Spending cuts to slow Europe’s 2011 growth

first_img EUROZONE economic growth will slow slightly next year as governments cut spending, but private demand will boost growth in 2012, the European Commission announced today.Growth across the 27 eurozone nations is forecast to slow to 1.5 per cent in 2011 from 1.7 per cent seen this year, but rebound to 1.8 per cent in 2012, the commission said in the latest of its twice-yearly economic forecasts.“With private domestic demand as a whole strengthening, the recovery is said to be increasingly self-sustaining over the forecast horizon,” Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn told a briefing.The main growth engine will be Germany, the bloc’s biggest economy, where growth is likely to slow substantially next year from the 3.7 per cent achieved in 2010, but still be a respectable 2.2 per cent.A weaker global economy will cut demand for euro zone exports, while many of the governments will be slashing spending and raising taxes to return public finances to a sustainable path.The aggregated euro zone budget deficit will shrink next year and in 2012, but debt will continue to rise, with that of Belgium and Ireland becoming larger than their annual output, the Commission said.Concern over the ability of Ireland to service its huge debt, which was boosted by government support to the ailing banking sector, has forced Dublin to seek EU financial help and prompted concerns that Portugal and even Spain could be next.The budget deficit of the countries using the euro will fall to 4.6 per cent of gross domestic product next year from 6.3 per cent expected this year and further to 3.9 per cent in 2012.Government debt is set to rise to 86.5 per cent of GDP next year from 84.1 per cent in 2010 and increase to 87.8 per cent in 2012.“A determined continuation of fiscal consolidation and frontloaded policies to enhance growth, are essential to set a sound basis for sustainable growth and jobs,” Rehn said.“The turbulence in sovereign debt markets underlines the need for robust policy action.”The market spotlight has now turned to Portugal, which has a large debt, but very slow growth and an uncompetitive economy.Weighed down by heavy cuts in budget spending and higher taxes, Portugal will fall back into recession, contracting one per cent in 2011, and return only to weak growth of 0.8 per cent in 2012, the Commission forecast.Lisbon plans to cut its budget deficit to 4.9 per cent in 2011 from 7.3 per cent this year, but its debt will rise to 88.8 per cent of GDP in 2011 from 82.8 per cent seen this year.“In case the fiscal target would be missed because of somewhat lower growth materialising, then the government assumes that is essential still to meet the fiscal target if necessary by taking additional measures,” Rehn said.“And moreover, it is clear that it is essential that Portugal will develop and implement equally ambitious structural reforms to reach its growth potential,” he added.Ireland, which on Sunday agreed on an €85bn rescue package from the EU and the International Monetary Fund, will see its economy grow 0.9 per cent next year after a 0.2 per cent contraction this year, but growth should accelerate to 1.9 per cent in 2012, the Commission said.Dublin will have the biggest budget gap in the EU of 32.3 per cent this year, because of huge costs of supporting its ailing banking sector, but will reduce that shortfall to 10.3 per cent next year and cut it further to 9.1 per cent in 2012.“The Irish economy is flexible and while there are serious challenges concerning public finances and especially the banking sector… it has the capacity of rebounding rapidly from this recession. Export growth is already a fact,” Rehn said.Spain, also in the market spotlight because of its low growth and a potentially costly repair of its banking system, will contract 0.2 per cent in 2010 but grow again 0.7 per cent in 2011 and 1.7 per cent in 2012, the Commission said.Its deficit is to fall to 6.4 per cent in 2011 from 9.3 per cent in 2010 and to 5.5 per cent in 2012 as Madrid’s austerity measures kick in. Spain wants to cut its budget deficit to six per cent next year, a target Rehn called challenging.“The Spanish fiscal strategy…is on track. If growth next year is lower than expected, it is necessary to take further measures to make sure that the fiscal target is met,” he said.While deficits will decline, debt will still rise.The highest debt of all EU countries will be in Greece, where debt will balloon to 105.2 per cent of GDP next year from 140.2 per cent in 2010 and rise even further to 156 per cent in 2012.Belgium will see its debt rise from 98.6 per cent of GDP this year to 100.5 per cent in 2011 and to 102.1 per cent in 2012.Ireland’s debt is also likely to grow to 107 per cent of GDP next year from 97.4 per cent expected in 2010, and to jump to 114.3 per cent in 2012. 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What are the best dividend shares to buy now for a passive income?

