City views: have you used Linkedin?

first_img KCS-content whatsapp THOMAS LANE | AON“No, I haven’t. I don’t see any real need to network online – I’d rather meet clients in person.”GRANT MORROW | JUBILEE INSURANCE“Yes, I have. I use LinkedIn to keep in touch with past clients and colleagues.”NICK HOCKING | PRICE FORBES“I signed up a while ago but haven’t logged on recently. If you’re not looking to move jobs, LinkedIn isn’t that useful.”DIPO AJENIFUJA | MANAGEMENT“Yes. I think LinkedIn is a brilliant tool, especially from a recruitment point of view.” City views: have you used Linkedin? Thursday 6 January 2011 8:48 pm More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 Show Comments ▼center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’DefinitionTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For whatsapp Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

RBS shuffles its futures business

first_img KCS-content Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Wednesday 16 March 2011 8:40 pm Sharecenter_img Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap RBS shuffles its futures business by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen HeraldTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farmthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’Definition State-owned lender RBS has reorganised its futures business, seeing the departure of its head of over the counter (OTC) derivatives clearing. At a time when regulators are shaking up the industry, RBS has merged its OTC derivatives clearing unit with its futures business under new global head Jeremy Wright. It has let go of John Wilson, the former managing director and global head of OTC clearing. whatsapplast_img read more

iGB Market Monitor – September 2018

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 10th September 2018 | By Stephen Carter This issue of the iGB Market Monitor drills down into the public numbers from the UK, Spain and Denmark Email Address While the industry continues to jockey for position Stateside following the US Supreme Court’s  momentous lifting of the US sports betting ban, away from the industry spotlight Europe’s regulated markets have continued to grow. In the markets covered in this report, Spain saw a 16.5% year-on-year growth rate in the first three months of 2018, Denmark nearly 29%. The UK, while down on the 20% growth seen in previous years, is still growing at between 8-10% a year.As Scott Longley points out, these are healthy numbers and with Spain having lowered the tax on most products from 25% to 20% and with Sweden applying an 18% tax rate when the market opens in January 2019, “the sector would appear to be winning the argument with regard to the equilibrium to be struck between the government coffers and the rate of channelisation achieved in any given market.” That said, a growing sector fuelled by marketing and ad spend inevitably not only draws the attention of target customers but also legislators and activists.While in Denmark this shift has led to measures being introduced aimed at exerting stronger controls over bonusing, in the UK this has ultimately seen the remote gaming tax head in the other direction and in Italy a blanket ban on gambling advertising introduced by the populist government. The lesson for the wider industry is that with responsible gaming issues now moving the political and public agenda across Europe, the freedom to advertise the industry currently enjoys needs to be wielded sensibly and viewed through a far wider prism than the narrow metric of new player sign-ups.Click on the e-mag below to view the full iGB Market Monitor Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling Slot Machines iGB Market Monitor – September 2018 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bingo Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Bingo Poker Slots Regions: Europe UK & Ireland Nordics Southern Europe Denmark Spainlast_img read more

Autumn Tests: Who will play in the centres?

