Close buys Zurich deposit book

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Turnall Holdings Limited (TURN.zw) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgTurnall Holdings Limited (TURN.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Turnall Holdings Limited (TURN.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Turnall Holdings Limited (TURN.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Turnall Holdings Limited (TURN.zw)  2019 annual report.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Company ProfileTurnall Holdings Limited produces and markets materials for the building and construction industry in Zimbabwe. The company operates in a number of segments; building products which includes ceiling boards and roofing sheets, partitioning and fascia boards, flat sheets and ceiling molds; piping products which includes water and sewer reticulation pipes; and concrete products which includes roof tiles. The company also produces a line extension range that includes Turnallware flowerpots and garden décor product, Nutech non-asbestos sheets and Spanish pavers. The fiber cement division targets the low-income housing sector, local authorities and municipalities through two divisions; Turnall Building Products and Turnall Piping Products. Turnall Holdings Limited has distribution outlets in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Zambia and Malawi. Turnall Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The Premier Oil share price is up 60% today! Here’s what I’d do now

first_img See all posts by Roland Head Roland Head | Friday, 13th March, 2020 | More on: HBR “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” It’s been a wild week for the Premier Oil (LSE: PMO) share price. Shares in the North Sea oiler have plunged from a high of 31p on Monday to close at 13p on Thursday.As I write on Friday morning, the stock has now whipsawed back up 60% to trade at 20p. This move has followed an update from the firm which suggests it can survive the year with oil at $35.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…What’s happening?Saudi Arabia and Russia triggered an oil price crash on Monday when the pair failed to agree on new plans to cut oil production. In response, the Saudis announced that they would increase production by more than 20%, flooding the market with cheap crude.With demand already weakening due to the coronavirus, oil prices crashed. The black stuff is now trading at $35, down from around $54 one month ago.There’s an interesting backstory to this situation, but what we need to remember is that an oil price crash is seriously bad news for Premier. Seriously. Bad. News.Why so worried?Premier has two problems. Firstly, although it can ‘survive’ lower prives, it needs an oil price of nearly $50 per barrel to break even, on a cash flow basis. With oil prices under $40, the firm will be losing cash on each barrel it pumps.For a well-funded company with cash in the bank and minimal debt, this would be sustainable for a while. But Premier isn’t that company.The firm reported net debt of $1.99bn at the end of 2019. That’s a multiple of 2.3x EBITDAX (cash profits), which is above my comfort level of 2x.Premier’s lenders may be uncomfortable too. Lower oil prices mean falling profits. I think it’s likely that the firm’s leverage could soon move beyond the limits agreed with its lenders. That could trigger refinancing and further losses for shareholders.Why the Premier share price is risingIn today’s update, Premier says that it should be able to achieve neutral cash flow in 2020, even if oil stays at $35 per barrel. This will be achieved by cutting $100m from planned spending.Alongside this, the company is still hoping to generate extra cash flow from planned acquisitions in the North Sea. But this deal may not go ahead.An $871m deal in the North SeaPremier is currently in dispute with its largest lender over plans to spend up to $871m acquiring additional North Sea oil fields.Boss Tony Durrant says these acquisitions will boost the group’s cash generation and speed up debt repayments. But this deal will also require $300m of new debt, an extension of the group’s existing loans and a $500m equity fundraising.There are a lot of moving parts here. I think it’s a fairly risky deal, although it might work out well if oil prices bounce back quickly.Why I’d avoid PMO sharesIn my view, anyone buying Premier Oil shares today is betting that the price of oil will recover quickly.If oil doesn’t recover over the next few months, I don’t see much value in the firm’s shares. Indeed, I suspect the group could suffer a repeat of its previous debt problems.In my view, there’s a real chance the Premier share price could go to zero pence. For that reason, I see this as a stock to avoid. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Image source: Getty Images. The Premier Oil share price is up 60% today! Here’s what I’d do now Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. 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AB House / Pitsou Kedem Architects

