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Uganda Clays Limited (UCL.ug) 2010 Annual Report

first_imgUganda Clays Limited (UCL.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about Uganda Clays Limited (UCL.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Uganda Clays Limited (UCL.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Uganda Clays Limited (UCL.ug)  2010 annual report.Company ProfileUganda Clays Limited manufactures and markets clay products for the building and construction industry in Uganda. Its product offering ranges from roofing tiles, bricks and floor tiles to decorative grilles, ventilators, pipes and suspended floor units and partition blocks. The company supplies the local building trade in Uganda and exports products to Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, the DRC and South Sudan. Uganda Clays Limited was founded in 1950 and its head office is in Kampala, Uganda. Uganda Clays Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgTotal Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh) listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Total Petroleum Ghana Limited (TOTAL.gh)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileTotal Petroleum Ghana Limited supplies petroleum and allied products for vehicles with petrol and diesel engines as well as fuel and fuel oil for the aviation, marine and mining sectors in Ghana. The company also supplies a range of automotive lubricants and special fuels including racing fuels and lubricants, biocides, industry fuels, refining additives and performance additives. Total Petroleum Ghana Limited offers expertise and services to support the mining supply chain which include a fluid analysis laboratory, fuel management system, filtration and contamination management, mobile tank solutions, on-site refueling, road transport safety and solar energy solutions. Total Petroleum Ghana Limited is a subsidiary of Ghanstock Limited. Total Petroleum Ghana Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

£3k to invest? 3 cheap FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d buy to retire early

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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The telecoms firm’s strong cash flow and high yield means it’s often seen as a classic FTSE 100 dividend stock.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…Vodafone’s latest update was in February, covering the final three months of 2019. Management reported an extra 500,000 European mobile contract customers. It also said plans to cut costs and improve network utilisation were on track.Since then, Vodafone CEO Nick Read has continued to sell small non-core operations and prepare for the flotation of the group’s radio tower network later this year. The proceeds from this sale should help Read to cut the group’s borrowings, which are currently a little high.Back in February, the company left its guidance for the year to 31 May unchanged. My sums suggest the 7% dividend yield should be covered by free cash flow. I expect demand for mobile and broadband data to continue rising after the pandemic eases. In my view, this is a good opportunity to buy this FTSE 100 dividend share.A long-term winner?My next pick is commercial property REIT British Land (LSE: BLND). This group’s London offices and major shopping centres are currently much emptier than usual, due to the lockdown.Investors are worried that demand for stores and offices will fall after the pandemic. I agree that there might be some changes, but I think these will be smaller and more gradual than we might expect.British Land’s portfolio was valued at £11.7bn at the end of September, giving a net asset value of 856p per share. Although I expect this to fall, I think the last-seen price of 375p is too cheap.In my view, a lot of bad news has already been priced into this FTSE 100 dividend stock. I expect British Land to make a gradual recovery and a return to dividend payments over the next 12 months. I think this is a good time to buy.1 FTSE 100 dividend stock I’d buy and hold foreverFamily firms often have conservative balance sheets and very reliable dividend histories. The firm’s owners — the family — often depend on dividends for their income. They’re careful to hire management who will run the business sustainably, with a long-term focus.In my opinion, City asset manager Schroders (LSE: SDR) is a classic example of this type of dividend stock. This FTSE 100 firm has been trading for more than 200 years and hasn’t cut its dividend for at least 30 years, which is as far back as I could find records.Schroders’ share price has fallen in the stock market crash. The stock now trades on just 16 times forecast earnings. If you buy the non-voting Schroders (LSE: SDRC) class of shares, you can access a 5.4% dividend yield. I see this as one of the best dividend stocks in the FTSE 100 and would like to add the shares to my own portfolio. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares £3k to invest? 3 cheap FTSE 100 dividend stocks I’d buy to retire early Image source: Getty Images. Roland Head owns shares of British Land Co. The Motley Fool UK has recommended British Land Co and Schroders (Non-Voting). 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. See all posts by Roland Headlast_img read more