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Wales wonderingIf Roberts is out, who replaces him and partners Jonathan Davies?The problem is that Wales have fallen into a system of relying on stars like Roberts and shifting the spotlight to Davies whenever someone else has come in. There is less shared responsibility in the centre when Roberts isn’t there, with it expected that Davies can do it himself, regardless of who joins him.Scott Williams of the Scarlets may be the standout candidate to join old cohort Davies in the middle, but Owen Williams and Jonathan Spratt must also be considered after occupying the centre berths during Wales’ summer tour to Japan, even if they lost that last match at Chichibunomiya.The other home nationsWith Ireland and Scotland there are different problems in the centres. Man apart: Who will partner BOD in the autumn Tests?Joe Schmidt had his first camp with the Ireland squad and while everyone was choking on compliments, so steady was the flow, no one wanted to make issue of the conundrum in front of the Kiwi. It is an undeniable boon for the country that Brian O’Driscoll is playing one more season, but while Schmidt will want to use him against Australia and New Zealand but he may not risk him getting blasted into rubble against Samoa. Then there is the question of who partners him as and when he is used. Gordon D’Arcy was part of Schmidt’s first training weekend and the two know each other well from their Leinster days together, but there are questions of whether Luke Marshall will be used again.In Scotland there is also a low murmur about the chances of young Mark Bennett, who Scott Johnson has singled out for praise this week. With Matt Scott bolted on as Scotland’s 12 and Alex Dunbar one of the most consistent Scots over the last five months, there is a real battle ready to go down for the outside centre jersey. Of course, most will be hoping that Sean Lamont’s impressive work on the wing for Glasgow Warriors means he is considered as a wing only. Ireland’s outside centre Brian O’Driscoll reacts during the Six Nations international rugby union match between Ireland and France at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on March 9, 2013. France drew with Ireland 13-13. AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFE (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images) Missing from the middle: Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt will play no part in the autumn internationalsBy Alan DymockPOTENTIALLY AS hard to bear as a quintuplets, more than one international side has lost centre options for the upcoming autumn Tests.England have lost both Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt for their games against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand while Jamie Roberts is unlikely to feature for Wales this autumn, despite his protests from Paris.The problem that arises from this is that England will have a less predictable centre pairing during the Tests and Stuart Lancaster has a hell of a task narrowing his gaze.Lancaster’s optionsBanker: Billy Twelvetrees is a favouriteThere is a rolling snowball of support for the hot-stepping Kyle Eastmond at the moment, with the Bath centre considered one of the most skilled players in the country at the moment, with feet trickier than a conman at a watch collector’s convention and his ability to throw passes few would expect. He is out injured at the moment, though.Also heading the pack at the moment is the reliable Billy Twelvetrees. Considered the heir apparent for some time now and having been slowly introduced to international action by Lancaster, it could be time for him to take complete control of running things from inside centre.What must be considered, though, is how others fit into the equation. Jonathan Joseph may not be as touted as the others, but he has played for England and he has played more rugby at Bath this season so far, with Eastmond not featuring since he limped out of the competition opener in Newcastle.Then there is Joel Tomkins. He had to pull out of England’s EPS before the summer tour because of injury and Luther Burrell took his place in the squad, but the strong running, offload slinging former league star is an integral part of Saracens’ backline and he could be the key to offering stability and grit to England’s midfield.last_img read more

Who are Amazon Prime’s rugby pundits?

first_imgSam Warburton, who has captained the British & Irish Lions on two tours as well as led Wales a record 49 times, is part of the team.On the mic: Former Lions skipper Sam Warburton is a pundit for Amazon(Getty Images)He is joined by former England captain Dylan Hartley, ex-Scotland skipper John Barclay and another man who has led Wales in Scott Quinnell.Former South Africa wing Bryan Habana, who is the second highest try-scorer in Test history with 67, is also one of the pundits along with former France flanker Serge Betsen, ex-England wing Topsy Ojo, Wales and Lions centre Jamie Roberts, who is still playing for the Dragons, and Ireland and Racing 92’s Simon Zebo.Former internationals David Flatman, Paul Grayson, Jim Hamilton, Shane Horgan, Benjamin Kayser, Rory Lawson and Danielle Waterman are also involved in Prime’s coverage, as is Olympic gold medal-winning Fiji coach Ben Ryan. The team: Gabby Logan with Shane Horgan, Topsy Ojo, Dylan Hartley, Scott Quinnell, Serge Betsen and John Barclay (Amazon) A look at those providing expertise for the Autumn Nations Cup coverage LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Who are Amazon Prime’s rugby pundits?Amazon Prime Video is taking its first steps into the rugby market by covering the new eight-team Autumn Nations Cup tournament.The online streaming service is broadcasting 14 of the 16 Autumn Nations Cup matches live in the UK, 13 of them exclusively.If you already have Amazon Prime you will be able to watch the matches as part of your package, while new members can sign up to Amazon Prime for £7.99 a month – and as you can cancel at any time you could take it out just for the course of the Autumn Nations Cup, which runs from 13 November to 6 December.Related: Autumn Nations Cup FixturesExperienced broadcasters Gabby Logan and Mark Durden-Smith are fronting Amazon Prime’s coverage while match commentary will come from Conor McNamara, Andrew Cotter, Jamie Lyall and Nick Heath. But what about the ‘talent’ they have as pundits? We take a look…Who are Amazon Prime’s rugby pundits?Amazon Prime Video have recruited a host of former international captains to offer their expertise and viewpoint during the Autumn Nations Cup. Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

