Cutix Plc ( Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgCutix Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Cutix Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cutix Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cutix Plc (  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileCutix Plc is a manufacturing company in Nigeria producing and selling a range of electrical wires, cables and switchgear assemblies. The company produces bare copper conductors, bare stranded copper conductors, insulated copper conductors, PVC insulated copper cables, PVC insulated single/double sheathed-core aluminium cables and PVC insulated and sheathed flat twin/three-core copper cables. Cutix Plc also produces aluminium twist cables and conductors to connect homes to low tension lines; used to connect power from high tension wire for street lighting; used in high tension cables for high voltage power transmissions; or used in overhead power transmission. The company also produces a range of flexible cables for household electrical appliances and wiring of fixtures and appliances; automotive cables for motor vehicles; and insulated and sheathed armored cables for underground installations at industrial plants, substations and power utility distribution schemes. The company’s head office is in Newi, Nigeria. Cutix Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Twin House / StudioPietropoli

first_img “COPY” Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2015 Twin House / StudioPietropoliSave this projectSaveTwin House / StudioPietropoli ArchDaily Save this picture!+ 41 Share Italy Construction Manager: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Contractor: Architects: StudioPietropoli Area Area of this architecture project Studio Chiucchini Projectscenter_img Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: Arclinea, Carl Hansen, Cassina, Catellani & Smith, Cotto d’Este, Duravit, Flos, LEMA, Planit, Scrigno, Vola, Adriano Calore Sas, Cotto d’Este Kerlite, ERW s.n.c. dei. F.lli Biasi, Falegnameria Longato Luciano & C snc, Longato Luciano & C., Tendarredo/Marinello Twin House / StudioPietropoli Studio PRO GE CO “COPY” Impresa Salvalaio Structural Engineer: Wooden Structure:RasomArchitect In Charge:StudioPietropoliCity:PaduaCountry:ItalyMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!Recommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterCeramicsGrespaniaWall Tiles – Wabi SabiFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel NaturaText description provided by the architects. In a quiet residential neighbour in Padua, this house consists of two cubic volumes mounted on a concrete basement. The cubes above ground are made entirely of wood, covered with wood (grey/white and brick red) as well. The two houses have similar plants and are symmetric according to the horizontal and vertical axes. A unique flat vegetal roof covers both houses and is projected to the north and south in two large porches. A portico in between the cubes divides the two houses and is a sort of private alley. There is no parking at the garden level. Cars are parked in the basement with a car lift. Particular attention has been paid to the windows: the wooden frame is in fact only visible from the inside while outside is covered by a glass skin.Save this picture!Underground PlanSave this picture!The pictured house is composed by 4 levels:- Basement: garages, a living-room (with a fireplace and a small kitchen on one side) which can turn into a playroom, laundry-room- Ground floor: entrance, living, dining, studio, kitchen and a small bathroom- First floor: master bedroom and 2 bedrooms, two bathrooms- Third floor: a small guest-room opened on a slightly elevated terrace on the roof level.Save this picture!Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessA Conversation With Koolhaas, Foster and More at the Biennale’s First “Meeting on Ar…VideosSabri Pasayigit Design Office Releases Master Plan for Turkish MunicipalityUnbuilt Project Share Area:  1000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Padua, Italy Houses CopyAbout this officeStudioPietropoliOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPaduaItalyPublished on June 04, 2016Cite: “Twin House / StudioPietropoli” 04 Jun 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Film – Prestige ExteriorShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectWall / Ceiling LightsSpectrum LightingLED Downlight – Infinium 3″ Round FlangelessVentilated / Double Skin FacadeCosentinoDekton Cladding in LD Sevilla hotelSealantsSikaJoint SealingBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – MarblesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Facade in Manchester HospitalWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerHome AppliancesGIRAGira Keyless in – Door communicationLightsLinea Light GroupIntegrated Lighting – Fylo+More products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?意大利帕多瓦的双子住宅 / StudioPietropoli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

