BBVA suffers fall in profits

first_imgWednesday 27 October 2010 8:14 pm BANCO Bilbao Vizcaya Agentaria (BBVA), Spain’s second-biggest bank, reported a 17.4 per cent drop in third quarter net profit yesterday as provisions for bad loans weighed on results.It said net profits in the three months to 30 September hit €1.14bn (£996m) compared to €1.38bn at the same time last year.During the first nine months of the year BBVA posted a net profit of €3.67bn, a 12.2-per cent fall on the previous earnings for the period a year earlier. BBVA’s president Angel Cano Fernandez admitted there were “uncertainties” to overcome in terms of the stability of the economic recovery but insisted BBVA’S business model would enable it to survive in the current environment.The bank set aside provisions for potential loans going bad during the third quarter of €233m, although this was less than the €260m it set aside in the previous quarter.Bad loans as a proportion of total lending continued to fall slightly to 4.1 per cent in the third quarter from 4.2 per cent in the previous quarter and 4.3 per cent during the first three months of the year. The bank’s profit from Spain and Portugal fell to €501m in the quarter from €586m 12 months ago. BBVA shares fell 4.2 per cent to €9.39. Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL KCS-content center_img whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailUndoSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesUndoMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldUndomoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmUndo whatsapp More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org BBVA suffers fall in profits last_img read more

CRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz) Q12008 Interim Report

first_imgCRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2008 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about CRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CRDB Bank Plc (CRDB.tz)  2008 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileCRDB Bank Plc is a wholly-owned private commercial bank in Tanzania offering a comprehensive range of retail, commercial, corporate, treasury, premier and wholesale microfinance services. The company has an extensive infrastructure of branches, ATMs and deposit and mobile terminals and uses a vast network of Fahari Huduma agents which are microfinance agents. The retail division offers financial solutions which range from current and fixed deposit accounts to home purchase and construction loans, refinancing and cash back services. The corporate division provides financial service across the board; including documentary collection, letters of credit, guarantees, structured trade finance, treasury services and foreign exchange risk management. Established in 1996, CRDP Bank Plc has three subsidiary companies; CRB Bank Plc Burundi, CRDB Microfinance and CRDB Insurance Brokers.CRDB Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Stock market crash: This is why I’m buying UK shares in my ISA to make a million

first_img See all posts by Royston Wild 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. Image source: Getty Images Royston Wild | Saturday, 29th August, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE 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. 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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. I can understand why many investors remain reluctant to buy UK shares after the recent stock market crash.The coronavirus crisis is far from over. In fact infection rates are rising rapidly again, leading to fresh lockdowns in many countries and travel restrictions being reimposed. The World Health Organisation has even said that Covid-19 could take two years to beat. It’s quite possible that UK share prices could remain depressed for some time. Even another stock market crash can’t be ruled out.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…While I understand investor fears, they’re not discouraging me from investing. I continue to believe that buying UK shares will make me a lot of money. And I have the weight of history to back me up. The huge number of Britons who made a million or more by investing in something like a Stocks and Shares ISA during the 2010s is perfect evidence of this. A great many of these people bought UK shares during the depths of the 2008–09 banking crisis and watched them rebound in value as the global economy recovered, corporate profits bounced back, and confidence came flooding back into financial markets.Learning from past stock market crashesSure, there are plenty of challenges facing the global economy in the short-to-medium term. Aside from Covid-19, UK share investors also have to consider the impact of escalating trade wars, Brexit, rising civil unrest in the US, and massive political uncertainty in Washington.But remember that investors faced a daunting mix of macroeconomic and geopolitical problems following the 2008–09 stock market crash, too. The banking system appeared on the verge of collapse; Europe faced a sovereign debt crisis that threatened to tear down the eurozone; and hopes of strong economic growth were choked off in the West by massive austerity programmes. Yet those who were brave enough to invest in UK shares just over a decade ago made a fortune in the subsequent years as stock markets surged.Buying UK shares to make a millionStock market crashes are shocking and uncomfortable events. But if you’ve built a balanced and diversified portfolio of quality UK shares you can be confident that the value of your investments will come roaring back. Studies show that long-term investors tend to make an average annual return of between 8% and 10%. The key is to remain patient and not be tempted to panic sell when everyone else is losing their heads.In fact, if you want to make truly gigantic shareholder returns you should swim against the tide and buy UK shares in the wake of market crashes. I’ve bought UK shares in 2020 in the hope of following their route to big riches. And I think you should too. With the help of The Motley Fool’s epic library of exclusive reports you can significantly boost your chances of making a million with UK shares, too. So do some research and get investing today.last_img read more

