Kenolkobil Limited ( 2005 Annual Report

Posted On Jul 12 2021 by

first_imgKenolkobil Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2005 annual report.For more information about Kenolkobil Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenolkobil Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenolkobil Limited (  2005 annual report.Company ProfileKenolkobil Limited is an oil marketing company supplying, storing, distributing and retailing an extensive range of petroleum products for markets in Africa sub-regions. This involves trading crude and refined petroleum products including motor fuels, industrial oils, liquified petroleum gas, aviation fuels, lubricants and various specialist oils. Kenolkobil Limited also markets a range of lubricants under the Castrol and K-Lube brands and sells a cooking gas called K-gas; and supplies gas accessories such as burners, regulators, cooking grills, lanterns, cookers, gas poles and hoses and fuel management systems. Kenolkobil Limited was the first marketer in Kenya to commission a fully-electronic fleet fuel management system, called K-Card which offers holder’s highly discounted purchases at its service stations across the country. Formerly known as Kenya Oil Company Limited (Kenol), the company was founded in 1959 as a wholesaler of packaged Kerosene and later invested in service stations. Today, Kenolkobil Limited is Kenya’s leading indigenous oil marketing company with operations in Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Uganda and Zambia. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenolkobil Limitedlast_img read more

Dairibord Holdings Limited 2015 Presentation

Posted On Jul 12 2021 by

first_imgDairibord Holdings Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2015 presentation For more information about Dairibord Holdings Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dairibord Holdings Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dairibord Holdings Limited (  2015 presentation Company ProfileDairibord Zimbabwe Private Limited (DZL Holdings Limited) is the largest dairy company in Zimbabwe; producing and marketing a range of fresh milk and ready-to-drink and long-life milk products. The company also owns Lyons Zimbabwe; a food company that manufactures and markets ice-cream, cordials, condiments and spreads, tea and mineral water; ME Charhons which manufactures biscuits and baking products; and has a majority stake in Dairibord Malawi. The company is wholly-owned by Lavenson Investments Private Limited and is the flagship subsidiary of Dairiboard Holdings Limited. DZL Holdings Limited owns four property companies; Goldblum Investments (Private) Limited, Chatmoss Properties (Private) Limited, Quallinnex Properties (Private) Limited and Slimline Investments (Private) Limited. Its export markets include Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. Dairibord Zimbabwe Private Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

CRDB Bank Plc ( Q42018 Interim Report

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first_imgCRDB Bank Plc ( listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about CRDB Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CRDB Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CRDB Bank Plc (  2018 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileCRDB Bank Plc is a wholly-owned private commercial bank in Tanzania offering a comprehensive range of retail, commercial, corporate, treasury, premier and wholesale microfinance services. The company has an extensive infrastructure of branches, ATMs and deposit and mobile terminals and uses a vast network of Fahari Huduma agents which are microfinance agents. The retail division offers financial solutions which range from current and fixed deposit accounts to home purchase and construction loans, refinancing and cash back services. The corporate division provides financial service across the board; including documentary collection, letters of credit, guarantees, structured trade finance, treasury services and foreign exchange risk management. Established in 1996, CRDP Bank Plc has three subsidiary companies; CRB Bank Plc Burundi, CRDB Microfinance and CRDB Insurance Brokers.CRDB Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Gulf Coast Episcopalians prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac

