Choppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgChoppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Choppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Choppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Choppies Enterprises Limited (CHOPPI.bw)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileChoppies Enterprises Limited is an investment holding company which operates in the grocery supermarket sector. The Choppie brand is associated with superstores, hyperstores and value stores; each offering the full instore range of a bakery, butchery, fresh fruit and vegetables and fast food. The company sells private label products, as well as a range of financial services. Choppies Enterprises Limited also manages a distribution and supply operation, a logistics operation and a maintenance service. Choppies retail outlets target lower to middle-income shoppers; with a total of 212 stores located in the major towns and cities in Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Mozambique. Choppies Enterprises Limited was founded in 1986 and its head office is in Gaborone, Botswanalast_img read more

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Have £5k to invest in an ISA? 2 shares I’d buy before the US election

first_img 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. Have £5k to invest in an ISA? 2 shares I’d buy before the US election 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. 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. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Harshil Patel | Wednesday, 21st October, 2020 | More on: AHT SOM Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! See all posts by Harshil Patelcenter_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address The US election is just a few weeks away. There could potentially be many changes over the coming months and years, depending on who wins. At this stage, it’s too early to tell who will succeed. Certain sectors and companies could benefit if President Trump wins. Other areas could benefit if Joe Biden wins.So, how can investors decide which shares to buy without knowing the direction of US government policy? Instead of trying to guess the election winner, I prefer to look at companies that stand to benefit if either party wins.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…Both parties have expressed a desire to increase infrastructure spending, to renew and improve America’s waning infrastructure. For example, roads, pavements, and train lines. So, I’m looking at UK companies that stand to benefit from an increased focus on US infrastructure.Which shares to buy before the election?One UK company that I’d look at buying before the election is Ashtead Group (LSE: AHT). Ashtead is a FTSE 100-listed, international equipment rental company. It rents out a range of construction and industrial equipment. Smaller construction companies and contractors tend to find it much easier to rent these tools rather than buy, store, and maintain them.Ashtead is well-positioned to take advantage of a renewed focus on US infrastructure through its Sunbelt Rentals brand. Comprising 86% of group revenue, Sunbelt Rentals is the second-largest equipment rental company in North America.Ashtead investors have been rewarded greatly in recent years. Ashtead shares are the best performing in the FTSE 100 over the past decade, gaining over 2,200%. Although I don’t think they will be able to replicate those gains over the next decade, the company is well placed to grow further.When researching which shares to buy, I like to look for companies that demonstrate high quality. Ashtead fits that criteria with a double-digit profit margin and a return on capital of over 12%. It even pays investors a dividend.A solid constructionA second share I’m looking at before the US election is Somero Enterprises (LSE: SOM). This is a much smaller company than Ashtead but with a greater capacity to grow, in my opinion. Somero is a manufacturer of laser-guided equipment used to spread large volumes of concrete. For example, for commercial flooring and other horizontal surfaces.Although it has sales in over 90 countries, Somero’s largest market is in North America. Construction fundamentals remain positive in the US, particularly if there is a new focus to push through current project backlogs.Long-term investors have much to like about Somero. Not only does it ooze quality, but I’d say that it’s also relatively cheap. With little direct competition and high barriers to entry, Somero manages a near 30% profit margin and over 40% return on capital.Somero’s balance sheet looks strong too, with plenty of net cash. It even gives a relatively generous dividend of almost 6%.Risks remain around Covid-19 measures over the coming months, but I’m confident that Ashtead and Somero are two decent shares to buy for my Stocks and Shares ISA. Harshil Patel owns no shares in any of the companies mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Somero Enterprises, Inc. 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.last_img read more

