition fees – which sparked the worst rebellion in the party’s history – Miliband said some Lib Dem MPs “fear their deal with the Tories is shifting the gravity of British politics to the right”.He said he was issuing his plea to those “that are reluctant to abandon ship but are concerned at the direction of their party”.“I invite them to work with us on issues of common interest,” he added. But Miliband’s overtures received short shrift from Tim Farron, the Lib Dem president-elect who voted against the coalition on tuition fees and who is seen as a left-wing standard-bearer for disgruntled colleagues. He said: “Why would any sane progressive give Labour a second glance? As part of the coalition, Lib Dems have started fixing Labour’s economic mess, taking millions out of income tax and reforming British politics. Things Labour had 13 years to do but failed to deliver.”In the words of one senior Lib Dem strategist, the party has been left “bruised not broken” by last week’s vote on university fees, which saw over half the party rebel against plans to triple the upper fees limit to £9,000. More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and Tags: NULLlast_img read more

FTSE held back by blue-chips and miners

first_imgWednesday 9 February 2011 4:28 pm Tags: NULL whatsapp whatsapp London trading was weighed down by falls in major stocks trading ex-dividend, outweighing strong performances by financial stocks.The FTSE 100 closed down 0.64 per cent or 30.04 points at 6,052.29, as BP, GlaxoSmithKline, International Power, Royal Dutch Shell, Sage Group and Unilever all lost their payout attractions.“After Tuesday’s leap to multi-year highs, a bit of a hangover today is inevitable, though without the ex-dividend factors the FTSE would be higher,” said Ben Barty-King, head of options trading at ETX Capital.The fallers were led by International Power, which fell 21.48 per cent to 330.4p as investors traded without the right to its 92p special dividend. Investec adjusted its target price for the utility to 416p, down from 538p, and repeated its “buy” rating.Household products giant Reckitt Benckiser fell 5.08 per cent to 270p after missing its fourth-quarter forecasts.“Household products provider Reckitt Benckiser could well need their Nurofen headache pills after today’s market reaction to this year’s profit numbers. “The company fell short of analyst expectations, even though profits were 13 per cent higher than 2009,” said Michael Hewson, market analyst at CMC Markets. Insurers benefited from upbeat investor sentiment, with Prudential up 2.24 per cent to 731.5p as Societe Generale upgraded it to “buy” from “hold” and named it the broker’s preferred stock in the sector, replacing Aviva.Resolution also rose 1.39 per cent to 270.5p. Mining stocks lost ground later in the day on falling metals prices, led by Kazakhmys, down 3.27 per cent to 1,569p and followed by Anglo American, African Barrick Gold and Vedanta.In the FTSE 250, the London Stock Exchange rose 3.14 per cent to 920p after saying it was buying the Toronto Stock Exchange.“Shareholders appear to have lapped up the news, buying strongly into LSE’s shares, forcing prices as high as 950p, a level not seen since September 2008,” Nick Serff, market analyst at City Index said.And Bluetooth specialist CSR gained ground after announcing it would pay its first-ever dividend alongside strong fourth-quarter results.“CSR shares saw a high degree of buyer demand after reporting figures that beat market expectations,” Serff said.The markets didn’t react to news that Chancellor George Osborne has finalised a bank lending and bonus deal, Project Merlin, today. “London’s blue chip index remained somewhat unaffected by the news,” Hewson said.Instead, all eyes are on Thursday’s Bank of England interest rate decision, which could see rates rise for the first time in almost two years.“MPC members appear to be stuck between a rock and a hard place at the moment,” said Serff. “Most of the market is pricing in an interest rate hike in either May or September later this year. Whilst no action is expected from tomorrow’s decision, the Bank of England has surprised the market before so traders need to be on their guard.” alison.lock center_img FTSE held back by blue-chips and miners Show Comments ▼ Sharelast_img read more

