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Petrol prices hit record high

first_img Petrol prices hit record high Show Comments ▼ Share More From Our Partners LA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com John Dunne British fuel prices rose to record highs in early April, despite a one penny cut in fuel duty last month, the Automobile Association said, after crude prices surged because of violence in Libya.The average British petrol price has risen 15 pence to 135.8 pence per litre since last year’s Easter holiday peak driving period, while the average diesel price is up 20 pence to 142 pence per litre, the AA said in its latest monthly report.The Bank of England said in April that near-term inflation was likely to be higher than February forecasts due to energy and commodity price rises, warning there was still a significant risk that inflation would top five 5 per cent.The government shaved a penny off fuel duty in its March budget. But the tiny tax relief is barely noticeable, while crude oil prices have risen nearly 50 per cent since April 2010 on unrest in the oil-rich Middle East and North Africa.The UK has the 12th-highest unleaded petrol price in Europe and the third-highest diesel price, the AA said. center_img Tags: NULL 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 TimesMoneyPailShe Was An Actress, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming Nearby Scottsdale (Take a Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search Ads whatsapp whatsapp Thursday 21 April 2011 8:09 amlast_img read more

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YGAM joins forces with All-In Diversity Project

first_imgDiversity Youth gaming specialist joins industry-led diversity initiative Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 5th July 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart YGAM joins forces with All-In Diversity Project The All-in Diversity Project, devised to benchmark diversity, equality and inclusion in the sector, has today unveiled youth gambling education charity YGAM as its latest strategic partner.The partnership follows YGAM’s announcement earlier this week that its trading subsidiary YGAM Innovation Limited has partnered with Genting to develop an employer-led apprenticeship standard.The initiative has already received interest from top tier operators including; PaddyPower Betfair, Hippodrome Casino, Genting Casinos UK, GVC, Sky Betting & Gaming and others.Commenting on the partnership with All-in Diversity, YGAM chief executive Lee Willows said: “Aligning our brand with the All-in Diversity project sends a strong message to potential future apprentices. In addition, I hope both our charity and trading subsidiary can contribute too and learn from the vast amount of resources that the All-in Diversity project is gathering to help us champion diversity both within our organisations and more broadly.”All-in Diversity has forged a number of high-level partnerships across the industry since it launched last year, bringing the likes of Caesars, Microgaming and IGT on board in recent months.Co-founder Christina Thakor-Rankin said the latest partnership would enable the project to “explore the role of diversity in raising awareness and limiting harm within children and young people right across the world.”Commenting on the mass appeal of digital technology among children and the increasingly blurred lines between gaming and gambling, she added: “It [is] more important than ever that we start the education process as early as possible. As these are global activities involving kids and young people from all over the world with differing cultures, religions, socio-economic backgrounds and reasons for participation – it follows that any awareness or support initiative needs to reflect this diversity to be truly effective.”Co-founder Kelly Kehn said: “This partnership continues to stress how important industry collaboration is to solving our toughest problems – protection and image. Having YGAM as a strategic partner means that we can continue to focus on the importance of people overall to the health and sustainability of our industry.”center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Diversitylast_img read more

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iGB Diary: Past lives part two, odd bedfellows and ‘Arry

