Air freight recovers in 2010

first_img Show Comments ▼ Air freight recovers in 2010 whatsapp AIR freight grew by over one fifth in 2010, in a sign of global economic recovery, but severe weather in Europe and North America dented passenger demand at the end of the year, the airline body IATA said yesterday.Both passenger and freight demand have now exceeded pre-recession levels but freight volumes have dropped five per cent since the peak of the post-recession restocking boom in early 2010, the International Air Transport Association said.IATA director-general Giovanni Bisignani said the world was moving again after an unprecedented decline in aviation demand in 2009. Airlines ended the year ahead of 2008 volumes but with a profit margin of only 2.7 per cent.“The challenge is to turn the demand for mobility into sustainable profits,” he said.Demand for air cargo — an important indicator of world trade flows — was 6.7 per cent higher in December than a year earlier after rising 5.4 per cent in November, to show a 20.6 per cent rise for the full year, IATA’s monthly traffic data showed.The World Trade Organisation has projected that global trade rebounded by a record 13.5 per cent in 2010. IATA estimates that some 30 per cent of world trade by value — more expensive goods than bulk cargos — are moved by air.With freight demand growth oscillating between 35.2 per cent in May and 5.8 per cent in November, the industry is heading towards a more normal growth pattern in line with historical growth rates of five to six per cent. Severe weather in North America and Europe dented passenger demand in December, with growth slowing to 4.9 per cent from 8.2 per cent. in November. Share KCS-content center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastLuxury SUVs | Search AdsThese Cars Are So Loaded It’s Hard to Believe They’re So CheapLuxury SUVs | Search AdsSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeBlood Pressure Solution4 Worst Blood Pressure MedsBlood Pressure SolutionAlphaCute30 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 Farm Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof Wednesday 2 February 2011 7:52 pm whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Ireland shuts down sporting events to slow Covid-19

first_img The Irish government has announced a complete shut-down of all sporting events as part of a new package of measures adopted in an attempt to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country.With all Gaelic Athletics Association (GAA), Irish Rugby Football Union, the League of Ireland football competition and Motorsport Ireland events shut down since 12 March, this mainly affects Irish horseracing.Since 13 March, all fixtures have been held behind closed doors, but following the new measures, the racing at Tipperary’s Clonmel Racecourse will be the final event until at least 19 April. This means the Irish Grand National is facing cancellation or at least a postponement, while Punchestown Festival, scheduled for 28 April, appears to be under threat.As of yesterday (24 March) Ireland has 1,329 confirmed cases of Covid-19, and seven deaths from the virus.The shut-down further reduces the range of available events for betting, which have been severely curtailed from 13 March when almost all high profile leagues suspended upcoming fixtures.British horseracing followed from 18 March, until 30 April, having initially attempted to continue behind closed doors. Yesterday also saw British greyhound racing shut down, again after initially going behind closed doors.Currently racing is still taking place in Sweden, and at a number of tracks in California and Florida in the US. 25th March 2020 | By contenteditor Email Address Ireland shuts down sporting events to slow Covid-19 Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Horse racing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Irish government has announced a complete shut-down of all sporting events as part of a new package of measures adopted in an attempt to slow the spread of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the country. Tags: Race Track and Racino Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Horse racing Regions: UK & Irelandlast_img read more

