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What Iowa shows

By on June 15, 2021

first_imgIt would be rash to read too much into the caucuses held Feb. 1 in Iowa, so far as predicting the outcome of the next U.S. presidential election. Iowa is not typical of the country. Had those participating in the caucuses moved to the right, that might be dismissed as not representative of the great masses of people concentrated in large cities. The U.S. as a whole is much more multinational, much more people of color than Iowa. But the voters there didn’t move to the right. Those in the Democratic Party caucuses almost selected Bernie Sanders as the Democratic candidate, and the Republicans pulled back somewhat from Donald Trump, whose racist, anti-immigrant vitriol is exceeded in volume only by his immense fortune. Trump has positioned himself as an outsider and a warrior against the putrid establishment — as though his billions did not put him square in the middle of that nest of vipers.From the point of view of reflecting the class struggle, the entire electoral process is very skewed. Some of the most militant actions being taken by low-wage workers these days involve immigrants, many of them undocumented. They are not allowed to vote, so the impact they are having on organized labor and on class consciousness in general is not reflected in the elections — except insofar as it has raised a general consciousness of oppression and the need for change, particularly among young people. Yet, all this considered, we cannot ignore what appear to be distinct signs of a shift in the political mood, reflected in the Iowa votes.That Sanders, the Senator from Vermont who describes himself as a democratic socialist, came within three-tenths of a percentage point to edging out Hillary Clinton, a veteran of Democratic Party establishment politics for decades, merits analysis. It probably came as a shock to many who have lived their whole lives in a political environment where socialism has been considered treasonous, if not downright satanic.In Europe, where capitalism has been just as venal and murderous as in the U.S., from the days of outright colonialism to today’s imperialist stranglehold over most of the world’s finances, a “democratic socialist” in politics is no big deal. The ruling classes there know how to coexist with parties that “peacefully” compromise with the system, hoping they can extract a few concessions. But in the U.S., the expression of support for socialism of any kind by the voters has been totally suppressed since the days when Eugene Debs ran for president from his jail cell in 1920.Sanders actually does not represent any party, which may be part of his strength at this point in the race, when the political establishment is highly suspect. He is an Independent, but running as a Democrat in the primaries. There can be no doubt that the deepening pain felt by large sections of the working class and many in the middle class, too, has influenced this electoral outcome. Whether it’s health, joblessness, debt, imprisonment, depression and despair, the crumbling infrastructure, the growing climate crisis — the majority of the population have become increasingly disenchanted with the system. This is turning into anger against the super-rich and their political pawns. In many cases, it has led to activism around a sea of social causes, most of it progressive, although not all.Nowhere is the pain being felt more keenly than among the nationally oppressed peoples — Black, Latino/a, Indigenous, Muslim, documented and undocumented. All social indices show the devastating effects of racism and discrimination in this country.This is where Sanders has been weak. And the Iowa polls showed it. The Black vote there, according to preliminary reports, went mostly to Clinton. Sanders’ focus on the workers — or “middle class” — as a whole leaves out the tremendous inequalities that exist, even after centuries of struggle by Black, Latino/a and Indigenous people against oppression and even extermination at the hands of the European settlers and their descendants. When Sanders talks about improving the economy, attacking the huge income disparity, tackling corporate criminals, it is all good. But it is not enough.Without solidarity, no real progress can be made by the working class in the United States against the ruthless exploitation and oppression imposed every day by the bosses and their repressive state. In this country, the biggest obstacle to solidarity has been racism and national oppression. It’s a good thing that the Black Lives Matter movement did not wait for the elections before getting out into the streets and mobilizing against racist police terror and all the other injustices of this system. This is where any progress will happen — for the same reasons that it took the Civil Rights movement to break down segregation as a legal system. Workers World Party is running its own candidates in this presidential election — Monica Moorehead for president and Lamont Lilly for vice president, both African Americans — to emphasize that the struggle against racism and national oppression is the key to any successful uprooting of this decaying capitalist system. We feel this is a good time to reach out, not just to get votes, but to inspire those who have had it with capitalism and need to know that building multinational class solidarity will unleash the power we need to win such a revolutionary sea change.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Popular protest shakes former French colony Mali

