City veteran Gunn thinks it will all come good at Rotala

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farm City veteran Gunn thinks it will all come good at Rotala Wednesday 26 January 2011 8:55 pm Share KCS-content Show Comments ▼center_img CITY veteran John Gunn (pictured) said yesterday he hoped his near £3m investment in Aim group Rotala would come good at some point and result in a tidy nest egg for his family.The former head of British & Commonwealth, whose company collapsed after the £410m acquisition of Atlantic Computers, has been left exasperated by the gradual share price decline in Rotala, which has just announced the purchase of Preston Bus. Gunn is currently chairman of the Aim-listed group and a 25 per cent shareholder.Rotala’s shares have fallen from a high of 52p to as low as 25p over the past few months. Gunn says the disposal of shares by four institutions after the departure of four individual fund managers who were fans of the stock has not helped.Rotala is forecast to make a £1.9m profit in the year to November 2010.Says Gunn: “We were worth twice as much as we are now when we were losing money.”Gunn and chief executive Bob Dunn have agreed to subscribe a total of £265,000 in a share placing. whatsapp Tags: NULL More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com whatsapplast_img read more

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No changes to German State Treaty following EC criticism

first_img No changes to German State Treaty following EC criticism Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting Poker Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 29th August 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The state of Nordrhein-Westfalen claims criticism of the third amended State Treaty on Gambling by the European Commission will not lead to any major changes to the wording of the legislation.Earlier this week it emerged that EC general director Lowri Evans had cast doubt as to how effective the Treaty would be in channeling operators and players into the legal market.Evans in particular took issue with the short duration of licences, which are due to be awarded early in 2020 and in effect until 30 June 2021, after which a new regulatory framework is expected to be implemented.This was written in a so-called ‘blue letter’, a formal notice that acts as a precursor to the launch of infringement proceedings against a European Union member state.However a spokesperson for the State Chancellery of Nordrhein-Westphalen said Evans’ letter “contains nothing that might lead to any changes being made to the wording of the 3rd State Treaty on Gambling”.“On the contrary, the EU Commission expressly welcomes the ruling’s core aim to rescind the limitation on numbers of concessions that can granted for sports betting,” they added. “The Länder [German federal states] are currently consulting on how to react to the comments made by the European Commission.”However leading German gambling lawyer Dr Wulf Hambach warned that the blue letter put further pressure on the states to develop a satisfactory framework from 30 June, 2021.Writing for the trade publication Legal Tribune Online, Hambach said German risked having infringement proceedings launched, as the states had failed to perform a number of standard tasks in relation to gambling regulations.In particular, they are yet to provide the European Commission with any data to prove the dangers of online casino games, which are prohibited under the State Treaty, he said.Hambach previously told iGamingBusiness.com that support for a liberalised regulatory model, in line with Schleswig-Holstein’s breakaway model in which all products are permitted and a 20% gross revenue tax is levied on operators, was gaining support.The likes of Hesse, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Rheinland-Pfalz and Baden-Wuerttemberg were all in favour of such an approach, he explained, with the likes of Sachsen, Bayern and Sachsen-Anhalt also potentially in favour.In the wake of the EC criticism and against this backdrop of growing support for liberal legislation, the Minister-President conference, scheduled for October, could be “groundbreaking”, he said. This could see lawmakers set out a roadmap to a new, satisfactory, regulatory model. Casino & games The state of Nordrhein-Westfalen claims criticism of the third amended State Treaty on Gambling by the European Commission will not lead to any major changes to the wording of the legislation. Email Address Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Germany Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gamblinglast_img read more

