Nintendo leaps ahead with 3DS

first_img whatsapp Sunday 23 January 2011 9:30 pm KCS-content AFTER being surrounded by the latest in 3D technology for a week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the sight of two-dimensional images – a video of a puppy playing, for example, or a photograph of a friend’s newborn baby – now makes me uncontrollably and violently sick. Watching standard 2D TV is like peering through the analogue haze at the Queen’s coronation footage from 1952, while wearing a blindfold. I have even built a pyre in my garden, upon which I plan to throw my old Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 games, casting the outdated technology to the flames where it belongs.Thank the lord, then, that Nintendo is almost ready to launch its much-hyped 3DS. The portable console will hit the UK on 25 March, after an embarrassing delay that resulted in the firm missing the lucrative Christmas market, and while they haven’t let me get my hands on one yet, what I have seen so far looks impressive.I got a chance to play with some of the first portable glasses-free 3D gadgets at CES and the depth that even a small screen can achieve is astonishing. Judging by the demos Nintendo showed off last week, this translates nicely to its trademark cartoony games. The dual-screen device is also packing motion and gyro sensors (although these clash with the 3D technology, which demands the device is held still, meaning you have to go into 2D mode to take advantage of them), and Nintendo has introduced its own version of the App Store, allowing it to cash in on the trend for casual and retro games.The Japanese firm has already unveiled a host of launch titles, including new versions of Street Fighter and Pro Evolution Soccer. So far so good. The catch is the £229 price tag. Will gamers be willing to shell out such a handsome sum for a portable device (more than a standard Xbox360 console)? I doubt it. Expect prices to fall after hardcore fans have finished flashing the cash.One thing for sure is the new PlayStation Portable 2 (PSP2), which is set to be unveiled sometime this week, has a lot to live up to. Sony has already confirmed it will not feature a 3D screen, meaning it will either have to be very powerful or very cheap to compete (the PSP has already struggled against the DS, selling just 18m units in the US compared to Nintendo’s 47m).With games on mobile phones advancing at a remarkable pace, this could well be the last great battle of the stand-alone portable consoles. Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch are evolving into fully-fledged gaming machines in their own right and Sony is set to launch its own PlayStation phone. But for now, clever money is on Nintendo to come out victorious.WHITE BLACKBERRY TORCH/iPHONEAs Apple boss Steve Jobs – the man who drove a stake through the heart of the beige PC – knows too well, colour is important. And in the mobile phone world, white is very much in this season. First up is a new version of BlackBerry’s flagship Torch handset. The white 9800 will be much the same as its monochrome sibling, only brighter, presumably for people wanting to be noticed typing their incredible important emails on the underground. Not to be outdone, Apple is set to respond with its very own white version of its iPhone 4.HYDRA (RAZER)High definition 3D screens are grabbing the headlines. But for gamers, three dimensions are becoming de rigueur off screen too. We got our hands on Razer’s latest motion sensing controller, the Hydra. The unit features two separate hand-held devices which are tracked by an electromagnetic field, doing away with the need for a motion sensing camera. This allows gamers to interact with the screen with incredible precision and pull off seemingly complex moves with relative ease. For now, the Hydra will only work with Valve’s upcoming title Portal 2 (which is out soon on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC), but something this good will surely be rolled out across other titles soon.iPAD 2More than 80 tablets were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics show earlier this month but none managed to knock the iPad from its perch. Now the competition may just have got even tougher, with rumours that the latest version of the all-conquering device could hit stores as soon as next month. The iPad 2 is expected to feature front and rear facing cameras and our money is on a more sophisticated multi-tasking system akin to that on the impressive BlackBerry Playbook. At the risk of going out on a limb, we think this will be the gadget to own this year. Show Comments ▼ Tags: NULLcenter_img Share whatsapp Nintendo leaps ahead with 3DS last_img read more