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first_imgBamako, Mali, July 10.Tens of thousands of Malians in the capital Bamako came out in the streets July 10 for three days of protest demanding the resignation of Mali’s president Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta (IBK).The government reported that 11 people died and 158 were wounded. The June 5 Movement: Rally of Patriotic Forces, one of the prime forces in the opposition and the protest, said casualties were much higher.Protesters blocked Bamako’s streets with burning tires and piles of trash, erected barricades and shut down the capital city. Organizers sent small groups from the Monument of Independence, one of the gathering spots, to occupy the TV and radio station and legislative offices. Cops had to pry out the occupiers with tear gas, but not before offices were trashed and cars burned. Demonstrators blocked bridges over the Niger River. (Maliweb.net, July 13)The reasons different groups give for demanding that President Keïta resign vary, but generally include: He is corrupt. He has not made the problem of hunger in Mali a priority. He manipulated the recent legislative elections.Espoir Mali Koura, a new group in Mali that demands a complete system change, charges that under Keïta’s watch, armed groups in central Mali have completely destroyed 400 villages and killed 10,000 people. (tinyurl.com/y5vwsacq; in French)The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) sent a team to Bamako the third week of July to mediate between the opposition and the government. Headed by Nigeria’s former President Goodluck Jonathan, the team had made no progress by July 20. A number of countries neighboring Mali express concern that Mali’s troubles could be contagious.U.S. backs French troops in MaliMali’s 20 million people inhabit a half-million square miles of territory in West Africa. While there has been a UN-sponsored peacekeeping mission in northern Mali since 2013, France also has 4,500 troops in Mali who aggressively prop up IBK’s government. France is the former colonial power and leading imperialist power in Mali, where French is the official language. Mali’s currency is tied to the Euro.The French military deployment gets essential logistical support from the U.S. AFRICOM command and intelligence from the U.S. drone base in Agadez, Niger.In early June, a group of French helicopter gunships engaged an armed group that opposes the French presence and the Malian government, in the area where Mali borders Niger and Burkina Faso. The French press sometimes calls these groups jihadists, sometime drug smugglers, sometimes Islamic militants. The groups have no apparent affiliation with political forces agitating in the western part of Mali around Bamako or ethnic militias in central Mali.The armed insurgents managed to shoot down one of the French helicopters, but the pilots and gunner survived. Another helicopter landed under the insurgents’ fire and managed to rescue the three wounded French fliers by the skin of their teeth.A month later the footage of this rescue, with video of the helicopter going down and interviews with the rescuers, was shown with great fanfare on France TV2 the day before Bastille Day, July 14 — the day when the French imperialist bourgeoisie celebrates its military.On Bastille Day itself, Army Minister Florence Parly gave solemn assurances on France TV2 that France was going to keep its troops in Mali for “Operation Barkhane.” She said that despite the COVID-19 crisis, the French must celebrate their army and its victories.Hunger and COVID-19The Sahel, which includes parts of the countries of Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad, has had to confront pandemics like SARS and Ebola in the past few years, but COVID-19 has turned into a virus of hunger in the Sahel. The pandemic intensifies the disruptions caused by global warming and the low-level armed conflicts in central and northern Mali and in neighboring Burkina Faso and Niger.Closure of the borders between these countries required by the conflicts has had some unintended consequences, both for the subsistence farmers and herders in these countries.July through September is when most of the farmers plant crops in the Sahel. They buy their seed on the international market, which means — for landlocked countries — truck shipment across borders.Herders, whose migration corridors follow the logic of geography, rather than the distorted schemes left over from the region’s colonial past, have seen important markets and major grazing areas closed. (Le Monde, July 15)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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UnityOneCloud is recognized as a ‘Leader’ in Cloud Infrastructure Brokerage and Orchestration Services by…

