Dangote Flour Mills Plc (DANGFL.ng) Q32016 Interim Report

first_imgDangote Flour Mills Plc (DANGFL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Dangote Flour Mills Plc (DANGFL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dangote Flour Mills Plc (DANGFL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dangote Flour Mills Plc (DANGFL.ng)  2016 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileDangote Flour Mills Plc mills wheat and produces wheat products in Nigeria which includes bread flour, confectionary flour, pasta semolina and bran (wheat offal). Pasta products made by the company are spaghetti and macaroni. Dangote Flour Mills is a subsidiary of Dangote Industries Limited which is one of Nigeria’s largest and fastest growing conglomerates. The company’s flour mills are located in Apapa, Kano, Calabar and Ilorin with a total installed capacity of 5 000 metric tons per day. Subsidiaries include Dangote Pasta Limited, Dangote Noodles Limited and Dangote Agro Sacks Limited. Formerly known as Tiger Branded Consumer Goods Plc, the company was incorporated in 2006 following a strategic decision by Dangote Industries Limited to unbundle various operations. Dangote Flour Mills Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

How to generate a robust monthly income in dividends from shares

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address 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. With interest rates being relatively low at the present time, obtaining an income from dividend shares is likely to be an attractive option for many investors.One factor which may be holding you back when considering the purchase of dividend shares is their risk. The prices of dividend shares can decline. Meanwhile, their dividend payments may be erratic, and can even fall if trading conditions worsen.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…With that in mind, here’s how you can reduce the risks involved when buying dividend shares. In doing so, you could obtain a robust regular income from your portfolio of stocks.Geographic diversityWhile the world has become increasingly globalised, and countries are economically interdependent, diversifying across different geographies is still a worthwhile move for all investors. It means that the impact of localised economic challenges, such as a slowdown in a specific economy, could be offset by strong growth elsewhere.The advancement of online sharedealing in recent years means that it is easier than ever to buy stocks which are listed in different countries. Many sharedealing providers, for example, charge a modest amount for buying international stocks. This could be a price worth paying for the positive impact they may have on the risk profile of your portfolio.Defensive sectorsAs well as diversifying geographically, buying shares in different industries and sectors could improve the resilience of your dividend income stream. Should companies in one industry, for example, experience challenging trading conditions, this may be compensated for by growth in another industry. This could not only improve the reliability of your overall dividends, but enable you to gain exposure to a wider range of industries which could boost the growth rate of your dividend income.Of course, it may be prudent to focus your capital on industries which have historically offered defensive characteristics. They may be better placed to deliver dividend growth during challenging periods for the world economy. With global equities having come under pressure in recent months due to the potential threat from the spread of coronavirus, defensive stocks may also become increasingly popular among investors and could, therefore, deliver capital growth alongside their robust dividends.A range of stocksHaving a relatively large number of companies within your portfolio may also create a more resilient income stream. Holding a wide range of companies means you are less dependent on a specific stock for your income, which could significantly reduce your overall risk should one or more of your holdings decide to cut their dividend payments at some point in future.Since the cost of buying shares has fallen considerably over the past decade, it is cheaper than ever to build a diverse portfolio of companies. Therefore, obtaining a robust regular income from your capital through purchasing dividend stocks is a realistic goal for almost any investor who has a long-term time horizon. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” How to generate a robust monthly income in dividends from shares Peter Stephens | Sunday, 1st March, 2020 Image source: Getty Images. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. See all posts by Peter Stephenslast_img read more

The Darktrace IPO: should I buy at the current share price?

