National Grid’s share price has fallen 10%+ this month. Should I buy the stock for its big dividend now?

first_img National Grid (LSE: NG) shares have experienced a pullback this month. In the space of just over a week, National Grid’s share price has fallen from near 1,000p to 866p.After that pullback, National Grid shares now sport a dividend yield of 5.6%. That’s certainly attractive in the current low-interest-rate environment. Should I buy the stock now to pick up that high yield? Let’s take a look at the investment case.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…National Grid shares: a reliable dividend investmentIn the current environment, in which economic uncertainty is elevated, I can definitely see some appeal in owning a stock like National Grid.Utilities is a very defensive sector. No matter what the economy is doing, we still need essential services such as electricity and gas. Utility companies also often operate under the protection of government regulations, which adds further resilience. What this means is that utility companies are generally able to generate relatively steady profits and cash flows throughout the economic cycle. This translates to reliable dividends.This year, National Grid certainly hasn’t disappointed on the dividend front. While many other FTSE 100 companies, including the likes of Royal Dutch Shell, BT Group, and Lloyds Bank, have suspended, cancelled, or trimmed their dividends, National Grid has lifted its payout. Recently, in its full-year results, the group announced a 2.6% increase in its dividend, to 48.57p per share, in line with its policy to increase the payout at least as much as RPI inflation. That’s an impressive achievement, given the economic environment.National Grid: dividend analysisTaking a closer look at National Grid’s dividend, however, I do have some concerns. For a start, dividend coverage isn’t high. Last year, National Grid generated underlying earnings per share of 58.2p. This means the dividend coverage ratio (earnings per share divided by dividends per share) was just 1.2. That’s quite low. Ideally, I like to see a dividend coverage ratio of at least 1.7. The higher the ratio, the less chance of a dividend cut in the future.Secondly, National Grid has a large amount of debt on its balance sheet. In its full-year results, the company said it had net debt of £28.6bn and was expecting this to increase by around £3bn this year. By contrast, total shareholders’ equity was £19.6bn. This amount of debt adds risk to the investment case.Finally, I’ve some concerns about the level of growth here. Over the last three years, revenues have fallen by around 3%. That’s not ideal. Revenue growth drives dividend growth. On top of this, British energy regulator Ofgem has said it wants UK energy network operators to invest £25bn from 2021 to 2026 to deliver emission-free energy. This could hit National’s Grid’s profits.NG shares: my viewWeighing everything up, I’m going to pass on National Grid shares for now. The dividend yield of 5.6% is, no doubt, attractive. However, all things considered, I think there are better dividend stocks to buy at the moment. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. 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The KAISA WEWA Space / GPT+DESIGN

