The Co-op boss who is on a mission to rejuvenate an iconic organisation

first_img The Co-op boss who is on a mission to rejuvenate an iconic organisation Share 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 PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.com Tags: NULL IT IS EASY to see why Co-operative Group chief executive Peter Marks is so excited about the new £180m head office that will open on a 20-acre site in the centre of Manchester in 2012.The current 1960s 13-storey building across the road seems to be made almost entirely of linoleum and plywood. I have never seen the HQ of Bulgaria’s Ministry of Fisheries, but you get an uneasy feeling that the Co-op’s current head office was modelled on it.But there is nothing sleepy about the trim and talkative Marks; as we chat, he is standing in his large 12-floor office, pointing to a picture of the new sleek glass and steel head office.“That new building is an indication to our staff and everyone else of the way we are refreshing this iconic brand,” he says.The Co-op boss sees this as a fitting home for a diverse, retailing-led business that two years ago bought Somerfield for £1.6bn, making it the fifth largest supermarket chain in the country, and last year took over Britannia building society, boosting its financial services business.Marks’ staff also deserve a mention. I met five people on the way up to meet the chief executive, and all of them were among the most helpful in any corporate head office I have ever visited. They all seemed acutely aware of the special place the Co-op holds in British Society.The Co-op is the largest mutual business in the country, with 5.5m members, who receive a cash payment or dividend based on the points they earn when they trade at any of the group’s businesses. In addition to its 3,000 supermarkets, the group includes among its units the country’s biggest farmer (tending 65,000 acres), the UK’s third largest pharmacist, and Europe’s biggest funeral service provider. If the firm, which employs 120,000 staff, were a plc, it would fit in the FTSE 30. The business, which began trading in 1840, still has a political wing, which backs Labour MPs. The group’s half-year results last month showed impressive growth, considering most of its units are consumer facing. Its profits before payments to members, equivalent to a plc’s pre-tax profit, rose from £221m to £260m, after exceptional items such as store sales. Revenue rose eight per cent to £6.9bn. The underlying trading profit at its supermarkets – which account for 60 per cent of the group’s sales ahead of its financial services and chemists – was up 12.6 per cent at £169.7m.Marks says food, financial services, funerals and its pharmacy units “have all done well” during the last six months and, indeed throughout the recession. He says this is because these divisions do not have such a “volatile reaction to the business cycle.” Even its supermarket’s premium Truly Irresistible range is growing “because people are staying in more, but still want to treat themselves.”TOUGH TIMES AHEAD FOR THE CONSUMERBut Marks is in no doubt that the UK consumer is in for a tough year ahead. He says: “We are coming out of recession. And we expect to see very little growth in the economy. Consumers are about to be hit by a barrage of austerity measures as the government starts to cut back on spending. These challenges will have a dampening effect on consumer spending.”At the end of this year the supermarket will complete a £2.5bn three-year integration and modernisation programme that has unavoidably interrupted trading.Marks says: “We have been modernising stores at the rate of 24 a week. And that has had an impact. You have to close stores down for a few days and that causes disruption.”In food stores that were modernised, half year sales are down one per cent; in stores that traded normally, sales rose 2.5 per cent.Many critics say the Co-op food estate was due for investment and was falling behind bigger players such as Tesco and Sainsbury’s.Marks agrees: “Three or four years ago, we were not great, we were declining. The stores were tired and needed investment. I believe that has changed. Our stores are now as good as anyone’s, if not better.”Co-op has also benefitted from having the right kind of stores. Its supermarket estate is in the main made up of city centre convenience stores of between 2,000 sq ft and 20,000 sq ft, rather than the 50,000 sq ft to 70,000 sq ft superstores its larger rivals have traditionally relied on. However, in the last few years it is the convenience store segment that has shown the fastest growth. Tesco has opened 1,130 Express convenience units, while Sainsbury’s has opened several hundred Local stores in a bid to close the gap.But Marks remains bullish. He says: “We are not worried about that. We have a lot of reach and experience in this market.”Marks’ second large integration project is merging Britannia – and its large mortgage base – with his well-regarded Co-operative bank. He is in the first year of a three-year programme here.He says: “Our aim is to be the most admired financial services brand in the business. We stand for prudence and old-fashioned banking. We were one of the few banks that didn’t have to go to the government cap in hand to ask for a bailout.”Marks adds: “We don’t rely on wholesale banking to support our lending. In the main those funds come from our deposits.”The Co-op boss says his bank can’t be accused of not lending to small businesses: its annual lending in this area over the last three years has risen from £600m to £1.2bn.The Co-op covers a wide range of services, but that does not necessarily mean Marks is constantly on the look out for new areas to push into. He says: “We never say ‘never’, but on the whole we are looking to focus on what we do well.”For instance he has no plans to get into online food shopping, preferring to “concentrate on upgrading our bricks and mortar.”LEGAL SERVICES EXPANSIONHowever, he is interested in selling basic legal services. He says: “We already draw up wills, probate and handle personal injury cases for our members. But we think next year there will be plans to deregulate the legal services industry so we can sell these services to anybody. These moves were started under the Labour government, but we understand the coalition plans to carry them out.”Marks is a Co-op lifer who has worked for the mutual for 43 years after leaving his Bradford grammar school, St Bede’s. He worked his way up through most divisions of the business, before becoming chief executive of United Co-operatives in 2002. He then became chief executive of the Co-operative Group after it merged with United Co-operatives in 2007.However, 19 other regional Co-ops remain outside his movement. Does he hope they will join the fold? He says: “Do I lay awake at night thinking about this? Not really. We are 90 per cent of the movement, and that gives us the economy of scale we need. That battle has been won.”Marks also has no plans to retire. He says: “There is a lot to do here. We are on a journey to reinvigorate this iconic brand. In two or three years we will have the business in the sort of shape that we want it. But then there will be other areas we will want to look at. “There are only two directions a business can travel – forward or backwards. It can’t stand still.”On that note, Marks politely indicates he has another appointment. He is a busy man, with a huge agenda; he is pitted against UK Plc’s most powerful quoted firms. If Marks pulls off his plans, he will have proved that an oft-written off mutual business can triumph. It will be a fascinating tale.CV | PETER MARKSAge: 60Work: 1967 to 2002 – joined Yorkshire Co-op as a management trainee in the food division, going on to manage various divisions; 2002-2007: chief executive of United Co-operatives (following the merger of United Norwest and Yorkshire Co-operatives); 2007-present – chief executive of Co-operative Group (after its merger with United Co-operatives) Education: St Bede’s Grammar, BradfordFamily: Married, with two daughtersLives: Bingley, West YorkshireHobbies: Plays drums once a month in a pub rock band – Last Orders whatsapp whatsapp Sunday 19 September 2010 9:42 pm Show Comments ▼ KCS-content last_img read more

