Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) 2007 Annual Report

first_imgDelta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2007 annual report.For more information about Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Delta Corporation Limited (DLTA.zw)  2007 annual report.Company ProfileDelta Corporation Limited manufacturers and markets international and locally-produced beverages in Zimbabwe. It operates in four segments: non-alcoholic beverages, sparkling beverages, lager beers and traditional beers. Brands in its non-alcoholic range are a flavoured maize drink called Shumba Maheu, and a flavoured drinking yoghurt called Supersip Yogurt. The sparkling beverages division operates two bottling plants and one canning plant; bottling and distributing popular cool drink brands sold worldwide by the Coca-Cola Company, a range of drink mixes and an energy drink called Burn. The lager beer division operates two breweries; bottling and distributing international brands such as Castle Lite, Miller’s, Peroni, Redds, Brutal Fruit and Sarita. Delta Corporation Limited has a monopoly in the traditional beer market in Zimbabwe with 14 breweries located across the country; brewing and distributing a well-known sorghum beer brand called Chibuku. Other subsidiaries have interests in transport and logistics, barley and sorghum malting, food processing, packaging, retailing wines and spirits, recycling, tin can production and leadership training. Delta Corporation Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) 2015 Annual Report

first_imgRainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2015 annual report.For more information about Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Rainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG.zw)  2015 annual report.Company ProfileRainbow Tourism Group Limited (RTG) is a well-established tourism and hospitality management company in Zimbabwe, with an extensive portfolio of owner-managed or leased hotels and conference facilities in Zimbabwe and Mozambique, aswell as a tour operator company. RTG operators in two sectors; Zimbabwe and Outside Zimbabwe. Its marketing and channel management division operates out of South Africa. Well-known hotels in its portfolio include Rainbow Towers Hotel and Conference Centre, A’Zambezi River Lodge, Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel, Bulawayo Rainbow Hotel, Kadoma Hotel and Conference Centre, New Ambassador Hotel, Rainbow Beitbridge Hotel and Rainbow Hotel Mozambique. Rainbow Tourism Group Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Forget buy-to-let! I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 stocks today to make a million

first_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Peter Stephens | Wednesday, 26th February, 2020 | More on: NXT ULVR Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Peter Stephens 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Forget buy-to-let! I’d buy these 2 FTSE 100 stocks today to make a million I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Peter Stephens owns shares of Unilever. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Unilever. 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. Investing in buy-to-let has been a popular means of generating high returns in the past. For many investors, it’s enabled them to generate seven-figure wealth due to rising house prices and low interest rates.However, an uncertain economic outlook and rising taxes mean that the future for buy-to-let investors could be somewhat challenging. As such, now may be the right time to buy FTSE 100 shares which appear to offer long-term growth potential. Here are two such companies that could increase your chances of making a million in the coming years.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…UnileverConsumer goods giant Unilever (LSE: ULVR) has experienced an uncertain period of late. Its fourth quarter results were slightly disappointing, while the spread of coronavirus seems likely to negatively impact on its financial performance in the current year.As such, its share price has fallen by around 18% over the past five months. In the near term, a further decline would be unsurprising, since investors may demand a wider margin of safety, due to the potential for further disruption from the coronavirus outbreak.However, in the long run, Unilever seems to be well-placed to capitalise on emerging market growth due to its exposure to fast-growing economies. It’s also becoming increasingly focused on sustainability, with its brands likely to remain highly relevant and popular as consumer tastes evolve.Therefore, while the stock trades on a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 19, which is lower than it has been in the past, it could offer long-term investment potential. Its bottom line is forecast to rise by 7% in the current year and next, which suggests it has the potential to deliver a successful share price recovery in the coming years following its recent fall.NextAnother FTSE 100 share which faces a challenging operating environment is fashion retail giant Next (LSE: NXT). Weak consumer confidence, changing consumer tastes, new technology and an uncertain UK economic outlook have contributed to a general slowdown in the retail sector over recent years.However, Next reported in its Christmas trading statement that its sales over the festive period were 1.1% higher than its internal forecast at 5.2%. This provides further evidence the business is able to outperform many of its retail sector peers, having a strong track record over the past couple of decades in adapting to changing consumer tastes and difficult market conditions.Its investment in online sales could provide a growth catalyst over the long run. Although it now trades on a P/E ratio of 13.7 following its buoyant share price performance over recent months, Next seems to be well-placed to generate improving profitability over the long run. As such, now could be the right time to buy a slice of the business while investor sentiment towards the wider retail sector continues to be weak.last_img read more

