Looking back at 2020, what – other than the Covid-19 pandemic – did you feel was transformational for the industry? And how much of a lasting effect do you think the Covid-19 pandemic will have going forward? Regions: Europe US CB: The battle for talent is intense and as an industry, we need to be on our toes to be able to continue to attract the talent we need to keep innovating. It is a task we have been facing for many years and it is definitely not an easy one as we are competing against many other companies from across various sectors. 19th February 2021 | By contenteditor What type of people or roles do you think the industry might be looking for more than ever in 2021? Camillla Bille Industry 2021 predictions: part five – people Interviewees On the other hand, what do you feel could disrupt the sector or slow progress? Andrew Bulloss: I think Covid-19 and the enforced move to remote working should be a catalyst for permanent change as to how employers structure their workforce. Digital businesses in particular should be thinking in a more sophisticated way about leveraging remote working to attract quality, diverse talent that they may not have had access to before because of where they are based as a business. The ability to open up the talent pool globally and not be restricted by having certain roles in certain offices is significant and could drive a competitive advantage for those willing to embrace this approach. Andrew Bulloss Marwa Mitchell: While US land-based casinos were hit hard in 2020, the online gaming market entered a new growth phase. Two years on from the PASPA repeal, those who have entered the digital space are already experiencing accelerating demand. There’s also already far greater competition, with consumers expecting more sophisticated products and services. All this is driving demand for an ever-increasing quantity and skillset-range of talent. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address MM: Commercial leaders – those who can competently manage North American P&Ls for incoming B2C and B2B businesses entering the market – are already highly sought-after, and demand will increase further still in 2021. As the industry emerges and evolves, demand for talent will move from “only the most senior” to a broader mix of specialisms and skillsets. Other key hires that expanding businesses will be hiring as a top priority in the coming year will be directors of marketing, product and operations (B2C). In all cases, direct industry experience carries a significant additional value. Employers will need a clearly defined talent acquisition strategy and be prepared to compete hard to attract the best people. What do you feel is going to be a game-changer for the industry in the coming year? How the US online gaming industry will hire the skills it requires remains a largely unanswered question. There’s a significant gap between job requirements (both at senior level, and also for the volume of mid-level and junior openings) and available talent. Covid-19’s severe impact on jobs in other sectors will increase the talent pool in some areas, but in 2021 US igaming employers will still need to work hard to attract digital and gambling industry specialists. Openness to remote working should certainly address some of these challenges, widening talent pools beyond the hubs of NJ, PA and NV. Employers will undoubtedly also need to consider hiring for ‘potential’ rather than direct experience. Remote working is also evidently here to stay, certainly in the medium term and perhaps the long term too. In our Employers Survey 2020, we found that productivity rates in the industry had been broadly sustained, with many even reporting an uplift. Yet, as the US igaming industry remains so young, it will surely be difficult to build truly cohesive and high-performing teams from scratch without being in one location. AB: I think this depends on a number of factors, one being regulation, particularly in the UK with the outcome of pending regulation and what that means operators can and cannot do. This has a knock-on effect on talent and people and what sort of roles become important as part of this set-up. With a new president in the US, it will be interesting to see what happens with current US immigration legislation and whether this opens up the US market for European gaming talent. In part five we talk to recruitment experts. In part one we heard from igaming operators and suppliers, in part two, land-based operators and suppliers, part three finance experts and part four those in marketing. In parts six to eight we will focus on technology and innovation, regulation and social responsibility. Camilla Bille, vice president people and culture, Better CollectiveAndrew Bulloss, partner and head of the gaming practice, Odgers BerndtsonMarwa Mitchell, vice president recruitment North America, Pentasia People Camilla Bille: It has been yet another interesting year, with rapid developments in the industry. I will not highlight one transformational event but instead say that technological and regulatory developments, combined