Gloucester to play Exeter – Doran-Jones returns to the fold!

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Focussing on his own team’s form, he freely acknowledged that he’s looking for improvement from last weekend.“I was very disappointed with us at Leeds last weekend. We didn’t play as we had trained all week. We didn’t have consistency in our basics. The effort was there but the execution wasn’t.”“We need to address some of that. But, first and foremost, we need to be far more clinical and decisive and far more abrasive in what we do.”Gloucester Rugby:Olly Morgan; Charlie Sharples; Mike Tindall (capt), Eliota Fuimaono-Sapolu, James Simpson-Daniel; Freddie Burns, Rory Lawson; Nick Wood, Scott Lawson, Paul Doran-Jones; Will James, Alex Brown; Peter Buxton, Andrew Hazell, Luke NarrawayReplacements: Wing Charlie Sharples and prop Paul Doran-Jones return to the Gloucester Rugby starting line up for the visit of Exeter Chiefs to Kingsholm on Saturday (kick off 3pm).Head Coach Bryan Redpath has resisted the temptation to make wholesale changes to his side following the defeat at Leeds Carnegie last weekend.Sharples comes in for Lesley Vainikolo who has missed training this week due to illness in the family while Doran-Jones returns after missing out at Headingley last weekend.Those changes aside, the challenge is for those who were on duty at Leeds to bounce back in style this weekend against the Chiefs.Exeter, of course, defeated Gloucester at Sandy Park on the opening day of the season but Redpath denies that the result that day is providing any additional motivation ahead of Saturday.“We beat ourselves down at Exeter. Credit to them for how they played and they’ve proved over the past three or four months that they are a very efficient team.”“They’re very honest and hard working and that’s been reflected in their results. They’re a very good outfit who work very hard for each other.”center_img Olivier Azam, Pierre Capdevielle, Rupert Harden, Alasdair Strokosch, Akapusi Qera, Dave Lewis, Tim Taylor, Henry Trinderlast_img read more

Women’s Six Nations 2020 Round Three

first_imgEngland remain on course for back-to-back Grand Slams after beating Ireland 27-0 The March issue of Rugby World magazine – a Six Nations special – is one sale now.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Women’s Six Nations 2020 Round ThreeEngland remain on course for back-to-back Grand Slams in the Women’s Six Nations after an emphatic 27-0 win over Ireland in Doncaster.England are three points clear of France in the table with matches against Wales and Italy to come in the final rounds – both fixtures for which they are overwhelming favourites.The Irish arrived at a sellout Castle Park with Slam ambitions of their own having beaten Scotland and Wales in their opening matches, but they were firmly extinguished by England, who didn’t concede a point for the second successive match.England ran in five tries in all. Captain Sarah Hunter kicked things off in the opening minutes as England’s scrum drove Ireland back close to their own line and the No 8 showed great control at the base to guide the ball over and touch down. England head coach Simon Middleton said: “In the first half we played some great rugby, we attacked well and in different ways and gave ourselves a good platform to kick on from.“We didn’t execute our attacking game plan in the second half which is disappointing. That said, it’s a great win for us.”France thumped Wales 50-0 in the other round three match, scoring eight tries at Cardiff Arms Park.Cyrielle Banet and Laure Sansus both crossed for braces in the Welsh capital as the visitors dominated. Safi N’Diaye, Marine Menager, Julie Annery and Camille Boudaud all also crossed, while 2018 World Player of the Year Jessy Tremouliere added five conversions.Double up: Cyrielle Banet scores her second try against Wales (Getty Images)The final match of round three, due to take place between Italy and Scotland at Stadio Giovanni Mari, was postponed due to concerns over the coronavirus. An increased number of Covid-19 cases in the Milan area led to Italian authorities cancelling all sporting events in the region.A date for the rescheduled match to take place has not yet been confirmed.center_img Group hug: Emily Scarratt, Sarah Bern, Zoe Aldcroft and Amber Reed celebate beating Ireland (Getty Images) Wings Abby Dow and Jess Breach also crossed in the first half, as did Vicky Fleetwood. There were only five points scored in the second half, full-back Sarah McKenna going over.Emily Scarratt had little opportunity to build on her points record for England Women, converting only the first of those five tries. Yet she had a decent excuse given the windy conditions in Doncaster – just watch this attempt…last_img read more