The Next share price has fallen by 45%. Here’s why I’d buy it today

first_img Roland Head | Monday, 6th April, 2020 | More on: NXT Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images 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. The Next share price has fallen by 45%. Here’s why I’d buy it today After a strong finish to 2019, the Next (LSE: NXT) share price has fallen by more than 45% so far this year. The group surprised investors in March by shutting down its online operations as well as its stores.Here, I’ll explain what I think has happened and why I believe this FTSE 100 retailer could be a profitable buy at current levels.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…A calculated decision?Next shut its stores in March along with all other non-essential retailers. Just before this happened, the company said it had modelled the numbers on store closures and could “comfortably sustain” the loss of 25% of its sales this year without any financial distress.But boss Lord Wolfson surprised the market a few days later by announcing the closure of its warehousing and online operations. This pushed Next’s share price even lower. Investors started to wonder if this previously successful retailer could actually go under.Next’s explanation for this voluntary closure was that many of its warehouse staff felt “they should be at home in the current climate.” That’s fair enough. But I wonder if this decision was also influenced by the firm’s financial analysis of the situation.This could speed up a recoveryIn normal times, nearly 50% of Next’s online sales are sent to stores for click & collect. And 80% of online returns are taken back to stores.With all of the group’s stores closed and order volumes falling, I imagine the group’s online operation was incurring higher postage costs and operating less efficiently than normal. I wonder if Next’s management calculated that it would be cheaper to shut online than to keep trading in such circumstances.With warehouses shut, I assume their staff will be paid through the government’s furlough scheme. This could save Next’s cash. Meanwhile, the company will be able to minimise the amount of unwanted stock it holds, which might later have to be sold at a loss.In my view, the decision to close online could speed up the eventual recovery of Next’s business (and its share price).Why I’d buy the Next share priceAdverts for investment funds always warn that past performance is no guide to the future. But when it comes to company management, I think past performance is often a useful guide.I’ve been following Next for many years and several things have always been true. This retailer has always been one of the most profitable businesses in the FTSE 100. Last year, Next reported an operating margin of 20% and a return on capital employed of 31%. These are very high figures for any business, let alone a high street retailer.Next has never had too much debt and always enjoys strong cash generation. Dividends and share buybacks are always supported by surplus cash.Management, led by Lord Wolfson, always show great skill at analysing and modelling the company’s performance. Their forecasts are usually precise and reliable.As I write, the Next share price is just under 3,700p. This prices the stock on about nine times forecast earnings for 2020/21. The market seems to be pricing this business for a long-term decline.I don’t agree. I think Next shares are likely to be a profitable buy, at this level. 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!center_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. 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. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. 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Why the threat of stock market crash 2 could be an opportunity to buy cheap shares

first_img Enter Your Email Address I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Image source: Getty Images. Heightened geopolitical risks across Europe and the coronavirus pandemic mean that there continues to be a threat of a second stock market crash. As such, many companies trade on low valuations that suggest investors have priced in a period of difficulty.This could mean there are buying opportunities for investors who can look beyond short-term risks and instead focus on long-term growth potential.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…Buying cheap shares and holding them for the long run has allowed investors to benefit from improving economic conditions in the past. A similar outcome could take place over the coming years.The threat of a second stock market crashPredicting when a stock market crash will occur is always an extremely difficult task. As this year’s market downturn showed, bear markets can happen with little or no prior warning. Therefore, anticipating them ahead of their occurrence is not an exact science.However, today’s elevated risks mean that there may be a higher chance of a decline in stock prices over the coming months. Political risks in Europe remain at high levels, while the coronavirus pandemic could continue to disrupt the economic outlook over the coming months. This may lead to more difficult trading conditions for a wide range of businesses that causes investor sentiment to deteriorate.Buying cheap shares todayThe threat of a second stock market crash means that investors are demanding wider margins of safety from shares at the present time. As such, some companies are trading at prices that are significantly below their historic averages. This means that there may be buying opportunities available for long-term investors who can accept the prospect of short-term paper losses in return for gains in the coming years.Furthermore, there is no guarantee that a market fall will occur in the near term. Certainly, the stock market is very unlikely to make uninterrupted gains in the long run. However, it could surge to new record highs on the back of fiscal and monetary policy stimulus. This could mean that today’s low valuations are extremely attractive, since they may be pricing in a market decline that does not occur for many years.Long-term gainsBuying undervalued shares when the threat of a stock market crash is relatively high has been a profitable strategy for many years. It has enabled investors to use the market’s cycle to their advantage.Of course, value investing may not be popular at the present time. Many investors are more focused on growth prospects for businesses across a variety of sectors. However, over time, the appeal of bargain shares is likely to be recognised by investors as the economic outlook improves. This may mean that today’s undervalued shares deliver market-beating returns that have a positive impact on an investor’s portfolio’s performance. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Peter Stephens | Friday, 13th November, 2020 See all posts by Peter Stephens Why the threat of stock market crash 2 could be an opportunity to buy cheap shares 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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. “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!last_img read more

Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust shares are falling: are they priced to buy?

first_img 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. Andy Ross | Tuesday, 16th March, 2021 | More on: SMT Image source: Getty Images. Over the last month, Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (LSE: SMT) shares have fallen by about a fifth. The investment trust run by Ballie Gifford had been one of the standout performers in 2020. Fears of inflation, a US tech sell-off and investors favouring Covid recovery stocks have, I think, all combined to send the share price lower – for now at least.It’s worth remembering that even after the recent fall, over the last 12 months, the shares are up about 90%. Long-term investors have still done well by holding the shares. The question now is would I add the shares to my portfolio, or do I expect they’ll fall further?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…Stick or twist on Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust shares?That’s a difficult question to answer because it seems factors outside of the trust’s control are dictating the share price performance. By this I mean investors are turning away from growth stocks, which the trust is well known for, and moving towards Covid recovery and value stocks.That alongside fears of inflation that seem to have hit tech stocks – especially in the US. Again though, this factor is outside of the control of the trust’s managers. However, I’m less interested in the macro picture and would prefer to pick stocks based on their potential future performance. If I hold stocks for the long term, the current machinations of the economy are of relatively little importance.The challenges and the opportunities The challenge therefore for Scottish Mortgage is to show that its big future technology and innovation bets will pay off for investors. We know valuations of tech shares have in some cases become very stretched. Yet that doesn’t mean Scottish Mortgage is necessarily overpriced.What’s clear is that the managers are highly regarded and the investment house, Baillie Gifford, is supportive of their strategy. It has in place the team to research innovative companies.The top holdings of the trust are Tencent (6.5%), Illumina (6.1%) and Amazon (5.9%). Tesla has been cut down to 5.1% and is now the fourth-largest holding.The ongoing charge at 0.36%, according to the January factsheet, is very low for an actively-managed investment. Given that costs can really eat into investment returns, I see this as a major positive.Growth in the US and Chinese markets could also prove to be a catalyst, as many of the holdings are tech companies from those two powerhouse economies. We know China is already well ahead in recovering from Covid and the US is pumping stimulus into its economy. That should prop up asset prices, including shares.It’s easy to be critical of a focus on big tech due to how share prices have flown up over the last year. However, Scottish Mortgage has a great track record, good shareholder communications and a stable management team. Overall, while I’m not that keen to pile in, the move to a discount to its net asset value, along with cheap charges and innovative holdings could make it a share that will bounce back this year. Andy Ross owns no share mentioned. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon 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. See all posts by Andy Ross Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust shares are falling: are they priced to buy? Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment.center_img Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. 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. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surgelast_img read more

