first_imgSunday 10 October 2010 11:22 pm whatsapp AARDMAN’S CLOSE SHAVE WALLACE and Gromit creator Aardman has posted a £2.5m loss this year after soaring costs and shrinking income from its commercials division ate into the bottom line. Despite recording £1m profits last year and increasing revenues by a third to £31.5m since then, the Bristol-based animation house has been hit by costs from moving headquarters, hiring more freelancers and pitching for new business.The studio said its commercials business, which specialises in making TV adverts, experienced its lowest income in five years. Aardman is now banking on its current ventures, the short film A Matter of Loaf and Death and a new Shaun the Sheep children’s television series. It says these are performing well, and the studio is also working on two new films, Pirates and Arthur Christmas. KCS-content Read This Next’Kevin Can F**k Himself’: Here’s Why Only Allison and Patty Are SeenThe Wrap20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The Wrap’Batwoman’: Wallis Day on Circe’s ‘Deranged’ Warpath and the Key to SavingThe Wrap’Godzilla vs Kong’ Reaches $100 Million in US After Grossing $250,000 inThe WrapJoin a Conversation on ‘Cancel Culture in Comedy’ with Maz Jobrani, SkyeThe WrapAnya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes Join Searchlight’s Dark Comedy ‘The Menu’The WrapAfter ‘Black Widow,’ Kevin Feige Leaves Open the Possibility of OtherThe Wrap’Pose’ Creator Steven Canals on Life After His Groundbreaking Show: ‘I’mThe Wrap’The Boys’ Star Aya Cash Took Inspiration From YouTube, TikTok and SteveThe Wrap by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Timescenter_img whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) HY2014 Interim Report

first_imgFidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the half year.For more information about Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw)  2014 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileFidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited is a holding company providing products and services for life assurance, employee benefits, asset management, medical insurance, funeral assurance provision of actuarial services and residential property development. This includes managing pensions, funeral insurance and microfinancing in the informal banking market. Fidelity Life Assurance Zimbabwe offers additional products for individual loans, salary-based loads and loans for farmers. Its actuarial services include life and general insurance services, healthcare insurance, investments and finance and funeral assurance schemes. Its asset management services include unit trusts, money market funds, equity funds, balanced funds and advisory services. Its medical aid services include an access health package, express health package and a foundation health package. The company operates in Zimbabwe and Malawi, with the latter offering products for life assurance and pensions. Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

May & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng) Q12019 Interim Report

first_imgMay & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about May & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the May & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: May & Baker Nigeria Plc (MAYBAK.ng)  2019 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileMay & Baker Nigeria Plc manufactures and markets a range of pharmaceuticals, vaccines, medical diagnostics, foods and consumer healthcare products in Nigeria. Pharmaceutical products include anti-diabetics, anti-infectives, anti-malaria, analgesics, cough & cold treatments, multivitamins and anxiolytics. May & Bake Nigeria Plc produce a range of Mimee noodles and Lily still water. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. May & Baker Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Has the landscape changed for British Land shares?

first_img Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address 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. Karl has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended British Land Co. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Has the landscape changed for British Land shares?center_img It was no surprise this month when FTSE 100 property company British Land (LSE: BLND) said the coronavirus and lockdown helped wipe out about £1bn from its property portfolio. The value of retail property, after all, is not likely to be at its highest at the moment. However, longer-term trends and issues may have an even greater impact.Short-term problemsBritish Land said that for the 12 months to March, about 10% of the value of its property portfolio – some £1.1bn – was wiped out. A decline in its retail developments mostly accounted for this.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…British Land owns large retail park, store and shopping centre properties that are naturally taking a hit right now. According to the company, retailers on its estate paid just 45% of rents in March. As CEO Chris Grigg said: “It’s not like retailers are having an easy time right now.”Though the reopening of non-essential stores should help this problem over the next few months, Mr Grigg has already said he doesn’t “expect it to be any easier” by the next payment deadline in June.Interestingly, the company received about 97% of its rent from office facilities, another area we may have expected to lapse given so many people have been working from home.Long-term problems for British LandOf far greater concern for me, however, is the potential fundamental shift we may see in the way people work and shop after lockdown ends. At the very least, there will be a lag between stores technically being reopened with strong social distancing measures limiting capacity and people feeling like there is no longer any risk. It could easily be a year before retail  as well as socialising and working) start to look like they used to.And this doesn’t take account of a bigger shift in culture. Working from home, for example, has been a necessity that has many firms thinking it should be a permanent fixture for their businesses.Lockdown has shown it is possible to do, while both employees and employers are incentivised to do it. For a company, travel and office rental costs will both be lower, while employee satisfaction could be up. Well, who doesn’t prefer not having to commute?These fundamental shifts could easily mean less office space is needed, and so British Land may just see a long-term downshift in its office portfolio too.Shopping onlineSimilarly, the increase of shopping online during lockdown may well shift many consumers towards e-commerce. This is an area that British Land has already warned was changing the nature of its portfolio. If more people continue to shop online, warehouse space will be needed over the large retail space where British Land makes its money.If it can adapt, it is possible that the current share pricemay be a bargain, but for me there is just too much uncertainty in the market right now. I will, however, be watching this space. Karl Loomes | Thursday, 28th May, 2020 | More on: BLND Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. See all posts by Karl Loomes Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shareslast_img read more