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Want a fantastic retirement? Here’s how I plan to never have to rely on the State Pension

first_img If I want to retire with enough wealth to live a happy life then I need to take action to avoid having to rely on the State Pension. I’m planning to never have to be in a position to need the – if there even is one by the time I retire – by being proactive and investing in the stock market. I have a SIPP already set up alongside my workplace pensions.Not relying on the State PensionWith lifespans lengthening, the age someone will be able to claim a State Pension at is rising. A lot of the upward revisions have been in the last decade, meaning young people now may well not get it until their late 60s. 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…So again, there’s an absolute need to look after yourself when it comes to retirement. This is why I have a plan for my SIPP. In it, I’ll look for a wide range of equity (share) investments.I’m concentrating on building a base of dividend-paying shares to provide me with an income and to benefit (over many years) from compounding. Many of these income-producing assets will involve directly investing in solid companies like National Grid, Persimmon and Legal & General. On top of that, to reduce my exposure to dividend cuts, such as we’ve seen this year, I’ll invest in trackers and investment trusts.The strategy to avoid relying on the State Pension, therefore, prioritises income in the early years. This is the foundation of the portfolio, with growth added on top once income hits a certain point.Injecting growth into my retirement fundI’m now moving into the growth phase of my SIPP building. I’ve added my first AIM share in Polar Capital to it very recently. I’m now looking at more smaller-cap shares to add in order to boost the total return and to partially reflect the difficult market for income.Terry Smith has said that it’s best to focus on total return and I’ve heard other investors say this as well. I’m becoming more and more inclined to agree. I think to avoid having to rely on the State Pension I’ll want to achieve above-average returns and smaller-caps can help me do that. That said, in my SIPP it’s unlikely I’ll hold highly speculative stocks as I don’t wasn’t to lose money. This would set back the compounding effect I’m looking for. So I’ll avoid very small biotechnology and mining stocks.Instead, I’ll thoroughly research smaller companies that are profitable and that are either reinvesting for more growth, or are already paying a dividend.I don’t think it’s wise to rely on the State Pension if I can avoid it. If I want financial independence, I believe it’s best to invest in a range of sectors and companies to create a portfolio that produces high total returns through dividends and share price growth. Companies and funds that I think can give me this will almost certainly end up in my SIPP. 5 Stocks For Trying To Build Wealth After 50 Image source: Getty Images. Click here to claim your free copy of this special investing report now! Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Markets around the world are reeling from the coronavirus pandemic…And with so many great companies trading at what look to be ‘discount-bin’ prices, now could be the time for savvy investors to snap up some potential bargains.But whether you’re a newbie investor or a seasoned pro, deciding which stocks to add to your shopping list can be daunting prospect during such unprecedented times.Fortunately, The Motley Fool is here to help: our UK Chief Investment Officer and his analyst team have short-listed five companies that they believe STILL boast significant long-term growth prospects despite the global lock-down…You see, here at The Motley Fool we don’t believe “over-trading” is the right path to financial freedom in retirement; instead, we advocate buying and holding (for AT LEAST three to five years) 15 or more quality companies, with shareholder-focused management teams at the helm.That’s why we’re sharing the names of all five of these companies in a special investing report that you can download today for FREE. If you’re 50 or over, we believe these stocks could be a great fit for any well-diversified portfolio, and that you can consider building a position in all five right away. Want a fantastic retirement? Here’s how I plan to never have to rely on the State Pension Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.center_img Enter Your Email Address Andy Ross | Saturday, 31st October, 2020 Andy Ross owns shares in National Grid, Persimmon, Legal & General and Polar Capital. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. 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. 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. See all posts by Andy Rosslast_img read more

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Japan 2019 Travel Guide: Fuji & Fujinomiya

