Veikkaus to keep €500 loss limit in place for rest of 2020

first_img“Maximum loss limits were lowered due to the pandemic,” the Ministry said. “The aim was to improve the prevention and reduction of gambling-related harm in a situation where time spent at home increased due to the restrictions and recommendations in force at the time, and the lack of physical slot machine and casino gaming opportunities could shift gaming to Veikkaus’ online gaming service.” Casino & games Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe Nordics Finland The higher limit was originally intended to be restored on 1 October. Instead, a new order that keeps the reduced loss limits in place until the end of 2020. Players were subject to a €2,000 monthly cap, and a €1,000 daily loss limit until 1 May, when a €500 monthly and daily cap on maximum losses was introduced to protect players from gambling unsustainably during the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis. It added that it felt a loss limit would be more effective than a time limit because losses are typically a better determinant of whether a player may be at risk of problem gambling. Last month, Veikkaus revealed that it expects its 2020 profits to fall by as much as €300m (£268.6m/$354.5m), after reporting a 28.1% year-on-year decline in gross revenue and 33.6% drop in profit for the first half of the year. While retail revenue collapsed during lockdown, it said online revenue did not grow significantly to make up for this. The Ministry added that while land-based options are available again, it is still concerned about a potential rise in problem gambling as Finland deals with the pandemic. “Although restrictions have been lifted, the coronavirus situation may still be associated with the risks of excessive gambling,” it said. Veikkaus to keep €500 loss limit in place for rest of 2020 Email Address “Monitoring and research on problem gambling suggests that, in the short term or on individual occasions, the loss of large sums is more often associated with problem gambling than high consumption over a longer period of time,” it said. In addition, Veikkaus has announced that it has changed the rules for its Toto75 horse racing game, lowering the smallest prize from €2 to €1.50, as previously announced rule changes mean this prize will be given out more frequently. Finland’s Ministry of the Interior has announced that a €500 (£435.9/$541.8) loss limit set for certain Veikkaus games in May will be now kept in place until the end of the year. 29th September 2020 | By Aaron Noy The limit will apply to “fast paced online games”, specificially online lotteries, slots and bingo, as well as for table games, with an exception for poker. Players will be required to set their own daily and monthly limits, which both may not be above €500. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Lotterylast_img read more

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Redstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng) 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgRedstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Redstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Redstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Redstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng)  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileRedstar Express Plc offers an air express service in Nigeria and provides transportation, warehousing and supply chain management services. Its services encompass international and domestic express delivery, freight forwarding, integrated logistics solutions, information and document management solutions, warehousing and e-commerce solutions. Domestic products include Red Star Express Domestic services for same day, priority and package collections. Domestic direct distribution streamlines the movement of shipments from the manufacturer to multiple end users; customer and address verifications services offer a streamlined express service for financial institutions and large corporations; bulk mail services are designed to move bulk items such as annual reports, share offer forms, share certificates, customer invoices and direct mail; special project services include product sampling, delivery and retrieval of promotional items. International products include a point-to-point delivery service, international inbound collections and direct distribution. Value added services include online tracking, signature proof of delivery, insurance, customs clearance, packaging and desktop software shipping solutions. Redstar Express Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Redstar Express Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Passive income: is now the perfect time to buy shares to create a dividend stream?