Posted On Jun 20 2021 by

first_imgGulf Coast Episcopalians prepare for Tropical Storm Isaac The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Submit a Job Listing An Aug. 27 satellite image of Tropical Storm Isaac shows the storm’s activity in the Gulf Coast. Photo/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)[Episcopal News Service] Episcopal dioceses along the U.S. Gulf Coast were initiating disaster preparedness plans Aug. 27 as Tropical Storm Isaac emerged into the Gulf of Mexico’s warm waters after drenching Haiti and the Dominican Republic and skimming Southeast Florida and the Florida Keys over the weekend.The U.S. National Weather Service has issued hurricane warnings for the Gulf Coast from Morgan City, Louisiana, to Destin in the Florida Panhandle, including the city of New Orleans, Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas.The National Hurricane Center said it expected the tropical storm to gain strength, possibly becoming a category two hurricane, before it makes landfall sometime late Tuesday or early Wednesday morning, Aug. 29, the seventh anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Katrina. The four coastal Episcopal dioceses that could be affected are Louisiana, Mississippi, Central Gulf Coast and Florida.In Haiti, Episcopalians were mobilizing efforts to respond to those most in need after Isaac bore down on the island of Hispaniola Aug. 24, claiming at least 12 lives and temporarily displacing at least 40,000 people.Despite the losses, Diocese of Haiti Bishop Suffragan Oge Beauvoir, who is based in Cap Haitien in the northern region of the diocese, wrote in an e-mail Aug. 27 that Haiti appeared to have been “spared” from the worst of Isaac. “God has heard your prayers … There is not too much damage, so far … We thank God for that.”“We got some heavy rains and bad winds. But by the grace of God, we are safe,” Beauvoir told ENS. “I have been in permanent contact with the clergy, and lay pastors of the Northern Region where I am working, and all the reports look good, all things considered.”Ahead of the storm, diocesan clergy had been asked to make provisions for themselves and, where possible, their parishioners. Clergy were reminded to urge parishioners who live near the coast or near rivers to move inland and stay with friends, and to try their best to stockpile basic necessities such as water.The Miami-based offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida were closed Aug. 27 as a precautionary measure because the outer bands of the storm were still producing heavy rain and squalls in the area.Mary Cox, director of communications for the Southeast Florida diocese, which also includes the Florida Keys, said she was not aware of any significant problems in the region. “Our major concern, of course, is for our companion dioceses of Haiti and the Dominican Republic. As soon as we hear from them about specific needs, I’m sure we’ll be organizing assistance. And like everybody else, we’re praying for our neighbors on the Gulf Coast,” she wrote in an e-mail to ENS.Cox said the diocese had heard from partners in the Dominican Republic to say that they are all OK but that they were cleaning up after “lots and lots of rain.”The National Hurricane Center, in an advisory at 1 p.m. EDT, warned of dangerous surf and rip currents that would continue to affect the Florida Peninsula and the Florida Keys during the next day or so, and would begin to affect portions of the Gulf Coast later today. Isolated tornadoes also are possible from Central Florida through the northeastern Gulf Coast today and tonight, the advisory noted. Maximum sustained winds are currently recorded at 65 mph with tropical-storm-force winds extending up to 240 miles from the center. Storm surges are expected to reach 12 feet along some coastal areas.The ninth named storm of the 2012 Atlantic hurricane season, Isaac developed on Aug. 21 in the Lesser Antilles.As Isaac continues on its path towards the Gulf Coast, Bishop of Louisiana Morris K. Thompson Jr. wrote to diocesan leaders Aug. 27, saying that while the forecast likely “brings with it more than just the normal anxiety associated with hurricanes, as it comes on the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in times like this it is important that we keep strong in our faith and know that God is still God. So, as people are fond of saying, we prepare for the worst and pray for the best.”Thompson underscored the importance of taking precautions now “to protect ourselves and those in our care. We should know where our family members, our close friends and (for those in church leadership positions) our parishioners are going to be over the coming days, and they should know our plans.”Conference calls have been scheduled for diocesan clergy to assess the needs immediately after the storm has passed. Meanwhile, a special webpage on the diocesan website  has been created where useful and important information may be posted in the coming days.In Mississippi, the Rev. Carol Borne Spencer, diocesan coordinator for disaster preparedness and response, is not taking any chances.Spencer told clergy in an Aug. 27 e-mail that the diocesan disaster and preparedness task force is available to offer assistance as needed and reminded them to refer to a booklet on personal and congregational preparedness for disasters provided to each Mississippi congregation.“I know this is ‘old news’ to some of you who have been through this drill before,” said Spencer, but “I would rather err on the side of caution. I pray that each of you on the coast err on this side of over-preparedness as well.”Spencer, coordinator for outreach and mission at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, also asked the clergy to keep Mississippi Bishop Duncan Gray III “informed of your status, personal and congregational, after the storm passes … Please don’t forget to check on your most vulnerable members who may not have others to help them prepare … I am praying for everyone’s safety.”The Rev. Scott Lenoir, editor of The Mississippi Episcopalian and assisting priest at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Ocean Springs, told ENS that he will be in “full prep mode like everyone else” in the diocese. He said that his church would stay open Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, when the storm is expected to make landfall, as several parishioners live in flood-prone areas and his church sits at a higher elevation.Lenoir, who serves as co-chair of the diocesan disaster and preparedness task force, said that during the last 12 months the team has compiled a detailed database that can be used as a resource for relief efforts in the event of a crisis. The team also has met with every convocation (groups of parishes) in the diocese in an effort to educate, prepare and gather resource information.Although the Diocese of Alabama, which is located further inland and runs from Montgomery north to the Tennessee border, will likely avoid the brunt of the storm, it is standing ready to provide assistance to the coastal dioceses should that become necessary, Communications Coordinator Dave Drachlis told ENS.Episcopal Relief & Development continues to be in regular contact with partners in the affected dioceses and is standing by to offer support and assistance.— Matthew Davies is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME By Matthew DaviesPosted Aug 27, 2012 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Collierville, TN Submit a Press Release This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC center_img Rector Smithfield, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Albany, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Belleville, IL In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Press Release Service Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Hopkinsville, KY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Martinsville, VA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 last_img read more

