HMV shares plunge as its losses mount

first_img whatsapp KCS-content Share HMV shares plunge as its losses mount HMV shares dropped nearly 17 per cent yesterday as poor trading figures laid bare the company’s failing turnaround plan.The music, DVD, games and books retailer posted a worse-than-expected widening in first-half losses. Its share price dropped 16.57 per cent yesterday, to 36.50pHMV made an underlying pre-tax loss of £41.3m for the six months to 23 October, compared with analyst forecasts for a loss of £38-39m, according to a company poll.Sales fell six per cent to £749.5m, with sales at stores open over a year down 11.5 per cent.Like-for-like sales at its Waterstone’s book chain fell by 3.2 per cent over the first half of its financial year.Chief executive Simon Fox is battling to turn the business around as competition from downloads increases.Fox said: “Our stores are ready (for Christmas). We have done everything we possibly can but if customers cannot get on to the high street it will be very serious for all retailers, including ourselves.”He said the outcome for HMV’s year to the end of April would be largely determined by the next four weeks of the Christmas trading period which, together with the final four months of the year, account for 60 per cent of total sales. He is nervous that more extreme weather will further hamper seasonal sales.The company has changed its strategy by concentrating on its live music venues, which Fox believes can help it turn the corner. Prior to yesterday’s update, HMV shares had lost 62 per cent of their value over the past year.SIMON FOXCHIEF EXECUTIVE HMVChief executive Simon Fox has been at the helm of HMV for four years. A former executive at electricals giant Kesa, he has a strong pedigree in retail and is also a non-executive director of the Guardian Media Group. His interest in the media, allied with his executive experience, made him one of the prime candidates for the chief executive spot at ITV when it became vacant earlier this year. He was a frontrunner but pulled out of the race to concentrate on completing his turnaround plan at HMV. Ironically, while the company has continued to struggle, ITV – under new chief Adam Crozier – has seen improving fortunes. Fox graduated with an MA in economics from Cambridge University in 1982, and worked for Security Pacific Bank, Boston Consulting Group and Sandhurst Marketing in his early career. He also founded Office World before joining Kingfisher in 1998. At HMV, his boldest move has been a partnership with live music venue operator MAMA, under which nightspots such as the Hammersmith Apollo have been rebranded with the HMV logo. Fox is known for his laid back style, but retail experts say he has the backbone to make tough decisions.Director general of the British Retail Consortium Stephen Roberston said of him: “He’s not as acerbic as other retailers, but there’s no doubting he has the steel to run a business like HMV”. center_img Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Thursday 9 December 2010 9:00 pmlast_img read more

Rhode Island sports betting revenue recovers in August

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Rhode Island Lottery has reported a month-on-month increase in sports betting revenue in August after punters spent over $10m (£8.1m/€9.2m) on legal wagering during the month. Email Address 1st October 2019 | By contenteditor The Rhode Island Lottery has reported a month-on-month increase in sports betting revenue in August after punters spent over $10m (£8.1m/€9.2m) on legal wagering during the month.Overall revenue from regulated sports betting amounted to $851,788 in August, up from $827,579 in July. Consumers wagered a total of $10.6m, compared to $8.3m in July, winning a collective $9.2m in the process.The Twin River Casino in Lincoln remained the primary destination for sports betting in August, with the facility posting revenue of $607,836 for the month. This was down from $607,836 in July, but punters spent more at the casino, with total bets up from $6.6m to $7.4m.In contrast, the Twin River Tiverton site saw revenue increase 18.7% from July to $243,952, with the overall amount wagered by players rising from $1.5m to $2.1m.Read the full story on iGB North America.Image: Taber Andrew Bain Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Finance Topics: Finance Sports betting Regions: US Rhode Island Rhode Island sports betting revenue recovers in Augustlast_img read more

Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) Q12017 Presentation

first_imgAccess Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 presentation results for the first quarter.For more information about Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Access Bank Limited (ACCESS.ng)  2017 presentation results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAccess Bank Plc is a leading financial institution offering banking products and services for the retail, private, corporate and institutional and non-institutional sectors in Africa and Europe. The company offers solutions for corporate and investment banking, commercial banking, personal banking and business banking. In addition to transactional banking, Access Bank Plc offers cash management and treasury services, project and structured finance, supply chain and trade finance as well as insurance, brokerage services, liquidity management and debt management programmes. The company was established in 1989 and has grown its national and international footprint to approximately 300 branches. Access Bank Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Access Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

La primada predica en Costa Rica

first_imgLa primada predica en Costa Rica This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA Sesquicentenario de la Iglesia Anglicana/Episcopal en Costa Rica22 abril 2015El Buen Pastor, San José, CR, 7 de la noche Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Latin America, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Province IX Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Posted Apr 27, 2015 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Collierville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Featured Jobs & Calls In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Submit a Press Release Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate Diocese of Nebraska Press Release Service Director of Music Morristown, NJ Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL La Rvdma. Katharine Jefferts SchoriObispa Presidente y PrimadaIglesia EpiscopalEl Buen Pastor ha estado buscando ovejas sin pastor durante 150 años. Esta congregación comenzó porque algunas ovejas inesperadas vivían aquí – ovejas que no eran necesariamente Católica Romana. La fundación de esta comunidad reconoció que el buen pastor que conocemos en Jesús tiene “otras ovejas que no son de este redil, y él debe traer los también, porque también ellos oyen su voz.”Cristianos, aun la gente de toda clase y condición, son frecuentemente sorprendidos por la presencia de otras ovejas. Está claro que en los últimos años Costa Rica ha sido sorprendida por el número de inmigrantes de Nicaragua y otras partes de América Latina. La diócesis que creció desde los inicios en Buen Pastor hoy está cuidando a las necesidades de muchas ovejas que han sido invisibles u olvidados por el mundo. Las Hogar Escuelas están trayendo corderos al dentro del redil, donde se les ama y alimentado, enseñados y preparados para ser pastores a los demás. Familias enteras están descubriendo un poco más de la vida abundante en el amor compartido por la gente de la iglesia en Costa Rica. Las madres en particular se les recuerda que son valoradas y que son atesoradas hijas de Dios, dignas de respeto y dignidad.[1]Ese es un tema que sigue resonando a través de la historia del Buen Pastor y muchos de sus pastores. Varias partes de la Comunión Anglicana son responsables de la vida del rebaño aquí. La Iglesia de Inglaterra le ayudó a fundar; ministerios de capellanía de Inglaterra y las Indias Occidentales le ayudó a crecer y perdurar; la obra fue trasladado a TEC en la década de los 50s, con la intención de nutrir una iglesia indígena; y Costa Rica se convirtió en parte de IARCA cuando se inició en 1998.David Richards fue el primer obispo residente en 1951 y sirvió hasta 1968, y luego pasó a ser pastor para otros pastores en TEC. Todavía ofrece asesoramiento a las mujeres y los hombres en busca de sanación y la integridad – y a la edad de 94 años, sigue como ejemplo asombroso de fiel pastoreo, sobre todo en busca de las ovejas pérdidas o errantes.Tony Ramos era el sucesor de Obispo Richards, cuando vino a ayudar a esta diócesis desarrollar el liderazgo indígena. Su buen pastoreo es en parte la razón por qué las mujeres están sirviendo hoy como pastores ordenadas. Él era el único obispo activo dispuesto a participar en la primera ordenación de mujeres como sacerdotes en TEC. Yo no estaría aquí hoy si no hubiera estado allí, en 1974 – y yo no estaría aquí esta noche sin su persistencia en pidiéndome que encontrar una posible fecha. Doy gracias por su narración urgente de buenas noticias sobre todas las mujeres líderes que están conectados a esta congregación – la primera mujer piloto en Costa Rica, que es el miembro más antiguo de este rebaño; el primer congresista en Costa Rica, y las muchas y los muchos fieles ministros en el mundo y la iglesia que han nutridos en esta comunidad por un siglo y media.La realidad es que las ovejas en estos rediles han todos sido llamados para ayudar a pastorear a los demás. Todos tenemos un Buen Pastor, que nos invita a venir y seguir, para buscar a los perdidos y servir a los más pequeños. Siempre habrá más ovejas de otros rebaños para descubrir, conocer, alimentar