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first_img KCS-content Share whatsapp The pawn king sets his sights on the city Thursday 13 January 2011 8:00 pm WITH credit tight, the UK has witnessed a significant increase in pawnbroking in the past few years, with the number of outlets increasing to 1,300 in the UK compared to 2003 when there were just 800. But pawnbroking is no longer the preserve of the shabbier end of the High Street. One of the power brokers of the sector and one of those looking to service the upper end of the market is Paul Aitkens, who tonight is the subject of a Channel 4 documentary entitled The Pawn King. (7.30pm).Aitkens, whose online company Borro is based in the City’s Chancery Lane, keeps his customers’ Ferraris, Porsches, and art pieces such as a Banksy or a Picasso on his premises, and tonight’s programme tells the stories of five of his customers. They range from the tale of the ex-wife of a millionaire to the story of a watch addict who has 24 watches to his name.Aitkens says he is trying to legitimise pawnbroking through the use of top-rated valuers from the auction houses and a lending rate of around 4.5 per cent a month. He’s attracted the former founder of Egg to his board, Paul Gratton, as well as the former Sportingbet boss Mark Blandford.He’s close to putting the final touches to some money-raising of his own and expects an IPO to be a possibility in two to three years.IMF GETS INTO WINEONE piece of IMF research particularly caught The Capitalist’s eye this week, appealing to her devoted interest in both fine wine and commodities prices. According to the study, “the statistical behaviour of crude oil and fine wine prices has shown remarkable similarity, with a correlation of over 90 per cent during the sample period”. The formula used to calculate this would fly over The Capitalist’s head even before a large glass of Chablis, but the outcome seems to be that the factors driving wine and oil prices are the same, disputing the fashionable conviction of the last few years that wine offers a more stable investment. Wine funds have, unsurprisingly, been quick to dispute the research, questioning why the IMF was studying wine prices in the first place. And the recent listing of a wine fund on the Aim market implies investors are willing to toe the vintners’ line. The IMF has rather unwisely called its study: A barrel of oil or a bottle of wine? Investment diversification aside, The Capitalist knows what she’d prefer. FUN IN THE MUDIT’S time for fund managers to get down and dirty in the mud with a football tournament for the funds industry on 20 January fast approaching. Hosted by independent transaction network for the global mutual funds industry, Calastone, bopping the ball about on the City’s Powerleague pitches is all in a good cause with the money raised being in aid of charity Help for Heroes. A total of 23 companies, including the likes of JP Morgan, HSBC and Charles Stanley, have signed up so far for the five-a-side battle sure to display some of the City’s finest footwork. But there’s room for more. If you’re keen to show off your headers and goal shooting skills, and help Calastone boost its current £7,000 to its aimed for £10,000 email [email protected] Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’Definitionthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search Ads whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

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first_imgNational Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 presentation For more information about National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB.tz)  2016 presentation Company ProfileNational Microfinance Bank Plc (NMB) is a commercial bank in Tanzania offering financial solutions for individuals, small-to-medium-sized businesses and large corporations. NMB operates in several segments; wholesale banking, retail banking, agribusiness and treasury. Its product offering ranges from current and savings accounts to time deposits to fixed deposits, and Kilimo, Chap and Chipukizi accounts. NMB also offers loans to entrepreneurs, bank guarantees, and export and import financing, supply chain financing and letters of credit. Other services include forex, cash exchange, institutional and transactional banking, and payment and collection services. NMB has an extensive network of branches and ATMs in the major towns and cities of Tanzania. National Microfinance Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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first_imgWilliamson Tea Kenya Limited (WTK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Williamson Tea Kenya Limited (WTK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Williamson Tea Kenya Limited (WTK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Williamson Tea Kenya Limited (WTK.ke)  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileWilliamson Tea Kenya Limited cultivates, manufactures and sells tea in Kenya and exports to international markets. The company operates tea farms in Changoi, Kaimosi, Kapchorua and Tinderet. It is a fifth-generation tea farming business committed to growing high quality green tea leaf and produces a selection of loose-leaf tea and loose-leaf teabags. Well-known brands in its product range include Duchess Grey, Traditional Afternoon, Lifeboat Tea, Kenya Earth, Green Earl Grey, Purple Blush, Mint Garden, Earl Grey Purple, Purple Matcha and Green Matcha. Williamson Tea Kenya Plc also has interests in property investment and has a division which sells and services generators. Williamson Tea Kenya Plc is a subsidiary of Ngong Tea Holdings Limited. The head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Williamson Tea