I’d forget the Rolls-Royce share price! This FTSE 100 stock is one of my top picks

first_imgI’d forget the Rolls-Royce share price! This FTSE 100 stock is one of my top picks Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address Jabran Khan | Wednesday, 20th January, 2021 | More on: JET RR Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. See all posts by Jabran Khancenter_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. 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. The Rolls Royce (LSE:RR) share price plummeted further in 2020. Much has been written about the FTSE 100 aero-engine manufacturer and its investment viability for the future.Rolls-Royce share price woesThe Covid-19 pandemic and economic downturn deepened Rolls-Royce’s woes. With restrictions on travel, the aviation industry has plunged into ruin, in turn affecting the aero-engine arm of RR’s business, which is its primary earner. RR has been struggling with increasing debt, and at the back end of 2020 announced a rights issue to generate cash flow. It also announced 1,400 jobs would be cut from its aerospace division. We are currently in a third lockdown and despite a vaccine being rolled out I am not confident of RR’s recovery prospects just yet. 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…The Rolls-Royce share price fell more than 50% overall in 2020. At current levels, RR shares can be picked up for close to 100p per share. Forecasted net debt for the end of 2020 stood close to £3.5bn and this is a major concern for me. It is reported that the aviation industry may need the next half a decade to recover from the 2020 downturn. If you couple that slow recovery and RR’s debt levels, I would rather invest my hard earned money elsewhere for a chance of a better return quicker.FTSE 100 opportunityJust Eat (LSE:JET) has benefitted from the pandemic and lockdowns which have forced many to stay indoors. Prior to the pandemic, it is reported that between 2008 and 2018 there was an increase of over 500% in UK food orders made online. Between 2011 and 2018, Just Eat saw orders increase from 13.9m to 221m, an increase of almost 1,500%.Online takeaway is not a new business but JET has strategically navigated atop a tricky industry with many players. Just Eat has consistently invested heavily in its delivery network and technology capabilities to fend off competitors. In addition to that it has regularly made shrewd acquisitions. Forbes estimates the food delivery industry could be worth a staggering $200bn by 2025 and is thriving. This is unlike the aviation industry which is currently crushing the Rolls-Royce share price.Impressive results and my verdictJET released a Q4 trading update last week. The fourth quarter marked a third consecutive quarter of growth and order growth of 58% in the UK alone. Delivery orders increased nearly five-fold compared to the same period in 2019. JET expects an over-50% increase in revenue for the year.JET shares are currently trading at close to 7,900p per share. This is a 43% increase from the market crash bottom of 5,500p back in March 2020. It has recovered well and I believe this trend will continue. Analysts believe JE will record earnings growth of nearly 25% in 2021 and profits will be close to double too.I would rather invest my cash in JET shares and forget about the Rolls-Royce share price. I’m confident that JET will thrive post-pandemic too. It has a great track record of acquisitions and has a worldwide reach operating in many countries. It also continues to invest heavily in operations aside from acquisitions, which bodes well in my opinion. Jabran Khan has no position in any shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surgelast_img read more

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Parts of Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive reopening

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here The St. Johns River Water Management District is reopening seven and a half miles of additional trails, including the western end of the Loop Trail on Feb. 2.A four-mile section of the Loop Trail between Lake Level Canal and the Apopka Beauclair Canal will reopen on February 2 (shown in Orange).  An additional three and a half miles of minor trails will be used to create a seven-mile long loop that begins at the North Shore Trailhead. Those trails link up with the non-motorized trails west of the Apopka Beauclair Canal that were opened previously.Other portions of the Loop Trail require more extensive earthwork. Sections of the Loop Trail between Lake Level Canal and Magnolia Park are likely to remain closed for months while the levees on which the trail is located are actually raised to help manage future storms.The district has conducted extensive repairs to the wildlife drive following flooding damage caused by Hurricane Irma in September 2017. The wildlife drive was closed while eroded areas were filled and the drive was graded. Sections of the drive were reopened in December but some areas remained closed.Housed within the district’s 20,000-acre Lake Apopka North Shore restoration area, the wildlife drive opened in May 2015. Its success is attributed to not only housing a diverse bird population but also providing unprecedented access to the unique area.The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is open year-round between sunrise and sunset on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays, including Christmas Day. There is no cost to visit the wildlife drive.Trail guides, maps and more information about recreational opportunities on lands owned and managed by the district are available at www.sjrwmd.com/lands/recreation.For a larger view of the map, go here. TAGSLake Apopka Wildlife DriveSt. Johns River Water Management District Previous articleKilsheimer and Nelson go head-to-head in potentially pivotal debateNext article407 extension? That’s not necessarily your neighbor calling Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Please enter your comment! Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.center_img Seven miles of trails returning this weekend Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate last_img read more

