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  • Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) 2011 Annual Report

    first_imgMeikles Limited (MEIK.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Meikles Limited (MEIK.zw)  2011 annual report.Company ProfileMeikles Limited is an established 100-year old company in Zimbabwe primarily invested in the agriculture, hotels and retail sector. The company operates six business segments; hospitality, retail stores which include department stores, supermarkets and wholesalers, and agricultural, financial services and security. Its well-known brands include the Meikles Hotel, Victoria Falls Hotel, TM Supermarkets, Meikles Stores and Tanganda Tea which produces, packs and distributes Zimbabwe’s famous tea brand aswell as Tinga Mira, a bottled spring water brand. Tanganda Tea Company also owns estates that produce avocados and macadamia nuts. Meikles Limited has department stores in three major cities in Zimbabwe which includes Barbours department store in Harare; and has a national footprint with 50 retail stores in towns and cities throughout Zimbabwe. Meikles Limited recently expanded into the mining and guarding sector and owns Meikles Centar Mining and Meikles Guard Services (Private) Limited in Zimbabwe. Meikles Financial Services offers mobile financial solutions and bill payment services to the retail and commercial sector in Zimbabwe; under the brand name My Cash. Meikles Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

  • Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) 2016 Presentation

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

  • Stock markets are still sinking! I’d buy these FTSE 100 dividend stocks to protect myself

    first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Royston Wild “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Stock markets are still sinking! I’d buy these FTSE 100 dividend stocks to protect myself 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. It stands to reason the coronavirus is dominating media attention right now. A surge in the infection rate has caused the FTSE 100 to reverse in Monday trading following a bubbly start earlier in the day.I recently explained why buying shares in defensive sectors like real estate is a good idea today. There are plenty of other flight-to-safety stocks on the Footsie that can help protect your stocks portfolio in turbulent times like these too.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…Take BAE Systems, for example. This is a share that’s lost 4% in value during February’s financial markets bloodbath. Compare this with the 10% decline that the broader FTSE 100 suffered last month.A safe-haven starJust as a high tide lifts all boats, the sort of investor panic we’ve seen of late can drag even safe-haven stocks through the floorboards. But this is a share which is too good to pass up at current prices. It trades on a forward P/E ratio of around 12.5 times and boasts a bulky 4% dividend yield for 2020.Companies of all shapes are warning on profits right now. From tech giant Apple to sportswear manufacturer Nike, to drinks maker Diageo and banking colossus HSBC to travel titan International Consolidated Airlines, the global coronavirus spread is whacking countless industries.Defence plays like BAE Systems are more resilient in tough times like these though. Without trying to sound cynical, humankind’s desire to wage war is eternal and can be relied upon to deliver broad long-term profits growth for armsbuilders.The tragic COVID-19 outbreak isn’t likely to adversely affect bulky defence budgets from key Western customers. There’s far too much fear about global terrorism, and increasingly-aggressive foreign and economic policy from major nations to derail weapons spending. A 7% improvement in BAE Systems’ revenues in 2019, to £20.1bn, is evidence of this.Meanwhile…If you don’t fancy BAE Systems though, United Utilities Group or National Grid are other great safe-haven shares for today. Even if coronavirus infection rates keep increasing in Britain. And even if the Brexit process damages the domestic economy in the long term, or broader global growth problems hit these shores. Electricity and water are two of those things that we simply cannot choose to do without.Water supplier United Utilities and power grid operator National Grid remain in good shape to keep growing earnings. They also have sole concession in the areas in which they operate, the former in the North West of England, and the latter on a nationwide basis, providing even more robustness to their earnings outlooks.Like BAE Systems, these firms’ share prices are up in otherwise difficult trading conditions on Monday. I expect them to keep outperforming broader share markets should current volatility persist. And what’s more, these utilities giants offer bulky yields of between 4.5% and 5% too. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Royston Wild owns shares of Diageo. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Apple and Nike. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and HSBC Holdings. 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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  • Here are my top stocks to buy now for my 2021 Stocks and Shares ISA