The Glen Iris House / Steffen Welsch Architects

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/632204/the-glen-iris-house-steffen-welsch-architects Clipboard photographs:  Rhiannon SlatterPhotographs:  Rhiannon Slatter Projects Australia Contractor: The Glen Iris House / Steffen Welsch ArchitectsSave this projectSaveThe Glen Iris House / Steffen Welsch Architects Save this picture!© Rhiannon Slatter+ 16 Share Homestar Engineer:Maurice Farrugia and AssociatesBuilding Surveyor:Metro Building SurveyingCity:Glen IrisCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Rhiannon SlatterText description provided by the architects. The Glen Iris House is a two storey modern extension to a Californian Bungalow on a good sized block in suburban Melbourne. The original weatherboard house sits on a sloping site and is elevated at the front and level with the ground at the back with no relationship to the outside.Save this picture!Floor PlanWhen we visited the site for the first time we were immediately drawn to the beautiful leafy backyard that meandered down towards the house. The sloping land was terraced and formalised through dry stone walls: this gave us the inspiration to extend the old house by adding a new design that reflected the natural environment it was sitting in. As a result we developed a building that is terraced following the slope of the site and is directly linked to the backyard. From the original house you step up into the dining room, and then up into the lounge, from the lounge outside onto a paved area. The paving is enclosed by a seat height dry stone wall that marks the enclosure of the built area. From there you step up onto the lawn making the backyard the destination of an upwards journey through the house.Save this picture!© Rhiannon SlatterThe internal zoning is clear and simple. The old house at the front belongs to the children with three bedrooms, bathroom and a play area. From the children’s wing you enter the communal living areas on the new ground floor. The dining room forms the centre of the residence and is separated from the lounge by the kitchen. On the first floor of the new building is the parents’ wing with master bedroom, dressing room, ensuite and study. From the master bedroom you can access a roof terrace that provides views over the backyard.Save this picture!Floor PlanThe clients chose us after having seen a few of our projects and were attracted to the quality of light, the different characters of varying spaces, the use of materials and detailing. As in all of our projects we paid attention to these aspects of the building: the light is balanced, we utilise the effect of shadows that the sun creates; the different relationships between spacers are explored: the dining room downstairs and study upstairs are connected through a void, the stair to the master bedroom is ‘hidden’ behind the kitchen giving a sense of privacy for the parents wing, dining and lounge are enclosed by a curved wall which in itself creates a communal outdoor dining area.Save this picture!© Rhiannon SlatterWe paid attention to details: concrete sits against a timber floor, walls slip past each other and the external timber cladding is articulated in different ways. Building form and facade were developed to evoke the qualities of a tree and become part of the tree filled backyard itself.Save this picture!© Rhiannon SlatterProject gallerySee allShow lessGain an International Perspective by Studying Architecture in BarcelonaMisc6 Teams Shortlisted for Canadian Canoe MuseumArchitecture News Share ArchDaily Year:  P & Jm Deleo Energy Rater: Year:  “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/632204/the-glen-iris-house-steffen-welsch-architects Clipboard “COPY” The Glen Iris House / Steffen Welsch Architects Architects: Steffen Welsch Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs Houses CopyHouses, Extension•Glen Iris, Australia 2012 2012 CopyAbout this officeSteffen Welsch ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionGlen IrisHousesRefurbishmentAustraliaPublished on May 26, 2015Cite: “The Glen Iris House / Steffen Welsch Architects” 26 May 2015. 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Deokhyeon-ri House with a Cafe / ON Architecture INC.

