slips to loss despite revenue increase in Q3

first_imgFinance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter slips to loss despite revenue increase in Q3 Affiliate marketing provider Group has reported a loss of €57,000 for the third quarter, despite experiencing a 2% year-on-year increase in revenue during the period. Affiliate marketing provider Group has reported a loss of €57,000 for the third quarter, despite experiencing a 2% year-on-year increase in revenue during the period.Revenue for the three months through to 30 September 2019 totalled €4.2m, up slightly from €4.1m in the corresponding period last put this increase down to a rise in earned revenue (from SEO and direct navigation), which was up 16.4% from €3.5m in Q3 of 2018 to €4.1m this year. However, paid revenue (dervied from bought traffic) was down 81.4% to €110,000.The provider noted that 77% of revenue in the third quarter was derived from locally regulated markets, an increase from 70% in the same period last year. In addition, new depositing customers were up 4% year-on-year to 18,411.However, also reported a rise in operating costs for the quarter, with total spending up 33.5% from €2.9m to €3.8m. This rise was mainly the result of higher spending on personnel, with overall staffing costs more than doubleing from €981,000 to €2.1m, as the provider sought expansion in markets around the world.Direct costs related to paid revenue were down from €559,000 to €141,000, while depreciation and amortisation expenses were cut by 30.1% to €130,000. Other operating expenses climbed 32.9% year-on-year to €1.3m.Higher spending, coupled with minimal revenue growth, meant operating profit for the period slipped 72% from €1.2m in Q3 of 2018 to €337, posted a loss before tax of €79,000, a stark contrast to a profit of €479,000 in the same period last year. Although the provider benefitted from €22,000 in tax credit, its loss for the period stood at €57,000, compared to a profit of €438,000 in Q3 of 2018.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell 66.2% from €1.4m to €470,000, while adjusted EBITDA excluding non-recurring costs slipped 59.9% to €610,000.The Q3 results meant that revenue for the first nine months of 2019 amounted to €13.8m, which was 22% ahead of €11.3m at the same point in 2018.However, operating profit was down 10.0% to €2.7m, while profit before tax fell 80.3% to €1.2m. Profit after tax also dropped 98.1$ from €5.9m to €1.1m. In addition, EBTIDA was down 10.0% to €3.2m, with adjusted EBITDA falling by 20.1% to €3.4m.“Q3 is always a seasonally lighter quarter, with fewer sporting events,” chief executive Charles Gillespie said. “This, together with the continuing market challenges (due to tax and regulatory changes) in the UK and Swedish markets resulted in a slower overall growth rate for the group in the third quarter.“In addition, following a review of the PPC media buying strategy, the group spent at a much reduced rate in the quarter, in this area. When looking at the group’s core business of earned revenue (SEO and direct navigation), year-on-year growth across all markets was 16%.“Earned revenue performance in the UK market remained steady year on year, despite substantial headwinds in the market. However, in our growth markets, including the US, KPI data continued to show very strong growth trends, and we remain extremely positive for future development in these markets.”Gillespie also noted the recent $15.5m investment by growth equity investment firm Edison Partners, saying that will use the funds to enhance its marketing services in the expanding US online gambling sector.“The group continues to be very excited about the US opportunity in the coming years,” he said. “During the third quarter the Group started conducting business in Pennsylvania and West Virginia in addition to New Jersey.“The group is currently pursuing licensure in Illinois, Indiana, Tennessee and Iowa and have seen recent positive legislative developments towards viable online markets in Colorado and Michigan.” 20th November 2019 | By contenteditorcenter_img Topics: Finance Marketing & affiliates Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Lottoland to launch UK-facing sportsbook with Altenar

first_img Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Altenar also serves as Lottoland’s sportsbook partner in the 10 other territories. “Continuing to partner with Altenar means that we can truly focus on customer experience, with competitive pricing, ease of use, market variety and a frictionless user journeys all being incorporated into the design. We are very pleased to see the finished product live on our site ahead of the Euros.” 10th June 2021 | By Robert Fletcher The new sportsbook will run alongside Lottoland’s UK-facing multi-product platform that also includes lottery betting, instant win games, scratchcards, casino and bingo. Lottoland to launch UK-facing sportsbook with Altenar Tags: Sportsbook Altenar Lottoland Online lottery betting operator Lottoland is to launch a new sportsbook product in the UK via a partnership with sports betting software and services provider Altenar.center_img Regions: UK & Ireland Under the arrangement, Altenar will provide Lottoland with a fully managed sports betting platform, allowing customers to bet on sporting events around the world. Sports betting Topics: Sports betting Online sports betting “Our customers are at the heart of what we do, and for that reason we are very pleased to be providing a one stop shop for lottery betting, gaming and sports,” Lottoland chief executive Nigel Birrell said.  Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Confirmation of the new sportsbook comes after Lottoland this week appointed former 32Red executive John Hale as its new chief financial officer.last_img read more