Here is a FTSE 100 stock I would consider in the market crash

first_imgHere is a FTSE 100 stock I would consider in the market crash Jabran Khan | Tuesday, 31st March, 2020 | More on: GSK When stock markets crash, people usually panic and look to offload shares. They are always looking at how they can protect themselves and what they can salvage from plummeting investments. Investors who usually do well in troubled times are those who do not panic sell and conversely hold on to their shares. Those who are on the lookout for bargains are the savviest of them all.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…I often wonder what the perfect stock looks like and I then come to my senses quickly and realise there is no such thing. However, there are a few that come close or some you could put into a category I like to call ‘buy and hold forever’.ProfileGlaxoSmithKline (LSE:GSK) fits into the above category in my opinion. The 150-year-old pharmaceutical giant specialises in medicines, vaccines. and consumer health products. This current market crash has been caused by a global pandemic and health crisis. Common sense suggests such a company would continue to survive a harsh economic climate, if not thrive. At a turbulent time such as this, investing in larger companies is smart, as smaller businesses are struggling. GSK is huge, with a market value close to £75bn. With that type of value it easily cements a place in the top five of FTSE 100 members, based on sheer size. Performance and recent eventsThe market crash has wreaked havoc on global markets. I have written recently about companies that have seen decreases of almost 70% in share price. GSK has only seen a 20% loss in its share price value. To put this into perspective, GSK’s share price was trading at around 1,800p at the end of January. At the time of writing, it has just surpassed the 1,500p mark. GSK announced its full-year 2019 results just before the pandemic began to impact markets. It delivered a good performance with growth in sales and earnings, together with strong cash generation. Turnover for the group was up an impressive 10%. Sales exceeded £33bn, which is an increase of 2% over the previous year. Cash generation was down slightly as this was impacted by payments for returns and rebates. Nevertheless GSK’s cash flow is still healthy. Overall, all three divisions, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, and consumer healthcare products, saw increases in growth. The takeaways from this full-year trading update are encouraging for shareholders and potential investors alike. I believe it shows a business well-positioned in a competitive industry. The announcement also touched upon 2020 plans to invest in further R&D and new companies too. Next stepsGSK’s dividend per share remains at 80p, the same as for the past four years. This is not a negative, however, as it still represents an extremely attractive dividend yield of almost 6%. The current price-to-earnings ratio sits at close to 15, which to me means there is little risk involved here. My overall consensus is that GSK presents a real opportunity at this time, given the price drop. The old adage goes ‘never say never,’ but I feel GSK is almost too big to fail. As I mentioned earlier it is one that will sit comfortably in your buy and hold category if you are attracted by its dividend yield and current cheap price. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Jabran Khan has no position in any shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.center_img See all posts by Jabran Khan Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”last_img read more

Z53 Social Housing / MAP/MX + Grupo Nodus

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/402709/z53-social-housing-map-mx-grupo-nodus Clipboard ArchDaily “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/402709/z53-social-housing-map-mx-grupo-nodus Clipboard Z53 Social Housing / MAP/MX + Grupo Nodus Architects: Grupo Nodus, Michan Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Rafael Gamo+ 19 Share Social Housing “COPY” Projects Mexico Area:  3650 m²Text description provided by the architects. The project is located on a rectangular plot with its short side facing the Street, in an areas with a high demand of social housing in Mexico City.  The 42 units are placed in three towers, generating interiorcourtyards for views and natural ventilation for each apartment, connected with tow vertical cores and bridges above the patios. Save this picture!Ground FloorThe structure on the parking level is made of reinforce concrete, transferring the loads to masonry brick  walls on the fifth levels above.  Save this picture!© Rafael GamoThe masonry brick walls play an important role on the project as they are part of the structure and re-interpret the traditional brick wall, blurring the boundary between structure and ornament.  Save this picture!© Rafael GamoWith the use of a single unit; red mud artisanal brick we were able to produce a heterogeneous coherence in the facades, creating walls that are sensible to shadows and lights. Save this picture!DetailThe constrains of the project such as; budget, materials, structure and destiny where conceived as opportunities and with few mutations of the traditional construction techniques, which generated new spatial qualities that responds to the local aesthetic, producing new alternatives and relations between technology an tradition.Save this picture!© Rafael GamoProject gallerySee allShow lessSchandy House / gualano + gualano: arquitectosSelected ProjectsHow Engineering the Serpentine Almost Brought AECOM’s Computers to a HaltArchitecture NewsProject locationAddress:Azcapotzalco, México D.FLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopySocial Housing•Mexico City, Mexico Z53 Social Housing / MAP/MX + Grupo NodusSave this projectSaveZ53 Social Housing / MAP/MX + Grupo Nodus CopyAbout this officeGrupo NodusOfficeFollowMichan ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureSocial HousingMexico CityMexicoPublished on July 19, 2013Cite: “Z53 Social Housing / MAP/MX + Grupo Nodus” [Vivienda Social Z53 / Michan Architecture + Grupo Nodus] 19 Jul 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Surface: Nordic DécorGlassMitrexSolar PanelsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemSealantsAGROB BUCHTALHow To Benefit From Ceramic Tiles With Hytect SurfaceSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassFacade SystemsTrimoTrimoterm FTV in the BASE – Backing wallSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylight Ridgelight in Office BuildingDoorsVEKAFront Doors – SOFTLINECurtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalResidential ApplicationsULMA Architectural SolutionsVentilated Facades on Building in PamplonaDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewAccessories / TV MountsYellow Goat DesignScreens – BlossomMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Guide Dogs registers cheeseandwine.org.uk for fundraising events

