Public sector borrowing hits record levels

first_img KCS-content Public sector borrowing hits record levels PUBLIC sector net borrowing reached a record high in August, surprising analysts who had expected the figure to have dropped since last year.The Office of National Statistics (ONS) said public sector net borrowing stood at £15.9bn in August, up from £14.1bn in the same month last year and the highest rate since records began in 1993. Economists had expected the figure to be around £12.5bn. Public sector net borrowing now stands at £58.1bn for the financial year to date, but the figure is down slightly from £61.9bn for the same period last year. The ONS said the rise in borrowing came as rising inflation meant interest payments rose to £3.8bn last month, from £1.3bn in August 2009. Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 21 September 2010 8:34 pm whatsapp Sharecenter_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Tags: NULLlast_img read more

iGB Diary: Rent cuts, Sweden’s challenges and Déjà vu Down Under

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Happy Friday igamers! This week we take a leaf out of William Hill’s books, hear why operators are disgruntled about Sweden and ponder the prospects of another lottery innovator Down Under That’s your lot! See you next week. iGB Diary Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops iGB Diary: Rent cuts, Sweden’s challenges and Déjà vu Down Undercenter_img Regions: Asia Europe 29th March 2019 | By Joanne Christie Topics: Legal & compliance Lottery Marketing & affiliates People Sports betting iGB Diary Happy Friday igamers! This week we take a leaf out of William Hill’s books, hear why operators are disgruntled about Sweden, celebrate some good PR for the industry and ponder the prospects of another lottery innovator Down Under.Please can we just pay half? Diary was inspired by news of William Hill’s rather bold request that landlords across its 2,000 retail shops cut its rent by 50% in a move that pre-empts the huge losses about to come as a result of the FOBT ban. We decided if it’s good enough for Hills to suggest that, “our hope is that for many landlords, a shop paying a lower level rent is better than an empty shop”, maybe it’s good enough for us too. So here goes:Dear mortgage lender,As you may be aware, the UK’s current politicians seem completely incapable of agreeing on any kind of orderly Brexit and it therefore seems likely we’re about to crash out of the EU in two weeks.We therefore expect rampant inflation and are unsure about how we will even afford groceries under such circumstances. As you know from last week’s Diary, we have been diligently stockpiling toilet rolls. We’ve also been stocking up on other tinned goods. However, we still feel that it might be a bit of a stretch to pay our mortgage. Please could we just pay half? We hope you will think that’s better than us moving out, handing you the keys and you getting practically nothing for our property, which is all it will be worth in a few months as London prices apparently are going to nosedive due to a hard Brexit.Yours sincerely, As-yet-unaffected-but-expecting-to-be-hit-hard reporterSweden. Not like Denmark It’s not just in the UK that operators are struggling – market conditions in Sweden inevitably dominated discussion at yesterday’s Nordic Affiliate Conference. The operator consensus is that they are finding the market stricter than anticipated since the transition from grey to white on 1 January, as reflected by the various actions since taken by the Spelinspektionen and the Swedish Consumer Agency. One of the affiliate managers we spoke to was literally bewildered: “A regulated market means the freedom to advertise yet they are telling us not to be too aggressive.” On the day’s first panel, Maria McDonald of Nordic Gambling, formerly of Kindred, said the industry was largely “disappointed” that the situation was not more akin to Denmark, where they could go to the regulator for guidance with regard to the many grey areas that inevitably exist while any new regulatory framework is bedding down. LeoVegas’s general counsel Vala Karimi