Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc HY2013 Interim Report

first_imgCopperbelt Energy Corporation Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the half year.For more information about Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (  2013 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileThe Copperbelt Energy Corporation Plc (CEC), a member of the SAPP and listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, is a Zambian incorporated power transmission, generation, distribution and supply company and a major developer of energy infrastructure in Africa, respected for its skills in designing and operating transmission systems. CEC owns, operates and maintains power transmission, generation and distribution assets servicing customers in Zambia and the DRC, and is one of the largest international power traders in the region.last_img read more

GoldLink Insurance Plc ( Q12016 Interim Report

first_imgGoldLink Insurance Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about GoldLink Insurance Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the GoldLink Insurance Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: GoldLink Insurance Plc (  2016 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileGoldlink Insurance Plc is a life and general insurance company offering insurance products and services to the corporate and individual sectors in Nigeria. The company is licensed to underwrite both life and general classes which encompasses, among others, fire and special perils, motor insurance, life and pension, oil and gas, marine, aviation and travel insurance. Its product portfolio covers oil and gas constructions and operational activities; insurance of cargo, hull and marine machinery; liability insurance; aviation insurance as well as wide range of general insurance and life insurance products. Goldlink Insurance Plc also offers engineering insurance products for machinery consequential loss, erection all risks, contractors all risk, plants all risk, machinery breakdown, boiler and pressure vessel, computer all risk, electronic equipment, bonds, indemnity of share certificate, counter indemnity and professional indemnity insurance. The company was founded in 1992. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Goldlink Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Why this is one of my top shares for reliable passive income in 2021 and beyond

first_img Image source: Getty Images The rapid evolution of the UK’s power system over recent years amazes me. In early January, National Grid (LSE: NG) reported that Britain saw its ‘greenest’ year ever for electricity production in 2020.There was a record amount of renewable power flowing through the nation’s electricity grid. And we had the longest period without coal-fired generation since around the time of the industrial revolution – wow!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…Passive income from ‘green’ powerNational Grid’s Electricity System Operator (ESO) told us that key factors in the outcome were “significant” periods of coal-free electricity generation and “record-breaking” levels of power from zero-carbon sources. However, unusually low demand for power during the Covid lockdown also contributed to the result.I reckon the figures are encouraging in terms of the UK’s target to have net zero emissions by 2050. There were 5,147 hours of coal-free power generation in 2020, which compares to 3,666 hours in 2019. And it’s great news that just 1.6% of Britain’s energy came from coal last year compared to 25% just five years earlier.And it’s a good job too because the government wants all coal plants closed for good by 2024. Meanwhile, the county broke its record for wind power generation repeatedly during the year. And on August 26, some 60% of Britain’s electricity came from wind. Perhaps that’s no surprise given the sheer number of wind generators we have on land and at sea now.But the other big growth area is solar power. Personally, I love solar farms because they have fewer moving parts and potentially less visual impact on the landscape. On top of that, there’s always some solar energy to be had even on dull days, whereas wind farms come unstuck when there’s no wind. During May, solar energy delivered a full one-third of the Nation’s power on several days, according to ESO.Consistent cash flowMeanwhile, the great thing about National Grid’s UK business is it doesn’t matter where Britain’s electricity comes from. It won’t be hurt by the move to greener energy in the way some other big names will be. The company owns a big part of the heavy-duty, high-voltage transmission system and operates the entire grid. And that’s the part of the system that moves power vast distances up, down and across the country from where it’s generated to the local areas where it’s needed, and when it’s needed. In local areas, distribution of the power to towns, factories and other users is generally the responsibility of other power companies.National Grid’s regulated monopoly position strikes me as being similar to a toll bridge – if you want to cross the bridge, you must pay the fee! Meanwhile, I’ve read that Warren Buffett is keen on so-called toll-bridge-style operations such as National Grid. And I reckon the set-up is what makes its cash inflow so consistent and attractive. And decent cash flow usually goes hand in hand with steady shareholder dividends.With the share price near 879p, the forward-looking dividend yield is near 5.6% for the trading year to March 2022. I’d be keen to add the stock to my diversified portfolio aimed at creating passive income. Why this is one of my top shares for reliable passive income in 2021 and beyond Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 See all posts by Kevin Godbold Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Kevin Godbold has no position in any share 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. Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 | More on: NG 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Enter Your Email Address I’d also consider these.last_img read more

