Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) Q32016 Presentation


first_imgEquity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 presentation results for the third quarter.For more information about Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw)  2016 presentation results for the third quarter.Company ProfileEquity Bank Group Limited is a leading financial institution based in Kenya which offers products and services to private individuals and small-to-medium enterprises, and the corporate banking market. It operates in six geographical markets; Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The consumer division targets salaried customers or customers who receive regular remittances, such as a pension. The SME division provides financial solutions for working capital needs, property development and acquisition of assets. The corporate division targets large enterprises offering products and services that range from equity, mortgage and asset finance loans to trade finance, development loans and business loans. Formerly known as Equity Bank Limited, the commercial bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited. Equity Bank Group Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Making rugby in Los Angeles a success


first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Making rugby in Los Angeles a successIt is because it’s so knowingly clichéd, so kitsch, that you forgive it. In Escape From LA’s infamous basketball scene, after the movie’s hero Snake Plissken drains a farcical basketball shot and the crowd begin chanting his name, a character played by Steve Buscemi slides into view. With tongue nearly poking through his cheek, he slyly remarks: “This town loves a winner!”Undoubtedly all major cities want their sporting franchises to succeed, but in the gold-sewn sportscape of Los Angeles, is it vital to the survival of certain sports? And what about those new professional ventures trying simply to take root?For the LA Giltinis, the latest and flashiest new player in Major League Rugby (MLR) – a side “named after a premium cocktail based on the Martini” – it is a question worth pondering. But in the current climate, the task of impacting an established market is less than ideal.“The difficulty is that you’re building this in a pandemic,” says former Wallabies hooker Adam Freier, the Giltinis’ general manager. “We were given the licence (to join the league) probably a year ago, and we’ve had a year runway to get there.“And I know that the backbone of any sporting team – the foundations that it sits upon – is its community. It’s definitely the mums and dads and the junior participants, but a community is also stakeholders like your local sponsors, trying to drive broadcasters.Star signing Matt Giteau, in the colours of Suntory Sungoliath (Getty Images)“So we want to engage with the entire community, not just the grass roots. The difficulties with that side, on the community, right now, is we can’t get anywhere near them because of Covid. So we’ve had to change our strategy.”For the new rugby outfit that has meant focusing on on-field performance and with it, recruiting some high-profile figures. Matt Giteau is the star attraction, joining fellow Wallabies Adam Ashley-Cooper and Dave Dennis, and out of Glasgow, Adam Ashe, DTH van der Merwe and Glenn Bryce. The squad, which undoubtedly has an Aussie flavour, is also laced with North Americans. And they want to hit the ground running like a nosebleed.It is a fascinating challenge but while noise around MLR continues to grow that little bit louder, there are many elements of the job on the West Coast to analyse.MARKET LEADERSLast year, during the LA Sevens, Rugby World sought to understand rugby’s place in the Southern Californian ecosystem. There were tales of the Nineties, when a rivalry between San Diego-based OMBAC and Long Beach’s Belmont Shore dominated the game. USA Eagles were littered through the region, as were multicultural influences from famous rugby nations, especially, but not exclusively, from the Pacific.Pulling that tradition into the pro game has taken a little time. But with the San Diego Legion now a force in MLR, a rivalry could only be good for the league and each brand. Particularly in a market where winners appear on billboards everywhere.Freier explains: “Our focus right now is about building a brand and building an identity, and we have to have immediate on-field success. We can’t come into a town like Los Angeles, where the Lakers have just won it (the NBA) and the Dodgers have just won it (Major League Baseball), and be comfortable with mid-range.The Dodgers in action in 2020, a title-winning season (Getty Images)“You talk to any sporting franchises as a start-up, it’s unusual for them to say ‘We’re here to win it’. But our strategy has been that way because we haven’t been able to engage with the village, the community, and the people here in Los Angeles, because of a pandemic.“We’ve invested in driving hero stars and actually elevating the brand. We have some incredible ideas around academy programmes, the community, building ambassadors within those communities.”Freier namechecks some of the six areas they can forge strong bonds with, including Ventura, Long Beach, South Central and Santa Monica. “There are all these great pockets where they play rugby, and it even goes all the way to the border of San Diego. We’ve got some strategies to implement when we get there but right now we can control the things that we can control and at the moment that is on-field performance and elevating the brand.”Once again the issue of recognition comes in. Freier discusses the successful model of Los Angeles FC, the Major League Soccer side founded in 2014, who worked hard to grow their underground following and strike up an affinity with football fans in the area. An admirable example of how to take on established bodies – including a local rival, LA Galaxy – but something harder to achieve in the current climate.And as Rugby World found out last year, there are some institutions that will always be at the forefront of the Angeleno’s mind.“I haven’t been here all that long but LA is a very stratified society,” explains Bryan Curtis, editor-at-large of popular site The Ringer. “It’s Dodgers and Lakers. One is A, one is B, and it may change slightly. Then go down a level it’s USC and UCLA, the two colleges. Then go down a big level and it’s everybody else.”Curtis was talking to us just days after the LA Sevens, but the big sporting story that week had been the memorial service for LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, which was held in and around the Staples Center.The Staples Center on a Kings match day (Getty Images)His sentiment was backed up by one established NHL beat writer, who told us of ice hockey in the same area: “The LA Kings are a long-standing club but have almost always been overshadowed by the Lakers. The only exceptions would be when Wayne Gretzky played for them in the early Nineties, and perhaps to some degree in their Stanley Cup seasons.