    first_img Don’t miss our special stock presentation.It contains details of a UK-listed company our Motley Fool UK analysts are extremely enthusiastic about.They think it’s offering an incredible opportunity to grow your wealth over the long term – at its current price – regardless of what happens in the wider market.That’s why they’re referring to it as the FTSE’s ‘double agent’.Because they believe it’s working both with the market… And against it.To find out why we think you should add it to your portfolio today… I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. See all posts by Jonathan Smith The Stocks and Shares ISA is a great investment vehicle enabled by the government. It allows me to build up a pot of investments within a specific account that is free from capital gains tax. This tax would normally be charged when I fill out my tax return each year. However, due to my ISA, I can buy and sell without needing to worry myself about it. With the new ISA year having begun in April, here are the stocks I’m looking at for my 2021 allocation.Growth stocksEach year, I want to allocate a good proportion of my Stocks and Shares ISA amount to growth stocks. This is because I’m still relatively young (cue the old man jokes) and so I’m ok to take on higher risk. Usually, growth stocks have higher volatility than others, but I’ve got a long enough time horizon to deal with this. 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…For this year, I’m looking to buy growth companies that could take advantage of the reopening economy. These include Watches of Switzerland, Grainger and Greggs. I think a mix of all three allows me to get good exposure to the key areas I feel could perform well.It’s not guaranteed, of course and they could perform worse than I expect. That said, rebounding retail spending and sales should aid watch and luxury purchases. A return to the workplace for some should provide a boost for a bakers like Greggs. Finally, higher rental demand for properties as people start to mobilise again should aid Grainger.Dividend stocksAside from trying to make gains for my Stocks and Shares ISA through capital appreciation, I also want to look towards dividend payouts. This helps to balance out my overall investment pot. If my growth stocks underperform for some reason, then I’ll be able to fall back on the income I’m getting from the dividend stocks.Although I want to target yields above the FTSE 100 index average, I want to stick to names that I’m comfortable with. To this end I’d look to buy National Grid, SSE and Legal & General. In my opinion, these companies are sustainable dividend payers, and shouldn’t give me a lot of headaches from having to sell and find other dividend stocks in the near future.The above examples offer a dividend yield currently between 5% and 6%. I’m happy at this level, and so would look to invest regularly to build up exposure here. Obviously, the yield changes as the stock price fluctuates. So one potential risk here is that over the next year of populating my Stocks and Shares ISA, the dividend yield could fall.Opportunities for my Stocks and Shares ISABased on the above, there are lots of opportunities for me to target. Unless I have a lump sum of £20,000 ready to go, I’ll be looking to invest regularly each month to ensure I maximise my allocation by April 2022. I don’t see this as a bad thing, as over the course of the year there might be fresh growth or dividend stocks for me to buy. Jonathan Smith | Monday, 10th May, 2021 Click here to get access to our presentation, and learn how to get the name of this ‘double agent’! jonathansmith1 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img There’s a ‘double agent’ hiding in the FTSE… we recommend you buy it! Here are my top stocks to buy now for my 2021 Stocks and Shares ISA Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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  • Archbishop of Canterbury visits Ecumenical Patriarch in Turkey

    first_img Tags Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Posted Oct 22, 2018 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Washington, DC Rector Belleville, IL Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem [Anglican Communion News Service] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby was in the Turkish capital Istanbul on Friday for a “cordial and informal” meeting with the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople – the spiritual leader of the Orthodox Churches. The meeting took place as the International Commission for Anglican–Orthodox Theological Dialogue was concluding its annual week-long meeting in Cyprus. During their meeting, the pair discussed the situation surrounding the Orthodox Church in Ukraine.Read the full article here. Archbishop of Canterbury, Ecumenical & Interreligious Anglican Communion, Archbishop of Canterbury visits Ecumenical Patriarch in Turkey Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Tampa, FL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Rector Columbus, GA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Albany, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Cathedral Dean Boise, ID This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Martinsville, VAlast_img read more

