Survey uncovers extensive gambling participation in Thailand

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Asia Thailand Topics: Legal & compliance Lottery Sports betting 8th October 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle A new survey conducted by Thailand’s Centre for Gambling Studies and Centre for Social and Business Development has revealed that as much as 57% of the country’s citizens have gambled during the past year. Email Addresscenter_img A new survey conducted by Thailand’s Centre for Gambling Studies and Centre for Social and Business Development has revealed that as much as 57% of the country’s citizens have gambled during the past year.While the country’s legal market is restricted to the state-run lottery and horse racing, significant numbers of people were found to have gambled on both legal and illegal in 2019, based on a survey of 44,050 people aged 15 and over. The figure marks an increase from 2017, when 54.2% of the population were found to have taken part in gambling activities. When the findings were applied across the entire population, it suggests an estimated 30.4m people gamble in some form.Thai citizens were found to gamble across a range of different legal and illegal products. Government lotteries were the most popular form of gambling, with an estimated 22.7m players, followed by underground (illegal) lotteries, which saw 17.7m players, while card games attracted 4.4m players.While the number of football bettors, at 3.5m, was lower than each of these products, this accounted for the highest level of customer spend, with THB160.5bn (£4.3bn/€4.8bn/$5.3bn) in stakes projected for 2019. This was followed by underground lotteries, which is estimated to account for a further THB153.2bn in wagers, followed by legal, government-sanctioned lotteries, for which sales are expected to hit THB150.5bn this year.Government lotteries saw the largest rise in players in absolute terms, increasing by 1.3m. Dice games such as Hi-Lo and Bầu cua cá cọp, on the other hand, saw the largest increase in popularity in percentage terms, increasing 82.2% to 2m players.The government lotteries were also the most common gateway into gambling, with 28% of players’ starting by buying a lottery ticket. Underground lotteries were the first form of gambling played by 27.3% of players, while 23.5% placed their first wager on card games.Online gambling, meanwhile, remains a minority pursuit, with 1.6% of those surveyed saying they gambled via the internet. Gamblers bet a total of THB20.2bn online, with the most popular game being baccarat, played by 45.2% of customers. A further 27.6% of people had played other card games online, while 20.1% played online slots and 16.7% bet on sports. A further 9.4% of people said they gambled in casinos, of which 0.5% gambled at casinos abroad in countries bordering Thailand and 0.3% in other foreign countries.According to the report, 20.9% of those aged 15-18 had participated in gambling, wagering a combined THB 10.2bn. For the 19-25 years age group, 46.3% had gambled, with this percentage falling to 42.2% of those aged 60 and above.The report said that around half of gamblers started playing by the age of 20, with one individual claiming to have first gambled aged 7.The figure marks an increase from 2017, when 54.2% of the population were found to have taken part in gambling activities.The survey also found that 210,090 people fit the definition of problem gamblers, based on the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGS. Of these, 38,953 fell in the 15-25 age range, 24,925 were aged 60 or older and 146,212 were aged between 26 and 59. Furthermore, 9.8% of those surveyed stated they had experienced negative effects from their gambling.Approximately 1.1m across Thailand were estimated to have gambling debts, which totalled a combined THB10.7bn.  Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Survey uncovers extensive gambling participation in Thailand Legal & compliancelast_img read more

