HP closes in on deal to buy tech firm ArcSight

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepedia Share Tags: NULL whatsapp KCS-content Sunday 12 September 2010 11:14 pm HP closes in on deal to buy tech firm ArcSight center_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp HEWLETT-PACKARD (HP) is nearing a deal to buy cybersecurity company ArcSight for about $1.5bn (£976m), the latest in a series of technology sector transactions.ArcSight drew interest from several large tech companies and had been seeking around $42 per share, according to a Wall Street Journal report, citing unnamed sources. A deal could be announced as soon as today.A deal would be HP’s second major acquisition since the departure of Mark Hurd as chief executive, showing the technology giant remains aggressive in pursuing growth.Hurd, who left HP after he was accused of falsifying expense reports and concealing a relationship with a female contractor, is now a co-president at Oracle.Earlier this month, HP won a bidding war against rival Dell to buy data storage company 3PAR for $2.4bn.The deal would also be the latest sign of consolidation in the security software sector. Last month, Intel agreed to buy McAfee for $7.7bn. In May, Symantec bought Verisign’s payment authentication unit for about $1.3bn. HP declined to comment. ArcSight was not immediately available for comment. More From Our Partners Biden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comlast_img read more

These FTSE 250 stocks slumped in 2019. Here’s what I’d do now

first_img Alan Oscroft | Tuesday, 31st December, 2019 | More on: MKS RMG Alan Oscroft 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. 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. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Image source: Getty Images. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares It’s strange to think of Marks & Spencer (LSE: MKS) as a FTSE 250 company, but sadly that’s what it is now that its falling market cap has seen it expelled from London’s top index.By September, Marks’ shares were down 34% on the year, but since then there’s been a gradual recovery – at the time of writing, we’re looking at an overall drop of 13% for 2019. That’s far from the worst performance in the mid-cap index, but it seems quite humbling for a once-proud FTSE 100 company.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…M&S has kept on paying decent dividends throughout, but had you bought the shares five years ago, you’d still be sitting on a loss of around 30% even with the dividend cash. Not nice.Time to buy?But with the uptick in recent months, is the slump finally over?The biggest problem with Marks & Spencer is its appallingly bad record at finding clothes that people actually want to be seen in. When I visit, the men’s clothing always looks not cheap enough for bargain hunters, not sharp enough for upmarket dressers, and not fashionable enough for modern young men.The company’s purchase of a £750m stake in Ocado does change the equation considerably, though it was not without controversy – the price slumped when shareholders digested the news. How it’s going to turn out is anybody’s guess, but M&S owns a chunk of a stock that I think is overvalued.I’m tempted to think (hope?) that M&S has finally passed the bottom. But I’ve thought that many times in the past 10 years, and the shares are still only worth about a quarter of their 1997 all-time peak. I fear even worse to come.Strike troubleRoyal Mail Group (LSE: RMG) shares continued their fall in 2019, losing an additional 17% – and since a peak in May 2018, they’re down 64%. The price has been edging up nervously in the past few months, but I still see a lot of uncertainty there.Ironically, as fellow Fool writer Roland Head points out, there was a parliamentary inquiry into whether the shares were sold too cheaply at IPO back in 2013 at 330p – but today they’re 30% down on that price. National treasure? National liability more like.Royal Mail’s problem is cultural, and it’s stuck in the old days of strong union power, strikes, and disruption. It’s arguable that the new delivery firms that have sprung up are more exploitative of workers and that Royal Mail employees are simply standing up for what’s right. But the unavoidable bottom line truth is that it’s all making RM uncompetitive and unattractive for business customers – and for investors.DividendsThe firm has been paying big dividends while falling behind its rivals in capital expenditure and technology investment. Prioritizing handing cash to shareholders might do a firm some good in the short term, but when that’s cash that really should be put to better use, I think it’s a betrayal of long-term investors.There’s a cut from 25p to 15p on the cards for the current year’s dividend, but it doesn’t look anywhere near enough – not with the big earnings falls being forecast.Royal Mail might well pull it around, but until I see some joined-up management it remains a bargepole stock for me. These FTSE 250 stocks slumped in 2019. Here’s what I’d do now 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. See all posts by Alan Oscroftlast_img read more

