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FTSE 100 shares: Is now a good time to buy? Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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 The FTSE 100 contains around 80% of the London Stock Exchange’s market capitalization. So it’s little wonder that it’s home to some of Britain’s most well-known businesses and brands.Constituents of the FTSE 100 belong to a variety of sectors including oil majors, financial institutions, and multinational consumer goods firms. Some recognisable names on the index include AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Diageo, and Lloyds Banking Group. 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…Traditionally, the FTSE 100 index is thought to be more stable than its peer, the FTSE 250. This is because it contains larger conglomerates paying out reliable dividends. Many of its constituents also have an international presence. Pandemic uncertaintyAs if you didn’t know, we’re amid a global pandemic that is causing extreme stock market volatility. It’s an unprecedented situation, and most companies and individuals are ill-equipped to deal with it. So, although it’s disheartening to see your favourite companies cancel their dividend payments, we can but hope it’s a short-term reaction.For beginners to stock market investing, this could be a great time to get started. A market crash can provide the perfect opportunity to buy top quality companies when they’re undervalued. Which FTSE 100 shares look good?I like companies that have been established a long while and provide value to their customers. Diageo is one such company, as it creates over 200 of the world’s most popular alcoholic drinks. The Diageo share price has been volatile lately, but it has a product that people want and that’s not going to change. The demand may even increase if we go deep into a recession. AstraZeneca is another. It creates lifesaving drugs and is actively contributing to the effort to combat the coronavirus. It has joined forces with GlaxoSmithKline in establishing a joint lab at the University of Cambridge. 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The Vodafone share price collapseThe preliminary results posted by the company were a mixed bag. And while they certainly weren’t terrible, it seems investors were expecting more. Looking at the top line of the income statement, total revenue fell by 2.6% to €43.8bn. Given that the rollout of 5G has only just started, a declining level of sales isn’t exactly a pleasant sight, especially from one of the biggest UK mobile network operators.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…But despite the sales slowdown, the operational efficiency of the firm improved. As a result of these boosted margins, total underlying profit increased by 24.3%, rising from €4.1bn to €5.1bn in the space of a year. Subsequently, Vodafone returned to profitability for the first time since 2018, albeit by a small margin.Unfortunately, while restored profitability is a welcome sight, full-year adjusted earnings missed analyst expectations, leading to last week’s collapse of the Vodafone share price.A buying opportunity?While investors may not have been impressed, the Vodafone management team did achieve results within the guidance range issued earlier in the financial year. And looking ahead, it continues to expect growth from both its domestic and international markets. As such, the firm has issued EBITDA guidance for FY22 to be anywhere between €15bn and €15.4bn. Comparing these figures to the €14.5bn recently achieved, this represents potential growth of up to 6%.That’s hardly an exciting level of profit expansion. But for an established blue-chip company with a 6% dividend yield, it’s not too bad, I fell. So the recent decline in the Vodafone share price could be a buying opportunity. But there remains a significant risk to this business that stops me from personally pulling the trigger.The growing pile of debtAs previously stated, Vodafone has struggled to generate profits for a few years. Therefore to keep the lights on, the firm has had to raise additional capital through both debt and equity. Share dilution can harm the stock price, but it doesn’t directly compromise the company’s solvency. Debt, on the other hand, does. And Vodafone has a lot of it.Even though the management team was able to reduce net debt last year, it still stands at just over €40bn. And with a pile that big, comes an enormous interest bill. This is particularly troublesome given that interest rates are expected to rise in the near future. To make matters worse, the firm has also been deferring its corporation tax. 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Major teams: Eastern Province, Western Province Position: CentreCountry: South AfricaTest span: 1980-92Test caps: 24 (24 starts)Test points: 82 (19T, 1C)From Eastern Province, Gerber emerged on the international scene in 1980, just missing that year’s tour of South Africa by Bill Beaumont’s Lions, and set about carving up opponents left, right and centre up until 1992.Tragically, in sporting terms, he only won 24 caps – scoring 19 tries – when in any other era since he would have been close to three figures or beyond and setting almost unreachable scoring marks.His most famous demolition job came in 1984 when he put England to the sword, scoring a try in the 33-15 win in Port Elizabeth and a hat-trick in the second Test in Johannesburg when the Springboks ran out 35-9 winners. Danie Gerber is often referred to as one of the greatest centres to play the game. It was South Africa’s spell in the sporting wilderness, that prevented him from being a household name TAGS: The Greatest Players Gerber had power, good feet and acceleration and according to his team-mate Ray Mordt was “the most dangerous player in the world from broken play”. It was no wonder then that rugby league clubs in Britain were queueing up to sign the midfielder, but Gerber stayed as an amateur in union whilst Mordt and Rob Louw made the trek to Wigan. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS South Africa’s Danie Gerber When South Africa was reinstated into international rugby in 1992, Gerber, by now 34, scored two tries against the All Blacks in the Springboks’ first Test back in Johannesburg but he retired from international rugby following the defeat to England later that year.His career had contained Tests against sides such as the 1986 New Zealand Cavaliers and appearances against cobbled-together World XVs that did scant justice to his talents. Unsurprisingly, he was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame – a small consolation for not being able to display his skills on a wider stage when he was in his prime. It was rugby’s loss.
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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Press Release Service Rector Bath, NC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Albany, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Rector Knoxville, TN An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET 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 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL [Lambeth Conference] At a time where the world still faces the challenge of COVID-19 alongside ongoing issues like climate crisis, poverty, economic injustice, conflict and inequality, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has launched a Lambeth Conference prayer journey to share “prayers of hope for the world.”The prayer journey invites Christians around the world to join in praying for world issues. It features a wide range of prayers that have been shared by Anglican bishops, clergy and laity. Often recorded via virtual technology during times of lockdown – these prayers have been sent from dioceses and nations from across the global Anglican Communion.Prayers will focus on daily themes of hope, proclaiming good news, pandemic response, people, planet, peace, politics, justice and poverty.Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Photo: Lambeth ConferenceIn a video message about the prayer journey, Welby also shared how the prayer season will mark the start of the Lambeth Conference community journeying together in the lead up to the meeting of Anglican bishops, which was rescheduled to 2022 because of the pandemic. During 2021, the conference community will be invited to take part in a series of virtual or regional discussions on some of the conference themes – in preparation for the gathering.The Lambeth Conference will offer a chance to “grapple with many … world issues, as well as matters of common interest in the life of our Anglican Communion,” Welby said in a video message. “To start this journey off, we’ll begin as we always must: in prayer. … In such difficult times – and with our world facing such challenges – we need to listen to God, to be alert to the needs of the world and to love one another as we share our prayers and our needs.”The season of prayer will include prayers from Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry; Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell; Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of Cape Town; Archbishop Daniel Sarfo of Kumasi, Ghana; Bishop Pradeep Samantaroy, Amritsar, North India; Bishop Coadjutor Samy Shehata, Egypt, and Archbishop Linda Nicholls, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. 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Demonstrators chained themselves together Jan. 26 and blocked traffic in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in San FranciscoThis article was edited from a talk given at the March 18 special forum of Workers World Party in New York City in honor of International Working Women’s Month. I have had a Google alert for immigration news for years. I have never been so heartbroken and overwhelmed from the news as I am now.Somewhere in every neighborhood and barrio, a migrant is living in fear. Pregnant women are preparing to have their babies at home so they won’t go to the hospital. Parents are not sending their children to school. Children do not want to go to school.Services that cater to immigrants are seeing a sharp decline. Migrants are missing doctor appointments. Lawyers are receiving more requests to have appointments by phone.You can go to court on a traffic violation or to the Department of Homeland Security for your regular check-in and get detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.You can speak at a press conference and get picked up by “la migra” (Latinx slang for ICE), which happened to a Dreamer recently.The nation saw the video made by the 13-year-old daughter of Rómulo Avelica-González of ICE agents picking him up as he dropped her off at school in Los Angeles. All that time, she was sobbing.As teachers console their students, they also have to ask, “Have you talked to your parents? Do you have power of attorney?”Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had to admit that Trump’s policies were creating such a fearful climate that more Muslims were seeking refuge in Canada than ever. Video shows migrants trekking to wooded areas to cross into Canada “illegally,” grabbing their passports from the hands of ICE agents as they victoriously jump into Canada.This morning there was a notice that DHS is auditing a bakery with many Brandworkers, giving them eight days to come up with proof of status or be fired. [Brandworkers are members of an organization of retail and food workers “dedicated to protecting and advancing their rights.”]Factory or home raids are a possibility, with criminal charges of “identity theft.”No place is safe.Millions are living right now in abject fear, with the anxiety of not knowing what will happen to them. I will not say they are cowering, because this is a brave and heroic community just by the nature of their getting to this country.Things have horribly changed since Jan. 20. Not just for undocumented workers, but for all workers.If ever there was a need for a global women’s fightback it is now! Cis and trans women must work to elevate our struggle and escalate the movement a hundredfold.Racism and big business in war on migrants The Trump cabal is working 24/7 to shape policy in their image, push it far to the right and undo all the gains that workers and the oppressed have made. Social security, health care and environmental legislation are all on the chopping block. We must fight to keep what we won — and demand more.Under the Democratic administration of Barack Obama, over 2.5 million workers were deported, more than under any other U.S. president.Trump’s policies, however, are on steroids. His unholy alliance with white supremacists, extreme racists and reactionaries has unleashed terror.One goal is to drive migrant workers further underground, to live in the shadows, more and more susceptible to super-exploitation.The Trump cabal has waved a red flag in front of ICE, an already angry bull, and incited them to go after migrant workers with a hatred of the oppressed and a desire to “make America great again” — in other words, make America white.As racist police occupy and terrorize Black people and other communities of color, ICE agents are boldly and viciously carrying out roundups of undocumented and even documented workers.The Latinx, Asian, Arab, Caribbean, African and Muslim communities are under siege!The extra oppression of anti-Blackness also hits the immigrant community. The Black Alliance for Just Immigration states: “Black immigrants are much more likely than nationals from other regions to be deported due to a criminal conviction.” (stateofblackimmigrants.com)Trump loves to paint a picture that they are going after hardened criminals, as if immigrants are the most violent of all. That is a boldface lie. ICE is treating the civil violation of being in the U.S. without papers as a felony criminal offense. It is a civil offense.Being forced to use false Social Security numbers to work is treated like a criminal conviction. But the image is that migrants are going around raping and murdering. This is Trump’s Willie Horton.This chilling terror over the migrant community is big business for the prison-industrial complex.Two companies that have rightfully earned the hatred of the anti-mass- incarceration movement, CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) and GEO Group, operate for-profit prisons and immigration detention centers in many states and for the federal government.Between October 2015 and September 2016, over 350,000 undocumented people were detained — a number that will dramatically rise.As the New York Times states: “The worse the news for immigrants, the better for the two companies. When a member of the Trump administration issues a memo or executive order, gives a speech or tweets about the crackdown on immigrants, shares of the two companies rise: Since the election, CoreCivic’s stock price has climbed 120 percent, and Geo’s has gained 80 percent.” (March 10)This war on migrants is profitable. And it is worldwide.‘Unity is most urgent’The United Nations Refugee Agency reported in 2016 that the deaths of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea hit a record high. According to the U.N., almost 4,000 lives have been lost. But advocates believe that as many as 20,000 people have died at sea in the last two decades!Many of the dead are from Eritrea, Libya, Tunisia and Somalia, and an increasing number are from Syria as a result of ongoing U.S. intervention there.The only ones to blame for this mass tidal wave of migration are U.S. and British imperialism, which has created the conditions for people to leave their homelands. Until imperialist policies are overturned, workers will be forced to migrate.In January 2016, Europol, the European Union’s criminal intelligence agency, reported that at least 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees had disappeared in Europe.How do you lose 10,000 children? You don’t! This is orchestrated by human traffickers in complicity with law enforcement.If they had been 10,000 white children — not Syrian or African or Middle Eastern kids — there would be a worldwide outcry demanding they be found. Now the only cry is from all those mothers and fathers who will never see their children again.Trump’s entire presidential