first_img Happy Friday igamers! This week the Diary casts an eye over more past lives, ‘Arry Redknapp’s new gig, and the odd couple pairing of Alex Ferguson and Jeremy Kyle. Happy Friday igamers! Hope everyone’s had a more successful Cheltenham than the Diary… This week we cast an eye over more past lives, ‘Arry Redknapp’s new gig, and the odd couple pairing of Alex Ferguson and Jeremy Kyle.‘Arry in charge Reigning King of the I’m a Celebrity Jungle Harry Redknapp is living out the Z-list dream and leveraging his newfound reality TV fame. First up, he’s got an ITV show in which he gathers together a motley crew of English footballers to take on Germany – because in the current climate, some tubthumping nationalism is exactly what we need. He’s also snagged a two-year gig as brand ambassador for BetVictor. So far so normal. He’ll pop up in the brand’s TV and radio ads, appear on its social channels, and be featured in content around major horse racing events. But this is where the PR announcing the news gave the Diary pause: it told us that “casino and help centre integration [were] also among his responsibilities for BetVictor”. Has ‘Arry taken over? We’re not the types to discourage a change in career – after all, it’s something we can squeeze some easy content from – but should a figure whose accounting practices have been criticised as (how do we put this) ‘creative’ really represent the best choice of figurehead? This, lest we forget, is a guy who had a Monaco bank account in his dog’s name.Past lives As we mentioned above, we’re all for interesting pre-industry lives. We’ve covered renaissance men in Joe Saumarez Smith and Jesper Karrbrink, and last week told you about Chuck E. Cheese and Atari founder Nolan Bushnell’s new blockchain venture. We asked you to write in with your interesting past careers and, well, the response was pretty disappointing. Kudos then to Sue Schneider, who actually bothered. It seems Sue, the godmother of igaming events, started out working for a children’s charity, only for a fateful stint as a bingo caller to set her on a different path. “I learned that making a mistake as a caller will get you in big trouble with the players,” she says. Considering she went on to establish River City Group, the event business acquired by the Diary’s daddy Clarion, it clearly didn’t put her off the industry, at least.Odd bedfellows Like chalk and cheese. Like apples and oranges. Like night and day. Like Fergie and Jezza? No, it’s not a remake of Morse with dream casting. This week’s Cheltenham Festival threw up the odd couple pairing of TV’s human bear-baiting compere Jeremy Kyle and legendarily furious football manager Sir Alex, with the pair both shareholders in the horse Give Me a Copper. They aren’t the only celeb racehorse owners out there. Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood’s Sandymount Duke is due to compete in this year’s Grand National, while Dame Judi Dench’s As De Mee was due to take part in the event last year, before injury struck. And how did Give Me a Copper fare in its race on Tuesday? Sadly the horse didn’t benefit from any Fergie Time, falling at the last when already out of contention in the Ultima Handicap Chase. Also at Cheltenham, GVC’s boss and racehorse owner Kenny Alexander’s hotly tipped Honeysuckle unfortunately pulled out ahead of the meeting with injury, although his Elfile finished a respectable sixth in yesterday’s Mares’ Novice. Quite a week for the Scot, whose collective offloading of £20m-worth of shares last Friday, just days after posting bullish FY results and a matter of weeks before the FOBT max stake cut, wiped a huge £700m off the value of the company. Phew!That’s your lot. We’re off for a lie-down. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Topics: People Sports betting iGB Diary Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter iGB Diary: Past lives part two, odd bedfellows and ‘Arry 15th March 2019 | By contenteditor iGB Diary Tags: Online Gambling Regions: UK & Irelandlast_img read more

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Betfred lands Colorado sportsbook deal with Saratoga Casino

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sports betting Topics: Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Betfred lands Colorado sportsbook deal with Saratoga Casino The Betfred USA Sports arm of bookmaker Betfred has agreed a deal with the Saratoga Casino Black Hawk to offer sports wagering services throughout the state of Colorado.Under the deal, which remains subject to regulatory approval, Betfred will open a full sportsbook at the Saratoga Casino property in Black Hawk, Colorado, as well as offer mobile and online betting across the state.Colorado legalised sports betting in November last year after citizens in the state voted to approve the measure via a referendum, with the proposition receiving 51.1% of the vote.“We are excited to have Betfred as our sports wagering partner; with over 50 years of international experience in the industry, it’s a great opportunity to leverage their expertise along with the Saratoga brand to become the market leader in sports wagering in Colorado,” Saratoga Casino Black Hawk president Daniel Gerrity said.Read the full story on iGB North America. The Betfred USA Sports arm of bookmaker Betfred has agreed a deal with the Saratoga Casino Black Hawk to offer sports wagering services throughout the state of Colorado. Regions: US Colorado Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 23rd January 2020 | By contenteditor Email Addresslast_img read more