Diocese establishes support centers after serious flooding in Japan

first_img Curate Diocese of Nebraska Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Diocese establishes support centers after serious flooding in Japan An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Tags Anglican Communion, [Anglican Communion News Service] The Diocese of Kobe in the Nippon Sei Ko Kai – the Anglican Communion in Japan – has responded to significant flooding in the region by establishing support centers. Bishop Augustine Kobayashi called for the centers in response to the immense damage caused by heavy rain last month. Areas of western Japan were inundated with water as result of the extreme weather, and the diocese has been providing support to the victims of the tragedy.Read the full article here. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Press Release Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Tampa, FL AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Director of Music Morristown, NJ Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Rector Martinsville, VA center_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT 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 Rector Washington, DC Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ 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 Submit an Event Listing Posted Aug 14, 2018 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Asia Featured Events Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Belleville, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, MElast_img read more

When Success Becomes a Catastrophe

first_img Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear TAGSInspiration Previous articleChristians have an alternative to Obamacare: Medi-ShareNext articleThe great spider hunt! Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your name here Inspirationby Scott Sauls, Christ Presbyterian Church By all appearances, it feels like I am in a very sweet season right now. Marriage is a source of joy. Our daughters are the kinds of girls who make a mom and dad both proud and thankful. Ministry is a blast these days — I get to serve alongside some truly exceptional people. I love Scripture, and Jesus and the church more than I ever have which makes everything else in life seem sweeter, because all of life centers around these things. We are well provided for.At least for now, in a world of so much unrest and injustice and suffering, my life feels to be an embarrassment of riches.As I think about all of these things, I am struck by Jesus’ admonishment to his disciples precisely when their perceived “success” and “influence” was at its peak:The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” And he said to them…“Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven (Luke 10:17-20).Did you catch that?When Jesus’ disciples came to him with news of their extraordinary strength and influence and success, his response was to say, “Do not rejoice…”When God gives us success and loved ones and happy circumstances for a time, when he chooses to put the wind at our backs—by all means, we should enjoy the experience. But we mustn’t hang our hats on it…because earthly success, in all its forms, comes to us as a gift from God and is also fleeting. Our Lord is telling us not to allow appetizers to replace the feast, or a single apple to replace the orchard, or a road sign to replace the destination to which it points. On this, Lewis again provides essential wisdom in The Weight of Glory:It would seem that Our Lord finds our desires (that is, our ambitions) not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.No self-serving ambition can satisfy the vastness of the human soul made in the image of God. As Augustine aptly said, the Lord has made us for himself. Our hearts will be restless until they find their rest in him.Lewis’ perspective, when we share it, can also safeguard us from what the famous playwright, Tennessee Williams, called “The Catastrophe of Success.” Williams understood that while things like momentum, influence, position, being known, and being celebrated are fine in themselves, none of these things can sustain us in the long run. Reflecting on his instant success after the release of his blockbuster Broadway play, The Glass Menagerie, he wrote:I was snatched out of virtual oblivion and thrust into sudden prominence…I sat down and looked about me and was suddenly very depressed…I lived on room service. But in this, too, there was a disenchantment…I soon found myself becoming indifferent to people. A well cynicism rose in me…I got so sick of hearing people say, “I loved your play!” that I could not say thank you any more…I no longer felt any pride in the play itself but began to dislike it, probably because I felt too lifeless inside ever to create another. I was walking around dead in my shoes…You know, then, that the public Somebody you are when you “have a name” is a fiction created with mirrors.Tennessee Williams’ story, as well as the story of every person who has experienced the anticlimax of having getting to the end of the rainbow and finding that there is not a pot of gold there after all, confirms a universal truth for every human heart:Only Jesus, whose rule and whose peace shall never cease to increase (Isaiah 9:7), can sustain us. Only Jesus, whose resurrection assures us that he is, and forever will be, making all things new, can fulfill our deepest desires and give us a happily ever after. Only Jesus can make everything sad come untrue (got that one from Tolkein). Only Jesus can ensure a future in which every chapter will be better than the one before (from Lewis). Only Jesus can give to us the glory and the soaring strength of an eagle (Isaiah 40:31). Only Jesus, whose name is above every name, and at whose name every knee will bow, can give us a name that will endure forever (Philippians 2:9-10; Isaiah 56:5).Making much of his name is, then, a far superior ambition than making a name for ourselves. For apart from Jesus, all men and women, even the most ambitious and successful and strong, will wither away like a vapor. “People are like grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever” (Psalm 40:7-8).Lastly, if this isn’t enough to give us a healthier, humbler perspective on our ambitions, perhaps this observation from Anne Lamott will:One hundred years from now?All new people.Is the wind at your back? Don’t hang your hat there.Is the wind in your face? You can still rejoice, because in Jesus, your name is written in God’s book. And what could be better than that? You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Letter from America delivers generous donation for Garden Organic

