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Bethard relaunches Fastbet as part of B2B growth plans

first_img Bethard is to relaunch its B2C brand Fastbet as a ‘pay n play’ brand as part of efforts to expand its B2B division.The company, and its B2B subsidiary Together Gaming, will use Fastbet to showcase its capabilities to potential clients as it seeks new deals in Europe and North America.Fastbet will now employ Trustly’s Pay N Play technology, which removes traditional registration requirements allowing customers to gamble without going through a registration process to set up an account.Bethard CEO Erik Skarp said the company is eager to embrace new trends and technologies as it seeks to establish Together Gaming as a major supplier.“We can see that there is a strong development towards faster and easier gaming products” Skarp said. “Fastbet is our test case to ensure that we offer our increasing B2B customers the latest in gaming trends.”Bethard has around a dozen B2B partners through its Maltese licence, including Betive, LetsBet and SverigeCasino.Fastbet customers in Sweden were told the site was closing in late September, and that they would be migrated to Bethard. Fastbet offers sports betting, casino and live casino games.Bethard, which recently extended its long-term platform deal with SBTech and employs Swedish football legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic as a brand ambassador, has licences in the UK, Malta and Denmark and has applications pending in its home country Sweden as well as Germany and Ireland.In August, Bethard told iGamingBusiness.com that it is in talks with an unnamed US entity that could lead to Together Gaming securing a foothold in the market.“We are currently in discussions with an American player for a potential partnership for the US market where we would provide our platform and expand our B2B business, which today is operated under Together Gaming,” Skarp said at the time. Tags: Online Gambling 26th November 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tech & innovation Topics: Tech & innovation No account brand will act as a test case for potential clients Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Bethard relaunches Fastbet as part of B2B growth plans Email Addresslast_img read more

Shubman Gill

first_img Football Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Latest Sports News Sport Shubman Gill (born 8 September 1999) is a right-hand, top-order batsman from Punjab. He made his first-class debut for Punjab against Bengal in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy, in late 2017, with a half-century in the game and 129 runs in the next match against Services. Shubman scored 372 runs at an average of 124.00 at the 2018 ICC U-19 World Cup, where he batted at number three to play a crucial role in India’s record fourth world title and was adjudged the edition’s Player of the Tournament. He made his international debut for the India cricket team in January 2019. Batting Career Summary NBA 2020-21 Tokyo Olympics: Big kit drama for Indian athletes, under pressure IOA drops Chinese brand Li Ning as India’s kit sponsor NBA Draft Lottery: 4 Teams that have won the NBA Draft Lottery most number of times TAGSShubman Gill AgeShubman Gill CareeShubman Gill career statsShubman Gill latest ICC RankingsShubman Gill Stats SHARE Facebook Twitter Euro 2020: France Squad, Fixtures, Schedules, key players, Predictions- All you need to know Euro 2020: Switzerland Squad, Fixtures, Schedules, key players, Predictions- All you need to know Previous articleRavindra JadejaNext articleNavdeep Saini Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Sport RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NBA 2020-21 Tokyo Olympics: Good show in the first match will give team right momentum, feels Ramandeep center_img ODI330493316.337169.0100051 BleacherBreaker4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!BleacherBreaker|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNext RefinanceThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryNext Refinance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndozenherald.comDolly Finally Took Off Her Wig, Fans Gaspedzenherald.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGive It LoveThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayGive It Love|SponsoredSponsoredUndoZen HeraldEllen Got A Little Too Personal With Blake Shelton, So He Said ThisZen Herald|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Football Euro 2020: Portugal Squad, Fixtures, Schedules, key players, Predictions- All you need to know Football Euro 2020: Germany Squad, Fixtures, Schedules, key players, Predictions- All you need to know Shubman Gill MInnNORunsHSAvgBFSR100200504s6s Euro 2020: Turkey Squad, Fixtures, Schedules, key players, Predictions- All you need to know NBA: Philadelphia 76ers’ Daryl Morey fined $75k over controversial tweet By Kunal Dhyani – December 21, 2020 Football Football Hockey IPL4138109397633.54750125.20078724 Euro 2020: Matteo Pessina replaces injured Stefano Sensi in Italy squadlast_img read more

