Codere hammered by Covid-19 in first half

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 9th September 2020 | By contenteditor Codere hammered by Covid-19 in first half Bingo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Southern European and Latin American operator Codere was hit hard by novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first half of 2020, with the pandemic shuttering its land-based venues and the resulting lack of sports weighing down its online business.Revenue for the six months to 30 June dropped 54.7% year-on-year to €317.6m (£288.9m/$373.9m), with Codere reporting declines for every market and region.Latin America proved to be the biggest contributor to the half-year total, accounting for €175.0m, though this represented a 56.7% decline from the prior year. The biggest fall was seen in Panama, where revenue dropped 61.7% to €14.7m, while Mexican revenue was down 60.7% to €62.3m.Argentina’s contribution, meanwhile declined 59.7% to €64.8m, and Colombia 48.5% to €4.9m.Uruguay, where Codere operates racetracks, was the only Latin American market to resume operations during the second quarter of the year – from May – and as a result reported a lower year-on-year decline in revenue. Its contribution was still down 24.0% to €28.3m, however.While Codere’s land-based operations in Italy and Spain resumed from June, revenue was down 57.9% to €112.8m. This comprised €66.8m from Italy (down 61.1%) and €46.0m from Spain (down 52.2%).While Codere’s online business was the only unit to be fully operational throughout the half year period, the lack of sporting action for betting meant that it only posted marginal growth, with revenue up 0.1% to €29.9m.The shut-down did result in a decline in costs, with total operating expenses falling 44.7% to €301.0m. Once depreciation and amortisation charges of €80.7m, plus impairment charges, non-recurring costs, asset disposal costs and changes to supply contracts were factored in, plus a €6.4m adjustment for inflation to Argentinean operations expenses, Codere’s operating loss widened to €90.7m.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation, which factored back in the €80.7m depreciation and amortisation charges, plus €5.7m of the inflation adjustment, impairment charges and supply contract amendments came to €1.5m, down from €148.4m in H1 2019.After finance costs, including €53.2m in interest expenses and a €46.3m loss from exchange rate fluctuations, the business’ pre-tax loss rose from €2.9m in the prior year to €179.9m.Income taxes for the period totalled €5.1m in income taxes – plus a €2.7m inflationary adjustment – and Codere recorded a €10.2m gain from subsidiaries, offset by an €0.2m equity loss on affiliated businesses. This meant its net loss for the half year jumped from €23.9m in the first half of 2019 to €177.6m.While Covid-19 disrupted Codere over the first six months of 2020, the brunt of the impact was felt in the second quarter, when revenue plummeted 88.8% to €39.1m.Online, as the only uninterrupted offering, was the biggest contributor, accounting for €13.8m of the total, though this was down 7.3% year-on-year. Uruguay, as the first market to begin reopening, was the main land-based contributor, bringing in €11.3m, down 38.6%.Italy followed with €6.6m, down 92.3%, the Spain, though revenue in that market was down 88.5% to €5.5m. Mexico contributed just €1.8m, while Colombia’s contribution was marginal, and no revenue was generated in Argentina and Panama.Codere posted an operating loss of €77.2m for the three months to 30 June, and a €38.1m EBITDA loss. After finance costs, its pre-tax loss widened to €94.9m, and while this was reduced by an income tax benefit and share of profits from non-controlling interests, net loss for Q2 grew to €80.5m.Following the end of the reporting period, Codere has continued to reopen its venues, with Mexican gaming halls outside of Mexico City reopening from July, and the properties in the capital to reopen form September. In total it has 30 gaming halls back in operation.In Colombia, it has approval to open venues outside of the capital Bogota, though in Panama and Argentina this is not expected to be granted until October.The operator also moved to shore up its financial position in July, agreeing a refinancing transaction with noteholders of 55.5% of its existing notes. Interim notes have already been issued, and the process of issuing final notes and extending its bonds is expected to be completed in October.This gives Codere €156.4m in liquidity, up from €73.0m as of 30 June, though it warned that this will be rapidly reduced as accrued and deferred gaming taxes in Italy and Spain become due in September. Costs associated with the resumption of activity in Colombia, Argentina, Panama and more of its Mexican business will hit liquidity further, it warned. Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Bingo Slots Horse racing Email Address Southern European and Latin American operator Codere was hit hard by novel coronavirus (Covid-19) in the first half of 2020, with the pandemic shuttering its land-based venues and the resulting lack of sports weighing down its online business. 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PG Industries Zimbabwe Limited (PGIN.zw) 2012 Annual Report

