first_img whatsapp Thursday 3 March 2011 7:30 pm Share whatsapp DAVID PERRY | PROPERTY MANAGER“On the whole ISAs are a good idea. Tax free savings accounts are a great way to encourage more people to save, so it’s definitely an option I’d like to consider in the future.”NIGEL YEATMAN | CB RICHARD ELLIS“ISAs are a great way to save money and invest tax free. You keep everything you earn on your savings which is always good. This is something I’d consider investing in at some point.” Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners Fort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes KCS-content CITY VIEWS: WOULD YOU CONSIDER INVESTING IN AN ISA? Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Enlabs increases stake in Global Gaming

first_img Email Address Enlabs increases stake in Global Gaming Tags: Online Gambling Finance Topics: Finance Strategy Subscribe to the iGaming newslettercenter_img Baltic-facing operator Enlabs has agreed a deal to purchase an additional 11.3m shares in Ninja Casino operator Global Gaming.Enlabs said the agreement comprises the acquisition 11.3m shares in Global at a price of SEK8 per share, thus valuing the deal at approximately SEK90.4m (£7.7m/€8.7m/$9.7m).The acquisition will be funded with 50% cash payment and 50% in newly issued shares in Enlabs, trading on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market.The deal means that Enlabs now holds a total of 12.2m shares in Global Gaming, which translates to a total holding of 29.9% in the operator.Last month, Enlabs reported a year-on-year increase in revenue for the first quarter, with growth across all major gaming segments. Revenue in the three months to 31 March amounted to €10.5m, up 16.7% from €9.0m in the same period last year.Enlabs said it drew 94.0% of revenue from operations in Baltic markets, namely Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, while 6% of revenue came from its rest of world segment, through its licences in Belarus, Malta and Sweden.Global Gaming’s revenue fell 64.3% to SEK57.8m in the same period, as the operator’s Swedish licence cancellation continued to drag down revenue. However, the slashing of costs – especially marketing expenditure – cut the business’s losses. Baltic-facing operator Enlabs has agreed a deal to purchase an additional 11.3m shares in Ninja Casino operator Global Gaming. 9th June 2020 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

Illovo Sugar Limited ( HY2020 Interim Report

first_imgIllovo Sugar Limited ( listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Illovo Sugar Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Illovo Sugar Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Illovo Sugar Limited (  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileIllovo Sugar Limited is a South African-based enterprise and Africa’s largest producer of raw sugar and sugar brands produced from sugar cane grown by its own agricultural operations and independent growers. It operates in six African countries and exports products to sub-Saharan Africa, the European Union and the United States. Illovo Sugar Malawi is based in Limbe in the Blantyre District. Illovo Sugar Limited operates in four segments; cane growing, sugar production, downstream and co-generation products. The Cane Growing division grows sugar cane which is used in the production of sugar productions. The Sugar Production division manufactures and markets Illovo Sugar brands. The Downstream and Co-generation division manufactures and markets brands that are by-products of the production process, including furfural and alcohol. Illovo Sugar Limited also supplies surplus electricity generated in the sugar production process. Illovo Sugar Limited is a subsidiary of Associated British Foods plc. Illovo Sugar Limited is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

OK Zimbabwe Limited ( Q12021 Interim Report

first_imgOK Zimbabwe Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about OK Zimbabwe Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the OK Zimbabwe Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: OK Zimbabwe Limited (  2021 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileOK Zimbabwe Limited is a leading retail group in Zimbabwe with a product range that extends from groceries and houseware products to clothing and textiles. The inaugural branch was opened in Harare (then Salisbury) in 1942 and today, is one of the most recognised supermarket brands in Zimbabwe. The company trades under various branded store names, including OK stores, Bon Marché and OKMart. OK Zimbabwe sells products in its grocery range under its own home brand; OK Pot ‘O Gold, OK Value, Shoppers’ Choice and Bon Marché Premier Choice labels. OK Zimbabwe Limited operates approximately 61 retail outlets throughout Zimbabwe and owns subsidiaries that complement its diverse product offering; Eriswell (Private) Limited, Swan Technologies (Private) Limited and Winterwest (Private) Limited. OK Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Amigo shares have rallied today! Here’s what I’d do now