Kenya Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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first_imgZambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambia Sugar Plc (ZMSG.zm)  2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileZambia Sugar Plc is the largest sugar producer in Zambia. The company has interests in growing sugar cane and producing raw sugar and specialty sugar products for domestic and export markets. Zambia Sugar produces sugar products under the Whitespoon brand name, and exports niche-market sugars countries in the European Union. The sugar enterprise has cane estates and a sugar factor in Nakambala in the South West Province of Zambia. Its total annual sugar production capacity ranges from 200 000 tons to 450 000 tons. Zambia Sugar is a subsidiary of Illovo Sugar which in turn is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Associated British Foods Plc. Illovo produces raw and refined for local and export markets with sugar cane grown by independent out-growers. Zambia Sugar Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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first_imgU.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: U.A.C of Nigeria Plc (UACN.ng)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUAC of Nigeria Plc is an investment holding company in Nigeria with diverse business interests in the food and beverages, real estate, paint and logistics sectors. The company also has business interests in the Ivory Coast. UAC of Nigeria Plc manufactures and sells a range of food items, livestock feed, bottled water, fruit juices and ice-creams as well as a range of paint and other home deco products. Well-known brands in its product portfolio include Gala sausage rolls, Funtime coconut chips, Supreme ice-cream, Swan natural spring water, Gossy spring water, Grand soya oil and cereals, Vital feeds, Binggo dog food, Dulux and Sandtex paint. UAC of Nigeria also offers logistics and supply chain management services which includes warehousing, transport and redistribution services. The company also manages a pension funds administration service. UAC of Nigeria invests in pharmaceutical outlets; operates a chain of Mr Bigg restaurants; owns and operates Golden Tulip Hotel in Lagos; and is involved in the development, sale and management of commercial and residential properties in Nigeria. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. UAC of Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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first_imgHere’s why I’d invest £1,000 in these two FTSE 100 stocks in a Stocks and Shares ISA today Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. The continued fall in the FTSE 100’s price level due to coronavirus fears could cause many investors to adopt a cautious attitude. After all, the stock market could decline further in the near term, which may make less risky assets such as cash and bonds appear to be more attractive.However, the FTSE 100 contains a number of companies that offer defensive qualities. As such, they could offer superior performances relative to their index peers. Here are two such stocks that could deliver impressive total returns in the long run, as well as relatively low risks in the short term.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…AstraZenecaThe AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN) share price has held up relatively well in recent weeks compared to the wider FTSE 100. Investors continue to be buoyed by the company’s improving financial performance over the past couple of years, with the business delivering bottom-line growth following a long period of decline.Looking ahead, further earnings growth is forecast by the market. AstraZeneca is expected to post a rise in its bottom line of 25% next year, which could catalyse investor sentiment. It may also lead to a rising dividend, which may increase the income appeal of the stock while it has a dividend yield of 2.8% following its recent share price rise.In addition, the pharmaceutical company’s financial performance may be less negatively impacted by market uncertainty. With investor sentiment having weakened in recent months as the threat of a slowdown in the world economy’s growth rate has increased due to the coronavirus, AstraZeneca’s defensive characteristics may increase its popularity among risk-averse investors.As such, now could be the right time to buy the stock as it delivers improving financial performance despite a weakening global economic outlook.Severn TrentAnother FTSE 100 company that appears to offer defensive characteristics is Severn Trent (LSE: SVT). The utility company’s outlook has improved over the past couple of months since the possibility of the sector being nationalised has declined considerably following the general election.This could make investors more upbeat about the prospects for utility companies – especially since they have a solid track record of dividend growth and their business models are relatively immune to the prospects for the wider economy. Their increasing popularity among investors could catalyse their share prices over the medium term.Since Severn Trent has a dividend yield of 3.8%, it seems to offer fair value for money. Certainly, there are risks ahead for the sector, such as from regulatory change. But with the UK economy facing an uncertain period due to Brexit, and the world economy’s growth rate having been negatively impacted by the coronavirus, the risk/reward ratio offered by Severn Trent could mean that now is the right time to buy a slice of it and hold it for the long run. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Peter Stephens owns shares of AstraZeneca. The Motley Fool UK has recommended AstraZeneca. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Peter Stephens | Monday, 24th February, 2020 | More on: AZN SVT Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