Seaside Villa / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

first_img Seaside Villa / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Seaside Villa / Shinichi Ogawa & AssociatesSave this projectSaveSeaside Villa / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates ArchDaily Thailand Housing Projects Year:  Shinichi Ogawa ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs CopyAbout this officeShinichi Ogawa & AssociatesOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingHua Hin DistrictThailandPublished on August 23, 2017Cite: “Seaside Villa / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates” 23 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerFittingsSaliceStorage Accessories – Excessories, Pull- outArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsEmuSeating System – TamiMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHousing•Hua Hin District, Thailandcenter_img Save this picture!© Pirak AnurakyawachonRecommended ProductsWindowsLibartVertical Retracting Doors & WindowsWindowsRodecaAluminium WindowsWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. The weekend house built on the site of resort area Hua Hin located in central Thailand. 
It is a refined weekend house that can overlook all the best views. 
The weekend house is situated in elongated site with a width of 50 meters and a length of 300 meters from the main street to the beach, in front of you in a location where you can enjoy a beautiful sandy beach and an elegant beach resort.Save this picture!© Pirak Anurakyawachon
On this site, there is a weekend house previously built by the owner in the middle of the site. Apart from that, there are six rooms for each of the six family members to use in front of the beach, and all the family members can share outdoor dining, outdoor living, pool, gym, sauna, and kitchen.Save this picture!© Pirak AnurakyawachonSave this picture!First Level PlanSave this picture!© Pirak AnurakyawachonEach room is composed of a space of 4m in height and 6m in length and 20m in length and consists of a private living room with a ceiling height of 5m from the opening on the seaside to the half of the building, the another half with a bathroom and a loft that has different planningSave this picture!© Pirak AnurakyawachonThe outdoor dining and the outdoor living where the family gathers are connected by a gate of 44m in length, and the infinity pool of 40m in length leads to the sea. The SEASIDE VILLA is able to feel the resort in different spaces from diverse private spaces to public spaces.Save this picture!© Pirak AnurakyawachonProject gallerySee allShow lessRadboud University Dental Sciences Building / InboSelected ProjectsUrban Decor Residential Building / Marcante-Testa (UdA)Selected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Hua Hin Beach, Hua Hin District, Prachuap Khiri Khan, ThailandLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  970 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Area Area of this architecture project Photographs:  Pirak Anurakyawachon 2017 Lead Architect: “COPY” “COPY” Save this picture!© Pirak Anurakyawachon+ 40 Sharelast_img read more

Unicef to feed children in the UK for the first time

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 Howard Lake | 16 December 2020 | News For the first time in its history, Unicef is supporting children and families at risk of food insecurity across the UK.Unicef UK has partnered with local UK organisations to develop a one-off domestic emergency response to support vulnerable children and their families during the pandemic. It launched its ‘Food Power for Generation Covid’ programme in partnership with food advocacy charity Sustain in July 2020. It has now awarded grants to 30 UK community projects, hoping to reach between 10,000 and 15,000 young people by the time the programme ends in April 2021.Before the pandemic struck, an estimated 2.4 million UK children were living in food insecure households. Since March 2020 an increasing number of families are facing financial hardship as the economy suffers and unemployment rises.The announcement follows a high-profile campaign led by footballer Marcus Rashford to provide children living in poverty with free meals during the school holidays. In response to Unicef’s announcement, Rashford commented:“Unicef UK’s emergency response is vital for our most vulnerable communities. Given the impact of the pandemic, families are struggling more than ever to put food on the table. We must keep fighting for a long-term sustainable solution to combating child food poverty in the UK. We must prepare and equip all children to succeed in their adult lives and that work starts now, by stabilising households and building out an effective food access foundation.”Unicef UK have awarded £25,000 to School Food Matters to provide breakfast boxes for schools in Lambeth and Southwark in London. Similar projects will also run in Stockton on Tees, where families will receive fresh fruit and vegetable packs, as well as baking bags and meal kits to support family cooking during the winter holidays. Other projects around the country, including in Cardiff, Flintshire, Newcastle and Thanet, will provide cooked meals or meal kits using “easy, economic and healthy recipes”.Simon Shaw, Head of Food Poverty Programme at Sustain, said: Advertisement Tagged with: British Red Cross Save the Children Unicef Unicef to feed children in the UK for the first timecenter_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.  202 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis7 “All over the UK local food poverty alliances and food partnerships have been taking action to ensure local people have access to food during the Covid-19 pandemic.“This partnership with Unicef UK comes at crucial point in the midst of heightened Covid restrictions when many individuals’ resources will be depleted. Local alliances are well-placed to support their communities over the next few months and to reach those who have been hardest hit.”Unicef follows other international development charities in developing new programmes focused on the UK in response to the pandemic. In May, the British Red Cross announced it was partnering with FareShare to deliver emergency food parcels to vulnerable people across the UK. Save the Children has also launched an emergency response to Covid-19, providing grants that have reached over 10,000 families.MORE:Charities working in partnership with companies must reserve their right to slam (22nd October 2013)Soccer Aid 2020 breaks records to raise £11.5m for Unicef (8th September 2020)Bob Marley’s One Love relaunches for UNICEF (21st July 2020)last_img read more

