The Lloyds share price is rising despite a big PPI hit. I might buy more

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Alan Oscroft | Thursday, 20th February, 2020 | More on: LLOY Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY) has reported a 26% fall in pre-tax profit for 2019, to £4.39bn. That’s down from £5.96bn a year ago, and a bit below analysts’ forecasts.Profits were hit by a hefty PPI charge of £2.45bn, bringing the total cost of the mis-selling scandal to £21.9bn. With that uncertainty finally settled, investors seem to have gained a little more confidence, and pushed the Lloyds share price up 3% in morning trading.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…Lloyds put underlying profit at £7.5bn, down 7%, in what it called “a challenging external market.” But chief executive Antonio Horta-Osorio described 2019’s underlying performance as “resilient, reflecting the health of our customer franchise and the strength of the business model.”In other headline news, the CEO’s pay package was cut by 28% to £4.73m, and the firm’s staff bonus pool has been pared by a third.BrexitInvestors fear economic pressure could hurt Lloyds profits further, especially if the UK’s Brexit trade negotiations turn sour. And right now, the noises coming from our negotiation partners aren’t encouraging. It could hit mortgage lending and business credit, and perhaps even impact on our precious dividends.But for 2019, at least, things didn’t look too bad. Lloyds posted growth of £3.5bn in its open mortgage book, though that does include September’s acquisition of Tesco Bank’s mortgage portfolio. Retail current accounts were up £3.2bn too.Lloyds lifted its annual dividend 5%, to 3.37p per share. That’s bang in line with expectations, and amounts to a yield of 5.9%. I’m reasonably happy about that, even though it was only thinly cover by reported earnings per share of 3.5p.CautionBut I’m cautious of complacency, as there’s definitely a squeeze on cash available for shareholders. In 2018, Lloyds handed back £1.1bn in the form of share buybacks, but none in 2019. The buyback programme was halted when the scale of PPI costs started to become clear.But if I had uncertain debts ahead of me, I’d be holding back on any expense as hard as I could until I knew exactly how much I’d have to pay. So I do wonder if the bank should have been more conservative with the cash a bit earlier.I also think Lloyds might have done better by reintroducing its dividends a bit more gradually. As well as the financial cost, the banking crisis was hugely embarrassing for the banking sector as it screamed incompetence. There was clearly pressure to show a rebound to health, and rapid dividend growth was part of that. But maybe that was more short-term thinking.OutlookAddressing the bank’s outlook, Horta-Osorio said: “Uncertainty remains given the ongoing negotiation of international trade agreements and the rate outlook remains challenging.” And I see a tension there with analysts’ forecasts taking the dividend yield up to 6.5% by 2021.I wouldn’t be surprised to see Lloyds dividend held flat for a couple of years, and I think that might be a wise move for the long term. Either way, even with a tough economic outlook, I still see Lloyds shares as a buy. Enter Your Email Address The Lloyds share price is rising despite a big PPI hit. I might buy more 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. Image source: Getty Images center_img 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Alan Oscroft owns shares of Lloyds Banking Group. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Lloyds Banking Group and Tesco. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. See all posts by Alan Oscroftlast_img read more

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This is why the Aston Martin share price has spiked 10%!

first_img Royston Wild | Thursday, 25th February, 2021 | More on: AML This is why the Aston Martin share price has spiked 10%! I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address Royston Wild 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. Image source: Aston Martin Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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.center_img See all posts by Royston Wild The Aston Martin Lagonda (LSE: AML) share price has leapt on Thursday following the release of full-year results. Up around 10% on the day, the luxury carmaker has broken through the £22 per share barrier once again. It’s now trading at its most expensive since the beginning of February.Unsurprisingly, Aston Martin’s trading in 2020 was something of a horror show. Total revenues collapsed 38% year-on-year to £611.8m as Covid-19 smashed demand for its premium vehicles. Retail sales plummeted almost a third, to 4,150 vehicles, it said. And wholesale sales (sales to dealerships) tanked 42% to 3,394.5G 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…As a consequence, Aston Martin’s pre-tax losses ballooned from 2019 levels. This came in at £466m versus the £119.6m loss it racked up in 2019. But poor sales weren’t the only reason why the carmaker’s bottom line took a battering last year.Aston Martin also had to write off a whopping £98m which was primarily due to “the impairment of capitalised R&D due to technology and cycle plan changes,” it said. This reflects, in large part, the scrapping of the company’s planned Rapide E electric vehicle.Aston Martin’s sales improveIn better news, Aston Martin explained that trading has picked up significantly in recent months. This accounts for the positive reception to today’s trading statement and the subsequent share price explosion.The sportscar maker said revenues were up 3% in the final three months of 2020. This is even though sales volumes continued to contract on an annualised basis. Retail sales sunk 15% to 1,398 cars while wholesale sales dropped 4% to 1,839 vehicles.Aston Martin said fourth quarter turnover benefitted from a full quarter of deliveries of its best-selling DBX sports utility vehicle. It also saw the number of Special vehicle sales more than treble between October and December from the previous quarter.A bold outlookAston Martin struck an optimistic tone for the year ahead too. It expects to make wholesale sales of 6,000 this year, up around three-quarters from last year’s levels. It also expects to report an adjusted EBITDA margin in the “mid-teens”, it said.The car manufacturer announced ambitious plans to supercharge sales by the middle of the decade too. It intends to increase wholesale sales to 10,000 units by 2024/2025, it said. And it has its sights set on making £2bn worth of revenue, and around £500m in adjusted EBITDA by then.As for this year, Aston Martin said “the uncertainty surrounding the duration and impact of the pandemic on the global economy continues, with the pace of emergence from lockdown and recovery in consumer demand varying significantly across geographies.” But it also said trading to date has been in line with expectations.City analysts reckon Aston Martin will remain loss-making in 2021. But they expect pre-tax losses to narrow to £194m. More losses are anticipated for 2022 too, although they’re predicted to narrow again, to £159m. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

