Analysis: How Nemani Nadolo could wreck the World Cup for England and Wales

first_imgNemani Nadolo, Fiji’s hulking talisman, has been in jaw-dropping form for the Crusaders and could pose some huge problems for the more fancied nations in Pool A According to common consensus among early newspaper reports, the iceberg that submerged the Titanic in 1912 was between 50 and 100 feet high and 200 to 400 feet high.Now, Nemani Nadolo is not quite as vast as the entity that sunk the ‘unsinkable’ ship. Even so, he could prove devastating to a major nation during the upcoming Rugby World Cup.From the moment the draw for Pool A was made in December 2012, both hosts England and Warren Gatland’s Wales have known they face an excruciatingly tough schedule just to avoid the embarrassment of a group-stage exit.Australia, two-time winners of the tournament, join the Six Nations duo. The likes of Israel Folau, Michael Hooper and David Pocock mean the Wallabies are loaded with exceptional players.Then, a year ago, Fiji hammered the Cook Islands to qualify as well. Pacific Islanders are famed for freakish individual talent and Nadolo – a rapid, skilful specimen who weighs nigh on 130 kilograms – is doing ludicrous things for the Crusaders.Here is how his attacking ability could hurt Fiji’s more illustrious opponents.FinishingWhile the Crusader’s have endured a fairly underwhelming campaign, Nadolo is currently sitting on seven tries from 12 appearances. Some of his scores have been spectacular too.This one instigated a 57-14 thrashing of South African strugglers the Cheetahs:Part of the Crusaders’ problem has been their overly-lateral phase-play. Far too often they have shifted the ball to the flanks without threatening the gain-line.In this case, left wing Nadolo has minimal space to exploit. Still, the finish requires a stunning piece of skill.Taking a pass from Ryan Crotty, the transfer onto his left foot is almost instant. Opposite number Clayton Blommetijies is beaten for pace. He has committed his weight forward, but would concede a penalty for a tackle without the ball if he continued into contact:Though the ball heads infield, the natural curve from Nadolo’s instep sends it back towards the touchline. Neither hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld nor No.8 Jean Cook can intervene:Last weekend in Auckland, the Blues were dispatched 34-11. However, emboldened by Eden Park as usual, Joh Kirwan’s team had built up a 6-0 advantage. Then Dan Carter gambled:Before this decisive phase, the Crusaders probed across the Blues line. A burly carry from Richie McCaw took a narrow tack close to the breakdown and crossed the 22.When the ball is recycled and scrum-half Mitchell Drummond shapes to pass, we can see Nadolo hugging the left touchline. Holding his width, he makes full use of the playing area and offers an option to Carter, who glances across to assess things:The fly-half’s kick has a higher trajectory than most modern implementations of this tactic, resembling a rugby league-style crossfield bomb – something Folau used to feast on in the NRL with Melbourne Storm.Interestingly, as the ball goes up, Carter’s casual body language suggests he is not anticipating a try. That said, Nadolo chases like a train as Blues wide man Ben Lam turns:Nadolo commits wholeheartedly to the jump and is rewarded. He sticks out a big left arm……and gathers the rebound. Nadolo’s baggy shorts and heavy strapping give him the look of an NBA superstar at times. This acrobatic take backed up that image.Collisions and offloadsAs the aforementioned tries demonstrate, Nadolo is far from an unguided missile. Instead, he complements his size with intelligence and guile.This carry comes from first phase off the back of a scrum. Five Highlanders are tied in due to a combination of sheer