Five things we learnt about rugby in August 2018

first_img All Blacks go old school with fly-halvesWhen we consider the All Blacks and their current domination of the game, we tend to focus on how they’re moving the game forward. But, with their current fly-half choices, New Zealand have taken a wonderful step back to amateur rugby.In the 1970s and 1980s, fast outside-halves were vital. Defensive systems, and back-row play in particular, were nowhere near as refined as they are today. Space in the ten channel meant that outside-halves could make breaks and needed the pace to finish them.That all changed when the game went pro. The ten channel became the most claustrophobic space on the field and the era of the kicking/passing ten began.The same can’t be said of the current All Blacks. Beauden Barrett, Damian McKenzie and Richie Mo’unga are a step back to the old school. And by step, I mean a step off both feet, probably another two steps, followed by a 40m sprint under the posts.Strength in depth: Damian McKenzie and Richie Mo’unga talk to the media (Getty Images)The current New Zealand outside-halves have the skill-set of a ten combined with the speed of a Test wing. This means that all their potential outside-halves can become one-man counter-attacks.Related: Beauden Barrett analysedWhen other Test teams win a turnover, they need to make a minimum of one pass, but often three, from their ten to reach a player who can finish over 40 metres. The All Blacks don’t.Barrett’s four tries against the Wallabies were astounding and have once again redefined what we expect from a Test-level outside-half. The Kiwis have moved the game forward, by going backwards – and it’s mesmerising to watch.Sam Warburton goes out like a rock starSam Warburton’s retirement at 29 years old has given him the ultimate rock-star exit. For Warburton, there will be no sitting on the bench having been overtaken by a younger, better model. There will be no unfortunate camera angle that reveals a growing bald spot. There will be no reference to the vintage Warburton, when the fizz has disappeared and the praise has soured.Warburton went out as the Test-match beast that he was. Half-man, half-landmine, such was his explosiveness in the tackle and jackal.Farewell: Sam Warburton gives the crowd a thumbs up after last year’s Lions third Test (Getty Images)Many have questioned his ability to carry the ball and whether it should exclude him from being considered a true great. But they’re all wrong. Warburton played and mastered the system that Warren Gatland’s rugby required.With predictable straight carries from the inside backs, Warburton had to specialise in being a fetcher. When he played at six, with the burden of the tackle and jackal slightly removed, his carrying and distribution was the equal of many.With a World Cup win highly unlikely, there was nothing left for him to realistically gain in his career, that wouldn’t be offset by losses to his health. A spectacular playing career is behind him, and an equally rewarding media career awaits. He deserves it all.Australia and South Africa struggling with the basicsAugust saw gushing praise for the All Blacks – and rightly so. But while Australia and South Africa have improved from last season, their desire to match the All Blacks in line breaks and offloads isn’t where the problem lies. From New Zealand’s men at No 10 to Eddie Jones’s turnover stats, Paul Williams reflects on all the happenings in rugby this August So far in the Rugby Championship, the Springboks have beaten 61 defenders and made 35 clean breaks. The Wallabies have made 30 clean breaks and beaten 44 defenders. Those numbers indicate that attacking rugby is being attempted and executed. But those numbers also belie the huge failings in the basics for both teams.Grounded: South Africa struggled in their away fixture against Argentina (Getty Images)During the first Bledisloe Cup Test, the Wallabies had a lineout completion of 38% – five from 13. Away in Argentina, the Springboks had a defensive completion of 64% – just 58 from 90.The problem for both teams isn’t that the All Blacks wouldn’t deliver such low numbers; neither would Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland nor France. These are meltdowns in the game’s fundamentals that you simply can’t do in Test rugby. Both are making the basics look complicated and this needs to change.Streaming has brought pre-season to lifeFor many supporters, pre-season is the most exciting part of rugby. A first glimpse of new signings, the reveal of a new kit and a chance to get truly involved with the team before the more casual fans hop on the bus.However, pre-season rugby has historically been like watching something with your retinas detached. You can tell that something is happening, but you can’t see it properly.Most pre-season games are played many miles from the home club and are often part of a small tour, where travel limitations and ticketing practicalities make the games hard to watch. The streaming of pre-season games has changed that – and the impact could be radical.Action: Saracens live streamed their pre-season game against Ospreys (Getty Images)Football embraced the pre-season game more than 20 years ago, and many tours are televised or offered as a live stream. It is potentially a new revenue stream for rugby, where live online feeds could generate much needed cash.For example, 2,000 people watching online at £5 per person is an easy £10,000 and whilst that figure may seem small, it’s means a great deal for many clubs.Rugby has made huge strides in marketing, particularly social media, over the past 24 months, and streaming can be the next step forward. The streaming of some training sessions will hopefully be the next move.Eddie Jones has a problem with turnoversEngland’s problem at openside has lasted more than a decade. And with just 12 months until the World Cup, it remains unsolved. But whilst the ability to win turnovers on the deck remains a problem, the concession of turnovers in the back-room staff remains Eddie Jones’s biggest issue.Man in the middle: Eddie Jones at an England training session (Getty Images)August saw head of sports science Dean Benton follow Paul Gustard, Paul Frawley and Gary Lester in leaving the England set-up. Jones’s retention of staff makes Donald Trump look like employer of the year.It is a remarkable state for a Tier One nation to find itself in so near to the global showpiece. Rugby’s long timelines don’t do England’s coaching turnover justice. Twelve months seems like an eternity in any other business, but it simply isn’t in rugby. This is the equivalent of a normal business having the biggest pitch in its history, then losing four of the pitch team the day before the big meeting. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Fast show: Beauden Barrett breaks to score a try against Australia (Getty Images) Something isn’t right in the England camp and it seems that many of England’s on-field problems are off-field issues.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.last_img read more

Will a federal government shutdown damage the US economy?

