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Berger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng) Q32015 Interim Report

first_imgBerger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Berger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Berger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Berger Paints Plc (BERGER.ng)  2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileBerger Paints Plc is a manufacturing company in Nigeria producing paint, surface coating and allied products for the residential, commercial, marine and industrial sectors. The company has an extensive product range which is divided into decorative/architectural finishes, industrial coatings, marine and protection coatings, automotive/vehicle finishes, and wood finishes and preservers. Berger Paints has a manufacturing plant and distribution centre in Lagos and over 25 distribution points in the major towns and cities in Nigeria. Berger Paints Colourworld is a retail outlet which offers a wide range of products and offers support with expertise and colour development software. Colourworld also offers an advanced automotive tinting system and colour software and carries a supply of paint tools and applications. In 2012, Berger Paints Nigeria Plc partnered with KCC Corporation, the largest heavy duty coating manufacturing company in South Korea. The partnership facilitates the supply quality, durable coatings for the marine and protective sectors. The company was established in 1959 by Lewis Berger, a German colour chemist who founded the Berger Paints’ dynasty in London in the late 1970s. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Berger Paints Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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COVID-19 won’t derail diocesan conventions, but online gatherings pose new…

first_img Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Martinsville, VA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York General Convention 2021 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group COVID-19, Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Curate Diocese of Nebraska Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Events Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit an Event Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Press Release Service TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Smithfield, NC Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit a Job Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Tags Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA center_img Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Tampa, FL Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Lexington Bishop Mark Van Koevering addresses a special convention of the diocese, held at the Judy Drive-In near Mount Sterling, Kentucky, on Aug. 29. Photo courtesy of Elise Johnstone[Episcopal News Service] How do dioceses hold their annual conventions in this time of pandemic? The short answer: without convening in person.The Diocese of Lexington made one exception that proves the new rules. It held a special convention on Aug. 29 in person but outdoors, at a drive-in movie theater. Bishop Mark Van Koevering presided for 10 minutes, speaking atop the bed of a pickup truck to about 100 Episcopalians sitting in their cars. They had just one purpose, to change diocesan canons so they specifically allow a virtual Diocesan Convention on Oct. 24.Online gatherings are the new norm, as the sweeping, unchecked spread of COVID-19 has disrupted all aspects of church life this year. Episcopal congregations have largely shifted to hosting worship services on Facebook, YouTube, Zoom and other online platforms since March, and the trend now is extending to dioceses, most of which are planning virtual conventions for the foreseeable future, including into 2021.In October and November, those dioceses will include Los Angeles, Louisiana, Maine, Milwaukee, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Chicago will hold its Diocesan Convention online on Nov. 21, followed by an online electing convention on Dec. 12 to pick retiring Bishop Jeffrey Lee’s successor. The Diocese of Oregon just wrapped up its own electing convention, meeting online Aug. 29 to select the Rev. Diana Akiyama as its new bishop. On Sept. 12, the Diocese of Maryland livestreamed its Diocesan Convention, which it had postponed from May. And Southern Virginia leaders decided last week they will move the diocese’s February 2021 Annual Council online rather than meet in person at Colonial Williamsburg as originally planned.“If you had asked me if this was possible, I would have said no,” said Bishop Sean Rowe, who oversees two dioceses now preparing for online conventions: Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania. “The intention is that conventions meet annually and they meet in person, and this year we can’t.”Similar constraints apply to The Episcopal Church’s General Convention, the triennial churchwide gathering that is scheduled to be held next year in Baltimore, Maryland. Church leaders are considering potential changes to avoid the risk of rapid COVID-19 transmission at a large indoor gathering. No decisions have yet been announced, but when Executive Council meets next month, it is expected to discuss options ranging from a virtual General Convention in 2021 to postponement of the in-person gathering until 2022.Diocesan officials involved in planning their annual conventions summarized for Episcopal News Service some of the unexpected, but not insurmountable, logistical challenges they have faced, such as certifying delegates to participate and recording clergy and lay votes separately. They also suggested there are some advantages to meeting online, especially lowering geographic barriers to participation.Even so, they hope this year of disruption will be followed by a healthy return to in-person conventions. Nothing quite compares to seeing fellow Episcopalians face to face.“Our goal is to get back to in person, for everything,” New York Assistant Bishop Mary Glasspool told ENS. She is helping to plan the Diocese of New York’s online convention, which is scheduled for Nov. 1.Rather than schedule all of the New York convention’s business and activities on that one day, diocesan officials launched a series of weekly convention “rollout” meetings on Zoom for the two months leading up to the main gathering. For an hour each Wednesday evening, one or more diocesan committees or commissions make brief presentations and participants are invited to ask questions.Nearly 200 people attended the Sept. 9 rollout meeting, featuring presentations by the diocese’s college chaplains and deacons. Glasspool hopes for an even larger turnout in subsequent meetings, given that about 500 clergy and lay delegates typically gather each year for the Diocesan Convention.The virtual convention will look like a traditional convention in many ways. On Nov. 1, Bishop Andrew Dietsche will give his address, and the Very Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, dean of Episcopal Divinity School at Union Theological Seminary, will preach. The diocese will approve a budget, hold diocesan elections and vote on resolutions.“It’s also a time when representatives from the breadth of the diocese gather in one place … to build up the body of Christ,” said Glasspool, and an online setting isn’t as conducive to fostering personal connections between participants. “That’s where we’re all struggling. We’re all trying to figure out how to do these things, and you know, there are certain things there are no replacements for.”Many dioceses hold their conventions in the fall, so they had plenty of time to anticipate the need to move online after the pandemic hit in mid-March, forcing the suspension of most in-person worship and church activities. More recently, a group of canons to the ordinary and other diocesan officials met on Zoom to discuss their convention plans and share ideas. The meetings were held on four consecutive Tuesdays from late July into mid-August.