first_imgHow to get thereIt’s one hour by bullet train from Tokyo to Fuji, and another 35 minutes by bus to Fujinomiya. Alternatively, you can fly to Shizuoka, take the shuttle bus to Shizuoka station and then catch the bullet train (12min) to Fuji. Bright lights: Tagonoura Port offers brilliant views in Fuji City For the thrill-seekers, there is a 54-metre bungy jump (Fuji Bungy) over the Sudogawa Valley. Not only are there great views of waterfalls and Fuji City but it’s one of the best places to see autumn leaves.The Asagiri Kogen Paragliding School offers tandem flights in Fujinomiya and you can go on day-long cycles in the area with Mount Fuji Eco Tours.Drink up: Try craft beer at Mt Fuji Brewing in FujinomiyaThe Party Animal Tagonoura Port provides stunning night views, with lights from the buildings and factories of Fuji City glistening in the water while Mount Fuji dominates the backdrop.In Fujinomiya, good food and craft beer combine at Mt Fuji Brewing (mt-fuji.beer). The local ales are made using Fuji’s spring water, the menu is full of grilled local meats and the beer sommeliers will find the perfect pairing for the dish you choose.For more travel information…www.fujisan-kkb.jp/englishwww.travelfujinomiya.com Advertising FeatureJapan 2019 Travel Guide: Fuji & FujinomiyaThese two cities are perfect for viewing Mount Fuji – Fujinomiya is actually the closest city to the peak…The Culture VultureNot far from Fujinomiya’s city centre is the Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha Shrine, which dates back more than 1,200 years and regards Mount Fuji as God.Historical site: Fujisan Hongu Sengentaisha ShrineYou can visit the region’s most important shrine as part of a cultural tour (mtfujiecotours.com). As well as learning about the shrine’s cultural and historical significance from an expert guide, you’ll be fitted with a kimono to walk around in, learn how to make Japanese sweets and enjoy a green tea tasting.At Fuji Takasago Sake Brewery, which was founded way back in 1831, you can take a tour and do a tasting, as well as stock up on the alcoholic beverage.The Foodie From the peak of Mount Fuji to the depths of Suruga Bay, the Fuji area boasts the biggest difference from high to low in Japan. Those conditions bring abundant spring water, a huge variety of fresh fish, and rich ingredients that thrive in the mild weather. That means plenty of variety for food lovers. Dessert-wise, shaved ice and fruit jelly are popular in Fuji, while you can try fresh ice cream at Milk Land in Fujinomiya.The Adventurer TAGS: Japan LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS At the foot of Japan’s highest mountain, lots of adventures awaitlast_img read more

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Limantos Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados

first_img 2012 Limantos Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/562840/limantos-residence-fernanda-marques-arquitetos-associados Clipboard Architects: Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados Area Area of this architecture project 2012 Photographs Projects CopyHouses•São Paulo, Brazil Houses Year:  “COPY” Limantos Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos AssociadosSave this projectSaveLimantos Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados Year:  Area:  830 m² Area:  830 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/562840/limantos-residence-fernanda-marques-arquitetos-associados Clipboard Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 32 Share “COPY” photographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SGPhotographs:  Fernando Guerra | FG+SGSave this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGRecommended ProductsWindowsJansenWindows – Janisol PrimoWindowsFAKRORoof Windows – FPP-V preSelect MAXWindowsKalwall®Facades – Window ReplacementsWindowsAir-LuxSliding Window – CurvedText description provided by the architects. Almost see-throughThe lines of this house, built in a very steep plot in São Paulo – evoke the rationalist architecture of Mies van der Rohe. He is known, among others, for the German pavilion built in Barcelona to host the 1929 World Exhibition, which is still open at the foot of Montjuïc.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGHere, as there, it is all about simple geometry. The same integration dynamic, based on extensive use of glass. The same desire for permanent mingling with the landscape and feeling close to the water. In addition to a definite attachment to the materials that are considered essential in architecture’s vocabulary: concrete and steel.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGBearing in mind the distance of almost a century, it is not surprising that the prevailing theme that joins the two buildings is transparency. The idea of opening up the house to its surrounding space to better capture the light and create spectacular views for the occupants from different points of view.Save this picture!Ground Floor Plan“Working at the limit between maximum transparency and the ideal level of privacy for each space was my greatest challenge”, says São Paulo-based architect Fernanda Marques, who authored the design. “There was also a need to insert the house in the plot, conserve and respect the existing trees, and, obviously, the considerable steepness to consider”, she adds.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGOnce the rooms were laid out, however, all the rest, according to Fernanda, was a matter of articulating the spaces well around the key elements. “At the entrance, for instance, is a water mirror that overflows by the entrance steps. The yellow wall that transverses the whole building houses the guest loo, kitchen, pantry and service stairs”, she explains.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGAnother focal point, the spiral staircase, provides access to the mezzanine, where the media room, the fitness room and the balcony, with its fireplace, are. The lower floor is the family area, and contains a playroom and three suites. Entrance to the master suite is via a wide hallway, which opens up to the two bathrooms, his and hers – and the walk-in closet.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGThe living area is linked to the dining room by a glazed circulation area, which integrates a deck, infinite-border swimming-pool and lateral garden. The dining area opens up directly to the outside. So, almost entirely enclosed by glazed panels, the house seems to be immersed in the surrounding landscape.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGBut this does not mean the architect left out a sense of warmth that is proper to a family home. “I chose, for the interior, to create more introspective sceneries, based on indirect lighting, especially in the living-room, with its double-height ceiling – and by using warmer finishes, such as wood. After all, a house has to look like a home”.Save this picture!© Fernando Guerra | FG+SGProject gallerySee allShow lessHouse in Sakurashinmachi / Comma DesignSelected ProjectsFlora 22 / Despacho22Selected Projects Share ArchDaily Brazil CopyAbout this officeFernanda Marques Arquitetos AssociadosOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSão PauloFernando GuerraFG+SGHousesBrazilPublished on November 04, 2014Cite: “Limantos Residence / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados” 04 Nov 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. 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Direct Dialogue recruits fundraisers via YouTube

