Cellular Goods, Kanabo, and MGC: should I buy these cannabis stocks?

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares In the past month, three cannabis stocks that provide both medication and wellness solutions, have debuted at the UK stock market. I think this in itself can be a good indication that the legal cannabis industry is growing. Investor interest in the initial public offerings (IPOs) confirmed this further.Cannabis industry growth potentialAccording to cannabis intelligence provider, Prohibition Partners, the UK’s legal cannabis market will grow from US$190,000 in 2019 to as much as US$3bn by 2024, following  its legalisation in late-2018. 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…Going by this alone, it looks like a good idea to at least get to know these stocks. Cellular Goods: wellness focusFounded in 2018, Cellular Goods, the most recent one to IPO, has quickly acquired a market capitalisation of £53m. The company focuses purely on the wellness market, developing products like a skin mask and serum as well as a roll-on athletic recovery gel. These are manufactured using synthetic cannabidiol or CBD, a chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. I think its future is unknown though. It is pre-revenue at present, and investor interest is already waning in the stock. Its share price has more than halved from its listing highs.Kanabo Group: wellness and medical marijuanaKanabo Group is also pre-revenue, though its story is somewhat different. The Israel-based company has been around for five years, developing both wellness and medical treatments. Its one unique product is a metered vaporiser to ensure accurate dosage of cannabis treatments. It has run pilots of its products in key markets like the UK and Germany, with some evidence of success as seen in its growing revenues from 2017–19. It did run into the Covid-19 stumbling block in 2020 though.Kanabo hopes to expand into the EU now. MGC Pharmaceuticals: pure-play medicineMGC Pharmaceuticals was the first of the three to get listed. Unlike the other two, however, it is an AIM stock. It focuses purely on cannabis-based medical treatments, especially for epilepsy. It has made some business headway, evident in the fact that it reported sales of $456,000 during the December 2020 quarter. This is a 67% increase over the quarter before. It functions in geographies like the UK, Australia, and Brazil, but is loss-making at present. Big risks ahead for cannabis stocksA loss-making company to me is typically a red flag, with the exception of high-growth markets. That said, there are big risks to consider here. Cannabis is still a nascent market, and future research could show that its harmful effects outweigh the positive ones. This has been the case with vapes. This puts the industry’s future in jeopardy.Also, societal attitudes towards cannabis are still evolving. So these products may not see the kind of reception that is forecast. In other words, the market can fail to develop, which will impact the sector’s and these companies’ growth.  The takeaway for cannabis stocksI am a believer in the potential value of this industry. But at this stage it is risky. I am watching these stocks, though.  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 of this special investment report — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top Small-Cap Stock… free of charge! 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Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Manika Premsingh | Monday, 8th March, 2021 Cellular Goods, Kanabo, and MGC: should I buy these cannabis stocks? The high-calibre small-cap stock flying under the City’s radarlast_img read more

