first_img whatsapp Monday 23 August 2010 8:08 pm TRADERS SEX UP THE DULL WORLD OF FOREX whatsapp Share Show Comments ▼ KCS-content by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmHero WarsBig Boss of internet games!Hero Warsmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.cominvesting.comCanceled TV Shows Announced: Full Updated Listinvesting.comthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comWorld LifestyleCouple Has No Idea Why Photo Goes Viral, Then They Notice This In The CornerWorld Lifestylezenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Tags: NULL THE THINGS that bored traders get up to when they get a minute, eh? The Capitalist chances upon an, err, enterprising website set up by a pair of forex traders, who claim to have cracked the conundrum of how to dispense a barrage of information to their peers while simultaneously holding their interest – by using the power of sex.“Winning traders have to truly be information junkies but the information is dull, boring, slow and not the least bit sexy,” reads the blurb on the website, “So one day, while pouring over the crush of current releases and reports, my partner and I thought, ‘What if we could get the info we need to trade from ridiculously hot girls?’ “We are not the only ones doing this, far from it. But we are the only ones doing it with April, Crystal, Jenna, Nicole… you get the picture.”Unbelievably, they’re dead serious about the venture. A quick search around the website throws up semi-naked pictures and profiles of the “spokesmodels” – nestled alongside videos and blog posts from the girls on subjects such as the Fed’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged.“Better than bunnies and talking money,” is the slogan flashing excitedly at the top of the page.WINNING TORTOISEThe popularity of billionaire investor Warren Buffett, if it were ever in any doubt, has now achieved truly universal status.The press down under in New Zealand have been getting all excited in recent days over a children’s book written by a Kiwi investment adviser, Lucas Remmerswaal, who’s based the kiddies’ tome on the ideas and principles of Buffett himself.“The Tale of Tortoise Buffett and Trader Hare” apparently has the full blessing of the Berkshire Hathaway chief, who’s given his permission for Remmerswaal to use the information he dispenses to shareholders in letters each year.In case anyone’s not familiar with the original tortoise-and-hare story, the plot has everything you’d expect from a cautionary tale penned shortly after the financial crisis. A greedy investor rushing off to secure loans he can’t afford? Check. A wise old financier sticking to his more leisurely guns and keeping to more traditional principles of investment? Check. A stock market crash and subsequent bankrupting of said greedy investor? Check. The sage of Omaha is probably polishing his halo at this very moment…TELETUBBIES: EH-OHWill Lord Mayor Nick Anstee and his delegation of business grandees have anybody at all waiting for them in the audience when they arrive at the Shanghai Expo early next month?I only ask after hearing word of a peculiar entertainment line-up for the UK pavilion at the Chinese exhibition ahead of the arrival of the delegates, set to include LSE chairman Chris Gibson-Smith, Standard Life chairman Gerry Grimstone, Barclays vice-chairman Sir David Wright, Standard Chartered vice-chair Sir Thomas Harris and Mark Garvin, chairman of JP Morgan UK. Apparently, visitors to the pavilion in the days immediately preceding their arrival will be treated to performances by none other than the Teletubbies.MEMORY LANEA half year ticks by and we’re treated once again to the ramblings of Andrew Perloff, chairman of Panther Securities. Throughout his years at the helm of the group, Perloff’s humorous and varied tirades have gained him the dubious honour of the most-read chairman in the City, despite running a relative tiddler of a company.Yesterday’s half year results were no different, with a rant about service and inflated prices at utility companies turning into a trip down memory lane, recalling his father’s purchase of a grand old pub in Margate. The boozer was where Perloff himself cut his teeth in the world of work, having been chosen from his siblings to pull pints for the locals of Kent due to his “cheerful demeanour, quick wit and adding up ability”.“There was only one problem – I was 12 inches too short,” Perloff reminisces. “This problem was easily solved – I made a platform between the till and the beer pumps from four upturned solid beer crates. We were obviously exploited as child labour, but unfortunately we did not realise it as we were having such a wonderfully exciting, educationally useful fun time…”All very heart-warming, to be sure – and the ramblings certainly do the job. By the end of the lengthy tale, The Capitalist had almost forgotten Panther swung into loss over the first half of the year.ART OF SPINA lucrative coup for financial PR agency Tulchan, which yesterday sent out its first communications on behalf of its newest client – Canadian fertiliser firm PotashCorp, the target of the biggest takeover bid of the year.“We’re delighted,” preens a Tulchan spinner. “This is a fascinating time for the company and a fascinating deal…”Quite. Over on the other side, it’s business as usual: hostile bidder BHP Billiton has engaged Brunswick. last_img read more