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Three great tries from the 1995 Rugby World Cup

first_imgThursday Nov 4, 2010 Three great tries from the 1995 Rugby World Cup Earlier in the month we featured a great video that showed three very skilful tries from the 2003 Rugby World Cup . As we head into a weekend of internationals, and get closer to 2011, here’s another video that shows three great tries from the 1995 World Cup.The first try comes from Frenchman Emile Ntamack, who these days can be found plying his trade as a backline coach in France. At the height of his career Ntamack was an unbelievably silky runner. His balance and strength at full flight were fantastic to watch, as can be seen in the video when he scored a try against England.The second try comes from one of the more memorable games of the tournament as Argentina and Italy produced a great spectacle that ended with legendary flyhalf Diego Domnguez taking his Italian side to a 31-25 win, which included a wonderful try from wing Paolo Vaccari, as seen here.The final try in this video comes from none other than All Black Jonah Lomu as he famously ran over Mike Catt on the way to the tryline in New Zealand’s semi final against England. Lomu scored four tries in that game, but it was the manner in which he trampled over the hapless Catt that made this one stick out as one of themoments of that World Cup.As we get closer to 2011 and the next tournament in New Zealand, more World Cup clips from the past will be featured here. Eventually, the already extensive archive here on RD will become a rich source of Rugby World Cup history that can be referred back to and enjoyed for many years to come. Take a look at the related posts to see more clips from the ’95 tournament. :: Related Posts :: Three skilful tries from Rugby World Cup 2003 England vs Australia 1995 World Cup Quarter Final Damian Smith try vs England – 1995 Rugby World Cup 1995 Battle of Boet Erasmus – South Africa vs Cananda Time: 02:05 Note: Apologies for the poor audio – that was incoming.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. 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Alpine Barn / EXiT architetti associati