MFD Group Limited (MFDG.mu) 2017 Abridged Report

first_imgMFD Group Limited (MFDG.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Transport sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about MFD Group Limited (MFDG.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MFD Group Limited (MFDG.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MFD Group Limited (MFDG.mu)  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileMFD Group Limited specialises in the provision of logistics, warehousing and distribution facilities in the Mauritius Freeport zone and internationally. Amongst the services provided by the company, are freight forwarding, customs clearing, dry and cold warehousing, industrial warehousing, and container services, and rents out office space as well as provides transportation services for tipper trucks, crane-trucks, side loaders, and distribution vans, as well as bonded vehicles serving the airport. The company is headquartered in Port Louis, Mauritius. MFD Group Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

ASOS share price: I think it’s set to go higher

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA ASOS share price: I think it’s set to go higher Edward Sheldon owns shares in ASOS, Boohoo, and Amazon. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS and boohoo group and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon and short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon. 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! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 15th February, 2021 | More on: ASC center_img Image source: Getty Images. 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” Shares in ASOS (LSE: ASC) have performed well recently. Since their stock market crash lows of around 1,000p, they’ve risen about 430%. Meanwhile, over a 12-month time horizon, they’re up about 60%.Looking ahead, I believe ASOS’s share price has the potential to keep rising. Here are a few reasons I’m bullish on the stock.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…ASOS: poised for long-term growthThe first reason is the online fashion market looks set for big growth in the years ahead. As a result of Covid-19, the shift to online shopping in the fashion space has accelerated.Last week, analysts at Bank of America (BoA) said that 2021 is on track to become another “killer year” for online retailers. It believes last year’s pandemic-driven growth is just the beginning of the growth story. And BoA expects revenues across the online retail companies it covers (including ASOS) to more than double between 2020 and 2025, to £38bn.“We believe these businesses are not simply pandemic beneficiaries, they are structural winners,” BoA analysts wrote. “The pandemic seems to have irreversibly accelerated changes in consumer behaviour,” they added.In another research note last week, analysts at Credit Suisse said consumers today tend to prefer ‘multi-brand’ websites. These kinds of websites make life easier for shoppers because they don’t need to have dozens of apps on their phones and re-enter payment and contact details on each one. This is encouraging for a company like ASOS which sells a wide range of brands.ASOS shares: bullish sentimentI’m also very encouraged by the analyst sentiment towards ASOS shares at present. Recently, a number of brokers, including JP Morgan, BoA, and Credit Suisse have upgraded their price targets significantly. The latter’s is more than 30% above the current share price.It’s worth noting that analysts at BoA even gave the stock a ‘double upgrade’ recently, lifting it from ‘underperform’ to ‘buy’. “Looking forward, we think ASOS should see a tailwind to order volume growth as the world normalises,” its analysts wrote.Low valuation vs ZalandoFinally, the valuation on ASOS shares isn’t stretched, in my view. Currently, the business has a market-cap of £5.1bn. That means the forward-looking price-to-earnings (P/E) and price-to-sales (P/S) ratios are 36 and 1.3 respectively.By contrast, rival Zalando has a market-cap of approximately £22.3bn. Its P/E and P/S ratios are 86 and 2.4 respectively.Comparing the two online retailers, ASOS looks undervalued.RisksOf course, there are risks that could derail the momentum that ASOS’s share price has right now.One risk is the threat of competition. Rival Boohoo is currently growing at a fast pace and, like ASOS, is making key acquisitions. Amazon is also capturing market share in the UK online fashion space.There could also be complications with the integration of ASOS’s recently acquired brands (Topshop, Topman, and Miss Selfridge). If there are setbacks here, it could hit the share price.ASOS share price: I think it’s going higherOverall however, I think the outlook for ASC shares remains favourable. In the next few years, I expect its share price to climb much higher. Enter Your Email Address I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool.last_img read more

