Show Comments ▼ Catlin’s Japan losses could reach $200m Tags: NULL CATLIN Group yesterday estimated its losses from the Japanese earthquake and tsunami will be around $200m (£122m), net of reinsurance and reinstatements. The insurer also admitted that the estimate – which is based on total insured losses of between $20bn and $30bn – is subject to a considerable degree of uncertainty as the full scale of damage is not yet known. Catlin had previously estimated that its losses from other first-quarter catastrophes would amount to $175m. These figures included the January floods in Australia, and the February earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.Catlin said in a statement: “This estimate is subject to a considerable degree of uncertainty as the full scale of human and economic damage is not yet known.“It will be many months until the total amount of insured damage arising from this catastrophe can be estimated with precision.” whatsapp whatsapp KCS-content Wednesday 20 April 2011 7:48 pm More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.com‘The Love Boat’ captain Gavin MacLeod dies at 90nypost.com Share
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Airbnb shares fall after the latest results. Is this a dip I should buy? Enter Your Email Address 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. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Jonathan Smith | Friday, 14th May, 2021 | More on: ABNB It’s been a very choppy week for stock markets around the world. Almost without exception, indices are closing the week lower than where the started. Stocks within each index have reacted in different ways. For Airbnb (NASDAQ:ABNB) shares, it’s been a week to forget. The shares opened the week around $155, but were trading at $133 after hours on Thursday. So should I buy this dip?Inflation fears weighing down Airbnb sharesThe fall in Airbnb shares started at the beginning of the week, even before the important Q1 results were released yesterday. Why was this? The reason for the broader sell-off in markets this week was due to concerns about rising inflation expectations. 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…In the US, inflation for April rocketed 4.2%, much more than expectations. It was also higher than the March figure of 2.6%. The concern here is that the US Federal Reserve will be forced to raise interest rates to stop inflation running away. This will hurt companies that have large amounts of debt, as it becomes relatively more expensive to pay back and take on new debt. So it follows that Airbnb shares logically fell due to the debt pile it has. Last year, it took on around $2bn of debt financing to help it get through the pandemic. Even with some repayment, the company does have a high level of borrowings.So part of the fall in Airbnb shares before the results was driven by this sentiment from investors about inflation and the knock-on impact regarding interest rates.Latest resultsIn the latter half of the week, the fall was due to Q1 results. A headline figure of a loss of almost $1.2bn is never going to be taken well by the market. But on closer inspection, I don’t actually think results were that bad.Gross booking value from customers was $10.3bn, up 52% on the same period last year. Of note was that fact that Q1 revenue was higher than Q1 2019 figures as well. I think this shows the level of pent-up demand among people who long to travel. Since bookings are forward-looking, I think this offers a good outlook for Airbnb shares.In the short term, there was understandably a lot of focus on the large loss. This was made up of a few one-off expenses. Some $113m of this was impairment on the value of the San Francisco office space. Another $377m was related to having to repay a term loan. Finally, $229m was related to compensation expenses.On balance, I do think the slump represents a good dip and it’s worth buying Airbnb shares, so I’m considering buying now. The loss doesn’t accurately reflect the state of the business, I feel, and the outlook is positive. In fact, the CEO commented that “we expect a travel rebound unlike anything we have seen before. 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TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Comments are closed. [Ecumenical News International] Churches around the world observed a week of prayer from Jan. 18-25, holding special worship services and gatherings that emphasized what Christians hold in common.This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity centered on the scriptural theme, “We will all be changed by the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ,” from the book of Corinthians (15:51-58). Celebrated in some areas at Pentecost, the week is sponsored by the Catholic church’s Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Geneva-based World Council of Churches (WCC).Materials for celebration and reflection this year were prepared by churches in Poland, sharing their history of partition and victory over oppression, the WCC said in a news release.In the Philippines, where people have been faced with governance crisis, churches took the lead towards national unity in setting aside their doctrinal differences. Together they marked the week by praying for change and peace.Churches Together in