first_img 2010 Year:  Area:  220 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Italy Alpine Barn / EXiT architetti associati Alpine Barn / EXiT architetti associatiSave this projectSaveAlpine Barn / EXiT architetti associati Save this picture!© EXiT architetti associati+ 34 Share ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/75286/alpine-barn-exit-architetti-associati Clipboard CopyAbout this officeEXiT architetti associatiOfficeFollowProductsWoodStone#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSelva di CadoreWoodRefurbishmentHousesItalyPublished on August 30, 2010Cite: “Alpine Barn / EXiT architetti associati” 30 Aug 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar PanelsMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Qd-ClassSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE PassivhausStonesCosentinoDekton Surfaces – Cap Ferrat BuildingStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Strata Argentum – Classtone CollectionAcousticSchöckStaircase Insulation – Tronsole®CeramicsTerrealCustom Shape Terracotta CladdingSeatingInterstuhlPillows – HUBPartitionsBuzzispacePrivacy Booth – BuzziRingMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/75286/alpine-barn-exit-architetti-associati Clipboard “COPY” Projects Photographs:  EXiT architetti associatiText description provided by the architects. In the Italian Alps, barns vary from region to region in their form, materials and structure. In the Cadore which is located in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, alpine barns are built from wood and stone. The ground floors in such barns were typically used as stables and the upper floors as haylofts. Save this picture!© EXiT architetti associatiRecommended ProductsDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20WindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemWindowsVitrocsaMinimalist Window – SlidingWe were asked to design the conversion of a barn into a holiday home in Selva di Cadore on behalf of a mountain enthusiast and his family.Save this picture!© EXiT architetti associatiThe starting point was the careful removal of wooden elements and structural joints. After the building had been dismounted, many wooden beams and boards were cleaned and restored whilst others were replaced with treated wood in order to maintain the chromatic continuity of the material before being remounted. From a volumetric perspective, some annexes that limited the original volume were removed and only essential ones were maintained and integrated in a discreet fashion. Save this picture!© EXiT architetti associatiThe new exposed black steel structure respects the modular geometry of the barn and lends itself with the original wooden structure. A few steel beams are covered with wood. The building is totally energy self-sufficient thanks to a photovoltaic system integrated within the roof which is made of larch. It also generates zero emissions thanks to an electric under-floor heating system. Save this picture!© EXiT architetti associatiGreat attention was given to: the selection of materials (larch and fir wood, Dolomia stone, black steel, white rough plaster), their interaction and light entering from the windows. Every ambiance in the house is characterised by an accurate weaving of these five materials that creates a balanced and integrated system in each room.Project gallerySee allShow lessDutch Profiles Video: Rem KoolhaasArticles100 MAJA/ HOUSES: Participation of Estonia at La Biennale di VeneziaArticles Share Photographs Architects: EXiT architetti associati Area Area of this architecture project CopyHouses•Selva di Cadore, Italy Houses “COPY”last_img read more

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Tony Poderis on a communications strategy for fundraising

first_imgA fundraising communications strategy does of course start with the organisation’s overall communications plan. Whatever is done to communicate, as part of the fundraising effort, must be done in the context of how the organisation has decided to present itself to the public.The need for a specialised development communications strategy does not give a fundraising department the license to work outside the organisation’s communications department. “It is crucially important that the fundraising department work with the communications department,” argues Poderis. In his article Poderis explains how a fundraising communications strategy crosses functional lines within an organisation and how it must be true to both the fundraising and the communications departments’ guidelines, practices, and policies,Read “Developing a Communications Strategy For the Development Operation”at raise-funds.com. Howard Lake | 22 January 2004 | News American fundraising consultant Tony Poderis has just published his advice on developing a communications strategy for the development operation on his Web site at www.raise-funds.com.The latest article on Poderis’ excellent and long-standing resource on fundraising looks at how to create a communications strategy that supports an organisation’s fundraising plans.He explains that he is not talking about an organisation’s overall communications strategy, namely how and what it does to present itself to the public at large. Instead he is referring to an organisation’s fundraising communications strategy – how and what it does to communicate its fundraising needs and efforts to donors, prospects, and those able to influence them. Advertisement Tony Poderis on a communications strategy for fundraising  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Individual giving Management Recruitment / people About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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Claire Rowney takes over as IoF Chair with Carol Akiwumi appointed Vice Chair

