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first_imgDale Capital Group Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Investment sector has released it’s 2012 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Dale Capital Group Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Dale Capital Group Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Dale Capital Group Limited (  2012 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileDale Capital Group is a publicly-quoted Private Equity Investment Holding Company, which deals with investment in hotels, leisure and tourism, property, Information Technology, food and security, fine food and beverages, banking and financial services, agriculture, aquaculture, aviation, mining and resources, renewable energy, African infrastructure, secured lending, non-durable goods distribution, lodging, and financial and fiduciary services sectors. The company is particularly interested in investments within the Sub-Saharan Africa Region, though the company is headquartered in Ebene, Mauritius with additional offices in Cape Town, South Africa. Dale Capital Group is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply “Worst since 2008.” It’s a phrase we’ve seen a lot of in recent weeks, as COVID-19 continues to claim lives and shutter vast swaths of the economy. We’ve seen the volatile stocks, the 16m+ unemployment claims, and the double-digit GDP drop projections. Some anticipate a crisis “deeper and more severe” than the Great Recession.The situation we’re in now is fundamentally different: It’s the result of an external factor, not financial vulnerabilities — and our ability to “reopen” thousands of businesses hinges on controlling a virus.But most crises share certain commonalities and universal lessons.As thousands of entrepreneurs sit at a standstill, we thought it might be helpful to glean some encouragement from those who made it through tough times in the past.Last week, we sent out a survey and received more than 200 responses from small business owners who survived the Great Recession. We’ll highlight a few of these stories in this article, focusing on the range of strategies that were employed.But first, a few bigger-picture takeawaysThe average small business in our survey was around 8 years old and had 16 employees at the time of the 2008 recession.We heard from folks all over the world, in a wide range of industries: A cattle rancher in California, a boat builder in New Zealand, a crab shack owner in New Jersey, a hedge fund manager in New York, a family physician in Tennessee. Some companies had 2 employees; others had more than 100.The businesses we surveyed weathered the Great Recession by adhering to one of two overarching approaches:Promotion focus: They made primarily offensive moves that provided upside benefits.Prevention focus: They made primarily defensive moves to avoid losses and minimize downside risks.Among our sample, businesses leaned slightly toward offensive (e.g., expansion) over defensive (aggressive cost-cutting) strategies. Zachary Crockett / The Hustle For Nic Faitos, the path to flowers began as a ponytail rebellion.In 1994, he was working as a stockbroker on Wall Street — a position that required him to wear a suit every day and barred him from growing out his flowing mane. At the time, his wife ran a small flower shop in a low-traffic bedroom community on Long Island.Faitos began to study the retail landscape for flowers in NYC and spotted a gaping opportunity in the B2B space: “Fortune 500 companies needed flowers for their offices and employees,” he says. “But most flower people couldn’t make a spreadsheet to save their lives. These businesses wanted someone who spoke their language.”So, he launched Starbright Floral Design, cold-called HR departments all over the city, and established himself as NYC’s go-to corporate flower source by the end of the ‘90s.When the recession hit, many of his clients — Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Chase, hoteliers and restaurateurs — aggressively cut costs. Flowers were one of the first things to go. But Faitos, who’d been through 9-11 and the dot-com bubble, didn’t panic.“In a crisis, the typical reflex of a small business owner is to pull back into his shell like a turtle,” he says. “But times of trouble are when marketing opportunities are created.”He decided to go hard on marketing, offering reduced prices with the goal of doubling his client base. Faitos and staff expanded their demographic, placing hundreds of cold calls to labor unions, pharmaceutical firms, and other “recession-proof” industries.“When you have five people on the phone and you are making about 50 calls each for an entire year, you are bound to open some new doors,” he says. “It is the way commerce in this country was built and we went back to the very basics.”His logic was this: If you have 100 accounts spending $100 on average and all of a sudden it drops to $80, that’s a 20% loss. If you go out and develop 50 new accounts during that time, the 50% growth offsets the loss.It wasn’t a small gamble. His product cost was around 30% of revenue and his 20 employees ate up another 30%. After factoring in the $25k/month rent for his Chelsea shop, margins were thin.The move eventually paid off. When the economy picked back up, the new clients he’d sourced went back to paying the regular rates. In the 12 years since the recession, Starbright has doubled its annual gross revenue from $3m to $6m.Now 62, Faitos finds himself in the midst of another crisis — and this time, business is