House 28 / Equipe Lamas

Posted On Jun 17 2021 by

first_imgCopyAbout this officeEquipe LamasOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBrasíliaBrazilPublished on December 16, 2016Cite: “House 28 / Equipe Lamas” 16 Dec 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?28号住宅 / Equipe Lamas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 CopyHouses•Brasília, Brazil ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Brazil Photographs Year:  Area:  850 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Photographs:  Haruo Mikami Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!© Haruo Mikami+ 34 Sharecenter_img “COPY” House 28 / Equipe Lamas Architects: Equipe Lamas Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily 2016 “COPY” Projects House 28 / Equipe LamasSave this projectSaveHouse 28 / Equipe Lamas Manufacturers: Arquivo Contemporâneo, Arte ofício, Galeria Renome, Ibramar, Imax, Light Design, Light Design+Exporlux, Lumini, Ornatos, Talentus marcenaria, Vitral, galeria ClimaEngineering And Incorporation:Ruy LamasEngineering:Eng. Ruy Lamas, Eng. Júlio Novita, Eng. Vladimir BarbánInterior Design Collaborator:João Carlos Ramos MagalhãesPaisagismo:João Fausto MauleArchitect In Charge:Samuel LamasDesign Team:Samuel Lamas, Ruy Lamas, Anderson MagallãesCity:BrasíliaCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Haruo MikamiRecommended ProductsDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEADoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalText description provided by the architects. The architecture of the House 28 presents as an extension of the arid and lush landscape from the Cerrado Biome. A family that sought tranquility and connection with nature commissioned this urban refuge located 10 minutes away from the national congress of Brasilia.Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiThe area of ​​7000 m2 enabled to spread 850m2 of construction on the ground. Gardens permeate the volumetry and generous windows of wood and glass connect the experience to the landscape.Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiVarieties of perspectives are revealed while walking through the house. The rooms have different heights that confirm a spatial hierarchy. Extensive walls, coated with polymer mortar, define fluid spaces and openings positioned in all directions integrate the living areas. The large windows frames are mostly positioned east west and the walls north south. This orientation allows a dramatic natural light effect during Sunshine / sunset and open views across the house.Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiIndependent bedrooms facing east ensure privacy for family members. All three suites have a balcony and a metal trellis for climbing plants. The Windows there, when opened, serve as seats either for the bedroom and balcony.Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiThe landscape colors continue in the house materials: the tile floor and walls coated fulget has the same color of the reddish earth of Brasilia. The window frames and the lining of Ipe wood, confirm the sense of belonging. The metal roof structure in corten steel also mimic among vegetation.Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiThere are three Colored Carpets tiles with geometric designs where the use of traditional woven carpet would be impractical: entrance, kitchen and dining room.Save this picture!Ground FloorNext to the terrace under an old Jatoba tree, there is a rectangular pool coated with white regional marble. It is a conversation pool with a bench along its entire length and flanked by wooden deck. Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiThe house has mixed structure: concrete pillars and cover in metallic structure. Rainwater collected by the coverage is directed to an underground reservoir serving the garden irrigation during dry period. Solar panels heat the water and the pool throughout the year and tilting windows allow cross ventilation and natural light in every room.Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiFor the interior, a playful and relaxed spirit with pieces designed by the architect Samuel Lamas and masters of Brazilian and international design: Sergio Rodrigues, Jorge Zalszupin, Tenreiro, Jean Gillon, Geraldo de Barros, Lucio Costa, Lina Bo Bardi, Campana brothers, Vico Magistretti, Charles Eames, Antonio Bonet, Pollock and Achile Castiglioni among others.  Save this picture!© Haruo MikamiThe landscaping is an extension of the Woods with native trees and shrubs masses that flourish throughout the year to attract birds. In the central garden, a native tree Erythrina Mulungu, known as coral tree, will often bring to the Entrance hall, the view of a carpet of red flowers.Project gallerySee allShow lessArchitecture’s “Political Compass”: A Taxonomy of Emerging Architecture in One DiagramArticlesJan Gehl’s 5 Rules for Designing Great CitiesArticles Sharelast_img read more

