Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe ( 2000 Annual Report

first_imgLafarge Cement Zimbabwe ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2000 annual report.For more information about Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (  2000 annual report.Company ProfileLafarge Cement Zimbabwe manufactures and distributes cement and allied products for the building industry. Formerly known as Circle Cement, the company is a subsidiary of the Lafarge Group. The cement product range includes Portland composite cement which is the cement used in beams, foundations and load-bearing structures; Supaset, used by concrete brick makers and homebuilders; Masonry cement, used for general construction work such as screed flooring, brick and mortar and plastering mortar. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe also sells a range of allied products which include washed sand, 6-mm stones, 20-millitre stones and crusher run. Specialised products include Agricultural lime, Colorbrite and Snolime, pre-sanded Cemwash and Impermo. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc ( Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgNigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Transport sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileNigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc (nahco aviance) is an investment holding company in Nigeria with business interests in aviation services and support. This includes aviation cargo, aircraft handling, passenger facilitation, crew transportation and aviation training. The company was established in 1979 as the sole ground handler at the newly-commissioned Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos. Today, Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc handles 70% of domestic and foreign airlines operating in Nigeria encompassing 35 airlines at 9 airports across Nigeria. Subsidiary companies include Mainland Cargo Options and Nahco Power Energy and Infrastructure. The Federal Government through Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) has a 60% equity stake in the aviation enterprise. The remaining 40% is held by Air France, British Airways, Sabena and Lufthansa. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Nigerian Aviation Handling Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Texas ban seeks to overturn legal abortion

first_imgApril 16 — Bulletin: A Texas appeals court ruled April 13 to accept an emergency application asking the U.S. Supreme Court to restore a district court’s temporary restraining order that would allow patients access to medication abortions during the pandemic. The appeals court asked if a medication abortion was a “procedure.” Plaintiffs explained medication abortion consists of two pills administered without personal protective equipment and is not a procedure. Medication abortions and surgical procedures are now available before the gestational age of a pregnancy exceeds the state’s legal limit of April 22, the day after Gov. Abbott’s COVID‑19 order expires. Litigation against ban continues.April 7 — The overwhelming majority of people in the U.S. are doing everything in their power to survive the COVID-19 pandemic, which is both a public health crisis and an economic disaster of worldwide proportions. But women of childbearing age, 15 to 44, in six conservative states led by politically ambitious, anti-abortion officials — Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas — face an additional threat. Those states are intent on banning all abortions for the duration of the pandemic. The battle for the reproductive rights in Texas has raged for decades, here at a 2016 protest.At present only the Texas ban has gone into effect due to a ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on March 31. There is a proposed end date of April 21, but it can be extended at the governor’s whim.Judges in other states have issued restraining orders on the ban, thanks to such reproductive rights legal defenders as the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union and the Planned Parenthood Federation. On April 6, Oklahoma District Judge Charles Goodwin wrote that Oklahoma “acted in an ‘unreasonable,’ ‘arbitrary,’ and ‘oppressive’ way — and imposed an ‘undue burden’ on abortion access — by imposing requirements that effectively deny a right of access to abortion.” (CNN) What is the pressing argument for such bans? That the use of personal protective equipment for abortions takes valuable resources away from frontline health care providers during the epidemic. And that, since abortions are considered “elective” procedures, they belong in the category of “nonessential” surgery. Not only is that reasoning false, but the Texas ban includes medical abortions, which do not require any surgical intervention. Rather the patient is instructed to take two well-spaced pills in the privacy of their home. This restriction exposes the ban as obviously deceptive, malicious and criminal. (See “For gender-oppressed people: COVID-19 complicates health care” in April 2 WW, which discusses telemedicine during the pandemic.) Exposing blatant bias of Texas banA March 18 joint statement by major national medical organizations, including the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology, asserted: “Abortion is an essential component of comprehensive health care.” Stressing that it is a time-sensitive service, the statement concluded: “The consequences of being unable to