completely shut down. But he’s back at it with another marketing strategy. On his website, he’s selling “virtual” bouquets for $70-$400: A recipient gets a photo of their bouquet via email now, and the real deal once the floral delivery ban is lifted.Revenue is a small fraction of what it was, but he remains optimistic.His advice to entrepreneurs in crisis: “During a crisis, a lot of things are out of your control. Focus solely on what you can control. The objective during a crisis isn’t just to survive; it’s to come out stronger.”The furniture makers In 1996, Ernest Montgomery, a then-24-year-old photographer in New York City, wasn’t getting along with his boss.So, the NYU grad quit his job and launched The Montgomery Group Represents, a creative agency that produces editorial and advertising campaigns and manages its own talent (photographers, stylists, makeup artists) in-house.For the next decade, Montgomery enjoyed modest success, booking clients like American Airlines, Pepsi, and The Miller Brewing Company. He rented a beautiful office on 7th Avenue in Manhattan, expanded his staff to 15 artists, and grew his revenue to around $800k/year.But toward the tail end of 2008, Montgomery began to lose a lot of business.“Clients were saying, ‘Look, we can’t pay you $25k for this video. We can give you $5k — and all the costs will have to come out of your pocket,’” he recalls. “The question was: Do I want to work and make something, or sit on my pride and wait for the good times to come back?”Montgomery chose the former, and cut every single expense he could think of:He left his $4.2k/month office, went “virtual,” and made his entire staff remoteHe axed his web design budget and learned how to build sites himselfHe stopped running expensive ads in industry publications and started dropping off physical copies of his portfolio to prospective clientsMost dramatically, he permanently relocated to the Dominican Republic“A campaign that costs $100k to produce in Miami can be made for $65k in the Dominican Republic,” he says. “A location that costs $10k in Miami costs $500 here — and there is so much less red tape — street permits, blocking off traffic, all that.”When the economy began to pick back up again, Montgomery found that many of his bloated competitors had gone out of business. Even in brighter times, he stayed lean.Now 48, he continues to operate from the Dominican Republic. When he needs to meet with a client in NYC, he boards the first flight of the morning — a 3-hour journey — visits with talent, spends the whole day in the city, and takes the last flight home. “Some clients don’t even realize I live out of the country,” he says.These extreme sacrifices have made it easier for him to weather the current crisis.His advice to entrepreneurs in crisis: “We’re all very nervous and don’t know what will happen. It’s a good time to ask your clients, employees, and associates 3 questions: 1) What can we do to make things feel better? 2) How can we plan on surviving this as a group? And, 3) What are we going to do differently once this is over?”The machinist One unifier between these stories and those that are sure to come out of COVID-19 is that crises put a strain on everyone — even those who find success.Andrew Russell, of the Scotland-based body and fragrance company, Arran, told us he lost 42 pounds in 3 months. We heard from other business owners who lost their spouses, their homes, and their friends due to the financial pressures of the Great Recession.Around 1.8m small businesses went bust between December 2008 and December 2010. But below, we’ll focus on the journeys of 5 entrepreneurs who made it through.The creative agency owner When Scott Baker met Mary Ann Hesseldenz at a furniture fair in 2006, it wasn’t just love at first sight; it was the beginning of a promising business partnership.Baker had been building high-end furniture since college; Hesseldenz had worked in fashion design for 20 years in New York. They married, settled in Tucson, Arizona, and launched Baker Hesseldenz Studio, a boutique interior design firm that makes custom luxury furniture.The business catered to a wealthy clientele who were building new homes and wanted a $17,641 couch, or a $22,137 curio, or a $5,290 cocktail table.But when the recession tanked the housing market, the couple had to recalibrate.They noticed that, while wealthy people weren’t building new homes, there was still a thriving remodeling market. So, they decided to pivot from high-end furniture to millwork and cabinets — a far cry from the craftsman work they were used to.“Many of the large cabinet makers in Tucson went under because they had too much overhead,” says Baker. “We were small and had always prided ourselves on running a very lean operation — no $500k CNC machines or giant shop.”Tucson’s low cost of living was key to the couple’s low overhead: His 2.6k sq. ft. warehouse was $1,150/month (a mere $0.45/sq. ft.), and skilled labor could be found for $12-15/hr. When they needed extra workers, they hired independent contractors.During the recession, the couple says the company’s revenue actually went up.Pre-recession, selling mostly furniture, they grossed $250k; in 2009, they grossed $300k on just a few millwork jobs. A single kitchen remodel would net them $30k-$50k.Though Baken and Hesseldenz eventually returned to higher-end furniture after the recession cleared, cabinetwork is currently saving them again: In Arizona, furnituremakers are closed for business but residential construction — including cabinet work — is considered essential.A decade later, they’re up to $1m in gross revenue: $500k in millwork, $300k in furniture sales, and $180k in interior design fees.