Mystery bidder makes Chi-X approach

first_img Mystery bidder makes Chi-X approach Show Comments ▼ A MYSTERY bidder has made an approach for London Stock Exchange (LSE) rival Chi-X, sending the market rumour-mill into overdrive.Chi-X released a statement admitting an enquiry has been received but would not be drawn on who the bidder was.Pan-European stock market BATS was touted as a potential suitor yesterday. The firm declined to comment but City A.M. understands it is not the source of the enquiry.Other likely suitors include Nasdaq and Deutsche Börse, both of whom are said to be eager to consolidate given tough market conditions.An industry source told City A.M.: “What the market will be looking out for is interest from other sources now someone has broken cover.“Volumes are anaemic and it is difficult for exchanges to make a profit. The LSE has already consolidated with its acquisition of Turquoise and could face competition issues if it bid for Chi-X. Nasdaq is a more likely rival bidder as it doesn’t have a presence in Europe at the moment.”Chi-X, which says it has made an operating profit for the last seven months, was set up in 2007 to rival the LSE. Tuesday 24 August 2010 7:56 pm whatsapp Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofTortilla Mango Cups: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proofcenter_img Share Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailUndoNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyUndoZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen HeraldUndoBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeUndoautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comUndoAtlantic MirrorA Kilimanjaro Discovery Has Proved This About The BibleAtlantic MirrorUndoTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastUndoElite HeraldKate Middleton Dropped An Unexpected Baby BombshellElite HeraldUndoTrading BlvdThis Picture of Prince Harry & Father at The Same Age Will Shock YouTrading BlvdUndo KCS-content Tags: NULL whatsapplast_img read more

Wealth managers cheered by new non-dom rules

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesHistorical GeniusHe Was The Smartest Man Who Ever Lived – But He Led A Miserable LifeHistorical GeniusBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBePeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodayDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepedia Wealth managers cheered by new non-dom rules Wednesday 23 March 2011 5:18 pm alison.lock Share whatsappcenter_img The City’s private wealth industry received a boost after the Budget’s reform of how the UK’s wealthy non-domiciled residents are taxed proved more benign than expected.Chancellor George Osborne said ‘non-doms’ – people resident but not domiciled for tax purposes in the UK – will have to pay more after living here for 12 years.With the government grappling for cash to lower massive deficits, many feared a significant hardening of the non-dom rules, potentially damaging London’s burgeoning wealth management industry.Non-doms, who currently pay a £30,000 annual levy after seven years, will now pay £50,000 after 12 years but will not pay tax on foreign income or capital gains remitted to the UK if it is invested in British business.“Everyone was worrying about the worst case scenario… It’s a lot better than it could have been,” said Sophie Dworetzsky, a partner specialising in private client wealth management at law firm Withers.London wealth managers enjoy a competitive advantage in being able to run money offshore for thousands of highly paid foreign City financiers and residents who use London as a tax haven.A multi-billion dollar industry providing investment and banking services including premium credit cards and and private jet financing has grown up around these communities but faced an uncertain future if the rules had hardened.Osborne also said there would be “no other substantive changes” to the non-dom rules for the remainder of the current parliament. Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Microgaming appoints Coleman as chief executive

first_imgPeople Microgaming has confirmed the appointment of John Coleman as its new chief executive. Coleman takes on the new role having previously served as the company’s chief financial officer. In a statement, the company said that Coleman has played “a central role in the operational running of the business in recent years”. Speaking about his new role, Coleman added: “I am honoured to be leading Microgaming; this is a momentous time for the business, as we face exciting new opportunities in the years ahead.” Meanwhile, Microgaming has named Roger Raatgever as executive chairman of Apricot Investments. Raatgever has been chief executive of Microgaming Software Systems, which has now rebranded as Apricot Investments, for the past 17 years. Expanding on this appointment, Apricot Investments said in a statement that it will “hold a variety of public and private assets, focusing on the interactive gaming and gambling space”. The company also said it will serve as an investment vehicle and “begin pursuing wider interests in the interactive gambling and gaming industry”.Related article: Microgaming launches independent game studio Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Microgaming appoints Coleman as chief executive 28th June 2018 | By contenteditorcenter_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: People Strategy Microgaming has confirmed the appointment of John Coleman as its new chief executive Tags: Mobile Online Gamblinglast_img read more