first_imgManufacturers: Armani / Casa, Bulthaup, ViabizzunoLighting Design:Orly Avron AlkabesStyling For Photography:Eti BuskilaArchitect In Charge:Raz MelamedDesign Team:Irene Goldberg, Pitsou KedemCity:Kfar ShmaryahuCountry:IsraelMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Amit GeronRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEADoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. The house consists of two, central boxes – one, a long rectangle constructed from exposed concrete, floats above the excavated yard and a reflection pool. The other is coated in white plaster.  Save this picture!© Amit GeronBoth of the two, central masses are covered by a metal net, painted white. It is, if you will, a modern-day interpretation of the Middle East crises. The metal netting is constructed in a recurring, geometric pattern that allows light and air to enter the enclosed spaces as well as the interior and exterior areas that it combines. Save this picture!© Amit GeronThe netting meanders across the house almost as if it were marking out a series of contours. At times, it is ethereal allowing light and air to access the spaces.  Sometimes it is closed, acting as an entrance whilst at other times it is inlaid with a system of pivoting doors that allow one of the facades to appear dynamic and ever changing.Save this picture!© Amit GeronSave this picture!PlanSave this picture!© Amit GeronThe same geometric pattern is repeated in different the building’s interior design. For example, a metal wall that follows the floating stairs acting as a perforated balustrade. Save this picture!© Amit GeronOn the building’s southern side the concrete mass is truncated by an 11 meter long, hanging wall which, through the use of complex engineering techniques and solutions, does not touch the ground. The wall seemingly floats above the reflecting pool Save this picture!ElevationFloating above the reflecting pool, the wall emphasises the lengthy water element of the project that starts with the reflecting pool and ends with a swimming pool.Save this picture!© Amit GeronSave this picture!© Amit GeronDuring the day, the metal netting allows natural light to enter the building, creating shadow pictures on the concrete surfaces. At night, the light expanding out from the house’s spaces and the garden, seeps out through the netting creating a “statue of light” on the plot.Save this picture!© Amit GeronProject gallerySee allShow lessBackwater / Platform 5 ArchitectsSelected ProjectsP+R Car Park Zutphen / MoederscheimMoonen ArchitectsSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/867099/ab-house-pitsou-kedem-architects Clipboard Israel ArchDaily “COPY” AB House / Pitsou Kedem Architects Year:  2016 Area:  770 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project AB House / Pitsou Kedem ArchitectsSave this projectSaveAB House / Pitsou Kedem Architects Photographs:  Amit Geron Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project center_img Projects Houses CopyAbout this officePitsou Kedem ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKfar ShmaryahuIsraelPublished on March 14, 2017Cite: ” AB House / Pitsou Kedem Architects” 14 Mar 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceCarpetsB&B ItaliaCarpet – TwistBeams / PillarsLunawoodThermowood Frames and BearersMembranesEffisusHow to use Fire Protection MembranesSoftware / CoursesSculptformSpecification Tool – Price and Spec AppFittingsHOPPEFloor Spring – AR2950DoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodViroc Nature for False Ceilings and FlooringFiber Cements / CementsDuctal®Textured PanelAcousticConwedAcoustic Panels – Eurospan®More products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?AB屋 / Pitsou Kedem Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs “COPY” Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Kfar Shmaryahu, Israel ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/867099/ab-house-pitsou-kedem-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Amit Geron+ 62 Sharelast_img read more

LVSC London Leaflets Competition

 17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 April 1999 | News London voluntary organisations can win prizes worth £400 in the London Voluntary Services Council’s London Leaflets Competition. London voluntary organisations can win prizes worth £400 in the London Voluntary Services Council’s London Leaflets Competition. If you have produced an effective leaflet over the past year you could win both a cash prize and a place on a one-day media training course.The closing date for entries is 30 July 1999. Contact: LVSC. Advertisement LVSC London Leaflets Competition 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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

The urgency of the ‘Great Debate’ about the European Union