Episcopal food pantries are part of nationwide network with goal…

first_img Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Volunteer Jim Murphy, right, gathers a variety of food for Willetta Randle at Grace Food Pantry in Madison, Wisconsin. The pantry has been a ministry of Grace Episcopal Church since 1979. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service[Episcopal News Service – Madison, Wisconsin] Poverty and hunger are all too easy to overlook in Wisconsin’s capital city, where public discourse is dominated by the parallel and relatively affluent spheres of state government and the state’s flagship public university.But wander east from the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus or head southwest down the steps of the Capitol, and you’ll find at Grace Episcopal Church a ministry of nourishment that Willetta Randle, for one, relies on to put dinner on the table for her two young children.The volunteers at Grace Food Pantry are friendly and helpful, Randle said while picking up bags of food on a summer afternoon. She visits “once in a while,” when she needs help filling her cabinets and refrigerator with food. “It comes in handy, especially when you’re on a tight budget,” she said.‘Food and Faith’Episcopal News Service’s five-part series focuses on anti-hunger efforts in the Episcopal Church, from food pantries to the church’s advocacy on government programs that fight hunger.Despite the city’s median household income of $55,000, tight budgets are common in Madison. Census data show 19 percent of residents live below the poverty level, and dozens of food pantries across Dane County help provide for some of their most basic needs. Many of the pantries are part of a national network of faith-based and community partners with a shared goal: to make sure no one goes hungry – in the country, in Wisconsin, in Madison or in the neighborhood around Capitol Square that Grace Episcopal calls home.The parish food pantry is an institution as ubiquitous as it is essential. Congregations across the country feed the hungry through pantries of all sizes, making this one of the most common and visible outreach ministries of the Episcopal Church and other churches and faith communities in the United States.“The way the Episcopal Church wants to approach people in our country who are poor is not … with a sense of helping those who are other than us,” said the Rev. Melanie Mullen, the Episcopal Church’s director of reconciliation, justice and creation care. Building “a full community of change” means seeing our neighbors as like us – and, sometimes, in need of help, she said.“We can have confidence to enter this arena boldly and talk about what’s right and what’s wrong and the fact that no one should be hungry among us.”Congregations’ food ministries, no matter the denomination, are on the front lines of a multilayered response to food insecurity in America. The federal government defines food insecurity as lack of access to enough food to maintain an active and healthy life. Nationally, 41.2 million people, including 12.9 million children, were said to be food insecure in 2016, according to the nonprofit Feeding America.Episcopal News Service, as part of its “Food and Faith” series on the Episcopal Church’s efforts to fight hunger, visited Madison’s Grace Episcopal Church in August to see how one successful food pantry works and how it collaborates with other institutions working on the issue at all levels.Feeding America works at the national level to support its 200 affiliated regional food banks, which form the backbone of local efforts. Those affiliates, like Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin, collect large amounts of food and distribute it to where it is most needed.Often where it is most needed is a food pantry like the one at Grace Episcopal Church in Madison.Nearly 58,000 of the 510,000 residents of the city and surrounding Dane County, or 11.3 percent, are food insecure, according to the most recent data kept by Feeding America. Grace Food Pantry was created in 1979 to serve those residents, and now 38 years later, it operates as an independent nonprofit with a paid coordinator.Volunteers and staff members at Grace Food Pantry assist guests at the pantry’s food counter on a Tuesday afternoon in August. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceThe Episcopal Church’s Asset Map, which is still under development, shows more than 300 congregations offering food pantries, meal programs or both. Since the map’s participation rate so far is at about 20 percent, the actual number of feeding ministries likely is exponentially greater.Their sizes range widely. Grace Food Pantry is among the more active ministries, open four days a week and serving 450 to 950 people a month. In a typical month, about 10,000 pounds of food is distributed. The pantry gets by on a $22,000 annual budget that still is largely funded by the congregation.“It’s been a core part of our work and our ministry, and it receives a lot of financial support from the members of the church,” the Rev. Jonathan Grieser, Grace’s rector, said during an interview in his office. “It’s part of the gospel mission to feed the hungry.”The fruits (and vegetables) of that gospel mission awaited Randle, 35, and the handful of other guests who were first in line when the food pantry opened at 1 p.m. on this Tuesday in August. A handwritten list was stuck to a wall next to the counter: zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, star fruit, green beans, broccoli, onions, rutabaga, plumbs, kiwi, peaches, cauliflower.That was only a partial list. Each guest who meets income qualifications can get a weekly allotment of food in amounts that vary with the size of the household. Randle received some eggs along with her produce. Meat also is included, and the variety of food can change week to week.“You don’t get the same thing all the time,” Raymond Scott, a 67-year-old Air Force veteran, said as he waited his turn, his suitcase ready to be filled with food from the pantry.Food banks aim to let no one go hungryThe source for much of the pantry’s food is a large warehouse seven miles away in the southeast corner of Madison.Second Harvest’s facility on Dairy Drive boasts some impressive numbers. At 47,000 square feet, the warehouse houses offices, sorting and packing rooms, three coolers, several loading docks and row after row of stock shelves that typically hold about 1 million pounds of food, with a capacity for up to 1.7 million pounds.Hundreds of volunteers contribute their time to Second Harvest each month, and a staff of eight drivers steer the agency’s six semi-tractor trailer trucks and three straight trucks across 16 counties in southwest Wisconsin, delivering enough food in 2016 for 14.3 million meals.Dan Stein, executive director of Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin in Madison, discusses the operation of the food bank’s warehouse, which can hold up to 1.7 million pounds of food. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceSecond Harvest’s general model for feeding the hungry is hardly unique. Feeding America assigns Second Harvest and other member food banks to serve distinct regions that include every county in the United States without overlapping. The food banks collect food and distribute it across their regions, over and over. Often the Feeding America affiliate is the only food bank serving its communities, though some regions are served by additional food banks that aren’t affiliated with Feeding America.As they feed the hungry, these agencies also function like laboratories for new anti-hunger initiatives.Stein shows a can of “cream style corn” that has been relabeled for distribution to food pantries across Second Harvest’s 16-county region. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service“There’s no magic formula how to run your food bank. Everyone offers different programs and different ways to attack this problem,” Second Harvest Executive Director Dan Stein said during an interview at the Madison warehouse. “We all are each other’s best cheerleaders. We freely share each other’s best practices. We share things that were unsuccessful, so we don’t waste resources.”Stein’s agency, for example, has found success working directly with farmers to grow crops that can be distributed by Second Harvest’s partner food pantries. In addition, Second Harvest sends its trucks more than 20 times a month to distribute food to people in places not already served by food pantries. It also has developed partnerships with health care providers and schools to promote nutrition.Pantries like the one at Grace Episcopal, though, are still the indispensable “feet on the streets” in the communities Second Harvest serves, Stein said. They know their clients’ needs.The pantries can place orders online, paying Second Harvest a fee for the food. Certain items are offered to the pantries at a reduced rate or for free. Then the food bank’s transportation supervisor dispatches drivers to make the requested deliveries.Being part of a large network also offers economies of scale. Nationally, Feeding America solicits large corporate donations and develops relationships with national retailers, like Walmart, Kroger and Target, to donate their excess food to the regional food banks. Feeding America also is active on public policy, supporting federal programs that help feed low-income Americans, such the program commonly known as food stamps. The Episcopal Church shares those concerns and advocates for those programs through its Office of Government Relations.Feeding America traces the organization’s history to what it credits as the first food pantry, started in 1967 by a Roman Catholic church in Phoenix, Arizona. In a domino effect, churches around the country began forming their own pantries, and in 1979, the national organization was created to leverage the coordinated work of member pantries. Many, but not all, of the food pantries run by Episcopal churches are affiliated with Feeding America.“Solve hunger” is the mantra of today’s Feeding America, but that bold goal is also a practical one. For Feeding America, solving the problem means making sure no one goes hungry. The root causes of poverty are more complex. Solving poverty is not the organization’s specific mission, though it and other organizations, including the Episcopal Church, are tackling various aspects of the problem.“I can think of nothing better than a society where we have a hunger-free America,” Catherine Davis, Feeding America’s chief marketing and communication officer, said in a phone interview with ENS. “And that’s actually our mission, to help create a hunger-free America. But the majority of our work goes to feeding people.”That work continues seemingly without end. Hunger is better understood as a chronic social problem rather than a sudden individual emergency, Davis said. There always will be people seeking food assistance who are driven by unforeseen circumstances – a lost job, a car repair, a medical bill. At the same time, most of the people who visit food pantries have steady jobs. Those jobs just don’t pay enough to make ends meet.Second Harvest is one of 200 food banks across the country that are affiliated with Feeding America, which has made “Solve Hunger” one of its defining goals. The food banks partner with food pantries like the one run by Grace Episcopal Church. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service“If the cure for hunger is food – I know it’s not that simple – then the cure exists,” Stein said, “because as much as 40 percent of the food grown in this county never makes it to our tables. It’s thrown away.” Getting food to those who need it, then, becomes a logistical and financial challenge.Curing poverty is a more complex challenge, he said, and other organizations are working on different facets of the problem. Helping people find good-paying jobs is “the best battle against hunger and poverty,” Stein said, while food banks’ primary focus is eliminating the gap between the meals Americans have and the meals they need.At Grace Episcopal, food and blessings to shareEliminating that gap in Madison depends on the dedication of people like Vikki Enright, the Grace Food Pantry coordinator.Enright had previously volunteered with the food pantry and with Porchlight, a homeless shelter that occupies the floor below the pantry. After leaving her job as a senior legislative editor for the state’s Legislative Reference Bureau, she embraced the new paid role as pantry coordinator.Enright’s $13,000 salary is paid directly by the congregation, leaving the pantry to spend its $22,000 budget on food from Second Harvest, additional food from other sources and personal essentials. Enright also draws on the pantry budget to pay her assistant, who works six hours a week.As coordinator, Enright works 16 hours a week placing orders with Second Harvest, soliciting additional food donations from parishioners, downtown retailers and restaurants, scheduling about 30 volunteers to bag and distribute the food and ensure the shelves are continuously stocked with both food and personal items, like toilet paper – “it’s almost as important as food,” she said.Grace Food Pantry coordinator Vikki Enright, right, helps volunteers Audrey Shomos and Jim Murphy as they fill grocery bags with food for the pantry’s guests in August. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News ServiceLast year, the pantry served more than 9,500 guests. The homeless population around Capitol Square makes up a portion of those guests, though others flock to Grace Food Pantry because it is a convenient stop on the city bus lines.Randle, a nurse who lives with her children on Madison’s north side, brought her food home by bus this Tuesday afternoon. Caroline Harris said she, too, rides the bus to Grace Food Pantry when she needs to fill up her cart with produce.“They give you mostly what you need,” Harris said. At age 55, she is out of work due to her severe arthritis, but she likes to prepare nutritious meals when her grandchildren come to visit. She said she typically only visits Grace Food Pantry a couple times a month because she’d prefer to share the blessings Enright’s team has to offer.“I don’t like to overdo it, because I don’t like to take blessings from other people,” she said.More people used Grace Food Pantry during the last recession, several years ago, Enright said. Visits declined as the local economy improved, but recently, she has noticed an increase in visitors as wages have stalled and rents have gone up.Whatever her guests’ reasons for seeking help, Enright greets them with a smile and a friendly word as she tends to the work of the pantry with a seemingly boundless energy. The work keeps her perpetually upbeat.“Every time something is frustrating or you’ve had a hard day with something, then something wonderful happens,” she said.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Welingergasse / Mladen Jadric Architects