y ser amigos con los demás. A veces esa oveja perdida es usted o yo. Cuando nos sentimos perdidos, ¿quién nos trae a casa otra vez? Por lo general es un amigo, una persona querida, que conoce nuestro nombre y dice, “vamos, entrar, volver a casa, estás bien amado, atesorado, y la propia amada de Dios.”Pero ¿qué pasa con aquellos que no tienen un amigo cercano para mostrarles un Dios amoroso con actual piel humano?Cuando salgo muy temprano en la mañana para correr y orar en la ciudad, casi siempre descubro gente que duermen en la calle, o en los bancos del parque, o escondido detrás de un arbusto. Aquí en San José estaba un poco más difícil, para el camuflaje es mejor. ¿Es eso una persona envuelta en una manta en ese rincón oscuro? No puedo ver una cara, pero estoy bastante seguro de que es un durmiente. ¿Contienen esas bolsas preciadas posesiones o es basura? Las calles están tan bien barridas que debe ser ropa y lo poco que esta persona llama a su propia cuenta. Y yo me pregunto – donde ésta oveja va a romper su ayuno? ¿Dónde se ha de dormir esta noche?En medio de mí preguntando, lo recuerdo. Obispo Monterroso me ha hablado de un pequeño grupo de mujeres que acuden a la ciudad para recibir tratamiento médico, y que no tenía lugar para esperar o descansar. Pidieron a varias iglesias, quienes les dieron la espalda. Una congregación ha abierto sus puertas a ellas que algunos ven como parias – se llama apropiadamente Ascensión.[2] Hoy en día las ocho que comenzaron son ahora unos 200, que regresan a sus comunidades para ayudar a otras a sanar y encontrar esperanza después de aprender que tienen SIDA.Hay otros ejemplos de pastores buscando ovejas perdidas. Una congregación en Carolina del Norte, anteriormente Metodista, estaba muriendo y listo para cerrar sus puertas por falta de miembros. Sus pastores tuvieron el coraje de mirar fuera de sus puertas, y hoy ese edificio alberga una iglesia de “caos santo,” una mezcla verdaderamente católica de personas sin hogar y las con casas; ricos y pobres; negro, marrón y blanco; sobrio y no tanto; e incluso algunos perros que traen a sus amos. Se celebran el culto el miércoles; reciban a los grupos de Alcohólicos Anónimos; cultivan un huerto; ofrecen ropa limpia a los que no le tienen; se alimentan todos los interesados un banquete generoso y rico; y mantengan ocho camas de respiro para que los que no tienen hogares pueden recuperarse de hospitalización o tratamiento médico. Ovejas de todo tipo están encontrando un hogar.[3]Oí otra historia poderosa sobre los pastores en esta diócesis. Cuando otro perdió su cargo remunerado, el clero de la diócesis pastoreaban uno de los suyos por compartir un porcentaje de sus propios salarios con él durante 6 meses, mientras que se encontró una nueva posición.El corazón del evangelio es sobre el inmenso amor abundante de Dios para todos sus hijos y criaturas. Se resume en una canción popular, “Todas las criaturas de Dios tienen lugar en el coro.”Todas las criaturas de Dios tienen lugar en el coroAlgunos cantan bajo y algunos cantan alto,Algunos cantan alta sobre cable telefónico,Algunos sólo aplaudir sus manos o patas, o cualquier cosa que tienen ahora…[4]Hay un lugar para cada hijo de Dios, y un rebano para cada oveja – una casa donde cada uno es acogido como Cristo su mismo, donde recibe alimento y agua, alojamiento seguro, y alentó a crecer hacia la abundante, cariñosa forma de vida para que estábamos creado. Por eso El Buen Pastor comenzó, por eso ha florecido durante un siglo y medio, y por eso podemos esperar que la iglesia costarricense continúe en siglos del futuro, si seguimos en este papel, oyendo la voz de lo que dice, “sígame.”Nuestro ministerio pastoreo también tiene que cuidar el pasto y agua que las ovejas necesitan para prosperar. Estamos empezando a recordar que este jardín es para todas las criaturas de Dios, y tiene que ser atendido, también. Recientemente me di cuenta de una hermosa planta verde en una olla que se estableció por una ventana con barrotes. La hoja mayor de la planta estaba asomada a través de la ventana en la brisa fresca. Alguien había puesto esa planta cerca de lo que se necesita – la luz y el aire – y se garantiza que llegó el agua y los nutrientes que necesita para prosperar. Como el jardinero resucitado, somos pastores de cada criatura del mundo.¿Qué clase de pastor estás? ¿Cuáles ovejas estamos tendiendo o buscando? ¿Cómo y dónde y por quién encuentras el cuidado de un pastor?Y quizás lo más importante, ¿cómo va el rebaño de pastores aquí seguir buscando a los perdidos y los más pequeñosSeguir buscando las ovejas perdidas hasta que el último ha llegado a casa, a la grey de Dios.[1] https://www.episcopalnewsservice.org/2013/08/23/un-grupo-de-carolina-del-norte-explora-su-colaboracion-en-costa-rica/[2] http://www.epicenter.org/costa-rica-partnership/[3] Haywood Street Congregation, Asheville, NC https://www.faithandleadership.com/welcome-church-holy-chaos[4] http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/celticthunder/aplaceinthechoir.html traducción por KJS. Rector Tampa, FL 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 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Smithfield, NC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Knoxville, TN Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Rector Shreveport, LAlast_img read more