first_img Andy Ross owns shares in Legal & General, Reckitt Benckiser and Diageo. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Diageo and Softcat. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Andy Ross | Wednesday, 25th November, 2020 | More on: SMT With the stock market recovery under way, now could be the ideal time to buy dividend-paying shares, especially to create a passive income. UK shares, even after recent gains are cheap compared to the US, for example. Dividend yields also tend to be higher in the UK, which helps when it comes to creating a passive income. I’m keen to make use of the current market conditions to build my portfolio further and make sure I’m creating a passive income, so that I can retire early.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…The combination of many cheap shares, dividends returning and the government likely to pour money into the economy in today’s Spending Review, all combine to make me think that, yes now is the perfect time to buy shares with future income in mind.But what’s the best way to go about it?Investing for a strong passive incomeI’m targeting companies I think can provide a strong total return. This means listed companies that pay a dividend, but can also grow their share price. I want to avoid value traps, those companies that are very cheap because they face long-term declines in their markets. One example of this would be tobacco.Companies on my radar that potentially meet these criteria and that could therefore help me create more passive income are technology groups like Softcat and FDM Group. I also like Experian because of its growth and income and because fund manager Nick Train has bought-in, He’s a professional I respect.I’ll also likely add to my holdings in Legal & General, Reckitt Benckiser and Diageo as they all strike me as quality companies. They have relatively predictable and high cash flows and profits, factors I like in my income-generating investments.Other optionsIf you want a more hands-off approach, then investing in themes you think could be important over the next decade could be one way to go. You may even go a step further and invest through a trust or fund that looks into future technologies. For example, Gresham House Energy Storage Fund invests in a portfolio of energy storage systems, primarily using batteries in Great Britain. It also pays its dividend quarterly.Another trust that’s very focused on future technologies is Scottish Mortgage (LSE: SMT). It’s a backer of Tesla and other innovative companies. It has a strong track record and experienced managers at the helm. If it can keep successfully backing the companies of tomorrow, investors with shares in the trust could do very well. Indeed, many have this year as tech shares have soared.Overall, I do think now is a perfect time to be investing in shares to create a passive income. I know I’ll keep investing in great UK shares, funds and trusts for the long-term. 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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. Passive income: is now the perfect time to buy shares to create a dividend stream?center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Andy Ross Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

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E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD

first_imgArchDaily CopyAbout this officeMontage DESIGNBUILDOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesIslamabadHousesPakistanPublished on March 05, 2009Cite: “E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD” 05 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore 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 Pakistan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/14732/e7-2-house Clipboard Houses Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/14732/e7-2-house Clipboard Projects E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILDSave this projectSaveE7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILD CopyHouses•Islamabad, Pakistancenter_img “COPY” Save this picture!+ 27 Share Text description provided by the architects. E7-2, Islamabad embodies the traditional values of a typical Pakistani family in a bold new fashion , resulting in a very modern arrangement of spaces and forms. It is located in a very posh area adjacent to the margalla hills, hence affording beautiful views from upper terraces.Save this picture!In Pakistani culture the disjunction between the public and private almost reaches absurd levels,…. considering that I chucked the public space i.e. drawing room out of the house, …. Throwing it out in the open, linking it only through a glass bridge. Save this picture!The remaining house is like one solid shell where boundaries are minimal and where every space seamlessly flows into the other. By creating a fourteen feet high ceiling for the living room, different levels flow into one another, thus creating a strong link between the living spaces and the bedrooms on the upper floors. But the link of this shell to the outside world is again through a bridge that passes over a water body, which acts like a reflection pool at night.Save this picture!The entire basement is designed as an entertainment area and some utilities, but a sunken lawn and green spaces around the basement create lavish seating and dining spaces for guests that can be brought directly into the basement. All of the terraces can also be used for entertainment, from inside or directly from outside the house.Project gallerySee allShow lessUnsangdong architects design “Dancing Apartment”ArticlesHouse re-Growth Pod, a solution for fire destroyed homes in AustraliaArticles Share 2007 Architects: Montage DESIGNBUILD Area Area of this architecture project Area:  697 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” E7-2 House / Montage DESIGNBUILDlast_img read more