Scotland unveil new change strip for EMC Tests

first_imgScotland’s Ross Ford, David Denton and Sean Lamont launch the new away kit at the Omni Centre. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 03, 2012.Photo credit should read: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire Scotland produced several excellent performances during their summer tour of Australia, Samoa and Tonga, returning home unbeaten and receiving plenty of praise for not only their results but also for taking on the Pacific Island nations on their home turf. With momentum behind them, coach Andy Robinson will hope his side’s good form continues in the build up to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Flying the flag: Ross Ford, David Denton and Sean Lamont model the new Scotland change stripSCOTLAND HAVE unveiled their new change strip for the upcoming EMC Tests against New Zealand, South Africa and Tonga.The new strip will be used for the first time when Scotland take on Rugby World Cup and Rugby Championship winners New Zealand at Murrayfield on the 11th of November.Scotland players David Denton, Sean Lamont, and captain, Ross Ford were on hand to try on the new kit for the very first time, unveiling it outside the Omni Centre in Edinburgh today against a giant “in the flesh” backdrop emblazoned across the building.Ford said: “Playing for your country is one of the highest honours a rugby player can achieve and running onto the pitch at Murrayfield with the St. Andrew’s Cross across our chest will be a “hairs on the back of the neck” moment.” Canterbury Chief Executive, Chris Stephenson said: “This is a kit which is designed to evoke the spirit and pride of Scottish rugby and blends these with the brand’s heritage of producing the world’s strongest rugby kits.  We wish Scotland every success in their Autumn Internationals campaign.”Dominic McKay Scottish Rugby’s Director of Commercial Operations, Communications and Public Affairs, said: “It’s just over a month to go before we welcome some of the best teams in world rugby to Scotland for what will be a great series of intense, exciting rugby.  Canterbury has produced a kit which I am confident will underline the greatvirtues of playing for the Scotland national team.”last_img read more

Australia Women’s Sevens receive national medals

first_imgBy Rachel King LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Australian Women’s Rugby Sevens squad celebrate their Olympic Gold in Rio (Photo: Getty Images) Australia’s gold-medal winning Women’s Sevens team received yet another award today when they received Order of Australia medals in the Australia Day honours list.The Olympic and World Series champions were included for their ‘services to sport’ rounding off a triumphant twelve months for the squad.The team became Australia’s first, men’s or women’s, to win a Sevens Series championship last May, ending New Zealand’s three-year grasp on the title. Just months later, they came face to face with the Black Ferns yet again, beating them 24 – 17 to take gold in last year’s inaugural Olympic final.Eyes on the prize: Australia’s Mahalia Murphy at the Dubai Sevens Series (Photo: Getty Images)On the honour, star Alicia Quirk said: “We’re really proud we can, in our own way, have this recognition and give something back to the community and share in that same passion and love of sport that all Australians do, so it’s a very special honour.“I’ve been overwhelmed with the number of young girls and their parents that say their daughters are now playing rugby and really interested into it.”Miles ahead: Evania Pelite scores a try for Australia in the Olympic final (Photo: Getty Images)Rugby pioneer and LGBT advocate Andrew Purchas also received an Order of Australia medal for: “Services to rugby union and to the promotion of social inclusion for LBGTI people.”center_img Purchas founded the Sydney Convicts, Australia’s first Gay and Inclusive rugby team, in 2004 and has been involved with a number of anti-homophobia and inclusion initiatives including the ‘Homophobia? Knot me’ rainbow laces campaign.Andrew Purchas (Centre) with the trophy during the Bingham Cup  (Photo: Getty Images)Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver said: “I have worked with Andrew many times over the years and have seen his passion around the need to change sporting culture to make it more inclusive of LGBT people.“He has been instrumental in Australian rugby’s adoption of policies and programs to address homophobia and ensure everyone feels safe, welcome and included to play and enjoy our sport. “He is completely deserving of this honour and I offer him Australian Rugby’s most heartfelt congratulations.”Former Wallabies captain Phil Kearns was also recognized, being named as a Member of the Order of Australia for his charity work. Kearns founded the charity event Balmoral Burn which has raised more than 27 million Australian dollars for childcare charity The Humpty Dumpty Foundation.last_img read more