told the audience, “they have come down on us too soon”. That said, when the Diary flicked on Swedish TV last night, the first ad break it saw consisted entirely of gambling ads. Stakeholders clearly find themselves caught between two competing impulses: on the one hand aware that carpet-bombing all available channels probably isn’t in its collective interest given the political shift against the pervasiveness of its advertising across Europe; but on the other aware that if they fail to cut through the noise of the 60-plus brands in the early days of the market, many will not be there in a year’s time. More action by the Swedish regulator with regards to bonuses also seems inevitable, given their relative tolerance so far of operators trying to circumvent the bonus cap now in place. The letter received by one operator this week informing them that it regards free spins as a bonus and therefore subject to the new restriction of one per player as a welcome incentive will surely be followed by others.Déjà vu Down Under Another company we predict might be getting a letter from authorities soon is The Lottery Office in Australia. Diary was pretty surprised to see write-ups in The Daily Mail and this week about a new entrant to the market, The Lottery Office, that claims it definitely doesn’t operate in a “grey area” and is totally legit as it buys matching tickets in Aus. If asked to pick one type of vertical they’d stay well clear of Down Under we’re guessing the first thought in many industry bods’ heads would be lotteries given the massive storm created by Lottoland, which was ultimately pushed out by monopoly operator Tatts. So we were especially amused by The Lottery Office’s general manager’s comment to that, “I’m sure Tatts doesn’t mind”. We think it has been clearly established that Tatts does in fact very much mind if anyone tries to compete with it. Oh, and so do the newsagent bodies, one of which has already complained about the new competition. Granted, “The Lottery Office’s Gotta Go” isn’t quite as catchy as “Lottoland’s Gotta Go” was, so Tatts and the newsagents may not be able to simply cut and paste a new campaign. Still, we’re pretty dubious about this company’s prospects. Who wants to place a bet on how long it will last?Good PR for a change On a brighter note, while social media is awash with stories about pissed off punters complaining about bookies not paying out, cancelling bets and the like, we predict many will be happy with the announcement that BetVictor will be reinstating and paying out all ante post bets placed with BetBright, which closed suddenly earlier this month. It’s especially good to see the resolution was put together by the company’s former executive chairman Rich Ricci. The only downside is that it doesn’t apply to the Cheltenham Festival. Considering obviously it’s only those who would have won their bets that are likely to front up to have their bets reinstated and therefore paid out by opening up an account with BetVictor, we think it’s likely to lead to some pretty happy punters – many of whom will have replaced the bets in the meantime and will therefore end up being paid out twice.Down with this sort of thing Yesterday’s NAC also saw four players involved in a payout dispute with Betsson/Nordicbet stage a mini protest outside the venue. Unfortunately the operator, presumably super busy following the long-awaited opening of the market in its homeland, didn’t actually have anyone in attendance at the event, rather defeating the object of the protestors’ presence there. Without at all wanting to make light of the dispute or either parties’ position in it, the Diary however couldn’t help thinking that they could have made a bit more effort with their signage, which to put it kindly, looked like something of a hasty afterthought mocked up following a visit to the nearest supermarket. And is the protestor on the right really protesting or just waxing their surfboard? The Diary however hopes for a speedy resolution of matters to both parties’ satisfaction. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Go Life International Limited ( 2019 Annual Report