Rugby Championship: Round 5 ready to rock

first_imgAll Blacks: Israel Dagg; Ben Smith, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Julian Savea; Aaron Cruden, Aaron Smith; Tony Woodcock, Andrew Hore, Owen Franks, Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock, Liam Messam, Sam Cane, Kieran Read (c).Subs: Keven Mealamu, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Jeremy Thrush, Steven Luatua, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Beauden Barrett, Charles Piutau. Just another training session: The All Blacks, led by a darting Israel Dagg, go about their preparation for Round 5By Alan DymockBREAKS OVER, injuries assessed and motivations re-stocked, it’s time for the Rugby Championship to bark back.du Preez and me: Fourie du Preez and Willie La RouxSouth Africa will be attempting to get their Championship title challenge back on track as they welcome the beleaguered Aussies to Newlands this weekend, a place where the Wallabies haven’t won in 21 years. The glimmer of hope comes from the fact that South Africa hadn’t beaten Australia in Brisbane for 42 years but then hushed the hoodoo with a resounding 38-12 victory last time they met. Maybe Australia can return the favour?It is not impossible, but not many would back it. Although some may be surprised with the reinstatement of Fourie du Preez to scrum-half and Adriaan Strauss to hooker for the ‘Boks, it is still a formidable, grunt-worthy pack being twinned with a backline capable to tearing past Australia.They in turn have moved reliable workhorse Adam Ashley-Cooper to the wing to replace Nick Cummins and Joe Tomane comes in for the disgraced and exiled James O’Connor. Tevita Kuridrani forms a midfield partnership with Christian Leali’ifano which Jean de Villiers and co. may be excited about sendigng JJ Englebrect past.The fear is that this is another one-sided game…That fear could also be extended to New Zealand versus Argentina in La Plata. The Pumas did run the All Blacks surprisingly close in their first meeting of the Championship, scoring the first try of that match through Juan Manuel Leguizamon – a man who has joined a short list of Argentines who have scored against all three of the SANZAR nations after dotting down against Australia last time out – but this Kiwi team seems as unrelenting as an insomniac’s alarm clock.Hoping to kick on: The Wallabies warm up for the ‘BoksSo while Argentina have made wholesale changes in their backline, with a new centre-pairing of Bosch and Fernandez standing out, they are still up against Smith and Nonu. The replacements for the Kiwis are vastly experienced, too. Andrew Hore comes in and Dan Carter is replaced again by Aaron Cruden.So when Kieran Read feels a little under the weather it’s OK; he could just be replaced by Messam at 8 and Steven Luatua occupies the blindside, if Luatua is not considered a capable 8 himself. The All Blacks would then be short on the bench, but they have the quality to do without.Mind you, this could be Argentina’s greatest chance ever to beat the All Blacks, however unlikely that is. A man down in the back-row, the Pumas could throw everything they have at the All Black’s breakdown. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Springboks: Zane Kirchner, Willie le Roux, JJ Engelbrect, Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Fourie du Preez, Tendai Mtawarira, Adriaan Strauss, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Flip van der Merwe, Francois Louw, Willem Alberts, Duane Vermeulen.Subs: Bismarck du Plessis, Gurthro Steenkamp, Coenie Oosthuizen, Juandre Kruger, Siya Kolisi, Ruan Pienaar, Pat Lambie, Jan Serfontein.Wallabies: Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Tomane, Quade Cooper, Nic White, James Slipper, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Rob Simmons, James Horwill (c), Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen.Subs: Saia Faingaa, Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, Sitaleki Timani, Ben McCalman, Will Genia, Matt Toomua, Chris Feauai-Sautia.Pumas: Juan Martin Hernandez; Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Marcelo Bosch, Santiago Fernandez, Juan Imhoff; Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Marcos Ayerza, Eusebio Guinazu, Juan Figallo, Julia Farias Cabello, Patricio Albacete, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (c), Pablo Matera, Juan Manual Leguizamon.Subs: Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Lobo, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Mariano Galarza, Benjamin Macome, Tomas Cubelli, Felipe Contempomi, Horacio Agulla.center_img If they want their first ever win they have to go high-risk. CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA – SEPTEMBER 26: Australian Wallabies players of the Wallabies in action during an Australian Wallabies training session at City Park on September 26, 2013 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images) last_img read more