first_img Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. The Darktrace (LSE:DARK) IPO saw shares of the cybersecurity firm priced at 250p. Then strong demand during conditional dealing drove the price to 350p. This morning, Darktrace shares hit the London Stock Exchange and currently trade at 344p, valuing the company at around £2.2bn.Cybersecurity is a growing market, and Darktrace has an apparently unique offering. Revenue is growing strongly, and there’s a path to profit. However, clouds are hanging over the IPO. Darktrace could well have been priced at closer to £4bn. But, the high-profile weakness of the Deliveroo IPO and links to Mike Lynch, the founder of Autonomy, and others embroiled in US fraud charges, may have contributed to a discounted IPO price.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…Growing companySo what shape is the business in? Although Darktrace’s reported annual revenue growth is slowing, it was still high at 43% from 2019 to 2020. Customer numbers more than doubled, from 1,659 to 3,858, from 2018 to 2020, the average revenue per customer increased from $48k to $52k. It reported operating losses of nearly $25m in 2020, but losses have been shrinking as all recurring costs are falling as a percentage of revenue. If the trends continue, there’s a path to making an operating profit. Given that Darktrace has relatively modest financing costs, a net profit could follow soon after.Darktrace sees its total addressable market (TAM) at $40bn. Assuming that’s an accurate calculation, then the company has a small 0.5% market share. That would suggest ample room for continued revenue growth, particularly if the TAM grows as fast as the broader information security and risk management market. Gartner, a research and advisory firm, thinks the broader market will grow 8.2% per annum through 2024.Artificial intelligenceDarktrace’s product leverages machine learning to discover the normal digital behaviour of an organisation and thus detect, respond and investigate deviations from that behaviour that may represent a cyberthreat. By contrast, other defence solutions, like antivirus and firewalls, typically block and detect known threats. Darktrace appears to have a compelling offering.Source: company presentationDarktrace risksHowever, as I mentioned, the company faces potentially significant legal and reputational risks arising from its association with Mike Lynch. Mr Lynch founded Autonomy, which Hewlett-Packard bought in 2011. Mr Lynch founded Invoke Capital Partners with the Autonomy sale money, and Invoke was an early investor in Darktrace. Furthermore, Invoke and Mr Lynch provided managerial and technical support to Darktrace until fairly recently. Mr Lynch and others have been charged with fraud in the US relating to accounting irregularities at Autonomy, and extradition hearings are underway.There are no suggestions of accounting irregularities at Darktrace, nor any evidence of wrongdoing by its management. But Darktrace has been accused of using aggressive sales tactics like Autonomy was. Sales and marketing expenses account for 82% of operating costs, well above Avast and Norton’s (22% and 16%). The review website Glassdoor reports a 2.6 out of five satisfaction score for Darktrace sales staff.Of course, spending a lot on sales isn’t unusual for a young company trying to build a presence. And disgruntled workers aren’t unique to the firm. But investors might one day perceive the personnel links (Darktrace’s CEO worked at Autonomy and Invoke) and the apparent inheritance of Autonomy culture as problematic. That’s beyond Mr Lynch’s 20% stake in the Darktrace IPO. So until the fraud case is resolved, I won’t be buying the shares. Image source: Getty Images. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge The Darktrace IPO: should I buy at the current share price? Enter Your Email Address Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. James J. McCombie has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Avast Plc. 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.center_img 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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 James J. McCombie | Thursday, 6th May, 2021 | More on: DARK See all posts by James J. McCombielast_img read more

What to do in a typhoon

first_imgThe Japan Stay Safe Twitter feed also has live updates  and visitors are also advised to download the JNTO’s Safety Tips app.You can also call for tourist advice: Keep track of latest weather updatesThe Japan Meteorological Agency has the latest updates on the typhoon on its website so you can keep track of its path.NHK World News also has information on the weather, transport services and so on in English, providing you with the most up-to-date news.Travel informationA lot of flights to/from Tokyo on Saturday have already been cancelled – check details for Narita Airport or Haneda Airport to keep track of the latest information.Transport change: Bullet train services are being cancelled on Saturday (Getty Images)Shinkansen (bullet trains) services between Tokyo and Nagoya have been cancelled from Saturday morning, and most of those between Nagoya and Shin-Osaka have also been suspended. If you’re going to Australia v Georgia in Shizuoka on Friday night, you will likely be affected so will need to make alternative accommodation/travel plans.JR trains have also been suspended in Tokyo from 9am on Saturday. Again NHK News is a good source for the latest travel information. Huge: The potential impact of Typhoon Hagibis compared to Faxai, which hit in September (Getty Images) What to do in a typhoonTyphoon Hagibis is set to hit the greater Tokyo area on Saturday evening. This ‘super typhoon’ has already caused the cancellation of two Rugby World Cup matches and is threatening Sunday’s fixtures too.It’s the biggest typhoon of the season with a diameter of 1400km and could be one of Japan’s worst-ever storms. Strong winds and heavy rain are expected to affect wide areas of Japan and, as it’s close to a full moon, sea levels will also be higher than normal, so there is a significant risk of flooding on the coast.Danger: Damage caused by Typhoon Faxai last month (Getty Images)It’s an extremely dangerous weather system, but what do you do to stay safe in a typhoon? We’ve put together some advice for those in Japan for the tournament to help…Stay indoorsA simple but important message. Don’t venture outside during the storm because it is extremely dangerous. Three people died during Typhoon Faxai last month and Hagibis is a lot more powerful.Make sure your windows are closed and if you have anything outside – a pot plant for example – bring it inside. This is unlikely for those staying in hotels but if you’re in an Airbnb or rental apartment it’s worth checking there is nothing outside that could blow over or away.If you’re in a hotel, check with staff on the safest place to stay – in your room or a communal area.This video from The Japan Times contains good advice…Be preparedMake sure you have fully charged your phones, laptops and other devices because the typhoon may cause power cuts.Purchase a torch (rather than run the battery down on your phone by using the flashlight) in case of a power cut.Stock up on non-perishable foods and drinks so you won’t go hungry or thirsty while you can’t go outside.Have a bag packed with key items and some sensible clothing ready should there be a call to evacuate. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS If you’re going to be in the area when Typhoon Hagibis hits Japan make sure you know how to stay safe with these tips Keep track of events in Japan via our Rugby World Cup homepage.Follow Rugby World magazine on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.last_img read more