first_img Advertisement  8 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 September 2008 | News Face to face fundraising company Direct Dialogue has been using YouTube to recruit new fundraisers for some time now. Here is one from October 2007.Does your charity use YouTube or similar sites for recruitment, whether staff, volunteers or supporters?center_img Direct Dialogue recruits fundraisers via YouTube About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  7 total views,  1 views todaylast_img read more

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Age UK asks for donations of winter coats

first_img  28 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 24 November 2010 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Age UK is urging people to donate their old coats to sell in one of its shops this winter as part of the charity’s new Spread the Warmth campaign.Recent research for the charity shows that more than 1.2 million people over 60 in the UK feel that having a warm coat would make the biggest difference to them this winter. Hugh Forde, Director of Retail, Trading and Training at Age UK, said: “Donating an old, unloved coat will go a long way towards making winter warmer for people in later life. With over 475 shops on high streets up and down the country, donating your old coat couldn’t be easier”.Age UK’s Spread the Warmth campaign aims to help alleviate the needless suffering older people face each winter. Running from October to February, the campaign will focus on helping older people stay warm and well as well as reminding neighbours and friends of what they can do to help.Donated coats can be dropped off at a local Age UK or Age Concern shop.www.ageuk.org.uk Tagged with: christmas Trading Age UK asks for donations of winter coats About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

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A real answer to police terror