Mkombozi Commercial Bank Plc ( Q32019 Interim Report

first_imgMkombozi Commercial Bank Plc ( listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Mkombozi Commercial Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mkombozi Commercial Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mkombozi Commercial Bank Plc (  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMkombozi Commercial Bank Plc (MKCB) is a commercial bank serving and supporting emerging businesses in Tanzania. The financial institution targets small and medium-sized entrepreneurs, SACCOS and social enterprises such as schools, universities and public enterprises. MKCB started as an initiative of the Tanzania Episcopal Conference in 2009 to address the need to provide financial solutions to start-up businesses aswell as institutional investors and government entities. MKCB has 6 branches in the major towns and cities of Tanzania and plans to extend its footprint to increase accessibility and financial inclusion in areas which cannot be handled by mobile banking. Mkombozi Commercial Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Apopka Commissioner Alexander H. Smith speaking at chamber event

first_img TAGSAdventHealth ApopkaApopka Area Chamber of CommerceApopka City Commissioner Alexander H. Smith Previous articleAnti-vaxxers appear to be losing ground in the online vaccine debateNext articleApopka police uncover large scale marijuana and drug operation Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From the Apopka Area Chamber of CommerceJoin us for coffee and conversation at our next Morning Mingle -Breakfast & Learn on Tuesday, April 9th hosted by AdventHealth in Apopka. This month, each attendee will have an opportunity to network and hear from our guest speaker, our very own City of Apopka Commissioner Alexander Smith.This will be a fantastic opportunity to connect with one of our newly elected leaders, here in the City of Apopka, and we look forward to seeing you there!Where: AdventHealth – ApopkaDate: Tuesday, April 9, 2019Time: 7:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.Location: 2100 Ocoee Apopka RoadApopka, Florida 32703About Commissioner Alexander Smith Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Commissioner Smith’s is an Apopka native that blood runs blue for our very own Apopka High School Darters. From a young age, Commissioner Smith began his days at 5 a.m. where he would work in the farming industry picking oranges, working in the citrus packing house, on the muck farm in Zellwood pulling corn, picking cucumbers and cutting cabbage. From there is walked to school. After school, he would go back to work and continued his work including firing orange groves at night.His first involvement with politics was when he attended his first City Council meeting as a ninth grader. Commissioner Smith notes that his visit made a lasting impression and inspired him to one day become one of Apopka’s City Commissioners. Furthermore, Smith continued to visit the City Council meetings which in turn help sculpt him for his future in the City of Apopka. He worked hard through high school and college. Smith received his degree in Agricultural Education with a minor in Horticultural Science from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). He then returned to Apopka after graduating and has been serving the Apopka community in many ways.Moreover, Smith was one of the founding board members and past President of AIA (Apopka Improvement Association), served two terms on the Orange County Board of County, one of the founding board members of the Billie Dean Community Garden, Past President of the Orange County Agriculture Teachers Association for more then 15 years and much, much more. It’s Commissioner Smith’s belief, in order to be a good leader, you must first be a good follower. He also believes that all men and women are created equal and regardless of our backgrounds or our walk in life that it takes those blended experiences to improve the quality of life for every individual. Who is Alexander Hendrix Smith? A man with a humble beginning! As a result, he is a humanitarian with a servant’s heart. He put others before himself. Having been a resident of the city of Apopka for the past fifty years he has always had a passion for the city. As a young man, his peers’ desire was to grow up and get out of Apopka. Not Alexander; his desire was to get an education and remain in Apopka to make a difference. He has seen the migrant city grow and become one of the fastest growing cities in Central Florida.Apopka City Commissioner Alexander H. Smith The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

Recruiting fundraisers from other sectors

first_imgRecruiting fundraisers from other sectors AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 17 January 2002 | News Charities are still failing to tap into the fresh supply of qualified and professional candidates with the right transferable skills who want to move into the voluntary sector, says Sarah Hands, Marketing and Fundraising Consultant at Charity People.Charities are still failing to tap into the fresh supply of qualified and professional candidates with the right transferable skills who want to move into the voluntary sector, says Sarah Hands, Marketing and Fundraising Consultant at Charity People. “Approximately 60% of Charity People’s candidates are from outside the sector” she says, “and [they] are rethinking the reasons for working in the industry they are currently in.”Read Where are all the good fundraisers hiding? by Sarah Hands at Charity People. Advertisementcenter_img  10 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Cuba’s Antonio Maceo: A revolutionary legacy