By on June 2, 2021

first_img UnityOneCloud is recognized as a ‘Leader’ in Cloud Infrastructure Brokerage and Orchestration Services by Global Analyst Firm NelsonHall WhatsApp Previous articleGrammy-winning duo Daft Punk break up after 28 yearsNext articleJ&J Green Paper Releases ‘The War on Plastics’ Report Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Twitter Twitter Facebook SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Feb. 22, 2021 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — UnityOneCloud announced that its Cloud Infrastructure Brokerage & Orchestration Services has been recognized as a “Leader” in the latest NelsonHall NEAT analysis within the Cloud Orchestration Services market segment. Back in 2015, UnityOneCloud launched its Cloud Infrastructure Brokerage & Orchestration Services to support its client’s cloud transformation across the United States, Europe, and Asia-Pacific. With the rise of cloud-native technologies, UnityOneCloud has reinforced its multi-cloud capabilities to help organizations resolve innovation, velocity, and flexibility challenges. NelsonHall’s NEAT vendor evaluation reflects UnityOneCloud’s overall ability to meet future client requirements and deliver immediate benefits to the Cloud Infrastructure Brokerage & Orchestration Services market. This evaluation assessed all the leading providers worldwide. The NEAT assessment identifies UnityOneCloud’s Cloud Infrastructure Brokerage & Orchestration Services as a “Leader” in the Cloud Orchestration Services market segment based on a number of features, including: * Observability: providing real-time observability into data centers, private clouds, public clouds, and multicloud infrastructure * Management: enabling the management of data center, private cloud, and public cloud using a ‘single pane of glass’ management interface. Across the private cloud, it provides a summary of the different cloud services. “UnityOneCloud manages different cloud systems by providing a single platform to configure and control automated processes and workflows with ease. UnityOneCloud is a SaaS hybrid multicloud management platform, has plug-ins into AWS, Azure, and GCP, (including being used by Google to extend Anthos), and private cloud (VMware, OpenStack, and Hyper-V)”, explains John Laherty, Senior Research Analyst at NelsonHall in this report. Abhijit Phanse, CEO UnityOneCloud, added, “The new normal context has accelerated the needs for Cloud Transformation in all the countries, across different industries. This recognition as a ‘leader’ in Cloud Infrastructure Brokerage & Orchestration Services shows the value of UnityOneCloud’s end-to-end capabilities to orchestrate a new multicloud management platform offering, enable the new offering services and manage the underlying complex technical platform.” About UnityOneCloud: UnityOneCloud is a leading global Software-as-a-Service company dedicated to providing the most comprehensive enterprise-grade Multicloud Management platform for managing real-world hybrid cloud environments. We help organizations manage, monitor, audit, support, and observe complex hybrid cloud assets right from bare-metal to serverless configurations spread across data centers and private and public cloud configurations. About NelsonHall: NelsonHall is the leading global analyst firm dedicated to helping organizations understand the ‘art of the possible’ in digital operations transformation. With analysts in the U.S., U.K., and Continental Europe, NelsonHall provides buy-side organizations with detailed, critical information on markets and vendors (including NEAT assessments) that helps them make fast and highly informed sourcing decisions. And for vendors, NelsonHall provides in-depth knowledge of market dynamics and user requirements to hone their go-to-market strategies. NelsonHall’s research is based on rigorous, primary research and is widely respected for the quality, depth, and insight of its analysis. For more information: https://www.unityonecloud.com/leaders-in-cloud-infrastructure-brokerage-orchestration-services/ Media Contact: Saurabh Bisht Email ID: [email protected] Phone Number: +91 9540400088 NEWS SOURCE: UnityOneCloud This press release was issued on behalf of the news source (UnityOneCloud) who is solely responsibile for its accuracy, by Send2Press® Newswire. Information is believed accurate but not guaranteed. Story ID: 68729 APDF-R8.2 © 2021 Send2Press®, a press release and e-marketing service of NEOTROPE®, Calif., USA. To view the original version, visit: https://www.send2press.com/wire/unityonecloud-is-recognized-as-a-leader-in-cloud-infrastructure-brokerage-and-orchestration-services-by-global-analyst-firm-nelsonhall/ Disclaimer: This press release content was not created by the Associated Press (AP).center_img Pinterest Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 22, 2021 TAGS  Local NewsUS News WhatsApplast_img read more