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VDL 3532 Building / Arqtipo

first_img Diego Aceto, Darío Litvinoff Projects Lead Architects: Argentina ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/929216/vdl-3532-building-arqtipo Clipboard 2018 Project Responsible:Mercedes Pérez WodtkeProject Manager:Lucas GorroñoCollaborators:Germán Capiello, Martin Giani, Catarina Staric, Leonardo PulzoniCity:NúñezCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Federico KulekdjianRecommended ProductsDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalText description provided by the architects. VDL 3532 is a project that articulates the value of a property with patrimonial protection, in the access and the facade, with a building of habitat units and professional studies, which adapt to contemporary ways of living, characterized by variability and Indeterminacy It is located in a typical block of the Belgrano neighborhood, which complies with the regulations of district R2b1. Its context is a heterogeneous building fabric, with an open apple lung. Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianTwo volumes linked through the circulations are proposed, which intertwine and generate the desired porosity and spatiality, which challenge the projectual possibilities that are generated between the external visual tangent and the maximum constructive capacity, thus proposing multiple approaches and approaches to the play. The proposal assumes to investigate the dialectic between preexistence and the new, between social and private (between public uses and private uses). Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianSave this picture!Ground Floor PlanSave this picture!© Federico KulekdjianThe first volume is coincident with the partition of the original construction. It intervenes as a bracing structure that solves the access hall and the multipurpose unit, which preserves the original height and maintains the relationship with the border constructions. It puts in value the original materials (and forms), which are complemented with those that are characteristic of the intervention carried out. Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianSave this picture!AxonometrySave this picture!© Federico KulekdjianThe posterior volume is neutral and pure in its external language, reaching the limit height of the zoning. It maximizes the lighting and ventilation that is obtained for the units. It incorporates some materials such as calcareous mosaics and wood cladding inside, which arranged in a non-traditional way, complicate their relationships, in a synergy between heritage and contemporary construction, to understand the work as a unit of multiple readings. Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianThe building proposes to pass slowly the gradients of the public-private relationship, proposing an access hall that links the multipurpose unit with commercial coworking or coffee destination. The ground floor and first level units acquire a certain degree of flexibility and allow to house professional studies or divisible mono environments. The upper floors have larger habitat units, from duplexes with double heights that allow extensions and variations within the envelope. Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianThe circulation core allows access to the common terrace where social and recreational activities take place. The intention of completely separating the back volume is part of a strategy that allows the proposed habitat units to obtain a front-counter-front relationship, which improves their quality, ventilation, lighting and more flexible arrangement.Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianSave this picture!Section 1Save this picture!© Federico KulekdjianProject gallerySee allShow lessNomades House / Mareines ArquiteturaSelected ProjectsWe Must Understand Buildings as Intermediate Deposits of Raw MaterialsArticlesProject locationAddress:Vidal 3532, C1429AHN CABA, ArgentinaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyAbout this officeArqtipoOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsRefurbishmentAdaptive reuseNúñezArgentinaPublished on December 07, 2019Cite: “VDL 3532 Building / Arqtipo” [Edificio VDL 3532 / Arqtipo] 07 Dec 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs “COPY” VDL 3532 Building / ArqtipoSave this projectSaveVDL 3532 Building / Arqtipo Manufacturers: Patagonia Flooring, Aserradero Vagol, Construser Alvear, NOI ESTUDIO, Sanitarios San Martín, Triangular Apartments ArchDaily Save this picture!© Federico Kulekdjian+ 36Curated by Clara Ott Share “COPY” Area:  482 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project VDL 3532 Building / Arqtipo CopyApartments, Adaptive Reuse•Núñez, Argentina Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/929216/vdl-3532-building-arqtipo Clipboard Photographs:  Federico Kulekdjian Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Architects: Arqtipo Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