first_img Reply Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate I think I know about what you would get for that $100,000 a couple. I speculate you would probably get an iceberg lettuce wedge salad with Russian dressing, a slice of the most marvelous chocolate cake, probably some local fresh catch of the day, of some cold- stunned frozen snook, or frozen- out stunned Florida sea trout, maybe some other veggies and a roll, and of course some cocktails. Maybe a little music and dancing. A whole lot of bragging. All I can say is, it ain’t worth it, for $100,000 per couple, if you ask me. Reply Please enter your comment! Mama Mia The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply January 20, 2018 at 6:24 pm January 20, 2018 at 6:49 pm January 20, 2018 at 7:06 pm January 20, 2018 at 7:03 pm Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Right now, I am not questioning President Trump’s sanity. No, I am questioning the sanity of the guests who plan to attend Mr. Trump’s party, and pay ticket prices that start out at $100,000 per couple, to go to be with President Trump at his Mar-A-Lago resort, and to hear him brag about what a great job he is doing as POTUS. The president had planned on leaving to fly down there yesterday, but was delayed a day, due to the government shutdown. It must be nice to have friends in high places, that are such good friends, that you charge them to come to your party, to congratulate you, and make them pay out their teeth…LOL You might get a view of the Women’s Protest March, as you head to Mar-A-Lago also…lol Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Reply center_img TAGSGovernment Shutdown Previous articleThis year’s severe flu exposes a serious flaw in our medical systemNext articleHelping hands for the homeless Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR President Trump is more upset about he might miss his “party” at Mar-A-Lago, due to the government shutdown, than being upset about the state of the country’s economy, and what harm it will do to our economy, our citizens, and you-name-it. The party he is looking forward to, to celebrate the one year anniversary of his inauguration. Always has to be all about him. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Mama Mia Mama Mia Mama Mia Reply Reply By Scott R. Baker and first published in theconversation.comThe federal government shut down for the first time in a little more than four years after Republicans and Democrats failed to agree on a last-minute deal to keep funds flowing for another few weeks.The immediate and most visible impact will be in the government’s day-to-day operations. Many departments and offices, like the Department of the Treasury, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Library of Congress, will be closed, and nonessential federal employees across the government would stay home. Families hoping to take their kids to a national park will usually be out of luck in a shutdown, but the Trump administration hopes to keep some of them open. Meanwhile, the men and women who protect our food supply and national security will still be doing their jobs – without pay.But beyond the individual workers and families affected, could a short or lengthy shutdown affect the broader U.S. economy as well?Constantine Yannelis, a business professor at New York University, and I examined data from the last time the government shut down in 2013 to better understand its impact.An economic speed bumpWhile a shutdown affects the economy in a number of ways – from delaying business permits and visas to reducing service hours at innumerable agencies – a primary channel through which a shutdown affects the economy is through withheld or foregone pay from federal employees who don’t receive their paychecks.Since consumer spending makes up a majority of economic activity in the United States, withholding pay from a large fraction of the workforce can introduce a significant economic speed bump in the short run.And that’s exactly what we saw in 2013.Similar to the situation today, a partisan standoff in Congress led to a partial shutdown of the government that lasted a little over two weeks beginning on Oct. 1 of that year.Well over a million federal employees were affected and didn’t receive a paycheck during the shutdown. Some were furloughed – sent home and told not to do anything related to their job. Those deemed “essential” or “exempted” – such as security personnel screening passengers at airport or border patrol agents – were required to continue working at their jobs, despite no pay at that time. The government eventually paid both groups the money owed them, regardless of whether they worked, after Democrats and Republicans reached an agreement on Oct. 16.My colleague Yannelis and I sought to understand how households responded by tracking how they behaved in the days leading up to, during and following the shutdown using detailed financial data.We obtained this anonymized data from a personal finance website where people track their income, expenses, savings, and debt. Using the paycheck transaction descriptions, we identified over 60,000 households that contained employees of federal agencies affected by the shutdown. These affected employees included both those who were asked to work without pay and those who were furloughed.As a comparison group, we also identified over 90,000 households with a member who worked for a state government. That would likely mean they have fairly similar levels of education, experience, and financial security, yet their paychecks were unaffected by the shutdown.Short-term impact on spendingOur study led to two primary findings.First, we found that the shutdown led to an immediate decline in average household spending of almost 10 percent. Surprisingly, despite the fact that most federal workers have stable jobs and income sources, they were quick to cut spending on pretty much everything, from restaurants to clothing to electronics, just days after their pay was delayed.While households with less money in the bank cut their spending by larger amounts, even those with significant resources and easy access to credit reduced their expenditures.Second, households with a member who was furloughed and required to stay home from work slashed their spending more dramatically – by 15-20 percent, or almost twice as much as the average of those affected. This larger decline reflected the fact that these households suddenly had a lot more time on their hands. Rather than going out to eat or paying for childcare for example, they were able to spend more time cooking and watching their own children.This behavior is what tends to spread the economic effects of a shutdown that affects a slice of the population to a wider group of businesses and individuals. And in regions with substantial numbers of federal workers, these declines in spending can greatly hurt the health of the local economy in the short run.Depending on how long the impasse lasts, lawmakers may need to order some pizzas, as they did in 2013. AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteLong-term impact?Whether or not a shutdown has a longer-term economic impact depends on whether employees are paid their foregone wages after its conclusion – and how long it lasts.In 2013, the government repaid even furloughed workers what they would have earned had the shutdown not happened.This repayment, essentially increasing the size of their first post-shutdown paychecks, had significant and immediate effects on household spending. A sudden spike in spending occurred in the days after the paychecks were disbursed, largely erasing some of the most dramatic declines in spending during the previous two weeks.The government has usually paid all its employees, “essential” or not, back pay after other past shutdowns, such as those in the 1990s. While Congress is legally required to pay federal employees who worked during the shutdown, there’s no law requiring the same treatment for nonessential workers.In addition, the longer the shutdown lasts, the worse its impact. Households might deplete savings or hit their credit card limits as the impasse stretches day after day, giving them additional time to adjust their spending in ways that they could not do with only a few days’ notice. For instance, in 2013, bills like health insurance or tuition payments were largely unaffected. Had that shutdown persisted, households may have started to cut back here as well.So if Congress refuses to offer furloughed workers back pay and the shutdown lasts weeks rather than days, the economic impact could be severe.However, if a shutdown is resolved in a relatively short amount of time, with workers being paid back their regular income, the damage would likely be fairly contained.Scott Ross Baker is an Assistant Professor of Finance. His research is concentrated in empirical finance and macroeconomics. He is currently engaged in a variety of research projects regarding household finance, the effects of policy uncertainty on financial markets and growth, as well as the effects of unemployment benefits on job search intensity. Recent work examines the impact of household leverage and credit constraints in driving sensitivity to both income and asset shocks during the Great Recession. Mama Mia January 20, 2018 at 6:41 pm 5 COMMENTS Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here I am looking at those boxes of pizza in the photo above, from 2013. I am trying really hard to read the pizza company name on the box, that the lawmakers ordered during the government shutdown before. Can’t seem to make it out….maybe it was Godfather’s Pizza, you know, like the Herman Cain guy that was CEO, of Godfather’s Pizza…lollast_img read more

Redondela House / Irisarri + Piñera

first_imgRedondela House / Irisarri + PiñeraSave this projectSaveRedondela House / Irisarri + Piñera Projects Houses Spain ArchDaily Architects: Irisarri + Piñera Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!+ 16 Share Text description provided by the architects. Our first to the site-deep and narrow, on a steep slope, suspended above the estuary and the distant ocean horizon, with Vigo city below-led to a desire to maintain the commanding views of the landscape at the entrance level and make the house itself the means to descend from this situation to the allotment´s base level, with all the nuances brought into view by these different heights. The owners, like so many others in the course of history, have chosen a place to settle. Now, the architects mediate in their relationship with the place. Save this picture!Recommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – BrickworkPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsFretwork Facade PanelFiber Cements / CementsRieder GroupFacade Panels – concrete skinThis is a building which qualifies the way you see and feel the surroundings and the distant landscape from each space. Unlike previous cases where we have allowed other superimposed architectures to arise from the users´ action, designing scenarios with a great capacity for transformation, here there is only one architecture, and it is the scenario that opens up the inhabitants´ lives to the world. Save this picture!A sheet of concrete folds back like a shell from its base in the form of a retainer wall, shaping a volume which, when emptied, provides a range from recessed areas, through intermediate sequences that can be penetrated by the natural environment, to a final space which juts out with the dominating view out to the distant horizon, giving the owners back the slow gaze across the estuary that made them choose this place to live. The shell form contains the brief and at the same time resolves the structure, the planes that channel the water and the different scales that shape the spatial diversity inside. Save this picture!The land-based part of the programme holds the considerable storage requirements of the produce from the earth, a spatial continuum that forms the courtyard stamped into the volume, for direct contacts with the nature of the place, while also rising and distancing itself from the earth in the manner of a lookout to provide an independent, personal place.Project gallerySee allShow lessFacebook Fan Page: Top 10 websites of architecture officesArticlesShenzhen International Energy Mansion / BIGArticles Share Redondela House / Irisarri + Piñera CopyAbout this officeIrisarri + PiñeraOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPontevedraHousesSpainPublished on September 09, 2009Cite: “Redondela House / Irisarri + Piñera” 09 Sep 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorDining tablesB&B ItaliaDining Table – BullSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Atrium Longlight / RidgelightLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsConcreteKrytonSmart ConcreteCompositesPure + FreeFormTechnical Guide – Creating a Seamless Interior and Exterior Material TransitionEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedWire MeshCarl Stahl DecorCableGreen Wall System – FAÇADESCAPE™More products »Read commentsSave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 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/34269/redondela-house-irisarri-pinera Clipboard “COPY” 2006 CopyHouses•Pontevedra, Spain “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/34269/redondela-house-irisarri-pinera Clipboard Year: last_img read more