Local Amnesty group marks 40 years of fundraising book sales

Posted On Jun 16 2021 by

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Local Amnesty group marks 40 years of fundraising book sales Advertisement Photo: Amnesty book sale (2006) by Jim O’Donnell on Howard Lake | 24 February 2015 | News The Blackheath and Greenwich group of Amnesty International UK has now been raising funds for the human rights organisation for 40 years with its signature event, the annual book sale.It began at a very small scale in 1974, when members sold a few books in one member’s front room in South East London. Since then, the volunteer-run event has raised a total of £270,897.The event now takes over a whole church with over 15,000 books on sale and involving almost all members of the 25-strong group. It is now so well established that a queue will form outside the entrance as locals, book dealers and visitors from afar try to get the best deals.Year-round activityThe scale of the book sale is now so large that the group members source and collect books throughout the year. Just sorting and pricing the books now takes volunteers five weeks. They now run the sale twice a year in June and November.Occasionally the group receives or spots a rare or valuable book. They sold a complete collection of the 1910 edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica for £700.As their book selling knowledge has accumulated they have made the most of their contacts with publishers and book reviewers to focus on new books and specialist or locally-related books.The next Greenwich and Blackheath Amnesty book sale is on 20 June 2015. Tagged with: Donated goods Trading  40 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

ITV announces three charities to benefit from Text Santa 2015

Posted On Jun 16 2021 by

first_img ITV has announced that the three beneficiary charities of the Text Santa Christmas Appeal 2015 will be Macmillan Cancer Support, Make-A-Wish UK and Save the Children.This is Text Santa’s fifth year, and so far the annual appeals have raised over £21 million for UK charities, while giving them considerable publicity. Last year it selected five charity beneficiaries.This year’s Text Santa campaign will run from 1 to 18 December, during which members of the public will be encouraged to take part in a series of festive fundraising activities. The campaign culminates on Friday 18 December with an evening of TV entertainment which will showcase the work of the charities and how they help families in difficulty at Christmas.The audience will be encouraged to donate by text, phone and online.As in past years, the money raised will be shared equally between the charities.Last year, the three-hour Text Santa show featured George Clooney starring in Downton Abbey, an I’m a Celebrity choir that saw McBusted take on jungle challenges and a rap battle between Alesha Dixon and Paddy McGuinness, plus appearances from celebrity supporters such as Brenda Blethyn, Simon Cowell, Carey Mulligan and Prince Harry.The appeal raised over £6.2 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Guide Dogs, Marie Curie Cancer Care, Alzheimer’s Society, WellChild and Together for Short Lives.More information on Text Santa and details of how both viewers and supporters can get involved will be revealed in the Autumn.  51 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: christmas Events ITV mobile Text Santa TV Howard Lake | 8 September 2015 | News ITV announces three charities to benefit from Text Santa 2015 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Only socialism can save Detroit