YGAM launches GP training programme

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter “It is quite right that healthcare professionals have enhanced understanding and recognition of gambling harms, and the tools to engage positively and authentically with individuals who may present with gambling issues.” The report, using analysis of the Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey, found that 5% of those who had attempted suicide in the previous year were problem gamblers, with a further 5% classed as ‘at risk’ gamblers. Topics: Social responsibility Responsible gambling The Canada-based Responsible Gaming Council (RGC) will evaluate the programme and its impacts in order to judge its successes and failures. “We are thrilled to be working with YGAM on this project,” Dr Sarah Hodge, lecturer in psychology at Bournemouth University, said. “In this digital age young people can be vulnerable to digital related harms, such as through activities related to their gaming and gambling. “Limited information is available to primary care professionals on gambling-related harms and we believe this initiative will both support practitioners in their work and increase access to support for a large number of patients experiencing harm.” “RGC will lead the evaluation of the Mindful Resilience training programme, providing an independent assessment of the programme’s delivery and impact among participating health care professionals,” RGC senior researcher Dr. Sasha Stark said. Regions: UK & Ireland “Betknowmore UK has pioneered working closely with local communities, and in doing so, we understand the role that health and community services can play in addressing gambling-related harm,” Betknowmore chief executive and founder Frankie Graham said. “I’m confident this new programme will complement YGAM’s existing prevention programmes and will have a hugely positive impact on the lives of individuals who seek help”. The scheme will initially start in London before expanding to the West Midlands in 2021, with aims for a national rollout in 2022. YGAM said a major reason for the scheme was a 2019 report into gambling-related suicide published by the Gambling Commission, which highlighted a need for greater awareness of the issue among GPs and other primary care and frontline service providers.  Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has launched a new training programme on gambling addictions for healthcare professionals, including general practicioners, in conjunction with Bournemouth University, the Responsible Gambling Council, and Betknowmore UK. Young Gamers & Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has launched a new training programme on gambling addictions for healthcare professionals, including general practicioners, in conjunction with Bournemouth University, the Responsible Gambling Council, and Betknowmore UK. YGAM said the scheme, named the Mindful Resilience Programme, is intended to provide healthcare professionals ith “evidence-led, accredited, quality training” on the health risks associated with gambling harm and other unhealthy online behaviours. YGAM launches GP training programme “Gambling-related harm is a public health issue so this initiative will give healthcare practitioners the expert knowledge, support and resources they need,” YGAM founder and chief executive Lee Willows said. “In bringing together these highly respected organisations, we can combine our resources and insight to provide an incredibly important training programme. Social responsibility Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter “This is a really exciting project to support the awareness and the communication of these potential harms facing young people to practitioners through co-creating workshop materials as well as developing the concept of digital resilience.” 17th September 2020 | By Aaron Noy “We look forward to working alongside leaders in the prevention and education space in the UK to increase health care professionals’ awareness of and skills for identifying problematic gambling and other digital behaviours. The programme follows a series of other recent schemes from YGAM, including a training scheme for workers in the British gambling industry to identify signs of problem gambling, again in collaboration with Betknowmore. It also made a series of organisational changes in order to better reach BAME communities following a review of its engagement with these communities. Email Addresslast_img read more