first_imgArchDaily “COPY” 2008 Austria Welingergasse / Mladen Jadric Architects Save this picture!© Pez Hejduk Architekturfotografie+ 12 Share Architects: Mladen Jadric Architects Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard CopyAbout this officeMladen Jadric ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsDabasResidentialViennaHousing3D ModelingAustriaPublished on June 30, 2011Cite: “Welingergasse / Mladen Jadric Architects” 30 Jun 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceGlass3MSafety Window Films in Associated Watch and Jewelry BuyersFaucetshansgroheKitchen Mixers – Talis MWindowsAir-LuxSliding Windows for High-Rise BuildingsSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – B-ClassGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60Manuals & AdviceSikaFirestop SystemsMetal PanelsAmerican MetalcraftRainscreen – RS300Curtain WallsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Curtain Wall – Rabel 35000 Slim Super ThermalWaste Containers / Recycling BinsPunto DesignLitter Bin – PapilonSound BoothsFramerySoundproof Phone Booths – Framery OneCarpetsnanimarquinaRugs – ShadeMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Welingergasse公寓 / Mladen Jadric Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects Area:  1235 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs:  Pez Hejduk ArchitekturfotografieText description provided by the architects. The Welingergasse 3 housing project has a total of 14 apartments. The windows provide each apartment with a unique view of the street and/or garden. Save this picture!model 01Recommended ProductsPorcelain StonewareApariciPorcelain Tiles – JacquardSkylightsVELUX CommercialModular Skylights – Atrium Longlight / RidgelightWoodAccoyaAccoya® CanalsThe whole outer skin (the façade and the roof) was planed to be homogenously clad in dark fiber cement boards.Save this picture!© Pez Hejduk ArchitekturfotografieOnly two entrances are colored. Save this picture!© Pez Hejduk ArchitekturfotografieTheir colors reflect the colors of the garden in the backyard. All free spaces are designed like green areas, private gardens for every apartment. Save this picture!concept 02The roof is one single garden with a playground and a social area for residents.Save this picture!© Pez Hejduk ArchitekturfotografieProject gallerySee allShow lessLittle Tokyo Design Week: Future CityArticlesHelp us with our Architecture City Guide: LondonArticlesProject locationAddress:Vienna, AustriaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Photographs Welingergasse / Mladen Jadric ArchitectsSave this projectSaveWelingergasse / Mladen Jadric Architects Year:  Apartments CopyApartments•Vienna, Austrialast_img read more