James O’Connor comes up with Blooper of the Season as he gifts the Sharks a try

first_imgSunday May 24, 2015 James O’Connor comes up with Blooper of the Season as he gifts the Sharks a try Poor James O’Connor. Things just didn’t go well for him against the Sharks on Friday night, including a bit of a halftime spat with a team mate, then late in the game with this absolute howler of a kick that landed square in the bread basket of Stefan Ungerer. The first half was frustrating for O’Connor and the Reds, who went 10-0 down within 15 minutes following a try from Sharks number nine, Ungerer.By halftime it was 16-7 and on the hooter O’Connor, Adam Thomson and Will Genia failed to take advantage of a bit of space down the blindside. O’Connor was visibly frustrated, and that boiled over into the change room, as cameras caught he and All Black Thomson having a full go at one another. Genia was peacemaker, and later played down the incident.With ten minutes left in the game the former Wallaby star received a loopy pass from Karmichael Hunt then screwed the clearing kick straight into the arms of Ungerer, who incredibly had actually just pulled a muscle as he attempted to place pressure on the kick.He gave up the chase, but must have been as shocked as everyone else as the ball landed straight in his arms, allowing him to stride a few paces, injured leg and all, and dive over for his second try of the night.“It was a brilliant catch and James O’Connor was devastated,” said Tim Horan of the incident.The mistimed kick summed up the night, and at times the season, as the Reds chances seemed to fade away as the Durban based Sharks held on for a much needed 21-14 win. “It’s a team sport. You never like seeing individuals take a blow like that,” said Reds skipper James Slipper. “It’s obviously not what we wanted but we’re going to have to rally around him.”See more Bloopers and bizarre bits of play in the See It To Believe It sectionADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Coaching Tactics: Blindside Winger Moves from New Zealand

first_imgWednesday Sep 9, 2015 Coaching Tactics: Blindside Winger Moves from New Zealand We’re heading into Round 5 of New Zealand’s premier domestic competition the ITM Cup.A couple rounds ago the Manawatu Turbos scored two great tries against the Tasman Makos using their wingers that I want to take a look at.The Turbos aren’t exactly on fire this season, but seeing these tries reminded me of what an effective tactic bringing a winger off the blindside can be.We send free drills and bits of analysis of what’s going on in the world of rugby coaching every week.If you’d like to receive weekly drills and tactic videos like this (they’re not all posted on Rugbydump) then click the button!ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Coaching Related Articles 27 WEEKS AGO Sam Underhill’s flawless tackle technique… 62 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leinster S&C coach gives some handy… 125 WEEKS AGO The Art of the Offload: Brian O’Driscoll… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Pandemics have a way of fomenting social revolutions

