Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Financial sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Africa Prudential Registrars Plc (AFRIPR.ng) 2013 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAfrica Prudential Registrars Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria providing share registration services for investors, businesses and institutions. The company offers a range of other services which includes maintaining registers, paying dividends and interest on investments, issuing shares and debenture certificates, managing shareholder enquiries, managing scrip and right issues for clients as well as IPOs, Right Issues and State government bonds. Africa Prudential Registrars are leaders in the field of automation and have pioneered innovative solutions that have transformed how shares are managed on the African continent. The company’s head office is based in Lagos, Nigeria. Africa Prudential Registrars Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
This article is based on a talk given by Grevatt at Workers World Party meetings in New York and Detroit.First-tier and second-tier UAW workers at parts plant in California.Photo: Albert LimonI have been a United Auto Workers Chrysler worker for 28 years. I have never experienced anything on the shop floor like this movement that has emerged around this contract vote. It was not even close — 2-to-1 on the average voting “no” and in some plants higher, with 87 percent “no” at the Toledo Jeep plant.Workers became organizers. They made T-shirts, rallied, talked to their coworkers and got leaflets around. These are things we are experts at, but workers became experts almost overnight.Where did it come from?Capitalism is at a dead end and baring its teeth at the working class. Look at a company like Veolia or a CEO like Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ Sergio Marchionne, who famously said the UAW had to get used to “a culture of poverty.” These kinds of bosses are on the ascendancy, and you have the far right of the Republican Party on the rise, but the workers and oppressed are on the ascendancy, too. “Black Lives Matter” has awakened the masses of all nationalities. In this context, workers at FCA sent a message loud and clear, as they chanted in Toledo, “Hell no, Sergio!”The 2009 bankruptcy, which the company calls a “near-death experience,” is in the past now. Profits are sky-high. Marchionne paid himself $72 million last year — more than twice the compensation of Ford CEO Alan Mullally. Auto sales are actually higher today than before the 2008 auto recession that triggered the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies. FCA has gained market share and has seen sales gains for 66 consecutive months.The workers want back what they gave up.But the auto bosses and the Wall Street bankers — who make billions in profit through interest payments from the auto companies and are the major shareholders of Ford, General Motors and FCA — are driven to hold the lid on labor costs.The New York Times explained the bosses’ cost-cutting strategy four years ago, in a feature piece about GM’s Orion, Mich., assembly plant, closed during bankruptcy and reopened in 2010. This plant was retooled to build small cars, but at a higher profit margin. The Times bluntly stated that “the radically revamped factory here operates with fewer and cheaper workers.”More vehicles made by fewer workers making lower wages — thanks to [the] “two-tier” [wage system]. It’s the formula for massive profits during a boom and the insurance policy in the event of a capitalist downturn. The subprime auto lending — like what triggered the housing recession — with longer loan payment terms as high as seven years, and all of the easy credit that has fueled the sales boom, could turn into its opposite. The fear of an inevitable downturn creates downward pressure on labor costs. Now, however, the bosses’ formula has put them on a collision course with the UAW.The 2011 contract raised wages for second-tier workers but left a huge pay gap between them and the “traditional” workers. The wage gap is compounded by a gap in benefits and the fact that second-tier workers are frozen out of a traditional pension. “Two-tier,” a hypothetical problem when introduced in the 2007 contract, means now that almost half of FCA workers make the lower wage. They are our union sisters and brothers who have worked alongside us for the past five years. The injustice has become glaring.The contract that was recently rejected included another significant pay raise, but did not fix the core problem of two-tier: that it violates the basic union principle of equal pay for equal work. On top of the unfairness, workers are feeling the rising cost of living in a real way. Capitalism at a dead end creates not only a downward push on wages, it creates inflationary pressures on our pocketbooks.The other key contract issue, besides “cheaper workers,” is fewer workers. When the new contract was rolled out, attached to it was a highly touted $5.3 billion investment plan. This included moving all car production out of UAW plants, presumably to Mexico. FCA announced a radical restructuring, moving products out of one plant and into another. The outcome of this musical chairs game is an increased number of vehicles