Workers pack Boston hearing, expose union busters

first_imgBoston school bus drivers testify against Veolia’s violations at Nov. 21 city council meeting.WW photo: Joseph PietteIf Veolia Transportation’s union-busting crackdown on the United Steelworkers Local 8751 Boston school bus drivers’ leadership was meant to intimidate the rank and file, it is having the opposite effect.On Oct. 8, the company locked out the drivers after they held a legally protected protest of the company’s many unfair labor practices. Since then, an escalating struggle between Veolia and the drivers’ union has awakened the membership, whose majority Haitian and Cape Verdean workers have consistently turned out in the hundreds for raucous demonstrations, meetings and job actions.The bosses at Veolia hoped that firing four of the union’s leaders would put a chill on the union’s militant activity. However, since the firings, the numbers at these actions have only gotten bigger.This happened once again on Nov. 21 — when 300 drivers and their supporters packed Boston City Council chambers for a hearing called to investigate Veolia’s breach of its vendor contract with the city.Drivers sat in the aisles of the stadium-seating chamber and spilled into two overflow rooms. Boston City Councilor Charles Yancey, who called the hearing, commented that he had never seen so many people at a hearing.The purpose of the hearing was to expose the fact that Veolia’s contract with the city of Boston to manage the school bus system requires it to respect the terms and conditions of its contract with the school bus drivers’ union and maintain “harmonious labor relations.” Failure to do so means it is in breach of contract with the city.Hearing recessed due to no-showsThe powerful turnout of the drivers stood in stark contrast to the absence of representatives of Veolia, Boston Public Schools and Boston’s outgoing Mayor Thomas Menino. All of them were requested to be at the hearing by Councilor Yancey and Committee Chair Councilor Felix Arroyo, but they refused to attend.These no-shows had, of course, been plenty involved in collaborating with Veolia to attack the union. The mayor held multiple press conferences saying the union’s leaders should be fired, and BPS made multiple rounds of robo-calls, day after day, falsely warning parents of an impending strike.But they all evidently lost their nerve when faced with the prospect of sitting in a hearing across from hundreds of school bus drivers and their supporters from throughout the community.Their absence did not go unnoticed by the elected officials who did attend the hearing — they included all Boston City Council members of color.“I do not accept this letter,” said Councilor Tito Jackson, gesturing to the mayor’s letter explaining why he wasn’t attending.The failure of city officials and Veolia reps to attend added to the political momentum of the evening, which put the company and its city collaborators further on the defensive in the struggle to reinstate the fired leadership of the union.In a show of support for the drivers, Yancey pointedly did not close the meeting, but recessed it. This signaled that the council’s investigation into Veolia’s contract with the city would continue — and so would pressure on the bosses, BPS and the mayor to show up at future meetings.Union members and supporters speak outHolding up large posters of Veolia executives locking the gates of the Freeport and Readville bus yards on Oct. 8, drivers used the hearing to ask key questions: Why was the notorious union-busting firm Veolia awarded the school bus contract by the city when its bid was not the lowest, as required by state law? And who gave the order to lock out the drivers on Oct. 8?One driver, Kiette Woody Baptiste, testified that Veolia switched the union’s disability insurance carrier, which had different policy terms. She was supposed to be out on disability, but the switch reduced her payments and forced her to get back behind the wheel while in pain.What also came out at the hearing was Veolia’s constant violations of the contract. Union Vice President and Benefits Administrator Steve Gillis — one of the fired drivers — told the committee how violations by Veolia started the day after the notorious union-busting firm signed the contract.These violations included attempts to reduce the drivers’ base pay by linking it to a GPS system and demanding that the workers reapply for their jobs.Having workers reapply for their jobs is a tactic Veolia has used in other cities and signals an attack on the workers’ benefits. In 2010 in Phoenix, Veolia forced non-union workers at the city bus system to reapply for their jobs and sign a waiver that they would not be eligible to recover their lost benefits.Veolia’s track record became a focus of the hearing in the public comments’ section. Speakers took to the mike to detail Veolia’s crimes in propping up illegal settlements in occupied Palestine; its privatization of water services that results in high rates and cutting corners on safety; and the high rate of cities, like St. Louis and Detroit, that have rejected the company due to its terrible profits-before-people management of essential services.Many Boston residents voiced staunch support for the school bus drivers’ union, calling attention to its history as a union that fights not only for its members but for the community as well. The union has been active in anti-war demonstrations, the lesbian-gay-bi-trans-queer movement, Occupy encampments and the fight against the racist resegregation of Boston schools.Sandra MacIntosh, of the Coalition for Equal Quality Education, described how the union had played an active role in the fight to stop school closings and the various “zone plans” that were meant to dismantle busing.This past March the BPS adopted a plan to return to racist, segregated neighborhood schools over opposition from the community. Billboards throughout Boston are playing a central role in promoting this scheme. Who is paying for them? Veolia Transportation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

