“This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Roland Head owns shares of Centrica. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Roland Head | Saturday, 15th February, 2020 | More on: CNA The Centrica share price is down 50% in a year. Here’s what I’d do now I’ve been wrong about Centrica (LSE: CNA) for some time. At least, the share price says that I’m wrong — it’s fallen by about 50% over the last year.Last week’s results revealed a 35% fall in profits and triggered a sharp sell-off that saw the British Gas owner lose 17% of its value in one day. Today I want to look at whether the situation is really this bad, or if the market’s reaction is a potential buying opportunity.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…Good news on servicesLast year’s problems mostly revolved around energy production. But Centrica is moving away from this side of the business. Chief executive Iain Conn believes the future lies in supplying energy and related services to consumers and businesses. And here, there was some good news.The number of customers taking services such as boiler maintenance from British Gas rose by 5% to 7.9m. Centrica’s Home Solutions group, which includes the Hive business, now has 1.2m customers. That’s a 33% increase on the 902,000 reported at the end of 2018.As the services business expands, it’s becoming more profitable. My sums suggest that the gross profit margin per service customer rose from 10% to 15% last year. I’d expect further gains as growth continues.Business profits up tooCentrica’s Business division also reported an improved performance last year. This part of the group supplies energy to business customers in the UK and North America. It also has a growing services business that helps companies use power more efficiently.This side of the business performed quite well in 2019. Customer numbers rose by 2% to 512,000. Total energy consumption was 6% higher, at 332TWh. And revenue from business services climbed by 36% to £285m.The end result was that adjusted operating profit from business customers rose by 189% to £217m. This division now generates nearly a quarter of the group’s profits, a figure I expect to increase.The bad newsI’ve highlighted the good news so far in this article. But there was plenty of bad news too. Lower oil and gas prices caused adjusted operating profit from the group’s oil and gas business to fall by 68% to £179m.Meanwhile, the number of customers taking electricity and gas from British Gas is still falling. The number of consumer energy supply accounts fell by 2% to 11.9m last year. Although that’s a smaller fall than the 6% drop seen in 2018, it’s still not great news, especially as the government’s energy price cap resulted in a one-off £70m hit to profits.Here’s the big problemCentrica’s figures were poor and the outlook for 2020 is worse than expected. But I think that the real reason why the shares crashed is that markets hate uncertainty. And there’s lots of this at Centrica at the moment.Iain Conn is expected to leave this year and chairman Charles Berry, who is in charge of recruiting a new CEO, is currently on sick leave. Elsewhere, the sale of the group’s nuclear power stations is taking longer than expected. And we don’t yet know what kind of price the group will get for its Spirit Energy oil and gas business.It all adds up to a heap of uncertainty. But these problems will be solved eventually. I believe that what’s left behind will be a more attractive business.I intend to continue holding my shares, and might even buy a few more. Image source: Getty Images Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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The pandemic just greatly accelerated that move.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…As a result, the ASOS (LSE:ASC) share price has rocketed 60% in the last 12 months. The shares have even increased 23% in 2021 so far.But how much room does the share price have to grow from here? Here’s what I think.Top purchasePerhaps the biggest news to come out concerning ASOS in recent months is the acquisition of Arcadia Group brands Topshop and Miss Selfridge in a deal worth over £300m. This acquisition does not include the physical stores. In my opinion this was a wise move by ASOS, as online retail is its expertise and will make the purchase better value for the group as a whole. The deal only strengthens the brand reputation and market share held by ASOS for online fast fashion and gives it full control over brands that were big wholesale partners.The FTSE AIM company’s financials have been going from strength to strength throughout the pandemic. In its most recent earnings report, it said full-year 2021 pre-tax profit is set to be at the top end of current market expectations.Asos added its “exceptional” UK growth indicated “strength of market position as well as restrictions on non-essential retail stores through the peak period“.Crucially, it’s my opinion that ASOS’s profit growth is down to a fundamental and long-term structural change in how we shop. My thoughts are backed up by analysts at Bank of America, who recently upgraded the ASOS share price to ‘buy’ based on that assumption.As my colleague Edward Sheldon referenced, BoA analysts said “the pandemic seems to have irreversibly accelerated changes in consumer behaviour.”Online sales taxAs with any investment however, there is still a risk to the ASOS share price today.The fear with any stock that rises so much over