Video: Claire Horton’s favorite part of Scripture

first_imgVideo: Claire Horton’s favorite part of Scripture Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jul 12, 2014 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Tags Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Belleville, IL Video, Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit an Event Listing Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest 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 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ EYE14, Director of Music Morristown, NJ Submit a Job Listing New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate Diocese of Nebraska Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Episcopal Youth Event, The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Collierville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY center_img Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Shreveport, LA 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 Hopkinsville, KY Youth & Young Adults Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Events Submit a Press Release Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA [Episcopal News Service – Villanova, Pennsylvania] Episcopal Youth Event 2014 participant Claire Horton from the Diocese of Minnesota tells why Psalm 139 is her favorite Bible verse.— The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem last_img read more

Meadow House / Office Mian Ye

first_img 2014 Photographs Houses Year:  ArchDaily Projects Photographs:  Ehsan Khah, Mian Ye Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Meadow House / Office Mian Ye “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Landscape Consultant:Gena WirthLighting Consultant:Megan PfefferClient:WithheldPartner In Charge:Mian YeCity:PotomacCountry:United StatesMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Mian YeRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40DoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensWoodEGGERLaminatesSave this picture!© Mian YeFrom the designer. The Meadow House visually and physically blends open exterior spaces with intimate private spaces without compromising the integrity of either. Landscape acts as a bridge, creating a seamless flow between interior and exterior and between living and sleeping areas. Located within the setting of a dense American suburb, the neighborhood is lined with modern two- and three-story mansions, many of which are over 10,000 sf. The client was adamant about departing from what is typically built in the neighborhood by constructing a smaller, single story home. By taking into consideration the site’s solar exposure and context, the Meadow House reinterprets the traditional divide of American front and back yards to create living spaces that are deeply connected to natural light and the surrounding landscape.Save this picture!Ground Floor Plan+ 19The house is broken down into two main areas: a place to entertain and a place of rest. A screened foyer leads around to the living room where a large skylight illuminates a pebble-lined garden below. In this open floor plan, the living room is connected to the chef’s kitchen by traveling around an open servery bar that divides the two spaces. Food is prepared and served at this bar during large gatherings, dampening the kitchen noise and commotion from the rest of the party. The bedrooms receive multiple exposures, encircling a Japanese-landscaped garden. This small outdoor space provides both an intimate gathering area for the family as well as a transitional space between inside and outside. The interior walls facing the courtyard house a portion of the owner’s art collection, creating a gallery space that can be viewed from within the courtyard.Save this picture!© Mian YeSave this picture!© Mian YeA knotty cedar screen expands and contracts around all sides of the house, creating a dynamic play of light and shadow within. As one moves around the house, the screen creates privacy, daylight filters and frame to the spaces within. Subtractions from the screen create apertures for views and entries. From the living area, a large opening in the screen creates a seamless connection to the landscaped deck and pool areas, allowing the owners to connect the living room completely to the outside. Various species of climbing vines planted along the perimeter will transform the skin of the house – as they bloom and change colors throughout the year.Save this picture!© Mian YeSave this picture!© Ehsan KhahProject gallerySee allShow lessSteven Holl Architects Breaks Ground on the “Ex of In” House in New YorkUnbuilt ProjectSee How Much New York Has Changed Since the 1990sArticles Share Manufacturers: Leicht, Nemo Tile, Porcelanosa Grupo, Solar Innovations, Stone Source, Rustic Elegance Area:  7000 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Contractor: United States Architects: Office Mian Ye Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Save this picture!© Ehsan Khah+ 19 Share Builtec CopyAbout this officeOffice Mian YeOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPotomacNundahTop100Office Mian YeUnited StatesPublished on July 21, 2015Cite: “Meadow House / Office Mian Ye” 21 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyHouses•Potomac, United States Meadow House / Office Mian YeSave this projectSaveMeadow House / Office Mian Yelast_img read more