“The cabinets are allowing us to keep working,” says Hesseldenz. “That pivot years ago is saving us again.”Their advice to entrepreneurs in crisis: “The biggest thing we learned is how important it is to run a very lean operation. Do not over-hire or get yourself locked into expensive recurring costs. Resist the urge to overspend during the good times.” Zachary Crockett / The Hustle Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Zachary Crockett / The Hustle Brad Emerson with a tractor he purchased in 2017 (Photo courtesy of Mr. Emerson) Brad Emerson, of St. Louis, Missouri, also knows a thing or two about cutting costs.After many years of “living like a rockstar” as a salesman for a Switzerland-based machinery firm, Emerson decided to branch out on his own in 2005. The company he created,, specializes in chopping up, fixing, and relocating niche bindery machines — many of which aren’t made anymore — in printing factories.“I was working 20 hours a week, making $250k [annually],” he says, of his first few years in business. “It was like picking up money off the street. Hardly anyone else knew how to work with those old machines.”When the crash hit, Emerson lost 90% of his business. In short order, he went from getting 5-6 bids per day to 2 bids per month.He shut off the lights and ate bologna for months on end. He started cutting grass on the weekends for cash. His 20-hour weeks turned into 80-hour weeks. His wife left him. At times, he struggled to feed his 3 daughters.One day, he called his landlord and told him he was going to go out of business and miss rent. The landlord told him to bring over his bank statements and bills.“He sat down with me and went through all of my expenses with a red pen, crossing things out — ‘You don’t need this, this, this,’” says Emerson. “That man helped me save my business.”In total, Emerson cut expenses that totaled $3k/month, including:Monthly computer and software costsRoutine maintenance on company vehicles and forkliftsBuilding services, like lawn care and snow removalAir conditioning during the summerWith leaner overhead, Emerson decided to “follow where the market took the business.”Printing factories were closing around the country and the industry was consolidating. A few years earlier, he’d purchased an 18-wheeler on eBay for $12k. He began transporting machinery between factories and his bids eventually began to pick back up.He never returned to the glory days of his income, but he’s “comfortable” now, with a healthy backlog of bids. He sees himself in the struggle of today’s business owners.“There’s a restaurant near me where the owner is running the food out to cars on the street, with the skeleton kitchen crew inside,” he says. “They’re doing it just like I was: Shaving costs as low as possible, rolling up their sleeves, and fighting to stay alive.”His advice to entrepreneurs in crisis: “Make the painful list of every expense you have and get the red pen out. And when you push through and make those changes, don’t fall out of that mindset. Keep yourself poised for an uncertain future.”The florist Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Mary Ann Hesseldenz and Scott Baker at their Tucson workshop (Courtesy of Ms. Hesseldenz and Mr. Baker) You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here By Zachary Crockett | The Hustle The Anatomy of Fear When small business owners faced dramatic downward shifts in revenue, they had to get creative and, in some cases, make extremely difficult decisions:Rhys Williamson’s fiberglass boat business saw sales decline from $3m to $150k/year; he survived by pivoting to specialized repair work.Robert Radcliff’s consulting firm business took a tumble from $1.8m to $550k/year; he had to lay off his entire staff to make ends meet.Dida Clifton’s virtual bookkeeping company lost 50% of its business; she survived by forging strategic partnerships.David Stringer’s SaaS for auto accessories business lost 37% of its revenue; he stayed afloat by diversifying his client pool.Small businesses survived the Great Recession in various financial states. Some thrived, and saw revenue go up; others hung on for dear life. Nic Faitos at his flower shop in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, NYC (Photo courtesy of Mr. Faitos) Ernest Montgomery cut every cost he could think of — including his own residency in the US (Photo courtesy of Mr. Montgomery) TAGSCOVID-19Great RecessionSmall BusinessSurvivalThe Hustle Previous articleIt ain’t all that bad, is it?Next articleOrange County shares its peak projections for COVID-19 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! Breaking this down on a more granular level, there was no magical, universal path to survival. What worked for a gardening store in Iowa wasn’t necessarily the best bet for a travel agency in Florida.Successful business owners employed a variety of strategies to make ends meet, from entering into strategic partnerships to significantly downsizing staff.last_img read more