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Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgHoneywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Honeywell Flour Mills Plc (HONYFL.ng)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileHoneywell Flour Mills Plc is a flour milling company in Nigeria and manufactures and markets wheat-based products which includes flour, semolina, wheat meal, brown flour, pasta and noodles. The company markets it products under the Honeywell brand name. Formerly known as Gateway Honeywell Flour Mills Limited, the company changed its name to Honeywell Flour Mills Plc in 1995. The company is a subsidiary of Siloam Global Services Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Honeywell Flour Mills Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Mauritius Secondary Industries Ltd (MSIL.mu) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgMauritius Secondary Industries Ltd (MSIL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Mauritius Secondary Industries Ltd (MSIL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Secondary Industries Ltd (MSIL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Secondary Industries Ltd (MSIL.mu)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileMauritius Secondary Industries Limited is based in Mauritius that specialises in the rethreading of tyres as well as the renting out of commercial space, offices and industrial buildings. Mauritius Secondary Industries Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

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Five talking points from the World Cup final

first_img Celebratory dance: New Zealand perform the haka after their RWC win. Photo: Getty Images TAGS: Highlight LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS As New Zealand are crowned world champions for a record third time, Rugby World looks at the big questions to come out of RWC 2015 Should there be a Plate competition?Watching South Africa play Argentina in the third-place play-off on Friday night, in a stadium devoid of atmosphere (as much the fault of the stadium design as the game), debate in the press box centred on whether there should be a Plate competition for those teams finishing third in the pool.More to gain: Did Japan deserve to play in a Plate competition? Photo: Getty ImagesMaybe there’s even a case to copy the whole sevens model and introduce a Bowl and Shield competition so all 20 teams have something to play for throughout the tournament. It means everyone would get more meaningful and competitive fixtures, which can only help their games develop.Play the matches in midweek and you’d also maintain public interest in the tournament rather than have long weeks of press conference soundbites between knockout games as it stands. RWC 2015 has shown that there is an appetite for rugby at all levels – there just needs to be smart planning in terms of which grounds host which matches.The obvious answer against such a plan is cost. Housing 20 teams for nigh-on two months is a lot more expensive than housing just eight in the final couple of weeks. Perhaps a compromise is to introduce a Plate competition in 2019 for the teams finishing third in the pool – and if that proves successful, and not too cost prohibitive, a Bowl and Shield could be brought in come 2023.Are the southern hemisphere better at introducing league converts than the North?Sonny Bill Williams produced two sublime offloads in around a minute in the lead-up to Ma’a Nonu’s try in the World Cup final. Israel Folau also produced his best performance of the tournament. So why have these league converts delivered in a World Cup when many in the northern hemisphere can’t make the same impact?Code cracker: Sonny Bill Williams in action during the final. Photo: Getty ImagesPerhaps it’s because they’re given time to adapt Down Under. Sonny Bill learnt the game in the French second division with Toulon before becoming part of New Zealand’s 2011 World Cup-winning team. And he’s generally been used as an impact substitute by the All Blacks.Folau got to grips with things on the wing with the Waratahs before before making his Test bow and latterly being moved to full-back with great effect.Poor Sam Burgess was thrust into England’s midfield for a decisive World Cup pool game having stood out more as a back-row than a centre for his club Bath. Ironically, if he hadn’t played in RWC 2015 all this talk of a swift return to league would probably not be happening and by 2019 he could have developed into an outstanding back-row for England. Can New Zealand win a third straight world title?The All Blacks’ 34-17 win over Australia means they are the first team to win back-to-back World Cups. They have also dispensed with the idea that they can only lift the Webb Ellis Cup on New Zealand soil. The question now is whether they can win a third straight title in Japan in four years’ time.The likes of Richie McCaw, Dan Carter, Keven Mealamu, Conrad Smith and Ma’a Nonu will not be seen in a black shirt again, so do New Zealand have the talent to keep their run of success going? Unfortunately for the rest of the world the conveyor belt of talent doesn’t suffer many glitches in the Land of the Long White Cloud. For McCaw read Sam Cane, for Carter read Aaron Cruden, for Mealamu read Codie Taylor – and on it goes. The beauty of New Zealand succession planning also means that these players already have experience in Test rugby.The answer is clearly ‘yes’ in that they have the talent to win a third straight title – but they aren’t infallible. It is up to the rest of the world to ensure their own production lines keep turning and that they have developed their own games come Japan 2019. This Australia team, for one, has youth on its side, while Argentina, England and Wales also have plenty of faces who will still be around, if not hitting their peak, in four years. If those teams can raise their game and close the gap on the world champions, the black machine might well hit a roadblock.What do the home nations need to do to compete at RWC 2019?All in all, it was a disappointing World Cup for the northern hemisphere, not a single team making it to the semi-finals. Argentina have improved vastly in the past decade to keep pace with the big three, so what can the North do to catch up?Looking at it from the bottom up, getting more kids playing rugby and working on their skills is a start. When parents take their kids to a park, why not practise passing or have a game of touch rather than getting a football out. The handling skills and ability to find space of the southern hemisphere players are vastly ahead of their northern counterparts – and a lot of that is down to culture. Kids in New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands too, will grow up with a rugby ball always close at hand. They’ll play a game in break time at school or in the backyard at a weekend. Get mini players in the UK and Ireland focusing on skills before learning about rucking and scrummaging. Yes, contact is an important part of the game but so is passing and running.Turnover kings: Richie McCaw and David Pocock are both masters at the breakdown. Photo: Getty ImagesOne thing this World Cup highlighted was a need for an ball-winning back-row. Fetcher, snaffler, openside – call them what you will, but the ability of the likes of David Pocock and Richie McCaw to win turnovers is crucial to their team’s success. England need to find one fast.Finally, perhaps the North could do with a little more positivity. Just look what it’s done for Argentina. They used to be a forward-orientated side but now look to run the ball from anywhere. Maybe the Six Nations sides need to play with a little more adventure in attack.What’s happened to the southern hemisphere officials?The southern hemisphere may have dominated from a team perspective but the North came out on top when it came to the men in the middle. Welshman Nigel Owens refereed the final with England’s Wayne Barnes and France’s Jerome Garces on the touchline, while John Lacey was given the whistle for the Bronze final. So what happened to all the southern hemisphere officials?Top ref: Nigel Owens officiates at a scrum in the final. Photo: Getty ImagesCraig Joubert was the only southern hemisphere man to referee a kncokout match, and after that quarter-final decision – and sprint – he was obviously not considered for the latter stages.There’s long been debate over the consistency of refereeing between the North and South, but it now seems the northern officials are the ones dominating the international game. Joubert is now turning his attention to sevens ahead of the Olympics, so perhaps SANZAR need to look at their own refereeing structures to ensure that come 2019 they have officials in contention for the knockout games. League converts need time – you can’t expect them to understand all the nuances of the game after just a few matches. So bravo New Zealand and Australia for getting the best out of their cross-coders. Not so England.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