a short period of time is that it becomes overpriced or even a bubble waiting to burst. Trading with a price-to-earnings ratio of 45, the ASOS share price does seem particularly expensive at the moment. Any bad news could send it sharply downwards.Another factor that could weigh on the shares over the next few months is the fact that the UK government said it would look to introduce an online sales tax in response to the e-commerce boom and high street decline.Newspaper reports said Treasury officials had called technology companies and retailers to a meeting before the budget in March to discuss how an online sales tax would work.The tax would be a way of examining the “excessive profits” being made by the likes of ASOS, Amazon, Ocado and more during the pandemic.I will certainly keep an eye on how the situation develops with this policy. But I think the shift towards online shopping is here to stay, even after lockdown restrictions are long forgotten.For that reason I’m bullish on the ASOS share price right now. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. conorcoyle owns shares of Ocado Group. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon. The Motley Fool UK has recommended ASOS and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon and short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Image source: Getty Images Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. See all posts by Conor Coyle 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. 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8. Magnus Bradbury, EdinburghThe powerful number eight did a good job last season filling in for the injured Nasi Manu at times, as well as providing impact off the bench, and there were even calls for him to tour Japan with the Scotland national team this summer. A fit-again Manu will mean that Bradbury needs to be at his best to ensure regular playing time but the 20-year-old is fast becoming one of the most dangerous ball carriers in Scottish rugby.Ball-carrier: Magnus Bradbury is a skilled operator at the back of the scrum9. Reuben Morgan-Williams, OspreysThis is a little bit of leap given that Morgan-Williams is still just 18 years of age but with Rhys Webb cemented into the Wales nine jersey, there will be at least 11 weeks this season when the Ospreys’ scrum-half depth will be tested. Morgan-Williams is a livewire and the perfect weapon to bring off the bench should a game being going against the region.10. Bill Johnston, MunsterMunster’s fly-half stocks took a blow when JJ Hanrahan left prior to the 2015/16 season and with Tyler Bleyendaal continuing to struggle with injuries, Johnston could be fast-tracked into the senior squad. His instinctive attacking play, goal-kicking and game management skills were driving forces behind Ireland’s pool stage clean sweep at the U20 Championship. Working against Johnston is a current shoulder injury, his second of the year.Kicking on: Bill Johnston’s controlled game helped Ireland to the JWC Final11. Nathan Earle, SaracensThe former U20 sensation has had a frustrating couple of years with injury and limited opportunities but the 2016/17 season could be the campaign where he finally makes his breakthrough. He has been out in New Zealand training with Canterbury and the club are keen to loan him from Saracens for the ITM Cup. Such a move would only improve Earle’s game and he could push hard for a starting spot in North London come October/November.12. Max Clark, BathWith Ollie Devoto moving on to Exeter and Kyle Eastmond rumoured to have left the club, apparently bound for Sale, Clark would be Bath’s starting inside centre if the season started tomorrow. He is a more direct player than either Eastmond or Devoto, but given Bath’s tendency to drift and run laterally, his catapulting up to the first team may be just the tonic the club needs to get itself back on an upward trajectory.Midfield gap: Max Clark could take advantage of Devoto and Eastmond leaving Bath13. Joe Marchant, HarlequinsJamie Roberts has the ability to make the Quins 12 jersey his own but the 13 jersey remains in flux. Given another stellar campaign with the England U20 side and having featured intermittently for Quins last season, Marchant is in a good position to stake his claim. His acceleration, ability to change direction and outside running arcs have already earned him plenty of comparisons to Jonathan Joseph.14. Cian Kelleher, ConnachtAfter Matt Healy and Tiernan O’Halloran showed their worth to the Ireland national team this summer, Connacht’s back three depth has certainly become a more important component to evaluate ahead of the 2016/17 season. Kelleher has moved to the province from Leinster and has the ability to play on the wing or at full-back. In addition to the potential test duties of Healy and O’Halloran, Connacht are also in the Champions Cup this season and will need to rotate their squad more as a result, all of which should play into Kelleher’s hopes of garnering playing time.Pace to burn: Cian Kelleher has shone for Ireland at age-grade level and has moved from Leinster to Connacht15. Aaron Morris, HarlequinsWith Mike Brown enjoying an extended off-season due to his duties with England in Australia and Ollie Lindsay-Hague attempting to crack the Great Britain 7s squad for the Rio Olympics, new arrival Morris has shot to prominence in West London. Injuries and the ever-reliable Alex Goode limited Morris’ opportunities at Saracens but with a cannon for a boot, strong