AG Leventis Plc ( Q32016 Interim Report

first_imgAG Leventis Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about AG Leventis Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the AG Leventis Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: AG Leventis Plc (  2016 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileThe A.G. Leventis Group is a leading manufacturing and distribution company in Nigeria and West Africa supplying a variety of products and services across a range of industries including general dealerships, motor dealerships and real estate. The company has business interests in supplying power and gas products, consumer foods and bakery products and printing supplies as well as offers products and services for the real estate, hotel and commercial vehicles sectors. AG Leventis (Nigeria) Plc operates through a number of subsidiaries; Leventis Foods Plc, Leventis Motors, Abuja (Capital Motors) Plc, Mainland Hotels, Leventis Real Estate, Druckfarben Nigeria Plc and Chrisstahl Nigeria Plc. The company was established by Chief AG Leventis in Ghana in 1937 and mainly supplied local and imported textile products. It devolved into Leventis Motors Plc, Leventis Stores Plc, Leventis Technical Plc whilst it retained ownership of valuable freehold and leasehold property throughout Nigeria. Through a series of mergers and schemes of arrangement, the independent companies were dissolved and AG Leventis (Nigeria) Plc was established. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. AG Leventis (Nigeria) Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Want to retire in comfort? 2 FTSE 100 dividend shares I’d buy for a passive income

first_img Kevin Godbold | Sunday, 23rd February, 2020 | More on: BATS GSK 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 Kevin Godbold Passive income from shareholder dividends can be used as your personal income, or it can be rolled back into more shares to build wealth. But I reckon the strategy will only work well if you select shares backed by high-quality businesses.Ideally, I want to see revenue, earnings, cash flow and shareholder dividends all rising a little each year. At the very least, strong and stable cash flow is essential, and we can usually find it when companies have operations trading in a strong niche in the market. For example, here are two stocks I believe could be decent vehicles for harvesting passive income.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…PharmaceuticalsThe pharmaceutical sector is home to several companies generating consistent cash flow and GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) is one of them. The cash keeps rolling in because people buy the firm’s medicines repeatedly. And cash is good for paying shareholder dividends.The patent-expiry issues in the sector over the past few years have stalled growth at GlaxoSmithKline, but the company has held the dividend steady through those challenging times. And with the share price close to 1,663p, the forward-looking dividend yield for 2021 is around 4.8%, which strikes me as worth collecting.The firm recently announced plans to prepare for the separation of its business into two companies. One will be a biopharma enterprise with research and development aimed at science related to the immune system, the use of genetics and new technologies. And the second company will be “a new leader in Consumer Healthcare.”I reckon the new focus could end up generating more value and better returns for shareholders in the years ahead. To me, the shares look attractive right now.Products for smokersTobacco and new-generation products for smokers are fast-moving consumer goods that tend to generate consistent cash flows for firms such as British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS).The company’s record on cash flow and shareholder dividends is impressive, despite the weakness in the share price we’ve seen lately. However, the stock has been showing signs of recovery since last autumn.Despite scares about tougher regulation in the US regarding vaping products and flavoured cigarettes, the tone from BATS’ trading updates has remained optimistic. Chief executive Jack Bowles said in a trading update at the end of last November that he thinks the issues around vaping in the US should lead to a better and stronger regulatory environment in which BATS is “well placed to succeed.” Meanwhile, with the share price near 3,326p, the forward-looking dividend yield for 2020 is running at about 6.7%. I reckon the business is in good health with revenue, earnings and the shareholder dividend all set to rise in the immediate years ahead.I see the shares as attractive and would buy some along with those of GlaxoSmithKline. To me, both stocks look capable of delivering rising passive income for shareholders in the years to come. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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.center_img Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Kevin Godbold owns shares in British American Tobacco. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended GlaxoSmithKline. 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. Want to retire in comfort? 2 FTSE 100 dividend shares I’d buy for a passive incomelast_img read more