2 Cathie Wood ARK stocks I’d buy today

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Enter Your Email Address Image source: Getty Images 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. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 1st March, 2021 | More on: SHOP TDOC “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Sharescenter_img Edward Sheldon owns shares in Amazon, Teladoc Health and Shopify. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon, Shopify, and Teladoc Health and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon and short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Cathie Wood is one of the biggest names in investing right now. It’s not hard to see why. Over the last year, her ARK Innovation ETF has returned 144% for investors.Here, I’m going to highlight two Wood-owned stocks I’d buy for my own portfolio today. Both have done well over the last year. However, I also believe they’ve a lot of growth ahead.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…A top Cathie Wood stockOne Wood stock I like a lot is Teladoc Health (NYSE: TDOC). The leading provider of virtual healthcare services is currently the fourth largest position in the ARK Innovation ETF.The reason I’m bullish here is I expect the virtual healthcare industry to grow substantially in the years ahead. Ultimately, telemedicine is a win for both patients and healthcare companies. For patients, it’s more convenient. Meanwhile, for healthcare professionals, it’s far more time-effective. According to Mordor Intelligence, the global virtual healthcare market will roughly triple between now and 2026.TDOC posted a strong set of fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 results last week. For Q4, revenue was up 145% year-on-year to $383m with total visits up 139% to 3m. For the full year, revenue was up 98% year-on-year to $1,094m with total visits up 156% to 10.6m. Adjusted EBITDA for the full year was $126.8m compared to $31.8m for 2019.There are some risks to be aware of here. One is the valuation. Currently, TDOC has a market-cap of $33bn which equates to a forward-looking price-to-sales ratio of about 17. That’s a high valuation. If future results are disappointing, the shares could fall. The company is also facing competition from the likes of CVS Health.Overall, however, I think the long-term story here is very attractive. I see the recent share price weakness as a buying opportunity.An e-commerce powerhouseAnother Wood stock I’m excited about is e-commerce platform Shopify (NYSE: SHOP). The business makes it easy for merchants to build digital storefronts and manage their online operations. Shopify is currently a top 10 holding in both the ARK Innovation ETF and the ARK Fintech Innovation ETF.The reason I like SHOP is that I expect the e-commerce industry to get much much bigger in the years ahead. By 2027, the global market is set to be worth around $10trn, up from around $4trn in 2020, driven by escalating mobile usage. This market growth should benefit Shopify.Recent Q4 and full-year results here were impressive. Revenue for Q4 was up 94% to $978m while full-year revenue was up 86% to $2.3bn. The company did warn, however, that sales growth could moderate in 2021 as some consumer spending moves back to retail stores.Like TDOC, Shopify is an expensive stock. Currently, it has a market-cap of $157bn and sports a price-to-sales ratio of 38. So, there’s certainly some valuation risk here. Another risk to consider is competition in the e-commerce space. Recently, Amazon acquired Selz, a company that also helps businesses launch their own online stores. This suggests Amazon is planning to compete more directly with SHOP.Given the high valuation, this isn’t a growth stock I’d load up on. However, after the recent share price pullback, I’d be happy to buy a small position for my portfolio. 2 Cathie Wood ARK stocks I’d buy today Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAlast_img read more

