Never sell Shell? I just sold my RDSB shares

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Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 14th June, 2021 | More on: RDSB Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares With equity markets up significantly from their Covid-19 lows last year, I have recently been selling a few of my holdings in order to concentrate my portfolio on my best ideas. Royal Dutch Shell (LSE: RDSB) is one stock I’ve sold.Here, I’m going to explain why I sold Shell. I’ll also explain where I’m planning to invest the proceeds of my sale.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…Shell shares: why I soldThere are two main reasons I sold my Shell shares. The first is in relation to the dividend. One of the reasons I bought Shell shares a few years ago was that the company was a reliable dividend payer. Up until Covid-19, Shell had not cut its payout since WWII. The stock had an attractive dividend yield too. I had been receiving a yield of 5%+ on my shares.Last year however, the company cut its dividend by nearly 70%. After this cut, my income stream was reduced significantly. And now that the long-term track record has gone, there’s more uncertainty in relation to future payments.I’ll point out that Shell does still pay a dividend today. And recently, it announced an increase to the payout. That’s a plus for investors. However, in my view, Shell’s attractiveness as a dividend stock has been reduced considerably after last year’s cut.The second reason I sold Shell shares is that since I bought them, sustainability has become far more of a focus. There are several issues here. The first is that Shell now faces considerable structural challenges. It is making some moves into renewable energy, however, if it doesn’t do more, it could end up stuck with a portfolio of assets that aren’t relevant in today’s world.The second issue is that, with many institutional investors adopting an ESG focus, demand for Shell shares may not be as high as it was in the past. This could limit its share price upside.I think we’re already seeing this today. Recently, the price of oil has risen to where it was pre Covid-19. Yet Shell’s share price hasn’t recovered. It’s still around 30% below its February 2020 levels.If Shell can show that it’s serious about sustainability, sentiment towards the stock could improve. However, right now, it’s pretty clear that many institutions are avoiding the oil giant.My loss on Shell sharesI did take a loss on my Shell investment. My average purchase price was around £23 and I sold out for £13.20. I’m not too concerned about this loss. For starters, I’ve received some big dividends since I bought the stock, which have offset the loss. Secondly, it was not a huge position in my portfolio. Third, I have had some excellent gains in recent years from stocks such Apple and ASOS that have more than made up for the negatives here.My next moveAs for what I’m doing with the proceeds of my Shell sale, right now I am just sitting on the cash. I’m hoping we’ll see a market pullback in the near future that will throw up some opportunities.When that happens, I’ll be looking to deploy my cash into companies in growth industries such as cloud computing, payments, and e-commerce. I figure that for a long-term investor like me, these industries are likely to provide more opportunities than oil. 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. 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Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Never sell Shell? I just sold my RDSB shareslast_img read more