power and evasive footwork – unbalanced defenders obviously do not have a strong base from which to make a tackle – and Jordan Taufua can pick up and shunt over to score around the fringes:Earlier in the same game, which the Crusaders actually lost 25-20, Nadolo had manufactured another five-pointer.Flanker Matt Todd dotted down this time:A Colin Slade break puts the Highlanders on the back foot, but when Nadolo catches the ball he is met by Waisake Naholo and Nasi Manu, with All Black full-back Ben Smith covering. He bypasses all three.Stepping off his left foot back against the grain between Naholo and Manu, he ties them both in:Shooting his left arm past the Highlanders duo, Nadolo twists into a pass not dissimilar to a tennis backhand: LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS All smiles: Nadolo drives over for a try on Crusaders duty Put simply, Pool A favourites will get a horrible shock should they underestimate Fiji. Gifted Glasgow Warriors Leone Nakawara and Niko Matawalu, Leicester Tigers Seremaia Bai and Vereniki Goneva, plus stardust from Asaeli Tikoirotuma and Napolioni Nalaga add up to a perilous, unpredictable proposition.Then you have talisman Nadolo, six feet and five inches of all-action obstacle all on his own. England and Wales will need to negotiate him carefully. A closer replay does the assist justice:Support runners can swarm Nadolo in the knowledge that the Fijian will almost always get his arms free to create an opening.Sprinting down his favourite channel against the hapless Reds, he find Andy Ellis with an 10-metre overhead:Then, a fortnight ago in Wellington, this effort through midfield sparked the Crusaders’ best performance and a 35-18 triumph over runaway league leaders the Hurricanes:After Ardie Savea and Victor Vito are brushed aside, Todd is again the beneficiary. He receives a flying flick-pass:Viewing the try from a reverse angle gives a good idea of how difficult Nadolo is to contain:Naturally, the more havoc one man can wreak in the contact area, the harder a defence must work to contain them. Unfortunately for those attempting to quell Nadolo’s influence, he can also pick passes before the tackle.Link manThe Crusaders’ home tie against the Blues in April brought a 29-15 success. Nadolo was the catalyst for their most penetrative attacks. This outside arc led to Drummond’s run in:Jonathan Joseph has spent this past season doing just this for Bath and England. As Akira Ioane speeds out of the line, Nadolo stands him up. When his opponent is flat-footed, he accelerates to the outside shoulder:With Ioane beaten, George Moala must step in. This is Nadolo’s cue to feed Crotty, who swerves infield to play in Drummond:A quarter of an hour later, another deft pass put Taufua clear:Again, Nadolo calmly assesses the situation. Slade’s pass has put him in a lot of room and he senses that covering defenders are speeding across.Stepping inside, he draws them towards him. Taufua has a walk-in:On national service, Nadolo is understandably handed heightened responsibility.Centre of attentionThursday, October 1 is the day Fiji take on Wales at the Millennium Stadium. Nadolo has happy memories on the venue.Wearing the 12 shirt last November, he scored all of his country’s points as they got within four points of Wales despite spending the final half an hour with 14 men.His interception score was as much about courageous anticipation as it was defensive positioning.  Nadolo cuts off Rhys Priestland‘s outlets before pouncing onto the pass:Just to complete the inventory, Nadolo is a decent tactical kicker. From centre he should touch the ball far more and Fiji will look to him for field position.Oh, and he takes the shots at goal. And he can nail them from the right touchline……or the left: TAGS: Highlight last_img read more


