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Nick Clegg: No merger with Tories

first_img Nick Clegg: No merger with Tories Sunday 19 September 2010 11:06 pm KCS-content whatsapp NICK CLEGG will today tell Lib Dem members that his party will field candidates in all constituencies in the 2015 general election. He will deny rumours of a full electoral pact or even merger between the two parties.Speaking at his party’s annual conference in Liverpool yesterday, Clegg also backed calls for a review of the coalition’s immigration cap after concerns from the City that it is harming the economy. He said he agreed with Vince Cable’s dissent on the policy.The government will launch a crackdown on offshore and online tax dodgers and smugglers in a bid to save £7bn a year by 2015, it was also announced. Ministers are to earmark £900m to fund a new team of investigators to probe offshore tax evasion. They will also use the cash to create cyber tax crime teams and to better detect alcohol and tobacco smuggling.Tax evasion costs the UK about £7bn a year, avoidance costs a similar amount and attacks on the tax system by organised criminals cost about £5bn. The measures are expected to form part of HM Revenue & Customs’ settlement in the government’s spending review, which it will announce on 20 October.Liberal Democrat chief secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: “Tax avoidance and evasion are unacceptable at the best of times but in today’s circumstances, it is morally indefensible.” Share More From Our Partners Russell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgcenter_img Tags: NULL by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Show Comments ▼ whatsapplast_img read more

Dangote Cement Plc ( 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgDangote Cement Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Dangote Cement Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dangote Cement Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dangote Cement Plc (  2020 abridged results.Company ProfileDangote Cement Plc manufactures, packages and distributes cement and related products for the limestone mining, coal production and property investment sectors in Nigeria and the rest of Africa. The company has operations in Nigeria, Benin and Ghana, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania and Zambia and exports internationally. Dangote Cement Plc operates the largest cement plant in sub-Saharan Africa, the Obajana Cement Plant. Cement bagged and distributed by Dangote Cement Plc is required of the limestone mining, coal production and property investment sectors. Formerly known as Obajana Cement Plc, the company changed its name to Dangote Cement Plc in 2010. The company is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Dangote Cement Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Conditioning combo 4: Prowler push, farmer walk & med-ball slams

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Slam dunk: get stuck into med-ball slams as part of this conditioning combo circuitTHIS IS the fourth in a series of conditioning combos put together by Harlequins head of strength & conditioning John Dams. They are all dynamic three-exercise circuits or ‘triple sets’, which should be performed one after the other with rest after the last exercise. Work-rest ratio’s can be changed to whatever suits you but a 1:3-4 work ratio will suit to start. The latest one involves the prowler push, farmer walk and med-ball slams. Watch the video to see how it’s all done…last_img read more

Charity trading and VAT covered at national conference

first_img Two financial experts from Lancashire-based accountants Moore and Smalley spoke on charity trading and the pitfalls of VAT for charities at this week’s annual conference and AGM of the National Association of Local Societies for Visually Impaired People (NALSVI).Partner and head of the firm’s specialist charity team, Christine Wilson, and Stephen Adams, head of VAT, addressed more than 130 delegates at the two-day conference held at Chester University campus this week.Christine Wilson said: “Charities are increasingly subject to rigorous legal requirements, accounting rules and taxation statutes, and the more hoops they have to jump through the more they need expert advice and ./guidance from people who understand the specific requirements of the sector. Advertisement Tagged with: Finance Trading  18 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 July 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Charity trading and VAT covered at national conference “Moore and Smalley’s experience in advising charities and not-for-profit organisations is extensive and we advise some of the best known organisations in the region, some of which have been with us for more than 50 years.”Moore and Smalley acts for more than 61 charitable organisations in Lancashire and Cumbria, with a combined annual income in excess of £39 million, including Galloway’s Society for the Blind, Deafway and St Catherine’s Hospice. 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.last_img read more