first_img “COPY” Lead Architect: CopyCoffee Shop, Houses•Ulsan, South Korea Photographs ArchDaily Deokhyeon-ri House with a Cafe / ON Architecture INC.Save this projectSaveDeokhyeon-ri House with a Cafe / ON Architecture INC. Jung Woongsik ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927982/deokhyeon-ri-house-with-a-cafe-on-architecture-inc Clipboard Manufacturers: LG Hausys, SketchUp, Donghwa 2017 Save this picture!© Yoon Joonhwan+ 23Curated by Paula Pintos Share Projects Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/927982/deokhyeon-ri-house-with-a-cafe-on-architecture-inc Clipboard Deokhyeon-ri House with a Cafe / ON Architecture INC. Photographs:  Yoon Joonhwan Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Design Team:Kim Namsu, Kim Hyukgi, Kim Minsung, Kim Youngju, Jung SujiCollaborators:Keumgang DNS, General structure engineeringCity:UlsanCountry:South KoreaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yoon JoonhwanRecommended ProductsDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreDoorsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Sliding Door – Rabel 62 Slim Super ThermalText description provided by the architects. This project dealt with the dilemma of how commercial residential buildings on the periphery of a city center, should relate to and coexist with existing rural villages. The client wanted to move to the outskirts of the city and build a house that would also be his own cafe business in order to prepare for life after retirement. Even though Ulsan is a metropolitan city, its size and infrastructure are still relatively unimpressive. Despite having the largest land area among Korea’s metropolitan cities, there are actually many ‘eup’ and ‘myeon’ villages in the country. It has become common for retirees to move away from Ulsan’s suburban areas and actively engage in economic activities where they are newly settled.Save this picture!© Yoon JoonhwanSave this picture!Floor planThe site is located on the corner of the village entrance road, which is facing the national highway leading to Seoknamsa Temple. On the other side of the road are the village guardian tree and village pavilion. Existing houses in the village are all single-story buildings, maintaining a peaceful landscape. We wanted to highlight the potential for region regeneration by constructing a serene piece of modern architecture that would serve as a small house and cafe business for the client.Save this picture!© Yoon JoonhwanThe central concept concerned the relationship between the two programs. We wanted to build as if building a village, making the two programs as individual elements that formed a village. The commercial space was treated as an invisible element that does not exist, making the cafe an open space in nature. Considering the site’s location next to the national highway, the barista’s area was structured like a show window so it could be seen in passing vehicles. As for the residential, area the proposed house was closed off to the outdoors in order to secure privacy from the commercial space. And in the open space is a closed light courtyard, while in the closed space is an open light courtyard. We created point-like objects to establish a relationship. The material properties of these two contrasting materials relate to each other through the water element placed outdoors based on differing land levels and become a part of the village.Save this picture!© Yoon JoonhwanThe architecture is constructed only with concrete, glass, water, and wind, that is, physical and natural elements. The exposed concrete of the house seen through the cafe’s open folding doors, the light that reflects off the water, and the movement created by the wind running through these spaces was a suggestion for exploring possibilities of a most simplified space.Save this picture!© Yoon JoonhwanProject gallerySee allShow lessUniversity of Law-Paris I Modernisation of the Lourcine Barracks / Chartier Dalix Ar…Selected ProjectsTG Ilhabela House / Hanazaki PaisagismoSelected Projects Share Coffee Shop “COPY” Area:  416 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: ON Architects Area Area of this architecture project South Korea CopyAbout this officeON ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsHospitality ArchitectureRestaurants & BarsCoffee ShopResidential ArchitectureHousesUlsanOn FacebookSouth KoreaPublished on November 08, 2019Cite: “Deokhyeon-ri House with a Cafe / ON Architecture INC.” 08 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »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! 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Channel 4 profiles nude fundraising calendars

first_img Tagged with: Digital Giving/Philanthropy Trading Volunteering  45 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 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 | 28 December 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1center_img Channel 4 TV tomorrow features a documentary on the large number of nude fundraising calendars established in the wake of the Rylstone and District WI members’ calendar and the resultant ‘Calendar Girls’ film.Tomorrow at 21.00 Channel 4 will screen “Naked Britain” which, according to the Radio Times, “takes a peak at the recent explosion in naked photo shoots for charity (a la Calendar Girls).” The film is “saucy, but not quite as rude as it sounds”.Writing in the Radio Times, Jane Rackham says that “according to this light-hearted exploration, 2004 saw an explosion in nude charity calendars featuring golfers, fishermen, mechanics, gardeners and plumbers with their kit off.” Advertisement The programme aims to show that, although most of the calendars are put together with a sense of humour and charitable purpose, “the world of the naked charity calendar is still strewn with pitfalls.” Channel 4 profiles nude fundraising calendarslast_img read more