aerial game and his dangerous counter-attacking, Morris looks set to feature significantly for Quins this season, especially with Brown likely to be heavily involved with England again. TAGS: Highlight Jet-heeled: Joe Marchant has excelled for Harlequins and recently England U20s With the majority of players now already back in preseason across the Aviva Premiership and Guinness PRO12, it’s a stark reminder that the 2016/17 season is just around the corner and that preseason friendlies will commence within the month.We have compiled a XV of young players across both competitions who are well worth keeping an eye on this coming season and who could make themselves household names by the time the season draws to its conclusion in May next year.1. Andrew Porter, LeinsterThe big Leinster loosehead has been making a name for himself at U20 level over the last two years and could be poised for senior involvement with his province this season. With Cian Healy continuing to struggle from injuries and Jack McGrath cemented as Ireland’s first-choice loosehead, opportunities should arise for Porter this season, who has proven himself to be a destructive age-grade scrummager.2. Jack Walker, BathHaving been part of teams that have won two World Rugby U20 Championships and made it to three finals, albeit suffering injury in this year’s edition, Walker is a highly-touted prospect and has been identified as such for a number of years now. The former Yorkshire Carnegie man replaces the outgoing Rob Webber at Bath and should see playing time right from the outset3. Dillon Lewis, Cardiff BluesLewis has already made his debut for the Blues and with Taufa’ao Filise turning 39 this year, his rise up the region’s tighthead pecking order should continue. The fulcrum of a successful Wales U20 scrum for the last two years, it’s not beyond Lewis to have ousted all rivals by the end of the season and be packing down at the Blues’ first-choice tighthead.Power: Dillon Lewis has made a favourable impression with Wales and the Cardiff Blues4. Scott Cummings, Glasgow WarriorsThe departure of Leone Nakarawa creates a void in Glasgow’s engine room and the Scotland U20 captain provides them with a physical and technically-proficient, not to mention home-grown, running mate for Jonny Gray. Tim Swinson and Namibian lock Tijuee Uanivi will provide competition for Cummings but a significant role in the first team is certainly within Cummings’ reach.5. Joe Batley, GloucesterInjury prevented Batley from pushing on at Gloucester last season but the Hartpury College product is a physical force and one that is ready for the rigours of Premiership rugby. Locks Elliot Stooke, Tom Hicks and James Hudson have all left Kingsholm this offseason, whilst Ross Moriarty showed his worth to Wales this summer, creating opportunities for Batley in the second row or at blindside during international windows.6. George Nott, Sale SharksNott impressed at blindside for England this past season, showcasing his physical gifts, most notably when he outpaced Italy’s entire back division for a solo score at the U20 Championship. Steve Diamond is no fool and with back rowers Daniel Braid, Magnus Lund and David Seymour all in their 30’s, he will likely recognise the need to bring through younger talent and prepare for a transitional phase in the Sharks’ back row.Sharks prodigy: George Nott should feature at Sale with an ageing backrow7. Ollie Griffiths, Newport Gwent DragonsGriffiths’ playing time was limited by the excellent Nic Cudd last season but there is only so long you can limit a talent like Griffiths. He featured prominently in the Dragons’ Challenge Cup campaign and should push on from that to feature more in the PRO12 this season, either pushing Cudd to blindside or making the move to six himself, if Kingsley Jones believes he can provide the right balance in the back row. 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Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate By Commissioner Doug BanksonFirst of all, I wanted to take an opportunity to thank all the citizens of Apopka for their vote of trust in electing me to serve them in my first term beginning in 2016. My desire to serve in the realm of our local government was inspired by what I saw as a need for steady and sound leadership amidst fast-paced change, growth, and expansion. I believe that it is the responsibility of every public servant on any level of government to govern according to core principles which serve as the bedrock of any stable and healthy municipality, county, state, and/ or nation. It has been by these principals that I have endeavored to serve my community over the past 4 years and hope to continue to serve all the citizens of Apopka.In 2016, I ran for office on a platform based on these key principles:• Sound Fiscal Policy• Economic Growth• Community Partnership• Enhanced Living• Safety/ Security/ Infrastructure AND• Bringing Apopka TogetherAs with any public servant, it is vital that the continued trust of the citizens whom they serve is deepened by the actions of that public servant while in office. That has been my goal and over the past 4 years, I have worked hard to maintain that trust by the following actions:• Sound Fiscal Policy◦ I have been a firm and unwavering voice to keep taxes low while providing needed services◦ I have been a lead proponent of Revenue Stream source funding to reduce debt and increase investment◦ I stood alone to make sure our reserves were not depleted and