Gas prices continue to tick down

first_img Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Tennessee$2.129$2.132$2.144$2.055$1.690 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Florida$2.380$2.384$2.405$2.322$1.933 Fuel pump Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Click here to view current gasoline price averages Georgia$2.243$2.244$2.258$2.186$1.818 TAGSAAAGas Prices Previous articleSupper Club opens in ApopkaNext articleUpdating Breaking News: Deputies respond to home invasion in Apopka Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Anatomy of Fear MondaySundayWeek AgoMonth AgoOne Year Ago LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 National$2.343$2.344$2.369$2.229$1.910 From AAA – The Auto Club GroupThere is downward pressure at the gas pump, but not to the point that many motorists will notice. Gas prices are declining by fractions of a penny per day. However, that does add up over time. During the past week, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded declined 2 cents in Florida and Georgia, and 1-cent in Tennessee.“Gas prices are beginning to follow that downward trend we are used to seeing in January, as gasoline demand typically hits its lowest point of the year,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “It’s possible prices could slip another 5-10 cents by the end of the month, but continued volatility in the price of oil could play spoiler.”Last week, WTI averaged $52.08 a barrel – $1.28 less than the week before. The oil market remains heavily focused on the OPEC production agreement. This agreement is the main reason crude oil is priced more than $20 higher than this time last year, which lead to more expensive prices at the pump. Last week, the OPEC Secretary-General made a statement that he is confident that the cartel can keep their production cut agreement as determined last November. Under the accord, OPEC, Russia and other non-members of the producer group will curtail oil output by nearly 1.8 million barrels per day for six months.An OPEC meeting to monitor compliance will be held in Vienna on January 22. The objective of the meeting will be to decide what level of compliance would be acceptable in an effort to keep all countries participating. Traders will watch closely how OPEC and non-OPEC members continue to implement cuts and if compliance will continue. Any suspected cheating could push oil and gasoline prices lower.CURRENT AND PAST PRICE AVERAGESRegular Unleaded Gasoline AAA updates fuel price averages daily at www.GasPrices.AAA.com. Every day up to 120,000 stations are surveyed based on credit card swipes and direct feeds in cooperation with the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) and Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability. All average retail prices in this report are for a gallon of regular, unleaded gasoline.last_img read more

