Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Sports betting Strategy Changes to how British football data is collected, distributed and priced have caused considerable disquiet among bookmakers. Scott Longley asks if the extra margin FDC is receiving is worth the furore and what a potential lack of competition and innovation could mean for the betting productThe introduction of VAR isn’t the only point of controversy in British football right now. Behind the scenes, the arguments with regard to the data rights for English and Scottish football continues to rumble, causing disquiet within the bookmaking sector.So, what exactly has changed, why, and what will these changes mean for the future relationship between sport and the bookmakers?As of the start of the current football season, the collection and distribution of data for the purposes of sports betting for all the English and Scottish leagues moved from STATSPerform to Betgenius. Yet, for many in the market there remains a degree of confusion about the new arrangements.While on the tracking side Second Spectrum beat Chyron Hego in the tender process, Perform/Opta remains as the media and team-use data distributor. It is believed that Opta’s long-standing relationships with both Sky and BT Sport and also NBC in the US means its status as the market leader in this area is unchallenged.As part of its bid to continue working on the betting distribution, it is further understood that Opta was looking at enhancing aspects of the betting feed and building on advances already made in terms of their match-tracking and player performance.Whether Genius Group can match that capability is open to question. What is a certainty is that with a new partnership taking over the collection and distribution of the data, it will take some time for them to get up to speed.Meanwhile, with Opta remaining on the media ticket – visibly offering an improved and enhanced service in that sphere – the bookies might start to feel like they are getting second best.It is part of the reason why data exclusivity is contentious. As was said from the stage at G2E in Las Vegas recently by Scott Kaufman-Ross, senior vice-president, head of fantasy and gaming at the NBA, non-exclusivity “fosters innovation” for the obvious reason that monopolies mean incumbents don’t feel under any competitive pressure.The squeeze Of course, what an exclusive deal can do is enable price rises and this – at least according to sources contacted by iGB – is exactly what Genius Sports/FDC have done.It is an obvious cause of friction. As one person contacted for this article suggested, “the speed of the changes and lack of existing relationships here has sent the animosity and ill feeling through the roof.”“Increased rights fees need to be recouped and it isn’t as if we’ve seen more bookmakers focused on soccer emerge overnight,” they added. “The market hasn’t changed there so the only way to claw back and be profitable is to increase prices.”So why has the route been taken? As we noted in a previous column, the tension between the bookies and English and Scottish football has certainly been ratcheted up; exclusivity has to be enforced and in a bid to stop alternative sources of supply at source, it has led to innocent fans ‘caught texting’ being forcibly ejected from the grounds.The anomaly here is the embargo on TV coverage of 3pm Saturday kick-offs, an anachronism from the 60s and 70s which denies other data providers the TV pictures to help with data collection and hence enables football to police data collection via ground security and thereby create an information monopoly.The current situation has led to potential legal action by Sportradar which believes the attempt by FDC and Genius Sports to enforce a monopoly position is anti-competitive. Sportradar argues for competition in the market for data supply.This could be delivered in the form of a sub-licensing deal, as was the case (ironically) between Perform and Genius Sports under the terms of the last agreement.So is football better off with the price rises? Arguably no. In going down the exclusive route, FDC is knowingly cutting itself off from any fees from other providers who, we are given to understand, are more than willing to pay. In other words, they are deliberately leaving money on the table therefore making a nonsense of the argument that somehow football is being short-changed.And of course the revenues generated are dwarfed by the money that comes from media rights and sponsorships where, as we know, betting and gaming is a prominent advertiser and partner. Indeed, after all the enforcement costs are taken into account, the amounts that will filter through to football from all this are, one might say, underwhelming, especially after Genius Sports has taken its cut.Where we go from here will be interesting. Whether the uplift in fees FDC has received was worth the furore is one question. Another is whether a lack of competition and innovation becomes apparent and what that might mean for the betting offering.While the primacy of Premier League football