A deepening of Marxist theory in Atlanta and Buffalo Sept. 7-8

first_imgAs the economic and climate crises deepen, Workers World Party is growing steadily into a strong force for socialist revolution. On Sept. 7-8, WWP will host two simultaneous Marxism schools, one in Atlanta and one in Buffalo, N.Y., where new members can deepen their theoretical and practical knowledge in order to become the best fighters for the working class and oppressed people. The Atlanta Marxism School will include organizers and activists from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Washington, D.C., and beyond. Classes will focus on organizing in the South, the need for a Leninist party, and the struggle against racism in the U.S. South. Saturday evening, WWP will host a public program with First Secretary Larry Holmes, who will focus on “What Road to Socialism?” and on debates among the global left. More details for this public event will be posted on the Workers World Party-Atlanta Facebook page. Over 60 years ago, a handful of revolutionaries founded Workers World Party in Buffalo, N.Y. Today, Buffalo is a growing branch of young revolutionaries.  Organizers from Massachusetts,  New York state, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois will be converging on the birthplace of Workers World Party to celebrate the party’s 60 years of dedication to Marxism-Leninism and the struggle for revolutionary socialism on Sept. 7-8.  Classes will include “Reparations and the National Question,” led by WW Managing Editor Monica Moorehead; “Cadre and the Need for a Leninist Party”; “China & U.S. Imperialism”; and lessons from WWP’s 60-year history. On Saturday night WWP will lead a demonstration in downtown Buffalo in solidarity with El Paso, Texas, and against white supremacist, fascistic attacks.On Sept. 8, Buffalo Marxism School attendees will have an organizing skills training led by union leaders, as well as a discussion on the party’s intervention in the mass struggle, including initiatives to fight the capitalist climate crisis, build solidarity with migrants and oppose U.S. imperialism’s growing attacks abroad. If you are interested in learning more about Workers World Party and attending the Atlanta or Buffalo Marxism schools, please contact [email protected] or [email protected]  Caravans will be leaving from major cities that you can join if you need transportation.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Canadian based company donates supplies to HIV/AIDS Response Programme

first_imgLocalNews Canadian based company donates supplies to HIV/AIDS Response Programme by: – July 13, 2012 Share Tweet 81 Views   2 comments Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! 40 foot container of medical, office and building supplies donated by SaskTel on Thursday.SaskTel International, a Canadian based organization teamed up with the Caribbean Association of National Telecommunication Organizations (CANTO), based in Trinidad and Tobago, to make a donation of US$5000.00 worth of medical, office and building supplies to the National HIV/AIDS Response Programme.On Thursday, representatives of SaskTel and CANTO presented a 40 foot container to the National HIV/AIDS Response Programme at a press conference held at the Princess Margaret Hospital.SaskTel International provides software solutions, and professional consulting and project management services to telecommunications businesses globally. SaskTel representative, Erin Lord explained that the donation of supplies was made through a “We See You” program which her company is a sponsor of.“The container comes as just one venture that the SaskTel We See You program has sent out of Canada. In 2006, SaskTel became a title sponsor of the program, We See You and since then the We See You program has produced many containers that have been sent to many different regions all over the world, some of those include; Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Uganda and Haiti, and now its 12th container has landed here in Dominica”.SaskTel representative, Erin Lord with her gift compliments the National HIV/AIDS Response Programme.The goal of the “We See You” program she explained is to “connect youth and local corporate sponsors with nonprofit organizations in the international communities who can help provide medical and educational support to the most vulnerable people in their community”.SaskTel partnered with CANTO, who introduced them to the National HIV/AIDS Response program in September of last year.“SaskTel International did our part by filling a 40 foot long, 10 feet high and 10 feet wide container of medical, office and building supplies. We were able to offer the medical supplies for the container from a unique relationship with the local health authority in Saskatchewan, while the building and office supplies came from all SaskTel and SaskTel International employees who donated them from their homes and their work places. SaskTel International also did some fundraising in order to provide the response program to turn the container, which is a donation itself, into an office space,” Lord noted.CANTO’s representative, Tricia Balthazar who is Dominican born but residing in Trinidad, was instrumental in contacting an employee of the National HIV/AIDS Response Programme, requesting that she provides a list of supplies that they required.Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Johnson presenting a gift compliments the National HIV/AIDS Response Programme to CANTO’s representative, Tricia Balthazar.Balthazar noted that the company is pleased to partner with SaskTel for a second time in providing much needed assistance to a Caribbean island, the first being St. Vincent.Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Johnson thanked both companies for their donation, especially during economic hardships. “We recognize that there is significant economic hardship worldwide and I know therefore that the Ministry of Health and by extension the National HIV/AIDS Coordinating Unit is very pleased that SaskTel has chosen Dominica and the National HIV/AIDS program to make this kind gesture”. He noted that the donation “will certainly go a long way in improving the lives of persons who are infected and affected with HIV/AIDS who are living in Dominica, not only those who are directly infected and affected with HIV/AIDS but also donation will also assist the Ministry of Health in improving some of the services that we offer to some of our clients”. Dr Johnson also complimented National HIV/AIDS Coordinator, Nurse Frampton for her efforts and dedication to improving the lives of persons living with HIV/AIDS.A special wooden clock shaped as the map of Dominica, with the flag of Dominica was presented as a thank you token to the representatives of SaskTel and CANTO.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