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How I’d invest £3,000 in UK shares in a Stocks and Shares ISA today

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By contrast, financial stocks make up 18.44%, but did badly last year as the pandemic stifled economic activity.I’m backing these 3 UK shares to recoverEnergy stocks compose 8.76% of the index, but again, the oil majors have underperformed as demand fell in the pandemic and investors looked beyond fossil fuels.These two sectors may fare better in 2021, as the UK appears to have got its act together on the pandemic. Our successful vaccination campaign should inject new life into the economy, sooner rather than later. The rise in the pound is a sign that international investors are taking notice. So which shares would I buy with my £3,000?UK shares BP and Royal Dutch Shell clearly have a challenge surviving the green energy transition, but with the oil price hitting $60 even before the world opens up, the cash should start flowing soon. BP would be my pick of the two, given its thumping 6.9% yield. 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It recently posted a 1.7% rise in pre-tax profit to £430.2m, with record first-half completions, and is restoring its dividend.The Barratt share price has outperformed other housebuilders, rising by a quarter in the last six months, which means rivals may have more catch-up potential. However, trading at 10.1 times forecast earnings, it isn’t expensive.I’d spread my £3,000 between these three UK shares, to generate long-term income and growth. Harvey Jones | Tuesday, 2nd March, 2021 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.last_img read more

Six Nations: Guy Noves making the right calls

first_imgIn his final years at Toulouse, Noves was much more a manager than a coach, with Jean-Baptiste Elissalde and William Servat his assistants and the men seen most on the training park. It will be a similar set up with France, Noves as Director of Rugby and Yannick Bru and Jeff Dubois the men tasked with implementing the game plan.Key lieutenants: Jeff Dubois and Yannick Bru are Guy Noves’ coachesBru was PSA’s forwards coach, and though he knows his rugby, he couldn’t claim to have achieved much success in the last four years. Dubois was backs coach at Stade Francais last season when the Parisians won the Top 14 title, scoring 60 tries in the regular season, a total bettered only by Toulon and Bordeaux.The 42-year-old Dubois is an attack-minded coach and he’s come far in a short space of time, graduating from Massy in the Federale 1 to Stade Francais to the national side. He’s young, ambitious but inexperienced in international terms. He’s also a former Toulouse player. As is Bru. The pair played together under Noves from 2004 to 2007.At least, they’ll know how Noves likes to operate, be aware of his foibles, his way of doing things. But will they stand up to him? If things go wrong, if one of them believes they need to make changes, in personnel or to the game-plan, will they have the courage to confront a man who Yoann Maestri this week described as ‘Un Colonel’? Servat and Elissalde were also former charges of Noves at Toulouse, and at times in the last years of Noves’ reign at the club they appeared little more than his lackeys. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Have we made a mistake? This correspondent and the other British and Irish commentators who have been noisily trumpeting that France have appointed the wrong man as their new coach.Guy Noves hasn’t put a foot wrong since taking over from Philippe Saint-Andre after last year’s World Cup, handling the media in a way his predecessor never managed and even mending fences with Bernard Laporte. Now he’s selected a XV for his first match that is bolder than any PSA picked. There are four new caps in Jonathan Danty, Virimi Vakatawa, Sebastien Bezy and Paul Jedrasiak and three more on the bench.Youthful air: Noves has picked seven debutants in his match 23Sir Clive Woodward wrote in his Mail on Sunday column last weekend that as a national coach “selection is your No1 skill. It is your team, your decision”. It was PSA’s weakness, as he admitted in an interview on Wednesday to promote his recent autobiography. “I acknowledge that I was a bad selector,” he said, adding that he found it hard to establish a rapport with the generation of players that in his opinion are the first to be the “true professionals”.Noves has always been a good talent spotter. Rugby courses through his vein but decades of experience as a P.E teacher, player and coach have honed his eye so that he rarely misses a diamond, however rough. That’s why he drafted in Teddy Thomas on Monday as cover for the injured Wesley Fofana, less than 48 hours after the Racing 92 winger had played his first game in eight months. Thomas has great potential, a glimpse of which was seen when he scored his brilliant solo try against Australia in November 2014, but he’s not the easiest of characters. PSA gave up on Thomas last year but Noves obviously believes he’ll be able to smooth down the rough edges and allow the 22-year-old to once more dazzle the world with his talent.Talent spotter: Teddy Thomas has been drafted in to replace Wesley FofanaNoves, who has 40 years on Thomas, has never baulked at blooding young talent. Look at some of the backs who have come up through the ranks at Toulouse: Frederic Michalak, Clement Poitrenaud, Maxime Medard, Jean-Marc Doussain and Gael Fickou.But therein lies the rub. Noves knows talent when he sees it but bringing it out has proved more of a problem. Look at that list again. How many can claim to have fulfilled their potential? Doussain appeared in the 2011 World Cup final aged 20. An 18-year-old Fickou announced himself to the world with a fine solo try against Leicester in the 2012 Heineken Cup. Their careers have stalled in recent years. The same goes for Michalak, Poitrenaud and Medard.The 29-year-old Medard, who has been picked at full-back against Italy, has been given a second life by Noves, making his first start in the 15 jersey for three years, but Poitrenaud is fated to be a player who could have been a great of the game if only his considerable gifts had been better coached. All the right moves: Guy Noves has surprised many with his bold selection center_img Seven potential debutants, building bridges politically and a charm offensive, Guy Noves has made all the right moves, but can it continue? Lines broken: France will need to stiffen up their defence in order to make headway in the Six NationsIt’s unlikely that Noves’ defence coach will, a man unknown to most across the Channel. Gérald Bastide has spent the last seven years working for the FFR, first with the national U19 squad and then the U20s. He would appear therefore to be an Establishment man. How good is he? The French junior teams haven’t excelled in recent years, and one coach high up in French rugby told me this week of his encounter with Bastide. During a coffee break at a recent coaching seminar, Bastide was asked by his peers to explain briefly his defensive philosophy. He looked pensive for ten seconds before declaring: “To build a good line”. The other coaches waited, expecting him to elaborate, but no more information was forthcoming. Eventually someone asked if that was it. Bastide deliberated for a few more moments and added: “To build a very good line.” With that he took his coffee and left.Perhaps Bastide was just pulling their legs. We’ll find out in the next few weeks, as we’ll discover if Noves is more than just a daring selector.last_img read more