Pastoral letter from Bishop O’Neill regarding Aurora shootings

first_img July 31, 2012 at 6:16 pm Yes, we have all been affected by this horror and monstrous, senseless crime. I agree we must all pray for all the victims and families and that includes the Holmes family and in particular, James. Something went terribly wrong in this mind and the twist toward devastation and destruction somehow happened to him, ’cause no one, in their right mind could commit such horror. If he was affected by drugs or his own body chemistry, we don’t know and maybe we’ll never know for sure. As a parent I also feel the devastation his parents and (?) family must be experiencing. God have mercy on all the victims. Rector Belleville, IL Pastoral letter from Bishop O’Neill regarding Aurora shootings Submit a Press Release Tags Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Comments (2) Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI July 24, 2012 at 12:29 am That must have been a most difficult letter to write. Thank you and God bless. The Rev. Bindy Snyder says: The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Featured Events Comments are closed. Rector Collierville, TN An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Smithfield, NC [Diocese of Colorado] The following is a pastoral letter by Diocese of Colorado ( Bishop Robert O’Neill that was to be read in congregations across Colorado on Sunday, July 22.“Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.”—Colossians 3:14-15Dear Friends,The news is less than forty-eight hours old, but all of us are still taking in the horror of yesterday’s shootings in Aurora even as this tragic story continues to unfold.Clearly we are all processing the news in various ways depending on our proximity to people directly affected by these events and in light of our own personal histories. Clearly these events raise a variety of troubling issues that continue to haunt our collective lives, and certainly these events provoke in us a variety of responses. What we have in common, however, is this — an acute sense of loss, that heartbreak we all experience when we see the beauty of our collective humanity diminished yet again so violently and so senselessly.I want you to know that your sisters and brothers in Aurora and the surrounding area are exercising wonderful pastoral care and outreach to their communities. They are supporting individuals and families that have been directly affected by the shootings. They are spending time with youth and young adults within and beyond the scope of their own congregations. They are making contact with teachers and parents, opening the doors of their churches, having one on one conversation with folks in need, connecting with city and government officials, and gathering folks in prayer and vigil — including, in particular, a prayer vigil to be held this Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. at Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Aurora.What is needed most I believe at this point, is our collective prayer, and I write specifically today to extend that invitation to you, the people of The Diocese of Colorado.It goes without saying that those who are wounded, those who have died, the families of victims, emergency responders, medical and law enforcement personnel, city and government officials, pastoral care providers, and so on, are in need of our prayer. But I would add, however, that a call to prayer is far more than a polite and consoling gesture.The greatest gift we have to offer one another is indeed our collective prayer — not merely kind wishes, not simply good intentions, but deep prayer—the ability to hold, tangibly and intentionally, others in that abundant love that flows freely and gracefully within us and among us. This has substance. This has weight and heft. This, and this alone, is the source of deep healing, lasting transformation, and enduring peace.This is our inheritance and our gift — living water for ourselves and for a world that thirsts for life.Even as I extend this invitation to you, I am mindful of all the losses that have affected many of our communities in past months, particularly those who have suffered loss due to the recent wildfires. All the more reason to renew our collective commitment to the gift and practice of prayer.So please join with me in making this your intentional work today and in the days ahead, and please invite others to join you in doing the same. Remember always that in doing so, you are giving our world the gift of life.Deep peace and many blessings be with you.Faithfully,Bishop O’Neill Gun Violence In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Press Release Service Rector Martinsville, VA Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing Rector Bath, NC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Music Morristown, NJ Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit an Event Listing This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Pittsburgh, PA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Posted Jul 23, 2012 Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Washington, DC Advocacy Peace & Justice, Marilyn D. 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Embarrassed Joe Launchbury admits receiving Man of the Match award was strange

first_imgFriday Oct 9, 2015 Embarrassed Joe Launchbury admits receiving Man of the Match award was strange England lock Joe Launchbury, who was bizarrely named Man of the Match after their loss to Australia, has admitted that he was as surprised as anyone to receive the award. It’s not the first time during this World Cup that the award has gone to the wrong person, as organisers have adopted a strange system that selects nominees long before full time.In the case of England vs Australia, both David Pocock and Bernard Foley had great games. Either one could have been named as the Mastercard Man of the Match, but Foley ultimately made all the difference, scoring a whopping 28 of Australia’s points and finishing two excellently taken tries.Launchbury however was given the award, and as you can see from the awkward image above, he was visibly embarassed by it.“It was extremely strange to be named man of the match. It was embarrassing and it definitely won’t go on the mantelpiece at home,” Launchbury said this week. “It was a strange award that could have gone to a whole host of guys on their team.”This year the organisers of the tournament decided that the award would be selected via a process that sees a shortlist of three nominated by the official world radio feed, before fans can vote for their preferred choice on Twitter.The fault in that is that it takes place roughly 18 minutes before the match has even finished.As we all know, a lot can happen during that time. Another fault is that it becomes a popularity contest, and in this case, perhaps due to the timezone or sheer weight of numbers, the English player received the most votes.We saw in New Zealand’s game with Georgia that despite the latter losing, popular no-nonsense forward Mamuka Gorgodze received the award, while in South Africa’s match against the USA this week, Bryan Habana scored a hat-trick (and nearly more) to equal Jonah Lomu’s try scoring record in World Cups, but wasn’t even nominated.While a lot of it is indeed subjective, to choose the nominees so early isn’t a fair reflection of the actual performanes. Launchbury was excellent, but as the 24-year-old himself said, there were other players who were far more deserving of the award.As for the look on his face, priceless.What do you think of the current system? ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies , Rugby World Cup Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 29 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsWrinkle Remedy Stuns TV Judges: Forget Surgery, Do This Once DailySmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