first_imgArchDaily Ordino Complex / Arteks Arquitectura + Esther Pascal architectSave this projectSaveOrdino Complex / Arteks Arquitectura + Esther Pascal architect CopyMixed Use Architecture, Apartments, Kindergarten•Andorra Ordino Complex / Arteks Arquitectura + Esther Pascal architect “COPY” Mixed Use Architecture Save this picture!+ 37 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  9714 m²Text description provided by the architects. The puiet complex is a building composed by four different programmatical activities. Because of its dimension, complexity, trying to obtain a better-scaled relationship with the urban context of the town of Ordino, and adapting itself to the different existent typologies, the volume of the building has been fragmented following its different activities. Differentiating roofs, materials and façade depths. Save this picture!Recommended ProductsMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedThe main room of the congress centre tries to recreate the sensations of an exterior space but whit the comfort of an interior space. Save this picture!1. Both interior facades are made with acoustic ceramic pieces, being one of them “self-lifting” and the other a floating facade. 2. False roof “trompe l‘eoil” to turn the sight of the installations aside. 3. False roof “boomerang” that explodes with wood pieces, to reduce the height room perception in the tables area. 4. A continuous terrazzo pavement with 20 different grain combinations that emphasize the room‘s depth. 5.Mobile walls that allows different ways to divide the spaces, creating versatility. Save this picture!KINDERGARTEN Save this picture!The building is conceived as an interaction between two volumes. A grater volume contains common spaces and facilities, whereas a smaller one contains different rooms for the daily activities of the children. All the links between themselves adapts it to the local whether conditions, having “patios” with day light during the day, a ramp for the children and scales and elevators for the staff. Luminous spaces and special materials in the floor to adapt the rooms to the children games necessities. Visible access without being protagonist. Save this picture!HOUSING BUILDING Save this picture!A public space is created between the housing facility and the kindergarten, leaving the first one as an independent building without interfering in the operation of the kindergarten, being able to construct it independently of the rest of the buildings.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessCCTV: Fire report says damage was limited to the building surfaceArticlesORDOS 100 #19: Work ACArticlesProject locationAddress:AD300, Ordino, AndorraLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Architects: Arteks Arquitectura, Esther Pascal architect Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” Andorra ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects CopyAbout this officeArteks ArquitecturaOfficeFollowEsther Pascal architectOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsMixed Use ArchitectureResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsEducational ArchitectureKindergartenWoodHousingEducationalAndorraPublished on February 17, 2009Cite: “Ordino Complex / Arteks Arquitectura + Esther Pascal architect” 17 Feb 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Ordino 综合体 / Arteks Arquitectura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

first_img “COPY” Projects CopyHouses•Poznan, Poland Photographs:  Mariusz Jagniewski , Łukasz ZandeckiSave this picture!© Mariusz JagniewskiText description provided by the architects. This project was a great experience. After the construction of a house, there were some wooden elevation boards  left, so we were asked to design a so-called tree house for a little girl named Maja. Save this picture!© Łukasz ZandeckiUnfortunately, none of the trees on the plot was suitable for this. The only place good enough for the small house was the top of an earth mound that appeared on the edge of the garden during the construction of the main house. As architects, we obviously tried to educate our “developer”  that a pretty house would be a one with a flat roof. But Maja is only 6 years old and she thinks about a house archetypically: she always draws it with a chimney, a window and a huge gabled roof (as we know, only the architects’ children draw houses with flat roofs, which is merit, or maybe fault 😉 of their parents). Save this picture!© Łukasz ZandeckiWe didn’t give up the education, but we agreed to do it in the other way. After long discussions we decided to give her a copy of the best known contemporary house with an archetypical form, that is the Rudin House of Jacques Herzog & Pierre de Meuron. We could say it is almost a plagiarism of that building. Almost, because our house has not the exact, but a similar shape, similar proportions, and it is made with another materials. Save this picture!© Mariusz JagniewskiThe most important issue we focused on while designing was the houses ventilation. The floor is an open-work, the side walls can be completely opened and the chimneys are there not only for decoration,  but also for ventilation.Save this picture!Elevation and PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessNational Graphene Institute Winning Proposal / Jestico + WhilesArticlesCall for Proposals: Deborah J. Norden FundArticles Share Photographs 2010 Save this picture!© Mariusz Jagniewski+ 11 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Maja’s House / Ultra Architects CopyAbout this officeUltra ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasPoznańWoodHouses3D ModelingPoznanPolandPublished on February 05, 2013Cite: “Maja’s House / Ultra Architects” 05 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesCupa PizarrasCupaclad® 101 Random in Les PalmiersUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Ridgelight 25-40°Porcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles – Coverlam ImperialWindowspanoramah!®ah! Vertical SlidingFastenersSchöckConcrete Façade Fasteners – Isolink®CarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Arena®CoatingsFormicaLaminate – ColorCore®2More products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Maja的房子/ Ultra建筑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 stream ArchDaily Poland Area:  6 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Year:  Maja’s House / Ultra ArchitectsSave this projectSaveMaja’s House / Ultra Architects Architects: Ultra Architects Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