A.B. House / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi

first_imgCopyAbout this officeAndreescu & GaivoronschiOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTimișoaraHousesRomaniaPublished on August 15, 2013Cite: “A.B. House / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi” 15 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MExterior Vinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abstract EarthPartitionsSkyfoldMarkerboard Finish for Folding WallsPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesKingspan Insulated PanelsInsulated Wall Panels – Designwall R-seriesWoodBruagRoom Acoustics – Interior Cladding PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMBricksNelissenSpecial Bricks – Slips and HalvesCeramicsTerrealTerracotta cladding in Le TrèfleEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEASideboardsUSMLow Shelving – HallerTable LampsLeds-C4Lighting – ElampMore products »Save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 stream Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/415319/a-b-house-andreescu-and-gaivoronschi Clipboard Save this picture!© Ovidiu Micsa+ 37 Share Houses “COPY” “COPY” Year:  2013 2013 CopyHouses•Timișoara, Romania A.B. House / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi Romania ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/415319/a-b-house-andreescu-and-gaivoronschi Clipboard Year:  A.B. House / Andreescu & GaivoronschiSave this projectSaveA.B. House / Andreescu & Gaivoronschi Architects: Andreescu & Gaivoronschi Area Area of this architecture project photographs:  Ovidiu MicsaPhotographs:  Ovidiu MicsaSave this picture!© Ovidiu MicsaText description provided by the architects. The house is built in a residential area in the north of Timisoara, Romania. Nearby, there is another Andreescu & Gaivoronschi house designed 13 years ago, which developed the same idea of a “house on a house”. It has to do with social phenomena typical for Italy and Greece, where young members of the family live with the parents. This coexistence was sincerely expressed in both cases: the “young house” on the “old” one. Save this picture!© Ovidiu MicsaWood means youth and freshness, whereas stone has to do with the roots, the passing of time. The result is a wooden house on a bigger stone house. Save this picture!© Ovidiu MicsaMore than that, this juxtaposition has to do with a public/private dialectic. Stone, solid walls “defend” and close a little the private area. In A.B. house, this character of fence house is equilibrated by the subtraction of a typical traditional “grey” space of public/private interaction at the entrance. Behind the house, the theme of intermediary it is represented by the patio and the covered terrace, “the outside eating room”. Save this picture!© Ovidiu MicsaInside the house there is a two direction topology: the horizontal one, of the parents’ area, which embraces also the patio; and the vertical one which juxtaposes the spaces of the “two houses”. This juxtaposition also occurs in the living room area, where a typical “raum-plan” pattern is developed. Save this picture!© Ovidiu MicsaThe living room is developed as a “theatre” which can be observed from different levels. There is also a private part, on the first floor, similar to the “women’s room” in traditional oriental dwellings – a space from where you can observe but not be observed. It is a space for a future library, a space for smoking. Save this picture!© Ovidiu MicsaThe apartment contained in the wooden house from above is enough for a young couple. The inside/outside relation is also developed here, without dismantling the unity of the box: an intermediary space to the south behind wooden louvres, a thin balcony to the west, to observe the atrium and the dawn and a vertical incision to the east, to mirror the rising sun. Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessBlue Hills House / la SHED architectureSelected ProjectsSTUDIOKCA’s ‘Head in the Clouds’ Pavilion Opens in NYCArchitecture News Share Projects Area:  300 m² Area:  300 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDailylast_img read more

