G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) 2007 Annual Report

first_imgG4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Support Services sector has released it’s 42007 annual report.For more information about G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw)  42007 annual report.Company ProfileG4S (Botswana) Limited provides security solutions for individual and business needs in Botswana. It operates in the following sectors: Manned Security provides integrated security solutions to airports, energy, mining, construction, custodial services, cash solutions, hospitality and financial institutions; Security Systems provides a service to monitor alarms, electric fences, fire alarms, medical emergency alarms, illegal access signals, vehicle tracking, low battery power alerts, remote panic buttons, CCTV remote images and fleet management services; Facilities Management provides a service for rent collection, utilities and services, inspecting and maintaining properties, and maintenance services which include electrical, plumbing, carpentry and building services; Cleaning Services provides contract cleaning services for offices, shopping malls, banks, schools and universities. G4S (Botswana) Limited is a subsidiary of G4S International 105 (UK) Limited.last_img read more

United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) Q12015 Interim Report

first_imgUnited Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: United Bank for Africa PLC (UBA.ng)  2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileUnited Bank of Africa Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services to the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company provides a full-service product offering ranging from transactional accounts, overdrafts and mortgage finance to domiciliary deposits, treasury services, asset management services, bonds, money market deposits and risk management solutions. United Bank of Africa Plc supports the agricultural sector through an agricultural credit support scheme which includes agro processing, an outgrowers scheme, equipment and mechanisation scheme and a tree crops replacement scheme. Founded in 1948, the company  now has an extensive network of some 1 000 branches in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. United Bank of Africa Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

No savings at 40? 3 myths that hold investors back

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Enter Your Email Address Paul Summers | Sunday, 28th February, 2021 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. No savings at 40? 3 myths that hold investors back While the stellar recovery in share prices over the last few months has generated more interest in the stock market, I’d bet that many in the UK who could start building a decent nest egg will still refrain from doing so. Here are what I believe to be some of the most prevalent reasons for this and why these ‘myths’ are simply wrong.1. “I’m not rich enough”The idea that in order to make money from investing, a person already needs to be wealthy is completely false. These days, it’s possible for anyone to begin investing by opening a Stocks and Shares ISA and contributing as little as £25 a month.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…Sure, that still requires sacrifice. However, automating savings in such a way that this amount is moved to the ISA on the same day a person gets paid takes the sting out of it. After a few months, it may not even register.Of course, buying shares every month will still cost money in the form of commissions paid to brokers. Again, there’s a way of minimising the pain involved by taking advantage of that broker’s regular investing service. Here, shares are purchased on set days every month. Depending on the broker, this can actually reduce fees to zero! 2. “Investing is too hard”Actually, investing doesn’t need to be difficult at all. Like most things, it depends on the way we approach it.Yes, becoming a successful active investor who picks their own stocks can take effort and a willingness to do ongoing research. Regardless of the potential benefits to one’s net worth, that clearly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.Fortunately, there’s more than one way to make money from the stock market. One alternative is to buy a group of ‘active’ or ‘passive’ funds. This reduces risk by spreading money around more stocks and requires minimal maintenance on the part of the investor. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the hardest part of investing is behavioural. In other words, it’s about learning to manage one’s emotions, specifically greed and fear, and not allowing them to dictate financial decisions. As experienced market participants will know, doing as little as possible is often the best strategy.3. “I’m too old to start”To stand a better chance of becoming wealthy from the stock market, it certainly pays to begin as early in life as possible. This is because a longer time horizon allows someone to benefit more from the ‘magic’ that is compounding (earning interest on interest).That said, there’s a good chance someone in middle age with no prior savings at all can still do well. Investing £25 per month for 30 years — a realistic time period for someone in their 40s — could see them accumulate a little over £28,000.Although likely requiring more risk, this end result would be even higher if this person were able to achieve an annualised return above 7%. As someone in my 40s, this is something I’m trying to do myself. My personal strategy is to invest a good proportion of my money in small-cap companies. These have a better chance of growing at a faster clip than your typical FTSE 100 giant. Put simply, age should not be considered a barrier to successful investing. Like most things, the key is to get started!  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. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free.center_img See all posts by Paul Summers 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Image source: Getty Images FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Paul Summers has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the 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.last_img read more