first_imgThe following is a slightly edited talk given during the Workers World Party webinar “What Road to Socialism?” on May 16.Welcome everyone to this important national meeting of Workers World Party. I wish we could be meeting in person, but dire circumstances make that impossible. So we have to have this digital meeting. But that doesn’t mean we can’t accomplish a great deal.Larry HolmesI’m sure that most of you are thinking about what the next week will bring. Can you get back to some normal routine? How many people will die and suffer? Or maybe you’re wondering what the next two months will bring. That’s very human.But it’s important to look at what’s happening from a historical perspective. It’s important to remember that pandemics, especially ones the size of the pandemic the planet is contending with now, have a way of fomenting social revolutions. The most oppressed of the planet’s population get angry because of the already terrible conditions, in addition to the bad conditions that the pandemic imposes on them, and then become ready to revolt. This is especially true if the dominant system is a decrepit, decaying system that really just needs a good kick to push it into the trash bins of history.The bubonic plague of the 14th and 15th centuries played a big role in arousing the peasantry in the struggle to end feudalism. One pandemic that some of you may know a little bit about is the 1918 influenza. A very bad, very deadly pandemic. It is believed to have killed somewhere between 50 and 100 million people, including three-quarters of a million people in this country. And that was at a time when the population of the U.S. was about 105 million.That pandemic did not have the same impact on the economy that the present one is having for a number of reasons. Perhaps the most important reason is that that was during World War I, the first global imperialist war, and most of the U.S. economy was directed toward the war. All the working class was directed toward war production.That’s different than now. It’s primarily weapon systems and bombs that imperialism makes now. That buffers the economy to a certain extent. Also, U.S. imperialism had an advantage. Europe was devastated by World War I; the U.S. was not. As a matter of fact, what the war did was begin to push U.S. imperialism into position so that it would ultimately grasp the capitalist system in a big way and become the leading imperialist power.Pandemic and economic depressionMedical science 100 years ago was undeveloped by comparison to today, so the expectation of people about what government and medicine could do to protect them was completely different than what it is now. This current pandemic will be viewed historically — this is a turning point in the decline of U.S. imperialism and world capitalism.No matter what happens to the pandemic — whether a vaccine is discovered, whether we even have more tests (which people are so frustrated about) — that’s not going to change what this pandemic and the economic crisis that existed before it is doing to the global capitalist economy. There’s still going to be a worldwide depression — the unemployment and all the misery and suffering – and part of that is going to be permanent.Why? Because this pandemic has caused a permanent rupture at a time when all the scientific and technological achievements of capitalism — particularly of U.S. capitalism and all the wonderful integration of the economy based on globalization and technology — means very little. Because when people look at the economy and look at world capitalism and imperialism, they do not see strength. To the contrary, they see weakness. They see a system that is falling apart.This contradiction, more than any other contradiction in my lifetime, spells out that from now on, in a very clear and brutal way, capitalism is fighting socialism. The old, decrepit, dangerous system is fighting to block the birth of something new on a global level.If we had a socialist system, it would be absolutely no problem at all to shut down the economy as long as was necessary and advise people to shelter at home. They wouldn’t have to worry about losing jobs or losing food or whatever they need. It’s only under this degenerate, dying system that these greedy capitalists are freaking out. They’re demanding, “Open up the economy, send workers back to the factories. We don’t care if they get sick. We don’t care if they die; we need to make the profits.”That contradiction is very clear and very stark. The working class — all sectors