888 selects Yariv Dafna as new CFO

first_img Email Address Tags: Mobile Online Gambling 7th September 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 888 Holdings has appointed Yariv Dafna as its new chief financial officer, replacing Aviad Kobrine, who announced his departure in January. 888 Holdings has appointed Yariv Dafna as its new chief financial officer, replacing Aviad Kobrine, who announced his departure in January.Dafna will join the online gaming operator – and Kobrine will step down – on 1 November and will also serve on its board.“I am delighted to welcome Yariv Dafna as 888’s new chief financial officer,” 888 chairman Brian Mattingley said. “Yariv’s experience and drive made him the standout candidate for the role, and we are very pleased he has decided to join the Group at such an important time in 888’s continued growth and development.“On behalf of everyone at 888, I would like to reiterate my gratitude to Aviad for his significant contribution and achievements over the last 15 years with the Group and we wish him every success for the future.”Dafna joins 888 from internet-of-things business Telit Communications, where he served as finance director and president since November 2017. Prior to this he was Telit’s chief corporate development officer, chief operating officer and chief financial operator, having worked at the business since 2003.Dafna has also worked at Deloitte Israel and Israeli telecommunications business Dai Telecom.In June, 888 announced that it expects to post higher-than-forecast earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) for 2020, thanks to a structural shift towards online services and particularly strong growth in poker amid the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. In 2019, 888’s revenue increased to a record high of $560.3m (£451.6m/€499.6m), but profits declined due to increased taxes and expenses related to regulatory requirements.“I am looking forward to working closely with Yariv as we continue to focus on delivering 888’s long-term growth strategy,” 888 chief executive Itai Pazner said. “I would also like to extend my personal gratitude to Aviad for his support and friendship over the years.”Dafna said 888’s technology and platform were a key reason why he opted to join the operator.“I am excited to be joining such a fantastic business at a pivotal time in its development,” Dafna said. “888 has world-class technology and a unique platform for continued growth in the dynamic global online gaming market.“I am looking forward to helping the business continue to deliver against its strategic objectives and create value for all stakeholders.”Kobrine joined 888 in 2004 ahead of the operator’s initial public offering (IPO), and will step down from the CFO role after 15 years following Dafna’s appointment.“I am incredibly proud of what the 888 team has achieved together throughout my time with the business and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my fantastic colleagues with whom I have had the pleasure and honour of working with over the last 15 years,” Kobrine said. 888 selects Yariv Dafna as new CFO Topics: Casino & games Finance People Regions: Europe Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & gameslast_img read more

Studio Press (Nigeria) Plc (STUDPR.ng) 2017 Abridged Report

first_imgStudio Press (Nigeria) Plc (STUDPR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about Studio Press (Nigeria) Plc (STUDPR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Studio Press (Nigeria) Plc (STUDPR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Studio Press (Nigeria) Plc (STUDPR.ng)  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileStudio Press (Nigeria) Plc is a printing and manufacturing company in Nigeria involved in lithographic printing and manufacturing cartons, light packaging materials and labels. The company is produces nylon and poly wrappers using flexo printing. Studio Press Nigeria Plc is a subsidiary of Rommac Agencies Limited. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Studio Press (Nigeria) Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img

Guinness Nigeria plc (GUINNE.ng) 2019 Annual Report

first_imgGuinness Nigeria plc (GUINNE.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Guinness Nigeria plc (GUINNE.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Guinness Nigeria plc (GUINNE.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Guinness Nigeria plc (GUINNE.ng)  2019 annual report.Company ProfileGuinness Nigeria brews beer in Nigeria and packages and markets a range of international spirits, beers and ready-to-drink beverages. Well-known brands in its product range include Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Guinness Extra Smooth, Malta Guinness and Harp Lager Beer. Brands in its Spirits range include Smirnoff and Gordon’s; brands in it beer range include Guinness, Harp, Dubic and Satzenbrau; and brands in its ready-to-drink range include Orijin and Malta Guinness. Guinness Stout was first exported to Sierra Leone in 1827 and became very popular across West Africa. Ikeja in Lagos, Nigeria was chosen in 1963 as the first location outside the British Isles to brew the iconic dark beer. Riding on the back of steady growth in markets for Guinness Stout and Harp Lager, Guinness Nigeria Plc now has 5 brewing plants in the country. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Guinness Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