Behind the firing of Comey: A struggle within the U.S. ruling class

first_imgThe firing of FBI head James Comey by President Donald Trump is a struggle within the U.S. ruling class. It is taking place at the highest levels of the capitalist state. There are no progressive sides in this struggle.The workers, the oppressed and the radical movement must not get drawn into it. The role of the movement and of the working class is to mount an independent struggle against the attacks coming down on the masses on all fronts — labor, immigrants, women, the environment, Muslims, escalating racist police terror, new draconian drug law enforcement, etc.These threats can only be thwarted by the fullest mass mobilization and militant resistance.There is justifiable hatred of the racist, reactionary, militarist, authoritarian, bigot Trump. And Trump is the target of an FBI investigation. This can cause confusion because Trump is so hated that some people might be driven to the “lesser evil” of siding with the racist, repressive, anti-labor, anti-communist, witch-hunting FBI — the U.S. secret police — because of its investigation of Trump.Behind the anti-Russia campaignA further cause for confusion is that Trump and his administration are being investigated for collusion with the Russians. The U.S. ruling class has been pushing back against Trump since the 2016 election campaign when he made open and repeated appeals for a rapprochement with Russia.The campaign against Trump’s orientation for rapprochement with Russia began as a struggle over foreign policy. It still is. But there is now an added dimension. The anti-Trump forces in the ruling class are now using the issue of alleged collusion with Russia as a political wedge to weaken and possibly get rid of him.The anti-Russia campaign has been fueled by the Hillary Clinton camp and the Democratic Party leadership. They want to blame Comey and Russia for their electoral loss. Instead of calling for an investigation into racist voter suppression or admitting their bankrupt political campaign was based on the line that “things are great,” the Democrats prefer to blame Comey and the Russians. The anti-Russia campaign has also been fueled by the Pentagon wing of the Republican Party, led by John McCain and Lindsey Graham.The anti-Russia campaign flows not just from Trump’s foreign policy orientation. On the contrary, this campaign would exist regardless of Trump. It flows from the expansionist policy of U.S. imperialism.The bosses and the Pentagon are opposed to the Putin government because it has nuclear weapons, a large army, and is seen as a powerful rival. Part of imperialist expansionism has been the campaign of “regime change” in Syria directed against the independent government of Bashar al-Assad. Russia has enabled Syria to ward off imperialist aggression.Also part of Washington’s expansionism was the sponsorship of a fascist coup in Ukraine. The former president of Ukraine refused to join the European Union and steer Ukraine toward Western imperialism. Washington organized his overthrow by a fascist invasion of the Ukrainian parliament. In reply Moscow supported anti-fascist forces in Eastern Ukraine and supported a move by Crimea to return to Russia.The anti-Russia campaign now serves as a convenient weapon against Trump because it allows the capitalist establishment to fight him on a reactionary basis. Never mind his anti-Mexican and anti-Muslim racism, his sexism, his war on the environment, his promotion of the racist police, his attacks on job safety and labor standards, etc. The bosses would much prefer to make Russia the issue.The FBI: from Watergate to TrumpThe establishment is using the FBI as their weapon to sharpen their attack on Trump. This is nothing new. W. Mark Felt, known as “Deep Throat,” who fed all the information to Woodward and Bernstein at the Washington Post in order to bring Richard Nixon down during the Watergate investigation, became deputy director of the FBI after the death of J. Edgar Hoover.The spy agency had then, and has now, the means of eavesdropping, surveilling, infiltrating, etc. — all the techniques they mainly use against mass organizations, unions, radicals, liberation organizations. It also has the means to spy on factions in the ruling class.The establishment is using the FBI at the moment because the Republicans control the House, the Senate and the White House. Until Judge Neil Gorsuch was appointed to the Supreme Court, the rulers had the option of using the judiciary to challenge Trump, as in the stays of his illegal Muslim ban. That option is now more difficult to use, with Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. So the FBI is the agency of choice.Timing of the Comey firingAt the time of his firing Comey was preparing to step up the investigation of the Trump campaign. Days