first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Submit a Press Release Rector Shreveport, LA Submit an Event Listing Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Albany, NY Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Press Release Service Rector Collierville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Washington, DC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Bath, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Por Onell A. SotoPosted Jun 20, 2013 Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK center_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Associate Rector Columbus, GA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Director of Music Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Course Director Jerusalem, Israel La reunión del papa Francisco con el arzobispo de Cantórbery, Justin Welby ha sido comentada muy favorablemente. “Parecía el encuentro de dos viejos amigos”, comentó La Repubblica. El papa Francisco dijo: “Estoy seguro de que esta unión permitirá al mundo católico conocer mejor y apreciar las tradiciones espirituales, litúrgicas y pastorales del patrimonio anglicano”. Y apuntó a que  esta historia “es larga y compleja, no exenta de momentos dolorosos”. Las últimas décadas no obstante  han estado caracterizadas por un camino de cercanía, de aproximación y de fraternidad por el que debemos dar gracias sinceramente a Dios, dijo el papa.El VII Sínodo General de la Iglesia Anglicana de México, en sesión los días 14 y 15 de junio eligió a Francisco Moreno, obispo de la diócesis del Norte de México, como Primado, para servir por un período de seis años.  En este cargo sucede a Carlos Touché-Porter, obispo de la diócesis de México. El nuevo primado estudió en el Seminario de San Andrés, tiene 65 años, está casado y es padres de tres hijos.La diócesis episcopal de Puerto Rico ha anunciado que la fecha de elección de un obispo para suceder a David Álvarez, será el 7 de septiembre y su consagración el 23 de noviembre. Álvarez nació en 1941 y es obispo desde 1987. A diferencia de otras comunidades cristianas en la Iglesia Episcopal la elección de un obispo es de por vida y es realizada por una asamblea de clérigos y laicos “canónicamente residentes de la diócesis”.Para algunas comunidades indígenas de América Latina los linchamientos de personas  que han cometido graves delitos constituyen una costumbre ancestral. El obispo católico romano de Santa Cruz de la Sierra en Bolivia, Sergio Gualberti Calandrina, dijo que es necesario inculcar una cultura que enseñe la sacralidad de la vida para prevenir actos como éstos. En el 2007 el Defensor del Pueblo indicó en esa zona se registraron 57 linchamientos y que la cifra sigue en aumento. Con frecuencia los linchamientos son realizados por una multitud enardecida que castiga o mata sin ningún proceso legal. Además de Bolivia se sabe que en Guatemala han ocurrido actos similares.La Primera Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colorado Springs, Colorado, fundada en 1872 y con una feligresía de 5,000 miembros decidió el domingo 16 de junio abandonar su pertenencia a la denominación presbiteriana nacional, después de 10 meses de discusiones sobre los matrimonios gay. El 90 por ciento de los miembros votó a favor de la decisión de abandonar la denominación. Se cree que otras iglesias seguirán el mismo curso como ha ocurrido en las iglesias episcopales y luteranas.Berta Soler, líder de las Damas de Blanco, grupo pacifista que lucha por un cambio político en Cuba, dijo que espera ampliar la acción de las Damas al resto de la isla. El grupo de unas 70 mujeres se reúne en la Iglesia de Santa Rita en La Habana todos los domingos para participar de la Eucaristía. Soler y una acompañante recibieron a nombre de las Damas el Premio Sájarov que le concedió el Parlamento Europeo en el 2005. Es mejor tarde que nunca, dijo una de las Damas.Ofelia Acevedo y su hija Rosa María Payá, viuda e hija de Oswaldo Payá fundador del Movimiento Cristiano Liberación, desaparecido en un “accidente” vial el año pasado han dicho que su abandono de Cuba es meramente “temporal”. Además, han reafirmado su compromiso por la democratización de la isla y la defensa de las libertades individuales.Después de años de controversias y negativas, los Boy Scouts de América, la organización juvenil más grande del país con 2.7 millones de niños y jóvenes afiliados en más de 100,000 centros en todo el país, decidió permitir la participación de niños gay en sus filas. Al mismo tiempo, seguirá la prohibición para la participación de adultos, sean líderes juveniles o padres de los niños, en las actividades de la organización, si son gays o lesbianas.Hassan Rohani, declarado ganador en las elecciones presidenciales en Irán, es el único clérigo y el único considerado moderado de los seis candidatos que se postularon para suceder a Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. El clérigo reformista obtuvo 18 millones de votos, lo que le otorgó una ventaja de más de 50%, lo suficiente para ganar en la primera vuelta.El martes 11 de junio fue asesinado en Bogotá, Germán Giraldo Orozco quien en años anteriores perteneció al clero de la Iglesia Episcopal en Colombia, era hermano del diácono Edgar Giraldo de la Iglesia Episcopal. Su cadáver fue expuesto en la Catedral Episcopal de San Pablo en Bogotá.VERDAD. “La sangre de los justos no se derrama en vano”, José Martí, 1852-1895, patriota cubano. Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rapidísimas Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Featured Events Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Belleville, IL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest last_img read more

