Uchumi Supermarkets Limited (UCHM.ke) 2012 Annual Report

first_imgUchumi Supermarkets Limited (UCHM.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about Uchumi Supermarkets Limited (UCHM.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Uchumi Supermarkets Limited (UCHM.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Uchumi Supermarkets Limited (UCHM.ke)  2012 annual report.Company ProfileUchumi Supermarkets Limited is a leading retail company in Kenya which sells food, non-food and textile products as well as general merchandise through a network of Uchumi retail outlets. The company also provides property management services. Products in its retail range include fresh fruit and vegetables, health bread and pastries and a wide variety of quality merchandise. Uchumi Supermarkets Limited has 20 stores located in the major towns and cities in Kenya, ranging from hyper branches to express convenience stores. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Uchumi Supermarkets Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Redstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgRedstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Redstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Redstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Redstar Express Plc (REDSTA.ng)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileRedstar Express Plc offers an air express service in Nigeria and provides transportation, warehousing and supply chain management services. Its services encompass international and domestic express delivery, freight forwarding, integrated logistics solutions, information and document management solutions, warehousing and e-commerce solutions. Domestic products include Red Star Express Domestic services for same day, priority and package collections. Domestic direct distribution streamlines the movement of shipments from the manufacturer to multiple end users; customer and address verifications services offer a streamlined express service for financial institutions and large corporations; bulk mail services are designed to move bulk items such as annual reports, share offer forms, share certificates, customer invoices and direct mail; special project services include product sampling, delivery and retrieval of promotional items. International products include a point-to-point delivery service, international inbound collections and direct distribution. Value added services include online tracking, signature proof of delivery, insurance, customs clearance, packaging and desktop software shipping solutions. Redstar Express Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Redstar Express Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

2 FTSE 250 stocks I’d buy for a second wave of the coronavirus

first_img Image source: Getty Images When picking which FTSE 250 stocks to buy for a second wave of the coronavirus, we can look to the past for help. Stock markets crashed as the first wave of the coronavirus took hold. However, not all FTSE 250 stocks fell by the same amount. When the markets recovered, some stocks made huge gains, while others remained flat or continued to decline.Mark Twain is often credited with saying that “History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme“. If the second wave of the coronavirus affects the economy anything like the first, then it would be reasonable to expect that stocks will behave in a similar way. There were clear stock market winners and losers in the first wave. I think IG Group Holdings (LSE:IGG), an online trading company, and Hochschild Mining (LSE:HOC), a gold and silver miner, are solid FTSE 250 stock picks for a second wave of the coronavirus.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…Trading in the time of coronavirusVolatile markets, lack of sports betting opportunities, and having more time, were some of the reasons identified by GraniteShares for people flocking to online trading during the first wave of the coronavirus. IG reaped the benefits of this surge in share trading. The company reported £407m in revenues for the six months up to 31 May 2020, compared to £235m a year before.The second wave of coronavirus could result in a similar boost to IG’s revenues and its stock price. Of course, the boost might not be as pronounced this time around. Sport, and betting on it, has returned. People won’t have quite as much free time in the second wave as they did in the first it seems. Also, market volatility is probably not going to be as dramatic as we saw in March.IG picked up a lot of new accounts in the first wave. Not all of those will have been closed, so expecting the companies baseline revenues to have increased is not unreasonable. That would bode well for a longer-term investment. In the short-term, a second-wave of the coronavirus could see IG gain additional unexpected revenues with a surge in online trading. That would be positive for this FTSE 250 stock.Striking FTSE 250 goldIn times of crisis, investors flock to gold. Although the price of the yellow metal dipped as investors sold everything in March this year, it was not hit as hard as oil or stocks. In fact, the first wave of the coronavirus was positive for gold: its price is up 24% since the start of the year, and an all-time high price of $2,063 per troy ounce was hit in August.Higher gold prices are good for the companies that mine and sell it, like Hochschild Mining. Investors might flock to safe-havens, like gold again if economies stutter in the second wave of the coronavirus. Investors bidding up the gold price would be positive for Hochschild Mining’s share price.Beyond the coronavirus, there is the possibility of inflation returning, which is positive for the price of gold. Hochschild also mines silver which is used in things like solar cells. Net-zero targets and ‘green recovery’ packages bode well for the long-term price of silver. Higher silver prices are good for shareholders of FTSE 250-listed Hochschild Mining. 2 FTSE 250 stocks I’d buy for a second wave of the coronavirus I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! James J. McCombie has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by James J. McCombielast_img read more