before his firing, he met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to ask for more personnel and money to pursue the investigation. (, May 14)Trump decided to fire Comey at about the same time. He had a meeting with his Chief of Staff, Reince Priebus; his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; Vice President Pence; and White House Counsel Don McGahn. After the meeting Trump told Rosenstein to draw up a statement supporting the firing of Comey. The statement condemned Comey for, of all things, mishandling the revelation of the Clinton emails 10 days before the election! Rosenstein did not call for Comey’s firing. Trump then issued a one-page statement firing Comey for his alleged “mishandling” of the Clinton emails.Of course, there is no one in Washington or anyplace else who could possibly believe Trump’s initial reasoning. It was patently obvious that Comey wanted to advance the investigation of Trump and his group. And Trump wanted to shut down the operation.Trump also fired Assistant Attorney General Sally Yates after she told him that National Security Adviser Gen. Mike Flynn was dealing with the Russians. She also refused to support the Muslim ban. Trump maneuvered with Kevin Nunes, head of the House Intelligence Committee, who was in charge of leading the investigation into the Trump campaign. The investigation stalled and Nunes had to recuse himself.In other words, Trump is clearly afraid of the investigation. The ruling class is not quite sure whether Trump’s fear is based on political relations with Russian officials or financial relations with the Russian oligarchy, or both. In either case, they do not trust him.The ruling class is also suspicious because the only big bank that has lent money to Trump in recent years is Deutsche Bank, which was recently fined $630 million for laundering $10 billion worth of Russian money. (, Jan. 31, 2017) The big New York Wall Street banks won’t lend to him because he has gone bankrupt six times, stiffing investors, contractors and workers. (Washington Post, Sept. 26, 2016;, March 20, 2016)Obama tried to stabilize the systemWhen Barack Obama was elected president over John McCain in 2008, he had major support in the ruling class because he was known as a moderate who could reach across the aisle and work out compromises. He was solidly pro-imperialist and pro-capitalist, but compromise was his strong point.At the end of the Bush administration, U.S. capitalism was suffering from multiple crises that were threatening the stability of the system. Tens of millions of people were without health care and had no prospect of getting any. Two wars raged, in Iraq and Afghanistan. There were 12 million undocumented workers who needed a way to stabilize their situation. Big business was fiercely blocking any attempt to reduce carbon emissions or deal with the alarming rate of environmental degradation. And as Obama took office, the worst economic crisis in 70 years broke out.During his tenure Obama tried to work on these issues while maintaining and protecting the capitalist system and the profits of the bosses. He got the Affordable Healthcare Act passed, which kept the insurance companies enriched but managed to cover an additional 20 million people. He dragged the bosses kicking and screaming into the global environment talks and finally got the Paris Accord on CO2 reduction. He pulled most of the troops out of Afghanistan and withdrew from Iraq. While Obama severely escalated drone attacks, he imposed strict White House control over military operations.While Obama deported hundreds of thousands of immigrants early in his administration, and got called the ”deporter in chief,” he eventually got the Dream Act and other limited protections passed. He issued executive guidelines to Immigration, Customs and Enforcement to deport only those who committed “serious crimes” and said those whose only offense was to cross the border could remain. This was done by executive guidelines.Finally, he presided over the bailout of Wall Street and promoted the passage of the Dodd-Frank bill, which placed restrictions on the Wall Street financiers and set up some protections for investors.Fear of Trump destabilizing the systemThe bosses and the bankers are licking their chops over the prospect of tax cuts, regulatory cuts on safety and environmental rules, tariff protection and other profit-growing measures under the Trump administration.But the broad capitalist establishment — the corporate media, the think tanks, the academic institutions and the majority of the bourgeois intelligentsia — can see beyond the next profit-reporting quarter. They are fearful that Trump is determined to undo all the carefully worked out stabilizing arrangements at home and abroad that U.S. imperialism has constructed over the decades.They also worry about his absolute ignorance of imperialist statecraft and his lack of interest in learning. Trump started his presidency by questioning the “one China policy,” which is the bedrock of U.S.