New Business Development Manager at Arts & Business

first_img Tagged with: Recruitment / people 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 Researching massive growth in giving.  19 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 31 August 2004 | News Arts & Business, the national charity dedicated to encouraging new and sustainable relationships between business and the arts, has appointed Elisabeth Monro as Business Development Manager.Elisabeth’s role is to develop new and existing relationships with the business community in London, manage existing members and identify prospects, and to advise businesses on beginning or deepening a relationship with the arts.She joins Arts & Business from children’s charity NCH where she worked as the Arts Project Manager. Advertisement New Business Development Manager at Arts & Business AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

CAF to give evidence on banking crisis

first_img Howard Lake | 22 January 2009 | News Tagged with: Charities Aid Foundation Finance Law / policy recession CAF to give evidence on banking crisis  30 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis John Low, Chief Executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), has been asked to give evidence to the Commons Treasury Select Committee Inquiry into the Banking Crisis about the impact on charities of the collapse of Icelandic Banks.CAF estimates that at least £86 million of charity money was held in Icelandic banks when they collapsed in October 2008, and some estimates suggest the figure could be £200 million or more.Low will join a panel of witnesses called to give evidence on “the protection of UK citizens investing funds in non-UK jurisdictions” in a session on 3 February.The invitation to CAF followed a series of meetings on the collapse of Icelandic banks and the implications for charitable organisations with ministers in the Treasury and Office of the Third Sector attended by representatives from CAF, CFDG, NCVO, and ACEVO.John Low said: “Charities are the last safety net for many in society during an economic crisis and it is important that the Treasury Select Committee fully considers the inadequate protection of charity deposits exposed by recent events.” tompagenet on 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Orphanage project on shortlist for Earth Awards 2010

first_imgOrphanage project on shortlist for Earth Awards 2010 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 Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Awards corporate  51 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 August 2010 | News An architectural project to give 50 Thai orphans their own individual homes is in the running for a global innovation award backed by world-leading entrepreneurs. Norwegian organisation TYIN Tegnestue’s Soe Ker Tie Hias (The Butterfly Houses) has been selected from over 500 entries to be shortlisted in The Earth Awards 2010. Architect Andreas Grontvedt Gjertsen and Yashar Hanstad will now pitch to top CEOs at an Innovators Summit in London to secure funding to bring the concept to market.The Earth Awards identify viable ideas from fashion to architecture and consumer products, and matches them with investors to provide a practical solution to improve quality of life.The Butterfly Houses, finalists in the social justice category, are designed to offer children a more normal situation, rather than the dormitories of many refugee orphanages. They provide individual spaces within a neighbourhood where children can grow independently yet within a network.Finalists will soon compete in a ‘Dragons Den’ style pitch for more funding from top CEOs at an FT Innovators to Investors Summit on 16 September; selected finalists will also exhibit at HRH Prince of Wales’ Start Festival in London next month.The Earth Awards Selection Committee is made up of world-leading entrepreneurs, designers and thinkers, including Peter Head, Director, ARUP; Graham Hill, Founder, Treehugger; Sir Richard Branson, Founder and CEO, Virgin Group; Yang Lan, Chairwoman, Sun Television; Ira C. Magaziner, Chairman, William J. Clinton Foundation; and Bill McKibben, writer and environmentalist.www.theearthawards.orglast_img read more

National Fundraising Awards 2018 open for entries with new Best Donor Experience category

