Weather and inflation hits US

first_img KCS-content Show Comments ▼ A wave of data releases delivered bad news overall for the US economy yesterday. Homebuilder sentiment stagnated in February, a survey revealed. The index, which requires a score of 50 to reflect more builders viewing sales conditions as good than poor, stayed stuck on 16 for the fourth month in a row. Retail sales, meanwhile, increased less than expected in January – up 0.3 per cent – official data showed. Snowstorms were partly blamed for the slowdown. Global price pressures were reflected in a 1.5 per cent rise in import prices, nearly double the rate expected by economists. Yet there was good news for US manufacturing as the Empire State index rose to 15.43 in February from 11.92 in January. Tuesday 15 February 2011 7:52 pm Share whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmcenter_img whatsapp More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Weather and inflation hits US Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Calling time on the Wire Act

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling Calling time on the Wire Act 11th December 2018 | By Hannah Gannage-Stewart As sports betting regulation proliferates in the states Christopher Soriano asks whether federal legislation would clarify or complicate matters Initial revenue figures from online sports betting in New Jersey paint a promising picture of what might be to come from the US market as a whole but for how long will the Wire Act continues to constrain operators’ activities? Christopher Soriano looks into the potential for federal reforms. One hurdle to growth in the US is the current need to have significant infrastructure in each state in which an operator wishes to offer online sports betting and to confine the acceptance of wagers to persons physically present within the host state.The primary driver of this need is the Interstate Wire Wager Act of 1961, known commonly as the Wire Act. Basically, the Wire Act creates these additional hurdles and prohibits the transmission of a sports bet or wager across state lines.Of course, it was the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) 2011 reinterpretation of the Wire Act that opened the door to internet gaming in the US in the first place.While the DOJ opened that door, it made clear that in its view the Wire Act continued to apply to sports betting. Despite the fall of PASPA, the Wire Act remains, and operators are currently figuring out ways to work within its constraints.Recently, there has been chatter regarding the federal government’s role in the sports betting industry. Senators Orrin Hatch and Charles Schumer have both advocated for federal legislation governing sports wagering, and have proposed a framework for federal regulation of sports betting.On the other hand, Wisconsin representative Jim Sensenbrenner, who serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations, recently sent a letter to US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in an attempt to restore the Wire Act’s federal ban on igaming.These two positions are diametrically opposed; under Sensenbrenner’s proposal, internet sports betting would become more difficult, if not impossible; under Hatch and Schumer’s proposal, there would likely be more room for growth.The third option is the one currently being employed: states are setting their own policy with respect to sports betting, while operators continue to work within the confines of the Wire Act.Weighing up the options Sensenbrenner’s letter advocating for reinterpretation of the Wire Act suggests that Congress has three options in the post-PASPA era: to re-enact the federal igaming ban, to adopt uniform standards around the nation, or, the “worst option,” in Sensenbrenner’s words, to do nothing. In his letter, Sensenbrenner expresses concern that “it will take Congress months, if not years, to develop and enact comprehensive legislation.”Due to the likely delay in enacting federal sports wagering legislation, Sensenbrenner seeks guidance regarding the Office of Legal Counsel’s 2011 opinion interpreting the Wire Act to permit online gaming in the US.Sensenbrenner inquires as to whether Rosenstein supports the 2011 opinion, whether the DOJ is currently providing any guidance to states that are entering the world of legal sports betting, and foreseeable issues related to both legal and illegal sports betting if Congress fails to act in response to Murphy v. NCAA. On the other hand, although many states have entered into or announced plans to enter into the realm of sports betting since the Supreme Court decision was released in May, at least some members of Congress have proposed a federal framework for sports betting.In August, Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer provided a memorandum proposing a framework for the federal regulation of sports betting. Schumer’s proposed framework emphasised protecting young citizens and those suffering from gambling addiction issues, the integrity of professional and collegiate sports, and consumer protection. In fact, a discussion draft of a federal sports betting bill is currently circulating in Congress. This is