Posted On Jun 15 2021 by

first_imgKris HamelWW photo: Brenda RyanTalk given at WWP conference  on Nov. 16 by Kris Hamel. Workers World Party wants to expropriate the expropriators and overturn capitalism, an economic system whose demise is way overdue. In this age of imperialism and endless war, low-wage and dead-end capitalism, we fight for socialism — not as some utopian dream for a far-off future — but as a necessary and realizable goal today for the liberation of humanity’s majority and the uplifting of the masses of people worldwide.Is socialism real or just a utopian ideal? The potential for building socialism has never been greater. Technology provides the ability to coordinate production and to plan, not just on a local but on an international level.Hospitals, schools, roads and housing could be built with breakneck speed, while we put the brakes on the destruction of the environment and climate change. Millions of workers worldwide could have jobs based on these projects.We could immediately end hunger, feed and provide water to the people of the entire world, erase illiteracy, cure widespread diseases, house everyone.The revolutions and attempts to build socialism, whether in the Soviet Union, China in its revolutionary period — even in Cuba and Vietnam — did not have the advantage of advanced technology. They either had to open the doors to capitalism to get that technology — with the consequence of introducing inequality or undermining the socialist base — or in Cuba, maintaining its revolutionary perspective and consciousness, but with the consequence of building socialism on a relatively low industrial basis that was heightened with the Soviet Union’s collapse.Even under these unfavorable objective conditions, many gains were won that have never been achieved in any capitalist country, such as full employment and the elimination of homelessness. The Cuban health care system is a model for the world. There is free and universal education. East Germany was a beacon for lesbian-gay-bi-trans-queer rights and liberation.The contradiction today is that the same technology that could liberate humanity on a socialist basis intensifies exploitation and the masses’ suffering when that technology is in the hands of the capitalist class.Homes are being destroyed and cities blighted. School closings are rampant as finance capital holds education hostage to massive debt service imposed by the banks. Racism and national oppression are intensified and used by the ruling class as weapons to keep the working class divided and unable to fight them.Nowhere is this truer than in Detroit — once the industrial center of the U.S., where workers, especially African-American workers, could earn relatively decent wages, benefits and pensions. Now Detroit is the poorest big city in the U.S., with child poverty well over 50 percent.Detroit went from having the highest homeownership rate in the U.S. to the lowest today, with miles of vacant land and blighted homes due to the banks’ predatory practices. This has led to more than 100,000 foreclosures in the past decade. Our once great city lost a quarter of its population in the last 12 years.‘The art of revolution’The contradiction of the current period isn’t that socialism is not real and possible — but it is the objective contradiction between the ripening material conditions for a socialist transformation and the lack of revolutionary class consciousness in the working class. Overcoming that contradiction is the fundamental task of the Party and of all revolutionaries.Leon Trotsky, a leader of the Russian Revolution, laid out a perspective on how to carry out this task in his 1938 Transitional Program: “The world political situation … is chiefly characterized by a historical crisis of the leadership of the proletariat. …“The strategic task of the next period — a … period of agitation, propaganda and organization — consists in overcoming the contradiction between the maturity of the objective revolutionary conditions and the immaturity of the proletariat and its vanguard. … It is necessary to help the masses in the process of the daily struggle to find the bridge between present demands and the socialist program of the revolution. This bridge should include a system of transitional demands, stemming from today’s conditions and from today’s consciousness of wide layers of the working class and unalterably leading to one final conclusion: the conquest of power by the proletariat.“… [It is necessary to put forward] a system of transitional demands, the essence of which is contained in the fact that ever more openly and decisively they will be directed against the very bases of the bourgeois regime. The old ‘minimal program’ is superseded by the transitional program, the task of which lies in systematic mobilization of the masses for the proletarian revolution.”This is the art of revolution: how to make our program living and real and move our class in the direction of a socialist revolution.In Detroit, we raise demands against the banks as the perpetrators and benefiters of the city’s economic crisis and destroyed neighborhoods. “Take it from the banks, not city workers!” and other slogans have evolved into an agitation and propaganda campaign that has exposed the role of the banks and the entire capitalist system in the destruction of the city and how under capitalism there are no solutions to the myriad problems facing our city.Capitalism offers nothing to Detroiters. It offers nothing to youth. Nothing to seniors. Nothing to workers and oppressed peoples. Nothing but misery.The objective conditions for socialism are ripened and ready. But it is up to us to inject socialist ideology along with our anti-capitalist demands and help jump- start that awakening of consciousness of the mighty multinational working class.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Histórica victoria de sindicato de conductores de autobuses escolares de Boston

