Fidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) 2010 Annual Report

first_imgFidelity Life Assurance of Zimbabwe Limited (FIDL.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.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)  2010 annual report.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

United Capital PLC (UBCAP.ng) 2013 Annual Report

first_imgUnited Capital PLC (UBCAP.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about United Capital PLC (UBCAP.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Capital PLC (UBCAP.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Capital PLC (UBCAP.ng)  2013 annual report.Company ProfileUnited Capital Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing products and services for investment banking, asset management, trusteeship, securities trading and insurance. The company targets corporations, governments, institutions and high net worth individuals as well as retail investors in Nigeria and other countries in Africa. United Capital Investment Banking offers advisory services which include project finance, capital markets, mergers and acquisitions and structured finance. United Capital Asset Management expertise covers portfolio/fund management, mutual funds, wealth management and investment advisory services. United Capital Trustees has over 50 years’ experience in Trust services and extensive expertise in debenture trusts, mutual funds, bonds and REITS. United Capital Securities Limited is a dealing member of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) and registered by the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) as a Broker/Dealer. The company is also a registered dealing member of NASD OTC Plc which enables it to deal in over-the-counter equity and fixed income securities. Formerly known as UBA Capital Plc, the company changed its name to United Capital Plc in 2014. The company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. United Capital Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img

3 FTSE 100 dividend stocks that yield 7%. I’d buy them today

first_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Roland Head | Wednesday, 4th March, 2020 | More on: BATS CCL HSBA After last week’s correction, the FTSE 100 offers a dividend yield of 4.9%. That’s a pretty attractive level of income, but wouldn’t it be great if we could earn even more? I think we can. Today, I’m going to look at three stocks with forecast dividend yields of around 7% that I’d buy today.A proven survivorIt’s a tough time for Asia-focused HSBC Holdings (LSE: HSBA). The banking giant is without a permanent chief executive and is in the early stages of a major restructuring programme. Alongside this, there’s a risk the coronavirus outbreak will lead to an increase in bad debts and an economic slowdown.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…However, I think most of this bad news is already reflected in the HSBC share price, which has fallen by 15% so far this year. It’s also worth remembering that HSBC is 155 years old. It’s survived world wars, revolutions and other disruptive events.At about 515p, the bank’s shares now offer a dividend yield of 7.8%. How safe is this payout? Interim CEO Noel Quinn has said the dividend will be maintained during the restructuring programme. I also believe the bank’s strong balance sheet and large scale means this should be affordable.As a result, I think HSBC’s solid dividend is a rare buying opportunity for income investors.Steady progressThe next pick on my list is British American Tobacco (LSE: BATS), whose brands include Dunhill, Lucky Strike and Camel. The firm also owns vaping brands Vype and Vuse.Big tobacco stocks are unloved by investors, who fear the long-term decline of this market. However, so far, these fears seem unfounded. BAT’s sales rose by 5.7% to £25,877m last year. The group’s adjusted operating profit was up 7.6%, at £11,130m.British American still faces some challenges. Borrowings are high following the acquisition of rival Reynolds American. Although net debt fell by 3.9% to £41,726m last year, I’d prefer to see this figure falling faster.However, the firm’s strategy of focusing on a smaller number of larger brands seems to be working. Cash generation remains very strong and I don’t see any threat to the group’s dividend, which currently provides a yield of 7.1%. For income seekers who are happy to invest in tobacco, BAT looks a decent buy to me.Rough seasMy last pick is a little riskier. Cruise ship operator Carnival (LSE: CCL) is suffering as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. The group is the world’s largest cruise firm, with brands including Holland America, Princess Cruises and P&O Cruises.The company has already warned that coronavirus is likely to have a serious impact on its 2020 profits. However, the firm says it’s too soon to say exactly how bad the impact will be on future bookings.I suspect 2020 will be a very tough year for Carnival (and most other travel firms). But cruise holidays are incredibly popular globally and I’m confident this market will recover. As it does, I’d expect Carnival to be one of the first to benefit, thanks to its size and reach.Carnival shares offer a dividend yield of about 7%, at the time of writing. There’s some risk this payout will be cut. But even if it is, I believe this stock is likely to be a good long-term investment from current levels. 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. 3 FTSE 100 dividend stocks that yield 7%. I’d buy them today Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Roland Head “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img 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. Image source: Getty Images. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Roland Head owns shares of Carnival. The Motley Fool UK has read more