Britain and Ireland stressed the significance of change as an integral part of theology and unity among the churches. “Change is also at the heart of the ecumenical movement. When we pray for the unity of the church we are praying that the churches that we know, and which are so familiar to us, will change as they conform more closely to Christ,” they said.Celebrations also took place in France and Switzerland, and throughout Europe, where various churches, including Orthodox, Roman Catholics and Protestants, reflected together on the theme of Christian unity in prayer and meditations, the WCC said.Across the U.S. and Canada, local Christian communities marked the week with special worship services and community gatherings.According to the Rev. Victor Kim from Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary, Alberta, “it’s a week that is ecumenical in nature. So it’s not about one particular denomination, one particular strand.”However, in Lahore, Pakistan, a gathering on Jan. 23 of Catholic and Protestant leaders that marked the week of prayer said that unity is being threatened by unconsecrated, “unofficial” churches, according to CathNews India, a Catholic news service.“Self-made pastors and bishops are a serious concern,” said Father James Channan, regional coordinator for the United Religious Initiative. “Without a parish or even church buildings [in some cases], such people attract the poor. This unconsecrated form of preaching usually results in confusion, scandal and controversy,” Channan said, according to CathNews India.Both Catholic and Protestant speakers pressed for joint meetings between the recognized churches to deal with problems arising from the threats posed by terrorism, violence and depression.Meanwhile, in Geneva, Tamara Grdzelidze, program executive of the WCC Commission on Faith and Order, offered various perspectives showing the strength of faith as one uniting factor.In a special service for the week on Jan. 23 at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, Grdzelidze said that in Christianity, “defeat changes into victory, the Crucifixion changes into the Resurrection, death … changes into life.”Grdzelidze said that “to follow the Lord, to serve Him and attain the honor of victory over death, we are called to unity in our faith in its manifold expressions whether charitable, prayerful, meditative, active or pro-active. Unity in faith is indeed victory over hatred, wickedness, idle talk, sloth.” In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release Rector Knoxville, TN Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Submit an Event Listing Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Tampa, FL Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Anglican Communion, Rector Bath, NC Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector Albany, NY 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 Featured Events New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI February 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm UNITY in the Anglican Communion should be much more than prayers … for at present disunity seems to be the on-going concern … be it in the acceptance of a COVENANT, the overt actions against biblical moral teachings or the individual churches’ power structures over matters of faith, tradition, revelations and/or practices. If the trends continue, there might be many Anglican Communions or none at all. The Christian Faith and Practices of PECUSA and other national churches/missions around the world could become so multifaceted and multidysfunctional that the so-called BODY OF CHRIST might just be a multivaried collection of unrecognizable and dispersed body parts … LET US PRAY AND ACT FIRST FOR UNITY WITHIN OURSELVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL Youth Minister Lorton, VA Ecumenical & Interreligious By ENInews StaffPosted Jan 26, 2012 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Submit a Job Listing Press Release Service R. A. Garcia says: Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Tags Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Featured Jobs & Calls Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Shreveport, LA Comments (1) Rector Martinsville, VA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Associate Rector Columbus, GA Churches worldwide observe week of prayer for unity
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Howard Lake | 10 December 2004 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis PRSF New Music Award 2005 open for applications 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. The Performing Rights Society Foundation (PRSF) New Music Award is offering up to £50,000 towards a new music project.The award aims “to provoke creatively adventurous ideas” and is open to anygenre and the resulting performance can be presented in any context orsuitable media. Ideas are sought from individuals, groups or organisationsand can be collaborative involving other any other art form.Pre-existing work is not eligible, and new British music must be the predominant factor in any project. The project must have a public performance in the UK by 1 September 2006. Advertisement 20 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The deadline for applications is 25 February 2005.