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SC Orders To Keep Width Of Char Dham Highway At 5.5 Meters As Per 2018 MoRTH Circular [Read Order]

By on May 26, 2021

first_imgTop StoriesSC Orders To Keep Width Of Char Dham Highway At 5.5 Meters As Per 2018 MoRTH Circular [Read Order] Nilashish Chaudhary9 Sep 2020 9:27 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that the width of hilly and mountainous terrains for the Char Dham Highway project to be constructed in accordance with the 2018circular of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). A 3-judge bench comprising of Justices RF Nariman, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee took into consideration the current situation with regard to the…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court on Tuesday directed that the width of hilly and mountainous terrains for the Char Dham Highway project to be constructed in accordance with the 2018circular of the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH). A 3-judge bench comprising of Justices RF Nariman, Navin Sinha and Indira Banerjee took into consideration the current situation with regard to the eco system and fragility of the mountain terrains to order that the width of the road would remain at 5.5 metres. A High Power Committee constituted by Supreme Court in August 2019 submitted a Report in July 2020 whereby 13 members recommended following standards prescribed in a circular from 2012 while 5 members, including the Chairman, were in favour of going ahead according to the 2018 circular. The 2018 circular prescribes a width of 5.5 metres for the intermediate lane configuration along with two-lane structures for National Highways in hilly and mountainous terrains. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta contended that it was only a minority view of the Committee that the 2018 circular be complied with. Adding that since the road covers the India-China Border, the terrain in question sees movement of Army vehicles. Therefore, he urged, the width of the carriageway must be 7 metres wide, not 5.5 metres. Refusing to accept this submission, Justice Nariman asserted that “the 2018 circular will alone apply.” “Shri Tushar Mehta, learned Solicitor General, persisted with his arguments that the 2018 circular is only prospective in nature. We are well aware of the distinction between something which is retrospective in the sense that it applies for the first time to projects which are already completed as opposed to ongoing projects, where it is necessary to take stock of the current situation and then move forward. Having taken stock of the current situation and of the fragility generally of the eco system in mountain terrain, we are of the view that this argument has no legs to stand on.” -Records the Order Appearing for the Citizens for Green Doon, the Petitioner NGO, senior advocate Sanjay Parikh apprised court of devastation caused to mountains as a result of violations of directions by authorities. Recording that a “great deal of devastation has occurred in certain areas and that plantation should be taken up in right earnest”, the Apex Court noted that “we have no doubt that this will be carried out” and disposed off the application. The char dham project is a 900KM, all-weather highway project which connects four towns state of Uttarakhand including Yamunotri, Gangotri, Kedarnath and Badrinath.On August 8, 2019, a bench comprising Justices R F Nariman and Surya Kant had modified the NGT order approving the Char Dham Highway project and constituted a High Powered Committee to assess and study the impact of the project on the Himalayan valleys.In the meeting held on July 2020, the HPC could not reach a unanimous decision on the road width for the proposed highway, resulting in the matter reaching before the bench.Click Here To Download Order  Next Storylast_img read more

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Today’s City Council Meeting