Global South theologians reflect on evangelism throughout the Anglican Communion

first_img New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit an Event Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Featured Events Rector Hopkinsville, KY Evangelism Anglican Communion, Rector Albany, NY Rector Tampa, FL This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Martinsville, VA Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Global South theologians reflect on evangelism throughout the Anglican Communion Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME center_img Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Belleville, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Collierville, TN Tags TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Knoxville, TN Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Posted Jun 29, 2018 Featured Jobs & Calls Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Press Release Service Rector Shreveport, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Cathedral Dean Boise, ID [Anglican Communion News Service] A group of 10 theologians from five continents have met to discuss insights on evangelism and how the Anglican Communion engages in evangelism in different contexts. The group, from the Global South, met in Dallas this month for the event hosted by Bishop George Sumner and the Diocese of Dallas. Some were from majority Muslim contexts where overt evangelism is not possible and new believers are brought into the faith through friendship and humanitarian service.Read the full article here. Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LAlast_img read more

South Apopka Ministerial Alliance Lobbies for Single Member Districts

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Please enter your comment! The Anatomy of Fear Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Hezekiah Bradford, President of the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance (SAMA), sent a letter to Mayor Kilsheimer and the City Commissioners on January 14 of this year. In the last paragraph of that letter, Pastor Bradford wrote:“In my capacity as the President of the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance, I am requesting that we be placed on the February City Council evening meeting agenda in an effort to allow better community attendance, so that we can present empirical data and a logic model in support of taxation through representation via single member districts for the City of Apopka.”* * *This effort to change the way Apopka votes is not a new idea. For the past few months, Pastor Bradford and the SAMA in hopes of bringing it to the commission have lobbied the idea in the media. In November of 2013, it was an agenda item analyzed by the Apopka Charter Review Committee.But what is a Single Member District?* * *All this week The Apopka Voice will look into this issue. Today we will explain exactly what a single member district is and how it contrasts to the current model Apopka has in place. In future installments, we will look at the current City Commissioner’s opinions as well as the candidates for the City Commission and Mayor Kilsheimer. Additionally, we will show how these districts might look and contrast that with the current addresses of the City Commission, Mayor and candidates. Do they truly represent ALL of Apopka or does the address of an elected official truly reflect their viewpoint? Finally we will show what, if anything, is standing in the way of this effort.But first, what is a Single Member District?The single member district model is the most common and best-known electoral system currently in use in America.It is used to elect the U.S. House Representatives, as well as many state and local legislative bodies. Many cities over 50,000 in population are using the single member district model. Under single member systems, an area is divided into a number of geographically defined voting districts, each represented by a single elected official. Voters can only vote for their district’s representative, with the highest vote-getter winning election. In some jurisdictions, such as Apopka, a candidate must receive a majority of the votes, or face a runoff against the candidate with the second-most votes.The voting model in Apopka for City Council is an “at-large” style, which means a candidate can live anywhere in Apopka and theoretically represents all of Apopka, if elected. There are four “seats” on the City Council rather than four districts represented; therefore a candidate is running for the “seat” rather than to represent a specific constituency.Tomorrow: What does Mayor Kilsheimer, the City Council, and current candidates for Seats #3 and #4 think about single member districts? And what was learned from the Apopka City Charter Review Committee’s findings on this subject?Use this link to view a short video that outlines the proposal from the South Apopka Ministerial Alliance:The Case for Single Member Districts in Apopka LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply TAGSCity CommissionersMayor KilsheimerPastor Hezekiah BradfordSouth Apopka Ministerial Alliance. Single-member districts Previous articleThe Case for Single Member Districts in ApopkaNext articleSummer Jobs Needed for Apopka Youth Works Program Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 last_img read more

Networking group for Kent fundraisers announced

first_img  200 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 Howard Lake | 4 January 2018 | News UK Fundraising’s Fundraising Camp takes place in Canterbury at the University of Kent on 11 January 2018. Join us. 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. Networking group for Kent fundraisers announced Tagged with: South East Training AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4  199 total views,  3 views today Advertisement A new networking and learning group for Kent fundraisers is launching this month. The Fundraisers in Kent group will offer informal and free events where fundraisers can attend to share and learn from each other. The group will be open to both fundraisers and consultants.The group has been set up by Beth Upton, who runs Money Tree Fundraising, the fundraising consultancy.She has set up the Fundraisers in Kent Facebook group to help coordinate timings, locations and topics for the group. If you are not on Facebook then you can contact Beth directly for updates on the group and its meetings.Beth welcomed fundraisers from further afield, saying: “You don’t have to live in the county to join but the activity will be taking place in Kent.” last_img read more

One year later: Indict killer cops of Tamir Rice!