AD Classics: Almere House / Benthem Crouwel Architects

first_img Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/147338/ad-classics-almere-house-benthem-crouwel-architekten Clipboard Houses Copy+ 12Houses•Almere, The Netherlands Area:  65 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project AD Classics: Almere House / Benthem Crouwel ArchitectsSave this projectSaveAD Classics: Almere House / Benthem Crouwel Architects Save this picture!Written by Megan Jett Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/147338/ad-classics-almere-house-benthem-crouwel-architekten Clipboard 1984center_img ArchDaily AD Classics: Almere House / Benthem Crouwel Architects Year:  Text description provided by the architects. The house was designed for an unusual homes competition held by De Fantasie in Almere. The brief was to design a house without taking into account current building regulations.Save this picture!PlansAll prize-winners were awarded a plot of land on loan for five years. This meant that the house and its foundations had to be easy to dismantle.Save this picture!In the compact house, the living room is bounded on three sides by glass sheets to gather the surrounding landscape into the house. Sandwich panel walls enclose the private zone comprising the two bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom. Save this picture!The extraordinary construction of the house combats wind pressure in three ways. Save this picture!The space-frame floor structure is attached to a foundation of concrete slabs, stabilizing fins are placed strategically at the seams of the toughened glass sheets and finally two steel tension cables secure the lightweight profiled steel roof borne aloft by the glazing.Save this picture!Exploded ViewProject gallerySee allShow lessThe Australian Ballet / HassellSelected ProjectsApartment In Benfica / Atelier 106Selected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeBenthem Crouwel ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsArchitecture ClassicsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasHousesAlmere3D ModellingThe NetherlandsPublished on January 25, 2019Cite: Megan Jett. “AD Classics: Almere House / Benthem Crouwel Architects” 25 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MSun Control Window Film in MarkthalBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsCabinetsFlorenseCabinet – FloAirWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagStair Railing – CELLON®LightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt GardenBathroom AccessoriesBradley Corporation USAHigh Speed Hand Dryers – Aerix+BoardsForestOneLaminate – EGGER laminatesAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®Metal PanelsRHEINZINKPanel Systems – Horizontal PanelWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightAccolade Wall Light at River Dental OfficeBricksStröherClinker Brick Slips – StiltreuMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?广告经典:阿尔梅勒楼 / Benthem Crouwel Architekten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 Architects: Benthem Crouwel Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” The Netherlandslast_img read more

HBOS employees raise over £1.2 million for NSPCC

first_img HBOS employees across the UK have participated in a number of initiatives to raise money for the NSPCC and CHILDREN 1ST. This money was then matched £1 for £1 under the HBOS Foundation’s Million £ Challenge, the main focus of fundraising across the HBOS group of companies which has raised in excess of £2 million in 2005. Fundraising activities included the organisation of Charity concerts and Gala Dinners and sponsored activities. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 January 2006 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. HBOS employees raise over £1.2 million for NSPCC  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Events Giving/Philanthropylast_img read more

Smash rape culture and capitalism!