with changes in societies across the globe in general, have had a huge impact on the industry. Looking back at January 2020 (which seems just weeks ago) and fast-forwarding to today, I think there are very few industries that can showcase such big developments as the igaming industry demonstrates. That is great fun to be part of. Focusing on the pandemic, just like many other companies, at Better Collective we have found new ways of how we structure work. I think the learnings from this will have lasting impacts on how we continue to work, communicate and collaborate in the future. Last year saw a huge shift in the working patterns of most industries, with many predicting the move to remote working is here to stay. This could provide opportunities for operators to access a broader range of talent, especially in the burgeoning US market. Image: Pixabay Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter MM: The game is already set for serious growth as ever-more states introduce sportsbook legislation. Additional legislation for casino is likely to follow hot on the heels of sports betting, and many land-based operators will be considering how to transition online; perhaps by reskilling existing workforces, or by bringing in new digital-savvy talent. As the industry evolves, businesses should expect tighter regulatory monitoring. There’s a strong business case for ensuring that regulatory compliance is baked into processes from the start, if necessary, by applying best practice as adhered to elsewhere in the world. This experience may need to be sought out through consulting partners initially, though ultimately operators will want to build strong in-house teams of their own. MM: Clearly, the severe ongoing economic downturn is likely to impact our industry. In particular, ongoing disruption to sporting events – which are so critical to driving demand – will hamper success. That said, business leaders and investors are still clearly focused on the long-term ‘big picture’ of the industry’s potential, and this level of confidence is reflected in ongoing team expansion plans, active staff training and increased hiring activity. AB: I think the compliance community in the sector needs a shot in the arm. There are too few people willing to challenge current compliance processes for the good of the customer. Technology, product and UX/UI-based marketing have been the prevalent skills in 2020 and I don’t expect that to reduce in 2021. There is a clear demand for talent in emerging European markets rather than established, mature markets. AB: The drive for diverse talent has never been higher across all sectors and whilst many gaming employers are looking to create more diverse leadership teams, I would like to see more being done at entry level to facilitate change and create an authentic message to diverse groups that the gaming sector is one that can appeal to them. This authenticity is important – diversity is no longer about optics. Having a diverse board and leadership team as the face of the business is not enough. The benefits of a diverse workforce are clear as day and any organisation that doesn’t get behind this quickly will find themselves chasing others that have. Regulation is forcing organisations to think differently, different answers don’t always come from asking the same people. CB: With 2020 in mind, it is difficult not to look at the pandemic. How will the pandemic develop and as a result, how will this affect the way organisations work, collaborate and communicate in the future – and again as a result, how will this affect the culture of a company? That will be interesting to follow. We have already taken actions this year to work around the pandemic, e.g. working more from home, further digitised the way we organise and structure cross-team collaborations, etc. The development of the pandemic will continue to impact not only organisations in the igaming industry but it will also be a game-changer for many industries in 2021. Tags: iGB 2021 Predictions Marwa Mitchell Topics: People Diversity HR Recruitment As we look to the year ahead, industry experts share their thoughts on the opportunities and challenges facing the industry. CB: I think to some degree we will follow the broader developments within the general IT industry, meaning we will continue to look for people who can convert data into meaningful conclusions, as well as developers. At Better Collective, however, we will continue to first and foremost look for people with a curious and ambitious mindset that suits our culture. Lots of private equity-backed businesses are looking for exceptional people to help them transform unsophisticated gaming assets. At a leadership level we will be looking for evidence of the following traits: 1) agility and resilience – decision-making and direction setting under pressure and at pace; 2) authenticity – compassion, empathy, humility; and 3) creating purpose across the company – how does this sense of purpose create loyalty with players and employees and how do you ensure you do the best for both communities?