How to choose between carpet and hardwood flooring

first_img TAGSCarpetFlooringHardwood Previous articleAn iconic brand name recalls breakfast productsNext articleDonna’s Deals: Half Off Starbucks Drink Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. In most homes, you will either see hardwood flooring or carpet as the two most prevalent choices made by homeowners. As spring is in full swing, how do you decide what flooring suits your needs or your family’s lifestyle?Here are some considerations for each floor type we found over at The Spruce where they explore the two different types of flooring and characteristics of each one.Hardwood FlooringHardwood flooring has been viewed as an upgrade when purchasing, building or remodeling a home.  There are several variations of hardwood flooring that make more than just ordinary. If you select hardwood floors and tire of the finish, it’s always an option to refinish them in another color.Easy to Clean – In high traffic areas, homeowners are choosing hardwood as many find hardwood much easier to clean than carpet. Often stains will soak into carpet tending to leave a permanent mark until a new carpet is installed.Better for Those with Allergies: If you suffer from allergies, the dust that flies into the air can make  The fact that carpet can attract and hold dust and microorganisms can also have an effect on anyone working or living in the space; especially if they suffer from allergies. Every time you walk across the carpet millions of tiny particles can fly into the air.With hardwood, all you have to do is wipe or sweep the surface clean, and you can see that it is free of those same potentially harmful particles.Longevity: Properly maintained hardwood flooring could last for decades, and some of the higher end materials can last for generations. With carpet, you are going to have to rip up the floor and replace it every few years.The ability to last longer means that the initial material investment pays off more over time with hardwood floors.Refinished: When a hardwood floor is damaged, either by a stain or through some physical trauma, it can be refinished to look like new. This involves sanding down the surface past any defects and then re-applying the stain and or finish products to make the floor look completely revitalized. Depending on the thickness of the material this is something that can be done several times over the life of the floor.Versatility: If you want to soften a hardwood floor and get some of the benefits of carpet in a room, you can always put a rug down covering part or nearly all of the space. The reverse is not true if you have carpet installed.Timeless: Hardwood flooring has been used in homes for hundreds of years, and despite constant shifts in style and trend, it has never stopped being popular. It always matches whatever colors and accessories happen to be in vogue, and can easily handle numerous different decorative choices.Natural and Ecologically Friendly: Carpet is made largely from petroleum, a very limited resource, and is not natural in any way. Hardwood is a natural material; it is made from trees which can be replanted and renewed.However, when buying hardwood materials, you do want to do a little research and make sure that they are being harvested by an ecologically sound company in an environmentally friendly way.Rooms that might be considered for hardwood include Kitchen, Family Room, Great Room, Sunroom, Dining Room, Office, and Bedrooms.Carpet Flooring Soft: The biggest draw to carpet is that it is soft. It feels great beneath bare feet like the entire world is padded and comforting. This is particularly soothing in bedrooms, children’s rooms, and some family and living room areas, where you want to promote an atmosphere of comfort and relaxation.Warm: Carpet is going to be much warmer than hardwood floors, especially on a chilly winter morning. It acts not only like a blanket for your feet, but it also helps to insulate the room, ensuring that warmth remains indoors and doesn’t slip through more porous surface materials.Comfort: The fact that it is soft and warm makes carpet just about the most comfortable flooring material you can stand on.This can be especially important when standing for long periods of time, where harder wood floors can cause pain in feet, ankles, and knees.Cost: Carpet is considerably less expensive than hardwood materials. While they do need to be replaced every few years, the life of the material can be greatly extended by proper care and maintenance. This makes the long-term cost of carpet comparable to certain types of hardwood flooring.Safety: The fact that it is so soft makes carpet a particularly safe flooring choice. With hardwood, a trip or fall can result in injuries and broken objects. With carpet you have a type of cushion running across the entire room, making damage from an accident much less likely.Quiet: A major complaint about hardwood floors is that they are loud. When installed on upper levels people down below often complain that they can hear every footstep. An old installation may also squeak in certain spots. With carpet, the surface of the entire floor is padded and insulated so that noise won’t easily pass up or down through the level.Children: Carpet is great if you have kids because they can get down on the floor and use the entire surface of the room as a play area that is soft, cushioned, and safe against most falls.Rooms most often considered for carpet include Bedrooms, Playrooms, Family Rooms, and Theater Rooms. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Share on Facebook Tweet on Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Please enter your comment! You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Central Florida Democrat Murphy and Republican co-sponsor childcare bill