Devin Toner – Leinster and Ireland

first_imgGordon D’ArcyNathan Hines LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Devin Toner using his height advantageThe Leinster lock showed he has a head for heights during Ireland’s Autumn Tests. It was a glum day on the Emerald Isle when it was confirmed that Paul O’Connell would miss all of the autumn Tests. The loss of Ireland’s talisman exposed a vulnerability in the squad, and where a year ago the O’Connell/Donncha O’Callaghan second-row partnership had undone the South African lineout, last month was a different story as the world champions defied the odds to win at the new home of Irish rugby. To rub salt in Ireland’s wounds, questions started to be asked about leadership within the squad and where it would come from once the likes of O’Connell and Brian O’Driscoll retired.Enter Devin Toner, who stepped into the No 5 shirt to win his first cap in the 20-10 victory over Samoa last month. The 6ft 10in Dubliner started his rugby life as a ten-year-old at North Kildare rugby club in Kilcock, where he and his older brother, Daragh, were taken by their dad. A Castleknock College student, he also played Gaelic football, but his school coach Mick Quinn had persuaded him to dedicate his time to the oval-ball game by the time he was 16. In fact, it was the former Ireland international who made the youngster realise that a career in rugby could lie ahead.Toner’s size and athleticism was obvious in his appearances for Ireland Schools and his performances made big news around Dublin, so the Leinster Academy wasted no time in snapping him up in the hope that he would follow in the footsteps of Malcolm O’Kelly and Leo Cullen, who he grew up hero-worshipping. Toner isn’t one to get carried away, however, and his work ethic ensured he picked the brains of his team-mates. “I grew up watching Malcolm O’Kelly play,” he says. “I’ve learnt a lot off Mal and Leo Cullen. The two of them have a wealth of experience, so I’ve just tried to learn as much as I can.”Toner’s learning curve became slightly steeper last season as Cullen was dogged by injury, pushing the youngster into the spotlight. Coach Michael Cheika gave Toner a number of first-team opportunities alongside O’Kelly and Nathan Hines, the young giant featuring in six Heineken Cup games and helping Leinster to reach the semi-finals. He has been a regular on Leinster’s team sheet this term now that O’Kelly has hung up his boots, featuring in both of October’s Heineken Cup games.And that experience has helped him make the step up to Test rugby. The Heineken Cup brings a fever similar to that of international rugby for both fans and players alike in Ireland, so playing in such high-pressure games has been the perfect introduction to life on the international scene for Toner – and so far he has taken the transition in his stride. Nevertheless, a first cap is bound to test the steeliest of nerves, and even the easy-going Toner wasn’t immune to pre-match jitters.“If you asked people about me they’d say I’m a laid-back kind of guy,” he says. “But I was pretty nervous going into that first game, and even on the bench in the next one (against New Zealand). Once the game starts you’re thrown into it, though, and I’d like to think I handled the pressure pretty well.”With four second-rows in Ireland’s November squad (O’Callaghan, Mick O’Driscoll and Donnacha Ryan the other three), Toner had targeted the second game against Samoa as the time to make his entrance on the international stage, but coach Declan Kidney kept him guessing about his selection for most of the week. “Declan didn’t tell me he was picking me for the Samoa game, he just read out the team,” says Toner. “I was surprised to hear my name, it was brilliant! He wanted me to enjoy it and to give me a surprise because it was my first cap, but usually he chats to everyone individually.” TAGS: Leinster As if a first Test wasn’t enough to take in, Toner took it upon himself to call the lineouts, sending a strong message about his confidence and leadership skills. And Kidney must have been impressed as he named him on the bench for the games against the All Blacks and Argentina.Toner is now back at Leinster this month, but there’s no let-up as the focus returns to the Heineken Cup and the province’s next opponents, Clermont Auvergne. Despite finding himself rubbing shoulders with the cream of Ireland’s crop, Toner is all too aware that at the top level you’re always working to keep your place, so he wants to help Leinster win back their European crown to enhance his Test prospects. “I’d like to start most of the games for Leinster and do well there, but when it comes to the Six Nations, if I’m involved in the squad then great but Paulie will probably be back, and Leo will be in the fold as well so I’ll have to see how things go,” he says.O’Connell may leave big boots to fill but one thing’s for sure – there’s a big man who’s ready and waiting to step into them.Learn more about Devin’s teammates at Leinster…Brian O’Driscolllast_img read more