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first_imgForget the stock market crash! FTSE 100 dividend stocks like Aviva are fighting back Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Harvey Jones has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img The stock market crash has played havoc with FTSE 100 dividend stocks, with more than half the index scrapping or suspending shareholder payouts. Now there are signs of a fightback. Direct Line Insurance Group restored its dividend on Tuesday, and insurer Aviva (LSE: AV.) followed suit this morning.The Aviva share price jumped almost 5% as investors celebrated a second 2019 interim payout of 6p per share. Many were miffed when it was dumped in April, especially after fellow insurer Legal & General Group chose to maintain its generous shareholder payouts.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…It seems management at the FTSE 100 group shared their unease. Today, new CEO Amanda Blanc surprised analysts and delighted investors. Aviva’s share price shot up as a result, even as the index as a whole fell amid renewed fears of a second stock market crash. It wasn’t all good news today though.Aviva’s share price strugglesAviva reported a 29% drop in pre-tax profit to £1.07bn for the six months to 30 June, and current uncertainties will hit shareholder payouts. The current payout will be reviewed in Q4. Future payouts will be less generous, as the group prioritises “a sustainable pay-out and lower levels of debt.” Don’t expect a return to the high-income days of yore.Aviva blamed today’s drop in profits on higher general insurance claims due to coronavirus and bad weather, plus additional expenditure on community support initiatives. These are tough times for almost every FTSE 100 company, even without a second stock market crash. Much now depends on whether chancellor Rishi Sunak extends his furlough support beyond October to support consumers, businesses and the economy.Aviva’s annuities business and Canadian operations are thriving, but the group isn’t immune to pandemic misery. Today, it warned that economic headwinds and capital market volatility are likely to persist, and “any recovery in customer activity is likely to be gradual.” This means “growth and profitability targets will be harder to deliver.”Stock market crash survivorBlanc has only been in the job one month and these results give her an opportunity to drive through a much-needed overhaul. The Aviva share price has idled for years. It stood at 380p exactly 10 years ago, 22% higher than today’s 295p.Investors who were pushing her predecessor to split the group into its life and general insurance units, face further disappointment. Today, Blanc announced her intention to reshape the group, reducing its focus on Asia and Europe, where it has a large French business. Aviva’s overseas operations look set to bear the brunt of change.Investors can at least expect asset disposals in pursuit of this goal. With luck, this could fund special dividends to reward their loyalty.It’s good to see companies like Aviva restore dividends so quickly after the traumatic stock market crash in March. The FTSE 100 group’s overhaul will take time, so only buy if you plan to hold for the long-term. Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Harvey Jones Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Harvey Jones | Thursday, 6th August, 2020 | More on: AV last_img read more

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first_imgAcross the Anglican Communion, leaders speak out on racial justice and defend protesters Curate Diocese of Nebraska Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Pittsburgh, PA Donald Trump, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME By ENS staffPosted Jun 5, 2020 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Press Release Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 People protest in Sydney, Australia, on June 2 in solidarity with those in the United States protesting police brutality and the killing of George Floyd. Photo: Loren Elliott/Reuters[Episcopal News Service] The killing of George Floyd by police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on May 25 – and the pattern of police brutality against African Americans nationwide – have reverberated around the world, with protests spreading far beyond the United States, from New Zealand to Syria to Brazil.Leaders from across the Anglican Communion have spoken out, condemning racism, supporting the protests and urging a renewed commitment to racial justice.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, head of the Anglican Communion, released a statement – along with Archbishop of York John Sentamu – calling racism “an affront to God” and saying it “must be eradicated.”“Systemic racism continues to cause incalculable harm across the world,” Welby and Sentamu wrote. “Our hearts weep for the suffering caused – for those who have lost their lives, those who have experienced persecution, those who live in fear. God’s justice and love for all creation demands that this evil is properly confronted and tackled.”Welby also tweeted his support for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and joined him in criticizing President Donald Trump’s photo op holding a Bible in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, across from the White House, preceded by the forcible removal of nonviolent protesters and clergy from the area.I thank God for Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s leadership and for all in the US who are striving for racial justice and reconciliation. https://t.co/kAiAzqnm9n— Archbishop of Canterbury (@JustinWelby) June 2, 2020“I pray that those of us who are white Christians repent of our own prejudices, and do the urgent work of becoming better allies to our brothers and sisters of color,” Welby added.Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams had strong and specific criticism for Trump, saying the Bible photo op was “an act of idolatry … using the text that witnesses to God’s disruptive majesty as a prop in a personal drama.”“In a context where racial privilege itself has long been an idolatry, where long-unchallenged institutional violence has been a routine means for the self-defense of that privilege, the image of the president clinging to the Scriptures as if to an amulet is bizarre even by the standards of recent years,” Williams wrote.The Scottish Episcopal Church also condemned Trump’s actions, calling the photo op and the use of force against protesters a “blatant mis-use of both a church building and holy scripture.”In an interview with BBC Radio, Sentamu said that if he weren’t staying at home to avoid contracting COVID-19, he would be out protesting.“The problem is America has not been listening to the real problems of African Americans and people of color,” Sentamu said.In South Africa, the Most Rev. Thabo Makgoba, archbishop of Cape Town and primate of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, said he was “shocked by the death by homicide of George Floyd.”“George Floyd’s killing flies in the face of the solidarity evident in the world’s response to the pandemic, and we condemn the brutal treatment he was subjected to,” Makgoba wrote. “May Mr. Floyd rest in peace.”In a tragic coincidence, Floyd was killed during the Anglican Church of Australia’s observance of the National Week of Prayer for Reconciliation, which focuses on racial justice and unity in light of Australia’s oppression of Aboriginal peoples.The Rt. Rev. Chris McLeod, the church’s national Aboriginal bishop, used the sad irony of the situation to affirm support for the Black Lives Matter movement and draw attention to similar injustices faced by Aboriginal Australians.Floyd’s death “has triggered off a series of protests and riots around America, and protests here in Australia,” McLeod wrote. “It also reminded us that since the findings of the ‘Aboriginal Deaths in Custody’ report (1991) there have been a further 432 deaths in [police] custody. Just in the last few days we have also witnessed the violent arrest of an Aboriginal teenager in New South Wales. We can see quite clearly that reconciliation means far more than saying the right words and uttering the right prayers for one week of the year. Something is very, very wrong with racial equality in both American and Australia, and needs to be changed.”The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, wrote a letter along with her counterparts in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada and the United Church of Canada calling on all their members to dismantle systemic racism.“Centuries of anger at injustice and anti-Black racism are literally bursting into flames as people stand for political and cultural change to address these deep-seated systems that work to oppress so many members of our communities,” they wrote in the letter, which included suggestions for taking action. “We want to affirm our commitment to ending our silence about and working towards the dismantling of anti-Black racism.”The Anglican Church of Canada also reiterated its call, issued in late March, for its congregations to do more to address racism.The Church in Wales expressed its support for Black Lives Matter in a statement that acknowledged the church’s historic complicity in racial injustice.“Current events in the USA have brought to the attention of the world the extreme injustice of white supremacy and racism. In challenging racism, the church has much to learn and to repent of,” the statement said. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Knoxville, TN Racial Justice & Reconciliation Featured Jobs & Calls An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR George Floyd, center_img Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Albany, NY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit an Event Listing Rector Bath, NC Anglican Communion, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Belleville, IL Featured Events Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Tampa, FL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Washington, DC Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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International Workers’ Day honors workers worldwide. On May 1, tens of millions of workers turn off their machinery, walk off the job and march together in a show of strength and solidarity. This special day heightens local and worldwide class consciousness.May Day demonstrations expose the exploitation of labor by global capitalists and recognize workers’ struggles against that injustice. Labor unions, social justice groups, socialists, communists, anarchists and other workers’ allies participate. All those who fight for workers’ rights are out on the streets.At a time of brutal capitalist globalization, workers, oppressed and poor people face government austerity policies, with cutbacks in jobs and essential social services. They are super-exploited in the corporate race to the bottom, manifested in low wages and unsafe working conditions, even child labor. At the same time, bosses use racism, sexism, anti-LGBTQ bigotry and xenophobia to try to prevent class unity.The scourge of sexual and physical abuse continues in many workplaces, although the #Me Too movement has brought it to public view. Workers at McDonald’s eateries and Google facilities on many continents have walked off the job to oppose this and systemic racism and sexism. Wildcat strikes opposing low wages, unsafe working conditions and bosses’ mistreatment have taken place at businesses owned by transnational companies or producing goods for them.Although May Day is commemorated worldwide — and is even a legal holiday in many countries — it is not an official day in the U.S. where it originated. On May 4, 1886, 500,000 workers struck across the U.S., demanding an 8-hour workday; 40,000 did so in Chicago. European socialists formally set May 1 as International Workers’ Solidarity Day in 1889. The idea spread quickly in Europe as workers struggled against low pay and oppressive working conditions in factories.This May Day workers of all nationalities, cultures, genders, generations, abilities and disabilities demonstrated, many with their unions, socialist parties, and social justice or community organizations. Red flags flew high.   