A’s top Twins to take one-game lead in second wild-card spot

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — The A’s (56-42) took the second game of this four-game series with a 5-3 win over the host Minnesota Twins on a balmy Friday night. The win gives them a one-game lead over Tampa Bay for the second wild-card spot.Khris Davis extended his homer-less game to 21 games but continued to hit the ball hard, collecting a pair of go-ahead RBI singles.Related Articles Fo … What A’s winter ball performances can tell us about the second base race last_img

Simple Molecules: The Building Blocks of Lie

first_imgAt a physical level, everything in the universe is made of atoms and molecules.  Life, being a subset of everything in the universe, is composed of a subset of all molecules that exist.  It could be said that any atom or molecule present in a living thing is a building block of life, but how informative is that?  Carbon, for instance, is essential to life, but is also a building block of cyanide, tailpipe soot, graphite, diamond and a host of deadly poisons.    It’s not just the presence of the simplest parts that conveys information about the whole – it’s the way that the building blocks are assembled into the complex structure.  A child’s alphabet building blocks, for instance, form gibberish when assembled by an infant who cannot read.  Life has been compared, by contrast, to an encyclopedia of highly specific information.  This information then directs a symphony of coordinated, dynamic processes using molecular machines.    Evolutionists are fond of pointing to carbon, water and other atoms and simple molecules as “building blocks of life.”  Embedded in the phrase is a subtext of progress.  If the building blocks are present, the statement suggests that they will “build” or assemble into life, given the right circumstances.  No one would say, though, that since silicon is a building block of computers, finding silicon on extrasolar planets is a sure bet computers will eventually be found.  In a similar vein, life uses a subset of “organic compounds” (carbon-based chemicals), but sometimes the word organic is used in an equivocal way to suggest the presence of life, even though many organic compounds (cyanide, gasoline, and carbon tetrachloride, for example) are poisonous or useless to biology.    At what point does the use of “prebiotic compounds” or “organic soup” or “building blocks of life” invoke the power of suggestion to support an evolutionary, naturalistic view of life’s origin?  Look at these recent examples to see if the inference to life is warranted by the observations.Oxygen:  The oxygen atom, though necessary for most living things, can also be a deadly poison – that’s why we take antioxidants.  In the cell, it is handled very delicately by complex enzymes that combine it with byproducts of respiration to form water and carbon dioxide, which can be safely removed.  Oxygen’s mere presence, however, suggested to EurekAlert that life was ready to explode in a plethora of wondrous complexity.  The title reads, “2 oxygenation events in ancient oceans sparked spread of complex life.”  Would the same thing be said of silicon sparking the spread of computers?Carbon:  Carbon is essential to most living molecules.  It is basic to fats, sugars, proteins and nucleic acids.  Raw carbon, or simple hydrocarbons, however, are useless to life unless incorporated by enzymes into structural molecules according to coded instructions.    Why, then, are the news media all using the L-word Life in their reports about the discovery of methane around a nearby star?  Methane is the simplest “organic” (carbon-based) molecule: one carbon joined to four hydrogens.  Because of its fourfold valence, carbon easily joins with other atoms – especially the most abundant element in the universe, hydrogen.  Methane is abundant on Titan, the gas giants, some comets and probably Mars, though not associated with life there.  Humans use methane for their cooking but not for their biology; it is emitted as a waste product by the bacteria in cow stomachs and by the decay of biomass, but is not a nutrient for life.    Nevertheless, most reports from a paper in Nature1 emphasized the L-word when methane was detected around a star, even though the authors said nothing about life.  “Under certain circumstances, methane can play a key role in prebiotic chemistry – the chemical reactions considered necessary to form life,” said the BBC News.  Ditto for Science Daily.  A NASA scientist called this “a dress rehearsal for future searches for life on more hospitable planets,” according to Space.com.  National Geographic was slightly more tentative, but ended with a focus on methane’s potential as a biomarker for life on other planets.Amino acids:  Proteins are composed of long chains of one-handed amino acids.  These carbon-based molecules have two simple parts, an amino group and a carboxyl group, and a side chain (R-group) that can be as simple as one hydrogen (glycine) or much more complex with cyclic domains and other things.  Of the almost endless varieties of possible amino acids, life as we know it is restricted primarily to 20 kinds.  It is not just the amino acids alone that make them “lively” but their specific combinations into long chains, held together by peptide bonds.    Finding a few amino acids, however, got EurekAlert all excited with two pronouncements on the same day: Meteorites are rich in the building blocks of life and Meteorites a rich source for primordial soup.  Both articles insinuated that a steady rain of amino acids on the primitive earth would have been sufficient to kickstart life in the ocean – even though amino acids avoid joining into polypeptides in the presence of water.  Notice the confidence mixed with suggestion in a statement by a scientist from Imperial College, London: “We know that approximately 3.8 to 4.5 billion years ago the Earth underwent heavy bombardment from meteorites which brought molecules to our planet, just before life emerged on Earth.”Water:  It goes without saying that water is another simple molecule often associated with the L-word.  A press release from Jet Propulsion Lab referred to life twice in the story about dust disks around stars (see the other 03/19/2008 entry today).  The article said that the discovery of water vapor molecules in the disk “may help shed light on the origins of our own solar system and the potential for life to develop in others.”  They also quoted Carr using the “building blocks” angle, “Now that we can identify these molecules and inventory them, we will have a better understanding of the origins and evolution of the basic building blocks of life–where they come from and how they evolve.” Countless press releases rush to include the L-word whenever a discovery is made of “building blocks of life” in space.  Presumably, the claim could be made about hydrogen.  Humans have plenty of hydrogen atoms bound to carbon and oxygen.  By extension, then, the whole universe is a building block of life.1.  Swain, Vashist and Tinneti, “The presence of methane in the atmosphere of an extrasolar planet,” Nature, 452, 329-331 (20 March 2008) | doi:10.1038/nature06823.Your imagination is being taken for a ride when you fall for the “building blocks” line.  Assumptions, unwarranted inferences and misdirection: these are the building blocks of lie.(Visited 35 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

