Lloyds puts switching cost at £2bn

first_img Lloyds puts switching cost at £2bn whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepediaBetterBeDrones Capture Images No One Was Suppose to SeeBetterBeautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming Nearby Scottsdale (Take a Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search Ads KCS-content Share whatsapp DESIGNING a system to make switching accounts easier would cost the banking industry £2bn and take two years, according to a confidential report given by Lloyds to the Independent Commission on Banking (ICB).The eight-page document and 21-page appendix, seen by City A.M., lays out several options for introducing a new account switching service, with the bank favouring a seven-day redirect service that would enable all direct debits and other payments to be automatically re-routed. Notably, the bank suggests that such a system could also be introduced as part of a resolution process for failing banks: “In the event of bank failure, one of the imperatives may be to migrate substantial numbers of accounts quickly to another provider,” it says. “The switching remedy which we propose could be developed and/or used to reduce the risk of payments going to the wrong accounts following migration.”This suggests that a portable switching service for retail deposits could be part of the infrastructure that banks are required to include in the ring-fenced retail subsidiaries that the ICB has suggested .If the ring-fenced subsidiary were to consist solely of retail deposits and a payments system, it would in fact be closer to “operational” subsidiarisation (ring-fencing of essential infrastructure) rather than a full-scale division of banks along business lines.However, this is unlikely to consist of “full account number portability” of the kind available to mobile phone users. The Lloyds paper concludes that such a system would cost £2bn-£5bn and take five to ten years to implement as it would require a redesign of the entire payments system. The introduction of a switching service that could improve competition in retail banking was one of the ICB’s proposals in its interim report released on Monday. In line with the Lloyds recommendations, the report suggests that “a radically improved system for switching accounts could and should be introduced at a reasonable cost within a short timescale” and that this would be “less costly” than full account number portability. Lloyds declined to comment. center_img Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 12 April 2011 8:42 pm More From Our Partners UK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.org Tags: NULLlast_img read more

William Hill seeks new CFO as Marsh pulls out of appointment

first_img26th March 2020 | By contenteditor People William Hill seeks new CFO as Marsh pulls out of appointment William Hill has recommenced its search for a new chief financial officer after Adrian Marsh, who had previously agreed to take on the role, withdrew from the process due to the ongoing situation regarding novel coronavirus (Covid-19). AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shopscenter_img Topics: People Strategy William Hill has recommenced its search for a new chief financial officer after Adrian Marsh, who had previously agreed to take on the role, withdrew from the process due to the ongoing situation regarding novel coronavirus (Covid-19).The bookmaker appointed Marsh as its CFO last month to replace the outgoing Ruth Prior. It was also agreed that March would become an executive director on the William Hill board.However, William Hill said that given the current unprecedented circumstances related to novel coronavirus (Covid-19), Marsh has instead opted to remain with international packaging business DS Smith.Prior, who is currently serving out her notice period, will continue as CFO while the bookmaker restarts its search for her replacement. She had announced her intention to step down from the role in January.“Whilst we note the reasons for Adrian’s decision, William Hill is focused on taking the necessary steps required in these unprecedented times to protect the interests of its stakeholders, and we will provide an update in due course,” William Hill’s chairman Roger Devlin said.This is the latest major setback William Hill faces as a result of Covid-19, with the bookmaker earlier this month announcing that it expects the virus to have a material impact on revenue.While the operator said it was too soon to determine the impact of the pandemic, it estimated a decline in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of between £100m (€109.0m/$119.1m) and £110m in 2020.As a result of this anticipated disruption, the bookmaker suspended its 2019 dividend to retain financial resources within the business. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) HY2021 Interim Report

first_imgPrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2021 interim results for the half year.For more information about PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Indicative Share Trading Liquidity The total indicative share trading liquidity for PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited (PRIMET.bw) in the past 12 months, as of 5th May 2021, is US$1.87M (BWP20.87M). An average of US$155.71K (BWP1.74M) per month.PrimeTime Property Holdings Limited Interim Results for the Half Year DocumentCompany ProfilePrime Time Property Holdings is a variable rate loan stock company with interests in property investment, property development and property management. The company has invested in a diversified portfolio of office, retail and industrial properties in the major towns and cities of Botswana, and recently acquired two properties in Zambia on a sale and leaseback basis with G4S Zambia. Prime Time Property Holdings Limited acquires properties owned by vendors through acquisition agreements which it then offers to investors through the sale of Linked Units. Its property portfolio in Botswana is made up of 16 fund properties located in Gaborone, Ramotswa, Francistown, Ghanzi, Lobatse and Serowe. Commercial properties in its Botswana portfolio include Prime Plaza, Letshego Place and the South African High Commission.last_img read more