first_imgGo Life International Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Go Life International Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Go Life International Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Go Life International Limited (  2019 annual report.Company ProfileGo Life International Limited is a multi-faceted healthcare company that offers products serving market needs in pharmaceuticals, generics, nutraceuticals, and medical consumables through to high end sophisticated hospital equipment. Go Life International Limited has a primary listing on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius and a secondary listing on the AltX of the Johannesburg Stock Exchangelast_img read more

How I’d invest £10k in cheap shares right now

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Now is a great time to invest a lump sum in the stock market. After the recent stock market crash, there are many cheap shares for investors to choose from.However, it is becoming clear that the economic disruption from the coronavirus crisis may last for some time. Therefore, investors need to be careful when picking undervalued stocks.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…Many cheap shares could see a significant deterioration in their trading performance over the next few months. That could lead to losses for investors in these businesses.On the other hand, some cheap shares have bright prospects and strong balance sheets. These companies could produce attractive capital and income returns for investors over the long run.Finding cheap sharesIf you are looking for cheap shares, the best place to start could be the FTSE 100.These blue-chip businesses are much more likely to survive the coronavirus crisis because policymakers have acted quickly to provide financing. Small businesses have not been so lucky.Many smaller companies are struggling to raise additional financing to weather the storm. Some even entered the crisis with a lot of debt, which could limit their ability to survive if profits drop precipitously.Even though it has recently surged back above 6,000, the FTSE 100 is still full of cheap shares. Many companies are only just starting to get to grips with the new normal, which could present an attractive opportunity for long-term investors.Competitive advantageThere are plenty of other attractive cheap shares outside the FTSE 100 as well. The best companies are those that have a definite competitive advantage over peers. This could be anything from a unique product to big economies of scale or sticky client base.The best way to find these companies to look for businesses with large profit margins or a high return on equity (ROE). These metrics can signal that a business is earning a lot more profit than the rest of the sector. It usually has a competitive advantage that’s helping it meet this objective.DiversificationAs mentioned above, it could be some time before the world economy returns to normal. As such, if you are looking to invest a lump sum in cheap shares today, the best way to limit risk is to buy a diversified basket of these stocks.Even if you stick with the market’s top blue-chips, considering the current situation, there’s no telling if these stocks will still be around in a year.By diversifying, you can protect yourself from the worst-case scenario as even if one or two businesses in the portfolio fail, you will still have money left to stage a comeback.Overall, while the outlook for the global economy might be uncertain, now could be an excellent time for long-term investors to snap up high-quality cheap shares at a discount.The potential for long-term profits could far outweigh the near-term risk of following such a strategy. 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. Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 2nd May, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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.center_img Enter Your Email Address How I’d invest £10k in cheap shares right now 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. Rupert Hargreaves has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

Forget gold! I’d buy these cheap shares today to make a million

first_img Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! Adventurous investors like you won’t want to miss out on what could be a truly astonishing opportunity…You see, over the past three years, this AIM-listed company has been quietly powering ahead… rewarding its shareholders with generous share price growth thanks to a carefully orchestrated ‘buy and build’ strategy.And with a first-class management team at the helm, a proven, well-executed business model, plus market-leading positions in high-margin, niche products… our analysts believe there’s still plenty more potential growth in the pipeline.Here’s your chance to discover exactly what has got our Motley Fool UK investment team all hot-under-the-collar about this tiny £350+ million enterprise… inside a specially prepared free investment report.But here’s the really exciting part… right now, we believe many UK investors have quite simply never heard of this company before! 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. The gold price has jumped over the past 12 months as investors have rushed to buy the yellow metal, seeking protection against market uncertainty. However, I’m not entirely convinced gold is the most suitable asset to own in the current market. I believe investors may achieve a much better return in the long run by owning cheap shares instead. 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…The problem with gold The issue with the gold price, in my opinion, is the fact that the yellow metal is a speculative asset. It’s only worth as much as someone is willing to pay. That makes it challenging to say how much it should be worth at any point in time. On the other hand, cheap shares such as IAG are backed by hard assets, which produce cash flow. That makes it easier to suggest their worth. IAG and its smaller budget peer, easyJet, were some of the largest airlines in Europe before the pandemic, although they’ve since lost their edge. Nevertheless, I reckon that when the air travel market recovers, these firms will see a rapid return to growth.Pent up consumer spending coupled with the strength of these companies’ brands, will help re-ignite growth, in my opinion. This could yield large total returns for investors. Both stocks continue to trade at a discount of 50% or more to their 2020 high.Other travel firms, such as Germany’s Tui, could see a similar bounce in demand, producing a stock re-rating. It may be difficult for an investor to achieve the same returns from gold, especially in the near term. In the past, the yellow metal has lagged the performance of stocks in rising markets but outperformed in weak markets. As such, as the market recovers, cheap shares could prosper, but gold may struggle. Income investment Also, gold doesn’t provide an income. Many cheap UK shares do. Take GlaxoSmithKline, for example. At the time of writing, this business offers a dividend yield of around 5%. It also trades at a discount of approximately 20% to its long-term average valuation.These numbers suggest the stock could provide a total return of as much as 15% per annum for the next two years. I think it’s unlikely the gold price will yield the same kind of return over this period, unless there’s another market crash. Considering all of the above, I think buying cheap shares today could yield higher returns than the gold price in the long run. As such, I reckon this may be the best strategy for an investor trying to make a million in the stock market.Not only could investors see higher returns, but it may also be possible to generate a passive income stream, which would be impossible with gold. Owning stocks such as GlaxoSmithKline and other high-yield shares could provide a steady income to supplement an income or reinvest in the market.  The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radar Rupert Hargreaves | Saturday, 16th January, 2021 Enter Your Email Address Forget gold! I’d buy these cheap shares today to make a millioncenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK 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. 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. Image source: Getty Images See all posts by Rupert Hargreaveslast_img read more

