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The Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust share price is up 117% in the last 12 months – can it keep rising?

first_img See all posts by Conor Coyle Conor Coyle | Wednesday, 10th February, 2021 | More on: SMT 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. The Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust share price is up 117% in the last 12 months – can it keep rising? Enter Your Email Address FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge 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. But how long can this go on? Can the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust continue to beat the market at such an excessive rate?Why has the SMT share price gained so much value?Rather than focusing on anything related to Scottish companies or mortgages, Scottish Mortgage strategically invests in a number of global companies. It is managed by investment managers Baillie & Gifford.Their huge success and entry into the FTSE 100 in 2017 came as the result of holdings they had acquired in tech stocks in the US, China, and further afield.Amazon, Tesla, Alibaba, and Baidu are among the companies in which it has invested heavily. Tesla’s meteoric rise in particular has pushed up the SMT share price, as it now makes up more than 10% of its portfolio.The trust’s managers, Tom Slater and James Anderson, have a wealth of experience and the share price has clearly benefited from that in recent years. They have proved highly capable of managing the SMT portfolio and could well oversee a further increase in value.Where is the SMT share price headed?Scottish Mortgage shares are currently sitting at close to their all-time high of 1,385p. There are a number of possibilities that I think may limit their potential for further growth.As the trust is so heavily invested in tech stocks, any downward movement within this sector would have a big effect on the SMT share price. In particular, I’m be wary of its holding in Tesla, which I think is overvalued considering its sales to date compared with other carmakers.Many think that Tesla and other tech stocks on SMT’s books are in a bubble, and I would tend to agree with that. History tells us that investments that see such phenomenal growth as SMT cannot sustain that performance indefinitely.That’s why I won’t be adding Scottish Mortgage to my portfolio today, but I will continue to watch the share price closely to see how high it can go. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. conorcoyle has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., Amazon, Baidu, and Tesla 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. 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If you bought shares in Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (LSE:SMT) at any time over the last 10 years, you may think there is no limit to your returns.The SMT share price has gained more than 117% in the last 12 months in spite of the impact of the pandemic. In the past five years, the value of the trust has gained 514%. Image source: Getty Images. last_img read more

Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_img TAGS: Exeter ChiefsHarlequinsLeicester TigersLondon IrishNorthampton SaintsSaracens PARIS, FRANCE – FEBRUARY 09: Michele Rizzo of Italy and Rabah Slimani of France are sent off during the RBS Six Nations match between France and Italy at Stade de France on February 9, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images) Brown’s in the pink: Mike Brown is delighted to score his second try for England and help them to defeat ScotlandBy Katie FieldThe SaintsMighty MikeYou wait 21 matches for your first Test try, then score two in two weeks. That’s what has happened to England full-back Mike Brown, who is in the form of his life and played a major role in his nation’s Calcutta Cup win over Scotland on Saturday.Brown scored the second of England’s two tries, was their best ball-carrier, making 114 metres in 11 carries, and also defended well on the few occasions that Scotland did ask questions of their visitors. There were plenty of other star performers for England in their emphatic 20-0 win, but Brown was deservedly named RBS Man of the Match and will hope to do it all again in front of a Twickenham crowd, versus Ireland on 22 February.The Johnny and Joe showIn the week long build-up to the Ireland v Wales match, former Wales internationals talked on television and in the newspapers about Wales not needing a “plan B” because none of their Six Nations rivals had worked out how to stop their “plan A”.Bootiful: Johnny Sexton’s kicking was superbThere won’t be so much smugness in evidence after Ireland’s 26-3 demolition of Wales at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday.New Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has a reputation for being a master tactician and he delivered in spades, coming up with a game plan to blunt Wales’s strongest attacking weapons. Then, Johnny Sexton executed the plan to perfection, taking all the right options and kicking accurately out of hand and from the tee to pilot Ireland to the most comfortable of wins.Absolute zeroNew Zealand’s Sevens team were disappointed to lost 12-7 to Fiji in their first pool match of the Wellington Sevens on Friday. They responded in the best possible fashion by winning their next five matches without conceding a single point, and so taking their home tournament title in style.The Kiwis beat Spain 55-0, France 47-0, Canada 24-0 in the quarter-final, England 31-0 in the semi-final and South Africa 21-0 in the final. Sherwin Stowers scored eight tries and Scott Curry and Tim Mikkelson ran in four each.Their legendary coach, Gordon Tietjens, said: “To bounce back and have no tries scored against us after losing to Fiji was really pleasing. It was a case today of making no mistakes and we coped brilliantly.”By George!London Irish skipper George Skivington did something no other Aviva Premiership captain has done so far this season – led his side to victory at Saracens. Skivington, who was celebrating his 150th appearance for the Exiles, made it a day to remember by scoring one of Irish’s three tries as they defeated the league leaders 22-13 at their Allianz Park home.His try was one of two which came just minutes before half-time, crucially enabling Irish to go into the break 22-8 up instead of just 10-8.London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith was understandably delighted with the win, saying: “We came into the game with a very simple plan but we had to execute it. We knew if we were to have a chance today we would have to out work them and because they’re a massive work rate team.” LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img Two players were unfortunate enough to be in the wrong place at the wrong time this week. Exeter Chiefs No 8 Kai Horstmann let George Pisi slip past him to score the late try which Stephen Myler converted for Northampton’s 17-16 win at Sandy Park, and Worcester replacement Leonardo Senatore was the unfortunate man who was penalised by referee Andrew Small for not rolling away when the Warriors were leading Leicester 22-20 in the final stages of their clash.Toby Flood stepped up to kick the difficult penalty and Worcester’s hopes of a first Premiership win were dashed once again. Sport can be very cruel sometimes. The SinnersFar from Bonny ScotlandIf Scotland fans thought their team played badly in Dublin last weekend, there was even less to cheer this week as the home side were downed 20-0 by England at Murrayfield. Any loss in a Calcutta Cup match is bad for Scotland, but a whitewash is unforgiveable and there are bound to be recriminations.Grim: Sean Lamont looks far