Keep calm and carry on investing Foolishly

first_img 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. Enter Your Email Address Keep calm and carry on investing Foolishly The Motley Fool | Monday, 9th March, 2020 “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Foolish Investors,Monday’s drop of close to 9% was the biggest fall the Footsie has seen in a long time. As fellow investors, we feel it with you. As a business, with millions of our capital tied into service stock portfolios, we feel it with you.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…We feel the euphoria when stocks rally like they did in 2019 and have for most of the past decade. And we feel the uncertainty, the emotional tug when they fall 10% or more.We’re here to make you smarter, happier, and richer by helping you understand market conditions and stay confident in the decisions you’re making.So What’s Going On?The news about the coronavirus driving the sell-off is fluid and developing. There is much we don’t know about the virus itself and how it spreads, but we do know that many companies have said that it will cause near-term disruptions and slowdowns. With this much uncertainty in the air, driven by headlines, stories, and our own fast-spreading fears, stocks are showing some wariness, especially coming off a booming 2019.So Now What?We’re long-term investors, so we focus on just that: the long term. That means more than just a quarter or even a year. It means many years.But we’re not ostriches, either, putting our head in the sand while the rest of the world goes on around us.Instead, we take a business-owners’ mentality to investing, backed by more than two decades of success and data that helps us make better decisions in good times and bad.Like any pandemic, the coronavirus is serious. We need to take it seriously. And like all good investors, we need to be prepared and armed with Foolish principles.So as you are reading the news, considering your investment options and planning on making decisions, keep these in mind.Stocks are volatile in the short term, but over the long term, returns are far more positive than negative.During a single day it’s a coin toss on whether your stock goes up or down. Over a year, the odds improve to be two-thirds of the time you’ll win. Stretch that out to three or five or 10 years, and your chances to make money skyrocket. In fact, in almost 9 times out of 10 over the last 100 years, stocks make you money over any 10-year period.Businesses grow. Stocks go up. Over years, not always quarters.Yet stocks do indeed fall. Sometimes dramatically. But they recover.Looking at past data, corrections like this happen once every 12 to 18 months or so and last four to six months. It’s been more than a year since the last correction, so we’re not shocked to see one. In fact, we’re kind of on schedule.The silver lining is that corrections tend to snap back within about four months, according to Goldman Sachs data. Furthermore, keep in mind that over time, stocks spend 3 times as much time going up as going down. We just need to get through the down days to make sure we experience the ups.Think like an owner, not a trader.We never get tired of saying this because it needs to be said. Even those who buy into our investing philosophy might need a reminder in market weeks like this.Act like an owner of your businesses, not a trader of them. We don’t trade tickers; we invest in companies — great companies with business models that we believe are transforming their industries and making a difference in the world. Our favorite companies have loyal customers, growing markets, and unique advantages over read more