Grant applications rising but digital skills gap hampering efforts

first_img Financial & societal pressures are driving a rise in grant applications, but lack of digital skills hampers success, according to new research by The Good Exchange.Its study Technology in the Charitable Sector examines how grants are currently applied for and distributed. Conducted by global research company, Vanson Bourne, respondents from 100 UK grant-making organisations and 191 applicant organisations were interviewed throughout January and February 2019.Respondents from applicant organisations said their organisation typically completes 33 separate grant applications per year, with each taking on average eight hours to fill in, equating to 264 hours overall spent applying for funding. However, almost three in five (59%) applications are unsuccessful, equating to 22 working days per year of wasted effort per applicant organisation.In addition, the study found that grant-makers significantly underestimate the time taken by applicants to fill in their application forms, at two hours less per application than applicants claim, or ten working days less per year on average per applicant organisation.Applications increase However, nearly 70% of applicant respondents are looking for new sources of income/new ways to fundraise due to government funding cuts, with over half (54%) having to increase the number of funding applications made to charitable trusts, foundations and other funding sources.This is borne out by grant-making organisations, 58% of which reported an increase in the number of funding applications received as a result of the widening funding gap. 56% noted an increase in the number of charitable organisations closing down and 51% said there had been an increase in the amount of money being requested by applicants.Room for digital improvementThe study shows that 95% of grant-making organisations agree that technology can help with the grant management process, with 75% also agreeing that technology can enable better collaborative working with other grant-makers. However, only around six in ten (57%) said that their current processes are perceived to be working well.87% of applicant organisations agreed that having a single stage one/initial application would help to improve processes, reduce wasted efforts and to measure funding impact, compared with a smaller proportion (56%) of grant-makers. However, nearly two thirds of grant-makers said a reduction in the number of ineligible applications could incentivise their organisation to move toward a technological change in the way it processes applications.Almost half of all grant-makers said they do not currently collaborate online with other grant-makers. 87% however would be likely to move toward a technological change if they were able to invite other grant-makers to support applicants they are funding or want to fund but can’t; while 91% would do so if it gave them a more effective way to measure funding impact.Ed Gairdner, COO of The Good Exchange, said:“Change is in the air and grant-makers now appreciate that technology can help overcome some of the previous barriers with regards to enabling a more collaborative and simplified grant seeking and making process.“Since we launched the platform in September 2016, we have definitely seen grant-makers becoming more willing to take the initiative to improve the process and evaluate what advantages technology can bring. Embracing technology can enable them to simultaneously tap into the growing trend towards local collaborative charitable initiatives that we know are the lifeblood of many communities contending with years of austerity.”James Banks, Director of London Funders added: Advertisement Melanie May | 6 March 2019 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 Tagged with: Digital Funding Research / statistics Grant applications rising but digital skills gap hampering effortscenter_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via  201 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis21 “This latest research highlights the challenges that everyone involved in funding will recognise. We know that funders are keen to get processes and procedures right, to ensure that available resources are used for the greatest impact for our communities, and that technology is a key part of the improvements we need to see. We also know that technology can enable collaboration between funders, as well as promoting a ‘total assets’ approach that maximises the value of time and talent as well as money in tackling the issues we face in our communities today.”  200 total views,  2 views todaylast_img read more