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Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) 2008 Annual Report

first_imgDelta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2008 annual report.For more information about Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw)  2008 annual report.Company ProfileDelta Corporation Limited manufacturers and markets international and locally-produced beverages in Zimbabwe. It operates in four segments: non-alcoholic beverages, sparkling beverages, lager beers and traditional beers. Brands in its non-alcoholic range are a flavoured maize drink called Shumba Maheu, and a flavoured drinking yoghurt called Supersip Yogurt. The sparkling beverages division operates two bottling plants and one canning plant; bottling and distributing popular cool drink brands sold worldwide by the Coca-Cola Company, a range of drink mixes and an energy drink called Burn. The lager beer division operates two breweries; bottling and distributing international brands such as Castle Lite, Miller’s, Peroni, Redds, Brutal Fruit and Sarita. Delta Corporation Limited has a monopoly in the traditional beer market in Zimbabwe with 14 breweries located across the country; brewing and distributing a well-known sorghum beer brand called Chibuku. Other subsidiaries have interests in transport and logistics, barley and sorghum malting, food processing, packaging, retailing wines and spirits, recycling, tin can production and leadership training. Delta Corporation Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI.ng) Q32016 Interim Report

first_imgEcobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI.ng)  2016 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileEcobank Transnational Incorporated Plc is a financial institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the domestic, corporate, investment banking and treasury sectors. Customers include individuals, governments, financial institutions, local and international organisations, small to medium enterprises and micro businesses. Ecobank offers an extensive array of products and services ranging from transactional accounts, electronic banking and money transfer services to term loans, treasury services and financial advisory and consultancy services for asset and wealth management. The company is a subsidiary of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated. It operates through 640 branches located in major towns and cities in 27 countries in Africa. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) HY2018 Presentation

first_imgOK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2018 presentation results for the half year.For more information about OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: OK Zimbabwe Limited (OKZ.zw)  2018 presentation results for the half year.Company ProfileOK Zimbabwe Limited is a leading retail group in Zimbabwe with a product range that extends from groceries and houseware products to clothing and textiles. The inaugural branch was opened in Harare (then Salisbury) in 1942 and today, is one of the most recognised supermarket brands in Zimbabwe. The company trades under various branded store names, including OK stores, Bon Marché and OKMart. OK Zimbabwe sells products in its grocery range under its own home brand; OK Pot ‘O Gold, OK Value, Shoppers’ Choice and Bon Marché Premier Choice labels. OK Zimbabwe Limited operates approximately 61 retail outlets throughout Zimbabwe and owns subsidiaries that complement its diverse product offering; Eriswell (Private) Limited, Swan Technologies (Private) Limited and Winterwest (Private) Limited. OK Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) Q12019 Interim Report

first_imgInnscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Innscor Africa Limited (INN.zw)  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileInnscor Africa Limited manufactures and markets fast-moving and durable consumer products in Zimbabwe and exports to international markets. The company is primarily involved in maize milling and the production of stock feeds, edible oils, baker’s fat and pork products; as well as poultry, table eggs and day-old chicks. A subsidiary division manufactures and markets a range of plastic carry bags, televisions, refrigerators and other general household appliances and consumables such as rice, dairy, candles and beverages. Innscor Africa Limited was founded in 1987 and its operations comprise National Foods Holding Limited, Colcom Holdings Limited, Irvine’s Zimbabwe (Private) Limited, Bakeries, Appliance Manufacturing, Natpak (Private) Limited, Profeeds (Private) Limited and Probrands (Private) Limited. Innscor Africa Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Sobre la crisis de Puerto Rico: ‘Extender la visión a un horizonte de socialismo’