proposed a viable fiscal reserve policy• Economic Growth◦ I have supported our local businesses as a board member and partner with our Chamber of Commerce◦ I have been able to create the environment that has already produced jobs with more opportunities being developed◦ As part of the Economic Development Committee I have helped to create a “path to success” process for both business and individuals seeking employment◦ I have worked to ensure the success of our Kelly Park interchange and 429/441 infrastructure paving the path for dining and shopping◦ I have been the city representative to work with our local private airport to upgrade our air gateway and bring executive air travel for business development◦ I have been an avid proponent of Apopka’s downtown development from Central Ave and the Station Street promenade to the 6th St.corridor.• Community Partnership◦ I have endeavored to work with all our groups to solve our many needs as a community, and have made sure these organizations from youth sports, to civic clubs, to houses of worship are allowed to thrive and be recognized for their vital input. Government is best when smallest and closest to home. Working together we have been able to provide many programs that enhance their ability and effectiveness• Enhanced Living◦ Shopping and dining have been a key desire, as well as upgrading our community’s appeal, and these have been a key focus for me. This is why job growth has been a key part of my efforts which directly impacts these developments◦ Our town center project is almost ready, and will be a draw for further development◦ I led the presentation to bring St. John’s regional office to Apopka, and they will be a key partner in developing our emerging eco-tourism◦ I have been working on bringing a “facelift” to our downtown area through CRA development and TIF funding opportunities through six programs that will give an immediate upgrade through curb appeal and attractive growth• Safety/ Security/ Infrastructure◦ I have been a strong advocate for our first responders to have the resources they need to keep our community safe◦ I have kept a focus on our infrastructure needs, working with city staff to create a streets and sidewalks priority list, voting to fund those repairs, and making sure we are moving forward with our lighting needs◦ Our parks are a key part of our community, and I have been a strong voice for equity in our park amenities and services from our Northwest Recreation to our Alonzo Williams renovations. I advocated for our very successful splash pad to be centrally located for access to our entire community• Bringing Apopka Together◦ My long term desire is to bring Apopka together in ways that reflect our values, embrace our history, and focus on our future without losing who we are. We are better together, and our future has never been brighter.◦ I have governed all my affairs with an open heart and mind by welcoming collaboration and by having a willingness to hear all sides, answer any questions, and work together to produce results that benefit all equally◦ I have supported events and programs that foster fellowship and build unity◦ I have stood for and constantly affirmed values that promote Apopka as a great place to work, play, worship, live, and raise a familyMuch of the groundwork has been laid and now is an exciting time to continue building upon that which has already been established. If re-elected, here is what I will continue standing for:• Sound Fiscal Policy◦ I will continue the course to keep taxes low while maintaining the quality of life we desire◦ I will continue to maintain sustainable growth through creating business opportunity without obligating ourselves to spending on that which has no supporting revenue◦ I will continue to work with staff to implement our policies for not only reserves, but debt and investment as well• Economic Growth◦ I will continue working with the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce and UCF incubator programs to support the entrepreneurial spirit◦ I will continue to work with local and international connections to bring job growth and cutting edge industry to our western opportunity zone◦ Jobs are the key to bring dining establishments through increased noon hour business as well as raising the standard of living for our rebuilding communities and I will continue to make this a focus◦ Economic growth is key to sustaining our infrastructure needs while giving our children a future, and I will be an advocate for wisely planned growth opportunities◦ As a pilot myself, I understand the needs of the private pilot community and the benefit it can bring to the local economy, and I will continue to protect the rights and proper development of our privately owned publicly used airport• Community Partnership◦ I will always be an advocate for partnering with the community through coordinating efforts and providing opportunities, making sure there is equity and fairness, and advocating for equal access to all our citizens. My desire has always been to work with all parts of our community to become one Apopka• Enhanced Living◦ Enhanced living has become a desire reflected by many residents, and I will give further focus to making sure our amenities and appearances match the upward move in Apopka’s attractiveness• Safety/ Security/ Infrastructure◦ I will continue to advocate for our first responders, with a focus on catching up our policing needs and maintaining our top rated police and fire