first_img Tags: NULL Show Comments ▼ whatsapp whatsapp Share Monday 28 March 2011 7:34 pmcenter_img Ambition UKSimon Lynch has been appointed as managing director of Ambition UK, the London arm of the boutique recruitment business. Lynch has worked at Ambition since November 2010, having joined as a director in the firm’s Hong Kong office. Previously, Lynch spent 11 years with Michael Page International, where he led the national technology business in Australia. Lynch also has prior recruitment experience from Hong Kong, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and London.Barclays WealthBarclays’ global wealth management division has made 12 director-level appointments for the firm’s private banking business in Singapore and Hong Kong. In Singapore, the new directors are Benjamin Yeo, Eddie Tan, Lim Ming How, Kirk Tan, Amrit Uppal, Nakul Beri, Sara Mi, Michelle Le Herissier and Mustafa Mahmood. In Hong Kong, the new hires are Barbara Yenson, Sonia Lee and Joanna Ho.Hermes EquityThe advisory business Hermes Equity Ownership Services has appointed Henk Marius and Roger Hirst as senior advisers to its international client base. Marius, who joins from Shell in the Netherlands, will help Hermes EOS develop its Dutch business and Hirst, who previously ran the equity research division for Bear Stearns in London, will assist the global EOS team.State Bank of IndiaThe State Bank of India UK has appointed Deepak Ahuja as its head of consumer banking and wealth. Ahuja joins from Barclays, where he worked as the head of NRI Business in Europe. Prior to Barclays, Ahuja worked for Citibank in London and American Express in Mumbai.Wildhorse EnergyDr Konrad Wetzker has been appointed as non-executive director to oversee projects in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany. Wetzker was previously the regional head of Boston Consulting Group’s Central and Eastern European energy practice.Towers WatsonOliver Rowlands has been appointed as a senior consultant in the professional services firm’s pensions consulting business, effective from May.Gatwick AirportSir Roy McNulty and Raphael Arndt have been appointed as non-executive directors. Sir Roy is currently chairman of the Rail Value for Money Study, and Arndt is head of infrastructure and timberland at The Future Fund. CITY MOVES | WHO’S SWITCHING JOBS KCS-content last_img read more

Inflows surge at Hargreaves Lansdown

first_imgTuesday 19 April 2011 8:56 pm whatsapp whatsapp HARGREAVES Lansdown shrugged off a dismal economic environment to raise funds under management to a record new level of £23.6bn in the past quarter, it said yesterday.A 14 per cent rise in its customer base has brought £1.16bn of net new assets to the stockbroker and wealth manager since December 2010, it said in its interim management statement. Assets under administration rose six per cent, or £6bn, compared with the same quarter in 2010.Revenues from fees and charges jumped 36 per cent year-on-year to £53.3m as a result and analysts said the asset growth could only boost that further in the coming quarter. Chief executive Ian Gorham said it experienced “an excellent quarter, especially given the comparatively unfavourable conditions” including earthquakes, Middle Eastern unrest and UK spending cuts. Hargreaves, which joined the FTSE 100 blue-chip index in March, saw its shares close 1.8 per cent up at 616p. The firm benefited from a steady flow of clients’ funds from its third-party funds, where it makes a one-off commission, to its own Vantage platform, where it receives regular fee income. Vantage saw a six per cent rise in its assets in the three months to March, from £20.9bn to £22.1bn.Gorham issued a cautious outlook. “The full effect of public sector cuts, tax rises and a focus on debt reduction may affect the UK population’s investing behaviour,” he said. Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap KCS-content Share Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULL Inflows surge at Hargreaves Lansdown last_img read more