first_imgAntonio MaceoThe Cuban Revolution took place on Jan. 1, 1959, led by Fidel Castro’s rebel army, which victoriously entered the capital city of Havana on that date.  An excellent way to more fully understand the monumental success of the Revolution is to examine carefully the life of Antonio Maceo.  Maceo, who was born in 1845, was one of Cuba’s most celebrated generals in its liberation war against Spain.  See “Antonio Maceo: The ‘Bronze Titan’ of Cuba’s Struggle for Independence,” by Philip S. Foner (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1977).The countless heroic examples — generously offered by Maceo — have not only helped to inspire the success of the Revolution against both Spanish and Yankee imperialism, but have also allowed Cuba to play such a central role in the liberation of Angola, Namibia and South Africa, leading to the freeing of Nelson Mandela in 1990.Maceo rose from the rank of private to that of a high-ranking general in the Mambi Army (the name is of Congo origin). Even his father and some of his brothers sacrificed themselves in the cause of Cuban independence. Maceo’s mother, Mariana Grajales Cuello, came out of the maroon tradition anchored in the Guantánamo region of the island. Upon learning of Antonio’s death on the battlefield on Dec. 7, 1896, she urged her youngest son “to hurry up and grow up quickly, [because] Cuba needs you.” African ancestry is rich in the Maceo family.  To this day, this rebellious spirit remains a source of great pride for the Cuban people.Some records estimate that Maceo fought in 500 to 600 battles.  He was hit with bullets at least 26 times, not to mention many sword cuts as well. The “Titan of Bronze” had given 32 years of his life in the struggle for an independent Cuba before dying on the battlefield at age 51.  He died along with his aide, Panchito Gómez, son of Máximo Gómez, then commander of the entire Mambi Army.Maceo’s personal military effects are preserved in Havana in a museum featuring artifacts from the Spanish colonial period.  A section of street along the Malecón is named after him.  A magnificent statue of him in front of a hospital is in the same locale. This hero has also been honored with a statue in the Guantánamo area, and others around  the island as well.  Pictures of him, José Martí and Máximo Gómez can be found in the homes of rightly proud Cubans.Two outstanding episodes exemplify Maceo’s illustrious and extraordinary military career.  During the protest at Baragua, he refused to surrender, backed up by the support of his soldiers, at the end of the Ten Years War against Spain in 1878.  In the East to West Campaign in 1895, the rebels led by Maceo covered more than 1,000 miles in 96 days during the Herculean effort to end slavery in Cuba and expel Spanish colonial rule. The rebel army demonstrated exemplary behavior to fighters and nonfighters alike, but this was especially so in dealing with women and people in towns, villages and hamlets. This practice endeared the oppressed to the Liberation Army’s cause. In the struggle against the Batista regime, it was kept alive as well.A leader with uncommon bravery, unshakable integrity  Both José Martí and Máximo Gómez gave Maceo extremely high marks as a person and as a leader.  Martí was regarded by some as the intellectual father of this phase of the struggle for Cuban independence. Gómez was the highest-ranking general of the Mambi Army, and Maceo was second in command.  Uncommon bravery and unshakable integrity are indelible characteristics of the “Titan’s” record, among the many accolades given to him.Both Fidel Castro and Che Guevara thought so as well. Prominent reference is given to Maceo in Fidel’s classic courtroom speech, “History Will Absolve Me.”  Can anyone doubt that the “Titan of Bronze” was on Che’s mind as he fought in Santa Clara? Camilo Cienfuegos, another hero of the Cuban Revolution, intently studied Maceo’s East to West Campaign in preparation for the action that he was commissioned to undertake.The following quotes underscore the magnitude of who Maceo was.   He told Anselmo Valdés on July 6, 1884: “When Cuba is free and has a constitutional government, I shall request that we fight for the independence of Puerto Rico also. I would not care to put up my sword, leaving that portion of America in slavery.”Maceo said to Máximo Gómez on Oct. 13, 1885, “Whoever tries to take power over Cuba will only get the dust of its soil, drenched in blood, if he doesn’t perish in the struggle.”In the fall of 1975, as the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) was about to assume state power, the U.S.-backed forces of UNITA, FNLA and racist South Africa attempted to snuff out the fighters who had sacrificed so much to free the nation from Portuguese control. Agostinho Neto, leader of the MPLA, issued a call for help. The Cuban volunteer response was the strongest of all.In the end, the Cubans returned to their homeland, not with booty taken in battle, but with only the honored remains of their fallen comrades.  They had made the ultimate sacrifice in helping to liberate much of Southern Africa, including the freeing of Nelson Mandela. Cuba and their African compatriots will never forget the decisive Battle of Cuito Cuanavale in 1988.  Neither should we.As Fidel admiringly declared: “The blood of Africa flows abundantly in our veins.  We are brothers and sisters of the people of Africa, and we are ready to fight at their side.” The avalanche of Cuban support in this effort showed that this was by no means insincere bluster. Could the legacy of Antonio Maceo have been on Fidel’s mind, too, when he said this? The noble deeds speak for themselves.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Eric Garner killed by police and capitalism