of it — is being hit very hard. No sector is hit harder than Black and Brown workers, women and gender-oppressed, and LGBTQ2+ workers, the disabled — always the most oppressed of the working class. But that doesn’t exclude other sectors, who maybe a little while ago thought they were relatively “privileged.” They’re finding that those privileges are blowing away in the wind.Working class is fighting backWorkers are not just freaking out. They’re doing that, as we all are. But they’re fighting back. They’re angry. They’re saying: “No, we don’t want to go to a plant or a factory or some workplace where we will get sick and maybe die.” There are tremendous, militant, glorious wildcat walkouts and strikes, not only in this country but around the world.There’s a tremendous strike going on in Washington state now of farmworkers, the most oppressed of all workers, migrant workers. It’s important for us to understand that, because of this militancy, this workers’ rebellion is going to grow. Workers are going to need help in order to organize themselves in a way that they’ve never been organized since the 1930s. They’re depending upon the help of revolutionaries like us, socialists and communists, who are dedicated to the working class — not to tell them what to do, not to substitute ourselves for them, but to help them in every way we can.We are Workers World Party. Our name says it all. We exist to help our class in any way that we can to liberate themselves.I think that one of the big lessons of the Bernie Sanders campaign and the Jeremy Corbyn campaign in Britain — good, important, progressive campaigns in many respects that had a lot of support — is that even with the support they had, they were not grounded in the struggle of the workers. They may have put forward demands, universal health care and other good things that we all support, but they weren’t in the workers’ struggles.Now people who were supporting them on both sides of the Atlantic are realizing that the next thing we have to do is to ensure that our struggle is grounded in the working class — that it’s part of the working class getting organized, getting powerful, becoming independent of bourgeois parties and fighting on its own. Without that, electoral campaigns will have little meaning in the progress of a struggle.I’m very proud, and members of my generation are very proud, about what we were able to accomplish. I’ve been in the struggle for almost a half a century. My comrades and I fought against the racist, imperialist Vietnam War. We sided with the Vietnamese. We supported liberation movements from Palestine to South Africa to Puerto Rico. We supported Malcolm X, the Black Panther Party and the Black Liberation struggle. We supported the struggle of women to free themselves from patriarchal oppression. We solidarized ourselves with the struggle of LGBTQ2+ comrades and that entire community to free themselves from oppression. We supported the struggle of people with disabilities.We struggle with the youth and the Black and Brown workers who are the targets of racism and national oppression. We’ve tried to intervene in the workers’ movement, sometimes very effectively. And we’re proud of it. But we are not the ones who decide exclusively what we can accomplish during our lifetime. Events and conditions decide that.I’m speaking now predominantly to young comrades and friends. You have a different role because of what is happening now and because of this crisis that the world is entering — that capitalism is entering into. There is the possibility that in your generation, you may actually be able to bring capitalism to its end — but this is not guaranteed.I want you to think about this and meditate on it and relate to it. If you’re serious, if you’re bold, if you have the patience, if you have the staying power, then that’s one thing the older generation can give you. We may have made mistakes, and there may be some things we didn’t see. But we had staying power. That’s why many of us are still here. After the better part of half a century, we get that.That’s worth a lot. If you get that, you just may be able to accomplish revolutionary things in your lifetime.Don’t leave it for other generations, if you can accomplish it now.Long live our party, long live the socialist revolution, and good health to all of you.Holmes is the First Secretary of Workers World Party and a theoretical contributor to WW newspaper. 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Bottom of Horned Frogs’ lineup propels them to 7-1 victory