Charter school cap efforts gain momentum

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSCharter SchoolsThe Conversation Previous articleSecond Harvest Food Bank and pig farmers pack 900 Meals for area childrenNext article5 Things You May Not Know About Daylight Saving Time Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Matthew Gardner Kelly is an Assistant Professor of Education at Pennsylvania State University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img Please enter your name here The Anatomy of Fear By Matthew Gardner Kelly, Pennsylvania State UniversityFrom California to Wisconsin, efforts to stop charter school growth are gaining momentum. In the April 2019 mayoral election in Chicago, both candidates say they want to halt charter school expansion.Financial issues lie at the core of these efforts.Schools were hit particularly hard by the 2008 recession. Many states cut education funding. As a scholar of school finance, I would argue that charter school expansion is making this bad situation worse.Trends in school financeIn my home state of Pennsylvania, schools watched US$1 billion disappear when former Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, both cut state funding and refused to replace federal stimulus funding.A similar pattern unfolded across the country. In 2015, 29 states were still providing less money per pupil than before the recession began. In most states, state aid is designed to assist districts with high needs and low wealth. As a result, high-poverty districts were hurt the most by state cuts.School finance scholars often consider school funding systems fair when they give additional funds to districts with the greatest needs. For instance, in conjunction with the Education Law Center of New Jersey, Bruce Baker, an education finance scholar at Rutgers University, has developed a measure of school funding fairness. In a majority of states, Baker found that funding fairness declined in the five years after the Great Recession.Why funding disparities matterA number of politicians, such as Education Secretary Betsy Devos, reformers, and pundits claim that education spending does not impact student learning. They are wrong.Over and over, rigorous research has shown that money matters and that increases in funding for low-income students have a positive impact on outcomes. No matter how we define those outcomes – from scores on standardized tests to the probability a student will experience poverty as an adult – the results are consistent. Anyone who says otherwise is misinformed.The impact of charter expansionThe details of how charter school funding is structured differ by state, and even by districts within a given state. Despite this variation, a number of studies have shown that charter school growth hurts the finances of nearby public school districts. Recent studies from New York and North Carolina have found that charter expansion negatively impacts local districts’ finances above and beyond simply losing per pupil revenue because of declining enrollments.In Pennsylvania, the local district makes a tuition payment to the charter school enrolling each student from that district. The payment is based on per-pupil spending for similar students. For example, if a fourth grader leaves a public school in the Pittsburgh School District to attend a charter, the Pittsburgh School District is required to pay the charter school $16,805.99 – which is the average amount the district spends on a student in the district.At first glance, it perhaps makes sense to have the money follow the children. The problem is that increased charter enrollments rarely allow a district to save as much as they lose in charter tuition. As a result, without additional revenue from state governments or local taxes, districts are forced to make budget cuts and spend less on the students who remain in traditional public schools.Consider an example. Bethlehem Area School District paid $25 million in charter school tuition payments in 2017. It was not possible to save $25 million with the students gone, however, because of the way the students were distributed across the district.The students enrolled in charter schools came from 13 different grades in 22 different schools. Since students moving to a charter were rarely all of the students from a single school, grade or class, the district was not able to reduce staff or close classes to help cover the charter tuition payments. If next year’s third-grade class goes from 28 students to 26 students in a school, district officials still need to keep that third-grade class open. They cannot pay that teacher 2/28th less, heat 2/28th less of that classroom, or reduce the operation of electricity in that classroom by 2/28th.Yet, if the class went from 28 to 26 students because two students enrolled in charters, the district needs to make tuition payments for the missing students. When those payments are repeated and distributed unevenly across schools and grades, it adds up to millions of dollars. Students move between districts all the time, but nowhere near the scale – nor with the fiscal impact – that takes place because of charter expansion. Bethlehem Area School District had 1,900 students, about 12 percent of the district’s population, enrolled in charter schools in 2017.As Bethlehem Area School District’s business manager explained in a recent survey describing the challenges the district faces because of charter tuition payments, “there’s nothing left to cut.” Across the state, mandated costs are growing faster than the money many districts have coming in: costs for faculty and staff benefits like health insurance and pension payments, special education services and charter school tuition payments.Charter school expansion drains dollars from local districts in other ways as well. For example, charters enroll far fewer students with characteristics that require additional financial resources, including students with disabilities and English language learners. These dynamics compound the financial difficulties for traditional public schools, which are required to educate all students.The appeal of charter schoolsResearch on the academic performance of charter schools is mixed, though some perform quite well. In New York City, students in a number of well-known charters often outperform similar students in traditional public schools. It makes sense – the highest-performing charters in New York often spend $2,000 to $4,300 more per pupil than traditional public schools, much of it coming through fund-raising and philanthropic efforts.Some pundits and politicians like U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz insist charter school expansion will force traditional public schools to improve through competition. I believe it’s dishonest to ask traditional public schools to improve through competition while at the same time creating fiscal difficulties that hamper their ability to compete.Since the 19th century, American school reformers have focused on making schools and districts larger to lower costs and save money through economies of scale. But charter schools increase costs by removing these economies of scale and creating multiple school systems within the same district. Until policymakers provide additional funds to deal with the problems that arise from removing economies of scale, charter school moratoriums might provide some temporary relief. However, a moratorium on charter schools will not fix the issue by itself. Public schools need more revenue to deal with the problems created by the money they lose to charter schools. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment!last_img read more