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The Venceremos Brigade: 50 years of solidarity with Cuba

first_imgThe Venceremos Brigade has been sending volunteers annually to revolutionary Cuba since 1969. Brigadistas work alongside the Cuban people to learn about the gains of the Revolution and to challenge the 1963 travel ban prohibiting U.S. citizens from going to that country. This year is the 50th anniversary of the founding of the oldest Cuba solidarity group, which has international participation.Cuban children at the “Moncada” school or Escola City on July 26.The U.S. government has been actively opposing the Cuban Revolution since 1958 when President Dwight Eisenhower ordered an arms embargo to prevent the overthrow of the hated President Fulgencio Batista regime by Fidel Castro’s 26th of July Movement and allies.The U.S. has made many failed efforts to crush revolutionary Cuba — the Bay of Pigs attempted invasion in April 1961, the blockade during the 1962 so-called Missile Crisis, and multiple congressional acts to stop trade or shut down support for Cuba. On Nov. 7,  Cuba will again bring a resolution to the United Nations to end the continuing U.S. trade embargo/blockade of the country. Every year since 1992, Cuba has introduced this resolution, and every year the pro-Cuba measure is passed nearly unanimously, with typically only the U.S. and Israel voting no.Despite the U.S. attacks, the Cuban people and Revolution continue to grow. Facing fuel and food shortages, and lack of building materials, Cuba still finds ways to create more housing, and make sure everyone in the country has food, medical care, education and access to transportation. In addition to expanding efforts for alternate sources of energy, Cuba has developed model programs for evacuation, safety and support in the face of hurricanes.Venceremos Brigade 2019The Venceremos Brigade was created during the Revolution’s tenth year to support Fidel’s call for a 10-million-ton sugar cane harvest. The harvest was planned to counteract the U.S.-imposed blockade after the Missile Crisis. Over 200 U.S. youth went to Cuba on the first brigade. Since then over 10,000 people have participated in the VB, working primarily in agriculture and construction.On this year’s VB50 trip, 155 people came to see the progress Cuba has made. Sixty of the brigadistas had been on earlier brigades, including three people from the first VB. The remaining 95 brigadistas were primarily youth of color from around the U.S. The length of time each was on the island ranged from five days to three weeks. This writer was one of the brigade participants.The Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) organized an extensive program of work, study and travel for the brigadistas. The first 10 days were based at the International Camp Julio Antonio Mella. Though this trip emphasized developments in Cuba, brigadistas also did work like cleaning the camp, improving the grounds and picking beans.At the Artemisa Martyrs Memorial, we heard from a panel of combatants who included Victor Dreke, who fought alongside Che Guevara in the campaign against Batista. The Committee for the Defense of the Revolution in Caimito hosted the brigadistas for a night of community performances that included much dancing and singing.Throughout these days there were many presentations/discussions covering Cuban life, from the electoral process to race relations to LGBTQ progress and challenges, from women’s roles to trade unions and education. There were opportunities to travel to Che’s memorial in Villa Clara, Las Terrazas biosphere reserve in Artemisa Province, the town of Viñales in Pinar Del Rio province or Varadero beach on the Hicacos Peninsula.Brigadistas could also choose to visit CNEURO (Center of Neurosciences), founded in 1969 as one of the first groups in the world to use informatics for  analysis of the brain`s electrical activity; LABIOFAM (Laboratorios Biologicos Farmaceuticos), recognized internationally for its work on veterinary vaccines; or CIGB (Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology), a leader in Cuba’s biopharmaceutical industry. These trips gave brigadistas the opportunity to explore the many advances Cuba has made despite attempts by the U.S. government to undermine the country at every level.For the official celebration of  the 50th anniversary of the Brigade, ICAP hosted the VB50 in their garden courtyard in Havana. The president of ICAP, Fernando Gonzalez Llort, acknowledged the steadfast solidarity shown by the VB, saying: “Cuba is not, and will never be, alone.” Gonzalez Llort was one of the Cuban Five unjustly imprisoned in the U.S. for nearly 16 years on phony espionage charges.Learning the history of revolutionAfter the initial 10 days, some brigadistas departed, with the remaining participants traveling to different destinations in the eastern part of the country. Some went to Camagüey, Bayamo and Cespedes Square to learn the history of the country’s liberation from Spanish colonialism. Others travelled to Los Cayuelos where the Granma yacht landed the first, small group of fighters for the Revolution in 1956; and to Fidel’s mountain combat headquarters at La Plata in the Sierra Maestras. The final group went on to Santiago de Cuba to visit the Moncada Barracks where revolutionaries stormed Batista’s troops on July 26, 1953; they also visited other historic sites, including Fidel’s grave and Guantanamo — which is much more than a small U.S.-occupied territory used as a prison.Workers World Party has supported the Cuban Revolution since its beginning. This year five WWP members went on Venceremos Brigade 50, including two who were on their second and third brigades. Bowdish was a WWP member of the VB50 delegation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img
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Capitol Police plans aid fascist assault