“They have solid support and always have a celebrity or two in the crowd, but they don’t have the glitz the Lakers have always had. And it’s probably worth noting that the Dodgers are also still a huge factor in the LA market.”When some franchises come up, the added razzle-dazzle is undoubtedly what ensures brand recall to those of us lengthy plane rides away – Jack Nicholson always had front-row seats for the Lakers, we recollect.Curtis goes on: “We’ve talked about that idea of Hollywood glamour. These are Big City, famous teams. There’s not a whole bunch of them, right?“You can call the Lakers and the Dodgers famous. Maybe the Kings, at a pinch. The other teams (in or around LA) don’t have national fan bases in the States at all. The Angels (also MLB) do not have a national fan base; the (Anaheim) Ducks do not have a national fan base.“And it’s funny because there’s this crisis here: ‘What is going to happen to baseball?’ Baseball has fallen in the American estimation. There are baseball players that are obscure even in Los Angeles, who if they walked into this coffee shop today wouldn’t necessarily get 100% recognition. LA Giltinis take on the MLR with Matt Giteau leading the charge. But how big is the challenge facing the US game’s newest franchise? “But the NBA has a certain worldwide resonance, especially online. So I think the fact that LA has a big, big famous NBA franchise, another big NBA franchise (the Clippers), both of which have gigantic superstars on them, gives LA a certain resonance too.”LeBron James in action for the LA Lakers, 2021 (Getty Images)LA Giltinis have some bona fide star names too, albeit rugby ones. Players that global rugby fans know and respect. They are also incredibly proud of their coaching ticket, with profiles on the rise like head coach Darren Coleman, assistant Stephen Hoiles and scrum coach Alex Corbisiero. The team will also play at the iconic Memorial Coliseum.Related: Does rugby need superstar names to challenge global market?Realists will acknowledge how far off the bigger dogs they will be. But the fun challenge is creating something that can only come from their group.PASTURES NEWStarting any new major sporting project in the States offers a terrain pockmarked by potential landmines. But when it starts just right, it can be an unbelievable rush.In March 2019, Kelly McCrimmon, General Manager of the Vegas Golden Knights, told the Independent of starting a franchise from scratch: “I don’t think anyone expected the rate it happened.” The Golden Knights reached the Stanley Cup finals in their very first year of competition.Going on, he said: “We had good people, good player selection, with players having more opportunity than where they came from. They had been pushed around; had something to prove. Here, there was no hierarchy because everybody was brand new. The coaching staff did a great job.“It was also an opportunity very few executives in the game have. It was uncharted. There were no players, no staff – you could create your very own culture. You need to have the right people who have to stand for the right things.”New entities can also achieve incredible things regardless of what is built around them. In the first season of MLR, Seattle Seawolves triumphed despite – or possibly even because – they had severe coaching disruptions and they were heavily unfancied. They lost their head coach before a ball was kicked and many pundits had them finishing second last in the standings.During a visit to Seattle a few weeks after they claimed the first-ever MLR title, star back-rower Riekert Hattingh couldn’t hide his grin when he told Rugby World that “A lot of people said we’d not be able to make it…”center_img Can’t get to the shops? Download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet. Subscribe to the print edition for magazine delivery to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. In the land of Disney, triumphing over some form of adversity will always enrich your story. In an underdog league looking to grow too, there will be lines aplenty, because for every Chris Robshaw (San Diego Legion) and Andy Ellis (Rugby United New York), there will be several USA Eagles or up-and-comers who also swing a hammer for their own business or are part-time personal trainers and the like. And all of them have to grow the game.Freier gets the value of the personnel involved. As he adds: “The beauty of our playing group is that they’re good humans. We know that in that group is not someone we’re just going to throw in and then throw out – the majority are signed on for more than one year. It’s a longer-term play.“So I know that guys like Dave Dennis are incredible in the community. Matt Giteau is incredible with his fans on social and Ashley-Cooper is just brilliant in front of kids. The guy’s just a natural with this sort of stuff.“We’ve picked this group to win, no doubt, but they all come with different qualities and traits. They’re good people and we’ve got some players coming in from all over the world, but also the majority of our squad from North America.“So we’ve recruited on that principle: they need to fit in culturally, and then we want to be able to align them with a school, a local charity and potentially a local business. So they are not just giving back to the community but can also learn as well. We’ve picked a certain type of DNA for our squad.”Freier proudly says a few times that he is “not a guerilla marketer”. He wants to forge lasting partnerships and for aspects of the business to be easily identifiable. Giltinis play potentially being shown on television right after NBA or NHL action could help.Adam Freier outisde the Coliseum (LA Giltinis)The jokes will come about their name and the outlook. Giltinis are named after a cocktail, the same as fellow MLR side the Austin Gilgronis, who have the same owners. The managements of these sides are autonomous (Freier says to think more of the Red Bull franchises in football and Formula One), but it is an interesting quirk of the division.And yet, while the name may suggest something more akin to the corporate entities of Japan’s Top League, the management say they are also looking to clubs like the Exeter Chiefs or ACT Brumbies for notes. How they marry their on-field work with projects off it and their corporate and sponsorship plans.Add into that a Giteau and they hope it’s a potent mix. Freier says: “He is our David Beckham of the MLR, make no question.” Giltinis truly believe the quality of operator they have brought in, with their ability to gel other players together, will make telling impacts in a short period of time. And they want North American stars to come through too, though it will need to happen organically.So while the management are excited about the emergence of John ‘Muscles’ Ryberg on the wing or young scrum-half Cristian Rodriguez, who they unearthed in a local trial, everything will be done as one. And all the time with a sense of fun. The brand identity will be front and centre at the Coliseum, with plans for a party on the field and off it – several times Freier refers to a day post-Covid with “fans in the stands with cans in their hands”.But underneath it all, the promise is for a side who never stop working hard. Let’s look out for the pay-off.last_img read more