Slots Q&A: Warren Steven, Golden Nugget

first_img Golden Nugget’s senior director of product and operations Warren Steven speaks to iGB about the slots strategy that has helped it establish an unassailable lead in New Jersey’s online gaming marketWhat marks out the Golden Nugget iGaming offering as being particularly attractive to players? Do you feel this is largely down to the games on offer, or the way in which they are presented to players? The Golden Nugget product and games offering go hand in hand in the attractiveness to the player. You cannot have one without the other and if the balance shifts vs the market then it will negatively affect the overall player satisfaction. You cannot offer the largest portfolio of games without quality UX that allows players to effectively navigate, find, highlight and filter content.How important is discoverability – do players tend to focus on games they know from the casino floor, or are they looking for something they have never played before? We see that new players will initially gravitate to what is familiar to them and those will be recognisable casino floor games. Many of the long tail games, which stick around the top rankings, are familiar casino floor games. However, we do have many outliers from online only games that gather a strong number of supportive players in the early days of the launch due sticky math models and rich bonus features. How does this influence the placement of titles on your site? Do you look to simply populate the pages with the best-performing games, or do you tailor this to promote certain titles? We let the performance of the games control the positioning on our site, but more importantly, we give the games enough time in the key sections to gather enough data to determine its ranking. We use a combination of figures to determine a ranking scale, which then determines the positioning. What games have proved particularly successful for you in New Jersey? Are there any surprises, or are certain games just a hit wherever they are offered? Quality land-based and local jackpot games stick around our top rankings, but there are certainly a few surprise performers. The Golden Nugget Casino team seldom openly make bold predictions on games being top performers. Seasoned casino operators will likely tell you that they may have expected a new game to crush it, and it underperformed, and some games were set to be poor and have crushed it. How has the growing diversity of the slot development space affected you? Do you feel there’s a risk of 90% of games being buried, considering the sheer numbers most operators now offer? There is certainly a risk of games being buried due to the volume of content. However, the onus is on the operator to ensure the players have the website tools available to explore, discover and experiment. We see games drop off the rankings all the time and then suddenly pop back up in the top positions due to the ease of use of our site. We also feel strongly about making it easy to allow players to ‘try before you buy’, which is demo mode. This allows the player to quickly, and without restriction, get a feel for any game before they make a real money wager. This is an exclusive extract of an interview available as part of the iGB subscriber offering. You can read the full version here AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: US New Jersey Slots Q&A: Warren Steven, Golden Nugget Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games 11th June 2019 | By Stephen Carter Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Golden Nugget’s senior director of product and operations Warren Steven speaks to iGB about the slots strategy that has helped it establish an unassailable lead in New Jersey’s igaming market Topics: Casino & gameslast_img read more

German sports betting whitelist expands with trio of new additions

first_imgBet365, Gauselmann Group’s Cashpoint Malta subsidiary, Tipico, Tipwin and four GVC Holdings brands are among the other new licensees in the country. The Regional Council of Darmstadt issued the first federal sports betting licences in October, ending year of legal uncertainty for operators in Germany. This came after a court threw out a legal challenge from Austrian betting operator Vierklee that had halted the licensing process. Topics: Sports betting Online sports betting Retail sports betting Some 19 operators have now been approved to offer sports betting in Germany, including Bet-at-Home, which secured an online licence earlier this month. Deposits are limited until players pass verification checks, while licensees have to integrate with the national self-exclusion system OASIS and betting markets must be approved by the Regional Council. NetXBetting has secured an online-only licence and will operate in the country through its website. The Third State Treaty states that customers are limited to a monthly betting limit of €1,000 (£891.96/$1,190.79), though a small number of customers can increase these limits to €10,000 or €30,000. German sports betting whitelist expands with trio of new additions, meanwhile, will be permitted to operate across online and retail platforms under its combined licence, while Oddset will be limited to retail betting. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address The Regional Council of Darmstadt has issued new sports betting licences to Malta-based NetXBetting, the state lottery-owned brand Oddset and Tags: NetXBetting Oddset Tipster Sports betting Regions: Germany AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 25th November 2020 | By Robert Fletcherlast_img read more

ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc ( 2012 Annual Report

first_imgZCCM Investments Holdings Plc ( listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ZCCM Investments Holdings Plc (  2012 annual report.Company ProfileZCCM Investments Holdings PLC is an investments holdings company with diversified interests in mining, energy and other sectors of the Zambian economy. The Company has a primary listing on the Lusaka Securities Exchange and secondary listings on the London Stock Exchange and the Euronext Stock Exchange in Paris.last_img read more

