Why the England U16 team should be scrapped – Stephen Jones

first_imgIt’s amazing how often the new trends and the latest quasi-science get everyone so excited. When you listen to the really great men of preparation culture, such as Dave Reddin, you find that there is nothing new under the sun, only sympathy and clarity and focus. And charlatans trying to persuade you otherwise.Danny Care is one of only seven current England Elite players who was capped at U16 levelThe School of Rugby philosophies are all set out and they terrify me. The lads are told at the outset that “some may play Internationals, some may become professional players”. The arrogance of people in assuming that you can spot that level of talent at 13 or even 19 is shocking. So is the lack of realisation that you can spot a true professional player or potential international only when he has played two long, hard seasons at one of the 12 top-flight English pro clubs – that’s where true development takes place. Much later in life.One other frightening element in the School of Rugby system is this: “SoR players may not be selected for the county team during the early years as part of the SoR selection is to identify talented athletes. These athletes may not be the most aware rugby player at U14s, but at U16s may have developed sufficiently to be considered.”And the translation? Only the big lads will be chosen, and they will be trained in a void to get bigger and fitter, but while doing so their ability to actually play rugby, to make decisions on a field, will be in reverse.It just makes you sick, frankly. It’s like taking the puppies away in Animal Farm, and restoring them years later as snarling, unthinking, dullard beasts. English rugby has a surfeit of massive, sweated specimens. One thing it does lack, and under the School of Rugby rubbish always will, is rugby brains, decision-makers. You doubt me? Have you watched the full England team play in the past seven years? And if you are a youngster in one of those Schools, don’t you and your mum and dad realise that you’re being factory farmed? Would you not like to simply go and play games?So, what should happen? Dissolve immediately the England U16 team and make the identifying of 12- to 15-year-old talent an offence against the spirit of rugby. Put school rugby as the priority, because trained educators will always be better than well-meaning parents who think they are coaches because they go to seminars and have badges.Outside school rugby terms, devote all the energies to club rugby. Banish the Schools of Rugby today (not tomorrow), hold back county rugby until the end of the season. Stay in the present. Let rugby teams thrive, celebrate the friendships.In time, the professional clubs will make their choices (from a pool of 19-year-olds, not 12-year-olds) and those who are good enough to become one of the 300-odd full-time English professionals can aim to reach their peak at the age of 25, say. Not earlier, where so many young men have been wrecked.If I’m being harsh, tough. Young people are more important than old sensibilities, and rugby is not yet Orwellian. It is, however, getting close.This article appeared in the August 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS DUBLIN, IRELAND – MARCH 19: Scrumhalf Danny Care of England looks to pass the ball during the RBS 6 Nations Championship match between Ireland and England at the Aviva Stadium on March 19, 2011 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Danny Care Or perhaps you’d like a digital version of the magazine delivered direct to your PC, MAC or Ipad? If so click here. For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit England U16 enjoy their share of success, but does the need to fill 15 white jerseys come at too high a price?Today we can reveal the identity of the most dangerous rugby team in England, a team so disruptive to rugby in the rest of the country, and such a malign influence on young players everywhere, that they really should be banned. Today, we lay bare the malevolence of the England U16s.It’s important to say that this is no reflection on the members of the current team, who comfortably beat Italy and Wales in April, and it’s no personal reflection on their coaches, even though they are definitely tainted by association. But merely because this team exists, I would say that in the last five years alone, thousands of youngsters have either given up rugby entirely, or lost faith in their rugby ability or themselves.The operation of the England U16s throws the whole of the rest of English rugby at U13-U16 levels completely out of kilter. It is bogus, dangerous, wasteful elitism – and I know my severe reservations about age-group rugby in England are shared widely inside the Rugby Football Union, and the reservations are growing.What do I know about it? Regular Rugby World readers will know I’ve been coaching and selecting at these age groups for 12 years and more. It was only a few months ago in this column that I passed on some of the fruits of all those years of experience and set out a blueprint of how to run a mini-junior rugby section. We had a powerful response, chiefly from people who agreed, and it was absolutely amazing how few people referred to in the article as problems, even if not under their own names, actually recognised themselves.Back to England U16. The whole of rugby in the age groups I mention is now set in thrall and subverted to find players for this side. Thousands of players, hundreds of club teams, are not able to live their rugby lives because of the need to fill a mere 15 white jerseys. Club rugby at the junior level is enslaved by it. And before I go on to explain how this happens, it must be said that the choice of this elite is often palpably wrong. Selections are made by people with no qualifications to make them, and as players develop and decline at rapidly different rates, you often find that by the time they get to the U16s the so-called elite may well be useless. I can give you scores of examples of players sucked up into ‘the system’ at the age of 12 or just after, evoking dreams of glory in the hearts of their parents and themselves, who by the time they reach the age of 16 have long ago retired into disillusionment.What happens is that English rugby is desperate to take away from the mainstream of the game a tiny elite which, for goodness sake, they start searching for at the age of 12. That really should be against the law of the land. Chiefly, the elite are dragged away into that void called county rugby. At its best, and in the grand old days where things worked so much better, county rugby for lads in their mid-teens took place on spring evenings, when all their club and school rugby was done. They would have the honour of playing for their counties in perhaps three or four games and a divisional final. They could knot their county ties around their necks and have a happy summer.England No 8 Nick Easter didn’t play age-grade rugby for his countryThese days, county rugby kills the poor lads. There are endless county sessions just at those very stages in the season when the rugby clubs are trying to put together their teams at all the age-group levels – trying to fashion sides that will give 20 people and sometimes far more the sheer joy of playing a team sport; something which will bring the lads together, entice their parents to the rugby club, win or lose a few games, take part in tours far and wide, and generally, become part forever of rugby’s legendary spirit.But now the lads are taken away to county training throughout the season, not just at the end of it. My local club’s U14 team lost its county players six times in ten weeks before Christmas. Shame on you, Berkshire. I’m sure it happens all over the nation, too.There are obvious flaws in this. Club teams rarely train as a team, the teamwork is shattered and, much more to the point, matches are often called off and players left idle because the elite have been creamed off – and, with the greatest respect, it must be said again that the elite is identified too often by people without the necessary expertise.And as the boys get older, the imperatives become more damaging. Players who are perfectly happy in their positions are told to change because someone has decided that in two years they will be better suited to another position.The urgency becomes ever more ludicrous, because now towards the end of a season you find county calls for players who may wish to be eligible for the county team in the next season. No one, apparently, will ever allow players of note to stay and play with their friends and enjoy themselves. They are condemned to a life of inflated expectations which, for 99 out of every 100, will be dashed.The categories of player for whom I feel most sorry are those with either the greatest expectations or no expectations at all. In my local U17 team, as I recall, neither of our two real class and promising lads has ever played for the county. On the other hand, our lad who has played for most representative teams, been dragged around for endless sessions in counties and academies and the like, is now stationed miserably out on the wing, shunting himself between positions, and probably on the verge of chucking the whole thing in. You want 50 more examples in my little area? Well, I can provide them. The depth of the disillusionment is scary.And it gets worse. The RFU and the England counties have formulated a shocking concept called Schools of Rugby. The players allowed into these schools are an even smaller elite, often just a handful of lads per county. They are force-fed the latest trendy nonsense about training and weights and nutrition, and persuaded the fast track that they are on is anything but bogus. This elite is again taken away criminally early, often from the age of 12, taken away from the team and the team sport which they thought they were joining.last_img read more

