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EasyJet enjoys a boost to its traffic in March

first_img Tags: NULL Wednesday 6 April 2011 7:37 pm KCS-content BUDGET airline easyJet yesterday reported a better-than-expected 12 per cent jump in monthly passenger figures compared to last year. The Luton-based budget carrier flew 4.4m people in March, up from 3.9m a year earlier.The airline carried 51.2m passengers in the 12 months ending March 2011, up 8.5 per cent from 47.2m a year earlier, with an improved annual load factor – a measure of how well an airline fills its planes – of 87.1 per cent from 86.4 per cent, it said. whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapNew England Patriots’ Cam Newton says no extra motivation from Mac Jones’Sportsnaut’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap whatsapp EasyJet enjoys a boost to its traffic in March last_img read more

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Tullow Oil Plc ( 2015 Abridged Report

first_imgTullow Oil Plc ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2015 abridged results.For more information about Tullow Oil Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tullow Oil Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tullow Oil Plc (  2015 abridged results.Company ProfileTullow Oil Plc is the largest independent oil and gas exploration and production company with operations in Africa, Europe, South Asia and South America. The company has a portfolio of over 120 licenses spanning 22 countries; including multi-well operations in Ghana and Uganda. Tullow Oil Plc was founded by Aidan Heavey in 1985 in Ireland as a gas exploration business operating in Senegal. Acquisitions of BP’s North Sea Gas Fields in 2000, Energy Africa in 2004 and Hardman Resources in 2007 greatly enhanced the Group’s operations in Africa and Mauritania and added high-impact exploration licenses in South America. The company head office is in London, United Kingdom. Tullow Oil Plc is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Honeywell Flour Mills Plc ( HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgHoneywell Flour Mills Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Honeywell Flour Mills Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Honeywell Flour Mills Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileHoneywell Flour Mills Plc is a flour milling company in Nigeria and manufactures and markets wheat-based products which includes flour, semolina, wheat meal, brown flour, pasta and noodles. The company markets it products under the Honeywell brand name. Formerly known as Gateway Honeywell Flour Mills Limited, the company changed its name to Honeywell Flour Mills Plc in 1995. The company is a subsidiary of Siloam Global Services Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Honeywell Flour Mills Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Rugby World Cup 2011: Italy’s story

first_img 1987: Italy v New Zealand during their World Cup debut in Auckland. They lost 70-6The Italians are World Cup ever-presents but have never made the quarter-finals. Here’s their journeyItaly’s World Cup experience started with a bang – an All Black bang that blew them to bits 70-6. It was Auckland 1987, the tournament opener, and the Italians were up against a New Zealand side determined to show their fans they meant business. It was an All Black side crammed full of world-class players – grizzled stars such as Gary Whetton and John Kirwan and others, like Sean Fitzpatrick, John Gallagher and Michael Jones, who were just beginning to blossom into the greats that they would later become.The All Blacks scored 12 tries, one of them a World Cup classic, as Kirwan ran the ball out of his 22 and swerved and skipped his way past seven Italians on his way to the try-line. As one newspaper said the next day, it was a “hopelessly one-sided contest… fun but farcical” Italy lost their next match to Argentina 25-16 but triumphed in their third, scoring three tries against a strong Fiji side that later gave France a run for their money in the quarter-final.In the 1991 tournament Italy got off to a flyer with a 30-9 thrashing of the USA at Otley in West Yorkshire. Italy’s four tries were converted by a devilishly handsome, not to mention handy, fly-half called Diego Dominguez, playing in only his fifth Test. He would go on to appear in every one of Italy’s matches in the next three World Cups, scoring 98 points in nine appearances.1999: The final score between New Zealand and ItalyAlas, Italy’s second game in the 1991 World Cup wasn’t a collector’s item, unless one was a collector of all things awful. England won on points – 36-10 – but Italy won on penalties, conceding 37 to their opponents’ ten. England No 8 Dean Richards accused the Italians of cheating (oh, the irony, Deano!) because of their persistent infringing and the Azzurri left Twickenham having won few friends.That all changed a few days later in front of a riveted 16,000 at Welford Road. The Guardian described Italy’s match against New Zealand as a “thrilling