199 Fun and Effective Fundraising Events for Nonprofit Organizations

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 GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  12 total views,  1 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 Howard Lake | 3 December 2007 | News 199 Fun and Effective Fundraising Events for Nonprofit Organizationslast_img read more

De Ferguson a Baltimore: ¡CÁRCEL PARA POLICÍA ASESINA!

first_imgEl asesinato de Michael Brown, un joven de 18 años de edad, el pasado 9 de agosto por el policía blanco Darren Wilson, encendió un levantamiento de casi dos semanas en Ferguson, Misuri. Liderada por jóvenes negras/os, esta rebelión inició el proceso de enfocar las profundas atrocidades que han tenido lugar dentro y fuera de los departamentos de policía en todo EUA durante muchas décadas. El centro actual de este levantamiento es Baltimore.Aunque el Departamento de Justicia (DJ) a principios de marzo no pudo acusar a Wilson por violaciones a los derechos civiles en el asesinato de Brown debido a “causa probable”, emitió un informe condenatorio el 4 de marzo que confirmó el racismo rampante en el Departamento de Policía de Ferguson. Este informe no habría salido tan rápidamente si no fuera por la heroica rebelión que expuso allí la militarización de la policía.Abayomi Azikiwe escribió sobre el informe del DJ para este periódico: “Los datos recopilados por el Departamento de Policía de Ferguson del 2012-2014 demuestran que las/os afroamericanos representan el 85 por ciento de los vehículos detenidos, el 90 por ciento de las citaciones, y el 93 por ciento de las detenciones efectuadas por agentes de DPF, a pesar de que comprende sólo el 67 por ciento de la población. Las/os afroamericanos tienen más del doble de probabilidad que los conductores blancos de ser registrados durante una parada del auto – aún después de evaluar las variables no basadas en la raza – como la razón de la detención del vehículo. Sin embargo, a éstos se les encuentran en posesión de contrabando un 26 por ciento menos frecuentemente que a los conductores blancos, lo que sugiere que los oficiales están considerando la raza como factor para determinar si se debe inspeccionar”. (workers.org 10 de marzo)Este informe se produjo a menos de cuatro meses después de que un gran jurado secreto en Misuri fracasara en acusar a Wilson por el asesinato de Brown. Además, el jefe de la policía blanco de Ferguson, Thomas Jackson – al parecer un simpatizante de la Confederación racista del sur – se vio obligado a renunciar una semana después. Pero el escándalo policial de Ferguson fue sólo el comienzo.Atrocidades sin finEl 4 de diciembre, después de dos años de investigación, el DJ emitió un informe sobre el Departamento de Policía de Cleveland, declarando que, “el uso irracional e innecesario de fuerza” es sistémico. El informe reportó que no sólo se utilizan armas de fuego de manera indiscriminada por un departamento de policía 65 por ciento blanco contra una población 53 por ciento negra, sino que también que utilizan armas Taser, agentes químicos en aerosol y golpizas. El informe también encontró que la policía había utilizado fuerza excesiva contra personas con discapacidad mental y emplearon tácticas que escalaron encuentros potencialmente no-violentos en confrontaciones peligrosas. (New York Times, 4 de diciembre)Este informe se produjo a menos de dos semanas después del fatal tiroteo de la policía contra el niño de 12 años de edad, Tamir Rice en un parque de Cleveland el 22 de noviembre. El niño portaba una pistola de juguete cuando le disparó el policía blanco de quien se sabía que tenía un historial de violencia que le había forzado a dimitir de otro departamento de policía. El tiroteo de Rice fue captado en video.La policía se negó a que la hermana de 14 años de edad, Tajai, fuera inmediatamente en su ayuda después del tiroteo. Por el contrario, la tiraron al suelo y la esposaron. Su hermano menor mientras tanto, murió desangrándose en la parte trasera de un coche de la policía.El 7 de mayo, la oficina del Fiscal de Distrito de San Francisco anunció una investigación amplia sobre el abuso policial en esa ciudad. Las/os afroamericanos comprenden sólo el 5 por ciento de la población de la ciudad, pero constituyen el 50 por ciento de las/os detenidos y encarcelados, así como más del 60 por ciento de las/os menores detenidos.Siete de 14 agentes de la policía de San Francisco fueron suspendidos el 3 de abril por enviarse entre ellos mensajes de texto racistas y anti-homosexuales, pidiendo incluso el linchamiento de personas de color. Se recomendó el despido de los siete; un octavo oficial renunció y los otros seis recibieron medidas disciplinarias. La indagación reveló también que agentes del alguacil organizaban apuestas entre los