-China relations. He took a call from the leader of Taiwan, but was forced to take it back.He threatened and insulted the presidents of Mexico and Australia in his first diplomatic phone calls and then threatened to tear up NAFTA. NAFTA has brought billions in profits to U.S. industry and agribusiness. He was stopped and had to call the presidents of Mexico and Canada to tell them that he was backing off.In the midst of the Korean crisis, when U.S. imperialism needed the government in Seoul, Trump told south Korea that it had to pay a billion dollars for the installation of a highly unpopular U.S. anti-missile system and that he was going to tear up the U.S.-south Korean trade pact. National Security Adviser Gen. McMaster had to call the south Koreans and tell them that the U.S. would pay.Trump refused to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the principal anchor of imperialism in Europe. These are only some of his political gaffs.Trump’s health care bill, which threatens to strip 24 million people of their health coverage, is a disaster which has sparked fear and outrage among millions. His racist Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has reversed the Obama-Holder policy of sharply restricting the use of the harshest mandatory sentences. Trump has overturned safe water executive orders. ICE has ruled that everyone in the country who crossed the border is now subject to deportation. Trump plans to undermine, if not overturn, the Dodd-Frank bill. Trump has lifted all restrictions on the military and handed over operational control to the commanders; 3,000 more troops are now headed to Afghanistan.In short, the Trump administration is moving rapidly to undermine the domestic stability and international imperialist order carefully worked out over decades. He is creating consternation in the upper echelons of the capitalist establishment.That is what was fueling Comey’s investigation. And Trump is trying to shut it down.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Hotel workers unite in national strike

first_imgUNITE HERE Local 26 president, Brian Lang, welcomes to the picket line, Mahtowin Munro, co-chair of United American Indians of New England and other Indigenous Peoples Day marchers.Following the successful September strike of UNITE HERE hotel workers in Chicago, workers in ten cities with unionized hotel locations have taken near unanimous strike votes. These sites have recently been acquired by anti-union mega-chain Marriott International.Five thousand workers in Boston, Detroit, Oakland, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose walked off the job the week of Oct. 3. Strikes in Hawaii, Seattle, Toronto and Vancouver are imminent.This is an unprecedented national coordination by the union and for the whole working class against a behemoth that has obtained a new property every 18 hours by buying out dozens of hospitality companies around the world — from big chains like Sheraton and Westin to smaller brands and independent operations.Since the purchase of Starwood and Protea, Marriott now owns 136 hotels in Africa and is constructing 65 more, for a total of holdings in 27 countries on the continent. Stateside, Marriott is out to bust the union and, like the Trump Organization, is the face of a complicated network of financiers and corporate interests that are mostly unknown to the public.Workers take on behemoth MarriottWhen housekeepers, cooks, bartenders and bellhops hit the picket line on Oct. 3, they knew there was much at stake. Marriott wants to outsource food service. Its deceptive “Green Choice” housekeeping program encourages guests to decline services, meaning fewer hours for workers. But in the end, they are cleaning dirtier rooms and getting more injuries, on top of seasonal layoffs during nonpeak months when their health insurance can be cut off.And as the union’s campaign slogan, “One Job Should Be Enough,” suggests, the pay for workers isn’t enough as it is. According to Business Insider, the U.S. Labor Department reported in July 2017 that 7.6 million workers had to hold multiple jobs the month before. Hotel workers are barely able to pay for rent, food, daycare and health care, and often cannot make ends meet.Meanwhile, Marriott International’s income more than doubled to $1.37 billion between 2013 and 2017.Ed Childs, chief shop steward for UNITE HERE Local 26 at Harvard University, told Workers World: “UNITE HERE’s national intervention against this accelerating acquisition machine has required a decade of organizing to align contract negotiations and prepare workers for the historic struggle of ten locals striking at once. Marriott wants to take [its] scheme to the world, making it a problem for the whole working class, but the union is also making international alliances.”Childs continued: “UNITE HERE has to win this struggle. The loss of this battle would be another blow to the union movement following several