THINK launch ‘virtual agency’ as alternative to traditional agencies

first_img Voluntary sector consultancy THINK Consulting Solutions is launching a ‘virtual agency’ to provide clients with an alternative to traditional agencies. It is designed to combine the skills that charities already possess with services provided by THINK and its strategic partners to create a ‘bespoke’ agency for each new project or programme of work.The virtual agency is led by THINK’s director and creative strategist Derek Humphries.He believes that “charities need flexibility. There is now much greater expertise among charity clients than there used to be. Many charities just don’t need all the hierarchies and services that come from the standard agency approach.” Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. THINK launch ‘virtual agency’ as alternative to traditional agencies He added: “So the virtual agency puts together a bespoke team for each campaign or project. We plan and deliver the work, but importantly we try to transfer our skills to the client. We don’t tell clients they will need to rely on us for everything for ever.”One element of traditional client-agency relationships that he wanted to avoid was that “too often, the most experienced agency people are only around for the pitch and the quarterly meeting and spend little time on the day-to-day work.”All THINK’s consultants will be available for ‘secondment’ to virtual agency projects, each bringing their own expertise. There are currently two external partners to the virtual agency: TV creative and production company, DTV Group, to form THINK-DTV; and creative communications agency Taylor-McKenzie, which specialises in voluntary sector communications.THINK has been trialling the virtual agency approach with clients for the past year and is now introducing it on a more formal basis. Current clients include WSPA, Leprosy Mission, Maggie’s Centres, Royal Botanical Gardens Kew, and the School of Oriental and African Studies.Humphries believes that two types of charity are likely to want to utilise the virtual agency concept. “There will be those charities that are using several agencies in a fragmented way – e.g. one agency for DM, one for online, and another for telephone fundraising – and want to get a strategic overview,” he said. “Then there will be experienced charities who are looking for a more creative, fast and flexible way of producing communications.”THINK anticipates working on up to five virtual agency large-scale programmes during 2007. It claims that creative costs are expected to be about 70% of using a traditional agency. Howard Lake | 22 March 2007 | Newscenter_img Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies  28 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Tribute to Vince Copeland: Highlights of an outstanding thinker and fighter