first_img Tagged with: Digital Events Guide Dogs registers cheeseandwine.org.uk for fundraising events AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 25 November 2002 | News  28 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img It’s not just charities’ names and initials that need registering as domain names to protect: their brands, trademarks and even fundraising event names should be considered for protection by registering the appropriate domain names. In 2003 Guide Dogs for the Blind will be encouraging supporters to host cheese and wine events to raise funds for the charity. It expects that more than 500 of these events will take place throughout the UK, and hopes they will raise at least £50,000. As part of the promotion and support for this initiative the charity has registered the domain name cheeseandwine.org.uk. In fact, it registered the domain name back on 10 April 2001. The charity has not set up a separate site for the domain name, but simply points it at the relevant fundraising page on its main Web site. Registering such domain names is important, but so too is managing them and retaining them. Has your charity audited the domain names it holds, or asked its staff, volunteers and supporters if they have registered any related domain names in their own name? Do you have a list of when each domain name comes up for renewal? Advertisement Now would be a good time to check your domain name assets, both the usual and unusual ones.www.cheeseandwine.org.uk 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

Lugansk communist: ‘Donbass is in great need of international solidarity’

first_imgPublication of newspapers, pamphlets and books. Organization of solidarity actions, like those which took place following the death of Brigade Commander Mozgovoi. Struggle against political repression in Ukraine; informational pickets in support of demands to release political prisoners in Ukraine. Creating a list of repressions in Ukraine. Picketing of Ukrainian embassies in Europe. Protest rallies in Kiev. Preparation and holding of international seminars, round tables, presentations, conferences and meetings related to the current situation in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics of Donbass. Workers World interviewed Maxim Chalenko, Secretary of the Communist Party, Lugansk Regional Committee in the Lugansk People’s Republic (LC). Chalenko is a founder of the Forum of Communist, Socialist, Workers’, Environmental and Anti-Fascist Forces. He helped to organize the Donbass International Forum titled “Anti-Fascism, Internationalism, Solidarity” held on May 8 in Alchevsk.Workers World: Where did you grow up and go to school? How did you become involved in the communist movement?Maxim ChalenkoMaxim Chalenko: I was born on June 30, 1980, in Severodonetsk, in the Lugansk region [then part of Soviet Ukraine]. I spent most of my youth in Lugansk city, where my family moved in 1990. I graduated from Lugansk School Number 57, then East Ukrainian State University, with a degree in history and archiving.I’ve been active in the communist movement for 17 years. In 1997, I joined the Leninist Communist Youth Union of Ukraine (the youth organization of the Communist Party of Ukraine). I organized protests for the restoration of students’ rights in 2000-03 and became a member of the Communist Party of Ukraine in 2000.In Kiev, I was active in the movement “Ukraine without Kuchma” in 2002, when police violently broke up our tent camp. Later I organized a series of protests of workers and miners in the Lugansk region.I was elected secretary of the Zhovtnevy District Committee of the Communist Party in Lugansk, then secretary of the Communist Party, Lugansk Regional Committee, Secretary of the Lugansk Municipal Committee of the Communist Party, and as a deputy to the Lugansk Regional Council.WW: As a young person, what was it like to live through the collapse of the Soviet Union?MC: As the son of a Soviet soldier, the collapse of the USSR hit me very hard. The destruction of this great country, whose cornerstone was to protect the workers’ interests, made many in the military burn with a desire to defend the Soviet Union. But unfortunately, after the collapse, those actively serving in the military were forbidden to speak of the USSR.Many communists began to focus their efforts and energy on trying to build a just, socialist society within the framework of the national states formed after the collapse of the Soviet Union, including us in Ukraine. Perhaps this was one of the main reasons for our failures.In my opinion, the disintegration of the Soviet Union into national states, where each went into its own sociopolitical process, only sped up the transition from the socialist to the capitalist path. A powerful, ideologically cohesive communist movement was then split and disorganized.WW: Tell us about the activity of the communists in Lugansk following the U.S.