first_imgPG Industries Zimbabwe Limited (PGIN.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Building & Associated sector has released it’s 2012 annual report.For more information about PG Industries Zimbabwe Limited (PGIN.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the PG Industries Zimbabwe Limited (PGIN.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: PG Industries Zimbabwe Limited (PGIN.zw)  2012 annual report.Company ProfilePG Industries (Zimbabwe) Limited manufactures and sells a range of products through three subsidiaries; PG Merchandising, Zimtile and PG Glass. Its merchandising division has expanded over the years to include timber boards, hardware, plumbing, and wood and glass value-added products. Zimtile is the leading manufacturer of quality concrete roof tiles in Zimbabwe, aswell as pavers and bricks. PG Glass manufactures and markets glass installation solutions for residential and commercial building projects, and offers a repair, replacement and installation service to the automotive industry. PG Industries (Zimbabwe) Ltd. has an international footprint; exporting its products to Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and the DRC. Established in 1948 the company was recently acquired by a Mauritius-based company, Dewei Investments. PG Industries is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc (CORNER.ng) 2016 Abridged Report

first_imgCornerstone Insurance Company Plc (CORNER.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc (CORNER.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc (CORNER.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc (CORNER.ng)  2016 abridged results.Company ProfileCornerstone Insurance Company Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria offering products for life and non-life classes. The company provides risk underwriting and related financial services for individuals, corporate and institutional customers. This includes products for motor vehicles, aviation, marine, engineering all risks, asset protection, liability to third party, oil and gas, group life, credit life, mortgage protection, term assurance, wealth creation and Islamic insurance. Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc was the first insurance company in Nigeria to provide customers with an online platform for insurance transactions. The company’s services are easily accessible through internet and mobile technology. Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Cornerstone Insurance Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Development Finance Company of Uganda Limited (DFCU.ug) HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgDevelopment Finance Company of Uganda Limited (DFCU.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Development Finance Company of Uganda Limited (DFCU.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Development Finance Company of Uganda Limited (DFCU.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Development Finance Company of Uganda Limited (DFCU.ug)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileDevelopment Finance Company of Uganda is a commercial bank offering products and services for the retail, commercial and corporate banking sectors in Uganda through its subsidiary, DFCU Bank Ltd. Its product offering ranges from savings and current accounts to investment, fixed and demand deposits and personal and corporate credit. The bank provides medium and long-term finance to the private sector; with a focus on the agricultural, construction, tourism and hospitality, education, manufacturing and transport sectors. In addition to standard commercial banking products and services, DFCU Bank offers lease and mortgage finance, foreign exchange trading and money market transfer services. The company has an extensive network of branches and ATMS located in the major towns and cities of Uganda. Development Finance Company of Uganda Limited was founded in 1964; it became a commercial bank in 2000 after taking over and renaming Gold Trust Bank. Development Finance Company of Uganda is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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General Convention will have its #MeToo moments

first_imgGeneral Convention will have its #MeToo moments Bishops plan listening session, and convention has numerous resolutions to consider Comments (1) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Submit a Job Listing Rector Shreveport, LA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Featured Events General Convention, Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC By Mary Frances SchjonbergPosted Jun 27, 2018 Submit a Press Release July 1, 2018 at 3:32 pm My husband and I have faced two years of retaliation for filing a Title IV complaint, culminating in the priest in question falsely accusing me of threatening him. Yet when we complained to DioVA, we were told that the retaliation was not “of weighty and material importance to the ministry of the church.” So what’s to stop the good folks at Mayo House from invoking the “weighty and material” clause of Title IV going forward?The reality is that the church has made clear that it does care about abuse directed at individual members. No amount of lipstick is going to change that pig. And that is why my husband and I are well and truly done with organized Christianity Press Release Service The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group 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 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Gender Justice, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Knoxville, TN Comments are closed. Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA center_img Rector Belleville, IL Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Tampa, FL Tags Rector Collierville, TN Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Submit an Event Listing An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR [Episcopal News Service] The 79th meeting of General Convention will ponder the Episcopal Church’s role in and response to the #MeToo movement, with resolutions, reflections and the hope for reconciliation.In what could be an extraordinary session, the House of Bishops is inviting Episcopalians to a “Liturgy of Listening” event. The July 4 session, planned for 5:15 to 7 p.m. CT in the worship space set up in the Austin Convention Center, has been called “a sacred space for listening and further reconciliation.”Meanwhile, close to 30 related resolutions have been filed. The bulk of them are from the 47 members of the special House of Deputies Committee on Sexual Harassment and Exploitation appointed in February by the Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, deputies’ president.Purpose and shape of ‘Liturgy of Listening’Diocese of Central New York Bishop DeDe Duncan-Probe, who chairs the House of Bishops’ Pastoral Response to #MeToo Planning Team, hopes that the groundwork for convention’s debate and passing of resolutions aimed at ending sexual harassment and exploitation will be set during the liturgy. At the session, which is planned for the day before convention formally opens, participants will be invited to open themselves to the idea that sexual harassment and exploitation happen “because we aren’t seeing the image of Christ in one another.”The session, Duncan-Probe told Episcopal News Service, will be anchored in the idea that Episcopalians believe in the transformational power of liturgy. “We come in our pain and our sorrow, and we hold it before God’s dream for the church and God’s mercy and grace,” she said. “As we do that, Jesus is in our midst and we have a moment where a new future is possible.”The bishops in May invited Episcopalians to “share reflections on sexual harassment, abuse and exploitation,” saying that a selection of the reflections, with no names attached, would be read as part of the liturgy. The planning team later clarified the confidential nature of the process for receiving and sharing those reflections. Planners have stressed that the session is not a clergy discipline, or Title IV, hearing.About 40 people chose to share their stories with the planning team, and 10 will be read aloud during the service by bishops. The stories will be told in the first person with no identifying details. Even the so-called “reading bishops” do not know the name of the person whose story they will read, Duncan-Probe said. The use of the first-person voice is intentional, she said, because “when you hear something in the first person, you automatically project yourself into it.”Duncan-Probe said that “most of the time, these stories are told in secret. They are told in private to a bishop with a chancellor present, and it’s all confidential. And then they’re whispered about at coffee hour and told behind the water cooler, but never have we gathered as a church and heard these stories told out loud without any hidden agenda.”The liturgy, which will be livestreamed here, was specifically written by the team for this purpose and will have a simple structure, Duncan-Probe said. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry with invite those present into “sacred listening.” Each story will be prayed over and meditated on in silence. The bishops who will be seated throughout the congregation will stand and repent their role in damage that has been done. All participants will also be asked to repent the times they were “silent observers” and predators, failed to honor one another and failed to recognize one another as beloved children of God.“Some hard things are going to be said that I think will be a surprise because people have thought that this was going to be C.Y.A. by the bishops or something like that,” Duncan-Probe, said.There will be a pastoral response team made up of clinical psychologists, therapists and spiritual directors available before, during and after the service and throughout General Convention, she said. Moreover, a group of people who understand the Title IV clergy disciplinary procedures will also be available to help explain that process.Resolutions coming to conventionThe House of Deputies committee’s 24 resolutions focus on inclusive theology and language; disparities in pay, hiring, leave and pensions; changes to the Title IV disciplinary process and training; truth and reconciliation; and systemic social justice beyond the church. Jennings, who chaired the committee, told Episcopal News Service via email that the committee has “worked efficiently, collaborative and creatively to draft an impressive array of legislation. The Rev. Ruth Meyers, an alternate deputy in the Diocese of California, was vice-chair of the committee, and Jennings said she “led an enormous amount of work on a tight timeline.” Jennings said she is grateful to Meyers and to “all of the women whose efforts are leading the Episcopal Church to confess our sins of gender-based discrimination, harassment and violence against women and girls and to end the systemic sexism, misogyny and misuse of power that plague the church and the culture.”The committee’s 38-page report is here.The General Convention Office is in the midst of posting the special committee’s resolutions here. Some are awaiting numbering, and other need information. Here are the 24 resolutions:* A178 halt the intensification and implementation of immigration policies and practices that are harmful to migrant women, parents and children (proposed by Jennings)* B011 inclusive language policies for Episcopal seminaries and formation programs (written by committee members and proposed by Diocese of Southern Ohio Bishop Thomas Breidenthal)* D016 a task force for women, truth, and reconciliation* D017 reducing sexual harassment, assault and exploitation in the workplace* D020 a task force to survey the church to understand sexual harassment and assault in the church* D021 revision of Office of Transition Ministry portfolio information* D022 reinstatement of the Women’s Desk* D023 required training for clergy and bishops establish an anti-sexism task force* D025 required training for clergy and bishops* D026 non-discrimination in hiring and clergy deployment* D031 recognizing and ending domestic violence in our congregations* D032 equal access to health care regardless of gender* D033 a churchwide intake officer in clergy discipline cases* D034 suspend statute of