Round Four: Six Nations team of the week

first_imgUp the tempo: Baptiste Serin has been a lively presence at scrum-half for FranceThe lively scrum-half has been one of the finds of the season for France and helps deliver the tempo that his side’s forwards don’t always provide of their own accord. His battle with Antoine Dupont over the coming years is just what Les Bleus need.1. Cyril Baille, FranceAnother great find for France, Baille has done a noteworthy job at loosehead this championship and caused Lorenzo Cittadini plenty of problems on Saturday afternoon. Solid scrummaging and a good pair of hands are the requirement for modern day props and Baille fulfils both.He’s also not quite the behemoth prop that France have prized of late and that mobility and conditioning make him an asset for them in the second half, as well as the first.2. Ken Owens, WalesThe Lions hype is growing around Owens and with showings like the one he put on against Ireland, rightfully so. It was an industrious outing from the Scarlet, who was a key component in Wales out-working and out-muscling Ireland in Cardiff.The Sheriff: Ken Owens has been the form hooker in the Six Nations so farHe threw accurately at the lineout, linked play well in the outside channels and was constantly committed in defence. It was a full-package performance that saw him narrowly edge out the also impressive Guilhem Guirado.3. Dan Cole, EnglandSaturday’s encounter with Gordon Reid will give Dan Cole a measure of succour after the humbling he and his Leicester teammates took at the Scotsman’s hands earlier in the season against Glasgow Warriors. Cole anchored the scrum well against Reid, allowing Joe Marler to go after the inexperienced Zander Fagerson on the other side of the front row.Cole also pitched in with a good effort at the breakdown, something which may be the ace up his sleeve when Gatland gets round to deciding on his prospective tighthead prop options.4. Donnacha Ryan, IrelandThe only player from a losing side to make the XV in a one-sided weekend of Six Nations rugby, Ryan and CJ Stander were the only Irish players to live with and match the physical intensity that Wales brought.Stand out: Donnacha Ryan excelled in the engine room on a tough night for IrelandAn honourable mention is due for Joe Launchbury’s efforts on Saturday but what Ryan managed to accomplish, in extreme adversity, just does enough to see off the Wasps man.5. Maro Itoje, EnglandThe match with Scotland on Saturday was a great opportunity for Maro Itoje to measure himself against a Lion in Richie Gray and one of the brightest young locks in the game in Jonny Gray. It’s fair to say he met the challenge and passed with flying colours.Dominant at the breakdown, lineout and in the tackle, Itoje laid down another big Lions marker this weekend.6. Courtney Lawes, EnglandFor someone who was pilloried for his performances on the blindside in years gone by, Lawes has been a revelation at the position this year. Ignore the five on the back of his jersey – Itoje is packing down in the engine room – and Lawes has brought all of his enforcing skills, with improved carrying ability, to the flank and filled in admirably for the absent Chris Robshaw.Laying down the Lawes: Courtney took the fight to Scotland on SaturdayStander was stubborn in defeat for Ireland and worthy of honourable mention but it was no more than a consolation performance for Ireland, who looked lacklustre in Cardiff.7. Sam Warburton, WalesSam Warburton switches over from six to accommodate Lawes, but it is no stretch to describe his performance as one befitting an openside. The Cardiff Blues man was a force at attacking and defensive breakdowns and only enhanced his Lions credentials with another emphatic performance.He polarises opinion in Wales but there can be little doubt that he is the premiere breakdown operator in the northern hemisphere. Back in business: George North scored two tries against Ireland in a fine display 8. Louis Picamoles, FranceAlongside Serin, Baille and Kevin Gourdon, Picamoles has been at the heart of everything good that France have done so far this year and he was at his best against Italy, breaking tackles with abandon and keeping plays alive with intelligent offloading.Supercharged: Louis Picamoles has been one of the tournament’s outstanding playersHe may not be France’s captain but he is one of their emotional leaders and the example he sets with his play is one that every other player in the French team should aspire to. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img It was another intriguing weekend of rugby where Wales, France and England came out on top but who were the star performers of Round Four? By Alex ShawIf the Irish, Scottish and Welsh players all delivered their British and Irish Lions statements in notable wins in the first three rounds, it was the turn of the English hopefuls to make their own this past weekend.In addition to England’s 61-21 thumping of Scotland at Twickenham, read more