encounter” and that it was, as the All Blacks were hit hard and low, time and again, by an Italian XV still seething at the memory of their encounter four years earlier. New Zealand eventually struggled free to win 31-21 but the Italians trooped off to a standing ovation having salvaged their reputation.Italy arrived in South Africa in 1995 with a spring in their Latin step. They’d beaten Ireland in their World Cup warm-up and fancied themselves first up against Samoa. But this was a Samoan team with a swagger of its own and they hammered Italy 42-18.Italy recovered for their clash with England, a match in which both sides scored two tries and only the boot of Rob Andrew edged the English home 27-20. Though they went on to beat Argentina in their third pool match, Italy returned home knowing that against Samoa they had blown their chance of reaching the knockout phase.Blown away was what happened to Italy in 1999, a tournament that is best passed over in one brief paragraph. A team that was talented but ageing simply had no answer to the power of England (67-7) and New Zealand (101-3), nor even Tonga, who sneaked through 28-25 thanks to a delicious drop-goal from Sateki Tuipulotu.2007: Alessandro Troncon scoring the only try of the game against ScotlandBy the time of the 2003 World Cup Italy had four seasons of Six Nations rugby under their belt, and it showed as they swept aside Tonga 36-12 and wrestled their way past Canada. Having lost to New Zealand in their opening pool game, Italy needed to beat Wales to reach their first quarter-final but in the end their lack of experience let them down and the Welsh won 27-15. Young guns like Sergio Parisse, Gonzalo Canale and Martin Castrogiovanni were undone by the wily ways of campaigners like Colin Charvis and Gareth Thomas. HUDDERSFIELD, UNITED KINGDOM: view of the scores at the end of the first-round Rugby World Cup match between New Zealand and Italy at the McAlpine stadium in Huddersfield 14 October 1999. New Zealand won 101-3. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) Or click here if you prefer a digital version of the magazineAnd if you’d like 50% off a subscription to Rugby World Magazine click here Four years later in France, however, there was no excuse for what happened at Saint-Etienne. Having begun with another spanking by the All Blacks (76-14 at their fifth meeting in six World Cups), Italy saw off Romania and Portugal to set up a do-or-die clash with the Scots. The prize was a quarter-final against Argentina.Six months earlier in Edinburgh Italy had humiliated Scotland in the Six Nations, running in four tries in a 37-17 romp. Parisse, Canale and Castrogiovanni were now a triumvirate of veterans while the side also featured the Bergamasco brothers, not to mention the ageless Alessandro Troncon at scrum-half.It was far from a classic but it was strangely gripping nonetheless, a game played in heavy rain with few clear-cut chances for either side. Troncon scored the only try of the game but in Chris Paterson the Scots had the match-winner. His six penalties sneaked Scotland home 18-16 leaving the Italians once again to reflect on the error of their ways. “We worked hard but didn’t win,” said Troncon. “We did all that we could but made some mistakes.”Six World Cups and no place in a knockout phase is Italy’s tournament record, and with Australia and Ireland in their group this time around, the Azzurri must produce their best-ever tournament form if they are to give themselves a chance of finally making it through to the quarter-finals.Italy’s World Cup record                         Italy in numbers1987 Pool stage                                        IRB world ranking 12th1991 Pool stage                                        Clubs 7841995 Pool stage                                        Registered players 66,1761999 Pool stage                                        Senior male players 15,8482003 Pool stage                                        Referees 8572007 Pool stageThis article appeared in Part 1 of our Rugby World Cup Supplement.To get a copy of the supplement contact [email protected] LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

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Rugby’s new tackle laws confusing coaches at all levels

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Richard Cockerill, the director of rugby at Leicester, has been around the block a bit, and most things that rugby throws up would not surprise him, but even he is a bit flummoxed by the new tackle regulations.Cockerill knows his rugby – he played 27 times for England as a hooker, about 250 games for Leicester as a member of the famed ABC Club and played in France before coaching for the last 11 years. Even he does not really know what is going on, so what chance the rest of us?The new laws which totally outlaw contact with an opponent’s head do not actually come into force until 3 January but, in the last two rounds of European games, officials have employed an iron fist policy on high tackles and swinging arms.The new regulations