Lessons of the Kennedy assassination

first_imgDeirdre GriswoldFrom a WWP Conference talk by Secretariat member Deirdre Griswold.Fifty years after the assassination of President Kennedy, the same intense propaganda campaign has been mounted in the same capitalist media. They are still trying to convince the world that a lone gunman named Lee Harvey Oswald — a disgruntled low-wage worker and supposed leftist who supported Cuba — carried out the assassination by himself with an antiquated, bolt-action rifle by firing on the presidential motorcade from a sixth-floor window, while at his job.Kennedy’s killing was followed two days later by the fatal shooting of Oswald in a police station garage while surrounded by Dallas cops. This time the assassination was caught on film. The shooter was undeniably Jack Ruby, a nightclub owner with connections to the Mob and an intimate of the Dallas police. Why would someone like that do it? Out of patriotism, they said. So everything was neatly tied up with no need to put Oswald on trial. The accused, supposedly presumed innocent until proven guilty by a jury of his peers, was judged guilty by the entire bourgeois establishment and its media.Well, people didn’t believe the story then, and they sure don’t believe it now.Our party played an important role in exposing the social forces behind the assassination. What we did then should be studied as a model for how a revolutionary party needs to respond to a political shock like the Kennedy assassination, which sent most of the left movement in this country into panic and confusion.The head of our party, Sam Marcy, wrote three major articles in our paper in the first month after the assassination. He called the assassination an attempt by the ultra-right to pull off a coup d’etat — one that failed to take power, but was covered up by the bourgeois establishment, who were afraid of both the fascist right-wing and of the people’s reaction if the truth were to get out.It’s important to understand what was happening in that period. The stability of U.S. imperialism was being shaken at home and abroad. The Civil Rights Movement was fighting to break up the apartheid system of segregation in the U.S. South. In Asia, Africa and Latin America, socialist revolutions and anti-colonial struggles were ousting the imperialists and their stooges.The Bay of Pigs invasion by Cuban mercenaries trained and armed by the CIA had ended in a total fiasco in 1961. That was followed by the missile crisis, when a wing of the U.S. military were ready to risk nuclear war with the USSR.Just one month before Kennedy was assassinated, the CIA had engineered the assassination of the Diem brothers in Vietnam. They were so hated by the people that Washington feared their regime might fall, and with it the neocolonial ambitions of the U.S. to dominate the region.We of course had been exposing the Kennedy administration for carrying out these interventions. And we also attacked it for allowing racist terror to rage in the South with the complicity of the authorities there. The Birmingham church bombing that killed four little girls had just happened in September. There wasn’t an issue of our paper that didn’t take on the imperialist government headed by Kennedy.But we also knew that the far-right blamed Kennedy for all the setbacks to im­peri­alism and to white supremacy. They wanted to replace him with a “man on ­horse­back,” a fascist dictatorship that would move to crush all opposition at any cost.The first act of our youth in 1962, before we even had a name for our group, was to call a demonstration against George Lincoln Rockwell, head of the American Nazi Party, who was touring the country and was scheduled to speak in New York. For a first action, it was pretty damn successful. Some 1,000 people showed up, most of them high school students, along with survivors of Hitler’s concentration camps wearing their camp uniforms. Rockwell, who boasted about how tough he was, didn’t show up.When Kennedy was shot, we knew who had the motive and the means to do it. The anti-Kennedy right-wing was being bankrolled by figures like Texas oilman H.L. Hunt. Kennedy’s U.N. ambassador, Adlai Stevenson, had been attacked and spat on by a right-wing crowd in Dallas just days before the assassination.Toward an independent investigationSo when a progressive New York lawyer, Mark Lane, wrote an article for the newspaper National Guardian outlining the main inconsistencies in the government’s story about the Kennedy assassination, we contacted Lane and said we were willing to work with him on bringing out the truth. That’s how the Citizens Committee of Inquiry, of which he was director and I was the executive secretary, got started. The committee sent people to Texas to interview witnesses, and it widely publicized its findings.Six nights a week for a year, Lane gave a lecture at an Off-Broadway theater here, and it was packed every night. People came from all over the country to hear him. And when he wrote the book “Rush to Judgment,” based on our committee’s investigation, it was on the New York Times bestseller list for six months.The committee attracted a lot of people who wanted to fight the right as well as the Johnson administration. Of course, some of them saw Kennedy through rose-colored glasses, but most were pretty hip.The assassination had been intended to crush the progressive movement. But because of the campaign that was waged very effectively to expose the right-wing, it had the opposite effect. As the Vietnam War was escalated under Johnson, many of those who resisted the war told us they first became political because of the Kennedy assassination.Role of the Kennedy DemocratsThere were many lessons to be learned from the assassination. A very important one was that the Democratic Party would not really go after the right, even when their own president was assassinated. Johnson got the liberal head of the Supreme Court, Earl Warren, to preside over the commission that covered up the right-wing conspiracy.Later, the leaders of the Democratic Party again showed their true stripes when the right-wing launched a virulent campaign against busing in Boston, the stronghold of the Kennedy political machine. In 1973, when weekly rallies were being held by racist whites who wanted to keep the schools segregated, and the Nazis and Klan were sending organizers to Boston to whip it up, what did the Kennedys do?Ted Kennedy, in the middle of this racist mobilization in his own home town, went to Decatur, Ala., on July 4, 1973, to present Gov. George Wallace with a “Spirit of America” award. Kennedy had aspirations to run for president in 1976 and wanted Wallace to get him the support of the so-called Dixiecrat machine.George Wallace! — infamous for saying during his inauguration that he was for “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.” Wallace, who just one month before the Kennedy assassination stood in a schoolhouse door in Huntsville, Ala., to keep four Black students from enrolling.Ted Kennedy did nothing to stop the right-wing mobilization against busing in Boston. But our comrades did, and in 1974 we organized a fantastic demonstration of 25,000 people to say no to racism! That’s how you fight the right.And they went on to organize the drivers of those school buses into a powerful union. And because of that the Boston bus drivers are here today, ready to fight this right-wing corporation, Veolia.Capitalism today is even more unstable than it was in 1963. An era of struggle by the workers and all the oppressed is opening up, this time inside the imperialist countries themselves, goaded by the attacks of the huge corporations and banks.Billionaires like the Koch brothers have bankrolled the far-right Tea Party types and tried to shred what remains of bourgeois democracy, axing voting rights and redistricting. Nevertheless, many voters are turning the other way, as we have seen in some recent elections, notably in this city. And it’s not just at the polls — most importantly, it’s in the streets, as we have been discussing in this conference.We must be alert to the possibility of another political shock coming from the far-right. The capitalist government is increasingly in disarray. Washington was temporarily paralyzed by the budget struggle, leading Wall Street to read the riot act to its own proteges.This makes the far right increasingly desperate and prone to adventurism. But we have no reason to run and panic.Yes, we are in the belly of the beast. The soft underbelly. The place where these overlords of the universe are the most vulnerable. Because, with all their military, and all their spying, and all their money, if they lose control over the workers and oppressed of this country, then they are nothing.Build a workers’ world!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Retrial set for killer cop in Charleston, S.C.

