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first_img More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.com whatsapp Tuesday 22 March 2011 8:58 pm Show Comments ▼ Ad Unmute 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 TimesUndoPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaUndoElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndo Sharecenter_img FSA makes up rising costs in higher penalties A BUMPER year for enforcement fines means that financial firms will pay less for the FSA’s upkeep despite a ten per cent rise in its costs, the Authority’s business plan for 2011/2012 revealed yesterday.Fees will drop two per cent because revenues from financial penalties doubled from £33.2m in 2009/2010 to £79.1m in the year to January 2011. The FSA’s annual funding requirement has risen to £500.5m.It also gave a £90-£125m cost estimate for setting up the bodies that will replace it under plans outlined by the Treasury. Margaret Cole, currently the director of enforcement at the FSA, will temporarily become head of the Financial Conduct Authority – one of two new regulatory bodies to be formed in April.Ahead of its disbandment, the FSA will cap its headcount at 4,000. However, City A.M. understands that the hiring freeze will not preclude the FSA from slowly adjusting the profile of its staff towards preferences specified by Bank of England governor Mervyn King. King has said that FSA staff are “too junior” to challenge banks. Staff who leave after 23 April will be replaced by hires more in line with King’s vision.TOP FIVE FINESThe FSA stepped up its financial penalties in the year to january 2011 in an effort to crack down on bad practices. here were the biggest:1 JP Morgan was hit with a whopping £33.3m fine in June last year for “failing to protect client money by segregating it appropriately”. The FSA has taken a harsh line on this particular mis-demeanor.2 Goldman Sachs was fined £17.5m in September last year for “weaknesses in controls resulting in failure to provide the FSA with appropriate information”. The information in question was that the bank was under investigation for fraud by US authorities.3 In a high profile case, Barclays was fined £7.7m in January and forced to pay out £59m in compensation to retail customers who were not given adequate advice and lost savings as a result.4 August 2010 saw RBS fined £5.6m as a penalty “for failing to have adequate systems and controls in place to prevent breaches of UK financial sanctions”, which involved not having sufficient checks to make sure its customers weren’t involved in terrorism.5 Winterflood Securities was slapped with a £4m fine in April last year “for market abuse through a share ramping scheme relating to Fundamental-E Investments”. KCS-content Tags: NULL whatsapplast_img read more


first_imgShoprite Holdings Plc (SHOPRT.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Shoprite Holdings Plc (SHOPRT.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Shoprite Holdings Plc (SHOPRT.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Shoprite Holdings Plc (SHOPRT.zm)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileShoprite Group of Companies is an investment holding company with an extensive international network of retail and wholesale food and non-food outlets. The holding company is based in South Africa (RSA) and operates through four segments: Supermarkets RSA, Supermarkets Non-RSA, Furniture and Other. The group has more than 2 600 outlets in 15 countries across Africa and on Indian Oceans islands. Shoprite Group of Companies expanded into Africa from 1995; the first supermarket that opened outside of South Africa was in Lusaka, Zambia. The subsidiary company in Zambia falls under Supermarkets Non-RSA, which incorporates established brands in its stable; Shoprite, Checkers, Checkers Hyper, Usave and Hungry Lion. The company strives to offer a one-stop shopping destination for consumers, with a comprehensive range of food, household products, furniture, pharmaceuticals, appliances, and hair and beauty products. Shoprite Group of Companies is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more


first_img  11 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The third annual Internet Survey of Australian Non-Profit Organisations has just been published. Conducted by Martin Johnson of Sydney’s Wesley Mission, the survey asked over 700 Australian non-profit organisations how they used their Web sites.The third annual Internet Survey of Australian Non-Profit Organisations has just been published. Conducted by Martin Johnson of Sydney’s Wesley Mission, the survey asked over 700 Australian non-profit organisations how they used their Web sites.According to Johnson, Australian non-profits need consistent web quality and daily updates to maintain long-term donor support. Only 2% of non-profits managed to update their site daily. Advertisement Survey of Australian non-profits and their Web use The survey found that all sites asked for donations, but only 22% had an secure transaction (SSL) facility and only 19% of organisations asked visitors to subscribe to an e-mail news service.Fifty per cent of organisations had been online for three years or more. Web development is increasingly being outsourced, with 62% doing so, compared tothe 73% of organisations which, three years ago, were developing their Web sites in-house.The majority of sites had 100 or less pages (73%) with only six percent having 500 or more pages.“If Australian non-profits are to make the best use of their sites, they need to address these two issues”, said Johnson. “Especially when both these facilities are very easy to set up.”Read the survey results and a summary of the findings. Howard Lake | 18 June 2001 | 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.last_img read more