first_imgHerrera, a Marxist economist, a researcher at the Centre national de la Recherche scientifique (CNRS), who works at the Centre d’Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris, who often contributes guest articles to Workers World, wrote this article for Unsere Zeit, the newspaper of the German Communist Party. WW staff translated it.Jan. 23 — A recent, significant opinion poll revealed how French people currently feel about the European Union. When asked, “Which geographical unit do you feel you primarily belong to?” 39 percent of respondents answered France; 23 percent named their city or locality; 18 percent named their region, province or department; and 11 percent responded the world. Only 6 percent, the smallest percentage, replied that they identified primarily with Europe! This shows how far the image of the European ideal has sunk in continental France today! A majority of French people still remember that on May 29, 2005, nearly 55 percent of the electorate voted “no” in the referendum on the treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe.  This was despite the flood of pro-Europe media propaganda and the mobilization of many leading intellectuals to support a “yes.” In many parts of the country, the negative vote was over 60 percent: in the north as well as the south, as well as in the underpopulated rural regions situated along a line from the Meuse to the Landes departments (the “diagonal of the void”). In fact, only the departments of Bas-Rhin (bordering the German states of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate), Yvelines, Hauts-de-Seine and Paris — among the richest in France — as well as the Caribbean Antilles and French Guiana in South America clearly voted “yes!” Yet in a disgraceful and particularly outrageous denial of democracy, the ruling elites — then President Nicolas Sarkozy, supported by the high European authorities — signed the Lisbon Treaty in 2007.  It incorporated all the components of the previously rejected constitutional text and then had the French Constitution’s revision ratified in 2008. This act of betrayal of the French people’s will was symbolically carried out on Feb. 4, 2008, at the Palace of Versailles.  This is the same place where President Emmanuel Macron held a reception in mid-January for the big bosses of the most powerful transnational corporations to convince them to invest in France and  establish their companies there. If proof was still necessary, this provided that the consolidation of the European Union has been carried out in ways that are anything but democratic. On the French side, it is true that the “founding fathers of Europe” were not great “progressives.” Jean Monnet, anti-parliamentary to his core, was the key figure in the Anglo-American political-financial networks. Robert Schuman, an ultra-conservative and anti-secular politician, served the steel magnates and was a fervent admirer of the  corporate Christian fascists of the 1930s — the Austrian Engelbert Dollfuss and the Hungarian Miklós Horthy. Then there was Maurice Lagrange: Barely 10 years before he drafted the treaty establishing the European Coal and Steel Community in 1951, he was one of the leading figures and zealous executors of the anti-Jewish laws of the “National Revolution” under the Nazi-collaborator Vichy regime. The extreme harshness of the anti-social policies carried out by the EU is too well-known to require extensive discussion here. People have been subjected to violence for four decades, with deregulation and decline of the government’s participation in the economy, wage austerity, reduction of budgetary expenditures, dismantling of social protections, “flexibility” in the labor market, job precariousness and unemployment, facilitating capital transfers and more. The people denied a voiceBut then, as if the implementation of such neoliberal programs in the name of European integration were not enough, all the steps were conceived of and carried out by high officials with no participation by the people in the many decisions that directly affect them. No priority has been given to ensuring popular well-being or providing any means for the people to make their voices heard and enable them to protest against unacceptable policies. How can this way of functioning be described? The terminology usually adopted by the Brussels bureaucracy when speaking of governments that won’t listen to popular demands and don’t respect the verdict of the ballot box is to call them “authoritarian” (if their regime is on the right) or “dictatorial” (if they judge it to be on the left). Following this pattern, it can be said that the EU mode of governance has been “authoritarian” since its origins. The European gift package was presented to the public in a beautiful blue wrapping decorated with gold stars and tied up in benevolent and pacifist slogans. Its primary objective was nonetheless clear: to offer transnational corporations from partner countries exorbitant power on European soil, with the added bonus of a legal framework designed to make private property sacred and to make any transition to socialism illegal. With the aim of imposing on all Europeans the leaden blanket of a capitalist market dominated by oligopolies exempt from accountability to the people (or their parliaments), the heads of states and governments in the EU adopted the “Unique Law” in 1986. This came a year after they all sang the delicious lines of von Schiller to the sound of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony: “Deine Zauber binden wieder/ Was die Mode streng geteilt; Alle Menschen werden Brüder / Wo dein