Trump under siege from above and below

first_imgAthens, GeorgiaThe surge in the popular movement against Trump poses both a danger and an opportunity. The danger is that it will be channeled into a harmless path of reliance on the Democratic Party and the capitalist courts.  The opportunity is for the revolutionary movement to reach out to hundreds of thousands of people, especially youth, and offer them an independent working-class path to struggle.Feb. 6 – Donald Trump is struggling to stabilize and consolidate his authoritarian, ultra-rightist, racist, misogynistic, anti-working class regime. His government is under siege from below and criticism and legal challenge from above.Trump is down in the polls and falling lower. He had an anemic turnout for his inauguration, which was drowned out by the national Women’s March of 3.3 million the next day. He is now reeling from the sea of demonstrations across the U.S. and worldwide hitting his Islamophobic travel ban on people from seven majority-Muslim countries.All the countries targeted have been attacked by the Pentagon. All have either U.S. imperialist troops or Washington’s puppet forces intervening on the ground.Excluded from the ban are Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan, the Gulf oil states, Afghanistan and Jordan. They are all props of  U.S. imperialism in the region.The ban was temporarily halted by Seattle federal Judge James Robart on Feb. 3. After it was appealed by Trump’s Justice Department, Robart’s order was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court in San Francisco on Feb. 5.The inhumane ban has prevented students from returning to classes, turned away workers trying to get back to their jobs, kept families separated, harmed patients coming for medical procedures, barred doctors from getting to hospitals, and in general has caused widespread suffering.Ruling-class interests also harmed by banThe mass movement against the ban, the border wall and other odious parts of the Trump program has generated so much pressure that sections of the ruling class and the military, who are also being undermined by the ban, want to contest Trump’s order. They have no other way to legally intervene right now, other than through the federal court system, since the other two arms of the capitalist state, the executive and the legislative, are presently unavailable. Furthermore, the Trump administration remains hostile to the established capitalist media, has sought to discredit it and remains impervious to bourgeois media criticism.The ban is being contested in a dozen states and by the entire tech industry, including corporate giants Google and Microsoft. Hospitals, universities, scientists and a wide section of bourgeois society have been affected.The ban has also upset sections of the military, which continue to be fiercely engaged in a campaign to reconquer the Middle East. The ban complicates U.S. relations with puppet forces, for example, in Iraq. It also further inflames anti-U.S. sentiment in the region.The ban affected between 60,000 and 100,000 people whose visas were revoked late at night on Jan. 27. This is, of course, a potentially impeachable offense. However, a  move to impeach is not on the agenda for now.Building an ultra-rightist circle in the White HouseTrump has brought into his administration ultra-rightists who have been outside the capitalist establishment and on the fringes. He has also brought in forces whose roots are in the establishment, but who are willing to work in the Trump administration.It has always been the goal of the ultra-right to topple the conservative political establishment. The goal was to reduce taxes for the rich; destroy regulations on corporations; attack Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid; defeat the minimum wage; enact anti-union “right to work” laws; and so on.  This is what the Tea Party was about. Now this current is in the White House and is even further to the right.Steve Bannon, Trump’s chief strategist, is a far-right, extremist ideologue. He ran Breitbart News online — a platform for fascist, racist and anti-Semitic elements. He is an Islamophobe, with an apocalyptic vision that includes war on China.Trump violated long-standing bourgeois practice by elevating Bannon, a civilian policy ideologue, to a chief position on the National Security Council principals’ committee, a seat usually reserved for the military, the CIA and high national security officials.Senator Jeff Sessions from Alabama has been nominated attorney general. He is an arch racist who has opposed voting rights, civil rights and immigrant rights. Nominated to become a federal judge by Ronald Reagan in 1986, his virulent racism caused the Senate Judiciary Committee to reject him, only the second such rejection in 48 years.Trump’s national security adviser, former three-star Army Gen. Michael Flynn, was ousted as director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2014 because he was a volatile, ultra-militaristic Islamophobe who spread false information.Others nominees include Andrew Puzder, a fast-food executive who hates unions, regulations and the minimum wage, to head the Department of Labor; Tom Price, a congressperson from Georgia who opposes the Affordable Care Act, for Health and Human Services; Rick Perry, who has campaigned to abolish the Department of Energy, to head that department; Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma who is in the pocket of the energy industry and signed on to 14 lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency, to head the EPA; and Betsy DeVos, who wants to abolish the public school system in favor of charter schools, to head the Department of Education.This is a short list of the fringe elements who want to destroy the gains of the masses. While the capitalist establishment sympathizes with many of the goals of the