CA Sales Holdings Limited (CAS.bw) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgCA Sales Holdings Limited (CAS.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about CA Sales Holdings Limited (CAS.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CA Sales Holdings Limited (CAS.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CA Sales Holdings Limited (CAS.bw)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileCA Sales Holdings Limited, listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange, of businesses that operate in Southern Africa. It operates within the FMCG industry and delivers services to blue chip manufacturers, both locally and internationally. Its service offering includes selling, merchandising, warehousing, distribution, debtors administration, marketing & promotions, point of sale warehousing and training. The group has offices and facilities in all the main centres throughout Botswana, Swaziland, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Mozambique.last_img read more

Ikeja Hotel Plc (IKEJAH.ng) Q32020 Interim Report

first_imgIkeja Hotel Plc (IKEJAH.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Ikeja Hotel Plc (IKEJAH.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Ikeja Hotel Plc (IKEJAH.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Ikeja Hotel Plc (IKEJAH.ng)  2020 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileIkeja Hotel Plc is a hotel development and management company with direct or indirect ownership of Sheraton Lagos Hotel, Sheraton Abuja Hotel and Federal Palace Hotels & Casino. The company targets the leisure, business and convention markets in Opebi, Ikeja and Lagos. Sheraton Lagos Hotel has 340 guest rooms and an impressive array of conferencing and recreational facilities, making it one of the largest hotels in Nigeria. Sheraton Abuja Hotel has 575 rooms and conference, restaurants and recreational facilities. Sun International’s Federal Palace Hotel & Casino is a luxury 5-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of Victoria Island’s commercial district and boasts luxury accommodation, a casino, conference facilities and an array of restaurants, bars and recreational facilities. Established in 1972 and formerly known as Properties Development Limited, the company changed its name to Ikeja Hotel Limited in 1980. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Ikeja Hotel Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Up more than 400% over 10 years. Should you buy this share now?

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 8th January, 2020 | More on: GRG See all posts by Kevin Godbold Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. 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.center_img Bakery food-on-the-go retailer Greggs (LSE: GRG) is a good example of how valuations can re-rate upwards when a growth story becomes well known.Ten years ago, the firm was debt-free, cash-generative, engaged in a store opening programme that it was pretty much self-financing and generally looking like a vibrant, well-placed business.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…However, back in 2010, the stock market was depressed because of the credit-crunch event that happened a couple of years earlier. The major indices had bounced back from their lows of 2009, but all the talk was of a double-dip. In short, fear was rife in the markets.A once-modest valuationAnd that fear led to the situation where great-looking companies such as Greggs languished on modest valuations. In one article of the period, I recorded a share price of 468p for the firm and a historical price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 14, despite the fine attributes of the business. Today, the share price is around 2,416p and the historical P/E around 28.If you’d bought some of the shares in 2010 and held until today, you’d be sitting on a more than 400% capital gain. And on top of that, the company has delivered a generally growing stream of dividends over the decade. All that progress for shareholders has been driven by the twin engines of underlying business growth and a valuation up-rating.But although bullish on Greggs in 2010, I was first ‘wrong’. By the spring of 2013, the share price had slid by around 17% driven by slipping profits and weaker like-for-like sales. Perhaps there’s a lesson in that. To capture the big gains that were to follow you would have needed to keep faith with your own assessment of the company and held through the temporary operational difficulties and the stock market’s pessimism.Robust trading and growthMeanwhile, today’s fourth-quarter trading update is robust. In the full-year of trading in 2019, total sales grew by 13.5%. Some of that figure reflects ongoing expansion via new store openings, but Greggs is appealing to its customers because like-for-like sales from company-managed shops rose by an impressive 9.2%.The firm opened 138 new shops in the period and closed 41. Such active management of the portfolio strikes me as a good thing. Cutting losses and under-performing outlets quickly is a good idea, before they drag on the finances too much. I reckon such a strategy is key to the successful running of a share portfolio too.Overall, the company now has 2,050 shops, but 302 of them are franchised and operated by partners in travel and other convenience locations.  The way the company has managed to expand beyond traditional high-street locations seems to bode well for future growth. In 2020, the firm is targeting another 100 net openings, for example.The directors expect full-year underlying profit before tax to come in “slightly higher” than their previous expectations and announced a £7m special payment to be shared among all employees. Looking ahead, they see cost pressures but believe the momentum in the business will carry the company through. Despite the valuation re-rating over the past few years, I reckon Greggs is worth following with a view to buying some of the shares at opportune moments. 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’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. Up more than 400% over 10 years. Should you buy this share now? Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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.last_img read more