American women died in Vietnam, too

first_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 National Nurses WeekBy Barbara Will, Professor of English, Associate Dean of the Arts and Humanities, and Public Voices Fellow, Dartmouth College.Note: This article was first published on theconversation.comVisiting the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., it’s easy to overlook the names of eight women inscribed on the wall’s haunting slabs of black granite.These eight are hidden figures, dwarfed by the more than 58,300 names of men who died in service or who remain missing in action from the Vietnam War. All military nurses, the women died of shrapnel wounds, in helicopter crashes or of illness while ministering to the wounded. Because the war had no clear front, these women were often caught in the midst of combat zones, saving lives while risking their own.Yet the contributions of these eight nurses, and of the approximately 11,000 other American women who participated in the war as medical personnel and support staff between 1956 and 1975, is a largely untold story. Like the African-American women who worked behind the scenes at NASA during Sputnik, the American women who served in Vietnam played a vital role in sustaining the national effort while facing sexism and disparagement at home and in the field.Writing women into warAs a scholar who has explored the experience of writers in wartime, I’m fascinated by the question of who gets to tell the story of war. For the most part, this has been a story told by and about men: men who send their fellow citizens to war and men who pay the ultimate price for this decision. Inevitably, official histories of major wars tend to portray women’s roles in war as less significant than those of men. Women civilians are often assumed to be the population least affected by war: bystanders immune to war’s worst horrors. Female nurses and support staff are represented as necessary but not essential to the war effort. As political philosopher Jean Bethke Elshtain argues in her seminal work “Women and War,” women have generally been presented “as the collective ‘other’ to the male warrior.”The first five enlisted women in the Air Force to be assigned to Vietnam arrive in country. More than 11,000 women would serve by the war’s end. Department of DefenseTo be sure, the vast majority of casualties in the Vietnam war were men, and their experience—today more than ever—demands to be honored. But it is equally necessary to honor the experience and efforts of women like the eight nurses on the wall, who also lost their lives in service to their country.To bring these women’s service to light, we might begin with what Maya Lin, the woman who created the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, instinctively understood: the power that lies in the simple rendering of an individual’s name and date of death. As Lin writes, the names on the Memorial Wall were meant to be “honest about the reality of war, about the loss of life in war, and about remembering those who served and especially those who died.”Capt. Eleanor Alexander and 1st Lt. Hedwig Orlowski died in November 1967 when their plane crashed on a return trip from hospital duty in Pleiku.1st Lt. Sharon Lane died in June 1969 from shrapnel wounds when rockets hit the 312 Evacuation Hospital at Chu Lai.2nd Lt. Pamela Donovan died from illness in July 1968 in Gia Dinh, as did Lt. Col. Annie Graham a month later.2nd Lts. Carol Drazba and Elizabeth Jones died in a helicopter crash near Saigon in February 1966.And, Capt. Mary Therese Klinker died alongside 138 other people in the infamous Babylift plane crash of April 4, 1975 while evacuating Vietnamese orphans out of the country.The aftermath of the ‘Operation Babylift’ crash. AP Photo/Dang Van PhuocThese women were all volunteers in the Army and Air Force, most in their early 20’s. They came from towns and cities across the country: Lafayette, Indiana; Brighton, Massachusetts; Canton, Ohio. They worked long hours under unbelievably grueling conditions. Alongside the violence that to this day comes with the job of nursing, the military nurses in Vietnam suffered harassment and stereotyping from fellow soldiers and the media at home. One study notes that 63 percent of the nurses serving in Vietnam “reported sexual harassment in some form,” a reality that led to high rates of PTSD for survivors. At home, meanwhile, popular stereotypes portrayed Vietnam nurses as promiscuous or deviant.But one fact about these women stands out: Without their service, there would likely have been many more names added to the stark list that surrounds their own on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.A gender-inclusive military?Telling the story of women in war has become a bit easier since the 2013 decision to allow women to serve in direct combat roles in the U.S. military. With women now making up 15 percent of all military combatants, it’s a lot harder to insist that gender is a distinguishing factor for war commitment or sacrifice.Still, the present administration’s ban against transgender individuals serving in the U.S. military suggests that there remains significant unease in the country about making this institution truly gender-inclusive. The idea of war as the domain of heroic masculinity remains potent in our national mythology. The reality, of course, has always been much more nuanced. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 TAGSNational Nurses Week Previous articleJoin The Apopka Voice team: Sales Associate neededNext articleWhat does it take to become an elementary school teacher? Not just passion Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