not the first time that such legislation has been discussed. However, it is one of the first times that legislation has been discussed in the post-PASPA world.The draft incorporates many of the ideas expressed in Schumer’s proposed framework. In response to Sensenbrenner’s inquiries regarding the 2011 Wire Act opinion, the discussion draft proposes to provide clarity via an amendment to the Wire Act stating: “For purposes of this section, the intermediate routing of electronic data shall not determine the location or locations in which a bet or wager, or information assisting in the placing of a bet or wager, is initiated, received, or otherwise made.”This would essentially bring over the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act’s (UIGEA) intermediate routing exception into the Wire Act and put the two statutes in harmony with each other.As it is now, one source of ambiguity in the law is that while UIGEA provides a safe harbor for intermediate routing of internet gaming transactions when the bet or wager is legal in the state where it is placed and where it is received, the text of the Wire Act provides no such clarity.UIGEA was enacted following the Wire Act and thus there is an argument that UIGEA was a new statement of policy that should be overlaid onto the Wire Act.However, the DOJ has long taken the position that a civil statute like UIGEA cannot amend a criminal statute like the Wire Act without an express provision to do so. This tension, which the 2011 DOJ memo did not resolve, is a source of uncertainty.Other notable sections of the discussion draft include: (1) the creation of a federal regulatory entity designed to regulate sports betting on a national level, entitled the National Sports Wagering Clearinghouse; (2) minimum requirements for the administration of a state sports wagering program (including mandated location verification and the requirement to utilise only data provided by the applicable sports organisation to determine outcomes until 31 December 2022); (3) the establishment of interstate sports wagering compacts that would allow for multi-state wagering; (4) the creation of a Wagering Trust Fund to tax the revenue from sports wagering and dedicate the funds to the enforcement of federal sports wagering laws and gambling addiction treatment programs; (5) improvements designed to modernise the Sports Bribery Act; and (6) the establishment of an advisory committee to address gambling addiction issues.Potential outcomes Although Sensenbrenner’s letter to Rosenstein purports to seek clarity regarding the reach of the Wire Act, the questions posed certainly raise the issue of whether Sensenbrenner is seeking to ask the DOJ to reconsider the 2011 Wire Act opinion.That would effectively ban all forms of internet gaming. In contrast, the discussion draft of the proposed federal sports wagering bill allows for internet gaming and even would go so far as to clarify the Wire Act to permit wagering that is otherwise lawful.This would remove the statutory tension and would result in a clearer legal environment. In such an environment, states would be able to pass sports wagers across state lines as long as the wagers were legal in both states. This would be a net positive for the growth of the sports betting industry. Sensenbrenner is likely correct, however, that any federal legislation is far from enactment. The discussion draft’s inclusion of an official data requirement is likely to be controversial, as well as the creation of a Wagering Trust Fund.There is also an important practical consideration. As more states develop their own policy, and implement their own statutory and regulatory systems to govern sports wagering, more and more divergence in policy will likely be seen.At that point, it may become difficult to enact a single set of federal standards in the face of extant multiple state frameworks. It is also likely quite difficult to find a federal framework that can pass Congress, particularly in the current difficult US political environment.If the US market grows without federal intervention to the point where federal intervention becomes impractical or impossible, the remaining question will be the fate of the Wire Act.Will Congress or the DOJ clarify that the Wire Act was not intended to apply to internet wagering that is authorised by state law, or will some other interpretation carry the day? Or will the industry continue to grow and operate in the current environment of uncertainty? The answers to these questions, left to the political process, may prove elusive.Christopher L. Soriano is a gaming law specialist and partner in the Cherry Hill, N.J. office of Duane Morris LLP. He was assisted in preparing this article by associate Samantha L. Haggerty. She practices in the areas of gaming law and litigation and is the secretary of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Casino Law Section.Disclaimer: This article is prepared and published for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the authors’ law firm or its individual partners. Legal & compliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US New Jersey Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