Private Residence / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design

first_imgShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/952417/private-residence-malan-vorster-architecture-interior-design Clipboard Architects: Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design Area Area of this architecture project Houses Private Residence / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior DesignSave this projectSavePrivate Residence / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design Private Residence / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design South Africa Area:  675 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ArchDaily CopyHouses•Cape Town, South Africa “COPY” Photographs:  Adam Letch Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project center_img Projects Manufacturers: Hakwood, western red cedar, Malmesbury ShaleArchitect In Charge:Pieter Malan, Jan-Heyn Vorster, Peter UrryDesign Team:Malan Vorster Architecture, Interior DesignStructural Engineer:Design Tech Structural EngineersQuantity Surveyor:Heinrich Beer Quantity SurveyorsLandscape Designer:Franchesca WatsonMain Contractor:Conruton ConstructionCity:Cape TownCountry:South AfricaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Adam LetchRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsAccoyaAccoya® Wood in a Split-Level West Vancouver HomeMetallicsStudcoWall Stop Ends – EzyCapDoorsSaliceSliding Door System – Slider S20WindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40Text description provided by the architects. This home embraces the beautiful natural landscape provided by the slopes of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill.   Situated in the center of the City Bowl’s curvature between Devil’s Peak and Signal Hill, the building’s site offers expansive views of the city and the surrounding metropolitan area.Save this picture!© Adam LetchSome of the challenges presented by the site were negotiating the slanted terrain leading from the lower cable car slopes into Table Mountain National Park with a coherent spatial flow and mediating environmental factors whilst maximizing and framing the panoramic views of the city, bay and mountains beyond.Save this picture!First Floor PlanSave this picture!© Adam LetchThe building is defined by its relationship to the landscape; in some instances, revealing glimpses of the natural setting while in others blurring the definition of interior and exterior spaces by opening up the interior spaces completely to the surroundings. Save this picture!© Adam LetchThe massing of this three level building takes clues from the mountain slope. The base of the building (in natural stone and gabion walls) is seen as an extension of the rocky outcrops on the slopes, and is housing service areas, garaging, a staff apartment and a guest apartment.  The base and stone walls are terraced and elevate the natural slope to form a new landscape for the main house to occupy.  The living areas are articulated as glazed “negative space” atop the stone base, but sheltered below the cantilevering and heavier volume of bedrooms above.  This arrangement ensures a continuous visual and spatial connection from Table Mountain to Table Bay. A double volume kitchen at the mountain side of the house enables interaction between the more private spaces (such as study, tv room and bedrooms above) and the living area below.Save this picture!West ElevationSave this picture!© Adam LetchThe relationship of the house to both its immediate and macro-scale landscapes is further given emphasis by placing the pool and undercover entertainment areas at the “back” or mountainside of the building; thereby enhancing a sense of being enveloped in the mountain’s slopes and being offered some respite from the city’s energy.Save this picture!© Adam LetchProject gallerySee allShow lessCafe 7 YAD / SUBTEXTSelected ProjectsMar Vista House / Part OfficeSelected Projects Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/952417/private-residence-malan-vorster-architecture-interior-design Clipboard Photographs Year:  Save this picture!© Adam Letch+ 21Curated by Hana Abdel Share 2019 “COPY” CopyAbout this officeMalan Vorster Architecture Interior DesignOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesCape TownOn FacebookSouth AfricaPublished on December 02, 2020Cite: “Private Residence / Malan Vorster Architecture Interior Design” 02 Dec 2020. 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German imperialism and the Greek debt crisis