limitations in Title IV for a period of time* D035 change Title IV on clergy discipline to prevent retaliation* D036 revision of the Book of Common Prayer to include inclusive and expansive language* D037 Church Pension Fund to report triennially on clergy compensation* D040 study the status of women musicians in the church* DXXX expansive-language liturgical resources* DXXX using bias-free, expansive language for God and humanity* DXXX pension equity for lay employees* DXXX recommendation for ecumenical agreements* DXXX reconciliation and mediation between clergy* DXXX change Title IV to provide whistleblower protectionIn addition, the Standing Commission on Structure, Governance, Constitution and Canons has filed two canonical-change resolutions. Resolution A108 concerns sexual misconduct prevention training for priests and deacons. Resolution A124 clarifies language about sexual misconduct used in the Title III canons. In addition, the standing commission is calling for a task force on sexual harassment (A109) and for the church to adopt the Charter for Safety of People Within the Churches of the Anglican Communion (A115).There are three resolutions (A048, A049 and A50) from the Task Force to Update Sexual Misconduct Policies.The roots of the listening session and the resolutions coming to convention are in a Jan. 22 letter from Curry and Jennings, calling on Episcopalians to spend Lent and beyond examining the church’s history and its handling or mishandling of cases of sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse. Curry and Jennings said in the letter to the church that they wanted General Convention to discuss these issues because they “want to hear the voice of the wider church as we determine how to proceed in both atoning for the church’s past and shaping a more just future.”Jennings appointed the special deputies committee after she said she had been contacted by “scores of women” who wanted to share their stories.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is the Episcopal News Service’s senior editor and reporter. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME General Convention 2018 Curate Diocese of Nebraska In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Eric Bonetti says: This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Advocacy Peace & Justice, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Smithfield, NC Course Director Jerusalem, Israellast_img read more

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Langitangi Country House / Krads

first_img Year:  “COPY” Area:  210 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Iceland “COPY” Langitangi Country House / Krads Photographs:  Marino Thorlacius Lead Architects: Architects: Krads Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeKradsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesIcelandPublished on August 20, 2019Cite: “Langitangi Country House / Krads” 20 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Photographs ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/923258/langitangi-country-house-krads Clipboardcenter_img ArchDaily 2019 Langitangi Country House / KradsSave this projectSaveLangitangi Country House / Krads Projects CopyHouses•Iceland Engineering:Emil Þór GuðmundssonDesign Team:Kristján Eggertsson, Kristján Örn Kjartansson, Mads Bay Møller, Kristoffer Juhl Beilman, Andri Gunnar Lyngberg AndréssonCountry:IcelandMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Marino ThorlaciusRecommended ProductsWindowsOTTOSTUMM | MOGSWindow Systems – BronzoFinestra B40WoodEGGERLaminatesWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82Text description provided by the architects. This country house in the south-western part of Iceland is one of the first projects by KRADS. Over the past 10 years it is gradually being worked on every time the owners, who live abroad, are in Iceland. The main focus in the design of the housewas to create a careful and functional engagement with the dramatic and beautiful topography of the site.  Partly submerged in the steep terrain of Langitangi (“Long-Peninsula”), the elongated building’s horizontal figure presents itself in the landscape as a geometrically accentuated topographic contour line.The building’s placement on the peninsula was specifically chosen in order to create a varied dialogue between the structure and it’s context.The rough concrete and the low, cantileveringroof endure the windswept site, while sheltering in- and outdoor spaces from the barren landscape. Save this picture!© Marino ThorlaciusThe country house is laid out as a linear sequence of spaces following a path parallel to the sites topography. This design shapes each space as a separate entity, eachoffering a uniquely framed view of the picturesque nature outside.Save this picture!© Marino ThorlaciusSave this picture!Floor planSave this picture!© Marino ThorlaciusThe building consists of two independent volumes under the same roof, the main house and a guest house. Between the two volumes, underneath the roof, one finds the entrance to both and is welcomed by a framed close-up of the hillside. Upon entering the main house, a close up view of the moss covered terrain continues through a long hallway before one enters the living room and the view opens up towards the glacial river at the foot of the hill and towards the mountains beyond.Save this picture!© Marino ThorlaciusProject gallerySee allShow lessW270 House / São Paulo Arquitetos + Fabio Jorge ArquiteturaSelected ProjectsPublic Gallery Design Of Yuexiu Tianyue Bay / XAASelected Projects Share Houses Kristján Eggertsson, Kristján Örn Kjartansson ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/923258/langitangi-country-house-krads Clipboard Save this picture!© Marino Thorlacius+ 21Curated by Paula Pintos Sharelast_img read more

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Which side are you on?