No savings at 50? I’d buy these FTSE 250 dividend shares to retire on a passive income

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. See all posts by Roland Head If you’ve reached 50 and don’t yet have any retirement savings, you may think it’s too late to get started. I don’t agree.At this age, there’s still a lot you can do to build a passive income stream for your retirement. In this article, I’m going to look at two FTSE 250 stocks I think could provide a reliable income for many years to come.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…22 years of dividend growthEngineering group Babcock International Group (LSE: BAB) is best known for its defence business, which generated 52% of revenue last year. The firm’s military activities include building ships and submarines, managing the British Army’s fleet of 50,000 vehicles, and providing a wide range of training and maintenance services.The firm also has two other significant areas of operation. It works on nuclear engineering and decommissioning projects, and it provides airborne emergency services, such as air ambulances and search and rescue.One key attraction of all of these businesses is that they tend to run on long contracts. Babcock’s average defence contract is 10 years. For emergency services and nuclear, it’s eight years.Long contracts should mean good visibility of revenue and cash flow. In turn, this should support reliable dividends. Babcock certainly has a good record in the dividend department. The group’s payout hasn’t been cut since 1997. That’s 22 years of unbroken growth.Take the long viewBabcock shares are down by around 5% as I write, after the company warned that tough market conditions in its aviation business would lead to lower profits and a series of impairment charges this year.However, the company confirmed its financial guidance for the full year, saying that net debt should fall and free cash flow generation should be “over £250 million.” This should cover the £150m dividend comfortably.Babcock’s reliable cash generation is a key attraction for me. Although the company is going through a difficult period, I think now could be a good time to start buying. The stock trades on less than 8 times 2020 forecast earnings and offers a dividend yield of 5.5%. I see Babcock as a good income buy at this level.A safe defensive buy?My next pick is a traditional consumer defensive stock. C&C Group (LSE: CCR) owns drinks brands including Tennent’s, Magners and Bulmers. The group also has a growing portfolio of craft drinks and owns the Admiral Taverns pub chain, along with booze wholesalers Matthew Clark and Bibendum.C&C’s roots are in Ireland, but the majority of its business is now in the UK and the company has recently switched its main stock market listing to the London Stock Exchange. That’s allowed the group to gain membership of the FTSE 250.These changes have raised the firm’s profile, but it’s still below the radar for many UK investors. In my view, this could be a missed opportunity. The firm’s brands are large and well established and its performance has been pretty stable in recent years. Shareholders have enjoyed continued dividend growth since 2010 and debt levels look comfortable to me.The shares currently trade on 14 times 2020/21 forecast earnings, with an expected dividend yield of 3.8%. I see C&C as a ‘buy and forget’ stock that could provide a reliable income for many years. It’s a stock I’d be happy to buy. 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. No savings at 50? I’d buy these FTSE 250 dividend shares to retire on a passive income Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Roland Head | Wednesday, 12th February, 2020 | More on: BAB CCR 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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.last_img read more

Stock market crash: 2 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy now for the rebound