Highlanders vs Chiefs Highlights – Super Rugby 2013 Round 2

first_imgFriday Feb 22, 2013 Highlanders vs Chiefs Highlights – Super Rugby 2013 Round 2 Highlights of an incredible start to the Super Rugby Round 2 weekend, as the Highlanders hosted the Chiefs in Dunedin for what was a high scoring affair at the Forsyth Barr Stadium.Please note: These are just quickfire highlights. If you have any specific requests from the match, get in touch via email, or drop us a Tweet or Facebook post.Time: 03:57Credit: 187prettyboyADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Super Rugby 2013 Related Articles 410 WEEKS AGO The Chiefs celebrate Super Rugby victory… 410 WEEKS AGO The Chiefs go back-to-back with Super Rugby… 411 WEEKS AGO Brumbies snatch victory from Bulls to reach… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

House on the Bluffs / Taylor Smyth Architects

first_img Projects House on the Bluffs / Taylor Smyth Architects CopyHouses•Toronto, Canada ArchDaily Photographs House on the Bluffs / Taylor Smyth ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse on the Bluffs / Taylor Smyth Architects Save this picture!© Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.+ 14 Share Architects: Taylor Smyth Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” 2011 Canada CopyAbout this officeTaylor Smyth ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesTorontoHousesCanadaPublished on September 26, 2011Cite: “House on the Bluffs / Taylor Smyth Architects” 26 Sep 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodWood Siding in KSR Villa BodrumWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalVentilated / Double Skin FacadeSTAC BONDAssembly Systems – GluedLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxUrban ApplicationsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPublic Safety Answering Center II Envelope SystemPodsTrimoModular Space SolutionsHanging LampsAxolightPendant Lights – HoopsStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneVentilated / Double Skin FacadeULMA Architectural SolutionsPaper Facade Panel in Nokia LibraryCabinetsburgbadWall Cabinet – Sys30AcousticUnika VaevAcoustics – Ecoustic® Foliar TileMore 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 Area:  2300 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/171029/house-on-the-bluffs-taylor-smyth-architects Clipboard Photographs:  Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.Text description provided by the architects. Perched on the edge of the Scarborough Bluffs, the dramatic views afforded by this site encompass lake and sky through the tall trunks of mature trees. The foundations of the owner’s childhood home have been reused to create a new residence that celebrates this spectacular location. This allowed us to leave the trees, some of which are growing very close to the house, untouched. Save this picture!© Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.Viewed from the street, the house is a simple stucco box distinguished by a screen of vertical channel glass that provides privacy while allowing diffuse natural light into the stair, guest bathroom and master bathroom. At night it glows like an oversized lantern. Save this picture!© Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.Ontario Algonquin limestone wraps from the front wall around to the recessed entrance and then reappears inside, establishing a recurring theme of blurring the distinction between outside and inside. The same material reappears within the two storey living room. Save this picture!© Ben Rahn / A-Frame Inc.The rear of the house, facing Lake Ontario, dissolves completely into a two storey wall of glass, punctured by the volume of the master bedroom that cantilevers out from over the dining room below. This volume is distinguished by a cladding of charcoal coloured fibre cement panels, both inside and out. A long linear skylight runs along this volume, further splitting it off from the rest of the house and washing natural light deep into the space between the open living and dining room.Save this picture!SketchProject gallerySee allShow lessRensselaer Polytechnic Institute Fall 2011 Lecture SeriesArticles2011 ECCS Structural Steel Design Award / JDS ArchitectsArticles Share Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/171029/house-on-the-bluffs-taylor-smyth-architects Clipboard “COPY”last_img read more