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WangTao House / MARCH Design

first_img “COPY” WangTao House / MARCH DesignSave this projectSaveWangTao House / MARCH Design Housing China Civil Project Manager:Yongjie JinBase Area:272 sqmCity:DaliCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yiyun HouRecommended ProductsDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumText description provided by the architects. It is a completely individualized process to build our own houses from the ground than to buy commercial houses. I believe that as the policy and law change, this kind of demand will continually increase. But for most architects and interior designer in China, highly designed personal house building is a missing project which has few chances to practice. So I decided to do it to myself and build my home in the desert from zero.Save this picture!© Yiyun HouWhat kind of a house do I want to build? This is the question I need to first answer myself.From the perspective of results, it is real, not attitudinized, light but powerful and colorful. But my first idea wasn’t like this, many designers have a sense of expression hard to control which happen automatically sometimes. Because my desire and power to create is stronger than any normal people, there comes a problem of intake information amount. We are in an environment where the intake information per unit time has it upper limit.Save this picture!© Yiyun HouSave this picture!© Yiyun HouFor example, if this place is for vacation, so in the following three days, every frame of picture I see, every smell I sense, every warmth I feel, every texture I touch even every color it creates, are all what I call information amount. But it makes a difference if I live here for three years, for time rises, information amount also rises, but it has a blurry up limit. If the intake information is not enough, you will feel a sense of insipidity, but if it is too much, that feeling of greasiness is even worse than insipidity. That’s why many business places normally have large information amounts, because she is not prepared for you to stay for a long time.Save this picture!© Yiyun HouSave this picture!© Yiyun HouThe most unsuccessful home is like a hotel. A hotel needs to meet the demand of hundreds of people and their habit so it’s display must be an average, even the kind of design hotels are run based on the fact of a standard and easy to maintain. This makes almost all the hotels hard to be unassuming. It is like a serious but decent stranger. But home is different, she should be like our family, we can kiss without brushing our teeth, I hope it to have a feeling of life, with some mild mess in order, making me less nervous. How to be unassuming, changing from vacation style into living style, is the question I spent lots of time to face. This process is not from my mind, it is from changing blueprint over and over again because every blueprint has it distinct life scene. To decide whether I fit it or not requires time.Save this picture!© Yiyun HouSave this picture!Stairs modelSave this picture!© Yiyun HouOn the layout, I carried out a 3m*5m model experiment, this scale makes me feel safe and sound. It will meet the demand of almost all the space by adjusting multiple. For example, two fold (3+3)*5 is easy to meet the demand of bedrooms with a bathroom which separate wet and dry. A 3*5 for vertical transportation, a 3*5 for kitchen, this scale is successful from this result, it is not unbridled large and makes no nerve and stress.Save this picture!© Yiyun HouSave this picture!© Yiyun HouAt lastFrom the process, this is what I should experience. Just like a friend said, be serious about your every step, do what you want to do. Be the only yourself in the world, why not!Save this picture!© Yiyun HouProject gallerySee allShow lessHaffenden House / PARASelected ProjectsPACO Restaurant / Pure’s DesignSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Dali, Yunnan, ChinaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Area:  240 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project 2019 Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/928579/wangtao-house-march-design Clipboard CopyHousing•Dali, China Tao Wang Architects: MARCH Design Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img Lead Architects: “COPY” Year:  ArchDaily CopyAbout this officeMARCH DesignOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingDaliOn FacebookChinaPublished on November 23, 2019Cite: “WangTao House / MARCH Design” 22 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?王涛自宅 / 三月设计工作室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/928579/wangtao-house-march-design Clipboard Photographs WangTao House / MARCH Design Save this picture!© Yiyun Hou+ 33Curated by 韩爽 – HAN Shuang Share Photographs:  Yiyun Houlast_img read more

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A brief history of fundraising rock concerts

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Events It is far from a complete listing, but a useful list of some of the more well-known fundraising rock concerts. A brief history of fundraising rock concerts Against the backdrop of Nelson Mandela’s 46664 concert in Cape Town last week, BBC Online has presented a brief history of fundraising rock concerts.The article starts not surprisingly in 1984 with Band Aid and Live Aid in 1985, but acknowledges that the first large-scale fundraising rock concert was Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, organised by George Harrison.It mentions Farm Aid, a US initiative to help farmers facing crisis, which has spawned 16 concerts since 1985. Other concerts mentioned include Artists Against Apartheid’s Freedom Festival on London’s Clapham Common, the Nelson Mandela birthday and freedom concerts, and the Red Hot and Blue concert to raise money for Aids awareness. Advertisementcenter_img Howard Lake | 8 December 2003 | News 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.  27 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