from happy at the lossWhat possible reason can there be for so many Scotland players to play so badly at once? Have they lost confidence in caretaker coach Scott Johnson, who controversially dropped his skipper Kelly Brown for this match? Vern Cotter is due to take over as coach at the end of the season, allowing Johnson to become director of rugby, so is this period of limbo having an adverse effect on the players?One of the worst areas, for the second week in a row, was the lineout, Scotland losing five of their own throws, just like in Dublin last weekend. In 2006 they went through the whole Six Nations without losing a single one of their own lineouts. How times change.Scotland were poor in all areas, with only David Denton looking at all threatening going forward. They missed 27 tackles, conceded 16 penalties, and spent barely any time in the England 22.Everyone in the Scotland camp needs to shoulder their share of the blame for the shambles and find some answers – fast.Losing their headsIn these days of television match officials, there is no hiding place, so quite what possessed Italy prop Michele Rizzo to head-butt and then punch his French opposite number Rabah Slimani as a scrum broke up in the final ten minutes of their Six Nations match is anybody’s guess. And Slimani blotted his own copybook by butting Rizzo back before the punches came in, so both players were sent off by South African referee Jaco Peyper.Off we go: Rizzo and Slimani head for the early bathYes, rugby is a brutal contact sport and foulplay is far from unusual, but head-butting is one of the less acceptable forms of illegal physical contact, and in this instance the double red card took the gloss off some truly magical rugby by France in their 30-10 victory.Critical errorsThe results of three of the weekends Aviva Premiership matches swung on late, late scores, with Leicester Tigers, Northampton Saints and Harlequins all snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.It is cruel when individual errors at the death cost a team dear, but such is the nature of sport and players know that a moment of brilliance can make you a hero – such as Sam Smith’s wonderfully taken winning try for Quins against Wasps – whereas a single error at the wrong time can make you a villain.last_img read more

Misisipí: Sacerdote episcopal presenta demanda para abrogar medida en contra…

first_img This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Smithfield, NC Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Press Release Service Submit an Event Listing Misisipí: Sacerdote episcopal presenta demanda para abrogar medida en contra de homosexuales Nuevas leyes del estado permiten ‘armas en las iglesias’ y discriminación contra los gais Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Curate Diocese of Nebraska Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Por Pat McCaughan Posted Jun 15, 2016 La Rda. Susan Hrostowski (izquierda) y Kathryn Garner, que han presentado una demanda para derogar la ley de “libertad religiosa”.[Episcopal News Service] Para la Rda. Susan Hrostowski, la demanda que presentara el 13 de junio a favor de los derechos de [la comunidad] LGBT (mujeres y hombres homosexuales, bisexuales y transexuales) la percibe como una experiencia ya vivida.En abril, la sacerdote episcopal y su cónyuge Kathryn Garner (“Kathy”) se contaban entre las cuatro parejas de lesbianas que impugnaron con éxito un decreto estatal que prohibía la adopción [de menores] por parte de personas homosexuales. En 2014, ellas también impugnaron la prohibición estatal respecto al matrimonio de parejas del mismo sexo.Ahora, ella se ha sumado a una demanda federal que busca derogar otra polémica medida en contra de los homosexuales, a la que se le conoce como Ley de los Acomodos Religiosos y la cual permite a los dueños de empresas, en base a sus creencias religiosas, rehusar prestar servicios a personas LGBT.El gobernador de Misisipí, Phil Bryant, que rubricó la medida con su firma y la convirtió en ley el pasado 5 de abril diciendo que intentaba evitar la discriminación religiosa, es mencionado en la demanda junto con otros funcionarios del estado. La ley debe entrar en vigor el 1 de julio.Es parte de una serie de leyes que implican las creencias religiosas, pero que algunos consideran contrarias a los valores cristianos. Otra de ellas es la debatible ley de “armas en las iglesias” que permite que las congregaciones se entrenen para proporcionar equipos de seguridad armados durante el culto. La ley entró en vigor el 15 de abril cuando Bryant la firmó.Una ley polémica y que califican de ‘antitética’ a las enseñanzas de Jesús Hrostowski dijo que las creencias religiosas que su familia sinceramente sostiene se han visto agredidas de manera significativa por la media, a la que también se le conoce como la HB 1253.“Como lesbiana casada, y madre de un hijo con dos madres, la HB 1523 también causa un importante agobio en la vida de mi familia”, dijo Hrostowski. “El estado se ha extralimitado para degradar a mi familia y negarnos la dignidad que disfrutábamos junto a otras familias en nuestro estado”.“Kathy y yo estamos ahora con el temor constante de que un restaurante pueda rehusar darle asiento a nuestra familia si vieran nuestra cena como una celebración de nuestro matrimonio”, expresó ella al tiempo de presentar la demanda con la Campaña por la Igualdad del Sur y otros [grupos]. “Ya no nos sentimos seguras para viajar, porque un hotel podría rehusar que nos quedáramos juntas en una misma habitación”.Ellas le han pedido al tribunal federal que impida que la ley entre en vigor.“El estado le está dando prioridad a un punto de vista religioso en particular por encima de los otros”, dijo Hrostowski a Episcopal News Service (ENS). “Al redactar y aprobar esta legislación, ellos (la legislatura y el gobernador) han afectado a un grupo muy específico de personas. Eso es inconstitucional.“Han aprobado leyes que permiten la discriminación en base a un tipo muy específico de perspectiva religiosa y eso es antitético para mí y para muchas otras personas. Como episcopal, seguimos las enseñanzas y el ejemplo de Jesucristo, sobre todo de amarnos unos a otros como él nos amó. Esa es la perspectiva de la que yo parto”.Entre otras cosas, la ley dice que “el matrimonio es o debe ser reconocido como la unión de un hombre y una mujer” y que las relaciones sexuales están propiamente reservadas a una unión de este tipo. Y que “masculino (hombre) o femenino (mujer) se refiere al sexo biológico inmutable de un individuo, como objetivamente determinado por la anatomía y la genética en el momento de nacer”.Basándose en esas creencias, según la ley, los asistentes sociales, los empleados públicos y una amplia gama de empresas pueden rehusar servicios a la comunidad LGBT.Brian Seage, el obispo de Misisipí, dijo que la ley “codifica la discriminación” al permitir que las empresas traten de manera diferente a un segmento de la población.“Por ejemplo, si una pareja LGBT entra en una oficina para obtener una licencia matrimonial, no están obligados a dársela, pero sí tienen que facilitarles las señas de alguien que pueda proporcionárselas”, dijo Seage. “Para mí, y para muchos otros, constituye una discriminación flagrante si una pareja LGBT tiene que esperar siquiera 10 segundos más que los demás”.Seage, en una carta fechada el 3 de junio y dirigida al clero diocesano y a las congregaciones, dio a conocer una nueva política para llevar a cabo matrimonios LGBT.“Teníamos un sistemas donde una parroquia podía pasar por un proceso de discernimiento y, si la junta parroquial emitía un voto afirmativo, podían pedirle al obispo que les diera permiso para ofrecer bendiciones, y luego matrimonios, después del veredicto del Tribunal Supremo (26 de junio de 2015)” que legalizaba el matrimonio de [parejas] del mismo sexo.La norma deja la decisión de solemnizar bodas homosexuales a discreción del clero “con el acuerdo de que, al igual que en cualquier otra cosa que hacemos como clérigos, debemos discutirlo con nuestras parroquias y nuestro liderazgo”, dijo Seage.Esto elimina un requisito previo de que las congregaciones y el clérigo entraban primero en un proceso de discernimiento y estudio, “que culminaba con una decisión formal de la junta parroquial y luego me presentaban una petición en que solicitaban la aprobación para llevar a cabo bodas de [parejas] del mismo sexo”, explicó [el obispo].Seage y otros le pidieron a Bryant que vetara la HB 1523. En una entrevista en PBS, Seage calificó la ley de “libertad religiosa” de “innecesaria …  y una respuesta a algo que no es un problema” porque un clérigo siempre ha podido rehusar la celebración de cualquier boda.No a la portación de armas en las iglesias episcopales