The Malta Financial Services Authority (MFSA) has granted a Virtual Financial Assets (VFA) licence to crypto payments company Moneybite, which now becomes one of the first MFSA-licensed companies to provide merchant services worldwide. Email Address Malta Financial Services Authority grant licence to crypto payments provider Moneybite “It is a huge moment for us to be awarded our MFSA licence and become one of the first operational MFSA-approved companies to service merchants globally, including MGA licensed gambling operators.” said Moneybite managing director Elton Dimech. 7th May 2021 | By Marese O’Hagan Moneybite’s current services include invoicing and payments to international suppliers. Corporate customers can also buy and sell cryptocurrency with Moneybite’s over-the-counter service. The VFA license will allow Moneybite to receive and process order, custodian and nominee services. It will also authorise Moneybite to execute orders on behalf of account holders. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: Europe Southern Europe Malta Topics: Legal & compliance Compliance Legal Licensing Regulation “We see this as a regulatory sunrise for the industry. Transacting with crypto should not generate concern but be as easy for businesses as dealing with traditional fiat currency. We are here to act as that trusted bridge between the two.” However, Moneybite will mainly provide services to operators licensed by the Malta Gaming Authority. Tags: Malta Gaming Authority Cryptocurrency Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliance
G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Support Services sector has released it’s 42015 interim results for the half year.For more information about G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: G4S Botswana Limited (G4S.bw) 42015 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileG4S (Botswana) Limited provides security solutions for individual and business needs in Botswana. It operates in the following sectors: Manned Security provides integrated security solutions to airports, energy, mining, construction, custodial services, cash solutions, hospitality and financial institutions; Security Systems provides a service to monitor alarms, electric fences, fire alarms, medical emergency alarms, illegal access signals, vehicle tracking, low battery power alerts, remote panic buttons, CCTV remote images and fleet management services; Facilities Management provides a service for rent collection, utilities and services, inspecting and maintaining properties, and maintenance services which include electrical, plumbing, carpentry and building services; Cleaning Services provides contract cleaning services for offices, shopping malls, banks, schools and universities. G4S (Botswana) Limited is a subsidiary of G4S International 105 (UK) Limited.
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The Motley Fool Staff | Friday, 29th January, 2021 | More on: AZN BAB BBOX CCC CEY CMCX DPH HOTC KNOS LLOY PFC SGE SVS Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! We asked our freelance writers to share the top British stocks they’d buy in the month of February. Here’s what they chose:Kevin Godbold: ComputacenterFTSE 250 company Computacenter (LSE: CCC) provides information technology infrastructure services. Over the past decade, the business delivered impressive and steady growth. The trading and financial record shows incremental advances in revenue, earnings, operating cash flow and shareholder dividends. And there’s a net-cash position on the firm’s strong balance sheet.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…Recent robust trading was ahead of the directors’ expectations, despite the pandemic. Meanwhile, CCC has a fair valuation. The forward-looking earnings multiple runs near 20 and the dividend yield just below 2%. But I reckon it’s earned that rating. And the stock has decent potential to advance through February and in the coming years.Kevin Godbold does not hold shares in Computacenter.Dan Peeke: Lloyds Banking GroupMy top British stock for February is Lloyds Banking Group (LSE:LLOY). The bank’s share price hit an eight-year low (24p) in September 2020, and has already risen by around 50% to 36p. This could signal growth to pre-pandemic levels over the course of 2021.Its potential for cash returns is also interesting. The 2020 ban on dividend payments has been lifted, and analysts have forecast a yield of 5.5% for Lloyds in 2021. My colleague Rupert Hargreaves has even suggested figures as high as 7-8.2%!Even worst-case estimates could provide me with solid income in 2021.Dan Peeke has no position in Lloyds Banking Group.Rupert Hargreaves: SavillsReal estate group Savills (LSE: SVS) recently announced that its trading performance for 2020 would be “at the upper end” of expectations. A buoyant real estate market has helped the group avoid the worst of the pandemic.And while the company has warned that trading may slow in 2021, I’m optimistic about Savills’ prospects. Low-interest rates and easy credit should continue to support property prices.That