first_img Area:  33906 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: GPT+DESIGN Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily China “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/932021/the-kaisa-wewa-space-gpt-plus-design Clipboard Photographs The KAISA WEWA Space / GPT+DESIGNSave this projectSaveThe KAISA WEWA Space / GPT+DESIGNSave this picture!© Yichen Ding+ 29Curated by 韩爽 – HAN Shuang Share The KAISA WEWA Space / GPT+DESIGN Year: center_img Projects 2018 Apartments Photographs:  Yichen DingDesigner:Hua Fang, Song DengClient:The KAISA GROUPCity:ShanghaiCountry:ChinaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yichen DingRecommended ProductsSkylightsKalwall®Skyroofs® – Specialty Skyroof® ApplicationsSkylightsFAKROWooden pivot roof windows FYP-V proSkyEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsPROJECT STATEMENTThe KAISA WEWA SPACE Shanghai Jiaotong Road Project was originally a large abandoned hotel. Dilapidated for years, the hotel still has distinct characters for its naturally-lighting atrium indoors and extensive greening outdoors. In the design process, we come up with the concept of “Urban Renewal Complex” based on the multidisciplinary research and consideration of young people’s cultural taste and lifestyle at the internet era. Similar to mixed use project, the “Urban Renewal Complex” not only integrates the interior and exterior, but also creates interaction between rental apartment, co-working space and community retail, therefore stresses on overall experience, funky activities and sense of community.Save this picture!© Yichen DingTHEME We are inspired by the cartoon movie “Zootopia” and come up with the theme of “Urban Utopia”, which is to create a real version of “Zootopia” that is a complex of apartment , office, retail, and social space for young people from various background. Specifically, the office on the first floor and rental apartment on upper floors are space for live and work, and public space (Lighting Atrium, Runway Entrance, Central Park, Sunken theater) are also designed for residents to have fun and make friends in daily life.   Save this picture!© Yichen DingFACADEThe facade was renovated in a “cost-effective” way: we choose a stone-like paint which can be brushed directly on the old facade tiles. In the end, the entire building has a new white look which forms a sharp contrast to colorful balcony. In addition, most air-conditioners and clothes-drying area are set up within the balcony to keep the facade clean.Save this picture!© Yichen DingPUBLIC SPACEBy thorough thinking about the features of existing condition, we aim to create a series of inter-connected public spaces which are both aesthetically attractive and functionally performative.Save this picture!© Yichen Ding“Runway Entrance”The lighting pool above ground is preserved and paved with grey tiles and ground lights to create a new feature: Runway Entrance. In the morning, young residents will go to work by stepping on the runway, and in the evening they will have a sense of ritual by coming home on the lighting T stage. During the weekend and holiday, the runway could also be places of fashion shows and outdoor lectures. Save this picture!© Yichen Ding“Central Park”Next to the “Runway Entrance is the “Central Park” surrounded by trees. We redefine the whole space with functions, for example, transforming the existing classical pavilion into a modern BBQ bar; replanting the trees to reveal the natural slope; build a new running track for young residents, etc.Save this picture!© Yichen Ding“Sunken Theater”There was an abandoned swimming pool on the north of the “Central Park”. Given the cost of re-opening a pool or filling it up is high, we decided to transform it into a sunken theater by painting a new look. This will be an outdoor funky place for small concert and live music.Save this picture!