Seage, y la Rda. Ann Whitaker, rectora asociada en la iglesia de San Pedro [St. Peter’s Church] en Oxford, junto con otras personas han dicho que si bien la ley de “armas en las iglesias” también parece antitética a los valores cristianos de pacificación y reconciliación, vino a la zaga de la medida sobre la “libertad religiosa” y, en consecuencia, ha recibido menos atención inmediata.“No quiero ser una sacerdote armada y no creo que ninguno de mis colegas en el estado tampoco lo quiera”, dijo Whitaker.Ella incluso recordaba que le habían “sacado una pistola en una parroquia de aquí de Misisipí hace muchos años”. Me asusté mucho y me siento afortunada de que no estaba armada. Pudimos responder a la necesidad de este individuo sin ningún incidente: eso es lo bueno”.El gobernador Bryant ha dicho que la ley era una respuesta a la matanza, el 17 de junio de 2015, de nueve feligreses durante un estudio bíblico en una iglesia de Charleston, Carolina del Sur. Las víctimas eran afroamericanos; el agresor, que era blanco, se dijo que quería dar comienzo a una guerra racial.Después de algunos debates iniciales, la junta parroquial de San Pedro decidió que “no existía la necesidad aquí de entrenar a nadie ni de tener a nadie que llevara un arma a la iglesia”, dijo Whitaker. Y si bien han hablado de poner letreros que digan ‘no se permiten armas’, la iglesia aún está por hacerlo.El Muy Rdo. Edward O’Connor, deán de la catedral de San Andrés [St. Andrew’s Cathedral] en Jackson, dijo que él y la junta parroquial también habían discutido el poner letreros prohibiendo las armas, pero “¿cómo eso impide que la gente venga armada?”.Las armas son parte del tejido social del estado, localizado “en la hebilla del cinturón bíblico. La imagen que provocó la mayor indignación fue que cuando el gobernador firmó el proyecto de ley, lo hizo con un revolver calibre .38 encima de la Biblia. Fue sencillamente irrespetuoso”.Suzanne Pepper, que preside el Comité con Personas LGBT de la diócesis, llamó “al hecho de que cualquiera pueda entrar en una iglesia con un arma de fuego, simplemente vergonzoso y peligroso. Las armas son una tradición sureña de hondo arraigo, pero uno no debe respaldar que alguien lleve un arma a la iglesia”.División: Un nuevo tipo de segregaciónLas dos leyes, que parecen a un tiempo condonar la violencia y señalar a la comunidad LGBT, hicieron parecer el asesinato en masa del 12 de junio en un centro nocturno gay de Orlando, Florida, algo terriblemente personal, dijo ella.En particular, la HB 1523 “ha convertido la esperanza y la alegría por el dictamen del Tribunal Supremo en una desmoralización, ciertamente”, le dijo ella a ENS. “¿Cómo puede nuestro estado tener tantos prejuicios? “Nuestra comunidad necesita amor y compasión y comprensión y cura”.O’Connor se mostró de acuerdo. Él pidió oraciones por el estado, “oraciones de que podamos venir a la mesa con corazones abiertos y mentes receptivas y a sabiendas de que no estamos solos. Las narrativas de las vidas de unos y otros nos transforman; debemos oírlas y aprender los unos de los otros”.Pero las leyes también han avivado la división y la falta de un discurso público respetuoso, afirmó él.“Muchos de nuestros hermanos y hermanas protestantes cuya interpretación de la Escritura difiere de la nuestra… y cuya comprensión de la gracia y la misericordia y de lo que el amor exige es tristemente muy diferente de la nuestra, [es aquí] donde se trazan los límites”, añadió. “Hay un sentimiento de ‘nosotros contra ellos’. Estamos sorprendidos. Se percibe en gran medida como el Sur de la segregación”, dijo O’Connor refiriéndose a las antiguas leyes que segregaban las razas.La realidad es también que los episcopales de Misisipí constituyen un grupo muy diverso. “Hay personas en la catedral de San Andrés y otras iglesias que se oponen firmemente a la ley y hay otros que están absolutamente a su favor. Tengo a gente estupenda que salen de la iglesia el domingo y se van a almorzar con amigos queridos de hace 40 años que practican otra clase de cristianismo —siempre ha habido esa tensión”.Si bien reconociendo que “hay alguna gracia que se ha empleado en tratar de mantener a las personas a la mesa y en enseñar el modelo episcopal-anglicano de la vía media, de que podemos discrepar profundamente pero aun así estaríamos llamados a partir juntos el pan en la mesa”.Él añadió que “lo que más queremos es un discurso civilizado, amable y respetuoso, y no lo encontramos”.En el ínterin, él está trabajando con organizaciones de base y organizadores comunitarios, intentando forjar un modo de avanzar y “congregando a cristianos y a judíos y a quienquiera hablar de lo que es recto y justo respecto a todas las personas de este estado”.Pepper convino en ello. Nacida en Misisipí de donde se mudó para regresar recientemente, dijo que había esperado “formar parte de un Misisipí cambiado, o que yo pudiera ser parte del cambio”.Pero ella compara “lo que veo que sucede con el movimiento de los LGBT con lo que sucedía en el Movimiento de los Derechos Civiles que vi de niña, y me hace acordarme de eso, de todo ese odio.“Ahora, con la ley, la gente puede mirarte y decir, ‘si eres heterosexual, entra; si no lo eres, entonces lárgate’. Es igual a lo que sucedía en los bebederos separados que tenían letreros que decían blancos y de color. Eso no es lo que debe ocurrir en el año 2016”.Hrostowski es profesora de asistencia social y vicaria de la iglesia de Santa Isabel  [St. Elizabeth’s Church] en Collins, donde la congregación rechazó la ley de “armas en las iglesias” por considerarla también como antitética al cristianismo.Ella dice que seguirá trabajando con Garner por los derechos de los LGBT en Misisipí.“Espero ciertamente ganar la impugnación de la ley”, dijo. “Comparto con el obispo primado Michael Curry lo de estar en el fuego por Jesús y en el Movimiento de Jesús, que todo ello es parte de esto. Una cosa que me enoja mucho es que la gente que apoya ese tipo de cristianismo [el que discrimina] siempre habla como si su visión del cristianismo fuese la única visión del cristianismo. El mundo necesita de la Iglesia Episcopal ahora mismo”.—La Rda Rev. Pat McCaughan es corresponsal de Episcopal News Service. Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Apopka Police Department’s response to COVID-19