first_imgMonica MooreheadThis is a slightly edited version of a talk given at a Workers World Party forum on Feb. 3, titled “Women and the Struggle for Socialism,” in New York City.How could you have not been horrified at hearing woman after woman share their painful experiences of being sexually assaulted by Michigan State University’s Dr. Larry Nassar.  He was sentenced to a prison term of over 100 years after pleading guilty to child pornography and sexual assault charges, mainly on behalf of gymnasts — some as young as six years old — through “medical examinations.”  His final sentencing was on Feb. 5.With all the horror these women expressed to the world, you can’t help but be inspired by their courage in speaking out.  Many of them stated how grateful they were to the #MeToo and #Timesup campaigns for giving them the strength to speak out.CNN showed Randall Margraves, a father of three gymnasts whom Nassar assaulted, attempting to lunge at him as he was being sentenced on Feb. 2, directly after two of his daughters’ testimony. Margraves, wearing an International Electrical Workers shirt, showed much anguish on his face.  He wanted to mete out personal justice for what this sexual predator had done to his daughters. Who could blame him? Margraves later apologized and stated that he had no intention of upstaging his daughters.Since the Nassar trial and sentencing, it has been reported that he sexually assaulted 265 gymnasts over a period of 25 years or more at MSU.  These women will be dealing with post-traumatic stress and depression forever. A major question has arisen: How can just one person get away with so much sexual violence without being caught and only now brought to justice?Gymnast Rachael Denhollander stated in court: “You don’t get someone like Larry Nassar, you don’t get a pedophile that is able to abuse without there being a culture surrounding him in that place.” When the gymnasts and their families attempted years before to expose Nassar, they were either dismissed or given the run-around.It has now been documented that Nassar’s crimes were well protected by a rape culture festering at MSU.  Part of this culture involved MSU’s president, gymnast coach and athletics director, members of the U.S. Olympics Gymnastics Committee and others. They have all resigned from their positions, and there will probably be more resignations before all is said and done.The tip of the icebergBut the Nassar scandal, as horrific and heinous as it is, is just the tip of the iceberg. On the heels of these developments was an investigation made by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” program of sexual assaults carried out against young women at MSU by basketball and football players since 2009.  These assaults were not new, but the Nassar case helped to shine an even brighter light on them.Workers World newspaper published an article by Megan Spencer, a MSU graduate on Oct. 21, 2010, titled “Activists protest handling of rape charges.” She wrote: “The university administration has failed to suspend or expel the players from MSU, and has not even released a statement condemning the assault. In addition, Residence Life, the department in charge of on-campus housing, has failed to remove the players from their dorm room, further endangering women at MSU. Neither the director of MSU’s Athletic Department, Mark Hollis, nor men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo has commented publicly on the assault.”Spencer continued: “By failing to take action, punish the assailants or respond to this act of violence, MSU’s administration, Residence Life and the Athletic Department send the message that students can commit acts of sexual violence against other students without consequence. It also sends the message to survivors of sexual assault that their experiences are not significant to administrators, prosecutors and others with authority, thus discouraging future survivors from reporting assaults.”Today Mark Dantonio, MSU football coach, and Izzo are once again on the hot seat for covering up for their players’ acts, while women continue to suffer for these crimes, even to the point of committing suicide.  Meanwhile, students and faculty members have organized protests in solidarity with the women survivors of these sexual assaults and to expose everyone involved with the cover-up. Also, students protested naming Michigan’s former reactionary governor, John Engler, to fill the interim MSU president’s seat. It was revealed that even National College Athletic Association President Mark Emmert was aware of what was happening at MSU before it became public.No isolated incidents The bigger question is: Are the sexual assaults at MSU isolated cases? What about similar assaults at Baylor University in 2014? Or at Oklahoma University in 2014?  Or at the University of Missouri? What about the Duke Lacrosse rape case in the early 2000s? Are any of these incidents isolated? Hell, no! In fact, even sports analysts say that sexual assaults against women are systemic, especially at schools with large athletic programs that  each year bring millions of dollars into the coffers of these institutions — which are run more like corporations than schools. These programs will do anything and everything to protect their reputations and profits, including covering up sexual assaults by their players. At the same time, these unpaid athletes are super-exploited like other workers.When these universities seek the most talented players, many of whom are players of color and come from struggling families, they use sexual favors to recruit them — a common practice.  