first_img Tagged with: Funding Howard Lake | 13 November 2007 | 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 Researching massive growth in giving.  55 total views,  2 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 Letter from America delivers generous donation for Garden Organic Garden Organic, the UK’s leading organic growing charity, has received a substantial donation from the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, an American philanthropic organisation. The monies received will be used to progress the crucial work the charity’s Heritage Seed Library (HSL) does as well as improving the HSL facilities at Garden Organic’s headquarters in Warwickshire.Started over 30 years ago, Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library aims to conserve and make available rare and endangered vegetable varieties that are disappearing as a result of economic and regulatory pressures. Gardeners across the UK donate seed varieties to the library for evaluating before making them available to members. This could not happen without the help of a small army of volunteer ‘seed guardians,’ who help to produce the large quantities of seed needed in their own gardens, schools or allotments to keep these rare gems alive. By doing so, they help the library save the world’s diminishing genetic pool of food crops.Sandra Slack, head of Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library said; “This generous donation is very welcome and timely. Until now we have focussed our efforts on building our collection, raising awareness of the issues and establishing an efficient distribution network. With new varieties to protect every month we needed more resources to help monitor what we have in our collection and increase our understanding of the seeds we hold.“This dilemma came to the attention of Amy Goldman, a long time supporter of Garden Organic and world-renowned author of vegetable growing books. A trustee of the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust, she arranged for the organisation to make a sizable donation to support our work. This funding will be invaluable, allowing more time to be spent on the collection. We can now look at full characterisation of the seeds in our library – a time-consuming process of observation and record taking – as well as investigating the genetic make-up of each variety.“The donation will also be used to improve irrigation in our seed garden through the purchase of a new water tank, as well as making repairs to polytunnels and fences that have been damaged in recent bad weather. We are very grateful to the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust for this generous donation,” she concluded.Each year over 40,000 packets of seeds are distributed by Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library to ensure that endangered varieties of vegetables remain in cultivation and evolve. The charity has also been able to join with Birmingham University to offer a PhD involving the full characterisation of its collection of heritage vegetables thanks to the donation.This will give the work of the seed library greater prominence, as the cataloguing and research results will be published in a form widely accepted by academia and industry.“We are delighted to receive such a generous donation from the Lillian Goldman Charitable Trust,” said Myles Bremner, chief executive of Garden Organic. “Donations are crucial to the progression of the organisation and the fact that we are receiving support from such a renowned philanthropic organisation shows the high regard our organisation is held in around the world.”EndsFor more information contact James Ashe or Richard Postins at Prova PR on 01926 776900 or [email protected] to editorsGarden OrganicGarden Organic is the UK’s leading organic growing charity dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. The charity, which boasts a membership of more than 40,000, is based at Garden Organic Ryton, Warwickshire. For more information, please go NouroumbyProvaPRide Awards gold winner 2007Tel: +44 (0) 1926 776900Fax: +44 (0) 1926 read more