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CAL Bank Limited (CAL.gh) Q12017 Interim Report

first_imgCAL Bank Limited (CAL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about CAL Bank Limited (CAL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CAL Bank Limited (CAL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CAL Bank Limited (CAL.gh)  2017 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileCAL Bank Limited is a leading financial institution in Ghana offering products and services for the investment, corporate and retail banking sectors, as well as custodial, treasury, security brokerage, fund management and asset management services. The banking group underwrites securities and provides financial solutions for corporate finance operations, loan syndications and securities portfolio management, acquisitions and mergers, acceptance of bills of exchange, bullion dealings, export trade development and financing, hire-purchase finance and leasing. CAL Bank Limited provide a counseling and financing service for industrial, agricultural, mining, services and commercial ventures. The financial institution was founded in 1990 and is based in Accra, Ghana. CAL Bank Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Andy Goode high tackle on Brian O’Driscoll

first_imgSunday Jan 20, 2008 Andy Goode high tackle on Brian O’Driscoll The second of the big incidents in the Leicester vs Leinster game, this high tackle sparked a scuffle that had players running from all over to join. Andy Goode almost took Brian O’Driscoll’s head off with this high clothes line and then followed it up by trying to plant the Irishman’s head into the Welford Road turf. I have no idea what sparked this. Strange for a player to dish out a high tackle and then attack the guy he just nailed. Goode gets his deserved Yellow Card which causes his team to be down to 13 players temporarily, after the Julian White punch . ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Andy Goode high tackle on Brian O’Driscoll | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Glenbrook Residence / David Jameson Architect