For baby’s brain to benefit, read the right books at the…

first_img Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Previous articleNetflix raises its ratesNext articleKrispy Kreme offers a sweet deal for cheaters Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter By Lisa S. Scott, Associate Professor in Psychology, University of FloridaEditor’s Note: This was first published in theconversation.comParents often receive books at pediatric checkups via programs like Reach Out and Read and hear from a variety of health professionals and educators that reading to their kids is critical for supporting development.The pro-reading message is getting through to parents, who recognize that it’s an important habit. A summary report by Child Trends, for instance, suggests 55 percent of three- to five-year-old children were read to every day in 2007. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 83 percent of three- to five-year-old children were read to three or more times per week by a family member in 2012.What this ever-present advice to read with infants doesn’t necessarily make clear, though, is that what’s on the pages may be just as important as the book-reading experience itself. Are all books created equal when it comes to early shared-book reading? Does it matter what you pick to read? And are the best books for babies different than the best books for toddlers?In order to guide parents on how to create a high-quality book-reading experience for their infants, my psychology research lab has conducted a series of baby learning studies. One of our goals is to better understand the extent to which shared book reading is important for brain and behavioral development.Even the littlest listeners can enjoy having a book read to them. Maggie Villiger, CC BY-NDWhat’s on baby’s bookshelfResearchers see clear benefits of shared book reading for child development. Shared book reading with young children is good for language and cognitive development, increasing vocabulary and pre-reading skills and honing conceptual development.Shared book reading also likely enhances the quality of the parent-infant relationship by encouraging reciprocal interactions – the back-and-forth dance between parents and infants. Certainly not least of all, it gives infants and parents a consistent daily time to cuddle.Recent research has found that both the quality and quantity of shared book reading in infancy predicted later childhood vocabulary, reading skills and name writing ability. In other words, the more books parents read, and the more time they’d spent reading, the greater the developmental benefits in their 4-year-old children.This important finding is one of the first to measure the benefit of shared book reading starting early in infancy. But there’s still more to figure out about whether some books might naturally lead to higher-quality interactions and increased learning.EEG caps let researchers record infant volunteers’ brain activity. Matthew Lester, CC BY-NDBabies and books in the labIn our investigations, my colleagues and I followed infants across the second six months of life. We’ve found that when parents showed babies books with faces or objects that were individually named, they learn more, generalize what they learn to new situations and show more specialized brain responses. This is in contrast to books with no labels or books with the same generic label under each image in the book. Early learning in infancy was also associated with benefits four years later in childhood.Our most recent addition to this series of studies was funded by the National Science Foundation and just published in the journal Child Development. Here’s what we did.First, we brought six-month-old infants into our lab, where we could see how much attention they paid to story characters they’d never seen before. We used electroencephalography (EEG) to measure their brain responses. Infants wear a cap-like net of 128 sensors that let us record the electricity naturally emitted from the scalp as the brain works. We measured these neural responses while infants looked at and paid attention to pictures on a computer screen. These brain measurements can tell us about what infants know and whether they can tell the difference between the characters we show them.We also tracked the infants’ gaze using eye-tracking technology to see what parts of the characters they focused on and how long they paid attention.Eye-tracking setups let researchers monitor what infants are paying attention to. Matthew Lester, CC BY-NDThe data we collected at this first visit to our lab served as a baseline. We wanted to compare their initial measurements with future measurements we’d take, after we sent them home with storybooks featuring these same characters.Example of pages from a named character book researchers showed to baby volunteers.Lisa ScottWe divided up our volunteers into three groups. One group of parents read their infants storybooks that contained six individually named characters that they’d never seen before. Another group were given the same storybooks but instead of individually naming the characters, a generic and made-up label was used to refer to all the characters (such as “Hitchel”). Finally, we had a third comparison group of infants whose parents didn’t read them anything special for the study.After three months passed, the families returned to our lab so we could again measure the infants’ attention to our storybook characters. It turned out that only those who received books with individually labeled characters showed enhanced attention compared to their earlier visit. And the brain activity of babies who learned individual labels also showed that they could distinguish between different individual characters. We didn’t see these effects for infants in the comparison group or for infants who received books with generic labels.These findings suggest that very young infants are able to use labels to learn about the world around them and that shared book reading is an effective tool for supporting development in the first year of life.Best book choices vary as kids grow. Penn State, CC BY-NC-NDTailoring book picks for maximum effectSo what do our results from the lab mean for parents who want to maximize the benefits of storytime?Not all books are created equal. The books that parents should read to six- and nine-month-olds will likely be different than those they read to two-year-olds, which will likely be different than those appropriate for four-year-olds who are getting ready to read on their own. In other words, to reap the benefits of shared book reading during infancy, we need to be reading our little ones the right books at the right time.For infants, finding books that name different characters may lead to higher-quality shared book reading experiences and result in the learning and brain development benefits we find in our studies. All infants are unique, so parents should try to find books that interest their baby.My own daughter loved the “Pat the Bunny” books, as well as stories about animals, like “Dear Zoo.” If names weren’t in the book, we simply made them up.It’s possible that books that include named characters simply increase the amount of parent talking. We know that talking to babies is important for their development. So parents of infants: Add shared book reading to your daily routines and name the characters in the books you read. Talk to your babies early and often to guide them through their amazing new world – and let storytime help. 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‘It still haunts me to this day’ – Former international wing recalls encounter with fearsome Alesana Tuilagi

first_imgThursday Apr 16, 2020 ‘It still haunts me to this day’ – Former international wing recalls encounter with fearsome Alesana Tuilagi Before Manu Tuilagi was terrorising defences across the world of rugby, his brothers had already created a legacy of leaving a trail of semi-conscious players in their wake. ADVERTISEMENTFormer Leicester Tigers and Samoa winger Alesana was one brother from the iconic family that had a long history of making the life of wingers or flyhalves, many of whom were half his size, a living hell. But while it was unfortunate for some players to encounter him, that was ultimately their job.While very few players sought him out on a rugby pitch, particularly when the game was not even being played, former Canada winger Phil Mackenzie has shared the occasion where he thought it was a good idea to square up to Tuilagi during a Pacific Nations Cup encounter in 2015.He recalled on Twitter: “Here’s a scary story… Once upon a time I pushed Alesana Tuilagi. He pushed me back. I pushed him again. He then looked me straight in the eyes. I thought my life was over. It still haunts me to this day. The end.”What is most remarkable about this situation is that the former Sale Sharks winger had another go at his opponent after pushing him the first time, before the touch judge intervened.Samoa ran out victorious in 2015, and Mackenzie survived to tell this amusing tale.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error See it to Believe it Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Experts explain what actually happens… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Leigh Halfpenny makes yet another… 26 WEEKS AGO Parisse alley-oop magic sets up brilliant… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart 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

Blair launches volunteer corps

Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.  16 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tony Blair has launched a £19m volunteering group to help the over-50s work with church-based and voluntary groups at local level. Experience Corps will be chaired by Sally Greengross, former chief executive of Age Concern. The Prime Minister made the announcement at the Faith in Politics conference at the Methodist Central Hall in London.Read Blair invites religious groups to deliver public services by Patrick Butler at SocietyGuardian. Blair launches volunteer corps AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 29 March 2001 | News read more