Signs called for higher wages; workplace safety; respect on the job; rights for temporary, contract and migrant employees; and the right to unionize without retaliation. Some banners denounced the root cause of these ills: capitalism. Here are some May Day highlights:U.S.: Hands off VenezuelaA critical anti-imperialist struggle today is that of the people of Venezuela and their government, headed by President Nicolás Maduro, against U.S.-led intervention. The imperialists back self-proclaimed “leader” Juan Guaidó, who represents the wealthy and their allies in Washington.The Venezuelan masses — industrial and agricultural workers, union members, women, poor and Indigenous people, and revolutionaries — support their president and 20 years of Bolivarian government. On May Day, another massive demonstration — one of many — took place in Caracas in support of President Maduro, following the right wing’s failed coup attempt and honoring the working class, backbone of the revolution.Chants of “Evo, Yes! Yankees, No!” were shouted on May Day in Cochabamba, Bolivia. President Evo Morales and labor union leaders led the day’s march, following announcement of a 3 percent increase in the minimum wage. The Bolivian Workers Center, under leftist leadership, is now officially a council of state, with power to implement laws. Minister for Social Movements Alfredo Rada said, “This ratifies this is a government of the workers.”President Morales said, “We pay homage to the union leaders that throughout history have won workers rights and benefits for the people.” He honored the “martyrs of Chicago” — workers killed in the struggle for the 8-hour day in the 1886 “Haymarket massacre.” (Telesur, May 1)Argentina: Strike stops ‘business as usual’Thousands blocked the streets of Buenos Aires, Argentina, during a 2-day strike organized by labor unions and social movements in opposition to President Mauricio Macri’s austerity policies. The job actions paralyzed government offices, schools, banks and airports in the capital city. Cuts in subsidies for transportation and utilities have resulted in higher costs for the masses, while layoffs are contributing to worsening impoverishment.Thousands of workers, socialists, and other leftists and progressive people marched in Santiago, Chile. Flags portrayed revolutionary hero Che Guevara, and banners emblazoned with anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist slogans flew high. Police viciously attacked and tear-gassed demonstrators as they protested the neoliberal policies of conservative billionaire President Sebastian Piñera.Elsewhere in Latin America, mass demonstrations denounced the reactionary governments of President Lenin Moreno in Ecuador and President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil.On May 1, workers in Mexico won the right to collectively bargain with employers through labor unions, free of retaliation. The $2 daily wage for factory workers has attracted U.S. companies to manufacture there and super-exploit the workers, spurning unionized workers in the U.S. But Mexico’s workers are fighting back.Cuba celebrates 60 years of revolutionSome 1,427 international guests from over 100 countries, representing 140 labor organizations, joined the people of Cuba on May Day. The masses commemorated the 60th anniversary of their socialist revolution, hailed the Communist Party of Cuba and showed solidarity with Venezuela and other progressive governments in Latin America.The huge march in Havana and the many demonstrations throughout the island were ever more important as a show of strength against the saber-rattling Trump administration, which threatens to intensify the inhumane blockade of Cuba because the country supports President Maduro.Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermúdez, on his way to Havana’s Plaza de la Revoluciớn José Marti, tweeted: “The people are united: workers campesinos, students and all Cubans.” He said Cuba “offers a firm and revolutionary response to the statements loaded with threats, provocations, lies and slander of the Yankee empire. Cuba ratifies that we are free, sovereign, independent and socialist.” (Granma, May 1)In San Juan, Puerto Rico, demonstrators holding shields faced off against police. Protesters demanded the ouster of the U.S.