first_img Photographs Architects: David Jameson Architect Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/106677/glenbrook-residence-david-jameson-architect Clipboard United States 2005 Year:  “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/106677/glenbrook-residence-david-jameson-architect Clipboard Glenbrook Residence / David Jameson Architect CopyAbout this officeDavid Jameson ArchitectOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBethesdaHousesUnited StatesPublished on January 27, 2011Cite: “Glenbrook Residence / David Jameson Architect” 27 Jan 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardWindowsMitrexSolar WindowAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesBulbs / SpotsCocowebLighting – Compact Gallery White TracklightConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMSealantsEffisusCrossing Perforations on RoofsWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea CosmosWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodValchromat Panels for Interior DesignWindowspanoramah!®ah! MotorisationHingesSaliceHinges – PactaDrawers / Filing Cabinets / ShelvesBeneStorage Partition – PORTS StorageMore 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 streamcenter_img Houses Glenbrook Residence / David Jameson ArchitectSave this projectSaveGlenbrook Residence / David Jameson Architect Projects Photographs:  Paul Warchol PhotographyText description provided by the architects. Shaped largely by the site, the Glenbrook Residence is conceptually a courtyard inserted between two heavy walls. Threading the walls through the treescape to create distinct yet connected structures allows the house to be divided spatially into the most public, most private and a living pavilion that can become either or both. The residual in-between spaces create outdoor rooms that engage the building. Save this picture!site planThe public and private wings of the house make up the foundations of the design concept. They are thought of as being of the earth and are articulated through their materials and shape as heavy, static pieces. These wings define the bounds of the house and act as the backbone to support the various courtyards, upper roof canopies and the dynamic living pavilion that sits between. Save this picture!© Paul Warchol PhotographyThe living pavilion is conceived as the center-piece of the concept and glows like a crystal between the heavy wall elements of the house and contains the cooking, eating, and living spaces. Save this picture!© Paul Warchol PhotographyAbove each of the heavy wings floats a thin, folding roof canopy. More than a simple surface, this roof canopy is conceived as an entity where nothing is hidden and all six sides are exposed to view. The walls that contain the spaces beneath these canopies are made of glass to create the illusion of a floating roof and to blur the boundary between inside and outside. All of these elements adopt a language of angular, dynamic forms in order to be completely liberated from the solid elements of the house.Save this picture!© Paul Warchol PhotographyProject gallerySee allShow lessBIG wins the International Competition to design a new Waste-to-Energy plantArticlesBruder Klaus Field Chapel / Peter ZumthorArticles Share CopyHouses•Bethesda, United States ArchDaily “COPY” Save this picture!© Paul Warchol Photography+ 20 Sharelast_img read more

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House MP / Estudio GMARQ

first_imgArchDaily Save this picture!Cortesía de Estudio GMARQRecommended ProductsDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacDoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteText description provided by the architects. A corner lot in the best area of ​​April country club, located in what was once the area’s original ranch house, retaining old trees that gave, in addition to the environment, the feeling of being in the midst of a forest.Save this picture!Cortesía de Estudio GMARQThe first decision was to locate the house at the end of the ground to allow maximum sunlight, thus preventing the building volume shadow to be projected on the garden. Logic indicated to open the main rooms to the garden, but the problem was what to do with the main access and service areas which remained connected to the back garden and where poorly lit. We had to qualify these spaces and solve a spatial turn of 90 degrees from the main door to get visitors projected to the garden. We finally decided to place a double height that continued access visually and spatially with a patio on the first floor, with this operation we cut diagonally visual leak into the sky and the tops of the trees located east of the spot. Turn a long span with the gateway generates a counterpoint to the previous operation allowing you to see the garden through the room. Thus as soon as one enters the hall you realize that the house is much more complex than it looks from the outside, causing in the visitor some anxiety for discovering their spaces and especially their visual projections to the outside.Save this picture!Cortesía de Estudio GMARQThe organization of the program is conventional plant-level public and private access to the first level. The added value is in the double height, patio and a study all interlinked achieving programmatic and spatial richness that transcends the usual making a qualitative leap towards original architecture.Save this picture!Cortesía de Estudio GMARQThe constructive aspect was one of the most important developments of the project and the work itself. Double walls with air chamber burrow where necessary and aluminum joinery RPT DVH collaborate in energy savings. In addition to avoiding moisture problems and provide increased thermal insulation around the house ground level 30cm leaving an air gap in its entire contact surface with the ground.Save this picture!Cortesía de Estudio GMARQAesthetics was resolved with the utmost effort to further austerity contrast spatial results obtained; IGGAM plaster treatment in a neutral color and the carpentry anodized refer to the typical architecture of country clubs. In the interior of the main rooms were placed Lapacho wood floors that add warmth and white granite tiles in the service areas for easy cleaning, maintenance and durability.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessEli & Edythe Broad Art Museum / Zaha Hadid by Brad FeinknopfArticlesJerusalem Museum of Nature & Science Second Prize Winning Proposal / MYS ArchitectsArticles Share Save this picture!Cortesía de Estudio GMARQ+ 29 Share Houses House MP / Estudio GMARQ ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/318590/house-mp-estudio-gmarq Clipboard 2008 Area:  370 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  “COPY”center_img Architects: Estudio GMARQ Area Area of this architecture project Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/318590/house-mp-estudio-gmarq Clipboard Argentina “COPY” House MP / Estudio GMARQSave this projectSaveHouse MP / Estudio GMARQ CopyHouses•Tandil, Argentina CopyAbout this officeEstudio GMARQOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTandilArgentinaPublished on January 15, 2013Cite: “House MP / Estudio GMARQ” [Casa MP / Estudio GMARQ] 15 Jan 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ SandShowerhansgroheShowers – Raindance SelectWoodEGGERTimberSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Bre-ClassMetallicsTrimoMetal Panels for Roofs – Trimoterm SNVLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – MarbleWoodStructureCraftEngineering – Long-Span StructuresWoodBlumer LehmannAssembly and Logistics of Wood ProjectsHandlesKarcher DesignDoor Handle Madeira ER45Chairs / Benches / CouchesArperModular Sofa – LoopMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?MP别墅/Estudio GMARQ事务所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