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFA 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. 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. Enter Your Email Address Edward Sheldon, CFA | Friday, 24th April, 2020 | More on: SMDS STJ Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images Stock market crash: 2 FTSE 100 stocks I’d buy now for the rebound A stock market crash can present fantastic buying opportunities for long-term investors. No crisis lasts forever and, in the past, equity markets have always bounced back.With the FTSE 100 down nearly 25% year-to-date, I’m seeing plenty of attractive buying opportunities right now. Here’s a look at two FTSE 100 stocks that I’d buy for the stock market rebound.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…Stock market crash: this stock has fallen 37%The first FTSE 100 stock I want to highlight is wealth manager St. James’s Place (LSE: STJ). Its share price has fallen from near-1,200p to just 760p in the last two months. That represents a decline of about 37%.The reason I think STJ looks interesting at the moment is that I believe the recent stock market crash could potentially boost demand for trusted face-to-face financial advice going forward. With so much economic uncertainty, I think there’s a chance plenty of people (particularly retirees) will turn to financial experts for help.I also like the fact that St. James’s Place’s clients are generally very happy with the services it offers. Last year, 89% of clients said they were either satisfied or very satisfied with their overall relationship with the group. In addition, 93% said they would recommend the group to others. Clearly, the wealth manager offers a good service.Of course, in the short term, the FTSE 100 company’s profits are going to take a hit. This is because much of its fees are linked to assets under management, which will have fallen in the recent stock market crash. However, the medium-to-long-term story remains attractive, in my view. I think the stock has the potential to bounce back as stock markets rebound in the years ahead.JP Morgan currently has a price target of 937p for STJ. That’s 22% higher than the current share price.This FTSE 100 stock looks oversoldAnother FTSE 100 stock I believe has the potential to rebound is DS Smith (LSE: SMDS). It’s a leading packaging company specialising in manufacturing cardboard boxes. Its share price has fallen nearly 25% in the recent stock market crash.Looking at DS Smith’s recent Covid-19 trading update, issued on 8 April, I think the near-25% share price fall here is unjustified. For a start, the company advised that trading had remained “resilient” with “relatively limited impact” from Covid-19. Secondly, it said supplies into the grocery sector had been “very busy” and that e-commerce has also been strong in most categories.On top of this, it said its balance sheet and liquidity profile are strong, with around £1.4bn of facilities currently undrawn. Additionally, the group advised that its net-debt-to-EBITDA ratio was anticipated to be around 2.0 at 30 April, down from 2.3 at the end of December. So, overall, the group appears to be in pretty good shape.The long-term story here remains attractive, in my view. Across the world, people are increasingly doing more shopping online (Covid-19 has boosted this), which translates to more demand for packaging. DS Smith looks well-placed to capitalise.I’m convinced that those buying now will be rewarded in a few years time. 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. Edward Sheldon owns shares in St. James’s Place and DS Smith. The Motley Fool UK has recommended DS Smith. 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

Janus v. AFSCME threatens all union labor — the racist history of the ‘right to work’ slogan