El alcance del Camino del Amor va más allá de…

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Knoxville, TN This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC 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 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Belleville, IL Press Release Service In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Youth Minister Lorton, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Collierville, TN Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI 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 Por Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Mar 20, 2019 Rector Albany, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Martinsville, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET La obispa Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio, de la Diócesis de Cuba, al centro, preside la Eucaristía el 13 de marzo en la capilla de la Transfiguración en el Centro de Conferencias y Retiro de Kanuga, en el segundo día de la reunión de la Cámara de Obispos. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.[Episcopal News Service – Hendersonville, Carolina del Norte] Dos obispos de otras iglesias, la Iglesia de Inglaterra y la Iglesia Metodista Episcopal Africana, ayudaron a la Cámara de Obispos de la Iglesia Episcopal a expandir su visión del Camino del Amor el 13 de marzo.Durante su reunión de cuatro días aquí, los obispos están centrando la labor de cada día en un tema acerca del Camino del Amor, tales como Participar en el Camino del Amor, Gestión de recursos para el Camino del Amor e Integración en el Camino del Amor. El tema del 13 de marzo fue Profundizar en el Camino del Amor.La obispa Vashti Murphy McKenzie de la Iglesia Metodista Episcopal Africana,  la primera mujer que preside esa denominación, y el obispo Ric Thorpe de la Iglesia de Inglaterra, un fundador de iglesias que es ahora el obispo de Islington, se dirigieron ambos a la Cámara de Obispos.El obispo primado Michael Curry fijó el tema de la reunión el 12 de marzo, al decir que el Camino del Amor es un retorno a las raíces del cristianismo. “No hicimos nada nuevo”, dijo. “Retornamos al cofre del tesoro”.“La Iglesia en su mejor expresión es la que hace todo lo posible como Iglesia” y debe ser “más profética que programática”, le dijo a la Cámara de Obispos el 13 de marzo la obispa Vashti Murphy McKenzie  de la Iglesia Metodista Episcopal Africana. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.McKenzie, que ha conocido a Curry desde su época en la iglesia episcopal de Santiago Apóstol [St. James’ Episcopal Church] en Baltimore, le dijo a la Cámara que el Camino del Amor es “un mensaje que repercutirá entre la gente lastimada en un mundo muy descontento”. Ella instó a los obispos a esforzarse a incorporar el Camino del Amor a sus propias vidas “, porque, saben qué, si no lo consiguen aquí, será muy difícil para ustedes traducirlo fuera de este salón”.Tanto la cultura como el contexto de la Iglesia han cambiado en el siglo XXI, afirmó ella, y lo que funcionó en el pasado, ahora no funciona; sin embargo, demasiadas iglesias simplemente hacen las mismas cosas viejas, tal vez con diferentes nombres, y esperan que les den diferentes resultados . La Iglesia, dijo McKenzie, tiene que ser “más profética que programática” y no debe contentarse con “presidir el desgaste”.El atraer “siervos al canal profético” no ocurrirá si “si estamos más enamorados de la Iglesia que de Jesucristo”, afirmó. No ocurrirá mediante campañas de mercadotecnia, nuevas tecnologías, redes sociales “vuestra liturgia del evangelio hip-hop, los edificios, los programas y la exclusividad”.“Eso sólo será posible por el poder y la presencia del Espíritu Santo”, afirmó McKenzie.A la Iglesia debe “recordársele que la Iglesia en su mejor expresión es la que hace todo lo posible como Iglesia. Es una Iglesia que está abierta a las nuevas directrices del Espíritu Santo. Está abierta a las posibilidades del futuro. No se conforma con ser bastante buena, sino que se pregunta constantemente ‘¿es posible [hacerlo] mejor?’En ocasiones, es una Iglesia donde las prioridades bíblicas se elijen por encima de métodos y tradiciones”, apuntó.La esencia de la fundación de iglesias consiste en hacer discípulos y enseñarles a hacer discípulos de otros, dice a la Cámara de Obispos Ric Thorpe, obispo de Islington, de la Iglesia de Inglaterra. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.Thorpe, de la Iglesia de Inglaterra, les contó a los obispos la historia de su experiencia de conversión, que le llevó a ser evangelista y fundador de iglesias. Como obispo de Islington, el apoya el objetivo de la Diócesis de Londres de crear 100 nuevas comunidades de culto dentro de la diócesis para 2010.El clero y todos los líderes de la Iglesia deben arrepentirse, diciendo “hemos perdido nuestro camino, hemos perdido nuestra pasión por el Evangelio”, dio Thorpe. Deben reconocerle a Jesús que “hemos ensayado montones de cosas y sencillamente no funcionan y necesitamos hacer algo distinto”.Los fundadores de iglesias y los que esperan revitalizar las iglesias existentes deben honrar el pasado, pilotar el cambio en el presente y mirar al futuro, todo ello mientras les damos cabida a ideas innovadoras acerca de cómo ser la Iglesia en sus contextos. “Necesitamos alentarnos mutuamente a pensar de manera distinta” y a correr riesgos, afirmó Thorpe, “incluso si uno no sabe lo que va a ser el resultado”.Respecto al riesgo, los evangelistas no deben aferrarse a sus tradiciones y estar dispuestos a “quemarse, no simplemente a estar cómodos”, aseveró.La esencia de la fundación de iglesias, dijo Thorpe, consiste en hacer discípulos. Si Dios es amor y las personas son creadas a imagen de Dios, luego las personas deben amar a Dios y amar a su prójimo, en parte compartiendo la noticia de las amorosas intenciones de Dios. Los nuevos discípulos también deben ser alentados a hacer más discípulos y darles las herramientas para que lo hagan, añadió Thorpe.Las denominaciones deben fijarse en aquellos a los que la Iglesia no llega y luego crear una estrategia acerca de cómo conectarse con esas personas. “La encarnación consiste en ir donde está la gente, en lugar de esperar a que la gente venga a uno”, afirmó.“Es entonces cuando se logra un cambio de cultura”en una denominación, siguió diciendo Thorpe. La amplia adopción de los principios del Camino del Amor, y llegar a convertirlo en la manera en que la Iglesia funciona, añadió, podría significar un cambio importante en la cultura de la Iglesia Episcopal.La Iglesia Episcopal necesita comprometerse verdaderamente con la evangelización, en lugar de pelearse por sexo, dinero y poder, dijo el obispo de Honduras Lloyd Allen durante su sermón el 13 de marzo en la capilla de Kanuga. Foto de Mary Frances Schjonberg/ENS.Durante una mesa redonda con McKenzie y Thorpe, Curry dijo que le preocupa el peligro de evangelistas que invitan a las personas a entablar una relación abstracta con Jesús, en lugar de una relación con el Jesús del Evangelio, cuyo ejemplo los cristianos están llamados a emular en sus vidas.El seguir a un “Jesús abstracto”, dijo Curry, puede “confundirse fácilmente con las nociones culturales de Jesús, que no es de lo que estoy hablando”.Curry dijo que las conversaciones acerca de la decadencia de la Iglesia a veces le producen un nudo en el estómago. Añadió que él se ha dado cuenta de que “en algún momento en mi carrera, el objetivo de mi ministerio era aumentar el número de personas en la iglesia, aumentar los dólares en la iglesia y hacer cosas que modelan el éxito en toda las otras empresas de la vida y reproducirlas en la Iglesia”.El Obispo Primado dijo que está empeñado en hacer un “cambio interno de paradigma”.“Creo que si alguna vez llego al punto donde el objetivo de mi ministerio sea ayudar a tantas personas como pueda a alcanzar esa verdadera relación amorosa, liberadora y vivificadora con Dios que conocemos a través de Jesucristo, si esa es mi meta, luego  realmente, la disminución de las cifras de la Iglesia no importa porque la disminución de las cifras de la Iglesia puede que no indique una disminución en el número de personas que sigue a Jesús”.También en la agenda de la reuniónLa Cámara de Obispos se reúne del 12 al 15 de marzo en el Centro de Conferencias y Retiro de Kanuga, en las afueras de Hendersonville, Carolina del Norte.Esta es la reunión anual del grupo en primavera. Los obispos normalmente se reúnen en primavera y en otoño en los años en que no hay Convención General.El 14 de marzo, los obispos deben debatir la Conferencia de Lambeth 2020, incluida la decisión del arzobispo de Cantórbery Justin Welby de no invitar a la reunión a cónyuges del mismo sexo de los obispos.[Los obispos] concluirán su tiempo en Kanuga con una reunión de trabajo en la tarde del 15 de marzo.Otra cobertura de ENS puede encontrarse aquí.– La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es redactora sénior y reportera de Episcopal News Service.  Traducción de Vicente Echerri. Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ El alcance del Camino del Amor va más allá de la Iglesia Episcopal en la reunión de la Cámara de Obispos Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KYlast_img read more