departments◦ Infrastructure will continue to be a focus as we have raised our impacts to meet our future growth and keep it from the backs of the taxpayers◦ Our lighting needs will be a main priority as well, along with some resurfacing projects, so that we maintain not only a safe system, but something that is appealing as well◦ Our ecotourism industry opportunities will be a focus going forward as we enhance our recreational opportunities, biking trails, and health and wellness• Bringing Apopka Together◦ I will continue to represent the values of faith, family, and community, while helping to pilot us in a way that utilizes our many strengths and ensures we will be a safe, sound, and prosperous city for generations to comeOnce again, thank you to all the supporters who have entrusted me with their vote. If you would like to learn more about who I am and what I stand for, please feel free to visit our website at www.DougForApopka.com where you can also find voter information including links to locate your polling location. Let your voice be heard and join me in voting Tuesday, March 17th so we can keep moving forward together!Political advertisement paid for and approved by Doug Bankson, Non-Partisan, for Apopka City Council Seat 3. The Anatomy of Fear Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSApopka City Commission Seat 3Commissioner Doug BanksonElections Previous articleCoronavirus: A message from Mayor Bryan NelsonNext articleCoronavirus and Apopka elections: the latest from Orange County Supervisor of Elections Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply
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The following edited statement was issued by John Parker, a leader of Workers World Party and the current Peace and Freedom Party candidate for U.S. Senate in California.I’m not running to legitimize this system or the election process, or to give any false hopes that being in office allows you to change anything. Change takes the power of the people’s movement, independent of the influences of the ruling class.In order to stay in office, you have to play to the tune of the ruling class, because it’s their structure and their laws. They prohibit any revolutionary changes that make a real difference in the progress of society. However, just in case I do get elected, I can, as any politicians who say they are progressive can, use the amplified voice I would have to expose, expose, expose — not only the influence of the financial and industrial monopolies who run the politicians, but the war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes against our class both here and abroad.For example, I’d expose the fact that 8 million people from Yemen are expected to starve to death directly because of the U.S. war in cooperation with Saudi Arabia, while every few hours, Black and Brown people are murdered by racist genocidal police who should be jailed immediately, along with the police chiefs who enable them. And I’d expose the real reason that jobs and livable wages are being kept from us, and the simple solutions to these problems that are not allowed by the banks and corporations. In other words, I’d use that position to motivate the movement to take over the reins of power.I’d probably be able to do that for a very limited amount of time — but it is the only thing I should be doing. Stopping global warming, endless wars by the police, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Pentagon, and stopping racist, sexist and anti-LGBTQ violence all begins by exposing the forces that allow them to continue and empowering the people to act outside of the boundaries of what’s acceptable. It’s the only thing these so-called progressive politicians should be doing in office — but instead they are enabling and encouraging compliance with this system.Perhaps my first day in office could be to start the groundwork amongst grassroots and progressive organizations on the left to work on mobilizing an occupation of the White House that was sustainable and could last for months. After the groundwork was laid, maybe I’d call a press conference and make a public call for the occupation. That would probably be my last day in office, but that short time in office and the grassroots organizing I would have done would make a greater contribution to our struggle than any of these enabling politicians in office today. And, who knows — depending on the state of the movement in the streets, maybe I’d be able to stay a little while longer. That’s just one “for instance,” there are many more.In thinking about any electoral struggle, it’s important to understand that the executive and legislative branches of government have been rigged to ensure the status quo since the late 1800s. That’s when the money of the Rockefellers, Vanderbilts, Mellons and Morgans, to name a few, locked up the system with the enormous profits they gained from cotton production — in other words, slavery. Over 90 percent of the time, whomever the largest financial and industrial monopolists favored with their donations won.Even in this election of Trump, in which he was supposedly outspent (but not if you count the free media he got), the ruling class could have used the electoral college any way they wanted to change results — but I think they liked those promised tax cuts. In history, the Electoral College was used for that purpose, and was also used to help end Reconstruction.The electoral struggle has to be used as a means to a revolutionary end — not to enable acceptance of this unacceptable system of capitalism. The electoral struggle should not be a struggle for a career; it should be seen as one of the many tools that can be used to expose and abolish capitalism. The measure of my success is not winning the office of senator, if that could happen — and I guess in an infinite universe, anything can happen.But I’m running to win our future. I’m running to quicken the pace of the revolutionary process liberating humanity from exploitation, oppression, poverty and war. I need your vote to do that.Let’s show others that our numbers are large and the revolutionary waters are warm, so they will feel compelled to come on in and start swimming. Whatever we do, we can’t continue to accept and enable the unacceptable.