ultra-right, many are fearful of a mass uprising should the ultra-right get its way.Trump also has members in his cabinet with roots and connections to the establishment, especially the military.Trump struggles to build base in ruling classBecause Trump is in a precarious and deteriorating position in regard to capitalist politics and corporate support, he is racing to hand out concessions to the bosses. He wants to seduce and neutralize them with rewards while putting in place his ultra-right program.He quickly extended sanctions on Iran for exercising its right to self-defense by developing a ballistic missile. The sanctions were hailed by the entire ruling class. But he was sure to take care that Boeing was exempted from the sanctions, so that billions of dollars worth of its airliners can be produced and shipped to Iran.He is also rewarding Lockheed by endorsing the sale of hundreds of F-35s to the U.S. government. Lockheed had long ago lowered its price for these most expensive planes in the U.S. arsenal of death, but the company allowed Trump to take credit for the reduced prices. And he signed an executive order calling for a major buildup of U.S. military forces.One of his first acts was to issue orders to start up the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines. He also cancelled restrictions and regulations on the coal industry, including a rule that protects streams from pollution caused by mountaintop miningThese were not only concessions to the fossil fuel industry. They were also aimed at building support among sections of the labor bureaucracy. He invited the building trades unions and the Laborers’ International Union to a meeting, and the bureaucrats left with praise. He also brought in leaders of the United Auto Workers and United Steelworkers to discuss NAFTA.Sitting between Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, and Stephen Schwarzman, CEO of Blackstone, which manages $361 billion in hedge funds, Trump announced his intention to do away with the banking regulations spelled out in the Dodd-Frank bill. The regulations prevent banks from speculating with their depositors’ money. Trump is also going to do away with the fiduciary rule designed to protect workers’ pensions by preventing financial sharks from investing pension funds in risky financial institutions.When he met with pharmaceutical industry bosses, Trump kept his mouth shut about “negotiating for drug prices,” which he had promised during his campaign. The man who “makes deals” forgot to bring it up.This is only the beginning of Trump’s plans to destroy banking regulations while lowering taxes and restrictions on corporations in general.Movement must stop Democratic Party from taking overDemocratic Party leaders are rushing to get in front of the burgeoning anti-Trump movement. Some have shown up at demonstrations. They are making an appeal to the movement to focus on rebuilding the party along more popular lines.The surge in the popular movement against Trump poses both a danger and an opportunity. The danger is that it will be channeled into a harmless path of reliance on the Democratic Party and the capitalist courts.The opportunity is for the revolutionary movement to reach out to hundreds of thousands of people, especially youth, and offer them an independent working-class path to struggle.An example of a trap is the way the Democrats hailed the acting attorney general whom Trump fired and the dissenting letter by State Department officials denouncing the travel ban. The fact is that the State Department officials who complained about the ban were actually complaining that Trump was messing up their carefully laid diplomatic plans to strengthen U.S. imperialism’s stranglehold on the world. It had nothing to do with solidarity.The same goes for Democratic Party leaders who have started wars, gone along with the so-called “war against terrorism,” allowed the police to murder Black and Latinx youth with impunity until the Black Lives Matter and similar movements arose, and refused to protect immigrants until the mayors of several big cities were forced to take a stand as sanctuary cities. The Democrats have let the big banks and corporations rule.The Democratic Party is actually the enemy of the movement. Because it has a mass base, and because it is loyal to and controlled by the capitalist ruling class, it is the instrument to mislead the working class and the people.The only way to stop Trump is to organize mass resistance on the ground, in the streets, in the communities, on the campuses, in the workplaces.It is completely timely for youth especially to organize anti-fascist, anti-racist and anti-war fighting organizations. Even if the Trump regime is not fascist itself, it has stimulated the development and the confidence of fascist, racist and ultra-right groups all over the country. These groups pose a threat to the masses.Trump himself has flirted with fascist symbols. He refused to denounce David Duke and the KKK. He tweeted a Jewish star with dollar signs on it. His regime refused to name Jews as part of the Holocaust and suppressed his own State Department statement on the Holocaust that mentioned the Jews. He supports the fascist Breitbart propagandist Milo Yiannopoulos, who was properly driven off the Berkeley campus. And his chief strategist Bannon is an open anti-Semite, who told his spouse during a divorce fight that he didn’t want his children going to school with Jews.For these and a hundred more reasons, the time is now to launch a revolutionary, anti-fascist, anti-racist movement and attract the best people from this new surge of resistance to Trump.  Goldstein is the author of Low-Wage Capitalism and Capitalism at a Dead End. Both are available at online distributors. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Patterson’s defense continues to give players an edge during transition to NFL