first_imgIt is an outrage that Eric Garner was killed by a wolfpack of racist cops and a chokehold. It is an even greater outrage that, although the attack was caught on videotape for the whole world to see, the killers were not brought to trial.What makes it even more horrendous is that Garner was killed for being suspected of the petty offense of selling “loosies,” which he was not even doing at the time.Garner’s killing and the killings of Michael Brown, Tamir Rice and so many others have set off a movement that is trying to push back the racist cops, the pro-cop prosecutors and the grand jury system through mass demonstrations, shutdowns, blockages and other forms of resistance.Unemployment and the underground economyBut why was a father of six with two grandchildren, whose son was about to start college, forced to sell loosies to support his family?According to an Associated Press dispatch of July 21, entitled “Man in Chokehold ‘Gentle Giant,’” Eric Garner had recently worked for the New York City Parks Department on horticultural maintenance projects. He spent time on a block known as a gathering spot for day laborers and others in the underground economy.The underground economy grows when there is less and less room for making a living in the formal capitalist economy. It is not just that there is an unemployment crisis in the U.S. The fact is that the African-American unemployment rate is more than twice that of white workers.This difference is an ironclad measure of social and economic inequality. High unemployment among all oppressed people goes with rundown neighborhoods, inferior schools and health care, massive medical problems, and high rates of hunger and poverty, especially child poverty and infant mortality.As the accompanying graph indicates, this disparity has been officially acknowledged for six decades, since the U.S. government began compiling statistics by race. This shows how deeply rooted are racism, national oppression, and social and economic inequality in the U.S. system of capitalist exploitation.It is, after all, the bosses who carry out racist hiring policies as well as discrimination in pay. And it is the summits of the capitalist ruling class, the bankers and the giant corporate monopolies, along with their politicians and government officials, who for generations have lavished public funds on corporate handouts, war and intervention while inequality festers — not only for African Americans but also for Latinos/as, Asians, South Sea islanders and Indigenous peoples.‘40 acres and a mule’ denied to freed slavesThe capitalists have shut the door on economic equality, going back to the Civil War 150 years ago. After the Northern armies defeated the slavocracy, they occupied millions of acres of confiscated land. Some 394 million acres of land had belonged to 70,000 former slave owners. (W.E.B. Du Bois, “Black Reconstruction in America,” Meridian Books, 1935) Four million freed slaves were largely landless with no means of support. Former slaves had deserted their Southern masters by the hundreds of thousands and taken up arms in the war. Black people began cultivating lands that their former masters had fled. Those freed from slavery expected land from the victorious Northerners.From May to September 1864, General William Sherman made his famous march on Atlanta and then from November to December his “March to the Sea,” defeating the Southern armies. Thousands of freed slaves followed his army into South Carolina.(It is important to note that Sherman later played a key role in the genocidal war against Indigenous nations on the Great Plains, destroying their food supply by killing the buffalo and expelling them from their lands to make way for the railways and settlers.)On Jan. 12, 1865, Sherman and Secretary of War Edwin Stanton held an unprecedented meeting in a church in Savannah, Ga., with 20 leaders from the Black community and asked them what they wanted. The universal demand was for land. (Henry Louis Gates, “The Truth Behind ‘Forty Acres and a Mule,’” Jan. 16, Sherman issued his famous “Special Field Order No. 15”: It read in part that whenever three heads of families of freed slaves “shall desire to settle on land … the Inspector of Settlements and Plantations will himself … give them a license to settle such island or district and afford them such assistance to establish a peaceable agricultural settlement. The three parties named will subdivide the land, under the supervision of the inspector, among themselves, and such others as may choose to settle near them, so that each family shall have a plot of not more than forty acres of tillable ground.” ( later offered army mules to the Black homesteaders to help till the land. This is the origin of the demand, which spread like wildfire, for “40 acres and a mule.” Under this order, 40,000 freed slaves were settled on about 400,000 acres.(It should not be forgotten that much of the former plantation owners’ land was originally occupied by Native people, most of whom had been driven out.)The freed African Americans established self-governing communities that were to be, according to Order No. 15, governed entirely by Black people themselves. The lands included the Sea Islands off the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, down to Jacksonville and abandoned rice plantations 30 miles inland. Inspector General Rufus Saxton told the freed slaves that “the faith of the government was solemnly pledged to maintain them in possession.” (James Allen, “Black Reconstruction,” International Publishers, 1937)Capitalists and former slave owners took the landThe Radical wing of the Republican Party, led by Rep. Thaddeus Stevens from Pennsylvania and Sen. Charles Sumner from Massachusetts, advocated broad land redistribution and wanted to crush the slavocracy. But the bourgeoisie made an historic decision to disregard them and the promise of 40 acres and a mule and keep the former slaves in a different kind of bondage, wage slavery.The counterrevolution began after Lincoln was assassinated. President Andrew Johnson signed a virtual universal pardon for the former plantation owners and restored confiscated land