Breaking News: Apopka police raid tax office on Central Avenue

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate It took 15 months? Three suspects arrested on racketeering charges at three locations in Orange CountyThe Apopka Police Department (APD), working alongside the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI) for over a year, raided a rapid refund tax office on Central Avenue in Apopka on Wednesday that the APD says was operating as a gambling house.The APD and MBI arrested Hendry Miguel Morales Mendez, 35 of Orlando, and charged him with Racketeering, Keeping a Gambling House, and Operating an Illegal Lottery.Hendry Miguel Morales MendezAlso arrested during simultaneous raids at two other Orange County locations were Angie Lenny Bonilla Hernandez, 37 of Orlando, and Ivelisse Rosado, 40 of Philadelphia, PA.According to a news release from the APD, Apopka police were notified of an alleged crime in December 2016 that occurred at Rapid Refund Tax Services at 734 South Central Avenue in Apopka. The victim alleged that he had been participating in an “underground” lottery. When the victim went to the business to collect his gambling winnings, he stated he was beaten and threatened with a firearm. The APD referred the information about illegal gambling to the Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation (MBI).According to its website, The Metropolitan Bureau of Investigation is a multi-agency task force, empowered to conduct narcotics, vice, and organized crime investigations across jurisdictional boundaries throughout the Ninth Judicial Circuit — Orange and Osceola Counties. The MBI was conceived to fill the need for a cooperative effort to combat criminal activities which were organized, well-financed, and operated freely across jurisdictional lines of the existing law enforcement agencies. The MBI was created in December of 1978 as a specialized group of investigators assigned to concentrate on mid-level narcotics trafficking, organized crime, racketeering, and vice-related offenses such as prostitution, gambling, and illegal adult entertainment activity.Throughout the investigation, probable cause was established that illegal gambling was taking place at 734 South Central in the form of an unlawful lottery scheme. The investigation also discovered the location in Apopka was part of a larger enterprise and linked to two other businesses in Orange County, located at 6430 West Colonial Drive and 725 North Pine Hills Road, where illegal gambling was also taking place.On Wednesday, search warrants and arrest warrants were executed at all three locations. This is an ongoing investigation. Reply LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply JILL TAGSApopka Police DepartmentMetropolitan Bureau of Investigation Previous articleHealing the loneliness epidemic with human connectionNext articleWhat Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein teaches us about the need for mothers Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You’re always welcome to apply for a job if you think you can do it better. Then you can learn the intricacies of the criminal justice system and find that maybe you can’t do it better. May 10, 2018 at 2:51 pm 2 COMMENTS JACKcenter_img Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 May 10, 2018 at 5:28 pm The Anatomy of Fear Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

Sales tax holiday on certain disaster preparedness supplies

first_img Please enter your comment! TAGSDisaster PreparednessFlorida Department of Health in Orange CountyFlorida Department of RevenueSales Tax HolidaySupplies Previous articleApril revenue collections fall 33 percent below Florida’s pre-coronavirus estimatesNext articleCANCELLED: City of Apopka Public Safety Youth Academy and Fire Camp Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR This sales tax holiday begins Friday, May 29, 2020, and extends through Thursday, June 4, 2020.From the Florida Department of Health in Orange CountyThe Florida Department of Health in Orange County encourages the community to get prepared for hurricane season, and take advantage of the state’s Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday on certain disaster preparedness supplies.The 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday was passed by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Governor Ron DeSantis. This sales tax holiday begins Friday, May 29, 2020, and extends through Thursday, June 4, 2020.During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items related to disaster preparedness are exempt from sales tax. However, the sales tax holiday does not apply to the rental or repair of any of the qualifying items. Additionally, the sales tax holiday does not apply to sales in a theme park, entertainment complex, public lodging establishment or airport.Qualifying ItemsSelling for $10 or less:Reusable ice (reusable ice packs)Selling for $20 or less:Any portable, self-powered light source(powered by battery, solar, hand-crank, or gas): Candles  Flashlights  LanternsSelling for $25 or less:Any gas or diesel fuel container, including LPgas and kerosene containersSelling for $30 or less:Batteries, including rechargeable batteries,listed sizes only (excluding automobile andboat batteries): AAA-cell  AA-cell C-cell  D-cell 6-volt  9-voltCoolers and ice chests (food-storage;nonelectrical)Selling for $50 or less:• Bungee cords• Ground anchor systems• Radios (powered by battery, solar, or handcrank) Two-way Weather band• Ratchet straps• Tarpaulins (tarps)• Tie-down kits• Visqueen, plastic sheeting, plastic dropcloths, and other flexible waterproof sheetingSelling for $750 or less:Portable generators used to provide light or communications, or to preserve food in the event of a power outageNote: Eligible light sources and radios qualify for the exemption even if electrical cords are also included.For more information and a list of qualifying items, please see the Department of Revenue’s Taxpayer Information Publication on the 2020 Disaster Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img Hurricane season incoming Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Successes for US non-profits in online fundraising for tsunami appeal