-imposed Federal Financial Control Board, established to monitor the island’s finances for Wall Street and strip its resources to benefit U.S. imperialist interests.COSATU: ‘Workers must transform society!’May Day was commemorated on the African continent from Algeria in the north, in the continuation of the mass movement for “a new democratic regime,” to South Africa where workers rallied.The Congress of South African Trade Unions congratulated the thousands of workers who participated in May Day activities around the country. The organization pledged to ceaselessly work to build a federation that fights for its membership, is a social force for transformation and a home for all workers.Referring to white business owners who, with foreign capital, still dominate the economy, and to the poverty, unemployment and inequality inherited from apartheid, COSATU asserted the need to deepen the organizational capacity of the workers’ movement and to “drive a pro-working class transformation of society.” (cosatu.org)Demonstrations sweep EuropeMembers of labor unions CCOO and UGT marched in Madrid and other major cities and towns in Spain, demanding a rollback of probusiness policies and “reforms” enacted by the conservative government, resulting in a loss of secure jobs and a rise in “precarious” employment.Activists in the Yellow Vest movement, labor unions, socialist parties and other progressive organizations marched in Paris, France, against President Emmanuel Macron’s tax benefits for the rich at the expense of workers and poor people. Police attacked and tear-gassed demonstrators.The German Federation of Trade Unions (DGB) reported that 381,500 people participated in 481 labor union actions calling for workers’ rights across Germany. Anti-fascists and other left forces also rallied. Many protesters denounced capitalism and ultra-right nationalism. In Berlin, police attacked anti-capitalist protesters. The DGB called for rejection of the far right in upcoming elections.Private sector union confederation GSEE and public sector umbrella union ADEDY held a 24-hour strike with rallies in Athens, Greece, against “exploitation and social inequalities.” PAME, the Communist Party-affiliated union, held the largest rally. Rail, ferry and other transportation services ground to a halt. On “May 1 Labor and Solidarity Day,” hundreds of thousands of members of labor unions and leftist parties marched for workers’ rights in several cities in Turkey. The large labor unions that organized the demonstrations denounced a government-proposed severance pay “reform.” In Istanbul, protesters were thwarted by police from marching to Taksim Square, where 34 people were killed by police during a 1977 May Day rally. This year, police arrested 137 protesters in Istanbul and harassed demonstrators in other cities.Stop U.S.-backed Israeli aggression!Waving Palestinian flags, workers rallied in Ramallah on the Occupied West Bank, demanding their rights, jobs, higher wages and improved living conditions. They called on the world community to pressure Israel to end its occupation and ensure Palestinians a life of dignity.In Gaza, Palestinians demonstrated for an end to Israel’s 12-year, U.S.-backed blockade, which has caused a human catastrophe there, with extreme poverty, 52 percent joblessness and incomes of $2 a day. In the days after May Day, Israel bombed Gaza, killing 23 Palestinians as of May 5.Thousands rallied in Dhaka, Bangladesh, demanding better wages and working conditions for all workers, and paid maternity leave and protections from workplace sexual and physical abuse for women garment workers. They demanded reinstatement of thousands of garment workers fired for striking over paltry wages. Garment workers’ federations and leftist forces, some carrying red flags, were out in force. Four million super-exploited garment workers annually generate $30 billion in exports made there for global brands.Workers marched in Pakistan and throughout India with their labor organizations. Socialists, communists and other leftists participated.‘We want permanent jobs! End precarious labor!’In Seoul, South Korea, the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions organized a protest of 27,000 workers and reported 57,000 demonstrators came out in 13 other cities. They marched for the right to unionize, equitable rights and wages for temporary contract workers, permanent jobs — and an end to precarious labor which particularly impacts poor and disabled workers. The KCTU issued a joint statement with a North Korean workers’ organization, calling for both Koreas to collaborate on economic projects.On April 29, the KCTU and immigrant workers’ organizations marched with migrant workers in Seoul, chanting: “Stop discrimination and violence against migrant workers!”Thousands of workers and members of left and social movements marched in Mendiola and Manila, the Philippines, for livable wages, better working conditions and an end to short-term contract employment. As red banners flew, some demonstrators burned a gigantic effigy of President Roberto Duterte because of his anti-worker economic policies and brutal repression of political activists and dissenters.Thousands of low-paid workers marched in Jakarta, Indonesia, demanding  workers’ rights, higher wages and improved working conditions.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_img American Lamb Gets Access to Taiwan Market By Hoosier Ag Today – May 17, 2016 The American Sheep Industry Association says the opening of Taiwan to American lamb products will provide long-term export growth. The Association’s President, Burton Pfliger of North Dakota, says opening the market provides an opportunity for high-quality cuts of American lamb that will command a premium in Taiwan. Earlier this week, USDA announced the approval of lamb products for export to Taiwan, a market closed for more than a decade to the sheep industry. U.S. lamb was collateral damage in several key markets, including Taiwan, following the first U.S. case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease, in December 2003. Last year, Taiwan imported nearly 18,000 metric tons of lamb and sheep meat products, valued at more than $74 million.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News American Lamb Gets Access to Taiwan Market SHARE Previous articleAnti-Ethanol Bill a Step Back for Farmers, Consumers Next articlePurdue Top Farmer Conference to Explore Growth Opportunities, Demand Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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