obtain an abortion profoundly impact a person’s life, health, and well-being.” “Anyone who believes in facts and evidence-based public health will witness the absurdity and cynicism of these arguments with alarm because all pregnancy-related health care — whether it’s ensuring healthy pregnancies and safe births, preventing pregnancies, or ending pregnancies — is by its very nature time-sensitive and essential care.” wrote Dr. Herminia Palacio, president and CEO of the Guttmacher Institute, a primary resource of reproductive science, on March 30. She concluded: “In recent years, we have witnessed a renewed, systematic, and coordinated effort by anti-abortion advocates to dismantle abortion access and otherwise undermine reproductive health and rights. These ideologues have found strong allies in the White House, many state governments, and an increasingly conservative judiciary.”Multiplying the stressful effects of the ban in Texas is mass unemployment. Women may try risky measures by taking matters in their own hands if they do not have the cash to travel hundreds of miles out of state to get a legal abortion. These can cost hundred of dollars, in addition to other related expenses. Statistics show that women in Texas already have a higher rate of attempted self-abortions than the national average. According to Alwa Marwadi writing April 4 in the Guardian, “There is nothing pro-life about exploiting an emergency to further a political agenda. There’s nothing pro-life about forcing women to give birth during a pandemic. There’s nothing pro-life [about] women having to put themselves in danger to get the help they need, and the services the Constitution is supposed to protect. But, as has always been clear, anti-abortion fanatics don’t care about ‘life,’ they care about control.”While noting that the Texas ban is temporary, Marwadi warned: “But our civil liberties are most fragile during times of fear and crisis; rights that are lost are not easily won back. It’s not just our physical health that we need to worry about during this pandemic. … A small minority of zealots will do everything they can to use this crisis to eradicate the right to an abortion in America.”A legal eagle at Slate, Mark Joseph Stern, pointed out in a March 31 article: “For several years, the 5th Circuit has been pioneering the jurisprudence of Trumpism, which includes a fervent desire to end abortion. … The court has already defied Supreme Court precedent to uphold one blatantly unconstitutional abortion restriction.” [Louisiana law now before the court. See Feb. 26 WW article.] But Stern cautions, “Only the Supreme Court may restrict the breadth of its rulings. … COVID‑19 gives them a perfect pretense to erode [legal abortion].” Longtime prisoner activist in Texas, Gloria Rubac told Workers World about Texas Gov. Greg Abbott: “Denial of abortions is so wrong. Abortions are an essential healthcare procedure. Delaying an abortion is denying a woman the decision to control her own body. I really take exception to the Texas governor saying religious services are an essential business but abortions are not. What a piece of misogynist crap!” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

China Trade Agreement Includes Biotech Approvals

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Jun 15, 2017 SHARE Facebook Twitter China Trade Agreement Includes Biotech Approvals Home News Feed China Trade Agreement Includes Biotech Approvals The trade agreement between the U.S. and China that focused on U.S. beef also paved the way for Chinese approval of two U.S. genetically modified crop traits. China has approved imports of two new varieties of genetically modified crops, clearing the way for U.S. agricultural companies to market new biotech seeds to farmers. Through the announcement this week, China approved the import of Dow Enlist corn and Monsanto’s soybean variety, Vistive Gold. The approval stems from China agreeing to speed reviews of biotech products as part of the trade deal with President Donald Trump announced last month. Seed companies have long complained that China’s regulatory approval process was slow-moving and vague.The announcement does not, however, approve cultivation of GM crops in China.Source: NAFB News Service Previous articleSecretary Perdue Hosts Inaugural Rural Prosperity Task Force MeetingNext articleFueling Freedom Returns for 9th Year Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Polytechnic Becomes 5th School OK’d by City Health Department to open for PreK-2nd Grade Students

first_img Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Education Polytechnic Becomes 5th School OK’d by City Health Department to open for PreK-2nd Grade Students The college prep private day school is the first school to be approved in November By JOEY REAMS Published on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 | 6:44 pm 44 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Herbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Business Newscenter_img Community News More Cool Stuff Top of the News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Polytechnic School has become the fifth local school to have its waiver to reopen for pre-kindergarten through second-grade students approved by the city Health Department, and the first school to get permission in November.Last month, city Health Director Dr. Ying-Ying Goh said that more than 40 schools were eligible for waivers.