© Yichen Ding“Sunshine Bookshop”The public space indoors consists of four lighting atriums which are transformed into distinctive sharing space. The first one on the sequence following the “Runway Entrance” is the core functional atrium: “Sunshine Bookshop”.Save this picture!© Yichen DingThe previous hotel lobby is converted into eight meters bookshelves all over the atrium. Together with the wooden benches and plantings, designer creates a multi-functional space for reading, relaxing and socializing. The symmetric layout, exquisite golden frames, and dazzling lighting effect produce a sense of intellectuality similar to fancy bookstore, thus the space gives residents a sense of ritual on their way of going to work and coming back home. In addition, the cafe bar near the entrance is long enough to accommodate fair amount of people which is beneficial for introducing professional agent to increase the rent.Save this picture!© Yichen Ding“Pyramid Hall”Besides the “Sunshine Bookshop” there is co-working space. The atrium is to provide leisure and lecture space for working groups thus the “Pyramid Hall” is located here. The “Pyramid Hall” consists of modular furniture that can reassemble into various shape, it will not only play the role of social center but also provide place for major events such as road shows, lectures, and live performances. Compared to other lecture halls, the most distinctive feature within the space is that all the activities will happen under natural light.Save this picture!© Yichen DingLIVING | Chose as your wishesFrom second to fifth floor there are rental apartments with various styles. The designer also make full use of existing rooftop to create private balcony, public terrace, and sky garden, which has added special character and interesting experience to the project.Save this picture!© Yichen DingSave this picture!© Yichen DingMULTIPLE STYLESBauhaus StyleThe Bauhaus Style is characterized by black/white color and sharp contrast in small parts. The abstract geometry highlights the character of material and structure; also the black metal frame and contrast between wood and feather increase the spatial quality.Save this picture!© Yichen DingNew York SOHO StyleThe New York SOHO style emphasizes industrial feel and personalized design, marked by grey wall, metal lights and furniture of low saturation color. MUJI Style The MUJI style is the modern version of traditional oriental aesthetics. With wooden material and fresh white/wood color, it create a sense of intellectuality and elegance.Save this picture!© Yichen DingSave this picture!© Yichen DingUnit FeatureThe rooftop from second to fifth floor was fully utilized to create various terraces and balconies. They serve as private outdoor space and also party area for friends during weekend.Save this picture!© Yichen DingConclusionIn recent years the rental apartment development has grown rapidly in first-tier cities in China, however most are small scale renovation project which are “tiny and pretty”. As more rental apartments are being built and higher quality rental space is needed in the city, new prototypes will emerge inevitably. The KAISA WEWA SPACE Shanghai Jiaotong Road Project is a good example that integrates multiple disciplines and scales to build a green livable community in the city; also it interacts with office and retail space to create a diversified “Urban Renewal Complex”.Save this picture!© Yichen DingProject gallerySee allShow lessM02 / MINIMOSelected ProjectsVacation Cottages / PK ArkitektarSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:2779 Jiaotong Road, Putuo District, Shanghai, ChinaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share CopyAbout this officeGPT+DESIGNOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsInterior DesignShanghaiOn FacebookChinaPublished on January 19, 2020Cite: “The KAISA WEWA Space / GPT+DESIGN” 18 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Kecherile Veedu / Finder Studio