Managing Without Profit: The Art of Managing Third-sector Organisations

first_img  14 total views,  1 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Managing Without Profit: The Art of Managing Third-sector Organisations Howard Lake | 27 October 2007 | Newslast_img read more

Vision Foundation launches fund to support London’s blind & partially sighted

first_img The Vision Foundation has launched a new fund to address the most pressing issues affecting blind and partially sighted people in London today.The Vision Fund is designed to fund projects changing lives amongst London’s visually impaired communities and will be available to projects that address one of the following three key priorities: Opening London upEveryone living, working or visiting London should have access to the cultural, economic and social opportunities of the city. Empowering those at-riskSupporting groups that can face a “double disadvantage”: when facing sight loss, those from the BAME community, older people, women, those living on a low income and those with other disabilities risk experiencing poorer outcomes. In addition, some consequences of sight loss lack support, such as the heightened risk of domestic violence, poverty or poor mental health. Advertisement Melanie May | 11 November 2019 | News  284 total views,  2 views today Vision Foundation launches fund to support London’s blind & partially sighted Preventing avoidable blindness200,000 people live with sight loss in the capital and just under 700,000 (1 in 12 adults) with a sight threatening condition, with figures set to increase significantly by 2030. An estimated 50% of sight loss is avoidable, but not currently avoided.The Vision Foundation supports established organisations delivering services directly to blind and partially sighted people across London. This new fund is open to organisations operating services and projects that can demonstrate a track record of success and evidence the effectiveness of their work.The Vision Foundation’s Chief Executive, Olivia Curno, said the Vision Fund was a new opportunity for organisations to make London accessible for everyone with sight loss and work to reduce preventable blindness.“London is an incredible city but for many blind and partially sighted people the capital is out of reach. Three quarters of visually impaired people of working age are not in paid employment – that’s the equivalent of about 700 London buses full of people unable to find work. Our new fund will challenge London to put accessibility first and make sure blind and partially sighted people are not left out.” Tagged with: Funding London  285 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 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