first_imgVince CopelandNew York — Doing justice to the life of an outstanding figure in the arduous struggle to liberate humanity from capitalist wage slavery is a daunting task. Yet that’s what a gathering of Vince Copeland’s comrades in Workers World Party set out to do on June 7, the 20th anniversary of his death.At a memorial tribute here, they described with clarity and great affection how Copeland, a Marxist thinker and workers’ leader, fought the bosses for more than five decades, as both a militant steelworker and a brilliant writer, Marxist historian and orator.Copeland made his mark on the labor and communist movements during a period largely defined by political reaction.Born in 1915, he grew up during the Great Depression and knew what it meant to live in flophouses while dining on coffee and donuts. After a short stint in the Army, which during the 1930s was the one place a young person could be assured of “three hots and a cot,” he gravitated to the stage. Even in those hard times, he was successful in getting acting roles alongside such luminaries as Katharine Cornell, Lillian Gish, Ethel Waters and Jose Ferrer.From his ideas into practiceBut Copeland couldn’t ignore what was happening in the real world. More and more, he chafed at the prospect of building a career for himself while the lives of millions were ruined by the breakdown of the capitalist system.The capitalist struggle for markets had already broken out into war in Europe when Copeland decided to chuck the theater and get a job in heavy industry in his hometown, Buffalo, N.Y., in order to use his talents in the class struggle.Vince Copeland at U.N. protest in 1960.He had found his life partner, Libby Ross, who shared his political enthusiasms and hated what capitalism was doing to the world. With her two small children, they settled into a life of fighting for workers’ rights and building the nucleus of a revolutionary socialist political organization.In 1950, Copeland was fired from Bethlehem Steel, a casualty of the extreme red-baiting of the McCarthy period. As the Buffalo News pointed out in his obituary in 1993, he had led many wildcat strikes particularly directed at the racist seniority system then existing in the plant. The years of work spent by Black workers in hot and dangerous jobs in the blast furnaces and coke ovens weren’t counted when jobs opened up in other departments, leading to de facto segregation in the plant.Copeland had succeeded in building a caucus of both Black and white workers to fight this great injustice. He had also been editor of the union newspaper and head picket captain during several intense strikes. When he was fired, in a great show of the unity he had fought for, all 16,000 workers in Bethlehem downed their tools and walked out.Building the party theoreticallyMost of the speakers at the memorial tribute had known Copeland only later, after he had helped found Workers World Party in 1959 with Sam Marcy, Dorothy Ballan, Ross and a core of their fellow worker-revolutionaries.The party’s birth coincided with the success of the Cuban Revolution, which gave a great boost to leftists everywhere, especially as it moved from implementing agrarian reform to expropriating the capitalist class and beginning to construct socialism.While being inspired by Cuba, the group that founded WWP was very aware of the damage that decades of imperialist pressures and the Cold War had done in other countries where capitalism had been overturned.Copeland wrote an important document analyzing the counterrevolution that threatened to take over Hungary in 1956, which prompted the Soviet Union to send troops there. While much of the left called it a “revolution,” ­Copeland proved very concretely that the leadership was in the hands of extremely reactionary forces, bolstered by both the Catholic Church and the imperialists, who would have turned the country back to capitalism.Events in Hungary foreshadowed the process that eventually led to the surrender of Eastern Europe by Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev and the dissolution of the USSR itself, which is now so clearly seen as a monumental disaster for workers around the world.With the formation of Workers World Party, Copeland became editor of the newspaper you are reading. It took uncompromising positions on all the major ­issues of the day, emphasizing the right of the oppressed to armed self-defense — as in the case of Rob Williams as well as the Black Panthers.It was one of the very first to recognize the significance of the U.S. war against Vietnam, soon expanded to Laos and Cambodia. WW encouraged resistance to the war and covered acts of bravery by youth, anti-war GIs and of course the Vietnamese themselves.Copeland himself was a leader of one of New York’s largest anti-war events, when 100,000 people marched down Fifth Avenue in 1966. One of the speakers at this year’s tribute recalled that, as the representative of a group in the coalition, Copeland was at the head of the march when a right-winger dashed out in front with a giant U.S. flag and a sign attacking the Vietnamese. While others looked away, Copeland tackled the guy and brought him down.It was a great day when, on May Day 1975, Workers World was finally able to run the banner front-page headline: “Vietnam belongs to the workers!”Thinker and fighterIn this period, Copeland began writing a number of books in which he applied his understanding of Marxism and Leninism to an analysis of U.S. history.In “Southern Populism and Black Labor,” he examined the Populist movement’s failure to overcome racism and build unity between poor whites and the oppressed Black nation.In “A Voice from Harper’s Ferry,” he resurrected a manuscript by Osborne Anderson, the only Black survivor of John Brown’s 1859 raid on that pro-slavery outpost, which prefigured the Civil War. Besides Copeland’s own introduction, “The Unfinished Revolution,” the book also contains commentaries by WW Managing Editor Monica Moorehead and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.Copeland also wrote two books about how the expansionist urge of U.S. monopoly capitalism drove it into the imperialist era: “The Built-in U.S. War Drive” and “Expanding Empire.” These books deal with not only the economics behind war but also the complex political relationships that allow the warmakers to prevail in a capitalist democracy.Near the end of his life, Copeland wrote a series of articles on U.S. presidential elections in which his wit and encyclopedic knowledge of the subject make for fascinating reading. Marxism is anything but dull, and Copeland shows it in “Market Elections,” which chronicles the devious and cynical ways in which the rulers have maintained their control over the political process while struggling among themselves over the spoils.Most often mentioned during the recent tribute to him was a pamphlet Copeland wrote about the steel plant called “Blast Furnace Brothers.” It brings alive the great potential that exists in the working class to come together and struggle for better conditions — while showing that for this to happen, a relentless struggle must take place against all the backwardness and prejudices instilled by this system. And, like his other works, it is an easy read, full of humor and nitty-gritty examples, despite the gravity of the subject.Most of these books can be read or purchased online. A project is underway to digitize many of them for reading as ebooks. Check them out at the workers.org site, under Books, or on Amazon.com.This brief review of the memorial tribute covers only a portion of Copeland’s life. Even during the period when he was doing a lot of writing, he was constantly out in the streets fighting for the workers and oppressed. He lived near Jersey City, N.J., with its concentration of many oppressed nationalities, and was an indispensable asset to community leaders battling to keep their hospitals and schools from the budget-cutters’ axe.Another of Copeland’s books was “Lenin: Thinker and Fighter.” That was also the essence of Vince Copeland, said more than one speaker. Afterward, many of the younger people in the audience who had not known him indicated they had come to the right place.Some of Copeland’s books online:Blast Furnace BrothersLenin: Thinker, FighterExpanding EmpireFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