for UK-facing bookies will remain regardless, that isn’t the case for all its potential global bookmaking customers and FDC can’t be entirely confident about pressing on with future price squeezes.Most comparisons with the official data debate in the US are wide of the mark due to the differences in the evolutionary path of the regulated betting. Yet, it would be a curious turn of events if in the years to come the US market displayed markedly more innovation in sports betting data compared to Europe. The rumbling debate around British football data Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Changes to how British football data is collected, distributed and priced have caused disquiet among bookmakers. Scott Longley asks if the extra margin FDC is receiving is worth the furore and what a potential lack of competition and innovation could mean for the betting product 22nd November 2019 | By Stephen Carter Email Address
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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Submit a Press Release 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 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Latin America, Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK The Diocese of Ecuador Litoral has developed a comprehensive plan to care for the short- and long-term needs of people living in communities most affected by the April 16, 7-8-magnitude earthquake that hit the South American country. Photo: Edgar Giraldo/Facebook[Episcopal News Service] Saturday, May 14 marks four weeks since the 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador causing the death of more than 650 people, injuring more than 4,600 and displacing some 30,000. Recovery from the loss of life and the estimated $2 to $3 billion in damages will take years.Over the past month, the Episcopal Diocese of Litoral, which serves the coastal area hardest hit, conducted a survey of the communities surrounding its churches in the hardest hit area, and has developed a comprehensive plan to care for the short- and long-term needs of people living in those communities; appointing parishioners to liaise with local government officials.The diocese is preparing to provide “effective and efficient support” to victims based on the results of the survey, said Litoral Bishop Alfredo Morante-España, in an email message. Support, he added, that will require significant financial resources over the next two to three years.The diocese’s plan covers four courses of action: providing food; health and medical care; spiritual care; and reconstruction and housing improvement.In Manta, a central Pacific coastal community a three-and-a-half-hour drive north of Guayaquil, where the diocese has its headquarters, four churches, some of them incurring significant damage, have opened their doors to parishioners and community members. One recently ordained deacon shared his personal experience of loss in an interview for Episcopal News Services’ noticias section, where news is published in Spanish.In the immediate aftermath of the May 16 earthquake, the diocese received support from Episcopal Relief & Development that has allowed it to provide food, clothing, first aid supplies, clean water, household items and emergency repair assistance to 300 families.The Episcopal Church has two dioceses in Ecuador: Litoral, which covers the hard-hit coastal region; and the Quito-based Diocese of Ecuador Central, where the April 16 earthquake’s tremors were felt in the capital, Quito. Though, the capital didn’t incur damage one community belonging to the Diocese of Central Ecuador did incur damage and also has received support from Episcopal Relief & Development.During a weekly telephone call convened to discuss the earthquake victims’ needs, participants from the Diocese of Litoral said many of the people they are serving live in communities not immediately reached by the national government’s aid and relief efforts.In addition to support from Episcopal Relief & Development, the diocese has received support from individual Episcopalians, churches and dioceses, including the dioceses of Puerto Rico, New Jersey and Tennessee, among others. In the upcoming weeks, the Diocese of Puerto Rico, which operates a hospital system, will send a medical team to Manta; and a small group representing four churches in the Diocese of Tennessee will make a previously scheduled visit in early June, spending a few days in Guayaquil before heading north to Manta.“We were shocked and saddened by the destruction caused by the recent earthquake in Ecuador,” said George Kurz, a member of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Donelson, Tennessee, a suburb of Nashville, and co-chair of the Committee for Continuing Work in the Diocese of Litoral.“Some of our churches have had companion church relationships with churches in the hard-hit Manta area for 10-15 years,” he said, noting that just a couple of hours before the May 16 earthquake, St. Philip’s hosted a spaghetti dinner and silent auction fundraiser for a medical clinic members were scheduled to run in Ecuador in June.