first_imgOne of the labor movement’s most famous anthems is “Which Side Are You On?” Composer Florence Reece gave new lyrics to an old hymn in 1931 after gun-wielding gangsters working for mine owners invaded her home in Harlan County, Ky.AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka served as United Mine Workers president from 1982 to 1995. He should know that song by heart. Unfortunately, he — along with United Steelworkers President Leo Gerard, United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams and leaders of the National American Building Trades Unions — don’t seem to understand what the question means.Now Trumka has announced: “The AFL-CIO accepts the outcome of this election, and offers our congratulations to President-elect Trump.” (aflcio.org, Nov. 9) NABTU agreed, while Gerard and Williams showed themselves eager to meet with Trump about trade agreements like NAFTA.This willingness to pal up to Trump is shameful! Trump opposed those trade agreements to win votes from workers. Meanwhile, he hurled racist, sexist and anti-immigrant epithets like bombs onto workers. Unions are the organized expression of workers’ power and unity. Union leaders should be the first to cry foul over Trump’s campaign of vile hatred that pitted one section of the working class against another.The union leaders’ statements conflict with the explosion of hostility to Trump’s program from oppressed workers and youth. All over the U.S. tens of thousands have been marching night after night and roaring, “Not my president!” These masses saw through and rejected Trump’s racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, misogyny, anti-LGBTQ bigotry and contempt for people with disabilities.AFL-CIO’s Trumka and company’s action of cozying up to Trump put the fight against racism very low on labor’s agenda. That’s a betrayal of the working class when the fight against racism is central to the class struggle today in the United States.Trump has been openly anti-labor. His anti-union/anti-worker program and practices are no secret. He advocates a national “right-to-work” (for less) law and wants to abolish the federal minimum wage and the 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act. At Trump’s Las Vegas casino, management has been intimidating the low-wage, majority immigrant workforce and has refused to negotiate a contract with duly-elected and certified Culinary Workers Local 226.Yes, it is standard practice after a presidential election for labor leaders to meet with the president-elect, whether Democrat or Republican. But in this election, the capitalist parties gave us two rotten candidates, Clinton and Trump, and told the working class: “Choose your poison.”It’s time for union leaders to end their cooperation with capitalism. Their current approach is moribund class-collaborationism typical of AFL-CIO leadership since the AFL and CIO combined in 1955. This collaboration has grown worse each decade since.Trump is not our president. Capitalism is not our system. The militant youth and others in the streets, who are part of the U.S. multinational working class, should have the muscle of organized labor behind them.We need conscious, class-struggle unionism. To make gains for workers, instead of cozying up to capitalism, Trumka should call a general strike to block Trump’s inauguration!Class consciousness is growing in the streets. As the old song says, “There are no neutrals.”Which side are you on?FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Identify and Eliminate “Gremlins” From Yield Monitor Data

first_img SHARE Identify and Eliminate “Gremlins” From Yield Monitor Data Previous articleExpansion at the POET Ethanol Plant in Alexandria on the HAT Friday PodcastNext articleHarvest Forecast: Unsettled Pattern Might Make Harvest Windows Small Purdue University News Service Home News Feed Identify and Eliminate “Gremlins” From Yield Monitor Data Facebook Twitter Cited references:Luck, Joe and John Fulton. 2014. Best Management Practices for Collecting Accurate Yield Data and Avoiding Errors During Harvest. Univ. Nebraska Extension Circular EC2004. https://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/ec2004.pdf [accessed Oct 2020].Luck, Joe, Nathan Mueller, and John Fulton. 2015. Improving Yield Map Quality by Reducing Errors through Yield Data File Post-Processing. Univ. of Nebraska Extension Circular EC2005. https://extensionpublications.unl.edu/assets/pdf/ec2005.pdf [accessed Oct 2020].Nielsen, RL (Bob). 2014a. Wandering Hybrid Syndrome: Yield Monitor Errors. Corny News Network, Purdue Extension. https://www.kingcorn.org/news/timeless/AutoHybridErrors.html [URL accessed Oct 2020].Nielsen, RL (Bob). 