“All of us are in at least a similar boat in trying to figure out, how do we do the work that God is calling us to do … as stewards of our dioceses within the framework of a videoconferencing platform?” the Rev. Elise Johnstone, canon to the ordinary in the Diocese of Lexington, told ENS.For one thing, attention spans tend to be shorter online, Johnstone said. Shorter sessions will help. Dioceses also won’t have the traditional option of paper ballots, so they are assessing various software options that will enable voting during the virtual meetings. And opportunities for spiritual formation will be limited by the format, but Johnstone noted that “just being able to pray together” will be worthwhile, even if it is through a computer screen, tablet or phone.When participants prayed together at Lexington’s special convention at the Judy Drive-In near Mount Sterling, Kentucky, the “amens” took the form of car honks. About 85 clergy members and lay leaders, enough to meet the canonically required minimum, listened to the program through the theater’s FM radio frequency.About 85 clergy and delegates remained in their cars to attend the Diocese of Lexington’s special convention on Aug. 29. The purpose was to approve canonical changes to allow for a virtual Diocesan Convention. Photo courtesy of Elise Johnstone“We thought, what is the safest way we can gather in person?” Johnstone told ENS. Participants ended up enjoying the option of a brief drive-in convention. “We got to pray together in a way we really haven’t been able to do in months.”The clergy members and lay delegates waved color-coded cards out their windows to vote for the canonical change that will allow a virtual Diocesan Convention. Lexington’s dilemma was one shared by other dioceses, which have taken various steps to ensure that virtual conventions don’t run afoul of diocesan constitutions and canons – this year and, potentially, in future years.“We were minorly concerned that we might be in this same boat next year,” Johnstone said.The Diocese of Maryland’s Diocesan Convention had been scheduled for May 15 and 16, but after the spring surge in coronavirus cases in the United States, diocesan leaders first postponed and then canceled plans for a large in-person convention. “We realized we really needed to be prepared with a virtual plan because of all the uncertainties,” Carrie Graves, the diocese’s communications director, told ENS.The rescheduled convention on Sept. 12 took place mostly online, with one notable exception: An in-person quorum of 20 clergy members and 20 lay delegates took their seats in person at the Cathedral of the Incarnation and the adjacent diocesan center in Baltimore to fulfill minimum in-person requirements. The diocese also had included a prompt on its registration forms asking participants to vote to suspend the rules of order to allow the rest of the convention to occur online.In the Dioceses of Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, conventions are already more complicated than most because of the two dioceses’ partnership. Rowe, the diocesan bishop of Northwestern Pennsylvania, also has served as bishop provisional of Western New York for the past two years.In a normal year, Rowe would have presided in person at two conventions held at the same time, with most programing combined but separate business sessions for each diocese. This year, Rowe will open the proceedings Nov. 7 on Zoom by asking for consent from clergy and delegates to proceed with a virtual convention.“It is impossible to meet in person, and we understand this,” Rowe said in an interview with ENS. “It’s clear that our constitution and canons limit us to meeting in person, and that we have to essentially give ourselves permission” to conduct diocesan business online.Rowe also acknowledged the compromises inherent in a virtual meeting. “We are accustomed to deliberating on matters in person,” he said. “What is lost is the relationship-building that happens over the course of time spent in the same place, and while I wouldn’t want to rule that possibility out in a digital format, we’re not practiced in that.”At the same time, meeting online brings some new opportunities. The two dioceses’ partnership emphasizes ministry experimentation, and online diocesan conventions are another example of how the coronavirus pandemic is forcing churches and church leaders to try new ways of reaching and connecting with members and the community.For Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania, meeting online also makes it easier for the dioceses to bridge geographic divides. People from across the two dioceses will be able to watch the events remotely, including a sermon by the Rev. Lester Mackenzie, chaplain to the House of Deputies, who is scheduled to preach Nov. 6 at a pre-convention Service of Reconciliation – without having to travel from his home in Southern California.Similarly, when the Diocese of Indianapolis gathers online for its Diocese Convention on Nov. 7, the keynote address will be delivered hundreds of miles away by the Rev. Stephanie Spellers, the New York-based canon to the presiding bishop for evangelism, reconciliation and stewardship of creation.Brendan O’Sullivan-Hale, Indianapolis’ canon to the ordinary for administration and evangelism, told ENS that he and other diocesan officials were still working out logistical details to enable a smooth convention on Zoom. One challenge is verifying credentials; the diocese wants everyone to be able to watch, but only clergy and delegates can participate and vote.Indianapolis also is weighing its options for recording votes. For some church governing bodies, the poll function on Zoom might be enough – The Episcopal Church’s Executive Council has used that option successfully to log the votes of its few dozen members – but diocesan conventions sometimes have hundreds of clergy and delegates voting separately. Indianapolis is considering a tool called ElectionBuddy to handle that process, and there are several other online vote management options available to dioceses.The greater challenge, however, is creating an online space for meaningful debate, particularly on sensitive issues. Indianapolis has two proposed resolutions this year related to racial justice that will be taken up on Nov. 7.“Those conversations are hard enough under normal circumstances,” O’Sullivan-Hale said. “We just need to be thoughtful how we manage the emotions of those conversations … in the online format.”Such careful planning and preparation likely will continue to be necessary throughout the current cycle of diocesan conventions, with an average of more than 200,000 new COVID-19 cases diagnosed each day worldwide and about 35,000 new cases on average in the United States, which is approaching 200,000 deaths. Vaccines, meanwhile, are in development but not expected to be deployed widely until 2021 at the soonest.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Collierville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Featured Jobs & Calls COVID-19 won’t derail diocesan conventions, but online gatherings pose new challenges By David PaulsenPosted Sep 15, 2020 Youth Minister Lorton, VA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LAlast_img read more