Jeff W. Fisher ordained and consecrated as Texas bishop suffragan

first_img Featured Events Posted Oct 9, 2012 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Featured Jobs & Calls House of Bishops, Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Diocese of Texas Bishop Suffragan Suffragan Jeff W. Fisher with his wife Susan and sons John, 17 and Scott, 21 accept applause just after his Oct. 6 ordination and consecration. Photo/Diocese of Texas[Diocese of Texas] The Rev. Jeff W. Fisher, former rector of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Waco, Tex., was ordained and consecrated bishop in Tyler on Oct. 6 with a combined choir of 50 voices, brass and timpani. More than 350 attended the festival Eucharist in Caldwell Auditorium decorated with profuse arrangements of yellow roses, just a week before Tyler prepares for its annual Rose Festival.Fisher was elected bishop suffragan at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston, on June 2, 2012. Fisher will serve in the eastern region of the Diocese of Texas and will be located in Tyler. In addition to his regular episcopal visits, Fisher will have oversight of clergy pastoral care and renewal and prison ministries.The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop was the chief consecrator, joined by current Bishop of Texas C. Andrew Doyle and his two predecessors, the Rt. Rev. Don A. Wimberly and the Rt. Rev. Claude E. Payne; Texas Bishop Suffragan Dena Harrison and Texas Bishop Suffragan Rayford High (ret).High has been nominated to become provisional bishop of Fort Worth upon approval of the diocesan convention November 3.Fisher’s ordination and consecration was celebrated for an entire weekend with receptions at Christ Church on Friday and Saturday and a luncheon for clergy with Jefferts Schori on Friday.  She also visited an historic African American Episcopal Church, St. John’s, founded in 1892 and All Saints Episcopal School during her stay in Tyler.While Fisher was rector of St. Alban’s, Waco, the church experienced an unprecedented 85 percent growth. Forced to close the school on campus, Fisher led the congregation to start a community center that now houses community theatre and music programs for youth as well as many other community groups and outreach programs.  A graduate of the University of Texas and Virginia Theological Seminary, Fisher was ordained in 2004 and previously served as chief financial officer for Hand Benefits & Trust, Inc., Houston.He has served on a number of diocesan commissions and committees, most recently chairing the Greenfield Commission, established to encourage new and innovative church plants. In Waco, Fisher held a successful Bible study class at a local pub.  He also served as leader of the Greater Waco Interfaith Conference and was a board member of the Waco Partnership for Psychological and Spiritual Care.“A bishop is called to look upon the people and love them, to challenge and encourage them, [and to remind them] that with God all things are possible,” Fisher said. He said his wife Susan had supported him in his decision to leave business and attend seminary, and to stand for election for bishop. Fisher and his wife Susan have two sons, Scott, 21 and John, 17. An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Tags Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME 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 Rector Collierville, TN Jeff W. Fisher ordained and consecrated as Texas bishop suffragan In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Knoxville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing 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 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 center_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Martinsville, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY People Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Bishop Consecrations, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Bath, NC Press Release Service Submit an Event Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Pittsburgh, PA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Tampa, FL last_img read more