  • New Zealand snatch victory in the dying minutes after strong England showing

    first_imgSunday Jun 8, 2014 New Zealand snatch victory in the dying minutes after strong England showing The All Blacks scored a late Conrad Smith try to deny England a famous Eden Park result in what was a scrappy yet thrilling Test match on Saturday. The hosts snuck it 20-15 with minutes to spare, but England will take heart from their performance. As we’ve come to expect with New Zealand, even when they play badly they somehow manage to win. This was the case in Auckland after a rusty showing that will surely be their weakest of the season. Dropped balls and a weak scrum nearly led to an upset in the opening game of the series.England, fielding a weakened side that didn’t include those that took part in the Premiership final, took it to the hosts and with new flyhalf Freddie Burns kicking superbly, stayed in the match right up until the death. They’ll rue missed opportunities, as the game was there for the taking.“I have mixed emotions at the moment,” Burns said post match. “First and foremost it’s gutting because as a team we gave ourselves an opportunity to get something from the game. To be pipped like we were at the end is gutting. “But personally I was happy with how I went. Hopefully I silenced a few critics. I’ve never doubted myself, especially in this environment. Hopefully I’ve proved I can manage a game and kick my goals in the toughest rugby arena in the world.”It’ll be all change for the second Test next weekend, but Stuart Lancaster has some tough selection issues to contend with. As the cliche goes, it’s a good problem to have.“We don’t want to get carried away as we didn’t win the game, we lost,” said Lancaster. “We have to make sure we rectify that next week.With less territory and possesion, the All Blacks will be pleased to have snatched victory but no doubt realise that they’ll need to be more accurate and clinical come next weekend.“We got there in the end but we need to be a lot better going into the second Test because we expect England to be better,” captain Richie McCaw said. “We got what we expected from England. It was pretty competitive around the breakdown and we expected the physicality they showed.“We were a bit rusty in the first half. Test rugby is a step up in intensity and pace and it felt like we were half a yard off it,” added McCaw.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

  • Peppercorn Apartments Stage 1 / Bower Architecture

    first_imgArchDaily 2013 CopyAbout this officeBower ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsBundooraHousingResidentialAustraliaPublished on May 29, 2015Cite: “Peppercorn Apartments Stage 1 / Bower Architecture” 29 May 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Projects Area:  5608 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Bower Architecture Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/530103/peppercorn-apartments-stage-1-bower-architecture Clipboard photographs:  Shannon McGrathProject Architect:Anna DuttonDesign Team:Anna Dutton, Jade Vidal, Chema Bould, Ben Shields, Rose HeeleyBuilder:Buildcorp CommercialStructural Engineer:Mordue EngineeringMech Elec Engineer:Wood & Grieve EngineersLandscape Architect:Land Design PartnershipCity:BundooraCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Shannon McGrathText description provided by the architects. Peppercorn Apartments is a new multi residential mixed use development in suburban Melbourne that balances the tension between new commercial hub, an emerging residential landscape and neighbouring parklands. The development consists of 52 apartments and a café within two three-level buildings.Save this picture!First Floor PlanThe brief was for a cost-effective high amenity development on a long narrow site in University Hill, a new masterplanned township to neighbouring RMIT and Latrobe University. The site is bordered by Princeton Park to the North providing good amenity and outlook, and a new commercial/retail zone to the south.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathThe concept maximises northern light and park outlook to apartments by utilising a single row of dwellings with linear through style plans that place park facing living spaces to the north and private bedrooms to the cooler south. Most apartment access is via intimate walk up entries to the southern façade, strengthening the connection between the apartments and the new mews streetscape. Additional access is via traditional lobby style entries at the termination of each building.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathThe buildings bear two different characters that respond to the park and the street scape respectively. The modest budget required finishes to be carefully considered, with selected areas of richness and texture inserted effectively. The streetscape elevation is composed of charcoal concrete block offset by Blackbutt timber at the walk up entries. Embracing the rhythms of multiple housing rather than working against it, the park side is composed of striking black blades, offset by a horizontal line of textured precast concrete panels and softened with rich shiplap timber.Save this picture!© Shannon McGrathThe concept also maximises passive cross ventilation and the simple skillion roof structure allows for straightforward collection of rain water. The proposal achieves a minimum six star energy rating and has been designed to provide a safe, durable and functional community for future residents.Project gallerySee allShow lessSHoP Unveils Plans for New Uber Headquarters in San FranciscoArchitecture NewsBrooklyn Academy of Music Showcases 5 Murals by Michael GravesArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Bundoora VIC 3083, AustraliaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Photographs Apartments Peppercorn Apartments Stage 1 / Bower ArchitectureSave this projectSavePeppercorn Apartments Stage 1 / Bower Architecture CopyApartments•Bundoora, Australia Peppercorn Apartments Stage 1 / Bower Architecture Save this picture!© Shannon McGrath+ 11 Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/530103/peppercorn-apartments-stage-1-bower-architecture Clipboard Australia Year: last_img read more