PA prisoners tortured for protesting racist policies

first_imgEric McGill was locked up in Lebanon County Correctional Facility in Lebanon, Pa., on Jan. 19, 2019. For 15 months now he has been held there, not because he has been convicted of a crime, but because he cannot afford the preposterous $1 million bail the judge set.And during his entire pretrial incarceration, McGill, a 27-year-old Black man, has been held in solitary confinement (SHU) because he refuses to cut off his dreadlocks.Car caravan demonstrators make a stop outside Criminal Justice Center in Philadelphia demanding release of prisoners, April 15.                                                                            WW photo: Joe PietteLebanon County prison authorities deny that he is being held in solitary confinement, which is regarded as torture by the United Nations. They claim he is simply placed in a “secure housing unit” that is no different from the general population — despite the fact that they specifically placed him in the SHU to punish him for refusing to submit to the racist demand that he get rid of his “locs,” a hairstyle worn by people of African and Indigenous nations across the world.Matthew Feldman of the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project told Workers World that those held in Lebanon County SHU are let outside their cells for a maximum of one hour a day, between midnight and 2 a.m. That’s also the only time McGill is allowed to use the phone.Five days a week, McGill gets one hour outside in the dead of night. On the other two days, he gets about five minutes outside. As long as it’s not raining or snowing, prisoners get the option of outdoor recreation or rec time for an hour. If they choose not to take it, they get 20 minutes of indoor time.  If outdoor rec is cancelled completely, they get a full hour of indoor rec.They’re allowed one half-hour visit per week. No books or photographs from the outside are permitted.McGill has had a cellmate for most of the 15months. They take all meals in their cell. Their toilet has no lid or cover, and if you flush the toilet twice within five minutes, it locks for an hour. The cell lights are kept on almost all day, sometimes 24 hours, with constant illumination even when prisoners are trying to sleep.These are the conditions that Lebanon County authorities say are not “punishment” and do not constitute solitary confinement. The prison’s own handbook says typical punishment for engaging in a physical fight is 30 to 120 days in solitary.These were the conditions McGill and others in the SHU faced even before the pandemic caused widespread death row-style lockdowns in prisons across the country.Even in the racist bourgeois legal system, someone like McGill is supposed to be presumed innocent at this point, having not been convicted of a crime. “It is a legal fiction that people detained pretrial can’t be punished. I don’t know how you can claim what is happening to him isn’t punishment,” said Feldman.Dreadlocks have a cultural and religiously significant meaning for the Rastafari movement to which McGill belongs. It is clear that he is being tortured for his religious and cultural beliefs.McGill was told by multiple staff, including in writing, that the reason he is in solitary is because he refuses to cut his hair. Feldman says at least two other Black men are now being held in solitary because they too refuse to cut their dreads.Violation of civil rightsEric McGill wrote to the Pennsylvania Institutional Law Project, a nonprofit legal aid organization that represents people incarcerated in any institution — the only statewide legal aid organization doing this kind of work.The PILP provides free legal services for civil matters, mostly civil rights violations. Two other men have since filed their own Pro Se lawsuits and are being represented by PILP.These men are suing on the grounds that their detention is a violation of a federal law, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), which was supposed to ensure religious liberty rights to incarcerated people and to prevent jails and prisons from imposing arbitrary burdens on people.They claim it is also a violation of the 14th Amendment, ratified in 1868, that defines national citizenship and forbids states to restrict the basic rights of citizens or other people.Even Pennsylvania state prisoners and those in federal detention are allowed dreadlocks. Lebanon County claims that contraband could be hidden in them and that “locs” are “unsanitary.” Long straight or curly hair is accepted, as long as it’s tied back.Criminalizing wearing dreadlocks is a symptom of the racist, genocidal nature of mass incarceration. To destroy the ability of a person to practice their religious and cultural beliefs is itself a form of genocide.The district judge is currently slow-walking this case. Workers World demands the immediate release of Eric McGill and the other two claimants. During the pandemic current crisis, we must fight especially hard to demand:  Tear Down the Walls! Free Them All!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