Apopka weightlifter named to US Olympic team

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate TAGSapopkaChampionMattie RogersMedalsSummer OlympicsUSA Weightlifting Olympic teamWeightlifting Previous articleCity of Apopka to host July 4th Celebration, concert and fireworksNext articleCamp Wewa, Rock Springs Ridge deals still pending Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Photos courtesy of Lifting Life USA, and USA Weightlifting From Staff ReportsThe Summer Olympics start on July 23rd and for one Apopka resident, this is the day she’s been waiting for.Mattie Rogers, a native of Apopka and University of Central Florida graduate, was among four women and four men selected to the USA Weightlifting Olympic team, which will compete in Tokyo this summer.Rogers, 25, is a two-time IMF World Championship silver medalist, the 2020 Pan-American champion, the FISU World University champion, and holds eight current American and two Pan American records. She also was the first American woman to medal at three consecutive world championships.Mattie Rogers“I’ve been working and trying for so long, and I was so close to the last Olympics,” Rogers said. “I sat in the stands and watched my session in Rio and that really fueled my fire. I’ve worked every day since towards this goal. To be named an Olympian is a dream come true.”Before weightlifting, Rogers competed in cheerleading and gymnastics. She began training in CrossFit when she was 17 years old. After one year, she competed in her first weightlifting meet. In 2014, she made her International Weightlifting Federation debut at the 2014 IWF Pan-American Junior Championships. She made her senior-level debut a year later at the 2015 World Championships where she finished 15th overall with a total of 226 kg.In 2016, Rogers narrowly missed qualifying for the 2016 Summer Olympics. She was awarded best overall lifter at the 2016 National Championships, and Olympic Trials, but did not qualify for the Olympic Games.last_img read more

Quilt online

 14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Almost any kind of fundraising activity can be supported or promoted online. The AIDs Memorial Quilt, for example, is reproduced online. Visitors can view the 42,000+ panels of the quilt and make a donation. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Quilt online About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 25 June 2000 | News read more

New grantmakers search option at GuideStar UK

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. GuideStar UK has introduced a search option that aims to help fundraisers locate a grantmaker offering grants in their chosen area of activity.To find grantmakers listed on GuideStar UK you need to use the advanced search option to enter a relevant keyword and then tick the box marked ‘grantmaker’. This will bring up a list of relevant organisations. You can then refine your search further by using the cluster options on the left-hand side of the results. Advertisement New grantmakers search option at GuideStar UK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Howard Lake | 15 February 2007 | News  8 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

A letter: On the Colombia-Venezuela border conflict

first_imgThere have been reports in the U.S. corporate media about the conflict on the border area between Colombia and Venezuela that distort the events there and omit the history of this conflict as well as the disruptive and subversive role of U.S. imperialism in the region. The following is a letter to Workers World from someone who lived in Colombia for many years that clarifies much of this.Aug. 26 – The Colombian­-Venezuelan border is a special place with its own characteristics: the meeting of two countries, one with a left­wing Bolivarian government and the other with a neoliberal right­-wing government. Colombia has had years of war, massacres, over 5 million displaced people, political repression, military and paramilitary attacks on the communities and of course, immense poverty … probably over 60 percent of the population [are poor].On the other hand, Venezuela with Chávez proclaimed a socialist Bolivarian revolution and has been trying to replace what had been a disaster for the people for many years by building universities, schools, subsidized markets, control of the natural resources and rejecting U.S. military and political intervention.Unfortunately, Colombia has welcomed all that the U.S. offers: seven military bases, one becoming the new School of the Americas, others preparing for the invasion of other Latin American and Caribbean countries, and still others devoted to massive information collection. The elites’ pockets get fatter and fatter. The free trade agreements signed in 2012 reinforced U.S. companies’ dominance in mining, oil, coal, flowers, bananas, etc.What does all this have to do with the border? Throughout the times of Chávez in Venezuela, Colombia had created a fleeing population with its war on the people and many fled right into Venezuela. Thousands of Colombians crossed the border illegally, setting up makeshift houses on the other side from the Guajira to Arauca. Most people were honest folks running for their lives. They were welcomed in Venezuela, legalized, given land, health care, schools, etc.As this was happening, Álvaro Uribe Vélez, the Colombian president for eight years (2002­-2010), blasted continuous threats of invasion of Venezuela. The strong Colombian press and the international press supported him. Of course, the U.S. was using Colombia as a pawn to move on and try to destroy the Bolivarian Revolution of Venezuela. But Venezuela stood firm and faced the international war against them … and they remained anti-­imperialist, which was their sin in the capitalist world.Colombia ran drugs through Venezuela but the Venezuelans resisted — [Colombia] positioned paramilitary forces (actually the same as military) and [Venezuela] still resisted. But the time had come to clean the border up. That does not mean deporting all the Colombians on the border as the international press is saying.The Colombians living in Venezuela want [the Venezuelan government] to get rid of the mess from Colombia. People on the Venezuelan side have no food because of the contraband. The shops won’t sell goods and food to the people in Venezuela because they can sell it to [Colombian smugglers] who take it across the border and sell it for a lot more.[Colombian smugglers] crossed the border and bought the gasoline to take back to Colombia — there was none left for the people in Venezuela. [Colombian] paramilitaries intimidated the communities charging people taxes just to breathe, taking their businesses and houses, taking their daughters, prostituting those who could not escape and running drugs and contraband and at the same time plotting for the overthrow of the Bolivarian Revolution.When Venezuelan soldiers were shot by Colombian paramilitaries in early August, Maduro said, “No more!” Venezuela doesn’t need the Colombian problems of violence and war across their borders.I am just surprised it didn’t happen sooner. Today on the news I saw people smiling and their hands full of groceries because they could go and now buy food at government controlled prices. Who knows if they were Venezuelans or Colombians?The people of Latin America are awakening and resisting. Just because Colombia has a U.S. backed, right-wing government doesn’t mean that the people are happy. There are many Colombians who are Bolivarians, many peasant, student and popular movements. There has to be because there are around 9,000 political prisoners in the jails of Colombia. The repression and killings continue to target these movements.The Colombian people are lucky to have Ecuador and its Citizens Revolution and Venezuela and its Bolivarian Revolution on each side. They will always be a support to the Colombian people.— Alice LoaizaFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The truth about U.S. military operations in Niger