Tagged with: charity shops Ireland Law / policy Howard Lake | 27 September 2017 | News Regulator targets ‘charity’ shops AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Irish Charities Regulator is cracking down on unregistered ‘charity’ shops.One shop owner has been prosecuted, three shops have ceased trading and seven shops no longer market themselves as “charity shops”, following actions by the Charities Regulator since 2016.A public update notice published this week by the Charities Regulator notes that one shop, the Twist charity shop, closed down following the successful prosecution of the owner, Mr Oliver Williams, in February 2017 at Sligo District Court. Three other shops, the Second Chance Boutique, Belmullet, the Charity Boutique, Naas, and the Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue have closed following the receipt of “cease and desist” letters from the Charities Regulator.Seven shops have amended their shop fronts or other notices in response in order to make it clear to the public that they were not a charity, which made them compliant with the Charities Act 2009.Charities Regulator Chief Executive John Farrelly explained: “All charity shops must operate as part of a registered charity and all proceeds must go towards that charity’s charitable purpose.”He added: “If the public see a shop that they think, or any reasonable person would think, is a charity shop, but is not part of a registered charity let us know and we will step in.”How to checkHe also urged the public to check the charities register to be sure that any “charity shop” they are going to support is a registered charity shop.Under Section 41 of the Charities Act 2009 it is an offence for any person to advertise on behalf of, to invite members of the public to give money or property to, or to accept such money or property on behalf of, a charitable organisation that is not registered, or for an unregistered charitable organisation to carry on such activities.Since 2016, the Regulator has received concerns from members of the public relating to 28 shops that they believed were charity shops but which were not registered charities. Concerns relating to 14 shops remain open while concerns relating to three shops were closed after it was established there was no breach of the Act. 103 total views, 1 views today Advertisement 104 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
Many a scholar have written about the phenomenon of rising expectations. What is happening in Mexico today should be examined from that point of view.Tens of thousands of Mexican workers have gone on strike in unprecedented actions over the last few months, most of them at the border with the U.S. — the same border where President Trump wants to build his hated wall. The workers’ struggle takes place in the context of the significant Mexican presidential election of progressive Andrés Manuel López Obrador in 2018.Rising expectations?“Rising expectations” scholars vary in political orientation. In one right-wing view, Wendy McElroy says, “Starving peasants storm the Bastille because oppression has driven them beyond the limits. It is the quintessential image of political revolution. But what if it is wrong?” McElroy goes on: “Tocqueville, whose … (parents) were imprisoned and nearly executed in the French Revolution, commented … that most histories of that revolution dwell upon the hideous deprivations of the French peasants. … But Tocqueville noted something odd. The strongest revolutionary sentiment was found … where prosperity had been growing. People for whom the bonds of servitude had recently loosened were the loudest voices for change.” “Karl Marx,” McElroy erroneously continues, “believed that worsening conditions drove the engine of revolt.” She disagrees and concludes, “Revolution comes from hope … it comes when the forces of freedom offer people a glimpse of something better. Violent revolt is the result of despair and rage.” (Future of Freedom Foundation, May 1, 2016) In fact, revolutions, whether they rise from “hope” or are “violent,” would be better than what most people face today.Mexican workers on the riseWorkers and oppressed nationalities in Mexico have experienced it all. They have endured conditions that most people in the U.S. could never imagine. Beheadings. Tens of thousands of political assassinations. Thousands of missing children and families. Inadequate housing, water and employment. Drug cartels almost as powerful as the government. The government has historically been so corrupt that most people assume each major election will be fraudulent.But Mexicans continue to challenge the status quo. Protest marches take place daily across the country. In some Indigenous regions especially, the masses have won people’s power and obtained almost full control of their communities.In 1988 the masses supported a progressive presidential candidate, Cuauhtémoc Cardenas. Despite millions backing him in the streets and in the polls, his victory was stolen.Mexico has also produced Indigenous armed guerrilla organizations, the most well known being the EZLN (Zapatista National Liberation Army). Formed in 1994, the EZLN is thriving to this day in the state of Chiapas.All this takes place in the context of U.S. imperialism treating Mexico as its junior partner in crime. Washington has benefited from the drug industry and spent billions to militarize the country. It will do anything to stop any Bolivarian-type revolution at its southern border.Because of U.S. policies, more than 250,000 people have been killed and around 40,000 have gone missing in Mexico since 2006. Nonetheless, despite harsh conditions brought on by imperialism, Mexico remains a beautiful, culturally rich and vibrant society.The will of the workersIn June 2018 progressive candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the presidential election. It was a stunning victory given that he had tried before and that all recent progressive candidates had had elections stolen from them.Obrador, known as AMLO, was greeted by hundreds of thousands of people in the streets on the day of his inauguration. Around the world, and especially in Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua, the progressive political movement was elated that AMLO had won.And not only were the political movements of Latin America elated, but