say a tackle will be ruled reckless if the tackler knew, or should have known, there was a chance of making contact with the head and it happened anyway. Well, it is happening already.Zero tolerance: Dylan Hartley was given 6 weeks – many feel it should have been longerCockerill for one will be seeking guidance from the authorities as to what is actually high tackle but some people are forecasting game ending in 12 or 13 a side in the New Year. Penalties are turning into yellow cards and yellow cards are turning into red – all club bosses want is to know where they stand. I know it’s Christmas but the flood of cards is getting ridiculous and these bloke’s jobs are on the line.The grim statistics show us that over the last fortnight, in Europe Champions and Challenge Cup games, nine players have seen red and a staggering 51 yellow cards have been shown. The European Professional Club Rugby disciplinary bods have been putting in some shift and their emails are now more regular than ones telling you that you have $10million dollars sitting in a Nigerian bank account as the latest player gets a couple of weeks off.Cockerill saw Manu Tuilagi sin-binned, for the second week running, for a late and highish challenge against Munster and then watched the Sale match against Saracens on Sunday night on the box.Debatable decision: Manu Tuilagi was shown yellow for a high tackle against MunsterThat game produced three yellow cards for the home side including one for TJ Ioane for not wrapping his arms round in a challenge.That led to Steve Diamond, the Sale boss, predicting touch rugby in the future and his Saracens counterpart Mark McCall is completely befuddled by the way the game is changing week by week.And Dai Young was equally confused by the yellow Kurtley Beale got in his first game for Wasps, against Connacht.Cockerill thought Ioane got a bad break.“It will be interesting to see the exact guidelines,” he said. “I watched Sale v Saracens and I thought it was a really good tackle. He has hit with his shoulder and it was a chest tackle.“I am not sure what you can do. Accidents do happen. I understand you don’t want people swinging arms to peoples’ heads – I get that – concussion is serious issue in the game.Welcome to England: Dai Young was perplexed over Kurtley Beale’s yellow against Connacht“It is just the interpretation of it. What is a tackle? If someone commits themselves and a player dips their head at the last moment. Tackle lottery: New tackle laws are seeing a rash of cards being brandished “There will be a lot of incidents where guys will be in the bin or sent off where it is probably a bit harsh but by the letter of the law that is what they (the referees) are being asked to do.“What they are concerned about is people swinging their arms and hitting. We see a lot of penalties these days for high tackles and it is just a scrag really.“It is just hard. When those big guys hit you they hit you with their shoulder and their arm can’t catch up.  If it is hitting in the body like the lad from Sale – I thought it was a justifiable tackle.”Plenty to ponder: As an ex player, Richard Cockerill is confused by the new lawsTalk to any rugby coach nowadays, and most of them have played a bit, about they are very guarded about their words. No-one wants to say the game has gone soft, Diamond said the opposite because the players have got bigger, and no-one wants to come across as a ‘back in my day’ merchant.Concussion is massive news, just look at the furore kicked up by the George North case, but the game is changing in front of our faces and it is doing it a rate of knots.There are million dollar law suits going on in the United States concerning former NFL players who have been concussed and suffered ill health. So referees have to ref to the letter of the law.“I think everybody should ask for some really clear direction on what is a tackle and what is a head shot,” added Cockerill. “If you hit them really hard in the chest and they get whiplash is that a dangerous tackle because he got hit hard?Test case: The reaction to George North’s concussion has raised multiple issues“There are going to be some big people hitting some little people – that is the game.“We will chew the fat about it no-one will really know and we will get on with the game.“We will look at it. We encourage our players to tackle low and the second man to slow the ball down. It is a very direct game – accidents are going to happen.“Europe has been refereed differently. The game we are in you can’t bump a player with your shoulder 1/100th of a second after the ball goes – you can’t tackle someone a fraction of a second late because you go to the bin. It just seems to be the way of the world. Directors of rugby around the Premiership are confused about the incoming tackle laws and how they are going to be refereed “Across the board the interpretation, of what a tackle is, is certainly going to be interesting in the New Year.”You are not wrong there Cockers and when you find out what is and isn’t a bad tackle – can you let us know? TAGS: Highlight last_img read more