built per hour — a high-tech speedup designed to cut workers. So another big reason we voted “no” was to protect our jobs.After the “no” vote, the UAW and FCA went back to the table. The UAW issued FCA a strike deadline of midnight, Oct. 7. Locals shifted into strike mode, putting signs on sticks, handing out instructions and getting the workers ready. About 20 minutes before the deadline, when evening shift workers were getting their minds in gear to begin a work stoppage — for many their first — the UAW announced a tentative agreement.This contract does what workers had been told could not be done: it gives every current second-tier worker a path to top pay. That’s a real victory! But by denying equal benefits and pensions and creating new tiers for future workers, temporary workers and axle plant workers, the contract still reinforces inequalities. That only exacerbates division and conflict.The investment plan is spelled out in more detail and, as workers feared, equals fewer workers. In the Detroit area, Sterling Heights Assembly Plant could gain 1,750 jobs if the Ram truck is moved there from Warren Truck Assembly, but Warren Truck could lose 2,400 jobs — a net loss of 650.Those are the core issues in this contract struggle. Shall we let the bourgeoisie keep pushing ahead with its formula for fewer and cheaper workers? Or will we push back?After raising the specter of a strike, whether or not the UAW leaders had any intention of following through on the threat, they put the idea in workers’ heads that they had the power to stop production and force changes. Voting on the new proposed contract is scheduled for Oct. 20 and 21. Whatever the outcome, the struggle against “two-tier” and to protect jobs has awakened a spirit of solidarity.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
SportsCollegeLocal News Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Slow start proves costly as UTPB falls to Dallas Baptist Fresh off a down-to-the-wire overtime victory over No. 11 Dallas Baptist the day before, the UTPB men’s basketball team was looking to complete the sweep Saturday against the Patriots. What the Falcons got was a completely different result.Dallas Baptist got off to a hot start offensively that UTPB could not match as the Falcons fell 91-74 to the Patriots in Lone Star Conference play. Saturday’s game was also the last of a stretch of eight straight games against ranked opponents.UTPB (8-7 overall, 7-7 Lone Star Conference) saw its two-game winning streak snapped by a Dallas Baptist team that jumped out to a 12-2 lead in the first 4:26 of game action and kept the Falcons in check for most of the first half. The“I thought Dallas Baptist jumped out right off the bat and established who they were going to be defensively and I think it caught us off guard,” UTPB head coach Josh Newman said. “We just didn’t match their energy and that’s frustrating coming off a big win.”UTPB’s only basket during that stretch came off a Jay Workman jumper within the first minute of the game.Dallas Baptist (10-2 Lone Star Conference) got off to a torrid start offensively, making five of its first seven shots, and led by as many as 23 points in the first half before taking a 48-27 advantage into halftime.The Patriots shot 65.5 percent from the field — including 7 of 9 from beyond the 3-point line — in the first 20 minutes and finished at 58.9 percent for the game. Chandler Jacobs played a key role in the offensive surge for the Patriots, finishing with a game-high 20 points while adding four assists. Carson Hughes and Ricky Lujan each had 16 for the Patriots and the trio —along with Austin Garner —combined for 11 of the Patriots 13 3-pointers.“We passed the ball better today and got it moving,” Dallas Baptist head coach Blake Flickner said. “(Friday), we got into a lot of one-on-one ball, but today we were playing really unselfish and that’s where those open shots came from.”The Falcons were able to find some better success offensively in the second half and even outscored the Patriots in the second half. Dallas Baptist’s lead proved to be too much to overcome for UTPB, despite the Falcons closing the game on a 10-3 run.Jordan Horn finished as the leading scorer for the Falcons with 17 points, while Trevion Lamar finished with 14 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Malik Brikat was the only other UTPB player to finish in double figures scoring with 14 points, making all six shots from the floor.>> Follow Tony Venegas on Twitter at @OA_TVenegas By Digital AIM Web Support – January 30, 2021 WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Previous articleNo. 23 UCLA outlasts pesky Oregon State for 57-52 victoryNext articleLaughton scores in OT to give Flyers 3-2 win over Islanders Digital AIM Web Support TAGS