Red card not enough as Higginbotham gets suspended for dangerous tackle

first_imgMonday Feb 26, 2018 Red card not enough as Higginbotham gets suspended for dangerous tackle The Queensland Reds will be without the services of loose forward Scott Higginbotham for a few weeks after he was suspended for the dangerous tackle that he was red carded for on Friday. He pleaded guilty but still couldn’t avoid a ban. Higginbotham was sent off early in Friday’s Super Rugby clash with the Melbourne Rebels.The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee accepted a guilty plea after he contravened Law 9.13 – A player must not tackle an opponent early, late or dangerously. Dangerous tackling includes, but is not limited to, tackling or attempting to tackle an opponent above the line of the shoulders even if the tackle starts below the line of the shoulders.Higginbotham has been suspended from all forms of the game for 3 weeks, up to and including Saturday 17 March 2018.The SANZAAR Foul Play Review Committee of Nigel Hampton QC (Chairman), Stephen Hardy and John Langford assessed the case. In his finding, Foul Play Review Committee Chairman Nigel Hampton QC ruled the following: “Having conducted a detailed review of all the available evidence, including all camera angles and additional evidence, including a statement from the player and submissions from his legal representative, Mark Martin QC, the Foul Play Review Committee upheld the Red Card under Law 9.13. This was an objectively dangerous tackle. “With respect to sanction the Foul Play Review Committee deemed the act of foul play merited a mid-range entry point of 6 weeks due to the Players direct contact by the Player’s shoulder to his opponents head.“However, taking into account mitigating factors including the Player’s good record over a long career, the lack of injury to the victim and his guilty plea at the earliest possible opportunity, the Foul Play Review Committee reduced the suspension to 3 weeks.“The player is therefore suspended for 3 weeks, up to and including the Saturday 17 March 2018.”Higginbotham’s teammate Lukhan Tui faces a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart 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

A + C Residence / buckandsimple

first_img “COPY” Photographs 2019 A + C Residence / buckandsimple ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  190 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project A + C Residence / buckandsimpleSave this projectSaveA + C Residence / buckandsimple Houses “COPY” CopyHouses, Renovation, House Interiors•Seaforth, Australia Australiacenter_img Architects: buckandsimple Area Area of this architecture project Year:  Projects Save this picture!© Simon Whitbread+ 17Curated by Paula Pintos Share Photographs:  Simon Whitbread Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Blackbutt timber, Hepvette SteelDesign Team:buckandsimpleClients:Amy Gye, Christian de la Rica GustafssonEngineering:tn made building co.Consultants:SDA StructuresCity:SeaforthCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Simon WhitbreadRecommended ProductsWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Text description provided by the architects. This beautiful example of mid-century modernism has been given a considered renovation to ensure it stands the test of time and stays true to its history. The A+C Residence involved modest alterations and additions to an existing single-family home in Sydney’s Northern Beaches. The clients were enamoured with the existing mid-century modern style of the home and sought to update it in a way that further exemplifies this era.Save this picture!© Simon WhitbreadSave this picture!AxoSave this picture!© Simon WhitbreadThe response takes a restrained approach, improving the liveability, solar access, and environmental performance of the residence while retaining its existing charm. The design included dropping the original pitch roof to a flat profile roof with slender circular column supports, framed by crisp white fascias.Save this picture!© Simon WhitbreadLayered beneath, a new timber pergola extends, framing and animating the entry to the home with an interplay of light and shadow. These floating, overlapping planes enhance the horizontal expression of the home in keeping with the era while refreshing the overall appearance.Save this picture!© Simon WhitbreadFine timber batten detailing is added throughout; linking and providing privacy for the family while large circular skylights and period-correct custom staircase details add a final layer of refinement of the mid-century modern character.Save this picture!© Simon WhitbreadProject gallerySee allShow lessCoffee no.9 / PHTAA Living DesignSelected ProjectsSingha D’luck Cinematic Theatre / Architects 49Selected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily CopyAbout this officebuckandsimpleOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentRenovationInterior DesignResidential InteriorsHouse InteriorsSeaforthOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on November 28, 2020Cite: “A + C Residence / buckandsimple” 27 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – LogisVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldWhere to Increase Flexibility in SchoolsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteCupa PizarrasVentilated Facade – CUPACLAD UprightGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60ConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight Skylights in ExperimentariumMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Copper FinishesStonesFranken-SchotterWall Covering & CladdingWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusSwingsStudio StirlingHanging Chair – BasketWallcovering / CladdingArrigoni WoodsWood Cladding – AcousticMore 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 streamlast_img read more