  • Ukraine and Donbass: Four years of solidarity and struggle

    first_imgNew York protest against right-wing coup in Ukraine, Feb. 28, 2014.Based on a presentation given at a Workers World Party class in New York City on Feb. 20, 2018.Four years ago this week, a coup overthrew the elected government of Ukraine. Both the Democratic and Republican wings of the U.S. government supported the coup. Leaders of both parties went to Kiev, the capital city, in late 2013 and early 2014 and proudly had their photos taken with leaders of the right-wing Euromaidan movement, including open neo-Nazis like Svoboda leader Oleh Tyahnybok.Ukraine is a large country of 45 million people in eastern Europe. Before 1991, it was part of the Soviet Union. It was considered the Soviet breadbasket — an important source of agricultural products, the way we often think of places like Iowa or Kansas. It provided wheat and other essentials to the whole Soviet Union and other socialist countries and national liberation struggles.The eastern part of Ukraine, called the Donbass region, was an essential source of coal and other mineral wealth. Ukraine also developed many high-tech industries in Soviet times.After the USSR was broken up, Ukraine went through a series of increasingly pro-Western capitalist governments. In 2013, the government headed by President Viktor Yanukovych was being pushed by the European Union and the U.S. to break from Ukraine’s historic trading partner Russia. Yanukovych wavered but eventually decided to continue trading with Russia.That was the death knell for his government.There were other reasons, too. Ukraine was going to host a natural gas pipeline between Russia and Western Europe. The U.S. didn’t want this to happen. It wants to control the flow of energy to its erstwhile European allies.There was also a military-strategic factor. Since 1999, the U.S.-led NATO military alliance has expanded four times, adding 13 countries, mostly former socialist countries of eastern Europe. This is part of the long-term U.S. strategy of surrounding Russia in order to break up the country and install pliant regimes.Russia has an important naval base in Crimea on the Black Sea. For a long time, Crimea was part of Russia, but during Soviet times it was transferred to Ukraine. Russia continued to lease the base from Ukraine after the breakup of the USSR. Washington wanted that base.U.S. strategy used fascists and billionairesTo implement its strategy, Washington applied economic and diplomatic pressure from the EU countries. It mobilized nongovernmental organizations that receive U.S. funding. It worked with wealthy oligarchs in Ukraine who wanted closer ties with the West. And it used openly fascist, neo-Nazi political formations and armed gangs nurtured since the end of World War II. This was the motley alliance that carried out the coup of February 2014, supposedly against “corruption.”After the coup, fascists took over the streets of Kiev and other cities of western Ukraine. Imagine the torch-wielding, white supremacists who marched in Charlottesville last year taking over cities throughout the East Coast of the U.S. and you’ll get the idea.Together with the police and internal security forces of the new regime, these fascists invaded and torched offices of communist organizations, attacked immigrant communities and beat leftists in the streets. The new government’s official ideology was right-wing Ukrainian nationalism, as espoused by World War II Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. The regime declared that Russians were the enemy and only the Ukrainian language would be allowed.In the eastern part of Ukraine, which was more working class and where Russian speakers make up the majority, an anti-fascist resistance movement emerged.First, the people of Crimea organized a popular referendum and overwhelmingly voted to leave Ukraine and rejoin Russia. Knowing the U.S. sought to grab its strategic naval base, the Russian government agreed and took control of the region, protecting its residents from the looming war.The Crimean referendum gave a big boost to the resistance in eastern Ukraine. The popular movement grew and became more militant. People took up arms and seized government buildings in Donetsk, Lugansk, Kharkov and other cities.In Kharkov, the movement was pushed back by police and fascists. But in Donetsk and Lugansk, in the coal-mining Donbass region, the rebels were able to hold out. They organized their own referendum and declared independence in May 2014.U.S.