Wisconsin labor-community joint struggles on the rise

first_imgA Day without Latinos¡Día sin Latinos!In the biggest mass action since the 2011 occupation of the Wisconsin Capitol building, over 50,000 people took to the streets and occupied Madison, the state capital, on Feb. 18. Coming from across Wisconsin in buses and car caravans, Latino/a’s flooded the state capital to demand an end to the racist attacks on their communities. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO issued a solidarity message and other labor and community forces lent support.The protest, sponsored by Voces de la Frontera and Youth Empowered In The Struggle (YES), was in response to a series of attacks on immigrants and two specific anti-immigrant bills. AB 450 would let police and public employees investigate immigration status and detain undocumented people for deportation. SB 533 seeks to block a program created last year to provide local identification cards to Milwaukee residents who cannot obtain Wisconsin state ID because of immigration status or lack of documents or money.The powerful action was a joint community-labor effort with strikes, business shutdowns and student walkouts. With 40 percent of the workforce on dairy farms being immigrants, the state’s dairy industry ran at a far lower capacity. El Rey’s, a Milwaukee-based Latino-owned business, closed all their facilities for the first time in 38 years, encouraging workers to attend the Madison protest. YES chapters played a decisive role in mobilizing youth and students at multiple schools and campuses in Madison, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha and other Wisconsin cities.There are signs that legislators are now backing off on one of the bills, with the current Senate president stating it’s “not a priority.”To support or for more information: a Flint disaster in Wisconsin!Stop water privatization!Due to mass protest across Wisconsin, notorious corporations such as Aqua America and Veolia/Transdev were temporarily stopped from purchasing publicly owned municipal water systems. Current state law forbids majority ownership of water utilities by out-of-state companies.Public advocates learned in January that a bill to make it easier to privatize public water systems was speeding through the Legislature. The state Assembly passed a measure by voice vote on Jan. 12. It was taken up by the Senate the week of Feb. 14.After an emergency social media and phone call campaign, and protests at the state Capitol and other locations, the Wisconsin Senate took the vote off their calendar for now. It could be taken up again in March.To support the fight for public water and for more information: off our public schools!On Feb. 17, walk-ins sponsored by the Milwaukee Teacher Education Association took place at over 110 K-12 public schools in the city. Walk-Ins were also held in Green Bay, La Crosse, Racine and elsewhere.Students, parents, teachers, staff and community supporters held several events before the start of the school day. They then walked into their respective schools as powerful groups. Similar walk-ins took place at over 900 schools across the U.S.The MTEA and community forces vowed to continue their defiance of a law signed by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in July 2015.Named the “Opportunity Schools Partnership Program” or OSPP, the law states that a set amount of Milwaukee schools on an annual basis would be deemed “failures” and taken over and run by a commissioner to be appointed by the Milwaukee County executive. A commissioner would have parallel authority with the elected Milwaukee Public School Board but be accountable only to the county ­executive.Other outrageous language in the OSPP states that all workers at schools taken over would be fired and forced to reapply for their jobs. To be considered for rehire, workers would have to waive their right to be represented by a union.Only mass resistance, including school defense actions, mass walk-ins, packing school board meetings and other resistance led by the MTEA’s social justice orientation and community forces, has stopped the law from being implemented.The MTEA is also demanding that the state properly fund the district, put an end to charter schools and privatization, and stop starving public schools. The MTEA followed up the walk-in actions with a mass labor and community march to the county courthouse in Milwaukee on 3 Feb. 20.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Cops’ racism exposes driving while Latinx in Pennsylvania