-backed coup in Kiev in February 2014.MC: After the anti-people coup in Kiev — and even during it, at the end of 2013 — we organized the first militia squadron to protect the civilian population of Lugansk from fascism. Our goals were to protect the population from aggression, provocations and attacks by neo-fascists and to protect monuments related to our history and culture. We worked to block the arrival of neo-Nazi militants from the West.We also took on the important task of opposing attempts by the Lugansk authorities to negotiate the conditions for their surrender to the Kiev junta. After all, capitalists in power are indifferent to the problems of the people; all that is important is to preserve and increase their capital. We understood this and moreover, saw it happening in practice.Powerful politicians, dominated by members of the Party of Regions, were negotiating the surrender of Lugansk to the neo-fascists. With the tacit consent of the Kiev junta, they appointed new regional heads of the Interior Ministry, Prosecutor’s Office and Security Service of Ukraine, whose purpose was to suppress the anti-fascist resistance in Lugansk.We proposed to organize a broad anti-fascist front to stop the spread of fascism to the East and also raised the issue of geopolitical choice. At that time the issue of the restoration of the USSR came to the fore.In the face of resurgent fascist ideology, including aggressive nationalism, we must intensify international work to demand the restoration of the USSR. We believe that now more than ever we have the basis to do it.WW: What organizing and activities have you conducted since the start of the war?MC: In April and May 2014, Lugansk residents were very worried about Slavyansk [in neighboring Donetsk] and its inhabitants, who were subjected to Ukrainian military aggression. We organized the first collection and shipment of humanitarian aid from Lugansk to the defenders of Slavyansk. No one realized that in a month we ourselves would need help.Later, when the war came to our door, we actively engaged in the collection and transfer of humanitarian aid to Lugansk from Russia. We were really helped by the Communist Party committees of Rostov and Voronezh. These two areas border Lugansk, and even before the war we had established a wonderful comradeship with them. We appealed for help and they immediately responded, organizing the collection of food, medicine and clothing through their party structures. Almost every week throughout the summer, we brought this assistance into the Lugansk People’s Republic.Then, in early September, when the ceasefire agreement was signed in Minsk, we held a re-registration of the party ranks and started to restore our party structures. Some people had left, some had disappeared and did not respond to phone calls. Several communists were killed. The secretaries of the party committees were scattered, mainly engaged in solving problems in their cities. At that time communication and transportation were restored, and within a few months, we restored ties with all local organizations.WW: Why did you decide to organize an international solidarity forum this spring?MC: There were two reasons: First, it was the landmark 70th anniversary of the victory of socialism over fascism [the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in World War II]; second, and most important, today the left-wing in Donbass is in great need of international support and assistance from allied organizations.In spite of high ideals, including our own, the movement of the People’s Republics along the socialist path has not been simple and unambiguous. Yes, at the initial stage, all the revolutionary movements of the streets and squares were associated with anti-fascism and the desire of the majority of the population to take the socialist path of development. But no one really voiced the slogans “factories to the workers” and “land to the peasants,” and the socialistic character of the republics remained only in form but not in essence.The forum was significant in that it gave youth of Europe and the world an understanding of the conditions in which we are fighting today.WW: The Donbass International Forum was hosted by the Ghost Brigade, anti-fascist militia in Alchevsk. How did that come about?MC: Originally, we planned to hold the forum in Lugansk city, but due to the worsening military confrontation and internal political situation, we decided to hold it in Alchevsk, the second-largest city in the region. An invitation was extended by Brigade Commander Alexei Mozgovoi, who was ideologically a communist though not a member of the party, and he played an important role. I think the decision was correct; we not only held the forum, but also supported our ideological comrades in Alchevsk.