-backed Ukraine’s bloody war Ukraine launched a bloody war against the independence forces, claiming that the rebel militias were actually a Russian military invasion. Although some Russians did unofficially come to help, along with anti-fascists from other countries, the majority of the militias were made up of local workers and farmers defending their homes and families.A terrible blow was the massacre in the multinational port city of Odessa on May 2, 2014. Fascists bused into the city then attacked a protest encampment and set fire to the House of Trade Unions, killing over 40 people.Washington backed the coup government in Kiev to the hilt. Secretary of State John Kerry rushed there to deliver a multimillion dollar loan. Vice President Joe Biden made several visits, becoming the unofficial “colonial governor” of Ukraine under the Obama administration. The U.S. and its allies provided military aid to Ukraine, much of it through third countries. NATO provided training to Ukrainian troops and neo-Nazi volunteer battalions.According to the United Nations, more than 10,000 people have been killed in the war. Hundreds of thousands more have been made refugees, most fleeing to safety in Russia.The worst fighting took place in the first year. Now, the situation is frozen in a semiwar state. There is an internationally brokered truce, but it is regularly violated by the Ukrainian side. An economic blockade has created many difficulties for those who remained or returned to Donetsk and Lugansk. Recently, the Trump administration and Congress repealed restrictions on direct U.S. sales of heavy weaponry to Ukraine and the ban on training neo-Nazis like the Azov Battalion.While Trump claimed he wanted better relations with Russia during his campaign, he serves the U.S. ruling class and its interests, just as previous administrations did. Trump has given free rein to the Pentagon generals whose job is to conquer on behalf of Wall Street.The Ukrainian government has implemented more and more austerity measures to secure loans from the International Monetary Fund. It has sped up the privatization of industry and land, leaving workers jobless and forcing many to migrate. U.S and western European capitalists have been gobbling up Ukraine’s agricultural land and natural resources at bargain prices.Repression is intense. Communist organizations and symbols are banned. There are hundreds of political prisoners — leftists, journalists, military draft resisters and regular people who have voiced their opposition to the regime on social media.Solidarity with anti-fascist resistanceAlthough the war in Ukraine does not get much attention from mainstream media these days, its impact is being felt right now. The following things have happened so far in February: A fascist gang beat and robbed two anti-fascist youth leaders in front of police in Kiev. Ukrainian forces shelled a school for special needs kids in Dokuchaevsk, a village in Donetsk, while class was in session. Our comrades from the Ghost Brigade, a communist-led, anti-fascist militia, repelled an attack in Lugansk. The former head of NATO called for 2,000 U.N. “peacekeepers” to occupy the Donbass. And a new team of U.S. “advisors” was spotted on the front line.The war in Ukraine is also part of the witch hunt over supposed Russian “election interference” that is currently being used to smear anyone who opposes the two-party system in the U.S. The U.S. rulers are angry that Russia and the residents of Crimea and Donbass were able to checkmate their plans to bring NATO tanks and ships right up to the Russian border. Along with the military aid that Russia has given to Syria, this is driving the campaign to whip up a war fever against Russia.Since 2014, Workers World Party and anti-war organizations we work with, including the International Action Center, have engaged in international solidarity with the anti-fascist resistance inside Ukraine and in the Donbass republics. This organizing has resulted in educational forums, petition campaigns and protests, including one held in Times Square immediately after the coup four years ago.WWP has developed friendly, cooperative relations with exiled communists from Ukraine. Our organizers have travelled to Russia, Crimea and the Donbass republics to meet with resistance activists and offer our support. Workers World newspaper has been one of the few sources for real news on the struggle there in the English-speaking world. We work to build solidarity here among the people’s movements against white supremacy, police brutality, anti-immigrant raids and exploitation of low-wage workers.We demand:Recognize the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics!U.S.-EU out of Ukraine!Free all political prisoners!Stop the war drive against Russia!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • Fair Pay to Play bill is a step forward to empower student-athletes