first_imgClaire Rowney takes over as IoF Chair with Carol Akiwumi appointed Vice Chair AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Claire Rowney, Executive Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications at Macmillan Cancer Support, has today taken up the role of Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, with Carol Akiwumi appointed Vice Chair.The appointments took place at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising‘s virtual Annual General Meeting, during day one of Fundraising Convention Online. Rowney (main image) takes over from Amanda Bringans, Director of Fundraising at the British Heart Foundation, whose three-year term has come to an end. Carol Akiwumi Tagged with: Charity People Institute of Fundraising  407 total views,  2 views todaycenter_img Melanie May | 6 July 2020 | News  408 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis In addition. Isobel Michael has been re-elected to serve a second three year term, following her original election as a Trustee in July 2017. Michael works part-time as sole Fundraiser for Southside Family Project in Bath, alongside freelance work with smaller charities and voluntary roles, and coordinates Bath Fundraisers’ Group. She was Secretary of the Institute of Fundraising South West Regional Group for twenty years and became a Fellow of the IoF in 2009. She was a member of the Victoria Executive for the Fundraising Institute of Australia for three years, managing the Mentoring Programme.Nadine Campbell, Chair of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising in Northern Ireland was also elected to her first term as a Trustee.Campbell’s background is in Marketing and Communications mix this with fundraising and it all comes down to building relationships. In her day job, she is Head of Income Generation and Marketing at Age NI. Her previous roles have been at CLIC Sargent, Concern Worldwide and Phillis Tuckwell Hospice. She has also chaired the Institute’s Northern Ireland Committee since 2017.Amanda Bringans and Emily Drayson are both retiring as trustees at the end of their terms on the Board.Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising, said:“Congratulations to Nadine Campbell, our newly elected trustee, and to Isobel Michael on being re-elected. They both already give a he amount of time & expertise to the Chartered Institute and I’m looking forward to working with them over the years to come!“I also want to give my heartfelt thanks to Amanda Bringans and Emily Drayson, who are stepping down as Trustees. It has been a huge privilege to work with them as they have led us to become the Chartered Institute of Fundraising. And a particular thanks to Amanda, who has offered me personally so much time and support as Chair over the last three years.” Advertisement About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Protests open cracks in government