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Elite referee Wayne Barnes on life as a barrister

first_img Elite referee Wayne Barnes on life as a barristerWe’re used to seeing Wayne Barnes dressed in rugby kit with a whistle in hand, but when he greets us at reception in The Shard he’s wearing a shirt and tie with an access pass in hand.Should anyone he works with at Fulcrum Chambers, which is housed within the London landmark, forget what Barnes’s other job is, though, a regular reminder has been left by the former office manager. The screensavers on all the computers are photos of the international referee in a variety of kits.Rugby World has come to meet Barnes on a weekday evening – less chance of a ribbing from his workmates if the office is empty while we take photos, although he has received plenty of advice on how he should pose and smile. We want to know how he juggles life as a top rugby official while also working as a barrister – not to mention the fact he also has two young children, Juno, three, and Beau, one, with wife Polly.So what is an average week like? “On Monday and Tuesday we’ll do reviews and training as a referees group,” the 39-year-old says. “On Wednesday I try to be in the chambers in town most of the time. Then it depends what the weekend is looking like. If it’s a Premiership game, I’ll likely be in chambers on Thursday too; if it’s a European week I’ll probably be travelling. It’s important to get away from rugby at times and this (being a barrister) is a good way to switch off.”Related: Downtime with French referee Jerome GarcesBarnes didn’t plan for his life to pan out like this. He only took up refereeing after suffering an injury in his teens and being encouraged to pick up the whistle by a teacher. When he realised you got a couple of free pints, he became more interested! It was law he studied at university and a career as a barrister he pursued after graduating, but as he started to progress up the ranks as a referee the RFU offered to employ him in 2005. He’s now refereed more Premiership games than any other official, taken charge of 80 Tests and was the man in the middle for this year’s European Champions Cup final. If England don’t reach next year’s World Cup final, he will surely be one of the front-runners to referee that match too.Official work: Barnes refereeing France against WalesWhile his life is clearly busy – he’s currently darting between the northern and southern hemispheres to officiate in the Rugby Championship – he believes his parallel careers complement each other. “If I go back to the days when I was wearing a wig and gown, I was cross-examining people in court and dealing with people in stressful situations and pressured environments – a client may have been about to get a reasonable sentence and I’m working in their best interests. That advocacy is hugely transferable. It’s how to talk to people.“As a barrister you have to be able to pick out key facts, whether prosecuting or defending. It’s attention to detail and picking out the relevant facts – again that’s transferable. Analysing legal text is part of both jobs – knowing the law.”These days, Barnes is making his point on rugby pitches more often than in courtrooms as his chambers specialises in bribery and corruption so the work is more “paper based”. Fulcrum works with multinational companies and advise the boards on how to run internal investigations and assess the tender process for overseas contracts, where third parties are often involved.Fulcrum is looking to expand into the sporting arena and how to advise governing bodies. It’s a smart move – after all, recent scandals have shown that sport is not immune from corruption, far from it in fact. As Barnes says: “With my understanding of internal investigations and governance, and knowledge of the law, it’s a good next step. Everyone is concerned about governance and integrity, so with my knowledge of both (sport and law) it would be a natural fit.”Special bond: Sharing a hug with Schalk Brits, then of SaracensObviously the chambers will steer clear of rugby organisations to avoid a conflict of interest, but that may change sooner rather than later. Barnes plans to hang up his whistle after Japan 2019 – being selected as one of the referees for what would be his fourth World Cup is a major goal – so he can spend more time with his family and focus on his legal career.“The biggest challenge at the moment is the amount of time away from home. There’s a lot of travel, particularly around World Rugby competitions, and if I go in 2019 I’ll be away for seven weeks. Juno will start school when I’m at the World Cup. FaceTime is a revelation but it’s difficult to be away from the kids.”Not that he doesn’t have a laugh when he’s on refereeing duty. He recalls the officials’ court session at the end of the last World Cup. Nigel Owens was the judge and Barnes, fittingly, was the prosecutor. He even donned his wig for the occasion (sadly he wouldn’t do the same for our photo shoot, saying it was too incongruous to wear it in the office – he had a point!), although he misplaced it on the way back to the hotel. Related: The Television Match Official explained“I didn’t really know where it went but luckily one of the support staff found it outside Madame Tussauds,” he recalls.Close up: Barnes in his office“I think it was at the same time they were helping out another guy who thought Madame Tussauds was our hotel and that Kylie Minogue was waving at him!“We’re all massive rugby fans and having a court session is part and parcel of the World Cup. Everyone forgets we’re a tight bunch as well; we’re our own little team. Craig Joubert, Nigel Owens and I were refereeing on the sevens circuit in 2002, so we’ve grown up with each other. We’re a good bunch of friends and have travelled the world together.”Barnes is also quick to point out the strong relationships referees have with players and coaches. Take Schalk Brits: Barnes sin-binned him in May’s Premiership final – the hooker’s final game for Saracens – but at the end of the game they still shared a hug.Then there’s the Champions Cup final. While Barnes and his assistants sat in their changing room reflecting on the game, there was a knock on the door from Racing 92 lock Donnacha Ryan, who came in to share a few beers, and Leinster prop Tadhg Furlong followed soon after with more beers.“To have a winning and a losing player in our changing room speaks volumes about the game,” says Barnes. “There’s a nice relationship between all of us and we all work together – players, coaches and referees. We can talk about how the game is changing and advancing. It’s great to work with coaches and pick their brains and understand what they think.“It’s not a straightforward game and that’s what I like about it. Coaches can look at the laws and look at a way of adapting their strategy around it to try to stay one step ahead.”It’s this kind of interaction that Barnes believes should encourage more people to go into refereeing. As well as meeting great people, he says there is a lot of fun to be had as a referee and highlights something Ed Morrison has often said to him: “The last laugh is had in the referee’s changing room.”Name of the game: Barnes’s wig has his name – albeit faded – inscribed in itIn terms of advice for those thinking of going down the referee route, he points to the fact he officiated more than 200 games in his first three seasons. Taking charge of that many games allows you to experience myriad situations and quandaries of the law book. After all, the more you do something the quicker you learn and the better you become.As for making calls in a game, Barnes says: “Every time you make a decision do it with a clear mind. You don’t want to worry about your last decision. Also, make decisions on the facts in front of you, not ‘I upset this team last year’ or ‘This could cost the team the match’.”It’s that cool-headed approach that has seen Barnes become arguably the world’s best referee. It’s hard to think of anyone who would have handled that incredible 100-minute game in Paris during the 2017 Six Nations better, calling on all his legal expertise, rugby and otherwise, to deal with France’s questionable actions around front-row replacements at the end of the game.He may be entering the final stretch of his refereeing career – a decision he no doubt made with a clear mind – but there are still plenty of big occasions on the horizon, not least that World Cup in Japan. Then, as we enter 2020, the shirt and tie rather than the rugby kit will become his more common uniform. Impressive view: Referee Wayne Barnes in his office at The Shard This feature first appeared in Rugby world magazine in September.Don’t forget to follow Rugby World on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news in rugby.center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Elite referee Wayne Barnes gives Rugby World an insight into the other side of his life as a barrister. This feature first appeared in Rugby world magazine in September.last_img read more