April 25, 2016 View post tag: UK Back to overview,Home naval-today James Troop & Co to supply engines for 3 naval vessels Equipment & technology James Troop & Co to supply engines for 3 naval vessels Share this article View post tag: Liverpool City Region Liverpool City Region (UK) based ship engine specialist James Troop & Co has won an order to supply Volvo Penta diesel engines for three European naval vessels being built on Merseyside.James Troop, one of the UK’s major Volvo Penta Centers, will supply the engines for three vessels being constructed by Marine Specialized Technology Ltd (MST), of Liverpool, which is the global leader for building Rigid Hulled Inflatable Boats (RHIB) and High Speed Workboats for the military and commercial markets.The three MST 800 SEABOAT military workboats will be delivered this spring and will enter service in summer. The trio follow a previous order for six identical Volvo Penta-propelled craft which began service in 2013.James Troop operations director Robert Pollock said part of the firm’s major selling point for Volvo Penta marine diesel engines was the level of support, expertise and after-sales service which James Troop can offer its customers.This 8 meter long sterndrive propulsion workboats, built at Atlantic Way, Brunswick Business Park, south Liverpool, serve with many European navies and NATO defense forces. They carry two crew and eight embarked forces.Regarded as high performance, easily-maintained, rugged and reliable vessels, the MST 800 SEABOAT craft are carried onboard Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs) as the main weapon system on board for high speed interception, boarding, interdiction, reconnaissance and search and rescue.High profile actions which the MST 800 SEABOAT craft regularly play a major role in include drug smuggling interception, migrant rescue and antipiracy.This craft is one of many production military craft that MST has developed for the next generation of multi-role OPVs entering service with global maritime forces.Image: James Troop & Co
CW: Homophobia, racism. In a statement published on their Facebook page immediately after the event, the Oxford LGBTQ+ Society stated: “Tonight, our LGBTQ+ History and Lived Experiences in the Caribbean event was targeted by homophobic and racist attendants who attempted to sabotage and silence our speakers. Unfortunately, this was not an isolated incident and Jason Jones, one of our panellists, experienced similar attacks at a University of Edinburgh event last week, highlighting how bigotry is still prevalent and proud, and can seep into university spaces. To prevent these malicious individuals from being able to further disrupt our panel, we restarted our event with extra precautions and proceeded to have an important and powerful discussion surrounding Britain’s role in anti-gay legislation and the history of LGBTQ+ rights in the Caribbean, as well as the current climate towards LGBTQ+ people in the region. We strongly encourage everybody to take the time to watch the recorded version of our panel, which will be uploaded in due course and linked here later. The event, co-hosted with Oxford’s African and Caribbean Society, was titled ‘LGBTQ+ History and Lived Experiences in the Caribbean’ and was the third of their four LGBTQ+ History Month events. During the event, a homophobic slur was repeatedly typed in the Zoom chat and a racist slur was written over one speaker’s presentation on the ‘Historical Role of Britain in Criminalising Homosexuality around the World – with focus on the Commonwealth Caribbean’. Those who typed the messages wore ‘V for Vendetta’ masks. These attacks follow an incident at the University of Edinburgh on 14th February, where racist and homophobic messages were sent in the Zoom chat while attackers shouted “white power” and played pornography, reducing one guest speaker to tears. In an Instagram statement, the UoE African Caribbean Society said: “We strongly condemn their actions and this attack only proved the necessity of these discussions. We maintain a zero-tolerance on any form of discrimination and this was a horrible occurrence that should never be repeated. This crime will be reported to higher authorities and action will be taken.” The Oxford LGBTQ+ Society told Cherwell: “Moving forward from the events of Thursday night, both the Equality & Diversity Unit and the IT Department are going to be working with us to help protect vital safe spaces for students of all identities throughout the University and to prevent this from ever happening again. We are keen for this initiative to extend to universities across the UK, as this is clearly not an isolated incident and such ‘Zoom-bombings’ are increasing in frequency, especially within University settings. Stonewall’s Head of Media Jeffrey Ingold said: “It’s vital that tech platforms and universities work together to improve online safety measures and deal with all incidents seriously and swiftly to make clear that anti-LGBT+ and racist abuse online will not be tolerated.” Speaking about a general rise in attacks upon Zoom events, Patrik Hermansson of the anti-racism group Hope Not Hate told BBC News that the group had seen a “rise” in attacks on Zoom events. “We see invite links to meetings being shared by far-right accounts on social media and in chat rooms,” he continued, “and people are urged to join and disrupt or spread hate.” At a quiz hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University’s LGBTQ+ Society this week, between seven and ten trolls allegedly interrupted the Zoom call with homophobic remarks. The Society’s President told the Tab that they also made “some really nasty comments” about people’s disabilities, weight, and “lewd comments” about different sexualities. An October event held by University of Sussex’s DragSoc also faced homophobic