Hong Kong: Make colonialism great again

first_imgPosted to on Sept. 11, 2019.Sept. 10 — It is a thoroughly reactionary development when demonstrators carrying U.S. flags march through a city asking the most hated imperialist figure, Donald Trump, to come to their aid. But that is what is happening in Hong Kong.Despite all the claims in the capitalist press about the demonstrators being advocates of “democracy” and “freedom,” they have embraced a political figure who has locked immigrant children in cages after separating them from their families.They have called for aid from a president who has called for Muslims to be banned from the U.S. They have embraced a vile racist who has called African nations and Haiti “shithole” countries. Trump has called Mexicans rapists and criminals. What can be the political mentality of demonstrators who would ask for help from a racist bigot in the name of “democracy”?It is the mentality of capitalist greed.Donald Trump is trying to low-key the demonstrations because he wants to de-escalate a trade war with the People’s Republic of China. He is afraid that the trade war will trigger an economic downturn in the U.S. And an economic downturn will hurt his chances of reelection in 2020.But Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, the China hawks in Trump’s administration and the CIA did not get the memo. And if they did, Trump is playing soft cop in this scenario.Washington and the mainstream media outlets are going all out to foment a full-scale pro-imperialist rebellion, basically demanding independence for Hong Kong. They hope to prolong the demonstrations in order to embarrass the PRC on the 70th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution on Oct. 1. But the strategic goal of the Trump administration is to back the PRC into a corner and provoke it to intervene in Hong Kong. Washington and the Pentagon would like to create a small-scale version of the Tiananmen Square incident of 1989. Washington hopes that this will give the entire worldwide propaganda apparatus of the imperialists a green light to open up a major anti-Chinese campaign and set the stage for hostilities or even war. Given the divisions in the imperialist camp and the growing weight of China as an economic power, however, it remains to be seen whether these plans can materialize. Hong Kong ‘the new Berlin’Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of the demonstrations in the 2014 Hong Kong “umbrella” movement and one of the main leaders in the present struggle spoke in Berlin on Sept. 9 saying: “If we are in a new Cold War, Hong Kong is the new Berlin.” He continued, “We urge the free world to stand together with us in resisting the Chinese autocratic regime,” in a clear signal to the capitalist world. (Reuters, Sept. 9)By recalling the image of Berlin and the wall that divided the East and West, Wong evoked the vision of the beginning of the destruction of the socialist camp in Eastern Europe and the ultimate demise of the USSR. Wang’s clear goal is the destruction of socialist China. The place of Hong Kong in modern ChinaWith the victory of the Chinese revolution in 1949, the People’s Liberation Army drove the imperialist puppet Nationalist army off the mainland and onto the island of Taiwan. From a military point of view, the PLA was supreme on mainland China. Mao Zedong could have ordered the PLA to take Hong Kong, and it would not have taken much more than a day. But he did not do that. Why? Because China was a vast and impoverished country. Before the revolution, China was known as the land of hunger. Famines took the lives of hundreds of thousands and sometimes millions of people because of warlord rule and the lack of transportation.The revolution solved that problem with massive land redistribution. But China was in dire need of agricultural and industrial infrastructure. Following the revolution, the U.S. imposed a blockade on technology and industrial equipment. The USSR gave assistance. But China still needed financial channels to the outside world, and Hong Kong was a crucial financial center.‘One country, two systems’Fast forward to 1982. Mao had died in 1976, and the leftist forces associated with the Cultural Revolution were defeated. Deng Xiaoping entered into negotiations with the British imperialists over Hong Kong. The PRC made clear that they regarded Hong Kong as part of China. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher tried to hold out for the continuation of three oppressive treaties signed under military threats from Britain in 1842, 1860 and 1898. It was those treaties, known to the Chinese as the “unequal treaty,” which formalized the British colonization of Hong Kong. In the negotiations, the British imperialists wanted to retain administrative control of the territory. Deng told the British that the PRC regarded Hong Kong as part of China and threatened to invade to take back its territory. London was forced to abandon its attempts to retain the unequal treaties and the administration of Hong Kong.However, with Mao gone, the “reformers” under Deng were in charge. The PRC adopted the “one country, two systems” doctrine. An agreement was signed and went into effect in 1997. The doctrine said that Hong Kong would retain its capitalist system until 2047. A legislature and a governing council were set up. The PRC would have input into