sanfter Flügel weilt.” (“Thy strong magic binds together / What our customs slice in twain; All we humans act like brothers / where thy gentle wings remain.”) The trap closed completely on the people when they were led to believe the great fiction that a single currency could be created without a state power — or even that a political Europe really existed. Herein lies a basic mistake: that this Europe could bring together different economies, using force, without strengthening regional political institutions or promoting social harmonization, however desirable that might be. This “bad Europe,” inherently anti-democratic and anti-social, turned against its own peoples, and forced the peoples and the Eurozone’s member countries and the entire hierarchy of national laws and rights to submit to its merciless order. It is therefore quite logical that increasingly this order has been openly and massively rejected. Some people on both sides of the Rhine River, especially on its western banks, dreamed for a while that President Macron would be the long-awaited leader who would finally succeed in reinvigorating a now dusty and contested European project. Who could be better than a former investment banker to breathe new life into ruling-class confidence and carry out their wishes? But the Yellow Vests protest!But this was not to be! The French president’s pretty “federal rocket” took off from the Sorbonne in September 2017, but had to return to the mainland a year later to face booing by the Yellow Vests. The “little Napoleon” of the “French startup nation” wanted to conquer “an Empire,” as his Minister of Economy and Finance Bruno Le Maire said in an interview with the German daily Handelsblatt.  Le Maire stated, “Europe must be an empire.” Bravo, Herr Minister, what a great idea! Macron is not even respected by his beggars. Fortunately for Macron, the police are still with him, although who knows for how long.  The police are silencing protesters with batons, tear gas, high-pressure water jets and flash balls! The repression has resulted in more than 2,000 wounded, including over 100 people maimed and disfigured (18 lost an eye, 4 a hand). Some 6,475 have been arrested and 5,339 detained in police custody. There were more than 1,000 convictions from Nov. 17 to Jan. 7. This is the France of Kinglet Macron! The people’s legitimate anger will not be calmed.  It is rooted in their radical, definitive refusal to accept injustice. To say that Macron disappointed the German elites is an understatement. Perhaps only Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Peter Altmaier, her minister of economic affairs, showed magnanimity. They need Macron if they hope to save what can still be salvaged from the European project.Others showed less pity and attacked someone who took himself for a monarch. Jans Weismann, Bundesbank president, criticized the French president for his budgetary slippages and the concessions he allegedly granted to the Yellow Vests.  But were these concessions real? A close examination shows that he gave almost nothing to the protesters. The German media have spoken on this. A Der Spiegel editorial stated that the supposedly overly generous French social state should come to its senses and reduce the minimum wage, pensions and unemployment benefits.  Bild’s columns stress that it is not possible to “work less and earn more.” And Die Welt’s columns say that France has become a “risk factor.” Will islands have to be sold to get out of debt? It is in this unique context that the Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle/Aachen has just been signed.  This was done to make us believe that European integration — traumatized by the shock of Brexit and abused by worrisome centrifugal forces in Italy, Poland and Hungary — was continuing to move forward. The grandeur of Macron’s vision contemplates the possible salvation of the European idea through the more complete submission of France to Germany. New Deutschmark: the euroDisgusting! To tell the truth that all capitalists know will not be offensive to either Germany or the Germans: that the neoliberal EU is, above all, a space for the exercise of German oligopolies’ hegemony, which, in order to assert the interests of the national ruling classes, defends this new Deutschmark: the euro. It is for this reason — and because of congenital Atlanticism [special relations with the United States — WW] — Britain has always chosen to remain outside the eurozone and has recently reactivated, despite intense internal tensions, the jurisdiction of its national sovereignty. It is for the same reason that all the peoples of Europe, including Germans, are condemned to neoliberal purgatory. On Jan. 21, 1793, the French masses beheaded a king and queen at the Place de la Révolution in Paris. After the Yellow Vests mobilized for more than 10 weeks, President Macron declared in front of 150 blissful global capitalists: “If they [Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette] came to such an end, it is because they renounced reform. France is on the path to reform.”  