Namly House / CHANG Architects

first_imgArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/439088/namly-house-chang-architects Clipboard Namly House / CHANG Architects Namly House / CHANG ArchitectsSave this projectSaveNamly House / CHANG ArchitectsSave this picture!© Albert Lim K.S.Houses•Singapore 2012 Area:  561 m² Area:  561 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyStructural Engineer:City-Tech AssociatesContractor:Kian Huat Decoration Construction Pte LtdLandscape Specialist:Greenscape Pte LtdCarpenter:East Interior Pte LtdCountry:SingaporeMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Albert Lim K.S.Recommended ProductsDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumDoorsJansenDoors – Folding and SlidingCeramicsApariciPorcelain Tiles – TangoA House for Multi-Generation Living  Peter and Lucy wanted to house three generations under one roof, to enjoy grandparenthood without having to compromise on freedom, differing needs and the privacy of each generation. Peter is a fan of concrete architecture, and wanted a tropical house in reinforced concrete, a deck where he could rest and gaze upon the scenery of the neighbourhood, internal walls finished in white putty , minimum frontal openings for privacy and noise control. In addition, his wish list included :“1 house yet 2 homesSimple yet beautifulFront yet backTropical yet cool n breezyNatural yet tastefulRaw yet elegantIndoor yet outdoor/in touch with natureSmall yet spaciousMinimal yet more than enoughLess yet more”Save this picture!© Albert Lim K.S.In this region, the tropical house is commonly characterised by these elements : Deep overhang eaves, sun-shading screens, louvers, extensive usage of timbers, etc. This house thus allowed for a reinterpretation of the tropical house; one that addresses the family’s needs, yet relates appropriately to the site context and the tropical climate. Save this picture!ElevationsEntry to the interior is a procession through a vestibule, then greeted by a cascading water feature. Integrated with the car porch, this water feature collects rainwater and serves as a natural cooling agent for the spaces, a green oasis and a backdrop for the thoroughfare. Wind drawn into the interior from above and below the stepped features gets cooled. The other end of this thoroughfare is Peter’s deck, which opens to a panoramic view of the neighbourhood. Diagrammatically, this is the communal spine, with the bed rooms and utilitarian spaces along its sides. This is the common gathering space, the children’s playground, and a wind tunnel for the NE/SW monsoons. The interior, insulated by the thermal mass of the reinforced concrete walls, remains cool at all times. In the afternoon heat, the interior temperature is two to three degrees lower than the outdoors. Within the monolithic structures, spaces are day lit, and crafted by varying day-lighting strategies and the choice of landscape elements.Save this picture!© Albert Lim K.S.Landscape is integral of the architectural design to complement the raw concrete, and to address the heat island effect as a result of the concrete surfaces. Specific plant/tree species serve their respective roles as sun-shades, visual cues (e.g. coral tree), space definers (bird next ferns, dracaena), connectors (scheffleras), for sensory-enhancements (pandan leaf), for therapeutic purposes (eucalyptus, melaleuca), and for food (chillies, kangkong, ladies’ fingers). A rain-harvesting system is incorporated for auto-irrigation of the landscaped areas. Photographs:  Albert Lim K.S.+ 16 Share Save this picture!© Albert Lim K.S.This house characterises the family. Its solid front belies an interior that is open and transparent; beneath its cold concrete shell is a sanctuary of heart-warming dwelling spaces; and its stoic monolithic presence conceals a constantly cool environment that is responsive to the tropical climate. It is a manifestation of great collaboration between the family and their architect. It demonstrates the potential of housing a multi-generation family serving differing needs and aspirations, in a contemporary tropical setting.Project gallerySee allShow lessSolar Decathlon 2013: Stevens Institute of Technology Places Second in Architecture,…Selected ProjectsHow Much Do Architects Earn Around the World?Architecture News Share Singapore Houses CopyAbout this officeCHANG ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesSingaporePublished on October 18, 2013Cite: “Namly House / CHANG Architects” 18 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldChoosing the Skyfold Wall for Your SpaceGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ GeometricShower ColumnshansgroheShoulder ShowersPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesMorin Corp.Metal Wall Systems – ExposedStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Dekton® Stonika SeriesConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsHanging LampsLouis PoulsenPendant Lights – KeglenDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame SlopeThermalSchöckMinimizing Thermal Bridges in BalconiesWindowspanoramah!®ah! Ultra MinimalistEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreWork ChairsDynamobelWork Chair – SLAT 16More products »Save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 Year:  “COPY” Architects: CHANG Architects Area Area of this architecture project Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/439088/namly-house-chang-architects Clipboard “COPY” Projects Photographs 2012last_img read more