Fazenda Primavera House / Mutabile Arquitetura

first_img Projects Photographs:  Clayton Silva Caldeira Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927063/fazenda-primavera-house-mutabile-arquitetura Clipboard Manufacturers: Altivo Cerâmica, Cimcal, Lampadario divinópolis Fazenda Primavera House / Mutabile ArquiteturaSave this projectSaveFazenda Primavera House / Mutabile ArquiteturaSave this picture!© Clayton Silva Caldeira+ 35Curated by Matheus Pereira Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927063/fazenda-primavera-house-mutabile-arquitetura Clipboard Area:  630 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Brazil Gabriel Souza, Isabel Brant Architects: Mutabile Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeMutabile ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductsWoodBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBrazilPublished on October 25, 2019Cite: “Fazenda Primavera House / Mutabile Arquitetura” [Residência Fazenda Primavera / Mutabile Arquitetura] 25 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamcenter_img CopyHouses•São Gonçalo do Pará, Brazil ArchDaily Lead Architect: “COPY” Authors:Gabriel Souza, Isabel BrantDesign Team:Diego Ozanam, Fernanda Cardoso, Júlia TemponiWork:Petros EngenhariaCity:São Gonçalo do ParáCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Clayton Silva CaldeiraRecommended ProductsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82WoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesText description provided by the architects. The Primavera Farm project is an intervention in a pre-existing property, which had undergone successive extensions without planning or supervision of architectural professionals. Thus, its architecture lacked cohesion, organization, and aesthetic unity. The building had transitional spaces in privileged spots, while social spaces were relegated to the background. The project aimed to connect these spaces, taking advantage of the surrounding view and improving the quality of its architecture. The renovation also needed to take advantage of the original structure as much as possible, lowering costs and unnecessary interventions. Save this picture!© Clayton Silva CaldeiraBefore the renovation, the house was separated into two blocks. The first block, at a higher level, was used as a garage and has a guest room at its end. The second block housed a living room, kitchen, home, and three-bedroom suites. There was also an indoor games room and a large deck with a pool. At the center, a garage separated the bedroom from leisure areas. This was the most outstanding point of the building, with the best view. It was definitely not in its best use. The wings (suites, garage, leisure, and deck) were built in a different period and differed from each other in volume, height, the rhythm of openings and roof solutions. Save this picture!© Clayton Silva CaldeiraThe renovation project was designed from an axis, a straight transversal line that crosses the building and connected the two independent buildings. In the first block, the dormitory was entirely refurbished and converted into a space with its own living/dining room and two suites. Four parking spaces were maintained at the opposite end. The center is traversed by a yellow staircase, which leads to the main access. A garden assists in the visual indication of the entrance. Save this picture!© Clayton Silva CaldeiraThe staircase takes us to the second block, a large double-height living room that opens into the natural landscape. This former garage is now the central and most privileged space in the property. Its silhouette, defined by a gable roof and elegant wooden portico, is the element that visually and spatially articulates the whole. The former living room was then transformed into two additional suites. To the left and right of the central living area, brick masonry walls were built in front of the preexisting facades, giving it unity. Save this picture!© Clayton Silva CaldeiraSave this picture!InterventionsSave this picture!© Clayton Silva CaldeiraThe entire facade has been fitted with pivoting green shutter doors that allow full appreciation of the view but also protect the property from the sun. The result preserves much of the original construction and a desirable country atmosphere, but the farm has gained comfort and architectural refinement. The deck and pool have been renovated and now more consistent with the rest of the project. At the back, a new building was added, a light structure for the games room, sauna and changing rooms.Save this picture!© Clayton Silva CaldeiraProject gallerySee allShow lessLan Handling Technologies Office Building / CepezedSelected ProjectsCC Studio / Metro Arquitetos AssociadosSelected Projects Share 2019 Fazenda Primavera House / Mutabile Arquitetura Photographs “COPY” Year: last_img read more