Conditioning combo 6: Prowler push, sled drag & skipping

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS THIS IS the sixth and final instalment of this season’s conditioning combos series put together by Harlequins head of strength & conditioning John Dams. They are all dynamic three-exercise circuits or ‘triple sets’, which should be performed one after the other with rest after the last exercise. Work-rest ratio’s can be changed to whatever suits you but a 1:3-4 work ratio will suit to start. This one involves the prowler push, sled drag and skipping. Watch this video to see how it’s all done…last_img read more

Dave Attwood facing a lengthy ban after stamp on Petrisor Toderasc

first_imgMonday Jan 3, 2011 Dave Attwood facing a lengthy ban after stamp on Petrisor Toderasc Gloucester lock Dave Attwood will find out the severity of his suspension later this week following his stamp to the face of La Rochelle prop Petrisor Toderasc during their Amlin Challenge cup defeat at Kingsholm last month. Toderasc, a Romanian front rower, was left badly injured from the incident with initial fears being that he would lose his eyesight. He was admitted to hospital which revealed that his vision had in fact not been affected, and his cheekbone wasnt broken, as had been suspected initially. He did however get a large scar on his cheek, two broken teeth (which required emergency dental work), and possible tear duct damage in the eye that was struck by Attwoods boot. La Rochelle did advise him not to take legal action though, but they were furious nonetheless. “We are not happy with any incident like that. It was a reprehensible act an unsporting act. It is dangerous to play like that and there cannot be a place for it on the field. An act like that can have serious consequences, so we have made a declaration to the ERC and provided pictures. Now it is a matter for them,” said their president, Vincent Merling. “Some of his teeth are smashed. Its very serious,” he added. The 23 year old will face a disciplinary hearing in Dublin on Thursday this week, which could result in him being ruled out of the England contention for the upcoming Six Nations. While Gloucester itself has suspended him for two weeks, the sanction for stamping ranges from two weeks to a year. Its not the first time Attwood has been involved in this type of incident. In Australia he got off on a technicality after two incidents during Englands match against the Australian Barbarians were dismissed after a procedural issue. Attwood spoke recently about his concerns over the controversial incidents. “The matter never went to trial so I was never found guilty, yet the fact that I got off on a technicality has meant that people think I was guilty of the offence. People will think, ‘Ah, hes a piece of work. Hes a bit nasty’. “I dont want that reputation. Im certainly physical, but Im not a nasty player at all,” he added. UPDATE 06/01/2010: Attwood has been suspended for nine weeks, ruling him out of some of the Six Nations. Time: 01:20 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueey10 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

Via 31 / Somdoon Architects

first_img Thailand Projects Apartments Architects: Somdoon Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Year:  Save this picture!© W Workspace+ 24 Share CopyApartments•Bangkok, Thailand Photographs:  W WorkspaceSave this picture!© W WorkspaceRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEASuspension SystemsGustafsSlated Timber Ceiling in EQT Corporate HeadquartersSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsText description provided by the architects. Via31 is a housing project that takes place in Sukhumvit, the most prime residential area of Bangkok. The site is located within a quiet lane surrounded by low-rise residential buildings and away from the bustling main road. The building is intended to cosy like a birds nest; introvert in design, where residents can live privately and peacefully. The building has 8 floors with a basement and consists of 88 units ranging from a single bedroom unit (47 sq.m.) to a three bedroom unit (145 sq.m.)Save this picture!© W WorkspaceThe local building regulation allows for a maximum building height of 23m, bringing the conception of a sunken first floor and allowing a higher floor to ceiling height. The green slope on the north side leads to the entrance of the building. Along with the lobby, these two elements act as a buffer from the entrance road. The 950mm slope helps to distinguish between public and private space. While on the South the landscape level is raised by 1.2m to match the second floor. This allows allowing the gym on the second floor to continue out to the swimming pool and landscape space.Save this picture!© W WorkspaceThe exterior of building is composed of straw like aluminium fins of various warm colours. They are installed from the RC ledge to ledge and act as a sun shading device. The density of the fins is strategically controlled to create privacy and also in relation to the internal living space and the exterior. The lowest density is at the living room window, where a clear view is required, to the densest covering air-condensing units.Save this picture!© W WorkspaceThe continuous aluminium ‘screen’ is interrupted at random internals by white box balconies. These 25 extra cantilevered balconies create variation within the design language and are seen as the only extrovert element of the design. They provide a comfortable space for owners to enjoy the vast views over the low-rise neighbourhood and the surroundings.Save this picture!© W WorkspaceFrom the second floor onwards, the units are organized by two connected corridors revolving around the three atriums. The base of these atriums is common seating area. They open up to the roof skylight and louvers allowing natural sun light to come down and disperse into the building. The atrium spaces also connect to swimming pool deck on second floor allowing the air to get in and create stack effect ventilation. It helps to reduce the use of artificial light and mechanical ventilation for most of the common areas.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessTime-Lapse: One World Trade CenterArticlesZero Energy House Lokeren / BLAF ArchitectenSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Bangkok, ThailandLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Photographs 2012 ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeSomdoon ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsBangkokThailandPublished on September 11, 2013Cite: “Via 31 / Somdoon Architects” 11 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Via 31 / Somdoon ArchitectsSave this projectSaveVia 31 / Somdoon Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Via 31 / Somdoon Architects Area:  9682 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project last_img read more