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Facebook Twitter Indiana Grown Takes Over the Circle for Second Monumental Marketplace Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Grown Takes Over the Circle for Second Monumental Marketplace SHARE SHARE The Monumental Marketplace is back and bigger this year, as Indiana Grown’s signature event returns to downtown Indianapolis on Friday, June 15. Located on Monument Circle, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hoosiers will be able to sip, sample and shop from more than 150 Indiana Grown vendors at this one-of-a-kind farmers market style experience.“Our goal is to bring business owners, farmers and the greater community together to showcase and celebrate all-things Indiana agriculture,” said Bruce Kettler, Indiana State Department of Agriculture director. “Whether it’s eating, drinking or shopping local, there’s something for everyone this year, and we want to encourage families from all across the state to join us.”Monumental Marketplace is free to attend and offers a variety of local lunch options, from tasty hand-breaded tenderloins to mouthwatering pork burgers. Attendees can build their own meals—complete with beverages and desserts—by stopping at the various tents and food trucks around the Circle.For those 21 and over, Indiana-based wine, spirits and beer will also be available, and live entertainment will be provided by Indianapolis’ Pork and Beans Brass Band.Heather Tallman, organizer of the marketplace, said one of the highlights of the event is meeting the makers behind a variety of Indiana Grown products.“Monumental Marketplace is an experience,” Tallman said. “It’s a great way to connect with the individuals who make, grow and produce some of Indiana’s favorite products, which is what Indiana Grown is all about.”In addition to food and beverages, the event will feature everything from locally-grown flowers to handmade beauty products, handbags and more. It will also spotlight members of Indiana’s agricultural community, like Red Gold Tomatoes.“Red Gold is proud to be a member of Indiana Grown and is excited to return to the Monumental Marketplace this June,” said Colt Reichart, fourth-generation owner of Red Gold. “It’s a great event that unites the community with Hoosier-made products.”The Indiana Grown initiative, nearing its third anniversary, helps consumers identify and buy products that are grown, raised, produced or processed in Indiana. By purchasing these products, Hoosiers are keeping their dollars and food close to home, while supporting job creation and preserving Indiana’s agricultural heritage.For more information on the Monumental Marketplace, visit the event’s Facebook page, “Indiana Grown’s Monumental Marketplace” or follow along using the hashtag #IndianaGrown. Facebook Twitter By Hoosier Ag Today – May 31, 2018 Previous articleMany Indiana Crops Now Needing a Drink on the HAT Wednesday Morning EditionNext articleNation’s Number Two Milk Processor, Dean Foods, Continues to Close Plants Hoosier Ag Today
Canadian diplomats were barred from the second day of the trial despite the promises of the authorities. The family’s lawyers were also unable to get top officials of the judiciary to testify. Kazemi reportedly died in the hands of aides of the hardline Teheran prosecutor, Judge Said Mortazevi, who is said to have directly taken part in interrogating her. The Kazemi family’s lawyers said they would appeal and Kazemi’s son Stephan Hachemi has asked the Canadian government to take the Iranian regime before the International Court in The Hague for the killing. Hachemi said the latest verdict was designed to cover up who the real murderers were. Kazemi’s mother said during the trial that her daughter had been tortured to death by interrogators. IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today denounced what it called a sham trial in the murder of Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi after a Teheran court on 24 July cleared intelligence agent Mohammad Reza Aghdam Ahmadi of the crime. It called for the truth to be disclosed about the killing at an appeal hearing. RSF_en Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Organisation July 27, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Sham trial deplored in Kazemi murder case June 11, 2021 Find out more News The head of the judiciary, Mahmud Hashemi Shahrudi, and intelligence minister Ali Younessi set up a committee last December to look into the murder, but Reporters Without Borders denounced the move as a bid to cover things up. The worldwide press freedom organisation said the 24 July verdict confirmed this suspicion. ___________________________________18.07.04Reporters