first_imgOn May 10, 2018, Rebecca Castro’s car was stopped by a Pennsylvania State trooper who first inquired about her immigration status instead of asking for her license and registration. Castro is a U.S. citizen. The trooper then asked about the status of her two passengers; one was her fiancé Carlos Amaya-Castellanos. They were held for three hours until Immigration Custom and Enforcement agents arrived and placed Castro’s passengers into deportation proceedings.Rebecca Castro & Carlos Amaya-CastellanosThe American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit this June 28 against the Pennsylvania State Police on behalf of 10 Latinx plaintiffs, who had been illegally stopped, including Castro. The suit challenges what the ACLU says is “a pattern of police misconduct that follows a common script. Latinx motorists were pulled over by troopers, who immediately sought to ascertain the immigration status of the car’s occupants.” (ProPublica, June 28)Vanessa Stine, ACLU immigrants’ rights legal fellow, explained in the article that the ACLU examined 30 incidents of traffic stops, involving 200 individuals, including Castro. Stone noted that some victims chose not to be part of the lawsuit out of fear “that asserting or exercising their rights might actually cause them more harm.”  The lawsuit stemmed from a joint 2018 investigative series by the Philadelphia Inquirer and ProPublica, which questioned racial profiling and unlawful arrests of immigrants by state troopers, who were illegally acting as Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents.The suit concluded: “Pennsylvania State troopers have routinely violated the law by stopping and holding people based solely on their Latino appearance, terrifying drivers and passengers while usurping federal authority to investigate supposed immigration violations.” In some cases similar to Castro’s, the trooper asked first if the driver was a U.S. citizen before even requesting their driver’s license.Wrongful stops rise after Trump elected Defendants in the suit include the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the State Police department and six individual troopers found complicit in the pattern of wrongful stops going back to early 2017 after Donald Trump became president. The record of trooper Luke Macke, who stopped and subsequently detained Castro and her passengers, was particularly nefarious.  Three years of data obtained in the joint investigation showed that in each year between 2015 and 2017, Macke not only increased the number of tickets he wrote but also upped the percentage to Latinx drivers, issuing 33 citations to them in 2015. By 2017, that number had tripled to over 113. Macke turned over 19 undocumented immigrants to ICE officers in 2017 after interrogating them about their legal status and detaining them without warrants. (April 12, 2018) “None of the migrants had criminal records. Macke encountered some of them not in cars on the roads he patrols, but randomly — as they had a smoke before a night shift outside a shipping company warehouse or bought a soda inside his own police barracks in Carlisle.” (Inquirer, June 27)The Supreme Court ruled in Rodriguez v. United States April 21, 2015, that absent reasonable suspicion, unnecessarily prolonging a traffic stop beyond the time it takes to address the traffic violation can constitute unreasonable seizure. The high court had also written in another ruling that “detaining individuals solely to verify their immigration status would raise constitutional concerns,” as noncitizens as well as citizens are protected from illegal search and seizure under the Fourth Amendment. (, Feb. 5)Plaintiffs in the ACLU suit are seeking both damages and vindication of their constitutional rights to be free from unlawful detention. They also hope their legal action will lead to improved training and supervision of state police. Whether that will happen remains in question. Although officers are now required to file a report when they call federal agencies, trooper Macke continues to detain and hold immigrants for ICE.Castro and her now-spouse, Carlos Amaya-Castellanos, are both plaintiffs in the ACLU lawsuit. Although a U.S. citizen born and raised in Idaho, Castro questions her safety: “Right now, I’m scared to go out driving just because of my skin color. They think I’m from Mexico or another foreign country. It’s harassment. We’re not safe.”  (, June 28)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Oct. 14, 2019: Indigenous Peoples’ Day!