first_imgThere were nation-wide protests in México against Trump on Feb. 12.Feb. 13 — Donald Trump has suffered a series of setbacks in his foreign policy promises while escalating attacks on the workers and oppressed at home.Trump campaigned against China all throughout his candidacy. He made aggressive charges that China was “raping our country” through currency manipulation and unfair trade. Trump threatened trade retaliation and questioned the One China policy by taking a phone call from the president of Taiwan, which is rightfully part of China.Reality set in last week. After a phone call with the president of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, who represents 1.3 billion people and the second-largest economy in the world, Trump announced he would follow the One China policy and not recognize Taiwan.During his campaign, he curried favor with the most right-wing, pro-Israeli forces, like billionaire casino owner Sheldon Adelson, by vowing to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. No other imperialist country has an embassy in Jerusalem.But when he sought Saudi and Egyptian help in the Middle East, he was told to drop the idea of moving the embassy to Jerusalem. He has not mentioned it since.Trump vowed to restore torture as official policy and to reopen secret torture sites that the Bush administration had established in other countries but later outlawed. In the face of potential antagonism from the hundreds of millions of people in the Middle East, Trump has had to quietly back away from both these pledges.Of course, his ban of Muslim immigrants and refugees has blown up in his face. It provoked widespread demonstrations throughout the U.S. and other continents, which are still going on.Escalating attacks on undocumentedWhile the capitalist media were focused on the courts and the travel ban, Trump introduced sweeping new rules for deportation. President Barack Obama was rightfully known as “deporter in chief” for the millions of deportations under his regime. In his last years, however, Obama relaxed the rules governing deportations to exclude all but the most serious crimes.Trump issued an executive order on Jan. 25 changing the rules. His new rules call for deporting anyone with a chargeable offense, whether or not they have been convicted of a crime.Chargeable offenses include crossing the border without documents, using a false Social Security card (without which no one can work) and any minor misdemeanor. The new rules give local immigration authorities complete discretion in deportation proceedings.These rules make all 11 million undocumented workers in the U.S. subject to arrest and deportation at any time.Immigration, Customs and Enforcement immediately carried out 160 arrests in Los Angeles. An additional 200 undocumented workers were arrested in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. About 200 were arrested across Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Wisconsin. (New York Times, Feb. 12)Breaking up a familyTrump’s message was clear in the high-profile deportation of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 35, a mother of two who came to the U.S. in the 1990s when she was 14. Garcia was arrested in an ICE workplace raid in 2008, but the agency worked out an arrangement for her to remain as long as she reported to ICE periodically. She had reported eight times since then.In 2013 an order to deport was instituted, but Garcia de Rayos was allowed to remain. But when Trump changed the rules to allow priority deportation for any illegality, she was seized on Feb. 8 when she reported to ICE and deported within 24 hours.Protesters were arrested at demonstrations to stop her deportation.As to the raids over the last week, Trump has announced he was “carrying out my campaign promise.” In other words, he is stoking fear in the immigrant community and stoking hatred in his reactionary racist followers.Billionaires on a rampageOne of the reasons political machines under capitalist democracy have been hesitant to put billionaires personally in charge of the White House, as opposed to allowing them into the cabinet and other high positions, is the fear that their greed will lead them to wreck the economy and endanger the system altogether.But now there is a billionaire boss, who came from outside the political establishment, who has moved directly into the White House, and has complete domination of the most powerful governmental executive position in the world.The Democratic Party administration of Bill Clinton laid the basis for the great financial crash of 2008. Financial policy was dominated by Robert Rubin, Clinton’s secretary of the Treasury and former head of Goldman Sachs, along with Larry Summers and Alan Greenspan, all voices of Wall Street.This group cast aside regulations that had put a lid on bank speculation. They overturned the Glass-Steagall Act, passed after the Great Depression. The Clinton group fought against regulating a major new speculative instrument called financial derivatives. That unleashed Wall Street and the banks to do as they pleased.It took less than 10 years for the massive speculation in mortgages and derivatives to build up a bubble. The bubble burst and the Great Recession of 2008 crashed down on the U.S. and the globe. It made the cyclical capitalist boom-and-bust crisis immeasurably worse.Now the Trump administration is busily crafting new ways of removing all restraints on the banks and financiers.In the wake of the 2008 crash, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was passed to put some restraints on the banks going forward. Trump boasted to a host of bankers that he was going to get advice from Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase on how to take apart Dodd-Frank, among other regulations.The working class must get ready for a reenactment of speculative frenzy among the bankers and the bosses if Trump pushes through his financial “reform,” which includes his plan to lower corporate taxes and do away with regulations on corporate crimes against the workers and against the environment.Attacks breed resistanceThe right wing mobilized anti-abortion forces nationally on Feb. 11 to demonstrate against Planned Parenthood. Trump has promised to defund the organization, which provides not only abortions but basic women’s health care throughout the country.The right-wing demonstrations were met by equal or greater pro-choice forces supporting Planned Parenthood in cities large and small across the country. For example, in St. Paul, Minn., the anti-abortion forces numbered 500 while the pro-choice forces numbered 5,000. (CommonDreams, Feb. 17)A massive pushback by tens of thousands in the movement against Trump’s Muslim travel ban panicked the ruling class and the courts. Trump suffered a setback as Ninth Circuit Court judges unanimously upheld a Seattle district court ruling that temporarily stopped the travel ban. There is no evidence that Trump has given up the ban, but he has had to say that he might have to redraft it to make it more acceptable in court. But the mass opposition is already in motion.As demonstrations against the deportations broke out throughout the U.S., a massive demonstration in Mexico City was part of a Mexico-wide mobilization against the wall and the persecution of  immigrants. Meanwhile, in the U.S., workers have been demonstrating against anti-union, “right to work” moves in Wisconsin and Michigan state legislatures.The temporary victory in court against the travel ban and  deportations is the result of both the demonstrations down below and the harm that the ban does to the tech industry, the universities, hospitals, agribusiness and other capitalist institutions. It is a case in which the movement on behalf of the oppressed benefited from a combination of their own struggle and a split in the ruling class.Courts no friend of workers and oppressedThe court ruling on the travel ban has been accompanied by mountains of capitalist praise for judicial checks on the executive, the great “separation of powers,” “checks and balances” and so on.The Seattle and the Ninth Circuit courts issued liberal rulings. Trump will undoubtedly try again, since the judiciary, and especially the federal judiciary, is the most reactionary branch of the three branches of the capitalist state. Federal judges are appointed for life. They cannot be removed by any ordinary means. Therefore, no one should be inveigled into relying on the courts.Of course, the workers and oppressed are always in favor of rulings they can take advantage of. For example, the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. the Board of Education overturned the racist doctrine of “separate but equal,” which had been the legal basis for Jim Crow laws enforcing segregation in the South.But that 1954 ruling was in anticipation of the coming massive Civil Rights Movement and the general Black Liberation struggle rising in the South. It was an anticipatory ruling.Similarly, the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion was a ruling in reaction to a mass movement of women. It had nothing to do with any progressive leaning of the court. In fact, it was a Nixon court with a majority of Republican-appointed judges who were under mass pressure.By contrast, the history of the Supreme Court is overwhelmingly reactionary. An 1806 Supreme Court ruling that a union organized by shoemakers was a “criminal conspiracy” was applied to other unions for much of the 19th century.The Dred Scott decision of 1858 declared that runaway fugitive enslaved people were still property of a master and had to be returned. The Plessy v. Ferguson ruling of 1896 upheld the pernicious “separate but equal” doctrine of racial segregation in public facilities.This reactionary history extends all the way to this century’s Citizens United decision, which unleashed billions of dollars to further corrupt the voting system and gut the Voting Rights Act, disenfranchising millions of African American and Latinx people.As for checks and balances, these are applied by currents of the ruling class to check each other when needed. These checks and balances, now being hailed by the capitalist mass media, have little bearing on the condition of the workers and the oppressed.There are no checks and balances on the extreme capitalist exploitation and accumulation of wealth in the U.S. that has left the top 0.1 percent of the population with more wealth than the bottom 90 percent.There are no checks and balances on mass incarceration or racist police killings. There are no checks and balances on the persecution and deportation of immigrants or on the destruction of health care for millions of poor women. There are no checks and balances on imperialist wars of aggression or on the death machines of the military-industrial complex.As a rule, these atrocities are either ignored or blessed by the courts.The only true check on the aggression of the ruling class against the workers and the oppressed is the mass struggle.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Protests and mass arrests continue in St. Louis