first_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 Researching massive growth in giving.  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Baring Foundation has opened this year’s Strengthening the Voluntary Sector (STVS) independence grants programme, with £900,000 available.The last round in 2006 was more broad-ranging, resulting in “a very high number of applications”, with a success rate for applicants of 4%. The Foundation is therefore introducing geographical criteria and a focused theme within the issue of independence from government.This year the programme will focus on strengthening the independence of advice and advocacy organisations in the cities of Bristol, Coventry, Manchester or Sheffield or in the counties of Kent or Lincolnshire.The deadline for submitting applications is 30 June 2008.New grants will be announced in December Tagged with: Funding AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Baring Foundation opens Strengthening the Voluntary Sector grants Howard Lake | 11 April 2008 | Newslast_img read more

first_imgUE150 members from across North Carolina at convention.Raleigh, N.C. — The tenth biannual statewide convention of the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, United Electrical Workers Local 150, was held in Raleigh on Aug. 18-19. The convention brought together city, state university, state mental health, manufacturing and other workers from UE150 chapters across the state from Kinston to Charlotte.A major theme of the conference was “Commemorating 50 years of Southern workers’ struggles from Memphis, to Charlotte, and Dr. King’s last stand” — referencing city workers’ strikes in 1968 that won important support from Civil Rights leaders and important gains in union rights, wages and working conditions.Over the past year, UE150 has been building a statewide campaign to fight for a Municipal Workers’ Bill of Rights, which would establish basic standards. After the tragic passing of a Charlotte yard waste laborer in July 2017, the union fought for and won improved health and safety measures — such as a hazardous weather policy to protect workers from extreme temperature exposure on the job — as well as new policies in Greensboro, Raleigh and Durham.Worker unity vs. racismNorth Carolina and other Southern states have historically been the most challenging places to organize unions because of the virulent racism, which has divided white and Black workers. North Carolina was the first state to ban collective bargaining for public workers, when an all-white state legislature passed General Statute 95-98 in 1959. Denying the right to collectively bargain makes it difficult to demand and secure better work environments free of racism, sexism, ageism, homophobia and xenophobia. Yet UE150 members have been fighting and making gains for 20 years.The convention celebrated many hard-won gains, such as in campaigns to win $15 an hour as the minimum wage for public workers. In August 2015 Greensboro became the first city to pass a resolution granting a $15-per-hour minimum wage for city workers. UE150 helped organize city workers to win similar resolutions and budgets, including a $15-per-hour minimum wage in Charlotte, Durham, Raleigh and, in June, Winston-Salem.Feeling the pressure from around the state by public workers, including state mental health workers rallying in other rural cities like Goldsboro and Kinston, and countless meetings with state legislators, the General Assembly passed a budget including $15 an hour as the minimum wage for all state employees effective July 1. This raised the wages of over 8,000 housekeepers, groundskeepers, health care technicians, food service workers and others across the state by $2,000 to $6,000 a year.The union also helped win the first public policy to provide a progressive health care cost structure in Charlotte. It allows those who earn less to pay less, effectively saving city workers $800 to $2,496 a year in premiums. Plus they make no payments in the month of August.Struggle over collective bargainingCollective bargaining is a structured process to negotiate contracts that regulate salaries, working conditions, benefits and other aspects of workers’ rights and compensation. North Carolina’s General Statute 95-98 bans public-sector collective bargaining.After UE filed a complaint in 2007, the International Labor Organization of the United Nations ruled that North Carolina’s ban violates international human rights standards. Convention participants discussed and passed a resolution to build a movement to repeal the statute banning public sector collective bargaining.On Aug. 19, members discussed and passed 10 powerful political resolutions:Expand the fight to repeal the Jim Crow ban on collective bargaining and build the campaign for a Workers’ Bill of Rights.Support the Southern Workers Assembly and build the Durham Workers Assembly, including support for an upcoming Southern Workers School to be held in Durham in September and October.Support