Tenement House / DAM.architekti


first_imgArchitects: DAM.architekti Year Completion year of this architecture project Tenement House / DAM.architektiSave this projectSaveTenement House / DAM.architekti ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeDAM.architektiOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPragueHousesCzech RepublicPublished on June 20, 2011Cite: “Tenement House / DAM.architekti” 20 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceGlass3MSafety Window Films in Associated Watch and Jewelry BuyersFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MWindowsAir-LuxSliding Windows for High-Rise BuildingsSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60Manuals & AdviceSikaFirestop SystemsMetal PanelsAmerican MetalcraftRainscreen – RS300Curtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalWaste Containers / Recycling BinsPunto DesignLitter Bin – PapilonSound BoothsFramerySoundproof Phone Booths – Framery OneCarpetsnanimarquinaRugs – ShadeMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Tenement House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:  Andrea Thiel-LhotákováText description provided by the architects. The overall design concept was based on the box-of-bricks principle consisting of spatial units. The position of the vertical staircase dictated by the hall’s presence defines the layout type featuring an open horizontal corridor. Save this picture!sectionThere are sandwiched ´volumes´ between the layers of floor slabs, by their size corresponding with apartment units. Save this picture!© Andrea Thiel-LhotákováThere where the mass volume must be made less dense conforming it to the neighbouring buildings, where more natural light and air must be let in, where an untraditional open space must be created allowing contact between people, the bricks are left out.Save this picture!site planAs the flats on the top level are maisonettes, the body of the unit expands two storeys up crowning the whole composition. Save this picture!plan 01The flats are mostly of minimum size allowing lateral ventilation; due to their orientation to the south and generous glazing the flats enjoy plenty of natural light and sun. Save this picture!© Andrea Thiel-LhotákováThe ground-floor translucent glass façade is the same for both the recessed gym and the rest of the streetscape. Save this picture!© Andrea Thiel-LhotákováThe design is based on cheap materials with precise workmanship of details: the sandwich envelope covered by glass fibre concrete panels, galvanised steel, moulded glass blocks, timber window frames.Save this picture!© Andrea Thiel-LhotákováProject gallerySee allShow lessVideo: OMA Lecture “Three in One”ArticlesAuditorium and Cultural Facilities Competition winner / SOMOS ArquitectosArticles Share CopyHouses•Prague, Czech Republic “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/144315/tenement-house-dam Clipboard “COPY” 2011center_img Save this picture!© Andrea Thiel-Lhotáková+ 24 Share Projects Houses Czech Republic Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/144315/tenement-house-dam Clipboard Tenement House / DAM.architekti Year: last_img read more