[Mozgovoi and four other Ghost Brigade members were assassinated on May 23. (Workers World, May 26)]One of the main objectives was to consolidate the efforts of leftist and anti-war organizations of the world on the issue of Donbass. This goal must seem very romantic, given current geopolitical realities, but we have already achieved some important steps.The forum brought together a large number of left-wing organizations that are interested in the situation of the anti-fascist resistance in the Donbass. Generally, our situation is quite unusual, and I’m aware of the many contradictions and disputes among leftists around the world in relation to our assessment of events, and most importantly, how communists, internationalists and anti-fascists should operate in these conditions.Even during the forum, on a par with the wishes for victories in the struggle against fascism in Ukraine, there were questions about the role of the left in the events in Ukraine and Donbass. What position should we take in a situation where the main question is which side to take in a geopolitical confrontation? The answer is very complex and the opinion of one person or national organization is not enough.By and large, this was the second key objective of the forum: to begin a dialogue about the role of the left in events spurred by the geopolitical confrontation in southeastern Ukraine.WW: The forum also announced the creation of an international solidarity committee. What will this body do?MC: We are working for the creation of an international solidarity movement with Donbass, which we hope will be a platform to define a unified ideological position on the situation in Donbass and the forms and methods of work for left-wing political forces in these conditions.To that end, we have initiated these projects:Assisting in the formation of a Committee for Solidarity with Donbass in every country of Europe and the world.center_img Analysis of the situation in the Donbass, preparation of reports, information, and messages about the social and political environment. Promoting media that openly and honestly cover the events taking place in Donbass. Creation of online media resources to disseminate accurate information about the situation in the struggling republics.WW: How do you see the role of communists in Lugansk today?MC: Today the communists in Lugansk, as well as in Ukraine, are experiencing a serious systemic crisis. We were not prepared for a serious geopolitical confrontation here, could not give an ideological assessment as the events were occurring, or answers on how to proceed.In fact, this problem is not unique to Lugansk. Here the issues were thrust to the forefront by the acute confrontation and war on our territory. But a similar trend is weakening leftist movements with repression and splits throughout the former Soviet Union. I’m afraid that we may soon witness the failure of the last bastion of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in Russia.It must be understood that the potential for progress envisioned by communists after the collapse of the USSR has already completely exhausted itself. If we do not find adequate answers and develop new ways of working, we will be excluded from the country’s political life for many years to come.Therefore, in Lugansk, it is necessary to consolidate all communists around a unified organization, and then develop a new strategy and methods of work for its realization. We must search for new social bases for the party among the working class to enhance its capacity and size. And most importantly, develop a clear position on where we are going and what is the role of the left in the modern realities of the young Lugansk and Donetsk republics.Another important issue is establishing an international left movement that will develop a concept of a fighting left in the new “post-unipolar” world that is today being built by the actions we have actively participated in.WW: What is your vision for the future of socialism in Donbass?MC: In many respects, it depends on whether we communists find successful ways of working to ensure the movement of the republics along the path of socialism, rather than something that may appear socialist in form, but is essentially a neoliberal state.We are developing an organization to unite all supporters of socialism-communism under the name “Union of the Left of Donbass,” and to the extent possible, to influence the political development of the republic.Respect and revolutionary greetings to all comrades!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