Farmhouse Lennik / Studio Farris Architects

first_img Alpha-Mat 2013 Farmhouse Lennik / Studio Farris ArchitectsSave this projectSaveFarmhouse Lennik / Studio Farris Architects Structural Engineering:Jan Van AelstCity:LennikCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Tim Van de VeldeRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Unit-Glaze SystemWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXText description provided by the architects. Studio Farris Architects was commissioned to convert the complex of house and stables of an 18th century farm located in Lennik, a small town in an agricultural area close to Brussels, into a single family house.Save this picture!Ground Floor PlanOf the 4 existing volumes, a storage room and pigsty were demolished, while the other pigsty and the adjacent 1960’s house were renovated.Save this picture!© Tim Van de VeldeStarting from a careful research and study of the farmhouse typology and how to keep and reinforce its authenticity while at the same time allowing it to answer to contemporary living standards, a concept that is often seen in old farms around the area was applied.Save this picture!© Tim Van de VeldeTo provide each room with the necessary amount of natural light, windows and doors were bricked up and cut out in a pragmatic way, making the façade a whimsical patchwork of old and new scars that show its history and give back and reinforce the identity it had lost over the years.Save this picture!© Tim Van de VeldeA box-in-box system was created to avoid any chemical reactions with sulfates in the ground and walls of the original farm. This system also takes care of the energy-efficiency of the house.Save this picture!© Tim Van de VeldeTypological fragments are reinterpreted throughout the house. The fireplace, which is a 6 meter high, suspended steel construction, is the heart of the house.Save this picture!SectionThe front garden was designed to create serenity and connect the farmhouse to its outbuildings. The backyard is a patchwork of pragmatic shapes in typological materials that enhance the connection with the horizon and create unexpected perspectives.Save this picture!© Tim Van de VeldeProject gallerySee allShow lessMehmet Kütükçüoğlu, Ertuğ Uçar and Feride Çiçekoğlu to Curate Turkish Pavilion at 20…Architecture NewsVietnamese Food Pavilion / MIA Design StudioSelected Projects Share “COPY” Year:  Save this picture!© Tim Van de Velde+ 18 Share Belgium Year:  CopyHouses, Renovation•Lennik, Belgium Farmhouse Lennik / Studio Farris Architects ArchDaily “COPY”center_img Contractor: Projects Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  256 m² Area:  256 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs 2013 photographs:  Tim Van de VeldePhotographs:  Tim Van de Velde Architects: Studio Farris Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeStudio Farris ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationLennikBelgiumPublished on December 16, 2015Cite: “Farmhouse Lennik / Studio Farris Architects” 16 Dec 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ AbstractFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MShower ColumnsAXORShowers – AXOR LampShower by NendoWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsMega-Panel Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMTable LampsAxolightTable Lights – SkirtDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Glass Pivot Door – Rabel 8700 Slim Super ThermalUrban ShadingPunto DesignPublic Architecture in Residential ComplexExterior DeckingHouse of BambooDecking – BambooAnti-Corrosive CoatingsTIGERPowder Coating – Drylac® Bianco 605More products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?莱尼克农场住宅 / Studio Farris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

Nine charity workers jailed

first_img Howard Lake | 4 July 2002 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Nine charity workers jailed  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img 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. The Charity Commission’s annual report details its successful investigations of fraudulent charity workers.In its annual report the Charity Commission reports that nine charity workers were jailed last year for theft or misappropriation of charity funds.Read Nine jailed for stealing charity money by Matt Weaver at SocietyGuardian. Advertisementlast_img read more