By on May 3, 2021

first_imgcivic center City Council Meeting on DECEMBER 16, 2019 at 5:30 P.M In The Civic Center AGENDA R-2019-30 Attachment: II.APPROVAL OF MEETING MEMORANDUM Agenda Attachment: R-2019-31 Attachment: V.CONSENT AGENDA:  FIRST READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS G-2019-17 Attachment: VI.COMMITTEE REPORTS R-2019-32 Attachment: F.ORDINANCE G-2019-21 An Ordinance Granting Certificates of Convenience and Necessity for the Operation of Taxicabs for the Year 2020 (Yellow Checker Cab Company) Sponsor(s): Mosby Discussion Led By: ASD Chair Mosby Discussion Date: 12/16/2019 B.ORDINANCE R-2019-33 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 601 W. Tennessee Street Petitioner: Phillip R. Hooper Owner: KR Properties LLC Requested Change: M2 to R2 Ward: 6 Brinkmeyer Representative: Phillip R. Hooper IV.SPECIAL ORDERS OF THE DAY IX.MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS A.ORDINANCE R-2019-32 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 8230 Burch Park Drive Petitioner: Jason Barisano Owner: David R. Patterson Requested Change: M2 to M1 Ward: 5 Elpers Representative: Jason Barisano, Lamar Architecture & Design, LLC. G-2019-21 Attachment: H.ORDINANCE R-2019-26 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 257 259 E Mulberry Street Petitioner: Sarah Schuler Owner: Albion Fellows Bacon Center Requested Change: C1 & R2 to C1 Ward: 4 Weaver Representative: Sarah Schuler, VPS Architecture A.THE NEXT MEETING of the Common Council is Monday, January 13, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Memo Attachment: G-2019-19 Attachment: C.ORDINANCE G-2019-18 An Ordinance Amending Chapter 8.05-090 of the Evansville Municipal Code to Increase Curbside Refuse Collection Fees Sponsor(s): Brinkmeyer, Elpers Discussion Led By: ASD Chair Mosby Discussion Date: 12/16/2019 I.INTRODUCTION E.ORDINANCE G-2019-20 An Ordinance Granting Certificates of Convenience and Necessity for the Operation of Taxicabs for the Year 2020 (Dave’s Taxi Service) Sponsor(s): Mosby Discussion Led By: ASD Chair Mosby Discussion Date: 12/16/2019 G-2019-18 Attachment: center_img G-2019-20 Attachment: X.COMMITTEE REPORTS G.ORDINANCE G-2019-22 An Ordinance to Vacation of Certain Public Ways or Public Places Within The City of Evansville, Indiana, Commonly Known as a Portion of South Frederick Street Between East Walnut Street and Lloyd Expressway Sponsor(s): Mosby Discussion Led By: Public Works Chair Adams Discussion Date: 12/16/2019 VIII.RESOLUTION DOCKET D.ORDINANCE G-2019-19 An Ordinance Creating Chapter 10.60 (Regulation of E-Scooters) of the Evansville Municipal Code Sponsor(s): Mercer Discussion Led By: ASD Chair Mosby Discussion Date: 12/16/2019 I.ORDINANCE R-2019-28 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 200 and 206 Washington Avenue Petitioner: Evansville Brownfields Corp. Owner: Evansville Brownfields Corp. Requested Change: R4 to C2 w/UDC Ward: 4 Robinson Representative: Carolyn Rusk, Evansville Brownfields Corp. R-2019-26 Attachment: III.REPORTS AND COMMUNICATIONS G-2019-16 Attachment: A.ORDINANCE G-2019-16 An Ordinance to Vacate a Public Right of Way in Evansville, Indiana, Being All That Part of Hillcrest Terrace Lying South of Block Four (4) and North of Block Three (3) in Alberta Place No. 2, An Addition to the City of Evansville, As Per The Plat Thereof, Recorded in Plat Book “H”, Page 236 in the Office of the Recorder of Vanderburgh County, Indiana and Bounded on the East by Walker Avenue and on the West by the CSX Transportation Right-Of-Way. Sponsor(s): Brinkmeyer Discussion Led By: Public Works Chair Adams Discussion Date: 12/16/2019 Notify: Thomas Keith, Andy Easley Engineering, Inc. R-2019-29 Attachment: L.ORDINANCE R-2019-31 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 3314 Washington Avenue Petitioner: Theresa L. Weber Owner: Theresa L. Weber Requested Change: R1 to R2 Ward: 3 Melcher Representative: Kristine Beauchamp VII.REGULAR AGENDA:  SECOND READING OF ORDINANCES AND RESOLUTIONS G-2019-22 Attachment: R-2019-28 Attachment: K.ORDINANCE R-2019-30 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 1571 Wedeking Avenue Petitioner: Ruth Brinkley Owner: Doris A. Kissel Requested Change: R1 to R3 Ward: 3 Melcher Representative: Ruth Brinkley J.ORDINANCE R-2019-29 An Ordinance to Rezone Certain Real Estate in the City of Evansville, State of Indiana, More Commonly Known as 217 W. Franklin Street Petitioner: Richard Mills Owner: Schneider Properties LLC Requested Change: R4 to C4 w/UDC Ward: 3 Melcher Representative: Richard Mills, Mills-Wallace ADJOURNMENTFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare R-2019-33 Attachment: B.ADDITIONAL MISCELLANEOUS BUSINESS B.ORDINANCE G-2019-17 An Ordinance Amending Chapter 2.125.010 (Social Status of African American Males) of the Evansville Municipal Code Sponsor(s): Weaver Discussion Led By: ASD Chair Mosby Discussion Date: 12/16/2019last_img read more