first_imgThere has been no substantive discussion within the United States corporate and government-controlled media as to why Washington is escalating its presence in the West African state of Niger.News reports about the deaths of four U.S. Green Berets are exclusively centered on the notions of “a war on terrorism,” which is now reaching the African continent. Subsequently, the controversy moved into a series of allegations about what was said during a phone call by President Donald Trump to the family of the African-American soldier killed, 25-year-old Sgt. La David Johnson.White House Chief of Staff Gen. John Kelly defended Trump, claiming the head-of-state acted appropriately in his statements to Myeisha Johnson, the deceased soldier’s widow. Trump later insulted Congresswoman Frederica Smith Wilson of Florida after she accused him of being insensitive and insincere in his dealings with the Johnson family.Yet the overarching question that was never raised was: Why should an African American be gunned down in his ancestral homeland while conducting military operations for the U.S. government? Also, why are African-American politicians in Congress not challenging the imperialist militarism of successive administrations in Africa, which has been disastrous for both the peoples of the continent and those in the U.S.?This incident occurred amid rising racial tensions within the U.S., where Trump has spoken derogatorily about professional football players who kneel during the national anthem as a protest action against the arbitrary killings of African Americans by police and vigilantes. The use of lethal force against oppressed peoples in the U.S. routinely goes unpunished, providing incentives from the law-enforcement and judicial systems to continue this same process of racially motivated state sponsored and condoned violence.The situation now prevailing in the U.S. serves as a moral basis for the justifiable nonparticipation by African Americans and other people of conscience in Pentagon military operations in Africa and other geopolitical regions. The escalation of military invasions and occupation has only worsened the social conditions facing nationally oppressed communities and working people since the beginning of this century.The role of Pentagon troops in Niger is part and parcel of the U.S. Africa Command’s (Africom) strategy to dominate the continent on behalf of Wall Street’s financial interests. Formed in early 2008 under George W. Bush’s administration, Africom was expanded during President Barack Obama’s terms.As its first full-blown operation, Africom coordinated the air and ground war against the people of Libya in 2011, where thousands of sorties were flown which dropped bombs on infrastructural and residential sites.  This aerial bombardment resulted in the deaths and injuries of tens of thousands of people, dislocated millions and created the most unstable state in the region. The situation in Libya remains mired in humanitarian crises with thousands of people being trafficked through the country across the Mediterranean Sea every month.In the aftermath of the deaths of the U.S. soldiers in Niger, the Pentagon has revealed some aspects of its military presence in the country. The Trump administration says its main preoccupation is with curtailing so-called “Islamic terrorism.”  However, these same “extremist” groups have been enhanced, armed, trained and coordinated in Libya, Syria, Yemen and other countries experiencing similar imperialist-engineered military conflicts.Framing the Pentagon’s position to the U.S. publicAs far as the Pentagon’s official position is concerned, an article published on Oct. 26 in Bloomberg provides a rationale for Africom’s operations in Niger and throughout the West Africa region. Under the guise of needing to stop spreading “jihadist” violence by a host of organizations that are ostensibly influenced by al-Qaida and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), the Pentagon is priming people in the U.S. for yet another long-term campaign on the African continent.The Bloomberg report says: “If there is anything to be gained from President Donald Trump’s disgraceful attack on the credibility of the widow of a U.S. Special Forces soldier killed in Niger, it’s that Americans are finally becoming aware of the expanding U.S. mission against extremist violence