Players in the Public Policy Process: Nonprofits as Social Capital and Agents

first_imgIt also deals with the role of nonprofits in governance such as over common pool resources, the moral hazard of policy, and the probability that the nonprofit could be an agent of distortions. This book goes beyond the economics of market failure and adds political, policy and administrative sciences, economic sociology, and the theory of contracts to encapsulate these organisations as agents and essential players in any open and democratic public policy process. Players in the Public Policy Process: Nonprofits as Social Capital and Agents  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News [amzn_product_post]Winner of the 2005 Charles Levine Prize for the Best Book in Comparative Policy and Administration, this book focuses on the nonprofit organisation as a social capital asset and agent in all phases of the public policy process – from influencing political parties, platforms, and choice of candidates to the formulation and implementation of public policy including the facilitation of transactions. This book demonstrates the universal utility of the principal-agent paradigm for analysing nonprofits in foreign or domestic policy, sectarian or faith-based, scientific or social as well as the regulatory (not just participatory) powers of these organisations over market and nonmarket actions as a matter of public, collective policy. Placing the nonprofit in a principal-agent framework, the book emphasises such topics as sources of conflict in public expectations and organisational performance, the moral hazard and benefits of organisational self-interest, tax exemption as compensation or a reservation price rather than just a subsidy, the role of social service organisations as managers of adverse social risks, and their inherent competitive advantage (even when faith-based) over firms as agents of choice for social service contracts from a strictly business perspective. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Rainer Rupp about ‘Able Archer,’ his work in NATO headquarters, the Syrian War and the conflict with Russia