others. Janus v. AFSCME, the Supreme Court decision over the summer that effectively defunded the largest union in the U.S; right-to-work laws passed in former labor strongholds like Wisconsin and Michigan in the last few years that Wall Street and Washington want to see nationalized; and the attacks on immigrant union members through the termination of temporary protected status — these are a few of the weakening blows that have been aimed at our movement. UNITE HERE realizes unions face a national struggle for survival in addition to the fight to protect the standard of living for hotel workers.”Childs added: “The spirited picket lines in front of Boston’s seven striking hotels are very militant, confrontational and loud. Boston’s Local 26 hotel workers are possibly the most diverse constituency in the entire city. The mostly immigrant women-of-color members chant in dozens of languages and represent nearly 80 nationalities.”Solidarity from other unions has been extremely strong. Boston’s Teamsters have refused deliveries to striking hotels, and that will have a huge impact. Everything from food and alcohol to laundry and garbage depends on truck drivers.When the New York Yankees crossed Boston hotel picket lines this week and then lost to the Red Sox, their bitterest rivals, the mood at the baseball games and in the press exposed increasing class consciousness. The Yankees were publicly denounced as scabs.Then on Oct. 6, the annual march of Boston’s Indigenous People’s Day brought a crowd of 150 to triple the size of the hotel workers’ picket at the Ritz Carlton.Childs emphasized: “This struggle shows the necessity of unity at this time. While the ruling class makes it difficult to see who is funding these attacks, how companies like Marriott are able to get so powerful, people are recognizing the danger. And unions, youth and community movements are uniting.”With optimism, he added: “The life or death fight against Marriott has brought big, needed advancements to class consciousness in this country that could lead to victory for UNITE HERE and the whole working class.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Category 5 capitalism

first_imgCreek/Muscogee land (Pensacola, Fla., and Gulf Shores, Ala.) — Hurricane Sally made landfall in Gulf Shores on Sept. 16 as a Category 2 storm. But meteorologists admitted its slow speed caused rainfall levels to match those of a Category 5 hurricane. It quickly moved towards Pensacola, collapsing a section of the mammoth Three Mile Bridge connecting Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties.As Hurricane Sally bore down on northwest Florida and south Alabama, this writer sent out a message on social media:  “As usual, capitalism is not equipped to handle events like this. No homeless shelters would open up yesterday for the vast homeless population of northwest Florida. “It wasn’t until 8:30 p.m. last night that two smaller shelters and one large makeshift shelter were finally opened up. …. The sheriff’s department started offering rides to any person who is homeless who wanted to go, but due to their ongoing abuse and mistreatment of the homeless population, no one trusts them enough to get in their cruisers.“Now individuals in Escambia County with cars higher off the ground are driving around in this storm, picking up people from rained-out homeless camps and taking them to the shelter. Our public transportation, the city buses, which are constantly at risk of being defunded, are also picking people up.“Once again it is the workers who are acting and saving the day.”No shelter in the stormOriginally slated to hit southern Mississippi and Louisiana, Hurricane Sally instead slammed into these Alabama and Florida beach and tourist cities, which have a combined population of over 520,000 people. The effect of the hurricane was so powerful that power outages were reported in Panama City, Fla. — 80 miles away. The maximum wind speed at landfall was 105 mph, making this the strongest hurricane to hit the area since Hurricane Ivan in 2004.Pensacola has a vast homeless population but, in the days before the hurricane the city administration carried on as though no catastrophe were coming for the houseless. No shelters opened their doors to accept anyone. No makeshift shelters were set up. FEMA or the Red Cross were nowhere to be found. For an agonizing few days, houseless people in Pensacola wondered where they would wait out the storm. Finally, 12 hours before Hurricane Sally hit, the Red Cross announced the Pensacola Bay Center as a makeshift shelter. Additionally, two regular shelters decided to open their doors, waiving their insulting prerequisites (a $10 per night fee and a forced breathalyzer test for anyone who enters).The problem with the larger makeshift Red Cross shelter was that it would not open until 8:00 p.m., long after the sun had set, and no one had bothered to secure mass transportation for the homeless populations to be moved there.Bus