“Hearing about the causalities and 30,000 people left homeless, we realized that our clinics would be inadequate for those major needs,” he said, adding that his group also discussed canceling the trip and sending the money for relief efforts rather than placing an additional load on the diocese.“However, when we consulted Bishop Morante, he asked us still to come to be with our friends for companionship and spiritual support during this time of crisis,” said Kurz.The bishop agreed with Kurz’s group that the clinics would not be practical this year, and rather than travel with a large group, 11 people representing four Episcopal churches will make the trip and hold two workshops focused on “the spirit of service” in regard to neighbors in a time of need.“While we have service projects every year, we have found that once we arrive in Ecuador, the most important thing is to be open to direction from the Holy Spirit and try to respond as best we could,” he said.Donors can direct support to Episcopal Relief & Development’s disaster fund.— Lynette Wilson is an editor/reporter for Episcopal News Service. 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BBC Radio Scotland is once again offering to showcase local community groups’ fundraising events with another series of Let’s Do The Show Right Here.The programme focuses on local community groups raising funds for a cause in their area. BBC Radio Scotland will choose which groups to feature and will send along presenter Bryan Burnett to help with their fundraising event.In addition they will produce a programme that follows the progress of the group and its fundraising. Advertisement 24 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 6 April 2006 | News Tagged with: corporate Digital Events BBC Radio Scotland seeks local fundraising event to cover In the previous series Aled Jones has helped raise a roof in Helensburgh, Darius has sung in Fauldhouse, and Paul Daniels has helped in Brookfield.Interested local groups should request an application form from: 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.
Tagged with: Awards National Lottery Anyone who has received National Lottery funding is eligible for nomination with the winners decided by a judging panel. Advertisement Jonathan Tuchner, Director of The National Lottery Promotions Unit, said: Melanie May | 28 April 2021 | News The National Lottery Awards are once again open for nominations, with winners receiving a £3,000 cash prize for their organisation, as well as a trophy. The awards honour individuals, projects and young people who do extraordinary things for their community with individual nomination categories of: Culture, Arts & FilmCommunity/CharityHeritageSportYoung Hero (under 18s) “The National Lottery Awards seek to honour those who have stepped up and worked tirelessly on behalf of others. This year, a total of 16 projects from across the UK will also be shortlisted to take part in a public vote in a new category – The National Lottery Project of the Year. Last year saw 5,000 nominations made, with winners including Baby Loss Retreat, Matchbox Cineclub, and Dom’s Food Mission. 714 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. 2021 National Lottery Awards open for nominations “The last 12 months have been extremely tough on us all. But as we hope for better days ahead, we are constantly astounded by the way ordinary people and projects responded to adversity with heroic, yet simple acts of love, kindness and selflessness that will be long remembered.” This year, nominations can be made by tweeting @LottoGoodCauses with suggestions or visiting the National Lottery Good Causes website. The deadline is midnight on 7 June. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1
Venezuelan commune movements march in support of the upcoming Constitutional Assembly and the struggle for the Bolivarian Revolution.In Mexico, the government of Enrique Peña Nieto ignores the just demands of the mothers and fathers of the 43 Ayotzinapa student teachers and continues to kill, threaten and snoop with illegal eavesdropping — as in the Pegasus case, which involves Israeli software sold to the Mexican government for the surveillance of journalists.In Honduras, activists continue to be murdered.In Colombia, threats and killings continue against Indigenous people, peasants, union leaders, human rights defenders and other activists.Yet the Organization of American States doesn’t even mention these crimes and instead attacks the Bolivarian government of Venezuela, calling it repressive and covering up what is really going on in that country.It is U.S. imperialism — which in the first place created the OAS in 1948 to subjugate the peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean — that is using it now to promote an aggressive campaign against Venezuela. Since April, when the OAS illegitimately discussed the situation in Venezuela — in the absence of the Venezuelan representative — the OAS has convened two more meetings to justify an intervention in the Bolivarian