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Video: Archbishop explains comments made to LBC radio

first_imgVideo: Archbishop explains comments made to LBC radio Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Tags Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Human Sexuality, In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Video Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID [Episcopal News Service – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby in an April 10 press conference addressed comments he made last week on a British radio program saying that the Church of England’s embracing of same sex marriage could lead to the persecution and murder of Christians in other parts of the world.Welby is attending Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace: An Episcopal Gathering to Challenge the Epidemic of Violence being held April 9-11 at the Reed Center and the nearby Sheraton Midwest City in Oklahoma. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Same-Sex Marriage, Rector Knoxville, TN Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Washington, DC Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Posted Apr 10, 2014 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem center_img Rector Albany, NY Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Press Release Service Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY Archbishop of Canterbury, Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Featured Events Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit a Job Listing Same-Sex Blessings, Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Belleville, IL Rector Martinsville, VA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GAlast_img read more

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Online show ticket affinity programme launched

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 27 March 2005 | News Online show ticket affinity programme launched Tagged with: Digital Trading  18 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Encore managing director John Wales said: “most people book theatre tickets from time to time – this way they can save money, and help the charity at the same time.” Theatre ticket specialist Encore is offering charities a free West End theatre ticket ordering service for their websites on which they can earn 10% commission for sales.Encore’s system will allow visitors to a charity’s website to buy tickets online at a discount, with 10% commission on each sale being donated to the charity.Encore is offering its online ticket booking system in ‘white label’ form, meaning it can be integrated with any other website, using the same design and logo. Visitors to the partner charity’s site would see the latest details of tickets, and click through to Encore’s site at discounttheatre.com to place an order. Advertisement read more