Boston school bus union members ‘in very high spirits’ post-victory

first_imgJan. 24 — It has now been more than a month since Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers’ union, won a major victory against the transnational monster Transdev/Veolia and the austerity-minded city administration that employs them. This company, which illegally fired four key union leaders in 2013 and was taking a hard line in contract negotiations, was forced by the militant rank and file to rehire President Andre Francois, Vice President Steve Kirschbaum, Financial Secretary Steve Gillis and Grievance Chair Garry Murchison. Local 8751 also won a great contract for the members.“Our members are in very high spirits and in a fighting mood,” said Gillis. “Good thing, because Transdev/Veolia’s management are in the throes of a major corporate temper tantrum, refusing to pay some of our leaders, withholding millions of dollars in retroactive pay and benefits, bringing down the unjust discipline hammer on our good people, etc.”Indications are, however, that the fighting spirit that brought the four leaders back to work will prevail and that the workers will see the retro pay in their checks before the end of January. They have already won other victories, such as the reinstatement of an unjustly fired union veteran in the first arbitration struggle since the four’s return.Some of Local 8751’s Team Solidarity attended MLK Day actions in Boston. From left, Claude St. Germain, Stevan Kirschbaum, Fred Floreal.Photo: Team SolidarityLiving the dreamThe victory has not given the union a moment’s rest. According to Gillis, “Getting back to work has been an equally difficult job as winning our jobs back! We got back into the swing of things with a major yard rally, complete with picket signs, bullhorns and special guest speakers organizing for the Martin Luther King day march.” The January 18 march, organized by Massachusetts Action Against Police Brutality, combined community demands of “Jail killer cops” and “No to Islamophobia” with issues of young workers from the Service Employees union who marched into a KFC restaurant and a Burger King parking lot to demand “$15 and a Union” and the rehiring of fired co-workers.Labor and community voices were heard loud and clear from the back of Local 8751’s sound truck. The union also sent a delegation and the sound system to the Boston Black Lives Matter march the same day. The local also carried colorful placards with slogans such as “Dr. King’s dream: end poverty, raise wages.”Living Dr. King’s dream is Local 8751’s legacy, from its founding during the violent racist campaign aimed at stopping school desegregation in 1974 to its solidarity action on MLK Day in 2012, which helped stop the closing of the Grove Hall post office that provides critical service to the Black community. Now bus drivers are getting ready to jump into the fight against $50 million in austerity cuts proposed by Boston Public Schools and the expansion of charter schools.Fruitful lessons“It is certainly our desire to publicize our victory in the hope that it can provide some morale to our class,” said Gillis. “We offer fruitful lessons from the multinational unity, solidarity and militant actions we built over a sustained period, inside a relatively small local of mostly immigrant workers. Rank-and-file leadership with class-conscious training, in alliance with the communities we serve and the broader political movement, can turn back even the most well-planned and strategically targeted assault of the ruling class.”The four have taken the victory’s narrative to the airwaves, including an hour-long radio show in Wisconsin — at the invitation of those on the front lines fighting Gov. Scott Walker and the Koch brothers’ brand of union busting and austerity — and the Labor Forum radio show in Atlanta. “[Veolia/Transdev] came with the promise to bust our union, and they gave the city that promise,” Francois shared. “To do that they had to try to get rid of us. I am glad that we finally won.”In the coming months the four union leaderes will share their story at the Southern Workers’ Assembly School in North Carolina March 4-6, the Appalachian Workers’ Alliance conference in West Virginia, the Labor Notes conference in Chicago April 1-3 and other gatherings around the country. The victory was written up in Avante, the organ of the Portuguese Communist Party.“The rich lessons of this historic struggle,” union Vice President Steve Kirschbaum explained, “are the collective property of the international working class.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