guardias de la prisión que implican luchas de gladiadores forzadas sobre los prisioneros. Se reportó que algunos oficiales amenazaban con retener los alimentos y agredir a los presos que se negaban a golpearse mutuamente. Y esto es sólo la punta del témpano.Y ahora Baltimore…Luego vino la reciente investigación federal del departamento de policía de Baltimore a la luz de la muerte por tortura de Freddie Grey, que entró en coma después de que su médula espinal fue cercenada el 12 de abril mientras estaba bajo custodia policial. Seis agentes policiales, tres blancos y tres negros, han sido acusados por la muerte ocurrida el 19 de abril.La recién nombrada Fiscal General de Estados Unidos Loretta Lynch, anunció el 8 de mayo que su oficina realizará una investigación para determinar si el departamento de policía de Baltimore “emplea discriminación sistemática, viola los derechos civiles y usa la fuerza excesivamente”. Lynch visitó Baltimore días antes de hacer el anuncio.Una rebelión por toda la ciudad liderada por jóvenes negros surgió en Baltimore después del funeral de Freddie Grey el 27 de abril. La respuesta del Gobernador de Maryland fue imponer un toque de queda de cinco días y llamar a miles de Guardias Nacionales. Al menos 500 personas fueron detenidas entre el 27 de abril y el 2 de mayo, cuando el toque de queda fue cancelado. Muchos de las/os detenidos aún siguen en la cárcel sin el debido proceso.La policía de Baltimore es conocida por su brutalidad contra la población afroamericana. Desde 2012, el departamento ha pagado alrededor de $6 millones en compensación a las familias de las víctimas que pusieron demandas contra la policía.Investigaciones de escándalos policiales también se están llevando a cabo en otras ciudades, como Seattle, Los Ángeles y Filadelfia, y muchas otras.Rebelión juvenil expone injusticia económicaLa rebelión de Ferguson encendió el movimiento La Vida de los Negros Importa (Black Lives Matter (BLM), iniciado por mujeres negras y personas negras transgénero. Este movimiento dinámico tuvo sus raíces en el año 2012 antes y después de que George Zimmerman fuera absuelto de asesinar a Trayvon Martin de 17 años, en Sanford, Florida.Desde el levantamiento nacional en Staten Island, Nueva York, el 03 de diciembre, luego de que un gran jurado no acusara al policía que estranguló a Eric Garner, el movimiento ha cerrado carreteras, centros comerciales, puentes, empresas, etc., de costa a costa. Estos cierres han ido acompañados de marchas masivas en las calles por militantes jóvenes, a veces durante muchas horas.La lucha BLM ha ayudado a exponer la causa raíz de este terror policial endémico: el aumento del desempleo juvenil, sobre todo para las/os jóvenes de color. Mientras se dispara el desempleo y subempleo juvenil a un 40 por ciento y hasta un 60 por ciento o más, aumenta también la violencia policial y el encarcelamiento en masa.El 11 de mayo se reportó que dos presos murieron durante una rebelión en la Institución Correccional Estatal Tecumseh en Nebraska. Los presos se habían estado quejando de hacinamiento, entre otras condiciones inhumanas que se ven obligados a soportar. Las cárceles están repletas de trabajadores tras las rejas que resisten el aislamiento.Se han anunciado mucho las investigaciones sobre el abuso de la policía a nivel municipal, del condado, estatal o federal, pero esto no detendrá la epidemia de asesinatos policiales y otras formas de brutalidad, especialmente contra las/os jóvenes negros y latinos.Las autoridades tienen la esperanza de que estas investigaciones de alguna manera retrasen o detengan totalmente la rebelión juvenil anti-policía que está permeando al país. Sin embargo, estas investigaciones no son más que intentos inútiles para poner remedios que no curan el cáncer maligno, ya que es el propio sistema capitalista el que engendra el terror racista, pobreza, guerras y ocupaciones.Éstos jóvenes son prueba de que donde hay represión, hay resistencia. Otras/os en la clase obrera seguramente seguirán su ejemplo porque la policía no es amiga de las/os trabajadores, especialmente las/os trabajadores en huelga o las/os que luchan por $15 y un sindicato.Exigir el encarcelamiento de policías asesinos o cualquier policía brutal es un primer paso importante. El siguiente paso es llevarlo a un nivel político más alto, exigiendo el desarme y la abolición de la policía. En su lugar debe haber grupos de autodefensa, organizados y controlados por la comunidad para proteger a las personas contra cualquier forma de opresión.Deshacerse de la policía capitalista debe ser cada vez más un llamado de las/os jóvenes, quienes ya están levantando la consigna de ‘Cerrar todo el sistema’.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Jailed women forge solidarity with detained immigrants