Without Borders disgusted by sham trial in Kazemi murder caseReporters Without Borders said today it was “disgusted” by the Iranian regime’s halting the trial of the supposed killer of Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi. The case was stopped on 18 July, the second day of its resumption after a gap of nine months.”We are appalled at this denial of justice,” the international press freedom organisation said. “The Iranian judiciary has displayed intolerable cynicism and hypocrisy in a case which the world sees as a test of intent by the Iranian regime, which has been unanimously condemned by international human rights organisations. “By turning the trial into a mockery, the authorities have once more totally discredited themselves and deserve to have sanctions imposed on them,” it said.Reporters Without Borders welcomed the reaction of Canada which, for the third time in connection with the case, announced after the trial curtailment the recall of its ambassador (Philip MacKinnon) in protest. It urged Canada to keep up strong pressure on Iran.The organisation also renewed its call to the European Union to impose tough economic and political sanctions on the regime, whose repeated human rights violations it said were incompatible with the official EU-Iranian dialogue begun in 2001. Kazemi was arrested on 23 June 2003 as she was taking pictures of prisoners’ families outside Evin prison, north of Teheran. She was ill-treated in detention and died of her injuries on 10 July. After trying to cover up the cause of death, the authorities admitted on 16 July that she had been “beaten.” Her body was hastily buried on 22 July in the southern town of Shiraz, against the wishes of her Canadian son Stephan. Her mother, who lives in Iran, admitted being pressured to allow burial in Iran. Requests for the body to be exhumed and returned to Canada have been refused. IranMiddle East – North Africa Help by sharing this information It called for the truth to be disclosed about the killing at an appeal hearing. “The real killers have never been pursued,” it said. “International pressure must now force the authorities to deal with and solve the case properly and see that those responsible are punished.” to go further June 9, 2021 Find out more News News Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders today denounced what it called a sham trial in the murder of Iranian-Canadian journalist Zahra Kazemi after a Teheran court on 24 July cleared intelligence agent Mohammad Reza Aghdam Ahmadi of the crime. Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election March 18, 2021 Find out more
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Required fields are marked * Artistic representation of an OCO-2 orbit track, covering vegetated areas and measuring Solar Induced Fluorescence (SIF). OCO-2 will enable measurements within a narrow swath with sufficient accuracy for 5km x 5km spatial scales—an unprecedented resolution for SIF measurements from space. The measurement technique itself is also robust against occurrences of atmospheric aerosols and thin clouds, which typically affect purely optical-based remote sensing techniques. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech and adapted by Lance Hayashida/Caltech – See more at: http://www.caltech.edu/node/46627#sthash.5Kgt6r4c.dpufWatching plants perform photosynthesis from space sounds like a futuristic proposal, but a new application of data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) satellite may enable scientists to do just that. The new technique, which allows researchers to analyze plant productivity from far above Earth, will provide a clearer picture of the global carbon cycle and may one day help researchers determine the best regional farming practices and even spot early signs of drought.When plants are alive and healthy, they engage in photosynthesis, absorbing sunlight and carbon dioxide to produce food for the plant, and generating oxygen as a by-product. But photosynthesis does more than keep plants alive. On a global scale, the process takes up some of the man-made emissions of atmospheric carbon dioxide—a greenhouse gas that traps the sun’s heat down on Earth—meaning that plants also have an important role in mitigating climate change.To perform photosynthesis, the chlorophyll in leaves absorbs sunlight—most of which is used to create food for the plants or is lost as heat. However, a small fraction of that absorbed light is reemitted as near-infrared light. We cannot see in the near-infrared portion of the spectrum with the naked eye, but if we could, this reemitted light would make the plants appear to glow—a property called solar induced fluorescence (SIF). Because this reemitted light is only produced when the chlorophyll in plants is also absorbing sunlight for photosynthesis, SIF can be used as a way to determine a plant’s photosynthetic activity and productivity.