City’s faith groups come together to voice differences, similarities as…

first_img Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Albany, NY The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Paul Lewis says: September 30, 2015 at 8:34 am Great article, however, figures quoted by Rev Don Harrison seem a little out. I discovered about 1,912 registered Mosques in UK and 16,000 Anglican Churches from Cof E website, Rev Don Harrison has been led up the church path by someone. The figures about belief and attendance are similar in the UK. The challenge is less about convincing people God exists and more persuading them that their creator should have an influence on their life. Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Belleville, IL Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ [Diocese of Atlanta — Gainesville, Georgia] A near-capacity crowd of about 300 gathered on a recent Wednesday evening at Grace Episcopal Church to hear local pastors of different denominations explore ways their faith groups respond to social and legal challenges from the secular community.The Rev. Stuart Higginbotham, rector at Grace Church, said, “Christianity beyond the Catchphrases” was the first such gathering in this Northeast Georgia city of 35,000 some 50 miles northeast of Atlanta.The event was the result of regular gatherings by local clergy, said Jennifer Williams, director of communications at Grace.“We’re hoping that by bringing different denominations with different viewpoints together we can learn about our differences, and also our similarities, so that we can build ecumenical relationships and grow closer,” Williams said.In addition to Higginbotham, clergy participating in the panel discussion included: the Rev. Cynthia Park of Grace Episcopal; the Rev. Marshall Bruner (Methodist), clinical director of Center Point; the Rev. Stephen Samuel of St. John Baptist Church; the Rev. Terry Walton of First United Methodist; the Rev. Bill Coates of First Baptist; the Rev. Don Harrison (Episcopal), chaplain at Brenau University; the Rev. Thomas Jones (Presbyterian) of Habitat for Humanity International; and the Rev. Richard Evans (Baptist), chaplain at Lanier Village Estates.Panel moderator Dr. Martha Nesbitt, president emeritus of Gainesville State College, focused the evening’s discussion by asking each panel member the same three questions about their denomination’s greatest gift to the Christian church, the greatest issue with which their denomination is wrestling and their denomination’s approach to Scripture.The issue all said they were seeking to resolve in their faith communities was the recent U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage.Dr. Bill Coates, senior pastor at First Baptist Church, said the challenge of how to respond to that issue caused him to remember his first sermon as a pastor, which was based on Micah 6:8.“What I didn’t realize was that would become the theme of my ministry, and what I believe should be the theme of the life of the church in Jesus Christ: to “do justice to all people, read more

Wayne Barnes laying down the law to Corry & Borthwick

first_imgThursday Jul 17, 2008 Wayne Barnes laying down the law to Corry & Borthwick This amusing and impressive clip is from earlier in the Guinness Premiership season, and is basically a nice example of the referee taking complete control of matters, and speaking to two of the hardest men in rugby as if they’re disobedient little children. Barnes, who notoriously took a lot of criticism after his handling of the 2007 World Cup Quarter Final between New Zealand and France, has done well to put that behind him and move on. In this clip he takes command brilliantly after there’s a dispute over the ruling of the try, as the touch judge made an error, causing confusion all round. Martin Corry and Steve Borthwick, Leicester and Bath captains respectively, start a shouting match about it, so we see Barnes put them in their place in no uncertain terms. It’s a great piece of officiating and a nice example of how a young ref can assert his authority in a game, making sure that he doesn’t take any nonsense from anyone. It’s also really funny to see how he shuts down Corry and Borthwick, making them look like they’re getting a telling off from their junior school principal.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 30 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueey30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img

25 years on, Joel Stransky and Andrew Mehrtens sit down to discuss their epic 1995 RWC battle

first_imgWednesday Jun 24, 2020 25 years on, Joel Stransky and Andrew Mehrtens sit down to discuss their epic 1995 RWC battle Today marks the 25-year anniversary of South Africa’s famous victory in their first-ever Rugby World Cup, where they won on home soil against a powerful New Zealand side. The match was made up of penalties and drop goals, with Joel Stransky and Andrew Mehrtens responsible for all of them.ADVERTISEMENTThey sat down with South African journalists Brenden Nel and Gavin Rich to discuss their rivalry in that final, and the tournament on a whole.The two number tens, who have of course since become good friends, kicked three penalties each in that final, but it was Stransky’s two drop goals, to Merhtens’ one, that gave the Springboks the deciding edge in extra time, for a historic 15-12 win.The 1995 New Zealand team were an incredible force, with Jonah Lomu barging his way through the tournament, and England in the semi final in particular.There are some parallels with the latest Rugby World Cup, in Japan, where the semi final team again looked like favourites but weren’t able to repeat that standard against South Africa in the final.Stransky and Mehrtens touch on this from both sides and tell some wonderful anecdotes and bits of inside info from their respective experiences.It’s an hour-long chat but for fans of either country or rugby history in general, this is well worth getting comfortable for.ADVERTISEMENTcredit: brenden nel Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img