first_img  89 total views,  1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via Tagged with: Awards Institute of Fundraising AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10  90 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis10 “The National Fundraising Awards are simply one of the best ways of sharing fundraising success and achievements. What works, how and why: it’s what every fundraiser wants keep up to date with, so that they can apply the ideas for their charity. The team of experienced judges gets the privilege of reading the detail of several hundred outstanding fundraising campaigns, and then the responsibility of picking the very best. It takes a good couple of days of their donated time, and yes, there are long debates.”More information on the event is available on the dedicated Awards website, including the general rules, criteria and how to apply. The deadline for nominations is Friday 23 March 2018.The other categories, as last year, are:Best Business-Charity PartnershipBest Individual Giving CampaignBest Use of DigitalBest Use of EventsBest Legacy CampaignFundraising Charity of the Year – LargeFundraising Charity of the Year – SmallMost Innovative Fundraising CampaignBest Fundraising NewcomerBest Young Fundraiser (15 years or under)Best Volunteer FundraiserMost Committed Company to the SectorGill Astarita Fundraiser of the YearLifetime Contribution Award The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has opened nominations for its 2018 National Fundraising Awards with the launch of new category: Best Donor Experience.The new Best Donor Experience award seeks charities or individuals to enter for experiences that celebrate putting donors at the heart of fundraising.The 2018 National Fundraising Awards are now in their 28th year. This year’s winners will be announced at the Brewery in London on Monday 2 July, during the IoF’s Fundraising Convention.Chris Washington-Sare, Chair of the Special Interest Group on the Donor Experience said:“The new Donor Experience award will celebrate and applaud truly consistent donor-based approaches to fundraising. The award is intended to celebrate those charities and fundraisers that have delivered campaigns, or even individual supporter experiences, that represent the very best examples of excellent relationship fundraising.”UK Fundraising’s Howard Lake, Chair of the Awards Judging Panel added: Advertisement Melanie May | 26 January 2018 | News National Fundraising Awards 2018 open for entries with new Best Donor Experience categorylast_img read more

Postal workers’ struggle spreads across the world

first_imgPart of NYC May Day is postal struggle.WW photo: G. DunkelU.S. Postal Service clerks, carriers, mail handlers and drivers have a lot in common with other postal workers in the capitalist world. In Great Britain, Germany, Spain, Greece, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, India, Uruguay, Peru, Brazil, Canada and other countries, postal workers have gone out on strike in the last year to demand wage increases, to defend benefits and to oppose privatization.In the U.S., postal workers are in a fight to defend the post office from privatization, which would destroy union wages and benefits, disproportionately affecting communities of color. Corporate control of mail would curtail mail services to many communities, especially seniors, the disabled, the incarcerated, immigrants, rural communities and people without permanent housing.Many USPS hearings have been packed by neighborhood and small business representatives opposed to postal cutbacks. Protests have taken place all over the country, with the March 24 rallies called by the National Association of Letter Carriers in 116 cities drawing tens of thousands of workers and community activists.Just weeks later, five community and postal activists were arrested during the sit-in at a post office in Salem, Ore. Grievances have been filed and won against the subcontracting of motor vehicle jobs. Community and postal activists are organizing resistance to the sales of post office buildings in cities in many states.The struggle continues, as Congress prepares to pass legislation that would either save the world’s most efficient and low-cost postal service, or destroy it.Postal workers have also been fighting back on every continent, over many of the same issues, and against some of the same multinational corporations.African postal workers strikePostal workers went out on strike in Kenya over wages issues in December 2011, in Malawi in August 2012 and in Tunisia over staffing demands in June 2012.In South Africa, postal workers struck in 2009 to put an end to the “apartheid wage gap” within the post office. Black workers were still earning the