first_imgIntroductionThe following article was written last March 4, shortly after the anti-austerity electoral victory of Syriza. The hostile reaction of European finance capital was out in the open. And the German bankers played the leading role in putting up a stone wall against the early anti-austerity program of Syriza.While many Keynesian bourgeois economists and a variety of  political figures at the time expressed dismay at the attitude of Berlin (as they are doing now), the European finance ministers disregarded all warnings and went ahead to impose a third and devastating memorandum on the Greek masses despite a 25 percent economic contraction (a “Great Depression”) and massive unemployment.The article below attempts to put the reaction of German imperialism in historical perspective — viewing the German industrial-finance complex as it burst on the scene at the end of the 19th century and then precipitated two interimperialist wars in the 20th century. This exposition is more relevant today than when it was written, given the third austerity regime being imposed on Greece now. The new austerity program against the Greek workers has the backing of the U.S., French,  and other ruling classes throughout Europe despite their differences with the German bloc of countries over debt relief. The special role of German finance capital must be understood in objective, Marxist, class terms as it has developed within the framework of world imperialism. — Fred Goldstein, July 17.Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäubel and Chancellor Angela Merkel.March 4 — For five years the European Central Bank, dominated by German finance capital, has engineered bailouts and imposed austerity on Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland and Italy. And for five years various establishment economists, politicians and pundits in the U.S. like Paul Krugman and James Galbraith have been frustrated and perplexed.Their complaint? Capitalist Europe is in an economic crisis. Austerity will make the crisis worse. Why don’t the German bankers and the ECB listen to reason? Why pursue such a destructive policy, which harms the economy and causes untold mass suffering?They cannot understand why German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäubel and Chancellor Angela Merkel are ruthlessly inflexible, taking a hard line with Greece, despite Greece’s being in its own Great Depression.But is not a question of temperament or bad judgment. It is a question of economics.The answer to this question can be found in the nature of finance capital itself. Bankers are bankers, whether they are German, French, Dutch, Italian, U.S. or Japanese. They live on parasitical interest payments. They will stop at nothing to extract every last nickel from the masses.Just look at the merciless housing foreclosures on millions of people in the U.S. during the latest economic crisis. Or look at the millions of repossessions of autos from workers laid off during the present crisis. Or look at the destruction of whole cities like Detroit by greedy bankers. These examples should be proof enough of the insatiable drive for profit of the bankers.The destruction of wages, benefits and social services throughout the bailed-out countries of Europe, regardless of the human and economic consequences, in order to collect debts incurred by capitalist governments shows that finance capital knows no morality except parasitic profit gouging.German imperialist capitalism triggered two world warsBut within the general framework of financial aggression, the expansionist nature of German capitalism and imperialism occupies a special place — as does U.S. finance capital, the number one militarist and imperialist power in the world today.German capitalism triggered two inter-imperialist world wars.In World War II Hitler tried to subjugate Europe, as well as the Soviet Union, the Middle East and North Africa. The German ruling class got behind the Nazis because Hitler had a program of making the German bosses the rulers of a vast empire. This expansion was called “Lebensraum” — room for German capitalism to live in.Hitler’s war drive was a continuation of the German imperialists’ struggle for “a place in the sun,” as German Foreign Minister Bernhard von Bulow put it in an 1897 debate that eventually precipitated World War I.A “place in the sun” for Germany by 1914 was the “sun” of colonial empire. The British and the French had the lion’s share of colonies conquered during the 19th century in Africa, East Asia, South Asia and the Middle East. German capitalism came late on the scene as a developed industrial country. But by 1900 it had surpassed Britain’s productive force, having the strongest industrial base in Europe. It had a developed scientific-technological establishment behind its industry and at the service of its military.It had all the prerequisites for becoming a premier imperialist power.But despite all its industrial and military potential, it had relatively few colonies. Colonies were the key to exporting capital — to grabbing natural resources, cheap labor, big profits and imperialist power.The German ruling class wanted to reverse its situation by ripping the colonies from England and France through military force, as well as by absorbing Eastern European countries, subjugating Russia and seizing industrial areas in Belgium. Of course, British and French imperialists were determined to sacrifice their own working-class youth to keep ownership of their colonial possessions.Germany, and its allies in Ottoman Turkey and Austria-Hungary, were defeated in World War I, with the help of the intervention of U.S. imperialist troops at the end of the war. The German imperialists lost what few colonies they had — Tanganyika (Tanzania), Southwest Africa (Namibia), Cameroon and other smaller territories. These colonies all went to the victorious robbers, British and French colonialists.German capitalism was disarmed by its imperialist rivals after the war. Following this defeat and 15 years of intense class struggle in Germany, Hitler and his Nazi Party won over the German ruling class by showing they could smash working-class organizations. They got the go-ahead to establish a fascist regime, subdue the working class and rearm Germany to try again for world conquest. This set the stage for World War II.Nazi Germany was thoroughly and definitely defeated militarily in World War II, mainly by the Soviet Red Army, which repelled and destroyed over 200 Nazi divisions, while the USSR suffered 20 to 25 million killed. In the aftermath of the war, Washington, Wall Street and the Pentagon became the masters of world imperialism. German capitalism was disarmed but allowed to revive economically as a partner in the Cold War.Germany became a forward base