first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 30 June 2008 | News Tagged with: Management  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Back of the Napkin, The: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures 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.last_img read more


first_img 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.  36 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 11 September 2008 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Enable Interactive builds on ongoing success Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Digital There’s no stopping Enable Interactive, ranked the UK’s No. 1 digital agency earlier this year, the Bristol based agency has gone from strength to strength since it was co founded in 2003 by Matt Connolly and Darius Pocha. Winning major contracts against stiff competition from digital ‘super-agencies’ Enable’s profile has risen dramatically in 2008 with cutting-edge work for global brands like BBC, WWF, Microsoft and British Red Cross. As a result of recent client successes the agency has made a strategic decision to focus on three key markets namely sport, fashion and charities.“The agency was in the perfect position for us to re think its future direction. With experience gained on brands like Speedo, Lipsy and Commes des Garcons and the audience and commercial insight we’ve developed, it made sense for us to concentrate our expertise and ensure we’re the agency of choice for brands in these sectors.” said Matt Connolly Strategy Director.The agency’s work for leading charities includes Breast Cancer Care, War Child and British Red Cross. Recent wins mean that this impressive list now also boasts Greenpeace and Ireland’s biggest charity Concern Worldwide.“It’s an extremely exciting time for us. It’s the innovation that’s propelling Enable forward – with the right people, the smartest industry thinking and a ruthless focus on quality, our clients are getting outstanding results time and time again.” Said Connolly“With the significant increase in buzz surrounding Enable the agency now stands at 20 staff. Both Connolly and Pocha, both of whom came together from much larger London agencies have a hands-on approach to agency life and retain positions of strategy director and creative director respectively. ‘Everyone here is a specialist in what they do – our clients never have anyone mediocre working on their projects. We do things differently to traditional agencies – we encourage our people to have a life outside their jobs. That way the stay interesting and enthusiastic and have more value than the normal agency burn-outs working 25 hours a day. It’s partly these qualities that we feel makes the agency attractive to clients” commented Pocha,Recent senior appointments include Amanda Milton previously Production Director at Carlson Marketing, Natasha McKenzie, previously at M&C Saatchi, Fergus Roche from Conchango and Lastminute.com, and Ben Akin-Smith co-founder of Add Momentum.“Enable has been at the forefront of digital innovation for nearly 5 years now and is well positioned for continued future success. We are proof that the traditional agency model can change. For the better. We have incredible clients; we deliver great, innovative work that we’re all proud of and often we’re working with brands who make the world a better place” concludes ConnollyendsNotes to Editors:Enable InteractiveEnable Interactive is a specialist digital agency based in Bristol, UK. The agency has consistently developed and delivered bright, digital ideas for an impressive set of global clients since the company was set up by Matt Connolly and Darius Pocha in 2003. The best of breed team at Enable has produced great work for brands like WWF, Clarks, Microsoft, and Channel 4.*by the readers of Revolution the UK’s leading publication for the digital media industryFor more information on Enable Interactive contact:Kit HunwicksEnable InteractiveTel: 08000 199 839www.enableinteractive.co.ukFor more press information contact:Becky Maurice-Cohen / Madalene WhitsonTel: 01442 245030Email: [email protected] / [email protected]: www.prpr.co.uklast_img read more