first_imgSept. 19, 2015In the early 1990s he was “most wanted.” The Attorney General at that time called it the “biggest search operation of the German Federal Republic’s police services in the postwar period.” Rainer Rupp, under the code name “Topaz,” had delivered highly sensitive information from NATO headquarters in Brussels to the Main Directorate for Reconnaissance (HVA) of the German Democratic Republic. Rupp was arrested in 1993 and sentenced by the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) in Dusseldorf to 12 years’ imprisonment. He was released in the year 2000. The superspy, who turned 70 on Sept. 21, gave the following interview to Karlen Vesper of the newspaper Neues Deutschland. Vesper’s questions are in bold. Rainer RuppMr. Rupp, was there really a threat of World War III in 1983? And was it actually you who prevented it?I never said that, and I’ll never say it. I’m not so presumptuous. I can only quote others. Milton Bearden, former chief of the CIA’s Department for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, is convinced there was such a danger and expressed this publicly at the International Spy Conference on May 7, 2004, in Berlin. Also Benjamin Fisher, longtime collaborator and chief historian of the CIA, has this view. Also Vojtech Mastny, professor of strategy at the Military Academy of the U.S. Navy, supported this view in his pamphlet, “Did East German Spies Prevent a Nuclear War?” regarding my role in the crisis in 1983. The same viewpoint can be read in publications of “Parallel History Project on Cooperative Security,” a Zurich-based international research program on security issues, and not only during the Cold War. And Vladimir Kryuchkov, the KGB chief at that critical time, in a 2005 interview with a German television station pointed out that my actions kept the conflict from escalating in 1983 and blowing up. Last but not least, an award-winning German television documentary in a voice-over commentary raised the question: “Did Rainer Rupp possibly prevent the Third World War?”How did it happen that in November 1983 the world was again, as in the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, on the brink of a nuclear war? And what was your contribution in concrete terms to prevent it?From Nov. 7 to 11, 1983, there was a European NATO command staff exercise that simulated a nuclear war: “Able Archer.” I was sitting at the time in the nerve center of NATO, and was head of the Current Intelligence Group. This group gathered all information on the situation of the enemy and their own in one place. Early in the morning each day they met under a rotating chairmanship and evaluated the synthesis of the problems that in turn were sent to the NATO command bodies and to the governments and secret services of the NATO countries. In times of crisis or at the time of staff maneuvers, in which we planned to use nuclear weapons in a first strike …“We” – out of your mouth?I used “we” according to my former identity at NATO Headquarters. As head of the Current Intelligence Group I had to also deliver this information before the Supreme Defense Planning Council. I had all the top-secret information “at my fingertips,” as they say. I could also access everything (laughs), not just the information that I got to see during my tenure, but also that which came before.The Soviets were completely convinced that “Able Archer” was the cover for a real nuclear strike. They believed that starting from this maneuver a strike aimed at decapitating the command, control and communication centers of the Soviet army, the state apparatus and the party apparatus would be carried out with the help of the new ultra-modern and precise tactical nuclear missiles, Pershing II and cruise missiles for which you had a warning time of only five to eight minutes. With these rockets, the criminal gang in the Pentagon hoped to decapitate the Soviet army, so that they — a quote that I myself have heard — “would run around the farmhouse like a chicken with its head cut off.”The Soviet fear seemed justified given the then low level of relations between East and West. In March 1983, U.S. President Ronald Reagan called the Soviet Union an “evil empire” and announced the start of the missile defense program SDI [Star Wars].As head of the Current Intelligence Group, I saw that the fear of a nuclear strike was unfounded. There was no sign in my files of such a strike. That didn’t make NATO any more peaceful, but in this particular situation it was important knowledge. In order to allay the concerns of the Soviets, I scanned all the documents — whether important or not — and sent them to the GDR. Since all documents were officially numbered, the comrades in the HVA and Moscow could clearly see that nothing was missing and nothing important had been overlooked. At the height of the crisis this was supplemented by daily messages to East Berlin. And since they had a corresponding confidence in the sources, Moscow finally dropped the option of a pre-emptive counter-attack.In view of the many new, never-ending wars in the Middle East and to the escalating confrontation between the U.S. and Russia –  is there again the threat of a Third World War? What if the Russians and Americans shoot at each other in Syria? And the French and English, as was announced recently, want to drop bombs inside Syria?I do not think that a third world war is now an imminent risk. The Syrian spark, however, can quickly jump over to the Ukraine. In U.S. media and talk shows a year ago this opinion was expressed openly and hatefully to Moscow: “The crisis in Ukraine is the tit-for-tat for Syria.” Because two years ago Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denied U.S. neo-conservatives their war against Assad. That was in the context of poison gas attacks allegedly commanded from Damascus, attacks that were all faked. They blamed the attacks on Bashar al-Assad in order to push Obama to war. Putin and Lavrov prevented this when they said: “We can get the chemical weapons out of Syria, without you waging war.”The war in Syria is not really a civil war …This is no civil war. An American officer and lecturer at a U.S. military academy aptly said: “That’s a war imposed from the outside.”Could it spread to other neighboring countries and to Europe? Does it really threaten a wildfire?This threatened two years ago when U.S. American and Russian warships off the Syrian coast in sight of each other crossed paths and the Americans, British and French were preparing a bombing campaign against Syria. A Russian warship could have shot down a bomber located above Syrian territorial waters or at least could have forwarded the flight coordinates to the Syrian anti-aircraft guns. One can assume that the Russians and Syrians have coordinated their systems for a long time. And that would all naturally have brought us into the mess. It was therefore already a highly dangerous situation. Tit for tat along the lines of: “If you make us angry, we will light a small fire on your doorstep” are treacherous. Therefore Lavrov has now called the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry again, so that he might give the real experts on both sides, the Russian and American military, the opportunity to talk to each other, if he wants to avoid collisions. Those are professionals. But for many years Washington has sabotaged any meeting of top military from both sides.Is it not also a tit for tat, if Putin wants to open a second naval base on the Syrian coast?That is his only option if he wants to prevent in Syria a scenario like the one that took place in Libya. So far, the U.S. Americans have not properly bombed the Islamic State. Even the American media noticed that. There were questions to the White House and to the Pentagon, of why the almost one-year commitment has achieved nothing. The fishy answer: It is extremely difficult to identify the Islamic State troops and bases. Secondly, we are trying to ensure that no civilians be harmed. I am simply amazed: As if the U.S. in all its wars had ever considered the consequences for civilians!See also the U.S. drone attacks on Afghanistan and Pakistan.You’re absolutely right. The real reason for the bloodbath in Syria organized by the West, together with Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, has nothing to do with democracy or religious fanatics or with human rights. A look at journals of the oil and gas industry would have long ago supplied the real back-story to the conflict in Syria instigated by the West and the Gulf monarchies. But in Europe politicians and the mainstream media have immediately disposed of this information in the memory hole. For if the truth were known, it would immediately expose the alleged humanitarian and democratic concern of the West regarding Syria as the pretext for a highly criminal and murderous operation. In the U.S., in contrast, they are unafraid to discuss openly the real reasons for war in Syria. In the “U.S. Armed Forces Journal” on March 21, 2014, there was an article entitled “You can’t understand the conflict without talking about natural gas” in which it said the same thing in the first paragraph: “Much of the media coverage suggests that the conflict in Syria is a civil war, in which the Alawite (Shia) Bashar al Assad regime is defending itself (and committing atrocities) against Sunni rebel factions (who are also committing atrocities). The real explanation is simpler: it is about money.” The author is Army Maj. Rob Taylor, an instructor at the prestigious Command and General Staff College, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.In the second paragraph you can read: “In 2009, Qatar proposed to run a natural gas pipeline through Syria and Turkey to Europe. Instead, Assad forged a pact with Iraq and Iran to run a pipeline eastward, allowing those Shia-dominated countries access to the European natural gas market while denying access to Sunni Saudi Arabia and Qatar. The latter states, it appears, are now attempting to remove Assad so they can control Syria and run their own pipeline through Turkey.” The two short paragraphs suddenly open up, even though they remain superficial, a very different view of the conflict. The reason for this whole fiasco is obvious: The U.S. has begun another inhuman imperialist adventure that — if it succeeds — would shift the global balance of power.And because of this adventure we have, or rather, the people of Iraq and Syria now have the murderous Islamic State at their throat?The so-called Islamic State was not necessarily established by the U.S. intelligence agencies, but nevertheless it is a useful enemy. One has to assume that this was not supported officially, but underhand. Two months ago, a court case was opened in the UK, but it was quickly settled. The accused was a former Islamic State-fighter, a Swede who had dropped out and wanted to settle in London. He was to be prosecuted because he had fought for Islamic State. As the “Guardian” and other newspapers reported and documented with quotations, the defense warned the prosecutor: “If our client is not released, we will demonstrate that MI6 had equipped his group with heavy weapons of all sorts and trained the fighters in their use.”If the British already do that, you can be absolutely certain that the U.S. Americans do that too. The British don’t do such things on their own. There are many references to training camps in Jordan, where all sorts of fighters — Al Nusra, Al Qaeda and even Islamic State-people — are trained in American arms by American trainers. We must not delude ourselves that Al Nusra or Al Qaeda would fight the Islamic State on their own. They defect to the Islamic State with weapons, knowhow and flags flying. This is not controlled. Intentionally not controlled.Do you have evidence of this?There are enough indications, but as yet I cannot submit hard-and-fast evidence. The best we have is a report by the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Intelligence Service of the Pentagon. It warned as early as 2012 of an Islamic emirate, when the Islamic State did not yet exist. And two, three months ago a DIA report stated that the people who they trained in Jordan and elsewhere are not moderate partners, but extremists who — once they are in Syria — defect to the Islamic State The report includes the sentence: “Unfortunately, at the political level this was desired by the United States, the West, Saudi Arabia and Qatar.” There are reasons why the useful enemy the Islamic State is pampered. And why the U.S. Air Force, which operates in Syrian airspace, is so inefficient. Because of course you wonder also why there are so many reconnaissance flights over Syria. The real [U.S.] enemy is still Assad, not I.S.This contradicts common sense. Already with the Taliban they experienced that the spirits that you summoned up you now can’t rid yourself of.With normal human reasoning we can’t understand any of this. Only when you add the oil, the pipelines and the geostrategic shifts focussing on this, the whole thing all of a sudden takes on a completely different slant. It’s not about some terrorist group in a small Middle-Eastern country, it is not about democracy or whatever. It’s about the long-term pushback of Russian influence in Europe and to tie Europe umbilically to America.Where will Germany stand if the U.S. and Russia are at war on Syrian soil? Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier explained recently that we should support Assad. This has set an entirely new tone.This is a new tone, indeed. Against the backdrop of the Qatar pipeline Germany would indeed benefit from cheap gas from Qatar, but German industry depends significantly on orders from Russia. Qatar buys relatively little from Germany. Germany would perhaps be the loser if Assad falls. At the very least Germany would not gain much. In this respect, Germany’s interests thus differ slightly from those of the French and the English, who have always had a presence in the Middle East with their big gas and oil companies, as well as the Americans.Might the strategic partnership between NATO and Russia not have been desirable after all?It was dishonest from the outset. One need only look at the agendas. What did they discuss at these NATO meetings? It was ridiculous — for example, about pension payments for soldiers, how to calculate them. There was no serious effort to get to know each other better or to find a common denominator in the assessment of the geostrategic positions.The strategic partnership with Russia thus had no chance?It never had a chance! Maybe it had a chance in the minds of some Germans.Egon Bahr for example. [Bahr was a Social Democratic politician who urged rapprochement with the East European socialist countries.]Yes. Maybe even from some German military.Is the strategic partnership buried or could it be revived?It never existed. Perhaps some believed in it in the years of Russian subservience, when Boris Yeltsin was at the helm and -– as people from the apparatus told me — representatives of the West moved freely in the Russian intelligence agencies and were able to look over their colleagues’ shoulders at work. With Putin’s election, that came to an abrupt end. Therefore, Putin is the great enemy, no matter what he does.And because he has brought the run-down and demoralized Russian army under Yeltsin back into a “regular” state. Is there a military balance between the U.S. and Russia?Oh no, at the global level not at all. But in the case of a serious conflict with Russia, say over Ukraine or along the Russian western border, the Americans see themselves in a weaker position, in a losing position. Because of the logistics. You can’t achieve everything using the Air Force. And the Russian Air Force is not so bad. Even if Russian pilots do not have the combat experience of the Americans. In addition, NATO and especially the American pilots have always been afraid of the Russian anti-aircraft missiles. They always received a painful lesson when they underestimated them, whether in Korea or Vietnam. Even the Israelis are imploring the Russians not to deliver the S300 or even S400 [anti-aircraft systems] to Iran and Syria. That would put an end to their air supremacy.Apropos: What is the geostrategic significance of the stand-off over some reefs in the South China Sea?Some major gas and oil reserves have been discovered in exploratory drilling in the South China Sea and it is believed that there are much more gigantic ones. Despite the current crisis, you cannot push China back into the bottle. In three, four or five years this [crisis] will be over, and China will be the second- largest economy in the world and in terms of production output will remain the largest. This requires energy. Most of this energy China has to import. These are gigantic amounts, which will cost a huge amount of money. Why not exploit the oil and gas at our own doorstep? The deposits at the so-called Continental Shelf, an undersea territory — what an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms. China had always claimed this area, and its rights to it have been well respected since the Middle Ages by other neighboring coastal nations, which is documented by contracts or maps from the 15th and 16th century. Today China’s claim to ownership is questioned. The reason is that after the Second World War Japan joined the American orbit and the United States as a “Pacific power” has “rearranged” the whole region against Communist China.But the Chinese insist: “These are our oil and gas fields. We will happily participate with others, including the other coastal nations, but that is ours.” And in order to emphasize that, they have now built up some reefs, a tremendous amount of sand and stones shipped there, built an airbase and other bases. They are, so it seems, prepared to defend these oil and gas fields militarily, if necessary. There was an American spy plane, in which even a CNN television crew was present, that was forced to change course. Under the threat of escorting it with their own aircraft to China and to force the landing there, they succeeded in turning the aircraft away. Of course, this offended American arrogance tremendously.In this context we should also discuss Japanese rearmament. Under Shinzo Abe, the Constitution was amended, despite the great protest from the Japanese people. Japan now plans to defend not only its own territory, but also its own interests outside — this is similar to the newly defined 1999 strategic NATO doctrine.With the infamous out-of-area operations.That’s an example. The interests explicitly mentioned are access to markets and raw materials, the safety of transport routes, i.e. the Straits of Malacca in the Gulf of Aden, where NATO now also has a presence and German warships pass, as well as — and this is important for the current situation! — military intervention far from home, to stop unwanted refugees. Wolfgang Ischinger, former Secretary at the Foreign Ministry and former ambassador in Washington, demanded in the “Merkur” [daily newspaper in Munich] to deploy the federal armed forces (Bundeswehr) in Syria for the latter. Other politicians have also posed these demands. This is an unspoken fall-back on the new NATO Strategic Concept of 1999.In your role as “Topaz” you sent some dramatic materials of the highest classification level from Brussels to East Berlin. The absolute highlight was probably the 500-page document MC 161. So much time has gone by — can’t you reveal to us now to whom you owe this spectacular success, from whose hands you got the compilation?Only when I definitely know if those people who helped me unknowingly are no longer alive, will I perhaps reveal them. In January 1990 you heard over the headphones “All my ducklings” and knew that the game was over, that you should cease with any spying. Who came up with the idea to use this nursery rhyme for the code?The lines that I heard were: “Little heads up.” I don’t know whose idea it was. I must ask when I get a chance to.And then you cleaned everything up?Yes, cleaned it all up — everything, everything had to go. The codes, cameras, radios, everything. But I really didn’t have many things at home that implicated me. That was how the HVA worked: as little as possible espionage material in your own home. Of course you need the small codebook, but that was no bigger than a thumb and no thicker than two fingernails. I also had a briefcase with a double compartment. It was so cleverly sewn, that if the hiding place had been discovered, I could have said: “Oh, I never saw that at all, that is probably a production error.” Thus, no agent’s suitcase. I had an umbrella and a tennis racket with a hiding place for films and cameras in the handle. That was all expertly constructed. But it had to go.Oh, it was really all that stuff we read about in cheap spy thrillers?! And now you do not even own a fountain pen with a mini camera?Naw. I recently bought such a fountain pen from China. But the camera did not work properly. I threw the thing away again (laughs).Following that day in January 1990 when you were deactivated, did you live in constant fear of arrest? Especially since in that same month a colonel of Department VII of the HVA changed sides, someone who knew your code name.Colonel Busch knew my pseudonym and reference number. But at that time I didn’t know he had gone over to the BND (Federal Intelligence Service), for which as part of paying his dues he turned over whatever he knew about me. I learned about this only in the course of the trial. Among other things, what came out was that NATO was a sieve and I was practically the Embassy of the Warsaw Pact within NATO. Embassies usually get all the documents.After Busch had informed the BND, the Attorney General appointed an investigation commission. The State Protection Division of the Federal Criminal Office (Bundeskriminalamt), the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, Military Counterintelligence, etc., were set on me. Even inside NATO’s security forces a special commission was formed to catch “Topaz.” But I myself had an excellent source in the security apparatus. This phrase became notorious: “Without our knowing it, Mr. Rupp was always at the table taking part in our deliberations.”Why didn’t you flee abroad?Where to? The homeland had broken up, the GDR no longer existed, the Soviet Union even abandoned and expelled [GDR leader Erich] Honecker and the German justice system sent him to jail. It was clear they would do the same to me.But Hansjoachim Tiedge, the deserter from the Federal Constitutional Protection, was not sent back to Germany by Moscow.Apparently, the Federal Republic didn’t try so hard to get him. I know that I — that is, “Topaz” — twice was on the agenda of the topics that [then German Chancellor] Helmut Kohl wanted to discuss with Yeltsin personally. He wanted to know who “Topaz” is and how to find him. I know that the then head of the Federal Chancellery, intelligence chief [Bernd] Schmidbauer, inquired at least six to seven times about it in meetings with his Russian counterpart. But the Russians did not know who and where I was. The HVA had protected me well.Why didn’t you flee to Latin America?With three children we wanted no part of a nomad’s life. We would have had to continue to move from place to place. The federal government offered a suitcase full of money all over the world for me. That was really like in the cheap spy movies. It has also been said that my handling officer was offered a pile of tax-free money if he would reveal my name. But he preferred to live on his criminally small pension.Why make such a fuss about a spy whose service organization no longer existed? They could have saved money and stress if your story ended with the historic October 3, 1990, events [annexation of East Germany].I was, in fact, the most wanted man in those days. The Attorney General spoke of the “biggest search operation of the intelligence services in the postwar period.”How did the children react to your arrest? The teenagers knew nothing of your double life.My wife and I were arrested when we were at my mother’s visiting her on her 70th birthday. With one blow, the children were without father and mother. I do not know how they reacted at that moment. But they are on our side. And the other day they said, solemnly, that they were proud of us. What more could you want? Then the bad times become just a bad dream.Translation by WW managing editor John Catalinotto. Translation reviewed by Susanne Schuster.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Verizon workers fight back