first_imgTwitter Benton McDonald is a senior journalism and political science double major from Austin, Texas. He has worked for TCU360 since his freshman year and is currently the executive editor. Linkedin Linkedin Benton McDonald Settlement reached between TCU, former professor in discrimination lawsuit Thousands of TCU community members receive COVID-19 vaccines as university supply increases TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Previous articleThe Skiff: April 11, 2019Next articleMen’s tennis finishes season with Sooner State road trip against No. 21 Oklahoma and No. 26 Oklahoma State Benton McDonald RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Benton McDonald Facebook + posts Benton McDonald printHead coach Gary Patterson’s football program has long been able to find under-recruited players and turn them into NFL products. Part of this can be attributed to the complexity of Patterson’s defense, one that rivals professional schemes and allows TCU players to come in as rookies ahead of the curve. Ty Summers, for example, originally committed to Rice as a quarterback. Four years later, the San Antonio product has played three different positions on Patterson’s defense and is on the brink of being selected in this month’s NFL Draft. Summers played middle linebacker, outside linebacker and defensive end during his time at TCU. In the process he went from an under-recruited passer to the second leading tackler in the Patterson era. Ty Summers played thee different defensive positions at TCU. by Cristian ArguetaSoto.“I think one of the things they learned that the NFL really likes is we teach kids to process, we don’t just teach them to go,” Patterson said. “And when they do their individual meetings, that’s one of the things I think they’re most impressed about.”The Horned Frog’s defense often forces players to learn multiple positions and be able to rotate during games. The versatility and football knowledge that comes from Patterson’s system continues to impress NFL teams. “Whenever I was able to talk about my defense and explain it to teams at the combine and such, they were really impressed with my knowledge of the game,” Summers said. Along with increasing their football knowledge, the ability to play multiple positions lets players work on skills that they may never develop if they become stuck in one spot. LJ Collier and Ben Banogu went through drills for the Tennessee Titans’ head coach and the Indianapolis Colts’ defensive coordinator at the TCU Pro Day. Photo by Heesoo Yang. Ben Banogu, who was selected to the All Big 12 first team twice, didn’t just work on rushing the passer during his two seasons at TCU. Patterson’s scheme taught him how to drop back and cover tight ends — things that edge rushers don’t usually have proficiency in. “I think it puts me ahead of the curve,” Banogu said. “I know it put LJ [Collier] ahead of the curve too. We do a lot of complicated stuff at TCU, a lot of things that the coaches ask of the D-line that they don’t ask at other schools.”The Horned Frogs’ defense has been a strong pipeline for NFL teams since Patterson took over at TCU in 2000. Twenty-one defenders have been drafted under Patterson, with three more likely to be added to the group at this month’s NFL draft in Nashville.Those three, Summers, Banogu and LJ Collier, were all rated three-stars or lower coming out of high school, according to 247Sports. This trend of Paterson developing lower-rated recruits into defensive stalwarts isn’t new. Patterson speaks with Indiapolis Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus at TCU’s Pro Day earlier this month. Photo by Heesoo YangTravin Howard entered Fort Worth as a three-star safety and left as the team’s all-time leading tackler under Patterson before being drafted last season by the Rams. Paul Dawson was a three-star athlete that became a third-round draft pick in 2015 at linebacker. Jerry Hughes was a two-star defensive end that became a two-time All-American and first-round draft pick. “Coach P doesn’t just go out and recruit any old five-star, four-star guy, he gets guys that he can mold,” Banogu said this past July at Big 12 Media Days. “Guys that he wants. Guys that fit his defense.” By mastering Patterson’s scheme and developing their own talent along the way, players like Howard, Dawson and Hughes vaulted themselves onto the same tier as the players rated above them. Summers, Banogu and Collier have done the same and will enter their rookie seasons with the unique set of advantages that come from playing under Patterson. “The main thing for us is to know mentally we’re already ahead of the curve,” Banogu said. The NFL Draft will begin Thursday, April 25 in Nashville. Benton McDonald ReddIt Chancellor talks stimulus money, COVID-19 vaccines and more at limited attendance faculty town hall Facebook Board approves tuition freeze, RRI actions but doesn’t act on eligibility issue spurred by Williams ReddIt Benton McDonald Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Players like Ty Summers have seen their NFL Draft Stock rising, in part because of the complexity of Gary Patterson’s defense. Photo by Heesoo Yang Twitterlast_img read more