now spreading across the Sahel region of Africa.”The article continues: “As Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford explained Monday [Oct. 23], the role of the U.S. military over the last decade has been critical: helping local nations defeat a variety of armed threats. These include affiliates of al-Qaida and Islamic State, local extremist groups such as Boko Haram, traffickers in migrants and arms, criminal syndicates and tribal rebels. These groups have different aims but often work together. Their impact extends beyond Africa, to the wars of the Middle East and the immigration politics of Europe. And with the Islamic State nearly wiped out in Iraq and Syria, it will likely shift much of its focus to Africa.”These are the same tired arguments that have been repeatedly used since the beginning of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in 2001. Nonetheless, U.S. and NATO forces remain in the Central Asian state while Trump recently announced that more troops would be deployed there.After 16 years in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the “terrorism” which has been the reason for the U.S. occupation’s existence, remains. Therefore, this purported “war on terrorism” can only be judged as an absolute failure.The same Bloomberg post instructs the U.S. Congress on how it should approach this present danger in Africa: “Congress can do its part by passing a new war authorization to avoid mission creep and give a strong legal basis for counterterrorism operations far away from the original battlefields in Afghanistan and Iraq. Eventually, the facts on the ill-fated Niger mission will come out, just as Trump will eventually lose interest in his feud with Sgt. La David Johnson’s widow. Ideally, both the Pentagon and the president will incorporate what they’ve learned into better strategies. But there’s no need to wait to address the danger of increasing extremism in Africa.”What is most striking about these words is their lack of creativity. U.S. strategic thinking is apparently a “cut-and-paste” approach where older and discredited postulations related to military policy are periodically recycled.Uranium, French imperialism and permanent war Niger is the world’s fourth largest producer of uranium, a key component in nuclear technology, particularly for weaponry. Uranium resources are largely controlled by France, which colonized the territory beginning in the late 19th century during “the scramble for Africa.”French military forces declared a war of conquest against the people of Niger in the late 1890s, but were met with fierce resistance by the traditional non-Islamic Azna people of the Hausa who were led by their queen, Sarraounia. After retreating into the forests amid heavy weapons bombardment by the French military in its Voulet-Chanoine mission at the Battle of Lougou, Sarraounia and her fighters continued a guerrilla warfare campaign against Paris for many years. Warrior-queen Sarraounia was never captured by the colonizers.Areva, the French firm which coordinates uranium mining in the country, has a vested interest in maintaining its neocolonial control over Niger. The country gained its independence in 1960. However, it remained within France’s political and economic sphere.President Mahamadou Issoufou, the current leader of Niger, took power after a protracted political struggle in 2011. He inherited a country devastated by neocolonial plunder, which had resulted in enormous debt to the International Monetary Fund and other Western-based financial institutions.Niger is heavily reliant on the assistance of international finance capital. Consequently, the state is prone to economic, political and military interference by both Paris and Washington.The U.S. is building drone stations in Niger while cooperating with France in its military operations. The Economist magazine has described Issoufou as a close friend of the West.Therefore, as is the case in other African states, the continuing dependence on the West is at the source of the contemporary crisis. African states will never enjoy genuine independence and sovereignty until the people take control of the natural resources, land and their government’s military apparatus.This article first appeared at on Oct. 27.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Racismo, recesión e intento de golpe por Trump