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Tangga House / Guz Architects

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects Architects: Guz Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Tangga House / Guz ArchitectsSave this projectSaveTangga House / Guz Architects “COPY” “COPY” Year:  Save this picture!© Patrick Bingham Hall+ 8 Sharecenter_img Singapore ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs CopyAbout this officeGuz ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodHousesSingaporePublished on July 31, 2010Cite: “Tangga House / Guz Architects” 31 Jul 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausStonesCosentinoDekton Surfaces – Cap Ferrat BuildingStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Strata Argentum – Classtone CollectionAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®CeramicsTerrealCustom Shape Terracotta CladdingSeatingInterstuhlPillows – HUBPartitionsBuzzispacePrivacy Booth – BuzziRingMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Tangga 住宅 / Guz Architects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 Photographs:  Patrick Bingham HallText description provided by the architects. The house is a contemporary interpretation of a traditional courtyard house, laid out around a central green courtyard with a double height stair and entry area forming the focal point of the project. The L-shaped plan creates open spaces which encourage natural ventilation and offer resident’s views over the courtyard to the verandah, roof gardens and beyond. Lushly planted roof gardens surround the house and add to the effect that nature is evident in every part of the house. The large roof above the courtyard creates an indoor and outdoor space leading to the gardens and swimming pool which wraps around two sides of the house. Save this picture!© Patrick Bingham HallThe tangga house hopefully gives the owners the opportunity to live in harmony and comfort with nature, in singapores hot tropical climate.Save this picture!© Patrick Bingham HallProject gallerySee allShow lessRenderings versus RealizedArticles2010 Unbuilt Awards / Boston Society of ArchitectsArticles Share CopyHouses•Singapore 2007 Tangga House / Guz Architectslast_img read more

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HIVE House / Openideas Architects

first_img Area:  600 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Project gallerySee allShow lessRyogoku Yuya Edoyu Spa / Kubo Tsushima ArchitectsSelected Projects99 Juta / Local StudioSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Photographs:  Fabien Charuau, Yash Parekh – Panchkon Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses HIVE House / Openideas Architects Save this picture!© Fabien Charuau+ 55Curated by Hana Abdel Share Photographs Lead Architects: Electronics Engineers: HIVE House / Openideas ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHIVE House / Openideas Architects CopyHouses, Houses Interiors, Sustainability•Surat, India Year:  ArchDaily “COPY”center_img 2019 “COPY” Ensemble Monarch Champaneri, Nilesh Gajera, Niralee Champaneri ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard WNeuron Architects: Openideas Architects Area Area of this architecture project Mechanical Engineers: Design Team:Vishal Patel, Sahil Soni, Nishant Chauhan, Jainika Patel, Manasi Hathiwala, Kashyap Parshala, Zeb SaiyedFacade Engineering:EnsembleCity:SuratCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yash Parekh – PanchkonRecommended ProductsBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsiGuzziniLight Effects – TrickFiber Cements / CementsULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Leioa School RestorationMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. Hive is conceived and designed as an intelligent, adaptable and sustainable family home at Surat, Gujarat. The form of the house is seeded in the profession of the client Kamalbhai Mistry — who is part of an extremely successful company engaged in making machines for the diamond industry.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!© Fabien CharuauThe site is located in Vesu, an upcoming part of Surat. The plotted development has apartment complexes on the east and west plots. This particular project was part of four plots taken for the extended Mistry family. Being well-informed about architecture and given his core competency in mechanical engineering, the client was very clear about what he wanted as a ‘home’ — a smart structure rendered in metal and a ‘mono-space’ living area. Along with those primary thoughts, the client communicated an almost 90-point brief with inputs connected to diverse points — from structure, landscape, planning, materials, sustainability, insulation, HVAC and plumbing, along with entire year’s sun path study.