first_img The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Anna Sokolidou | Friday, 28th August, 2020 | More on: AMGO Amigo shares have rallied today! Here’s what I’d do now Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images. Anna Sokolidou has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. 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Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! If it’s best-in-class shares you’re looking for, we can help you. Amigo (LSE:AMGO) shares rose by a staggering 15% today as of the time of writing. The question now is whether they are still worth buying.Amigo earnings resultsThe surge is amazing if we analyse the recent news. Today the company reported its earnings for the three-month period ended on 30 June. Here’s the extract from Amigo’s press release. 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…Source: Amigo HoldingsThe company’s revenue plunged by almost a third compared to the same period a year ago. The earnings per share (EPS) fell by 84%. The only positive I can see here is that the efficiency indicator (operating cost/income ratio) went down.At the same time, the poor results reported today are more than explainable. According to the company’s own definition, “Amigo is a leading provider of guarantor loans in the UK and offers access to mid‐cost credit to those who are unable to borrow from traditional lenders due to their credit histories”.  In plain terms, it lends money to individuals who are at higher risk of being unable to repay it.The borrowing costs for such clients tend to be extremely high. Although such businesses are very profitable during good times, they tend to lose a lot during hard times. The Covid-19-related recession we are in now is a perfect example of hard times for such businesses. As we all understand, many people lose their jobs and cannot repay their debts. What’s more, Amigo often lends to people who want to travel but cannot afford to. The coronavirus lockdown was a catastrophe for the travel industry in general. Amigo suffered too. The company even links the dramatic sales revenue reduction to the Covid-19 impact. The Amigo share price surgeThese results were horrible at first sight. It doesn’t seem logical that Amigo stock has surged. As can be seen from the graph below, the shares surged straight after the announcement. In my view, that’s because the market had already priced in a bad scenario. So, buying the stock after a weak earnings report might have looked like a smart move to many investors. Source: Google Finance As we can see from the histrical data above, Amigo shares are highly volatile. The 52-week high of 130p is almost 27 times higher than the stock’s 52-week low of 4.84p. This alone makes investing in the company look quite risky to me. Indeed, it looks like investors can gain a lot. At the same time, they can lose a lot too. Would I buy Amigo shares?The key question here is what the future holds in store for Amigo. Moody’s rates the company as B3. In other words, the company has a ‘highly speculative’ credit rating. The agency notes that there is hardly any lending activity going on amid the pandemic. So, Amigo’s earnings and revenues will carry on declining until the economic situation gets much better. What’s more, the company also has to deal with a number of customer complaints, as ordered by the Financial Conduct Authority. All that poses significant risks to Amigo. But my colleague Rupert thinks that the business is “setting itself back on track”. Indeed, it still has a substantial cash pile. Although I think Amigo will survive the crisis, it’s still a risky stock. But patient and brave investors might achieve great returns if they buy some Amigo shares. See all posts by Anna Sokolidoulast_img read more