first_img ReddIt Twitter Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ ReddIt Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams Photo courtesy: GoFrogs.com TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Benton McDonald Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Linkedin + posts Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Linkedin TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello printNo. 20 TCU baseball defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff 7-1 Tuesday night.The Horned Frogs scored its seven runs on nine hits despite the top four hitters in their lineup combining for just one hit. The five, six and seven hitters: Michael Landestoy, A.J. Balta and Adam Oviedo would combine for seven hits and four RBI’s.The Horned Frogs opened up the scoring with a four-run bottom of the second that would put them in the driver’s seat for the rest of the night.Senior Michael Landestoys double in the bottom of the second opened up the scoring for TCU (Photo Courtesy of GoFrogs.com)Senior Michael Landestoy’s RBI double scored Josh Watson from first base for the first run of the game and freshman Adam Oviedo added another with a double that scored Landestoy from second.A groundout by freshman Coby Boulware would score A.J. Balta from third to extend the lead to three.Zach Humphreys would knock in the fourth and final run of the inning on another sacrifice groundout that scored Oviedo from third.TCU would add their fifth and sixth runs of the game after Oviedo singled to right, scoring Landestoy, who reached on a double, and Balta who reached on an infield single.Freshman Adam Oviedo finished with 3 RBI’s. (Photo Courtesy of GoFrogs.com)“Adam had a good night,” head coach Jim Schlossnagle said of the first-year. “Adam had the timely hits.”Oviedo finished the night 3-3 from the plate with three RBI’s.The team added its seventh and final run in the bottom of the eighth inning after a Zach Humphreys single scored Connor Shepherd from third.On the mound, true freshman Russell Smith made his fourth and most impressive start of the season. The lofty left-handed pitcher had six strikeouts in four-and-two-thirds innings pitched and surrendered zero earned runs.Schlossnagle complemented the freshman’s performance and acknowledged his improvement from a few months ago.“He got better at the end,” he said. “He’s not even close to the pitcher we had in the fall and spring.”He said that Smith’s performance in the fall and spring practices had him competing to be a regular weekend starter but a tentativeness, once the season began, has placed him behind the three veterans.“He’ll learn from that,” Schlossnagle said. “He just needs to learn from it soon.”Schlossnagle was satisfied with the team securing a win but understands they are far from where they want to be.“We’re just a tremendous work in progress,” he said. “There is not a phase of the game we don’t have to get better at.”Schlossnagle added that he was most alarmed with the team’s mental errors in areas such as base running and pitchers fielding abilities, things the coaching staff has stressed since the first day of practice.“Those are things that are hallmarks of our program,” he said. “We’re 18 games into the season, we shouldn’t see some of the things we’ve seen.”The Horned Frogs will look to continue its winning with a homestead stretch through the Big 12’s opening weekend. The team will take on Kansas State Friday at 6 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m in Fort Worth. Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases Twitter Facebook Previous articleTCU featured in Texas Rangers, FOX Sports Southwest’s University Days program for fifth consecutive seasonNext articleTCU Rifle earns 13 All-American honors Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Benton McDonaldhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/benton-mcdonald/ Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Facebooklast_img read more