Massachusetts: Young adult communities get ‘Intent’ this Lent

first_img Rector Tampa, FL Rector Hopkinsville, KY An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET 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 Submit a Press Release Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit an Event Listing By Tracy J. SukrawPosted Feb 18, 2015 Press Release Service Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tags Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Pittsburgh, PA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books The Ash Wednesday devotional image from “Intent”: A mixed-media collage by MIT undergrad Annie Dunn[Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts] Young adults from several worshiping communities in the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts are inviting one another into Lent this year with a daily dose of their own art, poetry, stories, photography, music and maybe even a cartoon or two.And because these devotions are digital, anyone can sign up to receive them via a daily e-mail.They’re calling the effort “Intent.”“One goal was to find ways to take Lent seriously, something above giving up chocolate but below singing the five daily offices,” explained Isaac Everett, the liturgical minister at The Crossing, the congregation of young adults, mostly in their 20s and 30s, that worships at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston.“One thing that’s really true of our demographic is that we’re completely overcommitted,” Everett said.  “We’re in our first jobs out of college, or in school or have a baby at home. It’s difficult enough to eat or get to the gym. Trying to find time with God is really hard without some impetus — like an e-mail landing in my inbox inviting me to spend a few minutes with it and getting to know my community,” he said.“Bite-sized instead of all-consuming” is how the Rev. Thea Keith-Lucas puts it. She is the Episcopal chaplain at MIT.“Intent” grew out of an e-mail series of Lenten reflections that she and a colleague started two years ago at the Lutheran Episcopal Ministry at MIT. This year The Crossing and the Episcopal chaplaincies at Boston University, Northeastern University and Boston College are contributing, as well as two parish partners, St. Bartholomew’s Church in Cambridge and Emmanuel Church in Boston. Most of them have been involved together in a discernment process over the past year about the possibility of becoming a diocesan mission hub, and “Intent” is a product of the new relationships growing between their communities.“This year it is a much larger group of partners who will be contributing and viewing,” Keith-Lucas said, “so we are going to branch out in our style, mix it up and surprise people a little bit.”On Ash Wednesday, for example, “Intent” subscribers will receive a sunflower-bright mixed-media collage by Annie Dunn, an undergraduate at MIT studying materials science.“Intent, that’s at the heart of it. For at least a moment in the day, try to be intentional about the season and see what it might have to offer you,” Keith-Lucas said.  “That’s the hope in keeping these devotions short, diverse and surprising.”Everett said he thinks of “Intent” as 40 days of “liturgy delivered to your iPhone.”“Every day is going to be cool,” he said.Sign up to receive “Intent” e-mails daily in Lent here. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Massachusetts: Young adult communities get ‘Intent’ this Lent Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls Youth & Young Adults Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Shreveport, LA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY center_img Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Featured Events Rector Bath, NC Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Belleville, IL Lent, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud: Crossing continents and cultures with the most beautiful instrument you’ve never heard Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Collierville, TN Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Knoxville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Washington, DC AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Smithfield, NC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CAlast_img read more