for the Pentagon and NATO in the struggle against the USSR and the socialist camp. West Germany also became a showcase for Western capitalism in the struggle with the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) and other socialist countries in eastern Europe.From military aggression to economic aggressionDuring WW II German imperialism invaded the rest of Europe with tank divisions and fast-moving massive ground troops, backed up by its air force and V-2 rockets. Today German capitalism is trying to subdue Europe, especially southern Europe, with debt collectors. The Frankfurt banks, the Bundesbank (German Federal Bank) and the European Central Bank, all dominated by German bankers, are holding Greece, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Ireland in debt bondage engineered during a series of government and bank bailouts beginning in 2010.German finance capital is struggling to dominate Europe through the use of the euro, the common currency used in 19 eurozone countries. The euro was supposed to be a competitive reply to the dollar. It was supposed to give economic weight to Europe as against Wall Street. And to some extent it has.But the German ruling class was the architect of the eurozone. Putting the eurozone countries on a currency controlled from Germany’s financial center in Frankfurt was a formula for future domination by Berlin, Germany’s political capital. As the strongest financial and industrial power on the continent, it was inevitable that German finance capital would gain a stranglehold over much of Europe, especially the weaker capitalist economic powers. These weaker powers effectively gave up a large part of their sovereignty, having lost control over their currencies and their ability to self-finance.The European Central Bank is controlled financially and politically by its largest contributors. Germany has the largest contribution, France is right behind Germany and the rest of Europe is far behind. So German bankers dominate the ECB, the euro and the eurozone economically.German capitalism has not changed its natureThe nature of German capitalism, although it has been militarily disarmed since the two world wars, has not changed its need to expand. It has the strongest industrial-technological base in Europe. It has the most advanced capitalist economy. And it has never ceased to look for its “place in the sun.”In addition to lauding it over the weaker imperialist countries in western and southern Europe, Germany has expanded since the 1989-1991 collapse of the USSR into the neocolonial central and eastern European countries with investments, exports and outsourcing to take advantage of drastically lower wages in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary and so forth. In this sphere, it is in competition with U.S.-Anglo capitalism.In its struggle to be “competitive” and invade southern Europe with its commodities, investments and finances, the so-called “miracle” of the German ruling class has been to lower wages at home.The stereotypical view of Germany is that of a prosperous country with high wages. This is because during the struggle with the socialist camp, before the collapse of the USSR and Eastern Europe, German capitalism had to compete with the full employment, free health care, day care centers, generous vacations, sports and cultural development, and many other social benefits that workers in the German Democratic Republic enjoyed.This is what forced the West German bosses to make concessions to the unions and keep wages and unemployment benefits at a relatively high level. Once the Berlin wall came down, the basis for concessions to the working class evaporated.Today the reality for German workers is just the opposite of what it was during the Cold War.The entire German ruling class and all its political parties and media made a sharp right turn in 2003 and opened up a campaign to drive down the wages of German workers, slashing unemployment benefits and pushing back labor unions.Agenda 2020: Bosses’ united front to lower wages This campaign, known as “Agenda 2020,” was introduced by Social Democratic Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder. At the time there was very high unemployment in Germany. The German Social Democratic Party, the Green Party, the Christian Democratic Party, the Christian Union and the entire establishment media got behind “Agenda 2020.” They strong-armed the labor unions into going along.So-called “mini-jobs” were created, where workers worked for 450 euro a month, which was the low end of the wage scale. These workers could only get health insurance if they paid 140 euro a month. Millions of unemployed workers, who earlier could count on years of living-wage unemployment benefits, were instead forced to take “mini-jobs.” Unemployment insurance benefits were lowered. Part time jobs were expanded and pushed by the bosses in place of previously stable full-time jobs.Today, poverty stalks German workers. According to the Institute for Employment Research, the research arm of Germany’s federal employment agency, 25 percent of all German workers earn less than 9.54 euros ($10.68) an hour. In Europe, only Lithuania has a higher percentage of low-wage earners — who earn less than two-thirds of the national average wage. (The Guardian, Aug.13, 2013)“Between 1999 (when the euro launched) and 2010, unit labor costs increased 20 percent in Spain, 25 percent in Italy and a more modest 5 percent in France; Germany’s barely budged at 0.6 percent. All Mediterranean economies currently have higher unit labor costs than Germany.” (Investopedia, Dec. 3, 2012) That is because unions in those countries resisted austerity more strongly.Low wages at home and control of the euro allowed the German bosses to use their powerful, dynamic industrial base to make semi-colonies out of their poorer imperialist rivals on the continent.The expansion of trade and investment into southern Europe is part of the same “Lebensraum” tendency described earlier — only expressed economically instead of militarily. It is driven by the same ruthless, aggressively expansionist character of German capitalism that led to the two wars.And that is why, to the puzzlement of bourgeois experts, Chancellor Angela Merkel, Finance Minister Schäuble and the Frankfurt bankers are running roughshod over the Greek people and all the poorer countries of Europe and causing devastation to the working class, without the slightest inhibition or regret, regardless of the consequences. Nothing less than a full-scale revolt of the working class can stop them. It is hoped that the push-back by the masses in Greece will be the beginning of a broader struggle against the banker-imposed austerity program of Merkel and company.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