SA capture Polocrosse World Cup

first_imgWinning the World Cup is a “great opportunity” for South African polocrosse, he said. “People are excited and interest in the game is on the up. People who were doubters about South African polocrosse are now on board. 21 July 2011 Jan Albert Steenkamp was in excellent form for South Africa in the title-decider and was later named the best male player of the tournament. The women’s award went to Kelly Redfearn of Zimbabwe. South Africa had earned their place in the final with an excellent 25-11 victory over Australia in the semi-finals. Zimbabwe reached the title-decider with a 24-10 win over the USA. Zimbabwean expectationsMuch was expected of the Zimbabweans this time around, after they defeated a South African team full of capped internationals three-nil in a series in Johannesburg in early June. It was not, however, South Africa’s World Cup team. South Africa captured the Polocrosse World Cup title for the first time when they defeated neighbours Zimbabwe in the final at the Onley Grounds Equestrian Centre near Rugby in the United Kingdom on Sunday. ‘After four chukkas, it was over’“In the first two chukkas, our girls went down 3-0, but then pulled it back to 3-3. Our men then won their first chukka 5-0. After four chukkas, it was over, Australia weren’t going to come back from being so far down.” Heavy rains in the final created some muddy patches on the field, but South Africa adjusted especially well to them to run out convincing 29-18 winners after eight exciting chukkas. For the record, South Africa’s World Cup winners were Gavin Cocker, Jossie Spilsbury, Graham MacLarty, Nikki Crook, Jan Albert Steenkamp, Celicia Jacobs, Nico Van Wyk, and Julie Royden-Turner. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Playing in the United Kingdom proved to be a test for the two southern African nations, who are used to dry conditions. Both teams were undefeated heading into the final and both had beaten Australia, who had previously never lost a game at the World Cup, which was held Down Under in the first two editions in 2003 and 2007. It was in the game against the highly-fancied Australians that a huge turning point occurred, said Cocker. Australia dominated the USA in the clash for third place, romping to a 31-8 win, while New Zealand held on for a 20-19 victory over the UK in thee battle for fifth. Zimbabwe had earlier downed the Australians 21-12 in pool play. They also edged New Zealand 17-15 and saw off Zambia 22-10. Stellar defenceQuestioned about South Africa’s stellar defensive showing throughout the tournament – the 18 goals they gave up to Zimbabwe was by five the most they conceded in any game – Cocker again put it down to game planning for each side they faced. South Africa had finished third in both the 2003 and 2007 events, while Zimbabwe had finished fifth in 2007 and fourth in 2003. “We got the horses into the right positions for the right riders and we were lucky that the horses suited our playing style.” “It’s also good for Zimbabwe,” he said about the all-Southern African World Cup final and what it means for polocrosse in the region. South Africa won their first two pool matches 19-9 over Ireland and 18-7 over the USA before sneaking past the UK 14-13 on a last-gasp goal by Graham MacLarty. At a World Cup, for health and safety reasons, players use borrowed horses which are put into pools and draws are then made for them. Adjusting to the horses is vital and this, too, was part of the South African team’s preparation, Cocker related. Visual skillsIt was a World Cup win a long time in the making, explained Cocker. Work on the South African challenge began some nine or 10 months before the tournament and visual skills’ work with world-renowned Doctor Sheryl Calder was “very helpful”, he enthused. For those not in the know, polocrosse is a combination of polo and lacrosse and the format features men and women playing alternate chukkas. It’s easy to understand and makes for a fantastic spectator sport. And with the next Polocrosse World Cup taking place in South Africa in 2015, the defending champions have plenty to look forward to, and to build towards. ‘Phenomenal’“It was phenomenal, especially for Southern Africa,” to be playing Zimbabwe in the final, South African captain Gavin Cocker told SAinfo. “And to win it was the ultimate, a special moment.” last_img read more