The launch of Miss Limerick 2018 at the Crescent Shopping Centre

first_imgAdvertisement Launch of Miss Limerick 20181 of 12 Celia Holman Lee with John Davitt, Manager of the Crescent Shopping Centre and models, participants and supporters at the Launch of Miss Limerick at the Crescent Shopping Centre, which takes place on May 31 next in the Clayton Hotel.Picture Brendan Gleeson Social – Miss Limerick 2016 in Pictures Facebook Limerick Post Show | September 13th 2019 Ezme Burton, Lisa Bergin, Racha Minnad, current Miss Limerick, John Davitt and Ciara Digal and Laura Mansbridge at the launch of Miss Limerick at the Crescent Shopping Centre.Picture Brendan Gleeson NewsLocal NewsPhotosThe launch of Miss Limerick 2018 at the Crescent Shopping CentreBy Alan Jacques – May 16, 2018 5233 TAGSClayton HotelCrescent Shopping CentreMiss LimerickMiss Limerick 2018 Catherine Hickey, Make Up Artist, and Marion Murphy/Cooney, Designer, Judges at the Launch of Miss Limerick at the Crescent Shopping Centre.Picture Brendan Gleeson Cecilia Lee/Conveney annd Racha Minnad, Miss Limerick at the Launch of Miss Limerick 2018 at the Crescent Shopping Centre.Picture Brendan Gleeson Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cathal Walsh and Emma Collins, Marbles Hair Salon, Hugh Campbell Group at the launch of Miss Limerick at the Crescent Shopping Centre.Picture Brendan Gleeson Asda Lee, Elaine Ryan, Clayton Hotel, with Cecilia Lee/Conveney, at the launch of Miss Limerick at the Crescent Shopping Centre.Picture Brendan Gleeson Laura Mansbridge, Cara Digpal, Lisa Bergin, Emma Burton, Marian Murphy/Cooney, Elaine Ryan, Clayton Hotel, John Davitt, Manager of the Crescent Shopping Centre and Miss Limerick, Racha Minnad, at the launch of Miss Limerick at the Crescent Shopping Centre.Picture Brendan Gleesoncenter_img WhatsApp Racha Minnad, current Miss Limerick, with John Davitt, manager of the Crescent Shopping Centre at the Launch of Miss Limerick.Picture Brendan Gleeson Alice in Wonder(fun)land at Lime Tree Theatre Linkedin Email Laura Mansbridge and Rachel Noone, participants in Miss Limerick at the launch in the Crescent Shopping Centre.Picture Brendan Gleeson Lisa Bergin, Cara Digpal and Ezme Burton at the launch of Miss Limerick at the Crescent Shopping Centre.Picture Brendan Gleeson Asda Lee and Cecilia Lee/Conveney, organisers, at the Launch of Miss Limerick at the Crescent Shopping Centre.Picture Brendan Gleeson Miss Limerick launches new Miss Ireland APP Print Limerick Post Show | Miss Limerick prepares for Miss Ireland Mary Mansbridge, Megan Tuite, Rachel Noone and Ciara Power, attending the Launch of Miss Limerick at the Crescent Shopping Centre.Picture Brendan Gleeson Crescent SC gets second wave of planning approved Previous articleWin cinema ticketsNext articleBeer, brains and a thirst for science at a Pint of Science at JJ Bowles Alan Jacques last_img read more