Where are leaders of the left in the current struggles in France?

first_imgDec. 28 — Many Yellow Vests say it over and over again: They have no leaders, and they don’t want them. Spontaneity has its virtues, and its charms, certainly, but also its limits and its illusions — carrying the most terrible dangers. Contemporary history has shown this time and again, from the German Spartakist Revolution of 1918-19 to the uprisings of the “Arab Spring” in 2011.If any popular uprising is to lead to concrete social progress, what it needs — in addition to the energy, determination and courage of the people — is unity, coordinated by a partisan fighting organization with a political program.However, the least we can say is that in today’s France, during a generalized rebellion, the divisions among progressive forces are extreme and sustained by the often more personal than political quarrels among its leaders. This is a tragic division of the French left, which completely weakens it. Adding to that paradox is that this situation exists at the very moment when a popular consensus is building to reject not only neoliberal policies, but also President Emmanuel Macron himself.‘France Unbowed’ The leader best placed in the internal battle on the left is probably Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the current head of France Unbowed (France Insoumise). Mélenchon had a significant accomplishment when he won nearly 20 percent  of the votes cast in the first round of the presidential elections in April 2017. That was barely four points less than Macron, the candidate who was allowed to move into the presidential Elysée Palace.The Communist Party, despite some tenacious dissension, chose to rally to Mélenchon’s flag. In fact, he only lacked votes of his “old friends” to come in first. These were, ironically, the Socialists on the one hand (whose candidate Benoît Hamon obtained 6 percent of the vote), and the Trotskyists — Nathalie Arthaud of Lutte Ouvrière who got 1 percent and Philippe Poutou of the New Anti-Capitalist Party who got 0.6 percent.With this electoral defeat swallowed and painfully digested, Mélenchon was quick to seize the opportunity provided by the emergence of the Yellow Vests mobilization. It is true that he had a great need to regain his popularity, seriously tainted by a series of legal charges related in particular to his campaign accounts, which the corporate media enjoyed publicizing. Also an internal struggle affected the leadership of his own movement, causing the resignation of several lieutenants. As a result, after some hesitation, as early as November he posted on social networks his support for the Yellow Vests and his intention to march among them — but “discreetly.” Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s political role has been, in recent years, eminently positive for the collective French left. And even beyond. His real talents as a public speaker have brought crowds together, re-inspired them, set them in motion, given them hope and instilled in them once again the idea that progressive change for the country is not only necessary, but above all possible.Correctly, and better than anybody else, he has formulated, systematized and radicalized criticism of “the system.” Finally, he has talked again about internationalism, especially with regard to struggles in Latin America. In these particularly difficult times, it is fortunate for the French left that a politician like him has been around.However, do not forget that Jean-Luc Mélenchon for more than 32 years was a member — general counselor, senator, minister! — of a Socialist Party that betrayed absolutely everything that could be betrayed regarding the hopes of leftist people. Moreover, his deeds chained the country to an ultracapitalist European Union — hidebound, pro-NATO, anti-democratic and hell-bent to destroy national sovereignty and the remaining social gains of the working class.The exaggerated anti-communism of some of his close collaborators reminds us that for a time he was active in the International Communist Organization, a Trotskyist shock group that gave France such “remarkable” men as a Lionel Jospin — a Socialist Prime Minister who privatized as much as the right had done before him — or a Jean-Christophe Cambadélis — the  ex-right arm of the “lamentable” Dominique Strauss-Kahn. As he himself likes to repeat, Mélenchon’s model remains François Mitterrand — former president of the republic (1981-95) who was decorated in his youth with a special award from Marshal Pétain, head of the Vichy puppet regime under German occupation during World War II.  Mitterrand is remembered as the one who introduced neoliberal conservatism in France, on a par with Margaret Thatcher in Britain or Ronald Reagan in the U.S.This “unpleasant chore” of neoliberalism was implemented from 1983 onward by Prime Minister Laurent Fabius, a “socialist.” When he became minister of foreign affairs 30 years later, Fabius agitated to go to war against Syria! And it is “comrade Fabius” who Mélenchon chose to support as the Socialist Party candidate in the 2007 presidential elections.We understand that there is very little risk of seeing Mélenchon as the head of France Unbowed leading a possible break with capitalism. He is the politician who in 1992 called for a “yes” vote on the Maastricht Treaty, establishing the European Union, because he thought he saw it as “the beginning of a citizens’ Europe.” You can make some mistakes in life, but if you do it almost all the time, it sticks.French Communist Party and othersAs the heir to a long history of heroic anti-fascist and anti-colonialist resistance, the French Communist Party (PCF) retains a significant militant rank and file and still manages, to the best of its ability, several municipalities with popular and complicated sociological profiles.But the erosion of its current leadership, which is largely reformist and whose strategy is narrowly restricted to the electoral arena, has led the PCF on the most flattened and dull path, tailing the social democrats and replacing class struggle with the “struggle for posts.”Once “at the vanguard of the proletariat,” the PCF is now under the control of leaders without convictions. They follow the lead of social democrats who are themselves completely rudderless and who have become, for the most part, the worst neoliberals.The myriad of tiny parties that are authentically communist and that revolve around the PCF — and against its leadership — are torn between being “for”  or “against” Yellow Vests. In other words, their various positions on the ongoing mobilizations go unnoticed.The leaders of the Trotskyist parties — singularly numerous in France — are for their part surrounded by rivalries and sectarianism that border on ridicule, dividing them deeply and distancing them ever further from the prospect of any political responsibility, even local. Not to mention their lack of internationalist positions.What about the environmentalists? Led by fervent neoliberals, grossly masked (such as Nicolas Hulot, who was Macron’s minister until September 2018, or the unspeakable Daniel Cohn-Bendit), they still have not understood that the most fundamental cause of the devastation suffered by the environment is found in the capitalist system itself. Do they need more time?Finally, the leaders of anarchist movements remain locked in the contradictions between useful activism (during the occupation