McLaren Racing and Splunk Announce Multi-Year Formula 1 Partnership Extension

first_img Facebook McLaren Racing and Splunk Announce Multi-Year Formula 1 Partnership Extension Facebook Previous articleDana-Farber Cancer Institute and Deerfield Management Launch Riverway DiscoveriesNext articleLife’s First Naturals Expands Product Line Digital AIM Web Support TAGS  Pinterest WhatsApp WORKING, UK & SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 8, 2021– Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLK), provider of the Data-to-Everything Platform, and McLaren Racing have today announced a multi-year partnership extension which will see Splunk continue as an official McLaren Technology Partner of the McLaren Formula 1 team and McLaren Group. Beginning in 2020, Splunk collaborated with McLaren to deploy its Data-to-Everything Platform to enhance performance across the McLaren Racing team by bringing data to every question, decision and action on and off the track. Splunk will continue to capture data from across the McLaren Group infrastructure, network and server environment. This also spans the McLaren Racing function, within the team’s Formula 1 cars, to assist in accelerating operations and performance. As part of the partnership, the Splunk brand will be represented on the McLaren Formula 1 driver overalls of Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo, on the team kit and on the sidepod and cockpit of the McLaren Formula 1 MCL35M race cars. “Over the past 12 months, our work with Splunk has been incredibly beneficial to our team,” said Zak Brown, CEO, McLaren Racing. “ In the fast-paced and technological environment of Formula 1, data is a core element to our team and is integral in how we effectively and efficiently operate. We are delighted to announce this partnership extension with Splunk, which allows us to continue to deploy their expertise and Data-to-Everything Platform, providing our team with valuable insights to further strengthen our operations and performance.” “High performance on the race track comes down to split-second decisions and data is the key to making that happen,” said Doug Merritt, President and CEO, Splunk. “Splunk’s Data-to-Everything Platform provides the McLaren Racing team with powerful insights and machine learning capabilities that enable the team to turn their data into doing. We’re excited to extend our partnership with the team both on and off the racetrack.” For more information about Splunk’s partnership with McLaren, visit the Splunk website. About McLaren Racing McLaren Racing was founded by New Zealand racing driver Bruce McLaren in 1963. The team entered its first Formula 1 race in 1966, since when McLaren has won 20 Formula 1 world championships, more than 180 Formula 1 grands prix, the Le Mans 24 Hours at its first attempt and the Indianapolis 500 three times. McLaren Racing currently competes in Formula 1 globally and INDYCAR in the US. The team will contest the 2021 FIA Formula 1 World Championship with Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. In 2021 McLaren Racing will race in the INDYCAR Series with drivers Pato O’Ward and Felix Rosenqvist. Juan Pablo Montoya will compete for the team at the 105th running of the Indy 500 in the third Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet. About Splunk Splunk Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLK) turns data into doing with the Data-to-Everything Platform. Splunk technology is designed to investigate, monitor, and analyze and act on data at any scale. Splunk, Splunk>, Data-to-Everything, D2E and Turn Data Into Doing are trademarks and registered trademarks of Splunk Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective owners. © 2021 Splunk Inc. All rights reserved. View source version on CONTACT: McLaren Racing Media ContactsTim Bampton, Director of Communications, McLaren Racing [email protected]/ +44 (0) 7468 714614Siobhan Filsell, Manager, Brand and Partner Communications, McLaren Racing [email protected]/ +44 (0) 7879 890 260Splunk Media Contact Taylor Jones Splunk Inc. [email protected] Splunk Investor Contact Ken Tinsley Splunk Inc. [email protected] KEYWORD: EUROPE UNITED STATES UNITED KINGDOM NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: SPORTS NETWORKS MOTOR SPORTS DATA MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY AFTERMARKET OTHER SPORTS AUTOMOTIVE OTHER MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING AUTOMOTIVE MANUFACTURING OTHER TECHNOLOGY MANUFACTURING SOURCE: Splunk Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/08/2021 08:00 AM/DISC: 02/08/2021 08:01 AM Pinterest Twitter Local NewsBusiness Twitter By Digital AIM Web Support – February 8, 2021 WhatsApplast_img read more