first_imgCleveland — Nov. 22 marked one year since the police murder of 12-year-old Tamir Rice. The video of Cleveland police officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback pulling up to the youngster and gunning him down in less than two seconds has been viewed by horrified people in the U.S. and around the world. Adding to the trauma incurred by Tamir’s family is despicable treatment by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty. Not only has there been no indictment of the officers, but McGinty launched a vicious personal attack on Samaria Rice, mother of the slain youth. Rally at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center Nov. 23; Latonya Goldsby and Elle Hearns at center.WW photo: Susan SchnurOn Nov. 19, while speaking at a suburban Democratic Club meeting, McGinty was asked about calls for a special prosecutor to take over the investigation. McGinty replied, “They waited until they didn’t like the reports they received. They’re very interesting people … let me just leave it at that … and they have their own economic motives.” (WKYC-TV, Nov. 15) McGinty’s office released reports to the press by so-called “expert” witnesses, who concluded that Loehmann, who pulled the trigger, thought he was in imminent danger and “acted reasonably.” McGinty also issued unsworn statements by new hire Loehmann and Garmback, the senior officer training him. (New York Times, Oct. 15) Garmback has a racist record. The city of Cleveland had to pay $100,000 to an African-American woman for the beating she received from Garmback on Aug. 7, 2010. This vicious racist trains a new officer? McGinty timed his tainted and biased releases to the public while the grand jury is deciding whether to indict the brutal cops. The obviously hateful conduct of this prosecutor has led to increased calls for a special prosecutor to take over the case.Keeping the pressure onTo mark one year with no justice for the family, the Tamir Rice Justice Committee, spearheaded by Tamir’s cousin, Latonya Goldsby, held three days of events in Cleveland. Healing events for young people who knew Tamir were held on Nov. 21, as well as two town hall meetings, which included briefings by the family and their attorney, Subodh Chandra. The vigil on Nov. 22, held at the site of Tamir’s execution, drew over 400 participants, including car caravans from around the Midwest. A busload of multinational Black Lives Matter activists and their supporters came from Ohio State University. People came to show respect for the life cut short by the police and to support the Rice family. There were also solidarity actions in more than 20 cities. On Nov. 23, a militant rally was held on the steps of the Cuyahoga County “Justice” Center to support the Rice family’s call for prosecutor McGinty to resign. In an effort spearheaded by the Tamir Rice Justice Committee and colorofchange.org, more than 200,000 people signed petitions demanding McGinty step down and a special prosecutor take over. The petitions were delivered to the prosecutor’s office.The way the rules are written, McGinty himself gets to decide whether to recuse himself and step down. He has steadfastly refused.However, due to the militant pushback around the country by the Black Lives Matter movement, the moneyed interests in northeast Ohio are conflicted about what to do with this case. Big-business print media mouthpiece, The Plain Dealer, has published the expert reports commissioned by the Rice family, which state that the shooting was unreasonable and there was no way Tamir was given any warning to hold up his hands. Even Garmback’s police report states that the windows of the patrol car were up. No longer can the hired hands of the ruling class hide their ugly crimes. The Black Lives Matter movement, supported by people of all nationalities, cannot and will not be stopped. Justice for Tamir Rice and all those killed by racist cops!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pensacola fights anti-abortion terror