“Your waiver application has been approved by both the Pasadena Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health. This waiver allows in-person instruction for grades PreK-2nd at your institution, as applicable, in compliance with your application and reopening plan as submitted,” wrote city Health Department Deputy Director Manuel Carmona in the Nov. 2 notice.Polytechnic School joins High Point Academy, Sequoyah School, Chandler School, and St. Philip the Apostle School in having waivers approved.All the schools have been warned that they could be forced to close again in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.In Pasadena, school waiver application components have been posted for two months to allow schools to prepare for reopening. City Health Department officials have been visiting local schools to provide hands-on consulting.Contract talks between the Pasadena Unified School District and the union representing its teachers, United Teachers of Pasadena, are ongoing. The district does not expect to fully open schools for in-person instruction this year.“We expect to maintain an ongoing conversation with schools that have reopened under the waiver process so that we may continue to provide technical assistance and support,” Carmona wrote in his letter to Polytechnic School.“As community conditions change and science evolves, we may require you to evolve your application and/or reopening plan and update your posted documents,” he wrote. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

[Eviction Of Unauthorised Occupants Of Govt. Accommodation] J&K HC Grants 10 Days’ Time To Govt. To File Status/Compliance Report [Read Order]

first_imgNews Updates[Eviction Of Unauthorised Occupants Of Govt. Accommodation] J&K HC Grants 10 Days’ Time To Govt. To File Status/Compliance Report [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay17 Sep 2020 6:50 AMShare This – xThe Jammu & Kashmir High Court on Wednesday (16th September) granted the Government, 10 days’ time to update the status/ compliance, as regards the directions passed by the Court qua eviction of such Former Ministers/ Former MLAs/ Retired IAS Officers/ MLCs/ Political persons, who are still unauthorizedly residing in Government Accommodation.It may be noted that on the 11th of February,…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Jammu & Kashmir High Court on Wednesday (16th September) granted the Government, 10 days’ time to update the status/ compliance, as regards the directions passed by the Court qua eviction of such Former Ministers/ Former MLAs/ Retired IAS Officers/ MLCs/ Political persons, who are still unauthorizedly residing in Government Accommodation.It may be noted that on the 11th of February, 2020, the Court had directed as under:* Principal Secretary to Government, Estates Department shall submit the details of unauthorized occupants evicted from Ministerial Bungalows/ Special houses (A-type, B-type and C-type quarters) till date.* The Principal Secretary to Government, Estate Department, shall also provide the details of former ministers/ legislators/ retired officers/ politicians who are occupying the Ministerial Bungalows/ Special Houses (A-type, B-type and C-type quarters) both in Srinagar and Jammu, within a period of two weeks.* The respondents shall also ensure that all unauthorized occupants Ministerial bungalows/ Special Houses (A-type, B-type and C-type quarters) both at Jammu and Srinagar, are evicted forthwith.* The respondents shall also ensure that outstanding rent from both authorized and unauthorized occupants of the Ministerial Bungalows/ Special Houses (A-type, B-type and C-type quarters), are recovered, by even applying the provisions of the Land Revenue Act.On Wednesday (16th September), the Single Bench of Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey passed another order directing the government (on the Affidavit of the Principal Secretary/Secretary to Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Estates Department) to update the status/compliance (within 10 days) as regards the directions passed by the Court qua order dated 11th of February 2020Justice Magrey passed this order after taking into account the Compliance Report so filed by the Principal Secretary to Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Estates Department, along with the annexures appended thereto.The report revealed that a large number of Former Ministers/Former MLAs/Retired IAS Officers/MLCs/Political persons are still unauthorizedly residing in Ministerial Bungalows as well as A, B and C type accommodation of the Estates Department, both at Jammu as well as at Srinagar.Besides, it was also forthcoming that huge amount, in lakhs of rupees, is outstanding on account of rent against these categories of authorized/ unauthorized occupants.The report also states that no effective steps have been taken by the Department either to vacate the said persons or recover the outstanding amount from them, despite there being directions passed by this Court from time to time.In this context, the Court’s order said,” The affidavit shall also furnish the details of recoveries, if any, made of the the outstanding amount of rent from these authorized/ unauthorized occupants on the basis of the calculations made in accordance with the norms governing the subject.”The matter has been listed for further hearing on 28th of September, 2020. Reportedly, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has directed officials to evict former ministers and legislators of various political parties, who are illegally holding government accommodation in Srinagar and Jammu cities.The administration had recently said that there are huge complaints of illegal occupation of government accommodation by political workers, former ministers, ex-legislators, retired officials and journalists in twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar and several of them have huge arrears of rent pending against them.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Johnson Center receives state arts council grant