BAA re-opens runway and apologises for chaos

first_img Share KCS-content Tags: NULL AIRPORT operator BAA last night re-opened the southern runway at Heathrow airport in a bid to end the snow chaos that has left thousands of passengers stranded.Airport bosses hope the move will help them to reduce the delays and cancellations caused by the weather, with 700 flights axed yesterday and only a third of services taking off during the day.Despite the runway opening and snow being cleared from aircraft docking bays, thousands of passengers were expected to spend another night camping out at the airport last night.BAA’s chief executive Colin Matthews apologised for the disruption but warned it could be some time before normal operations resume.He said BAA was arranging more hotel rooms, setting up marquees for stranded passengers, asking its office staff to turn up for duty to help travellers and bringing in extra contractors to clear snow.Prime Minister David Cameron said the disruption was understandable given the severe weather, but said he was frustrated that it was taking so long for the situation to improve.It is understood that a shortage of space at Heathrow to store the quantity of de-icer needed to tackle the problems had emerged as a key cause of the travel chaos that has hit thousands of passengers at the UK’s biggest airport days before Christmas.Elsewhere, international train operator Eurostar said it hoped to run a near normal service today. More From Our Partners Matt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this whatsapp Show Comments ▼ BAA re-opens runway and apologises for chaos whatsapp Tuesday 21 December 2010 8:30 pm last_img read more

Investrust Bank Plc 2004 Annual Report

first_imgInvestrust Bank Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2004 annual report.For more information about Investrust Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Investrust Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Investrust Bank Plc (  2004 annual report.Company ProfileInvestrust Bank Plc is a wholly-owned commercial and retail financial services institution in Zambia, providing products and services in two segments: retail and operations, and wholesale banking. Investrust Bank offers a wide range of transactional accounts, aswell as solutions for wealth building, sole proprietor accounts, club society accounts and farmer accounts. The company offers short- to medium-term finance for project and working capital requirements, contractual and project security through guarantees, bid and performance bonds, and advance payment bonds. Its lease financing division is focused on movable and immovable assets in agriculture, tourism, information technology, transport and mining. Other financial service offerings range from discounting of bills of exchange, invoice discounting and shipment financing to buying and selling government securities, commercial papers trading, and treasury call accounts. Investrust Bank has a national network with 27 branches and 3 agencies located in the major towns and cities of Zambia. Investrust Bank Plc is listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited ( Q12014 Interim Report

first_imgMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited (  2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileMauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited offers general insurance for individuals and corporates. The company operates through Casualty, Property, Life, and Other segments, where the Casualty segment offers motor, liability and cash in transit, personal accident and health insurance products. The Property segment provides fire and allied perils, engineering, marine, and all risks insurance products. The Life segment offers life and pension insurance products. The Other segment provides stock-broking services. The company provides additional financial services as well, where housing, educational and vehicle loans are offered. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited has four subsidiaries that work under it, Feber Associates Ltd, National Mutual Fund Ltd and Phoenix TransAfrica Holdings Ltd are fully owned subsidiaries. The Group also owns an 80% stake in Associated Brokers Ltd. Mauritius Union Assurance Co. Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

A cheap UK stock to buy before the ISA deadline!