may translate into earnings growth. While this isn’t guaranteed, the company has a good track record of profitability. Rupert Hargreaves does not own shares in Savills.Royston Wild: Dechra Pharmaceuticals The Dechra Pharmaceuticals (LSE: DPH) share price has gone from strength to strength following the 2020 stock market crash. And it recently struck new record highs. I reckon this animalcare specialist could soar to fresh peaks when half-year financials are released on Monday, February 22. In January Dechra declared that revenues had rocketed 21% in the six months to December. I’m expecting the business to announce that trading has remained strong since then, too. The animal health market is growing at an eye-popping pace. And this UK share has the scale and a top-quality product pipeline to make the most of this huge opportunity. All this makes Dechra worthy of its elevated forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 38 times, in my opinion. I think it’s a top British stock for February for me to consider. Royston Wild does not own shares in Dechra Pharmaceuticals.Roland Head: PetrofacAs we head into 2021, I’m interested in investing in the oil and gas sector. When the coronavirus pandemic eases, I think demand for transport fuel and other petroleum products will recover quickly.One company I am considering as a recovery play in this sector is oil and gas services company Petrofac (LSE: PFC). The outlook for the firm is still shadowed by a Serious Fraud Office investigation which started in 2017. But no current employee has yet been charged and the group now has a new CEO.Petrofac shares currently trade on seven times 2021 forecast earnings. I’d consider buying them for my portfolio at this level.Roland Head does not own any share mentioned.Matthew Dumigan: CMC MarketsThe CMC Markets (LSE: CMC) share price went on a tear in 2020, rising by 166% on the back of a strong business performance. Yet despite this, the shares trade on a modest forward P/E ratio of 14, which suggests to me there’s still significant value to be had. In a third-quarter update released at the end of December 2020, the company reported that net operating income for the full year 2021 will be at the upper end of market expectations. Thanks to this positive outlook for the year ahead, I rate CMC as a top British stock for February and beyond. Matthew Dumigan does not own shares in CMC Markets.Paul Summers: Hotel ChocolatHaving dropped over 20% in value since mid-December, I’m wondering if now could be a good time to buy omni-channel retailer Hotel Chocolat (LSE: HOTC). Last month’s trading update was far from grim, in my view. Total group revenue was 19% higher in the 13-weeks to 27 December compared to 2019. In the UK, growth in online orders also “more than offset” the closure of physical stores.High pandemic-related costs may be concerning some investors but the distribution of vaccines could see these begin to normalise later in the year. Taking into account its growth potential in the US and Japan, I’m tempted to tuck in.Paul Summers has no position in Hotel Chocolat.Zaven Boyrazian: Kainos GroupWith the vaccine rollout underway, the pandemic will hopefully come to an end soon. But there are many companies and industries that remain significantly affected by Covid-19.As such, the need to eliminate inefficiencies to save money continues to be a high priority for most businesses. That’s why I like Kainos Group (LSE: KNOS).The software-as-a-service (SaaS) firm uses cloud-based technology to allow its clients to increase their cost-effectiveness by identifying and eliminating inefficiencies within businesses.With a long list of clients – including the NHS – I believe Kainos continues to be an essential solution for modern businesses, and that’s why it’s a British stock I’m considering for February.Zaven Boyrazian does not own shares in Kainos Group.G A Chester: Centamin Mid-cap gold miner Centamin (LSE: CEY) suffered a production setback last year. It suspended operations in one part of its mine after detecting movement in a localised area of waste material. However, it recently told us fourth-quarter and full-year 2020 results were within the revised production guidance range issued in October. Indeed, towards the top end of it. Despite this, the stock remains depressed, leaving the shares dealing at less than 12 times forecast 2021 earnings. There’s also a prospective dividend yield of 5.5%. With a strong, cash-rich balance sheet to boot, I’m expecting a revival of investor interest as the year progresses. G A Chester has no position in Centamin.Jabran Khan: Tritax Big BoxTritax Big Box (LSE:BBOX) invests in and funds pre-let development of logistics facilities and real estate. Logistics is a thriving market due to the boom in online shopping and the Covid-19 pandemic. I believe BBOX will benefit from this continued shift in shopping habits.In October, BBOX reported excellent Q3 results with high expectations for Q4 and full-year results. Its share price is up nearly 30% compared to January 2020 levels and I see it rising further alongside further