campaign was predicated on law and order. Building that “pinche” (f–cking) wall and banning Muslims are the cornerstones of his administration. Both are racist, hateful and anti-worker.Trump’s number one goal is to divide the working class. Unity is most urgent to fight back against the growing assaults on all people.The Trump administration’s wildly ramped-up war drive threatens people around the world — more than either Reagan or Bush. It is a diversion away from the struggle for working-class unity.Trump’s budget proposal deeply slashes every federal agency or program that serves workers and the poor, from Meals on Wheels to winter heating aid to job training — all to pay for a whopping 10 percent increase in the Pentagon.Meanwhile, Trump has already sent more ground troops to Syria. This week the U.S. carried out a murderous bombing of a mosque that killed dozens. And Trump’s secretary of state, oil baron Rex Tillerson, threatened war on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.So what do we do in the face of this crisis? What do we do as imperialist plunders continue unabated and in stereo?We have to do a lot. I will raise just two actions.The Trump administration is waging war on the most vulnerable. But make no mistake: Its casualties are everyone who is not of the 1%! Everyone who is not rich, white and a member of the elite ruling class is being targeted.Fight for the working class on May DayIn a war, you must call out the troops. And the next battle, to fight for the lives of the class we love so much, is May Day.But I also want to bring your attention to the climate march set for Washington, D.C., on April 29.Climate change creates forced migration. Let us not leave this demonstration in the hands of the liberals, who put a break on the struggle, who apologize for the capitalists or who settle, like they are settling for the Paris climate treaty. Let us take class politics to this event. We must settle no more!Two days later is May Day. Let us remember that it was immigrants, primarily from Mexico and Latin America, who revived May Day in 2006. That was a great development for the workers and oppressed, because this is a day that is clearly our day and a demonstration that represents the interests of all who toil and not those who exploit.It must be dominated politically by anti-capitalist forces and genuine revolutionaries.Our weapons right now are leaflets and social media to get the word out about May Day 2017. We must organize to support the April 1 action in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in New York and go to hospitals, schools, workplaces and communities to get people out for May Day.May Day is a work day for those who have jobs. And we are urging one and all not to shop, go to school or work.We must send the message: Immigrants are not alone. We have their back. We say no to war abroad. We demand health care, housing and education. It is the workers and oppressed who created the wealth, and we want it back!May Day 2017 must be a battle cry against the far right! The lives of all workers and oppressed depend on this!All power to the migrants! All power to cis and trans women! All power to the workers!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this West Virginia teachers and education workers rally during their historic strike, in the state capital of Charleston, Feb. 26.West Virginia education workers were still out on the picket lines on March 1, continuing their historic statewide strike for better wages, as well as improved, less expensive health care. West Virginia ranks 48th in the U.S. for teacher wages — that is, teacher wages are lower in only two other states. The strike began on Feb. 22.Schools remained closed in each of the 55 counties in the state, with determined teachers and school service personnel out on militant picket lines in their communities. The three unions representing the workers in the negotiations are the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association.A deal proposed by Gov. Jim Justice to “settle the strike” was designated as “tentative” by union leaders as it was sent to the state House and Senate for approval. The governor offered a one-time 5 percent pay raise to education workers. He did not offer a “fix” for the beleaguered Public Employees Insurance Agency, but instead proposed a “freeze” on premiums for a few months only and a “taskforce” to find more funding sources.On Feb. 28, the House approved the 5 percent pay raise. But on March 1, the intransigent, right-wing Senate proposed taking away the pay raise and using that money to supposedly “fix” the health insurance plan. The legislature appears to be believe workers will fall for this kind of vanish-the-money as if it’s a magic trick. But this capitalist fakery is only making workers angrier.The striking workers have stayed solidly united under the slogan #55Strong. The governor had to back away from pushing through right-wing, anti-worker bills that cancelled teacher seniority, promoted charter schools and denied unions the right to payroll dues deductions for their members. These types of bills are part of a national anti-union campaign, funded in part by the far-right billionaire Koch brothers.Throughout the day on Monday, Feb. 26, the governor, who owns over 50 companies, campaigned for his proposal with statewide meetings at high schools in Wheeling, Martinsburg and Morgantown. But when he used insulting, anti-worker