first_img TAGSFocus on CongressRep. Stephanie Murphy Previous article7 Must Know SAT/ACT Test Taking Tips,Next articleTeachers encouraged to apply for up to $20,000 in grant funding Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your comment! Focus on CongressFrom businessinsider.comIn an era when bipartisan efforts in Washington have been few and far between, two members of Congress — a Republican and a Democrat — have unveiled a new bill aimed at making childcare more affordable, hoping to garner support for potential inclusion in a coming tax plan.Last week, Reps. Kevin Yoder of Kansas and Stephanie Murphy of Florida introduced the Promoting Affordable Childcare for Everyone Act in the House. The legislation aims to make childcare more affordable for families by modestly tweaking existing tax credits and raising spending-account limits used to cover the costs of childcare.Rep. Stephanie MurphyThe PACE Act proposes making the Child and Dependent Care Tax Credit — a deductible tax credit for parents of children under 13 — refundable, allowing families with no tax liabilities to take advantage of the credit. Many families today cannot benefit from the credits because they don’t earn enough to pay income taxes. The bill would also tie the credit’s value to inflation to meet rising childcare costs.“As we begin to look to modernize the tax code, we have to be responsive to those families that are struggling,” Yoder said in an interview. “Childcare is one of the biggest line items on young families’ monthly budget.”According to the bill’s proponents, for a lower-income family of four making less than $15,000 a year, the bill would increase benefits from nothing today to a refundable $3,000 credit. For a family of four making $55,000 a year, the legislation would increase the tax refund by $900.The plan would also raise the cap on the amount families could put into flexible spending accounts to $7,500 from $5,000, a move the bill’s crafters said would effectively lower taxes on childcare spending.The proposal is a companion to the PACE bill introduced by Sens. Angus King, a Maine independent who caucuses with Democrats, and Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, in the chamber earlier this year.Childcare costs remain a heavy burden for millions of Americans.According to a 2015 Center for American Progress report, American families on average spend 29% of their after-tax income on childcare costs, which can exceed tuition and fees for a public four-year college in 31 states and the District of Columbia.The PACE Act isn’t the only affordable-childcare plan that has been floated this year.In June, Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, a New York Democrat, and Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas, introduced a bill aimed at improving childcare for military families by experimenting with public-private military partnerships.President Donald Trump’s administration has also nodded at trying to make childcare affordable, dispatching Ivanka Trump to discuss the issue at high-profile events.But the White House has waffled and stalled on the issue.Trump’s initial proposed plan relied on tax deductions, which tend to benefit individuals and families with higher tax burdens. But in April, The Washington Post reported that the president was shifting course from an earlier childcare bill that critics said would disproportionately benefit well-off families.A senior administration official told The Post that the administration was considering a proposal similar to PACE that would increase the value of the credits and make the tax credit refundable.The bill is more modest than aggressive plans that Democrats have proposed in the past, including proposals that would cap family childcare spending at 10% of income.Murphy acknowledges that the plan doesn’t go as far as she would like but says the bill is most likely one of the best that could be signed into law during this congressional term.“You can’t let the perfect get in the way of making progress,” Murphy told Business Insider. “We need to get this passed and move incrementally towards addressing a variety of issues facing working families.”Yoder’s support for the bipartisan bill comes as he faces what will probably be a difficult reelection. He is one of 23 Republican members of Congress whose districts were won by Hillary Clinton last year. He won reelection by a small margin, and Democratic groups have already invested money in unseating him in 2018.Both Yoder and Murphy said they weren’t particularly conscious of any potential political implications — positive or negative — of compromise.“She’s a target of the NRCC, and I’m a target of the DCCC,” Yoder said of the committees that seek to bolster their respective party in the House, “but frankly, beyond that, we’re just trying to do our jobs. These elections happen so frequently already, we certainly think in the nonelection year, we can focus on policies that help our constituents and solve problems and tune out all that political chatter at least for a little while.” Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. 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Lyon Housemuseum / Lyons