positive trading results. I believe the trading update due at the end of January will vindicate my choice.Jabran Khan has no position in Tritax Big BoxManika Premsingh: AstraZenecaThe one stand-out FTSE 100 stock of 2020 would unquestionably be the Covid-19 vaccine developer AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN).Yet, its share price trend has been indifferent since the stock market rally began in early November. This is ironic considering how instrumental its own efforts at vaccine development were in bringing back investor confidence. Acquisition of the US based Alexion Pharmaceuticals also weakened its share price.But I think this softening share price trend could end in February when it releases its quarter four and year-end results. Its previous result was robust and it continues to make strides in its cancer drugs’ development too. Investor interest in AZN is due to make a comeback, in my view. Manika Premsingh owns shares in AstraZeneca.Edward Sheldon: Sage GroupMy top British stock for February is Sage Group (LSE: SGE). It’s a leading provider of cloud-based accounting solutions to small and medium-sized businesses.Sage shares have underperformed over the last six months and I think this share price weakness has created an attractive buying opportunity. A recent trading update confirmed that the company continues to make progress – for the three-month period to 31 December recurring revenue was up 4.7% year on year.Sage shares aren’t particularly cheap. At the time of writing, the forward-looking P/E ratio is about 26. However, I think this valuation is reasonable given the company’s solid long-term track record and future growth prospects.Edward Sheldon owns shares in Sage GroupAndy Ross: AstraZeneca There has been a flurry of product approvals for pharma giant AstraZeneca (LSE: AZN) so far this year – and 2021 has only just begun. The most recent positive update was from a phase three trial of Calquence, a treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. The fact trials are progressing during a ravaging global pandemic shows the essential nature of pharmaceutical research work. This should keep the finances in good shape. The rollout of the Covid vaccine, approved along with Oxford University, has given AstraZeneca a lot of profile. I think this, along with its fantastic R&D and significant drug pipeline, means it could continue to do well. Andy Ross owns shares in AstraZeneca. Christopher Ruane: BabcockI already owned Babcock (LSE: BAB) and after the company’s recent news spooked the market, I increased my position. However, there are two sides to this. On one side, it looks like a newish management team has decided to consider how the company accounts for profits and assets. That looks like a smart move, which the market has unnecessarily punished by beating the shares down.The competing view is that the review could lead to a new accounting approach which makes the company seem less profitable than previously thought. If that is right, the shares could stay lower.So, I expect a bounce back in February from what I see as a market overreaction. But I recognise that Babcock’s prospects continue to divide the City.Christopher Ruane owns shares in Babcock. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” 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. Top British stocks for February 2021
CopyHouses•Santo Domingo de la Calzada, Spain 2011 House in Santo Domingo / Padilla Nicás ArquitectosSave this projectSaveHouse in Santo Domingo / Padilla Nicás Arquitectos Houses Spain ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/213658/house-in-santo-domingo-padilla-nicas-arquitectos Clipboard House in Santo Domingo / Padilla Nicás Arquitectos Architects: Padilla Nicás Arquitectos Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!Courtesy of Padilla Nicás Arquitectos+ 31 Share Projects Area: 471 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: “COPY” Text description provided by the architects. The house is situated on a quiet plot within the orderly urban development of Santo Domingo in Madrid where a COMPACT EXISTING HOUSING occupying the center of the plot was the starting point, and that for economy is decided to use the existing basement which was decisive for the location of the new house. Save this picture!Courtesy of Padilla Nicás ArquitectosThe new proposal, more extended than the compact original dwelling, clearly organizes the PARCEL INTO TWO AREAS: the first and most representative, geared towards access, and the second, more private and fragmented volumetry, endowed with activities such as swimming pool, tennis games, trampoline, outdoor dining, garden, etc.. We could talk about TWO SIDES OF THE SAME HOUSE The FIRST and REPRESENTATIVE PICTURE try to remember to the IRISH COTTAGE seeking to relate the proposal with the origin of the clients. In these constructions, the protagonist and broken roof acts as a shelter. Save this picture!Courtesy of Padilla Nicás ArquitectosThe arrangement of holes in the volume under the roof masks the two floors above ground, as if it were