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Rogavi.com gets four out of five from Webuser magazine

first_imgOnline raffles site Rogavi.com has been rated four out of five stars in the Best New Websites category by popular web magazine Webuser.According to Webuser: “Rogavi is a fundraising website that uses the time-honoured method of raffles to make money for charity. There are lots of impressive prizes on offer, from vintage Minis and signed books to gadgets such as iPods and digital cameras. Ticket prices range from a few quid to upwards of £10 and there’s no limit to how many you can purchase in any one draw. 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. Richard McBriar, co-founder of Rogavi, said: “It’s great to see Rogavi grow, from first last year in the Institute of Fundraising Innovation Zone to now being recognised by Webuser. We can’t get better than that! Rogavi.com gets four out of five from Webuser magazine Advertisement  34 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 The site lets users see how many people have bought tickets on a prize, and as soon as the fundraising target or draw date is reached the winner is determined. “Each raffle has details of the number of tickets remaining as well as information about the benefiting charity. Rogavi is simple to navigate and buying tickets is easy so, if you are feeling lucky, this is a good way of helping out needy causes.” www.rogavi.com AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Howard Lake | 30 January 2009 | News Tagged with: Digital Gaming McBriar added: “Companies that donate prizes not only have the satisfaction of knowing they are helping charity, but the high levels of traffic also help raise their profile. Prizes are even tax deductible!”last_img read more

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Church of England rolls out cashless giving

first_img The Church of England is making contactless, virtual terminal, and SMS mobile payments available throughout England, it has announced.Over 16,000 churches, cathedrals, and religious sites will have access to portable card readers through the Church of England’s Parish Buying portal under a partnership with SumUp and iZettle, following a trial which began in summer 2017 in cathedrals and parish churches. The partnership will allow them to offer cashless payment options for events including weddings, christenings, church fetes and concerts, as well as for making one-off donations and the booking of churches and halls.Technology facilitating charitable donations on a self-service basis, including passing around a reader for the collection, continues to be trialed and is expected to be launched in the second phase of the project.John Preston, National Stewardship Officer of the Church of England said:“There is a clear need for our parishes to introduce card and contactless facilities and we are excited to make this available through Parish Buying. How we pay for things is changing fast, especially for younger church-goers, who no longer carry cash, and we want all generations to be able to make the most of their place of worship.“Installing this technology does mean that one-off fees can be done via card, as can making one-off donations. The vast bulk of regular giving will continue to be done by standing order as we continue our trial with various technologies.”Main image: St Aiden, Bamburgh, Newcastle. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Melanie May | 21 March 2018 | News  170 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis19 Tagged with: cashless payment church mobile paymentcenter_img Church of England rolls out cashless giving  169 total views,  1 views today 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 www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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The fight against white supremacy & for solidarity in the U.S. South