first_img 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. Image source: Getty Images Royston Wild | Wednesday, 10th March, 2021 | More on: POG 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” A cheap UK stock to buy before the ISA deadline! Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Royston Wild Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address The deadline is approaching for investors to use their ISA allowance for this tax year. So I’m on the hunt for the best UK stocks to buy for my Stocks and Shares ISA. Here’s an attractive and super-cheap British stock I’m thinking of buying right now.Going for goldGold prices have come off the boil in recent weeks as risk appetite across financial markets has improved and yields on US Treasuries have risen. But I don’t think the yellow metal’s race to new record peaks above $2,000 per ounce is run. I suspect that UK mining shares like Petropavlovsk (LSE: POG) could rise again and rise strongly.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…Precious metals like gold are bought by investors as a hedge against inflation. When the value of paper currencies comes under attack from low interest rates and huge monetary stimulus, demand for hard currencies like bullion increases as a result. Gold’s fall to nine-month lows below $1,700 per ounce in recent sessions shows that this idea is yet to play out. But fears over inflation are growing, and I think this could propel gold prices upwards again.Many City analysts believe that another gold price spurt is on the horizon. It’s why they think earnings at metal digger Petropavlovsk will soar more than 250% in 2021.Room for more rate cuts?Fears over a long period of low central bank rates, and their impact on the global economy, are rife today. But a report by the International Monetary Fund suggests that even those banks that have introduced negative rates during the past decade might be able to reduce them even further without derailing the financial system.The IMF says that “the evidence so far indicates negative interest rate policies have succeeded in easing financial conditions without raising significant financial stability concerns.” There’s no guarantee that central banks will act on its findings, of course. But the report will likely be viewed keenly by institutions, including the Bank of England, which have publicly touted the possibility of negative rates being rolled out.On top of those inflationary concerns, other macroeconomic and geopolitical factors could also drive bullion prices — and with it profits at UK gold shares like Petropavlovsk — higher. Setbacks in the fight against Covid-19 and resurgent trade spats between major economies, for example, are just a couple of things that could boost demand for safe-haven assets like precious metals.A top UK value shareIt’s not certain that gold prices will soar back to last summer’s record peaks though. Signs of a sustained economic recovery would surely damage demand for flight-to-safety assets like this. And Petropavlovsk itself exposes UK stock investors to risk as exploration and production problems — issues that are extremely common in the mining industry — can seriously dent future earnings.I still think Petropavlovsk’s cheap share price makes it a good buy today though. Not only does the company trade on a low price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 8 times for 2021, it carries an inflation-beating 2.1% forward dividend yield as well. 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.last_img read more

Samoan players lose their bearings resulting in comedy gold at London 7s

first_imgWednesday Jun 6, 2018 Samoan players lose their bearings resulting in comedy gold at London 7s Samoa got the better of Spain to win their clash 26-10 at the London Sevens this past weekend but made the task a little more difficult than it should have been, with this horrendous blooper in the first half. It was such a schoolboy error, even the referee couldn’t keep a straight face.The pair of Alamanda Motuga and Danny Tusitala were to blame, as Tusitala seemed to indicate that he wanted the ball but both players clearly lost their bearings, resulting in comedy gold.After coming last in their pool, Samoa eventually lost 19-14 to Argentina in the Challenge Cup Quarter Final. They currently sit 10th overall as we head into the final leg of the series, in Paris.Fiji went on to win the tournament, beating rivals South Africa in the final and scoring some thrilling tries along the way. Catch up on on the highlights and best tries world rugbyADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Branca House / Roziane Faleiro Arquitetura e Design