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Venues directory listings increase

first_imgOther venues suppliers listed include event management companies, river cruise companies, after dinner speakers, and venue-finding agencies.Find a venue or event company for your fundraising activity. Venues directory listings increase Tagged with: Events UK Fundraising’s new category of venues for fundraising events large and small and other activities continues to grow.Finding appropriate venues for fundraising events and activities can be difficult, if the discussions on the various email and web forums for fundraisers are anything to go by. That is one reason that UK Fundraising added a specific category for venues under the events section of its suppliers directory.Wembley, one of the first to book in the directory, says that it hosts many not-for-profit events every year, both large and small. Recent bookings have come from local and central government departments, universities, institutes, associations and religious organisations. It is currently promoting its Christmas packages, available in more than 20 meeting rooms available to accommodate groups from 6 to 600.Imperial College London offers even more rooms, with over 200 meeting rooms, 40 lecture theatres and exhibition areas at its main South Kensington campus. These are available at evenings and weekends during term time and throughout vacation periods. It also hosts residential conferences.As well as venue providers, UK Fundraising also lists organisations that offer a range of venues to choose from. Imago, for example, offers purpose designed conference and training facilities, together with accommodation, catering and sports and leisure facilities. Its portfolio includes the all year round, four star residential conference centre, Burleigh Court, specialist day conference centre, Holywell Park, and Loughborough Campus, offering conference facilities during the vacation period. The venues are on one site just off the M1. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 September 2005 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Black Lives Matter activists disrupt Philly Mummers New Year event

first_imgCalling for “no business as usual while police kill Black and Brown people daily,” the Philadelphia Coalition for R.E.A.L. (Racial, Economic and Legal) Justice led a protest at the 116th Mummers Parade, held annually in Philadelphia on New Year’s Day. Around 150 people took part in the action, called to bring attention to the police murders of more than 1,100 people in 2015.After initially entering the parade at the start, then rallying near City Hall, where news media were concentrated, protesters marched to a point where they were able to breach police barricades and briefly stop the march. They then wove back through hostile spectators, used the underground subway concourse to regroup and resurfaced near City Hall for a final rally.The annual Mummers Parade, featuring string bands, floats and elaborate outfits, might seem like Philadelphia’s version of Mardi Gras — except for the glaring exclusion of people of color.Coalition organizer Erica Mines called the Mummers Parade “an in-your-face reminder of this city’s and this country’s racist double standard for people of color. When white people litter, drink and urinate in public, it’s ‘tradition.’ Meanwhile, prisons overflow with Black and Brown people jailed for nonviolent offenses. The mere suspicion of a petty crime is used to justify police murders of people of color.”Philadelphia’s ordinance banning the public carrying of open beer containers is frequently used to arrest and fine people in communities of color. Yet it was fragrantly and repeatedly violated by Mummers and by the mainly white audience that showed up to watch the event. As early as 9 a.m. until well into the evening, everywhere one looked people carried open beer cans and liquor bottles, often while chatting with police.Megan Malachi, an organizer of the protest and a member of Action Against Black Genocide, said, “The Mummers parade has historically been a racist, white parade.” As a child, her parents did not allow her to attend because of the racist attitudes exhibited by those marching or attending the event.Throughout their 116-year history, the Mummers have demonstrated a consistently blatant pattern of racism; sexism; anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer bigotry; and ridicule of immigrants. For decades — until protests by African-American communities threatened to permanently end the event in the early 1960s — white, mainly male Mummers strutted in public in blackface, often in women’s clothing. Another protest by women in 1972 targeted the blatant sexism.Racist mockery still aboundsIn response to mounting criticism, this year’s event was supposed to be “more diverse.” A limited number of Black, Latino/a and LGBTQ brigades were invited to participate. However, most were scheduled in the early hours of the parade, when few spectators were on hand to watch. Despite this alleged inclusiveness, several of the Mummer’s brigades continued to use stereotypes to mock the people they historically excluded. And despite agreements with the city 50 years ago to end these insulting practices, a year ago, on Jan. 1, 2015, Mummers in blackface carried signs mocking the Black Lives Matter movement. This same racist mockery was evident again this year.Members of the Sammar Strutters, including children, appeared in brownface dressed as Mexican stereotypes. Another brigade marched in costumes that bore a disturbing similarity to the Ku Klux Klan’s pointed white hoods. The Finnegan New Year’s Brigade attacked the trans* community, centering their act around Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. Group members carried signs attacking Jenner. A member of the group was caught on video shouting “Fuck the gays!”In a separate incident, a gay man out walking his dog with friends was attacked by a group of drunken Mummers, who punched him in the face and yelled anti-gay slurs before retreating into the crowd. Yet the only people that police arrested were two Black activists from the groups protesting the racist and anti-LGBTQ parade. Police made no effort to stop the Mummers and their supporters who spat on demonstrators, called them the n-word, and threw bottles and cans at them.In addition to signs and chants against police brutality, protesters addressed city, state and national policies that continue to target immigrants and refugees; the serious underfunding of Philadelphia public schools; gentrification; U.S. military actions in the Middle East; environmental concerns; and the fight for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Philadelphia’s SugarHouse Casino, long a focus of the pro-union, low-wage workers struggle, was the major sponsor of this year’s Mummers’ parade.“This parade has gone on far too long,” said coalition organizer Erica Mines, speaking at the protesters’ closing rally near City Hall. “Even these new ‘multicultural’ divisions, added in an effort to include more minorities in the parade, are too little, too late. The Mummers, as a historic institution, has done nothing but make a mockery of minorities. It’s a slap in the face. We are not in the 1950s.”Without this protest, it’s unlikely that several news sources would have come out against the blatant racism of this event. Even Philadelphia’s mayor-elect, Jim Kenney, was forced to tweet against the attacks on the trans* community. Several news outlets covered the protest. An editorial by the independent online Philadelphia Declaration was headlined, “These Mummers Cannot be Reformed.” (phillydeclaration.org, Jan. 2)Photo: Activists confront racists and bigots, Jan. 1. Credit: Joseph PietteFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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USDA Expands Assistance to Dairy Producers