first_imgBerta Joubert-CeciEsta charla fue presentada el 18 de noviembre en la Conferencia Nacional del Partido Workers World-Mundo Obrero.Gracias a la revolución bolchevique, sabemos que una vida digna es posible bajo el socialismo. Que no es un sueño o una utopía. Para vivir en un hogar que sea asequible y esté en buenas condiciones. Para no tener que preocuparse porque se necesita ver a un médico y no se tiene seguro. Que usted o sus hijas/os puedan estudiar sin tener la carga de decenas de miles de dólares en deudas. Que las industrias pueden ser controladas por las/os trabajadores para el beneficio de la comunidad, y no para Wall Street. Y que todos los servicios y utilidades necesarias se ejecuten, no para obtener beneficios para unos pocos, sino para mejorar la calidad de vida de todas/os.Si hay un lugar ahora donde hay una necesidad urgente de mirar más allá de las sombrías condiciones existentes y extender la visión a un horizonte de socialismo, es en mi país, Puerto Rico. La crueldad de la dominación imperialista más despreciable se está ejerciendo ahora en esta colonia de los Estados Unidos.¿Qué está pasando? El año pasado, el Congreso de los EUA aprobó una ley llamada Promesa para imponer una junta de control fiscal que haría que Puerto Rico pague una ilegítima deuda pública de $74 mil millones. ¡Una deuda que los bancos de EUA crearon en primer lugar! Esta junta comenzó a imponer un programa de austeridad neoliberal, recortando las pensiones, cerrando escuelas, recortando drásticamente el presupuesto de los 78 municipios del archipiélago puertorriqueño. Debemos señalar que los municipios son los responsables de las operaciones cotidianas de las ciudades, por lo que, sin suficiente dinero, están obligados a cortar servicios esenciales.Luego vinieron Irma y María, dos huracanes en sólo dos semanas. María particularmente devastó las islas habitadas de Culebra, Vieques e Isla Grande (Puerto Rico). Miles de casas fueron completamente demolidas; techos volaron. El viento y el agua causaron un tremendo daño en todas partes. La vegetación se había cercenado, aplastada; se fueron las plantaciones de plátano y café. La mayoría de las granjas ganaderas desaparecieron. Caminos de campo y montaña, desaparecieron. Puentes colapsaron. Comunidades enteras quedaron aisladas. Todo el sistema eléctrico se averió; no había servicio telefónico. De repente, Puerto Rico fue retrasado 100 años.Hoy, a los 58 días – dos meses – después de María, la situación no es muy diferente. A pesar de una ocupación militar virtual de los EUA – que envió tropas, supuestamente para ayudar en la reconstrucción – las personas, principalmente en las montañas, no los han visto; a pesar de la infame Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias, FEMA, a pesar de los millones de dólares desperdiciados en contratistas y consultores de todo tipo, el pueblo de Puerto Rico todavía sufre, sigue muriendo. La mayoría del pueblo no tiene electricidad, y eso significa que no hay comidas calientes, ni ventilación en un clima de 90 grados, ni máquinas que salven vidas. Los hospitales pequeños tuvieron que cerrar.Pero si el huracán fue una catástrofe, nada equivale a la catástrofe de la llamada reconstrucción. Debería llamarse en su lugar “destrucción real”. María ha servido Puerto Rico en bandeja de plata al capital estadounidense. El capitalismo en esta etapa de decadencia ya intentó durante varios años desmantelar y reestructurar Puerto Rico para satisfacer sus necesidades actuales. María le ha dado al imperialismo una oportunidad de oro.Se empuja la privatizaciónLa privatización de los servicios públicos, en particular la electricidad y la educación, se está impulsando muy rápidamente. Están moviendo su agenda velozmente para aprovechar la falta de comunicación consistente. Debido a que hay muy poca comunicación y la gente no puede mantenerse al día con las noticias y los desarrollos a través de la televisión o la radio, el movimiento progresista no puede responder como las circunstancias lo requiere.Todavía es difícil hacer una llamada a un teléfono celular, por ejemplo. Cuando la compañía telefónica fue privatizada a fines de la década de 1990, las redes del sistema que instalaron eran muy inferiores y más débiles que las de la compañía telefónica nacional anterior. Definitivamente no fueron construidas teniendo en mente a una isla propensa a tormentas.La corrupción inherente al capitalismo está siendo expuesta. La ráfaga de contratos multimillonarios que se están autorizando es obscena. Un ejemplo es el contrato de Whitefish. Puerto Rico está en bancarrota, pero el gobierno de Ricky Roselló firmó un contrato para reparar todo el sistema eléctrico en toda la isla con una empresa desconocida de Montana, de dos años, que solo tenía dos empleados, ¡por $300 millones! La parte interesante es que el director ejecutivo de Whitefish, Andy Techmanski, es amigo del Secretario del Interior Ryan Zinke en la administración de Trump. ¡Zinke también es de Whitefish, Montana!Luego, debido a que hubo una gran cantidad de críticas, principalmente de los