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Villa GK / CORE Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/893504/villa-gk-core-architects Clipboard 2018 Products used in this ProjectFiber Cements / CementsEQUITONEFiber Cement Facade Panel TectivaSave this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyText description provided by the architects. Sitting on a Hill of Algarvian coast, in a calm neighborhood would be the gifted place with a stunning view of the ocean where Villa GK has its place. Thought to provide the best profit from its most benefits of living on the coast and on the well-known Portuguese weather, Villa GK, is a ground level building that features in its core a bioclimatic analysis and a green thinking side by side with the sleek and sophisticated contemporary design.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyThis 163,02 square meters footprint building is more compact on the north side and wide open on the south side where is the living open space. This living space is thus protected by the two double rooms on the north facade, acting as a thermal barrier wisely positioned. In addition, there’s the possibility for one of these rooms become independent bringing flexibility to the solution in case of willing of different uses in the future.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiySave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyFrom the preliminary analysis, it also allowed managing with sunlight and wind to optimize passive climatization and natural lighting provided by wide windows that assign to the living room a big picture of the breath-taking landscape with the pool, the garden and the ocean sometimes blending with the skies. Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyOn the other hand, shading strategies are wisely applied not only to control the insolation but also to not compromise rooms privacy, giving, in the end, an interesting individuality to the whole building. Outside it’s possible to climb up the side stairs made of steel to reach the roof terrace and a higher perspective of the landscape.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyThe construction technique is an important feature regarding the control of energy gains and loses. The walls are made of “Tabicesa” Thermal Brick side by side with high-performance insulation (by exterior facade) and triple glass Windows. The indoor plaster is made of clay resulting in an good indoor air quality.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiySave this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyGreen energy sources were also applied in this green way of thinking architecture, where the heating and cooling are provided by a geothermal heat pump and there is a system of clean water reusing. All these dialogues between the rural living and the contemporary design providing an undeniably pleasant atmosphere to this peaceful retreat.Save this picture!© Alexander BogorodskiyProject gallerySee allShow lessFinn Lough Resort Spa / Luís Rebelo de AndradeSelected ProjectsMaitland Riverlink / CHROFI + McGregor CoxallsSelected Projects Share Save this picture!© Alexander Bogorodskiy+ 68Curated by Pedro Vada Share Architects: CORE Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Portugal ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/893504/villa-gk-core-architects Clipboard CopyHouses•Vila do Bispo, Portugal “COPY” Photographs:  Alexander Bogorodskiy Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Year:  Area:  330 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Villa GK / CORE ArchitectsSave this projectSaveVilla GK / CORE Architects Photographs Villa GK / CORE Architects Projects Houses ArchDaily Manufacturers: EQUITONE, B&B Italia, BRUMA, MARAZZI Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description CopyAbout this officeCORE ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesVila do BispoPortugalPublished on May 01, 2018Cite: “Villa GK / CORE Architects” [Villa GK / CORE Architects] 01 May 2018. 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Lessons of an early socialist experiment