first_imgPhotographs:  Gustavo Xavier Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  Lead Architects: Branca House / Roziane Faleiro Arquitetura e DesignSave this projectSaveBranca House / Roziane Faleiro Arquitetura e Design ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Branca House / Roziane Faleiro Arquitetura e Design Area:  5220 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Gustavo Xavier+ 29Curated by Matheus Pereira Share CopyAbout this officeRoziane Faleiro Arquitetura e DesignOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBrazilPublished on November 16, 2019Cite: “Branca House / Roziane Faleiro Arquitetura e Design” [Residência Casa Branca / Roziane Faleiro Arquitetura e Design] 16 Nov 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 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Roziane Faleiro 2018 Manufacturers: FRANKE, Alumiconser, Cerâmica Atlas, Deca, Portinari, progeSOFT CopyHouses•Casa Branca, Brazil “COPY” Photographs Houses Architects: Roziane Faleiro Arquitetura e Design Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Engineering:Rogério CarneiroCity:Casa BrancaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Gustavo XavierRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesText description provided by the architects. This house was designed on a plot of 1300m², near a preservation area and overlooking the Moeda Mountain. With a built area of ​​485m², this house was built respecting the natural topography of the land. In total, there are 03 floors, so that access to vehicles and pedestrians follows as curves of levels with lower slope of ramp.Save this picture!© Gustavo XavierFollowing the concept of a contemporary architecture with more minimalist features, a social part opens for leisure, overlooking the mountains and all environments integrate and communicate with each other, establishing a connection with the surroundings. The infinity pool is an invitation for recreation. Attached to the house and with communication through a pergola, a music room opens to the solarium and a swimming pool through large doorways.Save this picture!© Gustavo XavierSave this picture!Planta – Primeiro PavimentoSave this picture!© Gustavo XavierThe metal structure pergola with corten steel finish is an element that connects the house to the music room, protects the facade and welcomes those who arrive.Save this picture!© Gustavo XavierAn area closely concentrated on the upper floor projects a detail on the façade to protect it as frames.Save this picture!© Gustavo XavierWe continue with the same porcelain flooring for the entire internal floor of the house, in the bathroom paginations, including countertops. In the kitchen, such countertops were performed in Nanoprime.Save this picture!© Gustavo XavierWe made a detail in the frame in the windows to protect as window frames (in this case black, which are a charm apart) and create a detail in the facade.Save this picture!© Gustavo XavierThis country house has modern lines with practical solutions for those who will spend the weekend. But the desire is to stay all week!Lighting directly affects how sensations in the environment. The whole lighting project was developed by Iluminar and the request was a light house and so that the social environments had a nice indirect light. Investing in a good lighting project is much more important than lights: it is living experiences! A back façade opens to a preserved forest and a charm apart!Project gallerySee allShow lessLAND Experience Center / AedasSelected ProjectsAB&D Office / Solo ArquitetosSelected Projects Share Brazil Projectslast_img read more

IoF announces summit on increasing funding support for small charities

first_imgRebecca Bunce, policy & engagement manager at the Small Charities Coalition, said:“Diversification of income is key to ensuring a sustainable future for small charities.  However, this requires new skills and strategic approaches from already overstretched small charities. We know that these organisations with under £1 million in income are facing significant funding challenges, particularly with the fall of public sector grants and small contracts. As such, we welcome this call from IoF to ensure that small charities are given greater support in their fundraising efforts and assisted in planning for the future.”  61 total views,  1 views today The Institute of Fundraising is to hold a summit between small charities, funding organisations and infrastructure bodies to identify ways to increase fundraising mentoring, advice and training initiatives for smaller charities, it has announced today (24th June).The announcement was made as the IoF released its Fundraising Support for Small Charities report and campaign, which calls for more to be done to help small charities grow their fundraising skills and capacity in the long-term.According to the IoF, many smaller charities report lacking the skills needed to be able to effectively raise funds while 70% expect an increase in demand for their services over the next 12 months. The report suggests that investment in fundraising can help with growing their ability to fundraise, which can increase their sustainability for the longer-term.The IoF hopes that by convening the summit later this year, it will kick-start a concerted drive across the charity sector and funding bodies to expand mentoring and ongoing fundraising advice and support for smaller charities.  Among the report’s other recommendations are:Increasing funding from government, local authorities and foundations for fundraising training for smaller charitiesGrant, contract and project funding for smaller charities should more often also include support for capacity building, including fundraisingCentral, devolved and local government should produce long-term plans for how they will help to strengthen capacity building, including fundraising, for smaller charities.Mike Smith, head of external affairs at the Institute of Fundraising said:“Fundraising is one of the most effective ways for many small charities to raise the money they need to continue their amazing work. However, they need more help and support to do so. By launching this campaign and holding the summit later in the year we want to kick-start action to ensure the long-term support for smaller charities to be able to raise funds in a sustainable way for the causes they work on. Advertisement IoF announces summit on increasing funding support for small charities AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 Melanie May | 23 June 2017 | Newscenter_img Tagged with: Finance Institute of Fundraising small charities  62 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis11 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via read more