the legislature, retain the right to govern Hong Kong foreign policy and the right to interpret laws. Hong Kong was designated by China as a special administrative region. In a way, the arrangement with Hong Kong mirrored what the new Chinese leadership was trying to establish under the name “Socialism with Chinese Characteristics.” A mix of socialism and capitalism. Only in China there was a mass Chinese Communist Party which could hold the capitalists in check, as well as strategic state-owned enterprises. In Hong Kong, the largest imperialist banks, accounting firms, brokerage companies and law firms were left to dominate the economics of the territory. Always in fear of the PRC and socialism, they gradually tried to dominate the politics of Hong Kong as well.The latest counterrevolutionary, pro-colonialist demonstrations, complete with U.S. flags, singing the U.S. national anthem and appeals to Trump for assistance, represent a surge forward by the anti-PRC capitalist class to take over the political system in Hong Kong. It is a law of capitalism that capital accumulates and gets stronger over time. Over the years, the Hong Kong capitalists, with the aid of imperialism, have never abandoned the attempt to get out from under the shadow of the PRC. In a small territory like Hong Kong, this can only be done with the aid and backing of a major power like the U.S.Hong Kong and world finance capitalThe PRC faces significant risks in Hong Kong. The territory plays a crucial role in the economic development of China. Hundreds of billions of dollars flow in and out of mainland China through Hong Kong. (“Why China Still Needs Hong Kong,” Peterson International Institute for Economics, July 15)“No less than 64 percent of the mainland’s inward foreign direct investment and 65 percent of its outward foreign direct investment was booked in Hong Kong. Chinese banks, which are now worth US$1.2 trillion, hold overseas assets concentrated in Hong Kong.” (“Hong Kong is irreplaceable for China,” South China Morning Post, Aug. 30)The imperialists know this and are gambling that they can force concessions from China by economic extortion. This is the danger of the “one country, two systems” regime in Hong Kong. Lost in all the enthusiasm of the capitalist press for the reactionaries is the plight of the working class. In Hong Kong, houses cost 20.9 times the average yearly household income. Compare that with 9.4 times in Los Angeles and 9.1 times in San Francisco — cities infamous for their housing crises — and the extent of the problem becomes apparent.“‘Hong Kong only builds for the rich. They need to care for real people,’ says Chan To, 30, a skinny man with flecks of gray in his hair who has been homeless since he lost his job as a chef last summer. … Chan sought refuge in McDonald’s, sleeping in various outlets every night for the last four months, he says.” (Huffington Post, Nov. 20, 2018)“McRefugees” is a Hong Kong term for people living in booths at fast food places. Homelessness and being rent-poor is endemic in Hong Kong. The minimum wage is US$4 an hour in a city that has been rated as the most expensive in the world. The demonstrators who carry U.S. flags have no demands to improve the lot of the impoverished Hong Kong working class.‘Lady Liberty’ at Tiananmen SquareSuch flagrant appeals to colonialism have not been seen since the Tiananmen Square demonstrations in China in 1989. At that time, the vast assembly of counterrevolutionary student protesters, many of them schooled in the U.S., displayed a replica of the Statue of Liberty in Tiananmen Square in an open appeal for support from U.S. imperialism. Mikhail Gorbachev, who opened the door to counterrevolution in the USSR, went to the demonstrations to show his solidarity. The “reformist” capitalist-road Chinese premier at the time, Zao Zhiyang, was put under house arrest for encouraging a full-scale counterrevolution aimed at overthrowing the socialist system.Parading through Hong Kong with U.S. flags in 2019 is the equivalent of displaying the statue of “Lady Liberty” in Tiananmen Square in 1989.Playing with capitalism is like playing with fire as far as socialists are concerned. The attacks on Chinese technology, the U.S. naval threats in the South China Sea, the brutal trade war initiated by Trump and the witch-hunt by the FBI against Chinese scientists in the U.S. are all part of the growing antagonism between Chinese socialism and U.S. imperialism. One can hope the Chinese leadership will draw the necessary lessons from the developments in Hong Kong and the U.S. anti-China offensive. A hard assessment of U.S. imperialism and the voracious appetite of the exploiting class may be in order.Following the great anti-colonial wave in Africa, India and the Middle East after World War II, the British Union Jack had to be pulled down. In fact, the surrender of Hong Kong was said to be the last gasp of the British world empire. The British, the U.S.and other imperialists had to resort to neocolonialism, economic penetration and the installation of puppet regimes to maintain their world domination.Hoisting the U.S. flag in Hong Kong is a signal that these demonstrators want to return to the open colonialism of old. Trump and company want to make colonialism great again.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Answer to fascist threat? Working class struggle!