first_imgThey had tried hard to reach a fair contract for 10 months and were fed up. So, on April 13, nearly 40,000 Verizon workers went on strike in Washington, D.C., and nine East Coast states from Massachusetts to Virginia. It is the largest work stoppage in the U.S. since the two-week Verizon strike of 2011.The Communication Workers and the International Electrical Workers, which represent the workers in Verizon’s landline and broadband FiOS operations, called the strike. The AFL-CIO has endorsed it and its members, community leaders and other forces are joining rallies and picket lines and sending messages of solidarity. Youthful supporters of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders are backing the strike.The strike can spark an even wider struggle at a time when many sectors of the multinational working class are in motion, especially low-paid and oppressed workers like those in the “Fight for $15” campaign and at workers’ centers, fast food and big box stores.Team Solidarity school bus drivers with striking Verizon workers in Boston.WW photo: Steve KirschbaumA lot is at stake for the workers. At its core, it’s job security: preserving good union jobs with livable wages and decent benefits, won by organized workers through hard-fought struggles. In the last decade, Verizon has cut its labor force by 40 percent. Workers hired after 2003 don’t have job security and now the company aims to eliminate the “no layoff” clause for workers hired before then.Verizon aims to tear up the union contract and wrench disastrous concessions from the workers that would drive down their standard of living. Despite record profits of $39 billion over the last three years, executives seek to cut labor costs by transferring more health care costs to workers and retirees, reducing disability benefits and freezing pensions. Executives won’t discuss improving wages and working conditions. Instead, they would reduce overtime protections and make workers toil seven days consecutively.The company plans to outsource work to low-wage nonunion contractors. Having already sent 5,000 customer service jobs overseas, Verizon seeks to offshore more jobs, exploiting those in the global workforce by paying extremely low wages.CWA, IBEW say no job transfers!Verizon plans to close and consolidate call centers, compelling workers to travel long distances daily or be laid off. In a major contract violation, the company aims to relocate workers up to 80 miles away from their current worksites for two months at a time, with no warning or right to refuse, disregarding seniority and family ties.Verizon’s goal is to establish a traveling workforce of technicians who can be sent anywhere, anytime, to build FiOS networks and then move on to the next worksite. This is a key issue for the workers; their unions strongly repudiate job transfers. Moreover, dispersing workers dilutes their collective strength.Verizon workers are angry that the company has stalled on its pledge to build the FiOS network, while discarding workers who install it. The corporation has violated cable franchise “build-out” agreements to set up FiOS throughout New York City and Philadelphia. This has left millions of people, particularly in low-income, African-American and immigrant communities, without access. It has neglected FiOS installations in several states while obstructing repairs of the older, copper network, leaving many customers with poor service.The CWA says the company refuses to negotiate a fair first contract with better wages and benefits for Verizon Wireless retail workers — even though they formed a union in 2014. These employees bring in high profits, says Verizon — but are among the lowest paid workers at the company.This is class warOn the strike’s second day, the CWA reported that in two separate incidents, three Local 2108 picketers in Maryland had been hit by cars driven by a Verizon attorney and a company manager.Verizon has threatened to transfer technicians from Massachusetts to Virginia for 60 days if a contract is not ratified by May 20. Moreover, the company is being so intransigent that executives have ignored the unions’ offer of $200 million in concessions.CWA and IBEW organizers met with Verizon representatives on April 15 to discuss the contract covering workers in six states and Washington, D.C. Showing their contempt for the workers, the executives refused to negotiate, demanded even more concessions from the workers and walked out after 30 minutes.The federal government is looking to intervene before the strike grows and solidarity broadens. However, mediation after the 2011 strike resulted in a contract unsatisfactory to many workers. Verizon is eager for such intervention again, but the unions have repudiated it, saying that mediation “is a distraction to the real problem: Verizon’s corporate greed. CWA and IBEW bargaining teams have been ready, able and willing to bargain. Where’s Verizon?” (CWA, April 12)Workers’ labor: source of Verizon’s wealthIn its drive for even greater profits, Verizon is squeezing the very workforce whose labor has created the corporation’s wealth and enabled its top five executives to receive “compensation” of $233 million over the last five years. The workers’ labor has created, produced and upgraded all the technology at Verizon.The capitalist economic crisis continues. The bitter competition for profits between corporations at home and abroad is intensifying. In this cutthroat global scenario, bosses scheme to do whatever they can to drive down labor costs. The ruling class is in a war against unions, aiming for a nonunion, low-paid workforce without company-subsidized medical or pension benefits. This “race to the bottom” is a threat to the entire working class.The Verizon strikers are fighting for their jobs — and in the long run for the rights of all workers to have good jobs with livable wages, benefits and a union. It’s time for all unions and other progressive organizations to join their picket lines and show solidarity.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Seed Consultants 5/20/2013 Weekly Market Closing with Gary Wilhelmi