What the statistics reveal about Trump, China and the virus

first_imgMay 4 — The Trump administration is trying to deflect anger at its dangerously neglectful attitude toward the COVID-19 pandemic by blaming China. No surprise there.Hikers observing COVID-19 social distancing and masking precautions on the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall on May Day, the beginning of a five-day workers’ holiday in China.It has been known from the beginning that the virus most likely came from a live animal market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where it jumped the species barrier.But Trump, counting on the impact of decades of anti-communist propaganda generated by both capitalist parties in the U.S., has stated that the virus originated in an unidentified “weapons lab” in Wuhan — a story first concocted by right-wing radio’s Rush Limbaugh back in February. Trump is even talking about suing the Chinese government for damages.This president is certainly not known for either honesty or accuracy, but his political base doesn’t care. Racism and xenophobia are his “trump” cards. And he needs to blame someone for what has become the biggest U.S. medical disaster in decades.Why blame China? Among other reasons, China’s success in containing the virus puts the U.S. authorities to shame. And Trump can’t have that.The latest figures on the spread of COVID-19 show that as of May 4, the U.S. has by far the largest number of reported cases in the world: 1,177,918. By contrast, China has 82,877 reported cases. Yet China’s population is almost four times that of the U.S.!What this boils down to is that a person living in the U.S. has been almost 57 times more likely to get the virus than a person living in China — even though China was the first country to have to figure out how to deal with this new threat.In the U.S., there is another big factor affecting the rising toll taken by the virus: racism. African-American and Latinx people are dying from the virus at a higher rate than white people. This reflects the kinds of jobs that people of color are forced to take, as well as inferior medical coverage and dire health conditions caused by poverty.The number of U.S. cases reported is undoubtedly an undercount, especially in oppressed communities. It is also becoming clear that many people can be carrying the virus without severe symptoms. Additionally, there is no apparatus set up in the U.S. on a national level to test everyone in order to confirm and curb the spread of the disease.The truth about China and COVID-19A more accurate picture of the differences between the U.S. and China can be seen by comparing fatalities from the disease in both countries.China has had just three coronavirus deaths per million people. The U.S. has had 206 deaths per million. (worldometers.info/coronavirus/#news)And the pandemic toll will get even worse in this country because there are 17,144 new reported cases in the U.S. right now, and only two new cases in China.When COVID-19 first broke out in Wuhan, the Chinese government was able to move quickly and shut down the area. Those in the epicenter were ordered to stay at home while necessities like food were brought to them. Emergency hospitals to care for and isolate the sick were built within days.China critics in the U.S. called these measures “draconian” in stereotypical anti-communist language.Instead, Chinese strategies against the pandemic saved countless lives. This was made possible by the collective character of China’s socialist system — and the confidence of the population in the decisions made by their leaders.With a centralized leadership in control of the economy, instead of a hodgepodge of private owners competing for profits, decisive and timely action was possible. In addition, because of government policies, those living in the affected area didn’t have to worry about losing their jobs or being unable to pay rent during the quarantine, even if it lasted for months. By the weekend of May 2-3, China had begun opening up its economy again, very cautiously.Trump and the right-wing are guilty of many crimes. China bashing is one way they hope to divert attention as economic conditions continue to deteriorate in the U.S. More than ever, people’s lives depend on knowing the truth.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

City of South Bend opens Century Center as warming site

first_imgIndianaLocalNewsWeather Twitter Photo supplied/Century Center) The City of South Bend has opened the Century Center to serve as a warming site for residents who are without power and heat.Residents can take shelter at the Century Center, 20 Doctor MLK Jr. Blvd, South Bend, beginning at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 2, and continuing until the need subsides.Because of the continuing threat of COVID-19, residents at the warming site will be required to wear a face covering  and observe social distancing to mitigate the spread of the virus.The warming site will make available electrical outlets for residents who have medical or other needs. Pets cannot be brought into the Century Center.Residents who need immediate medical attention or are experiencing an emergency should call 911. Facebook Facebook Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – January 2, 2021 0 207 Pinterest Previous articleMore snow forecast for late Saturday night into early Sunday morningNext articleBraun among group of GOP Senators not accepting Presidential election results Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Google+ Google+ WhatsApp City of South Bend opens Century Center as warming sitelast_img read more

Lincolnshire baker goes green

first_imgPocklington’s Bakery, a Lincolnshire-based craft bakery, has invested in a 150KW solar panel to generate power.According to the bakery, 90% of its daytime electricity is now powered by the solar panels.It believes it is the first bakery in the UK to make such a heavy investment in the alternative electricity source.The bakery runs three shifts over 24 hours, employing more than 60 local staff and producing a range of products for its 300 wholesale customers.Chris Pocklington, manager, said “I have been told we are the first bakery to install solar panels in such a large way in this country. That surprises me as the process was so easy.“The planning went smoothly for us, which was great and the installation took less than two weeks from start to finish.“As our business expands, the solar panels are part of an exciting future. Now all we want is some decent winter sun to help start paying back the considerable investment.”He said he expected the payback on the investment to be around eight years.last_img read more