the masses also had rising expectations. Immediately López Obrador carried out a gutsy action. He stopped a major renovation of an airport that people had been struggling against for years. AMLO showed support for the struggle and not for the multinational corporations that wanted an “improved” airport.He did not move into “Los Pinos,” the Mexican equivalent of the White House, and instead opened it to the pubic so that they could see how former presidents had lived a luxurious life. He opted to stay in his own home. AMLO attempted to deal in a thoughtful way with the tens of thousands of Central American migrants who made their way to the U.S. through Mexico. He condemned the right wing, Trump-like vitriol of elite Mexicans who attacked the migrants. He continues to consider options best for the refugees, including one-year temporary status in Mexico that allows them to work there. AMLO is not a revolutionary socialist, but he opposes U.S. intervention in Venezuela — a hugely independent position to take. Not every one of his actions has been progressive as AMLO remains trapped in a capitalist system overshadowed by U.S imperialism. But expectations of him remain high among the Mexican people. Strikes at the border It is in this context that the struggle of a large number of Mexican workers has burst onto the scene. Since January, a whopping 45,000 workers have gone out on strike or held major work stoppages at the U.S. border. Their targets have been the maquila companies. There are thousands of production and assembly plants, most on the U.S.-Mexican border, that employ and exploit hundreds of thousands of low-wage workers. Most of these factories are owned by U.S. corporations and subcontractors, including Levi Strauss, Ford, General Motors and Nike. Maquiladoras have long been targets of struggle on both sides of the border and have historically received much support and solidarity from union and other activists in the U.S. Maquila plants across the border from El Paso in Cuidad Juarez are also infamous for the thousands of maquiladora women workers who have been slaughtered or have gone missing over the years, for whom international solidarity campaigns have been organized. According to a Jan. 28 article on the website “In Defense of Marxism” by Carlos Marquez: “On 25 January, 48 ‘maquila’ companies in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, were hit by strikes.” Matamoros is on the border with Brownsville, Texas, one of the areas where Trump wants to build his wall. Marquez continues: “This is not minor, we’re talking about 45,000 striking workers. In the past several days, the workers revolted against their inert labor leaders and bosses. The workers partially paralyzed some factories. Under pressure, several people went to work, but most refused. Massive, daily assemblies were held in the public square.”Some of the first Mexican maquiladoras were built in Matamoros, the center of today’s struggle. That’s a great example of the famous statement by Malcolm X about “chickens coming home to roost” as the result of exploitative and violent actions.Organizing at ‘unprecedented rate’Workers are organizing at an “unprecedented rate” along the very border where white-supremacist Trump wants to build a wall. Marquez details both the trajectory and the lessons of this current workers’ struggle. He talks about the role of leadership from both community support and the factories, as union leaders and their lawyers have received death threats. A March 28 Vox article confirms that the struggle which burst out in January continues: “Hundreds of Coca-Cola workers are camping out at a major bottling plant until they get a raise. More than 8,000 Walmart employees were prepared to walk off the job until management meets some of their demands. And 30,000 striking factory workers have finally returned to work after a month-long strike.”The main issue in the struggle is wages. In one factory, initially, the Polytech workers rejected the offer of a 15 percent increase and a $18,000 bonus. The workers generally earn about $2.50 an hour; that’s the reason U.S. companies move factories there. The campaign has pushed the idea that workers at each factory should not negotiate alone but as a group — an advanced and exciting tactic. The campaign has been so successful it has sparked the “20/32 Movement” referring to the demand for a 20 percent pay raise and a 32,000 peso annual bonus, about $1,600. At least 14 factories have conceded to the demands of the workers. This is a huge victory that neither police harassment nor death threats were able to prevent.The workers’ movement is not just angry at the corporations, but also at the union leadership, which historically has pushed sell-out, pro-corporate unions called “charros.”An article from the Socialist Left makes this point: “In … Matamoros, an important step has been taken to break [the old repressive] structures; the next step will be the struggle for the democratization of the unions.” (tinyurl.com/yy7f3mje)Wages will continue to be a big issue: “In 40 years, the purchasing power of workers’ wages has fallen by more than 80 percent. AMLO has finally decreed an increase that is estimated above inflation, and a doubling of the minimum wage in the north of the country. This is very limited … but it is still a small step forward. It was AMLO’s decree that encouraged these workers, who mostly identify with the new government, to fight.”Will there be a socialist ‘Fourth Transformation’?One of the campaign platforms that AMLO ran on was the “Fourth Transformation of the Country.” This referred to three momentous events that have taken place in Mexico: The War of Independence from Spain, 1810-21; the Benito Juarez reform period of 1857-72; and the Mexican Revolution of 1910-17.To match that would indeed be a tall order. But the fact that rising expectations have continued to rise at the controversial border indicates great change. A “Fourth Transformation,” which is a socialist turn in Mexico, would be a game changer of the highest order. The people of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua would greatly benefit from a historic shift to the left in Mexico. The movement in the U.S. should do everything to show its solidarity with Mexico. We should demand: No Wall! 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