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‘Kids 4 Peace’ brings Muslims, Jews and Christians to Camp…

first_img Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem By Luke BlountPosted Jul 23, 2012 Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Belleville, IL Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI July 23, 2012 at 7:21 pm I would love to see this article formatted into one of the weekly bulletin inserts/bulletin covers. I feel it would help the wider Episcopal audience to appreciate the church’s leadership in pursuing reconciliation among disparate religious groups. 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Curate Diocese of Nebraska Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Tampa, FL Ecumenical & Interreligious Comments (1) Don Hill says: Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Children from the Holy Land and the United States work together to conquer the ropes course at Camp Allen during “Kids 4 Peace” interfaith camp. Photo/Diocese of Texas[Diocese of Texas] Over the past decade, countless conventions, meetings and summits have been held in search of a long-lasting peace between faith communities in Israel and Palestine, but for the children who take part in Kids 4 Peace, the solution seems simple because they experience it every day.Kids 4 Peace is a interfaith program developed through the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and St. George’s College in Jerusalem that brings together Christian, Jewish and Muslim children from the Holy Land and the United States to take part in summer camps. The first camp took place in 2002 at Camp Allen, and 10 years later, Kids 4 Peace returned to the Diocese of Texas to inaugurate an annual gathering for interfaith education.Typically, 12 children, four of each faith, come together from Jerusalem along with 12 from the United States. They live, play, work and worship together for two weeks while exploring their similarities and differences. Currently, Kids 4 Peace has five two-week summer camps across the United States.“Ten years ago we had this dream of a summer camp where children would have the chance to meet each other face-to-face, cross the lines of conflict, learn about each other’s lives and religions and lay the groundwork for a better future,” said the Rev. Josh Thomas, executive director.Looking at the group at Camp Allen in July, it was hard to tell which kids came from which country or religion. They liked the same games, wore the same clothes and spoke at least some English. During dinner one evening, they all sang along to a pop song from the British/Irish band, One Direction, belting out the signature line “You don’t know you’re beautiful” in unison.“We are all friends,” said 12-year-old Eliya, a Jew from Jerusalem. “Jews, Christians, Muslims. That’s how it is supposed to be, so it’s good.”The children spent the week observing the practices of other faiths including Jewish Shabbat prayers, Muslim prayers and an Episcopal Eucharist. After each service, they asked and answered questions to learn more about the three faiths.Building friendships and seeking common ground came easily for the Kids 4 Peace throughout the week. They conquered physical challenges as well as emotional ones. One of the first activities they participated in together was Camp Allen’s challenge course and giant swing. The children had to work together, encourage and help each other to climb obstacles and ride a zip line more than 50 yards.Kids 4 Peace campers engage in discussion with an adult leader. Photo/Diocese of Texas“It’s fun because I’m not thinking, ‘They are not from my religion,’” said Eyal, another 12-year-old Jew from Jerusalem. “I don’t think like that.Crossing cultural barriers is the central theme of the Kids 4 Peace camp, and Thomas sees a uniting principle that all three faiths can rally around.“Kids 4 Peace’s bottom line message is that all the children of Abraham can live together in peace,” Thomas said. “Peace and being a peacemaker is a priority and an imperative of each religious tradition on its own as well as something that is strengthened by our time together.”Throughout the week, the children displayed endless curiosity and love for each other. If one of them upset another, they were quick to forgive and forget. If another needed encouragement, they would gather together to cheer each other on. The ease with which they achieved a common understanding and the joy they expressed at every moment of the day leads one to wonder if these children could teach adults.“Adults could learn that maybe not everyone from a certain place or group is bad,” said 12-year-old Serifat, a Muslim from Houston. “We are just like everybody else.”“A lot of adults are not nice,” Eliya said. “I would just tell them not to behave like that because it’s not nice, and if we keep doing that, the world will never have peace.”“If you are fighting because of different religions, it’s not a good example for anything,” Eyal said. “It’s just not the right thing to do.”The simplicity of their message may seem trite when compared with the complexity of the conflict in Israel and Palestine, but perhaps they are on to something.“I often say the Kids 4 Peace is the closest thing I have experienced to a glimpse at the reign of God,” Thomas said. “The ease at which they come together and form relationships is so natural that it offers a glimpse into human possibility of what we are here on this earth for. It feels as if they have been waiting their whole lives for this chance to be together.”Thomas thinks that peacefulness is the natural state of these children, and if they can harness it at a young age, they can carry it into adulthood with a deeper understanding of what it means to be different, yet so similar. Kids 4 Peace conducts a continuation program in Jerusalem for 13- to 14-year-olds as well as a new leadership program for older teenagers to learn peace building skills as they transition to adulthood.“It is possible to love your enemies,” Thomas said. “It really is possible to cross beyond those things that divide people and learn about one another. We can value each other’s dignity and worth while respecting differences.”Visit the Kids 4 Peace website to learn more about the camps.— Luke Blount is a staff writer and communications specialist for the Diocese of Texas. 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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Submit a Job Listing An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 last_img read more