to them.Established in March 1865, the Freedmen’s Bureau, which had custody of another 850,000 acres of land, sold most of it to Northern land speculators. Congress prescribed that on land where the military was in control, former slaves had to sign year-long labor contracts. These contracts resembled slavery. There was armed resistance when the military tried to expel the freed homesteaders from their land in the Sea Islands. The military finally had to back off.While the Northern armies and Congress authorized male suffrage for former slaves, and in many of the former Confederate states constitutional conventions endorsed political rights for African Americans, the Northern ruling class would not concede to 40 acres and a mule — the economic foundation upon which political and social rights rested.The capitalist class refused to fund equality, which required a massive distribution of land to the majority of landless former slaves. Millions of landless poor whites, who were told by former slave owners that they were superior to the freed slaves, could also have been granted land and thus been removed from political domination by the plantation owners.But by 1877 the Northern armies pulled out of the South and the freed slaves were subjected to a reign of terror, enforced by the Ku Klux Klan and the infamous Black Codes. These were designed to restrict African Americans’ freedom and compel them to work for wages so low they were constantly in debt. A major feature was vagrancy law, which allowed local authorities to arrest former slaves at will and force them into involuntary labor.Between the Northern capitalist investors and the returned Southern planters, the African-American population was submerged in a racist world of sharecropping, prison labor and the end to Black participation in government, while the capitalists and the planters piled up profits.From Civil War to 1960s rebellionsFast forward 100 years to the 1960s. From 1964 to 1967, there were numerous Black rebellions in urban centers. From Watts in Los Angeles to Harlem in New York to Newark, N.J., and Detroit, the rebellions were powerful. In many cases, armed former GIs from the Vietnam War battled police from windows and rooftops. There were at least 100 more rebellions after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in April 1968.Because the rebellions of the 1960s constituted a social explosion of threatening magnitude for U.S. capitalism, President Lyndon Johnson appointed the blue-ribbon Kerner Commission in 1967 to investigate the uprisings. On Feb. 29, 1968, the commission issued its famous verdict:“Our nation is moving toward two societies, one Black, one white — separate and unequal.” The commission found the causes of the rebellions to be rooted in police brutality, racism, and economic and social hardship. In other words, in racism and national oppression.After copious interviews in the various communities, the commission report outlined the causes, arranging them by “level of intensity”:“First level: police practices, unemployment and underemployment, inadequate housing.“Second level: inadequate education, poor recreation facilities and programs, ineffectiveness of the political structure and grievance mechanisms.“Third level: disrespectful white attitudes, discriminatory administration of justice, inadequacy of federal programs, inadequacy of municipal services, discriminatory consumer and credit practices, inadequate welfare programs.”The report said the U.S. was in danger of moving toward “a system of apartheid.” To remedy this, the communities would have to be lifted up, primarily through the creation of jobs, job training programs and decent housing.President Johnson rejected the report. Similar reports have been written by numerous commissions since then. The same report could be written today.Constitutional declarations recognizing equality — legal decisions, civil rights laws, voting rights laws, affirmative action laws — are important steps forward. People shed blood and died to achieve these gains. But as history shows, political advances alone do not bring about social and economic equality. Equality has to be funded.The Northern bourgeoisie faced the decision about what was to be done with millions of acres of landed wealth in 1865: Was it to go to the landless former slaves who had created the wealth of the Southern slave-owning aristocracy, or would it line the pockets of the Northern railroad barons and industrialists and the former slave owners? They chose their profit interests.Fast forward to 2014Today, to move toward equality, jobs must be created and funded. The run-down housing stock in the oppressed communities, including the prison-like projects, has to be replaced with affordable, livable housing. Schools at all levels have to be turned into welcoming environments, and all staff have to be well paid and trained. Mass incarceration must be ended, and the racist, repressive prison system has to be torn down to be replaced by community-supervised rehabilitation.In order to root out inequality, the entire working class must have its standard of living raised. But because African Americans and other oppressed peoples have suffered from racism and national oppression for so long, their needs require even greater resources to close the gap.It does not take much math to figure out that these measures would require hundreds of billions of dollars. That is what it would take for the millions of Eric Garners to be able to make ends meet without having to sell loosies in the underground economy.History shows that genuine social renewal and the eradication of racism and national oppression cannot be obtained under the present-day, decadent profit system, any more than it could in 1865.As long as the super-rich control the wealth, they will deny it to the masses of people. And as long as they control the economy, they will control the wealth. The only way to put an end to this is for the workers and oppressed to oust the capitalists and their politicians from power, take over the economy and run it for human need — that is, establish socialism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