medios de comunicación estadounidenses e internacionales, que retrataban a Puerto Rico como el hazmerreír mundial, el gobernador decidió cancelar el trato.Al mismo tiempo, se informó que la American Public Power Association, con sede en Washington, publicó que el gobierno puertorriqueño no había pedido la activación del acuerdo de ayuda mutua que habría ayudado al sistema a recuperarse de una manera más rápida y económica. Esta es una asociación de todas las compañías públicas de energía en los EUA.El verdadero propósito de este fracaso es hacer que el pueblo acepte la privatización del servicio eléctrico. Cansadas ​​de no tener electricidad para las necesidades más básicas, muchas personas ya están diciendo que no les importa quién brinda el servicio, solo quieren que se restablezca.Para hacer que la situación sea más grave, el gobierno de los EUA también ha impedido que Puerto Rico reciba ayuda de otros países. Por ejemplo, los EUA han rechazado la ayuda ofrecida por Cuba, Venezuela y México. El Sindicato Mexicano de Electricistas, el sindicato de trabajadores eléctricos en México, había ofrecido una brigada de trabajadores calificados. Cuba ofreció un hospital móvil con 35 médicos, enfermeras/os y otras/os trabajadores de salud y otra brigada de electricistas. Venezuela ofreció un barco cargado con el combustible diesel muy necesario para los generadores. Pero el gobernante colonial rechazó todas estas ofertas.El otro sector objetivo de privatización es el sistema educativo. No es coincidencia que el actual gobernador contrató a una mujer de Filadelfia, Julia Keleher, no puertorriqueña y desconocedora de nuestra cultura y tradiciones, para la secretaría de educación. Ella es una promotora de escuelas tipo charter y ahora está llevando a cabo un plan agresivo que impide la apertura de escuelas en la isla. Como consecuencia, miles de familias están saliendo de Puerto Rico para llegar a los Estados Unidos sólo para tener la posibilidad de inscribir a sus hijas/os en la escuela.Madres, padres, y maestras/os reaccionanSu justificación para no abrir las escuelas es que no están en condiciones operativas después de María. Pero madres, padres, y maestras/os, e incluso las/os estudiantes se han volcado en sus escuelas limpiándolas de escombros, pintándolas y reacondicionándolas en general. Quieren que sus escuelas se abran y están trabajando firmemente para ese fin.El movimiento para abrir las escuelas ahora en Puerto Rico es un desarrollo maravilloso, lleno de promesas. Es un esfuerzo basado en la comunidad donde madres, padres y maestras/os celebran asambleas para planificar el curso de acción. En cierto modo, podría ser un embrión de una formación tipo soviets. Están sucediendo en toda la isla. Y se están organizando de forma independiente, ya que todavía hay falta de comunicación. El aglutinante que les mantiene unidos es su voluntad de mantener la educación gratuita, de abrir sus escuelas.Algunas/os están desafiando las órdenes de la secretaria y comienzan sus labores. Celebran conferencias de prensa. Tienen líneas de piquetes diarias frente a sus escuelas. Organizan recaudaciones de fondos. El resto de la comunidad en muchos lugares está involucrada. La Federación de Maestros de Puerto Rico junto con otras organizaciones acaba de entablar una demanda contra la secretaria y ya se han abierto muchas escuelas programadas para su cierre debido a la presión de estas acciones.La defensa de las escuelas públicas en Puerto Rico podría convertirse fácilmente en la defensa del país.Un último aspecto que quería tocar es la llamada ayuda pos huracán María.Hay muchos llamados de ayuda y asistencia a las víctimas del huracán. Por supuesto, todo es necesario. La carestía es enorme. Pero una cosa debe quedar muy clara: el gobierno de los EUA tiene una obligación con el pueblo puertorriqueño.El llamado no debe ser para ayuda o caridad. Estados Unidos le debe al pueblo puertorriqueño todos los crímenes cometidos: por la invasión en 1898; por la represión y persecución de independentistas; por la destrucción de nuestra agricultura; por la esterilización forzada de mujeres; por la contaminación de Vieques y Culebra por parte de la Marina de los Estados Unidos; por la contaminación del suelo, agua y aire por plantas farmacéuticas y petroquímicas; por la imposición de una Ley Jones que hace que el envío sea el más caro del mundo; por la migración forzada que está dejando la isla despoblada; por tantos otros crímenes; y, sobre todo, por el delito de negar al pueblo de Puerto Rico el derecho a la soberanía y la independencia.Puerto Rico está sufriendo, la nación está siendo destrozada, las familias están desmembradas. ¡Pero lo que Puerto Rico necesita ahora no es caridad, es justicia y solidaridad!¡Cancelar la odiosa deuda!¡Abrir las fronteras a la solidaridad internacional!¡Revocar las leyes Jones y Promesa!¡Fuerzas armadas de EUA y FEMA, fuera de Puerto Rico!¡Poder para el pueblo!¡Por un Puerto Rico libre y soberano!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Macron, austerity, repression and the Yellow Vest revolt in France