2006 laureate in the “media” category : Novaya Gazeta

first_img The bi-weekly Novaya Gazeta has earned a reputation for its investigations which regularly put the spotlight on corruption and authoritarianism in the Russian administration and report on the most sensitive issues in Russian society. This newspaper which is so critical of the government carried numerous reports by Anna Politkovskaya on Chechnya and Russian society. December 13, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 2006 laureate in the “media” category : Novaya Gazeta Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” June 2, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia The bi-weekly Novaya Gazeta has earned a reputation for its investigations which regularly put the spotlight on corruption and authoritarianism in the Russian administration and report on the most sensitive issues in Russian society. This newspaper which is so critical of the government carried numerous reports by Anna Politkovskaya on Chechnya and Russian society. Politkovskaya, who joined the paper in 1999, also probed cases of censorship assault on journalists.Novaya Gazeta has paid a high price for its stand. Two other journalistic staff have been murdered: journalist Igor Domnikov in 2000 and Yuri Shchekochikhin, editor and Duma member, in 2003.The founders of the “New Newspaper” set themselves the objective of being independent and extending their circulation throughout Russia. This has now been achieved; since Novaya Gazeta is distributed all over the country and its sales have reached around 500,000 copies, including regional editions. One of its goals is to step up its production from two to three issues a week. Novaya Gazeta was founded in April 1993 by journalists who formerly worked for Komsomolskaya Pravda. It launched its website version in 1996 (http://novayagazeta.ru). Novaya Gazeta is one of the flagships of the news press in a Russian media landscape made up mostly of state-run papers providing electoral and consumer news.The privately-owned newspaper in which the staff holds 51% of the shares, saw two political figures take over 49% of its capital in June 2006. They were the former Soviet president and originator of glasnost (openness), Mikhail Gorbachev, and Alexander Lebedev, wealthy businessman and member of the Duma.Novaya Gazeta is currently carrying out its own investigation into Anna Politkovskaya’s murder.A Russian press under ever greater controlEven if Russia cannot be compared to regimes which systematically ban independent media, press freedom is under serious threat. On one hand Russian society is beset by escalating violence which affects journalists. Twenty-one have been killed because of their work since Vladimir Putin was first elected president of the Russian Federation in March 2000. The vast majority of these cases have not been solved contributing to impunity for the murderers of journalists. The recent wave of killings of officials, businessmen and celebrities (murder of the government of the central bank, the Litvinenko case and so on..) illustrate this climate of violence. Three journalists have been killed in 2006: Ilia Zimin (NTV), Yevgeni Gerassimenko (Saratovski Rasklad) and Anna Politkovskaya (Novaya Gazeta). Elsewhere, news reporting is hampered by a lack of pluralism, particularly in the broadcast media. Russians who mostly get their news from the television have only two federal channels to chose from, both of which are controlled by the Kremlin: ORT and Rossia, watched in more than 98% of homes. Media purchases by state-controlled gas giant Gazprom, also give rise to concern since it is reportedly becoming the country’s biggest media group. It recently announced its aim of buying the country’s top-selling daily, Komsomolskaya Pravda, which boasts 2.1 million readers. The company already owns the leading private TV channel NTV, after which purchase the satirical programme the “Kukli” disappeared from the screen; the Izvestias and the radio Echos of Moscow. In the regions, the concentration of power has put the media under mounting pressure and journalists have fewer resources to fight this state of affairs. In 2002 and 2003, successive editors of the newspaper Togliattinskoye Obosrenie were murdered and in 2006, the weekly Permsky Obozrevatel (Perm Observer), the only independent newspaper in the Perm region in the Urals, suffered persecution from the local authorities. The situation in Chechnya remains dire. The Caucasus republic is a news black hole. The murder of Anna Politkovskaya only adds to this already serious situation, since she was one of very few journalists to regularly cover the conflict in Chechnya and its consequences.The other 2006 nominees in the “media” category were:1/ Democratic Voice of Burma, BurmaThe Norwegian-based radio Democratic Voice of Burma was founded in 1992 by a group of pro-democracy students who escaped the 1988 massacres. In 2005 it launched Burma’s first independent TV channel. Although DVB TV only broadcasts for two hours a week throughout Burmese territory, it infuriates the generals in Rangoon, who have been used to exercising tight control over news put out by the media.The radio broadcasts more than two hours of programmes daily and in seven ethnic minority languages and is one of very few news sources to escape the junta’s relentless advance censorship. 2/ Uthayan, Sri LankaThe highly popular Jaffna-based daily Uthayan has for nearly 20 years managed to keep a relatively independent editorial line despite the war in the north of Sri Lanka. At least five staff on the paper were killed in 2006, two of them murdered in a raid on its premises on the eve of World Press Freedom Day. In September, the printers of the Colombo edition was torched by unidentified attackers, while in Jaffna armed men have twice forced staff to print their press releases.The pro-government Tamil militia, responsible for most of the attacks, takes advantage of the passivity of the army which dislikes the daily. In the 1990s, the offices were the target of a military bombardment. 3/ An-Nahar, LebanonFounded on 4 August 1933, An-Nahar is Lebanon’s leading Arabic-language daily. The moderate and liberal paper is today seen as a publication of reference, read by the Lebanese intelligentsia as much as by students and company bosses. The recent Israeli-Lebanese conflict, which hit a number of media and left one journalist dead, spared An-Nahar. But the newspaper suffered sad losses in 2005, losing within a few months its editorialist and its publisher. Samir Kassir, editorialist on the daily for ten years, was killed by a car bomb explosion on 2 June 2005. 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Brazil ‘nuts’ at council’s time wasting