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Capital One offers £75,000 to renovate a local football pitch

first_imgCapital One offers £75,000 to renovate a local football pitch Howard Lake | 9 December 2013 | News Tagged with: Community fundraising corporate Funding sport Advertisement 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.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  47 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Credit card company Capital One is offering up to £75,000 to renovate a local football club’s pitch plus 10 prizes of up to £5,000 to other local clubs.The Grounds for Improvement competition is open to UK residents who can nominate a ground that needs improving. They need to explain in up to 100 words why the ground should be considered, and upload at least one photograph that illustrates why improvements are needed. Nominations are made via Facebook.You do not have to be a member of a team to make a nomination.Improvements that qualify include:Grass pitches drainage/improvementsPavilions, clubhouses and changing facilitiesSpectator areaExternal areas of the facility, including parking facilities, pedestrian access, access for all, lighting, boundary treatment, security, external fixtures and fittings (signage, litter bins, lamps)Fixed floodlightsArtificial turf pitches and multi-use games areasFacilities – goalposts, pitch lines, corner flags, balls, etc.Nominations will be judged by a panel of judges.The closing date for nominations is midnight on Friday 24 January 2014.Capital One is the official credit card of the Football League.last_img read more

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Brzezinski y las mentiras sobre Afganistán

first_imgLa reciente película titulada “War Machine” (Máquina de guerra), producida por Brad Pitt y lanzada por Netflix, se centra alrededor de un general ególatra que comandaba las fuerzas estadounidenses en Afganistán. Su mensaje se reduce a esta verdad: si invades al país de alguien, ese alguien te va a disparar y a decirte que te vayas.Toda una generación ha crecido desde que la CIA estadounidense comenzó a entrenar y armar a una fuerza de oposición encubierta en Afganistán en 1979. Las primeras fuerzas armadas regulares estadounidenses fueron enviadas allá en el 2001. Desde entonces, cientos de miles de soldados estadounidenses han sido enviados a Afganistán, presuntamente para “ayudar” a una sucesión de gobiernos afganos que fueron instalados por los ocupantes.Esta guerra comenzó bajo Jimmy Carter, un demócrata, y ha continuado a lo largo de los términos de Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush y Barack Obama. Ahora Donald Trump está considerando un aumento en el número de tropas estadounidenses en Afganistán de 8.400 a 50.000. (Bloomberg.com, 17 de mayo)Es la guerra estadounidense más larga de la historia. ¿Por qué?Hoy se supone que es una guerra contra los talibanes, ISIS y Al Qaeda. Pero estos grupos son descendientes de los “militares” que la CIA convirtió por primera vez en unidades de combate contra un gobierno liderado por el Partido Democrático Progresista de Afganistán, que había tomado el poder en 1978.Zbigniew Brzezinski, quien murió el mes pasado a la madura edad de 89 años, fue el principal arquitecto de esa guerra viciada como asesor de seguridad nacional de Carter. Una vez que se supo que la CIA había creado un ejército encubierto en Afganistán, la historia dada por el gobierno de Estados Unidos fue que estaba ayudando al pueblo afgano a resistir una invasión soviética. Esto se convirtió en la razón de una guerra cada vez más sangrienta y costosa que eventualmente derrocó al gobierno progresista de Afganistán.Pero el propio Brzezinski se jactó después de que la operación de la CIA había comenzado seis meses antes de que la Unión Soviética enviara tropas a Afganistán. De hecho, la intervención soviética no fue una “invasión”. El gobierno afgano le había pedido que lo defendiera contra la guerra encubierta de la CIA.Brzezinski se jactó de la verdadBrzezinski reveló esa verdad al periódico francés Le Nouvel Observateur en 1998: “Según la versión oficial de la historia, la ayuda de la CIA a los Muyahidín comenzó en 1980, es decir, después de que el ejército soviético invadiera Afganistán el 24 de diciembre de 1979. Pero la realidad, guardada secretamente hasta ahora, es completamente diferente. De hecho, fue el 3 de julio de 1979, que el presidente Carter firmó la primera directiva de ayuda secreta a los opositores al régimen pro-soviético en Kabul. Y ese mismo día, le escribí una nota al presidente en la que le expliqué que en mi opinión esta ayuda iba a provocar una intervención militar soviética”.Preguntado por el entrevistador si ahora se arrepentía