2020b. Wandering Swath Width Syndrome: Yield Monitor Errors. Corny News Network, Purdue Extension. https://www.kingcorn.org/news/timeless/AutoHeaderWidth.html [URL accessed Oct 2020].Nielsen, R.L. (Bob). 2020c. Yield Monitor Calibration: Garbage In, Garbage Out. Corny News Network, Purdue Extension. https://www.kingcorn.org/news/timeless/YldMonCalibr.html [URL accessed Oct 2020].Click image to view larger version in a popup window. Left or right arrow on your keypad will cycle through the popup images. By Bob Nielsen, Purdue UniversityEven if grain yield monitor calibration, adjustments, and operation are faithfully conducted (Luck & Fulton, 2014; Nielsen, 2020c), the resulting yield data sets almost always require some post-harvest processing and “cleaning” procedures to rid the data set of anomalies and “gremlins” (Luck et al., 2015; Nielsen, 2020a; Nielsen, 2020b). Failure to do so does not result in catastrophe, but contributes to errors in subsequent spatial analysis and interpretation of the data. Farmers can conduct these harvest data processing and “cleaning” procedures themselves with commercially available mapping software or outsource the tasks to a service provider.Doing it yourself requires the software (an expense) and the knowledge to operate the software (time and talent). Commercially available mapping software programs vary in their processing and “cleaning” capabilities, flexibilities, and user-friendliness. Consequently, “doing it yourself” can be a rewarding challenge or a frustrating task.Outsourcing the task involves some expense (up front or hidden in other service fees) and trust that the service provider knows what they are doing. Automatic, wireless uploads of yield data directly from the combine to a “cloud-based” service does not always include the assurance that the yield data will be further processed or “cleaned”. The data may simply be stored and/or added to a larger aggregation of “big data” with no further processing or “cleaning”.Common post-harvest data processing steps include choosing correct settings for “dry” bushel moisture value, “dry” bushel weight, stop / start time delays (affect estimated total harvest area), grain flow lag (time from header to sensor, affects positional accuracy of point data), and GPS offsets (distance from GPS antenna to header, affects positional accuracy of point data). These various settings influence the accuracy of the estimates of “dry” bushels per acre and the spatial accuracy of the yield data points with respect to their geo-location within the field. When yield data are properly processed, patterns of spatial yield variability are often more clearly identified (Fig. 1 before processing vs. Fig. 2 after processing)Some yield monitors (particularly newer models) allow these settings to be made in the monitor display prior to harvest. Others do not and so the yield data requires using mapping software to retroactively set the values and “reprocess” the data. Not all mapping software programs provide the same options for reprocessing of yield data. Not every proprietary yield file format lends itself to reprocessing.Other anomalies and “gremlins” in yield data may literally be inaccurate point yield estimates caused by inadvertent quirks of the yield monitor system (e.g., sudden speed changes, incorrect auto-swath widths, imprecise DGPS signals, and the normal grain flow dynamics inside the combine). Yield data attributes like swath width, harvest speed, and DGPS signal quality can be displayed by your mapping program just like you do for yield itself. Mapping these attributes helps you more clearly visualize the location and extent of the anomalies.Some “gremlins”, like incorrect swath widths, can be corrected during the reprocessing steps of the mapping software so that bushels per acre are recalculated accurately (Nielsen, 2020). Other anomalies that do not directly impact yield estimates, such as incorrect assignment of hybrid labels to the yield data (Nielsen, 2014a), can be corrected with your mapping software by editing the yield file, manually selecting groups of yield data points, and replacing the hybrid label with the correct ones. True anomalies and “gremlins” (e.g., data points associated with sudden speed changes, inadvertent “header down” data points) should simply be deleted from the data set to avoid interference with your spatial interpretation of the data.center_img Facebook Twitter Fig. 2. Map of yield data correctly processed for start/stop delays and grain flow shift. Colors: Green = highest yields, Red = lowest yields. Davis-Purdue Ag Center, Field M1 (30-ac), 2015 corn harvest. Fig. 1. Map of yield data incorrectly processed for start/stop delays and grain flow shift. Colors: Green = highest yields, Red = lowest yields. Davis-Purdue Ag Center, Field M1 (30-ac), 2015 corn harvest. 