What women are fighting for

first_imgInternational Women’s Day is a good time to examine some crucial struggles for women, including pay equity and livable wages.This topic arose starkly at the Feb. 22 Academy Awards when a well-known actor, Patricia Arquette, stressed in her award acceptance speech that it’s time for women in the U.S. to have wage equality and equal rights. True.After the ceremony, the actor talked backstage of ageism in Hollywood, where female actors’ salaries shrink substantially as they get older. But she added that it was time for “all the gay people and the people of color that we’ve fought for to fight for us now.”This set up an “us vs. them” scenario, implicitly leaving women of color and those in the lesbian, bisexual, transgender communities out of the “we” category. It put the onus on those who are most oppressed, discriminated against – and among the lowest paid — to fight for highly paid celebrities.Immediately, social media was atwitter with objections to these remarks by African-American women, Latinas and LGBTQ people. These communities have been strongly fighting for decent jobs, pay equity, as well as an end to bigotry and discrimination.The “Black Lives Matter” protests against racist police killings, as well as brutality against LGBTQ individuals, show starkly that deep oppression continues. It is every progressive person’s duty to support such struggles wholeheartedly – in words and in deeds. Opposing police brutality IS a women’s issue!As for pay equity, women overall earn 78 cents for each dollar men make in the U.S. However, African-American women earn 64 percent of white male workers’ salaries; for Native women it’s 59 percent and Latinas 54 percent.Women make up two-thirds of those earning minimum wage ($7.25 an hour) or less, and often involuntarily work part-time jobs with no benefits. Thirty percent of single mothers, 35 percent of Native women, 25 percent of African-American women and Latinas, and 20 percent of women immigrants live under the ­poverty level.Who benefit from paying women lower wages, doubly exploiting women of color? The capitalist owners of corporations, banks and property. Their CEOs do very well, too. The bosses rake in megaprofits from all workers’ labor and pay them only a fraction of the value they produce.That’s the basis of the for-profit capitalist system and how multimillionaires are made. While the net worth of the richest 400 individuals in the U.S. in 2014 was $2.29 trillion, up $270 billion from the year before, says Forbes, working people are losing real income.If all 72 million women in the workforce were paid the same rate as the highest-paid male workers, that would total hundreds of billions of dollars. If all workers were paid the full value of what they produce, it would amount to trillions. But these corporate parasites will underpay every employee, going as low as they can — unless there is a struggle to wrench higher wages from them.Look at Walmart: 500,000 workers just won an immediate wage hike to $9 per hour, going to $10 next year, through strong, brave protests, with community and union support. Yet even with these raises, can single mothers, many only assigned part-time work, pay rent and cover their children’s needs?Walmart is owned by the Walton family. Four of its members, worth a total of $158 billion, are in Forbes’ top 10 list of the U.S.’s wealthiest people. Their riches come from exploiting their workers, especially women. In 2011, 1.5 million women sued Walmart for wage and other discrimination, but the pro-corporate Supreme Court refused to back them.Congress blocks equal rights, pay hikesWhat is wrong with this picture? There is not even an Equal Rights Amendment on the books, a simple law stating women’s equality, because right-wing millionaires mounted a campaign to defeat it. Their politicians in Congress have also obstructed the Paycheck Fairness Act because it would give women more legal tools to fight wage discrimination. They refuse to raise the federal minimum wage to $10, which would help all low-wage workers, although it still wouldn’t pay today’s bills.Reactionary bosses have fought every measure that would help women gain equal rights and pay equity, while trying to erase women’s reproductive and other health care. Their cronies in 22 state legislatures refuse to expand Medicaid for low-income people, including single mothers.On this International Women’s Day, in the spirit of sisterhood, let us all join in the fight for a $15 an hour minimum wage, full-time jobs, expanded social programs and an end to all forms of discrimination. This is time for women to unite and fight for real equality, to stand in solidarity with our most oppressed sisters — and oppose this racist, sexist, homophobic and xenophobic system.That is what International Women’s Day stands for and what its socialist founders intended it to be. Fighting women’s hardships, poverty and oppression is a cornerstone of the struggle to end this vicious capitalist system. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Wikileaks: We are ‘priceless,’ so please donate