Oklahoma’s teachers confront the Capitol

first_imgBy Otis Grotewohl and Molly MatewanApril 2 — Tens of thousands of Oklahoma educators, state workers, parents, students and community members converged today on Oklahoma City, the state capital, to demand adequate funding and resources for public education.Oklahoma Education Association President Alicia Priest said to ralliers at the Capitol that educators will remain on strike until they win the full funding they’ve been asking for. Two minutes later, the Oklahoma City school system sent out a robocall that its schools would be closed until teachers return to their classrooms. Picketers circled the building chanting, “Education is a right, that’s why we have to fight.” Spirits were lifted by music from school bands there to support striking teachers, the majority of whom are women.Hope Davis, a Deaf student and one of the first speakers at the rally, called legislation passed March 28 “a bandaid” when her state needs stitches. The legislation had granted teachers an average $6,000 raise for one year only, and inched up taxes on the oil industry and cigarettes.Davis said her math class has 40 students, and since her teacher quit, she’s had to take supplemental online courses. Oklahoma teacher salaries are so low, many educators have moved to neighboring states to make a living, leaving Oklahoma schools understaffed with severe turnover problems.Due to this crisis, pro-union sentiment is on the rise for many community members. A teacher/folk singer known as Mr. Booker told WW that until now “union” had been a bad word in Oklahoma.Inspired by the nine-day education workers’ strike in West Virginia —represented at today’s rally by West Virginia Education Association president Dale Lee — teachers, paraprofessionals and school staff in Oklahoma have been readying picket lines since early March.Heading into Monday, the first day of walkouts, education workers called for a $10,000 wage increase over a three-year period. Oklahoma teachers last saw a raise in 2008, an increase so paltry they remain some of the lowest paid educators in the U.S. Oklahoma has also experienced significant austerity measures over the last ten years, including a 30 percent cut to the state’s education budget.An education ‘bandaid’ proposalAt first the revenue package passed on March 28 looked like a victory. Republican Governor Mary Fallin signed off on the first tax increase in Oklahoma in 28 years to partially cover the $6,000 raise for teachers, along with a smaller raise for school support staff.Teachers forced lawmakers to raise taxes by 5 percent on the oil industry in the revenue package, a victory almost unheard of in a “right-to-work” state, and one West Virginia teachers were unable to replicate. Big Oil has had a stranglehold on Oklahoma for generations.Educators won that battle, in part, because they were able to clearly identify to lawmakers that money to cover the increase in the education budget should come from oil companies whose taxes remain abysmally low. But the legislative bill left out an additional $200 million for other education funding and $255.9 million for teacher health insurance, funding which rank-and-file educators called a core demand.As in West Virginia, members of state affiliates of both the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers are involved in this fightback.On Sunday evening, OEA head Priest web-posted a speech: “So why are we walking April 2? Well, there are 700,000 reasons why. Our students and they deserve better! We’ve all heard stories from students, parents, and teachers affected by eleven years of cuts to our classrooms. They see broken chairs in class, outdated textbooks that are duct taped together, and class sizes that have ballooned. Teachers are so drastically underpaid they are forced to donate plasma, work multiple jobs, and go to food pantries to provide for their families.” ( militancy within the OEA set April 2 as the deadline for legislators to satisfy the educators’ demands.Oklahoma City Federation of Teachers President Ed Allen at first advised teachers to accept the $6,000 pay increase, describing this as a “down payment” on public education. But after further inspection of the bill’s language, and encouragement from the rank and file, Allen and others are taking a more proactive approach.AFT President Randi Weingarten commented in an April 2 NPR interview: “[The legislature] took from one education pot to give to another education pot, as opposed to lifting up the dollars that were needed for kids in public education.” Weingarten said of teacher activism: “The era of passive resignation is over. In the wake of Janus, we will see more and more and more of this.” Janus vs. AFSCME, the potentially union-busting case affecting public sector workers, was heard Feb. 26 by the U.S. Supreme Court, and will be decided in June.Oklahoma educators also judged the proposed pay increase as inadequate because raises for paraprofessionals and school staff were less than for teachers, setting workers against each other. Special education aides, for example, sometimes make less than $10 an hour, and would have a smaller raise than teachers they share classrooms with.This legislative strategy could be an attempt by state governments to weaken solidarity among education workers and ultimately