Choppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw) 2012 Abridged Report

first_imgChoppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Choppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Choppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Choppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw)  2012 abridged results.Company ProfileChoppies Enterprises Limited is an investment holding company which operates in the grocery supermarket sector. The Choppie brand is associated with superstores, hyperstores and value stores; each offering the full instore range of a bakery, butchery, fresh fruit and vegetables and fast food. The company sells private label products, as well as a range of financial services. Choppies Enterprises Limited also manages a distribution and supply operation, a logistics operation and a maintenance service. Choppies retail outlets target lower to middle-income shoppers; with a total of 212 stores located in the major towns and cities in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. Choppies Enterprises Limited was founded in 1986 and its head office is in Gaborone, Botswanalast_img read more

National Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw) HY2015 Interim Report

first_imgNational Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the half year.For more information about National Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the National Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: National Foods Holdings Limited (NTFD.zw)  2015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileNational Foods is Zimbabwe’s largest food manufacturer. The company was established in 1920 and produces a broad range of basic foods including maize meal, flour, cooking oil, margarine, rice, salt, snacks, biscuits, pasta, sugar beans, baked beans, popcorn, as well as soap and a full range of animal feed. Recently, a maize based cereal has been added to the National Foods product portfolio. The company’s iconic and home-grown brands Red Seal, Pearlenta, Gloria, Mahatma, Better Buy, ZimGold, National Foods Stockfeeds, Iris, Zapnax, KING and most recently Allegros Popticorn are loved across the length and breadth of Zimbabwe. Gloria and Red Seal have been trusted and esteemed brands in Zimbabwe for almost a 100 years. The company has 2 major shareholders; Innscor Africa Limited 37.73% and Tiger Brands 37.45%. The National Foods Workers Trust, which was established in 1985 by way of a Donation also owns 9.85% of the company. The beneficiaries of the Trust are the National Foods Ltd non-managerial employees. The company is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange. National Foods has manufacturing sites in Harare, Bulawayo and Mutare from which it distributes its products throughout Zimbabwe. Our people work passionately to add value to the lives of our customers and consumers through our products; striving to continuously improve our existing products as well as progressively adding new categories to our portfolio. National Foods Holdings Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

The Just Eat Takeaway share price has plunged! Here’s what I’d do about the FTSE 100 stock now

first_img 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” See all posts by Manika Premsingh Just a few days ago the FTSE 100 food delivery provider Just Eat Takeaway (LSE: JET) touched impressive highs. But the rise in the JET share price to £90+ levels was short-lived. In a span of days it has fallen by more than 18%. It’s now at levels last seen during the stock market crash, triggered by JET’s takeover of the US-based Grubhub. It’s not unusual for the acquiring company’s share price to fall on such announcements. The reverse is true for the acquired company. Both the Just Eat Takeaway share price and GrubHub’s share price trends are proof of this. However, the $7.3bn buy needn’t be a long-term negative for JET’s share price. It’s true that an acquisition always carries the risk of integration challenges. Corporate history is strewn with examples of well-meant deals that went awry. This risk is particularly high for JET, which itself was very recently formed through the merger of UK’s Just Eat and the Dutch Takeaway.com. 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…Consolidation in the food-delivery industryBut it’s also true that this is a time for consolidation in the food delivery industry. The industry is still young. Takeaway.com was formed only two decades ago, for instance. There has been a proliferation of these services in the years since. Gaining market share, then, became a key means to ensure stability in revenues and ensure future growth in an otherwise fickle consumer market. The fact that GrubHub almost got acquired by Uber, shows the severity of competition among the top players in the industry now.Much long-term potential Besides just expanding in size, JET now has access to the big and growing US markets through GrubHub, where it hadn’t operated so far. I liked the long-term potential for the JET share price because of its business in any case. The latest acquisition has only added to its attractiveness for me. Online markets are changing the face of business, and the likes of JET are leading the changes in the food delivery industry. As consumers, many of us have first-hand experience of the convenience that apps like JET and its rival Deliveroo offer. I’m sure if we were skeptical earlier, the restrictions imposed by lockdowns have turned at least some of us into staunch converts.  Verdict for the Just Eat Takeaway share priceThis is all very good. But its financials can’t be ignored. JET’s a loss-making company, which isn’t surprising either. It’s the price of gaining market share in a competitive market. The company’s debt-to-equity ratio has also been on the rise per Financial Times data. I’d keep an eye on this ratio if JET continues to feed its appetite for acquisitions.  Much as I like to invest in profit-making companies, JET’s an exception because of the nature of the industry. It seems to be on the right path, which gives me confidence. It’s gaining market share, which increases its chances for success. I think it would be worthwhile to buy at the current JET share price, when it’s still subdued.  Enter Your Email Address The Just Eat Takeaway share price has plunged! Here’s what I’d do about the FTSE 100 stock now Manika Premsingh | Saturday, 13th June, 2020 | More on: JET Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.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. 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Image source: Getty Images. Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.last_img read more