movements last spring, in particular) and an extraordinarily confused, if not counterproductive, program of action.The people who are the foundations of these various progressive forces are therefore, so to speak, left to their own devices. And invited by their respective leadership to maintain mistrust between all of them — even hate. Of course this is totally absurd and suicidal. This sad observation is all the more terrible because entire sections of the impoverished French population are no longer represented by any of these left-wing organizations.The ‘new poor’For instance, the “new poor,” as they are called, are immensely numerous, hit by unemployment and precariousness. They are small family farmers crippled with debt, isolated, desperate; young people in the suburbs, idle, ghettoized, abandoned by everyone except the police, drug traffickers and the rich Salafists [reactionary promoters of sectarian conflict]. This has happened even though these young people are most probably the safest bulwark against racism in the country and had already risen up during the 2005-07 rebellions.Also among the new poor are immigrant families, left on the margins of society; homeless, without a roof or a right; “untouchables,” dehumanized; wandering ghosts, with faces distorted by the poverty we could see everywhere, if anyone looked. And many others still. Are these a lumpenproletariat? These are above all the millions of French people whose lives have been sacrificed on the altar of modern capitalism.How could the leaders of our left parties give up fighting also for them? What happened in our ranks to convince us to give up so much?Faced with the lamentable spectacle offered by this fragmented, nebulous left, the French bourgeoisie has adopted a velvet-glove approach, at least for the time being. The right — and the far rightThe bourgeois right has certainly imploded. The component that we will call “centrist” — in the French case today, the Socialist Party — has sold its soul for more than three decades (including the presidency of Mitterrand) by converting to the dogmas of neoliberalism and aligning itself in a combat position behind NATO’s armies.As for the other component of the right, which we call “traditional” — currently represented by the Republicans — it has liquidated (with Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency) its old interventionist and nationalist ideals to wallow at the feet of globalized high finance and U.S. warrior hegemony.From the inevitable decay of these two distorted components — the “false left” that was President François Hollande’s Socialist Party and the “new right” of Sarkozy — with their interchangeable world views and programs, their synthesis logically emerged: the “Macron fiction.” That is, the ideal of the impossible bourgeois renewal.The extreme right has always been the guard dog of capitalism. Every bourgeois ruling class in power nourishes this bull mastiff with xenophobia, harsh criticism, and keeps it firmly on a leash.Will Macron be forced to release that dog against the French people in revolt when the time comes? The capitalist class did this elsewhere a thousand times in the 20th century. The French left and the Yellow VestsThe dark picture of the French left that is being drawn here will not win clicks of friendship, smileys and thumbs up. No doubt about it. Unfortunately, this view is also likely to be shared by a number of Yellow Vests, as well as by the distressed cohort of comrades who, out of disgust or exhaustion, have stopped being militants and instead have blended into the invisibility of the approximately 50 percent of the French people who prefer to abstain from voting in elections.This inventory is not intended to offend, let alone demoralize. It should instead remind us of the need to overcome divisions and unite progressives in the service of people who are struggling and showing the way. It aims to understand the rage that is driving people today and the reasons for their rejection of parties of the left.The inadequacies of the progressive forces alone, however obvious they may be, cannot explain, of course, the underlying reasons for the French rebellion — far from it. A complete change of system is required. On the left, however, few people say it very clearly: An exit from destructive capitalism is what is needed.Under these conditions, it is not surprising that Yellow Vests — and large parts of the union rank and file with them — struggle alone. They mistrust even left-wing politicians.Left-wing forces have no program to exit from capitalism — or even from the euro! No surprise then that the demands of the Yellow Vests are heterogeneous. They go in all directions: lower all taxes, but restore the wealth tax; lower employer charges, increase state financial assistance to companies, but develop the welfare state; upgrade pensions, but standardize the different pension systems (as the government wants!); remove the Senate — as if the problem were [only] there! — but count blank votes in elections.Also, create assemblies of citizens deciding laws by direct democracy, but allow referendums of citizens’ initiatives; increase salaries, but what about those of senior executives and leaders?; increase social spending, but reduce assistance; adopt a real policy to protect the environment, but abandon the carbon tax; reduce gas and electricity prices, but without nationalizing the energy sectors; abolish bank charges, but leave the dictatorial power of finance intact; regain national sovereignty, but remain in the European Union; etc., etc.This perfect mess is mocked by the “experts” of the bourgeoisie, who have fun pointing out the too many blatant contradictions. What is important is elsewhere.A point of no return seems to have been reached. Common sense has emerged from the dungeon where it was held in chains.A people in Yellow Vests has risen; a liberated, democratic and extremely healthy slogan is invading television sets, demanding that the rules of the game be changed. Finally.In 1789, the equally obvious scattering of the demands formulated in the “grievance books” by the peasants and sans-culottes — the people who produced the French Revolution — did not in any way contribute to curbing its inevitability. Because in this anger that is rising and spreading all over France, here and there we are discussing … revolution. On blocked traffic circles, on picket lines, on social networks, it is indeed revolution that we are talking about. We are certainly a long way from that goal. Without sincere leaders of great stature, without an organized party, without a consistent program — and without theory, we should add — the great opening night of the revolution is certainly not tomorrow.Meanwhile, the popular tabloids marvel at the exquisite taste of “the first lady,” Brigitte [Marie-Claude Trogneux-Macron], including her Louis Vuitton dresses, trendy hairstyles and generous Presidential Palace receptions that make everyone “happy.” It seems like we’re returning to the time of Queen Marie-Antoinette who — at the sight of the Parisian masses in front of the Palace of Versailles who were shouting that there was no bread left — yelled, “Let them eat cake!”Herrera is a Marxist economist, a researcher at the Centre national de la Recherche scientifique (CNRS), who works at the Centre d’Économie de la Sorbonne, Paris. WW staff translated this article.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