The All Blacks make two changes for the Second Test

first_imgPower packed: Ngani Laumape is set to make his debut after impressing against the LionsThe All Blacks head coach also said that despite a comfortable win last weekend, there was still no room for error, with a highly motivated Lions side to front up against.“Whilst we were happy with the win last weekend, we know that it was just a start, in what is a three-Test Series. That means the job is far from done,” he added.“We’re aware the British and Irish Lions have their backs to the wall and will chuck everything at us to keep themselves alive in the series. They are a quality side who we respect immensely,” added Hansen.“In reality, last week’s Test could’ve gone either way had they taken more of their chances.” Danger man: Waisake Naholo has been drafted in onto the right wing LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS TAGS: Highlight The All Blacks management have been forced into making two changes in the 23-man squad to face the Lions at the Westpac in Wellington on Saturday evening.Ben Smith, who had a head-knock during the First Test and failed his HIA, is not fit for consideration, and he will be replaced by Israel Dagg who moves to full-back, a position he has filled on 48 occasions for the All Blacks.On the flanks there’s still no room for 46-try powerhouse Julian Savea, so it’s Highlander Waisake Naholo, who comes onto the right flank. Naholo has already proved his power and pace, scoring a try as the Highlanders beat the Lions 23-22 earlier in the tour.Classy operator: Anton Lienert-Brown has been called up with Ryan Crotty injuredThe other enforced change is in midfield where Ryan Crotty has failed to recover from a hamstring injury sustained in the first Test. He will be replaced by 22-year-old Crusader, Anton Lienert-Brown, who has shown so much promise in the last 12 months.The only other change to the 23 comes on the bench where the powerful Hurricanes midfielder, Ngani Laumape, has been called up after impressing in midweek, scoring a try and carrying for 119m.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERESteve Hansen, who has enjoyed a terse and fractious relationship with his counterpart Warren Gatland during the Series, said the injuries, while not ideal, presented opportunities for others in the wider squad.“Whilst it’s disappointing to lose both Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty, it creates an opportunity for others. ‘Izzy’ (Israel Dagg) is a world-class back three player, as is Anton in the midfield, and both Waisake and Ngani are coming into the Test side following outstanding performances against the Lions for their respective Super franchises. Injury to Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty has forced the All Black into making two changes to the side to face the Lions on Saturday All Blacks: Irsael Dagg; Waisake Naholo, Anton Lienert-Brown, Sonny Bill Williams, Reiko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Codie Taylor, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (capt).Replacements: Nathan Harris, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Scott Barrett, Ardie Savea, TJ Perenara, Aaron Cruden, Ngani Laumapelast_img read more

enTera House / Elisa Valero Arquitectura

first_imgCopyHouses•Almarza, Spain 2012 Year:  enTera House / Elisa Valero ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveenTera House / Elisa Valero Arquitectura “COPY” Year:  Save this picture!© Fernando Alda + 7 Share 2012 Photographs Spain Architects: Elisa Valero Ramos Area Area of this architecture project Area:  314 m² Area:  314 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard enTera House / Elisa Valero Arquitectura Projects photographs:  Fernando Alda Photographs:  Fernando Alda Save this picture!© Fernando Alda Text description provided by the architects. Place, program and construction determined the form of this house designed in close collaboration with the client. The strategy of this home consists of generating a container, a straightforward rectangular concrete volume with a sloped roof that contains the different living spaces. The inside is presided over by a fireplace, the hearth, and the main spaces open off of it through water, reflected light, towards the outdoors. Through the large southern opening, separated by a long, narrow swimming pool, four century-old oak trees stand out against the Sorian sky. A porch runs through the entire volume, leading to a space that functions as a garage and entry. Then, a large space contains the living room, dining room and kitchen areas with a fireplace, all with a double-height ceiling. The ground floor is completed by the main bedroom, baths and a dressing room-gallery. The upper floor has the library and two bedrooms-baths. Save this picture!© Fernando Alda Research into living space, an approach to inhabiting natural surroundings, with no more pretentions that household comfort, precise use of light and water. Allowing the sun to enter and warm the room in the morning during the cold but sunny Sorian winters. Allowing the water from the reservoir or pool that becomes an ice mirror in the winter and a lane for swimming in the summer to reflect the light of its movement on the indoor ceiling.Save this picture!© Fernando Alda Architecture with no greater pretention than building in an efficient, coherent and straightforward manner. Taking advantage of the concrete shell to obtain a twenty-meter light opening in the southern façade, and allowing that same concrete to age until it acquires the same color as the surrounding boulders. Optimizing the home’s conditions and responding to them in a sensible way. Twenty centimeters of thermal insulation to fight the cold. A payla fireplace in the center of the house heats the air and the water in a coil wound around it, for storage in a thermal tank. A space between outdoors and indoors for arriving and leaving the car. A sloped roof for draining off the snow. The smallest possible number of openings, and little else. Nothing else. The oak trees in the garden were already there, and they showed us where to build.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Hamlet Project / José Luis Ibáñez GomienSelected ProjectsAntonio Solá / Dcpp ArquitectosSelected Projects Share Houses “COPY” CopyAbout this officeElisa Valero RamosOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAlmarzaHousesSpainPublished on September 17, 2013Cite: “enTera House / Elisa Valero Arquitectura” 17 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Read commentsSave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