SA property fund ups Aussie investment

first_imgIn the latest transaction, Emira has once again followed its rights in a Goz rights issue to fund the purchase of the Australian stock exchange-listed Rabinov Property Trust. The six properties being acquired are high quality properties independently valued at A$184-million. Two of the largest properties are located on the outskirts of Melbourne and are let to General Electric Australia on relatively long leases. The others are also tenanted by blue chip companies. Although the Rabinov portfolio comprises 12 properties, Goz will only be acquiring six of the properties with the remainder being sold back to the Trust’s founding family. It subsequently participated in a rights issue in September last year acquiring a further 9.175-million units valued at around R117-million when Goz announced that it was acquiring the properties of company Property Solutions and needed to raise A$101-million to cover the purchase price. 11 August 2011 “The transaction is expected to be earnings enhancing for both Goz and Emira unit holders,” Emira CEO James Templeton said in a statement this week. “At a forward yield of 9.2%, the pricing of the rights offer is attractive and offers better value that is currently obtainable on physical property investment in South Africa.” The largest securities holder in Goz is JSE-listed Growthpoint Properties, which is also South Africa’s largest listed property fund. Templeton said the transaction represented a further meaningful diversification of the assets in the Emira portfolio, adding that the properties being acquired were of high quality and would also help reduce risk within the fund. Diversifying portfolio, reducing risk Emira made its first investment in Goz in May last year when it acquired 10.25-million units, or 6.4% of the units in issue, at a cost of R116.6-million after being given regulatory permission to invest a portion of its funds abroad. Further, the additional investment will boost Goz’s market cap to around A$1.2-billion, thereby attracting further interest from institutional investors. JSE-listed Emira Property Fund is investing a further R61.1-million in Growthpoint Properties Australia (Goz), giving it an effective ownership of 8.2% of the units in the Australian-listed real estate investment trust. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

2019 Ohio State Fair Junior Market Poultry results

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ava Hester, Clinton Co., had the Grand Champion Chickens.Jozie Jones, Clinton Co., had the Reserve Champion Chickens.Marian Woodruff, Hardin Co., was third overall with her meat chickens.Delaney Johnson, Jefferson Co., was fourth overall with her meat chickens.Anessa Ruggles, Huron Co., was fifth overall with her meat chickens.   Chicken Champion Drive exhibitors were: Myah Jones, Clinton Co., Allison Stacklin, Union Co., Marshall Jackson, Logan Co., Campbell Reese, Fairfield Co., Jozie Jones, Clinton Co., Anessa Ruggles, Huron Co., Deloris Corcoran, Ross Co., Emily Reed, Wayne Co., Ava Hester, Clinton Co., Alex Kinney, Logan Co., Delaney Johnson, Jefferson Co., and Marian Woodruff, Hardin Co.Jonathan Woodward, Coshocton Co., had the Grand Champion Market Turkey.Maribeth Pozderac, Knox Co., had the Reserve Champion Market Turkey.Lillian Conrad, Hancock Co., had the third overall market turkey.Isabel Henderson, Logan Co., had the fourth overall market turkey.Jonah Goddard, Fayette Co., had the fifth overall market turkey. The Turkey Champion Drive exhibitors were: Marian Woodruff, Hardin Co., Jonathan Woodward, Coshocton Co., Campbell Reese, Fairfield Co., Isabel Henderson, Logan Co., Kalyn Strahley, Paulding Co., Hailey Ballah, Madison Co., Alex Schaub, Logan Co., Alivia Kinney, Logan Co., Jonah Goddard, Fayette Co., Maria Henderson, Logan Co., Ava Hester, Clinton Co., Maribeth Pozderac, Knox Co., Parker Reese, Fairfield Co., Alex Kinney, Logan Co., and Lillian Conrad, Hancock Co.last_img read more