first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 13 October 2008 | 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. Legacy Foresight invites new members for 2009 Following the launch of its benchmarking service Legacy Monitor this year, Legacy Foresight is inviting other charities to join for the 2009 project.Legacy Monitor, launched in partnership with Clearwater Consultancy, offers analysis, benchmarking and predictions for the British legacy market.Members receive three quarterly benchmarking reports a year (March/September/December), including the latest legacy income and notifications data for each member charity, on a named basis. They also receive a detailed market audit report in July consisting of an analysis of trends in the marketplace, and more detailed benchmarking data on range of factors. Each charity’s data remains confidential, and is benchmarked against the group’s averages and totals.Member charities are required to provide a quarterly download of top-line legacy performance data in January, July and October, together with a more extensive set of legacy data in April.The cost of the service is £4,000 +VAT.www.legacyforesight.co.uk  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: legacies Research / statisticslast_img read more


first_imgMarch 10 – As COVID-19 (coronavirus) spreads, it is a clear reminder that germs and viruses don’t respect national boundaries in an interconnected world. But the mainstream press has certainly not publicized how corporate capitalism and imperialism cross national boundaries to destroy people’s health.Marchers on International Working Women’s Day in New York City on March 8 demand an end to sanctions and comprehensive support for workers during the COVID-19 epidemic.The responsibility of U.S. corporate power, especially the medical-industrial complex, in the calculated destruction of basic health care capacity in the U.S. and worldwide must be challenged. On a global scale, the connection of the largest U.S. pharmaceutical corporations to U.S. sanctions policies — whether signed by executive order, voted for in the U.S. Congress or pushed by U.S. ambassadors through the United Nations Security Council —  demands careful scrutiny by investigative journalists, human rights organizations and working-class organizations.Consider the role of Josh Black. He was U.S. head of sanctions and counterterrorism enforcement at the United Nations from 2008 to 2016 under the Obama administration; then Black joined the Trump administration’s National Security Council. Black’s stated role was coordinating “peacekeeping operations” and sanctions policies passed by the U.N. Security Council — measures calculated to strangle economies and ruin lives in Iran, North Korea, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Sudan.Josh Black now represents the giant medical corporations that hold peoples’ lives hostage to profits. He is still based at the U.N., now as vice president of one of this country’s most powerful lobbying organizations. PhRMA — short for Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and also known as Big Pharma — is the global lobby for the U.S. pharmaceutical industry.In his new role Black is still involved in enforcement and compliance with U.S- imposed sanctions. On his LinkedIn site he brags: “Looking forward to presenting on complex 50% rule scenarios at the ACI Economic Sanctions Enforcement and Compliance conference on May 2nd.”There are whole series of conferences and seminars where global sanctions compliance, internal audits and investigations, international trade, banking, insurance are discussed. Entire fields of law, banking and accounting are involved in enforcing hundreds of sanction regulations and brutally cutting off every possible source of supplies and equipment to starve targeted countries.Josh Black is just one of thousands of lobbyists and government officials who rotate in and out of lobbying and government positions. Their role changes very little from appointment to appointment; it is always about setting and enacting policies, laws and regulations that benefit capitalist corporations.PhRMA is often called the war criminal of public health.  It represents the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, including Merck, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Bayer and Bristol-Myers Squibb. It is part of a coalition of insurance providers, pharmaceuticals and investor-owned hospitals in the Partnership for America’s Health Care Future.PhRMA is the organizational think tank behind the push to derail “healthcare for all” campaigns at national and state levels. It has spent $28 million on lobbying, arguing that the U.S. government can’t pay for a nationalized health care system. As PhRMA sees it, hospitals, drugs, medical equipment and all forms of health care, along with every government service, must be a source of private and corporate profit.A whole series of interlocking industries of insurance, medical and pharmaceutical corporations depend on maintaining and expanding health care for profit.U.S. sanctions threaten even breastfeeding Just how far these capitalist medical and food industries will go, and what kinds of brutal threats they are prepared to make to enhance their profits, can be seen by their actions around breastfeeding. The World Health Organization estimates that breastfeeding infants would save 820,000 lives of children under five annually. To