M&M’s House / NoArq


first_img Projects CopyHouses•Trofa, Portugal Manufacturers: O/M Light, Smeg, RobilacCollaborators:Diana Fernandes, Marlene Maciel, Renata Santos, Gonçalo Ferreira, Lucia HernandezConstructor:Pedro Sousa – Sociedade Unipessoal, Lda.Structure:A400 – Francisco BernardoHydraulic And Acoustic:A400 – Francisco BernardoElectricity, Telecommunication And Security:GPIC – Alexandre MartinsGas And Air Conditioning:GET – Raul BessaTopography:António Carlos FerreiraClient:M & MArchitect In Charge:José Carlos Nunes de OliveiraCity:TrofaCountry:PortugalMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© João MorgadoRecommended ProductsWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Ductal® Cladding Panels (EU)DoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingText description provided by the architects. A single-family dwelling. A 1500 m2 plot of land in Trofa. From Rua do Carvalhinho to the north, the topography drops 2.4 m to the adjacent road to the south, the EN104. In the east, the elevation of the abutting soil rises 2 m above the land. We demolished the old farming house facing the road made of soft stone and clay with a packed earth floor. An urban annoyance. We kept the square schist well, the old fruit tree and the location of the old accesses to the land on the north and south sides.Save this picture!© João MorgadoSave this picture!PlansSave this picture!© João MorgadoThe geometric reasons for the proposal were in place – tree and well. We tried an “S”. Then a “4”, and we failed. An “H” that occupied the centre of the land was possible. The “legs” embrace the tree and the “arms” go around the well. The “H” has a social patio to the south, sheltered from the slanting east and west sunlight and protected from the predominant north-westerly winds. The entrance patio is to the north. The house has a single floor (as if) carved from the earth. A high threshold grants access to the landscaped roof. It has a gross floor area of 377.38 m2.Save this picture!Sketch 1The centre of the volume (in H) houses the most frequently used areas for the inhabitants and daily activities: entrance, distribution, services and meals. The west wing is reserved for meeting, relaxation and services such as the bathrooms and laundry. To the east there are two bodies connected to the central volume (stretching northwards and southwards) to make up the rest of the “H” and these are used as a garage and the lounge area. The garage has the worst situation on the plot in what sun exposure is concerned. The original schist walls were reworked, extended and rebuilt because of the landscaping obligations in Rua do Carvalhinho.Save this picture!© João MorgadoProject gallerySee allShow lessUNStudio Reveals New Renderings of Massive Frankfurt Skyscraper DevelopmentUnbuilt ProjectCall for Submissions: GAGA 2018Call for Submissions Share Portugal “COPY” M&M’s House / NoArqSave this projectSaveM&M’s House / NoArqSave this picture!© João Morgado+ 30Curated by Pedro Vada Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/887777/m-and-ms-house-noarq Clipboard Photographs “COPY”center_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/887777/m-and-ms-house-noarq Clipboard Architects: NoArq Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Photographs:  João Morgado Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project 2015 Year:  M&M’s House / NoArq CopyAbout this officeNoArqOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTrofaPortugalPublished on February 06, 2018Cite: “M&M’s House / NoArq” [Casa M&M’s / NoArq] 06 Feb 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesSynthetics / AsphaltMitrexSolar RoofMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalPlumbingSanifloGreywater Pump – Sanifast®SWH190WoodLunawoodInterior ThermowoodMembranesEffisusAVCL Systems for FacadesSinksCosentinoBathroom Collection – Silestone® WashbasinsDoorsStudcoPocket Door Trims – CavKitWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Architectural & FreeformMetal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Surface Finish – prePATINA-LineHanging LampsEureka LightingSuspended Lights – BloomMetallicsBaileyFacade Systems- I-Line Snap-On Feature ChannelMore 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 streamlast_img read more

Online will-writing service Farewill completes £7.5m capital raise


first_imgOnline will-writing service Farewill completes £7.5m capital raise About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Farewill, the online will-writing service, has raised £7.5m in its second funding round.The service enables people to write a will online in under 15 minutes and have it checked by a legal expert within five days, at £90 for a single will and £135 for a couple, and including unlimited access to live phone and chat support. Launching less than two years ago, Farewill now writes 1 in 30 wills and by the end of 2019 is forecast to be writing 1 in 10.Farewill currently has 50 charity partners including Cancer Research UK and Macmillan Cancer Support for whom it has already raised £95 million in pledged income.The capital raise sees further investments from listed fund Augmentum Fintech, Taavet Hinrikus, Transferwise, and Tracy Terrill ex CTO of LegalZoom. Other investors include JamJar, SAATCHiNVEST, dmg ventures, Kindred Capital, Tiny VC And Venture Founders. They join the likes of Alex Chesterman, founder of Zoopla who invested in Farewill’s seed-round.This investment round will go towards doubling the workforce by the end of 2019 and delivering customer support and satisfaction though its online service.Dan Garrett, Farewill co-founder and CEO said:“Dying is the largest financial event of your life, with £1 trillion expected to pass between generations over the next years. It’s a serious amount to protect and pass on correctly. And yet it is largely ignored.“We have a unique and exciting opportunity to lead the way in building simple, easy-to-use tools for dealing with death, putting people back in control and giving everyone peace of mind over what happens when they die. It’s clear our investors are making a big bet on us doing something unprecedented, as we aim to build the first consumer brand in death.“The mix of unicorn founders Alex Chesterman (Zoopla) and Taavet Hinrikus (Transferwise) and fintech specialists like Augmentum, is a testament to our team and approach to the market.”  414 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis27 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis27  413 total views,  1 views today Advertisement Tagged with: Finance legacies Melanie May | 22 January 2019 | Newslast_img read more