In Atlanta, fighting racism with the KaeperBowl

first_imgFeb. 10 — When the capitalist colossus known as the Super Bowl takes over a city like it did Feb. 3 in Atlanta, it’s hard to break through the nonstop hype to address the realities facing working and poor people in the neighborhoods around the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.But when the city decided to demolish an abandoned building not far from the stadium where Fabian Williams had painted a mural of Colin Kaepernick in 2017, he and his fellow street artists and muralists decided “game on.”Kaepernick, former quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, shook the owners of the NFL and the political establishment by “taking a knee” during the playing of the U.S. national anthem in 2016. His action was a dramatic protest of the police killing of people of color, especially Black men.Kaepernick inspired other professional football players, as well as other athletes in many sports, to follow his example. His embrace of the Black Lives Matter movement so enraged the right wing that no National Football League team has since offered him a contract, despite his stellar career.Williams, who had freshened up the paint on the mural for the Super Bowl crowds, happened to be driving by the wall on Feb. 1 — only to see the city’s bulldozer destroy his work. He determined right then that multiple images of Kaepernick would appear on walls across the city by the time of the big game.Funds were raised for paint through social media, artists volunteered their talent, and building owners gave their permission for the resistance murals. The project was named “KaeperBowl.”By the end of the football game, at least seven more images of Colin Kaepernick decorated walls in different Atlanta neighborhoods, bringing a message of struggle against racism and injustice.The ubiquitous Super Bowl signage is gone, but it’s likely that the KaeperBowl will roll on.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

NASCAR Highlights Environmental Benefits of Ethanol on Earth Day

first_img NASCAR Highlights Environmental Benefits of Ethanol on Earth Day SHARE By Andy Eubank – Apr 22, 2013 Previous articleIndiana Corn Finally goes in the Ground as NASS Reports 1 Percent PlantedNext articleNational FFA Convention Recognized for Growth Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter SHARE Sunday, NASCAR™ launched a national commercial promoting its efforts to care for the environment. The NASCAR Green™ video, released to coincide with Earth Day, highlights all that the sport has done to reduce emissions by 20 percent and become the largest recycler in all of professional sports. In particular, the video highlights the important role that corn-based American Ethanol, an important component in Sunoco Green E15 powers every car in every race, plays in helping NASCAR continue its tradition of excellence while working toward a better tomorrow.“We are excited to see this message, which will air for the rest of the NASCAR season, because it highlights the commitment that both NASCAR and U.S. corn farmers have to acting as good stewards of our environment,” said National Corn Growers Association Corn Board Member Jon Holzfaster. “Every day, corn farmers rely on the land, air and water to grow a healthy, abundant crop which, through ethanol fuel blends, goes on to power our nation as it moves toward a greener tomorrow. Earth Day is all about positive change, and so are America’s farmers and NASCAR.”To watch the video, click here.To increase awareness of the many benefits of ethanol, the National Corn Growers Association and Growth Energy formed the American Ethanol partnership with NASCAR in 2011. Over the past two seasons, every car in every NASCAR race has been powered by the 15 percent ethanol blend. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series, and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races have all showcased the incredible reliability and performance that 15 percent ethanol fuel blends offer.While the partnership with NASCAR highlights the role American ethanol plays in improving the environment and NASCAR’s commitment to doing so, the move to a 15 percent ethanol blend has also highlighted other benefits of this renewable, sustainable biofuel. The rigorous racing conditions have proven the durability and high performance capabilities of the fuel while also helping increase awareness of how ethanol creates jobs domestically and decreases dependence on imported petroleum.Source: NCGA Facebook Twitter Home Energy NASCAR Highlights Environmental Benefits of Ethanol on Earth Daylast_img read more