first_imgThis Part 2 of the series “What Is Socialism?” consists of an abridged version of the first half of Sam Marcy’s 1992 pamphlet entitled “Soviet Socialism: Utopian or Scientific?” In it, Marcy describes an attempt by a Welsh manufacturer in the early 1800s to overcome the horrors of newly industrialized capitalism by establishing a town in the U.S. based on communist principles. He analyzes its many achievements but also what eventually overwhelmed this bold experiment. The complete pamphlet can be read at workers.org/marcy/cd/samsoc/index.htm.Not far from the Wabash River in southwest Indiana is a little town called New Harmony. Its population of about a thousand hasn’t varied much for decades. It has been seen for many years as a cultural center in a largely agricultural region.The town of New Harmony has considerable significance from a historical point of view. It was a milestone in the evolution of socialist thought and has retained some features of social reform that have practical political significance, even today.What makes New Harmony stand out? More than 150 years ago, when it was still a frontier town, an attempt was made to build a communist society there. There were many similar ventures at that time, but this one is notable because it was organized and inspired by one of the truly great figures of the 19th century, a Welshman named Robert Owen.Robert Owen stands out like a giant because he did spend his considerable fortune in the cause of improving the lives of the workers. He established a number of communist societies in Scotland and in the United States and devoted the better part of his life to tireless defense of the interests of the working class.Robert Owen: early communistIn his book “Socialism: Utopian and Scientific,” Frederick Engels, the co-worker of Karl Marx, described how Owen’s work began at a time when the conditions of the working class in the large manufacturing towns of Britain had become frightful.“In the industrial revolution most of his class saw only chaos and confusion, and the opportunity of fishing in these troubled waters and making large fortunes quickly. He saw in it the opportunity of putting into practice his favorite theory, and so bringing order out of chaos.“He had already tried it with success, as superintendent of more than 500 men in a Manchester factory. From 1800 to 1829, he directed the great cotton mill at New Lanark, in Scotland, as managing partner, along the same lines, but with greater freedom of action and with a success that made him a European reputation.“A population, originally consisting of the most diverse and, for the most part, very demoralized elements, a population that gradually grew to 2,500, he turned into a model colony, in which drunkenness, police, magistrates, lawsuits, poor laws, charity were unknown. And all this simply by placing the people in conditions worthy of human beings, and especially by carefully bringing up the rising generation.”How different this was from the underfunded, ill-conceived social services of today, which help drag down the spirit of the people!Engels continued:“Whilst his competitors worked their people 13 or 14 hours a day, in New Lanark the working day was only ten and a half hours. When a crisis in cotton stopped work for four months, his workers received their full wages all the time. And with all this the business more than doubled in value, and to the last yielded large profits to its proprietors.“In spite of all this, Owen was not content. … ‘The people were slaves at my mercy.’ The relatively favorable conditions in which he had placed them were still far from allowing a rational development of the character and of the intellect in all directions, much less of the free exercise of all their faculties.’ And yet the working part of this population of 2,500 persons was daily producing as much real wealth for society as, less than half a century before, it would have required the working part of a population of 600,000 to create. ‘I asked myself, what became of the difference between the wealth consumed by 2,500 persons and that which would have been consumed by 600,000?’“The answer was clear. It had been used to pay the proprietors of the establishment 5 percent on the capital they had laid out, in addition to over £300,000 clear profit. … The newly-created, gigantic productive forces, hitherto used only to enrich individuals and to enslave the masses, offered to Owen the foundations for a reconstruction of society; they were destined, as the common property of all, to be worked for the common good of all. …“His advance in the direction of communism was the turning point in Owen’s life. As long as he was simply a philanthropist, he was rewarded with nothing but wealth, applause, honor and glory. … But when he came out with his communist theories, that was quite another thing. …“Banished from official society … he turned directly to the working class and continued working in their midst for thirty years. Every social movement, every real advance in England on behalf of the workers links itself on to the name of Robert Owen. He forced through in 1819, after five years’ fighting, the first law limiting the hours of labor of women and children in factories. He was president of the first congress at which all the trade unions of England united in a single great trade association.”New HarmonyFrom 1825 to 1827, New Harmony [in Indiana], now in the hands of Owen, attracted many of the most idealistic and inventive reformers of the day, as well as women and men of the natural sciences. In addition, many jobless people found their way there, inspired by public lectures Owen gave in many Eastern cities.The principles of the community were explained as follows: “Within the community all work was to be equal. One was to receive