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauWith the dominant presence of metal, the concepts of long span, light weight, a complex form and fast construction came on board, with the form itself being molded by an in-depth analysis of external temperature, humidity, solar radiation, cloud cover and wind pattern. The architecture is expressed as an angular V-shaped structure oriented towards the green pockets spread around the house. The entrance creates a bridge and valley experience, with a sunken court and stepped garden, a linear arrival corridor and the walk-able green roof with varying slopes. This roof technically acts as a thermal insulation, lowering the overall temperature of the interiors, while functionally doubles up as a congregational area for social gatherings.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauThe architectural presence, undoubtedly, is established by the solar sensor-based facade, which lies at an exciting intersection of art and engineering. Its geometry is inspired by the hexagonal structural patterns found in nature such as those of honeycombs and carbon crystals — giving the project its name. Analyzed as per the structure, function and mechanism, its design is based on structural strength, transformability and bio mimicry. The unique opening mechanism of the facade positions are derivatives of quality of light exposure and thermal comfort levels inside the house. Experientially, the modules create striking sciagraphy by casting patterns that change with the diurnal rhythm of the sun.Save this picture!© Yash Parekh – PanchkonSave this picture!© Fabien CharuauThe internal program has been conceived as open and fluid, both in plan and volume. Devoid of dividing partition walls, the fluid spaces on the ground floor have a sensorial segregation of public, private and semi-private zones through modulations in the outer envelope along with a bespoke sculptural entrance vestibule. The upper level, accessed via a sculptural staircase, accommodated two bedrooms. The connection to greens remains steadfast owing to the presence of a small garden attached to each bedroom. Materiality includes metal with SS powder coating for the facade, and wood and stone in the interiors to bring in the warmth of a home.Save this picture!© Fabien CharuauThe inspiration for the envelope and several other elements in the house, say the architects, were found small, everyday things. While the façade mechanism was inspired by doors of airport buses, the structure of the stair (which spans seven metres and has a thickness of 38 mm) was taken from the structural formation of hexagonal dia-grid popular seen in Ikea furniture pieces. Similarly, the movement of radio antennae informs the window opening mechanisms and the ‘kadki door’ of forts (a door within a door) was replicated in the entrance.Save this picture!© Yash Parekh – PanchkonSave this picture!Section BB’Save this picture!© Yash Parekh – PanchkonFor the architects, the specialty of this project lay in a client who was open-minded and intrepid, ready to experiment with ideas that didn’t have many precedents. The client viewed this building like a product/machines he deals in, which is why the insistence on ‘manufacturing’ it flawlessly. He wanted something unique in every detail which put lot of pressure on the design team to deliver and not fail their expectations. Therefore, all the ideas that went into its making were backed with intensive research and prototyping. This project has given the architects the confidence to think differently, think big — as well as engage in extensive research and detailing to give form to the dreams harbored during the designing phase. Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Poltrona Frau, Porada, Toto, ZANOTTA, BNB Italia, Flex Form, Hans Grohe, Hunter Douglas, Pocho Living, Remadessio, Robert McNeel & Associates India Projects CopyAbout this officeOpenideas ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsSustainabilitySuratOn FacebookIndiaPublished on June 22, 2020Cite: “HIVE House / Openideas Architects” 21 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?智能金属,钻石机械专家之“巢” / Openideas Architects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! 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Shelter rebrands national network of shops

first_img Howard Lake | 27 May 2004 | News Shelter rebrands national network of shops AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Shelter is today unveiling the first of its newly refitted and refurbished shops across the country.Derby sees the first Shelter shop to be revamped in line with the charity’s new corporate identity, logo, strapline (“Bad housing wrecks lives”), and Million Children Campaign, and forms part of a majorre-positioning initiative aimed at bridging public misconceptions surrounding homelessness. Gillian Osrin, Marketing and Retail Operations Manager, said: “All the shops have been given a face-lift to coincide with our re-brand and drive to enable people to gain a better understanding of the work Shelter does. We’ve succeeded in looking good on a budget, expanding our stock and ensuring shopping here is a moreenjoyable experience for our customers.” Advertisement 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. Tagged with: Individual giving Trading  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Impacto en Puerto Rico de la Reforma Contributiva