Confused about what to eat? Science can help

first_img You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name here Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replycenter_img By P.K. Newby, Harvard UniversityDo you feel like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Do you want science-based information about diet but don’t know whom or what to believe?If you’re nodding in agreement, you’re not alone: More than 80% of Americans are befuddled.Yet it’s a lament that’s getting quite tiring – if you’re a nutrition scientist, that is. So much so that I refocused my career to shine scientific light on today’s critical food conversations, which have profound impacts on public health and the environment. My mantra: From farm to fork, what we eat matters.In fact, did you know that 80% of chronic diseases are preventable through modifiable lifestyle changes, and diet is the single largest contributing factor?Science says plants are better for you and our planetScientists agree plant-based diets are better for both you and the planet.casanisa/shutterstock.comClean eating or keto? Paleo or gluten-free? Whole 30 or vegan? Forget fad diets, because science has the answers – there is far more agreement about diet and health than you may know. The scientific report from the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, for example, concluded that a plant-based diet is best for human health and the environment alike. More than 75% of your meal should comprise vegetables, fruits and whole grains, and protein sources should include beans, peas, nuts, seeds and soy.Canada’s 2019 Food Guide is similarly plant-focused, as is Harvard’s Healthy Eating Plate, while Brazil emphasizes foods “mainly of plant origin.” These guidelines and others also stress the importance of limiting processed and ultra-processed foods.There’s also consensus from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and others that plant-based diets are more sustainable, largely due to the high energy inputs and environmental damage of livestock.While it may sound like a fad, a “plant-based” diet has been studied for decades. Awareness escalated as it addresses two urgent public health challenges: the chronic disease epidemic and the climate change crisis. It’s a win-win for human health and the environment. Plant-based diets can be adapted to suit your taste preferences, traditions and cultures, as the Blue Zones, or regions of the world where people typically live longer than average and with fewer chronic diseases, indicate.If science has the keys to a health-promoting, disease-preventing, planet-saving diet, why are people so confused? A closer look will arm you with the skills to sort fact from fiction.There’s money in confusionCelebrity junk science is an obvious player. It might even be cloaked in scrubs, like Dr. Oz – though chastised by the Senate for his quackery. (Physicians, in general, have little to no training in nutrition.)Celebrities garner enormous platforms, often clouding the truth (or drowning it completely); the deal between Netflix and Gwyneth Paltrow, whose company Goop was sued over a certain jade egg, suggests that science is losing the battle.One needn’t be a celebrity to hold sway, however. A list of the Top 100 influencers showed that most were bloggers or athletes with no expertise. (None were scientists.) These voices gain considerable traction on social media. Health Feedback, a network of scientists who review the accuracy of online content, conducted a study with the Credibility Coalition and found a minority of articles received a positive rating, with most “exaggerating the benefits and harms of various foods.”Traditional media don’t always shed light, alas. Single-study sensationalism is ubiquitous – for example, glyphosate in oats, coconut oil and weight, coffee causing cancer – and findings lack context.And science journalism has taken a hit, and is perhaps why CNN interviewed an anti-science zealot. Or why the Los Angeles Times tweeted that there’s a “growing belief” about the health benefits of celery juice. (Pro tip: It’s not a thing.)Surrounding the din of bogus dietary advice and media hype is a backdrop of science denialism, which legitimizes anti-science when espoused from top levels of government. Science illiteracy also plays a role.Nonetheless, there are knowledge gaps: 57% of Americans have never seen the dietary illustration from the U.S. Deparment of Agriculture called MyPlate or know little about it, and 63% reported it was hard to recognize sustainable choices. Shoppers also claimed that identifying healthy food was difficult (11%) or moderate (61%). Unsurprising, perhaps, since 48% looked to crowded food packages for guidance: Some labels are meaningful while others are little more than marketing. (All natural, anyone?) Indeed, powerful food and agriculture lobbies still exert influence on dietary guidelines and obscure the science.Through all of this, I believe the nutrition science community has tacitly contributed by failing to participate collectively in the public discourse. Nor have we adequately defended our discipline when attacked, whether by journalists, physicians or food writers.Changing the conversationPotent societal powers create a culture of nutrition confusion that not only obfuscate the truth about diet, they undermine science as a whole. Three steps will help eaters navigate this rocky terrain.Begin by asking critical questions when digesting diet news. Does the writer have an advanced degree in nutrition, or does she or he have expertise in science journalism? Are there references to peer-reviewed studies or scientific organizations? Is the source credible? Are miracle cures or quick results promised? Are there expensive price tags for magic bullets? Does it sound like clickbait? Questioning the who-what-where-why-how is paramount.Second, remember that what flits through our newsfeeds often comes via algorithms that enable news to careen through our echo chambers and elicit confirmation bias, factual or not. Offline, too, we are more likely to share beliefs with friends and family, our tribe. Getting curious about what you eat and why it matters beyond your comfort zone is necessary: You may need to “unlearn what you have learned.”Finally, try this on for size: Nutrition. Isn’t. Confusing. We all have cherished traditions and values – what we eat isn’t just about science. (At least, I hope not.) But it is time to learn the fundamental food and nutrition facts that will inspire you to harness the power of food to promote health, prevent disease and protect the planet. Change is possible – and the truth is out there. TAGSDietfoodNutritionScienceThe Conversation Previous articleAmazon Releases Best Books of the Year (So Far)Next articleBreaking News: U.S. women’s team wins record fourth World Cup title Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR P.K. Newby is a Scientist, Science Communicator, and Author at Harvard University. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license.  Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Quade Cooper signs on to join Australia Sevens program for 2016 Olympic Games