first_imgThe following are lightly edited remarks from Workers World Party’s Oct. 8 webinar on the recent election debates, with WWP’s First Secretary Larry Holmes in New York City, leading comrade Teresa Gutierrez in San Antonio,  and comrade moderator Ted Kelly in Philadelphia. Tune in Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT for revolutionary analysis from WWP members and our allies. WWP videos are available at Ted Kelly: We’ve talked about the fascist plot in Michigan [where neo-fascist militias planned to kidnap and kill Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer]. We’ve talked about the increasing danger against our trans brothers, sisters and siblings, against the tens of thousands of im/migrants in U.S. concentration camps who are  suffering everything from death in the pandemic to forced sterilizations. So — Is Trump fascist? And if he’s fascist, should we not be uniting with the Democrats to stop Trump? What do we do if Trump doesn’t concede? Or worse yet, what do we do if Trump wins? These are questions that I think are on the mind of the working class right now.Teresa Gutierrez: I think Trump is a fascist. If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s a duck. But we’re not living under a fascist system. That’s the difference. If we were living under fascism, we would not be able to have this meeting. Fascist actions are happening — that’s for sure. But we’re not living under fascism yet. I do think that there is an element of the ruling class that is getting ready for fascism. We don’t know, we’re not in the boardrooms where we can hear these things. But we have to be prepared for anything. That’s one of the reasons why it’s so important to be revolutionary internationalists. There are many activists who don’t see the fact that many of our problems could be solved by taking money away from the Pentagon. The money that’s going to “defense” and U.S. war could be used for COVID relief, for health care, for education and so forth. But you can’t vote away imperialism; you can’t vote away fascism. You have to uproot it, and that’s an intense struggle. I have had the privilege of traveling and meeting many activists and revolutionaries from around the world, specifically in Latin America. We have sisters and brothers and family there who have experienced fascism, like our Chilean comrades under President Augusto Pinochet, who was a fascist. Hundreds of thousands of workers were massacred in Chile. We learn from these comrades what it takes to stay in the struggle day after day, night after night. This is why we have to be internationalist — because our comrades and sisters and brothers and family from around the world have experienced the naked arm of capitalism. They have so much to teach us, and there is so much we can learn from them.This is why we have to always raise that there are no borders in the working-class struggle. We’re not just caring about the working class in the United States. We care about every single worker. Especially because U.S. imperialism has created the conditions that have forced people to leave their homelands. Internationalism has to be part of our program in the coming days. It is a tenet of the Party’s work, and it has to be a tenet of the movement.Larry Holmes: From a Marxist perspective, fascism is viewed differently depending on who you are in society. To us, what’s a fascist? A fascist is someone who is violently racist, violently homophobic, violently anti-working class, wants to crush unions, wants to smash the oppressed, smash migrant workers, carry out wars both beyond the borders of the U.S. and inside the border. From the point of view of the bourgeoisie, they’ll say a fascist is someone who wants to negate bourgeois democracy and be a tyrant, be an authoritarian leader, dismiss Congress and issue edicts, and so forth.What Marxists understand is that fascism does not come from some ideology. It’s not born in the heads of people, neither the ultrareactionary nor the police state part of it. Fascism is a desperate, extreme response to a huge crisis in the capitalist system. And the bourgeoisie argues among itself: “How are we going to save our system?” Some will say, “Well, this is so bad that the only way we can save the system is to mobilize some social base — the petty bourgeoisie, small business owners — and try to infect some of the working class with racism and homophobia and sexism. Go back to the past when the oppressed couldn’t even lift their head. And do whatever is necessary to smash the unions and smash the working class and divide it.” Fascism for the bourgeoisie is an extreme, painful solution to what they believe to be a terrifying existential crisis for their system — as in, if they don’t do something extreme, they might lose their system!I believe that the whole bourgeoisie is like Trump. It’s just that Trump lets it all hang out. But the bourgeoisie say the same things. All of the sexist, abominable s-h-i-t that he says — they say it amongst themselves. Trump realizes there’s a sector that he can reach, that he can mobilize on that basis, by being “honest” and calling for attacks on the oppressed. The question is how deep is his support in the ruling class? And he has some support in the ruling class. And what is the strength of his social base? I think that these things will be in deep play in the coming weeks, early November and beyond.You wanna fight these fascists? The Democrats will lead you to destruction. If it’s up to the Democrats, the fascists will win. One has to worry if, in fact, Biden wins and his victory is accepted — which is questionable — what will this fascist movement do in response to him? Do you think they’re gonna be quiet? Do you think they’re just gonna say “We lost?” Do you think that’s what 2021 is gonna be about? We need the real strategy for defeating fascism — which is organizing on a working-class basis for mass class struggle — the workers and the oppressed against the capitalist system! First in small ways, in uneven ways, based on where you are, but as time passes, in bigger, more coordinated ways. This is the lesson that comrades and leaders in the communist movement learned during the 1930s in Italy, in Germany, in Spain, and in different ways, in Chile and in Greece, not just now but fifty years ago. The big historical examples are Hitler and Mussolini, but they are by no means the only examples.This is a turning point for those who view themselves as radical socialists, communists, anti-capitalists, who orient toward the working class. This is about the importance of the class struggle and the necessity to do what we must do to organize our class. That’s a lot of work. But who said that anything important would not be a big challenge and a lot of work?That understanding and a commitment to do that work is what makes you a revolutionary. Not just some good rhetoric or a nice speech. In a crisis, are you ready to get down? Are you ready to do what you have to do? Are you ready to put in the time, make the sacrifices?Teresa Gutierrez: On fascism, people should take note of this: Comrade Fidel Castro always said that fascism would not come to the United States. And I believe him. It has to do with the people of this country. We hate this government. We hate this system. But we love our working class. And our working class is not going to allow fascism in this country. Fidel believed that, and I agree with him.Young people know that there is no hope under capitalism, and that’s why a sector of them were for Bernie Sanders, who was an open “socialist.” If the Democratic Party wanted a symbol of change, they would have selected him. (Yes, he’s an old white man; they can’t seem to get away from that!) But he was for Medicare for All, and choosing him would have been a nod to the base of the party that was organizing and angry with capitalism.But the Democrats didn’t do that, and they couldn’t do that because they are too beholden to Wall Street. The Democratic Party may look different — it may look more Black, more Brown, more union, but it is, just like the Republican Party, beholden to Wall Street. Workers World Party understands that there are immigrant rights activists and union activists who have a little bit of hope that if they vote for Biden, this fascist, sexist, white supremacist president will be defeated. And he should be defeated. We’re not at odds with those sentiments among people who are fighting for their community. We’re not at odds with them.If the Republican Party and Trump have called for police and right-wing militias to go out to terrorize voters at the poll, I think we should be out there to defend Black and Brown people who may be voting. Imagine! Republicans calling for the very police who killed Breonna Taylor to go “monitor” the voting sites — many of which have already been closed by the Republicans. We defend the right of Black and Brown and working class people to vote. I’m proud of our Party for taking that position.But Nov. 3 to Jan. 20 could be a sh-tstorm in this country. We know Trump’s hubris. We know the Democrats are not capable of fighting him. And we know that the only transfer of power we must be concerned with is the transfer of power to the people.So on Nov. 4, the day after the election, we have to be hitting the streets to organize for COVID relief, to stop police terror and for all the other demands for liberation of workers and the oppressed. That’s our program. That’s what we’re fighting for. We’re asking everyone to join us in this fight. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