first_imgUn milenario proverbio chino se podría aplicar a la situación que viven las y los boricuas en su tierra luego del devastador Huracán María: “Regala un pescado a un hombre y le darás alimento para un día, enséñale a pescar y lo alimentarás por el resto de su vida”. El gran problema consiste en que aunque las/os puertorriqueños saben pescar, la condición colonial a la que han estado sometidos por más de un siglo, se los impide. Luego está ese otro refrán para describir al colonialista yanqui que “es como el perro del hortelano, que ni come, ni deja comer”.A más de 100 días de la devastación creada por el Huracán María, aún no hay electricidad constante en casi la mitad de la isla y la fuente de agua potable es precaria, manteniéndose en la mayor parte a fuerza de generadores.La asistencia de las entidades federales — FEMA y el Cuerpo de Ingenieros — ha sido criminalmente lenta e inadecuada, causando cientos de muertes por falta de servicios esenciales. Sin embargo, Estados Unidos, como el mencionado perro del hortelano, impide que ayudas solidarias de otros países puedan arribar al archipiélago para suplir esas necesidades que por obligación le corresponde al imperio, causante de la debacle económica de su colonia.¿No es esto acaso un perverso bloqueo de un pueblo?Impacto de la Reforma ContributivaEncima, el impacto que tendrá en Puerto Rico la recientemente aprobada Reforma Contributiva estadounidense (Tax Cuts and Jobs Act o TCJA en inglés) revela la criminal estrangulación por la camisa de fuerza que significa el dominio del imperio sobre este archipiélago caribeño. Muchas personas en PR la describen como “el otro huracán”, refiriéndose al devastador efecto en la economía insular.¿Qué contiene esta ley respecto a Puerto Rico?Firmada por el presidente estadounidense el pasado 22 de diciembre, esta ley impone una tasa de 12,5 por ciento de arbitrios sobre la propiedad intelectual – marcas, patentes y desarrollos tecnológicos – de compañías estadounidenses que operen en la isla. Ilustrativo de las incongruencias y contradicciones del estado colonial, estas compañías denominadas “corporaciones bajo control foráneo” (CFC, en inglés), habían gozado de generosas exenciones contributivas en su lugar de origen en EUA aunque la producción fuera en PR. Ahora, la colonia – que pertenece, pero no es parte de EUA, como lo dictó el Tribunal estadounidense en 2016, está reafirmada como una “jurisdicción extranjera” para este propósito contributivo.Como ya hemos escrito en artículos anteriores, el desarrollo – e imposición – de los sectores económicos lo hace el imperio según le convenga a sus intereses: desde la destrucción de la moneda e imposición del dólar a principios del siglo XX, el monocultivo de caña de azúcar, la manufactura de textiles y refinamiento de petróleo (que por cierto no hay en PR), hasta el cambio más recientemente a industrias altamente contaminantes de farmacéuticas y equipos médicos.La manufactura es hoy la base de la economía puertorriqueña y son precisamente las  farmacéuticas y la de equipos médicos que constituyen más del 40 por ciento de la economía. Estas son empresas estadounidenses que además se llevan a Estados Unidos las ganancias generadas por manos boricuas. Son éstas industrias las que se verán más afectadas con el nuevo impuesto, por lo que el gobierno criollo y los industriales boricuas están en total pánico presintiendo que abandonarán la isla dejando a más de 70.000 trabajadoras/es sin empleo y el irrisorio impuesto de 4 por ciento que aportan a las arcas del gobierno boricua. Aunque los efectos no se verían hasta quizás el 2019, temen que sea un escollo más para atraer nuevas industrias estadounidenses.La indiferencia y el desprecio con que el tema de Puerto Rico ha sido tratado en el Congreso estadounidense merecen un capítulo aparte pues reafirma lo que las y los independentistas han sostenido por décadas: a Estados Unidos no le interesa el pueblo de PR como merecedor de asistencia, ni respeto, ni mucho menos como un estado más. Se reafirma lo que el Maestro Don Pedro Albizu Campos tantas veces decía, “a EUA le interesa la jaula, pero no los pájaros”.Quienes han podido seguir – a riesgo de intoxicarse – los intentos de la comisionada residente en Washington Jenniffer González y el gobernador Ricardo “Ricky” Roselló por lograr exenciones y beneficios para Puerto Rico en la propuesta de ley contributiva en el Congreso estadounidense pueden fácilmente llegar a las mismas conclusiones del independentismo, sea cual fuere su orientación ideológica. González es miembro del Partido Republicano en EU pero en PR milita en el mismo Partido Nuevo Progresista que su jefe Roselló. Éste a su vez, pertenece al Partido Demócrata de EU, ¡estupideces coloniales!Mientras  González pululaba ignominiosamente por los pasillos del Capitolio estadounidense, suplicando por la estadidad y por favores a congresistas republicanos, su jefe, el arrodillado gobernador Roselló enviaba misivas y visitaba congresistas en Washington mendigando exenciones y migajas.Al final, el imperio prevaleció. Incluso los oídos congresistas permanecieron sordos a los pedidos de ayuda para la reconstrucción de PR luego de María. Una propuesta de ayuda para los estados y territorios afectados por los últimos desastres naturales no se negociará hasta enero.