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply The Anatomy of Fear TAGSApopka Police DepartmentChief McKinleyCOVID-19 Previous articleSenator Bracy to host free food distribution April 3rd for Apopka & District 11Next articleFlorida’s stay-at-home order has expansive, evolving interpretation of ‘essential’ Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Measured body temperature > 100.4 F (38C)Fever (hot to the touch in room temperature)ChillsUnusual sweatUnusual whole-body achesHeadacheBreathing or shortness of breathNasal congestionPersistent coughSore throatRunny or stuffy noseDiarrhea You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your name here From Chief of Police Mike McKinley, Apopka Police DepartmentAs we deal with these unprecedented and challenging times, the men and women of the Apopka Police Department remain committed to protecting our community.The current situation we find ourselves in is different than anything we have faced in our careers, however law enforcement’s ability to work together and adapt to the challenges we face will get us and our community through these trying times.As a result of the Covid-19 concerns, the Apopka Police Department is continually adjusting the way we do business to protect our personnel and our community. Since the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak, the police department has implemented the following changes:Our communications center continues to screen calls for service by asking the caller the following questions:Is any individual on the scene experiencing any of the following symptoms? Please enter your comment! If any of the individuals on scene are experiencing any of these symptoms, the telecommunicator is asking the caller if the individual has traveled to any of the States experiencing large outbreaks of COVID-19, such as New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.Officers are also encouraged to ask additional questions that may be relevant when they arrive on scene.Our telecommunicators are requesting that callers meet our officers outside when they arrive on scene.Sworn Personnel have been informed to practice the following guidelines to help protect themselves from exposure:When possible, maintain a distance of at least 6 feet.When possible, remain outside when handling a call for service. When practical they are interviewing victims, witnesses, and suspects outside. If they are not able to take report information or conduct an interview outside or in a large open area they will take appropriate precautions, such as social distancing, to protect themselves.Practice proper hand hygiene.Do not touch their face with unwashed hands.If the call for service is strictly a medical matter and there is not life-threatening event occurring, they will allow the Fire Department to handle the situation.Have a trained Emergency Medical Service/Emergency Medical Technician (EMS/EMT) assess and transport anyone they think might have COVID-19 to a healthcare facility.Ensure only trained personnel wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) have contact with individuals who have or may have COVID-19.If our personnel transport someone who is ill or is suspected of having COVID-19, the Apopka Fire Department and Advent Health Apopka have specialized equipment to decontaminate our patrol vehicles and equipment following a suspected COVID-19 incident.We have instituted an alternative call for service plan in an attempt to limit the number of contacts our personnel have with individuals. Until further notice, supervisory personnel and officers are screening calls for service to determine those calls that can be handled over the phone. Examples of calls that citizens may hear back from an officer via a phone call will be nonviolent incidents that are over with such as fraud, theft, vandalism, etc. Supervisors will continually review the information provided by the caller to determine if a physical response is needed. Incident reports will still be written, when needed, and follow-up investigations will still occur.Additionally, to promote social distancing, sergeants are briefing their patrol officers utilizing technology. This prevents officers from having to respond to the police department and brief as a group.The Apopka Police Department has suspended fingerprinting until further notice and the lobby to the police department is closed. Anyone who arrives at the police department needing assistance there is information affixed to the front door that provides them with the number to the records unit. This will allow our records personnel to handle the individuals needs over the phone. If someone arrives at the police department and needs to meet with a police officer there is a phone to the right of the lobby doors that will connect them with our communications center.As we face these challenging times, the men and women of the Apopka Police Department remain committed to the safety of our community through proactive patrols and continued response to in-progress criminal activity.  As always, if you have an emergency situation call 911. If you have a non-emergency situation call the non-emergency number 407-703-1757. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Scale-ing House / JOHO Architecture

first_img Scale-ing House / JOHO Architecture ArchDaily 2013 South Korea Houses Scale-ing House / JOHO ArchitectureSave this projectSaveScale-ing House / JOHO ArchitectureSave this picture!© Sun NamgoongHouses•Seongnam-si, South Korea “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Area:  128 m² Area:  128 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Copy“The great view and the light” These two concepts should be compatible for a good house. However, Pangyo, the collective housing area, is composed only of functional logic to accommodate as many houses as it can.  Save this picture!© Sun NamgoongIt has a closed view being next to other buildings in the south, while facing the north from which Cheonggyesan is seen. Therefore, this project had its functional limitation that the houses couldn’t get the beautiful view in the north if the important rooms were arranged in the south for the natural sunlight. The project began with this incompatible situation which had to be resolved. Year:  2013 Architects: JOHO Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Photographs Year:  Save this picture!© Sun NamgoongOptimal allocation of flat surface and lights from a high position. The Master Room and Living Room were allocated in north to capture the beautiful scenery. In this case, the plan design has a weakness that the natural lights do not come into the rooms. To solve the problem, it was designed to have a difference of height, with the roof divided into four parts, so that the light could come into the rooms.  Save this picture!© Sun NamgoongThe height of the roof was different, so the lights came in from various angles from the east, south, and the west. It became possible to feel the seasonal changes inside the building thanks to the natural lights coming from the windows. This is the optical space organization that can overcome the physical weakness of the north side and get the maximal sun lights. Moreover, the automatic upper windows discharged the heat inside to outside in summer, making the cross ventilation possible with the windows and doors in the south and north. This project design was based on the natural convection current to make an eco-friendly and heat-effective space.Save this picture!© Sun NamgoongBasalt, the nature of materials. The brick architecture is produced by each brick as one pixel, it reveals the nature of materials as well as a combined shape. In particular, basalt is different from the general bricks, because people process the gemstone in the shape of a brick. Therefore, basalt brick can keep its essential meaning of basalt gemstone. This project is focusing on contracting the features of basalt including its rough pores and its surface that is different from a fired brickSave this picture!