first_img “COPY” Photographs:  Prasanth Mohan Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Design Team:Albin Joseph, Meenakshi Ajith, Sachu James, Dannet BennichanFabrication Team:GireeshCity:EranellurCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Prasanth MohanRecommended ProductsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedWindowsSolarluxSliding Window – CeroEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. Traditional Kerala homes are rich in memories; of the long-forgotten smell of the first rain, the sound of raindrops falling in the courtyard, people sitting and conversing around it, the feeling of the warmth of mud walls and wood, the coziness of spaces; one may find him or herself drifting into their nostalgic memories of yesteryears every once in a while.Save this picture!© Prasanth MohanSave this picture!DetailSave this picture!© Prasanth Mohan’Kecheriyile Veedu’ is an attempt at recalling these memories. As a home for an elderly couple enjoying their retirement, all the spaces are limited to a single floor, easing their movement within the house. Despite being tightly packed in an odd-shaped 11 cent plot, the two triangular sky courts make the spaces airy and well lit.Save this picture!© Prasanth MohanSave this picture!Plan – Ground floorThese courts are flanked by a long wall facing west, having bricks arranged in a certain pattern forming a series of perforations and projections to catch the wind and block the harsh west sun. A typical single storey structure attracts more heat gain than its multi-storey counterparts.Save this picture!© Prasanth MohanTo address this issue, we used two layers of roofing: a flat slab spanning the interior spaces and a truss roof stretching over the entire structure, thus creating an interspace in between which absorbs most of the heat. The reminiscent of a distant past; the material palette for the Kecheri house is essentially earth tones:- brick, stained concrete, cement plaster, and wood. Project gallerySee allShow lessTAP Space / Sawadeesign StudioSelected ProjectsTetris Hall Apartments / A. Pashenko Architects + KAN DevelopmentSelected Projects Share Sijeesh MEP Consultant: Landscape: Shabu CopyHouses•Eranellur, India Carpenter: Houses ArchDaily “COPY” Photographs Manufacturers: Jaquar, Adobe, Aludecor, Asian Paints, Kajaria, Luker, ProgeCAD, Zydex Sibu kundukulam ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/957342/kecherile-veedu-finder-studio Clipboard Jayakrishnan R J, Levin P Joy, Naveen S Projects Kecherile Veedu / Finder Studio India Lead Architects: Year:  2020 Architects: Finder Studio Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1520 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/957342/kecherile-veedu-finder-studio Clipboard Kecherile Veedu / Finder StudioSave this projectSaveKecherile Veedu / Finder StudioSave this picture!© Prasanth Mohan+ 25Curated by Hana Abdel Share CopyAbout this officeFinder StudioOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookEranellurIndiaPublished on February 23, 2021Cite: “Kecherile Veedu / Finder Studio” 22 Feb 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore 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 streamlast_img read more

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Non-profit open source resource

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. The development of non-profit open source software projects is welcome. Carnet Williams has launched the Nonprofit Open Source Initiative to function as a clearinghouse of such activities, although it must be said there is not much listed at present.  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 31 October 2000 | News Non-profit open source resource read more

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Greenpeace UK launches anti-GM viral campaign

first_img Greenpeace in the UK has launched a viral game online in support of its anti-GM food campaign.The game, called GM Warrior, was created by Artificial Environments. Players use a slingshot to destory genetically modified flowers but have to make sure they don’t also destroy the natural flowers.Players can then visit a guide on the Greenpeace Web site for shoppers who want to avoid GM foods. Advertisement  21 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 August 2003 | News Greenpeace UK launches anti-GM viral campaign Tagged with: Digitallast_img read more