Learning to listen

first_imgEkene Agu ’13 got a bit of a shock during her freshman year at Harvard College.Agu, who grew up both in Nigeria and in the United States, was startled to read an article in the Harvard Salient — an undergraduate publication with a conservative take on politics and student life — that argued against undergraduate concentrations in women’s and ethnic studies. She says that the author’s opposition was less disturbing than his reasoning.“He didn’t believe that women or people of color had contributed enough to the societies of the world to warrant the formation of departments devoted to their study,” says Agu. “I was even more surprised at his boldness. Harvard is notorious for being a liberal hotbed, and though I expected a diversity of ideologies, I definitely was not prepared for such incendiary remarks. It made me realize the immense degree to which some people on campus see things a lot differently than I do.”In an age of blogs, RSS feeds, and TV news channels devoted to partisan politics, it would have been easy for Agu to recoil from the Salient article and immerse herself in information that reinforced her own perspective. Instead, the Eliot House sophomore embraced difference. She joined Sustained Dialogue (SD), a program that assembles undergraduates from diverse backgrounds and experiences to discuss often-divisive topics such as race, class, gender, and sexuality.“These conversations are vital,” says Loc Truong, assistant director of the Harvard Foundation, an organization that works to improve relations among racial and ethnic groups within the University. “They bring students together who otherwise would not have a chance to meet one another. It’s an opportunity to learn about yourself and your peers. SD is creating tolerance, understanding, and, hopefully, acceptance.”About 60 undergraduates from a wide range of ethnic, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds take part in SD at Harvard. During the academic term, they meet each week in six different groups — four in the Houses, two in Harvard Yard. Discussions last about an hour. The group moderator — a student trained by SD national staff — suggests a theme at the beginning of the term, but then lets the conversation grow naturally from there, stepping in only to keep members on the topic of the week.Chris Frugé ’13, a moderator last fall, says that he got involved with SD because of the program’s personal approach to the discussion of social issues.“In Sustained Dialogue, we discuss the issues not in terms of any ideological framework,” he says, “but instead from the perspective of our own life experiences. It’s not Republican versus Democrat. It’s people coming together by finding similarities in their personal experience.”Frugé acknowledges that the issues SD explores are charged, and that discussions can be intense. He says that some basic ground rules help keep tempers in check.“It’s OK to share stories, but not the names of anyone outside of the group,” he says. “You can speak your mind and express your opinion—we don’t want people to be ‘politically correct’ — but you can’t be intentionally derogatory. We create an atmosphere that’s not judgmental. We try to respond sympathetically to people’s experience, even if we don’t agree.”SD was developed by Harold Saunders, deputy assistant secretary of state during the Nixon administration. Susan Marine, assistant dean of Harvard College for student life and director of the Women’s Center, says that Saunders created SD out of his work mediating conflicts between warring factions.“He saw this model make a tremendous difference in war-ravaged regions,” says Marine. “He thought, ‘If I can get people who refuse to acknowledge each other’s humanity to sit down and talk to each other, then surely I can get college students to engage with one another.’”In 1999, Saunders brought SD to the campus of Princeton University. Today, the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN) extends to 14 colleges and universities across the United States. Harvard became part of SDCN in 2010. According to Marine, the power of the program lies in the consistency and depth of the conversations. Because students meet each week of the semester, they are able to explore issues in a way that’s not possible in a one-hour workshop, or even a semester-long course.“SD is the same students week after week,” she says. “People come to understand difference gradually and use that information in a meaningful way. You can’t be an effective social change agent until you’ve had time to listen and understand other people’s experiences. Personal involvement requires personal investment.”Dean of the College Evelynn M. Hammonds, Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, says that SD helps participants become not only more conscious members of the Harvard community, but also more effective leaders throughout their lives.“Listening — particularly to those who are different than you — is a critical skill,” she says, “especially when you consider that many Harvard College students will take up leadership roles throughout their lives. These conversations provide students with the opportunity to view the world through a different lens. They will also be able to use the communication skills they learn here at Harvard and in the world after they graduate.”Harvard’s SD groups will continue their conversations this spring. Marine says that the ultimate goal of the program is not only to deepen students’ understanding of each other and of the issues, but also to focus on some aspect of student life that could benefit from change and to engage in a social action project.“Our big goal is for this to transform society,” she says. “If you’re going anywhere to lead or work, there will be all kinds of conflicts. The skills you learn through SD — building consensus, being respectful, and valuing difference — are all keys to strong organizations and a strong society. The more people participate in this program, the better our world will be.”last_img read more