Second week of election campaign media monitoring – state radio and TV bias continues

first_img October 29, 2020 Find out more ————————————————————————————–MissionReporters Without Borders began monitoring the Ivorian media on 15 October and will continue to do so until the end of the presidential election. Its quantitative and qualitative monitoring is being carried out in Abidjan by a team of observers, who are evaluating the air-time that the public radio and TV stations allocate to the political parties and movements participating in the election. They are also evaluating the space allocated by the public-service daily Fraternité Matin and a number of privately-owned dailies. The aim is to ensure respect for the principle of fairness in the state media and balance in the privately-owned media.MethodologyReporters Without Borders is observing and measuring the air-time that the candidates get in all the French-language programmes relating to the elections on the public TV station La Première and the public radio station Radio Côte d’Ivoire (RCI). As regards the print media, it is measuring and comparing the column space that each candidate and their supporters and allies get in the public-service daily Fraternité Matin and in a number of privately-owned dailies: Le Nouveau Réveil, Le Patriote and Notre Voie during the first-round campaign, and L’Intelligent d’Abidjan, Soir Info and L’Inter during the second-round campaign. It is also carrying out a qualitative evaluation of the tone used by the journalists and media in their references to the candidates. Related documents Charts for week 2 (of 1st round)PDF – 154.69 KB Reporters Without Borders regrets that La Première (the state-owned broadcaster RTI’s main TV channel) and state-owned Radio Côte d’Ivoire (RCI) continued to give much more air-time to President Laurent Gbagbo than the other candidates during the second week of the campaign for the first round of Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election.This violated one of the rules set by the National Broadcasting Council (CNCA), under which the candidates should have received equal treatment from the public radio and TV stations.Respect for this rule is all the more important for upholding the general principle of equity because the CNCA has banned privately-owned non-commercial broadcast media, including TV stations based in the former rebel north, from broadcasting their own programmes about the election campaign.These media are limited to rebroadcasting the programmes broadcast by La Première and RCI: the “Campaign News Programmes” that are supposed to include a report of equal length about each candidate every two days, the campaign spots produced by the candidates themselves and the “Facing the voters” programme, which each day has been giving a different candidate 90 minutes to present their election platform. Overall, the rules of equal treatment are being respected in these special election programmes, but the ordinary news programmes, which are forbidden by the CNCA to cover the election campaign, are giving a great deal of coverage to Gbagbo’s activities as president. This violates the spirit of equal treatment and is giving him a big media advantage.Reporters Without Borders again deplores the fact that the CNCA did not conduct a lottery to determine the order in which the candidates appeared on “Facing the voters” and decided that President Gbagbo would appear last (the most advantageous position). The organization hopes that, during the second-round campaign, a debate will be held on La Première and RCI between the two winners of the first round. Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election News RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections Organisation Help by sharing this information Côte d’IvoireAfrica Côte d’IvoireAfrica Reports November 27, 2020 Find out morecenter_img News to go further Reporters Without Borders hails the conduct of the National Press Council (CNP), which has constantly monitored the print media’s campaign coverage in an impartial manner and has issued warnings to newspapers that violated professional ethics by their use of outrageous language and verbal excesses.The press freedom organization finally congratulates the campaign coverage provided by Fraternité Matin, which has fulfilled his duties as a public-service daily by giving its readers balanced and impartial coverage of the 14 candidates throughout the past two weeks and by contributing in a very positive way to a pluralist political debate. The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa October 16, 2020 Find out more October 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Second week of election campaign media monitoring – state radio and TV bias continues Charts in PDF version: News Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Receive email alerts RSF_en last_img read more

Intelligence services tapped phones of 17 news agency journalists

first_img Receive email alerts May 27, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News The Lithuanian intelligence services tapped the phones of at least 17 journalists with Vilnius-based Baltic News Services (BNS) on a prosecutor’s orders in 2013 and 2014, it was learned this month. Officials also questioned journalists and seized computers in bid to identify source of leak. No official reason has so far been given but it was clearly prompted by a BNS story in October 2013 that was based on a leaked classified intelligence report about Russian political manoeuvring designed to destabilize the Lithuanian government.Shortly after the story’s publication, the police questioned six journalists, seized computers, and searched the home, car and garage of one of the journalists, who filed a complaint. As a result of the complaint, a Vilnius court ruled in December 2013 that the methods used by the intelligence services were illegal.In the same ruling, the court also ordered the judicial authorities to disclose the methods used to identify BNS’s source for the story. It was in compliance with this order that officials revealed the mass phone tapping on 17 June.In a joint response on 18 June, BNS editor Vaidotas Beniušis and director Jurga Eivaitė said: “Mass wiretapping of journalists’ conversations is a gross violation of freedom of the press and is absolutely unacceptable in a democratic country based on the rule of law. The procedural coercive measures were disproportional, could have threatened to reveal confidential sources of information and violated the privacy of BNS employees without a valid reason.”The recorded phone calls included conversations between BNS journalists and sources that had no relation to the leak investigation.On 19 June, President Dalia Grybauskaite asked parliament to take measures to protect journalists from such “Soviet measures” as phone tapping, searches, seizure of equipment and other forms of surveillance.Nonetheless, the government has done little to stop such abuses until now. Disciplinary proceedings should have been initiated against the prosecutor’s office in December, when BNS’s journalists were first questioned and their computers were confiscated. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Follow the news on Lithuania RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” RSF_en July 1, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Intelligence services tapped phones of 17 news agency journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more News Help by sharing this information May 28, 2021 Find out more LithuaniaEurope – Central Asia to go further LithuaniaEurope – Central Asia last_img read more