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Corporaciones en Michigan reciben créditos fiscales, mientras las masas sufren

first_imgDetroit – Los capitalistas no tienen vergüenza cuando se trata de tomar de las/os más pobres para dárselo a los ricos.Por décadas, Michigan ha sido devastada por cierres de fábricas, desempleo masivo y pobreza creciente. Al igual que en otros estados y a nivel nacional, se utilizó la crisis económica del 2008 y años siguientes como excusa para aumentar los recortes a los servicios sociales, al mismo tiempo que rescataban a los mismos bancos y corporaciones que crearon el colapso económico capitalista.Desde el 2000 al 2010, Michigan sufrió su mayor pérdida de empleos desde la Gran Depresión de la década de 1930. Aproximadamente, se eliminaron 750.000 puestos de trabajo, principalmente empleos industriales con salarios dignos. Durante esa misma década, debido al desempleo masivo y los desalojos por las ejecuciones hipotecarias causadas por préstamos predatorios racistas, Detroit perdió 237.000 residentes. Para el 2009,  la General Motors, Chrysler y Ford –llamadas las “Tres Grandes” compañías de automóviles -eliminaron 112.000 puestos de trabajo en el estado, que es el 52 por ciento de su fuerza laboral en Michigan. (Reporte de Paul Traub, Federal Reserve Bank de Michigan 24 de enero de 2012)Los servicios sociales en Michigan fueron grandemente recortados como resultado de la crisis financiera causada por esta pérdida masiva de empleos. Sin embargo, desde el 2003 hasta el 2013, el gobierno del estado desvió a las arcas del Estado 6.200 millones dólares en fondos destinados a la participación en los ingresos a las ciudades. Solo la ciudad de Detroit, fue privada de $732 millones en fondos de participación de los ingresos durante esos años, un factor muy importante en la precipitación de Detroit en la crisis financiera y la quiebra definitiva, con la devastadora reducción de las pensiones para sus jubiladas/os que le siguió. (“The Great Revenue Sharing Heist,” by Anthony Minghine. Michigan Municipal League, March 2014)Además, ciudades afroamericanas como Detroit, Flint, Benton Harbor y Pontiac se colocaron bajo la gestión de emergencias para facilitar los ataques a las pensiones de las/os trabajadores y los servicios básicos.Sin embargo, las corporaciones que causaron estos recortes y pérdidas de empleos fueron recompensadas con masivos recortes de impuestos.¿Cómo sucedió esto?El estado de Michigan se enfrenta a un déficit presupuestario de $325 millones este año, y déficits similares en años venideros, ya que las empresas han comenzado a sacar provecho de los enormes créditos fiscales ofrecidos por la anterior gobernadora demócrata, Jennifer Granholm, y el actual gobernador republicano Rick Snyder. Un crédito fiscal es una reducción directa de la contribución total de la corporación.Bajo la Autoridad de Crecimiento del Empleo de Michigan (MEGA por las siglas en inglés), las empresas podrían reclamar los créditos fiscales sobre los impuestos municipales debidos por un período de hasta 20 años si sólo se comprometen a mantener el 70 por ciento de sus niveles de empleo posteriores a la recesión. Si una empresa no era rentable en un año, podría quedar el crédito fiscal para la siguiente.Hay $ 4.9 mil millones de dólares en créditos fiscales bajo MEGA, con $3.3 mil millones sobrantes de la época de Granholm y $1.6 mil millones en créditos adicionales desde que Snyder asumió el cargo en 2010. Además, hay $1.7 mil millones adicionales en recortes de impuestos para las corporaciones cuando Syder eliminó el impuesto de negocio único en 2010.Al regresar las ganancias automotrices a niveles enormes — $2.8 mil millones para GM en 2014 (incluso después de la cancelación de $2.8 mil millones para pagar por la retirada de vehículos defectuosos), $ 3.2 mil millones para Ford y $1.2 mil millones para Fiat-Chrysler (incluso con la cancelación de $1.2 mil millones en contribución al fondo de atención de la salud del sindicato United Auto Workers) – las compañías automotrices están ahora haciendo cola para iniciar el cobro de sus créditos fiscales.GM, Ford y Chrysler pueden reclamar créditos fiscales reembolsables por un total de $4.5 mil millones si retienen 86.000 puestos de trabajo en Michigan, o el 70 por ciento de su fuerza laboral actual, hasta el 2032. Se informó que una corporación “sin nombre”, sin duda una de las empresas automotrices, reclamó $224 millones en créditos fiscales para el 2014, en gran medida, creando el déficit fiscal del estado, a costa de las/os pobres. (Detroit News, 05 de febrero)General Motors y Chrysler fueron rescatadas a un costo para las/os contribuyentes de $9.3 mil millones dólares como parte de la quiebra diseñada por el gobierno federal – en 2009, lo que es especialmente reprobable que las compañías automotrices estén sacando provecho de enormes créditos fiscales en los próximos años a expensas de de servicios humanos desesperadamente necesitados en Michigan.Un sistema económico organizado racionalmente para cubrir todas las necesidades humanas, incluidos los empleos o ingresos y las pensiones para todas/s, es lo que hará que Detroit y todo Michigan se recupere de años de crisis capitalista, codicia y explotación. Ese sistema se llama socialismo, donde el pueblo está primero y no los chupasangres corporativos.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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En Bolivia solo existe el poder de las armas