#RedForEd blazing as Arizona teachers walk out

first_imgThe spreading education workers’ struggle is ablaze in Arizona. On Thursday, April 26, an estimated 75,000 public school employees refused to report to work and began a historic walkout. Helicopter photos showed a red river of people advancing through the streets in Phoenix toward the Capitol.On Friday, the school workers were back, rallying in the tens of thousands. Speakers in Phoenix included representatives of the Arizona Education Association, Arizona Educators United, students, the Latinx community and parent-teacher organizations. The protests continued on Monday, April 30, and on Tuesday, May 1–International Workers’ Day.School workers are demanding restoration in public funding to the 2008 level for devastated schools, competitive and lasting salary increases for all education workers and no new tax cuts for the rich until per-pupil spending is at the national average.Just before the walkout date, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a tax break for coal mining companies that will cut state revenues by $12 to $30 million a year.According to AEA President Joe Thomas, 78 percent of its teachers voted for the action. This is the first statewide education workers strike ever in Arizona, and potentially the largest U.S. education walkout ever, as 820,000 of the state’s 1.1 million students could be affected. ( from West Virginia Arizona teachers and school support staff in Arizona paid close attention to the West Virginia education strike in February and began taking matters into their own hands in early March. After a private Facebook page, “West Virginia Public Employees UNITED,” was used to organize actions and communicate before, during and after the strike, Arizona school employees started their own grassroots-led Facebook group called Arizona Educators United.According to Labor Notes, “30,000 people joined [AEU] within the first 10 days,” with 45,000 members by mid-April. In solidarity, supporters of AEU not working directly for the public school system also set up “Arizona Parents and Allies United” on Facebook.Noah Karvelis, a K-8 music teacher in Phoenix and organizer for AEU, created the #RedForEd movement on social media to unite education workers throughout the state. Red was the color worn by West Virginia school workers during their 1990 and their most recent strike. It has traditionally been the chosen color of most working-class as well as socialist struggles internationally.The first #RedForEd event, organized by AEU, was March 7. Teachers, paraprofessionals, classroom aides, school bus drivers, school cafeteria employees, secretaries and custodians all over the state sported red clothing. As they made “selfies,” posting pictures on social media explaining why they were fighting for public education, #RedForEd began to go viral.Arizona education workers continued to wear red every Wednesday as school workers began to strike in Oklahoma and walked out in Kentucky. In Arizona, teachers and school support workers quickly began holding informational pickets, walk-ins and rallies at the Capitol. They mobilized a huge protest against reactionary Gov. Ducey during his weekly hate-filled radio show.Ducey has made it clear that he is against any type of action that defends public education. Despite crumbling public schools and miserably crowded classrooms, he used the fake argument that if schools shut down as a result of a walkout, “our kids are the ones who lose out.” (Arizona Family, April 19) Ducey is the former CEO of Cold Stone Creamery and a previous board member of a union-busting outfit misnamed “Teach for America.”Why teachers are walking outShortly after AEU organized #RedForEd Wednesdays, the AEA offered solidarity and support. The two organizations are asking for five concrete demands. The first and foremost among Arizona education employees is a 20 percent salary increase.  Elementary level teachers’ salaries are comparable to those of Oklahoma teachers, and secondary level teachers’ pay to West Virginia teachers — almost rock bottom in U.S. teacher salaries.AEU and AEA are also fighting for competitive pay for all education employees and that the salary increase be a permanent increase, as opposed to just a one-time bonus.Education advocates want public school funding raised back to its 2008 level.  A recent study by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee shows that Arizona spends roughly $924 less per pupil in inflation-adjusted dollars today than it did 10 years ago. While the Arizona Legislature was still in session, AEU focused its attention on combating a reactionary school voucher bill, SB 1467, which would take money from public schools and give them to private schools. In the West Virginia victory, strikers defeated charter school and school voucher bills.After feeling the heat from the #RedForEd movement, Gov. Ducey announced a “plan” to raise pay to 20 percent by the year 2020 and increase public education funding by $371 million by 2023. But Arizona education workers saw this proposal as too little, too late — an insincere offer that does nothing to improve pay for school support