Casa do Pego / Pedro Ferreira Pinto

first_img Photographs Projects Houses Portugal 2010 Photographs:  Courtesy of Casa do PegoSave this picture!Courtesy of Casa do PegoCasa do Pego is a stunning single floor house located 400 meters from Pego beach, near Comporta. This luxury design villa that rises from the sand dunes, accommodates 6 people. It has a private heated pool, sunny terrace, garden and breathtaking views. Save this picture!Courtesy of Casa do Pego Casa do Pego is an amazing, simple yet luxurious house. It has a unique, clean architectural design where concrete, large glass windows and pine wood decks, shades and terrace blend perfectly. It’s located in one of the most exclusive places in Portugal – Comporta – on a five minute walking distance from Pego Beach, chosen for several years as the best portuguese beach for its clean waters, sand and accessibilities.Save this picture!Courtesy of Casa do Pego On top of the house, lies a sunny terrace with a stunning private pool. The pool has 30 square meters and was built with a microcement finish that gives a unique look and feel.  Casa do Pego’s pool has a water heating system to ensure that it can be used all year round, both day and night. Currently, it’s running at 30º. The sunny terrace has 150 square meters and it’s elevated position ensures maximum privacy. It is covered in pine wood, ideal to sunbathe and relax.Save this picture!Courtesy of Casa do Pego The concept is to merge with the surrounding territory, through the choice of native species, such as pine trees. The land is sculptured like a sand dune, sprinkled with tipical beach species, aiming for effortless, unpretensious landscaping.Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessFill out the Women In Architecture SurveyArchitecture NewsCarre Plantagenet / inSpaceSelected Projects Share CopyHouses•Comporta, Portugal “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/452848/casa-do-pego-pedro-ferreira-pinto Clipboard “COPY” Casa do Pego / Pedro Ferreira PintoSave this projectSaveCasa do Pego / Pedro Ferreira Pinto Save this picture!Courtesy of Casa do Pego+ 20 Share Year:  Casa do Pego / Pedro Ferreira Pinto ArchDaily 2010 Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/452848/casa-do-pego-pedro-ferreira-pinto Clipboard Architects: Pedro Ferreira Pinto Area Area of this architecture project Area:  310 m² Area:  310 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officePedro Ferreira PintoOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesComportaHousesPortugalPublished on November 30, 2013Cite: “Casa do Pego / Pedro Ferreira Pinto” 30 Nov 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