first_imgJan. 10 — The events of Jan. 6 highlight the need to organize anti-fascist working-class defense, independent of the government and its two big pro-capitalist and pro-imperialist political parties.National Guard in place to repress Black Lives Matter at Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., June 2, 2020.The white-supremacist Trumpite assault on the U.S. Congress attempted, through an illegal coup, to overturn what for more than 100 years had been a smooth transfer of presidential office. Media and politicians have since revealed that elements of the repressive state apparatus — especially the Capitol Police — took actions that facilitated the assault by fascist gangs. On the surface, the Jan. 6 assault extended the electoral conflict between the Democratic Party and the Trump-led Republicans. Underneath, however, the coup attempt was a white-supremacist action to disenfranchise African American voters. The assault threatened Black, Latinx and Indigenous participation in government at every level, such as the vote in Georgia the day before. It smelled of pogrom — of lynching.Leading the mob were the same racist, fascist and pro-Nazi scum that marauded in Charlottesville, Va., in August 2017. In addition there were adherents of the QAnon cult and other devoted Trumpites. Their banners included Confederate and U.S. flags, anti-abortion signs, assorted individual flags from the shah’s Iran, Batista’s Cuba, various Eastern European fascist regimes and anti-China Falun Gong,  along with the vilest anti-Semitic slogans, all united behind hundreds of Trump flags and maga hats.The difference from Charlottesville was that Trump has incited his base with false charges of fraud since November. On Jan. 6 he, Rudy Giuliani and others agitated the mob to march on the Capitol to stop Congress from certifying the election. Trump’s go-ahead — as he sent the mob to attack his Democratic Party enemies, and threaten every Congressmember of color and even call for the head of Vice President Mike Pence — was a dog whistle implying impunity for those actions. Spurring on the fascists’ arrogant actions was the connivance of the Capitol cops. Every media covering the event, along with the threatened representatives, noted the absence of protection. They contrasted it to the phalanx of guards in full riot gear on the Capitol steps to confront a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest last summer.Anyone who has organized progressive protests near Congress knows that even in a standard demonstration, the Capitol cops might be all over to arrest, handcuff and transport hundreds of people to RFK Stadium. Only 90 people have been arrested since Jan. 6, most charged with breaking curfew. Over 200 people who protested the 2017 presidential inauguration were arrested and faced years in prison for “felony riot.” Most of the bogus charges were eventually dropped.Rep. Maxine Waters speaksAfrican American Rep. Maxine Waters, concerned about the safety of Congress during the certification vote, telephoned Chief of U.S. Capitol Police Steven Sund on Dec. 31 to discuss the danger. In an interview in Los Angeles Magazine on Jan. 6, Waters said:“The chief of police assured me that they would not even get on the plaza, let alone get in the Capitol. And I must have asked him 30 or 40 questions about how he was going to secure the Capitol, and how would he know which of these organizations would be here. “I mentioned to him that the Proud Boys were in town, and the Oath Keepers were in town, and white supremacists were in town; and he assured me that not only did they have it under control, they were working in cooperation with the Metropolitan police of D.C. And all of that has turned out to be untrue.”Following demands from Congress leaders on Jan. 8, Sund, House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving and Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger resigned. It’s a tacit sign of the complicity of the top cops in facilitating the fascist attack.Some Capitol cops fraternized with the invading fascist mob. A few confronted the invaders, who were openly racist. According to the media, fascists killed one Capitol cop, and a cop killed a person in the mob entering a room holding the representatives. There are reports that individual police officers from around the country participated in the assault. White police officers are overwhelmingly pro-Trump.Pentagon delaysPentagon leaders delayed for hours deploying National Guard troops. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer pleaded with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan to send in the National Guard. Hogan, who ordered the mobilization, said Maj. Gen. Timothy Gowen, the adjutant general of the Maryland National Guard, was repeatedly rebuffed by the Pentagon for over three hours. Finally the Department of the Army okayed sending in the Guard.  Whether those who assaulted the Capitol — a crime under bourgeois law — and those who ordered the assault will be charged, tried and sentenced is part of an unfolding political struggle. Prosecution of the guilty, including Trump and Giuliani, requires that the Democratic Party leadership mobilize masses against a large section of the state apparatus. But Democrats fear that a legitimate mass movement will demand defunding the police, free medical care, guaranteed income, etc.The next confrontation will come with the preparation for the Jan. 20 inauguration. This is likely to show that the state apparatus — cops, National Guard, Pentagon — is unreliable for protecting workers and oppressed people from a fascist movement.A major lesson of Jan. 6 is that the U.S. working class and all anti-racists need their own independent defensive organizations.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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No. 14 beach volleyball drops to 3-3 after pair of losses