Bloomfield House / FGR Architects

first_img Interior Design: Projects Houses Manufacturers: Christopher Boots, Reece, Artedomus, Joinery, Direct Aluminium, Direct Alumnium and Glass, Elba, Kate Walker Design, Light Lights lights, Lights Lights Lights, Surface X, Xbond Bloomfield House / FGR Architects FGR Architects Contractor: ArchDaily Photographs Photographs:  Peter Bennetts Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: FGR Architects Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Peter Bennetts+ 11Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Australia Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  420 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” 2017 Structural And Civil Engineer:D&A Consulting GroupFinishes And Styling:Hayley CooteStaircase Steel Works:Lamb EngineeringStaircase Timber Treads:Timber Stair GroupStyling:Hunter May DesignStructural Engineer:D&A Consulting GroupCivil Engineer:D&A Consulting GroupCity:Ascot ValeCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Peter BennettsRecommended ProductsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroText description provided by the architects. A family home with large open spaces was the core consideration of the client brief for Bloomfield. Designed by FGR Architects, natural light, simple materials, space, and height have all been cleverly incorporated to allow a family to entertain and grow into. Upon arrival, visitors are welcomed by an understated angular façade of the contemporary home that sits proudly amongst the streetscapes of Ascot Vale. Consisting of striking concrete and large glass panels, the eye is immediately drawn to the raw beauty of these materials, all of which are protected by a strong, black, extended screen placed neatly on the street front.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe home itself is located on a linear laneway, creating a unique journey to arrive at the entrance. The experience of moving through a sheltered corridor before finally reaching the entry point allows for a complete experience before even stepping foot inside. The simplistic beauty of the two-story home continues into the expansive interior. The feeling of an outdoor garden is expertly brought into the space by cascading greenery combined with soaring heights and a steel staircase, all delicately contrasted against a warm timber ceiling. The heart of the home is clearly evident, with a large living space providing strategic connection to almost everywhere else in the house. It is a mutual place for interaction and entertainment complete with fireplace and creative vertical wood storage.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsFGR Architects Director Feras Raffoul explains that there was a deliberate use of simplistic and solid materials to maximize the home’s true beauty. “We incorporated a palette of earthy tones and colors to showcase a clean, yet warm aesthetic,” says Raffoul. “Our intention was to truly expose the natural beauty of the materials. We introduced warmth to the interiors with American oak as well as blackbutt cladding and joinery.” Moving beyond the home out back, an inverted U-shaped cantilevered canopy hovers above an alfresco area. The canopy itself is made from timber with a 6m double-height void, that creates a blanket of wood that flows from the exterior walls to the ceilings and continuously through the interior of the rest of the home. The language of the exterior façade is articulated with a strong vanishing point.Save this picture!© Peter Bennetts“The canopy is the strongest language of the design. It frames the house and north elevations, providing a sense of welcoming to the solar activity throughout the day.” “Creating effective outdoor spaces was just as important as indoor for this home” Feras explains. The minimalist feel is successfully executed from open, west-facing windows that bring in plentiful amounts of sunlight each morning whilst enjoying views over the Maribyrnong Valley and city skyline. Further, the luscious internal garden at the entry evokes a feeling of peace with a stream of morning sunlight and greenery stimulating the atmosphere. The bathrooms elegantly complement the home with signature black tapware, marble benchtops, and round basins. Rendered concrete makes up the walls together with offset glass and custom steel shelves providing a sleek, simple look.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsThe kitchen showcases an island bench surrounded by soft, warm timber joinery all flooded with natural light from stunning, large, glass stacking doors that also allow ventilation throughout. “Despite the volume, the home breathes effectively with strong airflow that penetrates from the front to the back.” “Today, the family enjoys living in the space – we’ve seen a physical change in their lifestyle and wellbeing since moving in. A novelty cubby house at the back also provides endless fun for children of the house.” Built by ID Property Group, the home includes four bedrooms, four bathrooms as well as garage space for two cars. Save this picture!© Peter BennettsProject gallerySee allShow lessNanchang Sinic Center / Shanghai Tianhua Architecture Planning & EngineeringSelected ProjectsQuinnipiac University Brand Strategy Group / Amenta Emma ArchitectsSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Ascot Vale, Australia CopyAbout this officeFGR ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAscot ValeAustraliaPublished on April 23, 2018Cite: “Bloomfield House / FGR Architects” 23 Apr 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumRailing / BalustradesMitrexIntegrated Photovoltaic Railing – BIPV RailingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CorneringWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoInternal Walls – Trimoterm, Qbiss OneGlassSolarluxWintergarden – SDL Akzent plusSystems / Prefabricated PanelsInvestwoodCement Bonded Particle Board – VirocPaintKEIMMineral Paint in Hunters Point LibraryCabinetsburgbadMid-Height Cabinet – EssentoSignage / Display SystemsGlasbau HahnMuseum Display CasesMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Bloomfield 住宅,木与钢的奢华现代住宅 / FGR 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 Bloomfield House / FGR ArchitectsSave this projectSaveBloomfield House / FGR Architects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” ID Propertylast_img read more