Sukhumvit 50 House / DFAP Architect

first_img Projects Thailand ArchDaily Houses 2017 “COPY” Photographs:  Boonchet Chuangsuvanich Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/882811/sukhumvit-50-house-dfap-architect Clipboard Sukhumvit 50 House / DFAP ArchitectSave this projectSaveSukhumvit 50 House / DFAP Architect CopyHouses•Khlong Toei, Thailand Year: center_img Area:  620 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Save this picture!© Boonchet Chuangsuvanich+ 20 Share Manufacturers: American Standard, COTTO, TostemInterior Architects:Chaydan Satien, Variya VongprachumStructure Engineer:Thanachit ChinagornArchitects In Charge:Preecha Navaprapakul, Sakorn ThongduangCity:Khlong ToeiCountry:ThailandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Boonchet ChuangsuvanichRecommended ProductsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE LuceWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40Text description provided by the architects. This house is located at the end of the alley (soi) with a width of 5.00 meters. The site is surrounded by residential buildings with some part of the front entrance facing the street. Both sides of the land are neighbor’s houses and behind is a 4-storey apartment. Because the limitations of the site and its surrounding environment, the design approach for the house is to have adequate spaces, easily accessible, views and to meet the owner’s requirements, which result in a 3-storey building of multi-rectangular forms.Save this picture!© Boonchet ChuangsuvanichThe design of the building starts with rectangular boxes, deducted into a U-shaped with a central court that connect between the outside and inside spaces. The projected mass of building on the 2nd and 3rd floors provides a parking space for the ground floor and views for the 3rd floor.Save this picture!SectionThe second floor is a box interlocking into the main building as a metaphor for interlocking bodies. The architectural style mimics the characteristics of the homeowner who is a doctor. She requires her house to have connecting and challenging spaces like doctor challenges with diagnosis and treatment for the patients. The long rectangular box is the owner’s master bedroom. The cantilever make the entrance stand out and provide an open space for the ground floor. The solid wall offers privacy to the rooms, the terrace and windows provide view of large trees and green landscape opposite from the house.Save this picture!© Boonchet ChuangsuvanichTo bring natural light and good ventilation, the house is designed into a U-shaped building with a small central court that continues into the house, which creates a good atmosphere for living and dining areas. This space is two-storey height. There is a staircase from first to third floor and the open void from the second floor hallway to the living room on the ground floor that creates an open space that overlooking into the garden outside the house. This space allows air to flow into the house and bring natural light.Save this picture!© Boonchet ChuangsuvanichProject gallerySee allShow lessKIST Smart U-Farm / Architecture Studio YEINSelected ProjectsFringe Events to Celebrate the City of Berlin at World Architecture Festival 2017Architecture News Share Architects: DFAP Architect Area Area of this architecture project Sukhumvit 50 House / DFAP Architect ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/882811/sukhumvit-50-house-dfap-architect Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officeDFAP ArchitectOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKhlong ToeiThailandPublished on November 03, 2017Cite: “Sukhumvit 50 House / DFAP Architect” 03 Nov 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogShowerhansgroheShowers – Croma SelectGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GradationPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsCocowebLighting – Blackspot LED Barn LightUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemCeilingsSculptformTimber Batten Ceiling in All Souls ChapelHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH 5 + PH 5 MiniGlazedGrespaniaWall Tiles – Porto PetroThermalSchöckInsulation – Isokorb® Concrete to SteelCeramicsTerrealTerracotta Baguettes in Vork CenterCompositesLamitechPlastic facades PanelexCarpetsHalcyon LakeCarpet – Nobsa GreyMore 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 streamlast_img read more

Everyclick secures £1.5 million from core investor

first_imgEveryclick secures £1.5 million from core investor  18 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Launched in June 2005, Everyclick has over 51,000 registered users and 690 corporate users. The site has delivered over 30 million searches so far and has already raised over £180,000 for charity through advertising driven revenue. At the end of March 2007 it is the ninth largest search engine in the UK by market share, according to online intelligence service Hitwise UK. Everyclick.com, the search engine that gives 50% of its revenues to charities, has raised over half of its £3 million target investment round, with £1.5 million of equity investment coming from Lochside (International) Limited and funds associated with the Fleming family.As part of the transaction, Lochside (International) Limited has been granted the right to nominate a director on Everyclick’s board.Polly Gowers, CEO of Everyclick, said “This investment marks a significant and exciting new phase in Everyclick’s increasingly rapid development. We are delighted to welcome investment partners of such high calibre and reputation and we look forward to Sandy Loder joining our board. Advertisementcenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 30 April 2007 | News Tagged with: Digitallast_img read more

Vodafone offers €200,000 in Mobile for Good Europe Awards

first_img Howard Lake | 17 June 2013 | 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. The Mobile for Good Europe Awards follow on from the success of the Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards in 2011 and 2012. The organisers wanted to broaden the scope of the awards.The three winners in each category will each win:1st €30.0002nd €15.0003rd €5.000The deadline for applications is midday GMT on 15 October 2013. The Vodafone Foundation Mobile for Good Europe Awards are now open for entries. This joint initiative with AGE Platform Europe (AGE) and the European Disability Forum (EDF) aims to find the best Android and iOS applications that clearly benefit society.The four awards categories are:healthaccessibilityeducationmobilising public servicesThe organisers are looking for both finished apps and prototype apps which can be further developed. Advertisement Vodafone offers €200,000 in Mobile for Good Europe Awards AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  7 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Fundraising events income continues to rise, says everydayhero research