first_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Email the author Skip Johnson Center receives state arts council grant Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By Jaine Treadwell Print Article “Steve came in and set up the lighting necessary to photograph the artwork so as to capture each piece in great detail,” said Wiley White, art center development director. “Of course, Pugh Windham’s carvings are three dimensional so, he took most of them from several angles so show the incredible detail of his work.”Stubblefield said that some of Windham’s carvings were nondescript on the backside while others were intricately detailed.“The moonshiners, for example,” Stubblefield said. “What is most interesting is the whiskey bottles that they have stuffed in their back pockets. To really appreciate this piece, you have see it from both sides. Many of his carvings are that way.”In addition to the digital photographs, the exhibition documentation will include text about the artists as well as information about their work. Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By The Penny Hoarder Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, May 23, 2012 The Johnson Center for the Arts has received a $1,000 matching fund technical assistance grant from the Alabama State Council on the Arts to catalogue the Pike County Masters: Jean Lake and Pugh Windham exhibition.Morgan Drinkard, Johnson Center interim director, said the state arts council grant will make it possible to have a visual record of the artwork, which includes pieces from private collections.“To be able to put these two exhibits together again is very unlikely and probably neither one of them will be duplicated,” Drinkard said. “We were fortunate that collectors were so generous in loaning their art to us. I think this was the largest showing ever of Pugh Windham’s wood carvings and we had several pieces of Jean Lake’s earliest artwork and some of her largest works. So, to put this exhibit together again or even to get this many pieces of their artwork in the same place is probably not going to happen.” You Might Like Covenent Christian students rake in awards Covenant Christian School released its list of fourth-term honor rolls earlier this week. In Vicki Hagler’s second-grade class Abby Porter… read more Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Book Nook to reopen Drinkard said while the Johnson Center was housing the artwork, she and the staff wanted to commission a digital photographic record of the exhibition.“The technical assistance grant from the state arts council made it possible for us to have the permanent record of the artwork in this exhibit,” she said. “We are very appreciative of the support of the state arts council. Without their support, this project would not have been possible.”Local professional photographer Steve Stubblefield was contracted to photograph the Pike County Masters exhibit. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories “This will be an ongoing documentation of our ‘Roots’ series exhibits in an effort to have a permanent record of the artwork of our Pike County artists,” White said. “With the use of Adobe Creative Suite Software, we will be able to catalogue the artwork of future Roots exhibits and possibly catalogue other exhibitions as well. But we want to have as extensive record of Pike County artists as possible.”The archives will be available online and, later, plans are to create a print edition of the artwork.last_img read more

This week’s news in brief: £9m Unison victories

first_imgThis week’s news in brief: £9m Unison victoriesOn 18 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Unison has won more than £9m in compensation for its members in the firstquarter of 2000. The union says more than 1,200 claims for members involved inaccidents at work with back injuries still accounting for many. Largeindividual awards included a £45,000 payout for a refuse worker and £21,000 fora on the webCherie Booth QC launched the Employment Lawyers Association web site lastweek which spotlights 1,300 specialist lawyers around the country. The web sitehas links to training and events in the employment law field and sets outbriefings on employment law hot topics for members. “We need this site asemployment law changes all the time,” she said. “You do not have toworry about where you are in the world to log on and read about what is goingon in this field, which I find very useful.” told to pay upEmployment agency Fast Tec International and its managing director MichaelBarbeary have been fined £2,000 ordered to pay over £4,400 compensation andcosts of £430 in a prosecution brought by the Department for Trade andIndustry. The company was prosecuted after paying a design engineer it hiredout to a company in Germany less that £400 of the £4,808 due. The company alsobroke the law for not keeping proper records.Byers in dark on BMWTrade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers did not know in advance that BMWplanned to break up the Rover Group, a cross-party committee of MPs found. Thetrade and industry select committee attacked BMW for “incompetence andexcessive secrecy” over the affair. It concluded that it was “hard tosee” how Byers could have anticipated BMW’s decision.Service equality driveThe Cabinet Office has launched a drive to encourage more people from Asiancommunities to join the Civil Service. A new video and leaflet have beenproduced to highlight the success of six civil servants of Asian origin.Launching the initiative, cabinet enforcer Mo Mowlam said government had totake a lead on diversity and equal opportunities in the Web address updatePersonnel Today’s 4 April issue contained an incorrect web address forRaytheon Training. The correct address is Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Widespread Panic’s Memphis Opener Marked With Tragedy

first_imgWidespread Panic returned to the stage at Mud Island Amphitheatre last night only a few days after their annual trip to Red Rocks Amphitheatre. As to be expected for a show in the South, the Georgian boys played a dirty set full of swamp, grit, and flavor as the muddy Mississippi River rolled and tumbled behind the stage. Unfortunately, a young fan went missing after jumping into the Mississippi River following last night’s show, and the local authorities are still searching for him (more details can be found at the end of the review). To kick off the first set, the band played an aggressively thumpin’ “Henry Parsons Died” before annihilating a fiery “Junior.” Dave Schools pummeled his bass while providing support vocals and supplementing a hilarious “Who’s your daddy?” on “Junior”. The boys then dove into a slow and sexy version of The Meters’ “It Ain’t No Use” which they last played with George Porter Jr. at Panic en la Playa Siete in January. Everyone took turns ripping solos with an epic back and forth volley between JoJo Hermann and Jimmy Herring.  JoJo Hermann on keys led the segue into a stirring cover of the Talking Heads’ “Heaven” as John Bell crystallized the lyrics with his emotional swagger. Fueled up on Memphis soul food, the boys incinerated an intense jam connecting an uplifting “Airplane” into a triumphant cover of Bob Dylan’s “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” which hasn’t been played since the second night of Panic en la Playa Siete. A cut from their most recent album “Steven’s Cat” mellowed the tempo before Dave Schools led the charge on a devastating “Imitation Leather Shoes.” To close the set, dem boys aced a cover of Neil Young’s “Mr. Soul” with Jimmy Herring standout for his lightning guitar work.To open the second set, Colin Butler on turntables (from Big Ass Truck) assisted the returning musicians to play a rippin’ “Dyin’ Man” as well as a cover of Bobby Rush and Calvin Carter’s “Bowlegged Woman.” John Bell laid down a mysteriously spicy rap during this “Bowlegged Woman” to the pleasure of the ravenous fans.  A sizzlin’ “Thought Sausage” from Don’t Tell the Band preceded a jaunty “Worry” with Dave Schools descending the music into the depths of madness. John Bell captivated throughout an emotionally wrought “Mercy” before a heavy jam emerged that eventually resulted in another cover of Neil Young’s “Vampire Blues”.Widespread Panic – “Bowlegged Woman”[Video: TNspreadhead]An intense musical sandwich began with the first verse of a rugged “Provin’ Ground” with John Bell igniting the audience with a fiery “Find out just how tall I am… by jumping in the middle of the river!” The percussionists, Duane Trucks and Sonny Ortiz, remained on stage to berate their drum kits before the musicians returned and executed an exhilarating “Saint Ex” from their album Dirty Side Down. The band segued into the back half of “Provin’ Ground” before ending the set with an always raucous rendition of the party-anthem “Tall Boy” off Bombs & Butterflies.The rock n roll giants returned for a swingin’ cover of the Yardbird’s “Drinkin’ Muddy Water” which hasn’t been played since 2015.  With the muddy Mississippi rollin’ in the background and the venue of Mud Island, this was an appropriate choice in encore. To end the first night of music, Panic tugged on heartstrings with a sentimentally sweet version of “Vacation.” The audience was tight and reciprocated the immense amount of energy that the band gave.  Widespread Panic – “Drinking Muddy Water”It is with a heavy heart and deep sadness to report that, after the show, a teenager jumped the concrete wall and into the Mississippi River. As of this afternoon, the teenager, identified as Pace Taylor (described as white, 5’7’’, 170 lbs) is still missing. If you have any information as to his whereabouts, please contact the Memphis Police Department immediately.  Prayers for his family as a search party continues their efforts.Widespread Panic resumes their two-night run tonight at Mud Island.  There is still plenty of southern soul left on the table.  Look out for each other and be safe, friends, brothers, sisters.Setlist: June 29 | Mud Island | Memphis, TN | June 29, 2018Set One: Henry Parsons Died, Junior, It Ain’t No Use > Heaven, Airplane > A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall, Steven’s Cat, Imitation Leather Shoes, Mr SoulSet Two: Dyin’ Man*, Bowlegged Woman*, Thought Sausage, Worry, Mercy > Jam > Vampire Blues > Proving Ground > Drums > Saint Ex > Proving Ground, Tall Boy Encore: Drinking Muddy Water, Vacation* w/ Colin Butler on turntables (Big Ass Truck)last_img read more