first_imgNew York City workers march on Working People’s Day, Feb. 24.The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Feb. 26 on the Janus v. AFSCME, Council 31 case. A decision, expected by June, threatens to overturn a 1977 SCOTUS decision that defended the right of public sector unions, such as the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, to collect dues from nonmembers represented by the unions.These nonmembers receive the same collective bargaining, economic and medical benefits as dues-paying members. Thus a decision against automatic collection of dues from all workers weakens the ability of public worker unions to do their job.Since 7.2 million, or nearly half the 14.8 million union members in the United States, are public sector workers, the Janus case represents a potential blow to union membership density and the fiscal survival of many unions. The union membership rate of public sector workers is 34.4 percent, while that of private sector workers is 6.5 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Jan. 19)In addition, because of the makeup of public sector workers, the Janus case is a special threat to the rights of women and of African-American workers. Women made up 57 percent of the public sector workforce in 2012. As of 2015, one in five African Americans works for the government in a public sector job. Black women make up 17.7 percent of public sector workers.#45 backs attack on unions Since the Janus case is an attack on labor, Black people, women and all workers, it should be no surprise that Trump — the racist bigot and misogynist in chief, called “45” in disgust by many union members — is supporting Mark Janus, the public employee in Illinois who brought the suit against the union. The Trump administration’s Department of Justice filed a brief in support of Janus, alleging that Janus’ First Amendment free speech rights were violated.Trump’s appointment of reactionary justice Neil Gorsuch to the court was aimed at establishing a reactionary majority. This majority can override the March 29, 2016, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association 4-4 deadlocked SCOTUS decision, an earlier version of the case on the same issues.#45 is joined by the National Right to Work Movement, which stepped up its campaign to turn back the clock on labor rights in this case. “Right to work” is a Big Lie, made in the U.S., with its roots in the racial brutality of the Jim Crow South and a pretext to pass off anti-union legislation as free speech.Workers resist ‘right-to-work’ Big LieBut workers’ leaders have answered this Big Lie. On  Dec. 8, Lee Saunders, the first African-American president of AFSCME,  representing 1.6 million public sector workers, pointed out in a statement titled “The False Slogan of Right to Work: An Attack on Worker Freedom”:“More than half of African Americans make less than $15 per hour. But belonging to a union is likely to lead to a substantial pay raise and superior benefits. African-American union members earn 14.7 percent more than their non-union peers. The union advantage for Latinx is even greater: 21.8 percent.”There are two important reasons for this gain in wages. The civil service merit system, used to attain public sector employment by examination based on one’s ability to perform on a test, makes discrimination more difficult for the bosses. Furthermore, specific civil rights statutes in many state and local governments protecting women workers and workers of color from discrimination, won from decades of labor and civil rights struggles, have many more protections than similar federal and local laws for private sector workers.The weekend before the court heard the Janus case, many thousands of workers organized Working People’s Day of Action protests in more than 25 cities on Feb. 24. Labor and civil rights groups held a protest in front of the Supreme Court during the hearing on Feb. 26.Many of the rallies commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic 1968 Memphis, Tenn., sanitation strike. At that time the predominantly African-American sanitation workers, represented by AFSCME Local 1733, walked out on strike for more than two months. This was the famous “I Am a Man” strike, which the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was supporting when he was assassinated.The Memphis workers were fighting to improve wages of 65 cents an hour and life-threatening work conditions. Their strike began two days after a nine-day sanitation workers’ strike in New York City. In the next two years sanitation workers struck in Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Charlotte, N.C.; Atlanta; Miami; St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Corpus Christi, Texas.One could say that the biggest demonstration against “right to work” now is the continuing strike of public school teachers in West Virginia. The overwhelming majority of the strike leaders are women.Racist invented ‘right-to-work’ sloganThe Big Lie of so-called right-to-work — that is, the so-called “right” to not be in a union — was coined by Texas oil lobbyist Vance Muse in the 1930s. He opposed the unionization of U.S. workers and helped pass the first anti-union laws in Texas.Muse was editor of The Christian American and worked for the  anti-Semitic and anti-Black Southern Committee to Uphold the Constitution. He also used his segregationist views as an argument against unions, stating that with unions: “White women and white men will be forced into organizations with [racist slur] … or lose their jobs.” (Labor Notes, Aug. 3, 2017)Muse also fought against against the Adamson Act, which gave an eight-hour workday to railroad workers. Instrumental in passing a number of anti-union laws in the South, he proposed and campaigned for a right-to-work amendment to the U.S. Constitution. While Muse failed then to get the amendment passed, 28 states now have anti-union right-to-work laws.NAACP fought Woodrow Wilson’s civil service racism The roots of right-to-work go further back — to #28, Democratic Party President Woodrow Wilson, from Virginia. Wilson’s racism is obvious given the 1915 film showing at the White House of the racist, pro-lynching movie glorifying the Ku Klux Klan, “The Birth of a Nation.”Prior to Wilson’s inauguration in 1913, African Americans had been making slow but steady progress in federal employment and were about 5 percent of all federal civil servants nationwide, working side-by-side with whites. Then Wilson segregated federal workplaces, including the railway mail service, which mandated curtains be installed to separate Black and white clerical workers and required segregated lunchrooms and restrooms.On May 27, 1914, Wilson’s Civil Service Commission issued a new order requiring that applicants for federal jobs submit a photograph — so African-American applicants could be excluded. The NAACP and the historically Black National Alliance of Postal Employees (NAPE was formed in 1913 after Black people were excluded from the Railway Mail Association) campaigned for many years against the racist use of the application photograph. The National Association of Letter Carriers, while battling to keep Jim Crow branches out of its organization, voted at its 1939 convention to support abolition of the discriminatory photograph, which was finally abolished on Nov. 7, 1940.It is in the interest of all public sector, private sector, organized and unorganized labor, and precarious workers to collaborate, unite and  invoke the great labor slogans: “An injury to one is an injury to all.” That echoes the refrain from the great labor song, “Solidarity forever, for the union makes us strong!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Children still held by racist border policies