first_imgTCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin + posts Facebook Athletics Weekend Roundup: equestrian triumphs, swim and dive falters, and women’s golf finishes strong Jonathan Abraham ReddIt Twitter TCU vs Cal Poly Beach Volleyball in Fort Worth, Texas on March 3, 2018. (Photo/Sharon Ellman) Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ What we’re reading: Most Texas House members disapprove of Trump’s Syria actions Previous articleMen’s tennis falls to No. 9 Illinois, 5-2Next articleStudent authors college-friendly cookbook Jonathan Abraham RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Women’s basketball defeats Alcorn State to tie best start to a season TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ Facebook Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ Jonathan Abrahamhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/jonathan-abraham/ What we’re reading: Attempts for background checks on stranger-to-stranger gun sales in Texas Twitter Jonathan is a journalism major from Philadelphia who is also minoring in Spanish. When Jonathan is not writing for TCU 360, he enjoys watching his favorite sports teams (76ers, Eagles, Union, Phillies, and Flyers). printThe No. 14 TCU beach volleyball team suffered two losses to ranked opponents Saturday, the first day of the Fight in the Fort at the TCU Beach Courts.“It was a tough day,” TCU beach volleyball coach Hector Gutierrez said. “We couldn’t figure out how to win. I think the girls competed much better in the second match of the day. This morning was slow, and we paid the price.”The Horned Frogs lost to No. 8 Cal Poly Mustangs 4-1 and No. 18 Tulane Green Wave in a nail-biter, 3-2.“Hopefully we learned a lesson from today,” Gutierrez said. “We learned that we need to go out on the court with the mentality of being competitive from the first point. Everyone is getting better and everyone competed really well.”In the matchup against the Green Wave, Jillian Bergeson and Jaelyn Greene defeated Tarin Mergener and Ashley Delgado (21-14, 21-13) and Molly Scheel and Hannah Rogers were victorious over Lan Nguyen and Rio Frohoff (21-12, 21-13).Against the Mustangs, Jensyn Bledsoe and Avery Arellano defeated Rae Griesen and Hannah Hubbard (22-10, 10-21, 15-13), the only win for the Horned Frogs in the matchup.TCU will finish the tournament Sunday at noon against the Arizona State Sun Devils. They will honor seniors Bergeson, Cassie House, Brooke Sassin and Kristy Wieser before the match in the final home meet of the 2018 season. ReddItlast_img read more

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Another journalist’s body found

first_imgNews Follow the news on Mexico Organisation May 5, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas Reporter Pablo Ruelas Barraza was found shot to death in Huatabampo (Sonora state, northwest Mexico) on 13 June, apparently executed by two gunmen who tried first to kidnap him. Ruelas, 38, worked for regional dailies Diario del Yaqui in Huatabampo and El Regional de Sonora in Hermosillo. The past month has been grim for the country’s journalists. Local media said Ruelas Barraza, a general reporter, had received death threats. Reporters Without Borders called on investigators to consider that he might have been killed because of his work and warned that focusing on his previous brushes with the law must not be allowed to interfere with this. The organisation said the killing again raised the issue of when the federal government was going to apply the new agreement on protecting journalists signed last November. News May 13, 2021 Find out more MexicoAmericas 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Receive email alerts News RSF_en Help by sharing this information to go further A total of 74 journalists have been murdered in Mexico since 2000 and 13 others have disappeared. The government’s war against drug-traffickers has cost about 40,000 lives since December 2006.Cartoon : Hernández_____________________________________10.06.11 – Acapulco daily’s news editor missing for past three daysMarco Antonio López Ortiz, the news editor of Novedades Acapulco, a daily based in the resort city of Acapulco (in the southwestern state of Guerrero), has been missing since 11:30 p.m. on 7 June, when he was kidnapped by several individuals as he went to meet a woman friend in a bar, according to reports yesterday on the websites of his newspaper and El Sur, another local paper. Colleagues from Novedades Acapulco found his car outside the bar.The staff of the two newspapers did not want to provide Reporters Without Borders with any additional information about the case. The Guerrero State Commission for Human Rights (CEDH) said no complaint had been filed with the commission by López’s family by yesterday evening.“Like CEDH president Juan Alarcón Hernández, we voice our solidarity with López’s family and colleagues and we hope he will be found safe and sound soon, even if the outcome of the most recent disappearance of a journalist in Mexico makes us fear the worse. There have been many murders and disappearance in this region and two journalists were murdered in Guerrero last year without any progress in the investigation until now.”Violence against journalists, human rights activists and civil society representatives continues unabated as a “peace caravan” that set off from the southern city of Cuernavaca six days ago continues to head for the US border, where it is due to arrive tomorrow. Led by Javier Sicilia, a poet whose son was murdered in March, it is intended to remind the federal authorities of the terrible toll from their offensive against drug trafficking – 40,000 dead since December 2006.“Organized crime has to be combated but the authorities, who are themselves often its accomplices, cannot continue this insane offensive that has plunged the country into a state of war and sacrificed so many innocent lives,” Reporters Without Borders added. “The international community is not doing enough to denounce this collapse of the rule of law. What remains of civil liberties as armed terror continues to reign?”Reporters Without Borders will continue as long as necessary to relay the important “No more blood – No + sangre” campaign by leading Mexican cartoonists. A total of 73 journalists have been killed in Mexico since 2000, and 13 (including López) have gone missing since 2003. April 28, 2021 Find out more June 14, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another journalist’s body found Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reportslast_img read more