5.000 obreros petroleros en huelga

first_imgToledo, Ohio – Desde el 1º de febrero, miles de trabajadores petroleros alrededor del país – miembros del sindicato United Steelworkers [USW por las siglas en inglés] – han estado en huelga a causa de prácticas laborales injustas. Esta es una huelga grande que involucra a 5.000 trabajadores de 11 refinerías en California, Texas, Kentucky, el estado de Washington, Indiana y Ohio. Los piquetes comenzaron contra la Shell, Tesoro y LyondellBasell y el 7 de febrero se añadieron dos instalaciones de BP a la huelga.“Shell se negó a darnos una contraoferta y abandonó la mesa de negociación”, declaró el presidente de la USW Leo Gerard, explicando que era una disputa por práctica laboral injusta. “No tuvimos más remedio que dar aviso de un paro de labores”. (Abc7.com/news) Shell es el principal negociador de las compañías petroleras afectadas.El contrato principal del USW cubre 30.000 trabajadoras/es petroleros en 230 refinerías, oleoductos, terminales y plantas petroquímicas. Ellas/os han sido representados por el USW desde que el sindicato absorbió al sindicato PACE (por las siglas en inglés del Sindicato Internacional de Trabajadores de Papel, Industrias Aliadas, Química y Energía) en el 2005, en sí una fusión de varios sindicatos, incluyendo al de Trabajadores del Petróleo, Química y Atómicos. Las 65 refinerías involucradas en las negociaciones producen el 64 por ciento del petróleo en los EUA.El tema principal de la discordia es la seguridad en el trabajo. En una de las instalaciones afectadas, una refinería de Tesoro en Anacortes, Washington., siete trabajadores murieron en una explosión en el 2010.Gary Beevers, vicepresidente internacional del USW, quien lidera el Programa Nacional de negociación del sindicato explicó: “Este paro laboral es sobre horas extras abusivas; niveles inseguros de dotación de personal; condiciones peligrosas que la industria sigue ignorando; las ocurrencias diarias de incendios, emisiones, fugas y explosiones que amenazan a las comunidades circundantes sin que la industria haga mucho al respecto; el rechazo de la industria de ofrecer oportunidades para los trabajadores; la flagrante contratación externa que afecta la salud y la seguridad en el trabajo; y la erosión de nuestro lugar de trabajo, donde los trabajadores sindicalizados cualificados y experimentados son reemplazados por contratistas cuando se van o se jubilan”. (ABC 7 News)Los trabajadores están en pie de lucha y ganando apoyo en lo que es la primera huelga nacional de la industria del petróleo desde 1980. En la refinería de BP en Whiting, Indiana, el sindicato tiene casi 6.000 “me gusta” en su página de Apoyo a la Huelga de la USW Local 7-1 en Facebook. Las fotos en la página muestran delegaciones de simpatizantes de la Asociación de Maestros de Lake Central, la Asociación Nacional de Carteros Local 1326 y el Sindicato de Trabajadores Automotrices Local 551 piqueteando con los trabajadores petroleros.Scott Houldieson, activista del Local 551 y electricista de Ford,  ya ha visitado los piquetes en varias ocasiones, siempre con una nueva delegación. En una ocasión, su presidente local se unió a él para presentar a los trabajadores en huelga una donación de $900.“El martes [10 de febrero] fui a la línea de piquete antes de ir al trabajo”, dijo Houldieson a WW-MO.  “Conocí a cuatro electricistas de BP.  Empezamos a hablar sobre el derrame de petróleo de BP Deepwater Horizon que mató a 11 trabajadores y sobre la explosión de la refinería Texas City donde murieron 15 trabajadores y decenas fueron heridos. Se hizo evidente que no se trataba de una huelga solo sobre salarios y condiciones de trabajo.  Esto no era solo un problema para los trabajadores de BP sino un tema importante para las comunidades aledañas que pudieran ser gravemente afectadas por una calamidad en la enorme refinería”.En Toledo, Ohio, donde está ubicada otra refinería de la BP que está en huelga, 150 miembros y simpatizantes del USW Local 1-346 se reunieron y marcharon en temperaturas casi bajo cero. Oradores del local en huelga y otras locales del sindicato además del director de distrito del USW David McCall, se mostraron optimistas sobre la huelga y enfatizaron la cuestión principal: la seguridad de los trabajadores y la comunidad circundante.  Los trabajadores gritaban “Sin contrato, no hay paz” y “Refinerías seguras salvan vidas” mientras marchaban.  Los trabajadores manejaron más de una hora desde la Local 1299 USW en Detroit y partes de Ohio para unirse bajo un crudo frío con los huelguistas de Toledo.La solidaridad está creciendo en todo el país.  En Boston, miembros del Local 8751 USW que integran el Equipo de Solidaridad, la Voz de las/os Trabajadores Unidos de los Autobuses Escolares, declararon en un comunicado solidario: “La huelga de los trabajadores petroleros es una batalla de primera línea que merece la solidaridad de todas/os read more