#VIDEO Foley family was ‘plunged deep into an incomprehensible darkness’

first_imgBilly Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSAnthony FoleyIrelandlimerickMunster Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Signing the Book of Condolence in honour of Anthony Foley was Munster and Ireland player, Donnacha Ryan.Picture: Alan PlaceSigning the Book of Condolence in honour of Anthony Foley was Munster and Ireland player, Donnacha Ryan.Picture: Alan PlaceAS THOUSANDS of people, from home and abroad, are expected to sign books of condolence for the late Munster and Ireland legend, Anthony Foley, the family of the rugby legend have said that they have been “plunged deep into an incomprehensible darkness”, following Anthony’s deathThe 42-year-old died in Paris, as he was preparing for Munster’s first game in this season’s European Champions Cup.The family’s statement reads:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The family of Anthony Foley wishes to extend its deepest appreciation to the endless legions of friends and the wider rugby family here and abroad for the huge outpouring of support and sympathy since Anthony’s tragic and most untimely passing at the weekend.With Anthony’s passing, we have ultimately lost an amazing, adoring and loving father and husband; an equally caring, loyal and devoted son and brother; a central and go-to figure for the wider Foley and Hogan families. Our anguish at the sudden loss of Anthony is bottomless. We have been plunged deep into an incomprehensible darkness and sense of loss that we must work our way through over the coming days, weeks, months and years.We know, too, that his sudden death has brought the rugby worlds of Shannon RFC, Munster, Ireland and much further afield crashing down. You have lost a former player, coach, friend and all-round inspiration – your and our hero both. We mourn his loss together.We again wish to thank everyone for their support; it will help carry us through these darkest days.With regard to media, we thank you also for the sensitive way in which you have paid tribute to Anthony since the weekend but we doask that our privacy and that of his close friends be respected over this tragic period.Local authorities across Munster have come together following tragic and sudden death of the Munster head coach.Fans who arrived at City Hall remembered their hero.As a mark of respect the seven local authorities in Munster have opened books of condolence at City and County halls as well as online.The move will allow all Munster Rugby supporters from the province to express their sympathies on the sudden passing of one of Munster’s most faithful and best players.The Irish flag will also be flown at half mast outside the local authority offices and City Hall in Limerick will be illuminated red each night and for the remainder of the week.Anthony Foley is survived by his wife Olive and his two sons and extended family and friends. WhatsApp Advertisement NewsBreaking newsVideo#VIDEO Foley family was ‘plunged deep into an incomprehensible darkness’By Staff Reporter – October 17, 2016 1236 Printcenter_img Facebook Email Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Previous articleCompetition winnerNext articleDruid’s FUEL fund favours Limerick playwrights and producers Staff Reporter Linkedin Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” last_img read more