China, aumento de salarios y militancia obrera


Los salarios de las/os trabajadores en EUA se han estancado desde 1970 en términos de poder adquisitivo. Es de conocimiento común que ahora se necesitan varios asalariados en la mayoría de las familias de la clase trabajadora sólo para cubrir los gastos básicos. Mientras tanto, las/os trabajadores de bajos salarios están en movimiento, luchando duro por un salario mínimo más alto y por representación sindical.Los salarios en muchos países de Europa también están de capa caída. Y la crisis económica capitalista mundial que comenzó en 2008 ha devastado las economías de los países estrangulados por la deuda imperialista, desde Grecia hasta gran parte de África, Asia y América Latina.Pero hay un punto brillante para los salarios de las/os trabajadores – a pesar de ser poco conocido si usted confía en los medios comerciales para su información.Es China.Constantes aumentos salarialesDe acuerdo con todos los reportes, los salarios en las fábricas en China, que por supuesto iniciaron a un nivel mucho más bajo que los salarios en los países capitalistas avanzados, se han más que triplicado en la última década. Algunos dicen que los salarios de obreros manuales han aumentado cinco veces en ese período. Esto no es lo que está ocurriendo en otros países en desarrollo.Además, la inflación en China es baja – la tasa anual actual es de 1,4 por ciento, por lo que esos cheques sustanciales son reales.Aquí están algunas de las fuentes occidentales de este año:The Economist, 4 de marzo: “Desde 2001, los salarios manufactureros por hora en China han aumentado en un promedio del 12 por ciento al año”.¡Imagínese si las/os trabajadores aquí hubieran estado recibiendo un aumento del 12 por ciento cada año durante los últimos 15 años! Incluso con un contrato sindical, los aumentos salariales en EUA apenas han seguido el ritmo de la inflación.La sección de tecnología del New York Times, 24 de abril: “Olas de trabajadores migrantes del campo llenaron las fábricas de China en las últimas tres décadas y ayudaron a que la nación fuera el mayor fabricante del mundo. Sin embargo, muchas empresas ahora se encuentran luchando por contratar suficientes trabajadores. Y para los escasos trabajadores que encuentran, la paga se ha más que quintuplicado en la última década, a más de $500 al mes en las provincias costeras”.Estos informes están dirigidos a inversores estadounidenses, advirtiéndoles que si quieren hacer negocio explotando a las/os trabajadores en China, les va a costar más que en el pasado.Los salarios chinos no han tambaleado, sino que han aumentado a un ritmo muy constante incluso cuando la fuerza de trabajo ha aumentado, sobre todo con la gente que viene del campo. Junto a esto, ha ido el crecimiento planificado de las grandes ciudades, con nuevas viviendas, transporte, escuelas, etc.Lucha de clases viva y coleandoHay dos cosas a tener en cuenta sobre estos cambios notables. Una es la lucha de las/os trabajadores chinos por una vida mejor, y la otra es la respuesta del gobierno chino, dirigido por el Partido Comunista.La lucha de clases de las/os obreros contra los patronos, muchos de ellos empresas extranjeras, está viva y coleando en China. Las acciones llevadas a cabo por las/os trabajadores han crecido enormemente.Nada merece la etiqueta de propaganda del gobierno de EUA más que la Voz de América (VOA). Pero esto es lo que VOA dijo recientemente sobre las huelgas en China: El Boletín Laboral de China – que sigue las disputas laborales – encontró que hubo cerca de 1.400 huelgas en 2014, y el número de protestas se ha elevado aún más en los dos primeros meses de 2015.“‘Registramos las huelgas y protestas colectivas de trabajo como y cuando ocurren, y en el último par de meses hemos registrado 200 incidentes al mes, en promedio,” explicó Jeffrey Crothall, un investigador de la oficina de Hong Kong de la China Labor Bulletin.“El grupo registró 569 protestas en el cuarto cuatrienio del año pasado – tres veces más huelgas que durante el mismo periodo en 2013. La cifra indica también un fuerte incremento a partir de 2011, cuando sólo se registraron 185 protestas laborales durante todo el año…“La mayoría de los manifestantes están exigiendo mayores salarios, sueldos atrasados y mayores prestaciones y pensiones…“En 1995 China promulgó una ley laboral que concedió a todos los trabajadores el derecho a un salario, períodos de descanso, eliminación de excesos de horas y el derecho a llevar a cabo negociaciones en grupo. El rápido crecimiento económico en años recientes ha sacado a millones de la pobreza, pero a medida que la economía se enfría, los salarios podrían estancarse y el desempleo podría aumentar, y muchos podrían comenzar a culpar al gobierno.