Shane Williams out for 10 weeks following Francois Steyn tackle

first_imgTuesday Nov 16, 2010 Shane Williams out for 10 weeks following Francois Steyn tackle Welsh wizard Shane Williams will be out of rugby for at least 10 weeks after he suffered a shoulder injury just before halftime in Wales 29-25 loss to South Africa on the weekend. He may also be a doubtful starter for the Six Nations. Williams, his countrys all time leading try scorer and the third highest try scorer in Test history with 53, was flung and dumped by Springbok center Francois Steyn, causing a dislocation of the left shoulder as he landed awkwardly. “Truth is, I just dont know yet what Ive done to the shoulder. Ive had an operation on both of them in the past to clean them out, but because I have never dislocated my shoulder before Im not sure how bad it is,” Williams said. “I went down, heard it pop and then when I rolled over on it, I heard another pop, so Im assuming it has popped out and popped back in. But Im not a doctor. Its as sore as hell at the moment, almost unbearably so. Its like toothache and Ive had to take quite a few painkillers,” he added. Wales physiotherapist Mark Davies said later that a scan revealed what was suspected the shoulder dislocated then immediately moved back into place. Williams will undergo exploratory surgery to assess the damage. “We know he will be out of action now for a minimum of 10 weeks,” Davies said. He will miss Wales remaining November internationals, including meetings with Fiji and New Zealand. Theres also a real chance that the 33 year old will be out for the start of the Six Nations too. Wales now have just George North, the eighteen year old, to rely on as they search for another wing to join him for the next few games. Leigh Halfpenny is injured, so the talk is that Chris Czekaj, Will Harries, or Aled Brew may take the left wing berth. Time: 0:43 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s What That Tiny Hole Next to Your Iphone Camera Actually DoesNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Seven more corporate fundraising partnerships for March 2018