first_imgWorkers World Party is in firm solidarity with Indigenous peoples in the struggle to abolish the current “Columbus Day” as a national U.S. holiday and to rename and transform it into “Indigenous Peoples’ Day.”Organizing by Indigenous peoples, who steadfastly refuse to mark genocide as a holiday, has already resulted in at least six states and 130 cities and towns making the progressive change in the U.S.Indigenous peoples have waged centuries of struggle to survive and advance against the death-dealing tide of settler-colonialism in the U.S. The move to rename the holiday is an attempt to correct official history as told by invaders and colonizers.The 1492 “voyage of discovery” by Columbus, which every U.S. school child is taught, was in fact a voyage of conquest by Christian Europeans. That conquest was officially blessed by the highest religious authority. In 1493, Pope Alexander VI issued a papal bull giving the spiritual, political and legal justification for seizing any land not inhabited by Christians. The fact that there were Indigenous peoples living on that land was known by the authors of this document, deliberately crafted to justify colonization.The “new world” of European conquest was established on the basis of genocide, land theft and brutal injustice to Indigenous peoples. And eventually, all over the U.S., statues went up to honor the symbolic initiator of this bloodshed.Though some may argue naively, or with deliberate racism, that Columbus Day merely honors Italian cultural heritage, progressive people of Italian descent have been making it clear that they unite in solidarity with Indigenous peoples to fight white supremacy.Sharp historical memory underlines this support because 19th and early 20th century Italians who immigrated to the U.S. faced virulent racism. This racism was especially aimed at those from southern Italy and Sicily linked to African lineage. In fact, in 1891, eleven Italian men were openly lynched in New Orleans.But in 1892, when U.S. President Benjamin Harrison called for the U.S. to mark Oct. 12 as the “discovery of America by Columbus” in part because of “the divine care and guidance which has directed our history,” he was not taking a stand against xenophobia, white supremacy or colonization. (Common Dreams, Oct. 11)Instead, that call was the sign of a new deal emerging in the U.S. and offered to “ethnic immigrants” — who might be Slavic or Italian or other groups vilified as of color.The deal? Accept and go along with white supremacy and become “white” — or face the genocide, violence and discrimination visited on peoples who were Indigenous or of African descent.But millions of people have said NO to that deal — choosing instead to organize and struggle against racism.This coming year, until Oct. 12, 2020, gives another chance for progressive people to say “No to white supremacy! Down with statues of Columbus or any memorial to racism and colonization! Up with banners of Indigenous Peoples’ Day!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Harvest Forecast: Get Ready for Another Cool Down

first_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Harvest Forecast: Get Ready for Another Cool Down SHARE Harvest Forecast: Get Ready for Another Cool Down By Ryan Martin – Oct 18, 2019 Much warmer air in to start this harvest forecast. Temps climbed on Friday, and we will stay at normal to above normal levels through the weekend and Monday. However, the Monday front that comes through will take temps sharply lower.Between now and then, Saturday turns out partly sunny, and Sunday mostly sunny. We continue to see just a little bit of increased cloud cover over night Saturday night, and because of that we can’t rule out a sprinkle or isolated shower. However, most of the state stays fully dry, with harvest continuing unscathed. Sunday has great drying potential as south winds pick up.Clouds increase quickly on Monday. Rain is likely in western parts of Indiana by mid to late morning and then moves through the rest of the state through the rest of the day and overnight. Action will be fully gone before sunrise on Tuesday. Rain totals can be from .5”-1.5” for the event with coverage at 100% of the state. The map below shows even totals we expect across the state.Dry Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It will be chilly Tuesday, temps moderate Wednesday, and then we should be warmer Thursday ahead of our next front.That front arrives next Friday, and brings potential for .25”-.75”. Timing is going to be the most uncertain thing with that front. It likely comes late in the day and lingers into early Saturday. However, the threat for a longer, drawn out precipitation event seems to be waning. We likely turn drier with sunshine returning by Sunday.Extended Period:The up and down of temps continues in the extended period. We should be mostly sunny and a little mild for Monday the 28th, but then a sharp push of cold air comes for Tuesday the 29th. There is a little bit of moisture that may come through with the colder air, and if it holds together, there is the potential for .1”-.4” of moisture, and some of that can come overnight in the form of wet snow over the northern third of the state. The rest of the extended period through November 3 will feature clouds and sun, but temps below normal.Weeks 3 & 4:Wetter week 3 as we expect another bigger system to develop, near normal for week 4. Temps near normal through the period…so not as warm as we have been. We expect the volatile swings we start to see emerge the next 2 weeks to continue through week 3 and 4, giving an average overall outcome, but it will feel very “un-normal” as we bounce around.Week 3Precipitation, week ending November 9 (green: above normal, brown: below)Temperature, Week ending November 9 (orange: above normal, blue: below)center_img SHARE Week 4Precipitation, Week ending November 16 (green: above normal, brown: below)Temperature, Week ending November 16 (orange: above normal, blue: below) Facebook Twitter Previous articleBurnin’ the Bean Episode 11- Blizzard of BeanNext articleVietnam ASF Outbreak Slowing Ryan Martinlast_img read more