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KA House / IDIN Architects

first_imgArchDaily Save this picture!© Ketsiree Wongwan+ 40Curated by Diego Hernández Share Thailand Projects Houses KA House / IDIN ArchitectsSave this projectSaveKA House / IDIN Architects CopyAbout this officeIDIN ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPak Chong DistrictPak ChongIcebergThailandPublished on February 09, 2020Cite: “KA House / IDIN Architects” 09 Feb 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?KA 住宅 / IDIN Architects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 stream Area:  240 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/771804/ka-house-idin-architects Clipboard KA House / IDIN Architects Photographs:  Ketsiree Wongwan Save this picture!© Ketsiree WongwanRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorText description provided by the architects. KA House is a vacation home for a couple, who enjoy outdoor activities and spending their relaxing time in a grand courtyard,  where they can run ad play with family members or lay down for a great view toward the lake. The house was designed to enclose the grand inner courtyard. Therefore, the building lays closing to the entrance connecting with the fence. In that sense, the courtyard facing the lake view performs as an actual ‘entrance’, while the front access looks as if it is the rear of the house.Save this picture!© Ketsiree WongwanSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Ketsiree WongwanThe inclining fence guides the vista from the outside to the inside.  At the same time, while walking through the entrance, the space gradually reveals the space of the inner courtyard and the building. Due to the steep curve of the site, the parking space is designed to be half-level underground, in order to keep the smooth continuity of the vista and to hide the disorder of the outside world. The main building is separated into two levels. The lower level is for living and dining space, which is connected to a spacious deck laying along the building. The mezzanine level is for bedrooms. The activities can be seen all around the house from mezzanine to the pool.Save this picture!© Ketsiree WongwanThe house was wrapped by triangular wooden lath creating diverse degree of openness though different points of view and times. Light and shadow play an important role in different times of the day. In the morning, the soft light will flow to the bedrooms creating a playful shadow around the area. In the afternoon, light will flow to the living area and hallways. The lath can be opened. It acts as a sunshade, a visual screen for AC  compressor, additionally creating lively shadows in the house and adding privacy to the owners during the night time.Save this picture!© Ketsiree WongwanOriginally published on August 14, 2015Project gallerySee allShow lessWhite Houses Chapadmalal / BiK ArquitecturaSelected ProjectsHyunam House / IROJE Architects & PlannersSelected Projects Share “COPY” CopyHouses•Pak Chong, Thailand Year:  Photographs “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/771804/ka-house-idin-architects Clipboard 2014 Architects: IDIN Architects Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

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Broad backing for minimum wage raise