first_imgWomen prisoners in the Yuba County Jail in Marysville, Calif., are on hunger strike in solidarity with detained immigrants. In the first such unified prisoner action in the U.S., women in criminal custody are fasting in solidarity with women in immigration custody. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rents space in the Yuba County Jail to incarcerate undocumented immigrants. (San Francisco Bay View, Dec. 16)The Yuba County Jail strike is in support of Rajashree Roy, an immigrant detainee facing deportation to Fiji, where she has not lived since she was eight. Roy has been detained for over a year. She is allowed to see her children only through plexiglass walls.A Dec. 10 solidarity protest in front of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in Washington, DC, demands the release of all hunger-striking detained immigrants.Photo: Yashi MoriThe women in criminal custody who are hunger striking in solidarity with Roy are Jessica Bullock, Tisha Sartor, Kyra Beckles, Juanita Thomas and Ana Marquez.Anoop Prasad, a lawyer with Asian Americans Advancing Justice who is representing Roy, said, “What’s happening in Yuba County is historic and unprecedented. … In terms of people physically putting their bodies on the line [together], this is the first time.” (tinyurl.com/q7c9w96)The Yuba County women released this statement: “We are locked up together and refuse to be divided into immigrants and citizens. None of us belong in this cage separated from our families. We join the brave immigrant hunger strikers across the country in fasting to force recognition of our humanity.” (San Francisco Bay View, Dec. 16)Their strike began Dec. 14 before dawn as an extension of the #FreedomGiving hunger strikes launched during the U.S. “Thanksgiving” holiday.  Hundreds of South Asian, African and Latino/a detainees participated in hunger strikes in seven ICE detainee centers from California to Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Georgia and Alabama. ASPIRE, a pan-Asian, undocumented youth-led group, announced its members would gather outside the Yuba County Jail to fast in solidarity with the women. ASPIRE is calling for an end to violence faced by Asian and Pacific Island communities, as well as “an end to the unjust policing and the criminalization of all communities of color.” (tinyurl.com/hx3qjdn)Protesters rally in solidarity with hunger-strikers on Nov. 30 at Alabama’s Etowah County Detention Center, where immigrants are imprisoned.Photo: William ThorntonA solidarity demonstration with immigrant hunger strikers was held Nov. 30 outside Alabama’s Etowah County Detention Center. The rally supported those refusing food “to denounce the inhumane treatment they endure in these facilities where their human dignity is ignored by the ICE agenda and immigration detention system.” The Etowah facility leases prison space to ICE. (facebook.com/shutdownetowah)The #FreedomGiving strikers have released this list of demands: “End to all detentions and deportations. End to the ICE detention bed quotas. End to indefinite detention: Release on parole or supervision for all asylum seekers held for more than 6 months. Improved conditions in detention (discipline, food, clothing, access to phones, medical access).” (notonemoredeportation.com)“Bed quotas” refers to an obscure Homeland Security policy requiring ICE to keep an average of 34,000 detainees per day in custody. The quota guarantees a constant stream of money to counties that rent public jail space to ICE. (Washington Post, Oct. 13, 2013)Throughout the U.S., detainees report ICE is attempting to end their hunger strike through torture tactics ranging from sleep deprivation and solitary confinement to forced catheterization. Some hunger strikers in the Etowah jail were coerced after a federal judge ordered them force-fed. (Al.com)One Etowah striker, Mahbubar Rahman, said: “When we started this hunger strike, we thought this was only our problem. But when we heard so many other centers also joined hunger strike, we realized that detention is a national problem. We started to shake the walls of these prisons.” (tinyurl.com/gnjw59t/)For information on sending support messages to the Yuba County Jail striking women, go to tinyurl.com/gtnbg5y.You can support the #FreedomGiving strikers by signing their petition: tinyurl.com/qdhre4wFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more