first_imgParis, France, Dec. 23 — According to representatives of police trade unions leaving the Ministry of the Interior on the evening of Dec. 19, “the negotiations were difficult, very difficult.” Nevertheless, it took only a few hours for them to win “the highest salary advances” for their members in nearly 20 years.Interior Minister Christophe Castaner had to concede: Police salaries were increased by 120 euros ($137) a month for beginning cops and 150 euros ($171) for veterans. This was more than what other civil service employees were offered during the negotiations on Dec. 20 and more than what President Emmanuel Macron had promised the Yellow Vests movement ten days earlier — which was almost nothing.Police officers had been complaining for years about their poor working conditions and pay, not to mention the 24 million hours of overtime that the state has still not paid them, nor the costs of reimbursement for when they are injured that the Social Security workers’ compensation fund takes a long time to deliver. Neoliberal austerity also affects the police.More recently, on television or on the Internet, anonymous police officers have expressed their frustration and some even unhappiness with their (political) superiors’ orders that they step up repression: against the Yellow Vests or, before that, the student protesters, political activists occupying “Zones to Defend” (ZAD), environmental activists or demonstrators against laws that make the labor market flexible, that is, laws that remove protection for workers. Tongues are loosening: “It is our friends, our brothers, our parents, our children whom we are being told to repress,” we hear from police officers.As early as two days after the Dec. 15 “Act V of the Yellow Vests,” several national police union organizations, which are not allowed to actually go on strike, announced their intention to hold a “closed police station” day on Dec. 19. Because the Emmanuel Macron government has become dependent on the repressive force of the cops to stop the mass movement of Yellow Vests, it would try to keep the police satisfied. An atmosphere of fearThe tipping point for this development is clearly identifiable: the state of emergency that the government declared throughout the country in November 2015 after the terrorist attacks that struck here has triggered a terrifying spiral of repression and has allowed those in power to create an atmosphere of fear.It was under pressure and threats from this extreme right-wing of Islam, the political Islam from Al-Qaida to the Islamic State (IS), that the repressive state of emergency was imposed on the French people and renewed five times in a row. That’s the first jaw of the vise.Although the state of emergency was lifted at the end of 2017, the fact is that most of the exceptional provisions it contains now have the force of law: searches, preventive arrests, protective perimeters, individual house arrest and border controls are now authorized under the “Law strengthening internal security and the fight against terrorism” of Oct. 30, 2017. Hence the misuse of this exceptional legal arsenal to reduce public freedoms in France, to the point that what are in danger now are the rights to demonstrate or express one’s opinions.All those who have recently participated in demonstrations in the country know what human rights organizations, and even police officers, have been denouncing for months, as we have mentioned, and sometimes even journalists, when they, too, are beaten up: that the many interventions by the police are disproportionate and excessively violent.These interventions include intense flash-ball fire at ground level, frequent use of sound or stun grenades, systematic use of tear gas and water cannons against peaceful protesters, the practice of containment traps to prevent people from joining other protesters, arbitrary arrests, confiscation of medical equipment from street medics who volunteer at marches to treat injured demonstrators, intimidation, provocations for no reason, sometimes insults, and keeping minors in police custody. The state aims to stop the revoltAll these facts shock and worry the French. But that anxiety is precisely what the state aims for: to make the people stop their revolt.From the very first days of the mobilization of the Yellow Vests, rumors circulated that the protesters were being manipulated by the ultra-right National Rally (formerly National Front), that it was a “power grab” remotely controlled by the far-right party whose leader is Marine Le Pen. The second jaw of the vise. This is indeed the argument of the Interior Minister’s speech. What “evidence” did he provide? Only that there were some xenophobic comments noted here and there among the demonstrators.Of the several hundred thousand Yellow Vests participating, it would have been miraculous if none of them were racist. From there to extrapolate that the ultra-right is leading this movement was a big leap that Interior Minister Castaner was only too happy to take. It’s a clever fraud. In this way, he tries to 1) discredit all Yellow Vests; 2) keep the young people who live in the suburbs, where there are large immigrant populations, separate from the current rebellion; and 3) create a false image of Emmanuel Macron as