first_img Tagged with: corporate 3. B&Q & ShelterB&Q has marked a year of its partnership with Shelter with colleagues participating in a national fundraising campaign. Colleagues in stores took part in step challenges that replicated Shelter’s tower running event, Vertical Rush, which takes place at Tower 42 in London annually. B&Q also funds Shelter’s team of specialist DIY advisers who provide practical help to those settling into a new home following a period of homelessness, as well as supporting others to stay in their current home by making essential home improvements. To date B&Q support has helped 240 families. Main image: CLIC Sargent  173 total views,  1 views today  174 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis29 Melanie May | 21 March 2018 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis29 6. J D Wetherspoon & CLIC SargentJ D Wetherspoon has now raised £15m for CLIC Sargent. The milestone means fundraisers at J D Wetherspoon pubs across the country have raised the equivalent of £1 million each year since the partnership began in 2002. J D Wetherspoon is CLIC Sargent’s longest-standing corporate partner. The partnership was formed when the pub chain’s founder, Tim Martin, found himself sat opposite the charity’s then chief executive David Ellis on a train journey. The chance meeting led to the agreement of a fundraising partnership with an initial target of £500,000.Image: Geraldine Burns, Joanna Hancock (CLIC Sargent), Fiona McCann, Kate Burns, Allison Rice, Gareth McEllduff, John Hutson (Wetherspoon Director), Sharon Reid. 4. Leeds Building Society & SamaritansSamaritans is partnering with Leeds Building Society, which is aiming to raise £250,000 to help the charity support more people by futureproofjng its services and boosting capacity. Leeds Building Society colleagues and a panel of its members will be given the chance to choose how the funds raised are spent by voting for one of two projects, to be announced later this year. The first will see new technology introduced allowing volunteers to move more easily between phone, email, text and chat responses. The second will fund volunteer recruitment to help meet demand. 7. Truckman & RNLITruckman has introduced a new scheme to support UK charities, which has already helped RNLI. The West Midlands-based company has provided the RNLI’s Criccieth Lifeboat station in North Wales with one of its Truckman Utility hardtops, which will be used as a support vehicle for rescue operations. Using Truckman’s scheme, the RNLI was able to save on the cost price of the hardtop. In addition to hardtops, the scheme also allows registered UK charities to receive a discount on a range of Truckman products, including everything from tow-bars to personalised car mats.center_img Advertisement 2. QVC & Breast Cancer CareBreast Cancer Care’s fundraising partnership with QVC raised £340,000 in 2017. Over £6.4 million has now been raised during QVC UK’s 18-year partnership with Breast Cancer Care. QVC UK employees donated £32,829.17 to the charity with employees taking part in a range of activities from cake baking, raffles and tombolas to fancy dress days in the office. QVC UK was also able to reach its £340,000 fundraising total through customer donations and creating a bespoke Breast Cancer Care product range. 1. EDF Energy Doxford & Breast Cancer NowEmployees at EDF Energy Doxford have raised over £1,300 in a fundraiser for Breast Cancer Now, the company’s official charity partner, through a range of fun-filled activities. Employees got into the charitable spirit by hosting quizzes, cake sales, raffles and a tombola, to raise a total of £1,324.10 to help fund the charity’s life-saving breast cancer research. The company-wide partnership with Breast Cancer Now began in 2016, and EDF Energy has pledged to raise a total of £450,000 over the course of the three-year partnership. Here are seven more companies supporting charities through a range of activities, including raising funds through bake sales, tombolas and challenge events, volunteering, and offering services such as B&Q’s support for people settling into new homes after being homeless. 5. Clydesdale & Yorkshire Banks & Hospice UKSince February 2008 when Clydesdale and Yorkshire Banks announced a new fundraising partnership with Hospice UK, over £6 million has now been raised by the banks’ employees and customers with 124 local hospices directly benefitting over the last 10 years. Hospices have also benefitted from over 40,000 volunteer hours while almost 400 staff have completed three separate marathon hikes, with 60 scaling Ben Nevis and 29 cycling from Workington to Whitby in 2013. In 2017 an auction of new Clydesdale Bank £10 notes featuring Robert Burn also raised £50,000.Image: CYBG CEO David Duffy by Peter Devlin Seven more corporate fundraising partnerships for March 2018 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Student occupation says ‘all walls must go!’

first_imgStudents all over New York City walked out in protest Feb. 7.New York – Demanding “This place is sanctuary!” three students were lead organizers of the Jan. 30 occupation at the New School. One of their many chants was “From Palestine to Mexico, all the walls have to go!” With 100 other students and supportive faculty, a “mic check” was called.Sage demanded that New School President David Van Zandt declare the college a sanctuary for undocumented students, and that the school offer these students legal and financial aid. She asserted that “Trump’s executive orders are not the final word! No human is illegal!”A Palestinian student spoke of her family’s persecution and the denial of their rights. Other speakers mentioned the increased attacks on students since Trump’s inauguration. A speaker affirmed that students are refusing the registration of immigrants “by any means necessary!”After the militant rally, these New School leaders continued their protest with an unpermitted march to a nearby park. There they met with students from at least four other campuses for an outdoor rally, where the crowd chanted, “No hate! No fear! Immigrants are welcome here!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