By “reforms,” President Macron means “destruction”: of state and public ownership, unemployment insurance, pensions and the heart of France. This began when he was minister of economy, industry and digital affairs for President François Hollande.  He then authorized the sale of entire sectors of domestic industry — from Alstom’s energy division to Alcatel, Technip or STX — to foreign transnational corporations, favoring U.S.-based companies. The true master: Washington The Germans understand well that President Macron is not the “reformer” he claims to be, and that he will probably not end the street unrest, nor will he overcome French cultural inflexibilities. Because he will fail to “normalize” this turbulent country and get the people in line, they use him as an errand boy to carry their bags at the U.N. The smooth organizer of gala dinners for CEOs will lobby on behalf of Berlin in Security Council corridors! While a Parisian lackey, who thinks he is an Elysian god, dreams of grandeur which he cannot afford, his purse strings remain tied by Frankfurt.  And the NATO military garrisons have their headquarters in the cold and rainy village in Hainuyer, in Belgium’s Walloon area — in Mons to be precise, located 60 km southwest of Brussels and NATO headquarters. The Bundestag has courteously added a preamble to the Treaty of Aachen reminding whoever might have forgotten just who the true master is: Washington! What modesty prevented this Assembly from mentioning to the Europeans the exact number of U.S. military bases still present on German territory today? Donald Trump laughs about the idea of a “real European army.” Those on the left of the political spectrum in France, most leaders of activist and trade union organizations, believe there is a way to build “another Europe” — the “good Europe.” However, one day the progressives will all have to recognize that such a hope is futile under the current framework of the Treaty on the EU.  It legally prohibits any modification of its rules, however minimal, until it has been unanimously accepted beforehand and then ratified in all 28 member states. In other words, European neoliberal diktats cannot be relaxed. They are not meant for the people to discuss — let alone challenge — but to be executed. Their measures of generalized austerity and systematic disruption of public services, now applied in an attempt to save capitalism in crisis and revitalize growth, are not only destructive — but absurd. They are the surest way to intensify this crisis and propel the system toward the abyss. This is done by promoting the rise of extreme right-wing demagogues, racists and accomplices of the established order because they are pro-capitalist. The eurozone, such as it is and how it functions, is a prison for those it relates to.  The jailers respond to those who reveal this sad reality by saying that it is a thousand times better to be fed and housed inside a warm dungeon than to die of hunger and cold outside. The truth is that this argument does impact the left.  Actually, many leaders of the French left who head progressive parties and workers’ unions succumbed to manipulation, abandoning their class positions in the arena of ideological struggle. What is needed is not a “Great Debate” hypocritically led by a failing Macron regime, but rather overcoming fears of breaking the silence about the euro and the EU. Unfortunately, this is still lacking in the Yellow Vests’ demands, even if there are some signs here and there denouncing the betrayal of the 2005 referendum and calling for Frexit [France leaving the EU — WW].This is not about asserting authority over poorly assured “truths.” The fact is that no one knows exactly what the consequences would be if France abandoned the euro and/or the EU. But it is certain that it is better to live free than in chains.Real pyramid of powerWhat the French know is that their control over their currency and budget has been confiscated by Brussels technocrats who stand at attention while strictly applying the orders issued by German decision makers. For 74 years, despite some timid attempts at autonomy formulated by a departing chancellor, these decision makers have obeyed U.S. leaders under the control of financial oligarchs who are at war with the workers of the global North and the peoples of the global South. Crudely put, this is the real pyramid of power. Today, the deterioration of living conditions imposed on the world of work, repression of struggles against countless social injustices, and criminalization of trade union actions and environmental activism have pushed society backwards to such a degree that discussing the real problems can no longer be avoided. The EU and the euro are among them. The time has come for the left to assert itself and say whether or not France should remain. Despite how it looks, the hardest thing will not be to fully examine the potential risks of loss of purchasing power and inflation; fiscal and external deficits; financing of deficits; capital flight; and tax and debt burdens. This is because even before the left has clarity on these issues, the day will come when Germany, tired of being surrounded by such a lack of discipline and so much mediocrity, will unilaterally decide on a Grexit — or a