2628 Sister House / Pranala Associates

first_img2628 Sister House / Pranala AssociatesSave this projectSave2628 Sister House / Pranala Associates CopyHouses•Bandung, Indonesia Photographs Year:  CopyAbout this officePranala AssociatesOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBandungIndonesiaPublished on July 01, 2015Cite: “2628 Sister House / Pranala Associates” 01 Jul 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogVentilated / Double Skin FacadeTechnowoodClick Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownAcousticKvadrat AcousticsAcoustic Panel System in AMOREPACIFIC HeadquartersStonesCosentinoSilestone® Surfaces – Loft SeriesWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodLightsLouis PoulsenOutdoor Lighting – Flindt PlazaTiles / Mosaic / GresiteLove TilesPorcelain Tiles – NestAluminium CompositesMetawellAluminum Panels for Interior DesignMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Double Lock Standing SeamStoolsWilkhahnOffice Stool – Aline-SBulbs / Spots / Wall LightsUniosHorticultural Luminaire – Kobe FloMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?2628姐妹别墅 / Pranala Associates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 photographs:  Hamdan Hidayat, M. Ifran Nurdin Photographs:  Hamdan Hidayat, M. Ifran Nurdin Save this picture!© M. Ifran NurdinText description provided by the architects. This modern house is actually two houses being designed as one building. Two families live there. It was built in 2011 to 2013 on a relatively even site of 597 square metres and designed in accordance to the Owner’s wishes, that is, to become a manageable, compact and harmonious house.Save this picture!© Hamdan HidayatManageable means that the house has a hierarchical room programming according to the public, semi-private and private areas. The private area are on the upper floor whereas the ground floor is made to accommodate semi-private activities such as dining and family gathering on each house. The courtyard is meant as a public area as well as an intermediary between the houses.Save this picture!First Floor PlanCompact means that it has a linear room organization and all rooms are facing the courtyard. Even the entrance to these houses is part of the courtyard’s terrace. This courtyard is also to allow maximum natural light and air into each house while the terrace becomes an intermediation between public and semi-private areas.Save this picture!© Hamdan HidayatHaving a limitation of void as a green open space, the concept of green wall or vertical garden is applied in combination with a pond to bring cosiness. Ulin wood is placed for floor covering that connects the two houses to bring more tropical nuance while the green wall is to reduce the heat of sunlight from the West. To unite all elements of exterior, interior and landscape, we combines variety of materials such as wood, marble, travertine, basalt stone, iron and cement.Save this picture!© Hamdan HidayatOpenings at the frontage are limited due to its orientation towards the West. However, the facade is made under a singular concept so as to look like a compact building.Save this picture!© M. Ifran NurdinProject gallerySee allShow lessMargaret Court Arena Redevelopment / NH Architecture + PopulousSelected ProjectsCentre for Urban Design and Mental Health Launch Event and ReceptionEvent Share Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/769442/2628-sisterhouse-pranala-associates Clipboard Indonesia Projects 2628 Sister House / Pranala Associates Area:  597 m² Area:  597 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: Pranala Associates Area Area of this architecture project 2013 2013 “COPY” Save this picture!© Hamdan Hidayat+ 21 Share ArchDaily “COPY” Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/769442/2628-sisterhouse-pranala-associates Clipboardlast_img read more

Philadelphia taxi drivers demand a living

first_imgHundreds of Philadelphia taxi and limousine drivers blocked traffic around City Hall and snarled Center City traffic for an hour and a half as they honked their horns Dec. 16. They were protesting the failure of city officials to properly enforce licensing and insurance laws against UberX and Lyft drivers, allowing those illegally unregulated businesses to undermine the ability of taxi drivers to make a living. They were demanding “no more apathy from our public officials” and “a roundtable meeting on the record” with the district attorney, current Mayor Michael Nutter, incoming Mayor Jim Kenny and other officials. The protest was organized by a coalition of UberBLACK drivers, taxicab drivers, and other members of the taxi and limousine industry.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Gaza: The unbreakable will to resist