first_imgLocal community protests the shooting of Walter Scott, North Charleston City Hall, April 8, 2015.In Charleston, S.C., on April 4, 2015, Michael Slager, a white cop, killed Walter Scott, an African-American man, by shooting him five times in the back after a “routine” traffic stop. The incident was caught on cellphone video by a bystander, who also filmed Slager planting his own Taser near Scott’s lifeless body.Despite this clear, incontrovertible evidence, and after hearing from 55 witnesses over five weeks, one African-American and eleven white jurors were unable to come to a unanimous verdict. The judge declared a mistrial on Dec. 5.Whether or not the state of South Carolina would retry the case remained moot until Dec. 30, when the state’s Ninth Circuit solicitor, Scarlett Wilson, announced she would retry the case beginning March 1.The state is not required by law to retry this or any other case ending in a mistrial. In fact, in order to carry out its true mission of acting on behalf of the ruling elites, the state repressive apparatus makes use of what in legal terms is called “discretion.” In practical terms this means that the entire judicial system — the cops, the prosecutors, the judges — can pretty much do whatever they want so long as they believe it advances the goals of their capitalist masters.Like the actions of infamous Dylann Roof, who murdered nine parishioners at worship in a historic Black church, also in Charleston, the case of the killer cop Slager has revealed the racism and oppression inherent in the criminal injustice system, not only in South Carolina, but across the U.S.One reason the murder of Walter Scott has received so much publicity is because it is extremely rare for cops who shoot Black people to be charged or held accountable at all. Most often these cases are shunted off to a grand jury, which secretly decides not to prosecute the cop.The people of the United States are led to believe that if crimes are committed, then arrests and trials automatically follow. But this is not the case.For poor working people, and for people of color, it is the cops who often decide most “legal issues,” frequently with lethal results. In a 1999 study, about half of the discretionary decisions made by criminal justice agencies were found to be made by police. (National Institute of Justice, a racist, oppressive society, the consequences of this “discretion” — the power to arrest and even kill people with impunity — falls most heavily on the African-American community. A 2016 study conducted by the Washington Post found: “Of all of the unarmed people shot and killed by police in 2015, 40 percent of them were Black men, even though Black men make up just 6 percent of the nation’s population.” (Washington Post, July 11)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