that which was necessary to him. The teachers’ work was to be on the same footing with the laborer, the farmer the equal of either. All were to perform to the best of their ability and receive the same compensation.” (“The New Harmony Story” by Don Blair)In its few short years of existence, the communist society at New Harmony broke new ground. It introduced into the United States the first kindergarten, the first infant school, the first trade school, the first free public school system, the first women’s club, the first free library, the first civic dramatic club, and it was the seat of the first geological survey.The progressive achievements of this little utopian colony inevitably became the basis for important demands taken up later by the working-class movement. The bosses are still fighting tooth and nail against such benefits and cutting them back wherever they can. To the extent that they are today more generally available to the workers, it is owing to bitter class battles across the country. How interesting that what were at that time considered utopian have now become very practical and indeed necessary.Long after it ceased to be a communist colony, New Harmony was a social and cultural oasis. It was to become a center of both the abolitionist and the women’s movements.Why it disintegratedWhy did it disintegrate? The common explanation given by bourgeois critics of these early communist experiments is that they failed to reward “personal initiative” and the “rugged individualism” for which capitalist imperialism is so famous.However, the more important reason for their failure was that they were in competition with the capitalist mode of production and dependent upon it for the purchase and sale of materials.Owen had based his conception of communism on the view that the success of his colonies would enlist the cooperation of the bourgeoisie, who would join in when they saw how superior these societies were. He and the other great utopians, like Claude Henri Saint-Simon and Charles Fourier, overlooked the characteristic feature of the capitalists: their unlimited greed and avarice driven by the profit motive. Not only does that prevent their conversion to the idea of a utopian society, but they cannot be persuaded to grant even the workers’ most meager demands without a struggle.Appealing to the inherent goodness of these capitalists proves to be an exercise in futility. By the time Marx and Engels wrote “The Communist Manifesto,” the bourgeoisie had revealed all its basic social and political tendencies. … Neither the philosophers nor the theoreticians of utopian idealism [during Owen’s time] could foresee the devastating class character of the society that was emerging under total domination by the bourgeoisie.Not until Marx and Engels arrived on the scene was it possible to analyze the dynamics of the capitalist system. … The raging class struggle made any attempt at social equality and abolition of the horrors of capitalism impossible. Socialism can only come as the product of the resolute struggle of the working class itself in irreconcilable conflict with the bourgeoisie.Above all, Owen could not in his day foresee the emerging anarchy of capitalist production. The destructive force unleashed by the periodic paroxysms of capitalist crisis would not allow even a tiny oasis to carry out the systematic planning needed to build his egalitarian society. Indeed, these cooperative ventures with their more limited resources are among the first to be swept away, as later history showed. Many of the cooperative enterprises, built up by years of hard work and self-sacrifice, fell victim to the crises that the capitalist mode of production inevitably brings.Owen started his first cooperative venture in 1800. By 1825, when he tried to develop New Harmony as an island of cooperation in a world torn by class antagonisms, the first worldwide capitalist economic crisis was under way.Even the capitalist crisis of 1825, while short-lived, was universal in character. It vitally affected New Harmony because no community can stand alone in the face of such great devastation.Communism as an idea has existed for centuries. Communist societies like New Harmony and New Lanark and hundreds of others were not an accident of history but a response to the meanness, inequality, poverty, etc., of class society.The roots of communism go much further back, however. They lie deep in the primary stage of the development of human society. Primary communism was the first form of social existence of the human species.Lewis Henry Morgan’s writings on the communal life of the Iroquois in North America confirmed what the socialist movement in Europe had deduced about early societies elsewhere before written history: that there was a universal period when property was communal, there was no state, and the products of human labor were shared equitably. These conclusions have since been fortified by the study of Native peoples all over the Americas, Asia and Africa.Primary communism based on food gathering and hunting succumbed to private ownership because it lacked the necessary concentration and development of the means of production. But private property, while more productive, also brought subjugation and degradation, first of women.The discovery of the early communist societies refuted the canard assiduously cultivated by apologists for the bourgeoisie: that a planned society is utopian, that humankind cannot plan its own society on the basis of common ownership of the means of production and equitable distribution of the products of labor. People had done just that for hundreds of thousands of years.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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LIVESTREAM: A global impact on health care