Hang on to your hangers and benefit UNICEF, says M&S

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: corporate  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 28 July 2011 | News Marks & Spencer is encouraging shoppers not to take hangers home with them when they buy clothes by offering to donate 57p for each box of hangers recycled to children’s charity UNICEF. An average box contains 162 hangers.The partnership aims to raise at least £1.9 million over three years to fund clean water, education and health care for children in two locations in the Mymensingh and Dhaka regions of Bangladesh.Marc Bolland, Chief Executive of Marks & Spencer said: “Just one box of hangers can provide a child with clean water for a fortnight. We believe our UNICEF partnership can make a big difference to families and communities in Bangladesh.”In 2010 M&S collected 152 million clothes hangers. This year it is hoping to increase that by 50 million.M&S has run a series of fundraising partnerships with charities based around the theme of recycling, which reinforces its Plan A commitments to “combat climate change, reduce waste, use sustainable raw materials, trade ethically, and help our customers to lead healthier lifestyles”. Hang on to your hangers and benefit UNICEF, says M&Slast_img read more

¿Qué impulsa las sacudidas a la economía?

first_imgLa clase obrera en EUA ha sufrido golpes devastadores desde la crisis económica capitalista del año 2007. Ahora la amenaza de una nueva recesión se percibe a través de los mercados financieros.Los presupuestos municipales y estatales ya han sido recortados a nombre de la austeridad. Los servicios gubernamentales, entre ellos los de hospitales, escuelas, bibliotecas, agua y alcantarillado, han sido privatizados – vendidos para generar ingresos inmediatos necesarios para pagar los intereses de los préstamos bancarios. El impacto de estas políticas criminales se puede ver en el agua envenenada de Flint y en las deterioradas escuelas desde Los Ángeles y Detroit hasta Filadelfia.Aunque se espera una nueva ronda de despidos, el número de personas que participa en la fuerza laboral ha llegado a su nivel más bajo en 30 años a pesar del crecimiento de la población. Los salarios reales, estancados desde 1979, según un informe del Instituto de Política Económica del 19 de febrero del 2015, no han mejorado desde entonces.Las/os trabajadores cuya labor produce toda la riqueza, han estado recibiendo una porción cada vez más pequeña del valor que producen. El 56,3 por ciento de la población de EUA está ahora viviendo de cheque a cheque, con menos de $1,000 en cuentas corrientes y de ahorros combinadas. Y el 24,8 por ciento tiene menos de $100 en sus cuentas. (Forbes, 6 de enero)Los salarios estancados y reducidos, junto al aumento de la productividad del trabajo, han conducido bajo el capitalismo, a la extrema concentración de la riqueza en manos privadas en una escala desconocida en la historia. Las 62 personas más ricas del mundo tienen ahora tanta riqueza como la población de 3,5 mil millones más pobre. (Oxfam, 17 de enero) Hace cinco años, 388 súper-ricos tenían este estatus criminal. La asombrosa concentración de la riqueza continúa sin cesar.Aniquilada una quinta parte del valor de papel La otra característica endémica del capitalismo que Marx explicó hace 165 años se impone una vez más. El capitalismo – el sistema económico basado no en la producción social, sino en la expropiación privada – nunca ha sido capaz de resolver los ciclos tambaleantes de expansión y recesión causados por la sobreproducción. La sobreproducción de toda mercancía está nuevamente sacudiendo los mercados financieros.La producción industrial y el rendimiento manufacturero se han reducido al mínimo.La caída en el precio del petróleo desde más de $110 el barril en junio de 2014 hasta debajo de $30 en la