first_imgThe Sixth International Assembly of the International League of People’s Struggles took place in Hong Kong June 23-26. Founded in 2001, ILPS is a coalition of more than 200 anti-imperialist mass organizations from around the world that “promotes, supports and develops the struggles of the peoples of the world, including the workers, peasants, women, youth, professionals and other sectors of society against the ideological, political, military, economic, social and cultural domination and attacks of imperialism and reaction.” Loan Tran, who attended as a representative of the International Action Center, spoke at the assembly. Tran’s remarks, slightly edited, are presented below. For more information about ILPS, see ilps.info.The U.S. SouthI would like to focus specifically on the context of the U.S. South, with the understanding that the United States of AmeriKKKa is a prison house of nations. The whole of the U.S. is stolen and colonized Indigenous land. The South in particular was where the land was then toiled and developed for ruling-class profit by stolen, enslaved Africans at the start of the 17th century and Black sharecroppers by the mid-19th century. Today, Black workers, along with more and more migrant workers from Latin America and the Caribbean, make up a significant portion of the labor force in the South as low-wage farm workers, fast food workers, domestic workers, city workers and incarcerated workers — whom we can also consider as part of what has developed as “surplus labor.”It should come as no surprise that the South is the least unionized region of the country, where most states have made unionizing illegal. Still, many workers are able to organize through workers’ assemblies — such as the Southern Workers Assembly — and “social unions” in order to lift up demands for workers and oppressed people.The South is also home to at least one-third of the population of LGBTQ people in the country, a majority of whom are also Black, Brown and Indigenous. LGBTQ people of color and LGBTQ workers face additional layers of challenges, not just in the workplace — if we are able to find work — but also within the movement, where marginalization of LGBTQ people often continues. That indicates the continued need to update whom we see as the “working class.”In 2016, in North Carolina, a state law was passed criminalizing transgender people’s ability to access public facilities. The law also included preemptive measures preventing local city governments from setting minimum wage standards for contract workers; the law also made the process more difficult for workers to file lawsuits charging discrimination, without having to take it to the state level. The marrying of transphobia and homophobia to the attacks on labor and workers’ rights is a classic divide-and-conquer strategy. We saw this strategy duplicated in states across the South in the months that followed.  We often find the South characterized as inherently backwards, but on a very subjective basis. The material reality facing workers and oppressed people in the South includes public institutions that have been severely disinvested in, leaving working-class communities with little or no access to education, job programs, health care and more. Racism and reactionary movements didn’t originate in the South because workers and oppressed people are less educated or inherently bigots; racism and reactionary movements get seeded in the South because it is an effective staging and containment ground for the ruling class in the U.S. and around the globe.North Carolina, for example, is home to Fort Bragg, one of the largest military bases in the world. All along the southern coast, working people live with military bases right in their backyards and are surrounded by military propaganda and recruitment efforts that largely target poor, working-class Black and Brown people. The military is presented as a viable option for economic security when the reality is that we have young people — new workers — who are left with very few options. The capitalist ruling class is then either building an army of surplus labor by holding oppressed people in cages or is building a literal army of surplus labor tasked with bombing and killing people in the Global South. It is often both.It would be remiss of me not to speak briefly to the questions surrounding white workers and the growing debate within the revolutionary movement regarding whether or not any revolutionary potential exists in the U.S. The argument is often made that, no, this is not possible because all workers in the U.S. are settlers. At a very preliminary starting point, I want to argue that we must question this, considering Indigenous people are still fighting for their land, more and more people from the Global South are being forced north by U.S. imperialism, and Black people continue to be subject to slave-like conditions in the U.S.This is just one of many contradictions that exist for the working-class movement in the U.S., and we must continue to seek out the best line that allows more class solidarity within the U.S. and with anti-imperialist struggles across the globe. As materialists, we are tasked with organizing within the conditions as they exist. A key feature of the struggle in the U.S. is that we are contending with a multinational working class whose histories have developed side by side and often been a target of divide-and-conquer strategies — separating white workers from Black and migrant workers, and so on. There