The World Need More Soybeans

first_imgThat kind of talk, along with an early wheat harvest, will increase the number of double crop soybean acres this year. “Many Eastern Corn Belt farmers are nearly done with corn planting, but some might be able to shift small acreage,” he said. “The greatest acreage-shifting opportunity lies in the western Corn Belt where corn planting isn’t as far along. This is especially true in Wisconsin, Iowa and the Dakotas.” Hurt estimates that there could be as many as 6.5 million acres of double crop soybeans this year, up from the 4.5 last year. Hurt said in Indiana fields as far north as I-80 could be seeded with double crop soybeans. If there is an acreage shift, we will have to wait a while to find out. The next USDA acreage report will not be released until June 29.[audio:|titles=The World Need More Soybeans] Facebook Twitter Home News Feed The World Need More Soybeans This means soybean prices will remain strong well into next year. Hurt told HAT the high is not in yet on soybean prices, “When you look at the stocks to use ratio, they are the lowest since 1965.  I think the question is ‘Are we going to take out that $15 per bushel soybean price and move up into the $16 and $17 range?’” The changes in market prices have led to a shift in anticipated crop returns. For example, Purdue crop budgets on March 1 projected returns of $48 higher per acre on corn than soybeans planted on average quality Indiana land. By April 10, the budgets were projecting a $25-per-acre higher return on soybeans than corn. “Grain markets have been asking for more soybean acres, and that request turned into a plea with the latest USDA updates,” Hurt said. “Markets are now in their last-gasp effort to convince farmers to plant more acres of soybeans and fewer corn and spring wheat acres.” Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – May 13, 2012 SHARE Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Listen to the complete interview with Dr. Hurt.[audio:|titles=Dr. Chris Hurt] Dr. Chris HurtThrough the winter, the market told farmers to plant corn, and US farmers responded. But, a shortfall in Brazilian soybean production and continued strong export demand from China for soybeans has left the world short of soybeans. “The situation is that we have too much corn and not enough soybeans,” says Dr. Chris Hurt, Ag Economist at Purdue. “World corn production has grown by 250 million bushels and anticipated world soybean production has dropped by about 575 million bushels since the USDA’s intentions survey was completed.”  In addition, export demand by China has continued strong. “USDA has increased anticipated corn exports for the current marketing year by 8 percent, while the anticipated soybean exports have grown by a much larger 18 percent,” Hurt said. The World Need More Soybeans SHARE Previous articleConsumers Have Questions — But Who Has AnswersNext articleDavid Virgin May 11th Update Gary Truittlast_img read more

Hurricane Delta charges toward Louisiana coast, will make landfall Friday: Latest path

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Hurricane Delta, a dangerous Category 3 hurricane, is charging toward the Louisiana coast and is forecast to make landfall near the same area hit hard by Hurricane Laura in August.Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards tweeted overnight, “To the people of Southwest Louisiana, I know you are strong. I also know you’re about to be tested again. Please finish making preparations now. We will get through this.”Louisiana is getting hit by heavy rain already as tropical storm conditions begin on the Texas coast.Delta is expected to weaken slightly before making landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday as Category 2 hurricane.Storm surge — which is especially dangerous — is forecast to be near 11 feet in parts of Louisiana.Winds gusts could reach 100 mph in Lake Charles and southern Louisiana.Rainfall totals could reach 6 to 12 inches Friday, with local areas getting up to 15 inches in southern Louisiana. Flash flooding is expected.Delta is the fourth named storm to make landfall in Louisiana this year.When Hurricane Delta makes landfall, it will break the record for most storms to make landfall in one season in the continental U.S.The other nine named storms that made landfall this season were: Tropical Storm Bertha (South Carolina); Tropical Storm Cristobal (Louisiana); Tropical Storm Fay (New Jersey); Hurricane Hanna (Texas); Hurricane Isaias (North Carolina); Hurricane Laura (Louisiana); Tropical Storm Marco (Louisiana), Hurricane Sally (Alabama); and Tropical Storm Beta (Texas).Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

HR’s role to stay calm in the face of tribunal

first_img Previous Article Next Article HR’s role to stay calm in the face of tribunalOn 25 Jan 2000 in Personnel Today Another week, another batch of headline-grabbing compensation awards as thelitigious society takes hold. Facing a tribunal case can cost an arm and a legthese days, it seems.On the subject of arms and legs, their value is set to rise also. Themaximum recompense for loss of or injury to a limb is almost certain to doublewhen the Appeal Court meets in three weeks’ time to review a series of cases.The expected increase in pay-outs will also encompass psychological damage instress at work cases.The temptation for many employers in response to these developments is tothrow their hands in the air, complain about wimpish employees scurrying totheir “no win, no fee” lawyers and bemoan the lack of backbone insociety.This is to misread the situation. It can actually be difficult to win largesums at a tribunal; it takes a long time and one needs a strong case. It isalso true that awards have been difficult to obtain for some very worthy cases,such as the retired coal miners quietly dying of emphysema while they awaitcompensation from the Government.In the case of workplace stress one needs to demonstrate a diagnosedpsychiatric condition; cases have been thrown out where this is not shown. Theaward in such cases is only partly compensation – it also includes lostearnings.This does not mean that there is no cause for concern over the rising levelsof awards. There is a real danger that the “have a go” society couldarrive through the force of its own momentum, as there is some anecdotalevidence that a few employers, scared by the newspaper headlines, are rollingover as soon as they receive a claim for stress.It is here that the HR professional has a crucial role. Just as many linemanagers panic with a misbehaving employee, wrongly believing that it isimpossible to sack someone, so they can assume they are in the wrong over acompensation claim when they are not.By staying calm and addressing the facts of the case and of the law, the HRprofessional can maintain sanity in a rapidly changing environment. Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more