Dermatology services still not restored at LGH – Mc Conalogue

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Facebook WhatsApp Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Facebook Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Previous articleHolmes and Connelly step down in MayoNext articleMan dies after adverse reaction to wasp sting in Convoy admin Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twittercenter_img Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also WhatsApp A Donegal Deputy has accused the Government of failing to meet a commitment on dermatology services at Letterkenny General Hospital.It has been claimed that despite assurances that dermatology services would resume at the hospital at the beginning of September, this hasn’t happened and patients are still waiting for these clinics to be restored.Deputy Charlie McConalogue has been highlighting the issue, he says because of the escalating waiting lists patients are being forced to travel to Sligo for treatment.He says it’s unfair people should not have to travel for services that should be on their doorstep:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. By admin – October 3, 2015 LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Dermatology services still not restored at LGH – Mc Conalogue Google+ Pinterest Twitter 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Reportlast_img read more

Letterkenny Chamber meets with County Manager

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Letterkenny Chamber meets with County Manager PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal By News Highland – March 28, 2011 WhatsApp Previous articleMayor writes to Donegal councillors outlining expected chamber etiquetteNext articlePSNI confirm Derry device was “substantial and viable” News Highland Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released News Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers WhatsAppcenter_img Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Google+ HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Twitter Pinterest Pinterest The CEO of Letterkenny Chamber says the government must act to broaden the discretionary revenue raising streams open to local councils.Toni Forrester was speaking after members of Letterkenny Chamber attended a briefing with County Manager Seamus Neely and Town Clerk Paddy Doherty, with a focus on council budgets.Toni Forrester says it was a very beneficial discussion, and Seamus Neely is a maqn with whom they can do business. However, she says issues of how local government is funded must be addressed…………[podcast][/podcast] Facebook Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Questions raised over whether controversial consultancy offers value for money

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter News WhatsApp 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal WhatsAppcenter_img Google+ Donegal County Council’s audit committee is recommending that no decision be taken to extend the consultancy contract with One Sigma Ltd. until an independent evaluation of the Whole System of Work project has been completed and presented to council.Between 2004 and 2009, One Sigma was paid almost 1.6 million euro for services which came under scrutiny when the Local Government Auditor found they hadn’t been tendered for.The current contract with One Sigma ends at the end of this month.Last month, Donegal County Council’s audit committee met for the first time in a year. Next Tuesday, it will meet for the second time in four weeks. The renewed activity stems from the Local Government Auditor’s concerns about the council’s reform programme, and the fact that two consultants attached to One Sigma were paid considerable amounts for services which had not gone out to tender.Earlier this year, County Manager Michael Mc Loone explained this was because the two men had developed the Whole System of Work which he was using as the basis for reform of the council’s structures, and their expertise was not available elsewhere.One outstanding issue which does not seem to have been fully resolved is that of intellectual rights relating to the Whole System of Work model, which One Sigma continue to own. This is cited by the council’s internal auditor, who notes, in a report dated October 2009 and presented to members this week, that a request for correspondence relating to the system took six months to be acceeded to because of the intellectual property rights issue.The internal audit went on to question the amount paid to One Sigma, particularly asking why monthly payments rose by 50% from €20,000 to €30,000 in May 2006, with no clear explanation offered as to why. The payments were initially recorded as being for consultancy services, but that was changed to Research and Development in November 2008.The internal auditor calls for a full and comprehensive review of whether or not value for money has been agreed. The audit committee makes no comment on value for money, saying it is not within its remit to offer a view. However, it does express concern that much of the tacit knowledge relating to the council’s organisational development project rests with One Sigma, and this poses a risk to the council, particularly as so many senior managers, including Michael Mc Loone are retiring.The committee says if it’s decided to continue with the project, it’s vital that appropriate training be provided for senior management and key staff. Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter Previous articleDonegal man on Gaza ship detained by Israeli forcesNext articleBundoran Council adopts Buncrana power sharing approach News Highland Pinterest By News Highland – June 1, 2010 Questions raised over whether controversial consultancy offers value for money Google+ Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: US reports over 181,000 new cases ahead of Thanksgiving