first_imgLow-wage workers are carrying out a determined and heroic struggle to force giant corporations like McDonalds, Starbucks, Walmart and others to increase their pay beyond the current starvation wages. Many workers have been penalized. Some have been fired.But they have also won important victories. For example, on Feb. 19, Gap Inc. announced that they will increase the starting pay for their workers to $10 an hour.And these struggles have won broad public backing, with the vast majority favoring an increase in the federal minimum wage. According to two recent polls — CBS News and Pew Research — 72 percent and 73 percent respectively of those asked, support raising the minimum wage to at least $10.10 an hour from the current $7.25 an hour, which is the Democratic Party proposal before Congress. Even half the Republicans polled support this hike. (CNN.com)The law would also raise the base wage for tipped workers from the current $2.13 an hour (frozen for two decades), to $4.90 an hour in a three-step increase. Then, it would remain at 70 percent of the new minimum wage. The current ratio is 29 percent.Of course, a raise to $15 an hour is needed to help lift these workers, mostly women, many Latino/a and African American, out of poverty. Many low-wage and pro-worker groups, including Workers World Party, are demanding this. The $10.10 proposal would still leave more than 9 million workers, more than 40 million people when their families are taken into account, below the poverty line.But giant corporations have called on their political servants in Washington to block any raise in the minimum wage. For decades, they have used their vast technological resources and armies of low-paid workers in Asia, Eastern Europe and elsewhere to amass huge fortunes while they close down operations in the U.S. This has forced many workers to slave away for a meager pittance at fast-food restaurants, department stores and other low-wage shops. This has been a gold mine for these giant companies.Republican congresspersons like John Boehner adamantly oppose any increase in the minimum wage. They are using the same false argument now as they did in 1938 when the first minimum wage law was passed: “When you raise the cost of something you get less of it,” he said, then adding, “The very people the President purports to help are the ones who are going to be hurt by this.” (Washington Post, Jan. 28).According to this logic, raising the minimum wage would “force” these corporate giants to fire thousands of workers.Of course their political ancestors mouthed the same kind of nonsense to try to foster child labor and to oppose the eight-hour day.Numbers tell the truthThe right wing cited a Feb. 18 Congressional Budget Office study, which estimates that 500,000 low-wage workers may lose their jobs if the minimum wage is increased to $10.10 an hour. At the same time, the CBO study estimates that some 900,000 workers would be lifted over the official poverty level. For 16.5 million workers, higher earnings would occur during an average week in the second half of 2016 if the $10.10 option was implemented. (cbo.gov).The CBO study admits tremendous uncertainty about its unemployment projection for this law, and much well-respected research has been presented to show that the effect of raising the minimum wage for workers would cause little or no job loss.For example, counties were compared in Pennsylvania and New Jersey when New Jersey raised the minimum wage and Pennsylvania did not. Unemployment did not go up in the New Jersey counties.It is clear that far more people would be helped than hurt by even this most modest increase.The right wing also often asserts that it is teenagers who mostly are subject to the minimum wage law. But another CBO study revealed that, from 1979 to 2011, the share of workers earning less than $10 per hour aged 25 to 64 grew from 48 to 60 percent, while the share of those with at least some college education grew from 25 to 43 percent. (Jan. 7)Many union leaders have voiced strong support for an increase in the minimum wage. Some trade unionists and community groups have backed the low-wage workers where it counts — at demonstrations and on the picket lines.Some unions actually have contracts that peg members’ pay to an index based on the minimum wage. When the minimum wage goes up, so do the wages of these union workers. This kind of solidarity infuriates big business and their Wall Street Journal mouthpiece. When explaining why unions support a hike in minimum wage, the WSJ states scornfully: “The real reason is that some unions and their members directly benefit from minimum wage increases — even when nary a union member actually makes the minimum wage.” (online.wsj.com, Feb. 25).But it is precisely this solidarity among all workers to support the struggle by low-wage workers that is so needed right now. Big business will do everything in their power to squeeze every penny out of these workers and drive them more and more into poverty. The only thing that can and will stop them is a united working class supporting those who are so righteously demanding and deserving a living wage.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Lugar Honored by AFBF