DS5: COVID-19’s Impact on Migration Patterns

first_img July 10, 2020 21,562 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Coronavirus 2020-07-10 Mike Albanese Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Mike Albanese  Print This Post Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / DS5: COVID-19’s Impact on Migration Patternscenter_img Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago DS5: COVID-19’s Impact on Migration Patterns Previous: Benefits of Updates to CWCOT Program Next: The Week Ahead: Financial Service’s Hearing on CARES Act Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 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. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The latest episode of DS5: Inside the Industry features Ed Pinto, Director, Senior Fellow, the AEI Housing Center.Pinto discusses with DS5 the impact COVID-19 has had on homeowners and the decisions they make when moving and deciding where to live.You8 can view the full video at the embed below or at the following link. Share 2Save Tagged with: Coronavirus in Daily Dose, Featured, Media, News, Webcastslast_img read more

Mc Guinness says he will testify at the Smithwick Tribnal if asked

first_img Mc Guinness says he will testify at the Smithwick Tribnal if asked Facebook WhatsApp The North’s Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has repeated he would be prepared to testify at the Smithwick tribunal.Speaking on the fringes of an international conference on conflict resolution in Dublin this afternoon, Martin McGuinness told the BBC he would be prepared to testify at the Smithwick tribunal if asked.However, he added he had nothing to tell about the murder of the two police officers being examined by the tribunal.Earlier this week, Sinn Fein said Mr McGuinness rejected claims at the tribunal that he was involved in authorising the IRA murder of two RUC officers, Chief Superintendent Harry Breen and Superintendent Bob Buchanan in 1989. They were ambushed and killed as they returned from a meeting in Dundalk Garda Station. The Smithwick Inquiry is examining claims of garda colllusion in their deaths.The claim was made by former British intelligence officer Ian Hurst – also known as Martin Ingram.Mr McGuinness said he has made it clear that if there was a need for him to attend the tribunal, he would be prepared to do so, but it’s an incident he know absolutely nothing about. Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Google+ Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry center_img WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleMinister briefed on Oatfield closure as company plans to meet workersNext articleCalls for tourism officer to be located in Dungloe during Summer period News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 27, 2012 Newsx Adverts Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitterlast_img read more

Seasonal variation in the white muscle biochemical composition of deep-sea macrourids in the North-east Atlantic

first_imgThe foremost temporal signal to the deep benthos, where temperature and light conditions are relatively constant, is a seasonal pulse of organic carbon sinking from the photic layer. In the Porcupine Seabight region of the NE Atlantic this flux begins during late spring and early summer, although the timing and intensity of the peak varies annually. A rapid response to this nutrient input is most apparent amongst bacteria and benthic meiofauna which can directly utilize the carbon. The question remains as to whether the seasonal influx of carbon to the deep Atlantic may affect, and possibly entrain, aspects of the life cycles of generalist scavengers near the top of the trophic hierarchy, such as macrourid fish. Biochemical analyses of the white muscle of three macrourid species indicate a slight seasonal effect. White muscle protein content in Coryphaenoides rupestris is twofold higher in autumn than spring, RNA content and RNA to protein ratio increased in C. guentheri in autumn, and protein, RNA, and RNA to protein ratio all are higher during autumn than spring in shallow living C. armatus (2,500 m). Changes in RNA to protein ratio in the white muscle of C. armatus, relative to depth of capture, appear to reflect expected patterns in specific growth rate. Significantly higher RNA to protein ratios are apparent in shallow than deep living C. armatus in both seasons. There is no significant decline in white muscle protein content with depth of capture in these three taxonomically related species. Data were collected over several successive years and the possibility of interannual variability complicates the interpretation of seasonal patterns. Despite these limitations this study does indicate a slight seasonal difference in the growth rate of C. rupestris, C. guentheri and C. armatus in the deep Northeast Atlantic.last_img read more