diminish the power of their unions. In West Virginia, education workers fought for and won the same raise for everyone regardless of position, whether teacher, cafeteria worker or bus driver.Groundswell of labor struggle in ‘right-to-work’ statesOklahoma educators have seen an outpouring of solidarity from union siblings locally and beyond. In a state with less than 6 percent of its workers unionized, Oklahoma City Teamsters joined teachers at the Capitol to amplify their demands.The Facebook page “I Support Oklahoma Teachers” reported unions of iron workers and operating engineers standing in solidarity as well. “It looks like construction sites across the state will be shutting down on Monday,” a post claimed on Saturday. Local press have largely covered the strike positively, and communities across the state have voiced their support for educators taking a stand.Many educators in Republican-dominated right-to-work states view the education workers’ strike in West Virginia as a wake-up call, and it’s not difficult to see why. The material conditions in classrooms in Oklahoma and West Virginia are very similar, and share many characteristics with classrooms in Kentucky and Arizona.Oklahoma teachers’ pay is ranked 49th in the U.S. according to the NEA, below West Virginia teachers at 48th and Arizona teachers at 43rd. All three states, and many more, have passed predatory right-to-work laws, rooted in Jim Crow racism, that abolish collective bargaining rights of workers, outlaw strikes and remove requirements that bosses must negotiate a contract.Kentucky teachers forced the closing of more than 20 schools on March 30, after legislators passed a surprise pension “reform” bill, effectively raiding teacher pensions. Educators and supporters continued their protest in Kentucky on April 2, closing schools in 21 counties, and lining the stairwells and balcony in the House and Senate chambers of the Capitol building in Frankfort. Kentucky educators have committed to continuing actions until the bill is reversed.About 2,500 Arizona teachers rallied in the capital of Phoenix on March 28, demanding a 20 percent raise and an education budget increase from a hostile legislature. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey stated categorically that he won’t consider educators’ demands. Because of this standoff, Arizona teachers could be the next to strike.On March 19, with broad community and student support, members of the Jersey City Education Association won a one-day strike for better pay, health care and dignity. On the same day, teachers in Puerto Rico struck in a fierce battle against U.S. colonialism and privatization. U.S. struggles are now part of an international movement of educators from England to Puerto Rico, Argentina to France.In every state where right-to-work laws exist, bosses have forced a race to the bottom for workers in terms of wages and benefits. State politicians — reactionary Republicans and capitalist Democrats alike — have cut public services for decades through austerity measures.With the elimination of collective bargaining through right-to-work laws, educators are fighting directly with state governments to obtain the education funding that they, their students and their communities deserve.Teachers have harnessed the potential of social media to counter corporate media that promote the bourgeois concept that educators are “greedy and selfish.” Educators are spreading their rank-and-file-driven movements to other workers across the country.Education workers are clearly stating that they want dignity and respect, accessible health care and decent pay, like all working people around the world. They are broadcasting to a global audience the need for a fuller understanding of the austerity cuts promoted by Big Oil, Big Banks and Big Business — cuts that demand, in turn, the solidarity of worker actions and strikes.On the ground in OklahomaA solidarity delegation of Workers World Party members landed in Oklahoma City April 1 in time to participate in the rally at the Capitol. The delegation brought signs, banners, flyers, WW papers and their energy to support Oklahoma educators, students, parents and community members.Delegation member Ben commented: “We hope to build greater solidarity between the struggle here and other workers and oppressed people in the U.S., across the globe, and especially the struggles by Indigenous peoples here in Oklahoma.”“We’re excited to be here watching this unfold and seeing union activism and solidarity across all job titles. Workers are making a big leap in their state,” said Sara, a teacher and parent activist. “People want to read the WW issue with the Puerto Rico teachers’ strike as the cover story. Teachers here know they’re part of something bigger. There’s a working-class understanding that oil millionaires are making decisions that harm children​, which shows in the speeches and signs like ‘Make Oil and Gas Pay.’ People know who they’re fighting against!”The delegation ​will be in the state through April 4 and ​is posting about the walkout on social media using #OKWalk4Kids. For more information, please visit: World Party Strike Support members on the ground in Oklahoma provided rally details for this article. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Trump in Paris: Two faces of world imperialism