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Military moves to seal off country for 7 November election

first_img News Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Myanmar Receive email alerts RSF_en US journalist held in Yangon prison notorious for torture October 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Military moves to seal off country for 7 November election MyanmarAsia – Pacific RSF asks Germany to let Myanmar journalist Mratt Kyaw Thu apply for asylum MyanmarAsia – Pacific With less than 10 days to go to the 7 November national elections, the military authorities are continuing to step up their pressure on the Burmese and foreign news media. As censorship is tightened, new jail sentences are being passed on Burmese journalists and foreign reporters are being banned from covering the elections.Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association fear the military junta will seal off the country for the elections, as the current slowdown in Internet connections already suggests. This would leave the junta’s hands free to crack down if the results give rise to protests.We welcome the fact that many countries have made it clear they think these elections lack democratic credibility. The silence of several ASEAN countries and ASEAN’s secretary-general, on the other hand, is outrageous. One would have expected a bit more concern about free speech and the work of the press from ASEAN. It should follow the lead of Indonesia and the Philippines, whose governments have said the elections are not democratic.Given the current situation, Reporters Without Borders and the Burma Media Association urge ASEAN and Burma’s neighbours to reject the outcome of the elections insofar as the government does not guarantee press freedom. The two organizations also call on ASEAN to show some courage and to pressure the junta leader, Gen. Than Shwe, to allow a sizeable international media presence for the elections.The latest journalist to be convicted is Nyi Nyi Tun, the editor of Kantarawaddy News Journal, who was sentenced to 13 years in prison on 14 October by a court martial held inside Insein prison. The two press freedom organizations call for his immediate release and the release of all the political prisoners so that they can participate in the 7 November elections if they so desire.Arrested on 13 October 2009, Nyi Nyi Tun was initially accused of participating in “terrorist acts” in Rangoon. That charge was dropped and he was instead accused of “crimes against the state.” In the end, he was convicted of being in contact with exile news media (a violation of article 17/1 of the law on illegal association), crossing the border illegally (article 13/1 of the immigration law), trying to disseminate false information with the aim of disrupting public order (article 505/b of the criminal code) and using electronic media without permission (article 6/1 of the telegraphic communications law).According to his family, Nyi Nyi Tun was tortured during interrogation. Based in the eastern border state of Kayah, which is mainly inhabited by members of the Karenni ethnic group, Kantarawaddy News Journal was closed after his arrest. According to several Burmese journalists, the authorities were glad to be rid of this influential privately-owned magazine.There were parallels between Nyi Nyi Tun’s case and that of Oakkan Tha, a Buddhist monk who was convicted of “anti-electoral activities” at the end of September for sending information to the Mon News Agency, which is based in Thailand. Aged around 30, Oakkan Tha was arrested last January. The two organizations have also been told that Internet connection have slowed right down. “I can no longer connect to my Gmail account using proxies,” a Rangoon-based journalist said. “Accessing all the websites based abroad has becoming terribly slow.” The exile magazine Irrawaddy reported that Internet cafés in Rangoon had closed in advance of the elections.”The slowdown follows hacker attacks on the websites of several Burmese exile media including Irrawaddy and DVB. More information: http://en.rsf.org/burma-nouvel-article-05-10-2010,38494.htmlForeign journalists will not be able to verify all of this information because the Election Commission has decided to grant no press visas. Announced on 18 October, this decision reinforces the impression that the military government intends to isolate the country for the election. The commission’s chairman, Thein Soe, said Burma did not need any foreign journalists or observers because it already had a lot of experience in holding elections. Twenty-five Burmese journalists who work for foreign media and two Chinese correspondents will be the only foreign media reporters allowed to cover the elections.Several European journalists told Reporters Without Borders their requests for tourist visas were rejected by the Burmese authorities. “The Burmese diplomats have clearly learned to use Google and are rejecting applications by people who are identifiable as journalists,” a French reporter said.Foreign journalists have for decades been finding it extremely difficult to obtain press visas for Burma and have been forced to travel under tourist visas. This can endanger the Burmese who work for them as fixers or give them interview. The blogger Zarganar, for example, was jailed after talking to the BBC in 2008. More information: http://en.rsf.org/petition-nay-phone-latt-and-zarganar,30156.htmlThe Election Commission also announced on 18 October that the media would not be allowed into voting stations. The commission, which is not independent, and the Press Scrutiny Board, which is run by a military officer, closely examine all articles about the election and the statements of the 37 registered political parties.Favorite News, a privately-owned magazine, was recently suspended for two weeks for publishing a cartoon that referred ironically to the elections. The official media have resumed their attacks on international radio stations such as BBC, DVB, RFA and VOA that broadcast Burmese-language programmes. A New Light of Myanmar headline on 1 October said: “VOA, BBC sowing hatred among people” RFA, DVB generating public outrage. Do not allow ourselves to be swayed by killer broadcasts designed to cause troubles”.center_img News May 31, 2021 Find out more May 26, 2021 Find out more Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar to go further Organisation News News May 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Five-year sentence for syringe attack