a single plant, seeking a reduction of scale in the perception of home. The entire program of the house, except the master bedroom and garage, are situated on the ground floor looking for a relationship of continuity with the plot. Save this picture!basement floor planThe master bedroom occupies the first floor completely under cover, sheltering in every way the rest of the family under the same. We hope that over time COPPER COVER with its variety of reds, further strengthen the affective bond with the cottages above.Save this picture!Courtesy of Padilla Nicás ArquitectosProject gallerySee allShow less“e_co_llectiva” Urban Design Project / Athanasios Polyzoidis & Katerina PetsiouArticlesPlanetarium and Science Center / Gillot + GivryArticles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/213658/house-in-santo-domingo-padilla-nicas-arquitectos Clipboard “COPY” CopyAbout this officePadilla Nicás ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesSanto Domingo de la CalzadaSpainPublished on March 07, 2012Cite: “House in Santo Domingo / Padilla Nicás Arquitectos” 07 Mar 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Forum on Irish Philanthropy launched Howard Lake | 28 July 2011 | News 460 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A new forum designed to help promote more Irish philanthropy has been launched by Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan.Speaking at the first meeting of the Forum, which he chaired, Minister Hogan said: “I believe that if we develop the right environment for charitable fundraising and philanthropy the Irish people will contribute even more to funding civil society and creating a better and a fairer Ireland.“The development of charitable fundraising capacity and the expansion of philanthropy in Ireland will better support the work of charities, voluntary groups, and artistic organisations who are doing so much to help people cope with the economic crisis and to make Ireland a better place to live,” he said.He urged the Forum to report back by the end of the year with an agenda for action, and pledged his support proposals to develop the sector.Philanthropy Ireland has welcomed the convening of the expanded forum on philanthropy and fundraising. Seamus Mulconry, Executive Director of Philanthropy Ireland, said Ireland needs a vibrant civil society and philanthropy is one of the ways in which civil society can be supported to the benefit of all. Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Ireland
Rexdale HenryRexdale Henry, 53, a Choctaw activist, died on July 14 in unexplained and suspicious circumstances in the Neshoba County Jail in Philadelphia, Miss. He was being held for unpaid traffic fines, a minor misdemeanor charge.Henry’s death came one day after that of Sandra Bland in police custody in Waller County, Texas. Bland, a 28-year-old Black woman, was stopped by police for a trivial traffic violation. Her death sparked national protests.Henry’s death also came six days after that of Jonathan Sanders, a Black man from the nearby town of Stonewall, strangled in a chokehold by a white policeman. (Jackson Free Press, July 13) Henry’s death was eight months after that of Michael McDougle, tasered in handcuffs, also dead in the Neshoba County Jail. (JFP, Aug. 5)A Choctaw Nation leader and medicine man, Henry “called out injustices and would criticize the casinos and other workplaces when he believed Choctaw workers were mistreated,” said John Steele, a childhood friend and long-time Civil Rights activist. (JFP, Aug. 5)Henry had recently been a candidate for the Choctaw Tribal Council from Bogue Chitto. The Choctaw Nation community is near one of Mississippi’s more than three dozen gambling casinos.Philadelphia, Miss., is the town where James Earl Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael “Mickey” Schwerner, three Civil Rights activists, were kidnapped and killed in 1964 during the “Freedom Summer” voting rights campaign. Members of the Neshoba County Sheriff’s Office, the Philadelphia Police Department and the local White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan were later convicted of their murders.Steele points to the long history of covering up responsibility for deaths of people of color in Philadelphia, and says, “We believe there is an effort to sanitize Philadelphia and rewrite its history for the purpose of increasing business. … The Mississippi establishment and reactionaries seem to want ‘peace’ and reconciliation without justice” for all Mississippi Civil Rights martyrs. (justiceinmississippi.org)Justice for all slain freedom fightersIn the aftermath of the 1964 murders, Steele’s family formed the Mississippi Civil Rights Martyrs Annual Memorial Conference and Caravan. The organization works to obtain justice “not only for the murders of Chaney, Goodman and Schwerner, but for all who were murdered in the cause of freedom in Mississippi.” (justiceinmississippi.org)Now Steele, an organizer for the conference, seeks justice in his friend Rexdale Henry’s death. Joining him in that effort are Diane Nash, a