first_imgThe people of Gaza, in a show of their unbreakable will to resist Israeli rule and control their own destiny, have begun a series of demonstrations at the heavily fortified border with Israel that are to continue every Friday until mid-May. The result has already been a historically heroic uprising by Palestinians, young and old, women and men, who are joining the demonstrations by the thousands.It is not only the Israeli government’s murderous repression that has ignited this firestorm of resistance. The Palestinian people know full well that Israel is backed to the hilt by the U.S. imperialist government. Israel has functioned as imperialism’s attack dog against the peoples of the Middle East for decades. Now President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is meant to destroy the possibility — known as the “two-state solution” — of the Palestinians being able to establish a state on any part of the lands stolen from them in 1948.But repression breeds resistance. The people of Gaza are setting an example of fighting back that resonates with so many who are suffering under the current “world order” — a regime dictated by the tiny class of superbillionaires who have sucked the wealth out of oppressed nations and peoples all over the globe.The Palestinians have put their bodies on the line, even at the very real risk of being shot down by Israeli soldiers.Protests continue despite murderous repressionOn March 30, at the first protest, 17 unarmed Gazans were killed and hundreds were injured as Israeli troops used live ammunition and tear gas against the demonstrators. That date is known as “Land Day.” It marks the deaths in 1976 of six Palestinians who had been protesting the Israeli government’s seizure of agricultural land from people who had farmed it for generations.At the second protest on April 6, some 20,000 Gazans gathered at the border. Israeli troops shot and killed nine of the protesters, one of them only 14 years old. This time some of the youths burned tires, hoping the dense smoke would shield them from Israeli snipers.Among those shot and killed was Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja, who was covering the protests while wearing a vest showing the word “PRESS” in huge letters. Murtaja, 30 years old, was born in Gaza and had never been allowed to travel outside by the Israelis.The weekly protests, known collectively as the Great March of Return, are planned to continue until May 15, when the Palestinian people will be commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the Catastrophe. The Nakba occurred in 1948 when some 700,000 Palestinians were brutally evicted from their homes by Zionist armed gangs, incited by the U.S. and European imperialist governments. Today, two-thirds of the Palestinians in Gaza are descendants of those made refugees in 1948.Gaza is a small strip of land along the Mediterranean Sea, less than half the area of New York City. Some 200,000 Palestinians are forced to live within its borders under the most intolerable conditions. They are trapped there by an Israeli land, sea and air blockade, and few are ever allowed to leave. Most are city dwellers, but some have small farms that attempt to supply food to the population.After 10 years of blockade, some 80 percent of the people there are dependent on humanitarian assistance for their very survival.Rejecting Israeli claims that the protesters were coerced by the Palestinian organization Hamas, one British paper described the conditions in Gaza: “Nor could demonstrators have been persuaded to participate in these numbers were it not for the hopelessness they feel after 11 years that have seen them suffer three bloody wars, an Israeli-Egyptian border closure, and an Israeli blockade that has imploded Gaza’s economy. There is despair over the undrinkable tap water, the four hours of electricity, the shortage of medicines and the relentless increasing unemployment rate among one of the most educated peoples in the Arab world. Over 60 percent of under-25s are unemployed.” (The Guardian, April 8)End the occupation! Free Palestine now!Over the last decade, resistance to Israel has grown with each new atrocity.In 2008, Israel launched a full-blown invasion of Gaza in which more than 1,400 Palestinians were killed.In February 2010, nine pro-Palestinian activists were killed when Israeli commandos raided a Gaza-bound flotilla trying to bring aid in defiance of the blockade. The Israeli attack left a trail of dead and wounded among the 600 activists on the ship, the Mavi Marmara.In November 2012, an Israeli missile strike killed Hamas commander Ahmed Jaabari in Gaza City, sparking a confrontation in which 174 Palestinians died.In July 2014, Israel launched another air and ground offensive against Gaza that killed 2,100 Palestinians, including 495 children.Not all Israelis support these murderous acts. The human rights group B’Tselem is urging soldiers to disobey any orders to shoot at unarmed civilians. Three Israeli experts on international law have agreed that firing on unarmed protesters is illegal.On May 15, Palestinians will commemorate the Nakba. On May 16, the U.S. government will move its embassy to Jerusalem. There will undoubtedly be massive demonstrations by Palestinians on these days, not just in Gaza but all over the world. Everyone who is for the rights of the oppressed should be there.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