“Las autoridades de Beijing, con la esperanza de empujar a las autoridades locales a que confronten la situación, el mes pasado emitieron un aviso a los gobiernos locales para que la mejora de las relaciones laborales sea una ‘tarea urgente’. La directiva decía que las autoridades trabajarán para asegurar que a los empleados se les pague a tiempo y en su totalidad, para lanzar programas que proporcionen mejores protecciones laborales para los trabajadores rurales migrantes, y piden a los empleadores mejorar la seguridad del lugar de trabajo”. (Voz de América, 9 de abril)Poniendo esto en perspectiva, vemos cómo la Oficina de Estadísticas Laborales de EUA mantiene un registro de las grandes huelgas que afectan a más de 1.000 trabajadores. El año pasado hubo 11 tales huelgas en EUA, con un total de sólo 34.000 trabajadores. Solía haber cientos de tales huelgas cada año, llegando a tantas como 424 en 1974 que implicaron a 1,8 millones de trabajadoras/es. Pero los números comenzaron a declinar en la década de 1980.Ejecutivo ajusticiado y el estado al lado de los trabajadoresLa VOA también señaló: “Aunque muchos de los participantes en las protestas laborales han sido detenidos, pocos han sido procesados penalmente”.Para entender la frase “pocos han sido procesados penalmente,” aquí está uno de los ejemplos más extremos: En 2009, se produjo un incidente que involucró a los trabajadores del acero en Tonghua Iron & Steel Works en la provincia de Jilin en el norte de China. Después de una reunión masiva dirigida por el ejecutivo de la empresa de acero que iba a hacerse cargo de la planta, los trabajadores se rebelaron y lo golpearon hasta matarlo.“Chen Guojun, el ejecutivo del acero que fue golpeado mortalmente, había amenazado a 3.000 trabajadores siderúrgicos en Tonghua con despidos que podrían tener lugar dentro de tres días. También había señalado que recortes más grandes de puestos de trabajos probablemente ocurrirían”. (New York Times, 26 de julio de 2009)¿Qué hizo el gobierno chino sobre esto? “El gobierno de la provincia de Jilin ordenó al Grupo Jianlong China abandonar la compra de la estatal Tonghua Iron & Steel Group luego de que trabajadores que protestaban la pérdida de empleos mataron a un gerente, Beijing News dijo el lunes.La instrucción, la cual fue anunciada anoche a través de la red de televisión de Jilin, también ordenó a Jianlong con sede en Beijing a “no tomar parte jamás de ningún plan de reorganización de Tonghua, reportó Bloomberg News”. (New York Times, 27 de julio, 2009)Ahí quedó.  La privatización se detuvo.  Ni detenciones, ni procesamientos.  ¿No es ese el tipo de poder que las/os trabajadores debían tener en todas partes?El crecimiento de la clase obreraAl momento del triunfo de la Revolución en 1949, China era un país empobrecido y devastado por la guerra con una población de 542 millones.  La gran mayoría era campesinas/os muertos de hambre, recién liberados de los terratenientes quienes los habían tratado casi como esclavos.Hoy, es un país en rápido desarrollo de 1,3 mil millones de personas. Pero no fue hasta 2012 que la población urbana de China por primera vez superó a la que vive en el campo.  Hoy la proporción urbana de la población trabajadora está en más del 60 por ciento.La rápidamente creciente clase obrera tiene muchos agravios y no es pasiva.  Las/os trabajadores son militantes, están organizados y exigen lo que saben que es su derecho:  una vida estable con un salario digno y buenas condiciones de trabajo.Desde el giro a la derecha dentro del liderazgo del Partido Comunista de China a finales de los 70, dirigido por Deng Xiaoping, China se ha abierto a la propiedad capitalista.  Pero la reciente caída de la bolsa allí, que costó a muchas/os chinos sus ahorros, demostró que las ilusiones acerca de una riqueza instantánea bajo el capitalismo pueden tropezar con la irracionalidad básica del sistema capitalista.El resultado de la caída, al igual que los grandes avances realizados por las/os trabajadores, también muestran algo más. El estado en China no actúa de la manera que hacen los estados capitalistas en el resto del mundo.  Es erróneo llamar a China un país capitalista.Con el fin de modernizar, el PCC ha permitido existir muchas características del capitalismo;  y los capitalistas han hecho cosas despreciables como no pagar a las/os trabajadores, someterles a largas horas y condiciones inseguras de trabajo, etc.  El crecimiento de millonarios y hasta multimillonarios ha alimentado la corrupción de los funcionarios públicos y ha provocado la hostilidad de las/os trabajadores.Pero junto a las empresas con dueños capitalistas hay una infraestructura estatal cada vez más poderosa y moderna a través de la cual se lleva a cabo la planificación socialista a largo plazo.El gobierno fue capaz de estabilizar los mercados financieros en la caída más reciente — algo que los gobiernos capitalistas no pueden hacer sin sacarle el jugo a las masas.  ¿Cuántos países capitalistas podrían sobrevivir una caída de más de un tercio en el mercado de valores sin recurrir a medidas draconianas?Aún más importante, el estado controla el desarrollo planificado del país en términos económicos y sociales.Organizaciones que luchan por un acuerdo internacional sobre las emisiones de bióxido de carbono para contrarrestar el calentamiento global se entusiasmaron cuando a finales de junio China hizo público su detallado plan para el desarrollo económico en las próximas décadas. Aunque seguirá con el crecimiento económico, China reveló exactamente cómo el país va a diminuir el uso de los combustibles fósiles y también va a reforestar amplias zonas para secuestrar el carbono que ahora está en la atmósfera.Ningún país capitalista ha presentado un compromiso como ese con el futuro.  ¿Cómo pueden, cuando las corporaciones y los bancos están en una competencia feroz entre sí para controlar y utilizar todas las palancas del gobierno para mejorar su propia ganancia por encima de todo?FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more