educate the public, WHO wanted to pass a nonbinding resolution encouraging breastfeeding at the May 2018 U.N. World Health Assembly in Geneva. The resolution called on governments to “protect, promote, and support breastfeeding” and for policymakers to restrict the promotion of unhealthy food products.Ecuador was scheduled to introduce this resolution. The U.S. officials at the meeting quietly threatened to unleash harsh economic sanctions on Ecuador’s critical trade goods and on scheduled aid just for introducing a nonbinding U.N. resolution. This dire threat of sanctions signaled capitalist support for the $70 billion infant formula industry. Finally Russia, already sanctioned, agreed to introduce the breastfeeding resolution. But language calling for an end to “inappropriate promotion of foods for infants and young children” was removed after the U.S. reportedly threatened to cut its contributions to WHO. (NY Times, July 8, 2018)Sanctions target health care globallyMore than 39 countries are currently under U.S. economic sanctions — more than one-third of the world’s population. But as in the case of Ecuador, every country can be routinely threatened with economic strangulation for the smallest attempt to limit U.S. profits.Powerful corporations very existence is based on expanding the price of medicines and creating shortages of doctors, drugs and hospitals. Nationalized health care programs around the world threaten their profit taking. Developing countries that have invested substantial resources in dramatically improving health standards and medical access are an increasing target of U.S. corporations.The destruction of public health caused by U.S. imposed economic sanctions is extensively documented. Denial of medicine and nutritious food has been measured in painful detail in Iraq, Iran, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Zimbabwe and Venezuela, including preventable deaths and stunted growth of children.The destruction of national health programs is not just a by-product of hyperinflation and freezes on trade and credits — it is the intent of sanctions. The pharmaceutical corporations are using sanctions as a weapon to defend and expand profits. They are behind a calculated policy of depriving countries of the ability to purchase large quantities of inexpensive and unpatented medicines, antibiotics and vaccines in order to raise general health standards.  According to reports by the Center for Economic and Policy Research and Korea Peace Now, sanctions are responsible for the deaths of 40,000 people in Venezuela over two years, and 4,000 people in North Korea in 2018, primarily by depriving access to medicine.Sanctions breaking down health care in IranAs the COVID-19 outbreak continues to spread worldwide, the impact of U.S. sanctions on health care threatens to thwart attempts to contain the disease. U.S. sanctions have severely hampered Iran’s efforts to respond to the outbreak, limiting access to medical supplies, test kits and information about the virus.Before the U.S. hit Iran with the harshest sanctions ever, Iran had an advanced, free health care system in place. There was also a system of private health care.The Iranian government has focused on expanding basic health care ever since the Iranian revolution in 1979 nationalized oil and gas resources. The government became the main provider of health care with an extensive network of primary, secondary and tertiary services. There is a vast network of over 17,000 Health Houses — neighborhood health clinics for immunizations, pre- and postnatal care and urgent care needs. The Health Houses provided free contraception and other family planning tools lacking in many neighboring countries.In a war-torn region of the world, Iran became an important country for medical tourism, attracting over 100,000 in 2016. But the intensification of sanctions and the resulting hyperinflation have undermined decades of progress. The rapid spread of COVID-19 in Iran confirms that U.S. imposed sanctions on a third of the world’s people will quickly impact the whole global population. Targeting health care in Iraq, Libya, SyriaU.S. wars have caused widespread destruction in Iraq, Libya and Syria. Prior to the wars, these three countries were the most modern, secular states in the Middle East and North Africa, with the best records on women’s rights, standard of living, and free, accessible health care. In 2003, after imposing 13 years of devastating sanctions, the U.S. invaded Iraq. During the decade of direct military occupation, the U.S. forces of occupation did not build any hospitals. But they did build military bases throughout Iraq and in Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Saudi Arabia. In Libya in 2011, the objective of seven months of U.S./NATO bombing was not to help the Libyan people. It was outright piracy —  to gain control of Libya’s natural resources. Libya had the highest standard of living in Africa, using its nationalized oil wealth to sustain progressive social welfare programs for all Libyans. The population enjoyed not only free health care and education to the college level, but also free