country. But such discussion violates Article 1 of the OAS Charter itself, which states:“The OAS has no powers other than those expressly conferred on it by the present Charter, none of whose provisions authorize it to intervene in matters within the domestic jurisdiction of the Member States.”But for its hostile campaign against Venezuela, Washington depends on the rightist liar Luis Almagro, who as OAS Secretary General leads that intervention with the active support of the governments of Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Peru, among others.This OAS campaign has three basic demands: Schedule immediate electionsRelease “political prisoners”Respect the decisions of the Venezuelan National Assembly, whose majority opposes the government and where right-wing political organizations such as MUD and Primero Justicia, intellectual authors of the days of violence, are found.We need to remember that the National Electoral Council has already published the municipal election agenda for December 2017, but the opposition is trying to unconstitutionally accelerate this process. The so-called “political prisoners” have been responsible for destabilizing the country and for 43 deaths caused by their calls for violent “guarimbas” (street clashes) in 2014.But the attempts of imperialism to attack Venezuela through the OAS have so far failed. In the last two meetings — on May 31 in Washington, D.C., and on June 19-21 in Cancún — Almagro failed to obtain the majority vote needed to approve intervention. These plans also include the intention to suspend the processes begun by President Nicolás Maduro on May 1 for the July 30 election of members to the Constitutional Assembly. The final aim is to secure the necessary international diplomatic cover to force foreign intervention in Venezuela with the pretext of solving a “humanitarian crisis.”What the media hidesThis intervention is at the level of “international diplomacy” that under the guise of seeking “democracy” reflects what’s happening on the ground. Together with the Venezuelan counterrevolutionaries, the U.S. is attempting to force regime change. Under headlines such as “Crisis in Venezuela,” the news media want to project the image that “the people” in general oppose the government.This could not be further from the truth. The fact that these media hide what is really happening is in itself a crime of gigantic proportions. They try to justify the right-wing terrorism against people who support the revolution and the vandalism that destroys state institutions providing basic services of transportation, health care and education to citizens. As a result of violent actions that began on April 1, according to reports from Venezuela, around 90 people have died and more than a thousand have been wounded. (tinyurl.com/ya6wqsbe)The international media omit the details of the cruel methods of the counterrevolution’s violent confrontations that illustrate its aggressive nature. The demonstrators are described as peaceful people who only want a country in peace. But while the forces of the Bolivarian state are prohibited from using their weapons against demonstrators, and may only use tear gas and water cannons, the counterrevolutionary terrorists are attacking with deadly homemade weapons.The media omit reporting the findings of the Sebin, the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service of Venezuela, which has been apprehending and dismantling some counterrevolutionary cells.For example, in early June the Sebin captured Yeison Rodriguez. An article from Telesur on June 10 reported that Rodriguez was “accused of engaging in violent acts and assaults in several communities in Caracas (the capital) and in Miranda state (center) …. According to the director of Sebin, they obtained evidence of plans to attack members of the Bolivarian National Armed Forces as a political target, accompanied by recordings of telephone conversations that Rodriguez held with several people, evidence of their participation in the actions carried out by the treasonous squads financed by the opposition.”“The Sebin director also said that Plaza Altamira, located in the Chacao municipality, governed by opposition mayor Ramón Muchacho, is the center of operations of reactionary opposition sectors.“In turn, he warned about the existence of evidence that shows the connection of the citizen Yeison Rodríguez with the government of Miranda state, which is in the hands of the opposition leader Henrique Capriles.”Bolivarian Armed Forces,target of counterrevolutionViolent groups fired incendiary bombs at the Carlota Air Base on June 22. They alleged that a young man was shot and killed point blank at the hands of an Air Force sergeant guarding the base. The opposition has spread this story as “proof” of government repression.After investigations, the person who was identified as responsible is being subjected to relevant legal processes.However, it’s necessary to emphasize the following: What is happening in Venezuela is a strong counterrevolutionary attack trying to overthrow the legitimately constituted