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, IVAN PEREIRA and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now infected more than 60.4 million people and killed over 1.4 million worldwide, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.Here’s how the news is developing Thursday. All times Eastern:Nov 26, 7:36 amCDC projects up to 321K virus deaths in US by Dec. 19The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now projects that the country will have recorded up to 321,000 COVID-19 deaths before the end of the year.The CDC on Wednesday published the latest national ensemble forecast, which predicts that the number of newly reported COVID-19 deaths in the United States will likely increase over the next four weeks, with 10,600 to 21,400 new deaths likely to be reported in the week ending Dec. 19. A total of 294,000 to 321,000 deaths from COVID-19 are projected to be reported nationwide by this date.Last week’s national ensemble forecast predicted there would be a total of 276,000 to 298,000 COVID-19 deaths reported nationwide by Dec. 12.The ensemble forecasts are based on a combination of the independently developed forecasts that the CDC receives from various modeling groups.Nov 26, 6:45 amUS reports over 181,000 new cases ahead of ThanksgivingThere were 181,490 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in the United States on Wednesday, the day before the Thanksgiving holiday, according to a real-time count kept by Johns Hopkins University.It’s the 23rd day in a row that the country has reported over 100,000 newly diagnosed infections. Wednesday’s count is down from a peak of 196,004 new cases on Nov. 20.An additional 2,297 fatalities from COVID-19 were also registered nationwide on Wednesday, the country’s highest single-day death toll from the disease since May 6 and just under the all-time high of 2,609 new deaths on April 15.A total of 12,778,254 people in the United States have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 262,283 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.Much of the country was under lockdown by the end of March as the first wave of pandemic hit. By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 100,000 for the first time on Nov. 4.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

The ‘sword of Brexit uncertainty’

first_imgRightmove may have slightly more trouble helping buyers to ‘find their happy’ in 2017. Releasing it’s forecast for 2017, Miles Shipside, Director, said, “For the housing market the uncertain outlook has meant a head and heart tug of war between ‘stay put’ and ‘carry on moving’. After a pause the mass market seems to have opted firmly for the latter in most parts of the country.“Although the market has built up some momentum which we expect to continue into next year, the uncertainty plus increasingly stretched affordability will continue to weigh on house prices, so our forecast for 2017 is for modest price growth of two per cent nationally. We forecast Inner London to remain weak and prices to fall by a further four per cent in 2017, as its price bubble continues to deflate, whilst Outer London is predicted to record a similar increase to this year of circa three per cent.“As well as prices moving out of reach for some buyers, the sword of Brexit uncertainty hangs over the market, an unknown factor that may – or may not – have damaging consequences for the economy and confidence.”What is certain is that we will not have a skewed first quarter like this year’s, which was driven by April’s buy-to-let stamp duty deadline, and that may result in transaction numbers in 2017 being slightly down on 2016.”Rightmove forecast 2017 property forecast Rightmove 2017 forecast February 6, 2017The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » The ‘sword of Brexit uncertainty’ previous nextHousing MarketThe ‘sword of Brexit uncertainty’The Negotiator6th February 20170480 Viewslast_img read more