the National Prison Strike — #prisonstrike2018.Support Maya Little, a Black UNC grad student/worker and UE150 member who poured her blood on the Silent Sam Confederate statue in Chapel Hill, and continue the struggle to tear down all Confederate statues.Fight against racism.Fight against the oppression of women and LGBTQ people.End all wars abroad; build workers’ international solidarity — including support for Palestinian freedom and the Boycott-Divest-Sanctions movement; support Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the Bolivarian Revolution; U.S. hands off Syria, the Middle East and the continents of Africa, Asia and Latin America.Support immigrant rights and abolish ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement], recognizing the effects of U.S. foreign and economic policy on international migration.Expand internal education among members, including hiring staff for training and education.Oppose six N.C. state constitutional amendments, including those imposing voter ID and permanently creating austerity by lowering corporate and personal income tax levels.Korea and international worker solidarityThe convention was filled with important panels, including Organizing in North Carolina and Building a Global Labor Movement. UE150 member Darrion Smith, who had recently returned from a trip to South Korea with U.S. Labor Against War, reported that the U.S. is the main force perpetuating division between North and South Korea, especially by maintaining 30,000 U.S. troops on the border and deploying the THAAD missile defense system. Smith said he learned from talking to Korean workers that “the reason the U.S. government doesn’t like North Korea is because they don’t mess with capitalism,” referencing the alternative economic model established by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea that is more worker-friendly.UE National President Peter Knowlton was a keynote speaker, along with Jerome Scott from the League of Revolutionary Black Workers. Both keynote speakers decried the insidiousness of capitalism which pits workers against each other and drives the bosses to demand more labor for lower wages and thereby to steal more of the value produced by the workers.UE Local 150 has a long history of organizing militant members who fight for and win workers’ rights throughout North Carolina as well as nationally. An ally of UE Local 150, the Southern Workers Assembly, is hosting a workers’ school in Durham, N.C., Sept. 14-16. For registration information, go to The program will help develop a cadre of workers with critical organizing skills and strategies to organize the South.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img to go further Organisation Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law RSF_en “We are relieved to learn that the trial of Mazen Darwish and his colleagues has ended with their unconditional release under this amnesty,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said.“These journalists and human rights activists were not guilty of any crime and paid the high price of more than three years in prison for legitimate activities. The decision to apply the 2014 amnesty to their case is good news although long overdue. We ask the authorities to free all the journalists who are unjustly detained in Syria.”Darwish was awarded the Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Prize in 2013 and was on the Reporters Without Borders list of “100 Information Heroes.” He and his colleagues were facing up to 15 years in prison under article 8 of the 2012 anti-terrorism law on a charge of “publishing information about terrorists acts.”Two of the five defendants were released provisionally in February 2013, while Darwish and the other two, Hani Al-Zitani and Hussein Ghreer, had been granted a provisional release in the past six weeks – Zitani and Ghreer in mid-July and Darwish, who was being held by a different security department, on 10 August.All of them should have been included in the June 2014 general political amnesty, which authorized the release of all activists arbitrarily held in connection with legitimate activities. The amnesty, legislative decree No. 22 of 9 June 2014, covered the charge on which Darwish and his SCM colleagues were held.According to our sources, the decision will take official effect on 16 September after the final wording has been drafted. It has to take account of the fact that Zitani and Ghreer were not present at the trial.According to a Reporters Without Borders tally, at least 30 journalists and online information activists continue to be held by the Syrian government while at least 29 others (including nine foreigners) are either missing or being held hostage by Islamic State or other armed extremist groups.Ranked 177th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, Syria is the world’s most dangerous country for journalists. News Follow the news on Syria News Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria August 31, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Belated amnesty for Syrian “information hero” Mazen Darwish SyriaMiddle East – North Africa News Receive email alerts Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 12, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information SyriaMiddle East – North Africa March 8, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders welcomes today’s ruling by an anti-terrorism court in Damascus that Mazen Darwish and four members of his staff at the Syrian Centre for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM) are