TCU and Baylor tied 14-14 at halftime

first_imgDean Straka ReddIt Men’s tennis clinches consecutive Big 12 titles with win over No. 4 Baylor Equestrian defeated in Big 12 Championship TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin (2) scrambles out of the pocket under pressure from Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings (75) in the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez) Facebook Facebook Dean Straka Norrie climbs to No. 1 in national rankings Dean Straka Twitter Linkedin Dean Straka + posts Equestrian upsets No. 1 Baylor, swept by Texas A&M at NCEA Championships Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Dean Straka is a senior journalism major from Lake Forest, California. He currently serves as Sports Line Editor for TCU 360. His passions include golf, God, traveling, and sitting down to watch the big game of the day. Follow him on Twitter at @dwstraka49 Previous articleA Bowl Review: With bowl season nearing, Frogs look to add to rich historyNext articleTCU knocks off Baylor in overtime thriller, 28-21 Dean Straka RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Dean Straka Linkedin ReddIt TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks printThe No. 19 TCU Horned Frogs and No. 7 Baylor Bears are tied at halftime, 14-14, at Amon G. Carter Stadium in Fort Worth, Texas.The game was delayed 50 minutes due to lightning in the area before kickoff. Rain soaked the field for the entire half.The Bears struck first when Devin Chafin ran the ball in for a 1 yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game to give Baylor a 7-0 lead. The Frogs would respond on the ensuing drive however when TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin, who missed last week’s game against Oklahoma with an ankle injury, found Jarrison Stewart for a 25 yard touchdown pass to tie the game at 7-7.Baylor however would regain the lead shortly after, when Chafin recorded another rushing touchdown to put the Bears back up 14-7. The Frogs would tie it back up in the 2nd quarter when Josh Carraway recovered a Chris Johnson fumble, taking it 55 yards all the way to the end zone for a touchdown.Turnovers plagued both teams in the half. Boykin threw an interception and lost a fumble in the 2nd quarter. Meanwhile Baylor suffered one interception, one fumble, and one muffed punt recovered by the Frogs.TCU finished the half with 148 yards of offense, 40 yards behind Baylor’s total of 188 yards. TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