Gexit! Whether to exclude Greece or any of the “pigs” (Portugal, Spain, Italy, Greece) as neoliberal Europeanist orthodoxy describes them — or slam the door, tolerating only faithful and strong vassals, such as Austria, Belgium, Luxemburg and the Netherlands. The most difficult issue to ponder is whether the peoples of Europe are condemned for eternity to kneel before NATO imperialism and accept the savagery of the capitalist system. And whether to tolerate for a longer period of time the sledgehammer blows of the “there is no alternative” dictate that the European leaders, disciples of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, have been hitting the masses’ heads with for four decades. It would be delusional to believe in the possibility of a new “Keynesian compromise.” The previous one, sealed after World War II, was not conceded by the capitalists, but it was won by popular, multiple and convergent struggles. Today, with high finance hanging over every political authority in Europe — included those elected by the people — there is no willingness to make any concessions. Keynesianism, which would be welcome, has neither a basis in reality or a future. Now, the major financial powers govern the destinies of the people, dictating their laws to states, dominating decisions on setting interest rates, creating money or even — when necessary — nationalization. Alternatives for the peopleRight-wing political figures, like François Asselineau or Florian Philippot, are certainly not wrong to want to focus the “Great Debate” on the question of the euro.  The fundamental reason is that the European project cannot be reformed from within by the logic that drives it, and it must be deconstructed. However, they are wrong to imagine that the way out of the crisis is through capitalism — or by adopting an anti-immigrant position. This is where the difficulty lies in building alternatives for the people. Since Nov. 9, 1989, when the Berlin Wall fell, a specter has been haunting the European left: failure. It will soon be 30 years since the leaders of Europe’s progressive organizations were buried under the rubble, stopped saying the word “socialism” and avoided thinking of a collective postcapitalist future through a socialist transition. But is there another way to meet popular expectations? Would the people want to relive the bureaucracy, the gulag, the terror? Is that what it means to be a communist? It is crucial to be serious and faithful to the ideals and struggles of the many heroic women and men who sacrificed their lives for a better world, social emancipation and national liberation.If many left leaders are still struggling to find the courage to affirm the urgent need to rebuild substantial, coherent and credible programs that take the offensive in developing democratic and humanist socialist alternatives, they should be helped to rethink, without taboos or complexes, new, elementary social perspectives placed at the service of the people. These would include the nationalization of the banking system and strategic sectors of the economy; redefinition of the political role of central banks; restoration of controls on the exchange of financial investments; partial cancellation of public debts; extensive redistribution of wealth; reconstruction of quality public services; and expansion of popular participation. Or even, envisioning the building of another organization of Europe as a region that is progressive and respectful of the nations of the global South.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Northeast bracing for another nor’easter days after deadly storm

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The Northeast is bracing for a second nor’easter just days after a deadly storm tore through the East Coast.Thirteen states from Virginia to Maine are under winter storm alerts for the upcoming nor’easter set to hit Wednesday. Sixty million Americans are in the storm zone.The forecastAs the next nor’easter moves in, rain is expected during the Wednesday morning commute from Virginia, to Washington, D.C., to the New Jersey shore. Coastal flooding is possible.By Wednesday morning snow will start in central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, northern New Jersey and New York City.On Wednesday evening, it’ll be snowing heavily across the interior Northeast, causing a treacherous commute home.Depending on the track of the storm, New York City may have continuous, heavy snow, or rain mixing in throughout the day.Boston will see more rain than snow. The city is under a flood watch and wind advisory.By Thursday morning, the nor’easter will be moving north, with lingering snow showers across northern New England and heavy snow in Maine.Gusty winds will remain across much of the Northeast until midday Thursday.The Philadelphia to New York City area is set to get 4 to 8 inches of snow; the areas north and west of the cities may see 8 to 12 inches.Hartford is forecast to get 6 to 12 inches of snow while Boston will likely see 2 to 5 inches.Preparations underwayIn Philadelphia, schools will be closed Wednesday.Amtrak said its Northeast Regional and Acela Express services will run on a modified schedule on the Northeast Corridor Wednesday.Over 800 flights have already been canceled for Wednesday and Thursday combined, according to the FlightAware.In New York City, the Emergency Management Department issued a hazardous travel advisory for Wednesday.