former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, as well as Syracuse University law professors Janis McDonald and Paula Johnson of the Cold Case Justice Initiative.A CCJI statement on Henry’s death in police custody states: “At a time when the nation is focused on the terrible circumstances of the brutal death of Sandra Bland, it is critical to expose the many ways in which Black Americans, Native Americans and other minorities are being arrested for minor charges and end up dead in jail cells.” (JFP, July 25)Native Americans make up a little less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, but are nearly 2 percent of those killed by police, says the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. Compiling data from 1999-2011, they found that during that period “the racial group most likely to be killed by law enforcement [was] Native Americans.” (Aug. 25, 2014)According to U.S. Department of Justice statistics, Native Americans are incarcerated at a rate 38 percent higher than the national average. The Lakota People’s Law Project states that Native American men are jailed at four times the rate of white men and Native American women at six times that of white women. (February 2015)Six Native American people were killed by police in the last half of 2014, including Joy Ann Sherman and Allen Locke, both Lakota of South Dakota; Myles Roughsurface, a Navajo of New Mexico; and Richard Fredrick Tis’ Mil Estrada, a 17-year-old Hoopa tribal member of California.Christina Tahhahwah died in an Oklahoma police holding cell. Those jailed with her asserted that she had been “tased for refusing to obey a command to stop singing Comanche hymns.” (nativenewsonline.net, Dec. 15)Sara Lee Circle Bear, a Lakota, died on July 6, after being found unconscious in a South Dakota holding cell. Witnesses said she told on-duty police she was in pain and was told to “quit faking.”Simon Moya-Smith, journalist and editor of Indian Country Today Media Network, describes these deaths in police hands as “the lasting intent of early European colonizers, for whom Natives were ‘the original target’ and seen as little more than a ‘nuisance’ impeding white ‘progress.’” (identities.mic, Feb. 8)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
The amount of farmland in the United States has been in steady decline for most of the 21st century. While roughly 40% of the country’s land area remains devoted to agriculture, 14 million acres of farmland were lost to ecological devastation or development between 2012 and 2017. (American Farmland Trust) At least 2 million additional acres have been lost every year since then. (U.S. Department of Agriculture)Credit: modernfarmer.comAnd farms are closing at an alarming rate, with 5,800 closures in 2018 alone. Black farm owners have been hit the hardest. Since 1920, over a million Black families have lost their farms (Guardian Aug. 15, 2019), and they now constitute less than 2% of all farm owners. A 2019 Center for American Progress study found the USDA “has a long and well-documented history of discrimination against Black farmers. The unequal administration of government farm support programs, crucial to protecting farmers from an inherently risky enterprise, has had a profound impact on rural communities of color.”Yet despite the fact that both the number of farms and the overall acreage of farmland is plummeting, the average farm size is actually on the rise. How could this be? It’s because of the consolidation of ownership into fewer private holdings. It appears that the billionaires are snatching up farmland as fast as they can.This year, it was revealed that the largest private owner of farm-assessed property in the U.S. is now Bill Gates. According to the Land Report, Gates owns 243,000 acres of farmland in Louisiana, Arkansas, Nebraska and Arizona, as well as smaller holdings in 14 other states.The other biggest private landholders in the U.S. include the Offutt agricultural dynasty — whose patriarch Ron Offutt is the richest man in North Dakota — with 190,000 acres; Stewart and Lynda Resnick, billionaire owners of Fiji water, Halo oranges and POM juices, with 190,000 acres; reactionary Cuban sugar plantation barons Alfonso and José Fanjul, with 160,000 acres; and the J.G. Boswell Company, with 150,000 acres.Average farm size, according to the USDA, is 444 acres. These five landholders own approximately 933,000 acres of U.S. farmland. By comparison, Manhattan island is less than 15,000 acres. The consolidation of farmland ownership is an alarming development with repercussions for the entire working class, especially with the implications of the capitalist state’s deadly negligence around the COVID crisis.Need to defeat capitalismNearly a half million agricultural workers have contracted COVID-19, but according to the National Center for Farmworker Health, “this figure likely underestimates the number greatly, since it excludes contracted and temporary labor. No comprehensive national or industry-wide testing or reporting of positive COVID cases among agricultural workers is being systematically conducted.”Despite