Revolutionary youth held first protest of Vietnam War

first_imgCenter, Deirdre Griswold in a protest against the Vietnam warin the late 1960s after the mass anti-war movement had risen.When a fledgling youth organization goes out and organizes one of its first demonstrations, it may not realize until later that it was planting the seeds of something that would grow to become a history-changing force.Back in August 1962, those of us in Workers World Party, who were quite young at the time, had been keeping an eye on what the Pentagon was doing in the far-off country of Vietnam.We had already formed a revolutionary youth group earlier that year to protest the head of the American Nazi Party, George Lincoln Rockwell, who was scheduled to speak at a campus in New York City. He canceled when 1,000 people, from high school students to concentration camp survivors, picketed the school.But along with the rise of ultra-right groups like the Nazis, which opposed the Kennedy administration for various reasons, we saw something even more dangerous happening: the state-sanctioned buildup for a war against a people who had defeated French colonialism under the leadership of a popular Communist movement, but were still having to fight to liberate the southern half of their country. South Vietnam had a puppet government whose president, Ngo Dinh Diem, after being handpicked by U.S. strategists, invited in the Pentagon. YAWF calls historic protestWhen Youth Against War & Fascism set up a picket line in midtown Manhattan on Aug. 2, 1962, we hoped to alert the progressive forces to the danger of the government sending military “advisers” to Vietnam. They were not supposed to be there in any combat role — there had been no vote in Congress to authorize a military action. But U.S. soldiers were already dying in Vietnam.What we didn’t fully realize at the time was that this was the first protest against the Vietnam War to take place in the U.S. We only got the full measure of what we had accomplished when we read a message, printed in the National Guardian, from Ho Chi Minh, the leader of Vietnam’s long liberation struggle and president of the Socialist Republic of North Vietnam.He thanked YAWF by name for the demonstration and urged us to continue the struggle. That gave us an even greater sense of responsibility.YAWF: ‘the cutting edge of the New Left’The Vietnam War was the last one in which hundreds of thousands were drafted to fight and die in the interests of U.S. imperialism. And for good reason. The war eventually became so unpopular at home that the very stability of the system was called into question.The war laid bare all the ugly features of imperialism. Most explosive was its racism toward not only the Vietnamese people but also Black and Brown soldiers from the U.S., who were sent in disproportionate numbers to the front lines. As anti-war consciousness and the struggle against racist oppression grew inside the U.S., so did repression at home. The secret COINTELPRO operation targeted groups like the Black Panthers and the Young Lords for subversion and outright murder.YAWF insisted that the anti-war movement support these courageous organizations, and everywhere raised the banner “Stop the war against Black America.”By 1967, YAWF was in touch with many anti-war GIs who wanted to fight the racism, exploitation and imperialist objectives of the military. It helped them form a union of soldiers, sailors, and airmen and -women whose 10-point program was anti-racist, anti-sexist, pro-worker and thoroughly anti-imperialist. The American Servicemen’s Union grew to 30,000 members stationed all over the globe.YAWF became what African-American journalist William Worthy called “the cutting edge of the New Left,” in a feature article he wrote for the Boston Globe magazine. Worthy was famous for having won his passport back after he sued the State Department for taking it away when he made a visit to revolutionary Cuba. (Phil Ochs wrote a protest song about him: “The Ballad of William Worthy.”)The Vietnamese people pledged to fight for 100 years if that’s what it took to liberate their country from foreign domination. YAWF recognized that this incredible heroism of a small country against the most powerful military machine on Earth reflected the determination to defend the profound social changes that their socialist revolution had brought to the liberated territory.Struggle for socialismSocialism is not merely a moral movement to change people’s way of thinking. It is at bottom a struggle of the working class, allied with all oppressed peoples, to break the stranglehold of the ruling class over the vast means of production that the workers have built but cannot own under capitalism. It is a global struggle because capitalism is global and moves from country to country in quest of greater profits — while restricting the movement of workers under reactionary immigration laws.Many youth were won over to the struggle for socialism in the 1960s. At that time, the capitalist government of the U.S. enacted many reforms — programs to alleviate poverty, an end to segregation — hoping to pursue its global ambitions without opposition at home. While it was a time of great struggle, the organized labor movement was largely absent, with a few notable exceptions.Today, the effects of capitalist globalization have come full circle, with workers in the U.S. being forced into competition with workers all over the globe. The tremendous technological development that has given U.S. imperialism such an edge in both the competition for markets and the projection of its military power has now resulted in an unending crisis of overproduction — too many goods for too few buyers — and long-term unemployment. Wages are being cut, benefits and social programs eliminated, and poverty is on the rise.The same is true in Europe and most of the globe.Moreover, while there is no longer a draft in the U.S., high unemployment provides a steady flow of “volunteers” to fuel the military machine, as the wars to recolonize the world continue under both Republicans and Democrats.Fifty years ago, we helped start a movement. Today, a new movement is being born out of all the struggles generated by this decaying, repressive society. As before, the youth — audacious, full of energy and love for the struggle — are in the forefront. But this time the multinational working class, which Marx called the “grave diggers” of capitalism, will be central to its outcome.Griswold, a founding member of Workers World Party and a leader in Youth Against War & Fascism, participated in the Aug. 2, 1962, protest.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Thai government declares three Facebook accounts illegal