£5k to invest? I think this FTSE 100 dividend share can double your money

first_img£5k to invest? I think this FTSE 100 dividend share can double your money 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. Tom Rodgers | Monday, 27th January, 2020 | More on: LGEN Tom Rodgers owns shares in Legal & General. 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. FTSE 100 dividend shares that can grow by 100% are few and far between. In fact, I could probably count the potential candidates on the fingers of one hand. Today I’ll look at what I think is the best possible option to take your blue-chip portfolio to the next level in 2020.DominantLegal & General (LSE:LGEN) has been the outstanding star stock for me since I picked up as many shares as I could afford in 2019. I’d had my eye on the life insurer for a long time before I pulled the trigger — I was waiting for the right time to buy. In hindsight, sitting on my hands and waiting was just costing me time and money and I should have bought in sooner.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 soon as I have any money to drip feed into my Stocks and Shares ISA, my first thought is to increase my LGEN holdings. If I was looking to invest my first £5,000 or my last, this FTSE 100 dividend share would still be at the top of my list.Dividend boomI believe LGEN will continue to pay me a cast-iron dividend of 5% to 6% for the rest of my natural life. The reason? It dominates the UK pensions market and it has the trust of some of the world’s largest multinationals, continuing to bring huge clients to the table.At the time of writing, the share price offers a 5.3% dividend payment on a cheap-looking trailing price to earnings ratio of 10.2. Factor in next year’s expected growth and that P/E ratio drops to an even more attractive 9 times earnings.Solid growthChief executive Nigel Wilson noted in a November 2019 trading update that all five LGEN divisions continued to produce solid operating performance: LGRI, its institutional retirement arm, is now in exclusive negotiations for a pension risk transfer pipeline of £3bn. LGRR, the retail retirement division, had sold £829m of annuities by 31 October 2019, up 34%, while investment management business LGIM increased its assets under management to £1.2trn, up £200m since the 2018 full-year results.I agree with Wilson’s assessment that the business “continues to go from strength to strength“, considering that solvency is ever improving, growing from 171% to 176% at last count. “We remain disciplined in our deployment of capital,” Wilson added, “and our balance sheet and net cash flow are strong.”Doubling upCity analysts expect underlying earnings per share to grow by 6% in 2020, and 8% a year until 2022, so adding the current 5.3% dividend gives investors a potential return of between 11% and 12% a year for the medium term.Assuming the growth rate remains consistent, which I believe it will for the reasons highlighted above, that would double your money in about six-and-a-half years. A decent outline calculation for this equation, by the way, is to use the Rule of 72.Assuming your money compounds annually, so any dividend you receive is reinvested, all you have to do to calculate how long it will take to double your money is to divide 72 by the interest rate your investment will be earning. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images center_img 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. See all posts by Tom Rodgers “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Rugby’s Greatest: Richard Hill

first_img Rugby’s Greatest: Martin Johnson Pure class: consistently excellent, Richard Hill was never dropped by England boss Clive Woodward (Getty) Famously, Woodward never dropped him. When Hill damaged a hamstring in the 2003 World Cup opener against Georgia, the coach refused to summon a replacement. Hill had played only a game and a half since June when he played in the November semi-final, and two years later he was picked for the Lions after only two halves of rugby in six months – that’s how important he was. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Introducing the English loosehead prop, who has made one… Rugby’s Greatest: Jason Leonard Expand Rugby’s Greatest: Richard HillSoon after joining Saracens in 1993, Richard Hill was asked by coach John Davies what he would do if Mike Teague, the Moseley back-row, came thundering towards him in the upcoming match? Davies was looking for a suitably aggressive reply but Hill answered: “Hopefully I’ll get in a good position to tackle him.”Hill always was understated, but he got in good positions time and time again for England and the Lions. This selfless back-rower was called the unsung hero of the great England team of the early Noughties, yet the many tributes to him make a mockery of the tag.Initially an openside, in which role he played for the 1997 Lions in South Africa, Hill became one of the all-time great No 6s after Clive Woodward implemented the legendary Dallaglio-Hill-Back unit at half-time against New Zealand during his second Test in charge.Hill’s decision-making and technique at the breakdown provided the oil for England’s engine. He had all the skills – he kicked goals as a youngster and scored 12 Test tries – but it was in the tight exchanges that he came into his own. He seldom lost his individual battles. TAGS: The Greatest Players Collapse One of the greatest second-rows to play the…center_img Rugby’s Greatest: Martin Johnson England Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide After a disastrous home World Cup in 2015,… Major teams: Saracens Country: EnglandTest span: 1997-2005England caps: 71 (68 starts)Lions caps: 5 (5 starts)Test points: 60 (12T) Expand Rugby’s Greatest: Jason Leonard England Rugby World Cup Fixtures, Squad, Group, Guide Since retiring in 2008, Hill has worked for Saracens and the RFU. In 2014 he was appointed RFU Player Pathway Liaison Manager, identifying and mentoring young players. Two years later, he became England’s team manager under Eddie Jones, a position he still holds.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Once chased by Wigan RL after scoring a hat-trick in a divisional match, Hill hailed from the Salisbury club but played all his pro rugby for Saracens, chalking up 288 appearances.Hill climber: outjumping Toutai Kefu during the 2001 British & Irish Lions tour of Australia (Getty Images)Sadly, injuries featured heavily in his career, such as the concussion halfway through the 2001 Lions series that many believe turned things Australia’s way. An ACL injury sustained in 2004 would have finished most people but remarkably Hill battled on after two knee reconstructions before accepting the inevitable.last_img read more