drivers to the rescueHowever, the courageous drivers of the ECAT (Escambia County Area Transit), Pensacola’s public bus system, braved the incoming rainfall and increasing wind speeds to pick people up and take them to shelter. Local reactionary politicians have been trying to gut ECAT for years and put bus drivers and public transit workers out of a job. If their plans had been successful, who would have picked up all these people caught in the deadly storm and transported them to safety?A second, much less popular strategy was tried out by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, which drove around to homeless camps, or up to people who were homeless, and offered them rides to the shelters. But the ECSO has a long history of violence, harassment and abuse against the houseless population in Escambia County. A May 27 Workers World article described the ECSO destruction of at least one homeless camp. The regular police process in the area is that after a homeless camp is set up, police discover it and destroy it, sometimes arresting the people living there. So it surpised no one (except the ECSO, apparently) that no one, homeless or not, wanted a ride from them. The level of distrust and fear from the homeless population of Escambia County towards the ECSO is deeply rooted, and none knew for sure if they would even make it to the shelter, or be taken to jail for some trumped-up charges.Working class solidarityInstead the people, the masses of Pensacola, everyday workers, jumped into action. Several people risked their own safety driving around the city as the hurricane neared, finding homeless camps and people who were homeless, and offering them rides to the shelters. One such person was Mike Kimberl, homeless rights advocate and director of the Alfred Washburn Center, a homeless day center in Pensacola. Kimberl and many others delivered people to the shelters in the increasingly difficult weather.At the end of the day, it was the bus drivers and local working class residents who came to the aid of endangered people to bring them to safety. Hurricane housing, transportation crisesMany people have lost their homes forever, but hundreds more are now homeless after the slumlords of a low-income complex, Forest Creek Apartments, evicted every single tenant four days after the hurricane. These residents are mostly Black and have been displaced en masse by slumlords using the damage to the apartment as an excuse to kick out residents under the guise of “repairing the apartments.” Workers World Party-Central Gulf Coast is actively involved in the struggle against the evictions. Another damaging outcome of Hurricane Sally was the destruction of the Three Mile Bridge over Pensacola Bay, which connects Pensacola to neighboring Gulf Breeze and Pensacola Beach, where thousands are employed and live.Three Mile Bridge was under construction at the time of the hurricane. But barges around the bridge, on which construction equipment sat, had not been properly secured by the barge company. One barge slammed into the side of Three Mile Bridge, causing a complete collapse of a section and rendering the bridge unusable. Thousands of people now cannot get to work between Pensacola and the beach towns except by an alternate route that adds 25 miles and 30 minutes to their commute. But many cannot afford the additional cost of gas for this route. Because of the corner-cutting and negligence of a construction company, thousands of jobs of low-wage workers are now at stake. There is currently no estimate as to when the bridge will be repaired–effectively making these workers jobless indefinitely.Capitalism has once again proven its uselessness. Its unplanned economy has left thousands displaced, jobless and homeless in the wake of a hurricane. Residents are told to fend for themselves–or if they’re lucky, go to a shelter, if they can find a way! There they can survive off of crackers and room temperature water for a few days, not knowing if their home is still standing, wondering where to go from there. Many are forced to return to dilapidated homes overwhelmed with water damage as well as electrical and structural destruction. They have no way to pay for repairs, which will be overpriced after this catatrophe. Credit cards are quickly maxed out, money runs out paying for estimates on repairs and the repairs themselves–and then the house still has leaks in the roof or mold in the walls. There seems to be no end to the horrors of capitalism. Only there is. The solution to disaster capitalism is socialism, a planned economy that is people-based, people-maintained and people-guided. Socialism vs. disaster capitalismA lot of the hurricanes that hit the U.S. also hit Cuba. Yet revolutionary Cuba has bounced back from every hurricane with very little damage and even fewer casualties. The lives of people in Cuba following a hurricane do not come to a screeching halt, as do many in the U.S. Why is this? Cuba has a planned economy! Cuba has a