The tipping point

first_imgWhen Marshall Nannes began researching his master’s thesis on American military bases in Bahrain and Kuwait, he did something practically unknown. He actually asked the people in those countries how they felt about the U.S. presence there.“All the research on the topic was at the government-to-government level,” said Nannes, a graduate student at Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) who traveled to the two tiny Mideast nations in January for his research. The popular wisdom, he said, was that “it doesn’t really matter what the people — the opposition leaders — think.”A scant two months later, Bahrain has been swept by turbulent demonstrations and a government crackdown. Bahraini opposition leaders, once just the subjects of Nannes’ obscure thesis, now are interviewed regularly in The New York Times. And Bahrain’s protesters are trumpeting their anger in the streets.Political protests are sweeping the Arab world across a 2,000-mile crescent. The unrest began in December with one man’s self-immolation in Tunisia and spread like wildfire to Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Syria, Yemen, and elsewhere, taking the international community by surprise. In a region that historically has appeared inhospitable to democracy, millions of ordinary citizens rose to demand basic political rights.Responding to these shifts, Harvard analysts have been working overtime to parse the resultant economic, religious, political, and social changes. Taken together, their insights offer a fresh glimpse into the Arab world’s future. In a series of interviews, the Harvard specialists said it is time to shed outdated assumptions about the region: from the dictum that oil must be protected at all costs, to the fear that Islam guides the region’s worldview, to the fantasy that democracy can solve all of the area’s problems.“Now is not the time to go in with rhetorical guns blazing, but to step back and think about what this means” for civil-military relations, democratization, and issues of religion and the state in the region, said Paul Beran, director of the CMES Outreach Center.The results of the political unrest have ranged from the inspiring — President Hosni Mubarak’s relatively peaceful departure from power in Egypt  — to the explosive, as in Libya, where an international military coalition began enforcing a no-fly zone last weekend against leader Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, as civil war raged through the land.Among the key themes that Harvard analysts see emerging from the Arab unrest are these:It’s not about oilTo much of the world, the Mideast and North Africa have long been defined by oil — and energy interests often define when and how the West responds to the region’s political crises. But whether the Arab world sustains its newfound democratic energy or slides back toward more authoritarian rule, oil won’t be to blame, according to one Harvard expert who studies the effects of political instability on energy markets.It’s time to ditch the myth of the “resource curse,” or the popular theory that countries with an abundance of limited natural resources such as oil are more vulnerable to, among other ills, power-play politics and corruption.“Sitting on a boatload of oil does not make you unstable,” said Noel Maurer, an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School (HBS).In truth, oil production tends to stay up and running even in highly destructive wars. “It actually seems to be the case that the [oil] markets are completely resilient to political instability and violence going on around them. Those sectors are often the last man standing,” Maurer said.The idea that lucrative oil resources make many Arab nations ripe for takeover by authoritarian leaders only leads to cynical cynical — and misguided — foreign policy, according to Noel Maurer, an associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe idea that lucrative oil resources make many Arab nations ripe for takeover by authoritarian leaders only leads to cynical — and misguided — foreign policy, Maurer said. The United States should support the Arab revolutions not just because they increase freedom for millions, but because democracies in the region would likely prove more stable for business than the autocracies that U.S. leaders have tacitly supported for years, he argued.That said, observers are right to be concerned if continued fighting in the region cuts off the flow of oil, as has already happened in Libya.“Oil markets right now are extremely tight,” Maurer said. “There’s not a lot of excess capacity around, so even small shocks could send prices up.” As rising industrial powers, China and India demand an ever-greater share of the world’s oil, and that is unlikely to change, he said.While Libya produces much more oil, Bahrain, an island nation of just a million people, is “the real place to watch,” Maurer said. “Oil’s going to start flowing in again from Libya, either because the rebels will figure out how to continue production or Gadhafi will prevail, although the latter is unlikely now that the United Nations has intervened,” he said. But if unrest continues in Bahrain, fear of it spreading could send oil markets into short-term panic.In addition, the Bahraini unrest and the resultant government crackdown have thrown a wrench into the relations between oil giant Saudi Arabia, which dispatched security forces to aid government