¡Descolonización urgente!Es esta última estocada la que pone en claro la necesidad urgente de un proceso de descolonización. El espejismo del “Estado Libre Asociado” terminó en junio del 2016 cuando Washington dictaminó que los poderes de PR están en las puertas del Congreso estadounidense y se impuso la dictatorial Junta de Control Fiscal. Y ahora quedó más claro que nunca que a Estados Unidos no le interesa – ni quiere – que Puerto Rico sea parte de EU, o sea, otro estado. Con el 2017 se deben enterrar   también todos esos recuerditos que decían “Estado 51”.Mientras Puerto Rico siga como colonia, no habrá un desarrollo económico para beneficiar a su población.El trabajo para la descolonización es inmenso. Se necesita un profundo y consistente trabajo de descomponer lo que el Cointelpro ha construido en Puerto Rico; se necesita urgentemente una unidad en acción; se necesitan campañas descolonizadoras poniendo aparte las diferencias ideológicas y de tácticas.Ejemplos hay muchos. Como la lucha en contra del Apartheid en África del Sur que fue tan exitosa. Primeramente por la lucha y militancia de los diferentes grupos surafricanos – que también tenían diferencias entre sí. E igualmente por el enorme movimiento internacional donde la meta era la destrucción del apartheid.Ahí estaban tanto los grupos pacifistas como los que creían en la lucha armada; cada cual hacía su parte de acuerdo a su ideología, pero con la meta final de terminar con la segregación racista. En Puerto Rico tenemos precedentes: la huelga telefónica del 1998, la lucha de Vieques, y las campañas por la liberación de nuestras/os prisioneros políticos.Ahora no puede ser menos. Es imprescindible. Sobre todo, se necesita una gran campaña de concientización popular.Es el tiempo y creo, por lo que esta escritora presenció durante su reciente viaje a PR, que el pueblo, ese pueblo que está sufriendo con la corrupción y el abandono tanto del gobierno criollo como del federal, está preparado. No hay mucho que explicar sobre el abandono de los federales, basta ver la ausencia de los famosos toldos azules de FEMA en las montañas.Hay que ir a cada rincón, desde Culebra y Vieques, hasta Cabo Rojo y Ceiba. A los caseríos, a La Perla, a Lloréns. El movimiento independentista y progresista, los dinámicos grupos de jóvenes que están tomando la batuta revolucionaria, los grupos LGBT, estudiantes, jóvenes y no tan jóvenes, con o sin discapacidades.Todxs a unirnos para descolonizarnos y descolonizar a Puerto Rico, forjar una nueva patria. Hay la creatividad, lo que falta es la voluntad decisiva, y esa se ve florecer en los miles de grupos comunitarios que están naciendo alrededor del archipiélago. Podemos, junto con las y los boricuas exiladas/os en Estados Unidos – que son un solo pueblo – siempre que Puerto Rico sea su norte y no el imperio.¡Viva Puerto Rico Libre y Soberano!¡Fuera la Junta de Control Fiscal!¡Solidaridad y Justicia, no caridad!¡Alto al bloqueo de Puerto Rico!¡Derogación de la Ley de Cabotaje y cancelación de la deuda!La autora nación es oriunda del Barrio Bélgica de Ponce y exilada en la Ciudad de Filadelfia.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Louisiana prisons are ‘death concentration camps’

first_imgBy Quess MooreThis slightly edited talk is by Quess Moore speaking at the April 9 Workers World Party webinar. Moore organizes with New Orleans Workers Group and Take ‘Em Down NOLA, a group which has been working to take down symbols of white supremacy and slavery. View all the April 9 talks at Moore speaking at April 9 Workers World Party webinar.Thank you for the opportunity to speak in this chair about my coalition, my comrades and everybody in New Orleans doing this work.First and foremost, Take ‘Em Down NOLA was established about five years ago this summer, and our mission is basically the removal of all symbols of white supremacy in the city of New Orleans, as they reflect the systems of racial and economic injustice and oppression of a more than 60 percent Black city. And so, in the city of New Orleans, you’ve had at least 17 monuments to white supremacy. Now 13, thanks to some of our organizing, we were able to successfully get four of them removed back in 2017.But all of that was really just a wake-up call, a rally to the people in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement to highlight the fact that, you know, state-sanctioned violence has an entire system behind it, an entire apparatus behind it. A Black person is killed in this country every day, extrajudicially, like unarmed Black people being killed by police, and quite often there’s no justice for it. So we wanted to indict the system as a whole when we first come out with the work with Take ‘Em Down NOLA and show that