first_imgWorld Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twitter Paris Joneshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paris-jones/ Linkedin Paris Jones is a senior news and media studies major from Mason, Texas. She serves a managing editor for TCU360.com. One of her proudest accomplishments is her ability to drink a half liter bottle of water in seven seconds. + posts Paris Jones The University of Houston-Downtown Previous articleMen’s basketball routs Alabama StateNext articleWomen’s basketball second half adjustments lead to big win over Sam Houston State Paris Jones RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘The Office Gif Club’ GroupMe gives hundreds of students an Office gif a day Paris Joneshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paris-jones/ TAGSlive video Linkedin Paris Joneshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paris-jones/ TCU holds fourth annual TCU Gives Day to gather donations for the university print ReddIt Facebook Twitter Facebook Paris Joneshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/paris-jones/ ReddIt Off campus shooting incident ‘not a random act,’ no TCU students involved TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

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Bahrein

first_img Follow the news on Bahrain Bahrain is experiencing one of the region’s highest Internet penetration rates. The democratization process has been losing momentum, which has had a negative impact on freedom of expression on the Web. The authorities have adopted the course of a massive filtering campaign, but the country’s netizens are proving to be inventive when it comes to circumventing censorship and are mobilizing to defend their rights.Reinforced filtering systemsThe authorities’ technological innovation efforts go hand-in-hand with a need to tighten their control of the Web. A rigorous filtering policy is being enforced on the Internet that targets political and religious content considered to be obscene or which casts doubt on the dignity of the royal family. The blocked websites include opposition sites, sites deemed anti-Islamic, discussion forums on taboo subjects, and news sites.Since 2009, the new Minister of Culture and Information, Sheikha Mai Bint Mohammed Al-Khalifa, a member of the royal family, launched a “anti-pornography campaign” that led to the closing of 1,040 websites. Some of them, however, had nothing whatsoever to do with the subject. The blocking of the Arab Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) website, and that of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights, reveals the government’s intention to attack websites critical of its policies, the royal family, or even the Parliament. In fact, Google Earth has been rendered inaccessible so that the Bahrainis could not learn the places in which the royal family resides. Certain pages of YouTube, Wikipedia and Facebook have also been banned as a result of this campaign. A precedent: the Twitter account of a foreign national critical of the regime was blocked in early January.Highly resourceful netizens remain under surveillanceThe use of proxy servers is very common. Close to 200 Bahraini bloggers frequently voice their opinions on the Web, but they usually prefer to remain anonymous. The authorities regularly monitor Internet websites and the use of censorship circumvention tools. They do not hesitate to pursue or harass “irritating” journalists and bloggers.The country’s cyber cafés are subject to increasing surveillance. Their control is coordinated by a commission consisting of members from four ministries, which ensures strict compliance with the rules concerning non-admittance of minors and computer station visibility.Prohibitive laws and decreesInternet laws are particularly harsh. The Internet is regulated by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, which was established by the Telecommunications Law No. 47 of 2002. Its scope of application was extended to online media. A 2008 amendment eliminated advance censorship and prison terms for reporters, but journalists and Internet users can still be prosecuted by virtue of the anti-terrorist law or the penal code.Two decrees specifically addressing the Internet were adopted in 2009. The first allows websites to be shut down without a court ruling, merely upon a decision of the Minister of Culture. The second requires the growing number of Internet service providers – of which there are now about 20 – to block websites featuring pornographic material or likely to incite users to violence or racial hatred.In 2007, the Ministry of Information’s Printing and Publications Department ordered the registration of all Internet websites hosted in the country or abroad featuring information about the kingdom’s business, arts, religion, politics, etc. This decision met with significant opposition from a large number of Internet website owners. The latter tacitly decided not to register their sites, thereby commiting an act of civil disobedience via the Web. They regarded the government’s requirement as an assault on freedom of expression under the pretext of protecting state security. The regime then rescinded that reversed its position, and registration became optional. BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Help by sharing this information German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors RSF_en Receive email alerts News October 14, 2020 Find out more Newscenter_img News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa to go further News March 17, 2021 Find out more Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest March 12, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bahrein Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Journalists still harassed despite progress with democracy