Posted On Jun 15 2021 by

first_imgDespués de más de dos años de ardua lucha, las militantes bases del Sindicato de Conductores de Autobuses Escolares de Boston (BSDU-USW-8751) (Sindicato de Trabajadores del Acero – Seccional 8751) han obtenido una histórica victoria contra el gigante mundial Veolia / Transdev, una de las empresas antisindicales capitalistas más infames; contra los patronos de las Escuelas Públicas de Boston, y contra el alcalde de Boston Marty Walsh y sus voceros mediáticos.
Cuatro dirigentes sindicales que fueron despedidos en octubre de 2013 con falsas acusaciones de liderar una huelga sin autorización (wildcat strike), regresaron a trabajar. Los patronos de Transdev habían jurado que los cuatro nunca volverían. Pero a las 4 pm del 18 de diciembre, después de una maratónica sesión de negociación de 25 horas, Veolia y los patronos de la ciudad de Boston firmaron acuerdos integrales con el sindicato, reincorporando al presidente André François, al vicepresidente Steve Kirschbaum, al secretario de finanzas Steve Gillis y al presidente de querellas Garry Murchison.
Además de la reincorporación de los cuatro con plenos derechos de antigüedad y un sustancial pago monetario, la seccional ganó un contrato con justicia económica y la protección de 40 años de proceso de negociación colectiva. El contrato será totalmente retroactivo para todos los beneficios salariales, pensionales y de prestaciones.Las/os trabajadores recibirán inmediatamente un aumento del 5.5 por ciento y colectivamente más de $1.7 millones en salarios atrasados, que se remonta a la fecha de vencimiento del contrato en 2014. La jubilación, que ahora será después de 30 años de servicio sin requisitos de edad, tendrá incrementos sustanciales en beneficios y pagos por despido. Hay otros beneficios demasiado numerosos para enumerarlos.El conjunto de acuerdos también protege al plan de pensiones que anteriormente estaba administrado por el sindicato pero que estaba bajo ataque. Permite además que el sindicato entre inmediatamente en el proceso directamente con la ciudad, sin la interferencia de Veolia, para solucionar las casi 700 querellas resultantes de tres años de violaciones de contrato por Veolia.La garantía de seguridad sindical y de trabajo con la ciudad, que ordena que cualquier futura empresa o la ciudad debe aceptar a las/os trabajadores y el contrato sindical completo, se extiende hasta 2019. La Seccional 8751 logró que no se introdujeran las placas de identificación con chip implantado para seguimiento por radio y el uso de la tecnología biométrica para espiar a las/os trabajadores. También luchó con éxito para obtener la mayor cantidad de términos de protección sindical posibles para frenar la reciente introducción de cámaras espías en los autobuses, las cuales se han convertido en un hecho lamentable de la vida laboral en el transporte. El sindicato tiene previsto continuar la batalla contra las cámaras en alianza con madres y padres y la comunidad en el próximo período.
Solidaridad con el Equipo SolidaridadEsta larga lucha estuvo liderada por el aguerrido Equipo Solidaridad, cuyos candidatos  François y Kirschbaum, barrieron las elecciones sindicales en abril de 2015, luego de que el montaje de cargos políticos contra Kirschbaum se vino abajo en la corte. Toda la base estaba lista para una huelga en cualquier momento si era necesario. “Iremos a huelga si nos provocan” era la consigna en las populares camisetas del equipo.El Equipo Solidaridad no estaba luchando de manera aislada. La lucha por recontratar a los cuatro dirigentes sindicales atrajo a muchas/os aliados que sabían del activismo coherente y de principios de la S-8751 contra el racismo y la austeridad, así como su internacionalismo y su trabajo sindical solidario.Las/os conductores de autobuses escolares de Boston, que son 98 por ciento de Haití, Cabo Verde, afro-americanas/os, latinas/os y otras/os trabajadores de color, batallan contra el racismo todos los días tanto dentro como