© Sun NamgoongThe recomposition of materials- Cold, warm and neutral matter properties. The architectural form consists of basalt bricks, general brick, and stainless steel. As well as general brick, about 20,000 basalt bricks, which are the main material to compose the rough surface, are divided into two parts according to their angles and recomposed on the architectural form. The basalt bricks are allocated horizontally in five parts ranging from 5 degrees to 45 degrees. In addition, it is divided into the embossed and the engraved parts vertically.  Save this picture!© Sun NamgoongThe 2-parted basalt bricks are recomposed with the general bricks and changes both the vertical and horizontal form with the embossed and engraved parts. The changes are caused from the features of the bricks as the material presents the changes of strata in contrast. The rough pores of the basalt gives us an essential message of the materials inside the recomposed surface. The bricks are revealing their existence by the recomposed forms with the embossing and engraving that changes the angles of the light. The materials are recomposed and the image is re-structured. Save this picture!Floor Plan 1Project gallerySee allShow lessDesign: A Long Term Preventative MedicineArchitecture NewsPilot IKC Zeeburgereiland / StudioninedotsSelected Projects Share photographs:  Sun NamgoongPhotographs:  Namgoong Sun+ 22 Share “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects CopyAbout this officeJOHO ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSeongnam-siHousesSouth KoreaPublished on December 14, 2013Cite: “Scale-ing House / JOHO Architecture” 14 Dec 2013. ArchDaily. 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Mouette House / Estudio Bespoke + longo+roldán

first_img Houses Projects Mouette House / Estudio Bespoke + longo+roldán 2019 “COPY” Mouette House / Estudio Bespoke + longo+roldánSave this projectSaveMouette House / Estudio Bespoke + longo+roldán Area:  7039 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Save this picture!Cortesía de Cesar F. Prados+ 38Curated by Clara Ott Share CopyHouses•Valladolid, Spain Save this picture!Cortesía de Cesar F. PradosRecommended ProductsConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemMetallicsSculptformClick-on Battens in Ivanhoe ApartmentsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAText description provided by the architects. The project is marked by the resulting lot shape due to the building of a future street. For this reason the program is developed by occupying the west side of the lot, keeping the main garden between the construction itself.Save this picture!Cortesía de Cesar F. PradosSave this picture!Ground floor planSave this picture!Cortesía de Cesar F. PradosThe general program occupies two volumes, satisfying the  client needs, and aligned with the mentioned future street.Save this picture!Cortesía de Cesar F. PradosSave this picture!1st floor planSave this picture!Cortesía de Cesar F. PradosThe smaller of the volumes will cover the needs for maintenance and enjoyment of the pool, located at the center of the lot.Save this picture!Cortesía de Cesar F. PradosThe most generous volume in surface corresponds to the main house, which is being designed based on the desire of the property to generate an inner courtyard around which the entire house is deployed.Save this picture!Cortesía de Cesar F. PradosThis courtyard, which suffers from the weather conditions due to the lack of a roof, generates the necessary path to get to all the rooms of the house. Thanks to its generous dimensions, this hallway around the patio courtyard becomes a new room facing at the center of the house, that is, the exterior space. In addition, main rooms are connected through open spaces and large communication gaps such as small lounges and toilets.Save this picture!Cortesía de Cesar F. PradosThe program diagonally divides the main building. The light from the East and South floods the kitchen and the living room respectively. The living lounge is splitted by a light appearance staircase that leads to the office on the first floor.Save this picture!Cortesía de Cesar F. PradosA footbridge runs along the perimeter of the double height of the lounge, being the only first floor area of the house.Save this picture!Cortesía de Cesar F. PradosFinally, the materials used are reduced to concrete, brick and steel. These, together with the flat roof, accentuate the industrial character of the house, which, stripped of all superfluous artifice, follows the main principle of functionalist architectureSave this picture!Cortesía de Cesar F. PradosProject gallerySee allShow lessTree House / QBO3 ArquitectosSelected ProjectsCromwell Place Exhibition and Working Space / Buckley Gray YeomanSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officelongo+roldán arquitectosOfficeFollowEstudio BespokeOfficeFollowProductsConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesValladolidOn FacebookSpainPublished on November 29, 2020Cite: “Mouette House / Estudio Bespoke + longo+roldán” [Casa Mouette / Estudio Bespoke + longo+roldán] 29 Nov 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamcenter_img Year:  Cesar F. Prados, Victor Longo, Ester Roldán Spain Lead Architects: Manufacturers: AutoDesk, OTTOSTUMM, B.lux, Flos, Hager, Miele, SANTOS, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Cement Design, JNF, PANORAMA, Roca, Saxun, Zucchetti.Kos Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily “COPY” Architects: Estudio Bespoke, longo+roldán arquitectos Area Area of this architecture projectlast_img read more

Time to update your UK Fundraising registration details

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  13 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Following recent legal advice we’re merging our opt-out tick box for receiving messages and adverts from UK Fundraising and third parties. We recommend you login to review your preferences.Many of UK Fundraising’s registered users choose to receive our fortnightly email newsletter UK Fundraising News.In addition we are about to start sending out advertising messages to our subscribers. These will come from selected advertisers such as fundraising consultants, training organisations, book publishers etc, and will usually be targeted by job title or geographical area. Advertisement Tagged with: Digital These messages will always be sent by UK Fundraising on behalf of these organisations. We will never give or sell your contact details to other organisations.Because it is UK Fundraising sending the messages, we have been advised that we can simplify our opt-out process so that you need untick just one box to stop receiving messages from us and/or other organisations. Your subscription to the newsletter will remain unaffected by this, should you choose to opt out.If you do not wish to receive these messages, which should contain news of valuable new services or offers, please login and review your registration details today.center_img Time to update your UK Fundraising registration details Howard Lake | 24 February 2006 | News 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Call for other fundraising methods to follow PFRA’s donor attrition research