socialist-directed economy. Cuba puts the needs of the masses over everything else. There are no for-profit industries that overcharge people in need, that take advantage of and exploit the masses. There is no denial of the climate change that is directly influencing the increasingly violent storms around the world. Hurricane defense in Cuba is viewed as a defense against climate change and as protection of the people. And it works!It will take something other than texts to your local U.S. senator for a socialist revolution to take place in this capitalist, imperialist, neocolonialist country. It will take the unwavering unity of the oppressed and the workers to rise up and carry out a protracted struggle against the ruling class.A socialist revolution can lead to a system that is based on the needs of the masses, centered around and led by the most oppressed, and maintained through a planned economy. That is how we fight and that is how we win. And when we fight and when we win, no obstacle, even a catastrophic hurricane, can stop us.Devin C is a non-binary transgender advocate and member of Workers World Party – Central Gulf Coast. They are the president of Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative), a transgender advocacy organization in northwest Florida. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

What we’re reading: From hurricanes to a heated administration

first_imgParking lot closures cause new problems for students Corinne Hildebrandt ReddIt Linkedin Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during the Office of Justice Programs’ National Institute of Justice Opioid Research Summit in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 25. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) + posts Facebook Previous articleHere’s everything surrounding TCU’s Thursday night football gameNext articlePatterson reveals what drives him 21 years into his time at TCU Corinne Hildebrandt RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature What we’re reading: Former Vice President dies at 93, Chad President killed on frontlines Corinne Hildebrandt Fort Worth B-Cycle looks to attract more riders printWe’re back and we’re reading – everything from the “New York Times” to the “Wall Street Journal.” We’re trying to help you keep up with the rapid pace of politics and policy. Today we’ve got an update on Hurricane Michael, threats to Election Day, and the malfunction of a Russian rocket.A hit to the panhandle The strongest storm since 1992 hit the continental U.S. yesterday as a Category 4 hurricane.Hurricane Michael made landfall on the Florida panhandle clocking in wind speeds of 155 miles per hour, just 2 mph away from reaching Category 5 strength. According to NBC News, two people were found dead and over 300,000 Florida residents were forced to evacuate.Michael is now classified as a tropical storm and is expected to move northeast through the Carolinas and into Virginia. First Russia, now ChinaA Chinese spy has been extradited from Belgium to the U.S. facing charges for his attempt to steal U.S. intellectual property.According to NPR, the Chinese intelligence officer was trying to steal trade secrets from U.S. aerospace companies.This is the first time the U.S. Justice Department has charged a Chinese spy. This comes quickly after Trump accused China of meddling with the 2018 midterm election because of “Chinese propaganda” published in an Iowa newspaper.Another one bites the dust?President Trumps on and off again relationship with Attorney General Jeff Sessions might be off again.Trump met recently with Sessions to talk about replacing him as Attorney General, something that has been in question since the start of their relationship. This comes after the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, decided to step down and Trump’s Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein’s, almost resignation. Members of the Trump administration are quickly learning to work as if everyday might be their last.Major mergerCVS got the go ahead yesterday to purchase Aetna, the country’s third-largest health insurance with a price tag of $69 billion. According to the Washington Post, this major deal could transform the health-care industry, changing the way millions of Americans receive health-care. CVS is looking into changing its store fronts into easily accessible clinics to keep people out of the hospital.  