government. It is a coup attempt.How do you respond to an attack on a military base? We must point out that the counterrevolutionaries have tried at least 10 times to attack the base.Felipe Marcano makes an interesting claim in his article “La Carlota, military base under siege; Why insist on its assault?”The author writes: “The siege of the military base of La Carlota, in the capital of the republic, its assault and the seizure of its facilities by ‘peaceful, defenseless, young, heroic demonstrators’ seeks: the demoralization of the FANB (Armed Forces of the Bolivarian Nation) troops, their dissatisfaction and withdrawal of support for the Nation State and the Bolivarian Constitution, and to provoke a bellicose and forceful response from the government, so as to expose it as a failed Nation State drifting into national and international turmoil, using this as a pretext for foreign intervention to overthrow the government and the republican institutionality.” (aporrea.org, June 24)If we recall the beginning of the Cuban Revolution with the assault on the Moncada Barracks in 1953 — in that case on behalf of the poor and exploited people, unlike the counterrevolution in Venezuela that operates to benefit the oligarchy and imperialist powers — we will realize the importance of an attack on military installations.Bolivarian people continue to struggleThe total lack of coverage by the corporate media of what is happening in the inner base of the revolution, the poor neighborhoods, is also significant.The actions of the masses concern not only their demonstrations in defense of the revolution, but above all their daily life and strong decision to guide the country on a path of peace, working daily, developing skills, building the homeland, as people say there.And, above all, emphatically rejecting the violent processes of the counterrevolution.It is these core people who are the key to success. Hence the importance of the Constitutional Assembly, which would give the people the opportunity to forge their own future and to deepen the revolution.International supportThe situation in Venezuela is highly complicated. The Bolivarian revolutionary process and its future are currently the main topic of debates throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.Revolutionary groups and parties analyze not only present and past events, but the very behavior of the revolutionary government — its successes and its errors, its deviations in deepening the revolution toward socialist development — and many even offer recommendations.These analyzes run from the most critical of the government of Nicolás Maduro to those who excuse all its actions. What unites the great majority of these analysts is their defense of the Bolivarian process in the face of the U.S. imperialist onslaught.Today they see this process as crucial for the very survival of the progressive gains and movements in the region.Along with these debates, there has been a great wave of solidarity with the government and with the Bolivarian people.These expressions of solidarity include messages, street actions, forums, resolutions and statements from governments such as Cuba, which show unconditional support for the revolution. One of the most recent solidarity actions came not from Latin America but from Mozambique in Africa.It is up to the progressive movements in the United States to increase and expand their solidarity with the Bolivarian revolution by exposing, denouncing and combating the imperialist policy of the Pentagon, the White House and Wall Street.Say no to the intervention of the OAS/USA in Venezuela!Long live the Bolivarian Revolution and the international peoples’struggle!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Updated Feb. 5.Following the Jan. 22 settlement between the Los Angeles school district and the United Teachers of Los Angeles — a union with a majority constituency of oppressed women of color — education workers are on the move in other states and districts, including teachers and support staff in Virginia and West Virginia.West Virginia education workers rallied across the state on Jan. 9, the one-year anniversary of their historic strike, here in Saint Albans.More than 10,000 education workers from across Virginia met in Richmond’s Monroe Park Jan. 28 and marched to the Capitol for a “RedforEd” rally in defense of public education. The Virginia Education Association endorsed the action, which demanded more state funds for education, but it was initiated by rank-and-file VEA members who identify as Virginia Educators United.Virginia school employees are asking for dignity, respect and pay that is not below the national average. They are also asking the state government to restore the funding for public schools that was cut during the last 10 years. According to the National Education Association, the average national teacher salary is $60,000. But the average teacher in Virginia, even with accumulated seniority and experience, earns only $51,000 annually.In December, Gov. Ralph Northam proposed a 5 percent raise for Virginia