Silentium / Hwon Yoon

first_imgArchDaily Architects: Hwon Yoon Area Area of this architecture project Silentium / Hwon Yoon Area:  295 m² Area:  295 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/572256/silentium-hwon-yoon Clipboard Houses 2014 “COPY” CopyHouses•Anyang-si,center_img photographs:  Joonhwan YoonPhotographs:  Joonhwan YoonSave this picture!© Joonhwan YoonRecommended ProductsCoffee tablesBoConceptMadrid Coffee Table AD21Residential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade Panels + Creaktive in Social HousingWoodEGGERTimber‘Silentium(1)’ is situated in a plot for detached houses in a new housing site development district. The district follows the layout typical of new towns planned by city planners with high story apartments, groups of detached houses, and neighborhood facilities.(2)Save this picture!© Joonhwan YoonAt first glance, the area for detached houses seems to have changed from the monotonous landscape of the new town, which is dominated by apartment buildings. Unfortunately, rather than providing interesting spatial diversity, the area has actually produced a visually noisy area where the ambitions of capitalists and architects have resulted in a hodgepodge of trendy materials and colors. Furthermore, privacy is made difficult for tenants because of the way the land has been divided, not only in shape but also in size, as well as the narrow width of the roads. Consequently, there is the strange phenomenon of all the wayside window blinds being simultaneously pulled down at sunset.Save this picture!© Joonhwan YoonThe design of this house started with an architectural strategy for a silent exterior. A simple front defined as the concrete wall plays a key visual role by neutralizing the disorderly materials around it. Also, by blocking the gaze of passersby, the wall acts as a border to allow the residents to decorate the interior to their own tastes, while at the same time screening sunlight from the west. This border also serves to satisfy the client’s desire to decorate each space according to each resident’s personal taste, so as to fulfill his intimate understanding of each member of the cohabitating three generations.Save this picture!© Joonhwan YoonAs the family is a large one, a generous portion of the space is allotted as rooms for each member, inevitably making the communal space relatively small. It is particularly hard to plan enough indoor and outdoor space for the resident’s four little children to run around and play in. Even before considering the programme, the capitalist logic of utilizing the maximum amount of space possible, makes construction of an outdoor space at ground level much more difficult.Save this picture!© Joonhwan YoonSilentium’s strategy is to use the roof as an outdoor area rather than utilize the barely spare slips of space on the ground level. The nostalgic image of a hill at the end of the alley became the motive for the different width, height and slope of the stairs. These stairs become a path that lead to the roof, which in turn is defined as a playground. Extending both inside and outside the house, the stairway will provide a plentiful communal space for the entire family to share.Save this picture!Section 2(1) Silentium means ‘Silence’ in German(2) Silentium is situated inside the planned unit district of Gwanyang dong, Anyang-si. District Unit Planning manuals generally provide instructions for building to land ratio, floor area ratio, colors of buildings, shapes of roofs and walls, in an attempt to regulate the city scenery.Save this picture!© Joonhwan YoonProject gallerySee allShow lessLe 205 / Atelier ModernoSelected ProjectsSix ‘Cathedrals of Culture’ Tell Their Stories in New 3D FilmVideos Share “COPY” 2014 Year:  Projects Save this picture!© Joonhwan Yoon+ 18 Share Silentium / Hwon YoonSave this projectSaveSilentium / Hwon Yoon ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/572256/silentium-hwon-yoon Clipboard CopyAbout this officeHwon YoonOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesAnyang-siHousesPublished on December 01, 2014Cite: “Silentium / Hwon Yoon” 01 Dec 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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MSN and QXL offer online auction for NSPCC

Advertisement Tagged with: Digital Events Howard Lake | 8 September 1999 | News MSN and QXL offer online auction for NSPCC  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis NSPCC will hold an online auction starting on 13th September, with support from MSN and QXL. At 10.00am on Monday, TV star Melinda Messenger and Desmond ‘Q’ Lewellyn will start the bidding in what MSN describe as”the UK’s biggest ever on-line auction.”Lots on offer include a Tunisian holiday and desert safari to the location of the recent Star Wars movie, a cartoon of you by the Judge Dredd creator, and a day in Dave Stewart’s state of the art recording studio to record your own CD. Bidding closes on 20th September. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