Space race A Russian rocket carrying both an American and a Russian passenger malfunctioned shortly after takeoff.According to the New York Times, the rocket was on a mission to the International Space Station when it had to make an emergency landing just two minutes after its launch.The two members on board made an emergency landing 200 miles away from the launch site in Kazakhstan. Election Day threatsA 200-pound bomb was found in the home of a New Yorker who said he planned to blow himself up at the National Mall on Nov. 6. Paul M. Rosenfield admitted to the plan and said he was motivated by the idea of ‘sortition,’ which is the random election of politicians from the public, Buzzfeed News reported. The FBI received notice from a Pennsylvania resident who started receiving text messages from Rosenfield about his plan for Election Day. Rosenfield has been charged with unlawfully manufacturing an explosive device and a count of interstate transportation of an explosive.That’s all we have for today. Check back tomorrow for more. Corinne Hildebrandt What we’re reading: Arrivals in Argentina Corinne Hildebrandt ReddIt Corinne Hildebrandt What we’re reading: Controversy in D.C. Corinne Hildebrandt is a sophomore journalism major and sociology minor from Wayne, Illinois. She enjoys staying active and has a difficult time sitting still for long periods of time. When she’s not reporting, Corinne is most likely on the go exploring the many restaurants (and ice cream shops) that Fort Worth has to offer. Twitter Linkedin Twitter What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Facebooklast_img read more

DMV Cites Nearly 2,000 People Misusing Disabled Parking Placards in One Year

first_imgHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Things A Man Will Do Only If He Really Loves YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday An aggressive crackdown on the fraudulent use of disabled person parking placards resulted in 1,987 misdemeanor citations being issued between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. Investigators with the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) caught the offenders during 217 enforcement operations conducted statewide.Those found to be misusing placards have them confiscated and receive a misdemeanor citation that carries a $250 to $1,000 fine. The violation also appears on the individual’s driver record.“When someone misuses a disabled person parking placard, they disrupt the lives of those with disabilities and interfere with their mobility,” said acting DMV Director Kathleen Webb. “Through education and enforcement, we hope the number of offenders our enforcement team cites decreases. I want to remind Californians to save the space.”California state law mandates that a disabled person parking placard only be used by the person to whom it is assigned. Investigators are able to verify that a disabled parking placard is being appropriately used by comparing the placard assignment number with an accompanying registration card and personal identification.Typical abuses include drivers parking in a marked disabled parking spot without a placard, drivers using a placard issued to a family member or friend and using the access area to load and unload passengers who do not have a disability.The DMV holds as many as many as 24 enforcement operations each month throughout the state. The department also launched an awareness campaign to educate the public about the proper use of a disabled person parking placard.Here are the results of enforcement operations:Fiscal Year    Citations    Issued Operations2018/19                  1,987                    2172017/18                  2,485                   2562016/17                   1,625                  1652015/16                      738                 113Anyone who suspects a person might be misusing a disabled person placard is urged to report it using an online complaint form or by contacting their local DMV Investigations office. Submissions are confidential. It is important to note that some qualifying disabilities are not visually apparent and allegations of misuse might be unfounded. latest #1 DMV Cites Nearly 2,000 People Misusing Disabled Parking Placards in One Year Published on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 | 11:06 am Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News center_img 5 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Subscribe Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Status yellow snow/ ice warning issued for Donegal

first_img Google+ Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Facebook Twitter Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Google+ Community Enhancement Programme open for applications WhatsApp A status yellow snow/ice warning has been issued for six counties in the North West and West.Donegal, Cavan, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo are being warned to expect wintry showers which will give localised accumulations of hail and snow.Met Eireann is advising that driving conditions may be hazardous.The warning is valid from midnight tonight until Saturday midnight. Twittercenter_img Status yellow snow/ ice warning issued for Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – December 13, 2019 Facebook Previous articleMain Evening News, Sport, Nuacht and Obituaries Friday December 13thNext articleLetterkenny University Hospital inpatient waiting lists down 8% News Highland WhatsApp Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA last_img read more