first_img[quote align=”right” color=”#999999″]“Make sure you get feedback after the event to check you’re doing the right things and take advantage of the different ways of communicating with people – for example, we find that using text messages is really effective at getting quick responses.”Emily Roff, Sports Events Manager, Children with Cancer UK[/quote] Fundraising events income continues to rise, says everydayhero research • The majority of participants preferred to be contacted by email (40.5%) and direct mail (29.8%), while telephone was the least popular form of wanted contact (46.7%)• 83% of fundraising event participants would consider taking part in another event for the same charity.• 92% would consider supporting the same charity again but in other ways.• 60% of participants want to know how much total money was raised, and 45% want to know how the money raised will be used.• The most common challenge cited by event participants was that the fundraising target set was too high (27.1%) followed by not knowing how to start fundraising (21.2%)However, many charities could do far more if they communicated effectively with their event fundraisers:• 44% of fundraising event participants had not been asked to take part in another event• 23% reported no further contact was made since being thanked for their support! Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and Research at the Institute of Fundraising, said of the findings: Advertisement Fundraising event participants Key findings on events and communication in Everydayhero’s ‘Closing the Loop’ research AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Tagged with: Blackbaud Events Research / statistics How charities and event participants say they communicate with each other before the event Research by fundraising platform everydayhero™, a Blackbaud company, has found that event fundraising income is still rising, and most participants are keen to support the same charity again.The research, conducted in collaboration with the Institute of Fundraising, is published in a report, Closing the Loop. It is based on a survey of more than 1,000 event participants and 600 charities.The research builds on Blackbaud’s Successful Events Fundraising report launched in February 2015. This found that the majority of those participating in fundraising events did not feel acknowledged by the charity they were fundraising for, even though most were motivated to take part by their passion for the charity involved.[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]“Personalise communications as much as you can, make it fun and let your fundraisers know how much money was raised and the difference they have made to the work that you do.”Claire Dibben, Community & Events Fundraising Officer, National Osteoporosis Society[/quote]Events incomeClosing the Loop reports that:• The majority of organisations (84%) have seen income from events rise or stay the same.• 56% of organisations have seen event fundraising income rise• 12% of organisations reported that event fundraising income had risen significantly• Events account for 25-50% of overall annual income for 25% of organisations surveyed• 67% of organisations survey planned to run more fundraising events.• However, most organisations (64.1%) are not looking to grow their events team. A lack of resources is cited as one of the main challenges in communicating with event participants. Report and webinarYou can download Closing the Loop from everydayhero.A webinar discussing the results will take place on 10 December at 11.00. Howard Lake | 2 December 2015 | News “It’s certainly encouraging to see that the majority of fundraisers who have taken part in this research are reporting that income from events is increasing,” commented Daniel Fluskey, Head of Policy and Research at the Institute of Fundraising. “However, we know that the best fundraising is not about a ‘one off’  – whether that’s a single donation or participation in one event – it’s about developing and maintaining a relationship, engaging people with a cause that they care about and offering them opportunities to support that cause in different ways and at different times.”John Bird, general manager, Peer-to-Peer Fundraising at Blackbaud, added:“We know from this and previous research that event participants are a particularly motivated audience so there is a real opportunity here for engaging them even further through concerted and tailored communications.“Clearly resourcing is an issue for many charities, but even simple steps such as getting feedback after an event, putting in place a post-event communications plan or some basic email segmentation and personalisation can support your fundraisers in raising more money and encourage them to support your charity in other ways too.”  79 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Labor, community take on Amazon