House in the Trees / Luciano Kruk

first_img Area:  185 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Daniela Mac Adden+ 36Curated by Clara Ott Share Houses Photographs House in the Trees / Luciano Kruk ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/929219/house-in-the-trees-luciano-kruk Clipboard CopyHouses•Argentina ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/929219/house-in-the-trees-luciano-kruk Clipboard House in the Trees / Luciano KrukSave this projectSaveHouse in the Trees / Luciano Kruk ArchDaily Photographs:  Daniela Mac Adden Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project center_img Manufacturers: Nivel, Barugel azulay, Blainstein, FV Ferrum, Fábrica de LuzProject Coordination:Belén FerrandWork Coordination:Leandro Rossi, Fernando Casaux Alsina, Dan SaragustiCollaborators:Andrés Conde Blanco, Denise AndreoliMemory Edition:Mariana PiquéCountry:ArgentinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenRecommended ProductsLightsLonghiLamp – AkileleWoodAccoyaAccoya® Cladding, Siding & FacadesLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreText description provided by the architects. House in the Trees was designed to be built in Barrio Marítimo II, a neighborhood in Costa Esmeralda, located thirteen kilometers north of the city of Pinamar and four hours away from Buenos Aires City. Parallel to the sea, this neighborhood is separated from the coastline by a screen of leafy pines, thus producing a setback that complies with provincial regulations. The lot’s highest level is at the front, and slopes downward as it gets farther from the street, just as sand dunes do as they interfuse with the sea. Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenSave this picture!Section BBSave this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenThe clients commissioned a leisure home that could also be rented out eventually. The house had to accommodate a typical program: one master room and two secondary bedrooms, a social uses area, and an outdoor swimming pool. They requested that the house, protected by the woods, had minimal impact on its environment. Supported by a minimum tread structural volume – which lodges the entrance and the service and engine rooms – the house was situated on the highest level of the lot. We decided to set the house back beyond the minimum required by regulations. Surrounded by a pinewood, the house merged into the landscape’s natural atmosphere gaining privacy and the possibility of increasing its glazed surfaces. Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenSave this picture!Upper Floor PlanSave this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenRegarding the request to minimize the maintenance needs, we proposed the house to be made entirely of exposed concrete and glass. Dark bronze anodized aluminum was chosen for the exterior framings for them to be visually invisible. In this way, the contrast between the spans and the concrete shell is emphasized. Common areas were disposed on the first floor—two meters above the natural terrain’s level—while the bedrooms floor plan was organized above, at a higher level. Emerging from the natural ground, a wall goes all the way up to the rooftop, organizing both floor plans. The humid locals were disposed towards the street and the nobler ones, sheltered facing the woods. Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenWhile the lower floor has low partitions on both sides and on the front, it opens on the rear through total height framings towards a watching terrace that, embraced by the pines’ canopies, serves as an expansion for the living and dining areas. Except for a few metallic columns set around the shell’s perimeter, the greatest part of the structure is located at the center of the floorplan so it is almost invisible from the outside. The side partitions go all the way up to the rooftop, providing the intimacy of the bedrooms from neighboring houses. Save this picture!AxonometricSave this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenRegarding natural lighting, one of the purposes was to prioritize the staircase area with a skylight on the rooftop. Moreover, slabs cantilevering over both levels as eaves protect the front of the house from the vertical north sunrays. Designed as an independent structure elevated artifact, the swimming pool is detached from the natural terrain and connects with the house through the social area’s expansion. In order to preserve the visual continuity between the house and the vegetation, the pool was disposed perpendicularly to the constructed volume. Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenHouse in the Trees sought to merge with the woods to enjoy its scents, textures, and visuals, proper of its leafy natural environment, so powerful but at the same time balsamic for the senses. The higher volume seems like a compact, massive floating box over the lighter and transparent lower floor. While the stony materiality’s austerity and honesty aimed at guaranteeing the project’s perdurability, the architectural synthesis of its floorplans represents nothing but the reflection of such a lifestyle.Save this picture!© Daniela Mac AddenProject gallerySee allShow lessTalmadge Smith of Page on the new Fountain Place TowerArticlesPaul Andersen and Paul Preissner to Design the U.S. Pavilion for the Venice Biennale…Architecture News Share CopyAbout this officeLuciano KrukOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesArgentinaPublished on November 29, 2019Cite: “House in the Trees / Luciano Kruk” [Casa en los árboles / Luciano Kruk] 29 Nov 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream “COPY” Argentina Projects “COPY” Architects: Luciano Kruk Area Area of this architecture project 2018 Year: last_img read more