SaaS: SAP Moves Slowly in Targeting SMBs with OnDemand

first_imgSAP is beginning to make noise that they’re getting more serious about SaaS.  SAP is desperately trying to come up with a strategy to grow from a base consisting mostly of large companies to one that can also attract small and medium sized companies.The new strategy needs to kick in soon.  Sales are stalling — sales targets were missed in two quarters in 2006.  As a result, the stock price has fallen 15 percent since January.  There have also been rumors that SAP founders Hasso Plattner, Klaus Tschira and Dietmar Hopp are in talks to sell their 30 percent share of the company to private equity.  Some think that SAP may also be a target for acquisition.To get back into gear, Henning Kagermann, chief executive of SAP, is counting on a move into SaaS, but it doesn’t help that they’ve delayed release of their on-Demand offering until the end of 2007.  The original release schedule had been for the first quarter of 2007.  The new on-Demand SAP product helps with managing client relations and factory inventories.  It was demonstrated last week at the ceBit Trade Show in Hannover, Germany and is currently being beta tested by 150 select customers. Following the tradition of SAP product names like R/3, SAP is internally calling the new on-Demand product A1S — Business One and All-in-One.By offering the solution on-Demand, SAP hopes to be able to attract cost-sensitive companies with their “try, run and adopt” model.  But going after small businesses with an onDemand solution is a clear break from SAP’s traditional business strategy and it has some investors concerned that they may trip up with execution.As part of the plan, SAP is spending $529 million until 2008 to grow their line of on-demand small business software.  From this investment, SAP hopes to grow their base of small and medium customers from 39,000 to 100,000.NetSuite has to date been the only company able to get all components of a complete on-Demand ERP system up and running.  While Salesforce.com has been hugely successful with CRM, they’ve struck out with their attempts to go after the ERP market.  Salesforce.com first announced attempts to enter ERP in 2002 with the ‘Salesforce.com Billing Edition’, but they have not yet been successful.In a related announcement, on March 8th SAP reorganized their reporting structure for accounting.  On-Demand seems to be showing up under the catefory of Subscriptions and Other Software Related Services.  That area grew 46 percent, but it still makes up a very small fraction of SAP’s total business.?last_img read more

Remember EBay? Traffic at Auction Site Keeps Falling

first_imgAccording to Ina Steiner from AuctionBytes, eBay experienced a major drop in traffic over the last few months. Based on data from Nielsen, Steiner concludes that eBay’s page views in May 2009 dropped 32% compared to May 2008, and compared to May 2005, page views were down by 40%. With a 7% drop from May 2008 to May 2009, the unique visitor numbers show a slightly less dramatic decline, but things are clearly not going too well for eBay right now. Identity CrisisAs Saul Hansell points out on the New York Times Bits blog, eBay is currently suffering from a major identity crisis. As we reported earlier this year, eBay’s attempt to drive users away from auctions and towards fixed-price transactions (‘Buy-it-Now’) drove a lot of users away from the service, which, after all, used to be all about auctions. As Hansell rightly points out, a lot of this is meant to make users feel more secure about shopping at eBay, but at the same time, the company has also managed to annoy its traditional base of smaller sellers by focusing more on large retailers, while confusing users about what eBay really wants to be (auctions or Amazon competitor?).Of course, it is also important to note that the current state of the economy also doesn’t do eBay any favors. Consumer spending in general is down, and a lot of the items purchased on eBay were often collectibles and other items that were not necessities. Related Posts Tags:#news#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinoiscenter_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Edmonton Police Service to tackle violence with new techniques

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe city of Edmonton could be facing its record 46th homicide in 2011, pending the results of an autopsy.According to the Edmonton Police Service, robbery and auto theft are declining in the Alberta capital, but cases of sexual assault and homicide are on the rise.Superintendent Brad Ward says that the EPS’s strategy for tackling the problem will involve “addressing social factors that have led to the violent crime.”last_img