Free Assange and Manning!


first_imgBy releasing the information provided by whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange exposed the war crimes of the imperialist U.S. government. The most dramatic exposé was a July 2007 video of U.S. helicopter pilots shooting at Iraqi civilians, including Iraqi journalists working for Reuters.Those of us who opposed and mobilized against the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq already knew the litany of U.S. war crimes, including the lie of “weapons of mass destruction” used to justify the invasion. The Wikileaks video, however, brought those crimes to light for anyone who doubted. And shooting Iraqi civilians was only one of many examples that Wikileaks exposed.Even if that were all they accomplished, Manning and Assange would have helped the struggle of working-class and oppressed peoples worldwide against the U.S. empire. That alone has earned them the support of revolutionaries and working-class organizers against the newest imperialist attacks on their freedom.The U.S. (in)Justice Department has now taken its aggression against Assange a big step further. It has brought 17 charges of violation of the 1917 Espionage Act against him — for being an honest journalist. In so doing, the U.S. government is now waging war against media freedom and against the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In effect, it is charging the media with treason.Assange faces up to 175 years in prison, which is a de facto death penalty. And Manning is now in prison again for refusing to testify against Wikileaks. She previously did seven years in military prison before being pardoned.  But these attacks by the Republican government are against more than these two individuals, whom Democratic Party official leaders also call criminals. This administration is attacking the rights of all media to tell the truth about the U.S. empire and those who manage it. Even ruling-class media giants like the New York Times and the Washington Post, whose loyalty to the imperialist system is unquestioned, say they are threatened by the offensive on Assange and Manning. According to these media, here is how the quest for truth is supposed to work in a capitalist democracy: Should the government commit a crime or make a serious error in judgment, it will likely try to keep it secret. Someone working for the government who knows of the crime may run the risk and tell it to media. Since these media are supposed to be independent of the government, they verify, publish or broadcast the truth about this crime or error. The crime or error then can be debated, at least among the bourgeoisie and its representatives, who really run the society. The crime is also exposed for all the people to know.The media need to protect their sources, the whistleblowers or witnesses, by not identifying them. In recent cases, journalists have done prison time for refusing to name sources. The case against Assange is an even more serious assault on press freedom and democracy, in that he is being charged with treason for publishing the truth about a criminal imperialist regime. It puts at risk any serious investigative media, including smaller left-wing media.Any attack from an ultra-right regime on powerful media like the Times, the Post and CNN — which have resources to defend themselves — is also an attack on more progressive media. It leaves only one choice:Defend Julian Assange and the right to publish. Defend Chelsea Manning and all whistleblowers who expose the imperialist U.S. regime!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

European Organization Says Glyphosate Unlikely To Cause Cancer


first_img According to the Hagstrom Report, the European Food Safety Authority says glyphosate, which is the active ingredient in Monsanto weed killer, likely doesn’t cause cancer in humans.  But EFSA did propose some new controls on residues in food. The ruling may mean that products containing glyphosate will have an easier time staying on the European market. The ruling comes after the International Agency for Research on Cancer said glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.”The Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food called the EFSA decision the latest setback in the campaign to mandate labeling of GMO foods.  However, the Natural Resources Defense Council said the agency acted with blinders on, relying on a draft supplied by an industry task force that included Monsanto. Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Nov 17, 2015 SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News European Organization Says Glyphosate Unlikely To Cause Cancer European Organization Says Glyphosate Unlikely To Cause Cancer SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleOil Higher as OPEC Output Falls, Global Supply Risks RiseNext articleDemand is the Key to Raise Corn Prices Gary Truittlast_img read more