first_imgIn Paris, on the weekend of the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the first devastating imperialist world war, the current overlords of world imperialism showed both their faces. Both were ugly and dangerous, although one was covered with more deceptive smarm.The visible danger was the current U.S. president, though at the Paris meetings he appeared moody and isolated. Unfortunately for the world, he still has powerful allies inside and outside the U.S. ruling class.He has been speaking up for “nationalism” lately — meaning racist, white nationalism. This accompanies his anti-immigrant rants and constant insults toward women.While he seemed sullen in Paris, even skipping some of the usual ceremonies, he has like-minded “nationalist” thinkers in Poland, Hungary, Ukraine; in the ultra-right parties like the National Front in France and the AfD in Germany; and even in the current Italian coalition regime that is a hotbed of anti-immigrant bigotry.At home, despite setbacks in the midterm elections, he still mobilizes his reactionary base.So much about this U.S. president is hateful and needs fierce opposition that people might underestimate the dangers coming from the overlords in Europe and the rest of his class in the U.S.The other face of imperialismAt the Paris meeting, another face of imperialism was personified by the French banker-president Emmanuel Macron, the “globalist.” It’s also the face of Germany’s Angela Merkel. They and their counterparts in the U.S. establishment — who mostly, but not all, are among the leaders of the Democratic Party — say they are against nationalism.They look to World War I as a lesson in the dangers of nationalism — that is, the dangers to the ruling classes they represent.Before that war, mass slaughters initiated by imperialism and capitalism had taken place mostly in the colonies. Tens of millions died in British-controlled India, Belgian-controlled Congo, German-controlled Namibia, Dutch-controlled Indonesia, and in the many French colonies of Indochina and North and West Africa.The U.S., a fledgling imperialist power at that point, had bloodied its hands in the slaughter of enslaved and Indigenous peoples, and of those in the Philippines, Cuba, Hawai’i and Puerto Rico.But during the first world war — when the big imperialist powers fought each other for the nationalist aim of controlling more colonies — tens of millions died in Europe itself. War and oppression came home to them, including a flu epidemic that spread through wartime crowding and hardships to kill tens of millions more.Then, after years of suffering through the Great Slaughter that was World War I, the war was ended by the Russian Revolution. This workers’ and soldiers’ revolt not only deposed the old tsarist empire, it ushered in a socialist revolution and seized the property of the ruling class in Russia.Revolutionary movements also seized power for a short time in Hungary and in parts of Germany. They were defeated with blood and iron by the old rulers, but they left the capitalist ruling classes of those countries and all their neighbors terrified of what the workers could do. From 1917 to 1991 that changed history.So when today’s “Great Powers” hold a so-called peace conference in France, it is the utmost of hypocrisy. The “globalist” forces have no intention of allowing peace for the oppressed nations and peoples of the world — for Yemen, for Syria, for Libya. Macron, Merkel and the others may look better than Trump, but their message is really this:“One hundred years ago, we, the rulers, learned that if we are too nationalist we can wind up fighting each other, and the workers and peoples we oppress can take advantage of that. They might even overthrow us. So we have to work out among us how to peacefully divide what we steal from the masses of people of the world.”Both the nationalist and globalist factions within the world’s ruling classes are enemies of the people.As we mobilize against Trump and the ultrarightists who support him, we must remember that the enemy is the entire possessing class of global billionaires and multimillionaires and their paid agents and representatives.This entire class, including Trump, must be stopped. They must be countered at every opportunity.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more