ScanGroup Limited ( 2013 Annual Report

first_imgScanGroup Limited ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2013 annual report.For more information about ScanGroup Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the ScanGroup Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: ScanGroup Limited (  2013 annual report.Company ProfileWPP-ScanGroup Limited is the largest marketing and communication group in the Africa sub-region with leading advertising agencies and media houses falling under the holding company name. These include Ogilvy & Mather, SCANAD, JWT, BluePrint Marketing, GroupM, MediaCom Africa, Mindshare and MEC. Public relations companies include Ogilvy PR and H+K Strategies; marketing research agencies include Millward Brown; specialty communication agencies include Roundtrip and Geometry Global; digital companies include OgilvyOne, Squad Digital and SCANAD Digital. WPP-Scangroup has expertise in advertising, media investment management, advertising and marketing research, public relations, digital advertising and communications marketing strategy. WPP-ScanGroup has a presence in 25 countries in sub-Sahara Africa and majority-owned offices in Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia. It has minority-owned operations in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Namibia, Senegal and Zimbabwe. Scangroup became a subsidiary of WPP in 2013 and the company changed its name to WPP-Scangroup Limited in 2015. WPP-ScanGroup Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

CRDB Bank Plc ( Q42019 Interim Report

first_imgCRDB Bank Plc ( listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the forth quarter.For more information about CRDB Bank Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CRDB Bank Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CRDB Bank Plc (  2019 interim results for the forth quarter.Company ProfileCRDB Bank Plc is a wholly-owned private commercial bank in Tanzania offering a comprehensive range of retail, commercial, corporate, treasury, premier and wholesale microfinance services. The company has an extensive infrastructure of branches, ATMs and deposit and mobile terminals and uses a vast network of Fahari Huduma agents which are microfinance agents. The retail division offers financial solutions which range from current and fixed deposit accounts to home purchase and construction loans, refinancing and cash back services. The corporate division provides financial service across the board; including documentary collection, letters of credit, guarantees, structured trade finance, treasury services and foreign exchange risk management. Established in 1996, CRDP Bank Plc has three subsidiary companies; CRB Bank Plc Burundi, CRDB Microfinance and CRDB Insurance Brokers.CRDB Bank Plc is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Fourteen hundred clergy and other mandated reporters sign Grace Cathedral’s…

first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Grace Cathedral Communications DepartmentPosted Jul 3, 2019 Rector Collierville, TN AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 Press Release Service Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Refugees Migration & Resettlement Rector Martinsville, VA center_img Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC 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 The Rev. Canon Dr. Ellen Clark-King, Executive Pastor at  Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, has made an astute connection between mandated reporting and the child detention crisis at the border.Mandated reporters —clergy, social workers, teachers, doctors, nurses, mental health professionals, law enforcement officers and other professional groups—are required by law to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect. Clark-King considered that while clergy, along with concerned lay people, have acted on the moral and theological imperative to speak out on the immigration crisis, as a cleric and hence a mandated reporter, she is also legally required to report suspected child abuse and neglect taking place at the border. She conceived a letter to government officials that clergy and other mandated reporters could sign, and posted it on the cathedral’s website on Wednesday, June 26.Since then, over 1,400 mandated reporters, including many Episcopal clergy from across the country, have signed the letter. The Rt. Rev.Marc Handley Andrus, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California, was the first to sign. Yesterday, representatives from Andrus’ office and Clark-King attended a meeting at the San Francisco office of Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi on child detention at the border. Clark-King, who is Canon for Social Justice at Grace Cathedral as well as Executive Pastor, and the Diocese of California are working with faith and community leaders to continue advocating for the children being held in inhumane conditions. Her post and letter appear below:Many of us have been watching the detention of children and adults at our southern border with growing disgust and despair. Here is one way for those of us who are clergy to respond and try to influence public and government opinion in the direction of ending this outrage.The following letter will be sent to The Department of Homeland Security, to Senator Feinstein and to the President:Dear _,The horrific spectacle of children being separated from their parents, detained, and held in deplorable conditions is shaming our nation in the eyes of the world and in the eyes of God. This has to stop.We the undersigned are clergy and lay leaders from across religious faiths who are mandated reporters of child abuse, and thus legally required to report such behavior to the relevant authorities. We would therefore be remiss in our civil as well as our religious duty if we did not draw your attention to this unlawful neglect and abuse of minors in the detention centers on our southern border.Our humanity is outraged at this treatment carried out by our own country. Let us know what steps you will be taking as a public servant to rectify this immoral state of affairs.If you, a clergy or lay mandated reporter are willing to add your name in your role as a mandated reporter of child abuse please do so by following this link. If you have questions please email [email protected] And please share widely!Signatures by clergy and other mandated reporters continue to be welcomed at Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Fourteen hundred clergy and other mandated reporters sign Grace Cathedral’s letter to US officials on child detention Back to Press Releases Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Tags Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Pittsburgh, PA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Knoxville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release Rector Tampa, FL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NYlast_img read more