first_img Previous articleFarm Bill a Power Play for Big GovernmentNext articleIndiana Planting Pace Nears the 5 Year Average Hoosier Ag Today Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – May 20, 2013 FinancialNothing dramatic Dow off 19, S&P down 1 and NASDAQ 3 lower dropping back below 3500Fed updated policy is center piece of the week and an easing out of QE is expectedGold off another $29 to $1394WTI crude up $ .68Dollar index drops 43 to 83.78 but has no impactThe major reports have run their course for the monthLivestockJune cattle up $1.12 to close at $120.52 on short coveringSame in hogs $92.22 up $ .70 on June assisted by pork virus which can cut longer term suppliesCOF is longer term bearish, but discountedCattle charts look weak4-6 month hogs firm on virusNearby hogs on short coveringGrain and soybeansDec corn falls below support to $5.14 but recovers late to close at $5.21Nearby July beans up 16 as Nov fell 3 to $12.24, with support at $12.00- 11.90Wheat was just along for the rideSevere storms up north in Michigan, and KC to Wichita Falls zoneWeekly export inspections were light is all sectorsRecord plantings week in corn up to 71% versus a 79% average and soybeans 24% versus 42%Central Corn Belt still roaring ahead and soybeans will accelerate next weekWatch night trade in new crop corn and beans11:38 updateExport inspections are not that important and this week we loaded just 15 m corn, 3 soybeans and 21 m wheatDollar eases back 26 on normal corrective impact with no impactWTI crude up $ .91 at 496.93 in rangeGold down $8 and silver now followingDAX ends .6% higher holding at highAugust cattle at $118.77 is on supportJune hogs measuring virus effectMorning CommentFinancial:Stocks called a little lower.Dow opened off 14DAX up .4% and Nikkei 1.5%A QE tapering in likelyFew reports near end of monthChinese home price rise slowsCampbell Soup earnings $ .57 versus $ .55WTI crude $95.51 off $ .51Gold grinds lower $13 at $1357LivestockCOF as expected at 97% total, 115% placements and 102% marketing’sCash offer at $128Boxed beef up another $ .74 to $209.11Hog disease threatens 4-6 month numbersPork cutout up $ .12Memorial Day a week ahead is all pricedGrain and soybeansMildly mixed evening action42% + of corn may have been planted last week matching the record from 1992Total expected to be over 60% of corn and 30-35% of soybeansWeather this week features some showers and highs idealS Plains get rain along with from severe stormsFunds bought 14,000 corn, 11 soybeans and 7000 wheat last weekOutside markets point in no direction that would impact Ag marketsDollar hangs at about 84 near the re3cent high limiting exports Seed Consultants 5/20/2013 Weekly Market Closing with Gary Wilhelmi Facebook Twitter Home Market Market Watch Seed Consultants 5/20/2013 Weekly Market Closing with Gary Wilhelmi SHARE SHARElast_img read more