first_imgPublicado el 12 de noviembre por pagina12.com.ar.El centro de La Paz se ha transformado en un escenario de barricadas, colas para comprar en los pocos negocios que abren, transporte detenido, vecinos apostados en las esquinas atravesadas por alambres de púas y chapas de zinc. Cerca de la Plaza Murillo, centro del poder político, pasan grupos con cascos, escudos, máscaras antigás, banderas de Bolivia, contingentes de policías apostándose y pidiendo refuerzo a la Fuerza Armada Nacional (FAB).Es lunes a la noche y corre un miedo: que baje la ciudad de El Alto. Las escenas vistas durante la tarde volvieron a recordar a muchos del centro y la zona sur de La Paz que la mitad del país que votó a Evo Morales existe y no se quedará de brazos cruzados.Lo que se pensaba que pasaría en El Alto sucedió, y fueron miles de vecinos, en su gran mayoría de la nación aymara, que salieron a las calles a hacer frente al golpe de Estado, a defender el proceso de cambio, y algo muy profundo: la bandera wiphala [de indígenas], que durante las horas de la ofensiva golpista fue quitada de instituciones y quemada en la calle por manifestantes de derecha.Lo que sucedió no formaba parte del plan de quienes encabezan el golpe de Estado que, a estas horas, presenta más elementos de confusión y violencia que de proyecto planificado. Un elemento resulta claro: el objetivo central era derrocar a Evo Morales y perseguirlo, como denunció al hacer público que un oficial de la Policía Nacional Boliviana (PNB) tiene una orden de arresto ilegal contra su persona, se encuentra en un sitio desconocido.La situación de Morales era ayer por la noche incierta. El canciller de México, Marcelo Ebrard, anunció que el ex- presidente estaba en un avión que lo llevaría a ese país.Su seguridad personal es objeto de mucha preocupación en un contexto donde su casa fue asaltada por grupos violentos y donde no existe ninguna autoridad pública dentro de quienes realizaron el golpe. El estado de derecho ha sido roto y eso ha abierto las puertas a la impunidad absoluta de quien logre ejercer poder.Durante el día, Morales envió mensajes desde su cuenta de Twitter para denunciar la represión en El Alto que se cobró varias vidas, entre ellas la de una niña, y para pedir no caer en enfrentamientos “entre hermanos”. Por la noche, antes de subirse al avión, tuiteó: “Hermanas y hermanos, parto rumbo a México, agradecido por el desprendimiento del gobierno de ese pueblo hermano que nos brindó asilo para cuidar nuestra vida. Me duele abandonar el país por razones políticas, pero siempre estaré pendiente. Pronto volveré con más fuerza y energía”. La propuesta de asilo en México será una salida posible para el presidente derrocado y bajo peligro.Sin gobiernoEn Bolivia, el bloque golpista no logró aún conformar gobierno. Luego de la renuncia de Evo Morales, el vicepresidente Alvaro García Linera y la presidenta del Senado renunciaron tambien. La segunda vicepresidenta del Senado, [un líder de la oposición] Jeanine Áñez, la tercera al frente, debería asumir la Presidencia de Bolivia.Sin embargo, debería asumir con acuerdo del poder legislativo, donde en ambas cámaras tiene mayoría el Movimiento al Socialismo, es decir el partido que fue desplazado por la fuerza.No existe entonces gobierno interino golpista visible luego de más de 24 horas de consumado el golpe de Estado. Existen en cambio poderes que se despliegan en acciones represivas y persecutorias, con los anuncios en redes sociales de Fernando Camacho, cara visible del ala civil del golpe, las acciones de la PNB y de la FAB.Esta última emitió un comunicado el lunes en la noche bajo la lectura del comandante general Williams Kaliman: la FAB desplegará acciones de despliegue en las calles para acompañar a la PNB. No existe entonces gobierno formal, pero sí el poder de las armas.El escenario no es como el que tenían previsto quienes encabezaron el golpe de Estado. La pregunta es en realidad: ¿tenían un escenario organizado que no fuera solamente derrocar y perseguir a Morales y los dirigentes del proceso de cambio?El bloque golpista es heterogéneo, contiene sectores civiles, empresariales, policiales, militares, religiosos e internacionales. Esta última dimensión quedó expresada en la complicidad de la Organización de Estados Americanos (OEA) que no calificó a lo sucedido como golpe de Estado, y en las mismas declaraciones de Estados Unidos que presentó el derrocamiento como regreso a la democracia.La conjunción de fuerzas que logró el golpe parece tener un objetivo claro: descabezar al proceso de cambio, desde sus funcionarios hasta los dirigentes políticos. Eso se ha traducido en las persecusiones, como dan cuenta las solicitudes de asilo en embajadas, centralmente en la de México.Existe entonces una inestabilidad dentro de quienes condujeron la ofensiva, a la vez que una reacción que se pone en marcha, no solamente en El Alto –con un nivel fuerte de radicalidad– sino en varias partes del país.Así, por ejemplo, la Confederación Sindical Única de Trabajadores Campesinos de Bolivia (CSUTCB) anunció bloqueos en toda Bolivia en las carreteras troncales, “resistencia general al golpe de Estado en todo el país”, así como la expulsión de dirigentes que se hicieron parte del derrocamiento.La situación es más inestable que la promesa vendida por Camacho y quienes festejaron en la tarde y noche del domingo. Existe un país que negaron, despreciaron, a pesar de sus esfuerzos por mostrarse democráticos e inclusivos, y ese país comenzó a moverse, a impugnar, a enfrentar la restauración conservadora que busca una revancha.Por el momento no existe, de manera visible, una dirección de los procesos de resistencia. Lo que resulta claro es que la decisión de quienes conducen el golpe será responder con represión en todas las escalas posibles. Ya en la noche del lunes se veían las tanquetas en las calles de La Paz y los vecinos que celebraron el derrocamiento y quema de wiphalas ahora aplauden la militarización.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Horned Frogs sign 21 players, get back to Gary Patterson football