Active shooter bill heading to governor’s desk

first_img AUSTIN House Bill 103, filed by State Rep. Brooks Landgraf, R-Odessa, to create the Texas Active Shooter Alert System, passed out of the Texas Senate with unanimous support on Wednesday. Landgraf’s bill was passed by the Texas House of Representatives last month, so the measure now heads to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk, the final stage of the legislative process.“I’m thankful to my colleagues in the House and Senate — especially Sen. Judith Zaffirini, who represents Sutherland Springs — for the unwavering support for this necessary policy,” Landgraf stated in the news release. “HB 103 did not receive a single negative vote at any stage of the legislative process. Texans have spoken: our state needs the active shooter alert system required by the Leilah Hernandez Act.”Landgraf crafted HB 103, the Leilah Hernandez Act, after working with constituents and families of victims from the Aug. 31, 2019, mass shooting in Odessa and Midland.Leilah Hernandez, a 15-year-old Odessa High School student, was the youngest victim killed that tragic day. Leilah’s mother, Joanna Leyva, provided powerful testimony in support of the bill at the Texas Capitol, explaining how an active shooter alert system could have saved Leilah’s life.“We can never replace the lives we lost over Labor Day weekend in 2019,” Landgraf stated in the release. “But we believe that fewer Texans would have perished if this system had been in place at the time, and we are hopeful implementing the alert system now will save lives in the future.”HB 103 would require the Texas Department of Public Safety to develop and implement the Active Shooter Alert System. The alerts are intended to be issued quickly via SMS text and other available communications to the public in proximity to an active shooter situation.Landgraf has described this bill as a way to save lives and prevent mass violence while protecting the constitutional rights of law-abiding Texans. WhatsApp By Royal McGregor – May 12, 2021 Facebook Twitter Local News Twitter Pinterest Active shooter bill heading to governor’s desk Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: May 12, 2021Next articleEllen Noël Art Museum to offer summer art camps Royal McGregorlast_img read more

DS News Webcast: Wednesday 3/2/2016

first_img  Print This Post March 2, 2016 835 Views Previous: CFPB: Mortgages Remain the Most Complained About Financial Product Next: Lawmakers to HUD and FHFA: Get with the Program Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Brian Honea The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Featured / DS News Webcast: Wednesday 3/2/2016 in Featured, Media, Webcasts Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Freddie Mac’s Insight & Outlook report for February 2016, released Monday, cited the nearly 655 billion dollars in outstanding conventional 30-year mortgage-backed securities with interest rates greater than 4 percent. The report found that several borrowers have passed on favorable opportunities to refinance to lower their mortgages to the lower rates available for at least two-and-a-half years.According to Freddie Mac, borrowers who ignore extended refinance opportunities are said to be burned out by several factors, including decreased credit scores, job loss, and illness, which make them reluctant to try. Significant delinquencies making the cost of refinancing more than it’s worth are also a factor. In raw numbers, burned-out borrowers account for 420 billion dollars of that 655 billion dollar pot, or 64 percent.Managers of properties in single-family rental securitizations have been steadily increasing rents more for renewals than for new tenants for vacant properties over the past two years, a new report by Morningstar Credit Ratings has found. According to Morningstar’s 28-month-long analysis of single-family rental securitizations, rents in Q4 of 2015 dropped for new tenants(after almost half a year of remaining flat, while at the same time rents for existing tenants has increased gradually and steadily since at least July of 2014. DS News Webcast: Wednesday 3/2/2016 The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. 2016-03-02 Brian Honea The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribelast_img read more