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No Cause Has Been Determined Yet On The South End Residential Fire

By on May 2, 2021

first_imgThe Fire Report reads as follow:“5222 Simpson Avenue Structure Fire                       3-15-2017On Wednesday evening, March 15th, the Ocean City Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire, 2 story wood frame building, at 5222 Simpson Avenue.  Engine #3 arrived on scene minutes after the call was received and reported heavy fire on the first and second floors.  Engine 2, Deputy Chief 1, Engine 1 and Truck 1 arrived on scene.Engine 3 established a water supply and began to protect the building to the North of the fire building, within minutes all OCFD units were working and had 4 attack handlines in operation.  OCFD crews were able to protect the exposure property to the North, containing the fire to the original fire building, and knock down the majority of visible fire within minutes.  Crews encountered heavy winds and icy conditions which made initial fire suppression operations very difficult.A full fire department recall was initiated along with automatic aid responses from Margate FD, Marmora FD and Upper Township Rescue Squads.Due to the heavy winds the fire quickly spread throughout the structure.The fire was placed under control and overhaul operations were perform approximately 60 minutes after the initial call was dispatched.The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire being dispatched.No injuries were reported.The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.”It is a blessing that there were no reported injuries at this time.OCNJ Daily would like to thank the OCFD for doing an extraordinary job in safely keeping this raging fire contained to just one home! From the street, you can see straight through the burned-out shell of the home.last_img read more

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Ocean City High School Wins 6th Straight Ed Byrnes Award