first_imgOutrage following the racist verdict on Sept. 15.Protests against racism and police murders are continuing in St. Louis nearly a month after the first outpouring of the Black community and its supporters in mid-September.Hundreds of people blocked four lanes of heavy traffic on Interstate 64 on Oct. 3 as part of a “100 Days for Justice” campaign. Police “kettled” (surrounded) the crowd, ordered them to back up, forced them to the ground and then indiscriminately arrested 143 people, including reporters, legal observers, clergy and at least one elected official.These massive arrests received little national media attention.More than 300 people have been arrested in nonstop protests since Sept. 15 when a not-guilty verdict was announced for Jason Stockley, a white cop who had fatally shot 24-year-old Anthony Lamar Smith in 2011. A white judge acquitted Stockley, who had rejected a trial by jury.Human rights groups and community activists have criticized the brutal force and indiscriminate arrests by St. Louis police. Missouri state Rep. Bruce Franks, who represents St. Louis, has challenged the police, asking how they expected demonstrators to back up, since they were surrounded and had nowhere to go.The American Civil Liberties Union is suing St. Louis police for “unlawful and unconstitutional actions” against demonstrators. The suit charges cops with overusing chemicals on the crowd without warning and preventing people from filming the cops while they are kettling and violating people’s rights.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Harry Vincent says TCU lifts suspension for social media posts