first_img SHARE The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced plans to purchase approximately 11 million pounds of cheese from private inventories to assist food banks and pantries across the nation, while reducing a cheese surplus that is at its highest level in 30 years. The purchase, valued at $20 million, will be provided to families in need across the country through USDA nutrition assistance programs, while assisting the stalled marketplace for dairy producers whose revenues have dropped 35 percent over the past two years.“We understand that the nation’s dairy producers are experiencing challenges due to market conditions and that food banks continue to see strong demand for assistance,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “This commodity purchase is part of a robust, comprehensive safety net that will help reduce a cheese surplus that is at a 30-year high while, at the same time, moving a high-protein food to the tables of those most in need. USDA will continue to look for ways within its authorities to tackle food insecurity and provide for added stability in the marketplace.”USDA received requests from Congress, the National Farmers Union, the American Farm Bureau and the National Milk Producers Federation to make an immediate dairy purchase. Section 32 of the Agriculture Act of 1935 authorizes USDA to utilize fiscal year 2016 funds to purchase surplus food to benefit food banks and families in need through its nutrition assistance programs.USDA also announced that it will extend the deadline for dairy producers to enroll in the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy to Dec. 16, 2016, from the previous deadline of Sept. 30.  This voluntary dairy safety net program, established by the 2014 Farm Bill, provides financial assistance to participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below the coverage level selected by the producer. A USDA web tool, available at www.fsa.usda.gov/mpptool, allows dairy producers to calculate levels of coverage available from MPP based on price projections. By Hoosier Ag Today – Aug 25, 2016 Previous articleEthanol Back to VirginiaNext articleAlgeria Returns to U.S. Corn Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter Home News Feed USDA Expands Assistance to Dairy Producers USDA Expands Assistance to Dairy Producers Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

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