Trump pay freeze attacks POC, women workers

first_imgPresident Donald Trump announced on Aug. 30 that he plans to freeze a scheduled 2.1 percent pay raise as well as an annual increase based on region, known as the locality pay increase, for federal workers in 2019. Military service people have been exempted from this decision.This announcement is another and tho­roughly predictable attack against U.S. workers. Considering the overrepresentation of Black people in the federal workforce and the reduced gender pay gap for federal workers in comparison to the private sector, Trump’s pay freeze has severe inter­­sectional outcomes in which women of color will be disproportionately impacted.Trump’s pay freeze is being referred to as an austerity measure. Trump and conservative economists have rationalized these cuts by suggesting they will save as much as $25 billion. Yet in many ways austerity does not adequately describe the cause and effect of Trump’s pay freeze. Central to neoliberal economic policies, austerity involves government cuts in response to increased debt.By contrast, the freeze on federal workers’ pay raises is the direct result of Trump’s increased defense budget. In February the Los Angeles Times reported that Trump proposed a 10 percent increase in the federal defense budget, amounting to $74 billion. Thus, Trump’s federal pay freeze amounts to a transfer of federal workers’ pay to private defense contractors.Neoliberalism is a complicated term that conjures notions of modernized liberal social policies. In fact, it is merely a reprise of early 20th-century laissez-faire capitalism, a modernization of Adam Smith’s thoughts in which the liberal economic rights of individuals are awarded to corporate powers. In this process, political economic power is transferred to corporations in lieu of public control.Most progressive and liberal economists and historians chart the 1970s as the time of the rise of neoliberal policies. However, Black radical and autoworker James Boggs had chronicled the impacts of neoliberalization, which he called automation, in the 1950s. It was then that postwar suburbanization and expansion of the white American middle class were produced through massive layoffs of Black people. The last hired in wartime industry became the first fired, and the effects of these measures became known as the “urban crisis.” Neoliberalism can be seen as the moment the general public began to experience the urban crisis.Amidst the neoliberal turn of the U.S. political economy, federal employment has been a haven for many workers of color and women. People of color are overrepresented in federal employment in comparison to the general population. In 2016 the Office of Personnel Management reported that whites made up about three-quarters of the U.S. population but only 63 percent of the federal workforce with people of color accounting for nearly 37 percent.Half of those workers of color are Black workers. Though Black people account for 13 percent, nearly one-fifth of the U.S. population, 18 percent of the federal workforce is Black. The average federal worker makes $90,000 annually.In addition, women make up 44 percent of that workforce. On average, a woman in the U.S. makes 79 cents for every dollar a white man makes. However, while the gender pay gap persists in the federal workforce, that distance is shortened to 89 cents for every dollar.The one part of government work that remains overly white and male is defense contracting and other military-related activity. Despite Trump’s isolationist rhetoric, the military-industrial complex has experienced a windfall of profits since his inauguration that continues to expand.In the wake of the Supreme Court’s recent Janus decision, Trump’s pay freeze is another attack on workers and organized labor. It has disproportionate impact on the most oppressed while further enriching the already powerful.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Human Rights on the rocks at the UN