lowest salaries, a vestige of apartheid-era policies two decades earlier. This April 19, “casual” postal workers demanding they be made permanent employees returned to work after winning their demands. And 588 postal workers are still fighting for reinstatement after a six-week wildcat strike that ended in March over expected but not delivered bonuses.With 25 percent unemployment in South Africa, partly as a result of the world economic crisis and a sharp rise in the cost of living and household debt, there has been an increase in strikes aimed at correcting “apartheid wages, high levels of inequality and the general economic state of workers,” said National Union of Mineworkers general secretary, Frans Baleni. (Mail & Guardian, May 5)The South African Post Office offers banking services through Postbank, making savings, investment and insurance accounts widely available, even in the most remote areas of the country. Banking services help make South Africa’s postal services financially stable.Brazil to Berlin, postal workers strikePostal strikes took place in Brazil, Peru and Uruguay in the last 12 months. In Brazil, workers struck for a 43-percent increase in wages. The three months long strike ended Sept. 28, 2012, when the Superior Labor Court decreed a 6.5-percent wage increase and benefit improvements.Brazil Post made $391 million in profits last year. The judge threatened $10,000 daily fines for Fentect, the national umbrella group for Brazil’s postal unions, if workers did not return to their jobs.In Europe, postal strikes have been organized in Germany, Greece, Spain and England. Thousands of German postal workers walked off the job in rolling strikes (diverse locations, certain workers, for an hour or a day) over a three-week period before an agreement was reached on April 29 for a 5.7-percent wage increase over the next two years.In England, postal workers have also organized rolling strikes to put pressure on U.K. authorities to protect Royal Mail from the impact of unfair private-sector competition in the postal sector. TNT Post and U.K. Mail are cherry-picking the most profitable parts of the U.K. postal market, leaving Royal Mail to pay for the less profitable parts.The union is also opposing the privatization of Royal Mail itself, which could happen in some form later this year. The Communications Workers Union is currently balloting members on whether to strike the whole system later this year.Spain’s postal workers walked picket lines on May 2 to show their opposition to government plans to “reform” the mail system, which union leaders say will eliminate 18,000 jobs.Greek postal workers joined the Feb. 20 general strike as well as many others of the more than 20 general strikes that have been organized to oppose austerity forced on Greece by the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission.The 48-hour general strike on Nov. 6 and 7, 2012, opposed a law that would make it easier to privatize companies such as Hellenic Petroleum S.A., the Public Power Corp. electric company and the Greek postal service.In Canada, the federal government imposed a back-to-work order on postal workers conducting rotating strikes in 2011. New labor contracts were finally ratified this March.Canada Post is now threatening wage cuts, alternate-day mail service and the elimination of door-to-door delivery, despite a $127 million profit in 2012. Denis Lemelin, president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, countered: “Many countries, including Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, New Zealand, France and Germany have expanded into revenue-generating financial and banking services. It is time for CPC to do likewise.” ( CUPW is fighting against post office closures, job eliminations, service cutbacks and privatization with a public campaign for municipalities to pass resolutions in favor of postal workers.In the U.S., postal workers will be marching alongside community activists in the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration March from Baltimore to Washington on May 11 and 12. On that same date, the National Association of Letter Carriers is asking every postal customer to leave canned goods at their mailbox. The food will be distributed to neighborhood food pantries.The fight for food, decent wages and benefits is a fundamental component in the fight against poverty. Just as postal workers are part of a common struggle in the U.S. for a fair and just society, we are also part of an international movement of workers.Joe Piette is a member of Community- Labor United for Postal Jobs & Services, and and a retired letter carrier.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Purdue Ag Alumni Set to Honor Six at Annual Fish Fry