staff. Instead, the reactionary governor’s weak offer appears to be just another tactic to divide the working class. Teachers marching on April 26 also said they emphatically refused raises that would come at the cost of cutting social services for poor, Latinx or disabled students. (Payday Report, April 26)Finally, AEU and AEA activists are making it clear they do not want to see any more tax breaks for the rich. While state funding for Arizona students and public schools has steadily decreased in the last ten years, tax breaks for Arizona’s top 1% have increased. Education workers in West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky correctly took aim at the energy bosses and extraction industries in their states as the root of the budget problems. Arizona school employees are also directing their anger at the state’s big business.Fighting racism through education strugglesThe education workers’ walkout comes after decades of struggle by Latinx teachers and supporters against racially discriminatory funding of school districts in their communities. In 2010, the Arizona State Legislature passed a law against teaching Mexican-American history in the Tucson public school system. This was only defeated in December 2017 when a federal judge ruled the law unconstitutional. According to Payday Report, the state’s student population is 45 percent Latinx, and over half of the student population is children of color.Arizona has a brutal history of racism, massacre and exploitation against Indigenous nations and Latinx people, who have faced centuries of settler colonialism. The state did not recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday as a federal holiday until 1992, only then bowing to the economic pressure of a massive peoples’ boycott. Another boycott of Arizona was initiated after the state Senate passed SB 1070, representing and endorsing the virulently anti-im/migrant actions of racist Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County.Support for the education workers’ strike was emphatic in rural San Luis, Ariz., on April 26, when teachers marched and gathered with students and community members at the Cesar Chavez Cultural Center. Chanting “Fund our schools” and clanging cowbells, they hung a #RedForEd placard on the statue of farm workers union leader Chavez. (Phoenix New Times, April 27)The unity and militancy of education workers demanding increased support for public schools and for their students is a huge blow to the white supremacist state structureEducation workers strike in the global class warThe strikes and walkouts, which started in West Virginia and spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky and Arizona, are primarily being waged in “right-to-work” (for less!) states where work stoppages of any sort are illegal. It’s important to acknowledge the fact that these struggles are majority-women, rank-and-file-led.There are rumblings that educator work actions may soon begin in Arkansas, Mississippi and South Carolina. Many of the education workers in these states undoubtedly voted for the racist Republicans, but the walk-ins, walk-outs and outright strikes are a clear action against the right-wing agenda set by reactionaries backing privatization and profit.Arizona Gov. Ducey is a Republican, like the governors of West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky who attempted to break the public education workers’ actions. But Democratic governors have also been antagonistic toward public sector unions, despite the fact that the union bureaucracy donates millions of dollars to that party of capitalism each election cycle through political action committees.The capitalist Democratic Party is no alternative, typically showing its true anti-union colors in areas where it is the majority party, in an attempt to contain and stop militant mobilizations. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has called teachers’ unions a “selfish industry.” (New York Daily News, Jan. 23, 2015)Education workers in so-called “blue states,” such as Colorado and Wisconsin, have already participated in rebellious walkouts. Three thousand teaching and research assistants struck at Columbia University in New York City on April 24 over the university’s refusal to even participate in negotiating a contract.Teachers in Puerto Rico, led by the courageous Puerto Rico Teachers Federation (FMPR), have struck against colonialism: the closing of public schools, speeding privatization through charter schools and racist gutting of public services in order to service big banking debt. FMPR has a history of standing up to U.S. imperialist big business. (See “FMPR: ‘A fighting instrument’,” Workers World, April 19.)That education workers’ strikes in the U.S. have inspired working people throughout the globe is a nightmare for the billionaire class. Rank-and-file education workers are realizing what a mighty power they have when they fight collectively.Otis Grotewohl is a WWP member and union activist in West Virginia who was involved there in the education workers’ strike and is monitoring other education strikes.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