actualidad, ha recibido una gran atención. Sin embargo, un colapso similar ha ocurrido en los productos industriales, acero, tuberías, metales, carbón, oro, aluminio, zinc y los principales cultivos alimentarios.Desde el Año Nuevo, los mercados bursátiles de todo el mundo han estado cayendo inexorablemente. Desde Dow Jones de Nueva York y el S&P 500, hasta las principales bolsas de valores europeas de Londres, París y Berlín, a los mercados de Dubái, Tokio, Hong Kong y Shanghái; juntos han perdido más del 20 por ciento de su valor, entrando en lo que se llama un “bear market” (mercado en la baja).Una quinta parte de toda la riqueza del mercado de valores en el mundo ha sido eliminada. Esto puede no afectar inmediatamente a la mayoría de las/os trabajadores. Pero la manera de los capitalistas lidiar con la pérdida de su riqueza especulativa es de irse contra las/os trabajadores que tienen menos de $1,000 o $100 a su nombre.En su discurso sobre el Estado de la Unión, el presidente Barack Obama destacó un aumento modesto en trabajos de servicio con los salarios más bajos – desde centros de llamadas hasta los restaurantes de comida rápida. Sin embargo, cientos de miles de trabajadoras/es en la industria pesada, la producción de energía, la banca y los servicios financieros – desde DuPont, Alcoa, John Deere y BP hasta Morgan Stanley – ya han sido despedidas/os en el último año.Rescate financiero profundizó la crisisLos economistas capitalistas, reticentes a utilizar el término “recesión,” han inventado un nuevo término para denominar un período tan largo sin crecimiento económico: “estancamiento secular”. Se han celebrado conferencias internacionales y escrito numerosos trabajos académicos sobre este tema. Estancamiento secular es un término muy difuso que oculta la realidad. El capitalismo, para expandirse, debe encontrar mercados en los que vender sus productos con ganancias. Cuando no puede hacer esto, todo el sistema mundial entra en una espiral de crisis.Los rescates no han tenido éxito en poner en marcha a la economía. Años de tasas de interés de casi cero para estimular préstamos gigantes supuestamente para estimular la producción, puede que hayan empeorado esta crisis capitalista.Un periódico británico cita las palabras de un funcionario de la Organización para la Cooperación y el Desarrollo Económico: “La situación es peor de lo que era en 2007. El mundo se enfrenta a una ola de impagos épicos de deuda. Nuestra municiones macroeconómicas para combatir las crisis, esencialmente han sido totalmente utilizadas”., dijo William White, el presidente con sede en Suiza del comité de revisión de la OCDE y ex economista jefe del Banco de Pagos Internacionales (BPI).” (Telegraph, 19 de enero)Barcos ‘Zombi’Hay sobreproducción de mercancías, desde petróleo hasta los productos terminados como juguetes, ropa y autos. Hay hasta un exceso de los grandes buques de contenedores que mueven más del 95 por ciento de los productos manufacturados del mundo.La industria del transporte marítimo se enfrenta a su peor crisis en memoria reciente, después de años de rápida expansión alimentada por la deuda barata. La flota mundial se duplicó en tamaño de 2010 a 2013. (Reuters Business Insider, 20 de enero)La competencia entre las compañías navieras ha impulsado la construcción de una nueva generación de súper cargueros que puede transportar 19.000 contenedores, en comparación a los buques anteriores que llevan solo 5.600. Se necesitan años para construir este tipo de buques. Los pedidos fueron colocados cuando se esperaba una recuperación global completa después de 2009.Las corporaciones navieras que financiaron sus flotas con un 60 por ciento de deuda y con 40 por ciento de liquidez, han visto desvanecerse esa liquidez.Ahora, flotas “zombi” aceptan fletes a precios irrisorios sólo para poder seguir a flote. Pero los propietarios no tienen esperanza de pagar el capital en sus préstamos. Los bancos tienen miedo de destapar estos préstamos porque entonces se verían obligados a ponerlos en la lista de pérdidas.El Baltic Exchange, que ha establecido tarifas de envío por más de dos siglos y medio, dice que la situación que sus miembros enfrentan es sombría.Gigantes derribados por la deudaAún grandes empresas multinacionales que han sobrevivido décadas de caos capitalista en el pasado se tambalean ahora.  