first_imgOne non-profit was even faster to respond. Mr Christ reports on an unnamed client that got to work with his agency on an appeal on the day of the disaster. They authorised NP Advisors to buy keywords on online advertising networks and to begin writing an email appeal to sponsors. “The keywords have produced over 34,000 visits to their tsunami relief page to date, and together with the email they have raised about ten times their normal December amount online, mostly in the last few days of the month”, reports Mr Christ. “The keywords have helped generate over 600 new online donors to their cause.”While Mr Christ shares most fundraisers’ awe at the speed and scale of public generosity in the wake of this disaster, he, like UK Fundraising, is not impressed with the speed of some agencies to mount an effective appeal, especially online. “While this [giving] is encouraging”, he writes, “it should also be noted that many nonprofits were slow to start online efforts related to this disaster. Some were waiting from orders from international headquarters, who in turn were waiting for word from the field, as the magnitude of the disaster slowly emerged. Still other nonprofit managers were on vacation in the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day and let life pass them by.” Successes for US non-profits in online fundraising for tsunami appeal Writing in his latest e-fund News, US online fundraising consultant Rick Christ reports on successes achieved by some US non-profits in fundraising online in response to the Asian tsunami disaster.Rick Christ reports that Childcare International, a small child sponsorship organisation based in Bellingham, Washington, sent an email appeal one day after the disaster to the 800 supporters, about 25% of all their supporters, for whom they had email addresses. By the afternoon of the next day (28 December) they had received $5,000 in pledges, or about $7 per email sent.Mr Christ adds that “other organizations are reporting December giving totals from three to ten times their projected amounts.” Advertisement  23 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 5 January 2005 | Newscenter_img Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Workers World congratulates ILWU veteran Clarence Thomas on his retirement

first_imgOn April 11, family, co-workers and friends will gather in Oakland, Calif., to celebrate Brother Clarence Thomas’ retirement from 30 years of longshore rank-and-file unionism and activism on the Bay Area docks. In 2004, the call for workers to mobilize in our own name was a clarion that challenged the status quo of submerging working-class issues to electoral politics. The Million Worker March gathered thousands of workers at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. It began raising the curtain on a stage where workers, especially oppressed workers, become the protagonist. It was a young longshore worker’s idea and the political support and personal sacrifice of one of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union’s militant veterans.We saw the MWM’s call to re-establish International Workers Day, May Day, here in the land of its origin reflected in the massive 2006 immigrant general strike on May 1, preceded by an important 2005 May Day march and rally in New York City with MWM East in the leadership.Occupy did not originate in the organized labor movement, but its slogan “We are the 99 percent” clarifying class relations, plus the fight for $15 an hour and a union and the Black Lives Matter movement are all reapplying the action tools of the historic ILWU, in new and daring ways, stopping capitalism’s wheels to make their demands.Building the MWM in Washington, D.C., also began a decade-long collaboration with the real Clarence Thomas, which developed Workers World weekly newspaper into a voice for the militant Black workers and rank and file in ILWU Local 10.From justice for Hurricane Katrina survivors to blocking Israeli apartheid ships, in union conventions and conferences to organize the South, in the critical months of union struggle around the Export Grain Terminal in Longview, Wash., Clarence Thomas gave voice to struggle laced with the dynamic history of the ILWU in the pages of Workers World — and a pamphlet: “United! ILWU ranks and ‘Occupy’ fight ‘Wall St. on Waterfront.’”We became collaborators and friends with both Clarence and his partner, Delores. Retirement opens a new door and role in the coming battles. We look forward to marching side by side.Monica MooreheadCheryl LaBashfor the WW Editorial StaffApril 10, 2015FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