On the Mass. ballot, voting YES for worker rights, trans rights

first_imgThree Massachusetts ballot questions this November need a YES vote. They present an unusual opportunity for people to mobilize through the political process in practical defense of progressive aims — even if people can’t push the Democratic Party machinery to drive this struggle.Many workers and oppressed people in Massachusetts are cautious about political participation that starts and ends with voting for politicians. This is true despite the much-touted promise of “change” Democrats insist will result from a big turnout for midterm elections.The Democratic Party has a tight statewide grip on the electorate here, even though the governor is Republican and there have been notable mutinies in the heart of Boston’s significant Black and Latinx communities. In those neighborhoods, incumbent Democratic Party elites were ousted in this year’s primaries by progressive young Black women candidates with grassroots community support.In the majority of the state’s congressional districts, candidates are cookie-cutter careerist politicos, who appeal much more to their corporate donors than to the people.Though voters are right to feel cautious about participating, the three ballot questions call out for a YES vote.Patient safety and union rightsQuestion 1 is a proposal, drafted by the largest union representing nurses in the state, Massachusetts Nurses Association, to improve patient safety by establishing requirements that limit the number of patients assigned to nurses in various types of care environments. It’s also an important example of workers demanding to have input and offer solutions to a crisis in their working conditions.Union nurses should be able to achieve these solutions through the collective bargaining process, rather than through a highly politicized statewide referendum. Yet because of the erosion of union rights, including measures that have eliminated the nurses’ right to withhold their labor as a bargaining tool, they must instead use the ballot and appeal to the whole population.An overwhelming YES vote on question 1 should be a no-brainer in Massachusetts, a “blue state.” Yet hospital CEOs, nursing management and corporate health care lobbyists have poured unprecedented resources into the campaign to defeat the question. Nursing executive managers, donning scrubs (nurses’ work clothes), which they would never wear in their corporate office suites, appear in television ads and spread the lie that “real nurses say NO to question 1.”The MNA and thousands of rank-and-file nurses are fighting a hard battle to defeat the campaign of confusion about Question 1. They explain that a YES on 1 is a vote for safe staffing of nurses in hospital and health center units, which are plagued with daily incidents directly related to understaffing and overstressed, overworked, overtired nurses.It is also a vote for evidence-based research on patient care.Politically, a YES vote is a vote against corporate health care for profit. It is also a vote for union rights — especially the right of workers who best understand the life-and-death risks of their work to offer solutions to fix unsafe conditions. That’s much better than having those conditions subject to management whims.People power v. ‘Citizens United’Question 2 challenges the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision. That ruling extended First Amendment free-speech protections to corporations, allowing them to spend unlimited resources to influence elections and lawmakers.Question 2 aims to create a commission of unpaid volunteers to help better understand and challenge the ever-growing behemoth of corporate political power. Recent statewide polls show there is overwhelming support for such a people’s commission to design, draft and propose state laws and a federal constitutional amendment to limit corporate money and influence in the political process.A YES vote on Question 2 is a vote against corporate dictatorship over the vast majority of people.Nonnegotiable rights for trans and nonbinary peopleQuestion 3 is aimed to defend an already in-place Massachusetts law that provides some basic protections against discrimination for transgender people using public accommodations like restrooms, hotels, restaurants and gyms.Opponents of Question 3 want to overturn the existing anti-discrimination laws and instead rely on draconian definitions of who is a woman and who is a man. Overturning the laws would allow any bigot to complain to a manager or call the cops when they encounter people in public facilities whose appearance or gender expression makes the bigot uncomfortable.Keep MA Safe — the ballot question’s primary opponent — tries to hide its backward ideas about trans, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming people behind a false claim that they are protecting women from sexual predators. This virulent fearmongering is as patently misogynist as it is transphobic.The righteous outrage that has been boiling up to the surface about rape, sexual assault and other misogynistic abuse and misconduct in the wake of the Kavanaugh hearings shares deep historical roots with the trans liberation struggle as well as to the struggle against racism.Centuries ago, the patriarchal system of rule developed among agricultural societies. This system relegated women to reproductive labor and sexual objectification in order to enable the new exploiting class of male property owners to accumulate wealth and power and doubly