first_img Purdue Ag Alumni Set to Honor Six at Annual Fish Fry Previous articleSpeaker Ryan: Canada the Real Problem with NAFTANext articleFarmers Fine Tune Planting Decisions at Fort Wayne Farm Show Andy Eubank SHARE By Andy Eubank – Jan 16, 2018 Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Ag Alumni Set to Honor Six at Annual Fish Fry Fish-Fry-comingCatherine BertiniPlans are shaping up for the annual Purdue Fish Fry on February 3rd at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. The Agricultural Alumni Association will introduce the six new recipients of its highest honor, the Certificate of Distinction, at the event. They were named Tuesday, and Danica Kirkpatrick says it is a group that has traveled diverse roads that all lead back to Purdue.“We’ve got folks from the corporate world,” she told HAT. “We’ve got folks within the College of Agriculture and the Extension service, and not only have their careers led them to great achievements, but you can see what they also do in their spare time as far as community service and other activities. So, it’s a real pleasure to shine the light on these fantastic winners.”During the Fish Fry the spotlight will also shine on the keynote speaker, a 2003 World Food Prize laureate, and a leading expert on global food security.“Catherine Bertini (pictured) is a very remarkable woman and we are so glad to bring her to the fish fry audience. She is not only a World Food Prize laureate, which we are very familiar with here at Purdue University, but she also served as the first woman and the first American as the head of the World Food Programme. So, her perspective on how to solve food security issues on a global scale will be one that the fish fry audience is going to really enjoy.”The ag alumni’s Certificates of Distinction this year go to Katherine Armstrong, Zionsville, John Frischie of Kentland, Paul Marsh from Naperville, Illinois, Ray Moistner of Fishers, James E. Monger, Lafayette, and Darrel Thomas of Greencastle.The Certificate of Distinction is presented annually to professionals who have contributed significantly to agriculture, forestry or natural resources through career accomplishments, organizational involvement, community service and other activities.More about the 2018 winners:Katherine Armstrong When Dow AgroSciences decided that seeds and traits warranted major investments of research and dollars, Katherine Armstrong was chosen to head a new research and development department – Trait Product Development.“Katherine was the obvious candidate,” says a retired vice president of Dow AgroSciences who worked with Armstrong for nearly two decades. “She embraced a daunting task. She successfully attracted outstanding talent from both inside and outside the company, developed novel capabilities and technologies, and delivered scientific as well as pipeline contributions that fully met or exceeded expectations. Much of Katherine and her team’s impact is just now starting to make its way into the hands of growers.”Armstrong helped strengthen the long Purdue-DowAgroSciences relationship. The DAS-Purdue Joint Steering Team, now in its 11th year, has a goal of boosting the partnership between the two entities in research, teaching, and Extension. Armstrong was co-leader of the committee from 2008 to 2014, and she oversaw a steady flow of resources from DAS to the College of Agriculture, supporting both applied and basic Plant Sciences research, especially by graduate students. DAS specialists helped Purdue design the Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center, which opened in 2016 and is the first field phenotyping facility in North America.“The relationship stands the test of time,” a DAS executive says. A recently announced discovery of a novel soybean gene that confers resistance to a particular pathogen is one result of the collaboration. “Due to the clear outcomes for both Purdue and DowAgroSciences, Purdue embraced this university-industry connection, which now serves as a model for relationships with other universities as well. The strategy she set continues to thrive.”John Frischie A longtime educator in Newton County, Frischie has influenced the lives of many students and local residents by creating opportunities in entrepreneurship areas, such as FFA career development activities and adult education classes in agribusiness management, farm computing and mechanics.He moved to Kentland in 1969, after completing his bachelor’s degree in agricultural education and serving a junior-year internship at Seymour High School, an experience that “was a foundation for my years as a teacher,” he wrote in 2012. His tenure with South Newton School Corp. began with 28 years as an ag education instructor and chairman of the vocational department. He was named Indiana Young Farmer Agribusiness Teacher of the Year in 1976 and Indiana Agriculture Teacher of the Year in 1997.From 1997 to 2003, Frischie was director of secondary education and technology, and for two years he was an administrative assistant for the corporation. In 2016 he received the Hall of Fame Award bestowed by the Kentland Area Chamber of Commerce.Frischie has been a member of the Kentland Rotary Club since 2006 and served as president from 2010-11. He is currently assistant governor coordinator and trainer for District 6540, which includes 54 clubs in northern Indiana, and a member of the administrative council.As one nominator wrote, “One needs only to view his list of accomplishments and leadership responsibilities in his community to understand that John can get things done and gather community support for those efforts.”Paul Marsh As portfolio manager, chief underwriter, principal in the Agricultural Investments Division of Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, Marsh is recognized, in the words of a former co-worker, as “one of the most respected farm mortgage lenders in the nation, whose counsel is frequently sought not only by senior management but also by outside groups.”Marsh earned his bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from Purdue in 1972. A decade later, he was a regional manager, supervising farm managers for the Northern Trust Co.’s farm management. He joined Prudential in 1986.In recent years, soil productivity and land conservation issues have been a focus. In 2016, he presented a report at the inaugural Soil Health Institute’s meeting in Louisville, Kentucky. He’s been associated with the Farm Foundation since 2010, and was on the Economics Task Force of the Soil Renaissance Project from 2014 to 2016.A former Purdue classmate notes that Marsh has always worked to achieve the highest academic, professional and personal standards.