This was just exposed at the University of Louisville when basketball coach Rick Pitino was forced to resign.What analysts do not say is that rape culture against women is systemic to capitalism and is rooted in class society which gave rise to patriarchy. Women’s oppression has been institutionalized throughout the various stages of class society — during ancient slavery, feudalism and the current stage of capitalism. But under capitalism, where all human interactions are defined by the buying and selling of commodities to make profits, women are treated like commodities — to be exploited on the job and objectified in mass culture.  Sports culture, whether amateur or professional, is one of the greatest culprits in the exploitation of women.This is not to excuse the unspeakable criminal behavior of these athletes, who, truthfully, are products of this rape culture.  Like the Ray Rices and the O.J. Simpsons of the world, it’s important to keep in mind that they did not create this culture, but they perpetuate it.We cannot forget the repressive role of the state when it comes to sexual assaults and rape. While so many women depend on the police to help them get justice, the police get away with sexual assaults — even more so than athletes. Cops are the biggest culprits when it comes to domestic violence.Courts work in tandem with the cops to systematically deny women justice, almost always siding with athletes, spouses and boyfriends.  When white men assault women of color, justice is denied in disproportionately large numbers.Recy Taylor’s fight for justiceFor example, Oprah Winfrey raised in her Golden Globes speech the kidnapping and gang rape of Recy Taylor, a Black woman, by six white men in 1944 in Alabama. A grand jury refused to indict any of these racist, sexist predators. Taylor fought for justice until her death in December at the age of 97. Her name and many others should be etched in our memories forever. Indigenous women and girls in this country have disappeared at an alarming rate, many of them found raped and murdered.If the repressive state apparatus cannot end violence against women, how can we expect other capitalist institutions like MSU and Baylor University to end it?  We fight for justice for people of color, women, LGBTQ people, immigrants, people with disabilities and any sector of our class under attack, because, as a revolutionary party, we know it is key to building class unity.However, we also understand that capitalism cannot be reformed in order to bring lasting justice for oppressed sectors of our class because this economic system is inherently anti-people of color, anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-queer, anti-those with disabilities. In other words, capitalism is anti-human.This is why we must continue to fight for socialism. The advancement of any society is measured by the advancement of women.  Despite their lower level of production, the Cuban revolution and the former Soviet Union, in existence for 75 years, were able to liberate women so they could become full participants in society and not relegated to second-class status. Why can’t we do the same in the richest country in the world?What these countries have and had that we don’t have is a revolution for socialism. This means that the old repressive state that exists to keep people of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities and workers downtrodden, and the ruling class on top, must be smashed so a new state can replace it. This new state must be run by the vast majority of workers of many nationalities, both women and men with equal authority,  in order to produce everything we need to become productive human beings.‘Capitalism’s war on women’I quote an article I wrote in a 1995 pamphlet published by World View Forum, titled “Capitalism’s war on women: Why the system is responsible for violence against women.” The article, “Domestic violence, racism and the state,” was prompted by the original O.J. Simpson case. It reads: “The state is a naked admission that not only do class contradictions exist between the working class and the ruling class, but that these contradictions cannot be reconciled with the intervention of the class struggle.”The article asks: “How can young women, women of color, poor women, lesbians, [trans women,] and working-class women realize their full potential in capitalist society when all they face is violence, unemployment, exploitation, and oppression in their lives?”Additionally, it explains: “[The] capitalist state cannot be reformed and will not change its class orientation without the intervention of the working class.  The state, based on cruel and unjust laws, must be smashed as it was in Czarist Russia in 1917, in China in 1949 and in Cuba in 1959, and replaced with a worker’s state that will defend the interests of all the workers of all nationalities in the name of soclalist reconstruction and harmony.”The article concludes, “Only through the class struggle and the overthrow of class oppression will women be liberated, along with their class brothers, from centuries of sexism and backward ideas. Smash women’s oppression!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