Calif. grad students fight for all workers

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this There has been a surge of strikes in the U.S. recently, many of them fueled by demands for a decent income that keeps up with the cost of living.Right now, graduate student workers at the University of California Santa Cruz are on the front lines. They are on a wildcat strike to win a cost-of-living allowance — once common in union contracts, but now something few workers have and most workers need.Grad students at UC Riverside back UCSC strikers, Feb. 21.The movement began with a “grading strike” in December with 233 grad student workers refusing to submit grades. On Feb. 17, they escalated the withholding of their labor into a full teaching strike. Because the current master contract between the whole UC system and United Auto Workers Local 2865 has a no-strike clause (and no COLA language), they had to take the brave step of going on what’s known as a “wildcat strike.” But what was the alternative to striking? It was to continue juggling impossible bills — paying exorbitant rents in Santa Cruz, as well as groceries, child care, health care and other obligations. The grad workers are up against formidable foes, including the Santa Cruz Police Department, which arrested 17 strikers for blocking traffic on the first day of the escalation.Also positioned against the strikers is UC President Janet Napolitano, who has issued termination letters to 54 of them and disqualified others from teaching assistantships the next quarter. Before assuming the UC presidency, Napolitano was the top cop under President Barack Obama, heading up the Department of Homeland Security. Now, with a salary of $540,000 a year, she can do without a COLA increase.Democrat or Republican, a boss is a boss!The UAW top leadership did not authorize and, unfortunately, has not backed the strike. Previously the union bureaucracy opposed Local 2865 for passing a progressive resolution supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israeli apartheid. But despite the challenges, the strike has spread. Carlos Cruz, a fired grad student in the History Department, told WW: “Folks from different universities have been outraged, so we’ve started to see COLA campaigns at UC Santa Barbara,  UCLA, Davis, and San Diego.” Demands also include the immediate reinstatement of all those fired. At UCSC the grading strike began with less than 250 student workers, but now twice that many have pledged to strike next quarter to protest the terminations. While Napolitano’s spokesperson Andrew Gordon claims the strikers’ actions “unfairly impact undergraduate students,” many undergrads see that it is the firings that will disrupt their education. Hundreds have signed a solidarity statement supporting the strike. Faculty are also behind the grad students. (The Guardian, Feb. 28)All workers need COLA!The UAW, which represents graduate students around the country as well as at UC, first gained COLA language in its contracts with the auto companies in 1948. The basic premise was that when prices go up, wages should also rise to keep up with inflation.Some progressives in the union were leery that COLA would actually give the bosses an excuse to cut wages when prices dropped. But over the years, as COLA increases were “folded into” autoworkers base pay in every new contract, the formula meant that union members received a bigger share of the value they created.At one time, when over one-third of all U.S. workers belonged to unions, COLA was standard contract language. This also put pressure on non-union employers to pay wages that were linked to inflation — so workers would think they didn’t need a union! Decades of concessions and union busting now paint a different scenario. Only 10.3 percent of workers in this country are unionized. Many of them have lost COLA, including Ford, General Motors and Fiat Chrysler workers, who were among the first beneficiaries. With the help of the capitalist state, the companies used the 2009 auto bankruptcies to seize workers’ hard-fought gains, including COLA.The COLA that strikers at UCSC are asking for is a fixed amount to support their housing needs, but their demand is based on the original principle — that wages should reflect the worker’s actual living expenses and not be undercut by capitalist cost cutting. Cruz explained, “To me it’s important because we see it as a fight against poverty, indentured servitude. For someone like me, from an immigrant, single-parent household, we’re told our whole lives that education was the way out of poverty, but we live in continuous precarity. We have to get second and third jobs or take out loans. We are expected to perform, but we are so exhausted. A lot of folks are turning in one kind of poverty for another, a more educated one, but we continue to lead precarious lives.”These grad student workers are fighting for their economic survival, but every worker has a stake in the outcome.last_img read more