SCOTUS sides with corporate poisoners

first_imgRevenue minus cost equals profit. On June 29, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling in the case, “Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency,” that declares that corporate profits outweigh any threat to the lives and health of millions of working people and their families, particularly families in the most oppressed communities.Industry groups and 23 states had challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s ruling that limited mercury emissions from power plants. They argued that the EPA failed to recognize the costs to power plant corporations to comply with the new regulations, which had taken the EPA several years of study to formulate.“Mercury is considered one of the most toxic pollutants because studies show that when it falls from the atmosphere, it readily passes from fish and other sources to a pregnant woman’s unborn fetus and the fetal brain, causing neurological abnormalities and delays in children. The EPA estimated that 7 percent of [U.S.] American women of childbearing age — millions of women — were being exposed to the pollutant in dangerous amounts.” (, June 29)In her dissent, Justice Elena Kagan pointed out that complying with the EPA rules would prevent 11,000 premature deaths annually, along with a far greater number of avoidable illnesses.Of course, it was the right-wing majority that ruled against the EPA. Justice Antonin Scalia issued the majority opinion, stating, “It is unreasonable to read an instruction to an administrative agency to determine whether ’regulation is appropriate and necessary’ as an invitation to ignore cost.” ( court majority agreed with the power and coal industry and the EPA that the cost benefits of compliance would amount to only $4-6 million. The analysts at the EPA did indeed estimate that compliance would cost the industry $9.6 billion, but also estimated the health and other savings to society would be $80 billion.That’s the core of this ruling. Counter to Scalia’s claim, the EPA workers and analysts did not ignore cost — they calculated it through every stage of their research after they determined that studying the harmful effects of mercury emissions by coal-fired power plants was necessary.No, the real problem for the right-wing court majority is that these increased costs to reduce poisonous mercury emissions reduces the corporations’ profits, whereas the benefits go primarily only to the women and children, to the working class. And for these justices, they count for nothing.Small community groups and national environmental organizations have built a strong movement to try to protect the populace from industrial poisons like mercury, as well as a whole range of damaging emissions, like carbon dioxide, which is causing global warming. This Supreme Court ruling makes it clear that the fight over the environment is a key component of the global class struggle.On the other side of this struggle are the coal and oil barons, the Wall Street bankers and their servile courts, all key parts of this social and economic system called capitalism. In the long run, the goal must be to replace it with socialism, which puts the people’s lives and health ahead of corporate profits.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Kuala Lumpur maintains ban on Epoch Times imports

first_img News to go further News MalaysiaAsia – Pacific July 15, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Kuala Lumpur maintains ban on Epoch Times imports March 17, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders wrote to Malaysia’s internal security ministry today saying its decision to maintain an import ban on all copies of the Epoch Times newspaper on diplomatic grounds was a serious press freedom violation.The internal security ministry said on 7 July it would continue to block all copies of the Epoch Times at the Kuala Lumpur customs because the seized issues contained articles openly denigrating the Chinese government and it was necessary to safeguard relations between Malaysia and China.__________________________________________________________01.07.2005Government bans import of Epoch TimesReporters Without Borders today accused the Malaysian government of censoring the imported Chinese-language daily Epoch Times by blocking the release of all issues from customs at Kuala Lumpur airport since 2 June.”By denying access to this newspaper, which is known for criticising the People’s Republic of China, especially on human rights issues, the Malaysian authorities are depriving the public of its right to independent information,” the press freedom organisation said.”We condemn the government’s silence about what it is doing and we demand an end to this unjustified act of censorship,” the organisation added.Produced in Surabaya (Indonesia), the Epoch Times South East Asian edition has been imported into Malaysia and distributed free of charge there since February 2004 by DZY Marketing. The newspaper’s management says it has incurred the wrath of internal security ministry officials ever since it published a special issue containing a series of critical editorials about China’s ruling Communist Party entitled the “Nine Commentaries.”Malaysia’s 1984 Printing Presses and Publications Act (which was amended in 1987) allows the internal security ministry to ban the import of newspapers, especially those “prejudicial to relations with a foreign country or government.” The ministry has refused to make any comment. Malaysian cartoonist Zunar facing possible sedition charge again Newscenter_img News New Malaysian ordinance threatens very concept of truth Receive email alerts MalaysiaAsia – Pacific Record fine for Malaysian news site over readers’ comments February 22, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Malaysia January 29, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information last_img read more

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first_imgLocal News Quick hits Free moviesThe City of Odessa Parks Department has scheduled a free Movie in the Park featuring “Sergeant Stubby” (PG) at dark on Friday at Floyd Gwin Park, 1015 N. County Road West.Cartoons will begin around 8:45 p.m. The movie is scheduled to begin at dark. Admission is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Concessions will be available. Call 368-3548, email [email protected] THE NET>> TAGS  Twitter Pinterest Twitter Planet TroopersKeep Odessa Beautiful is inviting children ages 8 to 12 to join Planet Troopers and help clean up the local city parks this summer.KOB will conduct three clean up events from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at McKinney Park; June 22 at Sherwood Park; and July 13 at Floyd Gwin Park.T-shirts, lunch and supplies will be provided to all registered children. Participants will also receive a goodie bag.Individual registration will be required per child.Go online to register or for more information, call 335-4686.ON THE NET>> Tree giveawayThe Odessa Neighborhood ShadeMakers Tree Giveaway Program focuses on giving trees for residential neighborhoods.Five-gallon trees will be made available free to residents. The homeowners agree to pick up, plant, and care for their free tree. The objective is to instill pride and ownership, care for the environment, and beautify our neighborhoods. Trees are available to be picked up from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at McKinney, 625 W. Pool Road.Trees available are on a first-come first-served basis.Go online to register.ON THE NET>> Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook >> FROM STAFF REPORTS Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 WhatsApp Previous articleECISD awaits textbook adoption from new buildingNext articleAsk the expert: Vision health as you age Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