de algo, Brzezinski respondió: “¿arrepentirme de qué? Esa operación secreta fue una idea excelente. Tuvo el efecto de atraer a los rusos a la trampa afgana y quieres que me arrepienta? “(Le Nouvel Observateur, 15-21 de enero de 1998)El director de la CIA Robert M. Gates ya había revelado el momento de la operación encubierta de la CIA en su libro “From the Shadows” (Desde las sombras), publicado por Simon & Schuster en 1996. Gates escribió: “La administración Carter comenzó a estudiar la posibilidad de una ayuda encubierta a los insurgentes que se oponían al gobierno marxista pro-soviético del presidente Taraki a principios de 1979. El 5 de marzo de 1979, la CIA envió varias opciones de acción encubierta relacionadas con Afganistán, al SCC [Comité de Coordinación Especial por las siglas en inglés]. Una reunión del SCC se celebró finalmente el 3 de julio de 1979, y casi seis meses antes de que los soviéticos invadieran Afganistán, Jimmy Carter firmó el primer documento para ayudar encubiertamente a los Muyahidín”.Sin embargo, a pesar de estas admisiones de altos funcionarios del gobierno, la narrativa en los medios estadounidenses sigue siendo que EUA instaló, armó y entrenó a los “Muyahidín” para contrarrestar una “invasión” soviética. ¿Cuáles fueron las verdaderas razones para que EUA gastara miles de millones de dólares y destruyera la mitad del país en un esfuerzo por derrocar al gobierno de Afganistán?Para responder a esa pregunta, ayuda a conocer un poco sobre la historia de Afganistán y cómo se había mantenido independiente durante más de un siglo, incluso cuando las potencias imperialistas europeas y estadounidenses se apoderaron de gran parte de Asia, África y América Latina como colonias o neocolonias.1839-1919: Tres invasiones británicas no logran conquistar AfganistánBretaña, que controlaba la India vecina, invadió Afganistán tres veces – en 1839, 1879 y 1919 – pero no pudo mantener en el poder a un régimen colonial títere. Cada vez, levantamientos populares expulsaron a las tropas británicas. Sin embargo, Londres obligó al gobierno afgano a aceptar la influencia británica sobre su política exterior, y en 1893 los británicos redactaron la línea Durand. Esta división supuestamente temporal se convirtió en la frontera entre Afganistán y la India británica – la parte que hoy es Pakistán.La última invasión, en 1919, provocó un levantamiento que derrocó al gobierno de Habibollah, que había capitulado ante los británicos. Inspirado por el éxito de la Revolución Rusa, el nuevo régimen de Amanollah firmó entonces un tratado de amistad con el gobierno bolchevique, siendo uno de los primeros países en hacerlo. Desde entonces hasta los años 70, Afganistán no se uniría a ninguna alianza militar contra la URSS.1965: PDPA para finalizar feudalismo, ganar derechos de la mujerEl Partido Democrático Progresista de Afganistán se formó en 1965. Su programa era anti feudal e incluyó la reforma agraria, cancelando las deudas de los campesinos, reconociendo los derechos democráticos de la mujer, incluyendo el fin de la dote y el establecimiento de educación y salud abierta para todas las mujeres y los hombres.En la década de 1970, el gobierno afgano de Mohammad Daoud se movía hacia la derecha en su política interna y hacia la OTAN en su política exterior. El vasto y montañoso campo estaba bajo el férreo control de terratenientes feudales. Sin embargo, en Kabul y algunas otras ciudades, el PDPA había desarrollado mucho apoyo entre las/os estudiantes, especialmente las mujeres jóvenes, así como entre funcionarios y soldados mal pagados.El 26 de abril de 1978, mientras el ultra imperialista y multimillonario Nelson Rockefeller se dirigía a Kabul para visitar a Daoud, el gobierno lanzó una agresión contra el PDPA, deteniendo a casi todo su liderazgo. Esto sucedió justo después de un funeral masivo para miembros del PDPA que habían sido asesinados por la policía de Daoud. Evidentemente, Daoud quería asegurar a EUA que su régimen podía reprimir cualquier oposición que pudiera surgir a su pivote hacia el imperialismo.En un día, sin embargo, las unidades del ejército se habían amotinado y liberado a los líderes del PDPA. En un caso, los soldados usaron un tanque para derribar las paredes de la cárcel donde estaba detenido el líder del PDPA, Nur Mohammad Taraki. Taraki se convirtió en jefe de lo que se conoció como la Revolución de Saur.1978: Revolución comienza reforma agraria, termina dotes de noviaEl Departamento de Defensa de EUA ha publicado libros de “Estudios de País” sobre países de todo el mundo. Contienen información útil para los funcionarios de EUA enviados al exterior y pueden ser más veraces que la propaganda de otros organismos gubernamentales, porque las personas que usan estos libros