Springboks intensity too much for World XV at wet Newlands

first_imgMonday Jul 13, 2015 Springboks intensity too much for World XV at wet Newlands The Springboks had an impressive first showing of the season as they proved too strong for a World XV at Newlands on Saturday. Willie le Roux scored a hat-trick, while Jean de Villiers made his return. The touring squad for the Rugby Championship has since been chosen. Led by Bakkies Botha and featuring a number of South African and Toulon players, the World XV couldn’t keep up with the intensity that the Springboks side showed up front, and the quality interplay and finishing out wide. The hosts scored seven tries, with Damian De Allende and Le Roux impressing in the backs, for a 46-10 win.“We needed confidence from this match, so I am very happy with seven tries to one,” said coach Heyneke Meyer. “Next week will be a different challenge though and we will be tested when we face Australia.”“We obviously need to fix a few things, but I am very positive with our performance today. To be honest, I actually expected the guys to be a bit more rusty out there, but our fitness and some combinations worked out well,” added Meyer.The Springbok squad on the way to Brisbane, for the opening match of the Rugby Championship against the Wallabies next Saturday, features 22 of the players who performed against the World XV.Jean de Villiers was pleased with his return after an awful injury setback, but he will stay behind to regain match fitness with Western Province in their Currie Cup warmup matches.“I would like to give as many of our squad members as possible game time in the build-up to the Rugby World Cup, so there will be changes against the Wallabies,” said Meyer.The Springbok squad that will travel to Brisbane is: Forwards: Schalk Brits, Schalk Burger, Marcell Coetzee, Lood de Jager, Bismarck du Plessis, Jannie du Plessis, Eben Etzebeth, Vincent Koch, Francois Louw, Frans Malherbe, Victor Matfield, Teboho ‘Oupa’ Mohoje, Tendai Mtawarira, Trevor Nyakane, Adriaan Strauss, Heinke van der Merwe, Warren Whiteley. Backs: Damian De Allende, Bryan Habana, Jesse Kriel, Patrick Lambie, Willie le Roux, Lionel Mapoe, Lwazi Mvovo, Rudy Paige, Ruan Pienaar, JP Pietersen, Handré Pollard, Cobus Reinach, Jan Serfontein, Morné Steyn.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Full Matches , Springboks Related Articles 52 WEEKS AGO FULL MATCH: Umaga, Rokocoko, McAlister and… 54 WEEKS AGO FULL MATCH: Lions upset world champion Springboks… 58 WEEKS AGO FULL MATCH: Scotland and Samoa go down to… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe 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