first_imgSharon BlackWW photo: Brenda RyanExcerpts from a talk given by Sharon Black, a national Workers World Party organizer and representative of the Baltimore People’s Assembly, at the WWP Nov. 17-18 conference in New York. See video at youtube.com/wwpvideo.Baltimore, like Gaza, is an occupied city. I’m not asserting that the people of Baltimore are suffering the same kind of brutal terror that the Palestinians are resisting at this very moment.The comparison between the two is the systematic use of racism, violence and humiliation used to control and subdue an oppressed people. In Baltimore this includes the dehumanizing use of illegal strip searches of women in the street, the handcuffing of children, the kidnapping of Black youth and of course the brutal killings by police that Rev. C. D. Witherspoon described so well.The fact is that police terror is capitalism’s answer to their economic crisis. Rather than provide jobs, education or health care, the system has resorted to mass incarceration, terror and jails. Its first target is oppressed youth — but police repression has spilled over to the Occupy movement and to the workers and poor as a whole.This is why the Baltimore People’s Assembly has called for getting the police out of our communities, for jailing killer police, for community control and much more.I want to end with three points:Baltimore needs your help. We do not want to fight our battles alone and isolated. Police terror, mass incarceration, racism and all of the other ism’s of capitalism are national problems from Oakland to Baltimore.In this light, we want to invite you to participate in the Dec. 15 National People’s Power Assembly in Baltimore. Come to this assembly not only so that we can fight as one but also to strategize the next steps in the People’s Power movement.Second, I wanted to raise what my colleague, brother and comrade, Reverend Witherspoon, could speak more knowledgeably on is that this coming year marks a major milestone in civil rights history. It is the 50th anniversary of the Poor People’s Campaign and the August Jobs and Freedom march and many other significant events for the civil rights movement.Let’s claim this year, the 50th anniversary, as part of our struggle: unite the most oppressed with those who are fighting for jobs, workers’ rights, immigrant rights, student rights and push the struggle forward to it’s logical conclusion. Let’s link the struggle against racism with the fight against capitalism.The Baltimore People’s Assembly is planning to commemorate the Poor People’s Campaign by marching from Baltimore to Washington, D.C., later in May.The last point has directly to do with the People’s Power Assemblies. We do not know what crisis will occur or exactly how resistance will develop. Will it be resistance to austerity or police repression? Will the point of resistance be on the job or will it be in the streets with the unemployed?We have no perfect way of predicting this. What we do know is that the workers have the power to shut the system down and that the People’s Power Assemblies can play a very important role in encouraging that development.Like the European Occupy movement and other Occupies, the Occupy Wall Street Movement has proven helpful in giving a boost to the trade union and workers’ movement; albeit, it has been from the outside of it.We are not narrow or sectarian, nor are we seeking to control every PPA. That would be detrimental to the movement.But we need to be deadly serious in contributing to pushing, nurturing and birthing the People’s Power Assemblies.We need to ultimately look forward to the formation of an international revolutionary council that could grow out of such a movement, whose goal will be to plan coordinate and execute a global insurrection that will sweep away capitalism and save the planet.Power to the People!Power to the Workers!Power to the Oppressed!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Detroiters protest Chase banksters

first_imgDetroit city retiree Bill Davis speaks out against Chase, May 19.WW photo: Kris HamelProtesters greeted banksters arriving at the JPMorgan Chase annual board of directors meeting on the morning of May 19 at downtown Detroit’s swanky Book Cadillac Hotel, where the gathering of thieves was held.“Chase got bailed out! We got sold out!” and other angry chants took aim at Chase Bank and all the banks involved in the home foreclosure megacrisis. These foreclosures and evictions devastated Detroit’s neighborhoods. The crisis was caused by the deliberately racist, sexist, usurious subprime mortgages sold here and across the United States by Chase and other big financial institutions.Protesters also indicted Chase as the leading holder of interest rate swaps worldwide, including the swaps that bankrupted the Detroit water department, causing the city’s mass water shutoffs.City of Detroit retirees had their pensions and medical insurance slashed to pay debt service to the banks as part of Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy.The Moratorium NOW! Coalition, which called the demonstration, says Chase has made trillions of dollars worldwide, robbing cities and whole countries through its interest rate swap swindles.In Detroit, Chase and three other banks were given $537 million out of the water department’s $1.1 billion bond deal earmarked for infrastructure repairs in 2011-2012. Moratorium NOW! has continually called the banks the real culprit behind the mass water shutoffs as well as the city’s mortgage and tax foreclosure crises.The tax foreclosure of 20,000 to 25,000 occupied homes is scheduled for June 8. These seizures have been postponed twice due to community outrage and protests. An additional 25,000 water shutoffs are also slated.Nasdaq, the second-largest stock exchange in the U.S., was the only media outlet to report on the demonstration. This voice of finance capital even quoted a Moratorium NOW! activist in their coverage of the Chase board meeting. The article was later reposted by the Wall Street Journal.The “International Social Movements Gathering for Water and Affordable Housing” will be held in Detroit from May 29 to 31. The event will be hosted by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and the Detroit People’s Water Board. See socialmovementsgathering.info.To get involved in the ongoing struggle against mass tax foreclosures and water shutoffs in Detroit, contact Moratorium NOW! at 313-680-5508 or visit moratorium-mi.org.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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The Bergdahl case: ‘Taking responsibility’