is much work to be done to clarify the common enemy and to build the organizing skills of the oppressed masses in order for there to be a movement capable of defeating racism and winning socialism.The struggle against white supremacyWith this context in mind, the struggle against white supremacy is central to the class struggle being waged by workers and the oppressed in the U.S. It’s not just that one cannot happen without the other; it’s that, especially in the case of the U.S., these struggles are one and the same.There are some concrete examples from recent years I would like to lift up. I would like to make a nod to the fervent efforts throughout the 1930s into the 1960s and 1970s, at the height of the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement, where communists, and Black communists in particular, were waging revolutionary struggle to build unions, Black-white worker solidarity, and of course beating back racist segregation efforts, confronting the Ku Klux Klan and police alike — who were and are merely evolutions of slave patrols.In 2016, following the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old Black father in Charlotte, N.C. — the masses poured into the streets under the banner of Black Lives Matter — which really took off with the killing of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014. Charlotte is the third-largest banking city in the U.S., behind New York and San Francisco. It is home to headquarters for major banks like Bank of America and Wells Fargo, which in the 1980s and ‘90s made most of their  money off predatory mortgages to Black homebuyers. Charlotte is often called the “Wall Street of the South.”When the masses poured into the streets for Keith Lamont Scott, Charlotte became the first southern city where a major rebellion against police terror took place. This in and of itself is significant. What makes it even more significant is that these demonstrations took place for weeks in the heart of downtown, in front of the banks and corporations that fortify the inherent relationship between white supremacy and finance capital. Demonstrators took to fighting the police directly, despite the cops’ expensive military-grade equipment, and destroyed bourgeois private property of the banks and hotels. It became clear — when the National Guard was called into North Carolina and directed to protect buildings by beating protesters and even killing another Black man, Justin Carr — just how effective a tool white supremacy is for capitalist interests.One year later in 2017, following the election of the racist, misogynist, fascist pig Trump, hundreds of neo-Nazis and white supremacists descended on Charlottesville, Va., in an alleged effort to defend the statue of Robert E. Lee, the commander of the Confederate States Army during the Civil War; a war not about states’ rights — as often told in bourgeois history — but a war of Southern Confederate states to defend their right to own slaves. Even deeper than that, it was a war between the competing interests of the slave-owning ruling class and the increasingly finance-backed and -industrialized ruling class. Students from the university as well as organizers and activists from across the region showed up in Charlottesville to confront these racists. As some may know, the daylong clashes between anti-racist demonstrators and Klan members left one woman, Heather Heyer, dead from a car that ran into the crowd, along with many, many others who were brutally injured and hurt by Klan members and cops alike.Two days later in Durham, N.C., in solidarity with Charlottesville, our comrades organized a demonstration in front of a Confederate monument which stood in front of the old courthouse. The monument was erected in 1924 — a period in which the Black community of Durham, much like in other cities across the country, such as Kansas City, had made significant economic and cultural advances. The Confederate monument stood in front of the building that many Black people have to walk by each day. It stood as a message that they were not welcome there and that despite their successes in that town, white supremacy was still law and only white people would be allowed to benefit from capitalism.In a tremendous show of people power, that Confederate monument was literally toppled in 2017 as hundreds chanted, “You can’t stop the revolution!”The days and weeks that followed the monument toppling saw statues being torn down, removed, defaced and vandalized across the South — from Baltimore to New Orleans.In response to this revolutionary wave across the region, the KKK openly called for a demonstration in Durham, N.C. Their numbers were small compared to the thousands of oppressed people who came out into the streets to confront them, while they were sheltered by the local police in the courthouse building.We knew that this struggle was never just about statues: It was about using white supremacy as a tool for bourgeois-class rule. It was never about cheap pieces of metal or copper, it was about underscoring that there is a class which benefits from the exploitation, degradation and murder of another class. And to be clear, the class that benefits is very much the class founded by white, slave-owning men. The class that is exploited is very much made up of nationally oppressed workers.We should consider the concentration camps at the U.S.