Fourth mobilization of Yellow Vests reveal Macron’s acts of repression

first_imgDec. 9 — The French government deployed 89,000 law enforcement personnel throughout France to confront “Act IV” of the national mobilization of the “Yellow Vests” on Saturday, Dec. 8. There were some 8,000 police officers and gendarmes in Paris alone, equipped with armored personnel carriers to protect “government buildings” and to break down street barricades. This is more than what was put in place during the revolutionary events of May 1968 when student rebellions sparked a general strike of 10 million workers.Almost all the country’s squadrons of gendarmes (military personnel responsible for police missions) and dozens of CRS companies (special riot police forces), supported by security and intervention brigades of the Police Prefectures (local police), were present, while most of the remaining personnel on leave were recalled to service, or “de-neutralized.”The repressive strategy, which was visibly ineffective during the confrontations on previous Saturdays, had been modified.  It was no longer a question for these cops remaining stationary but of being mobile to “get in contact” with the demonstrators and “apprehend the thugs (called casseurs or breakers).” Over the past week, all this had been organized to reflect the government’s rhetoric, which dramatized the events and the corporate media’s portrayal of violence in order to increase tension and fear. The goal was to discourage Yellow Vests from demonstrating both in the capital, Paris, and anywhere else in France.For several days, the police, acting like an athletic team, were sent on practice missions to warm up on “training grounds” — the streets around high schools — before their Dec. 8 “match.” They made use of the opportunity to hit students with all their force, indiscriminately. On Thursday evening, Dec. 6, no fewer than 760 adolescents aged 12 to 18 were arrested throughout the country.In Mantes-la-Jolie, a working-class town in the Paris suburbs known for its impoverished slums, more than 150 young people were filmed near their school, where zealous CRS cops forced them to kneel, hands on their heads, in tears. The cops were clearly proud of their haul. Dozens of the youth — almost all traumatized minors — had to spend the night of Dec. 6-7 in police custody, crammed into cells.A week ago, the deputies of the presidential party, La République En Marche, who have a majority in the National Assembly, passed a law prohibiting children from being spanked. This means that thanks to President Emmanuel Macron, parents no longer need to slap their rebellious offspring — the police do it harder! We already knew that the kids of this “France that wins” (France won the soccer world cup, but what else?) have no future. We now know that their present is to be clubbed!On Dec. 6, when the government announced a moratorium on the fuel tax increase and then canceled it (as if that were enough to stop the struggle!), the main labor union leaders were called on to save the Republic by a completely lost and still silent President Macron.What did our union leaders, including those of the CGT, do? In a joint statement, they welcomed the government’s “actions” in the direction of “social dialogue”! They condemned the violent forms of demands made by the Yellow Vests — without a single word about police violence.And for those who called for a strike by truck drivers starting on Dec. 9 (the CGT and FO unions), they canceled the strike notice and abandoned the decision to set up blockades! The reason? Prime Minister Édouard Philippe is said to have “given satisfaction by exempting the payment of overtime from social security contributions.” Impossible to believe!At the very moment when the massive mobilization of the people, for the first time, was able to stop the government’s social war machine, and when nearly 80 percent of the French people support the Yellow Vest revolt — and when a general strike of workers is more than ever necessary to amplify and especially organize the movement — the union leaders are holding back the struggles!Rank-and-file unionists angryImmediately, subsections of the CGT federation of unionists, first and foremost in the chemical industry, grew angry and called on their members to mobilize. This had the effect of pushing back their top leadership, who finally issued a new communiqué to try to make the members forget the leaders’ total confusion and their reformist abdication. At the same time they still distanced themselves from the Yellow Vests.What “reforms” can be expected from a regime that is, at its last gasp, directing a capitalist system in systemic crisis? All that can be expected is the continued destruction of social gains and the lies of a discredited government.On Dec. 8, police had already arrested 200 people throughout the country by 7 a.m. By 11 p.m., there were 1,939 arrests — including 1,709 people in police custody and 278 referred to the prosecutor’s office.Many people were arrested in train stations or other public places during the approximately 5,000 police checks carried out even before the mobilization began. Dozens of Parisian metro stations were closed, with scores of streets in the capital blocked by armed CRS. The regime called this “preventive measures.”But, above all, it amounts to terrorizing the population and de facto banning Yellow Vests from demonstrating in peace on the Champs-Élysées — as the Ministry of the Interior itself had explicitly authorized. The question arises: Are public freedoms still respected in France? Are the rights to express one’s opinion freely and to demonstrate in peace (which are constitutional rights here) still guaranteed in President Macron’s “democracy”?Is this how the government plans to calm down an angry people, who are rightfully crying out against social injustice? By bombarding them with (15,000!) tear gas grenades and tons of cold water to keep them quiet? By having them charged by brigades of dog handlers, mounted policemen, armored vehicles driven by mobile cops, as was the case this Dec. 8 in Paris?Enthused and excited by the outstanding performance of the police, the “journalists” from 24-hour news channels — kept on a leash by big money and reassured by the presence of uniformed officers and security experts to comment on the events of the long-awaited day when the Yellow Vests were to be crushed — exclaimed: “How beautiful the police are!” “Everything is going well in France today.” “Finally a recovery in hand!” They insisted that order must have prevailed.Media propaganda told us that order reigned — against a backdrop of street fires and violent arrests. However, in the late evening, Paris City Hall issued a catastrophic statement, indicating: “The damage was much greater than on Saturday, Dec. 1” (the last Yellow Vest protest).In many provincial cities, demonstrations went further than in the capital. In Bordeaux, Lyon, Toulouse, Saint-Étienne, Nantes, Marseille, etc. — “We had never seen such things before” — there were countless clashes with the police, street barricades, street furniture fires, raids on bank branches, window breaking and looting of shops, all under the recurring slogan, which seemed unifying, of “Macron resign!”Meanwhile, at hospitals, doctors reported treating “war wounds.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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