first_imgNews Follow the news on Thailand May 12, 2021 Find out more August 21, 2020 Find out more News ThailandAsia – Pacific Judicial harassmentExiled mediaPredatorsCitizen-journalistsInternet News photo : Facebook’s account of Andrew MacGregor Marshall ThailandAsia – Pacific Judicial harassmentExiled mediaPredatorsCitizen-journalistsInternet Issued in the form of a letter from the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society that was posted on a Thai newspaper’s website yesterday, the ban forbids Thai citizens from sharing online content with or about the three critics or even just following them online. Anyone defying the ban could face imprisonment under the Computer-Related Crime Act (CCA).Marshall, who left Thailand in 2011, is the author of “A Kingdom in Crisis – Thailand’s Struggle for Democracy in the Twenty-First Century,” a book published in 2014 that was quickly banned by the Thai police because, according to then police chief Gen. Somyot Poompanmoung, it threatened “the kingdom’s stability, order or the good morality of the people.” A political commentator who often posts on Facebook, Somsak was a history lecturer at the University of Thamamsat history until he fled the country in 2014 after receiving death threats and a summons from the authorities. Pavin is a political scientist who fled to Japan the same year after refusing to respond to a summons from the military authorities.Jaran Ditapichai, a pro-democracy activist and former Thai Human Rights Commissioner who fled to France after being accused of lèse-majesté, told RSF: “This order not only violates human rights, especially free speech and the right to communication, but also affects all Thai citizens. I urge all international and national human rights organizations to investigate the Thai military government’s abuse of power.”“After forcing these three critics to flee the country, the Thai junta is now trying to limit the impact of what they write by banning any online communication with them,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “This iniquitous and Orwellian ban highlights not only the government’s contempt for freedom of information but also the draconian Computer-Related Crime Act’s incompatibility with international standards. The CCA permits every kind of abuse in term of surveillance and censorship, especially since it was amended by the National Legislative Assembly last December.”RSF therefore appeals to all Internet users who are beyond the Thai junta’s reach to share content from the Facebook accounts of Somsak, Pavin and Marshall in response to yesterday’s order declaring this content to be illegal.Thailand’s lèse-majesté law (article 112 of the criminal code) is the most draconian of its kind in the world. The authorities constantly use this article, the CCA and other legislation to violate freedom of the media and information. Last month, RSF issued a press release condemning an ongoing prosecution of British journalist Jonathan Head, a BBC correspondent, under the CCA.In a November 2015 report on the situation in Thailand, entitled “Media hounded by junta since 2014 coup,” RSF urged the Thai authorities to stop using draconian legislation to gag critical and independent media, censor the Internet and spy on bloggers and anyone posting “critical” information on social networks.Ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, Thailand has seen drastic curbs placed on media freedom since the military staged a coup in May 2014. RSF_en Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information to go further Organisation April 14, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Thai government declares three Facebook accounts illegal Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedom Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns a Thai government ban, imposed yesterday, on any online contact or interaction with three prominent critics of the regime – a foreign journalist and two academics – and urges all Facebook users beyond the government’s reach to share content from the Facebook accounts of these three critics. The ban’s three targets are Andrew MacGregor Marshall, a well-known Scottish journalist who used to be based in Bangkok, and Thai academics Somsak Jeamteerasakul and Pavin Chachavalpongpun. All three fled Thailand, where they are accused of lèse-majesté. Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years June 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more