    first_imgThe Fair Pay to Play Act was signed into law by California Gov.  Gavin Newsome on Sept. 30. Newsome signed the SB206 on “The Uninterrupted,” a multimedia platform show hosted and produced by LeBron James, the superstar forward with the National Basketball Association’s storied franchise, the Los Angeles Lakers. This law will not go into effect until January 2023.  What is FPtoP?  First of all, the name is a misnomer because the bill has nothing to do with schools paying student-athletes a fair wage like other workers for their labor.  Before Shabazz Napier, wearing number 13, played for and won the 2014 NCAA championship for the University of Connecticut, he said: ”There’s hungry nights where I’m not able to eat,” because his limited food stipend did not give him enough money for food.Instead, according to espn.com, this bill “makes it illegal for schools to prevent an athlete from earning money by selling the rights to his or her name, image or likeness to outside bidders.” (Sept. 30) The bill gives student-athletes the right, if they wish, to hire agents to represent them to be compensated if approached by big name corporations like Nike or smaller vendors. Nine other state legislatures — Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nevada, New York, Pennsylvania and South Carolina — are now debating similar bills.  All California athletes — identified as male, female and gender nonconforming — will be covered. But overwhelmingly those who have the most to gain will be athletes who play football and basketball.  These two sports alone bring millions of dollars, along with prestige, into the coffers of athletic programs and school endowments on an annual basis.Many universities have multibillion-dollar endowments, larger than the economies of developing countries, and can afford to pay their athletic coaches millions of dollars. Salaries of the top ten National Collegiate Athletic Association coaches in 2019 ranged from $6.2 million to $8.9 million a year, according to thebestschools.org website. These colleges and universities, whether Division I, II or III, operate under the auspices of the NCAA, a nonprofit organization of over 1,110 schools that connects sports to academics. Though the NCAA may pay for a player’s scholarship — tuition, room and board, and a stipend from semester to semester — this is far from being a paycheck. The main opposition spokesperson against SB206 has been NCAA President Mark Emmert, whose own salary and compensation came close to $4 million in 2017.  He believes SB206 will blur the lines between amateur and professional sports on a wider scale.  In other words, the NCAA hierarchy fears that athletes being compensated will make “amateur” sports and the NCAA obsolete if it leads to a similar federal law. NCAA is a ‘dictatorship’   Consider the fact that the NCAA brought in more than $1 billion during the 2016-17 season. Three-fourths came from contracts with TV and livestreaming the annual March Madness men’s national basketball tournament. Arenas that play host to regional games, the Final Four and the national championship game during the tournament become standing-room-only due to the players’ skills and talent, and nothing else.   The NCAA also brings in tens of millions of dollars for end-of-the year college football games like the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl. Draymond Green, a three-time champion with the Golden State Warriors and a former star player for the Michigan State Spartans, stated at a press conference that the NCAA is a “dictatorship.” (nba.nbcsports.com, Oct. 4) When asked to comment on the FPtP bill, Green said, “As a former college athlete, that’s exciting. You spend so much time in college broke, with no money, and yet everybody else was living very well.“The university is making a ton of money off your likeness … [but] the moment you decide to make some money off your likeness, you can’t play there anymore. You’re ineligible. You’re suspended. It’s backwards.” (San Francisco Examiner, Sept. 30)Green’s comments expressed the sentiments of many other former college athletes whose universities profited off their popularity.  Basketball icon LeBron James has stated that one reason he decided to forego college and go directly into the NBA from high school was fear of being super-exploited. This even though he was the most sought-after recruit in the U.S. when he was drafted at age 17. It is no coincidence that the athletes most affected by this super-exploitation are African American, many of whom hope that college will be a bridge from a life of poverty to being drafted into either the NBA or the National Football League, where the potential of earning millions of dollars awaits.  The truth is that only a very small percentage of athletes are lucky enough to make it to the pros, coming out of either high school or college.That is why the long-term struggle of advancing from a bill like FPtP to legal recognition of student-athletes as workers is inevitable.  Back in 2014, Northwestern University football players filed a petition before the National Labor Relations Board asking for the right to unionize with the same rights as university employees, including the right to collectively bargain.  The players had the backing of the College Athletes Players Association, a United Steelworkers-supported organization that sought to represent them as workers. In essence, these players were allying themselves with low-wage university workers such as graduate student assistants and student janitors.  However, the NLRB struck down their petition in August 2015, siding with the NCAA and university administrations, which want to keep athletes powerless, with no living wage and no real protection in terms of their safety on the field or the court, where devastating injuries can and do occur. Instead, the NCAA tried to appease these players and others by providing a few more crumbs like increased funding for scholarships, food stipends and health care.  The FPtoP bill may have legal limitations, but it will be remembered for helping to launch a much larger struggle for student-athletes and their allies to fight for their rightful place as workers within the global working class.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