first_imgTwitter “UNEDIFYING,” was how Limerick businessman Tony Brazil, described goings-on at a meeting of the Transportation Committee at City Hall.Referring to earlier contretemps between Cllr Ger Fahy and Kieran Lehane, director of services for housing, which saw the latter leave the chamber, after an acrimonious exchange with Cllr Fahy, Mr Brazil said:Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “We, on this committee, are here to give advice, not to let people squabble. For me, as a business person, I am wasting my time listening to squabbling down here..“I appeal to all political groups that the work of the committees should reflect a way to drive the city forward. “Could it be possible to deal with the pothole problems and such like at the area meetings, which are private to the councillors,” asked Mr Brazil, who spent 14 years as director of Bord Failte, and was also chairman of Shannonside Tourism.Cllr Fahy, who chaired the meeting, told Mr Brazil that his comments were noted.With further pedestrianisation of a number of city centre streets on the way, a timely reminder was issued by Mr Brazil, owner of Limerick Travel, to City Hall, regarding the installation of water and electricity connections in the streets specified.“We should learn from Bedford Row and please take note that the water and electricity connections are installed in the middle of the roads, to cater for the possibility of markets – seasonal or weekend markets starting up on some of those streets”.Senior engineer, Vincent Murray, said there will be wide consultation with traders on the issue of the installation of water and electricity kiosks, to cater for street markets.“It’s a very good idea to provide electricity and water kiosks for markets”.Meanwhile, Cllr Joe Leddin said the orbital route was certain to play a significant part in linking up John’s Square, which will receive a complete refurbishment, into the city centre. “When it is upgraded, the Square will have massive potential”.An assurance was given to the meeting that the Water Fountain in John’s Square, which over the past two years has been damaged and interfered with mainly by people squatting on its steps, will be cleaned and repaired. Previous articleStill no place to spend a penny at Shels ParkNext articleHave your say: Should Sarsfield’s statue be moved? admin NewsLocal NewsBrazil ‘nuts’ at council’s time wastingBy admin – October 1, 2010 540 Linkedin Advertisementcenter_img Email Facebook Print WhatsApplast_img read more