“The intensity of the SIF appears to be very correlated with the total productivity of the plant,” says JPL scientist Christian Frankenberg, who is lead for the SIF product and will join the Caltech faculty in September as an associate professor of environmental science and engineering in the Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences.Usually, when researchers try to estimate photosynthetic activity from satellites, they utilize a measure called the greenness index, which uses reflections in the near-infrared spectrum of light to determine the amount of chlorophyll in the plant. However, this is not a direct measurement of plant productivity; a plant that contains chlorophyll is not necessarily undergoing photosynthesis. “For example,” Frankenberg says, “evergreen trees are green in the winter even when they are dormant.”He adds, “When a plant starts to undergo stress situations, like in California during a summer day when it’s getting very hot and dry, the plants still have chlorophyll”—chlorophyll that would still appear to be active in the greenness index—”but they usually close the tiny pores in their leaves to reduce water loss, and that time of stress is also when SIF is reduced. So photosynthesis is being very strongly reduced at the same time that the fluorescence signal is also getting weaker, albeit at a smaller rate.”The Caltech and JPL team, as well as colleagues from NASA Goddard, discovered that they could measure SIF from orbit using spectrometers—standard instruments that can detect light intensity—that are already on board satellites like Japan’s Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT) and NASA’s OCO-2.In 2014, using this new technique with data from GOSAT and the European Global Ozone Monitoring Experiment–2 satellite, the researchers scoured the globe for the most productive plants and determined that the U.S. “Corn Belt”—the farming region stretching from Ohio to Nebraska—is the most photosynthetically active place on the planet. Although it stands to reason that a cornfield during growing season would be actively undergoing photosynthesis, the high-resolution measurements from a satellite enabled global comparison to other plant-heavy regions—such as tropical rainforests.“Before, when people used the greenness index to represent active photosynthesis, they had trouble determining the productivity of very dense plant areas, such as forests or cornfields. With enough green plant material in the field of view, these greenness indexes can saturate; they reach a maximum value they can’t exceed,” Frankenberg says. Because of the sensitivity of the SIF measurements, researchers can now compare the true productivity of fields from different regions without this saturation—information that could potentially be used to compare the efficiency of farming practices around the world.Now that OCO-2 is online and producing data, Frankenberg says that it is capable of achieving higher resolution than the preliminary experiments with GOSAT. Therefore, OCO-2 will be able to provide an even clearer picture of plant productivity worldwide. However, to get more specific information about how plants influence the global carbon cycle, an evenly distributed ground-based network of spectrometers will be needed. Such a network—located down among the plants rather than miles above—will provide more information about regional uptake of carbon dioxide via photosynthesis and the mechanistic link between SIF and actual carbon exchange.One existing network, called FLUXNET, uses ground-based towers to measure the exchange of carbon dioxide, or carbon flux, between the land and the atmosphere from towers at more than 600 locations worldwide. However, the towers only measure the exchange of carbon dioxide and are unable to directly observe the activities of the biosphere that drive this exchange.The new ground-based measurements will ideally take place at existing FLUXNET sites, but they will be performed with a small set of high-resolution spectrometers—similar to the kind that OCO-2 uses—to allow the researchers to use the same measurement principles they developed for space. The revamped ground network was initially proposed in a 2012 workshop at the Keck Institute for Space Studies and is expected to go online sometime in the next two years.In the future, a clear picture of global plant productivity could influence a range of decisions relevant to farmers, commodity traders, and policymakers. “Right now, the SIF data we can gather from space is too coarse of a picture to be really helpful for these conversations, but, in principle, with the satellite and ground-based measurements you could track the fluorescence in fields at different times of day,” he says. This hourly tracking would not only allow researchers to detect the productivity of the plants, but it could also spot the first signs of plant stress—a factor that impacts crop prices and food security around the world.“The measurements of SIF from OCO-2 greatly extend the science of this mission”, says Paul Wennberg, R. Stanton Avery Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering, director of the Ronald and Maxine Linde Center for Global Environmental Science, and a member of the OCO-2 science team. “OCO-2 was designed to map carbon dioxide, and scientists plan to use these measurements to determine the underlying sources and sinks of this important gas. The new SIF measurements will allow us to diagnose the efficiency of the plants—a key component of the sinks of carbon dioxide.”By using OCO-2 to diagnose plant activity around the globe, this new research could also contribute to understanding the variability in crop primary productivity and also, eventually, the development of technologies that can improve crop efficiency—a goal that could greatly benefit humankind, Frankenberg says.This project is funded by the Keck Institute for Space Studies and JPL. Wennberg is also an executive officer for the Environmental Science and Engineering (ESE) program. 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