Charges dropped against owner, designer of Verruckt waterslide where boy was decapitated in horrific accident

first_imgABC News(KANSAS CITY, Kansas) — The owner and designer of what was billed as the world’s tallest waterslide have had all charges against them dropped on Friday in relation to the horrific death of a 10-year-old boy on the ride in 2016.Schlitterbahn Water Park owner Jeff Henry and designer John Schooley had been charged with second-degree murder after Caleb Schwab was decapitated on the Kansas City, Kansas, ride called the Verrückt. Operations manager Tyler Miles, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter, also had his charges dropped on Friday.The defendants issued a motion to dismiss the charges over what they called “improper evidence and testimony displayed to the grand jury.”The water park company, which has since closed its Kansas City location, hailed the decision to dismiss charges in a statement.“We welcome today’s decision which dismissed the charges against all defendents (sic),” said Winter Prosapio, corporate director of communications for Schlitterbahn Waterparks and Resorts. “We are thankful for all the support and encouragement we’ve received.”The grand jury had returned an indictment against Henry, Schooley and Miles on March 21, 2018, in Wyandotte County, Kansas. But on Friday, the judge dismissed those charges saying the jury was shown “a highly dramatized” made-for-TV drama produced by the Travel Channel.The defendants lawyers also argued an expert who testified before the grand jury about American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards, even though they weren’t required by law at the time of the development of the slide. An expert also discussed the death of someone at a different Schlitterbahn Water Park, but that was an employee who was killed while performing maintenance.“The Court holds that the three areas of grand jury abuse cited by the defendants are credible and persuasive and must be considered illegal evidence that should not have been presented to the grand jury,” Judge Robert P. Burns wrote.The motion does say the state could still file a criminal complaint or take evidence before a different grand jury.Prosecutors have alleged that Henry and other employees of the water park attempted to hide from investigators documents detailing at least 13 injuries on the Verrückt waterslide leading up to Schwab’s death.“We are obviously disappointed and respectfully disagree with the court’s decision. We will review the ruling carefully, including the court’s observation that the ruling ‘does not preclude the possibility that the State could continue to pursue this matter in a criminal court,’ and take a fresh look at the evidence and applicable law in this tragic and troubling case to determine the best course forward,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a statement released Friday.Caleb Schwab’s parents, Michelle and Scott, who was a state representative at the time and is now Kansas’s secretary of state, spoke to “Good Morning America” about the accident in 2017.Caleb’s brother Nathan was waiting at the bottom of the slide while his parents were tending to the family’s other children.Michelle heard Nathan screaming, ‘He flew from the Verruckt, he flew from the Verruckt,’” Michelle Schwab recalled to “GMA.”Investigators said Caleb was somehow decapitated on the ride.“There was a gentleman who wouldn’t allow me to come close enough to see what was going on, and he just kept saying, ‘Trust me, you don’t want to go any further,’” Michele Schwab said. “I kind of knew in my mind that I shouldn’t see it, that I probably don’t want to see it.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

General Micro Systems bags US Navy ship displays deal

first_img General Micro Systems bags US Navy ship displays contract Share this article Authorities February 22, 2017 View post tag: General Micro Systemscenter_img View post tag: US Navy Facing end-of-life challenges, old displays on ships in the U.S. Navy fleet are being replaced by new ones that are to be delivered by General Micro Systems, the company announced in February.From an RFQ first seen in 2013, the SD19 SmartView display system is now in the deployment phase. General Micro Systems has been awarded multi-year contracts to deliver tens of displays per ship, with volume of several dozen ships per year.“Combined, all programs will exceed several million dollars in revenue to GMS per year. And it started with a long-time customer,” said GMS CEO Ben Sharfi. “They knew we were in the smart display business, and they knew we supplied VME-based single-board computers to the Navy’s fleet of ships.”Upon receipt of the system specification that required not only backwards compatibility with the existing display but also incorporated a ship data-management computer function, GMS quoted a smart display system that was a fraction of the cost, thinner and combined multiple functions into one.The technical challenge was maintaining one hundred percent backwards compatibility with the existing display system while still adding the complete computer subsystem within the same physical space. “The other guys were over 8-inches thick, used a technology that isn’t rugged, and required a fan,” said Sharfi. “We are around 3.5-inches thin, passively cooled, and run circles around the competing solutions.” Back to overview,Home naval-today General Micro Systems bags US Navy ship displays contract last_img read more