‘Fracking’: La ‘gran mentira’ sobre desechos tóxicos

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this FiladelfiaLa fracturación hidráulica, conocida como “fracking”, es el proceso de forzar el agua cargada de productos químicos en formaciones de lutitas subterráneas para extraer gas natural y petróleo. Esta práctica se intensificó a principios de la década de 2000.Un camión volcado que transportaba salmuera cerca de Coolville, Ohio, 2017.Cuando las comunidades afectadas negativamente por el fracking protestaron, la industria energética lanzó campañas publicitarias masivas para promover el gas natural obtenido por este proceso como la “energía más limpia” y promocionó su seguridad. Los ejecutivos de la industria ridículamente lo etiquetaron como tecnología “verde”.Las compañías de energía basaron sus argumentos en comparaciones con el carbón y la energía nuclear. Desestimaron las preocupaciones de los científicos de que el gas metano liberado por el fracking era un gas de efecto invernadero más dañino que el dióxido de carbono relacionado con el calentamiento global. Los perforadores afirmaron que la contaminación del agua del pozo era “natural”.A pesar de las voces que advirtieron que este era otro esquema fraudulento, pero lucrativo, el desarrollo global de la perforación de combustibles fósiles “no convencionales” provocó un frenesí en Wall Street en 2014. En ese momento, la prohibición de Washington de exportar gas y petróleo de los EE. UU. causó que muchos analistas de la industria se preguntan si las ventas nacionales de petróleo y gas fracturado generaron ganancias suficientes para compensar el costo de asegurar los arrendamientos de tierras y pagar el fracking.El gobierno de Obama salvó a la industria al revertir algunas prohibiciones contra la exportación de gas y petróleo de Estados Unidos. De repente, se apresuró a crear oleoductos e instalaciones para acomodar la exportación al exterior, lo que genera mayores ganancias que las ganancias nacionales.Para 2016, el fracking se usó en dos tercios de todos los pozos nuevos, informó la Administración de Información Energética. Había 1 millón de pozos activos de petróleo o gas natural en 33 estados.La administración Trump permitió a la industria energética expandir el uso del fracking al levantar las restricciones a la exportación. El resultado fue un aumento del 300 por ciento en los permisos de perforación. La reversión de las protecciones ambientales por parte de Trump benefició directamente a esta industria, que ya estaba muy poco regulada.Para 2017, la producción de petróleo de EE.UU. a partir del fracking creció a alrededor de 9,6 millones de barriles por día, casi el doble que la década anterior. La fracturación hidráulica permitió a EE.UU. convertirse en el mayor productor de petróleo y gas del mundo, con una producción de gas natural que aumentó en un 70 por ciento entre 2005 y 2018. Sin embargo, las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero también aumentaron en un 13 por ciento en solo dos años, de 2016 a 2018.Un billón de galones de aguas residuales al añoEl proceso de fracking implica el uso de 2 millones a 8 millones de galones de agua por pozo, dependiendo de la formación de roca. El agua se mezcla con productos químicos que a menudo son tóxicos, incluso cancerígenos. Las empresas con frecuencia se niegan a revelar el contenido de estos productos químicos, alegando que son “secretos comerciales”.A medida que el gas natural fluye hacia la superficie, trae aguas residuales, que contienen sales y productos químicos, y también materiales radiactivos que ocurren naturalmente en formaciones subterráneas. Etiquetada como “salmuera” por la industria, estas aguas residuales a menudo contienen altos niveles del elemento químico Radio.El fracking produce casi 1 billón (millón de millones) de galones de aguas residuales tóxicas cada año. En enero, la revista Rolling Stone informó sobre una investigación que muestra que este líquido tóxico está enfermando a los trabajadores y está propagando la contaminación en los Estados Unidos.Entre los trabajadores más afectados se encuentran los camioneros a quienes se les paga para que retiren la salmuera. A menudo, sin saberlo, estos conductores de camiones cisterna transportan “cargas calientes” que promedian alrededor de 9.300 picocuries de radio por litro y pueden alcanzar hasta 28.500 picocuries.El radio, que es abundante en salmuera, es tan peligroso que está sujeto a restricciones estrictas, incluso en sitios de desechos peligrosos. Debido a que el radio contiene los carcinógenos radio-226 y radio-228, la Comisión Reguladora Nuclear requiere que la descarga industrial permanezca por debajo de 60 picocuries por litro de cada uno.La película documental “Gaslands”, dirigida por el ambientalista Josh Fox y lanzada en 2010, se centra en el impacto del fracking en varios estados. Explica que una inyección de fracking producirá de 200 a 300 camiones cisterna de desechos tóxicos y radiactivos. Cada sitio de pozo industrial contiene docenas de almohadillas de superficie que contienen cada uno 20 o más pozos. La fracturación hidráulica en un solo sitio de pozo puede requerir de 38.400 a 172.800 viajes de camiones cisterna durante su vida útil.Los conductores rara vez reciben ropa protectora, y los derrames de petroleros son comunes. El Departamento de Transporte exige que los camiones que transportan materiales radiactivos estén claramente designados con carteles que contengan un símbolo de radiactividad. Sin embargo, la industria ignora esta regulación, ya que las señales de advertencia rara vez se muestran en los camiones que transportan salmuera.La industria energética califica la salmuera tóxica como ‘segura’Al afirmar que la salmuera es “completamente segura”, las compañías de energía han inventado muchos métodos para deshacerse de esta mezcla peligrosa y mortal.Una práctica común en Pensilvania era verter la salmuera directamente en los ríos cercanos hasta que quedara expuesta cuando los centros de filtración de aguas residuales cerca de Filadelfia y Pittsburgh informaron una corrosión extensa en las tuberías de sus sistemas. Luego fue prohibido.Otro método de eliminación cada vez más común es bombear millones de galones de salmuera a los pozos de inyección. Se ha demostrado que esta práctica puede provocar terremotos dañinos en áreas cercanas a los pozos.Quizás la práctica industrial más insidiosa ha sido ofrecer salmuera gratuita a los estados y municipios rurales para su uso a lo largo de las carreteras como deshielo invernal y para el control del polvo en carreteras sin pavimentar. Esta forma de “eliminar” depósitos de salmuera de alta radiactividad en el suelo donde permanecerá para siempre, poniendo en peligro las comunidades cercanas. ¡Sin embargo, esta práctica es legal en 13 estados!Los consumidores que compran una jarra turquesa de deshielo líquido AquaSalina en su ferretería local pueden esparcir salmuera con niveles de radio de aproximadamente 2.500 picocuries por litro en su patio, acera o camino de entrada. La industria ha designado a sabiendas esta eliminación comercial de salmuera cancerígena como “uso beneficioso”. ¡Este desecho radiactivo embotellado está incluso etiquetado como “seguro para el medio ambiente y las mascotas”!last_img read more