We demand the resignation of Pedro Pierluisi & the dictatorial fiscal control board

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this The following statement was issued by A Call to Action on Puerto Rico on Aug. 4. The organization can be contacted at [email protected], on their Facebook Page: A Call to Action on Puerto Rico and on Instagram: prcalltoaction. The collective A Call to Action on Puerto Rico / Un Llamado a la Acción por Puerto Rico from the Diaspora celebrates Ricardo Rosello’s resignation.  It is a triumph of a people already fed up with the political, economic and social abuses perpetrated by the United States and its colonial administrators against the people of Puerto Rico.Our people demand the end of colonialism and the destitution of all representatives of the colonial empire. We understand that the quick replacement of Pedro Pierluisi as colonial governor is an attempt of the metropolis through his dictatorial Fiscal Control Board and its colonial lackeys to try to appease the just indignation of the people, reestablish its colonial control and maintain order.Puerto Ricans in the archipelago and Diaspora, from all sectors of society, made their demands in the streets. Their protests made clear that they will not accept any government of corrupt and unscrupulous blanquitos, nor the dictates of a Fiscal Control Board imposed by the U.S. There will be no peace for the empire nor for their colonial lackeys.  It is time for decolonization. It’s time for a Free Puerto Rico! #Rossellórenuncia #Telegramgate #IndependenciaparaPuertoRico  #esadeudanoesnuestra #cancelthedebt #ACalltoActiononPuertoRicolast_img read more