The Strategic Intent Behind the BB&T – SunTrust Merger

first_img Banks BB&T Entity merger SunTrust 2019-02-07 Radhika Ojha The Strategic Intent Behind the BB&T – SunTrust Merger Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Banks BB&T Entity merger SunTrust February 7, 2019 2,648 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago BB&T and SunTrust have announced that they will combine in an all-stock merger valued at $66 billion to create the sixth-largest U.S. bank based on assets and deposits.According to Reuters, this is the biggest bank deal since the 2007-2009 financial crisis with the combined company expected to operate under a new name and have around $442 billion in assets. It is expected to have $301 billion in loans and $324 billion in deposits.The new bank’s footprint would cover the East Coast with new corporate headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.In terms of its revenue from the mortgage business, the banks projected the combined fee income of the merged entity at $88 billion with 7 percent coming in through residential mortgage banking. Of the combined loans of $301 billion, 27 percent would be from residential mortgages, the banks said in their presentation to investors.The new entity would be combining the current reach of BB&T and SunTrust bank to reach 10 million households and would have a Top 3 market share across eight states.In a statement, the companies said that the combined company’s board of directors and executive management team would be evenly split between the two institutions. In the current home markets for both companies, the combined company would maintain the Community Banking Center in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and the Wholesale Banking Center in Atlanta, Georgia reflecting the combined company’s commitment to increase the respective banks’ current levels of community investment.”This is a true merger of equals, combining the best of both companies to create the premier financial institution of the future,” said Kelly S. King, Chairman and CEO at BB&T. “It’s an extraordinarily attractive financial proposition that provides the scale needed to compete and win in the rapidly evolving world of financial services. Together with Bill’s leadership and our new SunTrust teammates, we’re going to bring the best of both companies forward to serve our clients and communities.”Looking at the strategic and financial benefits of the merger, the banks said that the combined company would preserve and maintain the strong cultures of BB&T and SunTrust to “deliver superior client service and preserve the community banking model to maintain close ties to shared local communities.” In terms of financial profile and operating metrics, the merger is expected to generate an internal rate of return of around 18 percent.The companies said that the merged entity would also take advantage of its enhanced scale to focus on selecting best of breed systems and processes and making significant investments in technology to “create a sustainable competitive advantage in an increasingly digital-first world.””By bringing together these two mission- and purpose-driven institutions, we will accelerate our capacity to invest in transformational technologies for our clients. Our shared culture embraces the disruption of technology and we will take this innovative mindset to expand our leadership in the next chapter of these historic brands,” said William H. Rogers Jr. Chairman and CEO of SunTrust. With our geographic position, enhanced scale and leading financial profile, these two companies will achieve substantially more for clients, teammates, associates, communities, and shareholders than we could alone. I have tremendous respect for Kelly, his leadership team and the BB&T associates. We will leverage our respective strengths as we focus together on the future.”The new company’s leadership team would have King serving as the company’s Chairman and CEO until September 2021 with Rogers serving as the President and COO of the combined entity. Rogers will take over as the CEO of the combined entity post-September 2021.The transaction for this merger is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2019. in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Radhika Ojha is an independent writer and copy-editor, and a reporter for DS News. She is a graduate of the University of Pune, India, where she received her B.A. in Commerce with a concentration in Accounting and Marketing and an M.A. in Mass Communication. Upon completion of her masters degree, Ojha worked at a national English daily publication in India (The Indian Express) where she was a staff writer in the cultural and arts features section. Ojha, also worked as Principal Correspondent at HT Media Ltd and at Honeywell as an executive in corporate communications. She and her husband currently reside in Houston, Texas. Share Save About Author: Radhika Ojha Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Real Estate Tech Titans Create a New Platform Next: PHH Resolves Military Foreclosure Charges  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / The Strategic Intent Behind the BB&T – SunTrust Merger Subscribelast_img read more