first_imgBowe Bergdahl’s recent sentencing hearing did not address whether he’s guilty or not. Bergdahl had already pleaded guilty, both to “desertion” and to “misbehavior before the enemy.”A former Army lawyer said this “is the best type of plea to show a defendant is serious about taking responsibility for their misconduct.”It’s a weird case, and a weirder story.Bergdahl was held captive by the Taliban for five years, from June 2009 until May 2014. He returned to the United States in May 2014 following a prisoner exchange for Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo. Bergdahl has been in military custody since December 2014.At the time of his release, President Obama “embraced Sergeant Bergdahl’s parents in the Rose Garden, and his national security adviser, Susan E. Rice, said the sergeant had served with ‘honor and distinction.’” (nytimes.com, Oct. 23)Yet during the 2016 presidential campaign, one candidate frequently called Bergdahl a “dirty rotten traitor,” adding that he should be executed: “Bing, bong!” the candidate said as he pantomimed a firing squad. That erstwhile candidate and current president recently reiterated: “They’re setting up sentencing so I’m not going to comment on him. But I think people have heard my comments in the past.” (npr.org, Oct. 23)The case against Bergdahl has varied since the Army announced he would face a general court-martial on charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. At first the Army’s chief investigator said he believed the most serious charge Bergdahl should face was desertion, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in military prison. Then the Army’s preliminary hearing officer said he endorsed the lead investigator’s recommendation against any jail time.There was also a finding at one point that Bergdahl should never have been allowed to enlist in the Army at all after being discharged earlier from the Coast Guard. “There just seemed to be a lot of manipulation in this case, all resulting from the political pressure on the Army,” stated a retired Air Force lawyer who is now a law school professor in Los Angeles, in the New York Times article.Gen. Robert Abrams is now commander in charge of the case. He is the son of Gen. Creighton Abrams, who in 1968 replaced Gen. William Westmoreland as war-criminal-in-chief in Vietnam. The younger Abrams most recently held the title of Strategic War Planner for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with responsibility for the U.S. Central Command Area of Operations. As such he was a major commander of U.S. operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan.In the remote case that Abrams might show leniency toward Bowe Bergdahl, Sen. John McCain — former prisoner of war in Vietnam after the plane he piloted was shot down — warned that the Senate Armed Services Committee, which he chairs, would “hold hearings” on the Bergdahl case if there were no punishment. McCain’s committee must sign off on any future promotions for the general in charge of the case.So Bowe Bergdahl is at the mercy of a cabal of war criminals who seek to blame him for the loss of anyone sent to find him after he left his unit and was taken into Taliban custody. He has testified that he left his outpost in Afghanistan to hike to a larger base to report concerns about problems in his unit. For this at least one person wants him executed, others want him sentenced to life in military prison, and a few seem willing to settle for a mere five years of jail time.Criminality is a tough call in times of crisis. But this one is easy. Bowe Bergdahl should not be in military custody at all. If anything, he deserves an apology. But the powers that be in this country are not very good at that. They are the ones who deserve to be punished. The haunting question is what punishment could suffice for what they have done, and what they continue to do. In other words, when will true justice be served?Dee Knight refused to be drafted for the U.S. war against Vietnam and instead lived in Canada from 1968-74. While there he was an editor and organizer with Amex-Canada, the magazine of U.S. war resisters in exile. Amex forged an alliance with Vietnam Veterans Against the War and built the National Council for Universal & Unconditional Amnesty. NCUUA waged a national campaign in defense of all U.S. war resisters. Knight served on the NCUUA board from 1971-76.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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