teachers, but school districts would have to split the cost. Teacher salaries still would not be at the national level. Plus, the raise would not be given to nonteaching workers.The UTLA won ground on its demand for smaller class sizes. As with most of the teachers’ strike actions, Virginia education workers are concerned about the number of students permitted in elementary classrooms. Ask any teacher or school aide and they will tell you: Smaller class sizes lead to better academic achievement. Class sizes are higher in Virginia than in neighboring West Virginia.West Virginia: struggle continuesIt’s been nearly a year since the nine-day walkout in West Virginia that generated the continuing mass wave of education workers’ actions in the U.S.On Jan. 9, West Virginia teachers and support staff held an informational walk-in at several schools. That same day billionaire Gov. Jim Justice proposed a 5 percent pay increase and funding of health insurance for teachers.As the state’s legislature begins its session, teachers and support staff face retaliation from right-wing legislators. The state’s Senate Education Committee has tied the governor’s pay raise and health insurance funding to a legislative package reintroducing charter schools, vouchers and the elimination of union dues deduction from payroll checks. All these measures were defeated last year as a result of the educators’ strike.The Senate proposal would eliminate seniority rights and penalize and criminalize participants in any future walkouts. It’s an all-out attack on unions. Proponents of this reactionary proposal falsely claim they are trying to “help students,” but the proposal even had language that would increase class sizes.The “Omnibus bill” passed in the Senate Education Committee, but, in a rare move, the Senate then voted to bypass the Senate Finance Committee. The bill was amended in late January while being read on the Senate floor. Under pressure from militant teachers, the Senate removed language about increasing class size, but it still includes elimination of seniority as a factor in annual reductions in force, employment transfers and other attacks on workers’ rights.If the bill moves quickly through the House, there may be another strike. The three unions have asked their members to vote to authorize a work action — another walkout — if the House doesn’t defeat or amend it.A pro-public education rally was held at the Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., on the evening of Jan. 31. “Our Students First” was organized by a grassroots coalition made up of state affiliates of the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers, as well the independent West Virginia School Service Personnel Association and other advocates of public education.The ultraright, union-busting American Legislative Exchange Council and the libertarian-leaning Cardinal Institute for West Virginia Policy have been campaigning in the state to mislead parents and the public into believing for-profit charter schools will somehow improve the lives of students.Reactionary politicians and business leaders are doing everything they can to weaken workers’ rights by trying to break the unions and replace public schools with corporate-controlled schools.New movement of militant teachersSince the 2018 West Virginia strike, school and public workers in nearly every state in the U.S. have been forming and joining organizations seemingly modeled on rank-and-file committees of the American Federation of Teachers. These include the Caucus of Rank and File Educators in Chicago and the Movement of Rank and File Educators in New York City.In some ways, these groups are similar to Teamsters for a Democratic Union that formed in 1975 or Miners for Democracy that fought, starting in 1970, for black lung recognition and benefits within the United Mine Workers. Other examples of rank-and-file militancy can be found throughout labor history.In the West Virginia educators’ strike, the first rank-and-file group began in the fall of 2017 as a simple Facebook page. West Virginia Public Employees UNITED quickly gathered more than 24,000 members, leading to the formation of the WV United Caucus and then to the Feb. 23-March 7 strike.The April 26-May 3 strike in Arizona began with a rank-and-file Facebook page called Arizona Educators United, which was then embraced by the Arizona Education Association.Members of these rank-and-file groups are also activist members of the NEA and AFT affiliates in their respective states. Young teachers, who care deeply about their profession as well as social justice issues and organize heavily through social media, have led the rank-and-file organizing.More members of these informal rank-and-file groups are becoming increasingly radicalized through their personal experiences and struggles as education workers in the heart of capitalism. This is certainly a positive development.With the onslaught of corporate attacks on public education, it’s crucial for union leaders, rank-and-file activists and revolutionary communists to work together collectively to push back against the big-business agenda of union busting and privatization.