COVID-19 exposes failure of U.S. health care

first_imgIn this pandemic, people in the U.S. should be questioning why the current capitalist health care system seems unable to combat the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. We should be demanding why U.S. officials — from the Trump administration to state and local health care departments — have let this crisis reach a point where governmental intervention may be too little, too late.Thirty million people in the U.S. lack health insurance. Access for millions more is limited by high copays and deductibles. In the wealthiest capitalist country in the world, health care is another commodity, available only to those with the means to pay.COVID-19 exposes the reality that even when one has the means to pay, there is not enough health care to go around. Lack of centralization also means the U.S. health system has no institutional way to analyze data, relying instead on sporadic reports from state health departments.Globally, tests for COVID-19 have been available since late January 2020. In late February, the World Health Organization shipped tests to 60 countries, but the U.S. rejected the tests.The xenophobic and profit-driven Trump administration wanted “Made in America” stamped on test labels. It ordered the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to design its own tests. Now social media journalists are raising the possibility that President Trump may have investments in companies producing those tests. (tinyurl.com/sf8tguw)The early CDC tests were defective, further delaying vital testing when COVID-19 cases began to appear in Washington state in late February. Now in mid-March, as more people report COVID-19 symptoms, testing remains criminally limited.Other countries report testing upwards of 20,000 people a day. In the U.S., fewer than 20,000 tests have been performed in total as of mid-March.We demand that the data be centralized and that tests be free, available and accessible to everyone. That some municipalities are only providing “drive-through” testing stations shamefully excludes people without access to cars.The sick system of capitalist health careBut focusing on the numbers of known COVID-19 cases conceals the underlying crisis: How many intensive care beds do U.S. hospitals have? How many ventilators, doctors, nurses and other staff trained to use ventilators are available? How many seriously ill people can be treated at any given time in U.S. hospitals?Addressing these questions strips away the façade that the U.S. has the “best health care system” in the world. The reality is that the health care system here is seriously inadequate and about to be challenged way beyond its limits.Even before the COVID-19 crisis, millions of urban and rural communities faced a critical lack of access to treatment facilities. By 2018, U.S. hospitals were closing at the rate of about 30 a year, according to the American Hospital Association.Currently U.S. hospitals in total have fewer than 70,000 available adult intensive care beds, of which three-quarters are already occupied. The lowest estimate of adults who may need intensive care due to COVID-19 over the coming months is between 200,000 and 300,000. Other studies put estimates in the millions.The number of accessible ventilators is more alarming. In February, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, an independent, nonprofit organization in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health estimated that the U.S. has a total of 160,000 ventilators readily available, with an additional 8,900 in national stockpiles. Even if more ventilators can be produced, there are not enough trained staff to use them.The great irony now is that the U.S. for-profit health care system, which relies on often unnecessary medical tests for diagnosis, is failing to provide the basic testing and health care critical to stem this pandemic. This despite the fact that the U.S. spends two times more per capita for health care than any other country.But how much of that spending goes to Big Pharma and Big Insurance profit?China shows socialized planning worksIs it possible to combat this disease? Yes — and China has proved that. Once the extent of contagion became evident, China quickly quarantined the most susceptible communities. As an extreme patient load became evident, Chinese workers built new hospitals in 10 days. Empty sports arenas were converted into makeshift centers to treat less serious cases.Volunteers were given safety equipment so they could deliver food and medicines to patients. Medical workers were sent to viral hotspots to lessen the load on overtaxed local medical personnel. Impacted workers were paid wages so they could stay home.As a result, close to 80 percent of 80,000 infected patients in China have recovered as of March 13. Now the Chinese government is volunteering assistance to other countries around the globe that are currently struggling against the pandemic. This is all possible because China has a planned, centralized economy that is not motivated by putting profits first.As for the U.S., based on the CDC’s own scenarios, between 160 to 214 million people here could be infected during the epidemic that could last months or even over a year. Of those, more than 21 million people could require hospitalization, with who knows how many dying in a capitalist health care system completely unprepared for the crisis.In the warzone of the pandemic, it is more clear than ever that socialism is the future.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Prime Minister and his father sue Far Eastern Economic Review

first_img Follow the news on Singapore News Help by sharing this information Organisation News to go further SingaporeAsia – Pacific News Singaporean website prosecuted over election coverage Coronavirus: State measures must not allow surveillance of journalists and their sources Receive email alertscenter_img News April 10, 2020 Find out more October 15, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders is deeply concerned by a lawsuit launched by ex prime minister Lee Kuan Yew and his son, the current prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, against the Far Eastern Economic Review (FEER).Both men claim to have been libelled in an article written by editor Hugo Restall in the July/August issue about an opposition leader Chee Soon Juan, calling him the Singapore’s “martyr” because of the number of lawsuits that have been taken out against him.”As the World Bank and IMF summit opens in Singapore, it is shocking to see the country’s leaders attempting to ruin a respected magazine and its editor simply for talking about an opposition figure,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.”The two international bodies could hardly have made a worse choice of country in which to hold an international conference,” it pointed out. “Press freedom should be one of the key elements of an open and dynamic economy.”It called on World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz and IMF head Rodrigo de Rato to intervene with the Singapore authorities to have the cases dropped.It was learned on 14 September 2006, that four defamation suits had been lodged, on 22 August, against editor, Hugo Restall, and the publisher of the Far Eastern Economic Review, produced in Hong Kong by the Review Publishing Company Ltd. Hugo Restall and the publisher have until 25 September to appear before Singapore’s High Court.The Far Eastern Economic Review has no staff or assets in Singapore, which could apparently make it problematic for the Singapore government to secure damages. For this reason the authorities, in August, ordered the FEER to comply with Section 23 of the law on newspapers and the written press. Under threat of being banned from selling in Singapore, the monthly had to appoint a legal representative in the country and put down a deposit of 200,000 Singapore dollars (100,000 euros), before 11 September.On 4 August, Reporters Without Borders condemned injunctions taken out by the Singapore government against the Far Eastern Economic Review, which is owned by the Dow Jones group, and four other foreign newspapers.Previously, the authorities had written to FEER calling on it to apologise, pay damages and to remove the article from its website. The management had replied that this was not possible.Reporters Without Borders placed Singapore 140th out of 167 countries in its worldwide press freedom index in 2005. RSF_en SingaporeAsia – Pacific October 2, 2020 Find out more September 15, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Prime Minister and his father sue Far Eastern Economic Review RSF’s denounces Singapore’s disregard of press freedom ahead of its Universal Periodic Reviewlast_img read more