electricity and interest-free loans. NATO declared that its mission in Libya has been “one of the most successful in NATO history.” Now all institutions of higher education, even medical schools, are closed. Hospitals have been looted. Cities are in ruins.Following the massive bombing of Libya, the U.S. has not rebuilt any of Libya’s infrastructure. But it has built new U.S. military bases in Seychelles, Kenya, South Sudan, Niger and Burkina Faso, along with numerous secret bases throughout Africa.Syria is another example of the targeted destruction of national health care. Syria had an advanced network of primary health care at three levels — village, district and provincial — and thousands of trained doctors and medical personnel.U.S. sanctions, imposed in 2003 and intensifying since, led to increased privatization of services, though nationalized, free health care continued.Beginning in 2011, Syria was faced with a vast influx of U.S. funded mercenary forces determined to overthrow the government. Syria saw the destruction of medical facilities, deterioration in the functioning of medical equipment due to lack of spare parts, and shortages of drugs and medical supplies due to sanctions. The killing of hundreds of health care workers was unprecedented. These attacks have dangerous implications for medical neutrality in all conflict zones.The lack of security and the deliberate targeting of health workers and health facilities led to the exodus of trained staff. The destruction of Syria’s health infrastructure contributed to the increase in communicable and noncommunicable diseases and in rising morbidity and mortality. Sanctions have created waves of desperate migrants, uprooted from communities of care. Sanctions attack Venezuela health careAfter the Bolivarian Revolution, extensive inoculation programs and the availability of free health care provided by the Venezuelan Institute of Social Security made Venezuela‘s health care infrastructure one of the more advanced in Latin America. However, following U.S. imposed sanctions, the Venezuelan health care system has all but collapsed, as 86 percent of medical supplies were being imported. There has been a 68 percent shortage of surgical supplies and a 70 percent shortage of medicines in Venezuelan pharmacies. Large hospitals have only 7 percent of required supplies.  In March 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported that the “collapse of Venezuela’s health system, once one of the best in Latin America, has led to a surge in infant and maternal mortality rates and a return of rare diseases that were considered all but eradicated.” That same month Red Cross officials also reported that the “collapse” of the health system had caused the return of old and eradicated rare diseases like yellow fever, dengue, malaria and tuberculosis, as well as a large increase in infant and maternal mortality rates. Domination of U.S. health care by profit The complete domination of U.S. health care by for-profit drug and insurance companies has led to the lowest life expectancy and the most deaths from preventable diseases in the U.S. of any industrialized countries — lower than comparable statistics in 30 other nations. Much has been written about PhRMA’s blocking of any national health program in the U.S. This group has helped engineer a crisis of high drug costs, forcing untold numbers of people here to go without medicines they need. Corporate executives have pushed through 1000 percent price increases in diabetes and cancer medications. Research into essential medicines to combat malaria, tuberculosis and flu viruses are routinely shelved as unprofitable. Research is totally market- and profit-dependent. Companies see too little profit in focusing on epidemic diseases, such as COVID-19. U.S. preparedness to deal with the threat of COVID-19 has been further hampered by the personnel and budget cuts of the Trump administration over the past three years. Until Feb. 26 there was no one in the White House tasked specifically with overseeing a coordinated governmentwide response in the event of a pandemic, since the post of senior director for global health security and biothreats on the National Security Council was eliminated in May 2019. Global health issues were not considered to be a “national security” priority.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has seen a 30 percent funding cut since 2003, despite an increasing number of public health emergencies. In its 2020 budget the Trump administration proposed a further 10 percent cut in CDC funding, equivalent to $750 million. It zeroed out funding for epidemiology and laboratory capacity at state and local levels. The funding cuts have also forced the CDC to reduce or discontinue epidemic-prevention efforts in 39 of the 49 countries it had been helping. On Feb. 26, Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead the government’s COVID-19 response team. This is a field in which Pence has no credentials, no expertise. He is not a doctor or a medical expert.  