Time To Derecognize ‘Scandalising The Court’ As A Form Of Contempt

first_imgColumnsTime To Derecognize ‘Scandalising The Court’ As A Form Of Contempt Ashok Kini1 Aug 2020 8:41 PMShare This – x”Committals for contempt by scandalising the court itself have become obsolete in this country. Courts are satisfied to leave to public opinion attacks or comments derogatory or scandalous to them.” This observation by Lord Morris in a judgment he delivered in 1899, is more relevant today given the development that journalist-writer-lawyer trio has approached the Apex Court…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”Committals for contempt by scandalising the court itself have become obsolete in this country. Courts are satisfied to leave to public opinion attacks or comments derogatory or scandalous to them.” This observation by Lord Morris in a judgment he delivered in 1899, is more relevant today given the development that journalist-writer-lawyer trio has approached the Apex Court challenging constitutionality of criminalization of ‘scandalization the court’.These observations by Lord Morris were noticed by the Indian Supreme Court in the year 1953 [Brahma Prakash Sharma And Others vs The State Of Uttar Pradesh AIR 1954 SC 10] while it delivered a judgment in an appeal against the Allahabad High Court order which held six lawyers guilty of contempt of court for “scandalising the court”. In that case, the lawyers, who were members of the Executive Committee of a District Bar Association, were held guilty of contempt for passing a resolution relating to the conduct of two judicial officers. However, accepting the apology tendered by them, the High Court directed them to pay costs. But the lawyers assailed this order before the Supreme Court. The Attorney-General supported their case and contended that any act or publication which is calculated to lower the authority or dignity of a judge does not per se amount to contempt of court. The legislation which was then in force was Contempt of Court Act, 1926. Referring to the history of ‘contempt law’, the court observed that an act or publication which “amounts to scandalising the court itself” is one kind of contempt.The court then noted the above quoted observation in the judgment of the Judicial Committee by Lord Morris [ MacLeod v. St. Aubin [1899] AC 549, [1899] UKPC 51]. However, the bench proceeded to comment that this observation of Lord Morris that contempt proceedings for scandalising the courts have become obsolete in England was not correct. To justify this comment, the bench relied on a judgment of Queen’s Bench in Reg. v. Gray which invoked its contempt jurisdiction to deal with a case of ‘scandalising the courts’.Though the Constitution bench set aside the High Court judgment and distinguished between defamation of individual judges and the offence of contempt of court, it perhaps, for the first time, recognized the English concept of ‘scandalizing the court’ as a form of contempt. The good part of this judgment is that it observed that if a particular act or publication is a mere defamatory attack on the judge and is not calculated to interfere with the due course of justice or the proper administration of the law by such court, it is not proper to proceed by way of contempt.The Parliament, which codified the contempt law about two decades later, defined Criminal Contempt to include ‘the publication (whether by words, spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representations, or otherwise) of any matter or the doing of any other act whatsoever which ‘(i) scandalises or tends to scandalise, or lowers or tends to lower the authority of, any court.’Contempt By ‘Scandalizing The Court’ : A Battle Of Perceptions On An Uneven Field UK Law Commission Report of 2012Although the report does not refer to the above observations made by Lord Morris, the UK Law Commission found that, in England and Wales, the offence had almost fallen into disuse by the end of the nineteenth century. It then states that the offence was only revived in two later cases in the 1930s. Realizing its obsoleteness, the Commission, concluded in its report submitted in December 2012, that the offence of scandalising the court is in principle an infringement of freedom of expression that should not be retained without strong principled or practical justification.The very next year, this recommendation of the Commission was implemented by the UK Parliament by enacting the Crime and Courts Act 2013.Law Commission of India Report of 2018Although the Law Commission of India took note of the report of its UK Counterpart, it said that the number of cases of criminal contempt in India highlight a different picture than that in the UK. It further observed that, in the UK, deleting the words ‘scandalising the court’ did not change the situation vis-à-vis such offences as they continue to be punishable under other existing statutes-the Public Order Act, 1986, and the Communications Act, 2003. It added that this is not the case in India, and that the deletion of ‘criminal contempt’ will leave a palpable legislative gap.The commission also observed that curtailing the scope of contempt to only include ‘wilful disobedience of directions / judgment of Court’ would be undesirable because of the continuing need for deterrence against contemptuous elements. “If the provisions are so narrowed in scope, there will be a reduction in impact. Such a change in the law of contempt could potentially lessen the respect for or fear of the courts and their authority and functioning; and, there is a possibility that this may lead to an undesired increase in the instances of deliberate denial and blasphemy of the courts.”, it said. It is pertinent to mention that, apart from a brief discussion about the effect of contempt law on Freedom of Speech, the Law Commission, in its report, did not discuss how it would stand the ‘reasonableness’ test.Time To Derecognize ‘Scandalisation’ As Form Of ContemptThe origin of ‘scandalizing the court’ form of contempt is attributed to an English Judge, Lord Hardwicke L. C. who in his judgment in 1742 stated that one kind of contempt is scandalising the court itself. 270 years later, the UK Parliament undid this. The Indian Supreme Court in 1953 recognized this form of contempt when it observed thus: “This scandalising might manifest itself in various ways but, in substance, it is an attack on individual judges or the court as a whole with or without reference to particular cases, casting unwarranted and defamatory aspersions upon the character or ability of the judges. Such conduct is punished as contempt for this reason that it tends to create distrust in the popular mind and impair the confidence of the people in the courts which are of prime importance to the litigants in the protection of their rights and liberties.”  18 years later, the Parliament gave these observations a statutory colour. In 2018, the Law Commission refused to follow its UK Counterpart and reported that it is necessary. Now, it is for the Supreme Court of India to decide whether the colonial concept which hampers free speech should still be retained in the Statute and law? Will it review the recognition given by the Constitution Bench to the ‘scandalisation of court’ form of contempt? One can only hope that the Supreme Court will review its comment about the observation made by Lord Morris. Perhaps, as said by the Judge, the Courts must satisfy themselves to leave to public opinion attacks or comments derogatory or scandalous to them. Next Storylast_img read more