first_imgFriday Jan 22, 2016 Quade Cooper signs on to join Australia Sevens program for 2016 Olympic Games Wallaby star Quade Cooper (seen above with some trademark footwork) has joined the Australian Sevens program and will be available for selection for the 2016 Rio Olympics, where Rugby Sevens will make it’s return for the first time since 1924.Copper will be released from his contract with Toulon in France so that he will be available to play in the Sydney, Paris and London legs of the 2015-2016 HSBC Sevens World Series.The 27-year-old will then join up with the squad again in Sydney to prepare for the Olympics.While Cooper didn’t play a huge role in the Rugby World Cup, he was part of the squad that finished runners up to New Zealand in the final, and has earned 58 Test caps for his country.“I’m passionate about Australian Rugby and to be given this opportunity to represent my country in a different form of the game is one which excites me,” said the gifted flyhalf.“I’m looking forward to working with the players that are already part of the squad and hopefully I can add something to the group. As a rugby player growing up you never think you’ll have the chance to play at an Olympics so I’ll be doing everything I can to make the squad. “I would also like to thank Toulon and Mourad Boudjellal [Toulon president] for coming to an agreement with the ARU which will allow me to pursue this opportunity.”Other Test players have already made the switch to Sevens for the Olympics, with Francois Hougaard successfully doing so for South Africa, and Sonny Bill Williams now in training with the New Zealand Sevens team.The inaugural Sydney 7s takes place on the weekend of the 6-7 February.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Sevens Related Articles 66 WEEKS AGO Part three of the award winning USA 7s documentary… 107 WEEKS AGO Table topping Fiji fly past Australia to… 114 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Touching jersey ceremony for young… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

New Director of Development at City University, London

first_img Howard Lake | 7 April 2005 | News City University, London has appointed Chris Gethin as the new Director of Development.Chris previously worked as Director of Corporate Partnerships at Royal National Institute for Deaf People. He has over 15 years of fundraising and communications experience, having worked for Consumers International, Help the Aged and the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT). 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. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis New Director of Development at City University, London  52 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

New service for US nonprofits to expand into Europe

first_imgNew service for US nonprofits to expand into Europe AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Chief Executive Richard Evans explained the need for the service. “Throughout the world organisations try to establish themselves in different parts of the world without truly understanding business culture, traditions, etiquette and the way things are generally done. This becomes extremely costly and for the sake of perhaps considering partnering up with allies in that particular part of the world they could have saved themselves a lot of time and money.”He mentioned one American nonprofit “who managed to really upset the Charity Commission with a fundraising campaign, and for good reason”. Their supplier contacted him at the last minute to see if he knew anybody who could them. “So I introduced them to the best contacts I had in the UK voluntary sector representing all areas from accountants to lawyers, and academics”. Until that point, the nonprofit’s legal bills had run “in to the hundreds of thousands of dollars which could have been easily avoided had they formed close relationships with the right people from day one of trading in the UK”. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.center_img Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Affinity Connected have launched a service to enable voluntary organisations in the United States to expand in to Europe.The integrated design, print, marketing and fundraising agency is able to help nonprofits with registration with the Charity Commission and associated documentation, fundraising and business strategy in the UK and Europe, and the recruitment of Trustee Board members and management staff.Other services include locating premises, corporate identity, marketing strategy, design and print management, and procurement expertise. Advertisement Howard Lake | 2 November 2007 | Newslast_img read more