first_imgLinkedin Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas printTCU emphasized size and strength across board for their 2017 recruiting class.Patterson felt the emphasis for this recruiting class was bringing physicality back to football in Fort Worth.“We wanted to get back to being more physical as a football team,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. “What Gary Patterson TCU teams are like.”TCU’s 2017 recruiting class includes seven four-star signees: defensive lineman Dennis Collins (West Monroe, La.), offensive lineman Wes Harris (Aledo), wide receiver Omar Manning (Lancaster), wide receiver Jalen Reagor (Waxahachie), quarterback Shawn Robinson (DeSoto), running back Kenedy Snell (Waxahachie) and defensive back La’Kendrick Van Zandt (Henderson).The 2017 class is ranked 30th nationally in the 247Sports.com composite rankings that include 247Sports, Rivals, Scout and ESPN. Five Horned Frogs are in the ESPN 300: Reagor (43), Harris (145), Robinson (159), Manning (206) and defensive lineman Corey Bethley (271) from Katy.“If you look at the numbers, you might not think we’re that high because we’re not in the top 10, but we’re going to make noise and shock the Big 12,” Reagor said. For Patterson football teams, setting the tone starts with the defense.“I went back to guys, not demeaning previous classes, to add  toughness,” Patterson said. “Alex Bush being one who’s throwback linebacker type.”Coming out of Cerritos College, Bush was ranked as the top junior college linebacker in California and the 11th-best in the nation.Patterson said to expect Ni’Jeel Meeking to play as a linebacker or defensive end.“He was guy that everyone listed as wide out, and we’ll actually start out here as linebacker/defensive end,” Patterson said. “At 6-foot-three, 205 pounds, unbelievable athlete, who’s a typical end of the recruiting class guy who has the flexibility to do a number of things.”Patterson has made a living by turning players who came to Fort Worth to score points into players who prevent points from being scored. Buffalo Bills Pro Bowl defensive end Jerry Hughes is just one example of the many Patterson has flipped over the years.“One of the things we lost during the season defensive line-wise is that we felt like we had to get bigger on the inside,” Patterson said. “We got 300 or close to 300 pound guys.” Two out of the three come from high school programs that won state championships. Bethley came from Katy, which won it all in 2015 and George Ellis, the No. 6 defensive tackle in Florida, out of American Heritage which won a state title in 2016.“What I like is they all come from programs, the high school guys, that are very well coached,” Patterson said. “It’s one of those things where they’ve got a chance to come in and excel earlier because they come from places where they expect to win state titles.”With only eight graduating  seniors on last year’s team, Patterson said he wanted maturity in this year’s incoming class. “Defensive lineman Ezra Tu’ua was one of those situations where we were looking for an older guy, and he’s back from a mission, married, 24 years old, and played with a broken foot all year,” Patterson said of Tu’ua, the first player Patterson has signed from Alaska. “At 6-1 about 322, he’s really strong and plays with a passion on the field.”TCU also added a quarterback coming off a state title. Early enrollee Shawn Robinson led DeSoto to a perfect season in 2016.“Your program usually starts with who you have at quarterback, that’s Shawn Robinson,”  Patterson said. “He’s already in school and going through off season, which gives him a jump on things.”Patterson wouldn’t say one way or the other whether or not Robinson would redshirt or compete for the starting job. “Sonny will do a great job getting him ready, Brennan Wooten,  [Grayson] Muhlstein, and Kenny [Hill].”The Horned Frogs brought in highly-touted receiver Omar Manning, a four-star from Lancaster, just south of Dallas. Manning chose TCU over Oklahoma, Texas, Alabama, Ohio State, LSU, Michigan, Ole Miss and Texas A&M.Another high-profile signing was the addition of four-star wide receiver Jalen Reagor, the No. 6 wide receiver recruit in the country.“I feel like the stars don’t define you as a player,” Reagor said.  “Your play on the field, that’s what defines you week-in and week out.”Reagor said his visit to TCU was what sealed the deal.“Coach P is a great man, the rest of the coaching staff is great, close to home, and  TCU just sounds like a perfect fit,” Reagor said.Reagor will be playing alongside high school teammate and cousin, running back Kennedy Snell, who is also coming to TCU next season.Snell, a wide receiver and return man in high school, compares similarly to another Horned Frog all-purpose hybrid.“He falls in the same line as KaVontae Turpin where he can actually play tailback, run routes, and he can run back kick and punts,” Patterson said.Reagor agreed: “He’s like another Turpin, who can strike at any moment, and he’s relentless.”The Horned Frogs added a couple bruisers on their offensive line as well. “Wes Harris, he played defensive end for Aledo, another team that won a state title this year,” Patterson said. Harris also enrolled early alongside Robinson.Patterson also signed the first player from the state of Washington, adding to TCU’s West Coast profile.“We found Quazzel White, which is a guy who has unbelievable potential,” Patterson said. “He could be a starting guard, but probably has the capabilities to be a tackle for us someday down the road.”Despite National Signing Day having passed, Patterson said TCU still has an eye out for a few players.“Like everybody, we would still like another offensive tackle,” he said. “You never have enough defensive ends, and we would have liked to have gotten one more safety.” Linkedin Garrett Podell ReddIt Facebook Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. 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Pulse Biosciences Announces Start of Controlled Launch of the CellFX System®

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Major firms fail staff in pension provision

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Well-known UK employers such as Grand Metropolitan, Ladbroke and BOC, provide inferior pension benefits to their competitors, according to a survey of about 300 occupational schemes.By contrast, MPs enjoy the best pension funds and generous schemes include those provided by BP, Schroders, Barclays and Marks & Spencer.Pension Scheme Profiles 2000 is compiled by trade union pensions expert Bryn Davies and rates 275 funds from across the UK for level of benefits and employer contribution against a target level of 100 per cent.A key factor in employers improving their rating this year was the scrapping of “clawback” – the practice of offsetting benefits against the level of the basic state pension. Employers which have scrapped or reduced clawback recently include oil giant BP Amoco and Barclays Bank.The annual survey – put out under the Unions Pension Services imprint – has drawn criticism in the past for attempting to pit company pension schemes against each other, but Davies defended the publication. “While all these schemes offer worthwhile benefits, members are entitled to know how well the benefits provided by their scheme compare with those offered by similar employers.” Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Major firms fail staff in pension provisionOn 28 Mar 2000 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

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