WW Commentary: People with disabilities fight to be counted in the battle vs. COVID-19 and depression

first_imgFebruary 2000 protest at the State Capitol building in Sacramento by Calif. Network for Mental Health Clients to protest proposed legislation Assembly Bill 1800 to expand the criteria, lengthen involuntary inpatient commitment. During pandemic, involuntary psychiatric commitment is a death sentence! [Credit: antipsychiatry.org]“When the able-bodied community gets the sniffles, we get pneumonia. … The difficulties are multiplied tenfold,” said Damien Gregory, an African-American wheelchair user with cerebral palsy. (“Coronavirus Strains Safety Net for People with Disabilities,” Wall Street Journal, April 19)When asked about the numbers and statistics on how the COVID-19 coronavirus has affected people with disabilities, Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for the Independence of the Disabled New York  (CIDNY), told the interviewer: “People with disabilities are not being counted!” (Metrofocus, PBS, April 16)Dooha warned that people with disabilities are at higher risk for this pandemic due to the chronic conditions they face, the disparately more overcrowded facilities in which they live, their ages and the prevalence of living in poverty — all of which are dramatically increased for disabled people of color. Miscounting people with disabilities is nothing new in U.S. history! 2020, the year of the pandemic, is also a U.S. census year. However, racist, ableist and sexist methods of miscounting have also been used as weapons against the oppressed. The original Constitution of the U.S. counted enslaved African Americans as three-fifths of a person. In the U.S. censuses from 1840 through 1890, people considered “mentally ill” or “mentally re****ed” were counted in those categories. These data were used to facilitate forced institutionalization of people with emotional, mental, psychological and neurodivergent disabilities in prisons and asylums, as well as to perpetuate racist stereotypes with falsified statistics regarding African Americans and Indigenous peoples. (“A Disability History of the United States” by Kim E. Nielsen) It is significant that many of the people at the greatest risk for COVID-19 today in the U.S. are housed in nursing homes, so-called mental institutions and prisons.The U.S. Immigration Act of 1882 also “miscounted” disabled people by prohibiting people from entering the U.S. if they were “unable to take care of himself or herself without becoming a public charge.” These restrictions on the right of a disabled person to immigrate to the U.S. were made even more restrictive in 1891, 1903, 1907 and 1924. All these draconian laws were also racist in excluding Asian Americans, especially Chinese people.At Ellis Island in New York harbor during the peak years of U.S. immigration from 1870 to 1924,  when potential immigrants were screened, interviewed and examined, U.S. officials marked those with any form of disability with a chalked letter on their backs containing a different code for each disability, so it would be easier to exclude them. “X” was the mark given to people with “possible mental illness” and “X” with a circle for “definite mental illness.” (“More than Passenger Lists: The Other Records at Ellis Island” by Rhonda McClure, Ancestry.com, March 2006) This reporter’s mother, aunts and uncles entered the U.S. after going through Ellis Island.COVID-19 pandemic unleashes perfect storm of depression risksEmotional, mental, psychological and neurodivergent disabilities is a category of disability profoundly impacted by this pandemic.In an article titled “COVID-19 could lead to an epidemic of clinical depression, and the health care system isn’t ready for that, either,” clinical psychology scientists Jonathan Kanter and Katherine Manbeck at the University of Washington’s Center for the Science of Social Connection sounded the alarm: “Isolation, social distancing and extreme changes in daily life are hard now, but the United States also needs to be prepared for what may be an epidemic of clinical depression because of COVID-19. … We do not wish to be the bearers of bad news. But this crisis, and our response to it, will have psychological consequences.” (conversation.com, April 1)They elaborated on what they called a perfect storm of depression risks. They classified stress, loss, grief and catastrophic financial difficulties as robust predictors of depression, warning that loneliness breeds depression.  