first_imgHundreds turn out to protest ICE separating parents from children.The effort to reunite all separated im/migrant families continues despite the Trump administration’s obstructionism, leaving many children in federal custody, instead of being rejoined with their parents. The government’s racist “zero tolerance policy” denies entry to im/migrants from Central America at the Texas/Mexico border; it has resulted in confinement of 2,551 separated children.A global outcry forced the president to publicly withdraw the policy on June 20, as photographs of crying children, some in cages, circulated. Lacking any compassion, Trump gave his reason: the “optics” didn’t look good politically.Despite Federal Judge Dana Sabraw’s June 26 order that all separated migrant children must be reunited with their parents by July 26, this did not happen. Addressing this crisis, the furious judge emphasized that “for every parent who is not located, there will be a permanently orphaned child, and that is 100 percent the responsibility of the administration.” (CNN, Aug. 3)Government lawyers admitted that 559 children, aged 5 to 17, were still in U.S. custody on Aug. 9. Some 386 of their parents were already deported to their home countries; the rest are separated for other reasons. Finding the parents has been a herculean task because government officials and immigration agencies have been no help in reuniting families — and they had no plan to do so.Trump administration attorneys deliberately put the burden on the American Civil Liberties Union — which brought the legal challenge to family separation — to locate the deported parents, but would not turn over their contact information or the children’s files. The ACLU told HuffPost on Aug. 9 that Immigration and Customs Enforcement deliberately withheld 400 deported parents’ phone numbers and only handed over this information on Aug. 7 after much pressure was exerted.The U.S. government is not searching for deportees. But volunteers and contacts for the ACLU and other legal, immigrant and humanitarian organizations are working with allies in Central America to do the arduous, but crucial work, to find the parents.‘Turn the plane around’Defying established laws and policies, the U.S. government is callously rushing to deport immigrants at the southern border, no matter their desperate circumstances. Xenophobe Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued new rules in June denying asylum to individuals fleeing domestic and/or gang violence. This flouts U.S. and international law, which recognizes gender-based persecution as grounds for granting asylum. Federal courts have also permitted asylum for people fleeing gang violence.Sessions’ edict was codified in July in a memo to officials who interview asylum seekers at the southern border. These policies are having an impact; thousands of potential asylum seekers have been denied entry there, said CNN on Aug. 9.The Center for Gender and Refugee Studies and the ACLU filed a lawsuit challenging this policy on Aug. 7 on behalf of several immigrant plaintiffs, with the aim of ending the policy altogether. Two days later, while the case was in court, two plaintiffs, a woman who had fled horrific spousal abuse, and her daughter, a target of gang threats, were secretly put on a plane to El Salvador. Although U.S. border interviewers found their stories believable, they still denied these two refugees asylum.Outraged, District of Columbia District Judge Emmet Sullivan ordered the government to “turn the plane around.” If this was not done, the judge threatened “contempt proceedings” against Sessions and the heads of federal agencies in charge of immigration. The plane returned the two to the U.S. that night. The judge then blocked the deportation of all plaintiffs while the lawsuit is underway. (aclu.org, Aug 9)Jennifer Chang Newell, ACLU attorney in the case, said, “In its rush to deport as many immigrants as possible, this administration is putting these women and children in grave danger of being raped, beaten or killed.” (NBC News, Aug. 10)Profits trump children’s well-beingIn its drive to deter immigration, the Trump administration cruelly separated children from their parents. The conditions of many youngsters’ detention have been deliberately cruel, sadistic and, seemingly, racist. Children separated from their parents under these circumstances for even a short time not only suffer while they’re apart, but when