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first_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives to go further RSF_en March 15, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three Barhainonline.org moderators freed Two other moderators of the Internet discussion forum Bahrainonline – Mohammed Almosawi, 21, and Hussain Yousif, 23 – were detained today after going to the police in Manama in response to a summons. The first Bahrainonline moderator to be arrested was Ali Abdulemam, on 27 February. Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests and calls for all three to be freed at once. News News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Bahrain German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors News Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest March 17, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information Organisation June 15, 2020 Find out more Barhainonline.org moderator Ali Abdulemam and his assistants, Mohammed Almosawi and Hussain Yousif, were freed yesterday after two weeks of detention, but they are still under investigation and have been told they cannot leave their homes until the case is closed.Reporters Without Borders welcomed their release from detention and called for the lifting of the restrictions on their movements.Abdulemam told Agence France-Presse that he and his colleagues still did not know when they would be summoned for further questioning and had not received any response to their request for the appointment of an expert to consider the technical aspects of the case.Abdulemam was detained on 27 February, while Almosawi and Yousif were detained on 1 March. The charges against them including “defaming the king.” They day before their release, they refused to pay bail to get out of prison, saying their release should be unconditional._______________________________1.03.05Two more online forum moderators arrestedTwo other moderators of the Internet discussion forum Bahrainonline – Mohammed Almosawi (right), 21, and Hussain Yousif (left), 23 – were detained today after going to the police in Manama in response to a summons. The first Bahrainonline moderator to be arrested was Ali Abdulemam, on 27 February. Reporters Without Borders condemns the arrests and calls for all three to be freed at once.——————————28.02.05Online forum moderator arrestedReporters Without Borders has called for the release of Ali Abdulemam, moderator of the discussion forum Bahrainonline, who was arrested by security services on 27 February 2005. He faces five possible charges, including defaming the king.”Imprisoning someone for their journalistic work or posting an article on the Internet cannot be acceptable in any circumstances”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said in a letter to information minister, Muhammad Abdul Ghaffar.”This incident demonstrates that the November 2002 press law is in urgent need of reform,” the organisation added.Bahrainonline gives Internet-users the opportunity to post their comments on political, social and religious issues and it regularly posts messages that are very critical of the authorities. Like vob.org, the website of Movement for the Liberation of Bahrain (MLB), it cannot be accessed within the country. The five possible charges facing Abdulemam are: defaming the king, inciting hatred against the regime, publishing information to undermine the country’s security and violating the press and communications laws. Abdulemam also edits a weblog (http://abdulemam.blogspot.com) which promotes itself as providing “another perspective from Bahrain”.A diplomat in post in Bahrain, who requested anonymity, said Abdulemam had not been imprisoned. “He is being held in custody for a maximum of two weeks, for the purposes of the investigation. If no charge is made against him he will quickly be released,” he said.King Hamad bin Issa Al-Khalifa promulgated a press law in November 2002 that guaranteed the right to “express one’s opinion and to disseminate it orally or in writing”. However offences “against the Islamic faith, the unity of the people and the person of the king,” and “inciting division or sectarianism” were to be punishable by six months to five years in prison.The government has said on several occasions that it wanted to amend the law, of which the Bahrain independent journalists’ union has been highly critical, but it has as yet failed to act. October 14, 2020 Find out more Receive email alertslast_img read more

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