and transphobic abuse from anonymous attendees. At an event hosted by the St Mary’s LGBT+ Association at Durham University, between fifteen and twenty anonymous callers shouted homophobic and racist slurs, along with sharing sexually explicit videos. The Association said: “The participants of this call were left feeling upset, threatened and above all, unsafe.” Jason Jones – a gay activist from Trinidad and Tobago – was a speaker at both the Edinburgh and the Oxford events. Reflecting upon these attacks in the restarted meeting, he said: “When the attack happened on February 14 at the Edinburgh event, it sent me into a very dark space. As an older LGBT person of colour, it took me back to years of the most horrendous homophobic attacks I have lived through. I did the first public gay drag show in Trinidad and Tobago in 1992 and my family made me homeless. I ended up homeless just for doing a drag show, but now everyone looks at RuPaul’s Drag Race and thinks that it’s okay. When I saw what happened tonight it sent me back to those very dark days when there was no support, when there was no idea of us being human beings”. He continued: “The fact we were attacked again tonight by the racist homophobes after being attacked at two other universities over the last 6 months shows that universities are not engaging with the dialogue. That is because the leadership are all white, cisgender and all predominantly straight and middle class. These are people who do not face the challenges that minorities face. We need to take this to the highest level to ensure they are listening to us.” “We want to thank our incredible panellists, Billie Bryan, Jason Jones and Kaisha Ince, who continued on in the face of hatred, and all those within the Oxford Community who positively engaged with our event. We will not be silenced by hate and we stand in solidarity with our LGBTQ+ siblings in the Caribbean and beyond, who face such targeted hatred and violence on a day-to-day basis. We are stronger together, and as Jason most powerfully said tonight, hate is intersectional and so our liberation must be intersectional too. “We intend to report this hate crime to the police and have been offered the support of the Proctors’ Office in navigating this process. We have also reached out to Edinburgh University ACS, who unfortunately experienced a strikingly similar attack at their ‘Pro-Black and Anti-Gay?’ event last week. These attacks were organised and targeted, and we suspect they were orchestrated by the same group of people, and as such we are keen to collaborate and communicate as we seek to hold those responsible to account.” Image Credit: Ludovic Bertron. License: CC BY 2.0. “If you are able, please donate to our fundraiser for Colours Cayman, a locally registered and operated non-profit that aims to foster a safe environment for the Cayman and wider Caribbean LGBTQ+ community. Tonight’s panel has demonstrated the critical need for such non-profits within otherwise hostile places, and we invite you to support their endeavour towards equality.” “For all those that have been negatively affected by this, please reach out to one of our Welfare Representatives, Fran (she/her) at [email protected] or Lewis (they/them) at [email protected], or alternatively contact the Student Welfare Support Service who have been alerted to what has happened and are on hand to offer support to those who need it. After an Oxford LGBTQ+ Society event discussing the realities of being an LGBTQ+ person in the Caribbean was ‘zoombombed’ with homophobic and racist content, the Society has told Cherwell that they intend to report the incident to the police, along with setting up new mechanisms to secure future meetings. Similar attacks have also taken place at the Universities of Edinburgh, Durham and Sussex, along with Manchester Metropolitan University. The meeting was closed after these attacks. When the meeting was restarted, chat, annotation, whiteboard and microphone permissions were removed from all guests. The individuals who had posted in the chat attempted to re-join; one was successful but was then quickly removed. The rest of the event continued without disturbance. For confidential advice and support, you can contact Switchboard at 0300 330 0630, 10am to 10pm, every day, or email them at [email protected] All phone operators are LGBTQ+.
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail Members of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office volunteered to raise money for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign this Saturday. Over 40 sheriff’s deputies, confinement officers and staff manned twelve red kettle locations throughout the city and county today. Members of the U.A. Local 136 Plumbers & Steamfitters union also participated.Volunteering on their off time, Sheriff’s Office members have been helping the Salvation Army every December since 2007. Contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts to help the less fortunate.Pictured above: Sergeant Aaron Hunter and Sheriff Dave Wedding ring the bell at the new northside Schnuck’s located at 600 E Boonville-New Harmony Rd.Pictured above: Shelly Hibdon with U.A. Local 136 Plumbers & Steamfitters.Pictured above: Jimmy Phipps with U.A. Local 136 Plumbers & Steamfitters and Sheriff Dave Wedding.