necesitan saber las verdaderas condiciones de los países a los que van.La versión de “Afganistán – un estudio” publicada en 1986, contiene admisiones sorprendentes que van en contra de la narrativa establecida por el gobierno sobre Afganistán. Por ejemplo, dice que “cuando el PDPA tomó el poder, rápidamente se movió para eliminar las desigualdades de propiedad de la tierra y la usura”. Agregó que el PDPA también canceló las deudas hipotecarias de los trabajadores agrícolas, los inquilinos y los pequeños granjeros. Estableció amplios programas de alfabetización, especialmente para mujeres, y libros impresos en muchas lenguas habladas en diferentes partes de Afganistán.Dijo el libro del Pentágono: “El gobierno entrenó a muchos maestros, construyó escuelas y jardines de infancia, y estableció guarderías para huérfanos”. Entre los primeros decretos de la revolución se prohibió el dote de la novia y se otorgó a las mujeres la libertad de elección en el matrimonio.Esto se debe recordar hoy, cuando la máquina de propaganda intenta embellecer esta larga guerra imperialista en Afganistán como una en donde las principales prioridades de Washington es la defensa de los derechos de las mujeres.Pero en 1978, cuando Brzezinski y el régimen de Carter lanzaron la guerra contra la revolución afgana, sabían que era un régimen progresista que intentaba sacar a este muy subdesarrollado país, de la opresión feudal. Eso no les impidió armar y financiar una contrarrevolución.Al cabo de unos años, los contras armados, entrenados y financiados por la CIA estaban asesinando a maestros jóvenes idealistas, mujeres y hombres, que habían ido al campo a alfabetizar al pueblo.Uno de estos contras era Osama bin Laden. Bajo la excusa de que defendía la “libertad de religión”, EUA socavó el gobierno secular del PDPA creando un ejército que se opuso a las reformas progresistas del PDPA en nombre de la lucha por un estado islámico.Al mismo tiempo, sin embargo, el imperialismo estadounidense estaba tratando de socavar la república islámica en Irán, que tomó el poder en 1979 después de una gran revolución allí contra el Shah, un títere que había sido puesto en poder por las compañías petroleras estadounidenses y británicas. Esa revolución también abarcó a muchos luchadores progresistas y seculares, pero los líderes islámicos tenían la organización más fuerte entre las masas y demostraron ser capaces de expulsar al Shah y su agrupación.Religión no es la verdadera cuestiónClaramente, la cuestión de la religión no es lo que motiva a los imperialistas. Tampoco se preocupan por los derechos de las mujeres. Ellos usarán cualquier excusa y harán alianzas temporales mientras tratan de reafirmar su dominio económico en la región. Lo que los motiva es su necesidad de saquear el mundo, especialmente las áreas ricas en petróleo, para el beneficio de la clase multimillonaria dominante estadounidense.Pero cuando invades un país, la gente te disparará y te dirá que salgas.Eso es lo que ha sucedido en Afganistán. Una vez que las fuerzas progresistas fueron destruidas, hubo un vacío de liderazgo para resistir a los imperialistas, que todavía ocupan el país y escogen a los funcionarios de gobierno. La resistencia armada, por ahora, se ha reunido alrededor de fuerzas organizadas sobre una base religiosa, algunas de las cuales adoptan una agenda extremadamente reaccionaria. Sin embargo, han ganado muchos reclutas que incluso están dispuestos a sacrificar sus propias vidas para sacar a EUA.Ninguna cantidad de escalada de la supuesta “guerra contra el terror” puede borrar esta terrible situación. A lo contrario. Cada bomba que cae sobre aldeas en Afganistán sólo intensifica el odio al imperialismo, sin importar la forma que adopte. Cualquier ataque político contra musulmanes por parte de Trump o sus homólogos en Europa sólo profundiza la ira de las/os oprimidos.En cualquier tipo de guerra, es la gente común, ya sea soldados o civiles, quienes sufren. Son los ricos quienes tienen los medios para protegerse a sí mismos mientras se benefician de una victoria.La “guerra contra el terrorismo” ha afectado no sólo al pueblo afgano, sino también a las personas que simplemente caminan por las calles de las ciudades occidentales, que son obligadas a pagar por los crímenes de la clase dominante. Esta guerra ha afectado a los jóvenes soldados que no se les dice nada sobre la historia de Afganistán y que, si sobreviven al despliegue en esa zona de guerra, tendrán que luchar por atención médica en EUA.Esta guerra no está en los titulares, incluso cuando se sienten sus repercusiones. Continuará para siempre – a menos de que la gente la detenga. ¡EUA, Fuera de Afganistán!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Soil Temperatures Key to Planting Decision