first_imgLimerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace”  A 29-year-old man has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for threatening to stab a shop worker with a syringe.Damien O’Brien, with addresses at Singland Park, Garryowen and St Munchin’s Street, St Mary’s Park, was found guilty of assaulting a staff member at Gleeson’s Spar on Henry Street, and of threatening Seaghan Gleeson with a syringe outside Gleeson’s Spar on Catherine Street.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Both offences occurred on the evening of October 10 2013.When the jury of eight men and four women returned unanimous guilty verdicts on both charges, Mr O’Brien, who had denied the charges, shouted: “I am an innocent man”.While he was being led from court by Gardaí, he continued to protest, saying there was “no justice system” and that “they can’t keep me locked up forever”.Earlier in the three-day trial, prosecution counsel John O’Sullivan told the court that Mr O’Brien arrived into the Catherine Street shop shortly after 5pm on the evening in question, just minutes after the incident in the Henry Street branch.Mr O’Sullivan stated that the accused was observed by staff putting an item of confectionary into his jacket pocket, Mr Gleeson and another staff member then followed him outside and confronted him.He added that Mr O’Brien then became aggressive, “produced a syringe and said ‘I’ll kill you, I’ll stab you’”. Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebookcenter_img Print WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Email NewsFive-year sentence for syringe attackBy John Keogh – February 5, 2015 1030 Previous articleNew hope for distressed homeownersNext articleCounting the costs of calories will effect restaurants – RAI John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie TAGSlimericklimerick circuit court Advertisement Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livelast_img read more

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Phlow Corp. and USP Announce Strategic Alliance Focused on Pharmaceutical Continuous Manufacturing to Increase…