terms to describe the teachers, he fanned the flames of anger in West Virginia workers fed up with big business exploitation.Striking teachers, education workers and supporters on the picket line, Bluefield, W. Va., Feb. 26.Statewide “wildcat” strikeThe multinational, majority-women, rank-and-file union members, in militant motion and finding the governor’s proposal to be too little and too late, strongly wanted to have more say in the terms of the deal. So on Wednesday, Feb. 28, the strike was not “settled.” Workers continued on picket lines with shouts of, “We’re not letting anybody cross this line!” Some who voted for Trump and Republicans in the last election now pointed to betrayal by the rich, shouting, “Make ‘em pay in May!” when election primaries are held. (USAToday, March 1)Despite state law declaring strikes illegal, these workers know their West Virginia labor history. The Battle of Blair Mountain in 1921 in Logan County was the largest labor uprising in U.S. history, with some 10,000 armed coal miners confronting 3,000 police and strikebreakers. Throughout the 20th century, the United Mine Workers was a mighty force to be reckoned with, while wildcat strikes were common everywhere in the state, including thousands during the 1970s.On Thursday, March 1, the education workers defiantly entered the second week of their “illegal” wildcat strike by staying out again in all 55 counties. One education worker told WW that the majority of people striking want big business to take the brunt of the funding for their health and salary, with Big Oil in West Virginia taxed at a higher rate.In addition to the dangers to their health and livelihoods posed by the depredations of Big Oil in the state, workers are increasingly preyed upon by Big Banking. Research from the state’s 2018 Executive Budget Report states: “The percentage of each citizen’s income allocated to payment of state debt to the banks and financial institutions is 2.8 percent or $1,020 per citizen.”The teachers and education workers are in a historic struggle. They have the benefits of union solidarity. The structure of a union offers combat assistance, as well as resources and organizational communication at the state and local level. Unions enable members to connect and move militantly from the ground up.The West Virginia workers on strike have fought to have a union, and now they are also fighting to make their unions fight.Fighting for the unionPhil, demonstrating at the Capitol building in Charleston on March 1, and a worker active in his union, shared these thoughts with WW:“There’s been lots of anti-union talk from ultra-left and conservatives.Folks need to fight within their unions, to make them more progressive and class conscious. We need to radicalize and transform unions from within at the local level.“Some believe the association leaders are negotiating directly with the governor. It’s really the legislators striking the deals and selling out the workers. These politicians have the interests of energy companies and private capital.“The struggle of education workers and teachers, it is a class struggle for social justice, a social struggle against racism and capitalism and against austerity. We hope to build the idea of class consciousness, through the participation of local unions. When people drop out of unions, we don’t build class consciousness. Hopefully, after this struggle, people will continue to participate and strengthen and radicalize their unions.“Despite whatever failings in upper-level union leadership, the union is not the enemy. The capitalist class and the billionaire business owners are the enemy!The whole world is watching this historic battle in the class war against workers and oppressed people. Power to the rank-and-file union members now directing their burning anger against the vicious abuses of the capitalist system!WW photos
SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News African Swine Fever Continues to Spread Overseas African Swine Fever Continues to Spread Overseas Previous articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for January 16, 2019Next articleFarm Bureau Adopts 2019 Policies at Convention Andy Eubank Another province in China is now infected with African Swine Fever. A Pork Checkoff report says there are now 24 distinct areas in China that have tested positive for the disease. China is requiring their slaughterhouses to run testing for the virus on pig products before they’re allowed to sell them to market. Slaughterhouses must slaughter pigs from different areas separately. They can only sell products if the blood from the same batch of pigs’ test negative for the ASF virus.A new regulation will go into effect on February 1st requiring slaughterhouses to suspend operations and disinfect their facilities if they get a positive test. Officials in Taiwan reported that one dead pig found on the shore of its Kinmen Island has tested positive for ASF. They believe the animal was dumped on the beach in mainland China and washed ashore in Taiwan. The island nation is taking precautions to protect itself from ASF, including tighter security on all incoming boats and planes from the Chinese mainland.In Europe, officials in France have begun to cull wild boar populations near the border with Belgium in an attempt to keep the virus from spreading out of wild hog populations within Belgium.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jan 16, 2019 Facebook Twitter