first_imgMassive gentrification in Seattle, led by the Amazon company and its headquarters here, has restructured the city. Amazon now rents or owns several dozen new office towers and is building more. There are now 45,000 Amazon employees in downtown Seattle. Other companies, like Expedia and Weyerhaeuser, have moved into downtown Seattle.A gold rush of corporate towers and expensive apartments has led to skyrocketing rents, an epidemic of housing evictions and foreclosures, and a great crisis of homelessness for Seattle’s workers. It’s actually a crisis for all workers, since rents have gone up 65 percent in 10 years.The havoc that Amazon has caused in Seattle is repeated across the country and internationally, as this company seeks to monopolize the retail industry by means of worker and community exploitation, along with destruction of its competitors.There are 11,600 homeless people in Seattle and Martin Luther King County, according to All Home, a community group fighting homelessness. One-third are Black, in a county which is 7 percent Black. Almost half live outdoors, since the capitalist system doesn’t provide adequate shelter.The homeless live in many camps and are highly visible for miles throughout the city center. The city of Seattle, beholden to big business, has used brutal repression more than anything else in dealing with homelessness. Five hundred camps were swept out of existence in a recent year.In April, the Seattle City Council, led by Councilmember Kshama Sawant, started pushing for a $75 million a year tax on big business to build affordable housing. This bill is supported by a coalition of homeless and political groups, along with 10 labor unions, including the Martin Luther King County Labor Council.Under the bill, an employee head tax would be levied on the city’s 580 largest employers. Amazon would have to pay $20 million, a drop in the bucket for a company with $700 billion in assets.Just before City Council hearings the week of May 7, Amazon announced that it was going to “pause” construction of a new office tower to oppose the new tax. Faced with the possibility of losing work due to Amazon’s threats, two construction trade unions, the Ironworkers and the Carpenters, sent several dozen workers to City Council hearings to oppose the bill. They were big news on the big business media.But other speakers at the hearings exposed Amazon for extortion and for its blatant attempt to divide the working class. Speakers for the homeless predominated for several days at the hearing. They said that 42 homeless people, including children, had died outdoors already this year, and that one in 16 children in Seattle public schools is homeless. It was also exposed that Amazon paid no federal income tax last year, but received a $137 million rebate instead.Amazon reeled in $1.6 billion in profits in the first three months of this year. CEO Jeff Bezos is the richest person in the world, worth a jaw-dropping $130 billion.The City Council, led by Sawant in a contentious hearing, passed the $75 million bill by 5 to 4. But Mayor Jenny Durkan, who received $350,000 from Amazon to get elected, vowed to either veto the bill or water it down. She wants to cut the housing tax in half and sell the homeless short. Sawant responded to this threat by saying that $150 million for affordable housing is what is really needed.On May 12, people marched on Amazon, in a protest organized by Sawant’s office, including Socialist Alternative; the Affordable Housing Alliance, which includes homeless groups SHARE and WHEEL; and the Democratic Socialists of America. Also marching were several rank-and-file members of the Ironworkers union holding a banner reading “Solidarity” in opposition to their leadership.One of the speakers was Alex Bacon, president of the Washington Federation of State Employees at Seattle Central College. To show the extent of the housing crisis and how it affects labor, he declared solidarity with the workers of United Auto Workers Local 4121. Their union of 4,500 graduate student teachers, researchers and tutors is scheduled to hold a one-day strike at the University of Washington on May 15. They are striking because they aren’t being fairly compensated for their housing and medical costs.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Hartzler Introduces Legislation to Address Broadband in Farm Bill

first_img Republican U.S. House member Vicky Hartzler of Missouri is seeking to include rural broadband in the next farm bill. Monday, Hartzler introduced the Expanding Rural Access to Broadband Act, which she says would make necessary changes to existing Rural Utilities Telecommunications programs to ensure rural Americans aren’t left behind in the digital age. Hartzler says she plans to work with House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway to include the legislation in the next farm bill, which is expected to be released soon.Hartzler serves on the House Agriculture Committee, which oversees the Rural Utilities Service. The bill would modify the Rural Utilities Telecommunications loan program to include loan guarantees, find ways to incentivize private investment, streamline loan applications and raise statute baseline speeds for broadband deployment. Current law sets a minimum standard speed of four megabits per second download and one megabit per second upload, and this bill would increase the baseline to 25 megabits per second download and three megabits per second upload. Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Hartzler Introduces Legislation to Address Broadband in Farm Bill By Hoosier Ag Today – Mar 13, 2018 Hartzler Introduces Legislation to Address Broadband in Farm Bill Facebook Twitter Previous articleMarion County Fair’s Ron Phillips Inducted into Indiana Fairs & Festivals’ Hall of FameNext articleStudy Finds Breakthrough in Glyphosate Resistance Research Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more