reinforce their class rule.Colonialism, rooted in Europe, furthered this violent exploitation by subjugating whole peoples across the oceans. Colonial rule drove into death and obscurity the existing gender-crossing and gender nonbinary practices and identities in non-European societies.The legacy of this patriarchal and colonial abuse is at the root of today’s relentless rate of homicide of trans women of color. This persists in the sexist, racist and anti-immigrant behavior and micro-agressions that make many institutions, workplaces and interpersonal relationships a minefield for most women and oppressed people.Class patriarchy and colonialism are the source of all the reactionary ideas that sow mistrust of trans and nonbinary people among cisgender people. They also sow disregard of LGBTQ people by straight people. Ballot Question 3 attempts to reverse this mistrust.The right of any historically marginalized or oppressed group to protections from discrimination should never need to be up for public debate or referendum. And yet, once again, this is the reality in the U.S. That is why a YES vote on Question 3 is a vote against long-standing discrimination and the rising tide of reaction and fascism.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk USDA Unveils Key New Programs to Help Farmers Manage Risk By Gary Truitt – Sep 25, 2014 SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleUS Ethanol Production Drops to Six-Month Low Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today unveiled highly anticipated new programs to help farmers better manage risk, ushering in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades. Vilsack also announced that new tools are now available to help provide farmers the information they need to choose the new safety net program that is right for their business. “The 2014 Farm Bill represented some of the largest farm policy reforms in decades. One of the Farm Bill’s most significant reforms is finally taking effect,” said Vilsack. “Farming is one of the riskiest businesses in the world. These new programs help ensure that risk can be effectively managed so that families don’t lose farms that have been passed down through generations because of events beyond their control. But unlike the old direct payment program, which paid farmers in good years and bad, these new initiatives are based on market forces and include county – and individual – coverage options. These reforms provide a much more rational approach to helping farmers manage risk.”The new programs, Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), are cornerstones of the commodity farm safety net programs in the 2014 Farm Bill, legislation that ended direct payments. Both programs offer farmers protection when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices and/or revenues. Producers will have through early spring of 2015 to select which program works best for their businesses.To help farmers choose between ARC and PLC, USDA helped create online tools that allow farmers to enter information about their operation and see projections about what each program will mean for them under possible future scenarios. The new tools are now available at USDA provided $3 million to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI) at the University of Missouri and the Agricultural and Food Policy Center (AFPC) at Texas A&M (co-leads for the National Association of Agricultural and Food Policy), along with the University of Illinois (lead for the National Coalition for Producer Education) to develop the new programs. “We’re committed to giving farmers as much information as we can so they can make an informed decision between these programs,” said Vilsack. “These resources will help farm owners and producers boil the information down, understand what their options are, and ultimately make the best decision on which choice is right for them. We are very grateful to our partners for their phenomenal work in developing these new tools within a very short time frame.”Starting Monday, Sept. 29, 2014, farm owners may begin visiting their local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices if they want to update their yield history and/or reallocate base acres, the first step before choosing which new program best serves their risk management needs. Letters sent this summer enabled farm owners and producers to analyze their crop planting history in order to decide whether to keep their base acres or reallocate them according to recent plantings.The next step in USDA’s safety net implementation is scheduled for this winter when all producers on a farm begin making their election, which will remain in effect for 2014-2018 crop years between the options offered by ARC and PLC. Today’s announcement was made possible through the 2014 Farm Bill, which builds on historic economic gains in rural America over the past five years, while achieving meaningful reform and billions of dollars in savings for the taxpayer. Since enactment, USDA has made significant progress to implement each provision of this critical legislation, including providing disaster relief to farmers and ranchers; strengthening risk management tools; expanding access to rural credit; funding critical research; establishing innovative public-private conservation partnerships; developing new markets for rural-made products; and investing in infrastructure, housing and community facilities to help improve quality of life in rural America. For more information, visit read more