first_imgNews July 1, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Wikileaks: We are ‘priceless,’ so please donate WikiLeaks spoofs Mastercard commercial, in order to direct supporters toward alternate donation methods. Organisation center_img Help by sharing this information RSF_en last_img

Two years after Charlie, cartoonists are still persecuted

first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more January 6, 2017 Two years after Charlie, cartoonists are still persecuted Joel PettCartoonists Rights Network International © Joep Bertrams (Pays-Bas) – Cartooning for Peace JABEUR MEJRI (Tunisia)A 29-year-old Tunisian blogger, Jabeur Mejri was prosecuted in March 2012 for posting cartoons and satirical texts on social networks at a time of continuing tension just over a year after President Ben Ali’s removal, when anything to do with religion was extremely sensitive. The cartoons, in particular, were deemed to have insulted Islam. He was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and a fine of 1,200 dinars on charges of disrupting public order, causing wrong to others, and violating morality. He was strongly defended by human rights groups, which regarded him as one of the first prisoners of conscience since the fall of the Ben Ali regime. After two years in prison, he was finally pardoned by President Moncef Marzouki and was released in March 2014. He was arrested again the following month on a charge of insulting an official. After a second pardon in October 2014, he left Tunisia.© Willis from Tunis (Tunisia) – Cartooning for Peace RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan How you wield a pencil can still lead to violent reprisals.Only too often, cartoonists pay a high price for their irony and impertinence. The threats they receive are barometers of free speech, acting as indicators of the state of democracy in times of trouble.It is hard to say whether cartoonists are more exposed since the attack that killed 12 people at Charlie Hebdo in Paris on 7 January 2015. But they continue to be subjected to political, religious and economic pressure, to censorship, dismissal, death threats, judicial harassment, violence and, in the worst cases, even murder. As a profession, they are clearly threatened.“Since the Charlie tragedy, many cartoonists have lived under constant political, religious and economic pressure, and pressure from non-state groups as well,” RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“Accusations of offending religion are too often used as a tool of political censorship. It is essential to remember that international law protects cartoonists because it safeguards the right to express and disseminate opinions that may offend, shock or disturb.”Cartooning for Peace president Plantu (Jean Plantureux) said: “Many cartoonists bear witness, in their battles and in the harassment and threats they receive, to the importance they assign to their efforts to raise awareness. Since the Charlie terrorist attacks, other tragic events have confirmed that, more than ever, we need to pursue our fight for freedom, one that is also waged with the pencil.”RSF, Cartooning for Peace and the other press cartoonist associations have compiled the following profiles of cartoonists who have been dismissed, arrested, imprisoned or threatened because of their cartoons.The chosen cartoonists are Zunar, who has been hounded by the Malaysian authorities for years and is be tried at the end of January; Tahar Djehiche, an Algerian cartoonist who was given a jail sentence for insulting President Bouteflika; Musa Kart, the Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet’s well-known cartoonist, who is now in jail; and Rayma Suprani, who was fired from the Venezuelan newspaper El Universal over her cartoons about the government and now lives in exile in the United States.Sometimes just reposting a cartoon can lead to prosecution and imprisonment. This is what happened to Tunisian blogger Jabeur Mejri, who was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison in 2012 in connection with his Facebook posts.ZUNAR (Malaysia)Zulkifli Anwar Ulhaque, the cartoonist better known as Zunar, is a symbol of the fight for freedom of expression in Malaysia and the government’s bugbear. Because of his cartoons denouncing the corruption in all layers of Malaysian society, he has been subjected to various kinds of persecution for nearly a decade including repeated detention, arrests of assistants and supporters, a travel ban, the closure of his website, the confiscation of his cartoons and a ban on his cartoon books. When the opening of a Zunar exhibition was disrupted by his critics in November, the police