first_img  37 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 21 March 2011 | News Call for other fundraising methods to follow PFRA’s donor attrition research AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Consulting & Agencies Individual giving PFRA Research / statistics For the fourth year running the Public Fundraising Regulatory Association (PFRA) is undertaking research for its Donor Attrition and Retention Survey (DARS). PFRA members are being invited to submit their data to help benchmark this method of fundraising and derive best practice.Indeed, the PFRA, the self-regulatory organisation for face-to-face direct debit fundraising, is encouraging other groups in the fundraising sector to implement similar benchmarking methods.PFRA’s vice chair Michael Naidu, assistant director of fundraising at PFRA charity member Mencap, said: “As a charity that has recruited regular donors through direct mail, DRTV, press ads and door drops, as well as F2F, it would be really useful to have the same kind of intelligence for other types of fundraising as I do for F2F.“PFRA members are leading the fundraising sector in modelling donor attrition, and other methods of fundraising would do well to follow our lead. There is a level of attrition associated with every form of donor recruitment, and yet F2F is the only one which accurately reports – and shares widely – what these figures are.”Last year 27 charities, just under a quarter of PFRA’s charity members, submitted data for DARS. This data covered campaigns that recruited 750,000 donors spanning 2006-2009, donating more than £68 million of regular giving income during that period. This year DARS co-organiser Rupert Tappin, Managing Director of PFRA member Future Fundraising, is aiming to increase participation to half the PFRA’s 98 charity members and more than a million donors.Tappin explained the value of DARS: “To plan properly”, he said, “charities need to know how many donors will cancel and at what point in their giving history they are likely do so, in order to maximise the opportunities to retain them.”PFRA member charities wishing to take part in the 2011 survey should contact PFRA’s head of communications Ian MacQuillin. The data supplied to DARS is anonymised: none of the researchers can see which charities are taking part.The results of DARS 2011 will be announced in June, and will also be presented at the Institute of Fundraising National Convention in July.DARS is currently being run in Spain too. Tappin added: “DARS is known as the benchmark for fundraising attrition in the world. We have had contact from many people from charities in countries worldwide requesting help in setting up their own versions of DARS and the survey we are now working on is Spain is the first of its kind”. He said that he’d like to be able to compile a global DARS covering street and door attrition levels around the 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

European workers take streets to resist austerity

first_imgHardening arteries of a dying systemMoney is the lifeblood of capitalism.More and more, the bankers have it locked away in their vaults and don’t know what to do with it. They already face that most irrational feature of capitalism, “overproduction,” which to them means that corporations aren’t expanding because there’s not much of a market for more goods and services, so therefore companies aren’t borrowing money and the bankers are stuck with cash that’s just sitting there, not drawing interest.Meanwhile, the workers, who have produced everything of value, increasingly find it impossible to scrape up enough cash to live.Right now, the European banks, principally those backed by German capital, are trying to overcome the crisis that all capitalists are in by lending out money to “debtor” countries in the European Union — especially Spain, Portugal and Greece — at the highest interest rate they can get.To make sure these governments can pay that interest, the bankers have been demanding draconian cuts in every needed social service won over generations of struggle — pensions, unemployment insur­ance, health care, education, you name it.These steps are driving the working class, and many in the middle class, into a frenzy of strikes and protests. The bankers don’t even listen to the bourgeois voices warning their class to ease up a bit in their own self-interest.As long as there is capitalism, capital will flow to where the profit returns are the largest, creating an entire world divided between haves and have-nots. However, after decades of the scientific-technological revolution, the very thing that drives capitalism into crisis — high productivity — provides the basis for quickly rectifying these divisions by reallocating the surplus product to where it is needed the most.In other words, when the working class breaks the grip of the capitalists over society and sets up a socialist system, bankers in richer countries like Germany won’t be milking the poorer European countries, as they do now.Besides the massive workers’ struggles detailed below, some 80,000 people assembled Sept. 30 in downtown Paris to protest government cutbacks and tax increases; and across Germany on Sept. 29 some 40,000 people protested social cuts and growing social inequality.Spanish protesters clash with police, Sept. 26.Spain: Leftist youth encircle ParliamentBy Caleb T. MaupinA primarily youth-led action called under the slogan “25S: Encircle Parliament,” did exactly that on Sept. 25 and 26. Despite heavy violence-baiting from the regime of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and the corporate media, some 25,000 people gathered in Neptune Square to try to stop the center of government from functioning as usual.The center-right-wing Popular Party has led Spain’s government since November 2011, sharply cutting social spending and laying off thousands of public workers. The social-democratic opposition party, the PSOE, has been complicit in these cuts.Currently, the Spanish government is seeking an additional bailout from the European Union as it again faces bankruptcy. A new bailout plan will likely demand even more drastic spending cuts. Already, 25 percent of workers in Spain are unemployed, with the situation growing worse daily.Many working-class families in Spain are being evicted from their homes. Courts processed 58,000 foreclosures in 2011, while 2 million properties stand vacant.Youth started taking over public spaces in May 2011 and have halted home foreclosures. A lengthy miners’ strike in the Asturias region in response to cuts in mining subsidies led to police attacks that workers stood up to with homemade projectiles. Long marches of thousands of miners moved from Asturias to a triumphal entry into Madrid.The Indignados — those who began the occupations of the town squares — as well as the more radical sectors of the anarchist and communist movements, and grass-roots unionists led the event. Unleashed by the government, the cops attacked with batons and pepper spray. Cops arrested 35 people and injured 60. Some of the injured suffered wounds from plastic bullets.Videos made available all over the Internet show youths with their faces covered, bearing large red flags. They are seen confronting lines of police in riot gear. As police violently drag youths away, the shouting crowds come to their rescue, pulling them away from the police.One extremely popular video first shows a cop brutalizing people. Then, one youth leaps into the air to “drop kick” that same cop, who then falls to the ground where he is accessible to mass anger.Arguing that the current center-right government is losing control of the country, the social-democratic PSOE promises to implement austerity in a way that would soften unrest. What the movement in the streets is demanding, however, is an end to austerity itself, not a more “responsible” version.Spain’s labor unions are discussing a general strike in the near future. One held in the Basque Country on Sept. 26 was a big success.In Spain and elsewhere, these confrontations between the capitalist state and the working-class movements are growing. The rage that millions of people feel toward harsh economic circumstances is translating into more serious actions that challenge the capitalist state.Greece: Workers march in 70 citiesBy Gene ClancyGreek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras and the Greek and European ruling classes are facing a major dilemma: They have promised the European