first_img By Gary Truitt – Jan 12, 2014 Lugar Honored by AFBF SHARE SHARE Lugar Honored by AFBFDuring the opening session of its national convention on Sunday, the American Farm Bureau Federation presented its highest service award to Richard Lugar for his outstanding service to farmers during this more than three decades in Congress.  AFBF established the Distinguished Service Award to honor individuals who have devoted their careers to serving agriculture.  “Throughout his Senate career, Sen. Lugar championed agricultural progress. He was a leader in support of the biofuels movement and a solid promoter of free and open trade,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. “He was also in the forefront of many other efforts important to farmers, such as farm credit, food safety, agriculture research, and immigration reform.” Facebook Twitter Tippecanoe County farmer Allen Kemper said Lugar is the kind of leader we need today, “Today we have leaders who are extreme left or extreme right, and we cannot get them to compromise to produce good policy, like Dick Lugar did.”   Since leaving the Senate in 2012, Sen. Lugar has continued to advocate for many important issues as president of the non-profit Lugar Center. Previous articleStallman Has Harsh Words For CongressNext article2014 Livestock, Forage & Grain Forum Offers Sneak Peek of New Documentary Gary Truitt Facebook Twitter The Indiana Farm Bureau nominated Sen. Lugar to receive the DSA award, while the Missouri Farm Bureau nominated Dr. Womack. A national Farm Bureau committee named them both as winners. AFBF also presented an award to Dr. Abner Womack, professor emeritus and research professor of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His early expertise in mathematics became focused on developing a system of statistical models for U.S. crops and livestock. A pioneer in this area, Dr. Womack worked to create annual baseline analysis of U.S. and global agriculture. He was also the primary founder of the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute, which is internationally renowned for its high-quality analysis. On a federal level, FAPRI’s work is used widely in the halls of Congress and the Agriculture Department to determine economic impacts of policy issues. When accepting the award, Lugar said one of the biggest challenges facing agriculture in the future will be the acceptance of biotechnology, “It is inconceivable that American agriculture can produce the food the world will demand without using our best soil, our best seed, and our best technology.” Lugar also praised the support he had received from Farm Bureau and, specifically. IFB President Don Villwock. Home News Feed Lugar Honored by AFBFlast_img read more

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Newspaper reporter’s two-year sentence deals severe blow to press freedom