first_img News Receive email alerts Turkish version : Related documents cp_turquie_19-04_tr-2.pdfPDF – 80.31 KB April 2, 2021 Find out more April 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information RSF_en “We came to Istanbul to express our concern about the state of press freedom in Turkey. Even if progress has been made since the 1990s when journalists were being imprisoned in their hundreds, there is a lot still left to do. Turkey is still not a country that respects press freedom. Journalists need to have plenty of courage to do their job. It is a dangerous profession which exposes them to the risk of prison, threats and physical violence. It is worrying to note that all journalists are under threat, no longer just those who cover the army or Kurdish issues as was the case 15 years ago. We call on the Turkish authorities to make the defence of press freedom a national priority. The prime minister should demonstrate his commitment to defending the right of journalists to express themselves freely. Until now, he has not done so”, said Reporters Without Borders at the conclusion of a six-day investigative visit to Turkey. The organisation went to Istanbul from 13-19 April to investigate recent arrests and detention of journalists and to review the state of press freedom in the country. Reporters Without Borders met journalists of all kinds, independent reporters, lawyers for journalists facing court proceedings, members of professional bodies, as well as leading figures from civil society currently campaigning for press freedom. The organisation’s representatives also met with the family and legal representatives of Ahmet Sik, who has been imprisoned since 3 March 2011, and of Hrant Dink, who was murdered on 19 January 2007.The visit allowed the organisation to assess the current campaign for press freedom in Turkey. In addition to a very active civil society, the profession as a whole has shown very heartening solidarity with recently arrested journalists. . A conference was held in Istanbul on 19 April 2011, entitled “Arrests and detention of journalists in Turkey: press freedom in danger”, bringing together, the Secretary General of Reporters Without Borders, Jean-François Julliard, the Secretary General of the Turkish Journalists’ Association (TGC), Sibel Günes, and the representative of the Friends of Ahmet Sik and Nedim Sener, Ismail Saymaz. Reporters Without Borders calls on the Turkish justice system to severely restrict the recourse to exceptional anti-terror measures against journalists who are only doing their job, in particular articles under the anti-terrorist law providing for prison sentences in cases involving “propaganda for a terrorist organisation”, very often leading to journalists being brought before special courts for organised crime, and which should urgently be repealed. The organisation urges the Turkish authorities to react seriously to the lists of imprisoned journalists drawn up Turkish and international NGOs, the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union. These lists should be carefully examined in a spirit of openness, and journalists imprisoned solely for their professional work should be immediately released TurkeyEurope – Central Asia Turkey’s never-ending judicial persecution of former newspaper editor Follow the news on Turkeycenter_img Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law News to go further April 28, 2021 Find out more News April 19, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists still harassed despite progress with democracy News Human rights groups warns European leaders before Turkey summit Organisation TurkeyEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