fuera del trabajo. Ganaron el apoyo de las/os activistas laborales y comunitarias/os negro más prominentes de Boston, que, al ver el carácter racista, antisindical del ataque a un sindicato mayoritariamente negro, se unieron por primera vez para clamar justicia para los dirigentes despedidos.La última sesión de 25 horas refleja con precisión las fuerzas en esta batalla histórica. Por el lado del sindicato estaban los cuatro despedidos, el Equipo, los abogados y el personal del Steelworkers Internacional y el líder de la comunidad Chuck Turner por teléfono.Por el lado de la patronal estaban los jefes locales, nacionales e internacionales de Veolia  incluyendo al infame Thomas P. Hock, cuyo grupo de expertos ha estado destruyendo sindicatos de tránsito durante 40 años; los altos mandos de las Escuelas Públicas de Boston; y el alcalde Walsh con su personal y directores financieros. El Equipo pudo evitar que abandonaran el hotel donde se produjeron las negociaciones, haciéndoles permanecer toda la noche.
Vencidos los anticomunistasEsta fue realmente una lucha para defender el histórico papel de liderazgo del Partido Workers World-Mundo Obrero en el sindicato, que los miembros de WW-MO ayudaron a fundar hace cuatro décadas. Los patronos de Veolia y la burguesía de la ciudad dejaron claro que objetivo más importante era sacar a los rojos del sindicato, encarcelarlos y enviar un mensaje a las bases y al movimiento sindical en su conjunto que el activismo sindical radical es una cosa del pasado.Inmediatamente después de la supuesta “huelga no autorizada” – que fue realmente un bloqueo ilegal (huelga patronal) por parte de Veolia – los medios de comunicación capitalista de Boston publicaron feroces artículos anticomunistas atacando a Kirschbaum por ser miembro del Partido WW-MO; Gillis también es miembro. Pero los patronos se metieron con el sindicato – y el partido revolucionario, multinacional de la clase obrera – equivocado.El Partido WW-MO envió delegaciones de todo el país para ayudar con la organización constante de apoyo y solidaridad de las comunidades. Los esfuerzos de recaudación de fondos hicieron posible que los cuatro líderes despedidos pudieran sobrevivir más de dos años sin un cheque.El sindicato, sabiendo que tenían el pleno apoyo de las/os compañeros de WW-MO, literalmente hizo retroceder todas las condiciones onerosas que la patronal trataba de atar al acuerdo de reincorporación, incluyendo restricciones indignantes sobre organización política, concesiones de contratos y el abandono de los pedidos de agravios.Una vez que se firmaron los acuerdos, lo único que quedaba era que la membresía ratificara el contrato. Esto sucedió la noche del 22 de diciembre en una reunión sindical masiva. El voto fue unánime. Eso significa que al día siguiente, dos días antes de Navidad, los dirigentes despedidos podrían volver a trabajar.Con las bases y la comunidad detrás de ellos, y alentados por la solidaridad del WW-MO, la 8751 venció y propinó un duro golpe a los rompe-sindicatos y proponentes de austeridad racistas y anticomunistas del establecimiento político de Boston, y a la odiada Veolia que emplearon para llevar a cabo su ataque.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Germany ekes some fun out of a quiet Carnival

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first_img TAGS  Twitter Local NewsUS NewsWorld News Pinterest Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp A carnival reveller rides an electric scooter near the Severinstor gate in Cologne, Germany, Monday, Feb. 15, 2021. Because of the coronavirus pandemic the traditional carnival parade in the city are canceled.center_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Germany ekes some fun out of a quiet Carnival Previous articleFood delivery companies in France pledge to cut wasteNext articleThiago struggles to adapt in tough start to Liverpool career Digital AIM Web Support By Digital AIM Web Support – February 15, 2021 last_img read more