covered by a political amnesty issued in June 2014. February 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_imgNews News VietnamAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet Vietnam sentences journalist Tran Thi Tuyet Dieu to eight years in prison April 27, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Vietnam June 14, 2018 – Updated on August 23, 2019 RSF calls for repeal of Vietnam’s new cybersecurity law RSF_en Another alarming provision requires online platforms such as Google and Facebook to censor any content regarded by the government as contentious, to store Vietnamese user data in Vietnam, and to hand the data over to the Vietnamese authorities on request. The law is due to take effect next January. Three more independent reporters arrested in Vietnam The new cybersecurity law was one of the targets of the tens of thousands of Vietnamese protesters who took to the streets last Sunday in many parts of the countries including (here) in Ho Chi Minh City (photo: Kao Ngyuen / AFP). Resisting China’s counter-model Organisation Help by sharing this information “We know that the Vietnamese cybersecurity police are trained in China,” Manh Kim wrote in a post on 11 June. “We cannot rule out that China has helped Vietnam to design and equip its cybersecurity infrastructure (…) This reflects Party Chief Trong’s determination. Never before has the intention to push Vietnam into China’s orbit been as clear as it is now.” News Even if none of the traditional media, which are subservient to the Party, has been able to discuss the new law, many well-known Vietnamese figures, including Party members, have voiced serious reservations about it.center_img Articles 8 and 15 criminalize “denying the revolution’s achievements,” “offending national heroes” and “providing misleading information liable to cause confusion among the population” – vague formulations that could be applied to almost anyone posting information online that displeases the authorities. Approved by 423 votes to 15 by the national assembly on 12 June, without any changes, the new law is largely a copy-and-paste version of the cybersecurity law that took effect in China in June 2017. Intellectuals, lawyers, war veterans and even parliamentarians have not only condemned the drastic nature of the curbs on the right to inform but have also, and above all, pointed that implementation of the new law could have a devastating effect on the country’s economy. More than 63,000 people have already signed a petition to this effect. Vietnam continues to languish near the bottom of RSF’s World Press Freedom Index, and is ranked 175th out of 180 countries in the 2018 Index. Receive email alerts “We urge Vietnam’s legislators to quickly repeal this draconian new law, which reinforces government control over access to information,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Despite the jailing of around 30 bloggers, surveillance of online activity and the military’s use of troll armies, the Internet continues for now to be the only place where Vietnamese citizens can exchange reliable, independent information. It is this pocket of the resistance that the Party’s current leadership wants to crush. We also urge online platforms not to yield to this law’s unacceptable blackmail.” to go further On 10 June, tens of thousands of people took part in street protests throughout the country that were prompted by the concerns about Vietnam’s economy and sovereignty arising from the new law. “We will fight until the end,” is one of the new slogans now circulating on social networks. News Other intellectuals, such as the blogger Manh Kim, have voiced concern about China’s growing influence. VietnamAsia – Pacific Online freedomsMedia independence Freedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet April 22, 2021 Find out more RSF laureates support jailed Vietnamese journalist Pham Doan Trang April 7, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts to go further October 9, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Twelve arrested over mobile phone message content Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 IranMiddle East – North Africa WhatsApp, Viber and Tango“The intelligence services (will go after) people who circulate insulting comments about Ayatollah Khomeini online,” Kamal Hadifar, the head of Iran’s cyber-police force, FETA, warned on 12 September. “Private messages on Viber and WhatsApp can be monitored by the FETA police.”WhatsApp, Tango and Viber allow you to send a message from your mobile phone via the Internet to anyone in your address book. These messages are exposed to the same hazards as any data passing through the Internet, including blocking, interception and surveillance, and are apparently being monitored by the Iranian authorities.Of the three apps used to circulate the jokes about Ayatollah Khomeini, only WhatsApp encrypts the content of messages. IT security experts have nonetheless revealed flaws in WhatsApp’s security. With enough effort, anyone controlling the Internet (fixed line, 3G or Edge) is capable of accessing message content. In Iran, the Revolutionary Guards control the main Internet Service Providers through the Telecommunication Company of Iran, while the three leading mobile phone operators are government offshoots.Just two weeks after Hadifar’s warning, Ebrahim Raissi, the Islamic Republic’s prosecutor-general announced “the arrest of those responsible for these insulting messages on certain social networks.”Reporters Without Borders is concerned about the widespread