forces, and the United States, which opposes any violent response.The economy trumps religionThe uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, and other Arab countries have surprised outsiders with their lack of religious rhetoric. The protests and resulting overthrow of Tunisia’s leader Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali and Egypt’s Mubarak have shown that the economy, not Islam, dominates everyday citizens’ concerns, according to Malika Zeghal, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS).In Tunisians’ revolutionary rhetoric, “religion was simply absent because the Tunisian revolution was not about religion,” Zeghal said. “The protests were articulating a critique of the relationship between Tunisians and their state.”That critique stemmed from deep economic crisis. In central Tunisia, unemployment among young people with college degrees is as high as 40 to 50 percent, according to Zeghal. Tunisians’ discontent over the lack of economic opportunities coalesced into anti-state protests targeting the regime’s corruption and its repression of political dissent.Egyptians and Tunisians are now debating whether their revised constitutions should keep the notion of a state religion.Both countries have legally authorized Islamist parties (Wasat in Egypt and al-Nahda in Tunisia) for the first time. Such religious parties will have to cross the same hurdles as secular ones, Zeghal said. Egyptian and Tunisian youth have high expectations that their new governments will increase economic opportunities and become accountable.Even Muslim parties’ “ability to emerge politically in future elections will also depend on their capacity to find solutions to the deep socioeconomic crisis in these two countries, and to speak a political language that can inspire the youth,” she said.Democracy isn’t enoughThe Egyptian constitutional referendum held March 19 was certainly proof that major change has already resulted from the wave of protests. More than 14 million Egyptians turned out to vote in what was considered the first legitimate referendum in the country’s lengthy history.But while this step toward democracy was a breakthrough for Egypt, that move alone won’t solve the underlying socioeconomic problems that sparked the protests. “There’s a stark contrast between the rich and the poor in these countries, and the disparity has been growing,” said Steven Caton, a professor of contemporary Arab studies in the FAS Anthropology Department. For a case study on the limits of democratic participation, look no further than Yemen, an extremely poor nation. Caton, who has studied the country for 30 years, noted that Yemen has a longstanding democratic tradition. Despite the autocratic bent of the country’s ruling regime, Yemen has held several successful, internationally monitored elections for both its president and parliament. But the country has still been swept by revolutionary fervor. Support for President Ali Abdullah Saleh has plunged, amid violent protests and high-level government defections.“They have a more-or-less democratic system that limps along,” Caton said. “What they don’t have, really, is an ability to address certain simmering, long-term complaints within their society.”Yemen’s population has exploded in recent years, Caton said, and more people are moving to urban areas looking for work as the country’s agricultural system becomes overburdened. So Yemen’s city dwellers are also exposed to the regime’s corruption to a degree they never would have been had they remained in tribal society.“The regime has allied itself to this oligarchy at the expense of an equitable distribution of resources to the rest of the population,” Caton said. “These protests are for political reforms, and they’re couched in the populist language of democracy. But they’re really about political reforms that will bring capital back [to the country] and redistribute capital.”To create long-term stability in the region, Caton said, the United States must be prepared to contribute to economic development, not just to stable elections. American leaders, who have focused on Yemen mainly as a potential hotbed for al-Qaeda terrorist recruitment, need to invest in economic development projects to earn trust.Social media matter — to a pointThe temptation to overvalue the role of social media in bringing about democratic change has abated somewhat since Iran’s failed Green Revolution in 2009. Then, Iranian protesters took their frustrations with undemocratic elections to the world through Twitter, only to see their online voices muted as Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tightened his grip on power.When it comes to reporting on so-called social media revolutions in the Mideast and North Africa today, “the Western media’s a little more sophisticated than they were then,” said Rob Faris, research director of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and a contributor to its Internet and Democracy Project.How can outside observers know when to trust the Internet buzz coming from the region? The Internet and Democracy Project’s authoritative 2009 study, “Mapping the Arabic Blogosphere,” which the Berkman Center is now updating, shed light on how countries such as Egypt have fostered revolutionary chatter online in ways that Iran did not.Even Muslim parties’ “ability to emerge politically in future elections will also depend on their capacity to find solutions to the deep socioeconomic crisis … and to speak a political language that can inspire the youth,” said Malika Zeghal, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Professor in Contemporary Islamic Thought and Life in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. File photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer“In Iran you had a clearly divided blogosphere. You had pro-reform elements, and pro-theocracy elements,” Faris said. “That parallels in many ways the [two-party] structure of American politics. Egypt is completely different.” Not only are Egyptian opposition groups much less cohesive and more difficult to target online, he said, but a survey of the country’s blogosphere shows “it was missing a pro-Mubarak element.”