Kanter and Manbeck’s practice is in the state of Washington, the first U.S. COVID-19 epicenter.This reporter has experience with depression. I was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia in 1975 and was improperly medicated for five years. Finally, a psychiatrist corrected the diagnosis, after first encouraging me to visit the library and study for myself what was then called manic depressive disorder (now called bipolar). My psychiatrist and I collaborated to match my symptoms more closely to manic depression in order to prove the first diagnosis wrong. This psychiatrist gradually weaned me off extremely addictive psychotropic medications which had caused serious side effects, including drowsiness, disorientation, uncontrollable shaking, inability to sleep and unusual and dangerous sensitivity to heat.In 1993, my 83-year-old mother was medicated against her will with some of these same antipsychotic drugs. After she refused to take her meds, a relative and a psychiatrist signed her into Hillside Psychiatric Hospital Strauss Cottage, where she was held for three weeks until she would agree to take her meds and comply with an Elder Care plan of seven days a week home care, for which my father would have to pay. My mother was forced to wear an ankle bracelet so she wouldn’t run away. When I visited her, a Jewish friend of hers, a Nazi Holocaust survivor, was being given electric shock treatment for her nightmares about the Nazi concentration camps. My mother died two years later.In 1990, the Supreme Court ruled that prisoners, who are disproportionately people of color, do not have the same rights as nonprisoners to refuse antipsychotic medications. Many now fear that they will be involuntarily forced to take unproven medications for COVID-19, which can be a death sentence — especially for those with cardiovascular and respiratory afflictions.This reporter recognizes that people with and without disabilities have been helped by the treatment of psychiatrists and other mental health professionals. But the capitalist system, which puts profits before people, encourages and promotes abuse of patients and discourages nurturing, scientifically sound patient care.In 1981, when I first identified myself as a person with an emotional disability, I joined with comrade Betsy Gimbel in Workers World Party’s People with Disabilities Caucus at the All Peoples Congress in Detroit. The APC was the grandparent of today’s Peoples Power Assemblies. Betsy had been secretary of the great civil rights group Disabled in Action and helped lead the fight for wheelchair lifts on New York City buses. Betsy stressed that the most important thing about people with disabilities is our abilities.  I have traveled with scooter-user Mary Kaessinger in her struggles to navigate the 80 percent inaccessible New York subway system, when several people had to lift her and her scooter into a subway car because it is not at the same level as the platform. Sometimes she had to change her route and travel long distances to find a station with an elevator. She often enlightened me with the remark: “Welcome to my world.”COVID-19 has now “welcomed” the entire world to what disabled people have endured and known in our bones for centuries.All disabilities can be considered to constitute a rainbow in which the independent struggle of each disabled person for equal access, justice and health care enhances the overall struggles of all peoples with disabilities and of all the world’s workers and oppressed. Just as a pebble at the top of a snowcapped mountain can grow to be a huge boulder, we can create a world where everyone is counted and can contribute according to their abilities and receive according to their needs.Edward Yudelovich, a Workers World Party People with Disabilities Caucus organizer with emotional and hearing loss disabilities, dedicates this article to the memory of Rosemary Neidenberg, whose encouragement helped fuel his activism for the past half century.         FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Indian reporter badly beaten for article about Tamil Nadu minister