-Mexico “border” a monument to white supremacy. We should consider the same of the prisons, of dilapidated public housing, of deadly manufacturing companies, of underfunded schools, of outdated and unkept public infrastructure from roads to the water pipes in Flint, Mich., for example. There Black communities are going on five years without clean drinking water. These are precisely the conditions needed to ensure that oppressed people do not rise up.Those of us with alleged participation in the toppling of the monument in Durham waged a staunch campaign asserting that “fighting white supremacy is not a crime,” as we faced felony charges for this necessary action. We organized a People’s Tribunal Against White Supremacy where community members were able to testify about the real crimes taking place; attacks on workers, attacks on Black people, attacks on migrants, attacks on affordable housing, attacks on public education, and more.So much of white supremacy is codified into the law. In this particular case, there was yet another preemption law that had been passed in 2015 preventing local government from removing Confederate monuments. It had to be approved by the state general assembly.But just because something is law, clearly, as we know, doesn’t make it real. If anything, it reiterates to us whom the law is made for. Ultimately all the felony charges were dropped, but only because we organized a mass movement that was able to stand up and fight and draw on the decades and centuries of anti-racist organizing in the South against racism and white supremacy. If you break the so-called law, you must have the political cover and solidarity of a mass movement.There are many challenges, of course, in building this kind of mass movement in the U.S. where more and more labor is atomized. And workers are largely alienated from each other as the result of the capitalist development of technology and an emerging “gig economy.” This muddies the role and responsibility of multinational corporations that are not seen as employers, but as simply service providers — like Uber or Lyft, for example.There is not a coherent worker identity. Some of this incoherence is a result of a weak, mainstream, bureaucratic labor movement that continues to fall behind on updating its understanding of the working class and the need to integrate key struggles for national and social liberation. Some of this is a result of the deepening capitalist crisis which is quite literally killing people — whether the killers be politicians, police, landlords or bosses.Building international solidarityIt would be naïve of us to believe that Trump’s administration alone has unleashed a new kind of white supremacy or has introduced this latest stage of capitalist decay. It is important to note, however, that he has encouraged a new level of uncensored white-supremacist violence that can only and will only benefit the capitalist ruling class, which is capable of creating its own laws and rules to serve its interests. Trump’s blatantly white-supremacist remarks about im/migrants and Muslims and his blatant misogyny make him a convenient figurehead for the capitalists, who bank on violence against workers and oppressed people for their profit.Any critique or analysis of Donald Trump as simply stupid or dumb is useless for building a revolutionary movement to resist him. It makes our task more difficult and is rather ahistorical. He is precisely the kind of president who the global conditions of finance capital have produced at this point in time. He is pushing fascist policies and practices, and in the U.S. we are still playing catchup to understand what this means. In large part, his fascist actions are taking root because we still have work to do to strengthen the revolutionary left pole embedded among the masses.There is a lot more that could be said here but I’ll start wrapping up by asking: How might we resist capitalist and white-supremacist rule and laws? How might we wage a struggle that rejects white-supremacist capitalism ideologically and also in action?We must continue to push revolutionary class consciousness that resisting white supremacy, fascism and capitalism are not crimes. And that democracy under capitalism is not democracy at all: It is authoritarianism. We must work to expose the role that this kind of authoritarianism plays in puppet governments and dictatorships in oppressed nations around the globe. It goes without saying that we see models for this across the globe, right now. Inside the U.S., communities have blockaded ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] vehicles to prevent deportations and are preparing for Trump’s revving up of the deportation machine. Outside the U.S., we see the resistance in Palestine, the Philippines, Sudan, Haiti and beyond. I believe that in the U.S. we have much to learn from our comrades in the Global South and there are some key lessons we share from the center of the empire that would be of use, too.In order for us to build effective solidarity between the North and the South, it is crucial that we move toward more shared understanding of the role of white supremacy in all of our struggles. There are oppressed nations within the false borders of the U.S. that can play an important and strategic role in resisting empire. We must recognize the centrality of the Black struggle, of the Chicano/Chicana struggle, of the Indigenous struggle for sovereignty. Oppressed people within the borders of the empire are also fighting for self-determination, and we must uplift the idea that this self-determination cannot come at the cost of self-determination for