Union and the International Monetary Fund nearly $15.5 billion in spending cuts over the next two years. The bulk of these funds is expected to come from cutting wages, pensions and welfare benefits, heaping a new wave of misery on the Greek working class.Greece is currently in the midst of a deep capitalist economic recession aggravated by previous austerity measures.At question is how the Greek people will react.On Sept. 26, tens of thousands of workers participated in militant demonstrations in 70 cities across the country. Millions responded to a call for a 24-hour general strike by PAME, the All Workers Militant Front, the union confederation close to the Communist Party of Greece (KKE).Riot police used tear gas and pepper spray against demonstrators near the country’s parliament. Protesters set fire to trees in the National Gardens and used hammers to smash paving stones and marble panels to use as missiles against the riot police.Over 50,000 people joined the march in central Athens. Ships stayed in port, museums and monuments were shut down and air traffic controllers walked off the job. The strike closed the Acropolis, Greece’s most famous tourist site, and halted flights for hours. Train, airline and ferry services were suspended, schools, shops and gas stations were closed, and hospitals were functioning with emergency staff only.“People, fight! They’re drinking your blood!” protesters chanted as they banged drums. (AP, Sept. 26)Hospital worker Alkis Betses, who has seen his monthly salary fall from $1,680 to $1,035, says new cuts will bring it down to $775.“How can you survive on $775 a month, with ever-rising taxes, and continue to pay bills and buy necessary supplies?” he asked. (AP, Sept. 26)Led by PAME, Greek workers have held more than a dozen general strikes in the past four years. The European and Greek ruling classes have tried to ride over this resistance, but it is now spreading to other European countries.Unionized workers fill Lisbon, Portugal’s biggest square.Portugal: Massive rally sets stage for strikeBy Chris FryThirty-eight years ago, organized and militant Portuguese workers acted immediately with strikes and demonstrations to back up a revolt within the military, weary of a long colonial war, to overthrow the long-entrenched, U.S.-backed, fascist regime that had ruled Portugal since 1932.Now, a new generation of workers and youth face the hated “troika” of the European Union, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund, which is demanding greater and greater measures of “austerity” from the present right-wing Portuguese government.On Sept. 29, some 200,000 people marched through the streets of Lisbon, the capital city, and crowded Commerce Square, near the waterfront, with a massive rally. Protesters carried banners carrying the messages: “The struggle continues!” and “Go to hell, Troika! We want our lives back!”The demonstration was organized by the CGTP-IN, Portugal largest union with 750,000 members (Portugal’s population is 11 million). It came two weeks after other huge nationwide demonstrations against austerity measures that involved over 1 million people and were led by militant youth organizations. The Sept. 29 action was held simultaneously with large demonstrations in Greece, Spain and other European capitals.Portugal’s workers are enduring record unemployment of over 15 percent. At the behest of imperialism’s banking “troika,” the Portuguese government, led by Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho, has slashed social benefits and hiked taxes for the workers. The Portuguese economy is mired in a deep recession, with the “contraction” of the gross domestic product expected to total 3 percent for 2012, and a deeper slide is expected in 2013.To curry favor with and obtain “rescue” funds of $100 billion from the same international bankers who caused Europe’s financial crisis in the first place, and who now want the workers to pay for it, Portugal’s right-wing government has imposed one cutback after another on Portugal’s workers, who are already among the poorest paid in Europe.The government recently announced plans to raise the workers’ contribution to the country’s social security system by 64 percent while cutting back the business contribution. After the Sept. 15 mass protests, Passos Coelho pulled back — in words. But the mid-October annual budget may call for even harsher cutbacks to satisfy the banks.More than just a one-day show of force by the country’s trade unions, the CGTP-IN announced that the Sept. 29 demonstration was a prelude to future struggle. On Oct. 3, meetings will be held to prepare a general strike.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Kavanaugh nomination exposes ruling-class crisis

first_imgProtesters stormed Capitol Hill.Oct. 1 — The Sept. 27 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing about the current nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court could not have been more polarized. Calm, deliberate, earnest, cooperative, though admittedly terrified, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified in the morning. In contrast, during the afternoon, there was high drama as Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh alternated between entitled “angry-white-man” shouting about sectarian victimization — “revenge on behalf of the Clintons” — and tearfully pouting, obviously fearful of losing his upper-class power.It was a TV reality show on steroids. The outcome is essentially a ruling-class struggle with deep ramifications for the 327 million people currently living in the U.S.Will Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court by billionaire “predator in chief” Trump proceed after allegations by Dr. Blasey of a sexual assault by Kavanaugh during high school in 1982?By the time of the hearing, many working and oppressed people had already lined up against Kavanaugh because of his anti-worker, anti-accessible health care and anti-reproductive justice stance. And hundreds of angry people, many women survivors of rape and sexual assault, marched around the halls of Congress and over to the Supreme Court to voice their anger and assert their rights against the white-male, ruling-class power structure that runs the U.S.This class also prides itself on its social capital — its private schools; elite colleges and universities, with their closed fraternities and select drinking clubs that promote rape culture; and exclusive hunting, fishing, golf and country clubs that reek of the special advantages enjoyed by the white, moneyed 1% — as they exploit and oppress the other 99%.Twenty-seven years ago, Anita Hill, a brilliant and brave Black woman, presisted with strong and powerful testimony against condescending, racist-sexist abuse when she reported on sexual harassment during the Clarence Thomas hearing conducted by all white male senators. The Sept. 29 New York Times quoted Hill on Kavanaugh’s rage: “‘No female candidate for a Supreme Court position would ever have the license’ to speak with such irritation and fury, she said. ‘We still don’t allow women to cry or be angry.’”