New attacks on independent press by president and administration

first_img News Receive email alerts KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan Reporters Without Borders wrote to Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev today cautioning against too broad an interpretation of national security threats and asking him to ensure that the fight against terrorism is not used as a pretext to gag independent media that are needed to build a true democracy.The letter was prompted by a meeting of the Kyrgyz security council on 23 October in which Akayev slammed the independent media and human rights organisations, accusing them of “ideological extremism.”In its letter, Reporters Without Borders also asked Akayev to “ensure strict implementation of the law on competition” because the weekly MSN, a leading independent newspaper that has been targeted by the authorities in the past, is now being prosecuted by the economic development ministry’s anti-monopoly department.At the 23 October meeting of the security council, which was given over to the fight against corruption and terrorism, Akayev said “ideological terrorism” posed a great danger to Kyrgyzstan. He said “the media, groups and organisations participating in political combat” were part of this “ideological extremism” and that “aggressive dissemination” of their “subjective understanding of the country’s development and democracy” was aimed solely at destabilising Kyrgyzstan.”Certain publications, which call themselves opposition newspapers, use the least pretext to aggravate the situation and transform their pages into destabilisation manuals,” Askayev said, adding that “no one is in prison for their ideas” in Kyrgyzstan.The anti-monopoly department has accused MSN of breaking the law on competition by using dumping to maintain a monopoly. It issued a decree on 29 September ordering its management to stop selling the newspaper at a price “less than the production cost.” On 5 October, the ministry told MSN it had a week to comply by increasing the newspaper’s retail price.However, the dumping charge can be rebutted by referring to article 3 of the press law, which says that a newspaper’s revenues come not only from retail sales but also from other services, sponsors and so on. The retail price therefore depends on the management’s judgment. Furthermore, MSN editor Rina Prijivoit said the newspaper anyway did not have anything resembling a monopoly of the press market and would appeal against the ministry’s order.MSN was the target of unrelenting judicial and bureaucratic harassment in 2003, when it was published under the name Moya Stolitsa-Novosti.Chief editor Alexander Kim announced on 11 June 2003 that the paper, which regularly exposed political corruption, was closing because it had been bankrupted by the more than 77,000 euros it had been ordered to pay in damages and fines in the course of more than 30 lawsuits. It had stopped appearing at the end of May after the seizure of 15,000 copies of an issue containing articles about President Akayev’s brother-in-law and the legal harassment to which it had been subjected.The Lenin court in Bishkek ordered confiscation of the newspaper’s property on 20 January 2004 and the freezing of its accounts. It was at this point that the staff managed to register the newspaper under its new name, MSN. August 26, 2020 Find out more News Organisation October 9, 2020 Find out more KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia center_img News October 29, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New attacks on independent press by president and administration to go further August 14, 2020 Find out more RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protests Help by sharing this information News RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan RSF_en last_img read more

“There Are Enough Directions Already”: SC Dismisses Plea Seeking Issuance Of Directions To Ensure Supply Copy Of FIR To Accused Within 24 Hours

first_imgTop Stories”There Are Enough Directions Already”: SC Dismisses Plea Seeking Issuance Of Directions To Ensure Supply Copy Of FIR To Accused Within 24 Hours Sanya Talwar23 July 2020 1:09 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed seeking issuance of directions to the Director General of Police of States and respective Home Secretaries for devising a mechanism of ensuring supply of certified copy of FIR to accused within 24 hours of the same being sought.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Subhash Reddy & MR Shah was not inclined to entertain the plea filed by Avishek…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 on Thursday dismissed seeking issuance of directions to the Director General of Police of States and respective Home Secretaries for devising a mechanism of ensuring supply of certified copy of FIR to accused within 24 hours of the same being sought.A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Subhash Reddy & MR Shah was not inclined to entertain the plea filed by Avishek Goenka, by way of Public Interest Litigation (PIL), which states that in light of the prevailing pandemic situation, the issue of availability of an FIR attains immense importance “as courts of jurisdictional magistrates are closed, forcing the accused persons to abandon their legal remedy which is violative of Article 14 & 21 of the Constitution”.Bench noted that there were enough directions on the said issue already.The instant plea posed a question of whether directions passed by the Supreme Court in Youth Bar Association of India V. Union of India (2016) 9 SCC 473 with regard to the supply of the certified copy of FIR by police/jurisdictional magistrate needs re-consideration in view of the present pandemic situation.”the accused persons can seek any legal remedy effectively only if he/she has the copy of FIR along with a copy of the complaint. In normal circumstances, one can get the same from the court of jurisdictional magistrate….. With the closure of courts of jurisdictional magistrate, the accused persons are left in lurch and are at mercy of the police for the copy of FIR. Non availability of a copy of FIR effectively curbs the fundamental rights of such persons” – the Plea statesThus, the plea states that even though there have been efforts to effectively fight the COVID19 pandemic, its guidelines are “totally silent towards the apathy faced by such accused persons in getting a copy of the FIR along with a copy of the complaint in present pandemic situation.”The petition also notes that the Disaster Management Act the Central Government can issue mandatory directions to State Government, during the prevalence of the pandemic under DMA Act and the same shall not be hit by doctrine of federalism.Additionally, the petition seeks issuance of directions to issue necessary directions to DGP’s and Home Secretaries of States to accept applications for copy of FIR through physical and electronic means and constitution of an expert committee for examining and recommending on the prayer laid down on this petition.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