News story: Fishing industry in 2017 statistics published

first_imgIt includes details on the UK fleet, the number of fishermen, the quantity and value of UK landings, international trade, worldwide fishing and the state of key stocks.The report highlights that in 2017: Seventy four per cent of the quantity landed by the UK fleet was caught by vessels over 24 metres in length which accounted for 4 per cent of the total number of UK vessels. These vessels tend to catch lower value pelagic fish. World figures for 2016 showed that China caught the largest amount of fish, 15.4 million tonnes. Indonesia had the second largest catch at 6.1 million tonnes. Around 11,700 fishermen were active in the UK. Approximately 2,000 were part-time. Brixham had the highest quantity and value of UK fleet landings in England – 15 thousand tonnes (of mainly high value shellfish) with a value of £41 million, £10 million higher than in 2016. The quantity and value of sea fish (which include shellfish) landed by UK vessels have increased by 3 per cent and 4 per cent respectively on 2016. The Scottish and Northern Irish fleets caught mainly pelagic fish. The English landed mainly demersal species and the Welsh caught mostly shellfish. Scottish vessels accounted for 64 per cent of the quantity of landings by the UK fleet while English vessels accounted for 28 per cent. Imports of fish were down 3 per cent to 705 thousand tonnes. Exports rose by 5 per cent to 460 thousand tonnes. UK fleet landings abroad rose to 290 thousand tonnes compared with 256 thousand tonnes in 2016, almost entirely down to increases in blue whiting and mackerelcenter_img UK vessels landed 724 thousand tonnes of sea fish into the UK and abroad with a value of £980 million. This annex is an experimental statistics and we are actively seeking end users’ views on the usefulness and quality of this work. If you have any thoughts on what can be better, what you’d like to see more of or what isn’t relevant please do take the time to fill in the short survey in the document. In addition to the report we have also released detailed underlying data sets of UK landings by EEZ.For more information, please read our blog.Notes to editors:The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) regulates the seas around England, including the management of fisheries.The MMO has the difficult balancing task of ensuring that stocks are managed throughout the year to maximise fishing opportunities for the UK industry, while ensuring that stocks are not overfished and the UK government and taxpayer does not have to pay steep penalties.We are continually working with the fishing industry to improve day-to-day management with accurate catch limits and forecasts that secure longer fisheries, while safeguarding the welfare of fish stocks. Mackerel accounted for 227 thousand tonnes, 31 per cent of UK fleet landings. The full report, and more detailed supplementary tables, can be on the UK sea fisheries annual statistics report 2017 webpage.Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ)In addition to the annual report there is an annex report with a further breakdown of landings by Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ). As a new addition we have examined all major quota stocks caught in UK waters and examined how much of the total landings for that stock came from UK waters.For example this report shows that: Peterhead was the port with the highest UK fleet landings – 151 thousand tonnes with a value of £167 million. The UK fishing fleet remained seventh largest in the EU in terms of vessel numbers, with the second largest capacity and fourth largest engine power. We estimate that 99.9 per cent of West Coast Nephrops, worth £35 million, was taken from UK waters. UK vessels landed 80% of their tonnage from UK waters (83% by value). A further 13% by tonnage was sourced from non-UK EU Member State’s waters (9% by value). last_img read more

HSPH’s Office of Diversity hosts open house

first_img Read Full Story With jazz in the background and pizza and empanadas set out on the table, it was an inviting scene at the Harvard School of Public Health’s Office of Diversity open house on September 13, 2012. Throughout the day, a steady stream of students came to meet the staff and learn about the variety of programs offered by the office.It was a special occasion, to be sure, but the Office of Diversity is actually an “open house” all year long. Inside the converted triple-decker at 35 Wigglesworth St., across the street from the main campus, there’s a conference room and study area with computers, Wi-Fi access, and coffee, tea, and popcorn. The cozy and comfortable space is open to everyone in the HSPH community, said Dale Trevino, who has directed the office since it opened three years ago.“The office is here for anybody—faculty, staff, or students—who wants to engage in dialogue about differences,” said Trevino. “It’s also a place to study, an alternative to Kresge.”last_img read more