first_imgPhotographs:  Dianna Snape Text description provided by the architects. The Lyon Housemuseum is an experimental project which speculates on the conjunction of art and living, challenges conventional notions of public and private and explores new relationships between art and architecture through a new hybridised type – a ‘housemuseum’. Save this picture!© Dianna Snape Recommended ProductsSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Ceiling SailsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreLightsLonghiLamp – AkileleLocated in Melbourne Australia the building accommodates the daily living needs of a family of four and the requirements of a public museum housing a major collection of Australian contemporary art. The building is open weekly for public tours and for research visits by academics and students. The Housemuseum also hosts an annual program of concerts, artist and architecture talks and other cultural events. Save this picture!© Dianna Snape Two large double height spaces – a ‘white cube’ and ‘black box’ – anchor the two ends of the building and are designed explicitly as museum spaces. Private domestic spaces for the family are defined with enclosed boxlike forms and are located across the two levels of the building. Save this picture!© Dianna Snape The spaces in the building are ambiguous in their typological readings – the family kitchen doubles as museum café, the black box showing video art is also used for home movies and sleepovers. The private study functions as a research library for visiting academics and students. Save this picture!© Dianna Snape As an experimental and speculative project the Housemuseum explores new relationships between public and private, art and living and opens new ground in the dialogue between art and architecture.Save this picture!© Dianna Snape Project gallerySee allShow lessThe Dedalo Minosse International Prize for Commissioning a BuildingArticlesMoon Bridge / JAJA Architects.Articles Share Photographs Save this picture!© Dianna Snape + 25 Share Lyon Housemuseum / Lyons Museum CopyAbout this officeLyonsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsCultural ArchitectureMuseums & ExhibitMuseumResidential ArchitectureHousesMuseums and LibrariesKewHousesAustraliaPublished on December 01, 2010Cite: “Lyon Housemuseum / Lyons” 01 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogHandshowerhansgroheHand ShowersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish- DI-NOC™ Glass FinishPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP VersoCurtain WallsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPace Gallery Envelope SystemMetal PanelsTrimoModular Metal Wall – Qbiss OneConcreteSika3D Concrete PrintingMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Gun Metal Grey with Arconic Tectur-Al™GlassDip-TechCeramic Printing for Public TransportationBeams / PillarsBlumer LehmannTimber Construction in Cambridge MosquePorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – 9Cento MosaicTiles / Mosaic / GresiteRakoFloor and Wall Tiles – Serie PiazzettaMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ArchDaily Australia “COPY” CopyMuseum, Houses•Kew, Australia Architects: Lyons Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/93091/lyon-housemuseum-lyons Clipboard “COPY” 2009 Year:  Projects Lyon Housemuseum / LyonsSave this projectSaveLyon Housemuseum / Lyons Area:  1350 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/93091/lyon-housemuseum-lyons Clipboardlast_img read more

2.8 million people in employer-supported giving schemes

first_img Howard Lake | 7 October 2004 | News  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Research / statistics Volunteering AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 2.8 million people in employer-supported giving schemes About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. About 2.8 million people in England and Wales participate in employer-supported schemes for giving, according to research on citizenship by the Home Office.In addition an estimated 1.5 million employees participate in employer-supported volunteering schemes in England and Wales, according to the research. On average they contribute around 68 hours each per year, the equivalent of just under two working weeks. This has an equivalent value of around £1.1 billion a year.The report, “Employer-supported volunteering and giving: Findings from the 2001 Home Office Citizenship Survey”, reveals the large scale of businesses’ support for giving and volunteering. It confirms that those who get involved with community support while at work are also more likely to be participants in other voluntary and community activities. Advertisementlast_img read more