first_img By Gary Truitt – Apr 16, 2018 Home Indiana Agriculture News Soil Temperatures Key to Planting Decision SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Soil Temperatures Key to Planting DecisionAndrew FerrelSnow and below-freezing temperatures started off the week in many parts of Indiana. This is keeping many fields too cold and too wet to plant. Yet, the warm weekend tempted a few folks to pull planters into the fields, and some even put seed in the ground.Andrew Ferrel, agronomist with DuPont Pioneer, says, in most areas, the soil is still too cold, “50 degrees is the focal point, but for corn we would really like to see the temperature in the 55 degree range or higher. This is especially true in heavy clay soils that stay colder longer and even in sandy soils that fluctuate more and can get very cold with a drop in temperature overnight.”Ferrel says planting into cold soil can have some serious consequences, “Planting in to cold soils,  the tissues within the seed become less elastic. That can lead to rupturing.” This, he said, can lead to greater disease infestation in young seeds. Last week in Indiana, the average temperature for the week was 49.3 degrees, 0.4 degrees below normal for the state. The amounts of rainfall varied from 0.07 inches to 1.95 inches over the week.Ferrel’s recommendation is to wait until soils are dry and the warmer the better, “When you plant into warmer soils, you get better emergence and faster emergence. This is ideal for good yield performance.” He said research shows that completing emergence within 48 hours is ideal for maximizing performance.  Last year at this time, 3% of Indiana corn had been planted, according to the National As Statistics Service.More agronomy updates from DuPont Pioneer coming later this week. Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana Crop Weather April 16, 2018Next articleFormer ASA and NCGA President Kemper: “This is a Trade War” Gary Truitt Soil Temperatures Key to Planting Decisionlast_img read more