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Rep. Schiff Announces House Appropriations Committee Funding for Planetary Science Almost $100M Over President’s Request

first_img 17 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Subscribe Community News Government Rep. Schiff Announces House Appropriations Committee Funding for Planetary Science Almost $100M Over President’s Request Restores Much of the Cuts Recommended by Administration to Planetary Science Published on Thursday, July 18, 2013 | 12:02 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) announced the House Appropriations Committee had passed an FY 2014 Commerce, Justice and Science appropriations package that included $1.315 billion for planetary science within NASA’s budget. Earlier this year, it was announced that the Obama Administration was requesting $1.217 billion for planetary science.With the bipartisan support of Chairman Frank Wolf (R-VA) and ranking member Chaka Fattah (D-PA), and at the urging of Reps. Schiff and John Culberson (R-TX), the Appropriations Committee was able to restore almost $100 million to the planetary science budget, which will include funding for missions to Mars and Jupiter.“The NASA portion of the bill that was just passed goes a long way towards plugging the funding shortfall that threatens our leadership in the exploration of the solar system,” said Rep. Schiff. “We were able to restore almost $100 million in funding for planetary science, which will allow NASA to begin important work on the top priorities of the scientific community – a Mars 2020 rover that will advance the goal of a sample return, and a mission to Jupiter’s moon, Europa. Without continuing work on these missions, we will lose our talented engineers and scientists to other endeavors. And once we lose the talent pool that knows how to land rovers on other planets, it will be extremely difficult to reconstitute.”Schiff continued, “Despite bipartisan and bicameral support for our exploration of Mars and the Outer Planets, the Administration keeps presenting budgets that cannot support our national goals in planetary science and our leadership in exploring the solar system. I am especially pleased that the bill’s report contains a specific directive to NASA regarding the 2020 rover and the Jupiter-Europa mission.”In the report on the CJS Appropriations bill, the Committee pushed back strongly against the Administration’s request, saying that the “damaging and disproportionate cuts [were] without justification.” Planetary science has largely been regarded as one of NASA’s most efficient and successful programs. The full committee report – detailing funding levels for different missions and programs – can be found here. Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty18 Ways To Get Rid Of HiccupsHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Community News Make a comment Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business Newslast_img read more

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Guardant Health to Report Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results on February…

first_img WhatsApp Local NewsBusiness Facebook Pinterest Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 TAGS  Twittercenter_img Guardant Health to Report Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results on February 24, 2021 REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 4, 2021– Guardant Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: GH), a leading precision oncology company, today announced it will report financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2020 after market close on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Company management will be webcasting a corresponding conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. Pacific Time / 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. Live audio of the webcast will be available on the “Investors” section of the company website at: www.guardanthealth.com. The webcast will be archived and available for replay after the event. About Guardant Health Guardant Health is a leading precision oncology company focused on helping conquer cancer globally through use of its proprietary blood tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics. The Guardant Health Oncology Platform leverages capabilities to drive commercial adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes and lower healthcare costs across all stages of the cancer care continuum. Guardant Health has launched liquid biopsy-based Guardant360®, Guardant360 CDx, and GuardantOMNI® tests for advanced stage cancer patients. These tests fuel development of its LUNAR program, which aims to address the needs of early stage cancer patients with neoadjuvant and adjuvant treatment selection, cancer survivors with surveillance, asymptomatic individuals eligible for cancer screening and individuals at a higher risk for developing cancer with early detection. Source: Guardant Health, Inc. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005875/en/ CONTACT: Investor Contact: Carrie Mendivil [email protected] Media Contact: Anna Czene [email protected] Courtney Carroll [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: OTHER HEALTH HOSPITALS HEALTH PRACTICE MANAGEMENT ONCOLOGY SOURCE: Guardant Health, Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/04/2021 04:03 PM/DISC: 02/04/2021 04:02 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210204005875/en Previous articleDistrict, Harvard to work on tutoring contractsNext articleAnaplan Announces Date for Fourth Quarter and Full Fiscal Year 2021 Earnings Conference Call Digital AIM Web Support Facebook Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

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Second man arrested after taxi hijack

first_img Facebook Second man arrested after taxi hijack By News Highland – January 10, 2012 Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Pinterest WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest A second man has been arrested following an assault on a taxi driver on the outskirts of Letterkenny.Two men threatened and assaulted a taxi driver before hijacking his vehicle just around 6am on Sunday morning.A garda spokesperson said the two men were passengers in the taxi and had asked to be taken to Lifford.The incident took place at Galdonagh, on the Letterkenny to Lifford road.One man was arrested at around 130pm on Sunday afternoon and the burnt out taxi was found in Lifford an hour later.The taxi-driver was treated for shocked, but was otherwise unharmed.The first man arrested, aged in his 20s, has since been released.The second arrest was made at lunchtime yesterday. Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleAll clinics at Letterkenny General Hospital cancelled after extremely busy nightNext articleChildren in Derry experience some of the highest rates of child poverty in UK News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

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