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first_imgED BYRNES MEMORIAL ALL-SPORTS RANKINGS2016-17 OVERALL POINT LEADERSOcean City                  26Mainland                     25St. Augustine              14Middle Township          13Egg Harbor Township   12PREVIOUS CHAMPIONS2015-16             Ocean City2014-15             Ocean City2013-14             Ocean City2012-13             Ocean City2011-12             Middle Township/Ocean City (tie)2010-11             St. Augustine2009-10             Holy Spirit2008-09             Holy Spirit/Ocean City (tie)2007-08             St. Augustine2006-07             Ocean City2005-06             Ocean City2004-05             St. Augustine2003-04             St. Augustine2002-03             Mainland2001-02             Mainland2000-01             Ocean City/St. Augustine (tie)1999-2000         Absegami1998-99             Ocean City1997-98             Ocean City/Vineland (tie)1996-97             Mainland1995-96             Mainland1994-95             Ocean City1993-94             Ocean City1992-93             Ocean City1991-92             Mainland1990-91             Mainland The final action of the school year by Cape-Atlantic League teams has been completed and, when the smoke cleared, Ocean City High School had won the Ed Byrnes Memorial All-Sports Award for 2016-17. It marked the sixth straight school year in which the Raiders have either won or shared the award, a first in the 27 years the award has been presented. It was the 15th time overall Ocean City has won or shared the award.But Mainland Regional, which has won the award six times, was just a point behind the Raiders.Ocean City got off to another great start in the fall with a state championship in field hockey and conference titles in boys and girls soccer and boys cross country. Among other highlights, the Raiders won South Jersey championships in girls swimming, girls basketball and golf.Among Mainland’s highlights were a state championship in boys swimming and South Jersey titles in boys soccer and boys and girls tennis.The all-sports award was created by Prime Events and Schoppy Inc. in 1991. It was renamed in memory of Byrnes, the longtime athletics director and football coach at Holy Spirit, after he died in February, 1996. Byrnes was president of the CAL for six years and had just won his 100th football victory three months before his death.The system used to determine a school’s final score in the competition awards points for championships won – both CAL and NJSIAA – with bonuses for the number of different sports in which they were won. Under this system, which rewards a sports program’s versatility, a school that wins one championship in each of two different sports will get a higher score than if it won two championships in the same sport. Only sports in which the CAL crowns a champion are considered.Among 2016-17 highlights:Ocean City won top honors in the American Conference for the sixth straight year and eighth time in nine years.Middle Township led the National Conference for the sixth time in seven years.Ocean City has been first or tied for first in Cape May County in 19 of the last 20 years.St. Augustine won Atlantic County for the eighth time in the last 14 years.Middle Township was tops in the Coast Big Five for the seventh straight year.St. Augustine had the highest score in boys sports for the 16th time in the last 19 years.Ocean City was first in girls sports for the seventh straight year and 18th time in the award’s 27 years.Middle Township has now been best in the Coast Big Five in nine of the last 10 years.Ocean City’s score (26) equals its all-time highest in 1999.Mainland’s score (25) is its highest since it set the all-time record (32) in 2003.Wildwood Catholic’s score (11) was its highest since 2003. Ed Byrneslast_img read more

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Aryzta €800m share offer attracts 97.4% take-up

By on April 20, 2021

first_imgFrozen bakery giant Aryzta has raised almost €800m through a share offer.The company has announced that 97.4% of the subscription rights for new shares have been taken up, meaning Aryzta will receive gross proceeds of around €790m (£701m). The remaining shares will be sold.Aryzta plans to use the funds primarily for loan repayment, funding investments under its Project Renew efficiency programme, and as working capital.The fundraising plan was announced in the summer and had been challenged by Aryzta’s largest shareholder, Cobas Asset Management. The investor claimed the €800m target was too high and suggested a €400m capital increase and sales of non-core assets to raise a further €250m.“The board believes the proposal approved by shareholders is in the best interests of Aryzta as a whole and is the option with the highest probability of success,” stated Aryzta at the time. “With an effective capital structure, the board and executive team will focus on delivering on its multi-year turnaround plan.”Aryzta last month reported steep declines in profit and earnings – but insisted the business is set for future growth. Announcing its results for the year to 31 July 2018, it reported a 9.5% fall in revenue to €3,435m (£3,057m), down 1.2% on an organic basis. European revenue fell 1.6% to €1,710.6m (£1,522m), but grew 0.9% on an organic basis.Earnings were hit by the butter price hike and Brexit concerns in Europe, and by labour and distribution cost increases in the US.last_img read more