first_imgOccupied Muscogee Creek land — Pensacola, Fla. A group of activists, organizers and those in support of reproductive justice held Dec. 27 and Jan. 2 demonstrations at American Family Planning, a reproductive health clinic that provides abortion. The community gathered to oppose anti-abortion reactionaries, who have been terrorizing clinic workers, nurses and patients every day. These reactionaries, calling themselves “Abortion Abolitionists,” stand outside of the clinic, barely off the property, holding up photoshopped signs of supposedly aborted fetuses, advertisements for phony “abortion reversal pills” and grotesque anti-Black images of enslaved people — comparing them and the entire history of African slavery to aborted fetuses. This ignores the fact that it was forced pregnancy and reproduction by rape that white-enslaver plantation owners used to make obscene profits from the very bodies of Black women. There is no fence around the clinic currently, so the reactionaries are free to stand in full view of the clinic and scream at anyone going in, for up to 10 hours a day. Those getting the procedure have to walk by this abuse, and those there to drop people off have to either drive away or sit in their car with the windows rolled up to shut out the hatred. On Dec. 27 a group of 15 clinic defenders showed up to protest the anti-choice reactionaries and show support for clinic workers, nurses and patients. The 5 ½ hour-action was organized by the Central Gulf Coast branch of Workers World Party. Clinic supporters held signs that said “Abortion is a human right!” and “Pro-life? Then go protest at an ICE detention camp!” The bigoted reactionaries attempted to intimidate clinic defenders by filming them and taking pictures of their cars and license plates. They even went so far as to post the photos on Facebook and call other reactionaries for backup.But their intimidation tactics failed. Around lunch time, a patient, who had come to the clinic for a procedure, surprised the clinic defenders by ordering pizza for all of them! A few minutes later, clinic workers also ordered pizza for the defenders as a way of saying “thank you.” Coincidentally, the first pizza delivery driver who showed up supported the defenders and took a few minutes to argue with the anti-choice reactionaries, before going back to work in a blaze of working-class solidarity. Another clinic defense was announced by WWP-CGC for 8 a.m. Jan. 2. But in secret on that day, members of the branch organized a small caravan of pro-choice activists to arrive at the clinic at 6:00 a.m. The supporters used their cars to take up all the parking spots on public property, just outside the clinic, where the anti-abortion reactionaries typically park. This left the bigots nowhere to park close by, forcing them to walk for a distance to do their harassing.That day’s protest lasted 8 ½ hours,with many more people coming in support of reproductive rights. Backing up the anti-abortion harassers was a fascistic former state representative. The clinic allowed the WWP-CGC branch to hang a large banner on the side of its building that read: “Abortion is a human right! Support nurses/clinic workers!”Clinic workers again surprised their defenders by ordering lunch for everyone. The nurses and clinic workers kept repeating how shocked they were to see such a big turn out for the pro-choice community. That day some of those waiting for their friends and family to have a procedure sat outside the clinic with the defenders, not feeling so pushed around by the screaming of the right-wing, reactionary bigots. Long, violent history of anti-abortion terrorPensacola has a long history of anti-abortion violence against clinics, doctors and escorts dating back to 1984, when the “Ladies Center” (now American Family Planning) was bombed twice in the same year. It was first destroyed by a pipe bomb in June 1984, and then it was bombed again that year on Christmas Day — with a message that the second bombing was “a gift to Jesus on