first_img Receive email alerts VietnamAsia – Pacific Recommendations:1. To the Vietnamese government: Drop the charges against Nguyen Viet Chien and Nguyen Van Hai and release them immediately. Cancel the sanctions taken against the journalist who publicly supported them. April 22, 2021 Find out more RSF_en 2. To the World Bank: Make the granting of new loans conditional on the release of the two journalists and the end of media control. Organisation 14.10 – Prosecutor calls for prison sentences against journalists who exposed corruption April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam Reporters Without Borders today condemned a call by the prosecutor, on the first day of a trial at the Hanoi people’s court, for prison sentences to be passed against prominent journalists Nguyen Van Hai and Nguyen Viet Chien who exposed a major corruption scandal.The prosecutor called for a suspended sentence of 18-24 months re-education against Nguyen Van Hai, of the newspaper Tuoi Tre, who pleaded guilty, and 24-30 months in jail for Nguyen Viet Chien of the daily Thanh Nien.The Vietnamese state charged both of them with publishing inaccurate reports about the 2005 PMU 18 scandal, implicating scores of transport ministry officials for embezzling funds earmarked for development projects to make sporting bets, based on information from two police officers, Pham Xuan Quac and Dinh Van Huynh.Nguyen Van Hai admitted to the court that he had made mistakes in some of his articles and burst into tears in the dock. Nguyen Viet Chien took a more combative stance, saying he was a principled journalist whose sole aim was to fight corruption.”As soon as the police give us a piece of information, it is no longer secret”, he replied to a representative of the prosecutor’s office who accused him of revealing state secrets.One of the prosecutors said that all information from police sources was illegal because the Vietnamese press law bans media from using unauthorised sources. “Hostile forces, reactionaries and political opportunists” have taken advantage of this scandal to attack Vietnamese leaders, one of the prosecutors, quoted by Agence France-Presse, said.Foreign media and diplomats who applied to follow the trial were only able to watch proceedings via a closed circuit television set up in a hall adjacent to the court.Reporters Without Borders hailed the reaction of scores of Vietnamese journalists who gathered outside the court to support their colleagues. VietnamAsia – Pacific RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang 3. To democratic governments, particularly the European Union: Make financial backing for Vietnam conditional on the outcome of this case and also on reduced control of the media. April 7, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News Reporters Without Borders condemns the two-year prison sentence which a Hanoi people court’s passed today on journalist Nguyen Viet Chien of the Thanh Nien daily newspaper for his coverage of a major corruption scandal in 2006. Another journalist employed by a liberal newspaper who pleaded guilty received a non-custodial sentence. “What is at stake in the court is more important than the trial of two innocent journalists, it is a public trial that is aimed at frightening the entire profession”, said one colleague of the two journalists, who asked for anonymity, as did most of those questioned.”We are watching this trial very closely because it is a test for the country” one European diplomat said. “No-body dares to talk about this famous corruption case any more in the Vietnamese press (…) This trial is not just of two individuals but of the whole profession”, said Bui Tin, a veteran of the official press now living in France.”There are a lot of comments being posted on discussion forums, but there is also a lot of fear. Everyone knows that this case is a step backwards” said one Vietnamese journalist.Nguyen Van Hai of Tuoi Tre (Youth) and Nguyen Viet Chien, aged 56, of Thanh Nien (The Young) were involved since 2005 in investigating the PMU 18 scandal implicating scores of officials in the transport ministry who were embezzling funds earmarked for development projects to make sporting bets. The vice minister was arrested initially, but was acquitted.Police arrested the two journalists at their newspaper offices on 12 May 2008. The arresting officers said the two journalists had published false information about the PMU 18 scandal. Both had their offices and homes searched.In the aftermath of these arrests, police questioned a large number of journalists including senior staff on the papers. The daily Tuoi Tre, highly regarded for its outspokenness, was the main target of this crackdown. “The paper has lost its combative approach. The readers are beginning to desert Tuoi Tre”, said one journalist in Ho Chi Minh-City.Colleagues who publicly backed the two arrested journalists also came in for punishment. The Information and Communications Ministry on 1st August withdrew press cards from seven journalists, including Tuoi Tre, deputy editor, Bui Van Thanh and bureau chief in Hanoi, Duong Duc Da Trang and deputy editor Nguyen Quoc Phong and sub-editor Huynh Kim Sanh, on Thanh Nien.The highly respected Bui Van Thanh said: “Justice has been scorned. Journalists have become the victims in this case.”Shortly before this, there was a reshuffle of top editorial posts on the website VietnamNet that was seen by several observers as a clean-up by the information ministry. The replacement for editor Nguyen Anh Tuan, a journalist who was trained in the United States, will be tasked with gagging the website often seen as an open media.These sanctions have caused alarm among the leaders of Vietnam’s journalists’ organisations. The day after the arrests, the chairman of the Vietnamese Journalists’ Association said, “The press plays a crucial part in the struggle against corruption. It is the role of journalists to seek out information. Now that the case is clearly out in the public domain, it is not the time to look at the responsibility of journalists.” For her part, the chairwoman of the Ho Chi Minh-City Journalists’ Association said she was shocked and saddened by the arrest of her colleagues, adding, “I think these journalists have been very courageous investigating the PMU 18 scandal”. This case has also prompted a strong public outcry. The day of their arrest we had two thousand comments on an article about it.Since May, foreign observers have noticed a toning down of editorial lines. “After three days of open criticism in this case, the press went quiet. And we are now seeing a progressive loss of editorial independence. Even on the economy, the newspaper are full of editorials on the theme, “All is well”. On politics, the tougher line is even more obvious,” said one foreign correspondent posted in Hanoi.The authorities’ hounding of Tuoi Tre and Thanh Nien is also seen as a blow against the fight against corruption. Veteran journalist Thai Duy said, “We all agree that the fight against corruption in our country is a matter of life or death.””Should these two journalists be arrested, while no-one has really got any results in this struggle? The press is the most effective instrument in this fight. If the press is reined in, what will become of it?”One diplomat in Hanoi said, “The two reporters worked on reports on embezzlement of money intended for development. How can the government then proceed in its fight against corruption? That is what we said during a meeting on the fight against corruption in Hanoi in June. But we have not so far had any reaction.”The trial has also attracted hostile statements towards the media from the highest authorities. Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that he was opposed to private individuals having press rights. “A large number of young journalists reacted to this statement with disappointment and bitterness, seeing it as a bucket of cold water thrown on their hopes, when they had come to believe in a revival in the profession”, said Bui Tin. He said that the crackdown had been ordered by the political bureau of the Vietnamese Communist Party. to go further News October 15, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Newspaper reporter’s two-year sentence deals severe blow to press freedom Help by sharing this information Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison 10.10 – Trial of two journalists will be test for press freedom and the fight against corruption Reporters Without Borders today called on the Vietnamese judges due to try journalists Nguyen Viet Chien and Nguyen Van Hai starting on 14 October to dismiss the case and release them.The trial will be a crucial test for press freedom and the struggle against corruption in Vietnam because the two investigative journalists reported on the huge PMU 18 corruption scandal within the transport ministry that tarnished top officials.Since the arrests, the authorities have tightened their control on the liberal press and have punished journalists who expressed public support for their colleagues.”By putting Nguyen Viet Chien and Nguyen Van Hai on trial, the authorities have chosen to revenge themselves on daring journalists who revealed embarrassing cases and brought greater freedom to the Vietnamese press.”While some corrupt officials have benefited from a certain leniency, journalists are now being put in the dock. It is an insult to justice. The trial is at the epicentre of an earthquake that has destroyed the still fragile basis of a more independent press, wanting to play its role of challenging established authority,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Reporters Without Borders has obtained testimony from journalists, diplomats and press freedom activists who fear the trial will have a very damaging effect on the freedom of the press but also on the country’s good governance. Initially accused of misuse of power in their work, the two journalists are now facing seven years in jail for “misuse of democratic rights to harm the interests of the state, organisations and citizens.”Lawyer for one of the journalists criticised the switch in the charges which was made without any explanation. The trial is set to open on 14 October before a people’s court in Hanoi.On trial alongside them will be two police officers, including Gen. Pham Xuan Quac, accused of providing them with information. They are accused of having “deliberately revealed state secrets”. Reporters Without Borders condemns the two-year prison sentence which a Hanoi people court’s passed today on journalist Nguyen Viet Chien of the Thanh Nien daily newspaper for his coverage of a major corruption scandal in 2006. Another journalist employed by a liberal newspaper who pleaded guilty received a non-custodial sentence.”The outcome of this trial is a terrible step backwards for investigative journalism in Vietnam,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The fragile basis of a press capable of playing its role of challenging established authority has been badly shaken.”The organisation added: “We urge the Vietnamese authorities to quickly grant Chien an early release and we call on the international community, especially the European Union, to condition aid to Vietnam more closely on respect for press freedom and the release of imprisoned journalists.”At the end of a two-day trial, Chien was found guilty of “abusing democratic freedoms to infringe upon the interests of the state.” Before passing sentence, presiding judge Tran Van Vy said he had published fabricated information that “damaged the prestige of certain high-ranking officers, inciting the population to have a negative opinion of high levels of government.”Chien pleaded not guilty, insisting that: “The information used in my press articles was provided by police officials.”The other journalist, Nguyen Van Hai, who pleaded guilty to the same charges and said he make mistakes in some of his articles, was given a non-custodial sentence of two years of reeducation. The presiding judge said he got a lighter sentence because of his “active cooperation with investigators and his remorse.” Hai burst into tears in court during the first day of the trial.Two senior police officers who had investigated the corruption case were convicted of “deliberately revealing secret information.” One, Gen. Pham Xuan Quac, who had resigned from the police, was given a warning. The other, Dinh Van Huynh, received a one-year prison sentence. News Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam Newslast_img read more