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Closure of schools in north will have long-term impact – Foster

first_img Facebook Harps come back to win in Waterford Closure of schools in north will have long-term impact – Foster DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Twitter The North’s first minister says the closure of schools will have a long-term impact on children’s education.All schools in Northern Ireland will shut from Monday because of the coronavirus crisis.Arlene Foster made the announcement after it was announced that schools in England, Scotland and Wales will close tomorrow.The first minister says teaching shouldn’t end just because the North’s schools are closed.Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/fostdfgdfgdfger7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook By News Highland – March 19, 2020 Google+ Pinterest Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction center_img Previous articleCouncil working through challenges of COVID-19Next articleDail gathering to pass emergency legislation News Highland Google+ Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp WhatsApp FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty last_img read more

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Man complaining of breathing difficulties while being arrested by cops dies

first_imgdlewis33/iStock(ST. PAUL, Minn.) — A man who complained that he had shortness of breath and then lost consciousness while in the middle of being arrested has died. The incident happened at approximately 1 p.m. on March 3 in St. Paul, Minnesota, when police officers with the High Plains Fugitive Task Force arrested a man for outstanding felony warrants and he started complaining that he was having a hard time breathing.“During the arrest the individual complained of shortness of breath and paramedics were summoned to the scene,” the Minnesota Department of Public Relations said in a press release. “As paramedics were arriving, the individual lost consciousness.” The individual was immediately taken to Sanford Medical Center but died later on Tuesday evening.Authorities say that there is no body camera footage of the incident and that the Minnesota Department of Public Safety’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) is currently determining whether responding officers were able to record any dashboard camera footage of the incident. An autopsy will be done on the man’s body to determine the ultimate cause and manner of death.Officials say that the BCA is now conducting interviews with people involved in the incident and will identify the deceased once they have notified his family of his death. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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