‘Whose state? Our state’ – meaning all nationalities

first_imgAs we explained in Part 2 of this series, in the early years of the Bolshevik Revolution deep social advances were codified that made it the most enlightened country in the world regarding women’s rights and the elimination of state suppression of lesbians and gays.All this happened in a few years despite the wretched material conditions of the masses, who bore the brunt of the human and material costs of World War I and then the civil war that followed the revolution, in which domestic counterrevolutionaries — the “white terror” — were reinforced by the military intervention of 14 imperialist countries.Yet despite all the material difficulties, another most important advance was made in this period. It was the building of a multinational state based on the Soviets — councils of workers, peasants and soldiers — that brought together all the peoples formerly oppressed and exploited by the czarist autocracy and the Russian bourgeoisie. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was established in 1922 and was able to unite 69 different nationalities, spread out over 11 time zones, under one Soviet government.How could this be done equitably and with safeguards for the oppressed nations when the Russians were the majority and some of the nations brought under Russian rule by czarist conquest were not only poorer and even less developed, but quite small?The answer, arrived at after lengthy discussion with all the peoples involved, was a bicameral government with two houses: the Soviet of Workers, Peasants and Soldiers Deputies and the Soviet of Nationalities.Sam Marcy on the Soviet stateSam Marcy, the founding leader of Workers World Party, wrote an article titled “The Structure of the Soviet State” for publication in the Workers World dated Sept. 1, 1988. It is worth quoting extensively:“The attitude of the ruling classes of the capitalist countries with regard to the national question in Russia underwent an extraordinary change when the Bolshevik Revolution triumphed in 1917. At first the international bourgeoisie attempted to malign the new republic by proclaiming that the revolutionary leaders, in particular the members of the Executive Committee of the Soviets, were not really representative of Russia. Dzerzhinsky was a Pole, Stalin was a Georgian, Trotsky was a Jew, other leaders were Ukrainian, Armenian and so on. It was the same tactic they used to bait communists in this country when the left movement had many members and leaders who were Jewish, Black or ­foreign-born.“However, as the Revolution progressed, and as Soviet power took hold over larger and larger sections of the country, sweeping all the provinces and nationalities within its fold, it became clear that it was an all-national revolution. The international bourgeoisie thereafter took another tack and began to malign the USSR in a new way. Now it was said that the Great-Russians were oppressing all the other nationalities. …“If it is true that the construction of a socialist society is impossible without a planned economy, it is equally true that a planned economy is impossible in a multinational country without the equality of all the nations and their free, voluntary association within the framework of a union of all the socialist republics. It was precisely to this question that Lenin devoted the last days of his life.“How could the interests of a planned economy be reconciled with the apparently contradictory need for the equality of all the nationalities in the USSR? What kind of a state structure should be developed to give full vent to the workers and peasants and conform to the revolutionary reconstitution of Soviet society as it emerged from the overthrow of the czarist autocracy and the sweeping away of the bourgeoisie and the landlords?“At first, the Bolsheviks raised the slogan, ‘All power to the Soviets!’ And, indeed, power was fully taken by the First Congress of the Soviets of Workers, Peasants and Soldiers Deputies. When the Congress of Soviets was not in session, the Executive Committee of the Soviets carried out the functions of the Congress.“In 1918 this slogan was translated into the celebrated decree, the ‘Declaration of Rights of the Working and Exploited People,’ which embodied the fundamental state program and structure of the USSR. The leading ideological and political role taken by the Communist Party was the central factor in making the Soviets a living reflection of the interests of the exploited and oppressed masses of Russia.“While the Congress of Soviets was revolutionary in form as well as in content, it still had some inadequacies. The problem of how to perfect the state structure covered many weeks and months of discussion, both during the periods of relative peace as well as during the war of imperialist intervention and the civil war. It was not until 1922-23 that the new structure of the USSR was to emerge, after intense if not heated discussions. This structure was the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, and it differs from that of any capitalist government in two fundamental ways.“In the first place, it is based not on the landlords and capitalists, not on the existence of private property in the means of production, not on wage labor employed by private enterprise, but on a new social system where the means of production are socially owned and the economy is planned. …“There is another feature of the state structure of the USSR which is just as fundamental, yet the bourgeois ideologues and their myriads of apologists and historians rarely refer to it. It is even neglected in much of the progressive and radical literature of the workers’ movement. To understand this second feature, it would be helpful to first look at the innumerable capitalist state structures, whether their form be democratic, monarchical, military or even fascist.“The most democratic form of the capitalist state may be unicameral, that is, having one body which enacts all legislation, plus an executive arm of the government. Or, as in the United States, it can have two legislative bodies, such as the House of Representatives and the Senate. However, not one of the capitalist governments, whatever its constitution may be, has an arm built into the framework of the state to deal with the national question and make sure that the nationalities within the country are represented in all important decisions.“There may be references in the constitution to equal protection of the law, due process and so on. There may be special legislation regarding civil rights. There may be this or that agency dealing with complaints or enforcement. But there is no specific arm within the constitutional structure of any capitalist state which deals specifically with the question of nationalities. This differentiates the USSR from all the capitalist countries.“From the point of view of its external characteristics, the USSR has this in common with some of the capitalist states: It has a bicameral system. In this sense, it seems like the U.S., but the two arms of its legislative structure are very different from the two houses of Congress here.Soviet of Nationalities a revolutionary departure“This bicameral system is found in the highest governing body, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, which consists of the Soviet of the Union and the Soviet of Nationalities. The Soviet of the Union is chosen on the basis of proportional representation — each deputy represents an equal amount of people. In the Soviet of Nationalities, each nationality is guaranteed a set number of deputies.“The members of both chambers serve equal terms, and no bill can become law unless adopted by a majority of both chambers. This all-important second arm is of extraordinary significance, particularly in the epoch of imperialism, in which national oppression is a characteristic feature. It is the kind of structure which, if incorporated into a bourgeois state, would tremendously assist the struggle of the oppressed nationalities against the dominant nationality.“In constructing this mechanism for governing, the Soviet Union accorded recognition to the existence of nationalities in a revolutionary way which had never been done before. It created an equality between the two chambers, one based on representation according to the proportion of the population, the other on guaranteed representation for every nationality. In this way, not only the general interests of the working class are reflected, but also the very special and important interests of all nationalities.”When the Soviet Union was dissolved in 1991, what followed was a true disaster for the working class — and especially for those nationalities not Russian, who have not recovered to this day. The indices of social welfare — infant mortality, maternal deaths, life expectancy, alcoholism and drug abuse, prostitution, unemployment, spread of infectious diseases — all worsened dramatically in a few short years.We said earlier that this series would examine the objective reasons for political regression in the Soviet Union, which ultimately led to its collapse without the workers being willing or able to mobilize significantly in its defense. There were, of course, tremendous struggles within the party that broke out after Lenin’s death. Much has been written in support of one leader or another. Our focus here is not on who was right, but on why this struggle needed to happen in the first place.For that, we need to understand the material conditions that undermined this great revolution and the party that led it, rather than putting it all down to the personalities of any of the Soviet leaders, be they Stalin, Trotsky, Khrushchev or Gorbachev and the rest of the crew that actually presided over the dissolution of the first workers’ state.Next: Wolves in sheep’s clothing.100th anniversary of Bolshevik RevolutionPart 1: From Marx’s view of social evolution to Lenin’s ‘Imperialism’Part 2: Social gains in early years of Soviet powerPart 3: ‘Whose state? Our state’ – meaning all nationalitiesPart 4: External and internal problems, strengths and setbacksPart 5: To the 0.001 percent: You are cheering too soonFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Keys for Life Concert Celebrates Industry, Vets