As governor of Indiana, Pence, who is notoriously anti-LGBTQ2+, ignored all public health advice on HIV AIDS. The response team will be led by none other than Alex Azar, a former Big Pharma lobbyist and former executive of pharmaceutical giant  Eli Lilly. Azar is now Trump’s Secretary of Health and Human Services. Lack of testing, lack of planning — and nothing for workersAs the COVID-19 epidemic accelerated, Congress rushed to pass an emergency bill of $8.3 billion on March 4 to provide low-interest federal loans to businesses affected by a coronavirus outbreak. But there was no bill introduced or even discussed to bail out the millions of working people who will become unemployed. There are no national provisions for paid sick days and no funds for those without health insurance. The banks and corporations and their government are focused only on how the virus impacts their bottom line.The U.S. has done very little testing for COVID-19, thus the number of recorded infections appear low. But low numbers won’t provide protection. Thanks to the problems at the CDC, including the initial distribution of a faulty test kit, it is not clear when — or if — U.S. testing capacity will improve. One province in Canada, Ontario, has already conducted more tests — 629 —  than in the entire U.S.! South Korea, which is battling the largest known outbreak outside of China, has drive-through testing in place. The country’s health officials conducted more than 30,000 tests within one week. The extensive corporate press coverage of COVID-19 contrasts with what little press coverage there is of the current 2019-20 flu season. according to the CDC. So far there have been 15 million illnesses, 140,000 hospitalizations and 8,200 deaths in the U.S. — from the ordinary flu.  And while it is being trumpeted that 3,000 people have died worldwide from COVID-19, no media attention is being paid to the 25,000 people who globally die of hunger each day.The far greater crime than unpreparedness for this emerging pandemic is the disease of capitalism itself, where only profits are measured, while millions of people fall through the gaping holes of a fraying system of private ownership for profit. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


first_img By Gary Truitt – Feb 17, 2015 Facebook Twitter Previous articleOil Rebounds To Score Third Straight GainNext articleDonnelly Gets Firsthand Look at Indiana Ethanol Production Gary Truitt SHARE According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturer’s monthly “Flash Report,” the sale of all tractors in the U.S. for January 2015, were up 6% from last year.   For the month in 2015, a total of 11,800 tractors were sold which compares to 11,123 sold thru January 2014 representing a 6% increase year to date.For the month, two-wheel drive smaller tractors (under 40 HP) were up 18% from last year, while 40 & under 100 HP were up 12%. Sales of 2-wheel drive 100+ HP were down 6%, while 4-wheel drive tractors were down 65%.For the month, two-wheel drive smaller tractors (under 40 HP) are up 18% over last year, while 40 & under 100 HP are up 12%. Sales of 2-wheel drive 100+ HP are down 6%, while 4-wheel drive tractors are down 65%.  Combine sales were down 47% for the month. Sales of combines for the first month totaled 346, a decrease of 47% over the same period in 2014. Home Indiana Agriculture News Tractor Sales Up 6% For The Year, 4wd Down 65%, Combines Down… SHARE Tractor Sales Up 6% For The Year, 4wd Down 65%, Combines Down 47% Facebook Twitterlast_img read more


first_img China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures June 11, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Chinese diplomats threaten French journalist after Tibet report News ChinaAsia – Pacific News RSF_en News Interference and attempted censorshipPayen described to Reporters Without Borders the events that followed the broadcasting of his report. Taking advantage of a loosening in controls on people entering Tibet, Payen, entered the territory clandestinely in early May in order to do a report on China’s repression of its Tibetan minority. His report, entitled “Seven days in Tibet,” was broadcast by France 24 on 30 May and was followed by a live debate.As Payen was leaving Paris for Bangkok on 3 June, the Chinese embassy in Paris contacted France 24 and asked to meet with him. As he had by then already left, two embassy officials went to France 24 to talk to its CEO, Marc Saikali. For two hours, they accused the station of broadcasting a mendacious report that was “riddled with errors” and demanded its removal from the website. The station refused.From harassment to open threatsOn his arrival in Bangkok on 4 June, Payen received a call on his mobile phone from the Chinese embassy in Thailand, although neither he nor France 24 had given his number to any Chinese diplomats. Asked to go to the embassy as soon as possible, Payen said he was willing to meet at a Bangkok hotel, but the Chinese diplomats ruled out a meeting anywhere but the embassy.The embassy then stepped up its harassment of Payen, who received several anonymous calls and many texts. A message left yesterday by a female member of the embassy’s staff was openly threatening.Listen to the audio message in English: “I just want to