Urgent action needed on #Limerick mental health service

first_imgNewsUrgent action needed on #Limerick mental health serviceBy Staff Reporter – July 7, 2016 830 LIMERICK Senator Kieran O’Donnell has called on the Minister of State for Mental Health Helen McEntee to redress previous governmental failings and do more to upgrade mental health facilities in the city and county.During last week’s Seanad debate on mental health, Senator O’Donnell highlighted the failure by the HSE to deliver the 20-bed specific mental health facility for children and adolescents at University Hospital Limerick (UHL) as recommended under the Vision for Change document a decade ago in 2006.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up And he brought to the Minister’s attention to the alarmingly high rate of deaths by suicide in Limerick.Speaking to the Limerick Post, Senator O’Donnell said that figures from the National Office for Suicide Prevention show that Limerick City had the highest suicide rate at 21 persons for every 100,000 of population between 2011 and 2013,.CSO data for 2014 showed that this had increased to 23 persons for every 100,000 of population at a time when the national average was ten.And while last year’s figures indicated a reduction to 16 persons for every 100,000 of population, it was still almost twice the national average.Senator O’Donnell said that while the figures in the City were alarming, County Limerick statistics proved incredibly worrying with the male rate of suicide increasing from 9 to 21 between 2014 and 2015.“26 deaths, 22 male and 4 female, by suicide were reported for Limerick City and County in 2015, which is a shocking figure and an increase of six on the previous year.Stating that more needed to be done in Limerick, he said he found himself attending too many suicide-related funerals in Limerick and witnessing the devastation it causes to families.“Some good work is being done under the national strategy to reduce suicide, but two further specific measures are needed to tackle mental health issues in Limerick.“I have asked Minister McEntee to progress the provision of a 20-bed specific mental health facility for children and adolescents, which was part of the recommendations in the Vision for Change document a decade ago .“It is inappropriate for children to be hospitalised in an adult ward at UHL. Child facilities are available in Cork and Galway, but parents may be unable to travel daily from Limerick and be with their children which is vital to their recovery process.“I have also asked the Minister to arrange for the establishment of a specific multi-agency task force to look into and prepare a specific report on the alarmingly high rates of deaths by suicide in Limerick and make recommendations on how to tackle this crisis”, he added.by Daragh [email protected] Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Print Facebook Previous articleWater charge changes unlikely to fool EU – JanNext articleA world of fantasy and comics at University of Limerick Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie WhatsApp Twitter Email RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Advertisement WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads TAGSfeaturedHSEKieran O’DonnelllimerickMental HealthSeanadsuicide Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live last_img read more

Tánaiste refuses to meet with the late Eddie Fullertons family.

first_img Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Tánaiste refuses to meet with the late Eddie Fullertons family. LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Twitter Pinterest Google+ Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Google+ Facebook Homepage BannerNews Twitter Pinterestcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleUS philanthropist named the recipient of the annual Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora AwardNext articleWILD LIVES: Tune into Donegal’s Wild Side admin WhatsApp Donegal Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said that the Tánaiste has refused to meet with the late Eddie Fullertons family.Former Cllr Fullerton was murdered by the UVF at his Buncrana home in 1991 and new evidence of collusion was presented in an RTE documentary recently.A fortnight ago Deputy Mac Lochlainn asked the Tánaiste during Leaders Questions to meet to listen to the Fullerton family’s concerns. Joan Burton said she would consider it.Since then Deputy MacLochlainn has written to the Tánaiste to seek to arrange a convenient time.But in a reply, Joan Burton said she was too busy. Deputy MacLochlain says he’s disgusted:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/padraw.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. GAA decision not sitting well with Donegal – Mick McGrath Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH By admin – July 1, 2015 Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Facebooklast_img read more