first_imgNews Organisation Help by sharing this information Jean-Claude Buhrer RSF_en center_img Worse even than farce, it’s a shipwreck. Such is the distressing spectacle of the 60th annual session of the UN Human Rights Commission meeting from 15 March – 23 April in Geneva. For many years now, human rights activists have struggled to find words strong enough to describe the slow but constant drift of the UN’s main organ that is supposed to defend these rights. Just when it seemed it could not sink any further than the Libyan chairmanship in 2003, the year 2004 brought the collapse to a new low. It can be seen in the contempt for the numerous victims whose plight is ignored by indignation that is increasingly selective. It is an insult to the memory of the former high commissioner Sergio Vieira de Mello. And an insult to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who last year warned: “it has to change”.More than ever captive to a group of countries for which respect of human rights seems to be the least of their worries, the Commission has at its leisure given itself over to its usual little games and its customary political horsetrading as if nothing had happened. As if 22 people had not died in the bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad on August 19. As if the High Commissioner had not paid with his life for a certain loyalty to his principles. Admittedly, the work of the Commission began with a tribute to Sergio Vieira de Mello and his team who died in the terror attack that that was as widely supported as it was fitting. But with these formalities out of the way, routine quickly took over again.Even 7 April, the day set aside to commemorate the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, did little to awaken people’s consciences. It is true that UN showed itself incapable at the time of holding back the worst and that the Hutu regime in Kigali took care to get itself elected both to the Human Rights Commission and to the Security Council in order to quietly prepare its evil designs. However, in a report dated March 1994 the special rapporteur on extra-judicial executions had described the situation in Rwanda as explosive and proposed immediate steps to restore peace and arrest those instigating massacres. The Commission noted these comments, but did not react. A month later, the massacres were under way in Rwanda. Recognising a little late the international community’s “collective failure” in the Rwandan tragedy, Kofi Annan chose this tenth anniversary to launch an “Action Plan to Prevent Genocide”, focusing attention on new threats looming in Ituri province in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Darfur region of Sudan.As usual, the re-election of half the 26 members of the sub-commission went through like a letter in the post. Among these re-elected, so-called independent experts were two stars in the human rights firmament, Moroccan Halima Warzazi, outgoing chairperson of this brilliant apparatus, and Cuban Miguel Alfonso Martinez. Sub-commission veterans both distinguished themselves in 1988 by bolstering the regime of Saddam Hussein the day after the Halabja massacre. The images of the bodies of five thousand Kurdish, women, children and old men lying on the ground in this ghostly area drenched with nerve gas by Iraqi aviation and artillery was burned on the world’s memory. This did not however prevent Ms Warzazi, with the support of Alfonso Martinez, proposing a “no action” motion on 1 September. This led to the sub-commission cutting short any discussion on a resolution “expressing serious concern at Iraq’s use of banned chemical weapons”.In March 1989, using the same subterfuge, Saddam Hussein’s Iraq, with a seat on the commission, succeeded in stifling all debates on the subject. After the carnage of the war with Iran, some two hundred thousands Shiites were then massacred during the uprising of 1991. Before taking up his post in Baghdad, Vieira de Mello said that Iraq had been a “double failure of the UN”: of the Security Council, which had not managed to prevent the intervention and the Commission which showed itself incapable of debating a scandalous situation for 25 years. The Commission certainly has a short memory.Not until 15 April was the general torpor disturbed even a little, at the time allotted to resolutions on individual countries. Cuba had the honour of opening. Infuriated by the narrow adoption – 22 votes to 21 and 10 abstentions – of a resolution deploring 75 arrests last year of dissidents and journalists, a well-muscled official in the Havana mission set upon an exiled compatriot, beating him brutally about the head. UN security intervened and the victim was taken to hospital. His assailant was accorded diplomatic immunity. An effective illustration of the atmosphere; the boat is no longer drifting, it’s on the rocks.There was not a single resolution on Iran, to the disappointment of Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, aghast to discover these little games. Zimbabwe and Russia escaped any censure, thus demonstrating the effectiveness of the coalition of interests between thug governments and freedom-destroying dictatorships. If Chechnya likewise was written off, it was also because, among its fellow religionists – 15 of the 53 Commission members are affiliated to the Islamic Conference Organisation – not one wanted to cross swords with Moscow. Only the Europeans, backed by the United States and Australia, came to the defence of the Chechens.As was to be expected, not one of the 53 member countries wished to adopt a US resolution, very moderate as it was, criticising China, even more so since the text named Tibet and Sinkiang. In a packed hall, where Chinese officials and employees occupied seats with no role other than as cheerleaders, the Chinese ambassador choked with indignation as he promptly claimed his rights in demanding a ‘no action’ motion. This on the pretext that his “request conformed to procedural rules and aimed to defend the Commission’s credibility and principles.” No less. Pakistan, Zimbabwe, Russia, Sudan, Congo, Mauritania, Indonesia and Cuba, all paragons of democracy, rushed to the support of the Forbidden City representative.Set against these crude manoeuvres, what real value can be put on the mini-successes that appear to be just for show? Of course, the Commission called – unanimously if you please! – for the release of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, along with all political prisoners in Burma. Admonishments were handed out to North Korea and Belarus along with the naming of special rapporteurs charged with carrying out investigations in these countries, while Turkmenistan was slammed for the second successive year.The Commission also demanded – by 30 votes to 20 and five abstentions – the definitive abolition of the death penalty. Curiously the United States, Saudi Arabia and the Islamic countries, China and Zimbabwe said ‘no’. For the first time, a rapporteur was named to the fight against terrorism. Another first, the rapporteur on Education said he did not want his mandate renewed, failing the means to put his recommendations into effect after his mission in China. And three independent experts publicly called for a retrial under international standards of a Tibetan monk condemned to death at a summary trial. How these resolutions will be carried out in practice is another matter.At the close of the 60th annual session, the question becomes insistent: Is the Commission able to promote and protect human rights as explicitly set out in its mission statement? Driven by a recurring force of inertia, year and year producing resolutions that nobody bothers about and the application of which depends on countries that are at the same time judges and participants, what ultimately is its role or its relevance? Results that are more disappointing every year lead the most committed NGOs to ask these questions. If it fails to get a grip and quickly, the Commission is at real risk of foundering in futility. April 22, 2004 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Human Rights on the rocks at the UN Worse even than a farce, it’s a shipwreck. Such is the distressing spectacle of the 60th annual session of the UN Human Rights Commission, sitting from 15 March – 23 April in Geneva. Reporters Without Borders is again sounding the alarm on the running of the Commission, more than ever captive to countries that scorn human rights on a daily basis. last_img read more