a rampart against “fascism.”The far right has up to now failed to gain the leadership of the mobilization — for the fundamental reason that the vast majority of the French people are hostile to its racist program. What is discreetly emerging, however, is a shift of the state to the far right. Surveys indicate that more than half of the police and military would have sympathies with or vote for the National Rally.Ultra right inside state apparatusThe far right is at the very heart of the repressive state apparatus. This was also revealed a few days ago in an openly anti-immigrant letter signed by a former Minister of Defense and a dozen senior army officers denouncing not only the “Global Pact for Migration,” adopted under the aegis of the UN at the Marrakech Summit, but also “Islam as a threat to France.”The Yellow Vest grievance sheets explicitly demand that “asylum seekers be treated well (…) we owe them housing, security, food, as well as education for minors.” So let us be very clear. It is not the Yellow Vests that are xenophobic and racist, but increasingly large components of the French elite. The elites will not hesitate for a moment, when the post-Macron era comes, to entrust power to the far right if necessary.That is to say, if their odiously iniquitous capitalist order were really threatened; if the French people, thirsty for justice, their hearts full of renewed hopes, shouting for their joy in regaining their dignity, gathered in revolt and aware of their strength, managed to get back on their feet, to become masters of a collective future of solidarity and progress, then the elite would look to the ultra-right parties as their solution.President Macron, who has slavishly bowed at the feet of billionaires, chose not to satisfy the deep needs of the French people and even sinks deeper into the path of repression every day. This “rotten strategy” plays into the hands of the National Rally.Despite differences between the right and the far right — differences dramatized by the media, which are differences in degree, not in their essence — there is in reality no discontinuity. The right wing of high finance, which Emmanuel Macron serves, and the extreme right of the reactionary bourgeoisie of Marine Le Pen form a terrible, dramatic political continuum that unites to defend a dying capitalism. One is neoliberal-globalized, the other obscurantist-nationalist, but both want the current economic system.Macron and Le Pen share class interestsOver and above mutual personal hatreds, which exist, common class interests will soon bring them closer together in an effort to save their system, whatever the cost.The people will have to find in themselves the energy to amplify their struggles in order to free themselves from the deadly vise where the jaws of the two-headed monster of the modern far-right will surround them: terrorist and reactionary political Islam on one side, selfish bourgeois and racist chauvinism on the other side. The danger is there.Meanwhile, on Saturday, Dec. 22, for the “Act VI” of their mobilization, the Yellow Vests tested the effectiveness of the intelligence services. Watched very closely by the eyes of the Ministry of the Interior, their social networks called for a rally — a highly symbolic one — in front of the gates of the Château de Versailles. The prefect quickly ordered its closure and immediately sent the CRS [riot police] to guard the area and protect the businesses.The protest was a decoy! Some 20 Yellow Vests, no more, were present on the scene that morning, to laugh at the joke and mock the mass arrival of the police.At the same time, in Paris, most of their comrades dressed in yellow, who, to keep the action a surprise, were notified at the last minute, gathered around the Place de l’Étoile or around the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur at the top of the slopes of the Montmartre hill, among others. And since Parisian security devices had boasted of being “extremely mobile” in previous weeks, groups of Yellow Vests played cat and mouse with them, making them run all day long in the streets of the capital, blocking the traffic routes at random, here and there, to a concert of horns of supportive motorists and the applause of amused tourists. On Dec. 22, however, the police did succeed in stopping, at different points in the territory, several particularly active “symbols” of Yellow Vests. This was the case with Éric Drouet, arrested at midday in the Madeleine district of Paris and placed in police custody for “unlawfully organizing a demonstration, participating in a group formed for violence or degradation, and carrying a prohibited weapon.”The weapon in question was a piece of wood. Its owner, a professional truck driver, keeps it on him at all times as a means of defense, according to his lawyer. Immediately after the announcement of Drouet’s arrest, hundreds of Yellow Vests emerged from this sovereign people, all proclaiming themselves “leaders of the movement” and demanding Drouet’s release … or their own arrest!Herrera is a Marxist economist, a researcher at the Centre national de la Recherche scientifique (CNRS), who works at the Centre d’Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris. 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