tell you that the purpose of the meeting is to listen to your explanation of why you cheated a chinese visa and why you reported the news in a distorted way. However, since you postponed the meeting again and again, I’m afraid if you cannot manage to meet tomorrow, you’ll have to take all the possible responsibilities.”She gave him an ultimatum to attend a meeting at the embassy by today at the latest to explain why he had “cheated” in order to obtain a Chinese visa. She urged him to stop postponing the meeting and to comply with the embassy request, or else “take the responsibility” of his refusal.Tibet – a sensitive subjectForeign journalists are forbidden to visit Tibet and the Chinese police continue to prevent them from covering demonstrations by Tibetans in nearby provinces. The police arrested a CNN crew at a toll station in Sichuan province in January 2012 and prevented them from travelling on to the neighbouring Tibet Autonomous Region.The Chinese authorities are aware that these bans violate their own laws and often use bad weather or the state of the roads as pretexts for denying access to Tibet.The police readily harass foreign journalists suspected of intending to defy their instructions. Some journalists have complained of being followed. The police have escorted others to the nearest airport, interrogated them for hours, forced them to delete their photos and video footage, and confiscated their equipment.The police not only ask to see press cards and passports but also temporary foreign residence permits, which journalists now have to carry with them. These violations of freedom of information foster a climate of permanent surveillance that is stressful for journalists and often takes a psychological toll.In February 2012, China-based foreign journalists asked the authorities to allow them to freely visit the provinces that are closed to them, to have freedom of movement throughout the country and to be able to interview anyone who is willing. Submitted by the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC), which is not recognized by the government, the request was not granted. China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison March 12, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes News An Agence France-Presse journalist was arrested in October 2012. Two Sky News journalists were arrested while doing a live report from Tiananmen Square in March 2013, although they had permission to film. And there has been an increase in foreign journalists being denied accreditation or visas.China is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet” and is ranked 173rd out of 179 countries in the 2013 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.Read the 2013 special report on surveillance: “Enemies of the Internet” – China Growing problems for foreign journalistsThe authorities have stepped up their harassment of the foreign media ever since the Arab Spring echoed around the world in 2011. Harassment of journalists based outside China is still unusual, but there has been a marked increase in harassment of journalists visiting China or based there. The Communist Party does not hesitate to employ police violence, disguised by the use of plainclothes police, to control foreign media coverage. The beating that a Bloomberg cameraman received in March 2011 was one of the most striking cases. Watch the video: Receive email alerts Photo : youtube.com Help by sharing this information Organisation Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the way Chinese diplomatic personnel have harassed and threatened French journalist Cyril Payen, a reporter for the French TV news station France 24, since the station broadcast his documentary “Seven days in Tibet” on 30 May.A few days after it was broadcast, Chinese embassy personnel went to the TV channel’s headquarters in Paris to demand the documentary’s withdrawal from its website. The Chinese embassy in Bangkok then threatened him by telephone after he arrived in Thailand.“Such unacceptable behaviour might be expected from the mafia but not from senior diplomats,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is acceptable for an embassy to express its disagreement with a report. But it is completely unacceptable for diplomats stationed in France and Thailand to try to intimidate a news outlet into modifying editorial content, to harangue a journalist and to summon him with the intention of interrogating him.“Such methods are undoubtedly normal in China, and that is regrettable, but they have no place in a free country. The telephone threats that these diplomats made against a French journalist expose them to the possibility of judicial proceedings.“We urge the French authorities to summon the representatives of the Chinese embassy in Paris in order to protest against this unacceptable harassment. The French authorities must condemn the Chinese government’s use of such aggressive methods with a French journalist and their violation of his freedom of information.” “Seven Days in Tibet” to go further April 27, 2021 Find out more ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Chinalast_img read more