‘Release Mumia NOW!’ was the cry in Philadelphia

first_imgPam Africa (right), speaking at rally, Feb. 15.PhiladelphiaOn less than 24 hours’ notice, more than 40 people came out on Feb. 15 to show their opposition to a Feb. 3 legal brief by Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner, a so-called “progressive.” It denies Mumia Abu-Jamal the right to prove his innocence in court. A member of the Black Panther Party as a teenager, and a justice-seeking journalist known as the “Voice of the Voiceless,” Abu-Jamal was falsely convicted of murder by the racist injustice system almost four decades ago. He was summarily condemned to death row.Supporters have waged a dedicated U.S. and international campaign to liberate Abu-Jamal ever since. Current efforts focus on getting a new hearing that might bring to light any evidence kept out of his trial and subsequent appeals. There certainly is new evidence. DA Krasner and his office staff were actually the ones who found six hidden boxes of exculpatory evidence that expose former prosecutorial misconduct in Abu-Jamal’s case.Mumia’s lawyers will respond with their own legal brief to State Superior Court in the coming weeks.A statement issued by Mobilization4Mumia to the rally said in part that “Following in the steps of Lynn Abraham, Ron Castille, Seth Williams and other notoriously corrupt DAs” Krasner’s 125-page brief “puts a seal of approval on the outrageously racist actions of [the original trial] Judge Sabo…. Instead of considering all the evidence that has been gathered since the 1981 trial, Krasner is basing his line of arguments on the fabrications and lies that helped to unfairly convict Mumia in the first place…. Krasner’s office is refusing to acknowledge that the similar charges of misconduct his office used in exonerating 18 other innocent men also apply to Abu-Jamal’s case.”The rally was held defiantly and directly in front of Krasner’s workplace and his plate glass window emblazoned in gold with “Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney.” Among those speaking was Pam Africa, minister of confrontation for the MOVE organization and a central activist in the uncompromising International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal. A carload of supporters from New York City joined Philadelphia supporters in holding signs and banners and listening to speakers for two hours, despite frigid weather.To support the fight for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom, contact [email protected]reShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Two BASF Products Named ‘Products of the Year’ by No-Till Farmers

first_img SHARE SHARE No-till farmers have given top honors to BASF products Headline AMP® fungicide and Sharpen® herbicide at the 22nd Annual National No-Tillage Conference in Springfield, Illinois. This is the eighth consecutive win for Headline AMP fungicide in the top fungicide product category. “Growers turn to Headline AMP fungicide year after year because it maximizes the potential of every plant,” explained Caren Schmidt, Ph.D., Technical Marketing Manager, BASF. “Headline AMP fungicide provides growers with preventative and post-infection disease control, which results in maximum yield potential.”Headline AMP fungicide is labeled for corn application. On-farm field trials from 2013 show Headline AMP fungicide delivers 11.7 bu/A more than untreated corn. A new winner this year in the weed control product category, Sharpen herbicide, drives burndown of tough weeds three-to-five times faster than 2,4-D or glyphosate – an important feature for many no-till growers. Sharpen herbicide is powered by Kixor® herbicide technology, featuring a unique chemistry that provides foliar and soil activity on today’s toughest weeds. “An effective burndown is important for fighting resistant weeds,” said Mark Oostlander, Technical Market Manager, BASF. “Sharpen herbicide gives growers a clean start so they can stay clean throughout the season and increase yield potential.”The No-Till Product of the Year award winners are selected each year by No-Till Farmer readers. No-till and conservation tillage farmers select winners and honorable mentions for thirteen product categories. Taking the prize in two categories, BASF was the most winning chemical company at the awards this year.  Headline AMP, Kixor and Sharpen are registered trademarks of BASF. Facebook Twitter Two BASF Products Named ‘Products of the Year’ by No-Till Farmers By Gary Truitt – Feb 20, 2014 Previous articleNext articleAmerican Ethanol Enhances Partnership with Richard Childress Racing and Driver Austin Dillon in 2014 Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Two BASF Products Named ‘Products of the Year’ by No-Till Farmerslast_img read more