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook Twitter Previous articleVillwock Worried About Crop Insurance Funding in Farm BillNext articleTodd Janzen: Thinking of Expanding Your Farm? Don’t Assume the Right to Farm Act’s Protections Apply Andy Eubank Jim Wicker May updateFor many Indiana farmers in east-central portions of the state all or most of the crops are planted and eyes are now on emergence. Jim Wicker is at New Lisbon, just north of I-70 in Henry County where it just hasn’t been the wet spring southern Indiana has experienced.“It’s not been bad. Most of the corn is in here in Henry County. My corn has been in since approximately May the 9th and our soybeans were finished a few days after that. Everything for us is coming up and it looks like we’ve got a pretty good stand. Some people are finishing up soybeans here and we’ve not had the water that some areas south of Indianapolis have had over this spring, so we’ve been fortunate to get things in and it’s time to start thinking about side dressing corn.”He expects to start that sometime this week. Late last week a cold spell hit the state but fell short of causing problems for Wicker.“We didn’t have a frost or a freeze and the growing point is still well below the ground on corn. We’ve got a lot of corn really about the first true leaf as far as first true collared leaf. Most of it the stands look consistent. We had very good emergence I would say.”The corn and soybean farmer also grows alfalfa.“We already harvested some first cutting alfalfa a week ago. It was hard to get brave and mow many acres but we mowed about 14 acres of alfalfa a week ago and put up a few bales of hay there. We market our alfalfa through the quarter horse and thoroughbred markets, and that’s something my family has been involved in for a number of years.”Weed pressure this spring hasn’t been much of problem. Wicker did spray for alfalfa weevils earlier in the spring. SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter East Central Indiana Crops off to Good Start Home Indiana Agriculture News East Central Indiana Crops off to Good Start By Andy Eubank – May 27, 2013
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Twitter Previous articleMidwives’ concern over safety of mothers and babiesNext articleAustria tourists Shannon bound John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Linkedin Cornelius Faulkner at his home in the Longpavement Halting site. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22RESIDENTS of the Longpavement halting site on the outskirts of Limerick city say their lives are at risk due to rats from the nearby former landfill site.Cornelius Faulkner, a father of seven, says he has been pleading with the council for several years to relocate the families living on the site.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up According to Mr Faulkner, just last week, a pet dog was put down after it was diagnosed with Weils disease, a condition commonly spread by rats that is potentially fatal to humans.He told the Limerick Post: “We are all at risk from Weils disease, the rats are getting in here from the dump. My wife died from that 11 years ago. This week we had a pup that got sick, I brought him to the vet and the vet said he had Weils disease and he had to put him down.“He told me to go straight to the regional and I was there all night, they told me if I’m not ok in three weeks’ time I have to go back into them. Some child could die from this; it’s very dangerous. If any of the clothes fall off the washing line we have to throw them out, even if they’re brand new. You can’t risk it because of the rats.”Mr Faulkner says Limerick City and County Council employees spread rat poison on the site after he contacted them about the death of the dog, but he says their response is “not good enough”.“The rat poison is just like little tablets, they put them into holes in the ground. If a child picked one up they could die.“This was supposed to have been a temporary site, we were meant to be out of it seven years ago. I’m trying to get out, trying to get them to close it down, but all they keep saying is that they have no funding. Children are getting sick here all the time,” he added.A spokesperson for the local authority said: “Limerick City and County Council has very recently been made aware of an allegation that a dog had to be put down having been suspected of contracting Weil’s Disease. The local authority is presently investigating the alleged incident.“The council can confirm that pest control on this site is carried out every six to seven weeks. It would be inappropriate for the council to comment further as there are ongoing legal proceedings in regard to this site.” WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” NewsHalting site residents say lives at risk from ratsBy John Keogh – October 8, 2015 1384 TAGSlimerickLimerick City and County Councillongpavement halting siteweils disease Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live