the fact that 95% of farms are owned by white people, most farmworkers are Black and Brown, with 75% of farmworkers born in other countries. Black farmers have faced long-term discrimination from the USDA in allocating loans, disaster payments and assistance. Half of all farmworkers do not have legal permanent residence in the U.S. (National Agricultural Worker Study, 2019)It must be recognized first and foremost that all land in the American continents was stolen from Indigenous people by European colonizers.Capitalist development and settler colonialism have always led to ecological destruction. A century ago, the U.S. faced a massive pandemic. A decade later, it faced one of its worst ongoing natural disasters — the Dust Bowl, which devastated parts of six states in the southern Great Plains. (tinyurl.com/y2x66697) That period of unnatural dust storms, which were caused by the banks forcing farmers to practices that damaged the soil, led to famine, respiratory illness, a mass exodus west to California and water shortages. This, in combination with the 1929 financial crisis, defined the suffering of the Great Depression.Unless the working class rises up to defeat capitalism and imperialism once and for all, a new era of untold devastation and misery will fall upon us.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
The Vanderburgh Humane Society is standing by to accept at least 12 dogs, possibly more, from Puerto Rico disaster relief on Monday, October 16th.Approximately 120 animals will arrive at the Indianapolis Regional Airport (KMQJ) around 9:00-10:00 pm Eastern time and a team from IndyHumane (Humane Society of Indianapolis) will unload them. The animals will then be divided between the receiving organizations which includes the Vanderburgh Humane Society. The Humane Society of the United States spearheaded and organized this transport.At this time the VHS is unaware of the breeds, sizes, ages, names, or other details regarding the incoming dogs. They will have health certificates, but they will all undergo preliminary health and behavioral evaluations by VHS veterinarians and medical staff members before going up for adoption. The VHS is prepared to take at least 12 adult dogs and possibly more if any puppies are available.Two VHS team members will be picking up the dogs at the airport and returning to the shelter in Evansville. Their estimated time of arrival at the VHS at this point is approximately 1:00-2:00 am Central time. This will depend on the timeframe between the dogs’ arrival at the airport and the transfer to the VHS vehicle.Upon arrival at the VHS, the dogs will be placed into a separate holding kennel until the morning of Tuesday, October 17. At approximately 11:30 am, VHS staff will begin to process them.Please contact Amanda or Kendall at the above information to arrange a photo opportunity.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
It’s clear that the happenings over the weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia, has left many Americans shaken. The “protest” of white supremacists dubbed “Unite The Right” left one woman—Heather Heyer—dead and over a dozen more injured after an alt-right protester rammed his car into a group of peaceful counter-protesters. Videos of the murderous incident of the car plowing into the counter-protesters as well as the images of a group of white supremacists brutally beating a 20-year-old black man, Deandre Harris, among others soon went viral and sparked outrage, creating a new wave of anti-bigotry activism across the country.MonoNeon Jazz-ifies Michael Rapaport’s Viral Roast Of White Supremacists In Charlottesville [Watch]Yesterday, Wilco released a brand new song called “All Lives, You Say?”, with the title making fun of the “All Lives Matter” slogan that is largely thought to minimize the importance of “Black Lives Matter”—a movement that seeks to address the racial inequalities within the criminal justice system. The band’s newest single is available for download or free stream, with the download available for a minimum donation of $1. All proceeds from the donation will go toward Southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-hate and anti-bigotry organization that tracks and exposes the activities of hate groups, litigates civil rights cases, and teaches tolerance through a free school program.In Wilco’s post about “All Lives, You Say?”, the band announced that the proceeds would be donated to the Southern Poverty Law Center in honor of front man Jeff Tweedy’s father, Robert L. Tweedy, who died earlier this year. The post also contained a quote from Jeff Tweed about his father, with Tweedy stating, “My dad was named after a Civil War general, and he voted for Barack Obama twice. He used to say ‘If you know better, you can do better.’ America – we know better. We can do better.”You can stream the latest from Wilco, “All Lives, You Say?”, below, or download the track from their Bandcamp after a charitable donation here. <a href=”http://wilcohq.bandcamp.com/track/all-lives-you-say”>All Lives, You Say? by Wilco</a>[Photo: Steve Olker]