first_imgEl capitalismo es un sistema económico inherentemente inestable, sujeto a crisis cíclicas de sobreproducción. El término “sobreproducción” no tiene nada que ver con la producción de más bienes de los que la gente necesita. Las personas pueden tener muchas, muchas necesidades insatisfechas, desde comida y ropa hasta refugio y medios de transporte. La sobreproducción se refiere solo a que se produce más de lo que se puede vender, con una ganancia.Dado que la actividad económica capitalista depende de la obtención de beneficios en lugar de satisfacer las necesidades humanas, es un hecho bien conocido que la producción y el empleo oscilarán hacia arriba y hacia abajo a medida que los mercados suben y bajan. Cuando los mercados y las ganancias caen, se llama recesión. Si permanecen abajo durante mucho tiempo, es una depresión.Desde febrero del 2020, EE.UU. ha estado en lo que los economistas llaman la recesión COVID-19, con el desempleo oficial alcanzando un máximo del 14,8% en abril del 2020.Este ha sido el nivel más alto de desempleo en este país desde 1938 y la Gran Depresión.Ni siquiera están incluidos en estas cifras de desempleo los trabajadores explotados en lo que se llama la “economía del trabajo ocasional.” Tienen poca o ninguna protección laboral y generalmente no se cuentan como desempleados cuando sus trabajos se agotan.Esta recesión ha afectado a muchos de la denominada “clase media” – la pequeña burguesía – los autónomos o propietarios de pequeños negocios condenados a ser reemplazados por grandes cadenas, pero cuya desaparición ha sido acelerada por el virus. La recesión actual, al borde de una depresión, debe tenerse en cuenta al analizar el violento movimiento de derecha que se ha multiplicado en apoyo de Donald Trump. Históricamente, estos movimientos han buscado a los demagogos en períodos de crisis económica.En términos de clase, su base está en la pequeña burguesía, pero ven a las figuras de las grandes empresas como Trump como sus salvadores. En los EE.UU., Son especialmente propensos a la demagogia racista que culpa de su creciente inseguridad a los logros obtenidos por las personas de color que luchan.El racismo les proporciona un chivo expiatorio, de la misma manera que el antisemitismo sirvió al movimiento fascista en Alemania durante la Gran Depresión. El capitalismo era tan odiado en Europa en ese momento que los nazis tuvieron que disfrazarse de “nacionalsocialistas”, mientras culpaban al pueblo judío de todos los crímenes del capitalismo.Sin embargo, el camuflaje del socialismo falso de Hitler no confundió a la gran burguesía de Alemania. Los Krupps y otros capitalistas ricos hicieron un trato con Hitler y obtuvieron enormes beneficios de su máquina de guerra.Siempre ha habido un sector de la clase dominante estadounidense que simpatiza con el fascismo como arma contra la clase trabajadora. En el Sur de EE.UU. particularmente, pero no exclusivamente, ha tomado la forma de racismo como el arma principal de los patrones para combatir la solidaridad de clase entre los trabajadores.El resurgimiento de este incipiente movimiento fascista, como se ve en su ataque al Congreso, e incitado por Trump, es producto de la crisis económica capitalista que se ha agravado con la pandemia de COVID-19. Refleja todas las peores características de este anticuado sistema capitalista.Si bien la administración entrante de Biden intentará cubrir las grietas del sistema, solo un movimiento de trabajadores multinacional y de género múltiple fuerte puede derrotar a los fascistas y al sistema capitalista que los genera.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Swap a Book drive to raise literacy levels

first_imgEmployers are being urged to promote adult literacy in a book-swappinginitiative. The National Reading Campaign is targeting the workplace with its Swap aBook promotion to encourage reading. Nearly half of adults say they do not have enough time to read as much asthey would like. A number of organisations are preparing events, some encouraging seniorexecutives to swap titles with junior staff. The Foreign Office is setting upswap boxes for staff to choose books and make donations to the charity Book AidInternational. And army units are putting book swap boxes in their guardrooms. Yell is holding its second Bring-a-Book-to-Work Day at its Sloughheadquarters. David Uppington, head of HR operations, said, “A day likethis breaks down barriers in the workplace. Everyone chatted to someone new andlots of us discovered common interests. And it certainly raised our profile inthe local community.” Swap a Book drive to raise literacy levelsOn 4 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more