use of these apps and the lack of information about the dangers attached to their use by journalists and netizens, so we contacted WhatsApp, Tango and Viber with the aim of finding out more about their security measures. As none of them has so far responded, we recommend not using these apps to transmit sensitive information.Iran’s Internet – crackdown or developmentAfter the sarcastic messages about the Revolution’s former Supreme Leader went viral, government supporters began talking of a “conspiracy” and calling for more controls over the Internet in Iran.The imam of the city of Mashhad, who is close to the current Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, accused the communications minister of causing havoc by trying to improve Internet access. “The Leader announced that high-speed Internet should be avoided, but we know that his recommendation has been overlooked and all our young people now have Internet in their pockets, and this on its own promotes corruption,” the imam said.Several government members including information and communications technology minister Mahmoud Vaezi have referred to the need to find alternatives to WhatsApp, Viber and Tango. “As long as we don’t have a substitute for these applications, we will oppose blocking them,” Vaezi said.” He added that, “the government has signed a contract with three universities for a 100 per cent domestic product that will be ready in six months.”Ever since President Hassan Rouhani’s election in July 2013, the level of Internet controls has been the subject of much debate in the highest government circles. The authorities have continued to develop Internet infrastructure for economic reasons. According to official figures, Iran has 36 million Internet users and an Internet penetration rate of 49 percent, making it one of the region’s most connected countries. The Rouhani administration has not abandoned the idea of a “Halal” (national) Internet but clearly wants a fair amount of flexibility in its implementation.According to figures published by the Tehran chamber of commerce, Iran’s imports of mobile phones and other IT equipment from China and the United Arab Emirates last year – 1392 in Iran, running from 21 March 2013 to 20 March 2014 – totalled nearly 4 billion dollars (2.3 billion from China and 1.6 billion from the UAE).Around 100 Iranian companies import IT equipment and most of them are owned by the Revolutionary Guards, who presumably do very well out of the trade.A total of 20 journalists and 28 netizens are currently detained in Iran, which is ranked 173rd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Organisation Help by sharing this information Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Follow the news on Iran News News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more The Iranian authorities keep a close watch on electronic messages. When jokes about Ayatollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic’s founder and former Supreme Leader, began circulating in Iran via the WhatsApp, Tango and Viber mobile phone apps in mid-September and were posted on Facebook and Twitter, a response from the authorities was not long in coming. Twelve netizens were arrested. In the light of these developments, Reporters Without Borders recommends the utmost care when using these apps. March 18, 2021 Find out more News News RSF_en February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img By News Highland – December 15, 2013 WhatsApp News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Pinterest Twitter Facebook Google+ Previous articleDerry bookies robbed at gunpointNext articleDonegal is among the worst affected counties by food poverty News Highland Twitter Facebookcenter_img Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Health Minister Dr James Reilly and Justice Minister Alan Shatter are to be quizzed this week over why reports are still not ready on how paedophile Michael Ferry continued to have access to children for years after he was placed on a sex register.The 58-year-old received an extra seven years last week to run concurrent to 14 years in jail imposed in 2011.All the convictions are for sex offences against schoolboys and production of child pornography in the west Donegal Gaeltacht between 1984 and 2005.TDs now want to know what happened to reports from the gardai and the HSE which are under preparation for more two years.The reports were launched to establish why Ferry was still able to work as a school caretaker even after a 2002 conviction when he received a six-month suspended sentence and was placed on the sexoffenders’ register.Donegal TDs Pearse Doherty and Thomas Pringle said they are putting questions down in the Dail this week.Sinn Fein’s Doherty the delay was unacceptable in such a serious matter. Answers were needed as to how Ferry was able to return to work as a school caretaker.Mr Pringle, said he had also asked questions about the Garda inquiry before.He said he would be putting down more questions this week, including to the Health Minister, to establish what’s happening the HSE report which was expected 20 months ago.A statement from the HSE today(Sun) said its report is still not ready for publication.A spokesperson added that the draft format was currently undergoing a verification process. The HSE was not in a position to comment further pending the outcome of that process. Pinterest Health Minister to be quizzed over Michael Ferry report delay Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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