The Latest: WH adviser says US can catch up on vaccinations

Twitter Twitter The Latest: WH adviser says US can catch up on vaccinations Local NewsBusinessUS News By Digital AIM Web Support – February 19, 2021 Facebook WhatsApp FILE – In this Friday, Feb. 12, 2021, file photo, medical workers move a covid-19 patient at a hospital overrun by the covid pandemic in Cheb, Czech Republic. The Czech government has decided to further tighten restrictive measures amid a surge of a highly contagious coronavirus variant in one of the hardest-hit European Union’s nations. At the same time, the worsening situation has forced the Cabinet to abandon for now its plans to reopen all stores as soon as next week. WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest Previous articleEverbridge annuncia di essersi aggiudicata cinque contratti relativi alle soluzioni Public Warning con società di trasmissioni wireless, governi e Stati finalizzati alla protezione delle persone e delle aziende in Europa e in AsiaNext articleWilliams career-high 32 sparks WSU to romp over Cal 82-51 Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest TAGS  read more

Movie in the Park

first_img WhatsApp Twitter Local News Twitter Facebook Movie in the Park Pinterest By Odessa American – May 7, 2021 center_img The City of Odessa Parks Department has scheduled a free Movie in the Park featuring Toy Story 4 today at Sherwood Park.The movie is scheduled to begin at dark.Other films are scheduled.May 21: Aladdin at San Jacinto Park.June 4: Frozen II at UTPB Park.June 18: The Croods at Woodson Park.July 16: Sonic at Lawndale Park.July 30: Tom & Jerry at McKinney Park.Aug. 6: Trolls World Tour at Sherwood ParkParticipants are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blanketsVisit tinyurl.com/3vm39v38. Facebook TAGSMovie in the ParkToy Story 4 WhatsApp Pinterest Previous articleEctor County Republican Party annual Lincoln DinnerNext articleMother Son Dance Odessa Americanlast_img read more

Peaceful protests for George Floyd prevail in NJ, despite history of racial tensions with police