Años de interés de casi cero por ciento provocaron que muchas de las mayores empresas mundiales de mercancías, asumieran enormes deudas para invertir en una mayor expansión y en fusiones.  Pero ahora que el precio de las mercancías ha bajado a la mitad o incluso a un tercio del valor que tenían hace un año, el valor de mercado de estas empresas ha entrado en una caída libre.Una de las más grandes y antiguas corporaciones mineras de oro y cobre, la Freeport McMoRan, está en crisis después de sacar grandes préstamos hace unos tres años para compras en petróleo y gas.  Ahora con el exceso de petróleo, las acciones de la compañía han caído de $60 por acción a menos de $4.  Freeport McMoRan, valorada ahora en $4.8 mil millones, está sobrellevando una deuda de $20 mil millones, por lo cual está recortando puestos de trabajo y todos los gastos de capital.  Pero para cumplir con sus pagos de la deuda, sigue produciendo petróleo, incluso a precios sumamente bajos.  (New York Times, 22 de enero)Anteriormente, durante las caídas de precios, los productores de mercancías inmediatamente reducían la producción.  Pero esta vez, debido a sus enormes deudas, continúan inundando el mercado, empeorando así la situación.Capitalistas culpan a China de sus problemasEl exceso actual de mercancías a nivel global está siendo atribuido a una desaceleración en el crecimiento de la República Popular China — la segunda economía más grande y de más rápido crecimiento del mundo.El caos y la competencia despiadada del sistema capitalista en sí nunca es culpado.  Por ejemplo, tanto corporaciones estadounidenses como alemanas han agravado las condiciones en China en las plantas que son empresas conjuntas.  La decisión de Volkswagen, GM y otros fabricantes significativos de automóviles de frenar su producción en China debido al exceso de oferta mundial de automóviles, significó que cancelaran primero las bonificaciones para las/os trabajadores en sus plantas.  “Los bonos típicamente suelen ascender a más de la mitad del salario neto de las/os trabajadores de la línea de ensamblaje”.  (Reuters, 15 de septiembre, 2015)Estas gigantescas corporaciones internacionales no solo cortan el pago que se llevan a su casa las/os trabajadores de la línea de ensamblaje, sus horas de trabajo, los descansos y el número de turnos, sino que ellos y otras grandes empresas occidentales también cortaron miles de millones de dólares en los planes de expansión que tenían en China.  Por supuesto, todos estos recortes en inversiones que fueron anunciados hace más de tres meses, tuvieron repercusiones sobre el mercado de valores chino.Estos cortes abruptos han estimulado el aumento de los esfuerzos para desarrollar unas relaciones y un comercio más estable entre China, Rusia, América Latina y África.  Un artículo cubano titulado “Resistiendo las tormentas del siglo 21” escrito hace pocos días, expuso que este comercio que se está desarrollando rápidamente es de beneficio mutuo.  Para el año 2014, el valor del comercio bilateral entre China y América Latina era 22 veces más de lo que había sido en 2000.  (Granma, 19 de enero)No se puede predecir cuán profunda e insuperable será la crisis venidera, ni qué la va a provocar.  Pero la urgencia de que las/os trabajadores hagan sonar la alarma y organicen una fuerte lucha está fuera de discusión.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more