Police use force to arrest news photographer at Toronto station

first_img January 15, 2021 Find out more November 19, 2020 Find out more News News June 6, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police use force to arrest news photographer at Toronto station Organisation On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts CanadaAmericas to go furthercenter_img News Reporters Without Borders condemns Toronto Star photographer Alex Consiglio’s arrest and mistreatment while taking photos during an incident inside Toronto’s Union Station on 2 June.The incident began when two employees of GO Transit, the regional public transit company, were thrown on to the track during a scuffle with a man who tried to open the doors of a train leaving the station. When Consiglio took photos of an injured employee, police told him this was not allowed and asked him to leave.Consiglio complied but, as he was leaving the station, he took another photo of the injured employee being taken away on a stretcher. At this point, he was arrested and handcuffed by the police, and briefly held in a headlock. He was later released after being fined 65 Canadian dollars.Anne Marie Aikins, media relations manager with Metrolinx, the company that manages GO Transit, said Consiglio was arrested because journalists are not allowed to take photos inside the station without first obtaining permission. Toronto Police communications director Mark Pugash claimed that the police used “reasonable force” because Consiglio refused to comply with request to get out of the way on the grounds that he worked for the media.“Whatever the reason given, there was no justification for the violence used with Consiglio,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities must investigate this incident, which is unusual in Canada and therefore all the more deserving of their attention.“Banning journalists from taking photos inside Union Station is absurd, especially as the ban does not apply to the public, who can use their smartphones to photograph anything that seems worthy of note and circulate their photos as it happens. Under these circumstances, what are the grounds for preventing professional reporters from doing their job?” CanadaAmericas RSF_en News “We must impose democratic obligations on the leading digital players” Follow the news on Canada Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” November 11, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

SC Adjourns Challenge To Inclusion Of B.Ed Candidates In Appearing For Assistant Teachers Exam

first_imgTop StoriesSC Adjourns Challenge To Inclusion Of B.Ed Candidates In Appearing For Assistant Teachers Exam Radhika Roy9 July 2020 4:52 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court has adjourned the plea challenging inclusion of B.Ed candidates to appear in the Uttar Pradesh Assistant Teachers examination on the grounds that they are not qualified for it, to July 13. A Bench comprising of Justices UU Lalit, MM Shantanagoudar and Vineet Saran have further directed the Petitioners to file the Writ Petition which is pending before the Lucknow…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court has adjourned the plea challenging inclusion of B.Ed candidates to appear in the Uttar Pradesh Assistant Teachers examination on the grounds that they are not qualified for it, to July 13. A Bench comprising of Justices UU Lalit, MM Shantanagoudar and Vineet Saran have further directed the Petitioners to file the Writ Petition which is pending before the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad HC as an Annexure to the instant plea before the Apex Court. The plea, filed by a group of Basic Teacher Certificate (BTC) trained candidates, challenges the June 28, 2018 notification of the Uttar Pradesh Assistant Teachers Examination for 69,000 posts. It is further submitted that the B.Ed candidates have failed to complete the mandatory six months bridge course which is required to qualify for the post of an Assistant Teacher and, therefore, can only be inducted as a trainee teacher. The matter, therefore, revolves around the challenge to an amendment instituted by the Uttar Pradesh State Government in January 2019, giving retrospective effect to the inclusion of candidates with a Bachelor of Education degree in the examination, despite the National Teachers Congress not considering them to be qualified enough for an Assistant Teacher’s post. The Petitioners have thus challenged the Order rendered by a Division Bench of the Allahabad High Court which is in favour of the B.Ed candidates. This HC Order has also allowed to de-tag the plea which challenges the legal validity of the State Government’s amendment which allows for the retrospective inclusion of the B.Ed candidates. The matter is now listed on July 13 before the Supreme Court. Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more