  • KTCU co-managers put ‘college twist’ on the radio

    first_imgLinkedin Riane Clevelandhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riane-cleveland/ Twitter printIn Moudy South, you can hear rock, rap and other music as you walk down the first-floor hallway.The music comes from KTCU, the on-campus radio station, but those sounds didn’t play at all a couple of years ago. Texas may be a country state, but playing one genre of music can sometimes get old. Once the previous management departed, co-managers Geoffrey Craig and Janice McCall decided to give KTCU a much-needed change.Prior to the change, country music was the main genre played at KTCU, McCall said. Because of that, the station saw a decline in listeners as well as complaints from those in the community.Now, the duo has focused on putting the “college” back in college radio. McCall and Craig widened the station’s horizons, deciding to play more modern music such as rock, rap and electronic. KTCU is located on the first floor of Moudy South. Photo by Riane ClevelandThey also created new segments like “Local Lunch,” a weekday afternoon show featuring local artists. “’Local Lunch’ was something different to do on weekdays,” Craig, the creator of the segment, said. “It is a way to let local artist in the DFW area have their music played.”Craig and McCall didn’t just stop at changing the music, though. They worked on opening up opportunities for non-FTDM majors to work in the studio. “When you think about a college radio station, anyone can like music from any field,” Craig said. “Anybody that wants to learn can just walk right in. The door is open.”Carlos Rebollar, a sophomore music major, is in his first-year working as a radio jockey. Although he said everything was complicated at first, he learned his way around the station after shadowing other students. Rebollar said that Craig and McCall are very supportive when working with students. Students like Carlos Rebollar get hands on experience working at KTCU. Photo by Riane Cleveland“They really make you feel comfortable in the whole training process,” Rebollar said. “The first time I spoke on air, I was scared, but they coach you through it.”Rebollar said although his first time on–air wasn’t the best, both Craig and McCall encouraged him to perservere.“They really made me feel comfortable in the position before I started working it,” Rebollar said. “They’re awesome.”KTCU now has 29 student workers this semester, the most the station has ever had. This accomplishment is due to Craig and McCall’s efforts to be an inclusive and multifaceted station. KTCU can be heard on FM 88.7 and through the TuneIn or TCU mobile apps. For more information on KTCU and how to get involved visit https://ktcu.tcu.edu/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Baseball begins five-game homestand against SFA Riane Clevelandhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riane-cleveland/ Baseball sweeps Kentucky in opening weekend Riane Cleveland is a senior sports broadcasting major and journalism minor from St. Louis, Missouri. She hopes to become a multimedia journalist and anchor upon graduating in May. She enjoys watching sports, traveling and spending time with friends. Riane Cleveland TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Previous articleSoccer rallies for 2-1 comeback victory over Iowa StateNext articleHoroscope: October 8, 2019 Riane Cleveland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img Track and field concludes Charlie Thomas Invitational with top finishes Linkedin New traffic light on Berry Street hopes to increase pedestrian protection ReddIt ReddIt Facebook Facebook Riane Clevelandhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riane-cleveland/ + posts Riane Clevelandhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/riane-cleveland/ Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more