this happens for a reason — this happens because the violence of the state has been codified inside of this country since its inception.Since the very beginning, it’s been okay to do with a Black body what you will. Not to mention what’s done to Brown bodies and was done to the Indigenous people of Louisiana before New Orleans was ever established, before it was colonized by the French. This was called Bulbancha in [a] native Indigenous [language] that basically meant gathering of tons of, gathering of several cultures.This has always been a port city, the actual infrastructure and the layout of it was established by the native Indigenous people who have been here about 3,000 years, some 30 or so groups. They had been here gathering and establishing culture and technology and creating the template, the blueprint that the French and the Spanish first stole from them and created off their backs. The Indigenous people who have been here, you know, they’ve been marginalized and pushed to outskirt towns.When you look at a city that, to this day, still has a majority Black population that lives in 53 percent poverty, it’s essentially gone from the plantation to the prison, and it’s a prison house economically and a literal prison house. And so right here in the city where it’s mostly Black folks, and it’s 400,000 or so population, 53 percent of us live in poverty. And that’s the result of wage slavery. It’s a result of the fact we have one of the most booming tourism industries in the world. Eight billion dollars a year come through the city, to this very small city.And yet, hardly any money, obviously, trickles down to the hospitality workers, and the people are actually holding that system up on their backs. A lot of hospitality workers are working without benefits in obviously very low-paying jobs. And so, it puts us in jeopardy and at risk. And, you know, that risk leads to higher crime rates, because people do, as we say in New Orleans, “get it how they live” and try to figure out how to make money outside of the so-called legal means and that leads to the so-called crime, and the crime leads to us being the number one carceral state in the world’s history. And of course, you know, America is the number one carceral state in the world.Louisiana is number one in the country; we might be number two to Oklahoma at this point, but usually it’s been us. And number one in the state is New Orleans. And so right here in a very small town is where you have the greatest prison state in the United States. And you see the reflection of that, you know, in prisons like Angola, which was once formerly the plantation Angola. And so what that’s led to is: These are death concentration camps.In an instance, like what we’re in right now with a pandemic, between the prisons themselves and between a population where one out of five of us are in the hospitality industry, on the so-called essential jobs, a lot of them have been sent home and don’t have work. The ones who still have to go to work are the most exposed, and then the least protected, because, of course, they don’t have the kind of health care that they need in the first place, living in poverty conditions.So in response to that, what we did about two days ago [April 7] in the New Orleans Workers Group, which is one of at least a few coalitions that grew out of Take ‘Em Down NOLA a couple years ago, we organized the motorcade and got about 70 cars to drive down to City Hall and also the area around Tulane and Gravier where a lot of incarcerated folks are locked up. We also drove by the ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] detention camps Louisiana has, because it’s, you know, the prison capital [with] two of the biggest ICE detention camps in the country; they just transition from prisons over to ICE detention camps.We wanted to call alert to the fact that none of these people belong in prison in the first place. The real criminals are the system; they put them in a position to be inside of a cage in the first place. And it’s even more of a crime now that they’re sitting there in that place where all of the virus and all of the disease is concentrated. At least 15 cases were already detected inside the Orleans Parish prison. We know that that’s only going to spread to the workers; they’re going to bring it back to the people. So, as one of our coalitions, the New Orleans Hospitality Workers Association, says, “If we get sick, you get sick.”  And that applies not just for the cooks and for all the essential workers, but it’s also for our brothers and sisters and our siblings locked up.We took that stand in solidarity for them, with them. The bourgeois media, of course, has tried to erase all that narrative. They don’t want people to believe that, you know, all these people believe they deserve their freedom. And they’ve tried to wipe over the story, but we’re keeping that story going. So that’s the most present work that we’ve done here in New Orleans.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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