intervened, confiscated the cartoons and ended up taking him into custody. In December, he was arrested again when he organized a sale of his books to compensate for the financial loss resulting from the exhibition’s cancellation. As a result, he is now being investigated as a threat to parliamentary democracy. He is already facing up to 43 years in prison on nine counts of violating the Sedition Act, which violates freedom of expression by making it easy to prosecute journalists and cartoonists for supposedly “seditious” content. The pretext for Zunar’s prosecution was nine tweets critical of the government. His trial has been postponed twice in the past two years and is now due to start on 24 January. Last year he received the Cartooning for Peace Prize for his courage and determination.© Zunar (Malaysia) – Cartooning for Peace FranceTunisiaTurkeyAlgeriaVenezuelaMalaysiaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa AmericasAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureImpunityViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expression Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says Receive email alerts News June 7, 2021 Find out more News to go further RSF_en FranceTunisiaTurkeyAlgeriaVenezuelaMalaysiaEurope – Central AsiaMiddle East – North Africa AmericasAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesReligious intoleranceProtecting journalists Judicial harassmentEconomic pressureImpunityViolenceImprisonedFreedom of expression Organisation News Tjeerd RoyaardsCartoon Movement TAHAR DJEHICHE (Algeria)The Algerian cartoonist Tahar Djehiche posted a cartoon on social networks in April 2015 showing President Abdelaziz Bouteflika being buried under the sand of In Salah, a Saharan region where the population has been protesting against the use of fracking to produce shale gas. His aim was to draw attention to the environmental dangers of shale gas production by this means in Algeria, but he was charged with insulting the president and “inciting a mob.” He was acquitted in May 2015, but was convicted on appeal the following November and was sentenced to six months in prison and a fine of 500,000 dinars. Many international organizations have condemned this absurd and incomprehensible decision, especially as it is still not known who was responsible for the appeal.© Tahar Djehiche (Algeria) – Cartooning for Peace June 8, 2021 Find out more Christophe DeloireReporters Without BordersPlantuCartooning for PeaceAnn Telnaes The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists RAYMA (Venezuela)Rayma Suprani is a Venezuela cartoonist who worked for nearly 20 years for the Caracas-based daily El Universal. Her cartoons criticized poverty, the lack of social justice and abuse of power under President Hugo Chavez, and under his successors after Chavez died in office in 2013. She had often been subjected to threats and pressure but in September 2014 she went “too far” in one of her cartoons. It portrayed public healthcare in Venezuela – which has been undermined by the crisis in the petrodollar economy – as an electrocardiogram that began with Chavez’s well-known signature and then flatlined. She was immediately fired by El Universal, which had just been acquired by someone more sympathetic to the Chavista government. Deprived of her source of income, she fled to the United States, where she continues to use her pencil to fight for freedom of expression.© Rayma (Venezuela) – Cartooning for Peace MUSA KART (Turkey)During the wave of arrests that followed last July’s failed coup in Turkey, the police detained a dozen employees of the leading opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet on 31 October. They included editor Murat Sabuncu, the newspaper’s lawyer, and its well-known cartoonist, Musa Kart. The head of the Istanbul prosecutor’s office said they were suspected of committing crimes on behalf of the Gülen movement (which is accused by the government of orchestrating the coup attempt). “For years I have tried to transcribe what we live through in this country in the form of caricatures and today it seems that I have entered one of them,” Kart said at the time. “What explanations will they give to the rest of the world? I have been taken into police custody because I drew cartoons!”© Musa Kart (Turkey) – Cartooning for Peace News Help by sharing this information On the eve of the second anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Reporters Without Borders (RSF), Cartooning for Peace and other cartoonist associations pay tribute to all press cartoonists who defend media freedom by means of their cartoons. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asialast_img read more