first_img Organisation June 10, 2021 Find out more India is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. “It is absolutely unacceptable that someone involved in a journalist’s murder should be able to carry another attack on a journalist with complete impunity three years later,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Everything suggests that the responsibility for this attack lies above all with the minister Rajendra Balaji. We therefore call on Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami to fire him at once so that he can be brought to justice. The impunity must stop.” Balaji is notorious for urging his supporters to use violence against his enemies. At a press conference last month, he told journalists they should not “ask questions about politics.” Last year, he called for the tongue of one of his opponents to be cut out. News Help by sharing this information to go further IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence According to the Virudhunagar superintendent of police, who is responsible for investigating the attack against Karthi, Sellapandi was involved in the death of Karthigai Selvan, a journalist who was murdered in Sivakasi in a similar attack by a group of men armed with steel bars in January 2017. April 27, 2021 Find out more March 3, 2021 Find out more After a newspaper reporter was beaten almost to death by political activists this week in India’s far-south state of Tamil Nadu, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities to ensure that both the instigators and perpetrators of this attack are quickly brought to justice. Follow the news on India IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Karthi says Balaji phoned him just before the attack to express his displeasure with the article. He also says he recognized two of his attackers as individuals nicknamed Sellapandi and Poomurugan who are supporters of the Balaji faction. The police arrested them yesterday. India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media News Reporter M. Karthi (right) was beaten almost to death. He says Minister Rajendra Balaji (left) phoned him just before the attack to express his displeasure with an article (photos: TopTamilNews – TOI). RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 RSF_en The attack took place just hours after an article by Karthi about splits within Tamil Nadu’s leading regional political party, the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), was published in the Kumudham Reporter, the regional weekly for which he is the Virudhunagar district correspondent. Receive email alerts News The article raised the possibility that the AIADMK faction led by Rajendra Balaji, Tamil Nadu’s minister of dairy development, could be defeated by a rival faction led by Raja Varman, a member of Tamil Nadu’s parliament. March 6, 2020 Indian reporter badly beaten for article about Tamil Nadu minister News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival Reporter M. Karthi sustained deep cuts to his head, a broken jaw and lesions all over his body when a group of men beat him with steel bars in Sivakasi, a town in Virudhunagar district, on the evening of 3 March. Karthi heard one of his assailants shout: “You want to publish news, you bastard? I’ll kill you today!”last_img read more