Subcommittee Explores USDA Agency Relocation Proposal-Indiana Reps Make the Case for…

first_img Previous articleCorteva Ready to Face the Future of Agriculture on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext articlePork Quality Assurance Plus Revisions Take Effect NAFB News Service A House subcommittee hearing on the relocation proposals for two Department of Agriculture agencies highlights further contention regarding the move. USDA has proposed relocating the Economic Research Service and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture to the Kansas City metro, Indiana, or to Research Triangle Park in Raleigh, North Carolina.Subcommittee chair Stacey Plaskett, a Democrat from the U.S. Virgin Islands, opened the hearing stating the proposal will “undermine the integrity of these agencies and their ability to operate.” The National Farmers Union contends the proposal is already damaging the industry, as experienced researchers scramble to find new jobs, alleging that NIFA and ERS have both “lost decades of institutional knowledge.”However, the top Republican on the House Agriculture Committee, Mike Conaway, states, “There is nothing that prevents USDA’s mission from extending outside of the beltway.” Conaway adds, “The elitist notion that all wisdom and knowledge stems from Washington, D.C. is offensive to me and should be offensive to anyone who resides in rural America.” Conaway called the hearing a distraction that fails to focus on the pressing issues facing agriculture today, such as farm income, weather and trade.Indiana Senator Mike Braun and IN Rep. Jim Baird penned the following opinion article this week, outlining why Indiana would be a great home for the new research facility:June 4, 2019When first announced last August, the proposal to relocate departments within the U.S. Department of Agriculture out of Washington, D.C., opened a floodgate of reaction. The idea of moving a part of the federal government out of the D.C. beltway caused uproar among some in Washington — as well as praise from many of the millions of Americans who work in the field of agriculture in the remaining 99.9 percent of our country.For U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, the concept is simple: Move those who serve in a research arm of agriculture near the farmers for whom they serve. We live in a global agricultural and economic society, but proximity ensures that resources are never far from the farmers, growers, farm supply and university researchers who can provide real-time feedback in the policymaking process.After accepting 136 proposals from 35 states, the USDA has selected Indiana as one of the three finalists for their new research facility.As the “Crossroads of America,” Indiana is one of the top agriculture producing states in the country. The industry contributes an estimated $31.2 billion to the state’s economy each year, with 56,800 farming operations averaging a farm size of 259 acres.  Ninety-seven percent of farms are family-owned or operated.The Hoosier State is also home to the 150-year-old land-grant Purdue University, with its nationally and internationally ranked College of Agriculture.  Purdue boasts three World Food Prize laureates on its faculty, is the No. 1 agriculture and biological engineering program in the country, and houses some of the most advanced phenotyping facilities in the country.As a state, Indiana has made unparalleled investments in infrastructure, elevating economic competitiveness and quality of life.  The Indianapolis International Airport, with direct flights to Washington, D.C., has been named the top airport in North America for seven straight years.As we come to a final decision about where the USDA’s Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture departments should relocate, USDA should consider a location that has access to America’s best research institutions so that they can draw on pre-existing expertise, as well as a location that facilitates a lower cost-of-living than in Washington, saving American taxpayers money in salaries and operating costs.It’s a great time to move to the Midwest, and especially to Indiana. This month, the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics announced that Tippecanoe County, home of Purdue University, is No. 1 in the country for the largest year-over-year weekly wage growth. The area also has been recognized as a “Best Place to Live” by Forbes Magazine.USDA employees will be pleased with the affordable living costs and one percent capped residential property taxes.  According to C2ER’ s Cost of Living Index, a person earning $100,000 in Washington, D.C., would only need to earn $60,253 in Indiana to enjoy the same level of living. Additionally, Hoosiers spend 46 fewer hours per year in traffic congestion than in Washington D.C., per INRIX Global Traffic Scorecard. Indiana has spent years adopting sound fiscal policies, and today is one of only a handful of U.S. states with a AAA credit rating and an annual budget surplus.We read more