“Many graduates achieve great heights in their careers,” the classmate wrote in nominating Marsh for the Certificate of Distinction, “but Paul Marsh has always gone above and beyond and that is what makes him so worthy of receiving this award.”Ray Moistner Since January 2000, Ray Moistner has been executive director of the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen’s Association, a trade association that now boasts 375 member firms and draws more than 1,000 people to its annual convention. “It has become the largest state hardwood trade association meeting,” says a lumber company executive, “and a must-attend for those who work in the hardwood industry around the world.”The IHLA is the nation’s second-oldest lumber association and its membership includes residents of more than 30 states and several foreign countries. A statewide “hardwood strategy” will analyze business opportunities available based on the supply chain and identification of specific locations best suited for expansion and new manufacturing, along with the determination of domestic and global demand. Moistner is helping develop this strategy, which, “when completed will be a first for the hardwood industry, not only in Indiana but in the U.S.,” according to a state agricultural official.Moistner’s communication skills are on display at hearings (Hardwood Export Council), board discussions (State Department of Agriculture, Purdue Agriculture Dean’s Advisory Board), and in letters to the editor (recently, in support of harvesting at Yellowwood State Forest). Hardwood lumber’s primary markets include furniture and fixtures manufacturers, and previous positions with builders groups have helped Moistner become “knowledgeable about their needs and purchasing practices. This has allowed him to take a comprehensive approach to mutually satisfying the needs of all components of the hardwood-related industry,” a colleague says.James E. Monger After earning his marketing degree from Purdue in 1984, Monger began a 33-year career with Cargill Inc. Now a West Lafayette-based regional merchandising leader, Monger is responsible for Cargill’s commodity supply chain for more than 20 agricultural facilities east of the Mississippi River. He has traded multiple product lines on both coasts, managed people and assets, and been involved in acquisitions and divestitures for the nation’s largest privately held company.Cargill provides platforms for employees to be involved in their communities and Monger has seized the opportunities. For the past four years, he’s led Cargill Cares, the company’s community relations and involvement committee.At Purdue, Monger has helped secure financial support from Cargill for Purdue’s Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter and serves as an active mentor for students in the program. “Many corporate sponsors provide important financial support for student activities,” Purdue Provost Jay Akridge, former Dean of the College of Agriculture, wrote in a letter supporting a Certificate of Distinction award for Monger, “but their personal engagement is limited. I believe it is impossible to overstate how important it is for underrepresented minorities in the College of Agriculture to interact with accomplished African-American professionals such as Mr. Monger.”In Greater Lafayette, food insecurity is rising. Monger’s leadership “has transformed” the Food Finders Food Bank Inc. board, says CEO/President Katy Bunder. “He brings extraordinary insight in finance, human resources, board governance, and interpersonal relationships to our board and makes it a higher functioning board,” she says.Darrel Thomas Darrel Thomas retired as Extension director and 4-H youth educator in Putnam County in 2001 after 31 years of service. But he was hardly ready to slow down. He joined the Putnam County Council in 2001 and has served as president since 2010.“He works hard to ensure that all have a voice,” says William Dory, mayor of Greencastle, the county seat. “He listens and considers input from a wide range of individuals and organizations. He has mastered the nuances of the budget process for local government and has been willing to share his expertise with others in Putnam County and around the state.”Thomas is also active with the Putnam County Community Foundation, which has established the Darrel Thomas 4-H Scholarship in his honor. He also established the Summer Program of Awareness and Recreation for Kids (SPARK) in 2000. More than 100 young people from Putnam County currently participate in the program.“For over 30 years he quietly and humbly earned the respect of many, from all corners of the county,” Dory says. “Unknown to him, I have long considered him a role model for public service.”Tickets for the fish fry are now available for $25 each and must be purchased in advance at Parking permits are also available for the lots adjacent to the pavilion. Cars without permits will be charged $5 to park at the fairgrounds and will not be guaranteed spaces near the building.Round-trip bus transportation from Lafayette is available for $10. Reservations are required and space is limited.Doors open at 10 a.m. to give early arrivals a chance to visit Purdue Agriculture Avenue, an exhibit space highlighting event sponsors, and faculty, staff and student organizations from the Purdue College of Agriculture. The program begins at 11:30 a.m.Source: Purdue News Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

People’s behaviour is why Donegal is on Level 4, says GP

first_img Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme By News Highland – October 15, 2020 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA A Donegal GP says the Living with Covid plan is about trying to control people’s behaviour and he has been seeing worrying trends developing in the county in terms of some not adhering to guidelines. Dr Paul Armstrong who is also the Clinical Lead of the Covid Hub centre in Letterkenny says the reality is that a lot of people have not changed their behaviour to tackle the virus head on and that’s why it’s spreading.Dr Armstrong says a significant cross border element from was detected at the start of the recent spike in cases in Donegal:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter WhatsApp AudioHomepage BannerNewscenter_img Pinterest Pinterest Facebook People’s behaviour is why Donegal is on Level 4, says GP Twitter Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Google+ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleTight travel restrictions should have remained in place – ScallyNext articleSurgery cancellations at LUH as Covid escalation plan implemented News Highland Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennanlast_img read more