Crowd-sourcing meets fundraising in a digital age

first_img Howard Lake | 21 July 2011 | News Crowd-sourcing meets fundraising in a digital age Tagged with: Digital Nick Burne’s session at the Institute of Fundraising National Convention 2011.Does your organisation really leverage the power of the web? Crowd-sourcing is not a new concept, but have we really grasped the power of it for our fundraising? This session aimed to help people discover new ways organisations and companies are leveraging crowdfunding, how easy it can be to do if we understand it’s principles and learn about some of the tools and platforms to use. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  15 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Verizon strikers garner solidarity

first_imgOn April 13, 40,000 Verizon wireline workers, represented by the Communications Workers (CWA) and International Electrical Workers (IBEW), went out on strike against the company and its anti-union demands for cutbacks and concessions while it banks $1.5 billion per month in profits. Here are reports from some picket lines in Virginia and Boston.Virginia: ‘United is how we roll!’Members of CWA Local 2204, on the picket lines throughout Virginia, are standing strong against Verizon’s greed.Beginning with rallies in over a dozen locations at 6 a.m. on the first day of the strike, CWA members from around the state — Arlington to Roanoke to Wise — came out to picket. The rallies looked like a sea of red T-shirts and strike signs.“This strike is very important, not only for Verizon workers but all workers,” said Deb Casey, Norton Area Vice President, CWA Local 2204. “Verizon is a prime example of what is wrong in America and what is killing our economy. They are making $1.5 billion profit a month off the backs of their employees but want to freeze pensions, force retirees and workers to pay more for health care, outsource jobs, close call centers and transfer workers away from home and families for months at a time.”Picketers have been out from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Strikers have been joined daily by a variety of labor and community supporters. In Roanoke, members of 15 Now Roanoke, Roanoke Education Association, Citizens’ Convention, Food and Commercial Workers, firefighters, postal workers and bus drivers’ unions are among those picketing and providing other support.A statement on CWA Local 2204’s Facebook page on April 17 read in part:“As we enter Day 6 of this strike against the corporate greed at Verizon, we are humbled and thankful for the support we continue to receive at all of our picket lines. The kind gestures of food, coffee, water, honks and standing the line with us bolster our spirits and strengthen our resolve.“The biggest of these gestures is the public stopping at our sites to ask exactly what we are fighting for because they want to hear directly from us. They are with us because they understand Verizon’s corporate greed and they know our fight is their fight.“As upper management visited some of our picket lines yesterday they got a clear message that we want a fair contract that addresses our concerns. We continue to see the support of our fellow sisters and brothers from the labor movement who also understand our fight is their fight. They come to our picket lines and walk with us and offer their heartfelt support as Union family standing alongside us in our cause. We have entire families walking our picket lines together because they know we are all part of the CWA Local 2204 family. United in Solidarity Is How We Roll!!!”Boston: ‘No union can go it alone’“Our message is resonating, that’s for sure. Our members are strong.”That was the conclusion reached by Myles Calvey, business agent for IBEW Local 2222, five days into the strike against Verizon. Calvey, who represents thousands of telecommunications workers in Greater Boston, explained the strike issues in great detail in an hour-long interview with WMBR radio on April 17.Local 2222 members, along with all 40,000 striking Verizon workers, are angry about the company’s outrageous concessionary demands. They have seen the anti-union attitudes of the company intensify since the last Verizon strike in 2011. For the current management, including CEO Lowell McAdams, “The union has now become the poison within the company,” reported Calvey. “Every bad thing that happens, it is the union that caused it.” Union members are fighting for their jobs because Verizon wants “to converge on jobs. They want to cut, cut more jobs. We are just asking them to maintain jobs.”Militant pickets have been seen all over the Boston area. Many union members have come out to show solidarity with the strikers, including firefighters, nurses and Teamsters. The Teamsters union sent all United Parcel Service drivers a text message instructing them not to cross picket lines. Honks of solidarity have been nonstop. Local 2222 is asking for community support, with the understanding that in 2016 no union can go it alone without support from the communities they serve.Local 2222 has been joined on the lines every day by members of Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union. By joining the picket lines the drivers are expressing their heartfelt solidarity, love and gratitude. During Local 8751’s bitter, 26-month fight to win reinstatement of four fired union leaders, as well as contract justice, Local 2222 turned over part of its union hall to Team Solidarity, the Voice of the United School Bus Workers — rent free. Nor has it been forgotten that leaders of Local 8751 were arrested while on the picket line supporting phone strikers in 1989.“I wish all unions would be here to show solidarity and shut the city down,” said Local 8751 President Andre Francois.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more