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Chasing prices

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first_imgAll this, and yet Gopinath paid no attention to economics until a first-year course at the University of Delhi in 1989. “When you’re growing up in India, everybody expects you to become a doctor or an engineer,” she said, “not exactly an economist.” But Gopinath picked economics to prepare for an exam three years in the future, the one required for acceptance into the elite Indian Administrative Service.Then two things happened. In 1990-91, India experienced a massive financial crisis. “I got really excited by economics at that point,” said Gopinath, who became a fervent student of currency values, depreciation, bailouts, and capital flow. “I fell in love with the subject.”Around the same time, Gopinath also discovered that “I had absolutely zero administrative skills,” she said, which made academics more attractive than a government career. “I was more of a geek, and better with my books than anything else.”After earning a master’s degree at the Delhi School of Economics (1994), where she met Dhaliwal, Gopinath earned a master’s in economics from the University of Washington, Seattle, where she had started a Ph.D. program.She transferred to Princeton University in 1996 and earned a Ph.D. there in 2001. Along the way, she was inspired to pursue international macroeconomics by her two advisers. Kenneth S. Rogoff, former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, is now Harvard’s Thomas D. Cabot Professor of Public Policy and a professor of economics. Ben Bernanke is now in his second term as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.After less than four years at the University of Chicago, Gopinath was offered a semester-long visiting position at Harvard in the spring of 2005. “At the end of it, surprisingly,” she said, “they made me an offer.”Since then, there is little time for anything except work and family. “I really would like to spend more time reading books that are not textbooks,” said Gopinath.Still, the shelves in her new office are nearly bare, since, said Gopinath, “Everything I need is on the Internet now.” It’s not often that shoveling snow inspires a discussion of foreign exchange rates. But that’s what happened when economist Gita Gopinath offered her 7-year-old son Rohil $10 for helping out. He insisted on being paid in rupees — 45 of them for every dollar.“He gets to hear more economics than he needs at the dinner table,” said Gopinath, the first Indian woman with tenure in Harvard’s Department of Economics.Her husband, Iqbal Dhaliwal, is also an economist, and is director of policy at the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At home in Lexington, Mass., Gopinath said, “We keep exchanging notes.”Gopinath, who is 39 today and was barely 38 when she earned tenure, is a rising star in international macroeconomics. Her research interests are timely, considering the volatile financial state of the world.Gopinath studies how international prices respond to movements in exchange rates, the rapid shifts in relative value among world currencies. She also investigates “sovereign debt,” the catastrophic tip in balance sheets that may suddenly befall individual countries.To do her work, Gopinath explores both theory and hard data.Some of her papers are based purely on mathematical formulations. “I try to model the world with features I think are relevant,” she said, “and then see what the behavior of economic agents are in that environment.”But Gopinath also burrows into mounds of data. What she calls her “pricing project” tracks the cost of goods in minute detail, down to the expense of a pair of shoes from China or a machine made in Germany. Since 2005, she has analyzed the voluminous data behind the import price index that is released monthly by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.last_img read more

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Alumni honored with Hiram Hunn Award

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first_imgEach year the Harvard Admissions Office honors some of its most loyal and longtime volunteers in schools committee work all over the globe. The Hiram Hunn Award recognizes alumni and alumnae who have been especially effective in their interviewing and club work and for their unusual longevity. The contributions these women and men make to the admissions process are invaluable.The award is named in honor of Hiram S. Hunn, Class of 1921, who was active in schools committee work for 55 years — 30 in Iowa and 25 in Vermont.The 2011 winners are Paul G. O’Leary ’56 of Ridgewood, N.J.; Zaid al-Rifa’i ’57 of Amman, Jordan; John Paul Kennedy ’63 of Salt Lake City; Stephen G. Hoffman ’64 of Belmont, Mass.; Claire Stuart Roth ’74 of Las Vegas; Jody Cukier Siegler ’79 of Los Angeles; and Barbara Fischbein Berenson ’80, J.D. ’84; M.P.A. ’84, of Waban, Mass.last_img read more

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