Reporters Without Borders activists protest outside Algerian embassy on newspaper editor’s 500th day in prison

first_img Organisation April 29, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts Unfurling banners and handing out leaflets, a score of Reporters Without Borders activists demonstrated outside the Algerian embassy in Paris today to mark Algerian newspaper editor Mohamed Benchicou’s 500th day in prison. Balloons in the colours of the Algerian flag were tied to the embassy railings with small bags of medicines attached in an additional gesture of support for Benchicou, who has been seriously ill for several months. May 12, 2021 Find out more News October 26, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reporters Without Borders activists protest outside Algerian embassy on newspaper editor’s 500th day in prison May 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Unfurling banners and handing out leaflets, a score of Reporters Without Borders activists demonstrated outside the Algerian embassy in Paris today to mark Algerian newspaper editor Mohamed Benchicou’s 500th day in prison. Balloons in the colours of the Algerian flag were tied to the embassy railings with small bags of medicines attached in an additional gesture of support for Benchicou, who has been seriously ill for several months. The Algerian cartoonist Ali Dilem drew a cartoon for the occasion.“Mohamed Benchicou has now been in prison for 500 days,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We reiterate our request for his release and we voice our outrage at the obstinacy of the Algerian authorities in continuing to hound him. We are very worried about his health, which has declined sharply in recent months. He risks being paralysed if he does not get proper treatment soon. The Algerian government is responsible for his condition and must free him at once.”The press freedom organisation also tried to hand in a letter to the Algerian ambassador formally requesting Benchicou’s immediate release.“We insist today that the Algerian authorities stop harassing this journalist and free him at once,” the letter said, adding, “Mohamed Benchicou has been detained since 14 June 2004 and has already paid too high a price for his right to free expression.”The editor of the daily Le Matin, Benchicou has been the target of many libel actions in recent years and is serving a 30-month prison sentence. His newspaper opposed President Bouteflika during his campaign for re-election in April 2004 and has been banned since 23 July 2004. Benchicou is also the author of a book entitled “Bouteflika, an Algerian impostor,” that was published in February 2004. to go further News Follow the news on Algeria AlgeriaMiddle East – North Africa Harassment of Algerian reporters intensifies in run-up to parliamentary elections Algeria pressures reporters by delaying renewal of accreditation News Algeria : Reporter jailed after covering Tuareg protests in southern Algeria RSF_en Newslast_img read more