Cuba leads world in managing disasters

first_imgReprinted from the Jan. 20, 2005, issue of Workers World. This article was written after a tsunami wreaked havoc on the people living around the Indian Ocean. Its message is just as pertinent today after Hurricane Harvey’s devastation in the U.S.The utter failure of the imperialists and the region’s capitalist governments to warn the people of the Indian Ocean about the tsunami and to mitigate the chaos that reigned both during and after the devastation brings into bold relief the monumental accomplishments of socialist Cuba in the sphere of disaster management.The capitalist propaganda machine has focused on the suffering of the people victimized by this disaster and has opened up a false debate over whether the tsunami was an act of god or an act of nature. The message is that, either way, this is fate and nothing could really be done to change things. Missing from the debate is the crucial question of how the catastrophic effects of this disaster could have been avoided.The record of the Cuban government in preparing its population for hurricanes and other natural disasters so as to minimize the loss of human life gives the lie to religious mysticism and fatalistic thinking. It also stands as a practical example of how to reduce the needless loss of life.Cuba has been cited by the United Nations, the International Federation of the Red Cross, the Red Crescent Society and other agencies and authorities who deal with the effects of natural disasters as the world model in disaster management, not only for underdeveloped countries but for all countries. Massive, humane evacuations of hundreds of thousands of people have been carried out within hours during hurricanes that reached high levels.In 2001, when Hurricane Michelle, a level-4 storm, hit with sustained 125-mile-per-hour winds and widespread floods, more than 700,000 people were evacuated. Only five Cubans lost their lives in the storm, which killed 20 people in Central America.More dead in California than CubaIt is noteworthy that prolonged rains in California have already killed almost twice as many people in a two-week period as the 16 who died in six major hurricanes in Cuba between 1996 and 2002. The Cuban method of education, preparation, warning and organized mass intervention during natural disasters is sorely missed right now in California.In California, many people were killed by a mud slide in La Conchita after two weeks of rain. The same spot had suffered a similar mud slide 10 years ago. If the Cuban method had been applied in California, there would have been no loss of life.An analysis of the Cuban method by Oxfam, a prestigious bourgeois British humanitarian organization that works in a variety of areas, led to the publication of a 68-page study in 2004 entitled, “Weathering the Storm: Lessons in Risk Reduction from Cuba.” (oxfamamerica.org) This study praised the effectiveness of the Cuban system of centralized, planned organization based on mass participation that has saved many lives during natural disasters.“Cuba is unusual in that its socioeconomic development model and its disaster-response policies combine to substantially reduce its population’s vulnerability to hazards. Over the past 40 years, Cuba’s socialist government has emphasized social and economic development, prioritizing an equitable distribution of resources, universal access to social services, and a narrower urban-rural development gap,” says the report.“Cubans are highly educated, with a strongly developed sense of solidarity and social cohesion, extensive experience in mobilization and highly organized through mass organizations, professional groups and political structures.”Cuba has a comprehensive National Civil Defense system which, the report says, “is as much a concept of organization as it is a system of measures and procedures.” Its work is based on a national plan, formulated both from above and at the grass roots level, which relies on mass organizations such as the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR), the Cuban Women’s Federation, student groups, trade unions and the Association of Small Producers.“In addition to specific assets for work on disasters,” continues the report, “there is a political commitment at all levels of government to allocate all resources at hand for the preservation of life in emergencies. This allows the Cubans to make use of any and all available resources, such as using local schools as evacuation shelters, securing boats and buses for evacuation purposes, or tapping the ham radio association as a communications network.” All other aspects of preparation are “secondary to the basic commitment of saving lives.”Detailed planning at all levelsThe national plan for disaster preparedness is refined and worked on every year, from the highest levels to the neighborhoods and block associations. The report carried the results of numerous interviews which revealed the results of detailed planning, organization and education.“Regardless of their role, everyone was clearly aware of what measures and what procedures they needed to follow in case of a hurricane. They knew the stages of emergency warning, where to get information, how to secure their house, and where they would go for shelter if they needed to evacuate. A belief that the government would prioritize people’s safety prevailed. The Cuban population clearly has developed a ‘culture of safety.’”Jose Castro, secretary of the Commission of Evacuation and Students in the Civil Defense of Cienfuegos, told Oxfam that “Any child in school can give you an explanation: how you prepare, what you do. Students, they know what you do … how to gather things in the house and put them away … shut off the water and electricity. All students, workers, campesinos get this training.”Basic to preparedness is what is called “community risk mapping.” In fact, according to Oxfam, “[i]t is the meticulous, ongoing risk mapping at the community level by community members that functions as the mortar in Cuba’s wall of risk reduction.”A discussion with a representative of the Cuban Women’s Federation in the district of Havana illustrated this point: “I am responsible for this part of the neighborhood. … If a hurricane hits, I know that inside one multi-family unit is an old woman in a wheelchair, who is going to need help to leave. I have 11 single mothers on second and third floors of apartment buildings with children under two who will need more support to evacuate and special needs in the shelters. I have two pregnant women, one on that block and one on this one, who will need special attention.”Each year the plan is updated to include new