his birthday.” On March 10, 1993, “Christian” terrorist Michael Frederick Griffin shot and killed Dr. David Gunn at the now-defunct Pensacola Women’s Medical Services clinic. This was the first documented murder of an ob-gyn specialist in the U.S., where the killer’s stated intention was to prevent the doctor from performing abortions. Griffin was sentenced to life in prison where he remains today. The murder was followed by a letter published by thirty anti-abortion extremists, led by right-wing reactionary Paul Jennings Hill, stating that the murder of doctors who performed abortions was justified.In 1994, anti-abortion terrorist Hill himself murdered Dr. John Britton — Dr. Gunn’s replacement — along with his bodyguard James Barrett, outside the Ladies Center. Hill was arrested, tried and executed in 2003. In 2012, Bobby Joe Rogers, another anti-abortion terrorist, firebombed the American Family Planning clinic at its current location, gutting the entire facility. He received 10 years in prison and is expected to be released next year. Abortion must be accessible! As for people getting access to abortion in Florida, besides the right-wing reactionary anti-abortion mobs, there remains the fact that, state-by-state over the decades, many aspects of the 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade have been limited. For instance, one person at the clinic to get an abortion stated to Workers World that they had driven to Pensacola from Louisiana, since that state’s reactionary anti-abortion laws would have meant they would have had to wait for the procedure. For some people, having to wait means they would then be beyond the legal limit for having an abortion in their state. Additionally, abortions cost around $500, making them unaffordable for a lot of working-class people. While the right to abortion has not been absolutely overturned in the U.S., the anti-abortion campaign over the years has made it almost impossible for most low-income people to get accessible, affordable, safe abortions near where they live. The struggle to make abortion accessible, safe and free must and will continue. Likewise, so will the struggle to keep the patients, nurses, and clinic workers safe from right-wing reactionaries. Devin Cole is a transgender Marxist organizer and writer. They are the president of Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative), a transgender advocacy organization in northwest Florida, and a member of the Workers World Party – Central Gulf Coast (Alabama, Florida and Mississippi) branch. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Biodiesel is Good for U.S. Soybean Farmers

first_imgHome Energy Biodiesel is Good for U.S. Soybean Farmers Facebook Twitter By Andy Eubank – May 4, 2015 USB with Greg Greving-HATWhether on a farm or in a big city, biodiesel works and benefits U.S. soybean farmers. Biodiesel uses more than 25-percent of the soybean oil processed in the U.S., giving a significant return to soybean farmers.As a self-proclaimed biodiesel junkie since 2005, Nebraska soybean farmer and soy checkoff farmer-leader Greg Greving says the proof is there that biodiesel has helped the bottom lines of U.S. soybean farmers.“There was a study done a few years ago that the amount of biodiesel that’s been put on the market has added about 74 cents a bushel to every bushel of soybeans that’s sold here in the United States. So, you do the math.”Whether in the Midwest or on the east or west coast, biodiesel demand from various customers brings economic benefits back to U.S. soybean farmers.U.S. soybean farmers have supported the biodiesel industry’s growth through the soy checkoff, which continues supporting biodiesel research and education conducted by the National Biodiesel Board.For more information on the benefits of biodiesel, visit WWW.UNITEDSOYBEAN.ORG. Biodiesel is Good for U.S. Soybean Farmers SHARE Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleNetflix to Stream Farmland Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more