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Oarsman Sean harbours memories as Tess goes solo across Atlantic

first_imgPrint Twitter Advertisement Linkedin SPORTING Limerick, the European city for Sport, has lost out on a piece of sporting history as “Tess”, the 21ft ocean going rowing boat that brought Limerick man Sean McGowan into the record books as the first Irishman to row the Atlantic, is to leave these shores bound for New York and a new rowing challenge. The boat, bought with a Credit Union loan by Shannon Rowing Club oarsman Sean McGowan, was up for sale in the hope that it could be secured by the city of Limerick and displayed in a prominent place to celebrate the achievements of the man who crossed the Atlantic as part of an epic 118 day voyage.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Alas, it was not to be as funding or local interest never came to the fore and Sean was forced to sell it abroad.“I suppose the economy had a lot to play in it. I offered a purchasing option over three or four years to local authorities but it never materialised and unfortunately, the majority of the interest came from overseas. The boat is now bound for New York to John Bauby, who will aim to be the first American to row the North Atlantic. It will be a first for him so at least Tess will keep up the tradition of being involved in making history”.As the straps went on the trailer and the boat was secured for it’s marathon journey across the Atlantic on a cargo ship, Sean recalls the memories and the bond that he made with the boat.“It’s hard to explain the bond I have with that boat but after the length of time I spent in it, and after 1.7 million strokes on each oar, there is something very emotional in seeing it go. However, I couldn’t turn down any more offers and just had to let it go.“I’ll keep and oar, one the did the all the strokes and a piece of a broken one that I still have. There is one behind the bar in Dolans and I will give another oar from the boat to my rowing club – at least that way we will still have a link to Tess and that piece of history”.Atlantic rower Sean McGowan and his wife Lorraine with his boat TESS which has been sold to an American buyer. The boat left Limerick this Wednesday and is bound by container for New York. Facebookcenter_img Email NewsLocal NewsOarsman Sean harbours memories as Tess goes solo across AtlanticBy admin – December 15, 2011 1012 WhatsApp Previous articleArts news briefsNext article‘Teaching reduced to crowd control’ adminlast_img read more

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