“‘Many of us are going to feel betrayed,’” she added, if the Senate ultimately confirms Kavanaugh for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land.In-your-face confrontation stems the tideAlthough many magazine, newspaper and other media reports have framed the hearing as “she said, he said,” the ramifications of the hearing range far beyond that sexist phrase, in ways that connect to the entire social, cultural, economic and class system in the U.S. What surfaced during that hearing is a split in the ruling class, reflected in the different roles played by Senate Republicans and Democrats.The Republicans have done everything in their power to ram through Kavanaugh’s appointment to the court before the midterm elections. They have tried at every turn to limit the hearing and control the outcome by putting up roadblocks to expanding the testimony as more women have come forward to name Kavanaugh as an abuser and as Kavanaugh’s drinking and gang-rape buddies have been identified. As such, the Republicans on the Senate committee are doing the bidding of the white supremacist, warmongering, male-dominated, anti-LGBTQ, Trump-aligned wing of the ruling class.The Democrats, though just as wedded to patriarchal, imperialist, elitist capitalism, have played a more moderating role in their obvious support for Dr. Blasey. Looking for a way to reap victory in the November congressional elections, they have commended her courage and bravery in coming forward to “do her civic duty.” They have insistently called for an FBI investigation to delve into Kavanaugh’s behavior and character.What ultimately made the Republicans cave and call on Trump to order an FBI investigation was an incident involving Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.). He had announced the morning of Sept. 28 that he would support the Kavanaugh nomination to get it out of committee and onto the Senate floor for the final vote. But then this politician, who is not running for office in the midterm election, was backed into the corner of an elevator by two women rape survivors, Ana Maria Archila and Maria Gallagher. A video of their confrontation of Flake went viral.First Archila chastised him for supporting Kavanaugh: “What are you doing, sir?”Then Gallagher asserted: “You are telling all women that they don’t matter, that they should just stay quiet because if they tell you what happened to them, you are going to ignore them. That’s what happened to me.”Furious that Flake was avoiding eye contact with her, Gallagher demanded: “Look at me when I’m talking to you.”Shortly after that angry educational reprimand, Flake announced he would not vote to confirm Judge Kavanaugh without an FBI investigation. Trump reluctantly authorized a week-long supplemental, superficial background check of four people. For the moment, the Republicans have backed off, as did Trump, despite having attacked the FBI many times over the last two years.‘Pretending to look for the truth’A number of corporate media sources have questioned how this FBI investigation — limited by time and number of interviewees — will expose any additional information about Kavanaugh’s sexual abuse, blatant misogyny and flagrantly sexist behavior.In a Sept. 30 New York Times column, Maureen Dowd wrote: “The hope that the FBI will save the day may be misplaced. In the case of Anita Hill, agents were deployed by Republicans to help smear her. … But at least we have a few more days to pretend to look for the truth.”But working and oppressed people need to know the truth about the FBI. The FBI is a ruthless tool that the ruling class uses to enforce state power.Referring to both the FBI and the CIA in a July 25 WW article, Fred Goldstein wrote: “These agencies are two of the greatest enemies of the workers and oppressed at home and abroad. The FBI has infiltrated and framed up generations of communists, socialists, African-American civil rights organizations and liberation groups. It has hunted them down on their jobs and in their homes, imprisoned and even killed them.”Since the hearing and the announcement of the FBI investigation, big business media have been speculating about their impact on the midterm elections. Will the Republicans’ begrudging, last-minute call for the FBI help or hinder voting by Trump’s misogynist base or by women? Did the Republicans effectively hoodwink women voters by hiring an experienced sex crimes prosecutor to interrogate Dr. Blasey? That was a ploy to save the all-male Republicans from exposing the blatant sexist-racist bias they showed during their ruthless examination of Anita Hill.Yet another question posed by the ruling-class media is: Will Kavanaugh’s temper tantrum and tears — a display of “white-male-victim” behavior often voiced by Trump — disqualify him from the judicial arm of the federal goverment — the one out of three branches of the state that is supposedly sacrosanct and above all “impartial”?Supreme Court justices must present themselves as nonpartisan and above reproach. Yale law professor Judith Resnik speculated that Kavanaugh’s antics at the hearing “could leave the Supreme Court ‘under a cloud of politics and scandal from which it would not recover for decades.’” (NY Times, Sept. 29)It’s possible Kavanaugh’s nomination may be a bust, even by capitalist “democratic” standards.Watershed moment in fighting sexist-racist patriarchyReactions to the hearing and its aftermath are showing how pivotal these may be in the ensuing struggle against sexual abuse.The Sept. 9 Sacramento Bee observed: Kavanaugh “looked like an entitled, privileged white male, whining because he’s unaccustomed to losing anything — much less a lifetime appointment to the nation’s highest court that he always expected to get.”Later the article opined: “That Republicans probably will confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court despite what happened on Thursday [Sept. 27] says something about this country, namely that white male privilege still means a lot. But it also says something that so many Americans saw through his act.”Hundreds of people reached out during the hearing to Planned Parenthood and the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network in record numbers. The former reported “more traffic on Thursday than all year,” while calls to RAINN jumped by 201 percent. (The Guardian, Sept. 30) An obvious conclusion is that there are many, many survivors — who are desperately in need of help and support.How will this particular ruling-class crisis be resolved? Don’t look for predictions here. It’s too close to call. Will Trump triumph or will he be forced to pick another nominee? It’s possible that squeaky-clean Judge Amy Barrett could be next in line. Her racist, sexist, anti- LGBTQ, anti-worker, pro-ruling-class credentials are equally conservative. A Catholic, Barrett is on record as being anti-abortion.Corporate media are speculating nonstop on the midterm elections. But the question of what that reflects goes much deeper than the impact of this congressional hearing. To begin with, millions of people of color, those living in rural areas, the incarcerated and the formerly incarcerated, as well as undocumented immigrants, have been closed out of all elections by right-wing, anti-voter initiatives. They are not allowed to vote or have lost that right. That’s proof the continued racist repression of voting rights invalidates the legitimacy of “democratic elections” in the U.S.But one thing is certain: The violent crime of sexual assault has been dramatically revealed, and it is now firmly planted in the public arena. There is no going back. Ford’s narrative has brought stark attention to the existence of sexual abuse and violence against women in all realms of life.Women survivors can only move forward on all fronts, their arms linked with comrades of other genders in united resistance with all those who have suffered the brutal violence of patriarchy, racism and capitalist oppression. This is the path of solidarity needed to smash the capitalist state to smithereens and create a new socialist society.Kathy Durkin contributed research to this article. Davis wrote three previous WW articles on Kavanaugh: “Kavanaugh is no friend to workers,” Aug. 9; “Trump nominated Kavanaugh to overturn legal abortion,” Aug. 16; and “Liar Kavanaugh has got to go!,“ Sept. 27.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more