Tamil Nadu magazine publisher freed on bail

first_imgNews April 27, 2021 Find out more March 3, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en February 23, 2021 Find out more News India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News Reporters Without Borders hails journalist A.S. Mani’s release on bail today on an order that his lawyer managed to obtain from a Tamil Nadu appeal court yesterday. The publisher and editor of the Chennai-based magazine Naveena Netrikkan, Mani will nonetheless have to remain for the next month in Chidambaram, which is 250 km from Chennai.—————————————————————————-17 august 2010Chennai magazine editor still held after one month, torturedReporters Without Borders appeals to M. Karunanidhi, the chief minister of the southeastern state of Tamil Nadu, to have all the charges against A.S. Mani, the publisher and editor of the Tamil-language magazine Naveena Netrikkan, withdrawn after a court in Chennai rejected a petition for his release on bail on 10 August.Arrested on the orders of Police Commissioner S. R. Jangid on 19 July after publishing an article about police corruption, Mani is being held on trumped-up charges, including one of attempted murder, and has been physically and psychologically tortured.“We strongly condemn the violence to which he has been subjected while in detention,” Reporters Without Borders said. “His persecution by the police is unacceptable and the proceedings initiated against him seem to be an act of revenge. The government must free him at once and punish those responsible for these crimes against the press.”Mani already spent a month in prison in 2009. On his release, he told Reporters Without Borders: “Press freedom and press rights are being considerably curtailed by political pressures, particularly in Tamil Nadu. The press is not able to expose the evil at the roots of the society.”Reporters Without Borders has interviewed Professor Krishnaswamy, the head of the A.S. Mani Support Committee.A.S. Mani has spent nearly a month in detention. What can you tell us about the conditions in which he is being held?A.S. Mani was taken into custody at 10:30 a.m. on 19 July and was cruelly tortured at Egmore police station (in Chennai). During his first night in prison, the police stripped him naked and beat him until he lost consciousness. When he woke up and asked for something to drink, Police Inspector Chandrasekaran urinated into a bottle and forced him to drink the urine.What are the charges against him?The police showed no warrant when they arrested him and the staff of Naveena Netrikkan did not learn of his arrest until the following evening. Since then, he has been held on two trumped-up charges, one of which is the attempted murder of a police informer, A.N. Senkottaiyan. As A.S. Mani was arrested at 10:30 in the morning and this attempted murder did not take place until 11 a.m., it has to have been trumped up. The other charge is an escape attempt during the night of 20 July. That is also impossible as he was unconscious all night as a result of being brutally tortured. Meanwhile, he is still being denied access to a lawyer.How have the court appearances gone?A judge went to the police station at 10 a.m. on 20 July at Police Commissioner S.R. Jangid’s request and, without even seeing or speaking to A.S. Mani, ordered his transfer to Puzhal Chennai prison. He was taken before the same judge on 22 July, again in Egmore police station. This time the judge ordered that he be held in the police station for five days. It should be stressed that this was against the law. I would also like to point out that A.S. Mani’s relatives paid 65,000 rupees to Jangid and Chandrasekaran at the latter’s request on 20 July in the hope that he would not be tortured any more.What is his state of health?We do not know very much. We only know that he saw a doctor once, in Chromepet general hospital. But he was forbidden to mention the torture to the doctor. And by giving the doctor a bribe, the police got a certificate saying that he was fine. Follow the news on Indiacenter_img Indian journalist wrongly accused of “wantonly” inaccurate reporting IndiaAsia – Pacific IndiaAsia – Pacific September 3, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Tamil Nadu magazine publisher freed on bail RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 to go further Receive email alerts News Organisation last_img read more