Eric Allie / Cagle CartoonsBy Joe GuzzardiSan Jose Chiapa is a small municipality in southern Mexico, population about 9,000. But it could soon become Mexico’s mini-version of Detroit. Automakers like Ford, General Motors and Nissan are flocking to Mexico.Audi has just completed construction on a $1.3 billion factory in San Jose Chiapa, largely because of Mexico’s low-wage scale, now more favorable than China’s, and also because it has advantageous trade agreements with global economic powers. In all, according to The Wall Street Journal, Mexico has more than 10 different free-trade agreement that give exporters duty-free access to markets that generate 60 percent of the world’s economic output.Virtually every automaker has added investment in Mexico, today home to 18 auto plants with five more on the drawing board. Mexico is now the world’s seventh-largest automobile producer, and the fourth largest exporter behind Germany, Japan and South Korea. Wall Street analysts predict that Mexico’s 3.2 million car and light truck production will increase more than 50 percent to 5 million by 2018. Auto and parts makers have earmarked more than $20 billion for future outlay in Mexico.Ford, for example, recently announced that it would move its Michigan-based assembly plant by 2018, with Mexico the likely destination. Jobs will be lost, and never recovered. During the 1980s, the Southeastern United States was the premier spot to build auto factories. But more than six years have passed since an automaker infused new money — and created new jobs — into southern states.The effect of vanishing jobs has already been felt. Since 2008, U.S. auto jobs increased only 15 percent, while Mexico has enjoyed a 40 percent increase in similar jobs during the same period. Before Congress finalized this year’s fast-track trade deal, U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) said in an ominous reference to the disastrous North American Free Trade Agreement, “Bitter experience tell us that bad trade deals devastate jobs, devastate wages.”American workers, the subject of so much attention on the presidential campaign trail, seemingly have nowhere to turn. Domestic jobs continue to be outsourced overseas. Over the last few years, Mexico has become the next China as the prime destination for middle-class jobs. Opportunities that would normally come from U.S. factory construction never evolve because the plants are built offshore.Consistently high immigration is another variable that hurts American workers. A stunning Bureau of Labor Statistics report showed that in May the number of foreign-born workers in the U.S. economy hit a record 25.1 million, the second highest in history, and increased by 279,000 since April. According to data included in the Census Bureau’s Household Survey, of the 279,000 new May jobs, only 1,000 went to Americans. Digging further into BLS native-born statistics finds that over the last eight years, 75 percent of all jobs have gone to foreign-born residents.As middle-skill jobs like auto worker disappear, those displaced employees must take lower-wage jobs which sets off another round of displacement and puts more downward pressure on wages. The cycle continues endlessly.For all the campaign bluster about restoring jobs, and Congress’ insistence that it prioritizes American workers above all else, nothing either candidates or incumbents have done supports their claims. And Americans have little confidence that the 2016 White House, whoever may occupy it, will be different.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Carey Stadium was packed for the 2016 OCHS graduation Juliana Kemenosh, Valedictorian, had some praise for her fellow graduates at Ocean City High School.“Each and every student has done something exceptional and unique in their own right,” said Kemenosh. “Our athletes, our arts and science students and our musicians are all at the very top. And though each person is different – they have a common thread: a fire in their stomach, a passion for what they love to do.“Find your passion and you will find your happiness.”Threatening skies held off last night and the Commencement Exercises of the OCHS Class of 2016 went off without a hitch.Graduates proceeded to the stage to shake hands with Principal Dr. Matthew Jamison“Kemenosh, who is headed for the University of Pennsylvania, also praised Salutatorian Nickolas Eisele: “You have pushed me academically more than anyone possibly could,” she said.Eisele offered advice to his fellow graduates: “You must keep asking questions about the world. You must seek an answer for every question that you can think of.”The event drew a packed crowd at Carey Stadium, with friends and relatives spilling into the visitors stands and ringing the running track.A special moment took place when Dr. Matthew Jamison, Principal, welcomed members of the Ocean City High School Class of 1966, on had to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their graduation.Crystal Campo and Alonzo Legett were among a group of about a dozen cousins, aunts and uncles on had to support their graduating relatives Garrett Jaquan Jones and Grace-Ann Ja Nis Jones.Relatives of graduates Garrett and Grace Jones cheer the announcement of their graduationGarrett is headed to Delaware Valley College, where he will play football and basketball, and Grace-Ann will pursue a singing career, Alonzo said.“I (told the graduates) it’s all over,” Alonzo said. “Fun and games are over, now it’s all about the real world.”When the public address announcer called their names, the relatives erupted in cheers.The event began with introductory remarks by faculty member Mrs. Rebecca Santoro and a processional of the graduating class to the traditional strains of Pomp and Circumstance. Male students wore red robes and caps, the females wore white.Class officers included Vu, Vice President William Cundiff; Secretary Julie Kampf; Treasurer Shannon McLaughlin; Historian Molly Salmonsen.Following the flag salute, the national anthem and their alma mater, the Senior Song “For Good” was sung and the addresses of Kemenosh and Eisele took place.Megan Scherer holds Levon Bruce and John Steindel holds son Dylan. They were at Carey Stadium to celebrate the graduation of Ethan Douris.Jamison presided over the presentation of diplomas, as each member of the class walked to the podium to receive their certificate. Class President Minh Vu then presided over the “turning of the tassels” to signify the class members were now officially high school graduates.