first_imgJosie Desmarais/iStockBy ARIELLE MITROPOULOS and ALEXANDRA SVOKOS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — For the past week, tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets — in the U.S. and all over the world — to voice their anger over the tragic death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody with a white officer’s knee on his neck.In several U.S. cities — Boston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Los Angeles — peaceful demonstrations descended into violence, with some rioters hurling rocks, bricks, glass bottles or Molotov cocktails at police, and setting police cars on fire. Vandals shattered storefront windows and looted stores.In turn, police reacted aggressively, firing tear gas and stun grenades into crowds, while city and state officials deployed thousands of National Guard members and implemented curfews.However, in some of New Jersey’s larger cities, like Newark and Camden, demonstrations have remained relatively peaceful.City officials and residents attribute this to improved community and police relations, political and activist leadership and, for some, the still-traumatic memories of the riots of 1967. Further, the organizers of the protests have been able to keep the focus of the protests on larger issues — systemic racism and injustice.In Newark, civic leaders, police and mayors from surrounding cities in New Jersey participated alongside residents in peaceful protests on Saturday, while members of People’s Organization for Progress circulated throughout the crowd, encouraging orderliness, social distancing and handing out water.Newark is a city that, for decades, has been haunted by simmering racial tensions. The infamous 1967 Newark riots, five days of violent unrest, happened after a black cab driver was arrested for a minor traffic violation and badly beaten by two white officers.Thousands of residents took to the streets, protesting police brutality. The situation quickly escalated, leading to looting and destruction — 26 people died, scores were injured and property damaged totaled tens of millions of dollars.“This city went up in flames, and we are still trying to recover from that 50 years later,” Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said during a speech to about 3,500 protesters. “My father was beat in the head in the rebellion in 1967. This story is not just a history lesson for me, it is very personal for my family in this community because we were injured in this rebellion.”Lawrence Hamm, a Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate and longtime civil rights activist, and the chairman of the People’s Organization for Progress, which organized the event in Newark, credits the relative peacefulness of the protests in Newark to the demonstrators themselves.“I don’t know if ‘peaceful’ is really the right word,” he told ABC News. “People say ‘peaceful protest,’ but a protest is a disturbance of the peace.”“If I had to boil it down to one factor,” Hamm added, “I would say that one of the reasons that the protest has not been destructive is because people want to keep the narrative about the protest, on the issues of justice.”When Hamm spoke to the crowd on Saturday, he pointedly asked, “What do we want the narrative to be tomorrow, about what we did today? … We are here to march and protest the death of George Floyd. If you’re here to do something different, you’re not with us.”The death of Floyd incited tremendous anger because “people saw his death in real time. It was almost as if it was a public execution,” Hamm explained. “People are outraged. People should be outraged. But we should let outrage move us to action for justice. And that is what we are trying to do in New Jersey.”Newark native Bill Davis, a professor of Africana Studies at Rutgers University, attended the protest on Saturday.He agreed with Hamm, adding, “The shop owners in downtown Newark are not doing anything to cause issues with people that were involved in the march, so there was no reason to vent our rage toward them. Our rage needs to be channeled toward the systemic racism that we’re there to protest.”Davis, who witnessed the 1967 rebellion, called the protests in memory of Floyd one of “the most historic moments in the history of the country.”According to Hamm, another factor in the peaceful protests was the attitude of the police, who didn’t show up in riot gear, instead setting a relatively passive tone. Overall, he said, because of Baraka’s anti-police brutality policies, “The police have not been that aggressive.”And for the last three years, his organization has frequently protested outside the federal building in Newark.“We’ve had a lot of interaction with the police,” he added. “So when we marched on Saturday, the interaction with police was almost routine.”Demonstrations also were peaceful in Camden, where the city’s white police chief joined with demonstrators.“It’s not us policing the city — it’s us together. It’s community policing,” Camden County Police Chief Joseph Wysocki told ABC News. “I ask my officers every day, with our use-of-force policy, like it mandates de-escalation. Marching with the protesters is a form of de-escalation. It’s a partnership with the community — they have to see that I stand with them. And I do.”“We developed a very progressive the use-of-force policy that mandates the same sanctity of life. Force is a last resort. De-escalation has been mandated, the duty to intervene is a must. We practice what we preach, but it’s not just a policy. We train with it every day,” he added.“I love the relentless commitment to struggle, and to protest and to push and to fight through hell, and at the same time demand that we do better,” Sen. Cory Booker said, in reference to the protests in his home state, during an appearance on MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show on Tuesday.However, Davis noted, although peaceful protests are positive, there must be continued action, constructive engagement and organizational changes because “there are so many of these police brutality cases and far too many instances the police are never held accountable.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

HMS Severn Acts as Starting Ship for Tall Ships Regatta

first_img View post tag: HMS Severn Acting as the starting platform on Sunday, she hosted the race committee and local VIPs for the yearly event hosted by Sail Training International.More than 100,000 people gathered in Falmouth to watch the spectacular show which featured 43 tall ships from around the world crossing the start line, including 11 large ‘square rigged’ vessels followed by other smaller schooners and sloops.Lieutenant Commander Steve Banfield, Commanding Officer of HMS Severn and a veteran of tall ship sailing, said: “It was privilege and an honour to act as the starting ship for the race and to host the dignitaries onboard HMS Severn.It was the fifth time that Falmouth has hosted the tall ships since they first visited in 1966 and HMS Severn blasted her siren to officially start the race. The ship’s company then had an enviable view as the tall ships began to sail past on their way to Greenwich for the culmination of the race.As the ships left the port they were also treated to the sight of Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Gold Rover which was making her way back into port at Falmouth following a short visit to Dublin.HMS Severn, which is one of three Fishery Protection Squadron vessels, has now returned to her core role of Maritime Enforcement and Fishery Protection along the south coast.[mappress]Press Release, September 02, 2014; Image: UK Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: europe View post tag: Starting HMS Severn Acts as Starting Ship for Tall Ships Regatta September 2, 2014 View post tag: Acts Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Severn Acts as Starting Ship for Tall Ships Regatta center_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: ship Authorities View post tag: Tall Ships Regatta Royal UK Navy patrol vessel HMS Severn has sailed from Falmouth after leading the start of the annual Falmouth to Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta. View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more