Even House Science Committee Questioning EPA Overreach

first_img Science Committee on EPAAnother Congressional committee has pounced on the Environmental Protection Agency for regulatory overreach, singling out EPA’s proposed Waters of the U.S. and other rules. It’s not the Ag Committee or the House Energy and Commerce Committee or even the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. It’s the House Science, Space and Technology Committee chaired by Lamar Smith.“As many had predicted EPA has claimed unprecedented jurisdiction over many kinds of water including those that temporarily result from a ‘drizzle,” he said. “The EPA actually uses that word, drizzle.”Smith complains EPA will now have jurisdiction over prairie potholes and other ephemeral features, like ditches, that are not always filled with water. EPA argues the new rule keeps Clean Water Act exemptions for traditional agriculture and adds 56 conservation practices that will be exempt from dredge or fill permit requirements. But Smith and Ag Committee Republicans and Democrats see it differently.“Under this regulatory regime Americans will be subject to required permits and the constant threat of government intervention. The onslaught of EPA regulations continues.”Some Democrats pushed back, like ranking panel Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson.“Unfortunately today’s hearing is just a continuation of the same familiar theme we’ve heard in this Congress, resistance to the EPA’s efforts to carry out its mission to protect the nation’s environment and public health, resistance that is unsupported by scientific evidence,” she said.The American Farm Bureau charges EPA’s aggressive advocacy campaign for WOTUS and alleged misstatements about its content show the Agency’s extreme agenda. AFBF argues the Supreme Court ruled isolated intrastate waters are not waters of the U.S. since they are not navigable, but that EPA is trying to claim jurisdiction, regulate most ditches and groundwater, and fundamentally change the exercise of private property rights in the country. Home Indiana Agriculture News Even House Science Committee Questioning EPA Overreach Facebook Twitter Previous articleA Strong  Voice for Biofuels in the Strangest PlaceNext articleIndiana Farmers say New Water Rule is Murky Andy Eubank Even House Science Committee Questioning EPA Overreach By Andy Eubank – Jun 7, 2015 SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

$19.1B Disaster Relief Bill Stalls in House

first_img Disaster Relief 2019-05-24 Mike Albanese Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post May 24, 2019 2,479 Views Tagged with: Disaster Relief Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago A bill containing more than $19 billion in aid for disaster relief may not advance to President Donald Trump’s approval after Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) objected to the bill on Friday. According to reports, Roy cities the lack of money for the border and the $19 billion price tag for his objections. He also objetece to the measure without all members getting a chance to vote on it.Congress is in recess until June 3, and a vote on the bill appears unlikely.It was reported earlier this month that U.S. Representatives were pushing for the allocation of promised disaster relief aid Texas and other disaster-affected states.U.S. Reps. Randy Weber and Lizzie Fletcher, introduced the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act last week, with support from 13 other co-sponsors from Texas, mostly from the Houston area, as well as supporters from other communities waiting on the funding, including Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida and Puerto Rico.The Act directs federal agencies to release the $16 billion in disaster funds Congress approved in early 2018 following Hurricane Harvey to different states and territories—including more than $4 billion to Texas—within 60 days.“After Harvey hit, I fought alongside the Texas delegation to secure additional funds for Harvey survivors,” U.S. Rep. Mike McCaul. “Unfortunately, the agencies tasked with distributing these funds did not respond with the same urgency.”The Five Star Conference will host its Disaster Preparedness Symposium on July 31 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Natural disasters impact investors, service providers, mortgage servicers, government agencies, legal professionals, lenders, property preservation companies, and—most importantly—homeowners.The 2019 Five Star Disaster Preparedness Symposium will include critical conversations on response, reaction and assistance, to ensure the industry is ready to lend the proper support the next time a natural disaster strikes. Please check back for updates on this story. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Related Articles Previous: Freedom Mortgage and RoundPoint Announce Merger Next: Understanding Default Risk Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Sign up for DS News Daily The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / $19.1B Disaster Relief Bill Stalls in House $19.1B Disaster Relief Bill Stalls in House Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Subscribelast_img read more