“We don’t know to what extent the blogosphere reflects offline life,” Faris said. “So far, everything we’ve seen is consistent with that.”Still, even Faris, an Internet acolyte, cautioned that after the masses are mobilized, the web may prove useless in helping to build new institutions and hold them accountable. “It’s probably easier to bring down an autocrat than before,” Faris said. “But what that brings you after the revolution — I don’t think that’s changed much.”Social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter don’t appear to be as crucial to organizing protests as some might believe.“You might put a Facebook page up to get people interested [in a protest], but chances are all the major organizing is happening on back channels,” said Jillian York, project coordinator for the OpenNet Initiative, an Internet monitoring group run in part out of the Berkman Center.But cell phones do play a role. While wealthier nations such as Iran and the United Arab Emirates saw skyrocketing rates of Internet use over the past few years, the countries that have experienced recent unrest were experiencing an explosion in cell phone use, according to figures from the International Telecommunication Union.With the new ability to communicate instantly, easily, and — most important — privately through cell phones and text messaging, “it’s become clear that mobile is an absolutely vital part of this movement,” York said.Lessons for AmericaPresident Barack Obama’s decision to support a no-fly zone over Libya with U.S. warplanes marked a late but decisive entry into the region’s turmoil. Although the announced goal of the no-fly zone is to stop humanitarian abuses by Gadhafi’s forces, the move also signals tacit support for overthrowing the embattled leader. It was a controversial shift, according to Stephen Walt of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School. Backing the ouster of authoritarian leaders such as Gadhafi reflects the Obama administration’s desire to see the “Arab spring” of democratic change blossom.“America’s interests in the region, both strategic and moral, have not changed at all,” said Walt, the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Affairs and faculty chair of the International Security Program. “What’s changed are the political strategies we must use to try to advance those interests.”He said the United States will have to get used to caring about public opinion in the Arab world, a metric that was easily ignored when American diplomats dealt primarily with authoritarian leaders not accountable to public opinion.Despite Western fears that the region’s revolutions will leave a political vacuum that could be filled by extremist groups, Walt said the protests have most likely helped to slow the spread of radical Islamist ideas.“One of al-Qaeda’s primary grievances was with this set of autocrats in the Arab world that they accused of being un-Islamic and in bed with the United States,” Walt said. “Al-Qaeda argued that the only way to deal with those governments was with violent extremism and terrorism. Instead, what we’ve seen is that peaceful protests accomplished far more to open up these societies than al-Qaeda ever did.”There is some evidence that embracing international cooperation, as the Obama administration has done, has long-term positive benefits. A recent study of the world’s political systems over the past 200 years said that a country’s membership in international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, or regional trade groups leads the state gradually to become more like its neighbors.“States are more likely to experience positive changes in their level of democracy when they are tied to many other countries that are more democratic than they are,” said Magnus Thor Torfason, assistant professor of business administration at HBS and a co-author of the study. Tunisia and Egypt had strong ties to international groups. Even countries that are tied to other democracies through military alliances, as was Egypt, are historically more likely to accept democratic reform.“If the United States wants to promote democracy, it should engage effectively with international organizations, but also support the engagement of other democracies,” Torfason said.In other words, Torfason’s research suggests, democracy can be contagious — a theory borne out by the protests that have swept North Africa and the Mideast. Regardless of how the political turmoil plays out in individual nations, Harvard’s analysts agree, the region will have shed its reputation as a place seemingly immune to the popular desire for freedom.“We are witnessing a fundamental shift in the social and political conditions in much of the Arab world,” Walt said. “The clock is not going to be turned back.”last_img read more