Independent news agency launched in Djibouti aims to be reliable source of news about Somalia

first_img SomaliaAfrica Somalia has for some years been the deadliest country in Africa for the press. The Islamist armed group Al-Shabaab has had several radio station managers and other journalists murdered. Dozens of Somali journalists have had to flee the country after being threatened or physically attacked. Receive email alerts SOMINA will cover news events throughout Somalia, including Somaliland, as they happen. Its dispatches, in Somali and English, will be available free of charge on its website http://www.sominaonline.com, and by email delivery to anyone who requests the service mailto:[email protected] RSF_en The Somali Independent News Agency (SOMINA) was unveiled today in Djibouti by Omar Faruk Osman Nur, the secretary-general of the National Union of Somali journalists, and Robert Ménard, the head of the Doha Centre for Media Freedom. It is intended to be an independent source of reliable and objective news about Somalia, one of Africa’s most troubled countries. Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia News The agency will employ three journalists at its Djibouti headquarters, a fulltime correspondent in Mogadishu, and seven stringers in the main provincial cities. It is sponsored by NUSOJ and Reporters Without Borders, which were behind its creation. January 8, 2021 Find out more RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists In a ceremony at SOMINA’s offices in the centre of Djibouti city, journalists were shown the news agency’s installations and equipment, and its website. “We are pleased to be providing our help, together with Reporters Without Borders, for an initiative that will enable the Somali and international press to finally have a credible news agency,” Ménard said. “All those who have made this original project possible, especially the authorities of Djibouti, can be proud of having allowed it to come into being.” to go further Nur, whose union supervised SOMINA’s installation in a modern Djibouti building, said: “The creation of an independent news agency run by Somali journalists is an historic event. We are proud that Somali journalists who were forced to leave the country will be able to resume working in liaison with colleagues still in the field in Somalia.”center_img Help by sharing this information April 29, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Independent news agency launched in Djibouti aims to be reliable source of news about Somalia “We would firstly like to hail the persistence of the Somali journalists and NUSOJ, who have been working for months in order to succeed in establishing a really independent news outlet,” said Ménard, whose centre is funding SOMINA’s operations during the first year. RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News March 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation He added: “This new media outlet would not have existed without the Republic of Djibouti’s support and a significant degree of involvement by the Doha Centre for Media Freedom and Reporters Without Borders.” SomaliaAfrica News News February 24, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Somalialast_img read more