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 Local NewsBusiness Twitter RICHMOND, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 22, 2021– Phlow Corp., a public benefit essential medicines solutions provider, and the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) today announced a strategic alliance to develop a new laboratory that will certify and validate Pharmaceutical Continuous Manufacturing processes resulting in affordable, high-quality, U.S.-manufactured essential medicines. Throughout its 200-year history of setting standards for medicine quality, USP has been providing validated scientific methods used by manufacturers and regulators to determine what “good quality” looks like. The methods developed through this strategic alliance will be available for use by other domestic generics manufacturers to encourage broader adoption of Pharmaceutical Continuous Manufacturing in order to strengthen the U.S. drug supply. USP, a global, scientific not-for-profit organization located in Rockville, Maryland, develops public standards that establish the quality expectations for medicines, collaborating with scientific experts from the academic, industry, and healthcare practitioner communities along with the U.S. FDA. The alliance will facilitate Phlow’s application of “flow” chemistry and other continuous advanced manufacturing processes to produce the crucial ingredients that enable domestic, end-to-end drug manufacturing of essential medicines that have been or are at risk of being in shortage thereby contributing to a more resilient medicines supply chain. “Phlow has embarked on a bold mission to provide access to affordable, high-quality essential medicines for every American,” said Eric Edwards, M.D., Ph.D., co-founder, president and CEO of Phlow. “We are fixing the broken essential medicines supply chain by creating a solution that is 100% U.S.-based and fully integrated. Our success, which is made possible by partners like USP, is achieved only when every human being has access to the most important medicines necessary to sustain life and conquer disease.” “When crises such as natural disasters, geopolitical strife including barriers to trade and pandemics like COVID-19 arise, major interruptions in the global supply of quality medicines have an impact on American patients,” said Ronald T. Piervincenzi, Ph.D., CEO of USP. “Pharmaceutical Continuous Manufacturing poses several advantages over traditional batch manufacturing, especially during supply disruptions. These include the availability and use of real-time data to accelerate manufacturing scale-up and help improve medicine quality, enabling more efficient and nimble production of essential medicines and strengthening the overall supply chain. In addition, we hope that USP’s work with Phlow will help pave the way for the pharmaceutical industry to apply continuous manufacturing more broadly for the generic medicines so many patients rely upon.” As part of the alliance, USP scientists will be employed at a new laboratory facility operated by USP that will be developed onsite at the Virginia Biotechnology Research Park, which includes Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medicines for All Institute. Phlow currently leverages the advanced manufacturing processes developed by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medicines for All Institute to produce active pharmaceutical ingredients for essential medicines that are in short supply. The new USP laboratory will be co-located with the R&D Laboratories at Phlow and the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medicines for All Institute to support analytical process development and testing designed to improve efficiency in cost and time to produce essential medicines. Laboratory facilities and instruments in USP’s Rockville laboratory will also be used to expand capabilities and capacity for other analytical and testing projects. “Phlow’s partnership with the USP, working alongside the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Medicines for All team represents another key resource in our efforts to strengthen our supply chain for essential medicines,” said Frank Gupton, Ph.D., co-founder of Phlow, chair of Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) Department of Chemical and Life Science Engineering and CEO of the Medicines for All Institute. “USP is the recognized leader in quality standards for pharmaceuticals and their commitment to this effort underscores the importance that we all place on delivering medicines that are of the highest quality. We look forward to our collaboration with USP and Phlow in this important initiative to secure onshore manufacturing in the U.S.” The anticipated impact of the partnership includes the development of early scientific and regulatory guidelines for high-quality continuous manufacturing processes. The partnership will also create a foundation for successful product development, tech transfer, and drug application filings and will guide the post tech transfer verification of active pharmaceutical ingredients, intermediates, and dosage forms. As a result, the partnership will provide validation of U.S.-based advanced manufacturing processes to increase local production capacity and reduce the over-dependance on exports from just a few countries. “Through this partnership with USP, the leading independent, scientific nonprofit organization focused on building trust in the supply of safe, quality medicines, Phlow will help assure the essential medicines being developed and manufactured meet the highest quality standards. We hope the USP and Phlow program will serve as a catalyst for industry change as we work together to apply pioneering flow chemistry, advanced manufacturing and novel analytical approaches to these critical medicines,” said Edwards. “We believe the essential medicines we make at Phlow today, in partnership with USP, will save countless American lives tomorrow.” About Phlow Phlow Corp. is a trailblazing, essential medicines impact company that is reimagining essential medicines from start to finish through the use of flow chemistry. Everything Phlow does is designed to promote access to affordable, high-quality essential medicines for all Americans. Phlow provides a solution to the broken essential medicines supply chain by offering a resilient end-to-end solution that is U.S.-based, comprehensive, and fully integrated. With the support of a world-class team, strategic partners, and established relationships at the policy, regulatory, and federal levels, Phlow will manufacture active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and finished pharmaceutical products, domestically for essential medicines critical to the Nation’s healthcare. Through the use of continuous-flow technology and green chemistry, Phlow is able to reduce costs and waste, improve quality and yield, and offer a more environmentally friendly alternative to batch manufacturing. About USP USP is an independent scientific organization that collaborates with the world’s top experts in health and science to develop quality standards for medicines, dietary supplements, and food ingredients. USP’s standards are used in the U.S. and other countries to ensure the quality of thousands of products including cardiovascular, oncology, endocrine and antibiotic drugs. Through its standards, advocacy, and education, USP helps increase the availability of quality medicines, supplements, and food for billions of people worldwide. For more information, visit usp.org. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005551/en/ CONTACT: Phlow Contact Grace Catlett:[email protected] Mobile: 516-318-8563USP Contact Anne Bell:[email protected] Office: +1-301-998-6785 Mobile: +1-240-701-3242 KEYWORD: VIRGINIA UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: HEALTH CHEMICALS/PLASTICS MANUFACTURING RESEARCH SCIENCE PHARMACEUTICAL BIOTECHNOLOGY SOURCE: Phlow Corp. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/22/2021 09:30 AM/DISC: 02/22/2021 09:31 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210222005551/enCopyright Business Wire 2021. 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