COVID crisis exposes prison profiteers

first_imgFood Not Bombs Solidarity launches campaign against prison profiteers outside Aramark in Philadelphia, March 15. Credit: WW photo, Joe PietteBy Cindy Lou Miller “If you want to understand any problem in America, you need to focus on who profits from that problem, not who suffers from that problem.” — Dr. Amos Wilson. (tinyurl.com/utdbphu6)One of the main rules of caution about avoiding COVID-19 has been social distancing, which has proven to be impossible in crammed jails and double-celled prisons. The guards have brought the virus in from the outside world.Prison abolitionists across the country have been frustrated by the miniscule release rate of incarcerated people. Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf promised the release of 1,800, but only released 159. Bruce Norris was paroled from SCI Phoenix in December 2020 after serving 45 years. His commutation papers sat unsigned on Wolf’s desk for a week. While waiting, Norris contracted COVID-19 and died.Protest marches, car caravans, vigils, legislative visits, Zoom meetings, phone zaps and letter writing campaigns have been held, raising that release is the answer to stem the prison spread of COVID — all to little avail. Food Not Bombs Solidarity, a group of activists inspired by the research of an incarcerated member, held a demonstration outside Aramark headquarters in Philadelphia. They decided that exposing and naming some of the corporations the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections contracts to provide the services used by incarcerated people might help up the ante.Aramark is the shameful company that provides shoddy meals consisting of low-grade, poorly prepared “food” for 99 cents a portion. Aramark also contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention camps, hospitals and colleges. For workers at Aramark, average pay is $11 per hr. The multibillion dollar company has been sued many times in the last 20 years — all over the country.The Company StoreTo supplement the lousy quality and limited portions of Aramark meals, incarcerated workers, with wages as low as 19 cents an hour, are forced to use the prison commissary. This harkens back to the sharecroppers and coal miners who were forced to use the “company store.” If they lack the funds, they must rely on family members — meaning that families are forced to subsidize the prison system.All items must come from the commissaries, notorious for highly inflated prices. In many states prison commissaries are operated by private companies. Keefe Group and Oasis Management Systems are two used in many Pennsylvania prisons and jails. These private companies often pay a portion of their profits back to the host prison.The high cost of contactIncarcerated persons and their families are forced to pay outrageous per-minute prices for phone calls. Securus Technologies, which controls the phone service, has faced numerous lawsuits. Tom Gore, investor in Securus and multimillionaire owner of the Detroit Pistons, was recently called out by Black Lives Matter activists, who demanded he pay reparations to their community after scamming hundreds of dollars through these predatory phone charges. Calls are also recorded.In August 2018, the PA DOC falsely claimed that drugs were being sent through the mail. In a no-bid contract, DOC Secretary John Wetzel immediately hired Smart Communications to handle mail. Letters and cards are now sent to the company’s processing facility in Florida, where they are photocopied. The people they were intended for are sent copies, while the original letter is on record. Smart Communications is paid $4 million a year to maintain a searchable database called MailGuard, which not only tracks incarcerated people but their friends, family and anyone sending them mail. (tinyurl.com/353skxsb)Pennsylvania incarcerated workers are also charged an average of 25 cents per email by Global Tele Link, whose transmission and delivery times are measured in days. Tablets to send email must be purchased at the commissaries at pumped-up prices. All emails are recorded.Pennsylvania prisons have used the COVID-19 pandemic to eliminate in-person contact visits. They initially provided free Zoom visits. However, since Zoom would not record the calls, the DOC switched to Polycom, which records all visits.Death by medical neglectNotorious for their shoddy services, Wellpath and Corizon are two of the corporations contracted to provide health care on a by-the-hour basis. Doctors and nurses — who visit the facilities only once or twice a week — are mandated to spend a certain amount of time with a patient, who is charged $5 per visit. Aspirin is usually the prescribed medical remedy at 10 for an additional $5.Many medical personnel people have refused to believe the cries for help or offer treatment to incarcerated people. When it is offered it is usually substandard. It is no coincidence that many of our elders and political prisoners suffer from cancer.When Mumia Abu-Jamal contracted hepatitis C, SCI Mahanoy prison refused to administer the treatment until they were sued and ordered by the court to do so. Poor quality food, air and water caused MOVE 9 member Delbert Africa to contract cancer. Released in January 2020 after 42 years, his treatment had been so terribly botched that it could not be reversed. He died 6 months later. Many political prisoners have died mysteriously in prison or soon after their release. We call this death by medical neglect.By contracting with outside companies, the PA DOC insures itself against litigation and grievances. If sued, they simply refer the matter to said corporation, who usually has plenty of funds and lawyers on staff. Also, much of this info is hidden — these corporations are protected by nondisclosure clauses in their contracts.  The DOC also benefits from kickbacks contained in some of these contracts.We challenge and call out these profiteers who drain resources from our incarcerated loved ones and their families. We call out the systemic racism built into the “injustice” system. We are still building our campaign and deciding next moves, but putting out information about these leeches is a strong first step.Miller is a prison abolitionist and organizer with Food Not Bombs Solidarity and Mobilization4Mumia.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more