reunited are often depressed, anxious, distant, fearful and angry. Many will suffer long-term psychological damage.Journalists, photographers, lawyers and others have not been allowed into facilities to see the conditions of children’s confinement. Reports have circulated of children kept in cages, forced to work, neglected and physically and sexually abused. At Southwest Key facilities, three minors have been sexually abused by an older detainee or employee. The Trump administration is paying the company $458 million this year to house child migrants in its 26 U.S. facilities. The Nation reported on July 27 that Southwest Key Program Inc. has been charged with hundreds of health and safety violations in its Texas facilities over the last three years.Federal Judge Dolly Gee ordered government officials on July 30 to stop giving psychotropic medications at the Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in Manvel, Texas, to migrant children without their parents’ permission. (Washington Post, July 31.) She ordered all children removed from the locked, super-secure facility unless they would harm themselves or others.Children testified about being daily dosed at Shiloh with drugs and witnessing other children being forcibly medicated, rendering them unable to walk, and being denied phone calls and drinking water — and then brutalized if they tried to access water. Yet the government still contracts with this notorious facility to house migrant children, despite its history of child mistreatment. In December 2014, Texas Rep. Shirley Jackson Lee tried to get Shiloh closed due to forcible drugging, physical abuse and deaths of minor children, based on Houston Chronicle reports. As of Aug. 8, 28 migrant children remain there.Shiloh is among 71 companies allocated federal funds to house immigrant children, including the 2,551 youngsters detained under the zero tolerance policy. Shiloh has received $26 million since 2013 to house “unaccompanied minors.” The Center for Investigative Reporting says that “nearly half of the $3.4 billion paid to those [71] companies in the last four years went to homes with serious allegations of mistreating children.” After these allegations were publicized, the government continued contracting with many of the facilities. Reveal News, a CIR blog, reports that some of the companies hire employees with histories of sexual abuse.Abuse of migrant children not newThe Trump administration’s separation of children and confinement of youngsters, even toddlers and babies alone and in cages, are horrific — the creation of reactionary xenophobes in the White House, Border Patrol and ICE.But cruel treatment of immigrant children is not new. Detention and abuse of tens of thousands of “unaccompanied minors” have occurred during past administrations.The ACLU published a report on May 22 about the government’s abuse of migrant children from 2009 to 2014 — during Obama’s terms — based on data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act. (See “Neglect and Abuse of Unaccompanied Immigrant Children by U.S. Customs and Border Protection” at tinyurl.com/yd2dkhwa)Private prison and border security industries poured millions of dollars into getting Trump elected. In turn, they are getting big government contracts to detain immigrants in this billion-dollar industry. Two of the largest for-profit prison companies., GEO Group and CoreCivic, Trump donors, each built huge immigrant detention facilities in southern Texas in 2014.Defense contractors benefit as well. MVM has received $248 million since 2014 to transport migrant youngsters for ICE. Arms maker General Dynamics processes migrant children’s cases. Having private companies run these facilities provides a layer of protection for the government; they can be blamed for abuse, leaving the administration off the hook, while the profiteers rake in the revenue.Protests continue to demand reunification of families and to abolish ICE. It is crucial to call for an end to all immigrant detentions and deportations and to allow all asylum seekers and refugees to enter the country — and, ultimately, to open all the borders.As the Trump administration intensifies its racist war on immigrants, now attacking documented workers, this call to action is essential: “Stop the war on all im/migrants!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Velodyne Lidar unterzeichnet Vertriebsvereinbarung mit fünfjähriger Laufzeit mit ThorDrive