“Mother nature’s March madness continues as another nor’easter is forecast to bring snow that will make travel dangerous,” Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito said. “New Yorkers should take mass transit if possible and allow for extra travel time.”Back-to-back stormsThis new storm will arrive just days after Friday’s powerful nor’easter ripped through the Northeast with strong winds and heavy rain.At least nine people died from Friday’s storm.The storm knocked out power to about 2 million customers. Over 180,000 were still without power as of Tuesday afternoon.In New Rochelle, New York, homeowner Com Crocker has no power, downed power lines in his yard and a massive fallen tree on the front of his car.“It’s been a rough several days for my family and me,” Crocker told ABC News Tuesday.While his family stays at a hotel, a generator is keeping a pump going in his basement where there was flooding.Crocker said he is “pretty concerned” about Wednesday’s storm. But he is grateful that the massive fallen tree on his car did miss his house.“We were lucky,” he said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Anthropology, Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology, Tenure-Track

first_imgPosition TitleAnthropology, Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology,Tenure-Track Job TitleAnthropology, Assistant Professor in Biological Anthropology,Tenure-Track Organizational LocationPROVOST Close Date FLSA StatusExempt Desired Start Date08/09/2021 Working ConditionsNone Position End Date Location CodeANTHROPOLOGY (02133A) Candidates should submit to www.careers.luc.edu (1) a brief letterof interest; (2) a current Curriculum Vitae; (3) a statementoutlining the applicant’s research agenda; (4) a statement onteaching experience; and (5) a statement addressing past and/orpotential contributions to mentoring a diverse student body throughresearch, teaching and other channels, and engaging a diversecommunity through scholarship and service. Letters ofrecommendations will be requested after a preliminary selectionprocess has been completed. Candidates are welcomed to uploadadditional materials to www.career.luc.edu related to teachingexcellence and samples of scholarly publications. Questions can bedirected toKristin Krueger, Ph.D., Search Committee [email protected] of applications will begin on January 4, 2021 and continueuntil the position is filled.LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with astrong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying ourfaculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of itsprofessoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate studentpopulations because broad diversity – including a wide range ofindividuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – iscritical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence ineducation, research, educational access and services in anincreasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically accessingthe many qualifications of each applicant, we would factorfavorably an individual’s record of conduct that includesexperience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a widevariety of different educational, research or other workactivities. Among other qualifications, we would also favorablyfactor experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers toan academic career or degrees.As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seekcandidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver atransformative education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn moreabout LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website atwww.luc.edu/mission. For information about the university’s focuson transformative education, they should consult our website atwww.luc.edu/transformativeed. Is this split and/or fully grant funded?Yes Quick Link for Postinghttps://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/14518 Position Details Qualifications CampusRogers Park-Lake Shore Campus The Department of Anthropology in the College of Arts and Sciencesat Loyola University Chicago ( LUC ) invites applications for afull-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor,for academic year 2021-22. The department seeks a biologicalanthropologist with expertise in medical anthropology. We areespecially interested in candidates who take a holistic,community-centered approach to human health, inequality and race,including innovative research on global/local health disparities inliving people, health outreach and education, and/or ethics andinequities. Applicants should describe how their research advancescommunity-based collaboration, equity, and justice, as well as howtheir work articulates with Loyola’s undergraduate programs inPublic Health and/or Biology. The successful candidate will bejoining a department with eight full-time faculty members, and over140 