first_imgFacebook Richard Escobedohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-escobedo/ ReddIt ReddIt Richard Escobedohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-escobedo/ printTCU has walked back its suspension of a student after he made a series of social media posts the university deemed offensive.Harry Vincent, 19, made the announcement on Twitter.Have been reinstated as a student at #TCU under disciplinary probation- no suspension. Thanks for all the support #FreedomWins— Harry Vincent (@ClassyPatriot) August 5, 2015Vincent must still do 60 hours of community service and attend a diversity course. He will be on disciplinary probation for a year, instead of until he graduates.The initial “suspension in abeyance” would have allowed Vincent to continue taking classes at TCU, but not participate in certain campus activities including sporting events. He also would be barred from using the University Recreation Center and entering residence halls.Chancellor Victor Boschini sent a campus-wide e-mail Wednesday afternoon that addressed the matter in broad terms.“We must ensure that our difficult conversations are civil, inclusive, tolerant and respectful so that we can shed light on different perspectives and not allow them to fester in the dark, resulting in greater divisions on our campus,” Boschini wrote.Vincent’s case was thrust into the national spotlight last week when the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education sent a letter to Boschini.“FIRE is deeply concerned by the threat to freedom of expression at Texas Christian University (TCU) posed by the university’s disciplinary action against student Harry Vincent on the basis that his social media commentary offended various individuals on the Internet,” the organization wrote.Vincent’s posts received heavy traffic after a middle school classmate he identified as Kelsey put them in a Tumblr post. Kelsey, who is not a TCU student, wrote that Vincent’s comments were “racist” and “disgusting”. She implored viewers of the post to contact TCU’s administration and complain about Vincent’s tweets.“The tweets were about Baltimore,” Vincent said. “I didn’t say anything about race. People turned that into race.”Glory Robinson, associate dean of students, met with Vincent on May 1 to discuss the tweets in question and inform him of the charges. Vincent was also told to write an apology letter and a recommendation on what disciplinary actions should be taken against him.Vincent was found in violation of Section 3.2.1 and 3.2.13 in the code of student conduct.Section 3.2.1 deals with inflicting bodily or emotional harm, regardless of intent. These actions sexual misconduct, stalking, verbal harassment, hate crimes and bias-related incidents.Section 3.2.13, however, covers “any conduct that is considered inappropriate or inconsistent with the university’s mission, vision or core values.”Vincent believed he was being punished because the university connected his tweets with the controversial Yik-Yak posts about the Baltimore riots.“It seems like they were trying to use me as an example,” Vincent told TCU 360 last week. “The punishment didn’t fit what I had done.”A statement from the university last week defended the decision: “TCU expects its student to behave in a manner consistent with its mission… When students’ conduct violates the university’s behavioral standards, they are subject to a disciplinary process, and will be held accountable for their actions.”TCU declined to comment further on the matter, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.Donald Griffin contributed to this report. Richard Escobedo Richard Escobedohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-escobedo/ Previous articleTrademark’s Waterside gains 8 new restaurants, retailersNext articleFWISD to vote on superintendent sole finalist Richard Escobedo RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Richard Escobedohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/richard-escobedo/ PolitiFrog: Trump, Rubio and Carson Will Cruise Through DFW Ahead of Super Tuesday Linkedin PolitiFrog: Survivor Tuesday roundup TCU Frog Camps returning to more traditional look this summer Justice Antonin Scalia, outspoken conservative intellectual, dies at 79 Twitter Twitter Trump, Rubio and Carson will cruise through DFW ahead of Super Tuesday + posts Facebook TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years Linkedinlast_img read more

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Walking to an in-person class during the COVID-19 pandemic

first_imgFacebook Post office deals with increase in packages Linkedin National Pan-Hellenic Council hosts annual week of awareness Facebook print Stephanie Joynthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/stephanie-joynt/ ReddIt ReddIt TCU library still partially closed from winter storm damage RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleWhat we’re reading: Fires in the Pacific Northwest continue, Trump holds indoor rallyNext articleFirst-year students experience on-campus dining Stephanie Joynt What we’re reading: US approaches 8 million COVID-19 cases, presidential town hall recap Demand for mental health services increases amid COVID-19 A Day in the LifeWalking to an in-person class during the COVID-19 pandemicBy Stephanie Joynt – September 15, 2020 1122 + posts Twitter Twitter Linkedin Stephanie Joynthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/stephanie-joynt/ Stephanie Joynthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/stephanie-joynt/ Stephanie Joynt ZaLat Pizza overcomes COVID-19 challenges TCU: A campus altered by COVID-19 Stephanie Joynthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/stephanie-joynt/last_img read more

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