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. The Five Star Institute and its sponsors capped the Five Star Conference and Expo Tuesday, as thousands of industry leaders gathered to celebrate the dream of homeownership during the Keys for Life Reception and Concert.While Five Star CEO and President Ed Delgado said that we are currently operating in tranquil times, the industry should now begin to prepare for when the market turns.“There will be a downward housing cycle,” Delgado said. “There will be volatility in the marketplace. Interest rates will rise again, and sadly, so will foreclosures. But we should not subscribe to the self-fulfilling prophecy of manics and crashers, we should be prepared to learn from everything that we’ve endured on this journey, and be as strong as we can possibly be.”Delgado added that what mattered most during those times of crisis was how the leaders reacted, showing a “perseverance, resolve, and an unwavering determination to be the very best at all times.” “We fought hard to maintain the promise and reward of homeownership. We always worked together to serve the greater good,” he said. “We refused to bow to petty squabbles and arguments because we realized that together we made a difference, and that together we could accomplish anything.“It is because of these beliefs that we are stronger as one. And we find ourselves in a better position today than we were five years ago. Than we were 10 years ago.”Also included in the Keys for Life Reception and Concert was the awarding of mortgage-free homes. The military veterans honored with mortgage-free homes were: Navy Petty Officer Second Class Sonisha Alcide of Kerhonkson, New York; Air Force Staff Sergeant Jonathan Norena of Fort Pierce, Florida; Air Fore Staff Sergeant Mark Porter of Henderson, Nevada; Army Specialist Jessica Tutt from Madison Heights, Michigan; and Air Force Senior Airman Tiffany Walker of North Olmstead, Ohio.”I think it’s fantastic. I’m also a disabled vet, but I think it’s great that we’re giving back to people that are serving for us,” said Luigi Caprio a Realtor out of Sacramento, California, said of the event. “Especially in my era—from Vietnam—it wasn’t the same when we came back. But I am so glad that people appreciate what the military does for us.”Rushmore Loan Management Solutions donated $25,000 to Operation Homefront, and Auction.com gave $50,000 to Operation Homefront. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Keys for Life Concert Celebrates Industry, Vets Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Keys for Life Concert Celebrates Industry, Vets Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Share Save 2019-09-24 Mike Albanese in Daily Dose, Featured, News Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago September 24, 2019 2,209 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: Spotlight on REO and Servicing Trends Next: Rent vs. Buy: The Regions with Most Renters Subscribelast_img read more