majors and minors. For more information about the department,please visit https://www.luc.edu/anthropology.This search is part of a University-wide, multi-year hiringinitiative designed to hire outstanding researchers and teacherswho are reflective of our diverse student body and committed tointerdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across differentsubfields and disciplines) and the pursuit of external grants. Ofspecial interest are candidates who can further the University’sefforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.We seek candidates with an excellent record of teaching andresearch, and a deep commitment to undergraduate education.Candidates will be expected to teach two courses per semestercentered in the life/natural sciences, contribute to and developinterdisciplinary initiatives that enhance collaboration betweenLife and Medical Sciences, Social Sciences, and the Humanities, andserve on Departmental committees. The successful candidate isexpected to pursue a strong research program, including the pursuitof external grants. Duties and Responsibilitiescenter_img Position Number Job TypeFull-Time The candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment.Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate the potentialfor excellence in research and teaching and have a record of (orclear potential for) distinguished scholarship, grant-fundedresearch, and student mentorship. The candidate should be willingto support the mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit CatholicEducation. Special Instructions to Applicants Physical DemandsNone Department NameANTHROPOLOGY Job Number85TBD Open Date11/20/2020 Minimum Education and/or Work Experience Posting Details Number of Vacancies The candidate will have a Ph.D. in hand at the time of appointment.Candidates for the position must clearly demonstrate the potentialfor excellence in research and teaching and have a record of (orclear potential for) distinguished scholarship, grant-fundedresearch, and student mentorship. The candidate should be willingto support the mission of LUC and the goals of a Jesuit CatholicEducation. Job CategoryUniversity Faculty Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum VitaeOther DocumentTeaching StatementResearch StatementOptional Documents Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). Open Until FilledYeslast_img read more

Judge Rules Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” Lyrics Too Banal To Be Copyrighted

first_imgA judge has dismissed a copyright case against Taylor Swift because the lyrics “players gonna play” and “haters gonna hate” are too banal to be copyrighted. The lawsuit was filed by songwriters Sean Hall and Nathan Butler, who claim the lyrics from Swift’s hit “Shake It Off” were stolen from American girl group 3LW’s 2001 song “Playas Gon’ Play”.Hall, who has worked with artists like Justin Bieber and Maroon 5, and Butler, who has worked with the Backstreet Boys and Luther Vandross, argued that the “Shake It Off” chorus was derived from their lyrics “playas, they gonna play, and haters, they gonna hate.” Unfortunately for the pair, Judge Michael W Fitzgerald disagreed. Furthermore, he seemed to go out of his way to shoot down their case.“The allegedly infringed lyrics are short phrases that lack the modicum of originalist and creativity required for copyright protection,” Fitzgerald wrote. “The concept of actors acting in accordance with their essential nature is not at all creative; it is banal. In the early 2000s, popular culture was adequately suffused with the concepts of players and haters to render the phrases ‘playas … gonna play’ or ‘haters … gonna hate,’ standing on their own, no more creative than ‘runners gonna run,’ ‘drummers gonna drum,’ or ‘swimmers gonna swim,’” he continued.Judge Fitzgerald also referenced a document Swift’s legal team submitted listing a number of earlier songs that feature lyrics about players playing and haters hating, including Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 classic “Dreams” (“players only love you when they’re playing”). However, all is not yet lost for Hall and Butler. The songwriters will have a chance to offer additional evidence to support their case before is officially dismissed on February 26th and, if that doesn’t work out, the pair intends to appeal the ruling.[H/T – BBC]last_img read more

Money Grubbin’ Whores Begins Previews Off-Broadway

first_img Money Grubbin’ Whores Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 19, 2014 Directed by Brian Cichocki, Money Grubbin’ Whores follows a back-room divorce negotiation between Matt, a New York plumber and Aviva, his Israeli wife. To cut costs, the two, mediated by Matt’s friend and Aviva’s cousin, battle it out in the party room of a New Jersey pizza restaurant. Related Shows The cast includes Adam Mucci, James Andrew O’Connor, Penny Bittone and Carmit Levité. New comedy Money Grubbin’ Whores begins performances on September 25. Written by Sean J. Quinn, the show will run through October 19 at The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row. Opening night is set for September 30. View Commentslast_img read more