information and an evaluation of past experience. “Beginning at the CDR level,” said Jose Castro, “authorities update the plan in their neighborhood. The CDR members write down the houses that may be vulnerable in their census, including the name of the family and number of children. They note who goes where during an evacuation, who will need extra help, etc.” The neighborhood plan then goes up to the municipal, provincial and national level to be integrated into the national plan.All public officials responsible for safetyUnlike in the United States, all public officials are charged with dealing with emergencies. “By law,” says the report, “all heads of provincial and municipal governments are the provincial and municipal Civil Defense directors in charge of organizing, coordinating and monitoring all the work related to prevention, mitigation, emergency response and reconstruction in their area. … This creates both a centralized decision-making process, which is key for emergency situations, alongside a decentralized implementation process, providing agility and adaptation equally necessary for effective emergency preparedness and response.“In practice, the head of the Civil Defense in any given province or municipality is someone closely familiar with how government works in that province. It also means that the local groups are taking orders from someone familiar to them, not a stranger brought for the duration of the emergency. In the event of an emergency all heads of work places, hospitals, schools or businesses assume their responsibilities to direct their staff in carrying out civil defense measures.”All the organizational structures are mobilized to alert the population as a hurricane approaches. Meetings are called, plans reviewed, command centers are organized. “At the community level, the CDRs, mass organizations, family doctors, school directors, and heads of institutions” review emergency plans and check evacuation procedures, destinations and supplies.In the evacuation phase: “If a person’s house has a roof of tile, fiber-cement or thatch, they must move to a house of poured concrete. If those options have already been assigned in the neighborhood, the family is assigned to a group shelter and transport provided. Everything from cars to trucks to horse carts is mobilized for transport by the heads of the civil defense. … In order to evacuate people in high-risk areas, all necessary means of transport, such as helicopters and boats, are put at the service of Civil Defense rescue teams for this purpose.“In Cuba,” continues the report, “structures that run everyday life are the structures also used for implementing civil defense measures.”In other words, the revolutionary organization of the mass of workers and peasants in a socialist society puts the interests of the people first in all spheres of life; it naturally becomes the general framework within which it is possible to prepare effectively for natural disasters and minimize the loss of life.World leader despite U.S. blockadeCuba is a relatively poor country, underdeveloped by centuries of Spanish colonialism, 60 years of U.S. imperialist control and decades of a vicious economic blockade. Yet, it has surpassed the richest and most developed country in the world in the sphere of natural disaster management.Had India, Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka and other countries in the Indian Ocean region had socialist regimes that put the interests of the people at the forefront, day-in, day-out, as in socialist Cuba, they would have seized upon the scientific and technological technology to detect tsunamis that is already deployed in the Pacific Ocean and collectively either purchased or developed it themselves.The greatest loss of life during the tsunami was in Banda Aceh in northern Sumatra, nearest the site of the undersea earthquake that triggered the waves. Capitalist television networks have recently carried footage of amateur video showing the tsunami hitting Banda Aceh. But first you saw people cleaning up from the earthquake, slowly and methodically for 25 minutes, completely oblivious of what was to follow — despite definite danger signs, like the sea receding.An organized, educated, prepared population with the government fully behind it could have evacuated thousands of people, even at the site closest to the epicenter of the tsunami. Evacuation to safety in most areas involved moving people only a relatively short distance from the coast. This holds in even greater measure for the high-casualty areas further from the quake, such as Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and of course East Africa.Tsunamis are not at all unknown in the Indian Ocean region. There have been three in Indonesia alone in the last 12 years.A socialist government such as exists in Cuba would have been alert to all the warnings coming from the scientific community about the vulnerability of the region to tsunamis. And of course the population would have been thoroughly trained and organized to deal with typhoons and other natural disasters, so it would have had the means in place to deal with a tsunami.Cuba, poor as it is, has worked virtual miracles of public safety despite all the obstacles put in its way by the blockade and the undying hostility of U.S. administrations for over four decades. Its struggle to overcome the effects of hurricanes and natural disasters by integrating its disaster mitigation work within the general framework of socialist planning and organization, despite its extreme material limitations, shows that in the natural world humanity can take increasing control over its destiny. But Cuba laid the groundwork by first expelling imperialism, overturning capitalism and taking control over the means of production and the resources of society so it could organize them to serve human need and not profit — that is, by carrying out the socialist revolution.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Oil Jumps to Highest Settlement of the Year

first_img SHARE By Gary Truitt – Apr 15, 2015 Oil Jumps to Highest Settlement of the Year SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Energy Oil Jumps to Highest Settlement of the Year Facebook Twitter Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleClinton Meets with Iowa Farmers to Discuss RFS Gary Truitt Oil futures jumped nearly 6% on Wednesday to their highest settlement of the year. Prices got a boost from a higher global oil demand forecast from the International Energy Agency and a smaller-than-expected weekly rise in U.S. crude supplies May crude settled at $56.39 a barrel, up $3.10, or 5.8%, on the New York Mercantile Exchange.last_img read more