first_img By utilizing ThorDrive’s vehicles, equipped with Velodyne Lidar’s Ultra Puck™ sensors, airlines are able to autonomously transport baggage and cargo to and from planes and throughout facilities at any time, day or night. Local NewsBusiness By Digital AIM Web Support – February 11, 2021 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleWorldwide Digital Assistants in Healthcare Industry to 2026 – North America is Expected to Hold Significant Market Share – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleWright State looks to extend streak vs Milwaukee Digital AIM Web Support WhatsAppcenter_img Velodyne Lidar unterzeichnet Vertriebsvereinbarung mit fünfjähriger Laufzeit mit ThorDrive Facebook Twitter Pinterest Pinterest TAGS  last_img read more

Ithaca College student dies after serious injury off-campus

first_img Kelsey O’Connor Kelsey O’Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor. More by Kelsey O’Connor Photo courtesy of Ithaca College Men’s Club Soccer Facebook. Tagged: cayuga medical center, ithaca college ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca College student has died after an off-campus incident, IC President Shirley Collado said in a statement to the community Friday. There will be a campus gathering at 6 p.m. Monday, May 13 in Muller Chapel. Barrack came to Ithaca College from Allendale, New Jersey, where he graduated in 2016 from Northern Highlands Regional High School. The college said Barrack was an outstanding student and student athlete and was passionate about soccer. He was a goalie on his high school team and the college’s club soccer team. He was also on the staff of the Madigan Soccer Academy summer camp. At Ithaca College, he was the athletic trainer for the women’s softball team. “I want to extend my heartfelt sympathies to Jase’s family, friends, classmates, teammates, professors, and all who are affected by this tragedy, which comes at a time when our campus community is collectively celebrating the end of the academic year. I ask that we please pause to keep Jase and his loved ones in our thoughts and prayers, and to please continue to look out for one another,” Collado said in a statement. As always, support services for students are available through the Ithaca College Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-274-3136. Students needing immediate assistance should contact the Office of Public Safety at 607-274-3333 or the on-duty residential life staff. Faculty and staff can access the counseling services of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling 1-800-327-2255. Jase Barrack, who was a junior athletic training student, sustained a serious injury last week. Collado said Friday that his family made the very difficult decision to remove life support at Cayuga Medical Center.last_img read more

Three killed, 2 wounded in shooting at Cincinnati bank; suspect dead, police say

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CINCINNATI) — Three people were killed and two others wounded in a shooting at a bank headquarters in downtown Cincinnati Thursday morning, police said.Officers responded to a 911 call around 9:10 a.m. local time about an “active shooter” at Fifth Third Bank near Fountain Square, according to Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac.The suspect had opened fire in the building’s loading dock before continuing into the lobby area and firing more shots, police said.Five people were shot, including three who died from their injuries, Isaac told reporters at a press conference Thursday morning.The area was cordoned off as police responded to the incident and worked to evacuate people inside the bank.Multiple officers “engaged” the suspect, who is now dead, Isaac said. The alleged shooter has not been identified.No officers were injured in the incident, and a weapon was recovered from the scene.UC Health in Cincinnati confirmed via Twitter that it received four of the victims — three males and one female. Two have since died, while one remains in critical condition and the other is in serious condition, the hospital said.“Our physicians and staff are focused on caring for the patients and their families. We prepare for situations like these and hope they never happen,” UC Health tweeted.The victims have not yet been identified.Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley told reporters that the suspect was “actively shooting innocent victims.”The motive for the shooting was not immediately known. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more