Cameroon: Imprisoned journalist’s case referred to UN special rapporteur on right to health


first_imgRSF’s appeal to the special rapporteur comes just days before Amadou Vamoulké is due to appear before Cameroon’s Special Criminal Tribunal on 26 May for the 30th hearing in his drawn-out trial on a charge of misusing public funds for the benefit of the state-owned radio and TV broadcaster he used to run. News May 19, 2021 Find out more to go further April 23, 2021 Find out more Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court News Follow the news on Cameroon CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19Imprisoned Receive email alerts Following an Amnesty International report about coronavirus cases in Cameroon’s Kondengui prison, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has asked the UN special rapporteur on the right to health to urgently seek the release of Amadou Vamoulké, a journalist held in this prison who is very vulnerable because he is 70 and in poor health. Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system President Biya was one the ten African leaders to whom RSF and 80 other human rights and press freedom organizations wrote on 6 April asking them to immediately release the arbitrarily detained journalists in their prisons because they are routinely denied proper medical care and because medical isolation is not possible. Help by sharing this information Amnesty International also reported that the number of detainees in Kondengui prison currently stands at 432% of the inmate population for which it is designed, despite releases ordered by President Paul Biya on 15 April to reduce overcrowding in the country’s prisons. Valmoulké was not one of the detainees to benefit from the presidential measure although he has been held for nearly four years for an alleged economic crime for which the state has yet to find the evidence on which to convict him.“The Cameroonian authorities cannot continue to expose one of their leading journalists to the possible of dying in prison,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “During a visit to Yaoundé in November, we drew the justice ministry’s attention to the fact that Amadou Vamoulké is not getting appropriate medical care although two medical reports say he needs medevacking. Since then, he has spent his 70th birthday behind bars and at least one case of coronavirus has been identified in his prison, which makes him especially vulnerable. This case’s humanitarian dimension and his right to health should prevail over every other consideration.” May 22, 2020 Cameroon: Imprisoned journalist’s case referred to UN special rapporteur on right to health Organisation A week later, RSF addressed a formal written request to the UN special rapporteur on the right to health, the Lithuanian Dainius Pūras, and the UN special rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, the American David Kaye, asking them to condemn governments that have violated the right to information in connection with the coronavirus epidemic. RSF_en CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Covid19Imprisoned May 31, 2021 Find out more Amadou Vamoulké, former director general of CRTV imprisoned in Yaoundé since 29 July 2016. Photo: CIRLAV Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation case News News Cameroon is ranked 134th out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index, three places lower than in 2019. According to an Amnesty International report published earlier this month, at least one detainee has tested positive to Covid-19 in Kondengui prison, located in the capital, Yaoundé, and several other suspected cases have been identified. The report also said that two prisoners died shortly after being released in circumstances suggesting they were infected, and one was buried in his family’s absence.last_img read more

Peace groups seek to make Shannon election issue


first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleFour men rescued from early morning Limerick river incidentNext articleNew York sax Seamus Blake joins jazz trio Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSGalway Alliance Against War (GAAW)general election 2016Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM)limerickShannon airportShannonwatchthe Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA)US militaryVeterans for Peace (VfP) Email Twitter Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsAppcenter_img Linkedin NewsLocal NewsPeace groups seek to make Shannon election issueBy Alan Jacques – February 4, 2016 688 Advertisement Facebook WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads US military aircraft at Shannon Airport.by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up US military aircraft at Shannon Airport.THE US Military’s continuing use of Shannon Airport is now set to become a General Election issue with Limerick candidates being urged to commit their support by signing a peace pledge.In a joint initiative, Shannonwatch, the Peace and Neutrality Alliance (PANA), the Irish Anti-War Movement (IAWM), Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW) and Veterans for Peace (VfP) Ireland are all calling for election hopefuls and their parties to bar military traffic from any country involved in war from landing on Irish soil or from using Irish airspace.Launching the Peace Pledge initiative, John Lannon of Shannonwatch commented, “Since October 2001, Ireland has provided direct support for unilateral military interventions by the US and its NATO allies, most notably in Iraq and Afghanistan. This support has included the transit of at least 2.5 million armed troops plus additional military aircraft through Shannon Airport.”“Given the devastation caused by these and other US/NATO military interventions, it is time to stop supporting them,” Mr Lannon insists.And according to Edward Horgan of Veterans for Peace, “the next government must now commit to ending our complicity in this suffering”.“A neutral state is subject to certain rules and obligations under international law, in particular the Hague Convention which states that belligerents are forbidden to move troops or convoys of either munitions of war or supplies across the territory of a neutral Power,” Mr Horgan explained.Roger Cole of the Peace and Neutrality Alliance is of the view that the participation of Ireland in military alliances like the NATO Partnership for Peace and European Union (EU) battle groups should also be ended with immediate effect.“Furthermore, support for regional military alliances, including those resulting from the Mutual Defence Clause of the Lisbon Treaty, flouts the democratic wishes of the Irish people who have regularly reaffirmed their commitment to positive neutrality,” Mr Cole declared.The Peace Pledge is available online at www.peacepledge.ie. Election candidates are now being asked to visit the website and commit to not joining or supporting a government that allows the use of Shannon Airport for military purposes. Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more