oppressed people and nations outside the U.S.I know that comrades in the U.S. are ready, and very much need, to centralize and internalize the mandates from our comrades in the Global South. One way to do this is to build more unity in the fight against racism — one of capital’s strongest and well-proven tools for advancing the interests of empire.We cannot leave the task of building international solidarity, of connecting the struggles from inside the imperial core to those resisting imperial violence in the Global South and around the world, to the liberals, to the social democrats, and, in the U.S., to the Democratic party, which is just as much, if not more, of a warmongering party as the Republicans.It goes without saying that the global capitalist crisis is indeed very local. The manifestations of contradictions among the ruling class and ruling parties themselves can be found in every struggle taking place around the world. Our duty as revolutionaries, especially those of us who are inside the belly of the beast, is to take advantage of the disintegration among the ruling class and leverage that in solidarity with the struggles of oppressed people elsewhere. As a revolutionary in the U.S., I must reiterate that I see my first and foremost priority as the defeat of the very empire through which my organizing still enjoys relative privileges — at least for the foreseeable future. But as we know, everything changes, and our best bet is to be prepared, build mass and international solidarity and connect the struggles of workers and oppressed people everywhere against the common enemy, the primary contradiction and the biggest threat to all of humanity: U.S. imperialism.  Yesterday we toppled statues, tomorrow we topple ICE, the Pentagon and the U.S. war machine, the prisons and the concentration camps of the poor around the world. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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first_img Cambodian journalist gets 20 months in jail for livestream March 14, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Free tomorrow, but exposed to threat from suspended sentence CambodiaAsia – Pacific News Photo : TANG CHHIN SOTHY / AFP Radio journalist Mam Sonando will be free tomorrow morning after a Phnom Penh appeal court today quashed the 20-year jail sentence he received last October on charges of inciting an armed insurrection and usurping official functions, but gave him an eight-month jail term on a new charge of inciting illegal deforestation.The appeal court also imposed an additional suspended sentence of four years and four months in prison.As Sonando, 72, has been held since 15 July 2012, he will be released when he completes eight months in detention tomorrow. But he will continue to be exposed to the threat of possible activation of the suspended sentence until 15 November 2016.Reporters Without Borders and the Cambodian Centre for Independent Media are pleased that Sonando will finally be released but they deplore the lack of legal credibility with which the judicial authorities have acted.“We share his family’s relief but we are a not satisfied with the judicial process,” the two organizations said. “Once again, Cambodia is proving the tribunals do not apply Justice but obey orders, and the release is the outcome of joint efforts of Cambodian and international supporters.” “From a legal point of view, the new accusation is not acceptable. Hence, the sentence. A sword will be hanging over his head until the period of the suspended sentence has expired.”Withdrawal of the charges on which Sonando was originally convicted – inciting an armed insurrection and usurping official functions – and their replacement by the new charge were requested by the prosecution when the appeal was heard on 6 and 7 March.One of his lawyers, Sa Sovann, told Reporters Without Borders on 7 March that the new charge was legally inadmissible because Mam Sonando had been unable to defend himself.He told Reporters Without Borders today: “There is procedural error because the judge changed the charges and I will appeal to a higher court. The defence has the right to a fair trial and this new charge has nothing to do with the reasons for today’s proceedings.”Ou Virak, the head of the Cambodian Centre for Human rights, told Reporters Without Borders he thought the outcome was a “good compromise.” But, he added, “much remains to be done before the law is respected in Cambodia.”Speaking to the media outside the court, Dinn Phannara, Sonando’s wife, said she was pleased with the outcome. “I am happy,” she said.Cambodia is ranked 143th of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Read Reporters Without Borders’ previous press releases on the Sonando case:Cambodian journalist’s immediate exoneration and release demanded, 8 March 2013Independent radio station owner will be 91 when released, 1 October 2012 News News Follow the news on Cambodia Receive email alerts December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en center_img to go further CambodiaAsia – Pacific February 24, 2021 Find out more Interview with Pa Ngoun Teang, head of the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM).See video bellow : “Cambodia : what is the state of freedom of information ?” RSF decries Cambodian plan for Chinese-style “Great Firewall” Google experiments drop Australian media from search results January 21, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

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